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L. A. Lollar was born in the state of Tennessee in the year 1829, and came to Hopkins County in the year 1849. He married Miss Mary Veal in the year 1854, who still survives him. They had eight children born to them : seven sons and one daughter ; five of whom are living. John, the eldest son has been twice married and is living in the county with his second wife. Miss Lula married Sam Matthews, a common-sense businessman of good judgment. He is a just and honest man. Buster married Miss Lula Sparks, daughter of John Sparks, a prominent stockman. Bird married Miss Dora Bennett, a sister of Ben Bennett and a granddaughter of Uncle Bob Cannon. Levi married Mada Turner, daughter of Squire Turner. The sons of L. A. Lollar are all industrious, reliable men. They are all taxpayer of the county, and are numbered among the best citizens of the county.
Mr. Lollar established himself in the mercantile business in the year 1855, which he prosecuted with great energy and success up to his death. Although he met with many serious reverses and losses. He never made any public profession of religion, nor did he ever attach himself to any denomination, or to any secret order or society, yet he was a man of great benevolence, generous, kind, upright, just and truthful in all the relations of life. No man was ever turned from his door in hunger and want. He was a man of feeble constitution and suffered greatly in his last, illness and seemed to realize that his time on earth was short.
A few hours before his demise he sent for judge Rogers of Sulphur Springs a friend in whom he had unbounded confidence and had him to write his will which was done. He then placed his business in the care of judge Rogers with that same business capacity that was characteristic of his life. After that he called each one of his family by name and gave to each one special counsel, and his last wishes. During his long residence in this county and his extensive dealings with the public no one has ever charged him with deplicity or with a dishonest act. Mr. Lollar was an old pioneer citizen and experienced many hardships in an early day in Texas. He was among the first to open the way to civilization. His sons all seem to have the same business foresight of their departed father.