1849. Theresa Ruth Hunter
was born on 17 Jul 1900 in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas.
(1418)(1090) She died on
2 Apr 1948 in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. She was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery,
Merkel, Taylor County, Texas.(1419)
From the Merkel Mail, Merkel, Texas, Friday, April 9, 1948, Front Page:
MILITARY RITES HELD HERE FOR WAC CORPORAL
Body of Mrs. Ruth Hunter McManus, Who Died at El Paso, Brought Here for Burial
Funeral services, with full military rites, were held at 2:30 Monday afternoon
at the chapel of Barrow-Sheppard Funeral home for WAC Corporal, Mrs. Ruth Hunter
McManus, 47, with Rev. R. L. Butler, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating,
assisted by Minister Troy Cummings of the Church of Christ.
The remains of Mrs. McManus, who died Friday at William Beaumont General hospital,
El Paso, where she had been a patient most of the time since September of last
year, arrived here on the eastbound Sunshine Special Sunday morning, with her
husband, T-Sgt. McManus, as escort, and was met by an honor guard from Merkel
Post 5683, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Burial was in the Rose Hill cemetery under direction of the Merkel VFW Post.
Body bearers were Harold Reynolds, Howard Carson, Horace Boney, Ralph Tarpley,
Leon Walker, Waymon Adcock; honorary pallbearers, Doyle Selfried, Lester Derton,
Vernon Mansfield, L. A. Dudley, Murray Toombs, R. D. Ely, Lloyd Robertson and
The escort, or firing squad, included Powell Miller, Alston Newton, Jesus Moreno,
Vincent Barnett, George Reidenbach, Robert Higgins, Marvin DuBose; color guards,
E. L. Tarpley, Marvin Perkins; color bearers, Glynn Robertson, J. P. Click; bugler,
Forrest Glenn Barnett; chaplain, rev. R. L. Butler; assistant chaplain, Minister
Troy M. Cummings.
Born Ruth T. Hunter, on July 17, 1900, daughter of Mrs. J. H. Hunter, now of
Midland, and the late Mr. Hunter, Corporal McManus was reared in Merkel. She
enlisted in the Woman's Army Corps in 1944 and was on duty most of the time at
Survivors include her husband, T-Sgt. John B. McManus, stationed at William Beaumont
General Hospital, El Paso, to whom she was married in November, 1946; her mother;
two children by a former marriage, Mrs. W. L. Russell, Merkel, and Roy R. Coats,
Jr., Chicago, Ill., and 5 grandchildren.
Four brothers and three sisters also survive. The brothers are: Emmett Hunter,
Alpine, and W. L. Hunter, J. J. Hunter, and James Hunter, all of Midland; three
sisters, Mrs. Otto Kappleman, South San Antonio, Mrs. Ellsworth Bell, Trent,
and Mrs. Grady Baldwin, Fort Worth.
She was married to Roy Robert Coats Sr. (son of Elisha
Dee Coats and Alice Gertrude Tucker) on 13 Jun 1920 in Eastland
Roy Robert Coats Sr. was born on 6 Aug 1898 in Merkel, Taylor County,
Texas. He appeared on the census on 19 Apr 1930 in Albany, Shackelford County,
Texas.(1420) He died on 30 Nov 1970
in Morencini, Arizona. He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Merkel, Taylor County,
Texas.(1421) Theresa Ruth Hunter and
Roy Robert Coats Sr. had the following children:
Elizabeth Dee Coats.
Roy Robert Coats Jr..
She was married
to John B. McManus in Nov 1946.