Submitted by: Carolyn Bethany Sosebee
(This is James Anthony Sosebee who came to Texas with his brother, George Washington
Sosebee who married Alice Catherine Pierce. George remained in Bosque County,
Texas near Walling Bend and James Anthony married Louise Jane Lou Wilson
and moved on to Noodle, Texas.)
This is the obituary from the The Merkel Mail Newspaper, Merkel, Taylor County, Texas:
Another Pioneer Passes to Eternity
At Stamford on last Friday, August 27, Mr. J. A. Sosebee a pioneer of the West, died in a sanitarium, the remains being brought to Merkel on Saturday following, where they were
tenderly laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of old friends and sorrowing relatives.
James Anthony Sosebee was born in Fanning County, Georgia, October 11, 1855.
He came to Texas at the age of twelve years, and later settled in Bosque County, Texas
where he married Lou J. Wilson (Louise Jane Wilson Sosebee). In the year 1888 they
moved to the Noodle, Texas community, 10 miles north of Merkel, Texas where they
resided continuously until 1913. In 1913, he with his family moved to Paducah, Texas
where he lived until the death of his wife in August, 1922. Since her death, he has made
his home with his sons, Otto and Marvin, at Anson, Texas.
To the union were born eleven boys, nine of whom were living at the death of the
parents, eight of whom were present at the funeral as follows: G.W. Sosebee (George
Wilson Sosebee) of Wichita Falls, Texas; O.W. “Ollie” Sosebee (Olin Welbourne Ode
Sosebee) and Ernest Sosebee (Earnest Calvin Sosebee) of Paducah, Texas; Frank
Sosebee (Thomas Franklin Sosebee) and A.C. Sosebee (Albert Cleveland Sosebee)
of Stanford, Texas; Otto Sosebee and Marvin Sosebee (Joseph Marvin Sosebee)
of Anson, Texas. Homer Sosebee (Homer Virgil Sosebee) of San Antonio,
Texas was unable to attend the funeral.
He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Merkel, Texas maintaining
his membership there until his death, being among the last surviving charter members
of the local lodge.
His last illness was brought on by rheumatism, finally developing into pneumonia
which caused his death in August 27, 1926.
(Other Sons: Charles Oscar Sosebee died February 18, 1907; James Ollie Sosebee;
Jesse Lee Sosebee died March 17, 1900)
In this same newspaper was this Thank You from his family:
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our kind friends and neighbors for their acts of love and sympathy
during our recent loss of our father, J.A. Sosebee, and extend grateful thanks for the
beautiful floral tribute to our loved one.
Signed: The Boys