A bright angel came for a few hours to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Dorris in the person of a 9 1/2 pound baby boy on Feb. 2 then passed to a brighter realm on Feb. 3. Interment was in Francitas Cemetery.
The mother, tho very ill for a few days, is on the road to recovery.
The sympathy of the entire community is extended the family in this hour of sorrow.
Palacios Beacon, February 8, 1940
Parents: James Elmer Dorris & Pauline Ethredge
The Last Post sounded for Uncle Bob Fleury on Sunday morning, March 25th at 8 a. m. We who had known him well for 8 years, and some of us for many more, were glad that he passed out without any suffering. He was able to be around as usual on Saturday, and was called away the next morning. Uncle Bob--as he was known to everyone--was born in Washington County in 1843, the son of Major Fleury, who fought at the battle of San Jacinto in 1836. The Fleury family settled in Jackson county, near the town of Roxana, about the year 1860. At the time the Fleury family settled in Jackson County there were two tribes of Indians in the adjacent territory--the Carancahua and Cado tribes. The old town of Roxana, beautiful for location, at the confluence of the Lavaca and Navidad rivers, is now no more. When the Missouri Pacific passed through that country, the inhabitants of Roxana refused a right-of-way unless at a prohibitive price. The Missouri Pacific passed them by, and the town is now in ruins, only chimneys and underground cisterns to be seen--and these a sad reflection on the non-progressiveness of the citizens.
Major Fleury was a well-known cattleman and farmer in the early days, owning many darkies. He was succeeded by his son, Uncle Bob, whose demise we are recording, and to whom we are paying a last tribute of respect. Uncle Bob married Miss Adonia LaBauve about the end of the Civil War. We laid him to rest in the little LaBauve cemetery, one mile on this side of Francitas, fenced off many years ago by the LaBauve family as a place to bury their own beloved dead, and as a God's acre for their neighbors, too. At that time there were no roads hereabouts--only a cattle range. The LaBauve family came to Jackson County from Louisiana about the year 1859.
Uncle Bob was a Presbyterian. But it matters not what he was called, so long as he was a believer. There is neither Presbyterian, nor Methodist, nor Baptist, nor Roman Catholic in heaven, where all are one in Christ Jesus. The funeral service was held by Rev. G. F. Gillespie, Pastor of the Palacios Presbyterian Church, who delivered a short address both at the home of Mr. Grover Lawson where he lived, and at the graveside--basing his remarks on Psalm 23, Vs. 1: "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."
Uncle Bob did not lack a protecting providence, patriotism, courage, common sense, generosity. He joined the Confederate Army at the age of 17, and during the great part of the Civil War fought for the South Land that he love so well. He was captured at the Battle of Vicksburg, returning home when an exchange of prisoners was made. For some years he had roomed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lawson, who treated him with great kindness, and who have earned the Master's blessing: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." His own children would have been glad to have him live with them, but he preferred to live in Palacios.
The State of Texas had given him a small pension for some years, pitiably small, but perhaps sufficient for his needs. We who met him often on the croquet ground, or occasionally played forty-two with him, wondered at the strength of mind and memory he possessed for a man of his years--and let it be confessed that we were sometimes taken aback by his language, which we all overlooked because he had fought for his country, and because, too, he was an old cattleman. Mr. Grover Lawson informs us that he was naturally generous in all his dealings.
Three sons, Ed, Jim and Ernest, were present at the funeral, and two daughters, Mrs. O'Brien and Mrs. O'Brien?, with other relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lawson were present together with a few neighbors and friends, at the funeral service at the home. We looked around for some of the old cronies with whom he had played forty-two so often, but alas! some of them were missing--perhaps they had not heard. The pallbearers were Messrs. John Bolling, Ron Huddleston, E. Mosier, Guy Stulting, Grady Walker, Walter Williams.
We laid him to rest in the land of the setting sun, among the live oaks, and the tangled underbrush and the wild flowers.
"And not by eastern windows only,
I have said we laid him to rest in the land of the setting sun, but best of all we laid him to rest in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection from the dead, where "they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more: neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
On a modest headstone in the little LaBauve Cemetery, marking the resting place of a woman, we found these two inscriptions--at the top the picture of an angel:--
"Farewell, dear--, angels guard thy tomb."
May angels guard Uncle Bob's last resting place, and may his spirit hear the mocking bird sing in the live oaks.
Palacios Beacon, March 29, 1928
"Uncle Bob" Fleury Passes Away Sunday
John Robert "Uncle Bob" Fleury died at his home in this city early Sunday morning, and after a service Monday morning, conducted by Rev. G. F. Gillespie, his remains were taken to the family burying lot on the other side of the Carancahua river near Francitas and interred beside those of his wife, who had preceded him to the Great Beyond some years ago. Six children survive him, two daughters and four sons.
Palacios Beacon, March 29, 1928
Wm. Wesley Sanders was born in Grimes County, Texas, July 5, 1873, where he spent his boyhood.
He was married to Mrs. Della Foster at Lufkin, Texas on December 20, 1910. They lived there two years then went to Louisiana for a while. They moved to Jackson County in May 1917. They have lived here in this community ever since. Mr. Sanders became a member of a Baptist Church in 1908, at Fairview near Lufkin, Texas.
He is survived by his wife and daughter here and a sister in Lufkin.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. George D. McClelland, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Palacios, interment in the Francitas cemetery.
Palacios Beacon, April 4, 1935
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