Notes for John William Cooley (1898-1965) m1 Maizie Mozelle Blalack


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Subject: Death Certificate of John William Cooley, s/o John Wesley Cooley
From: "Mary Lou Cooley"
Date: Sun, April 28, 2013 2:11 pm
To: "Cooley Michael"

John William Cooley married apparently 3 times. He married first Maizie Mozelle
Blalack d/o James Ira Blalack & Laura Thompson (2nd wife).

J. W. Cooley, "Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973"
Name: J. W. Cooley
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Age:
Spouse's Name: Mazie Mozelle Blolack
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 29 May 1923
Event Place: Rockwall Co., Texas
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Spouse's Father's Name:
Spouse's Mother's Name:
Race:
Marital Status: Unknown
Previous Wife's Name:
Spouse's Race:
Spouse's Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75271-4
System Origin: Texas-EASy
GS Film number: 1513416
Reference ID: p 130
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By 1928 they are no longer listed as spouse – but are listed at same address (U.S.
City Directory, Dallas, Texas)

1929 John William Cooley is listed with spouse named Lillian Cooley

1947 he is listed with spouse named Lavinia Cooley. This was Lavinia Macon, d/o
Thomas Joel Macon & Eva Ovella Bass. I have not been able to find marriages for
either of the last two wives.

I have not been able to find John on the 1930 or 1940. He is on the 1930 U.S. City
Directory – but there is someone else living at his address on the 1930 census.
1931 he has a different address, so I assume that he moved during the time of the
census.

I don’t know John was the father of any children. As you will see in his obituary
below, no children are listed as his survivors:

Deaths and Funerals - John W Cooley
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 1965
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: D
Page: 4
"COOLEY
John W., 6534 Trammell. Survived by wife, Mrs. Lavinia Colley (sic); niece, Mrs.
Tommie Watelski; brothers, Robert and Walter Cooley; sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth
Gribble, Mrs. Bessie Pennington, Mrs. Mildred Cox, Miss Dorothy Cooley. Chapel
services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Rev. Homer Fisher officiating. Interment Restland,
Pallbearers: Nephews.
DUDLEY M. HUGHES FUNERAL HOME
400 E Jefferson WH6-5133"
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John was murdered in his store. Here are a few of the newspaper articles that I
have typed up:

Grocer Foils Robber but Dies of Wounds
Date: Monday, August 9, 1965
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: A
Page: 1
"Duel With Pistols
Grocer Foils Robber But Dies of Wounds
by John Rutledge
"A gritty Pleasant Grove grocer was fatally wounded in a pistol duel with a holdup
man Sunday, and while dying held another suspect at gunpoint until help arrived.
John W. Cooley, 66, died an hour after the 6:50 p.m. stickup at Cooley's Drive-In
Grocery, 4936 Military Parkway. Attendants at Baylor Hospital said the bandit's
bullet had punctured Cooley's chest.
The suspect being held by Cooley admitted orally early Monday to detectives that
he and a 20-year-old man planned to rob the grocer while a third man waited
outside in a car. He said it was the 20-year-old man who fired the shot at
Cooley.
Cooley was critically wounded by another holdup man in December, 1963, in a holdup
and gun battle at the store. That time he shot down a Negro outlaw with his
oldtime .44-40 single-action revolver. Last month he shot at a holdup man who
escaped empty-handed and wounded by a slug from the storekeeper's old pistol.
Sunday, a customer, Robert Lee Duncan, 27, a tire salesman, entered the store and
saw Cooley leaning against a wall holding the telephone.
'Bob, call the police. They tried to rob me again,' Duncan quoted the grocer.
'He was shot in the chest, standing there holding his big pistol. It was aimed at
a Negro man standing about 10 feet away,' Duncan said.
'I dialed the police number. But before they could answer, Mr. Cooley collapsed.
'He fell to the floor. The Pistol went off. It shot a chunk of concrete out of
the floor and the chips stung me on the legs. I reached down and picked up the
gun.
'He said, 'Bob, I've got one of them. Don't let him get away.'
As police answered the phone, Duncan told them to rush to the store and send for
an ambulance.
The suspect, a 37-year-old Negro, stayed in the store although Duncan laid
Cooley's big pistol on the counter. The suspect had told Duncan he was not
connected with the Negro gunman who tried to rob Cooley, shot him, then ran from
the store.
A passerby saw a Negro run from the store after hearing gunfire. He leaped into a
waiting 1955 or 1956 blue-and-white sedan driven by another Negro. The passerby
gave chase in his car but lost the getaway car in traffic.
Detectives G. R. Boyce and J. M. Poe, first to arrive at the grocery, found Cooley
near death and the Negro supect bent over him applying a piece of ice to the
grocer's wound. The suspect was jailed for questioning while police sought the
other outlaws in the getaway car.
Homicide Capt. Will Fritz, directing the search for the bandit killers, said
Cooley's stag-handed old pistol had four empty shells in its chambers.
About 10 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies C. F. Beddingfield and J. R. Flemming arrested
four Negroes in a blue-and-white auto bearing the license number of the get-away
car near Seagoville. They found a revolver hidden under the car seat."
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Trio Held in Death of Grocer
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 1965
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: D
Page: 18
"Trio Held In Death Of Grocer
Homicide detectives will file charges Tuesday morning against three Negroes in the
robbery-slaying of a Pleasant Grove grocer early Sunday night.
The three--two were captured by sheriff's deputies in Seagoville shortly before
midnight Sunday and the third was app52262rehended at the scene--will be charged
with shooting John W. Cooley, the 66-year-old owner of a drive-in grocery at 4936
Military Parkway.
Detectives also said the suspects--the two nabbed in Seagoville had a gun believed
to have been used in the holdup--may be involved in a similar robbery-shooting of
a motel night clerk at 3900 Westmoreland early Saturday.
Cooley was killed by a Negro in the hijacking attempt but managed to hold another
of the bandits at gunpoint while telephoning for help. He died en route to the
hospital.
In the Saturday slaying, Tommy Thompson, 72, a night clerk at a small motel, was
robbed and then shot in the head with a pistol. There were no witnesses to the
shooting.
Five suspects, aged 36, 25, 21, 20 and 18, were arrested originally for the Cooley
slaying. They had been the object of a county-wide search. The 36-year-old held
at the drive-in by the wounded grocer at first denied any part in the robbery but
changed his story after his companions were caught. Two of the suspects were
released.
Homicide Detectives G. R. Boyce and J. M. Pope said the investigation may reveal
that the other three men have been involved in a string of area robberies."
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Three Charged with Slaying
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 1965
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: D
Page: 16
"Three Charged With Slaying
Three Negro men were charged Tuesday with the slaying last Sunday of grocer John
W. Cooley.
Named in the charges are Clinton Bell Jr., 36, the man named to grab Cooley during
a robbery; William Henry Gipson, 25, accused of driving the getaway car, and Exter
Gardner Jr., 21, charged with pulling the trigger on Cooley.
Cooley, 66, collapsed in his store at 4936 Military Parkway after he traded shots
with a gunman, attempted to call the police and held Bell at gunpoint until help
arrived.
Police claim the trio planned the robbery while beer drinking. Bell told officers
he entered the store with Gardner to buy more beer when Gardner pulled a pistol on
the store owner, known to Bell as 'Pop.'
When customer Robert Lee Duncan walked in, he told police, the wounded Cooley was
holding a gun on Bell and attempting to call police.
'I'v got one of them. Don't let him get away,' Duncan said Cooley told him.
Cooley fell to the floor and died two hours later.
Another Negro man told police he was with 'One-Two Willie' Gipson and Gardner
later when the report came on the car radio.
One of the suspects lifted a postol and said 'This baby liked to have made us some
money a while ago,' the man told police.
The witness told them they 'ought to be ashamed,' he said, and was told, 'Man, we
was needing some money.'
Sheriff's deputies arrested the men in a car near Seagoville at 10 p.m. Sunday.
Bell was taken into police custody at the scene as he placed ice packs on the
grocer's wounds."
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3 Indictments Issued in Death of Grocer, 66
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1965
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: A
Page: 8


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Grocer Pulls Gun to Thwart Robbery Effort
Date: Monday, July 5, 1965
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: A
Page: 6
"A Dallas grocer thwarted an armed robbery attempt early Sunday when he confronted
two Negro gunmen with a revolver.
John W. Cooley, 51 [not correct], owner of Cooley's Drive-In Grocery, 4936
Military Parkway, told police that the two men in their middle twenties, entered
the grocery about midnight.
'When one of the men pulled a gun and asked for money, I pulled my own revolver
and fired as he ran out of the door', Cooley said. The fleeing gunman escaped,
but the grocery owner held the second hijacker until police arrived.
The 28-year-old Negro taken into custody told detectives that he and the other man
had planned the robbery the night before.
Police said Cooley may have wounded the hijacker, who is still at large."
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This is from 1963:

Bandit Killed, 4 Wounded in Violent Night of Crime
Date: Thursday, December 19, 1963
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: 1
Page: 1
"Grocer Also Shot - Bandit Killed, 4 Wounded In Violent Night of Crime
One bandit was killed and four wounded, three critically, in a violent night of
robberies here Wednesday. A grocer was also wounded critically trading bullets
with one of the bandits.
A 25-year-old man identified as Michael Yepez of Dallas was shot to death in the
5000 block of Wellington about 9:15 p.m., when police officers stopped him and
another man after a liquor store robbery.
Officers A. C. Clark and P. E. Kirkpatrick said they were patrolling when they saw
the two men near East Texas Liquor Store, 5102 Second Avenue.
The two men tried to flee in a car but were stopped.
Officer Kirkpatrick went to the driver's side and was searching the 21-year-old
driver when the man identified as Yapez pulled a .45 caliber pistol and aimed it
at officer Clark. Kirkpatrick fired twice across the car. One shot struck the
bandit in the back of the head and the other in the chest.
In another case, two Negro men were wounded and captured after a holdup attempt at
the Sinclair Liquor Store, 1826 Record Crossing, about 9:50 p.m. Store operator
W. H. Sinclair, of 3116 Brookhollow, and his brother, L. M. Sinclair of Grapevine,
told police they were inside the store when three men came in.
The bandits took $517 and ran to a car outside. The two brothers pursued with a
shotgun, a .30-30 rifle and a .38 revolver.
As the Sinclairs fired, the car went out of control and crashed at Mesa Circle.
Officers arrested two wounded bandits who were being treated at Parkland Hospital
late Wednesday.
The third Negro, also wounded, was captured under a house nearby.
And in an attempted robbery of the Cooley Drive-In Grocery, at 4936 Military
Parkway, the grocer and bandit wounded each other critically.
Police said a 29-year-old Negro apparently entered the grocery and pulled a .22
caliber pistol on operator John W. Cooley, 65, of 6534 Trammel.
Cooley shot the Negro in the hip with a .45 pistol but was struck in the chest
when the Negro fired back. Officers found both men on the floor."
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This happened in July of 1965:

Grocer Pulls Gun to Thwart Robbery Effort
Date: Monday, July 5, 1965
Paper: Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
Section: A
Page: 6
"A Dallas grocer thwarted an armed robbery attempt early Sunday when he confronted
two Negro gunmen with a revolver.
John W. Cooley, 51, owner of Cooley's Drive-In Grocery, 4936 Military Parkway,
told police that the two men in their middle twenties, entered the grocery about
midnight.
'When one of the men pulled a gun and asked for money, I pulled my own revolver
and fired as he ran out of the door', Cooley said. The fleeing gunman escaped,
but the grocery owner held the second hijacker until police arrived.
The 28-year-old Negro taken into custody told detectives that he and the other man
had planned the robbery the night before.
Police said Cooley may have wounded the hijacker, who is still at large."
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There are a couple of other articles but I am sure there is much more here than you
want!

Another interesting thing about the birthdate of John William Cooley...his death
certificate originally listed his birth year as 1899, but was apparently changed
from information given by his wife, Lavinia, to 1898. I did not find him with his
parents on the 1900 census – this is the only census I have found for them:

1900 United States Federal Census
Name: James Coaley
[James Cooley]
Age: 22
Birth Date: Aug 1877
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1900: Dallas Ward 5, Dallas, Texas
[Dallas]
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Ellie Coaley
Father's Birthplace: Missouri
Mother's Birthplace: Missouri
Occupation: Clerk, Furniture
Household Members: Name Age
James Cooley 22
Ellie Cooley 16
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The occupation as furniture clerk certainly fits...perhaps John William Cooley could
be found with other family members??

Mary C.