Ben G. Stapleton, 82, Borden Native, Buried, Eagle Lake
Funeral services for Ben G. Stapleton, 82, native of Borden and lifelong resident of this county, were held December 29 at Eagle Lake, with burial in Lakeside Cemetery there.
Mr. Stapleton, brother of the late Mike Stapleton of Borden, who died in 1947, died at his home in Eagle Lake shortly after a heart attack December 27.
Born January 25, 1870, he was the son of Seaborn and Kathryn Stapleton.
Survivors include four sons, Ben and Dale of Eagle Lake, Cook of El Campo, and Warrant Officer F. B. Stapleton, stationed at Joliet, Illinois, six daughters, Mrs. Don Sims, Mrs. Arthur Hunt and Mrs. G. I. Jennings of Houston, Mrs. Oscar Smith of Highlands, Mrs. H. H. Rowe, Jr. of South Carolina and Mrs. Gordon Birdwell of Eagle Lake; 21 grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers.
One of the sons, Warrant Officer F. B. Stapleton, had spent Christmas Day at Eagle Lake and was on his way back to Illinois when the death occurred.
Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1953
Ben Stapleton, Former Weimar Resident, Buried
Funeral services were held June 30 at Eagle Lake for Ben Lee Stapleton, 60, native of the Weimar area, who died June 28 after a long illness.
Rev. Mrs. Selma Burger of Eagle Lake Mission Church officiated in the services. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery,
Born near Weimar Aug. 1 1895, the son of Ben G. and Cora Stapleton, he had been a prominent rice farmer and rancher at Eagle Lake for more than 35 years, going there after his return from World War I service. His only son, William Lee Stapleton, was Colorado County's first World War II fatality.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eunice Hoover Stapleton, whom he married in 1921; six sisters, Mrs. J. D. Sims, Houston, Mrs. Mollie Hunt of Jacinto City, Mrs. Cora Smith of Highlands, Mrs. Ruby Jennings of Houston and Mrs. Lou Birdwell and Mrs. Nell Rowe of Eagle Lake; and three brothers, Dale Stapleton of Eagle Lake, Boyd Stapleton of Detroit, Mich., and Cook Stapleton of Port Lavaca.
Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1956, page 5
Many friends throughout this section regretted to hear Wednesday of the death of that most estimable christian lady, Mrs. Kit Stapleton, which occurred near Borden after a long illness. Mrs. Stapleton had been a resident of this section for many years, practically her entire life being spent with in the confines of Colorado county. Throughout her entire life she was noted for her charitableness of heart, her thoughtfulness and solicitude for those about her, her ministrations to the sick and needy, and we are not exaggerating when we say that no one ever had a better friend and neighbor. She leaves an aged husband and several sons and daughters, all grown, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended. The funeral took place at the Borden cemetery.
Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1914
ROB”T STAPLETON DIES AT COLUMBUS
Columbus, Texas, Feb. 18.--Robert Stapleton, 46, died here early today, following an operation for appendicitis. Deceased was a native of Colorado county, He is survived by his widow and two children; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stapleton of Weimar, Texas; two brothers, E. C. Stapleton, Columbus, and Jim Stapleton of Weimar; seven sisters, Mrs. Felix Miles and Mrs. Urban McMillan of El Campo, Texas; Mrs. W. H. Austin, Fresno, Calif.; Mrs. Louis Watson, Edna, Texas, Mrs. Ben Harigel, La Grange, Texas; Mrs. Robert Barker, Kendleton, Texas, and Mrs. W. H. Wagley, Galveston. Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church here, Rev. W. D. Wyatt, pastor, officiating.--San Antonio Express. [Intermentin Odd Fellows’ Rest]
Many friends of the family throughout this section deeply regretted to hear of Robert Stapleton’s death. Born and raised in this section, he was known to nearly all of our people, and his death is sincerely deplored. He was truly a good man and citizen, a devoted husband and father, and his passing is viewed with deepest regret. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.
Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1933, page 1
Sad Death of Mr. Seaborn Stapleton Wednesday
Mr. Seaborn Stapleton, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Colorado county, passed away at the home of his son, Mr. Mike Stapleton, Wednesday, Dec 16, at 5:30 a.m.
Mr. Stapleton was born at Matagorda, Texas, April 12, 1838. In December of that year he was brought by his parents to what is now Borden, where he was brought up and where he spend all his life, except the time he was away in the Confederate Army during the war between the states, and twelve years which he spent in Waller county.
When the war broke out he went to Oakland and enlisted in the army, but being badly hurt in the falling of a horse while he was riding, he was unable to do service at that time. When he was able he went to Velasco and enlisted there.
At the close of the war he returned to Colorado County. Here he married and reared a family of eight children, who survive him and mourn his death. These children are four sons Mike, who lives about five miles from Weimar; Ben of Rock Island; Sam who lives in Harris county; and John of Eagle Lake; and four daughters Mrs. Edna Crowder, Katy Texas; Mrs. Annie Strane, Edna, Texas; Mrs. Sadie Davis, Waller, Texas; and Mrs. Susie Sojourner, Houston, Texas. Several of these were present during the last days of his illness.
Mr. Stapleton’s death was preceded by that of his wife by several years. Since that time he has lived with his children, the last years being spent at the home of his son, Mike.
For the last two years he was almost totally blind, and for several months prior to his death was confined to his bed. During this time he made very little complaint of suffering. In fact, he died of old age, rather than of any particular disease.
About fifteen years ago he made a profession of faith in Christ, and united with the Live Oak Baptist Church in which relation he lived consistently till the day of his death.
On Thursday afternoon at 2:30, his mortal remains were laid to rest in the Borden Cemetery beside his parents and his beloved wife, on the piece of ground once owned by his father and very near the spot on which the old home stood. A large number of friends were present. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. C. E. Dearman.
Mr. Stapleton lived a quiet, peaceful life. It is said that he never had any trouble getting alone [sic] with his neighbors. He was a food, lawabiding citizen, and a good man.
The Mercury joins a large number of friends in extending our sympathies to his sorrowing loved ones. May the God of all comfort them.
Weimar Mercury, December 25, 1925
Swift Stapleton's Funeral Services To Be Saturday
Swift W. Stapleton, colorful Negro resident of Colorado county, will be buried after funeral services Saturday afternoon in St. Paul Methodist church. Rev. Mason Johnson, pastor of St. Paul, will officiate. [Interment in Williams Cemetery.]
He died Sunday afternoon after a brief illness in Nightingale hospital in El Campo. His wife, Lena, died only last April.
Swift spent all his life in Colorado county in the Vox Populi community. Born there Mar. 21, 1885, he was a son of Martin Vann and Woodie Walker Stapleton.
One of the persons responsible for Extension service for Negroes, Swift was prominent in the cattle industry and a member of the Cattleman's Assn. For many years, he promoted cattle shows and rodeos and operated a cafe near Garwood. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and of the Columbus Improvement Assn.
Members of Prince Hall lodge will be pallbearers.
He is survived by a sister , Mrs. Juanita Ward of Garwood, a brother, Lloyd Stapleton of Sealy, nieces, a nephew and an aunt, Mrs. Selma Brown of San Antonio.
Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 1967
Wm. L. Stapleton, Eagle Lake Youth, Killed in Action
Word was received from the war department of the death of Wm. Lee Stapleton, 20, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lee Stapleton of Eagle Lake. Young Stapleton was a seaman first class and is Eagle Lake’s first war casualty, during the present conflict.
The message received by the parents stated he was killed in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The remains were interred in locale of death, the message said.
All of Colorado County mourns with the parents in the tragic death of this young man, who died that the rest of us may live.
Weimar Mercury, December 11m 1942, page 1
Stapleton’s Body Due At E. Lake Soon
The body of William Lee Stapleton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Stapleton of Eagle Lake, former Weimar people, is due to be returned home in the near future for burial there, it is reported.
The young sailor’s remains arrived with those of more than 2800 other war dead from the South Pacific area on February 10.
He was first buried on a small island about twenty miles from Guadalcanal. He will be given a military funeral at Eagle Lake when the remains reach that city, where the VFW post has been named for him.
Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1948
Body of Wm. Lee Stapleton To Arrive Here Soon
William Lee Stapleton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Stapleton, young Eagle Lake sailor who lost his life in a naval engagement in the South Pacific during World War II will shortly be returned to Eagle Lake for burial.
Young Stapleton, together with more than 2800 war dead from the South Pacific area arrived in the United States aboard the Transport “Cardinal O’Connell” at San Francisco February 10th.
Billy, as he was affectionately known to family and friends was born in Eagle Lake on August 29, 1922 and attended Eagle Lake School until his senior year when he sought the permission of his parents to enter the Untied States Navy on July 16, 1941 prior to the Pearl Harbor incident.
Together with six other Eagle Lake lads, Billy took his basic training in San Diego. He was serving aboard the U. S. S. McFarland when the ship was engaged in a naval battle and lost his life on October 16, 1942.
He was buried with full military honors on a small island about twenty miles from Guadalcanal. Last year his cemetery was abandoned and his body was brought to Guadalcanal to remain until arrangement could be made for the trip home. The “Cardinal O’Connell” is reported to have stopped in the Hawaiian Island for memorial services.
No definite word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Stapleton as to when the body will arrive in Eagle Lake for burial, but it is expected in the near future for interment in Lakeside Cemetery.
The newly organized Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars received the family’s permission to name their post in honor of this young sailor who was the first Eagle Lake serviceman to lose his life in action in World War II.
Eagle Lake Headlight, February 20, 1948