|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1872|
|Death: ||Dec. 5, 1938|
Died December 5, 1938, in Ft Worth, Texas, age 66 of pneumonia following surgery for perforated ulcer. Buried in Nocona Cemetery, Nocona, TX.
Charles Thomas Neff, son of Walter J. Neff and Mary Ann Tipton Neff, born in Lamar, Missouri in 1872, and was one of six children. Brothers and sisters were Elizabeth, William, Dora, Laura, and Sarah Louise.
He moved to Eldorado Springs, Mo, in 1900 with his widowed mother and brothers and sisters. He was Fire Chief from 1904 – 1906. He was Band Leader of El Dorado Springs Band in 1902, and again in 1904 – 1906. He also taught music (coronet and flute.) He was married at an early age to Verna ? (1910 Census list her name as Bernice) and had three sons, Walter, Leol, and Robert. His wife died of Pellagra about 1918 while their son, Leol was in France during World War I. The following year he married Elsie Myrtle Gamble and moved to Poplar Bluff, where he worked for the Bell Telephone Company, until he was transferred to Fulton, Illinois. Three children were born of this marriage: Charles Thomas Neff, Jr., Rosemary, and John Franklin. He remained in Fulton, Illinois until he quit, and moved to Seattle, Washington. This was the beginning of the depression and he was unable to find steady work. He moved his family to Texas in 1933 where sons Leol and Robert were living, and worked as an Interior Decorator, and occasionally teaching music until his death in 1938 following an operation for a perforated ulcer complicated by Ether Pneumonia.
Remarks: He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the American Federation of Music. He was a gentle, refined, aristocratic man, very proud and very artistic and talented. He played with the famed John Philip Souza at the World's Fair in St. Louis, MO., around the turn of the century. He was very handsome in his youth with curly black hair and flashing dark brown eyes and was proud of his castillian Spanish ancestry (through his father.)
The great depression was probably the indirect cause of his death – he worried constantly about being unable to provide the same standard of living for his family as he had in the past. No one even knew he had an ulcer until he collapsed at work and by then it had perforated. He must have been in constant pain and he walked the floor at night but he never complained. He lived for his family, and died for them, too.
He finished high school, and then went to work to help his widowed mother in her business. However he was a person of genteel breeding and refinement and was loved by all who knew him.
He painted the original tiles at the Mexican Inn on Jacksboro Hwy, in Ft Worth.
Walter John Neff (1847 - 1890)
Mary A. Tipton Neff (1850 - 1927)
Elsie Myrtle Gamble Neff Walters (1892 - 1976)
Leol Marvin Neff (1895 - 1959)*
Rosemary Neff Crawford (1920 - 1988)*
Charles Neff (1922 - 1990)*
Charles Thomas Neff (1872 - 1938)
Dora M. Neff (1877 - 1960)*
Sara Louise Neff Lawson (1882 - 1966)*
Created by: Jeff Gragg
Record added: Jun 22, 2011
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