Apr 6, 1906 - Mar 5, 1983
Pauline Hoge, 83, of Waco, died March 5, 1990, at a Waco Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the
Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Forrest
Whitworth officiating. Connally-Compton Funeral Home is in charge of
She was born April 5, 1906, in Ada, Texas, and had lived in Waco for 48 years.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a beautician.
Survivors include one son, Jim Wayne Hoge of Dallas; two daughters, Martha L.
Bosse of Glendale, Ariz., and Billie S. Vandiver of Frost; 10 grandchildren; and
Charles Franklin Bowen
Jul 3, 1915 - Mar 5, 1990
Charles Franklin Bowen, 74, of Corsicana, died March 5, 1990, at Navarro
Services were 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Restland Wildwood Chapel. The Rev.
James Jones officiated. Entombment will be at Restland Memorial Park.
He was born July 3, 1915, in Mart, Texas. He was a manager for a steel warehouse
before he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Bowen of Corsicana; a daughter, Shirley
Cawthon of Duncanville; a son, William G. Bowen, of Lubbock; four grandchildren;
one great grandson; two brothers, J. E. Bowen, of Waco and C. L. Bowen of
Conroe; a sister, Margaret Lambert of Kerrville.
Arrangements were with Restland Funeral in Dallas.
JoAnn "Jodie" Hendrix
abt 1932 - May 30, 1996
JoAnn (Jodie) Hendrix
JoAnn (Jodie) Hendrix, 64, of Corsicana died May 30, 1996, at Columbia Navarro
Services will be held 10 a.m. today at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Troy
Brooks and Harold Scott officiating. Burial will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park under the
direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include Chris Cofer, Curt Barris, Ed Straubing, Don Cofer,
Marden Leonard, DeYo Leonard, and Joe Baumgartner.
Honorary pallbearers include Jessie Richards, Melvin Lynch, Virgil Scrimshire,
Bud Fitzgerald, Dave Burnett, and Paul Burnett.
Mrs. Mendrix was born June 4, 1931, in Ennis. She was a member of Emmanuel
Baptist Chruch. She also worked at State National Bank, National Bank, and
Corsicana national Bank.
Survivors include her husband Grady Hendrix of Corsicana; one son Evan Matthews
of Corsicana; one daughter and son-in-law Annette and Ed Straubing of Corsicana;
one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Don Cofer of Corsicana; three nieces,
Glenda Cousins, Paula Prewitt, and Celina Burris; one nephew, Chris Cofer; and
one great niece, Brandy Rylie.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Riley Eugene Fletcher
Nov 29, 1912 - Sep 2, 1998
Lt. Col. Riley Eugene Fletcher
Lt. Col. Riley Eugene Fletcher, 85, of Grandbury, passed away Wednesday, Sept.
2, 1998, in Grandbury.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Bill Honea
officiating, Interment will follow at
Fletcher was born in Eddy on Nov. 29, 1912. He was a retired lawyer, veteran of
World War II, and was a Lt. Col. in
the Army Reserves. He received his B.A. and his L.L.B. from Baylor University in
1950. He was a member of the Texas and American Bar Associations. He was a
former Navarro County attorney Assistant Attorney Genral where he was chief of
Law Enforcement and chief of the Tax Division, General Counsel for the Texas
Municiipal League, and Special Counsel until he retied in 1998.
Riley Eugene Fletcher is listed in Who's Who in Americana, Who's Who in the
American Law, Who's Who in the Southwest, and Who's Who in the World. He was a
mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Blackwell Fletcher.
Lt Col. Fletcher is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
1951 Corsicana City Directory: Fletcher, Riley J Rev. (Lelia E.) asst
pastor First Baptist Mission (608 E 2nd Av.)
1947 Corsicana City Directory, wife Lelia G. no occupation liste 706 W.
4th Ave also 1938, 1941 same as 1947.
Not in 1936 Corsicana City Directory
Men of Texas
Ellen Eliza (Stroder) White
Nov 4, 1881 - Apr 12, 1915
Died at Navarro
Mrs. Ellen White, wife of M. M. White, aged 35 years, died at Navarro today
after a brief illness, and the remains will be interred at
Hopewell cemetery tomorrow morning
at 10 o'clock.
The husband and four children survive.
Mrs. Ellen White, whose maiden name was Stroder, was born November 4, 1881, was
married to Marvin White December 17, 1903, died April 12, 1915.
Could she speak to us from the glory world we are sure she would say “not unto
me, but unto Jesus’ name be glory given, because He has prepared for me and
prepared me for this sweet, delightful home.” From a natural standpoint we view
her death untimely; from a spiritual standpoint, we view it as being in perfect
harmony with the will of Him who doeth all things well. How sad to see the
severing asunder of two lives so sweetly blended. How true it is that we can
never know the real value of our loved ones, until they are weighed in the
balances of death.
The subject of this sketch was born of noble parentage and spent her entire life
in this community. Her life to us was an open book and the record she left is
“better than pearly marble slabs, or shafts of flinty stone.” Her name was as
fair and radiant as the stars of heaven, her character as pure and as spotless
as the driven snow. She bore the cross and wore the crown of motherhood, and
that crown is studded with four bright and priceless little jewels. Thousands of
mothers have gone down in death, while bearing this cross, and we know of only
one death that is crowned with richer honors, and that is to die a martyr of
She was attended by as good a physician as ever fought with death, or watched
with anxiety at the bedside of a patient. She was tenderly nursed by those whom
one writer has been pleased to call “Earth’s Angels.” The day of her burial is a
sadly remembered day to us. The school was dismissed and every merchant in the
community was present. There was a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and
friends and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.
We quote from one who had lost a devoted companion and who gave vent to his
emotions in the following lines;
“I have not heard from her since she departed—
I almost wish there was a line that reached
From earth to Heaven, so that broken-hearted
Could daily hear the blissful tidings preached.
I wish that I could tell her of the kindness,
That is unto her little children shown—
They have found mothers, in this world of blindness,
Which were, as hitherto, to them unknown.
My heart is sad, while I am thus compiling,
To think of him—her little infant boy;
For other eyes shall see his lovely smiling,
Which would have woke in her a mother’s joy;
And other ears shall hear his childish prattle,
(And other eyes must weep when he is pale)
And other hands must train him for the battle,
That lies before him, in the mortal vale,
The place called home—oft have I turned toward it,
And took the midnight journey to be there;
But now, when shadows gather, I avoid it—
It’s loneliness is more than I can bear.
How sweet and calm must be her peaceful slumber,
Since she is done with earthly toils and fears;
How have I longed to join her happy number,
And rest with her beyond the vale of tears!”
This feeble tribute is written by request. May God sweetly reconcile each broken
heart, and enable it to say,
“Thy will be done.”
R. R. 4 ----------- Wm. L. PHILLIPS
Mrs. Ellen White, nee, Strouder, was born November 4, 1881, joined the Hopewell
Missionary Baptist church in early girlhood, was married to M. M. White December
17, 1903. To this union was born six children, two having preceded her to the
home beyond, Four little ones, a husband, two sisters and four brothers, besides
a host of friends are left to mourn her untimely demise, which occurred April
How often we are prone to wonder why death seeks a shining mark, taking for its
victim, those whom we think are best adapted to promote good in this world,
leaving those who seem to us as mere parasites on the commonwealth of humanity.
But human nature is incapable of understanding the will of God, and our eyes too
dim to discern the workings of Him whose wisdom is far superior to the very
height of our imaginations.
Death is but a passport from a world of sin, suffering and strife, to that
blessed home God has prepared for the inheritance of those who diligently seek
him and we should not grieve nor wish to call her back to suffer again the agony
of death, but subject ourselves to the holy mandates of God, for some sweet day
the veil that separates us from the unknown region shall be withdrawn and the
hope of time will then be a reality of eternity and we shall see God as He is,
understanding the mysteries that has never been solved by any carnal mind.
We would say to those that are bereaved, trust in Him who has promised never to
leave nor forsake us in an hour of trouble, and to comfort us in every time of
need. He is able to remove the burden and bind up the wounded hearts.
Mrs. White was a lovable character, having been endowed with charms that won for
her true admiration from her friends lasting devotion from her loved ones. It is
sad, indeed, to give her up, this loving mother and devoted wife, but we feel
safe in saying she was ready to go, for she had fulfilled her destiny here and
has gone to her reward waiting to welcome us on the other side, therefore, be it
Resolved, first, that we extend our heart-felt sympathy to the bereaved loved
ones in this hour of trouble.
Second, that the church has lost one of its truest Christians, the community a
true friend and neighbor, the home a devoted companion and loving mother.
Third, that we submit ourselves meekly to the holy will of God, who doeth all
things well, making no mistakes.
Fourth, that a copy of this report be spread on the minutes of our church record
and also one be sent to the Baptist Progress and Corsicana Light for publication
and one be furnished the family of the deceased sister.
MRS. T. S. SLATER,
MRS. E. H. HOWARD
John Henry Stroder
Dec 13, 1865 - Mar 16, 1908
Mr. John H. Stroder Dead
Mr. John Stroder died at his home at Re Sunday night at 4 o'clock, at the age
of 43 years. He had been sick a short time; had been takin sick with the measles
which later developed into pneumonia.
Mr. Stroder was one of the best known citizens of that section, and had been in
the mercantile business there for a great many years. His honest dealings and
frank manner had endeared him to everyone who knew him, and as a citizen and
business man he occupied first place in the hearts of all, and his smiling face
and charitable disposition will be missed by everyone, and his death has cast a
shadow of genuine sorrow over the homes of every family of that splendid
community of good citizens.
The funeral took place at 4 o'clock in the
Hopewell cemetery a short distance
below Re and the attendance was the largest in years. Church services were held
at the grave after which the Woodmen of the World took charge of the ceremonies
of which camp he was secretary. A large delegation from camp No 5. of this city
where in attendance besides a goodly number of other s from Corsicana.
At the conclusion of the services the grave was covered with floral wreaths,
of beautiful, artistic design, a last testimonial of the high esteem in which
the deceased was held by dear and good friends.
He leaves a wife and five children who have the sympathy of everyone in the hour
of their bereavement.
Corsicana Democrat and Truth
He appeared on the 1870 census in 1870 in Corsicana, Navarro County, TX.
4 yrs old
He appeared on the 1880 census in Navarro County, TX. age 14, born TX,
laborer, dad IL, mom MO
He was educated at business college in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX.
He appeared on the 1900 census on 11 Jun 1900 in Navarro County, TX. age
He owned general store, included drug store and post office in 1901 in
6 He worked as a postmaster in Re, Texas.
He was buried at the Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro, Navarro County, TX.
Woodmen of the World marker
Marker Photo [Close]
Jan 17, 1920 - Dec 21, 2007
Mrs. Alta Viola (Garner) Baldwin, 87, of Austin and formerly of Dawson, passed
away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 in Austin. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Wade
Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating.
Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery.
The family will receive friends before the services today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Baldwin was born Jan. 17, 1920 in Navarro County to James Oliver and Hauty
(Walker) Garner. Survivors include her son, Ralph Baldwin; granddaughters, Amber
Baldwin, Jennifer Bell, and Ashley Slaughter; grandsons, Frank Slaughter and Joe
Slaughter; 10 great grandchildren. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Willie Mae (Driver) Green
Sep 20, 1882 - Jan 15, 1969
Mrs. Willie Mae Green
Mrs. Willie Mae Green, 84, a native of Freestone County who had lived in
Corsicana the past 80 years, died Monday in Memorial Hospital here. Her
residence was at 909 W. 11th Ave. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Services are to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
the Rev. Robert J. Potts officiating. Interment will be in
Resthaven Memorial Park.
Surviving are two sons, W. D. (Dez) Green of Mexia and C. J. (Dime) Green of
Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Frances Hicks of Luling Mrs. Juanita Harvey of
Corsicana; one granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. Birdie Walker of Ontario, Calif;
and several nieces and nephews.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues Jan 7, 1969, Pg. 8
SSDI: Willie M Green; 20 Sep 1882 - 15 Jan 1969; 75110 Corsicana, TX
w/o James Robert Green married Jun. 3, 1900 d/o John Wesley Driver and
Sarah (Mostello) Driver buried in Oakwood cemetery
Aug 5, 1901 - Jan 7, 1969
W. C. Mahaley
W. C. Mahaley, 67, died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Rice.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home
Chapel. Interment will be in Rice Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. W. C. Mahaley of Rice; two sons, W. C. Mahaley Jr.
of Dallas; D. R. Mahaley of Desoto; and a brother, Orville Mahaley of Lubbock.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues Jan 7, 1969, Pg. 8
SSDI: William Mahaley; 05 Aug 1901; Jan 1969; 75155; Rice, Ellis Co., TX
TXDI: Mahaley, William Clarence; 01-07-1969; Navarro; Male
Annie (Halbert) Parr
Dec 30, 1874 - Jan 5, 1969
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Hillsboro at the First Methodist
Church for Mrs. J. K. Parr, Corsicana native, who had resided in Hillsboro for
Graveside rites and burial were to be held here at 3:45 p.m. at
Oakwood cemetery. Officiating were
the Rev. Paul Wiseman, pastor and the Rev. Carroll Fancher of Palestine.
Surviving are three daughters, two sins, seven grandchildren and a number of
great and great-great-grandchildren.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues Jan 7, 1969, Pg. 8
TXDI: Parr, Annie Halbert; 01-05-1969; Hill; Female
Sarah J. "Sallie" (Crawford) Fife
Feb 14, 1853 - Feb 11, 1936
AGED RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY WAS BURIED
Funeral services for Mrs. S. J. Fife, aged 83
years, who died in the P. and S. Hospital
Tuesday morning at 3:30 o’clock, were held from
the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral
Home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with
cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev.
W. R. Hal, pastor of the First Presbyterian
Ms. Fife had resided in Navarro county for the
past 55 years. Her home was three miles north of
Surviving are two nephews, Dan Meador and J. L.
Crawford, both of Lufkin.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Tuesday, February 11, 1936
- Submitted by
- w/o Robert Andrew Fife; d/o John P. Crawford & Margaret E. “Mollie”
- Not listed in the Oakwood Cemetery Book
Roberta (Fikes) Howell
abt 1890 - Jul 19, 1965
Mrs. Howell Rites Tuesday
Mrs. Bertie Howell, 75, of Mertens, died in Memorial Hospital Monday.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Mertins Baptist church
with burial in Richland cemetery in Mertens. The rites were conducted by Rev.
Joe Weldon, pastor of the Italy Central Baptist Church.
A native of Milam county, Mrs. Howell had resided in Mertens since 1928.
Surviving are a son, Edward Howell, Boosier City, La; five brothers, Coy Fikes,
Orange George Fikes, Italy, Bee Fikes, Cameron; Oscar Fikes, Sarggeant; and
Claude Fikes, Hollis, Okla., and a grandchild.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Sep 26, 1880 - Jul 17, 1965
Hold Services C. Y. McSpadden
Graveside services for Claude Younger McSpadden, 84, who died in Dallas
Saturday, were held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at
Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were
conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of Westminister Presbyterian church.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Nena Elliott, a nephew, Dr. Edward W. Elliott; two
nieces, Mrs. Neely G. Landrum all of Dallas, and Mrs. Ward L. Shaffer, Oklahoma
Pallbearers were Dr. Edwin W. Elliott, Dallas; William M. Elliott, Walter Lewis
and Walter Lewis Jr, all of Corsicana, David G. Elliott, Neely G. Landrum both
of Dallas; Dr. Ward L. Shaffer, Oklahoma City, and L. D. Parrish, Purdon. Corley
Mary Nunn Dockum
Oct 7, 1907 - Jul 16, 1989
Mary Nunn Dockum, 82, of Horizon City, died July 16, 1989.
Graveside services will be held in Corsicana at a later date. Harding Orr and
McDaniel Funeral Home of El Paso is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Oct 7, 1907, to Thomas W. and Louvenia Nunn in Magnolia, Ark. After
graduating from Texas Womans' College in Forth Worth she moved to Corsicana
where she taught music and English at the Texas State Orphans Home. It was there
that she met and married Mr. Dockum in 1934. After World War II, Mr. and Mrs.
Dockum settled in Lordsburg, N.M. where they jointly owned and operated the
Dockum Butane and Oil Company until retiring in 1974. During this time, Mrs.
Dockum became interested int he children of the Animas Valley and organized a
children's choir in connection with the Valley View Presbyterian Church that
received national recognition. In 1978, the family moved to Horizon City.
Survivors include her husband, Richard, a daughter, Lyn Reyna of Palo Alto,
Calif.; a son, R. Knute Dockum of Alamogordo, N.M.; two sisters; two grandsons;
and numerous nephews and nieces.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Mary N.
Dockum Memorial Music Scholarship Fund in care of N.M.S.U. Foundation, P.O. Box
3590, Las Cruces, N.M. 88003.
Robert Lee Smith
abt 1944 - Jul 7, 1989
Robert L. Smith
Robert Lee Smith, 45, of Fort Worth, died July 7, 1989, in Forth Worth
Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christland Baptist Church in Fort Worth with
the Rev. Robert Wingham officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. at
Woodland Cemetery with t he Rev.
Daniel Goodspeede officiating. Gregory Spencer Funeral Directors of Fort Worth
is in charge of arrangements. Ross & Johnson Mortuary is in charge of local
He graduated from G. W. Jackson High School in
Paul Quinn College in 1964, and was a member of Wesley Chapel C.M.E. Church in
Survivors include his mother, Ruby Smith of Corsicana; father Haywood Wingham of
Fort WOrth; one brother James Douglas Wingham of Forth Worth one
sister, Luberta Miller of Dallas and one grandchild.
Felix Willie Greer
Mar 26, 1922 - Jul 15, 1989
Felix W. Greer
Felix Willie Greer, 67, of Purdon, died July 15, 1989, at Baylor Hospital in
Mr. Greer's body will lie in state at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Sunday. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dickson Funeral Home in
Nashville, Tenn. Burial will be Harpeth Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lida Greer of Purdon; two sons, Robert Greer of
Corsicana; and and Walter Greer of Purdon; one daughter, Bonita Tidwell of
Dickson; two brothers, Carol Greer of Boulder, Colo., and Phillip Greer of
Nashville; three sisters, Viola Allen, Effie Lee Stephen and Ophia Hulan, all of
Nashville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Jul 16, 1989
TXDI: Greer, Felix Willie; 07-15-1989; Ellis Co. TX; Male
SSDI: Felix W. Greer; 26 Mar 1922; 15 Jul 1989; 76679 Purdon, Navarro
s/o William Andrew "Willie" Greer & Stella (Walker) Greer buried in Mount
Lebanon Cem., Dickson Co., TN
Oct 22, 1882 - Nov 11, 1959
Thursday Rites for Mrs. King
Funeral services for Mrs. A. W. King, 76, who died Wednesday morning were held
Thursday at 3 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.
Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church, officiated. Burial was in
the Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. King, of 410 North Fourteenth street, was the widow of the late Ab King of
She was a native of Alabama but had resided in Navarro County since childhood.
She had been a member of the Church of Christ for many years.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Andrew Jackson, Orange; two brothers, Allen
Breithaupt and J. A. Breithaupt Sr. both of Corsicana; and a number of nieces,
nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Glenn Bell, R. A. Perkins, C. A. Breithaupt, Jr., J. A.
Breithaupt Jr, Jim Johnston and Earl Wilson Breithaupt.
.Corsicana Semi Weekly Light; Nov 13, 1959
Wife of Albert W. King (Mar 17, 1874 - Jul 22, 1950)
Oakwood Cemetery; Row 13, Section B
Ella (Scott) Sanders
Mar 4, 1883 - Nov 10, 1959
Mrs. Sanders Dies Tuesday
FROST. Nov. 11 - (Spl.) - Mrs. Ella Scott Sanders, 76, died in Memorial
Hospital Tuesday morning following an extended illness. She was the wife of I.
A. Sanders, Frost.
Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church, of which she was a
member, Wednesday at 2 p.m.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Harold Thompson, pastor of the First
Methodist church. Burial will be in the
A native of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Sanders had resided here 57 years.
Surviving are her husband of Frost and one daughter, Mrs. Roland R. Sanders,
Pallbearers were Rex Patterson, E. M. Sheppard, Joe Parum, J. C. Young, Joe
Brown and J. O. Williams.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Ronald Dale York
1959 - Nov 1959
York Infant Rites Tuesday
Funeral services for Ronald Dale York, three-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.
O. York, Route 5, Petty's Chapel, who died in bed early Monday in the
family trailer home, were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Norman Ferguson, pastor of the North Side
Baptist church and Rev. Billy Burke, pastor of the West Side Baptist church.
Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, a brother, Thomas Odell York and grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. George L. York and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williams, all of Corsicana.
John Ward Crisp
Aug 16, 1889 - Jul 1977
Mr. John Ward Crisp, 89, of 1522 Wolfe City Drive will be held at
Coker-Matthews-Peters Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Today with the Rev. Ben Smith
officiating. Mr. Crisp died Wednesday at Citizens General Hospital. Pallbearers
will be James Marshall, Jerry Frederick, John Edwards, John Holland, Steve
Price, and Bobby Trad. Burial will be in Forest Park. Mr. Crisp was born in
Navarro County on August 16, 1889, to James S. Crisp and Ellen Butter Crisp. He
married Ola Marshall on July 18, 1933. He was a veteran of the Army and of
World War I. He was also a member of
the North Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife; and three sisters, Mrs.
J.M. Brooks of Decatur, Mrs. Mary Frederick of Grand Saline, and Mrs. Nella
Franklin of Decatur.---
W. W. Turner
W. W. Turner Dead
Our town was saddened Wednesday morning when news was received that one of
our best citizens, W. W. Turner, had died at the Providence Sanitarium in Waco,
after having gone there the evening before, for a stomach operation. The body
was brought to Dawson Wednesday night, and the funeral service held at the
Presbyterian Church Thursday afternoon.
Sarah Ann (Berry)
Nov 18, 1832 - Feb 3, 1919
Mrs. Sarah French, of several miles north of town, died Monday and was
Aunt Sarah (as she is familiarly known) had reached the ripe old age of 86
years, 8 months, and 15 days, she being born in Marshal Co. Ala., June 18th,
1832. On November 18, 1852 she was married to W. D. French and to the union was
ten children born, four girls and six boys, four of whom have proceeded her to a
Aunt Sarah was one of the oldest residents of this section, and has a host
of friends who are grimed to learn of her death.
West End News.
Well, Chats, once more I have sad news to tell you. On last Monday,
February 2nd, just as the clock tolled 11 a.m., God’s angels came
down and wafted the spirit of Aunt Sarah French to the heavenly land
where she will be allowed to praise God forever and ever. Aunt Sarah
was born in 1832. If she could have lived until her next
birthday—some time in June—she would have been 87 years of age. She
was married to W. D. French in 1852 back in North Alabama. W. D.
French, her aged husband, is just a few months older than Aunt
Sarah. She leaves an aged husband and six living children, 5 boys
and one girl, Rev. J. W. French, T. H. French, W. C. French, L. R.
French , G. W. French, all married and having families, and Miss
Jimmie French, who is not married and still lives at the old home.
The funeral and burial services were postponed until Wednesday, the
5th on account of the two boys, J. W. and T. H., who live in
Oklahoma. They telegraphed them to come. They got an answer from J.
W. the same day. He failed to come on account of sickness in his
family. They have failed to hear from T. H., but all the rest of the
children were present at the funeral and a large crowd of other
relatives and friends from the surrounding country. The funeral
services were conducted by Rev. Joe McCowen of Dawson, assisted by
Rev. Boulware, the pastor of our church. Brother McCowen served us
at Brushy as pastor 20 years ago and has been a favorite preacher of
Aunt Sarah since that time. Brother McCowen spoke lots of good words
in praise of Aunt Sarah and couldn’t say too much. I wish I had the
ability to say and write all that should be said in her praise, for
she hasn’t only been a mother for her own children, she has been a
mother for everybody that she came in contact with that was
distressed by sickness or any other trouble for 50 years. In fact
pretty near all her life she has visited the sick and administered
to their wants and close on to 60 years she has lived right here in
this part and for 50 years I have been here and never have I heard
aught spoken against this good old Mother of Israel; nothing but
praise, and I never heard nor heard of her speaking hard of any one.
Always ready to do and live right. Always spoke well of everybody or
did not speak at all. She was praised for being good and for being a
good housekeeper and for being one of the best cooks. I always liked
to eat Aunt Sarah’s cooking. So she will be missed at home and will
be missed by this whole surrounding country. But the Good Lord said,
by action that she had done enough on earth and he had need for her.
Now I am sure that after those past two years of suffering she is
now enjoying the fruits of her labor with the blessed, where there
will be no more suffering, no more tears and peace, love and
happiness reigns. Oh, how I wish that I could tell it all and give
justice to this good old saint in this write-up, but the lack of
space and the lack of words prevent this. I can only give a few
scattering hints in praising this good old soul, Aunt Sarah French,
that has all my life seemed like a mother to me, for I once had a
good mother, but God, in his goodness, called her to the Glory Land
when I was 8 years of age, but I can well remember that mother’s
love and I wasn’t long in finding out that my best friend was gone,
and as we weep and mourn over our loss of our mothers, we should be
willing to say, Lord, let they will be done, not ours. Aunt Sarah
joined the Methodist church when young and lived a devoted Christian
since. Although she had her burdens to bear, like other Christians,
but never complained, always going at her daily work singing some
good old hymn, such as “Children of Heavenly King,” and “Nearer My
God to Thee.” Old Uncle Buck French looked most pitiful, leaving the
cemetery for home by himself, after walking by the side of his dear
companion for over 60 years. But the heavier the cross the brighter
the crown The Lord’s will, not ours, be done.
February 10 -- UNCLE JOHN
Jesse Joseph Bautista
Sep 22, 1923 - Dec 23, 2007
Jesse Joseph Bautista, 84, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, December 23,
2007, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, after complications following
heart surgery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 6 to 7
p.m. at Griffin-Roughton with a rosary at 7 p.m. Memorial services will
be Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
in Corsicana. Jesse was born Sept. 22, 1923, in San Leandro, Calif. He
served in both WWII and the Korean wars and was honorably discharged as
a Second Lieutenant from the United States Army. Upon completion of his
bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University in
California, he began his career as a drug enforcement agent for the
federal government. After transferring to the Hawaiian Islands in 1955,
he met and married the love of his life, Amalia “Monie.” He was then
transferred to Houston, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Richardson, Texas and
finally El Paso where he retired at the age of 55. His retirement was
brief; he accepted a job with the State of Texas and then with the
University of Texas at El Paso as their Foreign Student Advisor. After
his retirement from UTEP, he took up golf so he could keep up with Monie.
When she died in 2001 he moved to Corsicana to be closer to his
children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Amalia “Monie” Bautista;
his daughter, Lorie McCurdy; and his two grandchildren, Theo and Amalia
Browett. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Dayle
Wetherell of Grapevine, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and
Frank Means of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Lana
Bautista of Plano, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Thea and Mark Pierce
of Austin, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Fran and John Browett of
London, England; son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Pam Bautista of
Hilton Head, South Carolina; daughter, Libby Bautista of Trophy Club,
Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Harri and Jim Baumann of El Paso, Texas;
and 12 grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew and Riley Bautista, Dylan, Addie
and Celeste Pierce, Octavia, Grace and Alicia Browett, Tyler, Nicholas
and Kathryn Bautista, and Cameron and Michael Luciano. He will always be
remembered as an outgoing, larger-than-life man, who loved Monie dearly
and took care of anyone in need. He certainly communicated his love for
his family and friends by doing things for them. He lived a full life
and he will continue to live on in our memory and eternally with our
Lord, Jesus Christ. If anyone wishes to memorialize Jesse please
consider the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana or a
charity of your own choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Jun 18, 1913 - Dec 30, 2007
Aileen Rogers Middleton passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. Her service
was Jan. 2, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with B. F. Risinger
Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons; Elliott Middleton Jr.,
Adam Buchwald, Andrew Buchwald, Matt Middleton, Yale Middleton, and
Parks Middleton. Aileen was born in Henderson on June 18, 1913, to Oscar
Scott and Clevie Jarrell Rogers. In 1934, she graduated with honors from
Baylor University with a degree in accounting. After her marriage to
Elliott Middleton in 1935, they lived in Corsicana except for a brief
time in Ft. Stockton, and several years away during World War II. In
Corsicana, Aileen volunteered for children’s Sunday school, Camp Fire
Girls, the American Cancer Society, and the Pink Ladies at Navarro
Hospital. Her role as homemaker was paramount in her life. She was
preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, C. Elliott Middleton; and
her brother, O. Scott Rogers of Houston. She is survived by Scott and
Susan Middleton of Corsicana, Mary and Larry Buchwald of Lawton, Okla.,
and Bill Middleton of Dallas; grandchildren, Elliott Middleton of Tyler,
Elaine Bartlett of Dallas, Andrea Trieschmann of Little Rock, Ark., Adam
Buchwald of Farwell, Sarah Buchwald of London, U.K., Andrew Buchwald of
Tulsa, Okla., and Matthew, Lauren, Yale and Parks Middleton of Dallas;
great grandchildren Hannah, Rachel, Abigail, Miriam, Elliott III, Lydia,
and Luke Middleton of Tyler; Severin and Reese Bartlett of Dallas; and
Max and Katharin Aileen Trieschmann of Little Rock, Ark. Aileen loved
her family, growing up in East Texas, playing bridge with friends, and
traveling with family and friends around the world and around the U.S.
Her legacy is a quiet sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of
others, a love of learning, and a love of family. She will continue to
be a model of dignity and courage as she graciously adapted to the
challenges of her life. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist
Church Children’s Scholarship Fund, The Hope Center, or a charity of the
donor’s choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
Notes: Published in the
Corsicana Daily Sun from 1/1/2008 - 1/2/2008
Aileen Rogers Middleton
Aileen Rogers Middleton, 94, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in
Corsicana. She was born June 18, 1913. She is survived by her children, Scott
and Susan Middleton of Corsicana, Mary and Larry Buchwald of Lawton, Okla., and
Bill Middleton of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Elliott
Middleton of Corsicana; and brother, O. Scott Rogers of Houston. Services will
be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with visitation following
the services. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Corsicana, The
Hope Center, or a charity of choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Lucille (Tipping) Ward-Lewis
Aug 5, 1910 - Dec 28, 2007
Bethel L. (Ward) Lewis
Bethel L. (Ward) Lewis, 97, of Corsicana, passed away Dec. 28, 2007 in
Corsicana. She was born Aug. 5, 1910 in Blooming Grove Texas to Tom and
Catherine Tipping. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in
Blooming Grove. She was a very special lady, who loved everyone, had a smile for
everyone and never saw a stranger and she will be greatly missed. Services will
be 1 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill
Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Roy Scoggins, Roy Glen
Scoggins, Roger Scoggins, Thomas Hester, James Fletcher and Herbie Fletcher.
Honorary pallbearers Donald Tipping, Doyle Tipping and Edward Brown. She is
preceded in death by infant son, parents, two sisters, brother and husbands. She
is survived by step sons J.D. and wife Chris Ward, and C. L. and wife Pat Ward;
step son-in-law Bill Sluder; brother Emory and wife Peggy Tipping of Dallas;
sister Vera Hester of Corsicana; niece and caregiver Laverne Scoggins; and
numerous nieces, nephews, step grandchildren, and step great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Corsicana.
Dec 4, 1921 - Dec 28, 2007
Ray Fowler passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at the age of 86. He was born
Dec. 4, 1921 in Hunt County to Joe and Josie Fowler, the youngest of seven
children. They moved to Ellis County when Ray was a young boy and lived in Ennis
and Bardwell before moving on to Chatfield in Navarro County where he grew up.
In 1941, he married Helen LaFayette and they had one son and two daughters. Ray
farmed until the late 1950s when he began construction work mostly in the
Arlington and Fort Worth areas. In 1983 he retired and moved back to Chatfield
where he enjoyed ranching for several years and moved to Ennis in 1995 where he
was residing at the time of his death. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Ennis for the last several years. Ray is
survived by his wife of over 66 years, Helen, of Ennis; two daughters and their
husbands, Becky and Bill Jones of Whitney and Vickie and Jim Henry of Ennis;
daughter-in-law, Polly Fowler of Mansfield; eight grandchildren, 12 great
grandchildren and several great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by his only son, Jack Fowler, in 1982; his parents;
three brothers, E. J. Fowler, Claude Fowler and Alton Fowler; three sisters,
Opal Steel, Floy Kirby and Lottie Chenault. Graveside services and interment
will be at 2 p.m. today at Resthaven
Memorial Park in Corsicana with the Rev. Kenny Cashion officiating.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Weldon Jones of McAllen, Jody Fowler of Cleburne
and Jason Buckley of Austin; granddaughters’ husbands, Wes Breazeale of San
Antonio, Kelly Clayton of Flower Mound; and honorary pallbearer Sgt. James
Hopkins, serving in Iraq. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary
Baptist Church in Ennis, or the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Jun 6, 1921 - Dec 28, 2007
James Vincent, 86 of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 in
Corsicana. He was born June 6, 1921 in Greenville, Ky. to Robert and
Sally Vincent. He was a resident of Heritage Oaks for the past year
where he had numerous friends. He served as deacon to First Baptist
Church of Eureka. He retired from L. Berman and Company in 1985 located
in Evansville, Ind. He was a member of North Park Baptist Church until
he moved to Corsicana. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will be held in Evansville,
Ind. next to his wife. He is preceded in death by Evelyn Vincent, his
wife of 66 years. He is survived by children, Lee Vincent and wife Ann
of Indianapolis, Ind., Vonda Vincent of Evansville, Ind., Maryline Mead
and husband David of Corsicana, Ted Vincent and wife Doris of Richland,
and Kay Osterman and husband Mark of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren
Jeff Vincent of Indianapolis, Ind., Greg Steinmetz of Los Angeles,
Calif., Tara Steinmetz of Evansville, Ind., Kristi Mead of Corsicana,
Mike Mead and wife Kelly of Indianapolis, Ind., Tasa Martinez and
husband Carl of Richland, Heather Feaqins and husband Chance of Athens,
Andrea Osterman of Evansville, Ind., Josh Osterman of Evansville, Ind.;
great grandchildren Jessica Mead, Alex Hueber, Tyler Mead, Zach
Martinez, Samantha Martinez, Trinity Martinez, Trent Feaqins, Trista
Feaqina, and Vaughn Ruppel; sisters Caroline West of Greenville, Ky. and
Opal Blake of Evansville, Ind. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Jul 27, 1917 - Dec 23, 2007
Gelene Spence McCraw
Mary Gelene Spence McCraw passed away Dec. 23, 2007 at the age of 90.
She was born in Raleigh, Texas to the late Reginald E. Spence and Mary
Ellen Graham Spence on July 27, 1917. Her mother passed away Feb. 16,
1918 when Gelene was 7 months old. In August 1919, her daddy married
Miss Georgia Griffin, who was a good and wonderful “mama” to her and her
sister Elvie. She was raised in Purdon and attended school in Purdon and
Corsicana. On June 9, 1934 she married William Alford McCraw. They were
married 64 years. They had two children, William Reginald McCraw and
Mary Margaret McCraw. They moved to Corpus Christi in 1953. Gelene was a
member of Second Baptist Church. She was a charter member of
Independence Chapter #1044, O.E.S., and served as Worthy Matron in 1970
and 1971. She retired from Sears, Roebuck and Company on Dec. 31, 1981.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alford McCraw in 1998; by her
parents and stepmother; and by three sisters, Elvie Oden of Corpus
Christi, Winifred Edith Jones of College Station, and Louise Binger of
San Antonio. She is survived by her two children, William Reginald
McCraw and wife Judy of Anderson, S.C., and Mary Margaret Hebert and
husband Harry of Corpus Christi; six grandchildren, William Glen McCraw,
Peggy Lynn Westhead, and Timothy Dean McCraw and wife Kim, all of
Anderson, S.C.; Arthur Randolph James II, Courtney Marie James and
Harold Dilger Jr. of Corpus Christi; and Mary Leslie Eller and husband
Mark of Aransas Pass; 11 great grandchildren, Stephanie McCraw, Taylor
Nicole and Nicholas Shawn Westhead, and Samantha, Ian and Julian McCraw
of Anderson, S.C.; Dylan, Brandon and Charles Dilger of Corpus Christi;
Mark Jr. and Damen Eller or Aransas Pass; nieces, nephews and many
friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. John M. McCullough, Dr. Jerome
Lee Sang, Dr. Jose Pujol and Dr. Michael Fields for their wonderful care
of their mom and grandmom. Also, thank you to everyone at Villa
Residential South, Dubois Hospital (LTAC) and Tri Sun Care Center on
Fortune Drive. Visitation will be 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, with the family
present to receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cage-Mills Funeral
Directors in Corpus Christi. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday
at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors. Serving as pallbearers will be Timothy
Dean McCraw, Arthur Randolph James II, Mark Eller, Harold Dilger Jr.,
Mark Eller Jr. and Damen Eller. Arrangements by Cage-Mills Funeral
Directors, Corpus Christi.
Virginia (Walls) Abraham
Dec 1, 1925 - Dec 24, 2007
Virginia Abraham, 82, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 in
Dallas. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at
Oakwood Cemetery with Brother Otis
Conner officiating. She was born in Sasakwa, Okla. on Dec. 1, 1925 to James
Hubert Walls and Jenny Green Walls. Virginia was a member of the Emhouse Baptist
Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Abraham Sr., and a son,
Marion Jones. Survivors include her children, Joyce Harris and her husband
Larry, Angela Moya and her husband Brick, and John Abraham Jr. and his wife
Deanna. Six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one great great
grandchild. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. ∞
Jul 11, 1917 - Dec 24, 2007
Frances A. Boatman, 90, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 in
Corsicana. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today in the chapel at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Brother Dan Rogers officiating. Burial will
follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chad Page, Brian Page, James Page, Jerod Welch, Shane Eudy,
and Blake DuBose. She was born on July 11, 1917 in Caddo, Okla. to Samuel
Blakney and Arvilla Samantha Ford Blakney. Frances was preceded in death by her
husband of 53 years, J.R. Boatman; daughter, Barbara Sue Lane of Frost; and son,
Melvin Gene Boatman of Blooming
Grove. Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Watkins and husband John; Linda
Preston and husband Richard; and Carol Lindsey and husband Bob, all of
Corsicana; son-in-law, William E. Lane of Frost; and daughter-in-law, Margie
Boatman of Blooming Grove; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and
great great grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
Jun 28, 1914 - Dec 23, 2007
Hill (Stevenson) Warren was born June 28, 1914, in Frost, to Thomas
William and Lessie Byrne Stevenson and passed away Sunday, Dec. 23,
2007, in Dawson. She was 93 years old. She was a graduate of Frost High
School and got her bachelor’s degree from North Texas State. She began
her teaching career in Rankin and also coached girls basketball there.
She taught in Irene and Itasca but spent the remaining years of teaching
in her “beloved” Frost Elementary School. She was a dedicated teacher
for over 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, George I.
“Buster” Warren; her parents; granddaughter, Traci; and seven brothers.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Newt Matthews;
a granddaughter, Tana, and a grandson and his wife, Kris and Kami
Matthews; great-grandsons, Tyler and Rylan, and great-granddaughters,
Aspen and Stormi Matthews; a sister and brother-in-law, Louise and
Tolbert Bain; sisters-in-law, Fannie Lee Dugan of Frost and Myradell
Knapp of Blooming Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a
member of Frost United Methodist Church and Lura Harrison Sunday School
Class. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Frost United Methodist
Church and burial will follow at
Frost Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church annex after the
service. Pallbearers will be nephews. She was loving “Mimi” to her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they were a delight to her. She
was a good friend to all, and she especially enjoyed her church family
and her domino buddies. She loved her family deeply and was a joy to
them. She always looked forward to the Stevenson reunions. Arrangements
by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Jun 24, 1921 - Dec 19, 2007
Mary Alice (Lyon) Hughes
Mary Alice (Lyon) Hughes, daughter of James Wilbur and Mary Elizabeth Holsey was
born June 24, 1921, in Corsicana. She passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at
Magnolia Square, Springfield, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; her
husband, Alton Maurice Hughes; a daughter, Mary Tene Kilpatrick; and two
brothers, James W. Holsey and Seton T. Holsey. Mary Alice is survived by her son,
James S. Young and his wife Dana of Springfield, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Jane
Holsey of San Antonio and Jimmie Lou Holsey of Center; son-in-law, Roger
Kilpatrick and his wife Linda of Ozark, Ala., stepson, John Hughes and his wife
Becky of Arlington; stepdaughter, Ginger Trent and her husband Harvey of
Glendale, Ariz.; and stepdaughter, Becky Cook of Springfield, Mo. Her
grandchildren filled her life with pride and joy. They are Donovan Kilpatrick
and his wife Lisa of Dothan, Ala., Wesley Kilpatrick and his wife Shan of Ozark,
Ala., Wendy Harrold and her husband John of Indianapolis, Ind., Kim Harmening of
Indianapolis, Ind., and Jonathan Young and his wife Rena of Chicago, Ill. There
are many great-grandchildren, who are not listed, but were loved just as much.
Some very special people are Berry Holsey (cousin but more like a brother) and
his wife Linda and son Lee Holsey Jr. of Crockett, and Willie B. Holsey (like a
sister) of Corsicana, along with other relatives and friends. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Corley Funeral Home. Service will
be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott
officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley
"Mattie" (Grady) Meador
Feb 18, 1859 - Dec 29, 1905
December 27, 1905
The Remains of Mrs. W. J. Meador who was
killed in Dallas last Saturday arrived here yesterday morning.
Interment took place here Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Meador was well and favorably known here,
having lived here most of her life.
She was a sister to Bob and Tom Grady of this
KILLS WIFE, SHOOTS HIMSELF
Mrs. W. J. Meador Is Dead and Her
Husband is Fatally Wounded.
Fight in a Room
At 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning Mrs. W.J. Meador was killed and her husband,
W.J. Meador, was fatally wounded.
For the purpose, he declared, of ending a series of domestic troubles, Meador
sent three bullets through the body of his wife and then holding the revolver to
his own breast fired a shot through his left lung.
Another shot was also fired, but went wide of its mark, passing through a window
of the room in which the shooting occurred.
The tragedy occurred at 207 North Akard street, the corner of Camp street and
the sound of the four shots soon attracted a large crowd of excited persons. The
police were notified without delay and the Chief Keith, Capt. Elmicke and
Patrolmen Ryan and Riddle hastened to the scene.
When they opened the door of the room they found the wife's dead body on the
bed. The husband had fallen to the floor and was gasping from his wounds.
Nearby was the revolver from which the shots had been fired.
The position of the woman's body and the scattered blood indicated that a
struggle had taken place. When the officers came in Meador was barely able to
talk. He made the following statement;
"This is the result of domestic troubles. She had threatened for three weeks to
kill me and came very near getting the pistol away from me just now. I shot her
three times and then shot myself. I had been here but three weeks and she had
been here about four months."
Three shots struck Mrs. Meador. One entered beneath the left arm and the other
passed through the heart. Death, it was declared, must have immediately followed
the second shot, but bloody marks on the woman's forehead and on the back of her
neck and her hands indicated that she had struggled after the first shot.
The couple came from Blooming Grove and the wife had been conducting a boarding
house. Meador was 53 years old and his wife 46 years of age. The surviving
children are L.E. Meador, aged 28 years; Nellie Meador, aged 13 years; Bruce
Meador, aged 8 years, and a 3-year-old boy.
Dec. 24, 1905
Nov 1880 - Jun 4, 1909
1907 - Jun. 4, 1909
1901 - Jun. 4, 1909
1896 - Jun. 4, 1909
THREE CHILDREN AND COMMITS SUICIDE
Corsicana Democrat and Truth - Thurs, June 10, 1909
Mrs. J. M. Green killed her three children at her home near Richland
Saturday morning about daylight. She had a few days previous filed a complaint
against her husband, an account of which appeared in Democrat and Truth of last
week, for abuse of the daughter. The matter was threshed out before the
grand jury and that body exonerated the husband of the crime of which he had
Friday night the husband went to his home with a neighbor and told his
wife that they cound not longer live together and that some arrangements would
have to be made for a division of the children and went back home with the
neighbor, spending the night with him, a neighbor of the Greens came over with
his wife and spent the night at the Green home with Mrs. Green and the children,
the neighbor and his wife occupying one bed in the same room, but across the
room from them. About daylight the visitors were startled by a child's shriek
and jumping from their bed they were confronted by Mrs. Green with a razor in
hand who told them she had cut the throats of her children and was going to kill
herself, and suiting deed to words it was done, and the man and his wife rushed
out of the room for assistance going to a near neighbor. When they arrived at
the house again the mother and children were all dead. A note was found on the
table in the room which bade good-bye to relatives of the dead woman, which is
supposed to have been written by the mother and the 13-year old daughter.
The unfortunate woman was 29 years of age and a daughter of J. D. Atchley who
lives near Cryer Creek in this country and had only lived near Richland since
last fall, coming from Alabama.
The bodies of the deceased mother and children were buried in the Richland
cemetery Saturday afternoon.
HORRIBLE DEED OF A MOTHER
MRS. J.M. GREEN OF RICHLAND KILLS HER THREE CHILDREN AND THEN SUICIDES
From Saturday’s Daily Sun
Mrs. J.M. Green living a half-mile east of Richland, at about dawn this morning
murdered her three children, Virgi, a girl, aged 13 years; Paul, a boy, aged
eight years, and Eldridge, another boy, aged two years, and then cut her own
throat with the same razor used in killing the children.
It will be remembered by the readers of the Sun that one day this week a man
named J.M. Green was brought to Corsicana from Richland charged with a criminal
assault upon his own thirteen-year-old daughter. The wife and the daughter came
on the same train that brought the accused here and were at once taken before
the grand jury. The jury made a thorough investigation of the case and the court
appointed two physicians to examine the complaining witness, and made the result
of the findings known to the court and the grand jury. After taking the
consideration the evidence of the girl and her mother and the findings of the
doctors the grand jury believed that no offense had been committed and returned
no bill against the accused. So, about 6 o’clock yesterday afternoon, J.M.
Green, the accused, was released from prison and returned to the neighborhood
where he had been living. Last night, accompanied by a neighbor named Smith,
Green called to see his wife and had a long talk with her, but returned to
Smith’s to spend the night.
A young man named James McNeill and his wife who are tenants on the same farm
with the Green family, were there to spend the night with them. Mrs. Green and
her three children were all sleeping on the same bed, and McNeill and his wife
occupied another bed in the same room. This morning about dawn Mrs. McNeill
heard an unusual noise in the room and getting up walked over to Mrs. Green’s
bed. Seeing all three of the children weltering in their blood, Mrs. McNeill
said to Mrs. Green, “You have murdered your children.” “Yes,” she replied, “and
I am going to kill myself.”
This startling discovery and Mrs. Green’s declaration to kill herself so
unnerved McNeill and his wife that they ran to the nearest neighbor and gave the
alarm. When others of the neighborhood heard of the tragedy they went to the
Green home, and there, lying on the same bed, was the mother and three children,
all weltering in their own blood, with their throats cut, and all dead, but none
of them cold. The daughter was on the backside of the bed and seemed to have
died without a struggle. The mother was stretched on the front of the bed and
the baby boy lay between her and the girl, while the older boy lay across the
foot of the bed.
A note was found in the room, which was apparently written in two different
hands. One of the writers said: “Good-bye, Grandma; good-bye Mattie. We didn’t
swear any lie before the grand jury.”
The other hand writing, which is supposed to be that of Mrs. Green, said
“Good-bye, ma. I do this because I cannot bear to give my children up.”
She then directs what to do with certain of her effects, etc.
People here from Richland today who heard the inquest before Judge Seely there
this morning say the people think the girl and her mother entered into an
agreement for the mother to kill them all after they fell asleep and then to end
her own life.
Four coffins were taken from here to Richland this morning by Mr. T.B. Skipper,
and it was thought by him that the woman and her three children would be buried
in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon.
The unfortunate woman was 29 years of age and the daughter of Joseph Atchley and
wife of the Cryer Creek country. The father came in from Cryer Creek this
morning in response to a telephone message from Mr. Skipper informing him of the
terrible tragedy, and went with Mr. Skipper to Richland on the 10:50 south bound
Parties here this morning say that the sight of the three murdered children and
their dead mother all on the same bed, with ghastly wounds at their throats, was
a horrible one indeed—one that no number of years will efface from the memory of
those who had the misfortune to see this heart-rending tragedy.
Mr. Atchley and his family moved to this county from North Alabama four or five
years ago, but his daughter and her family did not come until last fall, and
they had been living in the Richland country since that time.
Hon. Luther A. Johnson, Sheriff Clayton, County Attorney Knox and E.J. Gibson
went to the scene of the tragedy and returned at 2:30 this afternoon. Mr.
Johnson told a Sun representative soon after getting here that the coroner’s
verdict would say that the children came to their death as the result of razor
wounds inflicted by their mother, who afterward took her own life with the same
instrument. Mr. Johnson says that the eldest of the two boys was the last of the
children killed, as it was his cry that waked up the man O’Neill and his wife,
who were so frightened and horrified that they fled from the house in their
nightclothes when they saw what had been done.
Buried in One Grave.
Mrs. J. M. Green and her three children, an account of whose tragic deaths
appeared in the Sun of Saturday, were all buried in one grave in the
Richland cemetery Saturday night.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Monday, June 7, 1909
- w/o J. M. Green d/o Joseph D. Atchley & Manerva Jane (Martin)
Atchley buried in Dew cemetery, Freestone county, Texas
- Submitted by
Van Dyke Burns
Jul 2, 1883 - Sep 8, 1931
V. D. BURNS BURIED AT BLOOMING GROVE WEDNESDAY 4 P.M.
BLOOMING GROVE, Spt. 9. - (Spl) - Funeral services for V. D. Burns, age about 50
years, who was found hanging in a barn near his home here at noon Tuesday were
held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from his residence. The services were
conducted by Rev. W. T. Bouleware, Wortham; Rev. W. Z. Corbin and Rev. F. M. Noe,
both of Blooming Grove. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Gillean, Blooming Grove; Mrs.
Tom Tapp, Ava <??>; three brothers, Marvin Burns, Blooming Grove; Tom Burns
Tyler and Will Burns, Dallas.
Among the out-of-town friends who attended the V. D. Burns funeral were
Mrs. Jessie McCarty, Canyon; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Keen and W. L. Ford, Lubbock; Mrs.
Jess Hunter, Gladewater; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Gillen and Mrs. W. C. Gillen,
Lampasas; Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Berry, Mrs. F. H. Simpson, Mrs. M. E. Burns,
Dawson; T. J. Burns, Tyler; Mrs. Dallas Jones, Mrs. Laton Whitesides, of
Waxahachie; Miss Texora Pierce, and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Pierce, Breckenridge;
Rev. and Mrs. W. T. Bolenare, Wortham; W. H. Clark, Muskogee, Okla.; Mrs. Jim
Richards, Mrs. Newt Middlebrook, of Richland; J. V. Noble and R. E. Frederick,
John Henry Woolverton
Aug 31, 1911 - Jan 1, 1932
VICTIM OF AUTO ACCIDENT BURIED AT RICE FRIDAY
RICE, Jan. 4. - Funeral services for J. H. Wolverton, 20, who died in an Ennis
hospital early Friday morning from injuries received Christmas Day when a car
driven by two negroes collided with a car parked on the highway near Rice, were
held here Friday afternoon with interment in the
Rice Cemetery. John Smith also was
severely injured in the accident but was able to return to his home here.
Mr. Wolverton was born at Mabank but had resided here for the past eight years.
He was employed at the Earnest Boardman refinery two and one-half miles south of
The two negroes in the other car figuring in the accident are being held in jail
Surviving Mr. Wolverton are his wife, two daughters, Bobbie and Willie Jane,
parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Wolverton, two brothers, F. A. and Albert, Jr., and
a sister, Miss Velma Lee Wolverton, all of Rice.
May 30, 1911 - Jan 1, 2008
Lillie Bedford, 96, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 at
Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m.
Thursday at Eureka Cemetery
with Brother Bill Honea officiating. She was born on May 30, 1911 in
Eureka to Marion Thomas Andrews and Susie Ella Robinson Andrews. Lillie
was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Bedford; and a brother and
sister. Survivors include her step-son, Darrell Bedford of Dallas;
step-daughter, Fairy Bedford; a number of grandchildren and great
grandchildren; brother, Doyle Andrews of Corsicana; and a sister, Eda
McCaslin of Corsicana; a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Dec 26, 1914 - Dec 31, 2007
William “Gee” Holleman
William “Gee” Holleman, 93, of Eureka passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 at
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Sonny
Buie officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be James Marcum, Chuck Vick,
Les Cotten, Bill Johnson, Ricky
Steele and Richard Kelley.
He was born Dec. 26, 1914 in Bazette.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jodie and Sadie Holleman; sons, Tommy
Webber and Ronnie Webber Sr.; and by three sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Obal Holleman of Eureka; daughter-in-law, Patsy
Webber of Quitman; granddaughter and husband, Pamela and Jerry Glidewell of
Eureka; granddaughter, Deborah Gilpin of Winnsboro; very special great
grandchild, Lauren Glidewell of Eureka; nine other great grandchildren; four
great great grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.
David Earl Riley
Aug 19, 1950 - Jan 3, 2008
David Earl Riley
David Earl Riley of Blooming Grove, passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on
January 3, 2008. He was 57 years old. He was born on August 19, 1950 in Ennis,
Texas. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Melvin and Reba Riley of
Corsicana, Texas. Sister Darlene Barham of Blooming Grove, Brother and
Sister-in-law James E. and Maggie Riley of Corsicana, Brother Leon Riley of San
Augustine, Texas. And Numerous Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph A. and Ada Pearl Riley. His
brothers Thomas Eugene Riley, Charles Andrew Riley, Billy Joe Riley, J.W. Riley,
and his sisters Juanita Massey and Ethel Lee.
Nellie Lucille Beard
Jun 2, 1925 - Dec 30, 2007
Mrs. Nellie Lucille Beard, 82, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, December 30,
2007 in Corsicana. She was born on June 2, 1925 in Cooleemee, North Carolina.
Mrs. Beard was cremated and no services are planned at this time
Nov 7, 1943 - Dec 24, 2007
Lewis Daniel Brown, Jr. of Corsicana passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on
December 24, 2007.
He was born on November 7, 1943 in Longview, Texas. He formerly was an
owner/operator of a towing service prior to retirement.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at
Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. David McDaniel
Garland Dean Warren
Dec 17, 1939 - Dec 21, 2007
Mr. Garland Dean Warren of Streetman, Texas passed away on December 21, 2007 at
the Veteran's Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was 68 years old. He was born on
December 17, 1939 in Kerens, Texas to his parents Bill and Lilac Warren. He
served in the United States Navy from 1957 till 1960.
He is survived by his wife Linda Warren of Streetman, his daughter and
son-in-law Shelly and Rick Ferrell of Bell Buckle, TN, Stepson David Good of
Crandall, Stepson and wife Bert and Barbara Good of Kaufman, Sister and
brother-in-law Bonie and Joe Graves of Kerens, Brother Billy Warren of Kerens,
and five precious grandsons, Austin, Dawson, Dillon, Marshall, and Ethan.
Garland Dean Warren, 68, of Streetman passed away Friday, Dec.
21, 2007 in Temple. Graveside services are at 2 p.m. today at
Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral
Feb 24, 1933 - Dec 30, 2007
Funeral services for Antonio Medrano were held on Tuesday afternoon at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial was Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at
Mae (Holcomb) Bryant
Nov 19, 1923 - Dec 30, 2007
Mae Bryant, 84, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2007 at the Twilight Nursing
Home in Corsicana. She was born November 19, 1923 in Emmett, Texas to Alferd
Holcomb and Walsie Floyd Holcomb.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at the
Dresden Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. with
Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at the
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m.
She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews
Sep 18, 1972 - Dec 26, 2007
Salvador Iturbe Contreras
Salvador Iturbe Contreras, 35 of Corsicana, passed away December 26, 2007 at his
residence. He was born September 18, 1972 in Toluca Estado Mexico. Visitation
will be at his residence. Rosary will be 7 pm Sunday December 30, 2007 at
Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Services will be 10 am December 31, 2007 at Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church.
Raymond Lloyd Young
Oct 2, 1912 - Feb 27, 1978
"Services have been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday for
Raymond Lloyd Young, 65, of the Howard Community. He died Monday afternoon at
W.C. Tenery Community Hospital.
Born on Oct. 2, 1912 in the Slay Community near
Frost, Young came to Howard some 25 years ago. He was employed as a farmer and
was an Air Force veteran of World War II.
The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Young, he
married Oneita Maybin on Dec. 22, 1952, in Hillsboro.
Survivors include his wife: 2 brothers, F.M. Young of
Frost, and Travis Young of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Earleen Doyle, of Italy;
and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at
Rudolph-Snider Chapel of the Chimes with
Rev. James L. Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in
Waxahachie City Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home."
Submitted by Winnie Yandell
- TXDI: Young Raymond L 02-27-1978
- Son of Fenton Melvin Young Sr &
Mary Ethel (Moore) Young [bur at Frost Cem]
Services Held For Raymond Young
Funeral services for Raymond L. Young, 65, who was born in the Slay
Community near Frost, were held Wednesday, March 1, with burial in
the Waxahachie City Cemetery. He lived in Howard.
He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Young of Frost.
Survivors include his widow, Oneita Young; 2 brothers, F. M. Young of
Frost and Travis Young of Fort Worth; and a sister, Mrs. Earleen
Doyle of Italy.
"Ann" (Pierce) Colburn
July 24, 1936 - Jan 5, 2008
Elizabeth “Ann” Colburn, 71, of Pasadena passed away Saturday, Jan. 5,
2008.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral
Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at
Eureka Cemetery. She
was born July 24, 1936 in Fort Worth. She worked as a business partner
with her husband and a homemaker for her family. Ann was a loving and
devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and a great
teacher of life. She was a Christian with strong spiritual beliefs and
very devoted to Jesus and God. Ann was preceded in death by her parents,
Buck Pierce and Gladys Gregerson, and husband,
James C. Colburn. Ann is
survived by daughters, Vicki and her husband Bob Workman, and Kelli
Bill, all from Pasadena; sons, James Colburn II and his wife Michal, and
Aubry Cannon, all from Pasadena; grandchildren, Casi and her husband
Jason Lifshutz of Pasadena, Jennifer Workman of Sylacauga, Ala., James
Colburn III of Bethany, Kan., and Willie, Travis and Nicholas Colburn of
Pasadena; sisters, Carol and her husband Bill Scott, Barbara and her
husband Charles Malone, Wanda and her husband Travis Powel, Linda and
her husband Jimmy Gatlin, Bonnie and her husband David Luper, and Debbie
and her husband Alan Winette, all from Texas; and Nancy and her husband
Ken Tuggle of Tennessee; brothers, Hershel Pierce and his wife Betty,
James Pierce and his wife Carol, and Bud Pierce and his wife Dorothy,
all of Texas.
Aug 31, 1923 - Jan 6, 2008
Lucille Byrd Earley
Lucille Byrd Earley, 84, of Kerens passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, at her
home in Kerens. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at
Kerens Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Reese officiating and the Rev.
Lynette Solomon assisting. Graveside services will follow at
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. She was
born Aug. 31, 1923, in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Aubrey Earley; and son, Jerry Chandler. Fighting many health problems through the
years, she managed to be a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member
of the Kerens Presbyterian Church and touched the lives of many children by
teaching Sunday school for several years. Survivors include her daughters and
sons-in-law, Barbara and Brett Latta of Kerens and Peggy and Tommy Snell of
Lubbock; daughter-in-law, Patsy Chandler of Ferris; grandchildren, Greg and Desi
Snell of Spring Branch, Julie and Brian Werner of McKinney, Amy Snell of
Lubbock, Wendy and Jason Wheat of Hamlin, and Samantha and Dedric Hopkins of
Terrell; and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Byrd, Greg
Snell, Brian Werner, Mason Werner, Jason Wheat and Tommy Worley. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made to the Kerens Presbyterian Church, 301 S.W.
Third St., Kerens, TX 75144. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.
Savannah Danielle Haynes
Feb 5, 2007 - Jan 5, 2008
Savannah Danielle Haynes
Our sweet angel, Savannah Danielle Haynes, has gone to reside with the angels
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008.She was born Feb. 5, 2007 to Joe and Tina Haynes of
Corsicana. Graveside services were held today at
Birdston Cemetery in
Streetman. Savannah is survived by her parents, Joe and Tina Haynes; sister,
Cassie; brothers, Case and Jacob; grandparents, Terry and Carol Lewis, Joe and
Susie Haynes, and Carlos and Tama Zuniga; uncles and aunts, Valentin and Melody
Mosqueda, Joshua Annis, and Granny Capps; cousins, Carlos and Emily
Mosqueda. Savannah was met in Heaven by great grandparents, L.C. and Marie
Richardson, Babe and Ozelle Lewis, J.C. and Oweta Rankin, and Gentry and
Rosellen Haynes; uncles, Denver Poe, James Capps and Doyle Cameron. She was
loved by many friends and family. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Ruth (Young) Rubottom
May 16, 1916 - Jan 4, 2008
Ruth Young Rubottom
Billy Ruth Young Rubottom, 91, died on Jan. 4, 2008, in Austin. She and
her husband, Roy Richard Rubottom Jr., moved to Austin in 2006, after
more than 40 years in Dallas. She was born May 16, 1916, in Durant,
Okla., to Anna Eulalia Cox Young and Frank Richard Young, and when Billy
Ruth was 6, the family moved to Corsicana. Billy Ruth attended the
University of Texas at Austin, where she was president of her sorority,
Zeta Tau Alpha, in her junior year. On Dec. 23, 1938, she married Dick
Rubottom. During her husband’s naval career she lived in Manzanillo,
Mexico; and Ascunsion, Paraguay. During her husband’s foreign service
career, she lived in Bogota, Colombia; Madrid, Spain; Buenos Aires,
Argentina; Newport, R.I.; and Washington, D.C. During those years, she
was the quintessential foreign service spouse, and her husband
considered her intellectual, social and political contributions fully as
significant as his own. He always maintained that the United States
government got two diplomats for the price of one! In each city where
the family lived when the children were young, she organized activities,
including Sunday School classes at the Anglican Church in Madrid, and
the first Campfire Girls groups in Madrid. In 1965, Dick became vice
president of Southern Methodist University, and the Rubottoms moved to
Dallas. At SMU, Billy Ruth participated in faculty and staff functions.
She was active in the University Women’s Club. The Rubottoms were active
in Highland Park United Methodist Church, where they were faithful
members of the Mr. and Mrs. Class. In addition. Billy was instrumental
in the Bethlehem Center program, a member of the church board, and a
volunteer in the church’s archives and library programs. She was also
active in the Dallas Women of Rotary for many years. A skilled and
creative needlepointer, Billy Ruth also grew beautiful violets and
orchids. Bridge was another long and abiding passion of hers, and she
taught the game to her children and grandchildren. She remained close to
her four siblings and their spouses, who gathered annually for bridge
marathons, family reunions and holiday occasions. She and her husband
were avid travelers, who visited countless foreign countries. Billy Ruth
was comfortable in any social and political setting, from the head table
at the ambassador’s residence in Buenos Aires to the potluck barbecue at
the annual Young family reunion in Salado. She will be remembered by her
children as a loving mother, a firm believer in values and
responsibility, and a woman who presided over many family gatherings
filled with laughter and family lore. Her grandchildren will remember
her infectious laugh, and the way she looked beautiful every day. She
taught them that sometimes, when one is really happy, one cries. In the
words of Paul, they know she has, “Fallen asleep and will wake up in the
presence of the Lord.” She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Roy
Richard Rubottom Jr.; daughter, Eleanor Ann Odden of Madison, Wis.;
sons, Frank Richard Rubottom of Houston and John William Rubottom of
Austin; grandchildren, John “Jay” Rubottom of Arlington, Sarina Odden
Meyer of Pittsburgh, Pa., Robert Myung Soo Odden of Chicago, Ill., and
Taylor Elizabeth Rubottom of Austin; and newborn great-grandson Micah
Meyer of Pittsburgh, Pa., whom she was delighted to meet this past
September. She is also survived by her sister, Anna Mae Eliot of
Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Tillie Francis
Nagel and Mary Jo David; and her brother, Maurice Young. The family would
like to thank the entire staff at The Summit of Lakeway for their
professional and caring attention to our wife and mother. Condolences may
be sent to Dick Rubottom at 1915 Lohman’s Crossing Road, Austin, TX
78734. A memorial service in Austin will be held at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at
the Lakeway Church, 2203 Lakeway Blvd., Lakeway, TX 78734. In lieu of
flowers, memorials can be sent in her name to support the Rubottom
Foreign Service Scholarship at Southern Methodist University, designated
for an undergraduate female or male student planning to pursue a career
in international relations. (Mail to: SMU, Office of Development,
Attention: Gift Administration, P.O. Box 750402, Dallas, TX 75275-0402).
Bessie Ruth (Shoemaker) Calvert
Nov 22, 1906 - Jan 1, 2008
Bessie Ruth Calvert went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, in
Lampasas, at the age of 101 years. Mrs. Calvert was born Nov. 22, 1906, in
Buffalo, the second daughter of Charles Lafayette Shoemaker and Charity Anne
Phillips Shoemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years,
Clyde Calvert; children, Clyde Jr., Betty Hammock and James Charles; and
grandchildren, Brian and Rebecca Walters. Mrs. Calvert is survived by her
children, Billy Calvert (Nita) of College Station, Wendell Calvert (Beverly) of
San Antonio, Pam Calvert of San Antonio, and Kaye Walters of Lampasas; 13
grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and many
nieces and nephews. Mrs. Calvert was a housewife for many years and worked at the
Corsicana Cotton Mill for over 25 years. She was a longtime member of First
Baptist Church in Corsicana where she was a faithful children’s worker. Mrs.
Calvert was a caring, nurturing wife, mother and grandmother who will be fondly
remembered. Family visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Corley
Funeral Home. Services will be led by Mrs. Calvert’s great-grandson Tyler Doyle
immediately following the visitation in the Corley Funeral Chapel. Pallbearers
will be grandsons and great-grandsons. The family requests that in lieu of
flowers, donations be made to First Baptist Church in Corsicana or a favorite
charity. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Mary Frances (Steely) Cole
Mar 29,1916 - Jan 5, 2008
S. Cole, 91, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 in
Arlington. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Grove Hill
Funeral Home in Dallas. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grove Hill
Chapel. She was born March 29, 1916 in Corsicana, and spent most of her
adult life in Dallas. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Methodist
Church of Dallas. She will be missed by the S-Smile Circle group of St.
John’s and her walking group at Doctor’s Hospital. Mary was preceded in
death by her husband of 45 years, Louis Cole. Survivors include her sons,
Randal Cole and wife Erica, and Richard Cole and wife Norma;
grandchildren, Ashley, Jonathan, Carina, Rachel and Lauren; sister, Edna
Colburn; brothers, Tom Steely, O. C. “Bud” Steely; other relatives and
her many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
charity of choice. Arrangements by Grove Hill Funeral Home, 3920 Samuell
Jan 3, 1946 - Jan 1, 2008
Sandra L. Davis passed away at her home in Dawson on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. She
was born on Jan. 3, 1946, in West Palm Beach, Fla. She is survived by her son and
daughter-in-law Johnny Ray and Elanna Davis, son Donald Wayne Davis,
granddaughter Amber Davis, sister Margie Wright, and niece Karen Sue Sweeney,
all of Dawson; her half-sister and husband Patsy Jo and Ken Boyer of Dallas;
nieces Diane Houchins of Dallas and Brenda Houchins of Oklahoma City, Okla.;
sister-in-law Pat Davis of Waxahachie; and several great and great-great-nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Johnny L. Davis, parents
James and Viola Workman, and nephew Michael Dexter Houchins. A memorial service
will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at First Baptist Church in Dawson with
Brother Preston Cave officiating. Arrangements
by Corley Funeral Home.
Jul 28, 1926 - Jan 4, 2008
Madelyn O’Neal Hodge
Madelyn O’Neal Hodge passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 at her
residence in Eureka at the age of 81.Visitation will be held today from
6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be
held at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
with the Rev. Tom Connally and the Rev. David Ricker officiating.
Special music will be provided by Jimmie Ross Young, cousin of Mrs.
Hodge. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be
Bill Chandler, Larry Christie, Roger Hodge, Kenny Hodge, Richard Hodge,
Dallas Hodge, and Milton Dawson. She was born on July 28, 1926 in
Streetman. Mrs. Hodge worked at Navarro College from 1970 to 1988 in the
College Bookstore. She was a member of the Eureka United Methodist
Church and United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her
father, Coy R. O’Neal; mother, Bethel Marberry O’Neal; and sister, Betty
Ann O’Neal Hodge. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Henry R.
“Buck” Hodge; son and daughter-in-law, Coy and Brenda Hodge of Eureka;
daughter, Jo Hinshaw of Corsicana; grandson, Kevin Hinshaw of Corsicana;
nephews, Joe Kenneth Hodge of Arlington, Roger Hodge of Midlothian, and
Richard Hodge of Dallas; great nephews, Dallas Hodge of Midlothian and
Robert Hodge of Houston; great great nieces, Ava Hodge and Eleanor Hodge
of Midlothian; great great nephew, Jameson Hodge of Midlothian;
sister-in-law and husband, Ginger and Wayne Mayo of Richardson; number
of cousins and special friends. Friends desiring to make memorial
contributions may do so to Eureka United Methodist Church Lord’s Acre,
8644 South Highway 287, Corsicana, TX 75109, or the charity of their
choice. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Nov 27, 1940 - Jan 4, 2008
Friday morning, Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler,
Roy Martin departed from his life on earth and joined his Heavenly
Father. His final days and hours were spent surrounded by love with his
beloved family at his bedside. He was born on Nov. 27, 1940. In June
2002, Roy retired after devoting many years to his career with
Brookshire Grocery Company. Everyone who worked with him or for him
claimed that he was one of the best men they ever knew. He was known for
his kindness and honesty. His Christian service began as a Methodist and
continued as a member of Chandler First United Methodist Church. He was
a member of the Wesley-Fellowship Sunday School Class and looked forward
each Sunday to the lively discussions and Christian lessons shared with
a wide circle of friends. In 2004, Roy was diagnosed with Stage IV
Cancer. He had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. After learning that
the cancer had spread and all available conventional chemos had been
tried, he willingly entered into Phase I Clinical Trials, testing
medicines that had never before been used in humans. His attitude was
hopeful that it would help him, but if not, much needed data was being
gathered so that some day this terrible disease will be wiped out. Even
after some of the chemos tested had dire side effects for him, he
eagerly entered into trial after trial. Upon retirement, Roy and his wife
relocated to Chandler where they immediately became active in the God’s
Open Hands organization. Roy put to good use his many years of grocery
experience and devoted himself to helping the local GOH food pantry run
as smoothly and efficiently as possible, seeking to help those
individuals who found themselves in unfortunate circumstances and in
need of food. He took great pride in keeping the shelves stocked and
keeping everything, including the empty boxes, organized to utilize
their greatest potential. Throughout the many, many weeks of traveling
to Houston for chemotherapy, he planned those appointments so that he
would be back in Chandler in time for church and then to work at God’s
Open Hands. He handled many behind the scenes tasks, never seeking
credit for the many things he did. He also worked at the Keep Chandler
Beautiful Recycle Center taking regular shifts there until cancer
prevented him from doing so. Even after that, he made sure that all
discards from God’s Open Hands were recycled properly. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Services
will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Chandler First United
Methodist Church with Dr. Russ Munch officiating, assisted by Lt. Col.
James Griffin, the Rev. Linda Pinson, the Rev. Bob Nobles and Ken Reid.
Interment will follow in the Chandler Memorial Cemetery. Sons-in-law and
grandsons will be pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of
the Wesley-Fellowship Sunday School Class and God’s Open Hands
volunteers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Martin Sr. and
Louise White; his sister, Dolores Baumgartner; his brother, Ronald L.
Martin; and his mother-in-law and father in law, Opal and Ralph
Chaney. He was a loving husband of 48 1/2 years to his wife Pat. He was
Daddy to daughters and sons-in-law, Lee Ann and Phillip Bickham, Janet
and Brad Vanderford, and Suzan and Cody Shaw. The pride of his life were
his grandchildren, Briana Drake and her husband Paul, Tyler Rogers,
Kaylee Shaw, Brooke Bickham, Benton Bickham, Bradley Vanderford and
Lauren Vanderford. He is also survived by a multitude of friends. Friends
desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to either God’s Open
Hands, Chandler, TX 75758; or to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University
Drive, Tyler, TX 75701. Arrangements by Chandler Memorial Funeral Home,
Mary Kathryn (Averitt) Redden
Aug 15, 1923 - Jan 4, 2008
Mrs. Kathryn Redden, 84, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 in
Corsicana. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev.
Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. She
was born Aug. 15, 1923 in Corsicana. Mrs. Redden was a longtime member of
Emmanuel Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and was a member
of the choir. She was a homemaker and loved sewing handmade crafts. She was
preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Redden; infant son, Ricky Wayne Redden;
parents, Jesse W. and Mary Averitt; brother, Loyd Averitt; sister, Elaine
McNeill. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and James Gary
Pillans of Retreat; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Verlyn Redden of
Palestine; grandson, Dr. Justin Pillans of Corsicana; granddaughters, Karen and
husband Kyle Morales of Midlothian, Paige Redden of Conroe and Jody Redden of
Austin; great grandson, Nichols Dale of Conroe; step granddaughter and husband,
Kasey and Dustin Englehart of Colorado Springs, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews
and cousins. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2217 West Seventh
Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements
by Corley Funeral Home.
Edwina (Davis) Stipe
Jan 7, 1928 - Jan 2, 2008
(Davis) Stipe, 79, longtime resident of Delia, passed away Wednesday,
Jan. 2, 2008, at a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.
today at Prairie Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Sain
officiating. Interment will follow in
Dawson Cemetery. Mrs. Stipe was
born Jan. 7, 1928, in Waco to Felix and Cora (Edwards) Davis. She was
raised in Dawson and attended Dawson schools. Mrs. Stipe worked as city
secretary for the City of Coolidge and also at the Federal Land Bank in
Corsicana. She was a member of Prairie Hill Baptist Church and was one
of the founding members of the “Wings of Joy” singing group. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Carl Stipe in 1995; by an infant
daughter, Stacy Renee Stipe, in 1965; two brothers, Joe Guinn Davis and
Felix Earl Davis; and a sister, Elizabeth Davis Lucas. Mrs. Stipe is
survived by her son, Brian D. Stipe and wife, Julie, and two
grandchildren, Kathleen Stipe and Joshua Stipe, all of College
Station. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Bolen, Randy Bolen, Tracy Adler,
Kendall Adler, LeeRoy Hammons and Glendell Adler. Memorials may be made
to Wings of Joy, in care of Prairie Hill Baptist Church, 5152 N. FM 339,
Prairie Hill, TX 76678.Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
Floy (Banks) Butler
Aug 28, 1912 - Jan 4, 2008
A graveside memorial service for Floy Banks Butler will be held at noon
Saturday, Jan. 12, at the family plot in
Oakwood Cemetery in
Corsicana. The brief service will be largely music and scripture, at
Floy’s request, as provided by her family. The Rev. B. F. Risinger,
retired longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Corsicana, will assist.
Floy went to be with the Lord on Jan. 4, 2008, at age 95 in her home in
the Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston, where she had happily
resided the past 10 years. She was born Aug. 28, 1912, in rural Navarro
County east of Corsicana, the only child of Zach Banks and Beatrice
Conner Banks. Both predeceased her as did her husband of 39 years, Clark
E. Butler. She is survived by her only son, Jack Banks Butler and wife,
Sandra, of Houston; three grandsons, Brian Butler and wife, Laurie,
Kevin Butler and wife, Cynthia, and Daren Butler, a great-granddaughter,
Kayla Butler, and a great-grandson, Brandon Butler, all of Houston. She
is also survived by an aunt, Florence Conner, Houston, close cousins,
Tom Conner, Houston, Essie McElwrath, Lockhart, Mariella Stroud,
Corsicana, and a host of other relatives and friends. Raised in both
Powell and Corsicana, Floy graduated from Corsicana High School in 1929.
She then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public speaking from
Baylor University in 1933, at which time she was selected for the
school’s highest honor, Most Representative Girl. As a result of this
honor, a closely-knit group of Baylor friends formed a club called The
Green Alligators, and the group became lifelong devotees to Baylor and
to each other. Baylor presidents Herbert Reynolds and Robert Sloan later
honored the group for their longtime loyalty and support of Baylor and
her causes. Returning to Corsicana after Baylor, Floy was married to
Clark in 1937. First and foremost a dedicated homemaker and woman of
faith, her church and community activity became legendary. She taught
Sunday school classes of children through older adults at First Baptist,
Corsicana, gave countless devotionals, and served in numerous leadership
capacities in the church. In the community, public speaking, poetry
readings, and invocations for various groups around town were endless in
her daily schedule. She also served as president of many civic and
cultural clubs and as president of the parent-teacher organization in
each of the three public schools attended by her son, Jack. Floy also
was very musical and participated in many duo-piano presentations
through the years. In 1962 she earned her master’s degree from Baylor in
education and began a 14-year teaching career at Corsicana’s Drane
Middle School and Navarro College, where she taught speech and English.
For many years she served on the board of Central Texas Teachers Credit
Union in Corsicana. Floy seldom said no to using her God-given talents
whenever called upon over several decades, yet had the rare ability to
keep her total life in proper perspective. Widowed in 1976, she moved
then in 1982 to Bay City on her 70th birthday to be near Jack and his
family. There she taught a ladies Sunday school class at First Baptist
and shortly became president of the local hospital Pink Ladies
auxiliary. In 1987 she moved to Clear Lake City to be near Jack’s
family. There she taught Sunday school once again at University Baptist
and was instrumental in the establishment of the prayer ministry at that
church. In 1997 she moved to the Holly Hall Retirement Community near
the Medical Center in Houston, as Jack and his family moved into
Houston, and was a vibrant supporter and participant in the religious
activities at Holly Hall. She also became active at South Main Baptist,
as much as health permitted, and was a member there at her death. To all
who knew and loved her, she was the embodiment of an unconditionally
loving and caring heart, possessing an articulately inspiring gift with
words, both verbal and written, and constantly exhibiting a positive
Christian countenance of grace, steadfastness and authenticity. Floy
truly lived the quotation, “I shall not pass this way again. Any good
that I can do, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.”
The family expresses special appreciation to the entire staff at Holly
Hall, Houston Hospice, and Dr. Sarah Selleck at Baylor College of
Medicine, and suggests any remembrances be made to the Holly Hall
Retirement Community Foundation in Houston, Houston Hospice, Baylor
University’s George W. Truett Seminary in Waco, and First Baptist Church
in Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Feb 4, 1929 - Jan 14, 2008
Alfred Richard Schriefer, 78, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Jan. 14,
2008. He was born in Erie, Pa., on Feb. 4, 1929, to Alfred J. and Irene
Alfred graduated from the Cathedral Prep School of Erie, Pa., in 1947.
From 1950 to 1952 he served in the United States Army in Germany during
the Korean War. His career spanned
45 years as a manager for the telephone company. He retired in
Fairfield. He was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church in Corsicana where he served as lector and on the Parish Advisory
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home. A
rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home
Chapel. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating.
Surviving Alfred is his wife of 56 years, Dolores Little Schriefer; son
Mark A. Schriefer and children Erin, Eric and Sabrina; son Kurt
Schriefer and his wife Robin and children Ashley and Cullen; son Richard
Schriefer and his wife Laurel and child Sarah; daughter Amy and her
husband David Rose and children Kristen, Amanda, William, and Ali
Cunningham, and Jeremy, Travis and Cheyenne Rose; daughter Mary and her
husband Johnny Gorden and children Megan and Meredith; brothers-in-law
Anthony Little and his wife Sandee and Ronald Little and his wife Kathy,
all of Erie, Pa.; and a number of special nieces and nephews, all from
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Charlie M. Ellington
Jul 28, 1920 - Jan 12, 2008
Charlie M. Ellington, 87, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 12,
2008 in Hubbard.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral
Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the
Rev. Gene Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Bill Barber, Nelson Galaway, Wayne Moody, Curtis
Holt, Franklin Neal and Dick Singleton. Honorary pallbearer will be Bill
Olsen. Mr. Ellington was born July 28, 1920 near Eureka, Texas. He
finished high school at Mildred High School in 1939. He was in
WWII for three years and two
months and served in the Aleution Islands (ATTU-KISKA-ADAK), was also in
the South Pacific, and was wounded at Okinawa, then served two months of
occupational duty in Korea. He was a master plumber and owned and
operated Ellington Plumbing Company for 46 years. Mr. Ellington was a
charter member of Second Avenue Baptist Church and served as a deacon
since 1969. He was a master mason for 54 years and a member of the local
Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dharles H. and
Daisy Belle (McNeill) Ellington; brother, Ocie Needom “Happy” Ellington;
half-brothers, Clifton R. Ellington, Earl S. Ellington, Willis R. “Bob”
McNeill, Martin G. “Potts” McNeill, and Odom N. McNeill; half-sisters,
Verla M. (Ellington) Rogers, Aggie Belle (McNeill) Burns, and Verla L.
(McNeill) Singleton. Mr. Ellington is survived by his wife of 61 years,
Frances M. Ellington of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Ocie Wayne
and Joyce Ellington of Springdale, Ark. and Garry Neil and Joann
Ellington of Fischer, Texas; grandsons, Charls Ross Ellington of New
Braunfels, Texas and Gary Wayne Ellington of Springdale, Ark.;
granddaughter, Holly Shae Ellington of New Braunfels; one sister-in-law;
one cousin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley
Funeral Home. ∞
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