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Mary Francis (Williams) Walter
Feb 8, 1944 - Feb 16, 2003
 

Mary Francis Walter, 59, of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Heavenly Gospel Church of God in Christ, 3134 Stalcup Road, Fort Worth. Interment will follow at Elm Flat Community Cemetery in Powell.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Ezekiel "Zeke" Walter; sons, Mark Walter, Gregory Urquhart and Treylon Urquhart, all of Fort Worth, and Ricky Walter and wife Dorothy of Corsicana; daughter, Katrina Hornbugor and husband Jonathan of Kentwood, Mich.; special daughter-in-law, Marion Walter of Fort Worth; brothers, Howard Williams and wife Jeanetta, Robert Smith and wife Judy and Arthur Williams and wife Ida, all of Corsicana; sisters, Lois Smart of Corsicana, Ruby Chimney and husband Rayford of Jasper and Lora Thomas of Houston; special uncle, James Hurd of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and a host of relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Cynthia Faye McPherson
Sept 17, 1987- Feb 16, 2003

Cynthia Faye McPherson, 15, of Streetman passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, in Streetman.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Fairfield with Dr. Elton McCann of New Hope Baptist Church officiating.

She was born Sept. 17, 1987, in El Paso. She had lived in Streetman most of her life. She was a student at Fairfield Junior High and was a member of the Fairfield Junior High School Band. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth Faye Gardner of Streetman; father, Paul McPherson of St. Cloud, Fla.; brothers, Phillip and Robert McPherson of Streetman; twin sister, Elisia Beth McPherson of Streetman; sisters, Katheryn Gardner of Streetman and Tiffany McPherson and Ashley Fulton of St. Cloud, Fla.; grandparents, Bill Martin and Gayle Martin of Port Lavaca, Clydette Martin of Palestine, Delia McPherson, Clara McPherson and Ramell Gardner of El Paso, and Margie Hammonds of Fairfield.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield

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Ruby Doris (Crawford) Moore
Aug 7, 1916 - Feb 18, 2003

Ruby Doris Moore, 86, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at Kerens Care Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Mike Efird officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Franklin, Russ Crawford, Dale Crawford, Ricky Auerbach, Stacy Crawford and Lee Bain.

She was born Aug. 7, 1916, in Kerens.

Survivors include her son, William C. Moore Jr. of Gun Barrel; daughter, Ann Roger of Athens; granddaughters, Keri Adams of Kerens and Darbi Ross of Arkansas; grandsons, Brian Fields of Kerens and Collin Moore of Tennessee; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens

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Isaac Jack Hamilton
Dec 25, 1912 - Feb 16, 2003

Isaac Jack Hamilton, 80, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Heritage Oaks West.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Love Chapel Baptist Church, 400 N. Benton St., with the Rev. Kalvin Townsel officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Roy Hamilton, Larry Williams, Otis Hamilton, Dennis Hamilton, Sugar Ray Ratcliff and Claudie Pleasant.

Mr. Hamilton was born Dec. 25, 1912, in Timpson.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Frankie Hamilton of Corsicana; children, Rita (Charles) McGowan of Nacogdoches, Charles (Priscilla) Pleasant, Ella (Larry) Williams, Ruby (James) Mathis, and Roy (Dorothy) Hamilton, all of Corsicana, Dennis (Nanett) Hamilton of Kerens, James (Shon) Hamilton and Edna Hamilton, all of Longview, and Curtis Hamilton of California; sister, Rita Thompson of Dallas; 24 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Edna Lee (Roberson) Graves
Dec 25, 1913 - Feb 18, 2003

Edna Lee Graves

Edna Lee Graves, 89, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Pallbearers will be Billy Ray Statham, Buddy Beasley, Robert Nunn, Jim Parker, Earl Ogburn and Nicky Andrews. Honorary pallbearers will be Urban Graves, Ronnie Owens and Bill Lassiter.

Mrs. Graves was born Dec. 25, 1913, in Navarro County. She was the oldest living member of Roane Baptist Church. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. Graves, and brothers, Delmer Roberson, Herman Roberson, Loyd Roberson and Johnny Ray Roberson.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Peggy Graves of North Augusta, S.C., and Billy Wayne and Brenda Graves of Roane; sister, May Russell of Lovington, N.M.; brothers, Elbert Roberson of Lovington, N.M., and J. C. Roberson of Cedar Hill; grandchildren, Terry and Greg Hughes and Cindy and Richard Nichols of North Augusta, S.C., Shannon and Lindsey King of Corsicana, Lori Graves of Roane and Shelby and Robert Nunn of Roane; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Roane Baptist Church, P.O. Box 181, Powell, TX 75153.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lawrence Howard Marr
April 20, 1935 - Feb 21, 203

Lawrence Howard Marr, 67, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2003.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Northside Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be long-time friends John Hewitt, Pat Hrncir, Frank King, Pat Robertson, Joe Staley and Frank Wright.

Mr. Marr was born April 20, 1935 to the late J. C. and Julia "Dude" Marr in Corsicana. He began school at Petty's Chapel and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1951. He embarked on his 40-year career with Sherwin Williams at age 18, becoming manager, decorator and peerless color consultant in Corsicana and retiring from the Dallas Oak Lawn store in 1993. He was a gift to everyone who knew him. To the end, his greatest concern was for the comfort of others. His life encompassed a love of gardening, furniture restoration, collecting and cooking. He expressed this love to family, friends and acquaintances with gourmet holiday "functions," and by making gifts of his special jellies, jams and pickled vegetables. He filled their lives with his extraordinary with and laughter. His love extended to all creatures, including the many birds in his backyard aviary and his dogs Johnny, Tater and Emmitt. Just before his death, he told his family he was "closing his color palette." The seemingly indestructible string bean bowed out of life with the grace and humor that was always part of his character.

Mr. Marr was preceded in death by brothers James and Charles Marr.

Survivors include sister Linda Allred and husband Wayne of Corsicana; brothers Aubry Marr and wife Rayneva of Barry, Don Marr of Hico and Herman Marr and wife Sandra of Corsicana; dear friend Betty Hunter of Dallas; seven nieces; and five nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Northside Baptist Church's new sound system through the "Together We Hear" Fund, 2800 N. Beaton, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Feb 23, 2003
  • A similar version appears in the Dallas Morning News on Feb 23, 2003

Buford Henry Holliefield 
July 4, 1915 - Feb 22, 2003

Buford Holliefield

Buford Holliefield passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003 at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove with Rev. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Holliefield was born July 4, 1915 in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include daughters Threasa Beck of Pasadena and Hollie Vieau of LaPorte; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; brother Bonnie Joe Holliefield of El Mott; and sisters Katie Nutt of Waco and Aielene Cardenas of Dawson.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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William Raymond Daugherty
Jan. 3, 1923 - Feb 23, 2003

William Raymond Daugherty, 80, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Daugherty was born Jan. 3, 1923 in Electra. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of war.

He was preceded in death by parents Oscar and Beulah Daugherty, step-son Curtis Daugherty, brothers Charlie and Eugene Daugherty and nephew Raymond Eugene Daugherty.

Survivors include former wife Betty Daugherty, granddaughter Joyce Richards, daughter-in-law Diane Richards and best friends Donnie Maggrett, Janice Maggrett and Curtis Michaels, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Edward Beaumont Townsend Glass
Albuquerque (NM) Journal
January 21, 2003

Edward Beaumont Townsend Glass quietly left this world in his search for peace on January 7, 2003. Such a private, quiet, sensitive man, to him a collection of books, animals, music, crossword puzzles only interrupted by a bowl of lasagna meant the"world was his". His passion for postal history won him a national acclaim and he was often requested to judge national shows. His large circle of friends, scattered around the world, felt a loyalty, sensitivity and respect for Edward, truly one of a kind. Edward was born an Army brat of Col. and Mrs. E.L.N. Glass October 17, 1919 in Corsicana, TX. He was joined 12 years later by his brother, Dr. John B. Glass of Boston, MA. Ed graduated from the University of Texas in Architecture. In 1964, he was invited to the University of New Mexico as an assistant architect to architect, Van Dorn Hooker. He stayed with UNM for 20 years and felt fortunate to supervise the reconstruction of historic Hodgen Hall. A building now cherished by the alumni of UNM. Ed and his wife, Evangeline celebrated 58 years of marriage July 1, 2002. His wife, Evangeline; his brother, John; and a niece, Julie Glass survive him. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the blood bank in his honor.

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Myrtle Marie (Brunson) Sullivan
Brazoria County (TX) The Facts
January 3, 2003

Funeral services for Myrtle Marie Sullivan, 84, of Brazoria, Texas will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 4, 2003, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Brazoria with Pastor Rodney Pate, officiating.

Burial will follow at Colonial Cemetery in Brazoria, Texas.

Visitation will be held between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2003, at Baker Funeral Home Chapel in Brazoria.

She was born Saturday, June 15, 1918 in Corsicana, Texas and passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2002, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

She is survived by her sons, Charles Davlin, Sr. of Rogers, Texas, Brian Carl Sullivan of Elgin, and Patrick Sullivan of Brazoria; daughters, Colleen Fulkerson of Brazoria and Dottie Hosea of Houston; sisters & brothers-in-law, Louise & John Thompson of Arizona, Opal & Tom Hill of Houston, and Betty Ochoa of Waco; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther & Verdie Brunson; and husband, Darwin Sullivan.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Fuchs, Jr., Larry Fulkerson, Jr., Larry Fulkerson, Sr., Jason Rodriguez, Richard Rumery, and David Santos.

Honorary Pallbearer will be Cody Darwin Miller.

Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home in Brazoria, Texas

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Hazel Emma Hayworth
Redding (CA) Searchlight
February 24, 2003
 

ANDERSON — Graveside services for Hazel Emma Hayworth, 99, of Anderson will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Anderson District Cemetery.

The Rev. Bill Phillips of New Life Center Church in Redding will officiate.

Mrs. Hayworth died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Shasta Healthcare in Redding.

Born Jan. 7, 1904, in Corsicana, Texas, she moved to Shasta County in 1995 from Olympia, Wash.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include sons Hubert of Anderson, Richard of Shasta Lake and Karl of Waterford; daughter Wanda Clark of Shelton, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Anderson.

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Evelyn Elizabeth (Harris) Mason
Odessa (TX) American
January 3, 2003

CRANE — Evelyn Elizabeth Mason, 61, of Crane died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at Crane Memorial Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Krueger officiating. Burial will be at Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.

She was born in Corsicana. She was Methodist.

SURVIVORS: Husband, R. E. Mason of Crane; sons, Jeffery L. Mason of Katy and Bobby G. Mason of Andrews; daughter, Rebecca K. Haynes of Flora Vista, N.M.; brother, Kenneth G. Harris of Henderson, Nev.; and three grandchildren.

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Brenda Kay (Davis) Kowalski
Nov. 10, 1959 - Feb 22, 2003

Brenda Kay Kowalski, 43, of Itasca passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, in Hillsboro.

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

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Larry Maddox of Central Baptist Church in Itasca officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Kowalski was born Nov. 10, 1959, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Survivors include her husband, Ken Kowalski of Itasca; son, Kenneth Parker Kowalski of Itasca; daughter, Candice Marscell Kowalski of Itasca; mother, Lena Davis of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Andrea Davis of Corsicana; sister, Sandra Kiser of Corsicana; mother-in-law, Dolly Biancosino of Burlington, N.J.; and brother-in-law, Edward Kowalski and wife Barbara of West Virginia.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wanda Sue (Walden) Latakas
Feb. 10, 1947 - Feb 22, 2003

Wanda Latakas, 56, passed away Feb. 22, 2003, in Springfield, Mo., surrounded by family.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Cape Fair, Mo. with Brother Lloyd Hart officiating.

She was born Feb. 10, 1947, in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Bernie Latakas of Cape Fair, Mo.; mother, Kathleen Walden of Corsicana; son, Jeff Bailey of Milwaukee, Wis.; daughter, Kim Bailey of Cape Fair, Mo.

Arrangements by Greenlawn Funeral Home South of Springfield, Mo

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Alyce G. Bell (McKinney) Jones
Sept. 6, 1918 - Feb 23, 2003

Alyce G. Bell Jones

Alyce G. Bell Jones, 84, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Jack Castle officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Toney Yarbough, Larry Yarbough, Charles Yarbough, Kenneth Martin and Delwyn Hicks.

She was born Sept. 6, 1918 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Susie McKinney; and brothers, Robert, Julian and Winston.

Survivors include her goddaughter, Sandra Yarbough; godson, Irvin Yarbough; godchildren, Brandy and Phillip Yarbough; and special friends, Billye Hicks, Katherine Watts, Dora Ross, Sadie Andrews, Joe Brown, Roger Lewis, the Yarbough family, Bertha Ford and Jean Black.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Marcus Norris
Aug. 8, 1961 - Feb 24, 2003

Marcus Norris, 41, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at Baylor Medical Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Roane Chapel Full Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Parham St., with Elder Harold Evans. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Cedric Williams, Titus Tucker, Leo Bryant, Donald Davis, Ronald Evans and Tommy Sutton.

Mr. Norris was born Aug. 8, 1961, in Belton. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Dallas. He had been employed at South Park Gardens Apartments as a security guard for four years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Rowe Norris.

Survivors include his father, Marcello Norris (Lillian); sister, Tammy Norris; brothers, Edward Lawrence Rowe of Corsicana and Kendall Lynn Norris (Debra) of Dallas; sister-in-law, Carolyn Alexander of Dallas; other relatives including cousins Velma Fields and Elmer Harold (Ada) Evans of Corsicana; devoted friend, Windy Thomas; other dear friends, Vincent Brown, Inita Raindle and Nell Raindle; and nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Walter Wesley Mertz
Sept. 7, 1918 - Feb 28, 2003

Walter Wesley Mertz, 84, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home.

No public services are planned.

Mr. Mertz was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Rock Valley, Iowa. He was a former teacher of industrial sheet metal and pattern drafting at Corpus Christi High School (now Miller High School) from 1946 to 1959. In 1959, he became an instructor in an industrial education teacher training program in Curitiba, Brazil. After returning to Texas, he was employed by the Corpus Christi Army Depot to develop an on-the-job training program for an aviation battalion, from which he retired in 1985. He joined the Corpus Christi Power Squadron in May 1972 and became commander in 1976. He had been the Merit Mark officer for 20 years. He had assisted with the public boating courses, stood boat show watcher and coordinated the cruise planning courses. He was a longtime member in Corpus Christi of South Bluff United Methodist Church before transferring to Asbury United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Mertz of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Fred C. and Sharon Mertz and Paul D. and Linda Mertz, all of Corsicana, and Richard J. and T-Mo Mertz of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; grandchildren, Michael Mertz, Michelle Mertz and Teresa Clower, all of Corsicana, Ken and Monica Mathis of Robinson, Gary and Sandra Mathis of Davis, W.V.; great-grandchildren, Zachary Mathis, Chase and Tanner Clower and Ashley Vandiver; and sister, Irene Clint of Phoenix, Ariz.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Dale Bell
Nov 24, 1955 - Feb 27, 2003

Jimmy Dale Bell, 47, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, in Athens.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Almon, Daniel Johnson, Bryan Almon, Rudy De La Garza, Bill Holloway and Hershel Faucett.

Mr. Bell was born Nov. 24, 1955, in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Curtis Bell Jr.; and brothers, Charles Ray Wheat and Paul Wayne Bell.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Ann Bell of Kerens; stepmother, Judy Bell of Denton; brother, Bobby Bell and wife Beverly of Kerens; sister-in-law, Avelina Wheat of Purdon; sisters, Georgia Wing and husband Roger of Kerens, Carolyn Shaw and husband Ron and Joyce Elliott, all of Corsicana; 13 nieces and nephews, nine grandnieces and nephews; special family and friends, Hershel and Rose Faucett, Joan Merell and Debbie Beckett; and lots of friends from NCADC.

Memorials may be sent to Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2187, Corsicana, TX 75151, to help with funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Angie Evelyn (Crumbley) Mallory
Aug. 19, 1919 - Feb 13, 2003

Angie Evelyn Crumbley Mallory, 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, due to injuries from an automobile accident in Marble Falls.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ptomey officiating.

Mrs. Mallory was born Aug. 19, 1919, in Corsicana. Her childhood years were spent at Masonic Home and School in Fort Worth. She graduated from Waxahachie High School, then proceeded to graduate from Texas Woman's University in Denton. For over 25 years she taught in the Dallas Independent School District, primarily at David G. Burnet Elementary. For over 45 years she was involved with North Texas square dance clubs and rarely missed a national convention. Pleasures of her life included traveling with family and friends as well as doing scientific research expeditions around the world through Earthwatch Institute. The Mallory family had resided in Flower Mound for over 30 years and were former residents of Grapevine and Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Garland William Mallory in 1994.

Survivors include her daughter, Eva Louise Mallory of Flower Mound; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Vanisha Mallory of Canyon Lake; granddaughter, Tinson Mallory of Canyon Lake; twin sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Dwayne Anderson of Dallas; and brothers, George Crumbley of Mabank, Hank Crumbley of Rockwall and Ted Crumbley of Vidor.

Memorials may be made to UT-Southwestern Medical Center, in care of Willed Body Program, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390-9143.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - March 2, 2003
  • A similar version appears in the Dallas Morning News on Feb 23, 2003

Mary Ann (Robinson) French
Nov 26, 1947 - Feb 28, 2003

Mary Ann French, 55, of Houston passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, in Spring Branch.

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

She was born Nov. 26, 1947, in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by husband Larry French.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Jason Permenter of Houston; parents, William and Mary Etta Robinson; brother and sister-in-law, William and Regina Robinson; niece, Sara Robinson; nephew, Luke Robinson; aunt, Nita Jones; first cousins, Mary Ann Birchfield, Tresa Medders, Trena Weidmann, Junella McClusky, Liston Herod, Robert Herod, Patricia Partney, Faye Wright and Don Wyle; and many other loving family members and friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Walter Lee Nowlin
Mar 13, 1881 - Jan 6, 1953

Rites Wednesday - 1881 – 1953

 Funeral services for Walter L. Nowlin, 71, retired Kerens farmer was held Wednesday at 3 pm, from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens.  Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery at Bazette, TX.

Nowlin was killed early Tuesday morning by a switch engine on a Southern Pacific Lines trestle over Trinity River bottoms south of Dallas.  He had left for a trip to Dallas, Monday.

The rites were conducted by Cato Sheerer of Kerens Church of Christ minister.  A native of Wood County, TX, he was a resident of Navarro County most of his life.  He resided in the Bazette Community prior to his retirement several years ago.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ewen (Mazel) Mayo, Daingerfield, TX and Mrs. Charlie (Florence) Hill of Lima, OH, a son D. K. Nowlin of Navasota, TX, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Letha (Lewis) Nowlin of Dallas and two sisters, Mrs. H. J. (Ida) Stanley and Miss Beatrice Nowlin, both of Kerens, TX; four brothers, J. B. Nowlin, Kerens, TX, Austin Nowlin of San Angelo, TX,  Edgar Nowlin of  Oil City, TX, and Tom Nowlin of Shreveport, LA;  seven grandchildren and other relatives.

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Walter Nowlin Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Walter L. Nowlin, 71, retired Kerens farmer, were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens. Burial was in the
Prairie Point Cemetery.

Nowlin was killed early Tuesday morning by a switch engine on a Southern Pacific Lines engine on a Southern Pacific Lines trestle over Trinity river bottom’s south of Dallas. He had left for a trip to Dallas Monday.

The rites were conducted by Cato Sheerer, Kerens Church of Christ minister.

A native of Wood county, Texas, he was a resident of Navarro county most of his life. He resided in the Bazette community prior to his retirement several years ago.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ewen Mayo, Daingerfield, and Mrs. Charles Hill, Lima, Ohio; a son, D. K. Nowlin, Navasota; a daughter-on-law, Mrs. Letha Nowlin, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Stanley and Miss Beatrice Nowlin, both of Kerens; four brothers, J. B. Nowlin, Kerens; Austin Nowlin, San Angelo; Edgar Nowlin, Oil City and Tom Nowlin, Shreveport, La.; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Jan 7, 1953
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Fannie (Kirk) Nowlin married Jul 17, 1909; s/o Charles Wilson Nowlin & Sarah “Sallie” (Hillhouse) Nowlin buried in Bazette cemetery

Floyd Furman Kearley
Nov 7, 1932 - Mar 1, 2003

F. Furman Kearley, 70, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 1, 2003 at his residence.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Westhill Church of Christ with Edward Myers, Neil Anderson, Jimmy Jividen, Cecil May, Ferman Carpenter, Roger Rush and Joe Barnett officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Kearley, Michael Mink, David Johnson, Randy Hodges, Chuck Lawrence, Barney Johnson and Joe Cope.

Mr. Kearley was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Snowden, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen J. Kearley; brother, W. Edwin Kearley; and sister, Cleo Kearley.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Janice Gail Mink and Michael of Tyler and Amelia Lynn Johnson and David of Corsicana; grandchildren, Stella Joy Mink, Andrea Leigh Mink, Jennifer Nicole Mink, Bethany Joy Johnson and Kacey Lynn Johnson; brothers, Cecil Kearley, James Kearley and Joe Kearley; sister-in-law, Flora Kearley; and nieces and nephews, Marsha Meehan, Melanie Kearley, Melinda Vineyard and Michael Kearley.

Memorials may be made to Magnolia Bible College, Southern Christian University, Faulkner University, Midwestern Children's Home and Brown Trail School of Preaching.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Lola Lewis
Aug. 22, 1907 - Mar 2, 2003

Lola Lewis, 95, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, March 2, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Pallbearers will be Joe Nussbaum, Wilson Griffin, Tom Boyd, Jack London, Harry Hudson and R.M. Bowden Jr.

Mrs. Lewis was born Aug. 22, 1907, in Cumby. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lewis.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Truett and Joanna Lewis of Corsicana; granddaughter and husband, Kathy and Jeff Davis of Corsicana; grandson and wife, Warren and Julie Lewis of Katy; great-grandsons, Jacob, James, Brett and Travis; great-granddaughter, Stacey; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Juanita J. (Hagle) Hagins
Apr 11, 1914 - Mar 5, 2003

Juanita Hagins

Juanita Hagins, 88, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

Mrs. Hagins was born April 11, 1914, in Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Hagins; and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh M. Hagle.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law Carl M. and Joyce Hagle of San Antonio, two nephews, one niece, two great-nieces, one great-nephew, and friend Dorothy Griffin of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joyce A. Grothe
Aug 7, 1921 - Mar 5, 2003

Joyce A. Grothe, 81, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Center.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Brother David McKee officiating. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene.

Mrs. Grothe was born Aug. 7, 1921, in Morane. She was the hostess at a restaurant for many years. She belonged to Rebekah Lodge 128, and was the grand deputy in Abilene and Corsicana, the district deputy president in Corsicana, the lodge deputy, and the decoration of chivalry. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elie Grothe; daughter, Brenda Hattox; and great-grandson, Matt Glidewell.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Johnny Glidewell of Corsicana; son-in-law, Jerry Hattox of Corsicana; grandsons, Jerry Glidewell and wife Pam of Corsicana and Melvin Glidewell of Mineral Wells; great-grandchildren, Sgt. Jeff Glidewell of Kuwait, Laure Glidewell, Amanda Glidewell and Josh Glidewell, all of Corsicana; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Petty's Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of Ange Moreland, 2012 W. Third Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alberta Rooks
Oct 6, 1904 - Mar 1, 2003

Alberta Rooks

Alberta Rooks, 98, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be 7 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Mission Baptist Church with Pastor Larry L. Polk Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Brown Jr., Chris Rooks, George Rooks Jr., William Young Jr. and Benard Riles. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrin Thomas, Charles Lynch Riles, Johnny Brewer Sr., Marcus Riles and Steve Brewer.

Mrs. Rooks was born Oct. 6, 1904 in Rice. She was a faithful member of Griffin Chapel Church of God in Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Rooks; children, Jerldine Rooks, James Edward Jr. and Ralph Rooks; daughter-in-law, Josephine Slaughter Rooks; and niece, Jean Brewer.

Survivors include her son, George Rooks Sr. of Corsicana; daughter, Cleo Young of Fort Worth; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; special nephew, Johnny Brewer Jr.; goddaughter, Brenda Whery; dear friend, Willie Mae Mayfield; other relatives and friends; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Kenneth Audrain 'T-Bone' Stovall
Feb 18, 1933 - Mar 5, 2003

Kenneth Audrain "T-Bone" Stovall

Kenneth Audrain "T-Bone" Stovall of Kerens passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana on Wednesday, March 5, 2003.

T-Bone was born February 18, 1933, in Kerens to parents Ira Audrain and Ruby Crawford Stovall. He was a life-long resident of Kerens, and he owned and operated T-Bone's Garage in Kerens for 42 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Kerens, a member of KESA and was involved in many community activities including the Kerens Cemetery Association Board and the Kerens Volunteer Fire Department. He was in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. T-Bone was a devoted and loving husband and father. He was a friend to all in Kerens; he was always willing and able to help others.

Visitation will be today from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Kerens. Brother Wes Johnson will officiate. Interment will be at theKerens Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife of 43 years, Ruby Spurlock Stovall of Kerens; a son William Audrain "Bill" and wife Jeri of Kerens; a daughter Jacqueline of Arlington; a granddaughter Stephanie Michelle; a brother and wife Ted and Carolyn Stovall of Kerens; a nephew Terry of Kerens; two nieces Lori and Emily Stovall of Corsicana. Also surviving are a brother-in-law and wife Ottis Ray and Anna Spurlock of Kerens; sisters-in-law Dixie Hill of Tyler and Mary Earl and husband Robert J. Earl of Ennis; and a special friend Curtis McNeese of Kerens; and other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Curtis McNeese of Kerens; nephews Tony Hill of Nacogdoches, Mike Hill of Kerens, Randy Earl of Mt. Pleasant and Mike Ball of Ennis; and cousin Chris Hendrix of Deer Park. Honorary pallbearers are Royce Hassell, Don Paschal, Charlie Garrett, Don Bichell and Calvin Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the Kerens Ex Students Association, P.O. Box 5, Kerens, TX 75144 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Linda (Sims) Jump-Treadwell

Linda Jump Treadwell

Linda Jump Treadwell, 88, Denver, beloved mother and grandmother died on March 5th after an extended illness. Born Linda Costello Sims in Corsicana, Texas to Robert Lee and Ethel Sims. Preceded in death by husbands Lawrence George "Bill" Jump of 48 years until his death in 1985; second husband John Rankin Treadwell Sr. of five years until his death in 1998; older brother Wilson Lee Sims and younger sister Ella Ruth Bell.

She is survived by her two children, son William Sims Jump (Pat), Dublin, OH, daughter Linda Jump Lammersen (Barry), Vienna, VA; six grandchildren, Mark, Clark, Merrin Jump, and Bart, Grant Keith Lammersen; four great-granddaughters Lindsey and Lauren Jump, and Catherine and Caroline Lammersen; nieces Betty Bell and Linda Frediani. She was a talented and gracious lady who was a Colorado resident for over 65 years, owned Linda's Boutique, was a community volunteer throughout her life, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be missed by many. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Monday, March 10, at 4 p.m. at University Park Methodist Church, 2180 So. University Blvd., Denver. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs which her niece founded, 1700 29th Court So., Birmingham, AL 35209. Arrangements by Aspen Mortuary, Lakewood, Colorado.

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Velma (Killion) Balfour
Jan 5, 1913 - Mar 5, 2003

Velma Killion Balfour, 90, of Fort Worth passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2003, in Fort Worth.

Services will be noon Saturday at Taylor's Memorial Church of God in Christ in Corsicana with Elder Willie Brown and Elder Robert Lawson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Mr. Balfour was born Jan. 5, 1913, in Chatfield.

Survivors include six adopted children (nieces), Callie Conley, Vergie Williams, Helen Taylor, Edna Parrish, Joyce Boykin and Shirley Adams; one adopted son (nephew), Calvin Ward; niece, Hallie Green; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Mar 7, 2003
  • SSDI:
    VELMA BALFOUR 05 Jan 191305 Mar 2003 (V)76107 (Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX)(none specified)453-34-6928Texas

Robert Turner Jr.
Mar 2, 1975 - Mar 4, 2003

Robert Turner Jr., 28, of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, passed away March 4, 2003 at his residence.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Alfored Cox officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Cedric Turner, Matthew Tolbert, Marcus Bryant, Markeith Bryant, Terry Douglas and Roderick Humphrey.

Mr. Turner was born March 2, 1975 in Corsicana. He loved to play basketball and he also served in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Levon Turner.

Mr. Turner is survived by a son, Lathan; father, Robert E. Turner Sr. (Dollie); four sisters, Ann Williams, Adranette Turner, Barbara Johnson, Brenda Stovall, all of Corsicana; eight nieces; one nephew; three aunts; four uncles; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana

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Gerald Dean Williamson
Apr 1, 1922 - Mar 6, 2003

Gerald D. Williamson, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mr. Williamson was born April 1, 1922, in Bonanza to Zachory Taylor Williamson and Fannie Mae Scott Williamson.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Williamson of Corsicana; son, Jerry R. Williamson of Corsicana; grandchildren, John Williamson of Arlington, and Andrea Williamson and Elizabeth Williamson, both of Corsicana; and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Cleo Bell (Smith) Phillips
abt 1902 - Mar 6, 2003

Cleo Phillips, 101, of Houston passed away Thursday, March 6, 2003, at her residence. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Mott officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Myrtle Bernice Ferguson

Myrtle Bernice Ferguson, 76, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 8, 2003, in Corsicana. No services are scheduled. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Robert Thurman Baker
Apr 20, 1918 - Mar 10, 2003

Robert Thurman Baker, 84, of Corsicana passed away Monday, March 10, 2003, at his residence.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating and Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Baker, James Baker, Jeffrey Covington, Allan Thedford, Larry Haden, Bill Southard, John Spain and Chad Grant.

Mr. Baker was born April 20, 1918, in Navarro County to John Alford and Hattie LouElla Baker. He was a member of Calvary Worship Center. He served in the United States Navy. He was a dozer operator for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Joe Baker, Bertha Barlow, Bessie Fulton, S.A. Baker and Anna Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Baker of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Mary Ann Baker of Austin; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Bill Southard and Wanda and John Spain, all of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Shelby and Allan Thedford, Mary Ann and Larry Haden, Heather and Chad Grant, Jeffrey Baker, James Baker, Chelsea and Jeffrey Covington and Lacy Spain; great-grandchildren, Sloan Thedford, Lauren Thedford, Zane Haden, Katherine Haden and Emma Haden; brothers and sisters-in-law, William M. and Mary Baker of Richardson and Jerry and Margie Baker of Irving; and sister, Lula Mae Smith of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Cora Ellen (Farmer) Russell 
May 17, 1915 - Mar 9, 2003

Cora Ellen Russell

Cora Ellen Russell, 87, of Houston passed away Sunday, March 9, 2003, in Houston.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Campbell-Elrod Cemetery.

Mrs. Russell was born April 19, 1915*, in Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odett Russell; son, Jimmy Glen Russell; and grandchild, Gregory Dale Wood.

Survivors include her son, Terry Weldon Russell of Houston; daughter, Barbara Ann Russell Wood of Houston; daughter-in-law, Brenda Russell of Emhouse; sister, Kathleen Calhoun of Blooming Grove; Inez Blackmon of Corsicana; grandchildren, Cynda Wood Kirk of Stone Mountain, Ga., Christopher Wood of Arlington, Melanie Russell Holland of Corsicana and Glenn Russell of Dallas; and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lloyd McMullen

On March 6, 2003, Lloyd McMullen of Pelham, Texas, went home to be with the Lord due to complications from lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents DeWitt and Annie M. McMullen. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 35 years Annie McMullen, three daughters April Franklin, Connie Reid of Dallas and Bridget Redd of Duncanville, four grandsons, one granddaughter, four sisters, one brother and a host of nieces, nephews and loved ones. Services will be held at the Wesley United Church in Pelham, Texas, on March 12, 2003 at 1 p.m. He may be viewed at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas.

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Ida Dora Lucille (Fulton) Futch
Jan 5, 1911 - Mar 9, 2003

Lucille Futch

Lucille Futch, 92, of Ponder, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2003, at the Vintage. She was born in Blooming Grove on January 15, 1911, to William Carroll and Norma (Menefee) Fulton. She married Barney Futch on July 2, 1932, in Blooming Grove. He died Jan. 5, 1990. She was a LVN and a Homemaker and a member of the Cooper Creek Baptist Church in Denton and the Eastern Star in Oak Cliff.

She is survived by two sons, Floyd Futch of Conroe and Wayne Futch of Ponder; brothers, Will Roy Fulton of Fort Worth and J.C. Fulton of Tyler; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded by two sons, W.B. Futch and Roy Dean Futch.

Services will be Wednesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. at the Mulkey-Mason Jack Schmitz and Son Chapel. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. The Rev. Bob Joyce will be officiating the service. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 199300, Dallas, Texas 75219-9842. Mulkey-Mason Jack Schmitz and Son in charge of arrangements

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A. C. Spears

A. C. Spears, 71, of Dawson passed away Monday, March 10, 2003, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hubbard Christian Fellowship with the Rev. Phil Wright and the Rev. Marvin Partin officiating. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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Juanita French

Mrs. Juanita French, 70, of Corsicana and formerly of Dawson, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at her residence. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Brad Dancer officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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Betty J. (Bramall) Merritt
Sept 27, 1944 - Mar 12, 2003

Betty Bramall Merritt, born September 27, 1944 in Houston, Texas lost her five-year battle with cancer on Wednesday, March 12, 2003. She is survived by her loving husband Frank, of 38 years. She is also survived by her sons Bryan and wife Wendy, Robert and wife Rhonda, Greg and wife Laurel, as well as grandchildren Amanda, Chelsea and Meghan. Betty's siblings that survive her are Polly Winn, Carol Bramall and Buster Bramall. She served the Deaf Community of Texas for over 40 years, eventually founding the Merritt Interpreting Services of Dallas. Services will be 2:00 p.m. today at Cedar Heights Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, 201 E. Belt Line Road. Burial will follow in the Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations, if desired, be made to the American Cancer Society in her name. Arrangements by Jaynes Memorial Chapel of Duncanville.

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Nile Eugene Tribble
July 22, 1940 - Mar 12, 2003

Nile Eugene Tribble, 63, of Navarro Mills, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at Huguley Hospital in Ft. Worth.

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

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Tribble was born on July 22, 1940, in Cleburne to Nile S. Tribble and Ophelia Petty Tribble. He was retired from Texas Steel and recently employed with Guardian Glass.

Survivors include wife of 43 years Lynda Tribble of Navarro Mills; mother Ophelia Tribble of Grandview; son Nicky Eugene Tribble of Navarro Mills; daughter and son-in-law Tanya and Rusty Pegues; grandchildren Crystalle Watson, Nickey Coker and Megan Coker; great-grandchildren Zachary Watson and Peris Hill and brothers and sisters-in-law Ray and Debbie Tribble of Grandview and Ricky and Lisa Tribble of Cleburne.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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NILE EUGENE TRIBBLE
1940-2003
Nile Eugene Tribble, 63, of Navarro Mills, Texas passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at Huguley Hospital.
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 15 at
Dresden Cemetery.
Mr. Tribble was born July 22, 1940, in Cleburne to Nile S. Tribble and Ophelia Petty Tribble. He was retired from Texas Steel and was currently employed with Guardian Glass.
Mr. Tribble is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lynda Tribble of Navarro Mills; mother, Ophelia Tribble of Grandview; son, Nicky Eugene Tribble of Navarro Mills; daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Rusty Pegues of Grandview; grandchildren, Crystalle Watson, Nickey Coker, Megan Coker; great-grandchildren, Zachary Watson of Peris Hill; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Debbie Tribble of Grandview and Ricky and Lisa Tribble of Cleburne.
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana handled the arrangements.


March Angel


Members of the community, peace officers and representatives
from the U.S. Forest Service attended services for March Angel
Thursday. Daily Sun photo/KIRK SIDES

3/14/2003 An angel is laid to rest: Funeral services held for baby found at search camp

By LOYD COOK/Daily Sun Staff

From nearby Second Avenue, the sounds of traffic slammed through a steady breeze that floated across the stillness of the Catholic Cemetery. The dark slash of bare dirt contrasted with the green grass on the well-kept grounds.

Local residents, law enforcement, elected officials and others gathered together Tuesday for the graveside ceremonies for the stillborn baby whose remains were found in a portable toilet at the space shuttle debris search camp March 6.

And the child was not buried unnamed as members of the Corsicana Police Department decided she should be interred under her own, special designation.

"'March Angel' is what she will be buried under," said CPD Chief G.M. Cox, just before the brief ceremony that saw her laid to rest. "To use something like 'Baby Doe' is something that is used in the course of criminal and law enforcement procedures. For this, I think it was appropriate that (police officers) named her."

The 20-minute service was the result of the contributions of several local entities. Cason's Flowers donated most of the arrangements. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home contributed to the burial process and members of the forest service donated money to the effort as well.

The Rev. Furman Carpenter of Westhill Church of Christ officiated.

Central Monument worked with police officers to provide the headstone, complete with "March Angel" engraved in its granite face.

The service was sparked by the local police department, who felt the child couldn't be left without some notice. Sgt. Darrell Waller said he and other officers began discussing what to do last weekend.

"The way the baby was left, abandoned like that, we felt like we needed to do something," Waller said after the service. "I didn't have to beg the officers at all. They were bringing money to me up until three in the morning and (into police offices) all the next day.

"I'm really proud of the officers. I saw them dig deep into their pockets. They really showed a lot of compassion."

In what seemed to be a portent, the funeral home's Randy Porter was making sure the gravesite was marked and ready the day before the service. On top of the spot where March Angel was to be buried, Porter found a $20 bill.

"It was just laying right where the grave is now," Porter said. "It was put there for a reason. So we took it to have more flowers made."

Rev. Carpenter paid tribute during the service to the local officers and emergency personnel involved in March Angel's brief existence.

"One of the most difficult tasks of a public servant ... is not giving out a citation to someone who can't afford the fine. It's not putting out a burning house of someone who can't afford the loss ..." he said. "It's facing the death of a child. That death seems to work its way into our innermost being. You all are heroes ..."

Police officers also bought a teddy bear angel that was buried with the child.

And, perhaps the most poignant tribute to March Angel, a small sample of a art work by Sgt. Waller's 7-year-old son Clay was enclosed in the clear case of a flower arrangement.

It was simply drawn on a piece of creamy-colored construction paper like a similar work might be found on a mother's refrigerator and depicted an angel with wings spread wide, soaring away from green fields and a large, tall tree ... all drawn in a scrawling hand.

The inscription on it read, "Have a good time in Heaven. Love goes with you."

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3/12/2003 Police: Autopsy result is 'inconclusive' for fetus found at space camp

By LOYD COOK/Daily Sun Staff

Preliminary autopsy results from a fetus found at the space shuttle Columbia debris search camp were inconclusive, according to an official with the Corsicana Police Department.

Assistant Police Chief Ladena Baggett said the "inconclusive" determination released by the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office won't likely change when final results are available at a later date.

"We'll just have to make a determination if we'll address it as a homicide or as improper disposal of a body," Baggett said Tuesday.

Police were called to the base camp Thursday morning after personnel there discovered a fully-formed female fetus in a portable toilet. Police Chief G.M. Cox said then that his department's investigation was focusing on the women involved in search efforts.

Cox cited the single-access point of entry manned by a sheriff's deputies, requirements for everyone to wear photo identification badges while in the camp, and other security measures as the reason for that focus. He did not rule out the possibility the unknown mother coming from outside the camp, but called it "highly unlikely."

At the time the fetus was found, Cox said approximately 300 women were part of the approximately 1,400 personnel at the camp.

Presently, the police department's investigation is complicated by the fact that search crews are rotating out of the camp, returning to their hometowns out of state at the end of their tours here.

A recent press release from the U.S. Forest Service, which is heading camp operations in Corsicana, stated that 28 crews left over the weekend and 25 new crews were expected to replace them Saturday and Sunday.

"And by the end of the month, they'll all be gone," Baggett said.

A single crew typically is made up of 20 personnel. The Corsicana camp contains personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, the State of Texas, private contractors, and five unnamed federal agencies, along with the forest service.

With the inconclusive autopsy result, local police may be left with no avenues to pursue, Baggett said.

"We may be forced to go that way because we don't have any other evidence," she said.

Police officials said they have collected names and addresses of the departing women to facilitate further investigative efforts.


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