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Nettie (Mandrell) Perkins
Nov 13, 1897 - June 27, 1975

Graveside services were held Saturday at 4:30 pm at the Frost Cemetery for Mrs. Henry Perkins, 77, who died Friday in a Hillsboro hospital. The Rev. B.W. Johnson officiated. Services were conducted by Corley Funeral Home.

Surviving are six sons, Leonard Perkins of Corsicana, Olin Perkins of Frost, J. B. Perkins of Dawson, George Perkins of Hillsboro, Lonnie Perkins of Dallas, and Gerald Perkins of Killeen; five daughters, Mrs. Martha Donaldson, Mrs. Louise Pohl and Mrs. Jessie (Ruth) Miller all of Corsicana, Miss Gale Perkins of Frost, and Mrs. Frank (Opal) Harrison of Waco; 35 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs.
Ruby Baker of Oklahoma.

Notes:
  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 2, 1975
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Wife of Henry Perkins - Parents: George Mandrell and Mattie (Holliday) Perkins - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Ida Amanda (Bailey) Bailey
Oct 19, 1872 - July 15, 1975

Services were held at 2 pm Thursday, July 17, 1975 at the Frost Methodist Church for Mrs. Ida Amanda Bailey who was born October 19, 1872 in Calhoun County, Mississippi and came to Texas at an early age.
She was married to J.W. Bailey who preceded her in death several years ago; they lived in the Frost community most of their life. For several years she lived with a daughter at Boyce, Texas, but for the past two years she had made her home with another daughter in Pasadena, Texas where she died Tuesday, July 15 at the age of 102 years, 8 months, and 26 days. She was a member of the Frost Methodist Church most of her life and was presented a life membership pin from the WSCS of the Frost Church for her faithful service.

Reverend Woody Flynt and Reverend Buddy Stegman officiated. The soloist, who sang "How Great Thou Art," "Rock of Ages," and "Sweet Hour of Prayer," was Mrs. Velma Ballew assisted by the organist, Mrs. Beverly Vest.

Arrangements were with Bradley Funeral Home.

Survivors include four sons, Roy Bailey and Ernest Bailey both of Fort Worth; Joe Bailey of Arlington, and Hubert Bailey of Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Madell Lansford of Pasadena and Mrs. Lela Watts of Boyce; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Sue Carmichael of Memphis, Tenn and Mrs. Ruth O'Kelly of Big Creek, Miss; 26 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons were pallbearers. Bailey, her family and friends truly declare that her life was one of great inspiration. She used her 102 years as an opportunity to love and to serve God and her fellowman.
Their comfort will come from sweet memories of her here on earth and of her presence of God who was with her until the end of her life here on earth and to be with Him in life eternal. Her motto seemed to be, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain."

In releasing her from their presence, they know she is in the presence of God who is no stranger to her.

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William Bryan Denn
Oct 31, 1897 - Jul 15, 1975

Services were held at 10 am Thursday at the First Missionary Baptist Church of Cockrell Hill in Dallas for W.B. (Si) Denn, 78, former resident of Frost and a resident of Dallas the past year, who died Tuesday. Graveside services were held at 12 noon at the Frost Cemetery. Rev. H.A. Schoenrock officiated.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lena Denn of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Billie Nichols of Dallas; a grandson, John F. Nichols Jr. of Huntsville; a granddaughter, Mrs. Beverly Smith of Dallas; a great-grandson, John Allen Smith of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 23, 1975
  • Parents, also buried at Frost: E. W. Denn and Nancy June Thomason - Info. from Death Certificate - Family Search
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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost

Matthew Dean Parrish
Jul 3, 1975 - Jul 6, 1975

Graveside services were held Monday, July 7, at the Dresden Cemetery for Matthew Dean Parrish, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Lee Parrish of Athens.

Rev E.A. Jordan and Rev. Wesley Howard officiated the services. Arrangements were with Corley Funeral Home.

Other survivors include two sets of grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Curry of Corsicana and Mr. and Mrs. James Conger of Athens; three great-grandmothers, Mrs. Lela Jordan of Blooming Grove, Mrs. M.T. Hutchins of Corsicana, and Mrs. Lena Conger of Kerens.

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Thomas Joseph "Joe" Pratt
Dec 20, 1913 - Jul 13, 1975

Thomas Joseph Pratt

Services were held at 3:30 pm Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Joe Pratt, 61, resident of Navarro Mills and retired owner of the Maderite Venetian Blind Company, who died Sunday night.

Rev. James Densman officiated, and burial was at Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Pratt was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Air Force.

Survivors include his widow of Navarro Mills; a son, Mark Pratt of Navarro Mills; two daughters, Mrs. Gene Montgomery and Mrs. Cecil Brown of Navarro Mills; four grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. M.A. Westbrook of Tyler.

Pallbearers were John Brown, Johnny Chirafis, Jack Wood, Buck Smith, Alfred Walker, and Wayne Brown.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 16, 1975
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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Parents: T.J. Pratt and Emma (Ammons) Pratt - From Death Certificate (Family Search)

Rose Etta (Hightower) Calverley
April 8, 1887 - June 24, 1975

Mrs. Rose Etta (Hightower) Calverley, 88, of Garden City, Texas passed away at the home of her grandson, Glenn Joe Riley in Keller, Texas June 24, 1975. Services were held in Garden City June 26 with the Rev. Witta officiating. Nalley Pickle Funeral Home of Big Spring was in charge.

Mrs. Calverley was born and raised in Frost where she attended school.
She also attended Trinity College in Waxahachie. She was the daughter of C.T. and Lucy Hightower.

Rose was married to Joe Calverley in Frost in 1917. He preceded her in death in 1954. They were builders and ranchers in Garden City for 51 years. Mrs. Calverley was a member of the First Methodist Church in Garden City, and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter.

Survivors are one sister, Mrs. W.L. Flanary of Waco; two brothers, Roy Hightower of Big Spring and Carl Hightower of Garden City; a son-in-law, Glenn Riley of Garden City; and Glenn Joe Riley of Keller.

Notes:

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - July 2, 1975
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Parents: C.T. Hightower and Lucy (Smith) Hightower - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
  • Burial: Garden City Cemetery (Glasscock County, Texas)

Vernon Lloyd Bland
Mar 12, 1918 - Jul 16, 2008

Vernon Lloyd Bland
Vernon Lloyd Bland, 90, born March 12, 1918, went to join his wife Mae Bland and son Billy Joe Bland Sr. on July 16, 2008, of which was Vernon and Mae’s 65th wedding anniversary; what a great reunion. He also joined his parents George and Georgia Bland, two brothers Bernice and Gordon Bland, and two sisters Ann Hendon and Della Blanton. He has left behind his three children, Joan Delagarza, Raymond Bland Sr. and wife Sharon, and Johnnie Bland; 15 grandchildren, Bobby and Melanie Bland, Joyce and Don Lloyd, Raymond Jr. and Veronica Bland, Bobby and Jill Helm, Teresa and Mark Knott, Billy Jr. and Rebecca Bland, Stephanie and Jerry Poarch and Dakota Delagarza; 24 great-grandchildren, Christopher Bland, Callie Bland, Amber Young, Amiee and Cody Duke, Adam Lloyd, Misty Lloyd, Daniel Lloyd, Joshua Bland, Jacob Bland, Rachel Helm, Monica and Jay Nelson, Ashley and Trace Prickett, Marc Knott, Keyla Bland, Nathan Bland, Nick Bland, Lumpy Hanna, Chevy Hanna, Brooke Poarch, Courtney Poarch and J. J. Poarch; three great-great-grandchildren, Micheal York, Ethan Bland and Trace Prickett II; and very special nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Lonnie Keele officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be grandchildren Bobby Bland, Don Lloyd, Raymond Bland Jr., Mark Knott, Billy Bland Jr., Jerry Poarch and Dakota Delagarza. Honorary pallbearers will be Winston “Peanut” Bland, Calvin “Santa Clause” Bland and Troy “Dino” Bland. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Heritage Oaks West for the kind love and care they gave our loved one. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ruth M. Gallman
Nov 28, 1911 - Jul 15, 2008

Ruth M. Gallman
Ruth M. Gallman, 96, of Italy, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008 in Italy. She was born to the late Orville M. Gallman and Zora Z. Flint Gallman on Nov. 28, 1911 in Navarro County. Ruth was the city secretary for the city of Italy until her retirement, serving 29 years. She was a resident of Italy for 70 years and a long time active member of the First United Methodist Church of Italy. She enjoyed attending the monthly luncheon at the First United Methodist Church in Italy and loved all of her many friends there. Ruth will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers and one sister. Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hillcrest Burial Park in Waxahachie. Arrangements by Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie. ∞

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Elmer Lee Ledbetter Sr.
Dec 12, 1931 - Jul 15, 2008

Elmer Lee Ledbetter Sr.
Elmer Lee Ledbetter Sr., 76, of Blooming Grove, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008, in Blooming Grove. He was born Dec. 12, 1931, in Breckenridge to Elmer B. and Annie Lou Prestidge Ledbetter. He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, Blooming Grove Lions Club serving as a past president, Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department and was a Mason. He is survived by children Sherry Lynn, Kathy Morgan and Joe Gaskin, Dusty and Laurie Ledbetter, Wendy and Tim Mitchell, all of Blooming Grove, and Bobbie Burcham of Anna; grandchildren Holly and Luther Kirkpatrick of Riesel, Amber and Steven Beakley of Ennis, Brandi and Corey Bentley, and Mandi and Nelson Couch, all of Hubbard, Kyle Tidwell and Cassie Morgan, both of Blooming Grove, Lee Ledbetter of Carrollton, Jarrod Burcham of Temecula, Calif., Travis Hardeman of Bullhead, Ariz., and Lyndsie Mitchell of Little Rock, Ark.; great-grandchildren Laci Lynn and Dylan Morgan, both of Riesel, Audrey and Mattie Beakley of Ennis, Colton and Michael Crouch, Tempest, Skyler and Delelah Crouch, and Destiny Bentley, all of Hubbard; brother Corky and Let Ledbetter of Pittsburg, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend Betty Lloyd of Blooming Grove. He was preceded in death by wife Barbara Ledbetter and sisters Berniece and Buffy. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Darren Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gordon Griffin, Kenneth Southard, Tim Campbell, Russell Warren, Al Smith and Joe Fincher. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Heart attack blamed for auto death

A seizure or heart attack is being blamed for an automobile accident that claimed the life of a Blooming Grove man Tuesday.

Elmer Ledbetter, 76, who had a history of heart problems, died at Navarro Regional Hospital following Tuesday’s accident that occurred on FM 55 about four miles north of Blooming Grove.

According to a report issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ledbetter was driving a 1999 Nissan south on FM 55 shortly after 4 p.m. when he left the west edge of the roadway and began to spin, striking one tree, then a second, before coming to a stop. Ledbetter was ejected from the vehicle. The report said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Ledbetter was transported to Navarro Regional Hospital by Corsicana E.M.S. ambulance, where he was pronounced dead. Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray ruled the cause of death to be natural causes.

The accident was investigated by Trooper Dane Baker. He was assisted at the scene by the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department, Corsicana Fire and Rescue, Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Blooming Grove I.S.D. police and other troopers.

Funeral services for Ledbetter are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church at Blooming Grove.

 


Charles Brister Sherman
Dec 19, 1902 - Sep 28, 1975

SHERMAN SERVICES HELD

Funeral services for Charles B. Sherman, 72, were held Monday in the Central Baptist Church, with David Mahoney of the BG Church of Christ, and the Rev. Ken James, pastor of the Central Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was at Lone Oak Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

Sherman died early Sunday morning in Corsicana Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Emma Sherman of Blooming Grove; a son, Robert A. Sherman of Beaumont; two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Mae Harris of Malakoff and Mrs. Frances Faulk of Athens; three grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews served as pallbearers and included John Henderson, John Collier, Mack McGraw, Billy Wayne McGraw, Billy Faulk and Charles Collier.

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Daniel "Dan" Nelson
July 6, 1915 - Aug 29, 1975

Funeral services for Dan Nelson, 60, of Blooming Grove, were held Wednesday, September 3 in the Tyree Chapel in BG.

Mr. Nelson died Friday August 29, at the VA Hospital in Dallas.

Officiating at the services was the Rev Simpson. Burial was in the Burshie Prairie Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Verna Dean Nelson, of BG, one daughter, Glendale Saunders; three sons, Winston Nelson, David Nelson and James D. Nelson; two brothers, Waymond Nelson and David Nelson; his mother, Mrs. Pearl Nelson; and five grandchildren.

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Dan Nelson
d. 1975

Dan Nelson
BLOOMING GROVE -
Services are set for Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Tyree Chapel for Dan Nelson, 60, of Blooming Grove, who died Friday at the VA Hospital in Dallas. The Rev. Simpson will officiate. Burial will be in the Burshie Prairie Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Verna Dean Nelson; one daughter, Glendale Saunders; three sons, Winston Nelson, David Nelson and James D. Nelson; two brothers, Waymond Nelson and David Nelson; his mother, Mrs. Pearl Nelson; and five grandchildren.

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Katie Lee (Tune) Minefee
Aug 2, 1891 - Sep 15, 1975

Funeral services for Mrs. Katie Menefee, 84, of Corsicana, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 17, at the Fairview Baptist Church in the Raleigh Community, with the Rev. T. R. Vaughn, pastor of the Baptist Church in Emmett, officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.
Services will be under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home. Mrs. Minefee died Monday in a Corsicana Nursing Home. She had lived in the Raleigh Community most of her life.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Bentley of Friona, Mrs. Mary Lou Rawlins of Streetman, and Mrs. Dora Hollingsworth of Corsicana; three sons, Paul Minefee of Miami, Ariz., Clinton Minefee of Houston, and Billy Ray Minefee of El Paso; 45 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

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Christina Michele Wall
Sep 13, 1975 - Sep 14, 1975

WALL INFANT DIES

Christina Michele Wall, one-day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley W. Wall of Portsmouth, Va., died Sunday Sept 14, in the US Navy Hospital in Portsmouth.

Graveside services and burial was in the Dresden Cemetery Friday under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Densman officiating.

Survivors in addition to Christina's parents include her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Warren of Purdon, and Mr. and Mrs. Garland W. Wall of Newcastle, Okla.

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Ruby Nell Jeter
Jan 23, 1907 - Oct 14, 1975

MRS. JETER BURIED

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Nell Jeter, 68, of Corsicana, were held October 16 at Corley Chapel in Corsicana with the Rev. Harold Lansford officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Ellen V. Lowrey of Corsicana; an uncle, R. E. Clarkston of BG; and several cousins.

Pallbearers include Walter Castle, Herman Roberts, Bill Davis, Bill Hutson, Curtis Patterson, and W.D. Mead.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 22, 1975
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Parents: Wylie Roe Lowrey and Ellen V. (Clarkston) Lowrey Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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John Jonathan Braly
Sept 15, 1894 - Oct 18, 1975

JOHN BRALY BURIED SUNDAY

Funeral services for John Braly, 81, were held Sunday in Corsicana, followed by burial in Oakwood Cemetery. Braly died in Barry on Saturday.

A retired farmer, he is survived by his widow, Mrs. John Braly of Barry; one son, John Wade Braly of Barry; three daughters, Mrs. Naomi Arnold and Mrs. Billie Conger, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Pat Watkins of Lovington, N.M.; one brother, Ernest Braly of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Wealch of Corsicana and Mrs. Marvin Reed of Troup; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Pete Livingston, Thomas Joe Parks, Lowell Reed, Joe Reed, Dickie Watson, Marvin Watkins, James Edwin Watson and Leo Price.
Honorary pallbearers were Jim Parks, Glenn Bell, Robert Luther, Rip lang, Lige Ragan and Ernest Watson.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 22, 1975
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Parents: Frank Braly and Mary Willie (Morris) Braly Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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John Braly

John Braly, 81, died in Barry Saturday, Funeral services will be held at 3:30 today in Corley Funeral Chapel and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Rev. Terry Land will officiate.

Braly was a retired farmer in Barry. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. John Braly of Barry; one son, John Wade Braly of Barry; three daughters, Mrs. Naomi Arnold and Mrs. Billie Conger, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Pat Watkins of Lovington, N. M.; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Braly of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Welch of Corsicana and Mrs. Marvin Reed of Troup.

Pallbearers will be Pete Livingston, Thomas Joe Parks, Lowell Reed, Joe Reed, Dickie Watson, Marvin Watkins, James Edwin Watson and Leo Price. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Parks, Glenn Bell, Robert Luther, Rip Lang, Lige Ragan and Ernest Watson.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Oct 19, 1975
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Anna Clay (Crouch) Braly s/o Francis Youree “Frank” Braly and Mary Willie (Morris) Braly buried in Dresden cemetery

Mary Ava (Milton) Crenshaw
Nov 17, 1906 - Oct 22, 1975

MRS. CRENSHAW'S SERVICES HELD

Funeral services for Mrs. S.R. (Ava) Crenshaw, 68, were held Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Burial was in Younger Cemetery. She died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Officiating were the Rev. Jack Dickey, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, and the Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

A native of Purdon, she had lived in Navarro Mills for seven years.

Survivors include her husband of Navarro Mills; a daughter, Mrs. Melba Putman of Navarro Mills; two grandsons, Sherman Putman of Navarro Mills and a student at Blooming Grove High School, and John Milton Putman of Corsicana; and one sister, Mrs. Ruby Lynch of Navarro Mills.

Pallbearers were Billy James Harris, Robert Whitaker, George McDonald, Jack Boatwright, Fred Roberts, Carl Miller, Donald Ward, and Virgil Ewers.

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William Thomas Freeman
Jan 9, 1886 - Oct 21, 1975

WILLIAM FREEMAN SERVICES HELD

Funeral services for William Thomas Freeman, 89, were held last Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. W.A. Corley, pastor, and the Rev. Herman Rice, pastor of the Ferris Avenue Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Bradley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Members of the Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge conducted graveside services. He died Tuesday in a Waxahachie Nursing home.

Freeman grew up on a farm, owned and operated a farm in Malakoff and later one near Barry. He later moved to Blooming Grove, where he lived for more than 50 years. He was a foreman for the County Road Precinct for many years.

In addition to the Masonic Lodge, he was a member of the Woodmen of the World, and the IOOF.

Survivors include two sons, Robert L. Freeman of Waxahachie, and Bruce Freeman of Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. Nella Fern Clark of Dumas and Mrs. Wilma Hall of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, Rice Freeman of Levelland and Claud Freeman of Fort Worth; two sisters, Mrs. Inda Carroll of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ruby Smith of Quinlan; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great- granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Drew Gillen, Bruce McCormick, Kirksey Barnes, Blake Gillen, Ernest Clark, and Arthur Garrison.

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Elsie Marie (Ward) Murray
Sep 5, 1936 - Nov 5, 1975

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. MURRAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Billy Joe (Marie) Murray were held Friday at the Central Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ken James. pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Murray, 39, was pronounced dead on arrival at Corsicana Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning after an apparent heart attack.

A native of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Murray is survived by her husband; a son, Billy Joe Murray Jr.; two daughters, Tina Marie Murray and Joni Murray; her father, Jim Ward; and her step-mother, Mrs. Bethel Ward, all of Blooming Grove; two brothers, C. L. Ward of Fort Worth and J.D. Ward of San Antonio; three sisters, Mrs. Jean Sluder of Houston, Mrs. Lynn Holleman of Irving, and Mrs. Jimmie Giere of Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers were R.J. Ivy, Jim Miller, Butch Hubbard, C. T. Young, Frank Coldiron and J.R. Hazel.

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Lelia Virginia (Dozier) Holifield
Aug 7, 1930 - Nov 6, 1975

MRS. HOLIFIELD SERVICES HELD

Services were held Saturday in Corsicana for Mrs. Virginia Holifield, 45, a resident of Rt. 2, Corsicana. She died Thursday in Corsicana Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Jerry Spencer officiated, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. A native of Blooming Grove, she had lived in Corsicana 22 years and was a retired clerk for Stroud-Stell. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, J. R. Holifield of Corsicana; three sons, Johnny Holifield and Doug Holifield, both of Corsicana and Steven Holifield of Lott; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Dozier of Blooming Grove; a brother, Ralph Dozier of Houston; and one grandchild.

Pallbearers were D. L. Simmons, Norman Gilcrease, Harold Scott, Bill Christain, Robert Bowers and Loyd Averitt.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 12, 1975
  • Parents: Rubert Dozier and Viola (Garrison) Dozier Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
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  • TXDI: Holifield Lelia V 11-06-1975 NAVARRO Female

William Preston Sheppard
May 10, 1898 - Sept 21, 1975

SHEPPARD FUNERAL SET FOR TODAY

Funeral services for William P. Sheppard, 77, will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Frost Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Frost Cemetery. Both services will be under the direction of the Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

A native and longtime resident of Frost, Sheppard was a retired farmer. He died Sunday evening in the Italy Nursing Home after a long illness.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Albert Cherry of Fort Worth and Mrs. Albert Yates of Sarasota, Fla.; one brother, Roy L. Sheppard of Houston; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jewel Maddox of Tuskahoma, Okla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Sept 24, 1975
  • Parents: A.A. Sheppard and Lucy (Pevehouse) Sheppard
  • Info. from Death Cert. (Family Search)
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
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Minnie Irene (Lookingbill) Ellington
May 31, 1909 - Sep 23, 1975

SERVICES FOR MRS. ELLINGTON HELD THURSDAY IN FROST

Funeral services for Mrs. Irene Ellington, 66, were held last Thursday at the Frost Baptist Church in Frost, with the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

She died last Wednesday in Corsicana Memorial Hospital. She was a seamstress for J.M. Dyers Co. in Corsicana and lived in Frost.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Polly Howard of Garland and Mrs. Betty Jenkins of Burleson; her mother, Mrs. S.H. Lookingbill of Frost; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Brown of Frost and Miss Sammie Lookingbill of Dallas; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 1, 1975
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Parents: Sam Houston Lookingbill & Maude (Martin) Lookingbill
  • Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Bobby Jean (Freeman) Mimms
Sep 14, 1928 - Oct 5, 1975

MRS. MIMMS SERVICES HELD

Funeral services were held Monday for Mrs. Bobby Jean Mimms, 47, of Azle. She died Sunday morning in San Antonio.

Services, under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost, were conducted in the Frost United Methodist Church by the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor, and the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Frost. Burial was in Frost Cemetery.

A native of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Mimms was the former Bobby Jean Freeman. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove and the Frost Eastern Star organization.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Mimms of Azle; three sons, Michael Mimms of Columbus, Miss., William Mimms of Arlington, and Jeff Mimms of Azle; her father, Will Freeman of Waxahachie; two brothers, Robert Freeman of Waxahachie, and Bruce Freeman of Haltom City; two sisters, Mrs. Nella Clark of Dumas and Mrs. Wilma Hall of Seattle, Wash.; and a granddaughter, Melissa Mimms.

Members of the family served as pallbearers.

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Johnny Lewis Johnson
May 20, 1906 - Oct 17, 1975

JOHNSON SERVICES HELD SUNDAY

Funeral services for Johnny Lewis Johnson, 69, were held Sunday at the Frost Baptist Church. Johnson died in Dallas last Friday.

Officiating at the services, which were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost, was the Rev. R. A. Stacy, pastor of the Westmoreland Baptist Church in Dallas, assisted by the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor of the Frost Baptist Church. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lewis Johnson of Dallas; three sons, Donald Johnson and Johnny Johnson, both of Dallas, and Carl Johnson of Duncanville; one daughter, Mrs. Shirley Howard of Dallas; three brothers, Irvin Johnson of Maybank, Richard Johnson of Dallas and Wilson Johnson of Garland; three sisters, Mrs. Christine York of Garland, Mrs. Stella Gilmore of Waxahachie, and Mrs. Pearl Crow of Mesquite; 17 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Frank Howard, Carl Johnson, John Koller, Johnny Rodriquez, Michael Vines and Jerry Caves.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Oct. 22, 1975
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Parents: Charlie Johnson and Caddy (Young) Johnson
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  • TXDI: Johnson Johnny L 10-17-1975 DALLAS Male

Tracy Rhodes
Aug 13, 1961 - Aug 1, 1975

MIDLAND - Services were at 11 am Monday at St. Marks United Methodist Church for Tracy Rhodes, 13 years old, who was killed in a car accident in Midland Friday.

Burial were at Resthaven Memorial Park [Midland, TX]. Arrangements were with Newnie Ellis Funeral Home in Midland.

Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Truman L. Rhodes of Midland; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. McCormick of Blooming Grove; a grandfather, Charlie Rhodes Jr. of Blooming Grove; and two brothers, Timothy Rhodes and Todd Rhodes both of Midland.

Additional information was unavailable at presstime.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Aug. 6, 1975
    Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • Parents: Truman L. Rhodes and Martha (McCormick) Rhodes - Info. from Death Cert. (Family Search)
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Joan (Abel) Timmons
Jan 30, 1937 - Jul 19, 2008

Joan Timmons
Joan Abel Timmons, 71, of Corsicana, entered Heaven on July 19, 2008. She was born on Jan. 30, 1937, in Holdenville, Okla. to parents, Burl and Chery Abel. She graduated from San Angelo High School and continued her education at Texas Tech University on an academic scholarship. Joan was later named Texas Tech’s outstanding senior woman journalist before she graduated with her bachelor’s degree. During her professional career, Joan was the personal assistant to United States Senator Lloyd Bentsen from 1970 to 1974. She and her then-husband, George Puckett, created Bluebonnet Publishing in 1973, which had several newspapers such as the Hill Country News north of Austin and the Burnet County Bulletin located in Burnet. Joan was the editor of those newspapers. In 1979, Timmons went to work for the Texas Youth Commission as Public Information Officer and then became Chief of Volunteer Services. Upon Joan’s retirement from the state government in the late 90’s, she and Hershel decided to retire in Corsicana. Naturally, Joan did not stay “retired” for very long. Soon, she was the Chairman of the Republican Party in Navarro County. Survivors include her husband, Hershel, of Corsicana; brother, Mike Abel, of San Marcos; daughters, Julie Little and husband Laird, Jill van der Werff and husband Gerard, Jan Nell and husband Mike; Hershel’s sons, Bryan Timmons and wife Karen, Derek Timmons and wife Alva; grandchildren, Willem and Jonah van der Werff, Shelby and Ryan Little, Matthew and Nicole Nell, Christina Hammond and husband Dillon, and Ross, Kailey, Tanner, Jeremy, Kurt and Blake Timmons; great grandchildren, Nina and Leah Hammond. Hershel and family would like to express thanks to Northside Baptist Church and the Navarro County Republican Party for their awesome love and support throughout Joan’s illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will be noon Wednesday at the Meadow Cemetery in Meadow. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Orval Browning
Apr 16, 1921 - Jul 15, 2008

Orval Browning
Orval Browning passed away peacefully July 15, 2008, in Corsicana at the age of 87. He was born April 16, 1921, in Athens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Boliver and Annie Mae Browning. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sally Phillips Browning; daughter, Jan Marie Browning of Dallas; son, Randall Browning of Rio Rancho, N.M.; and daughter Kelly Henager of Corsicana. He will be greatly missed by the surviving members of his beloved Pi Phi Pi Fraternity. Mr. Browning was reared in Athens and was a graduate of North Texas State Teachers College in Denton. He was a first lieutenant in the Army Airways Communication during World War II. After attending the Arts Students League in New York City for three years, he returned to Dallas and was a partner in Browning Morhle Frances Advertising Agency. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Walter Scott Hippard
Mar 28, 1954 - Jul 18, 2008

Scott Hippard
Scott Hippard, age 54, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2008, at his residence in Ferris. He was born March 28, 1954 to Mark John and Frankie Swyear Hippard in Batesville, Ark. He was a store manager and employed by Minyards. He is survived by his wife, Pam of Ferris; one son, Mike Hippard and wife Kim of Ferris; two daughters, Christie Doporto and husband Chris of Ferris, and Andrea Riggs and husband Robert of Dawson; grandchildren, Amanda, Vanessa, Niki, Amber, Marie, Bradie, Susanna, Lane and Austin; his mother, Frankie Hippard of Corsicana; two brothers, Mike Hippard and wife Betty of Midland, and Gilbert Hippard and wife Lorie of Corsicana; one sister, Carol Hippard of Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in the Pattison Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bob Robertson, David Miller, Bobby Inmon, Kelly Barnes, Cecil Parson and Ray Gordon. Honorary pallbearers are Gary Estes, Don Adams, Garrett Harrell, Clay Harrell, Justin Scarborough, Curt Hippard, Mark Hippard, John Grady Hippard and Josh Hippard.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Myrtle (French) Whitener
Sep 24, 1926 - Jul 18, 2008

Myrtle French Whitener, 81, passed away Friday, July 18, 2008, in Corsicana. She was a resident of Corsicana. Mrs. Whitener was born on September 24, 1926 in Brushie Prairie to Sam and Essie French. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three daughters, Jean and husband David Lipscomb of Corsicana, Betty and husband Sonny Leathers of Austin, and Maxine and Jim Singiser of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; one brother, Victor and wife Dot French of Dawson; two sisters-in-law, Suletta French of Athens and Helen French of Dawson; eight grandchildren, Audrey Lipscomb, Nancy Lipscomb, Gina Hewerdine, Sonya McCory, Kristy Vargas, Barry Singiser, Steve Singsier and Mike Radke; and 11 grandchildren. Service will be at 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Mickey Loftis officiating. Interment will be at the Dawson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doug Hewerdine, Dave McCory, Jose Vargas, Shorty French, Jimmy French and Donald J. Langley. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jimmy Don McCamey
Dec 30, 1939 - Jul 18, 2008

Jimmy Don McCamey, born Dec. 30, 1939, passed away peacefully at his home on July 18, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Berta McCamey; and daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Mike Hopson, Terrie and David Abbe, and Monnie and Jim Metcalfe. He was adored and admired by his grandchildren, Cory and Cody Abbe, Camey, Ashton, Jamie, Cole, Conner and Cameron Metcalfe and Andrew and Dillon Hopson; and great-grandchild, Cayden Abbe. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Derwood and Wanda Penney, Bill and Glenda Fitch and Laverne Fitch; and longtime friends, Wendell and Sheri Mayfield and Jim and Phyllis Galloway. Jimmy was a devoted husband, proud father and a warm soul that has left memories for all who knew him. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cody Abbe, Cory Abbe, David Abbe, Mike Hopson, Wendell Mayfield, Jim Metcalfe and Derwood Penney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ethel Mae Pearl Reed
Apr 29, 1897 - Dec 13, 1975

RITES HELD FOR MISS REED, MONDAY

Funeral services for Miss Mae Reed, 78, of Blooming Grove, were held Monday in the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Gary Edens, pastor of BG's First Christian Church, and the Rev. Ken James, BG's Central Baptist Church pastor, officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. She died Saturday night in Italy Nursing Home.

Survivors include a brother, Roy Reed of Blooming Grove, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Derward Boyd, Tom Robeson, Jack Trice, Tony Smith, Bruce McCormick and Drew Gillen.

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Christy Lee Boyd
Mar 2, 1968 - Dec 10, 1975

SERVICES HELD FOR CHRISTY BOYD

Funeral services for Christy Lee Boyd, 7, were held Thursday in the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove, with the Rev. W.A. Corley, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.

Christy died early Wednesday morning in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Jack (Teresa) Farish of Blooming Grove; her father, Billy Boyd of Corsicana; a brother, Jason Farish, BG; maternal grandparents, Mrs. Wanda Walker and Bill Cagle, both of Gainesville; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Boyd of Corsicana; maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ottie Parrish and Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey Cagle, all of Corsicana; and an aunt, Mrs. Lisa Armstrong of Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers were Gary Armstrong, Larry Farish, Mike Farrish and Ronald Lynch.

Writing in the Dec.14 bulletin of the First Baptist Church, the Rev. Mr.
Corley gave an Eulogy for Christy. It read: "A little seven-year-old sweetheart has left the walks of man to walk in the Palace of the Master.

"She left something on earth to be remembered. For one thing--she was not afraid to meet her Lord Jesus. She never once asked not to die, of course, death as we know it. Jesus said there is no death in Him. She lived one day at a time. Isn't this what Jesus taught when He said, 'Take no thought for tomorrow.' Her life, though short, has been used to point us heavenward.

"My friends, let us have the spirit of little children."

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Anetha May (Spikes) Ross
Mar 9, 1903 - Dec 25, 1975

Funeral services for longtime Frost resident Mrs. Anetha May Ross, 72, were held Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Frost, with the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Frost Cemetery. She died Thursday in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, W. A. Ross of Frost; a son, Buddy Ross of Frost; two daughters, Mrs. M.B. Snider of Lake Charles, La. and Miss Peggy Ross of Howe; a brother, R.V. Spikes of Odessa; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J. O. McSpadden, Jimmy Hooser, Namon Yates, Billy Coy Easterling, Fenton Young, and Irvin Moore.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 31, 1975
  • Birth and death information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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  • DATES ARE DIFFERENT FROM INDEX

Swint Huling
Feb 13, 1905 - Dec 22, 1975

SWINT HULING FUNERAL HELD

Funeral services for Swint Huling 70, were held in Corsicana Wednesday, Dec. 24, with the Rev. Leroy Reaves officiating. Burial was in the Pattison Cemetery. He died Monday, Dec 22, at his Emhouse home.

A native of Alabama, Huling had lived in Emhouse for 53 years. He was in the grocery business since 1923 and was a former employee of the Deep Rock Oil Co. He attended Meridian College at Meridian and was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Swint Huling of Emhouse; and an uncle, Jim Stripling of Gatesville.

Pallbearers were Claude Maggard, Frank Seely Jr., George Richards, W.C.
O'Neal, Thomas Clark and Robert Alvin Owen.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 31, 1975
  • Parents: R.E. Huling and Fannie Stripling Huling Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Henry Lee Ward
Jun 23, 1911 - Dec 27, 1975

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 28, in Central Baptist Church for Henry Ward, 64, of Blooming Grove. The Rev. Ken James, pastor of Central Baptist, officiated, and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home. Ward died Saturday, Dec. 27, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

A retired farmer, Ward was a longtime resident of Blooming Grove.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Tillie Ward of Blooming Grove; four step-sons, Billy D. Gordon of Corsicana, Ray Dean Gordon of Dallas, Elton Gordon of Lancaster and Raymond Gordon of Blooming Grove; two step-daughters, Mrs. Daisy Scruggs and Mrs. Maxine Golden, both of Purdon; two brothers, Jim Ward of Blooming Grove, and Clyde Ward of Columbus, Ga.; and one sister, Mrs. Lee Alice Bennett of California.

Pallbearers were Billy Gillen, Raymond McGraw, Don McGraw, Ronald Lynch, Charlie Uselton and E.L. Mayhugh.

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Kathryn Haden
Nov 7, 1904 - Nov 9, 1975

Funeral services were held recently in Corsicana for a former Blooming Grove resident, Miss Kathryn Haden. She died while vacationing in Boca Raton, Fla. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

Miss Haden began her teaching career in the Fort Worth public schools in 1926 and taught Physician Education at several schools before joining the faculty at Arlington Heights High School, Fort Worth, as physical education teacher the year the school was opened in 1938. She became dean of girls in 1944 and served in this capacity until 1965.

During her early teaching years, she played professional baseball and basketball for the Sunoco Oilers and received the nickname of "Babe."

Miss Haden had a bachelor's degree from TCU and a master's from the University of Southern California. After retirement, she lived in Dallas.

Surviving are four sisters, Miss Mary Haden of California, Miss Clementine Haden, Corsicana, Mrs. Frances Vandiver, Joshua, and Mrs. Martha Hooser of Frost.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 26, 1975
  • FLDI Kathryn Haden, 9 NOV 1975, Palm Beach Co. FL, age 71, white, birth 7 NOV 1904
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Miss Haden

Pallbearers in the funeral of Miss Kathryn Haden held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Corley Chapel were Charles Hooser, Haden Vandiver, Gary Peninger, George Wilder, Bill Brasher, Tom Hooser, and Joel M. Haden.

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Carrie Bessie (Herring) Whittington
Oct 16, 1903 - Nov 18, 1975

MRS. WHITTINGTON RELATIVE OF BG RESIDENT, DIES

Carrie Herring Whittington, 73, died Nov 18 in Fort Worth. She was the aunt of Mrs. Mamie Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove and the cousin of Lela Smith and Dorothy Patterson.

Funeral services were held Nov 20, followed by burial in Dresden Cemetery. She was born in Dresden, the daughter of John and Bessie (Garrett) Herring.

Survivors include one son, one brother and four sisters.

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Roland Dean Barnes
May 29, 1914 - Nov 16, 1975

ROLAND BARNES FORMER BG RESIDENT DIES IN CORPUS

Funeral services for former Blooming Grove resident Roland Barnes were held recently in Corsicana. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery. He died in Corpus Christi at age 61.

He was a native of Barry and a member of the Baptist Church. He married Mildred Phillips of BG in September 1932.

Survivors include his widow of Corpus Christi; a brother, Kirksey Barnes of Barry; a sister, Mrs. Reba Albritton of Port Arthur; and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 3, 1975
  • Parents: Robert Lee Barnes and Liza (Ingram) Barnes Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Addie Bell (Hopkins) Morton
Jul 11, 1888 - Dec 6, 1975

MRS. MORTON'S SERVICES HELD

Services for Mrs. Addie Morton, 87, were held Monday in Corsicana, with the Rev. W.A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, and the Rev. Richard Laster, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in BG, officiating. She died Saturday in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

She was a native of Alabama, a resident of BG for eight years, and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Zula Hale of Dresden, Mrs. Bernadine Messina of Galveston, Mrs. Joy Ferguson of Texas City and Mrs. Joyce Cunningham of Stinnett; three sons, Sam Morton of Dresden, W.D. Morton of Stinnett, and Percy V. Morton of Denison; two brothers, Homer Hopkins of Blooming Grove and John Hopkins of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Derryberry of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Lillie King of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Pink Richards of Blooming Grove; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Harold Bell, Dean Melton, Reagan Grounds, Winston Knight, Don Cunningham, and Paul Hendricks.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 10, 1975
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Frances Marion Watts
May 9, 1899 - Nov 24, 1975

MAX WATT'S FATHER DIES, BURIED NOV. 26

F.M. Watts, 76, of Corsicana, father of Max Watts of Frost, died last week at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, in Corsicana, followed by burial in Emmett Cemetery.

Other survivors include his widow, Mrs. Clara Watts of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Wanda Goggans and Mrs. Francis Robinson, both of Corsicana; one brother, Troy Watts of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Caffy, Danny Ray Jones, Lynn Goodwin, Bobby Raines, Jimmy Hohenberger and Dewey Grimes.

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Blanche Marie (Greer) Hamilton
Oct 24, 1899 - Nov 26, 1975

BG RESIDENT'S MOTHER DIES

Mrs. J.L. Hamilton, a lifelong Navarro County resident and mother of Mrs. Alon Gaines of Blooming Grove, died last week in Corsicana's Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov 27, in Corsicana, followed by burial in Eureka Cemetery.

Other survivors include her husband, J. L. Hamilton of Eureka; two daughters, Mrs. M.C. Curry of Abilene and Mrs. Wilson Vannice of Bloomington, Ill.; one son, BG Hamilton of LaMarque; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 3, 1975
  • Parents: William Greer and Mattie (Engham) Greer Info from Death Certificate (Family Search) View
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George Inman "Buster" Warren
Mar 15, 1908 - Dec 2, 1975

WARREN RITES HELD WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for G. I. Warren, 67, were held last Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Frost United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Buddy Stegman, formerly pastor at the Frost church and now pastor of St. Luke's Methodist Church in Corsicana. Burial was in Frost Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

Warren was a longtime resident of Frost. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Hill Warren, second-grade teacher at Frost Elementary School; one daughter, Mrs. Lynn Matthews of Dawson; one granddaughter, Tana Lynn Matthews of Dawson; and one sister, Myradell Knapp of Fort Worth.
Nephews served as pallbearers.

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Elizabeth Belle (Murphy) English
Apr 6, 1892 - Dec 7, 1975

SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FOR MRS. R.O. ENGLISH

Funeral services for Mrs. R.O. (Elizabeth) English Sr., 83, of Frost, were held Tuesday afternoon in the Frost United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Frost Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

Mrs. English died in a Dallas hospital Sunday, Dec. 7. She was a widow and a longtime resident of Frost.

Mrs. English was born in Brandon, Tex., on April 6, 1892, to the late Mr. and Mrs. William Murphy. After the death of her parents, she and her sister, the late Mrs. Myrtle Grubbs, were raised in Frost by their aunt and uncle, the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Harris. Mrs. English was a member of the Frost Methodist Church.

She married Aug. 1, 1909, to Roscoe O. English Sr., who died in January 1962. At the time of his death, they had been married 53 years.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Ann Means of Richardson, Mrs. Sammye Ruff of Dallas, Mrs. Billie Eddlemon of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Mary Morton of Irving, three sons, R.O. English Jr. of Burkburnett, Carl English of Richardson, and Jack L. English Sr. of Midland; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and included Tom O. Means, Douglas Eddlemon, Jack L. English Jr., Eugene Alexander Ruff II, Mike Means, and Alton Kelly.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 10, 1975
  • Parents: William M. Murphy and Mollie Bell (Pierce) Murphy Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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  • TXDI: English Elizabeth B 12-07-1975 DALLAS Female

Willie Thomas "Buck" Derden
Sep 22, 1895 - Dec 4, 1975

BROTHER OF BG RESIDENT DIES IN DALLAS

Willie Thomas (Buck) Durden [sic], 80, brother of Jimmie Durden of Blooming Grove, died last week in Dallas. Graveside services were held at Oakwood Cemetery last Friday.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 10, 1975
  • Parents: Tom B. Derden and Roeina (Wilson) Derden Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Domingo R. Segovia
May 13, 1911 - Nov 18, 1975

MRS. GONZALEZ FATHER DIES IN CORPUS

Domingo R. Segovia, 64, father of Mrs. Beatrice Gonzalez of Blooming Grove, died recently in Corpus Christi. He was a retired crane operator.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, followed by burial in Rose Hill Cemetery
[Corpus Christi, TX].

He is survived by his widow, Emma Segovia; four sons, five daughters, including Mrs. Gonzalez; two sisters; 25 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 3, 1975
  • Parents: Bartolo Segovia and Manuela (Ramirez) Segovia
  • Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery - Corpus Christie, Texas Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Vernon A. Pritchett
Jan 9, 1902 - Dec 3, 1975

VERNON PRITCHETT SERVICES HELD

Funeral services were held last Friday for Vernon A. Pritchett, 73, a native of Blooming Grove. He was a resident of Ennis and died in the Ennis Municipal Hospital.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 10, 1975
  • Parents: William V. Pritchett and Ettie (Ellison) Pritchett
  • Burial: Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis (Ellis Co.) Texas Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Nora Pearl (Frederick) Garvin
Nov 21, 1894 - Nov 16, 1975

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. GARVIN

Funeral services for Mrs. C. L. (Pearl) Garvin, 80, were held Tuesday at the Central Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ken James, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bill Allen, pastor of the Lancaster Park Baptist Church in Lancaster. Burial was in Lone Oak Cemetery.
Bradley Funeral Home was in charge of both services.

A native of Blooming Grove, the former Miss Nora Pearl Frederick married C.L. Garvin on May 7, 1910, in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include her husband, C.L. Garvin of BG; two sons, John and Earl Garvin, both of Lancastser; six daughters, Mrs. Mildred North of Auberry, Calif, Mrs. Lucille Green of BG, Mrs. Faye Ingram of Grand Prairie, Mrs. Sue Brumbelow of Terrell, Mrs. Mearl Southard of BG and Mrs. Billie Jean Christie of Corsicana; 22 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Blanche Deolea (Pool) Boyd
Feb 8, 1885 - Jan 16, 1976

Funeral services for Mrs. Blanche Boyd, 90, a longtime resident of Blooming Grove, were held Saturday, Jan 17, at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The Rev. Ronnie Chesser of Bryan and the Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in BG, officiated. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Boyd, who for many years wrote a column in the Blooming Grove Times, titled "Lone Cedar", died Friday, Jan 16, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. Her last column appeared in the Times last fall.

Survivors include four sons, Alva Boyd of Midland, Elvis Boyd of Conroe, Dean Boyd of Kemah, and Herman Boyd of Youngsville, La.; a daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Fields of Blooming Grove; 16 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

In eulogizing Mrs. Boyd, the Rev. Chesser said "She was a different person; "she never tried to be anything except herself."

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Mrs. Boyd
BLOOMING GROVE - Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church for Mrs. Blanche Boyd, 90, resident of Blooming Grove, who died Friday morning at Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Ronnie Chesser of Bryan and The Rev. W. A. Corley officiated, and burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Bradley Funeral Home.

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Lloyd Woodland
Dec 30, 1905 - Jan 17, 1976

LLOYD WOODLAND SERVICES HELD

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan 18, in the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove for Lloyd Woodland, 70. He died Saturday, Jan 17, at Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

Officiating at the services, which were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Blooming Grove, were the Rev. Richard Laster, pastor of the BG First United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Fern Woodland of Blooming Grove; a son, Jim Woodland of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Pat Davis of Hillsboro; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Mae Richardson of Dresden and Mrs. Winona Moore of Blooming Grove; a brother, Billy Woodland of Blooming Grove and four grandchildren. Nephews served as pallbearers.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Jan 21, 1976
  • Parents: John W. Woodland and Etta (Sumner) Woodland
  • Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)

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Lloyd Woodland
BLOOMING GROVE - Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Methodist Church in Blooming Grove for Lloyd Woodland, 70, resident of Blooming Grove, who died Saturday morning at Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Richard Laster and the Rev. Woody Flynt, Frost Methodist Church, will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Fern Woodland of Blooming Grove; a son, Jim Woodland of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Pat Davis of Hillsboro; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Mae Richardson of Dresden and Mrs. Winona Moore of Blooming Grove; a brother, BiUie Woodland of Blooming Grove and four grandchildren. Pallbearers will be nephews.

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Maggie Vesper (Lance) Fields
Nov 4, 1890 - Jan 14, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. MAGGIE FIELDS

Mrs. J.M. "Maggie" Fields, 86, was buried Friday, Jan 16, in the Frost Cemetery. A longtime resident of Frost, she died Wednesday, Jan 14.

Funeral services were held at the Frost United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ward Guthrie of Dallas and the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church, officiating. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Frost.

Survivors include two sons, Bud Fields of Frost and Ramsey Fields of Irving; three daughters, Mrs. Maurine Redding of Grand Prairie, Mrs. Tommy Hancock of Dallas and Mrs. Christine Melton of Irving; one brother, Hoyt Lance of Mexia; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Fields, Richard Fields, Roy Downey, Gary Hancock, David Melton, Dickie Watson, Bruce McAdoo, and David Little.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Jan 21, 1976
  • Parents: Palmer Lance and (Unknown) Lance Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)

Bostick McClennan
Nov 25, 1897 - Jan 10, 1976

MC CLENNAN SERVICES HELD LAST WEEK

Funeral services for Bostick McClennan, 79, were held Wednesday, Jan 14, in the Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Frost. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery
[note], with the Rev. E. J. Richardson officiating. McClennan died in Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by a brother, a sister and several other relatives.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Jan 21, 1976
  • Son of Dan McClennan
  • Info from Death Certificate (Family Search)
  • NOT BURIED AT FROST, may be at Brushie Prairie but not sure

Benjamin Franklin Freeman Jr.
Mar 7, 1917 - Jul 21, 2008

Benjamin Franklin Freeman Jr.
Mr. Benjamin Franklin Freeman Jr., 91, of Dallas passed away on Monday, July 21, 2008, in Dallas. He was born on March 7, 1917 in Barry. He retired from the City of Dallas, having worked as a Health Inspector, and later worked as a builder for many years in Dallas. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Harvard Freeman; daughter, Benji Freeman, and brothers, Elma and Guy Freeman. Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Tom Black of Dallas, and Nancy and Nathan of Red Oak; granddaughters, Lauren and Catherine Black of Dallas; grandson and wife, James Benjamin and Sara Graham of Frisco; great granddaughters, Kate and Claire Graham of Frisco; sister, Evalyn Peterson of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Emma Jewell (Sinclair) Minatra
Feb 11, 1922 - Jul 21, 2008

Jewell Minatra
Jewell Minatra, 86, found rest in Heaven on Monday, July 21, 2008, surrounded by the love of her family and comforted by the prayers of those who knew her. She slipped from this life peacefully, following a 10-month bout with cancer. Jewell concluded her long life the way she lived it — with grace, strength and good humor. Born Feb. 11, 1922, in Chandler, Emma Jewell Sinclair Minatra was the daughter of Annie Mae Radney Sinclair and Y.G. Sinclair. Jewell married Jessie Willard Minatra on July 3, 1937. Their long life together was filled with travel, laughter, and the joys of family and friends. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on July 3, 1987, in Kerens and marked 56 years together before Jess’s sudden passing in 1994. Jewell truly enjoyed her roles of homemaker, wife and mother. She also worked at various times with Adam Hat Company and Haggar Slack Company in Corsicana and at W.R. Storey Manufacturing in Ennis. She loved traveling with her family during the decades her husband was active in the pipeline construction industry. Jewell loved reading, enjoyed cooking her specialties, shopping for antiques, and good times with friends — making friends wherever life took her. She was preceded in death by her husband, mother, father, and infant brother, Y.G. Sinclair Jr. Survivors include her four children — Jesse F. Minatra of Watertown, S.D., Annita and Ken Harris of Crawford, Sandra Minatra and Jim Bush of Waxahachie, and Verna and Danny Hudson of Corsicana; seven grandchildren, Johnny Wigley of Waco, Ronny Wigley of Tyler, Kelly and Michael Wigley of Round Rock, Sheila and David Gray of Nashville, Tenn., Jeffrey and Shelly Minatra of Waynesboro, Tenn., Blake Hudson of Corsicana, and Megan Minatra of Watertown, S.D.; and eight great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Levi Wigley, Jake and Katie Jewel Wigley, and Keith, Amanda, Alora and Kayla Minatra; and friends Judy Armstrong and Billie Jean Christie, both of Kerens. Visitation with family will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Eureka Cemetery with the Rev. Dave Alexander officiating, and special music by son-in-law Ken Harris. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. The family wishes to extend its warm appreciation to staff members at Heritage Oaks West and Hospice of Cedar Lake, and to Dr. John Updegrove for their compassionate care. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Amelia S. Gasca
Aug 12, 1949 - Jun 26, 2008

Amelia S. Gasca, 58, of Corsicana passed away peacefully on June 26, 2008. She was born on August 12, 1949 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Visitation will be held on Friday June 27, 2008 from 5pm-7pm. Services will continue in Guanajuato, Mexico.


Atenogeras Orizaba Perez
Apr 3, 1942 - Jul 2, 2008

Atenogeras Orizaba Perez, 66 of Corsicana, passed away July 2, 2008 at his residence. He was born April 3, 1942 in Mexico.


Wyatt Oscar "Sam" Morton
Jul 7, 1910 - Feb 25, 1976

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR SAM MORTON

Funeral services for W. O. "Sam" Morton, 65, of Dresden, were held Thursday, Feb 26, in the Dresden United Methodist Church. He died Wednesday morning in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Burial followed in Dresden Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Officiating at the services were the Rev. Richard Lasater, pastor of the BG and Dresden United Methodist Churches; the Rev. John Clifford, who preceded Laster as the pastor; and the Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in BG.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Katie Morton of Dresden; two brothers, Percy Morton of Denison and W. D. Morton of Stinnett; four sisters, Mrs. Zula Hale of Dresden, Mrs. Bernadine Messina of Galveston, Mrs. Joyce Cunningham of Stinnett, and Mrs. Joy Ferguson of Texas City.

Pallbearers were W. A. Haden, Harold Bell, Buddy Ross, Ordway Ferrell, C.N. Haden, and J.H. Gaines.

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Clara Viola (Nuckles) Watts
Feb 22, 1899 - Jan 21, 1976

MRS. WATTS SERVICES HELD LAST WEEK

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan 22, for Mrs. Clara Watts, 76.
She died Wednesday, Jan 21, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. Burial was in Emmett Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Max Watts of Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Wanda Goggans and Mrs. Frances Robinson, both of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Caffy, Danny R. Jones, Lynn Goodwin, Bobby Raines, Jimmy Hohenberger and Alf Milligan.

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Virgirene Rene "Virgie" (Raley) Putman
Sep 23, 1910 - Jan 24, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. VIRGIE PUTMAN

Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan 25, in Frost's United Methodist Church for Mrs. Cecil (Virgie Rene) Putman, 65, a Frost native and retired teacher. She taught in the Frost school for several years.

She died Saturday in Navarro County Memorial Hospital. Burial was in Frost Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Frost.

Officiating were the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Frost. He was assisted by the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor of the Frost Baptist Church, and the Rev. Buddy Stegman, pastsor of St. Luke Methodist Church in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil Putman of Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Patty Mahone of Duncanville and Mrs. Peggy Cannon of Plantation, Fla.; two brothers, Roy Raley of Dawson and Charles Napps of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Jewell Ballew of Fort Worth and Mrs. Pearle Thompson of Denton; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jack Slater, Truman Raley, Thurman Raley, Joe Parum, Charles Martin, and Clifford Williams.

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Rebecca Ann (Vincent) Tallmon
Jun 16, 1886 - Feb 1, 1976

RITES HELD FOR MRS. TALLMON

Funeral services for Mrs. Rebecca Ann Tallmon, 89, a former Frost resident, were held Tuesday at the Frost Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Frost Cemetery. She died Sunday in Fort Worth, Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

Mrs. Tallmon was a long-time Frost resident and widow of the late Charlie M. Tallmon.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jewel Moore of Frost, Mrs. Opal Burgess of Proterville, Calif.; and Mrs. Maxine Mooney of Fort Worth; four sons, J.D. Tallmon of Fort Worth, Sam Tallmon of Refugio, Rallie Tallmon and Charlie Tallmon, both of El Paso; one sister, Mrs. Ruby Chasteen of Fort Worth; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

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Josephine (Ivy) House
Mar 31, 1903 - Feb 25, 1976

FROST SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. J. HOUSE

Funeral services were held Friday, Feb 27, at the Bradley Funeral Home in Frost for Mrs. Josephine House, 73, a resident of Canton who died in Tyler Wednesday, Feb 25.

Officiating at the services was the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of Frost United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Lee Williams of Corsicana, Mrs. Mildred Jones of Houston, and Mrs. N.C. Tekell of Hillsboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 3, 1976
  • Parents: William A. Ivy and Erah Ivy - Info from 1910 Navarro Co. census
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Ervin Olga "Buddy" Brooks
Sept 7, 1924 - Feb 24, 1976

BROOKS SERVICES HELD IN PURSLEY FEB. 26

Funeral services for Ervin "Buddy" Brooks, 51, of Pursley, were held Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church.

Among the survivors are his parents, Mr. an Mrs. A. E. Brooks of Purdon; a brother, Willie George Brooks of Purdon; and a sister, Mrs. A.A. Reid of Blooming Grove.

Burial was in New Pursley Cemetery.

Brooks was pronounced dead on arrival at Navarro County Memorial Hospital Tuesday, Feb. 24, after the tractor he was driving was hit from behind by a pickup, about 13 miles west of Corsicana on FM 709.

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Pickup-tractor mishap kills man

Erwin O. Brooks, Pursley, 51, was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital Tuesday after a tractor he was driving was hit from behind by a pickup 13 miles west of Corsicana on FM 709.
Frank Bechaume, Dawson, the driver of the pickup, was not injured. Highway Patrolman Vernon Crook reported.
The pickup and tractor were traveling west on FM 709 when the accident occurred at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. The impact broke the tractor in half and Brooks was pinned under the tractor, Crook reported. JP W. H. Tipton declared Brooks dead on arrival. Highway patrolmen Crook, Lloyd Allison and Sheriff's deputy Grady McCall investigated the accident.
Services were held at 3 p.m. today at the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church for Brooks.
Burial was in New Pursley Cemetery with the Rev. James Eddins officiating.
Brooks was a native of Navarro County and a member of the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church. He was a farmer.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Feb 26, 1976
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Ida Mae (Patterson) Smith
Oct 1, 1881 - Jan 25, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. GREEN'S SISTER

Funeral services were held last week for Mrs. Ida Mae Smith, 95, of Arlington, who died following an illness.

Mrs. Smith formerly of Slaton, Tx, has been a resident of the OES home in Arlington.

Mrs. Smith lived in the BG area many years ago, and was a sister of Mrs.
George Green of Lone Cedar.

In addition to Mrs. Green, survivors include two sons, Bill Smith of Bellville, and Alvis Smith of Slaton; one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Friend of Tyler; two grandsons, one granddaughter; and another sister, Mrs.
Ruby Boyd of Ft. Worth.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 4, 1976
    Parents: William Franklin Patterson and Catherine (Lasley) Patterson
    Burial: Ganado Cemetery - Ganado, Texas

Jimmie Barlow Sr.
Jan 2, 1925 - Jul 24, 2008

Jimmie Barlow Sr.
Mr. Jimmie Barlow, Sr., 83, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2008 in Corsicana. He was born on Jan. 2, 1925 in Corsicana. He was a blacksmith and welder for many years. He was a veteran having served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Nick Barlow, Leslie Barlow, Taylor Barlow, Tom Gafford, DeWayne Gafford, and Ray Ham. Mr. Barlow was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Arie Barlow; sister, Ann Bennett; brothers, Johnny, Charlie, and Leslie Wade Barlow; and nieces, Kathy Bennett and Sue Ellen Barlow. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, JoNell Barlow of Corsicana; daughter, Cynthia Lee of Nichols, Ga.; sons and daughter-in-law, Jimmie Barlow of Fort Worth, and John and Aronda Barlow of Corsicana; grandsons and wives, Stephen and Bonnie Aston of Nichols, Ga., Dannie Aston of Nichols, Ga., Leslie and Crystal Barlow, Nicholas Barlow and Taylor Barlow, all of Corsicana; great grandchildren, Stephen, Heather, Desiree and Johnny Aston, all of Nichols, Ga., and Paxton Barlow of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Donnie Dean Evett
Apr 1, 1971 - Jul 22, 2008

Donnie Evett
Donnie Evett, 37, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, in Dallas. He was born on April 1, 1971 in Woodville. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana. He was a postal carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. He had been in this community for the past five years. Donnie was a loving servant. He was devoted to his family. He and Jackie put their daughters as their top priority and moved to the Mildred School District to provide the best education for them. Donnie’s work as a Postal Carrier was a way to serve people with kind words and compassionate action. In particular he delighted in caring for the “widow ladies.” He loved his neighbors and his church family and looked for way to show his concern. He was a man who truly made a difference in the lives of others. Even in his death, the donation of his organs saved the lives of several people. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with Dr. David Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Smallwood, Josh Gober, Nick Rodriguez, Jeremy Prater, David Taylor, and Jim Stacy. Mr. Evett was preceded in death by his twin brother, Ronnie Gene Evett; great nephew, Landon Gene Evett; grandparents, Wid and Iva Mae Evett and Josh and Mae “Maw” Phillips; and a brother-in-law, Curtis Hankins. Survivors include his wife, Jackie Evett of Corsicana; daughters, Madison and Makenzie Evett of Corsicana; mother, Pauline Spinks of Corsicana; father, Dempsey Evett of Zavalla; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Linda Evett of Huntington, Garry and Aleatha Evett of Huntington, Bruce and Angie Evett of Huntington, Delton and Denise Evett of Hudson, and the Rev. Randall and Norma Evett of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Isaac Nerren of Huntington, Brenda Mosley of Huntington, Vicki and Joel Pinner of Huntington, Becky and Curtis Crawford of Huntington, Gina James of Diboll, and Lisa and Jeff Parrish of Lufkin; his extended family, mother-in-law, Janet Geiser of Lufkin, brothers-in-law and wives, Jim Hankins of Fort Worth, Tracey and Elaine Hankins of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Joe and Betty Hankins of Pueblo, Colo., sister-in-law, Nikki Geiser of Lufkin; grandmother-in-law, Annie B. Milam of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Innovative Therapies, Inc. c/o Makenzie Evett Account at 3728 S. Hwy 287, Corsicana, Texas 75109; or to the Contribution Fund c/o Jackie Evett Account at Bank of America, 100 N. Main, Corsicana, Texas 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lonzo Dow Prater

PRATER
Lonzo Dow, 5016 Darwin. Survived by sisters, Mrs. Katy Lusk, Blooming Grove, Mrs. Calvin Poteet, Hurst, Texas, Mrs. Mary Lou Northern; several nieces and nephews. Services 1 p.m. Thursday, Emmett  Baptist Church, Emmett, Texas. Rev. Leo Anderson officiating. Interment Emmett Cemetery.
WEILAND-MERRITT - 1909 Live Oak - TA3-8141

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Abbie Caruthers

ONE NEGRO KILLED AND ANOTHER WOUNDED
Frost, Texas. Aug 4 - In a shooting affray between negroes here this afternoon, Abbie Caruthers was killed and John Caruthers was shot in the shoulder. Archie Pruitt and John Caruthers were arrested and taken to Corsicana by Deputy Sheriff Tom Slay. There has been some trouble between the negroes before today.

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George Thomas Garrett
Mar 11, 1882 - Feb 6, 1931

GARRETT - G. T., age 49 years, resident of Frost, Texas; died Friday. Body was taken overland to Blooming Grove, Texas for funeral services and interment. Arrangements with George A Brewer Undertaking Company

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BODY OF FROST RESIDENT FOUND HANGING DALLAS G. T. GARRETT HAD BEEN
AWAY FROM HOME NINE DAYS; IN BAD HEALTH FROST. Feb. 6.—(Special to the Corsicana Sun)—G. T. Garrett, aged about 45, farmer, who has lived near Frost for the past 30 years, was found hanging from a bridge near Dallas Friday, according to information received shortly after noon by R. F. Shaw, Frost banker, from Dallas police headquarters at Dallas.
According to Mr. Shaw, Mr. Garrett had been away from home nine days, and his oldest son, Leonard, aged about 18, came to the bank Friday morning to see if they could ascertain his location, hoping to trace him through checks. When no checks were to be found and fearing foul play, Mr. Shaw said that he called the Corsicana and Dallas police departments and asked for their assistance.
Later in the day the police department at Dallas called and reported a body found on a bridge near the city on which was a note addressed to J. T. Garrett, a brother of the deceased, in care of the Frost banker, Mr. Shaw said. Mr. Shaw reported that the boy was on his way to Dallas before the body was identified, and was not aware that his father had been found.
The banker stated that according to the note read to him over the telephone bad health was given as the cause of the farmer's action. Mr. Shaw said that Mr. Garrett had recently sold some lands near Frost and was in good financial condition.
According to information received by Mr. Shaw, the body appeared to have been hanging on the bridge for about two days. The family lived on the John M. Scott farm south of Frost, and the deceased is survived by six or eight children. His wife is dead.
Mr. Shaw stated that no funeral arrangements had been made Friday afternoon.

Man Found Hanging.
DALLAS. Feb. 6.—(AP)—The body of an unidentified man, about 35, was found today hanging from a bridge across Guggenheim's creek.
A wire was around the man's neck. He had apparently fastened the other end to the bridge and jumped.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, February 6, 1931


Karl Andrew Neese
Jan 31, 1902 - Apr 15, 1946

NEESE - Carl Andrew, age 44, 236 S. Ewing, passed away Monday. Survived by wife, Mrs. Ann Louise Neese; daughter, Ann Marie; mother, Mrs. Ida Neese, Eustace, Texas. sister, Mrs. Lila Dell Allen, Eustace, Texas. Services Wednesday 1 p.m. Frost Cemetery, Frost, Texas. Arrangements Lamar & Smith.

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Elmer Fletcher McAfee

M'Afee - Corsicana, Texas June 25 - Elmer, the 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. McAfee died of congestion at 2:30 o'clock this morning at his home on West Third avenue

Houston News Paper

 

McAFEE - Corsicana. Tex., June 24. Elmer, the 15 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. McAfee died at the family home in this city this morning of congestion.

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Charles Everett Shepherd
Oct 6, 1878 - Jan 23, 1955

SHEPHARD
Charles E., died Sunday at residence. 2011 Orleans St. Survived by wife, Mrs. Sue Shephard, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. W. H. McKemie, Dallas; Mrs. R. E. McKemmie, Hawthorne, Calif.; sister, Mrs. Alice Clark, Tennessee; four grandsons. Chapel services 10 a.m. Tuesday. Rev. W. W. Phares officiating. Interment frost Cemetery. Pallbearers; D. L. Arrington, Odie Carter Tome Slay, Ford Hawkins, Mrs. Carr., Mr. Barr.
McKAMY-INGRAM-BATCHLER

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Charles Sheppard Rites At Frost
FROST. Jan. 25.— (Spl.)— Graveside rites for Charles E. Sheppard, who died at his home in Dallas Sunday, were held at the Frost cemetery Tuesday at 12:30 p. m. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church. Services were held in Dallas Tuesday at 10 a. m.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sue Sheppard, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. W. H. McKemie, Dallas, and Mrs. R. E. McKemie, Hawthorne, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Alice Clark, Tennessee; four grandsons and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directed local arrangements.

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Charles Edward Cates
Jan 4, 1937 - Jul 25, 2008

Charles Edward Cates
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Charles Edward Cates, passed away peacefully Friday July 25, 2008.Charles was born in Corsicana on January 4, 1937 to Edd D. Cates and Willie Emma Crowe Cates. He was the youngest of four children. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, sister Billie Wren, and brother Darrell Cates. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Delores; their children, daughter Donna McCraw of Hewitt, daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Kevin Gilmore of Temple, and son Tim Cates of Waco; grandchildren, Zachary McCraw of Hewitt, and Cameron, Hayley and Hannah Gilmore of Temple. He is also survived by brother Delmar Cates of Corsicana and several nieces and nephews. Charles was in the trucking business his entire life, first in construction, then oil field and finally home building materials. Anywhere you travel in the state of Texas you are on a road that his equipment helped build. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Graveside services will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Joe Coggins Jr.
Oct 27, 1922 - Jul 25, 2008

Joe Coggins Jr.
Mr. Joe Coggins, Jr., 85, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2008 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2008, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. He was born on October 27, 1922 in Corsicana. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He was an avid football fan. Mr. Coggins was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Coggins; twin sister, Ruth Coggins Bryson; and his parents, Joe and Esther Coggins Sr. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Sandra and Mike Reeves of Burleson, and Sue Hoffman of Fort Worth; son, Jack Coggins of Corsicana; granddaughters and husbands, Sheila and Les Bentley of Bullard, Lisa and Kyle Burch of Corsicana, and Roni and Heath Sechrist of Katy; grandsons and wife, Robbie and Jen Hoffman of Fort Worth and Nick Hoffman of Katy; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Kathryn Nutt Shamburger
Jan 9, 1922 - Jul 26, 2008

Kathryn Nutt Shamburger
Kathryn Nutt Shamburger of Tyler died on July 26, 2008 after a lengthy illness. She was born in Valley Mills, Texas on January 9, 1922, and Richardson, Texas was her home at the time of her death. A graduate of Baylor University, she served in several Texas Baptist churches with Dr. Shamburger before moving to Tyler in 1955, where they ministered for 29 years. Family visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home in Tyler. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Tyler with Dr. Michael M. Massar officiating. Burial will precede at 10 a.m. in the Rose Hill cemetery
[Tyler TX], services under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. William Shamburger in 1990. Mrs. Shamburger is survived by her sister, Hazle Bailes of Tyler; children, Marsha and Danny Bowlin of Dallas, Bill and Lee Shamburger of Richardson, and Jim and Cheryl Shamburger of Victoria; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be made to the Bill and Kathryn Shamburger endowed scholarship fund, Truitt Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas or to the First Baptist Church of Tyler. Arrangements by Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler.

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Elzie Jeanette (Winslow) Tipton
Nov 26, 1914 - May 9, 2008

Elzie Tipton

Elzie Jeanette Tipton, 93, a loving mother and grandmother, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008, at her son's home, where she lived, surrounded by her family.
Memorial service: Her celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.
Mrs. Tipton was born Nov. 26, 1914, in Big Spring and married Loyd E. Tipton on April 26, 1950. Mrs. Tipton loved to spend time with her family, play bridge and loved to talk on the phone. She was a loving and giving person and found good in everyone.
She was preceded in death by husband, Loyd E. Tipton, in 1996; brother, Arthur Winslow; sisters, Zora Patterson, Marquerite Hayden, Josephine Morgan and Reedie Moore.
Survivors: Her loving son, Jim Tipton and wife, Nancy, and cherished grandchildren, Kimberly Tipton and fiance, Steve Spencer and James Tipton of Arlington, brother, James Winslow of Medford, Ore.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended-family members; and cherished friends.

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Mildred Hazel (Tisdale) Wilbanks
Aug 27, 1916 - Mar 7, 1976

SERVICE HELD IN FROST FOR MRS. MILDRED WILBANKS

Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred Hazel Wilbanks, 59, of Rt. 1, Frost, were held Tuesday, March 9, in the Frost Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the Frost Cemetery.

Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

Mrs. Wilbanks, a native of Oklahoma, died at her home Sunday evening. She had been a resident of Frost since 1928.

Survivors include her husband, Bundy Wilbanks of Frost; three sons, Wallace Wilbanks, Don Wilbanks, and Phil Wilbanks, all of Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Lena Archer and Mrs. Mary Terry, both of Frost; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Smith of Corsicana, Mrs. Irene Young of Frost, and Mrs. Christine Shaffer of Arlington; and five grandchildren.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 10, 1976
  • Parents: Tom Tisdale and Lena (Lynch) Tisdale - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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Della (Shelton) Poulter
Nov 15, 1894 - Mar 18, 1976

MRS. POULTER'S SERVICES HELD

Funeral services for Mrs. Della Poulter, longtime resident of Frost, were held Saturday, March 20, in Mesquite. Graveside services and burial were held later in the day at Frost Cemetery.

She died Thursday, March 18, while visiting in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lois Burgany of Mesquite.

Conducting the graveside services was the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Frost. Mrs. Poulter was a member of the church.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 24, 1976
  • Parents: Henry Shelton and Elizabeth Lacy (DeMoss) Shelton - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)



Mrs. Poulter
Mrs. Della Poulter, longtime resident of Frost, died Thursday in Mesquite while visiting in the home of her daughter. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Frost.

Funeral services will be held in Mesquite at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Anderson-Clayton Funeral Chapel. Graveside rites and burial will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Lois Burgamy of Mesquite; four sons, Eldridge
Poulter, Fort Worth; Ralph Poulter, Dallas; Joe Dean Poulter, Port Arthur, and Fred Poulter, Mission; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Harper, Corsicana; Mrs. Anita Estes, Murchison, and Mrs. Mary Lou Andrews, Port Arthur; and four brothers, Drue Shelton, Corsicana; Alfred Shelton, Rice; Rex Shelton, Crane, and Henry Shelton, Pampa.

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Lora Caroline (Robertson) Helton
Dec 6, 1886 - Mar 29, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. LORA HELTON FORMER FROST RESIDENT

Funeral services for Mrs. Lora Helton, 89, of Frost were held Tuesday, March 30, in Frost United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Frost Cemetery. Both services were officiated by the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor.

She died Monday, March 29, in Hillsboro.

A native of DeRidder, Lal, Mrs. Helton came to Texas with her family in 1920 and settled in Italy. She made her home in Frost and Irene for many years. She married R. L. Helton on July 5, 1905.

Survivors include her husband; eight children, Charlie, Hubert and Aldine Helton, all of Hillsboro, Hughey Helton of Irene, Barney Helton of Waxahachie, Bill Helton of Burleson, Robert Helton of Fort Worth, and Harold Helton of Richardson; a brother, Charlie Robertson of Lowden, Tenn.; 36 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

Organist for the service was Mrs. Nancy Divin of Hillsboro, formerly of Frost, and soloist was Mrs. Velma Ballew of Frost.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - April 7, 1976
  • Parents: Monroe Robertson and Mary (Burge) Robertson - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)

Douglas Ezell Wright
Aug 9, 1913 - Mar 3, 1976

DOUGLAS WRIGHT SERVICES HELD

Funeral services for Douglas Wright, 63, of the Raleigh Community, were held at Dresden United Methodist Church Friday, March 5. He died Wednesday, March 3, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital. Burial was at the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Maudine Wright; a son, Ralph Wright; three daughters, Mrs. Neva Joy Gross, Mrs. Betty Boldin and Mrs. Judy Covington. Among the other survivors is a sister, Mrs. Florence Perkins of Frost.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 10, 1976
  • Parents: John Belton Wright and Julia Ann (Aman) Wright - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)

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Douglas Wright

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Dresden Methodist Church in Dresden for Douglas Ezell Wright , 62, resident of Rt . 1 Frost, who died Wednesday morning at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. T. L. Smoutherman will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steven Putman, Floyd Horn, Ray Whitener, Don Whitener, Buster Haden, and Rocky White.

Arrangements are with Griffin Funeral Home.

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James Davis Grimmett
May 9, 1900 - Mar 23, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR JIM GRIMMETT OF BARRY

Funeral services were conducted Thursday for James Davis (Jim) Grimmett, long-time resident and retired farmer, who died March 23 in Navarro County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was 75.

Officiating at the services was the Rev. Terry Land, pastor of the Barry Baptist Church, of which Mr. Grimmett was a member. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery.

A native of Frost, Mr. Grimmett was born there May 9, 1900, and resided most of his life at Barry. He retired from farming in 1969, after 50 years' work. He was an early advocate of sound soil conservation practices.

Mr. Grimmett was a former deacon in the Barry Baptist Church and served as a trustee of the Barry Independent School District for a number of years.

He was married to the former Miss Grace Hux of Lone Cedar, a hamlet north of Frost. She preceded him in death in 1970, after observing their Golden Wedding anniversary six months earlier.

Included among his survivors are five sons, Eugene Dwain Grimmett, Salem, Ky., Alfred May Grimmett, Pasadena, James Walter Grimmett, San Antonio, Richard Carl Grimmett, Austin, and Henry Allen Grimmett, Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Sanders, Dallas, and Mrs. Letha Tanner, San Antonio; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Annie Ragan, Corsicana, Mrs. Lula Hobbs, Alvarado, and Mrs. Mildred Lewis, Fort Worth, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers included Marshall Massengale, Pete Livingston, Roger Johnston, Robert Luther, Les Kitchens and Lowell Reed.

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Eugene Sisson
Nov 4, 1910 - Mar 1, 1976

SISSON SERVICES HELD MARCH 1

Funeral services were held in Corsicana Tuesday, March 2, for Eugene Sisson, 65, who died Monday, March 1, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

A native of Blooming Grove, Sisson lived most of his life in Corsicana. He was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Corine Hunt of Frost.

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Eugene Sisson

Services were to be at 2 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Eugene Sisson, 65, resident of Corsicana, who died Monday in Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. James Eddins was to officiate, with burial to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

He was a native of Blooming Grove, lived most of his life in Corsicana, was a retired mechanic and member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; a son Marion Edward Sisson of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Shurtleff of Houston; a brother, Foy Sisson of Port Arthur; and a sister, Mrs. Corinne Hunt of Frost.

Masons will serve as pallbearers.

He was a member of Lodge No. 174 AF & AM.

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John David George
Oct 13, 1883 - Mar 12, 1976

J.D. GEORGE SERVICES HELD

Funeral services for John D. George, 92, were held Sunday, March 14, in the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Ken James, pastor, officiating. Burial followed at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Bradley Funeral Home was in charge of services.

A longtime resident of Blooming Grove, George died Friday night, March 12, at Memorial Hospital. He was formerly in the grocery business in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include two sons, John Dorsey George of Corsicana and Ralph R. George of Dallas; three daughters, Miss Cora Lee George of Dallas, Mrs. Leila Ruth Johnson of Dallas and Mrs. Viola Sample of Houston; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Miller Reid, R. W. George Jr., Jay Sewell, G.W. Patterson, Dwayne Magee and Edd Hill.

Honorary pallbearers were Lee Low, Net Sewell, Oscar Ingram, Bob Kagler and the deacons of the Central Baptist Church.

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Elmer Dunkin "Dunk" Ingram
Oct 4, 1891 - Mar 27, 1976

ELMER "DUNK" INGRAM DIES FOLLOWING LENGTHY ILLNESS

Elmer Dunkin :Dunk: Ingram, 84, died Saturday, March 27, at Navarro County Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 29, in the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. J. W. Hodges, former pastor of the church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Richard Laster, current pastor of the church. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.

He was a retired farmer and grocery store employee and had been living at a nursing home in Corsicana for the past 2 1/2 years.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Emma Ingram; one son, William E. Ingram of Mesquite; one brother, Oscar Ingram of Blooming Grove; one sister, Mrs. Letha Bigger of Blooming Grove; three granddaughters, Mrs. Drew Roberts of Houston, Mrs. Cindy Copeland of Dallas and Marcie Ingram of Mesquite; and one great-granddaughter.

Active pallbearers were Charlie Boyd, Sonny Boyd, Buddy Pullin, Dan Nicholson, Arthur Garrison and Edd Hill.

Honorary pallbearers were Drew Gillen, Bobby Ralston, G.L. Saunders, R.D. Garrison and R. Bruce McCormick.

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Fleta Pearl (Hardee) Blanford
Jan 16, 1899 - Mar 23, 1976

MRS. BLANFORD, 98, LONGTIME BG RESIDENT, IS BURIED

Mrs. Fleta Blanford, 98, a citizen of Blooming Grove for 74 years died Tuesday, March 23, at the home of her son, Henry Blanford of Corsicana.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 27, at the Olive Grove Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Aubrey Hart, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Woodland Cemetery.

She had been a member of the Olive Grove Baptist Church for 79 years, the oldest member at the time of her death. She became a member at age 19, when she married Lonnie Blanford. She held two places of great responsibility in the church--a Sunday School teacher and president of the Missionary Society.

The former Fleta Pearl Hardee, she was born in Corsicana, the daughter of John Hardee. After her marriage to Lonnie Blanford, son of Edmund Blanford, founder of the Olive Grove Baptist Church, she made her home in Blooming Grove until about five years ago. Blind and in poor health, she returned to Corsicana to live with her son, Henry, and his wife.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Gussie (Robbie Blanford) Gee of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Jessie M. Ross of Dallas and Mrs. Norine Sanford of Fort Worth; two sons, Henry Blanford of Corsicana and John Hardee Blanford of Richmond, Calif.; 23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and a number of great-great-grandchildren. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Two of her grandsons, Buford Gee and Gussie Gee Jr. are popular ex-students of Blooming Grove High School.

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Leslie Martin Hix
abt 1903 - Mar 1976

BROTHER OF BG RESIDENT DIES IN PALESTINE

Funeral services for Leslie M. Hix, 73, who died Sunday, March 7, in Palestine, were held in that city Monday, March 8. Graveside services were held later in the day at Palacios.

Survivors include two Blooming Grove residents--a brother, Jesse Hix and a sister, Mrs. Mamie Lynch.

Other survivors include his widow, Vera, of Palestine; two sons, LaRue and Bobby Wayne Hix, both of Houston; two other sisters, Mrs. Mable Bennett of Liberty and Mrs. Lila Williamson of Freeport; two grandsons, two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

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  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 10, 1976
  • Parents: Robert E. Hix and Louisa (Brumelew) Hix - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
  • Burial: Palacios City Cemetery - Palacios, Texas

Arthur Richard Armstrong
May 17, 1903 - Mar 16, 1976

B G RESIDENTS BROTHER DIES

Arthur Armstrong, 72, died last week in Blooming Grove while visiting in the home of his brother, Floyd Armstrong. A sister, Mrs. Ola Faye Ryno also lives in Blooming Grove.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 18, in the New Hope Methodist Church, followed by burial in the New Hope Cemetery.

A retired painting contractor, Armstrong was a former resident of Dallas but had lived the past 11 years at Clear Water Bay on Cedar Creek Lake.

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  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 24, 1976
  • Parents: Will Armstrong and Lizzie (Barton) Armstrong - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
  • Burial: New Hope Cemetery - Henderson County, Texas
  • Wife: Era Armstrong

Nellie Z. (Jarrett) Wilder
June 1, 1912 - Mar 22, 1976

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR FORMER FROST RESIDENT

Funeral services were held in Dallas March 24, for Nellie Wilder, 64.
She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Jarrett, longtime residents of Frost and Slay communities. Her husband, Floyd Wilder, preceded her in death in November 1974.

She is survived by one daughter, Lois Bryant, Dallas; three brothers, Daniel Jarrett, Leeds, Ala., T.E. (Buck) Jarrett, Garland, and James E.
Jarett, Neah Bay, Wash.; five sisters, Mrs. Edna Turk, Dallas, Mrs.
Zilpha Brewer, Temple, Mrs. Avon Nix, Denton, Mrs. Gussie Smith, Corsicana and Margie Williams of Barry; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

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  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 31, 1976
  • Parents: Steven Jarrett and Littie (Putman) Jarrett
  • Burial: Laurel Oaks Cemetery - Dallas, Texas

Susie Townsend (Adams) Baker
Sep 20, 1884 - Mar 20, 1976

MRS. MURFF'S MOTHER BURIED IN WEST TEXAS RITES SATURDAY

Susie Baker, 91, mother of Mrs. Joe Murff of Barry, died Saturday, March 20, in Hillsboro where she had been critically ill almost three weeks.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Winters where she was a longtime member until her health failed four years ago. The Rev. Bob Lindsey was a former pastor of Barry Methodist Church and other Methodist churches in this area.
Burial was in Winter Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker moved to Hillsboro to Hill Haven Nursing Home two years ago when Mr. and Mrs. Murff moved to this area.

Mrs. Baker is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ruby Counts, Mount View, Calif., Mrs. Opal Slaten, San Diego, Califl, and Mrs. Katherine Murff of Barry; and one son, J.W. Baker on Long Beach, Calif.

Other members of the family and friends attending the funeral from this area were Dr. and Mrs. Gene Murff and children, Steve and Stephenia, of Corsicana, Mrs. Norma Jo Bowman of Garland and Mrs. Ralph Cooper, Mrs.
Murff's daughter, of Madras, Ore., and Mr. and Mrs. Drew Gillen of BG.

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  • View Obituary Clipping
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - March 31, 1976
  • Parents: John H.B. Adams and Rona (McCall) Adams
  • Burial: Fairview Cemetery - Winters, Texas (Runnels County)

Minnie (Jones) Loyd
Dec 18, 1886 - Apr 1, 1976

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. MINNIE LOYD, 89, OF BG

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, April 3, in the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. R.C. "Minnie" Loyd, 89, a longtime resident of Blooming Grove. She died Thursday, April 1, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Ken James, pastor of the central Baptist Church, officiated at the service, with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery.

A native of BG, Mrs. Loyd was a charter member of Central Baptist Church. She had been in a nursing home in Corsicana for the past 22 months.

Survivors include one niece, Mrs. Park Stovall of Laughton, Okla.; one nephew, Roger Loyd of Dallas; and four cousins.

Pallbearers were Bruce McCormick, Derward George, Drew Gillen, Roger Loyd, Oscar Ingram and G.W. Patterson.

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Loyd Robert Hollifield
Jan 18, 1911 - Apr 11, 1976

HOLLIFIELD FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MONDAY AT NAVARRO MILLS

Funeral services for Loyd Robert Hollifield, 65, of Frost, were held Monday, April 12, in the Navarro Mills Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Densman, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Brushie Prairie Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

A native of Navarro County, Hollifield was a retired farmer. He died Sunday, April 11, in the Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.
He had lived in the Brushy Prairie Community for many years before moving to Frost recently.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Oneta Hollifield; two sons, Robert Hollifield of Garland and Harold Hollifield of Malone; four daughters, Mrs. Juanita Putman of Arlington, Mrs. Judy Morton, Hutchins, Mrs. Patsy Smith of Snyder, and Miss Dottie Hollifield of Frost; two step sons, Royce Gene Adams of Frost and Ronnie Wayne Adams of Ennis; two sisters, Mrs. Jewel Turner of Purdon and Mrs. Mae Hasswell of Dallas; and 15 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Delma Adams, Truman Adams, Charlie Rhodes, James Biddy, Lee Roy Ewing, and Truman Raley.

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Percy Winston Varnell
Jan 14, 1908 - Apr 23, 1976

BARRY RESIDENT'S BROTHER DIES

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 25, in Corsicana for Percy Varnell, 68, whose sister, Mrs. Gladys Higginbotham, resides in Barry.

Varnell, a resident of Corsicana, died Saturday at a nursing home in Corsicana.

Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

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Percy Vernell

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Percy VArnell, 68, resident of Corsicana, who died yesterday afternoon at Paulyne’s Nursing Home.

The Rev. Harold Lansford and the Rev. Elvis Egge will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Faye Varnell of Corsicana; a son, Mike Varnell of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Gladys Higginbotham of Barry; a nephew, Theron Higginbotham of Walnut Creek, Calif.; a niece, Mrs. Karen Herrin of Arlington and other relatives.

Pallbearers include Thurman Johnson, Forrest Gilliam, A. M. Russell, Lowell Reed, Marshall Massengale, Marshall Weems, Ike Beam, Bill Steeley.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Corsicana Police Reserve and the Corsicana Emergency Corps.

He was a longtime member of the Red Cross, Corsicana Police Reserve, and Corsicana Emergency Corps.

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