From the Moberly (Mo.) Monitor-Index, 01 Sep 1961, an obituary of John William Thackston (son of William Thackston and Nancy Miller Lowry):
Former City Assessor and Grocer Dies
Funeral Services to Be Held Sunday for J. W. Thackston, 95
John W. Thackston, 95, former Moberly grocer and a former city assessor, died at 9:30 o’clock this
morning in Whitaker Hospital after an illness of five years.
He and Mrs. Thackston, who died May 21, 1949, lived at 311 North Morley street.
Mr. Thackston, born in Howard County, came to Moberly from Kirksville in 1887. He worked for the old Moberly Light and Power Co. from 1892 to 1899 and then entered the grocery business at 119 East Coates street. The late Henry Owens became his partner in 1906 and the store was known as the Thackston and Owens Grocery. It was sold in 1919 to the late Otto Fort.
Assessor Two Terms
Mr. Thackston then served the city of Moberly as assessor two terms. He retired from business many years ago.
Mr. Thackston was married to Miss Lettie Grimes of Moberly Sept. 6, 1893. Two sons, only children of the couple died in infancy.
Mr. Thackston is survived only by a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law Omar Martin and Minta Grimes, Moberly, and by nephews and nieces.
Officer in Church
He was a member of Central Christian Church which he served for many years as a deacon and elder and was for 43 years treasurer and financial secretary of the church. He also was a member of Moberly Lodge 311, AF and AM, Royal Arch Chapter 79, Tancred Commandery 25 and the Order of Eastern Star.
The body is in the Mahan Funeral Home. Services will he held in its chape. at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon by Mr. Thackston’s pastor, the Rev. A. F. Landolt [?], and burial will be in Oakland cemetery. Masonic rites also will be held.
and from 02 Sep 1961:
Funeral Tomorrow for J. W. Thackston
Funeral services for J. W. Thackston, former assessor and grocer, will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon in the Mahan Chapel. Mr. Thackston, 95, died yesterday morning in Whitaker Hospital.
His nearest relatives include seven nephews and nieces, A. W. Parrish, M. J. Parrish, and Mrs. Bessie Crosswhite, Moberly, Turner Parrish, Paris, Mrs. Grace Shields, Centralia, and Mrs. Lady Belle Winn and Mrs. Birdie Toalson, Sturgeon.
Moberly Democrat, 19 Jul 1903:
Mrs. Riley Rains, after a month’s visit with in our city the guest of her son, J. W. Thackston, and other relatives, returned to her home in Audrain county yesterday afternoon.
Moberly Weekly Monitor, 26 Apr 1912:
BURIED THIS AFTERNOON
One of Randolph County’s Noblest Women Interred In Oakland Cemetery This Afternoon.
The body of Mrs. Mlller Raines, who died Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Parish, of near Clark, was brought to Moberly this afternoon and Interment was made in Oakland Cemetery.
Mrs. Raines was the mother of J. W. Thackston, the East Side grocer. Two daughters also survive her, they being Mrs. Lefon of Southwest Missouri and Mrs. Parish of near Clark. Four sisters survive deceased, Mesdames Fort and Ncilson of Moberly and Mrs. Pogue of Nevada and Mrs. Poole of Macon county.
At the time of her death Mrs. Raines was 78 years of age.
When the remains were brought to Moberly they were taken to tho home of J. W. Thackston, on North Morley street, where funeral services were held, conducted by Revs. Wright and Henson.
By the death of Mrs. Raines, Randolph county lost one of its noblest Christian women. Her life was so lived that she was endeared to all who knew her and her death will cast a shadow of sorrow over many hearts.
The bereaved relatives have the deep sympathy of the Monitor in their grief and loss.
Cemetery Records of Randolph County, Missouri, Vol. 4, Part V:
Oakland Cemetery, Moberly, Missouri
Rains, Nancy M., June 10, 1833 – Apr. 24, 1912
Thackston, J. W., June 16, 1866 – Sept. 1, 1961
Lotie, Aug. 4, 1871 – May 21, 1949