Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - A. B. Martindale (1887-1961)

Arthur Bryant Martindale was my granduncle, the younger brother of my paternal grandmother Mamie Olive (Martindale) Spurlock. He married Aurrie Belle Goodman on 27 May 1912. They had one daughter, Louise, who died in 1942. He was a railroad worker with the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, commonly known as the “Cotton Belt.”

“A. B. Martindale's Services Friday

Funeral services for A. B. Martindale, 73, 525 W. Phillips, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Lloyd James Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Martindale died Wednesday at Cotton Belt Hospital in Texarkana.

The Rev. C. Weldon Sanders and the Rev. Leo Rudd will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Born in Irondale, Mo., Mr. Martindale had lived in Tyler since 1912. He was a member of the KP Lodge, the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Trinity Baptist Church. He was employed by the Cotton Belt 32 years.

Surviving are his wife, a sister, Mrs. Mayme Spurlock of Houston, several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Warren McDonald, Shirley DeLand, Clyde Bentley, J. W. Manning, Dick Allen, Frank Smith, J. W. Blalock and W. B. Bradley.”

[Source: Undated obituary for A. B. Martindale from unknown newspaper, Spurlock, Mamie Olive (Martindale), Scrapbook, ca 1950-1970; privately held by Cheryl Anne (Chaney) Beaver, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lone Grove, Oklahoma. 2010. Photocopy in possession of Denise Spurlock.

© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. I always appreciate the listing of pallbearers.

    1. Me, too, because the pallbearers are often members of the deceased's extended family.