Cecil and Lora Meadors were early settlers in and longtime residents of Dickens. Cecil came to Dickens with his parents and his three sisters in 1912. He was twelve years old at the time and soon began working after school in the general store his father owned. Lora arrived in Dickens County in 1903. She was two years old and her family had traveled in a covered wagon from Bell County in Central TX. Her parents were drawn to Dickens by hopes of homesteading land. But by the time they arrived it was too late, all the land for homesteading was gone. Mr. Blair instead began working on windmills and digging wells.
Lora and Cecil were married in the Blair family home on December 31, 1921. They celebrated the occasion with a New Year´s Eve oyster supper at the Dickens Hotel. The couple settled west of town and Cecil began working as a stock farmer. In 1936, Cecil, Lora and their children Cecil Hugh and Lois (Chi Chi) moved into town after Cecil went to work for the Norris Lumber Company. Lora also worked, cooking for people who rented rooms at her mother-in-law´s house and, during WWII when it was hard to find men to hire, she worked at the lumber yard, helping with the general office duties.
Cecil took over management of the lumber company in 1936. The lumber yard was always a central part of Dickens´ commercial and social activities. When ranchers and farmers from Dickens and surrounding counties came to the yard for building materials and supplies, they also found time for coffee and conversation. In 1969, after 36 years working for the Norris Lumber Company, Cecil bought the yard. The announcement of the new, locally owned, "business" appeared in the Spur paper. Cecil operated the yard for nine more years. Finally ready to retire, he sold the yard in 1978.
DICKENS (Special) - Services for Cecil H. Meadors Sr., 83, of Dickens will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Spur Church of Christ with Guy Dogoen Jr. officiating.
Burial will be in Dickens Cemetery under direction of Campbell Funeral Home.
Meadors died at 6:15 p.m. Monday in Lubbock Village after a brief illness.
He was born in Haskell and moved to Dickens in 1912. He was owner of Dickens Lumber Co. for 40 years. Meadors was honored as a 60-year Mason this year and was a former mayor of Dickens. He married Lora Blair Dec. 31, 1921, in Dickens.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Cecil Meadors Jr. of Dickens; a daughter, Lois McClure of Lubbock; one sister, Marguerite Street of Dickens; and three grandchildren.
The body will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the service.
The family suggests memorials to Lubbock Children´s Home or to Cal Farley´s Boys Ranch.
©The Texas Spur 1990
DICKENS (Special) Graveside services for Lora Virginia Meadors, 94, of Lubbock will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Dickens Cemetery with B.L. Hearn of Lubbock officiating.
Burial will be under Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.
She died Saturday, Aug. 12, 1995, in Lubbock.
She was born May 30, 1901, in Bell County. She married Cecil Hugh Meadors Sr. on Dec. 31, 1921, in Dickens. He died July 2, 1990. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include a son, Cecil Jr. of Lubbock; a daughter, Lois E. McClure of Lubbock; a brother, Harold Blair of Lubbock; and three grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Children´s Home of Lubbock.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Aug. 13, 1995From the Records of Thelma Scott
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