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Gerald Treece and John O'Quinn

The Houston Chronicle announced that a group of Texas history buffs has purchased a vacant, partially submerged 19-acre tract near the San Jacinto Monument from the estate of the late Houston lawyer John M. O’Quinn with plans to restore it to its 1836 appearance and open it to the public as an extension of the battleground complex.

The $625,000 sale was announced this week by O’Quinn’s estate and the Friends of the San Jacinto Battleground.
The group announced it’s intention to raise the $625,000 last January and said they had until June 1, 2010 to come up with the $625,000. It appears they were close enough that the Estate of O’Quinn held the property until the purchase was complete earlier this month.

The San Jacinto battlefield is a monument to the battle that secured Texas as it’s own republic from Mexico. It is not as well known throughout the U. S as the Alamo is but it is sacred ground to Texans.

The Friends of San Jacinto president Jan DeVault said work at the site likely will begin next year as an archaeological team surveys 11 acres of the site covered with shallow water in search of a Civil War-era naval compound.

The Houston Chronicle goes on to say that although the hardest fighting in the April 21, 1826, clash between Sam Houston’s 900 Texan troops and Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna’s 1,400 soldiers occurred near the San Jacinto Monument, the newly acquired property still holds historical significance, DeVault said. “We consider it sacred ground,” she said.

In 1836, the property was transected by the Harrisburg-Lynchburg Road, and in the days leading to the final battle of the Texas Revolution, was crossed by both Mexican and Texan troops. In the weeks before the battle about 5,000 Texas settlers fleeing the Mexican advance crossed the property.

After the battle, the site was occupied by a sawmill and a small community called San Jacinto. During the Civil War, the site was home to a Confederate armory, barracks and shipyard.

The Confederate complex was covered by water as the land subsided. DeVault said archaeologists will survey the area with side-scan sonar and “make efforts to retrieve whatever we find.”

DeVault said it is significant that work at the site will begin in 2011, the battle’s 175th anniversary. “We are giving the site to the people of the state of Texas as a birthday present,” she said.

Gerald Treece, executor of the O’Quinn estate, said he was “overjoyed that we could see that this historically significant property went to the Friends of the San Jacinto Battleground, who will not only preserve it, but work to recapture the way the land looked and felt when Sam Houston marched the Texas army across it to go to battle for the state’s independence.”

If you visit us here in Texas I would say this monument is a must see and that most visitors to vist the Alamo in San Antonia Texas are disappointed. The Alamo is in downtown San Antonia and only a chapel is left with some history and a souvenir store within it’s walls. The San Jacinto sacred ground, will give more of a feel for the true history of Texas.

We will have an article up later today that recaps the testimony in California. There is not testimony or court today or tomorrow. Testimony will resume on Monday with more of the Thompson and Shelley family testifying.

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August 26, 2010
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Johnny Lee Cutliff

Johnny Lee Cutliff the man who was suddenly taken from this earth at 8:00 AM on October 29, 2009 in a tragic automobile accident with his employer of twenty six years, Mr. John O’Quinn, was born on November 5, 1952 and was 56 years old at the time of his death.

Mr. Cutliff is survived by his wife of twenty five years, Rosemary Anderson, his grandson, Johntriel Cutliff age 17 who was the love of Johnny Lee’s life, four brothers, James Earl, Adrian, Phillip and Tony Cutliff all of the Houston Texas area, one sister Yolanda Yvette Cutliff of Houston and eight nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cutliff is predeceased by his parents Johnnie Mae and Phillip Cutliff and lost his only son, Johnny Lee Cutliff Jr., in 1993 at the age of eighteen through a gunshot accident.

Family members described Mr. Cutliff as a deeply religious man but one everyone just “loved being around”. Mr. Cutliff was described as a “terrific dad”, and upon his son’s traffic death became the role model for his only grandson, Johntriel Cutliff.

Tony Cutliff shared with us that Johnny Cutliff went to church every Sunday at 6:00 AM, the services did not start until 8:00 AM, but every Sunday you could find Johnny Lee in church in prayer asking for both Mr. Cutliff’s sins to be forgiven but also guiding all of his family to the love of God and the peace God provides. Tony Cutliff said his last memory of his brother which he holds onto during this trying time was being with his brother at church on Sunday October 25, 2009 and watching Johnny Lee in prayer. That is who Mr. Cutliff was to his family. Despite the saddest of life experiences in Mr. Cutliff’s life including the sudden death of his son, Mr. Cutliff brought all of his family to God and the peace that God gives all. I would say that is a wonderful memory for Johnny Lee to leave his brother, Tony and all of his family and friends with, a man’s head bowed in prayer for not only himself but for all of those he knew.

Johnny Lee Cutliff was described as a modest man by family who describe him as not just John O’Quinn’s personal driver and attendant but also as O’Quinn’s “right hand man” and had been devoted to O’Quinn since 1983 from the first day he worked for O’Quinn twenty six years ago. Mr. Cutliff was one of the few in John O’Quinn’s trusted inner circle. Mr. Cutliff loved working for Mr. O’Quinn and rarely if ever took a day off per his family.

Mr. Cutliff was a member of the Lakewood Church in Houston Texas. Duncan Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Mr. Johnny Cutliff. Duncan Funeral Home is located at 5806 N. Wayside Drive, Houston, Texas 77028, (713) 672-8782. Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday, November 6, 2009 at the Duncan Funeral Home. Rev. Joseph C. Glenn will be officiated at Mr. Cutliff’s funeral on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the chapel of Duncan Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Mr. Cutliff’s four brothers and his nephew James Cutliff.

In death all men become equal, and what you leave is the reputation you have built up in life. The chapter in the new Testament that best describes this is First Corinthians 13 which is about love, something Mr. Cutliff seemed to show to all every day of his life.

1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Mr. Tony Cutliff told us that although the O’Quinn Law Firm was taking care of all of Johnny Lee’s funeral expenses that the family was just now talking to each other about setting up a trust account for Mr. Cutliff’s grandson to insure the education of Johntriel Cutliff. When that fund is set up we will be adding the name of where money can be sent through the funeral home for that trust fund or through the family’s attorney Waverly Nolley’s office.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to all who loved Mr. Cutliff, from his family to friends to those who attended church with him weekly, the pain will remain long after the funeral for Mr. Cutliff as this modest man’s family lay him to rest.

Mr. Nolley told Fox 26 news on November 2, 2009, “His current goal is to represent the interest of the family in a death case.” Mr. Nolley added it was not appropriate to discuss any legal venues the family might seek prior to Johnny Lee Cutliff being laid to rest. The SUV Mr. O’Quinn was driving at the time of this tragic accident was registered to the John O’Quinn Law Firm.

A copy of this obituary of love by Mr. Cutliff’s brother Tony with all of the comments of condolences will be sent to Mr. Cutliff’s family in care of either the funeral home or the family’s attorney after the funeral this weekend.

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