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Leo G. Price
Feb 2, 1912 - Apr 25, 1976

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MONDAY FOR MR. LEO PRICE

Funeral services for Leo Price, 64, a resident of Barry, were held Monday, April 26. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

He was a native of Blooming Grove but had lived in Barry for 37 years.
He only recently retired as a local representative for Texas Power and Light Company, having completed 42 years of service with that company.

He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Barry.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ada Belle Price of Barry; a sister, Miss Beatrice Price of Corsicana; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lennie Price of Anchorage, Alaska; and five nephews.

Pallbearers were John Wade Braly, Richard Watson, Embry Ferguson, Tom B. Washburn, Homer Logan, Fred Smith, A.B. Dickey and Robert Varnell.

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Mary Vera (Gaines) Bonner
Sept 27, 1903 - Apr 3, 1976

ALON GAINES' SISTER DIES

Funeral services for Mrs. George L. Bonner, 72, were held Sunday, April 4, in Corsicana. Her brother, Alon L. Gaines, resides in Blooming Grove.

She died Saturday, April 3, and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Emma Julia (Low) Sheppard
Jul 1, 1904 - Apr 6, 1976

MRS. SHEPPARD SERVICES HELD FRIDAY

Mrs. Emma Julia Sheppard's funeral services were held Friday, April 9, in the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. W.A. Corley, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Bradley Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Mrs. Sheppard, 71, died Tuesday, April 6, in Fort Worth. She was a long-time resident of Blooming Grove and had only recently moved to Fort Worth to live with a daughter.

Survivors include a son, Don Sheppard of Purdon; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Rickerson of Fort Worth and Mrs. Mary Edith McCune of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Glenn of Edinburg and Mrs.
Jessie Ryan of Bakersfield, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Donald McGraw, Bobby Ralston, Billy Hargrove, E. O. Barham, Ordway Farrell, and Bob Kagler.

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William Joseph "Joe" Stoume Jr.
Sep 19, 1946 - Apr 10, 1976

JOE STOUME, FORMER BG RESIDENT, KILLED

A former Blooming Grove resident, William "Joe" Stoume, 29, was killed in a service station accident Saturday afternoon in Waco.

He formerly worked for E.O. Barham Grain Co. in BG. According to witnesses, an automobile tire reportedly exploded and Stoume was struck in the forehead by the steel rim.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday morning, April 14, at St.
Joseph's Catholic Church in Waco.

Notes:

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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • The Blooming Grove Times - April 14, 1976
  • Parents: W. J. Stoume and Malinda (Carson) Stoume
  • Burial: Robinson Cemetery - McLennan County Texas - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)

Bess (Badgette) Ager
Jan 2, 1895 - March 25, 1976

BESS AGER, FORMER BG RESIDENT DIES

Funeral services for Bess Ager, 81, were held Tuesday morning, March 30 in Seattle, Washington at the Butterworth Chapel.

Mrs. Ager died Thursday, March 25 after a short illness.

Mrs. Ager was born in Blooming Grove, January 2, 1895, the daughter of Mary Emma and James Madison Badgette. The family later moved to Grand Prairie, Texas, where several of her relatives reside.

Surviving are a daughter, Lois Way of Boxford, Massachusetts, a son, Robert Ager, Enumclaw, Washington, and three grandchildren.

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William Ellis "Bud" Cook
Mar 10, 1912 - Mar 31, 1976

MRS. WOOLEY'S BROTHER DIES

Graveside services for W.E. "Bud" Cook were conducted at the Frost Cemetery Wednesday, April 5, by the Rev. James Aldridge, pastor of the Frost Baptist Church.

His sister, Mrs. P. L. Wooley, lives in Frost.  The 63-year-old Cook died in Lubbock.

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W.E. Cook
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Frost Cemetery for William Ellis (Bud) Cook, 63, resident of Idalou, who died Wednesday in Lubbock.

Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. P. L. Wooley of Frost and Mrs. M. G. Underwood of Dallas; a brother, Hampton Cook of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.

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Buell Robison
July 4, 1913 - April 24, 1976

and

Ima Elizabeth (Mitchell) Robison
Feb 8, 1914 - April 24, 1976

JOINT FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR MR. AND MRS. BUELL ROBISON

Joint services were held Tuesday for Mr. and Mrs. Buell Robison of Barry, both of whom were killed in a two-car accident Saturday on Highway 22, about 3 miles east of Barry. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mr. and Mrs. Robison, both 62, are survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Mahoney of Bedford and four grandchildren.

He is survived by his father, John Robison of Barry and a sister, Mrs. Alvis Bourland of McGregor.

She is survived by a brother, George B. Mitchell of Barry and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Watkins of Corsicana and Mrs. M.R. Baird of Santa Fe, N.M.

His pallbearers were James Nelson, Wayne Mitchell, Lowell Reed, Charles Turner, Pete Livingston and Byron Perry.

Her pallbearers were John Wade Braley, Dickie Watson, Roger Johnston, Roy Massengale, John F. Reed, and Tommy Gay.

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Ovetia Jean (Barton) Rowe
Dec 19, 1930 - Jul 26, 2008

 
Ovetia Jean Rowe
Ovetia Jean Rowe of Oklahoma City, passed away July 26, 2008. She was born Dec. 19, 1930 in Blooming Grove to James Luther and Lydia Lucendia Barton Trussell.She was a member of the Order of Rebekkah and has received numerous special awards at the Baptist Hospital as a registered nurse. Survivors include her husband, Earl Rowe of Oklahoma City; son, Dan Ford of Decatur, Ala.; daughter, Ruth Ward Robinson and husband James Geeslin of Allen; sisters, Tommie Gilliam of Corsicana, Virginia ‘Dennie’ Armstrong of Blooming Grove, and Glenda Southard and husband Kenneth of Eureka; grandchildren, Anthony Sanner, Lucindia Percle, Danny Ford, Bobby Ford, Sarah Ford, Joshua McCustion; five great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by mother, Lydia Trussell; father, Luther Trussell; sister, Curtis Charlene Trussell; brother, J. W. Trussell; and daughter, Patti Ford. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ennette H. "Net" Scott Jr.
Sep 1, 1942 - Jul 27, 2008

Ennette H. "Net" Scott Jr.
Ennette H. “Net” Scott Jr., beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Net was born in McComb, Miss., on Sept. 1, 1942, to Ennette H. Scott Sr. and Virginia Finch Scott. He was the oldest of two children. He was preceded in death by his younger brother John Thomas Scott, his parents, and son Martin Joseph Scott. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in Vicksburg, Miss., in 1960, and he took his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas, majoring in marketing. He served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He was a manager for Woolworth Stores in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi during the 1960s and 1970s. He owned a Ben Franklin Store in Whitesboro, Texas, from 1975 to 1983. Survivors include his wife, Venetia Coker Scott; sons, Lt. Cmdr. James Ennette Scott and wife Moni of Gretna, Neb., David Smith and wife Dena of Purdon, Mike Smith and wife Kim of Washington, Mich., Jeff Smith of Corsicana; daughters, Toni Scott Reed and husband Joe of Dallas, Beverly Herrin and husband Tom of Corsicana, Lynn Perry and husband Tracy of Mount Enterprise; grandchildren, James Martin Scott and Madison Rosalee Scott of Gretna, Neb., Jackson Scott Reed and Conner Joseph Reed of Dallas, Jeramy Herrin and wife Kathleen of Corsicana, Zachary Herrin and wife Laura of Corsicana, Virginia Laird and husband Dave of Corsicana, Genevieve Herrin, Ethan Herrin and Lexi Herrin, all of Corsicana, Jordan Smith of Denton, Casie, Emily and Johnna Smith of Purdon, Brody Perry and wife Traci of Mount Enterprise, Blaine Perry of Mount Enterprise, Megan Smith of Toronto, Canada, and Luke, Emma, and Elise of Washington, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Jessie and Kole Herrin, Elena and Audrey Herrin, and Adie Laird, all of Corsicana; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Reva Horton of Corsicana and Don and Melba Manley of Blooming Grove; and beloved niece Katy Manley and great-nephew Wade of Blooming Grove. He was employed at the time of his death with Wal-Mart Corporation at the Corsicana store as a training coordinator. He loved his job and the people he worked with. He was an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church where he served at many capacities. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He loved coaching for Special Olympics and working with the special athletes including his beloved son, Jeff Smith. He was known as “Coach” by all the special athletes. When his work schedule permitted he loved attending Kiwanis and looked forward to working the Kiwanis Basketball Tournament at Navarro College each December. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Joe Norwood, Don Manley, Chris Smithart, Ken Authier, Jerry Smith, Charles Horton, Ronald Whitehead and Lewis Mathison. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Walker, Terry Smith, Bill Bergey, Don Massey, Danny Townley, Roger Warner and Raymond Davidson. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ruby (Patrick) Thomas
July 6, 1922 - Jul 26, 2008

Ruby P. Thomas
Mrs. Ruby P. Thomas, 86, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008 in Corsicana. She was born on July 6, 1922 in Corsicana to Thomas G. and Clara P. Patrick. Ruby was a loving wife and mother. She was employed with Adam Hat Factory and worked for Collin Street Bakery for a number of years. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2008, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews and friends. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Irba L. Thomas; her parents; two brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Ann Thomas of Corsicana and Van and Sandra Thomas of Navarro; four grandchildren, Jimmy Thomas and wife Beth of Waxahachie, Cathy Meneley of San Antonio, Melissa Fitzgerald and husband Kelly of Taylor, Dewayne Thomas and wife Sue of Pearland; nine great-grandchildren, Jason Meneley and wife Laetitia of Houston, Jessica Ballard and husband Brandon of Dallas, Joshua Meneley and fiance Michelle Marsh of Hawaii, Jarrod Thomas of Waxahachie, Janna Meneley of San Antonio, Anna Worley of Navarro, Wyatt Fitzgerald of Taylor, Justin Thomas of Pearland, and Amber Thomas of Pearland; sister, Nellie Brown of Corsicana; sister-in-Law, Gelene Thomas of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Martha Elizabeth "Mary" (Boyd) Rawson
Jun 5, 1877 - May 6, 1976

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MAY 8 FOR MRS. MARTHA RAWSON, 98

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Rawson, 98, were held Saturday, May 8, at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, followed by burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. She died Thursday, May 6, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Officiating was the Rev. Alva Boyd, Mrs. Rawson's nephew and a Baptist minister in Midland. He was assisted by the Rev. W. A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in BG. Arrangements were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, Jack Rawson of Fort Worth and Henry Rawson of Brownsboro; two daughters, Miss Wynne Rawson and Mrs. Sallie Milliorn, both of Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Virginia McKinney of Rockport; 14 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Ilene (Hutchinson) Dunaway 
Oct 14, 1938 - May 28, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. DUNAWAY OF BG, FRIDAY

Services were held at graveside Saturday, May 29, for Mrs. Ilene Dunaway, 37, who died at her home in Blooming Grove Friday morning, May 28. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

The Rev. Ken James, pastor of the Central Baptist Church, officiated.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Dunaway; three sons, Mike, Bart and Calvin Dunaway, all of Blooming Grove; her mother, Mrs. Majorie Hutchinson of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one brother, Clinton Hutchinson of Tucson, Ariz.

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Minnie Lee Allmon
Feb 4, 1919 - Jun 14, 1976

FORMER BG RESIDENT, MINNIE LEE ALLMON, DIES

Funeral services for Minnie Lee Allmon, 57 were held Wednesday, June 16, in the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Ken James, pastor of Central Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Miss Allmon died at the VA hospital in Dallas on Monday, June 14.

A native of Blooming Grove, Miss Allmon graduated from BG High School in 1936 at age 16. In school, she held many offices and participated in all sports.

She graduated from North Texas State University, with a B.S. degree, in 1939. She earned her way through school by working for her room and board, tuition and books. She sold magazine subscriptions, washed dishes and did ironing to pay for her education.

After her graduation in 1939, she worked as a physical education instructor for Van Zandt County.

She entered the Army in 1942, and was later qualified and enrolled in physical therapy training at Walter Reed General Hospital. Upon graduation, she became a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps.

She was promoted to captain and served during World War II in the Sough Pacific Theater. She remained in the Army Reserve and was called back to active duty during the Korean War. She was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve in May 1965.

She had been living in St. Louis, Mo, for the past 10 years, working as a physical therapist until she became ill and was admitted to the VA Hospital in that city. She was transferred back to the VA Hospital in Dallas about two months ago so that she could be near her family and friends.

Survivors include a brother, Van Allmon of Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. Ethel McClure of Kerens, Mrs. Daisy Coker of Corsicana, and Mrs. Faye Marr and Mrs. Dell Maybery both of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were J.O. McSpadden, Bruce McCormick, Carl Daniel, Drew Gillen, Doyce Prater and Ben Kagler.

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Luther Dee "Dee" Batson
Sep 12, 1932 - Jun 23, 1976

LUTHER D. "DEE" BATSON DIES FOLLOWING LENGTHY ILLNESS

Funeral services for Luther D. "Dee" Batson, 43, were held Thursday, June 24, at the Central Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ken James, pastor, and the Rev. W.A. Corley, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

Military graveside services were conducted by a Naval unit from the Naval Air Station in Dallas. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

A native of Italy, Tex. Batson, was retired from the Coast Guard with 21 years service. He and his family had lived in Blooming Grove for about 5 years.

He was a Master Ma-in Aransas Masonic Lodge, No. 1018, in Aransas Pass, Tex.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Barbara Batson; two sons, James Luther Batson and Mark Edward Batson; two daughters, Debra Kay Batson and Lynda Lea Batson; his mother, Mrs. J.O. Garner, all of Blooming Grove; his father, Crumpton Batson of Amarillo; a brother, Benny Batson of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Bobby Lindeman of Red Oak and Mrs. Johnny Evans of Dallas; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Slaughter of Purdon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Stone, Sidney Moore, E.L. Mayhugh, Benny Collier, Don McGraw, and Gilmer Shepherd and Fred McGraw.

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Wilbon Levi Laymance
Aug 10, 1920 - May 7, 1976

SERVICES HELD IN FROST FOR WILBON LAYMANCE

Wilbon L. Laymance's funeral service was held Monday, May 10, at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Frost. A resident of Texas City, the 55-year-old Laymance died Friday, May 7, in Dallas.

The Rev. James Aldridge, pastor of the Frost Baptist Church, officiated at the service, with burial following in Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Hazel Laymance of Texas City; five sons, Burnice, Roger and Danny Laymance and Elton and Jerry Hocutt, all of Texas City; four daughters, Miss Judy Laymance and Mrs. Glenda Hodges, both of Texas City, Mrs. Leta Johnson of Waco, and Mrs. Barbara Smith of Waxahachie; a brother, Wadie Laymance of Arlington; three sisters, Mrs. Margie Carroll of Dallas, Mrs. Lida Hutchinson of Waxahachie and Mrs. Bessie Wilson of Arlington; and nine grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 12, 1976
  • Parents: John Laymance and Unknown Laymance - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost

James Oscar Smithey
Jan 21, 1896 - Jun 12, 1976

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SUNDAY FOR JAMES SMITHEY

Funeral services for James Oscar Smithey, 80, were held Sunday. June 13, in the Mertens Baptist Church, followed by burial in Frost Cemetery.

Officiating at the services were the Rev. Gardner Ellis, pastor of the Leroy Baptist Church, and the Rev. Harold Burns, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ennis.

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

Smithey was a longtime resident of Mertens before moving to the IOOF Home in Ennis about two years ago.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Iva Smithey of Ennis; three sons, Paul Smithey of Grand Prairie, John Smithey of Corpus Christi, and Lee Smithey of Duncanville, two daughters, Mrs. B.O. Williams of Austin, and Mrs. J.C. Williams of Waco; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Mauldin of Waxahachie, and Mrs. Dovie Forrester of Coolidge; two brothers, L.D. Smithey of Waco, and E.S. Smithey of Springs; four step-children, Virty Cook of San Antonio, Ben Cook of Plano, Horace Cook of Galveston, and Juanita Williams of Waco; and by a number of grandchildren. Pallbearers were members of the Odd Fellows.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - June 16, 1976
  • Parents: William L. Smithey and Viola Jane (Elmore) Smithey - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost

Myrtle Agnes "Myrt" (Hodkin) Varnell
Mar 28, 1892 - May 11, 1976

FUNERAL SRVICES HELD FOR MRS. MYRTLE VARNELL, OF BG

Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Varnell, 84, of Blooming Grove, were held Thursday, May 13, at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Laster, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in BG, officiating. Burial followed at Dresden Cemetery. She died Tuesday, May 11, at the Twilight Home in Corsicana.

Survivors include a son, Q.V. Varnell of Tyler; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Page of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Isaac Beam of Barry; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Byron Perry, Miller Reid, Olen Fuller, Clyde Crocker, A.M. Russell, Leone Reed, Roy Massengale, and Bruce McCormick.

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Sudie D. (Massey) Melton
Mar 9, 1883 - May 24, 1976

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD WEDNESDAY FOR MRS. MELTON

Funeral services for Mrs. Sudie Melton, 93, were held Wednesday, May 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove. She died Monday, May 24, in a Stephenville nursing home.

Officiating at the service were the Rev. Tom Hart, administrator of the Loving Care Center in Stephenville, and the Rev. Richard Laster, pastor of the BG First United Methodist Church. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Melton was a native of Blooming Grove and longtime resident, having lived only the past five years in Stephenville.

Survivors include three sons, Herbert and Edward Melton, both of Blooming Grove, and Lill Roy Melton of Texas City; a daughter, Mrs. Sue Nell Weatherby of Stephenville; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - June 2, 1976
  • Parents: James R. Massey and (Charollet) Green Massey - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost

Mable W. (Ellett) Wilkinson
Feb 5, 1901 - Jun 17, 1976

MRS. MAGEE'S MOTHER BURIED

Funeral services for Mrs. Mable Wilkinson, whose daughter, Mrs. Douglas Magee, resides in Blooming Grove, were held Friday in Corsicana. Mrs.
Wilkinson, 75, died Thursday in Freeport. Burial was in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. She was a native of Chatfield.

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Myrtle Lois (Owens) Talley
Sep 16, 1909 - May 12, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR MRS. TALLEY

Mrs. Myrtle Talley's funeral services were held Friday, May 14, in Central Baptist Church, with the Rev. Richard Laster, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove, officiating. He was assisted by Bro. W.R. Owens of the Mesquite Bible Church and a nephew of Mrs. Talley. Burial followed in Dawson Cemetery in Dawson. Services were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Talley, 66, died suddenly Wednesday evening, May 12.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Talley of Blooming Grove; a son, Lynn Talley of Abilene; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Williams of Loving, N.M.; her mother, Mrs. Lillie Owens of Tahoka; a brother, Willie Owens of Slaton; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Webb of Lubbock and Mrs. Winnie Kizar of Tahoka; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were C.N. Haden, Wayne Adams, Rufus Putman, Clyde Hollingsworth, Don McGraw, and Dusty Webb.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 19, 1976
  • Parents: W.R. Owens and Lillie (Hardy) Owens - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost

Willie Ethan "Bill" Mobley
Nov 28, 1904 - May 14, 1976

RITES HELD FOR NEPHEW OF MELTONS

W.E. "Bill" Mobley, 71, nephew of Ben and Grover Melton, died in Amarillo on Monday, May 14.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 17, in Amarillo, followed by burial in Llano Cemetery. Attending from Blooming Grove were Mrs. Ben Melton and Mrs. Helen Farish.

Mobley was a native of Kerens and moved to West Texas with his family when he was a young man.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 26, 1976
  • Parents: R.P. Mobley and Pearl (Melton) Mobley - Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
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  • Submitted by: Karen Rost

Jayne "Johnnie" Deason Labbitt
Oct 5, 1901 - May 9, 1976

FORMER BG RESIDENT DIES

Word has been received of the death of Janye (Johnnie) Deason Labbitt, 75, of Long Beach, California.

Mrs. Labbitt was a former resident of BG, and the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Mel Deason. Relatives of the family live in this area.

Mrs. Labbitt died May 9, in Long Beach. Entombment was in Sunnyside Mausoleum there.

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John C. Robison
Nov 30, 1890 - May 17, 1976

SERVICES HELD FOR BARRY RESIDENT

Funeral services for J.C. Robison, 84, of Barry, were held Tuesday, May 18, in Corsicana. He died Monday, May 16, at Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

He was a retired farmer and lifelong resident of Barry.

The Rev. Ken James, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, officiated, followed by burial in Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Alvis Bourland of McGregor; one sister, Mrs. H.L. Reed of Barry; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

His son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Buell Robison of Barry, were killed in a car accident on April 24, about three miles east of Barry.

Pallbearers were Lowell Reed, Leone Reed, John Braly, Roger Johnston, N.H. Livingston, and A.M. Russell.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - May 26, 1976
  • Death Certificate (Family Search) shows birth year 1891
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  • Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost

Mae Dell "Dinger" (Allmon) Maybery
Oct 6, 1923 - Jan 19, 2008

Maybery, Mae Dell Allmon - Dell departed this life on January 19, 2008 following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on October 6, 1923 in Blooming Grove, Texas, the youngest of six children. She served in the Coast Guard and was stationed in Washington, D.C. during World War II. Continuing her government service, she retired from Defense Contract Administration Services Region (DCASR) Dallas in 1985. Dell was an example to her family of strength and courage in adversity. She was a caring and selfless person and will be greatly missed. We take comfort in that she is certainly in the company of Heaven, based on the life she lived. Dell is survived by her husband of over 56 years, Merrell H. Maybery, her daughter, Jane Pierson and her son, Jim Maybery. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kiersten Maybery and Sean Maybery and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 28 at 3 pm at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Research Fund of the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053 (www.eyesight.org), or to your favorite charity. Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home 19310 Preston Road Dallas TX 75252 (214) 306-6700

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News - Jan 27, 2008
  • Parents: Nathan Edgar Allmon and Myrtle Iola (Miller) Allmon
  • Submitted by: Karen Rost
  • WWII Veteran
  • She is buried at the Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, TX but has a maker also at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX

Myrtle Roberta (Osborne) Cashion
Dec 20, 1910 - Aug 2, 2008

Roberta Cashion, 97, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Emmett Cemetery in Emmett. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Land Funeral Home of Burleson.
Roberta was born Dec. 20, 1910. She was the wife of John W. Cashion, who died in 1966. She was a devoted member of Retta Baptist Church.
Survivors: Sons, Jay Lamond Cashion and wife, Carretta, of Burleson and Kenneth David Cashion and wife, Bettie, of Picayune, Miss.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/4/2008

  • Submitted by Tim Hawkins

  • Roberta (Osborne) Cashion, passed away at the Crowley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 97.  She left behind: both sons, 4 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren .... Julia C. Baker (Myrtle's Granddaughter)

  • d/o Albert Lee Osborne & Georgia Arlena Virginia (Wells) Osborne


Mattie Cornelia (Ray) Gullatt
Oct 12, 1883 - Feb 7, 1947

Mrs. C.S. Gullatt Dies; Services Held Saturday

CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 9. - Mrs. C.S. Gullatt, 63, native Texan, died at the family home in Eureka Friday. Funeral services were held at Black Hills Cemetery Saturday.

Surviving are her husband and a son, Herman Gullatt, both of Eureka; eight grandchildren; two brothers, J.C. Ray, Corsicana, and W.C. Ray, Athens, and a sister, Mrs. E.C. Cantrell, Athens.

Notes:

  • Feb 10, 1947

  • Parents: J.B. Ray and Alice (Robbins) Ray

  • Dates and information from Death Certificate (Family Search)

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR MRS. C. S. GULLATT

Funeral services for Mrs. C. S. Gullatt, aged 63 years, who died at the family home in Eureka Friday morning, were held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Black Hills church. Burial was in the Black Hills cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church.

A native of Smith county, Texas the family had resided at Eureka the past 12 years.

Surviving are her husband, and a son, Herman Gullatt, both of Eureka; eight grandchildren, two brothers, J. C. Ray, Corsicana, and W. C. Ray, Athens; a sister, Mrs. E. C. Cantrell, Athens, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were T. M. Ray, E. C. Ray, C. A. Ray, R. O. Johnson, C. L. Johnson and L. L. Johnson.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Claude Thomas Shaw
July 3, 1913 - May 8, 1948

Corsicana Rites Held For Claude T. Shaw

CORSICANA, Texas, May 9 (Special). - Funeral services were held here Sunday for Claude T. Shaw, 34, who died at the family home here Saturday. Burial was at Black Hills Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Shaw, Corsicana; two brothers, W. M. Shaw Jr., Corsicana, and J. L. Shaw, Ranger; and two sisters, Mrs. M. M. Pike and Mrs. W. E. Beeman, both of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • May 10, 1948

  • Parents: William Milton Shaw Sr. & Georgia Lois (Crist) Shaw

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FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HELD SUNDAY FOR CLAUD SHAW

Funeral services for Claude T. Shaw, aged 34 years, who died at the family residence, 923 North Thirteenth street, early Saturday, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the Black Hills Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Shaw, Corsicana; two brothers, W. M. Shaw, Jr., Corsicana, and J. L. Shaw, Ranger; two sisters, Mrs. W. M. Pike and Mrs. W. E. Beeman, both of Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Elmo Hollingsworth, J. C. Johnston, J. W. Watkins, H. V. Fullerton, Sr.; M. M. Pike and W. E. Beeman.

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Sarah Jane "Sallie" (Boyett) McGlathery
Jan 12, 1855 - Dec 21, 1936

Dallasites' Mother Dies While on Visit

Mrs. A. L. McGlathery, 83, of Navarro County, mother of T. E. and A. L. McGlathery of Dallas, died Monday at Kemp, Kaufman County, where she was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Mamie Shivers.

Mrs. McGlathery was born near Tyler and was married at that city in 1870 to A. L. McGlathery of Kansas City, who died in 1915. She moved in 1877 to Navarro County, settling near Corsicana, where she lived when she died. Since childhood she had been a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the family burial grounds at the Black Hills Baptist Church.

Surviving are six children, T. E. and A. L. McGlathery, Dallas; Mrs. Ida Pike, Corsicana; S. K, McGlathery, Waxahachie and Mrs. Lula Howell and Mrs. Shivers, Kemp; three sisters, Mrs. Molly E. Smith, Tyler; Mrs. Edna Flores, Brandon, and Mrs. Zenaida Hamby, Muskogee, Okla.; fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Ada Lucy (Robinson) Huffstutler
Sep 28, 1872 - Mar 5, 1938

HOFFSTUTLER [sic]- Corsicana, Texas. March 5 - Mrs. Ada Lucy Hoffstutler, 65, died in the Black Hills community Saturday. Surviving are six children, Mrs. G.A. Benedict, Lubbock; Mrs. J.W. Watkins, Black Hills; Mrs. J.A. Newsom, St. Louis; M.L. Hoffstutler, Corsicana; H.A. Hoffstutler, Lubbock, and Mrs. C.E. Perrin, Seagoville, and one sister, Mrs. S.L. Mitchell, Corsicana.

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Her parents are either John Robinson or Robertson and Mary Brogg or Bragg. I saw it both ways on certificates in Family Search. Ya'll may have better information.

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FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. HUFFSTUTTLER WERE HELD SUNDAY
Funeral services for for Mrs. Ada Lucy Huffstutler, aged 65 years, who died in the Black Hills community Saturday morning at 11 o'clock, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Black Hills church with burial in the Black Hills cemetery. The rites were conducted by Revs. Vaughn and Prather. Surviving are six children, Mrs. G. A. Benedict, Lubbock; Mrs. J. W. Watkins, Black Hills; Mrs. J. A. Newsom, St Louis; M. L. Huffstutler, Corsicana; H. A. Huffstutler, Lubbock; Mrs. C. E, Perrin, Seagoville; a sister, Mrs. S. L. Mitchell, Corsicana, and other relatives. Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Joseph M. "Bert" Weed
Apr 20, 1891 - Nov 23, 1951

Valley View Services Set For Bert Weed, 60

GAINSVILLE, Texas, Nov. 24. Services for Bert Weed, 60, of Valley View will be held Sunday afternoon at the Valley View Baptist Church. Military rites will be observed at the graveside.
Weed, a veteran of two world wars, died Friday in the Veterans Hospital at McKinney. He was a native of Navarro County but had lived at Valley View twelve years.

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Frank Ellison Sr.
abt 1922 - Aug 5, 1988

Frank Ellison Sr, 66, of Corsicana, died August 5, 1988 at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Temple.

Wake services will be 7:30 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Brother Arthur Williams officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in Charge of Arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Jettie B Ellison of Corsicana; one daughter, Anita Pitts of Corsicana; seven sons, Michael Ellison, Frankie Lee Ellison, Carl Ellison and Kevin Ellison all of Corsicana; Harold Ellison of Dallas; Frank Earl Ellison and Jerry Ellison both of  Michigan;15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; mother Estella Ellison of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother, Rev. Lessie Ellison Jr of Corsicana; three sisters, Elouise Ellison and Helen Bell both of Corsicana and Doris Wilkes of Los Angeles, Calif.

 Pallbearers will be Charles Nelson, William Collins, Joe Bell, Johnny Brewer, Michael Donaldson and Curtis Burke

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Estella Marie Ellison
abt 1900 - Oct 13, 1992

Estella Marie Ellison, 92 of Corsicana, Went home to be with the Lord Oct. 13, 1992, at the Sierra Health Center in Pilots Point.

Services will be 1 pm Tuesday at the Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church with the Rev. T W Medlock officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements

Survivors include one son, Rev. Lessis J Ellison Jr (Shirley) of Corsicana; three daughters, Joe Elouise Ellison and Helen Bell, both of Corsicana and Doris Wilkes (Wilbert) of Los Angeles, California; 33 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; 10 great great-grandchildren and 4 great great great grandchildren.

 Pallbearers are Cornell Solomon, Donald Kennard, Eugene Chaney, Otis Tolliver, Joseph Davis and Tyron Davis

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Richard Henry Vest Sr.
June 27, 1890 - Jan 1963

R. H. Vest Dies In Ft. Worth.
R. H. Vest, 72, retired farmer died in Fort Worth Monday.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, Baptist Minister.
Native of Alabama, Vest resided in Texas 62 years, and had been in Fort Worth 10 years.
Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; five sons, David Vest, Long Beach, Calif.; Bill Vest, Anaheim, Calif.; Eathel Vest, Palmdale, Calif.; Cliff Vest, California, and Henry Vest, Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. G. W. Garleigh, Dallas; Mrs. Gladys Sharon, Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. C. O. Rains, Irving; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Tom Vest, Corsicana; J. C. Vest Ingiewood, Calif., and J. E. Vest, Fort Worth; two sisters, Mrs. Becky Priddy and Mrs. Callie Tull, both of Fort Worth; and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be John Adams, Charles Kent, Floyd Collins, Hoyte Priddy, Rufus Pevehouse and Harold Skinner.

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Doris (Allen) Griffin
Mar 13, 1940 - Jul 25, 2008

Doris Griffin
The Lord called Doris to eternal glory on Friday, July 25, 2008, at the Barbara J. Egan Nursing and Rehab Center in Shewsbury, Pa., after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Malakoff on March 13, 1940, but her family moved to Dawson early in her life and that’s where she received her primary education, graduating in 1959 from George Carver High School as salutatorian of her class. Her primary love was reading the Bible and learning about God’s plan for mankind. That love extended to her family and others that she met and interfaced with. She was intrigued with and enjoyed fellowshipping with all the various people she had chanced to meet throughout her lifetime. And she always had a ready smile and an encouraging word to give. Her other interests included growing flowers, arts and crafts. In 1968, she joined the Worldwide Church of God and attended the church in various locations — Dallas, Waco, Big Sandy, Lumberton, N.C., and Charleston, S.C., and, finally, Baltimore, Md. She remained a faithful member of the church until her death. Her favorite scripture was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” She was preceded in death by her father, L. Z. Allen; and mother, Lorene Jaggers. Doris leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Lena Toney of Fort Worth; three children, Latan Keith Griffin of Ocean Springs, Miss., Vernon Wayne Griffin of New Freedom, Pa., and Wanda Faye Griffin of Columbia, S.C.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Straight Way Baptist Church in Corsicana. Interment will follow at Resthaven Mausoleum. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Elna (Derryberry) Lane
July 28, 1915 - July 30, 2008

Elna Derryberry Lane
Elna Derryberry Lane passed away into the hands of her Lord on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at the age of 93. Mrs. Lane was born to James Horace and Luttie Pearl Bates Derryberry in Barry on July 28, 1915. She married Charlie Lane in 1940 and had three children. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Beatrice Lane, her husband Charlie, and grandson Matthew Lane. She is survived by her brother, Hansel Derryberry; her daughters and their families, Charlene and Terry Signor, granddaughter Cindi Tyler and great-grandsons Tyler and Tanner Kornarik; Janice and Mike Butler, grandchildren Michael and Stacia Butler and great-grandson Lane, Janna Butler and Julie Butler and great-great-granddaughter Taylor; and son Jerry and Anita Lane and grandson Jeremy Lane. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons Michael Butler, Jeremy Lane, Tyler Konarik and Tanner Konarik. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Allen Priddy
April 11, 1942 - July 29, 2008

Jimmy Allen Priddy, 66, passed away on July 29, 2008. He was born to Hoyt and Gelene Priddy on April 11, 1942, in Corsicana. Jim was preceded in death by his wife Nancy and parents Hoyt and Gelene Priddy. He is survived by sister Janet Marie Covington and husband Johnny Covington, nephew Charles Covington and wife Tina and their children; godsons Hayne Holley, Harrison Holley, Hunter Holley, Kazman Duncan and Chase Duncan; first cousin Alton Priddy and wife CJ and their children; sister-in-law Patty and husband Gerald Kimbrell; sister-in-law Jo and husband Emory Anderson; and brother-in-law Tom and wife Nancy Self. Jim had other cousins and many friends. Jim grew up in Purdon and graduated from Dawson High School in 1960. He was a member of Purdon Baptist Church. Jim worked for Western Electric in Dallas until he enlisted in the Army in 1966. He served in active duty until 1968 where he then moved to Houston and continued to work for Western Electric until 1976. Jim remained in the Army reserves until 1972. In 1976, Jim went in the car business and was the owner of J and H Motors. Jim loved life and the outdoors. When not working, Jim spent his time hunting and fishing. He brought joy to all the people around him. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Pace Funeral Home, 200 FM 350 North, Livingston.In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Odyssey Hospice, 100 Interstate 45 North, Suite 300, Conroe, TX 77301; S.P.C.A. of Polk County, 3731 Highway 190 West, Livingston, TX 77351; or a charity of choice. Arrangements by Pace Funeral Home, Livingston.

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Roy Lester Abbott
Apr 20, 1934 - Aug 1, 2008

Roy Abbott
On Aug. 1, 2008 Roy Abbott, our beloved “Da” was called home to be with Jesus. Roy was born in Malakoff on April 20, 1934 to Dock and Bertha Abbott. He was the oldest of five children. Married to Vera Rutherford in 1956, he lived in Corsicana and worked in the sheet metal and air conditioning business until his retirement. During retirement, Roy spent his time working with cattle, horses, and agriculture. He was a member of Powell Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Morris Holcomb and the Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mankin Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Higgins, Bobby Bland, Gary Dutton, Terry Perry, Terry Parrish and Sonny Bancroft. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dwayne Garner, Billy Joe Conger, M.R. “Bunk” Bottoms, Jabo McClendon, Benny Horn and Buster Carter. Mr. Abbott was preceded in death by his parents’ Dock and Bertha Abbott, and his infant sister, Bonnie Abbott. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Vera Abbott; daughter, Donna Simmons of Mildred; son-in-law, Curtis Simmons of Teague; grandchildren, Chris and Alicia Simmons of Midlothian, and Heather Lynn and Jeremy Spell of Houston; great grandchildren, Brittany and Bailey Bayes of Midlothian; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bobbie and Leamon Rogers and Joyce and Nolan Baker; and brother, Danny Abbott all of Malakoff; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a big host of friends. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Frances (Thompson) Bryant
Apr 24, 1922 - Aug 1, 2008

Mary Frances Bryant
Mary Frances Bryant, at the age of 86 went to be with her Lord on Aug. 1, 2008.Mary was born on April 24, 1922 in the Cade Community in Streetman, the oldest child of five children and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Thompson (Jack and Belle). Survivors include her brothers, Eldon of Encinitas, Calif. and Billy of Magnolia. Frances leaves to cherish her memories many nieces and nephews, cousins and her many friends. Mary was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Belle; sister, Lora Belle Thompson; and brother, John. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years, Tommy J. Bryant. Mary attended Cade School and Streetman High School where she graduated in 1941. Mary was an active and devoted member of First Baptist Church wherever she lived. A devoted Christian who loved the Lord. One of her joys was sharing her faith so that all might know messages and love of Christ, her Lord and Savior. She worked as a dental assistant for 27 years in Fort Worth, working for only two dentists. As she semi-retired much of her time was spent with church work, quilting, sewing, floral arranging and other crafts. Quilting was her first love and numerous hand made quilts were admired by many. In her last years she fought health odds against Alzheimer’s, breast cancer and loss of eyesight. She was admired and loved by all who cared for her and witnessed what a great lady she was. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Birdston Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Carolyn (Clark) Doughtie
June 13, 1925 - Aug 1, 2008

Carolyn Doughtie
Carolyn Doughtie, 83, of Hillsboro passed away Aug. 1, 2008, in a Fort Worth hospital. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Methodist Church in Hillsboro with the Rev. Reed Justus officiating. Carolyn was born June 13, 1925 in Winkler. She was the daughter of David Washington and Willie Green (Wommack) Clark. She married Bill Doughtie Aug. 23, 1969 in Dallas. She was an avid gardener, loved yard work, flowers, plants and attending garden club meetings. She was an avid reader, and was a good cook. She was office manager for Beard Plumbing Company, retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Hillsboro Garden Club, Center Garden Club, and was a member of the First Methodist Church in Hillsboro. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Bill Doughtie of Hillsboro; children, Diana Calahan and husband Bill of Walnut Creek, Calif., Tom Doughtie and wife Cathy of Amarillo, and Andy Doughtie and wife Jill of Denver, Colo.; sister, Nellie Foster of Grand Prairie; sister-in-law, Kathleen Clark of Carrollton; five grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to the First Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 673, Hillsboro, TX 76645. Arrangements by Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors, Hillsboro.

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Irma Lee (King) Harper-Jones
May 18, 1920 - Aug 2, 2008

Irma Lee Jones
Irma Lee Jones, 88, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, in Corsicana. She was born in Corsicana on May 18, 1920, to Whit and Erma King. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist church. She was preceded in death by two husbands, John Edward Harper and Thomas Edward Jones; a sister, Aline King; and her parents. She is survived by one son, Johnny Harper and his wife Virginia of Corsicana; one brother, Sonny King of Corsicana; two sisters, Louise Hunter of Corsicana and Sarah Harmon of Centerville, La.; grandson, John Harper and his wife Debbie of Plano; granddaughter, Jennifer Powell and husband Wayne of Corsicana; great-grandchildren, Kaley, Claire, Zachary, Alexandra and Amanda; and a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating with burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Raylon Lewis, Larry Hunter, Danny Richards, L.D. Richards, John Harper and Wayne Powell. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Rayford E. "Brown" Jones
Sep 5, 1917 - Aug 4, 2008

Rayford E. "Brown" Jones
Rayford E. “Brown” Jones, 90, of Mildred passed away on Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. He was born on Sept. 5, 1917, and was the youngest of 12 children born to Columbus Lee and Lillie Ann Jones. He lived his entire life in Navarro County, leaving only to serve his country in World War II as a member of the famous 36th Division of the United States Army. Sgt. Jones was overseas for more than four years, having served in Africa, Germany, Italy and France. He married the late Mary Lou O’Daniel of Corsicana on Dec. 29, 1945. They were married for over 41 years. Brown served a deputy sheriff of Navarro County after returning home from his military service. He was a farmer and rancher, living his life on the family home place doing what he loved. Part of his time was also spent working in the oil fields of Navarro County. Brown served his community as a member of the school board at Mildred ISD and as an election judge for the community of Mildred. He loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Mildred Baptist Church for over 45 years and also served as a deacon. Brown graduated from Mildred High School, was voted king of MHS, and was a member of Mildred’s first football team. He always said that he “played in and saw his first football game.” Being an avid sports fan, he always supported Mildred sports as well as watching his children and grandchildren play ball as long as he was able. Most Sunday afternoons were spent playing baseball in the front yard with his children, and later, his grandchildren. Brown enjoyed having coffee and visiting with his friends, family gatherings, attending horse shows with his daughters on Saturday afternoons, watching sports, and teaching his sons how to run a farm. Brown was preceded in death by his beloved wife; son, Rocky Jones; and grandson, Eric Asby. Brown is survived by his children and their families: Kathy and Thomas Guidry of Rusk, Ann and Mike Asby of Centerville, Ginny and Kenny Folmar of Eureka, and Rusty Jones of Mildred. Grandchildren include Judd and Amy Guidry, Morgan Guidry, Brad Guidry, Cameron and Carin Asby, Marcus and Megan Asby, Jeffrey Asby, Laura and Stuart Smith, Emily and Nolan Nahidi, Megan Folmar, Mikayla Jones, and Talli and Tyler Russell. Great-grandchildren include Lily Smith and Walker Smith.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mildred Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana. Brown’s grandsons and Buddy Smith will serve as pallbearers. The family would like to thank Ruby Jennings for her devoted care and love shown to our father. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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James Eugene Sherrell
Apr 17, 1955 - Aug 5, 2008

James Eugene Sherrell
James Eugene Sherrell, 53, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel.He was born April 17, 1955, to L.T. and Betty Sherrell. James operated Corsicana Automotive for 17 years. He was a member of the Dallas Optimist Club.He is survived by his wife, Billie Sherrell of Corsicana; daughter, Jamie Lesa Sherrell Hendrick and husband Jonathan of Rice; brother, Robbie James Sherrell of Corsicana; and sisters, Lesa Lynn Sherrell of Waxahachie and Linda Ann Sherrell of Waxahachie. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gelene (Reed) Stockton
Jan 31, 1922 - Aug 4, 2008

Gelene Stockton
Gelene Stockton, 86, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at an Abilene hospital. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Kerens Cemetery. She and her twin sister Geraldine were born Jan. 31, 1922, to Willie and Beulah Reed in Kerens. She graduated from Kerens High School in 1939. On Aug. 3, 1947, she married Zack Stockton in Kerens. The family moved to Abilene in 1958. She lived a very active and dedicated life making a home for Zack and their two sons. Gelene is survived by her husband Zack of Abilene; sons, Scott and wife Janet of Richardson and Stephen and wife Vonna of Golden, Colo.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Autumn Fankhauser and husband Matt and their sons Caden and Jack of Austin, Tommy Stockton of Frisco, Jacob, Wesley and Kevin Stockton of Golden, Colo.; several cousins, nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leroy Reed; and sisters, Lottie Pulley, Leona Lewis and Geraldine Boyd. She was a very active volunteer for Hendrick Hospital Auxiliary since 1971. Other interests and organizations include Abilene Garden Club, Thursday Quilters, First Central Presbyterian Church and Friendly Class, and Central Texas Gem and Mineral Society. She greatly enjoyed china painting, and over many years shared pieces of lovely hand-painted china with family and friends. Memorials may be made to Kerens Presbyterian Church, 301 S.E. Third St., Kerens, TX 75144; Abilene Garden Club; or to the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Robert C. Bush
Feb 23, 1935 - Aug 6, 2008

Robert C. “Bob” Bush, 73, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Kerens with Jerry Phillips officiating and the Rev. Buddy Moore assisting. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Bush, Kenneth Johnston, Wade Johnston, Jerry Phillips, Bill Monds and Jason Schafer. Mr. Bush was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Waco. He was an English professor at TVCC in Athens for 32 years. Survivors include his wife, Helen Bush of Corsicana; son, Robert C. Bush Jr. of Corsicana; daughter, Helen Kay Mousner of Navasota; grandson, Charles W. Bush of Corsicana; granddaughter, Caroline Mousner of Navasota; brother, Jack Bush of San Antonio; and sister-in-law, Mary Bush of Denton. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Allen A. Crews
Mar 2, 1919 - Aug 5, 2008

Allen A. Crews
Allen A. Crews passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. He was born March 2, 1919. He was a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army, having served in World War II. He retired after 38 years with Southwestern Bell. Survivors include his wife, Mary Crews; one daughter, one son and spouse, one daughter and spouse, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews. His body was donated to Southwestern Medical Center. A family graveside burial will be held at a later date.
 

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Jerry James McMillan
Feb 6, 1914 - Aug 6, 2008

Jerry James McMillan, of Corsicana and Irving, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008. He was born Feb. 6, 1914, in Memphis, Texas, to Lamertine McMillan and Caro Allen Melton. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1934. He met the love of his life Alice “Biddie” Atkinson and they were wed 71 years before her death in 2005. He owned Jerry’s Auto Electric in Corsicana until 1955 when he moved his family and business to Irving. He owned Irving Auto Electric until he retired to Blooming Grove in 1985. He became a farmer and farmed until he became ill and moved to a retirement home in Irving in 2008.He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ira and Woodie; sister Vally L. Johnston; great-granddaughter Amy Miller; and his loving wife, Alice “Biddie.” Survivors include daughters Mary Alice McMillan and partner Jennifer Croson, and Betty Joyce Gribble and husband Martin; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, Irving.

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Glenda Raymond Scott
abt 1949 - Aug 7, 2008

Glenda Raymond Scott, 69, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at her residence. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Billy Hatcher officiating and the Rev. Wes Johnson assisting. Graveside service will be 5 p.m. today at Mesquite City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matthew Raymond, Brandon Raymond, John David Seale, John Scott, George Scott Jr. and Steven Franks. Mrs. Scott was born May 2, 1939, in Dallas. She was preceded in death by husband, Ernest T. Raymond; and one son, Larry D. Raymond. Survivors include her husband, George Scott of Kerens; sons, Ricky Raymond and Curtis Raymond, both of Mesquite; three grandchildren, Brandon Raymond and Matthew Raymond, both of Mesquite, and Chasity Kruz of Colorado; one great-granddaughter; stepchildren, Debbie Talley of Corsicana, Becky Seale and Gina Dieterichs, both of Kerens, John Scott of Dallas, Sarah Maddox and George Scott Jr., both of Houston; six step great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Claudia Raymond of Mesquite; brother-in-law, Sonny Raymond of Mesquite; sister-in-law, Maudie Blair; nephew and niece, Scot and Sarah Blair; niece, Angela Ward; great-nephew, Dakota Rion; and nephews, Jeffery and Stephen Franks. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Audra Joseph Williams
Dec 18, 1916 - Aug 7, 2008

Audra Joseph “Bill” Williams, an exceptional husband, father and grandfather, left this world to join his beloved wife Jane in heaven on Aug. 7, 2008, at age 91. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Lockhart Church of Christ. Mr. Williams died at his residence in Corsicana with his daughters by his side. He will be remembered for his kindness and patience and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Mr. Williams was born Dec. 18, 1916, in rural Dewey County outside of Leedey, Okla. His mother died when he was only 8. He left home as a young man to work as a cowboy in New Mexico and in Texas on the Goodnight Ranch and later worked in the fuel transport business. He met the love of his life, Dorothy Jane Feightner of Gorman, in 1939. While the two were engaged, Bill suffered a fiery truck crash and spent six months in the hospital with Jane by his side. After recovering, they were married on Sept. 18, 1941. They made their home in several places. In their early years they lived in Fort Worth and had two daughters. Later, they moved to Decatur and owned White Auto Store and Decatur Home Furnishings. In 1968, they decided to move to Lockhart and open a True Value Hardware store, where they lived for over 30 years. All of their grandchildren can say how special it was to visit their home — plenty of fun, games, and a pool. In 2003, Bill moved to Corsicana to be near his daughters. Mr. Williams was a member of the Church of Christ. His hobbies included deer hunting, fishing, camping in his motor home, traveling, and was a talented craftsman. Over the years, his children and grandchildren received many handmade wooden gifts. One of Mr. Williams’ happiest moments was the celebration of his 50th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife Jane on Sept. 18, 1991. All family and friends attended. Shortly after, Jane passed away in December 1992. Bill lived 16 more years, never once forgetting her. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Jane Williams, his parents Samantha Neeley Bryan and Joseph Asa Williams, three brothers, one sister, grandson William Corey Millican, and great-grandson Zakkary Ray Millican. Survivors include his daughter, Sheila Carter and husband Bob of Arlington; daughter, Linda Wilson of Corsicana; grandchildren, Candi Schuelke and husband Tim of Lockhart, Cristi Williams and husband Roy of Elizabeth, Colo., Stephanie Carter of Fort Worth, Cayla DeMoss and husband Steve of Corsicana, Scott Carter of Little Rock, Ark., Derek Carter and wife Jennifer of Oklahoma City, Okla., Todd Carter and wife Shannon of Surprise, Ariz., and Mindy Istas and husband Steve of Garland; great-grandchildren, Justin Schuelke and wife Jesse of San Antonio, Tristan Shimonek of Elizabeth, Colo., Justin DeMoss of Corsicana, Drew Schuelke of Lockhart, Monica DeMoss of Corsicana, Mallory Shimonek of Elizabeth, Colo., Audra DeMoss of Corsicana, Lauren Schuelke of Lockhart, Taylor Williams of Elizabeth, Colo., Michael Istas of Garland, Benjamin Carter of Surprise, Ariz., and Jacob Istas of Garland; and five great-great grandchildren. Arrangements by McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart.

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Conrad Milton Newton, Jr.
Sep 26, 1915 - Aug 6, 2008

Conrad Milton (Sonny) Newton, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, August 6, 2008, in Corsicana. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Sonny was born in Hubbard to the parentage of Conrad M. Newton, Sr. and Sammie Cook Newton on September 26, 1915. The family moved to Dawson when Sonny was in the second grade. After graduating from Dawson High School, he attended Trinity University in Waxahachie where he was captain of the Oratory team, cheerleader and a member of the tennis team. Following his studies at Trinity, he attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he studied business and became a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. Sonny acquired banking experience in various institutions around the state of Texas before becoming associated with the First National Bank in Dawson, where he served in every official capacity over the years, including President and Chairman of the Board, until his retirement in 1985.During World War II, he served in the Pacific theater of operations for three years as an officer in the United States Army Air Corps. Upon returning to civilian life, Sonny and his wife, Noel, and baby daughter, Noel, moved to Palestine, where he assumed the title and responsibilities of Vice President of East Texas National Bank. The family lived in Palestine for four years where membership included First Presbyterian Church and Crystal Lake hunting and fishing club. In 1949, Sonny returned to Dawson as Vice President of First National Bank. While living in Dawson, he served two terms as mayor of Dawson, 25 years on the Navarro-Hill Counties Soil and Water Conservation District Board, a member of the Board of Directors for 20 years of the Citizens State Bank of Frost, charter member and past president of the Dawson Lions Club, and numerous other civic responsibilities, as well as honors in banking, ranching, and farming in Navarro County. He and son, Conrad III, were instrumental in building the current First Bank and Trust facility in Dawson with a branch bank in Hubbard. He is pre-deceased by his wife of 60 years, Noel Reynolds Newton, his sister, Mary Jane Newton McDaniel, and husband, Eugene William McDaniel. He is survived by daughter, Noel Newton Templer of Dallas; son, Conrad M. Newton, III and wife Barbara of Dawson; daughter, Nancy Jackson Newton of Corpus Christi; five grandchildren, John W. Templer, Jr. and wife Karrie of Fort Worth, Jane Templer Conner and husband Tracy of Fayetteville, Ark., Conrad M. Newton IV, Christopher Newton, and Claire Newton of Dawson; four great-grandchildren, Erin, Emily and Preston Templer, and Noel James Templer Conner; and long-time friend and companion, Mildred Brustrom of Hubbard. Honorary pallbearers will be the Board of Directors of First Bank and Trust of Dawson and his three grandsons. Memorials may be made to Dawson Ex-Students Association, c/o First Bank and Trust, PO Box 159, Dawson, TX 76639.Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Bessie Mae Scott
abt 1952 - Aug 2008

Bessie Mae Scott
Bessie Mae Scott, 56 of Corsicana, TX peacefully passed on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.Family Hour will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Paradise Funeral Home Chapel, 3910 S. Lancaster Rd., Dallas. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008, at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Corsicana with Pastor Albert Cox, Jr. as the eulogist. Bessie leaves to cherish her eternal memories sons, Whitney (Amy) and Stewart (LaToya); grandson, Whitney Vincent Scott, II all of Aubrey, Texas; brothers, Bobby (Celestine), Tommy (Betty Jean) and Larry (Ernestine) Hailey; and sister, Janie, all of Corsicana, TX.  Arrangements by Paradise Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Clara Elnorha Ware
Jun 11, 1911 - Aug 9 2008

Clara Elnorha Ware
Clara Elnorha Ware, 97, of Kerens passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, in Kerens. She was born June 11, 1911 in Deerhead, Kansas. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Patterson Cemetery in Emhouse with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. She is survived by stepdaughter, Sug Holloway of Kerens; sisters-in-law, Babe Carr and Janie Roberts; 33 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nephews, Steve Carr and Ricky Carr; and nieces, Linda Carr and Minarr Miller. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Brice Richard Bonner III
Aug 1, 1948 - Aug 6, 2008

Brice R. Bonner III, 60, of Eureka, passed away Aug. 6, 2008, in Colorado. He was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Dallas to Brice Richards Bonner II and Mary E. Skelton Bonner. He is survived by son Brice R. Bonner IV of Eureka and daughter Kristen and husband Chris Jennings of Eureka. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Eureka Cemetery with Gary Connor and Brenda Speer officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Harry Hunt, Ben Brunton, Paul Curington and Gene Thomas. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alvin Thomas Stanley
Sep 13, 1956 - Aug 1, 2008

Mr. Alvin T. Stanley, 51, of Kemp passed away on Friday, August 1, 2008 in Barry, Texas. He was born on September 13, 1956 in Corsicana, Texas.
He worked as a safety supervisor with the Stevens Transport Company. He was a veteran having served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with Chaplain Russell E. Bracy officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father; James Samuel Stanley and his mother; Norma Jewel Johnson.

He is survived by his Daughter; Britney Stanley of Dallas, Brothers & Sister-in-Law; David & Tamela Stanley of Mabank and James Allen Stanley of Corsicana, Sister & Brother-in-Law; Polly & Frank Wear of Corsicana, Step-Sisters & Husbands; Kathy & Gene Pate of Gun Barrel City, Jinnine & Sonny Cathy of Waco, and Holline & Robert Willett of Lufkin, Step-Brother; Hollis Dale Johnson of Marlin, Step-Father; Hollis A. Johnson of Kemp, Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and special friends; Dari Leclair, Ty Clark, Morgan Leclair, and Chris Ott all of Barry.


Otsie Dorthulla (Fox) Keathley
Nov 4, 1922 - Aug 13, 2008

Otsie Dorthulla Keathley
Otsie Dorthulla Keathley, 85, of Wortham passed away peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at her residence. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Wortham with the Rev. Steven Schulte officiating. Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery in Frost. Otsie was born Nov. 4, 1922, in Coalgate, Okla., to Loyd and Mae Carter Fox. She was a graduate of Itasca High School and on June 30, 1942, she married Andrew Keathley in Hillsboro. She touched many lives through Keathley’s Café, serving chicken fried steak dinners for the Wortham Lions Club, the football team, high school seniors, Wortham Jaycees and numerous other groups locally in years past. She loved people and she loved attention. She was truly one of a kind. Local cattlemen and many passing through Wortham by way of Highway 14 always knew where they could stop for a hot cup of coffee and a hot breakfast with the best hostess around. If you didn’t watch out she might just grab a dessert and sit down to join you, strangers and all. Many remember how she would let all the big boys get by with all kinds of rough housing, head locks, choke holds, popping each other with her dish towels — you get the picture — and they usually ended up in the kitchen where there were always dishes to be washed. As the years went by, the phase of short-order cooking, cheeseburgers and french fries, cigarette machines, juke boxes, pool tables and pinball, Keathley’s Café turned into Keathley’s Diner, a more formal place of plate lunches and coffee drinkers. Of course changing the name didn’t change the hospitality or the atmosphere much. When it came to the grandchildren, nieces, nephews or just about any of the local young-uns the Coca-Colas, candy bars, Juicy Fruit gum and pennies for the gum ball machine, nobody was ever told no and it was OK if you failed to ask. She will always be remembered and loved for her childlike playfulness with the young and the young at heart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Mae Carter Fox; husband, Andrew Keathley; sons, Everette Keathley and David Keathley; granddaughter, Lanette Calame; and grandson, Brian Keathley. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Calame and husband Charles; son, Andy Keathley II and wife Rosie; grandchildren, Pamela Calame, Judy Chilcoat and husband Mark, Stacie Keathley, Andrea Jenkins and husband Craig, Jennifer Dixon and husband Bobby, Emily Keathley, Andy Keathley III and wife Mary, Karen Stanford, Kathy Dishongh and husband Tim, and Shane Neal; great-grandchildren, Annie Dean and husband Dustin, Blake Chilcoat, Jessica Stanford, Madison Van Der Kroon, Drew and Abby Jenkins, Michael and Marina Keathley and Jacob Dishongh; sister-in-law, Mary Keathley, and best friend and sister-in-law, Frances Keathley; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Thomas Lucas, Zackie Keathley, Gene Mackey, David Batts, Jesse Calame and Terry Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Burt Keathley, Paul Ferguson and Joe Ed Bounds. Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.

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Linda (Banner) Dycus
April 27, 1945 - Aug 14, 2008

Linda Dycus
Linda Dycus, 63, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. She was born April 27, 1945, in Tyler to Cooper and Lucille Teer Barner. She was preceded in death by brother Jack Barner. She is survived by husband David “Punchy” Dycus, son Matthew Dycus, and daughter Kelli Kuykendall, all of Corsicana; brothers William Barner and wife Doris of Hidaway and Stan Barner of Etowah, Tenn.; two grandchildren Chelsea and Caitlyn; numerous nieces and nephews and her dog Psyche. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Bill Honea and Dr. David Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Corley, Dave Barton, Keith Sykes, Jim Hodge, Larry Davis, Charlie Knott, Jerod Welch and Roger Stewart. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Atchley, Charles Dillard, James Sykes, Charles Herrea and Glenn Gullatt. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Cresencia Huerta Castro-Ferrer
abt 1914 - Aug 15, 2008

Cresencia Huerta Ferrer went to join her Heavenly Father on Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 at her residence in Barry. After being with her family for a rich 94 years, she was a blessing and an inspiration to all those who came to know her and be with her. Cresencia was preceded in death by husbands Jose Castro (20 yrs.), and Pascual “Shorty” Loredo Ferrer (32 yrs.); her children, Bernadina Castro, 9; Ramona Castro Venegas, 65; Juanita Castro Alvarado, 61; and Jose Gudalupe Castro, 18. She will be deeply missed by those who survive her; daughters, Julia H. Granado of Dallas, Maricela (Victor) Rojas Sr. of Barry, and a son, Ricardo Mercedes (Rhonda) Ferrer of Barry. She was a very, very special mother to seven children and grandmother to 30 grandchildren, 84 great grandchildren, 90 great-great grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Otis Conner officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Margie Roloff
Sep 20, 1915 - Aug 15, 2008

Margie Roloff, 92, of Dawson and a former long-time resident of Austin passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2008 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Minister Clark Tatum officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery. Margie was born Sept. 20, 1915 to Rudolph John and Winnie (Sawyer) Roloff in the Rodney Community south of Dawson. She was raised in the Rodney community and was a 1934 graduate of Union High School where she excelled in basketball and was the class salutatorian. Margie lived in Waco for several years before moving to Austin in 1954. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Waco and Austin for over 41 years and worked 16 years before missing a day of work. Margie loved to travel and visited almost all of the European countries. She also enjoyed bowling and also performed volunteer work at Austin hospitals. Margie was a member of Cameron Road Church of Christ in Austin before moving to Corsicana in 2004.She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ervin, Clyde and Vernon Roloff; and a sister, Mary McLain. Survivors include her sister, Opal Hillis and husband Jake of Dawson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be her nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be her former fellow employees at Southwestern Bell and members of Cameron Road Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Chlodine (Patterson) Mosley
Feb 24, 1934 - Aug 16, 2008

Mrs. Chlodine Mosley, 74, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. She was born Feb. 24, 1934 to Chelsey and Mable Patterson Sr. in Fort Worth, where she was raised on a dairy farm owned by her father. On March 1, 1950, she married Mr. Johnny R. Mosley and they were together for 57 years until Johnny passed away December of 2006. Chlodine was a very sweet mother, nanny, and aunt who loved her family and those close to her. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Eureka Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny R. Mosley; and brother, Lindle Patterson. Survivors include her daughter, Tammy Capps and husband Nathan of Corsicana; granddaughter, Brittney Gillespie of Corsicana; sister, Seleta Blackwood and husband George of Fort Worth; brother, Chesley Patterson Jr. and wife Martha of Corsicana; caregiver and niece, Debbie Williams and husband Gary of Corsicana; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Winnie Ethel "Dink" (Daniel) Adkins
March 7, 1903 - Nov 10, 1991

Winnie Ethel Adkins, 88, of Dawson, died Nov 10, 1991, at her residence.
Services were 2:30 p.m. Monday at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard, with the Rev. Kell Quensenberry officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery.
She was born March 7, 1903, in Fairfield. She was a Dawson resident since the late 1960s. Prior to that, she lived in San Angelo. She was a member Park Heights Baptist Church of San Angelo. She was a retired seamstress.
Survivors include four sisters, Jimmie Miller of Tyler, Norma McAfee of Paradise, Calif., Metibel Stout of San Angelo, and Esta Pitts of Dawson; one brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Delores Daniel of Forestville, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Nancy Daniel of Dawson; 10 nieces; and 10 nephews.
Pallbearers will be Sherman Rawlinson, Al Novac, Don Raley, B.D. Hubbard, Norman Summers and Raymond Etter.

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Curtis Clemons
Jun 9, 1915 - Nov 10, 1991

Curtis Clemons
Curtis Clemons, 76, of Purdon, died Nov 10, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gary Hartley officiating. Burial will be in the New Pursley Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Mackey Clemons of San Antonio, Jack Clemons of Arlington, and Bennie Clemons of Pursley; two brothers, Olen Clemons of Pursley, and Robert Clemons of Purdon; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Jessie Tyra (Horton) Baumgartner
Aug 8, 1901 - Mar 26, 1983

Mrs. W. C. (Jessie) Baumgartner
Mrs. W. C. (Jessie) Baumgartner, 82,of Corsicana, died Saturday at Leisure Lodge, where she had been a long-time resident.
Service is today at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist church with the Rev. Troy Brooks officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery.
Mrs. Baumgartner was born in Alma and had lived in Corsicana for 55 years. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Joe Baumgartner, of Corsicana; Lester Baumgartner, of Corsicana; Thomas Baumgartner, of Corsicana, Donald Baumgartner, Dresden; and Charlie Baumgartner, of Kemp; one daughter, Mrs. Frances Crockett, of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Oma Tyler, of Ferris; one brother, Rufus Horton, of Ennis.
Pallbearers will be the board of deacons of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Mar 27, 1983
  • TXDI: Jessie Tyra Baumgartner; Female; 26 Mar 1983; Navarro, Texas
  • SSDI: JESSIE BAUMGARTNER 08 Aug 1901 Mar 1983 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

Emma (Blake) Ivy
May 26, 1875 - Mar 15, 1968

Mrs. Ivy Rites Slated Friday
Mrs. Emma Ivy, 92, mother of Mrs. Rufus Pevehouse of Corsicana, died early Wednesday in a Fort Worth Nursing home. She was a longtime resident of Glen Rose.
The body will be at the Griffin Funeral Chapel here until early Friday. Services will be held at the First Methodist Church in Glen Rose Friday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Squaw Creek Cemetery there.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.

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  • Corsicana Simi Weekly Light, Mar 15, 1968
  • EMMA L IVY 26 May 1875 15 Mar 1968 (V) 76043 (Glen Rose, Somervell, TX)
  • Wife of Garrott Ivy

Dolores (Martin) Baumgartner
May 20, 1930 - Oct 31, 1995

Dolores Baumgartner
Services for Dolores Baumgartner, 65, of Denton, will be held at Corley Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, Oct 31, 1995, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Colleen Darraugh officiating.
Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas.
Ms. Baumgartner died Oct. 29, 1995 in Denton.
Born May 20, 1930 in Longview, Texas, Ms. Baumgartner was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Corsicana.
Survivors include: son, Michael  Baumgartner of Denton; daughter-in-law, Susan York of Denton; mother, Louise White of Corsicana; granddaughters Melissa Baumgartner and Maggie Baumgartner of Denton; grandson, Jeff York of Arlington; brother, Roy Martin Jr., of Payne Springs, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ms. Baumgartner was preceded in death by father, Roy Martin Sr.; brother, Ronnie Martin; and husband Lester Nolan Baumgartner.

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Mary Elizabeth (Elliott) Parsons
Jun 30, 1880 - Mar 23, 1968

Mrs. Parsons Services Held
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Mary Parsons. The Rev. Gene Tone officiated and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving are two daughters, a daughter-in-law, a sister, four brothers, five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Lloyd Parker, J. B. Jeffries, R. A. Jeffries, Sammy Parker, Mike Parson, Robert Northcott, Jimmy Parsons, Buddy Collins.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Mar 26, 1968
  • TXDI: Parsons Mary Elizabeth 03-23-1968 NAVARRO Female
  • Death Certificate
  • SSDI: MARY PARSONS 30 Jun 1880 Mar 1968 75110 (Corsicana, Navarro, TX)

Hugh Boyd "Dick" Williamson
Nov 14, 1897 - Mar 16, 1968

Williamson Services Held

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 pm. in the Corley Chapel for H. B. (Dick) Williamson, 70, lifelong resident of Navarro County who died in Memorial Hospital Saturday.
The Rev. Bill Grimes officiated. Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery.
Williamson, a native of Angus, resided at 817 S. 16th St. most of his life.
Surviving are his wife; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Shoemaker, San Antonio; Mrs. Maggie Winters, Arlington; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ned Donoho, Quinn Harrison.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Mar 23, 1968
  • Son of D. Williamson & Hattie (Allen) Williamson

Claude Junior Prowell
Dec 1, 1925 - Nov 15, 1987

Claude Prowell, 64, of Corsicana, died Sunday in Corsicana.
Graveside service is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Modrall Cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating.
Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.
He was a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. A. C. Prowell of Lancaster; three brothers, Rowley Prowell and Harley Prowell, both of Lancaster and Tommy Prowell of Waco; and two sisters, Fay Poe of Waco and Shirley Fridget of Duncanville.

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Beulah F. (Cook) Poarch
June 13, 1895 - Sept 28, 1931

POARCH, - Corsicana, Texas, - Sept. 29 - Mrs. Beulah Cook Poarch, 36, wife of Grady Poarch of the Black Hills community, died at the family home Monday evening and the funeral was held from the Black Hills Church Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Black Hills Cemetery. The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. DeRush. Surviving are her husband, two sons, Willie Lee and Jerry Poarch, and two daughters, Hazel and Opal Doris Poarch, all of the Black Hills Community; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Cook of Black Hills; four brothers, J.C. Cook of Corsicana, O.B., Will and Ernest Cook, all of Black Hills, and two sisters, Mrs. O. N. Stewart of Corsicana and Ethel May Cook of Black Hills. Pallbearers were Claude Breithaupt, O. S. Rich, L. O. Sutton, J. M. Beckham, John Montgomery and Bob Drane.

Sept 29, 1931

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In Memory

In loving remembrance of my dear sister, Mrs. G. G. Poarch.

On Monday evening, Sept. 28, 1931 at six o’clock the death angel entered into the home of Mrs. G. G. Poarch and claimed their loving wife and darling mother.

Oh, such a shock to her loved ones and friends when they learned she had passed away, for in Beulah’s departure we have lost a very dear sister, a loving kind and faithful wife and a darling mother.

Oh, how we shall miss Beulah’s sweet smiling face and friendly greetings as well as words of consolation and encouragement as we travel on life’s way.  But memories of such a sweet life as was her’s will live with us on and on. We can all but keep from asking why she was taken from us so suddenly but some day we will understand for God makes no mistakes.  She, with her happy, unselfish disposition won the love and respect of all who knew her.  May her happy spirit live on to guide her children whom she loved dearly, on through life’s way.

In making her friends and loved ones happy she found delight and she was ever thoughtful of the sick and needy of her community.  Never was the night too cold and rainy for her to get to friends and loved ones in time of sickness and need.  She fought life’s battle bravely; all her burdens she carried with a smile.

She was sick such a short while, living only two hours after taking sick and calling her mother to her. Even though she never spoke to any of is after we reached her, it was a consolation to know she was prepared to go, for she had so often told us she was not afraid to die, she was ready any time.  No Beulah is not dead, she has just passed on to a better world, which makes heaven dearer and sweeter to us now than ever before.  May it influence our lives so that we may live the kind of life that will enable us to meet her where there will be no more heartaches and sad days.

She was laid to rest in Black Hills Cemetery Sept. 29, 1931.  To the family I offer sympathy and may God give us strength to bear our troubles.

She leaves to mourn her death her husband, four children, William, Jerry, Hazel Louise and Opal Doris, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Cook, four brothers, Oscar, Jesse, Willie, and Ernest Cook, two sisters, Mrs. O.N. Steward, Ethel Mae Cook all of Black Hills and a host of friends and relatives.

We loved her, yes we loved her,

But Jesus loved her more

And so he bed her come

To her home on yonder shore.

She was patient, kind and tender,

All her fears she drove away,

Oh, I never will forget Beulah

For I miss her more each day.

I will go some day to meet her

When I’m called my Lord to see

There I’ll clasp the hands of Beulah;

She’s waiting now for me.

Another link is broken

In our household band,

But another one is forming

In a far and better land.

Yes Beulah is asleep in Jesus

No more in this world she’ll roam

But just think how she’ll be missed

By her loved ones at home.

And now what a happy meeting

When we clasp glad hands once more

There to know and meet each other

Oh yonder happy, golden shore.

   Written by her sister who loved her dearly.

                   ETHEL MAE COOK 

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Friends in this community were shocked and grieved Monday afternoon when news reached them of the death of Mrs. Grady Poarch of Black Hills. Death came very suddenly, she never having regained consciousness after summoning her mother and returning to the bed. Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock in the Black Hills church. Rev. H. C. DeRusha had charge of the services and was assisted by Rev. Lawrence Shivers. Burial was in the Black Hills Cemetery.

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J. B. Ray
May 19, 1860 - Oct 15, 1937

RAY - Corsicana, Texas, Oct. 17 - Funeral services for J.B. Ray, 78, who died Friday noon, were held Saturday with burial in the Black Hills Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, two sons, J.C. Ray, Corsicana, and Clayton Ray, LaRue; two daughters, Mrs. Maggie Guillatte, Eureka, and Mrs. Frankie Cantrell, LaRue; 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Oct, 17, 1937

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Alva Hugh Gillespie
Mar 2, 1925 - Sep 14, 1946

Killed in plane crash [view news clippings]

Interred at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Navarro Co., TX

Submitted by Dana Stubbs


Ardelia T. Smith
Dec 20, 1921 - Dec 6, 1997

Ardelia T. Smith, 75, of Corsicana, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, in Corsicana.

Services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Second Mission Baptist Church, with Rev. William Boulden, Eulogist; and Rev. L.L. Polk, Sr. officiating. 

Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Mrs. Smith was born in Italy on Dec. 20, 1921.  She served as a member of Second Mission Baptist Church for over 55 years where she was a Senior Usher.

She also served as President of the Harmony Baptist District Assn.

Women's Conference; Texas State Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc., City Wide Ushers, Deaconess, Abyssinian Auxiliary, and President of the Parkdale Community Center.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters, Beddissa N. Lovett, Ealo Fay Bonner, and Catherine M. Crawford; sons, Tinnis C. Manning, Jr., and Charles Taylor, all of Corsicana; foster sons, Donald R. Bailey of Dallas, and Rev. Gary Floyd of Houston; sister, Eddie B. Sanders of Goodlow; brother-in-law, Jack Carter of Goodlow; step-daughters, Lola M. Smith, and Barbara Washington of Los Angeles, Calif.; step-sons, Richard Smith of Los Angeles, and Ula C. Smith of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren; devoted friends, Rev. and Mrs. William Boulden and James Hines, Sr., and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Odell Collins
Feb 8, 1917 - Dec 6, 1997

Odell Collins, 80, of Bardwell, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, at Baylor Medical Center, Ennis.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Baptist Church in Bardwell, with Rev. E.R. Murrell, II officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.  He was born in Streetman on Feb. 8, 1917.

He is survived by his wife, Estina Collins of Bardwell; several children; grandchildren; great grandchildren; sister, Virgie Lee Wilson; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Carrell Collins.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Clifton A. Pickering
Feb 5, 1913 - Dec. 6, 1997

Clifton A. Pickering, 84, of Corsicana, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Rev. B.F. Risinger and Bill Honea officiating.  Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Mulcahy, Thomas Mulcahy, Jeff Wood, Brad Pale, Michael Anderson, Mike O'Neal, Jack Meredith, and Harry Clowe.

Mr. Pickering was born in Rice on Feb. 5, 1913 to Joseph E. and Lola Montez Anderson Pickering.  He attended the First Baptist Church of Corsicana and lived most of his life in Corsicana.  A veteran of World War II, Mr. Pickering served in the United States Army from 1943 - 1946, during which time he served in the Pacific Theater.  For over 35 years, he served as a mail carrier with the U.S. Post Office in Corsicana. 

Many people will remember him, along with his trusty canine friend, "Bitsy", who faithfully walked his route with him each day.  Upon his retirement from the post office, he enjoyed numerous hobbies, including photography and traveling across North America.  He was a past president of the East Texas Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club of America.

Mr. Pickering is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mildred Pickering; brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Janie Pickering of San Antonio; sister and brother-in-law, Jo and Don Mulcahy of San Antonio; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Hazel Calhoun of Edom; nephews, Michael Mulcahy and wife Susan of Albany, N.Y., Thomas Mulcahy of Odenton, Md., Dr Lance Stewart of Portland, Ore., Jeffrey Wood of Lubbock, Bradley Pace of Cayuga, and Terry Hale of Premont; nieces, Carolyn Stewart and husband Charles of Richardson, Kathy Wood and husband Mike of Kingsville, Lynne Drennan of Cayuga, and Meredith Anderson and husband Michael of McKinney.

Mr. Pickering was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Alton Pickering.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bessie Mae (Jamison) Pritchett
Jan 18, 1917 - Dec 8, 1997

Bessie Mae Pritchett, 80, of Athens, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, in Athens.

Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Oakwood Cemetery, with Rev.

Jimmy D. Capehart officiating.

Mrs. Pritchett was born in Kerens on Jan. 18, 1917.  She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Corsicana.

Mrs. Pritchett is survived by her husband, Frankie Clarence Pritchett of Athens; daughter, Linda Pritchett Bosley of Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Vernon Fuller of Garland; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judy Pritchett of Corsicana; grandsons, Mark Pritchett of Corsicana, and Tim Fuller of Salina; granddaughters, Stacey Bosley Bays of Tyler, and Shelley Norton of Germany; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Okey Jamison of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Bess Pritchett Scholarship; c/o Athens High School, 708 E. College, Athens 75751.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bernie Glenn Moore
July 25, 1913 - Dec 8, 1997

Bernie Glenn Moore, 84, of Corsicana, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997, in Corsicana.

Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Moore was born in Waco on July 25, 1913.

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Tommie Rea Moore; son and daughter-in-law, Raz and Dolly Moore of Purdon; granddaughter, Vickie Kalina of Waco; grandson, Rickey Moore of Waco; 3 great grandchildren; brothers, George Moore of Houston, Frank Moore of Houston, and J.B. Moore of Waco.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Leroy Barlow
Dec 22, 1906 - Dec 9, 1997

Leroy Barlow, 90, of Corsicana, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997, in Corsicana. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr. David Hale officiating.  Mr. Barlow was born in Emhouse on Dec. 22, 1906.  He was the organist for the Christian Science Church for 25 years and the court reporter for Navarro County for 35 years.  He was also an antique dealer for many years.

Mr. Barlow is survived by his wife, Peggy Barlow; sister, Kate Pate of Lubbock; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Alison (Williams) Jones
Nov 26, 1936 - Aug 18, 2008

Mary Alison (Williams) Jones was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1936, in Devine, and passed from this world on Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at a Hubbard nursing facility. Prior to her illness, Mary was an avid tennis player and enjoyed collecting sea shells and gardening. She enjoyed nature and spending time with her family and friends. She was a wonderful wife and mother and will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Judge C.O. and Bettye Williams; and her brothers, C.O. “Sonny” Williams Jr. and John Blocker “Tooter” Williams. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Wayne Jones of Hubbard; one son, Wayne Jones Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Carla Wetsel and husband Bob of Hubbard and Jill Pellar and husband Dan of Frisco; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Billie Cude of Devine and Sunshine Souders of San Antonio; and two brothers, Joseph P. Williams of Albuquerque, N.M., and Herb Williams of Victoria. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at Corley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Cody Wetsel, Nathan Wilkins, Dylan Lenox, Dan Pellar, Bob Wetsel and Gene Couch. Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph P. Williams and Herbert Williams. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home. ∞

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Carol (Schwarz) Sowell
Jun 1, 1959 - Aug 19, 2008

After a brief battle with cancer, Carol Schwarz Sowell left us on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, at age 72. She had resided in Corsicana since June 1, 1959. She was born on Feb. 24, 1936, to Fred G. Schwarz and Ruth Keith Schwarz in Van Alstyne. Carol is survived by her husband, Maynard, and their four sons, Lance, Keith and wife Loree, Brett, and Scott and wife Grace; two grandchildren, Sierrah and Maynard; mother, Ruth Schwarz; brother, retired Staff Sgt. Charles Schwarz and wife Jo; an aunt, Juana Keith; brother-in-law, Vernon Sowell and wife Janie; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as many lifelong friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred G. Schwarz; and infant son, Blaine Sowell. In 1996, the Lord blessed Carol with the birth of her first grandchild, Sierrah Sowell. The delight of another female in the family was probably the most thrilling event in her life. Carol immediately embraced being “GranCarol.” The second most thrilling event of her life came just over a year ago with the birth of “Little Maynard.” Her every moment as a grandmother was filled with love and pure joy. The past 12 years were unequivocally the best and most proud time of her life. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Friday in Edna. The family requests all memorials be made to Believers Bible Church, 2400 N. Bowie Drive, Corsicana, TX 75110; or a charitable organization of donor’s choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jewel (Ross) McGhee
Mar 3, 1914 - Aug 20, 2008

Jewel Ross McGhee, age 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, in an Ennis nursing center. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Mountain Park Cemetery in Saint Jo with Minister C. E. Cole officiating. Mrs. McGhee was born March 3, 1914, in Erath County in the Johnstown community to John and Sarah (Carmac) Ross. She was the best Granny that God ever made. She attended college in Stephenville and graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton. She taught school and retired from Rice ISD. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lawson McGhee in 1971. She was also preceded by her parents; five brothers, Ernest Ross, Roscoe Ross, John Ross, Clyde Ross and Nelson Ross; and two sisters, Era Ross and Marie Grubbs. Survivors include her son, James A. McGhee and wife Wendy of Morgan’s Point Resort; two granddaughters, Christy McGhee Vaughan of Corsicana and Jodi McGhee Mees and husband Brian of Belton; and one grandson, Sean Moore and wife Lauren of Belton. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Colton TePoel and Kassidy Vaughan of Corsicana, Connor and Cooper Mees of Belton and Katherine Moore of Belton; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Arrangements by Scanio-Harper Funeral Home, Temple.

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Gene Berry
Jan 10, 1937 - Aug 21, 2008

Gene Berry, 71, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, in Tyler. He was born Jan. 10, 1937, in Eureka to Cleo and Geneva Murphy Berry. He is survived by wife Nancy Berry, mother Geneva Berry, son Kenny Berry and wife Kay, and son Gary Berry and wife Melissa, all of Kerens; grandchildren Garrett Berry and Amy Berry of Kerens, and Mathew Berry and wife Kimberly of College Station. He was preceded in death by his father Cleo Berry. Services are at 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Clayton Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jody Farmer, Gowan Murphy, Jerry Pritchett, Johnny Pritchett, Bobby Coley, Bob Pritchett, Kyle Pritchett and Randy Tawater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kerens Ex-Student Association Scholarship Fund or to the Asby/Mildred Scholarship Fund. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Kevin Jock
Jul 5, 1963 - Aug 23, 2008

Mr. Kevin Jock, 45, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008 in Dallas. He was born on July 5, 1963 in Corsicana. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outdoors, and was always working as a mechanic building 4-wheel drive trucks. He was employed with Martin Linen Service as a route driver for a number of years. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Robertson, Robert Thomas, Marcus Thomas, Derek McCreight, Heath Oakley and Grayson McCrary. Mr. Jock was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Jock and a brother, Brian Jock. He is survived by his wife, Jessica Jock of Corsicana; son, Chase Borsellino of Corsicana; daughter, Jennifer Holifield of Waco; mother, Betty Rogers of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Robyn Rogers of Corsicana; sisters and brother-in-law, Melanie Savins of Ovilla, and April and Derek McCreight of Red Oak; and five nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Ulman Ingram
July 17, 1937 - Aug 23, 2008

James Ulman Ingram, 71, of Payne Springs passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in Payne Springs. Mr. Ingram was born July 17, 1937, in Corsicana. Previously of Waxahachie, he had resided in Payne Springs for the past 12 years. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1955 as salutatorian. He was a member of Gunslinger’s Motor Cycle Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Preston and Bernice Ingram. Survivors include his wife, Ruth B. Ingram of Payne Springs; sons, Keith A. Ingram of Indiana and Brian K. Ingram of Waxahachie; daughters, Laura Berglund and Julie Ingram, both of Waxahachie, and Amy Roberts of Plano; 13 grandchildren; and brother, Preston Ingram Jr. of Baton Rouge, La. Arrangements by Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home, Mabank.

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Violet (Stare) Keathley
Jan 11, 1924 - Aug 23, 2008

Graveside services for Violet S. Keathley, 84, of Corsicana will be held at 3 p.m. today at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. today at Forest Park East Funeral Home. Mrs. Keathley died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Violet was born Jan. 11, 1924, to Claude Albert and Katherine Mary-Margaret Matilda (Weaver) Stare in York, Pa. She married William H. Keathley in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Dec. 24, 1943.In 1962 the family of seven moved to Texas. Violet was a member of Sharon Lutheran Church during the years they lived in Pasadena. Moving to Mexia in the early 1980s, they began small town life. Violet later became a member in Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Mexia. Her participation in “a special musical group” that visited various nursing homes was one of her favorite activities as a local senior citizen. Her last years were spent living at Sterling House, an assisted living residence in Corsicana. She always loved helping others to smile. Even in her last days in the hospital she found opportunities to cheer the doctors and nurses who were trying to help her. Violet was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, William H. Keathley; one son, William Albert “Spike” Keathley; one sister, Ruth Weaver Bostic; one brother, John Weaver Stare; and one grandchild. She is survived by one son, Robert Claude Keathley and wife Mary of Pasadena; three daughters, Catherine Grace Ethridge and husband Lennis Reginald of Pasadena, Christine Susan Allen and husband Michael of Hewitt and Carolyn Elizabeth Lewis and husband Kenneth of Corsicana; one sister, Roberta Claudia Metz of Clearwater, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dossman Funeral Home, Belton.

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Loy Lee Allen
May 23, 1913 - Aug 25, 2008

Loy Lee Allen, 95, passed away in Athens at East Texas Medical Center, on Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. He was born in Emhouse on May 23, 1913, to parents Oliver E. and Minnie Alma Landrum Allen. He graduated from Emhouse High School. He was married to Nellie Allene Nowell on Nov. 20, 1935, and they made their home in Dallas. In 1978 they moved to Cedar Creek Lake. Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army in World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was employed by Metzger Dairy in Houston and Dallas. He retired from the Kroger Company in 1978. Afterwards he opened Lee Allen Real Estate. He was a member of the Cedar Creek First Methodist Church, and enjoyed gardening. He is survived by one son, Harvey G. and Cathy Schwerdt Allen of Madison, N.J.; three daughters and their husbands, Anita and James Rushing of Allen, Marie and Reggie Howard of Bullard, and Doris and James Hollingsworth of Whitney; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters, and his wife Nellie on Oct. 16, 1996.A graveside service was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Research. Arrangements by J. E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Andy Anderson
Jul 20, 1944 - Aug 26, 2008

Andy Anderson, 64, of Blooming Grove passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, in Corsicana. He was born on July 20, 1944, in Concordia, Kan. Mr. Anderson was raised in the Methodist church. He worked for Dairy Queen for 36 years. He loved to fish and hunt in his free time. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Todd Peavy officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roselawn Memorial Park in Seagoville. Pallbearers will be Mike Cole, Dean Ford, Cecil Ford, Derwin Ford, Bobby Scott and Joe Scott. Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Mary Anderson; brothers, Floyd Anderson Jr. and Richard Anderson; and sisters, Florence Basart, Barbara Jean Anderson and Dorothy Betzner.He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Bobbie Anderson; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Jean and Billy Allred of Kemp; sons and daughters-in-law, Damon and Krystal Shirley of Blooming Grove, Derwin Ford of Blooming Grove, Dean and Sheila Ford of Fort Worth, and Cecil Ford of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, DJ Shirley, Alicia Shirley, Johnathan Shirley, Kristina Shirley, Camri Tidwell, Nichol Ford, Christopher Ford, Samuel Ford, Hunter Ford, Whitney Ford and Jamie Ford; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Norma Jean Anderson of Russell, Kan., Roy and Kay Anderson of Concordia, Kan., and Elton and Rose Anderson of Concordia, Kan., sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Bill Hall of Wichita, Kan., and Virginia and Jack Moss of Glasco, Kan.; sister-in-law, Darlene Anderson of Great Bend, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and his DQ family. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Doris Marie (Teague) Farmer
Feb 19, 1937 - Aug 26, 2008

Doris T. Farmer, 71, of Purdon, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008. She was born Feb. 19, 1937, in Emhouse to Henry Lee and Lois Monroe Teague. She is survived by her husband, Keith Farmer of Purdon; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Sharon Farmer of Navarro and Eddie and Vickie Farmer of Navarro; daughters and son-in-law, Vickie and Leonard Holmes of Blooming Grove and Pam Avent of Dawson; sister, Jeannie Hutson of Idalou; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R. E. Cecil officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donny Capehart, Darrell Capehart, Richie Holloway, Bryan Jenkins, Matt Scoggins, Danny Purvis and Lee Farmer. Honorary pallbearers will be M. R. Bottoms, Charles McCarter and Sammy Marsh. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation Serving North Texas Inc., 5429 Lyndon B. Johnson Frwy., Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75240-2617.Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Patricia Hinkley
Mar 16, 1931 - Aug 17, 2008

Mrs. Patricia Joanne Hinkley
Mrs. Patricia Joanne Hinkley, 77, of Rice passed away Sunday, August 17, 2008 in Ennis. She was born March 16, 1931 in Orofino, Idaho.
No services are planned.

 


Louis E. Gibson, M.D.
Apr 14, 1923 - Aug 31, 2008

 
Louis E. Gibson, M.D., a dearly beloved husband, father and physician, passed into eternal life on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. He will be remembered by all for his kindness and compassion, his skill as a physician, his zest for life, and his visionary leadership abilities. Dr. Gibson was preceded in death by his parents, Jewel and Felix Gibson; and his brother, Frank Gibson. He is survived by his wife, Betty Gibson; sons, Dr. Mike Gibson and spouse Debbie of Dallas and Dr. Pat Gibson and spouse Alicia of San Angelo; daughters, Nancy Hodges and spouse Larry of Bolivar, Mo., and Gail Clowe and spouse Don of San Antonio. Dr. Gibson has eight grandchildren, Cameron and Shannon Hodges, Duncan and Beth Clowe, Lauren and Ross Gibson, and Clay and Jourdan Gibson. He is also blessed with eight great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Laura Belle Gibson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Louis Gibson was born April 14, 1923, to Felix and Jewel Gibson in Bald Prairie. He graduated from Cayuga High School and entered Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville. During the beginning of his freshman year, he met the love of his life, Betty Lou Mize. After graduating, they moved to Galveston, where Louis attended The University of Texas Medical School. He received his M.D. degree in 1946 and began a residency in Houston. The following year, he and Betty moved their family to Germany where he served as a medical officer with the U.S. Army. In 1950, they returned to Houston and Dr. Gibson continued his surgical residency and vascular fellowship under Dr. Michael DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley. When he decided to begin a medical practice in a small town, he contacted his friends from the Army, Dr. Robert Mertz, Dr. Robert Bone and Dr. Jake Barron. The four young specialists moved to Corsicana and founded the Medical Arts Clinic in 1952. Through the years, the clinic expanded to 50 doctors and opened satellite clinics in surrounding areas. Dr. Gibson served as president of the Medical Arts Clinic for many years. He retired in 1995 and began a new career as medical director in several Texas prison hospitals. Dr. Gibson loved being a surgeon. He was known for his innovative techniques and his compassionate care of his patients and their families. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Gibson was active in the larger medical community. He was a member of the Texas Medical Association, was medical advisor to Gov. Dolph Briscoe and Gov. Bill Clements. In addition, he was chairman of Sen. Phil Gramm’s Medical Advisory Board. In 1970, he founded Texas Area 5 Health Systems Agency and acted as chairman of its board for 10 years. He also founded the statewide Health Coordinating Council serving on that board for 10 years. Further, he served on the board of directors of the Hospital Corporation of America. Locally, he helped establish the Navarro College Nursing School.Louis Gibson was extremely active in Corsicana civic affairs. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Corsicana Rotary Club, and served on the board of directors of First National Bank and Navarro College. In 1956, he was a founder of Navarro Savings and Loan Association. Dr. Gibson was a private real estate developer in Corsicana and Ennis. Gibson and his wife attended First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and was a Sunday school teacher of young men that were seniors in high school. He was also part of several building programs and was campaign director when the sanctuary was initially renovated. Dr. Gibson served on the board of directors of Southwestern Theological Seminary for 12 years and was elected as chairman of the board for two terms. In the summer of 1965, he traveled with his family to Ecuador as medical missionary. During the trip, he flew several family members to the Auca Indian tribe where he delivered medical care to an infant. The time as a missionary was one of the highlights of his life, and he and Betty continued friendships with the missionaries that they had worked with. Through the years, Dr. Gibson received numerous awards for his work in medical and civic areas. He was named Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, received the K. Wolens Award for Distinguished Service, was Volunteer Industrial Developer of the Year, was named Physician of the Year by the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, and was designated as the Distinguished Alumnus by the UT Medical Branch Alumni Association in 1995.Dr. Gibson enjoyed many lifelong hobbies. He loved photography and hunting. In his later years, he bought property at Eureka, where he raised cattle and rode horses. When Richland-Chambers Reservoir was built, he developed the 3G Estates. Louis E. Gibson, M.D., will be fondly remembered by his family, his patients, his friends, his church and the community. He lived his life with a positive attitude, integrity, discipline, dedication and devotion. Visitation for Dr. Gibson will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be grandsons Cameron, Shannon, Duncan, Clay and Ross, and son-in-law Don Clowe. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. Scott Middleton, Dr. Bob Kingman, Dr. Neal Green, Dr. John Updegrove, Glenn Sodd, Hank Wyatt and Don Bowen. The family wishes to thank the special caregivers that have been a part of their lives: Mike Jackson, Lois Ballard, Brenda Stovall, Angela Rhyme, Bobby Walker and Kim Andrews. They also want to thank Cedar Lake Hospice and Hospice nurse Deven Jenkins. Memorial donations made be sent to Navarro College Nursing Program scholarships, First Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Helen Marie (Douglas) Griffin
Jun 22, 1925 - Sep 2, 2008

 
Helen Marie Griffin
Helen Marie Griffin of Carrollton passed away Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, at Village Oaks Assisted Living at the age of 83. Marie was born June 22, 1925, to Lawrence and Gladys Douglas in Blooming Grove. She married William Griffin shortly before he left for overseas service during World War II. Upon his return they lived in several locations before settling in Harlingen. Marie enjoyed her career in banking, achieving several officer positions, but more than all else she was the loving and supportive mother to sons Bill and Jack. William and Marie enjoyed many friendships as well as their bowling and regular domino games. Upon William’s passing in 1976, she relocated to Carrollton to be close to her sons and grandchildren. She continued her banking career at Interfirst Bancshares and Bank of America until her retirement. At the bank she was the ever-smiling banker greeting new and old customers in her helpful and upbeat manner. She was so well liked and regarded she was called out of retirement to work part time for several years. Over the years her favorite activity was the regular Sunday breakfast gathering with Bill and Beth, Jack and whichever grandchildren could join in and getting caught up on their lives. She also enjoyed time spent with her longtime friend Frank Ivey until his passing last year. Marie was preceded in death by husband William and brother Kenneth Buck Douglas. She is survived by sons Bill and Jack, daughter-in-law Beth and daughter Casey; grandchildren Kyle, Kelly, Michael, Mason and Matthew and numerous great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Dorothy and husband Bob Ashford of Grand Prairie, Betty Jo and husband Dan Lang of Athens and Wanda and husband Eddie McNeese of Kerens. Visitation will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Younger Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Harold Hocutt
Feb 7, 1933 - Aug 29, 2008

Harold Hocutt passed away Aug. 29, 2008 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Harold was born Feb. 7, 1933 in Athens to Luther and Lula Haggerty Hocutt. Harold retired from Dart Container as a truck driver after 27 years of service. He was a member of the Brushie Baptist Church and also a member of the American Legion. Harold also served in the Army in Korea. Survivors include his wife, Sue Hocutt of Purdon; sons Harold Wayne Hocutt of Corsicana, Dennis Worthington of Houston and Richard Hocutt of Navarro Mills; daughters Mesheial Graham of Waxahachie, Debra Green of Waxahachie, Brenda Hallabough of Waxahachie, Karen Moon of Waxahachie, Beth Anderson of Navarro Mills and Jan Gray of Missouri City, Texas; brothers Wayne Hocutt of Waxahachie and F. D. Hocutt of Red Oak; sister Louise Lambert of Abilene; 30 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2008 at the Brushie Baptist Church in Brushie Prairie.  Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

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Robert Palmore Pillans
Oct 3, 1921 - Sep 1, 2008

Robert Pillans
Robert Pillans, 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday Sept. 1, 2008, with his family by his side at his residence in Winkler. He was born Oct. 3, 1921, at Cut and Shoot in Montgomery County to Benjamin Darden and Oletha Melton Pillans. His family relocated to Winkler when he was a baby. He completed his early schooling as St. Elmo and after graduating from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene on May 31, 1948, Robert worked for Shell Oil Company in various locations in Texas. In the 1950s, he brought his wife and children back to Winkler to become full-time farmer and rancher. He was a lifelong member of New Hope Baptist Church of Winkler where he served as the song director for many years. He was a member of the Winkler Masonic Lodge No. 826, as well as a member of Corsicana Eastern Star Chapter 118 for over 50 years. He served for over 30 years as a past director of the Freestone County Farm Bureau. He was the Freestone County Democratic chairman for many years. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at New Hope Baptist Church in Winkler with Brother Elton McCann officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Preston Bonner, James Gary Pillans, Roger Pillans, Joey Satagaj, Phil Pillans, Clell Chandler Young, Kevin Fullerton, Glenn Gullatt and Johnny Minze. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons Eric Minze, Adam Minze, Robby Pillans, Brian Pillans and Jay Fondren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Loyd, Jim, Wayne and Willie D. Pillans; sisters Frances Crumbley, Sallie Satagaj, Gertrude Young and Lillian Fullerton; and granddaughter Laurie Ann Pillans Horn. He is survived by his wife, Vernon Hodge Pillans of Winkler; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Carolyn Pillans of Corsicana and Benny and Cheryl Pillans of Winkler; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrell and Bud Minze of Streetman and Bobbie and David Fondren of Frisco; grandchildren, Cindy and Wayne Pair and Brian and Amy Pillans, all of Corsicana, Eric and Stephanie Minze of Fairfield, Adam and Linda Minze of Plattsmouth, Neb., Mindy and John Hunt of Bradford, Cherrilyn and Jay Robertson of Fairfield, Robby and Selene Pillans of Winkler, Jay and Anne Fondren of Robinson, Katie Fondren of Allen and Jobeth Fondren of Frisco; 26 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Pillans of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Frances Pillans of Streetman and Joyce Pillans of Winkler; brothers-in-law and their wives, James and Dorothy Hodge of Corsicana and Richard and Jeanie Hodge of Wooster, Ark.; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Memorials may be sent to New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 215, Streetman, TX 75859. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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