Grimes County Obituaries and Deaths
Death notice in 31 Oct 1898 issue of The Daily Examiner
The sad news was received here Friday morning that the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Siddall died Thursday night [27 Oct 1898] near White Hall. Geo. Siddall and Mother, Mrs. Lizzie Siddall, have been at White Hall several days.
Death notice in 15 Apr 1899 issue of The Daily Examiner
Death of Mrs. Skelton
At 11:30 o'clock this forenoon the earthly spirit of Mrs. Adell R. Skelton passed beyond the river of death to that land where pain and sorrow are unknown. She had been sick for a long time, but with christian fortitude bore the trials, in the same manner in which she lived her long life - quite, peaceful and patient; recognizing that the end was nigh and abiding in the wisdom of her Maker.
Mrs. Skelton was born 64 years, 8 months and 19 days ago in Ringgo county, Alabama, and came to Texas with her parents in early days. She married Will Stevens in Wharton county, of which union B. Lee Stevens, of Navasota, is the only survivor; and deceased's only child. Mr. Stevens died on Roans Prairie in Grimes county and the widow remained in that neighborhood till she was married to J. A. Skelton in 1878. Mr. Skelton passed away in 1889.
The funeral will take place from the home of Mr. Stevens at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon and the interment will be made in the City cemetery; to which friends and acquaintances are extended an invitation.
Appeared in the Navasota Examiner in 1916. Submitted by carolaross at ev1 dot net.
The entire community was saddened Thursday, Janusary 20, when informed of the sad death of Mrs Bettie Statham, who died at Roans Prairie, Texas, January 19, 1916.
Time in her mighty flight, as it were, upon the wings of morning breeze has carried this kind friend and devoted mother down the vale of this life and to the far distant shores of eternity, there to give an account of her stewartship while on this earth. And her death teaches us that sooner or later we must all make the journey across that mystic river. The angels called, and in the ways of an all-wise Providence it was best that she should go.
Mrs. Statham was borned February 28, 1865, in McMinn County, Tennessee, but came to Texas when 17 years of age and located at Independence, Washington
County and married John M Statham March 1, 1885. To this union six children were born, all of whom are living. She moved to Roans Prairie in 1905 and located on the Cuthrell place and was living there at the time of her death.
She professed religion at the age of 14 and joined the Christian Church, but afterwards she united with the Missionary Baptist church of which she was a sincere and devoted member at the time of her death. She joined the Oakland Baptist Church in 1906, and devoted her life to its work. Her home was always opened to her friends, the ministers of Christ, to whom she delighted to extend hospitalities. She was much loved by those who knew her, and the entire community and her church will greatly miss her.
We mourn not as these without hope, for she lived a consistent Christian life and died in the triumphs of a living faith. At the demise of her husband she was left without home and with but little means, the oldest child being only about 12 years of age. The struggle for the support and rearing of six little children, with no aid, is bound to have seemed dark indeed to her, but her faith in the promise of Him who is the source of all comfort enabled here to face her task with fortitude and courage, for 18 years she bore up under the trials and struggles of life alone, but in answer to her earnest prayer she was spared until her youngest was abount grown.
Dear children, you will miss her oh so much; her chair will be vacant and there is no one who can take the place of Mother, but think of her as not dead but gone before and always remember her last wish (that was) for you all to meet her in heaven, and the same sweet voice and gentle confiding heart that was so dear to you here is waiting for you in the bright beyond where we know she is free from the pains that she so patiently endured the five weeks she was ill. I know how deeply the children must grieve for her, for older than they and their guardianship entrusted to her, confideing every thing to her, it was natural that to a sister and a brother's affection should be added also almost a mother's love for your gentle sister.
I knew her well myself and I feel that I have lost one of my best and most intimate friends, but I know He doeth all things for the best.
The good Lord spared her to a good age. If she had lived until February 28, she would have been 51 years old, she has always been a devoted mother ans a true christian. Although not wealthy in this worlds goods, she had laid up treasures in the other place made not with hands. The rich and the poor will miss her, for she was always anxious to help someone in need, and to minister unto the sick. All honor to her memory.
She leaves six children, Lee, Authur, Dean, Ira, Jesse and Mrs. Mary Nowel, all of Roans Prairie to mourn her untimely death, besides four sisters and brother namely, Mesdames Alice Field, Katie Robinson, both of Shiro, Mrs.McCave, Kansas City, Mrs. E C Wells, Sour Lake, and one brother, Will Bradham, Huntsville, whom all feel that they have lost their best earthly friend.
After the funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. West, the remains were interred at the Oakland Cemetery among a large crowd of sorrowing friends, it was indeed a sad good by but to each there must ever come joy through the hope of another day, a brighter clime and a glad morning, and may we all live as she did, true to our God, and meet in the bright beyond is the wish of your friend. B. E.