Family Histories of Coleman County, Texas

by T. E. Jamison, Jr.

From A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

Tom Jamison, born October 13, 1891, was an early day oil driller from Marienville, Pennsylvania, who first came to Texas in 1917, when he was a member of the fledgling flying branch of the United States Signal Corps.  He helped set up the first row of tents on what is now Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio.  After the hostilities of World War I were over, Tom returned to Texas, where the oil business was in its infancy.  He started out in Ranger, but New Domain Oil and Gas Company hired him away from Mobil Oil and set Tom and his friend, partner, and soon-to-be brother-in-law, Charlie Pollard, up with the second rig to drill on top of the Caprock.  Clarance Dodd (see George W. Brooks) and Tom Jamison were married June 15, 1921 in Coleman at the Dodd residence, but drilling enterprises took them to the Panhandle area for several years.  During this time, a daughter, Patsy, was born in Amarillo, June 30, 1925.  They moved back to Coleman in 1928.  A son, T. E. “Tommy,” Jr. was born September 21, 1930.  They bought a home in Coleman, but Tom’s drilling took him to West Texas.  Clarance was a member of the Lome Stevens Class and the First United Methodist Church, the Justa Bridge Club, and busied herself with the rearing of her children.  She served as Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1935.

Patsy grew up and attended South Ward and Coleman High School, playing the piano and various instruments in the band and also served as drum major.  She graduated in 1942 and left for Texas Tech.  J. P. Miller, Jr. had been dismissed from the Naval Air Corps in December of 1945, and Patsy and Bub took up a friendship that had begun at CHS.  Patsy was a senior at Tech at this time, but she discontinued her college work to marry J. P. Miller, Jr. (Bub) on May 15, 1946 (see James A. Jameson).  They lived at the Miller Ranch about a year, and soon after their first son, John P. III, was born, they moved to Avance, South Dakota.  Their second son, Thomas E. was born December 27, 1948, in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Both boys grew up on the ranches.  John and Tom both attended school in Sturgis where they excelled in all sporting events.  Tom went to National in track in broad jump.  John and Tom much preferred the ranch life, but attended college.  In 1970 and 1971 Tom Miller was awarded trophy saddles for being the best “All Around Cowboy” for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.  Tom won the bronc riding average at the National Finals Rodeo his first year, 1975, and twice later won the coveted Feeke Tooke Award (trophy and money) in 1981.  He was the first bronc rider to win the average three times.  John Miller married Colleen Donahue, November 7, 1969 and they have a daughter, Cathy.  The John Miller family resides at Red Owl, South Dakota.  In 1972 Patsy and Bub left their boys in charge of the South Dakota ranches and returned to Coleman County to assist J. P. Miller, Sr., in running ranches in this area and because of the serious illness of Patsy’s mother, Clarance Jamison.  Clarance Dodd Jamison died August 16, 1974.

Tom Jamison, Jr. attended schools at South Ward and was a 1948 graduate of Coleman High School.  He was active in the band and participated in many sports activities.  The 1946 football team which defeated their arch-rival Ballinger for the first time in thirteen years was Tom’s most memorable high school event.  After high school, Tom attended Texas Tech and graduated in 1951 with a BBA in Business Management.  He then served as an Air Intelligence Officer, 509th BW, SAC in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1953.  After his service time, Tom returned to Texas Tech where he received an MBA in Business Management in 1954.  He taught Business Management at Baylor University while attending Baylor Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1962.  His father, T. E. Jamison, Sr. died this same year in March 1962.  Both Clarance and Tom, Sr. are buried in the Coleman Cemetery.  While attending law school at Baylor, Tom, Jr. met and married Jo Ann May in 1962.  After graduating from law school, Tom worked in the Land and Legal Department of Standard Oil of Texas in Midland, Texas.  Two children were born to Tom and Jo Ann in Midland, Dru Ann Jamison, August 12, 1964, and Mark Brian Jamison, March 14, 1966.  In 1970 Tom, Dru Ann and Mark returned to Coleman where Tom bought the law practice of the late John O. Harris and practiced law as well as accumulating numerous oil interests, his first love, as his father before him had taught him well and instilled a deep interest in exploration and production.  On December 12, 1971, Tom married Mary Jane (Scott) Craddock who he had known in high school before but had only had one date with (see Perry Stobaugh).  Mary Jane had one daughter, Camille Craddock.  This made one family out of two halves.  Tom is active in the oil business, still maintains his law office, is a member and past Senior Warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  He was president of the Coleman Chamber of Commerce in 1975, is one of the rotating Sunday School teachers at the Downtown Men’s Sunday School Class, and holds ranching interest.  He is at the present time Worshipful Master of Lodge 496, Ancient and Free Masons, a 32nd degree Mason, and Shriner.

Camille graduated from CHS in 1978 and then attended Angelo State University where she was a member of the Angelette Drill team and is still an accomplished dancer.  She now resides in Lubbock, Texas and is employed at the Republic National Bank of Lubbock.  Dru Ann Jamison attended Coleman and Mozelle schools and was a 1982 graduate of Mozelle High School graduating as Valedictorian.  She was a cheerleader her senior year and class favorite.  She attends Angelo State University as a sophomore and is also a member the Angelette Drill Team and the ASU Dance Ensemble as she also is an accomplished dancer and musician.  Mark Jamison attended Coleman and Mozelle schools and is a senior at Mozelle High School and an honor student and class favorite.  In 1983 and the county livestock judging team went to state and Mark placed 11th high individual and the team placed 5th.  Mark is also an accomplished musician possessing a beautiful baritone voice.  In 1982 Mark won an essay contest sponsored by the Rural Electric Cooperative and as a prize received a trip to Washington, D.C.  After high school graduation, Mark plans to attend Texas Tech.  Both Dru Ann and Mark are active members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

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