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Jewel Reese Laine, son of Mary Emma (Barber) and Leroy W. Laine, born 12 Oct 1886 in Mt. Pleasant, TX. Parents listed as Lee Roy Wilkins Lane and Mary Emme Barber in Texas Births and Christenings, 1840 - 1981. He married Willie Dee Montgomery in 1907 in Fisher County, Texas. They moved to Dickens County, Texas in 1910. He and Willie Dee are buried in the Spur Cemetery in Dickens County, Texas.

Census records for Jewel Reese and Wille Dee (Montgomery) Laine:

1908 Fisher Co., TX tax rolls
Laine, J.R.

13 May 1910, Pct. #3, Dickens Co., TX:

Lane, Joel R Head M W 23 M-1 3 b. TX fb. TN mb. AL
-----, Willie D. Wife F W 18 M-1 3 1-1 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----, Clarice D. Daughter F W 12/12 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

24 Feb 1920, Pct. #3, Spur, Dickens Co., TX:

Laine, J. R. Head M W 33 M b. TX fb. Ireland mb. Ark
-----Willie D Wife F W 27 M b. TX fb. AL mb. Ark
-----Clarice Daughter F W 10 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
-----Morris Son M W 6 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

14 April 1930, J P #3, Spur, Dickens Co., TX:

Laine, Jewel R Head  M W 43 M 20 b. TX fb. TN mb. AL
-----Willie D. Wife F W 38 M15 b. TX fb. AL mb. Ark
-----Thannicsh, Clarice E Daughter F W 20 D 17 b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
Laine, Morris C. Son M W 16 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX
Laine, Billy J Son M W 7 S b. TX fb. TX mb. TX

5 April 1940, Prct #3, Spur, Dickens Co., TX:

Laine, J. R. Head M W 53 M H-1 b. TX res. same house 1935
-----, Willie Dee Wife F W 47 M 7 b. TX res. same house 1935
-----, Bill Son M W 17 S H-3 b. TX res. same house 1935

Published biography of Jewel Reese Laine:

J.R. “Red” Laine and Willie Dee Montgomery were married in Fisher County in 1907 and came to Spur in 1910 among the very first residents of the town. He was a painter-paperhanger and at one time had painted or papered every house in Spur. The family was active in the Methodist Church where Mrs. Laine taught a Sunday school class more than fifty years.

Children of J.R. and Willie Dee Laine are: Clairice, who married Horace Wood, Kent County rancher; Tanner, well-known West Texas newspaperman and author; Bill (deceased), who was an accountant.
Six grandchildren include: Margaret Wood, who married Dr. Harold Branan; Dr. Beverly Krieger; Priscilla, who married Dr. Barlow Neaves; Tanner A. Laine, son of Tanner Laine; Nancy Price, and Jim Laine, daughter and son of Bill Laine.

There are ten great-grandchildren.

Tanner Laine married Marjory Meek of Quanah; Bill Laine married Marie Whitwell of Spur.
[Source: Dickens County, Texas: Its Land and People]

Obituary of Jewel Reese Laine published in The Texas Spur, 12 January 1961:

Spur Pioneer, J.R. Laine, Buried Sunday -  Funeral services for J.R. Laine, 74, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the First Methodist Church, Rev. William McReynolds, officiating.

Mr. Laine, who had been ill for some time, died January 7th.

Born October 12, 1886, he came to Spur and Dickens County in 1910, shortly after the town was founded.
He married the former Miss Willie Dee Montogomery in McCauley, Texas in 1907. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He worked for many years as a painting contractor and was retired at the time of his death.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. J.R. Laine; one daughter, Mrs. Horace Wood, Spur; two sons, Tanner Laine, Lubbock, and W.J. Laine, Fort Worth. One brother and one sister also survive. They are Morris Laine, California and Mrs. Turie Stephenson, Houston.

Pallbearers included D.J. Dyes, Frank Watson, Clarence Foreman, George Link, Dr. Bob Alexander and Bill R. Barrett.

The Roundup SS Class served as honorary pallbearers. Interment was in Spur Cemetery.
[Source: The Texas Spur, 12 Jan 1961]

Mrs. Willie Dee Laine, 76, of Spur, was reported in critical condition in the intensive care unit at West Texas Hospital late Monday. Mrs. Laine is the mother of Avalanche-Journal regional editor Tanner Laine.
[Source: Lubbock Avalanche Journal; Lubbock, TX; 4 June 1968]

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