Jacksonville Daily Progress
Edna Taylor Dublin, long time resident of Jacksonville died Thurs., Sept. 26, 2013. Funeral services will be held at The First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville on Mon., Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery.
Edna was born July 17, 1913, in Beaumont, the fourth child of William Henry Taylor and Minerva Elizabeth Martin Taylor. Her parents came to Texas from Dickson, Tenn. Her father, better known as Cap’n Henry, was a production superintendent for the Gulf Oil Corporation and was a pioneer oilman in the early days of the Spindletop oil boom. Edna graduated from high school in Corsicana, and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she was initiated into Pi Beta Phi, of which she remained a member over 75 years. She was affiliated with The Tyler, Texas Alumnae Club. A music major, she studied piano under Paul Van Katwijk, then Dean of the School of Music and ultimately an important figure in the classical music culture of Dallas. She married Paul Leroy Dublin on Feb. 4, 1935 in Cox Chapel of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. After a short time in Mercedes, they made their life-long home in Jacksonville where Paul Dublin was Manager of the Dublin Grocery Company. His parents, Robert Valentine Dublin Sr. and Susan Elizabeth Orr Dublin were members of the founding generation of Jacksonville and Cherokee County. The Dublins shipped tomatoes out of Jacksonville when it was known as the ‘tomato capital of the world’. Edna was a loving wife and her husband’s partner until his death in 1982.
An advocate for literacy, Edna served as a director of the Jacksonville Public Library and co-chaired the library board’s committee organizing the Jacksonville Literacy Council. She was also chairman of the Vanishing Texanna Museum Committee. Using her musical talent, she directed a singing group called The Vocalaires, which was made up of young girls then in Jacksonville High School. She was a member of the Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter of the National Society of DAR and was an astute genealogist in her own right. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Mary Bible Club, Sewing Club and a 50-year member of the Hyperion Study Club in Jacksonville. Edna was an avid reader and knowledgeable in world affairs until her death. She was a wise woman and had a gift for listening. Above all, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother and loved her family unconditionally.
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Dublin; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Taylor and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Dublin Sr.;; brothers, Harry Lester Taylor and Johnnie Roscoe Taylor; sister, Leona Taylor Potter; nephews H. L. Taylor and Richard Sproul Potter and great nephew Taylor Delabano.
She is survived by her daughter, D’Ann Dublin Riemer, and husband, William Donald Riemer, of Dallas; grandchildren, Rachel Christine Riemer, of Boston, Mass., Michael Paul Riemer and William Daniel Riemer, both of Dallas; three beloved great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of an evening visitation, friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family in the Commons of the First United Methodist Church from 1-2 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 30, prior to the funeral service at 2 p.m. If desired, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, or the Pi Beta Phi Foundation.