R.G. O'Rear and Emma Rankin were married March 2, 1914 at Rule, Texas. She was a teacher and he was a bookkeeper at the time of their marriage. They have lived in Lorenzo since 1919.
He was engaged in the grocery business for many years. The family market was popular and under the family name until sold to the Lowe's Grocery Company in 1981.
Their sons are Dr. J.M. O'Rear, Jack G. O'Rear, and James O'Rear.
This is a version of the silver wedding anniversary celebration tendered Mr. and Mrs. R.G. O'Rear as told by the Avalanche.
Mr. and Mrs. R.G. O'Rear of Lorenzo were honored on their silver wedding anniversary when her sister, Mrs. E.D. Farris, and Mr. Farris of 1312 Eighth Street gave a dinner Friday night. The program was as follows:
"The Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin," Martha Jean Elliot, pianist, and Dwey Farris, clarinetist; reading, "Fiddling' in the Firelight", Mrs. Farris; "When You and I Were Young Maggie," played by Martha Jean and Dewey; reading "Since Felix Went Away," Mrs. Farris; saxetta solo "Mary Had A Little Lamb," Paul Farris with accompaniment by Martha Jean; several song and piano numbers and several violin, and reading "The Great Secret," Mrs. Farris
The dinner table was laid with a crocheted cover, made in a pattern of hearts. Decorations were in silver. Flowers were used on the table, buffet, and piano and other parts of the house were pale lavender sweet peas, vari-colored hyacinths, grown by Mrs. Farris, and talisman roses. Invocation was by Rev. J.M. Rankin of Abernathy, father of Mrs. O'Rear.
Others attending were Mrs. J.M. Rankin; Miss Bernice Rankin of Abernathy; J.M. Jack and James O'Rear, sons of the honored guests; Messrs. and Mesdames Dan Bearden and W. Michael; Miss Jean Gray; Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Rankin, Jr., and sons, Gene and Joe of Slaton; Miss Mary Rankin of Muleshoe; Rev. and Mrs. John S. (article unreadable from this point on).
Lorenzo Tribune, Friday March 31, 1939Source: Once Upon A Plain....by Wayne and Sydna Wallace
Russell Grady O'Rear, 86, pioneer resident of Lorenzo, died Saturday, March 22, after entering the Lubbock West Texas Hospital at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Funeral services were to have been held at 4 p.m. Monday in the Lorenzo First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. James Futch, pastor; the Rev. Bruce Parks, Pastor First United Methodist Church, Denver City, and the Rev. Fred Meeks, pastor First Baptist Church of Lorenzo all participating in the service.
Interment was held in the Lorenzo Cemetery under the direction of Carter Funeral Home of Ralls.
A native of Gordon, Ark. he was born Sept. 15, 1888. He attended John Tarleton Junior College and Fort Worth Business college.
He was a member of the Lorenzo Methodist Church, and a member of the Lorenzo Masonic Lodge, having received a 50 year pin from the lodge.
He is survived by his wife Emmie of Lorenzo, and three sons, Dr. J.M. O'Rear of Washington, D.C. and James O'Rear of Lorenzo.
He married the former Miss Emmie Rankin, March 22, 1914 in Rule, Tex. He died on their 61st wedding anniversary.
They moved to Crosby County in 1914 from Rule, and then to Lorenzo in 1918, where he entered the grocery business. He operated this business for 46 years. After his retirement in 1954, he continued to work in the store until his death. (He was in the store Friday).
Also 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Lorenzo Leader, March 25, 1975Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
LORENZO (Special) Services for Emma (Emmie) Rankin O'Rear, 88, of Lorenzo will be at 2 p.m. today in Lorenzo First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Lacy, pastor, and the Rev. John Jenkins, pastor of First Baptist Church of Lockney, officiating.
Burial will be in Lorenzo Cemetery under the direction of Carter-Adams Funeral Home of Ralls.
Mrs. O'Rear died at 2:15 a.m. Wednesday in west Texas Hospital following a long illness.
The Goss native married Russell Grady O'Rear March 22, 1914, in Rule. He died March 22, 1975.
Mrs. O'Rear moved to Crosby County in 1914 where she and her husband were in the grocery business. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of Lorenzo Baptist Church.
She was graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor High School and College, now Hardin Simmmons University, and was the oldest ex-student.
Survivors include three sons, J.M. of Lubbock, Jack of Washington, D.C. and James of Lorenzo; three brothers, the Rev. H.C. Rankin of Washington, D.C., C.G. Rankin of Brownsville and the Rev. John S. Rankin of Lorenzo; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Lubbock Avalanche Journal, May 18, 1979Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
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