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Obituary of William Washington Loop

William Washington Loop was the first son and second child
of John Loop and Margaret Rebecca Spohr.
This obituary and the Rice Masonic Lodge's resolution of respect
were printed in the
Rice [Texas] Rustler in June 1913.
Obvious typesetter's mistakes and misspellings have been corrected.

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Death Came After More Than Three-
Quarters of a Century
Funeral at
Chatfield Cemetery.


It is with the deepest sorrow that we chronicle the death of one of Rice's oldest and most highly esteemed citizensWilliam W. Loopwhich occurred Wednesday evening, June 4, at 7:30 o'clock, at the home of his son-in-law, P. F.  Halbert, this city.

Mr. Loop had been in feeble health for several years, but was, until the last few months able to get about comparatively  well. About four weeks ago he was taken ill with la grippe and it was this that was the immediate cause of his death.  For several days he lingered on the threshold of death, and when at last death came there was no surprise.   During all his suffering and illness he never complained but was always cheerful and submissive.  But this was characteristic of Mr. Loop throughout his lifetime.   The end was peaceful.  To him death had no horrors.

William W. Loop was born in Indiana in 1836, and moved to Henderson County, Texas, in 1844.  Mr. Loop served in the Confederate army, and after the close of the war in 1865 he moved to Chatfield.  He remained at Chatfield until a few years
ago when he moved to Rice.  At Chatfield Mr. Loop was in the mercantile business, and farmed quite extensively and dealt in real estate.

He was also associated with the firm of Fortson Bros. & Loop at this place and later the firm of W. W. Loop & Son, which did business in the building now occupied by Loop, Walker & Harper.  Since the death of his wife, four years ago, Mr. Loop has retired from active business, having accumulated by conservative methods and good management quite a bit of this world's goods.

For sixty years Mr. Loop had been a consistent and faithful member of the Christian Church, and has ever been an ardent follower of the teachings of the lowly Nazarene.   But during his declining years was very active his church work, having greatly assisted in organizing the Christian Church here, and since its organization has kept it going by assisting in a financial way.  He was also a member of the Masonic lodge, having joined at Chatfield fifty years ago. From 1878 to 1881 he served the people of this precinct as County Commissioner, which was the only public office he ever held.

Mr. Loop is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ann Naudain of Chatfield, who is now 82 years of age; two sons, D. M. Loop, of this place, and John Loop, of Lueders; three daughters, Mrs. W. C. Garner, of Chatfield; Mrs. P. F. Halbert, of Rice; and Mrs. W. M. Harper, of Corsicana.


Resolution of Respect.


To the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of Rice Lodge 577 A. F. & A. M.

We, your committee formed for the purpose of drawing up resolutions covering the death of our deceased Brother, W. W. Loop, submit the following:

Bro Loop was born in Indiana in 1836; died June 1913, at 77 years of age.   He moved to Henderson County, Texas in 1844.  Shortly after this he volunteered and served as a soldier in the Confederacy.  After the War Bro. Loop settled at Chatfield, Navarro County, Texas, which has been his home up to a few years past when he moved to Rice.   Brother Loop followed mainly farming through life, at which avocation accrued a good amount of earth's possessions.  He was married some 55 years ago to Miss Naudain.  To this couple several children were born.  The living are:  D. M. Loop, of Rice; John Loop, of Lueders, Texas.  Three daughters, namely, Mrs. P. F. Halbert, of Rice; Mrs. W. C. Garner, of Chatfield, and Mrs. M. W. Harper, of Corsicana.

Bro. Loop's health began to fail him several years ago but he bore his afflictions with that fortitude, patience and love that becomes a perfect man, noble Christian and devout Mason.  This trait was united in the character of Brother Loop and nothing was, has been nor never will be said contrary to the fact but what he lived as he desired to die, and died peacefully with God and all mankind.

His life long companion preceded him to that Heavenly Haven some four years ago and we know their meetings and associations have again become mutual and that they are reposing in the New Jerusalem where they know as they were known.

Bro. Loop was a sincere and devout believer in the Church, being for sixty years a member of the Christian Churchof which faith he was a constant attendant.

We realize by his perfect life, clean character, unfaltering obedience to God's command, that Heaven has gained a Holy Saint and this lodge lost a faithful brother.

But we know he is now reposing in that perfect joy that his mind for sixty years has held visionary conception of and we have no other alternative only to say, "Yea though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death thy rod and thy staff they comfortest us."

Brother Loop's last remains were laid to rest in the Chatfield cemetery where many of his old earthly friends have gone before and we trust it is with them as it was with him.

We trod earth's barren spot seeking for some caresses, some impregnable hope but thanks be to God as it was with Brother Loop, his steadfast faith in God, his perfect hope of immortality and his continued charity to his fellow man has caused him to know and we too believe that the perfect day to the perfect soul is only found in death.

We know that his soul is not among the blest where the grim tyrant death hath no horrors, and we feel assured by his past life that he will know as he was known, and that his soul has been transported from this imperfect to that all perfect Lodge above, where God in His court of love is the Grand Master in charge and where the rap of the beetle never ceases.

For fifty years Bro. Loop paid tribute at God's shrine of Masonic devotion, offering up his benedictions to that Master grander than all Masters, who now he beholds in the east wing of the Grand Lodge of Heaven.

In testimony of our sincerity of the above it is the desire of Rice Masonic Lodge that this memorial be published in our paper, a copy of said paper to be delivered to his children and in indelible imprint be made upon the hearts of the members of Rice Lodge 577 A. F. & A. M. in this hour of our sadness and Brother Loop's glorification.

                                        W. M. Moseley
                                        W. R. Smith

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