Dos Palos Star, Dos Palos, CA. Friday, October 25, 1935

Death Came at Home of Daughter In San Jose, October 17; Buried Beside Husband.

Laid to rest on the forty-fourth anniversary of her arrival in the little city she came to help establish, the body of Mrs. Robert J. Hoyle, 86, sleeps by the side of her husband who preceded her in death some thirty-five years. A large number of old friends and former neighbors gathered at Dos Palos cemetery Saturday afternoon to pay last tribute to the beloved pioneer.

Mrs. Hoyle, who had been ill for six months, passed peacefully away Thursday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Reynolds in San Jose. Funeral services were held in that city prior to removal of the body here for burial, Saturday.

At the grave-side, at which Rev. Theodore Baker, pastor of the Dos Palos Christian church, and the husband of Mrs. Hoyle's grandaughter, Vesta Reynolds, officiated, Mrs. Helen Flory sang the favorite hymn of the deceased, "Rock of Ages." Rev. Russell, pastor of the Methodist church, pronounced the benediction. Pallbearers were; Homer Brown, A. A. Stocking, J. R. Campbell, John Vaught, William Mimby and Fay W. Batten.

                                       First Dos Palos Settler
Mrs. Annetta Ann Hopwood Hoyle was born in Cochran, Tenn., March 1, 1848. She was married at the home of her parents in 1865 to Dr. Robert J. Hoyle. The couple came to Dos Palos on October 19, 1891, and settled on a small ranch 1 1/2 miles from South Dos Palos. When Miller & Lux moved the new town to it's present location, ranches were also exchanged, and the Hoyles selected a tract of land on Elgin avenue, where the son, Ernest Hoyle, now lives. Dr. Hoyle died in 1899 and was buried in the Dos Palos cemetery. Following her husband's death, Mrs. Hoyle made her home with her children. For the past few years she had lived with her daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Reynolds in San Jose.

Six children were born to the union, five of whom are still living. Orpheus Hoyle died here in 1904. The following sons and daughters survive; Robert Ernest Hoyle, and Mrs. Abbie Christian, Dos Palso; Mrs. Bonnie Reynolds, San Jose; B. Hoyle, Long Barn, and Clair Hoyle, Oakland. All were present at the funeral here Saturday. There are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hoyle was active in civic and religious work during the pioneer day of the new colony. She and her husband were instrumental in organizing the Dos Palos Methodist church. Both were active church workers as long as they were physically able. The Hoyle home was known far and wide for it's open-hearted hospitality. Everyone in the community loved and respected the "Tennessee family" that had come to enter so enthusiastically into development of the new community. Up until she became bedfast, Mrs. Hoyle was a faithful church attendant. She was keen intellect and read a great deal. Even in her convalescence from a critical illness last July, she wanted her children to read the newspaper and discuss with her current state, national and world events. a loving, tender mother and a kindly neighbor has been taken, and the news of her passing will bring sorrow to the hearts of scores of persons who knew and loved her kindly deeds and warm sympathy.

To the grief-stricken sons and daughters, the Star joins with this entire community in expressing it's sincere sympathy. Regardless of her ripe old age, there never comes a time when we can give up our mothers without suffering anguish and heartache. Time, alone, can assuage the pain and soften the sorrow of parting.


Contributed by: Carol Lackey