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Ouida Beatrice Vander (Linden) Myers
Jul 11, 1932 - Mar 12, 2003

Bea Myers

Bea Myers, 70, of Purdon, TX, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on March 12, 2003. She was born Ouida Beatrice Vander Linden to Paul G. Vander Linden Sr. and Beatrice Lillian Murrin Vander Linden, in Billings, MT, July 11, 1932. Mrs. Myers graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas and was a veteran of the United States Army. She married Aubrey G. Myers in Dallas in June of 1970. They had no children; however, they took in numerous teenagers giving them shelter, food and affection off and on for years. Mrs. Myers took in stray and abandoned dogs and at one time bred Pomeranians. She was referred to as the "Dog Lady of Purdon." She cared for injured and maimed dogs that she found and/or were dumped at her house. She spent her entire monthly disability/retirement check on the care and feeding of her animals, many of which she found homes for through a local radio station.

Mrs. Myers never met a stranger. She loved to talk and laugh with anyone. She suffered poor health for the last twenty years, but never flagged in her love for God, her family and friends or her animals. She was preceded in death by her parents and a niece. She is survived by her loving husband Aubrey Myers, her beloved brother Paul G. Vander Linden Jr. and his wife Betty of Longview, and her devoted sister Lois Chapman (aka Pooch, Duke, Drip) of Denton. Also, 4 nieces, 1 nephew, several great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be greatly missed; but, praise the Lord, she is at peace at last. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to any SPCA.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2003, Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Interment Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Laurel Land Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Fred Baylos Branam, Jr.
Oct 30, 1931 - Mar 14, 2003

Fred Baylos Branam, 71, of Blooming Grove passed away Friday, March 14, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Grady Cashion and Bro. Brian Upchurch officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Beets, Randy Beets, David Hall, Randy Norton, Billy Branam and Robert Beckham.

Mr. Branam was born to Fred Baylos Branam and Leona Hobbs Branam. He moved to Blooming Grove in 1968, coming from Lancaster. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. He retired as a supervisor from Lone Star Gas Company, Dallas. He served with the United States Army in Korea. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 3366 in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Ray Branam in 1990 and Bradley Joe Branam in 1998.

Mr. Branam is survived by his wife, Laverne Branam of Blooming Grove; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Tom Richardson of Corsicana; grandchildren, Holly and Josh Hollingsworth, Jad Branam, and Kyle Richardson; brothers, R.L. "Pete" Branam of Blooming Grove and Billy Branam of Payne Springs; sisters, Estelle Norton of Bardwell, Charlsey Shaw of Ennis and Ruth Skrivanek of Ennis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Floyd Dudley Messenger
May 14, 1930 - Mar 14, 2003

Floyd D. Messenger, 72, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 14, 2003 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Mark Chadwick officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Peery Winchester, Michael Antony Kelly Jr., Paul Andrew Kelly, Cody Winchester, Tommy Oliphant, Lawrence DeMoss and Malcolm Wommack. Honorary pallbearers will be Leroy Poteet and Ray Whitfield.

Mr. Messenger was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Messenger is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sammie Pratt-Messenger of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Melody and Scott Winchester of Parker and Dee Ann and Mike Kelly of Flower Mound; twin brother, Lloyd Messenger of Montego, Calif.; brothers, Ralph Messenger of Lubbock, Johnny Messenger of Houston, and Roy Messenger of Amarillo; sister, Rosalie Carter of Albuquerque, N.M. and Nancy Noggler of Shell Lake, Wisc.; grandsons and wives, Michael Antony Kelly Jr. and Jessica of Gatesville, Paul Andrew Kelly of Flower Mound, Joseph Peery and Stephanie Kelly of Arlington, and Cody Winchester of Parker; and granddaughters, Monica Ann Kelly and Katherine Ruth Kelly, both of Flower Mound.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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A. C. Spears
d. Mar 10, 2003

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. today 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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Mary Catherine (Wiggs) Armstrong 
Mar 5, 1922 - Mar 13, 2003

Mary Catherine Armstrong

Mary Catherine Armstrong, 81, of San Antonio and formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.

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 Greg McClure, Lee Armstrong, Jimmy Clyde Armstrong, John Armstrong III, Jeffrey Armstrong and Ryan James.

She was born March 5, 1922, in Frost to Howland Wiggs and Verna Glenn Wiggs. She was a member of Shearer Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio. She was a teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, J. T. Wiggs; and sister, Beth Rohus.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, John Wallace and Patricia Armstrong of West Columbia, Jerry Sebran and Kathy Armstrong of San Antonio, and Lowell Keith and Cheryl Armstrong of San Antonio; grandchildren, John Wallace Armstrong III and wife Beverly of West Columbia, Barbie James and husband Ryan of Killeen and Jeffrey Armstrong of San Antonio; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Armstrong, Jessica Armstrong, Taylor James and Abbie James; and brother, Glenn Wiggs of Blooming Grove.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel of Blooming Grove.

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Mary Catherine Armstong

Mary Catherine Armstong, 81, of San Antonio, formerly of Blooming Grove, TX, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2003 at Northeast Hospital in San Antonio. She was born March 5, 1922 in Frost, TX to Howland and Verna Glenn Wiggs. She was a member of Shearer Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio and was a teacher. Memorial Service will be held March 22, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. at Shearer Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio with a Reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Burial was held March 15, 2003 at Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, TX. Pallbearers were: Greg McClure, Lee Armstong, Jimmy Clyde Armstrong, John Armstrong III, Jeffery Armstrong, Ryan James. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, John Wallace and Patricia Armstrong of West Columbia, Jerry Sebran and Kathy Armstrong of San Antonio, Lowell Keith and Cheryl Armstrong of San Antonio; grandchildren, John Wallace III and wife Beverly of West, Columbia, Barbie James and husband Ryan of Killeen, Jeffery Armstrong of San Antonio; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Armstrong, Jessica Armstrong, Taylor James, Abbie James; brother, Glenn Wiggs of Blooming Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wallace Armstrong; parents, brother, J. T. Wiggs and sister, Beth Rohus. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Music Ministry of Shearer Hills Baptist Church. Arrangements held by GRIFFIN-ROUGHTON FUNERAL HOME Blooming Grove, TX 75110 (903) 874-4774

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  • San Antonio Express News - Mar 20, 2003

Eva Huerta

Eva Huerta, infant, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, in Corsicana. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Edna Lurene (McAfee) Varnell
Jul 29, 1911 - Jan 23, 2000

OBITUARY - Odessa American
Lurene Varnell
ODESSA Lurene Varnell, 88, of Odessa, a retired teacher, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Medical Center Hospital.
Memorial services were Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000, at First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Joshua. She was Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Breen Ringland of Houston


OBITUARY - Odessa American
Lurene Varnell
ODESSA Memorial services for Lurene Varnell, 88, of Odessa will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Heggemeier officiating.

Mrs. Varnell died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Medical Center Hospital. She was born July 29, 1911, in Joshua.

Mrs. Varnell was a teacher for the Ector County Independent School District for many years. She received her B.S. in Education from North Texas State University. She was a member of the Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, an active member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Wesley Sunday School class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. T. "Tracey" Varnell in 1994.

She is survived by her sister, Breen Ringland of Houston.

Services are entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

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William Tracy Varnell
Dec 8, 1907 - Oct 23, 1994

ODESSA - William Tracy Varnell, 86, died Friday, October 21, 1994, at Medical Center Hospital.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday, October 24, 1994, at the First United Methodist Church in Odessa.  Funeral arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.  Trace was born December 8, 1907, in Barry.  He married Lurene McAfee in 1933, and they celebrated 61 years of marriage October 12, 1994.

He was a graduate of Trinity University with a degree in Business Administration and Economics.  He also held a masters degree in Administrative Education from North Texas University.

Tracy was a successful businessman before entering a coaching career at Ganado.  From Granado, he went to Kermit as a business administrator.  He became principal at Kermit High School where he stayed until 1955 when he moved to Odessa.  He was principal at Austin Elementry from 1958 to 1971 when he retired.

Tracy was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as a teacher for the Wesley Class.  He was a 66 year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Scottish Rite.  He was also a member of the Lions Club.

Tracy is survived by his beloved wife, Lurene; his brother, Robert Varnell of Omaha, Neb.; and a host of friends and other relatives.

The family suggests memorials to the First United Methodist Church or a favorite charity.

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Annie Laura (Massengale) Collins 
Jun 30, 1882 - Nov 11, 1978

Mrs. Annie Laura Collins, 96, Passes Away in Groesbeck, Nov. 11

 
Mrs Annie Laura Collins, 96, of Park Plaza Nursing home in Groesbeck passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 11, 1978 at 10:15 a. m. Mrs. Collins had not been very ill--she just went home to be with her Lord.
 
Mrs. Collins was born on June 30, 1882 in Mississippi. She was married to Floyd Amos Collins (in Navarro County, Tx. on Aug. 1, 1902) and they were the parents of a daughter, Mrs. Willie E. Nicholson who now resides in Kosse. Floyd passed away in 1918. Mrs. Collins helped raise 8 nieces and nephews belonging to her brother when their mother passed away. In 1929 she married again, to Tom N. Collins, brother to Floyd. They were married until 1956 when Tom passed away.
 
Mrs. Collins had lived with her daughter since that time until 2 years ago when she was placed in the nursing home. She was a terrific lady and we'll miss her.
 
Other survivors besides her daughter are her granddaughter, Mrs. Floy A. Sullivan, Kosse; great-grandchildren, Mrs. Anna Penny, Kosse; Mrs. Barbara King, Big Spring; Mrs. Sherry Phillips, Kosse; John Sullivan, Corsicana; Debbey Sullivan and Jo Sullivan of Kosse, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

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  • The Groesbeck Journal, Thursday, Nov 16, 1978
    Used with permission of Editor Mr. Tom Hawkins
  • Mrs. Collins was an aunt to the Massengales of Barry, Tx. And she lived in Cryer Creek, Tx. most of her young life. She is my great grandmother.
  • Submitted by Anna Penny 3/2003

Willie Edna (Collins) Nicholson 
Nov 17, 1903 - Nov 23, 1985

Willie Nicholson Funeral Services Held Saturday  Willie Edna Collins Nicholson, maternal grandmother to a number of Kosse residents, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 23, in the South Limestone Hospital in Groesbeck. Mrs. Nicholson has not been well for the past three months.   Mrs. Nicholson, 82, was born November 17, 1903. A native of Cryer Creek, Texas she married John Alber Nicholson on March 9, 1922 and they lived most of their lives around Navarro County. She moved to Kosse in 1975. Mr. Nicholson preceded his wife in death in 1962.  She was also preceded in death by her only child, Floy Anna Nicholson Sullivan, in January of 1980.

 
Mrs. Nicholson was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kosse.
 
Mrs. Nicholson is survived by five granddaughters and their husbands, James and Anna Penny, Macon and Sherry Phillips, Marty and Debbey Pringle, Randy and Jo Roach, all of Kosse, John David and Barbara King of Big Spring; a grandson and wife, John and Peggy Sullivan of Corsicana and fourteen great-grandchildren.
 
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, November 24, at Corley's Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev. John David King officiating, with interment at Pattison Cemetery. Emhouse, Texas. Pallbearers were her grandsons-in-law, James Penny, Macon Phillips, Marty Pringle, Randy Roach, and two of her great grandsons, Mike and Jimmy Penny

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  • Taken from the Groesbeck Journal, Groesbeck, Tx. Nov 1985.
    Used with permission of Editor Mr. Tom Hawkins
  • This obituary is of my grandmother, Willie Edna Collins Nicholson, born Blooming Grove, Texas, Nov. 17, 1903. Her parents were Floyd Amos & Annie Laura Massengale Collins. 
  • Submitted by Anna Penny 3/2003

John Albert Nicholson
Jun 19, 1903 - Dec 4, 1962

J. A. Nicholson Dies Tuesday

J. A. Nicholson, 59, native of Blooming Grove, farmer and Chance Vought worker, died in Memorial Hospital, Tuesday. He resided at 22-A Northwest Apts.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m.  from the Corley Chapel with burial  in the Pattison cemeterynear Emhouse. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bob Ingram.

 
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; A daughter, Mrs. Floy Anna Sullivan, Baytown; six grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Jordan, Aransas Pass; Mrs. Mabel DuBose, Aspermont; Mrs. Myrtle Chance, Mosesto, Calif.; and Mrs. Tommie Farrish, Blooming Grove; a brother Henry Nicholson of Blooming Grove and other relatives.
 
Nephews will be pallbearers.

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  • This is my grandfather's obituary from the Corsicana Newspaper of Dec. 5, 1962. He was born June 19, 1903 in Blooming Grove, Texas. He was the son of John Burris and Betty Tom Leverett Nicholson.
  • Submitted by Anna Penny 3/2003
  • Husband of Willie Edna (Collins) Nicholson
  • TXDI: Nicholson, John Albert ; Navarro; Dec 4, 1962

Sandra (Griffin) McClain-Pryor
Jun 12, 1948 - Mar 17, 2003

Sandra Griffin Pryor, 54, of Corsicana passed away Monday, March 17, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

She was born June 12, 1948, in Corsicana.

Survivors include her mother, LaVerne Griffin of Corsicana; sons, Bradley Joe McClain and Gregory Allen McClain, both of Corsicana, and Christopher Michael McClain of Fairbanks, Alaska; brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Stacey Griffin of Corsicana; sister, Karen Bowie of Corsicana; grandsons, Aaron Michael McClain and Troy Allen McClain, both of Corsicana; and granddaughter, Katlyn Watts of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Karla Ruth Moore

3/18/2003 Police looking into death; Investigation into woman's passing routine procedure

By RAYMOND LINEX II/Daily Sun Staff

The death of a Corsicana woman Saturday is being investigated as if it were a homicide, but Corsicana Police Chief G.M. Cox said the cause of death could be natural causes.

Karla Ruth Moore, 41, was pronounced dead early Saturday morning after her husband, Rudock Moore, 45, called 9-1-1 from the Skinny's Store on Second Avenue at 4:29 a.m., telling dispatchers his wife was unresponsive and feared dead, the CPD said in a press release.

After Corsicana Fire Rescue exhausted all attempts to resuscitate her at the couple's 20th Street residence, the CPD was called, standard procedure in deaths unattended by a medical official, Cox said.

"We don't know if it was a homicide or not," Cox said Monday. "At this point, it could be anything. ...

"I can tell you there were no visible means of death apparent."

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Bob McQuary pronounced Moore dead and ordered an autopsy. Cox said Moore's husband was cooperating with police.

"We know she was alive at 11 p.m., and we know she was dead at 4 a.m., according to her husband" Cox said. "What happened between 11 and 4, we have no clue."

Cpl. Todd Morris was the first officer on the scene and found circumstances he deemed suspicious, though police cannot elaborate, and contacted his shift commander Sgt. Jimmie Hensley, the CPD said in the release. Hensley summoned investigators Detective Cpl. Mark Nanny and Detective Charles Fincher, who arrived on the scene about 5:30.

"There was no indication it was a homicide, but no case for natural causes. If it comes out it's a homicide, you only have one chance to work the crime scene," Cox said.


Darvin George Hales
Nov 21, 1916 - Mar 2, 2003

Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal, 5 March 2003

Darvin George Hales, 86, Topeka, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at a Topeka hospice house.

Mr. Hales served in the Air Force for 29 years before he retired at the rank of master sergeant. He was the squadron golf champion for nine years.

He was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Corsicana, Texas, to Jubie Jesse Hales and Mary Byrnes. He moved to Topeka in 1959.

He married Evelyn McCaa on Dec. 25, 1945, in Leeville, La. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, James Darvin Hales, New Iberia, La., and Jubie Kenneth Hales, Lansing, Mich.; a daughter, Ginger Powell, Topeka; two sisters, Francis Schwartz, Shreveport, La., and Vaudine Ryan, El Paso, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Topeka Cemetery. Mr. Hales will lie in sate at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Cremation will follow the visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice Care Inc., 200 S.W. Frazier Circle, Topeka, 66606.


Ronald Everett Kellum
Oct 25, 1941 - Mar 20, 2003

Ronnie E. Kellum

Funeral services for Ronnie E. Kellum, 61, of Longview will be 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003, in the Chapel of the Rader Funeral Home, 1617 Judson Road, Longview. Interment will follow in Matinburg Cemetery in Camp County near Pittsburg, TX.

Ronnie was born October 25, 1941 in Corsicana, TX to Walter and Evelyn Kellum. He passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at a local medical center after a brief illness.

Ronnie had lived in Longview since 1946 coming from Corsicana. He worked as a warehouseman for Glazer's Wholesale Distributors.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Linda Beth of Longview; sisters, Barbara Haight of Longview and Sandy Bolls of Texarkana; brother, Danny Kellum of Longview and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, March 19, from 6 until 8 p.m.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association or to a favorite charity.

A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.

Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home of Longview.

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LeRoy Jones

LeRoy Jones, 87, of Richland passed away Monday, March 17, 2003 in Fort Worth. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with branch president Blaine Green officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dorothy Fay Grizzle

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  • Dorothy Grizzle, b. 1916 d. 1935, was the granddaughter of Noah M. Duncan and Malinda Frances Heard (biography on the site). She is buried in the Dawson Cemetery.
  • Submitted by Pam Hatley Caldwell

Eva Elizabeth (Chandler) Ellis

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Barbara Ann (Wilson) Hatley
Feb 10, 1938 - Nov 3, 1997

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IN MEMORY OF
BARBARA (WILSON) HATLEY
DATE OF BIRTH: FEB. 10, 1938
DATE OF DEATH: NOV. 3, 1997
SERVICES: GRIFFIN-ROUGHTON FUNERAL HOME
WEDNESDAY NOV. 5, 1997 3:00 PM
OFFICIATING: REV. B. SUZY WELCH
PALLBEARERS: NEPHEWS
INTERMENT: ROSE HILL CEMETERY
ARRANGEMENTS: GRIFFIN-ROUGHTON FUNERAL HOME
CORSICANA, TEXAS

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Barbara (Wilson) Hatley
Barbara (Wilson) Hatley, 59, of Coolidge, died Nov. 3, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.
Visitation will be held tonight from 6-8 at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Hatley was born Feb. 10, 1938.
Mrs. Hatley is survived by her husband, Floyd Hatley of Coolidge; sons: Terry Montgomery, Bill Hatley, and Gene Hatley all of Corsicana; daughters, Tina Farmer of Corsicana and Pam Caldwell of Ennis; brothers: Lendon Wilson and Jim Wilson both of Corsicana, and Clyde Wilson of Mexia; sisters: Gladys Boyd, Fay Donaho and Edna Johnson all of Corsicana; and eleven grand children.
Mrs. Hatley was preceded in death by her brother, Sonny Wilson.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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L. E. Burditt

Retired Dawson Merchant Dies
DAWSON, Aug 16 - (Spl)
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Dawson Baptist Church for L. E. Burditt, elderly retired merchant who died Saturday morning in a Terrell, Tex., hospital.
Burial will be in Dawson cemetery.
Completion of funeral arrangements awaits arrival of relatives. It was stated shortly after noon Saturday by Mrs. A. C. Bailey, a neighbor of the deceased.
Mr. Burdit was a cotton buyer at Purdon for a number of years before moving to Dawson to go into the drygoods business.
His wife preceded him in death in 1941.
Survivors include a sister Mrs. Frank Holloway, Grandview, Tex., number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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Bill G. Woods

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Billy George Barge

Billy George Barge, 74, of Deer Park passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2003 in Pasadena. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Peggye (Calame) Jones
Oct 18, 1912 - Mar 17, 2003

Peggye Calame Jones, 90, of Wortham passed away Monday, March 17, 2003 at East Texas Medical Center in Fairfield.

Services will be 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Wortham with the Rev. James Mack Strange and the Rev. Steven Schulte officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Myers, Mike Ray, Scott Newberry, Ross Lide, Jordan Myers, Kelly Lide, J. Scott Newberry III, and Andrew Myers.

Mrs. Jones was born Oct. 18, 1912 in Wortham. She attended Wortham schools and North Texas Teachers College in Denton. She worked many years with her sister-in-law, Norma Jones Martin, at the Jack & Jill Beauty Shop in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Placere "Red" Jones; parents, Jub and Kate Keeling Calame; sisters, Jessie Mae Hill and Lucille Woodruff; and brother, Spurgeon E. Calame.

Mrs. Jones is survived by a sister-in-law, Maurine Calame; cousins, J. H. and Betsy Keller, Susan and Charles Myers and Scott and Carolyn Newberry, all of Fairfield, Marry Ann and Mike Ray of Mexia, James Mack and Sharon Strange of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Rebecca and Jim Bosley of Kirvin; nephew, H.A. Jones of Mexia; niece, Norma McDougal of Lubbock; and special friends and caretakers, Jessie Spence, Peg Brown, Madelyn Smith, and Vanessa Livingston; and other family and friends.

Arrangements by Porter Chapel, Wortham.

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Walter Jackson Dosser

Athens Daily Review:  Thursday, August 1, 1941

Crash Injuries Claims Life of W. J. Dosser  1894 - 1941

Walter Jackson Dosser, 48, well-known farmer and landowner of the Turkey Creek community, died Sunday evening, August 10, 1941, at 8 pm at the Wolfe-Duphorne hospital here from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on the Palestine highway near Athens early on the morning of  Tuesday, August 5th.

Dosser, who suffered internal injuries when the car in which he was riding overturned, had been a patient at the hospital since the morning of the accident.  The accident occurred when J. R. Willis, the driver, lost control of the vehicle when he suffered an appendicitis attack.  Willis now is convalescing from his operation.  He had escaped with only minor injuries when the car overturned.

Funeral services for Mr. Dosser were held at 3:30 pm Monday afternoon at the First Methodist Church in Malakoff with interment following in the Malakoff Cemetery.  The rites were conducted by the Rev. Bill Dickinson, Methodist Pastor at Malakoff, and the Rev. Pulley, well-known Minister from Trinidad.   Carroll_Lehr Funeral Home of Athens was in charge of the burial rites.

The deceased is survived by his wife, Clara Clay (Hinton) Dosser and six children, as follows.;  Aaron Dosser, U. S. Army, now in Louisiana; Mrs. Dewey (Juanita) Christopher, Athens;  Mrs. I. D. (Lorene) Starkes, W. J. Dosser, Jr., Troy Lee Dosser, & Leland Dale Dosser, all of Malakoff.

Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. A. J. (Lucy Brown) Dosser, Kerens.  Four brothers, Albert Dosser, Corsicana;  Charlie Dosser, Palestine;  Lewis Dosser & Bill Dosser, both of Athens;  and a sister, Mrs. Luther (Rosie) Carroll, Kerens.

Named as pallbearers were Bob Allen, Larkin Allen, Lige Allen, Jack Carter, Earl Allen, Bill Howard, Walter Tapley and Bud Arrington.

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Hugh Gerthon Morgan
May 8, 1915 - Mar 20, 2003

Hugh Gerthon Morgan was born on May 8, 1915, in Greenville, South Carolina to Clarence and Mettie Williams Morgan. He died on March 20, 2003, in Corsicana, Texas.

H. Gerthon "Buck" Morgan attended Poe Mill School and Parker District High School in Greenville, South Carolina. Buck started working in the mill while still a child and graduated from Parker High as salutatorian. There were no college scholarship opportunities extended to students from his high school seeking to attend Furman University so he worked full time, first at a textile mill and then a steel mill, to finance his education. He received his B.A. degree from Furman in four years, graduating cum laude. He taught for a year in Parker District and then received a scholarship to the University of Chicago where he earned M.A. and Ph.D. behavioral science degrees. He was invited to stay at the University of Chicago as a professor, but opted to follow his mentor, Dr. Daniel A. Prescott, to the University of Maryland to establish the Institute for Child Study in 1946. They had express assurances from the university and the State of Maryland, that the institute would be racially integrated. Dr. Morgan was made assistant director of the institute and a full professor. At the time, he was the youngest full professor at a major university. The institute graduated the first African American in the history of the university just four years later with a Ph.D. degree.

Dr. Morgan's additional experiences in higher education included extensive course work with Dr. Helen Ross of Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis; and internships at Michael Reese Hospital with Dr. Samuel Beck, inventor of the electroencephalogram (EEG); at Orthogenic School with Dr. Guy Buswell, and with Mandel Sherman who co-founded the Reese Davis School of Psychiatry in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Morgan also studied with Dr. Leo Krammer of Johns Hopkins University with fully funded grants from the W.T. Grant Foundation.

In 1947, Dr. Morgan was sent by the U.S. State Department to spend nine months in Germany helping to develop methods for democratizing the schools and public institutions. He also studied and reported on the learning process in Uruguay for the National Institutes of Health, and with FBI protection and the escort of a Catholic priest assisted the United States attorney general with the integration of James Meredith into the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Morgan was honored by the king of Sweden for his worldwide contribution to children by being the only American at afternoon tea at the summer palace in Stockholm. He was invited to Heidelberg University in Germany to be a member of group of mental health specialists to analyze the rebellious nature of college students with regard to the Vietnam War. Dr. Morgan was honored by the governor of Kentucky at the Kentucky Derby with a silver mint julep cup and certificate of appreciation from people of Kentucky, making him a Kentucky colonel, for his work with children in Harlan County, Kentucky. Twice he was honored with invitations to the White House for dinners followed by evening entertainment, honors that were only given to thirty individuals for their contributions to children worldwide.

Dr. Morgan was a global consultant to public and private schools and mental health facilities including the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. He consulted in the development of Head Start programs and the PBS television program, "Footsteps," which was in syndication for ten years. He helped to develop the Pastoral Psychological Service at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., and churches of all faiths copied it. When he retired from University of Maryland-College Park in 1980, he had been director of the Institute for Child Study for twenty years and was made professor emeritus.

Dr. Morgan wrote two books, "History of a War Boom Community" and "Feelings and Learning," and published articles dealing with emotions and the education process in many professional magazines.

During his career Dr. Morgan was a member of the National Education Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Childhood Education International, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is listed in Who's Who in the East. He was a faithful member of First Methodist Church of Corsicana.

Dr. Morgan married Dorothy Tomme of Shreveport, Louisiana in September of 1950. They have one son, G. Laird Morgan who resides in Richardson, Texas with his wife Lisa Shelley Morgan; and one granddaughter, Amanda Leigh Morgan who resides in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Morgan is survived by his niece Dr. Kristi Morgan Mulkahay of Marietta, Georgia; niece Patricia Spaulding of Franklin, Tennessee; great-nephew Bo Spaulding and great-niece Emme Spaulding of Franklin, Tennessee; many cousins and the aunt of his wife, Berneice Lee of Coolidge, Texas.

Services will be at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana on Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating and burial will be in Coolidge, Texas immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of choice or to the Institute for Child Study at the University of Maryland.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Hugh Gerthon 'Buck' Morgan Professor of Behavioral Science
 

Hugh Gerthon "Buck" Morgan, 87, a professor emeritus of behavioral science who was director of the Institute for Child Study at the University of Maryland for 20 years until he retired in 1980, died of congestive heart failure March 20 at a hospital in Corsicana, Tex.

Dr. Morgan began his career at the institute in 1946 when he and his mentor, Dr. Daniel A. Prescott, founded the interdisciplinary facility. Dr. Morgan was made assistant director of the institute and a full professor at the University of Maryland.

Over the years, Dr. Morgan served as a consultant to public and private schools and mental health facilities. He consulted in the development of Head Start and the PBS television program "Footsteps."

He wrote two books, "History of a War Boom Community" and "Feelings and Learning." He also published articles dealing with emotions and the educational process.

In 1947, the State Department sent him to Germany to help develop methods to reform schools and public institutions there.

He was a member of the National Education Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Childhood Education International and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Morgan, who lived in Corsicana, was a native of Greenville, S.C. He worked full-time in a textile and steel mill while attending Furman University, where he graduated cum laude. After teaching for a year, he received a scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he earned both a master's degree and a doctorate in behavioral science.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Morgan of Corsicana; a son, G. Laird Morgan of Richardson, Tex.; and a granddaughter.

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Bessie Lee (Bruner) Stovall
Aug 10, 1903  - Mar 20, 2003

Bessie Stovall, 99, of Plano passed away Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Plano. Graveside services will 11 a.m. Saturday at Kerens City Cemetery with Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Mary Maurine (Lane) Fread
Sep 28, 1922 - Mar 20, 2003

Mary Maurine Fread, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Younger Cemetery with branch president Blaine Green officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Maurine Fread

Maurine Fread, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Younger Cemetery with Branch President Blaine Green officiating.

Mrs. Fread was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Fread.

Survivors include her son, Leslie Fread of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Sharlotte and Kenneth Coker of Corsicana; brothers, Edward Lane and wife Christine of Marlin and Victor Lane of Corsicana; sister, Violet Prater of Athens; grandsons, Jason Coker of Arkansas, and Justin Fread, Jarrod Coker and Jessie Fread, all of Corsicana; and great-granddaughters, Emily Coker and Hollie Coker, both of Arkansas.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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James Allen 'Jim' Johnston
May 24, 1916 - Mar 22, 2003

James Allen 'Jim' Johnston, 86, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 22, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Mike Alexander and Dr. Charles Rice officiating.

Mr. Johnston was born May 24, 1916 in Navarro County. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was employed with Stewart Motor Company for over 35 years and retired as shop foreman. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by wife Geraldine Hayes Johnston and sisters Andrea Nance and Billie Fair Reed.

Survivors include wife Ruby L. Johnston and daughter Jane Ray and husband Jim, all of Corsicana; son Jim Johnston and wife Sharon of Dallas; grandson Daniel Johnston Ray of San Marcos; sisters Ruth Ann Christian of Orange and Mary Alice Dixon of Houston; step-daughter Linda Hampton of Tyler; step-granddaughter Linda Hampton and step-grandson Lance Parks, both of Lindale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Ossie Oliver Mesker
Jul 16, 1933 - Mar 21, 2003

Ossie Oliver Mesker, 69, of Clute passed away Friday, March 21, 2003 in Lake Jackson.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Mesker was born July 16, 1933 in Corsicana to Eltra and Ossie Mesker. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at an early age and served his country during the Korean War. After leaving the service he was employed by Coffield & Guthrie until 1955. He then moved his family to Dangerfield, where he worked for Lone Star Steel as an electrician for 13 years. He served as a volunteer firefighter and was fire chief for several years. He retired from Dow Chemical Company in 1994. He was active for the Brazosport Little League and high school baseball teams as an umpire.

He was preceded in death by brothers James Ellis Mesker, Jimmy Don Mesker and Harvey Monroe Mesker.

Survivors include wife of 49 years Doris Mesker of Clute; sons Steve Mesker and wife Tricia of Brazoria, Mark Mesker and Claire of Cypress and David Mesker of Vidor; daughter Susan Barnheuer of Spring; sisters Wanda Jordan of Blooming Grove, Mary Nalt of Dallas, Caroline Mesker of Corsicana, Brenda Mesker of Dallas and Ursa Lea; brothers Toby Bain, David Mesker, Jesse Mesker and Charles Mesker; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Joel Ray Sikes
Jul 21, 1931 - Mar 22, 2003

Joel Sikes, 71, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 22, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. John C. Bates officiating.

Mr. Sikes was born July 21, 1931 in Leonard. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by parents Harold and Cleo Sikes.

Survivors include wife Ginger Sikes of Corsicana; daughters Jennifer Branam of Austin and Cindy Durham and husband Clifford of Lago Vista; son John Sikes and wife April of Corsicana; brothers Richard Sikes and wife Dot of Dallas and Tom Sikes and wife Jennifer of Tyler; sister Betty Ward of Fort Worth; and grandsons Jarrod Branam of Austin and Jacob Sikes of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, for research.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Eddie Coslett
Feb 14, 1942 - Mar 21, 2003

James Eddie Coslett, 61, of Purdon passed away Friday, March 21, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman with Rev. Charles Wallace officiating.

Pallbearers will be Richie Price, Greg Price, Jimmy Price, Tim Pullin, Ronald Farmer and Doyle Frazier.

Mr. Coslett was born Feb. 14, 1942 in Crockett.

He was preceded in death by father Ed Coslett and father-in-law H.C. Smith.

Survivors include wife Sharan Coslett and son James Edward Coslett, both of Purdon; daughter Lisa Ann Melton of Baytown; granddaughters Christi Nicole Johnston of Houston and Mallary Michell Melton of Junction City, Kan.; great-grandson Cobe Johnson of Arlington; two nieces and three nephews; mother Onita Coslett of Groveton; and mother-in-law Katherine Cogburn and husband Travis of Purdon.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wanda I. (Stewart) Martin
Jun 12, 1928 - Mar 22, 2003

Services for Wanda I. Stewart Martin, 74, of Cross Roads are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cross Roads United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Newman officiating.

Burial will be in Patterson Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.

Mrs. Martin died March 22, 2003 in Athens.

She was born June 12, 1928 in Corsicana to the late William Horace Stewart Sr. and Mattie Sue Meredith Stewart. She had been a resident of the Cross Roads Community since 1933, was a member of Cross Roads United Methodist Church and had worked as Dietary Supervisor for Cross Roads Independent School District. She had worked in the dietary department of various nursing homes in Henderson County. Preceding her in death were her husband, Donald Ray Martin and brothers William "Bill" Horace Stewart III, Charles "Charlie" Edward Stewart and Wayne Holland Stewart.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Tony and Dian Martin of Becks Chapel and Jimmy Don and Jeanette Martin of Brownsboro; daughters and sons-in-law Linda and James Odom of Cross Roads and Sandra and Mark Cook of Athens; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers are Chris Martin, David Odom, Brian Odom, Kevin Odom, Aaron Cook, Keith Cook and Jason Cook.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today.

If desired memorials may be made to Cross Roads United Methodist Church.

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