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John Gilbert Fall
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Birth: Sep. 22, 1865, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 1912, USA

Researched by Dr. Jim Moshinskie (2006)
OakCrest Funeral Home, Waco, TX 254-772-5272

John Gilbert Fall was born September 22, 1865, at Montgomery, Alabama.

In 1874, at age 9, he moved to Waco where he later worked in 1886 as a shipping clerk for the furniture and undertaking firm of Steiner & Stephenson, Furniture and Undertakers, 348 Austin, in Waco. The firm later became known as Stephenson & Son, and Fall was listed as the undertaker in charge.

In 1890, he married Ella Wemple of Waco, and they were the parents of three children.

Fall and Layton C. Puckett formed their own undertaking parlor on March 6, 1892, called Fall & Puckett, Undertakers. (Puckett is also buried at Oakwood Cemetery, and information about him is available at Find-A-Grave)
Puckett was the manager of the Baltimore & Ohio Telegraph Company in 1886. The funeral and burial records of Hall & Puckett Undertaking is available at the Oakwood Cemetery office in Waco, and also viewable online. (Google: hall & puckett funeral records).

Fall was very active in the community. He was a director of the Cotton Palace in 1910 and a member of several fraternities, Elks, Masons, Knights of Phythias, and Oddfellows. The Fall family resided at 805 S. 5th Street, Waco, Texas.

The two operated their popular firm for almost 20 years until February 8, 1912. Mr. Fall died January 8, 1912, and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery on the main drive of the cemetery (Block 4 Lot 99).

His wife Ella Wemple Fall Smith (April 1, 1871 - January 5, 1941) is buried next to him. The Wemple lot adjoins the Fall lot.

The Fall's grandson, Bill, operated Waco Marble & Monument Company for many years. He lived from October 17, 1923 to September 18, 1994. He is buried on the Fall lot.

The Falls had a son, LeRoy Gilbert Fall, who died Oct 19, 1889 and is also buried on the Fall family plot at Oakwood Cemetery.

The John Fall Undertaking Company at 420 Franklin (pictured on the right) started February 8, 1912. It was operated by his widow and son, J. Halbert Fall. However, it closed November 13, 1912.  
Family links: 
  Ella Wemple Fall Smith (1871 - 1941)*
  LeRoy Gilbert Fall (1891 - 1891)*
  William Wemple Fall (1896 - 1970)*
  George C. Fall (1903 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Created by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie,...
Record added: Nov 17, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16687966
John Gilbert Fall
Added by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
John Gilbert Fall
Added by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
John Gilbert Fall
Added by: Jim (Dr. Mo) Moshinskie, PhD, CPT
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