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Ina Arma Belsher, 90, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Hamilton General Hospital.

Services were Saturday, Oct. 10, at Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Beckling and Rev. Dean Reed officiating. Burial was in Gentrys Mill Cemetery.

Mrs. Belsher was born Aug. 3, 1908, in Hamilton County, the daughter of W. N. and Bertie Lamb Fuqua. She was married to Marsh Belsher on Aug. 28, 1927, in Hico. They lived in Carlton until 1949 when they moved to the Gentrys Mill community. She was a homemaker who loved to cook. She was a member of Lamkin Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Joe Marsh Belsher, a sister and three brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Ann Grimes and husband Jay of Fort Worth; two grandsons, William Belsher and Scott Grimes, both of Fort Worth; and three great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Christopher and Latisha.

Pallbearers were Jim Wigington, Doyle Wayne Belsher, Ronnie Holley, Jimmy Adams, Duane McQueen and Eddie Ellenburg.




The Hamilton Herald-News
Hamilton County, Texas
30 November, 1995

Marsh Belsher, 88, died Nov. 24 at Hamilton General Hospital. Funeral services were Nov. 26 at Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Cavanaugh officiating. Burial was in Gentrys Mill Cemetery in Hamilton County.
Mr. Belsher was born March 30, 1907, in Comanche County, the son of the late Wiley Marsh and Lillie Norwood Belsher. He married Ina Fuqua Aug. 28, 1927 in Hico. [His parents were married 08/08/1906 Book 4 page 371 by Matthew C. Dickson MG (Carlton, Tx).] He was a member of the Lamkin Methodist Church, was a farmer and rancher and had lived in Hamilton County most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Belsher of Hamilton; a daughter, Carolyn Grimes and her husband Jay of Fort Worth; two grandsons, William Belsher and Scott Grimes, both of Fort Worth; and three great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Olan Crockett, Doyle Wayne Belsher, Bill Belsher, Dwayne McQueen, Rabbit Fuqua and Leonard Kirkland.


The Hamilton Herald-News August 5. 2004 

Andy Levi Berry, 82, died in Hamilton July 31, 2004. Funeral services were August 2 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gilbert Donald and Rev. Jackie Auvenshine officiating. Burial followed in the Gentry Mill Cemetery. 

Mr. Berry was born March 4, 1922 in the Fairy community of Hamilton County, the son of Charles Malhon Berry and Elizabeth Martha Tinney Berry. 

He served his country in World War II in battles and campaigns in Sicily, Normandy, Rhineland and Central Europe as a squad leader. During this time he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge with Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal; European/African /Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He was discharged July 2, 1945. 

He was married to Bertie Martin on Dec. 21, 1946 in Coleman. 

Mr. Berry was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was outgoing, loved people and was loved by all those that knew him. He retired after working as an auto parts salesman for the Evans Company in Stephenville for many years. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers David, J.T. and Charles Berry. 

Survivors include his wife Bertie B. Berry of Hamilton; two daughters and their husbands; Glinda and Mike Herrin of Hamilton and Debbie and Gaylon Fleming of DeLeon; five grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren and one brother J.B. (Bunk) Berry of Hamilton and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers were Loyd Rush, Timothy Herrin, Ray Kelly, Kenneth Wilson, Brandon Burrows, Danny Berry, Kenny Burrows and Rick Berry. 

Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Wagner, Raymond Roberts and Karry Garmon. Riley Funeral Home



Hamilton Herald  November 1933

Mrs. Janie Collett Campbell, Last of Old Family, Dead

The death on Tuesday morning, November 7, at 3:15 o'clock of Mrs. Janie Collett Campbell, eighty-six years of age, marked the passing of the last
member of a noted pioneer family, that of Esq. James Hamilton Collett, who came to Hamilton county in the early days and reared his children in the Pottsville community.  Mr. Collett was a member of a prominent family in North Carolina, where Janie Collett was born in a town named Collettsville.  Dissolution occurred at the home of Mrs. Campbell's daughter, Mrs. Charley Anderson, in the Lamkin-Gentrys Mill section.  The sweet and devout "Mother in Israel" was not a sufferer from any affliction, but the temple of her beautiful soul gave way under the burden of years and she is at rest in the promise of the Father.  

The body was laid to rest in the Gentry's Mill cemetery on Tuesday afternoon with impressive services conducted by Rev. Dailey, pastor of the Methodist church at Lamkin.  A number of relatives, among whom was Mrs. Campbell's niece, Mrs. Edwin R. Misener and husband of Dallas, were present to pay a last tribute of love and respect to one whom they had loved and honored in life for her noble traits of character, her unfailing and tactful kindness and her universal motherhood.

Janie Collett was born June 29, 1847. When she was eighteen years of age her father, James Hamilton Collett, moved with his family to Texas, and first settled near Dallas, coming to Hamilton county a little later on he elected to make his home for the balance of his life in the Pottsville community. Mrs. James Hamilton Collett lived to the great age of one hundred years, Mrs. Misener adding the amazing information that her grandmother assisted in cooking the birthday dinner for the celebration of the passing of the century mark in her life. Janie Collett was married to John Campbell on November 6, 1884. Mr. Campbell was a stockman, and heard the call of the Golden West, moving out to Monument, New Mexico, where the family resided for a number of years and where Mr. Campbell died. Mrs. Campbell and members of her family later came to Comanche county to make their home. She was the mother of a son and a daughter, Luke Campbell, who resides in New Mexico, and Mrs. Charley Anderson, of the Lamkin section, whose home was blessed with the presence of the mother in her last days.
She is also survived by five stepchildren, Mark, Mack and Charley Campbell of New Mexico; Mrs. Terry Brandt of Lamkin, and Mrs. Walter Wooley of Gustine.  These men and women were small children at the time the stepmother came into the home, and it is a tribute to her noble nature and motherliness that they love her devotedly and have of her the tenderest of memories. Luke Campbell had visited his mother only a short while back and was unable to return for the funeral.  Mrs. Campbell was not only influential in her home life, but her Christian life had been such that all those who came into contact with her in the outside world were constrained to accept the rule by which her days had been made so beautiful and useful.  She had been a member of the Methodist church for many years. 

She has found that rest for which she yearned, and her soul is at perfect peace in the mansion of the Master, Whom she so faithfully and loyally

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The Hamilton-Herald News        April &, 2005

Died: 03/31/2005

Robert LeRoy DeLaney was born on Dec. 6, 1915, in Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henrietta Mae and James Cecil DeLaney, by his older brother, Cecil DeLaney, and his baby sister, Nellie Mae DeLaney. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Sybil Campbell DeLaney. 

After graduating from Jefferson Davis High School, Robert chose Southwest Texas State Teachers College over other schools because they offered him a $.12 per hour employment stipend. This proved to be a fortuitous choice because in one of his classes sat Sybil Campbell. Upon graduation, Robert became a teacher at Marrs High School in Aldine, Texas, while continuing to work on his Masters Degree at Southwest Texas State College. 

With the clouds of war looming, he enlisted in the Navy. He was chosen to attend Officer Candidate’s School at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Ensign Robert DeLaney graduated with honors and began serving on the U.S.S. Moore DE 240 in World War II. Home on leave, he married his college sweetheart on Jan. 4, 1943. After a distinguished career in the Navy, Robert left as a Lieutenant. Robert returned to Houston where he joined his daddy and brother, Cecil, in their steel fabricating business, The DeLaney Company. For the next twenty years, from 1944-1964, Robert served as the Vice President and Director of Purchasing and Personnel. During those years, he watched his company grow into the supplier of fabricated steel for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Falcon Dam on the Rio Grande, the plate girders for Houston’s Loop 610, and others. 

Their family grew with the births of Bobbie Gayle and James Cullen. Robert was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and grandson of a Methodist minister. As a young adult, he belonged to the Reid Memorial United Methodist Church. He and Sybil then helped establish Memorial Drive United Methodist Church where they and their children were charter members and Robert served as the first Chairman of the Administrative Board. He was also very active in Boy Scouts of America and Indian Guides, serving in various capacities, including Scout Master for the past forty years, Robert and Sybil participated in every role in and deeply loved the Lamkin United Methodist Church. 

In 1962, Robert and Sybil, along with their two children, left Houston for Guam where Robert taught Mathematics at the College of Guam and Sybil taught 1st grade. After a three year stint in Guam, Robert and Sybil purchased Sybil’s family’s land in Lamkin, Texas, and began the Rafter 4D Ranch. Robert initially bred horned Herefords, but Sybil’s tenderness over the de-horning process led him to a successful Polled Hereford business. Always eager to learn new technologies to improve his herd, he served as Past President of Cross Timbers Polled Hereford Association. He was also a lifetime member of the American Polled Hereford Association. 

Robert was a true Renaissance man. He was a life-long learner who taught himself everything from pecan grafting to animal husbandry to crop rotation to indulging his love of investing in the stock market. He never met an unknown word he did not look up. His enduring goal was to complete A Son of a Blacksmith, a tribute to his father. He accomplished this goal and his book was published in the summer of 2004. 

He and his wife Sybil adored their five granddaughters and instilled in them a spirit of adventure and love of travel. As a proponent of self improvement through education he was so proud of his granddaughters’ accomplishments, which include pursuit of graduate education by all five of them. Robert is survived by his younger brother John Henry DeLaney of Carlton, precious sister-in-law Gayle Campbell Love of Lamkin, daughter Bobbie Gayle DeLaney Whelan of Houston, son James Cullen DeLaney and wife Linda Pierson DeLaney of Plano, former son-in-law Tom Whelan of McAllen; five granddaughters: Amy DeLaney-Hernandez and husband Andrew S. Hernandez, III., Samantha Whelan Masucci and husband Hayes Masucci, Jennifer Ellen DeLaney, Emily Sashel Whelan, April DeLaney Thomson and husband Colin; four great-grand-children: Allegra, Andrew, and Henry Hernandez, and James Masucci, as well as a loving extended family. 

Pallbearers were John Burke, Johnny DeLaney, Mike DeLaney, Willis Grisham, Cullen Henicke, Jason Henicke, Andrew Hernandez, Ken Hucherson, Ron Huff, Hayes Masucci, Colin Thomson and Tom Whelan. 

Honorary Pallbearers were Jim Couch, Milton Harlik, Arthur Konwent, Billy Martinez, Ben Miller, J.C. Rogers, Bert Schrank, Ken Shaffer and Dr. Ping N. Tan. 

For those wishing to remember Robert in a special way, contributions may be made in his name to: Cross Timbers Polled Hereford Association Scholarship Fund, PO Box 555 Stephenville, Texas 76401. Riley Funeral Home



The Hamilton Herald-News 07/20/2000 

Sybil Campbell DeLaney, 87 of Lamkin, died July 12, 2000 at her home, the Rafter 4D Ranch in Lamkin. Services were held July 15 at the Lamkin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dean Reed officiating and Barbara Burk, soloist. Burial followed at Gentry's Mill Cemetery in Gentry's Mill. Mrs. DeLaney was born Christmas Eve, 1912 in Lamkin to Lorenda Sashel Shockley Campbell and Charles James Campbell, early settlers and ranchers in Comanche County. She grew up with her parents and sisters on the Rafter C Ranch in Lamkin. 

Mrs. Delaney graduated from Southwest Texas State Teacher's College in 1937. After strategically dropping her books on a handsome classmate, she met and married the same classmate, Robert DeLaney, on Jan. 4, 1943. This year, the couple celebrated 57 years of marriage. 

Mrs. Delaney taught in Sinton, Batesville, Lamkin, Houston, Guam and Comanche, where she retired in 1977. She was known far and wide as an outstanding teacher. She loved her students and they loved her. In her retirement years, nothing pleased her more than to be visited by a former student and greeted as "Miss Sybil, my favorite and prettiest teacher." 

After World War II, Mr. and Mrs. DeLaney settled in Houston and began their careers, she as a teacher and he as a businessman. She taught many years at Roosevelt Elementary and then was assigned to a "new and modern" school, Briargrove Elementary. 

Her two children, Bobbie Gayle and James Cullen were born in Houston. She was a member of Reid Memorial United Methodist Church, a charter member of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church and a lifelong member of Lamkin United Methodist Church. 

In 1962, the DeLaneys moved to Guam where Mr. Delaney taught at the College of Guam and Mrs. DeLaney taught first grade at Anderson Air Force Base. They returned to Texas in 1966 to establish their ranch in Lamkin. 

Mrs. Delaney is survived by her devoted and loving husband, her daughter, Bobbie Gayle and son James Cullen and his wife Linda (Pierson) of Plano. Mrs. DeLaney, better known as "Mimi" is also survived by her five adoring granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. Every summer she and Mr. DeLaney took the granddaughters on wild and wonderful vacations. They ran the gamut from Canada to dude ranches in West Texas, to Mexico, to riding the rapids. Each of the granddaughters has a favorite tale of an unforgettable summer adventure. 

Her beloved grandchildren are: Amy DeLaney-Hernandez and husband Andy and children Allegra and Drew of Demming, NM; Jennifer Ellen DeLaney of Portland, Oregon; April Leah DeLaney of New York, NY; Samantha Ann Whelan of Houston and Emily Sashel Whelan of Fort Worth. 

She is also survived by her wonderful and dear sister, Gayle Love of Lamkin. Gayle has been the sustaining force for the whole family. They were truly devoted to each other. 

Pallbearers were John DeLaney Jr., Mike DeLaney, Andy Grove, Jason Henicke, Cullen Henicke, Kenneth Hutcherson, Thomas Whelan III, Ron Huff and Andy Hernandez. Honorary pallbearers were Jessie DeLaney and Benjamin Grove. Memorials may be made to the Lamkin United Methodist Church c/o Mrs. Ann Wiggington, 400 Sherry Lee, Hamilton, TX 76531. 
Riley Funeral Home, Hamilton



The Hamilton Herald-News, 04/21/1999

Kenneth Ray Donahoo, 55, died Wednesday, April 14, at his home in Waco after an extended illness.

Graveside services were Sunday, April 18, in the Gentry’s Mill Cemetery with Kenneth Taylor officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home.

Mr. Donahoo was born Dec. 16, 1943, in Hamilton, the son of William Cecil Donahoo Sr. and Vera Mae Blodgett Donahoo. He had lived in Waco for 32 years. He loved to paint cars and worked for some time in an auto body shop.

He also enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a son, David Donahoo, in 1984.

Survivors include a daughter Rox Ann Donahoo of Austin; two sisters, Stella Taylor of Englewood, Colo., and Jenetha Gilman of Jonesboro; two brothers, Bo Donahoo of Jonesboro and Billy Donahoo of Hamilton; and a number of other relatives and friends.


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The Hamilton Herald-News    02/19/2004

Arthur Douglas Elam, 81, died Feb. 12, 2004 at Seattle, Wash. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday Feb. 20 at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton with Rev. Ed Wright officiating. Burial will be in the Gentry’s Mill Cemetery. 

Mr. Elam was born June 25, 1923 at Marlow, Okla., the son of David Elam and Frankie Owen Elam. He was a World War II veteran, serving his county in the Navy. 

He retired after working in the steel mills as a crane operator. After his retirement he lived in Hamilton for a number of years prior to moving to Seattle to be near his daughter. 

Mr. Elam was a member of the Littleville Baptist Church and the American Legion Post # 40 at Seattle. 

Survivors include three daughters, Gloria D. Jackson of Seattle; Lorri Diffenbach and her husband Bob of Maeno Valley, Calif. and Beverly Elam of Permosa Beach, Calif.; two grandchildren, Kerri Jackson Thorp and Manuel Santisteven; three sisters, Jewell Bennett and Loucille Holley, both of Hamilton and Edna King of Eufala, Okla.; three brothers, Leonard Elam of Lakeside, Calif., Larry Elam of Modesto, Calif. and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother George Elam. 
Riley Funeral Home



The Hamilton Herald-News     03/09/2000 

Ann Reed Fuqua died March 5 at the Community Hospice House of Texas in Burleson. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Dr. Ike Tennison officiating. Burial will be at Gentry's Mill Cemetery. 

Mrs. Fuqua was born June 24, 1931 in Burnet County to Wayne and Mattie Whitley Reed. She attended public schools in Bertram, Austin and Hamilton where she graduated in 1949. She was involved in many activities in school, including cheerleading. 

She was married to Gene "Soup" Fuqua on Dec. 24, 1950 in the First Presbyterian Church at Hamilton. 

After graduation, she was employed by the Hamilton County Tax office. She moved to Arlington where she worked for Bell Helicopter for a short while and for the City of Arlington for 30 years before retiring in 1984. 

During her 30 years of employment with the City of Arlington, she worked in the water department, engineering department, budget office and was secretary for the city manager. After retiring, she moved back to Hamilton where she was active in civic and community affairs. She was a member of the Arlington Business Women's Association, an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton, charter member and regent of Ann Whitney Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Friends of Hamilton Public Library, charter member of Hamilton County Historical Commission, charter member Hamilton Genealogy Society and charter member of Hamilton Hospital Auxiliary. 

She was an avid researcher of her family history and assisted others in their research. During her research she discovered her family connection to James Northcross, one of the defenders of the Alamo and the only reverend to be killed there on March 6, 1836. 

During her research she also discovered a family connection of her husband to Galba Fuqua, the youngest defender to die at the Alamo. She took great pride in the contributions her ancestors made toward the molding of this nation between 1635 and present time. 

Mrs. Fuqua had friends throughout the world and during her sickness, prayers were offered at the Wailing Wall in Israel. 

Survivors include her husband, two sons, Gene Stuart Fuqua and wife Debbie Tapp Fuqua of Bedford and Andy Keith Fuqua and wife Debbie Ann Fuqua of Arlington; two grandsons, Chad Keith Fuqua and Adam Ryan Fuqua; two step-grandchildren, Micah Tapp and Jennifer Tapp Gugel, both of Bedford; two sisters, Ms. A.E. (Shugg) Smith of Hamilton, Polly Landis of Austin and a brother, Keith Reed of Arlington. 

Pallbearers were H.T. Rea, Don Broyles, Frank O'Harra, Frank Spraggs, Tommy Leeth, Jimmy Leeth, Bobby Easley and Alton Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Gardner and Milton Harelik. Donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Scholarship Fund or Hamilton County Genealogy Society. Riley Funeral Home, Hamilton


A. B. Fuqua, 85, of Lamesa, died April 26 at Covenant Medical Center, Lakeside, Lubbock. Graveside services will be conducted April 28 at Gentry’s Mill Cemetery in Hamilton with Mike Barkowsky offciating. Burial followed. 

Mr. Fuqua was born Jan. 19, 1919 in Hamilton County. He was married to Georgia Alice Westfall on May 31, 1941 at Carlton. He was a World War II veteran with amphibious forces in the South Pacific. He attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a farmer. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Annie House Fuqua; a daughter, Debra Fuqua Furlow; two sisters, Amber Allen and Charlie May Dauphanais and four brothers, Doc Fuqua, J.C. Fuqua, Elmo Fuqua and Robert Fuqua. 

Survivors include his wife of Lamesa; a son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Sherry Fuqua of Big Spring; a sister, Ruby Harlin of Lampasas; two granddaughters and their husbands, Audra and Mike Barkowsky of Lamesa and Vanessa and Martin Gill of Lubbock and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to Harvest Community Church. 
Branon Funeral Home


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The Hamilton Herald-News, October 28, 2004 

Alton Neely Holley, 85, died on Friday, Oct. 22, 2004 in his home. Funeral services were held at the Littleville Baptist Church on Oct. 24 with the Rev. Bill Schibler, Baptist minister of Clifton, officiating. Burial followed in the Gentry's Mill Cemetery with Holley Funeral Home of Canyon handling the arrangements. 

He was born on April 9, 1919, in Lampasas County, the son of Roland Leonard Holley and Ruby Mignon Neely Holley. 

He was married to Sarah Lucille Elam on December 24, 1938. He was a farmer and rancher in Hamilton County and worked for the City of Hamilton as a heavy equipment operator for 10 years. He was a volunteer worker at United Care since 1989 and served on their board the last two years. He was a member of the Littleville Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Ronald and wife Jo Ann of Greenville; Arnold and wife, Mickey of Canyon; David and wife, Helen of Hamilton; a daughter, Nancy Swint and husband, Jim of Douglassville; a brother, Claude Holley of Fairy; a sister, Laura Elizabeth McConathy of Whitney; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 

The family requests memorials sent to: CCS Hospice, 118 E. Live Oak, Suite 104, Dublin TX 76446. 
Riley Funeral Home



The Hamilton Herald-News
May 5, 2005

Wanda Sue Leitko, 66, of Fort Worth died May 2, 2005 in Fort Worth. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. May 5 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton with burial following in Gentry Mill Cemetery.
She was the daughter of the late Arlos Vernon and Georgia Faye Chumney Thornton. On July 21, 1956 she was married to John William Leitko at Pottsville.
Mrs. Leitko was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grand-mother. She retired from the Fort Worth I.S.D. with 24 years working in food services.
Survivors include her husband, John William Leitko of Fort Worth; three children, Rhonda Kay Cavett of Cleburne, Rita Courtney of Fort Worth and Regina Schroeder of Arlington; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Elise Eilers of Seven Points and Emma DeCuir of Pflugerville.
Pallbearers will be Mark Cavett, Kevin Cavett, Randall Courtney, Ryan Schroeder, Walter Feldman and Albert Kratochvil.
The family has designated the following for memorials; American Cancer Society, 3301 W. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107 and Vitas Hospice, 2501 Parkview Dr., Suite 600, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Family visitation was set for 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the funeral home.
Riley Funeral Home



John H. McGlothlin was born Feb.28, 1836, and he died June 11, 1888.  He is not listed in print by the register at Hamilton but his tombstone is there and I have a copy of a picture I took... I spoke to the sexton and he said that the notes say he died by a strike of lightning...

John was the brother of Benjamin Franklin McGlothlin..  They were the sons of Jane Vellery Turnidge and William McGlothlin. The boys were born in Missouri and came to Texas as children. 

John married a Mary Jane Savage. Some of their children I have documented--William Newton McGlothlin and with the help of Mag Spaeth in Mason Texas have lots of info and pictures of Martha Jane McGlothlin who married Rev. Thomas Burrows. They are burried at Goldwaithe,  TX. 

William Newton, son of John, died at Ranger TX and was buried at Merriman cemetery. William Newton McGlothlin married Martha Kitchens.  They had a slew of children--11 to be more exact.. five boys six girls. The boys were: E. D., W.F., J. A, C.A. and T. A.  Their daughters were M.E.,  Martha E.,  E. M., J. O. O. B. and  H. D. One of his daughters died out at El Paso TX. William Newton McGlothlin still has descendants at Nacona,  TX. He also has family at Mertzon TX, and Carrolton TX..


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Myrtle Marie Mikle, 99, died Tuesday, July 7. 

Services were Thursday, July 9 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wesley Jones officiating. Burial was in the Gentry's Mill Cemetery. 

Mrs. Mikle was born Nov. 7 1898, in Hamilton County, the daughter of Charles B and Calley Benbow Wright. She was a lifetime resident of Hamilton County and a member of the Methodist church. She was married to Tom E. Mikle in 1919. He preceded her in death on March 20, 1987. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister and a brother. 

Survivors include a son, Ellis Mikle of Huntsville, a sister, Wynona Bennett of Brownwood, two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Earl Kavanaugh, Steve Kavanaugh, Bobby Leach, Donny Leach, William Kirkland and Leonard Kirkland



The Hamilton Herald-News, June 12, 2003

Thomas Dale Montgomery 18, died June 5, 2003. Funeral services for will be held June 13 at 10 a.m. with full military honors at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Gentry’s Mill Cemetery.

Thomas was a young man affectionately known by many names. T. J., Wink, Joe, Jam, Little T., and Bubba being the most common.

He was born on June 13, 1984 at Hamilton, the son of Mary Ann Musick and John Paul Gilliam III. He grew up in Hamilton and later graduated from Belton High School in 2002.

Mr. Montgomery joined the Navy right after high school. He proudly fought the war against Iraq, and served on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation in the Persian Gulf. While serving on the Constellation, he visited Australia and Hawaii.

He was an honorable young man whose goal in life was to make his family proud. He accomplished his goal. He really enjoyed life. He loved water skiing and motor cross. Thomas had many adventures along his journey in life; learning to drive in Hamilton with his dad, learning to fish with his Papa, giving his granny rides on his dirt bike, setting an example for his sister and friends and making his mama proud by his accomplishments. He was most well known for his heart of gold. He was never too busy for family or a friend in need. He could be counted on to be there whenever he was needed. He is remembered as our sailor with the exceptional heart.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Ann Musick of Belton; his father, John Paul Gilliam III of Belton; his sister Brandi Marie Montgomery of Belton; his half-brother, John Paul Gilliam IV; his grandparents, Dale and Elmola Musick of DeLeon and Thomas and Jean Montgomery of New Caste, Pa.
Riley Funeral Home


"The Hamilton Herald-News" August 19, 2004 

Carrie Fuqua Nelson, 91, of Cleburne, died Friday, August 13, 2004 in Fort Worth. Funeral services were conducted August 16 in the Cleburne Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Payne officiating. Burial was in the Gentry Mills Cemetery in Hamilton at the Fuqua family plot. She was born on December 28, 1912 in Stevens County, the daughter of Joe Franklin and Nora Lamb Fuqua. She married James Perry Nelson on October 21, 1991 in Cleburne. She was a homemaker and a retired clerk for Allstate Insurance Co. She lived her entire life in Texas. She was a fun-loving Christian lady who loved her family and enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved to travel and work in her yard and garden. She always had a beautiful yard with many varieties of pretty flowers. Her favorite pastime was fishing where her motto was, "If they're big enough to get on the hook, they are big enough to keep." She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her husband, James Nelson of Cleburne; four nephews, Bob and Gene (Soup) Fuqua of Hamilton, Joe Fuqua of Fort Worth and James Fuqua of Arlington; three nieces, Sue Fuqua Wilson of Austin, Betty Jo Bullard Gilmore and Nancy Bullard Garrett of Arlington; numerous friends, great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Newman, Bill and Cecil Fuqua; one sister, Lorena (Sis) Fuqua Bullard. 

Pallbearers were her great nephews, Curtis Harris, Gene (Bud), Andy, Russell, Steven, Scott, and Jason Fuqua and Chris Chaffin. 
Cleburne Funeral Home



Ernest Lee Newsom, 80, died Monday, May 31, at his home in Lamkin.

Services were set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allen Gilbert and Rev. Larry Cox officiating. Burial was to be in Gentrys Mill Cemetery.

Mr. Newsom was born Sept. 20, 1918, the son of Mattie Cornelius and Alice Ford Newsom. He was married to Betty Doris Hoyle on Nov. 11, 1937, in Snyder. She preceded him in death on July 17, 1996. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Engle, Alvis, Floyd and Wayne Newsom; and a step-sister, Ethel Lauderdale


He had lived in the Big Springs area for many years before moving to Comanche County in 1965. He was a minister and a farmer.

Survivors include three children, Roy Lee Newsom and Cleta Jo Stapp, both of Lamkin, and Vernon Neal Newsom of Mansfield; three sisters, Gladys Parrish, Grace Clanton and Eva Neal, all of Artesia, N.M.; three brothers, Amos Newsom of Las Vegas, Nev., M.C. Newsom Jr. and Virgil Newsom, both of Artesia; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Brent Newsom, Bryan Newsom, Bart Newsom, Harmon Newsom, Clint Bramlet, Jerald McEntyre and Steve Gunter.



The Hamilton Herald-News

Hamilton County, Texas

23 June, 1977

Sammy Earl Petree, 26, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident early Saturday morning in Gatesville. Services were held Sunday, June 19, in Riley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Raines of Gatesville and Rev. Robert Lindsey of Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Gentry's MIll Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Barness Hill, Delbert Ramsey, Woody Vanatta, Ray Sommerfeld, Randy Moore, Joe Drake, Willie Kunkel, Robert Rowe and Johnny Massingill. Honorary pallbearers included the employees of Gulf States-United Telephone Company office in Gatesville and the Gatesville Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Petree was a Hamilton County native, born on February 15, 1951, to Earl Petree and the late Willie F. Dansbee Petree of Pottsville. He was a resident of Gatesville where he worked for Gulf-States Telephone Company. He was married and is survived by his wife Shirley Walters Petree.
Other survivors include three children, Earl Wayne Petree, Shawn David Petree and Justin S. etree; and two step-children, Shane Gribble and Patty Gribble. Also surviving is a grandfather, Sam Dansbee of Gentrys Mill.

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The Hamilton Herald-News, August 14, 2003

Henry Pierson, 90, died in his home Aug. 7, 2003. Funeral services were held Aug. 10 at Riley Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Gentry’s Mill Cemetery. 

He was born June 8, 1913 in Gentry’s Mill Community of Hamilton County, the ninth child of Louis Edward Pierson and Liva Dahl Pierson, natives of Norway who settled in Getnry’s Mill in 1898. He received confirmation in 1927 at St. Olaf’s Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap. 

In the 1940s he joined the First United Methodist Church and remained a faithful member until his death. 

Mr. Pierson was inducted into the army on March 14, 1941. He served four years beginning with his training at Ft. Knox, Ky. 

A new law was passed to discharge all draftees who were 27 years or older and he had turned in his uniforms on Saturday, Dec. 6, 1941. After Pearl Harbor was bombed Sunday morning, Dec. 7, he went back and got his uniform. 

On May 14, 1942 he shipped out on the Queen Mary ship for overseas duty. He spent two and one half years in the European Theater, 16 months in Combat duty on the front lines. He spent time in Ireland, England, North Africa and Italy where he was wounded in Anzio Beachhead. 

Medals Mr. Pierson received included the Purple Heart, the European-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Three Bronze Stars for French Morocco, Tunisian and Italian Campaigns and the Good Conduct Medal. 

On Jan. 24, 1945 he received his discharge and returned to his home in Hamilton County. He met Goldie Harvey and they were married on July 14, 1946. 

Mr. Pierson is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Liva Pierson; brothers, Conley, Leo, John, Olaf, Edwin, Melvin and sisters, Annie, Helen, Clara and Julia. 

Survivors include his wife, Goldie Pierson of Hamilton; daughter, Linda and husband James DeLaney of Plano; son, Howard and wife Pat Pierson of Ovilla; grandchildren, Amy and husband Andy Hernandez; Jennifer DeLaney, all of Deming, N.M.; April DeLaney of Glasgow, Scotland; Krystle Pierson and Phillip Pierson, both of Ovilla;  great-grandchildren, Allegra, Drew and Henry Hernandez of Deming, NM; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Don and Tommie Kennedy of Evant; sister-in-law, Mildred Pierson of Hamilton; Lela Pierson of Hamilton and many nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers were: Larry Curry, Joe Dalton, Corky Wilson, Randy Haile, William Kirkland and Leonard Kirkland.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Thompson, Carlton Adams, Don Kennedy, Rabbit Fuqua and Roy Reinert. 
Riley Funeral Home


Lewis Edward Pierson 50, died May 28, 2004. Private memorial services were held May 30 in the Living Waters Worship Center in Hamilton. Burial was in Gentry’s Mills Cemetery. Mr. Pierson was born July 31, 1953 in Bryan, the son of the late Olaf Edward Pierson and Susie Paralee Harvey Pierson. 

He spent much of his early years in San Angelo where his father re-tired from the Air Force. He was a veteran of the Army serving in Vietnam. He was a talented welder. While his daughter was in high school, he designed the school mascot images on the megaphone. Mr. Pierson loved the outdoors and enjoyed nature. He was a quite loving person. 

He is preceded in death by one brother William Ray Pierson. 

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Kathryn Roberts Pierson of San Angelo; a daughter, Ronda Sue Pierson of Bossier City, La; two aunts, Goldie Pierson of Hamilton and Tommie Kennedy of Evant; a number of cousins and a host of friends. 

Riley Funeral Home



The Hamilton Herald-News       August 4, 2005


William Sherman Randall, 91, died July 29, 2005 in Hamilton. Funeral services were held July 31 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gilbert Donald officiating. Bur-ial was in Gentry Mill Cemetery.

Mr. Randall was born September 29, 1913 in Hasse, the son of the late Homer and Janie Kinard Randall.
He was a former farmer, carpenter, café owner and operator and retired from the Gatesville State School for Boys.
Mr. Randall has served as deacon in the Lamkin and Pottsville Baptist Churches. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
He was married to Geneva Mildred Higginbotham in 1929 when they were both sixteen years of age. She preceded him in death with her passing on February 15, 1954.
In 1957 he was married to Esta Penn. She preceded him in death on January 20, 2001. He is preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Bassett and one brother Troy Randall.
Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Webb and her husband J. R. of Hamilton; three grandchildren, Nelda Duff and her husband Rob of Burnet, Ronnie Andrews and his wife Teri of Houston and Jeannie Doty and her husband Larry of Stephenville; five great-grand-children, Caleb Duff, Clint Doty, Madison Andrews, Jenni-fer Doty and Jessica Duff and one great-great-grandson Ethan Duff.
Pallbearers were Milton Fabianke, J. R. Webb, Clint Doty, Caleb Duff, Robert Duff, Keith Suggs. Honorary Pallbearers were Bryan Bottlinger, Rabbitt Fuqua. Riley Funeral Home

The Hamilton Herald-News, January 15, 2004 

Winnie Louise Schneider, 69, died at Bryan, Dec. 30, 2003. Funeral services where held at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton Jan. 1 with Pastor Caleb Schoeneck of the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, College Station officiating. Burial followed in Gentry Mill Cemetery. She was born in Pottsville on Feb. 17, 1934 the daughter of Willis and Ruth Harris. As a young lady, Louise was made a child of God’s family with water and the Word through baptism. Louise was married on Aug. 12, 1950 to her beloved Melvin by Pastor Robert Nerger at St. John Lutheran Church in Hamilton. 

While at St. John, the Savior nourished her faith, and on April 20, 1951, Louise was confirmed in the Christian faith. Her husband preceded her in death on June 16, 1993. Her parents, five brothers and five sisters have also preceded her. 

Louise was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The Lord, in his providence, brought Louise to heaven, Dec. 30. She had been ill for several years. During these difficult times, the Lord gave Louise strength in her faith and peace in her body through his Word and his Holy Supper. Louise often spoke of Christ’s forgiveness and prayed for many individuals. 

Survivors include her son, Steven Schneider and wife Diane of Hamilton; a daughter, Kathy Tipps and husband Darrell of College Station; three granddaughters, Stephanie McDaniel (nee Schneider) and husband Jay of Hamilton; Melanie and Kandace Tipps of College Station; and by two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Dustin McDan-iel of Hamilton; four sisters-in-law, Dora Boelter, Mary Schneider, Violet Kemp, and Tera Vey Harris of Hamilton as well as nieces and nephews and cousins and a host of friends in Hamilton and Arlington where she and her husband lived for 31 years before retiring back in Hamilton. She later moved to College Station, to be near her daughter. 

Pallbearers were Darmon Wagner, Murlin Bottlinger, Jerry Siepert, Ronald Karasek, Robert Delaughter, Ollie Zschiesche and J. T. Massingill. Riley Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News 08/10/2000 

Kenneth Shipman, 60, died Aug. 1, 2000 at Charleston Methodist Hospital in Duncanville after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Services were held Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. in Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eston Williams officiating. Burial was at Gentrys Mill Cemetery in Hamilton. 

Mr. Shipman was born on July 6, 1940 in Hamilton, the son of Ira and Bessie Shipman. He was an independent truck driver. 

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Shafer; his children, Barry Shipman and wife Cheryl of Marshall, Glenn Shipman and wife Judy of Odessa, Deeann Owens and husband Donnie of Seven Points; his sisters, Evelyn Fuqua and husband Rabbit of Hamilton, Frances Hunter of Burleson, Christine Longino of Burleson; grandchildren, Jessica, Misty, Jacob, Tricia and A.J. Shipman, Joshua and Jeremy Owens and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers were Paul Lowe, Bobby Greenhaw, Curtis Shepherd, Tommy Fuqua, Ricky Fuqua, Jim Boatwright and Josh Boatwright. 
Tomlinson Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News        03/10/19/99

Charlie Brandt Shockley, 92, died Wednesday, March 3.

Graveside services were Friday, March 5, in the Gentry’s Mill Cemetery in Hamilton County with Rev. Wesley Jones officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Shockley was born April 6, 1906, on the Brandt estate near Lamkin, the daughter of Frazier Teibout and Mary Etta Morris Brandt.

She finished high school at Lamkin in 1923 and attended John Tarleton Junior College in Stephenville. She studied piano and violin. She taught primary grades at Gentry’s Mill from 1928 until 1935. She was married to Marcom Shockley on Oct. 11, 1929, in Carlton.

She received a bachelor of science degree from North Texas State Teachers College in 1937 and worked as a primary teacher at the Red Springs Grade School near Seymour in Baylor County. In the fall of 1943, she worked at Gentry’s Mill School, which she always refereed to as her "first true love." After three years, she moved to Waco to join her husband who had gotten a job at the Veterans Administration. In January of 1948, she was employed by the Waco Public Schools and in the summer of 1949 received a masters degree from NRSTC. She taught in Waco until her retirement in 1966. She was an active member of the Waco Delta Kappa Gamma and Round Table Garden Club during her retirement years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother, Carl Brandt.

Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Hardage of Waco; and a granddaughter, Joanna Hofer of Austin.


THE HAMILTON HERALD-NEWS          June 15, 1995

Thomas Grant Wright, 91, died Monday, June 5, at Hamilton General Hospital. 

Graveside services were Friday, June 9, at Gentrys Mill Cemetery in Hamilton County with Rev. Wesley Jones officiating. 

Mr. Wright was born July 16, 1903, in Hamilton, the son of Blaker and Callie Benbow Wright. He was a farmer and rancher and a Baptist. 

Survivors include his wife, Tilda Pointer Wright of Hamilton; and two sisters, Marie Mikle of Hamilton and Wynona Bennett of Brownwood.





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