Robert Enoch Yantis

Robert Enoch Yantis

Kentucky, USA
Death 13 Apr 1929 (aged 80)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Athens, Henderson County, Texas, USA
Plot 1169 Sec. G
Memorial ID 63281618 · View Source
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Published in the Athens Review April 18, 1929

Col. Robert E. Yantis, age 80, and for seventeen years editor of the Review, was laid to rest in the city cemetery here yesterday, following funeral services at the new Christian church. The veteran editor was buried beside his wife, who preceded him in death some twelve years ago.

The remains, accompanied by a number of the children and friends of the family arrived here in the afternoon. The casket was carried immediately to the church where many friends of the former editor called to view the remains. The family and friends repaired to the McWilliams home on South Prairieville street where a large number of former acquaintance called to offer condolences.

Three of the children were unable to attend the funeral. A daughter, Miss Oma of Chicago could not reach here. Bob Yantis of New York was too ill to make the trip, while Lewis was at sea and could not be communicated with.

Rev. I.M. Lambert preached the funeral sermon, after which he called upon Hon. Henry Edwards, past president of Texas Press Association, to say a few words. Mr. Edwards paid a glowing tribute to the deceased and recalled the early struggle and difficulties he encountered in his newspaper career. He praised the life of Col. Yantis as exemplary and said that even though no monument should be placed at his grave, yet the world would remember him for his deeds. Mr. Edwards came as the personal representative of president Sam Miller of the Texas Press Association. Hon. Dick Harris, editor of the Rusk County News at Henderson and also past president of the Press Association was present as was Col. Dabney White, also a member of the association. A large beautiful wreath was sent by the organization to add to the profusion of flowers.

The family returned to Dallas immediately after the funeral.

Col. Yantis died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S.A. Myatt of Dallas on Sunday morning. He had been in ill health for more than a year and only recently resigned as state statistician of the Department of Agriculture.

Col. Yantis was born in Kentucky, but early in life came to Texas. He followed the teaching profession for many years before engaging in the newspaper business and was at one time a member of the faculty of the old Alexander Institute at Kilgore, which was later moved to Jacksonville and is now known as Lon Morris College.

Mr. Yantis established the Wills Point Chronicle and in 1900 purchased the Review. He conducted the latter paper for seventeen years. Later he published a paper at Belton.

He served two terms in the legislature from this county and was president of the Texas Press Association when that organization made it's famous trip to Mexico City.

A large number of former friends and acquaintances gathered at the church for the sad last rites.

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