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Robert Lee Ellis Jr.
Oct 3, 1941 - Aug 2, 2006

Robert Lee Ellis Jr., 64, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Wake service will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at Woodland Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Mr. Ellis was born Oct. 3, 1941, in Corsicana.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Wynette Ellis; his soul mate, Ollie Faye Ellis; sister-in-law, Pinkie Jean Burke; and mother-in-law, I.D. Love.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his father, Robert Lee Ellis Sr.; brother, Julius Smith; children, Arthur L. Newsome (Gwen) and Linda A. Brown (Willie); grandchildren, Anthony D. Newsome (Kathy), Brenda J. Newsome (Fred), Patricia A. Daniels (Stanford), Steven Newsome (and wife), Arthur J. Newsome (Billy Jean), and Martes Martin (Larasha); 14 great-grandchildren; a dear and faithful aunt, Ruby Collins; a special friend, Mary Bell; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Larry Darnell Williams

LARRY DARNELL WILLLIAMS JR., 38, Corsicana, died Aug. 5. Dearion & Davis Funeral Parlor, Gladewater.

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  • Tyler Morning News - Aug 8, 2006

John Green Patrick
Dec 7, 1927 - Aug 16, 2006

Mr. John G. Patrick, 78, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 in Corsicana. He was born on December 7, 1927 in Purdon, Texas. He worked as a laborer in the Farm Equipment manufacturing industry.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m on Friday, August 18, 2006 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ruthie Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in the Younger Cemetery in Silver City, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Michael Farrar, Thomas G. Patrick, Van Thomas, Kenneth Thomas, Michael Wheat, Joseph Patrick and Chris Wheat.
Mr. Patrick is survived by his Daughters, Barbara Jo Whisnant of Angus, TX., Kay Patrick of Angus, TX., Clara Farrar of Corsicana, TX., and Mary Essie Tyyklika of Superior, WI, Son, Thomas G. Patrick of Corsicana, TX., Sisters, Ruby Thomas & Nellie Brown both of Corsicana, TX., Brother, Bill Patrick of Palestine, TX., Nineteen Grandchildren, Eleven Great Grandchildren, and Three Great Great Grandchildren.

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John G. Patrick

John G. Patrick, 78, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Farrar, Thomas G. Patrick, Van Thomas, Kenneth Thomas, Michael Wheat and Chris Wheat.
Mr. Patrick was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Purdon.
Survivors include his daughters, Barbara Jo Whisnant and Kay Patrick, both of Angus, Clara Farrar of Corsicana and Mary Essie Tyylika of Superior, Wis.; son, Thomas G. Patrick of Corsicana; sisters, Ruby Thomas and Nellie Brown, both of Corsicana; brother, Bill Patrick of Palestine; 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Edna Earl (Hargrove) Montgomery
Mar 15, 1925 - Aug 16, 2006

Edna Earl Hargrove Montgomery

Edna Earl Hargrove Montgomery, 81, of Brushie Prairie, entered into rest with her Savior. She was in the Ennis Care Center due to Alzheimer’s. She passed away Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Ennis.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with Brother Bob Reid officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be nephews James Montgomery, Leon Montgomery, Tony Hargrove, Alan Hargrove, Ricky Montgomery and Sammy Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons Robert Schulze and John Landon Freeman.
Edna was born March 15, 1925, in Brushie Prairie. She had such a love of life and loved people to the fullest. She was always smiling and laughing and would sing and yodel, especially when she thought no one was listening. Her favorite hobby was quilting. Her quilts were treasured by everyone who was gifted to receive one of them. Her most requested quilts were the “birth announcements.” These were special baby quilts with the newborns’ vital statistics, and each and every one was hand stitched, designed and personalized for the baby. She also would crochet and made numerous beautiful items for loved ones. Whenever you happened to stop by to see her, she usually would be sitting at her quilting frame stitching and singing while doing a labor of love. She was a longtime member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maudie Lee Hargrove Gunn and James F. Hargrove; sister, Tressie Montgomery; brothers, Glen Hargrove and Bud Hargrove; grandson, Jimmy Blissett; and great-grandson, Stayton Hammack.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, John K. Montgomery of Brushie Prairie; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Linda Trompler of Frost and Larry and Yvonne Trompler of Victoria; stepdaughters, Patsy Blissett of Carthage and Clare Hollingsworth and husband Bill of Midlothian; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Shirley Hargrove of Frost; sister-in-law, Mildred Hargrove of Frost; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gloria Zoch
March 17, 1938 - AUg 8, 2006

Gloria Zoch, resident of Corsicana, Texas, passed away Tuesday morning, August 8, 2006 at the age of 68 years at her residence. She was born in Grapeland, Texas on March 17, 1938 to George Kelley and Ellen Thornton Kelley. She loved to work outside in her yard with the flowers and with her garden.
Mrs. Zoch was preceded in death by her three children: Sandra Dee Zoch, Kenneth Zoch, and Michael Zoch.
Survivors include her husband Otto Zoch of Corsicana. Sons: Terry Wayne Zoch and Douglas Glen Zoch both of Corsicana. Daughter: Billie Jean Millen of Santa Fe, Texas. Step-daughter: Jannia Grenier of Moses Lake, Washington. Twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. One brother and six sisters.
Graveside services will be held Friday morning, August 11, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Davis Cemetery in Grapeland, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Carol A. Buffalohead
March 11, 1932 - Aug 6, 2006

Memorial services were held Sunday, August 6, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the Church of God in Hubbard, Texas for Carol A. Buffalohead. She was born in Oceanside, California on March 11, 1932 and passed away Wednesday August 2, 2006 in Corsicana at the age of 74 years.


Jean (Watson) Jones
Jan 10, 1935 - Aug 17, 2006

Jean (Watson) Jones, 71, of Dallas passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, in Denton County.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Jones was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Kilgore.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Jones; daughter, Lynda Whistler; mother, Gladys Poole; father, Jeffery Watson; brother, Randy Watson; sister, Marjorie Johnston; great-granddaughter, Eden Grace Watson.
Survivors include her son, Mike Jones of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and David Swinney of Houston; sons-in-law, Chick Whistler of Carrollton and Richard Cullo of Dallas; four grandchildren, Brent Stanfield of Gentry, Ark., Wade Whistler of Carrollton, Ashlee Watts of Henderson and Colby Whistler of Carrollton; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Case, Trent and Harley; brothers, Lynn Watson of Grand Prairie and Dale Watson of Waxahachie; sisters, Annabelle Bounds of Monahans, Loyd Bounds of Brownwood, Mary Roberson and Beverly Bounds, both of Garland.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alice LaVerne (Watson) Vise
Jul 29, 1930 - Aug 17, 2006

Mrs. Alice LaVerne Watson Vise, 76, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2006 in Corsicana. She was born on July 29, 1930 in Burleson, Texas.
She owned and operated LaVerne's Beauty Shop in Corsicana for many years.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2006 at the Oakwood cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Clarence & Mary Lou Watson, Brothers, Eldon Watson, O.J. Watson, Sherman Watson, and Gene Watson., Sisters, Ruby Gardner, Roxie Watson, Vera Mach, and Opal Britton.
She is survived by her Husband, William Harold Vise of Corsicana, TX.
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Alice LaVerne Vise

Alice LaVerne Vise, 76, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, in Corsicana.
Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.
Mrs. Vise was born July 29, 1930, in Burleson.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Eldon Watson, O.J. Watson, Sherman Watson and Gene Watson; sisters, Ruby Gardner, Roxie Watson, Vera Mach and Opal Britten; and parents, Clarence and Mary Lou Watson.
She is survived by her husband, William Harold Vise of Corsicana.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Renee Franklin
abt 1947 - Aug 14, 2006

Renee Franklin, 59, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Aug. 14, 2006, at Heritage Oaks West. Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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William F. "Bill" Ammons, Jr., Dr.
Jun 11, 1932 - Aug 14, 2006

Dr. William F. AMMONS, Jr. William "Bill" Ammons, Jr., D.D.S., M.S.D. Born June 11, 1932, in Corsicana, Texas, Dr. Bill Ammons passed away on August 14, 2006, in Seattle with his loving family by his side. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 1955, served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and returned to graduate from the University of Texas Dental School in 1959. Dr. Ammons continued his graduate training at the University of Washington Dental School and graduated in 1970 with his MSD and Certificate in Periodontics. Dr. Ammons went on to teach in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Washington and lectured internationally. He retired in 1995 as a Professor Emeritus. Dr. Ammons maintained a private practice and taught on a part-time basis until his passing. He was active in numerous professional organizations, and was a Master Mason in Good Standing of the Free and Accepted Masons of Odessa, Texas. Bill was blessed with an abundant and active life. He was a founding partner of the Silverlake Winery. Bill enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, history and travel. Most of all, he loved spending time with his students, close friends and family telling tall tales. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Aline Ammons, his brother, Charles Ammons, and his sister, Mary Lynn Morris. Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet. He also leaves behind four children: daughter, Lynn (Jim) Clendenen of Snohomish; daughter, Stacey (Bill) Kuhn of Mountlake Terrace; son, William (Diane) Ammons of Everett; and daughter, Ruth Ammons of Olympia. Bill also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Jim, Josh, Erin, Jana, Tyler, Devlyn, Preston and Desiree; and three great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held on Thursday, August 31st at the University of Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to any of the following: King County Fire Protection District No. 16, Care of Station Houses 51 and 57, 18030 73rd Avenue NE Kenmore, WA 98028; Shoreline Fire Department, Care of Station House 63 , 17525 Aurora Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133; the American Heart Association; or the American Diabetes Association.  Published in print on 8/20/2006.

Alvie Lee Whistler
May 15, 1937 - Aug 22, 2006

Alvie Lee Whistler, 69, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ray Jacobs, Lary Reed, Josh Whistler, Shane Sykes, Jeff Whistler and Mickey Brown.
Mr. Whistler was born May 15, 1937.
He was preceded in death by his parents, A. J. and Metha Whistler; sister, Betty Jo Whistler; brother, Gary Whistler; and granddaughter, Grace Whistler.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Nancy Whistler of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Leanne and Richard Todd of Nederland; grandchildren, Josh, Drew, Todd and Isaac Whistler, Bishop, Doni and Allison Todd; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Willie Whistler of Corsicana and Jimmy and Mary Whistler of Garland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Troy Sykes of Corsicana and Peggy and Percy Brown of Fort Worth; aunt, Nora Davis of Corsicana; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alvie Lee Whistler

Alvie Lee Whistler, 69, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Fiday, August 25, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Ray Jacobs, larry Reed, Josh Whistler, Shane Sykes, Jeff Whistler, and Mickey Brown.
Mr. Whistler was born May 15, 1937.
He was preceded in death by his parents, A.J. and Metha Whistler; sister, Betty Jo Whistler; brother, Gary Whistler; and granddaughter, Grace Whistler.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Nancy Whistler of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Leanne and Richard Todd of Nederland; grandchildren, Josh, Drew, Todd, & Isaac Whistler, Bishop, Doni and Allison Todd; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Willie Whistler of Corsicana and Jimmy and Mary Whistler of Garland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Troy Sykes of Corsicana and Peggy and Percy Brown of Fort Worth; aunt, Nora Davis of Corsicana; and many nieces, nephews and friends.


William Thomas Dennehy
Jan 19, 1919 - Aug 20, 2006

William Thomas Dennehy passed away peacefully in Greeley, Colo., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006. He was born Jan. 19, 1919.
He was preceded in death by his dear wife Elizabeth in 1998 and also by his brothers Lawrence, Martin, Edward, Silvester and his sister Helen (Hogan).
He is survived by his daughters Caroline Ann Dennehy and Debra Lynn Swain, sisters Mary Margaret Richardson, Polly Corley, Dorothy Hogan and Elizabeth’s family, Elaine Labban, George Labban, Tressa Watkins and many nieces and nephews. Bill was a devoted member of the Catholic church and participated in the Knights of Columbus for many years. We will greatly miss his kind spirit and quiet sense of humor.
A rosary will be held for Bill from 7 to 7:30 p.m. today at visitation from 7 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s name to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3000 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana, TX 75110.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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WILLIAM THOMAS DENNEHY

Mr. William Thomas Dennehy passed away peacefully in Greeley, Colorado. Predeceased by his dear wife Elisabeth in 1998 and his brothers Lawrence, Martin, Edward, Silvester, and his sister Helen (Hogan). Survived by his daughters Caroline Ann Dennhey and Debra Lynn Swain, sisters May Margaret Richardson, Polly Corley, Dorothy Hogan and Elizabeth’s family; Elaine Labban, George Labban, Tress Watkins, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was a devoted member of the Catholic Church and participated in the Knights of Columbus for many years. We will greatly miss his kind spirit and quiet sense of humor.
A Rosary will be held for Bill on Wednesday August 23, 2006 from 7:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. and visitation from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas. A Funeral Mass will be conducted on Thursday August 24, 2006 at 10:00 A.M. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana, Texas. Interment following at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Bill’s name to the Immaculate Conception Church at 3200 Highway 3200, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Pall bears will be members of the Knights of Columbus.

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William Dennehy

Jan. 19, 1919 - Aug. 20, 2006
Age: 87
Residence: Greeley
Tribute: William Dennehy was born in Forney, Texas, to Edward Francis and Nora Catherine (Mahgan) Dennehy. He married Elizabeth Labban.
Mr. Dennehy moved to Greeley in 2001 from Corsicana, Texas, where he had lived for more than 50 years. He was a master sergeant in the Army. He also was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Greeley.
Mr. Dennehy died Sunday in at North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley.
Survivors: Two daughters, Dr. Carolyn A. "Cad" Dennehy of Greeley and Debra L. Swain of Canada; three sisters, Mary Margaret Richardson, Dorothy Hogan and Polly Covley.
Preceded in death by: A sister Helen Hogan and four brothers, Lawrence Dennehy, Edward Dennehy, Martin Dennehy and Sylvester Dennehy.
Services: No local services. Services will be in Corsicana.
Notes: Memorial gifts may be made to Bonell Good Samaritan Center CNA Scholarship fund in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 28th St., Greeley, CO 80634.


Urchall Ray Trent
May 15, 1917 - Aug 20, 2006

Ray Trent

Ray Trent, 89, of Glen Rose passed away Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, at Glen Rose Medical Center Nursing Home.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with Shannon Trent officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Steve Baxter, David Trent, Jeff Blankney, Randy Trent and Tracy Timmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Orth, Mike Ilaoa, Joe Windson, Rusty Baxter, Gary Timmons, Percy Trent and David Foreman.
Mr. Trent was born May 15, 1917, in the Rural Shade community near Kerens. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Trent; son, Kenneth Ray Trent; grandson, James Ray Trent; parents, H.H. and Emma Trent; and brothers, Palmer Trent, Lazy Trent, Nelson Trent and Hubert Trent.
Survivors include his son, Doyle Dewayne Trent of Waco; daughters, Racine Timmons of Glen Rose and Brenda K. Walker of Waco; sisters, Evelyn Baxter of Kerens and Thyra Blankney of Arlington; brother, Leonard Trent of Abilene; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Porfirio Mendoza
Sep 11, 1968 - Aug 21, 2006

Porfirio Mendoza, 37, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 in Colton, Calif.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

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

Pallbearers will be Ramon Mendoza, Jr, Noe Mendoza, Juan Mendoza, Gary Mendoza, Ramon Mendoza and Santiago Navarrete.

Mr. Mendoza was born Sept. 11, 1968 in Mexico. He was a beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend who never said no to anything. His love and caring nature touched so many hearts and lives. He was a man of many trades, so he was sought for help many times. With a mischievous smile on his face, he was always there ready and willing to help. He will be missed by many and loved by all.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers Federiro Santuario and Porfirio Mendoza; and grandmothers Maria DeJesus Sanchez and Francisca Herrera.

Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughter, Meagan; mother, Maria Puente; father, Ramon Mendoza, Sr; sisters, Maria Pullin and Maria Molina; brothers Ramon, Jr, Noe, Juan, and Gary, all of Corsicana; several aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

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Randall Eugene Prince
Jan 9, 1961 - Aug 19, 2006

Mr. Randall Eugene Prince, 45, of Duncanville passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on January 9, 1961 in Corsicana, Texas.
He worked as a salesman in the petroleum industry for a number of years. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2006 at the Hamilton-Beeman cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his Grandmother, Alyne Norman.
He is survived by his Father, Ernest Eugene Prince of Golden Meadow, LA, Mother, Willie Christine Prince of Cut Off, LA, Son, Oliver Prince of Duncanville, TX., Daughter, Brandy Prince of Florida, Brothers, Scott Wade Prince of Houma, LA & Daryl Keana Prince of Galliano, LA, Step-Sister, Libbie Griffin of Golden Meadow, LA, Uncle, Claude Norman of Corsicana, TX, Great Aunt, Willie Dean Bickers of Jewett, TX, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Randy Prince passed away Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, in Dallas. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.

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Ronnie Lee Ragan
May 7, 1952 - Aug 23, 2006

Mr. Ronnie Lee Ragan,54, of Mesquite passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 after a long courageous battle with complications from diabetes. He was born on May 7, 1952 in Corsicana, Texas.
He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1970 and Navarro College in 1972 with an Associate Degree in Business. He worked in retail management with K. Wolens and Levine's Department Stores and owned various businesses in the Dallas area. Ronnie loved his children and family and always put their needs first. He loved Putt-Putt golf and developed many life long friendships across the state.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2006 at the funeral home. Funeral servces will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. August 26, 2006 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Charles Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman cemetery. Pallbearers will be Keith Barfield, Mike Houston, Doug Manasco, Ricky Spriggs, Ian Holman, and Charlie Cobb.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bueford Ragan, and his first wife, Karen Bass Ragan.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Ragan of Mesquite TX., daughter, Leigh Ann Ragan of Lewisville, TX, son, Richard Herling of Arlington, TX, daughter, Melissa Herling of Mesquite, TX, grandson, Matthew Herling of Mesquite, TX, mother and step-father, Doris & Walter Johnson of Corsicana, TX, sister & brother-in-law, Marjetta & Ricky Spriggs of Huntsville, TX, father-in-law & mother-in-law, William & Melba Manasco of Searcy, AR, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members & friends.

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Ronnie Lee Ragan

Ronnie Lee Ragan of Mesquite passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, after a long courageous battle with complications from diabetes. He was born May 7, 1952, in Corsicana.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Ragan of Mesquite; daughter, Leigh Ann Ragan of Lewisville; son, Richard Herling of Arlington; daughter, Melissa Herling of Mesquite; grandson, Matthew Herling of Mesquite; mother and stepfather, Doris and Walter Johnson of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Marjetta and Ricky Spriggs of Huntsville; in-laws, William and Melba Manasco of Searcy, Ark.; and numerous other loving family members and friends.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Bueford Ragan of Corsicana; and his first wife, Karen Bass Ragan of Waco.

He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1970 and Navarro College in 1972 with an associate’s degree in business. He worked in retail management with K. Wolens and Levine’s Department Store and owned various businesses in the Dallas area.

Ronnie loved his children and family and always put their needs first. He loved putt-putt golf and developed many lifelong friendships across the state.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Charles Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Keith Barfield, Mike Houston, Doug Manasco, Ricky Spriggs, Ian Holman and Charlie Cobb.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ruby (Franks) Day-Hale
Oct 1, 1938 - Aug 23, 2006

Ruby Hale, 67, of Waco passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006, at a Waco hospital.

Services will be 7 p.m. today at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco, with Pastor Kevin Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at
Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Ruby was born Oct. 1, 1938, in Corsicana to Willie and Louise Johnson Franks. She worked in childcare for many years, and she touched the lives of many children. We’ll miss you, Maw Maw.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Loyd Lee Hale and Truman “Dusty” Day; sisters, Willie Pearl Breckenridge, Dorothy Burleson, Thelma Allen and Alpine Parrish; and brother, Willie Ed Franks.

Ruby is survived by her sons, Derek Hale and wife Mary of Robinson and Ronnie Hale of Waco; grandchildren, Cooper Hale and Demi Hale; sisters, Gracie Grace and husband Johnny of Corsicana and Lenita DePriest and husband Clyde of Tennessee; brother, James Franks and Ouida of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Pecan Grove Funeral Home, Waco.

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Minnie Lee Glass
Apr 16, 1916 - Aug 18, 2006

Mrs. Minnie Lee Glass, age 90, of Corsicana, Texas, died Friday, August 18, 2006, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas. She is survived by her Son-Mickey Glass of Dallas, TX, Son-Billy Jack Glass of Corsicana, TX, Brother-W.Z. "Bill" Anglin of Angus, TX, Granddaugher & Husband-Stacey & Robert Johnson of Corsicana, TX, Grandson-Jefferey & Misty Glass of Red Oak, TX, Grandson-Jeremy Glass of Dallas, TX, Great Grandson-Brandon Johnson of Corsicana, TX, Great Granddaughter-Baileigh Johnson of Corsicana, TX. She was preceded in death by her Husband-Jack A. Glass & Seven Brothers and Sisters. Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas. Funeral service will be at Richland Cemetery at 10:00 AM Monday, August 21, 2006 , Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Interment will be at Richland Cemetery in Richland, Texas.

Frank Joyner, Jr.
Feb 4, 1937 - Aug 19, 2006

Mr. Frankie Leono "Frank" Joyner, Jr., 69, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2006 in Corsicana. He was born on February 4, 1937 in Eldorado, Illinois.
He was worked as the assistant manager for Skinny's.
Visitation will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2006 at the funeral home. Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating.
He is survived by his Best Friend, Delores Martin of Corsicana, Tx., Daughters & Son-in-Law, Terry Joyner of St. Augustine, TX., Kat & David Sutton of Fairfield, TX., Sons & Daughters-in-Law, Mike & Drinda Joyner of Irving, TX., Paul & Sandy Joyner of Mexia, TX., Jeff & Theresa Joyner of Corsicana, Tx., and Thirteen Grandchildren.


Jessie Edward "Eddie" Knott
Dec 14, 1942 - Aug 20, 2006

Jesse Edward (Eddie) Knott went to be with his maker after a long illness. Eddie was preceded in death by his mother Othela Knott of Rice, his brother Elvis Musick of New Mexico and his wife of 33 years, Shirley Knott.

He is survived by his father Jesse Knott of Corsicana; brother Kenneth Knott and wife Polly of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Billy York of Corsicana; son Rickey Knott of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Teresa Knott of Corsicana; grandchildren Kevin Ovalle, Mariea Ovalle and Stephanie Ovalle of Corsicana, Monica Bland of Beaumont, Ashley Wilhelm of Corsicana, Meghan Knott of Corsicana and Marc Knott of Corsicana; 10 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Knott worked for many years in the oil fields before he fell ill.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with interment to follow at Hamilton Beemon Cemetery. His nephew Rev. Steve Knott will officiate.

The family would like to thank Angels at Home for his care and a special Angel Christina.


Kenneth ‘Blackie’ Tyler
Sep 22, 1933 - Aug 24, 2006

Kenneth "Blackie" Tyler, resident of Corsicana, Texas, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2006 in Ennis, Texas at the age of 73. He was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on September 22, 1933 to Dennis and Ketha Tyler.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Ketha Tyler and brothers Lehman Tyler and Mack Tyler.

He had amany joys in his life, one of which was his family. He wenjoyed following his children, and watching his grandchildren. Another love in his life was fishing and hunting, most recently fishing for Sand Bass.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years Madelyn Tyler of Corsicana, Texas. His children: Kenneth Tyler and his wife Jennifer of Yoakum, Matt Tyler and his wife Staci of Lipan, and Brenda Barnes and her husband Mark of Corsicana. Grandsons: Tres Tyler, Luke Tyler, and Will Tyler all of Yoakum. Granddaughters: Mattye TYler and Torrye Tyler of Lipan. Brothers: Volly Tyler of Waller, Chilton Tyler and D.M. Tyler of Canyon, Mike Tyler of Houston, and Donnie Tyler. Sisters: Edith Gundy of Rosharon, Ketha Selby of Rosharon, and Lois White of Millican. Sister-in-law Marcella and her husband Wesley Nelson of Bellville.

Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Dr. John LaNue officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Katy Magnolia Cemetery in Katy, Texas with Wayne Fancher officiating. Pallbearers will be Larry Nelson, Dean Nelson, Marshall Tyler, Billy Tyler, Mike Hollar, and Ken Kinsey.

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Kenneth “Blackie” Tyler, 74, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006 in Ennis.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services are slated for 10 a.m., Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Katy.

He is survived by his wife Madelyn Tyler of Corsicana; children Kenny and Jennifer Tyler of Yokum, Brenda and Mark Barnes of Corsicana and Matt and Staci Tyler of Lipan.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Thomas Ray Steele
Jul 12, 1937 - Aug 26, 2006

Mr. Thomas Ray "TR" Steele, 69, of Streetman, TX. passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Corsicana, TX. He was born on July 12, 1937 in Palestine, TX.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 P.m. on Monday, August 28, 2006, at the funeral home.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 29, 2006, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev, Danny Richardson, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eric Steele, Bret Steele, Tom Jenkins, Steve Devillier, Culley Devillier, and James Michael Fregia.

Mr. Steele was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Jenkins and a brother, Larry Steele.

He is survived by a Son & Daughter-in-Law, Billy & Shirley Steele of Houston, TX., Daughter & Son-in-Law, Cathy & Tommy Henderson of Streetman, TX., Granddaughters, Amy Steele & Pamela Henderson both of Streetman, TX., Grandson Justin Henderson of Streetman, TX., Brothers & Sister-in-Law, Don Steele of Streetman, TX, and Abe & Christine Steele of Richland, TX., Sister & Brother-in-Law, Mary & Jerry Devillier of Winnie, TX., and numerous nieces & nephews

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Thomas Ray ‘TR’ Steele

Thomas Ray ‘TR’ Steele, 69, of Streetman passed away Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Richardson, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Midway Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eric Steele, Bret Steele, Tom Jenkins, Steve Devillier, Culley Devillier and James Michael Fregia.

He was born July 12, 1937 in Palestine.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Jenkins, and a brother, Larry Steele.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Billy and Shirley Steele of Houston; daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Tommy Henderson of Streetman; granddaughters Amy Steele and Pamela Henderson of Streetman; grandson Justin Henderson of Streetman; brother Don Steele of Streetman; brother and sister-in-law Abe and Christine Steele of Richland; sister and brother-in-law Mary and Jerry Devillier of Winnie; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Josephine Eunice (D'Orsay) Laudan
Aug 10, 1916 - Aug 27, 2006

Josephine Laudan, 90, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, August 27, 2006 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 10, 1916 in Henderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Laudan; and a daughter, Janie Laudan.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Fred and Karen Laudan and Roland and Ruth Laudan of Corsicana; grandchildren Renee Anders of Seagoville; Rachel Riley of Corsicana; Fred Laudan, Jr. of Blooming Grove; Tim Laudan of Ennis; and Cindy Crawford of Tyler; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Neva Fowler of Hamlin.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Charley Beauchamp

Charley Beauchamp Killed
Last Monday, in Navarro Co. on his father's farm, Charley, the son of Joe Beauchamp, was killed. He and another boy were hauling stock feed when the load fell off and Charley went under the wheels which passed over him killing him instantly. The body was brought to Ennis Tuesday and buried in Myrtle cemetery. Charley was about 12 years old.

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Linda Martin

Our family sadly announces the passing of Linda Martin. A wonderful mother, sister, aunt and friend. Linda passed away Aug. 27, 2006, after fighting a courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was preceded in death by parents Robert and Erna Jennings.

She is survived by daughter Kimberly McNeill and fiancé Jeff Garrett of McKinney; son Mark McNeill, wife Meredith Collin, and Jonathan of Wylie; sisters and brothers-in-law Kay and Buddy Smith of Corsicana, Ricky and Robbie Jennings of Corsicana, Carol Kittley of Red Oak, Mike and Susan Jennings of Eureka and Lois Moore of Lewisville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eureka Cemetery.

Arrangements by North Dallas Funeral Home, Farmers Branch.

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Judi ‘Nana’ (Bell) Burnett
Jan 4, 1945 - Aug 29, 2006

Judi “Nana” Burnett, born in Houston on Jan. 4, 1945, peacefully passed away at home Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006. She went to her Heavenly Father surrounded by her family after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Judi is survived by her best friend, soul mate, and husband of 43 years, Johnny Burnett; her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Barbara Burnett of Goodyear, Ariz.; daughter and son-in-law, Michell and Brian Tibbits of Corsicana; grandchildren, Kati Tibbits of Corsicana, Ryan, Nathan and Rachel Burnett of Goodyear, Ariz.; sister and brother-in-law, David and Janet Pelc of Pearland; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Reeves and Inez Burnett of Fairfield; and numerous other loving family members and friends. Judi considered her Sunday school class friends to be sisters in Christ and wanted them listed as such: Marianne Anderson, Barbara Batson, Theda Brashear, Irene Davenport, Nelda Davis, Linda Fannin, Louise Ford, Lillian Goodnight, Nedra Hooser, June Ingham, Nell Laswell, Melba Lennon, Jan Risinger, Kathie Mitcham, Mary McCarley, Judy Niemann, Mary S. Smith, Freddie Summers and Yvonne Wagner.

Judi was preceded in death by her father and mother, W.J. Bell and Catherine Bell of Houston; grandparents, Ira and Lucy Rushing and James and Maggie Bell; and granddaughter, Taylor Marie Tibbits.

Judi owned Missy’s Little People Shoppe in Corsicana where she received great joy from being surrounded each day by children. She treasured the friendships she made with her customers and other downtown business owners.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Judi had requested that no one wear black to the services, as she wants her friends and family to rejoice and celebrate her life. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Carvel Neal Jenkins

Carvel Neal Jenkins of Lucas, left his earthly home on Aug. 29, 2006. Carvel was born in Corsicana, where he lived until 2001, moving to Garland, to be near his daughter Carla Miller, RN, CCM, later moving to Lucas. Carvel was employed with Bethlehem Steel Corps as a metallurgical chemist for many years. Mr. Jenkins is survived by his daughter Carla Miller; best friend, Elaine Jenkins of Plano; and two nieces, Mrs. Kathy Stroube (H.R. 111) of Houston and Norma Jean Risinger of Pasadena. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, James and Clara Jenkins of Corsicana; two sisters, Katherine Brown and Eloise Jenkins of Corsicana; one brother, James Jenkins of Pasadena. Mr. Jenkins was a member of the Buckingham Road Church of Christ in Garland.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas. Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Wildwood Chapel of Restland with Minister Richard Blaisdell of Buckingham Road Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Gardens Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Bobby Kirkpatrick, Jack Sweetnam, Wade Campbell, David Struck, Bob Petit and Ronald N. Norris. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Carmen and Wayne Norris.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Missionary Work of Buckingham Road Church of Christ would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Mary Lou (Whitfield) Purdy
Dec 5, 1938 - Aug 28, 2006

Mary Lou Purdy

Mary Lou Purdy, 67, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, in Corsicana.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Bishop K.D. Davis Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Sparks, Bufford Gee, Harold Housley, Richard Washington, Albert Mims, Curtis Burks, Warren Hawthorne and Raymond Mims. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Beamon, Ed Ephlin, George Marshall, Lee Walker and Billy Ray Cobb.

Mrs. Purdy was born Dec. 5, 1938, in Rice. She received her education at G.W. Jackson High School. She worked at Adams Hat Factory and retired from Haggar Slacks Factory and went to work for her son at Corsicana Geranium Gardens. She was a member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arvernon Purdy; and parents, Jewel Burrell and Jimmie Whitfield.

Survivors include three sons, Arnes Purdy Sr., Ricky D. Purdy and Michael Purdy; three sisters, Glodena Burrell of Corsicana, Lorena Nelson of Lawton, Okla., and Lavada McAdams of Buffalo, N.Y.; one brother, Richard Burrell of Joliet, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Dorcas Purdy; three grandchildren, Arnes T. Purdy Jr., Maegan Purdy of Corsicana and Bianca Purdy of Dallas; brother-in-law, Larry Joe Mims, Raymond Mims and Travis Mim; sisters-in-law, Sharon Mims, Janice Mims and Terri Mims, all of Fort Worth; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Rena Ann Betterton-Fields
Sep 15, 1921 - Aug 31, 2006

Rena Ann Betterton Fields, 84, of Malakoff passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Malakoff.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with Brother John Watson and Brother Tom Atwell officiating.

Mrs. Fields was born Sept. 15, 1921, in Henderson County.

Survivors include her husband, Robert A. Fields of Malakoff; daughters, Ann DeMoss and husband Damon of Corsicana and Catherine DeMoss of Corsicana; son, Robert Betterton and wife Sheilia of Ben Wheeler; stepdaughters, Kathy Stibbens of Malakoff and Vickie Willard of Trinidad; brother, Joe Abbott of Tyler; nine grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jessie Faye (Ward) Morris
Mar 16, 1925 - Aug 28, 2006

Mrs. Jessie Faye (Ward) Morris, age 81, of Gun Barrel City, Texas, died Monday, August 28, 2006, in Gun Barrel City, Texas. She was a homemaker.

She entertained many people as LaLee Pop the clown.

Mrs. Morris was also known as Mrs. Jerry Faye Hamel.

She is survived by her Daughter-Judy Rangel of Kolondike, TX., Daughter-Katrina Moore of Rowlett, TX., Daughter-Sue Ann Adams of Tampa, Fla., Son-Butch Hamel of Tacoma, Wash., Sister-Elizabeth Schreier of Rogers, Ark.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, September 1, 2006 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 PM Saturday, September 2, 2006 with Rev. Joshua McDonald officiating. Interment will be at Midway Cemetery in Winkler, Texas

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Rose Mary Edwards
Aug 25, 1940 - Sep 1, 2006

Rose Mary Edwards, 66, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 1, 2006.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, with Father Gary Swirczinski officiating. Burial will follow at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park. Open visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rose was born Aug. 25, 1940 in Gary, Ind. She was married to her loving husband Ken on Jan. 27, 1962. They moved to Texas in 1980 where she went to work for Menasco Aerospace in Euless. They moved to Corsicana in 1995 where she worked at Cason’s Flowers until she retired in 2004.

Rose is survived by her husband of 44 years, Ken; three children, Debbie Fleming and husband Tommy of Arlington, Donald Edwards and wife Shelly of Carrollton, and Tammy Smith and husband Doug of Arlington; four grandchildren-Angela Rose,18, Taylor Danielle, 12, Jordan Michael, 9, and Nicholas James, 8; sisters-Laura, Jane and Frances, and brothers John, Robert, Isaac, Tommy, and Richard, and stepfather Isaac.

Arrangements by Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, Colleyville.

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Lee William (Bill) McNutt, Jr.
Jun 16, 1925 - Sep 1, 2006

Member of Texas Business Hall of Fame, L. William (Bill) McNutt, Jr., who built Collin Street Bakery from a small town Texas company into an internationally recognized institution, died on Sept. 1, 2006.

Bill died peacefully at his home in Corsicana after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Born on June 16, 1925 in Corsicana, the only child of Lee William McNutt and Anna Mae Rutherford McNutt. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1942. The family moved to Nashville, Tenn. following graduation. In 1943, he attended Montgomery Bell Academy Prep School in Nashville. He was a member of the football team that shared the Mid South Conference football title.

Bill entered Vanderbilt University in the fall of 1943. He was a started at linebacker and center on Vanderbilt’s last undefeated football team in 1943.

His college experience was interrupted in February of 1944 by service in the Army during World War II. After basic training, he guarded Rommell’s Africa Corp as a POW camp staff sergeant. He finished the war at Fort Dix, N.J., where he mustered out soldiers returning from Europe.

Returning to Vanderbilt in the summer of 1946, he was elected President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

He graduated from Vanderbilt, June 5, 1949, and went to work the next day for his father and uncle, Bob Rutherford at the Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Nashville. During his nine years, with the company, he became President and owner. He was elected President of the Tennessee Association of Bottlers in 1956.

Bill met his wife, Josephine Williams Pritchett, a native of Nashville. They were married in 1954.

In the winter of 1958 he was asked by his uncle, Bob Rutherford, to move back to Corsicana and help build Collin Street Bakery. The bakery, founded in 1896, was purchased in November of 1946 by Bill’s father, Lee McNutt, Harry Cook, Jack Roberts Sr., Harry Montgomery, and Bob Rutherford.

In 1967 Bill purchased his Uncle Bob Rutherford’s interest in the bakery and served as President until 1998, when his son, Bob McNutt, became President.

Under his leadership, Collin Street became one of the largest food-by-mail companies in the world. A pioneer in international direct marketing, the bakery served customers in more than 190 countries. In 1982, the United States Department of Commerce presented the bakery with E Award for Excellence in Exporting.

During his time as President, the company received numerous awards including: three Gold medals given by the Monde Selection of Geneva, Switzerland for its DeLuxe Fruitcake, The New York Gourmet Society recognized the bakery for excellence, in 1996, the Institute for Family Business at Baylor University named the bakery the Outstanding Family Business of the Year.

Other business accomplishments include: Co-Founder of Navarro Pecan Company, Co-Founder Data Dallas and Finca Corsicana Pineapple Plantation, Costa Rica, the largest organic pineapple plantation in the world.

In 1967, Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League, asked McNutt to be his business partner in bringing the sport of professional soccer to America as a founding team owner of the North American Soccer League. His soccer involvement included: President and Co-Owner, Dallas Tornado Soccer Club, 1967-1980, Co-Owner and Director Tampa Bay Rowdies Soccer Club, 1980-1982 and elected to the North Texas Soccer Hall of Fame, 1977.

Civic Organizations: Elected to the Corsicana City Commission, 1961-1963, President, Corsicana YMCA, President, Southern Methodist University Dad’s Club, 1978, a founding Director, Zale Lipshy Hospital at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, Director, Main Bank, Red Oak, Texas, and First Republic Bank of Corsicana.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to a three-year term on the U. S. State Department Board for International Food and Agriculture Development.

At the time of his death, Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana, Texas, Director of Navarro Pecan Shelling Co., National Soccer Hall of Fame, Cross Creek Aviation Corp., Director and Chairman of the Board, Collin Street Bakery.

Club memberships include Petroleum Club and Tower Clubs, Dallas, TX, Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL, Garden of the Gods Club, Colorado Springs, CO, and Corsicana Country Club.

Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Josephine Pritchett McNutt, four children, Lee William (Bill) McNutt, III and his wife, Susana, of Dallas; Robert (Bob) Pritchett McNutt of Corsicana and daughters, Katherine Ann McNutt and Melanie Jeanne McNutt of Dallas, two grandchildren, Lee William (Will) McNutt IV and Thomas Max Nygaard McNutt of Dallas.

The pallbearers are Lamar Hunt, Ward Lay, Thomas McNutt, and Will McNutt of Dallas; Edward (Buzz) L. Kemble, Fort Worth; James Dyer, J. D. Sheppard, Norman E. Shaw, John Crawford, and Robert Polk of Corsicana; Terry Cook of Columbia, Tenn.; Ken Roberts and Thomas Haile, Nashville, Tenn.

The honorary pallbearers are Ralph Wilson, Grosse Pointe, Mich.; Dr. John Updegrove, Dr. Louis Gibson, Maurice Pollock and Jerry Grimmett of Corsicana; David Donosky and Nelson Bunker Hunt of Dallas.

Memorial gifts may be made in Bill’s name to: Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County, P. O. Box 191, Corsicana, Texas 75151, or the charity of your choice.

Visitation will take place between 5 to 7 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home, 418 N. 13th Street, Corsicana, Texas today.

The Memorial Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, 510 West Collin Street with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. and Dr. Tom Rhodes officiating.

The family is thankful for the faithful love and support of his caregivers: Mr. Robert Polk, Ms. Stella Williams, Mr. Sid Polk, Mrs. Anabella Maldonado, Mr. Brantley Woods and Ms. Johnnie Duncan. The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Mr. McNutt’s doctors: Dr. John Updegrove of Corsicana; Dr. Barry Levinson of Dallas, Dr. Josephine Bonnell of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and to Mr. McNutt’s Special Assistant at Collin Street Bakery, Mrs. Sara Nelson.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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L. William "Bill" McNutt Jr.

CORSICANA, Texas -- L. William "Bill" McNutt Jr., who transformed Collin Street Bakery into a global business during more than 30 years as the company president, died Friday, according to the Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. He was 81.

McNutt died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at his Corsicana home.

During his time at Collin Street Bakery, which is famous for its fruitcakes, it became one of the largest food-by-mail companies in the world. Global marketing eventually accounted for 25 percent of the company's fruitcake customers.

McNutt was born in Corsicana, where he graduated from high school in 1942. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1949 after a stint in the Army then joined the family's Dr Pepper Bottling Co. in Nashville, Tenn., eventually becoming president and owner.

In 1958, McNutt returned to Corsicana to help build the hometown bakery business, which his father and uncle had purchased with three others in 1946. The bakery was founded in 1896.

McNutt expanded the bakery's customer base through mail-order techniques such as computerized mailing lists, and it eventually reached 190 countries.

McNutt also co-founded Navarro Pecan Co. and Finca Corsicana, a pineapple farm in Costa Rica. He was president and co-owner of the Dallas Tornado Soccer Club from 1967 to 1980.

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By Claire Noland
Los Angeles Times

L. William “Bill” McNutt Jr., who turned his family’s bakery in Corsicana, Texas, into a specialized mail-order business that ships holiday fruitcakes around the world, has died. He was 81.

McNutt, who was president of Collin Street Bakery from 1967 to 1998, died Sept. 1 of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at his Corsicana home, said his son Bob McNutt.

The bakery, which opened in 1896, got a jolt when McNutt arrived in 1958 and shifted its focus to mail-order sales. He introduced computerized mailing lists, direct consumer marketing and efficient shipping methods to eventually extend the firm’s reach to 196 countries.

The company annually sells about 3 million pounds of fruitcake, or about 1.5 million cakes. Fruitcake accounts for 98 percent of the bakery’s total sales. And nearly all of those sales are by mail order, primarily from October to December, when each cake is packaged in a red Christmas tin decorated with a cowboy and his lasso.

“We breathe, eat and sleep our cake,” John Crawford, part-owner and vice president, told the Los Angeles Times. “We have a good time here.”

Corsicana was a thriving oil boomtown on a railroad line 50 miles south of Dallas when German immigrant Gus Weidmann set up shop 110 years ago in the Collin Street Bakery.

It was on the ground floor of his partner Tom McElwee’s luxurious hotel, where celebrities including Enrico Caruso and Will Rogers stayed. Members of the Ringling Bros. circus would leave with dozens of Weidmann’s cakes to give as gifts while on tour, and to this day descendants of the Ringling family place annual orders.

McNutt’s father, Lee William McNutt, and uncle Bob Rutherford bought the bakery in 1946. The McNutt partnership has owned the privately held company and maintained the basic recipes ever since.

In the 1950s, Collin Street was essentially a regional bread bakery, but McNutt had plans for selling fruitcakes to a wider audience. At the beginning, employees copied names and addresses of prospective customers out of phone books gathered from around the U.S.

McNutt led efforts to sell fruitcakes directly to international consumers and to create a database that could be computerized. Later, he was quick to recognize emerging technologies by accepting orders via phone, fax and the Internet.

A stickler for details who insisted on quality and customer service, McNutt bought a local pecan processor and an organic pineapple farm in Costa Rica to ensure a steady supply of ingredients for the best-selling “World Famous DeLuxe Fruitcake.”

The company sends out about 12 million mailings a year and has about 1 million customers in its database, Crawford said. The celebrity clientele include basketball great Julius Erving and Princess Caroline of Monaco, who picked up the annual order after her mother, Princess Grace, died.

Although the bakery says it will ship to any place in the world that receives mail service, one customer was turned away: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, after the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran.

“We didn’t think that was an order we needed to fill,” McNutt’s son said.

Two traditions surround fruitcakes -- one savoring the dense cakes filled with nuts and candied fruits, another ridiculing them as unwanted bookends -- and the McNutt family has come to understand both views.

“We can laugh at anything,” said Bob McNutt, who succeeded his father as president of the company. “For the most part, when people come up with a fruitcake joke -- all of which are bad, by the way -- it gives us an opportunity to get our message out.”

Born in Corsicana in 1925, Bill McNutt Jr. moved with his parents to Nashville, Tenn., and attended Vanderbilt University. He played both offense and defense on the 1943 football team, which went undefeated. He left college to serve in the U.S. Army at Camp Shelby, Miss., guarding German prisoners of war, and at Fort Dix, N.J., mustering soldiers out of the service.

McNutt returned to Vanderbilt and graduated in 1949 with a business degree, later earning a master’s at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He initially went to work for his father and uncle, distributing Dr. Pepper in Tennessee. In 1954, he married Josephine Pritchett of Nashville.

McNutt, an avid football fan, became friends with Lamar Hunt, the Texas oilman who co-founded the American Football League and owned the Dallas Texans, which became the Kansas City Chiefs, now part of the National Football League.

Together, they owned the Dallas Tornado of the North American Soccer League and won the league title in 1971. The Tornado folded after the 1981 season and entered into a minority partnership with the Tampa franchise, transferring the Dallas player contracts and other assets to Florida. The entire league folded in 1984.

Hunt also became a minority partner in the Collin Street Bakery, and this week confirmed his appreciation for fruitcake.

“I don’t eat it year-round,” he said, “but at Christmastime, I’m right in there getting my fair share.”

McNutt is survived by his wife and their four children -- sons Bill III of Dallas and Bob of Corsicana, daughters Katherine McNutt and Melanie McNutt of Dallas, and two grandchildren.


Charles David Ray
Nov 26, 1934 - Sep 2, 2006

Charles David Ray, or “Charlie,” 72 of Richland, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006.

The eldest of three children, Charlie was born to Floyd and Hazel Ray on Nov. 26, 1934 in Corsicana. Graduating in 1953, he set his sights on becoming a Highway Patrolman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Kay Lansford of Richland would become his wife on July 22, 1954. Later on they welcomed their two daughters, Terri Lynn and Karen Jill into the world. Until his retirement, Charlie proudly served the Texas DPS for 20 years, first in Arlington and eventually relocating to Fairfield where he called home for the next 35 years. He was also member of the Fairfield Masonic Lodge for over 30 years.

Following his retirement he owned and operated “Charlie’s Truck Stop” and later took a position with Rutherford Auto in Fairfield.

Charlie was a friend to all who crossed his path. Traveling with his wife of 52 years and spending time with his two daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, as well as his poker buddies filled his days.

Charlie will be greatly missed by his wife, Kay Lansford Ray of Richland, mother Hazel Ray of Corsicana, daughters, Terri Wiley and Jill Rash of Richland, grandchildren Nicole Hughes of Fairfield and Marlon Cockerell of Austin, Lauren Rash, Paige, Keaton and Zoey Ray, all of Richland, sister Barbara Adamson of Corsicana, brother Glen Ray of Grand Prairie, as well as his three great grandchildren, Olivia, Avi and Cameron or “Cash”.

Charlie was preceded in death by his father Floyd Ray, as well as his grandson Charles Grant Rash.

A Funeral Service will be held at Corley Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.

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

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Frances K. (Borsellino) Garrett
Aug 25, 1917 - Aug 31, 2006

Frances K. Borsellino Garrett, 89, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at her residence.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. today at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 2920 Azle Ave. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. today in Calvary Cemetery in Corsicana.

Frances Garrett, a retired secretary, was born Aug. 25, 1917, in Corsicana, one of seven children of Paul and Bridgett Borsellino, who immigrated to America from Riberra, Sicily, Italy. She was a member of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Frances graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Our Lady of Victory College in Fort Worth and retired from Mobil Oil Company.

She and her husband, Levi Bruce Garrett, traveled extensively in the United States and several foreign countries.

She served as president of the Southside Lions Auxiliary in Midland, where she lived for many years. She was also a member of Desk and Derrick Club for 30 years and the Saint Thomas Women’s Organization.

She was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include daughter, Linda Eileen Garrett D’Araujo and husband, John R. D’Araujo of Loudon, Tenn.; sons, L. Bruce Garrett II and wife, Donna of Coppell, Jesse Paul Garrett of Fort Worth and John Winfield Garrett and wife, Beth of Lampasas; grandchildren, Samantha D’Araujo Clark and husband, Ron of Plano, Cathleen D’Araujo Taylor of Loudon Tenn., Kelly Garrett Foster of Coppell, Matthew Garrett of Coppell, Regan Garrett of Chicago, and Clay Garrett and Ben Garrett of Lampasas; great-grandchildren, Matthew Clark and Hailey Clark of Plano and Melinda Taylor of Loudon, Tenn.; brother, Joseph Borsellino of Corsicana; numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Biggers Funeral Home.

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Sarah Frances (Fitzgerald) Palmer-Neel
Jul 23, 1868 - Dec 13, 1952

December 16, 1952
Funeral Held at Frost For Mrs. Sarah Neal
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 16 - Services for Mrs. Sarah Frances Neal, 84, native of Dresden, were held from the Frost Baptist Church Monday. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Winnie Palmer, Frost, and Mrs. Ernest McCord, Colorado City; a brother, Lee Fitzgerald, Dallas, and four sisters, Mrs. Alice Blackman and Mrs. Rose Cook, both of Dallas; Mrs. Beulah Sheppard, Kilgore, and Mrs. Betty Woodward, Fort Worth.

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Dresden Native Dies At Frost
FROST, Dec. 15.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Frances Neal, 84, who died here Saturday were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church. The Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the church, conducted the services. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Neal was a native of Dresden.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Winnie Palmer, Frost; Mrs. Ernest McCord, Colorado City; a brother, Lee Fitzgerald, Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. Alice Blackman and Mrs. Rose Cook, both of Dallas; Mrs. Beulah Sheppard, Kilgore; Mrs. Betty Woodward, Ft. Worth.

Pallbearers were Harvey Slater, Raymond Jones, Joe Brown, Curtis Patterson, Tom Hooser and J. C. Young.

McCormick Funeral Home directed.

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Reba Charlie Fitzgerald
Mar 12, 1921 - Feb 14, 1930

February 14, 1930
Corsicana Child Dies
Reba Charlie Fitzgerald, 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fitzgerald, died Friday and the funeral will be held from the family home Saturday afternoon. Surviving are her parents, three half brothers, Edwin Price, student in the University of Texas; Charles Price and Norman Price, all of Corsicana, and two half sisters, Mrs. Clarence Plyler and Miss Katherine Fitzgerald, both of Corsicana.


February 15
Corsicana Girl Buried
Funeral services for Reba Charlie Fitzgerald, 9, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fitzgerald, were held Saturday, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving are her parents, three half brothers, Edwin, Charles and Norman Price, all of Corsicana, and two half sisters, Mrs. Clarence Plyler and Miss Katherine Fitzgerald, both of Corsicana.

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LITTLE GIRL DIED EARLY FRIDAY AFTER ILLNESS FEW DAYS

Reba Charlie Fitzgerald, 9 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fitzgerald, 619 South Fourteenth street, died Friday morning at 2:10 o’clock, following a short illness and the funeral will be held from the family home Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in
Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. A. M. Hendricks, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church.

Surviving are her parents, three half-brothers, Edwin Price, student in the University of Texas; Charles Price and Norman Price all of Corsicana; two half-sisters, Mrs. Clarence Plyer and Miss Katherine Fitzgerald, both of Corsicana.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

God Chose Reba Charlie Fitzgerald For His Valentine

On the morning of February 15, the death angel winged its way into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald, and took from them their loving daughter, Reba Charlie. Although it is Valentine day and perhaps a happy one for some let us not forget the dear little one who on this day God claimed for his own Valentine, Reba Charlie.

There was but little suffering, but there is much sadness in the home of her family and friends. She, being of an early school age had many little friends who will miss her, who on this Valentine day departed from her friends and happy home, to add a bright jewel to God’s Kingdom.

Dear father, mother, sisters and brothers, rest in peace, for in that bright world known as heaven she rests peacefully in the arms of her Saviour. I can see her loving parents, the happiness overflowing their hearts when God presented them with this jewel from his own kingdom. But upon this lovely morning at 2:30 o’clock, he replaced this jewel brighter and more cheerful than ever.

A friend.

ORA LEE BURNEY.

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J. D. Fitzgerald
abt 1889 - Aug 1951

August 10, 1951
J. D. Fitzgerald Dies At Home in Corsicana J. D. Fitzgerald, 62, concession stand operator at the courthouse here, died at his home following a few hours' illness. Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Church in Blooming Grove Thursday.
Fitzgerald had operated the concession stand eight years. He formerly was in the cafe business at Blooming Grove.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Thomas Fitzgerald with the United States Army in Korea; three daughters, Mrs. James Brown of Frost, Mrs. Buster Bays of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Johnny Etheredge of Dallas; a brother, Lee Fitzgerald of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Bettie Woodward of Fort Worth, Mrs. H. M. Sheppard of Kilgore and Mrs. Sam Cook of Dallas; a half brother, Jim Sheppard of West Texas; two half sisters, Mrs. Alice Blackmond of Dallas and Mrs. Frances Neel of Frost, and six grandchildren.

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Aubrey (Arb) Lee Fitzgerald, Sr
24 Jun 1914 - 6 Feb 1990

February 6, 1990
A. L. Fitzgerald Sr.
A. L. Fitzgerald Sr., 75, of Corsicana, died Feb. 6, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William Dollar and the Rev. Jim Shook officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
He was born June 24, 1914, in Blooming Grove. He worked at Bethlehem Steel for many years, and was a cement contractor.
He was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Vesta Lee Fitzgerald of Corsicana; four daughters, Nellie Smith of Corsicana, Joyce Shipp of Emory, Elaine Henry of Payne Springs, and Diane Whitener of Corsicana; one son, Aubrey Lee Fitzgerald Jr., of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; his mother, Nellie Fitzgerald of Corsicana; one brother, Leslie Gene Fitzgerald of Seagoville; four sisters, Violet Burns and Nellie Sherrard, both of Corsicana, Nora Weaver of Mexia, and Aline Hargrove of Cleburne; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be John Norwood, Dan Dominy, June Clark, Tommy Baumgartner, W. J. Cottongame, Dorsey Richards, Clyde Richards and J. J. Robinson.

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Bobby Earl Fitzgerald
Aug 26, 1926 - Dec 18, 1980

December 19, 1980
Bobby Earl Fitzgerald, 57, of Cedar Creek, died at Dallas Veterans Hospital.
Service is pending at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Dallas.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Yolanda Fitzgerald, of Cedar Creek; four sons, Joey Fitzgerald, Mike Fitzgerald, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, and Mickey Fitzgerald, all of Dallas; two daughters Mrs. Tina Handley, of Dallas, and Barbara Fitzgerald, of Houston; his mother, Mrs. Nellie Fitzgerald, of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Violet Burns and Mrs. Nellie Sherrard, both of Corsicana, Mrs. Nora Weaver, of Mexia, and Mrs.
Alliene Handlin, of Cleburne; three brothers, Aubrey Fitzgerald, of Corsicana, and Leslie Gene Fitzgerald, of Dallas and Charlie Joe Fitzgerald, of Fort Worth; and a number of grandchildren.
He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Dallas.
He was an aluminum siding installer.

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Charlie Joe Fitzgerald
Nov 11, 1923 - Jul 4, 1983

July 5, 1983
Charlie Joe Fitzgerald
Charlie Joe Fitzgerald, 60, of Mansfield, died Monday in Mansfield.
Services is Thursday, 3:30 p. m. at Corley Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
He was a native of Corsicana, minister and member of the Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Carolyn Jo Pina, of Blanco, Mrs. Nelda Ruth Spicer, of New Braunsfels, and Elaine Fitzgerald, of Arlington; his mother, Mrs. Nellie Fitzgerald, of Corsicana; two brothers, Aubrey Fitzgerald of Corsicana and Leslie Fitzgerald, of Seagoville; four sisters, Mrs. Violet Burns and Mrs. Nellie Sherrard, both of Corsicana, Mrs. Allene Handlin, of Cleburne, and Mrs. Nora Weaver, of Mexia; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Charlie 'Joe' Fitzgerald

CORSICANA - Funeral for Charlie "Joe" Fitzgerald, 60, of rural Tarrant County, will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Fitzgerald was found dead Tuesday morning in his home near Highway 287 between Kennedale and Mansfield.
He was an ordained Pentecostal minister and had operated a second-hand store from his home.
Survivors include his mother, Nellie Fitzgerald of Corsicana; three daughters, Carolyn Jo Pina of Blanco, Nelda Ruth Spicer of New Braunfels and Elaine Fitzgerald of Arlington; two brothers, Aubrey Fitzgerald of Corsicana and Leslie Fitzgerald of Seagoville; four sisters, Violet Burns and Nellie Sherrard, both of Corsicana; Nora Weaver of Mexia and Allene Handlin of Cleburne; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Elmer Lee Fitzgerald, Sr.
Nov 7, 1933 - Nov 29, 1990

November 30, 1900
Elmer Fitzgerald
Elmer Lee Fitzgerald, 57, of Corsicana, died Nov. 29, 1990, at the VA Hospital in Temple.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, with the Rev. Gary Johnson and the Rev. David Williams officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Corsicana. He was a plumber and had served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include one son, Elmer Lee Fitzgerald Jr. of California; one daughter, Jane Stockam of Corsicana; three grandchildren; his mother, Estelle McCrary of Corsicana; his grandmother, Nell Fitzgerald of Corsicana; two brothers, Kenneth Jerry Oliver and Mike Mooneyhan, both of Mabank; and one sister, Jean Collier of Grand Prairie.

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James Clenon Fitzgerald
Mar 2, 1929 - Feb 27, 1990

February 28, 1990
James Fitzgerald
James Fitzgerald, 60, of Eureka, died Feb. 27, 1990, at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Johnson will officiate. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He was born March 2, 1929 in Corsicana. He was a retired plumber. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and American Legion Post No. 345 in Austin. He served in the Army in World War II.
He is survived by his mother, Estelle McCrary, of Corsicana; one sister, Jeanie Collier of Corsicana; four brothers, Elmer Fitzgerald of Groesbeck, John Wesley French of Dallas, Kenneth Jerry Oliver and Michael Wayne Mooneyham, both of Mabank; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Sallie Fitzgerald
Jul 17, 1889 - Dec 20, 1985

April 21, 1985
Sallie Fitzgerald
Sallie Fitzgerald, 96, of Corsicana died Friday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Troy Brooks and Harold Scott will officiate, with burial following in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bud Fitzgerald of Corsicana; three daughters, Jessie Dee Brown, Frost, Jo Bays, Corpus Christi and Sue Etheredge, Dallas; one brother, A. Y. Meadows, Waxahachie; and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be J. L. Watts, John L. Meador, Jack Meador, Vic Howell, Buck Douglas and J. D. Sheppard.

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James Ancel Fitzgerald
1912 - Aug 1954

August 2, 1954
J. A. Fitzgerald Services Held
James Ancle Fitzgerald, 42, native of Blooming Grove, died in Fort Worth Friday.
Funeral services were held at the Corley Chapel here Sunday with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; five sons, James C. Fitzgerald and Elmer C. Fitzgerald, both of Corsicana; Joseph Brown, Billy Brown and Robert Brown, all of Quinlan; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Fitzgerald, Dallas; five brothers, J. T. Fitzgerald, A. L. Fitzgerald, Charlie Joe Fitzgerald and Leslie Gene Fitzgerald, all of Dallas, and Bobby Earl Fitzgerald, Milwaukee, Wis.; four sisters, Mrs. Violet Burns and Mrs. Nora Armstrong, both of Dallas; Mrs. Nellie B. Sherrard, Corsicana, and Mrs. Allyne Hargrove, Cleburne.

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Thomas J. Fitzgerald
May 19, 1930  - Nov 1933

November 28, 1933
Thomas J. Fitzgerald, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Fitzgerald, died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Bonner at Navarro Tuesday morning. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. Surviving are the parents, a brother, R. L. Fitzgerald, a sister, Gadae Mae Fitzgerald, all of Corsicana; grandparents and other relatives.

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Thomas J. Fitzgerald
Mar 19, 1930 - Nov 28, 1933

LITTLE BOY DIED AT NAVARRO TODAY; BURIAL WEDNESDAY

Thomas J. Fitzgerald, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Fitzgerald, 1404 West Eleventh avenue, died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Bonner at Navarro Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock after a short illness. The funeral will be held sometime Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, R.L. Ritzgerald, a sister, Gadae Mae Fitzgerald, all of Corsicana; grandparents and other relatives.

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

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Dec 1, 1933
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Hugh Palmer
Feb 14, 1861 - Oct 30, 1894

October 10, 1894
KILLED IN HIS STORE
A Merchant at Frost Found with a Bullet Hole Through His Head
Corsicana, Tex., Oct 30. - Reliable news reached this city to-day from Frost that Mr. Hugh Palmer, a prominent young merchant of that city and a son of Dr. Palmer, was found dead in his store, having been shot through the head. The wound is said to be a frightful one and his brains were scattered about the floor. Sheriff Weaver was wired for, but too late to catch the morning train. He went up on this evening's train. At the latest reports no investigation had been made, but it is the general impression that Mr. Palmer had been murdered and that the object of the assassin was robbery. Sheriff Weaver in now on the ground and will make a thorough investigation.

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