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
DEATH CLAIMS MR. JOE B. MILES FRIDAY NOON
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
AGED NEGRO, OLDEST EMPLOYE OF S.P., IS KILLED IN ACCIDENT’
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
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
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.
Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1919, page 3
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
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, 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
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