James Hugh Meadors and Essie Ballard Meadors
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James Hugh Meadors was born in Greenville County, South Carolina, August 4, 1874. As a lad of fifteen years, he came with his parents to Haskell County, Texas, in 1889. It was there that he met Miss Essie Ballard, a daughter of Judge and Mrs. W.C. Ballard, to whom he was married July 6, 1895. Five children were born to this union, Olive Bernice Cecil, Helen and Marguerite. Bernice died at the age of nine, and was buried at Haskell, Texas.

In 1912, Mr. Meadors, with his family moved to Dickens, where he purchased the O.O. Love General Mercantile store which he operated until 1932, when he formed a partnership with his son in law, K.W. Street, in a grocery business. He passed away June 24, 1940. He was a Presbyterian.

Essie Ballard was born July 8, 1881, at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and moved with her parents to Haskell at an early age. Her father the late W.C. Ballard was a former County Judge and came to Dickens in 1890. He is called the "Father of Dickens".

Following the death of her husband, she continued in the grocery business. She died June 16, 1962, she was a member of the Methodist Church.

Children of James Hugh Meadors and Essie Ballard:
Olive Estelle Meadors, born in Haskell, Texas.
Bernice Antonette Meadors, born in Haskell, Texas
Cecil Hugh Meadors, born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mary Marguerite Meadors, born in Haskell, Texas.

Marriages:
Cecil Hugh Meadors and Lora Blair, Dec. 31, 1921, Dickens, Texas.
K. Willow Street ad Marguerite Meadors, Sept. 19, 1925, Jayton, Texas
James Elmer Cozby and Helen Meadors, Sept. 19, 1925, Dickens, Texas
Joseph N. Spikes and Olive Meadors, Sept. 2, 1945, Lubbock, Texas

Grandchildren:
Cecil Hugh Meadors, Jr. born in Dickens, Texas
Kenneth Willow Street, born in Spur, Texas
Jamie Edwin Cozby, born in Lubbock, Texas
Lois Estelle Meadors, born in Dickens, Texas


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Funeral services for James Hugh Meadors, 65, were held in Dickens Wednesday morning, June 26, at 10 o´clock with Rev. R. C. Brown and C. Ramsay of Spur officiating.

Rev. R. C. Brown, pastor of the First Christian Church of Spur, read the Scripture and lead a prayer. Rev. J. C. Ramsay, pastor of the Spur Presbyterian Church gave the funeral oration and spoke words of comfort to the bereaved family and throng of friends.

A quartet composed of Faust Collier, Mrs. J. W. Henry, Mrs. Truman Gabbert, and Rev. Brown sang two of Mr. Meadors´ favorite hymns, "Does Jesus Care" and "It Is Well With My Soul"

Pallbearers: Jack Jones, W. F. Gilbert, A. C. Sharp, Sol Cleveland, Fred Arrington and Robert Reynolds.

Flower bearers were Mesdames: Charles Taylor, Kate Swearingen, Willie Bell Cleveland, Joe Koonsman, Helen Harrison and Nettie Littlefield.

Honorary pallbearers: M. L. Jones, H.A.C. Brummett, A.L. Cozby, O.C. Arthur, Charles Taylor, Johnny Koonsman, Dr. T. H. Blackwell, Frank Speer, C.A. Gladish, H.L. Futch, S.T. Johnson, Jack Gipson, Hugh Swearingen, Cecil Stanford, R.E. Slough, W.E. Street, Henry Alexander, Wayland Lee, Lee Payne, Wiley Stephens, Reese McNeill, R. H. Eskridge, Bill Carroll, L.C. Ellis, R.J. Goff, L.N. Ritter, J.P. Middleton and R.E. Ponce.

James Hugh Meadors was born in Greenville County, South Carolina, August 4, 1874. As a lad of fifteen years, he came with his parents to Haskell County, Texas in 1899. It was there that he met Miss Essie Ballard, a daughter of Judge and Mrs. W. C. Ballard, to whom he was married July 6, 1895. Four children were born to this union, Olive, Cecil, Helen and Marguerite.

In 1912, Mr. Meadors with his family moved to Dickens where he purchased the O. O. Love General Mercantile store which he operated until about eight years ago, when he formed a partnership with his son-in-law, K. W. Street in a grocery business.

Mr. Meadors death occurred Monday, June 24, about 12:30 o´clock at the Lubbock Sanitarium where he had gone for treatment following an illness of more than three weeks.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Essie Meadors, and by four children, Olive Meadors of Huntington Park, Calif., and a sister, Miss Mamie Meadors of Santa Fe, New Mexico; and four grandchildren, Cecil Hugh and Lois Estelle Meadors and Kenneth Street, all of Dickens and Edwin Cozby of Lubbock. All of the relatives were present for the funeral services.

Other relatives and friends from out-of-town who attended the funeral were Mrs. G. E. Meadors of Huntington Park, Calif., Mrs. J. W. Meadors of Amarillo, Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Ballard, Mrs. H. S. Post and Mrs. W. F. Draper, Haskell, Mr. Ballard is a brother, and Mrs. Post and Mrs. Draper are sisters of Mrs. Meadors. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Draper of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Stephens of Abilene, Mrs. W. J. Lowry of Seymour, Henry Ballard and Frank Draper of Haskell, Billy Scott of Lubbock, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Collier, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Cozby, Mrs. H. B. Davies, Mrs. Charles Files, Mrs. Everett Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hudgens, and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Street, all of Lubbock, were also in Dickens for the services.

©The Texas Spur, June 27, 1940

Mrs.J. H. Meadors, 80, pioneer resident of Dickens died at 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Stanley Hospital, Matador. She had been a heart patient in the hospital since last December.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Dickens First Baptist Church. Rev. Conrad Ryan, Methodist pastor of Ralls, officiated.

Burial was in Dickens Cemetery under the direction of Eudy-Seale Funeral Home, Matador. Pallbearers were J. J. Cumbie, John Sharp, Faye Slough, Fred Arrington, Roy Ward, Thurman Lewis, Johnnie Koonsman, and B. D. Clifton.

Essie Ballard was born July 8, 1881 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and moved with her parents to Haskell Texas at an early age. She was married to J. H. Meadors, at Haskell July 6, 1895 and they moved to Dickens in 1912 where they engaged in the grocery business. Her father, the late W. C. Ballard was a former Dickens County Judge.

Following her husband´s death in 1940, Mrs. Meadors continued in the grocery business. She died June 16, 1962 at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 8 days. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Joe Spikes, Lamesa, Mrs. J. E. Cozby, Lubbock and Mrs. Willow Street, Dickens; one son, Cecil Meadors, Dickens; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren and a brother, J. J. Ballard, Winnemucca, Nev.

Friends attended the services from Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Cone, Olney,Seymour, Stamford, Lubbock, Denver City, Levelland, Lamesa, Spur, Guthrie, Ralls Roaring Springs, Matador, Afton and Dickens.

©The Texas Spur, June 21, 1962


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