Joe Rexford Patterson
Jan 13, 1911 - Mar 12, 1985
Rex Patterson, 74, of Frost, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Private memorial services were pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in
Blooming Grove at the time of publication.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Daisy Jane Patterson of Frost; a son and
daughter in law, Charles and Debra Patterson of Duncanville; and two sisters,
Jewel Jones of Frost and Iris Payne of Fort Worth.
The family requests that memorials go to the Methodist Home, 111 Herring Ave.,
Waco, Texas 76710 or the kidney dialysis center at Medical Arts Clinic.
(Photo was not part of the obituary)
Oct 13, 1902 - Mar 5, 1985
Jewell Bailey, 82, of Frost, died Tuesday at her residence.
The funeral was scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the First Baptist
Church in Frost with the Rev. Jeff Reid officiating. Burial was to be at the
She is survived by a daughter, Jackie Williams of Waco; two brothers, Farris
Sheppard of Malakoff and Leere Sheppard of Frost; three nieces; and two
Pallbearers were to be Leon Crawford, Jimmy Hoosier, W. D. Watts, J. L. Watts,
Ronnie Brown and Truett Green.
- Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Mar. 14, 1985
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Robbie Lynn Dortch
Dec 18, 1940 - Jun 9, 1984
Robby Dortch, 43, of Frost, died June 9, in the Hubbard hospital.
Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10 in the Blooming grove Chapel
with the Rev. Gary Carroll officiating. Burial was in the
Survivors include her mother, Jewell Dortch of Frost; a daughter, Melissa Dortch
of Dallas; three brothers, Joe Dortch of Louisiana, John Dortch of Waco, and
Jerry Dortch of Dallas; and six sisters, Millie Heib of Dallas, Pat Clifton of
Frost, Frankie Pickett of Euless, Glenda Aday of Fort Worth, Nellie Commer and
Lena Reeves of Mesquite.
Pallbearers were nephews.
- Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 14, 1984
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Feb 27, 1894 - Jun 9, 1984
Mrs. Nora Alice (Ponder) Bryant, 90, of Frost, died June 9, in Navarro Regional
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11 at Frost Baptist Church with the
Rev. Jeff Reed officiating. assisted by Mrs. Bryant's grandson, Elvin B.
Bryant. Burial was in Frost
Survivors include three sons, Otis G. Bryant of Houston, Raymond E. Bryant of
Frost and Forrest L. Bryant of Dallas; three brothers, Coleman Ponder of Temple,
Knox Ponder of Frost and Dave Ponder of Fort Worth; one sister, Lucy Ponder of
Dallas, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and
Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons Paul and Don Bryant, grandson-in-law,
Doug Collop and deacons of Frost Baptist Church.
- Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 14, 1984
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Curtis Roy Patterson
Aug 13, 1907 - Apr 22, 1984
Curtis R. Patterson, 76, of Corsicana died Sunday April 22 at Navarro Regional
Funeral services were held Tuesday April 24, 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church
in Corsicana with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial was in the
Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Patterson was a native of Frost and had lived in Corsicana since 1955. He was a
registered pharmacist for 50 years and had served on the Board of Registered
Pharmacists. He was a deacon and a chairman of the board of First Baptist
Church. He was a member of Masonic Halbert Lodge #641, the Knights of Columbus
and the Frost Oddfellows, and was a Shriner.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Polly Patterson of Corsicana; one daughter,
Connie Dean Patterson of Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Jewell Jones of Frost and
Mrs. Iris Payne of Fort Worth; one brother, Rex Patterson of Frost; and a number
of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ross Maxfield, Steve Brown, Joe Bob Tekell, Dr. James Price,
J.R. Copeland and Blake Gillen.
The family requests that memorials be made in the form of donations to the
Dialysis Center, care of the Medical Arts Clinic.
- Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - April 26, 1984
- Submitted by
Lois Dickson Dortch
Aug 29, 1911 - Jan 29, 1967
L. D. Dortch Dies In Waco
Funeral was held Monday at 2 PM in Corsicana for Loyce D. Dortch, 56, native of
Frost Community but long time resident of Waco. Church of Christ Minister Jim
Walker officiated and interment was in Frost Cemetery. Casket Bearers were Louis
Rawlings, Lloyd Horn, John Dortch, R. E. Smith, Tommy Hopkins and Nathan
Survivors are his mother of Waco, Mrs. Dovie Dortch; son, J.H. Dortch of Ft.
Worth; daughter, Mrs. Peggy Turbeville of Ft. Worth; brother, Luther Dortch of
Frost; sisters, Mrs. Nathan Rawlings of Rice, Mrs. W.W. Kay of Mt. Calm, Mrs.
Iva Holley of Odessa, Mrs. A.L. Horn and Mrs. R.E. Smith both of Waco.
Mr. Dortch was struck by a car early Saturday night as he was crossing a Waco
street at an intersection. Police reported that he walked into the path of the
car driven by another Waco citizen. He was carried to a Waco hospital where he
died early Sunday.
James Abner "Ab"
Nov 12, 1874 - Jul 27, 1967
J. A. Ledford Dies Thursday
In an aura of Masonic grandeur created by the reverence and dignity of practiced
words and centuries old ceremony, Brother J. A. Ledford of Halbert Lodge No. 641,
AF&AM, Frost, was interred by the loving hands of his Brother Masons in Frost
Cemetery Saturday afternoon. Claude Austin of Dallas, past Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Texas, presented the oration and was in charge of the graveside
service participated in by Masons from several lodges.
Brother Ledford was without a peer in central Texas masonry, and had earned the
accolade of "Grand Old Man of Masonry." His membership in the fraternity dated
from 1906 and for more than ten years he had been a proud wearer of the 50 year
membership pin. Almost forty years ago he earned an instructor's certificate
from the Grand Lodge, and through all that time he had introduced hundreds of
neophytes into the mysteries of Masonry. His certificate was still in effect at
the time of his death.
James Abner Ledford died Thursday night in Arlington where he had lived since
the death of Mrs. Ledford in 1960. His residence was the Masonic Home, and he
died in the hospital where he had undergone surgery on Tuesday. He was a retired
farmer and was a member of the Frost Methodist Church where funeral was held
Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Wm. H. Baker of Arlington Bible Church
officiated, assisted by Rev. Thad Son, pastor of Frost Methodist, and Rev. C.C.
Ellis, pastor of Frost Baptist Church. Mrs. Weldon Holley sang verses of Mr.
Ab's favorite hymn," The Old Rugged Cross," and Miss Beverly Yates was organist.
Casket Bearers, all Masons, were: Guy Tullos, Irvin Green, Dr. J.D. Holland, J.O.
Williams, Joe Parum, W.B. Denn, Chester Strain and T.S. Hooser, Sr. McCormick
Funeral Service directed.
Mr. Ledford was born in Clay County, North Carolina, in 1874, and his family
moved to Tennessee when he was a baby. He came to Texas and Frost when he was 18
years old. In 1900 he married Miss Minnie Hightower, member of a prominent
family in the McCord community south of Frost. A daughter, Mrs. Ernest Hooser,
died two years ago and another daughter, Mrs. Coleman Keathley of Tyler,
survives, as does a grandson, James. E. Hooser of Frost, and a granddaughter,
Mrs. Robert B. McCormick, Jr., of Sweetwater. Three great grandchildren also
Mar 18 1894 - July 29, 1967
Frost Burial J. A. Airheart
A patriot who served his country in the two World Wars, Frost businessman and
good citizen, J.A. Airheart died suddenly at his Lake Navarro Mills home
Saturday night at 11:25 o'clock. He was relaxing on his bed and when he failed
to respond to a conversational question by his wife she summoned neighbors.
Justice of the Peace E. D. McCormick conducted a coroner's inquest and ruled
natural death. Mr. Airheart had been in ill health for several years and was
semi-retired from his barber business.
James Arthur Airheart was born in 1894 at Kemp and had lived in Frost 19 years.
He is survived by his wife of Frost, the former Miss Edna Speer, and three
daughters; Mrs. Shirley Hyles and Mrs. Patsy Riddlehuber, both of Italy, and
Mrs. Jimmy Lou McClure of Midlothian; three grandsons; brother, Walter B.
Airheart of Bells Garden, California.
Funeral was held at 5 PM, Monday, in Frost Methodist Church with the pastor,
Rev. Thad Son conducting and Rev. Frank Williams, pastor of Crowley Methodist
Church and former Frost pastor, assisting. The Church choir sang and Miss
Beverly Yates was organist. Interment was in Frost Cemetery and McCormick
Funeral Service directed. Casket Bearers were Monroe Mandrell, Truman Raley,
Kenneth Logan, F. S. Malone, J. N. McMinn and Coleman Ponder, Jr.
J. "Joe" Stokes
May 4, 1930 - Feb 5, 1985
Joe Stokes, 54, of Wills Point and native of Barry, died Tuesday at his
Services were to be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Ly Brand Funeral Home in Wills Point
with the Rev. E.S. Hardy Jr. officiating. Graveside service was to follow at the
Dresden Cemetery with local arrangements under the direction of Corley Funeral
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Stokes of Wills Point; two sons, David
Stokes of Wills Point and Terry Stokes of Garland, a daughter, Teresa Slaton of
Garland, a brother, George Stokes of Dallas; a sister, Exie Carmichael of
Austin, and four grandchildren.
Mildred (Phillips) Barnes
Dec 8, 1913 - Feb 10, 1985
Mildred Jones Barnes, 71, of
Blooming Grove, died Sunday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services were to be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel
with the Rev. Neal Rodgers officiating. Burial was to follow in the
Survivors are her mother, Maggie Phillips of Corsicana; one brother, Jack
Phillips of Blooming Grove; three nieces, Sue Mershawn and Jackie Owen, both of
Blooming Grove, and Donna Phillips of Corsicana, and one nephew, John Phillips
Pallbearers were to be Roy Mershawn, Dwayne Owen, John Phillips, Ronald Lynch,
Ed Hill and Don McGraw.
Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Feb. 14,
Claude Phillips & Margaret D. "Maggie" Frederick [bur at Rose Hill]
Thomas Ersell Northern
April 14, 1916 - May 11, 1984
Thomas Ersell Northern, 68, died Friday, May 11, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services were 2 p.m. Sunday at Blooming Grove Funeral Home with the Rev. Neil
Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.
Born in Frost, Texas, he was a retired grocer.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Northern of Waco; his wife, Kathleen Northern
of Blooming Grove; four sons, Kenneth Northern of Dallas, Tommy Northern of
Houston and Benny Northern of Honolulu, Hawaii; two daughters, Debbie Gant of
Blooming Grove and Jan Atkinson of Lorena; four brothers, C. L. Northern of
Brandon, Allen Northern of Waco, R. C. Northern of Walnut Springs, Mo., and Dan
Northern of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. George Carroll of Waco and Mrs.
Frances Schrader of Avalon; and 12 grandchildren.
Mattie Jane (Bates) Hopkins
Oct 19, 1870 - Nov. 24, 1953
Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Mattie Hopkins
Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Hopkins, 83, who died at Memorial Hospital
November 24, were held at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Church Thursday, Nov. 26,
with Rev. Roy Davis, pastor, conducting the rites.
Mrs. Hopkins was a native of Alabama, but had resided in Navarro county for many
years. She was the wife of the late W. O. Hopkins. She was a member of the
Methodist Church at Barry.
Surviving are two sons, John Hopkins, Corsicana and Homer Hopkins of Waco; five
daughters, Mrs. Pink Richards, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Pearl Watkins and Mrs. Mag
Gowins, Corsicana; Mrs. Addie Martens, Dresden and Mrs. Lillie King, Ft. Worth
Grandsons were pallbearers.
Burial was in Dresden Cemetery with McCormick directing.
Mrs. M.J. Hopkins Expires Tuesday
Nov. 25. — (Spl.)—Mrs. Mattie Jane Hopkins, 83, died In Memorial
Hospital Tuesday night.
will be held from the Methodist church here Thursdav at 10 a. m.
Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.
The rites will be
conducted by Rev. Roy Davis, pastor.
A native of
Alabama. Mrs. Hopkins was a. long-time resident of this vicinity.
Surviving are two
sons, John Hopkins, Corsicana. and Homer Hopkins, Waco; six
daughters, Mrs. Pink Richards and Mrs. Alice Derryberry, both of.
Blooming Grove; Mrs. Pearl Watkins and Mrs. Mag Gowins, both of
Corsicana: Mrs. Addie Morten, Dresden, and Mrs. Lillle King, Fort
Worth; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Nelson, Arkansas; 25 grandchildren 32
great-grandchildren, and other relatives.
Grandsons will be
Joseph William Minefee
Sep 13, 1907 - Jul 23, 1967
This afternoon (Wednesday) at 3:30 o'clock funeral will be held in the First
Baptist Church in Blooming Grove for Joseph William Minefee of Barry who died Sunday.
Rev. Nolan Broughton, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church at Raleigh where Mr.
Minefee had membership, will officiate assisted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitts, pastor
of Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana, and Rev. A. F. Sanders, pastor of
First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.
Casket Bearers, all old family friends and neighbors, will be W. L.
Hollingsworth, Sam Melton, John Hunt, Louis Ewing, Harvey Hollingsworth and John
Reeves. The Church Choir under the direction of R.L. Kagler will sing hymns
chosen by the family and Miss Susan Eddlemon will be pianist. McCormick Funeral
Service will be in charge.
Interment will be in Dresden Cemetery.
Mr. Minefee, son of the late Rev. W.W. Minefee, was born on September 13, 1907,
in the Cottonwood community southeast of Blooming Grove and had lived most of his
life in the Dresden and Raleigh communities. In 1963 he moved to Corsicana and
17 months ago he settled in Barry.
Survivors are his widow, Emma Lee Phillips Minefee of Barry; mother, Mrs. Katie
Minefee of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; sons, J. W. Jr. of Rule and James W. of
Barry; daughters, Mrs. LaVern Fullerton of Barry, Mrs. Geraldine Putman of
Grove and Mrs. Oda Lee Nutt of Savannah, Illinois; brothers, Paul of Miami,
Ariz., Bill of El Paso and Clinton of Houston; sisters, Mrs. Pearl Bentley of
Friona, Mrs. Mary Lou Rawlings of Streetman and Mrs. Dora K. Hollingsworth of
Claude Otto Williams
Dec 26, 1888 - Aug 4, 1967
C.O. Williams Buried Sunday
Mr. Claude O. Williams of Barry was buried in
Dresden Cemetery Sunday afternoon
following a 3 o'clock funeral in Corsicana conducted by Rev. Bob Davis, pastor
of Barry Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. C.D. White, of Ennis. Casket Bearers
were Lowell Reed, L. O. McGraw, George Mitchell, Leone Reed, Wayne Mitchell,
James E. Watson, Marshall Massengale and Roger Johnston.
Mr. Williams was born in Mississippi in 1890 and had resided in west Navarro
County most of his life. He had been a banker at Purdon, postmaster at Barry and
long time owner of an insurance agency. He died in Memorial Hospital Saturday
morning a few minutes after arrival there.
Survivors are his wife of Barry; son, Charles of Ennis; four grandchildren;
sister, Mrs. George Stokes of Oklahoma.
Sarah H. Smith
Aug 23, 1834 - Jun 27, 1915
Smith - Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas, June 28. - Mrs. Sarah Smith, a
pioneer settler of this town and county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
J. L. Harris, today.
Sep 20, 1899 - Mar 27, 1949
Rites Held Tuesday for J. D. Crocker
Funeral services for J.D. Crocker, 49, who died at his home Sunday about 8:30
p.m. were held from the Central Baptist Church Tuesday at 3 p.m. with Rev. G.
Glynn Bolch, pastor, conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. Roy E. Felder,
Mr. Crocker was a native of this community and with the exception of a number of
years in California, he had resided here. He was a prominent farmer of this
section and was an employee of the AAA farm program at the time of his death. He
was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Crocker.
Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. R.R. Massengale and Miss Jessie Crocker,
Blooming Grove; Mrs. Mattie Nash, Perryton, Texas; and Mrs. R. S. Deming,
Dallas; two brothers, A. J. and W. A. Crocker, Blooming Grove.
Pallbearers were Joe George, Carl McGraw, Tom Truelove, Billy Gillen, Dwayne
Magee and Fenner Holditch.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery with the McCormick Funeral Service directing.
Maurene (Gardner) Tanner
Sep 6, 1909 - Jul 6, 1967
Maurine Tanner Funeral Saturday
Mrs. Maurine Tanner was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery Saturday afternoon
following a four o'clock funeral in McCormick Funeral Service chapel in Blooming
Grove. She died at 8:15 PM Friday at her home after a long illness. Rev. Hugh
Abraham, pastor of First Christian Church in Blooming Grove officiated and Mrs. Clyde
Nicholson and John Nicholson sang her favorite hymn. Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was
organist and Casket Bearers were Bill Bowman, Marvin Tinsley, D.L. Magee, Harry
Tinsley, Dr. Ray Carroll and Dr. J.D. Carroll.
Mrs. Tanner was born Maurine Gardner in 1909 at Italy and has lived many years
in the Blooming Grove community. Survivors include her mother, Mrs.
Willie Carroll of Blooming Grove; brother, Ralph Gardner of Roswell, N.M.;
step-brother, Roy Carroll of Dorchester and Jimmy Carroll of Italy; step-sister,
Mrs. J. B. Davis of Dorchester; nephews, Richard Gardner of Denver and Jim
Gardner of Pampa.
Lou Ida (Bush) Taylor
Apr 25, 1873 - Jul 31, 1967
Funeral For Mrs. Taylor, 94
Funeral will be held this morning (Wednesday) at 11 o'clock in McCormick Chapel
in Blooming Grove for Mrs. Sam J. Taylor of Barry who died Monday in Twilight Home at
Corsicana. She had been a resident of the Home for several years but had lived
in Barry more than seventy years.
Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Barry Methodist Church and her pastor, Rev. Thad
Son, will conduct the funeral. Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick, organist, will provide
the music and Casket Bearers will be Roger Johnston, Roy Massengale, Marshall
Massengale, Percy Varnell, Chick Reed and Justin McSpadden. Interment will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors are two sons, Frank B. Taylor of Blooming Grove and Sam Taylor of Los
Angeles, Calif.; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and 4 great great
Mrs. Taylor was born April 25, 1873, in Arkansas and came to Barry when a child.
Before her marriage she was Miss Lou Ida Bush.
In the May 10, 1967 issue of this paper the following story of Mrs.
Taylor was carried: "The prim and neat little old lady, standing straight as an
arrow and walking down the building corridor with just a trace of a bounce, was
Mrs. Sam T. Taylor of Barry, now making her home in Twilight Home, Corsicana."
April 25 was Mrs. Taylor's 94th birthday and though she is now beginning to be a
little incapacitated, until recently she was a completely alert with a keen
interest in everything around her. She is the mother of Frank B. Taylor of
Grove, and her late husband was one of the most prominent men in west Navarro
He was a school teacher, and Mrs. Taylor was one of his pupils before they
married. He owned the first general merchandise store in Barry; he was Barry's
first postmaster; he was the first Cotton Belt railroad agent and telegrapher in
Barry, and in the meantime he was a rancher and farmer."
"After her husband's death, Mrs. Taylor donated the land on which Barry
Methodist Church now stands, and she made other contributions to religious and
Opal Era Briggs-Goode
abt 1923 - Jun 11, 1984
Opal Era Goode
Mrs. Opal Goode, 61, of Corsicana
died June 11, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin Funeral Home with J. T. Davis
officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, L. T. Goode of Corsicana; two sons, Leonard Gene
Briggs of Jacksonville, Fla. and Sam Briggs of Barry; one step-son, Ken Goode of
Corsicana; two daughters, Lorene Watkins of Corsicana and Glenda Kinsley of
Ovalle; one step-daughter, Vera Brock of Rankin; one brother, Joe B. Cooper of
Brazoria; three sisters, Lavador Wallace of Barry, Ella Mae Gregory of Mabank
and Lillian Rodriguez of Athens; five grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
Matilda Jane Russell
Dec 2, 1874 - Jul 8 (or 15), 1967
Mrs. Russell Dies at 91
Funeral was held in Corsicana at 2 PM Tuesday of last week for Mrs. Matilda J.
Russell of Barry, and interment was in
Ministers were Rev. J.T. Davis and Rev. Joe Wilbanks and Casket Bearers were
Tommy Coker, Lee Jones, Dalman Shipley, Carlton Spence, J.N. Jones, Tommy Fenton
and D.A. Shipley.
Mrs. Russell, 91 years of age, died Saturday. Her survivors are: daughters, Mrs.
F.L. Monds of Barry and Mrs. G.E. Jones of Corsicana; step daughter, Mrs. W.E.
Spence of Lake Jackson; step son, T.W. Russell of Dallas; 7 grandchildren; 16
step grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
The Blooming Grove Times - July 19, 1967
SSDI shows death July 15, 1967 - TXDI shows death
July 8, 1967
Edna Gladys (York) Currington
Feb. 26, 1907 - June 10, 1984
Mrs. Edna Gladys Currington, 77,
of Corsicana, died June 10, at a local nursing home.
The funeral was 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Griffin Funeral Home with the Rev.
D.D. Atkinson and Rev. Don Shultz officiating. Burial was in
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Dockery of Corsicana, Barbara Garcia of
Canton, Euna Kirk of Mabank and Alpha Ivie of Dallas; one son, H.D. Currington
of Dawson and Clarence Currington of Levelland; two sisters, Agnes Slaughter and
Bertha Thomas, both of Corsicana and Ola Williamson of Fort Worth, three
brothers, T.J. Preston and Joe York, all of Corsicana; two stepdaughters, Essie
Currington of Corsicana and Zelma Marlow of Blooming Grove; 12 grandchildren and
Pallbearers were H.L. Jayroe, Curtis Henthorn, Richard Holloway, Ronnie McGaha,
Nolan Dockery and Bill Pritchett.
Mary Alice "Mamie" (Williams)
died Jan. 4, 1968
Mary A. (Mamie) Harris
Mrs. Dot Harris Buried
With former pastor Rev. A. F. Sanders officiating, funeral was held in the First
Baptist Church in Blooming . Grove Friday at 3 PM for Mrs. Mary A. (Mamie) Harris who
died in Memorial Hospital at 1:30 AM Thursday. She had been a patient one week.
She had lived at Cryer Creek most of her life and interment was in the family
plot in Cryer Creek Cemetery.
The Church choir under the direction of R. L. Kagler sang hymns selected by the
family and Mrs. Donald L. Boyd was pianist. Casket Bearers were: Leone Reed,
Clyde Nicholson, Arthur Garrison, Loyd Gillen, Roy Massengale and Marshall
Massengale. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.
Surviving Mrs. Harris are: sons, Leroy Harris of San Angelo, C. W. Harris of
Longview and Jeff Harris of Barry; daughters, Mrs. Less Kitchens of Barry;
brother, Dee Williams of Esconda, California; sisters, Mrs. Joel DuBose of
Lubbock, Mrs. R. W. Bell of Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs. Wilma Leverenz of Fresno,
California; 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mrs. Harris was the widow of Mr. J. A. (Dot) Harris who died in 1964. He was a
prominent farmer and rancher and landowner.
Charlie Ross Rhodes, Sr.
Jun 23, 1880 - Jun 15, 1967
Rev. Rhodes Buried Friday
Rev. Charlie Ross Rhodes, Sr., Dean of Gospel Preachers in a wide section of
this part of the state, died early Wednesday night of last week at the Blooming Grove
home of his daughter, Mrs. W.E. Boyd. He had been in ill health for several
years and bedfast for more than a year. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, June
23, 1880, and had spent more than 70 years in Texas and Navarro County, where he
had been pastor of many Baptist Churches. He was an ordained Baptist minister
more than 61 years, and had performed more marriages and conducted more funerals
than he could recall. He wore the 50 year membership pin of the W.O.W. Lodge.
Funeral was conducted in First Baptists Church, Blooming Grove, at 4 PM Friday by
Rev. Melvin Hensley, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where Bro. Rhodes
was a member. Burial was in Cryer Creek Cemetery and Casket Bearers were
grandsons. McCormick Funeral Service was in charge. The Church choir sang hymns
that had been loved by Bro. Rhodes through the years, and a granddaughter, Mrs.
Ralph McSpadden assisted by Mrs. Donna Boyd acted as pianist.
Survivors are; widow, Mrs. Dora Rhodes; sons, Charlie R. Rhodes, Jr. and Carma
L. Rhodes; daughters, Mrs. Fred McGraw and Mrs. W. E. Boyd, all of Blooming Grove;
daughter, Mrs. L. O. McGraw of Barry; sisters, Mrs. Jennie Mickels and Mrs. Mary
Parker, both of Birmingham; 26 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 2 great
Ruth (Watson) Ransom
Apr 23, 1897 - May 27, 1984
Mrs. L.D. (Earna) Ransom, 87, of San Antonio died Monday, May 27, in San
Graveside services were held Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. in
Oakwood Cemetery with
Dr. Tom Graves officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of the
Mrs. Ransom was a native of Blooming Grove and had lived most of her life in
Corsicana. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Robert Stafford of San Antonio; and two
grandsons, Kearby and Ransom Stafford.
Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - June 7,
SSDI shows spelling Erna Ransom - wife of
Lawrence D. Ransom
Feb 17, 1888 - Jul 10, 1967
70 Year Barry Resident Dies
Mr. Mack W. Watkins of Barry was buried in
Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana Tuesday
afternoon of last week following a 5 PM funeral in Corsicana.
Rev. Bob Northcutt, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove officiated,
and Casket Bearers were Raymon Ingram, Billy Watkins, Earl Watkins, T. D.
Watkins, Robert Watkins and Carmack Watkins.
Mr. Watkins was a retired farmer of the Barry community where he had lived for
more than 70 years, coming to Barry from his birth state Alabama when he was 9
years old. He was a member of the Baptist Church.
Surviving are his widow of Barry; sons Albert of Blooming Grove, Baze of Barry,
Marvin of Corsicana and Wayne of Lovington, N.M.; daughters, Mrs. Josephine
Howard of Barry and Mrs. Edna Parr of Dallas; five grandchildren; a great
grandson; sisters, Mrs. Dolly Ingram of Barry and Mrs. Bonnie Ferrell of
abt 1910 - Aug 1967
J. B. Childress Dies Saturday
Funeral was held Tuesday at 10 AM in Corsicana for J.B. Childress of Emhouse who
died Saturday in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Burial was in
Resthaven Memorial Park and
Casket Bearers were Pat Short, Raymond McGraw, Charlie Hyles, Les Kitchens,
Charles Ray Collier, Watson Rogers, Arlon St. Clair and Louis Rackley.
Mr. Childress was employed by a construction firm laying pipe line, and it was
reported that he accidentally drove his truck into Lake Superior and drowned.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. C.C. Childress of Emhouse; son, Paul of
Corsicana; 2 brothers, J. O. of Emhouse and C. C. of Blooming . Grove; 2 sisters, Mrs.
T. R. Collier of Emhouse and Mrs. R. C. Ward of Dallas.
The Blooming Grove Times - Aug. 23, 1967
1910 AND 1920 ELLIS CO. CENSUS SHOWS HIM AS SON
OF C. C. AND ETHEL CHILDRESS
Name may be James Bruce Childress ??
Annie Florence Wilson
Jan 26, 1897 - Aug 12, 1901
A.O. Wilson of this city received a message last night that his little daughter
had been bitten by a spider at Blooming Grove, and he left for that place at
once. A message was received from him today stating that the child died as a
result of the bite at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
Elvin Joe Richardson
Aug 29, 1894 - Mar 8, 1985
The Rev. Elvin Joe Richardson, 90, of Barry, died Friday at Navarro Regional
Services were to be Wednesday, March 13, at Scott Funeral Home with the Rev.
Vernon Washington, pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Barry, officiating.
Burial was to be in Woodland Cemetery.
He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Pride of Frost No.
110 Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mrs. Edna Guess of Barry; and several nieces
Pallbearers were to be Henry Davis, Zelmo Davis, Joe Johnson and Clifford
Curen Albert Hartley
Sep 28, 1918 - May 10, 1984
Curen A. Hartley, 65, of San
Antonio, died Thursday, May 10.
Services were Monday, May 14, with Brookhill Funeral Home with burial to be in
Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Hartley was born in Blooming Grove on Sept. 28, 1918, entered the Corsicana
State Orphans Home at an early age and graduated from there in
1939. He later
was president of the home's ex-student's association for several years.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly before
World War II, was captured by
the Japanese in the Phillipines and was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He
was a prisoner of war for 3 and a half years.
He was decorated several times and retired from Air Force active duty in 1966.
Survivors include his wife, Jozell Denn Hartley of San Antonio; a son, James
Hartley of San Antonio; three daughters, Calrice Forrest, who is with the armed
forces in Germany, Wanda Hartley of San Antonio and Jacque Hartley of Los
Angeles, Calif. Curen Hartley was the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. K. Hartley, both of
whom were interested in Curen and his spirit to overcome great difficulties. K.
Hartley was a clerk and bookkeeper in Blooming Grove; Mrs. K. Hartley was a
teacher in Blooming Grove for many years. Curen was a cousin of Mrs.
Buford Armstrong of Blooming Grove.
Travis Dewitt McAfee
Oct 2, 1895 - Aug 17, 1967
Dewitt McAfee Dies California
T. Dewitt McAfee
Mrs. A. A. Fagala of Blooming . Grove
received word Sunday morning of the death of her brother, T. Dewitt McAfee, in
Compton, Calif. He was born at Emmett, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. McAfee.
Funeral and entombment were in Compton.
Survivors other than Mrs. Fagala are a brother, R.E. McAfee of Hillsboro;
sisters, Mrs. J.S. Johnson of Graham, Mrs. Eva Mitchell of Dallas and Mrs. Ollie
Daniel of Corsicana.
T. D. McAfee
Funeral services for T. D. McAfee, a native of Emmett, Navarro County, were held
Monday in Compton, Calif. Burial was held in Ingleside, Calif.
McAfee died Aug 17. in Compton, Calif.
Survivors: Four sisters, Mrs. Mattie Fagala of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Eva Mitchell
of Dallas, Mrs. J. S. Johnson of Graham, and Mrs. Ollie Daniel of Emmett, and a
brother, R. E. McAfee of Hillsboro.
Pearl (Hewitt) Hewitt
Mar 20, 1883 - Aug 15, 1967
Pearl Hewitt Dies Dallas
Born in "Old Town" Blooming Grove in 1883 and a resident of Dallas for many years,
Mrs. Pearl Hewitt died Thursday and funeral and interment were held in Dallas on
Friday. Mrs. Hewitt's maiden name and married name were the same; her name at
birth was Pearl Hewitt and as a young lady she married Mr. Jack Hewitt.
She is survived by a son, Dan Hewitt of Dallas, and two half-brothers, Claude
and Ed Phillips of Blooming . Grove.
Mrs. Claude Phillips, Mrs. Jack Phillips and Mrs. Earn Williams, all of Blooming .
Grove, attended the funeral.
Earlie B. Risenhoover
Dec 23, 1903 - Aug 1967
E. B. Risenhoover Dies Suddenly
E. B. Risenhoover died unexpectedly at his home in Blooming Grove at ten minutes after
three o'clock Wednesday morning of last week. Funeral was held in McCormick
Funeral Service chapel at 10 AM Friday with Rev. Lloyd Cocker of Cross Plains,
formerly of Blooming Grove, in charge. Rev. James Peppers, pastor of
Methodist Church, assisted. Mrs. Clyde Nicholson and John Nicholson sang and
Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist. Casket bearers were Harold Bell, Hershel
Minatra, Sammie Saunders, Norman Brister, R. Bruce McCormick, Noel Furra and
Arthur Garrison. Burial was in Ridge Park, Hillsboro.
Mr. Risenhoover was born in Kentucky in 1903, spent most of his life in Hill
County before moving to Lone Cedar where he farmed, then 3 years ago he retired
from farming and moved to Blooming Grove. He was an employee of McCormick Funeral
Service, and belonged to Woodmen of The World Lodge and the Blooming Grove Methodist
Survivors are his widow, Maude Foster Risenhoover of Blooming Grove; brothers, W.J.
of Lancaster and W.B. of Tacoma, Washington; sisters, Mrs. Chester South of
Dallas and Mrs. Ralph Vinson of Laguna Park.
Sina Alice (Richardson) Cook
Feb 1, 1876 - Jan 5, 1968
Funeral For Mrs. Sina Cook
Mrs. Sina Alice Cook of Blooming . Grove was buried in
Petty's Chapel Cemetery Sunday
afternoon after funeral in McCormick's Chapel at 2 o'clock. She died at 5:30 PM
Friday in Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient following a fall in her
home. Wayne Mathis, pastor of Blooming . Grove Church of Christ, was the minister and
Nickey Burleson was soloist.
Caskey Bearers, all grandsons-in-law, were: Lester Hambrick, Kenneth Wylie, F.M.
Fuller, Bob Bell, Bill Gilliam and Warren Clarkston.
Mrs. Cook was born in Jasper County in 1876 and was married to J.A. Cook who
died in 1915. She lived in Corsicana until 3 years ago when she moved to
Survivors are: son, Otho Cook of Dallas; daughter, Mrs. Robert Barham of
Grove; sisters, Mrs. Naomi Fincher of Ennis and Mrs. Nan Lybe [Lynne?] of Waco; 11
grandchildren, 29 great GC, 3 great-great GC.
Cathern Louise Jones
Feb 1, 1985 - Feb 3, 1985
Cathern Louise Jones, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David C.
Jones, died Sunday in Dallas.
Services were to be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home, with the Rev.
Alvin Steen officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Survivors include her parents and three grandparents, Walter and Edith Holand of
Corsicana and Louise Jones of Galveston.
Fanny Nanette "Nett" (Holditch) Daniel
Nov 19, 1905 - May 25, 1984
Nanette Daniel, 78, of Blooming Grove, died Friday, May 25, at Navarro Regional
Survivors include a son, Jerry E. Daniel of Mertens; two sisters, Alline
Saunders of Waxahachie and Sue Lois Moore of Corsicana; three brothers, Jack
Holditch of Denton, Fenner Holditch of Blooming Grove and Damon Holditch of
Bullard; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the Blooming Grove
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Carroll and the Rev. Don Elrod
officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Logan, Searcy Saunders, Charles Holditch, Benny Hand,
Woodrow Watson and Troy Lane.
Dora Jeanette (Dillingham) Giles-Thompson
1906 - May 10, 1984
Jeanette Giles Thompson, 77, of Mabank, died yesterday in Kaufman.
Services were Saturday at Blooming Grove Funeral Home with the Rev. Bert Bagley
officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Thompson of Mabank; a niece, Bobbie Dell
Yelinek of Houston, two nephews, Jack and Jim Simmons of Houston; and a
grandnephew, G. P. Simmons of Houston.
Pallbearers were Joe Phillips, Don Sink, Horace Williamson, Jim Simmons, Hank
Drumwright and Vernon Thompson.
Jeanette Thompson was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Dillingon [sic] of
Blooming Grove. Jeanette was a popular student of the Blooming Grove Public
School. She was also an employee of the Ramseys who operated the Old Corner Drug
Store. Her father was a civic minded citizen of Blooming Grove, serving as
president of the Blooming Grove Fair.
Tommy Haywood Conway
Jul 6, 1912 - Mar 21, 1975
BLOOMING GROVE -
Graveside services are set for 4 p.m. Saturday at
Rose Hill Cemetery for Tommy
Conway 58, who died Friday morning at memorial Hospital. The Rev. W. A. Corley,
pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate.
He is survived by
his widow, Mrs. Marie Conway, of Blooming Grove; two sons, David Madden of
Birginia and James Conway of Blooming Grove; and one daughter, Patty Conway of
Wilda Mae (Craddock) Nabors
Feb 24, 1929 - Apr 5, 2008
Wilda Mae Nabors, 79, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008,
at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born Feb. 24, 1929, in
Dublin, Texas, to the late William Craddock and the late Ruby Corbell
Craddock. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad. She
was employed as a unit record clerk at Scott and White Hospital and
Navarro Regional Hospital. Survivors include two sons, Ron Lightfoot and
wife Shelia of Copperas Cove and Barry Lightfoot and wife Karen of
Odessa; five grandchildren, Shane Lightfoot, Landon Lightfoot, Jared
Lightfoot, Shannon Lightfoot and Dustin Lightfoot; and eight
great-grandchildren. Services are 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist
Church in Trinidad with Brother Jim Farmer officiating with interment to
follow at Roundgrove Cemetery. Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home,
Geraldine (Marion) Rogers
Dec 14, 1916 - Apr 6, 2008
Geraldine Marion Rogers passed away peacefully surrounded by her family
on April 6, 2008. She was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Tupelo, Texas, and was
the daughter of J.D. Marion. Geraldine was preceded in death by her
loving husband, William Terrell Rogers; her son, Terry Rogers; as well
as her sister, Vivian Marion Atchley. She is survived by her daughters,
Judy Rogers Yocham and husband B.F. Yocham and Cathy Rogers Manuel and
husband Bret Manuel; grandchildren, Dena Kessler, Traci Price and
husband Robert, Kelli Buffa and husband John, Cody Manuel and Lauren
Manuel Jones; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Kristian and Addison Buffa,
Taylor Edwards and Riley Jones; and nieces Gail Roman, Susan Beauler and
Nancy Trout. Jerry was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and
great- grandmother. We will miss you Mom, Mimi, Grandma, Jerry … we know
you’re finally in heaven with Daddy and Terry. Geraldine Rogers will be
laid to rest next to her husband and son on April 10. Graveside services
will be held at Oakwood Cemetery
in Corsicana at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Harrell Braddock Jr.
officiating.Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s
Foundation of America — www.alzfdn.org.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Apr 22, 1918 - Apr 4, 2008
Mary Yielding, 89, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, April 4, 2008, in
Corsicana. She was born on April 22, 1918 in Kaufman County, Texas, the
daughter of James Grover and Ara Haney Yielding. The family lived on her
maternal grandmother’s farm until she was nine years old, at which time
they moved to Corsicana. She attended Corsicana schools and graduated
from Corsicana High School in
1935. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church. For
many years she was a member of Gertrude Russell’s Sunday school class
and Thelma Caskey’s Missionary Circle. She worked for the original First
National Bank in Corsicana for 30 years and retired as vice-president.
During those years she had the privilege of working for five presidents,
including B. Lynn Sanders, W.D. Wyatt, June P. Clark, Abe Stroud, and
Bob Lane. While with the bank she had the opportunity to travel, which
she enjoyed very much, to Canada, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Hawaii, New York
City, Washington D.C., all the southern states and many other places.
Visitation will be held until the service time. Services will be 11 a.m.
today, April 7, 2008, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F.
Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the
Pallbearers will be John Thompson, Rick Thompson, Roy Washburn, Bill
Livingston, Bob Sandefur, Rob Sandefur and Jeff Sandefur. Mary was
preceded in death by her parents, James Grover and Ara Haney Yielding;
sister and brother-in-law, Claudine and Taylor Wilkinson. She is
survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and John Thompson of Katy;
brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Yvonne of Dallas; nieces and their
husbands, Donna and Ray Washburn of Hot Springs, Ark., Karen and Bill
Livingston of Houston, and Ann and Bob Sandefur of Beaumont; nephew and
wife, Rick and Karen Thompson of Houston. She is also survived by 13
great nieces and nephews. Since she frequently traveled to Beaumont with
her sister Claudine, she was especially close to great nephews Rob and
Jeff Sandefur. Mary was part of a close-knit, loving family and was
dearly loved by all. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Howard R. Jennings
Mar 6, 1934 - Mar 30, 2008
Howard R. Jennings, 73, of Dallas passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008, at
Lennwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dallas. Visitation will be held
from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Services will be 11
a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 409 N. Third St., with the Rev. C. B.
Martin officiating. Interment will follow at
Friendship Cemetery in Eureka.
Pallbearers will be Clay J. Jennings, KaTory Thompson, Stanley Jennings, Stacy
Jennings, Devone Jackson, Damien Rice and J. J. Vinson. Honorary pallbearers
will be deacons of Union Baptist Church. Mr. Jennings was born March 6, 1934, in
Eureka. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Will and Willie
P. Jennings; and one brother, John Jennings. Survivors include one sister, Ola
Calloway of Dallas; one brother, Henry C. Jennings (Sandra) of Waco; nephews and
nieces, Clay J. Jennings (Belinda) of Waco, Stanley Jennings (Hazel) of
Corsicana, Stacy Jennings and Aumoni Jennings, both of Dallas, Damien Rice (Billisha),
Jeron Jennings and Jasmin Jennings, both of Corsicana, Trina L. Jennings, and
Sheretta Jackson (Devone) of Dallas; and other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Howard R. Jennings, 73, of Dallas passed away Sunday, March 30,
at Lennwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dallas. Visitation
will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Behlehem Baptist Church with
the Rev. C.B. Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka
Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Mary Ann (Gillespie) Stroube
Jul 20, 1920 - Apr 3, 2008
Ann Gillespie Stroube
After a long and full life “Mimi” left us on April 3, 2008, at age
87. She was a lifelong resident of Corsicana, born on July 20, 1920, to
Artie and Campbell Gillespie. She is joining her beloved husband Reynaud,
who predeceased her. Mary Ann is a member of the body of Christ through
her membership in First Christian Church, a fourth generation member in
that church. During her last few years, she attended St. Luke United
Methodist Church that had welcomed her with love and kindness. At First
Christian, she loved working with and serving that congregation as a
trustee, board chairwoman, board member, youth leader, primary Sunday
school teacher and leader of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. While she
was busy raising her family, Mary Ann also provided executive service to
the Daughters of the American Revolution as Texas state vice regent,
state corresponding secretary, state curator, and state junior
membership chairwoman. In Corsicana, she was also active in the
Community Chest and YMCA youth activities. Mimi is survived by her three
sons and their wives, Rey and Kathy, Hugh and Pam, and Steve and Elaine;
seven grandchildren and their spouses, Rey IV and Terri, Michelle, Hugh
Jr. and Lori, Samantha, Gil and Lauren, Kate and Dirk, and Anne; six
great-grandchildren, Quinn, Blake, Molly, Colin, William and Trip; two
brothers and their wives, Campbell and Elaine Gillespie and George and
Eileen Gillespie; and a number of nieces and nephews and lifelong
friends. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Corley
Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Arrangements
by Corley Funeral Home.
Published in the
Daily Sun from 4/5/2008 - 4/6/2008
Daughter of Campbell Miller Gillespie, Sr. &
Artie Ora (Birdwell) Gillespie
Donald L. Tackett
Apr 15, 1934 - Apr 1, 2008
Donald L. Tackett
Donald L. Tackett, 73, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2008, in
Temple. He was born April 15, 1934, in Corsicana to Ernest and Margaret Tackett.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Chapel. Burial will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Mr. Tackett loved to play dominos, hunt and in
earlier days play golf. He read all types of books especially westerns. He loved
children and enjoyed teasing and playing games with them, and especially reading
them stories, mostly made-up tall tales. He always had a pocket full of candy
and Band-Aids to cover emergencies. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Tackett
of Corsicana; two sons, Randy Tackett and wife Pam of Corsicana and Kevin
Tackett and wife Buffy of Rock Springs; seven grandchildren, Brandon and wife
Natalie, Misty, Josh, Jessica, Matthew, Rowdy and Elly Tackett;
four-great-grandchildren, Aidan, Corey, Cody and Jo; two pretend grandsons,
Andrew Bonner and Kenny Dunagan; sister, Alma Bridges and husband Clayton of
Waco; sister-in-law, Faye Tackett of Arlington; aunt, Jean Forbus of Corsicana;
several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Chuck Rash, Hotch Manning, Ray
Jacobs, and Tracks (Bill) Irvin.He was preceded in death by parents, Ernest Leon
and Odessa Tackett; and brothers, Leroy Tackett, James Tackett. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Lillie M. (Harris) Dunn
Mar 18, 1946 - Mar 30, 2008
Lillie M. Harris Dunn
Lillie M. Harris Dunn, 62, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, March 30, 2008, in
Tyler. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at M.R. Smith Parlor
for Funerals. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with
Minister Erma Young officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park. Mrs. Dunn
was born March 18, 1946, in Teague. She was preceded in death by her brothers,
Chester Harris and Marvin Harris. Survivors include her husband, Larry Dunn Sr.
of Corsicana; sons, Gary E. Chandler, Sauna Chandler, Vernon Chandler Sr. and
Reginald D. Thomas, all of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; brother, Tony Harris;
and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for
Marie (Smith) Ragsdale
Jul 4, 1919 - Mar 29, 2008
Marie S. Ragsdale
Marie S. Ragsdale, 88, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, at
Heritage Oaks West. She was born July 4, 1919, in Payne Springs. A memorial
service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at St. John’s Episcopal
Church. Mrs. Ragsdale was a graduate of Corsicana High School and retired
caseworker for the State of Texas. She was a member of Payne Springs United
Methodist Church and formerly a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Mrs.
Ragsdale was preceded in this life by her loving husband, William “Bill”
Ragsdale Jr.; parents, A.T. and Florence Smith; brother, A. T. Smith Jr.;
sisters, NaRita Hickson, Dodge Luther and Annie Matthews. She is survived by her
sisters, Joyce Brown and Ray Pierce, and brothers-in-law, James Ragsdale and Joe
Brown; loving children, Tommy Ragsdale of Austin, Ronnie and Karen Ragsdale of
Corsicana and Rita and John Williams of College Station; grandchildren, Shannon
Smith, Craig Ragsdale, Bo Ragsdale, Sarah Williams and Rebekah Williams;
great-grandchildren, Anna Carver, Emma Smith, Ella Smith and Finley Ragsdale;
and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to the
caregivers at Heritage Oaks West for their attentive help and kindness. In lieu
of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the Playground Fund at
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 N. 14th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or the Down
Home Ranch, 20250 FM 619, Elgin, TX 78621. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Mary Hazel (Carr) Ray
Sep 23, 1914 - Apr 1, 2008
Mary Hazel Ray
Mary Hazel Ray, 93, was born Sept. 23, 1914, to Charles F. Carr and Ada Haney
Carr in Kemp. She left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on April 1,
2008, in Corsicana. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Grand Prairie.
She had a great love for her Lord, and church family. Funeral services will be
held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, at Trinity Baptist Church in Grand Prairie with
the Rev. Tom O’Dell and the Rev. Tom Heath officiating. Interment will follow at
3 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in
Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Marlon Cockerell, Kenny Hughes, Paul Hable, Gene
Rash, Mike Wiley and David Pike. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her husband
of 64 years, Floyd D. Ray; parents, Charles F. and Ada Carr; son, Charles D.
Ray; sister, Dorothy Pike; and a great-grandson, Grant Rash. She is survived by
her daughter, Barbara Adamson of Corsicana; son, Glenn Ray of Grand Prairie;
daughter-in-law, Kay L. Ray of Richland; grandchildren, Terri Wiley of Richland,
Jill Rash of Richland, Cindy Griffin of Arlington, Charles G. Ray of North
Richland Hills and Greg Adamson of Corsicana; 13 great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Faye Stegall of Corsicana and Imojean
Perkins of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by
Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home, Grand Prairie. Local arrangements by Corley
Dennis Leroy Wolver
Aug 12, 1948 - Apr 2, 2008
Dennis Leroy Wolver
The Rev. Dennis Leroy Wolver, 59, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 2,
2008, in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 12, 1948, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Roy and
Patty Wolver. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Terry Keele, Lonnie Keele and
Charles Washington officiating. Interment will follow at
Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will
be Jeffrey Love, Bill Brackeen, Vernon McGuire, Freddie Mooneyhan, Josh Massey,
Ben Massey, Matthew Keele, Larry Hughes, Bill Mims and George Coppock. Survivors
include his wife, Sandy Wolver of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy
and Jennifer, Denny and Catherine, and Mike and Christie, all of Corsicana;
daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Jeffrey Love of Waxahachie; brothers, Steve
Wolver of Urbandale, Iowa, David Wolver of Storm Lake, Iowa, Neal Wolver of Des
Moines, Iowa, Mark Wolver of Panora, Iowa, and Tim Wolver of Des Moines, Iowa;
sisters, Linda Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, and Tammy Frayer of Storm Lake, Iowa;
and grandchildren, Erica, Dylan, Layton, Savana, Taylor, Jaden and Kaitlyn.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
William Gordon Pillans
Jan 30, 1945 - Apr 7, 2008
Mr. William G. “Bill” Pillans, 63, of Streetman passed away on Monday, April 7,
2008 in Fairfield, Texas. He was born on January 30, 1945 in Corsicana, Texas.
He was a longtime member of the Winkler Masonic Lodge. He was a veteran having
served in the U.S. Army.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2008 at
Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,
April 12, 2008 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Turner &
Rev. Rodney Bancroft officiating. Interment will follow in the
Birdston Cemetery. Pallbearers will
be Jimmy Pillans, Billy Pillans, Jarred Pillans, Dan Grube, Jimmy Collier,
Johnny Minze, Richard Knight, and Charlie Thompson. Honorary Pallbearers will be
Roger Pillans, Richard Knight, Sr., Billy Massey, Donnie Steele, and Billy Keel.
Mr. Pillans was preceded in death by his Parents; Willie Darden & Mozelle
Elizabeth Pillans, and a Sister; Patsy Hullen.
He is survived by his Sons & Daughter-in-Law; Jimmy Pillans of Streetman and
Billy & Kathy Pillans of Troy, Montana, Granddaughters; Cheyenne Pillans of
Austin, Michelle & Jessica Pillans of Troy, Montana, and a Grandson; Billy
Pillans, Jr. of Troy, Montana, and a Close Friend; Dan Grube of Coolidge.
Alexis Brandon Navarro
Apr 1, 2008 - Apr 1, 2008
Infant Alexis Brandon Navarro was born and died on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 in
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at
Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Lewis
He is survived by his Parents; Jose & Alma Navarro of Corsicana, Texas
Ora Belle (George) Ross
Mar 31, 1878 - Feb 27, 1968
Funeral For Mrs. Ora Belle Ross
Mrs. Ora Belle Ross of Hillsboro was buried in
Rose Hill Cemetery Thursday
afternoon following a 2 oclock funeral in McCormick Funeral Service chapel. Rev.
Mel Hardin, pastor of Central Baptist Church, and Rev. Leon Vorphal, pastor of
First Baptist Church in Hillsboro, conducted the service.
Casket Bearers were W.E. Carroll, J. Miller Reid, Tom George, Jr., Flint
Albrecht, John Dorsey George and R. Bruce McCormick.
Mrs. Ross died Tuesday night in Hillsboro where she had lived since 1963, moving
there from Kerens after the death of her husband. She was born in Camden,
Alabama, and came to Blooming Grove when a young girl. She attended school in
Grove and for many years was a clerk in R.D.
George Dry Goods Store owned by her brother. She served in all departments of
the Central Baptist Church and was a most loyal member.
In 1927 she married Mr. Eugene Ross of Kerens and went there to live.
She served in various capacities in Kerens First Baptist Church.
A brother, John George of Blooming Grove, and a sister, Mrs. J.T. Spires of
Hillsboro, are survivors along with two stepdaughters, Mrs. John Killough of
Houston and Mrs. Edith Jackson of New York City.
The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 6, 1968
Robert Dewilder George, Sr. Capt. & Elizabeth David (McMillan) George
Jun 22, 1891 - Oct 1, 1967
Mr. Dave Hall Buried Monday
Native of Mississippi but resident of west Navarro County most of his life, Dave
Hall died Sunday afternoon in a Ft. Worth hospital following several months of
ill health. Funeral was held Monday at 1 PM in Blooming Grove First Baptist Church,
Rev. Billy Williams, pastor of Avalon Baptist Church, officiating and Rev.
Johnny McDaniel, pastor of Avalon Methodist Church, assisting. Hymns were sung
by a choir composed of singers from Avalon and Blooming Grove. Casket Bearers, all
grandsons, were Dennis Andrews, Johnny Andrews, Ronnie McKnight, Don Ingram,
Wayne Skinner and Larry Green. Burial was in
Dresden Cemetery and McCormick
Funeral Service directed.
Mr. Hall lived in the old Bryan Schoolhouse community before moving to Slay, and
from there he moved to the Lone Cedar area where he lived more than 25 years.
Six years ago the Hall family moved to Avalon. Mr. Hall was born June 22, 1891.
He was a retired farmer.
Survivors are Mrs. Hall of Avalon; 3 sons, Roy A. Hall of Ardmore, Okla., Dave
Jr. of Corsicana and Lee Gene Hall of Houston; 4 daughters, Mrs. Fern Ingram and
Mrs. Lucille McKnight both of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Irene Andrews of Grand Prairie and
Mrs. Betty Jo Smithey of Aransas Pass; sister, Mrs. Sallie Wilson of Houston;
half brother, Lloyd Wooten of Blooming Grove; half sister, Mrs. Maude Holdaway, Yuba
City, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren.
Bessie (Spencer) Hewitt
Jul 11, 1887 - Sep 19, 1967
Frost Native Dies Suddenly
Mrs. Blake D. Hewitt of Blooming Grove died suddenly at 4:20 AM Tuesday in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Spencer. She had made her home with the Spencers since
March, 1966, coming to Blooming Grove from Grand Prairie after the death of her
husband. Mr. Spencer and Mrs. Hewitt were brother and sister.
Mrs. Hewitt was not ill at bedtime but she awoke in the night with chest pains
and called to the Spencers. While hurried preparations were being made to get
her to the hospital Mr. Spencer heard her attempt to speak and when he reached
her bed she would not respond. Peace Justice E.D. McCormick made a coroner's
report of natural death apparently due to heart failure.
Mrs. Hewitt was born Bessie Spencer in July, 1887, a few miles south of Frost,
and she grew up and went to school in Frost. She married and moved from Frost in
1912 and had lived in Grand Prairie since that time.
Other survivors are brother, George L. Spencer of Teague; sisters, Mrs. Clem
Mitchell, Mrs. Fred B. Murray and Mrs. Grady Hobbs, all of Frost, and Mrs. Van
Mills of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Funeral and interment arrangements were to be announced by McCormick Funeral
William Everett Melton
Feb 25, 1880 - Sep 26, 1967
Funeral For Wm. E. Melton
William Everett Melton known to his multitude of friends as "Bill", died at home
in Baytown in the afternoon of Tuesday last week. Funeral was at 10 AM Thursday
in McCormick Funeral Service chapel with Rev. Thad Son, pastor of Frost
Methodist Church, conducting. Mrs. W. G. Jenkins was organist. Casket bearers
were Clay Reed, Billy Reed, Raymond Jones, Norwood McMinn, Guy Tullos and
Fletcher Bonnett. Interment was in Frost
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. J.C. (Rose) Jennische of Baytown; 3
grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces including Clay, Billy & Leo Reed
and their sisters Lorena and Glynell, and Mrs. J.M. (Birdie) Beene.
"Bill" Melton was born in the Carroll Schoolhouse community, son of a former
Texas Ranger, and he lived a colorful life of cowboy, rancher, farmer and
longtime Frost law enforcement officer and night watchman. In the mid-nineteem
thirties he single handedly prevented the robbery of The Citizens State Bank in
Frost when he accosted a band of thugs at midnight and, after being greviously
wounded by their gunfire, shot and killed one bandit and put the others to
flight. This "Depression Time" show of courage and devotion to duty as he
protected the dwindling treasury of the community earned everlasting gratitude
of the citizenry.
He lived in Frost all his life until about 11 years ago he went to Baytown to be
with his daughter and her family.
Jake S. Sheffield
Jun 24, 1885 - Sep 28, 1967
J. S. Sheffield Died Thursday
Interment in Frost Cemetery Saturday
afternoon followed a 3:30 funeral in Corsicana for J. S. Sheffield of Frost who
died Thursday morning.
Rev. George Heath, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana, officiated.
Grandsons were Casket Bearers.
Mr. Sheffield had lived in the Frost community for more than 35 years, and he
was a retired farmer. His immediate family includes the widow, Mrs. Eunice
Sheffield of Frost; sons, J.W. of Corsicana, R.R. of Houston, Sam, Melvin and
W. B., all of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughters, Mrs. Oleta Grounds of Blooming Grove,
Mrs. Katherine Bell of Corsicana, Mrs. Minnie Goodman of Grandview, Mrs. Mae
Magee of Houston and Mrs. Fannie Hill of Gladewater; 39 grandchildren; sister,
Mrs. Lizzie Roderick of Cleburne; stepsons, Richard Bell of Ft. Worth and R.N.
Goodwin of Garland, and stepdaughter Mrs.
Iva Young of Frost.
Addie Mabel (Green) Sheppard
Feb 28, 1890 - May 18, 1968
Mrs. Addie Sheppard Buried At Lone Oak
Funeral was held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon in First Baptist Church of
Grove for Mrs. Addie Sheppard who died in a Dallas clinic early Saturday
morning. She was born in the Blooming Grove community in 1890 and was Miss Addie
Green until her marriage to W.O. Sheppard who died several years ago. Mr.
Sheppard was also a native of Blooming Grove and the couple lived in the community
until moving to Lancaster seven years ago.
Rev. Eddie Fortson of Pleasant Run Road Baptist Church, Lancaster, officiated
and Rev. & Mrs. R.L. Chesser were a duet for singing Mrs. Sheppard's favorite
hymns. Mrs. Marilyn Weaver was pianist. Interment was in
Lone Oak Cemetery and Casket
Bearers were C.L. Saunders, A.D. Garrison, George Ward, R. Bruce McCormick,
Allen Reames, Frank Lonon, Wendell Lockhart and D.L. Magee. McCormick Funeral
Service was in charge.
Surviving Mrs. Sheppard are: three sons, William Earl Sheppard of Blooming Grove,
Houston Sheppard of Dallas and Robert Sheppard of Dickenson; two daughters, Mrs.
Mabel Groschke of Austin and Mrs. Lena Reams of Lancaster; sister, Mrs. Lilly
Willhelm of Dallas; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Lois Eva (Putman) Key
1909 - Nov 23, 1967
Funeral For Mrs. W.A. Key
Mrs. W. A. Key was buried Friday afternoon in
Resthaven Memorial Park,
Corsicana, following a 3:30 funeral in Navarro Mills Baptist Church.
Rev. L. M. Brown and Rev. Mickey Loftis conducted the rite. Nephews were Casket
Mrs. Key was born Lois Putman in 1909 in the Navarro Mills community and she
died in Memorial Hospital Thursday morning. She was a member of a prominent
family, pioneer landowners in Navarro County. She had lived in Corsicana for
Survivors are her husband; brothers, Cecil Putman of Frost, Rufus Putman of
Grove, Clarence Putman of Purdon, Alvis Putman of Navarro Mills, and A. N.
Putman of Corsicana.
Elmer Bose Robinson, Jr.
Nov 11, 1907 - Oct 7, 1967
Funeral For E.B. Robinson
Elmer Bose Robinson died in VA Hospital at Marlin Saturday afternoon following
two weeks of critical illness. Funeral was held at 3 PM Sunday in McCormick
Chapel in Blooming Grove with Rev. James Peppers, pastor of Blooming Grove Methodist
Church, officiating. Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was organist.
Interment was in the family plot at
Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, and Casket Bearers were R.S. Dugan, Jim Bob
McGraw, Hollis Pitts, Billy Gillen, W.E. Carroll and R. Bruce McCormick. Judge
James E. Sewell was honorary bearer. Mr. Robinson was born at Dresden and had
lived in west Navarro County most of his life. He graduated from Blooming Grove High
School and attended East Texas State College at Commerce. He was a combat
officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during
WWII and served through the European
campaign. He was a member of the Blooming Grove Methodist Church.
Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Huldah Robinson of Corsicana; three sisters, Miss
Tucker Robinson of Dallas, Miss Adelaide Robinson of Corsicana and Mrs. E.D.
McCormick of Blooming Grove; nieces, Mrs. W.E.
Cartwright of Los Angeles, Mrs. J.B. McGraw of Frost, Mrs. W.Q Brackett of
Lubbock, Mrs. Billy Anderson of Lancaster and Miss Melissa McCormick of Blooming
Grove. Also 5 great nieces and 3 great nephews including his namesake, Jonathan
Feb 27, 1882 - Feb 6, 1968
Funeral For Mrs. Morgan Perry
Mrs. Nannie Perry of Barry died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday of last week and
funeral was held in Corsicana at 3:30 PM Wednesday. Burial was in
Oakwood Cemetery there.
Rev. Thad Son, pastor of Barry Methodist Church, and Rev. Jim Lofton, pastor of
Barry Baptist Church, officiated.
Mrs. Perry, born in 1882, was the widow of Morgan Perry, prominent farmer in
west Navarro County, who died many years ago. She is survived by a son, Byron
Perry, of Barry.
Essie Florence (Thomas) French
Dec 25, 1904 - Feb 7, 1968
Mrs. Effie [sic] French Funeral Thursday
Funeral for Mrs. Effie Florence French was held in Brushie Prairie Methodist
Church at 3 PM on Thursday of last week. She died suddenly Wednesday morning at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Whitener, at Brushie Prairie. Interment
was in Brushie Prairie Cemetery.
Mrs. French was visiting her daughter and complained of feeling weak.
She went to the kitchen for a glass of milk and sat in a chair while drinking.
Members of the family heard her fall and went to the kitchen to find her in the
floor. E.D. McCormick, Peace Justice, was called and he made a coroner's report
of natural death.
Survivors are 3 sons, S.T., Jackie and Victor French, all of Dawson; 2
daughters, Mrs. Whitener, and Mrs. Mary Langley of Italy; 13 grandchildren, one
great grandchild; sister, Mrs. Lucille Evans of Dawson; 6 stepchildren, Tom,
Wayne and Hughie French of Lubbock and Cecil and Raymond French of Dawson, and
Mrs. Notie Green of Houston.
Mrs. French was born on Christmas day, 1904, at Carthage, Texas.
Jan 31, 1897 - Sep 13, 1967
Ed J. Glenn Dies Suddenly
Death came unexpectedly last Wednesday night for Edgar J. Glenn of Edinburg,
native of Blooming Grove and long time resident of the Rio Grande Valley. Funeral was
held at 5 PM, Friday in First Baptist Church of Edinburg with Rev. Jack
Chastain, pastor, officiating. Interment was in beautiful Valley Memorial
Gardens, Mission, and Casket Bearers were Conly Bell, Bob Bell, J.L. Bell, Glenn
Wiggs, Joe Pool and Bill Pool, all nephews.
Mr. Glenn was born January 31, 1897 on the family farm northeast of Blooming Grove,
and grew up and went to school in the community. He was one of the very earliest
commercial truckers, hauling freight between Corsicana and Hillsboro in chain
driven, solid tired trucks.
In 1920 he married Miss Lucille Magee, also of Blooming Grove, and they had a son,
E.J. Jr., both of whom survive. The family moved to Edinburg in 1948 and have
been engaged in Valley Farming.
Other survivors are a grandson, Eddie, U.S. Navy, and granddaughter, Betty Glenn
of Mission; brother, John Glenn of Waxahachie, and sister, Mrs. Verna Wiggs of
Blooming Grove and nieces and nephews.
Attending the funeral from Blooming Grove were Mrs. Wiggs and sons J.T. and Glenn;
Mr. and Mrs. George Magee; Mr. and Mrs. Doug Magee and Mrs. C.E. McSpadden.
O. W. "Wash" Truelove
Nov. 11, 1894 - Aug. 17, 1967
Blooming . Grove Native Buried Sante Fe
O. W. (Wash) Truelove died on August 17, in Truth Or Consequence, New Mexico,
and interment was made in Sante Fe, N.M., following full military funeral there.
He was a veteran of 37 years service in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Truelove was born in Blooming Grove, member of a large and prominent family. He
moved in 1929 or 1930 and had been in N.M. several years.
Survivors are two brothers, Ray Truelove of Dawson and Nim Truelove of Blooming
Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Armstrong, Waxahachie and Mrs. Jack Cox of Mexia.
The Blooming Grove Times - Sep 20, 1967
SSDI - Oliver E. Truelove - death Aug 15, 1967 -
Williamsburg, Sierra, New Mexico
SSDI SHOWS DEATH AUG. 15, 1967
Bessie (Clay) Hodges
Apr 23, 1891 - Sep 17, 1967
Lubbock Funeral Mrs. J. A. Hodges
Funeral and burial were held in Lubbock Monday afternoon for Mrs. J. A. (Bessie)
Hodges who died there early Sunday morning. She was a former long time resident
of Slay and Frost where she and Mr. Hodges reared a large family.
Mrs. Hodges is survived by 6 sons: Odis, Guy, Therrell and Frank, all of
Lubbock, Donald Ray of Bonham, Fred of Canton; 4 daughters, all of Lubbock, Mrs.
Maybelle Webb, Mrs. Wilma Scott, Mrs. Inez Talbert and Mrs. Louise Wilbanks; 60
grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Johnie Dugan of Frost, a close family friend, attended the funeral.
1905 - Dec 1967
Major Ivey Dies Saturday
Air Force Major Dean Ivey, former resident of Blooming Grove, was accorded a full
military funeral at 11 o'clock this morning (Wednesday) in the National Cemetery
at San Antonio. He died Saturday afternoon in Brooke General Hospital following
a long illness. He was 62 years old.
Major Ivey was a graduate of Blooming Grove High School and he had been in the Air
Force more than 20 years. He lived with the H.P. Ivy family ten years and left
Blooming Grove in 1923. Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Orme attended the funeral. Major Ivey was
Mrs. Orme's cousin.
William Thomas Holliefield
Nov. 11, 1898 - March 4, 1968
Blooming Grove Native Dies Brownfield
Mr. Thomas Holliefield of Brownfield died Saturday night following a heart
attack and funeral was held there Tuesday afternoon. He was about 75 years of
age, a retired farmer and a native of Blooming Grove.
Surviving are a son and two daughters; sisters, Mrs. Jewel Turner of Purdon and
Mrs. John Ewing of Blooming Grove; brother, Lloyd Holliefield of Frost, and other
Among those attending the funeral were Mrs. Turner, Lloyd Holliefield and Mrs.
Elmer Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove.
Oscar A. Truelove
Sept. 22, 1882 - Jan. 31, 1968
Oscar Truelove Dies In Malakoff
Born in Blooming Grove September 22, 1882, Oscar A. Truelove died Wednesday, Jan. 31,
in a Malakoff hospital after a brief illness. Funeral was held Friday, Feb. 2,
in First Methodist Church of Malakoff and interment was in the City Cemetery.
Mr. Truelove moved from Blooming Grove to Trinidad in 1915 and in 1919 moved to
Malakoff where he was cashier of the First State Bank. He founded a Ford
dealership and was postmaster in Malakoff from 1941 to 1956. He served as
justice of the peace for 8 years and was Malakoff city judge at the time of his
He is survived by 3 daughters, Miss Lucille Truelove of Malakoff, Mrs. P.E.
McAdams of Ft. Worth and Mrs. Gene Blakenship of Longview; 7 grandchildren and 8
Judge Truelove was a frequent visitor in the Blooming Grove home of Mrs. Edgar B.
Clem (Spencer) Mitchell
Sep 14, 1890 - Dec 13, 1984
Mrs. Clem S. Mitchell, 94, of Frost, died Thursday, December 13, at Park Row
Nursing Center. Survivors include one son, James Mitchell of Frost; one brother,
Roy Spencer of Ennis; three sisters, Ruby Mills of Little Rock, Arkansas, Merle
Harwell of Burleson and Johnnie Hobbs of Frost; and one grandson, James W.
Mitchell of Frost. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 15,
at Griffin Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Jeff Reed officiating.
Burial was at the Frost Cemetery.
Robert Edgar McCarty
Dec 31, 1875 - Jun 30, 1968
Tuesday Funeral For R. E. McCarty
Mr. Robert E. (Bob) McCarty was buried Tuesday morning in
Frost Cemetery with full Masonic
Honors from the lodge he loved so much, Barry Lodge No. 839, AF&AM. He died
Sunday in Odessa where he had lived for several years after residing in Barry
for more than 50 years. He was a retired mail carrier, working out of the Barry
post office 30 years.
Funeral was held at 10 AM Tuesday in Barry United Methodist Church with Rev.
Virliss Bain as minister. Masons were Casket Bearers.
Mr. McCarty was born in Tupelo, Miss., in 1876 and came to Barry when a young
man. Surviving him are his wife of Odessa; a son, Dr. R. C. McCarty of Lubbock;
four daughters, Miss Juanita McCarty and Mrs. D.A.
Young, both of Odessa, Mrs. B. E. Adair of Lubbock and Mrs. Bob Parrish of
Corsicana; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
The Blooming Grove Times - July 3, 1968
Robert Edgar; 06-30-1968; ECTOR COUNTY TEXAS; Male
Humphrey A. Butcher
Jul 2, 1889 - Oct 6, 1968
Buried In Austin
Humphrey A. Butcher, 79 year old native of Blooming Grove and resident of
Austin for about 50 years, died Sunday, Oct. 6, at the home of a daughter in
Texas City. He had been ill many months.
Funeral and interment were held in Austin on Wednesday, October 9.
Mr. Butcher, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Butcher, was a retired official
of the Coca Cola Company.
Survivors are one son, two daughters, three grandchildren; a brother, Arthur
Butcher of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Violet Dunaway and Miss Vera Butcher,
both of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Allie Mae Sweeney of Houston.
Mrs. Dunaway and Miss Vera Butcher attended the funeral in company with Mr. and
Mrs. Arthur Butcher.
Opal (Haden) Phelps
Mar 1910 - Nov 14, 1968
Mrs. Wiley Phelps Funeral Saturday
Mrs. Wiley Phelps of Hutchins died Thursday in St. Pauls Hospital in Dallas and
funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Dresden Methodist church.
Interment was in Dresden Cemetery.
Mrs. Phelps was born at Dresden in March, 1910, and before marriage she was Opal
Haden, daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Henry Haden. She is survived by
her husband, Wiley Phelps, daughter, Mrs. Peggy Simon and granddaughter, Linda
Ash, all of Hutchins; brothers, Clovis Haden and W. A. Haden, both of Blooming
Grove, and J.H. Haden of Houston; sisters, Mrs. Jean Furra of Dresden, Mrs.
Norma Johnson of Houston and Mrs. Eulen Elkins of Littlefield.
Rev. Odie Christian, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Dallas, was the
minister. Music was provided by a choir and Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick, pianist.
Casket Bearers, all nephews, were Roland Haden, Joe Haden, Thomas Haden, Noel
Furra, Clifton Jordan, Hugh Johnson, Ed Elliott and Daniel Seneca. McCormick
Funeral Service directed.
Aug 11, 1882 - Nov 30, 1968
Ottie M. Bryant Funeral Sunday
Former resident of Blooming Grove, Ottie M. Bryant of Waxahachie died there
Friday night and funeral was held in Corsicana Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Rev. Gene Allen, pastor of Ferris Heights United Methodist Church in Waxahachie
was the minister and interment was in
Mr. Bryant was 86 years old.
Survivors include his wife of Waxahachie; son, Doyle Bryant of Ft. Worth;
daughters, Mrs. Roy Bryant of Hurst and Mrs. Nellie Crugher of Ft. Worth;
brothers, Alex and Everett of Blooming Grove, Sterling Bryant of Houston and Ed
Bryant of Bay City; 7 grandchildren and other relatives.
The Blooming Grove Times - Dec. 4, 1968
WWI Draft Regis. shows Lee Ottie Marshall Bryant,
born Aug. 11, 1882, wife Elizabeth Bryant.
TXDI for death date
Jessie E. Horton
Aug 11, 1905 - Jun 3, 1968
Funeral For J.E. Horton
J. E. Horton, prominent farmer and stockman of Purdon, died Monday of last week
in Memorial Hospital and funeral was held at 3 PM Wednesday in Corsicana.
Interment was in Resthaven Memorial
Park. He was 62 years old.
Mr. Horton leaves his wife of Purdon, a daughter, a granddaughter, two great
grandsons and a sister.
Ellen Frances (Ellis) Young-Hunton
Jul 12, 1886 - Oct 28, 1968
Mrs. Ellen Hunton Dies Friday
Mrs. Frances Ellen Hunton was buried in
Rose Hill Cemetery beside her
husband, R.B. (Bascom) Hunton, Sunday afternoon following a 3 oclock funeral in
First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. Pastor Ronnie Chesser and Rev. B.W.
Johnson conducted the service.
Casket Bearers, all nephews, were Bob Ellis, James Ellis, Joe Ellis, B.D. (Bud)
Carroll, Bill Kitchen and Omar Sirjord. Miss Susan Eddlemon was vocalist and
Mrs. Ronnie Chesser was organist.
Mrs. Hunton died in Memorial Hospital Friday morning after being there seven
days for treatment of a heart attack. She was born in Alabama in 1886, daughter
of the late Rev. Jackson Ellis who established the Purdon Baptist Church, and
the family came to Texas when she was six years old. She lived in Dallas many
years and moved to Blooming Grove eleven years ago.
Surviving Mrs. Hunton are three daughters: Mrs. R. C. Dodd of Blooming Grove,
Mrs. G. W. Marlow of Dallas, and Mrs. Bea Badgett of Ponchatoula, Louisiana; 6
grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; brothers, W. B. Ellis of Blooming Grove
and Allen Ellis of Dallas; sister, Mrs. Hattie Vest of Ft. Worth.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Alexander "Bill" Crawford, Jr.
Nov 12, 1894 - Aug 30, 1968
W. A. "Bill" Crawford, Beloved Citizen, Dies
W. A. (Bill) Crawford, American, citizen of Blooming Grove for more than forty
eight years, died Friday in Memorial Hospital a few minutes past noon. His
funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon in the Blooming Grove United
Methodist Church with Rev. Roy Davis, retired former pastor officiating, and
present pastor James Peppers and Minister Wayne Mathis of Blooming Grove Church
of Christ assisting. The Church choir sang and Mrs. R. Bruce McCormick was
organist. Casket Bearers were D. W. Springer, E. M. Sheppard, Sammie Saunders,
Drew Gillen, Glenn Wiggs, C. L. Saunders, C. N. Haden and Harold Bell. Interment
was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.
Mr. Crawford was born in Water Valley, Miss., in November, 1894, and came to
Purdon when still a boy. He came to Blooming Grove in 1920 as a laborer, and
later worked for many years in the John George Grocery Store. In 1932 he became
Editor-Publisher of the Blooming Grove Times and for twenty eight years he did
not fail to publish the paper each week. In the late 1930's he purchased the
Frost Enterprise and published both papers until his retirement in 1960.
Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife, Thelma, of Blooming Grove; son, Mack, of
Frost & Blooming Grove; daughter, Mrs. Jean Tatum of Corsicana; four
grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Davis of Corsicana and Mrs. May Forsythe
of Terrell. A son, Jimmy, died in 1963.
These are some of the accomplishments, positions of trust, and offices of
service that Bill Crawford encompassed in his full and worthy life: longtime
Steward, choir leader & director, and teacher of the Men's Bible Class of his
Blooming Grove Methodist Church; twenty eight years a member of the School
Board, and more than twenty of them as secretary; president of Rose Hill
Cemetery Assn.; member of the Blooming Grove City Council; for twenty five years
a member of the Navarro County Hospital Board, including the old P&S and the new
Memorial Hospitals; WWI veteran with the field artillery.
Ann Elizabeth Jordan
Dec 27, 1956 - Dec 2, 1968
Funeral Today For Ann Jordan
Funeral will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock in Blooming Grove United
Methodist Church for Ann Elizabeth Jordan, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Tommy Jordan of Raymondville. Interment will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Ann Elizabeth was born December 27, 1956 in Nacogdoches and died Monday in
Raymondville. Her father is head coach and athletic director for the
Raymondville school system and he is a native of Blooming Grove. Her mother is
the former Faye McMullen of Corsicana.
Rev. E. A. Jordan, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Brownsboro and Ann
Elizabeth's uncle, will be officiating minister. He will be assisted by Rev. Ray
Lloyd, pastor of Brownsville United Methodist Church, and Rev. James Peppers,
pastor of Blooming Grove United Methodist Church. Cousins will serve as Casket
Bearers. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.
Ann Elizabeth leaves her mother and father, a brother, Randy, and a sister,
Donna, all of Raymondville; grandparents, Mrs. Lela Jordan of Blooming Grove and
Mr. and Mrs. Tom V. McMullen of Corsicana, and other relatives.
George Washington Watson
Oct 18, 1891 - Jun 6, 1968
George Watson Buried Saturday
Funeral for George W. Watson of Barry was held in Corsicana at 11 o'clock
Saturday morning, and interment followed in
Oakwood Cemetery. He died
unexpectedly Thursday afternoon in Memorial Hospital where he had been receiving
treatment for a heart ailment. It was thought that his condition was much
improved and he was making plans to return home.
Barry Baptist Church pastor Jim Loftin officiated and Casket Bearers were Jim
Parks, Lloyd Simpson, George Mitchell, Roy Massengale, C.D. Poss, Lowell Reed
and John Braly.
Surviving Mr. Watson are his wife of Barry; two sons Calvin of Dallas and LeRoy
of Houston; daughter, Mrs. Clara Poteet of San Angelo; four grandchildren,
Kervin and Mark Watson of Houston and Barbara and Randy Poteet of San Angelo;
three sisters, Mrs. Dora Reed of Barry, Mrs. Margaret Gay of Midland and Mrs.
Josie Nolen of Corsicana.
Mr. Watson, 76 years of age, was born in Indiana but came to Texas and the Barry
community when only two years old. He was a successful farmer and had long been
active in community affairs, including the Barry Methodist Church, Masonic
Lodge, Community Center, school activities and other civic functions.
Barry Lodge No. 839, AF & AM, conducted the fraternal committal service at the
Lucille (Watts) Davis
abt 1910 - Jun 11, 1968
Mrs. Will Davis Dies in Corsicana
Mrs. Lucille Watts Davis of Corsicana died there Tuesday of last week and
funeral was held at 2 PM Wednesday afternoon. Interment was in
Mrs. Davis was 58 years old and lived most of her life in the Frost and Blooming
She is survived by her husband of Corsicana; daughter, Mrs. Hershel Davis of
Abilene; brother, Homer Watts of Arizona; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mabel Smith of
Waxahachie, Mrs. Aretta McNeil of Arizona, and Mrs. Paul Bell of Midland;
several stepchildren and nieces and nephews.
Chester Clay Jr.
Jan 11, 1953 - Apr 6, 2008
Celebration of life services for Chester Clay Jr., 55, will be held at
noon Saturday, April 12, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Corsicana.
Interment will follow in
Resthaven Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Corsicana. Visitation will
be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Concord Christian Center
in Giddings with the family present from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Chester passed
away on Sunday, April 6, 2008, in a La Grange hospital after a brief
Illness. Chester Clay Jr. was born Jan 11, 1953, in Galveston to Chester
and Willie Mae Lacey Clay. He attended the public schools of Galveston
and graduated from Ball High School in 1971. His education continued in
Brownwood at Howard Payne University, where he received his Bachelor of
Science degree in 1977. He later furthered his education with a master’s
degree in counseling from Corpus Christi State University in 1986.While
at Howard Payne University, Chester met and married Joyce Louis on Dec.
20, 1975. To this union was born one son, Chad Clay. An intelligent and
hard-working individual, Chester spent 34 years volunteering and working
for Texas Youth Commission in various capacities from volunteer to
juvenile corrections officer, superintendent, and finally as assistant
deputy executive director for juvenile corrections for the State of
Texas. Chester’s commitment to the communities in which he lived led to
memberships in Rotary International and the Lions Club. Chester was
named to Outstanding Young Men of America in 1983, and received the
Howard Payne Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002.Chester’s love for young
people and the promotion of self betterment led to his lifelong work
with the young people of the state of Texas. His love for his family
made him a good provider, and impact basic spiritual principles to them.
His role as a friend led to the camaraderie of both men and women across
the entire country. His love for Christ led him always to join a
fellowship of believers wherever he lived. At the time of his death he
was a devoted member of Concord Christian Center in Giddings. Though
retired from the State of Texas at the time of his death, Chester was
attending Blinn College to receive his teaching certificate. Chester
Clay — husband, father, son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, friend —
will be forever loved and remembered by his wife of over 32 years,
Joyce; his son Chad, both of Giddings; mother, Willie Mae Clay of La
Marque; sister, Alrethia Dotson and husband Manuel of La Marque;
brother, Bobby Armstrong Sr. of Beaumont; mother-in-law, Bobbie Ruth
Louis of Clarendon; two godchildren, Evan Lynch and Jennifer Jones;
sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, John L. Louis of Clarendon, Odell
and Rose Louis of Albuquerque, N.M., and Charles and Winnie Louis of
Amarillo; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many close
friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Clay Sr.; two
brothers, Norris Earl Horn and Eddie Ray Horn Sr.; and one sister, Melba
Jean Nolan. Chester had a genuine concern for the welfare of his fellow
man and his family. His loving manner and gentle speech attracted people
to him, and his conscientious services as a humanitarian won the hearts
of many. He lived a peaceful life and was always ready and willing to
help anyone in any way he could. Only God knows the extent of the work
he did helping to build the kingdom. Arrangements by Baker-Kirk
Willie Ray “Billy” Conley
Jan 12, 1934 - Apr 4, 2008
Willie Ray Conley
Willie Ray “Billy” Conley, 74, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 4, 2008,
at V.A. Hospital in Dallas. Wake service will be 6 p.m. Friday at Ross and
Johnson Mortuary. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Freedom Fellowship
Church, 917 S. 17th St., with Pastor Jessie Williams officiating. Interment will
follow at Woodland Memorial Park
.Pallbearers will be Sam Williams, Jason Williams, Micah Wafer, Marcus Johnson,
Simeon Wafer and Wellington Cotton. Mr. Conley was born Jan. 12, 1934, in
Corsicana. He received his education in the Corsicana ISD and graduated from G.W.
Jackson High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served
until 1957 as a MP in Korea. After returning from Korea, Billy worked for
numerous years at Whiteselle Brick and Lumber and later became a dedicated
employee of the Corsicana ISD, where he worked until retirement. Survivors
include four children, Claudia Williams (Jessie) of Lancaster, Willie R. Johnson
(Marion) of Cedar Hill, Glinda Tarbutton and Kendra Sims, both of Corsicana;
sister, Johnnie Mae Duncan of Corsicana; two brothers, Arthur B. Conley
(Lorraine) of Corsicana and Dubart Conley (Callie) of Fort Worth;
daughter-in-law, Jackie Conley; 20 grandchildren, two of which he raised,
Darrell Jr. and Willie Earl Conley; 27 great-grandchildren; and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Ethel Marie (Dancer)
Nov. 25, 1925 - Apr 4, 2008
Ethel Marie Dancer
Ethel Marie Dancer Griffin, 82, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 4, 2008,
at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday
at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12,
at Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ with Pastor Floyd Taylor officiating.
Interment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Streetman. Pallbearers will be
Anthony Ballard, Booker T. Ballard, Sterling Williams, Aubrey Barree Jr.,
Rayshun Ballard and Vince Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be LaBrent Lee,
Sebastian Barrie, Ira Barrie III and Dominic Ballard. Mrs. Griffin was born Nov.
25, 1925, in Streetman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Connie James
Griffin; son, Ira Barrie Jr.; daughter, Alice Ballard; grandson, Paul Barree;
three sisters and five brothers. Leaving to cherish her memories are one son,
Dr. Aubrey J. Barree; two sisters, Carrie Haynes and Alice Holt; grandchildren,
Audrey N. Barree, Xanthea F. Barree Conley, Aubrey J. Barree Jr., Myrlnette
Ballard, Sterling Ballard Jr., Anthony G. Ballard, Vanesia A. Ballard Betts,
Tessa R. Ballard, Booker T. Ballard, Crystal D. Ballard Davis, Ira Barrie III,
and Sebastian Barrie; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews,
cousins, other relatives and dear friends. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for
Nov 1, 1987 - Apr 5, 2008
Tiesha Shantel Nolen, 20, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008, at
Baylor Hospital in Dallas.Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at
Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Mount
Olive Baptist Church, 2105 E. Jones Ave., with Pastor Alfred Cox Jr.
officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Roger Q. Driver, Rodney Knox
Jr., Thomas Clelland, Larry Driver, Ricky Franklin and Chris Spence. Honorary
pallbearers will be deacons of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Ms. Nolen was born
Nov. 1, 1987, in Corsicana. She was an active member of Mount Olive Baptist
Church, where she served as president of the youth choir as well as president of
the junior usher board. She was also the 2003 queen of Harmony District. Tiesha
was gifted with a voice to sing. She was preceded in death by her maternal
great-grandparents, Hugh and Velma Knox; and father, Larry Darnell Williams Jr.
Survivors include twin sons, Jeremiah Odell and Nehemiah Darnell Nolen; mother
and stepfather, LaTonia and Maurice Walker; brother, Larry Darnell Williams III,
all of Corsicana; maternal grandmother and grandfather, Willie Verne and Maurice
Haynes of Corsicana; paternal grandmother, Floyda Williams of Corsicana;
great-grandmother and great-grandfather, Ola Mae and Adolphus Nolen of
Corsicana; aunts and uncles, LaCresia Knox (Kevin), LaNora Nolen, and LaJuana
Taylor (Edward), all of Corsicana, Zelmer and Eddie Mae Knox, and Charlie Mae
and Jasper Washington, all of Dallas; and several cousins and friends.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
John G. McCart
abt 1920 - Apr 7, 2008
John G. McCart,
84, of Chatfield passed away Monday, April 7, 2008. Visitation will be held from
6 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with a rosary at 7 p.m. today at Corley
Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating.
Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery in Dallas. Arrangements by Corley
Lissie Mae Lawrence
abt 1918 - Apr 7, 2008
Lissie Mae Lawrence, 90, of Corsicana passed
away Monday, April 7, 2008, in Corsicana. Quiet hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
today at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Second Mission
Baptist Church, the Rev. Larry L. Polk Sr., pastor; with the Rev. Duane Lawrence
as messenger and Bishop K. D. Davis Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at