|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1875|
|Death: ||Jun. 30, 1952|
Obituary printed in the "Southern Standard" (McMinnville,TN) July 17, 1952.
The numerous relatives and friends in Tennessee of the former Ida Belcher, wife of R.P. Biles, will be saddened to learn of her death, which occurred at their home in Maysville, Oklahoma on July 1. Funeral services were conducted by the Methodist minister and the body was laid to rest in Maysville Cemetery, amidst the tears and floral tributes of her devoted family and steadfast friends. Among former Tennesseans at the funeral were Mrs. Clara Willis Page, Mrs. Oda Christian Nicodemus, sister of Mrs. C.A. Biles of McMinnville, and Mr. and Mrs. Horace Bryan, all of Chickasha, Oklahoma. She leaves, besides her husband, three sons and several grandchildren in Oklahoma and Texas, and a number of relatives and friends in Tennessee.
Three years ago she was stricken with facial palsy from which she never recovered. Although perfectly rational in mind until her death, she was bedridden from the first and her case baffled medical skill.
Ida Belle Blecher was born March 22, 1875, the daughter of Robert and Nancy Elizabeth (Bettie) Bryan Belcher, of Warren county. Her paternal grandfather, with whom her father was engaged in large-scale farming operations in the Viola community, was the well-known Richard Belcher, familiarly referred to in his life-time as "Uncle Dick". Her maternal grandfather was John M. Bryan, a solid citizen of Coffee county. She was a sister of Ada and Frank Belcher, and a cousin of Fannie Belcher, now married and residing at Oakland, and of Bob and Tom Belcher, neither of whom is now living. On June 6, 1901, in a simply but impressive ceremony performed by the Rev. B.T. Smotherman, P.C. of the Vervilla Circuit (as it was then), she married Robert Porter Biles, son of Asbury and Elizabeth Matthews Biles, and a brother of C.A.Biles of McMinnville. For a time the young couple resided with his mother at the Biles homestead at Mt.Zion, but having decided upon the west for their future home they arrived in Oklahoma in January 1906. Here, through their own unaided efforts, they purchased a blackland farm in the valley of the Washita River in McLain [sic] County, in the south-central part of the state, near Pauls Valley, Chickasha, and Oklahoma City. It was an excellent location and with hard work, superior management, and perfect teamwork between husband and wife they added from time to time to their holdings, developing one of the finest farms in that section.
Meantime three sons were growing up whom they sent through high school. Afterwards Howard went to A. and M. College and later into a position with an oil company in which he has remained. Ray, the youngest, went to Chicago to study electricity and upon his return became electrician for the same company. Guy, the second son, preferred to remain on the land and continue farming operations and the production of livestock. When his parents decided to retire, he purchased the family homestead and added it to his own.
Their sons being launched in life, "Porter" and "Ida," as they were familiarly known to their friends, felt they had earned a rest. In selecting their future home they made a happy choice purchasing a bungalow and twenty acres near Maysville they settled down to enjoy their declining years with all the advantages of a farm, but without its responsibilities. Their children with their families were not far away-Guy, a near neighbor; Howard at Sunray, in the Texas Panhandle; Ray, a superintendent of Public Utilities, in the same town; their oldest grandson, Edward, in the Texas A and M. College, which he had entered at the age of fifteen (now stationed at St. Louis as Lieutenant and instructor of the U.S. Army). For several years they enjoyed this care-free life together. There were numerous visits to and from their children, and from other relatives and friends living in other states. They themselves made several visits to their native Warren county and renewed old friendships. Then came the Grim Reaper and claimed its own.
Ever careful of the training of her children, Ida Belcher Biles watched with pardonable pride their development into stalwart, steady, industrious citizens, true representatives of their ancestors who were among the solid citizens who founded and developed the U.S.A. Early in their married life husband and wife became active in the little rural church near their home where their children attended Sunday school, and their interest in religious life continued with ever growing comfort to both of them. It will be a source of strength to the bereaved husband whose life is rudely shattered by the loss of his beloved companion of fifty-one years. A woman of sterling character, far-sighted, and practical, Ida Belcher Biles was indeed a true helpmate to the man she married. Husband and sons give due credit to her business judgment of wife and mother, as well as her many other fine qualities. Truly it may be said of her who so lately passed from among us that she successfully fulfilled her duties as wife, mother, friend and neighbor, lovingly, cheerfully, and efficiently. She faced death with even greater courage than she had faced the problems of life, being sustained by her faith. Having given careful instructions regarding the details of her burial, she quietly went to sleep.
"I have no fear of the great beyond, Nor of the yet to be; I know that God will keep his own through all eternity. One who knew and appreciated her worth."
Robert Branch Belcher (1853 - 1929)
Nancy Elizabeth Bryan Belcher (1853 - 1919)
Robert Porter Biles (1874 - 1957)*
Howard M Biles (1902 - 1957)*
Guy Wood Biles (1904 - 1986)*
Ray M. Biles (1913 - 1956)*
Male Infant Belcher (1874 - 1874)*
Ida Belle Belcher Biles (1875 - 1952)
Male Infant Belcher (1876 - 1876)*
Annie May Belcher (1887 - 1887)*
Rob Lee Belcher (1891 - 1911)*
Infant Female Belcher (1896 - 1896)*
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Originally Created by: Mary V. [Johnson] Edgar
Record added: Nov 18, 2010
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