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Nellie M. (Conger) Thornsberry
1890 - May 1968

Nellie M. Thornsberry

Mrs. Nenn Thornsberry, 78, died Thursday morning in Memorial Hospital.  She was a lifelong resident of Corsicana, and was a member of the Powell Methodist church.

Services will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. W. J. Nolan and Don Taylor officiating.  Interment will be in the Alligator Cemetery.

Surviving are a son, Leroy Thornsberry of Plano; three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Paul and Mrs. Jimmie Rutherford of Corsicana, and Mrs. Mary Ross of Powell; 21 grandchildren; 40 great - grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Carroll Conger of Corsicana; and a sister, Mrs. Maude Grace of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.  Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Francis Priscilla (Ticer) Paul
May 7, 1888 - Jan 24, 1957

Mrs. Paul Rites Friday Afternoon

Mrs. Frances Paul, 68, long-time Navarro county resident, 1444 West Fourth avenue, Corsicana, died in Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon following a short illness.

A native of Freestone county, Mrs. Paul resided in Rural Shade and Kerens 46 years prior to moving to Corsicana last year.

She was the widow of J. W. Paul who died in 1937.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church in Kerens Friday at 3 p.m.  The rites were conducted by Rev. Frank Gillham, pastor of the church.  Burial was in the Long Prairie cemetery.

Surviving are six sons, J.W. Paul, Fort Worth; Ray Paul, Beaumont; Calvin Paul, Lawton, Okla.; Erenst, Vernon and Allen Paul, all of Kerens; five daughters, Mrs. D. S. Cunningham, Kerens; Mrs. R. E. Scott and Mrs. Bill McGraw, both of Corsicana; Mrs.  Perry and Mrs. R. S. James both of Lawton, Okla.; two brothers, Calvin Ticer, Spur, and John Ticer, Lubbock; four sisters, Mrs. Will Johnson, Lubbock; Mrs. Maggie Glason, Coleman; Mrs. A. F. Dungan, Brownfield, and Mrs. Clyde Dungan, Clairmont, Calif.; 36 grandchildren, nine great-grand-children and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. T. Cunningham, Johnnie Scott, Zack Stockton, Homer Carroll, Jr., Earl McGraw, Pate Thompson.

Inmon directed.

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Kathryn Brittain
Dec 26, 1917 - Jan 3, 2005

Kathryn Brittain, a resident of Corsicana for over 70 years, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, of heart failure. She was 87 years young, born on Dec. 26, 1917, in Groesbeck.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, J. D. "Sam" Brittain; and her daughter, Linda Rogers.

She is survived by her son, James Brittain of Rice; her sister, Ruth Graham of Grand Prairie; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was a devoted life member of the Church of Christ. Her love and devotion to her family and friends will be missed. We mourn her loss but rejoice in the knowledge she is in the presence of her Lord.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dick James officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 7610 N. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 600, Dallas, TX 75207.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Dr. Allen Irvin Gallup
Apr 3, 1934 - Jan 5, 2005

Dr. Allen I. Gallup, 70, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Ward officiating. Interment will follow at Andrews Cemetery in Friend, Neb.

Dr. Gallup was born April 3, 1934, in Friend, Neb. In the mid-1930s his parents, Asa and Lily Gallup, farmed near Beaver Crossing. In 1941, they moved to central Nebraska where Al grew up. Allen graduated from high school in 1951. He attended Kearney State University for two years and then during the Korean War he volunteered for the draft in 1953. When he returned from the army, he attended Kearney State again. He was accepted in 1956 to Creighton College of Dentistry in Omaha, Neb. He graduated third in his class in 1960 and then elected to continue his education for another two years in the study of children's dentistry at the University of Nebraska.

In 1961, Al married Sharon Johnson in Hastings, Neb. Three children -- two sons, Duane Allen and Asa Nathaniel, and a daughter, Lillian Lee -- were born to this union.

In 1962, Al and Sharon moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Allen practiced pedodontics for three years and Sharon taught school.

In 1965, they moved to Dallas where Allen studied orthodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry for two years. Al and Sharon moved to Corsicana where they were welcomed with open arms. Sharon and Al always appreciated this. Dr. Gallup practiced orthodontics for 35 years in Corsicana and Fairfield. He also had a part-time practice in Waxahachie for many years.

In 1993, Allen was invited to teach orthodontics to dentists in the graduate Pedodontic Department at Baylor College of Dentistry. His double specialty was a requirement. He always wanted to teach, so he accepted and taught for eight years. He also continued to practice orthodontics in Corsicana and Fairfield until two years ago when he retired due to poor health. Dr. Gallup was a man of high integrity and always treated each patient as if that patient was his own child. He wanted what was the very best for each patient. He was highly skilled as an orthodontist.

He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in October 2002. There is no known cure for renal cell carcinoma, so he had a courageous battle against it once it was known to have spread. He spent 19 months intermittently traveling to Houston to M.D. Anderson cancer hospital for experimental treatment. He even had successful brain surgery in March 2004.

Allen was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He's left us now. We're left behind. We'll miss him so. We enjoyed his show. We watched him grow into full bloom. He had the strength to carry integrity full length.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sharon Gallup; son, Duane Gallup; daughter-in-law, Barbara Gallup; grandsons, Jacob Rash and Austin Allen Gallup; son, Dr. Asa Gallup; daughter-in-law, Dr. Deanne Gallup; grandchildren, Leland, Hanna and Grace Gallup; daughter, Lilly Gallup Bell; son-in-law, Jason Bell; grandsons, Evan Allen Bell and Connor Ryland Bell; granddaughter, Amanda McElhenney; sister, Mary Ellan Power; brother-in-law, Royal Power; nephew, Kent Power, and wife, Elaine, and children, Jonathan, Wesley, Patrick, Grant and Alexis; nieces, Jane Power and family, Janella and family, Beth Sherman and family; sister-in-law, Linda Kelly and husband, Tim; and niece, Natalie, and husband, Roger Sluka, and children, Colby and Taylor.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Lily Gallup.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Willie 'Chili' Jones
Jan 8, 1919 - Jan 4, 2005

Willie "Chili" Jones, 85, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church with Brother George Procter-Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family and men of the church.

Mr. Jones was born Jan. 8, 1919, in Calvert. He was a graduate of G. W. Jackson High School, a member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, a retired employee of J. C. Penney Implement and a veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Rose Bradford Jones; and son, Willie Jones Jr.

Survivors include his brother, Elbert Jones (Annie) of Corsicana; nieces and nephews, Mildred Jones Scott and Elbert Jones, both of Cedar Hill, and Jean and Birdie Coleman of Oakland, Calif.; great-nephews and nieces, Luann and Willie Robinson of Corsicana, Charlotte Bell of Dallas, Donna and Phong Vu of Arlington, Craig and Cynthia Scott of DeSoto, and Eddie and Sabrina Scott of Arlington; special friends, James Herd of Corsicana and Bill Downey of Washington; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Alford Glenn Wheat Sr.
Jan 19, 1942 - Jan 5, 2005

Alford Glenn Wheat Sr., 62, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, in Corsicana.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Knott, Billy Bland, Roy Sykes, Mike Perdue, Brett Bell and Daniel Hullett. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Sykes and Richard McNiel.

Mr. Wheat was born Jan. 19, 1942, in Tempson to Lindsey B. and Johnnie Wheat.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lindsey B. Wheat and Virgil Ray Wheat; and sister, Mae Evelyn Bland.

Survivors include his son, Glenn Wheat Jr. of Seagoville; grandsons, Erik, Zachary and Skyler Wheat; brothers, Marvin Wheat of Waco and Walter Wheat of Abilene; sisters, Hazel Jayroe and Geneva Almon, both of Garland, and Martha Ann Bell of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Louisa Lynch

Louisa Lynch, 96, of Corsicana passed away Jan. 3, 2005 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Living God P.G.T., 517 S. Powell St., with Bishop Annell Castille Haney officiating. Interment will be at Princeton Walker Cemetery in Princeton. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Mable Richie

Services for Mable Richie, 84, of Denver, Colo., will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Pelham with Pastor Denise Blakely officiating. Interment will follow at Pelham Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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John Henry Mock
May 15, 1926 - Jan 6, 2005

John H. Mock, 78, of Dallas passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at Doctors Hospital. A private burial was held Thursday at Eureka Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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David C. Garcia
Dec 10, 1936 - Jan 9, 2005

David Garcia, 68, of Corsicana, passed away Jan. 9, 2005 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home with rosary at 7 p.m.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Garcia was born Dec. 10, 1936 in Matamoras, Mexico. He was employed with the city of Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his wife Molly Garcia.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law David and Kristi Garcia, grandson Justin Garcia and granddaughter Breanna Garcia, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Clay Scott Carrington
Feb 17, 1965 - Jan 8, 2005

Clay Scott Carrington, 39, of Chatfield, passed away Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 in Navarro County.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday with family visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Chatfield Cemetery with Robert Myre officiating.

Mr. Carrington was born Feb. 17, 1965 in Dallas. He served in the U.S. Army and the United States Marine Corp.

He was preceded in death by mother Martha Edmonson Carrington.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, D'Ann Carrington; daughters Kristan and Amy; son Kyler; father Dwight Carrington of Chatfield; and sister Kelly Millsap and husband Kenneth of Paris.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Zelma Allene (Littlejohn) Atchison

Zelma Allene (Littlejohn) Atchison, 88, of Hubbard passed away Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 at a Waco hospital. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Graveside services will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Robert Nolan "Bobby" Brown
Feb 16, 1947 - Jan 7, 2005

Bobby N. Brown

Bobby Brown, age 57, formerly of Blooming Grove, passed away Jan. 7, 2005, in Plano. He was a resident of Plano for the last 15 years. He was born Feb. 16, 1947, in Corsicana to Nolan and Maxine Brown.

He is survived by his mother, Maxine Brown; wife, Debbie Brown and her children, Roger and Tyler Griffith; two children, Sloan Brown and wife Johanna and Stacy Brayton and husband Phillip; sister, Betty Hodges; grandchildren, Allison and Wesley Brown and Jared, Adam and Alex Brayton; and many other loving relatives.

Bobby was raised in Blooming Grove. He will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 9, at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the Physician's Cancer Research Foundation, 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75251.

Arrangements by Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Plano.

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Lottie Murle (Johnston) Sessions-Caskey
Apr 5, 1917 - Jan 7, 2005

Lottie Murle Johnston Sessions Caskey, born April 5, 1917, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 7, 2005, at the home of her daughter in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sydney and Mellie Johnston; 14 brothers and sisters; husband, C.R. "Buddy" Sessions; and husband, James W. Caskey.

She is survived by her children, Wanda Murlene Lilly of Kerens, Bobby Sessions of Corsicana, Patsy and Dennis Davidson of Dallas and Betty and James Duvall of Corsicana; grandchildren, Melissa and Dwayne Simmons, Kyle and Tracy Lilly, Amy and Eric Amick, all of San Antonio, Shelley McPeak of Fort Worth, Michael Sessions of Dallas and LaCrissa Duvall of Corsicana; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Lottie was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her greatest gift was giving of herself to her family, her church family and any others where she saw a need. Her greatest delight was in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Kerens and Westside Baptist Church in Corsicana. She was a member of the Kerens Garden Club for many years.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Kerens. Brother Bob Roberts will officiate with Brother Wayne Mahoney and Brother Wes Johnson assisting. Burial will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Rosie Mae (Greenup) McNeill
Nov 6, 1911 - Jan 7, 2005

Rosie Mae McNeill, 93, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, in Athens after a brief illness.

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

Pallbearers will be Mike Epperson, Phil Epperson, Steve Epperson, Steve Vaughn, Chad McNeill and Gary Vaughn.

Mrs. McNeill was born Nov. 6, 1911, in Eureka to Phillip James and Frances Mae (Owens) Greenup. She was employed by the State Orphan's Home of Corsicana for 33 years serving the home as the dietitian. She retired in August 1977. She was a member of Second Avenue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Robert "Bob" McNeill; brother, Frank Greenup; and sister, Minnie Greenup.

Survivors include her sister, Jackie McNeill of Henderson; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Second Avenue Baptist Church, 3045 W. Second Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Thelma (Anderson) Farmer
Nov 10, 1919 - Jan 9, 2005

Thelma Farmer, 85, of Tyler passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, in Tyler.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randall McCollum officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Nolan Young, Charles Williams, Jay Lee, Justin Lee, Richard Roberson and Larry Murphy.

Mrs. Farmer was born Nov. 10, 1919, in Navarro County. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Farmer; parents, Parther and Effie Anderson; sister, Janie Coker; and brothers, Buford Anderson and  Anderson.

Survivors include special friend, Randall McCollum of Ennis; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Buddy Williamson of Tyler; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice or Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Tommy Jack Spivey
Apr 16, 1948 - Jan 9, 2005

Tommy Jack Spivey, 56, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at his residence.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Hightower, Larry Hightower, David yawn, and Searcy Yawn.

Mr. Spivey was born April 16, 1948 in Houston. He worked as a mechanic in Corsicana for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Jack Spivey.

Mr. Spivey is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Karrie and Kendle Kay of Porter and Wendy and Clarke Fant of Gary; mother, Elsie Spivey of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; sister and her husband, Mary Helen and Searcy (Bub) Yawn of Conroe; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com click on obituaries and go to the name (Tommy Jack Spivey) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Thomas Talent
Jun 11, 1918 - Jan 10, 2005

James T. Talent, 86, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2005 at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas. Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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J. T. Talent

J.T. Talent, 86, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

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

Masonic services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Watson, Dan Ingle, James Talent, Mickey Hillock, Dan Pennington, Mike Wallace and Bo Ivie.

Mr. Talent was born June 11, 1918, in Fountain Hill, Ark., to William and Bunea Owens Talent. He had his own automobile dealership for many years. He also was the owner Farmers Fuel in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Talent of Corsicana; daughter, Dorothy Kilgore of Fort Worth; sons, Tommy J. Talent of Merkel and David Talent of Odessa; granddaughter, JoAnn Henchew of Trent; grandsons, John McMenany of Keller and Jason Hamilton of Granbury; four great-granddaughters; three great-grandsons; sister, Bernice Rainer of Crossett, Ark.; four nephews and two nieces.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Home, Corsicana.

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Benjamin Franklin Carroll Jr.
Sep 12, 1920 - Jan 9, 2005

Ben Carroll Jr.,

Memorials services for Ben Carroll Jr., 84, of Vidalia, La., will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sycamore Baptist Church with Brother Richard Cullum officiating.

Mr. Carroll died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at his residence in Vidalia. He was a petroleum engineer and owned Carroll Oil and Gas Production Company. He served as FNS/Lt. J. G. in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Suwannee.

He was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin F. Carroll; mother, Mattie Stough Carroll; and sisters, Sue Carroll Ferguson and Helen Carroll Swenny.

Survivors include his wife, Olivia Connell Carroll of Vidalia, La.; stepdaughter, Charmain Farrar of Vidalia, La.; stepson, Buddy Farrar and wife Polly of Vidalia, La.; sisters, Mildred Carroll Megarity of Novato, Calif., and Billie Carroll Vang of Arlington; daughters, Micki Franks of Hubbard, Ore., and Beni Carroll of Tyler; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Sycamore Baptist Church in Vidalia, La.

Arrangements by Young's Funeral Home, Vidalia, La

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BEN F. CARROLL
Memorial services for Ben. F. Carroll, formerly of Kilgore, will be Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 at the Sycamore Baptist Church in Ferriday, LA at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Cullum officiating. The arrangements are under the direction of the Young Funeral Home of Vidalia. Mr. Carroll died at his residence Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005. He was born Step. 12, 1920 to B. F. Carroll Sr. and Mattie Stough Carroll of Corsicana. He was a graduate of the University of Texas, served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in WWII and owned Carroll Oil and Gas Properties. He is survived by his wife, Olivia Farrar Carroll of Vidalia.
( from Kilgore News Herald)


Anna Lorene (Tarkington) Hopkins
Mar 23, 1918 - Jan 11, 2005

Anna Lorene Hopkins

Anna Lorene Hopkins, 86, of Kerens died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

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

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Byron Vernon, Keith Vernon, Robert Johnson, Bob Lancaster, Tom Tarkington and Jerry Hopkins.

Survivors include her sons, Bill Hopkins of Dallas and Kenneth Hopkins of Fort Worth; daughter, Glenda Noblet of Weatherford; granddaughters, Kathy DeHart of Kerens and DeDe Robinson of Springtown; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Tom Tarkington of Irving; sisters, Hazel Tarkington and Madeline Vernon, both of Kerens, and Pauline Forbis of Malakoff; and sister-in-law, Eula Tarkington of Corsicana.

Mrs. Hopkins was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Hopkins.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Opal Evelyn Brown
Feb 7, 1916 - Jan 11, 2005

Opal E. Brown, 88, of Corsicana passed from this life Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

The family will receive visitors at Corley Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Russell Bankes Jr. officiating. Burials will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery beside her husband of 55 years..

Mrs. Brown was born Feb. 7, 1916, in Centralia, Texas, Trinity County. She was raised in Woodlake, Texas. There she met and married Ellis Brown of Corsicana on Nov. 14, 1936.

Opal was a member of the North Beaton Church of Christ for 47 years, being a baptized believer since age 16 years.

She has lived in Corsicana for 47 years, 44 of them at 107 May Avenue. She was very active in church activities and the Senior Citizen Center as long as her health let her. She was a seamstress by trade and worked for the Corsicana Glove Factory and for Adam's Hat Factory for 15 years. She was a homemaker, loving wife and a wonderful, loving mother. She was in declining health for many years, but she was a fighter, because she enjoyed life and the people around her. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Opal is survived by three daughters, Yvonne Ainsworth and husband James, and Betty Jo Striplin, all of Corsicana, and Earlene Harris and husband Lother of San Antonio; sister and brother-in-law, Myrteal and Roy Townsend of Huntersville, N.C.; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; foster son, Stephen Farris of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be the great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis R. Brown; son-in-law, Rodric Striplin; parents, William H. and Anna Rasbeary; and brothers, William J. Rasbeary and Bayless Rasbeary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Alberta 'Pig' Washington Smith
Sep 1, 1908 - Jan 10, 2005

Alberta "Pig" Washington Smith, 96, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at Health Care & Rehab.

Visitation will be held Friday afternoon and at 9 a.m. Saturday at Scott Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Scott Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Lewis Conway officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roy Sanders, Bobby Sparks, George Marshall Jr., Charles Nelson and George Marshall Sr.

Mrs. Smith was born Sept. 1, 1908, in Mexia. She was a member of Bethel AME Church for many years, a graduate of G.W. Jackson High School, a licensed beautician and worked at Mary Peterson Day Care as a cook. She lived in Chicago for 46 years and was an employee of the Chicago Board of Education.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilma and Ostell Sallard; and husband, Emmitt Smith.

Survivors include her God-given family, Aline and George Marshall Sr., Vera Parhm, Linda Nelson-Jackson, Charles Nelson and George Marshall Jr.; cousins, Theresa B. Menton of Los Angeles, Calif., Ammie Bluitt Bell of Mexia and Tiny Griffin of Dallas; special friends, Margarite Tate and Elizabeth Benjamin, both of Chicago, Ill.; and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Maudean (Warren) McCulloch
Abt 1917 - Jul 16, 2005

Maudean (Warren) McCulloch, 88, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at her home. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Frank McCage Ware
Sep 24, 1911 - Jan 12, 2005

Frank McCage Ware, 93, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005 in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon today at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Le Grosdider and Rev. Glen Grosdider officiating.

Mr. Ware was born Sept. 24, 1911 in Angus. He worked in East Texas and Navarro County oil fields. He operated the High School Drug Store, and he and his brother Fred operated the Ware Drilling Company. His last years were spent in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Fort Worth.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Jordan Ware.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Judy and Jay Jerman of Miliam, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law Jimmy and Jimmie Ware of Burleson; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mamie Dell Scott
Aug 1, 1920 - Jan 13, 2005

Mamie Dell Scott, 84, of Wortham passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Parkview Regional Hospital.

Family visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Porter Chapel in Wortham.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Porter Chapel in Wortham with the Rev. Steven Shulte officiating. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Mrs. Scott was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Whitney. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Wortham.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Omer Scott; one brother and one sister.

Survivors include her sons, Homer Lee Scott and wife Judy of Corbet and Carl Edward Scott and wife Patsy of Kopperl; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Minnie Meeker of Athens, Mary Capps of Richland and Evelyn Coker of Richland; and brother, Edward Stanley of Sallisaw, Okla.

Arrangements by Porter Chapel, Wortham.

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Maudine Grace Montgomery
Oct 5, 1915 - Jan 13, 2005

Maudine Grace Montgomery went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born Oct. 5, 1915. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Dallas. She retired from Titches Department Store where she was a hairdresser for over 38 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Fuller Montgomery; her son, Emmett Dwight Montgomery; her sister, Louise Grace Melton; and parents, Aquilla and Maude Grace.

At her wishes, a graveside service only will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating.

Maudine is survived by one grandson, Kenneth Dwight Montgomery of Grand Prairie; one sister, Ethel Parker of Rowlett, formerly of Kerens; three nieces, Barbara and Jairl Radney of Rowlett, June and Marvin Bumgardner of Arlington and Brenda and Michael Ray of Corsicana; two nephews, Larry and Phyllis Melton of Phoenix, Ariz., and Fred and Kathy Melton of Corsicana; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

An online guest book is available by going to the Web site at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Maudine Montgomery obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Freddie Joe Jeffers
Nov 1, 1950 - Jan 14, 2005

Freddie Joe Jeffers, 54, of Angus passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at his residence.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Jeffers was born Nov. 1, 1950.

Survivors include his wife, Trina Jeffers of Angus; daughter, Ashley Jeffers of Angus; mother, Marjetta Cody of DeSoto; brother, David Jeffers of Dallas; aunt, Juanita Ross of Corsicana; and in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Purifoy of Angus.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Charlottie (Carter) Collins

Charlottie Carter Collins, 95, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2005 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 3 p.m. today at Greater Renfro Memorial Church of God in Christ with Minister Albert Lee Smith Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Innocenio Morales
Sep 22, 1956 - Jan 15, 2005

Innocenio Morales, 48, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services for visitation will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pedro Aceves officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Morales was born Sept. 22, 1956 in Morales, Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gilberto Morales Lopez.

Mr. Morales is survived by his wife, Maricela Garcia Morales Monge of Corsicana; sons, Leonel Morales and Fidel Morales, both of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Joanna Eastrada of Corsicana; granddaughter, Beyonce Morales; mother, Marie de jesus Pineda Gonzales of Mexico; brothers, Cruz Morales of Corsicana and Laurencio Morales of Mexico; and sisters, Maria Morales of Mexico, and Eugenia Morales, Guillermina Morales and Armandina Morales, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Donald Gene Sullivan
Nov 13, 1944 - Jan 14, 2005

Donald Gene Sullivan, 60, of Sallisaw, Okla. passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 in at the Veterans Hospital in Muskogee, Okla.

There will be a memorial service held at a later date.

Mr. Sullivan was born Nov. 13, 1944 in Dallas. He was a former assistant chief of police in Panhandle, Texas and a teacher at the Navarro College Police Academy. He was a 1992 graduate of Dallas Baptist University, where he received his bachelor's degree. He was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Panhandle. He was retired from the Navarro County Sheriff's Office.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard Sullivan and Frances Barnes Sullivan; three brothers; and one sister.

Mr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Randi Sullivan of Sallisaw, Okla.; two daughters, Shelli Camille Elmore and Melissa Kay Sullivan, both of Carrollton; a stepdaughter, Meagan Gordon of Sallisaw; two sisters, June Baxter of Dallas and June Taylor of Toleta Bend; and two grandsons, Zachary Elmore and Jordan Elmore, both of Carrollton.

Arrangements by Agent Funeral Home, Sallisaw, Okla.

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SALLISAW — Donald Gene Sullivan, 60, of Sallisaw died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, in Muskogee, Okla. He was born Nov. 13, 1944, in Dallas. He was retired from the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department in Corsicana, Texas, a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Panhandle, Texas, a 1992 graduate of Dallas Baptist University, former assistant chief of police in Panhandle, Texas, and teacher at Sheriff’s Academy in Navarro County, Texas.
Memorial service will be at a later date. The body was cremated under the direction of Agent Funeral Home of Sallisaw.
He is survived by his wife, Randi; two daughters, Shelli Elmore and Melissa Sullivan, both of Carrollton, Texas; a stepdaughter, Meagan Gordon of Sallisaw; two sisters, June Baxter of Dallas and June Taylor of Toleta Bend, Texas; and two grandchildren.


Harry Ronald "Ronny" Traw
Feb 5, 1944 - Dec 30, 2004

Ronny Traw, 60 year-old Sherman resident, died Thursday, December 30, 2004 at the Medical Center of Arlington Texas. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2005, at the Chapel On The Hill Mausoleum, Cedarlawn memorial Park with Bro. Allen Snider officiating.

Mr. Traw was born on February 5, 1944 in Corsicana, Texas, the son of Harry B. Traw Jr. and hazel Morris. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his mother, Hazel Traw of Sherman and sister, Kay Traw Garrett of Arlington, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry B. Traw Jr.

Arrangements are under the direction of American Funeral Services, 3412 W. Crawford St., Denison, Texas.

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  • Herald Democrat

Verna Diane (Wilson) McElroy
Jan 29, 1931 - Jan 4, 2005

Verna Diane McElroy

Verna Diane McElroy, 73, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2005, at an Abilene medical center.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Waxahachie City Cemetery in Waxahachie, Texas, with Chaplain Jerry Carter officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory in Abilene. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on January 29, 1931, in Corsicana, Texas, the daughter of Willie (McCary) and George Wilson, and moved from Paris, Texas to Abilene in 1967. She was a homemaker, had been active locally, and was a member of First Central Presbyterian Church in Abilene. She loved to read, to cook, and to share in the lives of her family.

Her parents and her husband, Thomas G. McElroy, predeceased her.

Survivors include sons, Tom McElroy, Jr. and wife, Leah, of Dallas, and Steve McElroy of Los Angeles, CA; a daughter, Debbie McElroy Gregg of Abilene; a sister, Rosie Champion of Tyler; grandchildren, Amy Hill and husband, Ty, of Watauga, and Travis, Tanner and Tarran McElroy of Dallas; and great-grandsons, Garrett and Gavin and new great-granddaughter, Peyton.

Memorials may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605, or the donor’s charity of choice.

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  • Abilene Reporter

Edalene (Todd) Jordan
Dec 13, 1932 - Jul 10, 2004

Graveside services for Mrs. Edalene Jordan, 71, of Kilgore will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at the Hickory Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Dudley Plaisance officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Mrs. Jordan died in Longview Saturday, July 10, 2004.
She was born in Corsicana, Texas on Dec. 13, 1932 to Edgar and Mary Todd. Mrs. Jordan attended Kilgore High School, was baptized in 1952 and was a proud member of Forest Home Baptist Church. She owned and operated Becline Well Service with her husband Kenneth Jordan for many years. She is preceded in death by her husband, brother William Todd and her parents.
She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, Lane and Joy Jordan of Kilgore and Kenneth W. Jordan Jr. of Kilgore; two grandsons, Kenneth Jordan III of Duncanville, Texas and Lane Jordan Jr. of Denton, Texas; two granddaughters, Kalli Jordan of Kilgore and Kathlene Jordan of Waco; sister, Betty Brown of Longview; brother, Ed Todd of Orangevale, Calif. special friend, R.D. Miller of Liberty City; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Marshall Taylor Scholarship Fund c/o Forest Home Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1340, Kilgore, Texas 75663 or Hickory Grove Cemetery, P.O. Box 3521, Kilgore, Texas 75663.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth W. Jordan III, Lane Jordan Jr., William Todd, Jimmy Currie, Kenny Austin and Craig Stanley.
Online tributes may be left at www.raderfuneralhome.com
(Kilgore News Herald)


Collins S. Massey
May 10, 1915 - Apr 23, 2004

Graveside services for Collins S. Massey, 88, of Bryan are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana.

The Rev. Becky Emery of United Methodist Church in Corsicana will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan.

Mr. Massey died Friday at St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Franklin and had lived in Bryan since 2003. He lived in Hearne from 1941 to 2003 and served on the Hearne City Council in the 1950s. He coached Little League and was local steward for the United Transportation Union in Hearne and retired from Southern Pacific Railroad as a railroad yardmaster. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Massey.

Survivors include his wife, Vanita Massey of Bryan; a son, William F. Massey of Hearne; a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Charles Hanson of Bryan; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Doreena Massey of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.


Ida J. York
Jun 3, 1921 - Dec 29, 2004,

Services for Ida J. York, 83, of Killeen will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home Chapel in Killeen with the Rev. Joe Peterson officiating.

The body will be cremated.

Mrs. York died Dec. 29, 2004, in Belton.

She was born June 3, 1921 in Corsicana.

A retired school teacher, Mrs. York spent three years in the community and was a member of the Delta Phi Theta Sorority.

Survivors include a son, Henry McRuffin of Killeen; three daughters, Ida Pearl Pearce of Redlands, Calif., Brenda Strange of San Diego, Calif., and Paula York of Dunkirk, Md.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren


Jean Marilyn (Lowe) Stewart
Oct 28, 1928 - Dec 27, 2004

Jean Marilyn Stewart

Jean Marilyn Stewart of Aurora, formerly of Boulder, died of natural causes Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, in Denver. She was 76.

The daughter of Paul Lowe and Myrtle Grice Lowe, she was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Corsicana, Texas. She married Robert W. Stewart. They divorced.

Mrs. Stewart lived in Paragon Estates in Boulder from 1958 to 1974.

A graduate of Crane High School in Crane, Texas, she earned an associate's degree from Odessa Junior College and a degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.

She worked as a certified public accountant for 13 years for a major oil company, five years as an office administrator for an engineering firm and was self-employed as a real estate associate.

Mrs. Stewart was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a former member of the American Business Women's Association and a licensed Realtor in Texas and Colorado. In 1964, she was a delegate to the Republican Convention.

She received first-place honors in a writers' contest for journalism at Crane High School, and she was active in the parent-teacher organization of her sons' school.

"She was a loving mother who always put her family first," her family said. "She was a den mother and involved with Indian Guides and Boy Scouts."

Survivors include a son, John P. Stewart of Denver; and her brother, Bill Lowe of Odessa, Texas.

She was preceded in death by a son, Doug Stewart.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Little Ivy Chapel at Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St., Denver. The Rev. Jim Harris of Emmanuel United Methodist Church will officiate.

Cremation has occurred.

Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services in Parker handled arrangements


Ignacia Pineda

Ignacia Pineda, age 62, of Bardwell, passed away Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Arrangements are pending with the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis, Texas


Hazel M. Simons
Jun 24, 1920 - Nov 31, 2004

Hazel M. Simons of San Antonio, TX, age 84, passed away Friday, December 31, 2004. She was past Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star Bethany Chapter, a member of the Hollywood Park Women’s Club, a Busy Bee and a member of Alamo Heights Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Simons. Hazel is survived by her son, Rev. Charles H. Simons, Jr. and wife Emily of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Jeff and Michelle Mell of Lehigh Acres, FL, Todd and Kristina Simons of San Antonio, TX, Luke and Erika Simons of Erie, PA and Lacey Simons of San Antonio, TX; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Ryder Mell and Brianna Crigger; special friends, Jean Shwiff and Kathy Woodrum. The pallbearers will be: Rod Dawson, Gary Daise, Curtis Barnes, Rod Tolbert, Wil Rodriguez, Ira Morton, Harry Orem, J. R. Tinseth and Billy

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  • Born in Corsicana, Texas on Jun. 24, 1920
  • Died Nov. 31, 2004 and resided in San Antonio, TX.

Joseph Skyler Marquez

Joseph Skyler Marquez, 9, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at his residence.

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

Services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson of Calvary Worship Center officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joey Andrews, Rick Good, Dennis Dickerson, Jeff Dixon, Steve Price and Rafael Aredondo.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Darlene Marquez of Corsicana; grandparents, Paskell and Betty Nichols of Corsicana, Bessie Nichols of Corsicana and Jose Marquez and Elodia Ayala Marquez; uncles, Nick and Stephanie Nichols of Blooming Grove, Todd Nichols of Corsicana, Danny Nichols of Corsicana, Teodoro Marquez, Chole Marquez, Jose Antonio Marquez and Jose Epifanio; aunts, Dana Andrews of Corsicana, Rosa Marquez, Ana Marquez, and Chuya Marquez; and cousins, Justin and Joey Andrews, Brittney and Blake Nichols, Dylan Nichols, and Austin and Jessica Nichols.

A memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Joseph Skyler Marquez) to sign book and submit a memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Myrtle Davis

Myrtle Davis, 97, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 at her residence. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Lewis Conway officiating. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Deborah Sue (Foley) Fitzpatrick
Aug 12, 1962 - Jan 16, 2005

Deborah Sue Fitzpatrick, 42, of Emhouse passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at her residence.

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

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Blackhills Cemetery.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born Aug. 12, 1962 in Mexia. She was an officer at the Texas Youth Commission.

Survivors include husband Kraig Fitzpatrick of Emhouse; sons David Kennemore of Corpus Christi and Al Garrison of Florida; grandchildren Destanie and Emmalee Kennemore; mother Pat Kennemore and Larry DeMoss of Emhouse; brothers Rickey Foley of Corsicana and Ronnie Foley of St. Augistine; and sister Dolly Bowles of Corsicana.

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Nettie Marie (Currington) Ross
Apr 5, 1924 - Jan 16, 2005

Nettie Marie (Currington) Ross, 80, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at Heritage Oaks.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Dollar and Rev. Jim Anderson officiating. Interment will follow atHamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roy Jenkins, James Barfield, Rusty Pegues, Steve Skloss, Anthony Barfield and Ricky James.

Mrs. Ross was born April 5, 1924 in Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Malry C. Currington and Ethel Ruth Hunsucker Currington; brothers and sister, George Currington, Rosie Wright and Delbert Currington.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Roy Jenkins of Dawson, Brenda and James Barfield of San Antonio; brothers, Larry Currington of Kentucky, Kenneth Currington of Louisiana and James Currington of Lamarque; sisters, Doris Spence of Palestine, Mary Wade of Palestine and Dessie Nichols of Corsicana. seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ruth (Burns) Sanders Roberts
May 10, 1926 - Dec 28, 2004

Ruth Sanders Roberts, 78, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2004, in Pasadena, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 31, 2004 at Chireno Baptist Church with Rev. Reagan Sewell of Chireno Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Lower Chireno Cemetery.

Mrs. Roberts was born May 10, 1926, in Frost, Texas to William Jefferson and Alice Bob McBride Burns. She was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar Sterling Sanders; her second husband, Gerald Roberts; and grandchildren, Craig Hodges and Michelle Welch.

Survivors include her daughters, Edna Jacoby of Colorado, Alice Sanders of Colorado, Lena Ortiz of LaPorte, Texas, and Janice Lee of Colorado; brother, Rev. Fred Burns of Athens, Texas; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.


Nita (Smith) Moore

Nita Moore

TEMPLE -- Nita Moore, 84, of Temple, Texas, died Thursday, January 6, 2005 in a Fort Worth, Texas hospital. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Temple with Dr. Bill Boyd, Rev. Hubert Austin and Rev. Bill Moore officiating. Burial will be private.

Mrs. Moore was born in Frost, Texas to Jewel and Ruth Price Smith. She graduated from Frost High School and Hill Junior College in Hillsboro, Texas. She was the sweetheart of the sophomore class of 1940. She married Dr. James C. Moore, he preceded her in death in 1997.

Mrs. Moore had been a resident of Temple for 50 years. She was member of First United Methodist Church and in the Dawson Sunday school class. She was very active in community service and in the care and love of her friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Jan Voelter Cole of Abilene, Texas, Lucan Watkins of Dallas, Texas and Melanie Moore of Hanover, New Hampshire; three sons, John Moore of Fort Worth, Rev. Bill Moore of Casper, Wyoming and Kevin Nietmann of Huntington, Maryland; one sister, Elwanda Pevehouse of Waxahachie; eleven grandchildren; and many unofficial children, brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Price Smith.

Memorials may be made to Peaceable Kingdom, PO Box 844, Temple, Texas 76503; The First United Methodist Church, 102 N. 2nd Street, Temple, Texas 76501; or Martha's Kitchen, 411 W. Ave G, Temple, Texas 76504.

Scanio-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • Assume Class of 1942 Frost High School

Charles Herman Goode
Apr 7, 1932 - Jan 19, 2005

Charles Herman Goode, 72, of Navarro Mills passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at his residence.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Bob McClenny officiating. Family visitation will be held after the funeral service. Private burial services will be held.

Mr. Goode was born April 7, 1932, in China Springs. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked for the Waco Police Department, Dow Chemical of Houston, Hughes Tools and the State of Texas. He was a member of Dawson Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Jewel Dean Goode; and brother, Jack Goode.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Emma Goode of Navarro Mills; daughters, Judith Goode Fesler and husband Warren of Alvin, Jane Devore of Dallas and June Russell of Corpus Christi; stepchildren, Debbie Dillingham and husband Barry of Houston, Phil Golden and wife Terry of Blooming Grove and Tim Golden and wife Darla of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Staci Montgomery, Shane Hill, Robert Salisbury, Brooke Bryan, Barrett Golden, Jennifer Dickerson, Jeff and Jordan Golden, Megan Fesler and Travis and Troy Bradshaw; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Needham and Reba Brown; six nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, 625 N. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Charles Herman Goode) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Easter Marion Rhodes
March 18, 1945 - 2005


Poet was also a mother hen

EASTER MARION RHODES | 1945-2005

Easter Marion Rhodes was something of a mother hen. Not even her poor health could stop her from coddling other residents of the Hunter Plaza apartments in downtown Fort Worth.

Perhaps it's fitting that her award-winning poem, My Funny Friend, is about a plump red hen.

Mrs. Rhodes, a retired pet groomer and published poet, died Jan. 12 after a series of heart-related problems. She was 59.

Mrs. Rhodes was born March 18, 1945, in Kerens, in Navarro County. She moved to Fort Worth as a child and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1963.

For more than 20 years, she cared for animals, mostly at East Side Pets and Grooming. She was gentle and efficient, owner Cynthia Price said.

Mrs. Rhodes loved animals but found poetry and art most fulfilling, daughter Ingred Thompson said.

My Funny Friend earned Mrs. Rhodes first place in the Fort Worth Senior Citizens Poetry Contest. It was one of hundreds of poems that she wrote -- illuminating her firm Christian faith, civil rights and even Alexander Graham Bell.

"Everything mattered to her. There wasn't a subject that was off-limits to her," Thompson said.

She wrote "of the things she felt and wanted of the world," daughter Roslyn Rhodes said.

And what Mrs. Rhodes wanted most was for people to have reasons to smile.

"There was no sitting down for her," Thompson said. "She always felt like there was somebody worse off."

Mrs. Rhodes ran errands for those who couldn't, baked for those in need of home cooking and helped many navigate local government to get birth certificates and updated voter-registration cards.

"She was pushy in a positive way, saying, 'You can do this.' And if they would say no, she would say, 'OK, let's do it together,' " said Jack Roth, the mental-health liaison between the apartment complex and its owner, the Fort Worth Housing Authority.

Mrs. Rhodes was visiting a friend Jan. 5 at Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital when her aorta began to tear, Thompson said. Her health was already fragile from years of dialysis and recent surgery to remove cancer.

Mrs. Rhodes underwent surgery Jan. 11 and died the next day, Thompson said.

Her small apartment was filled with pictures of flowers, animals and family. She had stuffed animals and books by her bedside.

"She never met a stranger," Roslyn Rhodes said. "And if she did, it was only for a moment."

Oma McDaniel Ware
Jun 24, 1913 - Oct 8, 2004

CUTHBERT — Oma McDaniel "Mac" Ware, 91, of Eatonton and a former resident of Cuthbert and Benevolence, died October 8, 2004, at Eatonton Health Care.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. in East View Cemetery in Cuthbert with the Revs. Floyd Hipp and Billy Starling officiating.

Mrs. Ware was born June 24, 1913, in Kerens, Texas, daughter of the late Jonathan and Alva Lee McDaniel. She was a graduate of Patterson Hospital School of Nursing in Cuthbert and was retired Director of Nurses at Patterson Hospital where she had worked for many years. Mrs. Ware was a member of Benevolence Baptist Church and was the wife of the late Floyd M. Ware.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Floyd McDaniel "Danny: and Bonnie Ware of Fayetteville; a daughter and her husband, Caroline W. and Jimmy N. Holder of Eatonton; four grandchildren, Ashley Ware, Brittney Ware, Daniel Ware and Dana Holloway; and one great-grandson, Jake Holloway.

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


Loretta A. Ivy
Oct 3, 1914 - Jan 9, 2005

Graveside services for Loretta A. Ivy, 90, of Huntington, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2005 in the Huntington Cemetery with Dr. Darryl Smith officiating.

Mrs. Ivy was born on October 3, 1914 in Kerens, TX to the late Mary M. (Shelton) and Hugh Moore and died on Sunday, January 9, 2005 in a local hospital.

She resided in Huntington most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Huntington. Mrs. Ivy served as President, Vice President and Secretary for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program where she volunteered over 10,000 hours, which included making house shoes, and head covers for cancer patients and Lufkin State School residents. She also served on the board for Government Sponsored Commodities for Deep East Texas.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Anne Medlen of Huntington; grandchildren: Cindy Taylor, Patty Smith, Boyd Mayes, Jr. and Michael Jones; six great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; mother-in-law, Mary Ethel Ivy of Huntington; brother-in-law and wife, Ted and Barbara Ivy of Huntington; a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ivy was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Palmer Ivy.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home in Huntington.

Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Huntington, directors.


Edwin Garner
Mar 16, 1914 - Dec 24, 2003

Edwin Garner, age 89 of College Station passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2003 in the St. Joseph Regional HealthCare Center. Mr. Garner was born March 16, 1914 in Chatfield, Texas to John Riley & Ida Cayce Garner.

Mr. Garner lived in Bryan since 1934 and a graduate of Texas A&M University class of 1938. He was the former owner of Sands Motel and the Student Co-op. He was a member of the Letterman’s Association Hall of Honor, 12th. Man Foundation and the Former Students Association.

He was preceded in death by his son Daniels S. Garner.

Survivors include his wife Alice Scoates Garner of College Station, a daughter and son-in-law Candace and Mike Jacob of Sugarland, and two grandchildren, George Edwin Jacob and wife Sarah and Michael Daniels Jacob.

Visitation was held from 10am-noon Friday at Hillier Funeral Home. Graveside Services were held at 1:30pm Friday at College Station Cemetery.

In lien of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association, P.O. Box 5346, College Station, Texas 77844 or Texas A&M 12th. Man Foundation, P.O. Drawer L1, College Station, Texas 77844.

Hillier Funeral Home


Anita (Carraway) Hill
Aug 13, 1928 - Oct 7, 2003

Anita Hill

Anita Hill, Former Texas House Representative, Longtime Garland Resident Passes Away

Anita Carraway Hill, a retired member of the Texas Legislature, died on October 7, 2003 in Garland at the age of 75. She was born on August 13, 1928 in Chatfield, Texas. Preceding her in death were her parents, Rev. Archie and Martha Carraway, and her husband, Harris Hill, for whom the Garland Independent School District’s Administration Building is named.

Anita’s life led her along a path she never would have envisioned while growing up as a Methodist “preacher’s kid”. After graduating from Marlin High School, she went on to obtain a degree in journalism from Texas Woman’s University. The journey of her life eventually led to a 16-year term in the Texas House of Representatives and to her being recognized as a Distinguished Alumnae of T.W.U. in 1981.

A continuing theme of Anita’s life was a commitment to public service. One of her first forays into the public arena resulted from her crusade to save a neighborhood green space and lake from development. The green space eventually became Garland’s Indian Lake Park. This involvement led to Anita being appointed to the City of Garland’s Park Board, serving as its chairman in 1976-1977.

Anita’s public service moved to another level with her election to the Texas House of Representatives in 1977. Serving over seven terms until her retirement in 1993, Anita was devoted to helping her constituents, and she also made issues involving our most vulnerable citizens - children and the elderly – a priority.

Anita was a longtime and active member of First United Methodist Church of Garland.
Anita’s other affiliations included the Garland Chamber of Commerce (from which she and her husband were awarded the “Tall Texan” accolade), Garland Women’s Study Club, Sequence Study Club, Smart Money Investment Club, Garland Republican Women and the Greater Garland Republican Organization.

Anita is survived by her son, Steve Hill, by her daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Judge John Sholden, and by the lights of her life, her grandchildren, Jeffrey and Elizabeth Sholden, all of Garland. She is also survived by her brother and his wife, Paul and Sharon Carraway, of San Antonio, and by her brother-in-law and his wife, Edward and Ann Hill, of Amarillo.

Pall bearers will be Denis Byers, Dr. Randy Clark, Dr. Carl Couch, Hon. Joe Driver, Raymond Dyer, Al Gondran, Hon. Sam Johnson, Hon. Charles Matthews, William Schneeberg and James Starling.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Williams Funeral Home in Garland. A service celebrating Anita’s life will be held Friday, October 10 at 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Garland, with the Rev. Gene Wisdom and Rev. Mike Haynes officiating. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Garland, Texas Foundation, 801 W. Avenue B, Garland, TX 75040, or to the Baylor Health Care System Foundation (designated for the Baylor-Garland Caring for Generations), 3600 Gaston Ave., Suite 100, Dallas, TX 75246.


Mabel Newburn Douglas
Aug 25, 1914 - Dec 30, 2004

Services for Mabel Newburn Douglas, 90, of Jacksonville, were at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan 3, 2005, in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with the Rev. Vernon Lee officiating.

Burial was at Jacksonville City Cemetery.

Mrs. Douglas, beloved mother, teacher and citizen of the community, died Dec. 30, 2004, at a local hospital.

She was born Aug. 25, 1914, in Pinkston, Texas in Navarro County.

Mrs. Douglas graduated from Jacksonville Baptist College and received her BA and M.Ed degrees from Stephen F. Austin Teachers College. She founded the special education department at Jacksonville Independent School District, where she taught for many years before retiring in 1979 as director of special services for JISD.

Mrs. Douglas was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the ETMC Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh A. "Jack" Douglas; one son, Everett Newburn Douglas; her seven brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Randall E. Douglas and Hon. Leta S. Parks of Houston; grandchildren, Jason Douglas and Nathan Douglas of Fort Worth; and great grandchild, Mallory Douglas of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers were Jason Douglas, Nathan Douglas, Oscar Newburn, Guy Newburn, Mike Newburn, Louis Newburn, Billy James Newburn, Robert Newburn and Loftin Douglas Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmie Sanford, the Rev. Jimmy Carrol Newburn and the deacons of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

Visitation was held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2004


Wilma White-Bell
Mar 13, 1910 - Jan 7, 2005

KILGORE Graveside services for Wilma White Bell, 94, of Kilgore will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Kilgore Cemetery with the Rev. Don Beebe officiating. Arrangements are by Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore. Mrs. Bell died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at her residence.

Mrs. Bell was born March 13, 1910, in Navarro County. She had been a resident of Kilgore since the 1930s and had worked for several years as a clerk at Wackers Variety Store.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Lois Dixon of Kilgore; one daughter-in-law, Margaret White of Albuquerque, N.M.; three granddaughters, Kathy Richie and Vicki White, both of Austin, and Sherry Switzenberg of Albuqueque, N.M.; four great-grandchildren, Jeremy Richie and Dana Richie, both of Austin, and Tyson Switzenberg and Kearstin Nuckols, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four great-great-grandchildren, Tyson Richie and Joshua Richie, both of Austin, and Alexa and Ashtyn Nuckols, both of Phoenix, Ariz.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by one son, Bobby Lee White; and her husbands, Charles E. White and George E. Bell.


Evelyn Christine (Price) Vass
Oct 23, 1926 - Oct 15, 2003

Services for Evelyn Christine Price Vass, 76, of Bryan are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.

The Rev. John Free of First Baptist Church in Bryan will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery in Conroe.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Vass died Wednesday.

She was born in Navarro county.

She graduated from Conroe High School and lived in Bryan since 1945. She was a homemaker and a beautician for Pruitt’s Beauty Shop in College Station before opening her own shop. She also worked at the Bryan Independent School District as a librarian at Bonham and Stephen F. Austin High School. She later became a secretary for Carl Orr, principal at Travis School. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryan and Eunice Sunday School Class. She was a former member of the Bryan No. 222 Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C.P. “Peck” Vass.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Perry and Barbara Vass Jr. of Bryan; a brother and sister-in-law, Roy Leonard and Irma Price of Conroe; a sister and brother-in-law, Lorene and H.B. Nelson of Irving; and a granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church in Bryan, the Shriner’s Children Hospital in Houston or the Alzheimer’s Association in Houston, 11251 Northwest Freeway, Suite 300, Houston, Texas 77092.


John Alfred Frazier Jr.
Jul 17, 1914 - Jan 8, 2004

CENTERVILLE — Services for John Alfred Frazier Jr., 89, of Centerville are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Centerville.

The Revs. Larry Ashley and Richard Ray will officiate. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery west of Centerville following a Masonic graveside service.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville.

Mr. Frazier died Thursday in Crockett.

He was born in Navarro County and lived in Centerville since 1973. In his early years he worked on a farm and as a roughneck in the oilfields. He worked in the Houston shipyards during World War II and as a contractor in commercial and home construction in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area until his retirement. He was a former resident of Oakridge and was a member of First Baptist Church in Centerville and the Centerville Lodge No. 1291 A.F. & A.M.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Frazier.

Survivors include a son, James Frazier of the Robbins community in Leon County; two daughters, Alta Rea Morse of Queens City and Joyce Elaine Bolton of Beaumont; a brother, Weldon Frazier of Opelousas, La.; a sister, Lorene White of Livingston; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 


John Herman Ganze
Sep 5, 1922 - Jan 19, 2005

Herman Ganze, 82, of Richardson passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Walnut Place in Dallas.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Donald Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dean Murray, Johnny Ganze, Randy Ganze, George Ganze, James McDonald and Lewis Tidwell.

Mr. Ganze was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Poynor to Emil Max Ganze and Eliza Jane Daniels Ganze. He had worked for Texas Instruments for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ganze of Richardson; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Jimmy Johnson of Garland; grandchildren, Marla and Bobby Burns and Lance and Jane Johnson; great-grandchildren, Brittney, Dakota, Ethan, Seth and Luke; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hub and Lessie Ganze of Powell and Calvin and Dorothy Ganze of Pursley; and sisters, Mary Tidwell and Katherine Mahoney, both of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Alan 'Jimmy' Mott
Apr 1, 1955 - Jan 19, 2005

James Alan "Jimmy" Mott, 49, of Garland passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at his residence.

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

Services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steve Bullard, David Dowd, Cecil Kim Miller, Jack Coggins, Joe Wilson and Jerry Wilson.

Mr. Mott was born April 1, 1955, in Galveston.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sunshine Mott in 1999.

Survivors include his daughter, Riccie Henning of Austin; and father, Billy Jack Mott of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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A. M. 'Andy' Anderson
Dec 16, 1925 - Jan 19, 2005

A. M. "Andy" Anderson, 79, of Purdon, a dry wall finisher, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home, 425 S. Henderson, Fort Worth.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery with burial to follow.

Mr. Anderson was born Dec. 16, 1925, in Kemp to Leonard Milburn and Ruth Inez Trice Anderson.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Emma Anderson of Purdon; son, Wayne Anderson and wife Terri of Fort Worth; daughter, Glenda Evans and husband Derell of Fairfield; sisters, Louise Hickson of Troy and Mary Frances Hughes of Whitney; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home, Fort Worth.

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A. M. "Andy" Anderson
1925 - 2005

A. M. "Andy" Anderson, 79, a drywall finisher, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at a Navarro County hospital.
Graveside service: noon Monday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Brown, Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.

A.M. "Andy" Anderson was born Dec. 16, 1925, in Kemp to Leonard Milburn and Ruth Inez Trice Anderson. He moved to Purdon from Fort Worth in 2000.

Survivors: Wife of 57 years, Emma Anderson; son, Wayne Anderson and wife, Terri, of Fort Worth; daughter, Glenda Evans and husband, Derell, of Fairfield; sisters, Louise Hickson of Troy and Mary Frances Hughes of Whitney; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 1/22/2005.
 


Clyde James Taylor

Clyde James Taylor, 78, of Kerens passed away Friday, Jan. 14, 2004 [2005], at Veterans Hospital in Temple. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at New Hope Baptist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Earnest Betts Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Gussie Mae Alexander
Nov 16, 1914 - Jan 18, 2005

Gussie Mae Alexander, 90, of Frost passed away Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2004, at Hill Regional Hospital in Hillsboro. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Hillsboro with the Rev. Ronnie Potter officiating. Interment will follow at Doris Miller Memorial Park in Waco. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Jan 21, 2005
  • SSDI: GUSSIE M ALEXANDER 16 Nov 1914 18 Jan 2005 (V) 76641 (Frost, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 467-28-2163 Texas

Velma Frances White
Apr 8, 1925 - Jan 22, 2005

Velma Frances White, 79, of Jacksonville passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 in Jacksonville.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Central Baptist Church of Jacksonville with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Longview.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Kidwell, Chris Kidwell, Cody Cummings, David Daniels, Hugh Hasley and Jim Hasley.

Honorary Pallbearers will be the Ruth Sunday School Class, Jason White, Daniel White, Pink Ladies at ETMC Jacksonville, and Jacksonville Tennis Association.

Mrs. White was born April 8, 1925, in Electra.

She was a retired teacher. She taught and coached for Jacksonville High School. During her time at Jacksonville High School, she coached tennis, girls' basketball, girls' volleyball, and track. She also taught and coached for White Oak High School. The Jacksonville High School Tennis Complex was named in her honor. She was the first inductee into the Jacksonville Tennis Association Hall of Fame. She was a volunteer for the East Texas Medical Center in Jacksonville, where she served as a Pink Lady. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Jacksonville Tennis Association, and a Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a long time member of Central Baptist Church and a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class. She volunteered as treasurer for Spanish Mission Church Prinera Iglesia Barrtista from 1986-1994, and a volunteer leader for ceramic class for Central Baptist Church.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by her parents, Euell Shafter and Effie Velma Hasley White; nieces and nephews, James Calvin White and Pamela Davidson.

She is survived by brothers, Calvin White of Alto and Melvin White of White Oak; sister, Lucille Cummings of Corsicana; cousins, Norval Hasley family; nieces and nephews, Jerry Purifoy of Longview, Lynn Kidwell of Colleyville, Sandy Daniels of Dike, Randy Cummings of Arlington, Danny White, and 13 great nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, Hopsice of East Texas and Jacksonville Tennis Association.

Arrangements by Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

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Francis (Bell) McCarter
Jul 27, 1922 - Jan 24, 2005

Francis McCarter

Francis McCarter, 82, of Corsicana, loving mother and grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 24, 2005.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Randall Evett and the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating. Graveside services will follow at Hopewell Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Murray, Rusty Barlow, Doug Miller, James Basham, Sonny Morris and Ronnie McCarter.

Mrs. McCarter was born July 27, 1922, in Frost to Robert Bell and Lillie Mae Lemons Bell. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Roane Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Harvel "Knocker" McCarter; son-in-law, Cortiss Barlow; and grandson, David Barlow.

Survivors include her five children: son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Zane McCarter of Sunrise Beach, Mo.; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Barlow and friend Charlie Martin of Ennis, Barbara and George Coppock of Corsicana, Donna and Pat Shelton of Lake Charles, La., and Judy and David Spinks of Marlin; 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen McCarter and Gladys Ewing, both of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The loving care provided by her beautiful granddaughter, Theresa Edwards, and loving friend, Betty Boyte, will always be remembered by her family.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Francis Elvira McCarter) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Donald Ray "Donnie" Long
Aug 24, 1942 - Jan 24, 2005

Donnie Long, 62, of Purdon passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2005 in Tyler.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Frost Cemetery.

Mr. Long was born Aug. 24, 1942 in Gainesville, Texas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Vietnam.

Mr. Long is survived by his wife, Rebecca Long of Purdon; twin brother and sister-in-law, Ronald Jay and Peggy Long of Gainesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and James Burrus and Darleen and Bill Burkhart, all of Gainesville; mother-in-law, Verna Mae Keathley of Corsicana; stepdaughter and husband, Jessica McManus and Kevin Jock of Corsicana; stepson and wife, Bruce and Roxanne McManus of Corsicana; stepdaughter, Jennifer Robinson of New Waverly; and a large, extended family.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Kenneth Lee Ray
Feb 6, 1926 - Jan 24, 2005

Kenneth Lee Ray, 78, passed away at home in Powell around dawn Monday, Jan. 24, 2005. Mr. Ray was born Feb. 6, 1926, at Phillips Chapel, Navarro County, to Doss and Georgia Ray, the youngest of three children. The Ray family moved to Overton during the East Texas oil boom, but returned to Navarro County where young Kenneth began school at Powell. Upon graduation from Powell High School in 1944, Mr. Ray enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Pacific theater combat in Guam, Saipan, Okinawa and the Philippines; also participating in the occupation of Japan after the surrender in August/September 1945. As a landing craft pilot, Mr. Ray facilitated the beach landings of Marines and, assigned to the USS Custer, an attack transport, witnessed the kamikaze attacks of late World War II.

A high school athlete, Mr. Ray enrolled in Navarro College in 1947 and played basketball during his college years, as well as semi-professional basketball for several teams, including the Douglas Aircraft Company team in San Diego, Calif. Married to Sue Faulkner Ray in 1949, Mr. Ray was engaged in several oilfield and utility company jobs. A licensed electrician, he also participated in the post-war construction boom in Odessa. After several moves, the Rays returned to Navarro County where their daughter Jan was born. During the mid-1950s, Mr. Ray served as production superintendent for the Coffield-Guthrie Oil Company in Navarro County. In 1960, Mr. Ray became associated with Wilson Supply Company, an oilfield service organization, and remained a manager with Wilson in Texas and Louisiana until 1971. Soon after returning to Navarro County in 1971, Mr. Ray was appointed city manager of the City of Kerens and served in that capacity for several years, returning to the oil business in the late 1970s and '80s with Oilfield Rental Company and Pool Well Service.

In 1983, Mr. Ray accepted employment as a consultant for Tarrant Regional Water District and directed well-plugging and remediation as a predicate to the impoundment of Richland-Chambers Reservoir. He had continued as a consultant for the Water District, and had also been engaged from time to time in ranching, independent oil production, and well-service enterprises.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister, he is survived by his wife, Sue Ray, his daughter, Jan Ray Jackson, wife of John H. Jackson, and grandsons, Jeff Jackson, presently employed in Costa Rica, and Timothy Jackson, a law student in Oklahoma City.

Mr. Ray also leaves many loving friends and business associates who never failed to appreciate his quick wit and ever-present humor. Also, he will be sadly missed by the congregation of Powell Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Pallbearers will be Robert Evans, Darnell Andrews, Homer Gene Wasson, Robert Chrisman, John Kenner, Jerry Kenner, Bob Pritchett, Larry Boswell and G.W. Frossard.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association and Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Morris Holcomb and Jarrod Wellman officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

An online guest book is available by going to the Web site at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Kenneth Ray obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Betty Ruth Johnson
Feb 7, 1927 - Jan 25, 2005

BETTY R. JOHNSON
(February 7, 1927 - January 25, 2005)
Mrs. BETTY RUTH JOHNSON, age 77, of Corsicana, Texas, died Tuesday, January 25, 2005, in Corsicana, Texas She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was also a member of Altar Society, Hospital Pink Ladies, and Past President of the Ladies Golf Association. Her Husband J. E. Johnson also Daughter-Beverly Wyatt of Grand Prairie, Texas Son & Daughter-in-law-John & Sharon Johnson of Cryer Creek, Texas & Son & Daughter-in-law-Jerry & Nancy Johnson of Fairfield, Texas. Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, where a Rosary will be conducted at 7:00 PM Wednesday, January 26, 2005. Funeral Mass will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 27, 2005 , Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas .

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Betty R. Johnson

Betty R. Johnson, 77, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005, in Corsicana.

Visitation with rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Wyatt, John Johnson II, James E. Johnson, Chris Mayo, Jody Caudle and Isaac Hammond. Honorary pallbearers will be John Rutherford, Bobby Morton, Rick Staton, David Wyatt, Eddie Muench and Bobby Johnson.

Mrs. Johnson was born Feb. 7, 1927, in St. Louis, Ill. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Church Altar Society and Hospital Pink Ladies. She was past president of Corsicana Country Club Ladies Golf Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Ruth Johnson.

Survivors include her husband, J.E. Johnson of Corsicana; daughter, Beverly Wyatt of Grand Prairie; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Sharon Johnson of Cryer Creek and Jerry and Nancy Johnson of Fairfield; grandsons, Jamie Wyatt and wife Suzanne of Midlothian, John Johnson and wife Marisa of Fairfax, Va., and James Johnson of Fairfield; granddaughters, Heather Mayo and husband Chris of Corpus Christi, Christy Caudle and husband Jody of Corsicana, and Angela Hammond and husband Isaac of Georgetown; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Mayo and Lauren Mayo, both of Corpus Christi, Jewell Caudle of Corsicana and Jackson Wyatt of Midlothian.

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

A video tribute to Mrs. Johnson may be viewed on the Internet by going to the Web site at www.corleyfuneralhome.com. Select Mrs. Johnson's obituary and click on the video memorials link. There is also an online guest book for your use.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jesse Evans Childers
April 29, 1918 - Jan 26, 2005

Jesse Evans Childers, 86, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Heritage Oaks West.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Pastor B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Esco McCann, Gaylon Crawford, Vic Howell, Carroll Boswell, H. M. Davenport Jr., Mike Dowd and Don Smith. Honorary pallbearer will be Erwin McGraw.

Mr. Childers was born April 29, 1918, in Corsicana to Frank M. and Nora (Brandon) Childers. He served in World War II. He was owner of Childers Electric for over 50 years. He was a member of Navarro Shrine Club and a charter member of the VFW.

Survivors include his daughters, Brenda Barron and Gilda Joyner and husband Phil, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Amanda Jones of New Braunfels, Bryan Joyner of Austin and Chad Barron of Corsicana; great-grandchildren, Summer Jones and Hunter Jones, both of New Braunfels; and brother, J. C. Childers of Orange.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Jesse Evans Childers) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Martha Elizabeth (Bickham) Etzel
Jul 7, 1912 - May 8, 2000

Martha Elizabeth Bickham Etzel  (MED ’65) passed away May 8, 2000 in Corsicana. She was a first grade teacher at Sam Houston Elementary School for 26 years, retiring in 1977. She was an active volunteer in the community and church.

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  • Social Security Death Index: MARTHA B ETZEL 07 Jul 1912 - 08 May 2000 (V) 78842 (Del Rio, Val Verde, TX) (none specified) 450-56-8447 Texas
     

Clara Ineta (Williams) Andrews
Dec 18, 1920 - Nov 18, 2004

Ineta Williams Andrews, 83 of Richland, died Thursday, November 18th, 2004 at her residence in Richland.

Mrs. Andrews is preceded in death by her husband, J. T.; son Kenneth and daughter Stella; brothers, Troy, Jack, Clete, Clyde, and Henry Williams.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 20th at the First Baptist Church in Kerens with the Reverend Dennis Mott officiating and the Reverend Alfred Smirl assisting. Interment followed at the Long Prairie Cemetery. Nephews served as Pallbearers.

Mrs. Andrews is survived by, sons and daughter-in-laws, Quindell and Lana Andrews of Kerens, E. L. and Rose of Richland, Nickey and Pat of Kerens; daughters and son-in-laws, Patsy and Ray Allred of Mildred, Ginger and Tommy Spivey of Kerens; brothers, Zeb Williams and Alon Williams of Oklahoma, Charlie Williams of Kerens, Arnold Williams of Rowlett; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home at 120 SW Third Street in Kerens, Texas.

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  • Social Security Death Index: INETA ANDREWS 18 Dec 1920 - 18 Nov 2004 (V) 76681 (Richland, Navarro, TX) (none specified) 463-74-8194 Texas

Raymond P. Jordan
Nov 27, 1930 - Jan 28, 2005

Raymond P. Jordan, 74, of Euless passed away Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 in Bedford.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Raley officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shellie Ward, Eric Ward, Josh Jordan, Jerrod Jordan and Justin Jordan.

Mr. Jordan was born Nov. 27, 1930 in Corsicana. He had a lifelong hobby of building model airplanes and cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Mildred Jordan and brothers Olan Jordan, Ottis Jordan and Johnny Jordan.

Survivors include his wife, Georgeann Jordan of Euless; daughter and son-in-law Sherry and John Warren of Grand Prairie; son and daughter-in-law Rufus and Sandra Jordan of Greenville; granddaughters Shellie Ward of Mansfield and Becky Richardson and husband Jason of Greenville; grandsons Eric Ward of Grand Prairie, Josh Jordan of Garland, Jerrod Jordan and wife Brittany of Dallas, Justin Jordan and wife Erin of Garland, and Jeremy Beasley of Greenville; great-granddaughters Nicole Jordan of Dallas and Cori Jordan of Garland; great-grandsons Tuffer Jordan of Garland, Clayton Richardson of Greenville and Gage Stringer of Greenville; sisters Ruth Stringer of Temple, Juanita Gatlin of Richardson and Mae Pyle of Kilgore; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Texas, 8150 Brookdriver Dr. #113, Dallas, TX 75247.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Rogers L. (Merdia) Blanford
Nov 5, 1913 - Jan 27, 2005

Rogers L. Blanford

Rogers L. Blanford, 91, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

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

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at First Independent Baptist Church, 703 E. Fifth Ave., with Pastor Donald Lacey officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews.

Mrs. Blanford was born Nov. 5, 1913, in Culwell. She was retired from private home care and was a member of First Independent Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Henry C. Blanford.

Survivors include one daughter, Rosetta Moore of Corsicana; one son, James Merdia (Mattie) of Corsicana, two sisters, Thular Campbell and Sally Mack, both of Temple; one brother, Harvey Merdia of Temple; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Bernice Gee of Corsicana; several nieces and nephews of Temple and including two nephews Buford Gee of Corsicana and Gussie Gee of DeSoto; other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Loyd Rae Britton
Dec 27, 1932 - Jan 26, 2005

Loyd Rae Britton, born Dec. 27, 1932, in Corsicana to Loyd Freeman Britton and Opal Mae Maynard Britton, died Jan. 26, 2005.

He grew up in Corsicana and Dawson. He graduated Dawson High School in 1950, where he was a running back for the Bulldogs. He attended Draughns Business College and worked for Western Electric. He retired from Southwestern Bell after serving 39 years, where for the last 17 years of service he was a supervisor with cable splicing and cable repair. Loyd was a clown with the Telephone Pioneers bearing the name "One L." He worked part time for the Dallas Police Department and also as security at the Dallas Sportatorium. Loyd was also a reserve officer for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department in the warrants and fugitive division. Loyd then joined the Rockwall County Sheriff's Department as a reserve officer and went to work full time as a patrolman. Loyd was a criminal investigator for three years. Loyd was "FLAT" Officer of the Year in 1993 along with his partner Grace Madore.

Loyd and Patti Thompson became life partners in 1990 and were wed in 1995 and combined their two families.

Loyd joined Keystone Masonic Lodge No. 1143 in 1968. He was a member of Dallas Scottish Rite in 1968. He also joined Hella Shrine Temple in 1968. He was a member of the directors staff and also a roustabout for the Shrine Circus for over 30 years.

He was a Dawson High School alumni and served four years on the board of directors.

Loyd was preceded in death by his father, Loyd Freeman Britton; mother, Opal Mae Britton; sister, Betty Joyce Britton Hubbard; and brother, James Lee Britton.

Survivors are his wife, Patricia Thompson Britton; his faithful pug, Fancy, who was his loyal and constant companion; sons, Scott Anthony Britton and Chad Andrew Britton and wife Carrie; daughters, Stacy Lynn Britton Graves and husband Dwayne and Sherry Rae Britton; stepsons, William Reeves and wife Jennifer, John J. Miller and Christopher Williams and wife Heidi; and eight grandchildren, Sharleen Britton, Zachary Britton, Blake Graves, Cash Britton, Chloe Britton, Colton Calhoun, Hunter Reeves and Bryce Reeves.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, National Kidney Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go the name (Loyd Rae Britton) to sign book and sign memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Hon. Kenneth A. 'Buck' Douglas
Feb 17, 1927 - Jan 27, 2005

Former County Judge and District Judge Kenneth A. "Buck" Douglas passed away at about 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, in Corsicana. Judge Douglas was born Feb. 17, 1927, to Lawrence Douglas and Gladys Arnett Douglas of the Cryer Creek community in northwest Navarro county. Graduating from Barry High School, Douglas joined the U.S. Army and served in Panama. Upon discharge from the Army, he enrolled in Navarro College. Married in 1947 to Dorothy Jo Owen, he was admitted to Baylor University School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1951. Douglas returned to Navarro County and practiced law with an office in Corsicana. He was appointed judge of the municipal court of the City of Corsicana in 1951. Two sons were born to Judge and Mrs. Douglas, Kenneth "Ken" Douglas in 1952, and Brett Owen Douglas in 1959. Douglas continued to practice law and serve as municipal judge until his appointment as constitutional county judge of Navarro County in 1957. During his tenure, he was faced with numerous challenges, among them the renovation of an aging courthouse, and the finance of the county's contribution to the construction of Interstate 45. These and other projects required remarkable management skills at a time when county revenues were extremely low. As county judge, "Buck" Douglas practiced fiscal conservatism and dedicated himself to the effective management of public affairs. Also noteworthy is that the Navarro County Courthouse was made accessible to handicapped persons long before passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Judge Douglas left the county bench in 1972 to become executive director of the Texas Association of Counties, then a struggling organization committed to the assistance of county government in numerous ways, from legislative issues to liability management and insurance. Under his direction, the association greatly expanded its scope of operations and influence.

In 1976, Judge Douglas resigned as executive director of the association to seek the bench of the 13th District Court of the State of Texas. In this election he defeated the incumbent and served with distinction on the district trial bench for 20 years, never facing an opponent after 1976. As district judge, "Buck" Douglas heard all manner of family and civil disputes, as well as criminal cases including capital murder and organized crime prosecutions. Judge Douglas is remembered by the bar of Navarro County as a jurist who managed his considerable docket with firmness and fairness. After retirement, he continued to sit as an assigned visiting judge in complex and controversial cases. Other achievements for which Judge Douglas will be remembered are his participation in the founding of VFW Post No. 3366, and his service as president of both the Northeast Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association and the Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association. He also engaged in ranching and the independent trucking business.

Judge Douglas will be deeply missed by those who believe that all persons are equal before the bar of justice as well as those who believe that the courts of America are the only institutions which stand between tyranny on one side and anarchy on the other.

He will also be remembered as a loving father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jo Owen Douglas; his mother, Gladys Douglas; and his sons and daughters-in-law, Ken Douglas and Cindy Douglas and Brett Douglas and Dianne Douglas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Allison Douglas, Ryan Douglas, Dustin Douglas, Daniel Douglas, Seth Douglas and Anna Middleton. Surviving relatives also include sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie Griffin of Carrollton, Dorothy Jean and Bob Ashford of Grand Prairie, Betty and Dan Lancaster of Athens and Wanda and Eddie McNeese of Kerens; sister-in-law, Bobbie Brown; nieces, Brenda Hodge and husband Coy and Kim Andrews and husband Larry; and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ted Warren, John Jackson, Pat Batchelor, Larry Andrews, Jimmy Dockery, Leslie Cotten, Alan Bristol and Rob Dunn. Honorary pallbearers will be David Ralston Sr. and Johnny Chirafis and grandsons Ryan Douglas, Dustin Douglas, Daniel Douglas and Seth Douglas.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. A private burial will be held in a family cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Myrtle Beatrice Douglas
Sep 25, 1928 - Jan 23, 2005

Myrtle Beatrice Douglas, 76, of Corona, N.Y., passed away Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005, at Calvary Hospital in New York.

Services will be 1 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Donald Lacey officiating. Interment will follow atWoodland Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

She was born Sept. 25, 1928, the fourth born of seven children to Henry and Helen Douglas. She attended G.W. Jackson High School in Corsicana. She received a B.S. degree at Sam Houston College in Austin and a master's degree in New York City. She was employed with the City of New York as a director for social services until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Helen Douglas; brothers, Walter (Sam), Hobart (Billy), Alvin, Theo and Clovis; and infant sister, Hazel.

Survivors include her sister, Alice Mae Hill of Austin, and nieces, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and a great number of friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Mildred Louise Kuykendall
Aug 21, 1934 - Jan 29, 2005

Mildred Louise Kuykendall, 70, passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Kuykendall was born Aug. 21, 1934 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Kuykendall, daughters Peggy "Lucy" Kuykendall and Susan Kuykendall, and three grandchildren.

Survivors include sons Sammy Joe Sharp of Corsicana, Tony Kuykendall of Corsicana, Tracy Kuykendall and wife Patricia of Corsicana, Jack Kuykendall and wife Willie of Corsicana, Ronnie Kuykendall and wife Carol of Kerens, and Roger Kuykendall and wife Mandy of Corsicana; daughters Bonnie Totten and husband Paul of Arlington, and Stacy Kuykendall of Corsicana; sister Geraldine O'Shay of Corsicana; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mildred 'Louise' Kuykendall

On Jan. 29, 2005, Louise left this earth to be reunited with her husband of 40 years, J.D. Kuykendall; daughters Lucy and Susan Kuykendall; grandson, Christopher; and granddaughters, Amber, Carmen and Camron, who preceded her in death.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at
Oakwood Cemetery.

Louise was born Aug. 21, 1934, in Corsicana and passed away at her home in Corsicana. She worked for Kmart for many years and was the chaplain for the American Legion Women's Auxiliary for many years. She was a member of 11th Avenue Baptist Church of Corsicana. Louise did private sitting after retiring until her year-long battle with cancer took her to be with our Lord and Savior.

Survivors include sons Sammy Joe Sharp of Corsicana, Tony Kuykendall of Corsicana, Tracy Kuykendall and wife Patricia of Corsicana, Jack Kuykendall and wife Willie of Corsicana, Ronnie Kuykendall and wife Carol of Kerens, and Roger Kuykendall and wife Mandy of Corsicana; daughters Bonnie Totten and husband Paul of Arlington, and Stacy Kuykendall and fianc/ Mike Martin of Corsicana; sister Geraldine O'Shay of Corsicana; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A video tribute to Mrs. Kuykendall may be viewed on the Internet by going to the Web site at www.corleyfuneralhome.com. Select Mrs. Kuykendall's obituary and click on the video memorial slink. There is also an online guest book for your use.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cloyd Thornsberry
April 20, 1936 - Jan 2005

Funeral services for Cloyd Thornsberry, 68, Athens, have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Rev. Richard Palmer, Rev. Elvin Adair and Rev. Chuck Schoon officiating.

Burial will follow in a rural family cemetery.

Mr. Thornsberry was born April 20, 1936 in Rural Shade to the late Leroy and Allie Mae Honea Thornsberry.

Mr. Thornsberry was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, and he loved to hunt and fish. Over the last several years he had become and avid golfer. He loved reading Westerns and tinkering and repairing small engines.

Including his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Ollie Ruth Simmons, and a brother, Floyd Thornsberry.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Patsy Thornsberry; daughter and son-in-law Kim and Fred Vasbinder of Athens; grandson Justin Wayne Oneal and his wife, Christi of The Woodlands; granddaughter Ashley Elaine McDonald and her husband Greg of Brownsboro; and great-grandsons Elijah McDonald and Tristan Oneal.

Pallbearers will be Bill Bradley, Bruce Wiley, Terry Stout, James Tullos, Don Stutts and Jimmy Hope.

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

If desired memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 8393 CR 4535, Larue, TX, 75770.

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Sibyl (Martin) Anderson
Sep 15, 1918 - Jan 30, 2005

Sibyl Anderson

Sibyl Martin Anderson, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, in Waco. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with the Rev. Pat Patton presiding. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Sibyl was born Sept. 15, 1918, on a farm in Retreat, the second child of early Navarro County settlers, Travis Wesley and Lela (Vandygriff) Martin. She married Benjamin Doyle Anderson on Oct. 21, 1939, and was a homemaker for many years as they lived in several Texas locations due to his military service in World War II and later due to his work for Acme Bridge Company. After his death, she settled in their home in Retreat where she lived until December 2000, when she moved to Waco. She was an excellent seamstress and an avid reader. Before retirement, she worked for several years at Tekell Furniture Company in Corsicana. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana and later joined Missionary Baptist Church in Retreat.

Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Doyle, in 1969; her parents; and two brothers, Robert Dalton Martin and Charles Wesley Martin.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Anderson Garrett and husband, Lloyd, of China Spring; grandchildren, Megan Garrett and Travis Garrett of China Spring; dear sister, Edna Skinner of Retreat; loving sisters-in-law, Maxine Butler of Wortham, Audrey Smith of Alabama and Dorothy Reeves of Austin; three nephews and 10 nieces.

The family wishes to extend special thanks for Sibyl's care to the staff of Quality Care of Waco and the Hillcrest Community Hospice staff, especially Judy Richard, R.N. For those desiring, the family has suggested Hillcrest Community Hospice, 3215 Pine, Waco, TX 76708 for memorials.

A video tribute to Mrs. Anderson may be viewed on the Internet by going to the Web site at www.corleyfuneralhome.com. Select Mrs. Anderson's obituary and click on the video memorials link. There is also an online guest book for your use.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

 

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Ivy May (Millican) Barnett
May 23, 1915 - Jan 15, 2005

Ivy May Barnett

Ivy May Barnett Graveside Services Held on Monday
Graveside services for Mrs. Ivy May Barnett, 89, of Franklin were held on Monday, January 17, 2005 in Mexia Cemetery. Mrs. Barnett, a former resident of Mexia, passed away in Bryan on January 15. Rev. Curt Powell, youth minister of First Baptist Church in Mexia officiated.
Mrs. Barnett was born on May 23, 1915 in Corsicana, was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Charles Barnett of Franklin; granddaughter, Elaine Rae Barnett of New York; brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Easter Fay Millican of Rusk; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Andrew and Lena Millican; brother, Lucion Millican, and sister, Ruby Millican.
Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
Blair-Stubbs Mexia was in charge of arrangements.

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Marijo (Ross) Cameron
Jul 1, 1917 - Feb 1, 2005

Marijo Cameron, 87, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Entombment will follow at Graceland Mausoleum at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Cameron was born July 1, 1917, in Carthage to Edward Walker Ross and Gladys Gertrude Page Ross. She was a homemaker. Marijo married Walter Roger Cameron Jan. 17, 1943, in Carthage. Roger and Marijo lived in several East Texas towns and enjoyed traveling and camping in their motor home. Both were members of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 29, 1995, in Corsicana.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Marijo Cameron) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John A. Lindquist
Sep 27, 1911 - Feb 1, 2005

John A. Lindquist, 93, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at his residence.

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

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Westside Baptist Church with Pastor B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Lindquist, Tom Downs, David Downs, David Jackson, Ray Garcia, James Mizelle, Jerry Winn and Carol Winn.

Mr. Lindquist was born Sept. 27, 1911, in Cullum, Mo., to Alfred Lindquist and Emma Shafer Lindquist. He was an automobile mechanic for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Marilou Lindquist of Corsicana; son, James Charlton Mizelle of Cobb, Ga.; daughters-in-law, Mary Jo Lindquist of Taylor and Suzanette Mays of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Julie Downs and Jim Lindquist, both of Taylor, and Jill Lindquist of Houston; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (John A. Lindquist) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John A. Lindquist

John A. Lindquist, son of Alford and Emma Shafer Lindquist, was born April 27, 1911 in Collum, St. Claire County, Mo. The family moved, in a covered wagon, to Great Bend, Kan. The children walked to a two-room schoolhouse in fair weather or rode ole Ruby the horse in the rain or snow.

In 1929 the family moved to Plainview, Texas, and this time in a Model A Ford. The family consisted of Beulah, the eldest child and only sister, John, and Dean, eight years younger. The baby brother had died in Great Bend, Kan. John did some riding of wild horses in a rodeo, but quickly decided that he liked farming better. He did like the Texas life, and he enjoyed working on farm machinery as well as planting and reaping. In 1935 he married his beloved Martha Ray. She died in 1966. They had one child, a son, Bobby Gene, who died in 2004.

During the war years, John helped build airstrips in South Texas from San Antonio to the border. After the war ended he became equipment manager for several ranches. He was not only equipment manager, but also troubleshooter for the other ranches.

After Martha died he came to Corsicana, and opened John's Auto Shop. After the death of his second wife he closed his auto shop and did some traveling. He then began to do some redecorating or interior decorating which he truly enjoyed. He had done this as a hobby, but now he could do it for pleasure. He liked it, but he found that he was very lonely. He met Marilou Mizelle, a widow of 40 years. In the late spring of 1998 they were married for an everlasting love.

He leaves his beloved, Marilou Lindquist of Corsicana; son, James Charlton Mizell of Cobb, Ga.; daughter, Suzanette Mays of Richmond, Va.; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Lindquist of Taylor; grandchildren, Julie Downs and Jim Lindquist, both of Taylor, and Jill Lindquist of Houston; and eight great-grandchildren.

John Alexander Lindquist took the path to heaven holding God's hand Feb. 1, 2005, of our Lord and Savior.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. today at Westside Baptist Church with Pastor B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Hymns will be by the Solid Rockers directed by Chuck McElroy. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Lindquist, Dale Daughtry, James Mizell, Jerry Winn, Carroll Winn, David Jackson, Ray Garcia and Bob O'Dell. Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday school class at Westside Baptist Church, led by his wonderful teacher, Ray Whitfield.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (John A. Lindquist) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jessie (Hallstead) Pearce
Oct 8, 1918 - Feb 2, 2005

Jessie H. Pearce

Jessie H. Pearce, better known as "Peg" to her many friends, was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Canandaigua, N.Y., to Jessie Allan Hallstead and Dr. Walter George Hallstead.

She grew up in Penn Yan, N.Y., and attended Middlebury College in Vermont for two years. She then transferred to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where she graduated summa cum laude in 1941. It was there that she met Chuck Pearce. They married on March 13, 1942, in Towanda, Pa.

While Chuck was in service during World War II, Peg split her time between her family in Penn Yan, N.Y., and Chuck's family in Rice Lake, Wis.

After World War II Peg and Chuck lived for a brief time in Chicago, Ill., and in 1947 moved to Corsicana. The next 20 years were spent raising their two children, Charles S. Pearce III and Vivian Allan Pearce.

In 1965 Peg and Chuck began traveling extensively, going around the world several times.

In 1971 they built a home in Santa Fe, N.M., living there mid-summer and mid-winter for the next 20 years. In 1991 they moved back to Corsicana full time and became much involved with the Western Art and Civil War Collections for which they are known and which now are housed at Navarro College Cook Center. Peg was actively involved with both collections until her health failed in recent months.

Throughout her life, Peg was most interested in civic projects and especially in helping needy students.

Peg Pearce passed away on Feb. 2, 2005, at home in Corsicana, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her husband, Charles S. Pearce Jr. of Corsicana; her son, Charles S. Pearce III of Gainesville, Fla.; daughter, Vivian Allan Pearce of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Michelle Foster of Milwaukee, Wis., Eric Pearce of Milwaukee, Wis., Kelly Pearce of Gainesville, Fla., Ben Ijams of Clearwater, Fla., and Matt Ijams of Tucson, Ariz.; and great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Will Foster of Milwaukee, Wis.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at The Cook Center at Navarro College in Corsicana with the Rev. Tom Rook of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Ill., officiating.

It is requested that any donations be sent to the Navarro College Foundation, 3100 W. Collin, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Rosetta (Merdia) Moore
Mar 28, 1932 - Feb 1, 2005

Rosetta Moore

Rosetta Moore, 72, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Independent Baptist Church, 703 E. Fifth Ave., with Pastor Donald Lacey officiating. Interment will follow atWoodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sam Evans, David Merdia, George Merdia, James Merdia Jr., Jimmy Merdia and Johnny Merdia.

Mrs. Moore was born March 28, 1932, in Caldwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Victor Morrison.

Survivors include four children, Hazel (Stanley) Jennings, Lavonia Steward, and Mark (Jennifer) Moore, all of Corsicana, and Charles (Sharon) Moore of Mexia; two stepchildren, Chester (Cheryl) Moore and Stella Moore, all of Dallas; seven grandchildren, Charles Moore Jr., Demarcus Cook, Jalisa Cook, Kevin (LaTony) Campbell, Sharetta (Derome) Hawkins, Markeaston Moore and Kyra L. Jones; six great-grandchildren; one brother, James (Mattie) Merdia of Corsicana; three aunts, Thular Campbell and Sally Mack, both of Temple, and Bernice Gee of Corsicana; and one uncle, Harvey Merdia of Temple.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ronald Leslie Parcel
Apr 9, 1940 - Feb 3, 2005

Ronald Leslie Parcel, 64, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment will follow at Post Oak Cemetery.

Mr. Parcel was born April 9, 1940, in Centerville, Iowa, to Charles Douglas Parcel and Neva Leone Harsh Parcel. He was a truck driver for 32 years, with the past 15 years with King Sand and Gravel in Malakoff. Two things he enjoyed were driving a truck and playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Dirk Lynn Parcel.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Parcel of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Regionald Cameron and Pam Parcel of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; daughters and sons-in-law, Fran Coleen and Doug Eckley of Fairfax Station, Va., Tina Christine and John Richardson of St. John, Mo., Lori Denise and Will Hesseltine of Cross Roads, Rhonda Jeanine and Allan Miranda of Kaufman and Andrea Michele and James Rightenour of St. Peter, Mo.; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Ronald Leslie Parcel) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Melanie Jean (Parrott) Pickett
Nov 8, 1940 - Feb 2, 2005

Melanie Jean Pickett

Melanie Jean Pickett, 64, of San Angelo passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in San Angelo.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow atBoard Tree Cemetery.

Mrs. Pickett was born Nov. 8, 1940, in Memphis, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anita Parrott; and sister, Gloria Hayes.

Survivors include her husband, Lester Pickett of San Antonio; daughter, Tammy Williams and husband Larry of Durant, Okla.; sons, Randall Pickett and wife Joy, and Troy Pickett, all of Georgetown, Danny Ballow of Murchison, and Gary Pickett and wife Kimberly of Palmer; grandchildren, Brandy Aab of Cleveland, Okla., Heather Powell of Brownwood, Donald Powell and Jason Powell, both of Durant, Okla., Caleb Pickett, Logan Pickett and Savannah Pickett, all of Georgetown, Kennedy Ballow and Clayton Ballow, both of Athens, and Cody Pickett of Palmer; great-grandchildren, Megan Aab and Jessie Aab, both of Cleveland, Okla., and Alex Hanson of Tulsa, Okla.; brother, Dany W. Kelley of Whitney; sisters, Vivian Lee of Connecticut, Karen McCallum of Garland and Cindra Palmore of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Willie (Cole) James Busby
Jul 19, 1952 - Feb 1, 2005

Willie (Cole) James Busby, 52, of Corsicana was born July 19, 1952 in Mexia to the parentage of Melvin James and Irma Ruth Busby, and attended school in Mexia, graduating in 1971. He worked for Coca Cola for six years. Cole was a family-oriented man and loved sports.

He met and married Ivory Thomas July 19, 1992.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The angel of silence entered into his life Feb. 1, 2005 at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife, Ivory Busby of Corsicana; four daughters, Jami Busby of Dallas, Camesha Busby of Mexia, Taletha Calhoun of Fort Worth and Crystal Beachum of Waco; one son, Courtney Thomas of Corsicana; four sisters, Ruby Reed (Archie) and Doris Hall (Billy), all of Waco, and Debra Busby of Arlington and Shakila Busby of Grand Prairie; six brothers, Bishop Melvin Busby (Ida Mae) of Mobile, Ala., Winston Busby (Cynthia) of Dallas, Albert Busby (Ruthie) of Waco, Tommy Busby (Josie) of Mexia, and Clemond Busby (Lois) and Gregory Busby (Carol), all of Waco; seven grandchildren, Jameshia Gamble of Mexia, Rasheed Furlow of Dallas, Skilan Gamble and Dabresha Gamble, both of Mexia, Tramaine Sauls Jr. and Ciara Cortez, both of Fort Worth and Tristian Perkins of Waco; godson Jaden Kimbrough of Mexia; three aunts, Era Jones of Mexia, Addie Pryor of Sulphur Springs and Juanita Nickerson of Dallas; four uncles, Willie Bedford of Shreveport, La., Albert Bedford of Odessa, Martin Busby of Dallas and T.J. Busby of Paducah; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, others relatives and friends.

Wake service will be 7 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Chapel.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Billy Jack Freeman officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Mexia.

Pallbearers will be Alvin Rymes, Paul Haggerty, Jessie Kimbrough, George Marshall Jr., Ken Proctor and John Proctor.

Honorary pallbearers are Katory Brooks, Larry Evans, Theodore Wallace and Roger Thomas.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Dawson Joles
Dec 10, 1936 - Feb 3, 2005

On Feb. 3, 2005, at the age of 68, Dawson Joles went to be with his Lord, ending his long battle with emphysema.

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

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

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Watkins, Jerry Watkins, H.M. Davenport Jr., James Dawson Joles, Jason Joles and David Powell. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Rash, Buddy Smith, Johnny Howard, Daniel Joles and Jeremy Joles.

Born on Dec. 10, 1936, in Dawson, he began the care of his family at Whistler's Machine and Supply, then employed by Watkins Construction where he discovered his passion in heavy equipment and dirt work, succeeding in mastering any type of machinery put before him. Going into business for himself in 1970 with a back-hoe service, retiring in 1998 due to health reasons. With very little formal education, with little use for the written word, yet self taught, he mastered every task in his path. Doing all his own repairs, maintenance and supervising with his jobs both large and small. He enjoyed playing the bass guitar in his band, The Silver Dollars, for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Minnie Joles; brother, Spencer Joles; and sisters, Bankel Roberts, Hazel Shirley, Juanita Brewster and Barbara Tincher.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Reba Joles of Corsicana; sons, Charles Joles and wife Delaina and James Dawson Joles, all of Corsicana; daughters, Sone Joles of Corsicana and Jerri Joles of Richardson; grandsons, Daniel Joles and Jeremy Joles, both of Corsicana; granddaughter, Mae Lyn Joles of Corsicana; two great-grandsons; brothers, James Harry Joles, Steve Joles and Telzy Joles, all of Corsicana; sisters, Thelma Flores, Roxie Brewer and Brenda Blakeslee, all of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cedar Lake, 625 N. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or Personal Home Care Services, 54A W. Elm, Hillsboro, TX 76645.

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

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Willie Herman Just
Feb 5, 1940 - Feb 3, 2005

Willie H. Just

Willie H. Just passed away Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, after a lengthy illness. Willie was born in Corsicana to Bill and Juanita Just on Feb. 5, 1940. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Army in Germany. He was employed by Brown and Root as an iron worker.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Just; his mother, Juanita Just; and his brother, Ray Just. He is survived by his sister, Darlene Bryant of Malakoff; three young men he considered as sons, Bubba Sullivan, David Sullivan and Joe Newland; close friends, Bill and Sue Conger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday atOakwood Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

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

An online guest book is available by going to the Web site at www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Willie H. Just obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Anthony D. 'Andy' Bowers
Feb 10, 1946 - Feb 4, 2005

Services for Anthony D. "Andy" Bowers, 58, of Corsicana, formerly of Lufkin, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Gipson-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Jeff Robinson officiating. Eulogy will be delivered by Jerry Ray. Interment will follow in the Walker Cemetery.

Andy was born Feb. 10, 1946, in Lufkin, Texas, the son of Eloise Warren Bowers and Doyle L. Bowers, who preceded him in death. He died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, in Corsicana. He lived most of his life in Lufkin, and resided in Corsicana for the past five years.

Andy was employed by Texas Foundry for 31 years, where he worked in production control, sales administration, quality control and was finishing room superintendent. For the last five years, he was employed at Oil City Iron Works, Inc. of Corsicana, as production control manager.

Andy was a 1964 graduate of Lufkin High School, where he was a member of the Lufkin High School Panther Band. He attended Texas A&M University, and played trombone in the Aggie Band. He married his high school sweetheart, Rita Don Burrous, on May 28, 1966.

Andy had served as President of the Lufkin Jaycees and President of Lufkin Polka Dots dance organization. He was also a member of the American Foundry Society, and a charter member of the SPJST Lodge No. 191. He was of the Church of Christ faith.

His survivors include his wife of 38 years, Rita Don Bowers of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Kelly and Jeff Corey of Krum and Jessica and Steve Hall of Lufkin; grandchildren, Dalton Windham of Lufkin, and Kayla, Cameron and Brandon Corey of Krum; stepmother, Virginia Bowers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dewey and Louise Burrous; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Becky Bowers and Ricky and Karen Bowers, all of Lufkin; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Cyndy and Tim Hall of Plano; nieces, Andrea Hall, Alyson Hall, Robin Bowers, Laurie Durbin and Kelly Persano; uncle and aunt, Robbie and Betty Warren; aunts, Lorene Bowers, Hazel Bowers and Cecil Bowers; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be Bill Riley, Wayne Ellis, Donnie Mathews, Elton Fenley, Bill Dean and Darin Simpson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Phillip Dewitt, Pat Hale, Danny Winski, Fred Courtney, Charles Spruell, John Nutt and other former co-workers at Texas Foundry; and Eric Meyers, Jim Stacy, Glenn Oliver, Steve Coates, Chris Norch, Eric Meyers, Jr. and other co-workers from Oil City Iron Works in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904; or to Hospice In The Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Gipson-Metcalf Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Gipson-Metcalf Funeral Directors of Lufkin.

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Melba Louise (Darby) Rea
Oct 21, 1912 - Feb 5, 2005

Melba Rea

Melba Rea, 92, of Kerens passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 at Heritage Oaks East Nursing Home.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Kerens with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of the family.

She was born Oct. 21, 1912 in Rice. The first child of seven born to Thomas I. Darby and Queena Bess Skates, Melba resided most of her life in and around Kerens and was a member of the First Baptist Church. A devoted wife and dedicated mother of two, grandmother to five and great-grandmother to 11. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Loyd; brother, Jack; and sister, Billie Ruth.

Melba is survived by daughters, Delta Mattingly and husband Jimmy of Malakoff, Darlene Nelson and husband Stan of Houston; grandchildren, Mike Mattingly and wife Sally of Warner Robins, Ga., Suzanne Shumate of Athens, Tim Mattingly and wife Jennifer of Malakoff, Kim Yates and husband Scott of Spring, Bruce Berry of Spring; great-grandchildren, Ian and Stuart Mattingly, John Thomas and James Ryan Shumate, Tyler, Heather and Clayton Mattingly, Brittany and Aaron Yates, Mikayla and Jake Reid Berry; sisters, Kathryn Patterson of vernon, Queena Allen and Bobbie Jo Darby, both of Kerens; brother, Tom Darby and wife Angelene of Corsicana.

She also leaves behind many treasured memories in the lives of her two daughters.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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