|Birth: ||May 11, 1864|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1938|
Son of James McDonald and Elziriah C. Smith.
The following article was published in the Big Spring Daily Herald on Wednesday, February 9, 1938:
A. P. M'Donald,
Had Been Civic And
Church Leader Here
For Three Decades
Alexander Parker McDonald, a pioneer merchant and prominent worker in church and civic affairs here for more than 30 years, died at his home at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday after a long illness.
Stricken more than a year ago, he had survived a series of strokes until one last Friday left him too weak to rally.
Few men have been more active in the affairs of their community than was A. P. McDonald. Coming here in 1897 after living five years in Abilene, he went to work for Bledsoe and Akins. By 1908 he had acquired a business of his own and for years operated one of the most complete men's furnishings stores between Fort Worth and El Paso.
He was born May 11, 1864 in Nashville, Tenn.
In 1902, he was married in Winnsboro to Miss Mary Pope, a sister to Mrs. S. H. Morrison. A year later he became a member of the First Methodist church and served as a steward for more than a score of years. He was treasurer and a trustee of the church at the time the plant obligation was discharged in full.
Member of City Council
For 50 years McDonald was active in the Masonic lodge, being a Scottish Rite Mason. He held many responsible positions in the lodge.
Some of his biggest contributions to civic affairs came as a member of the city council. He was on that body when the first paving was constructed in the city, when the sewage system was put into effect, and when the new water wells were located south of the original supply. At that time the water shortage had become acute here and the discovery led to the continuance of expansion of the city, saving the town as well as the T. & P. shops.
After 37 years in business, he sold his stock in 1935 and leased his building on Main street to the F. W. Woolworth company. Not long after his retirement he was stricken and never fully recovered.
Services are to be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Methodist church with Rev. W. C. House, pastor, and Rev. C. A. Bickley, former pastor, in charge. Burial will be in the Masonic cemetery.
Surviving him are his widow, and three children, Marian McDonald, Mrs. Cornell Smith, and Margaret McDonald, all of Big Spring. Out-of-town relatives to be here for the services are Kirby McDonald, Alex McDonald, Mrs. Tom McDonald, Mrs. A. F. McDonald, Mrs. Gus Niblack and Mrs. James Pruitt of Lubbock, Mrs. Edwin Martin of Houston, Mrs. Mary Roper and John McDonald of Athens, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McBride of Cooper, and Sam Pope of Duncan, Okla.
Active pallbearers will be Vic Mellinger, Lee Hanson, John Wolcott, Shine Philips, Roy Carter and W. J. Garrett.
Honorary pallbearers include B. Reagan, Frank Pool, J. D. Biles, E. H. Happel, Zack Mullins, Fox Stripling, T. S. Currie, Doc Cauble, A. C. Walker, Joe Barnett, Dr. G. T. Hall, W. H. Homan, Jim Pritchett, T. J. Wheeler, Dr. Preston Sanders, C. E. Reid, C. W. Cunningham, S. H. Morrison, M. H. Morrison, John B. Littler, R. T. Piner, L. S. Patterson, G. H. Hayward, W. D. Cornelison, L. B. Dudley, Joe Fisher, Bernard Fisher, Albert M. Fisher, Clifford Hurt, Otis Chalk, Hardy Morgan, W. P. Edwards, Marion Edwards, J. J. Hair, Dr. W. S. Simmons, R. F. Harris, W. G. Orenbaum, W. R. Settles, R. C. Strain, A. E. Pistole, T. F. Shipley, Jess Slaughter, B. O. Jones, T. J. A. Robinson, John Northington, S. A. Hathcock, C. E. Thomas, C. E. Talbot, B. E. Howell, T. L. Price, Harvey Rix, B. B. Fox.
Earl Read, Clay Read, V. Van Gieson, Jas. T. Brooks, Bud Roberts, Dave Rhoton, G. A. Brown, Bud Brown, W. L. McColister, J. W. Allen, W. R. Purser, Ben Allen, C. H. McDaniel, Nat Shick, Dr. E. O. Ellington, Walter Deats, Dave Berry, Sam Eason, R. L. Evans, Pete Johnson, W. G. Hayden, J. M. Morgan, Ben Hiller, J. E. Moon, A. L. Wasson, J. B. Pickle.
James Thomas McDonald (1830 - 1865)
Mary Vernan Pope McDonald (1877 - 1944)*
Emily Pope McDonald (1909 - 1911)*
Margaret K. McDonald Brown (1915 - 2002)*
William Thomas McDonald (1856 - 1903)*
Albert Fitzgerald McDonald (1859 - 1924)*
Kirby S McDonald (1862 - 1886)*
Alexander Parker McDonald (1864 - 1938)
Mount Olive Cemetery
Maintained by: Bill Winner
Originally Created by: Dennis Alan Deel
Record added: Oct 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60241426