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Della (Binford) Hay
Jul 17, 1867 - Jan 20, 1899

Mrs. Sam R. HAY, wife of the former pastor of the Methodist church in this city, passed away this morning at 6 o'clock in Corsicana after a brief illness.  She will be buried from the Methodist church in that city tomorrow at 10 a.m., Revs. E. A. Bailey and T. J. Duncan officiating

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  • Mexia Evening Ledger - Jan 16, 1899
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX

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January 20, 1899
HAY - Corsicana, Tex., Jan. 20. - Mrs. Sam R. Hay, wife of the pastor of the First Methodist church of this city, died at the family residence this morning after a lingering illness. The remains will be buried here to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.

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Billy Clark Butler
Sep 11, 1925 - Nov 25, 2003

Billy Clark Butler, 78, of Cryer Creek passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at his residence.

Graveside services were 10 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Butler was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curry and Dessie Butler; and sister, Helen Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Butler of Cryer Creek; sister, Betty Butler of Corsicana; nephews and wives, Terry and Linda Miller of Dallas and Dickie and Kathy Miller of Corsicana; niece and husband, Diane and Bob Walker of Dallas; and brother-in-law, Dwayne McGee of Blooming Grove.

Memorials may be made to Grange Hall Cemetery, 7901 Farm-to-Market Road 2930, Barry, TX 75102.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Josephine (Humphrey) Lewis
Jan 5, 1953 - Nov 22, 2003

A native of Corsicana, Josephine Humphrey Lewis, born Jan. 5, 1953, died peacefully at Methodist Hospital of Houston, Nov. 22, 2003. A student of Jackson High School and a 1971 graduate of Corsicana High School, she attended Prairie View A&M University shortly after and received her bachelor of science and business administration in 1975.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Maphema Humphrey; grandmother, Carrie Watts Updock; and a nephew, Stephen Smith Jr.

She leaves to mourn, her husband Larry Lewis, daughter Charunda Humphrey, a son Derrick Lewis, and a very special aunt, Arnetta Grant Young, all of Houston; four sisters, Wanda Smith and Mary Mosley of Corsicana, Annette Willis of Palestine and Carrie Elson of California; two brothers, Bobby Humphrey of Washington and Robert Humphrey of Corsicana; one sister-in-law, Ella Humphrey; two brothers-in-law, Harrell Mosley and Ron Elson; and many more relatives and friends.

Wake services will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Park Missionary Baptist Church in Houston.

Arrangements by Willie Waddell's Riverside, Houston.

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Josephine Lewis, 64, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. K.D. Davis Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Connie Lewis, W.C. Hawthorne, Marvin Lewis, David Hawthorne, John Hawthorne and Robert Earl Griggs. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Lewis Jr., Jonathan Lewis, Michael Griggs, Undre Smith, Henry Smith and Adrian Lincoln.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest Davis and Lizzie Lee Mosley; son, Elzie Davis; brothers, Nathaniel Griggs and Walter Davis; sister, Estelle Brooks; and father-in-law, Opal Lewis.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Lewis of Corsicana; children, Patricia Edwards (Walter), Beverly Smith (Harvey), Vickie Hood, Jimmy Lewis (Maria), Linda Lewis, Margaret Lewis and Darrin Lewis, all of Corsicana, Barbara Ann Wade (James) of New Caney and Jimmie Davis Prince; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Percy and Wilburn Lewis (Doris); and sisters-in-law, Mary Campbell, Helen Randall, Lucille Griggs and Doris Calhoun.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Isaac Tillman Blake
Oct 4, 1930 - Nov 2003

Tillman Blake
Tillman Blake of Blooming Grove passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Dresden Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Nov 26, 2003
  • Son of James Heath Blake, Jr. and Clara Mae (Knight) Blake

Rev. Clifford M. Young Sr.
Jul 13, 1949 - Nov 25, 2003

Rev. Clifford M. Young Sr.

The Rev. Clifford M. Young Sr., 54, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at Baylor Medical Center.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. A.E. Smith, pastor, with Prophet David Floyd officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Vincent Brown, Jerome Brown, Emmanuel Wilson, Harold Wilson, Johnnie Brewer and Lawrence Rubell. Honorary pallbearers will be Wardell Black and Johnny Walter.

The Rev. Young was born July 13, 1949, in Thornton. He was pastor of Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church, a 1967 graduate of G. W. Jackson High School and was employed by the Corsicana Independent School District.

Survivors include his wife, Elder Erma Smith Young; son and daughter-in-law, Clifford M. Young Jr. and Ella Young; two grandchildren, Tekoa and O'Thasshus; one brother, Billy W. Young; two sisters, Barbara Stovall (Gregory) and Edna Young; mother-in-law, Geraldine Alexander; one uncle, Charles Bolts; one aunt, Aunt Bobbie; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, the Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church family, and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, send all donations to the Faith to Faith Ministry, P.O. Box 1026, Corsicana, TX 75151.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Bishop Elect Clifford M. Young Sr.

Bishop Elect Clifford M. Young Sr., 54, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Baylor Medical Center.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. A.E. Smith, pastor, officiating. Prophet David Floyd will bring the message. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Vincent Brown, Jerome Brown, Harold Wilson, Johnnie Brewer, Lawrence Rubell and Marshall Williams Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Wardell Black and Johnny Walter.

He was born July 13, 1949, in Thornton. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was pastor of Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church for over 21 years. He was founder and president of Faith to Faith Ministries and the Exousia Conference. He was a 1967 graduate of G.W. Jackson High School, graduated from Navarro College in 1969, graduated from TSTI in 1971 and also graduated from D. Edwin Johnson Seminary School of Dallas. He was employed by Tom's Food for 20 years and was presently employed with the Corsicana Independent School District for almost 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Elder Erma Smith Young; son and daughter-in-law, Elder Clifford M. Young Jr. and Minister Ella Young of Dallas; two grandchildren, Tekoa and O'Thasshus; one brother, Billy Young (Gussie) of Dallas; two sisters, Barbara Stovall (Gregory) of Corsicana and Edna Young of Dallas; mother-in-law, Geraldine Alexander; one uncle, Charles Bolts of Dallas; one aunt, Aunt Bobbie of Waco; two brothers-in-law, the Rev. A.E. Smith (Linda) and Minister Carey Young (Linda), both of Corsicana; two sisters-in-law, Lillie O'Banion (Dwight) of Huntsville and Rhonda Jimmerson of Corsicana; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, the Calvary Full Gospel Baptist Church family, and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, send all donations to the Faith to Faith Ministry, P.O. Box 1026, Corsicana, TX 75151.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Jossie Hudson
Feb 18, 1910 - Nov 24, 2003

Mother Jossie Hudson

Mother Jossie Hudson, 92, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Heritage Oaks in Corsicana.

Quiet hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home Chapel.

Services will be noon Saturday at Church of the Living God PGT, 517 S. Powell St., Corsicana, with pastor Overseer Robert Newsome officiating and Elder I. Givins as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Mother Jossie Hudson was born Feb. 18, 1910, in Cherokee County. In 1942, she organized the Church of the Living God; was organizer of the first choir, City Wide Women's Convention and Gospel Chorus, member of the Eastern Star, Magnolia Chapter No. 42, where she served as worthy matron; Worldly Adviser No. 30; grand matron of the State of Texas; Sunshine Band member and worked for the M. B. Golden family 47 1/2 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Bishop Annell Castile; grandchildren, Dewey Castile, Rodrick Green and Lacreshia Green; two sisters, Louisa Lynch and Minnie Lee Vanibuls, both of Corsicana; other relatives and many, many dear friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Dorothy Ann Murchison
Oct 9, 1911 - Nov 25, 2003

Dorothy Murchison

Dorothy Murchison, 92, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dorothy Ann Murchison

Dorothy Ann Murchison, 92, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, in Corsicana.

Services will be today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Murchison was born on Oct. 9, 1911, in Hearne. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Kinsloe House, Literary Club and the Corsicana Retired Teachers Association. She taught music in elementary schools for 40 years in the Corsicana Independent School District. She was a graduate of the Kidd-Key Conservatory at the University of Texas where she received her BA & BBA, and was one of the oldest living members of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity. She later received her MA from East Texas State University.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Polk Murchison.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Frank and Lynn Murchison of Corsicana and William and Nancy Murchison of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law Ann and William Greenhill of Ft. Worth; grandsons William Polk Murchison III of Washington, D.C., John Alexander Murchison of Portland, Ore., Frank Murchison Jr. of Corsicana, Frank Murchison Greenhill of Ft. Worth and Joseph Robert Greenhill of Ft. Worth; grandsons and wives Dr. Ross and Amanda Murchison of Gatesville, Fla., and William Duke and Maggie Greenhill II of Alexandria, Va., and great-grandaughter Olivia Elyse Murchison of Gatesville, Fla.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the air conditioning/renovation or endowment funds at First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, Tx., 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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George Guy Tadlock
Feb 9, 1903 - Dec 11, 1966

C. G. Tadlock Final Rites Announced

George Guy Tadlock, 63, 1024 S. Rogers, died Sunday at the W. C. Tenery Community Hospital.

Final Rites will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Woody Northcutt officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.

Mr. Tadlock, a Waxahachie resident for 24 years, had farmed in the Nash and Milford communities before moving to Waxahachie.  At the time of his death, he was a carpenter and contractor by trade.

A native of Dawson, Mr. Tadlock was born Feb. 9, 1903.  He married Miss Amanda Kitchens at Dawson in 1926.

Survivors include his widow; two sons, Glenn tadlock of Waxahachie and Mack Tadlock of Lancaster; 9 grandchildren; 2 sisters; Mrs. Molly Whitenburg and Miss Ethel Tadlock, both of Purdon.

Notes:

  • Navarro County Leaves & Branches, Nov 2003, pg 29
  • Obituary Heading has "C. G. Tadlock"

Nola Ethel (Tadlock) Ash
Feb 7, 1909 - Aug 11, 1991

Ethel Ash

Ethel Ash, 82, of Corsicana, died Aug 11, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were 10 a.m. Tuesday in Dresden Cemetery with Rev. James McKey officiating.  Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  She was born Feb 7, 1909, in Dawson and had lived in Corsicana for most of her life.  She was a licensed vocational nurse.

She is survived by one sister, Martha Swanzey of Weslaco; one niece, Johnnie Faye Jones of Neederland; and two nephews, Glen Tadlock and Mack Tadlock, both of Waxahachie.

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  • Navarro County Leaves & Branches, Nov 2003, pg 29
  • Daughter of William Rufus Tadlock & Mary Etta (Guy) Tadlock
  • Married Alvin Ash on 7 June 1969 in Navarro Co., TX but divorced within a year.
  • Marker Photo

Mamie Elizabeth Whitten
Jan 11, 1873 - Jul 15, 1971

WHITTEN
Services were held Saturday in Corley Chapel for Mrs. Mamie Elizabeth Whitten, 98, who died July 16 in Memorial Hospital.

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, she has lived in Corsicana since 1928.  She was a member of the Westside Church of Christ.

Officiating was Claud Parrish and J. Leathel Roberts.  Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Miss Iva Whitten and Miss Ivan Whitten, both of Corsicana; four grandsons, Glenn Moore of San Antonio, Raz Moore of Galveston, John Whitten of Dallas and Don Whitten of Purdon; three granddaughters,  Mrs. Willie Hodge of Corsicana, Mrs. Floyd Ward of Levelland, and Mrs. Darrel Bowers of Mesquite and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Willie Hodge, John Whitten, Don Whitten, Leamon Phillips, H. A. Slaughter, and Clarence Thomas.

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Countis (Thompson) Cooper
Jul 18, 1909 - Nov 26, 2003

Countis Thompson Cooper, 94, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with B.F. Risinger officiating.

She was born July 18, 1909, in Olusty, Okla. She grew up in and around Fannin County and was a graduate of Bonham High School. She was a homemaker, a 50+ year member of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana and a former member of Kinsloe House.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Raymond A. Cooper; a son, Charles Dean Cooper and a sister Irene Little of Whitewright.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Jones of Plano; a son, Lynn Cooper of Corsicana; a sister Pauline Curtis of Bonham; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including Bobby Thompson of Corsicana; and her caregiver Dorothy Dunn.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Corsicana, the Corsicana YMCA or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Letha Helen Mayberry

Mrs. Letha Helen Mayberry, 79, of Corsicana and former resident of Hillsboro, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, at Heritage Oaks. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Hillsboro. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Jerry Ray Nichols

11/28/2003 Streetman man killed in motorcycle accident

From Staff Reports

A Streetman man died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident.

According to a report filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Jerry Ray Nichols, 50, of Streetman, was traveling westbound on FM 416 on a 2004 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic motorcycle at approximately 11:25 a.m. Nichols failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the roadway, crossing SECR 1240 and entering the north ditch.

The motorcycle approached a group of trees, traveling partially through them and causing the motorcycle to flip multiple times. The rider was thrown from the motorcycle and landed next to the group of trees. It is unknown whether or not Nichols was wearing a helmet.

Nichols was transported to Methodist Medical Center in Dallas via CareFlite and was pronounced dead at 1:25 p.m. His body was then transported to the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

The accident is being investigated by Trooper John Cabano. He was assisted by Troopers Matt McGinnis and Dane Baker and Sgt. Kenneth Authier. The Corsicana Fire Department and the Streetman VFD also responded

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Cora Williams
Nov 11, 1918 - Nov 2003

Lufkin (TX) Daily News, 16 November 2003

Services for Cora Williams, 85, of Yellowpine, will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Starr Funeral Home in Hemphill. Burial will follow in the Hemphill Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was born Nov. 11, 1918 in Corsicana and died Friday at the Hemphill Care Center.

Mrs. Williams had been a Nurse's Aide, and was a member of Yellowpine Baptist Church.

Survivors include: son, Billy Williams; niece, Millie Lane; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Starr Funeral Home of Hemphill, directors.

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  • Submitted by Don R. Brownlee

Betty Lloyd (Suttle) Ross
Jul 2, 1912 - Nov 19, 2003

Midland (TX) Reporter-Telegram, 20 November 2003

Betty Lloyd Suttle Ross died Wednesday, Nov. 19, at a local hospital.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Jerry Hilton officiating. Burial is to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born July 2, 1912, in Corsicana to Dr. Isaac Newton Suttle and Mariam Lloyd Suttle. After graduating from Corsicana High School, she attended Rice University and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in English. She taught in the Corsicana Public Schools and married Donald A. Ross in 1936. They lived in Victoria, Corpus Christi, Owensboro, Ky., and Evansville, Ind. In 1950 they moved to Midland. She was on the board of directors of the Permian Civic Ballet and was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Ryerson of Houston and Donna Carolyn Ross of Frisco and two grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home.

Messages and condolences may be e-mailed to pipkin@nts-online.net

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  • Submitted by Don R. Brownlee
  • Corsicana High School Class of 1929

Sam David Andrew
abt Jan 1840 - Dec 10, 1885

The Dallas Morning News:

Corsicana

A farmer found dead in the street.

Special to The News. Corsicana 10 December. Capt. Sam Andrew a well to do farmer residing about eight miles west of this city was in the city yesterday on business which kept him overnight. He stopped at the Grady House last night but was found by a policeman lying on the ground by the sidewalk dead. He slept during the night on the second story of the house and is supposed to have arisen in the night and walked out on the awning from which he fell to the ground. When found his neck was broken and his body was still warm. A coroner's jury was summoned and a verdict was rendered in accord with the above statement. His body was taken to his home this afternoon and will be buried at Blooming Grove tomorrow. Capt. Andrew was a candidate for the office of Tax Assessor of this county a few years since and was well esteemed throughout the country.

Broke His Neck

Fort Worth Daily Gazette:

Corsicana Texas 10 December 1885. Captain Samuel Andrew an old citizen of this county for a long time engaged in mercantile pursuits but lately engaged in farming fell this morning from the awning of the Grady House and striking on his head broke his neck and was instantly killed. His wife and children are in good circumstances. Capt. Andrew was a soldier during the Civil War in which he lost an arm.

"As may be imagined the tragic death of Sam Andrew had a profound effect on the Andrew Family. But the length of the effect was and still is astonishing."

My father wrote these lines about his greatgrandfather. After all, Dad was raised by Samuel David Andrew's son Oscar so my father grew up with all of these stories which were very immediate to him. It's another story from those times about another Sam Andrew, an ordinary man who had a brief moment of blazing history in his life.

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Billie Anne (Marney) Fauvelle
Apr 18, 1927 - Mar 17, 2000

Billie Anne Fauvelle

Billie Anne Fauvelle, 72, Half Way, died at 5:35 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, in Cox Medical Center South, Springfield. She was born April 18, 1927, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of Will Columbus and Annie M. McElwreath Marney. She lived on a farm just outside Arlington, Texas, for the first eight years of her life. Her family then moved to Corsicana, Texas, where she graduated from Corsicana High School in 1943. Shortly after high school graduation, she met her future husband, who was learning to fly at Corsicana Air Base. She was married to Robert W. Fauvelle on Sept. 2, 1944, in Liberal, Kan., and to this union four children were born; Robert Jr., David, Jayne and William. In March 1946, her husband was discharged from the Air Force and they settled in Corsicana, Texas. After his retirement in 1984, they moved to Missouri City, Texas, and in 1996 they moved to Half Way. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bolivar. She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Fauvelle of Half Way; three sons, Robert W. Fauvelle Jr. of Half Way, David Fauvelle of Rosenberg, Texas, and Bill M. Fauvelle of Spring, Texas; a daughter, Jayne Contorno of Missouri City, Texas; a sister, Mary Baltzelle of St. Augustine, Fla.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral mass was Tuesday, March 21, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Pat Wissman officiating. Music was provided by Carol Francka. Casketbearers were Robert W. Fauvelle Jr., Bill Fauvelle, David Fauvelle, Richard Contorno, Bill Colburn and Matthew Bel. Burial was in Crestview Memorial Gardens. A prayer vigil was held Monday evening with visitation following. Arrangements were under the direction of Butler Funeral Home.

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  • Bolivar Herald Free Press

Lorena Peden
Oct 23, 1921 - Nov 29, 2003

Lorena Peden, 82, of Corsicana, formerly of Silver City, passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday with B.F. Risinger officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Ms. Peden was born Oct. 23, 1921 to James Thomas and Quinna Mann Peden in Silver City. She worked for Haggar Slacks as an inspector for 17 years.

Survivors include sister Emma Peden Branham of Dawson; nieces and nephew Margie Quinn of Hearne, Frieda Ann Steen of Corsicana and John Henry Lineham of Cleburne; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Virgie Rea (Harris) McAdams

Virgie Rea Harris McAdams, 99, of Fairfield passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2003 in Fairfield. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel with Rev. Hoyt McPherson officiating. Interment will follow at Cade Cemetery. Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield.

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Georgia Ann (Gipson) McAfee-Maggard
Jul 28, 1925 - Nov 29, 2003

Georgia Ann (Gipson) Maggard, 78, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at Community Hospice of Texas. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Georgia Ann Maggard

CORSICANA -- Georgia Ann (Gipson) Maggard, 78, of Corsicana, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, in Community Hospice of Texas, Burleson.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in
Resthaven Memorial Park, West Highway 31, in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Ms. Maggard was born July 28, 1925, in Rice, Texas.

Corley Funeral Home
P.O. Box 1557
Corsicana, Texas 75151-1557
903-874-3755

Notes:

  • Cleburne Times Dec 1, 2003

Etta Clyde Merrell
Jul 8, 1910 - Nov 30, 2003

Etta Clyde Merrell, 93, of Texarkana, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003 in Texarkana.

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

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wortham Cemetery with Rev. Frank Williams officiating.

Mrs. Merrell was born July 8, 1910 in Curry. She was a member of St. Lukes Methodist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Merrell, in 1974.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Charles and Janis Merrell of Abilene and Wayne and Kerney Merrell of Arlington; daughter and son-in-law Ada and Bill Luter of Texarkana; sister Lenora (Dink) Williams of Hubbard; sister-in-law Virginia Livingston of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jene (Bridger) Maniss
Oct 6, 1931 - Nov 29, 2003

Jene Maniss

Jene Maniss, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at an Abilene medical center.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Chappell officiating and directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home in Abilene. Interment will be in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jene was born Oct. 6, 1931 to Ernest Bridger and Emma Alice Boswell in Corsicana. After her parents died when she was 11 years old, Jene went to the Methodist Home for Children in Waco and lived there until she graduated from Waco High School in 1948. Jene attended Baylor University and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree. On June 20, 1953, she married Dr. Robert E. 'Bob' Maniss in Lubbock. They have been residents of Abilene since 1970. Jene taught eighth grade science and Texas History and Honors American History at Cooper High School. At the time of her retirement after 33 years of teaching, she was a chairman of the Social Studies Department at Cooper High School. Subsequently, Jene was part owner of Ivy Lane Market for six years. She was very active in her church, St. Paul United Methodist, and served on the advisory board for School of Education at McMurry University.

Jene was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Survivors include husband Dr. Robert E. 'Bob' Maniss of Abilene; two daughters, Dr. Suzanne Maniss of San Antonio and Lynette Maniss of Corpus Christi; two brothers, H. Milton Campbell and wife Opal, and Jack Bridger and wife, Frances, all of Corsicana; a sister, Lillian McCuiston and husband Tom of Overland Park, Kan.; two grandchildren, Berkley Craig IV and Jeremy Craig; five nephews; and two nieces.

Arrangements by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, Abilene.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec 1, 2003
  • She was my grandmother's niece and was a daughter to the Emma Alice (Boswell) Bridger whose obit I sent you last week.

    Jene Maniss was a half-sibling to H._Milton_Campbell whose first name was Herman (but he went by Milton). Emma Alice (Boswell) Bridger was also his mother (she married her 2nd husband when he was a boy).   [submitted by Candice Underwood]

Arthur Bonner

Arthur Bonner, 86, of Streetman passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, at Palestine Regional Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. today at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church in Fairfield with the Rev. Darrell Houston officiating. Interment will follow at Rhode Island Cemetery in Streetman. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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L. C. McRae
Oct 1, 1931 - Nov 30, 2003

L.C. McRae, 72, of Frost passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.

Graveside services were 10 a.m. today at Frost Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Dowdy officiating.

Mr. McRae was born Oct. 1, 1931, in Centerville to L.C. McRae.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Mae McRae; and son, John Lynn McRae.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Paula McRae of Richland; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Joshua McRae; brother, Roy Ray McRae of Houston; and sister, Patsy Almond of Milford.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ethel Jewel (Andrus) Anderson
Dec 12, 1903 - Dec 1, 2003

Ethel Anderson

Ethel Anderson, 100, of China Spring and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Monday in a Valley Mills nursing home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Ethel was born at home in 1903 in North Zulch to Issac Augustus and Nettie Colonia (Madded) Andrus. She was the second of 12 children, all instilled with laughter and strong family ties. She married WWI veteran Edwin Albert Anderson, son of Swedish immigrants, of Kane, Pa. Aug. 1, 1925, at Groesbeck. Edwin preceded her in death in 1970. Ethel and Edwin lived in several locations as he followed his career, suffering through the Great Depression era of 1929 through 1941 of financial ups and downs, in the oil fields of Texas and Illinois finally retiring about 1960 from Mount Carmel, Ill., to the only house they ever owned in their 45 years of marriage, on her parents' land on Wintergreen Road in Hutchins.

She beheld the century of progress with enthusiastic wonderment from horse-drawn vehicles to supersonic flight, from outhouses to indoor plumbing, and kerosene lamps to refrigeration.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie D. Anderson and his wife, Ritzy, of China Spring and Ronald E. Anderson of Illinois; three granddaughters, Terri Elaine Ker of Valley Mills, Karol Luann Wilcox of French Gulch, Calif., and Nancy Lynn Harrold of Danvill, Ind.; grandson, Roger Kent Anderson of Toldeo, Ill; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson, Ethan Lane Anderson; sisters, Irene Mildred Rives, Annie Lucille Ashley and Patricia Louise Schepps, all of the Dallas area; youngest brother, Issac Augustus Andrus Jr. of Kaufman; numerous nephews, nieces and their children.

Almost 60 years passed before there was an adult death in her immediate family when her oldest brother, Walter Bertis died Nov. 3, 1959, in Corsicana; followed by her father, March 11, 1969, and her mother on Jan. 9, 1976; her sister, Cora Leona Dunn Lee, Dec. 10, 1974, in Bossier City, La.; brother, Thomas Norman, Sept. 23, 1986, in Hutchins; brother, Olliver Leonard, June 9, 1990, in Dallas; and her sister, Cleo Christine Olson, Jan. 12, 1993, in Dallas.

Arrangements by Foss Funeral Home, Valley Mills.

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Helen L. (Randolph) Taylor
Aug 7, 1924 - Nov 30, 2003

Helen L. Taylor

Helen L. Taylor, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

She was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Barry, the daughter of Elgie and Jessica Turner Randolph. She was reared in Blooming Grove and Rice where she attended high school. She then attended Navarro College. On Feb. 10, 1940, she was married to Loyd W. Taylor. After their marriage they lived in Ennis. In 1987 she retired from the Ennis ISD after 18 years. She loved to garden and was very active in GMA's. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and First Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Her favorite Bible passage was Proverbs 31:10-13.

She is survived by her husband, Loyd Taylor of Ennis; two sons and their wives, James and Janell Taylor of Ennis and Richard and Dena Taylor of Corsicana; a daughter and her husband, Sandra and Wayne Turner of Ennis; a sister, Imogene Puckett of Ennis; two half-sisters, Nannie Wileman of Mansfield and Virginia Robinson of Rice; six grandchildren, Kevin and his wife, Melissa Taylor, Kim and her husband, Chad Hrnjak, Dana and her husband, Robert Collins, Kerri and her husband, Tim Norton, Candace Taylor and Kelli Taylor; and one great-grandson, Taylor Chad Hrnjak. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Stephanie Taylor, in 1980.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at J. E. Keever Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Ennis with the Rev. Irvan Anthony and Mitch Chapman officiating. Interment will be in the Rice Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ron Banks, Leon Lee, O.V. Roland, Harold Taylor, Jimmy Tennery and Wayne Minter.

Arrangements by J. E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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L. Jackson
May 14, 1936 - Nov 30, 2003

L. Jackson, 67, of Kerens passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harry Hollingsworth officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Robert 'Pip' Harris
Jan 27, 1934 - Dec 1, 2003

Funeral services for Robert "Pip" Harris, 69, of Gladewater, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at First Baptist Church in Liberty City with the Rev. Bruce Wells and the Rev. Kenneth Hayman officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Cryer Creek Cemetery in Corsicana.

He was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Ferris, and he died on Monday, Dec. 1, 2003. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served during the Korean Conflict. He was retired from the Texas Highway Department and Brown & Root.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Harris of Gladewater; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Paula Harris of Mont Belvieu; daughter and son-in-law, Melynda and Jason Walker of Gladewater; five grandchildren, Micah Harris, Todd Harris, Chase Harris, Alexandra Walker and Abigail Walker; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred and Bill Luna of Fullerton, Calif., Mary Lou and Leroy Jackson of Houston, Marquita and John Young of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Liberty City First Baptist Church Building Fund, FM 4714 1252 West, Kilgore, TX 75662.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Croley Funeral Home, Gladewater.

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Betty Ann (Clements) Livengood
Aug. 18, 1932 - Nov 22, 2003

Betty Ann Livengood

After a brief struggle with lung cancer, Betty Ann Livengood died at home with her loved ones on Nov. 22.

Graveside memorial service were at Shadow Lawn Cemetery in LaGrange, Ga. The family requests that memorials be made to the Arthritis Foundation of America or the American Cancer Society.

Betty Ann Clements, born in Macon County, Ala., Aug. 18, 1932, was raised in LaGrange, Ga., where she lived until 1953. On Nov. 5, 1953, she married Sandy E. Livengood, a young Texas solider she met the previous year on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend. During the couple's 50-year marriage, Betty Ann traveled to more than 20 foreign countries, visited at least 25 states and established over 28 homes for her husband and two daughters following various military relocations. After retirement from the military, the Livengoods returned to Texas while Sandy attended law school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Betty Ann and Sandy have made their home in Gilmer since 1982.

Betty Ann was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Green Clements, and her mother, Lillie Celeste Bird Clements. Betty Ann is survived by her husband of 50 years, Sandy E. Livengood of Gilmer; her daughter, Debora Jean Livengood of Corsicana; her daughter, Celeste Diane Livengood Banks, and son-in-law, Woodruff A. Banks III, of Grapevine; and a sister, Lillie Byrd Greene of Charlotte, N.C.

Arrangements by Croley Funeral Home, Gilmer.

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Mable (Johnson) Rash
June 10, 1913 - Dec 3, 2003

Mable Johnson Rash, 90, of Streetman passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Elton McCann officiating. Interment will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Earl Minze, Benny Pillans, C. G. Rash, Rex Folmar, Billy Jones and Brad Vandyke.

Mrs. Rash was born June 10, 1913, in Streetman. She was a member of the Farm Bureau Club in Streetman and the Community Care Club of Richland-Chambers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hallie Rash; son and daughter-in-law, Freddie and Bonnie Rash; stepson, Charles Rash; and parents, Ralph and Bonnie Johnson.

Survivors include stepson and wife, Buddy and Jacquie Rash of Corsicana; stepdaughter and husband, Helen Rash and John Thompson of Boling; grandsons and wives, Ricky and Debbie Rash of Austin and Steve and Connie Rash of Longview; step granddaughters and husbands, Paula Rash and Billy Jones, Barbara and Bret Rash, and Beverly Thompson, all of Corsicana; step grandson, Dwayne Rash of Corsicana; sisters, Ruby Burleson of Corsicana and Kathleen Burleson of St. Elmo; great-grandson, Gatlin Rash of Austin; great-granddaughters, Emily Rash and [*name removed on request*], both of Austin, and Tamsin Rash and Alissa Rash, both of Longview; and seven step great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Hellen Marie (Spraggins) Qualls
Sept. 24, 1919 - Dec 3, 2003

Hellen Marie Spraggins Qualls, 84, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Horace Cobb and the Rev. Chad Owens officiating. Interment will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Mrs. Qualls was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Lohn, to Charles L. and Hattie L. Spraggins. She was a retired nurse and member of Unity Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Less Qualls.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Lester L. Qualls and Joyce of Palestine, Sammy Joe Qualls and Cheryle of Winkler, and Jimmy Don Qualls and Marsha of Eureka; daughter and son-in-law, Christine Steele and Abe of Richland; 10 grandsons; four granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Charles L. Spraggins and wife Nelda of Dublin; stepsister, Lucy Bell of Eureka; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Hortense Martin

Hortense Martin, 90, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Plaza Medical Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with Pastor L.L. Polk Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Chatfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Martin was born in Chatfield.

Survivors include her loving daughter and son-in-law, Rozelia Kendall (Sammie); son, Oren Martin; five grandchildren, Damone, Robin, Rhonda, Kimberly, DaQuetta, Terri and Melton; five great-granddaughters; five great-grandsons; one sister, Vashti Yarbough; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Nora (King) Dillard
Jun 10, 1918 - Dec 4, 2003

Nora King Dillard

Nora King Dillard was born in Henderson County on June 10, 1918 to the late Willie and Dora King. She departed this life and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 4, 2003 in Corsicana.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Percy Dillard; one son, Kenneth Dillard; her parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by one daughter, Betty Sanders of Trinidad; daughter-in-law, Mary Dillard of Trinidad; granddaughters, Kimberly Dillard of Trinidad, Angelia Snow and her husband Ronny Snow of Malakoff; and two great-grandsons who brought her so much joy, Hunter and Ethan Snow of Malakoff.

Mrs. Dillard was a lifelong resident of Trinidad and was a retired beautician. She was a member of the Malakoff First Assembly of God Church where she attended faithfully until her health would no longer permit. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who cherished her family dearly and took great pride in all their endeavors. She had a lovely smile and exhibited a gentle, yet steady spirit and was well though of and loved by those who knew her. She will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Malakoff First Assembly of God Church under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home of Athens, with the Rev. Gaylord Brown and the Rev. Kenneth Jones officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at First Assembly of God Church, 920 E. Royall Blvd., Malakoff.

Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

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Sarah Mae Kellum

Sarah Mae Kellum, 57, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Health Care & Rehab of Corsicana. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Modrall Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Roy Don Parrish

Roy Parrish

ANDREWS — Roy Don Parrish, 55, of Odessa, a driller, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, in Odessa.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Andrews Old Cemetery with Minister Mark Wilson officiating. Arrangements are by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Corsicana.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Donetta Tarpley of Midland; brothers, Gary Parrish and Tommy Parrish, both of Midland; sister, Imogene Hughen of Dallas; and two grandchildren

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Dewey Aldon Nesmith
Sep 26, 1913 - Dec 5, 2003

Aldon Nesmith

Aldon Nesmith, 90, of Dawson passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, in Dawson.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Dawson with the Rev. Brad W. Dancer officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Mr. Nesmith was born Sept. 26, 1913, in Spring Hill. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Dawson, where he served as a deacon for many years. He was a lifetime farmer and rancher in Navarro County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ida Mae Nesmith; brothers, Burley Nesmith, Roy Nesmith, Zoe Nesmith and William O. "Punk" Nesmith; and sisters, Clyde Howard and Gladys Watson.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Winnie Nesmith of Dawson; son and daughter-in-law, Don A. and Herlinda Nesmith of Dawson; daughter and son-in-law, Clara and Charles Patterson of Killeen; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Gunn of Dawson and Faye Webb of Corsicana; sister-in-law, JoDelle Nesmith of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Dawson Building Fund, P.O. Box 148, Dawson, TX 76639.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec 6, 2003
  • Son of William Oliver Nesmith & Ida Mae (Putman) Nesmith
  • Married Winnie Elora Stockard

James Clarence Barnett

James Clarence Barnett, 58, of Ohio passed away Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, in Kansas City, Mo. Memorial services will be noon Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Northside Assembly of God Church in Corsicana with James Williams officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Susan Diane Covington
May 3, 1948 - Dec 4, 2003

Susan Diane Covington, 55, of Houston passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Hampton Hospice Care Center. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Annie Ruth (Yarbrough) Green
Jul 15, 1921 - Dec 4, 2003

Ruth Green

Ruth Green, 82, of Waco, passed away at a local hospital on Thursday, December 4, 2003. Services are at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8 at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors Chapel with Rev. Van Vowell officiating, and burial to follow at Frost Cemetery. Visitation with family and friends will be from 3 to 5 on Sunday at the funeral home.

Annie Ruth was born to the late Delia Lucinda Williams and Perry Franklin Yarbrough on July 15, 1921, in Navarro County. She married Vinice Laverne Green in June of 1939. They enjoyed 57 years together before his death on March 23, 1996. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters and one grandchild.

Surviving Ruth are her two sons, Richard Green and wife, Charlotte of Lewisville and Randy Green and wife Susan of Waco; daughter, Margie Christman and husband, Verne (Butch) of Allegan, Michigan; seven grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Connally/Compton Funeral Directors in Waco.

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George Weston Bradberry
Mar 30, 1910 - Dec 6, 2003

Mr. George W. Bradberry, 93, of Rice passed away Saturday at 8 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2003, at his residence.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery.

George W. Bradberry was born March 30,1910, in Kaufman to James P. and Sue Bradberry. He married Margaret Cockrell Sept. 3, 1935 in Brunie.

He entered service with the United States Department of Justice on duty with the War Department on Sept. 8, 1942. His career with this service began Aug. 1, 1944, when he entered on duty as a Patrol Inspector. Only July 14, 1958, he was reassigned to the position of Immigration Inspector at the Laredo Suboffice, where he remained until he retired.

George Bradberry was a devoted husband and father. He was also a loving and caring grandfather and great-grandfather. He met no strangers and was kind to all.

He was preceded in death by parents James P. and Sue Bradberry.

Survivors include wife Margaret Ann Bradberry of Rice, son Preston Wayne Bradberry of Rice, granddaughter and husband Melissa and Shawn Holloway of Purdon, granddaughters Hanna Rogers of Corsicana and Andrea Rogers of Rice, grandson Brett Edward of Rice, great-grandson Jeremiah Bradberry of Purdon and Wesley Holloway of Blooming Grove, great-granddaughters Megan Jones of Purdon and Haley Holloway of Blooming Grove.

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Edna Lucile "Mimi" (Russell) Warren
Sep 10, 1918 - Dec 6, 2003

Edna Lucile "Mimi" Warren

Edna Lucile "Mimi" Warren passed away in Malakoff, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, surrounded by her beloved children. She was 85 years old. Although we grieve our loss, we praise the Lord for taking her to eternal peace and rest.

Lucile was born Sept. 10, 1918, to Lela Estelle McAlester and Archie Russell. Proceeding her father's death, she was raised by her mother and very special step-father, David Skiles.

Prior to his death, Lucile celebrated 60 years of marriage to Henry Franklin "Pug" Warren. They were long-time residents of Trinidad, where they owned Warren's Grocery for many years and raised their six children.

Precious memories of Lucile will be cherished by her children, Glen and Jesslyn Warren of Mankin, Patsy Warren of Trinidad, Larry Don and Frances Estes of Trinidad, Mickey and Freida Jones of Mankin and her baby, Michael Wayne Warren of Trinidad.

Others who were touched by her life were her grandchildren, Thomas and Karen Abbe, Steve and Mitzi Warren, Monty and Cindy Warren, Tommy and Lori Stewart, Mark and Tamra Thompson, Vincent and Tanya Norris, Eric Estes, James and Kristi Boyd and Kasey Spivey.

Great-grandchildren T. J., Lara and Sarah Abbe, Cameron and Bridgette Warren, Jon Stockstill, Mikey and Stacie Warren, Darren and Annette Studley, Bran and Summer McCoy, Brendon and Haley Stewart, Hannah and Haven Thompson, Dusty and Dakota Norris, Nicolas and Maci Estes, Bryn and Brandon Boyd, Jasey Spivey and Kaylee Callahan brought great joy to her life as did her seven great-great-grandchildren.

She will be missed also by her many good friends and caregivers.

Lucile was preceded in death by her father Archie Russell, her mother and step-father David and Lela Skiles, her husband Henry Franklin "Pug" Warren, her daughter Monte Rae Johnson, her grandson Wesley Franklin Warren and her great-grandson Dylan Thompson.

Services will be held at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens today at 2 p.m. Interment will be at the Trinidad Cemetery.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Trinidad Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 205, Trinidad, Texas 75163.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Jimmy Kemp

Jimmy Kemp, 56, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at his residence. Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Frank Clarence Pritchett
Jul 24, 1914 - Dec 7, 2003

Frank Clarence Pritchett, 89, of Athens passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at South Place Nursing Home in Athens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Hamilton officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Gus Gappelberg
Feb 18, 1920 - Dec 5, 2003

Gus Gappelberg, born February 18, 1920, passed away December 5, 2003. Born in Stryy, Ukraine, he came to this country in 1927 settling in Dallas. He was the oldest son of Mose and Rose Gappelberg of Dallas. He leaves behind his wife, Frances Grossman Gappelberg who rendered him care and assistance and was his loving wife for 59 years. He and Frances raised two children, Rodney Gappelberg of Dallas and Linda Gappelberg Montgomery of Gilbert, Arizona. He leaves in the care of his children four grandchildren, Molly Gappelberg, Allison Gappelberg, Ryan Montgomery and Grant Montgomery. He also leaves behind a sister and brother-in-law, Max and Frieda Glauben, and a younger, brother, Nathan Gappelberg, all of whom provided him with love and assistance, particularly during the last few years as his health gradually deteriorated. Another brother, Hymie Gappelberg, predeceased him. He also leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces. He attended Forest Avenue High School in Dallas and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps at Kelly Field in San Antonio. He was honorably discharged due to an injury to his hearing which afflicted him the rest of his life. After marrying Frances Grossman, he relocated to Corsicana, Texas, where he lived the bulk of his life and earned a living as a successful waste paper and rag recycler. He was very active in community affairs in Corsicana, and in particular, was a stalwart member of the Lions Club where he became a life time member. For many years he served as the "Tiger Tail Puller" raising money and encouraging others to give to charity more than they probably wanted. He was recognized by the Lions Club children's camp for his efforts in raising money for visually impaired children. He was also active in local politics, and served as the first president of the crime prevention council. His crowning achievement was serving Corsicana as its Mayor in the early 1990s. During his term, he worked hard to stimulate economic development, and he did his best to represent the city as mayor. He was instrumental in the visit to Corsicana by then candidate, Bill Clinton. Before his first election, President Clinton was the first democratic nominee to visit Corsicana since Franklin Roosevelt. Gus was also an active member of Congregation Agudas Achim in Corsicana serving as its president in 1967. After retirement, his health declined and he and his wife relocated to Dallas to be near their children and grandchildren. He became a regular gin player at the Jewish Community center where he could be found most any morning playing cards and enjoying the comradeship of his contemporaries. He and his wife became members of Shearith Israel Synagogue in Dallas. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than being accorded an aliyah on the High Holy Days each year. In later years his health declined precipitously. Known for his strong will, he survived numerous hospitalizations and surgeries with his will to live in tact. His deep love for his wife and family and his will helped sustain him during his illnesses. His family would like to thank his health care providers and particularly his care giver, Loudessa Grandison, for sustaining him. He was the eldest in his family and as such all others looked to him for counsel and guidance. His spirit and love will be greatly missed. Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 8, at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home on Northwest Highway. Pallbearers were Sanford Rudoff, Dan Paul, Neilson Goldman, Jason Gappelberg, Joshua Gappelberg, and Barry Glauben. Rabbi Adam Raskin officiated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gus' honor to the Jewish Community Center or Congregation Shearith Israel.

Arrangements by Sparkman/Hillcrest, Dallas.

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Dorothy (Conley) Deisher
Jul 1, 1919 - Nov 28, 2003

Dorothy Conley Deisher, born in Powers, Colo., former Corsicana resident and Navarro County welfare agent, longtime Dallas resident property manager, passed away at age 83 on November 28, 2003. She lived in retirement in Garland, Texas, for the last seven years. Her legacy is one of courageous spirit, determination, gentle understanding, and unconditional love for her children, Dee Ann Deisher Cosgrove, Robert Conley Deisher, and Mary Deisher Howington, all Corsicana High alumni, all currently living in Garland, Texas. She leaves eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her surviving brother is Richard Conley of Napa, Calif. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Deisher, and her grandson, Christopher Cosgrove. Mrs. Deisher was an active member of the Methodist church, a community leader, and was a benefactor of the Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, the American Diabetes Association and the New Beginnings Center in Garland, Texas. A private memorial was held at the family home in Garland. Resthaven Cemetery in Corsicana is her final resting place.

Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Dallas.

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Mae (Pascoe) Simmons
Nov 8, 1918 - Dec 5, 2003

Mae Pascoe Simmons, 85, of Conroe and formerly of Corsicana and Hubbard, passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Conroe Regional Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 13, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Simmons was born Nov. 8, 1918, in Memphis, Tenn., to H. W. and Violet Pascoe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, D. L. Simmons; and son, Tommy Jack Simmons.

Survivors include her sons, Jerry L. Simmons and wife Kay of Conroe, and Richard Paul Simmons and wife Ann of Saginaw; daughter, Sandra Kay Simmons of Curitiba, Brazil; five grandchildren, Karen Lynn Simmons and husband Kevin Smoot of Atlanta, Ga., Robert Alan Simmons of Conroe, Richard Cameron Simmons and wife Elizabeth of Clear Lake, Sherri Lynne Rogers and husband Gregg of Saginaw, and Mary Catherine Guy of Hartwell, Ga.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Durwood O. Phillips
May 1, 1922 - Dec 8, 2003

D. O. Phillips, 81, of Dallas and formerly of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at his residence.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to service time at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Terry Skinner officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery

Mr. Phillips was born May 1, 1922, in Trinidad to Barney and Lovetta Phillips. He served in the United States Army in World War II.

Survivors include his son, Jimmie Phillips of Corsicana; grandchildren, Britney Phillips, Bailee Phillips and Brayden Phillips, all of Oklahoma City, Okla., Cristi Millsap of Sulphur Springs, and Ava Phillips of Seattle, Wash.; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Wanda Gore of Conroe.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Margery Fern Hoener

Margery Fern Hoener, 89, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Herman Edward Casey, Jr.

Herman Edward Casey Jr., 58, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

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Willie Imogene (Toten) Porter
Aug 20, 1922 - Dec 9, 2003

Imogene Porter

Imogene Porter, 81, of Hillsboro passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Richland Cemetery in Mertens with the Rev. G. W. French officiating.

Mrs. Porter was born Aug. 20, 1922, in Medicine, Texas, to Elmer Archie Toten and Cora French Toten. She was a restaurant owner for many years.

Survivors include her son, John Peugh of Fort Worth; stepdaughters, Betty Cunningham and husband Wayne of North Richland Hills and Jackie Porter of Dallas; numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, E.A. and Northea Toten of Blooming Grove; and sister, Carmel and Jessie Slater of Mertens.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Randy Lee Force
Sep 14, 1973 - Dec 10, 2003

Randy Lee Force, 30, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2003 at his residence at L&S Ranch.

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

Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating.

Pallbearers will be Robert Wade, Dwayne Lotterdale, B.J. Arnold, Brandon Blue, Rodney Glasgow and Billy Tramel.

Mr. Force was born Sept. 14, 1973, in Albany, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Kelley Force of Corsicana; daughter, Randa Force of Corsicana; father, Robert Force of Kerens; mother, Linda Force of Missouri; brothers, Robbie Force and Albert Force, both of Kerens, and Jason Force of Oklahoma; sisters, Angela Parker of Missouri and Teresa Force of Ennis; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Dorothy (Brandon) Jones
Dec. 24, 1926 - Dec 9, 2003

Dorothy Brandon Jones, 76, of Corsicana and formerly of Midland, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Health Care & Rehab.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Alfred Cox, pastor, with the Rev. Harold Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be deacons of Mount Olive Baptist Church and friends of the family.

She was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Eureka. She attended G. W. Jackson High School. She was a member of Renfro Chapel Church of God in Christ. She moved to Midland in 1957 and worked for Marion Flint for 20 years. After moving to Midland, she united with St. Paul CME Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Vickie Joyce of Corsicana; one sister, Ada B. Johnson of Denver, Colo.; four brothers, Louis (Cora Lee) Brandon, Nathaniel (Lillian) Brandon, James (Bessie) Brandon and Jerry (Delores) Brandon, all of Corsicana; one uncle, James Brantley; four grandchildren, Tiffany, Terrance, Angelica and Arlisa; seven great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Mary Elizabeth (Worley) Quinn
Apr 21, 1921 - Dec 10, 2003

Mary Elizabeth Quinn, 82, of Waco passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Ridgecrest Retirement Center in Waco.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Mrs. Quinn was born April 21, 1921, in New York, N.Y., to Nathaniel Talmadge and Eleanor Farmer Worley. She attended school in the Washington, D.C. area and graduated from college with a teaching degree. She met Robert Norvell in 1944 when he was stationed near Washington for pilot training for World War II. They were married Dec. 27, 1944. They had three sons, Robert Jr., Ralph T. and Bruce D. Norvell. In 1956, while the family lived in Ennis, Robert Norvell died in an automobile accident leaving Mary Elizabeth and three sons. She moved to Waco and began teaching school at Sanger Avenue Elementary. She and her family joined First Presbyterian Church. She married Robert Hunt and continued to teach in the Waco ISD for over 20 years. She divorced Mr. Hunt in 1968 and later married Michael J. Quinn. She retired from teaching in 1982 and began to take trips and enjoy her new granddaughter, Jessica. Tragically she suffered a debilitating stroke in 1984. She had lived at Ridgecrest Retirement since it opened where she received wonderful care from the loving staff.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Robert Jr.; parents; mother-in-law, Margaret Rutherford Norvell; father-in-law, Ralph N. Norvell; and brothers-in-law, Ralph Norvell Jr. and Chet Reames.

Survivors include her son, Ralph T. Norvell, and his daughter, Jessica Norvell; son, Bruce D. Norvell, and his two sons, Bruce Jr. and Chet Norvell; and sisters-in-law, Jane Reames and Jo Norvell.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Margaret A. (Graves) Evans
Jul 21, 1918 - Dec 2003

Margaret Graves Evans

Margaret Graves Evans, 85, of San Antonio passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wade Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Danna Kay Lamb
Jun 20, 1956 -  Dec 10, 2003

Danna Kay Lamb, 47, of Biloxi, Miss., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, in Biloxi, Miss.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Garrett, David Wayne Garrett, Jeremy Garrett, Devin Garrett, Eric Hancock and Sean Schultz.

She was born June 20, 1956, in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eunice Marion Miller.

Survivors include her daughter and fiance, April Lamb and Bobby Frazier of Biloxi, Miss.; sons, Terry Lamb of Corsicana and Clayton Miller and fiancee Danielle Millet of Biloxi, Miss.; grandsons, Tristen Frazier, Chase Miller, Hagen Miller and Colton Miller, all of Biloxi, Miss.; granddaughters, Sierra Frazier and Patience Millet, both of Biloxi, Miss.; father, Weldon C. Miller of Corsicana; and sister, Jan Salinas of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Audrey Castles
Oct 9, 1909 - Dec 11, 2003

Audrey Castles, 94, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be 4 to 5 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Mission Burial Park North in San Antonio. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bobby 'Jack' Vaughn, Sr.

Bobby 'Jack' Vaughn Sr., 68, of Tool passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 at a Tyler medical center. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel of Athens with Rev. Gary Wright officiating. Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

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William E. 'Bill' Harrison  [ Funeral Memento ]
Aug 11, 1924 - Dec 11, 2003

William E. "Bill" Harrison, 79, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

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

Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-nephews Stephen Harrison and Stuart Harrison.

Mr. Harrison was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Alma. He was a lifelong resident of Corsicana. He and his brothers owned and operated Harrison Brothers Paint Contractors for over 40 years. He was a veteran of World War II and received the Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A devoted husband and father, he was also a loving grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Harrison; parents, H. H. and Willie Lora Harrison; and brother, Elvin Harrison.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Jim Lightfoot of Windermere, Fla., Carol and Bobby Morehead of Cypress, and Dana and Mike Miller of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Lucy Harrison of Katy; grandchildren, Terri Lightfoot of Reno, Nev., Jamie Eppenauer of Woodinville, Wash., Allison Lightfoot of Exira, Iowa, Fred Buchanan of Las Vegas, Nev., James Lightfoot Jr. of Kansas City, Mo., Chris Morehead of Denton, Daniel Harrison of Denver, Colo., Betsy Pickett of Houston, and Lauren Miller and Layton Miller, both of Corsicana; and nine great-grandchildren.

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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David Marvin Helmer
Jul 28, 1938 - Dec 12, 2003

David Marvin Helmer, 65, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. David Hale and the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Jim Shampler will give the eulogy. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Helmer was born July 28, 1938, in Enid, Okla., to Marvin Rice Helmer and Homerine E. Miller Helmer. He graduated from Hillsboro High School and the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Helmer had worked at the Social Security office for many years where he retired in September. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Corsicana and was also a member of the New Horizon Band at Navarro College.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Helmer of Corsicana; daughters, Karen Helmer of Fort Worth and Cynthia White and husband Loren of Dallas; grandchildren, Taylor and Haley White of Dallas; sister, Lonora Wolverton and husband Gary of Austin; nieces and nephews, Deborah Webster and Scott of Smithville and Greg Wolverton and Lori of Cedar Park.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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DAVID HELMER

Mr. David Marvin Helmer, 65, of Corsicana died Friday, December 12, 2003 at a Fort Worth hospital. He was born July 28, 1938 in Enid, Oklahoma, son of Marvin Rice Helmer and Homerine E. Miller Helmer. A graduate of Hillsboro High School and University of Texas at Austin, he had worked for Social Security for many years before retiring in September. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Corsicana Kiwanis Club and New Horizon Band of Navarro College. He was preceded in death by his mother in 1990. Survivors include: his wife, Jane; two daughters; two grandchildren; one sister; one niece; and one nephew. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 15, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with Dr. David Hale, Rev. Mike Alexander and Jim Shampler officiating. Burial was at
Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

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Sarah Beth (Knox) Storm-Russell
Aug 19, 1945 - Dec 11, 2003

Sarah Beth Russell

Sarah Beth Russell, 83, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Amarillo. Officiating will be Dr. Jim Bankhead, senior pastor, and Dr. Murray Gossett, associate pastor. Entombment will be in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mrs. Russell was born May 21, 1920, in Corsicana to Elizabeth Murchison Knox and Christopher Johnson Knox.

She graduated from the University of Texas, cum laude, and taught English. In later years, she proved herself to be a very capable businesswoman, successfully managing the family business for 15 years.

She was a former president of the Junior League of Amarillo and a member of the JUG (Just Us Girls) Club.

Mrs. Russell was the mother of two sons, Frank J. Storm III, who was born Aug. 19, 1945, and died January 1964, and Christopher K. Storm, who was born March 7, 1951.

She married Frank J. Storm in 1944 and they moved to Amarillo in 1945. He preceded her in death in September 1963. She married Hollis T. Russell in 1971 and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Survivors include one son, Christopher K. Storm, and a daughter-in-law, Marguerite Delacroix Storm; six grandchildren, Christopher K. Storm Jr. (23), George M. Storm (21), Andrew M. Storm (20), Felicien Poncelet (26) and his wife Claire, Remi Poncelet (24), and Tessa Poncelet (22); two great-grandchildren, William (9) and Marc (2); her stepchildren, Ann Castleberry of Plainview and Hollis Russell Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.; step grandchildren, Josh Russell, Hugh Russell Jr., Susan Feasel, Brittney T. Russell, Thomas Exum Russell; and five step grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Kidney Foundation, 7205 Interstate 40 West, Suite C., Amarillo, TX 79106; or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 600 W. 11th, Amarillo, TX 79101.

Arrangements by Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel, Amarillo.

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Sara Beth Russell

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Jim Bankhead, senior pastor, and Dr. Murray Gossett, associate pastor, officiating. Entombment will be in Llano Cemetery Mausoleum by Blackburn-Shaw Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel, Fifth Avenue and Pierce Street.

Mrs. Russell was born May 21, 1920, in Corsicana to Elizabeth Murchison Knox and Christopher Johnson Knox. She graduated from the University of Texas, cum laude and taught English.

In later years, she proved herself to be a capable businesswoman, successfully managing the family business for 15 years. She was a former president of Junior League of Amarillo and a member of JUG (Just Us Girls) Club.Mrs. Russell was the mother of two sons, Frank J. Storm III, who was born Aug. 19, 1945, and died in January 1964 and Christopher K. Storm who was born March 7, 1951. She married Frank J. Storm in 1944 and they moved to Amarillo in 1945.

He preceded her in death in September 1963. She married Hollis T. Russell in 1971 and he preceded her in death in 1995.

Survivors include a son, Christopher J. Storm and wife, Marguerite Delacroix; six grandchildren, Christopher K. Storm Jr., 23, George M. Storm, 21, Andrew M. Storm, 20, Felician Poncelet, 26, and wife, Claire, Remi Poncelet, 24, and Tessa Poncelet, 22; two great-grandchildren, William, 9, and Marc, 2; her stepchildren, Ann Castleberry of Plainview and Hollis Russell Jr. of Sarasota, Fla.; her stepgrandchildren, Josh Russell, Hugh Russell Jr., Susan Feasel, Brittney T. Russell, Thomas Exum Russell; and five step great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to American Kidney Foundation, 7205 W. Interstate 40, Suite C, Amarillo, TX 79106; or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 600 W. 11th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101.

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  • Amarillo Globe News, 14 December 2003Sarah Beth Russell, 83, of Amarillo died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003.
  • Submitted by Don Brownlee

Opal Madie (Green) Rasco-Ross
Dec 21, 1911 - Dec 9, 2003

Opal Ross, 91, of Abilene passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Services will be 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Interment will follow at Lone Oak Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Margaret Clara (Willard) Hensley
Nov 11, 1923 - Dec 11, 2003

Margaret Clara Willard Hensley, 80, died peacefully and surrounded by her family on Dec. 11, 2003, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Services will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Dr. Dan Darby officiating. Interment will follow at Walkers Creek Cemetery in Cameron.

Born Nov. 11, 1923, in Corsicana, Margaret was the third child of the late J. G. and Clara Fuller Willard of Corsicana. She graduated from Corsicana High School, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. A true Texan through the years, she lived in Corsicana, Cameron, Temple, Garland and in Dallas with her son Robert.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Garland, and the Colonel George Mason Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Among her many pursuits was an avid interest in genealogy, and in recent years she developed an extensive library of genealogical research, tracing her family tree to the 17th century.

Margaret was preceded in death by her father and mother, a brother, Gordon Willard, a son, John Willard Hensley, and her husband of 43 years, Clyde Hensley Jr. She is survived by her sons, Clyde Westbrook Hensley III of Carrollton, David Duane Hensley and wife, Rhonda Hensley, of Garland, and Robert Willard Hensley of Dallas; grandchildren, Jeffrey Kyle Hensley, Anne Westbrook Hensley Martin, Christopher David Hensley, Jennifer Anne Hensley, and Kevin Carter Hensley; great-grandchildren, Mallory Anne Martin, Vanessa Michelle Martin, Stephanie Paige Martin, Kyle Westbrook Hensley, Kaden Robert Hensley, and a great-granddaughter due in April; brothers, Gradon F. Willard of Pittsburg, Pa., and Navin I. Willard of Dallas; a sister, Ellen Jeanne Adair of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews: Jeffrey Hensley, Christopher Hensley, Kevin Hensley, Brett Willard, Frank Pouzar, Clyde William Hensley, Mark Hensley and Pete Hochendale.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the National Cancer Institute or the American Heart Association. The family would like to express its thanks and grateful appreciation for the care and support provided by Dr. Robert L. Fine, Dr. Houston Holmes, and the doctors, nurses and staff of the Roberts Hospital at Baylor Medical Center.

Arrangements by Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home, Cameron.

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Margaret Clara (Willard) Hensley

Margaret Clara Willard Hensley, 80 of Dallas died December 11 in a Dallas Medical center. Services Monday, December 15 at Chapel. Burial will follow in the Walkers Creek Cemetery. She was born in Corsicana, November 11, 1923 to J. jG. and Clara Fuller Willard. She graduated from Corsicana High School, attended the University of Texas at Austin and had lived in Corsicana, Cameron, Temple Garland and Dallas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Garland and the Colonel George Mason Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was preceded in death by parents, a brother, Gordon Willard, a son, John Willard Hensley and her husband of 43 years, Clyde Hensley, Jr. Survivors include, sons, Clyde Westbrook Hensley III of Carrollton, David Duane Hensley of Garland and Robert Willard Hensley of Dallas, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; brothers Gradon F. Willard of Pittsburgh, PA and Nevin I Willard of Dallas, a sister Ellen Jeanne Adair of Corsicana
 

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  • Corsicana High School Class of 1940
    (Listed as a Junior in 1939 but does not appear in the Senior Class of 1940)
  • Walkers Creek Cemetery, Cameron, Tx.
  • w/o Clyde Westbrook Hensley, Jr. d/o John Gordon Willard, Sr. and Clara (Fuller) Willard

Lena Pauline (Branam) Southard
Nov 14, 1914 - Dec 13, 2003

Lena Pauline Branam Southard of Blooming Grove passed away on Dec. 13, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Glooming Grove with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. Officiating will be Grady Cashion and Ferman Carpener.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Glenn, Jarrett and Ted Southard, Jeff Berry, David Baumgartner, David Peterson and Jon Thornhill.

Pauline was born in Denton County. Pauline, better known ad Miss Polly, and her husband Fred raised their three sons in the Mills Creek bottom north of Blooming Grove. Miss Polly was very active in First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove where she was a member. She loved her Lord and was active in WMA and Sunday School.

Miss Polly was preceded in death by her husband Fred Southard of 45 years, who passed away Dec. 23, 1982. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.

Miss Polly is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Freddy and Glynda Southard of Blooming Grove, Kenneth and Molly Southard of Blooming Grove, and Roland and Linda Southard of Avalon; grandchildren, Glenn and Gretchen Southard of The Woodlands, Jarrett and Melanie Southard of Avalon, Ronda and David Peterson of Blooming Grove, Alicia and Jeff Berry of Corsicana, Ted and Lauren Southard of Blooming Grove, Cynthia and David Baumgartner of Blooming Grove, and Jamie and Jon Thornhill of Lindale; great-grandchildren, Travis, Kyle and Abby Southard, Caide Southard, Parker and Tyler Ellis, Logan and Madison Peterson, Ragan Kennemore, Bailey Berry, Sarah and Hannah Southard, Tyler and Luke Baumgartner, and Jay and Jenna Thornhill; and her companion of the past two years, Irma Reyes.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Helen Margaret Davis

Helen Margaret Davis, 78, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003. She has, throught the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, gone to be with Him and many cherished loved ones.

Helen was married to Bill Davis for 62 years. She was the loving mother to three children -- Don Davis of Grapevine, Beverly Bonner of Corsicana and Bob Davis of Grapevine.

She spent many years involved in church activities and took great joy in teaching youth and helping them with their growth in faith. She also loved to cook and garden.

Helen "Meemaw" was the caring and doting grandmother of five, who all will greatly miss her. Jennifer, Josh, Geoff, Alicia and Katie know their grandmother is in Christ's hands. She had the wonderful opportunity to experience the first 16 months of her only great-grandson, Luke.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, sister Mary, sister-in-law Clara and brother-in-law Jamie Alfred. She is celebrating her reunion with them today.

Memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 11 a.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Nadine McElroy Hutchins
May 28, 1928 - Dec 13, 2003

Nadine McElroy Hutchins, 75, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Hutchins was born May 28, 1928 in Corsicana.

She is survived by son Robert T. Morgan and wife Diana of Houston; daughter, Marilyn Geeslin and husband R. D. of Roane; grandchildren, Robert D. Morgan of Houston, Stephen J. Morgan and Brandi of Spring, Danna Lockhard and Bryon of Jarrell, Gary Morgan and Stephanie of Corsicana; and Misty Foley and Waylon of Roaane; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Patsy Rozell and Deloise Jamison of Chandler.

Arrangments by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Herman C. Moore
Aug 14, 1907 - Dec 13, 2003

Herman C. Moore, 96, of Malakoff passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 at Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Malakoff with Dr. Robert Webb officiating. Burial will be at Kerens Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.

Pallbearers will be Masons.

Mr. Moore was born Aug. 14, 1907 in Mena, AK.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel, in 1933; second wife, Mary Lee, in 1960; third wife, Letha, in 1996; brother, Cecil; and sisters, Bertha and Ruby.

Mr. Moores is survived by a son, Weldon C. Moore of The Woodlands; daughter, Wanda Price of Garland; grandson, Mark Moore of Spring; granddaughters, Marice Brain of Decatur, AL and Dana Norris of Mesquite; great-grandsons, Hunter Norris of Mesqquite, Tyler and Travis Brain, both of Decatur, AL; great-granddaughther, Madelaine Brain of Decatur, AL; brother Doyle Moore of Tyler; sister, Imo Pugh of Cleburn; aunt, Alba Guinn of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Earl Floyd McCain
June 13, 1922 - Dec 13, 2003

Earl Floyd McCain, 81, of Frost passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Frost Methodist Church with the Rev. Sheron Bell officiating. Interment will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Littlefield Memorial Park in Littlefield, TX.

Mr. McCain was born June 13, 1922 in Paducah, TX. He was a prisoner of war in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Robena Fortenberry McCain on Feb. 26, 2003.

Mr. McCain is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Donny and Patricia McCain of Lancaster; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Keith Speer of Frost; grandchildren, Dwayne Speer (1st Lt., USMC) and wife Belinda of Kerens, Alan and Laura Speer of Forney, Elaine and Jeremy Woods of Frost, Rebecca Palmer of Lancaster, Kristi and Paul Bischoff of Richland, N.C., and Brad McCain (senior airman, USAF) of Mt. Home, Idaho; great-grandchildren, Russ Kincaid (Specialist-4th Class, USA) of Fort Louis, Washington, Brandi Kincaid of Terrell, Sydney Woods of Frost, Gus Bischoff of Richland, N.C., Noah Bischoff of Richland, N.C., and Skylar Dutton of Terrell; and brother and sister-in-law, Doyle and Patricia McCain of Grand Junction, CO.

Memorials may be made to Frost Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Esther D. Moses

Esther D. Moses, 78, of Irving passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 at Baylor Medical Center of Irving. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Beltline Church of Christ with Mr. Jerry McKey and Mr. Don Hatch officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Pauline E. (Scruggs) Slater
April 5, 1913 - Dec 14, 2003

Pauline Scruggs Slater

Pauline Scruggs Slater, 90, lifelong resident of Corsicana and Frost, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Twilight Home.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Slater was born April 5, 1913, in Irene to Paul and Hester Woods Scruggs. She was a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; and son, Kenneth.

Survivors include her sisters, Maudina Moore and husband Allen of Corsicana and Mary Lou Wright of Dallas; brother, Dewey Scruggs and wife Daisy of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Jane Slater of Plano; and grandchildren, Karen Fryer, Leslie Slater and Suzanne Crowsey, all of Plano.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Clyde Wesley Lusk
May 22, 1921 - Dec 14, 2003

Clyde W. Lusk

Clyde W. Lusk, 82, of Blooming Grove passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at his residence.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Bill Oliver and Bryan Connally officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

Mr. Lusk was born May 22, 1921, in Decatur, Ala., to Joseph Lusk and Katy Prater. He worked for Procter and Gamble as a welder for many years. He served in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Mavis Hollingsworth Lusk of Blooming Grove; daughters and sons-in-law, Bobbie and Terry Houchins of DeSoto, Betty and Don Russell of Duncanville and Bryne and Donnie Young of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Matt Young, Kevin Young, Casey Young, Kerry Layfield and Brad Russell; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray Lusk of Blooming Grove, Jimmy Lusk and wife Mildred of Houston, Lee Lusk and wife Martha of Houston; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Lusk of Blooming Grove, Mary Lou Lusk of Florida; Bernice Prater of Blooming Grove and Odessa Smith of Blooming Grove; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lewis and Jean Hollingsworth of Hillsboro; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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LUSK, CLYDE W. LUSK, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2003 at his residence in Blooming Grove. Service will be today at 3:00 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Burial will follow atRosehill Cemetery. Born May 22, 1921 at Decatur, Alabama to Joseph and Katy Prater Lusk. Surviving relatives include wife: Mavis Hollingsworth Lusk, Blooming Grove. Daughters and sons-in-law Bobbie and Terry Houchins, DeSoto. Betty and Don Russell, Duncanville, Bryne and Donnie Young Blooming Grove. 5 Grandchildren. 12 Great-Grandchildren. 3 Brothers, 7 Sisters-in-law, 1 Brother-in-law. Many nieces and nephews. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Corsicana, TX 903-874-4774

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Thomas Alvis Farmer
Apr 25, 1935 - Dec 14, 2003

Tom A. Farmer

Tom A. Farmer, 68, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at his home in Nederland.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland with the Rev. Dan Malain officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Broussard's in Nederland. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today with a Christian Vigil to be held at 7 p.m. at the mortuary. Pallbearers will include his four sons and two grandsons, Jason and Justin Kuykendall.

A native of Purdon, Mr. Farmer lived in the Nederland area for 21 years. He was an engineer for 40 years and received his degree from the University of Houston and Texas A&M. He owned and operated T&N Laboratories and Engineering Inc. in Nederland for the past 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, T. D. and Laura Farmer; his youngest son, Kalub Farmer; and his sister, Francis Buck. Survivors include his wife Nancy; daughters, Betty J. Kuykendall of Corsicana and Stephanie Helms of Boise, Idaho; sons, Randy and Jeff Farmer of Corsicana, Thomas Kevin Farmer of Jasper, and Marty L. Baque of Fannett and their spouses; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jesse, Edward and Dwayne Farmer; six sisters, Elizabeth Armstrong, Emma Meador, Rita Bernsen, Sandy Youngblood, Barbara Blum and Wiletta Farr; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Broussard's Mortuary, Nederland.

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L.C. Courtney

L.C. Courtney, 83, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Derrick L. Barton officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Eula Mae Bonner
Feb 23, 1924 - Dec 12, 2003

Eula Mae Bonner, 79, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, at Heritage Oaks West.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 409 N. Third St., with the Rev. Jessie Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Silent Grove Cemetery in Cheneyboro.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

She was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Winkler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Susie Mae Bonner; two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include her son, John Packer (Yvonne) of Fort Worth; three grandchildren, Charles, Dawana and Taiwan; one great-granddaughter, Dynmond; two sisters, Mattie Merida of Corsicana and Grace Grant of Streetman; three brothers, James Bonner of Corsicana, John Bonner of Marlin and Robert Bonner of Giddens; one uncle, Richard Anderson of Corsicana; a host of nieces and nephews including Leo and Andre (Peewee) Gunnell of Corsicana; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Evelyn (Johnson) Menton
Nov 1, 1937 - Dec 14, 2003

Evelyn Johnson Menton, 66, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at her residence.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Texas Conference Center, 5301 W. State Highway 31, with Pastor Ricky Walter officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be John Wayne Miller, Leonard Dempsey, James Bowens and Dale Keith Murry.

Mrs. Menton was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Roane. She was a member of Lifeline Fellowship Church. She was retired from the Corsicana Police Department as a crossing guard for the school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Addie Johnson; husband, Ruel Menton; three sisters, Carolyn Kidd, Ruby Murry and Addie Bowens; and two brothers, Edgar Johnson and Walter L. Johnson.

Survivors include her three daughters, Loretta Johnson and Debra Johnson, both of Corsicana, and Gidget Goodman of Lancaster; one son, Ruel Menton Jr. of Fort Worth; goddaughter, Tomisha Scott; four sisters, Estella Sansom, Lula Jean Johnson, Dorothy Hubbard and Earnestine Culton, all of Dallas; two brothers, Harvey Johnson of Corsicana and David Johnson of Austin; aunt, Jewel Riles of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren, Tony, Myron, Derek, Delpha, Bibi, DeAndrea, Brandi, Charles, Demetresae, Prentis, PaDeishea, Ruel III, Candace and Jacorey; 13 great-grandchildren; devoted sister-in-law, Flora Johnson; devoted brother-in-law, C.L. Kidd; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Wanda Lida (Beasley) Adams-Beene
Jul 31, 1925 - Dec 16, 2003

Wanda Lida Beene

Wanda Lida Beene, 75, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Brother David Mitchell officiating.

Mrs. LaBeene was born July 31, 1925, in Kerens to Thomas Beasley and Lida Selman Beasley. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the USO Show. She helped in the community whenever they were in need. She was the last surviving child of the Beasley family.

Survivors include her son, James Ray Adams of Morgan Mills; daughters, Sharon Bland and Linda Spicer, both of Corsicana, Garla Reed of Kerens and Susanne Huffman of Mesquite; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec 18, 2003
  • w/o Melvin Ray Adams & Robert Barry Beene; d/o Thomas Conner Beasley & Lida (Selman) Beasley

Lura Belle Cunningham
Jun 18, 1929 - Dec 16, 2003

Lura Belle Cunningham, 74, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at Twilight Nursing Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Providence Cemetery in Mildred with the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating.

Mrs. Cunningham was born June 18, 1929, in Mildred to Luther A. Cunningham and Lura Barn Johnson Cunningham. She graduated from Mildred High School in 1947. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include a number of cousins and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Leroy Poteet
Nov 16, 1918 - Dec 18, 2003

Leroy Poteet

Leroy Poteet, 85, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney and the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery.

Mr. Poteet was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Wortham. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Westside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tommie Laroy Poteet; parents, Roy B. and Hanna Belle Poteet; and brothers, Wilmer Poteet and Ray Poteet.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby "Doll" Poteet of Corsicana; sons, Robbie Poteet and wife Janice of Chandler and Eddie Poteet of Austin; sisters, Katherine Moorehead and husband Troy, Faye Watkins, and Aline Watkins and husband Earl, all of Corsicana; granddaughters, Kim Ingersoll and husband Bud of Albuquerque, N.M., Jennifer Hemingway and husband Erik of Allen, Lauren Poteet of Chandler and Michelle Poteet of Houston; grandson, Shane Poteet of Austin; and great-grandson, Zachery Ingersoll of Albuquerque, N.M.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jessie Jule (Totsie) Slater

Jessie J. (Totsie) Slater

Jessie J. (Totsie) Slater, 88, of Mertens passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2003 at Dalworth Nursing Home and Rehab Center.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. tonday at Brushie Prairie Cemetery with Rev. Weldon Barnard officiating.

Pallbearers will Cary Clark, Brent Slater, Blake Slater, Mike Slater, Rob Green, Craig Clark and John Montgomery.

Mr. Slater was born Aug. 1, 1915 in Dawson. He was a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Slater and son, Elvert Leo Slater.

Survivors include wife, Carmel Slater of Mertens; sons Herbert L. Slater of Carrolton and Ben J. Slater of Grand Prairie; daughters Jackie Schwob of Grand Prairie and Diann Cantu of Grand Prairie; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ruth Mae Hancock
d. Dec 16, 2003

Ruth Mae Hancock, 43, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Gates Community Baptist Church International, 309 First Street, Athens, with Pastor Allen Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at Petersburg Cemetery in Kerens. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Mary Evelyn Price Leyendecke

Mary Evelyn Price Leyendecker, 84, of Ft. Worth passed away Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at I.H.S. Estates. Graveside services will be today at 1:30 p.m. at Brushie Prairie Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Josie Portis Sims

Josie Portis Sims, 93, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at Park Manor Nursing Home in DeSoto. Wake will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Larry L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ethel (Warner) Beasley-Gilliam                                  

 Mrs. Gilliam

 Services will be Monday at 2  p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Ethel Beasley Gilliam, 82, of Corsicana, who died Saturday.

 The Rev. Leroy Reeves will officiate.  Burial will be in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

 Survivors include four sons, J. T. Beasley, Olen L. Beasley, Alton Beasley of Corsicana and Robert Beasley of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Ethelene Webb of Austin; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, John Warner of Britton.

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Mattie Gertrude (Coker) Robinson

Mrs. Robinson

Services will be Sunday at 4 p.m. for Mrs. A. A. Robinson, 68, res. Corsicana, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery.

Survivors include her widower, Andrew Allen Robinson of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Ione Griffin of Corsicana; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Robinson of Eureka; six brothers, Laford Coker, Olen Coker, Jack Coker, all of Corsicana and Clif Coker of Mildred.

Pallbearers will be Clinton Coker, Winston Coker, Tommy Goodin, Junior Coker, Arnold Coker and Harvey Robinson.

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George C. Baker

George Baker

Wichita Falls – Services are pending here for George C. Baker, 61, a former Corsicana resident, who died here yesterday.

Graveside services at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, are also pending.

Baker is survived by his widow, Helen, of Wichita Falls; by one daughter, Carol Ann Dartz of Houston; by his mother, Madie D. Baker of Corsicana; by three sisters, Gladys Gaulding of Corpus Christie, Virtelle Pressly and Mary Metcalf, both of Corsicana; and by a number of nieces and nephews.

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Rev. Mildred I Eastman Speights 

Rev. Speights

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Church of God for Rev. Mildred (Eastman) Speights, 59, who died Thursday night at her home.

There are a number of survivors, including one daughter, Mrs. Donna Right of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be A. J. York, Jody York, Robert Wiggins Jr., Ronnie Lee, Clyde Franks, and Robert Smith.  Griffin Funeral Home will direct.

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Claude H. (Jack) Mills 
Apr 11, 1898 - Mar 25, 1977

Jack Mills

Henderson – Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Crawford A. Crim Funeral Chapel for C. H. (Jack) Mills, 78, native of Corsicana, who died Friday morning in the Henderson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. A. D. Lemons will officiate.  Burial will be in the Lakewood Memorial Park in Henderson.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Alice Mills of Henderson; one son, Jack R. Mills of Annapolis, Md; one daughter, Mrs. Clinton Johnson, Taos, N. M.; two brothers, Johnny Mills and George Mills of Kerens; one sister, Mrs. Opal Layfield, of Kerens; and one granddaughter.

Pallbearers will be Junior Bazar, Madir Hardin, Tatum Brown, Bill Wilder, Bill Brumpass, and Dr. E. Wolfe.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun Sunday, March 27, 1977 

  • Submitted by:  George Gowan

  • TXDI: Mills, Claude H.; 03-25-1977; Rusk Co. TX; Male

  • SSDI: CLAUDE MILLS 11 Apr 1898 Mar 1977 75652 (Henderson, Rusk, TX) 453-10-6153 Texas


Wilhemina "Minda" (Gries) Bolton-Simmons
Oct 5, 1885 - Mar 26, 1977

 Mrs. Simmons

Graveside services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. Oakwood Cemetery for Mrs. Minda Gries Simmons, 93, who died Saturday in Mesquite.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. James H. Sherman of Sarasote, Fla; and Mrs. W. C. Richardson of Dallas; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

Corley’s Funeral Home will direct.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun Sunday, March 27, 1977 

  • Submitted by:  George Gowan

  • TXDI: Wilhemina Simmons; 03-26-1977; Dallas; Female

  • SSDI: Mina Simmons; 05 Oct 1883; Mar 1977; 75238 (Dallas, Dallas, TX); 456-17-6473; Texas


Mary McGaugh

Mrs. McGaugh

Richland – Services for Mrs. May McGaugh, 92, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Richland Methodist church.  The Rev. W. O. Crawford will officiate, with burial in Richland Cemetery

Mrs. McGaugh is survived by six daughters, Mrs. Lola May Mayo of Mount Belvue, Mrs. Evie Kelling, of Wortham, Thelma Perry of Houston, Mrs. Vanus DeArmon of Waco, Mrs. Jimmie Conrad of Shreveport, La., and Mrs. Erna Burns of Tyler; by  three sons, L. T. McGaugh of El Campo, Joe McGaugh of Corsicana and Vernon McGaugh of Tyler; by 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 

Grandson will be pallbearers.

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Martha Ann (Ford) Pirtle                   

Martha A. Pirtle

Martha Ann Pirtle, 79, of Corsicana, died Friday at Park Row Nursing Center.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton-Beemon Cemetery with the Rev. John Dirk officiating.  Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a life-long resident of Corsicana, a retired saleswoman for K. Wolens and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include a niece, Mary Nell Benson of Deer Park; and a sister-in-law, Hattie Pirtle of Mabank.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun, June 29, 1986  

  • Submitted by:  George Gowan

  • Martha Ann (Ford) Pirtle was born 17 November 1906 near Kerens, Texas, to William Bunyan Ford and his wife, Rosianna (Kays) Ford.   She married Edward Pirtle, who served in the Navy during World War II.  Contrary to the obituary, Martha and her husband lived in several areas of Texas, but the overwhelming majority of life was in Navarro County, Texas.  


Anna Josephine (Lynch) Van Stavern

Anna Josephine Van Stavern

Anna Josephine Van Stavern, 89, of Corsicana, Texas, died Dec. 28, 2003, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Born Jan. 1, 1914, in Corsicana, Texas, to Cornelius and Johnnie Mae Lynch, "Jo" married a young Army Air Corps pilot, Neil Van Stavern, nearly 61 years ago, as he trained other pilots for the war effort in her hometown. Their marriage began a six-decade adventure that took them all over the world. Together, they raised three sons in a loving, committed marriage. Jo was an extraordinary wife and mother. She worked side by side with her husband, Neil, during the last part of his military career, a partnership they both loved. Jo's three sons always felt the strong presence of her love and her gentle hand stroking their heads and hearts through many hurts and heartaches. Her grandchildren were a special part of her later life and she loved to brag and tell funny stories about them. Although she didn't get to know all of her great-grandchildren well, she loved them all. Jo was a beautiful woman. In her youth, she had a soft, graceful face and wonderful, long auburn hair. In her last days, she had a face etched by time and full of wisdom. Her hair had gone from auburn to white, but she was still beautiful to all of us. Jo was Irish through and through and full of blarney. She dreamed of visiting her ancestral land, but never got there. Even so, "Danny Boy" was almost as important to her as "The Star-Spangled Banner." We hope she can see Ireland from heaven. We know she's there. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ, and she knew His love. She never feared death because she knew that when she died that she would finally see Him face to face. Jo is survived by her devoted husband, Neil, of Oklahoma City; three sons, Donald, of San Antonio, Texas, and wife, Patricia, Neil, of College Station, Texas, and wife, Ginny, and Phillip of Edmond, Oklahoma, and wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Kathleen, Keith, Clay, Jeremy, Aaron, Sarah, Ted, Lisa, Pamela, Beau, Donnie and Joni; and many wonderful great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at the Baptist Retirement Center Activity Center, 9700 Mashburn Blvd., Oklahoma City, Okla., at 2 p.m. today. Interment will occur at a later date at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Arrangements by Demuth Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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Anthius Cassius Conley

Anthius Cassius Conley, 79, of Corsicana, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at the Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

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

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Independent Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Lucy officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Carneese Conley, Clyde Yeldell, Charles Conley, Clifton Conley, Wilbur Bluitt and Ricky Sutton.

Mr. Conley was born on Jan. 29, 1924, in Navarro County. He was owner and operator of Conley Barber Shop for many years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brothers Felix Conley, Amelius Conley, Virgil Conley, Julius Conley and LaVinius Conley.

Survivors include sister Velma Conley McGrew of Los Angeles, Calif., several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals

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William Wesley Smith

William Wesley Smith, 74, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Health Care & Rehab of Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Shannon Carnell Dodson

Shannon Carnell Dodson, 84, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Pallbearers will be Jim Howell, Joe White, Franklin Neal, Lewis Mathison, Terry Smith and Bob Batson.

Mr. Dodson was born Aug. 7, 1919 in Van Zandt County. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church of Corsicana. All of his family was very dear to him. He retired from Phillips Petroleum Company of Sweeny, TX after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge No. 174, Corsicana Eastern Star No. 118, and Tyler Shrine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Arzora Dodson; brother, James Shelton Dodson; sister, Opal Creel; and grandson, James Virgil Plummer.

Mr. Dodson is survived by his wife of 62 years, Allie Mae Dodson of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Retha Jeanett and Joe Giannotti of Athens; grandson and wife, Martin and Nicole Plummer of Vine Grove, KY; and great-grandsons, Christopher Plummer and Thomas Plummer, both of Vine Grove, KY.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 2308 Bowie Drive, Corsicana, TX 75110; or Hospice of Cedar Lake, 625 N. Main Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Minton Holloway, Jr.

Minton Holloway Jr., 80, of Grand Prairie passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, in Irving. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday at Richland Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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C. A. Wilson

C. A. Wilson, 81, of Longview passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2003 at Promise Care Hospital in Shreveport, LA. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Furman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bernice Virginia (Conaway) Fisher

Bernice Fisher

Bernice Virginia Fisher, 76, of Waco, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Heritage Oaks in Corsicana. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Oak Crest Funeral Home Chapel, 4520 Bosque, Waco, with the Rev. J. E. Jean officiating. Burial will be in Waco Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Michael Crosby, Daniel Crosby, Garry Jennings, Jason Jennings, Dan Pickerill, and Ed Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Wolf Manufacturing.

Bernice was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Eddy to Oran and Audrey (Beard) Conaway. She married Albert J. Fisher in Marlin in 1945. She was a retired garment factory engineer who worked at J. M. Woods Manufacturing and Wolf Manufacturing in Waco. She was a member of Connally Free Will Baptist Church. She was an avid bowler who was a member of Waco Bowling Association for 35 years.

Bernice unselfishly loved everyone, and always gave generously of herself. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother who enjoyed life to its fullest.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Albert J. Fisher of Waco; son, Albert Wayne Fisher and wife Frances of Corsicana; grandsons, Albert Gregory Fisher and wife Jana of Corsicana, and Kevin Wayne Fisher of Corsicana; two great-granddaughters, Kasey Fisher and Alexandra Fisher of Corsicana, and a sister, Irene Crosby and husband William of Waco.

Memorials may be made to Connally Free Will Baptist Church, 2200 Air Base Rd., Waco, TX 76705.

The family especially thanks Heritage Oaks Retirement Center in Corsicana for its care.

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Myrtle (Smith) Sessions 

Myrtle Sessions

Myrtle Sessions, 86, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 at Kerens Care Center.

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

Pallbearers will be Bennie Howell, Sammy West, Ryan Sessions, Brandon Blue, Josh Manshack and Larry Paul.

Mrs. Sessions was born Oct. 7, 1917 in Bazette, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth F. Sessions.

Mrs. Sessions is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Glenda Sessions of Kerens; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Eddie McCord of Midlothian; grandsons, Ryan Sessions of Austin, Josh Manshack of Longview, and Chris and Deedee Manshack of Cleveland, TX; granddaughters, Misty Blue of Kerens and Joy Rivera of Cleveland; and sisters Frances Sessions of Kerens and Jo Ann Lawrence of Mobile, Ala.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Mary L. Williams

Mary L. Williams, 81 of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 at Twilight Nursing Home. Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec 27, 2003

  • Social Security Death Index: MARY L WILLIAMS 22 Nov 1922 25 Dec 2003 (V) 75859 (Streetman, Freestone, TX) 455-30-7602 Texas


Loreta Gacasan

Loreta Gacasan, 77, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 at Twilight Nursing Home. Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beemon Cemetery.

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