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 Joseph Tillman King, Sr

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Joseph Tillman King, Sr

  • Birth 22 Jul 1856 Georgia, USA
  • Death 9 Jul 1933 Childress, Childress County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Childress, Childress County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 43511864

OBIT: One Of County Pioneers And Builders Passes in Death of J. Tillman King.

One of he greatest tributes ever paid a resident of Northwest Texas was evidenced by the great throng of friends and citizens gathered Monday afternoon for the funeral of J. Tillman King, who died suddenly at his home Sunday at noon.
The crowd was so large that it filled the fine old ranch home of the deceased, covered the spacious lawn and overflowed into the roadway. In it were represented scores of pioneer families of this section of Texas, who had known him and his wife since the beginnings of Childress, and before. There were many present from adjoining counties. Mr. King was 77 years old and was one of those pioneers who pushed westward in the eighties of the past century, opening the way for agricultural and industrial progress into the panhandle of Texas. He settled first at old Kirkland in the eastern edge of Childress County, coming from Erath county, Texas in 1886. They started their new home four miles west of Childress in 1891 in the town of Old Childress, or Henry as it was known then. The influence of the King family has been felt on every hand in this section and throughout the state. Mr King married Leila Clarisa Billingsley. To Mr. and Mrs. King there were born nine children, eight of whom are living, one having died in infancy. These surviving children are John E. King of Dallas; Everett J. King, Joseph T. King Jr, and Henry W. King, all of Childress, and four daughters, Mrs. Elsie Still, Mrs. Matthew Jeter, Mrs. George Robertson and Mrs. Robert Jones, all of Childress. Mrs. King, who is 71, has been quite ill for several weeks.
Services at the family residence West of Childress were conducted by the Rev W. C. Hinds, pastor of the First Methodist church. Interment under direction of the John O McMinn Mortuary was in Childress cemetery, where the grave was banked with many beautiful floral offerings. Active pall bearers were; Wallace Jones, Leo Inman, Barley Inman, Mote Givens, Clarence Jones and King Lyster. Honorary pallbearers were: Chas Scott, Cross Randle, J. M. Crews, Jno. R. Scott, Ernst Davis, Judge Hathaway, Dr. J. D. Michie, Judge A. J. Fires, John Allmond, Reid H. Scott, Tom Preston Sr, Lee D. Smith, B, M. Carter, B. Pixler, Jim Mitchell, J. W. Johnson, G. W. Johnson, Dr. Snyder, Judge E. E. Diggs, and Killeen Atkinson,
The Childress Index, Sunday July 9, 1933, Childress, Texas


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Gravesite Details Picture (drawing) accompanied obit in the Childress Index.

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  • Maintained by: Jared Walker
  • Originally Created by: Sydney E. Key
  • Added: 25 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43511864
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Tillman King, Sr (22 Jul 1856–9 Jul 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43511864, citing Childress Cemetery, Childress, Childress County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Jared Walker (contributor 46627334) .