William Temple Seibels
b. 11 December 1915, d. 14 October 2000
- Father: Robert Emmet Seibels b. 25 March 1875, d. 8 June 1966
- Mother: Fanny Lockett Marks b. 8 February 1884, d. 16 May 1975
- William Temple Seibels was born on 11 December 1915 in Montgomery, Alabama.
- Robert Emmet Seibels and Fanny Lockett Marks appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 629 South Perry Street. Other members of the household included William Temple Seibels, Robert Emmet Seibels Jr.
- Robert Emmet Seibels and Fanny Lockett Marks appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 619 South Perry Street. Other members of the household included William Temple Seibels, Robert Emmet Seibels Jr.
- He was a "new worker," according to the 1940 census.
- Robert Emmet Seibels and Fanny Lockett Marks appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Montgomery, Alabama, at 619 South Perry Street. Other members of the household included William Temple Seibels, Robert Emmet Seibels Jr.
- He enlisted as a private in the US Army Air Corps on 24 January 1942, in Montgomery, Alabama. At the time of his enlistment he was single and without dependents, and had completed four years of college.
- He married Ruth Virginia Liddens.
- William Temple Seibels died on 14 October 2000 at age 84 in Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida.
- His wife Ruth Virginia Liddens became a widow at his death.
- He was interred at Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.
- The following appeared on 15 October 2000 in The News-Press: William Temple Seibels, 84, died Oct. 14, 2000 in Ft. Myers, FL. He was born Dec. 11, 1915 in Montgomery, AL, the son of Robert Emmet and Fanny Marks Seibels. He was a graduate of Auburn University, a WW II veteran, and since moving to Southwest Florida in 1985, he has been affiliated with the Audubon Society, the Naples Conservancy and the Caloosa Nature Center. He was an entomologist with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for 25 years, most of that time working with the farmers and nurserymen of Mobile and Baldwin Counties in Alabama.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Virginia Liddon Seibels of Ft. Myers; nephew, Robert Emmet Seibels, III of Montgomery, AL; niece, Jule Seibels Northup of Atlanta, GA; 5 great nephews and 2 cousins, Mrs. Eugenia Hopkins Elebash and Mrs. Hettie Hopkins Murchison both of Montgomery, AL.
Service and interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, AL. A memorial service will be announced later in Ft. Myers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Cir., Ft. Myers, FL 33908. Arrangements by Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers.
- The following appeared on 7 December 2012 in the Mobile Press-Register: Ruth Virginia Lidden Seibels departed this life on December 2, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born on August 31, 1920 and was preceded in death by her husband William Temple Siebels. The couple lived for many years in Montgomery where Ruth worked for the Alabama Cattle's Association. The couple later moved to Mobile where Temple served as the Entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Theodore. Ruth met Temple when she took violin lessons from his mother, Fanny Marks Seibels. Ruth became an accomplished violinist, and would later play in the Mobile Symphony. Ruth was also the inspiration for Mrs. Seibel's book Wishes are Horses, which tells of Mrs. Seibel's life as a concert violinist. The first female conductor of the Montgomery Symphony, Mrs. Seibels began each chapter of her book with "Dear Ruth Virginia" and structured the book as a series of letters to her daughter-in-law. Ruth, with her husband Temple, who was an expert horticulturist, sold flowers at the Montgomery Curb Market. Temple later cultivated a new camellia he named "Japonica Ruth Seibels" after Ruth. The camellia first appeared in the Camellia Handbook in 1975. After Temple's death Ruth moved to Westminster Village in Spanish Fort where she continued to play her violin, and share her skills with others. She donated and extensive shell collection of her husband to Weeks Bay Foundation where it is on display at the Foundation office. Later Ruth resided in the Brennity in Fairhope and remained there until her death. She is survived by her niece Julie Temple Seibels Northup of Ashville, North Carolina, her nephew Robert Emmet Seibels, III of Montgomery, Alabama, cousin Priscilla Scholes of Plant City, Florida and a cousin Donald Benton Finely of Parkton, North Carolina, as well as numerous other cousins. Graveside funeral services will be held on December 12, 2012 at 2:00pm at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery and a Celebration of Life for Ruth will be conducted at Westminster Village in Spanish Fort on December 21, 2012 at 10:00am. The family request in lieu of flowers donations should be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Daphne, St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery or the Montgomery Symphony.
- Last Edited: 24 Jun 2016