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Crash Kills Five County Residents

A head-on collision on Highway 22, 4 1/2 miles west of Corsicana resulted in the death of five Navarro County residents Saturday afternoon

Dead are Billy Joe Gibson, 23; his brother, Michael Wayne Gibson, 15; and Gary Bell, 16, all of Corsicana; and Buell Robinson, 62, and his wife, Ima E. Robinson, 61, both of Barry.

The wreck occurred at approximately 4:50 p.m.

According to investigating highway patrolman, Bob Turner and Bill Bradley, a 1973 Ford driven by the elder Gibson with the younger Gibson and Bell as passengers, was headed east on the highway when it collided with the Robinson's 1972 Chevrolet headed west and driven by Mr. Robinson.  Turner said the collision occurred halfway on the shoulder and the west bound lane.

There were no other passengers in either car.

The Gibson brothers and Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were all pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital.  Bell died about one hour later.

Services are pending at Scott's Funeral Home for the Gibson brothers, and at Ross and Johnson Mortuary for Bell.  Funeral arrangements for the Robinsons had not been set as of late Saturday night.

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Donald Lee Finch

Donald Lee Finch, a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, passed away Saturday, June 12, 2004 at Community Hospice of Texas in Burleson, TX. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in the Finch Family plot in The North Belton Cemetery in Belton, TX. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Community Hospice of Texas in Burleson, TX 76028.

Donald Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Albert W. Finch Sr. and Emmaline Harrison Finch; brothers, Colbert and Albert W. Finch Jr.; and an adopted sister, Donna Lynn Dunn.

Don was born Aug. 18, 1927 in Belton, TX where he started his education and finished at Paschal High in Fort Worth. He joined the U.S. Army in 1945, serving 22 1/2 years, where he served in the USA, Alaska, Germany and France. After his discharge, he was employed for several years at General Dynamics before moving to Blooming Grove. Don worked at the K-Mart Distribution Center in Corsicana until he retired to his farm in Blooming Grove.

Don was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners of Corsicana, and was serving on the Navarro County Water Board at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Guthrie Finch; son, Don Colbert Finch of Fort Worth; daughter, Karen Ann Thompson and husband Bryan Thompson of West Chicago, Ill.; sister, NaRay Finch Ratliff of Fort Worth; and one granddaughter, Stacy Thompson of West Chicago, Ill.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Holton T. Bassham

Holton T. Bassham, 94, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 14, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale and Dr. Robert Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Mr. Bassham was born Aug. 17, 1909, in Kaufman County. He was a longtime member of Northside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Iva Bassham; and son, David Bassham.

Survivors include his daughters, Betty Holloway, Joanne Formby and husband Ed, and Jenell Glass and husband Billy Jack, all of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Carla Bassham of Scottsdale, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N. Beaton St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Erna K. Jennings

Erna K. Jennings, lovingly called "Nanny," 88, passed away Monday, June 14, 2004, at her residence.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Ferman Carpenter and Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark McNeill, Steven Smith, Chris Jennings, Brian Jennings, Josh Kittley, Wes Jennings, James Cline and Tommy Barnett.

Mrs. Jennings was born Jan. 11, 1916, in Oak Grove to Jesse Barnett and Cena Skiles Barnett. She was homemaker. She worked for T P&L for 25 years. She was a member and secretary for the Eureka VFD and a member of the Navarro County React.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, R. M. Jennings; stepson, Robert Jennings Jr.; brother, Brink Barnett; granddaughter, Kristie Jennings; and great-grandson, Brent Smith.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Martin of Dallas, Kay Smith and husband Buddy of Eureka and Carol Kittley of Red Oak; sons, Ricky Jennings and wife Robbie of Corsicana and Mike Jennings of Eureka; stepdaughters, Lois Moore of Lewisville and Nell Cline of Morgan; grandchildren, Kim McNeill, Mark McNeill and wife Meridith, Steven Smith, Melissa Smith, Audra Jennings, Brian Jennings and wife Joni, Chris Jennings, Wes Jennings, Josh Kittley, Erin Kittley, Diane Smith, Suzie Sanderson and Cindi Coss; great-grandchildren, Paige Jennings, Collin White, Jonathon Crockett, Neal Smith, Grant Coss, Brady Coss, Heather Dearborn and Myra Simone; and great-great-grandchildren, Jacob, Alexandria and Andrea Dearborn.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lacie Dorothy (Thompson) McGraw 
Oct 7, 1912 - Jun 12, 2004

Lacie D. "Dot" McGraw

Lacie D. "Dot" McGraw, 91, went to be with the Lord Saturday, June 12, 2004. She passed away at Heritage Oaks.

Services were this morning at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove with Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Thompson, Les Thompson, Mark Thompson, Buddy McGraw and Riggin Barham.

Dot, as she was known to family and friends, was born Oct. 7, 1912. She retired after 25 years with Texas Power and Light in Dallas. After retirement, she moved back to her home in Blooming Grove where she enjoyed her land, horses, yard and being close to family and friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. In 2000 she moved to Heritage Oaks in Corsicana where she was graciously cared for by the wonderful staff. She was known there as "Miss Lacie" who was small in body but strong in spirit.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Carl McGraw; parents, Andrew and Clarence Thompson; sisters, Vera Mae Beeman and Colene Owens; and brothers, Steve Thompson and Bill Thompson.

Dot is survived by a son, Carl David McGraw and wife Marsha; grandson, Erin Blake McGraw and wife Cindy; and three great-grandsons, Cameron, Mason and Remington, all of Kansas; sister Katherine Akers; and brother, Wayland Thompson, both of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Blooming Grove.

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Lillian (Ellis) McReynolds

Lillian Ellis McReynolds, age 90, died peacefully June 10, 2004, at Vista Oaks of Lakeway.

She was born March 29, 1914, in Waco to J.B. and Maggie Mosley. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Clyde, Albert and Clifton Mosley. Also preceding her in death were her husband of 38 years, Herbert McReynolds, and her husband of 11 years, Glynne McReynolds.

A devoted wife and loving mother who cherished her family and friends. Lillian is survived by son, Mel McReynolds and wife Beth of Lakeway; daughters, Shirley Zirkle and husband Don of Austin and Barbara Gandy and husband George of Artesia, N.M.; stepchildren, Harold McReynolds and wife Jackie of Denton, Sandra Campbell and husband Bryan of Houston, Beth Haidacher and husband Burl of Edinburg and Peggy Tiffany and husband Gordon of Vancouver, Wash.

She is also survived by sister, Leona Putman of Midland; and brothers, Elmer Mosley and wife Palma of Killeen, Walter "Doc" Mosley and wife Mildred of Houston and Gene Mosley and wife Bobbie of Houston. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lillian was a lifelong member of the Baptist church. Her faith and love of the church was felt by all who knew her. Lillian spent her adult life trying to share her faith with the many children that attended her youth groups and Sunday school classes.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 14 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with the Rev. Bob Kristensen of Hilltop Lakes officiating. Burial will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Texas Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 7, Round Rock, TX 78680, in memory of Lillian.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Rosa Lee Gilmore

Rosa Lee Gilmore, 87, of Dawson passed away Friday, June 11, 2004 at her home. Services are 2 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - June 14, 2004
  • SSDI: ROSA L GILMORE 19 Oct 1915 11 Jun 2004 (V) 76639 (Dawson, Navarro, TX) 461-14-1927 Texas

Donley G. 'Buckie' Green

Donley "Buckie" Green, 73, of Kerens passed away Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Taylor, Robert Martinez, Paul Holloway, Royce Bancroft, Tommy Spivey and Cody Waller. Honorary pallbearers will be Kirk Spruiell, Joe Hawthorn, Ernie Melton, Danny Burns, David Burns and Michael King.

Mr. Green was born Oct. 26, 1930, in Bazette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Georgie Green; and one son, Robert Green.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Ann Green of Kerens; daughter, Annie Burns of Kerens; grandsons, Robert Martinez and Ed Martinez, both of Kerens; great-grandchildren, Alexis Martinez and Chase Martinez, both of Kerens; sisters, Mae Rudolph of DeSoto, Margie Boulware of Corsicana and Sue Reynolds of Gilmer.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - June 13, 2004
  • SSDI: DONLEY G GREEN 26 Oct 1930 10 Jun 2004 (V) 75144 (Kerens, Navarro, TX) 464-48-5957 Texas

Elvin Lein Willhite

Known by all who loved him as "Punk," Elvin Lein Willhite was born April 30, 1932, in Waco. He died June 14, 2004, in Corsicana and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was a law-abiding man, well known for his honesty and caring nature. He was kind and considerate to all he encountered. Not afraid of hard work, he was always quick to help those in need.

He made his home in Dallas since 1964, retiring after 30 years with the Texas State Highway Department in 1993. He was active in the Corsicana community and looked forward each week to playing his fiddle in the Senior Band at the Corsicana Activity Center. When he wasn't playing music, he loved to dance.

He enjoyed being outdoors, and always had a bountiful garden. He always said he got satisfaction from simple things, like watching a tree grow. With an avid interest in history, he was always quick with a story about "the old days."

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Mary Ethel Willhite.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Debon Rhodes of Rockett; his brother, Raymond Willhite of Dallas; his sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Orvil Feller of Waco; and his longtime friend and companion, Joanne Tomlin of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Brooks, Donald Brooks, Arvil Crawford, David Boyd, Toby Hudson and John Kursteiner.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Hunt and Jordan Hunt.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at Corley Funeral Chapel officiated by Bob Reid, pastor of Navarro Mills Baptist Church. Interment to follow in the Liberty Hill Cemetery.

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

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Barbara Ann (Bills) Derryberry
Aug 4, 1931 - June 15, 2004

Barbara Ann Derryberry, 73, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Derryberry was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Dallas.

Survivors include her husband, James Derryberry of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, David and Debbie Derryberry of Corsicana; daughter, Beverly Hatley of Plano; grandchildren, Stacy Johnson, Marc Derryberry, Darrell Derryberry, Michael Derryberry and Chris Derryberry; and great-grandchildren, Ariana Johnson, Chris Ann Hatley and Austin Hatley.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alma Lee (Hollingsworth) Loe
Sep 12, 1911 - June 15, 2004

Alma Lee Hollingsworth Loe, 92, of Granbury passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2004, in Ennis. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - June 16, 2004
  • Social Security Death Index: ALMA L LOE 12 Sep 1911 15 Jun 2004 (P) 77871 (Normangee, Leon, TX) 79756 (Monahans, Ward, TX) Texas

Billy Bruce Neeley
Sep 24, 1934 - Jun 17, 2004

Billy Bruce Neeley, 69, of Dawson passed away Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were 10 a.m. today at Dawson Cemetery with Brad Brittain officiating.

Mr. Neeley was born Sept. 24, 1934, in Purdon to N. L. Neeley and May Farmer Neeley.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Neeley of Dawson; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and John Sanders of Waxahachie; grandson, John IV; brother, Bobby Neeley of Rockwall; and sister, Helen Reed of Mesquite.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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James E. 'Pete' Harville Sr.
Feb 21, 1922 - June 17, 2004

James E. "Pete" Harville Sr., 82, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, June 17, 2004, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Irvan Anthony officiating.

Mr. Harville was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Trumbull.

Survivors include his stepdaughters, Rhonda Thornhill of Corsicana, Nanette Embry and husband Lenard of San Antonio and Myrna Waldron and husband James of Baton Rouge, La.; daughter, Jane Hickey of Tyler; son, Jimmy Harville of Tyler; granddaughters, Tiffany Davis and husband David of Corsicana, Crystal Cates of McAllen, Amy Waldron of Dallas and Jeanna Hickey of Tyler; grandsons, T.J. Ward of San Antonio, Michael Waldron and wife Michelle of Lubbock and Jeffery Hickey of Tyler; great-grandson, Colten Davis of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Lexi Kay Davis of Corsicana; mother-in-law, Ollie McCurrin of Corsicana; cousins, Bill Pristage and wife Nancy of Ennis, Dr. Charles Onstead of Houston and Bob Onstead and wife Kay of Houston.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jenell (Bassham) Glass
Dec. 12, 1938 - Jun 16, 2004
 

Jenell Glass

Jenell Glass, 65, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in Corsicana after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer.

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

Pallbearers will be Mark Barnes, Jerry Watkins, Jeffery Glass, Jeremy Glass, Scott Watkins and Lynn Shelton.

Mrs. Glass was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Montfort. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church and had worked at Watkins Construction Inc. since 1970.

She was preceded in death by her brother, David Bassham; mother, Iva Lorene Bassham; and father, Holton Thomas Bassham.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Jack Glass of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Robert Johnson of Corsicana; sisters, Betty Holloway and Joanne Formby and husband Ed, all of Corsicana; grandson, Brandon Johnson of Corsicana; granddaughter, Baileigh Johnson of Corsicana; mother-in-law, Minnie Lee Glass of Corsicana; and brother-in-law, Mickey Glass of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

A video tribute to Mrs. Glass may be viewed on the Internet by going to www.corleyfuneralhome.com. Select obituaries and click on the video memorials link. There is also an online guest book for your use.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Birdie Dee (Walker) Sims
Oct. 23, 1906 - Jun 17, 2004

Birdie D. Sims

Birdie D. Sims, 97, of Temple passed away Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Temple Meridian Health Care Center in Temple. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Kerens Cemetery Pavilion with Ron Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Birdie D. Walker Sims

Birdie D. Walker Sims, 97, passed away June 17, 2004 at the Meridian Retirement Home in Temple, Texas. She was born October 23, 1906 to Daisy and J. C. Walker, who owned and operated the Walker Drug Store in Kerens for over 50 years.

Birdie D., affectionately known as Sweet D., was the third of seven children and the last to pass away. Her brothers and sisters were James C. Walker, Robert J. Walker, Louis Owen Walker, Jack Walker Jr., Frances Logan, and Maureen Fleck. She was the wife of Carmon (Tommy) Sims, who passed away in 1966.

Birdie D. grew up in Kerens and attended school here. She attended college at Rice University in Houston and was a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. She taught School for many years in Mexia and El Paso. She kept many of the "you are the best teacher in the world" cards and notes from her students. Her greatest honor in teaching was that of being recognized by El Paso School Board for outstanding service. This was a singular honor in the days that she taught. Her other love was the active membership in the fraternal organization P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organizations) in which she held many offices, including president of the Austin chapter. She was also active in many Bible courses throughout her life.

Sweet D. and Carmon had no children, but she was like a mother to many. She was known for her love of family, friends, and her great love for her God.

Graveside services for Sweet D. were held Sunday afternoon, June 20th, at the
Kerens Cemetery. Ron J. Walker, her great nephew and a deacon in the Catholic Church, led the service. Friends and family spoke about the great and positive influence Sweet D. had on their lives and the lives of their children. The family would like to thank the staff of the Meridian Retirement Home in Temple for their loving care of Sweet D. during the past two years. Thanks also to the First Baptist Church for the family gathering that was held there after the service.


Jay Lynn Levine

Jay Lynn Levine, 45, of Phoenix, Ariz., passed away Monday, June 14, 2004. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Hebrew Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Nolan Dean Whitfield
March 10, 1936 - June 20, 2004

Nolan Dean Whitfield, 68, of Corsicana passed away early Sunday morning, June 20, 2004. He was life-long resident of Corsicana and retired from Falcon usiness forms. Nolan was also a life-long musician, playing guitar in several bands for over 40 years in the area, most recently as the leader of the House Band for the Corsicana Opry. He also entertained regularly at the Corsicana Senior Citizen Center. Music was a very large part of Nolan's life and he loved to make it a large part of other's lives. Nolan was saved and baptized at an early age at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Nolan was born March 10, 1936 at home to Fred and Alma Whitfield of Corsicana. He attended Corsicana schools. He began his career in the printing business sweeping floors for Blackford Printing as a young child, and continued throughout his life in the printing business, until his retirement as office and credit manager for Falcon Printing.

Nolan was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 41 years, Barbara Faye Whitfield, his parents Fred and Alma Whitfield and his brother Robert Whitfield. He is survived by two sons, Carey Dean Whitfield of Corsicana and Corwin Dale Whitfield of Italy, Texas. He is also survived by Carey's wife Rhonda Ann Whitfield and granddaughter Chelsea Nicole Whitfield, granddaughter River Canace Whitfield, grandson Cameron Ryan Whitfield, and granddaughter Amy Elizabeth Bruckner, Corwin's wife Dawn Whitfield and granddaughter Brittany Lauren Whitfield and brother Duane Whitfield, as well as a large number of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews and, very importantly, a large number of loving and supportive friends, of whom he treasured immensely.

Visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held Wednesday, June 23 at Northside Baptist Church at 3 p.m. with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family of Nolan hopes you will honor him with your presence as they celebrate the life of this great and wonderful man who touched the lives of so many.

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Hazel LaVerle (Rhodes) Boyd 
May 31, 1920 - Jun 20, 2004

LaVerle Boyd

LaVerle Boyd, 84, of Blooming Grove, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2004 at her residence.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Boyd was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, William Earl (Doodle) Boyd, her parents Rev. and Mrs. C.R. Rhodes Sr., grandson William Ross Boyd, brother Charlie Rhodes Jr. and sisters Bonnie Watson, Dora Rhodes, Lillian McGraw and Vernice McGraw.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Ralph McSpadden of Barry; son and daughter-in-law Charlie and Brenda Boyd of Palestine, son and daughter-in-law Don and Brenda Boyd of Corsicana; brother Carma Lois (Son) and wife Lillian Rhodes of Blooming Grove; grandchildren Dawn and Corwin Whitfield of Italy, Darren and Jennifer Boyd of Bryan, Diana and Mike McCollum of Corsicana, Michel and Eric Gerberding of Norway, 1st Lt. Brian and Dana McSpadden of Tennessee, Alexandra Boyd of Palestine and Jason Boyd of South Fork, Colo.; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mrs. Boyd served her country in World War II as a mechanic at Air Activities in Corsicana and Garland. She was a real estate broker in Navarro County for approximately 30 years. She retired to mission work delivering bibles to jails, businesses and individuals until her illness in 2001.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Blooming Grove.

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Jimmy Fabian Garcia
Oct 15, 1988 - Jun 18, 2004

Jimmy Fabian Garcia, 15, of Corsicana passed away Friday, June 18, 2004 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with Fr. Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Garcia was born Oct. 15, 1988 in Mexico.

Survivors include father Ruben Lopez, mother Ernestina Hernandez and sisters Sonia Garcia and Joanna Lopez, all of Corsicana; and grandmother Nicolasa Aguilar, of Mexico.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Norma Jean (Morrow) Dudley
Feb 11, 1930 - Jun 6, 2004

AUSTIN — Norma Jean Morrow Dudley, 74, of Austin, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2004.
She was born to Nell and Bert Morrow on February 11, 1930, in Corsicana, Texas.
Jean married Earl Eugene Dudley on July 3, 1947, in Monahans, Texas. They had four children, Sherry Nell Dudley-Shelton, Susan Dudley Brown, Donald Morrow Dudley and Dale Eugene Dudley.

Jean had many talents including flower arranging, crocheting, sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed a good book and none more than her Bible.
She was preceded in death by her former husband, Earl Eugene Dudley; her son, Donald; and her parents.

She is survived by her other children; her daughter-in-law, Debbie Dudley; her grandchildren, Chad Stephen Shelton, Brad Stephen Shelton, Nathan David Brown, Richard David Brown, Trey David Brown Diana Louise Dudley, Dillon Matthew Dudley and Dustin Earl Dudley. She had one great-grandchild, Tyler Donald Shelton. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Dinky.
Mrs. Dudley will lie in state after 12 o’clock noon Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home for those wishing to give their respects.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2004, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Dudley’s honor to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 6248, Austin, Texas 78762.
Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78752, (512) 454-5611.

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  • Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 6/8/2004
  • Also published in the Permian Basin

Lillie E. (Hill) Woods

RANGER - Lillie E. Hill Woods, a retired school cafeteria worker, died Sunday at a Corsicana nursing home. She was 87. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Edwards Funeral Home. Burial will be in Merriman Cemetery. Mrs. Woods was born in Indian Territory, Okla., and had lived in Ranger since 1968. She was a member of the Church of God. Her husband, Bailey Woods, died in 1993. Survivors: Four daughters, Alice Pyeatt of Greeley, Colo., Deeon Clough of Ranger, Joann Ward Lee of Corsicana and Darlene Whateley of Midland; two brothers, Herbert Victory of Archer City and Bill Victory of Henrietta; 13 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

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  • The Fort Worth Star-Telegram" September 21, 1994 Pg: 25

Franklin Legree "Frank" Hodge 

ARLINGTON - Frank Hodge, a project manager for Austin Bridge & Road Construction for more than 29 years, died Monday near Lewisville from injuries received in an auto accident. He was 64. Funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Moore Funeral Home in Arlington. Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Eureka Cemetery in Eureka. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Hodge was born in Eureka and lived in Arlington for 21 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Survivors: Wife, Norma Hodge of Arlington; son, Mike Hodge of Arlington; five brothers, Wilmer Hodge of Corsicana, Ray Hodge of Houston, Scott Hodge of Dallas, Bill Hodge of Canton and David Hodge of Wills Point; five sisters, Vara Chandler of Eureka, Ruby Pyeatt and Mary Lambert, both of Corsicana, Mildred Whitacre of Cedar Creek and Dotty Whittington of Red Oak; and one grandson.

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  • The Fort Worth Star-Telegram" April 21, 1994 Pg: 24;25

Billie (McGaugh) Davis
Sep 21, 1931 - Apr 18, 2004

Billie M. Davis, 72, a longtime resident of Okmulgee, died Sunday, April 18, 2004 in Ketchum, Oklahoma. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the Kelley Chapel with Rev. Charles Green officiating. Burial will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the Shurden-Kelley Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Billie was born on Monday, September 21, 1931 to T. C. and Elizabeth (Moreau) McGaugh in Richland, Texas. On September 10, 1955 she married, Bobby Ray Davis in Corsicana, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Bobby Ray Davis May 15, 1971.

Survivors include sister, Faye Britton; brother, James McGaugh; two sons, Marles Howard and wife, Sue and J.T. Howard and wife, Pennie; daughter, Sharon Davis Carter and husband, Lindy; six grandchildren, five great- grandchildren and many other family and friends.

Pallbearers include Dwayne Howard, James Howard and Brad Carter.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., in the Kelley Chapel of the Shurden-Kelley Funeral Home.

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  • Okmulgee Daily Times

Margaret Ellen (Weems) Perry-Lupello
March 27, 1928 - May 10, 2004

Memorial Services: Saturday, May 15, 2004, 2:00 PM at First Southern Baptist Church

Margaret Ellen Perry Lupello, 76, passed away May 10, 2004 in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She was born to Jack Weems Sr. and Anna (Crabb) Weems on March 27, 1928 in Corsicana, TX.

Margaret was a resident of Lake Havasu for the past 3 months and also resided in Boulder City, NV. She worked for General Motors Corp. in Santa Fe Springs, CA as a secretary for 29 years. Margaret was an avid supporter of the Salvation Army.

Margaret is survived by her beloved husband of 13 years, Pat Lupello; sons, Bill Crowley of Jacksboro, TX, Kevin Crowley and his wife Debra, Shawn Crowley and his wife Janet, all of Lake Havasu; daughter, Lisa Palmer and her husband Fred of Lancaster, CA; daughter-in-law, Beverly Crowley of Wynona, OK; brothers, Jack Weems Jr. of Amarillo, TX and Tommy Joe Weems of Hartford, CT; 22 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 15, 2:00 PM at the First Southern Baptist Church. Pastor Leroy Smith will officiate.

Arrangements were entrusted to Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home & Crematory.

Richard Place
Feb 20, 1937 - May 26, 2004

Richard Place
1937 ~ 2004 Richard Place of Mt. Pleasant, UT passed away May 26, 2004 at the age of 67. He was born February 20, 1937 in Dawson, Texas to R. L. and Hazel Marie Hayes Place. He married Nancy Carolyn Place, December 29, 1956 in Coppell, Texas. Richard was so proud to serve his country as a U.S. Marine for 31 years. He was Marine thru and thru. He fought so hard but he lost this fight. Richard is preceded in death by his mother, father, son Timothy and sister Murlene. He is survived by his wife Carolyn; children: Nanci (Mike) DeKeyrel of Sandy, UT; Richard Lewis Jr. (Pam) Place of Bakersfield, CA; Daniel Roy (Julie) Place of Kearns, UT; and brother Larry (Margaret) Place of Irving, TX. Funeral services will be Saturday May 29, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in the Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. A viewing will be held Friday May 28, 2004 from 6-8 p.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary in Mt. Pleasant and Saturday one hour prior to services at the Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant City cemetery under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary. So Long, Babe, I'll see you Later.

William A. Hill
Oct 2, 1935 - Jan 19, 2005

William A. Hill
Services: Have been held.
William A. Hill, 68, of Clovis died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
He was born on Oct. 2, 1935, in Kerens, Texas, to Alvis Overton and Annie Lenora Vest Hill.
He graduated from Portales High School in 1955, then went to work for the telephone company, retiring in 1995 after 38 years. He married Merlene Guilliams on June 12, 1960, in Fort Sumner. Family members said he enjoyed traveling with friends who called themselves “the evil eight” and “the motley crew.” He was a member of Kingswood United Methodist Church and a past member of the Lions Club, Rotary International, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Eagles and the Telephone Pioneers. He square danced with the Melrose Whirlwinds, Y Squares and Circle 8 square dance clubs in Clovis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alvis Hill Jr.; and a sister, Glenda Hardegree.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Martha Morris (and husband, Stanley) of Clovis; a son, Danny Hill (Theresa) of Spring, Texas; three brothers, Randle Hill and Gerald Hill, both of Portales and Bobby Hill of Odessa, Texas; three sisters, Barbara Deckard of Blue Ridge, Texas, Connie Deckard of Petersburg, Texas, and Peggy Preideri of Shelby, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Brad Reeves will officiate the services.
Cremation will take place.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Englewood, CO 80112 or http://www.stroke.org.
Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.


Ronald Huggins
Jan 12, 1937 - Aug 26, 2001

Formerly of Union

1937-2001

Ronald Dean Huggins, 64, of Longview, Texas, and formerly of Union, died Aug. 26.

Mr. Hug-gins was born Jan. 12, 1937, to William and Frances Huggins in Kerens, Texas. He attended school in Union and moved back to Texas where he owned a truck-driving business. He served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s and married Betty Carnes.

Survivors include his wife of Longview, a daughter and her husband, Beth and Travis Smith, a stepdaughter and her husband, Carla and Miles Alvarez, a stepson, Jim Matthews, all of Texas, three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, brothers, Clifford Huggins of Portland and Eddie Huggins of Houston, a sister, Toya Gilmore of La Grande, and other relatives. A grandson died earlier.


Alsie (Starnes) Spurlock
Aug 17, 1918 - Jun 21, 2004

Alsie Spurlock

Alsie Spurlock, 85, of Bellmead passed away Monday, June 21, 2004, at a local nursing home.

Services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Bellmead First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Stripling officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be deacons of Bellmead First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Spurlock was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Cuero to Wiley and Emily (Hambleton) Starnes. She married John Bird Spurlock Feb. 20, 1937, in Corsicana. He preceded her in death Feb. 12, 2004.

She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1937, attended Navarro Junior College, and was a past employee of Educators Credit Union until retiring in 1966. She was a member of Bellmead First Baptist Church and was an accomplished church pianist. Mrs. Spurlock was a loving mother and faithful wife.

Survivors include her daughters, Emily Johnson and husband Laney of Longview and Martha Detterman and husband Joe of McKinney; son, John W. Spurlock of Austin; sister, Lenora Jones of The Woodlands; brother, Willie Starnes of Waco; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Bellmead Funeral Home, Bellmead.

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Alsie Spurlock

BELLMEAD — Alsie Spurlock, 85, of Bellmead passed away Monday, June 21, 2004, at a local nursing home. Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Bellmead First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Stripling officiating. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at Bellmead Funeral Home.

Mrs. Spurlock was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Cuero to Wiley and Emily Hambleton Starnes. She married John Bird Spurlock Feb. 20, 1937, in Corsicana. He preceded her in death Feb. 12, 2004.

She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1937, attended Navarro Junior College and was a past employee of Educators Credit Union, having retired in 1966. She was a member of Bellmead First Baptist Church and was an accomplished church pianist. Mrs. Spurlock was a loving mother and faithful wife.

Survivors include her daughters, Emily Johnson and her husband, Laney, of Longview, and Martha Detterman and her husband, Joe, of McKinney; a son, John W. Spurlock of Austin; a sister, Lenora Jones of The Woodlands; a brother, Willie Starnes of Waco; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were the deacons of Bellmead First Baptist Church

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Ronnie G. Owens
Feb 10, 1943 - Jun 21, 2004


Ronnie G. Owens

Ronnie G. Owens, 61, of Chatfield passed away Monday, June 21, 2004, in Dallas.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Alman, Gary McCall, Dan Kent, Van Stanley, T. C. Costlow and Carey Costlow. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Parish and Jimmy D. Coker.

Mr. Owens was born Feb. 10, 1943, in Pursley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruby Mae Owens; and brother, Arol Dene Owens.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki Owens of Chatfield; sons, Ronald Gene Brown of Navarro Mills, Charles "Chuck" Owens and wife Natalie of Chatfield, Ronnie Thomas "Tooter" Owens and Matt Lewis, both of Corsicana, and Marshall Owens of Missouri; daughter, Angela Gail Owens of Austin; stepson, Douglas McKenzie of Kaufman and John Gallagher Jr. of Waxahachie; stepdaughters, Shelly McKenzie of Kaufman and Crystal Edgell of Ennis; brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Becky Owens of Flint and Danny and Linda Owens of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Della Mae Mills
Jul 31, 1933 - Jun 20, 2004

Della Mae Mills, 70, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel AME Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Della Mae Mills

Della Mae Mills, 70, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Health Care & Rehab of Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Bethel AME Church, 105 N. Fourth St., with the Rev. Jack Castle as eulogist and the Rev. Gary Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Joe Ross, Johnny Walter Jr., Sam C. McDonald Jr., Wardell Black, Donald Ware Sr. and Wendell Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be James E. Borkchum, Allen Swift, Bennie Thomas Jr. and the deacons and brotherhood of Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church.

Ms. Mills was born July 31, 1933, in Corsicana. She graduated from G.W. Jackson High School in 1951 then went to Texas College in Tyler and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1955. While at Texas College, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She also attended graduate school at Texas Southern University. Della was a lifelong member of Wesley Chapel C.M.E. of Corsicana. She taught school in Milford for one year and in the Fort Worth public school for 29 years before retiring because of her health. Della was an excellent musician and played for several churches in Corsicana, Fort Worth and other cities.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Annie Mills; two brothers, Carl Kennedy and Carter Curtis; and one sister, Maxine Mills.

Survivors include one son, Roger A. Mills Sr. and wife Shirley Mills; two grandchildren, Roger A. Mills Jr. and LaTeka S. Mills; one great-grandson, Jaylen A. Mills; niece, Arie Harris (Calvin); nephews, Carter Curtis (Rosetta) and Benjamin Curtis; cousins, Aubrey Peterson (Betty), James Earl Washington (Faye), Aubrey D. Peterson (Billy Dean), Roderick Peterson (Imelda); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Louella Beatrice Patterson

Louella Beatrice Patterson, 92, of Houston passed away Monday, June 21, 2004, at Doctor's Hospital Tidwell in Houston. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Westley A. Ramsey
Jan. 21, 1937 - ?

Westley Ramsey

TEMPLE - Westley A. Ramsey, 67, of Temple, formerly of Moody passed away Tuesday at his residence.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Luke's Catholic Church with Father Joseph Nisari officiating.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, under the direction of Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, 500 West Barton, Temple.

Mr. Ramsey was born Jan. 21, 1937, in Chatfield, Texas and lived in Central Texas for more than 24 years.  He was an electrician and worked for Arthur Collier Electric, Perry Electric, and Shell Oil Refineries.  He married Carolyn Price on Nov 21, 1964, in Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ramsey of Temple; daughter, Stephanie Wilkinson of Killeen; sons, Kevin Ramsey of Temple and Travis Ramsey of Hewitt; and eight grandchildren.
Harper-Talasek, Temple.


Sally Gertrude (Roe) Charles 
Jun 23, 1913 - Jun 22, 2004

Sally Gertrude Charles

Sally Gertrude Charles, 90, of Junction City, Ore., passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2004, in Veneta, Ore.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Charles was born June 23, 1913, in Emhouse.

Survivors include her daughter, June Snyder of Junction City, Ore.; granddaughter, Kathy Moulton of Charleston, S.C.; and grandsons, Michael Bodewitz of Alamogordo, N.M., and Johnathan Bodewitz of Junction City, Ore.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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I.V.M. (Buster) Pritchett
Oct. 2, 1913 - Jun 24, 2004

I.V.M. (Buster) Pritchett passed away peacefully on June 24, 2004. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana with the Rev. Tom Connolly, the Rev. Mark Wilhoite and Bill Honea officiating. Burial services will follow at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka.

Mr. Pritchett was born Oct. 2, 1913, in Eureka, where he lived all his life. His parents, James Weldon Pritchett and Myrtle (Gandy) Pritchett died when he was only 4 years of age and except for time spent with aunts and uncles, he grew up at the State Orphans Home in Corsicana. He was always grateful to Abner Ragsdale for first befriending him and making him feel welcome at the orphanage.

Mr. Pritchett is survived by his wife and love of his life, Mildred Lee (Renfro) Pritchett. They were happily married for almost 69 years. He is also survived by twin sons, Dwayne Pritchett and wife Shirley of Corsicana and Wayne Pritchett and wife Kathy of Belton; and four daughters, Juanita and husband John French of Austin, Maxine and husband Bobby Nichols of Corsicana, Betty and husband Gerald Wisniewski of Santa Fe, Texas, and Carolyn Danz and husband Tom Keeling of Plano. Other survivors are 12 treasured grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Buster loved being Gramps to every one of them. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends. Mr. Pritchett also leaves behind a longtime companion, his dog Bill.

Mr. Pritchett was preceded in death by his firstborn son, Jimmy Glenn Pritchett; grandson, David Alan Nichols; two brothers, James Hamilton Pritchett and Kennard Lee Pritchett; and son-in-law, Bobby Wilhoite.

Mr. Pritchett was for many years a proud farmer and active cattleman. He also worked at Bethlehem Steel and McKee Lumber. He was known for his well-kept yard, weedless gardens and many towering trees he planted. His little white home in Eureka was truly his castle.

Being a master storyteller, even the youngest ones would listen to Gramps for hours as he told his life stories.

Buster and Mildred lovingly cared for the Eureka Cemetery for about 15 years. They always cherished the many friendships made during that special time in their life.

The family of Buster and Mildred Pritchett extends our sincere gratitude to all the staff at Heritage Oaks West for the excellent care given and to Family First Hospice for the comfort and dignity extended to the entire family. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to everyone who visited, sent flowers and prayed for our parents.

For those desiring, instead of floral offerings, memorial contributions may be made to Eureka Methodist Church, in care of Loudine Montgomery, 9024 S. U.S. Highway 287, Corsicana, TX 75109.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, John French Jr., Mike Nichols, Cody Nichols, Greg Wilhoite, Daniel Wilhoite, Tracy Barham and Dudley Wilcoxson, and nephew, Kenneth "Buddy" Pritchett. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles H. Harris and Mark Wilhoite.

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

A video tribute to Mr. Pritchett may be viewed on the Internet by going to www.corleyfuneralhome.com. Select obituaries and click on the video memorials link. There is also an online guest book for your use.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Vern (Stevens) Lansford
Dec. 27, 1909 - Jun 25, 2004

Vern Stevens Lansford, 94, of Cleburne and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Friday, June 25, 2004, in Cleburne.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Granbury Street Church of Christ, Cleburne, with B. B. Stevens officiating. Committal service will be 3 p.m. Monday at Richland Cemetery.

Mrs. Lansford was born to Dr. John C. and Ella Stevens on Dec. 27, 1909, in Pursley. She married Bay Lansford of Richland in 1939. She taught school for 41 years before retiring. She had made her home in the Cleburne area since 1974. She was a member of Granbury Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bay Edward Lansford.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Nancy Lansford of Stephenville; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Jim Lathen of Irving and Dr. Sylvia and Joe Herr of Cleburne; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Dr. John C. Stevens of Abilene.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joe Bourland
Nov 1, 1931 - Jun 23, 2004

Joe Bourland, 72, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Bourland was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Dallas to Rollie Bourland and Jesse Cleve Marable Bourland. He was the owner of the Bookmart located in the Southland Center for 13 years.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Bourland of Corsicana; children, Kelly Fincher and Jeff of Denton, Mark Bourland of Dallas, Allison Bourland of Fort Worth, Beth Barton and Tim of Fort Worth and Amy Primavera of Denton; stepchildren, Chris Johns and Ann of Bedford and Robin Anderson and Dee of Coppell; 13 grandchildren; and sister, Kathryn Johnson of Dallas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lilia Margarita Garza
Nov 6, 1953 - Jun 27, 2004

Lilia Margarita Garza, 50, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 6, 1953 in Matamoros, Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her son, Tito Garza.

Survivors include sister and brother-in-law, Maria Louisa Garza and Jamie Rios; brother and sister-in-law, Enrique and Ma. del los Angeles of Acuna, Mexico; and niece and nephews, Maggie Rios and Jamie Rios, both of Corsicana, Enrique Garza, Eduardo Garza, and Estaban Garza, all of Acuna, Mexico.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Adelle (Lawhon) Cox
Sep 20, 1914 - Jun 25, 2004

Adelle Lawhon Cox, 89, of Corsicana passed away Friday, June 25, 2004 in Corsicana.

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

Pallbearers will be Sam Clarke, Billy Owens, Stan Lawhon, Dilly Dorherty, James Franks and Dwayne Seaboalt.

Mrs. Cox was a veteran, a member of Eastern Star, Powell's Senior Friends at Northside Baptist Church and a charter member of Northside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Cox; sisters, Hattie Turner, Etail Matthews and Estelle Scrismshire; and brothers, J. R. Lawhon, J. E. Lawhon and Tommy Lawhon.

Mrs. Cox is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Rolene Cox of Ennis; grandson and wife, Dale and Sharon Cox of Ennis; granddaughter and husband, Jill and Joe Moreno of Ennis; great-granddaughters, Samantha Cox, Brittany Cox, Casey Moreno and Haley Moreno, all of Ennis; sister-in-law, Delores Lawhon of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Adelle Lawhon Cox, 89, died Friday, June 26, 2004, in Corsicana.
She was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Midlothian.
She was a member of the Eastern Star, Powell's Senior Friends at Northside Baptist Church and a Charter Member of Northside Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Rolene Cox of Ennis; a grandson and his wife, Dale and Sharon Cox of Ennis; a granddaughter and her husband, Jill and Joe Moreno of Ennis; four great-granddaughters, Samantha Cox, Brittany Cox, Casey Moreno, and Haley Moreno, all of Ennis; a sister-in-law, Delores Lawhon of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Cox; three sisters, Hattie Turner, Etail Matthews, and Estelle Scrismshire; and three brothers, J. R. Lawhon, J. E. Lawhon, and Tommy Lawhon.
Services were held Monday, at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating.
Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Sam Clarke, Billy Owens, Stan Lawhon, Billy Dorherty, James Franks and Dwayne Seaboalt.

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  • Ennis Journal

Callie Bell (Jordan) Roloff
Jul 13, 1911 - Jun 26, 2004

Mrs. Callie Bell (Jordan) Roloff, 92, of Dawson passed away Saturday, June 26, 2004 at a Corsicana retirement home. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - June 28, 2004
  • Wife of Clyde L. Roloff
  • SSDI: CALLIE B ROLOFF 13 Jul 1911 26 Jun 2004 (V) 76639 (Dawson, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 454-72-4489 Texas

Evelyn E. Birkhead
Dec 28, 1948 - Jan 23, 2004

Evelyn E. Birkhead, 55, of McPherson, KS passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2004 at her residence.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. today at Stockham Family Funeral Home in McPherson. The family will be present from 3 to 5 p.m.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in McPherson with the Rev. Les Cantrell and Mr. Don Birkhead officiating. Interment will follow at McPherson Cemetery with a private family graveside service preceding a memorial service.

Mrs. Birkhead was born Dec. 28, 1948 in Corsicana. She was the founder and owner of The Button Hole, a fabric and sewing retail store in McPherson. She had lived in McPherson since 1978, moving there from Dallas. She was a former board member of the McPherson Main Street program and was a March of Dimes volunteer. She was the daughter of Dave Borden and Roma Elece Overby. She married Keith Birkhead on Aug. 18, 1968 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Birkhead is survived by her husband, Keith Birkhead of McPherson; son, Chirs Birkhead of McPherson; daughter, Leanne Rogers of McPherson; and sisters, Roma Plant of Modesto, CA, Velma Baggett of Poteau, OK, Blanche Borden of Waco, and Jean Grace of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to the McPherson Healthcare Foundation or the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in McPherson.

Personal condolences to the family may be sent via www.stockhamfamily.com.

Arrangements by Stockham Family Funeral Home, McPherson, KS.

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William A. Runnels III

William A. Runnels III, 60, of Beaumont, died June 25, 2004 at Christus St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, 2004 in the Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home Chapel, Beaumont. Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2004 at at the Rest Haven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

A native of Dallas, Mr. Runnels had resided in Beaumont since 1969 where he worked for Mobil Pipe Line Company as a Pipeliner. Mr. Runnels was also a U.S. Air Force veteran having served in Vietnam.

He is survived by his father, William Alfred Runnels Jr.; one sister, Peggy Moore, both of Corsicana; and brother, James Allen Runnels of Ardmore, OK.

Memorial contributions maybe made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home, Beaumont.

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Edith (Sanders) Watkins
Apr 10, 1930 - Jul 2, 2004

Edith Watkins, 74, of Corsicana passed away Friday, July 2, 2004 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Alan Thedford, Kevin Thedford, David Melton, Chris Smith, Jesse Melton and Kory King.

Mrs. Watkins was born April 10, 1930 in Corsicana. She was a piano instructor for many years as well as being a seamstress. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was a godly woman with a servant's heart. She was the best mother, grandmother, wife and friend anyone could have. It was a life we will all remember. She will be missed.

Stern eyes, loving smile and touch. A love we never doubted, concerned always for her family even up to the end. Her love so strong that it will never leave us.

Nana had a heart of gold. She never said anything mean about anybody. She was very strong and talented.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Gladys Sanders; and brother, Arnold Sanders.

Mrs. Watkins is survived by her husband, Tommy Watkins of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Carol Watkins of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Mark Kragh of Katy; and granddaughter, Brittany Kragh of Katy.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Opal Emma (Shaw) Pike 
Nov 2, 1910 - Jul 2004

Opal Shaw Pike

Opal Shaw Pike was born Nov. 2, 1910 and died suddenly on July 1, 2004. Her memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at the St. Luke United Methodist Church in Corsicana. Burial will be in the family plot in the Black Hills community cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the St. Luke church.

She escaped the drudgery of sharecropper farming by going to work for Trinity University in Waxahachie at the age of 16. During most of her married life, she worked on the family farm in the Black Hills community. In the mid-1950s she began her career in food service with Emhouse ISD, culminating with a number of years of service with the Corsicana ISD for which she worked at the time of her retirement.

She was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church all of her adult life and was especially active in the United Methodist Church and its predecessor organizations. She taught Sunday School, led women's studies, served as treasurer and on the board of several congregations. Numerous student pastors of the old Methodist Protestant tradition of the United Methodist Church were housed over the weekend in her home at Black Hills where they were serving week-end appointments.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Pike, and a son, Roy Durrell, who died at the age of 5 following a traumatic bout with liver cancer.

She is survived by her son, Don M. Pike and his wife, Joyce, of Arlington; a grandson, Keith Pike, who was born on her birthday, his wife, Mary Ann, and their two children, Grayson and Laura Kay of San Antonio; a granddaughter, Brenda Pike Stephens and her husband, John, and their three children, Ben, Emily and Mark, who was also born on her birthday.

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

Arrangements under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Michael Hal Whistler
 Oct 10, 1957 - Jul 1, 2004

Michael Hal Whistler, 46 of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2004 at Mount Sanai Hospital in Chicago, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Franklin Whistler. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Whistler of Corsicana; daughter and husband, Malia Jade and Matt Parrish of Barry; daughter, Jillian Michelle Whistler of Corsicana; son, Charles Noah Michael Whistler of Corsicana; brother, Robert Neil Whistler of Corsicana; brother, Douglas Charles Whistler of River Oaks; granddaughter, Kealey Jade Parrish of Corsicana; granddaughter, Sydney Alexandria McDonald of Corsicana; grandson, Kieran Carma Damon Parrish of Corsicana. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

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Michael Hal Whistler

Michael Hal Whistler, 46, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2004, in Chicago, Ill.

Services will be 4 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Barnes, Dennis Bryant, James Shelton, Danny Joe Borsellino, Chick Whistler and David Milam. Honorary pallbearers will be Jae Milam, C.K. Miller, Darrell Welch, Noah Whistler and Mike Chilbert.

Mike was born Oct. 10, 1957 in Corsicana to Joyce and Chuck Whistler. Mike was self-employed most of his life as a mechanic, construction worker/contractor and house painter. He loved to work with his hands. Since he was a young child he would dismantle things to see how they worked.

He loved boat racing, football and being with his friends and family. He was a wonderful person. He always had the best of intentions. His heart was full of love, and people naturally were drawn to him.

He was preceded in death by his father Charles Whistler.

Survivors include his mother, Joyce Whistler of Corsicana; daughter and husband, Jade and Matt Parrish of Barry; daughter, Jillian Whistler of Corsicana; son, Noah Whistler of Corsicana; brother, Bob Whistler of Corsicana; brother, Douglas Whistler of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Kealey Parrish of Corsicana; granddaughter, Sydney McDonald of Corsicana; and grandson, Kieran Parrish of Corsicana.

A video tribute can be seen by going to the following link on the Internet: www.corleyfh.yourtribute.com. There is also an online guest book for your use.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jessie Glasgow
Aug 9, 1948 - Jul 2, 2004

Jessie Glasgow, 52, of Canton, passed away Friday, July 2, 2004 at his residence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Edward Perry officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

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Jessie Glasgow, 55, of Canton, TX., passed away on Friday, July 2, 2004 at his residence. Services were held July 5, 2004 at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Edward Perry officiating. Interment followed at the Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Josh Glasgow, Todd McEvoy, Brandon Lillmars, Mark Gross, Bobby Perry, and Jerry Perry.

Mr. Glasgow was born August 9, 1948 in Corsicana, TX.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Glasgow of Canton; sons, Clint Glasgow and Kevin Glasgow, both of Canton; brothers, John Glasgow of Dallas and Jeff Glasgow of Canton; sister, Julia Glasgow of Canton; mother, Frances Glasgow of Canton; 3 grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; a number of cousins, aunts and uncles.


Paul Kenneth McCann
Nov 21, 1932 - Jun 29, 2004

Paul Kenneth McCann, 71, of Trinity passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2004, in Houston.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Raymond McCann, Royce McCann, Ron McCann, Jason McCann, Todd Harrison and David Goodin.

Mr. McCann was born Nov. 21, 1932 in Navarro. Paul served in the military (1953-55). He was self-employed in air conditioning and was an avid fisherman. He was a wonderful father and loved his son with all his heart.

He was preceded in death by parents Elton and Bennie McCann and brother Billy Joe McCann.

Survivors include son Michael Paul McCann of Houston; special friend Glendeen Roemer of Houston; brothers Esco McCann and wife Wilma of Corsicana, Ray McCann and wife Sandee of Mount Pleasant, Jack McCann and wife Jimmie of Pursley and Gene McCann and wife Dianne of Sheridan; sisters Linda Harrison and husband Billy of Corsicana, and Betty Goodin and husband Joe of Tyler; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Paul K. McCann

PAUL K. McCANN 71, passed away June 29, 2004, at the VA Hospital. Houston, Texas. He was born November 21, 1932 in Navarro, Texas. Paul served In the military 1953-1955. He was self-employed in air-conditioning and was an avid fisherman. Paul is survived by son Michael Paul McCann and special friend Glendeen Roemer both of Houston. He was a wonderful father who loved his son with all his heart.

Preceded in death by his parents Elton and Bennie McCann and brother Billy Joe Mccann. Surviving are brothers Esco (Wilma) Corsicana , Ray (Sandee) Mt. Pleasant, Jack (Jimmie) PursIey, Gene (Diane) Sheridan and sisters Linda (Billy) Harrison and Betty (Joe) Goodin, Tyler and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Mccann, Royce McCann, Jason McCann, Todd Harrison, Ron McCann and David Goodin.

Services will be July 3 at

Corley's Funeral Home, Corsicana , Texas. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery, Corsicana , Texas. Visitation will be July 2, 2004 6 to 8 pm.


Doyle Chambers
May 10, 1929 - Jun 30, 2004

Doyle Chambers, 75, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Bob Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Greer, Donny Robinson, Alvin Mullican, Skip Johnson, Ronnie Daniels and Ronnie Barker.

Mr. Chambers was born May 10, 1929, in Coleman to Jack and Georgie Chambers. Doyle came to Corsicana in 1968 to operate the Bowling Center, then worked for M-Evans and Home Furniture and other local businesses.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Ruth and Lucille.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Mary Ann Chambers of Holdenville, Okla., Stan and Pam Chambers of Grand Prairie and Terry and Janice Chambers of Corsicana; grandchildren, Connie and James Andrews, Justin and Kristal Chambers, Haven and James Greer, Taylor Chambers, Ryan and Ericka Chambers and Jared Chambers; great-grandchildren, Robert, Matthew, Tyler and Makayla; brothers, James Chambers of San Angelo and Jimmy Glasscock of Alpine; sister, Marion Wismer of Fountain Valley, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Clifford O. 'Sarge' Price
Jan 8, 1925 - Jul 3, 2004

Clifford 'Sarge' Price

Clifford 'Sarge' Price, 79, of Purdon passed away Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Temple.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mr. Price was born Jan. 8, 1925 in Corsicana. He was in the Marine Corps during World War II, serving in the 5th Marine Division. During this period of service he was rescued by the crew of the PT 109. He enlisted in the United States Army following World War II. He served in the 18th Airborne Division, then was in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his father William Franklin Price, mother Etta Shuggard Price, son Timothy Joe Price, granddaughter and husband Heather Ann Schumacher, grandson Joey Shiffer Price, sister Betty Price Harker and brothers Donald Price, Billy Price, Thomas Price and Calvin Joe Sprayberry.

Survivors include wife Marie Price; daughters Donna Schumacher and husband Jim of Woodville, Wash. and Terri Lynn Alvarde and husband Ignacio of Lewisville; son Dan Price and wife Ann of Purdon; grandsons Jason Graham and wife Kriston of Carson City, Nev. and Jeffery Blakslee of Lewisville; granddaughters Shannon Foster and husband Jason of Carson City, Nev. and Valorie Steele and husband Eric of Richland; great-granddaughters Ashleigh Foster of Carson City, Nev. and Taylor Steele of Richland; great-grandson Logan Foster of Carson City, Nev.; brother Robert Price of Dallas; sisters-in-law Jessie Lee Price of Corsicana, Helen Price of Albany, Ga. and Mary Ann Sprayberry of Broken Bow, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cody Jay Dennis
Dec 5, 1971 - Jul 3, 2004

Cody Jay Dennis, 32, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Cremation will follow.

Mr. Dennis was born Dec. 5, 1971 in Lubbock. He was a rancher.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Terry Walls.

Survivors include mother Brenda Dennis of Corsicana; father Darryl Dennis of Olton; brother Kelly Dennis of Garland; nephew Tucker Dennis of Corsicana; niece Kailyn Dennis of Wylie; grandmother Valmeta Wisdom of Corsicana; grandfather Bill Wisdom of Lampasas; grandparents Lois and Leon Walls of Palestine; sister-in-law Kelly Ann Dennis of Wylie; aunts Lynn Fead of Palestine; aunt Willeta Isom and husband Jack of Lockney, and Arvella Lauderback and husband Armon of Hereford; uncles Carroll Tucker and wife Retha of Waco, Travis Tucker and wife Debbie of Austin, John Wisdom of Lampasas and Joe Wisdom of Lubbock; special friend Lynn Anders of The Colony; a host of cousins and the wonderful people from Just Won training center.

Memorials may be made to the American Miniature Horse Association, 81 BE Queenwood Road, Morton, IL 61550.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Garold Goodnoe

Garold Goodnoe, 75, of Kerens, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2004 at Kerens Care Center. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

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R. C. Sykes 
April 14, 1930 - May 8, 2004

SYKES
R. C. On Saturday May 8, 2004, R. C. Sykes rejoined our Heavenly Father, his parents, Edmund and Tina Lou (Putman) Sykes, his two brothers, Edward and Elby Ray Sykes, his two sisters, Bettie Sue (Sykes) Perkins and Juanita Sykes, and daughter Kay Consgrove in eternal life.  R.C. was born 74 years ago in Dawson, TX, on April 14, 1930.  For 33 years he was a barber giving strangers and family alike joy at their outside beauty.  His real gift, however was one of inner beauty in the strength and love he showered on his family.  He enjoyed fishing, camping, and being outdoors.  He also loved to play the guitar and his soulful voice has now joined the choir of angels singing of the glory of heaven.  He passed away at his home in Quitman, TX in the presence of his family after a long and valiant fight with cancer.  He is survived by his beloved wife Shirley Sykes, 5 children, Ronnie Lankford of Mesquite, Richard and Elaine Shelton of Oakleaf, Wanda and Durwood Baird of Dallas, Nora and Tim Waskim of Seagoville and James Sykes of Kaufman, 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Services will be held at the Roselawn Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 1000 A.M.  Officiated by Bro. Conrad Armstrong.  Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.  Pallbearers will be Ricky Shelton, Kenneth Baird, Jessie Foster, Jr. Rodney Lankford, Duain Pritchett and Eric Waskom.  The family will receive family and friends Tuesday 6 to 800 PM at the chapel.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and we ask that he look after us all from heaven in death as he did in life.  We love you Paw-pa.

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  • Dallas Morning News - May 12, 2004

Wallace Britton Ramsey
Sep 3, 1934 - May 26, 2004

RAMSEY
WALLACE BRITTON, 69, of Lufkin passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2004 after a heroic battle with cancer with his loving family and friends by his side.  Funeral services will held at 330 p.m., Saturday, May 29, 2004 in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lonnie Jordan officiating.  Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.  Mr. Ramsey was born on September 3, 1934 in Chatfield, TX, one of six children to Lois Alonzo and Emma Nora Ramsey.  He graduated from Pasadena High School and went on to become a very successful businessman.  In the late 1970's he partnered Norma's Used Cars in Dallas, TX where it later expanded to become Chapparral Motors, one of Texas' largest used car dealerships.  After two attempts at retirement, Wallace returned to what he loved doing.  He owned and operated Allrite Motors in Lufkin, TX where until his last days he continued making daily decisions.  Survivors include his loving wife, Bernice Ramsey; sons and daughters-in-law, Wallace and Sheila Ramsey of Rowlett, Grady and Punkin Hart of Daisetta and Charles Reifschneider of Timpson; daughters and sons-in-law,  Theresa and Don Cowart of Grapevine, Toni Freeman of Rowlett, Debbie and Lynn Wheeler of Eden, Vicki and David Champagne of Alvin, Brenda Chapman of Pasadena, Diane and Gene McMurtry of Lufkin brother and sister-in-law Wesley and Carolyn Ramsey of Temple; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; very special friends, Mike and Linda Beaver.  Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death by his daughter, Rhonda Ramsey, three sisters and one brother.  Pallbearers will be Al Compian, Ricky Kendrix, Gene Duncan, Willie Hageon, Kelvin Madison and Ed George.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Darryl Owens, Paul Love, Joe Gonzales, Johnnie Reynolds, Claude Hill and Darin Perkins.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Carroway-Claybar FUneral Home, Lufkin, Texas.

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News - May 28, 2004

Edgar Van Glass

GLASS
EDGAR VAN, a native of Navarro County, entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 12, 2004.  He leaves to cherish his memories wife of 42 years Lourie GLass 3 sons: L. Donnell, Carl Glass and Alton Albert. 2 daughters: Mary Slaughter and Alic Ross, 1 sister Mary Farrris; 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Wake today 7-7:45 pm @ Evergreen.  Service Saturday 11:00am @ Bexar St. Baptist Church, 2018 Marsalis Ave, Clfton Maxfield FDIC.
ALLEN GENE MADISON's EVERERGREEN MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME.

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  • Dallas Morning News - Apr 16, 2004

Christopher Lynn McAfee
Aug 16, 1966 - Apr 18, 2004

McAFEE
CHRISTOPHER LYNN born in Dallas, Texas on August 16, 1966, died April 18, 2004. He was a life long resident of Mesquite Texas and an endowed member and past worshipful master of the Mesquite Masonic Lodge #928. Chris was very much loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Chris is survived by his parents Royce and Judy McAfee of Kaufman, County, Sister Kelly McAfee Talton and Brother Kevin McAfee, Uncle Kenneth McAfee of Mesquite Texas, Aunt and Uncle Betty and Bert Potter of Grand Prairie, Texas, several cousins, nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by grandparents, Ray and Lorene McAfee of Aylesworth, Okla. and Earl and Ruth Glenn of Lake Kiowa, Texas. Chris was a 1984 graduate of West Mesquite High and received tow degrees from North Texas University and Eastfield College in Finance and Business. He had his office in Mesquite as a Stockbroker and Independent Insurance agent. Chris fought a long, hard, painful battle with MS. Donations would be accepted in his name to any Multiple Scierosis research dept. or chapter. Masonic Rites and a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 600 p.m. at Anderson Clayton Funeral Home 1111 Military Pkwy. Mesquite, Texas 972 285-5489

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Paulline (Steely) Hunter
Sep 1906 - May 2004

HUNTER
PAULENE (POLLY) S., 1906 - 2004, passed away in Dallas, Texas.  Polly was born in Corsicana, Texas on September 1906, the only child of Harvey Frederick Steely and Eula Kessinger Steely.  Survived by son Fred Hunter and wife, Barbara of Dallas grandchildren, Bob Hunter, Jr., and wife, Kelly of St. Louis, Missouri; Alex Hunter, II and wife Patti of Atlanta, Georgia; and great-grandchildren, Halie, Madison, and Austin Hunter.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years, Homer A. Hunter.  Polly spend her early years in Ft. Worth, Texas where she graduated from Central High.  She made many life long friends there and in Dallas including the love her her life, Homer Hunter, whom she met at the Exposition & Fat Stock Show in 1925 while he was playing an engagement there as a member of the Texas Aggie Band.  To the date of her death, she was a committed supporter of the  Skillman Church of Christ, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and Texas A&M.  She was a wonderful Mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother.  " Her Children stand and bless her; so does her husband.  He praises her with these works 'There are many fine women in the world but you are the best of them all.' Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn't last; but a woman who fears God shall be greatly praised." (Proverbs 3128-30).  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Skillman Church of Christ, Senior Adult Ministry, 3014 Skillman, Dallas, Texas 75206, or to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn, Dallas Texas 75219.  Services will be held on Friday May 21, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, Jerry Perry, officiating.  Interment service at Hillcrest Mausoleum.  Pallbearers are Randy Jones, Larry Jones, John Janek, Carl Weaver, Charles Orand, Royce Prude, Charles Bedsole , and Scott Osborn.  Honorary pallbearers are Jim Beard, John Bell, David Vanderpool, Bill Knipp, Terry Sheldon, Ernest E. Hunt, Bert Shipp, Terry White, Dennis Lacy, Joe Sepherd, Bob Smith and the Texas A&M Classes of 1925 and 1959.
SPARKMAN HILLCREST

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News - May 21, 2004

Jessie Marie (Kellum) Masterson
Mar 12, 1916 - Jun 3, 2004

Jessie Masterson, 88, of Jacksonville, Fla. passed away Saturday, June 3, 2004. She is survived by her son, David Alverson of Los Angeles, CA. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jessie Marie (Kellum) Masterson

Jessie Marie Kellum Masterson, 88, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2004, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Collins officiating.

She was born in Chatfield on March 12, 1916, to Walter Scott Kellum and Katherine Ralston Kellum. Her early years were spent in Chatfield, the oil field near Navarro, and Corsicana. During World War II, she lived in Corpus Christi, where she met and married Lt. Cmdr. Ernest R. Masterson, U.S. Navy, on June 30, 1947. They later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where she spent the rest of her life. In Jacksonville, Jessie and her husband were active in their church spending generously of their time and money on various church missions and activities and on the youth of the city.

Jessie is survived by a son, David Alverson of Los Angeles, Calif.; granddaughters, Stacie of Houston and Dede of Coppell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Lt. Cmdr. Masterson; and three sisters and two brothers, Cecil Kellum Shirley of Corsicana, Inez Kellum Collins of Corsicana, an infant Artie Elana Kellum buried at Grand Saline, Walter Everett Kellum of Longview and William Audie Kellum of Fort Worth.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Virginia Jo Rathwick
May 9, 1926 - Jun 30, 2004

Virginia Jo Rathwick, born May 9, 1926, passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2004.Virginia was raised in the Odd Fellows Orphans Home in Corsicana, Texas, married young and spent most of her life in El Paso helping with the family business, Paul's Pet and Grooming Shops. Virginia is survived by her children: Richard and wife Barbara of Dallas, their 2 children Sarah Lynn Noble and Andrew Rathwick; daughter Jean and her 2 children Christopher and Vanessa Campos in El Paso; James Rathwick of Wausau, Wisconsin; sister Ina Havens and husband Cliff in California; and loving sister-in-law and friend, Velma Rathwick. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home West with Chaplain Sam Faraone officiating. Private interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 4400 N. Mesa #9 El Paso, Texas 79902.

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  • El Paso Times, Sunday July 4, 2004

Roselyn (Rodgers) McLean
Jun 14, 1920 - Apr 9, 2004

Roselyn McLean, age 83, entered into rest April 9, 2004 in San Antonio, TX. She was born June 14, 1920 in Corsicana, TX to the late George and Vivian (Weems) Rodgers. She was preceded in death by her firsh husband, Monroe J. Classen and second husband, John A. McLean. She is survived by her loving daughters, Shirley Lee, Vina Bushman, her husband LaVarre; sons, Billy Classen and John Classen; sister, Margaret Alford; grandchildren, Mark Lee, his wife Miera, Todd Lee, Lena Sonnen, Yvette Rowland-Hartridge, Natalie Bushman, Lindsea Classen, Sarah Classen, M.J. Classen, Lynn Classen, Laura Classen, Lisa Classen, John Classen, Christopher Classen; great-grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Nathan and Zachary. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 13, 2004 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at 10:00 A.M. at Parkhills Baptist Church, 17747 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78232 with Rev. Robert Welch officiating. To leave a message for the family, visit www.mem.com. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Sunset Funeral Home.

Bessie Maye Starnes
Apr 30, 1917 - Mar 23, 2004

Bessie Maye Starnes, of San Antonio, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at the age of 86. Born in Chillicothe, TX on April 30, 1917 to Maggie Bess Stewart and Marion Kelly Nelson, she grew up in and graduated from the Oddfellows orphanage in Corsicana, TX. Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Starnes, Sr.; and two siblings, Hazel Taylor and Neill Nelson. She is survived by her four children, Mary Beth Brasington and her husband, John, Larry Starnes and his wife, Ernestine, Brenda Mollenkopf and her husband, Doug, and Kelly Starnes and his wife, Cathy; grandchildren, Timothy Brasington, Lynn Brasington Barnett, Lynn Starnes Nelson, Jennifer Starnes, Lauren Starnes, Gregory Starnes, Jonathan Mollenkopf, David Mollenkopf, Daniel Mollenkopf, and Jeremy Mollenkopf; 7 great grandchildren; a nephew; numerous nieces and friends. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Porter Loring Mortuary North. SERVICE THURSDAY 11:00 A.M. PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL with Pastor Robert Garland officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 1407 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201. The family invites you to leave a message or memory at www.porterloring.com by selecting Visitation and Services. Select "Sign Guestbook" at the bottom of the individual Memorial. Arrangements with Porter Loring North Mortuary.

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  • San Antonio Express News

T. W. (Bill) Patrick
Mar 11, 1919 - Dec 1, 2003

T.W. (Bill) Patrick of San Antonio, TX, passed away Monday, December 1, 2003 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was 84. Born in Corsicana, TX on March 11, 1919, one of five children of Tim S. and Virginia Orrell Patrick. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1937 and entered the U.S. Army in 1942, honorably discharged in 1944. He married Frances Crowe of Riverside, MO in December 1944. While living in Corsicana, they raised two sons. He was active in The First Methodist Church, a Boy Scout Master, and football officiating. He moved to Midland in 1961, while working for Greenlight Company, and then to San Antonio in 1970. He was a director of TAN (Texas Association of Nurserymen) and a member of Northcliff Country Club. He enjoyed golf, hunting, camping and working in the yard. In 1984, he retired from Greenlight Company, and lost his dear wife, (Frances) of 42 years in 1986. In 1988, he married a former high school friend, Martha Carriere (San Antonio). Her friendship and companionship was lost in 2001 when she passed away. Bill will be remembered as a loyal and devoted husband and father. His sense of humor, honesty, integrity and love for life, will be missed by all who knew him. Bill is survived by two sons, Tom Patrick (Houston) and Mike Patrick (Edinburg); two grandchildren, Shannon Patrick Benevides (Georgetown) and Brian Christopher Patrick (Ft. Lauderdale); sister, Betty Patrick Nichols (Corpus Christi). The Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy. followed by Graveside Service and Interment at 3:00 P.M. at Sunset Memorial Park with Rev. Bill Shockley officiating. Arrangements are with Sunset Funeral Home.

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  • San Antonio Express News - Dec 6, 2003

Billy Bob (Ransom) Swofford-Stafford

Billy Bob Ransom Swofford Stafford, 79, homemaker, passed away October 21, 2003 at home. Memorial Service: November 1, 2003 at 1:00 P.M. at Wincrest United Methodist Church. Memorials: Wincrest United Methodist Church, 8101 Midcrown Drive, San Antonio, TX. She was an only child of Erna and Lawerence Ransom, born at home in Corsicana, TX, July 11, 1924. She graduated Corsicana High School May, 1941 and attended TSCW (now TWU) in Denton, TX May, 1941-1943. She moved with her parents from Corsicana to Austin in May, 1943 and graduated from University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in February, 1945 and became part of the Chi Omega Alums whenever possible. She married Marvin K. Swofford in 1956 in Austin and settled in Weatherford, TX in March of 1946. She had two sons, M. Kearby Swofford and Ransom S. Swofford and lived in Weatherford for six years, then moved to Houston, TX. She divorced in 1966 and worked in Real Estate until she married Robert J. Stafford in March, 1972 in Las Vegas, NV. With Robert she gained two more children, Melinda S. Gibson and Jay L. Stafford. From Houston, they moved to San Antonio in 1974 and built a two-story Patio Home in 1977. She was a member and a Docent at the Steves Homes in King William as a member of San Antonio Preservation Society, and stayed active in Chi Omega Alums. Both joined the Wincrest United Methodist Church in 1977 and are members of the Inguirers Sunday School class and the Roots organization. Survivors: She leaves behind her husband of 31 years, Robert J. Stafford; sons, Kearby and wife Kathy Swofford of Natchez, MS, Ransom Swofford of Houston, TX; stepdaughter, Melinda S. and husband Michael H. Gibson of Arlington, TX; stepson, Jay L. and wife Sandie of Kingwood, TX. She also has five grandchildren, Tom Stafford and Rachael O'Bryan of Davie, FL, Michael and wife Kellie Stafford of Sunrise, FL, Amanda Gibson of Arlington, TX, David C. Gibson of College Station, TX, Christa Stafford of Kingwood, TX, also, three great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Brielle and Alysia Stafford of Sunrise, FL.

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  • San Antonio Express News - Oct 26, 2003

Kathleen (Woodruff) Moody

Kathleen Woodruff Moody, born in Corsicana, TX on July 3, 1920 passed away on August 9, 2003. Known as Katy to her many friends, and Grammie to her seven grandchildren, she loved to entertain and could always be counted on to help others. Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Lt. Col. Walter F. Moody, she was most proud to be part of a military family and was active in many organizations including Dadaelions and the 379th Bomber Group. She was a member of Windcrest United Methodist Church and actively supported both President Bush's campaigns. She is survived by her four adult children, Major Keith Moody and his wife Mary Lou of San Antonio, TX, Gerald Moody and his wife Deborah of Lake Bluff, IL, Debra Dunning and her husband David of San Antonio, TX, Brian Moody and wife Kimberly of San Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Erin Dunning, Lauren Kathleen Moody, Robert Walter Dunning, Alexander Gerald Moody, Nicholas Alexander Moody, Jeremy Ryan Moody and Trisha Elizabeth Moody. Visitation: 5:00-7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held at 9:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at Sunset Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Visit our website at www.mem.com for more information. Sunset Funeral Home.

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  • San Antonio Express News - Aug 11, 2003

Floyd Cummings

Floyd Cummings, born April 14, 1949 in Corsicana, TX passed from this life on May 25, 2003 in San Antonio, TX. Floyd was the son of Mary Jo Whitt and the late Robert Cummings. Floyd entered the U.S. Army in 1966 and served in Korea. He married Marjorie Griffith on December 23, 1969. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant. He retired from the Air Force in 1989. Floyd was well-known in the medical community of San Antonio. He had worked at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, Brooks AFB and Keesler AFB, MS. He frequently worked as a Holter Monitor Scanner for the Cardiology Clinic of San Antonio, Heart and Vascular Center of Texas, and University Hospital. He also served as a Service Consultant for KCI. Floyd is survived by his beloved wife, Marjorie Cummings and his mother, Mary Jo Whitt. He is also survived by his brothers, Joey and Christie Cummings, Loron and Shelly Whitt; brother-in-laws, Kenneth Griffith, David and Carla Griffith, Donnie and Janet Griffith; nieces and nephews. The joy of Floyd's life was his daughters and grandchildren. He leaves daughters, Meredith and John Graham and grandchildren, Chance and Angeline, Jennifer and James Fagan and Michelle Cummings and Robert Torres. He is also survived by his godmother, Marsha Surad and many friends. Floyd was very active in the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, San Antonio Aerie No. 70. He served as president from 1993 to 1994. Floyd was chairman of the Heart Fund for the Eagles for over 10 years. He also coached girls' softball teams for all three of his daughters. He was a fun loving man, full of life. He will be missed by all the knew him. The Visitation will be Tuesday, May 27, 2003 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 12:00 Noon at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. A Committal Service will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Honors. Donations may be made in the name of Floyd Cummings to Cancer Therapy and Research Center or to the Heart Fund of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (210) 674-7400. Sunset Funeral Home.

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  • San Antonio Express News - May 27, 2003

Kathryn Jewel (Price) Reding

Kathryn Jewel Price Reding, fondly known as 'Kit' passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2003. She was 87. She was born in Corsicana, TX on July 23, 1915. Kathryn was in the first graduating class of Thomas Jefferson High School in 1933. She was an instructor at Draughons Business College in San Antonio; worked at Brooks Air Force Base, was an instructor at Ft. Sam Houston and volunteered at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Kathryn was proud to represent San Antonio as a member of the First Texas Silver Haired Legislature in 1986 and served as Secretary of the Second Assembly from 1988-1990. Not wanting to be idle after retirement from Civil Service, Kathryn enjoyed substitute teaching in the Elementary Schools of the Northside ISD. Kathryn was always considered artistically talented and at the age of 15, was awarded a scholarship to Art School for a pen and ink sketch. Her love of drawing and painting continued throughout her life. She was an accomplished ballroom dancer and won numerous awards in competition, dearly loved playing scrabble with her family and was an avid reader. Kathryn was the kind of mother that everyone would want to have. Although she had many interests, her children were foremost in her life and she loved to be with and spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Kathryn was married to Jube A. Reding for 32 years until his death in 1967. She is survived by her three daughters, Carrol Ann Smith of Ventura, CA, Elizabeth Gregory of Port Lavaca, TX and Andrea Marsh of San Antonio; seven grandchildren, Gregory Smith, Christopher Smith, Alexander Smith, Shannon Gregory, Ryan Gregory, Parker Marsh and Jube Marsh; three great-grandsons, Russell Gregory, Garrett Gregory and Jakob Marsh. SERVICES Visitation will be held from 3:00 - 8:00 P.M. on Friday, January 31, 2003 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at Mission Park North with Interment to follow at Mission Burial Park North. Mission Park Funeral Chapels North.

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  • San Antonio Express News - Jan 31, 2003

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