The following is from Scott L Peeler, Jr., Valrico, Florida. He is the maternal grandson of the artist through his mother, Emily Willis Peeler.
The artist, known as J.R., was born in Goloid Community Screven County, Georgia, near Sylvania, on the 24th of November, 1876. He died December 30, 1960 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He married Tempie Easterling of Reidsville, Georgia in 1899. They had a son and two daughters and were divorced. –AskArt.com