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King, Addie Lee (Tillman)


Addie Lee King, 79, of Eagle Lake passed away April 7 at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

She was born in Altair, Aug. 16, 1924 to Leo and Essie (Scott) Tillman and married Clarence King Jan. 20, 1952. She attended public schools in Colorado County and was a member of Union Baptist Church No. 2 and Providence Baptist Church, both in Eagle Lake. She served as an usher, member of the choir, missions I and II, and taught Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Leo Tillman Jr. and Tom Tillman.

She is survived by her daughter Brenda Johnson; son, Rickey Toliver; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Leasy Mae Edmund and Lillie Toliver; brother, Chester Webb; step-mother, Hattie Tillman; four half-sisters, Minnie Lee David, Leola, Dorothy and Lois Tillman; half-brother, Leslie Tillman; sister-in-law, Lizzie Tillman; brother-in-law, Paton Kink; and nephews, John Lee Tillman and Dennie C. Toliver.

Funeral services were conducted April 10 at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Coby Shorter Jr., pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Rising Star Cemetery in New Town Community, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Tony, John and Douglas Tillman Sr., Larry and Leroy Toliver and Roosevelt Carson Jr.

The Colorado County Citizen, April14, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

King, Clemon

Clemon King, 86, of Columbus, died Friday, June 17, 1994, in a Houston hospital.

Born Aug. 9, 1907, in Bonus, Texas, he was the son of Arthur and Babe (Jenkins) King. A resident of Colorado County for most of his life, he was retired as custodian of the Colorado County courthouse. Mr. King was a veteran of World War II and a member of New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church, Columbus.

Visitation will be at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus from noon Wednesday, June 22, until service time. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m., Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 23, at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. G. W. Clark officiating. Interment will follow in City Cemetery, Columbus.

Scheduled as pallbearers are Alfred Denley, Ernest Coleman, Robert King, Leonard King, James King Jr. and Arthur Coleman.

Mr. King is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Linze and Flossie King of Columbus, Clemon King of San Francisco, CA and James an Peggy King of Caldwell; step-sons and daughter-in-law, Preston and Helen Wilson of San Francisco, CA and Charles Wilson of Columbus; a brother-in-law, Lonnie Coleman of Columbus; sister-in-law, Willie Mae Denley, also of Columbus; grandchildren, Prestina Wilson, Willie Weaver, Robert King, /Christine Coleman, James King Jr., Maggie King Drinda King, Jeremy King and Leonard King and great-grandchildren LaAdrian Waddle and Candi King.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

King, Dave


Yesterday morning about 8 o’clock the rapid firing of four pistol shots in the neighborhood aroused the citizens living on the public square, and in a few minutes numbers of them were seen running towards the jail. It was discovered that a colored prisoner named Dave King had been shot and killed by Deputy Marshal Byars, while attempting to escape. The particulars are that at breakfast time Deputy Sheriff Hope went up to the cage, opened the door and told King to hand him the slop bucket, to be removed. King brought it to the door, but instead of passing it outside, put it so the door could not be shut, jumped over it and ran down stairs. Hope hallloed[sic] to Sheriff Townsend, who was at breakfast downstairs to look out. Mr. Townsend jumped up just as King passed out of the door and fell, but soon recovered. The Sheriff shouted to a Mexican who was cutting wood to stop the prisoner, and the Mexican made a pass at him with the ax which would undoubtedly have proved fatal had it struck him. King then jumped the fence, and Sheriff Townsend told Mr. Byars. who by chance was just passing, to shoot King. Byars ordered the prisoner to halt, at the same time presenting his pistol. This King refused to do, but kept on running, whereupon Byars shot at him four times as he ran, three of the shots taking effect, one entering the small of the back, and passing entirely through the body. The negro ran about three hundred yards and fell. Drs. Moore and Bowers were called to see King, but he was beyond the reach of medical shill, and died in about an hour. The negro plead guilty to hog theft at the last term of the District Court,was fined and “laying out” the fine in jail, and would have been released in about ten days. He was attempting to escape, was without arms, and we think the officers acted wrong in killing him. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 18, 1881

King, Delores Mae (Smith)

Delores Mae (Smith) King, 52 of Columbus, passed away Sept. 7.

She was born in Columbus, Nov. 4, 1949 to Arthur Bryant and Dorothy Mae (Smith) Taylor.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Arthur Ray Coleman of Columbus; sons, Robert James and Leonard Earl King of Columbus; sister and brother-in-law, Lynda Faye and Sherman Jackson of La Grange; brothers and sister-in-law, Tommy Earl and Ruby Taylor of La Grange, Douglas Taylor of Ellinger and Ricky Taylor of Bremerton, Wash.; aunts, Earline Junious of Columbus, Ethel Bell Smith of Fort Worth and Vera Booker-Courtney of Columbus; uncles Herman Bryant of Houston, Robert Bryant of Columbus and A. C. Bryant of Sugar Land; God-brother, Robert Johnson of Houston; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 15 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Hargrove officiating. Interment followed at Smith-McDowell Family Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Alfred and Roy Denley, Paul Johnson and Earnest, Christopher and Michael Coleman.

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 2001
Courtesy The Citizen

King, Jewel Ray


Jewel Raye King, 58 of Altair, passed away Jan. 18 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Altair, Jan. 25, 1945 to Jesse and Leola (Smith) King. She worked at Marvin's Restaurant, Schobels' Restaurant and River Oaks Health Care Center as a cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Leonard and Jesse C. King.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Sharlotte and Gary Siggers of Katy; sisters, Sandra Glover of Altair, Leona Smith of Houston, Betty Glover of Altair, Mildred Jones of Altair, Jessie Ann Poindexter of San Diego, Calif., Joyce Lowe of Humble and Arlita Hurd of Houston; brothers, Curtis King of Alice, Willie King of Victoria, Jodie Scott of Houston, Leonard Scott of Houston and Everett Troy Grounds of Rosenberg; great-aunts, Earline Junious of Columbus and Eva Mae Wills of Lockhart; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 24 at Booker Temple Church of God and Christ with the Rev. Charles Purnell Jr. officiating. Interment followed in William Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi.

Pallbearers were Russell Williams, Greg King, Michael Poindexter, Robert Poindexter, James Garner, Cedric Poindexter, Thomas Hargrove, Roland Jones and Ray Glover.

Honorary pallbearers were Willie King, Curtiss King, Terry Glover, Bennie Charles Glover Jr., John Wayne Smith and Gary Siggers.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 28, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

King, Lena H. 


Mrs. Lena H. King, 90, a longtime resident of Eagle Lake, passed away in Kingsville at 2:15 p.m. March 27.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. from the Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with interment in the Union Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Coby Shroter will officiate.

Mrs. King was born March 13, 1892.  She was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Emma Wells of Kingsville and Hubert Wells of Corpus Christi; thirteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

The Turcotte Mortuary was in charge of arrangements in Kingsville and the Penn Funeral Home of Eagle Lake is in charge of local arrangements.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 1 1982 page 11.
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

King, Lu Ella (Braden)

Funeral services for Lu Ella Braden King were held December 4. Graveside services were held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. King was born August 14, 1893 in Vox Popli to Mr. and Mrs. John Braden. She married Paul A. King on August 30, 1913. She worked as a housewife.

Mrs. King was a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors include one son, Clarence King of Austin; two grandsons and three great grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 1984

King, Paul Adolph

Funeral services for Paul A. King were scheduled 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at Henneke Funeral Home, with The Rev. Harold Fehler officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. King died in Columbus Hospital Tuesday at the age of 79. He was born in Hochheim, Texas Aug. 10 1895, a son of Gustav Himmelreich and Clara Lindner King.; He was married to Lu Ella Braden Aug. 30, 1913.

Mr. King was a retired boiler maker with the Southern Pacific Railroad and had resided in Columbus 14 years. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Clarence King of Austin, 2 grandsons, and 2 great grandsons.

Pallbearers will be Alston Huelsebusch, Clarence Braden, Charles Walker, Aaron Andrews, John L. Braden and L. A. Braden.

Colorado County Citizen, June 26, 1975

King, Roosevelt
Williams, Lloyd

Weimar, Negroes Killed; Others Injured In Crash

Two Weimar area negroes--one living in town, and the other from Oakland--were killed, two were injured seriously, and a number of others received minor cuts and bruises in a three-way auto-truck collision near Abilene Saturday night.

The dead are: Roosevelt King. 36. of Oakland; Lloyd Williams, 20, of Weimar. Seriously injured are Aurelius Brown and a daughter of Eddie Scott, both of Weimar.

W. G. Cook of Post, Texas, who for several years has been hiring negroes from this section to pick cotton on his farm there, had left Saturday noon with about 13 pickers. carrying the men in a trailer and the women in the back of a pick-up truck. Near Abilene a Buick car, a truck, and Cook*s outfit figured in a three-way crash. in which the Buick struck the latter between the truck and the trailer, scattering its occupants all over the road and ditch. The oncoming truck then hit both cars, according to reports. All three cars were smashed up badly. and the trailer was knocked loose from the truck.

The bodies were brought to Smithville and prepared and funerals were held in Weimar [place of interment unknown] and Oakland Hill.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1941, page 1

King, unknown

Weimar Local Matters

The death angel has visited two homes in our midst this week. Chas. King's infant child died the 6th inst., and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Herndon's the 8th inst. He that said "suffer little children to come unto me," etc., has taken the two little innocents to his bosom.

Colorado Citizen, February 14, 1893

King, unknown

Little Negro Child Dies of Lockjaw Friday

Friday last a small negro boy of 4 years, son of Willie King, who lives on the farm of Gus Miller, Sr., in the Oakland section, was brought to town. The little fellow a few days before sustained a bad burn on his hip, which in some way became infected and when brought to Weimar for medical attention, according to our understanding had already developed lockjaw.

Everything possible was done for the child, but he was too far gone when brought here for any hope to be held out. We learned the following day that the child died that night. [Place of interment unknown]

Lockjaw is a very dangerous disease, and very quick in action. Persons sustaining bruises or cuts about any part of their bodies should take no chance with it. If it becomes infected and is permitted to go without proper medical attention for even a little while, and lockjaw sets in, there is very little chance of being saved. Take no chances with lockjaw.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1928
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

King, Unnamed Baby

Oak Grove Items

The death angel bore away the precious infant baby of Mr. and Mrs. King of this community last Friday. The little infant only remained in this world a little over a week, when it was called to the heavenly home, where there is no more parting. Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved parents in their loss. May it rest in peace. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1912, page 6

King, William Herman

King, William Herman “Bill or Waldo”
William Herman “Bill or Waldo” King, 59, of Columbus, passed away May 16 at his residence.

He was born in Columbus, Feb. 13, 1951 to George Leslie Herbert King Sr. and Lydia Marie (Spindler)?King. He worked throughout his lifetime as a welder and jailer for Colorado County and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Caledonia Lodge No. 68 and Woodmen of the World.

He was a 1969 graduate of Columbus High School and attended Blinn Junior College.

He was preceded in death by his parents; uncle Leo Spindler; and nephew John David King.

He is survived by his son, Vincent Tyler King of Columbus; former wife, Donna Helms King of Columbus; brother, George King and wife Leah of Alleyton; nephews Richard King of Houston and George Wilson King of Alleyton; and great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. The Rev. Leah Wilson King will officiate

Colorado County Citizen, May 18, 2010
Contributed by Judy Talkington

King, Willie Elma

Willie Elma King Funeral Services Held March 8

Willie Elma King, 62, of Weimar, died Tuesday, March 4 at St. Catherine's Hospital in Katy.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 8 at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Jarvis Nelson officiating.

Interment followed at Oakland Hill Cemetery[actually Oakland Cemetery] in Oakland.

Miss King was born March 7, 1940 in Oakland to Richard and Velma Lemons King.

She was a packer at Oakridge Smokehouse in Schulenburg and affiliated with the Greater Macedonia Baptist Church in Weimar.

Miss King is survived by daughters, Earline and husband Kenneth King of Blessing, Linda M. Revis of Weimar, and Irea and husband Wayne Williams of Bellville; sons, Carlton A. King of Beaumont and Curry and wife Jeky King of Yoakum.

She is also survived by sisters, Georgia and husband Edgar Love of San Antonio, Freddie Mae Powell of Weimar and Marilyn Hardaway of San Antonio; brothers, Lloyd King of Weimar and Melvin King and Richard King of San Antonio; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two infant daughters and one grandson.

Pallbearers were Raymond Irving, Paul Williams, Jackie Robinson, Lloyd, Melvin, Curry and Carlton King, Kenneth Miller, Roy Lee Irving, Richard Polk Jr., Walter Mann Jr., Richard King and Edgar Love.

The Weimar Mercury, March 13, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

King, Yvonne D. (Thrower) Moore


Yvonne D. King, 80 of Columbus, passed away Jan. 12 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

She was born in Danville, Va., Oct. 16, 1923 to Jonathan David and Pearl Dodson (Davis) Thrower. She married David Dorwin Moore, Sept. 13, 1941 he preceded her in death and she married Frank King Nov. 28, 1983. She was a member of Columbus Church of God, Columbus Community Hospital's 55 plus, Thousand Trails and Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, David Dorwin Moore and Frank King; daughter-in-law, Dana Moore; grandson, Jason Reynolds; and granddaughter, Loretta Moore.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Donald O'Mary of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald D and Ann Moore of Lewisville, Jack Moore of Columbus and Raymond and Loretta Moore of Lewisville; brother, Jimmy Thrower of Virginia; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Jan. 16 at Columbus Church of God with the Rev. Gene Harris officiating. Interment will follow at Westmoreland County Memorial Park Cemetery in Greensburg, Pa.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen
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