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Published in the October 10, 2001     Brownwood Bulletin

MAY—Funeral services for Mr. A. Floyd Jackson, 78, of May, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, in the May Baptist Church with Dennis Hester and Don Longoria officiating. Burial will be in the Wolf Valley Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Home.

Mr. Jackson died Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Hamilton to Bryant Floyd and Vera Luallan (Bigbee) Jackson. He married Allyne Hardy on Dec. 11, 1943, in Brownwood. He moved to Andrews in 1947 after serving in the Army during World War II. He worked as a mechanic and a volunteer firefighter before retiring in 1984. 

They moved to May where he was a member of the May VFD and the First Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Jim and wife Sue Jackson, Don and wife Margaret Jackson, Glynn and wife Cynthia Jackson, all of May, and Robert and wife Sherry Jackson of Abilene; four daughters, Barbara Ostermaier and husband Bob of Enid, Okla., Brenda Jackson of Brownwood, Jackie Jackson of May, and Mary Cooper and husband Gary of Odessa; four brothers, Austin and wife Lillian Jackson of Cross Plains, Horace and wife Marian Jackson of Virginia, George and wife Wink Jackson of Abilene, and Frank and wife Dana Jackson of Michigan; 15 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Mark, Andrew and Charlie Jackson. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Shared by Linda Bowden 


The Hamilton Herald-News 03/11/2004 

Albert Jahns, 90, died March 7, 2004 in Dallas. Services were conducted March 10 at Restland Wildwood Chapel. Burial was at Restland Memorial Park. 

He was born Dec. 23, 1913 in Caldwell. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received the Bronze Star for his service at Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy. Mr. Jahns was a longtime resident of Dallas, growing up and living in the Pottsville area before moving there. 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred, Robert, Henry and Tedd. 

Survivors include his sisters, Lilly Wendland and Nelda Eggen. Restland Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News
August 29, 2002

J. L. “Red” Jameson, 82, died Aug. 22 in Fort Worth. Memorial services were held Aug. 26 at the Chapel of Chimes. He was retired from Lennox Air Conditioning. He served in the military as Cpl. AAF in 1942, training at Sheppard Field, Texas and Will Rogers Field, Okla. He served in Africa and Sicily. He was awarded a World War II Victory Medal, Meritorious Service Unit Plaque, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theatre Service Medal and European African Middle Eastern Service Medal. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. I. [Joshua Iredell] and Homa [Homa Esse (Blakely)] Jameson, Ruby Jameson, Ruth Lewis, Norma Lewis, Ottis Jameson, Gordon Jameson and Morton Jameson. 

Survivors include his wife, Lena A. Jameson; daughters, Cindy A. Gossage, Billie D. Ansley and Elizabeth A. Blackburn; a son, Layton Jameson; grandchildren, Joshua K. Jernigan, Kati L. Blackburn, Sara E. Gossage, Jammy L. Jameson and Amanda M. Jameson; great-grandchildren, Joshua T. Jernigan and Ethan J. Jernigan; brothers and sisters, Ada Titus, Jessie Jameson and Barbarette Sikes and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Laurel Land Funeral Home 



The Hamilton Herald-News
     September 16, 2004 

Emil Janisch, 78, of Purmela, died Sept. 11 in a Harker Heights nursing home. Funeral services were held Sept. 13 at the Gatesville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wunderlich officiating. Burial followed at Evergreen Bundrant cemetery. 

Mr. Janisch was born June 11, 1926 in Houston, the son of Emil L. Sr. and Elizabeth Annie Grebb Janisch. 

He was married to Ellen Graeter in 1945 and they owned and operated a hardware store in Houston for 17 years. They moved to Purmela in 1973 where he was a rancher. 

Mr. Janisch was a loving father and grandfather. He loved to play the fiddle and he loved his horses. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Gatesville. He was preceded in death by his wife and a daughter-in-law, Claudia Dale Janisch in 2001. 

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Jones and husband Ken of Gatesville; two sons, Bobby Janisch, Sr. of Gatesville and Jimmy Janisch and wife Debbie of Gatesville; a sister, Elizabeth Moore of Gatesville and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Society.


The Hamilton Herald-News 08/17/2000 

Nelda Lee Johnson Jeffrey, 65, died Aug. 14, 2000 in Dallas. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton with Rev. John Henniger, Rev. Jerry Jones and Dr. A.V. Henderson officiating. 

She was born March 6, 1935 in Hamilton County, the daughter of Bud and Viola Johnson. She was raised in Hamilton and graduated from Hamilton High School. 

Mrs. Jeffrey was married to Bill Jeffrey in Fort Worth on Sept. 5, 1953 and was a devoted wife and homemaker. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She was an active member of the Bethel Baptist Church for more than 30 years where she taught Sunday school, worked in the nursery and worked in AWANA. Mrs. Jeffrey was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law, Frank Jeffrey. 

Survivors include her husband, Billy Jeffrey of Arlington; a son, Billy (Skip) Jeffrey and wife Donna of Rhome; a daughter, Diana Mitchell of Arlington; a grandson, Matthew Mitchell of Arlington, a granddaughter, Amanda Ivy of Rhome; a brother, Travis Johnson and wife Betty of Houston; a sister-in-law, Donna DeCross and husband Melvin of Duffau and her mother-in-law, Lillie Mae Jeffrey of Hamilton. 

Pallbearers were Danny Barnett, Kenny Mitchell, Doyle Barcroft, Darin DeCross, Doug Johnson, Doug Henderson, Utah Rogers and Craig Zeller. Pianist was Derek DeCross and soloist was Jack Eastwood. 
Riley Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News, June 27, 2003

Grace Irene Jensen 75 died in Hamilton Saturday June 21, 2003. The family held a private interment. 

She was born January 10, 1928 at LaMoure, N.D., the daughter of Francis Sheleny and Margaret Gereski Sheleny. 

She was married to Rockwell (Bud) Jensen September 24, 1946 at Minneapolis, Minn. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1986. 

Mrs. Jensen was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, and a member of the Catholic Church. She was a retired sales clerk. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

Survivors include four children, Mickey Kalweit of Hamilton, Cheryl Sherek of Granger, Steve Jensen and Denise Rother, both of Minnesota; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one brother Eddie Shelley of Oregon. 

She is preceded in death by one son, Ronnie Jenson, six sisters and four brothers. The family has designated the Hamilton Public Library for memorials. 
Riley Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News January 27, 2005 

Forrest Jonathan Jenson Sr., 89, died Jan. 19, 2005. Funeral services were held Jan. 23, at the First United Methodist Church in Clifton. Burial was in Clifton Memorial Park. He was born in the family home at Gary Creek, near Norse, on Oct. 26, 1915, the son of Palmer and Frieda Schulze Jenson. He attended Meridian Creek School, Clifton Lutheran Academy, and Clifton Junior College. 

Mr. Jenson was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap. 

He was married to Rena Ellen Davis in 1936. They had six children. Mr. Jenson worked at the Clifton Mercantile and Pure Milk Co. in Waco. In retirement, he and Rena lived near Moody, moving back to Clifton in 2000. 

He was a devoted servant of his Lord, faithfully attending church throughout his life and fostering the Christian faith in his children. After his marriage, he became a member of First Methodist Church of Clifton, and later served in Memorial Methodist Church in Waco, and Moody-Leon United Methodist. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Glen David and Arden Leroy Jenson; and a sister, Priscilla Faye Jenson. 

Survivors include his wife; daughter Betty and husband Virgil Tindall of Cranfills Gap, daughter Mary and husband Leonard Kiely of Round Rock, son Forrest Jenson Jr. and wife Cecelia of Hamilton, son Glen Jenson and friend Royce Davis of Crandall, daughter Catherine and husband John Chatelain of Fargo, North Dakota, son Dale Jenson and wife Bettye Jo of Moody; brother Murray Jenson and wife Lorene of Denton, brother Lloyd Jenson and wife Muriel of Granbury and sister-in-law Geraldine Jenson; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of friends and relatives. Pallbearers were Eric Jenson, Robert Jenson, Dare Lovett III, Ross Tindall, George and Jon Jenson, grandsons and nephews of the deceased. 

The family requests memorials be given to Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home or the Jens Ringness Restoration Project



The Hamilton Herald-News, February 5, 2004 

Christian Fredrick Johnson Jr., 65, of Wylie, died Jan. 23, 2004 in Wylie. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home with Reverends Aubrey Lawrence Jackson, Carl Wayne Coe and Bill Moore officiating. Burial was in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. He was born Sept. 27, 1938 in Pottsville, the son of Christian F. and Clarice Johnson. 

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Johnson; his parents; four brothers, Curtis Wayne Johnson, Roy E. Johnson, Ray M. Johnson and Alton Johnson. 

Survivors include his daughter, Lois J. Johnson McGee; son-in-law, Gary McGee; granddaughter, Jennifer Lois McGee and grandson Christian Don McGee. 

Charles W. Smith and Sons


The Hamilton Herald-News, April 24, 2003

Lona I (Casey) Johnson, known to loved ones as Bertie, died April 17 in Banning, Calif. Funeral services were conducted April 21 in Riverside, Calif. 

She was born in Hamilton on Nov. 13, 1907, daughter of Doak and Addie Casey. She was married to Travis Earl Johnson. 

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Arnold; a son-in-law, Ray Arnold; grandson, Frank Arnold and great-grandchildren, Tricia Arnold, Joshua Arnold, Cassie Arnold and Justin Arnold.


The Hamilton Herald-News      November 14, 2002

Allison Haskell Jones, 71, died Nov. 9 at his home in Hico. 

He was born Aug. 15, 1931 in Pueblo, Colo, the son of Ocie Haskell Jones and Della Fern Wright. Mr. Jones was a car salesman and a veteran of the U.S. Army. 

He was a Christian Scientist. 

Survivors include his daughter, Allena Setterfield, two sons, Allison Haskell Jones Jr., Donnie Osborn of Corsicana; a sister, Anita of California and four grandchildren. 
Rutledge Funeral Home, Inc.


The Hamilton Herald-News, May 1, 2003

Betty Reel Jones of Danville, Calif. died April 24, 2003 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted May 3 at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Carlsbad, NM. 

She lived most of her life in Carlsbad, moving to California two years ago. She had lived in Hamilton from 1993 until 1995 with her husband, A. T. Jones who preceded her in death. 

Survivors include her daughter, Sheryl Miller and grandchildren, Chris Miller and Valerie Miller of Danville, Calif.; A. T.'s children, Kerry Jones of Washington, D.C., Ron Jones and Todd Jones of Carlsbad, NM and Darlene Sanders of Marshall; her brother, Earl Goldsmith of The Woodlands and her sister, Dora Pickel of Poteau, Okla



The Hamilton Herald-News         March 31, 2005

Bettye Jo Jones died peacefully at her home at Buchanan Dam on March 23, 2005, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. 

She was born on Feb. 7, 1924, the daughter of Hattie and Lee Roy Miller in Chickasha, Okla. Her family moved to Texas during the depression and settled in Lampasas where she graduated from Lampasas High School in the early 1940's. 

She moved to Buchanan Dam in 1960 when she married R. M. Jones. The two of them enjoyed the real estate business in the Highland Lakes for more than 30 years. They were instrumental in developing the Cassie, Highland Haven, Island Lodges, and Willows subdivisions. 

They retired and reaped the benefits of long hours and hard work in their business. They lived out their retirement years enjoying their children and many grand and great-grandchildren as well as all the friends they had made through the years. 

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband Raymond in November, 1998; two sisters, Genevie Tittle of Brady and Neva Verlander of Burnet; two grandchildren, Jeffery and Dwayne Fox of Hamilton. 

Survivors include a brother, Lee Roy Miller Jr. of Simi Valley, Calif., four children, Judy Jones Bays of San Antonio, Rex Jones and wife Ann of San Angelo, Winters Fox and wife Nancy of Hamilton and Michael Fox of Buchanan Dam; nine grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Lake Buchanan EMS, Cassie Fire Department, or to any charity of your choice.


The Hamilton Herald-News January 27, 2005 

Hardie Ross Jones, Jr., 88, of Terrell, died Jan. 19, 2005. Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at Goggans Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Ed Goolsby officiating. Burial followed at Oakland Memorial Park. Mr. Jones was born April 20, 1916 in Comanche, the son of Hardie Ross and Mable Emerson Jones Sr. He was raised and attended school in Comanche where he graduated as salutatorian of the class. He later attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood. Mr. Jones served his country in the United States Army-Air Corps during WWII as a supply sergeant from 1942-1945. 

He was married to Marie Kornegay in Stephenville on Nov. 27, 1948. He moved to Terrell in 1955 where he worked as a parts manager for Chevrolet. 

He owned and operated Hardie Jones Real Estate for the past 25 years and was past president of the Terrell Lions Club, where he had perfect attendance. He enjoyed football and was an avid University of Texas and Dallas Cowboys fan and he enjoyed jokes and story telling. 

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Terrell. 

Survivors include his wife, of Terrell; two sons, Steve Jones and wife Trisha of Plano and Jim Jones of Dallas; a daughter, Joy Ferguson and husband Charles of Plano; three grandsons, Christopher Ferguson, Trent Jones and Collin Ross Jones and a sister Mary Goodson of Comanche. The family has requested that memorials be made to the Terrell Lions Club. 
Goggans Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News    May 12, 2005 

Minnie Inez Abbott Jones, 82, died on May 7, 2005. A memorial service was held on May 10, at First Baptist Church in Hamilton. Graveside service followed Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early, Texas. She was born Christmas Eve, 1922 in Lanham, the daughter of Tivis Rebel Abbott and Sarah Myrtle Hovey Abbott. She grew up in the Hamilton area and west Texas.

She was married to Chester Jones on Nov. 25, 1950. She graduated from Midland High School, Clifton Junior College and Sul Ross State College.
During WWII she toured and sang with the USO, remaining patriotic throughout her life. She worked for more than 20 years for Midland ISD teaching at South Elementary. She was honored at the Texas State Capitol as an outstanding educator in 1966. In the latter part of her career she taught special education in Sanderson, Wink and Lamesa. She finished her teaching career in Lamesa in 1989.
Upon retirement she moved to Lake Brownwood where she made many new friends and became active in the Thunderbird Bay social scene. She returned to Hamilton in 1994. Mrs. Jones was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamilton. She loved to sing praises to the Lord.
In Hamilton she participated in the Retired Teachers Association, Bluebonnet Extension Homemakers Club, Silver Haired Dancers, Hamilton County Library, Walk Across Texas, Senior Citizens Center, Genealogy Society and Go Hamilton Committee. She was a member of the Women’s VFW, American Legion, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Her hobbies included reading, quilting, dancing, gardening, story-telling and magic tricks.
Survivors include her son, Gene A. Jones of Nashville, Tenn.; her daughter, Jane A. Crow and spouse Royce of Hamilton; grandchildren, Jimmy D. Wilson, Jr. and Elly of Leakey, and Jamie L. Wilson of Baltimore, Md.; her great-grandson, Tri Wilson; three sisters, Henry Laurenza Elizabeth Hogg of Sanderson, Myrtle Matilda Treadway of Hamilton and Mamie Lee Harris of Fort Stockton as well as nieces and nephews from El Paso, Texas to Muskogee, Oklahoma and Detroit, Michigan and many places in between.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Tivis Rebel Abbott, Jr. and a grandson, William Benjamin Jones.
Pallbearers were Robert Treadway, John D. Hogg, Royce Crow, Paul Crow, Duane Wilson and Russell Evans. 
Riley Funeral Home




The Hamilton Herald-News, June 5, 2003

Robert Sanders (Bob) Jones was born in Hamilton, Texas, on July 27, 1906, the fifth of eight children born to W. N. (Nels) [William Nelson] Jones and Mary Maudine [Mary Maudine "Maude" (West)]J ones. He spent his childhood on the family farm between Energy and Pottsville, in Hamilton County. He helped on the farm and rode a horse to a one-room school until the age of fourteen, when the family moved to Hamilton. 

Mr. Jones died May 29, 2003 at the age of 96. 

He graduated from Hamilton High School in 1924. After graduation, he and several of his high school friends spent the summer following the harvest north into Canada. Returning to Hamilton after the harvest, he took a position as a teller at the Hamilton National Bank, which he held until World War II. 

In 1932 he was married to Evelyn Cash, the daughter of Georgia (Punkin) and Port Cash. Mr. Jones and Evelyn set up housekeeping on West Boynton Street, surrounded by his parents, brother, sisters, nieces and nephews. They built a one-bedroom house, enjoyed gardening, and gradually expanded and improved the house. 

Mr. Jones always loved to be outside. He kept bird dogs and hunted and fished throughout Hamilton County. He and Evelyn, and their friends, Grady and Willie Williams, Tissie and Pete Roach, and Mr. Jones and Nell Sullivan built a cabin on the Leon River where they spent the weekends and fished for catfish. Though everyone was poor during the depression, these young friends had great times that live on through the stories they have told to their children -- Hamilton was a lively place during the Depression. 

Mr. Jones served in the Army during World War II. His banking experience kept him Stateside, where he fought "The Battle of the Brazos" as Cashier of Waco Army Air Field. In November of 1942, shortly before Mr. Jones entered the service, Mr. Jones and Evelyn's daughter Michal was born. Soon after they returned to Hamilton, their son Allan arrived. In 1946 Mr. Jones joined the Federal Land Bank, where he continued to work until 1973, making farm and ranch loans in Hamilton and Lampasas Counties. Though he had opportunities to move to more responsible positions, Mr. Jones 's roots were in Hamilton, and he and his wife chose to remain there. In addition to helping farmers and ranchers through the Federal Land Bank, Mr. Jones served the community as a city councilman, member of the Lions Club and School Board, and as Chairman of the Board of the First Methodist Church. 

Beginning in the 1950's, Mr. Jones leased small farms and raised cattle near Lamkin, then near Lanham. In 1960, while traveling the country roads to make loans on farms and ranches, Mr. Jones found and purchased "the prettiest piece of land in Hamilton County" in Stanford Valley in southeastern Hamilton County. Mr. and Mrs. Jones spent three decades raising cattle and goats, improving the farm house, clearing brush, fishing, and hunting deer, wild turkey and dove. In the 1990s they gradually turned the farm over to Allan, Michal, and their families and had time to enjoy their grandchildren, Brian, Erin, and Anna, and their first great grandchild, Brian's son Gage. 

Mr. Jones's last three years were spent in declining health at Hamilton Nursing Home, where he was attended by a caring staff and watched over by Evelyn, his loving wife of seventy years. Mr. Jones loved his family, and he loved life. He always saw the humor and the wonder in the everyday things that most people take for granted. And he taught us to do the same. 

Survivors include his wife and two children and a brother, Ervin of Hamilton. He is preceded in death by five sisters and a brother.


The Hamilton Herald-News   December 19, 2002

Melvin Frank Jurney, 87, died of natural causes Nov. 2 in National City, Calif. Graveside services were held Nov. 9 in Winton, Calif. A celebration of his life was held in National City on Nov. 16.

He was born in Springdale on Feb. 2, 1915 and attended school in Shive and the surrounding areas.

Mr. Jurney was married to Rosa Lee Embrey in July of 1935. [Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 9, p. 556] She preceded him in death in June of 1989. 

Mr. Jurney moved to California in 1937 where he worked for the National Lead Company in El Portal. He later moved to Atwater and worked for the Elementary School District as head gardener for more than 35 years. He moved to National City in 1990 and was married to Lola Symmons in April of 1992. She preceded him in death in November of 1994. 

He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in National City where he was very active in church work. He enjoyed gardening and visiting the shut-ins. 

He is survived by daughters, Casandra Lee Walters and husband Hugh of Martinez, Calif.; Bonnie Sue Plant and husband Richard of Tucson, Ariz and Bettie Lue Pratt and husband Bill of Roseville, Calif.; granddaughters, Jennifer Robinson of Nashville, Tenn., Julia Walters of Walnut Creek, Calif., Anna Plant of Spring Valley, Calif.; grandsons, Randall Walters of Ft. Stockton, Steven Pratt of Katy and great-grandchildren, Noah and Abigail Robinson of Nashville and Andrew Walters of Ft. Stockton; sisters, Erlene Tucker of Gladewater and Juanita Holmes of Selma, Calif.



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