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Mayes, Elizabeth Ann (Fowlkes)


Mrs. Eliza Mayes, wife of Mr. J. P. Mayes, died at their home a few miles north from town Tuesday afternoon, after a week's illness. Mrs. Mayes was born in Fayette county, July 7th, 1841; was married January 24, 1861. She was a member of the Baptist church. She leaves a husband, seven children-- three daughters and four sons-- and a brother to mourn her loss. Mrs. Mayes was buried at Clear Creek cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. T. E. Muse conducting the funeral services, Our sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1901, page 2

It is with much sorrow we chronicle the death of Mrs. J. P. Mayes, which sad event occurred at the old homestead about three miles north of Oakland on April 23, 1901. She was Miss Eliza Fowlkes before her marriage in 1860 to her husband, Mr. J. P. Mayes, who, with several children survive her. She was the mother of nine children, two of whom have gone before. Mrs. Eliza Mayes was born, July 7th, 1841, in what is now Fayette county,Texas, being at her death upwards of 60 years of age. She was a member of the Baptist church for 43 years, joining that denomination under the pastorate of the well remembered Dr. Covey, an able minister of that church. It aught could be said that would bring healing balm and relief to her distressed husband, children, friends and relatives we would gladly contribute that, but in instances like this, words are worse than vain. We can only extend our sympathy and assure those bereaved that a common public mourns with them.
Oakland, April 25th, 1901.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1901, page 2



Mayes, Ethelbert Bruce

A large crowd paid last respects to E. B. Mayes, 77 year old farmer, sheriff and county judge at funeral services Sunday.  The Rev. M. C. Eidson of Austin and the Rev. Wm. M. Davis were in charge of the service and masonic services were held at the graveside in Odd Fellows Cemetery

Mr. Mayes has been in public life as a constable, sheriff, county judge for about forty years and was one of the organizers of the Columbus State Bank in 1919.

The Mayes Hotel owner was first elected to public office from Oakland where he was born and where his surviving son, Howard B.; sister, Mrs. Mary Jo. Mayes and his brother J. D. Mayes still live.

Oakland was then known as Prairie Point.  He was the son of Joshua Pritchard Mayes and Elizabeth Fowlkes Mayes.  In 1892 he was married to Miss Zula Sanders in the LIve Oak Community.

Mr. Mayes was preceded in death by his wife in 1945.  He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. D. H. Wilson of San Antonio

Colorado County Citizen, October 30, 1947, Page 3, Column 3
Submitted by Regena Williamson


Mayes, Howard Bruce

Howard Mayes, 69, Lifelong Oakland Resident, Buried

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, June 30, at Hubbard Funeral home for Howard Bruce Mayes, 69, lifelong resident of Oakland, where he owned a store and was justice of the peace for many years.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery here. Rev. Charles Young, pastor of First Baptist church, officiated.

Mr. Mayes died at 8 a.m. Friday, June 28, in Columbus Hospital, after a long illness.

Born Aug. 22, 1893, at Oakland, he was the son of E. B. and Zula Sanders Mayes. His father, former Colorado County sheriff, operated the store before him. He was a 51-year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Surviving him are his widow, the former Velma Culpepper, whom he married April 20, 1933, at Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. D. H. Wilson of San Antonio and Mrs. I. C. Austin of Austin, and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ernest and Walter Scott, Billy Strunk, Frank Sanders Jr., Ben Poppe and Jerry Dusek.

Weimar Mercury, July 4, 1963


Mayes, Hulda (Hollien)

Oakland Native, Mrs. Jim Mayes, Succumbs at 82

Funeral services for Mrs. Jim (Hulda) Mayes, 82, who died Friday, March 14, at the Columbus Hospital, were held Sunday March 16, at Hubbard Funeral Home here.

Rev. Charles A. Young, Baptist minister from Bastrop, and Rev. Frank Horak, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, where she was a member, officiated. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Mayes was born near Oakland on Aug. 19, 1886, a daughter of Charles and Jane Oncken Hollien. She was married to Jim D. Mayes on Oct. 14, 1903, and they settled on a farm near Oakland, living there until seven years ago when they moved to Weimar. Mr. Mayes died in October 1962.

She was confirmed in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Bielau and later moved her membership to the Weimar church. Devout in her religion she was active in the church until her infirmities made it no longer possible.

Many will remember her as the "butter lady." For years she delivered her delicious homemade butter to many Weimar homes.

Surviving her are two sons, Mike W. Mayes of East Bernard and Jimmie D. Mayes of Waco; three daughters, Mrs. Hertha Mayes of Rock Island, Mrs. Jack (Felton) Mafthews and Mrs. Lucille Miller of Weimar; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one brother Werner H. Hollien of Weimar, and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Mayes of Houston and Mrs. Charles Forbes of Beaumont.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were a son, Roy H. Mayes; two brothers, Hugo and Frank A. Hollien; and two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Holman and Bertha, an infant.

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1969,pages 1 & 10
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews


Mayes, James Drew “Jim”

Jim Mayes, 85, Lifetime Area Resident, Buried

Funeral services for Jim D. Mayes, 85, who died Tuesday night, October 2, 1962, at his home here after two weeks' illness, were held Thursday afternoon, October 4, 1962, at Hubbard Funeral Home with interment in the Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery.

His pastor, Rev. Charles Young of First Baptist Church, officiated, assisted by Rev. George Fuchs, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ.

Mr. Mayes had been in failing health for about a year, after suffering a stroke.

All but two years of his life he had spent at Oakland, where he was born February 22, 1877, a son of J. P. Mayes, Sr. and Eliza Fowlkes Mayes.  He married Miss Hulda Hollien October 14, 1903, and they continued to live at Oakland except for one year when they lived near Weimar, and the past year.

Surviving in addition to his widow are three daughters, Mrs. Lucille Miller and Mrs. Jack Matthews of Weimar and Mrs. Jack Mayes of Rock Island;  two sons,  Mike W. Mayes of East Bernard and Jimmie Mayes of Waco;  10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

A sister, Mrs. Ellie Smith of East Bernard also survived him but died Saturday, October 6.

A son, Roy, preceded him in death a year ago.

Pallbearers were H. Ed Rabel, John Hajovsky, Billy Strunk, Clarence Hadash, Emil Teltschik and Leslie Townsend.

Weunar Mercury, October 1952
Submitted by Harold T. Matthews
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews


Mayes, John William "Will"

Final Rites For Will Mayes, 69, Held At Columbus

Funeral services for J. W. (Will) Mayes, 69, resident of Columbus for the past 30 years, were held from the Columbus Funeral Home Monday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, with interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery there. Rev. Dollar of Sheridan officiated.

Mr. Mayes died in John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, Saturday night at about 11 o’clock, ending a lingering illness. He had undergone a major operation at the hospital several days earlier and apparently had been doing well. During 1949’s zero weather Mr. Mayes had slipped on ice at his hotel in Columbus, breaking his leg.

Born in Oakland October 22, 1880, he was the son of Joshua Pritchard Mayes and Elizabeth Fowlkes Mayes, members of two of this county’s pioneer families.

His survivors include two daughters. Vera Mayes and Mrs. Jerry Dusek, both of Houston; two sisters, Miss Josephine Mayes of Oakland and Mrs. Tom Smith of East Bernard; one brother, J. D. Mayes of Oakland; three grandchildren, John Wm. Wegenhoft of Houston, Miss Mollie Wegenhoft of Columbus, and John Dusek of Houston; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, the late Judge E. B. Mayes of Columbus, died in 1947.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Ford Wegenhoft, N. P. Isgrig, W. H. Miekow, Harvey Lee, A. W. Busselmane[sic], and W. D. Grogan.

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1950, page 1


Mayes, Joshua Pritchard Jr.

Josh P. Mayes, 68, Drops Dead Sunday 'At Nottawa Home

Josh P. Mayes, 68, ranchman and life-long resident of Colorado County, dropped dead at his home in Nottawa Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock, victim of a heart attack, and was buried Monday, October 21, Columbus. Services were held from the E. B. Mayes home there, with the Rev. J. Manley Reynolds officiating, and interment was made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Born in 1873 In Oakland, he was the son of Eliza and J. P. Mayes, Sr. Reared in the Oakland community, Mr. Mays operated a mercantile business there for a number of years. He moved to Nottawa about ten years ago and went into the ranching and cattle business. He married Miss Mattie Morris Calhoun of Oakland, who survives. He was a Mason in the Oakland lodge, and also a member of Woodmen of the World Lodge.

Surviving are his widow; three sisters, Miss Mary Josephine Mayes and Mrs. Henry Schott of Oakland, and
Mrs. Torn Smith of Nottawa; three brothers, E. B. Mayes and J. W. Mayes of Columbus, and J. D. Mayes of Oakland: and several nieces and nephews.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1941, page 1


Mayes, Joshua Pritchard, Sr.

The death of Mr. J. P. Mayes Sr. occurred at his home in Oakland last Sunday morning at nine o'clock, following an illness from "flu" which lasted several months. He was 92 years of age.

Funeral services were held at Oakland at three Monday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in the Clear Creek Cemetery near that place. Rev. C. E. Dearman, pastor of the Baptist Church of Weimar, conducting the services.Pallbearers were nephews of deceased: W. L. Mayes, J. W. Carson, James Williams, Lee Fowlkes, Ed Fowlkes and Max Fowlkes.

Mr. Mayes was born in Alabama and came to Colorado County when but a boy. He served through the Civil War in the Confederate Army, and has farmed near Oakland since that time up to some eight years ago when he moved to Oakland to live.

He was a staunch manly character and was widely know as one of the substantial citizens of the Oakland section.

He is survived by seven children, Miss Mary Mayes of Oakland, Judge E. B. Mayes of this city, J. P. Mayes, Jr., Mrs. Henry Sharp and J. D. Mayes of Oakland, J. W. Mayes of this city and Mrs. Tom Smith of Nottawa, to whom our deep sympathy is extended in their great sorrow.

Colorado Citizen, July 9, 1925
Submitted by
Ernest Mae Seaholm
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews


Mayes, Lucy Temperance (Scott)

Mrs. W.L. Mayes Sr. Succumbs

Mrs. W.L. Mayes Sr. died at her home Sunday she had celebrated her 91 birthday on January 22.  She was born in Hempstead but spent most of her life in Colorado and Wharton Counties. 

On November 11, 1886 she married W.O. Mayes and they were the parents of 7 children.  Mr. Mayes died 14 years ago. 

Surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Cora Powell and Mrs. Beedie Crofton or Rock Island, Mrs. Nannie Strunk of Oakland, Mrs. Ruby Milligan of El Campo:  one son, W.L. Mayes Jr. of Rock Island; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers Will Scott of Sheridan, Walter Scott of Schulenburg; one sister, Mrs. Maggie Everett of Baytown. 

Funeral Services were held from the Baptist Church Tuesday. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, May 30, 1957, P. 2, Col. 7
Subitted by Regena Williamson


Mayes, Mary Josephine

95-Year-Old Oakland Native Is Buried Here

Last rites for Miss Mary Josephine Mayes, aged 95, were held at Columbus Funderal Home Dec. 26, with Dr. Norman L. Roberts, officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Born in Oakland Nov. 25, 1861, she was the oldest child of J. P. and Eliza Mayes. She died Christmas Eeve[sic] in Colonial Rest Home at Schulenburg where she had been for the past 5 years.

She is survived by a brother, Jim Mayes of Oakland and a sister, Mrs. Tom Smith of East Bernard.

Four brothers and one sister died many years ago. They were E. B. Mayes, Will Mayes, Josh Mayes and Mike Mayes Sr. and Mrs. J. W. Schott.

Pallbearers were her nephews Mike Mayes, W.L. Mayes Jr., Roy Mayes, Jerry Dusek, Howard Mayes and Jack Matthews.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1957


Mayes, Michael Drew


A son born last Saturday night, August 10, to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Mayes of Lissie, died the following evening at 7 o’clock. Funeral services were held Monday evening from the Mills Furniture[sic] Home in Eagle Lake, with interment at Lakeside Cemetery.

The baby was a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mayes of Oakland. The mother is the former Miss Pearl McCormick of Lissie.

Attending the funeral from here were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mayes, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Matthews and daughter, Jacklyn, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mayes.

Weimar Mercury, August 16, 1946, page 1


Mayes, Michael Warren “Mike”

Mike Mayes Funeral Held At Eagle Lake

Funeral services for Michael Warren (Mike) Mayes, 69, of East Bernard were held Dec. 4, 1973, from Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Don Sinclair, Methodist pastor from East Bernard, officiating.

Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Mr. Mayes, a native of Oakland, had suffered a stroke while vacationing in the Fort Stockton area about two months earlier.  He was in a hospital at Fort Stockton for several weeks and was flown by ambulance aircraft to Caney Valley Hospital in Wharton, where he died seven weeks later, December 3, 1973.

Born Nov. 10, 1904, he was the son of James D. and Hulda Hollien Mayes.  He moved to the Nottawa community near East Bernard at an early age and was a prominent rice farmer there for nearly 50 years.

He married Miss. Pearl McCormick at Lissie on Jan. 10, 1945.

His wife survives, along with a son, Jeffrey Mayes of East Bernard; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Cynthia) Leightenheimer of East Bernard, one grandson, Russell Warren Mayes; three sisters, Mrs. Hertha Mayes of Rock Island, Mrs. Lucille Miller and Mrs. Jack (Felton) Matthews of Weimar, and one brother, Jimmie Mayes of Waco.

A son, Michael Drew, died in infancy, and a brother, Roy H. Mayes, preceded him in death in 1961.

Weunar Mercury, December 1973
Submitted by Harold T. Matthews
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews


Mayes, Minnie (Hollien)

Mrs. Mayes Funeral Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie H. Mayes, 91, who died Tuesday at Community Hospital in Eagle Lake, will be held here Thursday.

Services will be at 2 p.m. in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Lyle Pierce, pastor of First United Methodist Church here will officiate.

Mrs. Mayes was born April 15, 1888, at Oakland, a daughter of Charles and Jane Hollien. She was a member of the Grandmothers Club of Houston, No. 252 and No. 815.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Jocelyn M. Dusek of East Bernard; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson and a sister, Mrs. Erna Forbes of Beaumont.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, three brothers and three sisters.

Weimar Mercury, July 19, 1979
Transcribed by
Dennis Boatright


Mayes, Pearl (McCormick)


Pearl McCormick Mayes, 75, of East Bernard died Tuesday, March , 1996 at T.H.C. Hospital in Houston.

Born June 30, 1920 in Lissie, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Minnie (Campbell) McCormick. A native and lifelong resident of Wharton County, Mrs. Mayes graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1939. She married Michael W. Mayes in Lissie on Jan. 10, 1945. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of East Bernard.

Funeral services were held March 8 at Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Quinton Kimbrow officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Funeral services were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were Harold Miller, Rodney Miller, Lamar McCormick, Earl McCormick, John Allen Mills, and Leon Worlow. Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Mayes’ nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mayes is survived by daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Greg Fuller of East Bernard; son Jef Mayes of East Bernard; sister Edith Mills of Beeville; brother Charles McCormick of Temple; grandchildren Cory Neil and Holly Noel Fuller, both of East Bernard and Russell Warren Mayes of Nashville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1973; her parents; son Michael Drew Mayes; sisters Merle Gist and Ruth Jerrells; and brothers Earl and Ralph McCormick.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 1996, page 18


Mayes, Roy Hollien

Roy Mayes Dies Of Fall Injury

The Houston Post's Texas News Service

Columbus - Roy Mayes of Weimar died Friday, May 19, 1961, from injuries he received when he fell about 40 feet off a derrick of a workover rig in the Ramsey community, nine miles southeast of Columbus.

Mr. Mayes died in the Laughlin Hospital in Eagle Lake after he fell from the derrick of a rig working over the Superior Oil Company's Number 1 Kretschmar shortly after midnight Thursday.

Roy Hollien Mayes was born November 28, 1913 to Jim and Hulda Hollien Mayes of the Oakland community.  He attended school at Oakland.

He married Lillie Marie Barcak on May 4, 1942 and they continued to live in the Weimar area their entire lives together.

Mr. Mayes is survived by his spouse and parents along with three sisters, Mrs. Jack Matthews and Mrs. Lucille Miller of Weimar;  Mrs. Jack Mayes of Rock Island;  two brothers, Mike W. Mayes of East Bernard and Jimmie D. Mayes of Waco;  one brother-in-law, Eddie Barcak of Oakland and 12 nieces and nephews.  One infant son preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky, Henry Ed Rabel, Clarence Hadash, Leslie Townsend, Billy Strunk and Emil Teltschik

Weunar Mercury, May 1961
Submitted by Harold T. Matthews
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews


Mayes, Velma M. (Culpepper)

Velma Mayes Funeral Held Here April 17

Funeral services for Mrs. Velma Mayes, 90, formerly of Oakland but more recently of Kenedy, were held Friday, April 17, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ernest Dean officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Mayes died at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Restful Acres Nursing Home in Kenedy.

Born Jan. 5, 1897, at Shiner, she was a daughter of Thomas Louis and Ada (Tubbs) Culpepper. She was married to Howard Bruce Mayes at Hallettsville on April 20, 1933. She and her husband, an Oakland native and son of former Colorado County Sheriff E. B. Mayes, took over the store formerly owned by the sheriff and she continued to operate it alone after his death June 28, 1963. She was a former member of the Christian Church of Harlingen.

Mrs. Mayes is survived by three brothers and two sisters-in-law, C. C. Culpepper and wife Bertie of Runge, Q. B. Culpepper and wife Naomi of Orange, and David R. Culpepper of Weimar; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Veta Heinen and husband Chester of Comfort and Ruby Gem Walker of Seguin.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Archie M. Hucker, Ben Culpepper, Charles Heinen, Dr. D. R. Cole, Greg Hucker and Billy Strunk.

Weimar Mercury, April 23, 1987
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Mayes, Walter Lewis

Services Today for W. L. Mayes of Rock Island

Masonic services for Walter Lewis Mayes, 79-year-old resident of Rock Island who died Tuesday were scheduled for 2:30 this afternoon at the Rock Island Baptist Church, with interment at Myrtle Cemetery. Mr. Mayes, a native of Colorado County, was born at Osage, on February 2, 1863, and engaged in the mercantile business for many years. He had been in poor health of some time.

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Lucy Scott Mayes; four daughters, Mrs. Cora Powell of Rock Island, Mrs. Nannie Strunk of Oakland; Mrs. Biddie Crafton of Port Arthur and Mrs. Ruby Milligan of El Campo and a son, Jack Mayes of Rock Island.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 28, 1943

William [Walter] Mayes Buried Thursday at Rock Island

Rock Island, Jan. 31 -- Funeral services for William [Walter] Lewis Mayes, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Powell on January 26 were held at the Baptist Church here Thursday with Rev. J. L. Shephard of Louise officiating. Interment was in Myrtle Cemetery. Mr. Mayes was affiliated with Masonic Lodge No. 258 of Oakland at whose request services were in charge of Caledonia Lodge No. 68 of Columbus. Pallbearers were George and Max Foulks, George Strunk, Chester Grobe, Herbert Little and Henry Hasse, all members of the Oakland Lodge.

Mr. Mayes lived in Colorado County all his life with the exception of a few years spent in Wharton County. He was born at Osage on February 2, 1863, and was married in 1887 to Miss Lucy Scott.

Surviving are: his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Beedie [sic] Crafton, Port Arthur, Mrs. Nannie Strunk, Oakland and Mrs. Ruby Millican [sic], El Campo and a son, W. L. Mayes, Jr. of his place; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Among out-of-town people attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Criswell, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Criswell, Charlie Kincheloe, Sheridan Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Beken, Mrs. And Mrs. Fred Frelek, Weimar; Mike Mayes, East Bernard; Mrs. John L. Shepard, Louse; R. S. Hughes, Oscar Sanders, Mrs. C. W. Brown, George Struck, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mayes, Howard Mayes, J. W. Carson, Mrs. Ernest Strunk and Mrs. Jack Matthews and daughter, Oakland; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shoop, Mrs. Young and Fred Hunt, Garwood; Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Clark, Mrs. J. B. Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Glaze and daughters, El Campo; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Mayes, Miss Josephine, Mayes, E. H. Rabel, Mrs. Idula Strunk, Mrs. E. B. Obenchain, Hollis Massey, E. G. Miller, S. K. Seymour, N. L. Goodwin, W. Kindred, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Strunk and family, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Lynch, Mrs. Zelma Burger, and Mrs. J. L. Briscoe, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Johnson, Kingsville; Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Johnson and family, Teague; Mrs. Vera Flowers, Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Jenkins, Mrs. L. C. Ferguson, Waller; Mrs. Howard Benfield and Mrs. Roy Brooks, Goose Creek; Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Scott, Schulenburg; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hinz, Wharton…

The Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1943
Transcribed by
Dennis Boatright


Mayes, Walter Lewis Jr. “Jack”

Funeral Services For Jack Mayes At Rock Island

Funeral services for W. L. (Jack) Mayes Jr., 56, were held Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 7 at the Baptist Church in Rock Island with Rev. J. F. Maquire of Houston, pastor of that church, officiating, assisted by Rev. Billy Morgan of the Assembly of God Church.

Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery, with Columbus Funeral Home directing. The Masonic Lodge of Hallettsville, of which he was a member, paid graveside tribute.

Mr. Mayes died Jan. 5 in a Houston Hospital where he had been a patient for six weeks. His health had been failing the past several years and he had been to the hospital several times recently.

He was postmaster at Rock Island, a job he had held since July of 1950. Born Oct. 14, 1907, at Cheetham, in the lower part of Colorado County, he was the only son of the late W. L. and Lucy T. Mayes. He married Miss Hertha Christine Mayes of Weimar on Sept 18, 1926.

His wife survives, along with two sons, W. L. Mayes III and Billy Boyd Mayes, one granddaughter, Christine Lynn Mayes, and four sisters, Mrs. Cora Powell of Rock Island, Mrs. Bedie Crafton of Port Arthur, Mrs. Nannie Strunk of Oakland and Mrs. Ruby Millican of El Campo.

Weimar Mercury, January 16, 1964
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews


Mayes, Walter Lewis III


Walter Lewis Mayes III, 72, of Rock Island, passed away Oct. 7 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 17, 1933 to Walter Lewis Mayes Jr. and Hertha Mayes. He worked as a stationary engineer for Commercial Air Conditioning.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his brother, Billy B. Mayes, of Rock Island; niece, Christine Mayes Andrejczak, of Rock Island; and nephew, Jack Mayes, of Alleyton.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with Wes Jacobson officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, October 11, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen
Photo courtesy Harold Matthews



Mayes, Zula (Sanders)

Funeral Services Today For Mrs. Bruce Mayes

Funeral services were to be held at the Baptist church at 4 this afternoon for Mrs. Bruce Mayes, 69, who died at her home Tuesday night after a long illness. Interment was to be in Odd Fellows Rest with Dr. Melvin C. Eidson of Luling officiating, assisted by Rev. J. K. Ridgeway. Columbus Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mayes was born Zula Sanders near Old Lyonsville, Lavaca county, on January 1, 1876, a daughter of George and Cassie Sanders. At the age of four she moved with her family to Live Oak in the fall of 1880. She united with the Baptist church at the age of 14.

On August 14, 1892, she was married to Ethelbert Bruce Mayes at Live Oak, moving to Oakland in November. 1894, and later to Columbus in 1908. Mr. and Mrs. Mayes celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1942.

Mrs. Mayes is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. D. H. Wilson, San Antonio and Mrs. I. C. Austin, Camp Hood; one son Bruce Mayes, Oakland and three grandchildren, Mrs. R. G. Cole, San Antonio; Kathryn Ann Koliba and Homer Bruce Koliba, Columbus, One great-grandson, Robert Bruce Cole of San Antonio and two brothers, Oscar Sanders of Oakland and Frank Sanders of Eagle Lake, also survive. One daughter, Katy Mayes Koliba, died in June, 1940.

Named as pallbearers were O. P. Moore, Sam K. Seymour Jr., O. C. Strunk, Henry Runge, Jack Leyendecker, Weldon Leyendecker and Clarence Potter.

Honorary pallbearers are Herman Braden, O. A. Zumwalt, Earl Sandmeyer, S. K. Seymour, J. J. Potter,J. D. Seymour, Sam Hamburger, W. M. Wallace, Adam Burttschell, John Wegenhoft, Dr. C. I. Shult , Dr. S. H. Kirkham, J. J. Mansfield, Dr. W. W. Gunn, D. E. Foster, Felix and Arthur Fehrenkamp, Alex McCormick, Charles Herder Sr., Lavo Hester, G. S. Stansbury, Louis Waldvogel, J. V. Frnka, E. E. Irwin, Ed Goldsmith, Aubrey Chapman, Columbus, and Dr. J. F. Lessing, Schulenburg, Henry Laas, Dr. A. H. Potthast and Dr. C. G. Cook, Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1945



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