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Vera Pauline (Davidson) Laney
Feb 3, 1918 - Mar 28, 2004

DENTON — Vera Pauline Davidson Laney, 86, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2004, at the Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in Denton.

Mrs. Laney was born in Crandall, Texas, on Feb. 3, 1918, to George Washington Davidson and Eva Cornelia Mobley Davidson. In 1921 she was placed, along with her two brothers and two sisters, in the Odd Fellows Orphan’s Home in Corsicana, Texas, where she lived and was educated until she graduated from high school in 1936. After graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, Mrs. Laney married William Roland Laney III on Oct. 10, 1941, and together they made a home in Denton for most of their 60 years and had four children.

Mrs. Laney worked in the business office of Jagoe Abstract Company of Denton and then, for more than 25 years, served as the deputy county clerk for Denton County, retiring in 1991. Mrs. Laney belonged to the Business and Professional Women’s Association of Denton, who recognized her as Woman of the Year in the 1980s. In addition, Mrs. Laney was a member of the Keep Denton Beautiful Board. She and Roland were long standing members of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Roland Laney; her son, Thomas Whitfield Laney; her sisters, Georgia Davidson and Margot Aline Davidson Harris; her brother, Clifford Winston Davidson; and her parents.

She is survived by her children, William Roland Laney IV of McKinney, Robert Davidson Laney and wife Judy of Arlington, and Georgia Elizabeth Laney Christensen and husband Chris of Westport, Conn.; her brother, Harold Grady Davidson of Austin; grandchildren, Spencer Kevin Laney, Stacy Elizabeth Laney, Amanda Christine Laney Bowles, Matthew Whitfield Laney, Lindsay Kathleen Laney, Elizabeth Fairchild Christensen, William Laney Christensen; and great-grandchildren, Robert Thomas Bowles and William Logan Laney.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2004, at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Denton. The Rev. Kent Miller will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave., Denton, TX 76209.


J. R. Hoge

DAWSON NATIVE BURIED SUNDAY
DAWSON, July 27, (Spl.) - Funeral services for J. R. Hoge, 36, police dispatcher with the Waco department, who died of a heart attack Friday in Waco, were held from the Cumberland Presbyterian church here Sunday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. B. McCowan, church pastor.  Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, five children, Charles, Jimmy Wayne, Mike, Mark Allen and Nancy Carol, all of Waco; mother, Mrs. Pauline Hoge, Waco; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Bosse, Troy, Ohio, and Mrs. Billy Wessner, Redding, Pa., and other relatives.

Connally Funeral Home directed.

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Lula (Owen) Sears
Mar 1866 - 1959

Mrs. Lula Sears
Rites Tuesday
KERENS, July 27 - (Spl.) - Mrs. Lula Sears, 93, former Kerens resident, died in Trinidad, Colo., Sunday afternoon following an extended illness.  She resided here until five years ago when she moved to Trinidad, Colo., to reside with her granddaughter, Mrs. Jack Higdon.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Chapel Tuesday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery.  The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are a half-sister, Mrs. J. C. Walker, and a half-brother, C. J. Owen, both of Kerens; two granddaughters and other relatives.

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Annie Levy

Hold Services For Mrs. Levy

Funeral rites for Mrs. Annie Levy, 84, of Houston, widow of the late Isaac Levy, who died Friday afternoon, were held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 4 p.m.

The services were conducted by Rabbi Harry A. Merfeld, Temple Beth-El, and Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro, Congregation Agudas Achim.  Burial was in the Hebrew Cemetery.

A native of Evansville, Ind., Mrs. Levy came to Corsicana when 10 years of age and resided here until two years ago when she went to Houston.

Surviving are two sons, Albert Levy, Houston, and Moise Levy, Corsicana; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Wally Levy, Gabe Goldberg, Louis Wolens, Alvin Shwarts, James Cerf and Melville Samuels.  Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

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Herman J. Harvin
Nov 4, 1856 - July 24, 1959

Sunday Rites for H. J. Harvin

Funeral services for H. J. Harvin, 102, retired carpenter, 714 South Seventeenth and One Half street, who died Friday night in Memorial Hospital, were held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 4 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church, and Rev. Harwell Oakwood, pastor of the Kerens Presbyterian church.  Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.  Masons had charge of the graveside services.

Born, Nov. 4, 1856, in South Carolina, he came to Corsicana in 1875, later going to Old Wadeville near Kerens where he farmed.  He cut cross-ties in 1882 when the Cotton Belt Railroad was constructed west from Tyler to Corsicana and Waco.  He moved to Corsicana in 1907 and was active as a carpenter for more than 40 years, retiring when he reached 95 years.  He said he quit farming in 1900 when cotton prices dropped to three cents a pound.

Harvin recalled four wars.  He remembered seeing a Union general shot down by a Confederate militiaman in Manning, S.C. when the general demanded the surrender of that county seat town.  The Confederate escaped on a horse into the swamps nearby.  He was too young for the Civil War and was too old for the Spanish-American and World Wars I and II.

Surviving are a son, George Harvin, Corsicana, two daughters, Mrs. E. R. Martin, Corsicana, and Mrs. H. T. Archer, Fort Stockton; 12 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lee Archer Pugh, John Jugh, Buck Ivey, Elbert Archer, Harvin Tilton, and Jerry Bruton, all grandsons.  Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.

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G. C. Payne

G. C. Payne Is Buried Sunday

Final rites for G. C. Payne, 74, who died at 419 West Sixth avenue Saturday morning were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel.

The services were conducted by Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church.  Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Louisiana, Payne had resided in Corsicana for many years.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, J. C. Payne, Corsicana, and John Loper Payne, South America; a daughter, Mrs. Melba Oliver; Houston; a grandchild, two great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Goldman Stripling, Marion, La., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were C. O. Sprinkle, J. F. Hamilton, Sneed Hamilton, W. H. Wooley, Rex French, M. W. Hammett, J. P. Marsh and Ed Astn.

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Audna (Robinson) Miller

Mrs. Miller Dies Monday

Mrs. Robert P. Miller, McAllen, formerly of Corsicana, died in the M. D. Anderson hospital in Houston early Monday following an extended illness.  She was the former Miss Audna Robinson who formerly managed a dress shop here.

Funeral services are scheduled at McAllen Tuesday afternoon.

Surviving are her husband, a six-year-old daughter, Melissa Miller, both of McAllen, and a sister, Mrs. Harry Bryant of San Antonio.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark Butler visited Mrs. Miller and family in Houston, returning home late Sunday.  Mrs. Butler and Mr. Miller are cousins.  Z. T. Banks, uncle of Mr. Miller, will attend the rites in McAllen Tuesday.

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Rufus Jones "Refe" Anderson
Nov 1, 1881 - July 24, 1959

Dawson Rites
R. J. Anderson
Final rites for R. J. Anderson, 77, retired Dawson merchant and farmer, who died in the Navarro Clinic Friday night, were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Methodist church in Dawson.

The services were held by Rev. Robert W. Sanders, pastor of the church, and Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the Purdon Baptist church.  Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, R. E. Anderson, Hillsboro, and Jack Anderson, Blythe, Calif; five daughters, Mrs. E. H. Bobbitt, Hillsboro; Mrs. J. M Clark, Jr. and Mrs. Charles Echols, both of Dallas; Mrs. Leamon Phillips, Purdon; and Mrs. Graham Roban, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother H. E. Anderson, Austin; a sister, Mrs. Sallie Boldin, Lamesa, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were C. D. Berry, H. O. Berry, J. L. Berry, H. E. McNabb, Skill Stockard and Edgar Davis.  Corley directed.

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William. A. “Bill” Clifton
Dec 15, 1926 - Mar 28, 2004

COLUMBIA — W. A. “Bill” Clifton, 77, of Ashland passed away Sunday, March 28, 2004.
Bill and his wife, Lucile, of more than 50 years, moved to Ashland from Odessa, Texas, in 1998.
Bill was born December 15, 1926, in Corsicana, Texas. He lived and worked in Hobbs, N.M. and Odessa doing roofing and construction work throughout his life. Bill was a member of Ashland Baptist Church. He was ordained as a Deacon at Sherwood Baptist Church of Odessa.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Clifton; mother, Ruth Clifton; brother, Charlie Clifton; and grandson, Chase William Clifton.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lucile Kay Clifton; sisters Katherine Cook and Gene Ham; daughter, Mary Ann Chancellor and husband, Bill; and son, Blake Clifton and wife, Lynn. He has five grandchildren, Nichole Chancellor, Miranda Chancellor, Ned Clifton, Dylan Clifton and Grace Clifton.
Come join the family for a time of visitation and a brief remembrance of Bill’s life at Parker Funeral Service in Columbia from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2004. Burial will be in Harris Creek Cemetery outside of Tyler, Texas, under the direction of Burk, Walker, Tippit Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, 2004.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the American Diabetes Associations.


Sneed Darwin Brown
April 6, 1937 - Mar 27, 2004

Sneed Darwin Brown Funeral Services Held March 30
Sneed Darwin Brown, 66, of Mexia, passed away March 27, 2004 at the VA Hospital in Dallas.
Funeral services were held on March 30 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel, Mexia, with Rev. Ken Lane of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment followed at Wortham Cemetery.
Mr. Brown was born April 6, 1937 at Wortham. He graduated from Mexia High School in 1955 and Navarro College in 1956. He has lived in Mexia since 1979. He served in the Air Force from August 1956 to August 1979 as a Technical Sgt. serving in Germany, Siagon and Lebanon, retiring from the Air Force. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
He is survived by his brother, James Brown of Waco; sister, Benita Sharp and husband, Bill Sharp of Crockett; nephew, Barry Sharp and wife, Suzanne of Austin; great niece and nephew, Bethany and Benton Sharp.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Lewis T. and Clara Belle Williams Brown and by three brothers, Don Brown, A.T. Brown and Billy Brown.
Pallbearers were Carl Heller, Kevin Stone, Terry Full, Wade Davis, Barry Sharp.
Blair-Stubbs-Mexia was in charge of arrangements.


Matthew Chase (Matt) Crook
June 29, 1987 - Mar 31, 2004

Matt Crook

Matt Crook Funeral Services Held April 2
Funeral services for Matthew Chase (Matt) Crook, 16, of Mexia, were held Friday, April 2, 2004 in First Baptist Church of Mexia. Officiating was the Rev. Glen McCollum, and the Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor of First Baptist Church. Burial was in the Mexia Cemetery under the direction of Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Matt, who died Wednesday, March 31, in Parkview Regional Hospital, was born at Corsicana on June 29, 1987. He was the son of Lee Roy and Carolyn Crook of Mexia.
He was a lifelong resident of Mexia, where he had attended Mexia High School. Matt had been employed as a Courtesy Clerk at Brookshire's in Groesbeck.
Preceding him in death were paternal grandparents, Verna and Roy Crook, and his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Carlson.
Memorials may be made to the Matt Crook Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 188, Mexia, TX 76667.
Surviving Matt are his parents, Lee Roy and Carolyn Crook of Mexia; a brother, Jeff Blair of Mexia; four sisters - Kelly Harrison and husband James of Mexia, Sara Chiglo and husband Jordon of Groesbeck, Jo Beth Crook of Tyler, and Lauren Crook of Mexia; and three nephews, Landy and Evan Harrison, and Ty Chiglo.
Pallbearers were Ryan Cantu, John Moss, Joe Kyle York, Brian Miller, Chase Boyles and Joseph Keever.


Louise August (Stoeltje) Lamb
Jan 16, 1925 - Apr 13, 2004

Louise August Lamb, 79, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Heritage Oaks West.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating.

Mrs. Lamb was born Jan. 16, 1925, in Floresville to Frank Stoeltje and Anna Knutzen Stoeltje. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her children, Steve Lamb and wife Luan, Billie Louise Crowder, Garland Lamb, Dorothy Bond and husband Darrell, and Gerald Lamb; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Nellie B. (Fitzgerald) Sherrard
Feb 2, 1918 - Apr 13, 2004

Nellie B. Sherrard

Nellie B. Sherrard, 86, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in Corsicana.

Services will 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William Dollar officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Sherrard was born Feb. 2, 1918, in Blooming Grove. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and aunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Nellie Fitzgerald; six brothers and one sister; and grandson, Barry Sherrard.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Roland L. Sherrard Sr. of Corsicana; sons, Everett Sherrard and wife Clydell and Roland Sherrard Jr. and wife Nancy, all of Corsicana, and Cody Sherrard and wife Harriett of Wills Point; daughters, JoNell Barlow and husband Jim and Barbara Wright and husband Cecil, all of Corsicana, and Vera Dale Ivie and husband Arnold of Houston; brother, Leslie Fitzgerald and wife Myrtis of Rockwall; sisters, Nora Weaver and husband Dale of Mexia and Alline Hargrove of Cleburne; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Herbert Lee Washington

Herbert Lee Washington, 63, of Arlington passed away April 10, 2004, at Arlington Memorial Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Mount B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow with the Rev. E. Betts officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ira Lee Berryhill
Nov 27, 1916 - Apr 14, 2004

Ira Lee Berryhill, 87, went to live with the Lord from his home in Waco Wednesday, April 14, 2004.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Ron Durham officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roger Berryhill, Mike Berryhill, Rex Norris, Tom Sellers, Derek Sellers, Larry Boulware and Kenneth Berryhill.

Mr. Berryhill was born Nov. 27, 1916, in Corsicana to Frank and Gertha Berryhill. He married Dorothy Jones on Dec. 31, 1942. Mr. Berryhill retired from Lone Start Industries in 1976. He loved to fish, hunt and garden. In the past few years, he had become an avid reader.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Berryhill of Waco; sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Doloras Berryhill of Sweetwater and Waymonn and Debby Berryhill of Longview; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Alton Hassell of Waco; and brother, P. G. [TG??] Berryhill of McGregor. He also enjoyed 10 grandchildren, two who preceded him in death, and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Esta Mae (Daniel) Pitts
Mar 8, 1915 - Apr 14, 2004

Esta Mae Pitts

Esta Mae Pitts, 89, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at a DeSoto nursing facility.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Pitts was born March 8, 1915, in Fairfield to Walter and Mae Daniel. She had been a resident of Dawson most of her life. Mrs. Pitts was a member of Dawson Lions Club, First United Methodist Church of Dawson and the UMW and also served for many years as the secretary of Dawson Cemetery Association. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Harold Pitts in 1980.

Mrs. Pitts is survived by her daughter, Donna Jobe and husband Thomas of Red Oak; brother, Fred Daniel of California; grandson, Joel Jobe and wife Connie of Red Oak; great-granddaughters, Jennifer and Jessica Jobe of Red Oak; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Larry Wayne Whitener
Sept 23, 1946 - Apr 14, 2004

Larry Wayne Whitener, 57, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at his residence.

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

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with the Rev. William Dollar officiating.

Mr. Whitener was born Sept. 23, 1946, in Corsicana. He was employed by Owen Hardware for 20 years.

Survivors include his son, Jason Eric Whitener and wife Susan of Corsicana; and brother, Leslie Whitener of Florida.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Sidney Andrew Middle

Sidney Andrew Middle, 66, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2004 in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Teri Hildebrand officiating.

Pallbearers will be Neal Crawford, Dillard Ellington, Jerry Donaho, Jack Price, Herbert Wilcox and Harold Tate.

Mr. Middle was born Feb. 6, 1938 in Rock Valley, Iowa. He was in the Air Force for 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Nellie Middle, and sister Matilda Elwood.

Survivors include wife Mary Jo Middle of Corsicana; sons Allen Louis Middle of Salina, Kan., Edward Eugene Middle of Corsicana and Gary Andrew Middle and wife Sonna of Salina, Kan.; daughter Elizabeth Rene Middle of Richardson; brothers George Middle and wife Kathryn of Rock Valley, Iowa, Herbert Middle and wife Dee of Arlington, Va. and Lawrence Middle and wife Maurine of Rapid City, S.D.; sisters Wilma Henderson and husband David of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Sharon Hoard of Rapid City, S.D.; grandsons Andrew John Middle and Joshua Middle of Salina, Kan., Tyson A. Middle of Basin, N.Y. and Jessie Middle of Pennsylvania; granddaughter Brianna Middle of Yellville, Ark.; and two step-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Ivan Walton

James Ivan 'Pete' Walton

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, April 9 in Milwaukee, WI at age 92. Preceded in death by first love and wife of 49 years, Gertrude "Cissy" Steele Walton; second wife of ten years Jacqueline (nee Diamond); and sister Nadine Hill (nee Walton). Devoted father of Dr. Kathleen (Charles) Burroughs and Dianne (Dr. Robert) Morris. Doting grandfather of Dr. James (Anne) Burroughs, Michael (Robin) Burroughs, Dr. Lauri Burroughs, Dr. Stephanie (Capt. Scott) Todd, Allison (Scott) Curty, and Dr. Amy (Dr. Alex) Romashko. Treasured great-grandfather of Ben, Max, Gavin and Nicholas. Survived by other dear family and many friends.

Pete was born and raised in Texas, but his "itchy feet" took him far afield. He graduated from Texas A&M College in 1934 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering; his subsequent recruitment by Humble Oil & Refining Company launched a career in seismic exploration that would eventually take him all over the world. While "Grandad" carried various titles (seismic party chief, interpreter, chief geophysicist, exploration manager) for numerous companies (Humble, Carter Oil, N.K.P.M. Stanvac, Standard Oil, Mobil Oil) through multiple countries (Indonesia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Nigeria), he was always just "Pete" to his many friends. He ended his career as Vice President and Representative of Mobil Oil Indonesia in 1972, finally returning to his family homestead in Corsicana. There, he and Cissy welcomed countless family and friends to their "ranch." Pete and Cissy's grandchildren spent many hot, lazy summers riding ponies, drinking "specials," and reeling in catfish from the tank. In later years, he and Jacqueline lived quite happily "in town." Pete was a longtime member of the Corsicana Rotary Club and Corsicana Country Club, and served proudly on the board of the Fleming Foundation.

Pete lived his life with a quiet dignity and grace that belied his many adventures. He survived typhoid fever, a plane crash, a bear attack, two roll-over car accidents, and, at the age of 89, open heart surgery. He evacuated personnel and oversaw the destruction of Indonesian oil refineries in the path of advancing Japanese forces during WWII, and during his ensuing escape spent days on the open Pacific aboard a decrepit Chinese cattle boat with an unreliable motor and no provisions. He was forced to abandon his home several times in the face of civil wars in Indonesia and Nigeria, and once charmed a cobra with a borrowed flute. He was a skilled negotiator, a fearsome poker player, and an excellent shot; but above all else, he was a kind, gentle, and generous spirit with a dry wit and calming presence. He was a true gentleman, and we were honored to call him father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Fleming Foundation or St. John's Episcopal Church will be gratefully accepted. Arrangements pending; please contact Corley's Funeral Home.

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Van Edgar Glass

Van Edgar Glass, 73, a native of Navarro County, passed away April 12, 2004. Wake services will be from 7 to 7:45 p.m. today at Evergreen Funeral Home in Dallas. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bexar Street Baptist Church in Dallas. Arrangements by Evergreen Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Lonnie Taylor

Lonnie Taylor, 78, of Dallas and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at The Villa at Mountainview Nursing Home in Dallas.  Services will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Corsicana with Elder Vernon Jessie officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Quiller Mae Dawson

Quiller Mae Dawson, 78, of Houston passed away Friday, April 9, 2004, at her residence. Services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Believer's Christian Cathedral, 220 Duncan St., Hillsboro, with the Rev. Tommy Seals officiating. Interment will follow at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Dessie Gladys (Kelly) Green

Dessie Gladys Green

Dessie Gladys Green, 49, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Corsicana.

Services will be noon Monday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Dairy Johnson, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Greg Collins, Danny Kelly, Aaron Green, James Gooden and Gerald Gray. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Mrs. Green was born June 24, 1954, in Freestone County. She was member of Bethlehem Baptist Church where she served in the choir. She was a graduate of Dogan High School in Fairfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaiah and Ella Kelly; and two sisters, Ida Bell Williams and Mary Bailey.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Green of Corsicana; daughter, Chandra Green Thomas and husband Bill; stepdaughter, Nyrasha Green; adopted daughter, Lovie Perry; five grandchildren; two brothers, James Kelly and Edward Kelly, both of Fort Worth; sister, Betty Calhoun of Fort Worth; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a loving extended family of in-laws; aunt, Nancy Williams of Dallas; and uncle, Mack Rakestraw of California.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Charles Cooley
Jan 23, 1950 - Apr 15, 2004

Charles Cooley, 54, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Dallas.

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 Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mr. Cooley was born Jan. 23, 1950, in Tennessee.

Survivors include his daughter, Brenna Turner of Thackerville, Okla.; son, Bobby Cooley of Arlington; granddaughters, Harley Wolfe and Zoe Wolfe, both of Thackerville, Okla.; grandson, Brant Wolfe of Thackerville, Okla.; and sisters, Betty Cooley of Georgia and Mary Cooley of Tennessee.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ethan Travis Bonner

Ethan Travis Bonner, 1, of Fairfield passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in Fairfield. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Driver Cemetery in Freestone County with Brother Bubba Rutherford officiating. Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield.

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Jacqueline (Via) Lynn

Jacqueline Via Lynn passed away Friday, April 16, 2004 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was 88. Mrs. Lynn was born October 2, 1915 in Corsicana, Texas to Talmage and Katherine Via.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James. W. Lynn; her son and family, DeWitt, Patsy Lynne and Melinda Gayle Lynn; and her sister, Katherine Valley.
Jacqueline and her husband lived in Alice most of their lives and were owners of Lynn and Haner Flying Service before going into the ranching business in Belton, Texas. They subsequently returned to South Texas and owned ranches in Live Oak and Jim Wells counties, operated as Lynn Ranches, Inc. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alice.
She is survived by her daughter, Jackie (Ed) Tilley of Corpus Christi; her son, Bill (Suzanne) Lynn of Fredericksburg, her brother, Clifton Via of Kingsland, Texas; four grandchildren Cindy (Bruce) Raybourn, Dee Dee (Jerry) Knandel, Jamie (Gary) Page, and Brent (Amy) Lynn; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00pm, Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at the Alice Cemetery. Pastor Bernard Ritchea, First United Methodist Church of Alice, will be officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Martin, Robert Gayle, Edward Peters, Murphy Allison, Ross Dudney and Tom Donald.

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  • Published in Corpus Christi Caller Times 04/18/2004
     

Mae E. (Wheat) Bland

Mae E. Wheat Bland, 80, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 18, 2004 at Melhaven Nursing Home.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Bobby Bland, Don Lloyd, Raymond Bland Jr., Mark Knott, Billy Bland Jr., Jerry Poarch and Dakota de la Garza.

Mrs. Bland was born July 12, 1923.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Bland is survived by her husband of 61 years, Vernon Bland; children, Raymond and Sharon Bland Sr., Johnny Bland, Billy Bland Sr., and Joan and Rudy de la Garza; grandchildren, Bobby and Melanie Bland, Joyce and Don Lloyd, Raymond and Veronica Bland, Jill and Bobby Helm, Teresa and Mark Knott, Billy Bland Jr. and Becky Hanna, Stephanie and Jerry Poarch, and Dakota de la Garza; great-grandchildren, Christopher Bland, Amie Young, Amber Young, Callie Bland, Adam Lloyd, Misty Lloyd and Bradly York, Daniel Lloyd, Joshua Bland, Monica Bland, Ashleigh Bland, Marc Knott, Brooke Poarch, Nathan Bland, Keyla Bland, Nicholas Bland, Danny Hanna Jr., Chevy Hanna and Courtney Poarch; great-great-grandson, Michael York, all of Corsicana; brothers, Marvin Wheat of Waco, Walter Wheat of Abilene, and Glen Wheat of Corsicana; and sisters, Hazel Jayroe of Garland, Neva Almond of Garland, and Martha Bell of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Edward Tacke

Edward Tacke, 74, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 18, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at DFW National Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Leland Kattner
 

Leland 'Pappy' Kattner

Leland Kattner, 82, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 18, 2004, in Dallas.

Leland Kattner was born Jan. 16, 1922, in Bell County and lived there until he and his wife, Ruby, moved to Corsicana 51 years ago. Prior to the move to Corsicana, Leland Kattner was a navigator on the B-17 airplanes during World War II stationed out of England. He was married to Ruby Kattner for 57 years, and they have two sons, Max and his wife Patty of Pensacola, Fla., and Steve and his wife Olga of Longview. He also had five grandchildren, Andy, Chris, Fred of Florida, and Lauren and Nathan and of Longview. He was called "Pappy" by his grandchildren.

Leland and Ruby owned the Western Auto Store in Corsicana for 32 years together. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, and a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. He was very active in the Shriner's Organization in Corsicana, and was also a member of the Scottish Rite; a member of the Shriners Karem Temple in Waco, and the Corsicana Masonic Lodge No. 174.

While his boys were growing up, Leland was always a supportive father, and enjoyed boating and water sports. After his retirement from Western Auto, Leland learned to play golf, and spent most of his free time improving his game. Leland always enjoyed traveling, dancing, eating, playing "Texas 42" dominoes, and being with friends. Many of his friends called him "Lucky Leland," as he was always winning at various contests and events.

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

Services will 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Perry Taylor, Bill Carmack, Tommy Ross, Maurice Legrand, Raymond Osburn, Vic Howell, Dick Rice, Vernon Crook and Ricky Blackwell.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Endowment Fund of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, and also to the Shriner's Hospital foundation.

Leland was beloved by all of his family and friends and will truly be missed by all who knew him. He exemplified patience and helpfulness to his family and friends, but above all was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by many friends and the whole community of Corsicana will grieve his passing.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Vesta Grace (Priddy) Kent

Vesta Grace Priddy Kent, 80, of Powell went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 20, 2004.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Teri Hildebrand officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Kent, Will Kent, Shannon Paschal, Jerry Kent, Boyd Kent and Paul Jones.

Mrs. Kent was born March 6, 1924, in Springhill, Navarro County, to George Priddy and Rebecca Vest Priddy. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Charles Kent of Powell; daughter, Molly Paschal and husband Phil of Corsicana; son, Dan Kent and wife Gloria of Powell; granddaughters, Ellen Sodd of Corsicana and Carrie Kent of College Station; grandson, Mataw Kent of Powell; and sister, Agnes Staples of Corpus Christi.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Michael 'Mike' Davis

Jimmy Michael "Mike" Davis, 44, of Blooming Grove passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at his residence.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held 4 p.m. Thursday at Grange Hall Cemetery with Bro. Bill Oliver officiating.

Mr. Davis was born Oct. 31, 1959 in San Angelo. He was a dental tech with JMD Dental Lab.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sue Carr McDonald.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Pam Davis of Blooming Grove; daughter, Jennifer Gillen and husband Josh of Blooming Grove; son, Matt Davis of Blooming Grove; parents, Jimmy L. and Pat Davis of Waxahachie and J. D. McDonald of Alba; brother and sister-in-law, Ricky James and Ginger McDonald of Heath; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Sheri and Bud Colby of Twin Falls, Idaho, Cindy and Stephen Walden of Lewisville, Delinda and Lonnie Flake of Amarillo, Becky and Lee Poe of Livingston, Cindy and Scott Thompson of Forney, and Susan McDonald of Ellis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mollie Augusta (Motley) Farmer 

Mollie Augusta Motley Farmer, age 101, long time Corsicana resident, died Monday, April 19, at her residence in Corsicana. Born in Arkansas on October 13, 1902, she is survived by one son, WaIter Farmer, wife, Peggy, of Corsicana, one granddaughter, Susan Farmer K'Nejad, twin great-grandchildren, Gracy Ligon and Garrett Sharif K'Nejad of Duncanville, grandson-in-law Reza K'Nejad. Survivors also include favorite nephew, Jack Metcalf, Austin, and long-time friend and caregiver, Joyce Bell of Corsicana. She was especially close to and considered Doyle and Mollie Davis and their children of Henrietta as part of her family.

Mrs. Farmer moved with family to Hubbard, Texas in the early 1900s. Although she held various jobs in Corsicana in retail sales; she was probably best known for her "famous" hamburgers when she owned Mollie's Hamburgers in the 700 block of West Second Avenue from 1949 until the late 1950s when she became employed at the Corsicana State Home as a housemother. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Corsicana.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Thomas Harvey Farmer, parents, James Raligh Motley and Dora Ligon Thrash Motley, 10 brothers and sisters, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will welcome friends at Corley Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Rev. B.F. Risinger, pastor, First Baptist Church of Corsicana, will conduct graveside services in Oakwood Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday April 22, 2004. Pallbearers include William K. Brietz, Edgar Blackburn, Dr. John 0. Harper, Reza K'Nejad, George W. O'Neal, and Joe B. Tekell.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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10/13/2002 Corsicana Daily Sun

Celebrating a century: Three Corsicana residents share their 100-year life stories

By MICAH CHAPLIN/Daily Sun Staff

Mollie Farmer has spent three-fourths of her life in Corsicana. When you take into account that today is her 100th birthday, you will realize just how long that is.

Born in Arkansas, Mollie moved to Texas when she was just eight years old. She was the youngest of 11 children, and worked as a plow girl on their family farm. The days were long, hitting the field at daylight and working until it was nearly dark.

"I would harness up my team and my brother would harness up his," she said. "I was a good worker."

In 1923, she married Harvey Farmer. He was a policeman, first in Dawson and then in Corsicana. They had one son, Walter.

"When they moved here, he was the park policeman," Peggy Farmer, Mollie's daughter-in-law said. "He took care of the park and the cemetery. There were no break-ins while he was park policeman."

Life in Corsicana was invariably different in those times.

"Back then, everything on Beaton St. was open," Mollie said. "I worked in a department store there for three years. Then I worked as a food manager at A and P. I would order all the food. I was only there for three or four months. It was hard work. Then I went to work at another grocery store before going into my own business."

That business is perhaps what Mollie is best known for. Mollie's Hamburger Place served sandwiches, homemade soup and pies.

"The pies went over well," Mollie said. "I had such nice customers. I still run into some of them from time to time and they tell me, 'I sure wish I had one of your hamburgers.'"

Mollie's Hamburger Place was open for about 10 years until her husband died in 1958.

"My son was afraid to be alone at nights, so I went to work at the state home," Mollie said.

Until her retirement, Mollie worked as a house parent at the Corsicana Orphan Home.

"I loved working at the state home," Mollie said. "Some of my girls still call me and it hasn't been too long since they last came to see me."

Mollie may have closed her hamburger place in 1958, but her love of cooking continues today.

"I cook for myself a lot," she said. "I still cook and I make pies."

Her favorite is pineapple coconut, though she said she makes a lot of pecan pies and peach cobblers.

"I guess you could say I make lots of different kinds," she said.

On top of a love of cooking, Mollie also has great affection for animals.

"All my life I've had dogs and cats," Mollie said. "When I was younger in Arkansas, we had dog named Big Man, and I was so sad when I couldn't bring it with me to Texas. But then my uncle, who still lived in Arkansas brought her to me one time."

Today, Mollie has two pets, a dog Baby and a cat named Friski. She has had Baby for two years, after the passing of her Lhasa Apso, a dog she had had for nine years.

"She died of heart failure," Mollie said. "I really loved that dog and I thought her death would be the end of me. I was so upset."

Recognizing his mother's unhappiness, Walter Farmer visited the Navarro County Humane Society and returned with Baby.

"At first I didn't like her because I missed my old dog so much," Mollie said. "But I love her now. She protects me."

Mollie also feeds several neighborhood stray cats, which keeps four or five on her doorstep at any given time.

"They come around because they're so hungry," Mollie said.

To this day, Mollie continues to live alone in the same house she has lived in since 1958. She is not completely alone though. She has family close by. Her son Walter and his wife Peggy are Corsicana residents. She also enjoys the company of her granddaughter Susan and Susan's eight-year-old twins.

Mollie also relies on the help of a woman named Joyce, who comes in every day in the early morning and late afternoon.

"Joyce has been with me for about 10 years," Mollie said. "She keeps my house clean and cooks meals for me. I'm real lucky to have her."

On Friday, Joyce was busy cleaning Mollie's house for her Saturday birthday party. Around 60 guests were invited to help celebrate Mollie's 100th birthday.


Taltha Allene (Harper) Seldomridge
May 19, 1917 - Apr 18, 2004

Taltha Allene Seldomridge

Taltha Allene Seldomridge, 86, of Corsicana passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, April 18, 2004 at home.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. and Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Robert Thurston, Brian Hand, Joe Bob Tekell, John Slate, Grover Pearson, Artis McNeel and Joe Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Ross Maxfield and Tommy Mitcham.

Mrs. Seldomridge was born May 19, 1917, in Blum in Hill County to Will J. and Fleta Hamilton Harper. She lived in Hill County until 1939 when she married Milton Seldomridge of Logan, W.V., and went there to live except for three years in San Francisco, Calif., during World War II. While there she worked as a telephone operator while her husband served in the Coast Guard. They moved back to Texas in 1967 settling in Corsicana. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Seldomridge was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Milton Seldomridge Sr. in 1989.

She is survived by a son, Milton Seldomridge Jr. and wife Anita of Corsicana; three grandchildren, Kevin and wife Jeri Seldomridge, Stacey and husband Richard Pair and Justin Seldomridge, and step granddaughter, Michelle McCarter, all of Corsicana; four great-grandchildren, Ashton and Colton Pair and Amber and Weston Seldomridge, and two step great-grandchildren, Justin and Tracy Thomas, all of Corsicana; three sisters, Leola Tinsley of Corsicana, and Lucille Branscome and Mozelle Wooten, both of Hillsboro; a brother, Ralph and wife Rosemary Harper of Greenville; two sisters-in-law, Lurena Harper of Mission and Rissie and husband Ivan Runyon of Logan, W.V.; one brother-in-law, Eugene and wife Susan Seldomridge of Rogers, Ark.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund

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Helen Ruth (Standlee) Boggs

Helen Ruth (Standlee) Boggs, 82, of Salem, Oregon passed away on February 19th, 2004. Services were held on Saturday, February 21st at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem, Oregon.

Helen was born in Kerens, Texas and moved to Salem from Houston in 1956. She married Walter C. Boggs, Jr. on December 23rd, 1948. He passed away in 1985. She worked as a bookkeeper for the City of Salem for eleven years, retiring in 1983. She enjoyed reading and listening to music. Her daughter Martha Blissett and son Walter Boggs, III also preceded her in death


Merle Cullision

Services for Merle Cullision, 83, of Bryan, Texas were held on Friday, February 13th, 2004 at the Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. The Reverend Bill Van Winkle officiated.

Mrs. Cullision was born in Kerens and had lived in Bryan since 1976. She was a homemaker and did volunteer work at the University Hills Nursing Home in Bryan. Mrs. Cullison was a member of the Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church.


Annette Washington

Annette Washington of Dallas passed away Monday, February 2nd, 2004 at Parkland Hospital. Services were at 12:00 noon, Saturday February 7th, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Kerens, Texas. The Reverend William Bradford officiated with interment in Natchez, Mississippi.


Johnnie B. (Hemphill) Coyner

Johnnie B. Coyner (Hemphill), 80, passed away January 21,2004. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Coyner and her parents Wylie and Harlowe Hemphill of Kerens.

She is survived by her five sons and one daughter, Alan (Chris), Sparks, Nevada, Roger of Austin, Dr. Karl of Boston, Mark (Sandy) of Brecksville, Ohio, and John (Becky) of Strongsville, Ohio; Shirley (Don) Berish, of Broadville Height, Ohio, Two sisters Nancy Pitsch of Sacramento, California and Frances Hemphill Lee of Kerens; ten grandchildren.


Peggy June (Andrews) McCluney
Feb 15, 1933 - Apr 21, 2004

Peggy McCluney, 71, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2004 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. McCluney was born Feb. 15, 1933 in Roane. She was a sales lady at Sears for years.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Harrison, Mark Wood, Tommy Hawkins, David Andrews, Brett Andrews and Randy McCluney.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Stapleton, Jimmy Hawkins and William Bubba Andrews.

Mrs. McCluney was preceded in death by husband Theo McCluney.

Survivors include daughters Terry Whitener of Arlington and Sherri Lane, and husband Don of Hillsboro; sons Marshall McCluney and wife Nikki, and Michael McCluney and wife Leslie, all of Corsicana; brothers Bruce Andrews and wife Betty of Arlington, and George Andrews and wife Susie of Dallas; grandchildren Haley Whitener of Fort Worth, Hillary Whitener of Arlington, Alyssa Lane and Garret Lane of Hillsboro, and Brittni McCluney, Jordan McCluney and Dalton McCluney, all of Corsicana; great-grandchild William Wilson of Fort Worth; and numerous nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Naomi Gladys (Norris) Heifner
Feb 16, 1908 - Apr 21, 2004

Naomi G. (Norris) Heifner, 96, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Ferman Carpenter, Minister of Westhill Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Heifner was born Feb. 16, 1908 in Browns Valley to W. N. Norris and Ocie Ola Jackson Norris. She married Lee Heifner in 1924. She worked as a sales lady for Levines & K. Wolens. The joys of her life consisted of many friends, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1971, two infant babies, parents, three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include daughter Majorie Mash and husband Jimmie, and DeLine Heifner, all of Corsicana; son Jack Heifner of New York; grandchildren Jane Lewis of Mabank, Toby Mash of Ennis and Sonia Vaughn of Corsicana; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brother Wayne Norris and wife Winette of Malakoff; sister Elaine Jenkins of Plano; sisters-in-law Iva Norris of Corsicana and Norma Norris of Corpus Christi; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Frances Lillie Fowler
Jan 23, 1914 - Apr 20, 2004

Frances Lillie Fowler, 90, of Henderson passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2004 in Kilgore.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home with Mr. Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Earl Chapman, Bobby Chapman, Tim Chapman, Chris Chapman, Ben Rosa and Tom Martin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Chapman, Robert Gray, Michael Chapman, J. T. Chapman, David Martin and John Paul Chapman.

Mrs. Fowler was born Jan. 23, 1914 in Alto. She married Robert Winfield Fowler June 21, 1930. She was a longtime resident of Corsicana, then Huntsville after the death of her husband in 1976. She resided in Henderson the last six years.

Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by husband Robert W. Flower Sr., son Robert W. Fowler Jr., son-in-law A.E. (Red) Chapman and grandson Michael W. Chapman.

Survivors include daughters Lillie Jean Chapman and Patricia Rose Fowler of Henderson; grandchildren Alvin Earl Chapman of Henderson, Bobby and Elva Chapman of Waxahachie, Delores and Tom Martin of Corsicana, Tim and Cindy Chapman of Henderson, and Diane and Ben Rosa of Malakoff; 17 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Christopher Shawn Phillips
Apr 13, 1979 - Apr 21, 2004

Stopher Shawn Phillips, 25, of Richland passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2004, in Kerens.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Richland Cemetery.

Mr. Phillips was born April 13, 1979, in Durant, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Dorothy Graves.

Survivors include his daughter, Harley Louise Phillips of Hamlin; son, Bryan Tomlyn; brothers, Bandey Phillips, Allen Luzadder and Jesse Luzadder, all of Richland; parents, Allan and Donna Luzadder of Richland; grandparents, Thurlow and Jennie Mooney of Kerens; aunts, Joyce Rutledge of Quitman, Laurie Mooney of Corsicana, Cindy Eastman of Arkansas and Tammy Graves of Oklahoma; aunt and uncle, Valerie and Elton Mitchell of Tennessee; uncles and aunts, David and Ann Williams of Missouri, James and Sandra Graves of Missouri, Chuck and Sherry Brothers of Arkansas and Ronny and Sherry Phillips of Oklahoma; and numerous cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Rudolph Oliver, Jr.

4/23/2004 Fisherman drowns: Corsicana man found in IOOF lake

By STEPHEN FARRIS/Daily Sun Staff

A Corsicana man was found early Thursday afternoon by two Corsicana Park and Recreation workers floating face down in the IOOF Park lake.

Rudolph Oliver, 62, had been fishing at the lake for most of the day, according to park employees, and had even gotten a drink of water from the workers earlier.

One of the workers, Michael Davis, spotted Oliver face down in the water just a few feet from the bank where Oliver's hat and fishing gear lay on the ground. Davis tried to pull him out of the water, but only managed to get him far enough to where his head was above the water. Davis called in another worker, John Burke, to help pull Oliver onto the bank.

Realizing he was unconscious, Burke immediately checked for a pulse and then began CPR.

Corsicana Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene within a few minutes and took over emergency procedures. The man was then transported to Navarro Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by Navarro County Justice of the Peace, Connie Mayfield.

Corsicana Police Sgt. Lewis Palos said family members told him that Oliver had a history of heart problems and seizures.
An autopsy was not ordered.

Henry Stephenson, another Parks and Recreation worker, said he knew Oliver, and that he fished regularly at the lake.

The accident occurred about one-quarter mile from the pavilion on the southeast side of the lake, next to the jogging path.

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Rudolph Oliver, Jr.

Rudolph  Jr., 62, of Corsicana passed away April 22, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at Harmony Baptist Church, 411 E. 12th Ave., with the Rev. J.L. Bailey Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Rose (Melton) Jennische

Rose Jennische

Rose Jennische of Baytown went to be with the Lord April 22, 2004, with her loved ones by her side. She was born Aug. 11, 1914, to William and Mattie Melton in Frost.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Lee Thomas; husband, James "Doc" Jennische; grandchildren, Brigette McCaleb, Bubba McCaleb and Robert Thomas Jr.; and a brother, Earl Smith. Rose is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Charcslene and Robert Lannou; son and daughter-in-law, J.C. and Wilma Thomas; brother, Carl Smith; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Tom and Lavon Jennische; grandchildren, Pam and Randy Nalley, James and Shannon Thomas, and Debra and Richard Goodman; step grandchildren, Kelly and Carol Chambers and Jill Chambers; great-grandchildren, Robert and Jennifer Trammell, Misti Cook, Savannah Bounds, David and James Barnes, Samantha and Kailey Thomas; step great-grandchildren, Hayden and Chase Chambers; great-great-grandchildren, Skyler Trammell, Kason Landgrave, and namesake Demi Rose Trammell; "adopted son," Tommy Thompson; brothers-in-law, A.V. Jennische and Carroll Jennische; and several nieces and nephews.

Rose attended Memorial Assembly of God Church for 50 years, where she showed her deep love of God and appreciation to the pastor and her fellow members weekly by always taking flowers for the altar from her flower gardens. She had a passion for her animals and her flowers and was at one time known as the "Rose Lady of Baytown." She and her husband were also avid vegetable gardeners, selling produce throughout the community for many years.

Having lived in the same home for 60 years, Rose is well known and loved by many throughout the community. She will be deeply missed by her many relatives and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be James Thomas, Randy Nalley, Tom Jennische, Milton Bevins, Jim Osby, Randall Elledge, Leo Hechler, and Herbert Blanchard.

Her family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Navarre Funeral Home with the Revs. Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Woods officiating. Burial will follow at Cedarcrest Cemetery in Baytown.

Arrangements by Navarre Funeral Home, Baytown.

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Melvin Dee Lynch
Oct 10, 1918 - Apr 21, 2004

Melvin Dee Lynch, 86, of Blooming Grove passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion and Derl Lee officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Lynch was born Oct. 10, 1918, in Blooming Grove to C. P. Lynch and Mamie Hix Lynch. He had been a member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove since 1930.

Survivors include his wife, Johnie Lynch of Blooming Grove; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Doris Lynch of Corsicana; grandchildren, Kerri and Dr. Scott Barham of Corsicana and Matt and Kristen Lynch of Blooming Grove; great-grandchildren, Collin Barham, Claire Barham and Kenadee Lynch; sisters, Marie Beene and Lovene Bryant and husband Boyd, all of Blooming Grove, and Billie Joyce Rawson and husband Troy of California.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Undine Dennis
Mar 30, 1919 - Apr 23, 2004

Undine Dennis, 85, was born in Corsicana on March 30, 1919, and passed away in West Monroe, La., on April 23, 2004. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Dennis; her parents, Pearl and Robert Harris; and brother, Buford Harris. Mrs. Dennis was a graduate of Corsicana High School and continued her education at Texas Woman's University where she received a degree in education. For eight years, she taught fifth and sixth graders in Port Arthur. After moving to Jennings, La., in 1948, she taught elementary students for 27 years in Jefferson Davis Parish. She was also a member of the Jefferson Davis Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Mrs. Dennis was a very active member of First Baptist Church in Jennings, La., for 50 years, and led many mission groups and taught children's Sunday school classes. She was also a member of the Jennings American Legion Hospital Pink Ladies, Entre Nous, and Rose Club. For the past two years, Mrs. Dennis was a member of First Baptist Church of West Monroe and a member of Kirkland-Lawton Sunday School Class. She will also be remembered for her gardening skills and doting on her beloved grandson, David.

Survivors include her daughter, Fran D. Poe and husband Jim of West Monroe, La.; grandson, David J. Poe of West Monroe, La.; sisters, Frances Mahoney of Corsicana and Laverne Myatt of Kaufman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from noon to service time today at Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in West Monroe, La., with the Rev. Mark Fenn officiating.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana with Dr. David Hale officiating.

Special thanks to Dr. Ronald Koepke, Judy Neal and Dr. Michael Hand for their tender, loving care during Mrs. Dennis' illness.

Arrangements by Kilpatrick Funeral Home, West Monroe, La

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Wiley Eugene Dechaume
Jan 25, 1948 - Apr 24, 2004

Wiley Eugene Dechaume, 56, of Kerens passed away Saturday, April 24, 2004 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Unity Baptist Church with Rev. Horace Cobb officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Frank Weaver, Clayton Beldin, Robert Lee, David Nelson, James Trull and Hubert Dechaume Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Halbert Dechaume and Qubert Dechaume.

Mr. Dechaume was born Jan. 25, 1948 in Powell.

Survivors include son Bobby Eugene Dechaume and wife Sherry of Corsicana; brothers Robert Dechaume and wife Liz and Hubert Dechaume and wife Barbara, all of Corsicana; sisters Martha Opry and husband Marcus of Corsicana, Lilly Lee of Corsicana and Lillian Sanders of Oakwood; brother Junior Dechaume of Athens; grandsons Jessie Dechaume and Bobby Dechaume, both of Corsicana; granddaughter Samantha Dechaume of Corsicana; step-daughter Lisa Alcorn of Missouri; and step-sons Edgar Mitchell of Colorado, Donny Wagner of Georgia and Christopher and Christi Wagner of Terrell.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Maxine Gorden 
Sep 2, 1928 - Apr 24, 2004

Maxine Gorden, 75, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 24, 2004 at Heritage Oaks West after a long illness.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Memorial Park with Rev. Terri Hildebrand officiating.

Ms. Gorden was born Sept. 2, 1928 in Blooming Grove. She spent most of her life as a homemaker. She later worked with her second husband at Golden Motors. Many got to know her as the "Picture Lady" at Photo Kwik. When Photo Kwik closed, she became assistant manager of Royal Optical. Maxine enjoyed camping at Navarro Mills with her family, where there was fierce competition and lots of laughter at games of 42, poker and 31.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Gorden; mother, Tillie Ward; several brothers and sisters; and her fiance, Mike Gandy.

Survivors include daughters Vicki Jennings of Tyler, and Sherri Richardson and husband Rick of Corsicana; sisters Pat Dawson, and Daisy Scruggs and husband Dewey of Corsicana; brothers Bill Gorden and Inez of Corsicana, Ray Gorden and Mary of Navarro Mills, Dewey Elton Gorden and Nancy of Dresden, and Raymond Gorden and Patsy of Barry; grandchildren Dee Kropik and Troy of Mesquite, Toby and B.J. Richardson of Corsicana, and Gary Richardson of Corsicana; eight great-grandchildren; special cousin Ethel Coley, who was her sister in her heart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Robert Donald Marr
Jan 19, 1937 - Apr 24, 2004

Robert Donald Marr, 67, of Hico passed away Saturday, April 24, 2004, in Dallas due to complications from lung cancer.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel, 6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth.

Funeral services will 11 a.m. Wednesday at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, with the Rev. Carol West officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Don was born Jan. 19, 1937, in Corsicana to Clyde and Julia Marr. Don began school at Petty's Chapel and attended Corsicana High School before joining the Navy. He worked as a cosmetologist for almost 40 years and was owner of Don's Beauty Salon for many of those years. Known for his extraordinary wit and laughter, his greatest concern was for the comfort of others and his deep love of family and friends.

Don was preceded in death by his brothers, James Marr, Charles Marr, Lawrence Marr; and his sister, Linda Allred.

Survivors include his brothers, Aubry Marr and wife, Rayneva, of Barry and Herman Marr and wife, Sandra, of Corsicana; seven nieces and five nephews.

Arrangements by Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel, Fort Worth.

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Louis Joe Territo, Jr.
Nov 2, 1960 - Apr 25, 2004

Louis Joe 'Joey' Territo Jr.

Louis Joe "Joey" Territo Jr., 43, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 25, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Catholic Cemetery with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.

Pallbearers will be Mike Allred, Roark Montgomery, Marc Bryant, Rick Yeatts, Steve Pipkin, Carl White, Butch Davis and Marty Bonneson. Honorary pallbearers will be Olice Steward, Johnny Chirafis and Irvin Welch.

Mr. Territo was born Nov. 2, 1960, in Corsicana to Louis Joe Territo and Audrene Steward Territo. He was a member of the Men's Golf Association at the Corsicana Country Club.

Survivors include his mother, Audrene Territo; daughter, Lauren Landon; brother and sister-in-law, Rick and Linda Yeatts; and sisters, JoAnn Territo, Kathleen Legrand, Mary Frances Rash, Mary Frances Rash, Michele Mercy and Denise Bonneson.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Laura Lee (Clay) Smith
Mar 16, 1946 - Apr 26, 2004

Laura Lee Clay Smith, 58, of Corsicana passed away Monday, April 26, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Smith was born March 16, 1946, in Waco to Rudolfh Havranek and Lottie Lee White Havranek. She was a sales coordinator for Casita Enterprises.

Survivors include her husband, David Smith of Corsicana; sons, James Clay, Ricky Clay, Chase Clay and Michael Smith; daughter, Kristen Smith; seven grandchildren; brothers, Bobby Havranek, Danny Hewitt and Bill Smith; sisters, Patti Wright, Joann and Margie; and special niece and nephew, Stephanie Vaughn and Joe King.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your favorite charity.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Camille Elizabeth (Johnson) Dowd
Oct 18, 1969 - Apr 27, 2004

Camille Elizabeth (Johnson) Dowd, 34, of Mildred passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2004, in Mildred.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Southwest Harvest Church in Duncanville with the Rev. Sonny Conatser and the Rev. John Tracy officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Pallbearers will be John Avery, Johnathan Dowd, Jacob Dowd, Patrick Dowd, Elijah Johnson and Joshua Johnson.

Mrs. Dowd was born Oct. 18, 1969, in Beaufort, S.C. She was a loving wife and mother. She was a gift sent from God to all family and friends. She was a hard worker and accomplished many things through her job, family life and strong beliefs in God. She had a unique gift with her love of animals. She worked for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in St. Mary, Ohio. She worked with numerous churches in Ohio and Texas. She touched all of our lives with as much strength as the rise of the morning sun, and will forever be in our hearts.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Louise (Fix) Johnson; grandparents, A. W. and Leona Fix; and father-in-law, Jerrell M. Dowd.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Dowd of Mildred; daughter, Amanda L. Dowd of Mildred; parents, the Rev. George and Charlotte Johnson of Bucyrus, Ohio; brothers and sisters-in-law, 1st Sgt. Allan and Stephanie Bake of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Doug and Tina Johnson of Celina, Ohio; brother, Trevor Johnson of Houston; sister and brother-in-law, Terese and Jim Christain of Wapakoneta, Ohio; grandmother, Helen Louise Johnson of Bowerston, Ohio; mother-in-law and husband, Suzanne and David Ledbetter of Oak Point; sister-in-law and husband, Melinda and Garland Avery of Silsbee; brothers-in-law and wives, Eddie and Patricia Dowd of Kemp and Michael and Inga Dowd of Kerens; grandmother-in-law, Louise Dowd of Corsicana; uncle and aunt, Ronnie and Nancy Fix of Canton, Ohio; aunt, and Emmie Steineman of San Marcos, Calif.

Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Unit, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Hattie Carter

Hattie Carter, 95, of Corsicana passed away April 26, 2004, at Health Care & Rehab of Corsicana. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church, 105 N. Fourth St., Corsicana. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Robert Lee Hamilton

Robert Lee Hamilton, 52, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home. Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Memorial COGIC with Elder Joseph Johnson Sr. officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Raymond M. Britton
Apr 17, 1938 - Apr 29, 2004

Raymond M. Britton, 66, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 29, 2004, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be A.D. Giesler, Jack Fowler, Robert Miles, Jeff Bickerstaff and J. C. Reed.

Mr. Britton was born April 17, 1938, in Emmett. He attended Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delia and Otto Britton; and brother, Tommy Britton.

Survivors include his wife, Faye McGaugh Britton of Corsicana; stepdaughter and husband, Pat and Wayne Bickerstaff of Garland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Reba and Bobby Brush of Venus, Sara and Dwight Price of Navarro Mills and Sue and Merv Nickelson of Koomloops, British Columbia, Canada; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gilbert and Martha Britton of Azle and Darrel and Paulette Britton of Mansfield; grandchildren, Jeff and Leslie Bickerstaff of Sasche and Bryan and Christi Bickerstaff of Richardson; great-granddaughters, Emily Bickerstaff of Sasche and Ashleigh Bickerstaff of Richardson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Vera 'Nana' (Crawford) Lawhon 
Jan 25, 1914 - Apr 30, 2004

Vera 'Nana' Lawhon

Vera "Nana" Lawhon, 90, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 30, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Leslie Cotten, Lewis Palos, Mike Sanders, T. C. Lawhon, Tracy Lawhon and Jason Baugh.

Mrs. Lawhon was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Dawson to John Crawford and Ida Tickle Crawford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy "Pappy" Lawhon.

Survivors include her children, Linda Lawhon and Lamoin Lawhon, both of Corsicana; grandchildren, Kim and Keith Schramm of Palmyra , Ill., Stacy and Buddy Peterson of Midlothian, Jason Baugh of Garland, and Tracy Lawhon and T.C. Lawhon, both of Corsicana; nine great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Frank R. Williams
Jan 27, 1932 - Apr 30, 2004

The Rev. Frank R. Williams, 72, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 30, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Delbert Taylor and the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

The Rev. Williams was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Fort Worth to Frank R. Williams Sr. and Alice Woods Williams. He was a minister for 42 years in 33 Central Texas churches.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Frank R. Williams of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Judi Williams of Waxahachie; two grandchildren, Lindsey and Chase; and sister-in-law, Fanell Dunagan of Frost.

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Viola Jewell (Gee) Caruthers
Mar 23, 1905 - Apr 29, 2004

Viola Jewell Gee Caruthers of Pelham passed away Thursday, April 29, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be Monday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Pelham, the Rev. Denise Blakeley, pastor, with the Rev. Dorothy Pate, pastor of Brown Chapel AME church, officiating. Interment will follow at Pelham Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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5/2/2004 Sweeping waters claim 3: Siblings, 33-year-old man fall victim to storms

The view from the Bunert Road bridge over Post Oak Creek shows the path a car carrying two toddlers took Saturday morning. This photo was taken about seven hours after the car was swept away. Pushed down branches at left show how high the waters were at one point. Daily Sun photo/RON


The view from the Bunert Road bridge over Post Oak Creek shows the path a car carrying two toddlers took Saturday morning. This photo was taken about seven hours after the car was swept away. Pushed down branches at left show how high the waters were at one point. Daily Sun photo/RON FARMER

By RAYMOND LINEX II/Daily Sun Staff

Two toddlers and a 33-year-old man died Saturday, victims of two separate flood-related accidents after vicious thunderstorms popped up over Corsicana early Saturday morning.

Corsicana Fire Rescue divers pulled the bodies of 21-month-old Patrick Stewart Jr. and his sister, 13-month-old Brook Stewart from Post Oak Creek about 2 p.m. Saturday, some 12 hours after the car they were riding in was swept off a bridge on Bunert Road. The two were still in the car, which was found about 150 yards from the bridge.

The storms hit just after midnight, and Corsicana Police Sgt. Lewis Palos said the accident involving the car -- driven by father Patrick Stewart, who was able to escape before the car was swept away -- occurred just after 1:30 a.m.

Also, Ramiro Tito Salinas Garza drowned early Saturday morning, when his pickup was caught up in high waters on the east side service road of Interstate 45 near the 228 milemarker. A passenger with Garza was able to escape, but the driver could not and was swept into a field, where emergency officials found him about a quarter-of-a-mile out about 7:10 a.m., Palos said.

CPD Chief G.M. Cox said the drownings were the first of their nature -- in rain swollen situations -- in his 11 years in Corsicana, and said Palos had not witnessed anything similar in his 35 years.

"Three in one day, I'd certainly say that's a record for Corsicana," Cox said.
It is the fourth drowning in two weeks for the city, however, as a 56-year-old fisherman drowned at the IOOF Park April 22.
 

Corsicana Fire Rescue divers Darrell Cobb, Darren Yates and Brad Roughton work to remove the bodies of two children from a car swept away from a bridge on Bunert Road Saturday. Daily Sun photo/RON FARMER

Pastor Arthur Faulk of Wilgo Baptist said 21-year-old Patrick Stewart was returning from Dallas after picking up his children from their mother's residence. Emergency officials would not speculate on exactly what happened, saying a thorough investigation needed to be done, but the car was swept from Bunert Road, through several bends in the creek before it came to a stop.

It was found by a land owner walking his property near the creek, Ron Wing with the Corsicana Emergency Corps said.

At the bridge, Bunert Road drops between 6 to 10 feet from the roadway on either side. The debris field stretched north of the bridge about 100 yards, as brush was packed around the bottom of the fencing around Woodland Cemetery. Stewart was traveling south, from the north side of the bridge, after apparently exiting I-45 at Roane Road, and turning south onto Bunert from Roane.

There are no rails on the bridge, but that is by design, said Interim City Manager Connie Standridge, who estimated construction of the bridge took place in the '40s, based on work done at a similar site in town.

"It's designed as a low-water crossing, where water is allowed to go over it," said Standridge, who is the city's engineer and was at the site Saturday morning. "The problem with rails is they collect debris, and that can make it more hazardous."

Standridge and other officials at the scene said rails would not prevent accidents such as Saturday's, but she assured other safety measures will be explored.

Some residents said the city did not react fast enough to the storms, which dumped more than five inches of rain on an already saturated area in less than seven hours. Palos said the water rushes through the creek very fast in the area when it is swollen.

"A lot needs to be done to prevent this from happening again," resident Brandy Anderson said. "The city could have come down and blocked the road."

City officials, however, said there was little time to react. The storms hit quickly after forming over Corsicana, while existing storms headed to the area where still dozens of miles away.

"When you get three and a half to five inches of rain as fast as that came in, there's not much warning you can give," CFD Chief Donald McMullan said. "We started having emergencies immediately. We had (public works and emergency officials) out as fast as we could."

Many were on scene at Bunert Road before 2, and the Texas Department of Public Safety provided aerial support via helicopter. After the car was found, divers had to wait several hours for the waters to recede enough to extract the children.

The first was removed about 1:45, Palos said, the second about 10 minutes later. Fire and Rescue divers Capt. Darrell Cobb, Darren Yates and Brad Roughton maneuvered in the rough waters to bring the bodies to shore.

"Corsicana Fire and Rescue did a great job," Cox said. "That's a well-trained bunch."

Faulk visited with the family, including the mother, and said it was dealing with the loss of the children.

"(Patrick) is going to pieces," he said. "... It's tough. I've tried to let them know God is in control."

Less than an hour after the call to Bunert Road, emergency officials responded to the I-45 service road, where Garza was swept away as high water swept west to east over the service road.

Palos said a passenger from the vehicle who escaped told investigators Garza was trying to get out of the truck and the high water when he went under the service road.

His body was found by officers walking the field near the service road.


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Ramiro Tito Salinas Garza

Ramiro Tito Salinas Garza, 33, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mr. Garza was born Jan. 13, 1971, in Matamoros, Mexico.

Survivors include his father, Tito Salinas of Mexico; mother, L. Margarita Garza of Corsicana; aunt and uncle, Maria and Jamie Rios of Corsicana; uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Lic. Sabas Enrique Garza of Mexico; and cousins, Maggie and Jamie Rios, Enrique, Eduardo and Esteban Garza Salinas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
 

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Patrick Demon Stewart, Jr

Patrick Demon Stewart Jr., 2 years, 9 months, of Dallas passed away Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Corsicana. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Freedom Fellowship Church with the Rev. Jessie Williams officiating. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Brooke Stewart

Little Miss Brooke Stewart, 13 months, of Dallas passed away Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Corsicana. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Freedom Fellowship Church with the Rev. Jessie Williams officiating. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home
 


5/2/2004 Police charge man with murder

From Staff Reports

Corsicana police made an arrest early Saturday morning for the shooting death of a 25-year-old man.

Charles Jones Jr. died after being shot in the back of the head Monday near the Housing Authority on East 13th Avenue. Police arrested and charged Derrick Thomas, also 25, with murder.

He is being held on $250,000 bond at the Navarro County Justice Center.

"We had two officers surveilling an area in deep cover," CPD Chief G.M. Cox said. "We had some (intelligence) having him in that area after dark, and that's when he showed up. We were able to arrest him without incident."

Cox said Cpl. David Hanisch and officer Trent Parker conducted the surveillance until just after midnight, when Thomas showed about the time heavy rains began falling. Sgt. Darrell Waller, Cpl. Todd Morris and officer Seth Fuller assisted in the arrest.

Earlier in the week, CPD Detective Jason Grant said the shooting occurred after an earlier fight took place at Bunert Park. Grant said a shot was fired there, but no injuries were reported.
Jones was transported to Navarro Regional Hospital by Corsicana Fire and Rescue, and was later air lifted to Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, where he died.

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Charles Edward Jones, 25, of Corsicana passed away April 28, 2004, at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco. Wake services will be 7 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. K.D. Davis officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Charlie H. Garrett
Jan 16, 1933 - Apr 14, 2004

Charlie H. Garrett, 71, beloved husband, loving father, grandfather and friend, went to be with his Lord Wednesday, April 14th, 2004.

The funeral was Saturday, April 17th, at Greenwood Chapel with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Kerens Library in Kerens.

Charlie was born January 16th, 1933, in Kerens to Gene and Clara Garrett. While in High School he played football for the Kerens Bobcats, which he continued to follow throughout the years. After he graduated from Kerens High School he attended Navarro College. He was a counselor for the Salesmanship Club for Boys from 1951 to 1958. Charlie was an investment sales administrator for various companies for over 30 years. He served in the Texas National Guard Artillery Unit from 1948 to 1952. He served as treasurer in Fort Worth for two years and president in Lufkin for two years for the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International. Charlie, a man of honor and integrity enjoyed the company of many church and professional friends. He had a special gift for writing poetry, essays, and short stories. His poetry collection of 120 poems have been enjoyed by all since 1951. Charlie blesses all of our lives daily and we cherish having known such a generous loving Christian.

Survivors: Wife of 45 years, Kathryn Garrett; Children: Toni Riley and Art Zimmerman, Greg Garrett and his wife, Becky and Kimberly Martinez and her husband, C. J.; Sisters: Virginia Sessions and Dorothy Craig; Brothers: Vernon and Mack Baker; Grandchildren: Michael, Daniel, Blake, Miranda, Jordin, Austin, and Justin.


Yvonne Capehart
Sep 10, 1939 - May 2, 2004

Yvonne Capehart, 64, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, May 2, 2004 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Weaver, Kenneth Weaver, Jason Bottoms, Bear Wilson, Richie Holloway and Michael Mark Butler.

Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Farmer, David B. Singleton, John Cotterrell, Kenny Napper, Patrick May, Marcus Meade, Shane Farmer, members of the H.L.S.R. speakers committee and members of the Dim Fieflmann Cookers.

Ms. Capehart was born Sept. 10, 1939 in Corsicana. She was the mayor of Navarro and owned and operated Capehart Enterprises.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thelma and Orvil Capehart and her sister, Brenda Sue Capehart.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Paula and Glenn Pittman of Duncanville; son and daughter-in-law Ron and Samantha Capehart of Deer Park; brothers and sisters-in-law Don and Rita Capehart of Corsicana; Darrell and Darla Capehart of Navarro and Larry and Judy Capehart of Ennis; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Michael Earl 'Rock' McClure
July 11, 1945 - May 2, 2004

Michael Earl "Rock" McClure, 58, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, May 2, 2004, following a brave battle against bacterial meningitis.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. David Hale officiating.

Mr. McClure was born July 11, 1945, in Corsicana. He attended Bowie Elementary School, James L. Collins Catholic School, and Collins Junior High School before joining his father's business, Presley and McClure Automotive, in Corsicana.

In 1975, Mr. McClure moved to the NCADC Golden Circle Ranch for disabled citizens where he lived for 29 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Renee McClure. He was cared for in his adult years by Golden Circle Ranch house parents, Hershel and Rose Faucett.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Samantha McClure and children, Alison, Madison, and Ian of Austin; brother and sister-in-law, David and Trish McClure of Burke, Va., and his children, Ashley and Timothy, of Corsicana; an aunt, Jane Sanders of Corsicana; cousin and cousin-in-law, Janet and John Ritter of Irving; cousin and cousin-in-law, Nick and Lynda Sanders of Trophy Club; nephew and niece-in-law, Wade and Anne Sanders and their children, Dallas and Lawson of Dallas; and other cousins and their families.

Additional survivors include his adopted brothers and sisters at Golden Circle Ranch: Richard Barton, Mary Boyd, Jim Davis, Larry Duffey, Mike Flanagan, Lonnie Garcia, Pam Lang, Jodie Olson, J. R. Pentecost, Bobby Prescott, Cyndi Rogers, Terry Tate, Terry Thompson and Christopher York.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Mr. McClure's memory to the NCADC Golden Circle Ranch Travel Fund, P.O. Box 1145, Corsicana, TX 75151.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jewel Marie (Johnson) Perkins
Jun 23, 1930 - May 2, 2004

Jewel Marie (Johnson) Perkins, 73, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana after a courageous battle with cancer.

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

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Elmo Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mrs. Perkins was born June 23, 1930, in Winkler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Zula Johnson; brothers, Leroy "Hoss" Johnson and Other Johnson; and sister, Ruby Minze.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Perkins of Corbet; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Richard Buttersby of Canada; sons, Danny Cooper of California and Bill Cooper of Seattle, Wash.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy Coley and Lee Toms of Corsicana and Jettie and Bobby Bell of Corbet; four grandsons, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Arturo de Jesus Medina Duque

Arturo de Jesus Medina Duque, infant, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Dallas. Graveside services were 11:30 a.m. today at Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Pearlie (Green) Williams
Mar 4, 1912 - May 1, 2004

Pearlie Green Williams, 92, of Kerens passed away Saturday, May 1, 2004, in Dallas.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel Washington officiating. Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Romeo Fergueson, Erick Simms, Quincy Steptoe, Leonard Newsome, Wesley Ponder and Michael Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Newsome, Mozell Langley, Harry Collins Sr., Darrell Clark and Arlinda Clark.

Mrs. Williams was born March 4, 1912, in Kerens. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star No. 262. She served as president of the Mission Society, deaconess for 50 years, homecoming committee, cooking committee, prayer and Bible study class.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Georgs Frank, Isaac and Isiah; sister, Alice Green Greer; daughter, Georgia M. Towne; two sons-in-law, Fred Towne and Admiral Newsome; and brother-in-law, Dudley Ponder.

Survivors include her son, John Henry Williams Jr.; three daughters, Addie Pearl Clark (Arlinda) of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ruby Jean Newsome and Olivia Fergueson, both of Dallas; brother, Charlie Jr. (Gertie) of Bronx, N.Y.; sister, Geraldine Ponder of Houston; sister-in-law, Rose of Dallas; loving niece, Pearlie Mae Sledge; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Dr. Anthony Louis Grizzaffi
Aug 6, 1912 - May 7, 2004

Dr. Anthony Louis Grizzaffi, 91, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 7, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Lowell Campbell, Dr. Dave Campbell, Dick Skewes, John Dodson, Pat Dodson and Phillip Grizzaffi. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. William B. Mayfield and Dr. James H. Barnebee.

Dr. Grizzaffi was born Aug. 6, 1912, in Chicago, Ill. He was a self-employed physician in Corsicana for 55 years. He was a member of the Navarro County Medical Society, International College of Surgeons and was a past vice president of the American Academy of General Practitioners which he was charter member. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Beatrice Grizzaffi; parents, Leo and Julia Grizzaffi; brothers, Sam Grizzaffi and Angelo Grizzaffi; and sisters, Bessy Markules and Mazie Lindner.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Patrick Anthony and Roberta Grizzaffi of Garland; son, John Michael Grizzaffi of Carrollton; daughter, Julia Maree Cooper of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Holly and Patrick Dodson of Uvalde; grandchildren, John Dodson, Jody Dodson, Will Dodson, Holly Munez, John Cooper, Lisa Jones, Amy Hollyfield and Phillip Grizzaffi; great-grandchildren, Reece Dodson, Rylee Dodson and Abby Jones; and special family friend, Shirley Grizzaffi of Carrollton.

Memorials may be made to James L. Collins Catholic School, 3000 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dr. Anthony Louis Grizzaffi

Tony died on May 7, 2004, in Corsicana. He was born in Chicago on August 8, 1912, the son of Julia and Leo Grizzaffi, who came to America from Italy in 1895.

Tony was raised in a Chicago Italian neighborhood where religious feast days were celebrated with music and lots of food, two elements that became a large part of his adult family life. He learned English in the first grade at his Catholic School, but he never forgot Italian, which he liked to use in Italian restaurants. He became an excellent violin player and formed a band with his friends to play at weddings and special events. Tony lived near the medical district in Chicago and was fascinated by the nurses and doctors from an early age. Because he loved people and wanted to take care of them, he eventually became a doctor, graduating from the University of Illinois in 1933 and from Chicago Medical School in 1938.

Later that year, Dr. Tony Grizzaffi came to Texas to do his internship at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas. It was there that he fell in love with Jo Smith, a student nurse, and they were married in 1940. Soon after, Tony joined the U.S. Army and was shipped to New Guinea, where his unit established the first hospital in the Philippines at Clark Field. Tony completed his Army service as a Captain, having received two silver crosses.

In 1946, Tony and Jo moved with their two young sons to Frost, Texas, where he practiced medicine. In 1954, Dr. Grizzaffi and two physician friends opened Physicians and Surgeons Clinic in Corsicana. Tony became a surgeon because he was fascinated by the human body and loved to "fix" things instead of giving out doses of medicine. But delivering babies was his special joy. In his long career, he delivered 2,300 babies, many of whom were named after him. He retired when he was 81, remembered as an honest, caring doctor who always looked his patients in the eyes and talked to them with respect. In his retirement he gave many volunteer hours to the Primary Health Care Clinic in Corsicana.

Tony's advice to his children and grandchildren will live on: Have a goal, aim high, study hard, obey your parents, try to behave, and don't lie or cheat. He will be remembered at every family gathering where food is prepared using the cookbook he and Jo compiled for their children.

Tony was preceded in death by his mother and father, Julia and Leo Grizzaffi; his wife Jo Smith Grizzaffi in 2001; sisters Mazie Lindner and Bessie Markulas, and his brothers Angelo and Sam Grizzaffi. He is survived by his sons Patrick Grizzaffi of Carrollton, and Michael Grizzaffi of Garland; daughters Judy Cooper of Houston, and Mary Holly Dodson of Uvalde; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; many former patients who loved him; and lots babies who are now all grown up with children of their own.

A Rosary will be said at Corley Funeral Home at 7 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent "in memory of Dr. Grizzaffi" to James Collins Catholic School.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ruby G. Nichols
Jun 25, 1916 - May 7, 2004

Ruby G. Nichols, 87, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 7, 2004 in Dallas.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Post Oak Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Anderson officiating.

Mrs. Nichols was born June 25, 1916 in Rice.

Mrs. Nichols is survived by her husband, Franklin Nichols of Corsicana; daughters, Kaye Nichols Glenn of Waxahachie and Sue Ferguson of Broken Arrow, OK; granddaughters, Syman Moody and husband Tim of Corsicana and Deanna Noelle Edwards of Colorado; grandson, Donnie Swope of San Antonio; great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Kristen Moody of Corsicana; and sister, Marie Robinson of Rice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charles Henry Lusk Sr.
Jun 1, 1941 - May 7, 2004

Charles Henry Lusk Sr., 63, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 7, 2004 in Corsicana.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Farmersville Cemetery in Dawson.

Pallbearers will be James Stanford, Byron Christopher Lusk, Darrin Lusk and Steven Rachal Lusk.

Mr. Lusk was born June 1, 1941 in Oakwood. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Lusk; sister, Almetta Dickson; and brother, Richard Louis Lusk.

Mr. Lusk is survived by his mother, Ethel Allen of Corsicana; daughter, Sheila Caldwell and husband David of Rice; two sons, Charles Henry Lusk Jr. of Minnesota and Doyle Lusk and wife Debra of Waxahachie; brother, Willie Lawrence Lusk and wife Ora of Corsicana; a loving sister, Chinessa Erskine of Corsicana; two step-sisters, Onetta Pace and Roberta Sheffield; two special nieces, Ethel Mae Stanford of Dallas and Barbara Ann Faulk of Corsicana; a special cousin, Virginia Bradley of Corsicana; a very special friend, Willie Fred "Bo Diddley" Goff of Corsicana; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one uncle; three aunts; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Becky Sue (Johnson) Tyer
Feb 10, 1948 - May 9, 1948

Becky Sue Johnson Tyer was born Feb. 10, 1948 in Corsicana, Texas to Willetta Magness Johnson and Racy Jack Johnson, and passed away on May 9, 2004. Becky is survived by her husband of 25 years, Charles Aubrey Tyer; her son, Richard Kyle Cox; and daughter, Tiffany Anne Tyer, all of Mabank, Texas. She is also survived by her brother, Kemp Johnson of Ozarka, Arkansas; special mother-in-law, Helen Williams of Dallas; special aunt and uncle, J. T. and Jean Magness of Corsicana; and two best friends, Rose Fawcett of Corsicana, and Billie Weatherby of Palestine.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. David Hale and the Rev. Bob Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Christiansen, Lupe Coronado, Hershel Faucett, Dean Lewis, Terry Gentle, and Johnny Harper.

Becky attended Wortham schools and at the age of 15 attended Red's Academy of Cosmetology. She completed her cosmetology education at Cox's Beauty School in Huntsville, Texas. In July 1967, she went to work for Janet Ward's Beauty Salon. Becky later made a career change and worked as the secretary to the Sales Department at Independent Communications, Inc. and later as the Assistant Manager at the Fone Factory, Inc. at Collin Creek Mall in Plano, Texas.

Becky loved country and western dancing, cooking and reading autobiographies. She loved to cook for her family, friends and neighbors. She was well-known for her one-lines, never met a stranger, and once she met you, she never forgot a detail of your life. She had a lot of friends and family and will be greatly missed.

Arrangements by Tory Suggs Funeral Home, Dallas.

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James Edward Luttrull
Apr 25, 1924 - May 9, 2004

James Edward Luttrull, 80, of Blooming Grove passed away Sunday, May 9, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Waco.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3 p.m. at Shady Grove Cemetery in Greenville.

Pallbearers will be Russell Devenport, Shelby Perry, Chad Luttrull, Marty Byerly, Anthony Grisham and Brent Grisham. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Petters, Gerald McSpadden, Boyd Bryant and Elmer Ledbetter.

Mr. Luttrull was born April 25, 1924, in Greenville to Robert Thomas Luttrull and Lillian Smithers Luttrull. He was a truck driver for E.O. Barham.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Leeman in 1999; great-grandson, Justin Holt; parents; and sisters, Louise Seals, Margaret Casey and Dorothy Compton.

Survivors include his wife, Lorie Franco Luttrull of Blooming Grove; children, Nancy Hewlett of Murphy; Robert Luttrull of Lumberton, Betty (BJ) Elrod, Letha Grisham and Sherryl Luttrull, all of Garland, and Jimmy Luttrull of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; stepchildren, Diane Robledo and Carlos Arredondo, both of Dallas; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Putman of Wolfe City; and brother, Bobby Luttrull of Garland.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Ida 'Meme' Chenoweth
Jul 23, 1917 - May 10, 2004

Mary Ida "Meme" Chenoweth, 86, of Corsicana passed away Monday, May 10, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Terry Grounds, Tommy Hawkins, David Ragsdale, James Greer, James Stubbs and Eddie Gregory.

Mrs. Chenoweth was born July 23, 1917, in Bluffton, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claudene Chenoweth.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Jerry Grimmett of Corsicana; sisters, Maxine Foltz and husband Bob, Norma Jean Collatt and Edna Tschannen, all of Indiana; brothers, Wayne Kummer and wife Fern, Earl Kummer and wife Phyllis, and Donald Kummer, all of Indiana, and Bob Kummer and wife Fran of Iowa; grandchildren, Cindy and Tommy Hawkins, Cheri and David Ragsdale, Jill and Terry Grounds, and Joanie Brown, all of Corsicana; and great-grandchildren, Hayden Grounds, Holden Grounds, Aaron Brown and Shelby Ragsdale.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Doyle Allen Jr.
Mar 16, 1923 - May 8, 2004
 

Doyle Allen Jr., 81, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, May 8, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Northside Baptist Church with Elder Lee J. Keeton of Word of Life Church of God in Christ officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Timothy Gooden, Keith Johnson, Marcell Allen, Fado Melvin Jr. and Jeramy Gooden. Honorary pallbearers will be Collie Coleman Sr., Fado Frank Melvin Sr., Sam Tally, Johnnie Walters and Charles Carroll.

Mr. Allen was born March 16, 1923, in Oakwood. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and was honorably discharged. He was superintendent of Sunday school and deacon at Word of Life Church of God in Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Allen Sr.; mother, Lady Mae Allen; sisters, Huddie Gains and Annie Bell Sanders; brothers, L.B. Allen and Floyde Allen; and stepdaughter, Lizzie Faye Cooksey.

Survivors include his sons, Doyle Ray (Georgia) Allen of Fort Worth and Artis (Love) Allen of Alamogordo, N.M.; daughters, Arnetta Johnson of Corsicana, Mary Melvin of Duncanville, Alice (Donald) Jordan of San Antonio, and Darline (Zeb) Preston of Mesquite; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Henry Allen of Tulsa, Okla.; sister, Algie Ree Lathan of Fairfield; stepchildren, Shirley Ellison of Corsicana and Tommie Jean (Robert) Collins of Dallas; special cousin, Laura Wood; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Doyle Allen Jr., 81, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2004.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday at Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N. Beaton, Corsicana. Visitation: noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, 1236 N. Business Highway 45, Corsicana.
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James Ivan 'Pete' Walton

James Ivan "Pete" Walton passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, April 9 in Milwaukee, WI at age 92.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church with Fr. Edward R. Monk officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Fleming Foundation or St. John's Episcopal Church will be gratefully accepted.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Gus Clark
Mar 13, 1935 - May 10, 2004

William Augustus "Gus" Clark, 69, of Dawson went to be with the Lord Monday, May 10, 2004. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gus was born March 13, 1935, in Dawson to Johnnie and Jane (McMillon) Clark. He lived all of his life in Dawson and was employed with Bill and Joyce Hubbard at Hubbard's Service Station for 47 years. Gus had been a member of the Dawson VFD since 1958 and the Dawson Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue since 1979. He was an Army veteran having served in Korea and was a member of First Baptist Church of Dawson.

Gus was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carneal Burke.

He is survived by his life-long friend, Kitty McNutt of Dawson; sister, Joyce King of Dawson and Marjorie Shiley of Alvarado; brothers, Billy Clark of Granbury and Joe Burke of Carmichael, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dwain King, Gary King, Johnny King, G.C. Younger, B.D. Hubbard and Doug Lenox. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Robert Earl Welch
Aug 3, 1941 - May 9, 2004

Robert Earl Welch, 62, a loving husband and father, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today at Midlothian Funeral Home with Gaylan Claunch officiating. Interment services followed at Little Bethel Memorial Gardens in Cedar Hill.

Pallbearers were Larry Warren, Billy Don Watkins, Tim Wagner, Toby Arnold, Terry Arnold and Rex Bower III.

Robert Earl Welch was born in Barry on Aug. 3, 1941, to Joe Robert Welch and Helen Oreada Welch. Robert graduated Corsicana High School in 1961 and completed two years at Navarro College in Corsicana. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Robert Welch; his brother, Billy Joe Welch; his grandparents, William Guss and Eliza Littlejohn, Elizabeth Frederick and Ed Welch.

Robert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Shirley Faye Welch of Midlothian; his sons, Tim and Kim Welch of Corsicana, Jimmy and Elise Welch of Mena, Ark., and Michael Welch of Midlothian; daughters, Lelanie Jones of Corsicana, Janette and Bobby Lamb of Grand Prairie, Sherry and Robert Gibbs of Midlothian, and Tammy and Billy Latham of Lakeland, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Kelly Welch of Midlothian; his grandchildren, Ashley Welch, Wayne Welch, Rachell Walker, Brittany Walker, Mikayla Jones, Melanie Welch, James Michael Welch, Cody Welch, Kelsey Welch, Cory Welch, Casey Welch and Kaylee Gibbs; mother, Helen Welch of Mesquite; brother, Ronnie and Diane Welch of Cedar Hill; sister, Lynda Arnold of Mesquite; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Robert retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 30 years of service. He was currently working as a bus driver for the Waxahachie ISD, a job that he truly enjoyed during his retirement.

Robert was a loving husband and father who dedicated his life to his family. He was loved by all that knew him and will be greatly missed.

Arrangements by Midlothian Funeral Home, Midlothian.

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 Dessie Lida (Varnell) Walton
Aug 31, 1890 - Oct 24, 1971

MRS. WALTON'S FUNERAL HELD TUESDAY A. M.

Mrs. Dessie Lida Walton, affectionately known as "Dot", died Sunday afternoon, 24 October 1971, in a rest home near Duncanville. She had been in ill health for some time and had resided at the home for two months.

Mrs. Walton was the widow of John O. Walton who died 6 May 1959. She was born in Barry 31 August 1890, the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. John J.
Varnell. She had lived all of her life in the Barry community and was a member of Barry Baptist Church.

Funeral was held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock in McCormick Funeral Service Chapel. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery. Rev. Tom Robuck, pastor of Barry Baptist Church, was the minister. Mrs. Weldon Holley of Italy was vocal soloist and Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist.

Casket Bearers were Charles Williams, Robert Varnell, John F. Reed, Pete Livingston, John Braly, and Leone Reed.

Mrs. Walton is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert B. Wilson of Duncanville; two grandchildren, Robert Ballew of Burnet and Rosanne Ballew of Duncanville; a brother, J. E. Varnell of Italy; three sisters, Mrs. C. O. (Flossie) Williams of Barry, Mrs. Glynn Garret of Waco and
Mrs. Eunice Christie of Lufkin.

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John Oliver Walton

JOHN O. WALTON DIES WEDNESDAY

BARRY. MAY 7. John Oliver Walton 71, World War I veteran, retired farmer, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday night following an extended illness. He was a native of Hubbard but had resided at Barry 34 years.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p. m. from the Barry Baptist Church with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Marshall J. Strother, pastor, assisted by Rev. Carl Taylor, Jr.
pastor of the Barry Methodist church.

The Masonic Lodge will conduct the graveside rites.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Anne Ballew, Huntsville; a brother, Joe Walton, Longview; a sister, Mrs. L. C. Rambo, San Angelo; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be N. H. Livingston, Robert Luther, Jim Grimmett, John Braly, Leone Reed, Roger Johnston, Roy Massengale, and Carroll Boswell.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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