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  Alex Scott Matt Wheatley Obituary

Source:  Clipping in family album, believed to be from the Weekly Democrat-Gazette of McKinney, Texas

Former District Clerk Died in McKinney Sunday

A.S. (Matt) Wheatley Laid to Rest Monday Afternoon

Former District Clerk A. S. (Matt) Wheatley died at 8:45 o'clock Sunday Morning, October 16, at the family home, 801 West Josephine street, this city, after a period of illness extending over several years.  His condition had been critical for several days preceding his passing, which was expected by his beloved wife and children who were all at his bedside when the end came.

A Tennessean

Alex Scott Wheatley was born Feb. 11, 1868, at Danville, Tenn., being at the time of his death, 64 years, 8 months, and 3 days old.  He was the son of Jim Camp Wheatley* and wife, a prominant couple of Danville.  His father served as justice of the peace for a number of years and for eighteen years was a member of the state legislature of Tennessee.  When the deceased was only 21 years old, he came to Texas, in 1890, coming direct to McKinney.  He first made his home with the late R. A. (Bob) McLarry, former county tax collector of Collin County, on the latter's farm nearly three miles north of McKinney.  On November 25, 1890, he led to the marriage altar, Miss Emma Kate Hunn, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. F.M. Hunn.  The aged father is still living in McKinney at the age of 95.  The deceased farmed and in 1912 was elected district clerk of Collin county, in which position he served for two terms, or four years.  He later served as parkkepper of Finch Park in McKinney for several years.  He was a man of exceedingly friendly disposition who numbered his friends by his acquaintances.  He was a longtime member of the Christian church.  He was also a member of the Woodmen of the World.  His friends live in every community throughout Collin County and will be grieved at the news of his passing.  He was a man of integrity, patriotic in his motives, and wished to see everyone do well and was also public-spirited in matters relating to the common welfare.

Funeral Monday Afternoon
His funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the North McKinney Baptist Church of this city, being conducted by Revs. J. Ben Snider, A. H. Snider, and G. B. Bradshaw.  Interment followed in the McLarry Cemetery just north of town.

Active pallbearers were J. B. Cannady, A. L. Drain, Henry C. Miller, Frank Wolford, Hamp Wysong of Melissa, and A. J. Smith of this city.

The C. C. Harris Funeral home was in charge of the burial arrangements.

His Survivors
Besides his heartbroken wife, Mr. Wheatley is survived by the following children:  Mrs. Jim Foy of Petersburg; Frank Wheatley of McKinney; Mrs. A. C. Watson of Denton; Mrs. Elmo Cloyd of McKinney, and Weldon Wheatley, also at home.  His three deceased children were:  Carl Wheatley, Mary Etta Wheatley, and Willie Wheatley.  He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Bill Stogner of Celina, and one brother, Perry Wheatley of Tennessee.  He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Tokens of Sympathy
Many messages of sympathy and beautiful flowers came from friends from over the city and county and from other points in the state.  Among out-of-town relatives called here by his death were:  Scott Stogner, a nephew of Dallas; Mrs. Jim Foy of Crosby County, a daughter; his brothers-in-law, Jim Hunn of San Antonio; Clay Hunn of Bridgeport, Texas; Lud and Joe Hunn of near Aubrey; and his sister-in-law, Mrs. George Cole of Denton; his daughter, Mrs. Watson of Denton, was here when her father died.

*Although this obituary lists Alex Scott (Matt) Wheatley's father as Jim Camp Wheatley of Danville, TN, we believe, based upon his death certificate and other information contained within the obituary, that his father was actually James Knox Wheatley.

See Also:

Letter from Alex Scott (Matt) Wheatley to Jenny Kay Wheatley
Emma Kate Hunn Wheatley Obituary
Wheatley Genealogy
Alex Scott (Matt) Wheatley Death Certificate
Biography of James Knox Wheatley

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