"Rockdale, my hometown, is Texas' heart and significant part of its soul," George Sessions Perry wrote in his book, Texas: A World Unto Itself. Perry wrote with lifelong affection about his hometown, first as a novelist and later as a magazine journalist. He describes the pioneers of Rockdale as typical of restless Southerners who hitched their wagons and moved to Texas after the Civil War. . . . Clay Coppedge . . .
Dallas Morning News. Jan. 4, 1886. Dr. J.E. Douthit died suddenly from heart disease, Feb. 1, 1885, at Rockdale, Milam County, aged 56 years. He served as surgeon in the Confederate army. his findagrave memorial page