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James Oliver "Tobe" Helms and Amy Geye
James Oliver "Tobe" Helms and Amy Geye

James Oliver "Tobe" Helms son of John Elias Helms and Julia Ann Francis Westerman was born 9 July 1900 in Coleman County,Texas and died 21 April 1981 in Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas. He married and Amy Geye daughter of Abraham B. Geye and Martha Isabelle Nix 24 Dec 1933 in Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico. She was born 28 September 1898  in Lampkin, Comanche County, Texas and died 2 January 1993.

They are both buried at  Ater Cemetery, Coryell County, Texas


He learned ranching from his father John Elias Helms. He was the foreman of several ranches in West Texas and worked on trail drives moving herds of cattle to Mexico and New Mexico for grazing. It is said that the only reason that his wedding took place was because he had been bucked off a horse and was unable to work. He sold his ranch in West Texas in 1950 and purchased 1100 acres of land in Hamilton County, Texas. He later bought an adjoining 1200 acres. He moved his family to Evant, Coryell County, Texas. In 1964 he sold this ranch and bought land in Coryell County, Texas on the Leon River between Gatesville and Levita. He died at 80 years of age in 1981. He was inducted posthumously into the Radford School of Western Heritage Hall of Fame on 16 April 1994. His daughter Martha Ann Helms Chafin of Killeen, Bell County, Texas accepted the plaque. His father was also inducted at the same ceremony.  


1  ---  Martha Ann Helms married Clois Carroll Chafin

2  ---  Otis Ray "Sonny" Helms born 12 Jan 1938 in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas and died 08 Nov 1999. He married Margie Beth McCasland daughter of Harmon McCasland and Harmon McCasland 13 Jan 1962. They are both buried at Ater Cemetery, Coryell County, Texas.

3  ---  James Lynn "Big" Helms married Judith Ann Coker.