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 David Simon Gentry

David Simon Gentry

Grayson County, Texas, USA
Death 6 Aug 1926 (aged 52)
Temple, Bell County, Texas, USA
Burial Sherwood, Irion County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 21378739 · View Source
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Married Maude Mae Tyson, 7 Nov 1894, in Mills Co., TX.
"Sixty Three Years of Married Life on the West Texas Plains" by Nora GENTRY LOCKLIN, September 1987, McCamey, Texas: "My father, David Simon Gentry, 'Papa', died August 6, 1926, in Scott and White Hospital at Temple, Texas, with a tumor on his brain. Sam Holmes and I were with him. He had fierce headaches all summer and was in the Shannon Hospital in San Angelo. We took a Pullman car on the Santa Fe railroad. I knew he was worse whin we got to Brownwood. His death was a blow to me. He was buried in the Sherwood Cemetery by Alvin, my brother." "Papa was elected County Tax-Assessor and collector (Irion County) in 1914. Myrtle and I had to help him make up the Tax Assessor's roll during the summer vacation....Papa was elected County Judge in 1922. He served two years as County Judge and six years as Tax-Assessor."

"A History of Irion County Texas", Irion County Historical Society, published by Anchor Publishing Company, San Angelo, Texas: - Article by daughter Nora: "David Simon Gentry was born 30 June 1874 in Grayson County, Texas. His family moved to Mills County, Texas and he attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood. He married Maude Mae Tyson, another HPC student, in 1894. After the marriage Dave helped his father, J A Gentry run a livery stable and wagon yard in Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas." "In 1902, J A Gentry homsteaded four sections in Reagan County and as he wished Dave to be near him, Dave bought a half section of unimproved land at Arden in Irion County. He and a hired hand drove a covered wagon to San Angelo and bought supplies and lumber to build a one room house on the land."

"In January 1906, the Gentry family: wife, Maude, daughters Myrtle and Nora, and son Alvin, joined Dave in his pioneer home. The family traveled by the Santa Fe Railroad from Mullin to San Angelo. There Dave met the wife and children in a wagon with a team of horses as there were many more supplies to be bought and carried to their home fifteen miles away." "In May 1906 another girl, Ilene, was added to the pioneer family. Doctor Williams came in his buggy from Sherwood, fifteen files away, to deliver the baby. The neighbor women helped the Gentry couple during this time. After one year and making a good crop on the farm, Dave realized that he was too far, three miles, from school, so he sold the land in 1906 and bought a house in Sherwood, and an irrigated farm in Spring Creek." "January 1907, Myrtle, Nora and Alvin began school in Sherwood." "A baby boy, Tyson, came to the Gentry family in July 1909." "All five Gentry children graduated from Sherwood High School and attended colleges. Dave always said that he wanted five High School Diplomas and would like very much to have five college ones also. Alvin died at college in Abilene, December 1918, during the World War I flu epidemic." "Dave was elected Irion County Tax-Assessor in 1915 and served until 1922. Myrtle and Nora helped him make up the tax roll in the hot summer months during vacation. The office was on the west side of the courthouse and there was no air-conditioning nor ice." "1923, Dave was elected County Judge. He died in August 1926. His children have each lived a productive life as was his ambition."

"Mrs Maude (TYSON) GENTRY was ninety-one when she passed away and was active in church and civic affairs up to the time of her death."

Above furnished by Mrs Dee LOCKLIN.

Civilian registration cards completed in 1917-1918"

Above Bio Received Courtesy of:
Lynda Duncan Miles (#47070549)

Note: Mrs. Dee Locklin is Nora Bernice Gentry Locklin, daughter of David Simon Gentry and Maude Mae Tyson Gentry.

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  • Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
  • Added: 5 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21378739
  • Lynda Duncan Miles
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David Simon Gentry (30 Jan 1874–6 Aug 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21378739, citing Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood, Irion County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Sarah Locklin Taylor (contributor 46921363) .