Ed Lacey © Hammon Advocate Thursday, 08 Apr 1949 Submitted by: Leila Evett
Ed Lacey, age 65 years, died from a heart attack, on Sunday afternoon, March 14, while overseeing work at his ranch, near Coolidge, Arizona.
He was a pioneer rancher of Arizona, having lived there 36 years.
Mr. Lacey was born at Brownwood, Texas on September 18, 1882.
He came to the Hammon vicinity with his parents and resided here for 20 years.
Survivors are the deceased's widow, Mary Lacey of Coolidge, Arizona; two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Ford and Miss May Lacey both of Hammon, Oklahoma; two brothers, George Lacey of Hammon, Oklahoma; and Josh Lacey of Coolidge, Arizona; a daughter, Mrs. Anna Humphries of Coolidge, Arizona; three grandsons, Lloyd Humphries of Fort Worth, Texas; and Robert and Dick Humphries of Coolidge, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Ford and their son Dennis Ford of Morton, Texas; and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Humphries were present at the funeral.
The last rites were conducted in Cole and Maud Chapel by the Reverend Earl Ward, pastor of Coolidge Community Church on March 18. Interment was in the Valley Memorial Park.
In the town of Coolidge, plans had been made to present the Reverend Earl Ward with a new Chevrolet sedan on Easter Sunday, showing the love and high esteem the people held for this minister, who had done so many kind things for not only his church members, but for all creeds. Mr. Lacey had announced that he wanted the car presented on Sunday, March 14, so all donors were at church that morning. We reprint from the Coolidge Examiner the following:
"Ed Lacey, pioneer Coolidge rancher, was among the foremost who sponsored the gift of the car--in fact it had been his idea to begin with. He wasn't a member of Earl Ward's church, but had felt the pastor's understanding in an hour of need. Ed Lacey was among the crowd when the car was presented."
That evening Ed Lacey was dead from a heart attack, and the first trip Earl Ward made in his new car was to the Lacey Ranch.
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