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Duncan, Ann Elizabeth (Wells)


Ann Elizabeth Wells Duncan, 82, of Eagle Lake, passed away May 24 at her home.

She was born in San Benito, on Sept. 8, 1923, to Trula Harbert Wells and Robert Rush Wells. In 1931, her family moved to Columbus, where she attended the Columbus public schools. She graduated salutatorian of her class in 1940. She spent her freshman year at Texas State College for Women in Denton and then transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received a B.A. with high honors in 1944. After a brief period working for Braniff Airlines in Kansas City, Kan., she joined her family in Eagle Lake to teach English at Eagle Lake High School. She met Gardner Cameron Duncan at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake and they married there in 1946.

She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church and served as a representative to several Diocesan Councils and was chairman of the Church's 100 year celebration in 1985. She was a member of the Garden Club of Eagle Lake and was a junior judge for the Garden Club of America. She was a Charter Member and Life Member of the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary, Life Member of the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust, Life Member of the Texas Exes, Sponsor of the Stafford Opera House, and a member of both the Eagle Lake Study Club and the John Everett Chapter DAR.

Ann and Gardner raised their children, Dianne and Vance, at their ranch south of Eagle Lake. They enjoyed playing tennis, duplicate bridge and had many travels with the Flying Longhorns. She loved tending her garden and was proud of her native roses. She also loved to read and needlepoint.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Robert R. Wells, Jr.; sister, Carolyn Alvey Wells; and grandparents, Carrie Stafford Harbert and John Alvey Harbert, of Columbus and Susan Kimbrough Wells and Charles Morehead Wells, of Prosper.

She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Duncan Tucker and husband, Eliot, of Houston; son, Vance Cameron Duncan and wife, Victoria, of Fulshear; grandchildren, Ann Duncan Tucker, Payson Eliot Tucker, Harrison Vance Duncan and Meredith Victoria Duncan; sister, Trula Joyce Wells Russek, of Lafayette, La.; sister-in-law, Virginia Fair Frazar Wells, of Eagle Lake; nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones; and caregivers, Mercedes Sims, Rosie Lee Cotton, Wilma Shorter, Charlotte Williams, Charlotte Martin, and Anita Winfield and Millie Morales, of Hospice Support Care.

Funeral services were May 26, at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Stephen R. Whitfield, of Christ Episcopal Church and the Rev. Robbin Clipson, of the First United Methodist Church, of Bertram officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Payson Tucker, Jeffrey Gore, J. Scott Blair, Wells Crawford, Thatcher Crawford and Joe Mike Spanihel. Honorary pallbearers were Harrison Duncan, Arthur Anderson, Steve Balas, Robert Griffith, Dr. Tom Hancher, William H. Harrison, John Matthews, Joe Herbert McCreary, Joe Lee McCreary, Dr. Russell Thomas, and Dr. Leland Winston.

Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 577, Eagle Lake, Texas, 77434, to Hospice Support Care, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas, 77437 or to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, May 31, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Duncan, Annie Jo (Gardner)

Long-Time Eagle Lake Resident Mrs. Duncan Dies

Eagle Lake community lost another of its beloved longtime residents at 10:40 p.m. last Wednesday, November 3rd, when Mrs. I. V. Duncan passed away in the Laughlin Hospital. She had been confined to the hospital for three weeks prior to her death.

She was born Annie Joe Gardner, the daughter of Judge B. H. Gardner and Carrie Bonner Gardner on October 30th 1883, in Fairfield, Texas. Shortly afterwards her parents moved to Palestine where she lived until her marriage to I. V. Duncan on October 9th, 1906. They lived at Egypt, Texas until they moved to their ranch near Eagle Lake on December 26th, 1910. The family members have been prominent residents of this community since that time and engage in ranching and rice farming interest in this area.

Funeral services were held the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 5th, from the Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake. Officiating at the services were the Rev. Roland Resley, Episcopal Minister from Wharton, and her nephew, the Rev. Al Dealey, Presbyterian Minister from Dallas. Mrs. R. R. Wells, Jr. was organist.

She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as casket bearers were nephews: R Sewell of Sherman, Ben Sewell of Houston, Ben Carpenter of Dallas and P. A. Kostad Jr. of Palestine. Others were R. R. Wells Jr. and David Wintermann of Eagle Lake.

She is survived by: her husband I. V. Duncan; her son, Gardner C. Duncan; grandchildren, Dianne Duncan and Vance C. Duncan and sisters Mrs. Will Keller of Palestine, Mrs. W. A. Dealey of Dallas, and Mrs. P. A. Kostad of Palestine.

She was an active member of the Episcopal Church, the Women of Christ Episcopal Church, a charter member of the Eagle Lake Club, the Eagle Lake Garden Club and the Daughter of the American Revolution. She was one of the founders and the long-time director of the Eagle Lake Little Theater. She served as a trustee of the Calhoun School District.

Mrs. Duncan received a B. A. Degree from the University of Texas in 1905 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Ashbel Literary Society and was vice-president of her senior class at Texas. She was a long time member of the University of Texas Ex-Student's Association.

Her faithful service to her community and friends through these and many other activities won her great esteem not only among the citizens of this area, but over the entire state.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, November 11, 1965
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Duncan, Gardner Cameron


Gardner Cameron Duncan, 88, of Eagle Lake died Dec. 23, 1995 in Eagle Lake.

Born July 30, 1907 in Palestine, Texas, he was the son of Isaac Vance and Annie Joe (Gardner) Duncan. He was the grandson of Green Cameron and Mamie (Bowie) Duncan and Judge Benjamin Howard and Carolina Calhoun Bonner Gardner. On Feb. 16, 1946, he married Ann Elizabeth Well of Columbus at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Duncan, along with his family, moved to Eagle Lake from the Duncan family home in Egypt in 1910. He attended school in Calhoun school before attending to Eagle Lake High School, where in graduated in 1925. After a year at Virginia Military Institute, he entered the University of Texas and received his BBA in 1931. While at the University of Texas, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Texas Cowboys and was on the football team. After graduation, he worked for the Gulf States Life Insurance Company in Dallas for two years, before returning to Eagle Lake and partnership with his father in ranching and farming. He later continued the partnership with his son and daughter.

Mr. Duncan served as director and was a lifetime member of the University of Texas Dad’s Association, and was a director of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the First National Bank of Eagle Lake. He was also on the Calhoun and Eagle Lake school boards, and had served as president of the Eagle Lake Rotary Club. He had been on the Vestry and served as a treasurer and senior warden of Christ Episcopal Church.

He was a two goal player on the Houston and San Antonio polo teams and a member of the Eagle Lake Rod and Gun Club.

Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake. Serving as lector was John Matthews, crucifer was Sarah Matthews and organist was Mrs. Robert R. Wells Jr. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were Eliot Payson Tucker, Payson Eliot Tucker, Robert Griffith, John Matthews, Joe Herbert McCreary, Joe Lee McCreary, Joe Mike Spanihel and Dr. Russell Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers were Ben G. Carpenter, James H. Clipson, William H. Harrison, Jack Johnson, William N. Lehrer, Ben G. Sewell, Roy Sewell, W. W. Shuart, Robert R. Wells Jr., Dan Williams, David Wintermann and members of the Thursday Nite Bridge Club Partners.

Mr. Duncan is survived by his wife; daughter Dianne Duncan Tucker and husband Eliot Payson Tucker; son Vance Cameron Duncan and wife Victoria Lynn, grandchildren Ann Duncan Tucker, Payson Eliot Tucker, Harrison Vance Duncan and Meredith Victoria Duncan.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Box 577, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434 or the Eula and David Wintermann Library, 101 North Walnut, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434. Memorials may also be made to the Colorado County Texas Exes, 407 N. Walnut, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434 or the charity of the donors choice.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1996, page 10

Duncan, Hattie (Tait) and Baby


Many friends here were shocked and saddened last week on learning of the sudden death of Mrs. Hattie Tait Duncan, beloved wife of Mr. Lellius Duncan, formerly of Glidden, the sad event taking place in a San Antonio hospital Wednesday night of last week, following childbirth. The little babe also passed into the Great Beyond, and was buried in its mother’s arms on Thursday afternoon at Columbus. [Odd Fellows Rest]

Mrs. Duncan was formerly Miss Hattie Tait of Columbus, daughter of Mrs. Wm. Tait of that city, and in her girlhood days often visited friends in Weimar. She possessed a sweet, winsome disposition, and was greatly beloved by every one who knew her. She and her husband had been residing in San Antonio for the past two years.

She is survived by her husband, mother, and three brothers, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, May 21, 1926, page 1

Duncan, India (Green)


Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o’clock for Mrs. India Duncan who died yesterday in Uvalde at the home of her niece, Mrs. Roy Davenport, and Mr. Davenport.

Mrs. Duncan had been ill only since Sunday.

Since her marriage to John Duncan in 1885, she had resided in Columbus until September, 1947, when she moved to Uvalde to be with her niece. Mrs.(sic) Duncan died in August 1937. The couple had one child, John Green Duncan, who died in 1909 when he was in his early twenties.

Born Sept. 23, 1862, in Gonzales county, Mrs. Duncan was a daughter of William and Indiana Griffith Green.

Besides Mrs. Davenport she is survived by two other nieces, Mrs. P. R. Cruse and Mrs. T. T. Player, both of Houston. John Adkins of Columbus is her cousin.

Services this afternoon will be conducted at the Baptist church by Rev. Fulmer, pastor of the First Baptist church of Uvalde, and Rev. Joe Love of here. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest.

Pallbearers will be W. G. Dick, W. H. Miekow, Dr. W. W. Gunn, J. D. and Sam K. Seymour, Ellis and Gus Miller and Charles Rutta.

Colorado County Citizen, February 24, 1949, page 1

Duncan, John

Aged Resident of City Called by Death Friday

Mr. John Duncan Answers Call Just 25 Days Before He Would Have Been 99 Years of Age

Mr. John Duncan,oldest citizen of this city, passed out of this life last Friday. He had been in feeble condition for the past year, but had suffered no serious illness until a few days before his death.

Funeral service was held at the residence Saturday, Rev. M. O. Davis of the First Baptist church officiating and interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest. Pallbearers were G. H. Miller, Dr. W.W. Gunn, W. G. Dick, A. I . Chapman, J. D. Seymour, Sam K. Seymour Jr., W. H. Young and H. L. B. Skinner.

Mr. Duncan was born on the Duncan Plantation in Matagorda county on August 31, 1838, a son of John Duncan who fought in the battle of San Jacinto. He was educated by private tutors at the home and later attended the University of North Carolina, making the trip to that college by horseback. He graduated from the university in 1859. While in college he became a member of Phi Kappa Sigma as a charter member of Lambda Chapter, and he was at his death the oldest member of that fraternity. He also was the oldest alumnus of that university.

Mr. Duncan fought in the Confederate Army in Col. Bates' brigade, but on account of his health did not see service outside of Texas. He did guard duty on the Texas coast.

He was married to Miss India Green in Columbus in 1885 and had resided in this city since that time.

A number of years ago Mrs. J. Z. Hertzler of Houston, an enthusiastic member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, learned that Mr. Duncan was the oldest member of the fraternity, and since that time his picture and story have appeared in the national magazine and he has received many telegrams and letters of congratulatory nature. In July of last year he was one of the honorees of a luncheon held by the fraternity in Houston, although he was unable to attend.. A chapter of the fraternity is now being organized at University of Texas and will be named for Mr. Duncan.

At the funeral service here Mr. Hertzler furnished a beautiful vocal number. The service was attended by the following other members of the fraternity: James F. Amberg, representing Oklahoma, Clarence B. Cooper of Vanderbilt, Warner J. Cooper of Vanderbilt, Eugene S. George of Minnesota and Walker F. Johnson of Vanderbilt.

Relatives of the family attending were Mrs. T. T. Player and Mrs. T. R. Cruse and son, Sam Green Cruse, of Houston, Mrs. B. L. Vineyard of Eagle Lake, Mrs. William Green of Shiner, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Kerr and Mrs. India Martin of Muldoon, Mrs. Cal Newton of Waco and Mrs. Roy Davenport and Mr. Joe Vanham of Uvalde.

The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, August 12. 1937

Duncan, John Archer

John A. Duncan, Retired Railroad Veteran, Dies at 97

John Archer Duncan, former foreman for the Southern Pacific roundhouse at Glidden, was laid to rest Tuesday in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here following funeral services at the Columbus Funeral home and the First Methodist Church.

Rev. George Ricker of the Methodist church officiated at the rites for the 97-year-old railraod veteran.

He was forman at the roundhouse from 1880 to 1929 when he retired. He had lived with a son, L. O. Duncan in San Antonio, following his retirement.

Mr. Duncan’s wife died in 1940. Two sons, John C. Duncan of Baytown and L O. Duncan of San Antonio, and 2 daughters, Mrs. J. E. Currin of Houston and Mrs. Thomas A. Ridgway of Yoakum survive.

Three grandchildren and 8 great-grandchilden also survive.

Colorado County Citizen, August 9,1956

Duncan, John Green

Mr. John Green Duncan, only son of Capt. and Mrs. John A. Duncan of Columbus died in San Antonio Tuesday night, following and[sic] operation for appendicitis. “Jack” Duncan was 24 years of age, a lawyer with firm of Ball & Andrews of San Antonio and popular with all who knew him. He was married in San Antonio last April to Miss Elvira Benivides of Laredo. The remains were interred at Columbus Thursday.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 18, 1909, page 2

Duncan, Lida Abbie (Kuykendall)

Funeral Services for Mrs. J. A. Duncan Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Lyda Abbie Duncan, 79, of Glidden, who died Sunday at the home of her son at 203 Lovers Drive in San Antonio, were held here Tuesday morning at Columbus Methodist Church Rev. F. D. Charlton and Rev.Bolton Boone officiating.

Mrs. Duncan was born at Hallettsville February 10th, 1860, the daughter of Chas. and Collie Maple Kuykendall. She was a member of a pioneer Hallettsville family.

She is survived by her husband, J. A. Duncan; two sons, L. O.Duncan of San Antonio and J. C. Duncan of Seguin; two daughter, Mrs. J. E. Carrin of Houston and Mrs. Tom Ridgway of Yoakum; and five granchildren

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest , Columbus Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearer were Gus Obenhaus, Freeland Glithero, Harvey Hope, Louis Schulenburg, M. A. La___ and H. W. Ahrens.

Colorado County Citizen, February 1, 1940

Duncan, Mary Ann (Caldwell)

Duncan, Mrs. Mary Ann

"Grandma" Duncan of Glidden was called by death last Thursday night, at the ripe old age of 96, and a wave of sincere sorrow passed over the towns of Columbus and Glidden at her passing.

Her sweet, sympathetic disposition had endeared her to all those who were so fortunate as to come in contact with her life during the thirty years she had made her home with her son, John A. of Glidden.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in this city at four o'clock Friday, Rev. A. Guyon officiating, assisted by W. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist Church, and interment made at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Duncan was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, November 15, 1834 and was married to Mr. George W. Duncan in 1852. Mr. Duncan died soon after the Civil War, from wounds received in the war.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the sorrowing relatives.

Colorado Citizen, July 3, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Duncan, Mary Fannie

Little Mary Fannie, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Duncan, died at Glidden last Monday, and was buried at the Odd Fellows’ Rest in this city Tuesday. Our condolence is extended the bereaved.

Colorado Citizen, October 25, 1888, page 3

Duncan, Massey


Massey Duncan, 77, of Altair, passed away Dec. 3, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 21, 1926 in Honoraville, Ala. to Rollon L. and Lois Pearl (Massey) Duncan. Following high school, he attended Troy State Teachers College in Troy, Ala. He had been a resident of our area since the family moved to Eagle Lake in 1946. He worked in the family's Duncan & Son dry goods business and in 1974 opened M & M Western Store in Eagle Lake retiring in 1993. He married Mari Hannah Walker on March 5, 1950 in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandson, Ethan McQueen.

He is survived by his wife, Mari Hannah Duncan; daughter, Elizabeth McQueen, of Waxahachie; son, Tanner Walker Duncan; brothers, Joe Duncan of Eagle Lake, Robert Duncan of Houston and Dan Duncan of Lubbock; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He donated his body to medical science. A memorial service was conducted, Saturday, Dec. 6, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Janet Duncan and Bo McQueen officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 2003
Courtesy of The Citizen 

Duncan, Unknown

Columbus Citizen: The Citizen regrets to record the death last Tuesday of the bright and interesting 13-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Duncan of Glidden. The cherished form as laid to rest at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The bereaved parents have our sincere sympathy. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 15, 1901, page 3

Duncan, Will

Last Rites For Will Duncan, Respected Colored Citizen, Fri.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 12th, for Will Duncan, respected colored resident of this community, who passed away Sunday at his home. He had been in failing health for the past three months.

Will was employed for many, many years by the Frank Stephens Company and by C. B. Stephens and was held in high esteem by white and colored friends.

The Rev. S. Perkins will officiate at the services Friday afternoon at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Eagle Lake Community Cemetery Penn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived only by his wife, Panola Duncan, and a few distant relatives.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 11 Jan 1962, page 1
Contributed by Matt Cross
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