Dallas Morning News. March 30, 1924. Rockdale Man Had Coffin Ready When Death Came. Special to The News. ROCKDALE, Texas. March 29. George Doss, 81 years old, died at his home in the Gay Hill community after an illness of several days. Mr. Doss has been ill for some time, and for quite a while had had his coffin at home ready. He was at one time the most prominent and progressive farmer in Milam County, taking his prize-winning exhibits to all the fairs. He was a veteran of the Civil War. Mr. Doss is survived by a large family, having been the father of ten sons and daughters, most of whom are living -- Ed Doss and Charles Doss, two sons, living near him all their lives. Funeral was held at Hamilton Chapel Cemetery Friday afternoon, the Rev. W.E. Copeland of Rockdale conducting the services.