Millard Melvin Dewbre and Jimmie Lee Hay Dewbre
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Millard Melvin Dewbre was born January 10, 1911 near Ringling, Oklahoma. He was the second son born to Elmer Lee and Millie Baxter Dewbre. Brothers are Ike and Earl and he has one sister, Ina Mae. Millard attended school at Ringling. Mellie Baxter Dewbre died in 1924 and was interred in the County cemetery at Orr, Oklahoma.

Elmer Lee Dewbre married Artie Davis in 1926 and moved the family to Crosby County in 1927 to a farm in the Cone community.

Elmer and his sons played music for community gatherings. It was at one of these that Millard met Jimmie Lee Hay, from Mt. Blanco community. They were married in 1933 at Clovis, New Mexico. Jimmie was the daughter of Jesse Thomas Hay and Minnie Lee Adams Hay.

They made their home in Crosbyton where Millard worked at Joe Johnston´s garage as a mechanic until he went into business for himself. He opened a garage which is still in operation after 31 years.

They have eight children; Thomas Melvin, married to Helen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Boone of Ralls. They live at White River Lake and have three children; David, Cindy and Judy. Jim is married to Joan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Foy of Ralls. They have three children; Jimmy, Vickie and Courtney, and live in Crosbyton. George married Carolyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvie Adams of Ralls. They live in Crosbyton and have three children, Ronnie, Cara and Hillary. Gene married Linda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cayette of Quanah. They live in Crosbyton and have two children, Teresa and Matthew. Geneva married Lavoice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olen Riley of Big 4. They live in Crosbyton and have four children, Steve, Tammy, Whitney and Natalie. Janelle married Chris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Berry of Kalgary. They have two children, Jeanie and Angela and live at Kalgary. Kathy married Arron, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arron Justus of Crosbyton. They live in Lubbock. Debbie married Gary Tue, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Kingery. They live east of Crosbyton.

Jimmie Lee recalls some childhood days. "As our family was moving from Lubbock to Crosby County in August of 1929, crossing the canyon north of Crosbyton, the Old Settlers Reunion was being held west of the bridge. As we stopped to get a drink, some men hurried to meet us. Smoke was rising from the barbecue pits where the women were working. They wore bright print bonnets and long full dresses. Across the road a cowboy was chasing a calf through sunflowers which bordered the road back into the pasture on the Smith Ranch".

"We were soon back on our way to our new home at Mt. Blanco. Mt. Blanco was a beautiful thriving community with most of the activity centering around Missionary Baptist Church, the three room school and the small grocery store. The school had a large iron stove in which they burned coal. The school took part in all the interscholastic league activities and had baseball and basketball. I and my sister, Irene, were on the basketball team. My brother also loved sports. My favorite pastimes were horseback riding, tennis and dancing. In the winter we played 42, dominoes, made candy, parched peanuts and popcorn. In the summertime we swam in the swimming hole in the canyon. We also had box suppers at the school house."

"In my family (the Hays) the whole family took part on hog killing day. We cut the fat for rendering and made sacks and sacks of sausage. My daddy (Tome Hay) was the very best at making good sausage and sugar curing hams and shoulders. Everyone worked together in the fields on the farms and went to church, visiting and shopping together. My teachers were Gamble Rankins and Oveta Cage Hay. Families living in the community at that time were the Hartsells, the Giles, the Warrens, the Joe Dunns, the Tilford Taylors, the Riley Leagues, the Earl Bishops, the Polvadors, the John Will Stewarts, the Anna Kirks, the Smiths, the Jim Browns, the Harmon Roberts, the J. T. Hays, the Richardsons, the Grahams, the Rogers, the Moseleys and the L. M. Powells."

"Jimmie Lee Hay Dewbre was born in Collins County to Jesse Thomas Hay and Minnie Lee Adams Hay. The parents were engaged in farming and had five other children; R. Crafton Hay, John Wesley, Oleta Irene, Edwin Harley and Tommy Jean. Then they moved to Grayson County. The family left north central Texas and moved to Lubbock in 1927, then to Crosby County at Mt. Blanco in 1929. Jimmie Lee attended school at Mt. Blanco five years. She married and moved into Crosbyton."

Source: "A History of Crosby County 1876-1977" © Crosby County Historical Commission 1978; Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.
Transcribed by Cheryl McDonald

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Millard M. Dewbre, a Crosby County resident well over half a century, was claimed by death about 3:30 p.m. Monday in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital after a sudden illness. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mr. Dewbre, 70, resided at 308 North Emerald.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Bobby Rine, pastor, and the Rev. Roy Eason, pastor of the Assembly of God, officiated.

Interment was made in Crosbyton Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.

Serving as casketbearers were Si Swindall, Kenneth Stegall, Bob Hardin, Charlie Cheyne, Jackie Hamersley and Johnny Fink.

Millard Melvin Dewbre was born Jan. 10, 1911, in Ringling, Okla. He moved to this county in 1926 as a teenager from Ringling.

Mr. Dewbre and the former Jimmie Lee Hay were married Oct. 16, 1933, in Clovis, N.M.

He was a mechanic.

The wife is among survivors. Other survivors include his stepmother, Mrs. Artie Dewbre of Crosbyton; three sons, Thomas Melvin Dewbre of White River Lake, George Curtiss Dewbre and Harvey Gene Dewbre, both of Crosbyton; four daughters, Geneva Kaye Riley of Crosbyton, Janelle Berry of Kalgary, Kathy Justus and Debbie Tue, both of Lubbock; two brothers, Earl Dewbre of Buffalo Lake and Ike Dewbre of Crosbyton; three half brothers, James Dewbre and Tony Dewbre of Crosbyton and Fern Dean Dewbre of Shallowater; one sister, Mrs. Ina Mae Whited of Hot Srings, Ark.; one half sister, Mrs. Loretta Clark of Brownwood; 21 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

One son, Jimmy Lewis Dewbre preceded his father in death on Aug. 23 1980.

©Crosbyton Review, July 23, 1981
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

Jimmie Dewbre

Services for Jimmie Lee Hay Dewbre, 91, of Crosbyton will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Crosbyton First Baptist Church with Rev. G. A. Van Hoose officiating. Burial will be in the Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.

Jimmie Lee passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at the Crosbyton Hospital. She was born March 4, 1918 in Collin County, Texas to the late Jesse Thomas and Minnie Lee (Adams) Hay. On October 16, 1933 she married Millard Melvin Dewbre in Clovis, New Mexico. He passed away on July 20, 1981. She moved to Crosby County in 1929 from Slaton and was a member of the Crosbyton First Assembly of God Church. Jimmie Lee was a dietician at Crosbyton Hospital a seamstress and a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by a son Jimmy Lewis Dewbre who died August 23, 1980 and four grandchildren. Survivors include, three sons and their wives, Melvin and Helen Dewbre, George and Carolyn Dewbre and Gene and Linda Dewbre all of Crosbyton, four daughters and their husbands, Geneva and Red Riley, Janelle and Chris Berry and Debbie and Gary Tue all of Crosbyton and Kathy and Arron "Bud" Justus of Lubbock, a brother Wesley Hay of Roswell, NM, a sister, Tommie Jean Weaver of Denver, CO, 20 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.

©Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Friday, August 28, 2009

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