McKinney Courier Gazette, May 24, 1933 Pages 1 and 4
BELOVED OLD M’KINNEY MOTHER SUDDENLY DIES
MRS. T. E. APPLE HAD LIVED HERE MORE THAN 50 YEARS
Death messenger on swift wings called at 4:30 o’clock this morning for the soul of Mrs. T. E. Apple, 81 years, 4 months and 19 days old, was one of our city’s most beloved old mothers and fine Christian characters. She had not been well in recent weeks, but was able to be up and around her home. About an hour before she died, she arose and put on her dress but soon laid down again on her bed without complaining of anything specially hurting her, but her daughter, Mrs. Avo Hutchins, noticed a little later that she was laboriously breathing and summoned some of the neighbors who were present at the bedside when her apparently painless death ensued.
Funeral services will be held at the family residence, 548 North Tennessee street, at 4 o’clock tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon conducted by her pastor, Dr. Claude M. Simpson of the First Methodist church. Interment will follow beside the grave of her husband in Pecan Grove cemetery, who preceded her to the grave nearly twenty-six years ago.
Burial arrangements are in charge of the Sam J. Massie & Son Funeral home.
Active pall beareres: Walter B. Wilson, Gibson Caldwell, A__ G. Wilson, Clifford
Gosetree, A. Q. Forte, and J. Frank Smith.
Born in Tennessee
Miss Tennessee Ella Apple was born January 4, 1852, in Smith county, Tennessee, being the daughter of a Methodist minister and also the granddaughter on her mother’s side of Rev. Mr. Timeberlake, another prominent pioneer Tennessee Methodist divine. She received fairly good educational advantages for that early day, attending college in Nashville, Tenn. In early childhood she professed her religion in which she faithfully lived the remainder of life. She was married, December 21, 1871 to G. B. Apple, at Snow Creek, Tennessee. Although her maiden name was the same as her husband, yet they were not related and of different families. They moved to Texas in December 1881, and lived about thirteen years on a farm east of McKinney. They moved to McKinney in 1894, where her husband engaged in the papering and painting contracting business, being an expert at that trade which he followed until his death, October 20, 1908.
Mrs. Apple is survived by five sons and there daughters as follows: Will B. Apple, Sam Apple, both of McKinney; Boss, Belmont and Roy Apple, all of Dallas; Mrs. L. L. Pittman of McKinney, Mrs. Gertrude Dedmon of Fort Worth and Mrs. Avo Hutchins of
McKinney. One child died in babyhood. She is also survived by twenty-eight
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Apple was an old-fashioned, devout Christian mother, whos (b)rooked no
compromise between good and evil, and in her modest, loving life of service to her loved ones and those about her. She ruled by the strength of her tender love and gentleness. Her motherhood spirit was not limited by any means to her own children and grandchildren, but embraced many others who came under the influence of her modest devoted spirit and whos lives responded to her kindly influence and teachings and bear the stamp of her Christian ideas and character. As has been said, “For such there is no death; but a beauty and dignity in the home-going.”
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