Palacios Beacon, April 22, 1921
Palacios Beacon, April 29, 1921
Palacios Beacon, October 20, 1927
Luther family home located at the corner of Welch and 4th Streets.
Palacios Beacon, June 1, 1923
Former site of Charles Luther's Bay Chevrolet as it appeared in August, 2015
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
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.
Arrangements were with Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Tx. Anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family may do so at hurleyfuneralhome.com.
August 24, 2005
Charles, son of Elsie and Charles Luther, was born and raised in Palacios, TX.
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,
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
September 3, 2014
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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
July 23, 1936
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
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
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