. . . . . . . . . . Widow of CSA Veteran . . . survived him by 49 years to the day | daughter of Richard West and Sarah Mildred "Sally" Carter | sister of William Sidney West and Eugene Thomas | niece of Mary F. Carter and her husband, William Noel Valentine, and of Mathilda West and her husband, Britton Valentine | . . . . . . . . . . Monday, May 1 (1939) at 1:10 p.m. marked the passing of one of earth's dearest and sweetest little mothers, Mrs. M.A. Nettles. She was born near Starkville, Mississippi, October 24, 1852, daughter of Richard and Sarah Mildred (Carter) West, and christened Mary Annie, but known practically all her life as Mollie. She was nine years old when the Civil War began and many were the interesting tales she told concerning it. In 1869 her family, together with several other families, came to Texas in wagons drawn by oxen and settled in and near Lexington.
The following year she married Joseph H. Nettles who had a woodworking shop in connection with the Hester Blacksmith Shop. They soon moved to Williamson County, but a few years later moved back to Lee County and bought a home in the Cole Springs community, near Tanglewood, where a son, Will, still lives. On May 1, 1890, her husband passed to his reward, preceding her by forty-nine years to the day. Of the ten [sic] children born to this union, six survive her, two boys [sic] and two girls dying in infancy. The surviving children are Mrs. Nona Moore of Cole Springs, Will Nettles of Cole Springs, Mrs. Beulah Bryant of Houston, Mrs. Emma Muston of Lexington, Mrs. Velma Peebles of Houston, and Joe Nettles of Lott.
She had lived on the home place with her eldest son, Will, until February of this year, when she went to Lott to make her home with her youngest child, Joe, and family. It was here, following an illness of bronchial pneumonia, that she passed to her reward. The last six or eight months of her life was spent mainly in bed, but she was given loving and careful attention and was a sweet and patient sufferer. From the wisdom of her years she gave counsel, advice and help to all who sought it, and truly will she be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
All of her children, all but five of her twenty-seven grandchildren, and many of her forty-four great-grandchildren were present for the last rites, besides a great host of other relatives and friends. Services were conducted at the Baptist Church in Tanglewood Tuesday afternoon, May 2, 1939, by the Rev. O.J. Morgan, a former pastor of hers. She was a member of the Baptist church, joining in her early girlhood. Interment was in the family plat at the Tanglewood cemetery with Phillips & Luckey of Rockdale in charge. Those coming from Lott for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Phillips; Dr. and Mrs. Patton; Mr. and Mrs. Luther Reaves and daughter, Dorothy; Mrs. Claud Day; Mrs. Grover Stucky; D. Watkins; Judge Smith; Pat Carter and son, Pat Jr.; Dewey Wright; and Miss Annie Lou Gibbs
The last named was her constant attendant after moving to Lott, and truly a grand-daughter could have been no sweeter to her own grandmother than Annie Lou was to Grandma, who lovingly called her my girl. Present also was Mrs. Richard Mundine Sr. of Taylor, an old friend of the family. The Rockdale Reporter, May 1939 . . . . . . . . . .