Joseph Martin Kidd and Annie Pauline Turner were neighbors back in 1932 when they met and were married. Joe´s parents, C.N. "Newt" and Emma Jane Kidd, had lived in the Dry Lake community since 1916. Pauline´s parents, James Henry and Tennie Turner, came to the county in 1929. Both families farmed and did all of the other hard work it took to survive in the 1930´s. Pauline´s parents left for California during the depression, and lived out there. Mr. and Mrs. Kidd lived in Spur until their death.
Their oldest daughter, Peggy Jolene, was the first born of several more to come. Tennie Jane was the next child, born on October 18, 1934. The first two were followed by James Newton on March 28, 1936 and Wilburn Lee on August 3, 1938. Ineta Sharon was born July 21, 1940, and was the baby for almost ten years.
On November 24, 1949, a little boy named Sherrod Lynn was born to the delight of all the "bigger kidd´s". They had him to love for twelve years, and forever in memories. On December 3, 1951, Dana Beth was born followed by Barry Leath on June 22, 1956. The last three children started and attended Spur schools since the country school had been closed. The older five lived, played, worked, worshipped and learned of the world events in Dry Lake Community. These older five went to school there until junior high.
It was always exciting to go to school in Dry Lake School, especially when it came time to put on the plays that were held then. There was always so much excitement about that time because just about everyone took part. There were some wonderful teachers at Dry Lake and going to that country school holds many fond memories for the older children of the Kidd´s. Joe served several years on the school board and Pauline prepared many school lunches.
Every Wednesday and Sunday was another time for teaching for the family. They worshipped at Dry Lake Baptist Church. There Joe led the singing and each family member had a job to do. The closeness of the Kidds and their neighbors was ever near. Often, when revivals were held in the community, all denominations came together to worship. All of these things, and more, made the people of Dry Lake "real neighbors" back then.
Joe and Pauline have retired and live in Dickens now. They have sixteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Needless to say, the family still has lots of fun when they get together.
Peggy Jolene married Reuben Waddell and they have two children and live and farm at Spur. Tennie Jane is married to Bill Fry, living in Lubbock, and they have three children. James and his wife, Nan L. Alexander, reside in Saudi Arabia and have two children. Lee married Alice Arnold. They have three children and live in Spur. Ineta and Harvey Cannon have three children and Dana and Bill Smith have one son. They all still reside in Spur. Barry Leath and his wife, Patsy, have two children and live in Lubbock.
Where have all the years gone? In this family, the years have gone to commitments in life and to one another. Every one of them is a jewel.-----------Tennie Jane Fry
Services for Joseph Martin Kidd, 75, were held Friday [April 17, 1987] at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Rev. J.T. Campbell, officiating, assisted by Rev. C.L. Atkinson, Dickens pastor.
Kidd died at his home in Dickens on April 15, about 7:10 p.m. following a sudden illness. He was born in Stonewall County on September 13, 1911. He had made his home in Dickens County since 1917. He married the former Pauline Turner on January 4, 1932, in Portales, New Mexico.
He was a retired farmer and a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Kidd, Dickens; three sons, James and Barry Kidd, both of Lubbock; Lee Kidd, Spur; (one son, Lynn, preceded him in death in 1962); four daughters, Peggy Waddell, Ineta Cannon and Dana Smith, all of Spur and Tennie Fry, Lubbock; three sisters, Zelma Armstrong, Lubbock; Vivian Slaton, Abilene and Atha Sprayberry, Crosbyton; 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers included David Fry, Brad Fry, Trent Kidd, Robert Waddell, Devry Kidd, Trey Cannon, Billy Smith, Sam Whitely, Chuck Cannon and Terry Gilbert.[Grandsons were pallbearers]
Burial was in Dickens Cemetery with Campbell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
©The Texas Spur, April 22, 1987
Services for Pauline Kidd, 87, of Spur, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Spur with Rev. Richard Harbison officiating. Burial was in Dickens Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home. She died Sunday, April 13, 2003, in Spur.
Mrs. Kidd was born August 6, 1915, in Dallas Co., Texas, to James Henry and Tennie Wilson Turner. She had been a resident of Dickens Co. since 1929. She married Joe Kidd in 1932 in Dry Lake Community. He preceded her in death in 1987. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
One son, Lynn Kidd in 1962, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by four daughters, Peggy Waddell of Spur, Tennie Fry of Lubbock, and Ineta Cannon and Dana Smith, both of Spur; three sons, James and Lee Kidd, both of Spur, and Barry Kidd of Lubbock; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials to Vista Care Hospice, 1010 Slide Rd., Lubbock, TX 79416.
©The Texas Spur, Thursday, April 17, 2003, page seven
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