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Thomas Jefferson Marcum
Feb 27, 1933 - Jun 4, 2008
 
Thomas Jefferson Marcum went to be with the Lord on June 4, 2008. He was born on Feb. 27, 1933, in Louisville, Ky. He was a machinist at Hughes Tools in Corsicana, and had worked as a body and fender man for Marcum’s Paint and Body. He had served in the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his sons, Jimmy Marcum of Avalon, Ricky and Charles Marcum, both of Brushie Prairie; his companion, Debbie Jenkins of Brushie Prairie; and eight grandchildren. He also leaves behind his special canine friend, Mitsy, and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Marcum; brothers, Elmer, George and Hy Marcum; and his sisters, Millie Hopper, Ruth Ruckman and Virginia Thomas. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Tommy Montgomery officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Thomas Jefferson Marcum

Thomas Jefferson Marcum passed away at his residence in the Brushie Prairie area, on June 4, 2008.
He is survived by his sons Jimmy Marcum of Avalon, Ricky and Charles Marcum both of Brushie Prairie.

His companion Debbie Jenkins of Brushie Prairie. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Marcum, brothers Elmer, George, and Hy Marcum, his sisters Millie Hopper, Ruth Ruckman and Virginia Thomas.

A Graveside Service will be held at Dresden Cemetery on Saturday, June 6, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tommy Montgomery officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, June 5, 2008 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


Everett Elvin "Jim" Hollingsworth
Jan 27, 1898 - Mar 29, 1975

Services were held at 3:30 pm Monday at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove for Everett E. (Jim) Hollingsworth, 77, who died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning.  Rev. W.A. Corley, pastor, officiated and interment was in Dresden Cemetery under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bess Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove; two sons, Bertran Hollingsworth of Fort Worth and Edward Lee Hollingsworth of Sparland, Ill.; one daughter, Mrs. Peggy Tullos of Fort Worth; 8 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Will and Harvey Hollingsworth of Frost, Roy Hollingsworth of Mertens, and Clyde Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Eula Jackson of Frost and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Royal McGaha, Clovis Haden, Wayne Adams, Robert Bryant, Guy Tullos, and Benny Hinkle.

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Apr. 2, 1975
  • He is listed in all of the records except one census as Everett Elvin.  He was married to a relative, Bess Warren Hollingsworth.  He is listed in the obit as Everett Elvin also.

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  • TXDI: Hollingsworth Everett E 03-29-1975 M 


Ona (Sumner) Adams
May 18, 1887 - Mar 25, 1975

Services were held at 3:30 pm Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Ona Adams, 87, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

David Mahoney, Church of Christ Minister, officiated, and burial was at Dresden Cemetery.

She was a native of Dresden and had lived in Corsicana 50 years.

Survivors include two sons, B. H. Adams of Corsicana and R.W. Adams of Blooming Grove; a daughter, Mrs. L. D. Scruggs of Corsicana; four grandchildren, a great-grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Adams of Corsicana and Mrs. H. H. Carroll of Mexia.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Apr. 2, 1975

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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  • Mrs. Ben Adams is Beatrice (Sumner) Adams & Mrs. H. H. Carroll is Bessie Pauline (Sumner) Carroll


Dora R. Cagle
Apr 12, 1907 - Mar 29, 1975

Services were held at 10 am Tuesday at the Dresden Methodist Church for Mrs. Dora Cagle, 68, of Houston who passed away at her home Saturday. 

The Rev. Buddy Stegman, pastor of the F

 UMC, officiated, and interment was in Dresden Cemetery under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cagle was born and reared in the Dresden area and had lived in Houston for the past 31 years.

Survivors include one brother, Jim C. Cagle of Arlington; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jasper Orlando, Robert Skains, Paul Tyler, Norman Brister, Tom Campbell and Dean Melton.

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Willie Joyce (McDowell) Daniel
Apr 28, 1933 - Jun 3, 2008

Joyce Daniel
Joyce Daniel of Temple passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at her residence. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with the Rev. Jack T. Riley officiating. She was born in Dodson and graduated from Corsicana High School. After graduating she obtained a master’s degree and worked as a teacher and librarian in the Texas public schools. She retired from the Temple Independent School District. Survivors include several nieces and nephews and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of choice. The family will receive friends for visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 3220 S. 31st St., Temple. The family requests that people with further information about Ms. Daniel please contact Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home at (254) 773-3999.Arrangements by Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Temple.

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Joyce Daniel
Published June 9, 2008

Services for Joyce Daniel, 75, of Temple will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Ms. Daniel died Tuesday, June 3, at her home.

She was born April 28, 1933, to Palmer Alanzo McDowell and Estelle Lorena Burks McDowell in Dodson. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1951. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education. She worked as a teacher and librarian in the Texas public schools in Port Lavaca, Snyder, Amarillo and Temple. She retired after 26 years of service at Travis Middle School in the Temple ISD.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. today at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home (formerly Sheffield) in Temple

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  • Temple Daily Telegram

Elven Weldon Wright
Aug 24, 1922 - Jun 5, 2008

Elven Wright
Elven Wright passed away on Thursday June 5, 2008, after a long illness. He was born in Pursley on Aug. 24, 1922. After graduating from Richland High School, Elven joined the Army Air Corps officer training program. During World War II, he served as an air traffic controller and instructor at several posts in the United States and in the Philippines. After the war, he returned to Texas and worked for the Burroughs Corporation until he retired. Elven, along with his wife Aleen, owned two clothing stores, the Smart Shop in Corsicana and the Wright Shop in Ennis. He loved farming and cattle ranching and served on the board of directors of the Federal Land Bank. Elven’s warmth and good humor will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by Aleen, his wife of 65 years; his son and daughter in law, Weldon and Julie Wright, his sisters, Gaynelle Gray and Irma Christiansen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Elven was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. Russell Bankes will officiate at a graveside funeral service at 8 a.m. Sunday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Faye Eddins
Aug 18, 1909 - Jun 4, 2008

Faye Eddins
Faye Eddins, 98, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in Round Rock. She was born on Aug. 18, 1909, in Groesbeck. She was very active in fund-raising efforts for the March of Dimes, and was a Crippled Children’s Society Advocate. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Mrs. Eddins was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Eddins; a daughter, Eugenia Sikes; and four brothers. She is survived by her granddaughters, Jennifer Branam of Austin and Cynthia and husband Clifford Durham of Lago Vista; grandson and wife, John and April Sikes of Frankston; great-grandsons, Jarrod Branam of Austin and Jacob Sikes of Frankston; sister, Rea Dickson of Irving; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research, in care of Dr. Charles White, U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Maggie J. (Bloomer) Hunter
Oct 28, 1929 - Jun 1, 2008

Maggie J. Hunter
Maggie J. Hunter, 78, of Dallas for two years and nine months and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, June 1, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Services will be 11 a.m. today at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with Elder W.A. Lewis Jr. officiating and Elder Ricky McGilvery as messenger. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Maggie J. Hunter was born Oct. 28, 1929, in Vernon to parents John and Ethel Bloomer. Her family moved to Corsicana in 1931, where she later attended Booker T. Washington School. In her life there were three marriages, Wilbert Fields Sr., Willie Haynes and Sam Hunter. She attended Griffin Chapel Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder Elijah Baptist. Soon after in 1982 she accepted Christ as her Savior. She served as Sunday school superintendent, YPWW teacher, usher board president, pastor’s aide president, and Corsicana District COGIC usher board president. The last two years and nine months she resided in Dallas where she attended Pleasant Grove Academy COGIC under the leadership of Elder Ricky McGilvery. While she was there she served as assistant Sunday school superintendent and a great supporter of her pastor until her health began to fail. She worked many jobs but held the position as a CNA and health care provider for over 10 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel Bloomer; sisters, Dorothy, Bobbie, Rose, Ida Ray and Kathie; and brothers, J.C., Arthur and Clarence. Survivors include her sons, Jerry Martin of Fort Worth and Wilbert Fields Jr. of Dallas; daughter, Ronnah Gomer of Corsicana; grandchildren, Anero Martin, Eric Willis, Kendra Hollins, Ronald Hollins, Jessica Childs, Noah Fields, Gabrielle Haynes and Destiny Gomer; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Dixon of Albuquerque, N.M., Inna McGilvery of Dallas and Ethel Baptist of Corsicana; brother, John Bloomer of Mansfield; sister in Christ, Carol Burgess of Corsicana; special friends, Ida Hatten, Helen Bailey, Ruby Nell Rhynes, Maggie Bailey, Maurice Watts, Sherrie Anderson, Ramela Daniels and Samuel Butcher; very special friends and forever family, Mildred Martin and Robert Earl Reynolds; and other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Bobbie Rene (Martin) Montfort
Jul 6, 1933 - Jun 4, 2008

Bobbie Rene Montfort
Bobbie Rene Montfort, 74, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born on July 6, 1933 in Corsicana. Bobbie had a passion for horses. Her interest and love for horses is found throughout every room in her home and cabin. She was one of the Barracks Bunch of Navarro College. She was also one of the Saddle Pal Gals. She participated in playdays and was a past member of Central Texas Quarter Horse Association. She most recently acquired a wild mustang, which she named Reno, that she was very proud of. She accomplished the task of taming Reno to be able to saddle him up. She also showed great pride for her grandchildren. She spent most of her time participating or viewing events involving her grandchildren. She spoke great things of them to her dearest friends. She was also a woman of nature. If she wasn’t out on the farm, then she could be found working in her yard. Bobbie touched many lives and she will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Providence Cemetery in Mildred. Pallbearers will be Bill Barnes, Larry Taylor, Mike Gage, G. L. Thomas, Brent Folmar and Tracy Donoho. Honorary pallbearers will be Nelson Galaway and Gene Caskey. Mrs. Montfort was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Harris “HOSS” Montfort; and her parents, Robert M. and Irene Wilson Martin. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Sherrie Montfort of Mildred and Montie and Angela Montfort of Corsicana; grandchildren, Russ Montfort of Stephenville, Matthew Montfort of Corsicana, Mason Montfort of Corsicana, Dalton Brawn of Mildred, Kennedi Montfort of Mildred, Mark Montfort of Corsicana, Austin Brawn of Mildred, Cole Stallings of Corsicana, and Logan Stallings of Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Winson B. Murphy
Aug 10, 1941 - Jun 3, 2008

Winson B. Murphy, age 66, of Rice passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2008, in DeSoto. He was born in Camp Wood on Aug. 10, 1941, to General and Hassie (Baker) Murphy and was married to Trudy B. Chapman. Winson served in the United States Army and was a retired rancher. Winson is survived by his wife, Trudy; son, Terry Presley; granddaughter, Kimberly Slovak; grandson, Cain Slovak; three sisters, Joy Woodcock, Udel Lacey, and Maudine Brown; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, JC and TW Murphy; and three sisters, Hassie Murphy, Emma J. McKinnerney and Robbie Doucet. Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rice Cemetery with Pastor Tommy Guthrie officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 800 S. Kaufman St., Ennis. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.

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Donald L. Palmeri
Apr 5, 1926 - Jun 6, 2008

Donald L. Palmeri

Mr. Donald L. Palmeri, 82, passed away Friday June 6, 2008, in Corsicana at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village after a short battle with cancer. He was born on April 5, 1926.Mr. Palmeri married Janice Berry on Aug. 31, 1963. He was a loving husband, brother and uncle; he loved his family dearly. At the age of 17 he joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 11, 1944. He was in the infantry 7th Div. Co. # 90. He was in the battle of Okinawa where he was wounded twice. He received two purple hearts: one with a bronze star, the other purple heart with oak leaf cluster. He also got an occupational medal for occupied Japan. He attended Navarro College when it opened; attending the first mechanic school offered by the college. He was retired from Highland Resources Oil and Gas Company of Teague. He loved deer hunting and fishing and his best friend Bo Bailey, his precious dog. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Josephine Palmeri, four brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his wife, Janice Palmeri; brother, Sam and wife Joan Palmeri of Waco; sister-in-law Loree Palmeri, Chester and Charlene Palmeri of Garland; brother-in-law, Wesley Jarlan and wife Peggy Berry Jordan of San Angelo; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Mike Miller, Vic Miller, John Smith, Paul Smith, John Palmeri, Tom Palmeri, Donnie Palmeri, Francis Joe Borsellino. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Brown, H.W. (Bill) Regester, Tommy Craig, Del Roy Graham, and Jerry Putman, Ronnie Miller and Manuel Martinez. A rosary service will be 7 p.m. today, Sunday, June 8, 2008, at Corley Funeral Chapel officiated by Father Danilo Ramos. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2008, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to thank Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for their loving care.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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George Earl Miller
Aug 10, 1878 - Sep 17, 1963

George Earl Miller was born August 10, 1878 at Corsicana, Tex., and died at Walters, Okla., September 17, 1963 at the age of 85 years, one month, seven days.
Mr. Miller, uncle of Mrs. Addie Jackson and Homer Miller, both of Carrollton, is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Eunice McClure and Mrs. Iva Anderson, both of Wichita falls and Mrs. Ava Jackson of Norwalk, Calif.; two sons, Olen Miller of Bellflower, Calif.; and Ervin Miller of Burkburnett; two brothers, Chris and Simon, Calif.; 19 grandchildren including Mrs. Shirley Harper of Irving, 30 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services were held in the First Baptist church of Walters with Rev. John J Evans and Rev. Melvin Moody officiating. Interment was in Walters Cemetery.

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Lillie Pearl (Ward) Ivie
Feb 2, 1916 - Jun 9, 2008

Lillie Pearl Ward Ivie
Lillie Pearl Ward Ivie, age 92, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2008, in Grand Saline. She was born on Feb. 2, 1916, in Jester. She was a homemaker and devoted wife and mother. Although her mind was clouded by Alzheimer’s in her final years, she never ceased to smile with joy when she saw a child, for she always had a special love for children, and they for her. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Cubie Ward and the Rev. Ralph Ward officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Mrs. Ivie was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Royal Neal Ivie, two daughters, Royce Ivie Phillips and Iris Ivie Prater, and a granddaughter, Ginger Ivie Buchanan. Surviving children are Joe Ivie of Corsicana, George Ivie of Tennessee, and Betty Ivie McClellan of Tyler. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Edris Jean (Wright) O’Neal
Jul 9, 1930 - Jun 9, 2008

Edris Jean "Maw Maw" O’Neal
Edris Jean “Maw Maw” O’Neal, joined her husband Charles, parents Henry and Veda Wright, brothers Edward and Paul Wright, and sisters Margaret Lovelady and Shirley Neel in the kingdom of heaven on June 9, 2008, following a courageous battle against cancer. She is survived by her loving family, daughter Teresa Parker and husband John, daughter Cathy O’Neal, and son David O’Neal and wife Cheryl; grandchildren Jason, Scott and Eric Parker, Tanya Wenner and husband Reagan, Lisa Patterson and husband Nathan, Sean and Seth O’Neal; great-grandchildren Samuel and Daniel Wenner, Jeremiah, Haley and Cody Patterson; sister Mary Sadler and husband W. A. “Boots”; and her beloved brothers and sisters in Christ at Northside Baptist Church especially Pastor Rick Lamb and his wife and the ladies in her Sunday school class who have shared in her burdens and her blessings. She was devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her family, always showing generosity and selflessness to others. She was a blessing to all those who were fortunate enough to be a part of her life. She will be greatly missed. She was a loving wife of 50 years, Charles’ brown-eyed girl. She was devoted to God, her family and friends. She had a Christian home welcoming all who entered with smiles, hugs and home-cooked meals. Supportive of her church home and her sweet Sunday school class, she served as an example of strength and faith as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren witnessed her calm in the storms of life. She praised her Lord by giving selflessly to all who knew her, giving of her time and love and focusing on the needs of others. She was a “heaven of love” and “a listening ear.” She taught what it means to be loving and loved. Proverbs 31:28: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. ”Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Al Fisher, Dorsey Richards, Bill Owen, Cecil Miller, Charles Slate and Fred Rasmussen. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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David Kevin McCrory
Mar 8, 1962 - Jun 9, 2008

Kevin McCrory
Kevin McCrory, 46 of Purdon, passed away June 9, 2008 in Dallas. He was born March 8, 1962 in Corsicana to Oscar and Elizabeth Farmer McCrory. He is survived by wife Jonie McCrory of Purdon, Jason McCrory and wife Beth of Purdon, parents Oscar and Elizabeth McCrory, Jason's mother Gala Huchabee of Purdon, brother Michael McCrory and Pamel, grandmother Elzie McCrory of Corsicana, nephew Brett McCrory and niece Morgan McCrory. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Also a host of friends. Visitation will be 6-8pm Wednesday June 11, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2:00pm Thursday June 12, 2008 at the First Baptist Church Purdon with Rev. Dan Rogers and Rev. Troy Sykes. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Ivie, Jim Coody, Dickie Phillips, Randy Fleeman, Dan Greer, Wendel Gore. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Reed, Johnny Eisman, Harvey Parker.


Amy (Goodale) Anderson
Dec 3, 1970 - Jun 9, 2008

Amy Anderson
Amy Anna Anderson, 37 of Blooming Grove, passed away June 9, 2008 in Blooming Grove. She was born December 3, 1970 in Galesburg Illinois to John E. and Susan A. Goodale.

She is survived by husband Doug Anderson of Blooming Grove, sons Timothy D. Anderson and Seth Douglas Anderson, daughter Lyndsay Anderson all of Blooming Grove, parents John and Susan Goodale of Galva Ill., sister Sally J. Rogers and husband Jeremy of Milan Ill., niece Lauryn Rogers and nephew Brexton Rogers.

Memorial service 2:00 pm Friday June 13, 2008 at the First Baptist Church Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating.


Leocadia Alvarado
Jan 15, 1909 - Jun 7, 2008

Leocadia Alvarado
Leocadia Alvarado, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Twilight Home at the age of 99 years. She was born in San Luis Mexico on January 15, 1909. Rosary service will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Calvary Cemetery with Father Danilo Ramos officiating.


Corina Casto
Oct 1, 1988 - May 31, 2008

Corina Casto
Corina Castro, 19 of Salinas California, passed away May 31, 2008 in California. She was born October 1, 1988 in California to Jose and Gabriela Castro. Rosary will be 7pm Tuesday June 10, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10am Wednesday June 11, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.


Bruce Evans Denbow
Aug 29, 1936 - Jun 14, 2008

Bruce Evans Denbow
Mr. Bruce Evans Denbow, 92, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village after a lengthy illness .He was born in Chatfield on Nov. 2, 1915, to T.D. and Flora Denbow. He was the eighth of 10 children. On Aug. 29, 1936, he married Favis Minatra and moved to Corsicana. He retired from Tom’s Foods in 1980. The First United Methodist Church in Corsicana was his “church home” for over fifty years. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Fuller officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Freddy Allison, David Walker, Dave Ralston, Mike Steely, Lynn Cooper, and Pat Grizzaffi. Survivors include his son, Ted and wife Connie of Richardson; his grandchildren, Bryan and Kyle of Dallas, were a source of joy and pride for him; sister, Oreine Adams of Corsicana, and numerous family members.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ron Edmondson
Jun 14, 1947 - Jun 11, 2008

Ron Edmondson
Ron Edmondson, 60, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2008, in Corsicana. A private burial was held Friday, June 13, 2008, at Fairview Cemetery in Pampa. Memorial services were at 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Pampa with Dr. Johnny Funderburg, pastor, officiating. Additional memorial services will be on June 29 at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Corsicana. Mr. Edmondson was born June 14, 1947, in Pampa and was a 1965 graduate of Pampa High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 1969 and his Juris Doctor degree from Baylor Law School in 1972 and passed the Texas Bar exam the same year. Ron was an attorney for Lyne, Klein, French, and Womble in Dallas for 17 years and then joined the law firm of Dawson and Sodd in Corsicana. He was a man of God and was very instrumental in forming the Cornerstone Baptist Church where he sang in the choir as well as in many solos. Ron accepted the Lord at the First Baptist Church of Burlington, Colo. at the age of nine. He loved to listen to music. He was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte Edmondson, on Jan. 16, 2005.Survivors include his father, R. L. Edmondson of Pampa; daughter, Dr. Amy Mulroy of San Antonio; two grandsons, Ian and Duncan Mulroy, both of San Antonio; his aunt, Norma Stephenson of Pampa; and his uncle, Thurman Cline Jr. of Fort Worth. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 801 N. 13th St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements are by Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.

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Robert Glenn Stucker
Feb 27, 1926 - Jun 14, 2008

Robert Glenn Stucker
Robert Glenn Stucker, 82, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008.He was born Feb. 27, 1926, the son of Sylvan and Erma Stucker. He was a beloved father and husband. A Masonic graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Long Prairie Cemetery in Kerens. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Barbara Ann Stucker; and his three children, Robert Glenn Stucker II and wife Kathleen, Charles Michael Stucker and wife Christine, and Nancy Marie Wendell and husband Rob; five grandchildren, Mary Katherine Wendell, Leeann Marie Wendell, Lucas James Wendell, Ariel Elizabeth Stucker and Rachel Elaine Stucker. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Shrine Burn Center at Galveston. Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Arlington.

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Don Benning
Feb 11, 1937 - Jun 12, 2008

Don Benning
Don Benning, 71, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born on Feb. 11, 1937, in Browerville, Minn. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the choir. He was very active in dairy industry retiring after 45 years of service. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Mr. Benning was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Benning. He is survived by his wife, Monica Benning of Corsicana; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and David Lott of Streetman, Juanita and Todd Ostendorf of Lakefield, Minn., Jennifer and Eddie Ruesewald of Corinth, and Tanya and Scott Card of Austin; granddaughters, Nicole Steffl of Sleepy Eye, Minn., Morgan Ostendorf of Lakefield, Minn., and Erica Melendez of Corinth; grandsons, Brian Nold of Denton, Dillan Lott of Streetman, Drew Ostendorf of Lakefield, Minn., Austin Ostendorf of Lakefield, Minn., and Mitch Melendez of Corinth; six step-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Lavonne Benning of New Brighton, Minn., David and Joanne Benning of Browerville, Minn., Dick Benning of Browerville, Minn., Bob and Linda Benning of Little Rock, Ark., Fred and Dee Benning of Rochester, Minn., Ed and Donna Benning of Avon, Minn., and Leo and Laurie Benning of Ham Lake, Minn.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Teresa and Porter Wagner of Browerville, Minn., Rita and Jim Pfielsticker of Waubasha, Minn., Judy and John Noska of Browerville, Minn., and Rosanne and Allen Ploss of Swanville, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3000 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Robert Lee Jenkins
Jan 15, 1923 - Jun 13, 2008

Robert Lee Jenkins
Robert Lee Jenkins, 85, passed away June 13, 2008. Robert was born on Jan. 15, 1923, in Avalon to Carl B. and Polly Tek (Trull) Jenkins. He grew up in the Avalon and Italy communities and graduated from Italy High School. He married Nova Sheppard on March 5, 1949. Robert served in World War II and worked as printer from 1946 until 1980. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. He was preceded in death by his wife Nova, daughter Rebecca J. Haws, mother Polly, father Carl, and brothers Ralph and Glen. He is survived by two sons, Danny Guy Jenkins of Rice and Rodney Carl Jenkins of Terrell; sister, Frances Manke and her husband Elmer Manke of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Mary Alice Jenkins of Nash; grandchildren, Joshua L. and Stacey Haws of Mertens, Kendyl Haws of Frost, and Kevin R. Freeman of Blooming Grove; and a number of nieces and nephews. A celebration of life, in memory of Robert, will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary Hill
Jun 14, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Mary Hill
Mary Hill, infant, passed away Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born June 14, 2008. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery. She is survived by parents, Joshua and Gayle Hill of Corsicana; sisters, Madeleine and Madison Hill of Corsicana; grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Ricky Rogers and Tim and Donna Hill of Corsicana. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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David Earl Sparkman
May 2, 1940 - Jun 16, 2008

David Earl Sparkman
David Earl Sparkman went to his heavenly home on June 16, 2008. He was born in Corsicana to Susie and Lucian Sparkman on May 2, 1940. David had one brother, L. E. “Sparky,” and one sister, Joann, who still lives in Retreat. David grew up in Barry, attended school, and worked on the family farm with his father until he met and married Wilma of Corsicana. They had three sons together, Mark, Carl, and Chad, who all live in Bryan. David and his father opened and operated Sparkman’s Bait and Tackle Shop on old Highway 75. David, being a great and very talented mechanic, also incorporated boat repairs to their business. After the bait shop closed, David was employed as a welder by Chattanooga Glass Company. He even had his own welding truck and, of course, worked after hours on other welding jobs before he moved on to Hervey Motors as an auto mechanic. He was always in demand as a mechanic because he loved cars so much, and could almost always solve the problems that can arise when they malfunction. Lastly, he was employed by Berry Chrysler for over 20 years. David leaves behind his beloved wife of 32 years, Stacy Sparkman. Together David and Stacy had two children, Crystal Love and John David, and his bonus daughter, Christina Burkhalter-Putman. David will be greatly remembered and missed by all, especially by his 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Those that knew him will miss his great wit and knowledge of the simpler times in all of the days gone by when life was a slower pace and all that ever mattered was the love of family and friends. As David’s health became a challenge, he spent his time with friends and family becoming an expertise with computers and today’s latest technology. He greatly enjoyed the wonders of modern technology, finding music of days gone by and important worldwide information. David generously donated the last gift he could give, which was himself, to Southwestern Medical Center Research of Dallas. He did this in hopes of benefiting future medical knowledge. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the gazebo on the grounds of Resthaven Memorial Park, 5400 State Highway 31, Corsicana, with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Condolences may be sent to The David Sparkman Family, 409 S. 31st St., Corsicana, TX 75110.Any donations in David’s honor may be made to the local Food Pantry or any other cause most dear to your heart. He shall be missed.

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Hazel (Grace) Thomas
Jun 23, 1916 - Jun 17, 2008

Hazel Grace Thomas
Hazel Grace Thomas, 91, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born on June 23, 1916, in Navarro County to Roy and Mae (Petty) Grace. She married Sam Johnston Thomas on Aug. 18, 1934. She was a longtime member of Eureka United Methodist Church. She was a devoted wife and loved her children very much. She worked for Mildred ISD in the cafeteria and retired from Navarro College cafeteria as cashier and assistant manager. She was the caregiver for her father-in-law, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Ricker officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will Jackie Rash, Gene Rash, Jimmy Rash, Jody Thomas, Mark Thomas, Robby Thomas, Randy Thomas and Hayden Thomas. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Johnston Thomas; parents, Roy and Mae (Petty) Grace; daughters, Billie Rash and Patsy Crawford; son-in-law, Galen Crawford; grandson, Grant Rash; sisters, Flossie Colburn and Helen Flanagan; and a brother, J.P. Grace. She is survived by her sons, Sammy Thomas and Barney Thomas of Eureka, Roy Thomas of Corsicana, Dave Thomas and Dan Thomas of Eureka; grandchildren, Jackie Rash, Janet Skews, Gene Rash, Jimmy Rash, Jody Thomas, Mark Thomas, Robby Thomas, Randy Thomas, Karen Lampin, Jane Johnston, Joanna Hall, Kelly Thomas, Kacey Thomas, Hayden Thomas, Stephanie Thomas and Melanie Thomas; 18 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Asby Scholarship Fund, in care of Mildred ISD, 5475 S. U.S. Highway 287, Corsicana, TX 75109; or the Eureka United Methodist Church Lord’s Acre, in care of Patricia Thomas, 8401 S. U.S. Highway 287, Corsicana, TX 75109.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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J. D. Patterson
Nov 1, 1917 - Feb 8, 1995

February 10, 1995

J. D. Patterson, of Blooming Grove, died Feb. 8, 1995, at Baylor Medical Center in Ennis.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, Solon Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Mr. Patterson was born Nov. 1, 1917 in Rankin, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Patterson of Blooming Grove; one daughter, Patricia Neel of Lorena, Texas and three grandchildren.

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  • Son of Thomas Albert and Lena (McGraw) Patterson
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Carl Dwayne Faggans Jr.
abt 1983 - Jun 19, 2008

Carl Dwayne Faggans Jr.
Carl Dwayne Faggans Jr., 25, of Corsicana pased away Thursday, June 19, 2008, in Corsicana. Viewing will be noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Jeff Davis, LaFayette Johnson, Eric Williams, Charles Coleman, Darryl White, and Robert Colbert. Mr. Faggans was a 2001 graduate of Corsicana High School and a private ceremony with his family in 2006 he received his diploma in “Start your own Business”. He loved to read at the Corsicana Public Library. Mr. Faggans is survived by his mother, Priscilla Faggans of Corsicana; two brothers, Curtis Wade of Corsicana and Douglas Wade of Tyler; grandmother, Mary Douglas of Kileen; aunts and uncles, Sara and Robert Thomas, Patricia Sloan of Killeen, Catrena and Danny Tims of Ft. Worth, Minnie and Dan Loken of Alaska, Arteia Douglas, Garland Douglas Jr. and James and Ally Douglas of Corsicana; a host of great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and other relatives, including Lawrence Robinson; and friends. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Nora Bell Gragg
Apr 4, 1921 - Jun 21, 2008

Nora Bell Gragg
Nora Bell Gragg, 87, peacefully went to meet her Lord and Savior and join her loved ones in heaven early Saturday morning June 21, 2008. Nora was born in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Her nickname as a child was Nobee given to her by her father. She spent most of her early childhood in Fort Gibson, but later moved to the Flag Lake Community (near Cedar Creek) in a covered wagon. Through friends and at a church service, she met a man whom she would always say had the most beautiful blue eyes. This man was Thomas L Gragg. Thomas loved every thing about Nora and he was immediately determined to marry her. The two were married n March 26, 1939 and had a beautiful marriage for 67 years with 3 children, 6 grand children and 9 great grand children with an additional great grand child on the way. Nora worked numerous years at the Corsicana High School in the cafeteria. She also worked at the Twilight Home in Corsicana. She was a proud member of the Southern Oaks Baptist Church of Tyler, and was a longtime member of the Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. One of Nora's greatest loves in her life other than her husband, was her family. You will never meet anyone more proud of the family her and her husband had created. Unfortunately, Nora had to experience the ultimate loss of her companion and husband a little over two years ago. Although this was devastating to her she continued to be brave and live the rest of her life to the fullest, even though she longed to be by her husbands' side again. It's no secret that we don't belong here though set apart by the grace of you. We look for the day when we go to a place where the old become brand new In you where the hungry feast at the table. The blind frozen by colors in view. The lame will dance, they'll dance for they are able and the weary find rest O the weary find rest in you….We will miss you, please give Papo a big hug and a kiss from all of us. We look forward to the day we will be together again. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and three sisters; She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggie and L.A. Bradshaw of Tyler; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby A. and Mary L. Gragg of Arlington, and Dwayne and Lana Gragg of Mexia; granddaughters and husbands, Kay and Roger Burt of Whitehouse, Kathy and Kyle Alexander of Lndale, Beth and Ricky Mendez of Arlington and Tammie and David Varela of Arlington; grandsons, David Bradshaw of Tyler, grandson and wife, Michael and Jamie Gragg of Tehuacana; great-grandsons, Jason and Jonathan of Whitehouse, Ian Alexander of Lindale, Cole Bradshaw of Tyler, Joshua Varela of Arlington, and Bradley Gragg of Tehuacana; great-granddaughters, Anna, Elizabeth and Ashly Mendez of Arlington; one more great-grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rob Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Tool Cemetery in Tool, Texas. Pallbearers will be David Bradshaw, Jason Burt, Ian Alexander, Michael Gragg, David Varela and Ricky Mendez. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jonathan Burt, Cole Bradshaw, Bradley Gragg and Joshua Varela. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Frederick Lawrence Jones, Sr.
Nov 20, 1919 - Jun 21, 2008

Frederick Lawrence Jones
Frederick Lawrence Jones, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 21, 2008. He was born on November 20, 1919, in Corsicana. He was a World War II veteran serving in the 132nd Field Artillery Battalion as a Tech-4 grade. He was a butcher all his life and owner of Jones Market for numerous years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bird and Flora Jones; his son, Freddy Jones; his daughter, Judy Jones Reinhardt; four brothers; and one sister. Mr. Jones is survived by the love of his life of 62 years, Nell Dawson Wafer Jones; one grandson, Jason Reinhardt; son-in-law, Pat Reinhardt; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today June 23, 2008, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at Pattison Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Navarro County Children's Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 6024 Corsicana, TX 75151.Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lue (Stephenson) Wheeler
Dec 27, 1938 - Jun 20, 2008

Lue Wheeler
Lue Wheeler, resident of Allen and formerly of Chatfield, passed away on Friday June 20, 2008 in McKinney at the age of 69 years. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2008 in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Al Green, Gary Haynes, Chris Haynes, Kenneth Sands, and Gary Talley. She was born on December 27, 1938 in Ada, Oklahoma to Hoyt Stephenson and Lois McSpadden Stephenson. She was employed with the City of Farmers Branch for over 20 years as a bookkeeper, and after retirement worked at Collin Street Bakery and Cason's Florist during the holiday seasons. She was a member of the Chatfield United Methodist Church and loved to spoil her family at any opportunity she had. She was preceded in death by her husband Brooks Wheeler, twin sister Sue Green, and her parents. Mrs. Wheeler is survived by her son, Greg Wheeler and wife Karen of Allen; grandchildren, Karli Wheeler and Cody Wheeler; and sister, Geraldine Owen of Corsicana. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Shirley Jean (Matthews) McAdams
Aug 7, 1940 - Jun 18, 2008

Shirley Jean McAdams
Shirley Jean McAdams, 67, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2008. She was born Aug. 7, 1940, to Jessie Frank and Ruth Matthews in Palestine. She was a very loving mother having raised 10 children. Shirley’s favorite pastime was working puzzles like jigsaw, fill-it-in, and crosswords, another passion was reading, in particular V.C. Andrews novels. Surviving Shirley are sons, Donald Starkey and his wife Sandra of Elkhart, Jessie Starkey and his wife Lisa of Corsicana, Douglas Starkey of Gatesville, Kenneth Starkey and his wife Shauna of Corsicana, Johnny Starkey and his wife Markayla of Killeen, and Ronald Starkey and his wife Shereesa of Grand Prairie; daughters, Donna McKinney and her husband Donnie of Butler, Charlotte Manning and her husband Thomas of Arlington, Shirley Wallace and her husband Bubba of Jacksonville, and Patricia Munsinger and her husband Robert Reagan of Palestine; son-in-law, Ronnie Easley of Corsicana; sister, Helen Albritton and her husband Glenn of Corsicana; brothers, Leroy Matthews of California and Harvey Matthews and his wife Patsy; 29 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, sister-in-law Sharon Matthews, and four great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held at from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with the Rev. William “Butch” Grant officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Maria Esperanza Ivie
Feb 14, 1943 - Jun 24, 2004

Published in the Dallas Morning News on 24 June 2008:
Maria Esperanza Ivie
Ivie, Maria Esperanza, born 2/14/1943, passed away 6/22/2008.
Family will receive friends from 6-8pm.
Church services will be held 6/25/2008 at 10am, Wednesday, (at the) Assembly Church of God, 422 S. Ebrite, Mesquite, TX.
Interment to follow at 2pm (at the) Younger Cemetery.
Anderson-Clayton (Funeral Home), 972-285-5489, Mesquite.
adersonclaytonfuneral.com

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Lydia Ann (Lewis) Dixon
Apr 21, 1878 - Oct 11, 1961

Obituary moved to the Frank and Lydia Biography Page


Cora (Banks) Smith
abt 1898 - Oct 24, 1980 

Cora Smith

Mrs. Cora Banks Smith, 82, native of Blooming Grove, died Friday at a Sherman Hospital.

Service was at 10 a.m. Monday at Huff Funeral Home Chapel, Whitesboro.

Graveside service was 2 p.m. at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas, with the Rev. Marvin Bledsoe officiating

She was married to Arthur Smith in 1920 in Blooming Grove.  He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Betty Cordell, of Sadler; one granddaughter, Crystal Cordell of Sadler; and one nephew, Don Pevehouse, of Corsicana.

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Essie Rae (Ballew) Lawrence
May 1, 1912 - Apr. 2, 1975

Mrs. Essie Rae Lawrence of Waco died early Wednesday morning, April 2, in a hospital in Merriville, La. as a result of a heart attack she suffered as she was en route to New Orleans to visit a son.

She was born May 1, 1912 in Navarro County, daughter of the late George and Pearl Ballew of Emmett. She was converted, at an early age and united with the Prairie Grove Baptist Church at Emmett. At the time of her death she was an active member of the Western Heights Baptist Church in Waco.

She married Bud Lawrence of Dawson in October, 1930. To this union was born four children. She had resided in Waco since 1956.

Funeral services were held at 1 pm Friday, April 4, at the Wilkerson-Hatch Funeral Home Chapel in Waco. Rev. Henry Brown, pastor of Western Heights Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers were nephews Lee Kenneth Ballew, Robert Lynn Ballew, Charles Price, Dock Hanks, Bill Holman, Wayne Greenup, Johnny Singleton, Walter Reese, and Benny Colburn.

Her husband, a son Leveritt, her three brothers, Lee, E.B. and Harvey Ballew all preceded her in death.

Survivors include: two sons, Jimmy George of Garland and Billy Floyd of New Orleans, La.; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Walters of Waco; eight grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Ola Kornegay of Coolidge, Mrs. Maudie Price of Murchison, Mrs. Lena Ruth Read and Mrs. Lucile Caffy of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

The Blooming Grove Times - Apr. 9, 1975

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Estelle (King) Meador
May 29, 1893 - Aug 19, 1975

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. MEADOR

Funeral services for Mrs. Estelle Meador, 82, were held Thursday, August 21, at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Frost. Burial followed in the Frost Cemetery. She died Tuesday, August 19, in the Mel Haven Rest Home in Corsicana.

Officiating at the services was the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church. He was assisted by David Mahoney, of the Blooming Grove Church of Christ.

A native of Manchester, Tenn, Mrs. Meador moved to Mertens at age seven with her parents, who owned and operated a hotel.

She married Clarence Meador on August 20, 1911 in Frost. He died in 1955.

Survivors include a son, John L. Meador of Frost; two daughters, Mrs.
Faye Watts of Frost and Mrs. Jimmie Dickson of Colorado City, Tex; a brother, John King of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Four granddaughters reside in Frost, including Bernita Sage, Sandra Meador, Allie Jane Meador, and Marla Meador.

Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

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Eva Mills (Conger) Crocker
Feb 11, 1901 - Mar 10, 1975

Services were held at 10:30 am Wednesday, March 12, at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Eva Mills Crocker, 74, resident of Corsicana, who died March 10 in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Wesley A. Howard officiated, and burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a native of Cryer Creek, formerly of Blooming Grove, and resident of Corsicana eight years.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Crocker of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Joe (Maudine) Duncan of Corsicana; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers, Henry Thomas Conger of Drydon, Ore. and Medford Conger of Vanderbilt, Tex.; four sisters, Mrs. Rachel Kelsey of Yakama, Wash., Mrs. Dessie Perry of Emhouse, Mrs. Lillian Tucker of El Paso, and Mrs. Celie Carlyle of Marrero, La.

Pallbearers were Drew Gillen, Blake Gillen, Billy Gillen, Aubrey Spiers, Johnnie Arnett, B.L. Cook, Ansel Brewer, and Roy Southerland.

The Blooming Grove Times - Mar. 19, 1975

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William W. Low
abt 1925 - 1975

TULSA DAILY WORLD--Services for William W. Low, 50, owner and operator of the Low Cattle Co. here, were held at 11 am Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church; with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Moore's Eastlawn Funeral Home.

Low, of 6000 Memorial Drive, died Thursday at a Tulsa hospital following an apparent heart attack.

A native of Blooming Grove, Texas, he came to Tulsa in 1949 and was employed as a buyer for Armour & Co. He started his own cattle company
15 years ago.

He is survived by two daughters, one of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Marian L. Brooks of Houston, Tex.; his father, L.R. Low of Blooming Grove, Tex. and one granddaughter.

Friends are contributing to the Children's Medical Center and Tulsa Boy's Home.

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J. W. Spicer
Nov 23, 1921 - Mar 15, 1975

Last respects were held Monday, March 17 at the Bunch Funeral Chapel for J.W. Spicer, 53, a resident of Ennis. Burial was at Ennis. Mr. Spicer died at his home on Saturday. He was employed as a Lake Caretaker at the Bardwell Reservoir. Mr. Spicer was a native of Blooming Grove.

He is survived by his wife, Arlea of Ennis; 3 sons, Jerry Don of Oklahoma, Douglas of Purdon, and Kenneth of Dallas; one daughter, Margaret Roznovsky of Ennis; four brothers, Lloyd & Leamon of Houston, Hal of Tyler, and Jake of Malakoff; two sisters, Mrs. Roy (Ottis) Hollingsworth of Mertens and Mrs. T.H. (Minnie) Davis of Sweetwater; several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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Dwane W. Bryson
Mar 30, 1929 - Jun 28, 2008

Dwane W. Bryson
Dwane W. Bryson, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2008 in Corsicana at the age of 79. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today evening at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jackie Thomas, Preston Bonner, Bill Horton, Jerry Aston, Don Allred, and John Bailey. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Ray, Janice Palmeri, Tommy Goodwin, Nathan Benfield, Joe Hambrick, Johnny Harper, and the AT and T Pioneers Club. Dwane was born on March 30, 1929 in Corsicana to Thomas Truitt Bryson and Eula Mae Caskey Bryson. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and was retired from Southwestern Bell where he worked for 33 years. He was a member of the Communication Workers of America and the AT and T Pioneers Club. He liked to fish and hunt, but loved to just do target shooting. Dwane also liked to travel and tell stories and never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Maurice Bryson. Survivors include his wife, Joy Bryson of Corsicana; son, Bruce Bryson and wife Sharon of Corsicana and their children Rondi Bryson of Studio City, CA, Jeff Branam, and Dana Smart; son, Mark Bryson and wife Sherry of Corsicana and their children Conrad, Chris, and Claire Newton; seven great-grandchildren; and close friends Linda and Jacob Darby.In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund at 2800 North Beaton Street Corsicana, Texas 75110. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Marcella Ann "Marcy" (Slaughter) Maloney
Abt 1949 - Jun 28, 2008

Marcella Ann "Marcy" Maloney
Memorial services for Marcella Ann “Marcy” Maloney, 59, of Meridian, Mississippi, formerly of Corsicana, will be held at 7 p.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Meridian, Mississippi with the Rev. Terrell Griffis officiating. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana. She passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Infinity Hospice in Meridian. Visitation will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the church. Mrs. Maloney was a native of Texas. She instructed classes in Speech Communication at Texas A and M University in College Station, at the University of Houston at Cedar Lake, and the University of Texas at Arlington. She touched many lives in her teaching career and will be missed by many. She also owned and operated a catering business in Corsicana before relocating to Meridian in 1997, where she instructed classes at Meridian Community College. Mrs. Maloney was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator. She was preceded in death by her father, Ellis Slaughter. Mrs. Maloney is survived by her husband, Grady Maloney of Meridian; son, Nicholas “Nick” Maloney and wife Melissa of Eustace; mother, Joan Slaughter of Meridian, formerly of Corsicana; grandson, Tommy Maloney of Eustace; sister, Pat Downey and husband Grady of Meridian; nieces, Adrienne Webber of Meridian and Audrey Coley of Brandon, Missouri; great-nieces, Jocelyn Webber of Meridian; and great-nephew, Jason Creekmore of Meridian. Arrangements by Robert Barham Funeral Home, Meridian, Mississippi.

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Rhoda Elizabeth (Magers) Young
Jun 12, 1911 - 2008

Rhoda Elizabeth Magers Young
A memorial service for Mrs. Young will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Rhoda Elizabeth Magers Young was born in Parkville, Mo., on June 12, 1911, daughter of Roy Vernon Magers and Bertha Weltner Magers. After graduating from Parkville High School and Park College, she taught music at Liberty, Missouri High School. On June 2, 1936, she married Arthur Chiles Young. After living in Bushnell, Ill., and Duluth, Minn., she moved to Ponca City in 1956, where her husband served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church until his retirement in 1978. After the Rev. Dr. Young’s death in 1991, she continued to live in Ponca City until 1997, at which time she moved to Lenoir Retirement Community in Columbia, Mo. In 2003 she moved to Corsicana, where she was a resident of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village until her death, after a long illness, on June 17, 2008.Rhoda Young is survived by her two sons, Dr. Robert Young of Corsicana and Dr. William Young of Columbia, Mo.; two daughters-in-law, Gretchen and Susan; four grandchildren, David, Laura, Rachel and Matthew; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Sadie Bodzin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; her parents and three brothers. While in Ponca City, Mrs. Young was actively involved in the ministry of the First Presbyterian Church as a teacher in the high school program and in the Women’s Association. She was a member of and held various offices in the Music Club, 20th Century Club, Chapter CN of P.E.O., and Friends of Ponca Military Academy. Mrs. Young was an award-winning composer whose musicals were performed in various churches and before community groups throughout Oklahoma. She was a pianist and played the string bass with the Ponca City Community Symphony and the Playhouse Theater. She also loved to travel and worked for a time as a travel agent. Suggested memorials are the memorial fund Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Kelly Paul Burkhart
June 10, 1930 — June 26, 2008
by Jon Mac Burkhart

I’ve been asked to tell you about the life of my older brother, Kelly. For me, it’s a great honor and privilege. Kelly was unique. He simply was not stamped out of the same mold as the rest of us. There were times as a child that I hated him. Well, two brothers three years apart tend to have their differences from time to time. The thing I hated most about him was his ability at the age of 6, to put on perfectly creased white pants and a perfectly ironed white shirt, go out and play all day then come home looking neat as a pin. While I ... well, you guessed it, I was the original “Pig Pen” as in the Charlie Brown comic strip. It must have been predestination ... written in the stars ... that Kelly would become one of the finest doctors of obstetrics and gynecology the world has ever known. And, as always, neat as a pin. He loved football. He played well enough in high school to win a scholarship to attend Southwestern University in Georgetown. Yes, they had a football team back 60 years ago. Kelly was a good student. Upon completion of his undergraduate work, he applied to three different medical schools hoping to be accepted by one of them. He was accepted by all three and chose Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. After an internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital, he joined the Air Force to fulfill his military service requirement. When Kelly signed up, they needed doctors interested in obstetrics and gynecology. His entire two-year stay was at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, headquarters of the Strategic Air Command. The medical facilities and personnel were the finest in the country. Often doctors from the Dallas-Fort Worth area were invited in as consultants. Kelly received extensive training and experience few doctors get in a lifetime of practice. Kelly’s four-year residency requirement to specialize in OB/GYN was fulfilled at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. It was there he encountered a very unusual patient. The woman had been examined once at the hospital but did not return until it was time to give birth. At that time Kelly was assigned to be her doctor and they discovered she was about to have twins. However, one of the babies was in the uterus and the other inside the fallopian tube. Kelly was able to deliver both babies alive and well. This was the 13th instance of such a delivery in the history of medicine. After completing his study in 1962, Kelly was invited to join the Medical Arts Clinic in Corsicana and became the fifth doctor to join the group. The clinic continued to grow to a group of 50 doctors serving the Corsicana area. Kelly retired in 1995 but chose to stay in Corsicana the rest of his life. During his years of practice in Corsicana, Kelly was a member of the board of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Texas Medical Association. He served as president of the Navarro County Medical Society and was chief of the medical staff at Navarro Memorial Hospital. When Kelly came back to Corsicana to practice, medical funding was a huge problem. Navarro County was very rural. He set up and staffed an obstetrical clinic for patients who could not afford prenatal care. He did not charge any professional fees for this care. The percentage of women arriving at the hospital without prenatal care dropped precipitously and the complication rate dropped right along with it. Until I received lots of information from his associate, Dr. Neal Green, there was something I didn’t know about Kelly. One of the things Kelly was most proud was the fact he never lost a mother during all those thousands of deliveries. He had never mentioned it to me. Kelly was that sort of guy. Besides his membership in medical organizations, Kelly helped bring Planned Parenthood to Corsicana, was a member of the Board of Education for the Corsicana Independent School System and Board Member at First United Methodist Church. He had little time for hobbies but loved playing tennis, hunting, and fishing with members of his family. Another favorite was making old-fashioned, hand-cranked peppermint candy ice cream. A tradition soon started with his granddaughter, Annabelle, making peppermint ice cream for all the kids in her classroom. Our sister, Dorothy, called Kelly one day and asked what he was doing. His response: “I just finished doing my favorite thing in all the world.” Dorothy assumed he had made his wonderful ice cream and asked if that was it. Kelly responded: “No, I just brought another little life into the world.” Kelly is survived by his wife, Mary Frances; two children, Paul and Belinda; three grandchildren, Annabelle “LuLu” McLeod, Isabelle Grace Burkhart and Jacob Earl “Jeb” Burkhart; a sister, Dorothy Peacock, the family of our deceased brother, Harbert and me, his brother, Jon. Kelly is also survived by around 8,000 people who were babies he brought into this world. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Agape Christian Academy, Attention: Kathy McMullan, principal and executive director, 721 NWCR 0015, Corsicana, TX 75110, or, plant a tree in honor of Kelly Paul. Kelly generously donated the last gift he could give, which was himself, to Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in hopes of benefiting future medical knowledge. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana.

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Sonny May
Nov 30, 1942 - Jun 26, 2008

Sonny May, 65, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2008, in Tyler. He was born Nov. 30, 1942, in Eureka to Edgar Vernon and Hattie Lucille Vaught May. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rufus Nutt officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis Thornberg, Kyle Ward, Jimmy Dockery, Lance May, Chip Goodman and Brent Calame. He was preceded in death by special niece Darla Woods. He is survived by wife Doris May of Kerens, sons and daughters-in-law Bubba and Jean Ann May of Wortham, Vernon and Nancy May of Kerens, Deen and Petra Brown of Dawson and Ronald Gene Brown of Frost; daughter Sherry May of Mexia; sisters and brothers-in-law Janice and Gerald Woods of Corsicana and Doris Jean and Elwyn Robinson of Corsicana; brothers-in-law and wives, Clyde and Diane Jones and Jerry and Tina Jones, all of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and Lori Armstrong, who had worked for Sonny for 26 years. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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James Kent "Buddy" Parker
Jan 17, 1926 - Jun 24, 2008

James Kent “Buddy” Parker was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Dallas. He grew up in Navarro County and attended schools in Corsicana. He passed away June 24, 2008, in Dallas. Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Parker. He is survived by his daughter Terri Glaser, grandson Robert Kent Petricich and granddaughter Lauren Petricich, all of Colorado. He is also survived by his sister Joyce Parker Hagle of San Antonio and his uncle Charles Kent of Powell. Services will be at noon Monday, June 30, at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas with interment to follow at 2 p.m. at DFW National Cemetery. Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home.

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Lena Mae (Andrews) Roberson
Jun 26, 1919 - Jun 27, 2008

Lena Mae Andrews Roberson
Lena Mae Andrews Roberson was born on June 26, 1919, in Navarro County. She was one of 13 children born to Abe and Margaret Andrews. She went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 27, 2008. On Nov. 6, 1936, Lena married Lloyd Roberson. They resided in Roane and raised their two daughters there. In later years, they moved to Corsicana. She worked at the Adams Hat Factory for years and eventually retired from Navarro Regional Hospital in 1985 where she had served many years as an LVN. She loved to cook and take care of her family, play games, sew and fish. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. John LaNoue officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Homer Andrews, Bubba Andrews, Billy Graves, Mike McCluney, Jerry Beasley and William Andrews. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband, 11 of her siblings, and her daughter, Barbara Wylie of Corsicana. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Roberson of Corsicana; granddaughter and husband, Ann and Keith Morris of Corsicana; grandson and wife, Mark and Cindy Wylie of Tyler; great-grandchildren, Justin and Miranda Morris of Corsicana, and Sawyer, Shaffer and Sloane Wylie of Tyler; brother and sister-in-law, G. H. “Jinks” and Ann Andrews of Roane; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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George Sowell Davis
Jan 22, 1926 - Jun 22, 2008

George Sowell Davis
Loving husband, devoted father and cherished grandfather, George was born on Jan. 22, 1926, in Dawson. He passed away on June 22, 2008, in Dallas. George married the love of his life, Jackie Woolley, on Feb. 1, 1947.He is survived by his wife; one son, Steve Davis (Ann); and two grandchildren, Jacob and Derek Davis. He was preceded in death by one son, Rusty Davis. George served his country in the Navy and was in training for the invasion of Japan. He graduated in 1949 from SMU with a degree in accounting. He was an executive vice president for Gifford-Hill in Dallas. George was a member of Lake Highlands UMC. A celebration of life service honoring George’s life will be held at 3 p.m. today at Lake Highlands UMC, 9015 Plano Road, Dallas, with the Rev. Rich Rindfuss officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made in George’s name to Lake Highlands UMC, Children’s Ministry, P.O. Box 551389, Dallas, TX 75355.Arrangements by Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Fred Kesinger
Oct 31, 1925 - Jun 22, 2008

Fred Kesinger
Fred Kesinger, 82, a Corsicana native, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, in Centralia, Ill., following an 18-month battle with myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia. Born on Oct. 31, 1925, in Corsicana, he was a 1941 graduate of Corsicana High School. He also served on the CISD Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1973, and was a board member at the time of the construction of the current Corsicana High School location on West State Highway 22. He was a retired area production superintendent with Crown Central Petroleum Corp., a World War II veteran, and had resided in Centralia, Ill., since 2001.He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Sue Kesinger; his son, James L. Kesinger; and his parents, Fred and Nell Kesinger. He is survived by two daughters, Marinelle Szenasy and husband Randy of Granbury and Suzanne Whittenburg and husband Scott of Centralia, Ill.; and one granddaughter, Hannah Wood, also of Centralia. Graveside services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, 6500 S. 129th E. Street, Broken Arrow, Okla. Memorials can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Garnier and Sons Funeral Home, Centralia, Ill.

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Judy Deniese Price
Oct 18, 1965 - Jun 23, 2008

Judy Deniese Price
Judy Deniese Price, passed away June 23, 2008 at the age of 42. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Hopewell Cemetery with Brother R.E. Cecil and Brother Terry Smith officiating. She was born on Oct. 18, 1965 in Corsicana. She attended Mildred High School. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Navarro. Throughout her life, she touched many lives with her great sense of humor. She had a love for music, dancing and watching movies with her daughter. She had some problems in the past, but they had changed her life for the better. We will miss her but can only look forward to seeing her one day again. She was preceded in death by her father Truman Farmer and infant brother. Survivors include her mother, Jimmie Farmer of Navarro; daughter, Lacy Price of Navarro, brother and sister-in-law Jodie and Kris Farmer of Richland, sister and brother-in-law Becky and Jimmy Nicholson of Cryer Creek; five nephews, Danny Hanna Jr., Joey Hanna, Cody Hanna, Jeffrey Farmer and Justin Farmer; three great nieces and four great nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Frank Harold "Bud" Burleson, Jr.
Jul 14, 1917 - May 18, 1975

Services were held Friday at 10 am at the Bradley Funeral Home for Harold
(Bud) Burleson, 58, of Odessa, who died at his home.

Rev. W.A. Corley, First Baptist Church pastor, officiated.

Survivors include five sons, Kenneth Burleson and Nickey Burleson both of Blooming Grove, Dean Burleson of Fort Worth, Dale Burleson of Hitchcock and Buddy Lynn Burleson of Mesquite; five brothers, Frank Burleson of Hobbs, N.M., Merle Burleson of Abilene, Nuel Burleson of Dallas, Hop Burleson of Richland and Arthur Burleson of Barry; three sisters, Mrs. Odessa Belt of Dallas, Mrs. Bessie Mae Tucker of Garrett and Mrs. Lois Horn of San Angelo; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were members of the family.

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Harold Burleson
BLOOMING GROVE - Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel for Harold Burleson, 57, resident of Odessa who died at his home in Odessa.
Rev. W. A. Corley, First Baptist Church pastor, will officiate. Survivors include five sons, five brothers, three sisters, and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be members of the family.

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Alta Elizabeth (Nelson) Hartley
Mar 4, 1887 - May 31, 1975

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Alta Elizabeth Hartley, 88, Monday at 10:00 am in the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church. Rev. John Clifford, pastor, officiated. Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hartley was born and raised in Blooming Grove and a retired school teacher.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Beth Garcia of El Paso and Mrs.
Comel Brooks of Hawi, Hawaii; one sister, Mrs. Maud Neely of Fresno, Calif; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbeareras were Bruce McCormick, Ralph Page, David Sellers, Arthur Garrison, Loyd Frederick and Drew Gillen.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Jun 4, 1975
  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • I realize Alta's death certificate lists her mother as Elizabeth Sheppard but the information was given by her daughter Beth Garcia and I am sure by the time Alta died no one remembered exactly who was Alta's mother.   Nancy Elizabeth Bell Nelson died 2 and 1/2 months after Alta was born.  Alta's first step-mother, Marie Annie Curtis, died when Alta was 10.  So, Alta got a 2nd step-mother Mary Elizabeth Harris. Alta is shown living with her father Joseph Van Buren Nelson and step-mother Mary on the 1910 Navarro Co. census.    ...from Sallie Bell Reeves

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Mrs. Hartley
BLOOMING GROVE - Services were held Monday morning at the First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Alta Elizabeth Hartley, 88, native of Blooming Grove, who died in El Paso Saturday.

Rev. John Clifford, pastor, officiated, and burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Beth H. Garcia
of El Paso and Cornel Brooks of Hawi, Hawaii; a sister, Maude Neely of Fresno, Calif., four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers include Bruce McCormick, Ralph Page, David Sellers, Arthur Garrison, Loyd Frederick and Drew Gillen.

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IN MEMORY OF ALTA HARTLEY

Mrs. Alta Hartley, to many of the older set in Blooming Grove, was a very kind, sweet person - one who had a zest for living. Even though she had many hardships and difficulties, she was able to meet each of them with hope in and faith for a better tomorrow.

All who knew her realized that she had three significant loves. First, she loved her family; her mate, Mr. K. Hartley; her children, Beth and Comel; her grandchildren, Freddie Boy, Alex, Darwin K and Buni plus a great-grandchild. These were her precious jewels.

Second, she loved Blooming Grove. She recounted many times her memories and blessings, all rooted in BG. Here she was born. Here she met Mr K. Here she raised her family. Here she taught school for over twenty years. Here she had many friends and neighbors. She loved her BG home and regretted that she had to leave it. When she returned for visits, she was delighted and happy to see her loyal friends. She was expecially pleased when some of her former students named her a candicate for Coming Home Queen during a recent Ex-Student Homecoming activities.

Best of all, Alta Hartley loved her church. She found comfort and strength in her church. She Took pride in being a child of God. She played an active role in the Blooming Grove Methodist Church, serving as an active menber, a Sunday School teacher, leader of children's work and Vacation Bible school, a member of the Women's Missionary Society and Weslyan service Guild.

So it was fitting and beautiful that at the end of her earthy life, May 31, 1975, that she be brought back to her loves --to her church, where her funeral services were held Monday, June 2, -- to her friendly BG town where she was laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery at the side of her beloved mate, Mr K.

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Nellie Mae (Owen) Elkins
Dec 27, 1893 - May 26, 1975

Services were held at 2 pm Wednesday, May 27, at Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. O.L. Elkins Sr., 81, of Emhouse who died Monday in Memorial Hospital. The Revs Leroy Reaves and Frank Williams officiated and burial was at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

A native of Emhouse, she was a member of the Methodist Church. Her husband preceded her in death in 1961.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Nolen Raye of Dallas; one son, O.L. Elkins Jr. of Watertown, Conn.; one brother, Alvin Owen of Italy; three sisters, Miss Clara Belle Owen of Corsicana and Mrs. Charles Johnson and Mrs. Swint Huling, both of Emhouse; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Stokes Armstrong, Roy Posey, Jesse Clements, Paul Raye, David Raye, Charles Leslie Johnson, and Robert Alvin Owen.

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Bobby Allen
Oct 20, 1937 - Jun 30, 2008

Bobby Allen, 70, of Corsicana, went to be with the Lord June 30, 2008. He was born October 20, 1937 in Corsicana.

Bobby was a great Dad and a wonderful husband. He enjoyed riding motorcycles. He retired from Shell Oil Offshore Drilling after 30 years of service. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by wife Pam Allen of Corsicana, daughters Ashley Palmeri and Alissa Palmeri, and mother Faye Bates of Corsicana. He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Michael and Mary Beth Parrish and Thomas and Tricia Dockery; father and mother-in-law Donald and Marlene Parrish. Other survivors are nephews and nieces Danny and Marcia Ward, Michael and Megan Dockery, Matt Parrish; and great nephews and nieces Jason and Kyle Ward, Kealey and Kieran Parrish, and McKinna Dockery. Bobby was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Dockery.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Virginia Bassford and the Rev. Ray Raney officiating, and Agostina Migoni singing. Honorary pallbearers will be J.C. Wyatt, Thomas Dockery, Danny Ward, Michael Dockery, Hank Whieterholt and Gary Earley, his best buddy.

At Bobby’s request, there will be no flowers, but donations may be made to Rice Independent School District, 1302 S. McKinney, Rice, TX 75155 Drama Department.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Betty Jo (Bunch) Burkes
Sep 5, 1927 - Jul 4, 2008

Betty Jo Burkes
Betty Jo Burkes, 80, passed away Friday, July 4, 2008. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Betty Jo was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Bunch; mother, Laura Alice Bunch; husband, Thomas Burkes; and mother-in-law Lennie Williams of Seminole. Survivors include her brother, Royce Bunch; daughter Sharon Burkes; son, Michael Burkes and wife Janie, and son Mark Burkes and wife Janie, all of Corsicana; and sister-in-law Allie Spurgeon of Seminole; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; numerous cousins; and long time friends Veda Ayala and Nellie Collins. The family would like to thank Dr. Kent Rogers for the many years of care and comfort that he gave her. Also thanks to the wonderful people at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Twilight home.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wanda LaVerne (Barham) Hambrick
Jul 31, 1937 - Jul 4, 2008

Wanda Hambrick
Mrs. Wanda Hambrick entered the room prepared for her by our Lord and Savior on July 4, 2008. Born in Blooming Grove to Robert and Opal Barham on July 31, 1937, she was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Wanda was also a faithful and active member of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. She found great pleasure in volunteering her time to others in the community. A member of the choir, she also volunteered as a part time office worker for her church. She enjoyed serving others through the local Meals on Wheels, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, and the Corsicana Food Pantry. She was always involved in her three son’s youth activities, serving with the PTA and even a den mother for the Boy Scouts. At the age of 53, Wanda enrolled again at Navarro College to complete her Associates’ degree. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Cody Seale, David Seale, Adam Jones, Ed Formby, David Brewer and Cliff Smith. Mrs. Hambrick was preceded in death by her father and mother, Robert and Opal Barham; her son, Gary Hambrick; and two sisters, Bobbie Fuller and Dorothy Clarkston. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lester R. Hambrick, who lovingly stood by her side during her lengthy illness. Also, her sons and daughter-in-laws, Mark and Karen Hambrick of Barry, Michael and Anna Hambrick of Corsicana, and Yolanda Hambrick of Ennis; grandchildren, Melissa Dickerson of Corsicana, April Mclean of Brownsboro, Christy Jones of Richland, Hannah Hambrick of Corsicana, Nicole Hambrick of Barry, Kevin and John Hambrick of Ennis, Donnie Nuzum of Indian Trail, N.C., Kelly Nuzum of Oak Leaf, 10 great-grand-children and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff at Heritage Oaks West for their years of professional and loving care, and to the Family First Hospice of Ennis for making Wanda and our family comfortable throughout the last stages of her illness. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun on 7/7/2008
  • TXBI: BARHAM WANDA LAVERNE 1937 7 31 NAVARRO f COOK OPAL LEE BARHAM ROBERT WILLIAM

Lois Payne "Marie" Robinson
Jul 24, 1917 - Jul 5, 2008

Lois Payne "Marie" Robinson
Marie Robinson passed away at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home on July 5, 2008.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. Sonny Bowie officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bud Payne, Jay Payne, Richard Payne, Billy Payne, David Robinson and Dale Robinson. Honorary pallbearers will be Skipper Payne, Joe Wayne Robinson, Waylon Robinson, Bryan Bradley and Curtis McIntire. She was born July 24, 1917 just outside Chatfield. She had been employed by Gibson’s Department Store, Lewis Shoes and the Hat Factory. She had served as a pink lady for Navarro Regional Hospital. She was married to Alexander Sloan Robinson on Sept. 19, 1940 until his passing in 1972. She was a member of Petty’s Chapel for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Sloan Robinson; daughter, Janie Marie Jordan; son, Hugh Sloan Robinson; and grandson, Michael Paul Graham. Survivors include her grandchildren, Roxanne Rogers, Michelle McIntire, Robin Elizabeth Bradley, Hugh Sloan Robinson Jr. and Elizabeth Kennedy; great grandchildren, Cody Rogers, Kristina Marie Graham, Jenah Bethani Bradley and Sabrina Jane McIntire; sister-in-law, Nora Jo Payne; daughter-in-law, Kathy Robinson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home. ∞

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Margaret Lee (Rankin) Lang-Ruth
Oct 1, 1921 - July 5, 2008
 
Margaret Lang Ruth
Margaret Lang Ruth, 86, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 5, 2008. Maggie had been an active and involved member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and various organizations and clubs in Corsicana, including D.A.R., Kinsloe House, Ladies Cemetery Association, Le Livre, 19th Century and she served on the board of Family Services. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Lang of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Allyn and Melanie Lang of Jacksonville; grandsons, Robert Lang and wife Christina of Rockwall, and David Lang of Rockwall; great grandchildren, Sophia, Jonathan and Olivia Lang; brother, Charlie Rankin and wife Billie of McAllen; sister, Winifred Wadzita and husband Cy of Phoenix, Ariz.; and sister, Julie Wilcoxson and husband Bob of Dalhart. She is also survived by Missy Ruth Ivey, Ann Ruth Johnson, Katy, Beth and Will, Eliza and Margaret (Meg), Amanda, and Marjorie Bristow. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Father Edward Monk and Father Dennis Smart officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church and Tom Sheriff, Oliver Albritton, Dr. Kent Rogers and Dr. Charles Brown. The family will be present for visitation at Maggie’s home on Tuesday, July 10, 2008 from 5 until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. John’s Episcopal Church Garden of Remembrance, or the Elizabeth Ann Gilderson Missionary Fund, St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, P.O. Box 844, Tomball, TX 77377. The family would also like to recognize, Massie, Mary Jo, Maxine, Elizabeth, Tahera and Ola Mae, the people who took such wonderful care of Maggie.  Arrangements are by Corley Funeral Home.

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Zelda Faye (Holley) Farmer
May 1, 1929 - Jun 30, 2008
 
Farmer, Zelda Faye
Funeral services for Zelda Faye Farmer will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with the Rev. Bill Parr officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Post Oak Cemetery in Roane. Mrs. Farmer was born May 1, 1929 in the Post Oak Community near Roane and died Monday morning June 30, 2008 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview. She was a resident of Corsicana for many years prior to moving to the Cedar Creek Lake area and then to Canton in recent years. For the last year she had lived in Hallsville with her daughter and son-in-law Ruth and Maurice Yielding. She was a devoted member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana for many years prior to joining the First Baptist Church in Eustace and later the Little Hope Baptist Church in Canton. She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Richard Holley; her mother, Margaret Ellen Jennings Holley; and her husband, Thomas Millard Farmer, all of Corsicana. Mrs. Farmer is survived by two brothers, Everett L. Holley of Corsicana and Alvin G. Holley of Livingston. Her greatest pride was her children and grandchildren. Her children and their spouses include Ruth Yielding and husband Maurice of Hallsville, Patricia Barber and husband Bill of Corsicana, Debbie Oliphant and husband Howard of Canton, and son Randy Farmer of Eustace. She had nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers at her funeral service will be grandsons. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers be made to the American Heart Association or to the Little Hope Baptist Church in Canton. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lorene Ruth (Croissant) Luttrull
Sep 29, 1935 - Jul 1, 2008

Lorene Ruth Luttrull
Lorene Ruth Luttrull, 72 of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born September 29, 1935, in Hardin, Colorado to Rhihie and Helen Frances Reck Croissant. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 5 p.m. Thursday July 3, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Rev. Rodney Bancroft officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. She is survived by son, Carlos Arredondo of Dallas; daughter, Diane Arredondo of Fort Worth; brother, Clarence Croissant of Colorado; sister, Maxene Tyrell of Colorado; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ruby Angelina Sayles
Jul 31, 1916 - Jun 30, 2008

Ruby Angelina Sayles
Ruby Angelina Sayles, 91 of Kerens, passed away June 30, 2008, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Funeral services will be at noon today at Mount B. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Goodlow with the Rev. Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will be in Goodlow Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Elmer Thomas, Harvey Offley, Earnest Harris, Tyron Bailey, Jeffery Baxter and Carl Ward. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Holmes, Allard Byron Russell, Darryl Sayles, Aaron Russell, Harvey Russell Jr., Ricky B. Sayles, Lawrence Sayles, Kenneth Sayles, Ricky L. Sayles, Damon Sayles, Reginald Sayles and Jerry Sayles Jr. She was born July 31, 1916. She was a member of Mount B. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and worked at the Head Start Day Care Center. Ruby was preceded in death by her father, mother, two sisters, one brother and one son, Charles Sayles. Survivors include daughters, Marie Holmes of Fort Worth, Johnny Mae Sayles of Kerens, Virgie Russell, Marry “Willie” Garritty and Lillian Starks, all of Dallas; and sons, the Rev. Richard Sayles of San Antonio, James Sayles, Jerry Sayles, Preston Sayles and Joe Sayles (Virgie), all of Kerens. She is also survived by daughter-in-law, Royce Jean Sayles, 31 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and special cousins John White (Lena), Mary White, Pearl White Wells of Tyler, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends, including the Mount B. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Dorothy (Barrett) Churchman
Oct 19, 1943 - Jun 27, 2008

Dorothy Churchman
Dorothy Churchman, 64, of Corsicana, passed away June 27, 2008 in Waco. She was born October 19, 1943 in Fort Worth to Singleton and Linnie Jones Barrett. She worked 17 years at One Stop Citgo Store and loved making crafts. She is preceded in death by husband Bob Churchman, parents and brother. She is survived by daughter Debbie Price and husband Edward of Corsicana; grandsons Curtis Owens and Joshua Mitchell; granddaughter Jamie Mitchell and fiancé Aaron Goodin; unborn great-granddaughter Savannah Michelle; and brothers and sisters Brooks Barrett of Fort Worth, Mary Hullett of Waco, May Kilgore of Waco, Jeanette Russell of Waco, and Richard Barrett of Azle. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Hopewell Cemetery with Rufus Nutt officiating. Pallbearers will be Curtis Owens, Joshuia Smith, Aaron Goodin, Ricky Brown, James Quattlebaum and Tim Turner. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Olga Ida (Mueller) Melton
Apr 22, 1913 - Jun 8, 1975

Funeral services were held Monday, June 9, for Mrs. Olga Ida Melton, 62, of Dresden. Services were held at Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove with the Rev. John Clifford of the United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was at the Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Melton died Sunday in Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was born April 22, 1913.

Survivors included her husband, Mr. Herbert Melton of Dresden; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Prescott of Beeville, Texas, Mrs. Alma Telge of Cypress, Texas and Mrs. Edna Angell of Victoria, Texas; one brother, Mr. Edgar Mueller of Victoria, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Timothy Telge, Bob Melton, Clay Reed, Buster Haden, Jim Weatherby and Charles Weatherby.

The Blooming Grove Times - June 11, 1975 Death Certificate shows parents Hans G. Mueller and Johanna (Baleman) Mueller

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Blanche Odessa (Coker) Dill
Nov 17, 1905 - June 4, 1975

Blanche Odessa Dill

Funeral services were held at 2 pm Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Odessa Dill, 69, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. B.W. Johnson and Rev. David Williams officiated with burial following at Dresden Cemetery.

She was a native of Emhouse, lived in Corsicana most of her life, and was a retired aide of Twilight Home.

Survivors include her husband, George H. Dill of Corsicana; four sons, Clyde H. Dill of Wilmer, Tommy Joe Dill of Austin, Clifford Dill and George William Dill both of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Emmazell Bailey, Mrs. Dorothy Toms, Mrs. Betty Adams, all of Corsicana and Mrs. Vera Sutton of Pasadena; 24 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Cooper of Mesquite and Mrs. Euda Barnett of Navarro; three brothers, Vestal Coker of Dallas, Wesley Coker and Bernice Coker both of Barry, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Ethel Olene (Boyd) Selby
Nov 13, 1895 - May 24, 1975

Services were held Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs.
Ethel Selby, 79, resident of Corsicana, who died Saturday. She was a native of Cryer Creek.

Burial was at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was a resident of Corsicana 37 years and was preceded in death by her husband, R.F. Selby, keeper of the old Magnolia Lake (Camp Fleming).

Survivors include two sons, Wendel Selby and Nolen Selby both of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. O. L. Dockery of Corsicana; three granddaughters, Judy K. Dockery, Linda Selby, and Kimberly Selby all of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Ava Nelson and Mrs. Ikey Warren both of Hubbard and Mrs. Wilma Lynch of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Truman Raley, Ray Goodman, Benedick Raley, Rickie Lynn Kelly, Wayne Selby, Athron Warren Selby, Thurman Warren, Amon Earl Boyd, Arlye Raines, and Emmett Selby.

 

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  • Photo was not part of original obituary
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • View Clipping - The Blooming Grove Times - May 28, 1975
  • Information from Death Certificate

Alton Ray Adams
Oct 31, 1936 - Jul 13, 2008

Alton Ray Adams
Alton Ray Adams, surrounded by his family and comforted by the love and prayers of all who knew him, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2008.He is survived by his wife, Peggy Adams; his children, Sherrie Bruce and her husband Bobby of Corsicana, Alecia Bland and her husband Boux of Red Oak, Scott Adams and wife Kim of Houston, Micheal Adams of Italy, Steven Huffman and wife Jennifer of San Antonio and Lance Huffman of Dawson; as well as two brothers, Lester Adams and wife Nan of Waco and Charles Adams and his wife Dorothy of Italy. He will be greatly missed by his 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Caleb Hunt, Chelsey Richards, Caitlin Hunt, Jennifer Bruce, Jillian Bruce, Spence Adams, Annie Adams, Sydney McDowell, Wyatt Adams, Ashley Adams, Hanna Russell, Hunter Bland and Abby Bland, Tristen and Braeden Richards and Liberty McDowell. A man of varied interests and basic values, Ray filled his days with family, community service and riding his motorcycle. A longtime business owner in Frost, he was the owner of Adams’ Grocery and Market for nearly 15 years. He served the Frost School District for many years as a school board member, and later as a director of maintenance, and school bus driver. Born in Ike on Oct. 31, 1936, he lived in Milford and Waco before graduating from La Vega High School. After school he enlisted and served in the United States Marines in Korea. He was a member of the Italy Masonic Lodge and Frost Baptist Church. One of his greatest joys was the privilege of riding his motorcycle with the Patriot Guard at the services held for our fallen military heroes. Ray Adams was a common man of uncommon faith, courage and sensitivity. He loved God, his family, his country, and his community. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Frost High School with the Rev. Lester Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ketty Lois (Burrow) Marshall
Nov 30, 1933 - Jul 13, 2008

Ketty L. Marshall
Ketty L. Marshall, 74, of Mount Pleasant passed away Sunday, July 13, 2008, in Mount Pleasant. She was born Nov. 30, 1933, in Corsicana. She was a Baptist and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Services are 10 a.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant with the Rev. Mike Kessler officiating with interment to follow at 3 p.m. today at Prairie Point Cemetery near Kerens. Pallbearers will be George Kidwell, M.D. McCollum, Ross Moss, Patrick Kratch, Johnny Jackson and Kenneth Amerson. Honorary pallbearers will be VFW Post, Roy Lynn McCain and Randy McCain. She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Burrow; stepfather, Paul West; sister, Brenda Renfroe; and grandson, Matt Jones. Survivors include her mother, Dean (Price) West of Kerens; son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Kristin Marshall of Mount Pleasant; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Howard Shelby of Broaddus; granddaughter, Jennifer Fuller of Enterprise; grandsons, Jeremy Shelby of Dallas and Arthur and Marty Marshall of Mount Pleasant; three great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; brother and sister-in-law, Sammy and Rita West of Kerens; and sisters and brother-in-law, Betty McCain of Angus and Paula and G.V. Brenneman of Rockville, Md. Arrangements by Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant.

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  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 7/15/2008 - 7/16/2008
  • w/o Luther Wise "Poodle" Marshall; d/o Jessie Burrow & Willie Dean (Price) Burrow-West

Mary Lou (Palmer) Risby
May 30, 1928 - Jul 10, 2008

Mary Lou Palmer Risby
Mary Lou Palmer Risby, 80, of Elm Mott passed away Thursday, July 10, 2008, at Woodland Springs Nursing Center in Waco. Funeral service will be 3 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Minister Allen Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews. Mrs. Risby was born May 30, 1928, in Mexia. She was a nurse’s aide in Waco and a member of Bethel Church of God in Christ in Waco.She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Palmer and Doretha Palmer; three sisters, Juanita Hemphill, Earlene Campbell and Katie Palmer; one brother, Lee Palmer Jr.; and husband, Roy Risby. Survivors include four sisters, Reatha Hall of Dawson, Emma Palmer of Dallas, Allene Bonner of Corsicana and Beathana Campbell (Allen) of Purdon; brother, Charles Palmer of Ft. Worth; sister-in-law, Bobbie Palmer of Odessa; one aunt, Ethelene Palmer Madison of Corpus Christi; special friend, Berry Polk Jr. of Waco; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Cary Andrew "Andy" Farmer
Dec 11, 1930 - Jul 13, 2008

Cary Andrew "Andy" Farmer
A special passage was arranged today at 12:30, July 13, 2008 for Cary Andrew “Andy” Farmer. He left Heritage Oaks West as a true gentleman with a southern gentle spirit, and in peace. He was born December 11, 1930 in Bonham, Texas. He worked most his life for William's Pipe in England, Canada and the United States, retiring in Beaumont, Texas. He moved to Corsicana, Texas in October 2001, and married Virginia Terry and joined the family there of Brian, Alison, Aaron, and Jamie Human. He also enjoyed the opportunities of visiting his two living sisters, Mamie McKissick, and Barbara Smith and their families in Athens, Texas. He has four living adopted children and many nieces and nephews. He fought a long battle with Parkinson's disease but maintained a sweet attitude and gratefulness toward those that cared for and helped him and loved him until his crossing. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Arledge Ridge Cemetery in Bonham, Texas with services officiated by the Rev. Alison Human. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Billy Patrick
Jan 5, 1933 - Jul 12, 2008

Graveside services for Billy Patrick, 75, of Slocum, will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Chambers Cemetery with the Rev. Scotty Short of Tyler officiating. Mr. Patrick died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Elkhart Oaks Care Center. He was born January 5, 1933 at Corsicana to Thomas Green and Clara Bentley Patrick. Mr. Patrick was a Baptist. He had been self-employed and had worked for more than 50 years in East Texas oil fields. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gary Patrick; and one brother and three sisters.Mr. Patrick is survived by his current wife, Joyce Patrick of Slocum; first wife, Doris Spence of Palestine; daughter, Tracy Dunnahoe and husband Todd of Slocum; sons, John R. Patrick and wife Teri of Houston, Darrell Patrick and wife Mary of Tyler, and William Patrick and wife Katie of Palestine; sisters, Nell Brown and Ruby Thomas, both of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Condolence calls will be received Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home in Palestine. Family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart to Heart Hospice. Arrangements by Bailey and Foster Funeral Home.

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Vespre Marie (Covington) Thompson
Jan 2 1924 - Jul 12, 2008

Marie Covington Thompson
Marie Covington Thompson, 84, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2008, in Ft. Worth, Texas. Visitation will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2008, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Lain Teel from Emmanuel Baptist Church officiating. She was born on January 2, 1924 in Jester, Texas to parents, James and Lilly Covington. She married Elton Thompson on August 1, 1942 in Corsicana, Texas. She was a longtime member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Corsicana. She was a devoted homemaker, faithful daughter, wife and mother. She is remembered as a Servant of Jesus Christ and encourager of her children. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Lilly Covington, and husband Elton Thompson. Mrs. Thompson is survived by her sister, Edith Parker of Ardmore, Oklahoma; her two sons, Tommy Lewis Thompson of Corinth, Texas, and Dr. John Paul Thompson of Arlington. She is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Carlos Vera Garza
May 11, 1941 - Jul 11, 2008

Carlos Vera Garza
Carlos Vera Garza went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 11, 2008. His health struggles have been long and the Lord knew he was ready to find his rest. Carlos was born on May 11, 1941 in Alice, Texas to Carlos and Virginia Garza. He was a longtime member of the Dawson Masonic Lodge. When his health was good he loved attending the Blue Lodge meetings. He was also a Shriner holding a 32nd Degree. Carlos worked with children through the Karem Temple as a clown for many years. Carlos drove a tanker truck for Gulf Oil and Coastal for many years until an accident rendered him unable to operate a truck. His family and friends were the light of his life. He loved to joke and cut up with every one making them laugh. He kept everyone around him entertained. He was preceded in death by his father Carlos Garza Sr. of Houston and mother Virginia Maruquin of Seagoville, and son-in-law Danny Shelton of Waco. Carlos is survived by his wife, Mary Garza of Corsicana; eight children, Bonita Shelton of Waco, Paul Garza and wife Eliza of Corpus Christi, Carlos J. Garza of Waco, Brenda Bailey and husband Michael, Veronica Morales, Anabel Garza, Jennifer Garza, and Denise Garza all of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren, Jason and Robyn Shelton of Waco, Stephanie Shelton and Dana of Cedar Park, Luis Garza of North Carolina, Alicia Garza of Rockwall, Gaberiella Garza of Chatfield, Christina Garza, Ana Lisa Garcia, Paul Garza II of Corpus Christi, Julie Bailey of Addison, John Bailey, Jeremy Bailey, Douglas Bailey, Jody Bailey, Bradley Bailey, Tiffany Bailey, and Joel Morales all of Corsicana; two great-grandchildren, Alexis Garza and J.R. Garza of Rockwall; and brother, Noah Garza of Seagoville. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today, July 13, 2008 in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Schane officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Amos Massey, Jody Bailey, John Bailey, Koy Cofer, Tim Dickerson, Javier Aguilar, Tony Morano, and Jason Shelton.The family would like to offer a special thanks to Kadell Home Health Agency. His nurse Angie Powell and his CNA Earnestine Hailey. The Navarro Regional Hospital ICU Staff and Dr. Keith Rigsby. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ross Tucker
Mar 31, 1924 - Jul 11, 2008

Ross Tucker, resident of Houston, Texas, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2008, at the West Houston Medical Center in Houston at the age of 84. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2008, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. He was born in Frost on March 31, 1924 to David Daniel Tucker and Addie Pearl Crow Tucker. Ross served his country during World War II serving in the Navy and fought in the Battle at Leyte Gulf. He graduated from Texas Tech University and was retired from the Texas Department of Transportation. Ross was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston. Ross was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, J.C. Tucker, Kathleen Payne, Otho Tucker, Christine Tucker, Jerry Tucker, Mack Tucker, and Doyle Tucker. He is survived by his sister, Pauline Griffin of Oakdale, California; sisters-in-law, Loraine Tucker of Corsicana, Karinell Tucker of Waco, and Jo Tucker of Fort Smith, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Harry Payne; and a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Allen K. Ward
Sep 13, 1935 - Jul 6, 2008

Allen K. Ward passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital with family and friends at his side. After a long hard battle with cancer and strokes, he has gone on his last hunting and fishing trip with God. He was born Sept. 13, 1935, to Lester and Ruby Ward in Winkler. He was preceded in death by his dad, Lester Ward; mother, Ruby Owens Ward Armstrong; and sister, Marie Ward. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ward; three daughters, Rhonda and Tim McDaniel of Rio Vista, Elicia and Charlie Rankin of Weatherford, and Kandra Odom of Rio Vista; stepson, John and Sheryl Reeves of Mansfield; six grandchildren, Jory McDaniel, Jeremy McDaniel, Derek Whitehead, Gayla Rankin, Kira Odom and John Arik Odom; 10 great-grandchildren; brother and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Judy Owens of Corsicana and Judy Martin of Longview; and nieces and nephews. He served the United States for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3366 and a member of American Legion Post 22 of Corsicana. A memorial service will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. July 26 at the American Legion Post 22, 632 N. Beaton St., Corsicana. Memorials may be made to American Legion Post 22, P.O. Box 15, Corsicana, TX 75151; or VFW Memorial Post 3366, P.O. Box 2281, Corsicana, TX 75151.

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Dr J. Austin Polk
abt 1919 - Jul 2, 2008

Dr J. Austin Polk
Dr. J. Austin Polk, 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2008, in his sleep at home in his bed, with his son, Dr. Jim Polk, at his side as he crossed over to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dr. J. Austin Polk lived 65 years in Dallas with his wife Dorothy M. Polk. She preceded him in death in 1996.He retired from a 55-year practice in North Dallas. He loved to do oral surgery. A graduate of Baylor Dental School in 1950, he spent his life involved with his practice, family, civic affairs, church, and raising his three sons. Austin loved life and taught Sunday school for 65 years. He loved to work in the dirt and raised flowers, fruit and vegetables. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. I am sure when he reached the pearly gates of heaven, he heard the words “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Chapel in Corsicana with B.F. Risinger Jr. and Tony Neal officiating. Dr. Polk leaves behind his three sons Dr. Jim, Rod and Anthony Polk; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He shall be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

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JoAnn Spencer Drew
Jun 18, 1942 - Jul 8, 2008

JoAnn Spencer Drew
JoAnn Spencer Drew, 66, of Purdon passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2008. She was born on June 18, 1942 in Dallas. She is survived by her mother, Nora Mae Matthews of Trinidad; sister, Geary Lozano of Trinidad; daughter, Diane Johnson of Purdon; and sons, Danny Johnson of Purdon and James Johnson of Dawson. She is also survived by 10 grandsons, three granddaughters, five nieces and three nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cecil Alden Fetty
Dec 4, 1912 - Jul 7, 2008

Cecil Alden Fetty, 95, of Corsicana and formerly of Barry, died Monday, July 7, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with the Rev. David Ricker officiating. Mr. Fetty was born Dec. 4, 1912, in Richland to Sophie Sherrard Fetty and William Rufus Fetty. He attended school in Richland and married the late Mary Lee Scoggins from Corsicana. They lived in Richland until they moved to Barry before World War II. He was a rancher and carpenter until he retired. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Barry. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Verdie Calame of Wortham, Thelma Frazier of Comanche, Clyde Joe Jackson of Baytown and Ora Mae Johnson of Conroe. He is survived by one sister Charlene Lefevre and brother-in-law Deward Lefevre of Wortham, and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cleo (Stewart) Jones
Sep 23, 1913 - Jul 8, 2008

Cleo Jones
Mrs. Cleo Jones, 94, of Corsicana passed away July 8, 2008. She was born Sept. 23, 1913, to Mr. James Stewart and Mrs. Mary Etta Stewart in Eureka, Texas. Cleo married Roy R. Jones in Corsicana Nov. 15, 1933. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Steve Moss officiating. Pallbearers will be Chip Curington, David Phinney, Curtis Jones, Brad Jones, Lt. Chris Pedersen and Rusty Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Curington, Cody Jones, Dustin Jones, Garret Jones, Andrew Curington, Calvin Phinney, Jett Pedersen, Kyle Pedersen and Roy Taylor Jones. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; son, Billy Brown and his wife Kay Jones; granddaughter, Lisa Jones; brother, Oliver Stewart; sisters, Beulah Stewart, Pearl Jones, Mildred Stewart, Minnie Fullwood and Ida Mae Land. Mrs. Jones is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Linda Pedersen of Corsicana and Becky and Chip Curington of Corsicana; grandchildren and their spouses, Kyle Pedersen of Stockbridge, Vt., Lt. Chris and Molly Pedersen of Orange Park, Fla., Lauren and David Phinney of College Station, Andy and Crystal Curington of Hewitt, Curtis and Terri Jones of Bellville, and Brad and Janet Jones of Cypress; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cleo lived all of her life in Navarro County except for 15 years in Freer, Texas. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker. She was known throughout the community and highly regarded for her seamstress talents. Cleo was respected and admired by those who knew her. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the former Pink Ladies Auxiliary. While putting herself last, she was a very dependable and reliable individual with highest expectations for her children’s college education. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dennis Alan Roush
Feb 9, 1951 - Jul 8, 2008

Dennis Alan Roush, 57, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at his home in Ennis. Dennis was born Feb. 9, 1951, in Topeka, Kan., to parents Donald H. Roush and Theresa M. (Schuetz) Roush. He graduated from Corsicana High School and worked for Lone Star Gas as a meter installer. After high school, he served in the United States Air Force from 1975 to 1979. Dennis is survived by two sons, Jeff Alan Roush, of Corsicana and Cory Lee Roush of Waco; and one sister, Marti Kay Koch of Waxahachie. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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