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Holly Jean (Erdmann) Tolbert
Jan 14, 1947 - Feb 26, 2006

Holly Jean Erdmann Tolbert, 59, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, in Corsicana.

Services will be 4 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Nelson McKinney officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Prater, Jim Hodge, Alan Coker, Mickey Hillock, David Garcia and Mark Lyle.

Holly was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Marvin “Tuffy” and Mildred Erdmann of Groton, S.C. Holly’s family, including her animals, were of highest importance in her life. Holly bravely fought and defeated lung cancer twice. She spent much of her time fighting for the rights and lives of animals with the Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Tolbert; father, Marvin “Tuffy” Erdmann; brother, Russell Erdmann; and sister, Paula Breitkreutz.

Survivors, grateful for having loved her and sharing her life, include her life mother, Mildred Erdmann of Corsicana; sister, Marsha McAlister of Corsicana; nephew, Jeffrey Boyte and wife Stephanie of Irving; nieces, Tami Ward and husband Steve of Omaha, Neb., and Kalli Saland of Des Moines, Iowa; four great-nieces; one great-nephew; and countless friends who should be family; stepsons, Shawn and Stacy Tolbert; stepdaughters, Deneen, Melissa and Paula; and one granddaughter, Korinne.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation, P.O. Box 2342, Corsicana, TX 75151.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Robert Allen ‘Bub’ Bain, Sr.
Jun 20, 1932 - Mar 1, 2006

Robert A. “Bub” Bain

Robert A. “Bub” Bain went to be with his Lord on March 1, 2006. He was born June 20, 1932, in Kerens and lived there all of his life. He graduated from Kerens High School in 1949 and from Texas Tech University in 1953. After graduation he returned to Kerens and went into ranching with his dad, A. L. Bain, and then took over and ran Bain Insurance Agency until his retirement in 1999. He served on many boards including Kerens School Board from 1969 to 1980, Navarro Regional Hospital board of directors and Chamber of Commerce director. He was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church in Kerens where he served as deacon and trustee. The adult choir was one of his great loves along with ranching. His greatest love was his Lord. He was elected Kerens Citizen of the Year in 1985. He was president of Kerens Little League Association for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Martha Bain; daughter, Laurie Haynes; two sons and daughters-in-law, Clay and Laurie Anne Bain and Bobby and Kay Bain, all of Kerens; granddaughters, Season and Shelby Bain, Mary Katherine Holt and Grace Bain; grandsons, Terry Haynes and Eli Bain; sister, Ann Whorton of Corsicana; numerous nieces and nephews; and special caretaker, Lummie Dunn.

He was preceded in death by his father, A. L. Bain; and mother, Johnnie B. Bain.

Memorials may be made to Kerens First Baptist Church Building Fund or Music Fund.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Van Houser and the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Paschal, Charles “Dink” Reese, John B. Murphrey, Kip Whorton, Sam Shaw and Pierre Hjartberg. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church, Homer Gene Wasson, Jim Bob Ivey and Dolwin Smallwood.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Faye Naomi (Ford) Snider
Aug 16, 1912 - Mar 1, 2006

Faye Naomi Snider

Faye Naomi Snider, 93, of Fort Worth went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 1, 2006. She died at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Pastor B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Snider was born Aug. 16, 1912, in Elida, N.M. She lived most of her life in Navarro Mills, Purdon, Dawson and Corsicana in Navarro County. She later lived in Lewisville, Burleson and Fort Worth. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana for many years. She was a school teacher and librarian for 36 years and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers organization. She was a graduate of both North Texas State University and East Texas State University, having earned two master’s degrees. She was a talented musician who throughout her life regularly played piano for church services, funerals and old-fashioned “singings.” Into her late 80s, she often played piano for church services in nursing homes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy J. “A. J.” Snider in June 1986; her parents, John Hiram “Jack” and Barbara Ann Owen Ford; and brother, Stanley.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Ray D. Snider and Linda of Fort Worth; and grandson, Dillon Snider. She is also survived by her stepson, Ted L. Snider and wife Jane of Little Rock, Ark., and their children Cathy and Ted Jr.

The family is thankful for her long and happy life and are confident of their future reunion in heaven.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Winzel Emmanuel Hines Sr.
abt 1925 - Feb 21, 2006

Winzel Emmanuel Hines Sr., 81, of Chicago, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, in Chicago. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana. Interment will follow at Hines Family Cemetery in Powell. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Karen (Maxwell) Carlisle
Sep 13, 1950 - Mar 1, 2006

Karen Carlisle, 55, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Lake Chapel Cemetery in Fairfield.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Umphres, Bradley Smith, Joey Smith, Chris Franks, Roger Benton and David Benton.

Mrs. Carlisle was born Sept. 13, 1950, to Carter Maxwell and Dorothy Capps Speed Maxwell. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Dawson. She was a nurse. She enjoyed cooking. Family and friends were the biggest part of her life.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Carlisle; sons, Thomas Carlisle Jr., Edral Malcolm Boyte and Douglas Carlisle; daughters, Darlene Ritchie and Kyna Salemi; grandchildren, Alan Pipho, Michael Pipho, Tabitha Johnson and Sierra Salemi; brother, Daniel Smith; sister, Darlene Benton; special cousins, Julie Calvert and Eugene Matthews; numerous other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bernita Faye (Meador) Sage
Dec 20, 1956 - Mar 3, 2006

Bernita Faye Sage

Bernita Faye Sage, 49, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March, 3, 2006, in Ennis.

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

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Russell Bankes officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be William “Billy” Meskimen Jr., Marcus Meskimen, John Lyman, Bob Lyman, Tim Niles and James Brasier.

She was born Dec. 20, 1956, in Corsicana.

Survivors include her mother, Retha Meador of Ennis; daughters, Traci Michelle Sage of Corsicana and Sydney Leanne Sage of Corsicana; sisters, Retha Lyman of Frost, Sandra Orr of Aubrey, Allie Dowdle of Frost and Marla Niles of Ennis; one uncle, J. L. Watts of Frost; two aunts, Faye Watts of Frost and Jimmie Dickson of San Angelo; five nephews, John Lyman, John Orr, Billy Meskimen, Marcus Meskimen and Keith Dowdle; nieces, Marla Faye Winters, Robin Orr and Kristie Dowdle; and a number of cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Rickey David Nichols
Feb 8, 1970 - Mar 2, 2006

Rickey David Nichols, 36, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 2, 2006, in Corsicana.

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

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating.

Mr. Nichols was born Feb. 8, 1970, in Corsicana. He was a lover of animals, CB radio, and music which he was an avid drummer. He was a very soft-hearted person, and loved his family above all else.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy David Nichols; and grandparents, Marvin W. and Katie Farmer and Tom and Lena Nichols.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Nichols of Corsicana; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; special friend, Sharon Milligan of Corsicana; best friend, Gary Rasmussen; loving friend, Lori Clarkson of Corsicana; and numerous special friends.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, TX 75207; or Navarro County Animals at Risk Foundation, P.O. Box 2342, Corsicana, TX 75151.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Robert Lee ‘Bob’ McNeeley
Sep 21, 1923 - Mar 3, 2006

Robert Lee “Bob” McNeeley, 82, passed away Friday, March 3, 2006, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was born Sept. 21, 1923 in Boyd, but lived most of his life in Kerens. He graduated from Kerens High School in 1943 then served in World War II in the Merchant Marines. Bob retired from Delta Drilling Company after 33 years of service. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 236 in Kerens, Past Worshipful Master of both Kerens and Quitman lodges as well as a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Waco. Bob was also a member of the Athens Chapter No. 177, Order of Eastern Star. Bob was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Kerens and served his Lord in various capacities for many years in both youth and adult ministries prior to becoming disabled.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Hazel McNeeley; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Elaine McNeeley of Granbury and Bobby and Bonnie McNeeley of Eureka; granddaughters, Wendy McNeeley of Brownwood and Regina Garcia of Eureka; grandson and wife, Terry and Marie McNeeley of McKinney; great-granddaughter, Alex Garcia of Eureka; brother, Ted McNeeley and Kaye of Corvallis, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Darlene Andrews of Powell, Barbara Dannelley and Rodger of Ontario, Calif., and Emilie McNeeley of Roseburg, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by granddaughter, Tammy McNeeley; parents, Martin and Allie McNeeley; sisters, Margaret Buxton, Betty Loveland and Harvey Lillian Chisholm; and brothers, Horace McNeeley and Ira “Bud” Berryhill.

The family requests that memorials be made to The Tammy McNeeley Memorial Scholarship at Texas Tech University, Box 42073, Lubbock, TX 79409, or the Kerens First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at First Baptist Church of Kerens with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Long Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy Stephens, Travis Horn, Derek Kamp, Norton Conner, Bob Lancaster and A.L. “Buster” Atkeisson. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church and Bob Wick.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Charles W. ‘Charlie’ Colman Sr
Sep 2, 1942 - Feb 28, 2006

Requiem Mass for the happy repose of the soul of Charles W. “Charlie” Colman Sr., 63, of Trinidad will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mary Queen of Heavens Catholic Church in Malakoff with the Rev. Anthony McLaughlin as celebrant. Burial will follow in Trinidad Cemetery.

Charlie passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, in Corsicana.

He was born Sept. 2, 1942, in Palestine to the late Walter James and Gladys Irene Yoder Colman.

Charlie worked for many years at many various power plant facilities including the Trinidad Power Plant and Big Brown Power Plant. He also spent many years with Nipak. Charlie was a very generous and giving person. He was an all-around great humanitarian. He was a member of the Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years and president of the Old Mine Park for many years. He was a big pet lover, an avid gardener, and had a passion for coaching Little League baseball. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather; he loved to be called “Grandpa.” He will be greatly missed by all that loved him and knew him.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. Colman Jr. and wife Lisa of Trinidad, Tech Sgt. Michael David Colman of Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and Daniel Christopher Colman and wife Tonya of Grand Prairie; daughter and son-in-law, Tracie A. Finn and husband Robert of Tyler; grandchildren, Danielle, Gabrielle, Charles III, Matthew, Evan and Andrew; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and Dudley McKamie of Whitehouse, Jeanne Rozelle of Chapel Hill, Kay and Fred Bates of Bullard, and Anne and Steve Sager of Corinth; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be A.C. Mormon, Troy Allen, Billy Stephens, Billy Mason, Dr. John Sawtelle and Richard Colvin. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Airheart, Mike Airheart, Eric Airheart, Shong Airheart, Earnest Jenkins, Andy Griffin, Phillip Street, Billy Ray Hornbuckle, Skip Wages and all of his coworkers and his fellow firefighters.

There will be a prayer service scheduled for 6 p.m. today at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home with visitation to follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

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Billie Abbe Taylor
Oct 13, 1931 - Oct 13, 1931

Billie Abbe Taylor of Cedar Mountain, N.C., went home to the Lord Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, after a two-year battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 13, 1931, in Corsicana, she is survived by her husband of 53 years, the Rev. Lewis Alton Taylor, pastor of Rocky Hill Baptist Church.

Billie was the loving mother to W. Kevin Taylor, Susan Taylor Rahn and James A. Taylor; a wonderful Memaw to 10, and a very proud great-Memaw to two; a sister to Ethelene Stewart of Corsicana; sister-in-law to Frenchie Taylor Moser of Florence, S.C.; and aunt to eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Nov. 26 at Rocky Hill Baptist Church in Cedar Mountain, N.C.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in Corsicana for local friends and family of Billie to celebrate her life.

A memorial gift in Billie’s memory may be made to Rocky Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 509, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718.

Arrangements by Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, Brevard, N.C.

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John W. Townley
Aug 8, 1929 - Mar 3, 2006

Mr. John Townley, age 76, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at Henderson Memorial Hospital in Henderson, Texas.
He is survived by his Daughter and Son-in-Law Linda Faye & Shorty Foster of Houston, Daughter Jann Smith Foster of Henderson, Daughter and Son-in-Law Mary and Michael Grimes. His Brothers Jim Townley of Hearne, and Tom Townley of Bremont. His Sister and Brother-in-Law Linda & James Estes Franklin, Sister Frankie Mae Neal of Dallas, Sister Willie Robinson of Roanoake, Sister and Brother-in-Law Betsy & Alex Hill of Calvert, Sister Dorthy Fae and her husband of Las Vegas, Nevada. Eight Grandchildren and Twelve Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in Death by his Wife Elizabeth Townley, Son John Wallice Townley, Jr. and his Grandson John Wallice Townley, III, and Granddaughter Pam Foster.

Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, where the family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Monday, March 6, 2006. Funeral service will be at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 7, 2006 . Interment will be at Long Prairie Cemetery in Kerens, Texas.

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John Townley, 76, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 3, 2006 at Henderson Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Long Prairie Cemetery. An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the John Townley obituary. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Albert Earl Follis
Mar 2, 1931 - Mar 3, 2006

Albert Follis

Mr. Albert Follis, age 75, of Corsicana, Texas, died Friday, March 3, 2006, at his Residence in Corsicana.
He is survived by his wife Elsie Follis. Sons Keenan and Greg Follis both of California. Son Johnny Coker of Meridian, Texas. Daughters Janeen Wilkins of Odessa, Texas, Edwina Ramirez of Arlington, Texas, and Debra Foster of Frankston, Texas. Fourteen Grandchildren and Fifteen Great Grandchildren. A Graveside Funeral service will be at Oakwood Cemetery at 4:00 PM Saturday, March 4, 2006. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.


Don Doyle Pevehouse
Oct 23, 1932 - Mar 5, 2005

Obituary for Don Doyle Pevehouse moved to his Biography Page


Evelyn Virginia Smith
May 24, 1925 - Mar 6, 2006

Mrs. Evelyn Virginia Smith, age 80, of McKinney, Texas, died Monday, March 6, 2006, in McKinney, Texas. She was born on May 24, 1925 in Corsicana, Texas. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas. Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2006 at the Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her Husband, Elmer Lee Smith and her Daughter, Janette Claire McCarthy. She is survived by her Daughter & Son-in-law-Ginger & James Harper of McKinney, Texas. Grandson & Wife, Greg & Shoanette Harper of Aubrey, Texas., Granddaughter, Claire Cane McCarthy of Georgetown, Texas. and numerous nieces & nephews.

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Evelyn Virginia Smith

Evelyn Virginia Smith, 80, of McKinney passed away Monday, March 6, 2006, at McKinney Healthcare Center. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

 Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Glenda Gail (Lacy) Allen
Sep 5, 1961 - Mar 4, 2006

Glenda Gail Allen

Glenda Gail Allen, 44, of Fort Worth passed away Saturday, March 4, 2006 at her residence.

Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be noon Tuesday at Eureka Cemetery.

Mrs. Allen was born Sept. 5, 1961 in Corsicana to Donald Ray Lacy and Christine Perry Lacy. She volunteered, helping find homes for animals.

Survivors include her husband, Michael (Rusty) Allen of Fort Worth; daughters Shannon Allen, Amanda Allen and Brandi Pullen, all of Yantis, and Brooke Walling of Irving; grandchildren Makayla Pullen, Joshua Moreland, Kayla Jenkins, Donovan Jenkins and Isiah Jenkins; mother Christine Lacy of Mesquite; brother Gary Lacy of Mesquite; and sister Janice Lacy of Colorado.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Otis Lee Fisher
abt 1935 - Feb 23, 2006

Otis Lee Fisher, 71, of Oklahoma City, Okla. and formerly of Pelham passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 in Oklahoma City. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today at the Pelham Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Moelle Lavoyce (Boswell) McCurdy
Oct 18, 1918 - Mar 6, 2006

Lavoyce Boswell McCurdy

Lavoyce Boswell McCurdy went home to be with the Lord Monday, March 6, 2006. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Barry Baptist Church, Main Street, Barry, with the Rev. Gene Gipson officiating. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Honorees will be grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. McCurdy was born in Barry on Oct. 18, 1918, to Luther and Hallie Boswell. She graduated from Barry Independent School and Texas Woman’s University where she received her teaching certification. She received her master’s degree in education from North Texas University where she met and married Carroll McCurdy.

Lavoyce retired after teaching for over 36 years, first at Barry Independent School until its closing in 1957. She taught high school there as well as fifth and sixth grade. She then began teaching in Corsicana, where for the rest of her career she taught fifth grade and reading at Sam Houston, Travis, Bowie and Fannin Elementary schools. She often remarked that one of her greatest joys was in helping and seeing a student learn. Lavoyce was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers fraternity, serving that organization in most all areas of leadership over the years. She was also a member of Retired Teachers Association.

Lavoyce was a lifetime member of Barry Baptist Church where she attended 87 years, the church having only been built the year before her birth. She attended Sunday school there as a small child and eventually taught Sunday school classes there for over four decades.

Preceding her passing was her husband, Carroll C. “Pinkie” McCurdy.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Carroll and Jackie Boswell of Barry; sister-in-law, Vera Knight of Bryan; two sons and a daughter, Bill McCurdy and wife Nikki of Bryan, Ryan McCurdy of Tampa, Fla., and Judy Willis and husband Ronny of Corsicana; three grandchildren, Scott McCurdy and wife Carolyn of Bryan, Tim McCurdy and wife Gina of Bryan and Ellen Lewis and husband Lee of Dallas; six great-grandchildren, Scott and Tara McCurdy, Kalee and Will McCurdy, Luke and Reid Lewis; four nieces, Barbara Phillips of Corsicana, Karen Steffler and husband Scott of Fort Worth, Pat Guseman of Bryan and Judy Boswell of Houston; two nephews, Larry Boswell and wife Kim of Barry and Gary Boswell and wife Susan of The Woodlands; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barry Baptist Church, P.O. Box 53, Barry, TX 75102.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lee A. Holt
Jul 20, 1956 - Mar 2, 2006

Lee A. Holt, 49, of Harker Heights passed away Thursday, March 2, 2006 at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry, brother, Tony Thomas and father, Emory Carl Davis.

Lee was born July 20, 1956 in Corsicana. He served in the U.S. Army and Navy. Wake services will be at 7 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Temple AME Church located at 402 E. 14th Avenue with Rev. William Forbes officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

He leaves to cherish his memory three sons, Lee Holt Jr., Patrick Holt and Delvyn Holt all of Harker Heights; two daughters, Shagayla Simpson of Dallas and Lateefa Holt of San Antonio; mother Donnie Davis of Harker Heights; biological father, Curly Holt of Corsicana; four sisters Vickie Holt of Austin, Sophia Watkins and Tonie Norman both of Killeen, Kim Davis of Oklahoma, grandmother Mary Ingram of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; a very special companion, Katherine Brown of Harker Heights; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Nellie ‘Joan’ (White) Butler
Oct 31, 1928 - Mar 6, 2006

Nellie ‘Joan’ Butler

Nellie “Joan” Butler, 77, of Corsicana and formerly of Dallas, passed away Monday, March 6, 2006, at Twilight Home.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Butler at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

Mrs. Butler was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Talmadge, Iowa, to Albert and Frances White.

Mrs. Butler is survived by daughter Linda Davis and husband Jim of Albuquerque, N.M., daughter Nicki Gialdini and husband Nick of Plano, daughter Cathy Permenter and husband Tony of Corsicana, grandson Bryan Davis and wife Stephanie, grandson Chad Davis and wife Jen, granddaughter Mia Strand and husband Duane, granddaughter Brittany Luna and husband John DeLong, grandson Nick Tafacory, granddaughter Cheyenne Permenter, great-grandchildren Duane, Justus, Carmia, Taleiah, Jasiah, Sayvin, Hunter, Keagan and Grace, sister Patricia Buie, brother Dennis White and wife Debra, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Dr. John Updegrove and staff, the paramedics of Corsicana Fire Department, the Emergency Room doctors and nurses and nursing staff of Navarro Regional Hospital, and the resident care and nursing staff of Twilight Home for the kindness and compassion with which they treated our mother and grandmother.

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Maria Cruz Garcia
Mar 7, 2006 - Mar 7, 2006

Miss Maria Cruz Garcia, infant daughter of Cruz and Maria Garcia of Corsicana, Texas, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in Corsicana, Texas. Funeral service will be at Calvary Cemetery at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 9, 2006, with Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.


Marye Elnor (Clark) Robinson 
Jul 15, 1914 - Mar 7, 2006

Mrs. Marye Clark Robinson, 91, of Cedar Hill passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in Dallas. She was born on July 15, 1914 in Winkler, Texas. She was a school teacher with the Dallas Independent School District; retiring after 60+ years of service. Visitation will be held from 12:00 Noon until service time on Friday. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2006 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Birdston cemetery. Mrs. Robinson was preceded in death by her Husband, John Deward Robinson. She is survived by her Sons, Ellery Robinson of Dallas, TX. and Denver Robinson of Cedar Hill, TX. Sisters, Carloyn Doughtie of Hillsboro, TX. and Lavenia Foster of Grand Prairie, TX. and a Sister-in-Law, Kathleen Clark of Carrollton, TX., and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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Marye Clark Robinson - 3/9/06

Marye Clark Robinson, 91, of Cedar Hill passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in Dallas.

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Birdston cemetery.

Mrs. Robinson was born July 15, 1914, in Winkler. She taught in the Dallas Independent School District, retiring after 60 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Deward Robinson.

Survivors include her sons, Ellery Robinson of Dallas and Denver Robinson of Cedar Hill; sisters, Carolyn Doughtie of Hillsboro and Lavenia Foster of Grand Prairie; sister-in-law, Kathleen Clark of Carrollton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Johnny Vee Davis Sr.
Jul 15, 1945 - Feb 26, 2006


 


Johnny Vee Davis Sr. 60, Meridian; passed away Feb. 26, 2006 at a Boise, Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Cloverdale Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home. He was born July 15, 1945, in Dawson, Navarro County, Texas. He was one of five children of James Willis and Georgia Ann (Stevenson) Davis. He had three sisters, Jessie Fisher, and Erma Debrow, San Antonio, Esther Tennell, deceased. One brother Leonard also deceased. Johnny married Rose V. Taylor, Nov. 21, 1965, and they had four sons, Johnny V. Jr., deceased, Savalia Yon, from Dallas, Texas, Henry James, and Jerome Curtis, from San Antonio, Texas. Johnny has eight grandchildren and many special nieces and nephews. Johnny and Rose were divorced August 29, 1984. Johnny served in Vietnam and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired September 1, 1986 after 23 years of Military Service in the United States Army. In 1987 and again in 1990, Johnny became a Correctional Peace officer for the State of Idaho. While working for the Idaho State Correctional Institution, he received many certificates for training he received. Nov. 13, 1992, Johnny married Lanna Leanna Molt, in Elko, Nev. They made their home in Meridian for the past 13 years. Their family was complete when Marcus Leonard Davis was born, Nov. 5, 1996. Johnny began umpiring for softball games with the ASA, his friends there knew him as JD. Leanna and Marcus enjoyed going to the games, especially the ones at Willow Lanes. They made many friendships, which continued even after he was too ill and weak to continue with the job he loved. He has suffered the effects of Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia, and Dermatomyositis, possibly the results of exposure to Agent Orange. His wife Leanna, son Marcus and Leanna's family; Wayne and Lindy Gifford, Larry and Bonnie Molt, Sot and Connie Chimonas, Ken and Sherry Fawcett, Jerry and Annette Johnson, Jon and Lisa Molt, Don and Cathy Gifford, seven nieces, four nephews, a special family friend, Veronica Childers, and many other friends, survive him. Johnny's ashes will be buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, with his son John. We will be dedicating a tree, in Johnny's memory at Willow Lanes Park later this spring. If you would like to be a part of this memorial service, please let the family know.

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Kallie Faye Polk
Mar 6, 1954 - Mar 5, 2006

Kallie Faye Polk, 51, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Harmony Baptist Church, 400 E. 12th Ave., with Bishop John Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Stacy Polk, Rico Polk, Demetrius Polk, Reginald Polk, Ronnie Williams, Larry Beachum, Adrian Gooden Jr. and Christopher Hervey.

Mrs. Polk was born March 6, 1954, in Dallas. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Charles O. Polk Sr. of Corsicana; one daughter, Roslyn D. Albert (Dennis) of Corsicana; two sons, Christopher Polk and Charles Orease Polk Jr., both of Palestine; three stepchildren, Anthony Orease Polk (Jackie), Roderick Charles Polk (Lisa) and Sandra Yvette Polk, all of Fort Worth; 16 grandchildren; one sister, Brenda Mitchell (James) of Corsicana; mother, Lovie Smith of Corsicana; aunts, Mollie Hardley and Cordelia Henley; and a host of nieces and nephews, several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Alfred Keith Dawson
June 8, 1962 - Mar 10, 2006

Keith Davis

Keith Dawson, 43, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 10, 2006 in Corsicana. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today with Rev. Lane Teel officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roy Glen Scoggins, Dustin Scoggins, Roger Scoggins, Glen Scoggins, Paul Richards and Roy Scoggins.

He was born June 8, 1962 in Waxahachie. He is survived by his mother and step-father Percy and Reda Morto of Dresden; wife Adela of Corsicana; step-daughter Judy Torres of East Moline, IL.; brother Kenny Dawson of Dresden; sister Cynthia Becker of Ennis and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Frances Walker
Apr 30, 1943 - Mar 9, 2006

Mary Frances Walker, 62, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Bishop K.D. Davis Sr. officiating. Interment will be at the Woodlands Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Ernest Hammond, Vredrich Hammond, David Barton, Todd Tenzo, Michael Griggs and Quintin Irvin. Honorary pallbearers are Jeramy Walker, Christopher Lusk, Sheldon Deeds, Jonathon Anderson, Ostin Anderson and Daniel Walker.

Mary was born on April 30, 1943 in Rockdale. She graduated from E.A. Kemp High School in Bryan and received her cosmetology license from Wooley’s Beauty School. She furthered her education in cosmetology at Prairie View A&M University. She loved to cook and sew.

Survivors include: Devoted, loving husband Lee Walker Jr.; four children, Trina Lusk, Tonia Walker, Ronald Walker all of Corsicana, Gerard Walker (Leslie) of Columbus OH.; nine grandchildren, Brittney Walker, whom she reared as her own, Jeramy Walker, Takira Lusk, Christopher Lusk, Osten Anderson, Brea Brown, Sheldon Deeds, Daniel Walker and McKinzie Walker; five great-grandchildren, Dylan West, Aliyah Neason, Shania Walker, Kiera Walker and Jordan Bradford; five sisters, Bertha Minter (Anthony), Virginia Doris Phillips (Leroy) of Rockdale, Kathelyn Norwood, (Tony) Belgium, Joyce Irvin (Quincy), Sylvia Hatten (Hiram) all of Corsicana; four brothers, Andrew Rovertson (Irene) of Killeen, Charles Embra (Shirley) of Rockdale, Freddie Brown (Sandra), and Ray Brown (Myrtle) of Round Rock; godson Jonathon Anderson; one brother-in-law and five sister-in-laws.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Robertson.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana

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Mary Francis Walker

Mrs. Mary Frances Walker, 62, resident of Corsicana, Texas passed away Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas. Wake Service will be Monday, 7:00 p.m. Monday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be held Tuesday March 14, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Sixth Avenue Baptist Church 125 South 5th Street Corsicana, Texas with Bishop K.D. Davis, Officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park in Corsicana, Texas.

Mary was born April 30, 1943 in Rockdale, Texas to the parentage of Mr. Ollie B. Robertson and Alline Emily Embra Brown.

She received her formal education Clovis New Mexico, Bryan, Texas.

She united with the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in 1971.

Survivors: Husband, Lee Walker, Jr.; Four children, Trina Lusk, Tonia Walker, all of Corsicana, TX., Gerard Walker (Leslie) of Columbus, Ohio, Ronald Walker of Corsicana, TX.; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; five sisters and three brothers; numerous other relatives

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  • The Bryan-College Station Eagle

Vallon Lloyd Thorn

Vallon Lloyd Thorn, 82, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Twilight Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Pastor James L. Haynes officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Christine Nell (Atchley) Rusk
Jul 6, 1943 - Feb 28, 2006

Christine Nell Atchley Rusk, 62, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, at her residence in Albuquerque, N.M. She was born in Arab, Ala., on July 6, 1943. She fought a long and courageous battle with cancer.

During her life, Mrs. Rusk lived in Alabama, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by mother and father, James Gardner and Shirley Atchley of Rice; brothers, Floyd, Garland, Larry Wayne, and JT Atchley; and sisters, Margie and Florence.

Mrs. Rusk is survived by her loving husband of 43 years and devoted care giver during her illness, Edwin A Rusk. She is also survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Donny and Cindy Rusk of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Danny and Marina Rusk and step-granddaughter, Dasha, all of Folsom, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Ann Atchley of Corsicana; sister, Mary Sue Ethridge of Lancaster; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A family service was held Friday, March 3, 2006 at Sante Fe New Mexico National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, Albuquerque, N.M.

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Jimmy J. ‘Pops’ Persell
May 15, 1923 - Mar 7, 2006

Jimmy J. “Pops” Persell, 82, a resident at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home in Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006. He had suffered from an illness for several years. He was born on May 15, 1923 in Franklin, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Ruby Riley Persell; his first wife, Verbalee Persell of 26 years; and son, Charles Leslie Persell. He served in the Army Air Corp from March 1943 to February 1946. He was an electrical engineer with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Dallas and had retired in 1987 after 39 years of service. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Mr. Persell is survived by his wife, Stella Nutt Persell of 34 years of Corsicana; son, Ron and daughter-in-law Linda Persell of Harleton; grandson, Erin and great-granddaughter McKensie Persell of Harleton; grandson, Kelly Persell of Dallas; grandson, Brandon Persell of Plano; grandson, Shawn Persell of Pelham, NY; granddaughter, Sheri and husband John Creamer; great-grandsons, Jack Creamer and Nolan Saffery of St. Louis, MS; step-granddaughter, Gina and husband Kevin Miller of McKinney; step-granddaughter, Maria and husband Pedro Barineau of Sachse; step-grandson, Mike and wife Niki Heath; 2 great-grandsons; 1 great-granddaughter of Kerrville; step-granddaughter, Melissa and husband Jerry Daniel; 3 great-grandsons of Dianna; a sister, Norma Queen of Rowlett; brother, Harold and wife Sharon Persell of Sachse and a number of nieces and nephews; a number of cousins and special love ones, Sandra and husband Don Praizner of Frisco, Marilyn Capers and husband Roy of Richardson; sister-in-law, Sibyl Keating; brother-in-law Duane and sister-in-law Davis Nutt of Corsicana; brother-in-law, Jimmy and sister-in-law Joyce Nutt of Huntsville; a number of family and friends.

A special thanks and love to a very special nurse, Kathryn Ramm of Corsicana. A special thanks to the staff and nurses and aides of Mel-haven Convalescent Home in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 7-8 PM, Friday, March 10, 2006 at Restland Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Restland Memorial Chapel. Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home, Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX. There will be a memorial service for Mr. Persell in Corsicana sometime during the week of March 20, 2006.

Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home.

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Jimmy J. “Pops” Persell, 82, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Mel-Haven Convalescent. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Duane Nutt officiating. An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Jimmy Persell obituary. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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David Lee Blanchard
Jun 19, 1941 - Mar 6, 2006

David Lee Blanchard, 64, of Waco, passed away Monday, March 6, 2006, of heart failure. A memorial service was at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell officiating. David was born in Corsicana on June 19, 1941, to William Dave and Annie Laura (Lee) Blanchard. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1959, after double-lettering in basketball and baseball. He was captain of his basketball team his senior year and received the year's Most Valuable Player award. After serving two years in the army reserves, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University. He coached baseball, basketball, football and track for 12 years before beginning a 23-year career with Facility Construction Service in Dallas. David played on numerous men's baseball and basketball teams and won several awards while in bowling leagues. He moved to Waco in 2002 and began walking and jogging at MCC. He joined Calvary Baptist Church and began delivering Meals on Wheels. A lover of the outdoors, David spent the last year of his life walking and traveling with his wife. Weekly fishing trips, hiking on Cameron Park trails, hitting golf balls, and watching wild life, David spent as much time outdoors as time allowed him. David died at the Bosque River surrounded by nature's beautiful offerings and being where he felt the most peace. David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Blanchard and Sam and Stella Lee; and his father, William Dave Blanchard, who died in May 1979. He is survived by his mother, Ann Blanchard of Plano; wife, Rita Goates Blanchard of Waco; daughter, Renee H. Blanchard of Waco; sons, Heath Hawkins Blanchard of Garland, and Joshua David Blanchard and his partner, Christopher Alleman, of Dillion, Colo.; step-sons, John Bayer, Jr. of Waco, Robert Bayer of Denton, and step-daughter, Katie Bayer Atkins and husband, Mark of Denton; sister, Billie Ann and husband, Henry Lane of Plano; father-in-law, Everett Goates of Waco; and numerous friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Waco Foundation for Mental Health Care, 224 North 14th St., Waco, TX 76701. June 19, 1941 - March 6, 2006

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  • Waco Tribune- Mar 12, 2006

Walter Hendrix “Dude” Brewer
Feb 2, 1917 - Mar 6, 2006

Walter Brewer

Walter Hendrix “Dude” Brewer, 89, of El Campo, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 6, 2006.
He was born Feb. 2, 1917 in the community of Chatfield, near Corsicana. He was one of eight children and spent most of his youth in small communities and farms in the vicinity of Waxahachie. He married his childhood sweetheart, Constance Victoria “Vic” Middleton on Feb. 18, 1939. They were loving partners throughout their sixty-seven years of marriage. They spent their lives together working as a team to both raise their three children, and eventually to establish and build a successful business.
In his early years Dude worked at CCC Camps in Hillsboro and Grand Junction, Colo., the Southland Cottonseed Oil Company in Waxahachie, and with a logging company in Canada. He left the Stanlind Oil and Gas Company to join the United States Marine Corps in World War II. When the war ended, he worked for the Tennessee Gas Transmission Company, Transcontinental Gas, Brown and Root, and finally the Texas Pipeline Testing Company. Having diligently saved enough money, he was able to realize his lifelong dream and started his own business in El Campo in 1955. Brewer’s Plumbing grew and prospered and became Brewer’s Inc. in 1972. He greatly enjoyed managing this successful plumbing, heating, contracting and wholesale and retail sales operation until he sold the firm in 1986 and retired.
As lifelong Christians, Dude and Vic joined the First Methodist Church in El Campo shortly after arriving in the community in 1951. He was a member of the Methodist Men, and served in a number of lay positions in the church. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts, and served as Scoutmaster of the church-sponsored Troop 368 when his sons were young. He was also a member of a number of civic organizations, including the Rotary Club, the American Legion and the Ricebelt Coin Club. After retiring he remained active in the church and the community. He enjoyed playing bridge, bowling, and golf. He and Vic also traveled, taking a number of trips over the ensuing years to visit family and relatives scattered across the country, particularly in California and Virginia.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis C. and Eva Ethel Brewer; his infant son, Billy; and six of this eight brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Victoria; by son, Larry Brewer and his wife Doris and David Brewer and his wife Charlene; and daughter, Martha Shofner and her husband Mike. Known affectionately as Grandpa to his grandchildren, he will be greatly missed by Laura Mitchell and her husband Bob, Liane Warcup and her husband Brian, Brian Brewer, David Brewer Jr., Debbie Brewer, Billy Kelly and his wife Sarah, Sgt. Clint Kelly, Lauren Shofner and Peyton Dale and her husband Josh. He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren-Amelia Mitchell, Allysa, Kara, and Andrew Warcup; Davarie, Victoria, and Jordan Brewer; Connie and Lars Twinn; Austin and Casey Kelly; and Spencer and Preston Dale. His brother, Afton; sister, Doris, as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members around the state and country will also miss him greatly.
A Memorial service to celebrate Dude’s life will take place today, Wednesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in El Campo. Interment will follow at the Sardis Cemetery in Ellis County at 5:30 p.m. Arrangements are under the directiion of Triska Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are David Brewer Jr., Brian Brewer, Billy Kelly, Sgt. Clint Kelly, Bob Mitchell, Brian Warcup and Josh Dale.
Honorary pallbearers are The Fellowship Class at FUMC.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the caring staff at Garden Villa and the Hospice for their kind and thoughtful assistance.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Craig Harris American Legion Post 251 or First United Methodist Church of El Campo.

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  • El Campo Leader-News - Mar 11, 2006

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