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Barbara 'Bea' Johnson
abt 1926 - Nov 1, 2002

Barbara "Bea" Johnson, 76, of Fort Worth passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2002 in Fort Worth surrounded by her family.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.

Mrs. Johnson was a retired beauty shop owner.

Survivors include her sons, Jiimel Muhammed aka Steve Whitfield of Jacksonville, Herbert Stewart and Gregory Stewart, both of Corsicana, and Eric Johnson of Terrell; daughters, Anita Michelle McLaurin of Houston, and Margaret Shelby and Denise Johnson of Fort Worth; mother, Emma Lewis of Corsicana; aunt, Ernestine Brooks of Corsicana; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth.

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Hazel Ruth (Rowan) Johnson
Sep 23, 1926 - Nov 4, 2002

Hazel Ruth Johnson

Hazel Ruth Johnson, 76, of Trinidad passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, 100 S. Old Indian Trail, Tool, with the Rev. John B. "Chick" Cullen officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Pallbearers will be men of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 23, 1926 in Ben Wheeler to Clifford and Ruth Rowan. She married Karl O. Johnson April 24, 1948 in Dallas. They lived in Dallas until 1990 when they retired at Cedar Creek Lake where they became members of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church in Tool. She retired from Rockwell-Collins International in Richardson after 27 years in the engineering department as a draftsman.

She was a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, neighbor and friend, and now has a new residence with the Lord in heaven. Her family will miss her; however, they will join her one day.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Karl O. Johnson of Trinidad; daughter and son-in-law, Judy K. and David R. Watkins of Hillsboro; granddaughter, Jennifer K. Watkins of Austin; grandson, Steven K. Watkins of Austin; mother, Ruth Rowan of Van; and brothers, Lloyd Rowan of Brownsboro, Floyd Rowan of Van and Kenneth Rowan of Keithville, La.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Leo E. Orr Sr.
Nov. 8, 1908 - Oct 28, 2002

Leo E. Orr Sr., 93, of Malakoff passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2002 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif.

Wake services will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Johnson Chapel AME Church, 1403 W. Royall, Malakoff.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, 208 W. Mitcham, Malakoff, with the Rev. Joey Baggett officiating. Interment will follow at Steen Cemetery in Malakoff.

Mr. Orr was born Nov. 8, 1908 in Frost to Maude and George Orr, the eldest of seven siblings. After completing high school, he attended Prairie View A&M College, where he lettered in two sports, made the dean's list and received a degree in mechanical engineering. He subsequently obtained a master's degree after further study at this institution and at Atlanta University.

Mr. Orr found employment in Malakoff and met his wife of 63 years, Maude L. Orr. He taught at Malakoff Colored School and eventually became principal at Lincoln High School and Malakoff Junior High School. His career in education encompassed more than four decades.

Mr. Orr was very active in church, civic and community affairs and was a member of numerous organizations including the Rotary Club, of which he was president from 1979 to 1980 and subsequently honored by the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellow; the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce, the Henderson County Hospital Authority Board, the Malakoff Library Board, the Malakoff Housing Authority, and the Henderson County Texas State Teachers Association, of which he was president in 1973. He was a very loyal parishioner at Johnson Chapel AME Church. He served as municipal judge in Malakoff for eight years and as Caney City's judge for one and one-half years. He was designated as Malakoff Citizen of the Year by the State of Texas House of Representatives in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Maude Orr; sons, George R. Orr of San Diego, Calif. and Leo E. Orr Jr. of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; sisters, Doris Jones of San Antonio, Maudine Hallmon of Houston, Lorene West of Kansas City, Mo., and Vesper Brown of Frost; grandsons, Sean and Arian of Southern California; three nieces, one nephew, and a number of cousins.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary of Corsicana.

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Horace Edell Jackson Melton Jr.
Dec. 18, 1943 - Oct 31, 2002

Horace Edell Jackson Melton Jr., 58, of Terrell and formerly of Irving, passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakview Baptist Church, 1004 S. Story Road, Irving. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.

Mr. Melton was born Dec. 18, 1943 and grew up in Corsicana. Upon his graduation, he attended Sam Houston State where he met and married his loving wife of 37 years, Jimmie. Mr. Melton earned his master's degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. He spent most of his working life as a chemist/nutritionist, but retired six years ago, moved to Terrell and became an entrepreneur.

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Lou Melton of Terrell; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Shelley Melton of Irving; mother and stepfather, Katie and Derwood Purifoy of Angus; sisters, Susan Stover and Trina Jeffers, both of Angus, Marcia Ward of Corsicana; brother, Marshall Purifoy of Angus; and grandson, Shane Hoya.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Brown's Memorial Funeral Home of Irving.

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MELTON
HORACE EDELL JACKSON, JR. of Terrell, formerly of Irving, passed away October 31st.  He was born December 18, 1943 and grew up in Corsicana, Texas.  Upon his graduation, he attended Sam Houston State where he met and married his loving wife of 37 years, Jimmie.  Horace earned his Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He spent most of his working life as a chemist/nutritionist but  retired six years ago, moved to Terrell and became an entrepreneur.  His wife, Jimmie Lou Melton of Terrell; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Shelley Melton of Irving; mother and step-father, Katie and Derwood Purifoy of Angus, Texas, sisters Susan Stover of Angus; Trina Jeffers of Angus; Marcia Ward of Corsicana; brother Marshall Purifor of Angus and grandson Shane Hoya.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 6th at Oakview Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.  If desired, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.  Family will receive friends Tues. 6-8 PM at Browns.

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John Paul 'Sonny' Maggard
Dec 30, 1944 - Nov 5, 2002

John Paul "Sonny" Maggard, 57, of Emhouse passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse with Brother Bob Dixon officiating.

Mr. Maggard was born Dec. 30, 1944 in Emhouse.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Maggard of Emhouse; daughters, Kim Carrington of Blooming Grove and Janette Montgomery of Rice; son, Jimmy Barkley Sr. of Emhouse; brother, Claude "Buddy" Maggard of Emhouse; sisters, Sue Ward of Killeen and Jeanette Melton of Emhouse; grandsons, Shane Wilson and Kyler Carrington, both of Blooming Grove, Jimmy Barkley Jr., Brian Latham and James Barkley, all of Emhouse, Curtis Sandels Sr. of Huntsville and Daniel Montgomery of Ennis; granddaughters, April Latham of Emhouse, Carla Sandels of Huntsville, Crystal Montgomery of Rice and Wendy Montgomery of Ennis; great-granddaughters, Hannah Latham of Emhouse, and Ashley Sandels and Katelyn Sandels, both of Huntsville; and great-grandson, Curtis Sandels Jr. of Huntsville.

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Billie Payne
April 22, 1918 - Nov 6, 2002

Billie Payne, 84, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Memorial Parkwith Pastor B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Payne was born April 22, 1918 in Kerens. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

Survivors include her son, Bill Payne of Corsicana; devoted grandchildren, Gay Lynne Lyerly and husband Randy of Spring and Debra Purviance and husband Dan of The Woodlands; and great-grandchildren, Heather Purviance, Christie Purviance and Travis Lyerly.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Francell Bailey
Aug. 2, 1923 - Nov 5, 2002

Francell Bailey, 79, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church with the Rev. Kedrion Bailey as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Bailey was born Aug. 2, 1923 in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Millie Corine Bailey of Dallas; daughters, Debra (Sammy) Robertson of Pleasant Grove, Marilyn Bailey and Sabrina Bailey, both of Dallas; grandchildren, the Rev. Kedrion (Ja'Shun) Bailey of Seagoville, Sammeric (LaQuita) Bailey, Millecia Robertson, and Crystal Bailey, all of Dallas; brothers, the Rev. Jerry L. Bailey of Corsicana and Lonnie B. Keeton of Los Angeles, Calif.; sisters, Maggie Bailey of Fort Worth, Faye Baptist of Los Angeles, Calif. and Katherine; three great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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James Leo Turner
Oct 31, 1954 - Nov 6, 2002

James Leo Turner, 48, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002 in Oak Cliff.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Turner was born Oct. 31, 1954.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Wayne Lee Turner; daughter, Barbara Saye Turner; and son, Douglas Turner.

Survivors include his daughter, Patrina Turner of Lewisville; son, James Wesley Turner of Balch Springs; sisters, Laura Landers of Houston, Marie Claxton of Ennis, Mary Richardson of Arkansas, and Patricia Turner, Marilyn Turner, Linda Turner and Iva Dell Turner, all of Corsicana; brothers, Johnny Turner of Corsicana and Joe Boyd Turner of Dallas; stepmother, Iva Mae Dycus of Corsicana; stepmother, Carolyn Turner of Belton; father, Joe Turner of Belton; grandson, Christopher Turner of Balch Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Willie George 'Bubba' Hider Jr.
Feb 23, 1945 - Nov 4, 2002

Willie George "Bubba" Hider Jr., 57, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Independent Baptist Church with Pastor Donald Lacey officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Hider was born Feb. 23, 1945 in Corsicana. He received his formal education at G.W. Jackson High School and Job Corp. at Ogden, Utah. He was employed at Wolf Brand Chili and Community Services. He was a member of First Independent Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie George Hider Sr.; and mother, Clinton Hider Wilson.

Survivors include his sister, Mary H. Whitfield of Corsicana; daughter, Felicia D. Hider; son, Derrick D. Hider; grandson, Dorian J. Lewis; aunts, Geneva Goff and Bernice (Sam C.) McDonald, both of Corsicana; uncle, Raymond Rogers of Seabrook, Md.; nieces, Sentra Whitfield, Wray Lonta Mullin and Emma Whitfield; and cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Doris Jean (Wheeler) Lewis
May 31, 1932 - Nov 8, 2002

Doris Jean Wheeler Lewis, 70, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Kerens City Cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating.

Mrs. Lewis was born May 31, 1932 in Corsicana to Juilian Wheeler and Elza Mayes Wheeler. She was a nurse.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Raley of Huntsville, Connie Estes of Corsicana and Dr. Gale Miller of College Station; and grandchildren, Melissa Raley, Daniel Estes, David Estes, Bonney Raley, Christopher Miller, Jonathon Miller and Jamie Estes.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Burney Gonzales
Dec 27, 1968 - Nov 8, 2002

Burney Gonzales, 33, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Timothy Schane officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Gonzales was born Dec. 27, 1968 in Corsicana.

Survivors include his father, Juan Gonzales of Corsicana; brothers, Juan Gonzales Jr. and Jessie James Gonzales, both of Corsicana; sister, Jainie Mitchel of Arkansas; aunts, Macala Joles, Catalina Hodge, Rosie Monroe, Delores Gonzales and Alfonsa Cobb, all of Corsicana; and all the Joles family.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Morris M. Jones
Sep 26, 1931 - Nov 7, 2002

Morris M. Jones, 71, of Bryan passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hillier Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 E. 29th St., Bryan, with the Rev. Lonnie Green, pastor of Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Interment will follow at the Bryan City Cemetery.

Mr. Jones was born Sept. 26, 1931 in Hillsboro to Ernest and Annie Jones. He spent several years of his childhood in Corsicana. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and retired from the U.S. Army after over 20 years of service as a first sergeant E-8 during Vietnam. He also spent many years as a funeral director and embalmer in the Temple/Killeen area until his retirement from Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan in 1996. He was a past member of the Bryan Rotary Club, past grand master of the AF&AM Lodge in Killeen, and a charter member of the Optimist Club in Killeen.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Jones; and sister, Ernestine Armstrong.

Survivors include his wife, Martha J. Jones of Bryan; daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta Lynn and Ken Wilgus of Killeen, Cynthia Ann Jones and Donna Louise and Ricci Sieggreen, all of Bryan; sister and brothers-in-law, Enelda and Kenneth Niles of Waco and Gene Armstrong of Blooming Grove; mother, Annie Inez Jones of Waco; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Bryan Rotary Club or to the Church of the Nazarene.

Arrangements by Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan.

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Jep 'Jeff' Martin Jr.
Sep 24, 1929 - Nov 4, 2002

Jep "Jeff" Martin Jr., 73, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2002 in Burnet.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Second Mission Baptist Church with Supt. E.L. Baptist officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wilbert Fields Jr., Anero Martin, George Marshall Jr., Nathaniel Jackson, Windell Smith and Charles Nelson. Honorary pallbearers will be Ollie Hatten, Carl Hatten, Todd Gomer, Corey Crawford, James Hines, Lonzell Bradley and Ricky Simmons.

Mr. Martin was born Sept. 24, 1929 in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jep Martin Sr.; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Green Martin of Corsicana; son, Jerry W. Martin of Fort Worth and his mother Maggie Hunter of Corsicana; daughters, Crystal Martin and Mary Martin, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; stepdaughter, Ronnah Gomer and husband Todd of Corsicana; grandson, Anero Martin of Fort Worth; step granddaughters, Gabrielle and Destiny of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Ryshelanda Martin of Fort Worth; and a host of cousins and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Dan J. Jones
Oct 7, 1940 - Nov 10, 2002

Dan Jones, 62, of Rice passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 in Dallas.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mildred Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery.

Mr. Jones was born Oct. 7, 1940 in Tupelo. He was a farmer and rancher.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dan J. Jones

Dan J. Jones, 62, of Tupelo went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 in Dallas, surrounded by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mildred Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Rice Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his camping buddies: Jack Butler, Fred Drew, Jimmy Gipson, Liston Herod, Brantley Humbert, Mike Irvin and David Megarity. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Mildred Baptist Church.

Mr. Jones was born Oct. 7, 1940 in Tupelo. He was a graduate of Corsicana High School, Navarro College and Sam Houston State University. He was a seed salesman and rancher, and served 12 years on the Mildred Independent School District board. He was currently serving as a deacon and as the music director at Mildred Baptist Church, as well as the football announcer for the Mildred Eagles. He loved the Lord with all his heart, his home, family, friends, and church, and southern gospel music. He also loved Christmas singings at home, sports, cattle roundups, reading, being a cowboy, drinking coffee, and spinning a yarn. His door was always open to others. He was much loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Ruth Jones; and brother, Jimmy Jones.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Mary McKie Jones of Tupelo; son, Todd Jones of Winkler; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Brent Folmar of Mildred; grandchildren, Hunter and Houston Folmar of Mildred; sisters and brothers-in-law, Davis and Duane Nutt of Corsicana and Fran and David Rachel of Riesel; father-in-law and wife, Bill and Marsha McKie of Corsicana; sisters-in-laws and their husbands, Blanche and Steve Pipkin of Mildred, Beverly and Dion Duke of Cedar Creek, Amy and Adam Calame of Anna, and Cherry and Harold Hutcheson of Hampton, Ga.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mildred Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Manuel Silvis Moreno
Jan 11, 1921 - Nov 11, 2002

Manuel Silvis Moreno, 81, of Kerens passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2002 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today at Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating.

Mr. Moreno was born Jan. 11, 1921 in Rockwall. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a lifelong carpenter.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Santos Angel Garcia
Jan 27, 1978 - Nov 10, 2002

Santos Angel Garcia, 24, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 in Navarro County.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Rosary will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.

Mr. Garcia was born Jan. 27, 1978 in Canton Talpetate, Nueva EsParta, El Salvador to Santos Roberto Garcia and Dora Hernandez Garcia. He worked in highway construction for Champagne-Weber.

Survivors include his wife, Alma Rosales Garcia of Corsicana; daughter, Alma Gisselle Garcia of Corsicana; and parents, three brothers and one sister.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lorene Alice (Hally) Barnes
Aug 19, 1919 - Nov 12, 2002

Lorene Alice Barnes

Lorene Alice Barnes, 83, of Brownsboro passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Assembly of God Church in Brownsboro, with Revs. John Doud and Tom Reagdon officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her great grandsons.

Mrs. Barnes was born Aug. 19, 1919 in Comanche County to Thomas Edward and Sarah Elizabeth Essary Hally. She was a charter member of the First Assembly of God Church of Brownsboro, and a member for 51 years. She lived in Brownsboro most of her life. She loved her family and loved working with elderly people and children. She worked as a nurses aid.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, seven children, two brothers, three sisters and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Barnes is survived by daughters Virginia Simington and husband Don of Corsicana, Saleta Davidson and husband Jack of Brownsboro, Helen Wallace of Tyler and Evelyene Coffey and husband Leroy of Brownsboro; brother-in-law Bill Barnes of Brownsboro; 103 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Arrangements by Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

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Ruth Delura (Neal) Phillips
Sep 14, 1920 - Nov 13, 2002

Ruth Delura Phillips, 82, of Richmond passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Gene Cravens officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Phillips was born Sept. 14, 1920 to Wesley Neal and Clara Futch Neal. She was a homemaker.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ruth Delura Phillips

Ruth Delura Phillips, 82, of Damon and formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 in Richmond.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Corsicana with the Rev. Gene Cravens officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Layne Wieghat, Sam McClary, Glenn Wieghat, Bubba Reeves, Robert Phillips, Phil Reeves, Ronnie Fisher and Dean Hamby. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Boyd, Randy Boyd, Roland Phillips and Robin Phillips.

Mrs. Phillips was born Sept. 14, 1920 to Wesley Neal and Clara Futch Neal. She was a homemaker and was a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Phillips; parents; son, Jonathan Phillips; daughter, Bettye Walker; grandson, Clinton D. Reeves; brothers, Wesley Neal Jr. and Joe Dean Neal; and sister, Dorothy Golden.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Ruth Phillips of Lake Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and A.W. Straub of Corsicana, Judi and Woody Wieghat of Bullard, and Patsy and Glen Morgan of Damon; grandchildren, Dana Hamby, Renee Garza, Brenda Reeves, Layne Wieghat, Sam McClary, Glenn Wieghat, Bubba Reeves, Robert Phillips, Phil Reeves, Dean Hamby, Jimmy Boyd, Randy Boyd, Roland Phillips, and Robin Phillips; brother and sisters-in-law, Franklin and Nelda Neal and Etola Neal, all of Corsicana, and Clara Jane Wilson of Blooming Grove; sister and brothers-in-law, Frances and Herbert Walker of Donie, Will Roy Phillips of Grand Prairie and Doyle Phillips of Temple; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Billy Cox

Billy Cox, 68, of La Porte, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, in Pasadena.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, at Resthaven Memorial Park with Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Cox was employed as a supervisor at Brown and Root and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include sister Annie Frances Davis Webb, brother-in-law Roland Webb, nephew and wife Nick and Marilyn Sartain, all of Waco.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charlie 'Red Hoss' Zollicoffer

Charlie "Red Hoss" Zollicoffer, former resident of Navarro County, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2002 in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Scott Funeral Chapel with Pastor K.D. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery in Kerens.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Zollicoffer of Houston; brother, Steve Zollicoffer of Corsicana; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Lula Mae (Blair) Morgan
Aug 21, 1919 - Nov 10, 2002

Lula Mae Blair Morgan, 83, of DeSoto passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at DeSoto Nursing Center.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. L.L. Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

She was born Aug. 21, 1919 in Eureka.

Survivors include her brother, D. J. Blair Sr. of Corsicana; nephews, W. H. Blair Sr. and wife Ima, D. J. Blair Jr. and wife Doris, Morgan Blair Sr. and wife Natalie; nieces, Bettye Blair and Gladys Blair; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Robert Lee Jones

Robert Lee Jones of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 in Van Zandt County.

Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home

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Robert L. Jones

Robert L. "Bob" Jones, 73, of Ben Wheeler passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Pallbearers will be grandson Thomas Bailey Jones Jr., Von Hance, Daron Hance, Norman Ball, Michael German and Joel Green.

Mr. Jones was born July 14, 1929 in Arlington. He was the owner of Bob Jones & Associates. He graduated from Midlothian High School and later from Texas A&M Class of 1952. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army and later served as a major in the Air National Guard of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Joe Nell Jones of Ben Wheeler; sons, Michael Van Jones and wife Jennifer of Tyler, Thomas Bailey Jones Sr. and wife Helene of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., and Lowell Clyde Jones of Houston; grandsons, Thomas Bailey Jones Jr. of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. and Steve Michael Jones of Tyler; granddaughters, Hannah Estes Jones and Jaqualine Dawn Leszczynski, both of Grosse Point Woods, Mich., Lucy Allyn Jones of Frisco and Sarah Michelle Jones of Tyler; sister and brother-in-law, Dorris and Kenneth Estes Atterberry of Ben Wheeler; and brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Simone Jones of Arlington.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dorothy Luvenia (Neal) Golden
April 14, 1919 - Nov 12, 2002

Dorothy Luvenia Neal Golden, 83, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena.

Services were held at noon Thursday at Calvary Hill Funeral Home in Humble. Interment followed at Calvary Hill Cemetery.

She was born April 14, 1919 in Navarro County to Wesley Neal and Clara Futch Neal.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Don Beck and Mollie Dee and Ed Vieau, all of Pasadena; brother and sister-in-law, Franklin and Nelda Neal of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Herbert Walker of Donie; sister-in-law, Etola Neal of Corsicana; two grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter, one great-great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Calvary Hill Funeral Home of Humble.

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Bennie Irwin Poarch
Sep 5, 1930 - Nov 16, 2002

Bennie Irwin Poarch, 72, of Garland passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Eastgate Funeral Home, 1910 Eastgate Drive, Garland, Texas.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Axe Memorial Methodist Church. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Mr. Poarch retired from E-Systems of Garland after 33 years as manager of maintenance. He taught the 2+2 Sunday School Class at Axe Memorial Methodist Church for 28 years and was president of the South Garland High School Basketball Booster Club for several years.

He was preceded in death by parents Deward and Vada Poarch; daughter, Cynthia Anne Poarch; and grandson, Bryce Daniel Nix.

Mr. Irwin is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Kathryn Walker and husband John, and Janet Hood and husband Buddy; sons, Danny Poarch and wife May Hope, Steve Poarch and wife Marie, and Kelly Poarch and wife Tracey; granddaughters, Melissa Walker, Tiffany Ortega, Bethany Hood and Stephanie Poarch; grandsons, Benjamin Nix, Matthew Poarch, Andrew Poarch, and Hunter Poarch; great-grandchildren, Cynthia Walker, Nathan Walker, Autumn Garrett, Averie Nix, Brycen Ortega, and Chaney Ortega.

Arrangements by Eastgate Funeral Home, Garland

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Mary Esther (Roman) Beeman
Mar 20, 1918 - Nov 18, 2002

Mary Beeman

Mary Beeman, 84, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dale Leggett officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Beeman was born March 20, 1918 in Corbet. She was an active and faithful member of Community Baptist Church. She taught Sunday school for many years and was active in many church activities.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Bobbie Anderson.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Harvey Beeman of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Ruthie and John Dumas of Tyler; grandsons, John Harvey Dumas of Little Elm, David Dumas of Henderson and Steven Dumas of Tyler; granddaughter, Mikki Strickland of Tyler; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Malcom Roman of Richardson; sister, Kathleen Robinson of Hillsboro; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joel Perez

11/20/2002 MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT: Kerensite loses life while moving dozer

By LOYD COOK/Daily Sun Staff

A Kerens man was killed on a county road in southwestern Navarro County Tuesday after he attempted to remove a bulldozer from a trailer.

According to law enforcement officials, Joel Perez, 35, was going to drive the piece of heavy equipment off a trailer after the trailer had broken loose from the vehicle pulling it and dug into the gravel of County Road SW3280 near the intersection with County Road SW3240.

Navarro County Sheriff's Office Detective Les Cotten Jr. said the trailer's tongue stuck into the roadway, leaving the back end of the trailer pointed upward. The bulldozer, Cotten said, was pointed with its "bucket" toward the back of the trailer.

"Apparently, (Perez) had removed the tiedowns at the front of the trailer and was using a cheater bar to lift a boom attachment near the bucket," Cotten said.

Officials estimated that the boom weighed as much as 28,000 pounds. When enough pressure was applied to release the attachment, the cheater bar came free with a large amount of force, striking Perez in the forehead and killing him.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Donna Murray held an inquest at the scene, pronouncing death.

Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is handling arrangements, but no information about funeral services was available at press time. NCSO officials said they believed Perez' family was en route from Mexico today.

Loyd Cook may be contacted via e-mail at loydcook@corsicanadailysun.com

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Ruth Marion (Smith) Cobb
May 8, 1932 - Nov 18, 2002

Ruth Marion Cobb

Ruth Marion Cobb, 70, of Corsicana went home to be with her Lord Monday, Nov. 18, 2002. Her husband and family were with her as she traded this world for one far better.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. and the Rev. Dan Daniels officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandson-in-law, Joshua Clagett, Ryan Hardin, Benjamin Brunton, Seth Clagett, Adam Clagett and Seth Fuller. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandson-in-law, Josiah Clagett, Aaron McNeil and Casey Cobb.

Mrs. Cobb was born May 8, 1932 in Fife Lake, Mich., the sixth of seven children to John and Geraldine Smith. She served as a helpmate to her husband as a pastor's wife for 25 years in the Church of the Nazarene, mostly in Michigan then ending here in Texas.

She was a devoted mother and homemaker to her five children. She had a heart of compassion for anything scarred, beat up, old or just not wanted. Whether it was a piece of furniture, a house, a stray cat or even people, she would invest her time and love and pour it into whatever needed fixing. Family members have confessed it was their mother's prayer that led the way to their own salvation and a real relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Mrs. Cobb loved plants and flowers and enjoyed working in the garden with her husband. She enjoyed walks with her dogs, garage sales, feeding the birds from her porch, but most of all spending time with her family.

Her grandchildren will remember most the wonderful stories she would write and tell them. She gave all the kids special nicknames and sang funny songs. Grandma Cobb was famous for her three meals a day cooking, but especially her strawberry jam and her beef with noodles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Douglas, Colin and Garfield.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Louis W. Cobb of Corsicana; daughters, Sherry Clagett and husband Paul of Corsicana, Linda Brunton of Corsicana and Susan Hardin and husband Curtis of Kansas City, Mo.; sons, Sheldon Cobb and wife Sharon of Mesquite and Timothy Cobb and wife Crystal of San Antonio; sister, Ester Mater of Sandusky, Mich. and Iris Demaray and husband Merlin of Burbonais, Ill.; brother, Stuart Smith of Sandusky, Mich.; 18 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gideon International, Corsicana Camp, P.O. Box 276, Corsicana, TX 75151.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Margaret Perryman-Jones
Apr 5, 1904 - Nov 18, 2002

Margaret Jones

Margaret Jones, 98, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 at Boulevard Terrace Nursing Home in Murfreesboro.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Kerens Cemetery with Dr. W. H. White officiating.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Mrs. Jones was born April 5, 1904 in Alma.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, W. C. Perryman Sr. and J. E. Jones; and son, W. C. "Bill" Perryman.

Survivors include her sons, Tom Perryman of Tyler and Bill Jones of Tennessee; daughter, Rita Phillips of Austin; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Perryman of Athens; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to East Texas Hospice, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler TX 75701; or Kerens Cemetery Association.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Florence (Conger) Bates
Nov 8, 1914 - Nov 19, 2002

Florence Bates

Florence Bates, 88, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002 at Heritage Oaks Nursing Home in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eddie McNeese, Gerald Radney, Keith Fields, Joe Saunders, Norton Conner and Buster Atkeisson.

Mrs. Bates was born Nov. 8, 1914 in Eureka.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Ronda and Jerry Becker of Ennis; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Betty Bates of Goldthwaite; granddaughter, Ashley Bates of Goldthwaite; grandson and wife, Jeffrey and Cathy Bates of Midlothian; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Patty Conger of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Cutie Duncan and Estel Conger of Kerens and Opal Bobbitt of Weatherford; brother-in-law, Paul Harrell of Hughes Springs; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Juanita Margaret Blissett
Oct 25, 1913 - Nov 18, 2002

Juanita Margaret Blissett, 89, of Dawson passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2002 in Mexia.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Cade Cemetery in Streetman with the Rev. James Hooper officiating.

Mrs. Blissett was born Oct. 25, 1913 in Streetman. She had been a resident of Dawson since 1948. She worked as a grocery clerk in Dawson and Hubbard for many years. She loved gardening and raising her grandkids. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Blissett in 1998; son, James Blissett in 1988; grandson, Jimmy Blissett in 2000; and an infant daughter.

Survivors include her sons, Bobby Blissett of Blooming Grove and Jerry Blissett of Malone; daughter, Patsy Blissett of Purdon; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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JUANITA BLISSET

Mrs. Juanita Margaret Blissett, 89, of Dawson died Monday, November 18, at a Mexia hospital. She was born October 25, 1913 in Streetman and had been a resident of Dawson since 1948. She worked as a grocery clerk in Dawson and Hubbard for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dawson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Blissett in 1998; one son, James Blissett in 1988; one grandson, Jimmy Blissett in 2000; and an infant daughter. Survivors include: two sons, Bobby Blissett of Blooming Grove and Jerry Blissett of Malone; one daughter, Patsy Blissett of Purdon; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 21, at Cade Cemetery in Streetman with Rev. James Hooper officiating.

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  • The Reporter

Adaline Love "Addie" (Swearingen) Story
Feb 2, 1872 - Apr 22, 1933

PIONEER NAVARRO COUNTY WOMAN WAS BURRIED ON SUNDAY

Funeral rites for Mrs. John D. Story, 61 years of age, long-time resident of Angus community who died the P. and S. Hospital, Saturday morning at 4 o'clock, following a short illness with pneumonia, where held at the Methodist Church at Angus on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with burial in the Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.  The services were conducted by the Rev. A. K. Marney, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist Church, assisted by the Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Corsicana, and Rev. Mack Smith of Waco.

Surviving are her husband, John D. Story of Angus, member of the Navarro County School Board, three daughters, Mrs. Herbert Soape of Longview, Mrs. Clarence Harris of Minerva, and Mrs. T. B. Thomas (former Miss. Johnnie D. Sotyr) of Angus; and a son, S. L. Story of Angus; a sister, Mrs. T. B. White (former Miss. Lydia M. Swearingen) of San Antonio, and three brothers, Paul Swearingen of San Antonio, Wm. R. Swearingen of San Antonio, and Edward L. Swearingen.

The funeral service was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.  Active pallbearers were John Garner, Elbert Neely, Graham Dickson, Lawrence Tilton, Henry Pritchard, and Mack Smith, Jr.   Honorary pallbearers were friends and family members.

Music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mesdames Boyce Martin and W. L. Kirk, and Messrs, Edgar Metcalf and Fred White.  One of the largest crowds ever to attend a funeral in Navarro County overflowed the church at Angus, where the services were held, and followed the body of this good woman to her last resting place in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Mrs. Story was a long-time and popular resident of Navarro County and during her long and useful life had made and held a host of friends over the entire county.  The grave was completely hidden by masses of beautiful floral offerings that attested the esteem in which she was held.  Out of town friends attending the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wallace, Miss Jennie Bell Crone, Mrs. B. F. Cone, and Miss Lucinda Isaacs of Minerva, Mrs. George P. Mann and Mrs. Ruth Griswell of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fesmire and Mrs. Love Riley of Waskom, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Asher and Mrs. E. L. Scott of Longview.

Notes:

  • This Obituary and Family History published in Navarro Leaves and Branches, Volume XXV, Issue IV
  • w/o John D. Story married Jan. 16, 1890; d/o R. J. Swearingen & Catherine (Roberts) Swearingen

Victoria (Kelly) Johnson
Dec. 16, 1935 - Nov 17, 2002

Victoria Kelly Johnson, 66, of Dawson passed away Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from noon to 7:30 p.m. today at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Methodist Church in Dawson with the Rev. M. L. Allen of Hopewell Baptist Church in Dawson officiating. Interment will follow at Spring Seat Cemetery in Centerville.

Pallbearers will be Sandy Johnson, Steve Brisco, Sadell A. Brisco, Ray Johnson, Rodrique Johnson and Cameron Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be John Mosley, Alvin Moffett and Luther Smith.

She was born Dec. 16, 1935 in Centerville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Perry Kelly; husband, Dennis C. Johnson; and mother, Berthola Clark Kelly.

Survivors include her son, Dennis Johnson and wife Brenda of Killeen; daughters, Lovera Johnson of Dawson, Eurlyne Smith and husband Luther of Corsicana, Renetta Moffett and husband Alvin of Dawson, Raye C. Mosley and husband John of Pooler, Ga. and Natalie Johnson of Dawson; grandchildren, Sandy J. Johnson, Victoria R. (Will) Pickson, Ray D. (June) Johnson, Steve A. Brisco, Sheena R. Johnson, Sadell A. Brisco, Rodrique (Cat) Johnson, Cameron J. Johnson and Ethan C. Johnson; great-granddaughter, Jordan N. Johnson; brothers, Curtis Kelly and wife Carolyn and Terry Kelly and wife Betty, all of Dallas, and Perry Kelly and wife Beverly of Huntsville; sisters, Novella Peterson and husband Wardell, Florida Kelly, and Dorothy Miller and husband George Melvin Miller, all of Dallas, Stella Dorensbourg and husband Lacy of DeSoto; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Zelma Fae "Dixie" (Currington) Marlow
Sep 15, 1913 - Nov 20, 2002

Zelma Marlowe

Zelma Marlowe, 89, of Euless and formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002 at her residence.

Visitation was from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove with Rev. Jonathan Speegle. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Marlowe was born Sept. 15, 1913 in Dawson.

Survivors include son Hugh Marlowe and wife Gail of Euless; daughter Bobbie Nell Brooks and husband Alvin of Arlington; grandchildren Tiffany Marlowe of Hurst and Ronnie Glenn Brooks and James Ray Brooks, both of Mansfield; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel of Blooming Grove.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Nov 22, 2002
  • SSDI: ZELMA F MARLOW 15 Sep 1913 20 Nov 2002 (V) 76039 (Euless, Tarrant, TX) 466-29-7432 Texas

Noble Jessie Condra
Dec 23, 1911 - Nov 20, 2002

Noble Jessie Condra, 90, of Conroe passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002 in Conroe.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Metcalf Funeral Home in Conroe.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Richland Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge No. 748.

Mr. Condra was born Dec. 23, 1911 in Conroe.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Condra, and son, Ronald Steven Bartlett.

Survivors include son, Bill McGee Bartlett; brother, Hailey Condra; grandsons Christopher Steven Bartlett and wife Debbie, David Martin Bartlett and wife Ann, and Daniel Paul Stout and wife Tracy; great-grandchildren Jordan Bartlett, Morgan Bartlett, Mason Bartlett, McKenzie Bartlett, Cade Bartlett, Chase Stout and Damon Stout; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Hattie Ida (Wilcox) Owens
Dec 15, 1911 - Nov 21, 2002

Hattie Owens

Hattie Owens, 90, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dan Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Herbert Wilcox, Glenn 'Bo' Wilcox, James Hudson, Don Hudson, H.E. Butcher and Randal Kirk.

Mrs. Owens was born Dec. 15, 1911 in Corsicana. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Purdon and a very loving wife, mother and grandmother, and was a lifelong homemaker.

She was preceded in death by husband Louis Owens.

Survivors include daughter Joyce Braxmier and husband Bill of Corsicana; grandsons Toby Reed and wife Ethel of Tyler and Robert Reed and wife Melanie of Corsicana; granddaughters Gayla Reed of Cedar Hill, Susan Flores and husband Ernest of Forney, and Ginger Edwards and husband Mark of Corsicana; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Emma Lee (Steward) Soders
Sep 3, 1912 - Nov 19, 2002

Emma Lee Steward Soders, 90, of Cleburne passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002 in Odessa.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. B Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. B Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow with Pastor Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.

Mrs. Soders was born Sept. 3, 1912 in Navarro County.

She was preceded in death by parents Jimmy and Cora Ann Steward; husband Paul Soders; and son eldest son John Soders.

Survivors include son Jimmy Soders and wife Mary Ann of Fort Worth; daughters Pearlie Harris, Alvern Jones and husband Tommy of Odessa, and Linda Ingram and husband Rev. Rush Ingram of Cleburne; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister Velma Sanders and husband Earl of Kerens; brother Robert Steward of Fresno, Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Emma Soders
KERENS — Emma Soders, 90, of Kerens, homemaker, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2002, at her daughter’s home.
Services are pending with Johnson Funeral Home in Corsicana.


Clara Elizabeth Cantrell
Aug 4, 1917 - Nov 20, 2002

Clara Elizabeth Cantrell, 85, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Graveside services were 10 a.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Horace Cobb officiating.

Mrs. Cantrell was born Aug. 4, 1917 in Athens.

She was preceded in death by son Robert Swanson.

Survivors include husband Tommy Cantrell of Corsicana; daughter Ruth of Washington; sons Fred Swanson of Grapeland and Hugh Larry Swanson of San Antonio, M.B. Swanson of Corsicana and Jerral Swanson of Navarro; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister Geneva of California.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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David Lee Wilson Sr.
Feb 1, 1954 - Nov 21, 2002

David Wilson, Jr. (Sic)

David Wilson Jr., 48, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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David Lee Wilson Sr.

David Lee Wilson Sr., 48, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Long Prairie Cemetery in Kerens.

Pallbearers will be Marty Brashear, Jerry Wood, Bobby Joe Wilson, William Heard, Harold "Bo" Prickett and Monte Marlo. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby E. Butler and Robert Newsome.

Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 1, 1954 in Lufkin to John and Ruth Wilson. He was an employee at Jiffy Mart.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Wilson of Corsicana; parents, John and Ruth Wilson of Kerens; sons, Bobby Joe Wilson and wife Jessica and David Wilson Jr., all of Corsicana; daughters, Katie Ibanez and husband Cristino and Kimberly Barlow and husband William, all of Corsicana; stepdaughter, Melissa Benton of Pursley; grandchildren, Dustin, Cody, Kyle and Triston, all of Corsicana, and Katelynn and Trent, both of Junction; brother, Douglas of Mineola; sister, Marilynn of Arp; and cousin, Christie Butler Brashear and husband Marty.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Eula Derden - Roberts
July 19, 1915 - Nov 20, 2002

Eula Roberts, 87, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002 at Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bill Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason Derden, Greg Derden, Kim Masters, Wade Nicolas Jr., Mark Nicolas and Ben Enlow.

Mrs. Roberts was born July 19, 1915 in Ashlyn, Ala. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by husbands Lecil Derden and Frank Roberts, and one brother and sister.

Survivors include daughters Maureen Masters and husband Roy of Houma, La., Maxine Nicolas of Dallas, Glenda Hall and husband Larry of Iowa Park, and Suzy Michaelson; sons Jimmy Derden and wife Mary Jo of LaMarque and Lonnie Derden and wife Donna of Plano; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two brothers; and six sisters.

Memorials my be made in thanks to Dr. Hibbs and the Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ann Lois (Southard) Hamby

Ann Lois Hamby

Ann Lois Hamby, 76, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002 at Twilight Nursing Home.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

The celebration of life will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bill Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Elm Branch Cemetery at Bardwell.

Pallbearers will be Michael Southard, H. L. Southard, Bill Southard, Kenneth Southard, Fred Southard and Johnny Tate.

Mrs. Hamby was born in Avalon to Claude Cleveland and Annie (Youngblood) Southard. She was a licensed vocational nurse for Navarro Regional Hospital for many years and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Hamby is survived by son Paul Hamby of Waco; sisters-in-law Pauline Southard of Blooming Grove and Lee Ola Southard of Dennison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Boze Funeral Home in Waco.

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Lawrence Richard DeMoss
Mar 7, 1908 - Dec 30, 1972

L. R. DeMoss

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at a local funeral chapel for Lawrence R. DeMoss, 64, of Corsicana.  Rev. B. W. Johnson officiated and burial was at Hopewell Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, seven sons, one daughter, his father, two brothers, three sisters and 22 grandchildren.

Pallbearers included Larry DeMoss, Bobby Jackson, Billy Don DeMoss, Billy Roy Rash, George DeMoss and Larry Gilliam.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Jan 1973
  • WWII Veteran
  • Husband of Eva Lillian "Evie" (Rash) DeMoss)
  • TXDI: De Moss Lawrence R 12-30-1972 DALLAS M
  • SSDI: LAWRENCE DEMOSS 07 Mar 1908 Dec 1972 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

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L. DeMoss

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Monday in the Corley Funeral Chapel for Lawrence R. DeMoss, 64, of Corsicana, who died Saturday in the Veterans Hospital in Dallas. Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate with burial to follow at Hopewell Cemetery.

DeMoss was a resident of Corsicana for most of his life. He was a World War veteran and a former employee of Bethlehem Supply Company.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; seven sons, Lawrence Allen DeMoss, Damon DeMoss, Jack DeMoss and Buck DeMoss, all of Corsicana, and Ronnie DeMoss of Ennis, Don Rash of Joshua and Beauford Rash of Red Oak; one daughter, Mrs. Wayne Douglas of Corsicana; his father, George DeMoss of Corsicana; two brothers, Therrel DeMoss of Corsicana and Joe DeMoss of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Ellis and Mrs. Jewell Babcock of Dallas and Mrs. Louella Holland of Thermal, Calif.; and 22 grandchildren.

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Joe W. Mitchell

J. W. Mitchell

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Church of God in Christ at Dawson for Joe W. Mitchell, III, 34 of Dawson.  Elder L. C. Coleman officiated and burial was at the Dawson Cemetery.  Survivors include his mother, his father, his step-father, his grandmother, three aunts, three uncles, and a number of cousins.

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Frank Mackey, Jr.

F. Mackey, Jr.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Second Mission Baptist Church for Frank Mackey, Jr., 52, of Corsicana.  Rev. Jessie Hamphill officiated and burial was at Woodland Cemetery.  Survivors include his widow, his mother, five brothers, five sisters, and other relatives.

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Etta Baldwin Woods Montforet
Jul 10, 1901 - Dec 30, 1972

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hilliard Funeral Chapel in Bryan for Mrs. P. T. Montfort, 71, a resident of Bryan for 40 years.  Graveside services are set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Chatfield Cemetery.  Local arrangements are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Born in Corsicana, she was a retried secretary for the Agricultural Engineering Department of Texas A and M University.

Survivors include three nieces, Mrs. George Jonte of Houston, Mrs. Ned Brownlee of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Ross Miller of Hopewell, Va.; and one nephew, W. A. Tarver of Phoenix, Arizona.

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Emma D. Blackmon

Mrs. Blackmon

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Emma D. Blackmon, 98, native of Navarro County since 1892 and resident of Corsicana who died Sunday morning at Twilight Home.

Howard White, Church of Christ minister, will officiate and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Mrs. B. J. Acock of Corsicana; a grandson, Ben Acock of Corsicana; and two grand-daughters, Mrs. Guy C. Kellum of Dover, Del., and Mrs. Dan R. Skinner of Bedford, Mass.

Pallbearers will be WIllie Lewis, Paul Miller, H. O. Olsen, Paul Dresser, C. F. Dominy, M. B. Goerge, and James Nelson.

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Jesse M. Robertson
May 14, 1880 - Dec 30, 1972

J. M. Robertson

Funeral services were to be at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Corley Funeral Chapel for Jesse M. Robertson, 92, who died Saturday.  Rev., Dick Moody will officiate, and interment will be at Dresden Cemetery.

He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include two nieces, Mrs. Theo Ragsdale of Barry, Mrs. Ida Mae McDaniel of Texaco, N.M.; one nephew, Jesse B. Mitchell of Corsicana; one great-niece, Mrs. Bobby Wilson of Ennis; two great-nephews; Tommy Watkins and Carmack; Watkins of Corsicana.

Pallbearers include Leon Reed, Steve Watkins, Tommy Watkins, Bobby Wilson, Preston Wilson, and Bill Watkins.

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Alfred London

Alfred  B. London, 83, resident of Corsicana, died Monday at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services are Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

The Rev. William Robinson will officiate.

Graveside services are Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., West Park Cemetery in Hereford.

He was born July 24, 1896, in Lone Grove, Okla.  He lived in Corsicana four years and was a retired barber.

Survivors include his wife, of Corsicana; two sons, jack r. London, of Corsicana, and William B. London of Dallas; eight grandchildren; an done sisters, Mrs. Gladys McClung, of Silsbee.

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Valisa Shirley

The Revs. Frank Shirley and Horace Hobbs officiated at Tuesday afternoon funeral for Valisa Denise Shirley, four-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shirley of Corsicana.  Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Evan Hester and James Caillet.

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Irene Howell

Mrs. Irene Howell

Mrs. Irene Howell, 83, of Carrollton, died Saturday in Carrollton.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

A Corsicana native, she was a homemaker and a member of Pettys Chapel Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, John Hugh Howell of Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. Austin Steadman of Carrollton and Mrs. Frank Herring of Paris; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Starke of Grand Prairie and Mrs. Hallie Page of San Antonio.

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Lucindia Hawthorne

Mrs. Hawthorne

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Baptist Church in Eureka for Mrs. Lucindia Hawthorne, 83, of Corsicana, who died Oct. 7.

Bishop C. H. Hunter will officiate, and burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Eureka.  Services are under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Lee Slaughter of Corsicana; two sons, Ruth Hawthorne of Dallas and Cornelius Hawthorne of Los Angeles, Calif., 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Luther Whitfield, James Spence, Angras Lee, James T. Hines, Hugh Knox and Nathaniel Johnson.

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Ola (Kirk) Patterson

Mrs. Patterson

Funeral services are to be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Ola Patterson, 79, of Corsicana, who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital.  Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Claude Patterson of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Agnes Harrison of Corsicana and Mrs. Winonah Davis of Waco; a grandson, Donald Davis of Washington, D. C.; a brother, Bomar Kirk of Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Willie Ford of Fort Worth and Mrs. V. Waldon of Grayville, Ill.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Frank Leathers, Frank Merrell, Doc Allen, W. E. Percival.  Will Hashop and W. H. Tipton.

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Bessie Mae (McEntire) Blackman
Jul 13, 1903 - Oct 12, 1972

Mrs. Blackman

Funeral services were to be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Bessie Mae Blackman, 69, of Corsicana, who died Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Alvin Steen was to officiate, and burial was to be in Campbell Cemetery near Dresden.

Survivors include her husband, a son, two grandchildren, a sister, and a brother.

Pallbearers were to be jerry Blackmon, Jim Rogers, Thomas Adams, Joe Fowler, Jerry Kennemore and Gussie Jamison.

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Lelia Gilcrease

Mrs. Gilcrease

Services were at 2 p.m. Friday at a local funeral home for Mrs. Lelia Gilcrease of Kerrville, who died Wednesday in Kerrville.  Rev. Robert J. Potts officiated, and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister-in-law and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Barbara (Pitts) Morton

Barbara Morton

Barbara Morton, 72, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Pitts, Roger Pitts, David High, Wesley Harral and John Lee.

Mrs. Morton was born Aug. 7, 1930 in Terry, Miss. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.E. "Bud" Morton.

Survivors include her son, Leland Morton Jr. of Corsicana; daughter, Susan Wilkinson of Corsicana; grandson, Blake Wilkinson of Corsicana; granddaughters, Mackenzie Morton and Katelyn Morton, both of Kingwood; brother and sister-in-law, L. B. and Valerye Pitts of Flower Mound; and sister and brother-in-law, Jeri and Lee High of Irving.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Elmer Jean Armstrong
Apr 3, 1927 - Nov 21, 2002

Jean Armstrong

Jean Armstrong, 75, of Blooming Grove passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002 at his residence.

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

Pallbearers will be members of the Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and the Karem Shrine Clown Unit.

Mr. Armstrong was born April 3, 1927 in the pecan community five miles north of Blooming Grove to Solomon and Mamie Lee Gilbert Armstrong. He always bragged that he was born in "Blooming Grove," capital of the world. He was a Blooming Grove past city council member, Democratic precinct chairman, worshipful master of the Masonic Lodge No. 497, member of Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and a member of the Karem Shrine Temple of Waco and was known as Elmo the shrine clown. He was a 1945 graduate of Blooming Grove High School. He was a retired pipeline construction worker and a member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine; granddaughter, Jeana Grace Mason; parents; brothers, Garth, Bruce Owen and John Wallace Armstrong; and sister, Gracie Armstrong.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Edwin J. and Jana H. Armstrong of Dallas; daughter, Alice Ann Mason of Waco; grandson, Sherwood Adam Mason of Blooming Grove; brothers, Jack Armstrong of Athens and Jimmy Armstrong of Blooming Grove; sister, Francis Hatley of Blooming Grove; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel of Blooming Grove.

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Alford Ray Cloud

Alford Ray Cloud, 52, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from noon to 7:30 p.m. at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, at Straight Way Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Moore of Pilgrim First Baptist Church officiating. Internment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Johnathan Nelson, Rodney Dawson, Leslie Greyson Jr. and Lane Grayson.

Mr. Cloud was born on Aug. 22, 1950 in Corsicana.

Survivors include wife Mairlyn Cloud of Corsicana; sons Katari Cloud of Arlington and Clyde Edward of Mexia; daughters Hope Phillips (Jason) of Orlando, Fla., Tamela Cloud of Arlington, Margagret Potts of Ft. Worth; 10 grandchildren; mother Margaret Baty of Corsicana; brothers Leon Perry, McKerry Cloud and Brent Cloud all of Corsicana; sisters Della Woods of Ft. Worth, Wanda Henrie (Ossie) and Shirley Woods, both of Corsicana; aunt Minnie Cloud of Powell and Katie Fisher and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Julia Bryant

Julia Bryant, 91, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002 at her residence.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

She was born July 15, 1911 in Troop.

Survivors include her nephew, Cecil Christopher of Fort Worth; niece, Brenette Carroll of Fort Worth; friends, Willie J. and Annie Doris Solomon, Joe Reese, Ronnie and Nora Taylor, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Hazel R. (Anderson) Canady-Sands 

Mrs. Sands

Services are to be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Lloyd Sands, 76, resident of Chatfield, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Pat Whiemore will officiate and burial will be in Chatfield Cemetery.

She was a native and life-long resident of Chatfield.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ballard Sykes of Dallas; a son, William Canady of Phoenix, Ariz; 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Bryant, Eddie Ellington, Dillard Ellington, Jimmie Little, Jr., Kenneth Sands and randy Sykes.

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Charlie L. Holder

C. L. Holder

Services are to be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Charles L. Holder, 84, resident of Corsicana who died Wednesday in Temple.

Rev. David Hale will officiate, and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a native of Oklahoma and had lived in Corsicana for 35 years.  He was a member of the Methodist Church and a veteran of World War I.

Survivors include a son, Clinton H. Holder, Sr., of Bellaire; a daughter, Mrs. Verna Ruffenberg of Bakersville, Calif.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Grandsons and cousins will be pallbearers.

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Benjamin F. Platt

B. F. Platt

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Griffith Funeral Home Chapel for B. F. (Jack) Platt, 66, resident of Corsicana who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Johnny Smithen, Ed Blackburn, George Scot, Gaylon Blackmon, Gary Blackmon, Bobby Waller, Weldon Douglas, and Wayne Brown.

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Harry Speed

Services are to be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel for Harry Speed, 78, resident of Dallas and former resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday at Parkland Hospital.

Rev. Mack A. Walker will officiate, and burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Mary Speed of Dallas, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun  - July 1, 1977

  • TXDI: Harry Speed; 06-30-1977; Dallas County TX; Male

  • SSDI: Harry Speed; b. Sept 18, 1899; d. June 1977; 464-07-8723


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