To the Editor,

I think it is important that Ellis County recognize our sons and daughters who have made a special mark in the world. With that in mind, I introduced at our most recent Ellis County Commissioners’ meeting a resolution to recognize local musician Ernest Tubb. Tubb was born on a farm in Ellis County on Feb. 9, 1914 near the old Crisp townsite. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Tubbs and his band the Texas Troubadours  were remembered for songs such as “Waltz Across Texas,” “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” and “Walking the Floor over You.” He also was the first to record “Blue Christmas” before Elvis Presley recorded it.  

I appreciate the hard work my assistant Alysa Kirton put into crafting the resolution. Most especially I want to thank local businessman John Bailey, who made me aware that Ernest Tubb was born in Ellis County.

I want to thank the commissioners’ court for adopting the resolution, as well as Commissioner Bill Dodson, who so exuberantly made the motion adopting the resolution that was initiated by my office and presented to the court.

Paul D. Perry

Ellis County Commissioner

Precinct 3