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Drue Kellam Cumbie
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1890
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 21, 1921
Matagorda County
Texas, USA

Accidently drown in the Gulf of Mexico. He was a minister.

Drue K. Cumbie, a minister, was a married, white male born 5 October 1889 [tombstone had 1890]. He was 31 years, 9 mos. and 16 days old at the time of his death. He was the son of Richard M. Cumbie (1849-1936) b in MS and Mollie J. Kellam (1852-1947) b TX. His body was shipped to Bronte, Texas. Drue and his parents are buried at Fairview Cemetery in Bronte, Coke County, Texas. Find A Grave

Body of Drue K.Cumbie Recovered Sunday

Body Washed Ashore Eight Miles From Scene of Tragedy

On Sunday afternoon at 8:00 o'clock the body of Drue K. Cumbie was brought back to Palacios on board the Hilda, the boat on which the ill-fated bathing party had left for the Gulf only a few days before. As the little boat sailed across the tranquil waters of Tres-Palacios Bay, with her flag at half mast, scores of citizens gathered at the docks to render their assistance and carry the news to the anxious wife, brother and sister.

Since the tragic incident occurred, in which eight lives were lost, when a happy party of bathers were caught in a strong undertow off the mouth of Green's Bayou, a tireless vigil has been kept up along the beach; a number of boats carried willing men to the scene and an aeroplane made several trips searching the beach in shores of the inland bays. Finally their noble efforts were rewarded, and three days after the accident the body was recovered in the breakers eight miles from the place where the party was drowned.

The body of Mr. Cumbie was the last recovered. Those of Mr. John T. Price and Miss Ione Hodges, the young lady for whom he so nobly gave his life in an attempt to rescue, were recovered soon after the accident while five other bodies were found during the night. Six of the bodies were shipped home to bereaved [families] Saturday morning. Mr. Price was laid to rest in Palacios Sunday afternoon, his funeral was largely attended from the whole county. On Monday morning Mr. Cumbie's remains were shipped to Bronte, Texas, the home of his aged father and mother. His grief stricken wife, brother and sister, who remained here until his body was recovered accompanied him.

Never in the history of Palacios pass the citizenship been _____ as they were by the tragic [deaths] of these consecrated young people and the heroic sacrifice of [these] noble men, who without thought of self rushed to the aid of those in danger.

The Palacios Beacon, July 29, 1921

Card of Thanks

Through the columns of this paper we desire to return our warmest thanks to the people of this city for the kindness and tender sympathy extended us upon the tragic death of our loved one. While our home now has a vacant chair, yet as we reflect upon the many deeds of sympathy and love of friends, both far and near, it gives a silver lining to the dark cloud left by death. We greatly appreciate the beautiful floral offerings and can only add "God bless the big noble hearted citizens of your little city."

Mrs. Drue Cumbie.
R. M. Cumbie and Family.
Bronte, Tex.

This article which mentions the other lives lost was taken with permission from
Family links: 
  Richard Martin Cumbie (1849 - 1936)
  Mary Jane Kellam Cumbie (1852 - 1947)
  William Jackson Cumbie (1873 - 1949)*
  Robert Franklin Cumbie (1877 - 1905)*
  Richard Edward Cumbie (1880 - 1966)*
  Lanie May Cumbie Wilkins (1883 - 1954)*
  Drue Kellam Cumbie (1890 - 1921)
  Irving Morton Cumbie (1893 - 1971)*
  Mary Cova Cumbie Collier (1896 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Cemetery
Coke County
Texas, USA
Created by: Sandra Brookshire Behne
Record added: Feb 09, 2012
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Drue Kellam Cumbie
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