History Vol. I 1976
Wayne Spiller, Compiler
Mr. Schooley was the father of several sons and daughters and has numerous
widely scattered descendants in the counties of McCulloch, Mason, and elsewhere.
One son, Jim, lives in Brady at 2113 South Pine Street.
This is not a story of Mr. Schooley's life, but a story of his funeral, one of the most vivid of this compiler's little-boy memories.
Mr. Schooley had lived last on the T. J. Spiller Lost Creek Place about a half mile east of the creek by that name. The compiler remembers him as a tall, dignified gentleman with a long, grey beard, and in the mind of the compiler at that time, he seemed very, very old.
As the funeral procession moved from the Schooley home toward Voca, friends and neighbors gathered at the church in Voca; the compiler, with his parents among them.
The hearse was not motorized, but a farm wagon pulled by two horses, Mr. J. E. (Wild John) Davis was stationed at the church beside the bell rope anchored to the heavy bell in the church steeple. A lookout was placed in such a position as to be able to signal Davis when the funeral procession topped the hill about a half-mile east of the church.
With the lookout’s signal the bell began to toll. The compiler, aware in advance of the significance of the tolling bell, began counting each slow measured ring. When the bell had tolled 30 times, the procession had about reached the half-way mark between the hill and the church. At 45 times, about three-fourths that distance. As the procession reached the church, the 61st and final toll sounded.
Frank D., Schooley was born 22 July 1859. He had died during his 61st year, and 61 does not now seem ancient at all!