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Pinchback, Ada G. (Griffitts)

Graveside services and interment were held at the Lakeside Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, for Mrs. Ada G. Pinchback, a resident of Victoria and formerly a resident of Garwood community. Mrs. Pinchback passed away at the Victoria Hospital at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3rd after an extended illness. Her husband J. W. Pinchback, preceded her in death in January of 1936.

Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at the McCabe-Carruth Chapel in Victoria with the Rev. Grady Peters, pastor of the first Methodist Church of Victoria officiating. McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

She was born March 12th 1891 in Weimar, Texas the daughter of Warren G. and Emma Scott Griffitts.

Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. Jordan Ault of Victoria; four sisters, Mrs. H. S. Trousdale, Mrs. Leva Bradley and Mrs. Selma Heffley of Houston and Mrs. Bill griffin of Liberty; four brothers, Weyman Griffitts of San Antonio, John Griffitts of Dayton, Charles Griffitts and Bill Griffitts of Dayton and two grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 11, 1967
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Pinchback, Alma J. (Coates) Hester

The community as saddened Tuesday by the death of Mrs. Alma Pinchback, one of the oldest and most loved pioneers of this section. Funeral services were held at the residence yesterday morning at ten o'clock, Rev. A. Guyon officiating, and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest. Active pall bearers were S. A. Harbert, W. H. Miekow, Frank Auerbach, O. G. Hoegemeyer, Ned Burford and W. J. Wirtz.

Honorary pall bearers were C. M. Bailey, H. Lee Johnson, O. A. Zumwalt, H. B. Tanner, Dr. E. C. Gordon, Dr. W. G. Youens, A. W. Hahn, R. R. Hadden, Sam K. Seymour, H. Brune Sr., R. O. Goldsmith, H. J. Burger, John Hastedt, E. G. Burger, Ed Obenchain, Carl Obenchain, Hugh Wilson, John Perry, Tom Byars and George Gegenworth.

Miss Alma Coates was born in Murray County Tenn., and came to Texas in 1851. She married Mr. J. R. Hester on Jan 6, 1868. Mr. Hester died in February 1889. She was married to Mr. J. R. Pinchback in May 1893 and was preceded to the grave by her husband in September 1925.

She is survived by two sons, John E Hester and Lavo Hester, both of this place and by four grand children and one great grand child.

Colorado Citizen, January 24, 1929
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Pinchback, Almanor Frances (Howland)

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Almanor Pinchback at the family home in Garwood Saturday morning at nine o'clock, Rev. E. Homer Miller, pastor of the Garwood Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was made at the family burial ground on the Obenchain place about five miles south of this city.

A number from this city attended the services.

Mrs. Pinchback was born in La Grange. She married Mr. J. J. Pinchback in 1869 and he preceded her to the grave some 17 years ago. The family lived on the Pinchback place south of here until 1901 when they moved to Garwood. She passed out of this life at about eight o'clock last Thursday night.

At the grave the W. C. T U. of which she was a member conducted a short, but impressive service. Pallbearers were six grandsons, Paul, Wilton and John Chapman, Edwin, Tony and John Joseph Pinchback.

Out-of-town attendance at the funeral were: Mr. Delany Howland of Victory, Miss Jessie and Daisy Howland of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Griffiths and daughters of Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Wilton Chapman and daughter and Mr. Dave Chapman of Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Crim and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Killough of Eagle Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hahn of Columbus and Mrs. Barr of Wharton County.

She is survived by five children: W.H., J.W., J. T., and J. R. Pinchback of Garwood and Mrs. J. L. Chapman of Bay City and a number of grandchildren, to all of whom the sympathy of the community goes out.

Colorado Citizen, June 23, 1932
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Pinchback, Corrine (Jones)


Corrine Pinchback, age 90, of Columbus died July 12 at Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Columbus.  Funeral services were held July 14 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Columbus with Reverend Henry Teems officiating.  Burial was at Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake.  Corrinne Pinchback was born on June 30, 1893 to Augustus and Eppie Gordy Jones in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Mrs. Pinchback, a housewife, was the widow of James R. Pinchback who died in 1952.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Eastern Star (Past Worthy Matron).  She is survived by one son, John J. Pinchback of Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Ada Ong of Omaha, NE; one brother, Bill Jones of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers were Milton Kollmann, Calvin Kollmann, James Dunn Seymour, Wayne Holcomb, John Cates, George Purefoy, H.O. Priest, and Nick Mainer.

Colorado County Citizen, July 21, 1983
Submitted by David Hahn

Pinchback, Daisy B. (Brownson

Mrs. Daisy Pinchback Dies Jan. 14

Citizens of the Garwood area were saddened last week to learn of the death of Mrs. Daisy Pinchback, a long-time resident of that community. Mrs. Pinchback passed away in the Columbus Convalescent Home at 5:15 p.m. Friday after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Columbus Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Ader of El Campo Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Garwood Methodist [Lehrer] Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Herbert Engstrom, J.T. Danklefs, B.J. Drapela, Joe Mendell, and William Abel of Garwood and John Gideon of Bellaire.

She was born November 2, 1887 at the family home on Sandies in Colorado County the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Lewis Brownson. She was united in marriage with William Howland Pinchback on June 30, 1909. The family lived in Garwood and he passed away Jan. 12, 1944.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Alma Dayle) Engstrom and a son, W.L. (Buddy) Pinchback, and a granddaughter, Jean Marie Pinchback, all of Garwood; and one sister, Mrs. Flossie Loughridge of Houston.

Mrs. Pinchback was one of the founders of the women's organizations of the Methodist Church in Garwood and was a charter member of that organization. She was loved by all who came to know her and she shall be missed dearly by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 20, 1972
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Pinchback, Edwin Clarence


Columbus Aug 18 -- A double tragedy occurred at Towell & Shaw's gin yard in this city at 10 o'clock last night in which E. C. Pinchback and V. A. Tolison[sic] lost their lives. Tolison[sic], after a few words, cut Pinchback's throat, from which he died one and a half hours later.

Ned Burford, a cousin of Pinchback, was present and immediately shot Tolison[sic] with a pistol. Tolison[sic] ran away in the dark and his dead body was found about 1 o'clock this morning.

Justice Gregory is holding the inquest this morning and Burford waived examination and gave bond in the sum of $1000. He is a son of ex-sheriff W. T. Burford. The unfortunate affair is universally deplored. -- Houston Chronicle. [Interment in Pinchback Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 25 August 1906

Pinchback, James R. “Jim”


Columbus, July 30.— James Richard Pinchback, 65, dropped dead in his bathroom at 8 a.m. here Wednesday.

Mr. Pinchback, a member of an old Columbus pioneer family, was deputy tax collector for Colorado County and had been in ill health for some time.

Mr. Pinchback’s only descendant is one son, John, who is vacationing in Mexico with a friend, Robert Bochman. Family kin have been trying to find the pair to notify the son of his father’s death.

They are in Bochman’s car, but the license plate can not be traced in his name. Both men are in their early twenties.

John is a decorator at The Fashion in Houston, and Bochman is an Humble Oil Company employee.

Mr. Pinchback’s family and friends are appealing for help to anyone who can describe the car that Bochman is driving somewhere in Mexico. Persons with any information are urged to call the Pinchback residence in Columbus.

Mr. Pinchback is survived by his widow, Corrine.

Funeral services are being held up by the Columbus Funeral Home in hopes that the son can be found and called home. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 1, 1952, page 1


Funeral services for J. R. (Jim) Pinchback, who died suddenly at his home here July 30 were held at Columbus Funeral Home Saturday, with burial in the Masonic cemetery at Eagle Lake.  Dr. Norman L. Roberts of the First Baptist church and Rev. C. Jordan Mann of the First Methodist church officiated.  Mr. Pinchback who had lived in Columbus 17 years, during which time he was employed in the county tax assessor-collector's office, was born on Jan. 1, 1887, on the old Pinchback place near Columbus.  His parents were John Joseph and Almanor Frances Howland Pinchback pioneer settlers.  His wife, who survives, is the former Corrine Jones of Minco, Okla.  A son, Jon Joseph, of Houston also survives.  Mr. Pinchback was a member of the Masonic lodge.  Pallbearers were his nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, August 7, 1952
Submitted by David Hahn

Pinchback, James Richard

The death of Mr. J. R. Pinchback occurred suddenly last Thursday night at about seven o'clock while he as sitting on the front gallery of his home. Mrs. Pinchback, who had been sitting with him, had gone into the house for some object, and upon returning she addressed a remark to him and being unanswered went to him and discovered that he had passed out of this life.

Funeral services were held at the residence at four Friday afternoon and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest. Rev. M. L. Darby conducted the service. Pall Bearers were Messrs. E. C. Thrower, Ed Obenchain, George Martin, O. G. Hoegemeyer, J. O. Tanner and S. A. Harbert. Honorary pall bearers were Messrs. C. R. Kunze, O. A. Zumwalt, C. M. Bailey, S. K. Seymour, R. O. Goldsmith and Carl Obenchain.

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan said a service over the grave, robed figures without hoods performing the funeral rites.

Mr. Jas. Richard Pinchback was born in Charleston, S. C. in 1858. He came to this county in early childhood and was reared on the old Pinchback place about seven miles south of town. He removed to North Texas and remained there several years, returning here in 1892, in which year he was married to Mrs. Hester. He has lived in this community since that time.

Mr. Pinchback was a substantial citizen, well liked and respected by all. He had been about his business all day the day of his death, and had sold some cotton, attended to the chores about the house and had dried the dishes as Mrs. Pinchback washed them after supper that evening. He was sitting in his customary place on the gallery with his feet on the banister as friends and neighbors were accustomed to seeing him, when he died.

He is survived by his wife, one sister, Mrs. W. T. Burford of this city, and two step sons, J. E. Hester and Lavo Hester.

The Citizen extends sincere sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, September 17, 1925
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Pinchback, John Joseph

J. J. Pinchback Dead

A telephone message this morning brought the sad news that Mr. J. J. Pinchback of Garwood died at five o'clock this morning from heart failure.

Mr. Pinchback was one of Garwood's much beloved citizens and was well known over the county and the news of his death is received with regret by those who knew him.

"Uncle John" Pinchback, as he was known to his friends, was about 57 years of age, and for 55 years was a prominent citizen of Colorado county, coming here from South Carolina, where he was born. He is a brother of our townsman, Mr. J. R. Pinchback.

The remains of this old soldier, whom t o know was to like, was laid to rest in the family burying ground [Pinchback Cemetery] on the Miller farm six miles south of Columbus--Colorado Citizen

Weimar Mercury, February 26, 1915

Pinchback, John (Tony)

Final Rites For Tony Pinchback Held At Garwood

Funeral services for Mr. John (Tony) Pinchback, 66, life-long resident of Colorado County, who once attended the Weimar school, were held at his home in Garwood Saturday, Dec. 28 with the Reverend Joe Thompson of Houston and the Rev. D. R. Allison of Garwood officiating. Interment was in the Garwood cemetery.

Mr. Pinchback died the Thursday previous in an El Campo hospital where he had been under treatment for injuries suffered in an auto collision at El Campo Nov. 23. He had suffered a broken leg and internal injuries.

Born near Columbus Nov. 8, 1880, to John J. and Almanor Howland Pinchback, he was married to Miss Pearl Hopkins in 1909. His wife preceded him in death Aug. 31, 1916.

Twin daughters, Mrs. Mary Sue Willbeck and Mrs. Josie Barr, both of Pierce, a son, Tony Pinchback of Garwood, and a brother, J. R. Pinchback of Columbus, survive.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1947
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Pinchback, Joseph W.

Esteemed Citizen of Colorado County Died At His Home In Garwood Saturday Morning After An Illness of Less Than Twenty Four Hours' Duration

The people of the Garwood community and of this entire section of Colorado county were shocked when they learned that Joe Pinchback, 60 years of age, had died at his home in Garwood after an illness of less than twenty-four hours.

Mr. Pinchback was stricken on Friday afternoon while attending to his regular duties. He was brought to Garwood and given medical attention. He was not thought to be dangerously ill, and his sudden death came as a blow to the people of this section.

Mr. Pinchback was born on the old Pinchback ranch near Columbus, December 5, 1875. He was a member of one of the county's oldest families. About thirty years ago he moved to the Garwood section and engaged in the rice and cattle business. For several years he has been connected with the Garwood Irrigation Company.

The passing of this good man is a distinct loss to the people of the Garwood community and our county. He was a splendid citizen, a kind husband and father. He was a member of the Garwood Methodist Church and for a number of years served on its board of trustees.

Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church in Garwood by his pastor, Rev. A. P. Foerster, Sunday afternoon, interment being made in the Lakeside Cemetery at Eagle Lake.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, a sister, Mrs. J. L. Chapman, and three brothers, W. H. and Tony Pinchback of Garwood and J. R. Pinchback of Columbus, to whom the Headlight in common with the people of this section, joins in extending sincere sympathy.

The pallbearers were F. W. Goodell, Wm. K. Lehrer, E. E Green, Otto Braden, J. M. Harry and Ralph Martin.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 31, 1936
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Pinchback, Lillie Marie (Diserens)

Lillie Pinchback

Lillie Marie Diserens Pinchback, 86, of Austin, formerly of Garwood, died Wednesday, June 30, 2004.

She was born Nov. 10, 1917 in Coryell County to Daniel and Minnie Diserens. The family moved to Gatesville during her early childhood. It was here that she attended public schools, graduating from Gatesville High School in 1935.

In 1943 she moved to Garwood where she met William Edwin “Buddy” Pinchback, a veteran of World War II. On May 25, 1946 they were married in Columbus.

Marie graduated from Howard Payne University in 1947. She devoted twenty-nine years of her life as a teacher in the Texas public schools. Twenty of those years were in the Columbus Independent School District, where she taught Government, History, English and was also the High School Choir Director for many years.

Mrs. Pinchback was a member of the Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church in Garwood and served on various boards of the church. After moving to Columbus in 1998, she transferred her membership to Columbus United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jean Marie and Douglas Alexander of Austin; two grandchildren, Kerri and Kevin Alexander of Austin; brother, Harold W. Diserens, M.D., of San Antonio; sister and brother-in-law, Anna and K.M. Johnston of Orlando, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Mr. Pinchback preceded his wife in death in 1984. Also preceding her in death were her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and John Heberle of Gonzales; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Diserens of San Antonio.

A private graveside service with family will be at the Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood on Sunday, July 4 with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. Burial is under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago, Illinois 60601-7633. Please specify, “For Research.

El Campo Leader-News, Sunday's Internet Edition, 1:6 AM, July 4, 2004,. Saturday, July 3, 2004
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Pinchback, Mary Elizabeth Ann (Carter)

Born: Feb 15, 1829; Died: Oct 29, 1973
Married William Pinchback; died of yellow fever
Photo from files of David Hahn


Pinchback, Tony A.


Tony A. Pinchback, 73, lifelong resident of Garwood died Tuesday after a long illness.  A rosary was recited at Wednesday at Triska Funeral Home Chapel in El Campo.  Funeral services were held Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with the Monsignor Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating.  Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home in El Campo.  He was born August 31, 1916, in Garwood, to the late John Tony and Pearl Hopkins Pinchback.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He was a farmer and a rancher.  Surviving are his wife, Lily Labay Pinchback of Garwood, a daughter, Bonnie Schroeder of Brenham, a son Tony Paul Pinchback of El Campo, a sister Josie P. Barr of El Campo and three grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Jimmy Hopkins, Gary Wilbeck, Alan Neal Wilbeck, Harold Shilk, Charles Frederickson and Gene Dornak.

Colorado County Citizen, May 10, 1990
Submitted by David Hahn

Pinchback, William Edwin “Buddy”


William E. (Buddy) Pinchback passed away at St. David Hospital, Austin, on June 17, after a long illness.  Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus on Wednesday, June 20, at 2 p.m. with Laurina Matthews, pastor, officiating.  Pallbearers were:  Brand Engstrom, Mark Wied, Gary Wilbeck, Allan Wilbeck, Tony Paul Pinchback, and Randy Amour.  Graveside services and internment [in Lehrer Memorial Cemetery] were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  Mr. Pinchback was born December 12, 1911 in Garwood to Willie H. and Daisy Brownson Pinchback.  He married Marie Diserens on May 25, 1946.  He was a member of the Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church of Garwood.  He served in the armed forces during World War II.  He participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach and was seriously injured and received the Purple Hear.  He was a retired employee of the Lehrer Irrigation Co. of Garwood.  Survivors include his wife, Marie Diserens Pinchback, Garwood; and one daughter, Mrs. Jean Pinchback Alexander, Austin.  He was preceded in death by both his parents and one sister.

Colorado County Citizen, June 21, 1984
Submitted by David Hahn

Pinchback, William Howland

W. H. Pinchback Dies At Garwood Funeral Today

Countless friends throughout this section were grieved and shocked Wednesday evening when it became known that W. H. Pinchback had passed away in the El Campo hospital at 5:45 p.m. that afternoon.

Funeral services were announced to occur this morning (Friday) at Garwood with burial in the family burial plot near Columbus. While Mr. Pinchback had been in ill health for quite some time, his death was a great shock.

The immediate survivors include his wife, a daughter, Miss Alma Dale, who is a member of the El Campo High School Faculty and a son, William Edward, in the service of his country somewhere overseas. Two brothers, Tony Pinchback of Garwood and J.R. Pinchback of Columbus.

Two sisters of Mrs. Pinchback, Mrs. G.C. Weisler and Mrs. Flossie Loughridge reside here.

Mr. Pinchback was among the best known and prominent citizens of this section and his death brings grief to many hearts.

Eagle Lake Headlight,Friday, January 14, 1944

W. H. Pinchback Funeral Services From His Home

Despite most forbidding weather many friends gathered Friday morning at ten o'clock at the family home in Garwood to pay their last respects to the memory of W. H. Pinchback; widely known and prominent citizen of this section. The Rev. J.H. Thompson conducted the last sad rites.

Burial was in the family plot at Miller's Lake [Lehrer Cemetery], and many family friends accompanied the remains and the family to his last resting place. Casket attendants were B.J. Drapela, Lyle Phillips, R.A. Shoop, Clarence Martin, Otto Braden, and Albert Arnold.

Mr. Pinchback had experienced several years of ill health but with characteristic fortitude rallied each time and carried on in his usual line of endeavors.

He was the son of J.J. and Alamanor Howland Pinchback. He first saw the light of day on January 18, 1870, near Miller's Lake, where his body was tenderly borne to its final rest. He had been a lifelong resident of Colorado County. He was a Spanish American War Veteran, having served honorably in defense of his country.

Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Daisy Brownson, one daughter, Miss Alma Dale Pinchback of the El Campo school faculty and one son, Sgt. William Edgar Pinchback, stationed with the American forces somewhere in England. Two brothers, Tony Pinchback of Garwood and J.R. Pinchback of Columbus.

Mr. Pinchback was a familiar figure in Garwood. He was blessed with a large number of friends and was one of the best known and prominent citizens of this entire section.

Among the out of town relatives in attendance upon the impressive burial services were W.S. Griffitts and daughter Leva, Bill Griffitts, Dayton; Mrs. Flossie Loughridge, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Bill Griffin and son, Liberty; Mrs. And Mrs. J.R. Pinchback, Columbus; Miss Jessie Howland, San Antonio; Mr. And Mrs. Willie Wilbeck and family, Mrs. W.G. Barr, Jr., Pierce; Mr. And Mrs. H.S. Trousdale, Mrs. J.W. Pinchback, Houston; Mrs. Minnie Townsend and Mrs. Oscar Baker, Rock Island. To the grief stricken family, the Headlight joins hosts of friends in extending sincere sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, January 21, 1944
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan
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