From the Saturday March 18, 1939 Vernon Daily Record
Fowler L. Skipworth, 53, member of the Vernon police force for the past six years, was found fatally wounded about 7:20 p.m. Friday in a local hotel room in which he had been resting.
Homer Evans, former deputy sheriff, who happened to be sitting in the lobby, and the night clerk of the hotel discovered the body after a guest in the room across the hall from the one occupied by Mr. Skipworth telephoned the desk and reported having heard a shot. The body, having a bullet hole in the right temple, was found on the floor. Mr. Evans said the dead man's .38 caliber police special revolver was in his right hand. One bullet had been fired from the gun.
Justice of the Peace Robert H. Taylor said he would return a verdict of death by gunshot wounds, self inflicted.
The night clerk of the hotel said Mr. Skipworth took a room at the hotel about 6 o'clock Friday morning to rest. He was a patrolman on the police force.
Mr. Skipworth was unconscious when Mr. Evans and the night clerk reached him and he died shortly after they entered the room, they reported.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church under the direction of E. S. James Pastor. Burial will be in Eastview Memorial Park under direction of Underwood Funeral Home.
Mr. Skipworth was born Oct. 11 1883. He was married to Miss Leta Bell Hood in Grayson County in 1904 and he and Mrs. Skipworth came here from Grayson County 17 years ago.
Mr. Skipworth is survived by the widow; five sons, Walter, Raymond, Earl, Kenneth, and Jack Skipworth; seven daughters, Mrs. Oscar Hicks, Mrs. Joe Ryan, Miss Leta Skipworth, Miss Betty Anne Skipworth and Miss Dorothy Skipworth all of Vernon, Mrs. Mrs. Rector Parker, Denison and Mrs. Neal Pritchard, Bomarton; his mother, Mrs. Martha Skipworth od Whitewright; four brothers, Perry and Joe of Vernon, Lige of Paris and A. B. of Seagraves; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Bailey of Vernon and Mrs Charlie Cates of Whitewright.
Pallbearers will be Fred Russell, B. Daniels, George L. Robinson, E. B. Rowland, H. C. Thompson and Jesse Owens.