Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 152
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Sgt. J. Dick Woolridge
November 21, 1901 - July 16, 1946
J. Dick Woolridge was born November 21, 1901 at Oakland, the son of Mr.
and Mrs T. J. Woolridge of Eagle Lake. Woolridge was beyond the draft age when he
enlisted on October 10, 1940. He became a sergeant in the 474th Infantry. He died at
a Fort Worth hospital, on May 23, 1946, following a stroke. The newspapers reported
that his death was a direct result of injuries suffered in the war. He was buried at Lakeside
Cemetery in Eagle Lake. The local American Legion chapter conducted a military funeral
service. Rev. A. D. Jameson of Eagle Lake's Colley Memorial Methodist Church
officiated. Woolridge was survived by his parents and two sisters, Hazel Havens and
Tommie Nicewander, and a niece, Shelby Havens.96
Those from Outside Colorado County
Regardless of how broadly one defines the expression, "from Colorado
County," there will be those with associations with the county who cannot be said to
be from the county. We have chosen to include in the main body of this text all those
listed on the courthouse plaque, whether or not close scrutiny of their lives warranted
their inclusion. Also included are certain others whose ties to Colorado County are strong
enough, whatever the circumstances that resulted in the omission from the plaque, that
any rational discussion must include them as Colorado County men. Those who for one
reason or another, usually a strong claim by some other county, could not be considered
true Colorado County men, but who nonetheless had ties to the county, are discussed
in this section. They are arranged alphabetically rather than chronologically by date of
Cpl. Leroy L. Addicks
Died May 1945
Leroy L. Addicks, the son of the Louis and Minnie Kenerka Addicks, enlisted
in 1943. His father operated a farm north of Weimar until October 1944, after which he
moved to Yoakum. Addicks was a corporal, serving with the 739th Medium Tank
Battalion, S. P. Mine Exploders, when he was killed by a mine in Germany in early May
1945. His family was notified in early June. On June 9, his despondent father committed
suicide at his home in Yoakum, shooting himself with a .22 rifle. This twin calamity was
endured by Minnie Addicks and her four surviving children, Mary Knox, Irene Addicks,
Ruby Addicks, and Alvin Addicks, then serving in the navy.97
Addicks is listed as a Lavaca County casualty by the Texas Veterans
Commission and his name is also inscribed on the Lavaca County veterans monument
on the courthouse square in Hallettsville. Although many people in the Weimar area
96 Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1946.
97 Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1945.
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