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MRS. NORA MAE MELTON COLLINS, age 99 of Gatesville, Texas, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, in Pasadena, Texas. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 27,2002 at Scott's Funeral Home, with Rev. Steve Dominy and her grandson, Pastor Chet Collins officiating.  Interment followed at Jonesboro Cemetery, Jonesboro, Texas.

Mrs. Collins was born February 9, 1903, at the family farm near Jonesboro, Texas. She was the daughter of the late William Benton and Permelia Andrus Williams Melton. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by her family and all that had the privilege of knowing her. Her husband of 55 years, Dennie C. Collins, her sons, William W. Collins and Dennie B. Collins and grandson Billy B. Collins preceded her in death. Mrs. Collins worked the farm and raised a family early in life, mostly around Levita, Texas. During WWII the family moved to Galveston, Texas and eventually settled in Pasadena. Mrs. Collins became a career woman during the early '50's when she secured her real
estate salesman and broker license and ran her own successful business, Collins Realty. Mrs. Collins retired in the late '60's and returned to Gatesville in the mid 80's to live with her daughter and son-in.-law. She was in Pasadena visiting at the home of her son when she passed away.

Shared by Barbara Davidson

"Obituary was in the Waco paper on Friday and the Gatesville paper on Saturday.  Its also online in the Houston Chronicle for death notices on July 26, 2002



Born:  May 27, 1922 in McLennan Co., TX
Death records. Source:  Death records, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, Record # 53, Volume II, Mexia, Limestone, Texas ... FHL US/CAN 976.4285 v26 v.2.
 Died:  August 27, 1922 in Mexia, Limestone, Texas

 Burial:  Abt. August 30, 1922 in Jonesboro Cemetery, Coryell Co., TX
 Parents Otto Henry Dittrich - Arlena May Young
She is buried in an unmarked infant grave near a fence.

Otto Henry Dittrich and Arlena May Young were married 24 June, 1919, Hamilton County Marriage Record  Book 8, p. 3,

Shared by Pat Borden


The Hamilton Herald-News      Hamilton, Texas
November 27, 2002




HAMMACK MRS. STONY (ANNIE BELL). Age 90, of Dallas, formerly of Gatesville, died Saturday, September 1, 2001. Services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, September 6, 2001, at Scott's Funeral Home Chapel in Gatesville, with burial to follow at Jonesboro Cemetery. Annie Bell was born on September 11, 1910 to Ben Price and Susan Cummings in Fort Gates, TX. She died in Dallas, TX. surrounded by her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Annie married Stony Hammack on May 10, 1927. Annie was a long time resident of Gatesville, and she worked at the Hospital at Fort Hood in Labor and Delivery for 20 years. Annie made many friends in the Gatesville area that remained her friends even when she and Stony moved to Dallas in 1991. She often missed the hours of playing dominoes with her friends and regretted leaving them in Gatesville. Annie was preceded in death by: Her beloved husband, Stony, One son, Jimmie, and a daughter, Merry Lou. She is survived by: Three Daughters, Lucy Spence, June Fulcher, and Susie Harper, all of Dallas, TX. Ten Grandchildren and Twenty-one Great-Grandchildren. She was a strong vibrant woman, Well known for her wonderful cooking and quick wit. She was the matriarch of her family. She held the reins until the very end. We will miss her. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 pm Wednesday. Scott's Funeral Home 904 Leon Street Gatesville, Texas 76528 254-865-5411

Obituaries, Notices  -  The Dallas Morning News  -  09/04/2001


1880 Census, Coryell County, Texas, transcribed by Bobbie W. Ross

page 39

page 410 B (38)


325-329            KNOWLES, Charlie, white, male, 38, farmer, GA, GA, GA

                                                Elizabeth, white, female, 28, wife, keeps house,

                                                            FL, GA, GA

                                                Henry, white, male, 9, son, FL, GA, FL (James Henry)

                                                William, white, male, 7, son, FL, GA, FL

                                                Marcus, white, male, 4, son, FL, GA, FL

                                                Lawrence, white, male, 9/12, August, son,

                                                            TX, GA, FL


326-330            KNOWLES, William K., white, male, 44, farmer, TN, GA, SC

                                                Mary E., white, female, 23, wife, keeps house,

                                                            GA, GA, GA

                                                Georgia, white, female, 8, daughter, TX, TN, AL

                                                Green H., white, male, 35, boarder, farmer,

                                                            GA, GA, SC

Hamilton County, Texas, Precinct 2, 13 June 1900, page 70


139-139            KNOWLES,            Elizabeth, head, white, female, July 1851, 48,

                                                            widowed, 9 children born, 6 living,

                                                            TX, GA, FL

                                                Bell M., son, white, male, November 1888, 11,

                                                            single, TX, GA, FL

                                                Otis D., son, white, male, December 1889, 10, single, TX, GA, FL




Shared by Becky Culpepper



The Hamilton Herald-Record, 18 February 1938

Funeral Rites for J. H. KNOWLES Held at Jonesboro, Mon.

            This section of Texas lost a valuable citizen through the death of J. H. KNOWLES at his home in the Jonesboro country, on Sunday morning, February 13, at 7:20 o'clock.

            Mr. KNOWLES, 67 years of age, had not enjoyed a vigorous state of health for the past several years, but the end was not thought imminent.  His last illness was of short duration and his death was a sorrowful shock to loved ones and an extensive personnel of acquaintances and friends.

            On Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock the body of Mr. KNOWLES was borne across the threshold of his home and the funeral cortege wended its way to the Jonesboro cemetery, where impressive ceremonies were held in his honor, and he was laid to rest.  Rev. Hayden EDWARDS, pastor of the Methodist church in Clifton, officiated in the comforting services that paid tribute to his elderly friend, whose life had been a shining light of guidance to the young minister.  The floral emblems laid on his grave attested to the appreciation and affection of all those who had enjoyed association with him as they journeyed on the way to Heaven's Gates in his company.

            Serving as pallbearers were Earl and Lee GLASSIE, Charley TUDOR, Charley KNOWLES, Mr. Fox and Guy HARTGRAVES.

            Honorary pallbearers were Charley McANNELLY, Julius COOK, Vada LOVELESS, John HODNETT and others.

            For sixty-one years J H. KNOWLES had lived in the Jonesboro community.  He was born in Jackson county, Florida, December 15, 1870.  His parents with their family moved to Texas and settled in the Jonesboro section in 1877, and the name of these fine, progressive, and home loving people is written largely on every page of the history of that section of Texas, for they have been influentially active in all programs of civic, religious, educational and industrial projects promulgated during the years that have come and gone since the establishment of the first KNOWLES home in the then frontier settlement.  J. W. KNOWLES was known and loved as a man whose service will be missed by every one in this part of the country.

            Survivors are his widow, the former Miss Anna Lee DIXON, to whom he was married in Waco, and their daughters, Mrs. J. E. GLASSIE, of Refugio, Texas; and Mrs. R. D. CRAWFORD, of Dallas, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.  The grandchildren are Lee, Earl, Neil and Walter GLASSIE.  He also leaves two brothers, Lawrence KNOWLES of Crosbyton; and Otis KNOWLES, of Abilene.

            Friends without number offer to bereaved loved ones the consolation and strength of heartfelt sympathy, and share with them the burden of a loss irreparable.


[James Henry Knowles, Jr.  of Belton was also a son of James Henry Knowles, Sr.] 


Shared by Becky Culpepper




The Hamilton Herald-News            03/20/2003

Ruth E. Jeffries, 101, died at Hamilton March 10, 2003. Graveside funeral services were held March 14 in the Jonesboro Cemetery with Michael Cummings officiating. 

She was born December 18, 1901 at Jonesboro, Texas the daughter of the late Marion and Annie Serena Johnson Pearce. She was a long-time public educator, teaching school for many years before her retirement in Pecos and Fort Stockton. 

Her husband Bill Jeffries precedes her in death. She is also preceded in death by three children, one dying in infancy and Billie Maxine Johnson and Mary Schmidt as well as by eight siblings. 

Survivors include one daughter, Eloise Cummings of Jonesboro; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 
Riley Funeral Home



The Hamilton Herald-News     Hamilton County, Texas

12 November, 1987

Bertha Mae Mason, 71, of Hamilton, died in Forest Oaks Nursing Home on Tuesday, Nov. 3, following an extended illness. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 5, in  the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ruel Cook officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Cemetery.
Mrs. Mason was born in Concho County on May 19, 1916, the daughter of the late Peter Goodwin and Kathrine Verna Trigg Wagner. She lived most of her life in the Hamilton area. She married R. V. Mason on Oct. 19, 1936, in Hamilton (Hamilton County Marriage Record Bk. 10, p. 75). She was a homemaker and a retired housekeeper at the hospital. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, R. V. Mason of Hamilton; three daughters, Wilma Tubbs of Hamilton, Patsy Janee Bezner of Fort Worth and Barbara Ann Wendling of Cloquet, Mo.; a brother, Walter Wagner of Hamilton; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ricky Brown, Doyle Wagner, Wesley Wagner, Douglas Mitchell, George Tubbs and David Massingill.

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The Hamilton Herald-News    04/09/1987

Esker Sellers, 97, of Gatesville, died Sunday, April 5, in a Gatesville nursing home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 7, at the Jonesboro Methodist Church with the Rev. Wesley Jones officiating. Burial followed in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Born on Jan. 4, 1890, to the late C. E. and Susan Grant in the Hay Valley community in Coryell County, she attended school in Hay Valley. On July 5, 1905, she married Albert J. Sellers in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death in 1968.

A housewife, Mrs. Sellers was a charter member of the Jonesboro Friendship and Crafts Club and a member of the Jonesboro United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Thelma Baize of Lampasas, Mrs. Fleta Young and Mrs. Mabel Sue Hanes of Jonesboro, and Mrs. Ellie Warren of Gatesville; two sons, Lawrence Sellers of Evant and Wallace Sellers of Silver City, New Mexico; four sisters, Wilma Balch and Nettie Wilson of Fort Worth, Bertha Grimlind of Amarillo, and Lillian Lilljedahl of Houston; 16 grandchildren, 35 great, grandchildren, and 15 great, great grandchildren.


The Hamilton Herald-News    06/17/1993

Lawrence Edgar Sellers, 74, of Evant died Tuesday, June 8, at his residence following an extended illness. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 10, at the Evant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wesley Jones and Rev. Hollis Yeilding officiating. Burial was at the Jonesboro Cemetery.

Mr. Sellers was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Pancake, the son of Albert J. and Esker Blendon Grant Sellers. He married Dorothy Robuck Sellers July 320, 1942, at Hamilton. He worked as a painter and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Evant.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of Evant; two daughters, Neta Dean Conner of College Station and Irene Standard of Lake Jackson; three sons, John R. Sellers of Grand Prairie, Paul Gene Sellers of DeSota, and Jimmy Sellers of Star; three sisters, Thelma Baize of Lampasas, Fleta Young of Gatesville, and Ellie Liles of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Wallace Sellers of Silver City, NM; seven grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Michael Conner, Greg Standard, Misti Willingham, April Blackwell, Grant Standard, Christi Sellers, and Jamie Sellers.

The family requests that memorials be made to the VNA Hospice at 212 Brown St., Brownwood, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.


The Hamilton Herald-News        April 7, 2005


George William Tubbs Sr. Master Sergeant Ret., 71, died March 30, 2005 in Hamilton. Funeral services were April 1 in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Pete Jordan officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Cemetery. 

Mr. Tubbs was born March 23, 1934 in Mills County on the Irvin Ranch near Center City, the son of Elbert Marion Tubbs and Roxie Mae Parsons Tubbs. 

After graduating high school he worked for Gulf State Telephone Company prior to entering the Army. He served his county with honor serving four years foreign service. He earned the following honors: the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal with One V Device, eight Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbon, two NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Drive and Mechanic Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. 

He was a loving and caring father. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War at Gatesville and a member of the Baptist church. 

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Mason Tubbs; six children, Cynthia Partin of Lake Brownwood, Sandra Maurer of Sweeny, Peggy Michael of Comanche, Laverne Brown of Hamilton, George W. Tubbs Jr. of Evant and Justin Tubbs of Hamilton; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Bethel Kelly of Trinidad; four brothers, Raymond Tubbs of Austin, Walter Tubbs of Goldthwaite, Grady Tubbs of Temple and Glen Tubbs of Kemp. 

He is preceded in death by his parents; one great-grandson Dennis Maurer and two sisters, Myrtle Tubbs and Allie Mae Bollier; six brothers, Virgil, Haskell, James, Johnny, Tommy and Elmer Tubbs. 

Pallbearers were Jimmy Schronk, Bob McFarlin, Garland Holden, Grady Hill, Richard Hill and Matt McKinzie. Riley Funeral Home




The Hamilton Herald-News      April 13,2005

Hayden Edward Watson, 88, of Jonesboro died April 4, 2005 in Stephenville. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. April 7 at the Jonesboro Baptist Church with Miles Miears officiating. Burial followed in the Jonesboro Cemetery in Jonesboro, Texas. Mr. Watson was born June 12, 1916, in Coryell County, the son of the late Ed Watson and Sadie Mayhew Watson. He married Margret Jones on August 10, 1940. 

Mr. Watson attended school in Jonesboro and had resided in Jonesboro all of his life. He was a retired farmer in the Jonesboro community having farmed well into his eighties. He also drove the school bus for the Jonesboro Independent School District for many years. 

He was an active member at Jonesboro Baptist Church. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great- grandfather and will be greatly missed. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Sadie Watson, one sister, Ruie Weaver, and three brothers, Andrew, Wells, and Clarence Watson. 

Survivors include his wife, Margret Watson of Jonesboro; daughters, Helen Evans and husband J.C. of Hamilton, Mississippi, Anita Perry and husband Jim of Stephenville and Jo Ann Holt and husband Neil of Hamilton and son Jimmy Watson and wife Melody of Jonesboro. He was also survived by eleven grandchildren: Doug Evans, Jennifer Pounders, Allison Kelly, Angela Holt, Julie Imel, Jeff Perry, Chris Holt, Timothy Watson, Kimberly Holt, Kelly Watson and Landry Watson and eight great-grand children: Hayden, Jayce and Madison Evans, Emma Kate and Evan Pounders, Faith Imel, Grace Kelly, and Chloe Perry. He was also survived by two brothers, Mayhew Watson of Jonesboro and Melvin Watson of Gatesville. 

Pallbearers for the service were Chris Holt, Doug Evans, Landry Watson, Chad Pounders, Don Bales, Roger Schwalbe, Dickie Wicker, and R. D. Nichols. 

Memorials can be made to the Jonesboro Baptist Church or the Jonesboro Cemetery Association. Scott’s Funeral Home

The Hamilton Herald-News      April 7, 2005


Hayden Edward Watson, 88, of Jonesboro, died April 4, 2005 at a local hospital. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 7 at Jonesboro Baptist Church with Miles Miears officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Cemetery. 

Mr. Watson was born June 12, 1916 in Coryell County, the son of Ed Watson and Sadie Mayhew Watson. He attended school in Jonesboro where he played basketball. He was married to Margaret Jones on Aug. 10, 1940. He was a farmer in the Jonesboro area living and working within five miles of where he was born. He was an active member of the Jonesboro Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Margret Watson; sons, Jimmy Watson and wife Melody of Jonesboro; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Chris Holt, Jeff Perry, Doug Evans, Landry Watson, Don Bales, Roger Schwalbe, Dickie Wicker and R.D. Nichols. 

Memorials may be made to the Jonesboro Baptist Church. Scott’s Funeral Home


The Hamilton Herald-News October 14, 2004 

Grady Hamilton Wilson, 82, died Oct. 7 in Hamilton. Graveside services were held Oct. 8 in Jonesboro Cemetery at Jonesboro with Rev. James Marrs officiating. 

Mr. Wilson was born Nov. 5, 1922 in Jonesboro, the son of Elzy Dow Wilson and Susan Jewell Walker Wilson. He graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1941. 

Mr. Wilson was working as a carpenter when he entered the Army on February 23, 1943 at Dallas. During World War II he served in the Pacific area earning the American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star and one Bronze Arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Ribbon with three Overseas Service Bars. He was discharge from the Army on January 14, 1946 at Fort Sam Houston Separation Center in San Antonio, Texas. 

On February 10, 1946 at Fort Worth, Texas he was married to Marjorie Morrison.. They made their home in Jonesboro until 1950 when they moved to Belton and lived to 1988. 

Mr. Wilson worked at Fort Hood with the Department of Housing Engineering and Building Maintenance for 34 years retiring in from civil service in 1980. He served as a Boy Scout leader, 4-H Leader, live Stock Director at the Bell County Livestock Show for 15 years and was one of the original members of the Bell County Sheriff Posse. After retiring and moving back to Jonesboro he sold, installed and repaired overhead doors as long as his health permitted. 

He oversaw the Jonesboro Cemetery and was a long-time member of the Jonesboro Fire Department where he served as Chief for many years. He was a member of the Jonesboro Methodist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Wilson of Jonesboro; two daughters; France Wilson Brown and her husband Terry of Purmela and Mary Wilson Esseltine and her husband John of Moody; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and one sister, Beth Cousino of Monroe, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents and one son Charles Earl Wilson. 
Riley Funeral Home





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