George E. Mayes and Laura M. Johnston Mayes
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Geo. E. Mayes, 81, a plainsman and pioneer school teacher who had lived in Crosby County since 1899, died at his residence here about 8 a.m. last Thursday, Aug. 19, of a heart attack while hoeing weeds in his back yard.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Grissom, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Lorenzo Cemetery under direction of King Funeral Home.

Mr. Mayes was born Feb. 2, 1873, in Joplin, Mo. When he was four years old his family moved to Graham. In 1899 at the age of 26 he came to Crosby County where he was the first teacher at the Mt. Blanco community school. When school closed in December, 1899, he rode horseback to Graham where he was married to Laura M. Johnston.

He purchased a buggy and brought his bride back to Mt. Blanco where they lived in a half-dugout. To this union eight children were born, and three preceded him in death. He later taught school at Estacado and in 1912 he moved to Lorenzo and began farming and later entered business.

He was elected Crosby County tax assessor and moved to Crosbyton.

Mr. Mayes was a deacon in the Baptist Church, and he taught Bible classes at Lorenzo and Crosbyton for more than 40 years. He also was a Mason, a member of the Crosbyton Lodge.

In recent years he was Crosby County surveyor, remaining to office until his resignation two months ago due to ill health.

Survivors include his wife, Laura; two daughters, Mrs. B. B. Wilkes of Lockney and Mrs. Tom Camden, Amarillo; three sons, John B. Mayes of Plainview, Bill Mayes of Lorenzo, and Jack Mayes of Crosbyton, and six grandchildren, Patty Jo and Lesly Wilkes, Janell Mayes, John Wayne Mayes, Donna Sue and Tommy Camden. Mr. Mayes; one sister and five brothers preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Jimmie Edward, Don Moses, F.M. Dunn, Chas. Taylor, Bill Marley, all of Crosbyton, and Wayland Catching, Lorenzo.

The Crosbyton Review, Thursday, August 26, 1954

Mrs. George Mayes, 81, died in an Amarillo rest home Saturday. She had been ill for some time.

Funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church here. Rev. Carl Grissom, Andrews, and Rev. Wayland Boyd, pastor, officiated.

Mrs. Mayes was born October 22, 1878, in Tennessee. She came to Crosbyton in 1900 with her late husband who preceded her in death in 1954. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. B. B. Wilkes, Lockney, and Mrs. Tom Camden, Amarillo; three sons, John Mayes, Plainview, Bill Mayes, Portales, and Jack Mayes, Crosbyton; a sister, Mrs. Roger Williams, Graham; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial was in Lorenzo Cemetery. King Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Crosbyton Review, February 11, 1960
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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