The Vernon Daily Record, TX, 9 Jul 1961 p1 c4
Mrs. Gandv, * Pioneer, * w w Dies Here Mrs. W. E. Gandy, 93, pioneer resident of Vernon died at her home, 221.6 Wilbarger, Saturday af- ter an illness of about two years, She had lived here since 1918. 1 Final rites will be conducted in j Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Neal Jones, pastor of I First Baptist Church officiating, j Other arrangements are not com- plete. Mrs. Gandy was born in Evergreen, Evergreen, Ala.. July 4, 1868 to Mr. and Mrs. J, I. Cook. Her mother died when she was about 16 years old. From Alabama the Cooks moved to Louisiana and Mrs. Gan- dv attended classes at rural schools. Mr. and Mrs. Gandy were married married at Negrete, La., Dec. 8, 188?. He farmed in Louisiana on property that formerly was a part of his father’s plantation. Mrs. Gandy often talked of emancipated slaves who refused to leave because they could not believe believe there was a better life other than under their former owners. owners. Mrs. Gandy s father at one time owned 100 slaves. W. E. Gandy was a building contractor contractor for many years in Vernon Vernon until he died in 1932. She was a member of First Baptist Baptist Church and was active in church work until she was unable to attend regularly. Among those surviving are four sons, E. H. Gandy, Kansas City, Mo., J. E. Gandy. Miami, Fla., R. D. Gandy, Crockett, Tex., W. H. Gandy of Spearman; six daughters. daughters. Mrs. Lucille Castleberry, Vernon, Miss Agatha Gandy, Vernon, Vernon, Mrs. D. E, Branch, Yuma, Ariz., Mrs. F. D. Crable, Tucson, to _ , „ . . „ Mra- S'!ln.h,a^^C“f tie Springs, Ariz., and Mrs. C. M Graham of Edgewood, N, M. Also 19 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and two great-great- grandehildren.