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Winston Henry Granberry
Jun 21, 1876 - Feb 16, 1928

W. H. Granberry, 51 District Court reporter and priv

ate secretary to William Howard Taft when the later was Governor General of Philippines, died yesterday in Corsicana, Texas - Feb 18, 1928

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February 17, 1928
W. H. Granberry Is Dead
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 17. - W. H. Granberry, 51, district court reporter here, died Thursday night.
Funeral services were conducted at the family home Friday by the Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of the First Methodist Church, following which the body was sent to Richmond, Va., for burial. Mrs. Granberry is survived by his wife, two small children, one brother, Dr. John C. Granberry, professor at Texas Tech, Lubbock, and one sister. He was private secretary to former President W. H. Taft when the latter was Governor General of the Philippines.

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Winston Henry Granberry


Friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Granberry will be pained to learn that Mr. Granberry was taken seriously ill Tuesday evening at his home, 1821 Sycamore. His brother and Mrs. Granberry’s sister have come to be with them.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR COURT REPORTER HELD FRIDAY NIGHT

Funeral services for W. H. Granberry, aged 51 years, court reporter of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court, who died at his home, 1821 Sycamore avenue Thursday night at 9:30 o’clock following a lingering illness, were held Friday night at 7 o’clock at the residence. The services were conducted by Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of the First Methodist church.

A change in the plans was made and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery here Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock instead of forwarding the body to Richmond, Va., his old home, for interment. A short service was conducted at the cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Granberry lived in Waco prior to moving to Corsicana and was court reporter in Judge Richard I. Munroe’s court there. He was private secretary to Wm. H. Taft when he was governor-general of the Philippines and had travelled in the principal nations of the world.

Surviving are his wife, two small children, one brother, Dr. John C. Granberry, professor in Texas Tech, Lubbock; one sister who resides in Brazil and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dr. J. Wilson David, J. H. Scarborough, J. H. Bryant, J. R. Griffin, Beauford H. Jester, El J. Gibson, Norris Lovett, W. A. Tarver and J. H. Halbert.

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Benny Clyde Thomason
Jan 1, 1930 - Jan 10, 1995

HALTOM CITY - Benny C. "Tommy" Thomason, 65, a retired police officer, died Tuesday at a North Richland Hills Hospital.

Cryptside service: 1 p.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Mausoleum.  Visitation: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Lucas Funeral Home on North Sylvania.  Mr. Thomason was born in Frost in Navarro County and came to the Fort Worth area in 1940.  He served in the Army during the Korean War.  He was a member of Oak Knoll Baptist Church and had a degree in law enforcement from Tarrant County Junior College.  Survivors: Wife Essie Thomason of Haltom City; sister, Gerry Belew [BALLEW] of Waxahachie; and mother, Ora Thomason of Waxahachie.

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  • The Fort Worth Star Telegram - Jan 12, 1995, pg 22-23
  • Benny Clyde Thomason, son of Clyde Elbert Thomason & Ora Corilla (Gill) Thomason
  • Submitted by Mary Frances McGhee
  • Added to www.findagrave.com

Annie Louise (Harris) Rogers

Going Home Celebration for Annie Louise Rogers  

Obituary

Louise Rogers was born on September 06, 1933 in Corsicana, Texas. Her father, the late Brother L. C. Harris, minister of the Sherman Street Church of Christ until his death (1996), he was among the first S.W.C.C students (1949).  Her mother, the beloved Arletta Harris remained faithful to the church until her death in 1996.  She married Bell Vearn Rogers on March 09, 1959 in Longview Texas.  The couple moved to California in 1960.  As a result of their marriage, the couple was blessed with six children.  She was the Director/Owner of Little Moppets Day Care, a state licensed facility established by herself and her husband in 1970 in Compton, California.  A teacher of education from 1973 to 1997, serving as a special education teacher for the deaf at CSDR in Riverside, CA. In 1996, Mrs. Rogers was a teacher/counselor and employed with the Moreno Valley Unified School district as a Liaison/Consultant serving both students and parents.  She was a representative for the Recognition Committee, the United Way for the Moreno Valley Unified School District, and a member of the National Education Association.  Mrs. Rogers worshipped several years with the Perris and Magnolia Center Church of Christ; she was also a member with the Perris singers.  Mrs. Rogers contributed her love for people, devotion for children, and dedication to God to her beloved parents.  Children and adults alike knew her for her untiring devotion to ministering to children and often affectionately referred to as mom and grandma.

Survivors include husband Bell Vearn Rogers Sr. of Moreno Valley, CA, and six children Bell Vearn Rogers Jr. of Las Vegas, NV, Caesar Rogers of Sacramento, CA, Tamisa Rogers of Las Vegas, NV, Richard Rogers of Dallas, Oregon, Sonja Baber of San Bernardino, CA, Marcus Rogers of Brooklyn, NY, 13 grandchildren, one great grandchild and cousin, Ora Lee Franklin of Seattle, WA. Her granddaughter Jasmine Rogers, Her mother Arletta Harris, father minister Louis C Harris, aunt Annie Wilson, aunt Zenobia Dodd, aunt Jewell Stephenson  preceded her in death.   

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  • Annie Louise Harris Rogers, a native Texan, graduate of I.M. Terrell High School, Forth Worth, Texas: Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas, AA degree: Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, BA degree: University of California-Riverside Extension, Riverside, California. In 1943, Louise received  first  place in a music audition for Juliard School of Music  in New York City.  She received a CDA credential in 1982 making her the eleventh thousandth recipient in the USA to this profession.  A 1954 graduate of SWCC, Louise served as assistant to the music instructor for the college. She holds the distinction of being the first music education graduate and writer of the original school song “When I Grow Too Old To Dream”.  In college Louise was on the dean list and valedictorian of her class.  In 1998 Mrs. Rogers was honored at Southwestern Christian College for her contribution in the development of SWCC school song. Mrs. Rogers was a lifetime member and Parliamentarian of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc-Moreno Valley Section.  In November 2000 she received a certificate of excellence award for her outstanding commitment to this organization.   
    Mrs. Rogers said I am thankful to God for blessing me with parents that loved the Lord wholeheartedly and for providing me an opportunity to receive a Christian education first, which was a very vital foundation in my life.  To God be the Glory.

Alma E. (Crenshaw) Burleson

Alma E. Burleson

Graveside services for Alma E. Burleson of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Prairie Haven Cemetery with the Rev. Leon Green officiating. Services are under the direction of Duncan-May Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 1-4 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Burleson, 93, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Hobbs. She was born Aug. 4, 1919, in Corsicana, Texas. She married Frank H. Burleson in Corsicana in 1937. Mrs. Burleson had lived in Hobbs since 1942. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Sharp of Hobbs and Sue Russell of Nipton, Calif.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 13, 1980; two brothers; four sisters; one son; her parents, Thomas and Virginia Crenshaw; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons - 9/1/03


Priscilla C. (Baum) Stringer 
Nov 20, 1919 - Aug 12, 2003

Priscilla Camille Stringer

Priscilla Camille Stringer, 83, of 391 Riverside Dr., Luray, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003.

Mrs. Stringer was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Corsicana, Texas, and was the daughter of the late George Frederick Baum and Priscilla Camille Hartzell Baum.

She graduated from the University of Texas and was a homemaker.

Her husband, John Dillon Stringer, preceded her in death Sept. 29, 2001.

She is survived by a son, John Dillon Stringer Jr. of Charlotte Hall, Md.; four daughters, Georganna S. Finn of Durwood, Md., J. Hartzell Stringer of Luray, Priscilla Camille Sturm of Olney, Md., and Suzanne S. Bryson of Cashtown, Pa.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pastor Christopher Lemme will conduct a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Our Lady of the Valley Church. Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray


JIMMIE J. HARRIS

NEW BEDFORD -- Jimmie J. Harris, 72, of Birchwood Drive died at home, surrounded by his family, Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, after an illness. He was the husband of Rose P. (Aguiar) Harris; they were married 49 years.

Born in Corsicana, Texas, the son of the late Claude V. and Mamie (Bryant) Harris, he lived in the New Bedford area more than 35 years. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Mr. Harris was a state correctional officer at the Bridgewater Correctional Facility for 32 years; he retired in 1993.

He served in the Army and Coast Guard during the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6643 in Freetown, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in New Bedford and the Association of Massachusetts Retired Correction Officers.

He was a bass drummer and member of the Southeastern Pipe Band Association, the Roger Williams University Pipe & Drum Corps and a former member of the Highland Light Fife & Drum of Cape Cod.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Kathleen M. Sullivan of South Dartmouth; a brother, Claude V. Harris Jr. of Madison, Miss.; a sister, M. Claudine Price of Fleming, N.J.; two grandchildren, Haley Rose Sullivan and William "Will" S. Sullivan III; two nephews and a niece, David M. Price, Richard J. Price and Claudine R. Price.

His funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at First Church of the Nazarene.

Burial will be in Veterans National Cemetery, Bourne.

Arrangements are by the Dartmouth Funeral Home of Waring-Sullivan, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth.


Cosby E. Steen
Oct 25, 1925 - Sep 22, 1998

Cosby E. Steen

Memorial services for Cosby E. Steen, 72, former Corsicana resident and Emhouse native, were held in Seattle, Wash. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, with interment in the National Cemetery in Seattle.

A 1943 graduate of Corsicana High School, he graduated from Texas A&M following service in the Army Air Corps during WWII. After employment as an engineer with the Texas Highway Department and the Alaska Highway Department, he served as Highway Commissioner for the State of Alaska from 1968-1970.

He was born in Emhouse on Oct. 25, 1925 to E. I. and Maggie P. Steen. He is survived by his wife, Betty; one son, David Steen of Seattle; two daughters, Dana Buss of Seattle and Angela McPherson of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Joe Steen of California; several grandchildren; and Corsicana relatives.

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Samuel Edgar White, Jr. 
Dec 30, 1923 - Sep 21, 1998

Samuel Edgar White, Jr.

Samuel Edgar White, Jr., 74, of Irving, passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at Ryburn Nursing Center.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at Richland Cemetery, with Rev. Jimmy D. Capehart officiating.

Mr. White was born in Navarro County on Dec. 30, 1923. He was a member of Braniff Retirees Club.

Mr. White is survived by his wife, Kathleen White of Irving; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Richard Hayden of Mesquite; brother, Charles A. White of Carrollton; grandson, Mark Hayden of Mesquite; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer Research, U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, 75235.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Eva Blanche Claridge
Aug 1, 1906 - Jan 5, 1998

Eva Blanche Claridge

Eva Blanche Claridge, 91, of Ft. Worth, died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, in Tarrant County.

Services were 10 a.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield, with Bro. Ed Ridge officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Freestone County.

Mrs. Claridge was born in Freestone County on Aug. 1, 1906. She was a member of Cherry Lane Baptist Church in Ft. Worth.

Mrs. Claridge is survived by her sons, J. W. Claridge and Travis Claridge, both of Ft. Worth; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brothers, Alton Hughes of Fairfield, Finis Hughes of Mabank; sisters, Velma Casey and Ruby Missildine, both of Fairfield.

Mrs. Claridge was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Claridge and one son, Davis Claridge.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lois (Bueltman) Delgman
Nov 13, 1917 - Jan 4, 1998

Lois Bueltman Delgman

Lois Bueltman Delgman, 80, of Natchez, Miss., died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, at her residence.

Services were 11 a.m. today at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Natchez, with Rev. Walter Brown officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Ricky Warren, Pat Powers, Audley Case, Tony Burke, Freddie Voss, and Tome Bailey. Honorary pallbearers were Peter Burns, Sr., David Armstrong and Fil Lackey.

Mrs. Delgman was born in St. Louis, Mo. on Nov. 13, 1917 to Ernst and Mae Bueltman. She was a retired dietary clerk. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Delgman is survived by her daughters, Barbara Frye of Natchez, Miss., Mary Hunter of Dimmitt; grandsons, Timothy and Samuel Frye of Natchez, and Patrick and Sean Hunter of Dimmitt.

Family request donations be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Development Fund or to Trinity Episcopal Day School Endowment Fund, 321 Hwy. 61 South, Natchez Miss.

Arrangements by Reynolds-Malatesta Funeral Home, Natchez.

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Powell Fletcher Willard
Oct 4, 1913 - Jan 5, 1998

Powell Fletcher Willard

Powell Fletcher Willard, 84, of Dawson, died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, at his residence.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard, with Chaplain Walter Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Terry Dickinson, David Dickinson, Tom Devlin, Ken Taylor, Troy Scott and Douglas R. Scott.

Mr. Willard was born in Fairfield on Oct. 4, 1913. He was raised in Fairfield and had lived most of his life in Waco and Dawson. He was served as a corporal in the Army during World War II. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Lee-Lockwood Masonic Lodge in Waco.

Mr. Willard is survived by his wife, Alcye Branham Willard; daughter, Bobbie Jean Hackfeld of McGregor; sisters, Eloise Brackeen and Helen Mayes, both of Dawson; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Billie Lou Allbritton
Dec 8, 1924 - Jan 9, 1999

Billie Lou Albritton

Billie Lou Allbritton, 74, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Allbritton was born Dec 8, 1924 at Sulphur Bluff, Texas. She worked as the daytime hostess for Old Mexican Inn for the past 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Barney E. Allbritton.

Mrs. Allbritton is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Barney E. and Gail Allbritton, Danny M. Allbritton, and Tommy L. Allbritton, all of Corsicana; a grandson, Brian Allbritton of Corsicana; three granddaughters, Chris Brown of Fairfield and Stacey Owens and Shelly Sawyer, both of Corsicana; and a great-grandson, Skylar Allbritton of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Coy Taylor Clay, Sr.
Oct 7, 1905 - Jan 3, 1998

Coy Taylor Clay, Sr.

Coy Taylor Clay, Sr., 92, of Corsicana died Jan. 3, 1998 in Corsicana.

Services were 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Bill Thompson of Trinity Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Leslie Patterson, Lee Hodge, Doyle Parker, J.C. Warner, Truman Adams, and Clyde Smith.

Mr. Clay was born in Cayuga on Oct. 7, 1905. He was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church in which he served as a deacon. He was also a Boy Scout Leader for many years.

Mr. Clay is survived by his wife of 72 years, Minnie Lou Clay; sons and daughters-in-law, Chester R. and Joyce Clay of Mabank, Coy T. Jr. and Rosemary Clay of St. Petersburg, Fla.; granddaughters and their husbands, Barbara and Billy Cole of Roane, Donna and Lewis Picone of Corsicana, grandson, Kenneth Paisley of Florida; great grandchildren, Billy Cole, Jr. of Kerens, Brandi Picone of Marshall, Jaclyn Coston of Corsicana, Alexis Paisley of Florida; great great grandchild, Matthew haven Cole of Kerens; sisters, Mable Dickson of Lamar, Alice Brinkley of Ennis and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Linda Joyce (Brittain) Rogers
Jul 11, 1947 - Jan 5, 1998

Linda Joyce Brittain Rogers

Linda Joyce Brittain Rogers, 50, on Mountainview, Mo., died Monday, Jan. 5, 1998, at her residence.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Rogers was born July 11, 1947.

Mrs. Rogers is survived by her husband, Dan Rogers of Mountainview, Mo.; son, Jeff Rogers of Nash; daughters, Jennifer Osburn of Logan, Ohio, Julie Montez of Texarkana; two grandchildren; mother, Kathryn Brittain of Corsicana; and brother, Jim Brittain of Hutchins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Sonola M. Johnson
Jan 1, 1912 - Jan 3, 1998


Sonola M. Johnson

Sonola M. Johnson, 86, of Corsicana died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at Columbia Medical City of Lancaster.

Services were 12 noon today at Calvary Baptist Church in Corsicana, with Rev. Vernon Cook officiating. Burial followed at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joel Leach, Cedric Fields, Aaron Butler, Fred Smith, Korin Kitchen, and Jimmy Perry. Honorary pallbearers were George Perry, Sr., Willie Wilson, Walter Butler, Rev. George Perry, Windell Smith, and Dwayne Evans.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Eureka on Jan. 1, 1912. She was former member of Shilo Baptist Church in Eureka. After moving to Corsicana she united with Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church where she served in the choir, missions, YWA and Mother's Board.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, J. L. Johnson; seven children, Janie Perry of Corsicana, Fannie Holman of Dallas, Jesswillard Johnson of Topeka, Kan., Morris Johnson of Huntsville, Charles Johnson of Dallas, Margaret Butler of Lufkin, Linda Brown of Dallas; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; eight great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by five children, parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Lillye Florence (Perkins) Thompson
Feb 11, 1909 - Jan 6, 1998

Lillye Florence Perkins Thompson

Lillye Florence Perkins Thompson, 87 of Corsicana, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, at Rembrandt Center.

Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Bill Honea officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Lowell Thompson, Brent Thompson, Mike Thompson, Darrell Thompson, James Kelley, Leon Crawford and Bill Roughton.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Groesbeck on Feb. 11, 1909.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Paulette Thompson of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Ozelle and Branch Dickey of Edna; grandchildren, Lowell, Brent and Darrell Thompson; five great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary Lou Didear
Jul 31, 1929 - Jan 4, 1998


Mary Lou Didear

Mary Lou Didear, 72, of Streetman, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 1998, in Fairfield.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield, with Rev. Connally Dugger of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana officiating. Burial will follow at Birdston Cemetery in Freestone County.

Mrs. Didear was born in Chicago, Ill. on July 31, 1929. She was a homemaker and an alumni of Texas Women's University. She was a Protestant.

Mrs. Didear is survived by her husband, Nowell Didear of Streetman; daughter, Diane L. Rowan of Royce City; sons, Newell Lynn Didear of Sheridan, Ore., Donald Pat Didear of Pasadena, Calif., David A. Didear of Streetman, James Edward Didear of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, Robert Jordahl of Lake Charles, La., and a sister, Marjorie Peeler of San Antonio.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield.

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James William Cummings
Sep 9, 1998 - Jan 8, 1999

Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan. 10 1999

James William Cummings

James William Cummings, 3 months, 29 days, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 1999, at Navarro Regional Hospital

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, with Doyle Purifoy officiating.

He was born in Dallas on Sept. 9, 1998

He is survived by his mother, Debbie Bray of Corsicana; step father, Roman Campoz of Corsicana; sister, Amy Murray of Corsicana; brother-in-law, Billy Murray of Corsicana; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William L. Smith of Navarro Mills; nieces, Lisa and Shelee Murray at Corsicana; and a number of aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Isiah Johnson, Jr.
Jul 30, 1933 - Jan 6, 1999

Isiah Johnson, Jr.

Isiah Johnson, Jr., 65, of Malakoff passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Viewing and visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 409 Walker St., Malakoff.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Malakoff, with the Rev. Robert C. Hodge officiating. Interment will follow at Steen Cemetery in Malakoff with full military honors.

Pallbearers will be Military Honor Guard.

Mr. Johnson was born in Malakoff on July 30, 1933. He retired from the United States Army after 26 years of service.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Verna Mae Johnson of Malakoff; sons, Bobby Ray Hall of Malakoff, Earnest L. Carroll of Eatontown, N.J., and Leonard Sherwood Hall and wife Margie of Tyler; grandchildren, Trena, Armard, Rashard, Keisha, Verna, Nicholas and Johnathan; great-granddaughter, Samardrea; sister, Sammie Ethel Wheatley and husband Alfred of Dallas; uncles, Hurley Anderson and Rev. Carl E. Anderson Sr., both of Malakoff; three nieces, one nephew, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Travis Brown Sr.
Sep 19, 1915 - Jan 7, 1999

Travis Brown Sr.

Travis Brown Sr., 83, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 1999, in Corsicana.

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

Pallbearers will be Bob Beekley, David Lowe, Fred Southard, Jerrod Southard, Roland Southard and Charles Wilson.

Mr. Brown was born in Emhouse on Sept. 19, 1915.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Janie Mae Brown of Corsicana; sons, Travis Brown Jr. and wife Teresa of the Woodlands, and Joe Ketchum and wife Flo of Dallas; brothers, Oren Brown and Woodrow Brown, both of Corsicana; sister, Lucille Wynn of Conway, Ark.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Clifford Horace "Bunk" Goines
Aug 28, 1915 - Jan 9, 1999

Bunk Goines

Bunk Goines, 83, of Kerens passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999 at Terrell Medical Center in Terrell.

Visitation is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Shannon Trent officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Mr. Goines was born Aug. 28, 1915 in Kerens.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Goines of Kerens; a son, Sonny Goines of Kerens; three daughters, Carol Warner of Arlington and Patsy Hawkins and Rita Drain both of Kerens; a sister, Ruth Goines of Kerens; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Eric Franks, Kraig Hawkins, Mark Drain, Tim Drain, Paul Drain, and Larry Warren.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Sue (Sumner) Messenger
Jul 11, 1938 - Jan 26, 1996


Sue Messenger

Sue Messenger, 57, of Corsicana, died Jan. 26, 1996, in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 1996, at Corley Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the B.M.A. Dialysis Center, 501 N. 40th St., Corsicana, Texas, 75110.

Mrs. Messenger was born July 11, 1938 in Greenville. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Messenger of Corsicana; her daughters, Melody Ruth Winchester of Plano and Dee Ann Kelley of Cypress, Texas; her sisters, Margo Mansfield of Oklahoma City, Jane Knapp of Montiego, Calif., and Beckey Wardlow of Houston; her brothers, Neal Sumner and Andy Sumner of Montiego; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Opalzina (McGriff) Smith
Aug 17, 1930 - Jan 21, 1996

Opalzina McGriff Smith

Opalzina McGriff Smith, 65, of Corsicana died Jan. 21, 1996, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at noon today at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with Rev. A.E. Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Donald C. Eldridge, Larry Brown, Byron Grant, Marcus Hines, Wendell Henderson and Cedric Eldridge.

Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 17, 1930 in Oklahoma City.

She is survived by her children, James G. Smith, Kim Darrell Smith and Aquilla Smith Allen, all of Corsicana, Elisa Smith Robinson and Steve A. Smith, both of Mesquite, Rita Smith Russell of Carrolton and Ricky K. Smith of Richardson; her 20 grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Lazinia Eldridge of Corsicana.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her daughter, Jacklyn Roxanna Smith.

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James Alford Morris
Jun 6, 1944 - Jan 24, 1996

James Alford Morris

James Alford Morris of Mexia, died Jan. 24, 1996, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard, with Rev. Neil Norman officiating. Burial will follow in Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Hihchliffe, Hervey Fredrikson, Louie Barker, Jerry Simmons, Danny Pounder, Cloyce Floyd, Tim Sanders and Buel Hagel.

Mr. Morris was born June 6, 1944 in Oklahoma. He was a resident of Mexia the past seven years and prior to that he lived in Groesbeck. He was a carpenter for R.P.R. Construction in Tyler. He was a military veteran, having served in the Army for four years and the Navy for two. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dawson.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Hillis Morris of Mexia; his sons, Jamie Morris Nall of Alva, Okla. and James Alexander Morris of Mexia; his sister, Wanda Chin of Poteau, Okla., and four nephews.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home.

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Alpha Lee Vosburg
Nov 25, 1896 - Jan 23, 1996


Alpha Lee Vosburg

Alpha Lee Vosburg, 99, of Hubbard, died Jan. 23, 1996, at Oakview Manor Home in Hubbard.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Hubbard's First Methodist Church, with Revs. A. Bailey Duncan and Bill Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Methodist Church, Hubbard.

Mrs. Vosburg was born Nov. 25, 1896 in Hubbard and was a lifelong resident. She farmed and ranched for many years with her husband. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and was in Quilters For Christ and Lord's Acre.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Smith of Waco; and seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Vosburg was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie W. Vosburg July 9, 1972; her son, Woodrow Vosburg June 23, 1979; and her daughter, Sybil Cosburg Anderson.

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Hubert M. Vick
Sep 12, 1905 - Jan 19, 1996


Hubert M. Vick

Hubert M. Vick, 90, died Jan. 18 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be held at 4:30 p.m. today in Myrtle Cemetery, with Rev. Horace Crowder and Harold Scott officiating. Services are under the direction of J. E. Keever Mortuary.

He was born Sept. 12, 1905 in Anderson County, the son of George E. and Josie Whitfield Vick. He was reared in Anderson County where he attended school. On Dec. 1, 1924 he was married to Ruby Mae Gracey of Rogers. After their marriage they lived in LaRue. In 1945, they moved to Ennis where he was a carpenter. Mrs. Vick preceded him in death April 4, 1978. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his son and wife, Hubert, Jr. and Martha Vick of Blooming Grove; his daughters and their husbands, Jessie and Bud Fitzgerald of Corsicana and Jeri and Louis E. Collins of Oakwood, Texas; his nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Garland S. Vick.

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Gerald D. Steward
Feb 29, 1960 - Jan 21, 1996

Gerald D. Steward

Gerald D. Steward, 35, of Dawson, died Jan. 21, 1996, in Dawson.

Services will be held at noon today at First Baptist Church, 407 N. Main, in Dawson, with Rev. C. Swift. Burial will follow in Dawson Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Victor Miller, James Stanford, Willie Goff, H.T. Miller, Floyd Dickson and Charles Carroll.

Mr. Steward was born Feb 29, 1960 in Corsicana. He was a 1979 graduate of Dawson High School and a former employee of Regal Tools. He was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard from Feb. 23, 1982 to Feb. 22, 1990 and was honorably discharged.

He is survived by his mother, Birtha Lee Pullins of Dawson; five brothers, George Steward of Houston, Homer Steward of Santa Ana, Calif., Eddie Steward of Huntington Beach, Calif., Eugene Steward of DeSoto and Morris Craig Steward of Corsicana; six sisters, Ivy Dale Johnson, Alice Box and Ernestine Steward, all of Dallas, Ethel Thompson and Mary Culbert, both of Los Angeles and Lena Johnson of Dallas and Florence Sherman of Morena Valley, Calif. and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Steward was preceded in death by his father, Homer Steward.

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Cleo Milton/Melton (Miles) Baker
Aug 6, 1916 - Nov 23, 1998


Cleo Melton Baker

Cleo Melton Baker, 82, of Kerrville, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at Edgewater Nursing Home in Kerrville.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
She was born in Corsicana on Aug. 6, 1916.
She is survived by her sisters, Katherine Douglas of Kerrville, and Ester Ellis of Rosenburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Joshua Holifield
Jul 31, 1956 - Nov 22, 1998

James Joshua Holifield

James Joshua Holifield, 42, of Dallas, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery, with Father Robert Williams officiating.

Mr. Holifield was born in Liberty on July 31, 1956.

Mr. Holifield is survived by his wife, Mickey Lynn Holifield of Dallas; mother and stepfather, Mary and Buddy Eiliers of Trinity; daughters and son-in-law, Annie Holifield, Dorothy Holifield, Mary and David Jones, all of Livingston La., Janice Holifield of Laurel, Miss., Shauna Holifield of Vancleave, Miss.; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sandra Holifield, Robert W. and Tammy Mayo, all of Sandersville, Miss., James and Gloria Holifield of Ellisville, Miss., brother, Richard Dale Holifield of Trinity; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Dennis Hunt of Hill; 10 grandchildren; stepson, Charles Newkirk of Tulsa, Okla.; and four step grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Virginia Delores "Jennie" (Knott) Morton
Sep 29, 1906 - Nov 23, 1998


Virginia Delores Morton

Virginia Delores Morton, 92, of Garland, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 1998, at Heritage Village Care Center in Richardson.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr. David Hale officiating.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Morton was born in Alabama on Sept. 29, 1906.

Mrs. Morton is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jinx and Donald Walker of Garland; two grandchildren and on great grandchild.

Mrs. Morton was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Morton.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Glenn Henry Cooper
Sep 27, 1913 - Nov 22, 1998

Glenn H. Cooper

Glen H. Cooper, 85, of Kerens, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at his residence.

Graveside services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, with Rev. Dave Alexander officiating.

Mr. Cooper was born in Vanzant, Mo. on Sept. 27, 1913. He was the owner of Cooper's Shoe Store for 48 years.

Mr. Cooper is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mack and Margy Cooper of Kerens; brother, Loyd Cooper of Escondido, Calif.; granddaughter and husband, Heather and Robb Bromley of Greenville, N.C.; grandson and wife, Kent and Monica Cooper of Cisco; and grandson, Zack Cooper of Corsicana.

Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his wife, Elma Cooper; and son, Duane Cooper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Honor Program of the American Cancer Society Navarro Unit, P.O. Box 1236, Corsicana, 75151.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joe Albert Lee - (1903 - 1996)
Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan. 27, 1996


Joe Albert Lee

Joe A. Lee, 92, of Canton, Texas, died Jan. 25, 1996, in Canton.

Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Capps Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Dean Easterling officiating. Burial will follow at Lake Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Lee, Lloyd Green, Buck Bonner, David McAdams, Billy Chappell and Ricky Lee. Honorary pallbearers are Art Pool, Andy Pool, David Robertson, Terry Black, Earnest Black and Darrell Black.

Mr. Lee was born Aug. 14, 1903 in Freestone County. He was retired from the Texas Highway Department and was a member of the Ward Prairie Baptist Church in Fairfield.

Mr. Lee is survived by wife, Maurine Lee of Canton; stepdaughters Billie Robertson and husband Otis of Huntsville; Mary Pool and husband Arthur of Canton and Glenda Black and husband Pete of Houston; sons, Joe Wallace Lee of Waterloo, Ala., Bobby Lee and wife Patsy of Groesbeck; and John David Lee and wife Glenda of Wills Point; sister, Lena Manahan of Fairfield; 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel.

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Essie Fullerton - (1902 - 1996)
Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan. 27, 1996

Essie Fullerton, 93, of Corsicana, died Jan. 26, 1996, in Corsicana.

Graveside services are Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, with Rev. Buddy Pettigrew of First Christian Church officiating.

Mrs. Fullerton was born June 25, 1902 in Thornton. She was a member of First Christian Church.

Mrs. Fullerton is survived by sister, Mrs. Iban Banks of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by husband, Albert Fullerton; Tom Wadford and Helen Wadford.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Vera (Price) Worley 
Oct 20, 1903 - Jan 25, 1996


Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan. 27, 1996

Vera Worley

Vera Worley, 92, of Mesquite, died Jan. 25, 1996, in Mesquite.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, with Dr. David Hale of Northside Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Worley was born Oct. 20, 1903. She is a member of the Baptist church. She was a resident of Mesquite and a former resident of Navarro County.

She is survived by her son, John Worley of Mesquite.

Mrs. Worley was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Worley.

Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Gussie (Roberts) Kirvin - (1908 - 1996)
Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan. 27, 1996


Gussie Roberts Kirvin

Gussie Roberts Kirvin, 87, of Wortham, died Jan. 20, 1996, at Wortham Nursing Center.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Taylor Chapel Church of God in Christ in Wortham, with Elder Tas Betts, Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery in Fairfield. Services are under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Pallbearers will be friends and family.

Mrs. Kirvin was born April 26, 1908, in Fairfield.

She is survived by her sister, Ollie Pearl Roberts of Wortham; her niece, Sharon Dixon of Wortham; and several cousins and friends.

Mrs. Kirvin was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Kirvin.

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Wilbert Wilkes - (1936 - 1996)
Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan. 27, 1996


Wilbert Wilkes

Wilbert Wilkes, 59, of Corsicana, died Jan. 19, 1996, at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Northside Baptist Church, with Pastor David Hale officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Pallbearers will be Tyron Davis, Otis Tolliver, Gregory Cloud, Bobby Davis, Ivory Joe Bell and LeAuthor Hightower.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Riles, Darrin Ellison, Thomas Bartee and Lessie Ellison III.

Mr. Wilkes was born Jan. 29, 1936 in Corsicana. He was employed by the Corsicana Independent School District at Drane Middle School.

He is survived by his wife, Doris J. Wilkes of Corsicana; his brother, James Franklin Wilkes of Los Angeles; his aunt, Jo Ann Allen of Dallas; his brother-in-law, Rev. Lessie J. Ellison, Jr. of Corsicana; four sisters-in-law, Helen bell and Shirley Ellison, both of Corsicana, Carla Wilkes of Dallas and Gladys Wilkes of Oklahoma City.

Mr. Wilkes was preceded in death by his son, Gregory Wilkes.

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Tracy Ann (Stroder) Erickson 

Tracy Stroder Erickson

Tracy Stroder Erickson, 40, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Park Meadows Baptist Church with Pastor David Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Emmett Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ken Stroder, Robert Erickson, Mica Stroder, Richard Ray, James Stroder, Rick Erickson, Scott Fesenden.

Mrs. Erickson was born Oct. 5, 1963, in McAllen. She was a licensed vocational nurse.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ireland Faye Stroder.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Erickson of Corsicana; daughters, Jessica Erickson, Meagan Erickson and Nicole Erickson, all of Corsicana; sons, Ryan Erickson and Jonathan Erickson, both of Corsicana; brothers, Mica Stroder of Oklahoma and James Stroder of Idaho; sister, Renee Stroder of Dallas; and father, Kenneth Stroder of Idaho.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Harold Pritchett

Harold Pritchett, 63, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Benny Horn and the Rev. R.E. Cecil officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Pritchett, Jerry Pritchett, Kenny Berry, Gary Berry, Bobby Coley and Jeff Douglas.

Mr. Pritchett was born March 21, 1940, in Eureka. He worked for the Navarro County Sheriff's Department for 15 years. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church for 16 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kennard Pritchett; and brother, Thomas Pritchett.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Pritchett of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle and Linda Pritchett and Bob and Edie Pritchett, all of Corsicana, and Richard Dean and Angel Pritchett of Fort Worth; daughter, Teresa Burnett of Corsicana; mother, Viola Pritchett of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Gene Berry of Kerens, Rosalee and Charles Coley of Lindale, Janette and Hoyte Parker of Atlanta, Ga., and Joann Warren of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Myrtle Pritchett of Cayuga; grandchildren, Jamey Pritchett, Wray Moore, Michael Moore, Aaron Burnett, Kirk Pritchett, Trevor Burnett, Drew Burnett, Hayden Pritchett, Savannah Pritchett, London Pritchett and Christopher Pritchett; many nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jean (Moore) Tucker

Jean Moore Tucker

Jean Moore Tucker, born July 11, 1943, in Corsicana, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, after a courageous fight with leukemia. She died in Houston. A resident of McKinney, she was a member of Chambersville United Methodist Church and the Hurricane Country Club. She was a loving wife, wonderful mother and grandmother and friend to many.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael E. Varrassi officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eunice Burns; and grandmother, Elva DeArman.

Survivors include her husband, Dwayne Tucker of McKinney; daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Kevin Trosper of Frisco, Wendy and Roger Jolly of Krugerville and Tandi and Jimmy Fougerousse of Little Elm; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Darline Ratliff of Corsicana; numerous nieces and nephews and a big host of friends.

Memorials may be made to Leukemia Research Foundation, 820 Davis St., Suite 420, Evanston, IL 60201.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Hugh Sloan Robinson Sr
Sep 17, 1943 - Nov 15, 2003

Hugh Sloan Robinson, 60, of Rice passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003 in Dallas.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Harold Hines, Kenneth Perry, Charles Knott, David Robinson, Billy Payne and Jim Vaclavik.

Mr. Robinson was born Sept. 17, 1943 in Corsicana. He was a veteran and a member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alex Robinson; sister, Janie Jordan; and nephew, Michael Graham.

Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Kathy Robinson of Rice; mother, Marie Robinson of Rice; daughters and sons-in-law, Roxann Renea Rogers and Travis of Arlington, Michele Marie McIntyre and Curtis of Groton, CT and Elizabeth Robinson of Arlington; son, Hugh Sloan Robinson Jr. of Athens, Greece; grandson, Cody Wayne Rogers of Arlington; niece, Robin and Bryan Bradley of Wortham; cousin, David Robinson of Corsicana; brother-in-law and wife, Steve and Patricia Williams and Corsicana; special friend, Kenneth Perry of Wylie; and numerous other friends and relatives.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Willie Robert McCarter
Feb 27, 1922 - Nov 11, 2003

Willie Robert McCarter, 81, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at Twilight Nursing Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Community Chapel at 223 Avenue F, with the Rev. Lonnie Keel officiating and assisted by the Rev. Tim Shane. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brian Humans, Bill Mimms, Michael Allen McCarter, Elmer Lewis, Ronnie McCarter and George Capples. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy McCarter and Steve Jenkins.

Mr. McCarter was born Feb. 27, 1922 in Eureka to Claudie Vernon and Josephine McCarter. He was a boiler operator for U.S. Gypson for many years. He was a Master Sergeant in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He was a member of Community Chapel Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Allen McCarter; parents; brothers and sisters, Jewell McCarter, Jim McCarter, George McCarter, Harvel McCarter, Ada Ohm, Jessie Vawker and Lillie Mae Farmer.

Mr. McCarter is survived by his wife, Francis McCarter of Corsicana; son and daughters-in-law, Vernon and Monta McCarter and Norma Jean McCarter, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Michael Allen McCarter, Robie Jane Montgomery, Mary Ruth McCarter and Marcie Diane McCarter, all of Corsicana; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dorothy Marie (Waters ) Jones

Dorothy Marie Jones

Dorothy Marie Jones, 83, of Corsicana left this earth to receive her reward. She died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at Mel-Haven Nursing Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Murphy, Randy Howard, Alan Stewart, John Howard, Dusty Ellis and Bobby Perry.

Mrs. Jones was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Moody to Bennie Waters and Emily Nutt Waters. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be remembered and missed by all whose lives she touched. She was happily married to her husband J. R. for 48 years, until his passing in 1988, after which she devoted the remainder of her days to the family that she and J. R. raised together. She was a member of the Blooming Grove Church of Christ who dearly loved her God and her church family. She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. After farming in Cryer Creek, she was J. R.'s business partner in J&R Fire Extinguisher Company and more recently Blue-Top Welding Supply Company.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, J. R. Jones; brother, Eldon Waters; and grandsons, James "Charlie" Jones and Mike Ellis.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Loraine Tucker of Corsicana; son, James Jones of Navarro Mills; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Roy Murphy of Navarro Mills, Joann and James Howard of Navarro Mills, Judy and Jimmy Stewart of Corsicana and Pat and Cecil Ellis of Purdon; grandchildren and spouses, Gary "Buck" and Deanne Murphy of Corsicana, Sissy and Bobby Perry of Eureka, Randy and Paige Howard of Navarro Mills, Alan and Emilie Stewart of Chatfield, Sandy and Mike Davis of Corsicana, Malissa and Ace Armstrong of Navarro Mills, John Armstrong of Navarro Mills, Karey and Shane Derden of Navarro Mills and Shawn Holloway of Purdon; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended relatives.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gerry Charles Warren

Gerry Charles Warren, 46, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Temple AME Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Mr. Warren was born Jan. 24, 1957.

He was preceded in death by his father, Essic Warren.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Warren of Corsicana; sons Gerry Charles Warren Jr., Darron Hester, Keldrine Wade and Randy Jones; daughters K.K. Warren, Keiota Devone Warren and Lamica Hester; five grandchildren; mother May Pearl Warren; sisters Sandra Warren and Margaret Warren; brothers Jimmy Warren and Robert Warren; mother-in-law Lula Williams; father-in-law Johnny Williams; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lora (Hughes) Ford

Lora Hughes Ford, 83, of McGregor passed away suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at a local hospital. A cremation was arranged through OakCrest Funeral Home of Waco, and a memorial service will be at a later date.

She was born on Nov. 5, 1920, in Purdon, Texas, to William D. and Martha E. (Kennemore) Hughes. Lora enjoyed bowling and square dancing and was active in Waco bowling leagues up until her death.

Lora was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eunice Foster of Dawson; her brothers, John Will Hughes of Lorena and Tommie Hughes of Anchorage, Alaska.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Ford of McGregor; daughter, Babe Carroll Crossman of McGregor; grandson, James Martin Holder of Abilene; brother, A.L. Hughes of Waco; seven sisters, Ailene Freeland of Hubbard, Elva Gladney of Oxnard, Calif., Annie Mae Jones of Tyler, Mary Lou McPherson of Dallas, Mildred Nell Walker of Longview, Lorna Gladney (twin sister) of Waco, Joann Rodgers of Baytown; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hillcrest Hospice of the American Cancer Society.

Memorial guest book at www.oakcrestwaco.com.

Arrangements by OakCrest Funeral Home, Waco.

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Miriam Gertrude (Tanner) Praytor

Miriam Gertrude Tanner Praytor was born Aug. 23, 1930 in Purdon. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who always cared for others before herself. She retired from Haggar Slacks and Toms Foods. She loved to sing hymns, sew and make crafts, anything to keep her hands busy. She enjoyed traveling with her husband in their travel trailer to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and many other State Parks. She never hesitated to talk to someone about the Lord and she tried to always give Godly advice when needed. She was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church and will be truly missed by all those who loved and knew her.

Services for Mrs. Praytor will be Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Officiating will be Bro. Harrium Harris and Bro. Otis Conner. Pallbearers will be nephews.

Survivors include husband Jessie Praytor Sr. of Kerens; sons and daughters-in-law Jessie Lynn and Nancy Praytor Jr. of Corsicana, Cloyce Praytor of Kerens, Royce and Susan Praytor Sr. of Corsicana, David Praytor of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law Janice and Clyde Crumpton of Corsicana; grandchildren Jessie and Tiffany Praytor III of Corsicana, Jeanne and Jason Englehart of Chatfield, Joyce and Cody Callahan of Corsicana, Eddie and Kristy Praytor of Roane, Royce and Olivia Praytor Jr. of Corsicana, Joy Praytor of Corsicana, Rowdy Praytor of Chatfield, Joseph and Tonya Praytor of Corsicana, Tabitha and January Crumpton of Corsicana, LeeAnne Greene, Ashley and Jessica Gilland, all of Kerens; great-grandchildren Blake and Cameron Englehart of Chatfield, Dakota and Anna Callahan of Corsicana, Jacob, Zane and LaBecca Praytor of Roane; brothers Rex Benton of Purdon, Billy Benton of Frost, Lewis (Son) Tanner of Dawson; sisters Bessie Sawyer of Corsicana, Juanita Dyer of Purdon, DeLois Lane of Wortham, Reba Gullett of Brownsboro, Faylene Dicks of Wortham; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lewis and Ola Tanner, brother J. W. Benton and sister Evie (Sissy) Nunn.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Linda Gail (Adams) Williford
Jun 17, 1940 - Nov 9, 2003

Linda Gail Williford, 63, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 at her residence.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joe Bullard officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Doug Fraley, Jon Fraley, Willie Sims, Elvin Sikes, Jack Tramel and Bill Sifer.

Mrs. Williford was born June 17, 1940 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Williford and her father, Loyce Adams.

Survivors include her mother, Edna Adams and sisters Sharon Fraley and Jane Adams, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Eloise (Baldridge) Stover

Eloise Baldridge Stover was born Feb. 12, 1912 in Breckenridge to Rev. Jesse H. Baldridge and Lena V. McClure Baldridge. She died Nov. 9, 2003 after a short illness. She attended Tarleton State College, Texas Woman's College and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas in 1932. After teaching one year in Abbott, she came to Teague to teach home economics at Teague high School. During her first year in Teague she met John L. Stover. They were married in 1934 with her father performing the ceremony. In 1959 she and her family moved to Corsicana where she taught at Collins Junior High. After receiving her Masters Degree from East Texas State University, she became a member of the faculty at Navarro College and was an instructor for eight years before taking early retirement in 1973. In 1976, they moved back to Teague, where Johnny died on Jan. 1, 1988. They were married 53 years.

Eloise was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, a life member of Retired Teachers of Texas and a life member of Texas Lions Camp for Crippled Children. In 1982, she received a gold diploma as a 50 year ex-student honor from the University of Texas. She was a past president of the Teague Study Club and was active in the First United Methodist Church of Teague.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Stover Lancaster of Teague; daughter-in-law and son, John D. Stover and Lynell Stover of Lufkin; grandson Derek Lancaster and his wife, Diana Lancaster, of Teague; granddaughter Wendy Trinidad and her husband Ricky of Mexia; grandson Seth Stover of Nacogdoches; and great-grandchildren Heather Lancaster, Troy Trinidad, Thalia Trinidad, Starla Shea and Candice Shea. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Her brother, Doyle M. Baldridge, died in 1963.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Teague.

Arrangements by Ricks-Bowers Memorial Funeral Home, Teague.

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Pearl Estell 'Shorty' (Bryant) Coker
Nov. 3, 1914 - Nov 8, 2003

Estell 'Shorty' Coker

Estell 'Shorty' Coker, 89, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gene Gipson officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Benny Barnett, Robert Bower, Danny Rose, Alan Barham, Nolan Whitfield and James Jones.

Mrs. Coker was born Nov. 3, 1914 in Frost. She was a member of the Barry Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Coker; grandson Charles Norwood; brothers Jack Bryant, Bill Bryant and Bus Bryant; and sister Elizabeth Barham.

Survivors include daughters Betty Smith of Corsicana and Marie Walker and husband James of Barry; grandsons Anthony Deramee and wife Sarah of Bossier City, La., Edward Deramee and wife Christi of Troup and Bobby Norwood of Pace, Fla.; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Mary McAda of Pleaston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Frances Ethel (Dill) Curtis-Thomason
Aug 23, 1934 - Nov 11, 2003

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, Frances Dill Thomason, 69, passed away peacefully at her home in Palestine.

Mrs. Thomason was born Aug. 23, 1934 to John William and Maggie Conner Dill in Roane. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, William Franklin Dill; and sister, Sue Dill Thomason.

She is survived by her husband, Cliff Thomason of Palestine; daughter, Shari Lea Curtis of Marietta, Ga.; son, Tom Curtis and wife Sherlyn of Corsicana; brother, Randy Dill and wife Joy of Corsicana; brother, S.C. Dill and wife Ilene of Bedford; grandsons, Jack and Jason Curtis of Dallas and Denton; and "bonus" children, Diane Tippens of Marietta, Sue Ann Manning of Houston, Paul Thomason of Palestine, and Rhonda Wierema of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews; six "bonus" grandchildren; and five "bonus" great-grandchildren.

Services were 11 a.m. today at Westwood Baptist Church in Palestine conducted by Pastor Rick Dees. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana and will be conducted by Rufus Nutt.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Blackard, Whoa Dill, Cliff Manning, Jon Wierema, Jason Curtis and Jack Curtis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice of East Texas and the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Herrington/Land of Memory, Palestine.

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Douglas Clifton
Nov 16, 1918 - Nov 12, 2003

Douglas Clifton, 84, of Frost passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at Trinity Mission Nursing Home in Italy.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Frost Baptist Church with Brother Joe Dowdy officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Rawlings, Leon Crawford, Erselle Crawford, Jimmy Skinner and Doyle Clifton.

Mr. Clifton was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Blooming Grove to T. E. and Ollie Downey Clifton. He was a heavy equipment operator. He served in the United States Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arthur Clifton; and sister, Ruby Rawlings.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Patty Clifton of Frost; and sisters, Louise Skinner of Hillsboro and Juanita Matthew of San Angelo.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Lee Hancock
Feb 5, 1940 - Nov 11, 2003

Lee Hancock, 63, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at his residence.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dave Alexander officiating.

Mr. Hancock was born Feb. 5, 1940 in Chillicothe, Texas to Virgil Lee and Mary Margaret Burns Hancock. He was an inspector and welder for a construction company.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Ray Hancock.

Mr. Hancock is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janice Hancock of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie Macalik and David of Ennis and Elaine Harp and Mark of Corsicana; grandsons, David Macalik II of Ennis and Mark Harp II of Corsicana; granddaughters, Kristi Macalik of Ennis and Cassie Harp of Corsicana; and brothers and sister, Don Hancock of Kemp, Billy Hancock of Dallas and Helen Mainard of Grand Prairie.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lee Hancock

LEE HANCOCK 63 OF CORSICANA PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME TUESDAY, 11-11-2003 AFTER A YEAR LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER.

FUNERAL SERVICES

THURSDAY, 11-13-2003 @ 2:P.M.

GRIFFIN ROUGHTON FUNERAL HOME

1530 N. 45TH STREET

CORSICANA TX 75110

VISITATION:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. GRIFFIN ROUGHTON FUNERAL HOME 1530 N. 45TH STREET CORSICANA TX 75110

INTERMENT: CREMATION

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Margey Harris
Dec 17, 1946 - Nov 12, 2003

Services are pending for Margey Harris, 56, of Frost, at Corley Funeral Home. She passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003. Ms. Harris was born Dec. 17, 1946.

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Leila Jane (Cardwell) Miles-McDonald
Jun 19, 1875 - May 25, 1939

Corsicana Daily Sun

Friday May 26, 1939

 

Former Corsicana Woman Passed away after short illness

Mrs. Lelia McDonald, aged 63 years, former resident of Corsicana, inmate of the IOOF Old Folks Home at Ennis, died Thursday morning near Decatur. Mrs. McDonald became suddenly ill while en route from Electra and died within a few minutes.

Surviving are her husband, , M.T. McDonald, Ennis; eight daughters, Mrs. B.M. Pannill, Dallas; Mrs. Eula Patient, Overton; Mrs. L. T. Frazier, Jonesville; Mrs. E.W. Jordan, Hemphill; Mrs. E.L. Price, Corsicana; Mrs. J.D. Murphy, Corsicana; Mrs. W.H. Griffin, Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. C.R. Ramsey, Electra; a son, H.H. McDonald, Dallas, and other relatives.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

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May 27, 1939

 

Funeral Services Held on Saturday for Mrs. M’Donald

Funeral services for Mrs. Lelia McDonald aged 63 years, formerly of Corsicana, who died near Decatur Thursday while en route to Dallas from Electra, were held Saturday afternoon at Oakwood Cemetery at 4 o’clock.

Surviving are her husband,

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Mittie May (Ferrell) Murphy
Aug 7, 1899 - May 26, 1939

Corsicana Daily Sun

Friday May 26, 1939

Mrs. M.M. Murphy be buried in Hamilton Cemetery Friday

Mrs. Mittie May Murphy, age 40 years, died at her home on the Corbet road Friday morning at 2 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 4:30 at Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, G. W. Murphy; four daughters, Daisy May, Hazel Pearl, Gladys and Rosie Bell Murphy; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Ferrell, four brothers, Cheeby Ferrell, Coy Ferrell, Fred Ferrell, Dock Ferrell, two sisters, Miss Betty and Carolyn Ferrell, all of Watertown, Tennessee.

Mrs. Murphy came to Texas from Tennessee in 1920.

L.B. Bonner and Company, Eureka, directed the funeral arrangements.

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MURPHY - Corsicana, Texas. May 26. - Funeral services were held Friday for Mrs. Mittie May Murphy, 40, who died at her home on the Corbet road. Surviving are her husband, G. W. Murphy; four daughters, Daily May, Hazel Pearl, Gladys and Rosie Bell Murphy; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Ferrell; four brothers, Cheeby Ferrell, Coy Ferrell, Fred Ferrell, Dock Ferrell; two sisters, Misses Betty and Caroline Ferrell, all of Watertown, Tenn.


Sarah E. (Busenbark) Vinson-Atwood
Apr 16, 1862 - May 26, 1939

Corsicana Daily Sun

Friday May 26, 1939

Mrs. S.E. Atwood

died Friday; hit by train April 18

 

Mrs.S. E. Atwood, aged 77 years, 518 East Fifth Avenue, died at the P. and S. Hospital Friday afternoon at 1:05 o’clock. She had been in the hospital since April 18 when she was struck by a northbound Zephyr on the Burlington and Rock Island line near her home.

Surviving is a son, Walter Vinson, Panama.

Funeral arrangements had not been completed early Friday afternoon.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Corsicana Daily Sun

May 27, 1939

 

Mrs. S.E. Atwood

 buried Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery

Funeral services for Mrs. S.E. Atwood, age 77 years, 518 East Fifth Avenue, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Friday afternoon, were held from the Sutherland McCammon Funeral parlors at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon. The rites were conducted by Dr. P.E. Riley,pastor of the First Methodist Church. Internment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Atwood had been in the hospital since April 18 when she was struck by a northbound Zephyr on the Rock Island Lines near her home.

Surviving are a son, Walter Vinson, Panama, and Arthur Kinney, whom she had reared.

Palbearers were George Leonard, J.N. Edens, Cap Allen, J.W. Higginbotham, C.F. Borg and W.P. McCammon.

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Bates Erwin Moore

Corsicana Daily Sun

Friday May 27, 1939

 

Barry resident died Friday in local hospital

Bates Erwin Moore, aged 30 years, of Barry, died in the Navarro clinic Friday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church at Barry Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be made in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his father, Buford Moore, Barry; three sisters, Mrs. Everett Owens, Corsicana; Mrs. Buster McDonald, Barry and Mrs. Ernest Bell, San Angelo, and three brothers, Cecil Moore and Doyle Moore, both of Corsicana and Zilna Moore, Barry.

McCormick’s funeral service conducted the arrangements.

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Miriam (Matlock) Saunders

Miriam Matlock Saunders, 95, was born on January 8, 1908 in Frost, Texas to John W. Matlock, M.D. and Mary R. Davis Matlock, M.D. She died on November 10, 2003 in Arlington, Texas where she has lived with her daughter Jane and son-in-law Don since 1997.

She received her public school education in Frost and then in 1927 a BA and a BS degree from C.I.A., now Texas Womans University. She taught high school English and Latin for five years in Matador and Paducah, Texas. In 1933 Miriam earned an MA degree from the University of Texas in Austin and moved to Corpus Christi to teach at Corpus Christi High School. In 1935 she married Walter A. Saunders, a prominent local businessman. They had a son, Walter Jr. and a daughter, Jane S. Gore.

She was well known as a book reviewer, giving book reviews and other programs in Corpus for many years. She especially enjoyed doing Christmas stories and once gave five programs in two days. In later years she used her love and knowledge of books when she worked at Wehring Book Store. For a number of years she was a grader for the English department at Del Mar College. She served as a director of the White Point Oil and Gas Company for over twenty years.

She participated and held offices in many civic, educational and charitable activities, including City Federation of Women's Clubs, the City Federation of PTAs, Phi Mu sorority, the Pierian Club, PEO, Inner Wheel (Rotary), AAUW, DAR, TWU Alumni, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Public Library Board. She was very proud of her service on the boards of the YWCA and the local TB Association.

She was once honored as a Woman of the Year by the local Business and Professional Women's Association.

Although active in many organizations she was also known by many as a friend upon whom they could depend for counsel and support. She loved people and they loved her in return.

She was member of First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi from 1935 until her death. She served in numerous capacities, including substitute teacher of the Conley Wesley Class and as member or officer of numerous boards, commissions, and committees of her church. While residing in Arlington, she attended and supported First Presbyterian Church, Arlington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband Walter; brothers, Dixon, John, Davis and Hugh Matlock; sisters, Phyllis Smith, Clifford Matlock, and Joyce Mitchell; and two brothers-in-law.

Survivors: She is survived by her daughter Jane Gore and husband Don H. Gore of Arlington, Texas; son Walter Saunders Jr. and wife Mary Lelia of Houston, Texas; and grandchildren, Walter III and wife Peggy Saunders, Crain and wife Lisa Saunders, Susan Gore and husband Ryan Burdeno, Saundra and husband Scott Savage, and Kyle Gore. She is also survived by great grandchildren: Travis, Emily, & Lauren Saunders (children of Walter III); Aaron, Anna, & Aidan Saunders (children of Crain); Casey Savage and Maggie & Dan Burdeno. She is also survived by her sister Exa Matlock, sister-in-law Mary Lou Matlock and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at First Presbyterian Church of

Arlington. Burial: 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November, 13 at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Corpus Christi.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1838, Corpus Christi, TX 78403; First Presbyterian Church, 1200 South Collins St., Arlington, TX 76010 or a favorite charity.


Comila King

Fort Worth Star Telegram, 13 November 2003

Comila King, 78, a self-employed cook, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at a local hospice.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Highland Park Baptist Church, 1317 E. Baltimore. Burial: Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Arlington. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Morris-Bates Mortuary.

Comila King was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Corsicana.

Survivors: Daughter, Patricia Beasley; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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  • Submitted by Don Brownlee

Nick Espericueta

Nick Espericueta, 94, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Cemetery with Father Robert Williams officiating.

Mr. Espericueta was born Nov. 10, 1909 in Star County, Texas. He was a retired home improvement contractor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Espericueta; three sisters; two brothers; and his parents, Encarnacion and Juanita Espericueta.

Mr. Espericueta is survived by daughters, Eva Hall of San Antonio and Martha Espericueta of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, Manuel and Alice Espericueta of Corpus Christi; daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Aaron Dubach of Covington; son, Mario Espericueta of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, Jaime and Merlinda Espericueta of New Mexico; daughter, Dalia Espericueta of Corsicana; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and close family friends, Kimberly Smith, Abbe Smith, Julie Beale and Sandra Stephens.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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William Henry Bell

Obituary moved to William Henry Bell Biography Page


Ward H. Bell
Feb 10, 1910 - Apr 18, 1936

Ward Bell – Feb 10, 1910 - Apr 18, 1936

Ward Bell, son of William Henry and Nannie Belle Guthrie Bell of Rice, Texas, died April 18, 1936 in Dr. Newton’s Clinic in Corsicana, as a result of an accident on an interurban work train for the Texas Electric Railway about 3 miles North of Rice, Texas.  He resided with his wife, Fannie Kate Wright Bell and two young daughters, Jane and Peggy Bell in Rice, Texas.

In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. W. H. Bell; five brothers: Fisher and Hugh Bell of Rice; Steve Bell of Corsicana, Jesse Bell of Wortham, Lee Bell of Dallas and two sisters, Mrs. C. O. Barrington of Overton and Mrs. W. F. Hodge of Rice.

Funeral services were held at the Haynie Methodist Church in Rice on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with Rev. C. G. Henry, pastor of the Rice Baptist Church officiating.  Rev. Henry was assisted by Rev. Oliver, pastor of the Methodist Church.  Burial took place in Rice cemetery.

 Notes:
  • View Clippings for  Ward H. Bell
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  • I do not have the Newspaper names or dates, but they probably appeared in the Rice Rustler and I can supply the date of deaths.  One is for my father and one is his father, my grandfather, Ward and W. H. Bell.  Ward Bell's death was April 18, 1936.  W. H. Bell died October 27, 1935.
  • Submitted by: Jane Bell Smith

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ACCIDENT VICTIM BURIED SUNDAY IN CEMETERY AT RICE

WARD BELL DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL AFTER BEING INJURED NEAR RICE

Funeral services for Ward Bell, aged 25 years, employee of the Interurban Lines, of Rice, who was fatally injured while at work early Saturday afternoon about 2 miles north of Rice, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Haynie Memorial Methodist church at Rice.

According to information received here, a load of rails on a flat car was being pushed ahead of an interburan car in a site where a switch was being constructed or repaired. One of the rails on the car became loosened, stuck in the ground and slammed Bell and Joe Cummings, Palmer negro, also an employee of the interurban company, to the ground, inflicting fatal injuries. Cummings died in the P. and S. Hospital at 2:50 o’clock Saturday afternoon and Bell died at the Navarro Clinic at 4:10 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

Bell had resided in the Rice community all of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Fannie Date Bell, two children, Jane and Peggy Bell, all of Rice; mother, Mrs. W. H. Bell, Rice; five brothers, Fisher Bell, Rice; Lee Bell, Dallas; Hugh Bell, Rice; Jess Bell, Wortham; Stephen Bell, Corsicana; Mrs. C. O. Barrington, Overton, and Mrs. W. F. Hodge, Rice.

The funeral was directed by the W. F. Hodge company of Rice and the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Lee Edward Ritter

Lee Edward Ritter, 87, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Don Smith officiating.

Mr. Ritter was born July 20, 1916, in Jefferson, Iowa, to Henry Charles Ritter and Mary Jane Bartley Ritter. He served in the United States Army Air Corps, 7th Air Command, 2510th Army Air Force Base Unit, during World War II, where he met his wife Edith. He was discharged from Randolph Field in San Antonio with wife and family in 1943. He moved to Corsicana around 1978 where he has resided since. He retired from Rock Island Arsenal. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Maxine Ritter; daughter, Joyce Eve Ritter; two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include his son, Gary Lee Ritter Sr. of Corsicana; daughters, LuAnn Ritter of Corsicana and Mary Jane Townsend and husband Jeff of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren, Sean Ritter and Gary Lee Ritter Jr., both of Corsicana, Ryan Townsend of Northglenn, Colo., and Derek Townsend and Mark Townsend, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Sean Edward Ritter, Doli Gutierrez Ritter, Cortnie Needham Ritter, Alexes Needham Ritter, Joe Lee Ritter and Lori Massey, all of Corsicana; brothers, John and Mac; and sister, Myrtle.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ruby Christine (Loftis) Baxter
Nov 11, 1909 - Nov 17, 2003

Ruby C. Baxter was born Nov. 11, 1909, in Columbus, Miss., and passed away on Nov. 17, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas.

She married Russell Baxter in 1929. He preceded her in death in 1958 and they lived in Kerens, Texas, since 1936. During her child-rearing years, she was active in all the children's school activities while at the same time becoming an accomplished seamstress which allowed her to sew for her family as well as sewing for the public. She has been a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church and has been a loyal servant for the Lord working with youth groups, women's organizations, Sunday school programs and on the board.

Her work career included her profession as a seamstress as well as a newspaper distributor in the Kerens area for 35 years. She received the Outstanding Service Award from the Kerens Chamber of Commerce and served as grand marshal for the homecoming parade.

Even with all of her other activities, Ruby C. always made time for her family including a celebration of Easter which included an Easter egg hunt for the children and special gift eggs for the grandchildren.

After retirement, she was active in the Garden Club serving in various capacities including president.

Survivors include her son, Joe B. Baxter and wife Evelyn of Kerens; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Baxter, wife of James R. Baxter (deceased), of Kerens; daughter, Evadne Salzar and husband Jerry of Grand Prairie; son, M. Richard Baxter and wife Frances of Dallas; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Kerens. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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11/19/2003 Long-time Daily Sun distributor passes

From Staff Reports

Ruby Baxter of Kerens, a former, long-time Daily Sun newspaper distributor, passed away Tuesday.

Baxter delivered the Daily Sun in the Kerens area for more than 35 years turning over the route to her daughter-in-law, Evelyn Baxter, in the early 1980s.

Ruby Baxter was recognized as the distributor of the year on several occasions by the Daily Sun.

"She meant everything to her family," said her son, Joe Baxter, who is mayor of Kerens. "She was the steadying force in the family. She overcame numerous adversities, but her first thought was always her family."

And not just immediate family, her son said, noting that his mother opened the doors of their home to nephews and nieces from both sides of the family -- allowing them a place to stay while they attended Kerens schools.

Those doors were open to others, he said.

"All the time I was going to school she never locked a door, knowing that we had (school) friends and they were welcome," Joe Baxter said.

Ruby Baxter and her late husband Russell were married in 1929. Her son said their early years of marriage were spent following the oil fields. Their first two children were born out of state -- in Oklahoma and New Mexico -- before they returned home where their other children were born in the community of Bazette, just north of Kerens.

Baxter was a local seamstress for many years as well as a newspaper distributor. Together with her daughter-in-law, a Baxter has delivered the Daily Sun in the Kerens area for more than 50 years, Joe Baxter said.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Services for Ruby Baxter will be 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Kerens, where she was a lifelong member.

 


Carolyn Marie Mills

Carolyn Marie Mills, 35, of Denton passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Denton Rehab Nursing Center. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Paschal Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Long Prairie Cemetery with Donna Paul officiating. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Sammy Jones III
Sep 4, 1952 - Nov 17, 2003

Sammy Jones III, 51, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Roane Chapel Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Harold Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy Bradley, Harvey Smith, Billy Chambers, Wendell Smith and Tommy Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews Roderick Armstrong, Chauncy Armstrong, James Jones, Joe Clayton, Donnie Renfro and Daryl Renfro.

Mr. Jones was born Sept. 4, 1952, in Corsicana. He served in the U.S. National Guard from 1976 to 1987.

He was preceded in death by his father, Sam Jones Jr.; stepfather, William James Alford; mother, Juanita Alford; brother, James Jones; and sisters, Sandra Clark and Lois Sterling.

Survivors include his devoted friend, Ruby Nell Robinson of Corsicana; brother, the Rev. Larry Jones of Corsicana; sisters and husbands, Joyce Armstrong of Dallas, Jimmie Clayton of Corsicana, Linda and R.J. Beck of Dallas, Mattie J. and Lee Cox of Rosser, Etta and L. W. King of Corsicana, Elois Littleton of Dallas, Faye Jones of Ennis, Lillie White of Mississippi, Bessie Shields of Dallas and Bernice Turner of Corsicana; aunt and extended mother, Verma Ward of Corsicana; cousins, Bessie Bell, Erma Smith, Mike Chambers and Vernell Hatten, all of Corsicana; and many other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Robert Lee Sneed Sr.

Robert Lee Sneed Sr., 53, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with Pastor Larry L. Polk Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Michael Johnson, Eugene White, Stacey Polk, Robert Witherspoon, Sam McDonald Jr. and Ira McDade. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Second Mission Baptist Church.

Mr. Sneed was born Sept. 22, 1950, in Corsicana. He was a faithful member of Second Mission Baptist Church serving as a member of the deacon board and an usher. He was employed with Tom's Food for 20 years. He also enjoyed fishing and bowling.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Mae Sneed of Corsicana; daughter, Theresa Williams (Jesse) of Corsicana; two sons, Robert Sneed Jr. (Sarah) of Corsicana and Willis Kennedy Warren of Tyler; eight grandchildren, Carlos Evans, Janay Williams, Ashley Williams, Jesse Williams, Iesha Sneed, Lavern Kennedy Warren, Brandon Chilton and Kenetra Chilton; two great-grandchildren, Brontray Chilton and Azariyah Andrews; three brothers, Richard Sneed of San Antonio, Lonnie Sneed of Terrell and David Sneed of Dallas; three sisters, Jessie Hill, Rosie Sneed and Elizabeth Sneed, all of Corsicana; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Frank O. Fields

Frank O. Fields, 68, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas. Services will be 3:30 p.m. today at Roane Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Harold Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lindsay Manning

Lindsay Manning was born in Corsicana on Sept. 18, 1932.

He departed this life on Nov. 14, 2003 at Mel Haven Convalescent Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Mamie Manning; his wife, Nina Manning; five brothers, Drudie Manning, Stancil Manning, Mason Manning, Curtis C. Manning and Willie Manning; and two sisters, Bernice Dudley and Mollie C. Manning Moye.

Cremation will take place and interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include sister and brother-in-law, Mary Francis and Richard Graham; nephews including Richard Graham Jr. (Bridget) and Jason Graham, all of Fairfield, Calif.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Jimmy Lynn Parsons

Jimmy Lynn Parsons, 49, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Donald Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Randy Blue, Ricky Hightower, Larry Hightower and Bobby Bell.

Mr. Parsons was born Sept. 2, 1954, in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Charles Parsons; grandfather, Charles William Parsons; grandmother, Maudie Lee Parsons; and great-grandmother, Cordelia Tackett.

Survivors include his sons, Charles B. Parsons and John A. Parsons, both of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Margarett of Corsicana; stepfather, Don Gazalski of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, William A. and Mary Parsons of Corsicana; uncles and aunts, George and Joyce Thompson of Colorado City and Daniel and Margie Parsons of Silver City; aunt, Wanda Parsons of Bailey; and cousins, Beverly Bell of Kerens, and Bryan Parsons and Jeffery Parsons, both of Bailey.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Alvin 'Pop' Hoppe

Alvin "Pop" Hoppe, 72, of Richland passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, in Tyler.

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 Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Timothy Keele, Randy Keele, Wes Herron, Mark Coleman, Jason Freeman and Jimmy Argabright.

Mr. Hoppe was born June 30, 1931, in Turnersville. He was an avid deer hunter, loved to fish and being outside. He was an active member of Richland Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Hoppe; parents, Walter and Minnie Hoppe; and three brothers.

Survivors include his sons, Larry Hoppe and wife Lisa of Corsicana, Eddie Hoppe and wife Terri of Waco, and Walter Hoppe of Lorena; daughter, Donna Argabright of Mound; stepson, Ardie McCaslin and wife Cathy of Waco; stepdaughters, Becky Newton and husband Wayne of McKinney, Debra Freeman of Corsicana, and Carla Mink and husband Gerald of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Lehrman of McGregor; numerous nieces and nephews; and a big host of friends.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas/Pallative Care Services/Homeplace.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Harvey Aldine Moore

Aldine Moore

Aldine Moore of Emmett passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at his residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Corsicana. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Aldine Moore

Aldine Moore, 85, of Emmett passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at his residence.

Visitation will be held before service time today. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Corsicana with Matt Stroder officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Moore, Mark Moore, Trey Moore, Clark Moore, Troy Moore, Craig Earp, Kevin Zuehlke and Ronald Elmore.

Mr. Moore was born Feb. 20, 1918, in Emmett to William Harvey and Nora Lucy (Keathley) Moore. He lived his entire life at the same site. He was a lifelong member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Emmett. He was a farmer and rancher until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Strain; and brother, B. L. Moore.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Doris Marie Moore of Emmett; sons and daughters-in-law, Kris and Rita Moore and Carlos and Karen Moore, all of Frost; 11 grandchildren and spouses, Charla and Troy Moore of Fort Worth, Kristi and Craig Earp of Frost, Clark and Holly Moore of Crawford, Kera and Kevin Zuehlke of Clifton, Cheree Moore of Waco, Jeff Moore of Fort Worth, Mark and Mary Moore of Chandler, Ariz., Trey and Amy Moore of San Antonio, Robyn Moore of Fort Worth, and Andrew and Catherine of Frost; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Prairie Grove Baptist Church Youth Fund in Emmett.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Nov 22, 2003
  • *** I am not positive, but I think there is an error in this obituary.  My notes shows that his mother's maiden name was DENTON and his wife's maiden name was KEATHLEY.  Both children are listed with mother's name as Doris Marie Keathley.  Any additional info would be appreciated !  ...ed williams

Jean Lee (Roberts) Ambrosino

Jean Lee Ambrosino

Jean Lee Ambrosino, 75, of Victorville, Calif., passed away Tuesday Nov. 18, 2003.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Rev. James Williams of the Northside Assembly of God officiating.

Mrs. Ambrosino was born to Henry and Ona Roberts. on Oct. 29, 1928, in Mt. Pleasant. Jean left her earthly home in Victorville, Calif., to move into her heavenly home to live with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jean lived in Corsicana from the late 1950s until 1995. She was a manager for Continental Trailways for many years and was also employed at the Corsicana State home and Navarro Memorial Hospital. She moved to Lancaster, Calif., in 1996, and then to Victoville in 1997. She was a Charter Member of Trinity Baptist Church in Corsicana and then moved her church home to First Southern Baptist church in Hesperia, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Shirley Grace and grandson Russell Heard.

Survivors include sons Lester Heard Jr. of Bynum, Bob Heard and wife Judy of Frost; daughters Sharon Heard of Victorville, Calif., Michelle Beckham and husband Mike of Adelanto, Calif.; grandsons Robert L. Heard of Bynum, Jason and Matthew Heard of Frost, Robert m. Beckham of Adelanto, Calif.; granddaughters Ciera Marie Beckham and Skylar Beckham of Adelanto, Calif.; great-grandson Austin Heard of Bynum; great-granddaughter Ilene Heard of Bynum; sister Ruby Ragan and husband Ray of Emhouse; brother Max Roberts and wife Barbara of Lancaster, Calif.; brother-in-law Hurbert Grace of Corsicana; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alton Warnie Bates
Mar 16, 1928 - Nov 21, 2003

Alton Warnie Bates, 75, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. W.W. Bryant, Rev. John C. Bates and Rev. Mike Howell officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Bates, Mike Bates, Bruce Bates, Sanford Bates, Clayton Sanches and Johnny Horvath.

Mr. Bates was born on March 16, 1928, in Eureka. He was a member of That Church. Mr. Bates was a man of great integrity, and was a very loving, caring, gentle and honest man. He was also a man of few words and an outstanding Christian man for many years.

He was preceded in death by parents Warnie and Willie Bates and brother Nathan W.C. Bates.

Survivors include brother and sister-in-law Billy and Beverly Bates of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law Rv. O.C. (Clinton) and Jackie Bates of Houston; brother and sister-in-law Don Estalee Bates of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law Wanda and Jimmy Fannin of Waco; special friend Verna Beth Sumrall of Corsicana; 14 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

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Pauline (Brewer) Brent
Nov 25, 1913 - Nov 20, 2003

Pauline (Brewer) Brent, 89, of Duncanville passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to service time Monday. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Brent was born Nov. 25, 1913, in Chandler to James Estes and Gussie (Morman) Brewer. She was a nurse.

Survivors include her sons, Roy Truman Tindel of Plano and James Wilson Tindel of Duncanville; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Elizabeth (Elliott) Lewis-Stout
Jun 10, 1914, - Nov 20, 2003

Elizabeth Elliott Lewis Stout

Elizabeth Elliott Lewis Stout, 89, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Goodall-Witcher Hospital in Clifton. At the time of her death she was a resident of Luckenbach Hall, Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Norse Community, outside of Clifton. Services will be conducted by Pastor Pat Dietrich and assisted by Pastor Beverly Blackman. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery.

Elizabeth was born June 10, 1914, in Corsicana and grew up in Corsicana where her father was a prominent banker. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1932. In 1940, she married Walter G. Lewis who preceded her in death in 1967. In 1971, she married Dr. Walter C. Stout and moved to Ennis. Dr. Stout preceded her in death in 1976. She resided in Ennis until her move to Clifton in March 2003.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, A.G. Elliott and Elizabeth Pipes Elliott; and her three brothers, Arthur, Bill and Dave Elliott.

Elizabeth was an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Ennis. She was also a member of the Twentieth Century Club in Ennis and Kinsloe House in Corsicana. She enjoyed interior decorating and was an employee of Interior Ideas in Ennis for 16 years.

She is survived by her son, Walt Lewis and his wife Jean of Clifton; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Powers and Lendon Lewis; two step grandchildren, Laura Wingfield and Andy Ralph; three great-grandchildren, one nephew, and four nieces.

Memorials may be made to Clifton Lutheran Sunset Home, Clifton, or First Presbyterian Church, Ennis.

Arrangements by Clifton Funeral Home, Clifton.

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Jimmie Lea Brown

Mrs. Jimmie Lea Brown, 80, of Barry passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Corsicana. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

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Donald Ray Crocker

Donald Ray Crocker, 47, of Mesquite passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, in Mesquite. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Prairie Point Cemetery with Brother Cecil Stephens officiating. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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MARY LUCILLE PANGBURN

Mary Lucille Pangburn, 90, of West Columbia, Texas, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2003, in West Columbia, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2003, at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 14, 2003, at First Baptist Church in West Columbia, Texas, with the Reverend Dave Barclay officiating.

Interment will follow at Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia.

Mary was born on Saturday, June 14, 1913, in Corsicana, Texas. She was an area resident for more than 60 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of West Columbia, where she served as the church secretary for 13 years.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Howard Owen Pangburn of West Columbia; son & daughter-in-law, Dr. Howard Owen Pangburn Jr. & wife, Pat, of Irving; daughter & son-in-law, Sherry Lynne Sims & husband, Jim, of Houston; brother, Cecil Trull of West Columbia; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one nephew.

Pallbearers will be Brent Pangurn, Greg Scherbenske, Dennis Sims, Jeff Sims, Bill Vick and Bill Womack.

Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Cotton, West Columbia Volunteer Fire Department retirees, Robert Dixon, Spencer Morgan, James Oswalt, Cecil Reed and Robert Thurman.

Final arrangements by Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas. (979) 798-2128.


Jack Earl Young, Sr.

LIPAN -- Jack Earl Young Sr., 77, died Tuesday, October 29, 2002, in Stephenville. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Lipan Church of Christ. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Lipan.

Mr. Young was born July 31, 1925, in Corsicana to James Earl and Ursel Cornett Young. He married Theresa Bell Dabney on November 9, 1947, in Yuma, Arizona. Mr. Young served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Young of Lipan; daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and David Haney of Tyler and Robin and Randy Thormann of Lipan; sister, Frances Anderson of Fayetteville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Wiley Chapel Lipan, (254) 646-2255

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  • Abilene Reporter - Nov 1, 2002

Jimmie Lea "Polly" (Wylie) Brown
Aug 15, 1923 - Nov 22, 2003

Lea "Polly Brown

Lea "Polly Brown, 80, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Darren Brown, Camron Steele, Keith Ramsey, Michael Wylie, Rick Fannon and Louis Howell.

Mrs. Brown was born on Aug. 15, 1923, in Corsicana. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxillary of the VFW.

She was preceded in death by husband Adrian Franklein (Mutt) Brown and brothers Billy ray Wylie, Gamble Leon Wylie and Gaston Kendrick.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Jimmy Adrian and Jadene Brown of Midlothian, son and daughter-in-law Lonnie Gordon and Joni Brown of Parker, son and daughter-in-law Randall Paul and Betty Jo Brown of Venus, daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Maury Holmes of Petaluma, Calif., daughter Dottie Jones of Northridge, Calif., five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, sister Dorothy Mooneyhan of Corsicana, brother and sister-in-law Kenneth M. and Patsy Wylie of Corsicana and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mabel Charity (Rhodes) Whittenburg
May 22, 1918 - Nov 24, 2003

Charity Whittenburg

Charity Whittenburg, 85, of Tyler, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2003 in Tyler.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Colonial Hills Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Carter and Dr. Joe Bob Alexander officiating. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Younger Cemetery in Navarro County.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Silver Notes Senior Choir of Colonial Baptist Church.

Mrs. Whittenburg was born May 22, 1918 in El Campo. She attended Trinidad ISD schools. She lived in Tyler since 1994 and Corsicana prior to that. She was a member of the Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler for nine years, and was a 52-year member of Memorial Baptist Church in Corsicana. She retired from food service with Corsicana Independent School District. She was a loving mother and grandmother who has gone to worship with her Lord. She worked at Adams Hat Factory for 21 years in Corsicana. She was a member of the Silver Notes Senior Choir at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Clay Whittenburg in 1991; grandson Hollis Simmons; son-in-law Neal Fields; three brothers; and six sisters.

Survivors include son Bobby Whittenburg and wife Mary of Longview; daughters Wretha Jordan and husband William Jordan, and Sharon Fields, all of Tyler; sister Eunice Keith of Wimberly; grandchildren Steven, Scott and Clay Whittenburg, Johnny Jordan, Pamela Cavin, Robin Starnes, Cheriea Brim, Jeff Fields and Scott Fields; 17 great-grandchildren; and special friend and caregiver, Sherry Bircher.

Memorials may be made to Senior Adult Ministry at Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 7330 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75703.

Arrangements by Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler.

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Louise Wilbanks
Jan 12, 1921 - Nov 8, 2003

Services for Louise Wilbanks, 82, of Lubbock will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Resthavens Abbey Chapel with Pastor Bob Fagan officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.

Louise died on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003. She was born on Jan. 12, 1921, in Milford, Texas. She married Ray Wilbanks on Dec. 24, 1940, in Corsicana, Texas. Louise was a homemaker who always took care of her entire family. She was always the caregiver. Louise was a member at Memorial Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her brothers, Otis, Kiah, and Therrell Hodges; and her sister, Maebell Webb.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Miller of Lubbock; a son, Kenneth Wilbanks and wife, Kathy of Lubbock; three brothers, Fred Hodges of Winnsboro, Texas, Frank Hodges of Lubbock, and Donald Hodges of Temple; two sisters, Inez Tidwell of Canyon, and Wilma Scott of Lockhart; seven grandchildren, Brad, Brandi, Tyler, and Andy Wilbanks, Jason Morris, Kristina Miller, and Erica Snodgrass; and six great-grandchildren.


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