Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday – Marker & Obituary of Francis “Frank” Marion Hefner

Francis Hefner (Marker photograph courtesy of Arliss Ceccarelli. Photo taken Sept 2009.)

Francis “Frank” Marion Hefner

Birth: 1847 in Alabama

Death: 21 June 1926 in Stephens County, Texas

Burial: 30 June 1926 at Eliasville Cemetery in Eliasville, Young, Texas



Obituary Transcription


Pioneer Citizen

Passes Quietly

To Great Beyond


It falls to the lot of the Ameri-

ca to again record the death of

another hardy and honorable pio-

neer, in the passing away on Mon-

day evening at 6:30 o’clock of Frank


Death came suddenly to this

grand old citizen of Stephens coun-

ty, at the Clear Fork hanch [ranch] home

of his son, Tom C. Hefner. The

father was in as good health as

usual and with T. M. Corbett, a

neighbor and special friend of the

family for many years, was engaged

in a game of pitch with his son’s

children. The son was keeping the

score, when his father arose from

the table, asking Tom to take his

place. The elder stepped out and

got a drink of water, then return-

ed to his room and sat down in a

chair. Presently he arose and went

to the bed and lay down. Both men

steppened into the room and observed

that Mr. Hefner was ailing. A bot-

tle of soda water was brought and

he drank it, being entirely con-

scious. In a few moments, however,

he fell into a coma and was soon

beyond human ken or aid. The sud-

denness and unexpectedness of his

demise spreads a dark cloud of sor-

row over the home with attendant

grief and anguish to loving hearts.

In addition to the son already

mentioned, deceased is survived by

his aged widow and the following

children: Mrs. Clara Smith of Swen-

sondale: Mrs. Kate Hughes, Tucson,

Ariz.: Mrs. Lily Cummings, Alvara-

do: Mrs. Jennie Robinson, Abilene:

Andrew Hefner, Spur. These, with

the exception of Mrs. Hughes are ex-

pected to reach here in time to at-

tend the funeral Wednesday after-

noon at 3 o’clock at Eliasville, near

where stands the Hefner old home.

Rev. Schneider of Breckenridge,

Presbyterian minister, will conduct

the funeral, which will doubtless be

very largely attended. In the Elias-

ville cemetery Frank Hefner will

rest beside the remains of his fath-

er, A. J. Hefner, a pioneer of the

county who passed away 33 years


The Hefners came from Alabama

to Texas in the early days of the

state and numerous members of the

family settled in the Lone Oak com-

munity in Hunt county. Among those

early settlers by that name were

several brothers, one of these the

father of Frank Hefner.

Two of these drifted west and

others remained in Hunt county,

being among the highly esteemed

and honored citizens of the county.

Those coming west maintained the

reputation of the family for probity,

uprightness of character and other

elements of good citizenship, and

wherever you find a Hefner there is

nobility and manly traits, such as

friends and neighbors delight to

own and appreciate. Frank Hefner

was all these and even more and

surviving sons and daughters can

take comfort from the rich heri-

tage of well-spent and fruitful life,

with uplifting examples set before

them by an honored father.

May the clods of Stephens county

rest lightly upon his coffined form

and may loved ones prepare to meet

him again where no heartaches and

cruel separations ever come.


Citation of digital image that contains obituary per The Portal to Texas History website:

Lockett, W. C., editor. Breckenridge Weekly Democrat (Breckenridge, Tex), No. 46, Ed. 1, Friday, June 25, 1926, Newspaper, June 25, 1926; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth69108 : accessed May 28, 2010), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Breckenridge Library, Breckenridge, Texas.

Link directly to the newspaper:

"Breckenridge Weekly Democrat (Breckenridge, Tex), No. 46, Ed. 1, Friday, June 25, 1926 : The Portal to Texas History"


Link to photo of Frank Hefner and his wife, Matilda Skenell Key Hefner:

"Man and Woman in Farm Yard : The Portal to Texas History"


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