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William Jacob Gannon

William Jacob Gannon, 67, Joelton, passed away at his home, Tuesday, April 1, 2003. He was born Feb. 6, 1936 in Dawson, Texas, the son of the late Harvey Andrew and Mettie Rigsby Gannon. He was the retired owner and operator of the Music City Dental Lab.

He is survived by wife, Betty Jean Lane Gannon of Joelton; daughter, Sheila Gannon of Joelton; sons, Monte (Angela) Gannon of Ashland City, Shane (Myra) Gannon of Waverly; grandchildren, Michelle and Derek Gannon; sister, Melba White of Florida.

Service was held at Anderson and Garrett Funeral Home, Joelton, Friday, April 4, 2003, with Bro. Cecil Boswell officiating. Burial was at Joelton Hills Memory Garden, Joelton.

Anderson and Garrett Funeral Home, Joelton, was in charge of funeral arrangements.

George Henry Biddy, Jr.
1896 - Mar 1977

Services will be Sundry at 4 PM in the Griffin Funeral Home for George Biddy, 81, who died Saturday in a Temple hospital.

The Rev. Gene McCann will officiate, with burial in Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

He is survived by one son, Vinson Biddy of Kerens, three daughters, Mrs. Doris Rogers of Corbett; Mrs. Margaret Gowan of Odessa; Mrs. Frances Kirk of San Diego, Calif.; by two sisters, Mrs. Suzie Wilmouth of Portland, Ore. And Mrs. Mary Rhymes of Lampasas; by 11 grandchildren, and by four great grandchildren.

Pallbears will be T. R. Lake, Darrell B. Nevill, Don Taylor, Leon Phillips, G. W. Dickson, and Cleo Ford.

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George Henry Biddy, Jr. was born in 1896 in Lampasas, Texas to George Henry Biddy, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Hester.   He was one of thirteen children, 10 boys and three girls. He volunteered in May 1918 for service in World War I and while overseas contracted emphysema, which he had all the rest of his life.  In 1919 he married Addie Georgia Lorena Johnson. 

As a result of his emphysema and being a returning veteran, the government helped him to become an electrician’s apprentice in CorsicanaWorld War II, he used his electrician skills to help with the building of Army camps. 

For many years he lived west of town on the Cowhead road before moving to a farm on both sides of Highway 14 just west of Corbet.  After several years he sold the farm, retired and moved back into Corsicana. 

In 1970, his wife died.  Both are buried in Hamilton Beeman Cemetery beside their son, Charles Howard Biddy, who died at a young age.

George was a WWI vet and worked on the Army camps during WWII as an electrician, an outside contractor

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Thomas Isaac Gowan
Mar 7, 1862 - Jul 27, 1931

Pioneer Resident Hester Community Buried Tuesday

Thomas I. Gowan, aged 69 years, resident of the Hester community, northeast of Corsicana, for the past fifty years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. J. Lewis, in the Hester community, Monday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock after a lingering illness, and the funeral services were helas id from the Lewis home Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with internment in the Chatfield cemetery.

Mr. Gowan was well-known in Navarro County.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lewis, Hester; two sons, Roy Gowan and Tom Gowan, both of the Montford community; four brothers, Henry, Meredith, James and Dick Gowan; and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun Tuesday, July 28, 1931, Page 2
  • Thomas Isaac Gowan is buried in the New Chatfield Cemetery beside beside his wife (Willie Ann Parker Gowan) and parents, Ebenezer and Louisa Carr Gowan. 
  • Submitted by:  George Gowan


Donnie Joe Childress
Nov 29, 1961 - Sep 13, 2003

Donnie Joe Childress, 41, of Dresden passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003 at his residence.

Visitation will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton in Blooming Grove.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers will be Brent Bowling, Dave Kohout, Johnny Kelly, Scott Tucker, Stanley Holder and Rusty Milne.

Donnie Joe was born Nov. 29, 1961 in Spur, Texas. He was the owner and operator of Dresden Service Co.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Ann Childress.

Survivors include his wife, Karla; son, Landon, daughter, Carlee; father, Don (Chili) Childress; brothers, Curtis Childress and Wesley Bennett; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Mollie "Peck" (Pekarsky) Milkes
Aug 27, 1925 - Sep 13, 2003

Mollie Milkes, 78, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003 at Presbyterian Village North. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Hebrew Cemetery with Rabbi Mark Kalserman officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Reo Maxine Ragan, Sr.
May 14, 1920 - Sep 12, 2003

Reo Ragan, 83, of Midland, formerly of Barry, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2003 in Midland. Services will be 9 a.m. Monday at Ellis Funeral Chapel in Midland with the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Deily of Trinity Presbyterian Church officiating. A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Corsicana at Dresden Cemetery. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sept 14, 2003
  • WWII Clippings - Ragan, Reo M. - Pvt. - COMMENDED
  • Biography in The Men and Women in WWII
  • SSDI: REO M RAGAN 14 May 1920 12 Sep 2003 (V) 79703 (Midland, Midland, TX) 455-28-7995 Texas
  • I am in contact with one of the Englishmen whose father and grandfather were first on the scene of that particular crash the morning of May 8, 1944.   The name of the plane was BELLE OF BOSTON and it was piloted by 2Lt Paul E. Kingsley of the 754th squadron 458th Bomb Group (H).  I have also talked to the navigator from the plane that was one of the survivors.  My father, Samuel Scorza, was a navigator in another B-24 waiting to take off that morning and witnessed the crash.
    I am sorry to hear of Mr. Ragan’s death last September.  Do you know of any way for me to get in touch with his family?  I would like to tell them the circumstances of the plane crash and possibly get some information from them.
    Thank you very much,

    Darin Scorza,  8543 Wedd, Overland Park, KS 66212
    - darins@eskc.com


Charles Wayne Slater
Sep 18, 1946 - Apr 30, 1999

 

Graveside Services
10:30 am Monday, May 3, 1999
Dawson Cemetery
Dawson, Texas

Officiating Rev. Charles Wallace

Survivors:

Mother: Carmenetta Myrtle Slater of Dawson
Brothers: James Cleveland Slater of Dawson and Johnny Earl Slater and wife Sue of Holdenville, Ok. Six nieces and nephews: James A. Slater, Don L. Slater, Karmen B. Slater-Earnheart, Shelley S. Wimberly, John Cody Slater, and Stacey L. Slater Moore all of Oklahoma.

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9/15/2003 TWO KILLED IN WRECK: One survivor of head-on collision on Highway 31

By LOYD COOK/Daily Sun Staff

 


As a medical helicopter waits in the background, emergency personnel gather around a crushed 1996 Mitsubishi Galant which suffered damage in a head-on collision on State Highway 31 near Dawson Sunday. The driver of the Galant, Daniel Viljoen of Tyler, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray. DAILY SUN photo/LOYD COOK

DAWSON -- Two men were killed in a head-on collision in a construction zone on State Highway 31 near Dawson Sunday afternoon and a lone survivor was transported by helicopter to a Waco hospital by Critical Air of West.

Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Dane Baker said a witness account told the story of the accident which occurred on the eastern edge of Dawson.

Baker said the witness was traveling eastbound on Highway 31 behind a 1996 Mitsubishi Galant that was involved in the accident. According to the witness, the driver of a westbound 1994 Dodge Ram van veered into the eastbound lane.

The driver of the Galant -- Daniel Viljoen, 64, of Tyler -- took evasive action, swerving into the westbound lane but the oncoming Dodge driver swerved back into that lane and both vehicles struck head-on.

The Dodge -- driven by Salvador L. Barrientos, 45, of Lampasas -- careened off the north side of the roadway, coming to a rest nose down in the ditch.

The Galant rebounded at impact, hit a concrete barrier, and came to a stop in the eastbound lane.

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray performed the inquest at the scene, pronouncing Viljoen and Barrientos dead at 5:52 p.m. Sunday.

There was no word on the condition of the sole survivor -- Tomas Solis Delgado, 52, of Tyler -- who was a passenger in the van.

Construction in the area is ongoing as the State of Texas improves that section of Highway 31 into four lanes, two in each direction.

Presently, however, all traffic in the area of the accident occupies the two northside lanes, with one lane traveling in each direction and a concrete dividing wall on the southern edge -- a separation from the under-construction lanes on the south.

Traffic was diverted to those under-construction lanes as law enforcement officials managed the flow around the accident scene. It took about two hours before travelers were returned to the regular roadway.

Along with Baker, Highway Patrol Sgt. Kenneth Authier and Cpl. Ben Allison responded to the scene, as did elements of the Navarro County Sheriff's Office and Navarro College Police Department.

Corsicana Fire Rescue ambulance service, along with the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department, Navarro Mills VFD and members of the local office of the Texas Department of Transportation, assisted at the scene


Nancy Jane Dunn
San Diego (CA) Union Tribune, 12 September 2003

NANCY JANE DUNN

Oct. 18, 1934-Sept. 6, 2003

Nancy Jane Dunn, 68, of Lakeside died Saturday. She was born in
Corsicana, Texas.

Survivors include her daughters, Terre Giamanco of El Cajon and Janice
Wallace of New Jersey; son, Ronald Wallace of San Diego; 11
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services: 1 p.m. Sunday, VFW Kearny Mesa, 7785 Othello Ave., San Diego.

Arrangements: Neptune Society.

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  • Submitted by Don Brownlee

Winnie (Perkins) Spruiell
Jan 29, 1911 - Sep 16, 2003

Winnie Perkins Spruiell, 92, of Dawson passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in a Hubbard nursing center.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Dawson with the Rev. Brad Dancer officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Spruiell was born Jan. 29, 1911, in Dawson. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing and cooking. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Seth Ward Spruiell; granddaughter, Christine Boyd; and two sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Dwain Spruiell and wife Cathy and Don Spruiell and wife Lavada, all of Dawson, and Bobby Spruiell and wife Phyllis of Garland; daughter, Patsy Elmore and husband Johnny of Conroe; sisters, Mae Osburn and Sue Comer, both of Dawson; grandchildren, Ricky Spruiell, Pam Spruiell, Carey Spruiell, Hillary Elmore Shepperd and husband Jason, and Jeremy Elmore and wife Anna; and great-grandchildren, Christopher, Lauren and Michael Spruiell, Christopher and Jennifer Boyd, and Logan Shepperd.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Dawson Building Fund.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Viola Hoffman

Viola Hoffman, 91, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Twilight Nursing Home. Graveside services were 10:30 a.m. today at Brother Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ethel (Pattison) Allen
Oct 25, 1909 - Sep 16, 2003

Ethel Pattison Allen, wife of the late Sam H. Allen, formerly of Emhouse passed away recently. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

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Shirley R.  (Simmons) Spain
May 16, 1936 - Sep 16, 2003

Shirley Spain

Shirley Spain, 67, of Dawson, our beloved mother and Grannie, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Hubbard with the Rev. Art Clodfelter and the Rev. Bob Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her father, J. B. Simmons; two brothers, Jimmie and Herbie Simmons; and a son-in-law, Bubba Davis.

Mrs. Spain is survived by her husband of 51 years, Warren Spain of Dawson; her mother, Bonnie Simmons of Waxahachie; two daughters, Brenda Davis of Longview and Patti Claxton and husband Larry of Moore, Okla.; a son, Doug Spain and wife Jennifer of Dawson; nine grandchildren, Brandi and Cory Mikles, Cristina Davis, Matt and Cari Claxton and Justin, Jerred, Jalyn and Jade Spain; two great-grandchildren, Bailee and Bethany Mikles; and one brother, Ronald Simmons of Kingwood.

Pallbearers will be Victor Walther, Scotty Anderson, Hugh Warren, James Jackson, Cliff Spain and Jamie Stone.

Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Claxton, Justin Spain and Jerred Spain.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Larry G. Lewis
Jan 12, 1934 - Sep 17, 2003

Larry G. Lewis, 69, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at New Pursley Cemetery.

Mr. Lewis was born Jan. 12, 1934 in Frost. He was a Korean veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Lewis is survived by his sons, Jeffery Glenn Lewis of Weatherford and Kenneth Darrell Lewis of Purdon; daughters, Vicky Jones of Haltom City and Jenny Looney of Fort Worth; sister, Louise Lee of Fort Worth; brother, Wendell Lewis of North Carolina; ex-wife, Mary Lewis of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Robin Gee
Dec 1, 1960 - Sep 17, 2003

Robin Gee, 42, of Houston and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, in Houston. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Todd Harris officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Robin Gee

Robin Gee, 42, of Houston and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, in Houston.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Todd Harris officiating.

Mrs. Gee was born Dec. 1, 1960, in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Byron Gee; daughters, Rachel Gee and Rebecca Gee; mother and father, Tom and George Ann Lambert; sister, Dyan McCurdy; and mother-in-law, Jean Gee.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Tom Berton Washburn
Nov 28, 1915 - Sep 17, 2003

Tom B. Washburn

Tom B. Washburn, 87, of Kerens passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at Kerens Care Center.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating and the Rev. Van Houser assisting. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ira Ney Frost, Jimmy Phillips, Oscar Chrisman, R.H. Hilliard, Richard Roberts and Phil Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church and masons of Relief Lodge No. 236.

Mr. Washburn was born Nov. 28, 1915, in Corpus Christi. He was retired from Texas Power & Light of 41 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Dovie Washburn of Kerens; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Pat Washburn of Hurst; grandson, Tom B. Washburn of Bedford; granddaughters, Jill McClough of Grapevine and Amy Ybarra of Bedford; great-granddaughters, Madalyn McClough and Brenda McClough, both of Grapevine, and Emily Washburn of Bedford; sisters, Mrs. I.R. Mitchell of Balch Springs, Mrs. Elise McDowell of Kerens and Mrs. Shirlie Ferrell of Corpus Christi.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Linda Faye (Marr) Allred
Apr 18, 1941 - Sep 19, 2003

Linda Faye (Marr) Allred, 62, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Webb and Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Marr, David Allred, Steve Allred, Scott Allred, Bobby Carpenter and Joe Carpenter.

Mrs. Allred was born April 18, 1941 in Corsicana to Clyde and Julie Marr. Known for her love of Christ, Linda was a member of Northside Baptist Church for 38 years, attending Community Bible Study and sharing her witness at every opportunity. Linda was the owner and operator of The Children's Shop for 14 years. Her good humor and enthusiasm touched all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by brothers James Marr, Charles Marr and Lawrence Marr.

Survivors include her treasured family, husband of 44 years Curtis Wayne Allred of Corsicana; daughters April Allred of Arlington, Angie Tellman and husband Kenn of Tyler and Adra Tidwell and husband Scott of Corsicana; granddaughters Maddie Tellman of Tyler and Marleigh Tidwell of Corsicana; grandsons Taylor Tellman and Stewart Tellman, both of Tyler, and Spencer Tidwell of Corsicana; and brothers Aubrey Marr of Barry, Donald Marr of Hico and Herman Marr of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Sound System Fund, 2800 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, TX, 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jessica Ann Flores
Oct 27, 1987 - Sep 19, 2003

Jessica Ann Flores, 15, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Anthony Cheek, Rev. Doyle Purifoy and Brother Jerry (Bo) Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be George, Johnathon, Michael and Matthew Willoughby; Clayton Douglas; and Caleb Loftis.

Ms. Flores was born Oct. 27, 1987 in Hillsboro.

Survivors include parents Manuel and Sheila Flores; sisters Victoria, Angela, Elizabeth, Carla and Letecia; grandparents Ruth Robinson, Socorro Tostado and Antonio Flores; and great-grandmother Daisy Spencer.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ida Beatrice Ivy
Jul 19, 1923 - Sep 18, 2003

Ida Beatrice Ivy, 80, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, in Kerens.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jerry McKey and Brother Elmer Trent officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Randal Rose, John Ross, Jody Trent, Stanley Bland, John Gordon and Jay McKey.

Mrs. Ivy was born July 19, 1923, in Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, B. Miller and Ida Adams.

Survivors include her sons, Vern Ivy of Kerens and Nathan Nickerson of New Caney; sisters, Louise Collins and husband Horace of Irving, Doris Dubose and husband Clem of Florida, Carrie Vest of Forney, and Faye Trent and husband Elmer of Corsicana; grandsons, Zachery Nathaniel Ivy of Corsicana and David B. Nickerson of Houston.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Y. M. Putman 
Feb 10, 1926 - Sep 19, 2003

Y. M. Putman, 77, of Navarro Mills passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, in the VA Hospital in Waco.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Blooming Grove Methodist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Speegle officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Gillen, Don Whitten, Jerry Jordon, Josh Putman, Bobby Matthews and Clark Putman.

Mr. Putman was born Feb. 10, 1926, in Navarro Mills to James Rufus Putman and Mary Jewell Lewis Putman. He served in World War II in the United States Navy. He was a foreman for Shell Oil Company for 33 years.

Survivors include his wife, Wylna Putman of Navarro Mills; daughter, Charlotte Putman Larson and husband Alan of Dallas; two grandchildren, Steven Thacker and Maurie and Jim Thacker and Becky; great-grandchildren, Sydney, Jacob, Baily and Ben; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Blooming Grove United Methodist Church, Payne Springs United Methodist Church of Mabank, or the favorite charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Alice Josephine 'Jo' (Atkinson) Grimmett

Alice Josephine "Jo" Grimmett

Alice Josephine "Jo" Grimmett, beloved wife of Alfred May "Bill" Grimmett passed away Sept. 18, 2003. Jo was loved by all her family and will be dearly missed. She was the daughter of early Pasadena (Genoa area) settlers Delbert Ellsworth Atkinson and Josephine Thurman Atkinson.

In addition to her parents, Jo is preceded in death by brothers Delbert Leroy Atkinson, Urvine "Doc" Goddard Atkinson, Melvin "Tex" Hewitt Atkinson, Willard Atkinson; sister Vida Nadine Pursell; sister-in-law Helen Sanders and brother-in-law Eugene Grimmett.

Jo began her career at Hughes Tool where she worked for 23 1/2 years as an executive secretary. She was a key volunteer for local political campaigns and was a member of Pasadena Boulevard United Methodist Church.

Each year Jo hosted a large Christmas gathering for family, extended family and friends. In addition, she was a superb cook and seamstress.

Left to cherish Jo's memories are her husband Bill of 39 years; brother Vernon Thurman Atkinson and wife Mildred of Pasadena and Amarillo; brother-in-law James W. Grimmett and wife Virginia of San Antonio; brother-in-law Richard C. Grimmett and wife Evelyn of Austin; brother-in-law Henry A. Grimmett of San Antonio; sister-in-law Letha Tanner of San Antonio; sister-in-law Mary Atkinson of Round Rock and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Sept. 21, 2003, at Pasadena Funeral Chapel, 2203 Pasadena Blvd., Pasadena, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Forest Park Lawndale, 6900 Lawndale Ave., Houston, Texas, with the Rev. Bob Lowe officiating. Pallbearers will be Jo's nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Pasadena Funeral Chapel, Pasadena.

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JoAnn Michelle Grmela

JoAnn Michelle Grmela, 53, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital. No services are planned. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Kathy Marie Roller
Nov 4, 1975 - Sep 19, 2003

Kathy Marie Roller, 27, of Roane passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2003 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paschal Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Moody and Rev. Wilfred Roller officiating. Cremation has been chosen.

Mrs. Roller was born Nov. 4, 1975 in Dallas.

Survivors include husband Mark Roller of Powell; son Nathan Roller of Powell; stepson Mark T. Roller of Waco; stepdaughters Lana Downes of Jackson, Tenn. and Kimberly Roller of Arlington; stepgrandchildren Michael, Naomi and Audrey Downes, all of Jackson, Tenn.; brothers Michael Caron of New Mexico and Chris Carson of Chicago; sisters Misty Crocker of Waco and Kristie Kress of Powell; grandparents Bessie and John Johnston of Trinidad and Helen Lubbers of Illinois; and great-grandparents Willie and Grady McQuary of Trinidad.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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9/21/2003 Business owner, 1 other killed in crash

From Staff Reports

An evening traffic accident left two women dead Friday, including downtown business owner Linda Allred.

Linda Marie Roller, 27 of Powell, who was in a second vehicle with her husband Mark Wilfred Roller, was also killed.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety report, Allred and her husband, Curtis Wayne Allred, had just checked their mail, and were backing up -- moving in the wrong direction -- on FM 3041 partially in the westbound lane in their 2002 Ford Explorer. The Rollers, in a Ford Escort station wagon, were traveling westbound and saw the headlamps of the Explorer.

Mark Roller took evasive action, the report said, toward the north ditch off westbound FM 3041, while the Allreds -- after seeing the Escort's headlamps -- accelerated northbound into a private drive to try and avoid the Escort.

The Roller's vehicle struck the eastside culvert and then hit the Explorer, which was in the driveway. The Rollers did attempt evasive action back toward the roadway, the DPS said.

Both cars came to a rest west of the drive.

Allred was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Donna Murray, and her body was taken to the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Allred owned and operated The Children's Shop in Corsicana for 14 years. She is survived by her husband, three children and five grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home will host two separate visitations for Allred today, and funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday at Northside Baptist Church.

Kathy Roller was flown to Waco Hillcrest hospital by Critical Air, were she was pronounced dead. Services are pending with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Both Curtis Allred and Mark Roller were taken to Navarro Regional Hospital.

All four people were wearing seatbelts.

DPS Trooper John Cabano investigated the accident and was assisted by Trooper Carlon Stapleton. The Navarro County Sheriff's Office, Corsicana Fire Department, Rice Volunteer Fire Department and Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department assisted.


Jerry Lynn Bonner
Jul 15, 1939 - Sep 17, 2003

Jerry Lynn Bonner, 64, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, in Tyler.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Robert Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy Gene Sikes, Ronald Sikes, Elvin Sikes, Ronnie Threet, Mike Simmington and James Stewart.

Mr. Bonner was born July 15, 1939, in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Lucille Bonner; daughter, Janet Threet; parents, George and Thelma Bolen; father, Felix Bonner; and grandson, Brandon Walker.

Survivors include his daughters, George Ann Deweese and Jerri Lynn Bonner, both of Arlington; sons, James Nutt of Irving and Robbie Walker of Corsicana; sister, Glenda Bonner of Mesquite; stepmother, June Bonner of Mesquite; and eight grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lucy Ponder
Jun 28, 1909 - Sep 18, 2003

Lucy (Hughes) Ponder, 94, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Frost Baptist Church with Rev. Buford Stockard officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Ms. Hughes was born June 28, 1909 to David A. and Lucy Hughes Ponder in Frost.

She was preceded in death by brothers Henry, Freeman, Grady, Coleman, Knox, Johnny and Dave Ponder; and sisters Nora Bryant and Cora Wooley.

Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ida Lee Mosley

Ida Lee Mosley, 83, passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Services will be 1 p.m. today at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Louisa (Carr) Gowan 

November 24, 1919

Died at Hester

Had Been Resident of Navarro County Forty Years

Mrs. Louisa Gowan, aged seventy-nine years, died at the home of her son, T. I. Gowan, at Hester at 6 o’clock this morning after a long illness and the remains will be interred at Chatfield tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Rev. D. U. Langston officiating.  The deceased is survived by  these children:  M. Gowan, Powell; T. I. Gowan, Hester; R. H. and J. O. Gowan, Gorman; Mrs. J. B. Evans, Dallas; Mrs. C. L. Thomas, Crisp; Henry Gowan, Lawton, Oklahoma; and A. G. Gowan of Eastland.

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John Forsythe Parker 

OBITUARY MOVED TO JOHN FORSYTHE PARKER BIOGRAPHY PAGE


Sarah Jane (Ruffin) Parker

OBITUARY MOVED TO JOHN FORSYTHE PARKER BIOGRAPHY PAGE


Roy Charles Hughes
Jul 20, 1920 - Sep 21, 2003

Roy Charles Hughes, 83, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Hale and Dr. Bob Webb officiating. Interment will follow atResthaven Memorial Park.

Mr. Hughes was born July 20, 1920 to Archie C. and Agnes Jaynes Hughes in Waco. He served in the United States Army inWorld War II with the 36th Division in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church since 1948 and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by brother Walter Hughes and sister Roseland Hughes.

Survivors include wife of 63 years Virginia Hughes of Corsicana; sons Dr. Ronald Hughes and wife Donna of Hickory Creek and Randell Hughes of Corsicana; granddaughter Jennifer Fredrick of Denton; great-grandchildren Amber, Christian and Laurel; brother Reginald Hughes of Waco; sisters Alice Dixon of Waco and Estelle Dawson of Waco; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alma A. (DeHay) Jones
Jan 25, 1910 - Sep 9, 2003

Services for Alma Jones, 93, of Corsicana are pending with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Ms. Jones passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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Alma A. Jones

Alma A. Jones, 93, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jake Tucker officiating and the Rev. Tommie Hayes assisting. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Jones was born Jan. 25, 1910, in Grimes County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Seth Jones; son, Seth Jones Jr.; sister, Josie Seib; and brother, Regie DeHay.

Survivors include her daughters, Dorothy Carroll and husband John of Fort Worth, Frances Baker and husband Clyde of Malakoff, Virginia Avant of Waco and Carol Ann Wilbanks of Corsicana; sons, Jerry Jones and wife P. J., Frank Jones and wife Wanza, and Elton Jones and wife Joan, all of Corsicana, Paul Jones and wife Karen of Fort Worth, and Jeff Jones and wife Barbara Jones of Missouri; sisters, Frances Phillips and Mildred Eads; brother, Don DeHay; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Michael Ray (Puski Wayne) Branam
Sep 23, 1958 - Apr 14, 1990

Micheal Ray Branam aka - Puski Wayne


Michael Branam
Michael Ray (Puski Wayne) Branam, 31, of Corsicana, died April 14, 1990, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Dr. David Hale and Ray Elder will officiate. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Branam, Jr. of Corsicana; one brother, Bradley Joe Branam of Corsicana; one sister, Vicki Richardson of Corsicana; one niece, Holly Richardson of Corsicana; and two nephews, Kyle Richardson and Jared Branam, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Joey Kormos, Sandy Barlow, Charles Knott, Billy Thomas, Anthony Borsellino and Robert Campbell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Branam and David Milam.

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Plony Ann (Couch) Hatley
Oct 31, 1891 - Dec 16, 1987

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Mettie (Harris) Polk
Jan 11, 1904 - Sep 22, 2003

Mettie Harris Polk, 99, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 at Twilight Nursing Home.

Services will be noon Saturday at Pleasant Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Fort Worth with Rev. Robert Sanders officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Midlothian.

Pallbearers will be Micah Donaldson, Lynn Walters, Joseph Elias, Billy Watts, Robert Campbell, Fred Elmore, Kenneth Walters, Everett Polk Jr. and Joshua P. Black.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the pleasant Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.

Mrs. Polk was born Jan. 11, 1904 in Naples, Texas. She was a member of Pleasant Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Fort Worth, where she served in the Senior Choir, church school teacher and as vice president of the Senior Mission & Interfaith Bible Class.

She was preceded in death her parents; husband Frank Polk; one brother; two sisters; and sons Frank Polk Jr. and Harris Odell Polk.

Survivors include daughters Katherine Watts, Jean Black (Wardell) and Bertha Ford, all of Corsicana, and Velma Thomas and Vinie Elias; son Vess Polk (Henrietta) of Corsicana; 30 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; two nieces, Bernice and Peggy; nephew Johnny Lee Carter; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Wanda (Heine) Bradley
Nov 23, 1931 - Sep 24, 2003

Wanda (Heine) Bradley, 71, of Corsicana passed away Sept. 24, 2003 at her residence.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marl Luera officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Stanton, Keith Stanton, Terry Stanton and Justin Stanton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Texas State Troopers.

Mrs. Bradley was born Nov. 23, 1931 in Waxahachie to Loyd Heine and Ruby Graham Heine. She was a nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Bradley in 1995, and son-in-law Norm Holland.

Survivors include daughter Dwana Holland of Ovilla; grandchildren Ashley Holland and Bradley Holland; sister Nelma and Wade Stanton of Ovilla; three nephews; two great-nephews; three great-nieces; and a host of cousins and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Pearl Virginia (Pierce) Musick 
Feb 15, 1920 - Sep 22, 2003

Pearl Virginia Musick

Pearl Virginia Musick, 83, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2003 in Bridgeport.

Services were be 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Irish officiating. Interment followed at Rice Cemetery.

Ms. Musick was born Feb. 15, 1920 in Malakoff. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include sister Elizabeth Jarosick of Boswell, Penn.; brothers Frank Pierce of Hobbs, N.M. and Forest Pierce of Odessa; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jessie Mae (Connor) Mills

Jessie Mae (Connor) Mills, 83, of Hubbard passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 in Hubbard. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at Wade Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ralph Lee officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

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Mearlie Dean (Cofield) Johnson
Aug 27, 1937 - Sep 23, 2003

Mearile Dean Johnson, 66, of Mildred passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003 in Alamogordo, N.M.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Eureka Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating.

Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 27, 1937 in Ennis to Benny Cofield and Irene Vise Cofield. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a son, Brian Johnson, and her parents.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, C. W. Johnson of Mildred; sons and daughter-in-law, Wynn Johnson of Corsicana and Greg and Kim Johnson of Austin; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Lynn Bullard of Arlington and Stacy and Gayle Bean of Mansfield; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Karen Johnson of Grandview; brother and sister-in-law, David and Alice Cofield of Tatum; and sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Keith Weaver of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Isabel (Barlow) Burke
Dec 6, 1901 - Sep 25, 2003

Isabel Burke, 101, passed away Tursday, Sept. 25, 2003 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Post Oak Cemetery with Dr. Robert Young officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ray Carroll, Bob Scott, Harrison Sloan, Abe Stroud and Harvey Villarreal.

Mrs. Burke was born Dec. 6, 1901 in Dallas to Henry and Isabelle Barlow. She grew up in Dallas and was a graduate of Urseline Academy. She met and married Afton Burke. During their lifetime together they were pioneers in Brahman breeding industry. They conducted business in the United States as well as Cuba, Mexico and Central and South Americas. She enjoyed playing bridge, maintaining her cattle and club activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Afton Burke.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Pam Burke of Mabank; granddaughtesr, Susan Wills Burke of Amarillo and Kathryn Zack and husband Pete of Corsicana; and great-grandsons, Tom Zack and Burke Zack, both of Corsicana.

Contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Sgt. J. F. Scott
Jul 3, 1924 - Sep 26, 2003

Sgt. J. F. Scott, 79, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Ferman Carpenter and Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Dycus, Bob Parish, Ray Phillips, James Baird, Charles knott, Ralph Scoggins, Al Fisher, Keith Sykes, Vernon Cook, Clayton Smith, James Sykes and Jim Hodge.

The Texas Department of Public Safety will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Sgt. Scott was born on July 3, 1924, to W. B. Scott and Mary Ann Quinn Scott in Brady and spent his early years in San Saba. He graduated high school in Temple in 1942. He worked over 40 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety. he worked in Wichita Falls, Quanah, Waco and he retired after 30 years as Sargeant from Corsicana. Sgt. Scott was a Mason and was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife and high school sweetheart Jimm Ann (Harvey) Scott, daughter Cindy Ann (Scott) Schnitzius, his parents and his sister Billie Marie Reese.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Greg and Irma Scott of Conroe; three grandchildren Amy (Scott) and Miachael Ochoa of Montgomery, Cynda (Scott) Rau of The Woodlands and Jason Scott of Conroe; great grandchildren Jacob Scott and Anthony Ochoa; son-in-law Darrell Schnitzius and children Darrell Lee and Brett; brother-in-law Joe McLean of Ft. Worth; sister-in-law Dorothy Hannon of Temple; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends Carroll and Jackie Boswell, Chris and Irwin McGraw, Brenda Barron, Gilda Joyner and Mrs. Ha.A. St. John.

Arrengements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Kealy Lynne Wallace

Services for Kealy Lynne Wallace of Corsicana are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Ms. Wallace passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2003 at her residence.

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Mary Evelyn (Benefield) Ford-Slaughter
Oct 19, 1905 - Sep 29, 2003

Mary Evelyn Ford Slaughter, 97, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home with Dr. Carey Ford and Rev. Glenn Benefield officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmie McCarter, Clark Putman Jr., Eddy Putman, Al Ford, Phil Ford and Oscar McCrory.

Mrs. Slaughter was born Oct. 19, 1905 in New Albany, Miss.

She was preceded in death by husbands Carey Ford Sr. and H.A. 'Dutch' Slaughter; daughter Bobbie Putman; and son Carey Ford Jr.

Survivors include daughters Valero Garner of Corsicana and Pattie McCarter of Purdon; daughter-in-law Louise Ford of Corsicana; grandson Jimmie McCarter of Purdon; granddaughters Bertie Lindeman and husband Bobby of Teague, Barbara Evans and husband Johnny of Garland, Brenda Duncan and husband Dwight of Corsicana, Kathy Tapscott and husband Mark of Mabank and Linda Adams and husband George of Corsicana; grandsons Clark Putman and wife Jeannie of Elm Mott, Eddy Putman and wife Jan of Navarro Mills, Al Ford and wife Tommie of El Campo and Phil Ford and wife Amy of Frisco; 31 great-granchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren; sister Hazel Warner of Mabank; sister-in-law Sue Benefield of Reklaw; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to Purdon Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jeanny (Elkins) Rawls
Jul 21, 1923 - Sep 28, 2003

Jeanny Rawls

Jeanny Rawls, 80, of Ennis, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, in Waxahachie.

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

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home with Rev. Mary Nel Partin officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Les Gregory, Ryan Franks, Rob Rawls, Phil Caldwell, Davis Bentley and Leo Hudson.

Mrs. Rawls was born on July 21, 1923, in Richland. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie in which she was a part of the Fidelis class.

She was preceded in death by son Robert Gordon Rawls, parents Gordon and Gertrude Elkins, brother Van Gordon Elkins and sister Patsy Gregory.

Survivors include husband Robert Rawls of Ennis, son and daughter-in-law Randy and Susan Rawls of Waxahachie, son and daughter-in-law Michael Elkins and Janice Rawls of Rowlett, grandson and wife Robert Andrew and Jana Rawls of Dallas, granddaughter and husband Kim and Ryan Franks of Austin, great granddaughter Sara Rawls of Dallas, great granddaughter Jessica Stibbens of Dallas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Walter P. McCants
May 11, 1927 - Sep 17, 2003

Walter McCants, 76, of Whitewater, Calif. passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003 in Palm Springs. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday atNew Cemetery in Chatfield. He was born May 11, 1927 in Dallas.

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Walter P. McCants

Walter Paschal McCants, 76, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003 in Palm Springs, Calif. after a brief illness. His ashes will be interred at a graveside service to honor his life on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the New Cemetery in Chatfield, Texas.

Walter, son of the late William Asbury and Daisy Walton McCants, was born May 11, 1927, in Dallas, Texas, but spent his boyhood in Corsicana and Chatfield. He and his family eventually moved to Palestine, where he lived until he graduated from high school. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 5 1/2 years and worked as a butler in California for 26 years for notables such as William Powell and Vincent Price.

He loved photography and traveling, his favorite trip being Australia. His best talent was in making friends, for he was a gentle and generous man who gave to everyone.

Walter was a member of the Baha'i Faith.

He is survived by his brother, Jack McCants of Houston; sister, Claire McCants Smith of Dallas; numerous nieces and nephews, and his many friends in California, especially Leo Mancuso of Whitewater, a lifelong friend

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