Joe L. THANNISCH was born on August 19, 1892 as the oldest son of the late William L. and Lelia Ada Mimms THANNISCH. He had six brothers and two sisters who are all deceased. Joe married Dollie Cecil SOUTHALL in Benjamin, Texas on November 15, 1912. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Dickens County, and settled in the northeast part of the county, in the Deer Lake community, where he was a cotton farmer and raised cattle.
One of many memories from living on the farm was the brandings we had twice a year, and were special occasions when the whole family would take part. Our brand was the cross S.
Cecil died on June 12, 1944. After her death, Joe bought land near Spur, and moved to Spur in 1945. Soon after he sold the farm in the Deer Lake community. Joe died on July 23, 1955. Joe and Cecil are buried in the Dickens Cemetery.
Born to this union was one son and three daughters. Claude L. THANNISCH was born on November 14, 1913. He married Winifred RATHGEBER from Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 24, 1937. Soon after marriage, he bought a farm in the northeast part of Dickens County. To this union was born one son and two daughters, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Juanita was born on February 15, 1920, married Bub DRENNEN in 1945. To this union was born one daughter Miranda Dell BAKER she has two children. Bub died in 1961; Juanita died in 1971.
Dollie Jo was born on August 18, 1924, married Nolas BYRD in 1946. To this union was born three children. Nolas died in 1963 in an airplane crash. Dollie married Talmadge COPELAND in 1965 Dollie has five grandchildren.
Tommie Lou was born on June 4, 1926 and married J.P. WILLIAMS on May 10, 1951. To this union was born one daughter.
All of Joe and Cecil's children attended and graduated from Patton Springs School. We are all proud to belong to this pioneer family, and proud to have lived in Dickens County, a good place that we can always call our home.
Submitted by: Tommie Thannisch Williams
©Dickens County Historical Commission
Funeral services for Mrs. Dollie Cecil Thannisch, 50, who passed away in a Lubbock hospital June 12, were held in the Church of Christ at Dickens, Wednesday, June 14 at 4 o'clock. Guy M. Woods, minister of the Church of Christ of Lubbock, officiated.
Interment was in the Dickens cemetery with Bryan McDonald Funeral home in charge.
Pallbearers were Peyton Legg, Cecil Meador, Fred Arrington, Lee Mimms, and Homer Barnes. Flowerbearers were Eva Pierce, Lilie Pillow, Mrs. Johnnie Konnsman, Mrs. Cecil Meador and Mrs. O.C.Arthur.
Mrs. Thannisch was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Southall and was born in Knox county, Nov. 15, 1894, where she lived until her marriage to J. L. Thannisch in 1912. Coming to Dickens county that same year, the family have lived in the Wichita community ever since.
She was baptized into the Church of Christ in 1914 and was very devoted to her church work. She was much admired and loved as a high type Christian mother and friend and was very dear to all who knew her.
Survivors include her four children, three daughters, Juanita, Dollie Jo and Tommy Lou; one son, Claude; three brothers, O.C. Southall of Lubbock, Author Southall of Ingram, New Mex., and Herbert Southall of Vernon; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Alexander and Mrs. Gracie Phyle of Colorado, and two grandchildren.
©The Texas Spur, June 29, 1944
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