|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1878|
|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1913|
Mr. Presley died when the Odd Fellows three story brick building on the McKinney Square collapsed on Thursday, January 23, 1913. Fifth to sixty people were buried beneath the debris.
The body of R.N. Presley, aged 35 years, who died from results of burns received while pinned under the debris of the collapsed building, is now at his home in the southwest part of McKinney. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. C.C. Young, pastor of the First Methodist Church. Mr. Presley having been a member of the M.E. Church for several years. The burial will not ake place until tomorrow and probably not until Sunday, as the family is awaiting the arrival of relatives. Mr.Presley was born in Alabama. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Presley of Bowie, who arrived here this morning. He is also survived by three brothers and three sisters. Mr. Presley had resided in McKinney for the past twelve or fiftenn years. Seven years ago he was married to Miss Sophia Moore of this city. His wife and a little thriteen-month-old daughter, Emma Lou, survive. He was a member of the K. of P. of this city.
R. NORMAN PRESLEY
[victim of the McKinney building collapse]
The funeral of R. N. Presley was held at the home at 4 o'clock Saturday evening, Rev. C. C.; Young, pastor of the First Methodist Church of this city, officiating. A large crowd was present to pay respects to the last one of the victims to be laid to rest in beautiful Pecan Grove cemetery.
Norman Presley was one of McKinney's most popular dry goods clerks. Everyone loved to trade with him. He was a quiet, unassuming Christian gentleman, with a kindly word and a pleasant greeting for everyone. It is said that while he lay mortally wounded, facing death, he told them where to look for Mr. Bush on whom he was waiting when the crash came. Brave, kindly Norman Presley. He died like a hero, thinking of others' welfare. The pallbearers were Vernie Graves, W. B. Benge, Si Lucas, S. G. Surratt, P. L. White, J. F. Cole, J. H. White, J. H. Ferguson, and J. K. P. Shrader. The other surviving employees of Cheeves Bros. attended the active list of pall bearers named above as a special mark of the love and esteem in which the deceased was held. After the religious services were over at the home the members of Defiance Lodge No. 28, K or P., took charge of the remains of their beloved brother and preceeded the long funeral procession to the grave where a large crowd had remained over from attending the other funerals hours before.
Besides his wife and year old baby the immediate relatives of the deceased were all present. Their names and residences are as follows: The aged father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Presley of Bowie, Texas, his brothers, John Presley of Wichita Falls; Will Presley, El Paso, Walter Presley, Bowie, His sisters: Mrs. Forest Chandler, Oklahoma City, Misses Anna and Crawford Presley of Bowie, Texas. The grave was banked with rare and beautiful floral offerings, the sweet tokens of love and esteem. [The McKinney Examiner, McKinney, Texas, January 30, 1913.]
Sophia Moore Presley (1875 - 1965)*
Pecan Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Sep 15, 2005
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