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Bruce (Dunn) DeLafosse
Dec 17, 1896 - Apr 21, 2001

Bruce Dunn DeLafosse, 104, of Corsicana died Saturday, April 21, 2001, in Corsicana.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Robert Young officiating.

Mrs. DeLafosse was born December 17, 1896, in Eureka, the eldest daughter of Dr. W. H. and Ella Greenlee Dunn. She attended Kidd Key College in Sherman. In 1920 she married Felix DeLafosse of Corsicana. For many years, Mrs. DeLafosse taught piano music in Corsicana. She was a life-long member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and active in the Woman's Club House Association of Navarro County.

She is survived by daughter, Ned Humphrey of Corsicana; sister, Kate Dunn of Corsicana; grandchildren, Carol and Steve Connally of Austin, Bruce Humphrey and Ann Winer of Austin, Terry and Bill Memmer of Taylor and Molly and Larry Ballowe of Indiannapolis, Indiana; great grandchildren, Ross Connally, Jennifer Connally, Kelly Wheeless and Rhonda Mahann; three great-great grandchildren and nephews, Bill Turner of Irving and Paul Turner of Waco.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Woman's Club House Association or a favorite charity.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Marilyn Rowe (Coates) Tekell 
Jan 10, 1927 - May 9, 2000

Marilyn Coates Tekell

Marilyn Coates Tekell, 73, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2000 at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Kerens Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles A. Reese officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Allen, Jackie Allen, Greg Allen, Joe Saunders, Bubba Blissett and Dr. Richard Sanders. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Terry Sanders and Woodrow Massey.

Mrs. Tekell was born Jan. 10, 1927 in Kerens. She was a lifelong resident of Kerens. She graduated from Kerens High School and Sam Houston State College. She taught for a short time at the Corsicana State Home. She served on the first board of the Richland Chambers Reservoir Planning and Zoning Committee. She also served for 15 years on the Kerens Housing Authority board.

Mrs. Tekell is survived by her husband, Bob Tekell of Kerens; daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Fred Montgomery of Humble, Glenda and Kenny Sessions and Tanya and Leroy Hobbs, all of Kerens; granddaughters, Misty Blue and Kelly Lee, both of Kerens; grandsons, Ryan Sessions, Trey Hobbs and Billy Kyle Hobbs, all of Kerens, and Jasson Wasson of Humble; and great-grandsons, Tyler and Jordan Lee, both of Kerens.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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E. J. 'Cotton' Whitener
Jan 30, 1928 - Jul 28, 2003

E. J. "Cotton" Whitener, 75, of Corsicana passed away Monday, July 28, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. James Williams officiating.

Mr. Whitener was born Jan. 30, 1928, in Dawson.

Survivors include his sons, Eddy Whitener of Corsicana, Coty Whitener of Friendswood and David Whitener of Fenton, Mich.; daughters, Sheri Bayes of Corsicana and Teri Carver of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Minta Crocker of Corsicana, Dorothy Hall of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Doris Mahoney of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bettye Lucille Blair

Bettye Lucille Blair, 60, of Fort Worth passed away July 25, 2003 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. today at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be noon Saturday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. K. D. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Morgan Blair Sr., Morgan Blair Jr., Terrence Blair and Brashun Blair.

Ms. Blair was born Oct. 9, 1942 in Eureka.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dossie Mae Blair and siblings Jeanette Blair, Gustavia Blair, Walter Blair Sr., Henry Blair, Brady Blair and aunt Lula Mae Blair Morgan.

Survivors include daughters, Cynthia Meankins-Spencer of Fort Worth, Tresa Denette Blair of Corsicana and Kimberly Kay Hardman (James) of Lancaster; four grandsons; father, D.J. Blair Sr.; brothers, D.J. Blair Jr. (Doris), W.H. Blair Sr. (Ima Jean) and Morgan Blair Sr. (Natalie); sister, Gladys Blair; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Victoria Brooke Jensen

7/30/2003 12-year-old killed in horse-riding incident

By MICAH CHAPLIN/Daily Sun Staff

Victoria Brooke Jensen, 12, of Nevada was pronounced dead at Navarro Regional Hospital on Sunday evening.

According to preliminary autopsy reports, Jensen's death was ruled an accident, and the result of blunt force head injuries.

Jensen, who was visiting grandparents in the Angus area, was outside along with the other children, riding horses.

"The grandfather said they were letting the kids ride horses and she rode out of sight," Detective Sergeant Jimmy Johnson said. "They said she was gone for about 15 minutes when they heard a scream and the horse came back riderless."

Johnson said the family followed where the horse was believed to have come from and a 20-minute search recovered the girl.

"They said she was lying on her back and was unconscious, though she apparently still had a heartbeat," he said.

Corsicana Fire Rescue ambulance service was dispatched at 7:33 p.m. and arrived on the scene 10 minutes later. They performed CPR on Jensen and transported her to NRH. Attempts to resuscitate the girl proved unsuccessful and Justice of the Peace Donna Murray held inquest shortly after the girl's arrival.

"It's a real tragedy," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, horse accidents are pretty common in this area."

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8/11/2003 Remembering Brooke: Family wants girl to be more than just a number

By MICAH CHAPLIN/Daily Sun Staff

Her nickname was "Butterfly." She loved spaghetti. She wanted to be a singer. Or a lawyer. Or both.

"She was a good kid," Karen Cavazos, of Lewisville, said. "She loved school. She loved reading. She was good at drawing. She had a bright future going."

Cavazos is the aunt of Victoria Brooke Jensen, the 12-year-old from Nevada, who died in a horse accident near Angus on July 28, 2003.

As the Daily Sun reported on July 30, 2003, Brooke was visiting grandparents near Angus when the accident occurred.

"Horse accidents may be common in that area, but they do not always involve my niece," Cavazos said. "She's more than just a number."

Cavazos says some of the accident details, as received from the Navarro County Sheriff's Office and printed in the Daily Sun, were incorrect.

"She was not out just riding with the other kids," Cavazos said. "Her grandfather was riding with her. He wasn't right next to her but he was just a very short distance away."

Cavazos went on to explain that Brooke, a new rider, became scared when the horse started to gallop. Her scream spooked the horse and it took off. Her grandfather yelled at her to pull back on the reins but she couldn't get the horse to stop.

"Brooke rounded a grove of trees and when her grandfather got around there he saw her on the ground. Her grandfather was there in a matter of seconds, not after a 20 minute search, "Cavazos said."

Brooke's grandfather tried to wake the young girl and couldn't get a response. When he found a rapid pulse, he left his other granddaughter with Brooke long enough to ride to a neighbors' house to call for help. By the time her returned, just moments later, his wife had arrived.

"She had rushed there because Brooke's horse had returned to the house riderless and she realized something must have happened," Cavazos said.

While driving back from a memorial service in Brooke's hometown of Parhump, Nev., Cavazos reminisced about her niece.

"She was a wonderful young lady," Cavazos said. "She wasn't like every other kid.

Two separate services were held in Brooke's honor. The first was in Flower Mound, where Brooke's father lives. The second was in Pahrump, Nev., where Brooke had moved to with her mother in 1996. Between the two services, Cavazos estimates more than 200 guests, which included several of Brooke's friends.

Brooke would have been in 7th grade this fall, and left behind 12 siblings -- four sisters and eight brothers.

The family is understandably devastated by Brooke's passing, a feeling that is only compounded by the unexpected financial burden.

"Her mother had just gotten remarried a few months ago. So a lot of the savings had been spent on that." Cavazos said. "You never plan for something like this. She was only 12. There were no funds set aside. Just to transport her body back to Nevada cost $2,000."

A memorial fund has been set up to help Brooke's family with funeral costs. Contributions may be sent to Geneva Atkinson, 1213 Monaco, Lewisville, Tx., 75067

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Victoria Brooke Jensen
, age 12, passed away on July 27, 2003 in Corsicana, Texas. She was a resident of Pahrump, Nevada and was born on April 2, 1991 in Dallas, Texas to Derek and Danna Jensen.

She is survived by her father, Derek Jensen and his wife, Sherry of Flower Mound, Texas; and her mother, Danna Miller and her husband, Donald Miller, Jr. of Pahrump, Nevada. Victoria is also survived by four sisters, Hilary and Heidi Jensen; and Melissa and Jacquelyn Miller; nine brothers: Brett Link, Mathew and Derek Blake Jensen; Taren Michael Walters; and Nicholas, Christopher, Anthony, Jeremy and Donald Miller, III; grandparents, Geneva Adkinson, Charles and Virginia Bayer, Lea and Gerald Jensen, Donald Miller and Mable Wheeler; and great grandmother, Lottie Marie Miller. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles, Katie Jensen, Christopher Cavazos, Kristy and Karen Cavazos, Zeb Bayer, Angela Asman, Garrett and Tracy Bayer, Devonne and Melissa Bayer; and a host of great aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2003 at Flower Mound Family Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend John Barber officiating the service. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Pahrump, NV.

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  • Plano Star Courier

Denise Marie (Anger) Oldenburg-Banks
Nov 20, 1958 - Jul 29, 2003

Denise Marie Banks

Denise Marie Banks, 44, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Black Hills Cemetery.

Mrs. Banks was born Nov. 20, 1958, in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Banks of Corsicana; daughter, Sara Oldenburg of Corsicana; son, Chris Oldenburg of Corsicana; stepsons, Kenny Banks and Jeremiah Banks, both of Corsicana; stepdaughters, Holly Banks of Kemp and Crystol Banks of Denver City; father, Thomas Anger of Harrison Township, Mich.; mother, Josette Anger of Clinton Township, Mich.; parents, Chuck and Beverly Anger of Pocahontas, Ark.; brothers, Tim Anger of East Point, Mich., Wally Anger of Little Rock, Ark., and Bert Anger of Warren, Mich.; sister, Elizabeth Anger of Louisiana; and grandchildren, Lacee Banks, Dylan Bishop and Shelbie Bishop.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Curtis Elmo Cook
Jan 7, 1910 - Jul 29, 2003

Curtis E. Cook

Curtis E. Cook, 93, of Powell passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2003, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Smith and the Rev. Holcomb officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Cook was born Jan. 7, 1910, in Eustace.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Benjamin Cook; mother, Hattie Alma Darby Cook; grandson, Stephen Cook; brothers, Clermon Cook and Clarence Cook; and sister, Alma Reed.

Left to celebrate his life are his wife of 61 years, Ruth Miles Cook of Powell; sons, Jerry Cook of California and Joe Cook of Cedar Creek; daughters, Beverly Heim of Corsicana and Cynthia Thygesen of Corsicana; and Hailey Hartnett of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, James Benjamin Cook of Corpus Christi, Christopher Cook of Plano, Dustin Fleishman of Canton, Ga., Matthew Fleishman of Florence, S.C., Kimberly Butin of Miami, Fla., Zachary Ivy of Corsicana and Bobby Heim of Corsicana; six great-grandchildren; brother, Coy Cook of Oregon; sisters, Cecil Cook of Athens, Lola Tyler of Whitesboro, Marie Autrey of Carlsbad, N.M., and Madeline McGonagill of Carlsbad, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Doris M. Followwell

Doris M. Followwell, 70, of Athens passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Dogwood Terrace Nursing Home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

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Thomas Lee Horn

Thomas Lee Horn, 61, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, in Dallas.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mr. Horn was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Abilene.

He was preceded in death by his two sons, Chris and Eric Horn.

Survivors include his wife, Renee Horn of Corsicana; sons, Larry and Shirla Horn of Livingston, Jeffrey Horn of Corsicana and Christopher Horn of Corsicana; daughter, Debbie and Jeff Taylor of Greenville; sister, Fannie and Jerry Massey of Longview; grandchildren, Jason Horn, Amber Horn, Katie Horn, Amanda Wilcox, and Rachel Wilcox; one great-grandchild; father and mother-in-law, Freddie and Geraldean Dixon of Corsicana; brothers-in-law, Robert and Jeffrey Dixon of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Susan and Don Williams and Karen and Leslie Tackitt of Midlothian; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and special family, Bill, Janet and Will Gunnell of Summit, Miss.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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John McCarter

John McCarter, 52, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

He was born April 8, 1951, in Mount Vernon, Ill. John was an extremely talented carpenter and painter and a true friend to his brother and family. He will be remembered for his kind heart and compassion. He will be greatly missed by his family and very special friends, Barbara and Dale Moe.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Martha McCarter.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Kim McCarter of Schereville, Ind.; nieces, Kim Stengel and husband David of Lowell, Ind., and Barbie Posteluk and husband Eric of Streamwood, Ill.; nephew, Robert McCarter and wife Paula of South Chicago Heights, Ill.; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Justin, Bevie, Alyssa, Corrin, Bailey, Kiera and Marisa.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Raymond S. Tucker

Raymond S. Tucker, 85, of Garland passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Senior Care at Beltline. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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William Fletcher Bonnett, Jr.

BONNETT
WILLIAM (BILL) FLETCHER BONNETT, JR, 70 of Frost passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at his residence.  Mr. Bonnett was born October 27, 1932 in Corsicana.  Visitation has been set for Thursday 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at his residence 325 East Pace in Frost.  Services will be Friday, June 6, 2003 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Frost with Rev. Nancy Schusler and Rev. Bob Messer officiating.  Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Bob Templeton, Ben Roberts, Wynn Biedleman, Max Tullos, Richard Bray, Gary Funk.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Billy Hargrove, Steve Harbour, Ron Cox, Tom Luge.  Born to William Fletcher & Elsie Joan Hooser Bonnett.  He served in the United States Army in Korea.  He was the District Sales manager for Ray Bestos from 1968-1997.  Bill was the past Trustee for the United Methodist Church in Frost.  He was a Frost City Councilman, a Trustee for the Frost Cemetery Assn and Trustee for the Frost Scholarship Fund.  Surviving Relatives are Son: Bruce Bonnet, Dallas.  Daughters: Barcia Chasteen, Tucker, Georgia. Belinda Schmit, Houston.  Grandchildren: Emily, Audrey, Isaac & Owen Chasteen. Harrison & Jane Schmidt.  Sister Barbara Mordecai, Frost.  Memorials may be made to the Frost Scholarship Foundation % Shirley Hargrove 8248 N.W. CR 4130 Frost, Texas 76641.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana 903-874-4774.

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  • Dallas Morning News June 5, 2003

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William 'Bill' Fletcher Bonnett Jr.

William "Bill" Fletcher Bonnett Jr., 70, of Frost passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at his residence, 325 E. Pace St., Frost.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Frost United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy Schusler and the Rev. Bob Messer officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bob Templeton, Ben Roberts, Wynn Biedleman, Max Tullos, Richard Bray and Gary Funk. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Hargrove, Steve Harbour, Ron Cox and Tom Luge.

Mr. Bonnett was born Oct. 27, 1932, in Corsicana to William Fletcher Bonnett and Elsie Joan Hooser Bonnett. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was the district sales manager for Ray Bestos from 1968 to 1997. He was a past trustee for Frost United Methodist Church. He was a Frost city councilman, a trustee for Frost Cemetery Association and trustee for the Frost Scholarship Fund.

Survivors include his son, Bruce Bonnett of Dallas; daughters, Barcia Chasteen of Tucker, Ga. and Belinda Schmidt of Houston; grandchildren, Emily, Audrey, Isaac and Owen Chasteen, and Harrison and Jane Schmidt; and sister, Barbara Mordecai of Frost.

Memorials may be made to Frost Scholarship Foundation, in care of Shirley Hargrove, 8248 County Road NW4130, Frost, TX 76641.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana


Pearl (Hervey) Rusk

RUSK
PEARL HERVEY, of Dallas, Texas was born February 16, 1925 in Streetman, Texas and pased away September 25, 2001.  Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Friday September 28, 2001 at Randall Funeral Home, 1810 Denley Drive, Dallas, Texas.  Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2001, 11:00 a.m. at Lamplight Christian Church, 2300 Metropolitan Drive, Dallas, Texas.  RANDALL FUNERAL HOME.

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  • DMS Sept 28, 2001

Willie Calvin Winnett

Service for Willie Calvin Winnett, 71, Colbert, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church of Colbert. Burial will be in the Colbert cemetery. The family will be at the Coffey Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. today to receive friends. Winnett, who lived most of his life in Bryan County, died in the Texhoma Medical Center Monday. He was born April 9, 1914 in Frost, Texas. A retired farmer, he married the former Goldie Chelf in Achille Aug. 6, 1938. She survives him. Other survivors include six sons; Ernest and Jerry, Colbert; Melvin and Tommy, Achille; Calvin, Calera; and John, Telephone, Texas; three daughters, Wanda Johnston, Beaumont, Texas; Linda Kemper, Sherman; and Mary Emberling, Wilson; two brothers, J.D. and Odis, both of Colbert; two sisters, Ina Mae Ancell, Denison and Erma Jean Porter, Lawton; 15 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one great grandchild. Bearers for Wednesday's service will be Malcolm Gage, Aron South, George Butler, Al Green and Ben Cowart.

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  • Durant Daily Democrat August 6, 1985

Coredith 'Cricket' Brooks

Coredith "Cricket" Brooks, 81, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Thursday at Resthaven Memorial Park with Bro. Horace Cobb officiating.

Mrs. Brooks was born Dec. 21, 1921 in Casey, Ken.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leburn Brooks.

Mrs. Brooks is survived by a daughter, Sylvia Cockerham of Corsicana; sons, Shelton Brooks and Mark Brooks, both of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Shirley (Frazier) McAfee

Shirley Frazier McAfee, 76, of Richardson passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2003. She was born Jan. 26, 1927, in Dallas to William and Lucille Frazier. Mrs. McAfee was an RN and retired after more than 30 years at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Taylor; two granddaughters, Erin and Lindsay Taylor; brothers, William Frazier Jr. and wife, Linda, and Gary Paul Jones; five nieces, four nephews and numerous other loving relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jack Edward Frazier.

The family suggests memorials be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Grove Hill Funeral Home's Serenity Chapel. Interment followed at Grove Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Grove Hill Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Irene (Hagle) Crawford 

Irene Crawford

Irene Crawford, 94, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at Heritage Oaks West.

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

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

Mrs. Crawford was born May 9, 1909, in Brushie Prairie to Elmer Hagle and Maggie Hagle. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Marceline Ballard of Corsicana; grandchildren, Joe Bob and Linda Ross of Kemp and Kay and Nick Ballard Harrison of Abilene; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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James I. Dozah

James I. Dozah, 62, of Corsicana passed away July 29, 2003 at his residence.

No services will be held. Mr. Dozah will be cremated.

He was born July 25, 1941, in Sheridan, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Max Dozah; mother, Beulah Scoval Dozah; and brother.

Survivors include his partner, Billy "Willie" Stunkard of Corsicana; sister, Kathy Carter of Beaumont, Calif.; and nephews, Chris and Mikel Hollinger and their spouses and children of California.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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James Perry "Japon" Combs

James P. Combs, 89, of Waco passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at Crestview Healthcare in Waco. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kerens Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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KERENS - James P. Combs, 89, of Waco passed away Aug. 3, 2003, at Crestview Healthcare in Waco.  Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kerens Cemetery with Gene Bullard Jr. officiating.

Mr. Combs was born Dec 2, 1913, in Rural Shade, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ila Fay Combs in 1985.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, James and Virginia Combs of Waco; grand-daughters, Corby Combs and Lori Hill, both of Waco; great-grandson, Joshua Hill of Waco; and friend, Steve Alexander.
Paschal, Kerens

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  • Waco Tribune Aug 5, 2003

Minnie Lee Kelley

KELLEY
MINNIE LEE born November 18, 1910 in Corsicana, Texas passed from labor to eternal rest April 24, 2003.  Funeral service 11:00 am today at new Friendship Baptist Church 2419 Metropolitan.  Lincoln Funeral Home & Memorial Parks, 8100 Fireside Dr., Dallas, TX.

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  • DMN May 1, 2003

Doris Louise (Boyd) Thomas

THOMAS
Doris Louise (Boyd) Survived by Husband John Christian Thomas, Dallas, son Lindsey Thomas, Coppell, Tx: Daughter, Cheryl Birdsong, Coppell, Tx; Sisters, Altha Elliott, Athens, Tx. Drusilla Young, Ft. Worth, Tx; Brothers, Lindsey Boyd, Ft. Walton Beach, FLA. Bill Boyd Orleans, Indiana. Services 1:00 Tuesday, SPARKMAN HILLCREST NORTH WEST HIGHWAY CHAPEL, Rev. Martin H. Jacobsen officiating. Interment Dresden Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas.

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  • OBITUARY - The Dallas Morning News, January 26, 1987, pg 15-A
  • Daughter of Ervin McClure Boyd & Lucy Dale (Lindsey) Boyd
  • Submitted by Edward L. Williams

Addie Mae Hall

Addie Mae Hall, 91, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Health Care & Rehab of Corsicana. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church, 105 N. Fourth St., with the Rev. M. Cooper officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Walter Carter Pierce

Walter Carter Pierce, 77, of Roane passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital after a brief illness.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Nathan Andrews officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Alan Pierce, Troy Lynn Pierce, Ricky Pierce, Bob Johnson, John Hall and James Hall.

Carter was born March 4, 1926, in Powell. He graduated from Kerens High School in 1944. He was a veteran of World War II. He spent much of his adult life in Arlington, Texas, then returned to Roane in 1987. Carter was known for his generosity to anyone in need. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a true friend to all, and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Billye Pierce of Roane; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Tom Hall of Arlington; grandsons, John Hall and James Hall, both of Arlington; brothers, John Pierce and Troy Pierce, both of Ennis, and Roy Pierce of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends and loved ones.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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William Henry McCoy

William Henry McCoy, 58, of Garland passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at his residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Campbell-Elrod Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Connie Elizabeth Riley

Connie Elizabeth Riley, 55, of Morgan's Point and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at her residence. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with the Rev. Steve Buchele officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, Temple.

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Jacky Darrell Malone

JACKY MALONE

Mr. Jacky Darell Malone, 72, of Hillsboro died Thursday, July 31, 2003 at a local hospital. He was born June 11, 1931 in Frost, son of the late Delmar Darell and Bessie Harrington Malone. He was a control shipper for Walls of Texas for 30 years, retiring in 1986, and a member of Peoria Baptist Church. Survivors include: one brother, Billy Jean Malone of Gun Barrel City; one sister, Joan Sutton and husband, Bill R., of Hillsboro; and four nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 3, at Frost Cemetery in Frost with James Burns officiating. Memorials may be made to M. D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, P. O. Box 297153, Houston 77292-0153

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Jack Malone

HILLSBORO - Graveside services for Jacky Darell Malone will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Frost Cemetery.  Marshall & Marshall, Hillsboro.

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  • Waco News Paper
  • Jackie was born June 11, 1931, the son of Delma Darrell Malone & Bessie Myrtle (Harrington) Malone.  He was the twin brother of Joan Malone.

Samuel Patrick Cox

8/10/2003 Former Corsicanan buried in Arlington

From Staff Reports

Samuel Patrick Cox, 21, was buried Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Navy aviation electrician's mate died July 16, 2003, in a helicopter accident while on a training mission from Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Cox had returned there in June after being detached to the United Arab Emirates, flying on helicopter combat support throughout the Middle East during the war in Iraq. He was to have returned to the United States in September. He had been accepted at the University of Missouri in the Navy's Seaman to Admiral scholarship program, which would have led to a bachelor' degree and an officer's commission. He wanted to be a pilot .

Cox was born May 4, 1982, in Wichita Falls. His parents, Joseph D. "Jody" Cox Jr. and Mary Jo Thornley Cox, now of Kansas City, Mo., moved to Corsicana in August 1983, where his father was editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun before joining the Dallas Bureau of The Associated Press. The Cox family moved to Duluth, Minn., in 1988.

Sam Cox attended St. Michael's Lakeside School and Marshall School in Duluth. He was a leader in school, church, community, and Boy Scouts. He also attended the University of Minnesota before enlisting and qualifying for air crew in the Navy in May 2001, fulfilling a lifelong dream to be a member of that military branch. His service took him to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, avionics school in Pensacola, Fla., and helicopter warfare training in Norfolk, Va., before his duty station in Sicily.

Cox is survived by his parents; his brother Jackson and sister Anna; his grandparents, Joseph D. and Samantha Cox of Columbia, Mo., and Charles and Arlene Thornley of Palatine, Ill.; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Willis Ray 'Red' Rutherford

Willis Ray "Red" Rutherford, 63, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

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

Pallbearers will be Randy Rutherford, Ricky Rutherford, Ronald Rutherford, Joshua Rutherford, Brian White, Brian Arnold, Richard Mallnowski and Jeff Atkins.

Mr. Rutherford was born Jan. 14, 1940, in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willis Rutherford; mother, Johnnie Brent; and brother, David Rutherford.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores Rutherford of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip and Denise Rutherford of Bloomingburg, N.Y., and Lance and Kathy Rutherford of Ennis; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Joseph Wainwright of Ennis; stepsons and wives, Ron and Donna Arnold of Mexia and Bryan and Betty Arnold of Corsicana; stepdaughter, Lisa Zimmerman of Kerens; brother and sister-in-law, Dorsey and Joan Rutherford of Garland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Trena and Ben White of Alto, Lula Mae and Carl Flowers of Campbell, Jane Meek of Boca Raton, Fla., and Sandra and Edward Ellis of Clayton, La.; and grandchildren, Camie, Tommy, McKenzie , Nicole, Jaclyn, Joseph, Joshua, Danielle, Benjamin, Logan, Haley and Dannie.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Gladys B. Donald

Gladys Donald

Gladys Donald, 92, of Lake Charles, La., died at 2:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, in a local care facility.

Mrs. Donald was a native of Wayne County, Miss., and lived in Corsicana for 40 years before moving back to Lake Charles four years ago. She was a member of The Apostolic Temple. She was a Pink Lady Volunteer at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She is survived by one son, James T. Donald of Corsicana; two daughters Ouida Hodges of Moss Bluff, La., and Willodene Atkinson of Austin; three grandsons, Dr. Gary Atkinson and wife Nancy of Freehold, N.J., Tom Hodges and wife Joann of San Antonio, and Tom Donald of Houston; four granddaughters, Sherry Griffen and Marsha Bankens, both of Lake Charles, La., Sondra Atkinson and Rhonda Denton, both of Dallas; 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. T. F. Donald.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, 2003, at the Apostolic Temple. Revs. Ricky and M.D. Trece will officiate. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley, La., under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will begin today from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., in the funeral home. Visitation will resume at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Charles, La.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Aug 9, 2003
  • SSDI: 
    GLADYS B DONALD 26 Jan 1911 08 Aug 2003 (V)70611 (Lake Charles, Calcasieu, LA)(none specified)462-98-1758Texas

Margaret Faye (Andrews) Hickson

Margaret Faye Hickson

Margaret Faye Hickson, 75, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Teel officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Pat Kindle, Jay Sewell, Clif Tramel, Jack Coggins, Randy Cummins and Bryan Collier.

Mrs. Hickson was born on June 3, 1928, in Corsicana. She was a homemaker and loving mother and grandmother who had a tremendous zest for life. A special thank you goes to Colleen Wommack and Joyce Brown of Caring Companions at Home.

She was preceded in death by husband Dewey Hickson and parents Bill and Thelma Andrews.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Rick and Michele Hickson of Corsicana, daughter Debbie Funderburk of Corsicana, grandsons Blake Funderburk and Kevin Funderburk of Corsicana and James Moreland of Dalton, Ga., granddaughters Amy Funderburk and Meg Funderburk of Corsicana, brother and sister-in-law W.L. and Ruby Andrews of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jack Fuqua

8/11/2003 Frost man killed in Sunday morning wreck



Troopers from the Texas Highway Patrol responded to a one-car accident on FM 1603 near Chatfield. The vehicle's lone occupant, Jack Fuqua, 40, of Frost, was pronounced dead on the scene. Daily Sun photo/MICAH CHAPLIN

From Staff Reports

A Rice resident stumbled upon a one-car accident on FM 1603 around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, roughly a mile east of Interstate 45. The lone occupant of the car, Jack Fuqua, 40, of Frost, was found to be deceased.

According to a report filed by Trooper Dane Baker, Fuqua was traveling eastbound in his 1991 Oldsmobile at around 1:30 a.m at a rate too fast for the moderate right curve on FM 1603. The car entered the westbound lane of travel and went off the north edge of the roadway, where it drove into a tree and slid into tall brush. The car finally came to rest on its wheels.

The vehicle was not discovered for nearly 14 hours, as it was well-hidden by long brush and low-hanging tree branches.

Baker was assisted by Sgt. Kenneth Authier, Troopers Jason Haralson, Carlon Stapleton and Kevin January; the Navarro County Sheriff's Department, the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department, Corsicana Fire and Rescue, the Rice Police Department and the Corsicana Daily Sun.

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Jack Fuqua

Jack Fuqua, 40, of Frost and formerly of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Wade Funeral Chapel with Tim Miles officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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JACK FUQUA

Mr. Jack Fuqua, 40, of Frost died Sunday, August 10, 2003. He was born September 22, 1962 in Dallas and was raised in Lancaster. He had lived off and on in Frost for the past few years and worked as a painter for Miles Painting. He was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Fuqua, July 25, 2002. Survivors include: one son, Justin Fuqua of Dallas; one daughter, Sasha Fuqua of Gun Barrel City; father, Eddie Fuqua of Hubbard; one sister, Brenda DeLamar of Waco; and four brothers, Allan Gordon of Tennessee, Eddie Lee Fuqua of Amarillo, Lee Fuqua of Connecticut and David Fuqua of Hubbard. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 15, at Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with Tim Miles officiating. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

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  • The Reporter

Carrole Sue Donihoo
Jul 16, 1951 - Aug 7, 2003

Carrole Sue Donihoo, 52, of Fairfield, passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Seton Hospital in Austin.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Steward's Mill Cemetery in Freestone County, with Rev. Robert Shipley officiating.

Mrs. Donihoo was born on July 16, 1951, in Navarro County.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Mr. John Michael and Teresa Parnell of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law David and Sabrina Parnell of Jacksonville, Fla.; son Keith Edward Vitek of San Antonio; brother Douglas Fogg of New York, N.Y.; sister Mildred Faye Walker of Dallas; granddaughters Brianna, Courtney, Kimberley and Caitlyn Parnell of Jacksonville, Fla., and Erin Freeman of Corsicana, and grandsons Nathan and Clayton Parnell of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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James T. Davis
Jul 26, 1924 - Aug 10, 2003

James T. Davis, 79, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, in Corsicana. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
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Corsicana Daily Sun - Aug 11, 2003

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Rev. James T. Davis

The Rev. James T. Davis, 79, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at his residence.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Otis Dunagan officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sonny May, Ray Reagan, Elvis Anderson, Frank Hignett, Ricky Brown, Bill Lewis, Freddy Nutt and Shorty Tate.

The Rev. James T. Davis was born July 26, 1924, in the Rice community. He moved to Corsicana on his return from a two-year term in the U.S. Navy. He married Juanita Ray on April 12, 1947, and to this union four children were born. He was the pastor of 11th Avenue Baptist Church for 46 years, and worked for the City of Corsicana and Navarro County.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Juanita Davis of Corsicana; daughter, Norma McCarter of Corsicana; son, Larry Davis of Corsicana; sister, Betty Lewis of Gun Barrel City; brothers, Gene of Dallas and E.A. of Arlington; five grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

- Corsicana Daily Sun - Aug 12, 2003

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Marguerite Aline (Payne) Wetsel
Oct 23, 1916 - Aug 10, 2003

Marguerite Aline Wetsel

Marguerite Aline Wetsel, 86, of Hubbard and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Oak View Manor.

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

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

Mrs. Wetsel was born Oct. 23, 1916, in Roganville to Hiram Payne Jr. and Frances Wingate Payne. She lived in Luling from the age of 5 until she married James Robert "Bob" Wetsel on Nov. 12, 1942. Marguerite was an operator for Southwestern Bell until the time of her marriage. The family was transferred to Martinsville, Ill., in 1954, where they enjoyed many happy years. Marguerite was a Cub Scout den mother and was active in the Magnolia Wives Club. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and bird watching. Bob and Marguerite relocated to Corsicana in 1967. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Wetsel in April 2000.

Survivors include her son, Robert Wetsel of Hubbard; grandsons, James Wetsel of Irving, Brandon Wetsel of Arcata, Calif., and Cody Wetsel of Hubbard; granddaughter, Tara Bowyer of Sachse; and great-grandson, James Carter Wetsel of Irving.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Marjorie Katherine (Cannon) Bracken
Jan 12, 1906 - Feb 8, 1975

Services were to be 3:30 Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Emmett R. Bracken, 69. resident of Corsicana, who died  Saturday in Corsicana.

Rev. J. T. Davis was to officiate, with burial following at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

She was a native of Italy, Tex.  and had lived in Corsicana sine 1939.  She married Emmett Rogers Bracken June 4, 1921.

Survivors include her husband, of Corsicana; two sons, William R. Bracken of Dallas and Larry C. Bracken of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Virginia Hellner, Mrs. Sarah Spicer and Mrs. Bobbie Jo Ann Spicer, all of Corsicana and Mrs. Mary Garcia of Denison; a brother Benjamin Otis Cannon of Dawson; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun, Monday, February 10, 1975
  • Marjorie Katherine CANNON BRACKEN
  • Born:  12 January 1906  Italy, Ellis Co., TX
  • Died:  08 February 1975 Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX
  • Daughter of William Henry CANNON Sr. and, Sarah Katherine FORTUNE
  • Obit submitted by Pat Talley

Mary (UNKNOWN) Gober
Dec 24, 1921 - Aug 14, 2003

Mary Gober, 81, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Boyd Kent, Christopher S. Hale, Stephen Gober, Lance Gober, Josh Gober and Bradley Heltzer.

Mrs. Gober was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Pisgah Ridge, Navarro County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Gober.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Kent and husband Jerry of Waco, Frances Kirks and husband James of Morrison, Colo., Glenda Wolsleben and husband Carl of Denver, Colo., and Brenda Gober of Corsicana; sons, Gary Gober and wife Gayla of Corsicana, and Mark Gober and wife Nancy of Flower Mound; sisters, Marie Price of Corsicana and Doris Ward of Mexia; brother, Bill Sullivan of Mexia; and 11 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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