Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



J. C. Wilson

WILSON - Corsicana, Tex., Aug. 21. - J. C. Wilson, a well-known citizen of Angus, in the county, died at his home yesterday morning at 5 o'clock and was buried this morning.


Neely Anderson
1880 - Jul 1948

Neely Anderson, aged 68 years, formerly of Corsicana, died in Lindale Friday afternoon.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Pentecostal Church of God. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. G. W. Walker, pastor of the church.
Surviving are his wife of Lindale; five sons, Woodrow and John L. Anderson both of Dumas; J. C. Anderson, Pasadena, Texas; Tommie and Calvin Anderson, both of Lindale; two daughters, Miss Charlene Anderson, Lindale, and Mrs. Sam Mims, Corsicana; two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Dora Caskey and Mrs. Daisy Donohoo, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.
Corley Funeral Home will direct.



Corsicana Rites Held for Neely Anderson
Special to the News
CORSICANA, Texas, July 25. - Funeral services were held here Sunday for Neely Anderson, 68, of Lindale, formerly of Corsicana, who died Friday.
Surviving are his wife of Lindale; five sons, Woodrow Anderson and John L. Anderson, both of Dumas; J. C. Anderson, Pasadena, and Tommy Anderson, both of Lindale; two daughters, Miss Charlene Anderson, Lindale, and Mrs. Sam Mims, Corsicana; two grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Dora Caskey and Mrs. Daisy Donoho, born of Corsicana.


Mrs. George Boone Anderson

Services for Mrs. Boone Anderson, 84, a native Texan and a Winkler resident seventy-five years, were held from the St. Elmo Baptist Church.
Burial was in the St. Elmo Cemetery. Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Gene Whitlock of Dallas, Mrs. Clyde Walker of Winkler and Mrs. Lenard Lee of Streetman, and a granddaughter.



Mrs. Boone Anderson

Mrs. Boone Anderson, 84, native Texan, died in the Navarro Clinic early Sunday morning after a long illness.
Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p. m., from the St Elmo Baptist church with burial in the St. Elmo Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev M. O. Sutherland, pastor of the Powell Baptist church, formerly of Streetman.
A native of Polk County, Texas Mrs. Anderson was born January 19, 1869. She had resided in the Winkler community 75 years- and had been a member of the St Elmo Baptist church since childhood.
Surviving are her husband of Winkler; three daughters, Mrs. Gene Whltlock, Dallas; Mrs. Clyde Walker, Winkler, and Mrs. Lenard Lee, Streetman; a granddaughter Miss Mary Alice Lee, Winkler and  a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers were J. W. Phippes Willie D. Pillans, Wayne Pillans Bill Broun, Horace Grayson, Theron Bigham, Jester Neal and Hallie Rash.
Corley Funeral Home directed.



Emma Josephine (Pursley) Tickle-Anderson

Mrs. Emma Anderson Rites Held at Pursley
Special to the News
CORSICANA, Texas, April 9. - Mrs. Emma Josephine Anderson, 85, long-time Navarro County resident, died in Sulphur Spring. Funeral services were conducted from the Pursley Baptist Church Tuesday with burial in the Pursley Cemetery.
Surviving are three sons, Home O. Anderson, Anahuac; Alton B. Anderson, Pursley, and Oscar S. Anderson, Azle; three daughter, Mrs. A. B. Worsham, Sulphur Springs; Mrs. C. E. Johnson, Houston, and Mrs. Myrtle Rutland, Dallas; brother, Henry Pursley, Pursley; fifteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


Thomas W. Allman

Thomas W. Allman
Special to the News
CORSICANA, Texas, July 28. - Funeral services were held here Thursday for Thomas W. Allman, 66. A former Corsicana businessman, Allman died here Wednesday at the home of an aunt, Mrs. Kate Elliston.


William Elbert Anderson
Oct 25, 1880 - Mar 13, 1950

William E. Anderson
Special to the News
CORSICANA, Texas, March 15. - William Elbert Anderson, 69, formerly of Corsicana, died in Buffalo Monday. Funeral services were held here Tuesday, with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maud Anderson of Buffalo; a son, W. F. Anderson of Dallas, and five brothers.



William Elbert Anderson

W. E. Anderson Of Buffalo Buried Here On Tuesday

William Elbert Anderson, 69, former Corsicana resident, died at his home in Buffalo Monday.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. H. M. Cadwalder and Rev. Bracy Greer, Pentacostal ministers.

Surviving are his wife, the Rev. Mrs. Maud Anderson, Buffalo; a son, W. F. Anderson, Dallas; and five brothers, Walter, Dan, Harvey, Hugh and William Baker, all of Dawson, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Elbert Cox, Joe Palmeri, Sr., W. S. Schomerus, Earl McKnight, Ashford Myers, and T. E. Kiser.


Duncan Rodolph Adkinson, Capt.
May 28, 1843 - Jun 28, 1917

Adkinson. - Corsicana, Texas, June 29. Captain D. R. Adkinson died last night. He served in the Army of Northern Virginia as Colonel of Artillery and was County Clerk of this county. He was made a Mason on the battlefield of Petersburg in 1864, taking all the degrees by dispensation at one time.




Was Brave Confederate Soldier and Former County Clerk.

Capt. D. R. Adkisson, aged 74 years and one month, passed away at his home on West Third Avenue this morning at 10 o’clock after having been in feeble health for many months. The remains will be interred in Oakwood Cemetery tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. Chas. Oberschmidt will conduct the services at the home after which the Masons will take charge and conclude the services at the grave. The deceased is survived by his widow, and a brother, Geo. Adkisson, of Waxahachie.

D. R. Adkisson was born in Clarksville, Va., May 28, 1843. When a mere boy he entered the Confederate army and on more than one occasion distinguished himself for his bravery under the most trying circumstances. He came to Corsicana to live near forty years ago, and engaged most of his life in clerical work. In 1900 he was elected County Clerk and made the county one of the best clerks it has ever had. He was a courteous gentleman 0f the old school, a man of fine intelligence and a fine sense of humor, all of which contributed to make him a most excellent companion. He had many friends all over Navarro county and all will regret to hear of his death, although he had lived to a ripe old age.

He was made a Mason on the Pottersburg battlefield in 1864.

Masonic Notice.

All Masier Masons are requested to meet at the Temple tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 9:30 for the purpose of attending the funeral services of our deceased brother, D. R. Adkisson.

Worshipful Master.




The Funeral of the Late Capt. D. R. Adkisson were laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery this morning after impressive services at the home, 722 West Third Avenue, conducted by Rev. Charles Oberschmidt, pastor of the First Presbyterian church of which the deceased was a member. Several appropriate musical number were beautiful rendered by C. L. Knox, Edgar Metcalf. Miss Hattie Kenner, Mrs. C. B. Sutherland and Mrs. Henry Robbins. The pall bearers were: Judge J. M. Blanding, W. M. Tatum, W. G. Baker, J. D. Cunningham, Judge J. H. Rice, Judge R. S. Neblett and J. Y. Stewart. At the grave the Masons took charge and with their solemn and impressive ceremonies, the remains of this good and highly esteemed citizen were consigned to their last resting place. The funeral procession was composed almost exclusively of a long line of automobiles and there was literally an auto truck full of beautiful floral offerings, many of which came from a distance.


Warren D. Ambrose

Oilman of Fort Worth dies at Lake Home

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 19 (AP). - Warren D. Ambrose, 57, independent oil operator and a Fort Worth resident for about twenty years, died Thursday at his home, Eagle's Nest, on Eagle Mountain Lake. In addition to his wife, Mr. Ambrose is survived by two sons, Joseph D. Ambrose and Warren D. Ambrose Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. George R. Shepherd, all of Fort Worth; his mother, Mrs. Joseph D. Ambrose of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. J. Wesley Edens of Corsicana; two nephews, Wesley Edens and Ambrose Edens of Corsicana, and three grandchildren.


Alice (Cuthrell) Anderson

Mrs. Anderson's Funeral Arranged
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Cuthrell Anderson, a member of two pioneer Texas families, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lindley Funeral Chapel in Navasota, Grimes County.
Mrs. Anderson, who lived in Corsicana, Navarro County, died Thursday in a Dallas hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Roger W. Anderson of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. R. B. Floyd of Navasota; a sister, Mrs. J. W. Bake of Dallas; a brother, R. E. Cuthrell of Houston, and three grandchildren.


Eleanor Alice (Sweatman) Anderson
Oct 14, 1862 - Oct 11, 1925

Came to Navarro in 1865, Woman Dies
Special to the News
CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 12 - Mrs. J. P. Anderson, 64, born near Tallahassee, Fla., pioneer resident of Navarro County, coming to this county with her parents in December of 1865, died at her home here Sunday at midnight. Her husband died thirty-two years ago as the result of injuries received in a gin accident. Mrs. Anderson has been a resident of Corsicana thirty-one years, moving to this city from Winkler, Navarro County, where the family settled upon their arrival from Florida.
Funeral services will be conducted at the home here Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with burial in the St. Elmo Cemetery near Winkler.





Mrs. J. P. Anderson, aged 64 years, passed away at her home 626 South Fifteenth street, Sunday night just a few minutes before midnight. Deceased had been confined to her bed practically all the time for the better part of a year. The end came, however, very peacefully, the afflicted lady lapsing into unconsciousness a few hours previous, and just before midnight hour, slipping away so quietly and peacefully that the anxious watchers by her bedside hardly realized that she had breathed her last.

Funeral services will be held at the home, 626 South Fifteenth street, tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10 o’clock, with the Rev. Eugene W. Potter, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating. Assisted by Rev. E. P. Kennedy, pastor of the First Baptist church, and Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third avenue Presbyterian church. After the services at the home the remains will be taken overland to the St. Elmo cemetery, just over the Freestone county line, in the Winkler community, where interment will take place beside her beloved husband, who passed away 32 years ago.

The nephews of Mrs. Anderson will act as both active and honorary pallbearers. The active pallbearers will be Will, Arthur and Aubrey Roberts of Streetman, and Homer, Forest and Jack Sweatman of Corsicana. Other nephews who will be honorary pallbearers will be Andrew, Jack, Hugh and Claude Steele, Jack, Joe, Barclay and Lish Roberts, Shade, Will and Travis Sweatman.

Deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ewing Edens, and one son, S. E. (Dick) Anderson, of Corsicana, and one brother and one sister, W. B. Sweatman of Carleton, Hamilton county, and Mrs. Lish Roberts of Streetman, besides numerous other relatives.

Mrs. Anderson had been ill for many months and during that time had been a patient though great sufferer. And during all this time she had not only had the care of good physicians, but the tender and solicitous care of a trained nurse and her devoted daughter, Mrs. Ewing Edens, as well as that of her son and other devoted relatives and friends. She has suffered so much that death held no terrors for her, and during the past few weeks, on numerous occasions she had said she was ready and anxious to go when her Savior called.

Mrs. Anderson was born in the State of Florida near Tallahassee, the capital of that State. She was the daughter of Shade and Liza Sweatman, who came to Texas with their family in December 1865, and settled at Winkler, in the southeastern edge of Navarro county, where deceased continued to live until she removed to Corsicana with her two children thirty-one years ago, mainly for the purpose of giving her daughter and son the better educational advantages to be had here. She was married to J. P. Anderson on December 25, 1879. Mr. Anderson died after a gin accident 32 years ago.

During all the years that Mrs. Anderson had lived in Corsicana, and elsewhere, as well, naught but good could ever be said of her. She was a good and kind neighbor, and there are many persons living today who can testify truthfully to the fact that she was ever ready to hear the cry of distress from those more unfortunate in the world’s goods than herself, and always extended a helping hand at a time when it would do the most good.

Those who have lived as neighbors to this good woman have always found her at their call when sickness, distress or sorrow have entered their home, and no night was too cold or dark and bleak to prevent her from responding to the call of the afflicted and distressed. Though having been herself in declining health for many months, her thoughts were not of herself but for others whom she felt needed succor and assistance.

She was a member of the First Baptist church of Corsicana, and lived a consistent Christian life. Her works were of the kind that are not known by everyone, going about her Christian ministrations each and every day, ever mindful of the lowly Nazarene’s words, when He said, “When ye do it unto the least of these, my children, ye do it also unto me.” Her Christianity and religion could not be measured by the number of times she sat within the confines of her church and listened to the voice of her pastor, as her works were out in the world and were done in a quiet and unostentatious manner as becometh the pure in heart and the true follower of Him who gave his life that all mankind might have everlasting life.





Funeral services for Mrs. J. P. Anderson were held at the home 626 South Fifteenth street, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Eugene W. Potter, pastor of the First Methodist church, officiating, with Rev. E. P. Kennedy, pastor of the First Baptist church and Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, assisting him. Mesdames John Murchison, H. G. Brown, Eugenia Story, and Messrs. W. B. Waddell and Kelly L. McKeown furnished the music rendering several favorite old hymns of the deceased.

There was a large attendance at the funeral services at the home and a large number also followed the remains to their final resting place in St. Elmo cemetery near Winkler, in the southeastern edge of Navarro county where the grave was literally hidden from view by the great profusion of floral offerings, many of them being among the most elaborate ever seen here. The nephews of the deceased acted as active and honorary pallbearers.

The passing of this good woman has cast a pall of gloom over a large part of the city, where she was known and beloved of many, and where her good works during her long residence here had endeared her to a host of friends and loved ones. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the daughter and son and other relatives who are left to mourn the passing of this good woman, truly a Mother of Israel.

There were numerous relatives and friends who came from various sections of the State to pay their final tribute of love and devotion to the one whom they held most dear in life and mourned after passing away.



Joseph Delaware Ambrose
Oct 1860 - Apr 21, 1929



Joseph D. Ambrose, 68, native of Kentucky, but resident of Corsicana for 27 years, 711 West Ninth avenue died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Sunday afternoon at 5:45 o’clock following a short illness, and the funeral was held from the First Christian church Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Mr. Ambrose was well known in Corsicana and Navarro county, having been manager of the ice company here since coming to Corsicana in 1892. He took a prominent part in the activities of the First Christian church here and was also a member of the Corsicana Rotary Club, Sons of the American Revolution, Corsicana Lodge, No. 63, I. O. O. F. and other organizations. Formerly he was secretary of the Corsicana school board and a member of the United Charities board. He took a prominent part in all civic organizations and efforts.

Surviving are his wife, one son, Warren D. Ambrose, Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. J. Wesley Edens, Corsicana; five grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Addie Holloway, Battlefield, Mo.; Mrs. E. L. Holloway, San Clemente, Calif.; one brother, Wesley Ambrose, McAllister, Okla., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were H. Iversen, L. E. McCormick, E. W. Cunningham, E. J. Womack, C. A. Teeple, and J. R. Webb, all elders of the Christian church.

The funeral was under the direction of the Sutherland Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, April 22, 1929
  • Submitted by Diane Richards and Karen Rost
  • h/o Ada Jane “Jennie” (Ewbank) Ambrose married Jan. 19, 1884; s/o James Henry Ambrose and Mary Elizabeth (Dawley) Ambrose


Joseph D. Ambrose, 68, Dies in Corsicana
Special to the News.
CORSICANA. Texas. April 22. - Joseph D. Ambrose, 68, native of Kentucky but resident of Corsicana thirty-seven years, died Sunday night and was buried here Monday.
Mr. Ambrose was well known in Corsicana and Navarro County, having been manager of the ice company here since coming to Corsicana in 1892.
Formerly he was secretary of the Corsicana school board and a member of the United Charities board.
Surviving are his wife, one son, Warren D. Ambrose, Dallas, and a daughter, Mrs. J. Wesley Edens, Corsicana.


Mary Arandondo

ARANDONDO - Corsicana. Texas. Oct. 2. - Mary Arandondo, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ramon Arandondo, died Thursday on the D. R. Roman farm near Corbet. The funeral will be held Saturday.


Joe Archer

ARCHER - Corsicana, Texas, June 3. - Funeral services for Joe Archer, 32, who died at his home on Highway 31 Saturday, were held at the Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. Surviving are his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Archer of Angus; one brother and two sisters.


Sidney Walton Archer
Feb 2, 1870 - Nov 23, 1936

ARCHER - Corsicana, Texas, Nov. 23 - Sidney W. Archer, 66, of Fort Worth, died at a Fort Worth hospital Monday morning. Funeral services will be held here Tuesday. Archer lived in Corsicana for a number of years before moving to Fort Worth twenty-six years ago. Surviving are his wife, two brothers and two sisters.




Sidney W. Archer, aged 66 years, 401 Bryan avenue, Fort Worth, former Corsicanan, died at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth Monday morning at 1:50 o’clock.

The funeral will be held from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in
Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Archer resided in Corsicana for a number of years prior to moving to Fort Worth 26 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Fort Worth; two brothers, W. M. Archer, Angus, and M. L. Archer, Vivian, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Butler and Mrs. Josie Sappleton, both of Mississippi; a nephew, Clay Archer, Corsicana; a cousin, Luther W. Ashmore, Corsicana and a number of other relatives.


Rev Ramsey Clark Armstrong
Oct 4, 1842 - Jul 9, 1933

See Rev. Ramsey Clark Armstrong Biography Page

Ramsey Clark Armstrong, Jr.
Feb 5, 1873 - Sep 23, 1939

ARMSTRONG. - Corsicana, Texas. Sept. 23. - Funeral services for R. C. Armstrong Jr., 66, Fort Worth attorney, will be held at the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home here Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Armstrong was hurt fatally when he fell while descending the stairway in the Insurance Building in Fort Worth, where he maintained his office. His skull was fractured and he died in a hospital an hour later. Survivors are a son, R. C. Armstrong III, Fort Worth; a brother, George W. Armstrong, Fort Worth; and three sisters, Mrs. Mittie McCammon, Fort Worth; Mrs. A. B. Flanary, Dallas, and Mrs. O. K. Shannon, Fort Worth.


Robert F. Arnett
Nov 1882 - May 20, 1940

ARNETT - Corsicana, Texas. May 22. - Funeral for Robert F. Arnett, 56, who died in Austin, was held at Kerens. Surviving are his wife; six brothers and sisters, Mrs. S. E. Markham, Woodbury, Tenn.; Sam Arnett, Laketon, Texas; Mrs. J. D. Miles, Kerens; W. D. Arnett, Kerens; Mrs. Kate Martin, Doyle, and Jim Arnett, Corsicana.




Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the W. A. Price residence in Kerens for Robert F. Arnett, aged 56 years, who died Monday in Austin. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. A. E. Harrison of the First Baptist church in Kerens.

Mr. Arnett had resided in the Kerens and Powell areas for the past 45 years.

Surviving are his wife, of Kerens; six brothers and sisters, Mrs. S. E. Markham, Woodbury, Tenn.; Sam Arnett, Laketon, Texas; Mrs. J. D. Miles, Kerens; W. S. Arnett, Kerens; Mrs. Kate Martin, Doyle; and Jim Arnett, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Robert Campbell, Roy Harrison, W. A. Price, W. S. Johnson, E. Tramel and Russell Carroll.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


Hugh M. Arnold
May 30, 1855 - Dec 18, 1927

Death Takes H. M. Arnold.
Special to the News.
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 19. - Hugh M. Arnold, 69, died at the Navarro County Hospital Sunday and the funeral services were held Monday with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The services were conducted by the Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Lula Overby, Corsicana; two sons, Miller Arnold, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, and Jesse Arnold, New Orleans, La.; six sisters, Mrs. P. E. Murrah and Mrs. J. D. Walls, both of Mississippi; Mrs. Mary Weatherall, Mrs. Carried Rice, Mrs. Lizzie Thomas, all of Memphis, Tenn.; Mrs. Kate Hillhouse, Birmingham, Ala., and one half-brother, Charlie Arnold, Memphis, Tenn.


Daniel Howell

HOWELL - Corsicana. Tex., Nov. 17 - Daniel Howell, a prominent farmer near Petty's chapel, died of typhoid fever at his home this morning. His wife died one year ago, leaving seven young children.


Emily (Van Hook) Middleton

MIDDLETON - Corsicana, Tex., Nov. 3. - Mrs. Emily Middleton, aged 94 years, died at the residence of N. A. Brown, on West Ninth avenue, and was buried this afternoon at 3 o'clock at Oakwood cemetery. The deceased was one of the old landmarks of Navarro County.


Asa Kelly

KELLY - Corsicana, Tex., Nov. 17 - Asa Kelly, for twenty years a resident of Corsicana, died of consumption in his room on West Collin street this morning and was buried this afternoon. Deceased was a man highly esteemed by all who knew him.


Charles Roy Arnett
Feb 10, 1893 -Jul 3, 1927



Charles Arnett, age 34 years, died at Pampa, Texas Sunday July 3 from burns received Saturday night, July 2, when he attempted to fill a gasoline tank on a tractor by lantern light, the gasoline exploding. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana Thursday, July 7.

Charles was the son of J. M. Arnett of the Zion’s Rest community and was well known in this county, where he has made his home since August 1900, coming here from Woodbury, Tennessee, his birthplace. He is survived by his wife, his father, a stepmother, and the following brothers and sisters, Frank Arnett, Corsicana; Robert Arnett, Dallas; Riley Arnett, Fernday, Louisiana; Harrison Arnett, Walnut Springs; Lillard Arnett, Athens; Mrs. J. D. Lake, Corsicana; Julia Arnett, Albert Arnett, Rowena Arnett, Mildred Arnett and Fowler Arnett all of Corsicana.

Charles was a world war veteran having gone over seas in 1918 and after the armistice was signed served 14 months with the army of occupation.



Charles Arnett, former resident of Corsicana, was burned to death of Pampa Sunday, according to word reaching here. It is thought that a can of gasoline exploded. Mr. Arnett was running a combine threshing machine.
The body will be forwarded to Corsicana, but the time of its arrival has not been announced. Funeral services will be held here.
Mr. Arnett is survived by his wife, his father, J. M. Arnett, who lives three miles north of Corsicana; two brothers, Frank Arnett, Corsicana; Robert Arnett, Dallas, and one sister, Mrs. Allie Lake, Corsicana.



Charles Roy Arnett


The remains of Charles Arnett, aged 34 years, former resident of Corsicana, who was burned to death at Pampa, Texas, Sunday reached Corsicana Wednesday morning and were interred in Oakwood cemetery, Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock. The funeral services were conducted at the cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Arnett of Zions Rest; two brothers, Frank Arnett, Corsicana; Robert Arnett, Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Allie Blake, Corsicana.


Dr. Thomas Shelton Armstrong
Oct 27, 1861 - Dec 4, 1927

Dr. T. S. Armstorng Run Over By Train at Grosbeck

Dr. T. S. Armstrong, 66, local Methodist minister, was killed Sunday evening when he was run over by a northbound Southern Pacific freight train.
Dr. Armstrong was on his way to the post office when he was killed. He and a party of kinsmen were arranging a deer hunt and in a few days he expected to be on the Texas-Mexican border for this purpose.
Dr. Armstrong was going to the depot to mail a letter when the train struck him. His head and leg were badly bruised. Becoming alarmed over her husband's prolonged absence, Mrs. Armstrong went to look for him and almost stumbled over the body. The station agent heard her shrikes and came to her assistance.
Dr. Armstrong was widely known in Texas and had spent forty-seven years in preaching all over the State. He had been stationed at Oak Cliff, Waco, and numerous important stations. He had been presiding elder for eight years and withdrew from the cabinet when he thought he should step aside and let others serve in this capacity. He was a native of Panola County.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. J. P. McCullough of Dallas; a son, James Armstrong of Dallas; two brothers, Emmett and James of Center, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Sessums of Dallas, and his mother, Mrs. Cynthia Armstrong, 101 years old, of Dallas.
Funeral services will be held here at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning and at
3 o'clock in the afternoon at the First Methodist Episcopal Church, South at Corsicana, with Presiding Elder A. W. Hall of Corsicana officiating. Burial will be in Corsicana.

December 5, 1927, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Armstrong was one of the early pastors of the Oak Cliff Methodist Church, coming to the church in the fall of 1891. Later he served as pastor of the First Methodist Church at Arlington.
Mrs. James Armstrong, mother of Dr. Armstrong, lives at 612 East Sixth street. A sister, Mrs. Carrie Sessions; a son, James Armstrong and a daughter, Mrs. Gilpin McCullough, also live in Dallas.

December 7, 1927, Groesbeck, Texas
Investigation of the accidental killing of Dr. T. S. Armstrong here Sunday night showed that he was not run over by a train, as at first reported, but was his and knocked down by a large box car in the train.
An inspection of the train at Corsicana showed it was the twenty-second car from the engine which struck Dr. Armstrong.
The minister had crossed the track to mail a letter at the depot. As he was knocked down, both arms were broken, the side of his face and head were crushed and he was killed instantly.



Thomas Shelton Armstrong, Dr.
Oct 27, 1861 - Dec 5, 1927



Funeral services for Rev. Tom S. Armstrong, aged 66 years, Methodist minister of Groesbeck, who was killed Sunday evening in that city when he was run over by a northbound Southern Pacific freight train, were held at Groesbeck Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock and again at the First Methodist church here at 3 p.m. Interment was made in Oakwood Cemetery. The body was brought overland from Groesbeck to Corsicana.

Dr. Armstrong was on his way to the post office when he was killed. He and a party of kinsmen were arranging a deer hunt and in a few days expected to be on the Texas-Mexican border for this purpose. He was going to mail a letter when he was struck by the train. His head and leg were badly bruised.

Becoming alarmed over her husband’s prolonged absence, Mrs. Armstrong went to look for him and almost stumbled over the body.

Rev. Armstrong was widely known in Texas and had spent 47 years preaching over the state.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Gilpin McCullough of Dallas; one son, James Armstrong, Dallas; two brothers, Emmett and James Armstrong, Center; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Sessions, Dallas; mother, Mrs. James Armstrong, Dallas, aged 101 years.





A large concourse of friends and relatives were in attendance upon the services for the late Rev. Tom. S. Armstrong, killed in Grosebeck Sunday night by a Southern Pacific freight train, which were held in the First Methodist church here Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. The Rev. Mr. Armstrong, one of several brothers who were prominent Methodist ministers in this section of Texas, had been a minister for many years, and was well known over a wide area, where he had held pastorates. Services were held in the Methodist church at Grosebeck Tuesday morning and the body brought overland to Corsicana where services were again held at the First Methodist church and the remains laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery beneath a canopy of beautiful flowers sent as tokens of love and esteem by sorrowing friends and relatives.

Surviving the deceased are an only brother, Ernest Armstrong, of Center Texas; one son, James Everette Armstrong, and wife; one daughter, Mrs. W. G. McCulloch and husband; one granddaughter, Elizabeth McCulloch, age 5 years; one sister, Mrs. Carrie Sessions of Dallas; his mother, Mrs. James Armstrong of Dallas, 101 years old; and Mrs. Nannie A. Roberts, San Antonio, Mrs. George T. Whyte, Corsicana; Mrs. J. H. Thomas, DeRidder, La.; Mrs. Elbert G. Hart, Brookland, Texas; E. L. Armstrong, Laredo, Texas; who were all here, the latter being brothers and sisters of Mrs. Armstrong.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral services were: Mrs. Hugh Jones, Mr and Mrs. Emmett Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, Judge Jim Sanders of Center Texas; Mrs. Lola Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Berry of Mexia, Rev. Walter Armstrong, pastor of the Gainesville Methodist church; Rev. R. C. Armstrong, Rev. W. K. Little, Rev. Cullom Booth, and Mrs. George Armstrong of Fort Worth; Rev. and Mrs. A. D. Porter of Wichita Falls, Mrs. Nannie Armstrong Roberts and Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Roberts of San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Browder, Mr. and Mrs. Cull Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Willford Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. George Stalworth, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Beeman, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, Rev. Bradfield, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Connally, Mr. and Mrs. Will Welch, Hugh Gilpin, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bryan and Mrs. Mamie Whitcomb of Groesbeck; Mr. and Mrs. R. A. McCulloch, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Atwood, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bush, Mr. and Mrs. John Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Tip T. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Spikes, Mrs. Glover, Mr. Kendricks, Mr. Story and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barkley, all of Ennis; Mrs. Yancy Kimble, Miss Helen DuBose, Mrs. McDuffey and Mr. Kendon, all of Waxahachie; E. L. Armstrong of Laredo, brother of Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Geo. Whytte; Mr. and Mrs. Cain, Mr. and Mrs. George Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn, and Dr. Bishop, Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. Julian Wood of Greenville.

Honorary pallbearers were the stewards of the Methodist church of Groesbeck, and the active pallbearers were Bob Bush and John Clark of Ennis, Harry Humble, Hugh Gilpin, Will Welch, W. A. Browder and E. R. Smith of Groesbeck.


Johnnie Lee Arnold, Miss.
Apr 2, 1904 - Apr 22, 1949

Funeral services for Miss Johnnie Lee Arnold, 45, native of Navarro County, were held here Sunday. Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery north of Kerens.
Miss Arnold died at her home Friday night after an extended illness.
Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Mattie Arnold, Corsicana; two brothers, Tom Arnold and W. E. Arnold, both of Amarillo, and three sisters, Mrs. Marie Richards and Mrs. Hugh Lynd, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Bud West, Britton.


L. W. Armstrong, Mrs.

Mrs. L. W. Armstrong, 57, of Brady, died Tuesday. Funeral was held Wednesday. Surviving are her husband, two sons, Stokes and Charles Joe Armstrong, all of Barry; a daughter, Mrs. A. M. Shows, Richland; six grandchildren and a brother, Ed Stokes, Dallas.


  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • Dec 25, 1941
  • Mrs. L. W. Armstrong, died Dec 1941

Thomas C. Cook
Sept. 3, 1920 - May 3, 2005

Thomas C. Cook, 84, was born Sept. 3, 1920, to Clyde Cook and Mattie Stubbs Cook. He died Tuesday, May 3, 2005, in San Antonio.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Mae Walker Cook in December 1985.

Mr. Cook grew up in the Corsicana, Navarro County, area. He served in World War II as an Army first sergeant on the European Front. He landed D-Day plus six days and fought through the Battle of the Bulge to the Rhine River. After the war, he joined the Texas Department of Public Safety as a trooper. He started his career in the Hallettsville area before moving to the Laredo office. In 1967 the Laredo Jaycees honored Cook with their Lawman of the Year Award. Cook retired from the DPS while working in the San Antonio office. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.

He is survived by his sons, Danny Cook and his wife Jane of Texarkana, Texas, and Steven Ware and his wife Nancy of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Bertie Cook Dyer of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Helen Barber of Corpus Christi; special nephew, Ken Barber and his wife Susan of San Antonio; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio. The funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the funeral home with the Rev. Ron Hill officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery under the auspices of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Masonic Lodge. Flowers are welcome, or memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Sunset Funeral Home, San Antonio.


Charlie David Ivey
July 8, 1932 - May 8, 2005

Charlie David Ivey
7/8/1932 - 5/8/2005

Charlie David Ivey, 72, of Dallas, NC, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005, in Princeton TX.

Services will be today at 1 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Storey officiating. Interment will be at New Pursley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim Henderson, David Keel, Chris Mason, James Ivey, Jack Gonzales and Jacob Storey.

Mr. Ivey was born July 8, 1932, in Detroit, TX. He was a truck driver.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mary Ivey; his granddaughter, Heather Breanna Parker and his great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Skalecki.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Don Haueter, of Princeton; son and daughter-in-law, Charlie Jr. and Debra Ivey of Gaffney, SC; son, Wesley Ivey of Princeton; son and daughter-in-law, James and Glenda Ivey of Glendale, SC; son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Karen Parker of Fort White, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Richard Mason of Cherryville, NC; daughter, Laura Ivey of Kings Mountain, NC; sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Jim Henderson of Shawnee, OK; sister, Peggy Ivey of Shawnee; brothers, Walker Ivey of Lawndale, NC, and Andy Ivey of Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Roy Lynn Williams
Dec 1, 1930 - May 11, 2005

Roy Lynn Williams, 74, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2005, in Corsicana.

Services will be Saturday, May 14, 2005, at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Steve Orbison officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Williams was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Currie, TX. He was a veteran and the owner and operator of Leo’s Plumbing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Kathryn Williams.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Bernadette Williams of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa S. and Phillip Kraus of Naperville, IL; son, Lynn S. Williams of Richardson; brother, Joe Donald Williams of Rice; one grandson, Andrew Kraus, and two granddaughters, Ashly Kraus and Joanie Williams.


Raymond Wallace Summers
Jan 16, 1950 - May 8, 2005

Raymond Wallace Summers, 55, of Pursley passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Brother Chet Brake and Brother Brad Brittain officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Langford, Daniel Kelley, Mark Kelley, Jeffrey Ganze, Micah Langford, Bryan Kelley, Kyle Parrish and Dustin Ganze. Honorary pallbearers will be the 2005 Dawson High School baseball team.

Mr. Summers was born Jan. 16, 1950, in Dallas to Norman and Bobbie West Summers. He was a member of Pursley Missionary Baptist
Church. He graduated from Dawson High School in 1968 and Tarleton State University.

Survivors include his parents, Norman and Bobbie Summers of Dawson; wife, Dianne Summers of Pursley; son, Doug Summers of Austin; stepdaughters and their husbands, Kristie and Keith Melton and Melanie and Harry Dotson; step grandchildren, Hunter and Logan Melton and Lane and Luke Dotson; sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Walter Langford of Temple; nephews, Aaron and Micah Langford of Temple; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Dorothy and Calvin Ganze.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Dawson Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Rhonda Ann Whitfield
Aug 30, 1962 - May 9, 2005

Rhonda A. Whitfield

Rhonda A. Whitfield, 42, of Corsicana passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, May 9, 2005, at her home in Corsicana. She was born Aug. 30, 1962, in Mexia.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family requests that people wear bright colors to the services in honor of Rhonda’s life.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.



James Oliver Frost
April 5, 1927 - May 8, 2005

James Oliver Frost, 78, of Kerens passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 4 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kathy Mordecai officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dan Landi, Royce Hassell, Bill Baxter, Guy Mordecai, Kenny Berry, James Kelley, Stanton Ragsdale and Jerry Garrison.

Mr. Frost was born April 5, 1927, in New Castle, Pa. to Oliver S. Frost and Irene (Hookway) Frost. He was a retired teacher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of First United Methodist Church of Kerens.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frost of Kerens; daughters, Dian Everett of Katy and Jackie Ginn of Waco; grandchildren, Amber Eggers and fiancé Stephen Fojt, Eric Carver and wife Ashley, Sarah Carver, Katie Whitt, Chelsea Whitfield and Cameron Whitfield; great-grandchildren, Tristan Fojt, Jace and Parker Carver and Kyler and Addison Carver; step granddaughter, Mandy Spears; sister, Margaret Dolling and husband Bill of New Castle, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


J. C. Buchanan Jr.
Aug 24, 1930 - May 10, 2005

J. C. Buchanan Jr. went home to be with the Lord May 10, 2005, knowing that his family will join him there one day.
Memorial services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church.

He had donated his body to the Southwestern Medical School of Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay and Ethel Buchanan; and brother, Luther Buchanan.

He left behind his devoted wife of 49 years, Jimmie Buchanan; daughters, Ginger Crutchfield of Dawson and Janna and husband Tony Barlow of Corsicana; son, Douglas and wife Karen Buchanan of Waco; grandchildren, Valerie Baker of Houston, Blake Barlow of Corsicana, Andrea and Hayden Crutchfield of Dawson, and Clayton, Clark and Crew Buchanan of Waco; sisters, Jaunell Eades and husband Billy Joe of Woolforth, Patsy Wilson of Washington and Peggy Reagan and husband Robert of Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the youth children’s camp scholarships or to the building fund at First Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - May 12, 2005
  • Social Security Death Index:
    J C BUCHANAN 24 Aug 1930, 10 May 2005, (V) 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX) 465-42-9588 Texas

Larry Lynn Back
Oct 25, 1943 - May 30, 2005

Larry Lynn Back was born Oct. 25, 1943, and went home to fish and make furniture for our Lord on May 30, 2005. He was raised in Corsicana and after graduating Corsicana High School, he joined the Air Force in 1962 and served until 1966. During his service, he volunteered to serve in Vietnam, but due to his valuable position at Strategic Air Command he was not allowed. Upon completion of his military duty, he married Beverly Lynn Herrin on June 1, 1968. From this wonderful union were born four children, three boys and one girl — Gregory Lynn, Brian David, Michael Howell and Keri Ann. Larry worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier for over 25 years delivering mail to the citizens of Corsicana, many of which he knew the names and addresses by heart, even of those not on his route. Larry was involved in the upbringing of his children, including Boy Scouts, working to help with baseball, football, soccer, track, volleyball and softball. He enjoyed camping and fishing and always tried to make the best of life.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Audrey Back; and sister, Patsy Back.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Back of Corsicana; sons, Gregory Lynn Back and Brian David Back, both of Corsicana, and Michael Howell Back and wife Dacia of Anna; daughter, Keri Ann Back and fiancé Clay Coker of Corsicana; brothers, Bobby Back of Weatherford and Charles Back of Alabama; and sister, Joann Swenson of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Earl H. Newton Jr.
Sep 2, 1920 - May 28, 2005

Earl H. Newton Jr., 84, of Kerrville entered into rest May 28, 2005, at a Kerrville care facility.

Mr. Newton was born Sept. 2, 1920, in Corsicana to Dr. Earl H. Newton and Myrtle Thompson Newton. He grew up in Corsicana and graduated from the University of Texas. He had a large book collection and enjoyed reading.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dr. William T. Newton.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Newton; niece, Ellen Stephanie Newton LoVato; three nephews, Christian David Newton, William Randle Newton and John Lordan Newton; and two cousins, Mildred B. Griffith and Mary Elizabeth Morrison.

Private interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.
Arrangements by Kerrville Funeral Home, Kerrville.


Bernice Eula (Herron) Littleton
Sep 18, 1918 - May 28, 2005

Funeral service for Mrs. Bernice Eula Herron Littleton, 86, of Glenn Heights, who passed away May 28, 2005, at Windsor Place Nursing Home in Lancaster, will be 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Heartline Ministries Worship Center, 2414 S. Buckner, Dallas. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.

Bernice Eula Herron Littleton was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Chatfield to the parentage of the Rev. and Mrs. Henderson Herron. She received her formal education in the Corsicana school system.

She met and married Alford Lee Littleton and to this union three children were born. She later met and married C.B. Cooksey and to this union a son and daughter were born. She was preceded in death by a son, Perry, and a daughter, Brenda.

She united with the St. James Baptist Church of Odessa, where she served as an usher and loyal member until her health failed in 2003.
Survivors include her children, Alford Littleton of Glenn Heights, Mentha Cooksey Andrews of Mesquite and Geraldine Williams of Lancaster; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Thelma Herron of Waco; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


James Lawrence Ranft

James Lawrence Ranft, 71, of Graham passed away Sunday, May 29, 2005, at his residence. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 31, at the Morrison Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Finfrock, pastor of Oak Street Baptist Church and Wayne Peters of Graham officiating. Burial followed at Gilmore Cemetery in the Finis Community. Arrangements were under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.

Mr. Ranft was born June 26, 1933, in Dallas to Kathryn (Smith) Ranft and the late G. D. Ranft. He married Patsy Gilmore on Aug. 1, 1956, in Corsicana. He was a member of Crestview United Methodist Church, a veteran of the United States Army, the Graford Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite. Mr. Ranft was self-employed in the oil business.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Ranft of Graham; mother, Kathryn Ranft of Decatur; sons, Thom Ranft and wife Nancy, Mark Ranft and wife Penny and Dan Ranft and wife Jain, all of Graham; sister, Judy Lewis of Krum; and a brother, Tom Ranft of Graford. Seven grandchildren also survive


  • Graham Leader Jun 13, 2005

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