Eugene H. "Jockey" Tooke and Lorell Hill Tooke
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Eugene (Jockey) Tooke was born in Lee County, Mississippi i 1928. With his father Walter Tooke and two brothers, Bill and Goldie Tooke, they moved west and bought a farm about three miles east of McAdoo. A sister Ruth came to live with them later. Eugene received the nickname of Jockey because he rode a donkey into the school house. Lorell Hill lived in Duncan Flat and in 1940 she met Jockey Tooke. They were married in 1942 and moved to the Tooke farm. Beside farming their own farm they also farmed for Charlie Fullingim, Marshall Formby and Oney Harvey. Jockey retired in 1973. They moved into McAdoo and lived there until he passed away in 1979. Lorell worked in the school lunch room and worked as janitor for First Baptist Church.

Two children came to bless this union. Jerry Tooke graduated McAdoo school, he married Robena McCoy. Both attended Texas Tech and received their degrees. Jerry is working at Reese and Robena teaches school in Lubbock. They have two daughters, DelLila and Twila.

Jean Tooke graduated McAdoo High School. She married Ivan Logsdon, they have three children, Amy, Joey and Stevie. Ivan is employed by an oil company and Jean is an LVN. They call Knox City, Texas home.

Jockey, Lorell and both children were early members of the Baptist Church of McAdoo. After Jockey passed away Lorell moved to Crosbyton where she still resides.

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Funeral rites for a well known McAdoo farmer, E. H. (Jockey) Tooke, were at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the McAdoo Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Brock Sanders, pastor, and Leonard Dennis, former minister of the McAdoo Church of Christ.

Burial was made in McAdoo Cemetery, under direction of Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Tooke, 71, died about 3:30 p.m. Monday in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital after becoming ill at his home.

Born Sept. 1, 1908 in Lee County, Missouri, E. H. Tooke was married to the former Lorell Hill, Sept. 11, 1941 in Glenn, Tex.

Mr. Tooke moved to McAdoo in 1928 from Gilpin. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lorell; one son, Jerry Tooke of Lubbock; one daughter, Jean Logson of Graham; two brothers, Goldie Tooke of Crane and Dexter Tooke of Boreing, Ore.; three sisters, Lillian Milstead of Hot Springs, Ark., Beulah Skelton of Pontiac, Miss., and Ruth Phifer of Lubbock; and five grandchildren.

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, September 25, 1979
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

Lorell Tooke Services for Lorell Oletha Tooke, 87, of Rochester and formerly of McAdoo were at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 9, 2007 at the McAdoo First Baptist Church with the Rev. Les Griffin officiating. Burial followed in the McAdoo Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.

Lorell passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2007 in Rochester. She was born September 18, 1919 in Afton, Texas to Rufus Morgan and Georgia (Houston) Hill. On September 11, 1941 she married Eugene H. "Jockey" Tooke in Glenn. He preceded her in death on September 24, 1979. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Lorell is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include; a son, and his wife; Jerry and Robena Tooke of Lubbock, a daughter and her husband; Jean and Kenneth Beason of Rochester, five grandchildren; DeLila Holder, Twila Lukowiak Amy Strickland, Joey Logsdon, Steve Logsdon and 10 great grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Norman Hardy, James Earl Van Meter, Donald Harris, Steve Harris, Dwight Hickman and Lane Hickman.

©Crosby County News, Friday, February 16, 2007, page 13

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