Luther Family


Charles Monroe & Elsie Mae Callaway Luther Family

Luther Hotel


Charles Monroe Luther

Elsie Mae Callaway Luther

Mr. Charles Luther and Miss Elsie Callaway were married in Johnson City Wednesday April 20. They will make their home in Palacios in the house just vacated by the Bogard family. The Beacon wishes for these popular young people the very best.

Palacios Beacon, April 22, 1921

The Beacon received a clipping from the Blanco County Record describing an unique "shower" which was given in honor of Miss Elsie Callaway who was married last week to Mr. Charles Luther of this city. Little James Callaway and Clark Withers were dressed as the Gold Dust Twins and carried the basket of gifts to Miss Callaway who in her charming manner opened the packages. A delicious salad course was served to about thirty-five guests.

Palacios Beacon, April 29, 1921

Mrs. J. A. Callaway was over from Francitas the latter part of the week visiting her daughter, Mrs. Charles Luther also had her little daughter, Marion, here under the doctor's care.

Palacios Beacon, October 20, 1927


The Luther family home located at the corner of Welch and 4th Streets.


Claire Joy


Charles Monroe "Buddy"

Palacios Beacon, June 1, 1923

Former site of Charles Luther's Bay Chevrolet as it appeared in August, 2015

Charles Luther

Funeral services for Charles Luther, 88, of Palacios will be held 11 a. m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Bernard Ritchea officiating. Burial will be in Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Luther was born Sept. 7, 1899, in Whitney, Texas, to Thomas Monroe and Laura Gollihar Luther and died 1:45 a. m. March 21, 1988, at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

A resident of Palacios since 1921, he was the owner and operator of the Luther Hotel in Palacios. He was chairman of the Seawall Committee and former mayor of Palacios. He was the former owner of Bayshore [Bay] Chevrolet and a former Gulf wholesaler for over 50 years.

He served with the U. S. Army during World War I in France.

Survivors include a daughter, Claire Joy Dilworth of Tilden, Texas; a son, Charles M. (Buddy) Luther of Houston; a brother, retired Col. Henry Luther of San Antonio; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

Daily Tribune?, March 21?, 1988



Elsie Mae Callaway Luther

Funeral services for Elsie Mae Callaway Luther, 86, of Palacios were held at 3 p. m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Palacios, with the Rev. Doug Blanton officiating. Burial was in Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Luther was born September 11, 1900, in Houston and died March 20, 1987, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston.

She was a resident of Palacios since 1929 and was a Methodist.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Luther of Palacios; a daughter, Claire Joy Dilworth of Tilden, Texas; a son, Charles M. "Buddy" Luther of Houston; a sister, Marion Perkins of Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother, the Rev. James A. Callaway of Wharton; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios

Daily Tribune, March 1987


Funeral services for Claire Joy Luther Findley, 75, of Tilden, Tx. were held Aug. 22, 2005 at First United Methodist Church in Palacios. Interment was at Palacios Cemetery.


Mrs. Findley was born on Jan. 29, 1930 to the late Elsie and Charles Luther. She died Aug. 17, 2005 in Tilden.


Following the death of her parents, she took over operation of the Luther Hotel in Palacios.


She is survived by her husband, Jack Findley, of Tilden; daughter Louise Dilworth Davis and husband Tom of San Antonio; four grandchildren in San Antonio; brother Charles Luther and wife Donna Rose of Katy, Tx.; aunt Marian Callaway Perkins and husband Sam of San Marino, CA.; and well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


She was preceded in death by her first husband, Colwell Dilworth; and sons James Colwell Dilworth and Randolph Mason Dilworth.


Arrangements were with Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Tx. Anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at


Palacios Beacon, August 24, 2005


Charles Monroe Luther
August 2, 1935 - August 23, 2014

Charles, son of Elsie and Charles Luther, was born and raised in Palacios, TX.

He graduated from the University of Texas and from UT's College of Pharmacy.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Rose, daughters Rosanette and Rovanna, son Garth, and five grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his daughter Roxanne, his parents, and his sister Claire Joy.

Charles loved growing up in Palacios, "The City by the Sea." Charles told many stories about his childhood years. He especially loved to tell about the years during WWII. The forties in Palacios were especially exciting for Charles. Soldiers were stationed just west of town at Camp Hulen. As more and more soldiers arrived, the camp became so overcrowded that homeowners were asked to house soldiers and their families in their spare bedrooms. Charles' family moved to his parents' hotel, the Luther Hotel, so officers and their wives could live in their home. The hotel was so full that Charles slept on a cot in the kitchen of his families' apartment but was allowed to keep his clothes and toy soldiers in his sister's bedroom so long as he did not touch her things.

Big name bands came to Palacios to play at the Palacios Pavilion. Charles often went to sleep listening to the music as the sound drifted over the bay to the hotel. A memory Charles cherished was of waiting at the foot of the stairs of the hotel for Rita Hayworth to come down from her room. When she saw him she said, "Oh, what a cute little boy!" and kissed him on his forehead.

During that time he would often take his book and fishing pole and spend summer mornings reading and fishing off the pier of the Pavilion. One morning a man stood watching and finally asked where he could buy a fishing pole. Charles gave him directions to Oldham's Dry Goods and shared his bait with him when he returned with his cane pole. Later, back at the hotel, Charles found out the man was Lash LaRue, the cowboy movie star who used a whip instead of a gun.

 His first trip overseas was with other Boy Scouts in 1951 when he attended the World Scout Jamboree held in Bad Ischl, Austria. What a thrill for a boy from a small town in Texas! Boys were there from all over the world and, because of Western movies, the Texas camp was popular with boys from other countries. Charles traded his cowboy boots for a pair of wooden shoes with a boy from Holland; we still have the shoes today. When the Jamboree was over, Charles' troop toured all over Europe, but the country he remembered best was Italy. He was excited to see Venice and enraptured by Florence's art, but nothing captivated him like Rome. He remembered every detail of his visit there. He was fortunate to be able to go back many times: one of the times he and Donna went with lifelong friends, Lois and Norris Neeley, to celebrate the Neeleys' 50th Wedding Anniversary; on another trip they celebrated the 9th birthday of their grandson, Nathaniel, the joy of Charles' life. This was a wonderful family trip with their children, Rosanette, Garth, Rovanna and her son, Nathaniel.

Charles' favorite job was in Houston at Diagnostic Center Hospital (before it became part of Methodist) where, as Director of Pharmacy, he made many lasting friendships. He also made many new friends after retirement at Memorial City Mall where he went to walk for exercise. Charles had a wonderful life. His mantra was, "I'm the luckiest man in the world." He was forever grateful to have a loving wife and loving children. He was curious, always learning and had a wonderful memory. He was our handy encyclopedia. He will be forever missed.

At their deaths, both Donna and Charles wished to be cremated, their ashes buried in the Harvey Cemetery in Broaddus where their daughter Roxanne, is buried. Charles' ashes will remain with the family until Donna's death. He will be remembered in the family home by friends and relatives on Sunday, September 7, 2014, from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

Palacios Beacon, September 3, 2014



Thomas Monroe & Laura May Gollihar Luther Family


Thomas Monroe Luther

Thomas Monroe Luther was born in Dixon County, Tennessee, near Nashville, on May 23rd, 1865, the son of William Travis Luther and Mrs. C. T. Clardy Luther. In 1874, at the age of nine, he moved with his parents to Fort Graham, Hill County, Texas; and where in 1888 he was married to Miss Laura May Gollihar, daughter of John and Mary Stinnette Gollihar, pioneer settlers of Hill County. Moving to Goodnight, Texas where they remained until 1914, moving then to Port Lavaca, Texas, and in 1916 they moved to Palacios, Texas, since which time they have made their home.

"Dad" Luther, as he was affectionately called by his friends, was a member of the Baptist Church, and ardent and sincere worker and a devout Christian, being for a number of years a Deacon in his Church. A few years ago Dad Luther's health began to fail and he was forced to stop much of his activity. For the past several months he was confined to his bed an intense sufferer, but he was a patient one, considerate at all times of those who attended him, cheerful and hopeful until the end. His passing was peaceful and occurred at 12:35 a. m. Thursday, April 28th, 1932, at the age of 66 years, 11 months and four days

He is survived by his wife, Laura M.; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Hansard, Ann and Nellie Jane Luther;  seven sons, John W., Tom, James, Charles, Travis, Homer and Henry; four sisters, Mrs. Jane Heath of Whitney, Texas, Mrs. Ann Barker of Caradan, Texas, Mrs. Susie Rape of Floydada, Texas and Mrs. W. B. Wooten of Hillsboro, Texas; one brother, Sam Luther of Goodnight, Texas; seventeen grandchildren, all surviving, this being the first death in the immediate family.

Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church at 2 p. m., Saturday, April 30, Rev. Carroll B. Ray, assisted by Rev. G. F. Gillespie of the Presbyterian Church. A very beautiful and impressive part of the service was the six sons serving as active pall bearers. Numerous and beautiful were the floral offerings. Honorary pall bearers were J. L. Pybus, Dr. J. R. Wagner, M. M. Miller, N. L. Hayes, M. E. Rogers, and I. M. Linville. The body was laid to rest in the Palacios Cemetery.

Palacios Beacon, May 5, 1932

Laura May Gollihar Luther
January 22, 1871 - July 16, 1936

Mrs. Laura Luther

Mrs. Laura May Gollihar Luther was born in Blum, Texas, January 22, 1871, the daughter of John and Mary Stinnett Gollihar, pioneer settlers of Hill County.

On January 8, 1888, she was united in marriage to Thomas Monroe Luther. Since 1916 they have made their home at Palacios, Texas. Mr. Luther, who was a deacon in the First Baptist Church, preceded her in death on April 28, 1932.

“Mother” Luther, as she was affectionately known by her friends, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palacios, and lived as a sincere and a devout Christian. Her passing was quite sudden and unexpected, following a brief illness, and occurred at 11:30 o’clock Thursday morning, July 16, 1936, at the age of 65 years, 5 months and 24 days.

Perhaps the largest contribution of her life was to her home which she loved devotedly. Her high ideals and Christian teaching will linger always to be remembered by and to bless her children.

Mrs. Luther is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Pearl Hansard, Hedley, Texas; Miss Anne Luther, Palacios, Texas; Miss Nellie Jane Luther, Amarillo, Texas. By seven sons, John W. Luther, Claude, Texas; Tom Luther, Mathis, Texas; James Luther, Carlsbad, N. M.; Charles Luther, Palacios, Texas; Travis Luther, Newgulf, Texas; Homer Luther, Houston, Texas; Henry Luther, Lufkin, Texas.

By two sisters: Mrs. Ida Wallace, Panhandle, Texas; Mrs. Annie Saunders, San Antonio, Texas. By five brothers: Charles Gollihar, McAdoo, Texas; John Gollihar, Blum, Texas; Wylie Gollihar, Whitney, Texas; Edd Gollihar, San Antonio, Texas; Robert L. Gollihar, Hereford, Texas. By nineteen grandchildren.

Out of town relatives here other than members of the immediate family included: Mr. Charles Gollihar, McAdoo, Texas; Mr. John Gollihar, Blum, Texas; Mr. Wylie Gollihar and daughter Mary, Whitney, Texas; Mrs. Annie Saunders, San Antonio, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Best, Newgulf, Texas.

Funeral services were conducted at the family residence by Rev. George D. McClelland, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Saturday morning, July 18, 1936. Interment was made in the Palacios Cemetery under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home. Special music was furnished by Messrs. Roland and Arnold Burton, accompanied by their mother, Mrs. E. E. Burton. The seven sons acted as pall bearers.

Palacios Beacon, July 23, 1936


Children of Thomas Monroe Luther and Laura May Gollihar Luther:

Pearl L. Luther Hansard (1889 - 1980)

John William Luther (1890 - 1970)

Mary Annie Luther (1892 - 1972)

Thomas Monroe Luther (1894 - 1978)

James Luther (1896 - 1976)

Charles Monroe Luther (1899 - 1988)

Nellie Jane Luther (1901 - 1961)

Travis Bomer Luther (1904 - 1974)

Homer Lee Luther (1907 - 1978)

Henry Luther (1910 - 1991)

Mary Annie Luther

Funeral services for Miss Mary Annie Luther, a former resident of Palacios, were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Tuesday, May 16, at 2 p. m. with Rev. Leon Maxwell officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

Daughter of the late Laura May and Thomas Monroe Luther, she was born October 26, 1892, in Snyder, Texas. A resident of Palacios for many years, she moved to Houston in 1961 following her retirement from General Telephone Company of the Southwest. She passed away Saturday, May 13, in Schesinger Nursing Home in Beaumont where she had been the past several months. She was a member of the Baptist Church, Eastern Star Chapter No. 125 and United Daughters of the Confederacy, R. E. Lee Chapter 186, Houston.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Pearl Hansard of Hedley, Texas and six brothers, Henry of Boerne, Thomas Monroe of Mathis, James of Kerrville, Charles of Palacios, Travis B. of Beaumont and Homer L. of Houston.

Palacios Beacon, May, 1972                                  Photo courtesy of Mary Sexton



James Luther

James Luther, 79, 505 East Lane, died Sunday in the VA Hospital. Masonic services were held Wednesday morning in the Chapel of the Kerrville Funeral home. Burial was Wednesday afternoon in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Born Dec. 28, 1896, in Hillsboro, he had lived here since 1966. He was a retired dispatcher for a maintenance company and a World War I veteran.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. R. W. Poe of Redwood Valley, Calif.; four brothers and one sister.

Kerrville Mountain Sun, September 16, 1976

Final Rites Are Held Tuesday, Sept. 19 For Miss Nellie J. Luther

Funeral services for Miss Nellie Jane Luther, a junior high school teacher and manager of the Luther Hotel, were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Tuesday, September 19 at 10 a. m. with Rev. Rayford Harris, Rev. Clinton Harris and Rev. Richard E. Stone officiating. Burial was in the Palacios Cemetery.

A daughter of Thomas Monroe and Laura Gollihar Luther, she was born October 8, 1901. She was found dead in the bathroom of her apartment in the hotel.

She is survived by two sisters, Miss Ann Luther of Palacios and Pearl Hansard of Hedley, Teas; brothers, Travis, Beaumont; John W., Claude, Texas; Thomas Monroe, Mathis; James, Los Alamos, New Mexico; Homer, Houston; Henry, Chicago and Charles Luther, Palacios.

Palacios Beacon, September, 1961

Photo courtesy of Mary Sexton



Homer L. Luther

Funeral services for Homer L. Luther of Houston, who died Sunday, March 26, were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church there with Dr. John M. Lancaster officiating. Interment was in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

Born January 25, 1907 in Cleburne, Texas, he was a son of Thomas Monroe and Laura May Gollihar Luther. He grew up in Palacios and graduated from Palacios High School in 1924 and received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Texas in 1929.

A former President of the Texas Society of Public Accountants, in 1960, he was vice-president of the American Institute of Public Accountants. He was a partner in the International Public Accountant firm of Haskins & Sells, retiring from active practice in 1971.

He was an active member of several fraternal organizations, belonged and was active in numerous civic organizations.

He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Myron (Rosemary) Dickey Jr., of Mt. Enterprise; two sons, Homer L. Luther Jr. and Monroe M. Luther, both of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Hansard of Hedley; two brothers, Col. Henry Luther of Boerne and Charles Luther of Palacios; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon, March 30, 1978

James Luther drove to Austin Tuesday of last week and enrolled for himself and sister in the University for the summer term. Miss Nellie went last Saturday as soon as her school at Collegeport had closed.

Palacios Beacon, June 15, 1923

A miscellaneous shower, honoring the recent bride, Mrs. Travis Luther, was given by Mrs. Charles Luther at her home Tuesday afternoon. The rooms were tastefully decorated for the occasion in pink and white and hearts and cupids were used in profusion. Each guest was handed a slip of paper on which she was requested to write her favorite recipe. The afternoon was spent in a happy social manner and giving the pretty young bride much advice and caution "on how to train her husband." Delicious ice cream and cake, carrying out the color scheme of pink and white, were served to the forty guests by the hostess assisted by Misses Ann Luther and Josephine Callaway.

Palacios Beacon, March 6, 1924

Photos courtesy of Jack Findley unless otherwise specified.


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