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The story goes that Robert A. Terrell's orchard lay in a direct path of the proposed railroad being built in Kaufman County, Texas. Robert was grateful enough to get rail service he offered the property to the Railroad Company free of charge. The company grateful for Mr. Terrell's attitude built a town nearby and give it the name Terrell.

James Robert Terrell and Mary Broyles were married in Terrell and settled in nearby Royse City.

There were eight children born to the J.R. Terrell family, seven of which grew to maturity: William H., Mae, Ed, Broyles, Roy, Myrtle and Vesta.

The Terrell's spent a few years in Stonewall County struggling with a farm and a limited cattle operation.

In December of 1905, after J.R. had investigated the new settlements on the Plains, the Terrell's moved to Crosby County and settled on a section of land one mile south of the Farmer School house.


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James Robert Terrell, Sr., of Lorenzo, oldest resident of Crosby county, died Sunday in Crosbyton Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Monday at 3 p.m. in the First Methodist church, Lorenzo, with Rev. H.F. Dunn, pastor, officiating. He was assisted by Rev. Bill Thompson, pastor of the Haskell Methodist church.

Burial was in the Lorenzo Cemetery under the direction of Marr-Carter Funeral Home.

Among the survivors are three sons, W.H. of Longview, and Roy and Broyles of Lorenzo, a daughter, Mrs. H.L. Stancil of Long Beach, Calif., 18 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, three daughters, Myrtle, May and Lucie and a son, Ed.

Pallbearers were A.L. Ison, Ellis Brown, Bob Brown, Aaron Sechrist, Joe Catching and T.J. Hendrick, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were: Leon Pierot, B.B. Pullen, R.A. Paschall, Sr., John R. Alexander, Sr., C.W. Pearson, II. A. Bozeman, W.A. Ragle, Rev. George H. Bryant and Rev. John L. West.

Mr. Terrell was born April 21, 1856, at Terrell, Kaufman county, texas. The town was named after his father, Capt. Bob Terrell. He was married to Miss Mary Broyles in 1878.

He was educated at Trinity University, where he was captain of the football team and valedictorian of his class, graduating in 1877. The following year he married and settled at Royce City, Tex., where he farmed until 1905, when he moved to the Farmer community here in Crosby county. He moved to Lorenzo in 1912, where he resided until his death.

Mr. Terrell was active in the civic affairs of the area, and a faithful member of the Methodist church, which he served as district steward for over 50 years.

Out-of-town relatives who attended his funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Moore, Lovington, N.M.; Mrs. Gertrude Broyles, Sudan; Mrs. Ethel Terrell, Mrs. Alma Robertson, Mrs. Gladys Terrell and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lay and others of Lubbock.

Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Moran and children, Dimmitt; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Terrell, Hereford; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Allen, Brownfield; Mrs. Welton Terrell and children of Amherst; Mrs. Vesta Stancil, Long Beach, Calif., and W.H. Terrell of Longview.

Ralls Banner, January 1953
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