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Martha Ann (McCleary) Adams
Sep 12, 1936 - Aug 7, 2002

MARTHA ANN ADAMS, 65, born September 12, 1936 in Purdon, TX to Bill  and Esther Brown McCleary died Wednesday, August 7, 2002 in Houston, TX.  She was preceeded in death by her father, Bill McCleary and step-father, S.S. “Sonny” Tinker.  Martha Ann is survived by her mother, Esther Brown Tinker Baker of Purdon;  husband, C.D. Adams of Houston;   son, Mark Mattern of San Antonio;  daughter, Lisa Ann  and husband, Robert May Jr. of Houston;  step-daughter, Jean Elizabeth and husband,  James Tomel of CA.;  step-sons, David Adams  and wife, Linda of  Harker Heights, TX. & Mike Adams and wife, Flo of Hutto, TX.  Martha is survived by three grandchildren;  Lauren Watts, Robert May III, and  Jessica May;  three step-grandchildren, Nathan Tomei, Jeff Adams and Annika Adams;  brother, Charles Arthur McCleary and wife, Eleanor;  niece, Carrie and husband, Mike Mikulas and their son, Logan; and numerous other relatives and friends including her aunts, Harriet Brown Ray of Corsicana and Etta Tramel Brown of Powell.

A Funeral Service will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2002 in the Chapel of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, with Rev. Dr. Richard M. Ward, Jr. officiating.  Interment to follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery with James Tomei, David Adams, Mark Mattern, Robert May, Rod Kuehler and Jeff Adams serving as Pallbearers with Mike Adams and Charles McCleary, Robert Nall and Ernest Colbert serving as Honorary Pallbearers.

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Willie Criddle Jr.
Feb. 19, 1944 - Oct 12, 2002

Willie Criddle Jr., 58, of Houston passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. today at Brentwood Baptist Church, 13033 Landmark, Houston, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. with Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff officiating. Interment will follow at Houston Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Criddle was born Feb. 19, 1944 in Corsicana to Willie Criddle Sr. and Rubie Nell Harrell Criddle. He married his high school sweetheart Eula Mae Irvin May 24, 1965.

He received his high school education from G.W. Jackson High School in Corsicana graduating in May 1962. He attended Texas Southern University and in May 1966, he received a bachelor of arts in Spanish with a minor in history. With his love for education, in July 1973 he was granted his master of art in public administration from Oklahoma University. He was a dedicated member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Mr. Criddle moved his family to Houston in 1977 where he accepted a job at his alma mater, Texas Southern University. He was assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Science from 1977 to 1989. In 1989, he became the special assistant to the president for information management services. In 1994, he was the interim registrar at Texas Southern University. He retired from this position in 1999.

He accepted Christ at an early age at Bethel AME Church in Corsicana. He later moved his membership to Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston under the leadership of Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff. He was a faithful and active member of associate ministers, intercessory prayer line, noon day Bible study and the adult 11 Sunday school class where he enjoyed teaching the word of God.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Criddle Sr.; mother, Rubie Nell Criddle; and sister, Eula Jaunice Criddle Frances.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Eula Criddle; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Darrell McCoy and Mariama and Byron Fisher; sons, Byron Criddle, Timothy Criddle and Jitu Criddle, all of Houston; grandchildren, Danielle Criddle, Jasmin McCoy, Domonique Criddle, Taylor Criddle and Christian Criddle; sister, Tennie A. Chimney of Corsicana; brothers, Lee W. Criddle of Corsicana and Tyrone Criddle of Dallas; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Arrangements by McCoy & Harrison of Houston.


Mary A. Manning}
Dec 20, 1923 - Oct 20, 2002

Mary A. Manning, 78, of Kerens passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at North Creek Cemetery near Centerville.

Pallbearers will be O.R. Spurlock, Johnny Boykin, Benny Boykin, Chad Kent, Nathan Cradduck and Scott Pelczar.

Mrs. Manning was born Dec. 20, 1923 in Salem.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Manning of Kerens; daughter, Robbie Cranford of Conroe; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Bill Kent of Kerens; granddaughters, Jennifer Pelczar and husband Scott of Conroe and Marcy Kent of Corpus Christi; grandson, Chad Kent and wife Stacy of Russell; sister, Jean Boykin of Russell; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.


Billie Louise (Smithen) Kitchens
May 22, 1922 - Oct 21, 2002

Billie Louise Smithen Kitchens, 79, of Blooming Grove passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 in a Fort Worth hospital.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Kitchens was born May 22, 1922 in Blooming Grove. "Mama Louise" she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M. C. Kitchens.

Survivors include her sons, Bill M. Kitchens and wife Paula and Don R. Kitchens and Terry LaPlace; grandsons, Ty Kitchens, Don B. Kitchens and wife Dottie, and Darren Kitchens and Christina Griffin; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Rebecca Kitchens, Yvonne and Tiffany Gilcrease, and Brianna Stallcup; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.



John Miller Reid Jr.
Aug 31, 1911 - Oct 21, 2002

John Miller Reid Jr., 91, of Waco passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 at his residence.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Pastor B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Mausoleum at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Mike Jenkins, Alfa Sherrer, Herb Wade, Clemente Conde, Jack Bouldin and Bruce Lane. Honorary pallbearers will be Louis Gibson, James Price, Matt Dawson, Roy French and Sam Harvard.

Mr. Reid was born Aug. 31, 1911 in Blooming Grove to Mr. and Mrs. John Reid Sr. He attended Blooming Grove schools, attended college at Baylor University and pharmacy school following his father in pharmacy practice in Blooming Grove. He established Reid's Pharmacy in Corsicana in 1957, retiring in 1989. He married Kathleen Connally in June 1937. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana, serving as deacon. Later, he became a member of First Baptist Church in Waco. He was a member of the Lions Club for more than 50 years. He was a 32nd degree mason of Shriners, financially supporting the Children's Burn Hospital in Galveston.

He was preceded in death by his parent; and sister, Edna Reid Murphy.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Connally Reid of Waco; son, Dr. John M. Reid and wife Nancy; granddaughter, Paige Reid Porrello and husband Steven; grandson, Nicholas Reid Porrello, all of Connecticut; grandson, Graham Parker Reid of Houston; nieces, Betty McClendon of Livingston and her children Mary and Marc, and Sally Cole Wade and husband Herbert and children Mark and Connally; sister-in-law, Frances Connally Bailey of Temple and Jane Connally Cole and husband Clyde of College Station.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund at First Baptist Church in Corsicana, or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Virgie M. Guttery
Dec. 29, 1906 - Oct 22, 2002

Virgie M. Guttery, 95, of Bowie passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 at Bowie Memorial Hospital.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Richland Cemetery with Tracy Duncan officiating.

Mrs. Guttery was born Dec. 29, 1906. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her half brother, Milton Jones of New Mexico; nephew, Dan Hunter of Sunset; nieces, Pat Duncan of Dallas and Paulene McKay of Louisiana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Vernon Lloyd Conn
Mar 7, 1929 - Oct 14, 2002

Vernon Lloyd Conn, 73, of Midland passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2002 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services were 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Resthaven North with the Rev. Alvin Mills officiating.

Mr. Conn was born March 7, 1929 in Currie to William Paul and Bessie Mae Cole Conn. He was a 1946 graduate of Corsicana High School and was among the first to attend Navarro Junior College when it opened at the old airport at Navarro. He worked at J.M. Dyer Co., Leonard Brothers Cleaners and The Dallas Morning News in Corsicana while in high school. He married Ann Nutt Jan. 31, 1949 in Corsicana.

After marrying, he moved to Midland where he was employed by the Midland County Sheriff's Office and Midland County Police Department for 12 years. He also was a self-employed truck driver. While in Corsicana, he was a member of Central Methodist Church. After moving to Midland, he was a member of St. Mark's Methodist Church the rest of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, J.W. Conn.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Nutt Conn of Midland; daughters, Linette Webb, Julianne Patterson, Linda McBride and Verna Reid, all of Midland; brother, Paul Conn of Wortham; sisters, Margaret Bonner of Purdon and Betty Ward of Las Vegas, Nev.; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Allison Cancer Center in Midland.

Arrangements by Pipkin Funeral Home and Chapel of Midland.

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Albert Marvin Shows
Mar 19, 1907 - Oct 23, 2002

Albert Marvin Shows, 95, of Emhouse passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Don Pike and the Rev. Teri Hildebrand officiating. Interment will follow at Triple Creek Memorial Park in Emhouse.

Pallbearers will be Mark Shows, Steve Morgan, Matt Jackson, Kerry Vandiver, Bobby Armstrong, Sonny Armstrong, Bobby Dan Thomas and Gary Armstrong.

Mr. Shows was born March 19, 1907 in Goliad to Elijah William and Cordelia Dial Shows and moved to Donna when he was 12. He married Elizabeth Armstrong in 1934 and moved to Emhouse where they lived for 62 years until her death in 1996. He was a heavy equipment operator until retirement in 1969 and farmed until 1997. He was known as "Smilie" by his friends at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and was a 50-year member of Barry Masonic Lodge No. 839. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Wayne Morgan of Emhouse; son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Shows of Nacogdoches; sisters, Nettie Harper of McAllen, Effie Robie of La Feria and Vernell Brown of Donna; sister-in-law, Olive Armstrong of Corsicana; granddaughters, Karen Vandiver and husband Kerry of Ennis, Kathy Shows of Nacogdoches, and Donna Jackson and husband Matt of Emhouse; grandsons, Mark Shows and wife Bonnie of Lufkin and Steve Morgan and wife Tiffany of Emhouse; and great-grandchildren, Courtney Vandiver, Chase Vandiver and Chelsea Vandiver, all of Ennis, Brittney Jackson and Parker Jackson, both of Emhouse, and Josh Lester, John Lester and Jeremy Lester, all of Lufkin.

Memorials may be made to Emhouse United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, or Second Avenue Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Gary Thomas LaRue
Apr 28, 1941 - Oct 23, 2002

Gary Thomas LaRue, 61, of White Oak passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Dresden Cemetery with Rodney Bancroft officiating.

Mr. LaRue was born April 28, 1941 in Cedar Hill to Thomas Woodrow "Woody" LaRue and Vera Maxine Carrell. He was a drug and alcohol counselor for 15 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Survivors include his father, Woody LaRue of Blooming Grove; sons, Gary Thomas LaRue Jr. and wife Tonnie of Flower Mound and Bradley Keith LaRue and wife Celina of Blue Mound; daughter, Kayla Renee Kale and husband Clayton of North Richland Hills; brother, Ronnie LaRue and wife Nancy of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Conner, Karsen, Ryleigh, Brandon, Dillon and Dalton; two nieces and two nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel of Blooming Grove.

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Brianna Destony-Grace Nerene Bradley
Oct 1, 2002 - Oct 22, 2002

Brianna Destony-Grace Nerene Bradley, 3 weeks old, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Fellowship with the Rev. Richard Ham officiating.

Brianna was born Oct. 1, 2002 in Dallas.

The family thanks the nurses, doctors and friends who took care of Brianna while she was at Children's Medical Center.

She is up in heaven with her granddad Ronnie Holder and great-grandparents Leonard and Lora Bates, Berkley Clark, and William R. Muse.

Survivors include her parents, Joseph Bentley and Rhonda Ann Holder Bentley; grandparents, Wanda Nerene Bates Holder, and Kimberly and Samuel Norton, great-grandparents, Sibyl Rodgers, James E. and Cornelia Norton, and Bonnie Clark; great-great-grandmother Clark; nine aunts, eight uncles, and numerous cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Janet Marie (Martinelli) Strain
May 13, 1961 - Oct 24, 2002

Janet Marie Martinelli Strain, 41, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Jessie Williams Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Mrs. Strain was born May 13, 1961. She was employed at Kmart Distribution Center.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Chester Strain; children, Anthony Pernell Strain, Michael Lee Strain and Jazmine Marie Strain; father and stepmother, Joe Martinelli and Karen Martinelli; one nephew; four nieces, three sisters; sister-in-law, Veniece Rush; mother-in-law, Callie Mae Strain; devoted friends, Elaine Lewis, Wendy McCain, Sheretta Lewis, Meesha Toms, Bridgette Sonneborn, Melva Sadler, Regina, Lola Hawkins, Melissa, and Stacy; stepson, Lee Chester Strain Jr.; and stepdaughter, Cecelia Strain.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Sharon Kay (Little) Scruggs
Sep 30, 1953 - Oct 23, 2002

Sharon Kay Scruggs

Sharon Kay Scruggs, 49, of Dallas passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. John "Chick" Kullen officiating.

Mrs. Scruggs was born Sept. 30, 1953 in San Antonio.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Scruggs of Dallas; sons, Jason Williams and Brent Williams, both of Dallas; daughter, Katie Williams of Dallas; mother, Margie Little of Cedar Creek Lake; and brothers, Peter Little of Tyler and Nelson Little of Webster.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Milo D. Aston
Oct 5, 1951 - Aug 19, 2002

SHADY SHORES – Milo David Aston, 50, of Shady Shores died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002.

He was born Oct 5, 1951, in Corsicana to Ed and Daisy Vickery Aston. Mr. Aston was a truck dispatcher for Tex Air Delivery Services.

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, for visitation and memorialization.

Survivors include his son, Zachary E. Aston of Ontario, Calif.; two sisters, Connie Rodgers of Plano and Mollie Henderson of Carrollton; one grandchild; and companion, Robin Taylor-Aston of Denton.

DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.


Loretta (Morris) Parrish
Jan 6, 1957 - Oct 25, 2002

Loretta Parrish 

Loretta Parrish of Corsicana passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2002 at her residence.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Loretta Parrish

Loretta Parrish, 45, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2002 at her residence.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hamp Manning officiating. Interment will follow at Scurry.

Mrs. Parrish was born to Floyd Morris and May Belle Bush Morris on Jan. 6, 1957 in Ennis. She has worked for KMart Distribution for many years.

Mrs. Parrish is survived by her husband, George Steven Parrish Jr. of Corsicana; son, Brian Cantrell of Corsicana; stepson, Stevn Parrish and wife Emily of Corsicana; daughter, Jennifer Hurst and husband Anthony of Fort Knox, Ken.; 12 grandchildren; her parents, of Atoka, Okla.; brothers, Michael Morris and wife Rachel of Balch Springs and Don Morris and wife Sheree of Mesquite; and sister, Connie McInis and husband Norman of Gatesville.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jack Ross Matthews
Oct 22, 1924 - Oct 24, 2002

Jack Ross Matthews, 78, a longtime resident of LaMarque, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002 in Mexia following a lengthy illness.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at First Methodist Church of Wortham. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Mr. Matthews was born in Dawson and proudly served in the army during World War II. A graduate of Navarro Junior College and the University of Houston, Mr. Matthews taught and coached in Purdon, Corsicana and LaMarque school districts.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Nell Bounds Matthews; son, Kenneth Matthews of Santa Fe, Texas; daughter, Melanie Sanders of Texas City; grandchildren, Brandon and Corey Briggs, Amanda and Andrew Matthews, Kinsey and Andrea Green and Nathan Sanders; son-in-law, Michael Sanders; daughters-in-law, Diane Matthews and Elida Matthews; brothers, Dr. W.R. Matthews of Mexia and Fred Matthews of Hermosa, S. D.; sister, Betty Christian of Dawson; father-in-law, T. A. Bounds of Wortham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Navarro College Barracks Fund Scholarship Fund in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Porter Chapel of Wortham.

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Jack Ross Matthews, 78, a long-time resident of La Marque, Texas died October 24th in Mexia, Texas following a lengthy illness.

A graduate of Navarro Jr. College and University of Houston, Mr. Matthews taught and coached in Purdon, Corsicana, and La Marque School Districts.

He was born in Dawson, Texas and proudly served in the army during WWII.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Nell Bounds Matthews, a son Kenneth Matthews of Santa Fe, Texas, a daughter, Melanie Sander of Texas City, Texas and grandchildren Brandon and Corey Briggs, Amanda and Andrew Matthews, Kinsey and Andrea Green and Nathan Sanders. Son and daughters-in-law are Michael Sanders, Diane Matthews and Elida Matthews. Brothers, Dr. W. R. Matthews of Mexia, Fred Matthews of Hermosa, S.D. and a sister, Betty Christian of Dawson. Father-in-law, T. A. Bounds of Wortham and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral services are scheduled at the First Methodist Church of Wortham, Texas at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 26, 2002. Interment will be at Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Navarro Jr. College Barracks Bunch Scholarship fund, Corsicana, Texas.

Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Angela Ragland
Oct 16, 1896 - Oct 23, 2002

Angela Ragland, 106, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at First Christian Church in Lone Oak with William Dial and the Rev. Danny Calk officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 16, 1896 in Winnsboro to Hardin and Sally Hooker Ragland. She was 16 years old when she began her teaching career and attended East Texas State Teachers College, working on her degree as she taught. While she had moved to Corsicana a year ago, she had until that time lived alone in her Lone Oak home which had been in the family since 1917.

When she was a student she rode to school in a buggy, Miss Ragland recalled in an interview with the Corsicana Daily Sun just before her 106th birthday.

She first taught at the Hooker Ridge country school (named after her mother's family), then taught first and second grades in Fort Worth, Emory and Lone Oak. In 1973, at the age of 76, she retired, but remained active in the community.

She was described in the Daily Sun as being in great health, having perfect eyesight (having never worn glasses) and still having all her own teeth. She drove a car until she was 100 and claimed to be Mary Kay's oldest customer.

Miss Ragland was a charter member of Eastern Star. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Lone Oak Civic Club and First Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Lottie Hambrick, Olivia Billinger, Josie May and Tommie Smart.

Survivors include her nephews, Bill Hambrick of Casper, Wyo. and Alton Hambrick of Irving; nieces, Sara Smart Hart of Huntsville, Merry Su Morris of Corsicana and eight other nieces; 10 great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Bartley's Lone Oak Funeral Home.

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Merle Kemp Young
Feb 25, 1912 - Oct 24, 2002

Merle Kemp Young, 90, of Paris passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002 at Deport Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana.

Mrs. Young was born Feb. 25, 1912 in Paris to William D. and Amelia Fair Kemp. She married Joseph Albert Young in Paris. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist church.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include sisters, Edith Naham, Ione Daniels and Marie Kemp, all of Fort Worth; sisters-in-law, Virginia Kemp of Fort Worth and Pat Kemp of Paris; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home of Paris.

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Berta Dell (Russell) Harris
Sep 29, 1912 - Oct 25, 2002

Berta Dell Russell Harris, 90, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mark Chadwick officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family members and members of the Westside Baptist Church.

Mrs. Harris was born Sept. 29, 1912 in the Blooming Grove area to Frank and Berta Saxton Russell. In 1930, she married Martin V. Harris and they moved to Corsicana in 1944. Mr. Harris was employed by the City of Corsicana and Mrs. Harris worked at Texas Miller Hat Factory, Tex Sun Glove and the public school cafeterias. She was a very active member of Westside Baptist Church and loved her Sunday school class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two infant daughters, one infant son, her parents, three brothers and a sister.

Mrs. Parrish was known as "Aunt Bertie" to her family and is survived by a host of nieces and nephews, and including great-great-great-nieces and nephews. Local family members are Ree and Charles Washburn and Marsha and Bill McKie.

In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to the heart or cancer fund, or to Westside Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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George B. Garrett
Nov 6, 1915 - Oct 26, 2002

George B. Garrett, 86, of Brownsville passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 in Brownsville.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Garrett was born Nov. 6, 1915 in Waco. His family and friends affectionately called him "Pa-pa." He was a lontime resident of Corsicana and was employed by Stewart Motor Company and Sears. He was a Mason and a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 174 and the Rio Grande Lodge No. 81 where he had just received recognition as a 50-year member.

Mr. Garrett is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dee Dee Garrett; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Charles Isbell; daughter, Marcy Reed; grandson and wife, Kevin and Sandra Isbell; granddaughters and husbands, Lisa Isbell and Carlos Nunez, Brenda Isbell and Artemio Alvarez, and Deanne Reed and Alec Monautou; grandson, Andrew Reed; great-grandsons, Dustin Isbell, Kristopher Isbell, Noah Garrett Nunez and Nicholas Manautou; and great-granddaughters, Hannah Garrett Nunez, Samantha Alvarez, Alexandra Manautou, and Julian Manautou, all of Brownsville.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Sylvester Cantrell
Dec 22, 1932 - Oct 25, 2002

Sylvester Cantrell, 69, of Kirvin passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2002 in Waco.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Louie Jones and the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Kirvin.

Pallbearers will be George Hendrix, Royce Daniel, Shane Wright, Charles Sikes Jr., Christopher Duke and James Ritter. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Bosley, Jim Bosley, John Duke and Marvin Stanberry.

Mr. Cantrell was born Dec. 22, 1932 in Merryville, Louis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elice and Pearl Cantrell; grandson, John Sanderson Jr.; and brother, Jack Cantrell.

Mr. Cantrell is survived by his wife, Mildred Cantrell of Kirvin; son, Timothy Cantrell of Groesbeck; daughters, Kathy Duke of Groesbeck, Tonia Sikes of Streetman, and Karen Sterling of Brock; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill Cantrell of Lake Charles, Louis. and Virgil Cantrell of DeRidder, Louis.; sisters, Bobbie Johnson of DeRidder, Louis. and Geneva Richards of Forrest, Ark.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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Willie F. Smith
Oct 26, 1920 - Oct 27, 2002

Willie F. Smith, 82, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randall Evett officiating. Interment will follow at Long Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Smith, Jim Smith, Justin Green, James Green, Joshua Qualls, and Franklin Boyte.

Mr. Smith was born Oct. 26, 1920 in Dallas.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Poly Smith of Corsicana, son, Johnnie Green Jr. of Fairfield; daughter, Linda Robinson of Corsicana; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Paul Glen Sawyer
Oct 22, 1913 - Oct 27, 2002

Paul Sawyer

Paul Sawyer, 89, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at his residence.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Second Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beemon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Troy Bennett Jr., John Brown, Nelson Galaway, Curtis Holt, Franklin Neal, Tim Watts and Landry Tidwell. Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Rolloff, Bruse Don Sawyer, Dean Murray and Herman Ganze.

Mr. Sawyer was born Oct. 22, 1913 in Tehuacana. He was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He lived in Corsicana for the past 22 years. He was a farmer and rancher for 50 years. After retirement he had his own mowing service for the past 20 years. Mr. Sawyer was a Second Avenue Missionary Baptist Church deacon and Sunday school teacher for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Lameta Sawyer and Maudiene "Judy" Sawyer.

Mr. Sawyer is survived by his wife, Bessie Sawyer of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Lewis Tidwell; son and daughter-in-law, Donald Glenn and Carolyn Sawyer; grandsons and wives, Chuck and Melanie Tidwell, Steven and Rhonda Tidwell, Darrell and Rachel Tidwell, Scott and Adra Tidwell, and Jeff and Christie Sawyer; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Second Missionary Baptist Church, 3045 West Second Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Charles Edwin "Bubba" Mulkey
Dec 9, 1942 - Feb 9, 2002

Charles Edwin "Bubba" Mulkey, 59, a retired photo engraver with Matthews International, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002, at a Corsicana hospital.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard. Burial: Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Charles Edwin "Bubba" Mulkey was born Dec. 9, 1942, in Dallas


Douglas Geraldon
Apr 4, 1922 - Oct 26, 2002

Douglas Geraldon, 80, a retired Army veteran and truck driver, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, in Ennis.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Moore & Sons Funeral Home, 4216 S. Bowen Road, 76016. Burial: 3 p.m. Tuesday at D-FW National Cemetery, Dallas. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Douglas Geraldon was born April 4, 1922, in Cumby, Texas.

Survivors: Wife of 52 years, Toyo Geraldon of Rice, Texas; daughters, Shelly Geraldon Winters and husband, Douglas P. Winters of Altus, Okla.; grandchildren, Blake Winters, Alana Winters and Ashley Winters; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Blanchie (Berry) Henderson

Blanchie Henderson

Services for Blanchie Henderson, 97, of Palestine, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey & Foster Chapel with the Revs. Jay Abernathy and Allen Van Hooser officiating. Burial will follow in Brushy Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Henderson died Monday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
She was born April 25, 1905 in Dawson to Oscar and Cassie Arnold Berry.
Mrs. Henderson was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Palestine.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.M. Henderson, in 1974; and a daughter, Virginia Henderson.

Mrs. Henderson is survived by her daughters, Eloise Mullenaz and Lorene Henderson of Palestine; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Edward Holcomb, Robbie Kennedy, E.G. Scarbrough, Robert Mullenax, Charles Warren, Willie Langston and Roger Henderson.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home


Jane (Redden) Matthews
Feb 26, 1925 - Oct 27, 2002

Jane Redden Matthews, 77, entered into eternal life Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002. She died at her ranch after surviving cancer in 1986 and a courageous battle with lymphoma.

She laid in state at Matthews Ranch and was buried at sunset Monday with her family, friends, pets and cows present. Good Shepherd Hospice chaplain the Rev. Ted Brown, Deena Bottom and Jim Colwell conducted the services.

She was born Feb. 26, 1925 in the Shady Grove/Pursley community. She was raised with three brothers and two sisters at the IOOF Home, where her parents Dennis Claude and Nora Irene Redden were farmers for the home.

She worked many years at Navarro Memorial Hospital in insurance. She retired from public service to raise her baby daughter and raise Polled Herefords.

Always a kind, generous, beautiful loving soul, her main concern was for her grandchildren, children and everyone else that she knew, even her animals. She was chief wrangler of Matthews Polled Herefords for 32 years, awaiting with great concern and anticipation the birthing of calves. She gave a wonderful life to her children and grandchildren and touched the lives of many.

She was blessed with the care of Good Shepherd Hospice who gave her quality of life, comfort, and complete symptom control with dignity until a peaceful death.

Survivors include children, Kimberly Irene, Kelly, Robin, JoAnn and Shelly; grandsons, Brian of Little Rock, Ark. and Chris of Dallas; granddaughter, Crystal of Corsicana; the families of Mattie Lou and Jack Matthews of Waxahachie, Joan Loftis and Claudette Hackbarth of Grand Prairie, Kathryn (JB) Redden, Ruby Nell (Glenn) Redden of Corsicana, and Dean (DC) Redden of Austin.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 301 S. Rogers St., Suite 250, Waxahachie, TX 75165; Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church; Emhouse Baptist Church; or the American Lymphoma/Leukemia Society.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Woodie E. McKesson II
Jul 27, 1961 - Oct 25, 2002

Woodie E. McKesson II, 41, of Fort Worth passed away Friday, Oct. 25, 2002 in a Fort Worth hospital after a lengthy illness.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth. Interment will follow at Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tony Lopez, John Gunter, David Flint, Ricky Flint, Kendall Cramer and Donald Brannon.

Mr. McKesson was born July 27, 1961 in Corsicana. His passion in life was anything pertaining to classic cars, especially 1955 to 1957 Chevys and old Corvettes. By the age of 14, he purchased and restored a 1955 Chevy convertible with money saved from chores and miscellaneous jobs done around the neighborhood. That car was the first of many that kept him busy cutting and welding sheet metal, sanding and painting these old cars. He loved to share his expertise, locate and supply cars and parts for other old car enthusiasts near and far. Even as his health was failing, he still dreamed of restoring another old Chevy if he could ever get his strength.

He was preceded in death by his father, Woodie E. McKesson Sr.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mary and Chuck Henderson; sister and brother-in-law, Trudy and Doug Morgan; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Dee McKesson; grandmother, Clara VanSickle; stepsister and husband, Kim and Phil Yennerell; stepbrother and wife, Kevin and Kim Henderson; nieces, Katherine and Morgan Henderson, and Julie and Mandy McKesson; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and his beloved little dog, Smokey.

Arrangements by Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth.

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Robert E. 'Bob' Baker

Robert E. "Bob" Baker, 74, of Fort Worth passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 in North Hills Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Shannon North Funeral Chapel, 111 W. Northside Drive, Fort Worth.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Shannon North Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Eureka Cemetery.

Mr. Baker was a member of Saginaw Park Baptist Church and the Odd Fellows Lodge. He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a retiree of the Tarrant County Water Control Board. He had been a heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy M. Baker; children, Robert E. Baker Jr. and wife Kathryn of Fort Worth, Becky Gaskin and husband Jim of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Dayna Altom, Allison Baker, Clay Stevenson, Dustin Stevenson; great-grandchild, Chase Altom; sisters, Dorothy Screptock and Marie Nelson; and numerous other relatives.

Arrangements by Shannon North Funeral Chapel of Fort Worth.

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Prince 'Buster' Quarles

Prince "Buster" Quarles, 93, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at 13th Avenue Christian Church with the Rev. L.B. Crowder officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends.

Mr. Quarles was born March 14, 1909 in Anderson County. He was a faithful member of 13th Avenue Christian Church for many years where he served as the oldest usher. He was the owner of Buster's Cab Company.

Survivors include his daughter, Princess Raven of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren, Clea Raven and Caela Raven, both of Fort Worth; sister, Pearline Fountain of Fort Worth; a host of nieces and nephews including a devoted nephew, Ollie D. Fountain of Corsicana; other relatives, friends and church family.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

 

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E. Pauline (Cagle) Frederick
May 20, 1909 - Oct 30, 2002

Pauline Frederick

Pauline Frederick, 93, of Corsicana and formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002 at Heritage Oaks.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Frederick was born May 20, 1909 in Frost to William Cagle and Adelia Powell Cagle. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Dale Frederick of Tyler; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Joe Honea of Frost; grandchildren, Julie Acrea, Brad Honea, Dianna Bratcher, Cindy McCarter and Kevin Riggs; great-grandchildren, Lacy Honea, Anna Acrea, Erica and Bryce Riggs, Caitlyin McCarter, Bo and Casey Honea; and sister, Olga Jones of Dawson.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel of Blooming Grove

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Donald E. Featherston

Donald E. Featherston, 73, of Dallas passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002 in DeSoto.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Dawson Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Featherston was born April 17, 1929 in Dawson.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Featherston of Dallas; sons, Randy Featherston and wife Bobbye of Rice and Don Featherston and wife Susanne of Dallas; daughters, Linda Estell and husband Billy of Livingston, Sandra Sigford of Kingman, Ariz., and Karen Featherston of Dallas; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Hazel S. Johnston

Hazel S. Johnston, 94, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2002 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mrs. Johnston was born May 12, 1908 in Magnolia County, Miss.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, James and Linnis Strum of Corsicana; nephews, Gary Cooley, Jim Cooley and Ralston Gober, all of Corsicana, and Sydney Lumpkin of Fayetteville, N.C.; and niece, Jean Cook of Fort Worth.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charles Franklin Potter

Charles Franklin Potter, 64, of Purdon passed away Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 in Dallas.

The cremation was performed by Fairway Crematory in Van.

Mr. Potter was born Oct. 2, 1938 in Sioux City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hazel Potter.

Survivors include his daughters, Terri Shehadi and husband Mark of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and Sherri Lawson of California; son, David Charles Potter of Anaheim, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Bobby Thomas of Purdon; niece, Cathy Lively of Purdon; and nephew, Mike Thomas of Arlington.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Wilmer Glenn Rea 
1919 - Oct 31, 2002

Wilmer Glenn Rea, 83, of McAllen passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002, in his home.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home with burial following at Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Rea was born in Corsicana in September 1919. he graduated from Corsicana High School in 1938 and then attended Hillboro Jr. College in Hillsboro. Wilmer was a Captain in the U.S. Army Air corps fighting in the Pacific Theater in WWIIand was a veteran of Guadalcanal. After the war, he began work for Sun Oil. Co. as a materials manager, retiring in 1982 after 30 years of service.

Mr. Rea is survived by his wife Kathryn Rea of McAllen, daughter Peggy Rea Poliinard of Mission, son Roger Rea of Beaumont, brother B. J. Rea of Dallas and one grandson Joshua Polinard of Mission.

Arrangements by Kreidler Funeral Home in McAllen and Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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Jerry Michael Stuckey

Jerry Michael Stuckey, 61, of Streetman passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002 in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin.

Mr. Stuckey was born Jan. 22, 1941 in Wetumka, Okla. to Johnnie Earl and Claudia Stuckey. He was a resident of Arlington from 1969 to 2000. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, a member of Arlington Sportsman Club, Piedmontese Association, and served in the Air Force during Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; daughter, Angie Stuckey of Florida; sons, David and Robert Stuckey of Fort Worth and James Jay Stuckey of Arlington; eight grandchildren; sister, JoAnn Wallace of Grand Prairie; brother, William Stuckey of Arkansas; half-sister, Judith Stuckey of Holdenville, Okla.; and half-brothers, Mickey Hill of Holdenville, Okla. and Michael Stuckey of The Colony.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield.

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Mary Frances Wildermuth

Mary Frances Wildermuth, 80, of Plainfield, Ind. passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2002 at Hendricks Community Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home in Plainfield, Ind. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Mrs. Wildermuth was born May 28, 1922 in Corsicana. She was a member of Plainfield United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Q. Wildermuth.

Survivors include her daughter, Laura L. O'Brien of Plainfield, Ind.; stepmother, Carrie Lee Spencer of Texas City; four grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Meyer of Mission, Geneva Ward of Plano; and half-sister, Flora Ellen Gunderson of Texas City.

Local arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Joe K. Hardee
Apr 29, 1939 - Oct 31, 2002

Joe K. Hardee, 63, of Sonora passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002 at his residence surrounded by his family.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Kerbow Funeral Home in Sonora. Interment will follow at Sonora Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Berry, Brian Berry, Dave Hardee, Tony Lane, Jimmy Taylor and Brent Taylor.

Mr. Hardee was born April 29, 1939 in Barry to Opal Atkisson Hardee and Curtis Clifton Hardee. He lived most of his life in and around Corsicana. While in high school, he lettered in three sports -- football, basketball and distinguished himself in baseball, earning himself a letter of invitation and recruitment to summer tryouts with the Detroit Tigers.

Besides sports, music was a big part of Mr. Hardee's life. In high school he sang with the Velvetones, traveling to many events and concerts. He later joined the Carriers while attending Navarro Junior College.

In 1959, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hanau, Germany for three years as a medic.

He was a Baptist and a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana, joining at the age of 16. Later, he moved his membership to New Hope Baptist Church in Sonora.

He met and married Carole Ann Berry Sept. 22, 1962 in Odessa where he worked for various oil companies in Andrews, Odessa, North Long Beach, Calif., Irving, Corsicana and moved to Eldorado in 1980 for Arco Oil and Gas, retiring in 1987. He encouraged his wife to open a flower shop in Sonora. She christened her new shop Petal Pushers and enjoyed watching it flourish for 15 years.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, James Hardwell.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Ann Berry Hardee of Sonora; daughter, Dyann Warren of Midland; son and daughter-in-law, Lamar and Debbie Hardee of Victoria; son, Mark Hardee of Austin; mother, Opal Hardwell of Odessa; grandsons, Kenneth James Hardee of Bethlehem, Pa.; brother, Don Hardee of Odessa; sister, Shirley Taylor of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Kerbow Funeral Home of Sonora.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Nov 3, 2002
  • Corsicana High School - Class of 1958
  • Social Security Death Index: JOE K HARDEE 29 Apr 1939 - 31 Oct 2002 (V) 76950 (Sonora, Sutton, TX) (none specified) 458-58-5445 Texas

Laura (Fortson) Johnston 

Laura Fortson Johnston, 95, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Internment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Roy Cassel III, Eliot Killebrew, Mike Killebrew Jr., James Maxwell, Jim Fortson and Joe B. Fortson III. Honorary pallbearers include James Edwin Fortson, Allen Edens Sr. and Sonny Estes.

Mrs. Johnston, a homemaker, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, UMW, D.A.R., Kinslow House and the Literary Club.

She was preceded in death by brother Joe B. Fortson Jr., husband Eliot A. Johnston and daughter Judy J. Roberts.

Survivors include brother James Edwin Fortson of Corsicana, granddaughters Jan Roberts and Laura McGee both of Rice, grandson James Roberts III of Corsicana, great grandsons Michael and Eliot Killebrew of Austin and Ray Cassel III of Rice, great granddaughters Brandy Maxwell of Euless, Dawn Fleming of Austin and Archa Cassel of Rice, great great grandson J. Michael Fleming of Austin and great great granddaughter Katrina M. Cassel of Rice.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Laura Fortson Johnston

Laura Fortson Johnston, 95, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Internment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James H. Fortson, Michael Killebrew, Eliot Killebrew, Roy T. Cassel III, James Maxwell and Joe B. Fortson III. Honorary pallbearers will be James E. Fortson, Allen Edens Jr. and Allen Edens III.

Mrs. Johnston was born Aug. 7, 1907 in Rice to Lyda McGee and Joe B. Fortson Sr. The family later moved to Corsicana and Mrs. Johnston graduated from Corsicana High School. She attended Ward-Belmont Women's College in Nashville, Tenn. and SMU in Dallas. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She married her high school sweetheart Eliot A. Johnston.

Mrs. Johnston lived a full life being active in First United Methodist Church UMW, DAR, Kinsloe House, and the Literary Club. Her sweet and gentle soul will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by husband, Eliot A. Johnston in 1996; daughter, Judy J. Roberts in 2000; older brother Joe B. Fortson Jr.; and a younger brother who died in childhood, John Fortson.

Survivors include her younger brother, James Edwin Fortson of Corsicana; granddaughters, Jan Roberts and Laura McGee, both of Rice; grandson, James Roberts III of Corsicana; great-grandsons, Michael Killebrew and Eliot Killebrew, both of Austin, and Roy T. Cassel III of Rice; great-granddaughters, Brandy Maxwell of Euless, Dawn Fleming of Austin, and Archa Cassel of Rice; great-great-grandson, J. Michael Fleming of Austin; great-great-granddaughter, Katarina M. Cassel of Rice; and many nieces and nephews.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Rubie Mae (Johnson) Minze

Rubie Mae Johnson Minze, 84, of St. Elmo Winkler passed away Sunday, Nov. 3 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at New Hope Baptist Church in St. Elmo with Rev. Elton McCann officiating. Internment will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Mrs. Minze's grandsons will serve as pallbearers and great grandsons will be honorary pallbearers.

Rubie was born on Sept. 30, 1918.

She was preceded in death by her parents Zula and Luther Johnson, brothers Leroy (Hoss) and Oather Johnson and husband Franklin Dudley Minze.

Survivors include sisters Peggy Coley Toms, Jewel Perkins and Jettie Bell all of Corsicana; sons John Minze and wife Harriet of Lanview, Bud Minze and wife Sherrill of Streetman and Glenn Minze and wife Sherrie of Streetman; grandchildren Debbie and Ramey Carroll of Lonview, Jeff and Tammy Minze of Corsicana, Eric and Cheryl Minze of Fairfield, Scott and Lauren Minze of Longview, Adam and Linda Minze of Fort Worth, Jody and Teresa Minze of Fairfield, Mindy Minze of Fairfield and Gene and Kelli Minze of Streetman; great grand children Taylor and Tanner Carroll and Jacob and Chandler Minze all of Longview, Morgan and Mason Minze of Corsicana, Cullen and Colbe Minze of fairfield, Garrett and Lane Henry and Aaron Minze of Streetman, Ben and Jake Minze of Cross Roads and Veronica and Valerie Pierce of Fort Worth and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Augusta M. (Sircy) Denson

Augusta Sircy Denson, of Dallas and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 at Traymore Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Pastor B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Denson had lived in Corsicana since 1954 and had been an active member of First Baptist Church. She was so proud to have taught Sunday school for preschool age children for almost 40 years. She was an active volunteer as a pink lady in the hospital auxiliary and was active for many years at Kinsloe House. She was an avid collector of antiques and especially loved dolls. She was most proud of her family and relished her role as wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Her family will celebrate her life and rejoice that she is reunited with the love of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George Thurston Denson; parents, David D. and Catherine Sircy; and seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Denson of Dallas; brother, Jack F. Sircy of Decatur, Ala.; nephews and nieces, Charlotte and John Wooden of Oregon, Jerry and Sherria King of Wichita Falls, Otice and Virginia Sircy of Lawton, Okla., Jackie and Eric Sultzbaugh of Dallas; and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Nov 6, 2002
  • SSDI: AUGUSTA M DENSON 07 Jun 1914 04 Nov 2002 (P) 75206 (Dallas, Dallas, TX) (none specified) 455-09-1680 Texas

William Royce Stewart

William Royce Stewart, 79, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services were 4 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Benny Horn officiating. Interment followed at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

Friends of the family served as pallbearers.

Mr. Stewart was born Oct. 14, 1923 in Emhouse.

Survivors include his son, Jimmy Stewart of Corsicana; sister, Loni Faye Chaney; grandson, Alan Stewart; granddaughter, Sandy Davis; five great-granddaughters; and caregivers, Nelta Ruth Gibson and Edna Cowan, both of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ruby Mae (Smith) Womack
Aug 13, 1906 - Nov 3, 2002

Ruby Mae Womack, 96, of Los Lunas, N.M. passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Mrs. Womack was born Aug. 13, 1906 in Bazette to John and Annabell Smith. She had a creative outlook with sewing skills for her daughter Bettinel, who always had a fantastic wardrobe. She loved her grandchildren dearly and always enjoyed their antics.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George Womack in 1996; sisters, Jessie Dial, Masel and Jimmy Nell; and brothers, Bill and Dan Smith.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy Womack and wife Tresa of Salado; daughter, Betti Stambaugh and husband Tracy of Los Lunas, N.M. six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Sessions and Myrtle Sessions, both of Kerens, and Joanne Lawrence of Mobile, Ala.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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