Buried in the notebook of BRILES items received from Mildred Barby are photocopies of obituaries. Since these may not be available online, I’m sharing one of them here.
Leonidas Harrison Briles
Leonidas Harrison Briles was born May 18, 1885 at Neodesha, Kansas to Nathan and Susan Hatler Briles, the second of eleven children. Only one remaining member of his immediate family survives, a sister, Mrs. Flossie Smith, of Lansing, Kansas. He died May 3, 192 at the Southwest Medical Center, Liberal, Kansas, at the age of 86.
On March 7, 1907 he was married to Elsie Miller in Liberal and she survives her husband. They were privileged to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this year. Mr. Briles came to Texas Count at the age of nineteen, taking up a relinquishment right on a claim left by the original and first settler, near Adams. He farmed and raised livestock until his retirement and moving in to Adams where he and his wife, Elsi, built their present home.
He was a member of the Methodist church at Union Center, east of Adams. His parents, both mother and father, were ordained ministries, and his grandfather Hatler was a Methodist minister, so he was early grounded in the Christian faith and firmly believed the Bible and its teachings. He exemplified this faith and belief in contacts with his fellow man He was saved when he was 16 and reaffirmed his faith in 1948.
This writer will alway remember an interview he gave a wisp of a girl n the Adams school, who had an English assignment to write about an oldster. Mr. Briles was chosen by Marylia Meggs for that interview. This kindly, humorous earthly advice he gave her was so interesting and entertaining. No generation gap there. He told of jokes, pranks and the difficult life of being a pioneer in a newly settled Panhandle County. His love of people, interest in all activities of his many friends were stressed. This class assignment was printed in the Adams school paper for patrons and pupils all to enjoy and profit form its Christian friendly attitude.
Besides his wife, four daughters survive. They are: Mrs. Cecil (Lucille) Potter of Turpin, Matilda McAdams of Tyrone; Mildred Bailey of Hooker and Letta Mae Lollar of Gate, Oka.; three sons, Clyde and Forrest Briles both of Adams and Clelie Briles of Loveland, Colorado. Thirteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren, the sister already mentioned, a bevy of nieces and nephews, and a large circle of friends are left to honor his memory.
Rev Johnnie Briles of Denver, Colorado flew here Saturday to be here for the funeral of his uncle, Mr. L. H. Briles. He is a brother to Glen Briles and Willie Briles. Also his sister Emoline, who lives in Texhoma. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Adams Mennonite Brethern Church for another beloved pioneer of the Union Center Community, Mr. Lon H. Briles, 86.
He was a member of the Methodist church here. Mr. Briles filed on his homestead in 1905, 1 mile north of the Union Center church. He was married to Elsie Meller in 1907. TO them were born 7 children. They were Clyde, Forrest. Clellie, Lucille, Matilda, Lettie Mey and Mildred. They grey up in this community. Rev. Don Hull officiated at this funeral assisted by Rev. John Fleming, pastor of the Mennonite church. Burial was made in the Union Center Cemetery. Roberts Bros. Funeral Home was in charge.
A large crowd attended the funeral of Mr. Lon Briles Saturday afternoon at the Mennonite Church. The community will miss Lon’s smile, and cheerfulness yet we all know his suffering is over. Lon smiled, and was cheerful amidst his suffering up until the last. Surely his kindness was left to each of his friends to carry on.