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James K. Pittman
Abt. 1856 - June 8, 1908

June 8, 1908
Find Corsicana Citizen Dead in Bed
Special To The News
Corsicana, Tex., June 8. - J. K. Pittman, a veteran resident of Corsicana, was found dead in his bedroom at his home last night. He was a widower and his son and son's wife, who was living with him, were in Palestine on a visit.

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  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • James K. Pittman was the son of Isaac Bethual and Elizabeth Pittman. He was the husband of Minnie L. Johnston and the father of Vivian, Gentry and Francis Pittman; Gentry being the one mentioned in the above.

Lucian Albert Pinkston, III
Nov 16, 1927 - Mar 26, 1951

March 28, 1951
Rites Held for Student Killed in Car Accident
CORSICANA, Texas, March 28. Funeral services for Lucian Albert Pinkston Jr., 23, Corsicana, senior in the University Of Texas School Of Medicine in Galveston, were held Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Pinkston was killed Monday afternoon in an auto collision twenty miles north of Houston in the same accident that claimed the life of Miss Gloria Morris, 19, Houston, Southern Methodist University student.
Surviving Pinkston are his mother, Mrs. Ben Ellett, Dallas; father, L. A. Pinkston, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Folk, Odessa, and Miss Carolyn Pinkston, Corsicana, student in Texas Tech, Lubbock; grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. William T. Shell Sr., Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Clara B. (Hucherson) Pittman
Nov 30, 1872 - Oct 17, 1939

October 18, 1939
Mrs. Clara Pittman, 66, died at a hospital. Services were held at the Corley Funeral Chapel Wednesday. A native of Corsicana, she took an active part in civic affairs. Surviving are a son, Jester Pittman, Corsicana, and five daughters, Mrs. John Jones, San Francisco; Mrs. Harry Dominge, Trinity; Mrs. A. C. Choate, Corsicana; Mrs. C. W. Cardwell, Shamrock, and Mrs. W. C. Caldwell, Corsicana.

October 18, 1939
Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Pittman 66, native of Corsicana, who died at a local hospital were held Wednesday at the Corley chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving are a son, Jester Pittman, Corsicana, and five daughters, Mrs. John Jones, San Francisco; Mrs. Harry Dominge, Trinity; Mrs. A. C. Choate, Corsicana; Mrs. C. W. Cardwell, Shamrock, and Mrs. W. C. Caldwell, Corsicana.

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MRS. CLARA PITTMAN DIED TUESDAY; BE BURIED WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Clara Pittman, age 66, years, died at the P. and S. Hospital near noon Tuesday. Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Finis Hodge, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Pittman was a native of Corsicana and took an active part in civic affairs.

Surviving are one son, Jester Pittman, Corsican; five daughters, Mrs. John Jones, San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Harry Dominge, Trinity; Mrs. A. C. Choat, Corsicana; Mrs. C. W. Cardwell, Shamrock; Mrs. W. C. Caldwell, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. H. Patrick, L. C. Molloy, Roy Martin, Rube Bennett, H. G. Gribble, N. C. Crouch and C. E. McWilliams.

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J. M. Pierce
Died Jun. 1954

June 30, 1954
J. M. Pierce
CORSICANA, Texas - Rites for J. M. Pierce, 83, retired employee of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, who died here Sunday, were held at the McCammon Chapel Monday at 10 a.m. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Surviving are a son, M. C. Pierce of California, and several grandchildren.

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Dorothy Ann Pinson
Jul 10, 1932 - Dec 11, 1932

December 12, 1932
Drane Infant Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 17 - Dorothy Ann Pinson, 5-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Pinson of the Drane community, died Sunday night with pneumonia and the funeral services were held from the family residence Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Campbell Cemetery.

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D. C. Pinchbeck
abt 1888 - May 1947

May 21, 1947
D. C. Pinchbeck Buried
Funeral services for Dacus C. Pinchbeck, 59, who died Monday at Orange, were held here Tuesday. Survivors are his wife, Orange; a daughter, Mrs. O. J. Moore, Longview; four sisters, Mrs. S. P. Love and Mrs. Jim Taylor, Corsicana; Mrs. A. C. Johnson, Marshall; Mrs. Stacy Blackburn, Fort Worth, and a brother, G. T. Pinchbeck, Conroe.


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William Jones Pinkard
Jun 25, 1864 - Feb 24, 1933

February 24, 1933
W. J. Pinkard, 68, died at his home in the Richland community Friday after a short illness with pneumonia, and the funeral will probably be held Saturday. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Briggs, Waco; four sons, William Pinkard, Corsicana; Goldie Pinkard, Currie; W. B. Pinkard, Waco, and J. J. Pinkard, Illinois.

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Funeral Held For Richland Man On Saturday Afternoon

Funeral services for W. J. Pinkard, aged 68 years, who died at his home in the Richland community Friday morning at 10 o’clock following a short illness were held Saturday afternoon at the Richland cemetery where interment was made.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Briggs, Waco; four sons, William Pinkard, Corsicana; Goldie Pinkard, Currie; B. W. Pinkard, Waco; and J. J. Pinkard, Illinois.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, February 25, 1933
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Josephine L. “Josie” (Willard) Orand-Pinkard married Dec. 21, 1899 2nd wife Pearl Hence (Bankston) Pinkard married Feb. 5, 1922 s/o R. J. Pinkard and Sarah A. (Newman) Pinkard

Infant of W. E. Pinkston
Died Sep. 1914

September 29, 1914, Dallas, Texas
An infant of W. E. and Mary Pinkston, 4029 Junius street, died yesterday morning. The body was sent to Corsicana by Undertakers Ed C. Smith & Bro. last night.

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Nellie Elizabeth (VanHorn) Piper
Jul 15, 1869 - May 24, 1951

May 25, 1951, Dallas, Texas
Mrs. Nellie Piper, 88, Died at Corsicana
Mrs. Nellie Piper, 88, of Corsicana, died there Thursday, her nephew, R. E. Van Horn, 5459 Goodwin, has been notified.
Mrs. Piper was born and spent her entire life in Corsicana. Her husband, the late Alfred H. Piper, Corsicana businessman, died five years ago.
She also is survived by a son and by several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in Corsicana Friday with burial there.

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Services Friday For Mrs. Piper

Funeral services for Mrs. A. H. Piper, 82, who died Thursday morning in the IOOF Home in Ennis, were held Friday at 3:30 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Rites were conducted by Rev. S. R. Estes, pastor of Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Piper was a native of Corsicana, the former Nellie Van Horn, and resided here until 18 months ago, when she went to the Ennis home. She was a Presbyterian and Rebekah.

Surviving are a son, Derwent Piper, Kerrville; a granddaughter, Mrs. J. K. Colquit, Ozona; two great-grandsons, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Kate Piper, Corsicana; two nephews, a niece and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jack McDaniel, Billy Basham, Percy McKinney, Hayes Bonner, L. F. Flynn, Clarence Hodge and Lloyd Metcalf.

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J. D. Pipkin
abt 1856 - Mar 1930

March 21, 1930
J.D. Pipkin Dies
CORSICANA, Texas, March 21 - J. D. Pipkin, 74, father of Mrs. W. J. Lunn of Corsicana, died suddenly at his home in Portales, N. M., Thursday. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Lunn, Corsicana, and Mrs. R. J. Baugh, Rio Hondo, and three sons, Charles Pipkin, Portales, N. M.; William Pipkin, Los Angeles, Cal., and John Pipkins, Clovis, N. M.

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L. A. Pinkston
Died Dec. 1926

December 29, 1926
Attorney Conducts L. A. Pinkston Funeral
Funeral services were held Wednesday from the family home here for L. A.
Pinkston, 69 years old, long-time resident of Corsicana, who died in
Houston Tuesday morning. The services were conducted by El J. Gibson,
Corsicana attorney, and for many years a close personal friend and
neighbor of Mr. Pinkston. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mr. Pinkston came to Corsicana with the advent of the Cotton Belt
Railway in this territory. It is understood that he ran the first
passenger train on the Hillsboro branch as engineer and continued in
this capacity on this same run up until a few years ago, when he
retried.
He is survived by his wife and four sons, Nat Pinkston, local Cotton
Belt commercial agent; Tom Pinkston, connected with the oil business in
Fort Worth; Will Pinkston, attorney, Dallas; and Lucian Pinkston of
Houston.

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John Thomas "Jack" Brooks
Jul 1, 1895 - Jan 2, 1962

Notes: Obituary Moved to John Thomas Brooks Biography Page


Lalia Beulah Ann (Ray) Brooks
Sep 15, 1900 - Nov 1, 1972

FUNERAL FOR MRS BROOKS AT BARRY

Funeral rites for Mrs. Jack Brooks were Thursday afternoon at Barry United Methodist Church, with her former pastor, Rev Frank Williams officiating.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Brooks, 72, died early Wednesday at Memorial Hospital where she was taken after calling neighbors that she was ill.

A native of Mississippi, she had lived in Barry or Barry area for 50 years where she was active in church and civic affairs.  She was an artist in several phases of crafts, including ceramics, painting, knitting & sewing.  She was a member of Barry U. M. Church.

Her survivors are a son, Ray O. Brooks of Henderson; their daughters, Mrs. Tommye Hall of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Elvice Barr of Seattle, Wash. & Mrs. Vida Hughes of Dallas; 10 grandchildren, one great grandchild; a brother, James A. Ray of Mexia; two sisters, Mrs. Rosella Kirby & Mrs. Willie Mae Hukile of Hot Springs, Ark.; several nieces & nephews.

Casket Bearers were Marshall & Roy Massengale, Aubrey Marr, Rogers Johnson, James E. Watson & Henry R. Nicholson.

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A Memorial Record For the Friends and Relatives of Mrs. Jack Brooks
Passed Away:
November 1, 1972
Services:
First Methodist Church, Barry, Texas, Thursday, November 2, 1972, 2:00 PM
Officiating:
Rev. Frank Williams
Interment:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Pallbearers:
Henry Ray Nicholson, James Edwin Watson, Marshall Massengale, Roy Massengale, Roger Johnson, Aubrey Marr

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Social Security Death Index: Lalia Brooks, 460-76-4054; Sept 15, 1900; Nov 1972; RAD: 75102 Barry Navarro Co., TX
  • Cemetery Marker Photo

Anna Lee (Howell) Williams
Apr 5, 1956 - Dec 9, 2006

Anna Lee Williams

Anna Lee Williams, 50, of Richland passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at her home.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Eddie Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tim Graves, Shane Scruggs, Kelly Trull, Randy Koepp, Shawn Barton and Bandey Phillips.

Anna Lee Williams was born April 5, 1956 in Victoria to L.C. and Gladys Howell. She put herself through nursing school while raising five children. She received her RN degree and has spent her entire life taking care of others. Anna fought a short battle with cancer with a lot of courage.

She was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Benton; father, L.C. Howell; uncles, Charles W. Curbello, Joseph L. Curbello and Jasper R. Curbello, Jr.

Survivors include her mother, Gladys Howell; a loving companion, Paul Nail; four sons, Jeff Williams and wife Cindy and son David of West Monroe, La., Bobby Williams and wife Jona of Corsicana, Scotty Williams and wife Rebecca of Ft. Sill, Olka., and Roy Williams of Richland; two brothers, Lawrence Howell and wife Sheila, and John Howell and wife Deidie, all of Corsicana; grandsons, Michah McCullough and Jakob Williams; nieces, Shannon O’Neil and family, Tina Allen, Amanda Trull, Leila Howell, and Caitlin Schnarr; nephews, Lemuel Howell, Zachary Trowbridge, and Chance Miller; cousins, Debbie Watson and Cindy Miller; aunts and uncles, Virginia and Lydia Phelps, Nancy and Hal Toomey, Louise and Dub Walker, Gene and Dorothy Eichman, Gus and Zelma Curbello, and Ross and Shirley Curbello; several close friends, including Edwin Scruggs and family, Shane and Lisa Scruggs and family, and James and Chris Haley and family.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ben Gonzales Escamilla
Sep 28, 1928 - Dec 9, 2006

Ben Gonzales Escamilla, 78, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 in Corsicana.

A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home.

A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Danillo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Escamilla was born Sept. 28, 1928 in Fruitvale. He was a very loved father, brother and uncle and will be missed by all who loved him. He fought a long, courageous battle with his illness.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Siria De La Rosa; and brothers, Frank Escamilla and Abundio Escamilla.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Anita and David Pattee of Hawkins, Corina and Cirilo Martinez of Mesquite, Sylvia and Morriss Fergason of Rowlett, and Felicia and Daniel Sias of Mesquite; daughter, Sindy Escamilla of Mesquite; son and daughter-in-law Ben Mark and Michelle Escamilla of Mesquite; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Simon De La Rosa of Dallas, Faustino De La Rosa of Corsicana, Juan De La Rosa of Corsicana, Jessie De La Rosa of Dallas, and Pete De La Rosa of Dallas; sisters, Julie Garcia and Sundee Amador of Ennis; niece, Darlene Calderilla of Dallas, and by numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Ben Gonzales Escamilla obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


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BEN GONZALES ESCAMILLA

Mr. Ben Gonzales Escamilla,78, of Corsicna passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2006 in Corsicana. He was born on September 28, 1928 in Fruitvale, Texas.
He worked as a laborer in the construction industry for many years. He was a very loved Father, Brother, Uncle and will be missed by all who loved him. He fought a very long courageous battle with his illness.

Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2006 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family members.

Mr. Escamilla was preceded in death by his Mother, Siria De La Rosa, and Brothers, Frank & Abundio Escamilla.

He is survived by his Daughters & Sons-in-Law, Anita & David Pattee of Hawkins, TX, Corina & Cirilo Martinez of Mesquite, TX, Sindy Escamilla of Mesquite, TX, Sylvia & Morriss Fergason of Rowlett, TX., Felicia & Daniel Sias of Mesquite, TX., Son & Daughter-in-Law, Ben Mark & Michelle Escamilla of Mesquite, TX., Twelve Grandchildren, Brothers, Simon De La Rosa of Dallas, TX., Faustino De La Rosa of Corsicana, TX., Juan De La Rosa of Corsicana, TX., Jessie De La Rosa of Dallas, TX. and Pete De La Rosa of Dallas, TX., Sisters, Julie Garcia & Sundee Amador both of Ennis, TX., Niece, Darlene Calderilla of Dallas, TX. and numerous other Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

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Williard ‘Samp’ Long
May 31, 1920 - Dec 8, 2006

Willard ‘Samp’ Long, 86, of Athens passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Duncan officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Botie Hillhouse, Cody Clayburn, Chris Clayburn, Lee Long, Craig Henson and Ernest Wallace.

Mr. Long was born May 31, 1920 in Athens. He was a member of Baxter Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by wife Minnie Lee Long; daughters, Virginia Jones and Casara Jackson; parents, Ivey Lee and Lelah Long; and by six brothers and sisters.

Survivors include wife Sarah Long of Athens; daughters and sons-in-law Sarah and Kenny Clayburn of Mabank, Kay and Hubert Whittington of Tool, Mary and Debbs Hillhouse of Athens, and Margarette and Duane Buley of Corsicana; by sons and daughters-in-law, Willard and Wanda Long of Whitehouse, and Jerry and Julie Long of Louisville, Ky.; son David Long of Athens; sister, Daisy Dyess of Clute; brothers, Raymond L. (Preacher) Long of Mesquite, and Doc Long of Hubbard; 22 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mr. Willard "Samp" Long, age 86, of Athens, Texas, died Friday, December 8, 2006, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens, Texas He was a member of Baxter Baptist Church. He is survived by: His Wife-Sarah Long of Athens, TX, Daughter & Son-in-law-Sarah & Kenny Clayburn of Mabank, TX Daughter & Son-in-law-Kay & Hubert Whittington of Tool, TX Daughter & Son-in-law-Mary & Debbs Hillhouse of Athens, TX Son & Daughter-in-law-Willard & Wanda Long of Whitehouse, TX Daughter & Son-in-law-Margarette & Duane Buley of Corsicana, TX Son-David Long of Athens, TX Son & Daughter-in-law-Jerry & Julie Long of Louisville, KY Sister-Daisy Dyess of Clute, TX Brother-Raymond L. (Preacher) Long of Mesquite, TX Brother-Doc Long of Hubbard, TX Twenty Two Grandchildren Numerous Great & Great Great Grand Children Many Nieces & Nephews He was preceded in death by his Deceased Wife-Minnie Lee Long Deceased Daughter-Virginia Jones, Deceased Daughter-Casara Jackson Six Deceased Brothers and Sisters, Deceased Parents-Ivey Lee & Lelah Long Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, where the family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday, December 10, 2006. Funeral service will be at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 AM Monday, December 11, 2006 , Rev. Jim Duncan officiating. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas.


Allie Mae ‘Scooter’ Dodson
Feb 19, 1922 - Dec 8, 2006

Allie Mae ‘Scooter’ Dodson, 84, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 in Tyler.

Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating.

Mrs. Dodson was born Feb. 19, 1922 in Corsicana. She was a member of Eastern Star for over 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Shannon C. Dodson; a grandson, James Virgil Plummer; mother, Deei Tossie Whitehead.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Retha J. and Joseph Giannotti of Athens; grandson and wife, Martin Edward and Nicole Plummer of Vine Grove, Ky.; great grandson Thomas Plummer of Vine Grove, Ky.; nephew and wife, Neil and Janette Ivie of Corsicana; nieces, Ruth Park of Arlington, Loretta Sebesta of Freeport, Linda Miller of Angleton, and Barbara McKinney of Angleton.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Allie Mae "Scooter" Dodson, 84, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, December 8, 2006 in Tyler, Texas. She was born on February 19, 1922 in Corsicana, Texas. She was a homemaker, and faithful member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at the funeral home. Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2006 at the Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating.

Mrs. Dodson was preceded in death by her Husband, Shannon C. Dodson, Grandson, James Virgil Plummer, and Mother, Deei Tossie Whitehead.

She is survived by her Daughter & Son-in-Law, Retha & Joseph Giannotti of Athens, TX., Grandson & Wife, Martin Edward & Nicole Plummer of Vine Grove, KY, Great Grandsons, Christopher & Thomas Plummer of Vine Grove, KY., Nephew & Wife, Neil & Janette Ivie of Corsicana, TX., Nieces, Ruth Park of Arlington, TX., Loretta Sebesta of Freeport, TX, Linda Miller and Barbara McKinney both of Angleton, TX.

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Dorothy (Buck) Easterling-Edmiaston-McCulloch
Sep 7, 1926 - Dec 8, 2006

Dorothy McCulloch

Dorothy McCulloch, 80 of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2006 at Heritage Oaks.

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

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Green, Richie Buck, Terry Granger, Chris McCulloch, Tommy Oliphant and Clif Sykes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Janie Buck; a son, Don McCulloch; brothers, George Buck, O.C. (Orval) Buck, Irvine (Bud) Buck and J.L. (Johnny) Buck; a granddaughter, Carla Tuck.

Survivors include her husband, W.S. (Shirley) McCulloch; sons and daughters-in-law Chris and Tammie McCulloch of Mexia, and Jerry and Pam McCulloch of Midland; daughters, Donna Parsons, and Sherline and Scott Williams, all of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; aunt, Ruth Word of Altus, Okla.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Dorothy McCulloch

Dorothy McCulloch, resident of Corsicana, Texas, passed away Friday, December 8, 2006 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village at the age of 80 years. She was born on September 7, 1926 in Ada, Oklahoma to Thomas Henry Buck and Janie Herrington Buck. Mrs. McCulloch was preceded in death by her parent Thomas and Janie Buck. Son: Donald McCulloch. Brothers: George Buck, O.C. (Orval) Buck, Irvine (Bud) Buck, J.L. (Johnnie) Buck, and granddaughter Carla Tuck. Survivors include her husband: W.S. (Shirley) McCulloch. Sons and daughter-in-laws: Chris and Tammie McCulloch of Mexia, Tx., Jerry and Pam McCulloch of Midland, Tx. Daughters: Donna Parsons of Corsicana, Tx., Sherline and Scott Williams of Corsicana, Tx. Ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. Aunt: Ruth Word of Altus, Oklahoma. Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services are schedualed for Monday, December 11, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery in Silver City. Serving as pallbearers will be Johnny Green, Richie Buck, Terry Granger, Chris McCulloch, Tommy Oliphant, and Clif Sykes.


Helen Joyce (Dozier) Varnell
Sep 26, 1934 - Dec 7, 2006

Helen Joyce Varnell

Helen Joyce Varnell, 72, of Blooming Grove passed Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, at her residence.

Services will be 3 p.m. today at Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Speegle officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dale Lane, David Page, Craig Page, Kelly Page, Otis Beam and Tom Harrison.

Mrs. Varnell was born Sept. 26, 1934, in Lone Cedar. She attend the United Methodist Church, taught Sunday school for 31 years and was director of children’s department. She was the outstanding local ex-student for 2005. She was historian for the Blooming Grove Historical Society, treasurer for White Church Cemetery and Dresden Cemetery, and communications chairman for the Blooming Grove Ex-Students Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan Lester Dozier and Ruby Artimesa Collier Dozier; and grandchild, Robert Arnett.

Survivors include her husband, Quilla Van Varnell of Blooming Grove; children, Gail Turner and husband Marc of Streetman, Kenny Varnell and wife Susie of Tyler and Tracy Varnell of Tyler; grandchildren, Jamie and Christy Arnett of Whitehouse, Nicole and Jayme Ballard of Streetman, Brandon and Kim Varnell, Brian Varnell, Taylor Varnell and Benjamin Varnell, all of Tyler; great-grandchildren, Cheyanne Arnett and Kelcee Arnett, both of Whitehouse; and sister, Pat and husband Leon Montgomery of Richmond.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Helen Varnell

Helen Joyce Varnell, resident of Blooming Grove, Texas, passed away Thursday, December 7, 2006 at the age of 72 at her residence. She was born on September 26, 1934 in the Lone Cedar Community to Ivan Lester Dozier and Ruby Artimesa Collier Dozier. She attended the United Methodist Church where she tought Sunday school for 31 years and director of the childrens department. She was the 2005 outstanding local ex-student. She was the historian of the Blooming Grove Historical Society, Treasurer for White Church and Dresden Cemeteries. She also served as communications chairman for the Blooming Grove ex-students association. Mrs. Varnell was preceded in death by her parents Ivan Lester Dozier and Ruby Artimesa Collier Dozier and a grandchild Robert Arnett. Survivors include her husband Quilla Van Varnell of Blooming Grove. Children: Gail Turner and husband Marc of Streetman, Texas, Kenny Varnell and wife Susie of Tyler, Texas, and Tracy Varnell of Tyler, Texas. Grandchildren: Jamie and Christy Arnett of Whitehouse, Tx., Nicole and Jayme Ballard of Streetman, Tx., Brandon and Kim Varnell of Tyler,TX., Brian Varnell, Tatlor Varnell, and Benjamin Varnell all of Tyler, Tx. Great grandchildren: Cheyanne Arnett and Kelcee Arnett of Whitehouse, Tx. Sister; Pat Montgomery and husband Leon of Richmond, Texas. Visitation will be held Saturday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove. Services are schedualed for Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove with Rev. Jonathan Speegle officiating. Burial will follow ar Dresden Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dale Lane, David Page, Craig Pade, Kelly Page, Otis Beam, and Tom Harrison.


Johnnie Marie (Smith) Carroll
Jan 24, 1946 - Nov 30, 2006

Johnnie Marie Carroll

Johnnie Marie Carroll, 60, of Corsicana passed away Nov. 30, 2006 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Memorial COGIC with Pastor Clyde Chambers officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Mrs. Carroll was born Jan. 24, 1946 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by parents Luther Luster Smith and Fannie Mae George Smith; one daughter; and sister Delores Cook.

Survivors include devoted friend Adolphus Tarbutton; sisters Bettie Evans, Ruby Nolly and Margaret Ricard (Oliver), all of Corsicana; brothers Allen Giles (Artie) of Dallas and Luther Smith (Jearline) of Virginia Beach, Va.; aunt Margaret Floyd of Fort Worth; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Funeral Home.

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Nellie Marie Price
Jan 6, 1919 - Dec 6, 2006

Nellie Marie Price

Nellie Marie Price, 87, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at Heritage Oaks West.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Greg Stubbs, Trip Neal, Craig DeWees, Curtis Scott, Michael Cates and Joe Norwood.

Mrs. Price was born Jan. 6, 1919, in Kerens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Alvin Price; son, Alvin Price; son-in-law, Mickey Stubbs; great-grandson, Travis Cates; grandson-in-law, John Jones; brothers, Buddy Sullivan and Wayne Sullivan; and sisters, Jewel Middleton, Effie Dycus, Wilma Warren and Mary Edna Gober.

Survivors include her daughters, Betty Stubbs of Mexia, Martha Nulf and husband Larry of Garland, and Nita Norwood and husband Ronal of Corsicana; daughter-in-law and husband, Donette and Joe Hughes of Garland; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Sullivan and wife Vickie of Mexia; sister, Doris Ward of Mexia; sisters-in-law, Willadene West of Kerens and Ida Mae Gunn of Abilene; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


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Mrs. Nellie Marie Price, 87, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 in Corsicana. She was born on January 6, 1919 in Kerens, Texas.

She worked as a sales clerk in the clothing industry in Dallas, Texas for over forty years, and returned back to Navarro County after retirement. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2006 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m on Sunday, December 10, 2006 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Greg Stubbs, Trip Neal, Craig DeWees, Curtis Scott, Michael Cates, and Joe Norwood.

Mrs. Price was preceded in death by her Husband, Kenneth Alvin Price, Son, Alvin Price, Son-in-Law, Mickey Stubbs, Great Grandson, Travis Cates, Grandson-in-Law, John Jones, Parents, William Edward & Mozell Sullivan, Brothers, Buddy & Wayne Sullivan, Sisters, Jewel Middleton, Effie Dycus, Wilma Warren, and Mary Edna Gober.

She is survived by her Daughters & Sons-in-Law, Betty Stubbs of Mexia, TX., Martha & Larry Nulf of Garland, TX., Nita & Ronal Norwood of Corsicana, TX., Daughter-in-Law & Husband, Donette & Joe Hughes of Garland, TX., Fifteen Grandchildren, Seventeen Great Grandchildren, Brother & Sister-in-Law, Bill & Vickie Sullivan of Mexia, TX., Sister, Doris Ward of Mexia, TX., Sisters-in-Law, Willadene West of Kerens, TX. & Ida Mae Gunn of Abilene, TX., and numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

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Everett Bradshaw Jr.
Oct 25, 1929 - Dec 7, 2006

Everett Bradshaw Jr., 77, of Kennard passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, in Kennard.

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

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers and the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Bradshaw was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Muleshoe to Everett Bradshaw Sr. and Sara Lena Cates. He had lived in Kennard since 1996. He was a member of First Assembly of God of Crockett. He was a foreman for Southwestern Pipe with Brown and Root.

He was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Whitney Cole and Seth Cole.

Survivors include his wife, Georgie Bradshaw of College Station; son and daughter-in-law, Everett and Kathy Bradshaw of Elkhart; daughters, Paula Fay Johanson of Bryan-College Station and Kay and husband Larry Roy of Kennard; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Gene Arthur Bradshaw and Sam Bradshaw and wife Helen, all of Centerville.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Viviana Delaluz Diaz

Viviana Delaluz Diaz, 11 days old, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, in Corsicana. A rosary will be at 1 p.m. today at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel in Ennis. The graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ennis. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.

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Thomas Neil Wood
Apr 9, 1935 - Dec 7, 2006

Thomas Neil Wood, 71, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, in Dallas at the North Texas Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1935, in Frost and attended Corsicana schools, graduating from Baylor University with B.A. and M.A. degrees in history/government. After graduation from Baylor, he served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. During his working career he published an independent newspaper in Waco, announced for KAND radio in Corsicana, and was employed by Atlas Architectural Metals Inc. in Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville Thomas and Lois Gipson Wood.

He is survived by one sister, Gail and husband Olice Steward of Kerrville; brothers, John Gary Wood and wife Mary of Billings, Mont., and D. Dale Wood and wife Janee of Wimberley; uncle and aunt, David and Rose Gipson of Kerrville; aunt, Jerry Gipson of Abilene; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Thomas Neil Wood

Thomas Neil Wood, 71, of Corsicana passed away December 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas at the North Texas Veterens Administration Medical Center. He was born in Frost, Texas on April 9, 1935 and attended Corsicana Schools, graduating from Baylor University with a BA and MA degrees in History/Government. After graduating from Baylor he served in the United State Army and was stationed in Germany. During his working career he published an independent newspaper in Waco, announced for KAND radio in Corsicana and was employed with Atlas Architectural Metals Inc. in Corsicana. He was preceded in death by his parents Orvil Thomas and Lois Gipson Wood. He is survived by one sister Gail and husband Olice Steward on Kerrville, Tx.; brother John Gary Wood and wife Mary of Billings, Montana; and D. dale Wood and wife Janee of Wimberley; uncle and aunt David and Rose Gipson of Kerrville, Tx; aunt Jerry Gipson of Abilene; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A memorial service will be held at later date.


Louise (Blackwell) Dillow-Armistead
 Nov 20, 1919 - Nov 28, 2006

Louise Blackwell Dillow Armistead, born Nov. 20, 1919, passed away Nov. 28, 2006.

Louise was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, a published author and an accomplished artist, a social worker and a lifelong advocate for abused and adopted children. She was an exceptional woman who lived an exceptional life.

The daughter of James Edgar “J.E.” Blackwell and Bertha Roberson Blackwell, Louise was born in Eustace, Texas, in 1919, one of nine children in a family that was poor in money but rich in love and Christian faith. As a young girl she helped pick cotton on her father’s Navarro County tenant farm, and dreamed of painting pictures and writing books in big cities far away — dreams that eventually came true.

Louise attended grammar school in Roane and Tupelo and was class valedictorian at Corsicana High School, where she was a member of the debate team. During the Depression she became the first in her family to attend college after being accepted at Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, where she waited tables at the college dining hall to pay her tuition. She was elected president of the senior class and captain of the debate team.

After graduation in 1941 she briefly taught school before attending the University of Chicago to study social work. Returning to Texas she worked for Child Welfare Services in Corpus Christi and Midland. While in Midland she met Army Air Corps Lt. Troy Dillow, who was assigned to a nearby air base. After Troy returned from duty in Europe in World War II, they married on March 2, 1946. Troy returned to his pre-war job with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and the couple moved to Brownsville, Texas, where their sons Terry and Gordon were born. After Troy returned from service as a U.S. Army captain in the Korean War they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where their daughter, Annie, was born.

After moving to Minneapolis and later Silver Spring, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C., Louise worked for Lutheran Social Services, specializing in adoptions. At age 47 she earned her Master of Social Work degree from Howard University and became Chief of Child Welfare Services for Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1971 Troy and Louise moved to South Padre Island, Texas, where Louise was regional director for the state Child Protective Services.

After Troy’s death in 1980 Louise embarked on an active and productive retirement. She wrote a book, “Mrs. Blackwell’s Heart of Texas Cookbook,” based on her mother’s Depression era farm recipes, that was featured in People Magazine. She also painted in watercolor and other mediums. She traveled extensively, to Europe, China and Alaska. She later moved to Corsicana and married her former Corsicana High School debate coach, the late Andrew Armistead. She was a member of the Corsicana Art League, the YMCA and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

After Andy’s death in 1995 she moved to Tucson, Arizona, where her daughter Annie lives, and she continued to write, paint and travel. Just five weeks before her death Louise traveled back to Corsicana for a joyous family reunion at the Hickory Hollow home of Connie and Fred Lagomarsino with her two remaining sisters, Mildred “Millie” Merrill and Jennie Conner, and numerous other family members. Louise passed away in her sleep at Annie’s home on Nov. 28, at peace with herself and with the Lord.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, J. E. and Bertha Blackwell, and by her sisters, Inez, Norma, Deenie and Lena, and her brothers, J. E. Jr. (known as “Son”) and Bill, founder of Bill’s Fried Chicken in Corsicana. She is survived by her children, Annie Dillon, Gordon Dillow and Terry Dillow and his wife, Patty; by her grandchildren, Alex and Mikey Wapstra, and Jason, David, and Zachary Dillow and Erik Geiger; and by numerous family members and friends who loved her. Though they mourn her passing, they will always remember and celebrate her long and remarkable life.

A memorial service for Louise will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Louise will be buried Monday in Brownsville next to her late husband, Troy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name by calling the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345 or the Arthritis Foundation at www.arthritis.org.

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Hiram S. Brown
Feb 8, 1847 - Oct 23, 1925

Hirma Brown
Emhouse, Texas -- Last Friday morning the death angel visited this little town and took Grandpa Hiram Brown, who had been in ill health for several years. He had been confined to his bed only for a period of a few weeks before he succumbed to the fatal malady with which he had been so long afflicted.
Grandpa Brown was 86 years of age and had lived here and at Cryer Creek for many years. He was loved and respected by all who knew him as an honest Christian character.
There are left to mourn his loss his wife, four boys: Decatur (sic), Wallace, Jim and Ed Brown, all of this place; two daughters, Mrs. Jennie Collins of Cryer Creek and Mrs. Eula Melton of Corsicana, and also several grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held at the family residence at 2 o'clock Sunday with burial at the Cryer Creek Cemetery.

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In Loving Memory.
On Friday, October 23, 1925, just a short while after the sun had risen to light the world with its beauty and clothe the earth with its warmth, the cold hand of death came to the home of our aged father, H. S. Brown, and claimed him as its own and soared away with him to a home on high. He was contented with this world and all its beauty and wanted to stay on a while longer, for he knew it wasn’t age that was taking him away. He loved his family and friends and hated to leave them. Yes, the writer well remembers on one Sunday evening as some of his folks were leaving, he thought for the last time to see them, he walked his weak and helpless way in front of the coor and waved as long as he could see them and hallowed, “Good-by!”

That is a picture that is ever before us and so many other similar talks we can never forget, but alas, he had to go. He did not leave us without hope for he said all was well. He found the Lord precious to his never dying soul at the age if 25 and has been serving Him ever since and we feel that his last days were his sweetest as to his-going, for when he was conscious he was talking to the Lord continuously and asking His mercies. And we have the precious promise that where we ask, believing, it shall be granted and God’s promises are steadfast and sure.

He was born in Lauderdale county, Mississippi, February 8, 1847, and married to Miss Hassie Brown January 2, 1868. To this union ten children were born, seven of whom are living; three died in infancy. He professed faith in Christ in 1872 and United with the Missionary Baptist church at Friendship.

He and his family moved to Texas in 1889. He joined the Mt. Zion Baptist church at Cryer Creek, of which he was a member until death.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. G. H. Vaughn, assisted by Rev. C. R. Rhodes, at 2 o’clock, Saturday, Oct. 24, at the residence in Emhouse, after which his body was carried to the Cryer Creek Cemetery and laid to rest under a mound of beautiful flowers, which is a token of love and friendship and is more than appreciated by the family. There were so many kind deeds done during his illness and death that were appreciated more than words can tell, but you will ever be remembered by us.

He is survived by his wife and seven children, four boys, namely, Cader, Wallace, Jim, Edd, all of Emhouse, and three girls, Mrs. A. G. DuBose of Aspermont, Texas; Mrs. D. T. Collins of Cryer Creek; Mrs. K. E. Melton of Corsicana; one brother, Robert Brown of Madison, Miss., and a large number of grand children and friends.

Though he’s gone, yet memory lingers.
Thoughts of him each passing day,
And we hope some day to meet him
Where immortal spirits stay.

O, we miss him, yes we miss him,
Since his spirit soared away,
But in God we are trusting
And His will to obey.

(Written by his daughter, Mrs. D. T. Collins)

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, November 14, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Hassie Brown
Jul 29, 1849 - Jul 5, 1933

Mrs. Hassie Brown, age 83 years, wife of the late H.S. Brown, died at the home of her son, Ed Brown at Emhouse Monday morning at 8:20. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist Church in Emhouse and will be conducted by the Rev. J.F. Stanley. Burial will be in the Cryer Creek Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown had lived in the Emhouse Community 44 years and was well known over Navarro County.
Surviving are four sons, Ed Brown, Cader Brown, W.E. (Wallace Eugene) Brown, all of Emhouse, J.I. Brown of Roane; three daughters: (Jennie) Mrs. D.T. (Dozier Thornton) Collins; Barry, (Sarah Lelah) Mrs. A.G. DuBose, Aspermont; and Mrs. K.E. Melton, Rosser.
The funeral services will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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G. Cader Brown
abt 1869 - 1940

Funeral services for G.C. Brown, aged 71 years, who died Monday night, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Emhouse Baptist Church. Burial was in the Cryer Creek Cemetery. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Jack Goff, Baptist minister.
Surviving are two sons, Robbie D. Brown and Weldon Brown, both of Dallas; three brothers. E.F. Brown of Corbet, W.E. Brown of Emhouse, and J.I. Brown of Bagwell; three sisters, Mrs. D.T. Collins and Mrs. Eula Melton, both of Corsicana and Mrs. Lela DuBose, Ralls, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were William Ray, Lester Brown, Jack Abbey, Earl Brown, Travis Brown and Clifton Brown.
Corley Funeral home directed the arrangements.

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Dozier Thornton Collins
Nov 19, 1870 - Jul 11, 1937

Funeral services for D.T. Collins, aged 66 years, farmer and former Navarro County commissioner, who died at the Navarro Clinic Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock, were held Monday afternoon 3:30 o’clock from the First Baptist Church here with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E.T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist Church here and Rev. C.R. Rhoads, Cryer Creek Baptist minister.
Mr. Collins was a native of Mississippi, but had resided in Navarro County for a number of years. He served as county commissioner from Precinct 4 for six years Jan. 1, 1923 to Jan 1, 1929.
Surviving are his wife of Cryer Creek; a son, W. T. (Walter Thornton) Collins of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. W.M. Hurley, Corsicana, and Mrs. Otis Cole, Hubbard; several grandchildren, four brothers, Felix W. Collins, Rolls; T.N. Collins, Houston; Arthur Collins and Lawrence Collins, both of Ecru, Mississippi; and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Lee Davis, of Ecru, Miss., and other relatives.
He had been ill for several days.
Pallbearers were Terry Fluker, R.B. Martin, H.L. Boone, T.G. Keeling, B.F. Allen, Millard Fox.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
All departments of the NavarroCounty courthouse were closed Monday afternoon during the funeral hour, according to a resolution passed Monday morning by the Commissioner’s Court.

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D. T. COLLINS DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL SUNDAY MORNING
CRYER CREEK FARMER AND FORMER COUNTY COMMISSIONER BURIED MONDAY
Funeral services for D.T. Collins, aged 66 years, farmer of the Cryer Creek community and former Navarro county commissioner, who died at the Navarro Clinic Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock, were held Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the First Baptist church here with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E.T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church here, and Rev. C.R. Rhoads, Cryer Creek Baptist minister.
Mr. Collins was a native of Mississippi, but had resided in Navarro county for a number of years. He served as county commissioner from Precinct 4 for six years, Jan. 1, 1923, to Jan. 1, 1929.
Surviving are his wife, Cryer Creek; one son, W.T. Collins, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. w.M. Hurley, Corsicana, and Mrs. Otis Cole, Hubbard; several grandchildren, four brothers, Felix W. Collins, Rolls; T.N. Collins, Houston; Arthur Collins and Lawrence Collins, both of Ecru, Miss.; and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Lee Davis, Ecru, Miss., and other relatives.
He had been ill for several days.
Pallbearers were Terry Fluker, R.B. Martin, H.L. Boone, T.G. Keeling, B.F. Allen, Millard Fox.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
All departments of the Navarro county courthouse were closed Monday afternoon during the funeral hour, according to a resolution passed Monday morning by the commissioners' court.

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Thomas Murphy
Aug 23, 1932 - Nov 13, 2006

ALBUQUERQUE — Thomas L. Murphy, 74, died Nov. 13 in Albuquerque. He was born Aug. 23, 1932 in Corsicana, Texas. Remains will buried at sea in the Pacific Ocean. Murphy graduated from high school in Whitesboro, Texas in 1950. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps when he was 17 and was a veteran of the Korean War. During his 20-years in the Air Force he was stationed several places including the radar station at Continental Divide N.M. After retirement he received an AA from Grayson County College and a bachelor's and master's degree in Education from SE Oklahoma State University. He was a teacher at Tohatchi School, Aileen Roat Elementary and Stagecoach Elementary. He was involved with Scouts and Little League

Survivors include his wife Mary L. Murphy, of Albuquerque; sons, John C. Murphy of Pinehaven, Thomas L. Murphy of Mesa, Ariz., Vincent J. Murphy of Boston; daughters Colleen Tarket of Westminster, Colo., Jennifer E. Murphy-Dye, Teresa Dyer, both of Albuquerque, Rosalie Bergamo of Rio Rancho; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Murphy was preceded in death by his son Stephen Murphy; first wife, Genevie Imboden and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. McFatridge of Whitesboro, Texas.


Edith Carter
1908 - Nov 21, 2006

Edith Carter

Edith Carter passed away on November 21, 2006, in Vallejo, California at the age of 98, after a long full life. She was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1908 and later lived in Nederland, Texas for over 50 years. She moved to California in 1991 to be near her family. She was the loving wife of Romie Carter (deceased) for 50 years; loving mother of son, Gary Carter (Jenny); daughter, Roma Metz (George); devoted grandmother to Karen Metz Arrol (Keith), Pamela Henderson (Dave), Randy Carter (Julia), Rhonda Martin (Bob); and seven great-grandchildren; loving sister to Jerry Severe (Curtis). She was preceded in death by four siblings. She enjoyed family outings, gardening, sewing, and knitting. She continued knitting scarves for the homeless well into her 90's. She will be deeply missed. Visitation will be Thursday, November 30, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Nederland, Texas. Graveside Services will be Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County in Nederland, Texas, Rev. Dr. L. A. Richardson officiating.


Bob E. Blankenship
Jan 4, 1932 - Nov 9, 2006

Odessa Bob E. Blankenship, 74, of Paris died Thursday November 9, 2006 in Paris Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained earlier that morning in a bicycling accident. Bright-Holland Funeral Home will conduct graveside services at 3:00 PM Tuesday November 14th, in Rose Hill-Ector County Cemetery in Odessa. Rev. Ben Hubert, pastor of the First Christian Church, San Angelo, will officiate. The family will be at their residence.
Mr. Blankenship, a loving father, was born Jan. 4, 1932 in Corsicana, a son of Ollie and Marjorie Evalon Swearingen Blankenship. He attended public schools in Odessa, Odessa Jr. College, and the University of Texas. He married Beth Calloway on Dec. 21, 1950, in Odessa. She preceded him in death in 2000. On May 8, 2005 he married Linda Weatherall Hodges in San Angelo. They moved to Paris in October 2006.
He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Following discharge he served as county auditor for Tom Green County from May 1968 to May 1972. He owned a skating rink in Odessa for over 20 years until retiring. He did volunteer work at San Angelo Baptist Memorial’s Nursing Home and Retirement Center, and at an adult day care center. He also enjoyed singing at nursing homes and church. He was a pilot and loved to fly. His hobbies also included bicycling at which he rode 20 miles each day. He was a member of the First Christian Church of San Angelo.
Surviving are his wife, Linda, of Paris; two sons, Vince Blankenship of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Derek Blankenship and wife Denise of Cedar Hill, TX; a daughter, Karla Fletcher and husband Larry of Spring, Tx; four grandchildren, Jason Fletcher and wife Erin of Dallas, Miles Fletcher and Neely Fletcher, both of Spring, and Seth Blankenship and wife Mollie of Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Dan Blankenship, of Midland; stepchildren Jeanna McIntosh and husband Kirk of Mena, Ark., Kay Boutelle and husband Ron of Canyon Lake, TX; three step-grandchildren and one step-great-great grandson.
If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of your own choice.

Christian Nieto

Corsicana, TX - In Navarro County, a Grand Jury indicted Beverly Latimer, 53, on charges of capitol murder of a child under the age of 6 on Oct 26th.

The child, Christian Nieto, was a foster child in her custody who died on September 4th at her home in Corsicana. His death was due to head injuries. He was 16 months old.

Bond was set at $750,000.

Christian and his 3-year-old brother, Logan, were entrusted to an agency that had a lengthy recent history of placing children in dangerous or deadly foster homes. At least one child had previously died in their custody. They were removed from their parents for drug addiction.

The agency shuffled the boys through five foster homes in 7 months. The last move killed Christian.

The papers state that she may have just been overburdened, which left her unable to save him. She's being charged with a capital crime, however, his murder.

Beverly Latimer still sits in Navarro County jail. She was licensed through Mesa Family Services. Mesa is now on state probation and licensing officials have suspended placements. The state has moved to revoke their license.

The case spotlights the failures in the foster care system that occur when parties don't do their part for the protection of children. In this case, a child had to die for them to pay attention, as so often happens. The murder of children in care is often the spark that foster care reform needed before the child was placed in harm's way.

Problems with the system in Texas, as reported, are many and varied. Not enough foster contractors, too much privatization in foster care, more removals and a shortage of foster homes, and serious questions about the licensing process for foster contractors and potential foster parents. Many states repeatedly cite similar problems in the wake of a child's death. Reforms rarely work the way we would hope.

As for Christian's brother, Logan, he is back with his natural parents.


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