John married December 2, 1905 in Rio Vista, Johnson County, Texas, Mattie Evelyn Lacewell who was born c1881 in Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia and who died October 19, 1969 in Electra, Wichita County, Texas.
The known children of John and Mattie were:
On the 1910 census of Precinct 2, Johnson County, Texas, John and his family appeared as follows:
This family was enumerated #369/376 on pg 197a. Many of John's aunts/uncles and other relatives lived in the same precinct. His parents had moved to Scurry County, Texas, by this time. Other neighbors were ? Green, J W Adams, S J Sligh, Stin Ince, Jim Cooper, Henry Cooper, E C Dorsey, W H Carper, ? L Pate, and H A Menefee.
John and Mattie's had two children who did not marry and died relatively young. Their son Homer died at age 46. His obituary read as follows:
Funeral services were conducted at the Olney First Methodist church officiated by Rev. Thomas Forester, pastor. Kerbow Funeral home had the arrangements. An independent oil supply dealer of Wichita Falls, Pyeatt died from injuries suffered in a highway accident southeast of Jacksboro on the Fort Worth Highway. He was found lying beside his wrecked car. Pyeatt lived at Memphis and Thrift before moving to Wichita Falls with his family in 1919. Survivors: brother - Joe Pyeatt; three sisters - Mrs. Alice Bishop, Mrs. Thelma King, Miss Lora Pyeatt.
I notice that wife or children were mentioned. However, his parents were also not listed as survivors, only his siblings.
John died the year following Homer's death. I can only imagine how Mattie dealt with those two blows so close together. John's obituary appeared as follows:
Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church for J.S. Pyeatt, 71, Olney resident for 27 years. Rev. Wallace J. Shelton, Methodist pastor, assisted by Rev. Thomas Forester, Cumberland Presbyterian pastor conducted the services. Pyeatt, retired oil pumper came to Olney in 1925. He was a long-time member of the Methodist church and Woodmen of the World. Survivors: widow; son - Joe Pyeatt of Longview; three daughters - Lora Pyeatt of Olney, Mrs. Wooten Bishop of Kamay, Mrs. S.E. King of Archer City; brother - L.E. Pyeatt of Torrence, CA, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Just four years after John's death, his oldest daughter died. Since she never married, I have to wonder if she had been in ill health for much of her life. The obituary does not shed any light on that speculation.
Lora's obituary appears as follows:
Funeral held at Olney for Miss Lora Inez Pyeatt, 54, at the Olney First Methodist church. Rev. E.H. Lightfoot, pastor, officiated. Miss Pyeatt lived most of her life in Archer and Young Counties. She had been in Wichita Falls for about three months. Survivors: her mother - Mrs. Mattie E. Pyeatt of Olney; one brother - Joe Pyeatt; two sisters - Mrs. Wooten Bishop, Mrs. S.E. King.
Mattie outlived John for many years and does not appear to have remarried. She eventually moved closer to her daughter, Thelma King who had moved to Electra from Archer City.
Mattie's obituary appears as follows:
Services for Mrs. Mattie Evelyn Pyeatt who died in an Electra nursing home were held from the First United Methodist church in Olney. Rev. Ira Thompson, pastor of the First United Methodist church in Electra officiating with Rev. J.L. Davenport assisting. Funeral under the direction of James B. Totten and Sons funeral home of Electra. Mrs. Pyeatt resided in Olney many years before moving to Electra in 1966. Survivors: two daughters - Mrs. S.E. King of Electra, Mrs. Whooten Bishop of Englewood, Colorado; two brothers - Clint Lacewell and P.D. Lacewell, both of Cleburne; five grand; 11 great.
I do not know when John and Mattie's daughter, Thelma, died. However, Alice died in 1991 and her husband in 1992. Both are buried in Restland Cemetery with Alice's parents. Alice's husbands obituary was as follows:
Funeral services for Wooten Bishop, 89, were held Tuesday afternoon in Lunn Funeral Home Chapel with Scotte Clark, minister at Hamilton Street Church of Christ, officiating. Bishop had lived in Olney since 1970. He and Alice Pyeatt were married April 21, 1928, in Megargel; she died June 28,1991. A retired oil field pumper, Bishop had also served as custodian of Olney ISD for seven years. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Boswell of Englewood, Colo.; one sister, Opal Hankins of Arlington; three granddaughters; and three great grandchildren.
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