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Miles, Bennard F

Death Of Our City Marshall Bennard F. Miles Succumbs After Two Weeks Illness

City Marshal Bennard F. Miles, after an illness of two weeks, died at the family residence in this city last Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock. His condition from the first was serious and very little hope was ever held out for his recovery. His trouble finally taking the form of spinal meningitis, it was realized that the end was near.

The remains were laid to rest Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Masonic Cemetery, the last sad rites being witnessed by a large circle of mourning relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Stack, a friend of the family of many years’ standing, and he was assisted by Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor.

Bennard F. Miles was a son of R. B. Miles and wife, and was born at Live Oak, a few miles southeast of Weimar, Oct. 22, 1880, being 43 years of age at the time of his death. In 1907 he was married to Miss Julia Obenhaus, and the widow and one son, Durwood survive. The family lived on a farm near Live Oak up to the time of moving to Weimar, about six years ago. Mr. Miles was constable of this precinct for four years or more. Following the death of the late City Marshal F. W. Taylor, he was appointed to succeed him and so on April last was elected to fill the same position for the ensuing two years. He was a member of the fire department and this organization attended the funeral in a body.

All of the stores of the city were closed during the funeral service. Besides his immediate family, he leaves his aged parents, one sister, Miss Beulah, and one brother, John H. Miles, all residing in the Live Oak community. Mr. Miles was well liked wherever known. He was a man of genial disposition, highly regarded by his friends, fearless as an officer, and his death at such an untimely period when so badly needed by his family in indeed deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1923
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Miles, Dicey Lutitia (Baxter)

Mother of Mrs. J. D. Seymour Buried At Meridian

Mrs. C. G. Miles of Meridian, mother of Mrs. J. D. Seymour, was buried at Meridian on Christmas Eve. She died following a stroke suffered in Dallas while visiting her daughter Miss Nell Miles. Mr. and Mrs. Seymour attended the funeral.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1945
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Miles, Ellar (Moran)

Oak Grove

It is with deep regret that we write of the sudden ad unexpected death of Mrs Ellar Miles, wife of the late Joe B. Miles, who died almost suddenly Sunday morning at about 9:30 at the home of her son, Robert, who lives on the old home place. Mrs. Miles, apparently in good health, going about daily, singing, and joking with her children, not complaining about feeling bad at all, and at the time she was stricken, was preparing to go down to Eagle Lake to spend the day with relatives and friends, when she complained about a pain in her head and she soon passed away. Dr. A. H. Potthast, was called in but it was too late, for she had gone on to join loved ones that had gone on before.

In paying this last tribute to Miss Ellar, as she was familiarly called by all of her friends, the writer feels her uncompetency[sic] to do her justice. From our childhood to the time of her death, we were friends, and acquaintances and one whom the writer held in the highest esteem. She was a true friend to those whom she liked, and a devoted Mother and no sacrifice was too great for a friend or neighbor, and she always met them with a cheerful smile and a word of encouragement. But as the best of friends must part, we bow to the inevitable. Mrs. Miles was borned[sic] Ellar Moren on September 22, 1866, near Weimar, died April 29, 1945, at the time of her death she was 78 years, 7 months and six days old. On January 1, 1884, she married to Joe B. Miles, and to this union, there were six children borned[sic], one dying in infancy, four still survive, Don, and Mrs. W. E.. Hughes of Houston, Mrs. L. H. Obenhaus of Bonus, and Robert of Live Oak; Felix, who lived at El Campo passed away on August 13, 1940. There are 17 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. The florial[sic] emblems were both profuse and beautiful, testifying the high esteem in which she was held by all. Her body was tenderly prepared and layed[sic] to rest in the Live Oak Cemetery Monday evening at 3:30 by the side of her husband, the late Joe B. Miles, who died June 4, 1926; Reverend Boone of Weimar, conducting the funeral services, both at the funeral home and at the grave. In Weimar, Bro. Boone read John 14: 1-16 and her favorite song was sang[sic], “In the Garden,” and at the grave, he read 1 Cor. 15: 1-58, and another of her favorite songs, “Nearer My God to Thee,” was sung.

To the grief stricken children and grandchildren, the heartfelt sympathy of all of our people is extended. May a Merciful Father assuage their grief as He alone can.

Colorado County Citizen, May 3, 1945

Miles, Elma E. (Dick)

Mrs. Elma Miles Succumbs at 87; Buried Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday in Weimar and Columbus for Mrs. Elma E. Miles, 87, who died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, in a San Antonio nursing home.

Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery at Columbus. Rev. Clarence James of Columbus officiated; Mrs. Miles was a member of the Baptist Church there.

Born April 2, 1882, at Columbus, Mrs. Miles was a daughter of Jacob J. and Susan Ann Campbell Dick. She was married to Milton Miles, who preceded her in death many years ago. For several years she lived in Weimar with her sister, Mrs. Frances Grunewald, moving to San Antonio about seven years ago.

Survivors are one son, Milton E. Miles, and a grandson Hugh V. Miles, both of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Dewey Goode, Dewey Gerstenberg, Alvinoppe,[sic] Henry Poppe, Alvin Prause, Dewey Gerstenberg, all of Weimar; and Fritz Grunewald and Ellis Miller of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, June 26, 1969, page 1

Miles, Esther M. (Simmons)

Funeral Services for Mrs. R. B. Miles, 83, Held Friday P. M.

Funeral services for Mrs. Esther Simmons Miles, wife of R. B. Miles of Eagle Lake, were held at the Live Oak Cemetery Friday afternoon, with the Rev. C. L. Boone, Baptist minister of Weimar, officiating.

Mrs. Miles was a former Live Oak citizen. She and her family for the past few years had been living in Eagle Lake. Brief services were held at the McCreary Funeral Home in Eagle Lake by Rev. C. O. Estes. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the Live Oak Cemetery, near here, where interment was made.

Mrs. Miles was born near Weimar on June 24, 1860. She was the last member of a group that organized the Live Oak Baptist Church. She was married to R. B. Miles on January 31, 1978, and to this union four children were born. Two of the children, Benard F. and William E. preceded her in death. She had been a member of the Baptist Church since early childhood, and was a charter member of the Live Oak Baptist Church.

Surviivors include her husband, R. B, Miles; one son, John H. Miles, and one daughter, Mrs. W. Linke of Eagle Lake. Other survivors are six grandchildren and one brother O. S. Simmons.

Many friends of the family extend sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, September 17, 1943

Miles, Joe B.


With the death Friday about noon of Mr. Joe B. Miles, this section lost one of its best citizens, a man who was as true as steel to his friends, a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor and friend. Mr. Miles was a victim of asthma, and his sufferings from this disease through the many years of his life was painful in the extreme. But through it all, he bore up cheerfully, and it was only to family and intimate friends that he told of his sufferings. The last attack of this dread complaint came upon him some three weeks ago. and although he bore up under same to a wonderful degree, his weakened constitution could no longer hold out, and the spirit of this good man passed unto its Creator after three weeks of intense suffering.

The funeral took place Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the family residence, with interment in the Live Oak Cemetery, and there was a large attendance of mourning relatives and friends, for Joe Miles was a popular man and highly thought of wherever he was known.

Mr. Miles was born in Lafayette county. Miss., Dec. 7 1863. At the time of his death he was 62 years. 6 months and 28 days old. He was a son of Rev. John Miles, born In Tennessee in 1824. the father dying Feb. 5, 1890, and his mother was formerly Miss Sallie Duke, who was born in Mississippi in 1846 and died March 31, 1902. Joe B. Miles was married to Miss Ella Moran Jan. 1, 1885, and to this union five children were born, all of whom survive, as follows: D. B. Miles of Egypt, Wharton county; F. W. Miles of Eagle Lake; Mrs. Gertie Obenhaus of Nedra, Wharton county; Robert Miles of Egypt, Wharton county, and Mrs. Sallie Mae Hughes of Eagle Lake. Mr. Miles’ father and mother moved to Texas in January, 1869, and first settled in Reels' Bend, near Columbus, this county. This was when he was 5 years old. With the exception of one year In Montgomery county, Mr. Miles spent the remainder of his life in Colorado county.

The widow, five children above named, and his brothers, R. B. Miles of the Live Oak community, P. T. Miles of Eagle Lake, A. P. MIles of Brazoria county, two sisters, Mrs. J. B. Barker of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Fannie Duke of Iowa Colony, Brazoria county, together with the following half brothers and sisters, Wm. Miles of Beeville, John Miles of O'Donnell, Rev. Chas. Miles of Goldthwaite, Mills county, and Mrs. Geo. Sanders of the Live Oak community, are among the survivors.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1926, page 1

Miles, John


Columbus, Texas, May 20.--John Miles, negro, 88, was injured fatally yesterday morning at Alleyton when a freight train ran over him, cutting off both legs. Miles was the oldest employe of the Southern Pacific Railroad, having begun his service with the company when the main line was extended from Houston to Alleyton before the Civil War. A few months ago a check on the length of service of employes showed that Miles had been with the company for 60 years. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 1928, page 2

Miles, John Herman

Funeral Rites Set For John Herman Miles

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock on Saturday afternoon from the Mill Funeral Home for John Herman Miles who died at 2:25 o’clock Thursday afternoon after suffering a stroke on Monday afternoon.

Rev. Albert M. Brown, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the funeral services and burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

Mr. Miles was born January 15, 1885 in Weimar the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Miles. He resided in Weimar until 1925 when the family came to Eagle Lake to make their home. He was a farmer during his early manhood, but has been associated in road work here for the past twenty-five years, being employed by County Commissioner Frank Duty at the time of his death.

He was married on October 6, 1908 in Weimar to Miss Mamie Halyard.

Survivors include his wife, one son, Doug Miles of Eagle Lake, two daughters, Mrs. B. L. Richardson of Houston and Mrs. Alvin Wiese of Eagle Lake; six grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. A. W. Linke of Eagle Lake; two nephews, D. C. Miles of Houston and R. B. Linke of George West; one niece, Miss Jean Linke of Eagle Lake. His parents, an infant brother and another brother Bernard Miles preceeded [sic] him in death.

A man of genial personality, Mr. Miles was well known throughout this entire area, and the many friends of the family join with the Headlight in expressing deep regret at his passing.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 13, 1948
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Miles, John Steen


MILES - Bro Miles died at his home near Weimar, Colorado Co, Texas, February 5, l890. He was born in Tenn. August 5, l824 and in early life lived in South Carolina. He was twice married. His first wife was Miss Francis G Hames of South Carolina whom he married in l845. On January 7, l862, in Calhoun Co. Mississippi, he was married to Miss S. F. Duke. On October 30, l853, at the Spring Creek Church - Calhoun Co. Mississippi, he was ordained to the Baptist ministry by brethren J. C. Martin & T. J. Hunt. He moved to Texas in l869, and pastored many churches in Lavaca, Fayette, & Colorado Counties. He had been pastor of the Live Oak Church, Colorado Co, about fifteen years. He leaves a widow and twelve children. On February 6, l890, at his old church, and in the presence of a large congregation, his funeral was preached by Rev. Q. T. Simpson.

While Bro. Miles is not what is termed "an educated minister", yet he was a useful preacher, highly respected and will be sadly missed. He was conscious to the last moment, and viewed his approaching death with calmness. They who stood by his bedside said he died happy.
 Great God - at the appointed time, give me and the read such a death.
Rev. Q. T. Simpson

From Weimar:
Dear Bro:
 I arrive at this place on the 8th; found Bro. Staton holding the fort. He is in the hearts of his people and they have a warm place in his heart; this is just as it should be. The writer had the pleasure of preaching to his people on Thursday and Friday nights, and then Saturday we took a ride, through the kindness of brethren J. A. Lockett and Charles Hunter, to Live Oak Church, some five miles distant. Here we found the indomitable M. M. Wadsworth, presiding over the flock at that point. He seems to feel as though he had Broadway; and they in return think they have a Broad-Us. It was my happy privilege to take a humble part in the Memorial service conducted by the pastor at the erection of a monument to the memory of the late Rev. J. S. Miles, deceased; who was their honored pastor for about twenty years.  The services were appropriate and impressive. The Texas Baptist and Herald is on top here.
   S. W. Smith `

Note by the submitter Carolyn Willingham: This obit was sent to me by Doris Miles Setezer. She received it from J. C. "Jude" Miles This was a newspaper or magazine article found in front of a family Bible that J. C. "Jude" Miles, of Goldthwaite, Texas (grandson of Rev Charles Miles - and great grandson of Rev. John S. Miles) has in his possession.

Miles, Mary (Hanisch)

Funeral Held For Mrs. Miles January 3

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Hanisch Miles, 82, of Eagle Lake were held Thursday, Jan. 3, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. John Anderson, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

A former Weimar resident, she had lived in Eagle Lake for more than 50 years. She died Sunday, Dec. 30, at Memorial City Medical Center in Houston after a brief illness.

Born Dec 28, 1908, in La Grange, she was a daughter of Emil and Laura (Schutte) Hanisch. She married J. D. "Doug" Miles on Aug. 9, 1940. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Her husband survives her, along with a daughter, Sybil Miles Inman of Eagle Lake; a brother, Leon Hanisch of South Carolina; a sister, Gladys Dibala of San Antonio, a grandson, Scott Inman of Iowa and a great-granddaughter, Jennifer Inman, also of Iowa.

Three brothers, Alfred, Johnny and Harry Hanisch, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Harrison Walker, Leonard Walker, Bruce Johnson, Louis Semora, Kirk Richardson, and Kent Richardson.

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1991

Miles, Milton Edgar

Oak Grove Items

The sad news of the death of Mr. Melton Miles of Oakland reached here early Thursday morning, which caused much sorrow among our people as he was well and favorably known here, having lived here at one time. He was a brother of R. B Miles and Joe B. Miles and Mrs. Geo Sanders of Live Oak district besides a number of other brothers and sisters. Mrs.[sic] Miles was 47 years old at the time of his death. He was married three times. His first wife was a sister of Mrs. Joe B. Miles. His remains were brought here Thursday and laid to rest in the Live Oak cemetery, Rev. J. E. Stack conducting the funeral services. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss. We, together with the citizens of this little burg extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Those that attended the funeral of Mr. Melton Miles from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. F. Miles and Mrs. Chris. Hoyo of Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mayes, Mrs. M. Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wooldridge of Oakland; Misses Frankie Dick, Elenor Mae Miles and Hazel Wooldridge of Columbus, and other whose names we failed to learn.

Golden Locks

Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1919, page 3

Oakland News

We are sorry to report he death of Mr. Melton Miles, which occurred at his home last Wednesday evening. Mr. Miles walked to town Monday previous to his death and seemed to be well, when he suddenly became very sick, suffering, as his friends thought, from an attack of acute indigestion. He was too sick to take home,so he was taken to Mrs. Albert’s and a doctor immediately summoned. The next morning he seemed better, got up and dressed and told his hostess he was going home because the mosquitoes were too bad, and he couldn’t stand them. So, he and his wife walked home, a distance of several hundred yards. After reaching home he became worse, and Wednesday at 10 p. m. he paid the debt we must all pay sooner or later. Mr. Miles was a good man, and his death is deplored by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, two children, several brothers, and a sister, besides other relatives. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved ones. He was buried at Live Oak Thursday afternoon. Several from here attended the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1919, page 5

Miles, Robert Boyd

Rob’t B. Miles, 91 Dies At Eagle Lake, Buried At Live Oak

Robert Boyd Miles, 91, and one of Colorado County’s oldest citizens, a resident of the Live Oak community for many years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. W. Linke at Eagle Lake Saturday. Funeral services were held at the Live Oak Cemetery Monday afternoon, with the Rev C. L. Boone, Baptist minister officiating, being assisted by Rev. Charles L. Culpepper of Eagle Lake. Interment was in the Live Oak Cemetery.

A son of Rev. and Mrs. J. S. Miles, Mr. Miles was born March 16, 1855[1853], in LaFayette County, Miss. He came to Texas in 1869 with his parents, who settled at Ramsey, later moving to Schulenburg. He had been a resident of Colorado County for 64 years. Jan. 31, 1878 he was married to Miss Esther Simmons, the wedding taking place at Live Oak. His wife preceded him in death about fifteen months ago.

Mr. Miles was by occupation a farmer and livestock raiser. He was a member of the Baptist church.

A brother of the deceased, William G Miles of Beeville, will celebrate his 95th birthday on Christmas day this year.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs A. W. Linke of Eagle Lake; one son, John H Miles of Eagle Lake, one brother, William G Miles of Beeville; one sister, Mrs. F. Duke of Houston; two half-brothers, Albert Miles of Wharton and Turner Miles of Batson. Two sons, Benard F. Miles and William, preceded him in death. Benard Miles died June 7, 1923, and William died in infancy. Also surviving are six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, December 15, 1944

Miles, Robert Turner

Heart Attack is Fatal to R. T. Miles, 68

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Saturday, Sept. 25, for Robert T. Miles, 68-year-old farmer and rancher of the Live Oak section, who died Friday morning of a heart attack.

The Rev. Charles Young, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiated in the services. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Miles was found by his wife a few minutes after he died. He had left the house at about 7:15 a.m. to transfer a cow from one pasture to another. When the cow came back trailing its rope, Mrs. Miles immediately went to look for her husband and found that he had collapsed at the gate. He had had heart trouble earlier.

Born Dec. 20, 1891, in the Live Oak area, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Miles. He served in the Army in World War I. On March 5, 1919, he married Miss Irene Campbell of the Osage section and except for a 10-year period when they lived in Wharton County, they had made their home here since.

Surviving in addition to his widow are one son, J. D. (Duve) Miles and five grandsons of Houston; and two sisters, Mrs. L. H. Obenhaus of Eagle Lake and Mrs. W. C. Hughes of La Porte. Another son died in infancy.

Pallbearers were Fred Hoegemeyer, Adolf Kuehn, Anton Frels, Jr., Chas. Hattermann, Adolph Raabe and Rud. Thumann.

Weimar Mercury, September 30, 1960
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Miles, Sallie F. (Duke)

Mrs. Miles, an aged lady of this vicinity, living a few miles southeast of Weimar, died last Monday night after a brief illness. She was, we are informed, the mother of Mr. Joe Miles and stepmother of Mr. R. B. Miles, a lady of many excellent traits, a friend to all, and a good, true, christian woman. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family. [Interment in Live Oak Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1902

Miles, Vera

Oak Grove Items

June 1.-- A death that brought fourth universal expressions of sorrow and regret occurred early Sunday morning when the spirit of little Vera Miles, Infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Miles of Eagle Lake, was wafted to that bright home above where suffering, sorrow and parting is no more. This bright and sweet little babe, too sweet and pure for this world, had been sick for several weeks and for the last few days it was known that death was near, although it proved a sad blow to the family and numerous relatives and friends throughout this section. The little one’s illness was not at first considered very serious, but when complications set in it was realized then that danger was near, everything that human ingenuity and medical skill could devise was done to save her precious life but without avail. But on Sunday morning after a desperate struggle to stay with papa and mama it fell to awake and find itsself[sic] in the “arms of Jesus,” to await the coming of its loved ones. Ah, it is hard indeed to give up this little darling, who had been with them just long enough to twine her affection about their hearts, until she was idolized by all. But she has gone from us, and may the good Lord be with and comfort the aching hearts of those who loved her. Her little remains were brought here and laid to rest in the Live Oak Cemetery Monday afternoon.

Little Vera thou are gone.
But oh, how we miss you;
Thou are gone to the Heavenly home,
Where we will try and meet you.
Golden Locks

Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1913

Our sympathy is extended Mr. and Mr.[sic] F. W. Miles in the death of their little thirteen months’ old baby girl, which occurred at their home in this city Sunday night at twelve o’clock. The body was shipped on the ten o’clock Southern Pacific train Monday morning to Live Oak where the funeral took place same afternoon.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 7, 1913, page 1
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