Do you know if the Lela Belcher in this post was ever married to a
Stephenson? There is a Lela Belcher Stephenson in my family tree on the T.
S. "Greasy" Williams and Almedia Jones Williams side. Thomas S. Williams
had either the first or the largest ranch in barbed wire in Brown Co.
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From: "Charles A. Wyly" <wyly1(a)juno.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 12:51 PM
Subject: [ERATH] V.M.Cox-12/13/1925- 8/14/2006- Son of Valentine Maurice Cox
and Kathlene Cox- parents from Stephenville and Waco
From Waco Tribune Herald obituaries , Today.
V.M. Cox was born in Waco. His sister married a Stephenville Latham. He
worked all his active years for Cox Dry Goods - clothing and
accessories ( Like China dishes) . Waco store was near the Courthouse
and was levelled by Waco Tornado. It was rebuilt on Valley Mills Drive (
First Highway 6 route) and Waco Drive as anchor 2 story with escalator-
one of first in Waco.
This was anchor store for Westview Mall, which was one of the first in
Texas, with some stores opening to a covered and gated mall and others l
facing the parking lot. The store is now Peter Piper's Pizza and kid's
play and party area downstairs.. Also coming from Stephenville to Waco
with Cox store was Lonnie Hicks, , who later ran a shoe store in Marlin,
Texas. His heirs closed it recently.
V.M. was a member of Central Christian Church in Waco, which was the
parent church of Texas Christian University. The school left Waco
for Thorp Springs, where some called it Ad Ran College.Corect me if there
were 2 colleges in Thorp Springs. The buildings burned there and TCU
moved to Fort Worth
The only remaining store bearing the Cox family name is Stripling- Cox on
East Lancaster in Fort worth, . East Lancaster was once called the Great
White Way and in some areas it was also called the Bankhead Highway-
then old U.S. 80- now I-20.
I was born in an old house Grandad bought from Reed Cox- whom I was
told was related to R.E. Cox of Stephenville. At one time Cox land
joined Hurley- Wakefield land between the North Prairie Branch of the
Duffau Creek which crosses Hwy 67 twice, and the branch which starts in
present Hoeschler Dairy and past Selden - Hatchett Cemetery. Some of
this Cox family was in Civil War and one brought home a pistol used in
combat. Each time he showed it , some tragedy like accident or illness
happened. He finally cleaned and loaded the gun and buried it under the
home where I was born . During Civil War, men were in Army and old men,
women and kids near Johnsville went to a 2 story log house for mutual
protection from Raiding Indians Some of he boys, including a Cox or
two, went to Lampassas to find some healthy cattle to feed the
Johnsville household. Either this trip or another were caught in Battle
of Cave Creek- Home boys against Indians.
My Great Aunt Etta Robinson Moxley said her mom- or grand mom- mom as I
remember, left the secure house with 3 children to go a mile or so to get
a cow who had a new calf- Those in the 2 story house needed the milk. On
the way back, the mother saw an Indian behind a bush on a bluff. She
fired one shot and they rushed to the 2 story house. some elderly men
went back and found his Corpse, one bullet hole between his eyes. - but
he was already dead- tied in a squatting position by some of his raiding
party. She toled us some of these stories one Sunday afternoon when she
was visiting her cousin Lela Belcher Hurley,formerly from Johnsville -
her husband ran th Brber Shop there in Walnut with Sam Rose, his kin.
in Walnut Springs.
Aunt Eta's daughter, Wynelle Moxley Garrett , attended Waco Central
Christian Church and drove a Pink Avon Cadiollac. She was in charge of
Volunteers at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco after retirement.
My neighbor and Schoolmate , Dr. Morris Johnson was descended from
Johnsville Cox families. If anyone has a Cox family tree, please tell me
if the Johnsville Coxes were related to R.E.Cox, as I was told. I
attended Johnsville and Stephenville schools with Lathams and Coxes fom
all over the county.
Also, Robert Latham and Tarleton age youth from Selden are in several
picnics photos I have of my parents of Selden youth. They were dad's
age- Tarleton in Early 20's.
Charles A. Wyly
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