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Alice Elizabeth (Atkinson) Jones
Nov 1, 1905 - Dec 21, 2002

Alice Elizabeth Jones, age 97, of Rockport, TX and longtime resident of San Antonio, TX died Saturday, December 21, 2002 in Rockport. She was born on November 19, 1905 in Corsicana, TX to Eugene George and Alice E. (Ransom) Atkinson. Mrs. Jones was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio and was preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Jones, Jr. in 1985. Survivors include her daughter, Jean Jones Wiesepape of Palacios, TX; son, Louis J. Jones, III and wife Diana of Rockport, TX; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a brother, James H. Atkinson and wife Nell of Agoura Hills, CA. Graveside Services and Interment will be held Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 10:30 A.M. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with The Rev. Shan Jackson officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio. DOEPPENSCHMIDT FUNERAL HOME 189 North Seguin Ave. New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 625-3434

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  • San Antonio Express News - Dec 23, 2002

Col. Hubert Edell 'Easy' Hall, USAF (Ret.)

Col. Hubert Edell 'Easy' Hall, USAF (Ret.), age 80, of New Braunfels, TX died Friday, December 27, 2002 at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Col. Hall was born on July 6, 1922 in Dawson, TX to James Hickman Hall and Nina May (nee Walker) Hall. He graduated from Colorado City, Texas High School. He married the former Lila Louise Mannering on August 6, 1941. Col. Hall was inducted in the Army Air Corps on October 30, 1940, and during World War II, he served in Guada Canal, Solomons, New Guinea and The Phillipines where he received a battlefield commission to 2nd Lt. He also served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He retired from the 6970 Support Group USAFSS-National Security Agency in 1967. Following his retirement, he became a real estate broker and had his own office in New Braunfels, 'Easy Hall Realty', which he kept for several years. He was a member of the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church since 1960, New Braunfels Fair Association, life member of Comal County Sheriff's Posse, life member of V.F.W. Post, American Legion, New Braunfels Board of Realtors, Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Grand Lodge of Sons of Hermann, Alamo Kountry Kickers (AKK), the Trailriders of the Bandera Hill Country, TETRA (Texas Equestrian Trailriders Association), founding member of the Heritage Trailriders Association (formerly the New Braunfels Founders Day Trail Ride). Col. Hall was preceded in death by his wife, Lila L. Hall; his parents, three brothers, Jabus, Ernest and Emmett and one sister, Dorothy Hall Benton. Survivors include his wife of three years, Barbara Hall and her daughters, Deanna Fling and Andrea Spanley and her husband Jeff Spanley; his children, Ronda 'Roni' and husband Albert 'Dickey' Laubach of Karnes City, TX, Lester James Hall and wife Carole of San Antonio, TX and Heather Lea Hall of Seguin, TX; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 12:30 P.M. at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Peters officiating. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 1, 2003 from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Jack Borchers, James Broz, Tim Laubach, John Doster, Curtis Kelly and Herman Sabrsula. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dennis Clark, David Holmes, Monroe Henk and Werner Kiesling. In lieu of flowers, Col. Hall requested memorials be made to the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Building Fund, Walter Fellers Scholarship Fund & Comal County Sheriff's Posse or the Heritage Trailriders Association of New Braunfels, Inc., 408 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130. DOEPPENSCHMIDT FUNERAL HOME 189 North Seguin Ave. New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 625-3434

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  • San Antonio Express News - Dec 29, 2002

Lometa (McAfee) Brinkley 

Lometa McAfee Brinkley, 86, a resident of Bowie, TX, for 64 years before she moved to Helotes 2-1/2 years ago, died Saturday, November 22, 2003, in San Antonio. She was a retired school teacher. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, at the First Baptist Church in Bowie with the Rev. Dick Hennings officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie. The family requests that memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 307 Lindsey Street, Bowie, TX 76230, or the donor's favorite charity. Mrs. Lometa Brinkley was born April 4, 1917 in Frost, TX. She married William A. Brinkley on November 5, 1945 at Bowie, TX. Mr. Brinkley passed away in 1975. Mrs. Brinkley was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Bowie. She taught in the Bowie public schools for 28 years, primarily mathematics, until she retired in 1979. She was a volunteer at First Baptist Church for many years, mainly in the music department. She loved to travel and instilled the love of traveling in her children. She was always very gifted in helping others, including being a devoted caretaker for her mother for many years. Mrs. Brinkley is survived by three sons: Dan H. and his wife Katherine Brinkley of Cleveland, TX, Dr. Ben P. and his wife Elizabeth Brinkley of Richmond, VA, and Tim B. and his wife Teresa Brinkley of Helotes; grandsons: Scott W. Brinkley of Hattiesburg, MS, and Paul I. Brinkley of Helotes; granddaughter: Veronica M. Brinkley of Richmond, VA; several nieces and nephews. FRY FUNERAL HOME Bowie, TX 76230 (972) 872-1144.

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Elvira (Kelley) Hodge

Elvira Hodge was born in Navarro County, TX to Dennie and Annie Mae (Allen) Kelley. She was baptized at an early age and served as an active member of Timothy Methodist Church. Elvira Kelley Sheffield was married to the late Ben Andrew Sheffield, Sr., who preceded her in death in 1970. Later she married Sheriff Henry B. Hodge on October 24, 1974 and enjoyed a happy married life for 28 years. She was a loyal and devoted wife. She was also preceded in death by her father, Mr. Dennie Kelley; son, Adrian Sheffield and grandmother, Mary Lou Allen. To cherish her memories, she leaves a loving husband, Henry B. Hodge; two sons, Mr. Henry Lawrence Kelley of Chatfield, TX and Mr. Ben Andrew Sheffield, Jr. of Denton, TX; five daughters, Ms. Evelyn Annett Sheffield of San Antonio, Ms. Beverly Renee Sheffield of Denton, TX, Mrs. Wanda Marie Mays of Killeen, TX, Mrs. Loita Williams and her husband Robert Williams, III of San Antonio and Ms. Ehrikka Dionne Hodge of Elgin, TX; mother, Mrs. Annie Mae Kelley of Chatfield, TX; nine grandchildren, Shannon, Lashonia, Jeremy, Shaneka, Brittany, Kendra, Derrick, Jr., Baileigh, and Ben, III; great-granddaughter, Jardan; six brothers, Burnice Auto and Pernell Kelley, both of Chatfield, TX, Arthur Dean, Leslie and Thomas Willie Kelley, and Christopher Smith, all of Dallas; five sisters, Annie Pearl Hatley, Betty Jo Williams and Carolyn Zollifoffer, all of Dallas, Elsie Kelley of Denton, TX, Frances V. Sheffield of Channelview, TX; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2003 at Vaughan's Funeral Home from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be on Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Boerne with Dr. L.A. Crenshaw and Pastor Bubba Stahl, officiating. Graveside Services will be on Tuesday in Chatfield, TX. A Memorial Fund has been set up in Elvira's name at the Security State Bank in Boerne. To leave a message or tribute for the family, please visit www.vaughanfuneralhome.com and select the Obituary icon. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Vaughan's Funeral Home of Boerne.

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  • San Antonio Express News - Jan 24, 2003

Mattie G. (Thomason) Gilcrease

 

Mattie G. Gilcrease, age 82, entered into rest January 3, 2004 in San Antonio, TX. She was born October 5, 1921 in Powell, TX, to Laura Mae (Calvert) and Joshua Elliot Thomason. She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings. Mattie is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Clarence M. Gilcrease; children, Betty McCoy, Ann Chandler, David Gilcrease and wife Verna; grandchildren, Bobby McCoy and wife Margaret, Craig McCoy and wife Elva, Mark Gilcrease and wife Amy, Kristie Little and husband Harry, Brad Chandler and wife Jacquelina, Steve Chandler, Joshua Chandler and wife Holly; nine great-grandchildren; numerous extended family members and friends. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 6, 2004 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 7, 2004 at Brookhill Baptist Church, 631 Utopia, San Antonio, TX 78223 at 1:00 P.M. with Rev. William McFarland and Rev. Billy Short officiating. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Sunset Funeral Home.

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  • San Antonio Express News - Jan 6, 2004

Troy Morehead

Troy Morehead, 75, of Corsicana passed away Monday, July 5, 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 Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Morehead was born Sept. 19, 1928, in Corsicana. He was an employee for the City of Corsicana for 12 1/2 years.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Morehead of Corsicana; children, Barbara and Buddy Kubicek of Barry, Jerry and Vicki Morehead and Gary and Linda Morehead, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Craig and Amy Briggs, Chad and Shelby Briggs, Hanna and David Phillips, Jerry Morehead Jr., Crystal and Aaron Teerlink, Donnie Morehead, Jeff Milligan and Cory Milligan; eight great-grandchildren; brother, John Morehead; and sisters, Nellie Phinney, Carrie Saxton and Louise Mosley.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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James Stevenson

James Stevenson, MA/ABD/LCDC, was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1937. He passed away Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital. His father was a school teacher and his mother was a college professor who did pioneering work in the field of children's learning disabilities. With his parents, Jim helped run a summer camp for children with disabilities in Lake St. Germaine, Wis.

Jim's early career was in political science, and he was a professor of political science in several universities including Texas A&M before his becoming a counselor in Navarro County in 1974.

Jim was a practicing mental health counselor in Corsicana for 30 years. He gave generously of himself to his community and to his fellows. He would want to be remembered for his belief that life should be lived in reverence and in service. He touched many lives. He loved his family and was faithful to his friends. He loved music, food, and a good party. He never saw the Cubs win a World Series, but he never lost hope. He was with us in the fellowship of the spirit and joined with us by bounds of shared pain and joy. We loved him and we shall miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kirk and Lillian Stevenson.

He is survived by his wife, "MiMi" Stevenson of Corsicana; three sons, Mark Stevenson of Billings, Mont., Bryan Stevenson of Reno, Nev., and Thomas Stevenson of Bangkok, Thailand; two grandchildren, Megan and Michael Stevenson of Billings, Mont.; stepson, Alan Stewart of Austin; and mother of his children, Joyce Stevenson of Crystal Lake, Ill.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Troy Williams Sr.

Troy Williams Sr., 86, of Corsicana passed away Friday, July 2, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. today at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Dairy Johnson Sr., pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Abraham Williams, Danny Euell, Curtis Burke, Charles Nelson, John Willie Nolan and Joe Reese Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be John Williams, Corneilus Hawkins, Minister Chris Hawkins, Michael Jackson, Vernell Jackson, Claude Roberts and Aaron Green.

Mr. Williams was born April 24, 1918, in Mexia.

He was preceded in death by his son, Troy Williams Jr.

Survivors include his daughter, Rozella Williams Johnson of Corsicana; grandchildren, Paula Stovall, Kerron Hawkins, Sharon Hawkins and Corsandra Parrish, all of Corsicana, Martha Williams, Reginald Spivey of Mexia, Sharon Golden and husband Myron and John Wesley Williams of Pennsylvania; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his friends, George Washington, Lloyd Gibbs and Anna Curry, all of Houston; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Thomas 'Tom' Murphey

Thomas "Tom" Murphey, 76, of Montgomery passed away Monday, July 5, 2004, in Montgomery.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Joe Goodspeed and Brother John Helbig officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Eric Murphey, Brett Murphey, Matt Murphey, Kyle Anderson, Lance St. Clair and Ronnie Randolph. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Craft and Jorge Parra.

Mr. Murphey was born April 7, 1928, in Corsicana. He owned and operated numerous businesses both in Corsicana and Houston. He was one of the founders of Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana. He retired in Lake Conroe in 1998.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R. L. and Mattie Murphey; brothers, J.W. Bowden, Warren Murphey and Homer Murphey; and sisters, Jean Whistler and Audrey Kern.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Murphey of Montgomery; sons, Tom Murphey II, Scott Murphey and Jackie Murphey, all of Houston; daughters, Cynthia Randolph of Athens, Sharon Burke of Sealy and Melanie Murphey of Bedford; brother, Leland Murphey of Athens; 16 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Nina Ruth (Whistler) Price-Pope

Nina Pope

Services for Nina Ruth Pope, 87, Tyler, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 16, 2004, at Lloyd James Funeral Chapel, 1101 E. First St., Tyler, with the Rev. Bob Eggers and Troy Sykes officiating. Entombment will be at Cathedral in the Pines Mausoleum. Mrs. Pope died July 13, 2004, in Tyler.

She was born Sept. 24, 1916, in Scurry to the late James E. and Modena Sanders Whistler. She graduated from Corsicana High School. During World War II, she worked as a civilian employee for the government flight school at the Corsicana Air Base and Merced, California. She later worked for Wheelock Oil Company in Corsicana and Carter Oil Company in Jackson, Miss. She worked the last 30 years of her career as an independent petroleum landman in Tyler along with her late husband, C.M. Pope Jr.

She was a member of East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen and Petroleum Wives Auxiliary. She was also an active member of the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs for 55 years. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Norman O. "Bitsy" Price of Corsicana, and C.M. Pope Jr. of Tyler; her brother, A.J. Whistler; sisters, Dorothy Hilliard and Lela Holt; nephew, Gary Whistler; and nieces, Betty Jo Whistler and Nadine Carr.

Survivors include her sister, Nora Davis of Corsicana; nieces, Peggy Brown, Judy Sykes, Beverly Fuller, Dena Taylor and Kay Bookout; nephews, Bill Holt, Norman Holt, Bobby Whistler, Alvie Whistler and Jimmy Whistler; three stepdaughters, Marilyn Pope, Jean Fox and Janis Hallmark; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of friends, Chris and George Ann Reed, Jim and Betty Plyler and Tom and Nancy Leake.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Bobby Whistler, Jimmy Whistler, great-nephews, Jeffrey Whistler, Mickey Brown, Kevin Brown and Gary Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be great-nephews, Michael Whistler, Shane Sykes, Sean Fuller, Brian Fuller, and step-grandsons, Charlie Rose, Robert Rose, and Tom Pope.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Lloyd James Funeral Home.

Her family would like to express their appreciation to the doctors and nurses of Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and Hospice of East Texas for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Arrangements by Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler.

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Irene (Anderson) Walker

Irene Walker

Irene Walker, 96, of Streetman passed away Monday, July 12, 2004, in Mexia.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Lee, Rick Hogan, Michael Hook, Kameron Hogan, Billy Massey and Jim Howard.

Mrs. Walker was born Nov. 14, 1907, in St. Elmo to Boone and Ila Darden Anderson, lifelong Freestone County residents. She was a homemaker who resided in the Winkler/St. Elmo area all of her life except for the past nine months that she had lived at the Wortham Rehab Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Walker; parents, Boone and Ila Anderson; twin sister, Inez Lee; and sister, Julia Whitlock.

Survivors include her nieces, Mary Alice Lee of Wortham, Helen Douglas of Longmont, Colo., and Carole Long of Levelland; nephews, Clyde Blair of Henderson, Nev., and Curtis Blair of Brea, Calif.; great-nieces, Karen Hogan of Grapevine and Kimberly Hook of Euless; great-nephew, Kevin Lee of Streetman; great-great-nephews, Kameron Hogan of Grapevine and Kaleb Hook of Euless; and sister-in-law, Louise Blair of Lubbock.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, in care of Ray English, 164 Knights Circle, Streetman, TX 75859.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Marjorie Blanche 'Marge' Van Natten Thomas
d.
July 12, 2004

Marjorie Blanche "Marge" Van Natten Thomas, 73, of Frost passed away Monday, July 12, 2004.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at West/Hurtt Funeral Home, 217 S. Hampton Road, DeSoto.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at West/Hurtt Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane A, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Thomas of Frost; children, Dan and Teresa Hickman of Dallas, Jack Thomas Jr. of Duncanville, Susie Thomas of Italy and Richard Thomas of Little Elm; grandchildren, Danielle Hickman, Michael Thomas, Kevin Scott and wife Hollie, and Eric Gruber; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Hickman of Rockford, Ill., and John Hickman of Scales Mount, Ill.; sister and brother-in-law, June and Ray Traver of Hopkinsville, Ky.; and sister-in-law Nancy Thomas of DeSoto.

Arrangements by West/Hurtt Funeral Home, DeSoto.

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MARJORIE "MARGE" VAN NATTEN THOMAS, 73, of Frost, TX, passed away July 12, 2004. Survived by her husband: Jack Thomas, Frost, TX. Children: Dan & Teresa Hickman, Dallas, TX, Jack Thomas, Jr. Duncanville, TX, Susie Thomas, Italy, TX, Richard Thomas, Little Elm, TX. Grandchildren: Danielle Hickman, Michael Thomas, Kevin Scott & wife, Hollie & Eric Gruber. Six great-grandchildren. Brothers: Robert Hickman, Rockford, IL and John Hickman, Scales Mound, IL. Sister & brother-in-law: June & Ray Traver, Hopkinsville, KY. Sister-in-law: Nancy Thomas, De Soto, TX. Services will be held Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 1:00 PM. WEST/HURTT FUNERAL CHAPEL. Interment will follow at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery. "Lane A", 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 PM. West / Hurtt Funeral Home 217 S. Hampton Road DeSoto
(972) 223-6314

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  • Dallas Morning News - July 15, 2004


Waymon Eugene Armstrong

Waymon Eugene Armstrong, 80, of Dallas passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at VA Hospital in Dallas. Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Friday at DFW National Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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John C. 'Grub' Farmer

Johnny C. "Grub" Farmer

Johnny C. "Grub" Farmer, 55, passed from this life to join his parents, Harney Farmer and Georgia Perry Farmer, Friday, July 9, 2004 in River Oaks.

Graveside services and burial will be 3 p.m. today at DFW National Cemetery.

Johnny Farmer was born Sept. 10, 1948 in Corsicana.

Mr. Farmer is survived by son, Cort DeHart; brothers, Dwight Farmer and wife Jan of Corsicana, Elvin Farmer and wife Rachel of Burleson; sisters, Jean Moore, Fannie Jones and husband Don, Ruthie Wolfgang and husband Terry, all of Fort Worth; 20 nieces and many other relatives; and many buddies from the Marine Corps.

Arrangements by Greenwood Funeral Home, Fort Worth.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 13, 2004
  • Social Security Death Index: JOHN C FARMER 10 Sep 1948 09 Jul 2004 (V) 76114 (Fort Worth, Tarrant, TX) (none specified) 465-70-4602 Texas

Mattie Sue Carroll

Mattie Sue Carroll, 102, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 15, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 15, 1901, in Kelm.

Survivors include her nieces, Betty Fulton of Blooming Grove, Sue Svehlak of Ennis, and Sandra Wiley and Carol Bryant, both of Corsicana; and nephews, Reuben E. Richards of Athens, Roy C. Rogers of Washington, Utah, and Don Richards of Kerens.

Memorials may be made to Pattison Cemetery Association, in care of Jeanette Melton, 4571 Farm-to-Market Road 1839, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bill Watson Long, Jr.
Aug 14, 1930 - Jul 16, 2004

Bill W. Long Jr., 73, of Dawson passed away Friday, July 16, 2004, in Dawson.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Brad W. Dancer officiating.

Mr. Long was born Aug. 14, 1930, in Corsicana. He was a member of Fundamental Baptist Church in Fort Worth and Masonic Lodge No. 135 AF&AM and Scottish Rite in El Paso.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Long of Dawson; sons and daughters-in-law, Roody and Day Long of Dawson and Nickey Lee and Jan Long of Corsicana; daughters, Hope Long Beek of Barry and Jodie Long of Corsicana; brother, Charles Long of Wichita Falls; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 17, 2004
  • Social Security Death Index: BILL W LONG 14 Aug 1930 16 Jul 2004 (V) 76639 (Dawson, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 462-34-6811 Texas

Mary L. (Milam) Cannon
Nov 18, 1947 - Jul 14, 2004

Mary L. Cannon, 56, of Barry passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2004, in Barry.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. today at the family residence.

Mrs. Cannon was born Nov. 18, 1947, in Paris, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Milam; and mother, Betty Joyce.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin Cannon of Barry; daughters, Shelia Snelgrove and husband Greg of Kemp, Alice Niehouse and husband Matthew of Cumberland, Va., and Janice Russell of Barry; son, Clarence Russell III and wife Leslie of Barry; mother, Annie Milam of Deport; stepsons, Ray Cannon and Michael Cannon, both of Dallas; 14 grandchildren including Amber Huddleston and Shawn Russell; one great-grandson; three sisters, Martha Melinda Kay and Patsy; and six brothers, Johnny, Larry, Donny Mack, Delbert, Pete and Henry.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 17, 2004
  • In the Corsicana Paper, Betty Joyce is listed as her mohter, in the Paris TX paper, she is listed as her sister.

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CORSICANA — Mary L. Cannon, 56, of Barry died Wednesday, July 14, 2004.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the family residence under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was employed by Irving Independent School District.

She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Milam; and a sister, Betty Joyce.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Cannon of Barry; three daughters, Shelia Snelgrove and husband, Greg, of Kemp, Alice Niehouse and husband, Matthew, of Cumberland and Janice Russell of Barry; a son, Clarence Russell III and wife, Leslie, of Barry; mother, Annie Milam of Deport, two stepsons, Ray Cannon of Dallas and Michael Cannon of Dallas; 14 grandchildren, including Amber Huddleston and Shawn Russell; one great grandson; three sisters, Martha, Melinda, Kay and Patsy; six brothers, Johnny, Larry, Donny Mack, Delbert, Pete and Henry.
 

  • The Paris News Published July 16, 2004

Oscar Hansboro

Oscar Hansboro, 54, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, July 11, 2004, at Community Care Center of Garland. Services will be 11 a.m. today at St. Mark Baptist Church, 601 Rowlett Road, Garland. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 17, 2004
  • Social Security Death Index: OSCAR HANSBORO 14 Mar 1950 - 11 Jul 2004 75041 (Garland, Dallas, TX) (none specified) 459-94-1675 Texas

Vernon Robert Cannon

Vernon Robert Cannon of Streetman passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2004, in Streetman. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler with Brother Elton McCann officiating. Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel, Fairfield.

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Bennie McCulloch
Dec 9, 1906 - Jul 15, 2004

Bennie McCulloch, 97, of Hubbard passed away Thursday, July 15, 2004, at a Hubbard nursing facility. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Dawson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 16, 2004
  • Born Dec 9, 1906, husband of Velma Estelle "Sibbie" (Berry) McCulloch
  • Social Security Death Index: SSDI: BENNIE MCCULLOCH 09 Dec 1906 15 Jul 2004 (V) 76648 (Hubbard, Hill, TX) (none specified) 462-18-1249 Texas

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BENNIE McCULLOCH
Mr. Bennie McCulloch, 97, of Hubbard died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at a Hubbard nursing facility. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Dawson Cemetery.

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  • The Reporter

Dorothy (Wylie) Martin-Mooneyhan
Oct 3, 1921 - Jul 13, 2004

Dorothy Mooneyhan

Dorothy Mooneyhan, 82, of Cedar Hill passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2004, in Cedar Hill.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mrs. Mooneyhan was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Powell.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Martin; second husband, Lloyd Mooneyhan; son, Gary Martin; brothers, Billy Ray Wylie and Leon Wylie; and sister, Jimmie Lee "Polly" Brown.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Laverne and Lou Howell of Cedar Hill; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Patsy Wylie of Corsicana; granddaughters, Lu Ann Holcom and husband John of DeSoto and Rebecca Andrews of Waco; grandsons, Gaylen Howell of The Woodlands, and Michael Martin and Lonnie Martin, both of Waco; and a number of great-grandchildren including Brittany Allen of DeSoto.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Linda Faye (Burks) Oliver

CLARKSVILLE — Linda Faye Burks Oliver, 63, of Clarksville died Thursday, July 1, 2004, at Paris Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, in Lindeman Chapel with the Rev. Al Jones officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. in Younger Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born July 20, 1940, in Navarro County, the daughter of Marvin Edward and Ruby Faye Farmer Burks. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Clarksville.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Bobby Oliver of Clarksville; a son, Robby Lee Oliver of Toole, Utah; two daughters, Tersa Faye Hall of Vidor and Karen Renee Robins of Ocean Springs, Miss.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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  • The Paris News - Published July 04, 2004

Sarah Elizabeth "Bess" (McManus ) Williams 
Sep 21, 1901 - Jun 29, 2004

Sarah Elizabeth "Bess" Williams

Sarah Elizabeth "Bess" Williams, 102, of Amarillo died Tuesday, June 29, 2004.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in First Baptist Chuch with the Rev. Jeff Raines officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.

Mrs. Williams was born Sept. 21, 1901, to Alice and David McManus in Black Hills, near Corsicana. She was a longtime faithful member of First Baptist Church since 1935. She worked for a number of years with 10-year-old children in Sunday school and training union. She was also a member of the Eunice Sunday school class at First Baptist Church and served in each office during the years. She was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to BSA Hopice for the outpouring of Christian love and care.

She was preceded in death by six brothers; a sister; a son, Clyde Ray Williams in 1968; and her husband, Clyde W. Williams in 1977.

Survivors include three sets of five generations; and a daughter, Bobbie Word Bobbitt of Amarillo; a very special daughter-in-law, Phyllis Clay of Missouri City; five grandchildren, Diane Sieker of Canadian, Beckie Mahan of Amarillo, Douglas and Mark Williams, both of Houston, and Debbie Propper of Sugarland; eight great-grandchildren, Michelle Moore, Courtney Paxton, Todd Moore, Chris Sieker, Billy Propper, Bryan Propper, Lindsey Williams and Lauren Williams; four great-great-grandchildren, Allison Ganders, Hailey Paxton, Bethany Sieker and Bryton Sieker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church 1208 S. Tyler St., Amarillo, TX 79101; BSA Hospice in care of Olivia's Angels, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79176-0001; or Gideon Bible Society, P.O. Box 2304, Amarillo, TX 79105.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Notes:

  • Amarillo Globe-News, July 1, 2004

 Edward Dwain Peters
Nov 20, 1920 - Jul 2004

PETERS, EDWARD DWAIN (Pete) was born in Corsicana, TX on November 20, 1920 and moved to Dallas when he was 8 years old. Another member of the greatest generation went home to be with his Lord on July 5, 2004. He graduated from Adamson High School in 1938 and from SMU in 1942, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Immediately upon graduation, Pete volunteered for the Navy and was sent to Midshipmen's School at Columbia University in New York City where he was a 90-Day Wonder. He was sent to the Pacific Theatre where he served for 23 months. By wars end he was a Lieutenant and was Captain of a sub-chaser. In 1950 Pete married Bettye Hughes Peters, who survives him; his parents Wilma and Ed Peters preceded him in death. He was a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, and long time member of both the Dallas Country Club and the Salesmanship Club. He is also survived by his daughter Deborah Peters Wagner and husband Steve, daughter Ellen Peters, daughter Rebecca Peters Moore and husband Jim. He was a proud "G-Daddy" to his grandchildren, Joel and Ramsey Moore. He also leaves behind nephews and nieces Lloyd Hughes, Claudia Overturf, Jim Hughes, Laura Kroschewsky and their families. Pete will also be mourned by his beloved puppy dogs and bedfellows, Molly and Kate. Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 9 at 2:30p at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd., Dallas 75205-1710. In lieu of floral tributes, contributions may be made in Pete's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 9400 N. Central Expwy, Dallas TX 75231; to Highland Park Presbyterian Church; or to the charity of your choice. Forest Lawn Funeral Home at Turtle Creek 3204 Fairmount Street Dallas Texas 75201 214-953-0363 Family Owned and Operated www.dallasforestlawn.com

Notes:

  • Published in the Dallas Morning News from 7/7/2004 - 7/8/2004.

Ruth (Mahoney) Smalligan

RUTH MAHONEY SMALLIGAN
Oct. 13, 1917-March 11, 2004

Ruth Mahoney Smalligan, 86, of San Diego died March 11. She was born in Purdon, Texas, and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and Clairemont Republican Women Federated.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Smalligan; daughter, Dianne Smalligan; and nephew, Gary Powers.

Services: 1 p.m. Thursday, All Saints Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Ave., San Diego.

Inurnment: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma.

Arrangements: Clairemont Mortuary

Notes:

  • San Diego Union Tribune Mar 23, 2004

Bessie Williams Herron

Bessie Williams Herron

Mrs. Bessie Williams Herron, 74, of Corsicana, died September 10, 1993.

Services will be 1 p.m. at the Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery with Ross and Johnson Mortuary taking care of the arrangements.

Mrs. Herron was preceded in death by her husband:
Lonnie B. Herron, parents: Jim and Evie Warren Williams, daughter: Zelmarie Herron Egland,brother:
Jesse Williams and sister: Lenora Williams Cepus.

Survivors include three daughters: Jonnie Jones of Chino Hills, California, Helen Haynes of Lancaster, Texas, and DeLois Donnell of Spring, Texas; one son, William Herron of Corsicana, Texas; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Leon Williams of Corsicana; one sister, Willie V.
Herron of Corsicana; one uncle; Sherman Warren of Tipton, Oklahoma, and one aunt; Willie Taylor of McGregor.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - September 12, 1993
  • Submitted by; Helen Haynes, Daughter
  • TXDI: Herron Bessie 1993-Sept-10 NAVARRO Female
  • SSDI: BESSIE HERRON 04 Feb 1919 10 Sep 1993 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 463-40-6235 Texas

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Mrs. Bessie Williams Herron, 74, of Corsicana died Sept. 10, 1993, at her residence.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery with Ross and Johnson Mortuary taking care of arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Jonnie Helen Jones of Chino Hills, Calif., Helen Herron Haynes of Lancaster, and DeLois Helen Donnell of Spring; one son, William Herron of Corsicana; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Leon Williams of Corsicana; one sister, Willie V. Herron of Corsicana; one uncle, Sherman Warren of Tipton, Okla.; and one aunt Willie B. Taylor of McGregor.

Pallbearers will be deacons of second Mission Baptist Church.

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Earl Irving Watkins
April 18, 1916 - Jul 17, 2004

Earl I. Watkins

Earl I. Watkins, 88, of Barry passed away Saturday, July 17, 2004 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Watkins worked as a farmer and later with the Bethlehem Steel Company until their closing. He was later employed with the City of Corsicana in the sanitation department, and retired after 29 years of service. He was a member of the Baptist church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mattie Watkins; brothers, Robert Watkins, Earnest Watkins and Jimmy Lee Watkins; sister, Mamie Ruth Nash.

Survivors include his wife, Mary A. Watkins of Corsicana; son, Kenneth E. Watkins of Corsicana; daughter, Kathy Ann Fillou of Corsicana; grand-daughter, Jennifer Sue Bozman of Waco; grand-son, Bobby Wayne Fillou of Waco; brother, Billy Bob Watkins of Emhouse.

Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2004 at Corley Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:


James Hubert Hiler 

Hugh Hiler

Hugh Hiler, 81, of Granbury passed away Saturday, July 17, 2004 in Ft. Worth.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at First United Methodist Church in Granbury. Burial will be 3 p.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Hugh Hiler was born October 8, 1922 in Blooming Grove to George and Georgia Holcomb Hiler. He was the owner and operator of Napa Auto Parts for many years and was an avid bird hunter. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer for many years and served as a board member of Community Bank.

Survivors include his wife, Tommye Hiler; sons, Randy and Jimmy Hiler; daughter, Karan Enlow, all of Granbury; eight grandchildren; sisters, Macel Nicholson of Barry, Dot Russell of Blooming Grove and Barbara Garrison of Kerens; brothers, Doug Hiler of Blooming Grove and Ronnie Hiler of Frost; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2004 at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury.

Arrangements by Wiley Funeral Home.°

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 19, 2004
  • Married Tommye Ruth Byran on 9 June 1946 at Abilene, Taylor Co., TX

Robert William Allen, II

7/20/2004 Shooting victim dies in hospital: Cottonwood Circle crime could be upgraded to murder

Staff Reports

The Corsicana Police Department received news that a recent shooting victim died Sunday at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.

The exact cause of Robert William Allen II's death was not released, but it is believed that the 22-year-old's death was directly related to his injuries suffered when he was shot July 2 on Cottonwood Circle.

An autopsy will be conducted.

Allen was shot during an altercation in the 900 block of Cottonwood Circle. A suspect, Adam C. Pierce, 24, was arrested for the aggravated assault of Allen. Those charges could be upgraded to murder, CPD said in a release. It would be the third murder in Corsicana in 2004.

Pierce remains in the Navarro County jail under $50,000 bond.
Asst. Police Chief Ladena Baggett said Detective Bertha Zaidle, lead investigator in the case, has contacted the hospital to find out further information.

"We are still waiting on more details on the cause of death before we contact the District Attorney's Office," Baggett said.

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Eddie Dean Henry

Eddie Dean Henry, 49, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home. Quiet hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Scott Funeral Chapel.

Notes:


Blanch Stanley

DAWSON - Blanch Stanley, 89, of Dawson passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at a Corsicana Nursing Center.  Graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at Dawson Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.  Wednesday night at Wade Funeral  Home in Hubbard.

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Ephram Witteberry Fulton 

Ephriam W. Fulton
Blooming Grove Times, Thursday January 2, 1913
 
E. W. Fulton
Another Confederate soldier passes away and leaves behind a record for valor known only to those of his old comrades who fought, bled and sacrificed for Dixie Land as he did.

E. W. Fulton was well known in this part of Navarro county as a man of high ideals and character above reproach. His was a well spent life and his declining years were spent in semi-retirement nursing ailments such as old age is heir to and doing good wherever opportunity opened the way.
 
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Terry Stubbs Griffin
Sep 2, 1924 - Feb 13, 1926

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday November 13, 1942

Terry Stubbs Griffin Passes Away

The heart of every Blooming Grove citizen was deeply saddened Wednesday morning to learn that little Terry Stubbs Griffin had passed quietly from this life at 6:15 a. m. being 18 months and 9 days old, after a brief illness of four days, with what consulting doctors thought was meningitis.

Terry Stubbs Griffin was the youngest of seven children, three boys and four girls of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Griffin and had experienced none but perfect health until Saturday night near twelve o’clock, when his mother was awakened by the child’s disturbed sleep.

Though on earth so short a time little Terry Stubbs with acts and smiles born from perfect health won more than an equal portion of his parents love and his sisters and brothers affections.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, Rev. Wagner conducting the ceremony. Probably the most touching and sympathetic funeral address ever rendered in Blooming Grove was this one by the Methodist pastor. Rev. Carray led in prayer.

The floral offering was beautiful, carrying with it every embodiment of friendship for the grieved ones.

Interment was at Rose Hill cemetery.

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William Tennyson Whorton -
Oct 8, 1867 - Feb 22, 1926

Will Whorton

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb 26, 1926

Will Whorton

The remains of Will Whorton arrived in Blooming Grove Tuesday. He died at his home in Oak Cliff, and his illness covered a period of some months. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the home of the aged patents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Whorton. Bro. Wagner made a touching talk, laying a beautiful tribute to the career of this noble man. Following the funeral the Odd Fellows took charge and under the auspices of this order the remains were followed to Rose Hill where interment took place.

Will T. Whorton grew to manhood in the Cryer Creek community. He married Miss Lizzie Kilpatrick and they lived until about 1914 in this community, moving to Shackelford county.

His wife and eight children survive him. Will Whorton was a man of good character, a splendid citizen, a patient father, a loving husband. He had high ideals and his aspirations were lofty.

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William Henry Cruse, Sr.
Feb 12, 1857 - Feb 19, 1926

W. H. Cruse

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb 26, 1926

Death At Barry

W. H. Cruse died at Barry Friday afternoon at 6 o’clock after a few days’ illness. The deceased was 69 years old, and had lived in Barry sixteen years. He is survived by a wife and eight children. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Norwood, and interment was in Dresden cemetery.

Mr. Cruse was a splendid man and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Notes

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OLD CITIZEN OF BARRY COMMUNITY DIED THERE FRIDAY

Special to the Sun. Barry, Texas. Feb. 24—One of our oldest and most prominent citizens, W. H. Cruse, passed away last Friday afternoon at 5:15 o'clock.  Mr. Cruse had pneumonia and was only sick three days. Funeral services were held at First Baptist church of Barry Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. I. R. Darwood of Purdon. One of his former pastors, had charge of the services, assisted by Rev. H. B. Prathcr. pastor of the Baptist church of this place. The vast crowd which assembled to pay their last respects showed in a small way the esteem in which this community held the deceased and his family. There were also present friends from Emhouse. Cryer Creek. Blooming Grove and Corsicana. The floral offerings were most beautiful. He is survived by a wife, and eight children, Bill Cruse, Mrs. Gulmair Watson, Mrs. Mabel Russell and Roger Cruse, all of Barry; Mrs. Claud Duncan and Mrs. Mose Armstrong of. Blooming Grove; Jackson Cruse of Cryer Creek, and Frank Cruse of Shannon, Miss. All the family were at his bedside at the time of his death, except Frank, who came in Saturday.

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Alva Basel "Dick" Crouch
Feb 11, 1901 - Feb 19, 1926

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb 26, 1926

Dick Crouch, aged 25 years, was killed Saturday in an automobile accident at Waxahachie. The deceased was the son of F. C. Crouch and wife and was well known here. The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill cemetery, this city.

Notes

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FROST MAN KILLED WAXAHACHIE FRIDAY NIGHT IN COLLISION

ALVA CROUCH EN ROUTE TO DALLAS WHEN AUTO STRUCK BY CAR

Special to the Sun.

Frost, Feb. 20.—Alva (Piokey) Crouch, aged 25, was almost instantly killed Friday night about 8 o'clock when an automobile in which he was riding was in collision with a street car in Waxahachie.

He lived in Frost and was on his way to Dallas to meet his wife when the accident, occurred.

The deceased is survived by his wife three sisters and his father and mother, He was a barber by trade and was well known in this section of the county.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at the First Baptist church at Blooming Grove and will be conducted by Rev. W. C. Corbin. Baptist minister of that city.

Notes:

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Alva Basel "Dick" Crouch
Feb 11, 1901 - Feb 19, 1926

FROST MAN DRIVES INTO WAXAHACHIE STREET CAR HEAD ON
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ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT CURVE IN WHICH ONE IS KILLED

Albert Basil Crouch, 25, barber of Frost, Navarro county, was almost instantly killed here early Friday night when he drove his automobile headon into an East End street car at the turn on East Marvin street, near the end of the line.
The impact of the crash lifted the front end of the ten-ton streetcar four or five feet in the air and carried that end of the car completely off the tracks, W. P. Rinehart, motorman, said in describing the accident.
Young Crouch was rushed to Waxahachie Sanitarium, where he died thirty minutes later without having rallied. His left shoulder and left leg both were broken and internal injuries resulted from his being thrown violently against the steering wheel of the car.
Persons who witnessed the location of the street car and the automobile immediately after the crash agreed that the youth had been driving at a terrific rate of speed.
Motorman Rinehart said that he saw the car approaching at a high rate of speed and that he stopped his street car, anticipating a crash but had no time to back the car out of the way or even to leave the control platform. He was unhurt, however, although nervous from the shock.
There were no passengers on the car, street railway officials said the report showed on Rinehart’s book.
Crouch was also alone, and the car he was driving was so badly wrecked, the entire front of the car having telescoped with the blow.
Trucks of the street car were knocked out of line and the control platform was smashed, but the car was brought to the barns under its own power for repairs.
Crouch was never conscious after the crash and died at the sanitarium from his internal injuries, doctors said. His body was taken to the parlors of Spalding & Co., Inc., prepared for burial and taken overland to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Crouch at Frost.
Besides his parents he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jewell Crouch, Frost, and three sisters; Mrs. T. H. Eason, Lamesa; Mrs. Della Weston, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Oda Grant, Frost.
Funeral services will be held at Frost at a time not yet set. Burial is to be in Blooming Grove cemetery.----Waxahachie Light.

Notes:


Jack Gorman
Sep 26, 1895 Nov 10, 1942

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Nov 13, 1942

Burial Service

Burial service for Jack Gorman, who was accidentally killed in a Defense plant at McAllister, Oklahoma, was held at Rose Hill cemetery Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock by Rev. W.S. Fisher. Interment immediately followed with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge.

Notes

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Former Texarkana
War Plant Worker
Fatally Injured

Jack Groman 47, an iron worker who was employed on the Red River Ordinance Depot project from December 1941 to July 1942, died at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday of injuries received at 2:30 p.m. on the reservation of the Naval Ammunition Depot being constructed near McAlester by Brown-Bellows Construction company.
Gorman's fatal injuries were received when a bulldozer backed over him as he sat on the ground out of sight of the machine operator to fix a bolt cutter. He had been employed in McAlester since September 18.
Gorman was a World War veteran having served in the United States Army from May, 1918, to June 1919. During his stay in Texarkana he resided at the Savoy Hotel.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joyce Gorman, who is employed in the accounting department of Brown-Bellows.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday afternoon at Chaney's Chapel in McAlester, after which the body was sent to Corsicana, Texas for burial.


Texarkana Newspaper

Accident Victim
Buried Thursday
in Blooming Grove

Blooming Grovem Nov. 17__(Spl.)___Funeral services for Jack Gorman, aged 45 years, who was killed in an accident at a defense plant in McAlester, Okla., Tuesday, Nov. 10, were held here Thursday afternoon at Rose Hill cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joyce Joiner Gorman, San Angelo, and other relatives.
Mr. Gorman was well known here and frequently visited his aunt, Mrs. Mollie Dozier, here.
Pallbearers were the following relatives: Boliver, Bruce, Ivan, Rupert and Harold Dozier and J. W. Hinkle

Notes:


Vernon Tippins

Blooming Grove Times, Thurs Jan 2, 1913

Boy Fatally Shot

Vernon Tippins, aged about 15 years, was accidentally shot and killed Christmas day with a target rifle in his own hands.

With companions the young man was out in the Cryer Creek community hunting when in some way the gun was discharged the ball entering his right side producing death in a few minutes.

Vernon was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Tippins.

Notes


Robert John Page, Jr. Staff Sgt. 
Sep 30, 1918 - Nov 10, 1942

Robert Page, Jr.

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday November 13, 1942

Funeral Service For Robert Page Jr. Be Held Saturday

A pall of sorrow spread over our community Tuesday morning when a message came telling of the death of Robert Page Jr. who died early Tuesday morning in an Army hospital at Luke Field Arizona.

The body will arrive in Corsicana at 10:10 Friday morning and the funeral service will be held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock with Rev. W.S. Fisher, pastor, conducting the rites.

Interment will be made in the Dresden cemetery.

Notes

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SGT. ROBERT PAGE, DIED IN ARIZONA; BODY COMING HOME

Staff Sergeant Robert J. Page, Jr., age 24 years, 80th service squadron, Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona, died there Tuesday. The body will arrive in Corsicana Friday morning and will be taken to Blooming Grove where funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Methodist church, Rev. W.S. Fisher, pastor, will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Page, Sr., Blooming Grove; two sisters, Miss Ola Beth Page, Washington, D. C.; Miss Geneva Page, Blooming Grove; a grandmother, Mrs. Ola Page, Blooming Grove and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.

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Buna Hodges

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Nov 13, 1942

Funeral Services For Buna Hodges Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Buna Hodges, who died at Abilene Sunday Nov. 8, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the McCormick Funeral Chapel with Rev. W.S. Fisher, pastor of the Methodist church, conducting the rites.

Mr. Hodges was a native of Blooming Grove, was born here May 3, 1877, was married to Miss Beulan Smith, of Blooming Grove Dec 22, 1900. Mrs. Hodges died here May 23, 1925. Mr. Hodges with his family moved from Blooming Grove to Hamlin in 1920 and resided there until his death. He was a very loyal and faithful member of the Methodist church for many years.

Surviving are one son, Richard Hodges, Siloam Springs, Ark; three daughters, Misses Edythe and Ettie Hodges, Hamlin, and Mrs. Lucille Williams, Abilene; three grandchildren; one brother, J.V. Hodges, Hamlin; two sisters Mrs. Lulu Watson, Morton, Texas, and Mrs. Tillie Gary, Petersburg, Texas.

Pall bearers were W. P. Orme, L. L. Powell, J.D. George, John King, R. W. Perry and J. S. Crisp.

Burial was made in the White Church cemetery with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge of arrangements

Notes


Miss Amanda Badgett
abt 1831 - Jul 7, 1908

The Blooming Grove Rustler, Thursday, July 16, 1908

Miss Amanda Badgett, aged 77, passed away at the family home south of twon Monday, after lingering several months. The deceased was well known in this section. For many long years there were three of them—a brother and two sisters—all single and living happily together. Illegible…Dresden cemetery marked the resting place of all that was earthly. Time kept up its customary step unfolding weeks, and months, and years behind, and now the other sister, having arrived at the ripe old age of 77, passes away, surrounded by loved ones. The burial took place in Dresden cemetery.

The deceased was a member was a member of the Methodist church, devotedly Christian, scrupulously honest.

Notes

  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • Marker Reads "Miss Amanda Badgett; d. 7 Jul 1908; aged 80 yrs.

Miss Cora Atchinson
Jan 10, 1865 - Feb 19, 1943

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb. 26, 1943

Funeral Notice for Lone Cedar and Vicinity

Funeral services were held for Miss Cora Atchinson at Waxahachie Friday with burial at Lone Oak. She lived in this community for many years and had a host of friends. We extend to the family our heartfelt sympathy.

Those attending Miss Cora Atchinson’s funeral were Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Fulton, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Mauldin, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Page, Jamie Graves and Ethel Hammond.

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Thomas S. Hill 
Oct 19, 1857 - Feb 16, 1942

The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb. 19, 1942

T. S. Hill Passed Away At Lampasas

T. S. Hill Passed away at the home of Shorty Gillen in Lampasas Tuesday, following major operations and a long drawn out illness. Mrs. R.W. George, a daughter, of Blooming Grove, was with him when the last moment came.

The remains were brought to Blooming Grove and a funeral service was held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George, Thursday morning, followed by interment in Rose Hill cemetery.

Tom Hill, as he was familiarly known, carried well the weight of many stormy winters upon his shoulders, entering his 80’s stout and stalwart. Finally the frailties to which old age is unmistakably heir began laying its tenacious grip upon his every being and he answered the last bugle call as of date above mentioned, being 84 years old.

With the flush of blossoming South upon his cheek, intrepid venture growing in his heart, he left the state of North Carolina and followed a poorly established path westward, finally reaching the Lone Star State, stopping in Navarro County and settling in the Cryer Creek community. In those early days there were no wire fences, no cultivated lands to amount to anything—just a broad prairie, broken here and yonder by wooded valleys and considerable timbered lands. It was a stockman’s paradise and the cattle business had a special lure for almost every citizen. After working for a time by the day and by the month for those his senior, it gently dawned upon the judgment of this under-age youth to try for himself, and he started out for himself, his only capital for operations being a cow pony and a pair of spurs. He loved cattle, admired a good horse, and no scene to him was more sublime, more gorgeously adorned with the embellishments of exquisite beauty than sections of pasture land covered in native bluegrass and blossoming in wild flowers. Mr. Hill made good use of his rare opportunities and while his operations were confined for the most part to Navarro County, at one time he ventured out to Tom Green County and bought 16 sections of pasture land. Buying, swapping, trading for him had a great fascination.

As for his inner life. What I mean, the heart, the soul, with reference to the hereafter, it is not for man to pass final judgment. He was a contributor spasmodically to religious institutions and while upon his sickbed, long before the end came, he was heard to exclaim many times “Oh Lordy, have mercy—have mercy!” His heart pulsated tenderly for his family and he provided educational advantages for all four of his girls, who he loved with exceeding fondness. After his girls were grown and began setting up homes for themselves, the virgin fields and running waters of Grimes and Brazos counties held for T.S. Hill a scene peculiarly inviting and he made purchases in those counties where today his holdings are bounded and enclosed ranch like to his own liking.

The four daughters are: Mrs. J.S. Stubbs, Sanger; Mrs. R.W. George, Mrs. Ruby Kelsey, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Vera Grant, Fort Worth. There are a number of grandchildren.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Mathison of Lampasas; there were many flowers, and the pallbearers were Joe George, R.L. Harris, J.D. George, J.T. Spires, W.C. Gillen and Wayne Milligan.

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Billie Ann (Thornton) Barton

Billie Ann Barton

Billie Ann Barton died peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with Alzheimer's at Twilight Home in Corsicana on July 22, 2004. She was born May 14, 1931, in Texarkana to Clyde Thornton and wife, Anna May Baker Thornton. She was married in Texarkana in 1954 to the late Richard Brent Barton, a well-known Texas firearms maker. She had been a homemaker until the death of her husband in 1983 when she became church secretary at Hardy Memorial Methodist Church in Texarkana, where she worked for 10 years until her retirement. She had been a resident of Corsicana for almost a decade, living with her son and daughter-in-law.

Mrs. Barton is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard Andrew Barton and Aimee Eudey Barton of Corsicana and Rockford, Ill. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Amanda Carol Barton. Her brother, Jerry Thornton of St. Thomas, also survives.

Pallbearers will be Dr. R. Neal Green, Geral D. Nichols, Jack K. Bradley, Doug Read, Gary Miller and Carl Hennersdorf.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at Corley Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at First United Methodist Church of Corsicana. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. Monday, July 26, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Texarkana, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Memorials may be made to the Billie Ann Barton Foundation, 2501 Springbrook Ave., Rockford, IL 61107. The foundation will endow grants for Alzheimer's disease research.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Raymond Cecil Yeldell Jr.

Raymond Cecil Yeldell Jr., 59, of Red Oak passed away Sunday, July 18, 2004, at his residence. Wake services will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Singing Hills Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Singing Hills Funeral Home Chapel, 6221 Houston School Road, Dallas, with Pastor Arthur Faulk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park in Corsicana. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Doris Jean (Coley) Faughn

Doris Jean Faughn

Doris Jean Faughn of Dallas, born Aug. 26, 1926, passed away July 20, 2004.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal Faughn; and son, Richard Faughn.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth and wife MaLinda Faughn; daughter, Becky Mauldin; son, Bobby and wife Jackie Faughn; daughter, Debby Faughn; daughter, Diane and husband Phil Hicks; sister, Elaine and husband Campbell Gillespie; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2004, at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, 500 E. U.S. Highway 80, Sunnyvale, with Jimmy Mauldin officiating. Interment will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

For more information, go to www.newhopefh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Golden Acres, 2525 Centerville Road, Dallas, TX 75228.

Arrangements by New Hope Funeral Home, Sunnyvale.

Notes:


Gary Keith Phillips

Services for Gary Keith Phillips will be held today at 10 a .m. at Santa Fe Christian Church with burial on Friday in Kerens, Texas.

Notes:

  • Galveston County Daily News

Charles E. Still, Jr.

STILL
CHARLES E. STILL, Jr. born October 14, 1921 in Corsicana, TX, died June 20, 2003 at his home in Dallas.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Vickie Still.  Survivors are his current wife Jo Still; children Sherry Still, Janet Nash and David Still; daughter-in-law Kathy Still; grandchildren, Shawn Trevillian, Kelli and Kaci Nash, Jamie, Michael and Alex Still, Leah and Brian Fain; 3 step children and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Memorial Service 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 28, 2003, Sparkman/Crane Funeral Home Chapel.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Assn, or American Cancer Society.

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News - Jun 26, 2003

LaVerne (Collins) Chatfield

LaVerne Collins Chatfield passed away July 23, 2004 at Memorial City Hospital, Houston. Mrs. Chatfield retired from Tenneco in 1983 having served as a secretary to the president. She also was secretary to the president of Rice University. Mrs. Chatfield was active in Blue Bird Circle, Tenneco retirees and Texas Woman's University Alumna.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years Alfred C. Chatfield. Her survivors are five sisters; Evelyn Wandell of Corsicana, Mildred Farmer of Houston, Joyce and Jim Love of Corsicana, Jimmie and Jack McCann, Pursley and Betty and Bobby Armstrong of Emhouse. Also survived by step-daughter Lynn and John Cartwright of Conroe, grandsons, Rex Cartwright of Conroe and Keith Cartwright of Houston, three great grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

Private interment for Mrs. Chatfield will be at Forest Park Westheimer Mausoleum. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2004 at Westminster United Methodist Church, 5801 San Felipe, Houston.

Arrangements by Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home

 

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Laverne (Collins) Chatfield LAVERNE COLLINS CHATFIELD passed away July 23, 2004 at Memorial City Hospital, Houston.

Mrs. Chatfield retired from Tenneco in 1983 having served as a secretary to the president. She also was secretary to the president of Rice University. Mrs. Chatfield was active in Blue Bird Circle, Tenneco retirees and Texas Woman's University Alumna.

She was preceeded in death by her husband of 35 years Alfred C. Chatfield. Her survivors are five sisters; Evelyn Wandell of Corsicana , Mildred Farmer of Houston, Joyce and Jim Love of Corsicana , Jimmie and Jack McCann, Pursley and Betty and Bobby Armstrong of Emhouse. Also survived by step-daughter Lynn and John Cartwright of Conroe, grandsons, Rex Cartwright of Conroe and Keith Cartwright of Houston, three great grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

Private interment for Mrs. Chatfield will be at Forest Park Westheimer Mausoleum. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, July 26, 2004 at Westminster United Methodist Church, 5801 San Felipe, Houston.

 


Aubrey Lee Young

Aubrey Lee Young, 80, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 24, 2004 in Temple. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Marvin Wittenburg officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home. - Corsicana Daily Sun - July 22, 2004

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Aubrey L. Young

Aubrey L. Young, 80, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2004 in Temple.

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 Rev. Marvin Wittenburg officiating. Interment will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Brown, Danny Young, Robert Dragoo, John Paul Dragoo, Dale Steele and Michael Steele.

Mr. Young was born June 2, 1924 in Corsicana. He served nobly in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, having fought in World War II and in Korea. After his retirement from the military services, he was employed with the Corsicana State Home Texas Youth Commission as the maintenance supervisor. He retired after 22 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and the DAV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Thelma Young, grandson Christopher Hardin and sister Wanda McGlohen.

Survivors include wife Thelma Lee Young of Corsicana; sons Jimmy Ray Young and wife Barbara of Stafford, Jack Young and wide Phyllis of Springfield, Mo. and Mike Young of Mesquite; daughters Carolyn Hardin and husband Mel of Longview and Judy Meyers and husband Ken of LaPorte; brother Robert Earl Young of Wortham; granddaughters Kim Hall and husband Lee, Cathey Hardin, Tammy Young, Tonya Young, Melody Young, Jana Young, Lea Young, Kassi Young, Jennifer Meyers and Erin Meyers; grandsons Matthew Hardin and wife Sarah, Derek Young and Dustin Meyers; great-grandsons Brian Hall and Jimmy Blaine Young Valle; great-granddaughter McKenzie Hall; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

To view a video tribute, visit www.corleyfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Blue Bonnet Hospice Ward, 1901 South 1st Street, 5J Palliative Unit, Temple, TX 76504.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
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Corsicana Daily Sun - July 26, 2004

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William Fred Varnell

VARNELL - In Stockton, Calif., April 23, 1968, William Fed Varnell, brother of Mrs. Dot Walton of Barry, Tex., Edgar Varnell of Italy, Tex., Flossie Williams of Barry, Tex., Glynn Garrett of Waco, Tex., Eunice Christie of Lufkin, Tex,; uncle of Daphne Neville of Stockton, Juanita Young of San Rafael and Lemoine Gardiner of Larkspur, Calif.; survived by many other nieces and nephews of Texas; a native of Georgia, aged 85 years.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 26, 1968, at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of B> C. Wallace & SON, INC., 520 N. Sutter St., Stockton.  Private interment Rural Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Anne Walton Wilson
  • Married Edith Boosenbark McCall on 6 June 1910
  • Son of John James Varnell & Theodocia "Docia" (Williams) Varnell (bur at Dresden Cemetery, TX)
  • WILLIAM FRED VARNELL was born 25 Aug 1882 and died 23 Apr 1968

Margaret (Clements) "Peggy" Bailey

BAILEY
MARGARET CLEMENTS (Peggy) was born in Corsicana, Texas on July 24, 1921 and died on November 7, 2003.  She moved to Dallas at a young age attended North Dallas High School and Southern Methodist University.  Preceded in death by her husband Layton W. Bailey, Jr., she is survived by her daughter, Lewise, and her husband, David S. Crockett, Jr.; her three grandchildren; Heather Crockett Simpson and her husband Nathan Caroline Crockett Pickton and her husband Erick; and Raymond Bailey Crockett.  Peggy loved to travel, play golf and was an avid Bridge player.  She was a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church and also an active member f several clubs, including the Dallas Woman's Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, the Mary K. Craig Class and First Friday Club.  She was a past member of Northwood Club and Dallas Country Club.  A service in celebration of Peggy's life will be held at Cox Chapel, Highland Park United Methodist Church, on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.  Her family would like to thank the Presbyterian Hospital staff, Dana Skinner and the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice for their enormous help, kindness and support during this past difficult week.  Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Texas, Attention Memorials, 362 S. Industrial Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207 or the Visiting Nurses Association. 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75247.  SPARKMAN HILLCREST - 7405 W. Northwest Hwy. Dallas, TX

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News; Nov 9, 2003

John Evans Sibley

SIBLEY
JOHN EVANS, was born July 20, 1935 in Corsicana, Texas to John Milton and Evelyn Evans Sibley and passed away September 10, 2003 in Dallas, Texas.  John is now free from this world and is home with the Lord.  John's mother, Evelyn was devotd to giving John a meaningful live.  John is survived by his mother Evelyn Evans Hudgins of Dallas; uncle Griffith Evans, Jr. and wife Bernice of Corpus Christi, Texas and several cousins.  Open visitation will be held Friday, September 12, 2003 from 12:-- noon - 9:00 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home.  Graveside services 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2003 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Rev. Kathy Betz, officiating.  SPARKMAN HILLCREST  7405 W. Northwest Hwy. Dallas, TX

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News; Nov 13, 2003

Rhoda (Rakestraw) Jett

JETT
RHODA RAKESTRAW, born May 25, 1916, in Corsicana, Texas and passed on September 15, 2003 in Plano, Texas.  Preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Jett.  Survived by four children and their spouses: Robert and Julie Jett of Austin; Barbara Wesson and husband Windton Veazey of Plano; Richard and Beverly Jett of Richardson; and Steven and Becky Jett of Sugarland.  She treasured six grandchildren: Ken Wesson; Mark, Kyle, Jenny, and Tyler Jett; and Stephanie Jett Cease; and two great-grandchildren: Camille and Braxton Jett.  Family will receive friends from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at Restland Funeral Home.  Graveside services are at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 18, 2003 at Restland Memorial Park, Russell McLaughlin officiating.  - RESTLAND

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News; Sept 17, 2003

James "Buzz" Moore
Apr 13, 1933 - Sep 21, 2003

MOORE
MR. JAMES "BUZZ" MOORE, 70, died Sunday Sept. 21, 2003, in Mesquite.  He was born April 13, 1933 in Frost, the son of Jack and Winnie Weaver Moore.  He was reared in Frost where he attended school.  On Sept. 27, 1952 he was married to Frances Kriska.  After their marriage they lived in Dallas.  He was employed by Exxon Oil Co. until his retirement in 1985.  In 1983 they moved to Ennis.  He was a security guard for Thomas Protective for the last eight years.  He was a member of the American Legion.  He is survived by his wife, Frances; of Ennis; 2 sons, Clifton More of Fort Worth and Terry Moore of Ennis; a daughter, Sabrina King of Mesquite; a brother, AB Moore of Ennis; 2 sisters, Ruby Warren of Midlothian and Frances Dye of Redondo Beach, CA and 5 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Keever Chapel with Rev. Rus Noland officiating.  Interment will be in the Crisp Cemetery under the direction of J. E. Keever Mortuary.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or the American Heart Assoc.
J E KEEVER MORTUARY, ENNIS, TX

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News; Sept 24, 2003

 W. A. Beard

Blooming Grove Times, date unknown

W. A. Beard Passed Away

W. A. Beard passed away Wednesday very suddenly. He lived on the Sewell farm west of town. Deceased has been slightly ill for a few days and was at the table eating dinner Wednesday when seizers with apoplexy and the end followed in a few minutes.

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W. T. Freeman 

Blooming Grove Times, date unknown

Another Old Time Citizen Passes Away

W. T. Freeman passed away Tuesday, after being in feeble health for sometime. The deceased was a familiar figure in this community. He lived many years near East Rush, but has been living here in town for sometime at the home of his son, Will Freeman.

Mr. Freeman was well thought of by his neighbors. He stood well in his church and was always to be found on the moral side of questions.

The Times extends sympathy to the bereaved.

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Elbert Lawton Brister
Jan 6, 1926 - Jul 23, 2004

Elbert Lawton Brister

Elbert Lawton Brister died July 23, 2004 at his home, surrounded by his loved ones after a long and courageous battle with heart disease.

He was born January 6, 1926 near Dresden and grew up in the Navarro County area. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a lover of all sports, especially basketball. He graduated from Richland High School and attended Navarro Junior College and Baylor University. He served with the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific during WWII. He married Sybil June Carter on December 2, 1946. Elbert was always a country boy at heart and in 1977, after 32 years with Southwestern Bell, he and Sybil returned to Navarro County to live at their ranch near Grape Creek. The ranch and cattle kept him busy and was a source of tremendous enjoyment until his health began to fail.

He was a York Rite and Scottish Rite Mason and a lifetime member of VFW Post 3366, where he held Post, District and State offices. A lifelong love of music led him to form the Grape Creek Band, and "Bert" enjoyed playing throughout the area for 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, one sister, his daughter, Janne Brister Cummins and his grandson, Aaron Brister.

Survivors include his wife Sybil, son Steven Phillip and Kathy of Willis; daughter Karole June "Tuti" and Malcolm Lawler of Corsicana; grandchildren, Emma, Christopher, Ruby, Amanda, Katie, Joel, Sarah, and Kyle; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Grace Ward of Alpine and Lera Eugene Yenchik of Ennis; and Jan's husband Mitch Cummins, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Private interment will be at Dresden Cemetery at a later date. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2004 at First United Methodist Church, Corsicana, TX.

The family will be at home Saturday afternoon for visitation.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, or to Texas Scottish Rite Hosp. for Children, P.O.Box 199300, Dallas, TX 75210-9300.

Arrangements by Hilliard Funeral Home.

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Will Martin

Will Martin, 62 of Kerens, passed away Thursday, July 22, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be Thursday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church with Pastor Nathan Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Goodlow Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Larry Joe Nevels

Larry Joe Nevels, 49 of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Wake Service will be Thursday 6:00 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Burial will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Michael John Dillard
April 24, 1951 - Jul 31, 2004

Michael John Dillard, 53, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 31, 2004 in Corsicana.

Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Dillard was born April 24, 1951 in Corsicana to Alvin and Vera Barrett Dillard. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1970 and served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Dillard.

Mr. Dillard is survived by his mother, Vera Dillard of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Bobbie and Charlie Collier of Corsicana; wife, Elizabeth Collier of Corsicana; and niece, Caryn Joyner and husband Bryon of Austin.

Arrangements Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Robert Gross Sr.
April 17, 1945 - July 28, 2004

Robert Gross Sr., 59, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside rites will be 11 a.m. Monday at Woodland Memorial Park with Pastor Derek Barton officiating.

Mr. Gross was born April 17, 1945 in Corsicana. He worked many years as a cook at Rickey Roy's Cafe and on the railroad.

He was preceded in death by parents, Willie D. Gross Sr. and Geneva Gross; wife, Annello Porch Gross; four brothers and one sister, Willie E. Goss Jr., Vester Gross, James Gross, Ollie D. Gross and Savana Gross.

Mr. Gross is survived by two sons, Robert Gross Jr. of Corsicana and David Gross and wife Alneatha of Arlington; two daughters, Vickie Gross of Arlington and Robbie Nell Gross of Corsicana; 19 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four sisters, Willie Mae Curry, Ethel Jean Evans, Geneva Evans, all of Corsicana, and Lena Gross of Austin; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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James R. Crutchfield
Jan. 29, 1931 - July 29, 2004

James R. Crutchfield, 73, of Mexia passed away Thursday, July 29, 2004 at his residence.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Mexia Cemetery with Suzanne Smith officiating.

Pallbearers will be Roger L. Crutchfield, Steve Brewer, Kenneth T. Crutchfield, James O. "Joe" Crutchfield, James "J.C." Brewer and Steve Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be H. Leon Crutchfield and Charles Bowman.

Mr. Crutchfield was born Jan. 29, 1931 in Richland. He lived in the Mexia area for 27 years. He was in the sales, service and installation of air conditioning and refrigeration business.

Mr. Crutchfield is survived by his wife, Datha DeZelle Crutchfield of Mexia; sons, Roger L. Crutchfield and wife Rita of Duncanville, H. Leon Crutchfield and wife Bobby of Kemp; daughter, Leigh Ann Crutchfield Brewer and husband Steve of Mexia; grandchildren, Kenneth James Crutchfield, Stacey Nichole Brewer, Keri Lyn Crutchfield, James O. Crutchfield and James C. Brewer; great-grandchild, Erin Crutchfield; sisters, Yvonne Crutchfield Slovacek and husband Raymond of Dallas and Sandra Crutchfield Tapp of Whitewright.

Arrangements by Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, Mexia.

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Wanda Lonez (Barnett) Darden
Feb 24, 1931 - July 28, 2004

Wanda Lonez (Barnett) Darden, 72, of Mansfield, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 in Arlington.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ken Ansell officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Phillips, Mark Phillips, Herman Carter, Don Raley, B.D. Hubbard and Johnny Roland.

Honorary pallbearers will be C.E. Blissett Jr., Geral Nichols, Frank Westbrook, Jackie Farmer and Travis Horn.

Mrs. Darden was born Feb. 24, 1931 in Rural Shade. She married Dan Darden on April 24, 1954. She was employed with Kmart Distribution Center and retired after 13 years of service. She enjoyed being outdoors and loved to hunt, fish, camp and barbecue. She was a member of the Bar Cross Ranch Cowboy Church in Mansfield.

She was preceded in death by daughter Lee Ann Darden and parents Vester and Ruby Barnett.

Survivors include husband of 50 years Dan Darden of Mansfield; sons Steve Darden and wife Donna of Mansfield and Greg Darden of Ennis; brothers Donald Barnett and wife Pat of Nacogdoches and Billy Joe Barnett and wife Margaret of Kerens; other numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and beloved pet, her black poodle Katie.

Memorials may be made to Bar Cross Ranch Cowboy Church, P.O. Box 488, Mansfield, TX 76063.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Brent Michael Winston

Brent Michael Winston, 51, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 24, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. today at New Cornerstone Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 31, 2004
  • Social Security Death Index: BRENT M WINSTON 11 Nov 1952 24 Jul 2004 (V) 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 464-98-8714 Texas

Richard Wayne Van Horn

Richard Wayne Van Horn, 72, of Fairfield, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2004 in Fairfield. Services will 11 a.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel with Rev. Gerald Van Horn and Rev. Floyd Gray officiating. Interment will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery. Arrangements by Capps Memorial Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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Tommie (Harris) Kitchens

Tommie 'Tots' Kitchens

Tommie 'Tots' Kitchens, 88, of Barry passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Haynes. Interment will follow at Cryer Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Irvine, Jerry Reed, Johnny Moreau, Bayless Elmore, Otis Beam and Burt Wright.

Mrs. Kitchens was born Dec. 22, 1915 in Cryer Creek, only daughter of James (Dot) and Mamie Harris. She was a longtime active member of Barry United Methodist Church. She was known for her wonderful cooking and at Christmas time for her divinity candy that she shared with everyone. She loved to play forty-two with her friends in Barry and Blooming Grove.

Preceded in death by her husband Les Kitchens.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ronnie Germany of Longview; brother LeRoy Harris of San Angelo; special nieces Wanda Harris of Mart, Virginia and Staci Brown of Mart; and grandpups Katie and Lucci.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Neva (Ross) Humphries-Heckman 

Neva Humphries-Heckman

Neva Humphries-Heckman passed away July 30, 2004 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
She was born to Hardy Ernest and Martha Jane Brumbelow Ross in Blooming Grove, Texas (Navarro Co.) on October 22, 1909.

She was married to C. F. (Shorty) Humphries in 1929 in Durant, Oklahoma and resided in Waxahachie, Texas until relocating to Corpus Christi, Texas 70 years ago.

For many years Neva worked in real estate. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She is preceded in death by husbands, C. F (Shorty) Humphries and Harry Heckman, four sisters and one brother. She is survived by three children; Ross Humphries (Jane) of Victoria, TX, Joyce AuBuchon (Harvey) of Palo Alto, CA and Joy Humphries of Oroville, WA. Mark AuBuchon, Randy Humphries, Annette Boyd, Larry Humphries and Kathy Patton are surviving grandchildren. There are seven great- grandchildren.

Graveside Services will be held at Seaside Memorial Park on Monday, August 2, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation hours will be from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on August 1, 2004 and from 9:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. on August 2, 2004.

Notes:

  • Published in Corpus Christi Caller Times 08/01/2004

Dorothy Faye (Phillips) Haynes

Dorothy Faye Haynes

Dorothy Faye Haynes, 68, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Bo Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Garmon, Bruce Masey, Kelby Masey, Billy Wayne Sullivan, Scott Burton, Reynaldo diaz DeLeon, Roy Cantu and Robert List.

Mrs. Haynes was born July 22, 1936, in Anniston, Ala., to William Hardy Phillips and Molly Sue McCreelis Phillips. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. Everyone who knew her loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Shelia Faye Haynes; and sister, Joann Bragg.

Survivors include her son, Phillip Garmon of Corsicana; daughters and son-in-law, Fredia Dawn Purifoy and April Darlene and Uriel Esquivel, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Keitha Renay Garmon of Alexandria, Ala., and Brittnay Dawn Purifoy and Adrianna Brooke Esquivel, both of Corsicana; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dale and Sandra Phillips, Ralph and Billie Faye Phillips, Luther and Devona Phillips and David and Dale Phillips; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Dale Teele, Sarah Woods, Sylvia and Milton Lehr, Karen Hurst, Cindy and Randy Few, Elevyln and Hershal Haynes and Marion Cavender.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Julia Mae (Hawkins) Lee

Julia Mae Hawkins Lee, 84, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Center.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at 13th Avenue Christian Church with Pastor L.B. Crowder officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Mrs. Lee was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Corbet.

Survivors include her three daughters, Hazel Kelly, Pearlie Hill and Myrtle Jefferson, all of Corsicana; two sons, Tommie Lee Jr. of Alto and Wade L. Hawkins of Detroit, Mich.; eight grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, three nephews, two nieces, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Doreta Fae (Walker) Bradshaw

Doreta Fae (Walker) Bradshaw, 73, of Brownwood, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2004 in Brownwood.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Grape Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Bradshaw was born Oct. 22, 1930 in Bennington, Okla. to William Franklin Walker and Bulah Lillian Percell Walker.

She was preceded in death by parents William Walker Franklin and Bulah Lillian Percell Walker and brother Marvin Hugh Walker.

Survivors include husband Joe E. Bradshaw of Brownwood; daughter and son-in-law Faye Ann Bradshaw DeRouen and Freddie John DeRouen of Brownwood; son and daughter-in-law Lonnie Joe Bradshaw and Debbie Ann Bradshaw of Midland; grandchildren Loretta Fay (DeRouen) Stricker and husband Marty Stricker of Brownwood and John Travis DeRouen and wife Trudi JoLynn DeRouen of Granbury; great-grandchildren Meagan Fae' Stricker of Brownwood, John Braeden DeRouen of Abilene and Keeton Joseph DeRouen of Abilene; sisters Virginia Estelle Peacock of Midland and Etta Laverne Dirickson of Greenville; and brothers George Frank Walker of Clyde, Earl Leighton Walker of Midland and Larry Dean Walker of Greenville.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jettie B. Watson

Jettie B. Watson, 94, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Independent Baptist Church with Rev. L. L. Polk officiating. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Mary Etta (Herod) Robinson

Mary Etta (Herod) Robinson, 79, of San Antonio passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, in San Antonio.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Luke Robinson, Jason Permenter, Liston Herod Jr., Robert Herod, Gary Birchfield and W.F. Ammons. Honorary pallbearers will be Spencer Elliott, Joe Coggins and Eben Stover.

Mrs. Robinson was born Oct. 23, 1924, in Corsicana. She was employed with the Dr Pepper Bottling Company. She later was employed with the State of Texas MHMR as a claims officer in Austin, and retired in 1986 after 16 years of service. She was a member of the Bethany Methodist Church in Austin, in which she was active in the Methodist Womens Club. She also was a member of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Larry French; parents, C.W. and Mary Herod; sisters, Ozella Wylie, Aline Ammons, Montez Weidmann and Ellawee Noland; and brothers, Liston Herod and Conrad Herod.

Survivors include her husband, William I. Robinson of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, William Irwin and Regina Robinson of San Antonio; granddaughters, Sara Robinson of Austin and Amanda Permenter and husband Jason of Houston; grandson, Luke Robinson of San Antonio; sister and brother-in-law, Inita and Charles Jones of Tyler; nieces, Junella Jones McClusky of Tyler, Trena Weidmann and Tresa Medders, both of Corsicana, and Maryann Noland Birchfield of Houston; and nephews, Pete Ammons of Seattle, Wash., and Liston Herod Jr. and Robert Herod, both of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Johnnie Louise (Allison) Beaver

Johnnie Louise Beaver

Johnnie Louise Beaver, 81, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending.

Mrs. Beaver was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Freestone County. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wash and Addie Allison Collins; husband, Clovis Beaver; stepmother, Eva Tisdale Collins; and sister, Madine Garner Taylor.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Linda Brewer and Duane and Chris Beaver, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, James Beaver of Killeen, Victor and Alecia Beaver of Havelock, N.C., Paul and Heather Beaver of Clarkson, Wash., Cory Beaver of Corsicana, Tina Beaver and Sidney Wafer of Corsicana and Timothy Maron of Indio, Calif.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bonnie Geneva Hoffman

Bonnie Geneva Hoffman, 84, of White Settlement passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Westside Campus of Care in White Settlement. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery  in Corsicana with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ethel Clyde (Crouch) Tipton 
Mar 16, 1911 - Aug 6, 2004

Ethel Clyde Tipton

Ethel Clyde Tipton, 93, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Center.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Pastor B.F. Risinger Jr. and Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Tipton was born March 16, 1911, in Navarro County. She was a supervisor for Southwestern Bell from 1928 to 1973. She was a member of First Baptist Church, 50-year member of Eastern Star, a member of American Legion Auxiliary and Pioneers, and was a pink lady at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 65 years, W. H. "Tip" Tipton; sisters, Beatrice Crouch Nutt and Edna Merle Crouch Abbott; brothers, Leslie Crouch and Ruben Crouch; and twin daughters, Dena Mae and Tina Kay Tipton.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews; special friends, Carroll and Jackie Boswell and Bill and Linda Harrison; and special ladies who attended to her.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lula Mae (Holland) Herod 

Lula Mae Herod

Lula Mae Herod, 91, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

Pallbearers will be Robert Keathley, Perry Murphey, Rudy Carroll, Ronnie Wylie, Harry Hudson and Bob Parrish.

Mrs. Herod was born April 3, 1913, in Emhouse. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Liston Herod Sr.; parents, Elmer and Lula (Davis) Holland; and brother, Alva Holland.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Terry Partney; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Sheila Herod and Liston Jr. and Peggy Herod, all of Corsicana; granddaughters and their husbands, Tina and Mike Cain of Mineral Wells, Jana and Leo Grimone of McKinney, Shelley and Michael Sherman and Misty and Thomas Miller, all of Grand Prairie; grandsons, Jason Herod and Matthew Herod, both of Corsicana; seven great-grandsons; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Inita and Charles Jones of Tyler; and several very special Davis cousins.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lucille (Russell) Griggs

Lucille Griggs

Lucille Griggs, 76, of Los Angeles, Calif., and formerly of Corsicana, passed away July 28, 2004, at her residence.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. today at First Independent Baptist Church with Elder Vernon Jessie officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jay Bass, Dustin Landry, Tony Smith, Daryell Prince, Ronald Walker and Daryl Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Wilson, the Rev. Elton Hall, Sidney Chandler, Cameron O'Neal, Ronnie Bluitt, the Rev. Revel Simpson and George Meriwether.

Mrs. Griggs was born Dec. 10, 1927, in Pittsburg, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Olan Russell; mother, Katie Heard; daughter, Alma Louise Smith; three brothers, Johnnie Russell, Leon Russell and Freddie; and sister, Norra Lee Russell Johnson.

Survivors include her devoted friend of 15 years, Stanton Ramsey; children, Louis Watson (Jolyn) of Houston, Michael Griggs and Gregory Griggs, both of Corsicana, Vickie Griggs Smith (Anthony) of Compton, Calif., and Carolyn O'Neal of Los Angeles, Calif.; stepchildren, Henry Kelly, Charles Griggs, Nathaniel Griggs Jr. and Robert Griggs; nine grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernice Russell Trotter of Dallas; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Rosa Pena

Rosa Pena, 70, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, in Waco.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Robert Young officiating. Interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Chris Pena, Roman Pena, Robert Paul Pena, John Eric Pena, Dick Aldama and Robert Aldama. Honorary pallbearer will be Chester Bonner.

Rosa Pena was born Dec. 14, 1933, in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfredo and Adelaida Pena; and sister, Rosalina Pena.

Survivors include her brothers, Amado Pena and wife Rachel of Fort Worth, Arturo Pena and wife Mary Alice of Fort Worth, Alfredo Pena Jr. and wife Margaret of San Antonio and Arnold Pena of Mabank; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Annie Mae (Allen) Kelley
Sept 6, 1909 - Aug 1, 2004

Annie Mae Allen Kelley, 94, of Chatfield passed away Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at her residence. Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. today at Kelly Temple Church of God in Christ, 501 N. Third St., with the Rev. R. L. Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Timothy Cemetery in Chatfield. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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J. W. French

J. W. "Jake" French, 79, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mr. J. W. (Jake) FRENCH, age 79, of Corsicana, Texas, died Thursday, August 5, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas . He is survived by his wife Mary French; One Daughter, Daughter-Judy French of Corsicana, Texas Grand Daughter-Kalayah Smith of Corsicana, TX, Grand Son-Juan Zuniga of Corsicana, TX. Brother & Sister-in-law-Roy & Carolyn French of Corsicana, TX, Brother & Sister-in-law-Hubert & Mary French of Corsicana, TX, Sister & Brother-in-law-Rosie & J.D. Young of Corsicana, TX Mr. French was preceded in death by Several Sisters.

Arrangements were handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, where the family received friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, August 8, 2004. Funeral service was at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 AM Monday, August 9, 2004 , Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment was be at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas
 


Brianna Guadalupe Rodriguez

Brianna Guadalupe Rodriguez, 5 days old, passed away Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at Medical City Hospital. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joe Earl Porch
abt 1954 - Aug 2, 2004

Joe Earl Porch, 50, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. today at Kelly Temple Church of God in Christ, 501 N. Third St., with Elder Billy Joe Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Timothy Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Emma (Coleman) Lewis

Emma Coleman Lewis, 93, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home. Wake service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Graveside rites were 11 a.m. today at Woodland Cemetery with grandson Jamiil Muhammad officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Audra Louise (Hodge) Chandler
Oct 11, 1911 - Aug 7, 2004

Audra Louise Chandler, 92, of Eureka passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Tom Connolly officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Chandler was born October 11, 1911, in Sweetwater.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Eureka for 70 years and resided in Eureka all her life. She was a devoted housewife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her family very much.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Chandler and grand-daughter Nell Chandler.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Bill and Peggy Chandler of Eureka; grand-daughter and husband, Leisa and David Martin; four great-grandchildren, Jerry Don Ware, Wade Youngblood, Jesse Martin and Victoria Martin, all of Eureka; five brothers, Lee Hodge of Corsicana, Buck Hodge of Eureka, Charles Hodge of Premont, Billy Joe Hodge of Arlington and Arthur Lynn Hodge of Corsicana; two sisters, Helen Hodge of Enterprise, Ala. and Mary Nell Boyd of Tucson, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Juanita Massey

Juanita Massey, 58, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Methodist Medical Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.

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Ruth Juanita (Berrier) Bass

Ruth Juanita Bass

Ruth Juanita Bass, 80, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 2004 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Nancy Schusler officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Bass was born Aug. 2, 1924 in Maypearl. She was a sales clerk for many years at Reid's Pharmacy.

She was preceded in death by husband Dennis "Tip" Brashear and brothers Bobby Berrier and Billy Berrier.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Beverly Brashear and Mike of Corsicana; granddaughter Holly Brashear Vaughan of Wortham; and great-granddaughter Jourdan Vaughan of Wortham.

Memorials may be made to your charity of choice or Central United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Phoebe Nell Wester

Phoebe Nell Wester

July 13, 1935 — Aug. 9, 2004

CORSICANA — Services for Phoebe Nell Wester, 69, of Houston are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Mausoleum Chapel in Corsicana.

The Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Wester died Monday in Houston.

She was born in Itasca.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Wester of Houston; a son, Wendell Allen Ware II of Huntsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and David Campbell of College Station; three stepsons, Dale Wester and Matt Wester, both of Red Oak, and Mark Wester of Harlingen; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.
 

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Phoebe Wester

Phoebe Wester, 69, of Houston passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, in Houston.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Wester was born July 13, 1935, in Itasca. She was a hair stylist in Corsicana for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Wester of Houston; son, Wendell Allen Ware II of Huntsville; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and David Campbell of College Station; granddaughters, Emma Campbell of College Station and Amber Wester of Harlingen; grandson, Ashton Wester of Harlingen; and stepsons, Dale Wester and Matt Wester, both of Red Oak, and Mark Wester of Harlingen.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Gentry

Mary Gentry of Mabank and formerly of Corsicana was born May 21, 1920, and passed away Aug. 8, 2004.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, M.L. and Dorothy Stutts of Odessa; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four nieces, five nephews, and several great-nephews and great-nieces.

Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with the Rev. John Howard officiating.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Harbor Baptist Church, 504 Highway 198 South, Mabank.

Family requests memorials be made to West Place Nursing Center, P.O. Box 232, Athens, TX 75751 or Genesis Hospice Care, 201 St. Thomas Drive, Athens, TX 75751.

Arrangements by New Hope Funeral Home, Sunnyvale.

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Gerald Gwin Rawlings
Jan 28, 1942 - Aug 8, 2004

Gerald Gwin Rawlings, 62, of Kopperl passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. 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. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Blooming Grove. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Jacob Owen
Apr 13, 2002 - Aug 12, 2004

Today we honor and celebrate the life of our son, Jacob Addison Owen, April 13, 2002-Aug. 12, 2004. He loved with passion and captivated hearts of thousands. God called him home to give him a new heart with no pain or sickness. Jacob brought real joy to our lives in the midst of his medical condition. Jesus now holds a true valiant warrior, a fighter who beat the odds many times. He is at peace with his Master.

Surviving him are his proud parents Wayne and Rebekah Owen, sister Lauren Owen, and paternal grandparents James and Pat Owen, all of Corsicana; maternal grandparents Eddie and Phyllis Payne, and uncle Ashley Payne and wife Stephanie, all of Chatfield; uncle Brian Payne and wife Katie of Kansas; aunt Diana Campbell and husband Tim of Barry; and a host of family and friends who loved him dearly and are forever changed by his life.

Jacob touched untold numbers through his courage, struggle and fight for recovery from a congenital heart disease, Tetralogy of Fallot. After numerous procedures and efforts to save his life for 16 months, God determined to bring him into glory. The prayers and love of all who knew him carried the family through very dark days. Victory has swallowed death and our boy is finally well.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Moody and Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Leamon Earl McCulloch
Feb 23, 1923 - Aug 9, 2004

Leamon Earl McCulloch, 81, of Navarro Mills passed away Monday, Aug. 9, 2004, in the P.O.W. Home at the Veterans Hospital in Temple. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Reid officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Earl was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Greensboro, Ala., but moved to Texas as a young boy and lived most of his life in the Navarro Mills area. He served in the Army Air Corps as a technical sergeant in the 95th Bomber Group during World War II and was held captive 14 months as a prisoner of war in Germany. Earl was a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church where he led singing for many years and also served as a deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leamon Leldon and Clara (Couch) McCulloch; and a brother, Rex McCulloch.

Survivors include several cousins and the Navarro Mills Baptist Church family.

Pallbearers will be deacons of Navarro Mills Baptist Church: Dean Melton, Bobby Matthews, Grover Melton, Bobby Wade, Jackie Thomas and James Ham.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Opal Myra Nichols

Opal Myra Nichols, 88, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Aug 12, 2004
  • Social Security Death Index: OPAL M NICHOLS 09 May 1916 10 Aug 2004 (V) 75109 (PE) (none specified) 451-12-6364 Texas

Jimmy Earl (Sonny) Harris

Jimmy Earl (Sonny) Harris, 67, of Blooming Grove passed away Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Percy Morton, Fred McKinley, John McAdams, Charles Harrison, Aubrey Fitzgerald and Jerry Pommerening.

Mr. Harris was born May 5, 1937 in Frost.

Survivors include aunts Vera Mae Dixon of Blooming Grove and Annie Leona Abell of San Marcos; uncles H.J. McAdams and Harvey H. McAdams, both of Corsicana; and a number of cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Blooming Grove.

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Willie Wandza (Layfield) Speed 

Wandza Speed, 84, passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004 in San Antonio. Services are pending with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Willie Wanza Speed

Willie Wanza Speed, age 84, was born Nov. 13, 1919, in Roane to William Perry "Bunk" and Bertha Agnes Layfield. Wanza, as she was known to her friends and family, entered into eternal rest Aug. 15, 2004.

Wanza was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Pvt. Perry Wayne Layfield; and her beloved husband of 54 years, John Evander "Van" Speed.

She is survived by a stepfather Walter Wolfe of Troy, Pa.; her three children, son Ronald Van Speed and wife Virginia of Kerens, son Jere Wayne Speed of Castroville, and daughter Jean Carol Speed Callaway of Castroville; six grandchildren, grandson John Nathan Speed and wife Sheri, grandson Ronald Van Speed Jr. and wife Cassie, granddaughter Mary Allison Speed, granddaughter Stephanie Lynn Zinsmeyer and husband Adam, granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Houst and husband Peter, and granddaughter Kimberly Marie Dean and husband John; 11 great-grandchildren, great-granddaughters Loretta Grace Houst, Ashley Marie Zinsmeyer, Amanda Megan Zinsmeyer and Bradie Nicole Dean, and great-grandsons Matthew Ryan Speed, Robert Van Speed, Patrick Sean Houst, Marcus Lee Speed, Joshua Michael Houst, Logan James Dean and Jaxson Marshall Speed.

Wanza was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be deeply missed. Wanza was also a member of Kerens Presbyterian Church and member of Kerens Eastern Star Lodge. Wanza also had a love for dancing, fishing, gardening and painting. Before being debilitated with Alzheimer's, Wanza's door was always open for her cherished friends and relatives who enjoyed a laugh and some of her good cooking.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Kerens Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Reese officiating and Tom Layfield assisting. Interment will be at Kerens Cemetery.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Kenneth Alvin Price
Sep 10, 1919 - Aug 15, 2004

Kenneth Alvin Price, 84, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, in Corsicana.

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

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

Pallbearers will be Greg Stubbs, Craig Dewees, C.E. Neal III, John Ward, Curtis Scott and Michael Cates. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Norwood, Bill Pate, Gary Gober and Glen Sullivan.

Mr. Price was born Sept. 10, 1919, in Navarro County. He was employed with Union Bankers Life Insurance Company for 30 years, and served as the regional manager for 19 years. He was then employed by United General Life Insurance Company. In 1979, he followed a dream and opened his own barbecue place. After doing that for a few years, he went back to working on the roads with Burris Associates until he retired at the age of 80 years old.

He was preceded in death by his son, Alvin C. Price; son-in-law, Mickey Stubbs; grandson-in-law, John A. Jones; great-grandson, Travis Cates; brothers, Henry Price and Enis Price; and sisters, Opal Thompson and Laura Ware.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Marie Price of Corsicana; daughters, Betty Stubbs of Mexia, Martha Nulf and husband Larry of Garland, and Nita Norwood and husband Ronal of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Donette Hughes and husband Joe of Garland; sisters, Willadene West of Kerens and Ida Mae Gunn of Abilene; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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William Leroy Floyd

William Leroy Floyd, 88, passed away Thursday, May 06, 2004. Loving husband, Father, and grandfather, William was born in Kerens, Texas to John B. and Annie Faye Floyd.

He served his country with the U.S. Army during W.W.II and retired from Exxon Pipeline after 40 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, John T., Morris L., and Adrian G. Floyd.

Mr. Floyd is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris; two daughters, Pat Townsend and husband Louis and Suzanne Morgan and husband John; brother, J.B. Floyd and wife Mary; three grandchildren Donald Rollfing and wife Linda, Dennis Rollfing and wife Elaine, and Alexandria Morgan; Four great grandchildren, Nicole, Dennis, Jr., Tiffany, and Austin; and three great great grandchildren, Skylar, Michael, and Aiden.

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2004 at the funeral home with a Rosary that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2004 in the Main Chapel of Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

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Etta Mae Bradley

Etta Mae Bradley, 93, of Longview, TX., passed away Wednesday, June 23, at Pine Tree Lodge Nursing Center.

Services were held Saturday, June 26, 2004 at the Trinidad Cemetary Pavilion with the Rev. G. A. Stanfield and Bro. Thurman Bailey officiating. Interment followed at the Trinidad Cemetary

Etta Mae was born May 5, 1911, in Rural Shade, TX.

She is survived bt daughters, Joyce Stanfield of Longview, Betty Lee of Trinidad; son, Thomas Bradley of Borger; Sister, Nell Mayo of White Oak; brother-in-law, Bill Bradley of Tyler; 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Keith Adams

Keith Adams, age 53, passed away at his home in Boerne, on Tuesday, May 18, 2004. Born in San Antonio, Keith was the son of Robert D. Adams, III and Dorothy F. Gerhold Adams. Keith graduated from Churchill High School in 1969.

A resident of Boerne since 1994, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was a Singer/Songwriter and a member of a country western band, an artist, loved animals, especially horses and dogs, and enjoyed the out of doors.

In addition to his parents, Keith is survived by his wife, Lynda; children, Justin McCutcheon and Sara Adams; sister Karon Dooley and her husband Doug; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Adams were held Saturday, May 22, 2004. The service was held at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Barbara Galloway-Edgar officiating.

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  • Keith Adams was the great grandson of the first Mayor of Kerens, William Pitman Noble.
  • http://www.kerens.com
     

Dorothy (Jenkins) Slover-Vandiver
Sep 12, 1920 - Jul 10, 2004

Dorothy J. Vandiver of Lancaster, TX., passed away July 10, 2004 in Dallas.

She was born September 12, 1920 in Kerens, TX. After graduating from Kerens High School, she attended Draun's Business College in Dallas. Since that time, she has lived in Dallas, Corsicana, Tuscon, AZ, and Lancaster. She has been connected with the Lancaster Community since 1962 when she became an active member of Pleasant Run Church of Christ. After a short time in Arizona, Mrs. Vandiver moved back to Lancaster where she and her husband George have been members of the Dallas Avenue Church of Christ since 1983.

Mrs. Vandiver was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Clyde Jenkins, her first husband George Slover Sr. and a brother Roy Clyde Jenkins, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, George Vandiver and son, George Slover, Jr.; brothers, Jesse, Bill and James Stringer; sisters, Dolora Pike and Lola Tramel; Step children, Retta Morrison, Mark Vandiver, Karl Vandiver, and Sara Tramel; grandchildren, Ginger and Matt; step grandchildren, Adam, Adelina, Tim, Autum, Jason, Cory and Elizabeth.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 12, 2004 at the Byrum Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services followed at the Prairie Point Cemetary, Bazette, TX.

Donations may be made to The Scleroderma Foundation, 12 Kent Way, Suite 101, Byfield, MA. 01922.

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Jerrene Frances (Womack) Arnett
Jul 9, 1925 - May 13, 2004

Jerrene Arnett, 78, of Baytown, Texas (formerly of Kerens) passed away Thursday, May 13th at St. James Nursing Home in Baytown, Texas. Services were held Monday, May 17th at the Prairie Point Pavilion with the Reverend Roy Cloudt officiating and the Reverend Wes Johnson assisting. Interment was at the Prairie Point Cemetery.

She is survived by two children, daughter and son-in-law Thresia and John Fleure of Monrovia, California; and daughter and son-in-law Yvonne and Arnold Wolf III of Mont Belvieu, Texas. Two grandsons and their wives, Lance and Jill Bullard, and Brant and Catherine Bullard of Bryan, Texas. One granddaughter, Katherine Fraley of Mont Belvieu and three great-grandchildren.

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