From the Kerens
While in the beginning of a revival meeting in Orange, Texas, I
was called by telephone to Kerens, Texas, Dec. 21st to conduct the
funeral of my old steward, Geo. Middleton Westbrook, who was born in
Monroe County, Miss., August 17th 1844.
He died Dec. 14th, 1925, aged 81 years, 3 months and 27 days.
He came to Texas in 1852, being only 8 years old, living near
Chatfield in Navarro County. At
the age of 17 he enlisted in the Confederate Army, 1861, at Corsicana
with General Dick Taylor’s Regiment, Lane’s Division, and served
with them 2 years. He was then transferred to Morgan’s Battalion,
Parson’s Brigade of Cavalry, with which he served until it was
disbanded in April 1865 in the Little Brazos River.
He never knew fear and never wavered from his duty as a soldier
during his 4 years of service. He was married first to Miss Emma C. Hurst [Hunt] of
Chatfield, Texas. To this
union was born a daughter who died in infancy, and was followed to the
heavenly world by the mother two days later.
He was married second to Miss Mary E. Morgan of Bazette, Texas,
January 19, 1876. It was my
lot as her pastor in 1896 to witness her complete triumph over death
through faith in Jesus and to conduct her funeral in the old church at
Prairie Point (which is the old Westbrook Church.)
Nine children were born to them of whom six still survive, viz.
Mrs. C. E. Forbes, and Jack [Zach] Westbrook of Perryton, Texas; Mrs C.
W. McClumby [McCluney] and E. Middleton Westbrook of Kerens, Texas; and
Mrs. W. A. Askew of Amarillo, Tex.
There are 9 grand children and one sister, Mrs. Starling
[Sterling] Carpenter of Powell, Texas.
After establishing and running a ranch in 1898 in
Ochiltree Co., Texas and living on it for 3 years he moved to Kerens,
Texas, in 1912 and organized the First State Bank and served as
President until his death, his son being the cashier.
He made a public confession of Christ as his own personal Saviour
at 36 years of age and served as steward in the M. E. Church, South, or
45 years. He lived in his
own beautiful home in Kerens, Texas under the loving care of his two
daughters, Miss Maude, until her marriage and then Miss Neita who gently
cared for him to the end.
To eulogize Brother Westbrook’s character as a
Christian, father, husband and citizen would be to “point the lily’s
cheek or gild fine gold.” His humble, lowly, Christian life is its own eulogy.
May heaven’s choicest blessings abide with the bereaved family
and friends till they too shall meet him “In the City beyond”
W. H. CRAWFORD.
PROMINENT KERENS MAN PASSED AWAY MONDAY MORNING
Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Dec. 14.—G. M. (Mid) Westbrook, age 84, died at his
home here Monday morning at 6:30 following an illness of three days.
He is survived by two sons and four daughters. Mid Westbrooks, a
son, lives here and works at the First National Bank, Zach Westbrook
lives at Amarillo.
Two of his daughters, Mrs. McCluney and Miss Neta Westbrook lives
here and the other two live at Amarillo.
Funeral arrangements have not been definitely made but burial will
probably be in
Prairie Point cemetery Tuesday afternoon and the services will
be conducted by the pastor of the local Methodist church. Definite
arrangements are being held up pending word from his children in
FUNERAL SERVICES PROMINENT KERENS MAN HELD TUESDAY
G. M. WESTBROOK HAD LIVED IN KERENS COMMUNITY MANY YEARS
Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Dec. 15.—Funeral services for G. M. (Mid) Westbrook,
age 84, who died at his home here Monday morning, were held Tuesday
afternoon at the Methodist church of this city and were conducted by
Rev. Mr. Crawford, Methodist minister of Midlothian who was a former
pastor of the church here. Burial was in
He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. C. W. McCluney, Kerens; Mrs.
W. A. Askew, Amarillo; Miss Neita Westbrook, Kerens; Mrs. M. E.
Forbes, Perryton, Texas, and two sons, Mid Westbrook of Kerens and
Zack Westbrook of Perryton.
Mr. Westbrook had been a resident of Kerens for several years and
was well known in this section of the county.
The First National Bank, where his son, Mid Westbrook is employed,
closed for the funeral.
Prairie Point Cemetery, Bazette,
Navarro Co., TX
- 1900 Navarro Co. TX ED 106 page 5b
- 1910 Navarro Co. TX ED 88 page 14b
NAVARRO COUNTY PROBATE RECORDS
Box L. Pkg 730
G. M. Westbrook appt'd Guard of minors Laura, James, & John heirs
with their married sister Olivia Doyl and father J. A. Landingham
in an estate May 6, 1886.