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William Curry Dobbs
Feb 15, 1921 - Oct 26, 1978

W. C. Dobbs
KERENS - Funeral  services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home for William Curry Dobbs, 56, who was killed in one-car accident Friday night at Prescott, Ark.
Burial was in the Kerens City Cemetery.
Authorities said that the northbound car he was driving missed a curve and slammed into an embankment outside of Willisville in Nevada County on Arkansas Highway 19.
A resident of Tool and a native of Kerens, he was a retired captain in the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
Survivors include three sons, William Dobbs, Jr., of California; Robert Dobbs and John Dobbs, both of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and one daughter, Ruth Taylor, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and six grandchildren.

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Holly Lynn Goodwin
Oct 27, 1978 - Oct 28, 1978

Holly Goodwin
KERENS - Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Kerens city Cemetery for Holly Lynn Goodwin, one day old, who died Saturday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
The Rev Van Houser officiated.
Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens was in charge of the services.
Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Goodwin of Kerens, one sister, Tanya Lynn Goodwin; and grandparents Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Goodwin, all of Kerens.

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John Ivey Morris
Feb 24, 1914 - Oct 25, 1978

John Morris
IRVING - Services for John Ivey Morris, a former Corsicana resident who had moved to Irving, were held Saturday at an Irving funeral home. Burial was in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Lina B. Morris of Irving; his stepson, Jeff Weaver of Irving; one daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Clark of Irving; three brothers, H. Weldon Morris of Garland; W. G. Morris and Jack Morris, both of Corsicana; three sisters, Irene Ethridge of Dallas; Julia Gowan and Zetta Morris, both of Corsicana; and by one granddaughter.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • TXDI: Morris John I; 10-25-1978 DALLAS Male
  • SSDI: JOHN MORRIS; 24 Feb 1914; Oct 1978; 75060 (Irving, Dallas, TX)

Orville Bradley Knowles
Oct 23, 1895 - Oct 28, 1978

Bradley Knowles
Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Midway Cemetery in Streetman for Bradley Knowles, 83, resident of of Streetman who died Saturday at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. O. E. Permenter officiated.
Masons were in charge of graveside services. He was a 50-year member of the Winkler Masonic Lodge No. 826.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Era Knowles of Streetman; three sons, Wayne Knowles of Coolidge; Boyd Knowles of San Antonio and Gene Knowles of Bryan; one daughter, Mrs. Christine Berryhill of Harlingen; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Laura Lewis of Streetman.
Pallbearers were Morris McCann, Homer Paul Bonner, R. P. Pillans, Arnold Lewis, L. T. McKissack, Marshall McCasland.
Griffin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Mary (Fountain) Jones
Dec 23, 1906 - Oct 28, 1978

Mrs. Jones
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Mary Fountain Jones, 71, who died Saturday afternoon.
The Rev. James Shuler officiated and burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.
She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. W. D. Fountain of Corsicana and the wife of the late Howell A. Jones. She was a member of the First Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Howell A. Jones, Jr., of Richardson; a daughter, Mrs. Jill See of Phoenix, Ariz; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were John Weiler, Elliot Johnston, Rufus Shell, Bob Lavender, Lee Fagg and J. C. Roe.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • SSDI: MARY JONES 23 Dec 1906 Oct 1978 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)
  • TXDI: Jones Mary F 10-28-1978 NAVARRO Female

Rudolph Tillie
Oct 13, 1918 - Oct 25, 1978

Rudolph Tillie
Wake services were at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary for Rudolph Tillie, 59, resident of Dallas and native of Navarro County, who died Wednesday at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary with the Rev. T. A. Turner officiating. Burial followed at Younger Chapel Cemetery in Purdon.
Survivors include two brothers, Ollie Tillie and Robert Tillie both of Dallas; five sisters, Mrs. Rosie Lee McDade of Corsicana. Mrs. Lovie Witherspoon and Mrs. Bessie Smith both of Dallas, Mrs. Ester Porter of Seymour and Mrs. Maudie Jewel Johnson of Jacksonville and other relatives.
Nephews were pallbearers.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • SSDI: RUDOLPH TILLIE 13 Oct 1918 Oct 1978 75216 (Dallas, Dallas, TX)
  • TXDI: Tillie Rudolph 10-25-1978 DALLAS M

Joseph W. Garland
Oct 20, 1880 - Oct 1978

J. W. Garland
Services were at 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Joseph W. Garland, 98, resident of Redding, Calif. and formerly of Richland, who died Monday in Redding.
He was born Oct 20, 1880 in Jewett and loved in California since 1942.
Survivors include two so9ns, Dr. Hugh Garland of Redding and Joe Garland of San Dimas Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Carl Frost, Ruben Griffin, Starley Chism, Vernon York, Neal Brown, and guy Lansford.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • SSDI: JOSEPH GARLAND 20 Oct 1880 Oct 1978 96001 (Redding, Shasta, CA) 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

Mercedese Green
Jan 3, 1922 - Oct 1978

Mrs. Green
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wilgo Baptist Church in Corsicana for Mrs. Mercedese Green, 56, who died at Baylor Hospital in Dallas Tuesday.
Burial was at Pleasant hall Cemetery in Winkler. Arrangements were with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.
She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie and Annie Mims. She was born Jan. 3, 1922.
She married J. B. Green in 1940  and was a member of Wilgo Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, J. B. Green of Corsicana; three sons, Douglas Green of Emory, Earl Green of Dallas and Curtis Green of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Ernie Le Burns of Houston, and Mrs. Grace Helen Tatum of Fairfield, 11 grandchildren, two brothers, Arron Mullens and Cicero Mullens, both of Dallas, a sister, Mrs. Hercules Thomas of Dallas and other relatives.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • TXDI: Green Mercedee 10-24-1978 DALLAS Female
  • SSDI: MERCEDESE GREEN 03 Jan 1922 Oct 1978 (not specified) 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

Roy Elmer Adams
Aug 7, 1908 - Oct 27, 1978

Elmer Adams
Services were at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Elmer Adams, 70, resident of Eureka, who died Friday in Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Jim Carraway officiated with burial following at Resthaven Memorial Park.
He was born Aug. 7, 1908 in Dawson, lived in Eureka 11 years, was in the grocery business in Eureka for several years, and a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Estelle Praytor Adams of Eureka; one son, Thomas Adams of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Lynn Easley of Corsicana; six grandchildren, one brother, Pete Adams of Purdon; one sister, and Mrs. Erma Lumis of Navarro.
Pallbearers were Gaylon Blackman, Clifton Griggs, Red Rutherford, Douglas Hodge, Paul Chandler, Otto Baker, Elmo Guerry, and Tiny Chew.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • TXDI: Adams, Roy E.; 10-27-1978; Navarro; Male
  • SSDI: ROY ADAMS 07 Aug 1908 Oct 1978 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

Nellie C. Hodge

Mrs. Hodge
Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Nellie Hodge, 90, resident of Eureka, who died Thursday in Twilight Home.
The Rev. Peyton Goodman and the Rev. Louis Wilkerson officiated, with burial following at Eureka Cemetery.
She was born Aug 16, 1888 in Georgia and lived in Eureka 80 years.
She was also a member of the Methodist church. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Hodge of Eureka; seven sons, Doug Hodge and Buck Hodge both of Eureka, J. Hodge of Tyler, Alton Hodge of Houston, Charles Hodge of Bremond, Arthur Lynn of Biola, Calif., Joe Hodge of Dallas, four daughters, Mrs. Audrey Chandler and Mrs. Mable Estes both of Eureka, Mrs Helen Lewis of Enterprise, Ala., and Mrs. Mary Nell Boyd of Cedar Ridge, Colo., 26 grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren.
Grandsons were pallbearers.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • NELLIE HODGE 16 Aug 1888 Oct 1978 (not specified) 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)
  • TXDI: Hodge Nellie C 10-26-1978 NAVARRO F

Juda Myrtle Chumney
Jan 7, 1893 - Oct 26, 1978

Mrs. Chumney
RICHLAND - Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Richland for Mrs. Juda Myrtle Chumney, 85, resident of Richland who died Thursday at Wortham Hospital.
The Rev. Bailey Duncan officiated, with burial following at Richland Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana officiated.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and lived in Richland most of her life.
Survivors include one son, Willard Chumney of Corsicana and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Oct 28, 1978
  • SSDI: JUDA CHUMNEY 07 Jan 1893 Oct 1978 76693 (Wortham, Freestone, TX)
  • TXDI: Chumney Juda M 10-26-1978 FREESTONE Female

Walter Kirke Steele

W. K. Steele
Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for W. Kirke Steele, 90, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Eugene Wood officiated with burial following at Oakwood Cemetery.
He was a native of Mexia and lived in Corsicana 68 years.
He was a telegrapher for the Southern Pacific Railroad  and had been with the railroad since 1910.
Survivors include his wife, a sister, Mrs. L. W. Adamson of Mexia; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Nephews were pallbearers.

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  • TXDI: Steele Walter K 10-24-1978 NAVARRO Male

Joseph F. Copeland
abt 1870 - Sep 1954

Joseph F. Copeland
Dallas Morning News, Sept. 19, 1954
Corsicana, Texas - J. F. Copeland, 84, retired farmer, died at his home here Friday. Funeral services will be held at the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Bruce C. Copeland and Raymond B. Copeland, both of Sherman; four daughters, Mrs. Lucille Brown, Mrs. Lela Boyte, Mrs. Lila Nugent and Mrs. Myrtle Snowden, all of Corsicana; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Jess Copeland of Waco, Fritz Copeland of Warren, Ark., and Lum Copeland of Oklahoma City, and a sister, Mrs. Jim Baker of Warren, Ark.

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Beverly Pearl (Caffy) Hanks
Dec 15, 1947 - Jan 18, 2008

Beverly Caffy Hanks 1/20/08

Beverly Caffy Hanks died at approximately 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the Navarro Regional Hospital.

Beverly was born Dec. 15, 1947 in Frost as the daughter of James David Caffy and Lucille Ballew Caffy.

Her family lived in the Western Navarro County community of Emmett as she matured and attended Frost ISD schools.

Beverly was an active student in activities and sports at Frost High School, graduating with various recognitions from her fellow students in 1966.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Beverly lived in Corsicana and worked at Hanks Insurance and Medical Arts Clinic. She was an active member of the Corsicana Country Club serving on the entertainment committee.

In 1975 Beverly moved with her daughter, Mandi, to Arlington where she became as instructor at Ogle's School for Hair Design. Later she was a hairdresser for Shelton's in Arlington before she moved to Dallas and joined the staff at Allan Stone Hair Salon.

In the late 90’s she became custom service manager for the Texas Room Store organization.

Beverly moved back to Corsicana in 1999 and lived in Corsicana the remainder of her life.

Beverly is survived by her daughter, Mandi; many cousins and countless good friends throughout Texas.

A memorial celebration of life for Beverly Hanks will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Emmett Church in the Emmett Community in Western Navarro County.

The family requests that any remembrances or memorials for Beverly should be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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George Ann (Knight) Long
Nov 5, 1943 - Jan 14, 2008

George Ann Long 1/20/08

George Ann Long, 64, of Arlington passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2008.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Forest Ridge Funeral Home in Hurst.

Memorials may be made to SPCA of Texas, Arlington; or American Cancer Society.

George Ann was born Nov. 5, 1943, to Walter V. and Margie Knight in Corsicana. She worked for TXI for over 39 years. She was a loyal person who loved dogs and crocheted the most beautiful baby blankets.

Survivors include Aunt Billie, Ray Don and Sue Ray, Uncle George W. Pope and Maxine and Bill, Cheryl, Janice; cousins, Nancy Markey, David Wafer and Cathy and Nancy A. Wafer, J. R. and Lisa Wafer, Justin and Erin; and a host of special friends and extended family members.

Arrangements by Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Hurst.

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Francis Max Watts
Jul 9, 1934 - Jan 18, 2008

Max Watts

Max Watts, 73, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett.

He was a resident of Frost. Max was born on July 9, 1934, to
Francis Marion and Clara Watts in Emmett. Max was a rancher by occupation.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Frost; three daughters, Stephanie Ebeling and her husband Mark of Cleburne, Debra Barnes and her husband David of Wortham, and Tammie Griffith and her husband Chuck of Norton, Kan.; sister, Frances Robinson and her husband Benny of Corsicana; grandchildren, Carl Woody, Brandy and Will Barnes, and Tol and Jacqualyn Cawley.

Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Grady Cashion and Lanny Sullins officiating. Interment will be in the Emmett Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Zelmo Davis, Bubba Hudgins, Danny Ray Jones, James Daniell, Kelly McCarty, James Parten, Jim Williams and James Woody. Honorary Pallbearers will be Wendell Schronk, Dr. J.D. Carroll, Dr. Howard Allen, Billy Dan Lindley, Dr. Carl McKenney, Sloan Williams, Raymond McGraw, Bob Massey, Jimmy Hoosier, David Sagebiel, Jerry Simon, Wayne Beason, Ron Thomas, Mike Cheatam and Jim Crupton.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

 


Wayman Carroll, Rev
Feb 12, 1899 - Jul 23, 1976

Rev. C Carroll
Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Luke A.M.E. Methodist Church in Waco for the Rev. Waymon Carroll, 77, pastor of Carroll Chapel Church in Richland, who died Monday in Waco.
He will lie in state at the Carroll Chapel Church in Richland at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will follow at Carroll Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include Mrs. Gaines Carroll of Waco; a son, two grandchildren, and two sisters.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Fri. July 23, 1976
  • SSDI: WAYMAN CARROLL 12 Feb 1899 Jul 1976 76704 (Waco, Mclennan, TX)
  • TXDI: Carroll Wayman M 07-19-1976 MC LENNAN M

Robert Lee "Sam" Anderson
Aug 2, 1940 - Jan 12, 1998

'Sam' Robert Lee Anderson
'Sam' Robert Lee Anderson, 57, of Kerens, died Monday, Jan. 12 1998, in Henderson County.
Services are 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Kerens, with Rev. W. C. Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Rome Cemetery.
Pallbearers are James Perry, Kelly Kilcrease, Sonny Goines, Terry Perry, Joe Baxter and Kenneth Cook. Honorary pallbearers are Kennth Anderson, Churk Armstrong, Michael Cote and Charles McCown.
Mr. Anderson was born in Cherokee County on Aug. 2, 1940. He was employed by Rocking T. Ranch located north of Kerens. He was manager for 27 years.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Ruth Anderson of Kerens; daughters, Vicki Cote and Cindell Armstrong, both of Corsicana; son Kenny Anderson of Massachusetts; sisters, Mary Blundell of Tyler, Sue Swindell of Whitehouse; brother, W. C. Anderson of Wascom; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Harold Wilburn Crouch
Sep 11, 1926 - Jan 12, 1998

Harold Wilburn Crouch
Harld Wilburn Crouch, 71, of Corsicana, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in Corsicana.
Memorial services are 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gaston T. Gooch Courtyard.
Visitation is today at the funeral home.
Mr. Crouch was born in Springfield, Ill. on Sept 11, 1926.
Mr. Crouch is survived by his cousins, Ken Davis of Aptos, Calif. and Bruce Davis of Dana Point, Calif.
Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Navarro College Scholarship Memorial Fund, Attn: Brenda Duncan, 3200 W. 7th Ave., Corsicana.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun. Jan 16, 1998
  • TXDI: Crouch, Harold Wilburn; 01-12-1998; Navarro; Male
  • SSDI: HAROLD W CROUCH 11 Sep 1926 12 Jan 1998 (V) 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

Earlene (Selby) Dockery
Oct 13, 1918 - Jan 14, 1998

Earlene Selby Dockery, 79, of Waxahachie, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, at Renfro Nursing Home in Waxahachie.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial  Park.
Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be friends and relatives of the family.
Mrs. Dockery was born in Lamar City on Oct. 13, 1918.
Mrs. Dockery in survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Edwin Lyon of Waxahachie; brother, Nolon Selby of Corsicana; and nieces, Linda Hardin and Kimberly Selby, both  of Corsicana. Mrs. Dockery was preceded in death by her brother, Wendell Selby.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gilbert Holman Sutherlin
Feb 1, 1908 - Jan 15, 1998

Gilbert Sutherlin
Gilbert Sutherlin, 89, of Corsicana, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at First Pentecostal Church of God, with Dr. Gary Johnson and Michael Bedard officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers are Jamil Johnson, Ralph Dudley, Jerry Miles, Paul Ferguson, Pete Coker and Norvil Coker. Honorary pallbearers are R. A. Ivie, Wren Bell and Joe Prnka.
Mr. Sutherlin was born in Payne Springs on Feb. 1, 1908.
Mr. Sutherlin is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sarah Sutherlin; son, Gilbert W. Sutherlin of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Wyvonne and Joe Ivie of Corsicana, Deloris and Glenn Prater of Angus; sisters, Arline McCrary of Dallas, Sue Phillips of Athens; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
Mr. Sutherlin was preceded in death by his grandson, Gilbert W. Sutherlin, Jr.; brother J. Q. Sutherlin; and sisters, Gladys Holt and Doris Culley.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sun. Jan 16, 1998
  • TXDI: Sutherlin, Gilbert Holman; 01-15-1998; Navarro; Male
  • SSDI: GILBERT H SUTHERLIN; 01 Feb 1908; 15 Jan 1998; 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

John Soloman Ross
abt 1875 - Nov 25, 1965

Hold Services For J. S. Ross
Funeral services for J. S. Ross, 90, retired farmer, who died at his home in Powell on Thursday, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Kerens cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the Hubbard Methodist church.
Ross had resided at Powell 45 years.
Surviving are his wife  of Powell; six sons, Calvin Ross, Kilgore; Pete Ross, Powell; Rufus and Yank Ross, both of Kerens; Morgan Ross, Houston, and Dick Ross, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. T. A. Phillips, Dallas; Mrs. Loyd McClain, Fort Worth; Mrs. Cecil Johnston and Mrs. Roy McCaslin, both of Kerens; 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Grandsons were pallbearsers.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Nov 30, 1965
  • TXDI: Ross, John Soloman; 11-25-1965; Navarro; Male

Clara Mae Arnold
Jul 10, 1905 - Jun 1, 1989

Clara Arnold
Clara Arnold, 83, of Corsicana, died June 1, 1989 in Lancaster.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Carl E. Savage will officiate. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She was born July 10, 1905 in Corsicana, and was a retired cotton mill employee.
Survivors include one son, Marion Arnold, of Lubbock; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

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Mable Melissa Gay
Apr 29, 1946 - Jun 4, 1989

Melissa Gay
Melissa Gay, 43, of Corsicana, died June 4, 1989, at her residence.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapter. The Rev. Michael Metcalfe will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
She was born April 29, 1946 in Montesello, Ark., and had lived in Corsicana for 14 years. She was a licensed vocational nurse and a member of the Episcopal Church.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Gay of Corsicana; two daughters, Andrea Werer and Machelle Brown, both of Corsicana; two granddaughters; parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Mabray, of Texarkana, Ark.
Pallbearers will be Carmack Watkins, Jerry Reeder, Ray Phillips, Dave Jenkins, Gene Cain and Steve Houser.

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Ola Josie (Dortch) Williams
Nov 1, 1902 - Jun 4, 1989

Ola J. Williams
Ola J. Williams, 86, of Corsicana, died June 4, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with the Rev. A. L. Cronk will [be] officiating. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 1, 1902 in Frost, and was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. She was a member of St. Lukes's United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Curtis E. Williams of Corsicana; three daughters, Peggy Garner of Corsicana, Clo Jean Fletcher of Midlothian and Louise Heiskell of Duncanville; two sons, Curtis Darrell Williams and Joe Ray Williams, both of Dallas; a sister, Ruth McNeil of Corsicana; two brothers, Havis Dortch, of Dallas, and Cecil Honea of Fort Worth; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

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Clyde C. Sullivan
May 26, 1903 - May 29, 1989

Clyde C. Sullivan
Clyde C. Sullivan, 86, of Rice died May 29, 1989, at his residence.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney and the Rev. Hrold  Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery.
He was born May 26, 1903, in Gilmer, Texas, and had lived in Rice for 10 years. He was a retired carpenter and painter.
He is survived by his wife, Geneva Sullivan of Rice; one daughter, Janice Keele of Houston; three granddaughters; one grandson; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, D. S. Sullivan of Louisiana, J. T. Sullivan of Cedar Creek, and Carson Sullivan of Rice; four sisters, Blen DeBose of Tulsa, Okla., Dorothy Lowe of Willis, and Nelda Harding and Weida Hartley, both of Rice; three step-children; and neices and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Norman O'Rear, Jimmie Clyde Parks, Cecil Joe Sullivan, Hamilton DuBose, James Hartley and Billy Sullivan.

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Tommy Ruby (McCarter) Poteet
Oct 9, 1921 - Jan 21, 2008

Tommie Ruby ‘Doll’ Poteet

Tommie Ruby “Doll” Poteet, 86, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Jan. 21, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born on Oct. 9, 1921, in Navarro, Texas.

She was a founding member of Westside Baptist Church, where she taught the Faithful Workers Sunday School Class for many years. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She was retired from Collin Street Bakery. She was an inspirational part of the family that will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney and the Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Weaver, Keith Weaver, Marshall Poteet, David Price, Harry Hunt and Darrell Capehart.

Mrs. Poteet was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Poteet; son, Tommie Laroy Poteet; parents, Fate and Dora McCarter; brothers, Harold, Charlie and Victor McCarter; and sisters, Rebecca Sullivan and Ida Weaver.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Janice Poteet of Chandler and Eddie Poteet of Austin; granddaughters, Jennifer Anne and husband Erik Hemingway of McKinney, Lauren Taylor Poteet of Austin, Melissa Michelle Poteet of Austin and Kimberly (Poteet) Ingersoll of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandson, William Shane Poteet of Houston; great-grandson, Zachary Ingersoll of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister, Geneva Hodge of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Edwardo Bonilla
Mar 10, 1941 - Jan 22, 2008

Edwardo Bonilla, 66, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born March 10, 1941, in Durango, Mexico, to Emeterio Bonilla and Genoveba Flores Bonilla.

Memorial service will be 5 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He is survived by his sons, Oscar Bonilla and Manuel Bonilla, both of Corsicana; daughters, Hortensia Bonilla, Delia Gallgos and Hilda Reynoso, all of Corsicana, Elva Moreno and Aracely Lopez of Mexico; one brother, three sisters and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Edith Catherine (Davidson) Bridger
Dec 14, 1919 - Jan 22, 2008

Edith Catherine Bridger

Edith Catherine Bridger, 88, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Brandon to David Henry and Jessie Berryman Davidson.

She is survived by her children, Jessie Adams of Keno, Ore., Bill Bridger of Corsicana and Nancy Barton of Corsicana; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her children, Cathy Walker, Carl Jr. and Gordon Bridger.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will be at 1 p.m. at Coon Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Faye (Colvin) Howell
Jan 28, 1922 - Jan 20, 2008

Faye Howell

Faye Howell, 85, of Kerens passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at her residence.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Paschal Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at Kerens First Baptist Church with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.

She was born Jan. 28, 1922 in Bazette. Mrs. Howell was a spirited woman whose formative years were shaped by the Great Depression. She was especially grateful the for the 59 years she and her husband, L.B., were able to spend together. Faye was a firm believer in education and instilled that in her three children, who all obtained college degrees. She was a wonderful wife and mother who had a deep and abiding love for her family. She possessed a sharp mind and quick wit and will long be remembered as the domino champion. Faye had a life-long belief and trust in God and, on her last day on Earth, told those in attendance that she was ready to go to heaven and be with her husband. She was a steadfast and loyal friend and was a blessing to all those that knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband L.B. Howell in October 2000.

Mrs. Howell is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Peggy Howell of Arlington and Gary and Ann Howell of Tyler; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Gail and Dale Holland of Southlake; three grandsons, Brad Sykora of Arlington, Pete Howell of Grand Prairie and Chris Howell of Denver, CO; two granddaughters, Patricia Howell of Arlington and Melissa Williamson of Tyler; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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William G. ‘Bill’ McPhaill
Jul 25, 1915 - Jan 21, 2008

Will G. “Bill” McPhaill

Will G. “Bill” McPhaill, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 21, 2008 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 73 years Ann McPhaill; daughter, Norma Smith and husband Lee; grandson, Kenneth Hern; granddaughter, Kelly Chennault and husband Mike; two great-grandchildren, Cash Hern and Michelle Chennault, all of Corsicana; brother-in-law, John Cook and his wife Peggy of Temple; sister-in-law, Allene Hardt and husband Thelbert of Temple; and numerous nieces and nephews from Temple and the surrounding areas.

Mr. McPhaill was born in Corsicana July 25, 1915. He was raised by his Aunt Carrie and Uncle Luther Larrison in Corsicana. He had his own business, Bill McPhaill TV Service for 30 years. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and served as a deacon. He was a very well-respected member of the community and served on several charitable committees.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Thelma Bettie (Bailey) Martin
Feb 5, 1923 - Jan 27, 2008

 
Thelma Bettie Martin

Thelma Bettie Martin, 84, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be W.E. McBride, Curtis McKinney, Edward Easley, Larry Bailey, Gowan Murphy, Ray Scoggins and Dickie Russell.

Thelma was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Angus. She was a long-term member of Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Martin; son, George Albert Martin; great-granddaughter, Brianna Swadley; brothers, Albert Jay Bailey, O.D. Bailey and Olan Bailey; and sister, Annie Tinkle.

Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Martin, James (Verline) Martin and Jackie (Dana) Martin, all of Corsicana; daughters, Bettie Sue (Robert) Miles and Brenda (Danny) Davis, all of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Brenda Martin of Sulphur, La.; grandchildren, Allen Hammett and Ashley Bryant, both of Sulphur, La., Belinda Jones of Lake Charles, La., Leslie Orozco, Tabitha Geary, Melissa Clayton, Amanda Swadley and Steven Davis, all of Corsicana, R. Mark Miles of Baton Rouge, Jason Miles of Corinth and Jonathan Miles of Denton; great-grandchildren, Linda Hammett, Bryant Lauren, Shelby Bryant and Isabella Bryant, all of Sulphur, La., Angelica Orozco, Reese Geary and Addison Geary, all of Corsicana, Kaylee Clayton and Gavin Clayton, both of Frost; and sister, Eunice Russell of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Iva (Jordan) Norris
Jan 18, 1916 - Jan 2008

 
Iva Jordan Norris

More than anything you notice the gratefulness. She always felt like she had had the luckiest, most blessed, and most fun life of anyone. Iva Jordan Norris, who passed away early Sunday, always thanked people for everything and exuded a joy in people’s contribution to her life. Her highest happiness was in her family and in her church.

Those who attended her 90th birthday party were treated to a massive assortment of her artistry. Numerous of her varied oil paintings and quilts were displayed to the enthusiasm of many friends and relatives who had little idea of the scope of her talent, as always offered with love and joy.

Iva felt compelled always to be creating something for her loved ones. Whether peanut brittle with her husband, Checkers, for Christmas gifts or the steady streams of handcrafted jewelry, necklaces, and bracelets she assembled at the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for her many friends, relatives, and surrounding staff.

Iva was born on Jan. 18, 1916, in the Drane Community to Ben and Willie Rea Jordan. She was preceded in death by her husband: “Checkers” Norris, parents; sisters, Mrs. Lewin (Opal) Johnson and Mrs. Frank (Bennie) Ware. She and Checkers owned the Second Avenue Laundromat. Iva also worked at the Mrs. Baird’s Bread Store, Haggar Slack Factory, and was a reading aide with the C.I.S.D.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jeannie and Paul Slaughter; son, Ted Norris; grandchildren, Randy and Christy Beamon of Austin, Les and Tracy Slaughter of Winter Haven, Fla., Kyle and Sloane Slaughter of Corsicana, Cheryl Norris of Houston, and Jay Norris of San Diego, Calif.; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Wayne Norris; and sisters-in-law, Elaine Jenkins and Poco Norris.

Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Kyle Slaughter, Les Slaughter, Randy Beamon, Jay Norris, Blake Beamon, Josh Slaughter, Dickie Russell and Jimmy Frank Ware. Honorary pallbearers will be Sydney Moore, Wayne Norris, Maco Stewart, Clifford Barton and Jackie Rea.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Jan 28, 2008
  • Daughter of Charles Benjamin "Ben" Jordan & Willie Elmo (Rea) Jordan

Mary Jane (Daniel) Rynd-Woska
Jan 4, 1926 - Jan 26, 2008

Mary Jane Daniel Woska

Mary Jane Daniel Woska, 82, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Kerens Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Lynette Solomon officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Woska, Michael Pruett, Russ Crawford, Dale Crawford, Ross Pruett and Dan Woska.

Mrs. Woska was born Jan. 4, 1926 in Kerens.

She is survived by her son, Anthony Daniel Woska and wife Debbie of Edmond, Okla.; daughter, Molly Jane Pruett and husband Ross of Lewisville; four grandchildren, Anthony Gerard Woska III of Edmond, Okla., Elizabeth Lane Woska of Stillwater, Okla., Amanda Jane Pruett and Michael Ross Pruett, both of Corinth; and four great-grandchildren, Taylor Overmyer, Rylie Overmyer, Bradley Pruett and Jacob Pruett, all of Corinth.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA and the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Dallas Morning News, The (TX)-January 28, 2008 WOSKA, , MARY JANE DANIEL 82, of Dallas, died Saturday, January 26th at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Survived by, son, Anthony Daniel Woska of Edmond, OK.; daughter, Molly Jane Pruett of Lewisville, Tx.; 4 grandchildren, Anthony Gerard Woska, III of Edmond, OK.; Elizabeth Lane Woska of Stillwater, OK., Amanda Jane Pruett and Michael Ross Pruett both of Corinth, Tx.; 4 great grandchildren, Taylor Overmyer, Rylie Overmyer, Bradley Pruett and Jacob Pruett all of Corinth, Tx. Funeral service will be 2 PM Tuesday at the Kerens Presbyterian Church in Kerens, Tx. Rev. Lynette Solomon officiating with burial to follow at the Kerens Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SPCA or the American Cancer Society. Paschal Funeral Home 120 SW Third St. Kerens, Texas in charge of arrangements.


Reba Louise (Masingale) McClanahan
Sep 25, 1937 - Jan 25, 2008
 
Reba Louise McClanahan

Reba Louise McClanahan, 70, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Bernie Thompson, Robert Bower, Hugh Fullerton, Henry Ponder, John Stevens and Dowe Hall.

Reba was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Altus, Ark.

Survivors include her husband, Don McClanahan of Corsicana; sons, Jerry McClanahan of Corsicana and Steve McClanahan and wife Karina of Corsicana; granddaughters, Rachel Croft and husband Adam of Mesquite and Chelsea McClanahan of Corsicana; grandsons, Travis McClanahan of Corsicana and Jesse Lee McClanahan of Corsicana; brothers, Tommy Masingale of Fort Smith, Ark., Johnny Masingale of Dyke, Texas, and Terry Masingale of Altus, Ark.; sister, Cora Hall of Altus, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Reba Masingale McClanahan

Reba Masingale McClanahan, 70, of Corsicana, Texas, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, in her home.
Born Sept. 25, 1937, in Altus, she was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hollie Wesley and Margaret Beatrice McClure Masingale.

Survivors include her husband, Don; two sons, Jerry and Steve McClanahan, both of Corsicana; three brothers, John Masingale of Dyke, Texas, Tommy Masingale of Cedarville and Terry Masingale of Altus; a sister, Cora Hall of Altus; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Interment was at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana, Texas., on Monday, Jan. 30.

Attending from Franklin County were Cora Hall, Carl Sisk, Cindy Hegenbart, Leon Hall, Margaret and Gerald Milam and Terry, Debbie and Kaylene Masingale.

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  • The Spectator - Ozark, Arkansas - Thursday, 07 February 2008

Dean Burton Milkes
abt 1918 - Jan 23, 2008

Dean B. Milkes

Dean B. Milkes, age 90, died on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, after suffering from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a resident of Silverado Senior Living in Plano.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marjorie Wolens Milkes, son and daughter-in-law Joe Milkes and Shelley Van Derven, daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and David Moore, all of Dallas, and daughter Lynn Frank of Brunswick, Maine. Five grandchildren include Elizabeth Jerome, Emily and Kaela Frank, and Debi and David Milkes as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Dora Milkes, and four brothers.

Born in Hibbing, Minn., he adopted Texas, especially Corsicana after returning to the United States after serving with the Army Air Force in the Middle East Theatre during World War II. He spent his career at K. Wolens Department Stores, which operated a chain of retail stores primarily in North and Central Texas. He rose from buyer to president when the chain was purchased by Chromalloy American Corporation.

He also served as the chairman of the board of the holding company for Corsicana National Bank and Trust and oversaw its growth. His business acumen and abilities helped maintain the bank’s stability during Texas’ banking troubles of the 1980s.

Although a consummate retailer his passion, after his family, was championing the rights of the disadvantaged. He was active in United Way, the founder of Navarro County Community Action, and active in numerous other local charities. He served on Corsicana’s Planning and Zoning Board and in other civic capacities. He was never hesitant to defend causes that gave the disadvantaged an opportunity to succeed and receive equal access.

A staunch Democrat, he served as Democratic county chairman. He also served on the advisory board of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin and received an honorary doctorate of letters.

Judaism was very important and an integral part of his life. He served as president and in many other capacities at Corsicana’s Congregation Agudas Achim. He will be missed by his family, friends and community. The example that he set throughout his life will continue in our hearts. He truly “Walked the Talk.”

The service will be at 11 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel, 418 N. 13th St., Corsicana, with Rabbi Andrew Paley officiating. He will be buried in the Corsicana Hebrew Cemetery located on West Third Avenue at 34th Street. In accordance with Jewish tradition there will be no flowers. Instead the family requests donations to the American Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) or charity of your choice.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Silverado Senior Living for their kindness and care.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jesse 'Coach' Cummings
Jun 30, 1917 - Jan 23, 2008

Jesse 'Coach' Cummings

Jesse “Coach” Cummings of Corsicana went home to be with his heavenly Father on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at the age of 90.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at First United Methodist Church, Corsicana. Graveside services will follow immediately at Oakwood Cemetery.

Cummings was born June 30, 1917, in Burksville, Ky. He attended primary grades in Kentucky but in 1936 he graduated from Trenton High School, Trenton, Texas. On Nov. 11, 1936, he moved to Fort Worth to attend business school and at that time he signed with the Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club. Due to illness his time with the Cats was short.

In 1941, Jesse enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and served in Europe during World War II. After returning home in 1946, he entered East Texas State Teachers College, Commerce. While at ETSTC, Cummings lettered in football, track and baseball. In 1949, he graduated from ETSTC with a master’s degree in physical education.

Cummings began his 36 years of coaching for public schools in Corsicana in 1949. During his career, he coached football, track and baseball for both Corsicana and Palestine High schools. He was part of the 1964 State Championship football team coaching staff. Preparing for retirement, Jesse moved back to Corsicana in 1979 and coached until 1985. At that time he retired from public school but went directly to Navarro College and volunteered to coach for the next 17 years.

In 1987, Cummings began competing in the Senior Olympics. In 1994, he was inaugurated into the Fannin County Hall of Fame. In 1999, Navarro College dedicated the Jesse and Lou Cummings softball field in honor of his many years of service. In 2002, Coach Cummings was inaugurated in the NJCAA Hall of Fame. Jesse’s passion for coaching and his love for people will be missed by all.

Coach Cummings is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alma Lucille; daughters, Lynn Kidwell and husband, Mark, of Colleyville, and Sandra Daniels of Sulphur Springs; son, Randy Cummings and wife, Kerrie, of Fort Worth; sister, Mabel French of Indiana; brother, Henry Cummings of Kentucky, sister-in-law, Virginia Cummings of Burkesville, Ky.; grandsons, Kevin Kidwell of Colleyville, Chris Kidwell of Little Elm, David Daniels of Houston and Cody Cummings of Fort Worth; granddaughters, Leanne Trott and husband, Aaron, of Houston and Kathy Kidwell of Colleyville; and great-grandchild, Rylie Cummings of Fort Worth.

Michael Alexander, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, and Dave Alexander, hospice chaplain, will be leading the memorial service. Pallbearers will be Kevin Kidwell, Chris Kidwell, David Daniels, Cody Cummings, Aaron Trott, Hugh Hasley, Jim Hasley, and Cody Herod. Honorary pallbearers will be the 1958 Corsicana High baseball team and Coach’s special caregivers Patsy, DJ, Cody, Rachel, Brittany, Lauren, Jack, Ruby and Bessie.

In lieu of flowers, Coach’s family encourages you make a contribution to your favorite charitable organization.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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An Icon passes

By Janet Jacobs

— Former athlete, World War II veteran and coach Jesse Cummings died Wednesday at the age of 90, leaving a legacy of physical and moral guidance to at least two generations of local children.

In 1958, Cummings coached the baseball team that went all the way to state, losing in the final championship game to San Antonio. It was the closest the Tigers ever got to that particular title.
Jimmy Dawson was a junior on that team, and he remembers it as a wet and rainy spring that year.

“We had a pavilion we could throw balls and make bunts, but there was water standing in the outfield. (Cummings) put a base out in the biggest pool of water he could find and said ‘we’re going to practice sliding.’ We had a good time doing it. We thought it was fun.”
Former players, even other coaches who knew Cummings, described him as a good man who emphasized the basics, both in sports and life.

Born in Burkesville, Kentucky, Cummings’ family moved to Texas during the Depression, to help work an uncle’s farm in Fannin County. He played football, baseball and ran track at Trenton High School, then went to Fort Worth to attend business school.

When World War II broke out, the young Cummings joined the Army Air Corps, the predecessor to the Air Force. He spent the next four years in Europe, both as a soldier and as an athlete. His arsenal of stories included having landed on Normandy during the D-Day offensive, and competing in hurdles and track in Nuremberg and Wimbledon.

After the war, he had a shot at joining the Fort Worth Cats, a minor-league baseball team that fed into the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“He missed trying out because he got food poisoning,” explained Cummings’ daughter, Lynn Kidwell. “So, he went to East Texas to go to school.”

Enrolled in East Texas State Teachers College, now Texas A&M at Commerce, Cummings played football, baseball and track, and majored in physical education.

It was also in college that he met his life-long partner, Lou. She remembers him as a handsome, energetic man always ready for fun.

“He was always ready to go,” Lou Cummings said. “He was very attractive, and he always thought of you first.”

After graduation in 1949, the couple moved to Corsicana, where he became a baseball and football coach. On the side, he continued to play semi-professional baseball.

Ray Jacobs, who went on to play professional football for 10 years, was one of the athletes who played for Cummings in those years.

“He was just a super guy,” Jacobs said. “He took me home many a time when I was in junior high, and we lived out there on the farm. It would be close to dark, or we’d be getting home from a game and he’d take me home. He just did so many things for me. He was always looking out for me.”

In addition to emphasizing the fundamentals —particularly running — students remembered Cummings for his encouragement and strictness. He wanted students to succeed, but there was a right way and a wrong way.

Frankie Rouse was the pitcher on the baseball team that went to state.

“He didn’t run anybody down. About the ugliest thing he’d say was ‘Come on, now,’ and he never embarrassed anybody, no matter how we played,” Rouse said.

However, that didn’t mean the coach put up with any nonsense, Rouse noted.

“One night, he saw me drinking a Coke in the Palace Theater, and the next day he had me run from home plate to center field as hard as I could,” Rouse recalled. “He didn’t like anybody to drink soda water.”

Dawson remembered other lessons Cummings shared with his teams.

“He tried to tell you about your responsibilities to your family, and your school and keeping up with your book work in school,” Dawson recalled. “We didn’t have ‘no pass, no play’ but he made sure you were doing OK in the classroom.”

Cummings left in 1963 for Palestine, and helped coach that district’s 1964 state championship football team. In 1979, as he prepared to retire, he and his wife moved back to Corsicana.

Cummings finished his professional teaching career at Drane Middle School in 1985.
Former Superintendent Don Bowen recalls him as a hard worker, but popular.

“He was tough, but the kids liked him,” Bowen said. “When he coached his teams, he coached them to really put forth the maximum effort.”

Retirement didn’t mean the end of Cummings’ active life, however. He contributed as a volunteer coach at Navarro College, for both baseball and football. A softball field at Navarro is named after Jesse and Lucille Cummings.

In 1987, he began competing in the Senior Olympics in the 400-meter run, discus, javelin and pole vault, winning numerous medals in those competitions. He continued to participate until he was 83 years old.

In 2000, he did an interview for Seniors On the Go, a Daily Sun publication, in which he talked about his philosophy of fitness for seniors, which was to keep moving.

He is survived by his wife, Lou, three children, Lynn Kidwell, Sandra Daniels, and Randy Cummings and six grandchildren. Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home.

 


Josephine E. (Denn) Hohenberger
Feb 8, 1918 - Jan 23, 2008

Josephine E. Hohenberger

Josephine E. Hohenberger, 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors, 2495 Corsicana Highway, Hillsboro.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Frost Baptist Church with Fred Rasmussen officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Frost. She was the daughter of James F. and Bernice (Jarrett) Denn. She married Willard D. Hohenberger and he preceded her in death on May 22, 1979. Owner of J&H Cafe, Josephine was a great people person who was concerned about everyone’s well being. She loved plants and working in her flower beds. She was a member of Frost Baptist Church, Odd Fellows, and Rebecca Lodge. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, J.B. Denn.

Survivors include her children, Jimmy Hohenberger and wife, Angie, of Frost and Nedra Cutler and husband, Mark, of Fort Worth; brother, Shirley Denn of Wimberly; and grandson, Benjy Hohenberger of Frost.

The family would like to extend gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Heritage Oaks Retirement Assisted Living, Dr. Hibbs, Dr. Rigsby, and the staff of Navarro Regional Hospital for their wonderful care to our Josey.

Memorials may be made to Frost Baptist Church Building Fund, 101 E. Stroud, Frost, TX 76641.

Arrangements by Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors, Hillsboro.

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Jessie Nell (Tramel) Colbert
Nov 1, 1940 - Jan 22, 2008

Jessie Tramel Colbert

Jessie Tramel Colbert, 67, passed away peacefully in Rockwall on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008. She was born Nov. 1, 1940, in Kerens.

She was the beloved wife of Donald E. Colbert, devoted mother of Denise Crandall and her husband Scott Crandall of Arlington and David Colbert and his wife Christy of Royse City, cherished grandmother of Jessica Nicole Crandall, Taylor Leighann Colbert, Christopher and Taylor Luallen, dear sister of Jean Duvall, Mary Horvath and husband Ernest, and Wanda Hayes and husband Tom. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Prosper B. Tramel and Zeldia Mae Tramel, and sister, June Howard.

In 1959, Jessie, also known as Jaye to her family and friends, married her beloved husband, Don. They made their home in Dallas for many years before moving to Wills Point and then moving to Fate in February 2003. Jessie loved being with her family more than anything else. She also enjoyed buying and selling antiques for many years.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott Crandall, Wayne Pitman, Clair Crandall, Tommy Spivey and Joe Baxter.

Memorials may be made to Prairie Point Cemetery Association, 3015 Farm-to-Market Road 636, Kerens, TX 75144.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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James Wilson Christie
Mar 6, 1920 - Jan 28, 2008

James Wilson Christie

Mr. J. W. Christie, 87, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, January 28, 2008 in Temple, Texas. He was born on March 6, 1920 in Navarro County, Texas.
He worked as a manager in Tractor sales, and was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Christie is survived by his Wife,  of Corsicana, TX.; Son, Joe Christie of Houston, TX., Son & Daughter-in-Law, John & Jena Perkins of San Antonio, TX.; Grandsons, Eric & Chad Perkins, and a Granddaughter, Daylynn Perkins all of San Antonio, TX. and numerous nieces and nephews.


Martha Almeda (Northern) Bray
Nov 16, 1926 - Feb 1, 2006

Mrs. Almeda Bray, age 79, of Corsicana, Texas, died Wednesday, February 1, 2006, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas She was a member of First Baptist Church. She was also a member of Hospital Auxiliary & First Baptist Church Ruth Sunday School Class. She is survived by her Son & Daughter-in-law-David & Nanette Bray, Daughter & Son-in-law-Marilyn & Tom Oliver of Corsicana, Texas, & Sister-Jo Burkholder of Corsicana, Texas Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, February 2, 2006. Funeral service will be at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00 AM Friday, February 3, 2006 , Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana, Texas.

Nancy Jane (Lunsford) Omberg
Jan 12, 1863 - Sep 4, 1947

MRS. JANE OMBERG RITES HELD FRIDAY AT EMMETT CHURCH
Funeral services for Mrs. Jane Omberg, aged 84 years, long-time resident of the Emmett community was held from the Emmett Baptist church; Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery. Mrs. Omberg died at Emmett Thursday afternoon following a five weeks' illness.
Native of Louisiana, the family resided in East Texas a number of years before moving to the Emmett community 41 years ago.
Surviving are three sons, Lucius Omberg, Sealy; A. A. Omberg, Frost; three daughters, Mrs. T. P. Dunagan; Emmett; Mrs. Ted Abner, Palestine, and Mrs. Ruby Honea, Frost; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

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Charles Pickney Green, III
Mar 5, 1906 - Dec 7, 1947

ONE KILLED, 2 MORE INJURED IN TRAFFIC WRECKS OVER COUNTY
CHARLES P. GREEN IS FATALITY; WOMEN IN AUTOMOBILE ALSO HURT
One man was killed, two women hurt and several motor vehicles figured in a series of week-end collisions and accidents on highways in Navarro county.
Slippery pavements Incident to the rain and fog were blamed for some of the mishaps.
Several accidents were reported on the new Highway 31 that has not been officially opened and does not have the customary and safety-needed center stripe to guide traffic.

Man Is Killed
Charles P. Green, 39. employee of an oil company, Navarro, native and long-time resident of the Emmett community, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Navarro clinic in a McCammon ambulance Sunday night shortly after 10 o'clock.
A car in which he and his family and Mrs. Mary Jo Conner, 24, and her daughter, were riding figured in a collision on Highway 75, south of Rice with a huge truck that Is reported to have been knocked off the pavement by the Impact.
It was reported that the car In which Green and his companions were riding struck a soft shoulder and then slipped or plunged into the truck traveling in a northerly direction. The Green party was traveling south. Considerable difficulty was experienced in getting the moving van back on the pavement with wreckers.
Two Women Injured
A Corley ambulance brought Mrs. Green, 38, and Mrs. Connor to the P. and S. Hospital. Mrs. Green suffered a fractured lower jaw and numerous deep lacerations.  No Internal injuries are believed to have been received. Mrs. Conner's injuries are not regarded serious.
Paul Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Green, and Eddie Sue Conner, daughter of Mrs. Conner, escaped in Jury.
Highway patrolmen said Monday the truck Involved was driven by W. B. Snow, 32, of Apacho, Okla. He was not hurt.
Funeral services will be held from the Emmett Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Interment In the Emmett cemetery.


Survivors
Green is survived by his wife Mrs. Ila Green, and son, both of Navarro; five brothers, Tom Green, Richland; Ike Green, Frost; Ben Green, Emmett; Joe Green, Frost, and Sam Green, Emmett; five sisters, Mrs. Van Young, Frost Mrs. Derward Toten, Dawson Mrs. E. C. Holloway, Corsicana
Mrs. G. W. Webb, Corsicana, and Mrs. Clem Gilbert, Dallas and a number of other relatives The Rev. Andrew Byers, pastor of the First Presbyterian church received injuries Saturday nigh on the new Highway 31 west of town when his car struck a park ed automobile on the slab, officers
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CHARLES P. GREEN FUNERAL SERVICES TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Charles P. Green, 39, of Navarro, fatally injured in an automobile-truck collision on Highway 75, near Rice, Sunday night, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Emmett Baptist church. Burial was in the Emmett Cemetery.  Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church, conducted the rites.
Green was a native of Emmett and resided there most of his life. He made his home at Navarro the past three years.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs Ila Green, Navarro; who remains in a serious condition in the P. and S. Hospital from injuries received in the same accident; a son, Paul Green, aged nine years, both of Navarro; five brothers, Tom Green, Richland; Ike Green, Frost; Ben Green, Emmett; Joe Green, Frost; and Sam Green, Emmett; five sisters, Mrs. Van Young, Frost; Mrs. Derward Toten, Dawson; Mrs. E. C. Holloway, Corsicana; Mrs. G. W. Webb, Corsicana, and Mrs. Gilbert Clem, Dallas, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Corbin Green, Emory Green Holloway, Charles Emory Green Holloway, Charles Herd, Jr., LaVerne Green, J. C. Young and Irvin Green.
Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.
Green's death is the sixth automobile fatality in Navarro county during 1947.
McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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Victim of Collision To Be Buried Tuesday

CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 8. - Funeral rites for Charles P. Green, 39, oil company employee, fatally injured in a car-truck collision near Rice Sunday night, will be held Tuesday afternoon at Emmett, Navarro County, where he was reared.
Green's wife sustained a fractured jaw and other injuries in the mishap, and Mrs. Mary Joe Conner, 24, was slightly hurt. Green's death is the sixth highway fatality this year in Navarro County.
Surviving are his wife, a son, both of Navarro; five brothers and five sisters.

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Edna Permelia (Dunagan) Ballew
Mar 24, 1883 - Jun 20, 1960

Rites Planned On Wednesday for Mrs. Ballew
DAWSON, June 21 (Spl) - Mrs. Edna Pamelia Ballew, 77, widow of the late J. W. Ballew, long-time Navarro county resident died in Houston Monday.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church here.  Burial will be in the Dawson cemetery (note). Rev. Fred Chapman, pastor will officiate.
Mrs. Ballew was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church southeast of Dawson, near where the family resided for many years.
Surviving are seven children, Mrs. Shep Baggett, Barry; E. T. Ballew, Port Arthur; Mrs. Alfred Floyd, Dawson; Luther Ballew, Houston; Mrs. Ruth Wallace, Grand Prairie; Robert Ballew, Houston, and Bennie Ballew, Waco; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers and other relatives.
Eubanks Funeral Home directs.

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Sarah Josephine "Josie" (Coxsey) Dunagan
Feb 2, 1875 - Jan 21, 1959

Mrs. Dunagan Dies Wednesday
Mrs. Sarah Josephine (Josie) Dunagan, 83, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the Prairie Grove Baptist church at Emmett with burial in the Emmett cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. H. Bradbury, pastor of the church.
Born in Tennessee, in February, 1875, she came to Texas as a young girl and resided in the Emmett community until moving to Corsicana about 20 years ago. She was the widow of the late W. S. Dunagan, ling time Emmett resident.
Surviving are six sons, Alva Dunagan, Everman; L. N. Dunagan, Austin; Harold Dunagan, Corsicana; Calvin Dunagan, Frost; Cecil Dunagan, Temple city, Calif., and Leon Dunagan, Elmote, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Ollie Wilson, Dallas; Mrs. Mamie Kiglore, Odessa, and Mrs. Athalee Holcomb, Corsicana; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Mr. and Mrs. Luther Dunagan and Mr. and Mrs. Deckard of Tahoka, Mr. Travis Dunagan, and grandson of Oklahoma City, and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Dunagan of Bryan attended the funeral of Mrs. Josie Dunagan here, Saturday.
Emmett cemetery - Jan 29, 1959


Agnes (Pevehouse) Green
Mar 25, 1895 - Jan 2, 1933

MRS. AGNES GREEN OF FROST BURIED THERE TUESDAY

Mrs. Agnes Green, aged about 35, wife of Tom Green of the Frost community, died Monday and the funeral was held at Frost Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock where burial was made.
Surviving are her husband, several children, father Louis Pevehouse, Richland; two brothers, Ab and Tom Pevehouse, both Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. E. Scott, Richland; Mrs. Purdy Powers; Corsicana; and Mrs. Green Scott, West Texas.
Mrs. Green is a cousin of Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse and district Clerk Doyle Pevehouse.

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INFANT Jenkins
1933 - 1933

Baby Died Monday Night Local Hospital
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl E. Jinkins of the Corbet community died at the Navarro Clinic Monday night and the funeral was held at Corbet Tuesday afternoon where burial was made.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home

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Emory Crawford Holloway
Mar 26, 1881 - Jul 22, 1948

EMORY C. HOLLOWAY FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Emoy Holloway, aged 67 years, carpenter, who died Thursday afternoon of a heart attack, will be held from the Corley Chapel Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial will be in the Emmett cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church.
Native of Georgia, he had resided in Corsicana 30 years.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Capt. Emory Green Holloway, U.S. army, Fort Benning, Ga., and Clifton K. Holloway, University of Texas student, temporarily employed in Louisiana, a daughter, Mrs. Emma Jo Powell, Houston; two grandchildren, and a brother, Louis Holloway, Ponca City, Okila.
Pallbearers will be LaVerne Green, Corbin Green, Truett Green, Jerry Green, Irvin Green and Carroll Young.

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John Quincy Prater
Feb 19, 1891 - Oct 6, 1944

JOHN Q. PRATER DIED HERE EARLY FRIDAY MORNING
John Q. Prater, age 52 years, died here early Friday morning. Funeral arrangements are pending word from his wife in Decatur, Ala.
A former resident of Blooming Grove he had moved sometime ago to Decatur, Ala., but was preparing to move back here when he died.
Surviving are his wife, Decatur, Ala.; a son, T. C. Prater, Corsicana; seven daughters, Alice Prater, Corsicana; Miriam A. Prater, Decatur, Ala.; Johnnie Mae Prater, Decatur, Ala.; Mrs. L. C. Yerby, Corsicana; Mrs. Harvey McClintock, Corsicana; Mrs. Sidney Terry, Corsicana; Mrs. Altus Elmore, Tacoma, Wash.; three brothers Jim Prater, Houston, Tim and Dow Prater, Dallas; five sisters, Mrs. W. W. Lancey, Tanner, Ala.; Mrs. Joe Lusk, Dallas; Mrs. E. H. Northern, Amarillo; Mrs. Tom Poteet, Alverado; Mrs. Otto Northern, Emmett, and other relatives.
Corley's Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.

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Rites Sunday At Blooming Grove For John Q. Prater

Funeral services for John Q. Prater, age 52 years, who died here Friday morning, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Blooming Grove Baptist church. Rev. D. P. Cagle will conduct the rites and interment will be in the Emmett Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, a son, seven daughters, three brothers, five sisters and other relatives.
Corley’s Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.

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James W. "JW" & "Captain" Nuckles
Oct 8, 1872 - Jun 4, 1963

J. W. Nuckles Services Held
James W. Nuckles, 90, retired Emmett merchant, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night. Funeral services will be held from the McCormick Funeral Chapel in Frost Wednesday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Emmett Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Vernon Sydow, pastor of the Powell Baptist church.
A native of Franklin county, Tennessee, Nuckles had resided at Emmett for many years.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Clara Watts, Emmett; two grandchildren, Mrs. Cliff Woods, Corsicana, and Max Watts, Tic-Tac-Toe Ranch, Frost; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Raines, Jesse Raines, Max Hutson, David Sagebiel, James Bell and James Baker.

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D. Jane (Wendorf) Carter
Dec 31, 1931 - Jan 22, 2008

D. Jane Cater
D. Jane Cater passed away Jan. 22, 2008, in San Antonio. She was born on Dec. 31, 1931, in Corsicana to Mr. and Mrs. August H. Wendorf, who, in addition to her eldest brother, August H. Wendorf Jr., preceded her in death. Tom G. Wendorf of Lubbock is the lone survivor of this marvelous Christian home. Ms. Cater lived a life as a dedicated Christian and servant-leader. She attended Texas Woman’s College, earning a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition, with a minor in chemistry in 1954. She was a clinical dietitian by profession. She was a trailblazer of a sort, because it was rare for a young woman in the 1950s to be independent and self-reliant. Ms. Cater funded her own education. Four years after graduating from college on April 28, 1958, she married Nolan W. Payn of Lampasas. The marriage produced three offspring: Judy Lynn Payn, David Alan Payn, and Linda Sue Payn. Ms. Cater was preceded in death by the loss of Capt. Nolan W. Payn in the service of our country on Feb. 29, 1965. After her loss she moved to San Antonio, to a new beginning coping with being a widow and raising her children alone. She found the courage to love again. On Aug. 10, 1969, after courting assistant district attorney R. Emmett Cater for two years, they were married. On April 1, 1970, Mrs. Cater gave birth to Robert Emmett Cater Jr. In 1978, Ms. Cater decided to go back to her profession as a clinical dietitian serving Bexar County at University Hospital for 22 years. Ms. Cater’s greatest joy was serving others. In 1996 Ms. Cater retired from University Hospital. In 2000 she was diagnosed with a rare cancer. She outlived the average life expectancy of three years by four years. Her quality of life was sustained by the heroic actions of her two sons, but more importantly by the medical teams from University Hospital and Cancer Treatment Research Center who worked tirelessly for a cure. Ms. Cater was grateful for the courageous service of those medical professionals who selflessly give of themselves so that others can hope. On behalf of our mother, thank you for your service. Ms. Cater is survived by the many in her life, but most importantly her grandchildren, Michael Farthing, Amanda Farthing, Kyle Farthing, Wyndson Hendler, Julian Hendler and Karlyn Hendler. Additionally, the Wendorf, Payn, Cater families grieve the loss of such a fine person who lived to serve and loved to live. San Antonio will miss one of its finest citizens. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Coker United Methodist Chapel, 231 E. N. Loop Road, San Antonio. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. .Arrangements by Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio.

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Donald Ray Coker
Jan 11, 1954 - Jan 30, 2008

Donald Ray Coker
Donald Ray Coker of Webster passed away at Gulf Health Care Center in Texas City on Jan. 30, 2008. He was born on Jan. 11, 1954, in Corsicana to his parents, Lovell Gene Coker and Joyce Ledwell Coker. He had been employed by Exxon as a safety officer/carpenter. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Germany during the Vietnam era. He enjoyed fishing and also being an artist. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Joyce and Donald Gazalski of Corsicana; his son, Christopher Coker of Silsby; daughter, Karen Ledford of Little Elm; brothers, Daniel Coker of Cedar Creek, Jerry Dean Coker of Lufkin, Cliff Coker of Deer Park and Mike Coker of Navarro Mills; sisters, Lynda Coker of Webster, Jo Anna Mayo of Navarro and Jena Perkins of San Antonio; and grandchildren, Cole Ledford, Kaden Ledford, Makenna Ledford, Keira Ledford, Cody Coker, Kyle Coker, Morgan Coker and Mason Coker. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Terry Snyder, Danny R. White, E. K. Lopez, Darrell Plant, Rusty Plant and Ronnie Plant. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary and Percy Plant. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bonner Curtis French 
Apr 23, 1948 - Feb 1, 2008

Bonner French
Bonner French, 59, of Corsicana passed away Feb. 1, 2008 in Corsicana. He was born April 23, 1948 in Corsicana to Joe Putman and Edna Tadlock French. He was a member of the Masonic No. 174. He enjoyed dove and quail hunting. He worked at Collin Street Bakery for 20 years as a baker. He is survived by children Kristie Melton and husband Keith of Dawson, Melanie Dotson of Dawson, Bridget French and Gage French, both of Corsicana; brothers, W.L. French and wife Betty of Dawson and James Ivie of Waco; grandchildren, Hunter Melton, Logan Melton, Lane Dotson and Luke Dotson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe Putman and Edna French. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Bro. William Dollar and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Burial will be at Younger Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. ∞

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Daniel Calvin "Cab" Ganze
May 1, 1924 - Jan 30, 2008

Daniel Calvin "Cab" Ganze
Daniel Calvin “Cab” Ganze, 83 of Purdon, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born May 1, 1924, in Poyner to Emil Max Ganze Sr. and Eliza Jane Daniels Ganze. He is survived by wife of 61 years, Dorothy Minatra Ganze; daughter, Dianne Summers; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Charlie Parrish of Pursley and Sherry and Reuben Kelley of Dawson; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Susie Ganze of Pursley; grandchildren, Kristie Melton and husband Keith, Melanie Dotson, Jennifer Parrish, Daniel Kelley, Jeffery Ganze and wife Britni, Bryan Kelley and wife Katie, Kyle Parrish, Dustin Ganze and Mark Kelley; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Logan Melton and Lane and Luke Dotson; brother, H.J. Ganze of Powell; and sister, Catherine Mahoney of Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Kelley, Bryan Kelley, Mark Kelley, Kyle Parrish, Jeffery Ganze, Dustin Ganze. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter Melton, Lane Dotson and Luke Dotson. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gracie Ann (Nichols) Gray
Aug 6, 1959 - Jan 29, 2008

Gracie Ann Nichols Gray
Gracie Ann Nichols Gray, 48, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in Dallas. Services will be 1 p.m. today at First Independent Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lacey and Brother Robert Lee Nichols Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Cedric Gray, Donald James Gray Jr., Jeffery Thomas, Louis Cunningham Jr., Maurice Nichols and Paul Grimes. Honorary pallbearers will be John Nichols, Darren Nichols, Archie Fred Gray III, Floyd Ballard, Earnest Hammond, Maurice Nichols, Larry Nichols Sr., Ken Sherene and Rowland. Mrs. Gray was born Aug. 6, 1959, in Corsicana. She was a member of Greater Wilgo Baptist Church. She received her education in the Dallas ISD, El Centro College and Navarro College. She worked for Guardian Industries. She was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Gray Jr.; father, Monroe Lewis; and stepfather, Wayne Lee Busby. Survivors include her husband, Anthony Gray; two daughters, Yoshira Gray (Stanley) and Antuinette Gray Thomas (Carlton); three grandchildren, Tanecia Gray, Ashleigh Hammond and Shania Gray Littleton; mother, Johnnie Faye Nichols Busby; six sisters, Carolyn Kaye Nichols, Kelley Lorraine Nichols (Paul), Joyce Marie Busby Thomas (Jeffery), Debbie Cloud (James), Shelia Brown and Shaniquea Robinson; three brothers, Marvin Earl Nichols Sr. (Marilyn), James Blanford and Monroe Lewis Jr.; mother-in-law, Emma Jean Gray; in-laws, Sharon Gray, Archie Fred Gray Jr. (Virgie), Gerald Gray (Greta), Elizabeth Williams (Melvin) and Winkie Johnson; one very special sister-in-law and friend who Gracie loved and respected, Dorothy Gray; a special couple, friends Dica and Rowland Weaver; and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Joey Ray Layfield
Sep 23, 1935 - Jan 31, 2008

Joey Ray Layfield
Joey Ray Layfield, 72, of Kerens passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at his residence in Kerens. He was born on Sept. 23, 1935, in Powell. He was a member of the Powell Baptist Church, and the National Guard, Army Reserves. He was the inventor of the Layfield Lure “Big Joe” Spinner Lure and the “Little Joe” Spinner in the mid-1960s. He desegregated the Summer Youth Sports Program in Kerens in the 1970s. He founded the Girl’s Summer Fast Pitch softball in Kerens. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother James Ledbetter and Brother Russell Reed officiating. Interment will follow in the Kerens City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Acker, Jereme Acker, Donny Kindrick, Matthew Dixon, John Speed and Ron Speed Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Alonzo, Steven Solis, Marvin Howell, Michael Lockhart, Vance Layfield, Ronald Van Speed, Rodrigo Martinez, Angel Martinez and Doc Nelson. Mr. Layfield was preceded in death by his parents, Doodle and Desma Layfield. He is survived by his wife, Cherry Layfield of Kerens; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Paul Alonzo of Kerens, Lynda Sue Layfield and Pete Kellum of Kerens, Dr. Mary Ann and James Ledbetter of Waxahachie and Shanna Kaye and Donny Kindrick of Waxahachie; sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Tom and Terry Layfield of Ovilla and Rickey and Kimberly Layfield of Kerens; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Billie Jean Layfield Wiles of Powell; an aunt, Mary Beth Layfield of Kerens; an uncle, Herman McQuary of Kerens; cousins, Ronald Van Speed of Malakoff and Vance Layfield of Kerens; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Miriam (Mathews) Pattison
Sep 3, 1909 - Jan 30, 2008

Miriam Mathews Pattison
Miriam Mathews Pattison passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in Mandeville, La., at the age of 98. Miriam, a native of Corsicana, had resided in New Orleans with her daughter since 1994. She was preceded in death by parents, John Edgar Mathews and Mamie Wilson Williams; her sister, Eva Mathews Blackmon; and beloved husband, Howard Berton Pattison, also a native of Corsicana. Miriam resided in Fort Worth for many years and was a member of Polytechnic Baptist Church. She and Berton retired to Corsicana in the 1980s and were members of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann Abernathy; grandsons, Jon Kevin Abernathy and Trevor Scott Abernathy; and nephew, Joe L. Blackmon. Miriam’s family extends special appreciation for the love and support of Bill and Mary Abernathy and Constance Long. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon today at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Oda Lawrence "Junior" Reeve Sr.
Nov 12, 1916 - Jan 28, 2008

Oda Lawrence “Junior” Reeve Sr., 91, died Monday morning, Jan. 28, 2008, at his home in Alma. Junior was born Nov. 12, 1916, to Oda Richard and Eva Harrison Reeve. He graduated from Alma High School in May 1933. On Sept. 30, 1942, he was married to Juanita Searcy. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theatre and received a Purple Heart. After the war, he returned to Alma and was self-employed as a painter. He was a lifetime member of St. John Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita, May 8, 1997; his parents; and a half-brother, Edward Reeve. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Lawrence and Joyce Reeve of Alma, Richard and Theresa Reeve of Bardwell, Nancy and Pete Putnam of Corsicana, Doreen and Robert Watson of Alma, and Andrea and Philip Cole of Alma; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a godchild, John Gearheart; sisters-in-law, Alean Griggers of Ennis and Betty Reeve of Eustace; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Catholic Church or EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network). Mr. Reeve listened to Mass daily on this network. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Rosary will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Keever Chapel. The Rev. Garcia will officiate. Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Artie Calvin Lewis
Mar 11, 1900 - Jun 6. 1983

Artie Lewis, 83, died Monday at his Corsicana residence. Services is pending at Griffin Funeral Home. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dora; two daughters, Aretha Lewis, of Wichita Falls, and Sharon Partin, of Lewisville; one son Billy Ray Panse, of North Carolina; six sisters, Laura Flannagan and Dora Knight, both of Corsicana, Minie Ola Seabor, of Arizona, Lola Dodd, of Mansfield, Reba Moore, of Houston, and Elsie Gatright, of Tennessee; two brothers, Henry Lewis, of Arizona, and Ike Lewis, of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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A.C. (Preacher) Lewis, 83, of Corsicana, died Monday at his residence.

Service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Milican officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Steve Sparks, Jerry Pestervelle, N.L. Mott, Jack Mott, Eddie Joe Garrett and Elmer Lewis.

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Clyde Lucille (Nesmith) Howard
Dec 2, 1907 - May 15, 1988

Clyde Lucille Howard
Mrs. Clyde Lucille Howard, 80, of Dawson died May 19, 1988, in Navarro Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Methodist Church of Dawson. The Rev. Keith Beck and the Rev. Burt Gillis will officiate. Interment will be in the Dawson Cemetery.
Mrs. Howard was a resident of Dawson most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Methodist church. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Lloyd Howard in 1954.
She is survived by a son, William Arthur Howard of Garland; three brothers; Aldon Nesmith, Roy Nesmith and Punk Nesmith, all of Dawson; three sisters, Faye Webb and Gladys Watson, both of Dawson, and Evelyn Gunn of Dallas; and one grandson.
Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard is handling the arrangements.

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Howard Clark Wear
abt 1923 - May 20, 1988

Howard Wear
Howard C. Wear, 65, of Rice, died May 20, 1988, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home.
He is survived by his son, Roger Allan Wear, of Rice; daughter, Linda Diane Lewis, of Rice; three grand-children; father, Herman Wear, of Rice; and sister, Rosa Bee Cummins, of Corsicana.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - May 20, 1988
  • TXDI: Wear Howard Clark 05-20-1988 NAVARRO Male
  • SSDI: HOWARD C WEAR 19 Sep 1922 20 May 1988 75155 (Rice, Ellis, TX) (none specified) 575-22-4891 Hawaii

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Howard Wear
Mr. Howard C. Wear, 65, of Rice, died May 20 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Rice, with the Rev. Mark Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Roger Allen Wear, of Rice; a daughter, Linda Diane Lewis, of Rice; three grandchildren; his father, Herman Wear, of Rice; a sister, Rosabee Cummins, of Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Randy and Roddy Cummins, Doc Humphries, Charles Murphey, Bob Taylor and Terry Chapman

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Mary Ida (Green) Walker
Mar 14, 1882 - Nov 25, 1965

Mrs. Walker, 83, Dies In Waco
BLOOMING GROVE (Spl) - Mrs. Mary Ida Walker, 83, native of New Albany, Miss., but resident of Blooming Grove until moving to Waco three years ago, died Thursday in Waco.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Lloyd Coker, pastor.
Surviving are two sons, J. E. Walker, Longview, and Robert Lee Walker, Air Force, South Spain; a daughter, Mrs. Mike Compston, Waco; a brother, Dr. James A. Green, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. C. R. Langston and Mrs. A. A. Newsom, both of Dallas; and Mrs. G. M. Brown, Austin; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a stepmother, Mrs. Ida C. Smith, Austin, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Services directed.

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William Leonard "Sonny" Simpson
May 3, 1893 - Nov 28, 1965

W. L. Simpson Rites Tuesday
William L. (Sonny) Simpson, 73, retired Humble Oil and Refining Company employee, died at Winker Sunday afternoon.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the Midway cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. L. McKissack, Teague Baptist Minister, Winkler Masonic Lode No. 826 will have charge of the graveside services.
Simpson was a World War I veteran, was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tyler and the Winkler Masonic Lodge.
Surviving are a son, William Ray Simpson, Houston; four brothers, Ernest E. Simpson, Houston; P. M. Simpson, Winkler; Herbert Simpson, Leonard, and D. B. Simpson, Gladewater, two grandchildren, Suzanne and Steven Simpson, both of Abilene, and other relatives.

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Mary Caledonia "Callie" (Threet) Barnes
Sep 15, 1900 - Jul 6, 1980
 
Callie Threet Barnes
Mrs. Callie Threet Barnes, 79, Corsicana, died Sunday at Twilight Home.
Services are Monday, 2 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Reed officiating. Burial follows at Oakwood Cemetery.
She was a native of Ellis County and had lived in Corsicana 40 years. She was a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Threet.
Survivors include one step-son, James W. Barnes of Irving, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wanda Barnes, of Lewisville; four children, six great grandchildren; and two nieces of Corsicana, Mrs Eula Fay Norwood and Mrs. Pauline Stuard.
Pallbearers are Clay Norwood, Billy Earl Threet, Wayne Leathers, Rex Spurgeon, Caleb Threet and Bubba Layfield.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Jul 7th, 1980
  • Submitted by Angela Norwood
  • Parents: Caleb Houston Threet & Nancy Virginia Smotherman
  • Census-1910: 1910, Navarro County, TX (Calup H. Threet)
    Census-1920: 1920, Navarro County, TX (Calup H. Threet)
  • SSDI: CALLIE BARNES,  75110 Corsicana, Navarro, TX
    Born 15 Sep 1900 Last Benefit: 75110 Corsicana, Navarro, TX
    Died Jul 1980 Issued: TX (Before 1951)

Horace Daniel Cobb
Apr 1, 1936 - Feb 10, 2008

Horace Daniel Cobb
Bro. Horace Daniel Cobb, 71, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Brothers Chad Owens and Dale Leggett officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Mabank. Pallbearers will be Billy Ray Cobb Jr., Jeremey Cobb, Gary Vick, Danny Walker, Kerry Melton, Craig Melton, Wesley Melton and Roy Cates. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of the Unity Baptist Church. He was born April 1, 1936 to James Everett and Merle Grooms Cobb in Canton, Texas. He was a Baptist minister for 50 years. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Cobb of Purdon; son, Glenn Cobb and wife Donna of Waxahachie; stepson, Ricky Harmon of Ft. Worth; two daughters, Rita Venson of Lindale and Nita Reneau and her husband Payton of Conroe; brother, Billy Ray and his wife Jeanette Cobb of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mellie Jane Frazier
abt 1935 - Feb 8, 2008

Mellie Jane Frazier
Mellie Jane Frazier went to heaven on Feb. 8, 2008, at the age of 73. She was born and lived most of her life near Corsicana and in San Antonio. She was the seventh of 14 children.She was predeceased by her husband Charles Frazier in 2003, her parents, and six of her brothers and sisters. Jane loved the Lord and was a wonderful role model to all she met and loved. She was always there to share a laugh, a story, or to comfort those in need. A devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, she will be greatly missed. She is survived by her children, Janie Austin of San Antonio, Kathy and husband David Decker of College Station, and James Edwards of Lakewood, Colo. She was so proud of and loved her grandchildren Kasey Austin of San Antonio, 2nd Lt. Blaine Decker of El Paso, Sarah Decker of College Station, Krystle and husband Abraham DiPaolo, Courtney Thomas, and Will Thomas, all of Lakewood, Colo. She is also survived by seven brothers, sisters and their families whom she loved deeply. She lived at the Waterford, Kingsley Place, and Sterling House. Many thanks to all who cared for and supported her. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. before the funeral service Wednesday, Feb. 13, at noon at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements by Sunset Funeral Home, San Antonio.

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Lawrence F. "Pappy" Haynes
Jan 6, 1935 - Feb 9, 2008

Lawrence F. "Pappy" Haynes
Mr. Lawrence F. “Pappy” Haynes of Corsicana, died at the age of 73 in Ennis, Texas on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. He was born to his parents Luther Jasper and Lela Sprinkles Haynes on Jan. 6, 1935 in Anniston, Alabama. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He had been employed as a welder in the oil field business. He was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Judy Garmon; daughters and son-in-law, April and Uriel Esquivel and Fredia Purifoy; grandchildren, Keitha Barker, Brittnay Purifoy, Adrianna Esquivel; and three great-grandchildren, Ty, Peyton and Devin Barker. Numerous extended family members in Alabama. He also leaves behind his canine companion Gracie. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at Corley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tony Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Phillip Garmon, Kelby Masey, Ramon Rodriquez, Melito Cruz, Reynaldo Diaz de Leon and Uriel Esquivel. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Loy Inez Hill
Dec 18, 1918 - Feb 9, 2008

Loy Inez Hill
Loy Inez Hill, 89, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in Teague. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bill Honea officiating. Burial will be at the Prairie Point Cemetery. She was born Dec. 18, 1918 to Noel and Ara Alice Strawn Hill in Menolia. She was a seamstress and worked at Adams Hat Factory. She was preceded in death by her parents Nowel and Ara Hill; sisters, Jewel Bodiford, Faye Joyce and Val Ree Phillips; brothers, Travis Hill and Johnny Hill; and two granddaughters, Diane Darnell and Caroly Hymen. She is survived by her daughter, Patty Chance and son-in-law Ernest of Teague; two sisters, Lela Schlemmer of Corsicana and Marie Lancaster and her husband Bob of Kerens; numerous nieces and nephews; three grandchildren, Judy Peters, Betty Newsom and husband Gil and Billy Elizonno; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Era J. (Dortch) Rawlings
Jan 29, 1915 - Feb 7, 2008

Era J. Rawlings
Era J. Rawlings, 93, of Rice passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, in McKinney. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Mrs. Rawlings was born Jan. 29, 1915, in Sheridan, Ark. She was a member of Haynie Memorial Methodist Church in Rice. She enjoyed caring for children for many years. She had a great love for quilting, crafts and working in her yard. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Nathan Rawlings; parents, James and Sally Dortch; and three brothers, four sisters and one granddaughter. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Janet Rawlings of Waco and Kenneth and Dorothy Rawlings of Waxahachie; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Rhodes of Cabot, Ark., Melba and Dwight Cofield of Princeton and Alice and Jim Fleming of Anna; and 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Frwy., Dallas, TX 75207. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Frances Elizabeth (Curington) Speed
Jun 14, 1919 - Feb 7, 2008

Frances Elizabeth Curington Speed
Frances Elizabeth Curington Speed went to be with her Lord, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, as she passed away peacefully at the age of 88. She was born in Corsicana on June 14, 1919, to John Richard Curington, Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Harris. She was the youngest of seven children. “Mimi” was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She and her late husband Luther Monroe Speed were married on the May 8, 1937 and moved to Midland, Texas in 1939 where they lived for 60 years and raised their family. Frances loved bridge, gardening, traveling and most of all those beautiful West Texas sunsets. She had a quick sense of humor and a loving and inclusive laugh. Her large extended family was the joy of her life. Francis is survived by her son, Robert M. Speed and his wife Patsy, their children, Mary Margaret Greer and husband Jay, Courtney Wiles and husband Worthey, Allison Crosswell and husband Miller; son Joe Speed and wife Cheryl and his children, Jeff Speed and wife Sunday, Corey Speed and wife April and Melissa Speed; daughter Elizabeth Ann Bowne and husband Matt and her children, Russell Wells and John Blair Wells; nine great-grandchildren which were the source of her great pride and affection. Her family would like to thank the staff and nurses of The Hallmark and caregivers of VistaCare Hospice for their love, compassion and devotion during her eight-year stay. Following a graveside service at 1 p.m. today at Resthaven Cemetery in Midland, a visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ellis Funeral Home, 801 Andrews Highway, Midland, TX 79791.In lieu of the usual remembrances, please select a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Geo. H. Lewis and Sons, Houston.

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Kenneth E. Watkins
Jan 27, 1948 - Feb 8. 2008

Kenneth E. Watkins
Kenneth E. Watkins of Oak Valley passed away at his residence Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 at the age of 60 years old. He was born in Navarro County on Jan. 27, 1948 to his parents Earl I. Watkins and Mary Aline Poteet Watkins. He had worked both as a salesman for auto parts and as an automobile mechanic. He is survived by his wife Ida Lorene Watkins of Oak Valley; mother, Aline Watkins of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Gilbert Frillou of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Linda Kingsley of Waxahachie; brother-in-law, Gene and his wife Debra Briggs of Jacksonville, FLA; brother-in-law, John Wesley Briggs and his wife Diane of Eustace; sister-in-law, Katherine Briggs of Malakoff; sister-in-law, Lexine and her husband Ronnie Jackson of Malakoff; sister-in-law, Barbara Kubicek of Barry; and numerous extended family. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Eureka Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mildred (Joram) Gilcoat
Aug 27, 1912 - Feb 6, 2008

Gilcoat, Mildred Joram
Mildred (Joram) Gilcoat, 95, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, in Corsicana. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Mass of Christian burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia with the Rev. Benjamin Magnaye as celebrant. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Martin, Josh Beené, Bob Nesmith, Don Nesmith, Melton Hawkins and the Rev. Brian Robertson. Mrs. Gilcoat was born Aug. 27, 1912, in Longview to Phillip and Lillian (Guy) Joram. She was a longtime resident of Longview until moving to Dawson in 1987 with her husband. Mrs. Gilcoat remained very active in her later years having a keen interest in politics, reading and working crossword puzzles. She was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Gilcoat in 1988; by a sister, Lois Crain; and by a granddaughter, Christine Spruiell Boyd. Survivors include her son, William Gilcoat and wife Sandy of Houston; two daughters, Cathy Spruiell and husband Dwain of Dawson and Margaret Rowland and husband Paul of Farmers Branch; brother, Phillip Joram and wife Helen of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Stacey Gilcoat of Houston, Ashley Martin and husband Jack of McKinney and Angela Beené and husband Josh of McKinney; three great-grandchildren, Brayden Beené of McKinney and Christopher Boyd and Jennifer Boyd, both of Mexia; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Mildred (Joram) Gilcoat, 95, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, in Corsicana.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mexia with the Rev. Benjamin Magnaye as celebrant. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jack Martin, Josh Beené, Bob Nesmith, Don Nesmith, Melton Hawkins and the Rev. Brian Robertson.

Mrs. Gilcoat was born Aug. 27, 1912, in Longview to Phillip and Lillian (Guy) Joram. She was a longtime resident of Longview until moving to Dawson in 1987 with her husband. Mrs. Gilcoat remained very active in her later years having a keen interest in politics, reading and working crossword puzzles. She was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Gilcoat in 1988; by a sister, Lois Crain; and by a granddaughter, Christine Spruiell Boyd.

Survivors include her son, William Gilcoat and wife Sandy of Houston; two daughters, Cathy Spruiell and husband Dwain of Dawson and Margaret Rowland and husband Paul of Farmers Branch; brother, Phillip Joram and wife Helen of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Stacey Gilcoat of Houston, Ashley Martin and husband Jack of McKinney and Angela Beené and husband Josh of McKinney; three great-grandchildren, Brayden Beené of McKinney and Christopher Boyd and Jennifer Boyd, both of Mexia; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Jim Priddy
May 5, 1937 - Feb 6, 2008

Priddy, Jim
Jim Priddy, 70, of Gainesville passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at Select Specialty Hospital in Carrollton. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Clement-Keel Funeral Home, 1204 E. California St., Gainesville. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Clement-Keel Chapel with Pastor Ed Gatlin of First Baptist Church of Krum officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Dawson Cemetery. Mr. Priddy was born May 5, 1937, in Dawson to Prentice and Inez (Bailey) Priddy. He married June 3, 1960, in Dallas to Martha Jo Moffett. He was a Methodist. He was an electrical engineer. He owned and operated Import Auto Parts in Arlington. He loved to fish, garden, and do woodwork. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother David Priddy. Survivors include his wife, Martha Priddy of Gainesville; sons, Russell Alan Priddy of Dallas and Jason Edward Priddy of Gainesville; granddaughter, Shelby Priddy of St. Genevie, Mo.; brothers, Dennis Priddy of Powell, Wayne Priddy of Euless, Bill Priddy of Stephenville and Terry Priddy of Mansfield; and sister, Kay Gatlin of Irving. Arrangements by Clement-Keel Funeral Home, Gainesville.

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Virginia (Kerr) Willis
Jul 6, 1918 - Feb 6, 2008

Virginia Kerr Willis, 89, went home to be with the Lord at 10:28 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. Her family and friends commemorate the wonderful occasion and treasure the loving legacy that she left behind in service to others. Virginia was adopted as an infant by her loving parents, J. M. and Reana Anderson Kerr. Her father retired from his business to devote his life to the nurture of this vivacious child. They would sit for hours playing together on the front porch. All this loving devotion helped create a confident young woman who graduated from Corsicana High School and later attended the University of Texas. She immediately became a leader in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Her peers voted her as the one to establish a new Zeta chapter at the University of Oregon. After successfully establishing the chapter she returned to graduate from the University of Texas. Virginia’s magnetic personality always attracted many suitors but she married her mother’s favorite, Edward Welty Willis of Shawnee, Okla., in 1940. They raised three sons, Ed, Ronny and Ty who each believed he was his mother’s favorite. She had the unique ability to always make one feel like they were the most special person on earth. Virginia’s charismatic personality made her a leader in the community. She served on numerous civic organizations and on the Corsicana Independent School board for many years. She was a successful real estate broker. Virginia was responsible for helping many young couples find their first house. She not only helped them secure a loan, but she would meet them at the door with a freshly-baked cake to welcome them to their new house. Virginia had an insatiable zest for life that included a love of travel. She spent many years in the travel business and traveled extensively on six continents. She touched people wherever she went on these trips. Her life was a witness to God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. Through her example and daily living testimony of her Savior, her children and her children’s children “rise up and call her blessed.” Throughout her fruitful life, she expressed her love to family and friends through countless acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Virginia was a devoted mother and mother-in-law to Ed and Ann Willis, Ronny and Judy Willis, and Ty and Ellen Willis. She was endearingly “Dearest” to her eight grandchildren and their spouses: Ginni and William Kaufman, Janie and Casey Cole, Sarah and Dave Wilson, Susan Willis, Ellen and Lee Lewis, Matt Willis, Tyler Willis and Amy Willis. Dearest also had a “quiver” full of great-grandchildren who kept her young and spirited for so long. These include: Anna Kate Kaufman, Abby Kaufman, Ben Kaufman, Lydia Kaufman, Caroline Cole, John Mark Cole, Holly Wilson, Rebecca Wilson, David Wilson, Luke Lewis and Reid Lewis. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ed Willis, and later found happiness again in her marriage to Jim Dyer. She loved and cared for Jim until his death. After a life of giving love and care to others, Virginia had an angel sent by the Lord to take care of her, Lynn Kaufman. Lynn ministered to Virginia’s body and soul for the last eight years of her life. Lynn is the mother-in-law of Virginia’s oldest grandchild so when the great-grandchildren came to visit, they could visit both grandmothers. The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Oaks who also loved and took care of Virginia during the last three months of her life. Many came in to say good-bye during her last hours and each said, “This is your special girl.” Even in her last moments on earth, she was making everyone else feel special. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. The celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mike Alexander will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will include W. D. Wyatt, James Edwin Fortson, Herb Johnson and the Friendship Class at the United Methodist Church. Family members serving as pallbearers will be Matt Willis, Tyler Willis, Lee Lewis, Casey Cole, David Wilson and William Kaufman. In lieu of flowers, Virginia asked that contributions be made to the Susan Willis Memorial Fund in care of Believer’s Bible Church of Corsicana which assists young people in their Christian growth, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Tommie Newton Coker
May 31, 1941 - Feb 6, 2008

Coker, Tommie Newton
Tommie Newton Coker, 66, of Barry, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born May 31, 1941, in Corsicana to Troy Owen and Lillia Boyte Coker. He is survived by wife, Floydena Coker of Barry; son, Terry Massey of Waxahachie; daughters, Terri McCormick of Red Oak, Denise Coffey of Chatfield and Pam McMillan of Purdon; brothers, Joe Coker of Barry and Roger Coker of Kerens; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Eureka Cemetery with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be Kevin Gentry, Terry Boling, Matt Massey, Jerod Massey, Larry Gatewood and Lynn McDonald. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth McCormick, Bryan Coffey and Ryan Massey. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bobby Danial Hendrik Sr.
Jan 16, 1944 - Feb 4, 2008

Hendrik Sr., Bobby Danial
Bobby Danial Hendrik Sr., 64, of Kerens passed away at his home on Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. He was born on Jan. 16, 1944, in Dallas to D. J. Hendrik and Norma Mogene Lester-Hendrik. He was preceded in death by his father, D. J. Hendrik; and grandparents, Willie “Bill” and Vera Lester.He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janie Vita Hendrik; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and GayLyn Hendrik of Corsicana, Brian and Leah Hendrik of Prairie Grove, Ark., and Brad and Melissa Hendrik of Ennis; one daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Jason McCurdy of Corsicana; six grandchildren, Brooke and Brice Hendrik of Palestine, Colten and Luke Hendrik of Ennis, Ryan Gaines of Prairie Grove, Ark., and Katelyn McCurdy of Corsicana; mother, Norma Mogene Hendrik of Midlothian; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Bob Crane of Midlothian and Jeannie and Bill Gurley of Athens; three brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Vicki Hendrik of Athens, Johnnie and Lisa Hendrik of Gainesville and Jimmy Hendrik of Alabama; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jerry and Joann Manak of Dallas; and mother-in-law, Flossie Vita of Dallas. He has numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Kerens with Brother Wes Johnson officiating. Arrangements by Golden Gate Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Willie Lee Jordan
Mar 25, 1939 - Feb 6, 2008

WILLIE LEE JORDAN
Mr. Willie L. "Bill" Jordan, 68, of Corsicana was born on March 25, 1939 in Italy, Texas and went to be with the Lord on February 6, 2008 in Corsicana, Texas.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He recently retired from Corsicana Auto Parts after over 30 years of service.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2008 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gaylon Blackman, Gary Blackman, Ken Maxfield, Steve Robinson, Butch Bower, and David Bower.

Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by his Wife of 49 years, Jerry Nell Jordan and his father, Clitis Virgil Jordan.

He is survived by Daughter & Son-in-law-Vonda & Kenneth Howard of Corsicana, TX Son & Daughter-in-law-Vernon & Cheryl Jordan of Dawson, TX Son & Daughter-in-law-Robert Earl & Helen Jordan of Corsicana, TX Granddaughter & Husband-Jennifer & John Jennings of Corsicana, TX Granddaughter-Jamie Jordan of Waco, TX Grandson-Joshua Howard of Waco, TX Granddaughter-Tisha Jordan of Corsicana, TX Granddaughter-Amber Jordan of Dawson, TX Granddaughter-Danielle Jordan of Corsicana, TX Great Grandson-Zachary Jennings of Corsicana, TX Mother-Dorothy Brown of Teague, TX Brother & Sister-in-law-Clitis & Greta Jordan of Corsicana, TX Sister & Brother-in-law-Kathy & Bill Sherrard of Corsicana, TX Sister-Brenda Null of Ennis, TX Sister & Brother-in-law-Darla & Darrell Capehart of Corsicana, TX Brother-in-Law-Rex Bower, Sr. of Corsicana, TX Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-L-Robert & Rosa Bower of Corsicana, TX Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-L-Melba & Eleanor Bower of Corsicana, TX Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-L-Miller & Pat Bower of Corsicana, TX Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-L-Wayne & Betty Bower of Hillsboro, TX Brother-in-Law and Sister-in-L-Eddy & Virginia Bower of Longview, TX Sister-in-Law-Helen R. Bennett of Victoria, TX

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75701.

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Jordan, Willie L. "Bill"

Willie L. “Bill” Jordan was born on March 25, 1939, and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He recently retired from Corsicana Auto Parts after over 30 years of service. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jerry Nell Jordan; and father, Clitis Virgil Jordan. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Vonda and Kenneth Howard of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Vernon and Cheryl Jordan of Dawson and Robert Earl and Helen Jordan of Corsicana; granddaughters, Jennifer Jennings and husband John of Corsicana, Jamie Jordan of Waco, Tisha Jordan of Corsicana, Amber Jordan of Dawson and Danielle Jordan of Corsicana; grandson, Joshua Howard of Waco; great-grandson, Zachary Jennings of Corsicana; mother, Dorothy Brown of Teague; brother and sister-in-law, Clitis and Greta Jordan of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and Bill Sherrard of Corsicana, Brenda Null of Ennis, and Darla and Darrell Capehart of Corsicana; brothers-in-law and their wives, Rex Bower Sr., Robert and Rosa Bower, Melba and Eleanor Bower, and Miller and Pat Bower, all of Corsicana, Wayne and Betty Bower of Hillsboro and Eddy and Virginia Bower of Longview; and sister-in-law, Helen R. Bennett of Victoria. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Everett Smith
Apr 30, 1914 - Feb 6, 2008

Smith, Everett 
Everett Smith of Trinidad passed away at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at the age of 94. He had retired in 1975 as a pecan grove manager in Brazoria. He had been employed in many adventurous jobs, but the one with the pecan grove was his favorite. He also was a fishing guide, and his love of fishing only was surpassed by his love for his wife of 70 years, Thelma. They had a lifetime devotion to each other. Everett was never at a loss for a story, and seemed to have never met a stranger. He was longtime member of First Baptist Church in Trinidad. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Smith of Corsicana; brother-in-law, Eugene Berry of Trinidad; niece, Shirley Bevel of Carthage; nephew, Everett Berry of Granbury; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of FMCNA Corsicana for their loving care of Everett. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Loven officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Everett Berry, Darrell Quinn, Tommy Griffin, Christopher Ebey, Jamie Jemison and Ryan Jemison. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Thomas Arnold Bunch
Mar 8, 1920 - Feb 4, 2008

Bunch, Thomas A.
Tom Bunch passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village surrounded by his family and wonderful caretakers. Tom was born March 8, 1920, in Fort Worth to parents Adolphus and Bernice Bunch. Tom came to Corsicana in 1941 as a flying instructor for Air Activities of Texas. In 1942 Tom met and married Yevonne Barnaby. Soon after their marriage, Tom joined the United States Navy. He taught flying and later transported supplies and personnel into the war zone in the South Pacific. After the war ended, Tom and Yevonne lived in Chicago and Kansas City before moving to Dallas. Tom began his career as an investment broker. In 1958 Tom and Yevonne moved back to Corsicana to raise their children. Tom continued his career in Dallas, but also began investing in Corsicana. Tom built the first apartment complex in Corsicana, and later built and developed Park Place Townhouses. Tom was an avid golfer, and loved to travel, and spend time with his family. Tom is survived by his wife Yevonne, son Bob and wife Lilia of Houston, daughter Kendra of Corsicana, grandson Bill of San Diego and Thomas of Houston and his beloved Pug Sofie. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery. Services will be conducted by B.F. Risinger and Dr. David Edwards of First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the Child Advocacy Center, Navarro County Humane Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Pauline “Polly” Finlay
abt 1931 - Feb 3, 2008

Finlay, Pauline "Polly"
Pauline “Polly” Finlay, 77, of Granbury passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 202 W. Pearl, Granbury. A “fellowship of life” reception will follow in the fellowship hall. The family requests donations to a charity of choice. Polly touched the lives of many from Lott, where she was born, to Austin, where she met and married her soulmate, J.D., to Irving and, finally, Pecan Plantation. She and J.D. traveled the world adding more new friends to their incredible memories. Polly thrived on her family and friends. She championed their accomplishments while enjoying new learning experiences. Polly involved herself in many organizations, too numerous to list. The family especially wants to express their appreciation of the support and prayers of her sister Emogene Parnell’s church family, First Baptist Church of Dawson. During her illness, the many loving cards, letters and phone calls gave tribute to her generous heart. Courageously, she battled cancer with tenacity and grace. Her zest for life will always be her legacy. Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, J.D. Finlay; daughters, Christy Finlay of Chester, N.J., and Cathy Ebeling of Fort Worth; son-in-law, Brad Ebeling of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Christa Ebeling of Fort Worth; and sister, Emogene Parnell of Dawson. Arrangements by Winscott Road Funeral Home, Benbrook.

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Danny Lynn Shelton
Apr 3, 1955 - Feb 3, 2008

Shelton, Danny L. Shelton
Danny Lynn Shelton departed for his heavenly home on Feb. 3, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco, with Pastor Donald Olson officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Danny was born on April 3, 1955, in Hill County, the youngest son of Burl H. and Edelene Danford Shelton. He attended grade school and junior high in Hillsboro and high school in Aquilla, where he played six-man football and was selected Most Handsome in the Class of 1973. He was also recognized in high school for his quick wit and continued to be known and loved all his life for his sense of humor, even through the most difficult times. Danny worked 12 years at General Tire before its closing, after which he returned to McLennan Community College and received his certification in law enforcement. Mr. Shelton worked two years for the City of Northcrest, advancing to the rank of sergeant. In 1991, he became a government policeman stationed at the Marlin Veterans Hospital. Danny loved to barbecue for all family gatherings and do genealogy of his mother’s family. He was especially proud of tracing his family’s Indian roots with the tribe roll number and benefits of the tribe of Tsalagiyi Nvdaci (Texas Cherokee). He was a member of RVOS Lodge No. 46. Mr. Shelton was of the Lutheran faith. His father, stepfather Wallace F. Williams, son Bobby Lynn Shelton, and brother Kenneth Shelton preceded him in death. Danny is survived by the love of his life, Bonita Garza Shelton of Waco, his wife of 17 years; two daughters, Stephanie Shelton and life partner Dana Cipollone of Cedar Park and Robyn Shelton of Waco; one son, Jason Shelton of Waco; his mother, Edelene Shelton Williams of Waco; two brothers, Burl W. Shelton of Aquilla and Jerry Don and wife Bertha of Rosenthal; one sister-in-law, Ingrid Shelton of Lorena; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carlos and Mary Garza of Corsicana; nieces and nephews, Mark Shelton and wife Nicola of Lorena, Tonja “Sissy” Mynarcik and husband Louis Jr. of Lorena, Donna Shelton of Rosenthal and Bubba Shelton and wife Kellie of Elm Mott; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and one aunt, Madine Yocham of Whitney. Arrangements by Pecan Grove Funeral Home.

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Beverly (Johnson) Sims
Jan 25, 1933 - Feb 1, 2008

Beverly Sims, 75, a lifelong resident of Corsicana died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Beverly Jane was born to Carl Johnson and Ethel Stovall Jones on Jan. 25, 1933, in Powell. She graduated from G. W. Jackson High School in 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Kim Sims and Kathryn Green; former husband, Tommie D. Sims; a brother, Ralph Earl Johnson; and stepfather, the Rev. Riley L. Jones. Beverly Sims is survived by three sons, Tommie “Rusty” Sims and David Sims of Corsicana and Scott Sims of Austin; three daughters, Tammye Sims of Corsicana, Lloyd Jane Sims of Temple and Jennifer Williams of Mesquite; 15 grandchildren, Vertrice Jennings, Tommie “Dusty” Carney, Alisha McKinney, Erica and Eric Sims, Curtis Green, Brandon Sims, Sable Sims, Kellie Sims, Brandy Sims-Reed, Danyelle Lusk, Rashon Sims, Octavia Sims, Ciara Sims and Imani Williams; and 12 great-grandchildren, John’tae Jennings, Eian Jennings, Nehamiah Massey II, Alazjah Jones, Anyaha McKinney, Brianna McKinney, Shaylan McKinney, Daylan McKinney, Lathearon Reed Jr., Brian Green, Aiyanna Green and Jayden Green. Also mourning her loss is sister-in-law, Thelma Johnson; nephews, Rickey Simmons, Ralph Johnson Jr. (David), and Kevin Butcher; and nieces, Jo Ella Tarbutton-Springfield and Natasha Homer. In accordance with the wishes of the dearly departed, viewing will be only for family members at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Per her request, the Rev. Leonard “Ted” Johnson (a beloved cousin), will carry out official duties for a graveside funeral at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Woodland Cemetery. The public is invited to attend the graveside funeral and afterwards a reception held in the dining hall at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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John Alfred "Buddy" Lewis Sr.
Jul 10, 1936 - Nov 4, 1997

FORT WORTH - John A. "Buddy" Lewis, 61, a retired salesman with Furniture City in Fort Worth, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

John Lewis was born July 10, 1936, in Barry, Texas.

Survivors: Wife, Cynthia Lewis of Fort Worth; sons, Justin Lewis of Fort Worth, John Lewis Jr. of Hurst and Richard Lewis of Florida; daughters, Angela Lewis of Fort Worth, Laurie Keirsey of Arkansas and Terry Lynn Lewis of California; stepson, Anthony Inscoe of Fort Worth; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511

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  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - Friday, November 7, 1997

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