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Fred Wayne Landers
Mar 21, 1937 - Dec 9, 2008

FORT WORTH -- Fred Wayne Landers, 71, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at home.
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: 1:30 p.m. Monday in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.
Fred was born March 21, 1937, in Paris to Juanita and Bennie Landers. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from Lone Star Gas after 40 years' service. Fred loved his family, fishing, drag racing and spending time with his friends.
Survivors: Wife, Paula Landers; daughter, Lauri Bayona; son, Paul Landers; six grandchildren; sisters, Merle Griffin, Billie Arthur, Nelle Hull and Dorothy Fisher; brothers, Danny, Gary and Bennie Landers; and lifelong friends, Tommy Payne, Johnny Axline, Larry Fox and many more.
Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 817-831-0511

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Doyle Andrews
Jan 5, 1925 - Jan 27, 2009

Doyle Andrews, 84, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009. Mr Andrews was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Eureka to Tom Andrews and Susie Robinson Andrews. He worked for Miller Brothers Hat Factory for 34 years. He was preceded in death by wife, Jessie Jaunita Andrews; son, Don Allen Andrews; and daughter, Francis Ann Andrews. He is survived by his sons, Larry Andrews of Corsicana and Ronald Andrews and Anita of Corsicana; sister, Edna McCaslin of Corsicana; grandchildren, Jade Andrews of Ferris, Shelley Malone of Cheyanne, Wyoming, and Scott and Cassie Andrews of Mabank; and great-grandchildren, Jackson Andrews, Noah Malone and Madilyn Andrews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Eureka Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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James Worth Mitchell
Apr 19, 1914 - Jan 26, 2009

James Worth Mitchell, 94, passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. He was born April 19, 1914, to Henry Elba Mitchell and Clem Spencer Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is a Frost graduate, and he had many varied interests during his life including amatuer photography, woodworking, gardening and fishing. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the USAF as an aircraft mechanic. Mr. Mitchell married Viola Thompson in November of 1946 and had lived in Frost all his life except for his stint in the service. In 1939, he and E.E. Omberg started the Omberg and Mitchell Garage in which he worked for 50 years, retiring in 1989. Upon his retirement, his son Jimmy took over and it still operates today as Mitchell Automotive. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Elba Mitchell and Clem Spencer Mitchell; and his wife of 85 years, Viola. He is survived by his son, Jimmy and wife Nancy of Frost; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Frost Cemetery with visitation starting at 10 a.m. at the cemetery before service. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Earl G. Wimberly
Sep 1892 - Feb 2, 1927

YOUNG MAN IS WOUNDED
Ball Enters Stomach and Makes Eight Holes in Intestines.
In East Corsicana last night Earl Wimberly was seriously and perhaps fatally wounded when a bullet from a pistol penetrated his body. The party who is charged with the shooting is May James, a young woman.
The ball entered just to the right of the navel and after passing through the intestines, making eight holes, lodged near the muscular region of the spine where it still is.
Drs I. N. Suttle and T. A. and Dunbart Miller were called to the P. and S. hospital about 10 o'clock where young Wimberley had been taken, but not till he had walked from the place of the shooting back to the business section of town, and the perforations made in his bowels were sewed up.
The young man is resting well today but the attending physicians regard his condition as critical.
The woman was arrested soon after the shooting and taken to the county jail, but about 10 o'clock this morning she made bond in the some of $1,000 and was released.
Young Wimberley was reared here and for some time has been in the employ of the ice company and made the rounds with wagon No. 5 in the Western section of the city.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Apr 10, 1917

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EARL WIMBERLY DIED WEDNESDAY NEAR BATESVILLE

FORMER CORSICANAN HAD BEEN RESIDENT OF BATESVILLE SHORT TIME.

Earl G. Wimberly, aged 34 years died near Batesville, Texas, Wednesday afternoon about 4 o’clock and the body will be forwarded here for burial. It will arrive on an early morning H. and T. C. train and will be taken to the home of his father, B. F. Wimberly, 607 West Ninth avenue. The funeral services will be held there at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister, and lifelong friend of the deceased.

The deceased is survived by his wife, his father, two sisters, Mrs. Clara Jenkins, Corsicana; Mrs. Lela Ball, Fairfield, and five brothers, F. R. Wimberly, Corsicana; B. C. Wimberly, Meridian, Miss.; F. B. Wimberly, Shawnee, Oklahoma; Kirk T. and John Wimberly of Nacona.

Earl, as he was known to his many friends, was born and raised in Corsicana, having moved in the past few years to Batesville. He joined the army and served overseas in the World War. He had a host of friends here who will be pained to learn of his untimely death and will grieve with his loved ones in their hour of sorrow.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR EARL WIMBERLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON

FORMER CORSICANA MAN DIED NEAR BATESVILLE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Earl G. Wimberly , aged 24 years, who died near Batesville, Wednesday afternoon were held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted at the residence of his father, B. F. Wimberly, 607 West Ninth avenue. The services were conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister, life-long friend of the deceased.

Surviving are his wife, father, B. F. Wimberly, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Jenkins, Corsicana; Mrs. Lela Fail, Fairfield; five brothers, F. R. Wimberly, Corsicana; B. C. Wimberly, Meridian, Miss.; F. B. Wimberly, Shawnee, Okla.; Kirk T. Wimberly, Nacona; John Wimberly, Nacona.

Earl was born and reared in Corsicana, having moved to Batesville several years ago. He served in the Army in France during the World War.

Active Pallbearers—Reuben Edens, John Molloy, Ed Childress, Doc Sheets, Leonard Griffin, Cap Allen, Henry Levi.

Honorary Pallbearers—Dr. T. A. Miller, John C. Hughes, J. J. Bledsoe, L. G. Long, Judge Hawkins Scarborough, Tom Duren, Tom Hughes, R. M. Lockhart, J. T. Parham, Charles Barnaby, George Baum, J. S. Roderick, S. H. King, T. T. Morrison, Nacona, Texas; George Leonard, Dr. Tate Miller, Dallas; W. A. Jones, Batesville, Texas; W. A. Hammett, Claude Allen, Dr. Dubart Miller, W. M. Wilson, Beauford H. Jester, Releigh Abernathy, Cullen Dunn, W. J. Brown, J. D. Ambrose, Orville Murphy, Cushing, Okla., W. N. Rose, Fort Worth.

The Retail Merchants Association office was closed during the funeral hour as the deceased was an uncle of Miss Katherine Jenkins, assistant secretary of the association.

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Thomas J. "Tom" Wilson
Jul 12, 1834 - Apr 4, 1917

DIED SUDDENLY TODAY
Old Resident Here Passed Away Following Nerve Shock

Thomas J. Wilson, familiarly known as Uncle Tom, died at his room in the Malloy hotel at 11:15 this morning, following the extraction of some of his teeth.
The deceased was 83 years of age and had been a resident of Navarro county for fifty-six years. He is survived by one son of two daughters, Barney S. Wilson of Corsicana, Mrs. Maytaw Kent of Eureka and Mrs. C. J. Couey of Roane.
Interment will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock in Oakwood cemetery, the services to be conducted by Rev. V. W. Wallace from the parlors of the Wilson hotel.
The deceased had long been a well known hand highly esteemed citizen here. He was a man of fine intelligence, strong character and a keen sense of humor, hence a most enjoyable companion.

FUNERAL LARGELY ATTENDED
The remains of late Thomas J. Wilson who died at the Molloy hotel suddenly yesterday morning, were laid to rest in Oakwood this afternoon at 3 o'clock, the funeral taking place from the place of death.
Rev. B. W. Vining officiated and J. M. Weaver, C. C. Walton, Lucien Pinkston, J. M. Hoskins, J. T. Jackson, Oscar Smith, J. L. Marshall and S. M. Ranson acted as pall bearers.
A large procession followed the remains to the grave and there were many beautiful floral offerings.
A good citizen, who had long been a familiar figure in Corsican, had been taking from the walks of men and his personality will long linger pleasantly with those who knew him in life.

  • Corsicana Simi Light - April 6, 1917

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DIED SUDDENLY TODAY.

Old Resident Here Passed Away Following Nerve Shock.

Thomas J. Wilson, familiarly known as Uncle Tom, died at his room in the Molloy hotel at 11:15 this morning, following the extraction of some of his teeth.

The deceased was 83 years of age and had been a resident of Navarro county for fifty-six years. He is survived by one son and two daughters, Barney S. Wilson of Corsicana, Mrs. Maytaw Kent of Eureka and Mrs. C. J. Couey of Roane.

Interment will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock in Oakwood cemetery, the services to be conducted by Rev. V. W. Wallace from the parlors of the Wilson hotel.

The deceased had long been a well-known and highly esteemed citizen here. He was a man of fine intelligence, strong character and a keen sense of humor, hence a most enjoyable companion.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - April 4, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Ella (Barnett) Wilson (son Barney’s death certificate says Lucindy Barnett and daughter Mollie Kent’s death certificate says Ellie Barnett) s/o John
    Wilson per death certificate

--Funeral Largely Attended.

The remains of the late Thomas J. Wilson, who died at the Molloy hotel suddenly yesterday morning were laid to rest in Oakwood this afternoon at 3 o’clock, the funeral taking place from the place of death.

Rev. B. W. Vining officiated and J. M. Weaver, C. C. Walton, Lucien Pinkston, J. M. Hoskins, J. T. Jackson, Oscar Smith, J. L. Marshall and S. M. Ransom acted as pallbearers.

A large procession followed the remains to the grave and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

A good citizen, who had long been a familiar figure in Corsicana, has been taken from the walks of men and his personality will long linger pleasantly with those who knew him in life.

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William A. High
Jun 17, 1864 - Apr 1, 1917

GOOD CITIZEN PASSES AWAY
Died Following Injuries of Some Days Ago

Will High, one of the county's most popular citizens, died at his home in Blooming Grove yesterday morning about 7 o'clock as the result of internal injuries received some days ago when he lifted a heavily loaded wagon off of the prostrate form of his friends Mr. J. L. Cox.
The deceased was fifty years of age and is survived by his venerable father, Capt. R. A. High, his wife and two sons, Robert and Will Roy.
The remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon at 4 o'clock, the Masonic lodge having charge of the  services. The funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

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  • Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - April 3, 1917

 

Auto Ambulance Was Used.
Messrs. C. B. Sutherland and F. O. Murray were called to Blooming Grove yesterday to prepare the body of the late Will High for burial and the Sutherland auto ambulance was used today in the funeral.

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Sarah C. "Sallie" (Bird) McCammon
Jan 28, 1859 - Apr 1, 1917

HIGHLY ESTEEMED LADY DEAD
Passes Away After Many Weeks of Painful Illness

Mrs. Sallie M. McCammon, aged 61, years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. T. Wareing yesterday after a long and painful illness. The remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon, The funeral taking place from the Wareing home at 4 o'clock.
Rev. Chas. Oberschmidt and J. W. Fort officiated and the following were pall-bearers: Active - Walter Burgess, G. E. Mitchell, J. G. Comfort, J. W. Shirey, J. C. Hughes and E. G. Davidson; honorary - E. A. Johnson., W. A> Mowlan, W. G. Baker, J. M. <??????>
Surviving the deceased are her two daughters, Mrs. E. T. <???>  and Mrs. J. V. McDaniel, three sisters, Mrs. B. G. Harris, Mrs. G. B. Sutherland, and Mrs. J. E. Sharp and two brothers, R. L. and Ed Bird.
The deceased was reared here and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. The funeral this afternoon was largely attended and there was a beautiful display of floral offerings.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - April 3, 1917
  • Death Certificate
  • Daughter of M. N. Bird & Ammeto Frey

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HIGHLY ESTEEMED LADY DEAD.

Passes Away After Many Weeks of Painful Illness.

Mrs. Sallie M. McCammon, aged 61 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. T. Wareing yesterday after a long and painful illness. The remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon, the funeral taking place from the Wareing home at 4 o’clock.

Rev. Chas. Oberschmidt and J. W. Fort officiated and the following were pall-bearers: Active—Walter Burgess, G. E. Mitchell, J. G. Comfort, J. W. Shirey, J. C. Hughes and E. G. Davidson; honorary—E. A. Johnson, W. A. Mowlam, W. G. Baker, J. M. Blanding and J. C. Morgan.

Surviving the deceased are her two daughters, Mrs. E. T. Wareing and Mrs. J. V. McDaniel, three sisters, Mrs. B. G. Harris, Mrs. C. B. Sutherland and Mrs. J. E. Sharp and two brothers, R. L. and Ed Bird.

The deceased was reared here and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends. The funeral this afternoon was largely attended and there was a beautiful display of floral offerings.

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Dora Mae Montgomery
Mar 20, 1897 - Apr 3, 1917

IN MEMORIAM
The death angel visited the home of Mr. Ollie Montgomery on the 3rd of April and took from him his loving wife, Dora.
She was born the 20th of March in 1987. She leaves a husband, father and mother, a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Weep not, dear ones for Dora has gone to rest she budded here on earth only to bloom in Heaven. She had been ill for a month with typhoid fever and all was done for her that loving hands could do but God's will be done not ours.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Adams of Drane. She lived near Emhouse.
The remains were laid to rest at the Campbell cemetery, April 4th, to await a glorious resurrection. A large procession followed her to her last resting place and there were many beautiful floral offerings.
"A darling one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.

No more will they hear her laughter,
Or, those smiles so bright to see.
But with our dear Dora,
They will forever be.

Yes, God has taken from them,
The one they loved so well,
But she is with the angels,
There to forever dwell.

And the love which God bath given,
Born to live and not to die.
But to bloom from thee in Heaven,
In the springtime by and by.
ONE WHO LOVED HER.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - April 27, 1917

David “Fathead” Newman
Feb 24, 1933 - Jan 20, 2009

Jazz musician with Corsicana roots dies at 75
By Ken Sury


David “Fathead” Newman, a jazz musician who played with the Ray Charles Band and won fame as a tenor sax soloist, has died at age 75.

Newman, who was born in Corsicana, played and recorded with a wide range of jazz and soul luminaries, such as Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville. He also led a successful solo career.

He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 for his work with Art Blakey and Dr. John.

Manager Karen Nemman says the jazz musician died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer in a Kingston, N.Y., hospital.

According to his Web site, Newman spent 12 years with the Ray Charles Band beginning in 1954. He began as the baritone sax player and became the star tenor sax soloist.

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David Fathead Newman has died. He was 75.

He died from complications of pancreatic cancer on the 20th January 2000, at a hospital in Kingston, New York, according to his wife and manager, Karen Newman.

Born in Corsicana, Texas, his professional career began in 1954 as an original member of Ray Charles' Band.

He was nicknamed 'Fathead', after his music teacher criticised his standard of reading music, disapproving of David's preference in listening to the music instead, tapping him on his head and calling him 'Fathead'.

David, later, relocated to Dallas, where he graduated from Lincoln High School.

After leaving school, he started playing flute and tenor saxophone at local shows.

He received a scholarship to Jarvis Christian College, where he studied theology and music.

David remained in college for two years and then began touring, and it was at one of these gigs he met Ray Charles.

He joined Ray's band in 1954, and remained with the ensemble for a dozen years, performing on some of Ray's most memorable hits ('I Got a Woman', 'What'd I Say' and 'Lonely Avenue').

David later worked for a decade with Herbie Mann

During the Seventies, he recorded some classic fusion albums, including 'Keep The Dream Alive', 'Concrete Jungle' and 'Scratch My Back'.

David became a character in the Ray Charles biopic 'Ray' (featuring Jamie Foxx), although he did not approve of the portrayal of his own character in the film.

On 22nd January 2008, David sat in as a guest with the CBS orchestra on the Late Show with David Letterman.

He is survived by his wife, four sons, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Tola Estelle (Wafer) Claxton-Brown
July 10, 1940 - Jan 26, 2009

Tola Estelle Brown, age 68, passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. She was born on July 10, 1940, in Muford to Giles and Tola (Collins) Wafer. She is survived by son, Malcolm Claxton of Corsicana; three daughters, Cynthia Scoggins and Lora Buchanan of Corsicana, and Linda Claxton of Kerens; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brother, Sidney Wafer of Corsicana. Tola was preceded in death by her husband, George Claxton; sister, Carolyn Claxton; daughters, Pam Davis and Georgia Joles; son, George Claxton; and parents, Giles and Tola Wafer. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with visitation from 8 a.m. until service time, in the chapel of Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis, with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.

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Larry Micheal Kruse
Mar 4, 1955 - Jan 25, 2009

Larry Micheal Kruse, 53, of Rice passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Larry was born March 4, 1955, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Donald Henry Kruse and Joyce (Hall) Kruse. He grew up in Florida. On Feb. 18, 1977, he married Leslie Whaley. They made their home in Florida for a short time. They have lived in Rice for the last 26 years. He was employed as a union carpenter for 18 years. He was an avid model airplane builder, loved craftsmanship and was a huge sports fan. Larry is survived by his wife, Leslie of Rice; two sons, Joseph Kruse and his wife Jessica of Corsicana and Micah Kruse of Fort Worth; two brothers, Rod Kruse of Ohio and Terry Kruse of California; one sister, JoJo Wilkinson of California; two grandchildren, Thomas Kruse and Randi Kruse; and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by one brother, Randy Kruse; and one sister, Jamie Wright. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Rice with Gina Wear officiating. Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Fred Richards, Sr.
March 28, 1921 - Jan. 27, 2009

Fred Richards, 87, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, to his heavenly home. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Rick Lamb will be officiating and assisted by a very dear friend, Brother James Reid. Dr. Rick Lamb was Fred’s pastor, whom he listened to over TV faithfully every Sunday morning and night. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse where the family has five generations buried. Pallbearers will be grandsons Gary Richards, Brian Richards, Clayton Richards, Keith Bullard, Darrell Waller, Troy Bullard and Clay Waller. Fred was born March 28, 1921, to Albert and Maggie Mae Owen Richards in Emhouse. He attended school at Emhouse and married his school sweetheart Marjorie Bennett on May 9, 1942. They had 66 years of happiness. Fred and Marjorie became Christians at the same revival. He entered the military service November 1943 and was stationed on Ohau Island in Hawaii. He was discharged in March 1945. Fred worked at Patrick Wholesale, Archenhold, Dr Pepper and Tekell before going into business for himself. Fred and Marjorie enjoyed traveling after retirement. Fred was a member of Northside Baptist Church and served in different areas of the church. He taught the young boys Sunday school class. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and active until his stroke. He accepted his change of lifestyle and trusted the Lord day by day. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Marjorie; two wonderful sons and daughters, Fred Jr. and wife Rosellan and John Albert and wife Jackie; grandsons, Gary, Brian and Clayton; granddaughters, Malissa, Kristin, Julie and Jennifer; great-grandsons, Keith, Bryce, Clinton, Jacob and Clay; great-granddaughter, Callie; one brother, Ralph Richards; one sister, Louise McCrory; and also a number of nieces and nephews and many friends. Fred was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, A.C. Richards Jr. and George Richards; and sisters, Laura Richards and Nannie Shug Knotts. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Northside Baptist Church building fund or missions.

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Brinda G. (Evans) Gray
Feb 4, 1948 - Jan 27, 2009

Brinda G. (Evans) Gray, 60, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. She was born on Feb. 4, 1948, in Kilgore. She taught school for 32 years with the Corsicana Independent School District at Drane Intermediate School and later at Collins Middle School. She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366 in Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her parents, Giles L. “Jake” and Doris Evans. She is survived her husband, Don Gray; stepdaughters, Vickie Gray of Kerrville and Lisa Hart of Oklahoma; stepsons, John Gray of Dallas, Billy Gray of Corsicana and Walter Gray Jr. and wife Jennifer of Copperas Cove; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Debra Noblitt of Corsicana. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Research or Stroke/Neurovascular Disorders at UT Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390.

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Harmolena (Burns) Penney
Aug 26, 1918 - Jan 29, 2009

Harmolena Burns Penney went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. She was born Aug. 26, 1918, to Alvin W. and Edna Burns in Navarro County. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Jeff White and Pastor Rick Lamb officiating. Internment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Austin Hall, Alan Vitters, David Hall, Jayson Barfknecht, Greg Baumgartner and Phil Paschal. Honorary pallbearers will be Corbin Hall, Jaxson Barfknecht and Jared Barfknecht. She married Curtis Penney in June 1940. They were happily married for 68 years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to spend time with all of her grandchildren. She was a longtime member of Memorial Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday school. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, A.W. Burns and E.D. Burns. She is survived by husband, Curtis Corbin Penney of Corsicana; son, Derwood “Pop” Penney and wife Wanda of Corsicana; granddaughters, Annette Hall and husband David of Corsicana, Becky Morgan of Corsicana, and Kristy Barfknecht and husband Jason of Bryan; great-grandsons, Austin Hall, Alan Vitters and Corbin Hall, all of Corsicana, and Jaxson Barfknecht and Jared Barfknecht of Bryan; sisters-in-law, Sue Burns of Adkins, Geneva Penney of Corsicana, and Mary Hageman of El Paso; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Harry David Redden
Nov 6, 1913 - Jan 29, 2009

Harry David Redden, 95, lifelong resident of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 6, 1913, in Corsicana to Charles Wesley and Julia D. Redden. On Oct. 15, 1937, he married the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Sparks of Corsicana. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who enjoyed his family and friends. Mr. Redden served in World War II as a flight engineer on B-25s.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with the Rev. Lee White officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rodney McLauchlin, Jon Cooley, Glenn Cooley, Scott Redden, Scott Tekell and Ryan McLauchlin. Honorary pallbearers will be past and present members of the Club Soríee. Mr. Redden was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary Elizabeth (Sparks) Redden; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wesley Redden; brothers, Charles W. Redden, Jack T. Redden and Julian A. Redden; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Sparks; brothers-in-law, W.W. McLauchlin and G. Douglas Johnson; and son-in-law, Gary G. Cooley. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Patricia Redden of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Mary Redden Cooley of Corsicana; grandchildren, Glenn Cooley of Las Vegas, Nev., Scott Redden of Dallas, Jon and wife Emily Cooley of Houston, Kristy and husband Ryan Harwell of Tucson, Ariz., Laura Cooley Ware of Corsicana and Lenora Cooley of Corsicana; great-grandson Chandler Ty Ware of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Mrs. W.W. McLauchlin of Corsicana and Mrs. G. Douglas Johnson of North Carolina; and a number of nieces and nephews. Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 312 N. 13th St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bettie (Allen) Smith
Aug 7, 1917 - Jan 27, 2009

Bettie Smith, 91, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Heritage Oaks. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Eastside Church of Christ with Brother W.W. Wilmore officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jermaine Smith, Jerrett Hall, A. J. Dobbins, William Parham, Jeremy Smith and James Darden. Honorary pallbearers will be PFC Allen C. Dunn, United States Army (Afghanistan), Jerry Hall, Clifford Barton and Mack Dobbins. Bettie Smith was born Aug. 7, 1917, in Roane. She was a faithful member of Eastside Church of Christ for many years. She cared for several families over the past 60 years, not only employed by them but loved and maintained that friendship after retirement. She was preceded in death by Thomas H. Smith; parents, Henry and Rillar Allen; sibling, Robert Nolly; and grandson, Courtney “Sean” Cooper-Smith. Survivors include her sons, Cotrell Dellums of Pennsylvania, A.D. Smith (Marean) and Thomas Gene Smith (Lois), all of Brenham, Walter Smith of Houston, and Thomas Earl Smith (Marian) of Corsicana; daughters, Catrece Mitchell (Carl), Thelma Hall (Jerry) of Corbet; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a special cousin, Clifford Barton of Corsicana; a special friend who was like a daughter, Mamie Brown of California; a special goddaughter, Sheila Johnson of Lancaster; and a host of cousins and close friends that she loved dearly. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Sue Rita (Roberts) Thomas
Oct 11, 1932 - Jan 30, 2009

Sue Rita Thomas (nee Roberts), 76, of Dallas passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. She was born Oct. 11, 1932, to Harold and Virginia Roberts. She was a loving and beloved wife and mother, and a native of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virginia Piccolia and Harold Roberts; her beloved in-laws, Haywood and Cora Thomas of Eureka; and her husband, Gerald H. Thomas, also of Eureka. She is succeeded by her children, Major Jerry Thomas and wife Ana, U.S.A., Susan Neff of Plano, and Cathy Thomas of Plano; her grandchildren, Sean and his wife Bethany, Erik Neff, and Lesa Neff, Jerry Thomas and Rebekah Thomas; her great-grandchildren, Annie Neff and Luke Neff; and brothers-in-law, Glendon Thomas, Jimmy Thomas, and Gene Thomas. She illuminated our lives, and will be greatly and sorely missed. A visitation will be at 1 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will follow at 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. David Ricker will officiate. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Helen (Hale) Henderson
Feb 5, 1918 - Jan 31, 2009

Helen Henderson, 90, of Rural Shade passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral service is 10 a.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Helen was born Feb. 5, 1918, in Kaufman. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Norma Allen Hale; husband, Earl Henderson; son, Buddy Henderson; and an infant daughter. Survivors include daughter, Mickey Simmons of Kerens; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Sherry Henderson of Rural Shade and Freddy and Becky Henderson of Palestine; son, Otis Echols; grandchildren, Lisa Howell of Beverly Hills, Fla., Kyle Simmons of Malakoff, Allison Smith of Flower Mound, Angie Henley of Duncanville, Chris Henderson of Kerens, Shawn Henderson of Lorena, Brian Henderson of Palestine and Brandon Henderson of Lewisville; and great-grandchildren, Kandi and Kortney Simmons, Josh Howell, Cayden Henderson, Abby Smith, Kylie and Bailey Henderson, Ally and Will Henley. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Paul Alonzo Jr.
Sept 25, 1973 - Jan 30, 2009

Paul Alonzo Jr., 35, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. He was born Sept. 25, 1973, to Paul Alonzo Sr. and Sandra Alonzo. Paul was known for his big heart; he always helped his family and friends especially when he “fixed everybody’s computer.” This was his life’s work. He loved to socialize and going to the movies was his favorite past time. The visitation will start at 6 p.m. today followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos. The Funeral Mass will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Pallbearers will be Prince Henderson Sr., Michael Alonzo, Breyon Hill, Derrick Grant, Steve Williams and Jonathan Gray Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Prince Henderson Jr. and Frank Alonzo Jr. Paul is survived by his mother, Sandra Alonzo and her husband Jeff Harris; father, Paul Alonzo Sr.; sisters, Elena Alonzo and her husband Derrick Grant and Jennifer Alonzo and her husband Prince Henderson Sr., all of Corsicana; nieces, Alicia Alonzo, Ayana Hill, Savannah Alonzo and Mya Henderson; nephews, Michael Alonzo, Breyon Hill and Prince Henderson Jr.; great-niece, Saniya Gray; great-nephew, Jonathan Gray Jr.; grandmother, Augustina Alonzo of Corsicana; and numerous aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Alicia Arellano; grandfather, Rufus Alonzo; nephew, Samuel Alonzo; and uncle, Nicholas Alonzo. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Jesse Clayton Blackmon
Mar 7, 1948 - Jan 30, 2009

Jesse Clayton Blackmon of Houston passed away Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, fighting melanoma cancer. He was born March 7, 1948, to O.F. and Lillie Inez (Farmer) Blackmon. A memorial service is 11 a.m. today at the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Jesse graduated from Corsicana High School in 1966. He then attended Navarro College and U.T. in Austin. He worked for the Texas Land Commissioner for several years and had the opportunity to meet and be acquainted with Lyndon B. Johnson. Afterwards, he graduated from East Texas State University in 1974. Jesse has been working for Exxon Mobil out of Houston. He traveled all over the world and made many friends. Most recently, he lived in Africa and Russia. When he was a young man, he was a member and attended North Beaton Church of Christ with his family. He was loved and will be missed dearly by his family. Survivors include his wife Daria; his two sons, Justin Blackmon and wife Darci and Brandon Blackmon and wife Veronica, all of Houston; one grandson, Daniel Blackmon of Houston; his brother, Jerry Blackmon Sr. and wife Linda of Corsicana; nephew, Jerry Blackmon Jr. and wife Rhonda of Blooming Grove; nieces and husbands, Kimberly and Sam Marshall Sr. of Corsicana and Pamela and Randy Thomas of Eureka; five great-nephews and one great-niece. Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so with the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Bradshaw-Carter Memorial and Funeral Services, Houston.

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Susie Bell "Bill" (Ainsworth) Layfield-Bogle
Feb 12, 1919 - Feb 1, 2009

Susie B. Bogle passed away Feb. 1, 2009, in Corsicana. She was a resident of Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home since February 2005. She was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Lytle and was the youngest of 11 children. Mrs. Bogle was preceded in death by her parents, F.B . and Sarah Ainsworth; five brothers, four sisters and her husband of 31 years, Murphy Bogle. She is survived by one sister, Verna Mae Keathley of Corsicana, and several nieces and nephews. Services are 10 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Joyce Evelyn (Smith) Brown
Mar 19, 1932 - Feb 1, 2009

Joyce Evelyn Smith Brown, 76, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at Sterling House in Waxahachie. Joyce was born March 19, 1932, in Corsicana to the late A.T. and Florence Evelyn Smith. She retired from Malakoff Independent School District as a teacher’s aide. In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her siblings, Narita Hickson, Annie Matthews, Margie Luther, Marie Ragsdale and A.T. Smith Jr. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Joe B. Brown Jr.; sister, Virginia Ray Pierce of Fort Worth; son, Joe B. Brown III and wife Cindy of Arlington; daughter, Melissa Autry and husband Bruce of Olney; grandchildren, Matt Autry and wife Crystal, Paul Autry and Bailey Brown; great-grandchildren, Reagan and Ian Autry; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joyce’s name to Payne Springs United Methodist Church, 9667 State Highway 198, Mabank, TX 75156.Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. David Diller officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jerome Charles Vacek
Apr 24, 1934 - Jan 31, 2009
 

Jerome Charles Vacek peacefully passed away on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in Bellaire from heart failure. He was 74.Jerome was born on April 24, 1934, in East Bernard. His parents were Charlie J. and Sophie Vacek. A second generation Czech, he enjoyed an agricultural boyhood with his brother, Richard, and sister, Sophie, on their family farm outside East Bernard. He attended Holy Cross Catholic School and graduated from East Bernard High School. He furthered his education at Wharton Junior College and was class president and a leader of the debate team. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southwest Texas State University in 1956. He also pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Texas. In 1954 he met a lovely young lady, Dorothy Barta, at Wharton Junior College at a school dance. They fell in love and were married in East Bernard at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Aug. 28, 1955.Their life led them to pursue teaching in El Campo and New Braunfels for several years. In 1965, he was approached to lead a new “War on Poverty” initiative that would focus on improving the lives of economically depressed families. During his 36 years at Community Services Inc. (formally Navarro County Action Committee), he developed outreach programs to help hundreds of individuals in 42 counties enter a job placement and training program, created child centers, the first weatherization and energy conservation efforts supported by the United States Office of Economic Opportunity, affordable housing funding and a rural transit program serving Navarro and Ellis counties. Jerome was recognized for significant achievements in early childhood education through Operation HeadStart. He served as president and secretary of the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies. He also served as vice president of the National Association of Community Action Agencies. In that capacity, he spoke frequently to Congress to support and share successes of these programs. Jerome was also active in several local civic and professional organizations in Corsicana including the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, Optimist Club, Kiwanis Club, and Rotary Club. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. During his 54-year marriage, he enjoyed traveling with Dorothy and his family, was an avid gardener and enjoyed the science of horticulture. He combined his love of history, family traditions and heritage through traveling, compiling family history and nurturing family reunions. Surviving family members are: Michele Vacek Carpenter and husband Richard, Lisa Vacek Boesen and husband Michael, and Jerome Charles II “Chip” Vacek and wife Page; grandchildren, Angela Carpenter Henry, Patrick Carpenter, Adrienne Carpenter Kloewer, Allison Carpenter Randall, Matthew Boesen, Christopher Boesen, Stone Vacek, Camilla Vacek and Ainsley Vacek; great-grandchildren, John, Isaac and Micah Henry, Scott Kloewer and Lyndsey and Neamiah Randall; and siblings, Richard Vacek and Sophie Vacek Prokop. Jerome was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, on Dec. 20, 2008.Services were held Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard followed by a graveside service at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Jerome’s life was comprised of personal and professional successes and challenges. For Jerome, in the words of Winston Churchill, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the American Heart Association in Corsicana or the James L. Collins Catholic School endowment fund. Checks for the endowment may be made payable to: “Pride through Excellence,” in care of Barbara Moe, 1936 W. Second Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110-4154. Arrangements by Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, Bellaire.

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Lewis William Daniels
abt 1940 - Jan 29, 2009

Lewis William Daniels, 69, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ, 1614 G.W. Jackson Ave., with Pastor William Lewis Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Larry Wayne Brooks, 56, of Hubbard passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at a Hubbard nursing facility. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Michael Green officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Elizabeth (Farmer) McCrory
Apr 25, 1940 - Feb 3, 2009

Elizabeth McCrory, 68, of Purdon passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at her home in Purdon. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with Pastor Dan Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Coody, John Ivie, Don Whitten, Fred Grice, Kenneth Lile and Dicky Phillips. Elizabeth was born April 25, 1940, to Guy and Evelyn Farmer and spent her younger years in Purdon until marrying Oscar McCrory in 1956 and moving into the Dallas Metroplex area for nearly 30 years. Upon retiring she and Oscar moved back to Purdon, becoming full-time grandparents to their three grandchildren. She was a longtime antique dealer in Corsicana. Elizabeth was a faithful member and pianist for First Baptist Church in Purdon. She loved her life on the farm, collecting antiques, her friends, but most of all her family. She was so very proud of her sons and grandchildren. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Evelyn Farmer; and son, Kevin McCrory. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Oscar McCrory; son, Michael McCrory and wife Pamela; daughter-in-law, Jonie McCrory; grandchildren, Brett McCrory, Morgan McCrory, Jason and Beth McCrory, and Jason’s mother Gala Huckaby; brothers, Jim Farmer and Les Farmer and wife Jimmie Sue; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Curtis Benson Watts
Feb 22, 1919 - Feb 1, 2009

Curtis Benson Watts, born Feb. 22, 1919, in Jacksonville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009 in Frost. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred A. Watts; daughter, Patricia Chism; brother, J. Lewis Watts; and sister, Olene  Gilbreath. He is survived by his son, Charles Watts and wife Shelley; two daughters, Dianne Ferguson and Carolyn Rawlinson and husband Ronnie; two sisters, Ann Boatman and Maureen Smith; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Restland Wildwood Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hand in Hand Hospice, 208 S. 31st St., Corsicana, TX 75110.Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home, Dallas.
 

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Jessie Bell (Atchley) Hartley
Jan 31, 1913 - Feb 5, 2009

Jessie Bell Hartley
Jessie Bell Hartley, 96, of Rice passed away on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, in Clifton. She was born on Jan. 31, 1913, to Thomas David and Ivie (Knott) Atchley. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Hartley is survived by her son, Charles David Hartley of Rice; niece, Geraldine Freeland of San Antonio; nine grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hartley was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Hartley; father, David Atchley; mother, Ivie (Knott) Atchley; sister, Minnie B. Perry; and brother, Lester Atchley. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home.Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the hospice chaplain Herb Lambert officiating. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be JR Hartley, Chris Hartley, Cody Hartley, Charlie Auerbach, David Auerbach, Jacob Stagner, Lance Patterson, Justin Cannon and Brandon Goode. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Christina (Budai) Lane
Feb 7, 1925 - Jan 30, 2009

Christina Lane, 83, of Marlin passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at her home. She was born on Feb. 7, 1925, in Caddo, Okla., to the late Dan Budai and Annie (Szenasi) Budai. Christina was united in marriage to Edward Lane on May 8, 1943, in Corsicana. Christina was a homemaker and helped her husband in the antique business. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lane; two brothers, Dan and Emory Budai; and two sisters, Rosa Offutt and Vera Murphy. Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Edward Jr. and wife Lunla, Tommy and wife Lucille, and David and wife Tim; daughter, Annie Weaver; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Justina Cox, Lucille Brown, Ruth Boone and Ethel Rash. It was Christina’s wish that she be cremated. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Younger Cemetery in Silver City with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the charity of choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Peggy P. (Myers) Maddox
Dec 10, 1928 - Feb 7, 2009

Peggy P. Maddox
Peggy P. Maddox, 80, of Corsicana, formerly of Denton and originally of Valley View, Texas passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009. Peggy was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Valley View to Charles C. and Pansy P. Obuch Myers. Peggy lived most of her adult life in Denton and worked as a bank teller for Denton County National Bank for many of those years. In March of 2003 she relocated to Corsicana to be near her daughter in her later years. She was a member of the Church of Christ, taking great comfort in her faith. Survivors include her son, Jimmie Maddox of Denton; daughters, Janis Maddox Myers of Corsicana, and Elizabeth Maddox of Arlington; sister, Mava Clements of Denton; brother, Charles Myers of Dallas; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, all of whom will carry on her legacy in their own individual ways. Graveside services are for the immediate family only and will be held at the Valley View Cemetery. Arrangements by Bill Deberry Funeral Directors, Denton.

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Charles K. Baxter
abt 1948 - Feb 7, 2009

Mr. Charles K. Baxter, 61, passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Mr. Baxter was born in Corsicana and reared in Kerens, where he graduated from Kerens High School, and then from Texas A and M University. He had formerly resided in Fort Worth and Ashville, N.C. before moving to Vicksburg 29 years ago. He retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2007 as a biologist. His awards received include: the Regional Director’s Honor Award in 1992, 1999 and 2006; and the Regional Director’s Stewardship Award in 2007. His awards from the U.S. Department of Interior include the Meritorious Service Award in 2002 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2007. National and international conservation organization awards include: Ducks Unlimited — 1996 Federal Wetland Conservationist of the Year Award; the Wildlife Management Institute — 2001 President’s Award; the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee — the 2001 International Canvasback Award; the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies — 2007 Special Recognition Award; and the C.W. Watson Award — the highest honor accorded a wildlife professional in the southeast United States, presented jointly by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Southeast Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and Southern Division American Fisheries Society. His professional experience was as a wildlife biologist, Division of Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Fort Worth from July 1971 to July 1977.He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Memorials are requested to the Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, Miss., 39060.Survivors include his wife, Carolyn P. Baxter of Vicksburg; son, Charles Randall Baxter of Albuquerque, N.M.; sister, Sandra Holland of Athens; two brothers, Keith Baxter of Flower Mound and David Curtis of Bellville. Local funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Kerens. with the Rev. Billy Brumfield, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church of Vicksburg officiating. Interment will follow at Long Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Waylon Padgett Jr., Andy Curtis, Chris Curtis, Jamey Curtis, Marcus Walker and Michael Padgett. Arrangements by Glenwood Funeral Home, Vicksburg, Miss., with local arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Dwight “Denver” Carrington
Jun 25, 1938 - Feb 8, 2009

Dwight “Denver” Carrington, 70, of Paris, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Parkview Care Center in Paris. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bright-Holland Funeral Home, 2601 Lamar Ave., Paris. Graveside services with military rites are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at New Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield, with the Rev. Robert Myre officiating. Mr. Carrington, the son of Homer Floyd and Myrtle Lea Armstrong Carrington, was born June 25, 1938, in Dallas. He served in the U.S. Marines and then had a career with the Grand Prairie Police Department. He then drove a truck for Ben E. Keith in Dallas and later worked at the True Value Distribution Center in Corsicana. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha Carrington; and a son, Clay Carrington. Survivors include a daughter, Kelly A. Millsap and husband Kenneth of Paris; five grandchildren, Chase Lewis and wife Lisa of Paris, Casey Lewis of Paris, Kyler Carrington of Blooming Grove, Kristan Carrington of Chatfield and Amy Carrington of Ennis; a sister, Geraldine Humble and husband Bill of Abilene; a niece, Becky Lyles of Amarillo; a nephew, Eric Humble of Albuquerque, N.M.; along with a host of friends. Arrangements by Bright-Holland Funeral Home, Paris. ∞

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Christopher Allen Lowery
Feb 5, 1969 - Feb 1, 2009

Christopher Allen Lowery of Purdon went home with the angels Feb. 1, 2009, after an exhausting battle of cancer. He was born Feb. 5, 1969. He was a hero to many as he was the hardest worker one could find. He was always trying to help those in need. He would want to thank Dr. Orr for the great man he is and all the treatment he gave with such care. He is survived by his mother, Betty Sue O’Pry of Purdon. He was her life. They were always close in heart, and that closeness shall always remain. He is also survived by Diane Johnson, the love of his life, best friend, and mother of three of four children: Christopher Garretson, 22, Justin Garretson, 21, and Cody Allen Lowery, 15, of Purdon; his youngest son, Ethan Anthony Lowery, and his mother, Kim Lusk, of Corsicana; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great-cousins, friends, and special friend Jim Howell. The family sends a special thanks to Jonny Pritchett of Boise, Idaho, which grew up more as brothers rather than cousins. Gone but not forgotten. We love you Chris. There will be a memorial service held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at his mother’s residence in Purdon with evangelist and close friend James Murphy presiding at the service. Family and friends are welcome. Arrangements by Heritage Cremation Services Inc., Richardson.

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Jerry R. “Sugarbear” McCulloch
Aug 19, 1940 - Feb 7, 2009

Jerry R. “Sugarbear” McCulloch, 68, of Midland and formerly of Corsicana, passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, surrounded by his family at Midland Memorial Hospice Unit. He was born on Aug. 19, 1940, to Ruth and Shirley McCulloch and became a loving husband, daddy, papa, and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army. Jerry loved fishing, old cars and most of all his family. A truck driver by trade he retired in Midland before becoming ill. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dresden Cemetery with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Mr. McCulloch was preceded in death by his mom, dad, and stepmom Dorothy; his in-laws; daughter, Carla Tuck; and a great-grandson, Ty Piercy. He is survived by his wife, PamMcCulloch; daughters, Camille Wells and husband Randy and Casey Hall, all of Midland; son, Jerry R. McCulloch and wife Donna of Robstown; grandchildren, Devan Stevens and husband John, Randa Wells, Ashley Jones, Joseph and Josh Smith, Shauna Bone and husband Josh, and JD McCulloch; great-grandchildren, John Michael Stevens, Zac, Dylan, and Carly Jones, Mason Wells, Rhyan Piercy and Adam Bone; brother, Chris McCulloch of Mexia; and a sister, Janet Williams of Ennis. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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John K. Montgomery
Mar 13, 1919 - Feb 7, 2009

John K. Montgomery went to be with Lord Feb. 7, 2009, in Waxahachie. John was born on March 13, 1919, in Streetman to Cato and Clara Montgomery, both deceased. He was preceded in death by wife, Edna E. Montgomery; a sister, Lillian Glazner; brothers, Herman C. Montgomery and Hershal A. Montgomery; and grandson, Jimmy Blissett. He is survived by two daughters, Clara Hollingsworth and husband Bill and Patsy Blissett; five grandchildren, Gina Sutton, Dina Priess, Jay Blissett, Melissa Johnson and Joey Blissett; 13 great-grandchildren, Landon and Macy Freeman, Lawson and Mason Priess, Joshua, Jessica, Jacob, Kolby Blissett, Jarod Blissett, Micah Johnson, Jordan, Addison and Jackson Blissett; three great-great-grandchildren, Olivia and Aaron Blissett and Benjamin Stone; two stepsons, Eddie Trompler and wife Linda and their daughter Tammy, and Larry Trompler and wife Evonne and their children Kandi, Dawn and Holly. There is one surviving brother Ellis Montgomery and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. John was a farmer most of his life, then retired from Skyline High School in Dallas as a custodian supervisor. He spent his last three years at Pleasant Manor in Waxahachie. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Navarro Mills Baptist Church. Interment will be at Dresden Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Benjamin Jesse "Jack" Pillans
Sep 8, 1913 - Feb 10, 2009

B. “Jack” Pillans, 95, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born Sept. 8, 1913, in Winkler to Benjamin and Katie Pillans. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Lynda Pillans of Streetman; grandchildren, Stacie and Bob Kark of Kingwood, and Julie Pillans of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Alex, Karl and Katie, all of Kingwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Steve Orbinson officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Benny Pillans, Roger Pillans, James Gary Pillans, Gary Pillans, Clell Young and Corky Hagler. Honorary pallbearers will be George Aldama, Ken Akers, Richard Knight, Bill Massey and Jerry Knight. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association by phone (800) DIABETES or www.diabetes.org. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Judy Kay (Boyte) Reeves
May 26, 1948 - Feb 9, 2009

Judy Kay Reeves, 60, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, surrounded by family after a long courageous battle with cancer. Judy was born on May 26, 1948, in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonzo Newburn and Bobbie Boyte; and brothers, James Sanders, Danny Joe Boyte, and Kenneth Sanders. She is survived by her son, Bobby Reeves, and daughter, Wendy Stehle, of Corsicana; sister, Kathryn Schultz and her husband Rinert; brother, Ricky Boyte and his wife Sarah; nieces, Marilyn Barclay and her husband Dean, and Margaret Garvin; and nephews, Mark Schultz, Michael Sanders, Jason Boyte and John Boyte. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. The graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with the Rev. Clyde Franks officiating. Judy worked 23 years for Twilight Nursing Home. She loved taking care of her patients, always giving them that extra love and care they needed, until she had to retire to fight her battle with cancer. She was a strong soldier until the end when the angels came and wrapped their arms around her and took her to heaven to get her wings. Her sweetness will be missed by all. Arrangements are by Corley Funeral Home.

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Olive Annette (Clem) Barnes
Apr 20, 1920 - Feb 11, 2009

Olive Annette Barnes
Olive Annette Barnes, 88, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born in Oklahoma on April 20, 1920, to O.E. Clem and Maggie Stanford Clem. She married William “Buster” Gartman on Dec. 24, 1937. Olive worked for Southwestern Bell, her only job, and retired in 1978. She married Tommie Odell Barnes on June 25, 1990, was a member of the Lone Oak Christian Church and for the past several years was a resident at Heritage Oaks West where she made many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Buster” Gartman; a son, Willis Gartman; and brother, Bud Clem. Survivors include her husband, Tommie Barnes; son, Joe Gartman; granddaughters, Suzie McGee and husband Doyle and Laura Young and husband Alex; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one dear friend, Ruby Redden. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bo Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Bright Star Cemetery in Van Zandt County at 2:30 p.m. .Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Edna (Benson) Gordon
Jan 22, 1905 - Feb 10, 2009

Edna Benson Gordon
Edna Benson Gordon, 104, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. She was born Jan. 22, 1905, in Ratcliff to Edward and Katherine Gaston Benson. She had lived in Corsicana for 65 years and was a member of First Baptist Church, Corsicana Chapter of Eastern Star for 50 years and was a past worthy matron. She was preceded in death her parents, Edward and Katherine Benson; and husband, Edwin T. Gordon on June 12, 2005.She is survived by caretakers, Jamie Cobb and Carol Blackshire, and numerous friends. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Baptist Church or Corsicana Chapter 118 Eastern Star. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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George L. Marshall
Oct 5, 1930 - Feb 8, 2009

George L. Marshall
George L. Marshall, 78, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Bishop K.D. Davis Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Derwood Cleveland, Curtis Burke, Charles Nelson, Fred Jackson, Clyde Marshall, George Marshall III, Eddie Hatten and Don Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Walker, Richard Washington, Jesse Parks, Bobby Jones, Stanley Jennings, Harold Andrews, Will Cephus II, William Collins III, Marshall Cook and Calvin Carroll. Mr. Marshall was born Oct. 5, 1930, in West Point, Texas. He was a faithful member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for 21 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after 21 years and 13 days. He was employed at the Country Club for 20 years. Later he made friends at Fannin Elementary School as crossing guard before his last retirement. Survivors include his wife, Aline L. Marshall; children, George Leonard Jr., Vera Parhm, Rosie Marie Hatchett and Loyce Johnson; grandchildren, Charles Nelson (Malinda), Linda Nelson-Jackson (Fred), Toshiba McDonald, Clyde Marshall (Erin), George L. Marshall III (Dana), Vivian A. King, Michael Johnson (Lori), Audrey Wynn, Veronica and Alkeia Hughes, Victor and Asia Crawford, and India Marshall; 21 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Gladys William-Hawkins and Beverly A. Williams-Jackson (Felix); uncle, Roosevelt Pye (Willie Mae); loving caretakers, Joy Chakwe, Barbara Brown and Jennifer Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Mattie Marshall; stepfather, the Rev. Morecy Williams; and brother, Julius Lee Drisdale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brotherhood of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church or American Red Cross. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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James Earl Merida
Feb 17, 1936 - Feb 6, 2009

James Earl Merida, 72, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with Pastor Clyde Chambers officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Brian Merida, Martez Martin, Darrell Palmer, Marcus Merida, Billy Small Sr. and Telvin Newson. Honorary pallbearers will be Leon Gunnell, John James, James Bonner, John Bonner, Johnny Bell and Leo Gunnell. Mr. Merida was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Caldwell. He was employed 20 years with Whiteselle Brick, and later worked for the City of Corsicana for 15 years before he retired. He was preceded in death by his mother, sister and three grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Mattie Merida of Corsicana; daughter from his first marriage, Wanda Merida Dickerson (Bobby) of East Bernard; son, Milton Robinson of Dallas; daughter, Mattie Bell (Johnny) of Dallas; sons, Curtis Stradford (Barbara), James “Tiny” Bonner (Cheryl), David Merida (Jan) and Johnny Merida, all of Corsicana, Donald Merida (Angela) of DeSoto, George Merida (Sonja) of Duncanville and Jimmy Merida (Veronica)of Cedar Hill; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Gracie Grant (Bud) and Allene Bonner; two brothers-in-law, James Bonner (Constance) and John Bonner; one uncle, Harvey Merida; two aunts, Sallie Mack and Thular Campbell, all of Temple; and a host of nieces, nephews and a longtime neighbor and friend, Marilyn Cloud. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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James Walter “Dick” Blissett
Aug 22, 1932 - Feb 10, 2009

James “Dick” Blissett, 76, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today at Kerens Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Mr. Blissett was born Aug. 22, 1932, in Kerens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Ruby Blissett. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, C.E. “Bubba” and Janis Blissett of Kerens; niece, Terry Powell of Cedar Hill; and nephew, Kurt Blissett of Plano. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Doris Wilson
Apr 18, 1926 - Feb 13, 2009

Doris Wilson, 82, passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Green Oaks Nursing Home in Arlington. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dolwin Smallwood, Jim Bob Ivey, James Kelley, Mike Jennings, Bobby Bain and George Edwards. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Shelton. Mrs. Wilson was born April 18, 1926, in Waxahachie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Wilson. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Doug Adler of Arlington; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Lisa Wilson of Arlington; and grandchildren, Chelsea Adler, Callie Adler, Zack Wilson and Cooper Wilson. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Jessie Praytor Sr.
Apr 18, 1923 - Feb 13, 2009

Jessie Praytor Sr. passed away Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home surrounded by his family. He is now at peace with the Lord and is joyfully reunited with his wife in heaven. Jessie was born April 18, 1923 in Rockdale to James and Lillie (Caffey) Praytor. As a young man he worked in the cotton fields and always said he could pick cotton faster than most people. Jessie also worked at the Cotton Mill where he made many lifetime friends. Jessie served in the U.S. Army 5th Infantry during World War II where he was stationed in the Philippines. Jessie was captain of the Corsicana Fire Department for 33 years before retiring which he thoroughly enjoyed. Jessie also worked as a carpenter for many years. He instilled strong work ethics into his family and co-workers. Jessie married the love of his life, Miriam Tanner, on March 26, 1949. They enjoyed traveling and camping through the years. Jessie was also a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed by all. He loved the Lord with all his heart and served as deacon for many years. He also taught his family that the Lord was to come first and then everything else would fall into place. He enjoyed hunting, playing dominoes, watching sports and farming. Jessie Praytor was preceded in death by his wife. Miriam (Tanner) Praytor; sisters, Estelle Adams, Alta Rae Pickett, Alsie Mae Beldin and Marie Wright; brother, Arthur Praytor; and his parents, James and Lillie Praytor. Survivors include two sisters, Betty Jo Franks of Corsicana and Lela Howard of Florida; five children, Jessie Lynn and Nancy Praytor of Corsicana, Royce and Susan Praytor of Corsicana, Cloyce Praytor of Powell, David Praytor of Kerens, and Janice and Clyde Crumpton of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, Jessie Lynn III and Tiffany Praytor, Eddie and Kristy Praytor, Joseph and Tonya Praytor, Jeanne and Jason (Praytor) Englehart, Royce and Olivia Praytor Jr., Rowdy Praytor, Joyce and Cody (Praytor) Callahan, Joy Praytor, Bobby and Leeanne Greene, Ashley Gilland, Jessica Gilland, Tabitha Crumpton, and January Crumpton; 16 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Zane, and LaBecca Praytor, Serria and Cheyanne Praytor, Blake and Cameron Englehart, Haidyn and Megan Praytor, Dakota and Anna Callahan, Leah'Anne and Briar Greene, Brooklynn and Kaelynn Crofut, Tanner Tatu and one on the way. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.17, 2009 at Grifffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Hiriam Harris officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Smithey, Derrill Stephens, Dusty Ledbetter, Ron Franks, Kevin Farmer, Gerald Whitehead, Ricki Crenshaw, Ronnie Morgan, Ken Partin and Larry Wilcox. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Dennis, L.H. Richardson, Bobby Clay, Doug Fogg and Royce Owens. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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John Simmons
Apr 24, 1898 - Dec 20, 1966

SIMMONS
John, 12325 Denton, Survived by wife, Mrs. Mamie Simmons, Farmers Branch; sons, Joe W. Simmons, Loyd M. Simmons, Johnnie Simmons, all of Dallas; stepsons, Cecil Jackson, U.S. Army, Doyle Eugene Jackson, Long Beach, Calif; daughters, Mrs. Lora Sutter, Irving, Mrs. Ann Hambrick, Irving, Mrs. Jane Thomas, Farmers Branch, stepdaughter, Sybil, Cordova, Farmers Branch; brother, Ernest Simmons, Dallas; sister, Mrs. Velma Odum, Dallas; twenty-eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Rhoton-Welland Merritt Chapel, Rev. Fred Groom officiating. Interment, Hamilton Cemetery near Corsicana
RHOTON-WEILAND-MERRITT
Carrollton, CH2-5281

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Northera Lois (Miles) Burleson-Toten
Feb 6, 1920 - Feb 17, 2009

Northera Lois Toten, 89, of Blooming Grove passed away February 17, 2009. She was born February 6, 1920 to Joseph and Enice Miles.

Survived by husband E. A. Toten of Blooming Grove, son's, Harold Dale Burleson and wife Geneva of Clear Lake, La, Nickey Dwight Burleson of Blooming Grove, Robert Wesley Toten and wife Cindy of Blooming Grove, step daughter, Sharon Larue Johnson of Ft Worth, sister Frankie Doris (Miles) Holland of Brenham, brother in law, Arthur Burleson and family, 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by parents Joseph Lee Miles and Enice Maude (Pitts) Miles, sons Kenneth Donald Burleson, Oscar Dean Burleson, brother Oscar Nathaniel Miles, Lafayette Miles and Henry Miles.

Visitation 5-8pm Friday Feb 20, 2009 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services 2:00 PM Saturday Feb 21, 2009 at Blooming Grove Church of Christ with Bill Rasco officiating. Burial will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Burleson, Samuel Burleson, Stan Jenkins, Kent Jenkins, Leslie Barham and Jim Owens.

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  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • Wife of Elmer Alonzo Toten, Jr.

Walter Farmer
May 31, 1923 - Feb 17, 2009

Walter Farmer, longtime Corsicana resident, lost his long and courageous battle on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. Walter was born on May 31, 1923, in Hill County. His family moved to Corsicana in 1925. He was the son of Thomas and Mollie Motley Farmer, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1941. He attended The University of Texas at Austin and Navarro College. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942, he served as technical sergeant and flight engineer of B-24 Crew 56, 714th Bomb Squad, 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force. Based in Seething, England, he was on the first daylight raid on Berlin in 1944. His plane, The Comanche, was returning to England and was hit by flak over France on its 13th mission. Parachuted and captured by the Germans, Walter was a prisoner of war for 14 months in Stalag Luft 1, near Barth, Germany, off the Baltic Sea. Walter was immensely patriotic and particularly proud of his service in World War II, and often said “one could only appreciate freedom after it was taken away.” He was the epitome of the greatest generation. Walter, wife Peggy, and daughter Susan moved from Corsicana to Duncanville in 1967. Walter worked for LTV in Grand Prairie building A-7 fighter planes for the Army and Navy during the Vietnam War before becoming self-employed in the automotive business in 1969. Upon retirement, Walter and Peggy returned to “hometown” Corsicana in 1998.Walter was active in civic affairs in Duncanville. He proudly served as president of the Duncanville Noon Lions Club in 1979-1980, and was a member of the Duncanville Park Board and the Board of Adjustments. In 1974, he became a member of the John C. Pelt Masonic Lodge in Duncanville. He also served on the board of directors and as vice president of the Duncanville Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Dallas Model A Ford Club in the early 1970s. He rebuilt and loved driving around in his 1930 Model A Coupe, was a ferocious domino player, and was never happier than when he was hunting. Walter always had an avid interest in automobiles and airplanes, culminating in membership in the Coyote Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force in 2006.He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Peggy O’Neal Farmer of Corsicana; daughter, Susan Farmer Kheshtinejad; twin grandchildren, Gracy and Garrett Kheshtinejad of Duncanville; and brother-in-law, George W. O’Neal and wife Genie of Marble Falls. Walter was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Luby, Gary Mitchell, Mike O’Neal, Wesley Pinkerton, Alan Roberts and Brent Sharpley. Honorary pallbearers will be Wilson Dosser, Fritz Friday, Campbell Gillespie, John Harper, Theo Montfort, Joe Nussbaum and Bill Simmons. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Justin Glen Perry
May 11, 1983 - Feb 17, 2009

Justin Glen Perry, 25, of Forney and formerly of Kerens, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. He was born May 11, 1983, in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Larry Rhodes officiating and the Rev. Wes Johnson assisting. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Torrez, Brody Perry, Cody Duke, Cody Smith, Brian Ainsworth, Vince Razuri, Jessie Potts and Chris Sommer. Survivors include his wife, Amber Perry of Forney; parents, Terry and Patty Perry of Forney; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Lisa Rhodes of Eustace; brother, Clint Perry of Forney; sister, Callie Perry of Forney; grandparents, Doc and Jewel Rutherford and James and Glenda Perry, all of Kerens; and sisters-in-law, Adrienne and Arin Rhodes, both of Eustace. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Ola Mae “Olie” (Simons) Weathers
Dec 16, 1910 - Feb 16, 2009

Ola Mae “Olie” Weathers was born on Dec. 16, 1910, and went to be with our Lord on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009. She was the eldest of nine siblings born to the late John and Frances Turner Simons near Rice. Olie was reared by her grandparents, W.M. and Mary Alice St. Ama, who were also the parents of nine children. These large extended families were the sources of great fun and love. Olie married Jester James Weathers on Aug. 17, 1929, and they farmed in the Kerens area for several years before moving to Waco to work for Brazos Electric Company. Mr. Weathers preceded Olie in death in 1974. She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Hazel Christine and husband Frank Westbrook of Ennis and Marlene and husband Don Parrish of Corsicana; four grandsons and wives, Lynn and Jamie Shelton, Darrell and Cindy Shelton, James Shelton and Walter Westbrook. Olie’s longevity allowed her to see her family grow to include granddaughter Pam Allen and her daughters Ashley and Alissa Palmari and grandson Mike and wife Mary Beth Parrish. As matriarch of her family, Olie loved being the center of attention at large gatherings and the summer visits of all children. Her great-grandchildren include Jacob, Jerod, Zack, Whitney, Wilson, John and Sarah Shelton, and Courtney and her husband David Jenkins. A source of immense joy to Olie were the two fifth generation babies, Garrett Shelton and Pace Jenkins. Olie was a lifelong Baptist and enjoyed the fellowship of her Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Kerens. The family also wishes to express gratitude to special friends, Alverta Roberts, Peggy Holloway and Bernice Hagler. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating with burial to follow at Long Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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John T. Martin, Jr.
Dec 31, 1937 - Feb 18, 2009

John T. Martin Jr., age 71, of Karnack passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Shreveport, La., after a series of illnesses and a stroke. He was born in Retreat on Dec. 31, 1937. John attended Corsicana schools, was president of his 1956 senior class and received a full four-year Jim Collins Scholarship. He attended Texas A and M University and was a member of the Aggie Corps of Cadets. In 1961, John received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from A and M. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served with the 8th Infantry Division in Bad Kreuznach and Baumholder, Germany. He was also a captain in the Army Reserve. John worked summer and part-time jobs as a newspaper carrier for the Corsicana Daily Sun, a clerk for Sutton’s Lunch Counter, a warehouse man and roustabout for Magnolia Petroleum Company, and as a surveyor for the Soil Conservation Corps and the Texas Highway Department. On graduation from college, John entered the Plant Engineering Trainee Program with the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. After military service, he returned to Texas and was employed with Lone Star Gas Company in Dallas. In 1965, John began a 40-year career in the oil and gas production industry. He was employed with Penrod Drilling Company in Vicksburg, Miss., Tenneco Oil Company and Billingsley Engineering in Shreveport, La. In 1974, John became an independent petroleum consultant for supervising drilling, completion, workover and prognoses of oil and gas wells throughout Southern Arkansas, Northern Louisiana and East Texas. In 2005, after a full and eventful career, John retired to his Caddo lakeside home near Karnack. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gracie Lee Martin-Hollingsworth and John T. Martin Sr. Survivors include his wife, Carly of Karnack; two sisters, Polly Thomas of Corsicana and Mary Price of Gladewater; daughter and husband, Shirley and Sinisa Ivanji of Shreveport, La.; son, David Maraman of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son-in-law, Tristan Larson of Shreveport, La.; granddaughter, Trista Larson of Houston; and grandson, Conner Larson of Shreveport, La.John will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He was kind and trustworthy, and a good and loyal man. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with the Rev. Bill Honea officiating. Before and after the service, visitation and fellowship will be held at Retreat City Hall. Pallbearers will be David Maraman, Tristan Larson, Conner Larson, Robert Keathley, Jay Barnett, Joel Thomas and Bruce Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will include all members of the Corsicana High School Class of 1956. Expressions of condolence may also be sent to P.O. Box 711, Corsicana, TX 75151.Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Brigida Maria (Yvon) Valdez
Oct 8, 1919 - Feb 18, 2009

Brigida Maria Valdez, 89, of Retreat passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. She was born Oct. 8, 1919, to Antonio and Victoria Yvon in Yorktown. She was the most loving wife, mother, and grandmother that anyone could want. She devoted her life to caring for her family; she was always there. Maria was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. The Funeral Mass will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricardo Valdez, Vicente Valdez, Edgar Yvon, Christopher Vasquez, Justin Garcia and Javier Negrete. Brigida Maria is survived by her daughters, Victoria Vasquez of Corsicana and Linda Estrada and her husband Jose Luis of Retreat; son, David Garcia and his wife Kristi of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Patricio Valdez; daughters, Janie Valdez and Amada “Molly” Garcia; and sons, Fidencio “Felix” Valdez and Ramon “Raymond” Valdez. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dale V. Lake
Apr 20, 1947 - Feb 20, 2009

Dale Lake, 61, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. He was born in Corsicana on April 20, 1947 to Wyatt Dale Lake and Bertha Richardson Lake. Dale served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War serving two years in Vietnam. He loved restoring and working on old cars and hot rods. Dale was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Corsicana. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Wyatt Dale Lake and Bertha Lake. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Debbie Lake of Corsicana; son, Chris Lake and wife Kimberly of Corsicana; daughter, Jaime Lake of Corsicana; one grandson, Tyler Lake of Corsicana; beloved sister, Karolyn Carroll of Corsicana; niece, Tammy Gowan of Corsicana; and a great niece, Krista Gowan of Corsicana. He is also survived by his grand-dog “Dru,” a black lab. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park with military honors. Pallbearers will be Donnie Grace, Kenny Grace, Robert “Buzz” Olguin, Steve Shepard, Fred Jernigan and Shannon Rouse. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Harris, Ray Coates, Joe Little and Steve Buie. Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church 1200 North 13th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dale Lake
Dale V. Lake, 61, died Friday, February 20, 2009 in Tyler. He was born April 20, 1947 in Corsicana to Wyatt and Bertha Lake. He was a resident of Corsicana and was employed at Auto Repair as a mechanic He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church; loved old cars and hot rods which included the rebuilding and restoration. He was a veteran and served with the United States Army and served in Vietnam. He received a Bronze Star.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife Debbie Lake of Corsicana; his children - Chris Lake and his wife Kimberly of Corsicana and Jaime Lake of Corsicana; beloved sister - Karolyn Carroll of Corsicana; niece - Tammy Gowan of Corsicana; great-niece-Krista Gowan; 1 grandchild - Tyler Lake; and a granddog - Dru the black lab.

Visitation will be Monday, February 23, 2008 from 6-8 PM at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Floyd Petersen officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Donnie Grace, Kenny Grace, Robert "Buzz" Olguin, Steve Shepard, Fred Jernigan and Shannon Rouse. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jack Harris, Ray Coates, Joe Little and Steve Buie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church

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  • Son of Wyatt Lake and Bertha (Richardson) Lake; Grandson of Lovell Allen Richardson and Maggie S (Holcomb) Richardson; Great-grandson of GL Richardson and Barbara Allen (Foster) Richardson
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

James Ellis "Pop" Frederick
Aug 16, 1927 - Feb 21, 2009

James E. Fredrick
James Ellis (Pop) Frederick, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the age of 81 in Corsicana. He was born on August 16, 1927 in Blooming Grove to John and Mary Frederick. He had been a supervisor with Chattanooga Glass. He was a member of Roane Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of Corsicana; children - Kathy and Frank Jones of Corsicana and Jim Frederick of Corsicana; 2 grandchildren - Joshua Guilliams of Corsicana and Justin Jones and Alicia of Lexington, South Carolina and a great-grandchild Jillian Guillams.

Visitation will be Monday, February 23, 2009 from 6-8 PM at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Scott and Rev. Russell Reed officiating with burial to follow at Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Texas.

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  • Son of John Douglas Frederick and Mary Ola (Hargrove) Frederick; Grandson of William Marion Frederick and Ida L (Thurman) Frederick; Great-Grandson of William Gully Frederick, Sr & Margaret Louie "Maggie" (Davis) Frederick
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Emma (George) Smith
abt 1917 - Feb 13, 2009

Emma Smith
Emma Smith, 92, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2009. She was surrounded by family and friends at her home in Dallas. Emma and Phil, her beloved late husband of 69 years, moved to Corsicana in 1979. Especially dear to her heart were her friends at Westhill Church of Christ, Kinsloe House, Corsicana County Club, and Literary Club. She also enjoyed her relationships with her neighbors. Playing bridge, golf, and walking were some of her special interests. However, having fun with her granddaughter Molly was her greatest passion. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and John George; brothers, Emil and Fred George; and sister, Rose Fox. Emma Smith is survived by her son, Phil Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Dell and Dr. Michael Putman; and granddaughter, Molly Tuttle. Also surviving her are many nephews and nieces, including Allen Smith, Angela Green, Phyllis and Don Vaughan, Darrel Vaughan, Jo Ann Smith, Rex Smith, Smithy Allen, Bill and June Jones, Trent Jones, Barbara Holland, Tracy Franks, and LuAnne Dean. The family would like to especially thank her dear friend and companion of many years, Mary Guerra, as well as Maria Marez, Susan Brown, Polly Bryan, and Bobbie Johnson. Carlene Foreman, and Gail and Phil Toven have been great family friends also, as they helped the Smiths for years. Emma was a fine Christian and a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She lived a very full and good life. She will be greatly missed. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Elihu Paige Watkins Jr.
Aug 5, 1919 - Feb 22, 2009

Elihu Paige Watkins Jr. joined the company of his Savior on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, following a lengthy illness. He served his Savior faithfully as a elder at the Presbyterian Church in Corsicana. Paige, as family and friends knew him, was born in Eureka on Aug. 5, 1919. Paige graduated from Corsicana High School in 1937 and began a career with Woolworth and Co., interrupted by service in the Army Air Force in 1942-1943. He retired in 1983. His wife Ruth (Buchanan) Watkins, daughter Beverly, son Barry, and sister Gertrude Walker mourn his passing. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Lee Wyatt officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jerry Lamar Austin
Sep 23, 1949 - Feb 23, 2009

Jerry Lamar Austin
Jerry Lamar Austin, 59, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born on Sept. 23, 1949, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Homer and Robbie (Barber) Austin. Mr. Austin was a plumber. Mr. Austin is survived by his wife, Margaret Austin of Corsicana; and three children, Samantha Austin of Waxahachie, Glenn Austin of Corsicana, and Jerrie Austin of Corsicana. He is also survived by six brothers, Virgil Songer of Payne Springs, Victor Songer of Payne Springs, Vernon Songer of Dallas, Arnold Austin of Mesquite, and David Austin of Scottsboro, Ala.; three sisters, Marie Wyan of Waxahachie, Mickie Rushing of Dallas, and Johnnie Lemmon of Dallas; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous “adopted” grandchildren. Mr. Austin was preceded in death by his parents: mother, Robbie Dean Songer, and father, Victor Songer; and a son and daughter, Robbie and Bobbie Austin. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bertha Mae (Lee) Andrews
Feb 3, 1918 - Feb 23, 2009

Bertha Mae Andrews, 91, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born on Feb. 3, 1918, in Winkler. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church for over 40 years. She was a devoted homemaker, cook, entertainer, and seamstress of which she was employed with the Haggar Slack Factory for many years. She was a very loving mother and grandmother. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David Minniear, Eric Minniear, Justin Reyes, Don Wofford, Brandon Snider and Shane Greer. Honorary pallbearer will be Vernon Colbert. Mrs. Andrews was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, R. J. “Red” Andrews; parents, Webster and Edna Lee; eight brothers and sisters; and a great-granddaughter, Sarah Mae Hall. She is survived by her son, Jim Andrews and wife Mary of Corsicana; grandson, Nick Andrews and wife Christina of San Antonio; granddaughters, Holly Andrews of Corsicana, Rita Greer and husband Shane of Purdon, and Marla Wofford and husband Don of Corsicana; grandsons, Eric Minniear and David Minniear and wife Brenda of Corsicana; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38108. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Eva Mae (Thompson) Pierce
Oct 12, 1919 - Feb 25, 2009

Eva Mae (Thompson) Pierce, 89, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, at her daughter’s home near Bryan. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wade Funeral Chapel with Sam Dilbeck officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clyde Allen Thompson, Troy Thompson, Collin “Bud” Renfro, Darren Renfro, Clay Henderson and Pete Chasteen. Mrs. Pierce was born Oct. 12, 1919, in Frost to Robert J. and Sarah Ann Thompson. She was raised in the Dawson area and was a graduate of Dawson High School. She married Clide Pierce on Aug. 15, 1942, and she helped him farm in the Dawson area, raising primarily cotton, until he passed away in 1966. She was also a seamstress, having worked at Kreditor Manufacturing Company in Hubbard as a supervisor for many years. In 1968, she went to work for the Corsicana State Home, where she continued until her retirement in 1978. She was a member of the Dawson Church of Christ and also of the Classic Car Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Ervin Thompson, Bob Thompson and Perry Chasteen; and sisters, Erlene Whalen, Bedie Jordan and Mary McNutt. Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Slater Henderson and husband Cameron of Bryan; two grandsons, Stacey Slater and wife Maria of North Platte, Neb., and Brad Slater and wife Erica of Katy; two great-grandsons, Brandon Slater and Carson Slater, both of Katy; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Jessie Louise (Harris) Hall
Jan 3, 1925 - Feb 26, 2009

Jessie Louise Harris Hall
Jessie joined her beloved husband of 51 years, Gene Hall (Papa), along with her loving Heavenly Father Thursday February 26, 2009 Preceded in death by her Mother, Father & one Grandson Survived by her sons Ted Hall & wife Debbie, Roger Hall & wife Vivian, Alan Hall & wife Lou And her daughters Barbara Milton & husband Joe Deborah Lefebvre & husband Jack, Susan Williams & companion Ricky Numerous Grand-Children, Great-Grand Children, Nieces and Nephews.
Our beloved Mother and Mama was God’s precious gift to her family for many years. Those who knew her loved her and appreciated her, for she treated everyone with a loving and caring heart. She will be missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Our beloved Mother and Mama leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, many precious memories and Christian values. She loved her family and treated everyone as if they were hers. She loved her church and was faithful in service. Pallbearers are Scooter Davis, Chase Hall, Joe Dee Hall, Ronny Abernathy, Donny Abernathy, David Abernathy, Curtis McClosky, and Ted E. (Bear) Walton Services for Jessie Hall, 84 of Malone, TX are scheduled for Saturday February 28, at 3:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel, Corsicana, TX Visitation is 1:00 PM Saturday February 28, 2009 at Corley Funeral Home Services to be presented by her Grandson Reverend Kirk Hall Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Park in the Garden of Gethsemane, Corsicana, TX

Gary Byrnes
Dec 23, 1950 - Feb 22, 2009

Mr. Gary Byrnes, 58, of Dublin passed away Sunday, February 22, 2009 in Stephenville. Visitation will be 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka, Bro. Bill Honea officiating


Polly K. Richardson
Apr 12, 1916 - Feb 20, 2009

Mrs. Polly K. Richardson, 92, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, February 20, 2009 in Corsicana. She was born on April 12, 1916 in Pauline, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 23, 2009 at the Crown Hill Memorial Park in Dallas with the Rev. Dan Rogers officiating.

She is survived by her Sons; Roy L. Ragan of Blossom, Texas and Bobby Richardson of Irving, Texas.


Robert Sanford McDonald
Mar 31, 1875 - July 13, 1938

McDONALD, - Corsicana, Texas. July 15. - Funeral services for R.S. McDonald, Pinkston, retired farmer, who died in a Corsicana hospital, were held Friday at Barry. Burial was at Black Hills Cemetery. He formerly resided at Barry. Surviving are his wife, two sons and other relatives.

July 16, 1938

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Cord O. Williams
Mar 14, 1874 - Jan 3, 1954

C.O. Williams

CORSICANA, Texas. - Funeral services for C.O. Williams, 79, of Emhouse, who died in a local clinic, were held from the First Methodist Church in Emhouse. Burial was in the Pattison Cemetery.

A native of Smith County, he had resided at Emhouse forty-three years.

Surviving are his wife, a son, C.C. Williams, Ruston, La.; a daughter, Mrs. W.L. Henderson, Irving; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Jan 6, 1954

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Monday Services  For C. O. Williams C. O. Williams, 79, long-time Emhouse resident, died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday morning.
Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church in Emhouse Monday at 3 p. m. Burial was in the Pattison cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Lindsey and Rev. Van P. Morrison, Methodist ministers.
A native of Smith county. Williams had resided in the Emhouse community 43 years.
Surviving are his wife of Emhouse, a son, C. C. Williams, Ruston.
La.; a daughter, Mrs. W. L. Henderson, Irving; two grandsons, Cord Williams, Jr.. Ruston, La., and Dr. Allen Williams, New Orleans, La.; a granddaughter, Mrs. Arthus Ellis, Ruston. La., four great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Palbearers were Marvin Shows, C. J. Armstrong, Delma Rea Vest, Stokes Armstrong, Frank Seely and Ralph Chaney.
Corley directed.

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Mary Deere
Oct 21, 1906 - Feb 18, 1932

DEERE, Miss Mary, age 25 years, 5514 Lindell, passed away Thursday; survived by father, J.C. Deere, Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. H.D. Drain of Corsicana, Miss Audie Deere of Dallas, Mrs. W. P. Harlan of Muskogee, Mrs. R.I. Patterson of Linden, Tenn.; two brothers, J.Y. Deere of Dorchester, Texas; W. J. Deere, Corsicana. Services Weiland Funeral Church, 2909 Live Oak, 2 p.m. Friday, Dr. L. N. D. Wells officiating.
Remains to be forwarded to Corsicana.

Feb 20, 1932

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MISS MARY DEERE DIED LAST NIGHT DALLAS HOSPITAL
Miss Mary Deere, aged 24 years died in the Baylor hospital at Dallas late Thursday night following a short illness with pneumonia and the funeral will be held from the residence of Jack Deere on Mamie avenue, here, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the Pattison cemetery at Emhouse. Surviving are her father, J. C. Deere, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Howard Drane, Drane; Mrs. W. V. Harlan, Muskogee, Okla., and Miss Rudie. Deere, Dallas; a brother, Jack Deere, Corsicana; and a half-brother, J. Y. Deere, Dorchester. The body was brought overland from Dallas to Corsicana Saturday. The Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home will assist with the funeral.

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR MISS MARY DEERE

Funeral services for Miss Mary Deere, 24, who died in Baylor Hospital in Dallas Thursday night, following a short illness with pneumonia, were held from the residence of her brother, Jack Deere on Mamie avenue, North Corsicana, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with interment in the
Pattison Cemetery near Emhouse.

Surviving are her father, three sisters, Mrs. Howard Drane, Drane; Mrs. W. V. Harlan, Muskogee, Okla., and Miss Audie Deere, Dallas; a brother, Jack Deere, Corsicana, and a half brother, J. Y. Deere, Dorchester.

The body was brought overland from Dallas to Corsicana.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Pallbearers were John Denbow, Lee Palmer, Odie Adams, R. F. Henner, L. P. Tilton and Oscar Phillips.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Nathan Tinkle
Dec 28, 1857 - Jan 23, 1935

Early Texas Native Dies Near Corsicana

CORSICANA, Texas, Jan. 23. - Nath Tinkle, 79, native Texan and pioneer resident of the Emhouse community, died Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the Emhouse Methodist Church.

Tinkle was born in Panola County and had lived at Emhouse fifty-five years. Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. R.F. Cook, Mrs. Will Turner and Mrs. Hugh Parrish, all of Emhouse; six sons, Joe Tinkle, Albert Tinkle, Buster Tinkle and Newell Tinkle, all of Emhouse; John Tinkle of Dallas, and Jack Tinkle of Shamrock; thirty grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Jan 24, 1935

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR NATH TINKLE
Funeral services for Nath Tinkle, aged 77 years, native of Panola county, Texas, and prominent landowner and farmer of the Emhouse community for 55 years, who died Wednesday morning at 1 o'clock, were held from, the Emhouse Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the Patterson cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Horace Poteet, Barry Methodist minister, and Rev. J. F. Adams,
pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church of Corsicana.
Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs R. F. Cook, Mrs. Will Turner and Mrs. Hugh Parrish, all of Emhouse; six sons, Joe Tinkle, Albert Tinkle, Buster Tinkle and Newell Tinkle, all of Emhouse; John Tinkle. Dallas, and Jack Tinkle, Shamrock; a brother. Tom Tinkle, Clarendon; two sisters, Mrs. Wes Maggard, Amarillo. and Mrs. Charles DeLafosse, Corsicana: 30 grandchildren.
13 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were L. C. Lockhart, Ted Ferguson. T. F. Bruce, Leroy McAfee, Marvin Wallace, Arthur Wilson, Joe Norwood.
Frank Cartlidge, L. C. Cook and C. E. Allen.
The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Willis Newton Richards
Dec 25, 1848 - Dec 24, 1932

Emhouse Octogenarian Dies

CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 27. - Willis Newton Richards, 84, died at his home at Emhouse and funeral services were held from the Emhouse Baptist Church Monday afternoon with burial in Pattison Cemetery. The Rev. J.F. Stanley conducted the rites. Mr. Richards is survived by two sons, D.M. and R.N. Richards, both of Emhouse; five daughters, Mrs. J.M. Carroll of Emhouse, Mrs. C.R. Treadaway of Cowden, Ok.; Mrs. Carrie Crum of Canute, Ok.; Mrs. Minnie Williams of Roy, Ok., and Mrs. Grace Daniels of Roane and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dec 28, 1932

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AGED EMHOUSE MAN IS BURIED MONDAY PATTISON CEMETERY
Willie Newton Richards, aged 84, died at his home at Emhouse about 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Funeral serivces were held from the Emhouse Baptist chruch at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon with interment in Pattison cemetery. Rev. J. F. Stanley conducted the rites.
The receased (sic) is survived by two sons, D. M. and R. N. Richards, both of Emhouse and five daughters, Mrs. J. M. Carroll of Emhouse; Mrs. C. R. Treadaway of Cowden, Okla, Mrs. Carrie Crum, Canute Okla, Mrs. Minnie Williams, Roy Okla, and Mrs. Gracie Daniels of Roane. and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral was directed by the Southerland-McCammon Funeral Home.


Modie (Richmond) Meador
June 10, 1864 - Nov 24, 1938

MEADOR, Corsicana, Texas. Nov. 25. - Funeral services were held Friday for Mrs. Modie Meador, 74, who died at the home of her son, Henry Meador, east of Rice. Burial was in the Pattison Cemetery near Emhouse. Surviving are five sons, Henry Meador, Rice; Bud Meador, Terrell; Lucian Meador, Terrell; Bennett Meador, Austin and Frank Meador, Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. Ora Morman, Abilene; Mrs. Lurley Harris, Point; Mrs. William Mullican, Ferris; Mrs. Beulah Edwards, Corsicana; Mrs. Cecil Holder, Austin, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Nov. 26, 1938

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In Memory Of Our Mother Mrs. Modie Meador Mrs. Modie Meador was born June 10th, 1864. She was married to Dave Meador in 1878. To this union were born 10 children, five boys and five girls. Her companion proceeded her in death six years ago. At an early age she professed faith in Christ and lived a beautiful life of Christian service. She never cared for the wealth and fame of this world, but in her quiet and gentle way she gave the best of her life to her home and children. The angel of death may often claim our loved ones, but somehow when he comes for mother, the one who has always been a little nearer, whose tender loving care, has drawn the cords of love a little tighter, the one who has willingly as our joys, our hearts always shared our sorrows as are grieved a little deeper, for we know there can never be another who could understand like mother. Her many friends shall miss her for she was ever ready and anxious to go on some errand of mercy for them, yet the good deeds that she has done, and the seeds of kindness that she has sown in the lives of others, shall grow to bring them joy and comfort for many years to come. After she had grown feeble with age, with tearful eyes she would speak of her past life as being one in which she had done the best she could, of her thankfulness to the kind and loving Savior who had granted her desire in the springtime of life that she might live to see her children grown to manhood and womanhood. Then through the vale of tears her countenance would wear a look of sweetest joy when she would speak of times in the evening of her life when she had grown homesick for heaven, the place of no disappointments and the land where she would never grow old. Our hearts are grieved at her passing But yet they are made to rejoice, For we know she has only answered The call of her Master's voice. On the beautiful hillsides of glory Her heavenly reward she will reap. And there the kind loving shepherd Will tenderly care for his sheep. By the river of life he will lead them Beneath the wings of the heavenly dove They shall dwell in sweet peace forever In the sunshine of God's great love. She will be our guiding star in glory Just leading us to realms above, Where there will be no more sad partings But whom all is peace and joy and love. —Written bv her children.

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Sarah Jane "Sallie" (Shelton) Stewart
Nov 5, 1877 - July 29, 1938

STEWART, Corsicana, Texas, July 29. - Mrs. Sallie Stewart, 60, a lifelong resident of Emhouse, died at her home Friday. She was the wife of the late J. W. Stewart. Funeral services will be held at the Baptist Church at Emhouse Saturday. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. E. Melton, Corsicana; Mrs. W. E. Stewart, Emhouse, and Mrs. T. E. Allen, Alto; one son, Wilburn Stewart, Corbet; one brother and three sisters.

July 30, 1938

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LIFELONG RESIDENT EMHOUSE DIED ON FRIDAY MORNING Mrs. Sallie Stewart, aged 60 years, life-long resident of Emhouse, died at her home in the Emhouse community early Friday morning after a short illness, She was the widow of the late J. W. Stewart. Funeral services will be held from the Baptist church at Emhouse Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. interment will be in the Pattison cemetery. The rites will he conducted by Rev. Cecil Meadows, Baptist minister. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. E. Melton, Corsicana; Mrs. W. E. Stewart, Emhouse; Mrs. T. E. Allen, Alto; one son, Wilburn Stewart, Corbet; a brother, J. D. Shelton, Emhouse, and three sisters, Mrs. S. H. Allen, Mrs. J. C. Meridith and Mrs. J. W. Richards, all of Emhouse, Pallbearers will be Thad Beard, Frank Seely, B. C. Pattison, Coy Pattison, L, A. Cunningham, and Ira Stokes. Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Thomas Jefferson Oliver
Sept 27, 1850 - Jan 9, 1936

OLIVER, - Corsicana, Texas. Jan. 9. - T. J. (Dad) Oliver, 87, died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Burdine Farmer in the Farmer community. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Methodist Protestant Church at Emhouse. Oliver was born in Kentucky and came to Texas in 1881. He settled in Dallas County but soon moved to Navarro County where he had lived since. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W.B. Farmer and Mrs. J.E. Farmer, both of the Farmer community.

Jan 10, 1936

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR T. J. OLIVER FRIDAY AFTERNOON Funeral services for T. J. (Dad) Oliver, aged 87 years, pioneer resident, of Navarro county, who died in the Farmer community early Thursday morning, were held from the Methodist Protestant church in Emhouse Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock with interment in the Pattison Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Lawrence Shivers of Tehuacana. Mr. Oliver was a native of Allen county, Kentucky, but came to Dallas county, Texas, in 1881, moving to Navarro county a short time later where he has resided since. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W. B. Farmer and Mrs. J. E. Farmer, both of the Farmer, community; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives. He was well-known over the county and had taken an active interest in public affairs for many years. The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Alice Leona (Walton) Hopkins
June 10, 1861 - Nov 13, 1930

Mrs. Alice L. Hopkins Dies

CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 13 - Mrs. Alice Leona Hopkins, 69, wife of S.M. Hopkins of Emhouse, died at 12 o'clock Thursday at the home here of her son, Sam Hopkins. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Protestant Church in Emhouse Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Surviving are her husband and several children.

Nov. 14, 1930

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FUNERAL FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR EMHOUSE WOMAN
Funeral service for Mrs. Alice Leona Hopkins, aged 69, wife of S. M. Hopkins of Emhouse, were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Methodist Protestant church at Emhouse with interment in the Pattison cemetery. Rev. M. J. Parnell conducted the services. She is survived by her husband, three sons. Sam E. and R. M. Hopkins of Corsicana, and W. A. Hopkins of Sanger; one daughter, Mrs. Ella Baker of Corsicana, and two sisters living in Missis- sippi. She died at the home of her son, Sam, about noon Thursday, and the funeral cortege left that place Friday afternoon at 2:15. Corley-McMahon Funeral Home directed the funeral.

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Emhouse Woman Dies At Home of Son Here; Funeral On Friday

Mrs. Alice Leona Hopkins, aged 69 years, wife of S. M. Hopkins of Emhouse, died at 12 o’clock Thursday at the home of her son, Sam Hopkins, 300 South Thirty-first street.

Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Protestant church in Emhouse Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The cortege will leave the home of Sam Hopkins at 2:15. Burial will be in the
Pattison Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband and several children.

Corley-McMahon Funeral Home will have charge of the funeral.

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Margaret Ola (Johnson) Riley
Sept 16, 1877 - June 3, 1955

Last Rites Held For Mrs. Riley

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. here Sunday for Mrs. R. M. Riley, 77, who died Friday following an illness of four years.

Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. at the Pattison Cemetery near Emhouse, former residence of Mrs. Riley.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. A.H. Williams, Grand Prairie; a son, Knox Riley, Corsicana, and two grandchildren.

June 6, 1955

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Mrs. R. M. Riley Services Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. R.M. Riley, 77, who died at her home in Grand Prairie Friday after a four years' illness, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Moore Funeral Chapel in Grand Prairie with Rev. Floyd Boulware conducting.

Graveside services were held at the
Pattison Cemetery at Emhouse at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Riley, a Methodist, formerly resided at Emhouse.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. A.H. Williams, Grand Prairie; a son, Knox Riley, Corsicana, and two grandchildren.

Corley conducted local arrangements.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - June 7, 1955
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Sunday Rites For Mrs. R. W. Riley Mrs. R. M. Riley, 77, former re- sident of Emhouse, died at her home in Grand Prairie Friday, after an illness of four years. A native of Tupelo, Miss., Mrs. Riley had resided in Grand Prairie the past five years. She was a member of the First Methodist Church there. Funeral services will he held at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Moore funeral chapel in Grand Prairie, with Rev. Floyd Bouleware conducting. Graveside services will be held at the Pattison cemetery near Emhouse at 4 p.m. Sunday. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. A. H. Williams, Grand Prairie; a son, Knox Riley, Corsicana, and two grandchildren. Corley is handling local arrangements.

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Ira Lee Stokes
Dec 22, 1895 - Dec 11, 1961

Ira L. Stokes

Funeral services for Ira L. Stokes, 65, of 1329 Keats, an employee of Temco Electronics and Missiles Co., were held Tuesday in the Corley Funeral Chapel at Corsicana, with burial in Pattison Cemetery, Emhouse, Navarro County.

Mr. Stokes died Monday in a Dallas hospital after a 2-month illness. A native of the Kelm community, Lamar County, he had lived in Dallas about
15 years.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Robert E. Stokes of Dallas and Richard L. Stokes of Fort Worth; two brothers, Tommy Stokes of Austin and Charles Stokes of Corsicana, and four grandchildren.

Dec 15, 1961

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Ira L. Stokes Dies In Dallas; Rites Tuesday Ira L. Stokes, 66, formerly of Emhouse, died in Dallas Monday morning following a several months illness. Surviving are his wife of Dallas; two sons, Richard Stokes, Fort Worth, and Robert Stokes, Dallas; four grandchildren, two brothers, Tom Stokes, Austin, and Charles B. Stokes, Corsicana, and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the Corley chapel with burial in the Pattison Cemetery at Emhouse. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Holt, pastor of the Barry and Emhouse Methodist churches. Pallbearers will be Paul Green, W. D. Whitehead, T. D. Benton, Stokes Armstrong, Roy Massengale and C. D. Owen.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, December 11, 1961
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Richard Harper "Dick" Stokes
July 9, 1869 - Aug 3, 1952

Richard Stokes Rites Are Held at Emhouse

CORSICANA, Texas, Aug. 5 - Richard Harper Stokes, 83-year-old life-long resident of Navarro County who died at his home in Emhouse, was buried Monday after funeral services at the First Methodist Church in Emhouse.

Surviving are his wife, four sons, Kyle H. Stokes, Mertens; Ira L. Stokes, Dallas; Charles Stokes, Corsicana and Thomas M. Stokes, Austin; a daughter, Mrs. R.R. Cagle, Monahans; thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two brothers, George M. Stokes, Tulsa, and E. S. Stokes, Corsicana.

Aug 6, 1952

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R. H. Stokes Dies Sunday Afternoon

Richard Harper Stokes, 83, lifelong Navarro county resident, died at his home in Emhouse Sunday afternoon.  Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Church in Emhouse at 4 p. m. Monday. Burial was in the Pattison cemetery.  The rites were conducted by Rev. Van P. Morrison, Methodist
minister of Fort Worth, and Rev. J. Don Hazelwood, pastor of the church.

He was born at Dresden and resided at Cryer Creek before moving to Emhouse many years ago. 

Surviving are his wife of Emhouse; four sons, Kyle H. Stokes, Mertens; Ira L. Stokes, Dallas; Charles Stokes, Corslcana, and Thomas M. Stokes, Austin; a
daughter, Mrs. R. R. Cagle, Monahans; 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two brothers; George M. Stokes, Tulsa, and E. S.  Stokes, Corsicana; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. J. Tinkle, Frank Seeley, Swint Huling, C. D. Owen, Stokes Armstrong and C. J.  Armstrong.

Corley directed.

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Mary Flora (Hopkins) Claiborne-Dorsey
July 4, 1871 - Feb 18, 1949

DORSEY, Mary Flora, 513 E. Eighth, age 77, died Friday. Survived by husband, R.E. Dorsey; two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Hooser, Mrs. Virgia Jordan, Dallas; son, Everett Claiborne, Los Angeles, Calif., stepdaughter, Mrs. T.E. Adams, Austin; eighteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Mattie Snow, Emhouse, Texas; three sisters in Tennessee; two brothers, Robert L. Hopkins, Gillham, Ark.; Clint Hopkins, Middle, Tenn. Services Saturday, 10 a.m. Bethel Temple. Rev. Albert Ott officiating. Interment Emhouse Texas, 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by Poole Funeral Home.

Feb 19, 1949

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Nancy E. (Floyd) Gullatt-Reid
Dec 6, 1852 - Dec 6, 1928
 

MRS. A. L. REID

Aged Woman Passes To Her Reward With Very Slight Warning

On Dec. 6, 1928, the death angel came silently into our happy home and took from us our dear loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. A. L. Reid. It seemed more than we could bear, but God’s will must be done, not ours. She was loved by everyone who knew her.

She was sick only a few moments, and seemed to be well and happy up to the moment of her death.

She was enjoying her 74th birthday when God called her home to be with him. She was good and kind, always glad to see her children and grandchildren coming to see her. She knew we all loved her. She was a member of the Methodist Protestant church.

We truly believe that she is now at home with the great God that does all things well.

She leaves to mourn her death, three daughters, one son and a host of grandchildren and friends. She was laid to rest in the Patterson cemetery beneath a flower covered mound. Funeral services were conducted by Bro Land and Bro. Bell.

We must weep not for our loss is but heaven’s gain. It is hard to know we can never see her smiling face again but we hope to be prepared to meet her where there are no more pain or heart aches.

Thou art gone, our precious grandmother,
Never more canst thou return.
How we loved her, how we miss her,
Each and every way we turn.
How we miss those loving hand-clasps.
For this to do she never failed.
How we miss her tender voice
In our home we loved so well.
Oh, how we sit there lonely
In our home we love so dear,
But there sits her rocker-chair vacant,
This sad thought is hard to bear.
Good-bye, grandmother, sleep on sweetly,
For we know thy pain is o’er,
We are hoping, trusting, praying
We will meet to part no more.

Granddaughter, Mary Brown.

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Emhouse Woman Dies

EMHOUSE, Navarro Co., Texas, Dec. 7. - Mrs. Nancy Reid, 74, resident of this community for many years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
W.W. Ray. Funeral services were conducted at Pattison Cemetery Friday, the Rev. J. T. Land and the Rev. C. W. Bell officiating. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W.W. Ray of Emhouse and Mrs. Ella Nelson of Dallas; one son, Richard Reid of Emhouse, and several grandchildren.

Dec 8, 1928

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EMHOUSE PIONEER DIED SUDDENLY AND BURIED THERE FRIDAY

EMHOUSE, Dec. 7.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Nancy Reid, aged 74 years, resident of this community for many years, died suddenly here, Thursday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Ray, with whom she lived. She died on her 74th birthday.

Funeral services were conducted at Pattison cemetery Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock where interment was made. The services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Land and Rev. C. W. Bell.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W. W. Ray, Emhouse, and Mrs. Ella Nelson, Dallas; one son, Richard Reid, Emhouse, and several grandchildren.

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Lowell Key Davis
March 24, 1917 - July 13, 1993

Lowell Key Davis, 76, of Austin, died July 13, 1993.
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Friday in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home in Austin. The Rev. Joe Phelps will officiate. Burial will be in Cook-Walden Capital Parks. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born March 24, 1917, to Addie and Drude Davis in Purdon. A graduate of Texas A&M University, he was a pilot with the 484th Bomb Group of the United States Air Force during World War II. He was stationed in Italy, where he flew 50 missions and received numerous medals. He was recalled by the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked for General Electric in Dallas and later in Houston. He retired in 1979 from General Electric, and the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. After retirement he moved to Austin where he was a member of Tannehiull Lodge No. 52 and the Bergstrom Golf Association.
Survivors include his wife, Francys Joyce Davis; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and John Simmons, Joyce and Danny Gunnels and Jill and Don Goodwin; five grandchildren; and numerous cousins and other relatives.

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Lacy Griffin
Jan 20, 1901 - July 11, 1993

Lacy Griffin, 92, of McQueeny, Texas, died July 11, 1993, in San Antonio.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Dresden Cemetery. Dr. David Hale will officiated. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.
He was born Jan. 20, 1901, in Dresden, Texas. He was a former resident of Corsicana.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Ruth Carroll.
Survivors include one son, Darrell D. Griffin of McQueeny; one sister, Ina Mae Tatum of Navarro Mills; one brother, Leo Griffin of Breckenridge; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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Mary Alice "May" (McManus) Craig
Jan 10, 1912 - July 14, 1993

Mary Alice Craig
Mary Alice Craig, 81, of Corsicana, died July 14, 1993, in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Connally Dugger officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 10, 1912, in Vidalia, La. Known as May to her friends, she was born Mary Alice McManus. She was raised in Galveston where she taught school for a short time. She graduated in 1931 from the University of Texas was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Craig, who was the Gulf Distributor in Corsicana since 1953.
Survivors include one niece and nephew-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Galny of Houston.

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Lester Nolan Baumgartner
Nov 12, 1928 - July 14, 1993

Lester Baumgartner
Lester Nolan Baumgartner, 64, of Corsicana, died July 14, 1993, in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Corsicana. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University and was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores Baumgartner of Corsicana; two sons, Michael Baumgartner of Oak Point, and Dennis Baumgartner; two granddaughters, Melissa Baumgartner of Plano and Maggie Baumgartner of Denton; one sister, Francis Crockett of Corsicana; four brothers Tommy Baumgartner, Charlie Baumgartner and Joe Baumgartner, all of Corsicana, and Donnie Baumgartner of Blooming Grove; his mother-in-law, Louise White of Corsicana; one brother-in-law, Roy Martin of Payne Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Margaret E. Martin
Feb 1, 1858 - Apr 13, 1917

DIED HERE YESTERDAY
Remains Interred in Ellis County Today
From Saturday's Daily.
Mrs. Margaret E. Martin, wife of R. M. Martin of the City street force, died at the family home, 307 East Ninth avenue, yesterday afternoon, after a long illness and the remains were taken to Blooming Grove this morning and from there to Lone Oak, Ellis County, where interment took place this afternoon.
The deceased was 55 years of age and is survived by her husband and six grown children, Arthur and John Collier, of Blooming Grove, sons by a former marriage and by J. T. Martin of Dallas, Luther Marin, and Misses Maude and Pearl Martin of Corsicana.

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  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - April 17, 1917
  • She is interred at the Lone Oak Cemetery at Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., Texas

Johnny Lee Brown
Mar 18, 1988 - Feb 18, 2009

Johnny Lee Brown
Johnny Lee Brown, 20, of Trinidad passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Henderson County. He was born March 18, 1988, in Navarro County. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Mount B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow with Pastor Corey Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow at Neck Memorial Park in Palmer. Pallbearers will be John Henry Tony, Randy Cowart, Dwight Coleman, Curtis Sheffield, Brandon Sheffield and Chamale Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will be Josh McClendon, Dee Mackey, L.C. Sheffield, Michael Williams, Keith Raindle and Eric Williams. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Lee Sheffield; grandparents, Alma Sheffield and Robert and Cinderella Deveraux; uncle, Tommy Brown; and niece, Barbara Jean Williams. Survivors include his mother, Barbara Brown (Larry) of Trinidad; stepfather, Billy Littleton (Kim); grandparents, Annie Joe Garcia (Jack), Johnny Sheffield, Unice Littleton and Ruby Williams; two sisters, Tiffany Brown (Michael) of Corsicana and Lisa Sims of Dallas; two brothers, Danny Brown (Brandie) of Kerens and Billy Littleton of Powell; several uncles and aunts including Curtis Wayne Sheffield, John Tony, Kenneth, Robert, Tommy Raindle, Lee Ethel Williams, Cynthia Kay Jefferson, Joyce Maria Sheffield, Wendy Denise Harvey and Annie Brown; a special niece, MyKilah Rena Williams; godparents, the Rev. Otis and Yolanda Tolliver; other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ada Faye Jones
Aug 18, 1941 - Feb 19, 2009

Ada Faye Jones
Ada Faye Jones, 67, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at her residence. She was born Aug. 18, 1941, in Corsicana. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Eastside Church of Christ with Brother Willie Wilmore officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ken Williams, Raymond Wade, Junior Wade, Aundrae’ Wade, Michael Jackson and David Carroll. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews. Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Lucille Ward of Corsicana; two sons, Don Clifton Harvey (Edna) and Michael Ward, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Carolyn Harvey of Corsicana and Gladys White of Arlington; two brothers, Charles Lewis of Brunswick, Ga., and Richard McJunkins Jr. of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren including a devoted granddaughter, Chantya Ward; 15 great-grandchildren; three aunts, Minnie Faye Reed, Clarissa Garrett and Mary Green, all of Dallas; a special son, Michael Jackson of Corsicana; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Robert Lynn Pugh
Sep 19, 1923 - Feb 25, 2009

Robert Lynn Pugh
Walking hand and hand with God, Robert left his earthly life on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, having fought the good fight against complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1923, in Corsicana. His parents, Linnie Dee and Lee Arthur Pugh, were both from pioneer Navarro County families, who came to Texas by wagon train before it was a state. Robert was a 1941 graduate of Corsicana High School and entering UT-Austin that same year. Like so many others of his generation, he withdrew from UT to volunteer in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as a radio operator in the South Pacific, New Caledonia and Guadalcanal, spending 27 of his 37 months on active duty overseas. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in January 1946. He returned to Austin and UT where he received a B.B.A. degree. It was at the University Methodist Church, that he met Norma Bee Larson and a case of “love at first sight” led to their marriage in June 1948. In 1998 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in one of their favorite places, Hawaii. They added 11 more years to this special marriage of almost 61 years. The dividends of this marriage were a loving, caring wife, devoted children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many fine friends and relatives. Robert was engaged in the highway construction business forming and being a corporate officer of several companies involved in bridge and concrete construction beginning in 1949. Serving as CFO for all the companies for many years, he became president of the parent company, Larson-Pugh Inc., in 1970. He held that position until selling the business and retiring in 1985. He was also involved in business insurance consulting. He was very active as a board member, committee chairman and representative to the National Insurance and Bond Committee of the AGC (Associated General Contractors), Texas Highway-Heavy Branch. He also served on the City of Austin Construction Committee. Civic participation was an important part of Robert’s life. He was a member and past president of each of the following clubs and organizations: University Area Kiwanis Club (Legion of Honor, Hixon Fellow); University Methodist Men’s Club; and the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band. He was also a member of the Ben Hur Shrine, Scottish Rite Masons, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, Boy Scout Eagle Alumni, Order of the Arrow, Cub Scout pack master, Boy Scout assistant scout master (T-399), Methodist Annual Conference delegate, and he was named “Boss of the Year” by the Treaty Oak Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Music was always a very important part of his life from childhood, where he sang in the church Sunday school choir, and through junior and senior high school bands as a saxophone player. He played in municipal bands, “Tiger Teaser” pep band, Air Corps Base bands in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Madison, Wis., the Ben Hur Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps, the University of Texas Longhorn Band and the UT Alumni Band. Branson, Mo., became a favorite vacation spot, where Norma, a recognized international whistling champion, appeared as a guest in several Branson shows, with Robert designing and building her stage props. He enjoyed many family events singing around the player piano. Yes, music was an important part of keeping that familiar smile on Robert’s face. Travel and camping were hobbies he enjoyed and he made sure that the family saw all of the USA. He and Norma made many friends in their travels abroad. Robert is survived by his devoted, loving wife, Norma; daughter, Lynn Pugh Remadna and husband Khier; son, Gary and wife Kim Bown Pugh; grandsons, Hunter Arend, Nabil Remadna, and Adam Pugh and wife Jennifer Raybin Pugh; granddaughter, Hayley Pugh Kimble and husband Logan Kimble; great-grandsons, Chandler Arend and Harrison Pugh; sister-in-law, Margie Pugh; and many close relatives including: Bob and Dottie Adams, Liz Gray, Michael Robert, Jamie, Jason, Megan and Ryan Pugh, Melissa, Scot, MacKenzie and Courtney Hayward, Jimmy and Paula Lorimer, Jim, Melinda and Alexandria Lorimer, Ryan, Amber and Caleb Lorimer, Ross, Courtney and Luke Lorimer, Jack Pugh, Sherry Pugh, Lisa Pugh and family, Jack Pugh, Pat Pugh and Carroll Mike, John and Monti Montgomery, and Ralph and Marian Soape. Preceding Robert in death were his parents, Linnie and Lee Arthur Pugh; his in-laws, Bea and Norman Larson; brothers Bill, Lee and John Pugh; and sisters, Estelle Lorimer and Lorraine Robinson. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar Blvd., Austin. Robert’s memorial celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition Blvd., Austin. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Honoring Robert as pallbearers will be Hunter Arend, Chandler Arend, Adam Pugh, Nabil Remadna, Michael Pugh, Logan Kimble, Jim Lorimer, Ryan Lorimer and Ross Lorimer. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Lorimer, Scot Hayward, Ed Barnes, Don Cummins, Jack Puryear, Mike Caskey, Ralph Claypool, John Neff, Wally Scott, Willy Scott, Neil Newberry and all the “Old Guard” of the University Area Kiwanis Club. A special thanks from our family for the loving care given to Robert, Daddy, “Bop,” by all the special people that helped his number one caretaker Norma take the best care of him these past years. Memorials are welcome at Tarrytown United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.An online guest book is available at www.wcfish.com by selecting the Robert Lynn “Bob” Pugh obituary. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Austin.

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John T. Norwood
Nov 15, 1915 - Feb 28, 2009

John T. Norwood
John T. Norwood passed away Feb. 28, 2009, at his home in Corsicana. He was born Nov. 15, 1915 in Tupelo to Joseph and Josie Casky Norwood. He married his sweetheart, Mary Catherine (Kitty) Norwood, in June of 1937.John worked in the oil fields in the 1930s before returning to Corsicana to work for Dave McMullan, Bethlehem Steel and Oil City Iron Works where he served as superintendent of the pattern shop for 29 years. He was a member of the 11th Avenue/St. Luke United Methodist Church. His beautiful bass voice contributed to his church choir, the Solid Rocker’s Choir, and the Mary Martha’s at the Twilight Home. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kitty, in Dec. of 2008; his parents; a sister, Freda Blackwell; and a brother, Jody Norwood. Survivors include four sons and one daughter, Joe Davis Norwood and wife Veda of Corsicana; Judy Beth Norwood Gallin and husband Henry of Phoenix, Ariz. John Randle Norwood and wife Kathy of Longview, Thomas Dewey Norwood and wife Yolanda of Red Oak, Ronal Glyn Norwood and wife Nita of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; cousins, Mary Ruth Richards, Glenn Norwood; sisters-in-law, Marguerite Gorman, Sybil Killough, Elizabeth Smith; brother-in-law, Tom McMullan; and nephew, Tommie Blackwell. Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Luke United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Griffin Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Tommy Joe Boston
Sep 3, 1940 - Mar 2, 2009

Tommy Joe Boston
Tommy Joe Boston, 68, of Richland passed away Monday, March 2, 2009, in Richland. He was born Sept. 3, 1940, in Louisville, Ky., to Col. Robert and Grace Hunt Boston. He enjoyed riding his buggy pulled by his horses, troll fishing and boating. He is survived by his wife, Anita Boston of Richland; children, Madonna Renee Fricke of Richland, Kay Gifford of Missouri and Margaret Parks of Gatesville; son, Gaither Bryce of Richland; sons-in-law, David Jones and Darren Gifford; sisters, Juanita Basham of Kentucky and Truman (Trudy) Grace Coffey of Florida; grandchildren, Cory Fricke, Juston Fricke, Brian Jones, Michael Jones, Heather Morris, Kyle Gifford and Rena Cheyanne Parks; great-grandchildren, Kylie Morris and Emma Grace Morris; numerous nieces and nephews, and his little dog, Red. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Steve Orbison officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Thadeus Travis Thomas
Jan 24, 1867 - May 26, 1950

T. T. Thomas
T. T. Thomas, 83, retired farmer, died at his home, 930 West Tenth avenue Friday night. Funeral services are slated at new Hope, near Mexia, Sunday. He had resided in Corsicana the past 4 1/2 years and formerly lived in Personville, near Mexia.
Surviving are six children, four step-children and other relatives. One step-son, M. H. Melton, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Ruth Bunch reside in Corsicana.

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James Francis "Jim" Brown
Jan 9, 1868 - Oct 1, 1943

J. F. Brown Buried

CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 3. - Funeral was held for J. F. Brown, 74, resident of Cryer Creek sixty-one years, who died at his home.
Surviving are two sons, Gussie Brown and Fate Brown; three daughters, Mrs. R.R. Harris and Mrs. Ruth Brown, all of Cryer Creek, and Mrs. Eula Maggard, Emhouse; a brother, W. A. Brown, Emhouse, and eighteen grandchildren.

Oct 4, 1943

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PIONEER RESIDENT CRYER CREEK WAS BURIED SATURDAY
Funeral services for J. F. Brown, age 74 years, who died at his home in Cryer Creek Friday, were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Cryer Creek with internment in the Cryer Creek cemetery. Rev. Mr. White conducted the rites.

A resident of the Cryer Creek community 61 years he was well known in that section.

Surviving are two sons, Gussie Brown, Cryer Creek; Fate Brown, Cryer Creek; three daughters, Mrs. R. R. Harris, Cryer Creek; Mrs. Ruth Barnes, Cryer Creek; Mrs. Eula Maggard, Emhouse; a brother, W. A. Brown, Emhouse; 18 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were L. B. Coker, Virgil Grooms, R. D. French, D. Harris, Curtis Peden and Joe George.

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Henry B. Jones
May 7, 1850 - Aug 15, 1922

CANDIDATE FOR NAVARRO COUNTY TREASURER DEAD.

Corsicana, Texas, Aug. 17. - H. B. Jones, 74 years old, candidate for County Treasurer, died at his home in Kerens, this county, Tuesday night and the funeral took place Wednesday afternoon with burial in Blooming Grove. He is survived by a wife and several grown children. The funeral services were conducted by the Masonic order of Kerens.

His death followed that of a brother, Wiley F. Jones, aged 74 years, who died in the Baptist Sanitarium in Waco.

Owing to the fact that the tickets have already been printed for the run-off primary, Saturday, Aug. 23, Jones' name will remain on the ticket. He is opposed by W. O. McDonald.

Aug 18, 1922

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Died in Kerens

Word was received here this afternoon of the death of H. B. Jones at Kerens last night. Mr. Jones was well known in the county. He was a candidate for County Treasurer and was in the run off in the second primary with W. O. McDonald.

The deceased had been in ill health for some time but during the campaign his heath had improved to such an extent that he was able to be out some and his death was unexpected. He leaves a wife and several grown children.

The funeral service will be held this afternoon. Burial will be in the Blooming Grove cemetery with the services under the auspices of the Masons of Kerens. The deceased was 74 years of age and had been a resident of Kerens three years moving there from Frost.

His death followed that of his brother Wiley E. Jones, age 72, who died in the Baptist Sanitarium at Waco Saturday.

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Alva Nolan Hanks
July 24, 1926 - Aug 10, 1935

HANKS - Corsicana, Texas. Aug. 13. - Funeral services for Alva Nolan Hanks, 9, son of Mrs. M.L. Hanks and the late Dr. Hanks of Corbet who died Saturday, were held on Tuesday from the family home at Corbet.
Surviving are his mother; seven brothers, O. O. Hanks and J.C. Hanks, Ennis; Mandred Hanks, Corbet, Earl Hanks, South Fort, Colo.; Roy Hanks, Corbet; Duren Hanks, Corbet and Marvin Hanks, Corbet, and three sisters, Mrs. R. J. Hanks, Corsicana; Mrs. Arnold Taylor, Dawson, and Dorothy Hanks, Corbet.

Aug 14, 1935

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CORBET BOY DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL SATURDAY NIGHT

Alva Nolan Hanks aged 9 years, son of Mrs. M. L. Hanks and the late Dr. Hanks of Corbet, died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Saturday night at
9 o'clock and the funeral will be held from the family home in Corbet some time Tuesday with interment in the Campbell Cemetery.
Surviving are his mother, seven brothers, O. O. Hanks, J. C. Hanks, Ennls; Mandred Hanks, Corbet; Earl Hanks, South Fort, Colo., Roy Hanks, Corbet; Duren Hanks, Corbet, and Marvin Hanks, Corbet; and three sisters, Mrs. R. J, Banks, Corsicana; Mrs. Arnold Taylor, Dawson, and Miss Dorothy Hanks, Corbet.
The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Florence Naoma (Herring) Elkins
Feb 18, 1875 - Mar 11, 1960

ELKINS, Mrs. Florence Naoma, Emhouse, Texas, passed away Friday.
Survived by daughters, Mrs. John Morris, Mrs. W.E. Harrington, both of Irving; sons, Elmer Clyde Elkins, Dallas; Oscar Lee Elkins, Emhouse, Texas; sister, Mrs. Clemie Broadnaux, Pampa, Texas; five grandchildren.
Services 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Corley Funeral Chapel, Corsicana. Brother J. F. Fowler officiating. Interment Dresden Cemetery. BLACK'S FUNERAL HOME, Irving. BL2-3330

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Mrs. Elkins Is Buried Sunday

Final rites for Mrs. Florence Elkins, 85, long-time Emhouse and Navarro county residence, were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The services were conducted by J. F. Fowler, Irving Church of Christ minister. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Elkins died Friday in Irving. She was the widow of the late Lee B. Elkins of Emhouse who died in 1934.

A native of Florida, Mrs. Elkins resided in the Black Hills area prior to moving to Emhouse almost 50 years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Oscar Lee Elkins, Emhouse, and Elmer Clyde Elkins, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. W. E. Harrington and Mrs. John Morris, both of Irving; two grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Clemmie Broadnax, Pampa, and other relatives.

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William Fletcher Ballew
Mar 17, 1900 - Nov 24, 1938

BALLEW. - Corsicana, Texas. Nov. 25. - Funeral services for William Fletcher Ballew, 38, who died at the home of his mother, were held Friday at the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.  Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.  A native of Corsicana, Mr. Ballew graduated from Texas A.& M. College in 1924.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  Surviving are his wife, Winifred Roberts Ballew; a daughter, Mary Belle Ballew; his mother Mrs. W.W. Ballew, and two sisters, Mrs. Jester Pittman and Mrs. Patsy Shaw, Corsicana.

Nov 26, 1938

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William P. Erwin
Aug 11, 1858 - Feb 11, 1893

The Killing at Blooming Grove

Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 14. - Saturday afternoon Will Irwine was shot and killed by Henry Melton, constable of that precinct. Melton gave himself up to deputy Spivey and came to town that night. He waived examination and was placed under $500 bond which was immediately made. Irwine leaves a wife and children.

Feb 15, 1893
 

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Felt L. Lenard
May 15, 1862 - July 12, 1904

Felt Lenard Dead

Blooming Grove, Tex., - July 12. - Felt Lenard met Joe Payne and others in the public road this morning near Granger [sic] Hall. Angry words passed and Lenard was shot three times with a pistol, dying instantly.
Payne surrendered to the officers.

July 13, 1904

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Dorothy Elizabeth (Carney) Maupin
Nov 29, 1913 - Mar 4, 2009

Dorothy Elizabeth Carney Maupin, 95, passed away at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana on Wednesday evening, March 4, 2009. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Visitation hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Mrs. Maupin was born in Gadsden, Ala., on Nov. 29, 1913. She finished high school in Chattanooga, Tenn., and was a graduate of Judkins Commercial College in Pine Bluff, Ark. She held B.A. and M.A. degrees from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. In 1976, Mrs. Maupin retired as registrar of Hardin-Simmons University and moved to Corsicana with her husband when he retired. She was a devoted and active member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Maupin was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Maupin. She is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Julie Maupin; and two beloved grandchildren: granddaughter Kristen McCoy and husband Dr. Dan McCoy of Corsicana and grandson Matthew Maupin of Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Roy A. Mayo, Jr.
May 5, 1924 - Mar 4, 2009

Roy A. Mayo Jr., age 84, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at his home in Corsicana. Mr. Mayo was born on May 5, 1924, in Kerens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Mr. Mayo served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired carpenter. Mr. Mayo is survived by three sons, Larry Mayo of Corsicana, Tim Mayo and wife Betty of Casper, Wyo., and Don Mayo of Rice; sister, Lora Ruth Beasley of Mansfield; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Don G. Wilson of Dallas. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cory L. Sanders
Sep 19, 1983 - Feb 26, 2009

Cory L. Sanders, 25, was born Sept. 19, 1983, in Corsicana to the parentage of Gloria Sanders and the late Larry Bryant. He received his formal education in the Corsicana Independent School District and professed a faith in Christ and united with Greater Wilgo Baptist Church. There he was a dutiful member who sang in the choir and participated in other youth activities at the church. He was especially helpful in aiding the handicapped or disabled of the church. At a very young age, he showed a particular devotion to his handicapped cousin, Kiamar, by helping her after church services to get to her seat and be installed in the family car due to her blindness and epileptic condition. As he grew to a young adult, he had chosen a service of helpful assistance in his job field. In all his alliances of friends, Cory had a friendly attitude and showed only kindness and love to his family, and also to other relatives and co-workers. The most memorable attribute to his memory was his loving spirit. He was courageous and popular in a caring way. Even as a very young child of God he served his calling here on Earth. The angel of silence came to carry him home on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009.He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Bryant; maternal grandfather, Three C. Sanders; cousin, Markita Sanders; uncle, Donald Bryant; and aunt, Linda Tolliver. Survivors include his children, Janiecia Sanders and Cory Sanders Jr.; mother, Gloria Ann Sanders; sisters, Kameica Sanders (Deron), Lakisha Chambers (Kamar) and Shakirah Beachum; and brother, Larry Beachum, all of Corsicana; grandmother, Jeraldine Sanders of Corsicana; aunts and uncles, Pamela Acy, Sarah Sanders, Gwendolyn Sanders, Brenda Sanders, Kendra Sims (Darion), James Acy, Gilbert Sanders (Michelle), Bernard Sanders and Kenneth Sanders, Shirley Stewart (Gregory), Leo V. Bryant (Marvel), all of Corsicana, and Chester Bryant of Dallas; and other relatives and a host of friends including a devoted friend, LaKaisha Johnson. Wake service will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 W. State Highway 31, with the Rev. William Kurney officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Donald Johnson, LaDarrell Bryant, DeRon Chambers, Kamar Chambers, Darion Sims, Rodney Hill and Christopher Sanders. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Nathan, Derrick Nathan, Ricky Franklin, Zachary Blair, Dennis Singleton, Willie Sanders, Devonte Sanders, Gregory Stewart and Raymond Sneed. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Wanda Jeane (Brown) Williams
Dec. 23, 1927 - Feb 24, 2009

Services for Mrs. Williams will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Cloyds Cumberlnd Presbyterian Church in Mt. Juliet. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time.

Mrs. Williams, of Mt. Juliet, formerly of Red Oak and Dallas, Texas, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Hubbard, Texas, on Dec. 23, 1927, she excelled in school and graduated at age 16 from Frost High School in Frost, Texas. She moved to Dallas to pursue a career in banking where she worked in the Proof Department. On March 10, 1951, she married John "Johnnie" Alvin Williams who preceded her in death in 1995.

Survivors include daughter, Terri Diane Williams (Jim) Hunter of Mt. Juliet; son, Timothy Alvin (Jenny Lindsay) Williams of Mt. Juliet; sister, Shirley (Billy) Hargrove of Frost, Texas; grandchildren, Joshua William (Jesse Taylor) Hunter currently of the Peace Corp in Port Antonio, Jamica, Jordan Thomas Hunter, Jacob Tyler Williams and Abigail Lindsay Williams, all of Mt. Juliet.

The family requests that memorials be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.

Bond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements

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  • Lebanon Democrat, Lebanon, TN
  • Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX

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Wanda Jeane (Brown) Williams
Dec 23, 1927 - Feb 20, 2009

Wanda Jeane Brown Williams of Mount Juliet, Tenn., passed away Feb. 20, 2009, after a courageous battle with biliary cancer. Mrs. Williams was born on Dec. 23, 1927, in Hubbard to Elvis M. and Norma Brown. She excelled in school, graduating at age 16 from Frost High School. She moved to Dallas to pursue a career in banking where she worked in the proof department. On March 10, 1951, she married John Alvin "Johnnie" Williams, who preceded her in death in 1995.Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughter, Terri Diane Hunter and husband Jim of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; son, Timothy Alvin Williams and wife Jenny of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; sister, Shirley Hargrove and husband Billy of Frost; and grandchildren, Joshua William Hunter and wife Jesse, currently of the Peace Corps in Port Antonio, Jamaica, and Jordan Thomas Hunter, Jacob Tyler Williams and Abigail Lindsay Williams, all of Mount Juliet, Tenn.A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Frost United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, Mount Juliet, Tenn.

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Will Opry
died June 9, 1904

Will Opry Killed

Blooming Grove, Tex., June 9. - In a difficulty at Crior [sic] Creek this evening, Will Opry was shot with a pistol in the right lung and died an hour later. Pete Boon has surrendered to the officers.

June 10, 1904

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  • Obituary Clipping
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Cryer Creek Cemetery, Navarro Co., Texas
  • Note by Hollie Boone Kees Dec. 16, 1999: “After a phone conversation with Earline Simpson……it was noted that nephew John Austin Opry son of John Alston Opry was the second man, along with Peter Stephens Boone that killed Austin’s uncle in a gun battle.  According to an uncle of Earlines…..Austin and Pete turned themselves in to a sheriff or deputy sheriff by the name of Hale/Hail in the year 1904 in Navarro Co, Texas.  Through court records it was learned that Pete was acquitted of the crime in April 1905….nothing further is known about whether or not Austin was ever charged with anything at the time of the murder in 1904….Pete was 21 and Austin was 27 years old.”

Ruby D. Thornton
Aug 5, 1901 - Jan 30, 1979

Ex-teacher Dies

Miss Ruby Thornton, one of Blooming Grove's ex-teachers, died suddenly, January 30, at a Dallas hospital. The funeral for Miss Thornton was held at Corley's Funeral Chapel in Corsicana, Saturday, February 2, 1979.

Miss Thornton was an efficient library supervisor for many years in Blooming Grove Public School. She began her duties in the early 50's under Superintendent J.T. Black and kept that position until Blooming Grove was able to have a full time librarian. She also served in the same capacity the schools of Mildred, Rice and Frost, spending one day per week at each school.

Prior to her supervisory duties, she was a teacher in the Barry High school where she taught English, proving to be a very successful teacher, much loved and respected by both students and parents of the Barry community.

The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 14, 1979

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Joseph Newton Bryant
Oct 8, 1858 - Apr 9, 1929

Corbet Pioneer Dies

CORSICANA, Texas, April 10. - Funeral services for J.N. Bryant, 70, resident of Corbet and native and lifelong resident of Navarro County, who died at the Navarro County Hospital Tuesday afternoon at 1:50 o'clock following an operation for appendicitis, were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Campbell Cemetery, where burial was made. Services were conducted by the Rev. W.F. Allmon, Baptist minister of Dawson.

Apr 11, 1929

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Uncle Joe Bryant was born in Navarro County on October 8, 1858—living there until his death, on April 9, 1929. Uncle Joe lived at Corbet, Texas, at the home of his daughters, Mrs. Kate Sloane, at the time of his death. He was married on November 18, 1882 [
date hard to read, could be wrong] to Miss Ellie Spickard. To this union was born nine children, eight of whom survive. They are Mrs. Kate Slone, Mrs. May Sloan, Mrs. Mattie Kirby, Mrs. Ethel Romans, all of Corbet, Mrs. Edna Ham of Temple, Mrs. Carmel Wilcox of Louisiana, Dock Bryant of Corsicana and Billy Bryant of Sour Lake.

Uncle Joe was converted and joined the Missionary Baptist Church at Corbet, Texas in the summer of 1921, and remained a faithful member until death. Uncle Joe was a deacon in the church and was always there to do all he could. He was loved by all who knew him and leaves many friends and loved ones to mourn his death.

He was buried at the Campbell cemetery. The funeral being conducted by his pastor, Rev. W. T. Allman, assisted by Rev. J. M. Moran of Coolidge.
MRS. TOM ALLMAN,
MISS ADELLE ALLMAN,
MRS. ALICE ROMAN

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Corbet Man Died In Local Hospital

J. N. Bryant, 70, of the Corbet community, died at the Navarro County Hospital Tuesday afternoon at 1:50 o’clock. The body is being held at the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home, but at press hour Tuesday afternoon, no funeral arrangements had been perfected.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. N. BRYANT HELD WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for J. N. Bryant, 70, resident of Corbet, and native and life-long resident of Navarro county, who died at the Navarro County Hospital Tuesday afternoon at 1:50 o’clock following an operation for appendicitis, were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock where burial was made. The services were conducted by Rev. W. T. Allmon, Baptist minister of Dawson. The funeral cortege left the residence of his son, Dock Bryant, 2122 West Third avenue at 2 o’clock.

Mr. Bryant was born about five miles west of Corsicana.

Surviving are two sons, Dock Bryant, Corsicana; Billy Bryant, Sour Lake; six daughters, Mrs. Edna Ham, Temple; Mrs. Ethel Roman, Mrs. Kate Sloan, Mrs. May Sloan, Mrs. Mattie Kirby and Mrs. Coma Wilcox, all of the Corbet community; fourteen grandchildren, one brother, Jim Bryant, El Dorado, Oklahoma; and one sister, Mrs. Catherine Weaver, Gatesville.

Pallbearers were Luther Dockery, Corsicana; Walter Beeman, Corsicana; George Knight, Corsicana; W. D. Brannon, Pickett; Ernest Green, Corbet, and Mack Roman, Corbet.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Mandred Leslie Hanks, Dr.
Nov 23, 1871 - June 11, 1931

Dr. M.L. Hanks Dies At Home in Corbet

CORSICANA, Texas, June 11. - Dr. M.L. Hanks, 59, died suddenly at his home in Corbet Thursday and the funeral will be held Friday afternoon with burial in the Campbell Cemetery.

Dr. Hanks was one of the best-known residents of Navarro County and had been a practicing physician in Corbet and Corsicana for more than thirty years. Prior to that time he was a school teacher and taught schools in Hubbard and Kerens. He was a native of Henderson County.

Surviving are his wife, eight sons, Carlton Hanks of Ennis, Oscar Hanks of Waco, Mandred Hanks of Corsicana, Earl, Roy, Duren, Nolen and Marvin Hanks, all of Corbet; three daughters, Miss Maurine Hanks of Corsicana and Miss Ruth and Miss Dorothy Hanks, both of Corbet; one brother, Dee Hanks of Big Spring; two half brothers, Bat Hanks of Athens and Buddy Hanks of Anderson County; stepmother, Mrs. Sue Hanks of Anderson County.

June 12, 1931

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Mandred Leslie Hanks, Dr.
Nov 23, 1871 - June 11, 1931

CORBET

It was quite a shock to the many neighbors and friends of Dr. M. L. Hanks to learn that he had been found dead in bed on Thursday morning of last week. Death being caused by apoplexy. Dr. Hanks had reached the age of 59 years and had been a physician some 30 years. He left to mourn his death his wife and several children, other relatives and a great host of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Moran of Hubbard and Rev. Alman of Dawson, at the home. Burial being made in the Drane cemetery by the Masons and Shriners. The large host of friends extend sympathy to the family in their sad loss.

A large number of Corsicana also some from Purdon, Pickett, Rice and Ennis were here for the funeral of Dr. Hanks last Friday afternoon.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR DR. M. L. HANKS

LONG-TIME PRACTICING PHYSICIAN OF COUNTY DIED SUDDENLY THURSDAY

Funeral services for Dr. M. L. Hanks, 59 years of age, native of Texas and long time resident of Navarro county, who died suddenly while in bed at his home in Corbet early Thursday morning, were held from the family home Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Campbell cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Moran, Coolidge Baptist minister, long-time personal friend of the deceased.

Dr. Hanks had been a practicing physician in Corbet and Corsicana for more than thirty years, and prior to the beginning of the practice of medicine, was a school teacher, having taught in the Hubbard and Kerens schools.

He was one of the best-known citizens of Navarro county and took an active part in political, medical and other circles. He was an active member of the Navarro County Medical society, Masonic bodies and the W. O. W.

Dr. Hanks had called one of his sons to get up early Thursday morning, and later when he was called to breakfast by his wire, his lifeless body was found in the bed, death having resulted a few minutes before he was discovered.

A large number of Corsicanans attended the funeral services.

Had Corsicana Office.
Dr. Hanks conducted a drug store at Corbet for many years and after the concrete road was constructed from Corsicana to Corbet, opened an office here in addition to his practice in the Corbet community.

Surviving are his wife, eight sons, Carlton Hanks, Ennis; Oscar Hanks, Waco; Mandred Hanks, Corsicana; Earl, Roy, Duren, Noel and Marvin Hanks of Corbet; three daughters, Misses Maurine Hanks, Corsicana, and Ruth and Dorothy Hanks, both of Corbet; one brother, Doc Hanks, Big Springs; two half-brothers, Bat Hanks, Athens and Buddy Hanks, Anderson County; step-mother, Mrs. Sue Hanks, Anderson county, and other relatives.

He was married to Miss Ethel Christie at Corbet in 1904.

Death was thought to have resulted by apoplexy.

Active pallbearers were Sam Tucker, Bob Nokes, Ernest Green, D. F. Roman, Ben Kirby and Weeks DuBose.

Honorary Pallbearers
Honorary pallbearers included, Dr. W. T. Shell, Dr. W. W. Carter, Dr. Russell, Dr. T. A. Miller, Dr. H. C. Bowmer, Dr. E. H. Newton, Dr. Dan B. Hamill, Dr. S. H. Burnett, Dr. J. S. Daniels, Dr. T. O. Wills, Dr. H. Jester, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Dr. W. D. Cross, Dr. J. A. Jones, Dr. J. E. McClung, Dr. E. P. Norwood, Dr. Trim Houston, Dr. H. B. Love, Dr. T. P. McLendon, Dr. Fred B. Owen, Dr. I. N. Suttle, Dr. W. R. Sneed, and Dr. O. L. Smith, J. W. Nokes, J. M. DuBose, A. A. Elmore, A. F. Roman, W. T. Brown, George Tucker, Tom Lake, Dee Richard, Ralph Bell, Albert Beal, Henry Beal, Frank Coley, Marion Bayles, Jim Covington, J. W. Copeland, J. W. Crawford, A. R. Crenshaw, G. E. Burnett, G. W. Sullivan, Charles Davis, W. N. Slont, M. E. Roman, J. E. Slone, Bill Ross, R. V. Wilcox, Glen Womack, W. H. Tucker, Jim Taylor, Arthur Weeks, Walter Beeman, Ben Howard, Lawson Coulson, Lewis Marshall, Jim Wilson, Tom Campbell, Jot Derden, Odie Owens, Jim Petty, George Kent, Ed Holmes, Eddie Gathright, W. M. Gathright, Burke Archer, Dick Nokes, Paul Moore, Nokes, G. W. Anderson, W. M. Gathright, Brooks Waters, G. O. Gilbert Cline, R. F. Johnson, Jim Skinner, Sam Skinner, Bill Bowiel, Charles Bowlin, Burney Moore, Cap Adams, Arthur Ray, John Elrod, John McDaniel, Will Wallace, Clarence Phillips, H. Beasley, John Taylor, Dan Taylor, Taylor Dorsie, Jim Sutton, District Judge Hawkins Scarborough, Richard Mays, J. S. Callicutt, J. R. Currington, Tom Lovett, County Judge Clay Nash, Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse, H. R. Stewart and Police Chief W. S. Knight.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Era "Faye" (Turner) Lenox
July 10, 1919 - Mar 8, 2009

Era "Faye" Lenox, passed away on March 8, 2009 in Ennis Care Center in Ennis. She was 89.
She was born to parents, Ralph Turner and Stella Mae Mitchell Turner on July 10, 1919 in Richland, Texas. She was reared in Navarro County. On August 27, 1986 she married George Lenox and they lived in Garrett Texas. She was a member of the Garrett Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband George Lenox of Ennis. Two daughters; Clara Hollingsworth and her husband Bill of Midlothian; and Patsy Blissett of Carthage, Texas. Her grandchildren: Gina and Danny Sutton of Midlothian; Dina and Grant Priess of Weatherford; Jay Blissett of Carthage; Melissa and Keith Johnson of Carthage; Joey and Shawna Blissett of Longview. Great-grandchildren; Joshua, Jessica, Jacob, Kolby, Micah, Jarod, Jackson, Addison, Landon, Macy, Lawson and Mason. Great-great grandchildren; Olivia, Aaron, and Benjamin. And numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, R.E. and James Turner and one grandson, Jimmy Blissett.
A graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 11am. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10, from 6-8pm in Keever Chapel. Don Smith of Garrett Baptist Church will officiate under the direction of J E Keever Mortuary.

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Deidra Lee
Jan 17, 1943 - Oct 1, 1943

Child Dies, 5 Hurt In Auto Collision

CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 2. - Diedra, 7-month-old daughter of Mrs. Thomas E. Lee, Corsicana, was killed and five other persons hurt Friday night when a taxicab and automobile collided six miles west of Corsicana. The child's father is with the United States Army in Sicily. Injured were Yvone Harrison, Mary Smith and Martha Campbell, all of Blooming Grove; J.R. Story, taxi driver, Corsicana, and Charles Garrison, Ennis, occupants of the other car.

Oct 2, 1943

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Rites for Infant Not Yet Completed

Funeral arrangements for Diedra Lee, seven-months-old daughter of Mrs. Lucille Lee, had not been completed shortly before noon Monday pending word from relatives in  Oregon, reports from Blooming Grove stated. The child was fatally inured Friday night near Pinkston when a taxicab and automobile figured in a collision. Five others were injured.

The child's death was the seventh fatality in Navarro county this year from auto accidents.

The father of the child, Thomas E. Lee, is in the U. S. Army in Sicily,  The mother resides At 305 West Seventh avenue, Corsicana.

J. R. Storey, taxicab driver, received slight injuries. Charles (Red) Garrison of Ennis, formerly of Blooming Grove, was alone in the car involved in the accident. He received head and leg injuries, but has been discharged from P. and S. hospital.

Yvonne Harrison, 18, Mary Smith, 17, Martha Campbell, 20, all of Blooming Grove, occupants of the Taxi with the child, were still in the Navarro Clinic Monday morning. Their injuries were not regarded serious.

The body of the child was taken to Blooming Grove by the McCormick Funeral Home.

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Baby Is Fatally Injured In Car Wreck Friday Night

Deidra Lee, seven months-old daughter of Mrs. Thomas Lee of Corsicana, was fatally injured Friday night when two cars collided on highway 22 between Barry and Pinkston, west of Corsicana. Five others were injured and rushed to Corsicana hospitals. The baby's father is in the U. S. Army and is now in Sicily.

The injured are: Mary Lou Smith, fractured right wrist and injured heel. Also internal injuries. Martha Campbell, ankle, hip and back injuries, and Yvonne Harrison, cuts and bruises. Charlie Garrison of Houston suffered a head and knee injury, J. R. Story taxicab driver received slight injuries.

The crash took place over a hill as the taxicab was turning around on the pavement, as Mr. Garrison drove over the hill and was unable to avoid hitting the cab. Both cars were badly damaged.


Funeral Services For Baby Held

Funeral Services for Deidra Lee, eight months-old baby daughter of Mrs. Thomas Lee, of Corsicana who died Friday from injuries received in a car wreck were held Tuesday afternoon at the Christian Church with Rev. Joe Snell conducting the rites.

Surviving are the mother, Mrs. Lucille Hammonds Lee, Corsicana; her father now with the U. S. Army in Sicily; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee of Mexia; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hammonds, Blooming Grove.

Burial was made in Rose Hill Cemetery with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct 8, 1943

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


John Dorsey George, Sr.
Feb 24, 1913 - Sept 12, 1978

J.D. George Services Held

Funeral services for John Dorsey George, 65, a native of Blooming Grove who lived in Corsicana, were held Thursday, Sept. 14, in Corsicana.
Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. A life-long member of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, he attended Baylor University and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the China-Burma-India Theater for
3 years.

He served as Navarro County auditor for 16 years and was engaged in ranching at the time of his death.

Survivors include his widow, Nancy Griffin George of Corsicana; three sons, James Holman Chapman of Hutchins, John Dorsey George Jr. and David Griffin George, both of Corsicana; one brother, R. Ralph George of Dallas; three sisters, Cora Lee George and Mrs. Leila Ruth Johnson, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Bell Sample of Houston; two nephews; and four nieces.

Pallbearers were Sidney Moore, Kenneth Ray Southard, Ordway Ferrell, Gilmer Sheppard, Carroll Lee Saunders and Bobby Ralston all of Blooming Grove.

The Blooming Grove Times - Oct 25, 1978

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James Douglas Hope
Dec 23, 1907 - Nov 10, 1978

James Hope, 70, Dies

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 12, for James Douglas Hope, 70, of Emhouse, who died Friday night when his car ran off the road and hit a concrete culvert on Highway 22, east of Barry.

Hope was a native of Blooming Grove and burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery in BG. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Addie Hope of Emhouse; one daughter, Miss Pam Hope of Emhouse and a student at BGHS; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Woodbridge of Itasca and Mrs. Katy Crocker of BG; two brothers, Aubrey Hope of Richardson and Gordon Hope of Cross Roads.

The Blooming Grove Times - Nov 15, 1978

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Alva Lee Garrison
Mar 8, 1899 - Nov 9, 1978

BG Resident, Alva Garrison Services Held

Funeral services for Alva Lee Garrison, 79, were held Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Ed Burkett, pastor, and the Rev. Leroy Reaves, pastor of the BG United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Both services were under the direction of the Ballard Funeral Home.

Survivors include one son, Alva Lloyd Garrison of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Edith Marie Stilby and Geraldine Minefee, both of Houston, Mrs. Hazel Ruth Tarr of Whittier, Calif., Mrs. Anna Lee Collier of Humble, and Bertha Sue Osburn of Alma, Ark.; five brothers, R.D., H.C. and A.D. Garrison, all of BG, E.C. Garrison of Ennis, and E.I.
Garrison of Hearne; three sisters, Ali Gantt, Viola Dozier and Nora Garrison, all of BG; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchidlren.

Pallbearers were Jean Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, Don Howell, Jim Garrison, David Richardson and Carl Dean Garrison.

The Blooming Grove Times - Nov 15, 1978

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Albert Duke "Pap" Watkins
Feb 10, 1916 - Nov 24, 1978

Albert Watkins Dies

Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 26, for Albert D. Watkins, 62, in the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Leroy Reaves, pastor, officiating.

Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. Both services were under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home.

Watkins died Friday, Nov. 24, in the Veterans Hospital in Temple.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lillian Watkins of BG; one daughter, Sharon Ellis of BG; three brothers, Marvin Watkins of Corsicana, Baze Watkins of Barry, and Wayne Watkins of Lovington, N.M.; one sister, Josephine Howard of Barry and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dean Melton, Clovis Haden, Dolly Hollingsworth, A. L. Gaines, Ralph Putman and Ike Beam.

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A. D. Watkins

BLOOMING GROVE—Funeral services are to be today at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church here for Albert D. Watkins, 62, of Blooming Grove who died Friday in the Temple Veteran’s hospital.

The Rev. Leroy Reeves is to officiate and burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Watkins of Blooming Grove; one daughter, Sharon Ellis of Blooming Grove; three brothers, Marvin Watkins of Corsicana, Baze Watkins of Barry, and Wayne Watkins of Lovington, N.M.; one sister, Josephine Howard of Barry and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers are to be Dean Melton, Clovis Hayden, Dolly Hollingsworth, A. L. Gaines, Ralph Putman, and Ike Beam.

Ballard Funeral Home of Blooming Grove is in charge of arrangements.

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Alice Maudine (Carroll) Fuller
Aug 5, 1920 - Dec 15, 1978

Services were held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church for Mrs. Alice Fuller, 58, who died Friday afternoon at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of the Eastern Star.

Ed Burkett officiated with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Arrangements were made by Ballard Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 27, 1978

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Mrs. Fuller

BLOOMING GROVE – Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove for Mrs. Alice Fuller, 58, resident of Blooming Grove, who died Friday afternoon at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of Eastern Star.

The Rev. Ed Burkett will officiate, with burial following in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Arrangements are with Ballard Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include her husband, James E. Fuller of Blooming Grove; two sons, James E. Fuller, Jr. of West Va. And Carl D. Fuller of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Smith of Arlington, Mrs. Nellie Dixon of Arlington, and Mrs. Mary McCann of Houston; two brothers, Billy D. Carroll of Palestine and Tom Warren of Longview; a sister, Mrs. Beth Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove and 10 grandchildren.

She will lie in state from 1 p.m. Sunday until service time.

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Willie Mae (Smith) Farish
Aug 30, 1887 - Dec 15, 1978

Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ballard Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Willie Mae Farrish, 91, resident of Hillsboro, who died at Grand-Buie Hospital in Hillsboro Friday.

Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Farish of Hillsboro; two sons, Loyd Farish of Irving and Clyde Farish of Lockney; one daughter, Opal Farish of Hillsboro; four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Great grandsons were pallbearers.

The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 27, 1978

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Eunice Maude (Pitts) Miles
Oct 6, 1881 - Feb 27, 1979

Miles rites held

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at the Church of Christ in Blooming Grove for Mrs. Maud Miles, 97, resident of Blooming Grove, who died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter Northera Toten with whom she had made her home for several years.

Services were conducted by Dennis Crecelius of Italy and Walter Stevens of Hubbard.

She had been a member of the Church of Christ for 85 years.

Survivors include two daughters Mrs. Dois Holland of Brenham and Mrs. Northera Toten of Blooming Grove; 13 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Mardist Miles, Ronnie Holland, Dale Burleson, Robert Toten, Floyd Weisipape, Otto Acker, Greg Jones and Wendell Varner.

Arrangements were with Ballard Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

The Blooming Grove Times - Mar 7, 1979
 

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John Berry
Jan 28, 1882 - June 3, 1930

Man Killed by Navarro Tank Fall Is Buried

CORSICANA, Texas. June 4. - Funeral services for John Berry, 48, resident of Corsicana for fifteen years, were held from his residence Wednesday afternoon with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Jones.

Mr. Berry was engaged in cutting down an 80,000-barrel storage tank for the oil company near Navarro when a section fell, crushing him to the ground, breaking both hips, inflicting severe head and internal injuries.

Mr. Berry is survived by his wife, four ? children, two brothers, Emmett Berry and Bill Berry, both of Corsicana and two sisters, Mrs. Evie Frost and Mrs. Nettie Frost, both of Wortham.

June 5, 1930
 

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MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN OIL FIELD TUESDAY

John Berry, age about 40 years, was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when a portion of an oil tank he was assisting in cutting down, on the Tidal lease, near Navarro, fell on him. Both hip bones are broken, his head badly cut and bruised and he is probably internally injured. He was brought to Corsicana and has been placed in the Navarro county hospital for treatment.

W. C. Carter was also injured at the same time but is not believed to be seriously hurt. Carter is also in the Navarro county hospital.

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ACCIDENT VICTIM DIED; FUNERAL IS HELD WEDNESDAY

JOHN BERRY FATALLY INJURED WHILE WORKING IN OIL FIELD TUESDAY

Funeral services for John Berry, aged 48, resident of Corsicana for 15 years, who died in the Navarro county hospital Tuesday night at 11 o’clock, were held from his residence, 401 West Tenth avenue, Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in
Oakwood Cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Jones.

Mr. Berry was employed by the Keith-Morrow Iron Works company and was engaged in the cutting down of an 80,000 barrel oil storage tank for the Texas company near Navarro. A section of the tank fell, crushing Berry to the ground, breaking both hips, inflicting severe head injuries. The injured man was brought to Corsicana in the Corley-McMahon ambulance and an X-ray taken of his injuries, later being taken to the Navarro county hospital where an operation was performed in an effort to save his life.

W. C. Carter was also injured in the same accident, but was reported improved at the county hospital Wednesday.

Mr. Berry is survived by his wife, four children, two brothers, Emmett Berry, and Bill Berry, both of Corsicana; and two sisters, Mrs. Evie Frost and Mrs. Nellie Frost, both of Wortham.

Pallbearers were Frank Young, C. H. Nugent, W. H. Burke, G. E. Marlow, M. M. Woods, John Montgomery, A. Dosser and R. B. Odom.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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IN MEMORY

The death angels visited the Navarro county hospital Tuesday night at 11 o’clock and claimed as their own, Mr. John Berry. He leaves a loving wife and four children to mourn his death.

A precious one from us is gone.
A voice we loved is still
A place is vacant in our home,
That never can be filled.
He’s safe in the arms of our Saviour.
Weep not dear ones he’s at rest.
Weep not dear ones and obey God’s rules,
And some day you’ll meet him there.

BY A FRIEND.

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