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Sarah Margaret (Doolen) Chambliss
Apr 21, 1874 - Apr 20, 1935

April 23, 1935
CHAMBLISS - Corsicana, Texas. April 22. - Mrs. Sarah M. Chambliss, 60, native of Navarro County and resident of the Navarro community for twelve years died Saturday. Funeral services were held Monday at the Navarro Church. Surviving are five son, six daughters, four brothers and two sisters.

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NATIVE NAVARRO COUNTY DIED OF HEART ATTACK

FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR MRS. CHAMBLISS

Mrs. Sam Sarah M. Chambliss aged 60 years, native of Navarro county and resident of the Navarro community for the past 12 years, died with a heart attack at Navarro Saturday afternoon at 6 o’clock.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Navarro church with burial in the Campbell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Fletcher Isbell, Methodist minister of Richland.

Surviving are five sons, H. H. Chambliss, Freer; Vernon L. Chambliss, Sweeney; T. C.Chambliss, Pampa; W. D. Chambliss, Conroe; and Wayne Chambliss, Houston; six daughters, Mrs. W. M. Johnston, Navarro; Mrs. T. H. Eubanks, Mexia; Mrs. D. S. Eubanks, Mexia; Mrs. Clyde Brown, Dallas; Mrs. Raymond Hester, Kilgore; and Miss Frances Chambliss, Navarro; several grandchildren, four brothers, J. S. Doolen, Navarro; John Doolen, Navarro; Luther Doolen, Navarro and W. A. Doolen, Houston; and two sisters, Mrs. Addie Duncan, Navarro, and Mrs. Alice Tilkinton, Houston.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Clyde Doolen, John T. Doolen, Fred Doolen, Willie Doolen, Ben Horn, Pat Horn, Lloyd Chambliss and Bruce Moore.

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William Clement
Dec 6, 1865 - Oct 21, 1942

Oct 22, 1942, Dallas, Texas
CLEMENT - William Clement, of Route 1, Seagoville, passed away in a Dallas hospital Wednesday morning. Survived by wife; three sons, Bernie, W. A.
and Ray Clement, all of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Worth Yantes; five grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services 1:30 p.m.
Thursday in the McCullough Funeral Chapel. Short service to follow at Oakwood Cemetery at Corsicana at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements with McCullough Funeral Home.

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WILL CLEMENTS IS BURIED IN CATHOLIC CEMETERY THURSDAY

Funeral services for Will Clements, aged 76 years, Seagoville, Route 1, who died in Parkland hospital, Dallas, early Wednesday morning, were held in Dallas on Thursday with burial in Catholic cemetery here at 3:30 o’clock. He had been ill two weeks. A short funeral service was held at the cemetery here with the Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo of the Church of the Immaculate Conception conducting the rites.

Reared in the Mildred community, Clements moved to West Texas 1917 and later resided in the Emhouse and Mabank communities prior to going to Seagoville several years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Seagoville; six children, C. B. McKinney, Corsicana; Mrs. Dick Ferrell, San Antonio; Bernie, W. A. and Ray Clement, and Mrs. Worth Yantes, all of Dallas; several grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of local arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Oct 22, 1942
  • h/o Frances Florena“Fannie” (Bryne) McKinney-Clement buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Texas; s/o John Clement & Emily (Gerren) Clement
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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FORMER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY DIED IN DALLAS

Will Clements, aged 76 years, former resident of Navarro county, died in Parkland Hospital, Dallas, Tuesday nigh after a two weeks’ illness.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at
Oakwood cemetery, but the time had not been announced shortly after noon Wednesday.

Clements was reared in Mildred community, leaving in 1917 for West Texas. Later he resided at Emhouse and Mabank before moving to Seagoville, Dallas county, several years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Seagoville, six children, C. B. McKinney, Corsicana; Mrs. Dick Ferrell, San Antonio, Mrs. Marvelene Yantis, Willie Clements and Burney Clements, all of Dallas, and Ray Clements, Arkansas; nine grandchildren and several brothers and sisters.

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William Franklin "Zenie" Clayton
Jul 17, 1886 - Jan 23, 1952

Jan 24, 1952
W. F. Clayton, 66, Dies at Crosbyton
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 24 - W. F. (Zenie) Clayton, 66, former professional baseball player and later an umpire in the American Association, died in Crosbyton Wednesday night. The body will be returned here for burial.
Clayton broke into baseball early in the century, playing with Ardmore and later with Temple and Cleburne in the Texas League in 1905 and 1906.
He later played with St. Louis as a third baseman.
Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. L. E. Lewis of Venezuela; a son, Billy Clayton of Waxahachie, and a granddaughter.
Clayton was manager of a cotton warehouse for years at Crosbyton.
Funeral services will be held in Corsicana at 2 p.m. Friday, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Zenie Clayton Dies Wednesday

W. F. (Zenie) Clayton, 66, former professional baseball man, Corsicana native, died in a Crosbyton hospital Wednesday night.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the McCammon chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Lloyd Hamilton, pastor of the Crosbyton Methodist church, assisted by the Rev. W. R. Hall, Marlin, Presbyterian minister.

Clayton had been manager of a cotton warehouse at Crosbyton for a number of years, and was employed at cotton warehouses and compresses for many years after baseball seasons.

He broke into baseball shortly after the turn of the century, playing with Ardmore in an independent league before occupying third base for Cleburne and Temple in the old Texas league in 1905 and 1906 prior to going with the St. Louis major league club.

He was an umpire in the Class AA American Association for a number of years prior to his retirement from baseball about 15 years ago.

Surviving are his wife at Crosbyton; a daughter, Mrs. L. E. Lewis, Venezuela, S. A., who plans to fly home for her father’s rites; a son, Billy Clayton, Waxahachie, and a granddaughter.

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Mrs. J. M. Clayton
abt 1865 - 1948

May 1, 1948
Navarro Native Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, May 1 (Special). - Funeral services were held Saturday for Mrs. J. M. Clayton, 83, native of Navarro County. She was the wife of the late J. H. Clayton, onetime tax collector for the county. Surviving are a son, W. F. Clayton, Sudan; eight grand children, and a great-grandson.

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Marie Amelia Clayton
Jun 2, 1915-Jan 4, 1929

Jan 4, 1929
Corsicana Girl Dies
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 4. - Marie Amelia Clayton, 13, daughter of Will Clayton, student in junior high school, died Friday. Surviving are her father, a sister, Doris; a brother, Billie. The mother of the little girl died last week.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MARIE CLAYTON ARE HELD SATURDAY

LOVELY YOUNG GIRL FOLLOWS MOTHER IN DEATH WITHIN WEEK’S TIME

Funeral services for Marie Amelia Clayton, 13 year-old daughter of Will (Zenie) Clayton, who died at the Navarro Clinic Friday morning at 4:40 o’clock following a short illness with flu-pneumonia, were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence of Mrs. W. D. Robinson,1426 West Collin street, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. P. Marlin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

Surviving are her father, one sister, Doris, one brother, Billie and numerous other relatives.

The mother of the little girl died with the same malady last week and was buried Sunday afternoon.

Active pallbearers were W. C. Proctor, H. G. Hicks, George B. Nourse, J. Doak Roberts and Ray Falk, all of Dallas; Nat Pinkston, E. O. Vaughn, A. S. Vann and W. T. McElwee.

Sutherland Undertaking company had charge of the funeral.

Touching scenes were enacted as the classmates of Marie in junior high school and her Camp Fire group came to pay their last and farewell to their beloved companion, who had been so bright, happy and cherry only a few short weeks ago. Beautiful floral offerings covered the grave, among the offerings being those sent by her Camp Fire group and guardian, the Junior Nevin club and her roommates of junior high, and the faculty of junior high, she having been a favorite among those of her own age as well as among those older people who knew and loved her for her many charming attributes.

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W. G. Clarkson
Died May 1952

May 6, 1952, Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Architect, W. G. Clarkson, Dies
FORT WORTH, Texas, May 6 (AP) - W. G. Clarkson, 66, an architect in Fort Worth for more than forty years, died of a heart attack late Monday at his home.
Born at Corsicana, Clarkson attended the University of Texas. He also studied at the Armour Institute of Technology at Chicago and the Art Institute at Chicago.
Clarkson was a former president of the Texas Society of Architects and a member of American Institute of Architects.
Survivors are his wife; a son, W. G. Clarkson Jr., and two grandchildren, all of Fort Worth, and three sisters, Mrs. Felix Evans of Dallas, Mrs. H. C. Nichols of Corsicana and Mrs. H. S. Woods of Kansas City.

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Jennie L. (Gulick) Clarkson
May 6, 1866 - Feb 6, 1927

February 7, 1927
Mrs. Jennie G. Clarkson Dies at Corsicana
CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 7 (SP). - Mrs. Jennie Gulick Clarkson, wife of William Clarkson Sr., 61 years old, died at the family home Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. Clarkson was the daughter of a pioneer Texas physician, Dr. J. W. Gulick, and was born at Brenham, but had been a resident of Corsicana for fifty-six years. She was married to William Clarkson in 1885, who, with the following children survive: Wiley G. Clarkson of Fort Worth, William Clarkson Jr. of Corsicana, Mrs. H. S. Woods of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. W. Hugh Johnson of Dallas and Miss Annie Beal Clarkson of Corsicana, also by two sisters, Mrs. Annie Beal of Corsicana and Mrs. Sam R. Hay, wife of Bishop Sam R. Hay, of Houston.
Mrs. Clarkson was prominent in church and club circles in Corsicana.

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BELOVED CORSICANA WOMAN PASSED AWAY SUNDAY AFTERNOON

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. WM. CLARKSON HELD MONDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services were held from St. John’s Episcopal Church Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock for Mrs. Jennie Gulick Clarkson, aged 61 years, wife of Wm. Clarkson, Sr., who died at the family home 1242 West Fifth avenue, Sunday afternoon about 3 o’clock, after an illness of several days, although she had been in bad health for a number of years. Funeral services of the Episcopal Church, of which Mrs. Clarkson had long been a faithful member, were conducted by the Rector, the Rev. H. J. Ellis, while the church choir rendered appropriate music. The chancel and all available space were banked beautiful flowers sent by friends of this good woman and her family as tokens of love and esteem.

Active pallbearers were members of the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church. All friends of Mrs. Clarkson and her family were designated as honorary pallbearers.

A vast concourse of friends and loved ones filled St. John’s church for the funeral services followed the remains to their last resting place and their tears mingled with those of her devoted companion of 42 years, and her children and other loved ones in sorrow at the passing of a truly good, Christian woman.

Mrs. Clarkson was born May 5, 1866, at Brenham, Texas, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Gulick, pioneer citizens of Texas. The family removed to Corsicana in 1871, and on January 21, 1885, deceased was married to Wm. Clarkson, and they have made Corsicana their home since that time.

Surviving Mrs. Clarkson are her husband and five children, two sons and three daughters, as follows: Wiley G. Clarkson of Fort Worth; Wm. Clarkson, Jr., of Corsicana; Mrs. H. Stuart Woods, of Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. W. Hugh Johnson of Dallas, and Miss Annie Beal Clarkson of Corsicana. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Annie Beal of Corsicana and Mrs. Sam R. Hay, wife of Bishop Sam R. Hay, of Houston, and four grandchildren, William Clarkson 111, and Martha Clarkson, children of Mr. and Mrs. William Clarkson, Jr., Wiley Clarkson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wiley G. Clarkson of Fort Worth, and Rose Woods, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Woods of Kansas City and other relatives.

The passing of Mrs. Clarkson has brought sorrow to many as she was a woman who had been faithful to her church vows and who carried cheer and happiness wherever she went. For many years who has been a leader among the woman workers of St. John’s Parish, never being too busy or too weary to lend every assistance in any good cause.

Her home life was ideal and her husband and family were her constant care and she lived a most unselfish and Christian life.

With her husband she has been a liberal giver to all causes that were for the good of humanity and it can be truly said that none ever went to her for aid or comfort who went away empty handed. She will be missed in all walks of life, but will be missed in her church and in her home more than anywhere else, and the sympathy of hosts of friends go out to the heartbroken companion of so many years and the children who feel that their sorrow is almost too great to bear.

Many telegrams of sympathy were received by Mr. Clarkson and members of the family from friends and relatives from out of the city and state and these, with the many beautiful flowers that covered the last resting place of this Mother in Israel, attested, in a marked degree the wide influence for good that she had exerted while passing through this world.

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BISHOP SAM R. HAY HERE FOR FUNERAL OF MRS. WM. CLARKSON

Bishop Sam R. Hay was in Corsicana Monday in attendance upon the funeral of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Wm. Clarkson, Sr., and went to Dallas Monday evening where he addressed a meeting of Methodists at a banquet at the Baker Hotel on the matter of financing the new Methodist Sanitarium now nearing completion in Dallas. He returned to Houston Tuesday, being joined here by his wife, formerly Miss Tillie Gulick of this city and a sister of Mrs. Clarkson.

At the funeral of Mrs. Clarkson Monday Bishop Hay offered a prayer that was especially appreciated by family and friends of Mrs. Clarkson for its appropriateness and especial application to the life of this good woman who had passed to her reward.

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Resolution Adopted by Lions.

The following resolution was presented by J. H. Woods at the Lions Club Tuesday and unanimously adopted by the club:

Whereas, Mr. William Clarkson, Sr., a former esteemed member of the Corsicana Lions’ Club, for a number of
Years has just now suffered one of the severest losses that can fall to the lot of man, in the death of his most estimable wife on Sunday, February 6, 1927.

Therefore Be It Resolved that the Corsicana Lions’ Club, and the individual members thereof, do tender to our former member and brother, Mr. William Clarkson, Sr., and his children, our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy in this dark hour of life, and we feel that the memory of this beloved wife and mother will be to them a great and sustaining comfort so long as life shall last with them. And we assure them of our kindest regards and good wishes in the great loss. And that this resolution be inscribed in the minutes of the Club, a copy be furnished to the Daily Sun and a copy to the family.

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TRIBUTE OF RESPECT

The following tribute to the memory of Mrs. Wm. Clarkson, Sr., who recently passed away at her home here was unanimously adopted by St. John’s Sunday School, Sunday, February 20, and a copy of same was ordered spread on the minutes of the Sunday School records, a copy sent to the family of the subject of the tribute and a copy sent to the Daily Sun for publication therein:

A tribute—In loving memory of our friend, Mrs. William Clarkson, Sr.

We feel that in the passing on February 6th, 1927, of Mrs. Wm. Clarkson, Sr. from her earthly home to a home not made with hands, we, the Superintendent, Teachers and Scholars of St. John’s Church School have lost one of our most faithful and loyal members.

Always present when possible, always ready to five of her thought, of her time, of her means; always co-operating in everything, in every way, her kind and cheerful face, and cordial manner being an inspiration to us all, she will be missed and mourned as one not lost, but “gone before.” Her spirit will linger about us, urging us to renewed efforts and a more complete fulfillment of her wishes and hopes and plans, and our wishes, and hopes and plans for St. John’s Sunday School. And always she will be held in loving memory.

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Vesparsian "Vess" Clark
Sep 11, 1852 - Dec 16, 1936

Dec 16, 1936
CLARK - Corsicana, Texas, Dec. 16. - Vess Clark, 84, died at his home Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at Ward Cemetery Thursday afternoon. Clark was a native of Illinois but had lived here many years. Surviving are his wife, and two sons, Edwin Clark of Corsicana and Charles Clark of Kansas City.

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OCTOBENARIAN DIES WEDNESDAY MORNING, BURIAL THURSDAY

Vess Clark, aged 84 years, died at his home on South Twenty-Seventh street, Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock. The funeral services will be held at
Ward cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock where interment will be made. The rites will be conducted by E. E. Starks, Church of Christ minister of Corsicana.

He was a native of Illinois but had resided here for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Edwin Clark, Corsicana, and Charles Clark, Kansas City; two step-sons, John Matthews, Pursley, and Will Matthews, Chickasha, Oklahoma, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Pearl Glaab, Wichita Falls.

Pallbearers will be Roy Miller, Edwin Stark, William Bunch, Bob Petty, Clice Rogers and John Griffin.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Dec 16, 1936
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Marian Dorcus (Walker) Clark 2nd wife his step-son John Matthews’ death certificate says Ann Claghorn—step-daughter Pearl Glabb says Rackinbough on Mrs. V. Clark’s death certificate Dec. 29, 1857 - May 12, 1943 buried in Wichita Falls, Texas - Vess’s death certificate says Rockabou, step-son William’s death certificate says Martha Rockenbough—she is listed as Matilda, Martha, Mary in other places.-she was married to Ezekiel “Zeke” Matthews)
    s/o Randall Clark and Lucy Jane (Gray) Clark

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FUNERAL OF AGED CORSICANAN HELD AT WARD CEMETERY

Funeral services for Vess Clark, aged 84 years, who died at his home on South Twenty-Seventh street Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock, were held at
Ward cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock where interment was made. The rites were conducted by E. E. Starks, Church of Christ minister of Corsicana.

He was a native of Illinois but had resided here for many years.

Survivors are his wife, two sons, Edwin Clark of Corsicana and Charles Clark of Kansas City; two step-sons, John Mathews of Pursley and Will Matthews of Chickasha, Okla.; and a step-daughter, Mrs. Pearl Glab of Wichita Falls.

Pallbearers were Roy Miller, Edwin Stark, William Bunch, Bob Petty, Olive Rogers and John Griffin.

Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Mrs. A. S. Clark
abt 1867 - Aug 1939

Aug 8, 1939
Mrs. A. S. Clark, 72, Dies at Corsicana
Special to The News
CRSICANA (sic), Texas. Aug 8. - Mrs. A. S. Clark, 72, long a resident of Corsicana, died Tuesday at the family home after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Clark is survived by a son, Leon Clark and a daughter, Mrs. C. B. McKinney, both of Corsicana, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

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James W. A. Clark
Apr 17, 1841 - Jun 20, 1925

June 23, 1925
CLARK - Corsicana, Texas. June 23 - Funeral services for J. W. A. Clark, 84 years old, who died at the home of Roy Canady Sr. at 4:15 o'clock Saturday afternoon, following an illness of one week, were held at the residence, 1118 West Sixth avenue, at 4:30 o'clock Sunday. The Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian Church, assisted by the Rev. H. M. Thompson of the Methodist Protestant Church, officiated. Born in London, England, April 17, 1841, Mr. Clark came to the United States in the early seventies, settling at Corsicana in 1876. He was well known here, having served as postmaster under the McKinley administration, and was well known in the activities of the Republican party here and throughout the State. Mr. Clark was for years Republican district chairman. Mrs. Clark died nine years ago. Roy Canady Sr., his stepson, is the only surviving relative.

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AGED CORSICANA MAN PASSED AWAY LATE SATURDAY

J. W. A. CLARK, FORMER POSTMASTER, RESIDENT HERE MANY YEARS

Funeral services for J. W. A. Clark, 84 years old, who died at the home of Roy Canady, Sr., at 4:15 o’clock Saturday afternoon, following an illness of one week, wre held at the residence, 1118 West Sixth avenue at 4:30 o’clock Sunday. Rev. Paul J. Merrill pastor of the First Christian Church, assisted by Rev. H. M. Thompson of the Methodist Protestant Church, officiated. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Active pallbearers were P. Mayer, W. M. Taylor, E. D. McCarver, Dave Daniels, W. J. Anderson, W. A. Hammett, Mose Blumrosen and John Mitchell.

Born in London, England, April 17, 1841, Mr. Clark came to the United States in the early seventies, settling at Corsicana in 1876. He was well-known here having served as postmaster under the McKinley administration, and was well-known in the activities of the Republican party here and throughout the State. Mr. Clark was for years Republican district chairman.

Mrs. Clark died nine years ago. Roy Canady, Sr. his stepson is the only surviving relative.

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James Mearl Clark
Sep 11, 1914 - Jul 29, 1953

Aug 1, 1953
Corsicana Burial Set For Bandera Resident
CORSICANA, Texas. - Funeral services for J. M. Clark, 38, Bandera café operator and World War II veteran who died in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Kerrville, were held Friday morning in Bandera. Another service will be held from the Corley Chapel here Saturday at 2 p.m., with burial in the Marshall Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, of Bandera; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Phillips, of Corsicana; five brothers, Robert L. Philips of Paris; Maynard L. Phillips, Leon H. Phillips, C. E. Phillips Jr. and Wayne Phillips, all of Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. B. C. Emery of Duncan, Okla.

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J. M. Clark Rites Slated Saturday

Funeral services for J. M. Clark, 38, Bandera café owner, who died in a Veterans Administration hospital in Kerrville Wednesday, were held in Bandera Friday at 9:30 a.m.

A second service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel here with burial in the Marshall cemetery.

The rites here will be conducted by Rev. Gene McCann, pastor of the Community Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Bandera; parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Phillips, Corsicana; five brothers, Robert L. Phillips, Paris; Maynard J., Leon H., C. E., Jr., and Wayne Phillips, all of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. B. C. Emery, Duncan, Okla., and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri., Jul 31, 1953
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Doris (Matthews) Clark buried in Dawson cemetery 2nd wife unknown s/o James Abner Clark and Rebecca Leo (Hancock) Clark-Phillips (step-father- Clarence Ervin Phillips, Sr.)

J. H. Clark
Died May 1902

May 6, 1902
BRAKEMAN KILLED
J. H. Clark Has His Skull Crushed at Angus.
Special To The News
Corsicana, Tex., May 5. - J. H. Clark, brakeman, was killed at Angus, a few miles south of here, by a Houston and Texas Central train. The body was brought to Corsicana.
Clark was sent back to flag his train and sat down on the end of a tie and it is alleged went to sleep. He was struck by the truck of a freight car and his skull crushed.

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Edgar Barry Church
Jul 4, 1871 - Aug 7, 1951

Aug 9, 1951
Corsicana Rites Held For E. D. Church, 80
CORSICANA, Texas, Aug. 9 - E. D. Church, 80, native of Navarro County, died at his home here. He was a charter member and former president and secretary of the local carpenter's union.
Funeral services were held Thursday with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Miss Elizabeth Church of Dallas and Mrs. J. C. Showalter of Baytown, and a grandchild.

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James "Jim" Christy
Dec 24, 1862 - Aug 28, 1925

Aug 28, 1925
James Christy Dies Suddenly in Corsicana
CORSICANA, Texas. Aug 28 - James Christy, 60 years old, a resident of the Hester community Navarro County, collapsed in the business district here Friday ___ died shortly after being taken to the hospital. Death is thought to have been due to heart disease.
He is survived by two brothers Jack and Will Christy of the same community. Following notification of their brother's death they came to Corsicana to complete funeral arrangements.

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Remains Interred Near Hester.

The funeral of the late James Christy, who fell on Collin street here yesterday and died later at the County Hospital, took place at the Edens cemetery in the Hester community at 3 o’clock this afternoon and was well attended. The deceased was 62 years of age, and is survived by two brothers who live in the Hester community.

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Mary Ann Christman
Jul 21, 1843 - Nov 13, 1936

Nov 16, 1936, Dallas, Texas
CHRISTMAN - Miss Mary Ann Christman, died Friday at her home, 2803 Bryan, age 93.
Survived by one cousin, Miss Emma O. Neil of Dallas. Services to be held 9 a.m. Monday from Sacred Heart Cathedral. Interment Corsicana, Texas. Arrangements by Ed C. Smith & Bro., Ross and St. Paul. Pallbearers: W. A. Hilger, George Hogan, Joe Wendlinger, John Hartman, R. J. McBrien, Louis C. Taylor.

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FORMER CORSICANAN DIED IN DALLAS; IS BURIED HERE MONDAY

Funeral services for Miss Mary Ann Christman, aged 93 years who died at her home in Dallas Friday night, were held Monday at noon at the Catholic cemetery here where interment was made. The services were conducted by Monsignor V. Graffeo of the Immaculate Conception. Services were also held Monday morning at 9 o’clock at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dallas.

Miss Christman resided in Corsicana for a number of years prior to making her home in Dallas.

Surviving are three cousins, Miss Emma O’Neal, Dallas; Mrs. Ed O’Neal and Mrs. Kirk Steele, both of Corsicana.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home had charge of the funeral arrangements here.

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Edgar Allen Poe Chrisman
Feb 8, 1864 - Jan 26, 1953

Jan 21, 1953
E. P. Chrisman Rites
CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 21 - Last rites for E. P. Chrisman, 88, of Kerens, who died at a hospital here Monday, were held Tuesday at Kerens. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery. A native of Mississippi, he came to Kerens when twelve years of age. Surviving are two sons, Joe Chrisman, Kerens, and Charlie Chrisman, Fort Worth; fourteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

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Neva Nell "Nellie" Chilton
Nov 16, 1906 - Aug 9, 1930

Aug 12, 1930
Two Auto Victims Buried
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. Aug 12. - Funeral services for Miss Neva Nell Chilton, 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake Chilton, Luling, who died Sunday from injuries received in an automobile accident here, were held here Monday. Surviving are her parents and two brothers, James Chilton, Dallas, and Blake Chilton Jr., Luling.
Funeral services for Mary Verna Parker Griffin, 23, another victim of the fatal auto accident, were held Monday and the body was forwarded to Jewett for burial.

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TWO GIRLS KILLED IN AUTO CRASH HERE SATURDAY EVENING

MISSES MARY GRIFFIN AND NELL CHILTON VICTIMS OF ACCIDENT

Mary Verna Parker Griffin, aged 23, daughter of J. W. Griffin of Jewett and Mrs. M. C. Griffin, 312 South Thirteenth street and Neva Nell Chilton, aged 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake Chilton of Luling, received fatal injuries when two automobiles collided at the intersection of North Fourteenth street and Third avenue, about 9:30 Saturday night.

Ollie Prince received a badly bruised shoulder and A. L. Elkins was considerably bruised. Both were occupants of the car in which the girls were rideing. All of the occupants of the second car escaped with minor injuries.

The car in which the two girls were riding was going west on Third avenue, and the second car, driven by Miss Anna Mae Young with Clayton Hickerson and Miss Jewell Allbritton as passengers was traveling south on Fourteenth street.

Eye witnesses said that the front bumpers of the cars crashed, swinging the cars together. The Young car was left spinning at the intersection by the impact finally turning on its side; it was not badly damaged. The other car broke the contact and rolled over and over sideways and end over end for about 100 feet before finally coming to a halt. It was badly wrecked.

The injured were carried to the Navarro Clinic in the Corley-McMahon and Sutherland ambulances.

Miss Chilton received a fractured skull, a broken collarbone on the right side, a broken rib, and internal injuries. She died about 1:10 Sunday morning. Miss Griffin received a fractured skull and internal injuries and died about 12:35.

Prince was able to leave the hospital after first aid treatment. An X-ray examination Sunday morning failed to reveal any fractures.

Mr. and Mrs. Chilton arrived in Corsicana late Sunday after being notified of the accident. Miss Chilton had made her home with Mrs. Griffin while her parents were out of the city.

Funeral services for Miss Chilton will be held from the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. T. C. Jensen, pastor of the Mildred Baptist church.

Surviving are her parents and two brothers, James Chilton, Dallas and Blake Chilton, Jr., Luling.

Mr. Chilton, father of the deceased, is an employee of the Humble Oil & Refining Company, and prior to moving to Luling recently, was a resident of Navarro county.

Active pallbearers for the funeral will be A. A. Klein, Bud Hersler, E. D. Adams, L. H. Johnson, H. C. Laurence and T. H. Dolan.

Honorary Pallbearers—G. W. Westmoreland, C. M. Arnold, B. W. Hales, Jack Dodd, Russell Davis, C. E. Pope, C. C. Turner, J. P. Henserd, W. F. Sutton, J. H. Gilware, G. L. Humphries, J. O. Burch, D. F. Needham, M. H. Henry, W. R. Brewer, Ray Russell, E. D. Blanton, C. F. Hostetter, Clester Bumpass, Elmer Crane, Ray Hilborn, R. S. Reid, Tom Doggett, J. P. Watson and J. R. Doggett.

Funeral services for Miss Griffin were held at the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Monday morning at 10 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church. The body was forwarded to Jewett at 11:56 o’clock Monday morning via the T. & B. V. R. R. Company passenger train where interment was made late Monday afternoon.

Surviving are her parents, four brothers, J. W. Griffin, Jr., Jewett, Davis Griffin and Frank Griffin, both of Corsicana, and Ruben Griffin of Eagle Pass; two sisters, Misses Mamie Ray and Ferroll Griffin both of Corsicana.

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George W. Chilton
abt 1884 - Apr 1933

April 17, 1933
CHILTON - Corsicana, Texas, April 17. - George W. Chilton, 49, employee of the Houston Oil Company north of Corsicana, died at an early hour Monday morning following a week's illness with pneumonia and the funeral was held Monday afternoon with burial in the Petty Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, a sister, Mrs.
Kate Robinson, Blooming Grove; and a halfborther, Guy Blankenship of Kansas.

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Emma Josephine (Fields) Chiles
Dec 27, 1867 - Jun 24, 1927

June 25, 1927
Mrs. Emma Chiles Dies At Corsicana Home
CORSICANA, Texas, June 25. - Mrs. Emma Josephine Chiles, 60, wife of B. R. Chiles, died at the family residence here Friday evening are the funeral services will be conducted at the family home Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian Church.
Mrs. Chiles was born in Marshall. She was married at B. R. Chiles at Marshall, Aug. 21, 1890.
Surviving are her husband, one son, B. R. Chiles Jr., Houston; four daughters, Mrs. H. Grantham, Mrs. H. H. Day, Mrs. Earl M. Auld and Miss Louise Chiles, all of Corsicana; one sister, Miss Hester Fields, Corsicana; three brothers, Richard Fields, Fort Worth; Joe Fields and Bruce Fields, both of Corsicana.

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SUNDAY FOR CORSICANA WOMAN

MRS. B. R. CHILES PASSED AWAY AT FAMILY HOME HERE LATE FRIDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Josephine Chiles, aged 60 years, wife of B. R. Chiles, who died at the family residence 502 South Thirteenth Street, Friday night at 8:30 o’clock following an illness of six weeks, were held from the home at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian Church. The W. O. W. Circle had charge at the grave.

Mrs. Chiles was born in Marshall, Texas, December 27, 1867.

Surviving are her husband, one son, B. R. Chiles, Jr., Houston; four daughters, Mrs. B. Grantham, Mrs. H. H. Day, Mrs. Earl M. Auld and Miss Louise Chiles, all of Corsicana; one sister, Miss Hester Fields, Corsicana; three brothers, Richard Fields, Fort Worth; Joe Fields and Bruce Fields, both of Corsicana.

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SUNDAY FOR CORSICANA WOMAN

MRS. B. R. CHILES PASSED AWAY AT FAMILY HOME HERE LATE FRIDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Josephine Chiles, aged 60 years, wife of B. R. Chiles, who died at the family residence, 502 South Thirteenth street, Friday night at 8:30 o’clock following an illness of six weeks, were held from the home at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian Church. The W. O. W. Circle had charge at the grave.

Mrs. Chiles was born in Marshall, Texas, December 27, 1867.

Surviving are her husband, one son, B. R. Chiles, Jr., Houston; four daughters, Mrs. H. Grantham, Mrs. H. H. Day, Mrs. Earl M. Auld and Miss Louise Chiles, all of Corsicana; one sister, Miss Hester Fields, Corsicana; three brothers, Richard Fields, Fort Worth; Joe Fields and Bruce Fields, both of Corsicana.

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Benjamin Russell "Ben" Chiles
Aug 21, 1865 - Jan 15, 1947

BEN R. CHILES RITES BE HELD THURSDAY; DIED TUESDAY NIGHT

Ben R. Chiles, aged 80 years, died at his home, 412 West Fifth avenue, late Tuesday night following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. O. Harmon minister of the First Christian church, of which the deceased was a life-long member.

A native of Alabama, Chiles had resided in Corsicana and Navarro County practically all of his life.

Surviving are a son, Ben R. Chiles, Jr.; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Day, Miss Louise Chiles, Mrs. Gladys Grantham and Mrs. Earl Auld; a granddaughter, Jane Auld, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Joe Brown, Paul H. Miller, W. K. Stelle, Judge A. E. Foster, C. O. (Cap) Curington, John H. Bryant and Bob Phinney.

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RITES FOR BEN R. CHILES HELD HERE THURSDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Ben R. Chiles, aged 80 years, who died at his home, 412 West Fifth Avenue Tuesday night following a brief illness, were held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. O. Harmon, minister of the First Christian church, of which Chiles had been a long-time member.

A native of Alabama, Chiles had resided in Corsicana and Navarro county practically all of his life.

Surviving are a son, Ben R. Chiles, Jr.; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Day, Miss Louise Chiles, Mrs. Gladys Grantham and Mrs. Earl Auld; a granddaughter, Jane Auld, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Joe Brown, Paul H. Miller, W. K. Stelle, Judge A. E. Foster, C. O. (Cap) Curington, John H. Bryant and Bob Phinney.


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Jan 16, 1947
B. R. Chiles Dead
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 16 - B. R. Chiles, 80, died at his home here after a brief illness. Funeral services were held Thursday. He had lived here practically all of his life. Surviving are a son, B. R. Chiles Jr., and four daughters, Mrs. Henry Day, Miss Louise Chiles, Mrs. Gladys Grantham and Mrs. Earl Auld, all of Corsicana.

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Marion Dallas Chewning
Jan 15, 1850 - May 17, 1929

May 17, 1929
M. D. Chewning Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, May 17. - M. D. Chewning, 79, died here Friday and funeral services will be held Saturday from the Max Avenue Methodist Church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Chewning had resided in Navarro County for thirty-six years. Surviving are his wife, three sons, W. H. Chewning of Corsicana, A. S. Chewning of Dallas and R. W. Chewning of Tyler; three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Raymer of Quinlan, Mrs. J. E. Redding of Corsicana, Route 2, and Miss Johnnie Chewning of Corsicana.

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M. D. CHEWNING BURIED IN OAKWOOD SATURDAY MORNING

Funeral services for M. D. Chewning, aged 79 years, who died early Friday morning after an illness of several weeks, were held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the Max Avenue Methodist church with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. Rev. A. W. Hall and Rev. G. W. Kornegay and Rev. A. C. Carraway of Chatfield conducted the rites.

Surviving are his wife and six children: W. H. Chewning, Corsicana, A. S. Chewning, Dallas; R. W. Chewning, Tyler; Mrs. Mattie Raymer, Fort Worth; Mrs. J. E. Redding, Corsicana, Route 2, and Miss Johnnie Chewning of Corsicana.

The pallbearers were Frank Bass, W. E. Fullerton, W. H. Castles, R. M. Smith, S. E. Hamilton and W. J. W. Foster.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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William Almond Chestnutt
Jan 30, 1852 - Mar 15, 1932

Mar 16, 1932, Dallas, Texas
W. A. Chestnutt, 80, Dies at Dallas Home
W. A. Chestnutt, 80, retired, former well-known business man and citizen of Corsicana, died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Cullinan, 4512 Lakeside, Highland Park.
Mr. Chestnutt was engaged in the saddle and harness business in Corsicana for a number of years and also traveled for a leather goods company for twenty-five years.
Besides Mrs. Cullinan, he is survived by a son, Jerry Ward Chestnutt of San Angelo.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Corsicana with the cortege leaving Dallas at 11 a.m. from the Bower Undertaking Company, 3000 Maple avenue. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at Corsicana.

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PIONEER RESIDENT CORSICANA DIED IN DALLAS ON TUESDAY

W. A. CHESTNUTT WILL BE BURIED IN CORSICANA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

W. A. Chestnutt, aged 80 years former resident of Corsicana, and well known here, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Cullinan, 4512 Lakeside Drive, Dallas, Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock and the funeral will be held at Oakwood cemetery, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, where interment will be made. The funeral cortege will leave Dallas Wednesday at noon.

The services will be conducted by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church of which Mr. Chestnutt was a member.

He was engaged in the saddle and harness business here for a number of years, but had been traveling for a leather goods firm for a quarter of a century.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Cullinan, and a son, Jerry Ward Chestnutt, both of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Perry McCammon, George Baum, E. Y. Cunningham, C. L. Terry, T. J. Hickey, Tom Pinkston, Henry Robbins and N. Suttle Roberts.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD WEDNESDAY FOR W. A. CHESTNUTT

Funeral services for William Almond Chestnutt, aged 80 years, former resident of Corsicana, well-known traveling salesman for a leather goods concern, who died in Dallas early Tuesday morning, were held at Oakwood cemetery here Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock where interment was made. The services were conducted by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church of which Mr. Chestnutt was a member. The funeral cortege left Dallas about noon Wednesday.

Mr. Chestnutt engaged in the saddle and harness business here for many years.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank Cullinan of Dallas, with whom Mr. Chestnutt resided, and a son, Jerry A. Chestnutt of San Angelo.

He was a native of Magnolia, North Carolina. He was married to Miss Rachael Barry at Techuacana in 1880.

Pallbearers were Perry McCammon, George Baum, E. Y. Cunningham, C. L. Terry, T. J. Hickey, Tom Pinkston, Henry Robbins, and N, Suttle Roberts.

The funeral here was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Large Number of Relatives, Friends Attend Funeral Here

A large concourse of Dallas and Corsicana relatives and friends assembled at Oakwood cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 to pay their last respects to the memory of the late W. A. Chestnut, who was laid to rest by the side of his beloved wife, who had preceded him in death.

Mr. Chestnut passed away early Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Cullinan, of Dallas, with whom he resided. His remains were accompanied to Corsicana by Mr. and Mrs. Cullinan, their daughter, Mrs. James Swift and husband, and their son, Jack Cullinan; J. Ward Chestnut, an only son; Frank Chestnut of Houston, a brother of the deceased; Harvey Talbot of Houston; Mrs. Charley Barry of Dallas, Mrs. Janie Roseborough Strange, her brother and father, Dude Roseborough, of Marshall; Mrs. Tom Vardell and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Goodman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Griffiths, Mrs. Dan Craddock, Mrs. C. L. Mallott, Mrs. J. F. Dreibelbia and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Elliott of Dallas, Flint Padgett of Waco and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Young of Aransas Pass.

Mr. and Mrs. Cullinan and family and Ward Chestnut have the heartfelt sympathy of their many Corsicana friends at this time of their deep sorrow.

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H. H. Cherry
abt 1883 - Mar 1961

Mar 24, 1961, Dallas, Texas
H. H. Cherry
Funeral services for H. H. Cherry, 78, of 6101 Victor, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Methodist Church, 120 S. Beacon, with the Rev. Walter Vanderpool and the Rev. Herbert Minga officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park.
Mr. Cherry died Wednesday in a Dallas hospital. He was a native of Kerens, Navarro County.
Survivors are his wife; a son, H. H. Cherry of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Travis Craig of Highlands, Harris County, and Mrs. Byron Thomas of Dallas; three brothers, R. J. Cherry and R. M. Cherry of Dallas and John Cherry of Oklahoma, and six sisters, Mrs. J. W. Phelps of Dallas, Mrs. Effie Goodwin of Dallas, Mrs. Callie Davenport of Dallas, Mrs. A. E. Harris of Temple City, Calif., Mrs. Maggie Allard of Dawson, Navarro County, and Mrs. Neely Montgomery of Fort Worth.

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Lida Belle (Vannerson) Cheney
Nov 2, 1863 - Aug 2, 1929

Aug 2, 1929
CORSICANA, Texas, Aug. 2. - Mrs. J. W. Cheney, 67, resident of Corsicana forty-four years, died. The funeral will be held from the family residence Saturday afternoon, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, two sons, J. V. Cheney of San Antonio and R. F. Cheney of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs.
F. R. Kelly of Corsicana, and Mrs. J. K. Wood of San Antonio; four grandchildren, two half brothers, Harry Vannison and Jack Vannison, both of Atlanta, Ga. Pallbearers will be Harris Ranson, J. M. Pugh, Montgomery Davidson, G. M. Crook and W. P. McCammon, all of Corsicana, and A. H. Berry, Mexia.

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR PIONEER RESIDENT

MRS. J. W. CHENEY HAD RESIDED IN CORSICANA FOR FORTY-FOUR YEARS

Funeral services for Mrs. J. W. Cheney, 67, native of Tennessee, but residence of Corsicana since____, who died at the Navarro Clinic Friday morning at 2 o’clock, following an illness of some time, were held from the family residence, 1417 West Fourth avenue, Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church, of which Mrs. Cheney was a long-time member.

Mrs. Cheney was born in Tennessee, but was reared in Augusta, Georgia.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, J. V. Cheney, San Antonio, and R. F. Cheney, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. F. R. Kelly, Corsicana, and Mrs. J. K. Woods, San Antonio; four grandchildren; two half-brothers, Harry Vannison and Jack Vannison, both of Atlanta, Ga., and numerous other relatives.

Pallbearers were Harris-Ransom, J. M. Pugh, Montgomery Davidson, G. M. Crook and W. P. McCammon, all of Corsicana; and A. H. Berry of Mexia.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Beautiful Tribute To Mrs. J. W. Cheney Buried Saturday

A strong, fine noble character was called to higher service in its kingdom when Mrs. Lida Grayson Vannison Cheney, wife of J. W. Cheney, departed this life Friday, August 2, at two o’clock in the morning at the Navarro Hospital and Clinic.

For the past seven months, Mrs. Cheney had been a shut-in and sufferer, having been in bed the greater part of the time with a broken hip. Just lately she had been able to be up and about the house on crutches following an operation for appendicitis, and was so happy in the thought that she would soon be able to take up her duties in her home and church and U. D. C. Work. Fate intervened though, and for the last ten days her life has been hanging by a thread at the hospital, where she had to undergo an operation for the removal of gall stones. All through her months and months of illness and suffering, she was ever patient and gentle, and filled with hope. Her nurses and her children found it a joy to minister unto her. Mrs. Cheney’s heart was forever young. She possessed a charming adaptability and a sweet, sincere grace, which gave to her an influence all her own. Unselfishness was a part of her very life, and gentleness and generosity were foremost in her lofty Christian character. For the 44 years that Corsicana has been her home, her beautiful influence was felt as a member of the First Baptist church and only the Heavenly Father can count the deeds of love and mercy which she has done in His name.

Mrs. Cheney was a valuable member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy because of her appreciation and her understanding of the far-reaching objects which actuated this organization.

Devoted friends sympathize with her beloved husband and children in this hour of great sorrow, and were it possible to comfort them, this comfort would come from hundreds of sorrowing friends; but there is no such thing as comfort at a time like this. Only time, and time alone can change their tears of despair into flowers of hope. “Tis to the dear, beloved husband that our hearts go out in deepest sympathy, for there’s no power this side of heaven that can soothe the heart of one bereft of the perfect companionship of 45 or more happy years.

In the passing of Mrs. Cheney many of us have sustained a tender personal loss. Deep in our hearts we will keep the sweet memory of her beautiful life as she lived It here among us.

--S. C. B.

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Out of Town Friends And Relatives Attend Mrs. Cheney’s Funeral

The funeral services of the late Mrs. J. W. Cheney, held Saturday afternoon at the family home, was largely attended by a concourse of sorrowing friends who came to pay their last tributes of love and respect to this good woman. The service was impressive as conducted by the pastor of the First Baptist church of which the deceased was a most consistent member. Beautiful songs were sung by Mmes. Harry Williams, A. A. Guess, Henry Robbins and Messrs. Lloyd Kerr and Sidney Brietz at the home and at the cemetery where she was laid to rest by the side of her son, Aubrey, who preceded her eleven years ago. Both graves and one of a little granddaughter, were completely covered with lovely floral offerings, silent but eloquent expressions of the love and esteem in which she was held, and of love and sympathy for her bereft loved ones.

Among the out-of-town relatives and friends, other than her immediate family were Mr. and Mrs. August Strohmyer, Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Berry, Hubbard City, Mrs. Ollie Reed, Mrs. Wood and Miss Julia Wiley of Waco, Mrs. L. H. Weeks and Mrs. E. B. Murrell, Palestine, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Kelly and Mrs. Paul Danke of Boyce, and Mrs. J. S. Livingston.

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Francis Marion “Frank” Cheney, Jr.
Mar 2, 1859 - Sep 19, 1915

FINAL TRIBUTE TO F. M. CHENEY

Entire town Mourns and Many Come From Long Distance

The number of people who crowded into the First Baptist church this morning was a very substantial tribute to the memory of Mr. F. M. Cheney. The church was filled to its utmost capacity and so eager were the people to witness the impressive ceremony that they crowded about the windows and doors and stood on the sidewalks.

The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and garlands of roses and morning glory. A very appropriate silence reigned over those who had assembled there, rumbles of low music resounded throughout the dome of the church, and the pall bearers entered with a splendid white casket bearing the deceased citizen. A long train of mourners followed. They had no sooner seated themselves than the quartette composed of Miss Lois Noble, Mrs. Turner, Forrest Reed and Hugh Johnson, accompanied by Mrs. Forrest Reed on the organ, sang “Asleep in Jesus.”

After a prayer expressing sincere love of immortality by Rev. Mr. Vining, Miss Lois Noble sang a very beautiful solo.

Rev. Jeff D. Ray of Fort Worth who had been an intimate friend of Mr. Cheney’s for over twenty years, read a scripture lesson from one of St. Paul’s epistles; “I chose this passage of scripture,” said Rev. Mr. Ray, because Frank Cheney was of a sterling, true nature that would be apt to appreciate anything that St. Paul, whom he resembled so much, wrote.”

The audience was then charmed by another solo and Rev. Vining came to the pulpit to preach the funeral sermon. He took for his text the 30th verse of the third chapter of 11 Samuel: “Know ye not that a prince—a great man—is fallen in Israel?” “When a strong, robust tree whose branches have overspread others, is hewed to the ground we notice the loss, although it may have been the first time we ever paid especial attention to the tree. So it is with great men; while they are with us we have but slight appreciation for their true worth, but when they are taken from us the loss is plainly evident. I think the text I have chosen is a very appropriate one. Mr. Cheney’s fall was like Abner’s for it touched the hearts of men. Many times will men look to the place he occupied so worthily and find it vacant. This thought leads us to ask, What is a great man? The history of the world, which is divided into three parts, may help us answer this question. The first period in history was when the great man was regarded as a great warlike hero such as Hercules or Alexander the Great. In the second period the souls of men bowed in reverence before men of deep intellect. It was in those days that Homer, Plato and Socrates held the supreme place among great men. In the last and third stage of human life the righteous man is considered to be the great man, and Christ is their hero and example.

“We all live in a noble time, for in this time true greatness is recognized. A Man is no longer judged by his rank or pedigree. There was a time when a man’s greatness came from his ancestors, but the world has wisely outgrown it. Heroes on blood-stained fields have fought great battles but greatest battles that have yet taken place thundered and roared in the souls of men!

“I now wish to speak of five noble characteristics of the man for whom we have met to do reverence. He was affectionate, he loved to be with men, and his heart was tender. He was faithful to his friends and this faithfulness marked his daily life. Oh him the heathen, saying that “Friendship is two souls in one,” might be justly applied. He was loyal. No soul ever lived more loyal to his church, his pastor and his friends than did this man. He was humble, ready to do his duty; never haughty. An above all, he had a faith in God that could not be shaken, and he is now, I believe, enjoying the fruits of his faith. In his will be touchingly embraced his belief in God, by consigning his family to His Almighty protection.” Here Rev. Mr. Vining read from Mr. Cheney’s will under the head of Item 1st, as follows:

“I reverently commit my family and loved ones to the keeping of God who made them, and trust that each one will have an abiding faith in Him and that each one may believe in and trust our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and that each one may seek the leadership of the Holy Spirit while they shall live. While I advise an economic administration of my earthly affairs, and recommend prudence and caution in business matters, I advise liberality in spiritual matters and hope each one will contribute of their means as conditions may require and as their ability may permit in advancing the cause of Christianity.”

“He was not a man who had been to the front, but he had the characteristics of a great man.

Both the useless and the useful must die. Building in this world is vanity unless we prepare for the world we are to meet. Only the things that stand at the Gates of Eternity are truly worth while. Will affection stand” Eternity above is an eternity of boundless love. Will friendship stand? There is nothing more enduring than friendship for Christ said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you.’ Will humility stand? There is no downfall for humility for it is based upon secure foundations. Will faith stand? On the wings of Faith this good man soared into the presence of his Creator!

“We have three parting things to say. He waits beyond the river, and the meeting will forever blot out the sorrow of the parting. His life calls back for others to carry on his work. And with his going this life will never be the same again. The voice that will never again be heard on earth will lift its voice in the celestial choir.

“While we sorrowfully bid him farewell, we take consolation in knowing that another voice is calling us from over yonder, and when the Gates of Heaven first opened to receive his soul Gloryland changed again!”

Rev. Mr. Vining was assisted in the services by Rev. Jeff D. Ray, now of Fort Worth, but formerly a pastor of the First Baptist Church here, where the funeral services were held, and of which Mr. Cheney had long been a useful member. When Rev. Mr. Vining had concluded Rev. begged the special privilege of having Mr. Fred Freeman, a long-time friend, who had come all the way from his home in Denver, Colo., to attend the funeral, pay his tribute to the departed. Mr. Freeman spoke with that earnestness that showed he was deeply affected. He paid his departed friend many compliments as he reviewed his sturdy life and referred to his many noble traits of character, and the religious life that he had lived for many years.

It is needless to say that the sermon by Rev. Mr. Vining and the talk by Mr. Freeman were very impressive and that while they were being delivered tears coursed down the cheeks of many. When it had been brought to a forceful conclusion Rev. Jeff D. Ray led in a deep sympathetic prayer.

Miss Sammie Cobb then heightened the devoutness of the scene with a violin solo, after which the quartette sang “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.”

The friends of the deceased took a final look at the corpse and the pallbearers bore it to the hearse. Then the vast concourse of people followed the remains to their final resting place.

It has been some time since such marked respect was shown a deceased citizen in Corsicana. The schools were closed out of respect to him as were the business houses in the city. When the invitation was extended the school children and friends of the deceased who were present at the church this morning to look upon this good man’s face for the last time an impressive scene followed. Youth and age gazed upon the calm face and as they did so many of them sobbed out their sorrow in unison. No greater homage could be paid any man than this.

Mr. Cheney is survived by his wife and three children, Lou, Byron and Misses Lillian and Lucile Cheney. Three brothers also are living. They are Will J. of Corsicana, Joseph of South Carolina and Herschel Cheney of Portland, Oregon. A deceased brother is Jno. P. Cheney. Mrs. M. H. Sandwich and Miss Fannie Cheney, both of Corsicana, are two surviving sisters.

Friends came from far and near to pay their respects and numerous messages of sympathy came by wire. Among those from a distance were the following: Mrs. Jas. F. Greer and Mr. Knox Henry of Waco, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cheney and family of Hubbard, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Estes of Dallas, Mr. Hugh Johnson of Dallas, Mr. E. W. Wiggins of Gainesville, Mr. Fred Freeman of Denver, Colo., and Rev. Jeff D. Ray of Fort Worth.

Mr. Cheney was well-to-do, as well as prominent in church and charitable work. He was devoted to the Baptist church of which he was an honored member and to which he contributed largely of his time and funds. He stood steadfastly by those things that had for their object the betterment of mankind, and the uplift of humanity and was particularly enthusiastic when the life and training of boys and girls was involved. He was a member of the school board where his counsel was sought and his ideas found favor. He was one of seven citizens of Corsicana who contributed $5000 each to the Y.M.C.A., was a member of its board of directors and chairman of the social committee. He was charitable and did what he could to relieve the poor and remove the tears of the widowed and cries of the orphaned. He was president of the local United Charities Association and last winter when the demand of work that bread might be provided by the working man for his family was pressing Mr. Cheney aided materially in solving the problem. He owned many broad acres—three thousand acres, ‘tis said, besides his mercantile interest—in the eastern part of the county where the Trinity and Brazos Valley railroad has a station which it calls Cheneyboro in honor of this man whose death we mourn today. There are on these farms many negroes and so bread was this man in his sympathy and gentleness that both the high and the lowly honored and loved him. While Corsicana suspended business today and in song and prayer and eloquent words told of its sorrow, at Cheneyboro negroes, from the black mammy and rugged father, to the little pickaninny have been weeping constantly since the news reached them Sunday night that Mr. Cheney, the man who was always so gentle and kind to them, had been called to his reward.

A good man, a generous man and a man who will be missed, has been called from among us, therefore the entire city mourns.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, September 21, 1915
  • h/o Louise “Lou” (Durham) Cheney s/o Francis Marion Cheney, Sr. and Eliza Ann (Callaway) Cheney
  • Cheneyboro was owned by Francis Marion “Frank” Cheney, Jr. and that is why it was named that.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Oakwood Cemetery

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BUSINESS CLOSES FOR FUNERAL

Sept 21, 1915

Large Number of Out-of-Town Friends Pay Last Respects to F. M. Cheney at Corsicana.
Corsicana, Texas, Sept. 21. - The following friends from a distance attended the funeral of F. M.
Cheney, a prominent and wealthy citizen of Corsicana, here today: Mrs. James F. Greer and Knox Henry of Waco, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cheney and family of Hubbard, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Estes of Dallas, Hugh Johnson of Dallas, E. W. Wiggins of Gainesville, Fred Foreman of Denver, Colo., and the Rev. Jeff D. Ray of Fort Worth.
All the business houses and schools were closed during the funeral. He gave $5,000 to the Corsicana Y. M. C. A. and was a member of the board of directors of that enterprise, was president of the local United Charities Association, prominent in church work and was a wealthy merchant and landowner. His wife and three children survive him, namely, Byran, Lillian and Lucile Cheney. Three brothers and two sisters are living, Will J. of Corsicana, Joseph of South Carolina and Henchel of Portland, Ore. The sisters are Mrs. M. H. Sandwich and Miss Fannie Cheney, both of Corsicana.

September 21, 1915

F. M. Cheney, a prominent merchant, land owner and churchman, died at his home here Monday and was buried today. He was born in Covinton, Wilkes Co., Ga., in 1859, but came to Corsicana a number of years ago.
He leaves a wife and three children. The active pallbearers were J. S.
Millerman, John C. Hughes, A. B. Douglas, Wade Smith, Clarence Terry, S.
M. Kerr, C. E. Lee and Walter Ingram. Honorary: S. A. Pace, H. G. Damon, F. N. Drane, F. J. Lindsey, J. H. Robinson and C. H. De Lafosse.

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Emma Gertrude (Perry) Cheney
Nov 17, 1854 - Mar 9, 1934

Mar 10, 1934, Dallas, Texas
Funeral Saturday In Corsicana for Mrs. E. G. Cheney
Mrs. Emma Gertrude Cheney, resident of Texas for forty-one years, died here Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jack Estes, 4532 Belclaire.
For the last ten years Mrs. Cheney has lived in Dallas, coming here from Corsicana, where she lived for thirty-one years. She was the widow of John P. Cheney, who was connected with newspapers in Atlanta, Ga., before coming to Corsicana.
Funeral services will be in Corsicana at 3 p.m. Saturday, at the home of a son, Hood Cheney, 1542 West Fourth avenue, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery at Corsicana.
Services will be conducted by the Rev. J. Howard Williams, executive secretary of the Baptist State Convention and former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana, and the church's present pastor, the Rev.
E. T. Miller. S. K. Brietz will have charge of special music.
Survivors are one son, Hood Cheney of Corsicana, and two daughters, Mrs. Jack Estes and Mrs. R. Frank Currin of Dallas.
Pallbearers will be Robert Cocke, Joe Jefferson, John Calhoun, F. E. McPherson, F. B. McKie, John Hughes, Byron Cheney and Charles Holloway.

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FUNERAL SERVICES SATURDAY AFTERNOON FORMER CORSICANAN

MRS. EMMA GERTRUDE CHENEY BURIED FROM HOME OF SON, HOOD CHENEY

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Gertrude Cheney, resident of Texas for the past 41 years, who died in Dallas late Friday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jack Estes, 4532 Belclaire, were held from the home of her son, Hood Cheney, 1542 West Fourth avenue, Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Cheney resided in Corsicana 31 years prior to moving to Dallas ten years ago. She was the widow of the late John P. Cheney, who was connected with newspapers in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to moving to Corsicana.

Services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, executive secretary of the Baptist State Convention, and former pastor of the First Baptist church in Corsicana, and the present pastor, Rev. E. T. Miller. S. K. Brietz had charge of the special music.

Surviving are one son, Hood Cheney, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Jack Estes and Mrs. Frank Currin, both of Dallas; and several grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Cocke, Joe Jefferson, John C. Calhoun, F. E. McPherson, F. B. Mckie, John C. Hughes, Byron Cheney and Charlie Holoway.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Byron Cheney
abt 1887 - Jul 1939

July 29, 1939
Corsicana Oilman Dies: Rites Sunday
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. July 29. - Byron Cheney, 52, independent oilman and resident of Corsicana nearly all his life, died at the family residence Friday night. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. W. W. Melton of Waco will conduct the rites.
Mr. Cheney was born in Navarro, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Cheney.
The family moved to Corsicana shortly after his birth. He has long been identified with the business, social, and religious activities in Corsicana. Mr. Cheney had been ill for several months.
Surviving are his wife; his mother, Mrs. Frank M. Cheney; two daughters, Miss Gladys Cheney and Mrs. Carl Ashworth; one grandson, Byron Cheney Ashworth; two sisters, Mrs. R. R. Cocke and Mrs. W. M. Davidson, both of Corsicana.

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William Carl Chapman
Nov 18, 1920 - Mar 3, 1942

March 6, 1942
Soldier to Be Buried In Navarro County
CORSICANA, Texas. March 6. - Funeral services for Sergt. William Carl Chapman, 21, United States Army engineers, accidentally killed at Ventura, Calif., Tuesday night when a new pistol in the hands of a friend was discharged, will be held in Navarro County, with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. Chapman enlisted from Frost, Navarro County, in June 1940. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Chapman, Blooming Grove; two brothers, Wesley and Douglas Chapman, both of Blooming Grove, and three sisters, Miss Louise Chapman and Mrs. Corine Dugan, both of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Kathleen Northern, Italy.

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Frost Soldier Accident Victim California Camp
Sgt. William Carl Chapman, aged 21 years, of Frost, Texas was accidentally shot and killed at Ventura, Calif., Tuesday night by his army buddy, Sgt. Bobby L. Woods, aged 23 years, Coroner Ted Mayr announced Wednesday, according to Associated Press dispatches. The accident occurred while the two were examining new revolvers. Chapman was shot in the heart. Coroner Mayr said there would be no inquest.
Funeral services will be held in Navarro county with burial in the Dresden Cemetery, it was announced here Thursday morning but the time for the rites will not be known until the body arrives.
Sgt. Chapman enlisted in the U. S. Army engineers in June, 1940.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Chapman, of near Blooming Grove; two brothers, Wesley and Doulas Chapman, both of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Miss Louise Chapman, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Kathleen Northern, Italy, and Mrs. Florine Dugan, Blooming Grove; a grandmother, Mrs. Annie Freeman, Corsicana, and an aunt, Mrs. F. O. Dockery, Purdon.
Corley Funeral Home will direct arrangements.


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BODY OF SOLDIER ACCIDENT VICTIM IS ON WAY HOME

The body of Sgt. William Carl Chapman, 21, accidentally killed in Ventura, Calif., Tuesday night when a new revolver was discharged by another soldier, left California Thursday night en route to Corsicana, it was learned here Friday.

Definite time for funeral rites will not be made until the arrival of the remains, but it is expected the services will be held Sunday with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. b. Chapman, Blooming Grove; two brothers, Wesley and Douglas Chapman, both of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Miss Louise Chapman and Mrs. Corine Dugan, both of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Kathleen Northern, Italy; grandmother, Mrs. Annie Freeman, Corsican, and an aunt, Mrs. F. O. Dockery, Purdon.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge.

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SOLDIER ACCIDENT VICTIM BURIED AT DRESDEN SUNDAY

Funeral services for Sergeant William Carl Chapman, aged 21 years of Frost, who was accidentally fatally shot at Ventura, Calif., Tuesday night while he and a friend were examining new revolvers, were held Sunday afternoon from the Dresden church. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church here.

Sgt. Chapman enlisted in the U. S. Army in June, 1940.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Chapman, Blooming Grove; two brothers, Wesley and Douglas Chapman, both of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Miss Louise Chapman and Mrs. Corine Dugan, both of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Kathleen Northern, Italy; grandmother, Mrs. Annie Freeman, Corsicana, and an aunt, Mrs. F. O. Dockery, Purdon.

Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.

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Jesse C. Chapman
abt 1863 - Mar 1954

Mar 10, 1954, Wortham, Texas
Jesse Chapman
Special to The News
WORTHAM, Texas. - Jesse Chapman, 91, died at his home here Monday night after a short illness. He had lived in the Wortham area all his life and was a member of the Presbyterian church.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Joe Grace of Corsicana; four brothers, Tom Chapman of Wortham, Alfonzo Chapman of Dallas, Roy Chapman of Silver City, and Uriah Chapman of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. John Rogers of Streetman and Mrs. Edith Dockery of Corsicana, and eight grandchildren.
Funeral rites will be conducted in Wortham at the Burleson Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery.

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A. D. Chancey
Died Jan 3, 1940

Jan 3, 1940, Dallas, Texas
Invalid Dies From Wound
A. D. Chancey, 60, of 5610 Mercedes, died early Wednesday of a pistol bullet wound in his abdomen. He had been all several months.
Chancey's son-in-law, C. D. Bradford, who lives at the same address, was awakened by the bell beside the sickbed. He entered the room and found Chancey dying. A .38-caliber pistol, one cartridge discharged, was beside him.
Chancey died a few minutes after the arrival of a private physician. The body will be taken to Corsicana for burial.

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Mrs. A. D. Chancey
Died Apr 1939

Apr 7, 1939
Mrs. A. D. Chancey Buried at Dallas
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas. April 7. - Funeral services for Mrs. A. D. Chancey were held at the Corley Chapel Friday. Prior to moving to Corsicana twenty years ago, the family lived at Lufkin. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery in Dallas.
Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Verlee Bradford, Dallas; five brothers, Ira Albritton, Coley Albritton, Shug Albritton, Pete Albritton and Dee Albritton, all of Lufkin, and two granddaughters.

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Annie Belle (Griffin) Bibbs-Chambless
Jul 15, 1924 - Aug 17, 2005

Annie B. Chambless, 81, of Fairfield passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2005, in Fairfield.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005 at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gentry, Jr., Kenneth Ray Gentry, Dean Bass, Billy Lynn Crawford, David Bibbs and Joshua Darden.

Mrs. Chambless was born July 15, 1924, in Navarro County.

She was preceded in death by her sons Bobby Wayne and Eugene Bibbs.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Walter J. Chambless of Fairfield; son and daughter-in-law, Charles Thomas and Janet Bibbs of San Antonio; son and daughter-in-law, Jackie Lee and Barbara Skipper Bibbs of Fort Worth; son and daughter in law, James Mason and Debbie Chambless of Albuquerque; daughter, Thresa Ann Johnson of Dallas; sister, Judy Mae Crawford of Corsicana; sister, Helen Eloise MacCorte of The Woodlands; eight grand children, nine great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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Annie B. Chambless

Annie B. Chambless, 81, of Fairfield passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2005, in Fairfield.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Gentry Jr., Kenneth Ray Gentry, Dean Bass, Billy Lynn Crawford, David Bibbs and Joshua Darden.
Mrs. Chambless was born July 15, 1924, in Navarro County.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Bobby Wayne and Eugene Bibbs.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Walter J. Chambless of Fairfield; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Thomas and Janet Bibbs of San Antonio, Jackie Lee and Barbara Skipper Bibbs of Fort Worth and James Mason and Debbie Chambless of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Thresa Ann Johnson of Dallas; sisters, Judy Mae Crawford of Corsicana and Helen Eloise MacCorte of The Woodlands; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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Leola (Brown) Ross
Jul 23, 1938 - Aug 14, 2005

Leola Brown Ross, 67, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Taylor’s Memorial Baptist Church in Frost with Pastor October Thomas. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Hailey, Larry Mayberry, Larry Hailey, Stuart Hailey, Alan Crayton and Frankie Crayton. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Taylor’s Memorial Baptist Church.

Mrs. Ross was born July 23, 1938, in Taylor. She was united with Taylor’s Memorial Baptist Church in Frost where she was church clerk.
She was preceded in death by her father, Audie Brown Sr.; mother, Maudie Wright Brown; sister, Dorothy Blane; and brothers, Curtis Brown and Clarence Brown.

Survivors include her husband, Lavern Ross Sr.; sons, Lavern Ross Jr., Raylen Ross and wife Mattie of Corsicana, Delbert Ross and wife Della of Ennis, Robert Ross and wife Lajena of Milford and Jimmie L. Ross and wife Sandra of Dallas; daughters, Dorothy J. Mayberry and husband Larry of Italy and Rose Pippins and husband Robert of Frost; sisters, Willie B. Crayton of
Taylor and Lelar Crayton of Frost; brothers, Otis Brown (Lanell), Delvin Brown (Barbra), Calvin Brown (Laverne) and Donald Brown, all of Corsicana, Billy Roy Brown, Melvin Brown (Beulah) and Audie Brown Jr., all of Taylor; and a host of other family and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for
Funerals.

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William ‘Bill’ Rodda
May 15, 1938 - Aug 15, 2005

William “Bill” Rodda, age 67, of Dresden passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born May 15, 1938, in Whithee, Wis., to Glen and Irene (Kujla) Rodda. Will married Patsy Ann Swafford Aug. 7, 1958, in Dallas. He worked for C.A. Wilson where he retired with over 20 years of service. He loved the outside and caring for his animals.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Patsy Rodda of Dresden; two daughters, Lou Ann Lemons and husband David of Red Oak and Rox Ann Myers and husband Kenny of Richland; mother, Irene Rodda of Whitney; three sisters, Joanne Volker and husband Mike of Schertz, Mary Anne Payne and husband Hubert of
Whitney and Judy Statham and husband Alan of Mabank; four grandchildren, Jackie and Matt Lemons of Red Oak and Mandy and Brandi Williams of Richland; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Ruth Kestner.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin
Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Aug 18, 2005
  • I assume he is buried at the Dresden Cemetery with his wife Patsy (need to verify)

Naomi Ann Lidderdale
May 21, 1922 - Aug 17, 2005

Naomi Ann Lidderdale, 83, of Palmer passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at Ennis Regional Medical Center.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Navarro Mills Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Navarro Mills Cemetery.

Mrs. Lidderdale was born May 21, 1922, in Purdon to Orlie A. Crecelius and Alice I. French Crecelius. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Kenton Lidderdale and wife Julie of Plano; brother, Aldon Crecelius of Mesquite; and grandchildren, Richard Lidderdale and Victoria Lidderdale.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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William R. Petty
May 28, 1917 - Aug 16, 2005

William R. Petty, age 88, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at his home. Mr. Petty was retired from the U.S. Navy after 28 years having served in World War II. He also retired from civil service ARADMAC/CCAD after 22 years of dedicated service.

His wife, Dorothy Petty, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Riley G. Petty of Corpus Christi; two daughters, Glenda Harris and Linda (Paul) Rothgeb of Corpus Christi; along with four grandchildren, Leslie Harris, Kelly Harris, Amy (Gary) McGregor and Jeremy Rothgeb; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary McGregor and Lindsey McGregor. He is also survived by two nephews, John (Mary) and Mike Petty; and sisters-in-law, Cosia Rau and Ola Mae McCann.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, 4901 Everhart, Corpus Christi.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors.
Entombment will follow at Memory Garden Cemetery.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to Vista Care Hospice and Dr. Albert Wood.

Arrangements by Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, Corpus Christi.

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Evelyn Mae Elms
May 31, 1925 - Aug 16, 2005

Evelyn Mae Elms, 80, of Dawson passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early.

Mrs. Elms was born May 31, 1925, in Brownwood. She was a dedicated mother with the greatest caring heart that overfilled onto her grandchildren. She went far and beyond for her family always putting them before herself. She had a great life filled with love and we are so proud and honored we had the privilege to be a part of her life and now we have all the loving memories to pass on. She loved fishing, working in her yard, cooking for her grandchildren and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Elms; and sister, Charlene Stewart.
Survivors include her daughter, Elaine Neagle of Emory; grandchildren, Kimberly Layfield of Corsicana, Warren Dodge of Cleburne, Nathan Dodge of Dallas and Mason Dodge and Meagen Neagle, both of Emory; and great-
grandchildren, Joe Duncan, Sean Duncan, Pearson Layfield, Kaleb Dodge and Kylee Dodge.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Sarah Sample
d. Aug 14, 2005

Sarah Sample, 89, of Dawson passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005, at her residence. Memorial service will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at House of Refuge Church of God in Christ, 413 FM 709, Dawson. She will lie in state at the church from noon to 1 p.m.
Saturday. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at House of Refuge COGIC, Dawson. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ignacio Perez
Aug 17, 1955 - Aug 17, 2005

Ignacio Perez, 50, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Rosary will be 7 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Graveside service will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Dean (Parret) Arnett
Jun 18, 1974 - Aug 18, 2005

Jackie Arnett went to be with our Lord and her son, Robert, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005. She was born June 18, 1974, in Mountain View, Calif.

Her father, Robert Glen Parret, and her son, J. Robert Arnett, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her mother and father, Priscilla and Doug Walker of Corsicana; her stepmother, Sandy Parret of Larned, Kan.; sisters, Shawn Long of Houston, Vivienne Summers of Corsicana, Sally Smith of Augusta, Kan., and Meagan Donecker of Claflin, Kan.; brothers, Doug Walker Jr. of Wichita, Kan., Mike Walker of Dallas, Jim Walker of Corsicana and Chad Herbert of Larned, Kan.

Also included are nieces, Lindsay McLean of El Dorado, Kan., Erica Cass of Corsicana and Katie Simon of Thomasville, Ala.; nephews, Mark Simon of Thomasville, Ala., James Walker of Kemp, Brandon Simon of Thomasville, Ala., David Walker of Corsicana; two great-nephews; grandmother, Inez Walker; and great-grandmother, Pearl York of Augusta, Kan.; and a loving church family of St. Luke United Methodist.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jackie and Robert Arnett Memorial for Youth Ministries, in care of St. Luke United Methodist Church, 2308 Bowie Drive, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Pastor Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Grange Hall Cemetery in Cryer Creek. Pallbearers will be EMTs David Melton, Beau Simpson, Bret Carrol, Heath Kamp and Lou Lachney.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Timothy Paul Hill
Mar 8, 1952 - Aug 14, 2005

Timothy Paul Hill, resident of Dallas, Texas, passed away Sunday August 14, 2005 at his residence.

Services will be Wednesday August 17, 2005 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.


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