Bert Weaver Speed, Sr. Born Gustine, Died Tom Green Co.

I’ve wondered for years. Today, I finally understand the tragic story of Bert Weaver Speed, Sr.

BERT WEAVER SPEEDBert Weaver Speed, Sr. was born August 1, 1890, in Gustine, Texas to Cornelius “Neely” Calhoun and Susan Alice Denton.

On August 26, 1915, Bert married Coretta Johnnie Hutson, and by 1920, Mr. Speed was coaching football for Comanche High School. I’m a little vague here because Bert Speed was also teaching math as well as serving as the principal of the high school. For some reason, I have in my mind that he was only filling in or helping out in the coaching arena, but I may be very wrong about that. The following annual entry is the basis for my assumption.

BERT SPEED ANNUAL ENTRY

Coach Bert Speed

Coach Bert Speed

Beneath his photo in the 1921 CHS annual are written the words, “Equal Rights to all, and special Privileges to none.”

I have always wondered about the following 1921 annual entry. Today, I understand that Mr. Speed had become to ill with tuberculosis to continue his coaching duties.

BERT SPEED ENTRY

Bert Weaver Speed, Sr. died September 7, 1925, in San Angelo, Texas. I seem to remember that there was a sanitorium there at that time. Mr. Speed was brought back to Comanche and buried in the Oak Wood Cemetery. By all accounts, he left his mark on the students he touched, if only for a little while.

BERT SPEED

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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