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M. Sgt. Caxton Rufus Bivin
Nov 2, 1919 - Sep 6, 2002

M. Sgt. Caxton Rufus Bivin, 82, passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 in San Antonio.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Sunset Funeral Home in San Antonio.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full honors.

Mr. Bivin retired from the U.S. Army after 33 years of service.

Survivors include wife Chong Bivin; sons Capt. Kim Bivin and wife Kimberly, Bill Bivin and wife Geri and David Bivin and wife Diana; daughter Brenda Bivin Miller; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister Georgia Ruth Guynes.

Arrangements by Sunset Funeral Home.

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Martha Malinda (Coxsey) Christian
Feb 4, 1866 - Jul 22, 1924

Sister Christian

Our God in his wisdom saw fit to call from our midst, sister Martha A. Malinda Christian. 
She was born February 4, 1866 in Poke County, Tennessee.  She joined the church at Cookston Creek at the age of sixteen.  She joined the Prairie Grove Church thirty two years ago.  She lived a true devoted Christian life.
She died July 22, 1924 and was buried in Emmett Cemetery.  She left a husband, four daughters and one son.  One son having gone on before. 
Funeral service was conducted by her Pastor, Eld. H. A. Conway. 

Jay Hugh Christian
Nov 22, 1862 - Jul 23, 1934

Obituary of J. H. Christian.
Bro. J. H. Christian was born November 22, 1862 at Parksville, Tennessee.  Was converted when a young man and joined the Baptist Church at Clarsston, Tennessee.

He was married to Malinda Coxsey in 1882.  To them 6 children was born, 2 sons and 4 daughters.  They moved to Texas 43 years ago.  United with the Prairie Grove Baptist Church at Emmett.  He died July 23, 1934 and was laid to rest at Emmett Cemetery.
He is survived by 4 daughters, 1 son, 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. 
Whereas the church as lost a true member all bow to the will of God and whereas his children and grandchildren, neighbors and friends unite to morn his loss.

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Long-Time Resident Of Emmett Is Dead
EMMETT, July 28—J. H. Christian, 73. resident of this community for 42 years, died at his home here Tuesday morning
and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock with Interment in the Emmett Cemetery.
Surviving are a son, four daughters, twenty grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren

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Kevin Joel Foster
Mar 19, 1967 - Sep 8, 2002

Kevin Joel Foster, 35, of Dawson passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. George Galvez officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kirwin Danna, Curtis Mitchell, Craig Benton, Dale Harkins, Darrell Blissett and Kevin Matthews.

Mr. Foster was born March 19, 1967 in Mexia. He had lived most of his life in Dawson and was a 1985 graduate of Dawson High School. He was a member of Perfected by Grace Ministries in West and also a member at First Baptist Church in Dawson. He was an employee of Guardian Glass in Corsicana where he worked as a quench operator.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Foster of Dawson; father, Raymond Foster of Dawson; son, Daniel Ray Foster of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter, Angelica Denise Foster of Riesel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Blayne and Beverly Foster of Emory, Nathan and Pam Foster of Dawson, Mark and Angie Foster of West and Jonathan and Daphne Foster of Lockhart; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shelly and Nathan Smith of Dawson, Nancy and Carl Heller of Mexia and Joy and Bob Davis of Waco; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.


Anna Jewell Shifflett
Jan 7, 1928 - Dec 25, 1999

GRAHAM - Anna Jewell Shifflett, 71, of Graham died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at a Graham hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Morrison Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Efird, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Kerens, Texas, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Shifflett was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Graham. She and O. M. "Merd" Shifflett were married April 21, 1946, in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was a lifetime resident of Graham and a member of the Salem-Crestview United Methodist Church where she was a former choir director for 20 years.

Survivors include her husband; four sons, Doug of Cedar Park, Texas, David, Dennis, and Dale, all of Graham; four sisters, Eva Mae Stone of Kanapolis, Kan., Betty Reeves of Plano, Texas, Billie Joyce Gordon of Lake Kiowa, Texas, and Lynda Logan of Dixon, Calif.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Alfread Jack Carter
Aug 3, 1918 - Sep 6, 2002

Alfread Jack Carter, 84, of Kerens passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow with the Rev. Nathan Carter officiating and the Rev. Earnest Betts Jr. as eulogist. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Hornbuckle, Carl Hornbuckle, Stephen Reagor, Roy Bradford, James Bradford and Earl Bradford. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronny Hancock, Joe Hancock, Edward Dwayne Carter, Richard Haynes, James Carter and Tinnis Manning.

Mr. Carter was born Aug. 3, 1918 in Kerens. He received his education in the Samaria community and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hannahrene Sanders Carter; sons, Charles Carter and Don Carter; parents, two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Sidney Reagor of Tulsa, Okla. and Earnestine and Andrew Bradford of Kerens; sister, Vernia Cotton of Corsicana; grandchildren, Stephen Reagor, Roy Bradford, James Bradford, Debra Brandon, Marilyn Robinson, Earl Bradford, Keith Hornbuckle, Carl Hornbuckle and Madeleine Hornbuckle; 17 great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Hattie Christie (Winter) Eubanks-Jankowski
Nov 8, 1932 - Sep 6, 2002

Hattie Christie Jankowski

Hattie Christie Jankowski, 69, of Rockaway Beach, Mo. passed away Friday, Sept. 6 in Branson, Mo.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Eubanks, Leslie Joe Eubanks, Christopher Jankowski, Daniel Eubanks, Jr., Michael Eubanks and Terry Oliver.

Mrs. Jankowski was born Nov. 8, 1932 in Corsicana. She was a member of the Ladies Elk Auxiliary #2597 in Rockaway Beach, Mo.

She was preceded in death by son James C. Eubanks, daughter Paula Dale Eubanks and parents William E. and Maggie H. Winter.

Survivors include husband Lawrence A. Jankowski of Rockaway Beach, Mo.; sons Daniel Eubanks, Leslie Joe Eubanks and Wesley Eubanks, all of Mansfield, and Christopher Jankowski of McHenry, Ill.; daughter Hazel Benningfield of Rockaway Beach, Mo.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Nellie Mae "Nell" (Bingham) Boyd
Oct. 9, 1910 - Aug 15, 2002

Fort Worth Star Telegram 18 August 2002

Nell Boyd, 91, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, in Fort Worth.

Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Chapel. Burial: 2 p.m. Monday in Dresden Cemetery. Visitation: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

Nell was born Oct. 9, 1910, in Barry. She retired from Commercial Standard Insurance Co. as a records clerk. Nell was a member of Polytechnic Methodist Church and she loved spending time with her great-grandchildren and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors: Son, Ben W. Boyd and wife, Mavis of Richland Hills; grandsons, Kevin Boyd and wife, Sara of Acton and Chris Boyd of Dublin, Ireland; great-granddaughter, Kendall Boyd; great-grandson, Kyler Boyd; sisters, Ruth Gordon of Arlington and Bea Tanner of Fort Worth; and 12 nieces and nephews.

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David Winfred Sherrill
Dec 30, 1908 - Jan 17, 1977

The collection includes correspondence, printed material irrigation surveys, newsclippings, maps, and photographs documenting Sherrill's work as a County Agricultural Agent and Area Irrigation Specialist. Bulks (1955-1968) with printed material on agricultural irrigation and water and soil management.
Sherrill was a county agricultural agent and area irrigation specialist. He was born in 1909 in Kerens, Texas, and graduated with a B.S. degree from Texas A&M (1931). He was employed by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service from 1933 to the mid 1960s and served in Coryell, Hockley, and Lubbock counties as a county agriculture agent. From 1957 through his 1964 retirement, Sherrill was employed as an area irrigation specialist. He served as a captain in World War II and later was active in civic organizations.

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  • Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX

E. L. 'Doc' Lowance
Aug. 24, 1911 - ?

E. L. "DOC" LOWANCE, 89, of Santa Fe died Aug. 4. He was born Aug. 24, 1911, to Charles and Exula Lowance in Kerens, Texas. He is survived by his sons Jerry L. Lowance and Charles T. Lowance; daughters, Margaret J. Smith and Dorothy D. Beach; and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorial services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McGee Memorial Chapel Mortuary. McGee Memorial Chapel Mortuary.


Vesta Emery (Tekel) Goodman
Aug 7, 1899 - Apr 25, 1997

Vesta Goodman

ALBANY - Vesta (Mrs. Miller) Goodman, 97, died Friday in a Temple hospital.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Albany First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Albany Cemetery, directed by Godfrey-Neese Funeral Home.

Mrs. Goodman was born in Barry, Texas, and was a homemaker. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was the widow of Miller M. Goodman, whom she married in 1920 in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include one son, Miller J. Goodman of Midland; one daughter, Darlene Fergus of Harker Heights; one brother, Rufus Tekell of Cleburne; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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  • Abilene Reporter -(Apr 27, 1997)
  • TXDI:
    Last_NameFirst_NameMiddle_NameDate_of_DeathCounty_of_DeathSex
    Goodman Vesta Emery 19970425 BELL 
  • SSDI:
    VESTA E GOODMAN 07 Aug 189925 Apr 1997 (V)76548 (Harker Heights, Bell, TX)454-17-1570Texas

Elizabeth Ann (Thomas) Sparrow
Jun 10, 1910 - Dec 27, 1997

Tyler, Texas.--Graveside services for Elizabeth Thomas Sparrow, 87, of Tyler, will be Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas. She is survived by two sons, Robert Gordon Sparrow III of Frankfort, Kentucky, and William Thomas Sparrow, Tyler; and four grandchildren.

The State Journal, Frankfort Ky, December 29, 1997

Notes:

  • Submitted by Beulah Franks
  • SSDI:
    ELIZABETH T SPARROW 18 Jun 191027 Dec 1997 (V)75703 (Tyler, Smith, TX)456-64-5388Texas
  • TXDI:
    Last_NameFirst_NameMiddle_NameDate_of_DeathCounty_of_DeathSex
     Sparrow  Elizabeth  Ann  19971227  SMITH  F 

Mary Jane Modester
Apr 2, 1925 - Sep 8, 2002

Mary Jane Modester, 77, of Kerens passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church, 401 Fourth St., Kerens.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel Washington officiating. Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Hall, Michael R. Givens, Michael Mosley, David Bradley, Clarence Hallman and Allen Mosley. Honorary pallbearers will be David E. Hallman, Vernon C. Hall, Chris D. Modester, Michael P. Givens, Kerry R. Givens and David E. Tolliver.

Mrs. Modester was born April 2, 1925 in Kerens. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Kerens. She was an electronic assembler at Curtis Mathis in Athens.

She was preceded in death by her children, Mary Frances Modester, Charlie Modester Jr., Melton Lewis Modester, Stella Louise Modester, Lola Mae Modester; and stepdaughter, Doretha Williams.

Survivors include her children, Dorothy Faye Modester, Minnie L. Hall and husband Eddie, Phyllis Lois Modester, Margaret R. Modester and Mark Anthony Modester; sister, Dorothy Hyder; grandchildren, David E. Hallman, Angela M. Modester, Ruby N. Modester, Vernon C. Hall, Iris M. Modester, Christopher D. Modester, Michael P. Givens, Kerry R. Givens, Avery Williams, Danny Modester, Scotty Modester, Rosa Wilson, Howard Williams, Kevin Williams and Karl Williams; 37 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Mary Ruth Inman
May 15, 1910 - Aug 6, 1997

GARLAND - Mary Ruth Inman, who retired from the Texas Highways Department in Austin, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 1997.

Graveside service: 4 p.m. Tuesday in Old Saltillo Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Williams Funeral Directors of Garland.

Memorials: The American Lung Association or the First United Methodist Church of Garland.

Mary Ruth Inman was born May 15, 1910. She lived in Saltillo until 1927, when the family moved to Commerce. She graduated from East Texas State Teacher's College in 1932 and taught school in Rice and Corsicana. In 1975, she retired from Texas Highways Department in Austin and moved to Garland.

Survivors: Brothers, Hugh Inman and L. H. Inman of Fort Worth and Richard Inman of Aurora, Ore.; two sisters, Margaret Stegall of Campbellsville, Ky. and Frances Gardner of Garland. Williams Funeral Directors Garland, (972) 276-5000


Opal Lorena (Cooper) Austin
Jul 29, 1893 - Jun 22, 1977

Austin, Opal Lorena Female White Housewife.

Born July 29, 1893 Corsicana, Texas.

Died June 22, 1977 Sherman, Texas.

Father William D. Cooper Mother Nancy E. Hearn.

Oakwood Cemetery Jacksboro, Texas.

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  •  Hawkins Funeral Home, Jack County TX

David Thomas Bowman
Jun 9, 1879 - Jan 19, 1959

David Thomas Bowman was born at Kiowa, Kansas, June 9, 1879, son of Lewis and Annie Morgan Bowman. He spent his childhood in Navarro County, Texas, and grew to manhood at Rush Spring, Indian Territory. In 1898 he came to Roger Mills County with his father and homesteaded near Reydon. Plagued by lifelong ill health, he led an active life until he had a heart attack in 1954, and was compelled to slow down. Only his iron will kept him from being bedfast until the last week of his life, when he was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage which paralyzed his throat. He died January 19, 1959 at 6 a.m. in the Cheyenne Municipal hospital. He was a loving father, a devoted husband, an upright citizen and a good neighbor. He is survived by his wife, Helen, their daughter, Rosanne, his son, Trammell and his half sisters and brothers, Kate Corvin, Lewis Wheeler, Sam Bowman and Philip Bowman. Burial Cheyenne cemetery, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK.


Ester May (Collins) Ply
May 18, 1921 - Oct 11, 1996

Ester May (Collins) Ply, 75, of Barry, died Oct. 11, 1996, at Columbia Navarro Rigional Hospital.

Graveside services are Tuesday at 2 p.m., with N. C. Parrish officiating in Blackoak Cemetery in Blackoak, Ark.

Mrs. Ply was born May 18, 1921, in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her husband, John Ply of Barry; daughters, Posilee Mugley of West Fork, Ark. And Irene Hardin of Barry; brothers, Darrell Assay of Billings, Mont., Melvin Frys of Lyons, Colo., and Harold Frys of Washington; sister, Ruby Flower of Washington; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ply was preceded in death by her son, Alfred Marion Collins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Daisy Dell (Vickery) Aston
Mar 9, 1911 - Oct 12, 1996

Daisy Dell Aston, of Corsicana, died Oct. 12, 1996, in Plano.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Tom Tribble of Central United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Zachery Aston, Milo Aston, Tim Rodgers, Tommy Rodgers and Mike Henderson.

Mrs. Aston was born March 9, 1911 in Hubbard. She was a graduate of Hubbard High School in 1930. She lived the last 53 years of her life in Corsicana and was a member of the Central Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Connie Rodgers of Plano; Mollie Henderson of Dallas; one son, Milo Aston of Lewisville; one sister, Amy Findley of Hubbard and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward W. Aston.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Katie Pearl (Starks) Stubbs
Mar 15, 1914 - Oct 11, 1996

Katie P. Stubbs, 82, of Corsicana, died Oct. 11, 1996, in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Bogner Stubbs, Norman Stubbs, J. D. Stubbs, Joe Starks and Randy Starks.

Mrs Stubbs was born March 15, 1914, in Corsicana. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Benny Lee and Jamie Stubbs of Nacogdoches, James David and Brenda Stubbs of Corsicana; grandsons, Jason David Stubbs of Austin, Justin Kyle Stubbs of Nacogdoches; granddaughter, Melissa Hayhurst of Kingwood; sister, Polly Chase of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Lucille Starks of Corsicana.

Mrs. Stubbs was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Stubbs.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Quanah Milam
May 3, 1962 - Oct 11, 1996

Quanah Milam, 34, of Corsicana, died Oct. 11, 1996 in Corsicana.

Services are Monday at 11 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home, with Bro. Hill Honea and B. F. Risinger of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.

Visitation will be held today from 6-9:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Marcus Milam, Ben Milam, Jake Milam, Jerry Morgan, Scotty Morgan and Jon Morgan.

Mr. Milam was born May 3, 1962.

Mr. Milam is survived by his son, Dakota Milam of Cameron; mother, Maybell Milam of Corsicana; brothers, J. L. Milam, Jr. of Oregon, Ben Milam of Florida and Marcus Milam of Corsicana; sisters, Dorcus Milam of Seagoville, Nita Morgan of Terrell and Twanda Powell of Chatfield; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Kathy Boales of Corsicana.

Mr. Milam was preceded in death by his father, J. L. Milam, Sr.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joseph Lloyd Stubbs
Mar 5, 1902 - Mar 8, 1961

Lloyd Stubbs Dies Wednesday Rites Friday

J. Lloyd Stubbs, 59, native of Navarro County, was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital Wednesday afternoon following a heart attack at his home, 106 Gorman Avenue.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Northside Baptist church with the paster, Rev. Norman Ferguson, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Frost who was born on March 5, 1902, Stubbs moved to Corsicana when one year old. He had resided here since then.

His residence here for the past 12 years was 106 Gorman where his wife operates Paulyne's Convalescent Home.

Survivors, other than the widow, are one son, Bogner Stubbs, two grandsons, Lee and Bogner Stubbs, Jr., all of Corpus Christi; six brothers, J. W., Clyde, Richard, Le Roy, Gene and Gilbert Stubbs, all of Corsicana; one sister Mrs. Hobart Rice, Lawton, Okla., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Banks Lyons, Ollie Watkins, Harrell Gray, Bill Brietz, Joe Libal and Robert Nelson.

Corley directs.

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James Enoch Fletcher
Aug 4, 1852 - Aug 9, 1938

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Kerens Tuesday afternoon for James Enoch Fletcher, pioneer resident of Kerens. He was born in Warrenton, Va., Aug 4, 1852 and died Aug. 9, 1938. He came to Texas as a young man and settled at Bryan, later moving to Runnells County where he met and married Miss Ella Webster. 47 years ago the couple moved to this county and settled near Kerens. Last year they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. For the past 18 years they have lived in Kerens. He is survived by his wife and 7 children: B. L. Fletcher of Weatherford, A. P. Fletcher of Corsicana, W. E. Fletcher of Dallas, J. E. Fletcher, Jr. of Houston, Mrs. Winnie B Etheredge of Kerens, Mrs. Ila Barlow of Palestine and Mrs. Ruby Steele of Tyler; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He became a Christian and united with the Baptist Church 45 years ago and has lived a consistent Christian life since. He was a true loyal husband and a kind and loving father and will be missed by all who knew him. Rev. Rivers Cartlidge of Athens conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Joe N. Everheart and C. E. Wilkins, with internment at the Bazette Cemetery under the direction of the P. N. Stockton Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Ford Ivey, Pat Murphrey, Howell Brister, Jim Inmon, Burt Inmon, and Fred Jennings.

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AGED RESIDENT OF KERENS WAS BURIED TUESDAY AFTERNOON

KERENS, Aug. 12.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church here Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock for James Enoch Fletcher, 86, who died at his home here Monday afternoon after having been confined to his bed for little over a week.

Mr. Fletcher, hale, hearty and active, looked twenty years younger, was on the streets everyday and looked after his farming interests until last.

Born, in Warrenton, Virginia, August 4th, 1852, he came to Texas while still a young man and was a cowboy in the extreme western part of the state for some time. Moving to Runnels county about 1880, he met there and married Miss Ella Webster at Balinger on March 9th, 1887. Forty-seven years ago the family moved to the Oak Grove community, where they lived until 18 years ago, when they left their farm, and moved into the city of Kerens.

This beloved couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 5th 1936, with open house at which time practically every resident of Kerens called to pay their respects.

Mr. Fletcher is survived by his wife, seven children, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The children are A. P. Fletcher, Corsicana; B. L. Fletcher, Weatherford; W. E. Fletcher, Dallas; J. E. Fletcher, Jr., Houston; Mrs. Winnie Etheridge, Kerens; Mrs. Ila Barlow, Palestine, and Mrs. Ruby Steele, Tyler.

In the absence of the pastor, Rev. Rivers, Cartlidge of Athens conducted the service with Rev. Joe Everhart and C. E. Wilkins, Presbyterian and Methodist pastors, assisting. Burial was in the
Bazette cemetery and was under the direction of the P. N. Stockton funeral home.

Pall bearers were: J. N. Inmon, Bert Inmon, Howell Brister, Fred Jennings, at Murphey, and Ford Ivey.

Noted among the large number of out of town friends, attending funeral services, were Mr. and Mrs. Willie Fletcher and son, Dallas; Percy Fletcher, Corsicana; Lacy Fletcher, Weatherford; Jimmie Fletcher, Houston; Mrs. Ila Barlow, Palestine; Mr. and Mrs. Travis Steele, Tyler; Mrs. J. A. Travis, Corsicana; Mrs. Truly Etheridge, Corsicana; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Etheridge, Corsicana; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ellett, Powell; Mrs. Alice Weldon and granddaughter of Houston.

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Ella Cornelia (Webster) Fletcher
Nov 3, 1869 -  May 7, 1955

Mrs. J. E. Fletcher Dies at Kerens Kerens, May 7 - Mrs. J. E. Fletcher, 85, resident of Kerens community most of her life, died at her home here Saturday, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 P.M. from the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Bazette Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Frank Gillham, pastor of the church, and Dr. W.M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana. Mrs. Fletcher was a Baptist. Surviving are 3 sons: Lacy Fletcher, Weatherford; Percy Fletcher, Corsicana; Jimmy Fletcher, Houston; 3 daughters: Mrs. D.S. Etheredge, Kerens; Mrs. Ila Barlow, Palestine; and Mrs. Nat Waters, Corsicana; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Rites Sunday For Kerens Pioneer, Mrs Fletcher Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm Sunday from First Baptist Church for Mrs. J.E. Fletcher, 85, who died at her home here Saturday following a long illness. The rites were conducted by the pastor, Frank Gillham. He was assisted by W.M. Shamburger, pastor of First Bapt. Church, Corsicana. Mrs. Fletcher had been a resident of this community for the greater part of her life. She was a Baptist. Surviving are 3 sons: Lacy of Weatherford; Jummy, Houston; and Percy of Corsicana; 3 daughters: Mrs. D.S. Etheredge of Kerens; Mrs. Nat Waters of Corsicana; and Mrs. Ila Barlow of Palestine; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Interment was made in the Bazette cemetery. Inmon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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  • b. 3 Nov 1869, d. 7 May 1955

Malissa Alice (Langford)  McCarley
May 23, 1868 - May 21, 1926

Temple Daily Telegraph - May 22, 1926

Mrs. J.A. McCarley, aged 57 years, died at a local institution of surgery Friday morning at 10:30 after an illness of several months. Mrs. McCarley had lived in Temple for the last fifteen years. She is survived by her husband and six children, four boys and two girls: Preston Stuard and Wyatt Stuard of Corsicana, Mrs. D. D. Nelson of Corsicana, Mrs. Val Wyley of Corsicana and Clarence and Curtis McCarley of Temple. Three sisters also survive: Mrs. S. M. Patrick of Fort Worth, Mrs. Ed Castro of Corsicana and Mrs. W.T. Baker of Waco, and two nieces who will be here for the funeral: Mrs. G. F. Dresner of Waco and Mrs. George Cowart of Waco. Family services will be held at the family residence, 918 South 17th street, Saturday at 3 pm, conducted by Rev. C. G. Brewer. Internment will be in Hillcrest.

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Renee' (Coulson) McClure
Nov 20, 1914 - Oct 4, 1996

October 6, 1996 Corsicana Daily Sun

Renee’ Coulson McClure, formerly of Corsicana, died Oct. 4, 1996, in Austin.

Memorial services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She was born in Corsicana on Nov. 20, 1914, graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Trinity University. She was a life-long member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tim McClure of Austin; David McClure of Burke, VA, and Michael McClure of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Sanders of Corsicana and brother and sister-in-law, MR. and Mrs. B. L. Coulson of Abilene; and five grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers are Clyde Stroud, W. D. Ralston, Ferma C. Stewart, Elliott Middleton, Mitchell Boyd, George W. Eliot, Gerald McClung, C. M. Sanders, Dr. James Witten and Dr. Louis E. Gibson.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectively requests contributions be made to charity of choice.

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Lana Mae Clark
Oct 29, 1909 - Oct 5, 1996

October 6, 1996 Corsicana Daily Sun

Lana Mae Clark, 86, of Corsicana, died Oct. 5, 1996 in Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mrs. Clark was born Oct. 29, 1909 in Winkler, Texas.

Mrs. Clark is survived by sons, George Honea and Otis Lee Honea, both of Corsicana; sister Ruby Bell of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Vada (Hamilton) Cuthbertson
Feb 20, 1905 - Oct 5, 1996

October 6, 1996 Corsicana Daily Sun

Vada Cuthbertson, 91, of Livingston, died Oct. 5, 1996, in Livingston.

Services are Monday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Mark Fisher of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana officiating. Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

The family will receive friends for visitation 6-8 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Cuthbertson, Kenneth Sears, Ray Sears, Gary Sears, Chance Cuthbertson, Steve Nowlin, Liston Herod, James Muesse and Jeromy Cuthbertson.

Mrs. Cuthbertson was born Feb. 20, 1905 in Eureka. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana.

Mrs. Cuthbertson is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, James P. and Susan Cuthbertson of Fulshear and Jack Wayne and Louise Cuthbertson of Humble; son, Robert L. Cuthbertson of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Sam Nowlin of Corrigan; sisters, Polly Hamilton of Corsicana; brother, James Floyd Hamilton of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Mrs. Cuthbertson was preceded in death by her husband, Chester G. Cuthbertson and granddaughter Jordan Cuthbertson.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Paulyne Stubbs
Aug 1, 1905 - Oct 4, 1996

October 6, 1996 Corsicana Daily Sun

Paulyne Stubbs, 91, of Corsicana, died Oct. 4, 1996, in Corsicana.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. O. E. Permenter officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joe Hambrick, Newt Bond, Slim Bolen, Calvin Rich, Al Fisher, and James McDonald.

Memorials may be made to the Northside Baptist Church, Together We Build building fund; 2800 N. Beaton St. Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Mrs. Stubbs was born Aug. 1, 1905, in Robertson County. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church for over 50 years. Mrs. Stubbs was a former owner of the Paulyne Convelesant Home for over 25 years, and former employee of the Corsicana Cottenmill. She was a member of Professional Business Womens Association, and the I.O.O.F. and Rebekahs Corsicana Lodge.

She is survived by her son, Bogner and Willidean Stubbs of New Braunfels; grandsons, Lee Stubbs of Borne and Bogner Stubbs of Austin; great-grandchildren, Clay, Katie and Collin Stubbs, all of Austin and Jordan Stubbs of Borne.

Mrs. Stubbs was preceded in death by her first husband, J. L. Stubbs and her second husband Quinton Gathright.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Billie Nell (Richardson) Raisor
Bradford Square Health Care Center, Frankfort, Kentucky

OBITUARY EXTRACT
Born: Corsicana, Texas
Died: Saturday, at Bradford Square, Frankfort, Kentucky
Age: 62
Parents: L. A. and Grace Truman Hutson Richardson (deceased)
Husband: Harvey Raisor
Sons: Gary Raisor, Georgia; Danny Raisor, Frankfort Kentucky; Bobby Raisor, Irvine, Kentucky and David Raisor, Georgetown, Kentucky
Son: Ricky Raisor (deceased)
Daughters: Rosa Quarles, Peggy Deese, Linda Ruth and Barbara Wethington, all of Frankfort, Kentucky
Step-daughter: Carolyn Herald, Lubbock, Texas
Brothers: Francis "Bud" Richardson, Jack T. Richardson, Leslie D. Richardson and Charles E. Richardson, all of Texas
Brothers: Samuel L. Richardson, S. L. Richardson and Don Richardson (all deceased)
Sisters: Pat Eversol and Sally Deweese, both of Texas
Sister: Helen Vincent (deceased)
Burial: Monterey Cemetery - Owen County, Kentucky


Notes:

  • The State Journal - Jan 17, 2000

Charles Lee

Extracted from "The Daily Inter Lake"; Kalispell, MT; December 28, 1999

Died: December 23, 1999 in Kalispell, MT
Born: May 20, 1937 in Corsicana, TX
Parents: Helen Thomas and Charles Gaston Lee
Spouse: Barbara Lea Dickinson
Married: August 29, 1959

Preceded in death by father

Survived by wife; children Jodie Opat of Scobey, Lynelle Rolfe of San Francisco, CA, Lee Rolfe of San Francisco, CA, Brian Lee of North Pole, AK, David Lee of Oak Harbor, WA; 7 grandchildren; mother Helen of Calgary Alberta, CANADA


Harry Minister
Jan 1, 1901 - Sep 19, 1970

California Democrat
Thursday Sept. 24, 1970
HARRY MINSTER DIES IN TEXAS

Harry Minster, 69, formerly of Clarksburg, died Saturday, Sept. 19, at a hospital in Corsicana, Texas. His body arrived Sunday evening at the Williams Funeral Home where services were conducted Monday afternoon.

The Rev. Ivan Dameron officiated. Burial was in the Hickman Cemetery in Clarksburg with Carl Chambers, Lyndon McDaniel, Roscoe Albert, Mike, Lawrence and Charles Kimsey serving as pallbearers.

Mr. Minster was born Jan. 1, 1901, near Clarksburg, the son of George and Mary Minster. he married the former Mary Dolan, who died July 13, 1962.

One sister, Mrs. Mable Bunch, of Corsicana, survives. Also a sister-in-law, Mrs. Alice McDaniel, and a
brother-in-law, A. E. McDaniel, both of this city.

Mr. Minster was retired from the Mobil Oil Company. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.


Mary Elizabeth (Meador) Dudney
Oct 16, 1851 - May 19, 1912

Mary Elizabeth Meador was born at Gibtown, Texas, October 16, 1851. Was married to Benjamin F. Dudney, September 5, 1872, at Corsicana, Texas, died at her home west of town Sunday, May 19, 1912.
"Smooth the locks of silver hair,
On our mother's brow with tendest care.
Gather the robe in final fold
Around the form so still and cold;
Lay on her bosom, pure as snow.
The fairest, sweetest flowers tha grow.
Kiss her and leave he our hearts delight;
Her pain is over she sleeps tonight."
After a long, busy and useful life she died as she had lived-honored, trusted and loved. She reared her own monument while she lived in the hearts of all who knew her. Her life was completed if work all done and well done constitutes completion.
She was a member of the Christian Church, and her life was beautiful from its beginning to its close, and though all the vicissiotudes and sorrows that she met in the way, her faith in God never wavered.
She was the mother of two children, Joe and Lee. The former was laid to rest in the Cheyenne Cemetery, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma. Her husband also was called home during the same year. Lee her youngest son the only survivor of the family lives on his farm in the Redmoon vicinity. The Star with his many friends wafts to him and his, condolents in this sad hour.
The funeral ceremony was conducted by Rev. W.C. Morris Monday, at the Cheyenne Cemetery where the remains were laid in the silent tomb.

Notes:

  • Daughter of Reason Mobley & Sarah (nee unk) Meador
  • Married Benjamin Franklin Dudney on 5 September 1872 in Navarro Co., TX

William Warner Weeks
May 23, 1873 - Jan 24, 1938

William Warner Weeks was born May 23, 1873 at Corsicana, Texas. He departed this life at Cheyenne, Oklahoma, at 6 a.m., Jan. 24, 1938, aged 64 years, 8 months and one day.
He professed faith in Christ, was baptized and united with the Baptist church in 1901.
He was married to Rose Ella Hobsonson August 23, 1904, who preceded him in death December 22, 1929.

Billy Weeks homesteaded land on North Dead Indian in 1898 and has resided in Roger Mills county ever since, with the exception of the past two years, when he has been an employee in the historical building, Oklahoma City.

He leaves one son, Gene Weeks, of Dalhart, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Joe Ballard, and Sadie Weeks, of Stillwater, Okla.; four sisters, Mrs. A.T. Leddy, Mrs. Rhett Jones, and Mrs. Guy Kendall, of Strong City; and Mrs. Fred McClelland, of Spearman, Texas; two brothers, Joe and Otis Thompson, of Strong City; two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Interment in the Cheyenne Cemetery, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.


Nancy Elizabeth (Harper) Kendall
Jul 1, 1873 - Nov 28, 1963

Nancy Elizabeth Harper was born July 1, 1873 in Corsicana, Texas. She died November 28, 1963. She was married to John Hiram Kendall November 5, 1889 at Corsicana. To this union was born 8 children. She and her husband came to Oklahoma territory in 1901 to what was known as Custer Bend community, and later moved to Cheyenne. In 1912 they returned to their old home place which was the Strong City community where she lived until she went to make her home with her youngest daughter and son-in-law in Kingfisher.

She and her husband helped to organize the Custer Bend Baptist Church, one of the first churches organized in Oklahoma Territory, which later became the Strong City Baptist Church. She was the only surviving Charter member. She was always faithful in the Lord's work and willing and ready to help anyone in need. She was currently a member of the First Baptist Church at Kingfisher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son John Floyd Kendall and a daughter, Lillie West.
She is survived by one son Ray Kendall of Oklahoma City, 5 daughters, Mrs. Jessie K. Cross, Houston, Texas; Mrs. Mammie K. Warren, Norman; Mrs. Frede Cobb, Oklahoma City; Mrs Hugh Jobe, Maysville, Arkansas; Mrs. C.E. Pyatt, Kingfisher, 13 grand children, 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.

Burial Strong City cemetery, Strong City, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.
Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK


Edward Grant
Sep 3, 1936 - Sep 8, 2002

Edward Grant, 66, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Alton Goff, Edward Grant Jr., Robert Bryant, Sammy Bryant, Wylie Grant, Benny Grant, Fred Grant, Kevin Renfro, Romanel Watson, Billy Sheppard, George Kennedy, Uncle Edward Grant Sr. and Charles Kelly.

Mr. Grant was born Sept. 3, 1936 in Winkler.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Louis Grant.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Renfro Grant of Corsicana; daughters, Pamela Grant Washington and husband Terry of Houston, and Pearlie Grant Baxter and husband Jeffrey of Kerens; sons, Eric James Grant and wife Jacqueline, Jeremiah Grant and Scottie Grant, all of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; parents, Louis C. Grant and Pearlie Mae Grant of Corsicana; brothers, Bennie Ray Grant and Fred Gene Grant, both of Corsicana; sisters, Gladys Blanford, Catherine Chambers, Alice Chambers and Diann Kelly, all of Corsicana, Doris Kennedy of Fort Worth, Mary Grant Sheppard of Dallas, and Tommie Jean Woods of Clarksville; uncle and aunt, Edward Grant Sr. and Mary Grant of Streetman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Wilma Jean McDonald
May 16, 1933 - Sep 7, 2002

Wilma Jean McDonald, 66, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 409 N. Third St., with the Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating and the Rev. Marcus McDonald as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Anero Martin, Lester McDonald Jr., Booker T. McDonald Jr., Sam C. McDonald Jr., Bobby McDonald and Henry Persley.

Mrs. McDonald was born May 16, 1933 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Booker T. McDonald.

Survivors include his daughters, Mildred Martin and Carolyn Johnson, both of Fort Worth; sons, Booker T. McDonald Jr. of Corsicana and Lester McDonald of Fort Worth; sisters, Rosie Douglas and Alma Woodard, both of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Jorene McDonald; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary


Robert Melvin Henderson
Mar 24, 1913 - Sep 11, 2002

Robert Melvin Henderson, 89, of Fairfield passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Fairfield with the Rev. Mack Roller officiating. Interment will follow at Cade Cemetery in Streetman.

Mr. Henderson was born March 24, 1913 to Eddie Hodges Henderson and Katie Walker Henderson. He was a retired banker and rancher. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Fairfield and was a mason.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Cooper Henderson; and brother, Gale Henderson.

Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Henderson of Fairfield; sister-in-law, Hazel Henderson of Fort Worth; nephews and nieces, Ethel Wilder of Louisa, Va., Jackie Cooper Tyus of Dallas, James Carter Cooper of Houston, Donald Cain Henderson of New Mexico, and Diana Henderson Knuth of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and a number of grand-nephews, nieces and cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Fairfield


Jessie (Kendall) Cross
Mar 25, 1892 - Jun 27, 1976

Jessie Kendall Cross was born March 25, 1892 in Corsicana, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Kendall and departed this life on June 27, 1976 at Guymon, Oklahoma.
She was united in marriage to Dr. J.  N. Cross on September 27, 1915 who preceded her in death in December 1932.
Two children were born to this union. Mr. J. N. Cross, Jr. of Guymon, Oklahoma and Mrs. Robert Giezentanner (Gertie Rae) of Houston, Texas.
She accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of the Custer Bend Baptist Church, and later transferring her membership to the Fist Baptist Church of Cheyenne. At the time of her passing she was a member of the Tallowood Baptist Church of Houston where she made her home for a number of years.
She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Cross is survived by her children, J.N. Cross and Mrs. Robert Giezentanner, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren; four sisters Mrs. Mamie Warren of Norman, Oklahoma, Mrs. Fred Cobb (Kate) of Oklahoma City; Mrs. Lela K. Jobe of Gravette, Arkansas; Mrs. C.E. Pyatt (Bess) of Kingfisher, Oklahoma; one brother Mr. Ray H. Kendall of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Her life was exemplary of her devoted to her saviour, family and friends.
A memorial was established for Jessie Cross by the family at the Baptist Church of Cheyenne. Any one wishing to contribute please contact the church.
Committal in Cheyenne Cemetery, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.
Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK


Minnie (Martin) Morris-Reel
Feb 13, 1890 - Jan 17, 1985

Minnie Morris Reel, 94, of Sand Springs, Okla. was born February 13, 1890 in Corsicana, Texas to Ames and Elizabeth Martin. She passed from this life Thursday night, January 17, 1985 in St. Frances Hospital of Tulsa, Okla.

Mrs. Reel came with her parents to Cheyenne in 1900 where they settled west of town. She and Ezra M. Morris were married in 1907 and lived in Cheyenne until 1938 when they moved to California for a short while, returning in 1940. Mr. Morris passed away in 1944. In 1946 she and James Reel were united in marriage and he passed from this life a year later.
Mrs. Reel lived in California for a while before moving to Sand Springs, Okla. where she lived at the time of her death. She had been a member of the Church of Christ for a number of years.
Those who preceded her in death were her parents, both husbands, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 2 sons, 1 daughter and 1 granddaughter.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Bertie Carl of Ft. Worth, Texas and Ermine Churchill of Topeka, Kansas; 3 sons, Paul Morris of Checotah, Okla., John Morris of Sand Springs, Okla. and Clifford Morris of Henderson, Nevada; 2 sisters, Ethel Perry of Macon, GA and Lessie Cannon, Moore, Okla.

Eleven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends including J. A. Morris, a nephews, of Cheyenne.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Cheyenne Church of Christ with Willard Cox officiating.

Interment followed in the Cheyenne Cemetery, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma under the direction of Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service of Sand Springs, Okla.

Pallbearers were: Lee Roark, A.F. Beaty, Collier Tracey, Billie Harrison, Billy Chalfant and Eddie Lee McDaniel.


Nancy Lida (Weeks) Leddy

Nancy Lida Weeks was born June 28, 1878 at Corsicana, Texas, daughter of Nathion Hosea Weeks. She moved with her family to Old Day County in 1900.

She was united in marriage to Alpha Thomas Leddy, March 16, 1902.
She passed away December 16, 1970 at the Sayre Memorial Hospital after a long illness at the age of 92 years, 5 months and 18 days.

She was a longtime member of the Methodist Church.
She filed on a claim near Dead Indian Lake which was in Old Day County. After marriage to Mr. Leddy they made their home in a half dugout, on their old homestead about a mile south of the Canadian River.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1935 and one daughter, Nona Hill, in 1959, 1 sister Maggie Kendall, 2 brothers Billy Weeks and Joe Thomas.
Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Vida Archer of Sayre, Mrs. Henry Walker, Strong City, Mrs. Minnie Hillman of Roll, Oklahoma, 5 sons, Hosea, of Cheyenne, Ollie, Sayre, Oklahoma, Loyd of White Deere, Texas, A.T. of Strong City and Raymond of Cheyenne; two sisters Mrs. Myrtle Jones, of Roll and Iva McClellan, of Mt. View, Missouri, one brother Otis Thompson, Cheyenne, 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, also other relatives and a host of friends.

Committal in Silent Home Cemetery, Roll, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.
Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK


Katy Elizabeth Offenburger

9/9 Dallas woman killed at deadly curve Saturday

By RAYMOND LINEX II/Daily Sun Staff

RICHLAND -- A 23-year-old Dallas woman was killed Saturday night near Richland when a northbound 18-wheeler crossed the median and crushed her sports car.

"(Death) was instantaneous," investigating Department of Public Safety Trooper Dane Baker said.

Katy Elizabeth Offenburger died when her 1991 Mazda 626 was pinned between a 2000 International truck tractor driven by Michael Barnes of Del City, Okla. and a southbound bridge guardrail.

Baker said Barnes was traveling at an unsafe speed given the dampness of Interstate 45 at milemarker 219, in an area notoriously known as Richland Curve. The reefer trailer Baker was hauling started shimmying, witnesses told Baker. When the trailer began to swerve, Barnes tried to overcorrect the movement but the trailer jackknifed. The momentum carried the tractor and trailer through the center median and into the southbound lane, where it struck Offenburger's car in the outside lane and forced it into the guardrail.

The rear portion of the tractor landed on top of the car.

"According to witnesses behind (Offenburger), the driver had no time to make evasive action to avoid the truck trailer," Baker said.

It took emergency personnel about three hours to extract Offenburger.

"I got the call at 7:02 (p.m.) and got here about 7:15, and they didn't extract her until almost 10," Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Connie Mayfield said.


Clara (Sansom) Wheelock
Dec 20, 1920 - Sep 12, 2002

Clara S. Wheelock, 81, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 in Corsicana.

Mrs. Wheelock was born Dec. 20, 1920.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Clara Sansom Wheelock

Clara Sansom Wheelock, 81, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 in Corsicana.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Dennis Smart officiating. A reception will follow.

Pallbearers will be her four grandsons and Rick Dodson and Scott DeChaume. Honorary pallbearers will be Embry Ferguson, William B. Clarkson, James Fortson, W. D. Wyatt and Jack McFerran.

Mrs. Wheelock was born Dec. 20, 1920 in Fort Worth. She attended Hollins College and The University of Texas. In June 1940, she married Robert L. Wheelock Jr. and moved to Corsicana. She became active in the community and had a great love for the church. She was a member of James Blair Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the 19th Century Club, and served on the board of directors of Kinsloe House. She was lovingly cared for in her later years by Linda Coleman, Luree Hall and Doris Townsel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved husband Bob of 53 years.

Survivors include her sons, Robert L. Wheelock III and wife Toni of Dallas and Frank S. Wheelock and Andreya Skupaka of Corsicana; daughter, Diana Wheelock of Corsicana; grandchildren, Clint Wheelock of Denver, Colo., Frank "Pancho" Wheelock Jr. and Michael Wheelock, both of Dallas, and Sean Dodson and wife Heather and Hope DeChaume and husband Scott, all of Corsicana; and great-grandchildren, Avery DeChaume and Colton Dodson.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Willie Mae (Adams) Ballew
Oct 10, 1911 - Aug 17, 1933

Willie Mae Adams was born Oct 10, 1911.  Was converted at eleven years of age and united with the Methodist Church.  Was married to Ervin Ballew Nov 24, 1928, United with the Prairie Grove Baptist Church at Emmett in 1929.  After three weeks of suffering, died Aug 17, 1933 and was laid to rest in cemetery at Emmett.

She is survived b her husband, daughter 18 months of age, and Father and Mother.

She lived a true Christian life.  She will be missed by the church, friends, and loved ones.

Her place no other can fill as Mother, daughter and friend but our loss is her gain.

Therefore be it resolved that the husband has lost a dear and affectionate wife and the church has lost lost a true and useful member.

Also be it resolved that a copy of this be sent to the Baptist Progress, a copy spread on the church minutes and a copy be sent to the bereaved husband.  ....committee 


Frances Elizabeth (White) Mitchell
Apr 9, 1856 - Aug 9, 1928

In Memory of -
Sister Frances E. Mitchell was born April 9, 1856, died Aug 9, 1928.  She was converted and joined the Baptist Church in Bethel Miss. at the age of 15 years.

Mrs. and Mr. Mitchell had 13 children, They: Clayton of Hillsboro, Moris of Sweetwater, John of Corsicana, Fred of Hondo, Sam of Ft. Worth, Gary of Waco, Jesse of Waco, Inez Reed of Irene, Idell Campbell of Irene, Mrs. Mable Gren, Hattie and Charlie having preceding her to a better world.

Mrs. Mitchell and her husband and most of her children joined the Prairie Grove Baptist Church and lived near Emmett till her children were grown.  Bro Mitchell  wife stood firm for every Christian and moral ideal.

No better Christian nor mother can be found than sister Mitchell.

Member of children, grand children, with friends are left to mourn her death.

Bro H. A. Conway held funeral services.

Therefore be it resolved this church has lost a faithful member and that her children have lost a kind and tender mother.

Her face seemed it was a little bit worn with care
That grace gave her even jolly to hear
Till Angels announced her life departing was at had
That her spirit would join the perfect choir and hand
in her last smile she said in a quiet reprise
Leaving loved ones in tears as her spirit arose

Resolved that a copy be sent to the Baptist Progress and a copy be spread on the records of the church.  ....committee

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WACO TIMES HERALD
AUGUST 9, 1928
THURSDAY

MRS. E.F. MITCHELL

Mrs. Emruth (?)  Frances Mitchell, 72, died this morning at 7:45 o'clock at the home of her son, J. O. Mitchell at 705 Elm street. She was visiting here and her home is Irene Texas.
Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church at Emmett, Navarro County, Rev. H. H. Conway officiating. The funeral will be at 2:30 Friday afternoon. Interment will be in the Emmett cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Louise White, 95, of Greneda, Miss.; seven sons, J. O. and J. G. Mitchell of Waco, J. C. Mitchell of Hillsboro, Fred W. Mitchell of Austin, J. M. Mitchell of Corsicana, S. J. Mitchell of Fort Worth, and W. M. Mitchell of Sweetwater, and three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Shaw of Greneda, Miss., and Mrs. E. D. Reed and Mrs. P. D. Campbell, both of Irene.

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WACO TIMES HERALD, AUGUST 10, 1928. FRIDAY

MRS. MITCHELL

Mrs. Emruth Frances Mitchell, 72, will be buried at Emmett, Navarro county, Friday afternoon, with Rev. H. H. Conway in charge.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Louise White, 95, of Greneda, Miss.; seven sons, J. O. and J. G. Mitchell of Waco, J. C. Mitchell of Hillsboro, Fred W. Mitchell of Corsicana, S. J. Mitchell of Sweetwater and three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Shaw of Greneda, Miss., and Mrs. E. D. Reed and Mrs. P. D. Campbell, both of Irene.

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Opal Guadalupe (Gonzales) Wiggins
Jan 29, 1936 - Sep 13, 2002

Opal Guadalupe Wiggins, 66, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Father Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Frank Williams, Angel Williams, Duane Bewley, Alvin Bewley, Sammie Ward and David Bewley.

Mrs. Wiggins was born Jan. 29, 1936 in Corsicana. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ramon and Santos Maria Gonzales; brother, Alvarado Gonzales; and sister, Ida Joles.

Mrs. Wiggins is survived by her daughters, Avelina Wheat of Purdon, Christine Olalde of Corsicana, Angelina Gasca of Gatesville and Nina Salbana of Corsicana; sons, Duane Bewley of Corsicana, Alvin Bewley of Irving, Franklin Wiggins II of Lamesa and Franklin Wiggins III of Corsicana; brother, Juan Gonzales of Corsicana; sisters, Mickey Joles, Alifonsa Cobb, Rosie Monroe, Cathlina Hodge and Delores Cobb, all of Corsicana; companion, Jesus Najera of Corsicana; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Hayden Bond
Sep 14, 1915 - Sep 13, 2002

Hayden Bond, 86, of Kerens passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2002 at Kerens Care Center.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating and David Bond Jr. assisting. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be C. E. Blissett, B. H. Upchurch, Bill Hyder, Roy Gerald Tramel, R.H. Hilliard and Norton Conner.

Mr. Bond was born Sept. 14, 1915 in Trinidad. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Bond; and son, Daniel Bond.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, David and Yvonne Bond of Ashdown, Ark.; brother, T.N. Bond of Corsicana; sister, Hazel Godley of Corsicana; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens

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Emily Emma (French) Slater 
July 20, 1849 - May 2, 1926

MEMORIAL

On May 2, 1926, Gods death angel came down in our midst and wafted away in his snowy white arms the spirit of our friend and church member Mrs. Emily Slater.  She had been sick for three months with the disease cancer, when god in his never failing wisdom saw best to cll her home, out of her suffering.

All that tender loving care and medical skill could do was done for her to no avail.  may God help us in this sad hour to be submissive help us today Lord thy will be done not ours.

Mrs. Slater was born July 20, 1849, United with the Baptist Church at Society Hill in early life.  Was married to Thomas S. Slater, August 4,1872.  She then united with the Prairie Grove Baptist Church, Emmett, in 1892 and lived a constant member until death.

She leaves to mourn her loss five children, three sons, two daughters, and other relatives.  She was laid to rest in the Navarro Mills Cemetery Sunday evening May 2, 1926.  Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Alman and her Pastor H. B. Carraway and Bro. Bonlware.

Many beautiful flowers were placed on her grave all evidence of the love and respect of her many friends was shown.

Be it resolved that a copy of this be sent to the Baptist Progress, A copy placed on the Church Record.  ... Committee
Mrs. Carrie Thompson, Mrs. W. H. Bowen, Mrs. J. T. Stroder, Lizzie Rae Osborne.

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Andrew Jackson Ballew
July 12, 1871 - Jun 30, 1930

One of our Best Men Gone

A. J. Ballew was born in Tenn July 12, 1871.  He was converted and joined the Baptist Church when 14 years old, moved to Texas in 1894 and joined the Prairie Grove Baptist Church that same year.  He lived a consecrated useful life.  He was one of our best Sunday School Supt. No one will be missed more than he.  His place is vacant in the home, church, and community that can not be filled.  He died June 30, 1930.

He was married to Estella Bruton over thirty years ago and leaves his devoted wife and twelve excellent children to mourn his loss.

His funeral was preached by Eld. A. D. Hinkle.  His remains were laid to rest in the Prairie Grove Cemetery.

Where he leaves a wide circle of friends and his people in the church feel they have lost a real christian brother.

Therefore be it resolved that a copy of this be spread on the church records and a copy be sent to the Baptist Progress.  .... Committee
Mrs. J. T. Stroder, Mrs. W. H. Bower

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Millard Fillmore "Bink" Elkins
May 1, 1856 - Jul 14, 1929

In Memory of Uncle Bink Elkins

M. F. Elkins was born May 1, 1856 and departed this life July 14, 1929 being 73 years old.  He professed faith in Christ in early life.  He reconsecrated his life 16 years ago and joined the Baptist Church.  As long as he was able, he attended church regularly but for some time he had not been able to.

We feel sure that he has entered that place where he won't suffer any more.  During his lat illness he was kind and submissive and bore his suffering patiently

Funeral was conducted by Bro. W. Z. Corbin, pastor of the Prairie Grove Church at the time he was Baptized.  Hs remains were laid to rest in the Prairie Grove Cemetery, July 15, 1929 amid a host of relatives and friends.

Be it resolved that a copy of this be spread on our church records and a copy sent to the Baptist Progress.  .... committee
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Stroder, Mrs. W. H. Bowen

Notes:

Millard Fillmore "Bink" Elkins
May 1, 1856 - Jul 14, 1929

PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY WAS BURIED MONDAY
M. F. (Uncle Bink) Elkins, 73, native of Tennessee, but resident of Navarro county 54 years, died at his home in the Emmett community, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock following a lingering illness and the funeral was held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Emmett cemetery. Prior to moving to the Emmett community many years ago, he resided in the Drane and Corsicana vicinity.
Surviving are his wife, five step-daughters, Mrs. James Peducah; Mrs. Annie Osborne, Mertens; Mrs. Georgia McAfee, Emmett; Mrs. Addie Hudman, San Marcos; Mrs. Dora Whitfield, Dallas; two brothers, John Elkins, Tennessee; and Lee Elkins, Emhouse; and numerous other relatives.

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PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY IS BURIED MONDAY
Funeral services for M. F. (Uncle Bink) Elkins, 72, native of Tennessee, but resident of Navarro county since 1875, who died at his home Sunday afternoon at two o’clock following a lingering illness were held from the Baptist church of Emmett Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Emmett cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. Z. Corbin, Baptist minister of Italy, formerly of Blooming Grove, assisted by Rev. Bob Burleson, pastor of the Emmett church.
Surviving are his wife, five step-children, two brothers, three half-sisters and numerous other relatives.

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Mertis Mae (Roberson) Butler
July 8, 1894 - Dec 23, 1907

Mertis Mae Roberson was born in St. Clair Co., Alabama July 8, 1894.

She was converted and joined the Baptist Church at age 12 years.  Joined Prairie Grove Baptist Church in 1925.

On December 23, 1907 she was married to F. C. Butler.  To this union was born George, Gracie  Mae, Floyd, Edna, Nellie Fae, Gladys, J. T. and William.

She died at the Parkland Hospital at Dallas, Texas April 2, 1930.

Where as Sister Butler was a faithful member and loyal to all the work of the church and where as she was loved and respected by all who knew her

Therefore be it resolved that we the Prairie Grove Baptist Church feel the loss of this sister and further be it resolved that our love and sympathies be here by extended to her husband and children and further be it resolved that a copy of this be spread on the church minutes; a copy be sent to the Baptist Progress and a copy be sent at the bereaved family.

... Committee
Mr and Mrs. J. T. Stroder, Mrs. W. H. Bowen

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William Tate Crawford
Dec 12, 1958 -  Sep 15, 2002

William Tate Crawford, 43, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002 in Waco.

Services will be 1 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers will be Neal Crawford, Clay Reynolds, David Mahoney, Dan Berglund, Alan Yates and Dan Coy.

Mr. Crawford is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Rikki and Shane Derden of Blooming Grove; sister, Sheron Mahoney; brother, Neal Crawford, both of Corsicana; and granddaughter, Kaylee Derden.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Blooming Grove


Mary Josephine 'Jo' (Comer) Draper
Aug 23, 1917 - Sep 14, 2002

Mary Josephine 'Jo' Draper

Mary Josephine "Jo" Draper, 85, passed away Sept. 14, 2002 in Blooming Grove.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Bro. Curtis Gilbert and Bro. Grady Cashion will officiate. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 23, 1917 to Shelah and Lillie Comer in Pursley. She worked at various dress shops throughout her lifetime. She worked for many years at Frances Shop. When she retired in her 70s, she was employed at the Wishing Well in Corsicana. Jo was totally devoted to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and spent many fun-filled hours with them. She went on family vacations with them, attended all their activities, recitals and sporting events. Though her income was meager, she loved giving her family gifts. She always wrapped each gift, giving it that special touch. She always managed to buy every child, son-in-law, grand and great-grandchild birthday and Christmas gifts. Jo was a faithful, life-long member of Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana. Her life was centered around her love of Jesus, her church and her family. Jo was always grateful for the visits, cards and phone calls that she received from her church family and friends. Jo was known for her laughter and sweet spirit. When she and her sisters got together, hilarious laughter and fun were always the order of the day. She made it through some hard times with the Lord's help. When she was nine years old, her sister Virginia, who was 11, died with the flu and her mom died two weeks later of pneumonia. Jo was an avid sports fan. She loved football and baseball. She also loved the gospel quartet singing group, the Cathedrals. When she was physically able, she attended their concerts. She was greatly loved by her family and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Bud Comer; and sisters, Virginia Comer, Gladys Baggett, and Ethel (Bob) Marsh.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara (Cole) and Don McGraw and Andrea and Bubba Fitzgerald, all of Blooming Grove; grandson, Taggart Fitzgerald of Lajitas, Texas; granddaughters and husbands, Kim (Cole) and Paul Lester of Mt. Vernon, Kristi (Cole) Carey of Edmond, Okla., Kari (Cole) and Jason Farish of Blooming Grove, Tiffani (Fitzgerald) and Rob Anderson of Blooming Grove, and TaNikka (Fitzgerald) and Blaine Kinsey of Corsicana; 11 great-grandchildren, Britney, Mark and Hayden Moore and their father Donny of Mt. Vernon, Chad and Logan Carey and their father Basil of Edmond, Okla., Jasee and Kylee Farish of Blooming Grove, Dillon, Gage and Jourdan Anderson of Blooming Grove, and Kyler Kinsey of Corsicana; and sisters, Inez Gray of Arlington and Louise Anderson of Fort Worth.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana


Christina Angela Elizabeth Heard

Christina Angela Elizabeth Heard, 17, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Porter Chapel in Mexia with the Rev. Darrin Woods officiating. Interment will follow at Shiloh Cemetery near Mexia.

Pallbearers will be Paul Bozeman, Bear Bozeman, Marshall Bottoms, Scott Neal, Michael Barton and Sean Windam.

Miss Heard was a senior student at Corsicana High School and was a member of Memorial Baptist Church of Corsicana.

She is survived by her parents, Audrey and Allen Sanders of Mexia and William and Cathy Heard of Corsicana; brothers, Bobby and Michael Heard of Mexia, Steven Starkey of Corsicana, and Jeremy Sanders of Houston; sisters, Leslie Starkey Goodman and Stephanie Crandall, both of Corsicana and Christi Sanders of Houston; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Corsicana

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  • Corsicana High School Class of 2002

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