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The Celebration of Lives Lived

Earliest Birth - 1846 -- Latest Death - 1994

Lucy Hill Patterson Library
201 Ackerman Street
Rockdale, Texas 76567

Copyright 1996
Milam County Genealogical Society

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Library of Congress Catalog Card No."Pending"

Compiled by
Gloria U. Martin (Deceased)

TODD, Harold A. of Hitchcock. Age 51. Died 1/1968 (Monday) in an Austin hospital after an illness of 3 years. Services held (Wed.) in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in IOOF Cemetery. Rev. Greene officiated. He was BORN 8/11/1916. Mr. Todd moved to Hitchcock from Rockdale in 1947. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Ione Todd of Hitchcock; Mother, Mrs. Hardy A. Todd of Rockdale. Brother, Dennis Todd of Rockdale. 3 sisters, Mrs. Maisie Yakesch of Thorndale; Mrs. Marie Yakesch of Rockdale and Mrs. Annie Lee Kolbe of Houston. 2 step-sons, Neal Ferrell of Rockdale and James Ferrell of Caldwell. 5 step-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #458-24-3598.

TODD, Hardy A. of Rockdale. Age 87. Died 12/1967 (Sat.) in a Temple hospital after a long illness. Services held (Monday) in the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home. Burial in IOOF Cemetery. Rev. Allison Joyce officiated. Phillips & Luckey Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. He was BORN 10/09/1880 and had lived in Rockdale since 1944. A retired farmer and a member of the First Christian Church of Rockdale for 62 years. Pallbearers were grandsons. SURVIVORS: Wife, daughters, Mrs. Emil (Masie) Yakesch, Mrs. Marie Yakesch of Rockdale, and Mrs. Annie Lee Kolbe of Houston; 2 sons, Harold Todd of Hitchcock and Dennis Todd of Rockdale; 3 half-sisters, Mrs. Carrie Daniels of Minerva; Mrs. Nomie Clark of Rockdale and Mrs Reta Johnson of Austin; 23 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #450-38-9104.

TODD, Mrs. Jeanie H. of Rockdale. Age 88. Died 9/20/1976 (Monday). Services held (Wed.) at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Chapel, Rockdale. (No burial info.). She was BORN 11/28/1887. She was the mother of the late Mrs. Emil Yakesch and had been a resident of Manor Oaks Rest Home in Rockdale for some time. SURVIVORS: Son, Dennis Todd of Rockdale; daughters, Mrs. Marie Yakesch of Rockdale and Mrs. Annie Kolbe of Houston; 23 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #456-86-9395.

TODD, John Edwin of Gause. Age 55. Died 12/28/1989 at his home in Gause. Services held at Heartsfield Funeral Home in Hearne. Rev. Bill Sparks and Rev. Sam Louie of Gause officiated. (Burial info not available.). He was a lifelong resident of Gause and member of the Golden Rule Lodge No. 361 of Hearne. He was a Baptist. SURVIVORS: Wife, Shirley Todd of Gause; daughter, Jackie Davenport of DeLeon; step-daughter, Sherry Muston of Rockdale; 2 step-sons, Bobby Randall Wilson and Rocky Van Wilson, both of Gause; 4 brothers, J.T. Todd of Gause, Charlie Todd of Louisiana, Rev. James Todd of Mission and Bill Todd of Kerrville; 3 sisters, Merle Pharriss of Houston, Mary Stitcher of Longview and Marie Gibbons of Austin; 3 grandchildren, Tessa Davenport of DeLeon, Brian and Shelly Muston of Rockdale. picture

TODD, Mrs. Ora Elizabeth of Gause. Age 82. Died 1/26/1974 at her home. Services held 1/28 at Gause Baptist Church. Burial in Gause Cemetery. Rev. M.E. Smith officiated. Heartfield Funeral Home, Hearne, in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Todd was BORN 12/06/1893 in Gause and spent most of her life in Gause. Member of the Baptist church. Grandsons served as pallbearers. SURVIVORS: 5 sons, W.L. Todd of Baytown, C.D. Todd of Elmer, LA., James Oran Todd of San Antonio, J.T. Todd and John E. Todd of Gause; 3 daughters, Mrs. W.E. Pharries of Houston, Mrs. Gordon Gibbons of Austin and Mrs. George Sticher of Longview; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Curtis Minter and Hubert Minter of Franklin; 4 sisters, Mrs. Benton O. Wallace of Houston, Mrs. Roger Barr of Baytown, Mrs. D.C. Cannon and Miss Flora Minter of Highlands. SS Death Benefit on #463-86-8041.

TODD, Miss Regina, of Taft, formerly of Rockdale. Age 74. Died 1/5/1977 (Wed.) in Houston. Services held (Friday) in Phillips & Luckey Chapel in Rockdale. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Rockdale. Rev. John Taylor officiated. She was BORN 5/19/1902 and taught school for 46 years in Childress, Taft and Corpus Christi public schools. Member of First Baptist Church in Taft. SURVIVORS: Sister, Mrs. Pearl Todd McNamee of Taft and a niece, Mrs. Savilla Lane of Thrall. SS Death Benefit on #459-76-3813.

TODD, Ronald Q. of Rockdale. Age 63. Died ?/1969 (Tuesday) unexpectedly in Rockdale following a heart attack. Services held (Thursday) in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, Rockdale. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Rev. N.A. Mills, Meadowbrook Baptist Church pastor, officiated. He was BORN 12/8/1905 in Watson Branch Comm., south of Thorndale to M/M David Steele Todd. While still a young boy, the family moved to Thrall where he finished high school. Attended A&M Univ., he was a school teacher for 12 years, teaching at Conoley, Fairview and Thrall. Married Wilma Caldwell in 1927 at Thrall. In 1952, he was employed as a control man at Alcoa's Rockdale Works. Member of Baptist church since age of 12 having first been a member of the Thrall Baptist Church where he was ordained as a deacon at the age of 22. He was a charter member of the Meadowbrook Baptist Church. SURVIVORS: Wife, Wilma Todd of Thrall; son, Ronald David Todd of El Paso; daughter, Mrs. Stefan (Sara) Wiltens of Corpus Christi; 3 sisters, Mrs. Lee (Eula) Roberts of Houston; Mrs. W.J. (Pearl) McNamee of Taft; Miss Regina Todd of Corpus Christi.

TOELLNER, Paul of Rt. 2, Thorndale. Age 88. Died 8/12/1971 (Thursday) in a Taylor Nursing Home. Services held (Sat.) at Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor. Burial in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in West Taylor. He was BORN 11/10/1882 in Pflugerville. Lived in Thorndale for the past 19 years and was a retired farmer. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Martha Toellner of Thorndale. (No other survivors listed).

TOMERLIN, Agnes Linke of Minerva. Age 77. Died 10/13/1986 (Wed.) at her home in Minerva. Services held 10/16 (Thursday) in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial in Urban Cemetery at Sharp. Rev. Charles Newton officiated. She was BORN 8/10/1909 in San Gabriel. SURVIVORS: Husband, Joe S. Tomerlin of Minerva; son, Thomas Blocker of San Gabriel; brother, Nelson Linke of Houston. SS Death Benefit on #458-30-6880.

TOMLINSON, Joe of Ft.Worth. Age (?). Died ?/1990 (Friday) when he was found dead in his home. Services held (Monday) at Laurelland Chapel. Burial in Laurelland. Preceded in death by wife, Lera Berry Tomlinson the year before. He was the brother-in-law of the late James Leslie Berry of Thorndale. SURVIVORS: Brother and sister in Ft.Worth and a number of nieces and nephews.

TOMLINSON, Lera Berry of Ft.Worth. Age (?). Died 2/6/1989. Burial 2/7 at Laurel Land, Ft.Worth. She was sister to the late James L. Berry of Thorndale. SURVIVORS: Husband, Joe Tomlinson. Brother, Charles M. Berry, both of Ft.Worth; several nieces & nephews.

TOOMER, Mrs. James E. of Rt. 2, Thorndale. Age 53. Died 6/16/1983 (Thursday) in Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Services held (Friday) at Condra Memorial Chapel, Taylor. Burial in Salty Cemetery. Rev. George Frye officiated. Memorials to American Cancer Soc. SURVIVORS: Husband, James N. Toomer of Thorndale; mother, Mrs. Annie E. Pinkerton of Thorndale; 4 daughters, Miss Brenda Gayle Toomer of Arlington, Mrs. Kimberly Hobbs of Thorndale, Miss Thana Lynn Toomer of Dallas, Miss Sherry Dawn Toomer of Thorndale; sister, Mrs. Darlene Weise of Bonneau, SC.; brother, B.A. Pinkerton of Thorndale; 4 granddaughters.

TOVAR, Bonifacio M. of Rockdale. Age 71. Died 3/1981 (Sat.) when he was pronounced dead on arrival at Richards Memorial Hospital of smoke inhalation when a sofa chair was on fire caused by a cigarette and Mr. Tovar was on the couch next to it. Funeral & Burial information not listed. He was BORN 5/14/1909. SURVIVORS: Not listed. SS Death Benefit on #465-09-8470.

TOWERY, A. C. of Rockdale. Age 73. Died 11/20/1977 in an Austin hospital where he had been for the past 2 weeks. Services held (Friday) in the Phillips & Luckey Chapel. Burial in the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Rockdale. Rev. D.D. Simpson officiated. He was BORN 6/20/1904 in Birmingham, AL. to M/M. Owen F. Towery. He was a Rockdale resident, lived most of his life in Milam Co. and was an auto mechanic. Married Lalia M. Catchings in 1928 in Rockdale. SURVIVORS: Son, Glenn Towery of Pflugerville; 3 brothers, C.O. Towery and Mark Towery, both of Rockdale, Philip Towery of Thorndale; sister, Mrs. Norma Caffey of Thorndale; 4 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #458-09-9844.

TOWERY, Conrad Owen "Connie" of Rockdale. Age 86. Died 8/18/1988 (Thursday) in Richards Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Services held 8/20 (Sat.) in Phillips & Luckey Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in Salty Cemetery. Rev. Howard Buchanan officiated. He was BORN 2/1/1902 in Hazel Green, AL., to M/M. Owen F. & Mariah Ellen Jackson Towery. He was a raised in the Salty Comm. and was a mechanic for 40 yrs., retiring in 1960's from Gaither Ford in Rockdale. After retirement, Mr. Towery started his own lawnmower repair services which he operated out of his home for many years. Married Mary Pauline Fleming in 5/1926 in Milam Co. Member of Lutheran Church. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Towery, on 6/8/1957; son, Jimmy Towery, 6/4/1983; daughter, Margie Towery; parents, Owen and Mariah Towery; 2 brothers, A.C. and Leon Towery. SURVIVORS: Daughter, Judy Armstrong of Mesquite; 2 brothers, Mark Towery and Philip Towery, both of Thorndale; sister, Norma Caffey of Salty; 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; number of nieces and nephews. SS Death Benefit on #457-03-8323.

TOWERY, Mrs. Freida Matilda of Rockdale. Age 81. Died ?/1978 (Sunday) in an Austin hospital after a short illness. Services held (Tuesday) in the Phillips & Luckey Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in Salty Cemetery. Rev. Waldmar Wendel officiated. She was BORN 6/28/1897 in Lee Co. to M/M. Markert. Married C.O. Towery in 1967 in Austin. Member of Peace Lutheran Church. SURVIVORS: Husband, C.O. Towery of Rockdale; 3 daughters, Mrs. Rubye Mason of Tomball, Mrs. Doris Child of Austin and Mrs. Geneva Voss of Gelmer; brother, Theodore Markert of Taylor; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

TOWERY, Jimmy Owen of 621 Francine, Rockdale. Age 53. Died 6/1983 (Sat.) at his residence. Services held (Sunday) in Phillips & Luckey Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Revs. James L. Goforth and N.A. Mills officiated. He was BORN 3/4/1930 in Teague to M/M. Conrad O. & Mary Pauline Fleming Towery. He was a Rockdale resident since 1947 and a retired employee of Alcoa's Rockdale Works having worked there for 19 yrs. Married Carol Ann Dobbs on 10/31/1953 in Rockdale. Preceded in death by mother on 6/8/1957. Member of First Baptist Church of Rockdale, was a U.S. Army veteran and belonged to VFW Post 6525. SURVIVORS: Wife, Carol Ann Towery of Rockdale; 2 daughters, Connie Louise Schielack of Rockdale and Donna Sue Blinka of Houston; father, Conrad O. Towery of Rockdale; 2 sisters, Judy Armstrong of Mesquite and Margie Barton of Kopperl; 3 grandchildren, Erin and Regan Blinka of Houston and Lance Schielack of Rockdale. SS Death Benefit on #463-36-4196.

TOWERY, Mrs. Laila Catchings (A. C.) of Rockdale. Age 56. Died 7/1965 (Sat.) in a Rockdale hospital following a lingering illness. Services held from Phillips & Luckey Funeral Chapel in Rockdale. Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Rev. J.N. Foreman, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Rockdale, officiated. Nephews were pallbearers. She was BORN c.1909. SURVIVORS: Husband, A.C. Towery of Rockdale; son, Glenn Towery of Austin; sister, Mrs. E.L. Curry of Rockdale; 4 grandchildren.

TOWERY, Mrs. Mariah Ellen Jackson (Owen) of Salty Community. Age 56. Died 10/7/1938 (Friday) at her home at Salty, after a lingering illness of more than a year. Services held (Sunday) in Salty Methodist Church. Burial in Salty Cemetery. Services conducted by Elders R.V. Holliman of Normangee, C.J. Hanks of Mullen, Franklin Baker of Georgetown, W.R. Blackman of Mexia and Rev. L.E. Strickland of Rockdale. Song service rendered by members of the Primitive Church and the Kyle Quartet. Song for the service sung by the quartet was "Watch and Pray" composed by the deceased's late father, A.J. Jackson. She was BORN 1/20/1882 at Salty in Milam Co., the daughter of the late M/M. A.J. Jackson, who departed this life 1/30/1938 and 7/13/1938. Accepted Christ as her Saviour, united with the Methodist Church and was a true and faithful member. Married to O.F. Towery, 2/3/1901, 6 children born to union, 5 sons; 1 daughter, all of whom still survive, of the 5 sons 4 are mechanics. Joined Primitive Baptist Church in 9/1916. Preceded in death more than a year ago by grandson, Doyle Wayne Caffey. SURVIVORS: Husband, Owen F. Towery of Thorndale; children, Conrad of Teague; A.C. of Rockdale; Leon of Bastrop; Mrs. Norma Caffey, Phillip and Mark Towery, all of Salty Comm.; 6 grandchildren; 6 sisters; 5 brothers.

TOWERY, Mrs. Mary Pauline Fleming (Conrad) of Rockdale. Age 48. Died ?/1957 (Sat.) at Richards hospital after suffering a sudden stroke while riding in the family car with her husband. Services held (Monday) from Phillips & Luckey Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in Salty Cemetery. Brother Howard White of the Church of Christ officiated. She was BORN 6/21/1908 and resided in Rockdale most of her life, daughter of Camille M. and late John L. Fleming. Married Conrad "Connie" O. Towery on 5/23/1926. SURVIVORS: Husband, C.O. Towery; 2 daughters, Judy Lynn Towery of Rockdale and Mrs. Jack Barton of Dallas; son, Jimmy O. Towery of Rockdale; mother, Mrs. John L. Fleming; 2 brothers, Preston and J.L. Fleming of Alice; 4 sisters, Mrs. Roy Garrett of Dallas, Mrs. Iris Key of Rockdale, Mrs. Fred Keeling of Hearne, Mrs. Chas A. Mekalik of Rockdale; 6 grandchildren; 4 nieces and 3 nephews; several aunts and uncles.

TOWERY, Owen F. of Salty Community. Age 86. Died ?/1964 (Friday) at Boswell Rest Home in Rockdale. Services held (Sunday) at the Salty Church. Burial in Salty Cemetery. Rev. W.J. Chambers, of the Lampasas Primitive Baptist Church, officiated. He was BORN 4/11/1878 in Hazel Green, Alabama and came to Texas, settling in the Salty Comm. in 1897. Married Miss Mariah Ellen Jackson at Salty in 2/3/1901. He was a farmer and followed that vocation until ill health forced him to retire a number of years ago following a stroke in 10/1959, he had been bedridden. and spent the past 2 yrs. in Boswell Rest Home. Preceded in death by his wife on 10/7/1938. Member of New Salem Primitive Baptist Church since the early 1900's. SURVIVORS: 5 sons, Conrad and A.C. Towery, both of Rockdale; Leon and Philip Towery of Thorndale, Mark Towery of Salty; daughter, Mrs. Don Caffey of Salty; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren.

*TOWERY, THOMAS of Austin. Age 51. Died (?). Service information not listed. Burial in Salty Cemetery. SURVIVORS: Mother, Lavada Towery; brother & wife, Trigg & Lou Towery, sister and husband, Twyla & Darrell Wilson; daughter, Trena Beth; son, Toby Tom Towery and Linda Towery. (*2)

TOWNSEND, Bennie Floyd of Taylor. Age 75. Died 4/15/1983 (Friday) in Johns Community Hospital. Services held (Sunday) at Condra Memorial Chapel. Burial in Taylor City Cemetery. Minister Milton L. Pogue officiated. He was BORN 6/10/1907. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Gladys Townsend of Taylor; 2 sons, Billy Gene and Bobby Joe Townsend of Taylor; sister, Mrs. Burford Offield of Rockdale; brother, Kirk Townsend of Corpus Christi; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #452-26-5574.

TOWNSEND, Edward of Round Rock. Age 59. Died 6/5/1981 (Friday) in Holy Cross Hospital in Austin. Services held 6/8 (Monday) in Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor. Burial in Machu Cemetery in Granger. Rev. Henry Beseda officiated. He was BORN 8/20/1921. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Mildred Townsend of Round Rock; daughter, Mrs. Linda Corker of Thorndale; son, James L. Townsend of Taylor; half-brother, Donald Lee Obenshain of California; 2 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #464-16-0625.

TOWNSEND, Elmer Lee of Wichita Falls. Age 86. Died 11/26/1989 in the hospital in Wichita Falls, TX. Graveside services held 11/30 (Thursday) in Thorndale City Cemetery. He was BORN 4/15/1903 in Beaukiss, TX. Married his school sweetheart, Omega Rutherford. Attended school in Thorndale, where he was a star basketball player. His team went to state finals in the early 1920's. He worked for the state school for 37-1/2 years, being superintendent of all outside work at the school. SURVIVORS: Wife, Omega Townsend of Wichita Falls; number of nieces and nephews. SS Death Benefit on #465-07-0569.

TOWNSEND, Mrs. Ethel A. of 1903 Oakwood, Austin. Age 84. Died 2/7/1977 (Monday) at her home in Austin. Services held (Wed.) from Condra Memorial Chapel, Taylor. Burial in Taylor City Cemetery. Ministers Leslie McGallard and Bert Groves officiated. She was BORN 11/10/1892 in Bell Co. and member of Cameron Road Church of Christ, Austin. Preceded in death by husband, Frank, in 1967. SURVIVORS: Daughter, Mrs. Ruby Fulcher of Houston, son, Charlie Townsend of Austin; sister, Mrs. Maude Pyle of Austin; and 2 brothers, Elmer Northcott of Andrews and Carl Northcott of Brady. SS Death Benefit on #452-17-4076.

TOWNSEND, Frank N. of Austin. Age 77. Died 7/1967 (Thursday) in an Austin hospital. Services held (Sat.) at the Condra Memorial Chapel in Taylor. Burial in Taylor City Cemetery. Brother Irvin B. McFadin officiated. He was BORN 7/03/1890 and a former resident of Thorndale and the San Gabriel area until he moved to Austin in 1948. Member of the Church of Christ. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Ethel Townsend of Austin; daughter, Mrs. Howard Fulcher of Houston; son, Charlie Townsend of Austin; 4 sisters, Mrs. Pernie Northcott of Austin, Mrs. Chloe Holderfield of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Amelia Lane of Taylor and Mrs. Lucy Richey of Three Rivers; 2 brothers, Elmer Lee Townsend of Wichita Falls and Allen Townsend of Austin; 2 grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #450-46-5312.

TOWNSEND, Rubert G. (Shorty) of Thorndale. Age 76. Died 2/29/1984 (Wed.) in Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale. Services held 3/2 (Friday) in Phillips & Luckey Chapel in Rockdale. Burial in IOOF Cemetery, Rockdale. Rev. Arthur Lyons officiated. He was BORN 10/16/1907 and a night superintendent for the oil mill. SURVIVORS: Wife, Viola Lehman Townsend of Thorndale; 4 daughters, Edna Ireta Nichols of Harker Heights, Oleta Clanton of Big Spring, Billie Bobar Norton of Waco and Barbara S. Daniels of Abilene; sister, Lois Miller of Abilene; 3 half-brothers, Roy, Albert and Alvin Townsend; 2 half-sisters, Laverne Montgomery and Juanita Carlile; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. SS Death Benefit on #452-12-5031.

TOWNSEND, Viola of Thorndale & Rockdale. Age 76. Died 2/12/1989 (Sunday) at her home in Rockdale. Services held 2/15 (Wed.) in Phillips & Luckey Chapel, Rockdale. Burial in IOOF Cemetery. She was BORN 11/22/1912 in Thorndale to M/M Ernest T. & Jessie Beard Lehman. Married Rupert G. (Shorty) Townsend on 9/05/1953 in Thorndale. She was a resident of Thorndale and moved to Rockdale 3 months before her death. Preceded in death by husband, R.G. Townsend on 2/29/1984, a sister and 3 brothers. Member of St.Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale. SURVIVORS: Brother, Uriel Lehman of Carnay; 2 sisters, Lenora Skipworth of Austin and Leola Starr of Rockdale; several nieces and nephews. SS Death Benefit on #455-34-7828.

TOWNSEND, Rev. William Hays of Sulphur Springs. Age 96. Died 12/8/1982 (Wed.). Services held (Friday) in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home in Austin. Burial in Memorial Hill Park. Dr. Ralph Smith, pastor of Hyde Park Baptist Church, Austin, officiated. BORN 11/18/1886, he was a 1919 graduate of Baylor Univ., chaplain of Texas State Senate for 21 years and also pastored First Baptist Church, Thorndale for a couple of years. SURVIVORS: Wife, Mrs. Mary Townsend of Sulphur Springs; daughter, Mrs. Dorothy J. Mahan of Lovington, NM.; son, William Harrell Townsend of Austin; brother, A.L. Townsend of Leesburg; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. SS Death Benefit on #462-58-1804.


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