|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1893|
|Death: ||Apr. 30, 1981, USA|
Obituary April 30, 1981
TALL TEXAN by Burl McClellan
In writing the story of Mr. W. L. Dent, it came to light that he received his master's degree at ETSTC in Commerce in 1948. There were only two to three thousand students in school then, so we probably passed many times.
W. L. Dent's name does not mean much to many of the people who have just arrived in the county, but to hundreds and possibly thousands of earlier residents of the county, he was their key to knowledge.
He spent 42 years teaching and most of it was in the country schools of Hood and Johnson Counties. If memory is correct, when the Acton school consolidated with Granbury, he retired.
He had many old school pictureds and after many, nmany years could still many or all of the students. One day I commented on this remarkable feat. His answer was "It really hasn't been so long ago."
A quiet man, Mr. Dent, said little. He had many stories and historical facts, but he was not one to tell those stories.
Apparently he came from a non-talking family. He was the youngest of a large family. One day he casually commented that his daddy had been on some of the large and long cattle drives from Texas to Kansas. I asked him what his father had said. "Oh, he never talked about it" was his answer.
One day two or three ytears ago he related an interesting story while standing on the top of Comanche Peak. A group of Historical Society members had gone to the top of the Peak. Mr. Dent was looking toward the northeast, saying nothing.
I mentioned that he had probably been on the peak many times. He said that day was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition.
When he wasa child, his family went from Temple Hall to Weatherford for trade aqnd business. He said he would run ahead of his father and the wagon and climb "tater nob" a small peak between his home and Weatherford.
From "tater nob" he could see Comanche Peak. He wanted so bad to come to Granbury and climb that "mountain". In later years the ownber of the peak closed it to the public. Mr. Dent waited until his mid-80's to go on the peak.
Even though he had lived and witnessed lots of history, he still looked ahead. He had a good gardent growing and stakes cut where he wanted to plant some new fruit trees. A neighbor planted the trees two days after Mr. Dent entered the hospital, so they would be growing when he came ome.
A close neighbor told me this story. In the past years Mr. and Mrs. Dent had attended a funeral service where much time was spent extolling the past life of the deceased. On the way home Mr. Dent told his wife, that if his life took that much explaining at his funeral, not to bother.
The tearful neighbor said no one had to explain anything Tuesday.
W.L. Dent, one of Hood County's outstanding men, died Sunday afternoon in a Stephenville Hospital at the age of 87. He was a retired educator, and humanatarian.
Funeral services for Mr. Dent were conducted at 2 pm Tuesday in Martin's Chapel with the Rev. Marty Watson and Dr. C. G. Carter conducting the service.
He was born Sept. 29, 1893, on the farm near Temple Hall where he was living at the time of his death.
He attended May College in Comemerce and received a degree in 1915. After serving in World War I, he returned to the college and received a Bachelor's Degree from East Texas Normal College and in 1948 he received a Master's Degree from East Texas State Teachers' College. All were the same school just diffeent names.
Mr. Dent was active in the Mayo College Alumni association and was one of seven Mayo students who attended homecoming at East Tesas State University last year in Commerce.
Most of his teaching careet was spent in the rural scools of HYood County. He taught for years in Acton, but he also taught in Santo and West Texas.
Around 1940 he served as County Judge of Hood County. He was active in the Retired Teachers of Hood County, was a mnember of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Baker Baptist Church an active member of the Hood County Historical Society.
Survivors are his wife, Dovie of the home, nieces, Mrs. Eula Fox and Mrs. Ruth Dent, both of Yuba City, Calif.; nephews, Ralph Wade Dent of Mineral Wells, J. C. Goodlett, William Blackwell and Homer M. Blackwell, all of Granbury; a sister-in-law, Mrs.Josephine Dent of Granbury.
This special uncle was married to my grandmother's, Mrs. Nannie Graves Housmon, sister Dovie Graves Dent.
My heartfelt thanks go to all who remember him.
Created by: nancy murray
Record added: Aug 16, 2009
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