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Bobby Allen McAfee
Nov 27, 1929 - May 14, 2008

Bobby Allen McAfee
Bobby Allen McAfee, “Grandpa,” 78, peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008, in Angleton. He was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Corsicana to Leroy and Johnnie McAfee. He was preceded in death by seven older brothers and sisters. He was a devoted Christian and dedicated family man. Dad loved fishing and raised his sons fishing in Matagorda where he retired in 1994 and continued enjoying his love of the bays and, playing cards and dominoes with all of his friends. He is survived by his four sons, Dennis, Bob Jr., Hal, and Danny McAfee; three daughters-in-laws, Betty, Candy and Cheryl; 12 grandchildren, Dennis Jr., Elizabeth, Jonathan, Bobby III, Shannon, Julian, Jennifer, Cheridan, Christopher, Brandon, Shawn and James; 11 great-grandchildren; and two older sisters, Florine Grey and Marcialette Hettig. The family will receive visitors from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Matagorda with the Rev. Pauline Harvey officiating. Interment will follow at the Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda. Pallbearers will be Pat Keton, Terry Oglesby, Bruce Smith, Tom Klaiber, Roff Krueger and Duane Roberts. The family would like to thank the IPH Hospice and Cypress Woods Care Center staff in Angleton for all of their wonderful care and support given to our dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. Arrangements with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

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William Thomas "Bill" Estes Jr.
Jun 26, 1923 - May 11, 2008

William Thomas "Bill" Estes Jr.
William “Bill” Thomas Estes Jr., a longtime resident of Kerens, passed away at the age of 84 Sunday afternoon, May 11, 2008, at Kerens Care Center. He was born June 26, 1923, in Lubbock. He worked as a rancher for most of his life. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and retired after serving 21 years. He also fought in World War II and the Korean War. The loved ones who preceded him were his wife Elizabeth Annielee Estes; parents, William Thomas Estes Sr. and Alta Bell Estes; brothers, Don, Victor and Troy Estes; and his sister, Pauline. He is survived by one son, Ray Estes and wife Susan of Sparks, Nev.; four daughters, Monica Wood and husband Joe of Baton Rouge, La., Kay Priddy and husband Dennis of Kerens, Doris Bekerjeck of Leavenworth, Kan., and Ruth McMillan and husband Tony of Kerens; one brother, Lon Estes and wife Sharon of Stockton, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Kerens. The family wishes to offer a special thank you to his nursing home and hospice caregivers and his pastor, Brother Wes Johnson, and church family. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at First Baptist Church in Kerens. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Rosetta (Anderson) Larremore
Feb 5, 1926 - May 9, 2008

Rosetta Anderson Larremore
On Friday night, May 9, 2008, an angel of the Lord came silently upon her soul and whispered peace be thine my child. Rosetta A. Larremore, “Mother Rosetta,” 82, the daughter of the late Albert Leroy Anderson and Willie Lane Anderson, was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Purdon. This was the beginning of a special lady who unselfishly loved others and gave to those who needed and wanted her open heart. Rosetta was a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church for over 50 years, where she served faithfully until her health began to fail. Rosetta met and married Vernon Larremore Sr., and to this union Rosetta and Vernon were blessed with 12 children, Vernon Jr., Elzie, Carolyn, Patsy, Bobby, Gary, Charles Robert, Joyce, David, Debbie, Jeff and Toni. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Larremore Sr.; son, Charles Robert; parents, Albert and Willie Anderson; three brothers, James Emmitt Anderson, Louis Anderson and Leroy Anderson; and two sisters, Willie M. Jones and Mary Ella “Girlfriend” Davis. Survivors include five daughters, Carolyn, Patsy, Joyce (Wayne), Debbie and Toni (Shawn); six sons, Vernon Jr., Elzie, Bobby (Cora), David, Gary and Jeff; four sisters, Mamye Johnson (Raymond), Pinkie Johnson, Ruby Washington and Juanita Carter (Clarence); two brothers, Aubrey D. Anderson and William David Anderson; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. Rosetta was steadfast and unmoveable in the word of God and constantly showed off her strong faith and kept believing in the promises of God. Wake service will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Annie Lee Jack (Marr) McDaniel
Nov 23, 1922 - May 11, 2008

Annie Lee Jack McDaniel
Annie Lee Jack Marr McDaniel, 85, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Rowlett after an eight-month long broken heart and recent brief illness. She was born on Nov. 23, 1922, in Corsicana to Hugh Donald Marr and Annie Lee Jack Marr.  Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 16, at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Mike Alexander and David McDaniel officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Chris McDaniel and Shawn McDaniel, grandson-in-law Alex Laynor, David Burnett, Bob Rosen and Howard Brewer. Jack married Jack Valton McDaniel on June 7, 1941, in Yuma, Ariz., and started a 66-year long marriage of a “Pair of Jacks.” “She-Jack” was a Corsicana High School Band drum majorette and while princess of CHS became known for “de-throning” her prince prior to the coronation ball. “He-Jack” was later re-instated and remained by her side until his death in August 2007. The pair of Jacks lived “most” of their adult lives in Corsicana, nurturing numerous lifelong friendships. Jack’s primary life occupation was wife, homemaker and mother to “Her Three Sons.” At age 40, she embarked on her “second” career working for more than 26 years with the Corsicana ISD as secretary, training six different superintendents. Retiring in 1988, the pair of Jacks enjoyed life on the farm, at the lake and on the road, traversing across the country in their travel trailer and around the globe on other holiday adventures, making new friends from Kerrville, Texas, to Timaru, New Zealand, to Bar Harbor, Maine. Jack was also known as the “turtle lady,” establishing a stopover “bed and breakfast” for scores of Texas box terrapins that visited her home over the years.Jack was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, continuing a long family heritage dating to the 1800s.She was preceded in death by her parents, older brother Donald Asa Marr and the prince of her life, Jack V. McDaniel. She is survived by her three sons, Ronny McDaniel and Dr. Reeve Love of Albuquerque, N.M., David and Linda McDaniel of Rockwall and Brian and Weida McDaniel of Rowlett; grandsons, Chris McDaniel and Shawn McDaniel and wife Myranda of Austin; granddaughter, Danielle Laynor and husband Alex of Rowlett; and two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Austin Laynor of Rowlett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in memory of her valiant prince, Jack V. McDaniel. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Rubie Lee (Owens) Doolen
Nov 13, 1923 - May 14, 2008

Rubie Lee Owens-Doolen, 84, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 14, 2008, after a lengthy battle with illness in Houston. Rubie was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Eureka to Fannie Ola and John Thomas Owens. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 62 years, James Doolen; loving daughter, Danna Dziedzic and husband Chris; grandson, Chad Dziedzic and wife Lena; granddaughter, Holly Dziedzic; sisters, Edna McCain and Lorene Folmar; brother, Jack Owens and wife Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews. Rubie was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Velma Skeene; and brothers, Bufford and George Robert Owens. Rubie was a friend to all who knew her, with a huge heart. To her family, Rubie was their inspiration and guiding light with the fight of a tiger. She had an endearing love of life and loved being with her family and friends. Some would say she was born to be a grandmother after seeing her with Chad and Holly. Her storytelling could captivate an audience for hours especially her grandchildren. This beautiful lady, inside and out, will be missed forever and always. The family would like to thank Mrs. Doolen’s caregivers for their steadfast care and support. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers for Mrs. Doolen will be Steve Haynie, Scott Haynie, Jimmy Taylor, Danny Owens, Jimmy Dean Owens and Dale Henning. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home. Love is stronger than death. So I must be content to know that love is not affected by death —it doesn’t end, it doesn’t diminish, it doesn’t change. Instead, love is immortalized and eternalized through death. And the possibility of that love ever being damaged or broken is eliminated forever. I’ll put my trust in love.

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Roland Leslie Sherrard Sr.
Jul 15, 1914 - May 14, 2008

Roland Leslie Sherrard Sr.
Roland Leslie Sherrard Sr., 93, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born on July 15, 1914 in Richland. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and uncle. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William Dollar officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his great-grandsons. Mr. Sherrard was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Nellie B. Sherrard; brothers, Melvin Eugene and Thomas Sherrard; sister, Vera B. Price; and grandsons, Barry Sherrard and Arnold Lee Ivie Jr. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Jonell and Jim Barlow of Corsicana, Vera Ivie of Houston, and Barbara and Cecil Wright of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Everett Sherrard of Ennis, Roland Jr. and Nancy Sherrard of Corsicana, and Cody Earl and Harriett Sherrard of Wills Point; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren; brother, Cody Russell Sherrard of Dallas; sisters, Betty Miller of Atlanta, Ga., and Rosa Treadwell of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Juanita "Foi" (Howard) Guerry
May 2, 1937 - May 11, 2008

Juanita "Foi" Guerry
Juanita “Foi” Guerry, 71, of Eureka was born May 2, 1937, in Rural Shade and passed from this life May 11, 2008, to join God’s band of angels and those loved ones who preceded her: parents J. C. and Maggie Howard and sister Patty White. She is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Elmo Guerry; two daughters, Carol Hutson of Abilene and Rhonda Coker and husband Bobby of Burleson; one son, Allen Guerry and wife Teresa of Eureka; seven grandchildren, Bobbie Golden, Melissa Mathis, Jacob Hutson, Jennifer Hutson, Jamie Rogers, Lindsey Guerry and Nathan Guerry; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Coker and husband Jimmy Dee of Navarro and Billie Harrison and husband Charles of Tool; and a host of nieces and nephews and loving friends. She was a longtime member of Mildred Baptist Church. The family wishes to offer a special thank you to her hospice care givers and her pastor, the Rev. Tony Neal. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews, Jay Coker, Jim Coker, Chuck Harrison, and Phil Harrison; cousin, Richard Rash; and friend Bunk Bottoms. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Annie Sue Harrell
Oct 9, 1917 - May 10, 2008

Annie Sue Harrell passed away in Corsicana on May 10, 2008. She was born on Oct. 9, 1917, in Dew. She graduated from Baylor University School of Nursing in 1939. She served as a U.S. Army Nurse during World War II. She also served as a flight nurse for the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, and served for 20 years more through the Vietnam era, retiring in 1967. After retirement she graduated from A and I University. Survivors include her sister, Lucille Nugent of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Haral and Vernell Woodall of Forney; nieces, Carol Woodall of Forney, and Cathy Hanks and her husband Kyle of Gladewater; sister-in-law Betty Johnson of Boulder, Colo. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joe Tarbutton
Oct 15, 1921 - May 9, 2008

Joe Tarbutton
Joe Tarbutton, 87, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2008, at Lake Shore Village Health Care Center in Waco. Wake service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Ross and Johnson Chapel, where there will be a video tribute. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1700 S. Business Highway 45, Corsicana. Born on Oct. 15, 1921, in Dallas County, he was a longtime resident of Corsicana. For over 50 years, he worked as a laborer to support his family. As a Korean-era veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served dutifully for 15 years. He now joins his beloved wife of 62 years, Julie Beatrice (Cobb) Tarbutton. Additionally, he was preceded in death by the following family members: parents Henry and Willie John (Conley) Tarbutton, infants Willie Joe and Joe Henry, aunt Lulu Mae Collins, cousin Foster Mackey, sisters Mattie Lue Johnson and Brandon Bonner, niece Tabitha “Ann” Watson, and nephew Edward “Rabbit” Earl Nolan. Joe Tarbutton is survived by nine children including Ada Mae Tarbutton Hall of Mesquite, Adolphus (Kay) Tarbutton of Corsicana, Beatrice Tarbutton Green (Herman McKinney) of Arlington, Bobby Joe (Cindy) Tarbutton of Austin, Michael Tarbutton, Donald Tarbutton, Ronald Tarbutton (Mary Price), Carl (Yolanda) Tarbutton, and Robert (Kay) Tarbutton, all of Corsicana; grandchildren Marcus Tarbutton, Jo Ella Tarbutton-Springfield, Ralph David Earl Johnson Jr., Jesse Tarbutton, Regina Johnson, and Jerry Tarbutton, Judy Price, Adonis Tarbutton, and Krystal Tarbutton, Donita Nevels (Richard Smart) and Ethel Price, Taneka Tarbutton and LaDonna Tarbutton, Joe Marcus Tarbutton, Isaiah Tarbutton, and Bobby “Tiger” Tarbutton, Carl Steward, Kevin Norris, Karla Tarbutton and Tracey Tolliver, Sarah Jo Green (Derrick Rice), Michael Green, and Brittney Butcher, Robert “Josh” Tarbutton, and Kaycie Tarbutton; great-grandchildren LaKeisha Diggles, Adrienne Costello Dawes, Victoria Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Kennedy Tarbutton, Tiara Steward, Karlesha Steward, Takyrn Tarbutton, and Kayla Tarbutton; and nephews and nieces Tyron Bonner, Arthur “Skeet” Bonner, Joe Willie “Poochie” Nolan, and Nokomis Williams, Annie Lou Bonner, Evangelina “Nadine” Means, and Francis “Monkey” Bonner. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Hudson Gage Gillen
May 3, 2008 - May 9, 2008

Hudson Gage Gillen
Hudson Gage Gillen, born May 3, 2008, passed away May 9, 2008. Although he had a short time on this earth his tiny hands and feet have made lasting imprints on our hearts. He will always be remembered and never forgotten. He is survived by his parents, Tiffany and Heath; his big sister Hannah and by his identical brothers Owen Gavin and Paul Gunner Gillen; grandparents Janet and Mike Allred, Jerry Gutherie, Paul and Paula Gillen, Janet and Marvin Henderson; and great-grandparents Ray and Beth Owen, Don and Shirley Allred, Marianna Jackson and Earldene Patterson.A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation that will help to foster the therapeutic program and equipment needs of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Please send donations to Prosperity Bank, 100 S. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110, in the name of Gillen N.I.C.U. Fund.With all donations, a plaque will be placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit honoring Hudson. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wayne Alan Curry
Dec 19, 1945 - May 8, 2008

Wayne Alan Curry
Funeral services for Wayne Alan Curry, 62, of Mexia will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Blair-Stubbs in Mexia. The Rev. Chet Brake will officiate with interment to follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Navarro County. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Curry was born on Dec. 19, 1945, in Wollaston, England, to Aubrey and Hazel Curry and passed away May 8, 2008, in Providence Hospital in Waco. He was area manager for Hanson Aggregates and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. He moved from Amarillo to Mexia in 1979 to be the superintendent for D. P. Frost Construction at the rock crushing plant west of Mexia and continued employment with subsequent owners. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Curry of Mexia; sons, Chris Curry and wife Belinda of Corsicana and Robert “Bobby” Sacco of Eagle Pass; grandchildren, Gage Curry and Macee Curry of Corsicana; brothers, Donnie Curry of Brandywine, Md., and Dale Curry of Thorndale; and sister, Lorraine King of Thorndale. Pallbearers will be Ray Fleet, Bruce Bates, Bill Bates, Anthony Farris, John Carlson, Jr. and McKinley Murkledove. Honorary pallbearers will be Cyril Farris and Ray Jones. Arrangements by Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home, Mexia.

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Jack Robinson London
Oct 10, 1924 - May 8, 2008

Jack Robinson London
Jack Robinson London, 83, of Corsicana passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 8, 2008. He was born on Oct. 10, 1924, in Hereford. He graduated from Hereford High School in 1942 as valedictorian. He also became the first in his family to attend college. After starting Texas A and M, he quickly left to join the Army to fight in World War II. After serving in both the European and Pacific theatres, he returned to Texas A and M to complete his civil engineering degree and become a licensed professional engineer. He was also a registered public surveyor. Jack and Gretchen Bruins married in 1949 and eventually settled in Corsicana. He began his 36-year career with the Texas Highway Department in Karnes City, then moved to Rockdale to spend two years working for EBASCO Corporation, before returning to the Highway Department in Kaufman and then being transferred to Corsicana. At the time of his retirement, he was the supervising resident engineer in Navarro County. Jack was an active member of First United Methodist Church, serving in numerous leadership capacities, including the administrative board and the board of trustees. He has served as president of the Corsicana Lions Club and member of the board of directors of the Texas A and M 12th Man Foundation. In addition, he served on the transportation committee of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed his years as Little League baseball coach. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and Texas A and M supporter. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen; daughter, Cheryl Skinner with husband Greg of Garland; son, Stephen London with wife Jann of Katy; daughter, Melanie Fossum with husband Mike of Houston; and his grandchildren, Brittney and Paige Skinner, Mylea and Bryce London, and Carrie (Braun), Mitch, John, and Kenny Fossum. He was preceded in death by father, A. B. London; mother, Emma Gertrude London; and brother, William Boyd London. Funeral services are planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Corsicana. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Mitchell Fossum, John Fossum, Kenny Fossum, Jonathan Braun, Boyd London, John London and Bryce London. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Joe Lynn Cranford
Feb 3, 1951 - May 7, 2008

Joe Lynn Cranford
Joe Lynn Cranford Joe Lynn Cranford passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Dallas. He was born Feb. 3, 1951, in Corsicana. He had a great love for animals and operated a dog rescue service in the Metroplex. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Copie Rawson. He is survived by his faithful Boston Terrier companion Josie and many friends who loved him dearly. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Resthaven Memorial Park in the gazebo. Donations may be made to Texas Humane Legislative Network, P.O. Box 685283, Austin, TX 78768-5283. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Faynell (Morris) Hambrick
Dec 2, 1924 - May 7, 2008

Faynell Hambrick
Faynell Hambrick, 83, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born on Dec. 2, 1924, in Frost. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church since 1958. She was employed by Fireside Gift Shop for many years. She was an active part of the Food for Fitness delivery, worked in the nursery and the care center of Northside Baptist Church. She served on the Bereavement Committee of Northside Baptist Church. She married Joe D. Hambrick on June 17, 1944. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Billy Owen, Kurt Knauth, Eddie Denbow, Mike Cox, Cecil Miller and David Brewer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar H. and Annie Morris; brother, Curtis Morris; and sisters, Rudell and Wilton Morris. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joe D. Hambrick of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Jonell and Chuck Kirk of San Antonio; grandson, Cameron Ralston of San Antonio; granddaughters and husbands, Gina and John Hahn of College Station and Kristen and Justin Pollei of Pflugerville; sister, Hazel Traw of Sherman; brother, W. A. Morris of Alexandria, La.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund at 2800 N. Beaton St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lessie C. Wooten
Nov 28, 1908 - Apr 17, 1981

BLOOMING GROVE, - Mrs. Lessie Wooten, 72, of Blooming Grove, died Friday afternoon in
Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Service is Sunday, 2 p.m., First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. David
Fortner officiating. Burial will be at Dresden Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Blooming Grove Funeral Home (formerly Ballard Funeral Home).

Survivors include her husband, Lloyd C. Wooten, of Blooming Grove; one son, Floyd
Dean Wooten, of Denver Colo.; three brothers, Lawrence Garrison, of Orange, Leonard
Armstrong, of Houston, and Bruce Armstrong, of Alvin; one sister, Pearl Selinger, of
Tulsa, Okla.; one grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Larry Farish, Danny Hall, Cecil Staggs, J.K. Melton, Donny Ingram,
Bobby Staggs, Ray Dixon and Don Garrison.

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Benny Fred McElroy
Mar 2, 1936 - Mar 27, 1996

Benny F. McElroy, 60, of Frost, died March 27, 1996, at his residence.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral home in Corsicana, with Rev. Randy Pell officiating. Burial will follow in Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dan Cooper, Val Garrick, Hal Collins, Red Fields, Porter Griggs and Kenneth Finch.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Mercy and the American Cancer Society.

Mr. McElroy was born March 2, 1936, in Richland. He was a member of the Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge #497, Hella Temple of Dallas and Scottish Rite 32 of Dallas. He retired from the Dallas Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Pat McElroy of Frost; his sisters, Peggy Graball of Boerne and Jane Beil of Wortham; and his brother-in-law, Ronnie Clanton of Midlothian.

Mr. McElroy was preceded in death by his father, Milner McElroy; his mother, Dannie Lou McElroy; and his sister, Bobbie Mathison.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Sharon Ann (Maxwell) Hill
Aug 31, 1945 - June 16, 1999

Sharon Ann Hill, 53, of Purdon passed away Wednesday, June 16, 1999, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Harold Scott and Ron Fontenot. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Hill was born Aug. 31, 1945 in Ozark, Ark.

Mrs. Hill is survived by her husband, Jerry Hill of Purdon; father, Ray Maxwell of Arkansas; daughter and son-in-law, Loree and Alan Scott of Ennis; grandchildren, Robert, Ricky and Katelyn; sisters, Angelia Reeves, Quita Johnson and Loretta Brandenburger, all of Arkansas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Emmett Selby
Nov 21, 1916 - Jun 27, 1999

Emmett Selby, 82, of Rio Vista passed away Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Cleburne.

Services were 10 a.m. today at Mountain Valley Chapel, with Dennis Crecelius and the Rev. Ed Raley officiating. Interment followed at Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Selby was born Nov. 21, 1916 in Frost. He married Wanda Garner May 2, 1970 in Forest Hill. He was a member of Rio Vista Church of Christ. He was a retired grocerman and farmer.

Mr. Selby was preceded in death by his father, mother, three sisters and one stepson.

Mr. Selby is survived by his wife, Dorothy Selby of Rio Vista; daughter, Geneva Baker of Burleson; sons, Rufus Selby of Rendon and George Selby of Haltom City; stepson, James Mitchell of Rio Vista; stepdaughters, Wanda Finley of Rio Vista and Peggy Mitchell of Springtown; brother, Wayne Selby of Burleson; three grandchildren; and five step grandchildren.

Arrangements by Mountain Valley Funeral Home of Burleson.

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Billie Janice (Cates) Wren
Feb 17, 1932 - July 3, 1999

Billie J. Wren, 67, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 3, 1999, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. today with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Bruce, Carl Wayne Bruce, Tim Cates, Gideon Little, Jim Little and Lyle Wren.

Mrs. Wren was born Feb. 17, 1932 in Durant, Okla. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Wren is survived by a daughter, Patricia Smith of Corsicana; sons, Danny Wren of Corsicana and Jimmy Wren of Tivoli; brothers, Charles Cates, Darrell Cates and Delmar Cates, all of Corsicana; granddaughters, Brandy Smith of Powell, Alisha Wren of Corsicana and Randee Wren of Tivoli; grandsons, Christopher Smith of Powell, Daniel Wren of Corsicana and Kyle Wren of Tyler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Grady Odell McKinney
Apr 27, 1915 - Sep 3, 1999

Grady Odell McKinney, 84, of Frost passed away Friday, Sept. 3, 1999, at a Mabank nursing home.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Gene Craven officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scoter Hall, Steve Mitchell, Butch Whitaker, Mark Reamy, James Richards, Bill Parker and Alton Brown.

Mr. McKinney was born April 27, 1915, in Bibb County, Ala.

Mr. McKinney is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Diana McKinney of Mabank, Leroy and Edna Hall of Frost, Jessie and Robin Hall of Plano and James and Ilene Weatherall of Frost; daughters and son-in-law, Diane and Bill Parker of Gun Barrel, Pat Fulgam of Longview and Claudine Hall of Frost; sisters, Lahoma Harbin of Ala. and Veda Mae Courtyman of Ala.; seven grandchildren; brothers, Buddy McKinney of Eustace and Cecil McKinney of Alabama; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Frank Lynn Herrin
Mar 16, 1927 - Jul 6, 1999

Frank Lynn Herrin, 72, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Dresden Cemetery, with Brother James T. Davis officiating.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Cryer, Doug Powers, Kevin Farmer, Dale Meador, Howard Garnett, Ricky Loftis and Chance Whitehead.

Mr. Herrin was born March 16, 1927. He was a 50 year resident of Corsicana and retired from Oil City Iron Works. He was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force.

Mr. Herrin is survived by his wife, Wanda Jean Herrin of Corsicana; sons and daughter-in-law, Lyndel Herrin and Wesley and Anne Herrin; daughters and sons-in-law, Lois and John McAdams, Kathie and Reggie Farmer and Teresa and Monte Atchley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Weldon Herrin of Pasadena, Alva Herrin Jr. of Mississippi; sisters, Annie Lee Trogdan of Irving, Geneva Jones of Corsicana, Wanda Robinson of Navasota and Margaret Poston of Mosheim.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


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Douglas Leland Warren
May 28, 1966 - Oct 23, 1999

Douglas Leland Warren, 33, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 1999, in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Eureka Cemetery, with the Rev. Sondra Johnson.

Mr. Warren was born May 28, 1966 in Kingsville. He was a very loving person who liked to be around people and loved to laugh.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Howard Warren.

Mr. Warren is survived by his mother, Joann Warren of Corsicana; sister, Dyce Marcelle Branch of Corsicana; grandmother, Viola Pritchett of Corsicana; nephew, Casey Charles Godwin of Hope, Ark.; niece, Chelsey Joelle Branch of Collinsville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ireland Faye (Reeder) Stroder
Jan 8, 1942 - May 30, 1999

Ireland Faye Stroder

Ireland Faye Stroder, 57, of Emmett passed away Sunday, May 30, 1999 at her residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Prairie Grove Baptist Church in Emmett, with Roger Erickson officiating. Interment will follow at Emmett Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Seth Fuller, Doug Fuller, Nathan Stroder, Joel Stroder, John Mark Stroder and Zeke Stroder.

Mrs. Stroder was born Jan. 8, 1942 in Stewart, Okla.

Mrs. Stroder is survived by her husband, Kenneth Harold Stroder of Emmett; mother, Ilean Daniels of Stewart, Okla.; sons, Mica William Stroder and James Todd Stroder, both of Emmett; daughters, Arla Renay Brock of McKinney and Tracy Ann Erickson of Corsicana; sister, Sue Palummer of McAlester, Okla.; and 13 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Edgar W. Laseter, Jr.
Jan 11, 1942 - Nov 3, 1999

E.W. Laseter, 57, of Richland passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Richland Cemetery, with the Rev. Teri Hildebrand officiating.

Mr. Laseter was born Jan. 11, 1942 in Navarro County.

Mr. Laseter is survived by his wife, Glenda Laseter of Richland; son and daughter-in -law, Chris and Christie Laseter of Angus; daughter, Charlotte Wilbanks of Dallas; sister, Elnora Allen of Mexia; and brother, J.C. Laseter of Houston.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Winnie E. (Christie) Truelove
Nov 5, 1898 - Apr 18, 1974

Winnie E. Truelove

Funeral services were held at 2 pm Sunday at the Eubank's Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Winnie E. Truelove, 75, resident of Hubbard, who died Thursday night in Hubbard Hospital.

Rev. Sam Cluck, Rev. Willie B. Crouch, and Rev. Eddie Ricks officiated, and burial was held at Fairview Cemetery.

She was a native of Palestine and had lived in Blooming Grove, Hubbard, and Dawson area most of her life.

Her husband W. T. Truelove preceded her in death Oct. 4, 1971. She was a member of the Hubbard Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Tommy Truelove of Dawson; five grandchildren, Neva Jean, Bubba, Shelia, Dianne, and Buck; six great-grandchildren; six sisters, Mrs. Loyd Robinson and Mrs. Ruth Graves both ofCorsicana, Mrs. Herchel Seaboat and Mrs. Luther Patterson both of Ennis, Mrs. Ernest Gordon of Panhandle and Mrs. Dan Beets of Kilgore; three brothers, A. S. Christie of West Columbia, O.J. Christie of Donie, and Gene Christie of Corsicana.

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Mrs. Truelove
HUBBARD - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Eubanks Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Winnie E. Truelove, 75, resident of Hubbard, who died
Thursday night in Hubbard Hospital.

Rev, Sam Cluck, Rev. Willie B. Crouch, and Rev. Eddie Ricks will officiate, and burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.

She was a native of Palestine and had lived in Blooming Grove, Hubbard, and Dawson area most of her life.

Her husband W. T. Truelove preceded her in death, Oct. 4, 1971. She was a member of the Hubbard Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Tommy Truelove of Dawson; five grandchildren, Neva Jean, Bubba, Shelia, Dianne, and Buck; six great-grandchildren,; six sisters, Mrs. Loyd Robinson and Mrs. Ruth Graves both of Corsicana, Mrs. Herchel Seaboat and Mrs. Luthur Patterson both of Ennis, Mrs. Ernest Gordon of Panhandle and Mrs. Dan Beets of Kilgore; three brothers, A. S. Christie of West Columbia, O. J. Christie of Donie, and Gene Christie of Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, April 19, 1974
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, Texas
  • w/o Walter T. (Ray) Truelove d/o Elvin Eugene Christie and Ida Bell (Chandler) Christie

Elizabeth Pearl Pigg
Jan 30, 1888 - Apr 18, 1974

Elizabeth Pigg

Funeral services were held at 4 pm Friday at the Frost Baptist Church for Mrs. Elizabeth Pearl Pigg, 86, resident of Frost, who died April 18 at the Italy Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 30, 1888 in Mississippi.

Rev. James Aldridge, pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. Buddy Stegman, Frost Methodist Church pastor. Burial was at City Cemetery in Waxahachie, under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Willie Caroll and Mrs. Mae Bowman both of Frost; a step-son, Calvin Pigg of Bryan; a step-daughter, Mrs. Otis Gaston of Waxahachie; and two grandchildren, Linda Simpson and Mike Simpson both of Newport News, Va.

Pallbearers were Richard Pigg, James C. Pigg, Ralph Roebuck, John Roebuck, Kenneth Logan and Noble Downey.

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Mrs. Pigg
FROST—Funeral services were to be at 4 p.m. today at the Frost Baptist Church for Mrs. Elizabeth Pigg, 86, resident of Frost, who died April a8 at the Italy Nursing Home.

Rev. James Aldridge, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Buddy Stegman, Frost Methodist Church Pastor. Burial will be at Waxahachie Cemetery in Waxahachie. Arrangements are with Bradley Funeral Home in Frost.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Willie Carroll of Frost and Mrs. Mae Bowman of Frost; a step-son, Calvin Pigg of Bryan; a step-daughter, Mrs. Otis Gaston of Waxahachie and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Richard Pigg, James C. Pigg, Ralph Roebuck, John Roebuck, Kenneth Logan and Noble Downey.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - April 19, 1974
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Waxahachie City Cemetery, Ellis County, Waxahachie, Texas
  • w/o Calvin Harvey Pigg d/o Aaron Weaver Roebuck and Sarah A. “Sallie” (Tarpley) Roebuck buried at Rose Hill cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas.

J. S. Ivy
abt 1901 - May 1974

J. S. Ivy

A native of Navarro Co. and a resident of Glen Rose, J.S. Ivy, 73, died Thursday at a Glen Rose Hospital.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Rufus Pevehouse of Corsicana and Mrs. Clarence Vaughn of Grandberry; and a brother A.D. Ivy of Ft. Worth.

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Acton Madison Nash
Dec 5, 1895 - May 1, 1974

A. M. Nash

Funeral services were held Friday, May 3, 1974 in the Carmichael-Whatley Colonial Chapel for A.M. Nash, 78, of Odessa, who died Wednesday at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

Rev. Ted Savage, pastor of Central Baptist Church, officiated with burial in the Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Nash was born Dec. 5, 1895 in Navarro County, Texas. He moved to Pampa in 1927 from Barry, and moved to Odessa two years ago.

He was employed by Gulf Oil Co. about 40 years. He was a member of Central Baptist Church, Pampa.

Mr. Nash married Jewel Gertrude Varnell Sept. 1, 1914 at McKinney. She died in Pampa Feb. 1971.

Survivors include a son, Col. Albert M. Nash, Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Moore, Monahans and Mrs. W.W. Henson, Odessa; three brothers, B. R. Nash, Pampa; Robert W. Zachry, La.; and Earl, Bullhead City, Ariz; two sisters, Mrs. E. J. Ormsby, Waco, and Mrs. Kay L. Herd, Kilgore; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Virginia Page of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Bobby Beam of Barry are nieces. Mr. Quilla Varnell of Tyler is a nephew.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 15, 1974
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • TXDI: Nash Acton M 05-01-1974 ECTOR M WIDOWED
  • SSDI: ACTON NASH 05 Dec 1895 May 1974 79750 (Texas)
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Margaret Lillie (Honea) Hambrick
Mar 17, 1892 - Dec 24, 1974

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Thomas Thurman Raley
Dec 18, 1945 - May 28, 1999

Thurman Raley, of Blooming Grove, passed away Friday, May 28, 1999, after a battle with cancer.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Diabetes Association.

Pallbearers will be Gary Wood, Sam Thompson, Ronny Martin, Owen Dhonall, Roy Shaw and Ted Green.

Mr. Raley was born Dec. 18, 1945, in Blooming Grove. He graduated from Frost High School in 1964 where he was an all-district football and basketball player.

He loved to fish and hunt and cook for his friends and family. He worked for Deluxe Check Printer, where he was a pressman for 28 years.

Mr. Raley is survived by his fiance', Sandra Taylor of Navarro Mills; sons and daughters-in-law, Bryan and Alysha Raley and Jarred and Alyssa Raley, both of Irving; parents, Truman and Lometa Raley of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Mickie Raley of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marceline Seaton of Corsicana and Joyce and Dave Sellers of Irving; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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George William Watts
Apr 8, 1891 - Dec 25, 1974

George W. Watts

Funeral services were held December 27 for George W. Watts, 83, of Boyce, Texas. Mr. Watts died December 25 at his home. Services were held at Boze-Mitchell Funeral Chapel in Waxahachie with burial at Frost Cemetery.

Mr. Watts was raised in Emmett and Frost.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lela Bailey Watts of Boyce; two sons, J. L. Watts of Frost and William D. Watts of Boyce; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Paul Watts, Henry Sullins, Jimmy Owens, Billy Joe Watts, and Richard and Billy Thrailkill.

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Thomas Gilmer Sheppard
Aug 24, 1906 - Oct 7, 1987

Gilmer Sheppard, 81, of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday at his residence.

Arrangements are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Sheppard, of Blooming Grove; one son Thomas Sheppard, of Houston; two daughters, Jean Hinkle and Faye Kagler, both of Blooming Grove; two granddaughters, Janie Hatley, of Blooming Grove, and Kathy Ward, of Mexia; four great-grandchildren, Jessie and Micah Hatley, both of Blooming Grove, and Christie and Zane Ward, both of Mexia.

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Gilmer Sheppard

Gilmer Sheppard, 81, of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday at his residence.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with Bruce Cotton officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Sheppard, of Blooming Grove; one son, Thomas Sheppard, of Houston; two daughters, Jean Hinkle and Fay Kagler, both of Blooming Grove; two granddaughters, Janie Hatley, of Blooming Grove, Cathy Ward of Mexia; four great-grandchildren, Jessie and Micah Hatley, both of Blooming Grove, and Christie and Zane Ward, both of Mexia.

Pallbearers will be Mike Barham, Raymond McGraw, Roland Southard, Kenneth Ray Southard, Bobby Dan Bell and Ed Peddie.

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Mary Pearl (Brannon) Green
Jun 19, 1892 - Dec 24, 1974

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 26, 1974 for Mary Pearl Green, 82, at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. Buerl Johnson. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Survivors included three sons, Stanford Green of Lancaster, Ray Green of Blooming Grove, and Pete Green of Farmington, New Mexico; four daughters, Opel Ross and Ruth Rasco of Blooming Grove, Sammie Lynch of Arlington and Bonnie Story of Irving; two brothers, Frank Brannon of Sweetwater and E. A. Brannon of Corsicana; two sisters, Ercle Pollock of San Saba, and Grace Winslett of Oceana, Calif; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rupert Dozier, E. Don McGraw, Reagan Grounds, Fred McGraw, Phillip Story and Gerald Tuley.

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Eula Thomas (Frederick) McGraw
Mar 2, 1887 - Feb 2, 1975

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 4, 1975 for Mrs. Eula McGraw, 87, of Blooming Grove. Services were held at 3:00 pm in the First Baptist Church. Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor, officiated. Burial was held at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home. Mrs. McGraw died February 2.

Survivors include six sons; L. O. McGraw of Barry, T. E. McGraw of Corsicana, Fred McGraw of Blooming Grove, Joe McGraw of Blooming Grove, H. C. McGraw of Dallas, and Ervin McGraw of Corsicana. Three daughters, Mrs. Marie Littlejohn of Milford, Mrs. Pauline North of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Dell Phillips of Corsicana. Two brothers, R. E. Frederick and Wayne Frederick, both of Dallas. Two sisters, Mrs. Nettie McCraken of El Paso and Mrs. Sue White of San Antonio. There were 28 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

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Mrs. McGraw
BLOOMING GROVE— Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church for Mrs. Eula McGraw, 87, lifelong resident of Blooming Grove, who died Sunday afternoon in Blooming Grove.
Rev. W.A. Corley, pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bradley Funeral Home.
Survivors include six sons, L.O. McGraw of Barry, T.E. McGraw of Corsicana, Fred McGraw of Dallas, and Erwin McGraw of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Marie Littlejohn of Milford, Mrs. Pauline North of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Dell Phillips of Corsicana; two brothers, R.E. Frederick and Wayne Frederick both of Dallas; two sisters Mrs. Nettie McCracken of El Paso and Mrs. Sue White of San Antonio; 28 grandchildren, 56 greatgrandchildren, and one greatgreat-grandson.
She was preceded in death by two children, Carl McGraw in 1957 and Mrs. Sue Moore in 1974.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Joe Jack Slater
Feb 23, 1908 - Sep 16, 1986

Jack Slater, 78, of Frost, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Frost Methodist Church with the Revs. Jim McWilliams and McAfee Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

He was a member of the Mason Lodge in Frost.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Slater of Frost; three brothers, C.M. Slater of Blooming Grove, Harvey Slater of Corsicana and Jessie J. Slater of Frost; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ernie Wagner, James Wright, Namon Yates, Freddie Melton, Robert Sam Thompson, Tim Pullin, Buddy Ross and Jimmy Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be Arlon Simmons, Charlie Hyles, Buck Douglas, Charlie Warren, Charlie Roy Green, Homer McNabb, Truman Raley and Guy Tullos.

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David Daniel Tucker
Jun 22, 1897 - May 16, 1975

GRANDVIEW - Services were held Sunday at 2 pm at the First Baptist Church here for David Daniel Tucker, 78, a former resident of Blooming Grove, who died Friday morning in a Cleburne hospital.

The Revs. Jeff Pritchard and Leslie White officiated, with burial following at the Dresden Cemetery.

A native of Mississippi, Mr. Tucker was a retired farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church of Grandview.

Survivors include four sons, J.C. Tucker of Dallas, Otho Tucker of Ft. Smith, Ark., Ross Tucker of Borger and Jerry Tucker of Waco; two daughters, Mrs. Kathleen Payne of Wentworth, Mo., and Mrs. Paulyne Griffin of Modesto, Cal.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His wife preceded him in death Aug. 21, 1971.

Services were handled by Clayton Kay Funeral Home of Grandview.

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Willard P. Staggs
Mar 3, 1906 - Jan 22, 1975

Services were held Thursday at 10:30 am at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for W. P. Staggs, 68, of 1207 W. 13 Ave., Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Gene Gardner and Rev. T. R. Vaughn officiated, with burial following at Dresden Cemetery.

He was a member of the Second Avenue Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge No. 497.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Jessie Staggs of Corsicana; two sons, Billy Staggs of Garland; six grandchildren; four sisters, Miss Clara Staggs of Corsicana, Mrs. Virgie Dixon and Mrs. Effie Melton both of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Elcie Gorham of Burkburnette.

Pallbearers were Otis Atkeisson, Thelbert Percival, Dan Paschal, Willie Sims, Johnny Rhoads, and Wayne Moody.

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Dr. William Frank Cole, Sr.
Sep 13, 1908 - Jan 22, 1975

Dr. William Frank Cole Sr. native of Blooming Grove, died suddenly Wednesday night in Houston where he practiced medicine for about 40 years. Funeral and burial was Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in Houston.

Dr. Cole, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude Cole, grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cole, was honored October 5, 1974 as Outstanding BGHS Ex-Student at the annual ex-students homecoming. He graduated from BGHS in 1925.

Survivors are his widow, Lora; two sons, Dr. Wm. F. Cole Jr. and Richard Claud Cole Sr. of Houston; two daughters, Kay Cole Segrato of San Antonio and Linda Cole Eddins of Houston and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter.

Blooming Grove cousins of Dr. Cole are Mrs. R. W. George, Mrs. Flint Albrecht, Mrs. W.E. Carroll and R.B. McCormick.

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Vernon Bell
Mar 26, 1940 - May 19, 2008

Vernon Bell
Vernon Bell, 68, of Corsicana passed away Monday, May 19, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born March 26, 1940, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Luther Vernon Bell and Annie Mabel Phillips Bell. He is survived by wife, Dorothy Bell of Corsicana; mother, Ann Rowe of California; daughters, Verna Bell of Corsicana and Roseann Bell of Waxahachie; brothers, Bobby Bell of Columbus, Kan.; sisters, Caroline Bell of California and Debbie Roper of California; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel will Manuel Castillo officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Delcortea, Jerry DelaRosa, Michael Ruiz, Miguel Ruiz, Justin Brown and Will Ruiz. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Faustino DeLaRosa
Feb 15, 1936 - May 16, 2008

Faustino DeLaRosa
Faustino DeLaRosa, 72, of Corsicana passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, 2008. He was born on February 15, 1936 in Chatfield, Texas. He was a dedicated employee of 42 years at Nelson Plumbing in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 19, 2008, at Corley Funeral Home.. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Francisco Lopez Jr., Johny Gonzales, Claudio Amador Jr., Eddie Castillo, Kristopher Ramirez and Simon DeLaRosa Jr. He is preceded in death by his parents, Margarito and Siria DeLaRosa. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rachel DeLaRosa; sons, Raul DeLaRosa of Rice and Victor DeLaRosa of Corsicana; daughter, Trena DeLaRosa Lopez of Tyler; brothers, Simon DeLaRosa, Jessie DeLaRosa, Juan DeLaRosa and Pete DeLaRosa of Dallas; and sisters, Julie Garcia and Sundee Amador of Ennis; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Morgan James Ivie
May 2008 - May 17, 2008

Morgan James Ivie
Morgan James Ivie, infant, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Saturday, May 17, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Waco. Morgan was our little miracle and though we will miss watching him grow, we will take comfort in knowing he will be living the best life anyone can have. God needed Morgan to come home early and what a homecoming he must have had. Numerous grandparents, aunts and uncles were there to meet him. Morgan is survived by his mother, Juli Elaine Ivie of Waco; father, Duane Scott Collins of San Antonio; half-brother, Dallas Whitehead of Louisiana; maternal grandfather, James Ivie of Waco; aunt, Jamie Ivie of Waco; uncle, Jim Ivie of Phoenix, Ariz.; paternal grandparents, Art and Christine Collins of Stafford; aunt, Toni Davis of Houston; and aunt, Wendy Abeel and husband Joe of San Antonio. There are also a multitude of extended friends and family that will miss him dearly. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Pierce Ward McClendon
Dec 27, 1908 - May 17, 2008

Pierce Ward McClendon
Pierce Ward McClendon, 99, of Waco and formerly of Dawson, Dallas and Nevada, Texas, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2008 in Waco. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on today at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with his grandson, Pastor Jeff Bianchi, officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery. Pierce was born Dec. 27, 1908, in Nevada, Texas, to Robert Abraham and Emma Delia McClendon. He grew up in Collin County on the family farm with seven siblings. Pierce attended East Texas State College in Commerce and then taught sixth through eighth grade in Millwood. He married Gladys Evelyn Beene on Dec. 10, 1932 and was married 66 years when she preceded him in death. During the Depression, Pierce was recommended by Congressman Sam Rayburn for postal work in Dallas. He was a postman in Highland Park/University Park and downtown Dallas. He was a member of St. John's Methodist Church of Dallas and also was a member and secretary of the Dallas Lodge #44 IOOF. After retiring from postal work, Pierce and Gladys moved to Corsicana where he served as IOOF Grand Secretary for ten years from 1970-80. In 1980, at age 72, he began farming/ranching in Dawson and retired at age 87. He was active in the First United Methodist Church of Dawson. Pierce was a fun-loving, happy family man who loved to tell jokes and stories about the good ole days, sing songs to his grandchildren and bowl with his league friends and grandchildren. Besides his wife, Pierce was also preceded in death by five siblings, Naomi O'Neal, Foy Attaway, Onella Austin, Linus McClendon and Sam McClendon. Survivors include his sister, Alice O'Neal of Houston; brother, T. G. McClendon and Lila of Corsicana; son, Dayle Ward McClendon and Beverly of Hubbard; daughters, Mary Sue Allen and Paul from San Antonio and Emma Bianchi and Ted of Waco; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Community of Faith Int., 410 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135 where his grandson, Jeff Bianchi is associate pastor. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Ruthe Ellen (Beckler) Melton
Jan 1, 1928 - May 16, 2008

Ruth Beckler Melton, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, May 16, 2008, in Corsicana at the age of 80 years. She was born in Chappell, Nebraska on Jan. 1, 1928, to Delmer Beckler and Clara Roth Beckler. Ruth was a member of Northside Baptist Church for 58 years. She was employed at Tom’s Foods for 15 years and with Corsicana I.S.D. for 10 years, working at Fannin Elementary in the cafeteria, and was a volunteer with Food for Fitness in Corsicana. She loved her grandkids and loved to cook and bake food for them. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Cecil “Tex” Melton in 2001. Survivors include her children, Marilyn Boulter and husband David of Murchison, Clara Machal and husband Bob of Haughton, LA., Deborah Knavel and husband David of Dresden, Brent Melton and wife Rene’ of Dallas, and Mike Melton of Waco.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Gary Becklar and wife Jean of Mesquite; sisters: Donna Little of Oregon, IL, Mary McCall of Chappell, NB., and Millie Eichel Berger of Mansfield, MO. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, May 19, 2008, at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow in the Dresden Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jeremy Melton, Todd Melton, Nick Melton, Lance Lockridge, Aaron Melton, Brad Albright, and Dan Planeta. The family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jo Carolyn (Cox) Whatley
abt 1943 - May 9, 2008

Jo Carolyn Cox Whatley
Jo Carolyn Cox Whatley, formerly of Barry, passed away at the age of 65 on Friday, May 9, 2008 in Fairfax, Va. Jo was a member of the Blooming Grove High School class of 1960 and attended Navarro Junior College before graduating from North Texas State University. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Carter Whatley, and by her parents, J. L. and Ira D. Cox. Survivors include her children, Jennifer Whatley of Arlington, Va. and Chris Whatley of Annapolis, Md.; and her grandchildren, Samantha and Charlotte Whatley. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Lou Cox Hoyle of Dallas, and her dear friend Ted Briggs. Funeral services are May 19 at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Annandale, Va. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery on June 4, 2008. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Jo and Carter Whatley Scholarship fund at Texas A and M Corpus Christi University. www.tamucc.edu. Arrangements by Advent Funeral and Cremation Services, Falls Church, Va.

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George Edward Dortch
Sept 7, 1924 - Feb 27, 1975

Services were held at 3 pm Saturday at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Frost for George E. Dortch, 50, resident of Frost, who died Thursday night in Corsicana.

Rev. Buddy Stegman, Frost Methodist Church pastor, officiated and burial was at Frost Cemetery.

He was a member of VFW in Corsicana and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Jewel Dortch of Frost; four brothers, John Dortch of Corsicana, Robby Dortch of Frost, Jerry Dortch of Dallas, and Joe Dortch of Louisiana; six sisters, Mrs. Ray Heib of Dallas, Mrs. Paul Comer of Albuquerque, NM, Mrs. Doug Clifton of Frost, Mrs. Freddie Reeves of Mesquite, Mrs. Charles Pickett of Euless, and Mrs. Roman Aday of Fort Worth.

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Leslie Owen Ellis
Sep 4, 1898 - Mar 2, 1975

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 4, for Mr. Leslie Owen Ellis at the Frost United Methodist at 2:00 pm. Mr. Ellis, 76, died Sunday, March 2. Rev. Buddy Stegman, pastor, officiated. Interment was at Frost Cemetery under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Mr. Ellis was a member of Woodsman of the World.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mittie Ellis of Frost; one son, Mr. Charles Ellis of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Melba Rossiter of Dallas; one brother, Mr. M. L. Ellis of Mansfield; four sisters, Mrs. Lovella Keathly of Dallas, Mrs. O. Z. Porter of San Angelo, Mrs. R. L. Stanley of Palo Alto, Calif, and Mrs. J. H. Corbin of Roswell, NM; five grandchildren; two great granddaughters; five stepsons, Harvey Smith, Don Smith, Bobby Smith, James Smith, and Gerald Smith.

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Leslie Ellis

FROST—Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Frost Methodist Church for Leslie O. Ellis, 76, retired distributor for Magnolia (Mobil) Petroleum Co., who died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Buddy Stegman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery under direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Frost, a member of the Methodist Church and the Woodman of the World lodge.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mittie Ellis, Frost; one son, Charles Ellis, Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Melba Rossiter, Dallas; five step-sons, Harvey Smith, Jr., and Don D. Smith, both of Irving; Bobby G. Smith, Dallas; James D. Smith, Fort Worth; and Gerald S. Smith, Redoak; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, M. L. Ellis, Mansfield; and four sisters, Mrs. Louella Keathley, Dallas; Mrs. O. Z. Porter, San Angelo; Mrs. R. L. Stanley, Palo Alto, Calif., and Mrs. J. H. Corbin, Roswell, N.M.

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Edward R. V. Prater
May 10, 1910 - Feb 23, 1975

Funeral services were held at 11 am Wednesday in the Metcalf Funeral Home's Chapel of the Pines for Edward R.V. Prater, 64, Frost city marshal who died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Howard Lee officiated. Burial was in the Bethel Cemetery near Montgomery.

A native of Dawson, he had lived most of his life around Conroe. He had lived at Frost the past three years and was a member and deacon of Prairie Grove Baptist Church at Emmett.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Virgia Prater of Frost; three daughters, Mrs. Melba Barrett and Mrs. Jean Johnson, both of Dacus, and Mrs. Shirley Harris of Oxford, Ind.; two sons, Billy Prater of Conroe and Gerald Prater of Houston; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Wanda McFatridge of Burleson and Mrs. Betty Thomas of Gilmer; four brothers, Wilson Prater of Corsicana; Leon Prater of Narin, La.; Doyce Prater of Blooming Grove, and Cecil Prater of Dacus; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Peel of Houston and Mrs. Juanita Stevenson of Southgate, Calif.; 22 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Edward Prater
CONROE - Funeral servics will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Metcalf Funeral Home's Chapel of the Pines for Edward R. V. Prater, 64, Frost city marshall who died Sunday in Memorial Hospital.  The Rev. Howard Lee will officiate. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery near Montgomery.
A native of Dawson, he had lived most of his life around Conroe. He had lived at Frost the past three years and was a member and deacon of Prairie Grove Baptist Church at Emmett.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Virginia Prater of Frost; three daughters, Mrs. Melba Barrett and Mrs. Jean Johnson, both of Dacus, and Mrs. Shirley Harris of Oxford, Ind.; two sons, Billy Prater of Conroe and Gerald Prater of Houston; two step-daughters, Mrs. Wanda McFatridge of Burleson and Mrs. Betty Thomas of Gilmer; four brothers, Wilson Prater of Corsicana; Leon Prater of Narin, La.; Doyce Prater of Blooming Grove, and Cecil Prater of Dacus; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Peel of Houston and Mrs. Juanita Stevenson of Southgate, Calif.; 22 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Mae (Compton) Starcher
May 11, 1913 - May 9, 2008

Our sweet spirit has gone to be with her Lord. Mae Compton Starcher passed away peacefully May 9, 2008.
A service was held for her at Eubank Funeral Home, Mabank on Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. Burial followed in Chatfield Cemetery.
Mae was born May 11, 1913, to Perry and Missouri Compton in Raven, Va., and married Kermit B. Starcher in 1933 in W.Va.
She lived her life with honesty, integrity, great love for her family, and as a devout Christian. Moving to Chatfield several years ago, she became a member of the Chatfield Methodist Church.
She is survived by her son, James Robert Starcher and wife Elizabeth of Gun Barrel City; son, Fred Allen Starcher of Chatfield, Texas; grandchildren, David A. Starcher (Denise), Jeffrey A. Starcher, Laurie L. Geston (Christopher), Michael D. Starcher (Jenny), Krystal A. Neufeld (Christopher), James R. Starcher (Shannon); great-grandchildren, Jared Starcher, Gunnar Geston, Bram Starcher, Bennett Geston, Claire Starcher, Jett Starcher and Christian Neufeld.
Also surviving are step-grandchildren Mary Ann Lide, Bradley Hennigan, Sean Hennigan, and LaToya Branecky, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
A sister, Betty Jo (Compton) Hancock and a sister-in-law, Freda (Starcher) Cripe also survive.
Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit B. Starcher; an infant son, John Perry Starcher; four brothers, John, Charles, Robert and Millard; and four sisters, Florence, Ethyl, Bertha and Hazel.

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William Curtis Beale
Jun 17, 1913 - May 27, 2008

 
William Curtis "W.C." Beale
William Curtis “W.C.” Beale, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. He was born on June 17, 1913, in Corbet. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Jabers Beale and Lena Lake Beale; his brother, Aubrey Jackson Beale; and his wife Loris O’Lena Ronning Beale. He is survived by his three children, Curtis Maurice Beale and wife Joy, Glenda Beale Earley and husband Wyndal Earley, and Frances Carolyn Hyden and husband Abner; grandchildren, Tammy Cantrell, Sheryl Wadle, Anjanette Davis, John Brighton Earley, Heather Hollander and Julie Beale; and great-grandchildren, Scott Cantrell, Hollie Cantrell, Zoe Wadle, Hannah Davis, Christopher McKnight, Preston McKnight, Sarah Hyden, and Rachel Hyden. W.C. was a well-known general contractor around the Corsicana area for many years and his work is seen both inside and outside and he also enjoyed both hunting and fishing. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Scott Cantrell, Gary Davis, Preston McKnight, Christopher McKnight, Jon Earley and Jim Wadle. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Heritage Oaks for their kind and dedicated work in providing care for W.C. Beale. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jerry Don Braudrick
Dec 28, 1944 - May 27, 2008

Jerry Don Braudrick
Jerry Don Braudrick, 63, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2008, in Dallas. He was born on Dec. 28, 1944, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He worked as a truck driver. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.                                                                                                       Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Nancy Bland officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. at Gethsemane Cemetery in Caddo, Okla. He is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Carril Jr. and Pat Braudrick of North Richland Hills, John Marvin and Carolyn Braudrick of Lakeland, Fla., Wendell Jr. and Pattie Buckmaster of Phoenix, Ariz., and Troy and Connie Buckmaster of Harlingen; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

 

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Jessie Ola Rush-Brown
Dec 25, 1925 - May 24, 2008

Jessie “Mother Jessie” Rush Brown, 82, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary and from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1700 S. Business 45. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 W. State Highway 31, with Pastor Joseph Johnson Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery in Dawson. Pallbearers will be grandsons: Gary Johnson, Quinton Johnson, Fisher Johnson III, Curtis Johnson Jr., Myron Rush and Hubert Rush Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be sons. Mrs. Brown was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Tehucana. She was a faithful member of Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ, where she served as the mother of the church. She was preceded in death by husbands, Matthew Rush Sr. and Frank Ernest Brown; and three children, Robbie Jean Rush, Barbara Ann Rush and Roy Anthony Rush. Mrs. Brown is survived by 10 children, Gladiola Perkins and husband Willie of Fort Worth, Ruby Jane Rush Pinkard of Corsicana, Matthew Rush Jr. of Dallas, Jesse Ray Rush, Hubert Glenn Rush, John Edward Rush, and Michael Dean Rush, all of Corsicana, Mary Lee Rush Johnson and husband Curtis Sr. of DeSoto, Carol Vernita Davis Lumar, and Terri Lynn Colbert and husband Robert, both of Corsicana; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elvia Cephus and Viola Reese and husband Joe, all of Corsicana, and Rosell Fisher of Fort Worth; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including a special friend, Mrs. Johnnie Washington, and the Johnson Memorial Church family. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Jessie Ola Brown

Jessie Ola Brown, 82, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary and 6 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Memorial COGIC, 1700 S. Business 45, also on Friday.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 W. Hwy 31, with Pastor Joseph Johnson Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery in Dawson.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Gary Johnson, Quinton Johnson, Fisher Johnson III, Curtis Johnson Jr., Myron Rush and Hubert Rush Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be sons.

Mrs. Brown was born Dec. 25, 1925 in Tehucana, Texas. She was a faithful member of Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ, where she served as the mother of the church.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Matthew Rush Sr. and Frank Ernest Brown; and three children, Robbie Jean Rush, Barbara Ann Rush, and Roy Anthony Rush.

Mrs. Brown is survived by 10 children, Gladiola Perkins and husband Willie of Ft. Worth, Ruby Jane Rush Pinkard of Corsicana, Matthew Rush Jr. of Dallas, Jesse Ray Rush, Hubert Glenn Rush, John Edward Rush, and Michael Dean Rush, all of Corsicana, Mary Lee Rush Jonson and husband Curtis Sr. of Desoto, Carol Bernita Davis Lumar, and Terri Lynn Colbert and husband Robert, both of Corsicana; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elvia Cephus and Viola Reese and husband Joe, all of Corsicana, and Rosell Fisher of Ft. Worth; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including a special friend, Mrs. Johnnie Washington, andthe Johnson Memorial Church family.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Iva Irene (Robinson) Buchanan
Feb 12, 1927 - May 28, 2008

Iva Irene Buchanan
Iva Irene Buchanan, 81, of Richland passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2008, in Waco. She was born on Feb. 12, 1927, in Siloam Springs, Ark. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Bentley, Michael Bentley, Douglas Glenn Huff, Donald Brown, Brett Reagan and Keith Berry. Mrs. Buchanan was preceded in death by her husband, John Buchanan; parents, Maynard and Mary Robinson; brothers, Harry and Houston Robinson; sister, Pearl Burks; and great-grandsons, Jerry Gafford and Keith Bennett. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Mary Ann Huff of Johnson City, Tenn., Virginia Nicklas of Gun Barrel City, and Alice and Donald Brown of Richland; stepdaughter, Ruby Jane Barnett of Waxahachie; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Mildred Baptist Church, 5502 S. U.S. Highway 287, Corsicana, TX 75109. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Eunice (Eppes) Fulton
abt 1921 - May 24, 2008

Eunice Eppes Fulton
Funeral services for Eunice Eppes Fulton, 87, are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Interment will follow the services at Union Cemetery near Freestone. Mrs. Fulton passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born in Freestone to Lewis and Cora Eppes. Eunice grew up in Freestone and attended the Freestone School, graduating valedictorian in the class of 1938. She loved to square dance, make handcrafts, crochet, and quilt. She was also known for holding numerous garage sales and enjoyed seeing people at her sales. Mrs. Fulton always looked forward to large family gatherings. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by three daughters, Shirley Nanny of Corsicana, Jean Schroeder and husband Mel of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Tanya Michalies and husband Kelly of Billings, Mont.; one son, Charley Ray Ellis and wife Dianne of Tellico Plains, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Robert Nanny, Mark Nanny, Randy Nanny, Jason Ellis, Tracy Greenlee, Roger Beebe, Terry Beebe, and Zackery Tice; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lewis Dean Eppes and wife Mary of Arlington; two nieces, one nephew, several great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends. Mrs. Fulton was preceded in death by one son, Roger Lane Ellis; her parents; her infant sister; one brother, Eddie Herschel Eppes; and her husband, James Arthur Fulton. Arrangements by Bowers Funeral Home, Teague.

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Belinda Jean Hobbs
Sep 1, 1957 - May 25, 2008

Belinda Jean Hobbs
Belinda Jean Hobbs, 50 of Conroe, passed away May 25, 2008, in Conroe. She was born Sept. 1, 1957, in Houston to Billy Joe and Brancey Reese Hobbs. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Burial will follow at Trinidad Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Joe Hobbs. She is survived by her mother, Brancey Druppal of Corsicana; stepfather and wife, Everett and Peggy Holley of Corsicana; brothers, Billy and wife Linda Hobbs of Corsicana, Danny Paul Thomas of Taylor, and Lynn Thomas of Barry; sister, Amanda Jo Melton of Kerens; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Julio Enrique Maldonado Sr.
Feb 14, 1963 - May 24, 2008

Julio Enrique Maldonado Sr.
Julio Maldonado Sr., 63, passed away at his home in Rice, Saturday, May 24, 2008. He was born on Sept. 25, 1945, in Guatemala. On Feb. 14, 1963, he married Marina Maldonado and they moved to New Orleans. They lived there until 1968, and then moved to Texas. They have been in the Ennis area for 30 years. Julio worked as a rigger with Oil City Iron Works for 16 years. He is survived by three sons, Perry and his wife Rebecca of Garrett, Rick and his wife Pat of Ennis, and Julio Jr. and his wife Barbara of Rice; two daughters, Jonnice and her husband Robert of Missouri, and Cindy Maldonado of Waco; one brother, Jose Francisco Maldonado of Corsicana; and three sisters, Aida, Yolanda and Josefina; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Maldonado; his father, Jose Fransisco; and mother, Matilde Cuevas Maldonado. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Keever Chapel. Arrangements by J. E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Ruby Lee Stone
May 8, 1912 - May 23, 2008

Ruby Lee Stone
Ruby Lee Stone, 96, passed away Friday, May 23, 2008, in Dallas. She was born May 8, 1912, in Eureka. She is survived by five nieces and two nephews. Viewing will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Golden Gate Funeral Home, 4155 S. R. L. Thornton Frwy. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Chapel Crest Baptist Church, 2629 Morrell, Dallas. Arrangements by Golden Gate Funeral Home, Dallas.
 

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Dorothy Marie (Hodge) Whittington
Jan 22, 1928 - May 27, 2008

Dorothy Marie Whittington
Dorothy Marie Whittington was born Jan. 22, 1928, in Eureka and passed away May 27, 2008, in Tyler. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, James; and her parents, Forrest and Eva Hodge. She is survived by her children, Lynda Hyndmond and husband Jack, Bobby Whittington and wife Jayna, Karen Ruble, and Jerry Whittington; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Lambert and Mildred Whitacre; and brothers, Ray, Scot, Bill and David Hodge. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Laurel Land Funeral Home, 6000 S. R. L. Thornton Frwy., Dallas. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Arrangements by Laurel Land Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Johnnie Lurlean Richards
Oct 12, 1917 - May 24, 2008

Johnnie Lurlean Richards, 90, of Mexia passed away Friday, May 24, 2008. She was born Oct. 12, 1917, in Buffalo and raised by Earnest and Mary Talley. Johnnie grew up farming and picking cotton. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, unselfish and devoted to her family. For 35 years she worked for the family business, Richards Exxon located in Corsicana. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. She was preceded in death by a son, James Howard; parents; three sisters and two brothers. Johnnie is survived by her husband, Ralph Richards; sons, Jack Howard Shivers and wife Della of Corsicana and Dale Ralph Richards of Malakoff; grandsons, Tony Cole Shivers and wife Mary of Wortham, Clayton Howard Shivers and wife Christi of Mexia, and John Dale Richards and wife Anna Marie of Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren, Ashley Ansley and husband Jeffrey, Whitney N. Shivers, Alley Shivers, M.J. Shivers, Trinity Shivers, Calob Bowden, Cole Shivers, Jack Henry Richards, Mary Rose Richards and Alex John Richards; great-great-grandchildren, Holton Ely Ansley and Haylee Dianda Shivers; sisters, Willie Scroggins, Earnestine McCauley, Faye Bailey and Betty Talley; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, James Howard; parents, three sisters and two brothers.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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John Frank Neel
May 26, 1937 - Mar 21, 2008

John Frank Neel departed this life on March 21, 2008, in Lancaster, near his home after a long illness. John was born in Frost on May 26, 1937. He completed high school in Frost and served in the United States Air Force Reserve. He then worked for Chance Vought in Grand Prairie. He was later employed by the Pollock Paper Company as a machinist for 30 years from which he retired. John was married to Dorothy Jane Mason on Nov. 30, 1963, and to this union two children were born: Alana Jane Neel and Lee Alan Neel. John loved his family and leaves four grandchildren Amber Neel, Zachary Sims, Nicholas Neel and Ryan Sims. Other survivors include sister Bettye L. Thompson and brother Earl M. Neel, and nieces and nephews Michael Neel, Theresa Simmons and Ricky Neel. John was preceded in death by his parents Lewis Franklin Neel and Ocie Ileen Moore Neel. A memorial service will be held at the Frost Cemetery at 1 p.m. Monday, May 26.Memorial contributions may be made to Scottish Rite Hospital, 500 Harwood, Dallas, TX 75201. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ora Mae (Fetty) Johnson
Aug 6, 1917 - May 22, 2008

Johnson, Ora Mae
Ora Mae Johnson, 90, of Conroe died May 22, 2008, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Cashner Funeral Home Chapel, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, with the Rev. Merle Blado officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Visitation hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at the funeral home. She was born Aug. 6, 1917, in Richland to Sophie Sherrard Fetty and William Rufus Fetty. She attended school in Richland and married the late Clifton “Red” Johnson Jan. 31, 1934, in Corsicana. They lived in Emhouse until 1942 when they moved to Houston, where they raised their family. After Red’s death in 1973, she moved to Corsicana in 1975 where she resided until moving to Conroe in 1994. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Conroe and an enthusiastic member of the church’s Livewires group and Fidelis Homemaker’s Sunday School Class. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Verdie Calame of Wortham, Thelma Frazier of Comanche and Clyde Joy Jackson of Baytown. She is survived by two daughters, Carmelita Johnson of Garden City and Sharon Longworth and husband Dennis of Houston; a son, Carey Johnson of Conroe; sister, Charlene Lafevre of Wortham; brother, Cecil Fetty of Corsicana; grandsons, Mark and Steve Longworth and their families; special friends, Joe Calverley, Jack Buckalew and Maurine Fiveash; and numerous nieces and nephews.The family is grateful to Dr. Gary Sharpless, his staff and the doctors, nurses and other personnel at Conroe Regional Medical Center who have been so kind, caring and supportive.Her wishes were that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Conroe’s building fund, 600 N. Main St., Conroe, TX 77301, the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 20448, Houston, TX 77225-0448, or a favorite charity. Arrangements by Cashner Funeral Home, Conroe.

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Leland Lee Murphey
Sept 26, 1918 - May 19, 2008

Graveside services for Leland Lee Murphey, 89, of Athens are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Oaklawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Donald Perschall officiating. Mr. Murphey died Monday, May 19, 2008, in Athens. He was born Sept. 26, 1918, in Corsicana to the late Lonny Robert and Mattie Beatrice Warren Murphey. At the age of 24, Leland joined the United States Navy to serve during World War II. After completing his military term, Leland owned and operated Dallas Asphalt and Equipment. He retired from Delta Steel Buildings in 1989 as construction foreman after 15 years of service. Leland and his wife Marguerite Scoggins Murphey, whom he married June 6, 1939, moved to Athens in 1989. He was a member of the Episcopal Church and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the York Rite. He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 15, 1993; brothers, J. W. Bowden, Homer, Warren and Tom Murphey; and sisters, Audrey Kirner and Jean Whistler. Survivors include sons, Mike Murphey and wife Camille of Garland and Pat Murphey and wife Judy of Austin; grandchildren, Jennifer Sloan and husband Jake, Molly, Melissa and Shawn Murphey; and great-granddaughter, Hannah Marie Murphey. Friends may call Thursday at Caroll-Lehr Funeral Home, 1910 State Highway 31 East, Athens. Family will receive condolence calls from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

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Vernon Larremore Jr.
Jan 13, 1947 - May 18, 2008

Vernon Larremore Jr., 61, of Blooming Grove passed away Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Health Care and Rehab. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. today at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. Aubrey Hart officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Larremore was born Jan. 13, 1947, in Blooming Grove. He served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 22, 1964, to Feb. 8, 1967, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Larremore Sr. and Rosetta Anderson Larremore; and brother, Charles Robert Larremore. Survivors include his children, Tetra Lavonne Larremore Taylor (Kevin) of Houston, Vernice Larremore and Donzilai Anderson of Seattle, Wash., Sherelle Briggs (Eric) of Houston, and John Anderson of Seattle Wash.; grandsons, Eric DeAlexander and Michael Moss, both of Houston; sisters, Carolyn Larremore of Seattle Wash., Patsy Larremore of Dallas, Joyce Simpson (Wayne) of DeSoto, Debbie Larremore of Blooming Grove and Toni Garnerway (DeShawn) of Kerens; brothers, Elzie Larremore and Rodger Lee Larremore, both of Dallas, Bobby (Corinne) of Victorville, Calif., Gary Larremore and Jeffrey Larremore, both of Blooming Grove, and David Larremore of Seattle, Wash.; and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Joe Dean Hill
Dec 29, 1932 - Jun 2, 2008

Joe Dean Hill, 75, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, June 2, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born on Dec. 29, 1932, in Frost.He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was employed with Oil City Iron Works, retiring after 40 years of ser

vice. He was a veteran having served his country in the U.S. Army. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lain Teel and the Rev. Ed Straubing officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chad Hill, David Mahoney, Troy Mahoney, John Gunn, Lamoin Lawhon and Vince Keys. Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his first wife, Corra Lee White Hill; parents, Joseph and Minnie Hill; sister and brother-in-law, Jenelle and Johnny Gilbert; and a stepson, Tommy Mahoney. He is survived by his wife, Alto Fay Hill of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Joe Randy and Courtney Hill of Gun Barrel City and Ricky and Marka Hill of Athens; stepdaughters, Virginia McCaleb and husband John and Vickie Mahoney, all of Corsicana; stepson, Marlon Mahoney and wife Connie of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; niece, Ronnie Ann Peddycourt of Oklahoma; nephews, Billie Gilbert and wife Barbara of Oklahoma and Richard Gilbert and wife Rachelle of Georgia; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and a cousin, Willene Baxter of Payne Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX 75701; or American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Warren R. "Ray" Huffer
Dec 10, 1919 - Jun 4, 2008

Warren R. “Ray” Huffer, 88, beloved by all who knew him, peacefully passed away at Legacy Hospice in Tyler on June 4, 2008, with his wife and family at his side. Ray was born in Addington, Okla., on Dec. 10, 1919, to Ida and Marvin Huffer. After high school Ray worked in Addington until the bombing of Pearl Harbor after which he and his brother, Elmer “Huff” Huffer, joined the Army. Although trained as a telegraph operator, Ray became a scout for the infantry upon his arrival overseas. He saw extended action in the Aleutian Islands and the Philippines winning a Bronze Star and other commendations. After serving four years in the Army during World War II, Ray was hired by Exxon for whom he worked for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He and his wife Wanda settled in Dawson where they lived for 12 years before moving to Corsicana. He and his wife were members of First Methodist Church of Corsicana for many years. Ray enjoyed traveling and he and his wife visited several countries as well as Alaska and Hawaii. A self-educated man and a voracious reader, he once read the entire encyclopedia in his quest for knowledge. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Elmer. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda Hawkins Huffer; one daughter, Patricia Prince and husband Wayne Prince of Tyler; and several nieces, grand-nieces and nephews. Services are pending. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Warren R. “Ray” Huffer, 88, beloved by all who knew him, peacefully passed away at Legacy Hospice in Tyler on June 4, 2008, with his wife and family at his side. Ray was born in Addington, Okla., on Dec. 10, 1919, to Ida and Marvin Huffer.

After high school Ray worked in Addington until the bombing of Pearl Harbor after which he and his brother, Elmer “Huff” Huffer, joined the Army. Although trained as a telegraph operator, Ray became a scout for the infantry upon his arrival overseas. He saw extended action in the Aleutian Islands and the Philippines winning a Bronze Star and other commendations. After serving four years in the Army during World War II, Ray was hired by Exxon for whom he worked for 35 years, retiring in 1982. He and his wife Wanda settled in Dawson where they lived for 12 years before moving to Corsicana. He and his wife were members of First Methodist Church of Corsicana for many years. Ray enjoyed traveling and he and his wife visited several countries as well as Alaska and Hawaii. A self-educated man and a voracious reader, he once read the entire encyclopedia in his quest for knowledge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Elmer.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda Hawkins Huffer; one daughter, Patricia Prince and husband Wayne Prince of Tyler; and several nieces, grand-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Nancy Schusler officiating.

Memorials may be made to Legacy House Hospice, 1515 Rice Drive, Tyler, Texas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wanda Huffer
Feb 6, 1924 - Mar 14, 2012

Wanda Huffer, 88, of Tyler passed away March 14, 2012. She was born Feb. 6, 1924 in Loving to Martin B. Hawkins and Jessie Jordan.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Warren Ray Huffer.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Prince and husband Wayne of Tyler; brother, Bobbie Allison of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, March 16, 2012 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Tarquin Carv’y Lewis
Nov 1, 1985 - May 29, 2008

Tarquin Carv’y Lewis
Tarquin Carv’y Lewis was born Nov. 1, 1985 in Corsicana to the parentage of Mark and Lou Ella Lewis. Passed away May 29, 2008, the loving spirit of Tarquin Lewis went to join the Lord in that home not built with hands, whose maker and builder is God. Tarquin was a graduate of John Horn High School in Mesquite, a member of the R.O.T.C. and attended El Centro College. Tarquin accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. An active member including Pilgrim Rest P.B. Church and Greater Renfro Memorial C.O.G.I.C. He moved to Dallas in 1996 and united with Friendship West Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Fredrick Haynes III.We will remember Tarquin as a talented, loving, kind and faithful friend who loved God with his whole heart. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Greater Renfro Memorial C.O.G.I.C. with Pastor Gary Moore and Pastor William Lewis Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Aaron Morris, Landon Wright, Wesley Wheat, James Grant, Donovan Clark, Raymond Rivera and Steven Williams. Honorary pallbearers are William Lewis III, Arthur McAdams, Wyckoff McAdams and LeAnder Lee. Tarquin was preceded in death by his father, Mark D. Lewis; paternal grandfather, William Lewis Sr.; and uncle Elder Claude Waites Sr. Survivors include his devoted and loving mother, Lou Ella Lewis; sisters, Markita Lewis Elmore (Marcus) of Mesquite, and Raynette Brown; brother, Mark Brown; maternal grandmother, Maxine McAdams Smith (Windell) of Corsicana; maternal grandfather, Samuel Jones Sr. of Corsicana; paternal grandmother, Missionary Mary Jo Dixon (Rev. John Dixon); uncles, Samuel Jones Jr., Sonny Jones, Don Bailey, Leon Perry Jr., Elder William Lewis (Marilyn), Paul Lewis (Sheanette), all of Corsicana; aunts, Pamela Farris (Darrin), Missionary Carolyn Waites, Cathy Lee Della Horn (Michael); God parents, Roger and Shirley Mills; special parents, LaRon and Tonya Wright of Mesquite, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Wheat, Raymond and Suzette Rivera; special friends, Aaron Morris, James Grant Jr., Landon Wright, Sam Nickleopus, Wesley Wheat, Raymond Rivera, Donavon Clark and Steven Williams; and earthly angels, Theresa, Octavio, Mary, Alma, DeWayne, Jeaneen, Anna, Vickie, Chris Betty and June. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Carma Lois Rhodes
Oct 9, 1911 - Jun 2, 2008
 
Carma Lois Rhodes
Carma Lois Rhodes, 96, of Cryer Creek, passed away Monday, June 2, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born Oct. 9, 1911, to Charlie Ross Sr. and Dora Parker Rhodes in Cryer Creek. Mr. Rhodes married Lillian Henderson on Dec. 24, 1931, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. He was a lifelong resident of Cryer Creek and a farmer all his life. He retired from the City of Corsicana after 22 years of service. He is survived by children Elwyn Rhodes Sr. and wife Brenda of Purdon, Eddie Rhodes and wife Peggy of Waxahachie, Ross Rhodes and wife Terri of Blooming Grove, Wanda Robinson and husband George of Corsicana, Genell Ponder and husband Henry of Corsicana, Marguerite Page and husband Eddie of Kingsport, Tenn., Janis Harrison of Corsicana, and Pamela Green of Corsicana; 24 grandchildren and spouses, 32 great-grandchildren and spouses, and eight great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by infant children C. L. and Gwendolyn Rhodes, great-granddaughter Rachel Slovak, and son-in-law Randy Green. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Cryer Creek Cemetery. The family would life to thank all the caregivers for their love and kindness that was shown to the family. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Wayne Lee Stephens
Mar 22, 1943 - Jun 2, 2008

Wayne Lee Stephens
Wayne Lee Stephens, 65, of Chatfield passed away Monday June 2, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born March 22, 1943, to Jim and Roxie Stephens in Mesa, Ariz. Wayne was a very outgoing person. He was a member of Hopewell Assembly of God Church. Garage sales and flea markets were well attended and tools purchased at bargain prices. Hard work and devotion to family were characteristic of Wayne; a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather even to acquaintances of no relation he nurtured and cared for as his own. His much-loved passion of fishing — with “running rights” — always passed the time when nothing else could. Wayne L. Stephens is survived by his loving wife, Marie Stephens; son, Bryan Stephens and his wife Lisa of Ennis; daughters, Carla Hernandez and her husband Meynardo of Angus and Sally Mahoney and her husband Anthony of Corsicana; sister, Betty Henderson and her husband Tracy of Kenard; brothers, Cletis Stephens of Kenard and George Stephens and his wife Cora of Chatfield; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Ray Stephens and Roxie Mae (Waites) Stephens; twin brother, Dewayne; brothers, Damion, Haskel, Norman, and Jimmy Stephens; sister, Helen Naves; and daughter, Debra Darlene Stephens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at New Chatfield Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Grant officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Sarah Katherine "Snooks" (Coggins) Clowe
Mar 12, 1914 - May 31, 2008

Katherine “Snooks” Clowe, age 94, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, May 31, 2008, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born on March 12, 1914, in Mississippi. She was owner of Harry’s Flowers and a member of First Christian Church. Snooks loved her family, her friends, her church and her home. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Her service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at First Christian Church with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Snooks is survived by her son, Donald A. Clowe and his wife Gail of San Antonio; grandchildren, Duncan Clowe of Austin and Beth Miller of Plfugerville; three great-grandchildren, Emme, Rhyder and Parker; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 1197, Corsicana, TX 75151.Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Charlie Leon "Slim" Dorton
Sep 23, 1920 - May 29, 2008

C. L. "Slim" Dorton
C. L. “Slim” Dorton, 87, of Ennis passed away Thursday, May 29, 2008, in Ennis. He was born Sept. 23, 1920, in Hickman, Tenn. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. G.G. Melton officiating. Interment will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Johnston, Mike Ford, Michael Holland, Bobby Pryor, Adam Pryor, Bryan Atkinson, Keith Denbow and Joe Eppler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Dorton; and granddaughter, Heather Holland. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Virginia Dorton of Alma; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Jack Johnston of Alma and Vicki and Mike Ford of Ennis; granddaughters, Dana Dorton of Rice, Kelly Pryor and husband Bobby of Alma, Tammie Johnston of Gatesville, and Melanie Atkinson and husband Bryan of Mansfield; grandson, Keith Denbow of Ennis; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Minnie Sue (Boyd) Ross
Aug 8, 1921 - May 30, 2008

Minnie Sue Ross
Services for Minnie Sue Ross, 86, of Tyler are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 2, at Lloyd James Funeral Home Chapel, 1011 E. First St., Tyler, with the Rev. Kenneth Hensley and Brother Art Cantu officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana. Mrs. Ross passed away on Friday, May 30, 2008, in Tyler. She was born on Aug. 8, 1921, in Navarro to the late Thomas Alexander and Ella May Harwell Boyd. She was a homemaker and a member of Green Acres Baptist Church.She was preceded in death by her husband, Clovis Earl Ross in 2001; brothers, Roger Boyd, Harmon Boyd and Ralph Boyd; and sisters, Velma Muncy and Ada May Graham. She is survived by her daughters, Joy Beale of Corsicana, Charlotte Harmon of Tyler and Pam Lambert of Broken Arrow, Okla.; son, Don Bryant of Meade, Okla.; sister, Martha Junge of Porter; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Eddie Harmon, Todd Lambert, Jeff Frankum, Gary Davis, Tyler Vickers and Sammy Atkinson.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements by Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler.

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Edward Lee Whisnant
Feb 24, 1949 - May 31, 2008

Edward Lee Whisnant, 59, of Corsicana, TX passed way May 31, 2008. He was born on February 24, 2008. Visitation will be held Wednesday June 4, 2008 from 6pm-8pm. Graveside Service will be Thursday June 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Younger Cemetery.


Timothy Kym'Shaun Williams " Lil Dude "
God gave to us July 2,2007
God called our Angel home July 13,2007

Services Thursday July 19,2007
at 11Am Greater Northpark COGIC
Dallas, Texas

He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved mother, Kimberly Williams of Dallas, Texas and special brother Trey Williams Grandparents Mr.& Mrs.Clarence Coleman (Barbara Ann Banks) of Tenn. Colony, Texas.
Three uncles, Michael (Regina), Clarence (Ferilyn), Christopher (Sheila) Williams all of Dallas, Texas.
Two aunts , Natalie (Larry) Harris and Romonica Moore,Honorary God Mother Mrs. Maple "MV " Ross
A host of cousins, family and friends.
 

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