If you have ever been out to Valley View Cemetery here in Hubbard, you will see these headstones. Call Jesse Thomas. …. he really meant call him. He has headstones all over the area and this was his way of advertising his services as a tombstone maker!
This is a neat piece of history and who was Jesse Thomas? His gravestone for his services also can be found in Tanyard Cemetery in Madison, Texas. No telling where else! He was a shoemaker in Mexia as well as a monument maker.
His obit – Funeral Set Funeral Set Here Friday Funeral – services for Jessie S. Thomas, Sr. of 319 West Commerce Street, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, in the Westside Church of Christ. Brother W.H. Meachum will conduct the services. Burial will be in Henderson Cemetery, under direction of Dorsey and Keatts Funeral Home. Mr. Thomas, a native of Limestone County, died May 3 at 12:05a.m. in the Marlin Veterans Hospital. He was 88 years of age. A veteran of World War I, Mr. Thomas worked as a shoe repairman and monument maker. He was a member of the Church of Christ and affiliated with Masonic Lodge 282, Pride of Coolidge. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ida Thomas of Mexia; two daughters, Mrs. Lee Jackson and Mrs. Mozell Brewer of Groesbeck; three sons, J.W. Thomas and C.T. Tatum of Dallas, and Jessie Thomas, Jr., of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Anna Murphy of Waco; 14 grandchildren and 18 great- grandchildren (May 6, 1976). Years down the road people will be wondering who Call Jesse Thomas was with the obsolete phone number underneath!