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 John Lackey

John Lackey

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Death 27 Nov 1913 (aged 67)
Burial Sherwood, Irion County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 21244748 · View Source
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FIRST DISTRICT AND COUNTY CLERK OF TOM GREEN IS DEAD

John Lackey, aged 68 years, died at the home of his brother, William Lackey, at Sherwood Thursday evening at 1:30 o'clock. The remains were interred in the Sherwood cemetery Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Many from here would liked to have attended the funeral had the condition of the roads permitted it and the death of this pioneer been generally known.

The Death of Mr. Lackey was caused by general debility. For the past several years he has practically been an invalid. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his many friends in West Texas, a wife and a daughter, Miss Lottie Lackey, both of whom reside in Dallas. The wife is an invalid and has been for many years. She lives with the daughter, Miss Lottie. Both attended the funeral.

John Lackey was the first county and district clerk of Tom Green County. This county was organized in 1875 and the following year he began his work in that position. He served in this capacity until 1888, when he was defeated by Capt. Duggan, now deceased. Mr. Duggan then held the office for an even twenty years. He was succeeded by County clerk James B. Keating. Mr. Keating was at one time a deputy of Mr. Lackey's. In the early days of the history of this county, the county seat was at Ben Ficklin. The change to San Angelo was made in 1882 shortly after Ben Ficklin was practically wiped from the map by floods. Among those who served as deputies under Mr. Lackey were J. T. Thomson, present city attorney of San Angelo; Wendell Spence, a brother of Judge Joseph Spence and now a prominent Dallas attorney; Ed Curd, A. Blakeney and Frank Hyatt. Oliver Rice was his last deputy. For a short time he was engaged in the real estate business here.

Mr. Lackey was born in Spencer county, Kentucky. In the early days he came to Texas and finally drifted to West Texas. At one time he drove a stage coach between here and El Paso via Fort Stockton. During those days he passed through many stirring episodes. During the Civil War he fought on the Southern side and was taken a prisoner and sent to Rock Island, Ill. It was at this time that he became acquainted with Sam Pollock, former county treasurer. Mr. Pollock was a soldier on the other side. The friendship formed there ripened and continued to the present time. After the war he came to West Texas and for years was a vital factor in its development. After his defeat for county and district clerk he went to Wharton county, where he served the people of that county for several years as county surveyor.

Those who knew Mr. Lackey intimately have always spoken of him in the highest terms as a man of spotless character, who was always ready to aid in any way he could a friend in distress. To meet him was to love and respect him for the many sterling qualities he possessed.
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San Angelo Daily Standard
Friday, November 28, 1913
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  • Created by: Scott Lackey
  • Added: 29 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21244748
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Lackey (20 Jul 1846–27 Nov 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21244748, citing Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood, Irion County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Scott Lackey (contributor 46927863) .