Mabel Nadine (Smith) Pistole-Adams
Jan 28, 1917 - Mar 6, 2009
Mabel Nadine Smith Pistole Adams
Mabel Nadine Smith Pistole Adams was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Bee
House. She was the daughter of Coryell County residents Frank G.
Smith and Cora Lee Clay. Mabel passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, at
Twilight Home in Corsicana. Visitation will be 3 p.m. today at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will follow at 4 p.m.
conducted by her nephews. Interment will follow at
in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be her nephews and great-nephews. Mabel
was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Floyd H. and Willie
F. Smith; one sister, Essie Viola King; one baby sister; husbands,
Lawrence Pistole and Earl Adams; two nieces, Shirley King Chafin and
Sonya Smith Vaughan; one nephew, Franklin B. King; and one
great-niece, Margaret Ann Chafin. Mabel received her nursing training
at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco and worked for them for many years
before moving to Corsicana, where she retired after 18 years as
nurse for Dr. Joseph Glicksman at Medical Arts Clinic. Mabel loved
her Lord and her family will remember her leading the prayer before
meals at many family reunions. She lovingly supported her church,
Calvary Worship Center, with many good works. Everyone who knew
Mabel knew of her love for the butterfly which she saw as one of the
beauties of God’s creations. Mabel renamed “Mamie” by her eldest
niece, Shirley, is survived by her nieces: Harriet King Prinz of
Troy, Kitty Kemp of Richardson, Patsy Thacker of Salado, Jane Parker
of Pearland, and Donna Fisher of Lindale; and a host of great-nieces
and great-nephews. The family requests that memorials be made to
Family First Hospice Inc., 109 S.W. Main St., Ennis, TX 75119. Arrangements
by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Ernest Lee “Sonny” Carpenter
Aug 29, 1939 - Mar 5, 2009
Lee “Sonny” Carpenter
Lee “Sonny” Carpenter, 69, went to his heavenly home
Thursday, March 5, 2009. Sonny was born on Aug. 29, 1939, to
Ernest Earl Carpenter and Dora Izora Moreau Carpenter in
Mabank. He was born on a farm where he knew hard work. They
moved to Navarro County at an early age. At 16 he met the
love of his life, Linda Baggett. Sonny and Linda married on
June 19, 1959. They lived and worked together for the next
50 years. Sonny worked at Miller Hat Co. and Chattanooga
Glass for many years. Sonny and Linda owned Carpenters
Grocery for 37 years. Known for the “Best Hamburger,” they
worked together to serve the people and community they
loved. Sonny had many hobbies and had a way with animals. He
and Linda were members of the Central Texas Quarter Horse
Association. He was the quartermaster for the square dance
drill team on horseback. They competed in rodeo and horse
shows winning ribbons and trophies. He also loved his dogs.
He trained border collies to work with sheep. Sonny received
trophies for his work with all his animals. Sonny knew the
love of his family and friends but he knew the love of the
Lord as well. He accepted the Lord into his heart as his
personal Savior and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church. Sonny
was preceded in death by his father and mother and older
sister, Joyce Herrin. He leaves his beloved wife, Linda;
brother, Elvin E “Son” Carpenter of Richland; sisters,
Catherine Hightower, Patsy Dyess, Othera Barlow, and Frances
Townley and her husband Marvin, all of Corsicana; and many
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services
will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Corley Funeral Chapel.
The Rev. Gary Johnson and the Rev. Lane Teel will officiate.
Interment will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brent Duran, Terry Granger,
Danny Dyess, Chad Elmore, Sandy Barlow, John Horton, Glen
Gullatt and Ronnie Wylie. Arrangements by Corley Funeral
Douglas Dwayne Melton
Nov 9, 1938 - Mar 7, 2009
“Pop” Melton died at his home in Blooming Grove on Saturday,
March 7, 2009, at the age of 70. He was born in Blooming
Grove on Nov. 9, 1938, to Ben and Effie Melton. He was a
member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, where he
also served as deacon. He was preceded in death by his
parents; sister, Bernice Sanders; and a brother-in-law, Hoss
Farish. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Melton of Blooming
Grove; son, Randy Melton of Blooming Grove; daughter, M’Lis
Long of Hot Springs, Ark.; brother, Jake Melton and wife
Mary Ann of Blooming Grove; sisters, Helen Farish of
Blooming Grove, Margie Wharton and husband Joe of Bellville,
and Betty Wilson and husband Bill of Fort Worth;
grandchildren, Rance Melton, Austin Melton and Riggin and
Rocky Barham; and brother-in-law, Daryl Sanders of
Hillsboro. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 10 a.m.
Monday, March 9, at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove
with Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dwayne
Watson, Peb Richards, Don McGraw, Ronald Lynch, Bill
Southard and Jack Callicutt. Deacons of First Baptist Church
will serve as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Oct 22, 1940 - Mar 7, 2009
W. Gillen, 68, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March
7, 2009. He was born Oct. 22, 1940 in Blooming Grove. He was
a resident of Waxahachie and a member of Central Baptist
Church. He was in construction work and a truck driver for
many years. Survivors include his wife, Karen Gillen;
daughter, Tiffany Gillen of Waxahachie; son, Chad Gillen of
Waxahachie; brothers, Donnie and Peggy Gillen of Corsicana,
Michael Gillen of Pattonville, and Larry and Terri Gillen of
Blooming Grove; sisters, Betty Jean Campbell of Bynum, Lelia
and James Brown of Mesquite, Pam and Cliff Giese of
LaGrange, and Kathy Henderson of Whitney. He was preceded in
death by his brother, Jerry Gillen, and his parents. Johnny
had many nieces and nephews. He was a loving husband and a
great Dad. Thanks for all the good times we had
together. Thank you to the City of Waxahachie and all the
friends, prayers and support we had at this difficult
time. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wayne Boze
Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Graveside services will be 2 p.m.
Tuesday at the Rose Hill
Cemetery in Blooming Grove with the
Rev. Mark Richardson officiating. Arrangements by Wayne Boze
Funeral Home, Waxahachie.
Mar 22, 1942 - Mar 7, 2009
A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr.
Douglas T. Tiller, 69, of Blooming Grove. He passed away Saturday,
March 7, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born March 22, 1942, in Dallas.
Mr. Tiller was a retired farmer and rancher and had served on the
board of Texas Farm Bureau. Mr. Tiller is survived by his wife, Rise
Tiller of Blooming Grove; brother and sister-in-law, Bart and Kathy
Tiller of Midlothian; sister and brother-in-law, Garye and Carl
Trippett of Irving. In lieu of flowers and food, please make
donations to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Corley
Charles Ivan Williams II
Nov 18, 1968 - Feb 23, 2009
Charles Ivan Williams II was born Nov. 18,1968, in Mexia to
Charles and Mary Williams. He quietly left this world early
Monday morning, Feb. 23, 2009, at his home. He was 40 years
old. Services were held Feb. 28 in Dallas. He was called
Charlie and loved by all those who knew him. As a child, he
was full of boyish charm, energy and mischief, often
exhausting his family with his childish antics. Charlie was a
dentist and came from a long line of dentists and doctors.
His great-great-grandfather, Dr. Dorris Hollingsworth, was a
medical doctor in Grapevine. Following in the footsteps of
his great-grandfather Dr. O.O. Hollingsworth of Arlington,
his grandfather Dr. John L Hollingsworth, uncles Dr. William
B. “Bill” Hollingsworth and Dr. Jack E. Hollingsworth of
Corsicana, his father Dr. Charles I. Williams, and a sister
Dr. Emma Virginia “Gina” Eileen Williams of Dallas, all are
dentists. His mother, Mary Catherine Hollingsworth Williams,
is a dental hygienist and sister, Rachel Dawn Williams
Hoover, is also in the dental field. His uncle, Dr. John L
Hollingsworth, is a physician in Dallas as well. Charlie
received his Bachelor of Science degree from SMU. He
graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. He was
honored and elected as a diplomate by the International
Congress of Oral Implantologists. He was preceded in death by
his maternal grandparents, Dr. John L. Hollingsworth and
Catherine Slagle Hollingsworth; paternal grandparents, John
and Emma Williams; and cousins, Robin Williams, William
Hollingsworth Jr. and John Eskind Hollingsworth. He is
survived by his loving wife, Sherilyn Williams; two
daughters, Claudia, age 5, and Olivia, age 2; his parents,
Charles and Mary Williams; sisters, Rachel Dawn Williams
Hoover and husband Tim, Emma Virginia Eileen Williams and
partner Angela Bruner, and Natalie Nicole Williams; nieces
and nephew, Lauren, Zackery and Allison Hoover; and a host
of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Charlie loved his
family and often carried his children to work with him just
to have them close to him. Charlie did not lose the charm he
possessed as a child, the quick mischievous smile was his
trademark. He will be greatly missed.In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to Education Fund for Claudia and
Olivia Williams, Bank of Texas, 6701 Preston Road, Dallas,
TX 75205, (214) 525-7635.Arrangements by Restand Funeral
Apr 13, 1960 - Mar 8, 2009
Farrell Jr., 48, of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, March 8,
2009, at his residence. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8
p.m. today at the Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home in
Woodville. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Interment will
follow at Hamilton-Beeman
Cemetery. Dale was born April 13,
1960, to David Sr. and Jan Farish Farrell in Corsicana. He
was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was a
self-employed contractor. Survivors include his wife, Paula
Farrell of Colmesneil; parents, David Sr. and Jan Farrell of
Chester; grandmother, Loree Palmeri of Chester; stepsons,
Wes Wiler and wife Reagan of Stillwater, Okla., and Kent
Mitcham of Colmesneil; stepdaughter, Ashley Ebach and
husband Michael of Zavalla; sisters and brothers-in-law,
Cynthia and Ricky Tribble of Chester, and Rebecca and Josh
Smith of Wimberley; nephews, Brandon Tribble and Christopher
Tribble, both of Galveston. Dale was a father figure to Max
High. Arrangements by Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home,
Nils Alexander "Sandy"
Jan 29, 1930 - Mar 7, 2009
Nils Alexander "Sandy" Rutherford
Nils Alexander "Sandy" Rutherford, 79, of Oklahoma City, Okla.,
formerly of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, in
Oklahoma City. He was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Denison, the son of the
late William Thomas and Zoe Ella Calvert Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford
was a retired teacher-coach at Corsicana Junior High School. He was
a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and a 32nd degree Mason and
a member of East Dallas Lodge No. 1200 A. F. and A.M. He was also a
member of the Texas Teacher Retirement System. Mr. Rutherford also
worked as a cashier for the Dallas Farmers Market. Mr. Rutherford is
survived by many nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by
his parents; three brothers, Charles Calvert, Nicholas C. and W.T.
Rutherford Jr.; and by two sisters, Charlsie "Budd" and Zoe Ella
Rutherford. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at
Corley Funeral Home. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward Monk officiating.
Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. In lieu of
flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. The
following poem was written by Melanie Rutherford: Nils Alexander
Rutherford from Corsicana, January 29, 1930, to March 7, 2009,As a
child, an altar boy from Denison, Texas, The family tradition was
just expected. Playing basketball at Denison High, No teammate
realized he was so shy. Four years in the Navy to worldly ports, He
said every six months was a new resort. A retired seventh grade Texas
history teacher, A member of the Scottish rite, a 32nd degreer, With
Dallas Farmers Market for over 50 years, Giving dedicated customer
service as a cashier. Best known as Sandy to all, He accepted God's
will and call. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Feb 24, 1971 - Mar 10, 2009
After a three year battle with metastatic breast cancer,
Shelia Lynn Branson-Travis was called home early Tuesday
morning March 10, 2009, at the age of 38.Shelia was born
Feb. 24, 1971 in Dallas to Bob and Sylvia Branson. Shelia
was a graduate of Dawson High School. At the age of 18 she
met her husband, Les Travis, and married Feb. 15, 1992. The
two resided in Blooming Grove with their children whom she
loved and cherished. She pursued a 16-year career as a
pharmacy technician at P and S Pharmacy in Corsicana. She
always kept a smile on her face and never complained through
all her struggles. She is preceded in death by her paternal
grandparents, Edgar and Mary Jane Branson; maternal
grandparents, Dave and Gertrue Tyer; brother, Bobbie
Branson; sister, Faye Lane; and sister, Phyllis Coleman.
Survivors include her husband, Les Travis; two sons, Loren
and Clay Travis; daughter, Katie Travis, all of Blooming
Grove; parents, Bob and Sylvia Branson of Dawson;
grandparents, M.H. and Ida Blue of Corsicana; mother-in-law
and father-in-law, Leo and Pam Travis of Corsicana;
brothers, Brad Branson of Dawson and Robert Branson II of
Belle, W.V.; sisters, Connie Faith of Dallas and Shirley
Fugura of Cedar Creek; brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
J.C. and Tamara Rogers of Hillsboro; sister-in-law, Ashley
Travis of College Station; and numerous aunts, uncles,
nieces, cousins and friends. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.
today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10
a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro.
Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at
Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rob Brady, Jeffrey Dyess,
Trae Southard, Scott McGraw, Mike McCarter and Trevor Boyde.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Breast
Cancer Foundation. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Sep 26, 1923 - Mar 8, 2009
Percy Bradford, 85, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, March 8,
2009, at Twilight Home. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7
p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home. He will lie in state at Mount
Olive Missionary Baptist Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist
Church with the Rev. Alfred Cox, pastor, officiating and the Rev.
Earnest Betts as eulogist. Interment will follow at
in Kerens. Pallbearers will be Roy L. Bradford, Tom Bradford, Randy
Bradford, James Bradford, Earl Bradford, Preston McDonald and James
Turner. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the church and
friends of the family. Mr. Bradford was born Sept. 26, 1923, in
Kerens. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He served on
the building fund and deacon board. He was retired from the Texas
Highway Department. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy
Bradford; parents, Lester and Hallie Bradford; and brothers, Eugene
and Bruce Bradford. Survivors include two goddaughters, Lisa
Carter-Ellison and Audra Carter-Jarju; one sister, Royce Alexander
(Ralph); brothers, Floyd Bradford (Ruby) and Andrew Bradford
(Ernestine); in-laws, Jerling McDonald (Peter), Lee Arthur Hightower
(Beverly-deceased); nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.
Feb 27, 1946 - Mar 6, 2009
husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Bill Gray
of Streetman passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009, after a
long and brave fight with cancer over the last two years. He
moved his family into a home he built on acreage in 1998
from Dallas and retired from the construction trade in
2007. Bill was born on Feb. 27, 1946, in Barton County, Kan.,
and lived with his parents and three brothers near Claflin,
Kan., until the family moved to Hoisington, Kan., when he
was 9 years old. The family later moved to Wichita, Kan.,
where he graduated from Campus High School in 1964. He
started his career in the construction trade in Kansas City
and later moved to Texas where for many years was the
project manager for several large projects around the state
of Texas. Bill is survived by his wife of 24 years, Evelyn;
and four children: sons Michael Gray of Dallas and John Gray
of Corsicana and daughters Amee Hooper of Corsicana and
Nikki Williams of Kilgore. Bill has six grandchildren:
Sierra, Shane, Cole, Triniti, Madison and Kira. Two
brothers, Wayne of Holualoa, Hawaii, and Donn of Wichita,
Kan., also survive him. His father Basil A. Gray, mother
Leona G. Gray, and brother James Gray preceded him in death.
From 1968 to 1971, Bill served with honor in the U.S. Army.
While serving a tour of duty in Vietnam, he was decorated
with the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for bravery.He
enjoyed working in his yard, fishing as time allowed and
visiting with his many friends and neighbors. A service to
celebrate his life will be held with full military honors at
1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at
Birdston Cemetery in
Streetman. Donations in the family name may be made to the
American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home, Fairfield.
Ethelyne Mae (Haws) Nicholson
Jan 20, 1921 - Mar 10, 2009
Mae Haws Nicholson, 88, of Blooming Grove passed away on
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Twilight Home. She was born on
Jan. 20, 1921, in Barry. Her parents were Jim and Verna Lee
Moore Haws. "Mamaw" enjoyed farming, ranching, playing
dominoes, and visiting with everyone at family reunions over
the years. She was preceded in death by her parents;
husband, Henry Ray Nicholson; brother, Percy Haws; son, Dan
Nicholson; and granddaughter, Jennifer Nicholson Price. She
is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Becky
Nicholson of Barry; grandson, Tim Nicholson of Barry;
granddaughter, Sheila Anderson and husband Russell of
Kerens; granddaughter, Dana Nicholson Satterwhite and
husband Roger of Ennis; granddaughter, Amy Davis of Barry;
nine great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Buckley, Loyd Gillen Jr.,
Loyd Gowan, Elmer "Sonny" Boyd, Ramon Armstrong, Ross
Rhodes, Gary Brunton and Bill Southard. Honorary pallbearers
will include Charlie Boyd, Charlie Irvine, Roland Southard
and Doug Moore.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral
Harold L. Williamson
Aug 11, 1927 - Mar 11, 2009
L. Williamson, 81, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday,
March 11, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born on Aug. 11, 1927,
in Eddy, Okla. He was a member of First Baptist Church in
Corsicana where he faithfully served as a deacon and on
various committees. He was employed with Texas Utilities and
retired as an officer of the company after 35 years of
service. He loved to fish, and really enjoyed going to the
coast and smelling the sea air. He was a very generous
person, and a beloved husband, wonderful father and
grandfather. He had a great love for his family, and was an
avid golfer. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held
at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at First Baptist Church with
the Rev. Paul W. Powell and the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr.
officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be Don Lake, Chuck Burns, Don Tekell, Bill
Honea, Dr. E. Scott Middleton, Dr. James Price and David
Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John D. Updegrove,
Ross Maxfield and Roy French.Mr. Williamson was preceded in
death by his parents, Ray D. and Stella Williamson; and a
brother; Lloyd Williamson. He is survived by his wife of 59
years, Joy Williamson; sons, Wallace Williamson and wife
Cathy of Irving, Lee Williamson of Corsicana and Billy
Williamson and wife Denise of Liberty Hill; granddaughters,
Alicia Marullo and husband Travis of Round Rock, Jessica
Williamson of Irving, Brittany Williamson of College Station
and Courtney Williamson of Liberty Hill; grandson, Scott
Williamson of Denton; great-grandsons, Armani Valero, Caden
Marullo and Dezmond Williamson; sister-in-law, Lorraine
Wallace of Austin; nieces, Becky Andrews of Bloomfield,
Mich., and Patti Ryan of Wichita, Kan., nephew, Mike
Williamson of Wichita, Kan.; and numerous great-nieces and
great-nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the
George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University
at 1100 S. Third St., One Bear Place #97126, Waco, TX 76798;
First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund or to First Baptist
Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements
by Corley Funeral Home.
Francesca (Suttles) Campoz
Sep 17, 1934 - Mar 13, 2009
Francesca Campoz, 73, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 13,
2009. She was born Sept. 17, 1934, in San Antonio to Edward and
Adela Suttles. Funeral services will be 6 p.m. today at
Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Rosary will be 6 p.m. Sunday at
Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday
at Resthaven Memorial Park. She is survived by children, Omar and Adelaida Campoz and their children Grabiel, Steven, Kristina and
Diana; Sisto and Rosary Campoz and their children Rachel, Priscilla,
Manuel Jr., Aliela and Sisto Jr.; Albert and Teri Campoz and their
children Daniel, Alfred, Albert II, Candy, Adelita and Lil Frances;
Dimas Campoz and his two children; Martin Campoz; Florentino and
Becky Campoz and their children Alex, Emilio and Daisy; Elias Campoz
and children Francisco and Isreal; Teresa and Andres Flores and
their children Ana Maria, Antonio and Andrew; Sally and Sam Martinez
and their children Jeffery and Sara; Anita and Isidro Komero and
their children Angelita, Jose B., Fernando R., Lupita R. and Ricky
A.; Lois Campoz and children Lila and Jimmy; Angie and Gustavo
Vaquera and their children Ruben and Eduardo; 43 great-grandchildren
and two great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Mildred Carolyne (Tyner) Curington
Mar 14, 1919 - Mar 13, 2009
Carolyne Tyner Curington, 89, passed away Friday evening,
March 13, 2009, at her home in Corsicana. Funeral services
were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 16, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Interment followed at
Prairie Point Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Trey
Curington, Chris Curington, Joshua French, David Roberts,
Jay Curington, Stoney Red, Avie Carter and Jimmy Prather.
Mildred is survived by one son, James Douglas Curington Jr.
and wife Rita of Athens; daughter, Betty Prather and husband
Jimmy of Mexia; daughter, Dyce Roberts of Corsicana; sister,
Allyne Goforth of Tyler; brother, Hayden Tyner of Morgan
City, La.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. James D.
Curington; son, Philip Lee Curington; sister, Opal Warren;
brothers, Jie Tyner, Roy Tyner, and R.D. Tyner; and parents,
Jess and Allie May Tyner. Mildred was born on March 14,
1919, in Bazette. She graduated from Kerens High School. She
married Jim Curington on Jan. 4, 1944, and spent a lifetime
devoted to her family and friends. She was called
"Grandmother" by many because she opened her home not only
to her own children and grandchildren but to all her friends
as well. She took great pride in everything her children,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren accomplished and
played a pivotal role in spoiling each and every one of
them. Mildred's life can best be summed up as one of
service. She was truly a servant. She served her parents,
taking care of her mother who suffered with Alzheimer's; her
husband, devoting her life to him and providing a loving
home; her children, ensuring they had every opportunity in
life; and her grandchildren and great grandchildren, making
sure they knew they were special. She "waited on" all those
around her. Mildred was a devoted Christian and a member of
the North Beaton Church of Christ. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Dennis Charles Armon
Nov 11, 1942 - Mar 13, 2009
Charles Armon passed away Friday, March 13, 2009. He was
born Nov. 11, 1942 in Chicago, Ill. to Charles and Wanda
Armon. His dad was in the Navy and was sent to Boston, Mass.
the first year of Dennis' life. Later his father was a
football coach at Purdue University, and long time hospital
administrator for the VA Hospital in various cities. He
began his schooling at St. Andrew Catholic school in
Indianapolis, Ind. and from there to St. Ann Catholic school
in Memphis, Tenn., finishing 8th grade at St. Thecla
Catholic School in Chicago, Ill. After completion of the 8th
grade he entered Quigley Prepatory seminary in Chicago, and
completed a five year pre-training for the priesthood. He
applied to and was accepted at Mt. Angel seminary in St.
Benedict, Ore. to continue with his studies. Dennis was an
altar server and always ready to serve in that capacity
whenever called upon by the Church. God, however, had other
plans for Dennis and after two years he went on to other
vocations. After enlisting in the U.S. Army he began a seven
year career starting at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. During his
service years he spent time at various bases including Fort
Holobird, Maryland; Fort Lewis, Washington; and the Panama
Canal Zone serving in military intelligence. After his
service years he joined the Canal Zone police department and
spent many enjoyable years there. He completed more college
work and attained degrees in Criminal Justice and Education.
In the 70's he returned to the states and began working at
Hines VA hospital in Chicago. After one of those Windy City
winters he packed up and discovered Texas. Dennis began his
love of community service early in his life. He was active
in Boy Scouts for many years and loved doing the many
projects that were community based. He spent summers
volunteering at the VA hospitals wherever the family was
stationed. If someone needed help, he was always first to
give a hand. During all these years he made life-long
friendships that can attest his care and concern for others.
Most of all, he was a loving son, brother, father,
grandfather and husband. He was always there to listen, give
advice or brighten the day with a joke. His sense of humor
was infectious. He loved to shop (with thrift!) and received
great pleasure from giving gifts that always had his
personal touch. He will be missed not only by family and
friends, but by the retailers he supported. Dennis is
survived by a son, Michael C. Armon of Excelsior Springs,
Mo.; daughter-in-law, Gretchen Gottschalk Armon; a precious
granddaughter, Isabella Maria, age 5; two sisters, Mrs.
Richard (Pati) Thompson of Summerville, S.C., and Mrs. Andy
(Karole) Greene who is presently traveling the U.S.; a
cousin, Mrs. Pat (Doreen) Iames of Tucson, Ariz., and his
wife, Shirley O'Bar Armon of Corsicana. Shirley and Dennis
were married Dec. 18, 2005, and it was a marriage filled
with love and laughter. He will also be greatly missed by
his two large dogs and five cats. The couple's mutual
passion was the continuing restoration of their 103 year old
Victorian home. Dennis was well organized and thorough and
totally dedicated to anything he loved, and his main love
was his volunteer work in many organizations in Corsicana.
For instance, he left instructions to be viewed wearing his
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Kids sweatshirt
and pin. This organization was his special favorite, because
as he said, "the kids need me." He was also active in the
Republican Party serving as Primary Election Coordinator for
many years, a sort of right hand man to the County Chairman
through several administrations. He was president of NARFE
(National Association of Retired Federal Employees). He was
past president of the Corsicana 100 Club, a police support
organization. He was a member of Impact Corsicana, LULAC,
the Corsicana Crime Commission, and had just recently signed
up for Navarro STAR, an organization of role models to
especially encourage kids to stay in school and find a good
career path. In lieu of flowers, the Armon family would love
to have donations made in Dennis' honor to any of those
wonderful organizations. Following Dennis' wishes,
visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral
Home. Dennis' memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Charles I. Armstrong
Sep 13, 1926 - Mar 12, 2009
I. Armstrong passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009.
Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. today, prior to the service, at
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South, in
Abilene. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at
Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories, 5701 Highway 277 South in
Abilene with Chaplain E. J. Chafin officiating. Charles I.
Armstrong was born Sept. 13, 1926 in Emhouse to Jack and
Hattie (Vaughan) Armstrong. He quit school in the seventh
grade to work on the farm. As a young man he worked in the
oil field. In October of 1952, he met Joyce Bell Wood in
Corsicana, and they married Feb. 20, 1953, in Powell. He was
drafted into the Army in November 1954 and was stationed in
Chicago. He received an honorable discharge in November
1956. After his military service he moved his family to West
Texas where he worked in the oil field seven days a week to
support his family. In 1982, he retired from Tom Brown/Sharp
Drilling Company and he and his wife, Joyce, moved to
Corsicana. In 2000, they moved to Abilene to be closer to
their daughter. In December of 2006, his loving wife of 53
years, Joyce, passed away. Charles was preceded in death by
his parents, Jack and Hattie Armstrong; baby daughter, Penny
Armstrong; sister, Johnnie Evelyn Armstrong Rash; nephew,
Nolen Armstrong; daughter-in-law, Vallie Armstrong; and
wife, Joyce Bell Wood Armstrong. Survivors include his
brother, Joe Nolen Armstrong of Carrollton; son, David Lee
Armstrong of Owasso, Okla.; daughter, Kimberly Armstrong
Thomason and her husband Bill; and four grandchildren,
Charlotte Armstrong, Marcine Armstrong and Michael
Armstrong, all of Owasso, Okla., and Kimbra Thomason of
Abilene. Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care,
1682 Hickory St., Abilene, TX 79601. Arrangements by
Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, Abilene.
David Ray Crockett
Oct 5, 1919 - Mar 15, 2009
Ray Crockett passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the age
of 89. He was born in Coleman on Oct. 5, 1919, to Samuel B.
and Mary Burns Crockett. Mr. Crockett was a skilled laborer
for Whiteselle Brick and Lumber Company for close to 40
years. As a skilled laborer he was responsible for the
firing and curing of bricks in the kiln. Many of the
buildings in this area are built with the bricks under his
watch. He was a World War II veteran and as a testimonial of
his honest and faithful service to his country he was
honorably discharged after 21 months of duty. He was
stationed in Normandy in Northern France where he served in
the 552nd Coast Artillery Battalion; he served as a cook for
one of the gun batteries. He worked with the C.C.C.
(Conservation Construction Corp) that built fences and
worked at rebuilding this country. Mr. Crockett lived at a
time where a man's values were his family, his country and
his work ethics. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist
Church in Corsicana. Survivors include his wife of 67 years,
Frances Crockett of Corsicana; his children, Mary and James
Robinson of Kilgore, James Crockett of Kerrville, Walter
Crockett of Gilmer and Tammy and Mike Bryant of Corsicana;
sister, Mary Whortor of California; and a brother, Billy Ray
Crockett of Bryan; nine grandchildren and 16 great
grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation
will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home with Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow in
the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be
his grandsons Chris Terry, Bruce Crockett, Carl Crockett,
Matt Crockett, Aaron Bryant and David Bryant. Arrangements
by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
June Edda (Sloan) Allmon
July 16, 1916 - Mar 14, 2009
Edda Sloan Allmon, daughter of Blanding Sloan, the artist,
and granddaughter of Dr. Alexander Sloan, who built
Corsicana's first hospital, died on Saturday, March 14,
2009. Born to Lillian Weis Sloan and Blanding Sloan, in
Chicago, on July 16, 1916, June was 92 years old when she
died. June grew up in Chicago along with her older brother,
Alexander Colvin Sloan, and later, her sister, Mary Lillian
Hofstadter. She spent summers in Corsicana at her
grandmother's (Mrs. Lelia Sloan) house on 15th Street — the
market Olé now sits on the property. There she eventually
met her future husband, Leonard Elliston Allmon — they were
married in Grandma Sloan's home. The picture above is the
same picture the Corsicana newspaper published on that
occasion, in 1937. During Texas Centennial in the 1930s, at
Dallas' Fair Park, she participated in the pageant, which
her father, Blanding directed. Her brother Colvin was the
official centennial photographer. Over the first years of
marriage June and Leonard lived many places. During World
War II, when Leonard went overseas, she stayed in Chicago
with their three children, Lelia Jean, Jon Edward, and
Leonard Elliston II. The family moved back to Texas after
the war and resided in Dallas, soon buying a home in Irving
where the children finished school. Though she had attended
the Chicago school of design, she eventually went to work
for Temco, later Ling-Temco-Vought, and instead of designing
clothing, assisted in designing airplanes. During her career
there she helped with the engineering of the Apollo
missions, redesigning Gus Grissom's helmet (to accommodate
his ears!), and fighter planes among other projects. She
received medals and awards from NASA and the government for
her work. The capsule and Gus' helmet are exhibited in the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. She retired from L-T-V and
moved from Irving to Corsicana and enrolled at the age of 50
in Navarro Junior College Nursing Program — for awhile after
the graduated she worked at Navarro Regional Hospital. When
she retired she moved to Streetman to be near her beloved
mother-in-law, Willie Irene Jones Allmon. She was a member
and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Streetman. During
that time she traveled often, visiting her children and
family — driving all over the country accompanied by her
Siberian husky, Chien. She was very adventurous. She wrote
poetry, loved music, was a talented artist, a wonderful
cook, and very beautiful in face and character.For awhile
when her health began to fail, June rotated the years
between two-month stays with her children, her sister Mary,
her sister-in-law Shirley Allmon, and her daughter-in-law
Pam. Finally she went to live at Heritage Oaks Retirement
Village in Corsicana in the assisted living section where
she had wonderful care from all the staff.June is survived
by her three children and their spouses, Lelia Jean Allmon
and Thomas Neyfeldt of Streetman, Jon Edward and Ingrid
Allmon of Dothan, Ala., and Leonard Elliston and Jean Allmon
of Richardson. Her loving grandchildren all call her Nedda —
they are Christopher Neyfeldt and wife Sherry of Corsicana,
Lori Sloan Allmon Johnson of Dothan, Ala., Michael Sean
Allmon of Enterprise, Ala., Sylvia Sibinski and Sarah
Sibinski of Dothan, Ala., Stacey Lanette Allmon and Chris
Simpson of Frisco, Shawna and Leonard Elliston Allmon III of
Plano, Dr. Michelle Brock of Dallas and Matthew Brock of
Dallas. Great-grandchildren are Alexander, Christopher
Thomas, Sarah Jean, Savanna, Haylie, Zachery, Grant, Eli,
Davis, Gabbie, and Taylor. Also surviving are her dearest
sister Mary Carlson Nash of Denton, nephews James Carlson,
Greg and Mary Carlson, and Tom and Becky Carlson, and nieces
Susan Sloan, Lisa Allmon Brown, Sandy, Patty, and Sharla.
Her former daughter-in-law and husband Pam and Dwayne Tittle
and former daughter-in-law Linda Allmon and J. Dee German
remain also loving children.Visitation will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton
Chapel. Interment will follow at
Birdston Cemetery in
Streetman. Pallbearers will be Christopher Neyfeldt, Chris
Simpson, Richard Brown, Tom Carlson, Josh Carlson, Clyde
Rawlins. Luncheon will follow at Lakeside Methodist Church
on FM 416 in Streetman. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Sep 10, 1926 - Mar 16, 2009
Foster left his earthly home and the family he loved so much
to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March
16, 2009, at the age of 82. Born in Barry on Sept. 10, 1926,
to Sid Foster and Ethel Martin Foster, Sid attended school
at Emhouse and joined the Army at the age of 17. After
leaving the service, Sid began a career in radio
broadcasting at KSTB in Breckenridge where he also coached
and umpired little league baseball. During the mid-1950s,
Sid served as the emcee of a weekly live show called the
"Country Roundup" at the American Legion Hall. A few famous
performers included Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton, Kitty
Wells, Johnny Cash and Bob Wills to name a few. Sid spent
most of his life in Wichita Falls as a car salesman at
several dealerships, while raising his family. He was a
member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. After
retiring, Sid returned to his roots and stayed in Corsicana
for a few years until the death of his wife, Catherine.
After marrying Clara Trigona in 2000, he returned and
settled back in Wichita Falls. He was preceded in death by
his wife of 52 years, Catherine Hughes Foster; daughter,
Teresa; son, Sidney Ervin Jr.; his parents; and sisters,
Mary Butler, Myrtle Sikes, Katherine Way, Florence Fowler,
Ernestine Smith and Shirley Grimmett. He is survived by his
wife, Clara of Wichita Falls; brother, Murrell Foster of
Corsicana; sister, Lucille Crawford of Pasadena; son, Kevin
Foster and wife LeaAnn of Mesquite; daughters, Patricia
Wright and husband Richard of Mesquite, Karen Nicholson and
husband Johnny of Buda, and Nancy Lambert of Rowlett;
grandchildren, Brian Wright and Kristi, Sean Wright and Amy,
Amber Hutchison and Brian, Brandon Nicholson, Joshua Foster,
Toni Foster, Kevin Pool, Alex Foster, Paul Trigona, Dusty
Trigona, Rhianna Trigona, and Gina Torrez; and
great-grandchildren, Reagan Wright, Michael Wright, Caden
Hutchison, and Christian Delamo. Sid is also survived by his
extended family of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe
and Barbara Hughes, Johnny and Sandra Hughes, Mike and
Barbara Hughes, Tim and Jan Hughes, Jean and Ted Vickers,
Mary and Bill Sorrells, Dodie and Donnie Barbee, Nancy
Hughes and Sharon Hughes, all of whom he loved as his own.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Daddy's true
joy, passion and treasure on this earth was his family. He
loved to go fishing and camping in Colorado. Nothing meant
more to him than to gather with the ones he loved to play
card games, share the infectious love and laughter that
filled his home, where the words "I love you" were exchanged
often and never taken for granted. Daddy loved the Lord
Jesus deeply, and would often ask what he had done to
deserve so much grace and blessings in his life. A rosary
will be held at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home in
Corsicana with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. A funeral
Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at
Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana with the Rev.
Danilo Ramos. Interment will be at
A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28,
at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Pallbearers will
be Joshua Foster, Johnny Hughes, Mike Hughes, Tim Hughes,
Brandon Nicholson, Brian Wright and Sean Wright. In lieu of
flowers, donations made be made to a hospice of your choice
in Corsicana or Wichita Falls. "My grace is sufficient for
you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" 2 Corinthians
12:9. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
- Published in the
Corsicana Daily Sun from 3/16/2009 -
- Published in the Times Record news - Wichita Falls, TX
Rena Mae (Haywood) Pringle
July 22, 1929 - Mar 16, 2009
Rena Mae Pringle
Rena Mae Pringle, 79, of Terrell passed away on Monday, March 16,
2009, in Mesquite. She was born on July 22, 1929, in Corsicana. She
was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Elmo. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services
will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
the Rev. Bill Coffey officiating. Interment will follow at
Cemetery. Mrs. Pringle was preceded in death by her husband, N.D.
Pringle; her parents, Albert and Myrtle Haywood; and a brother,
Charles Lynn Haywood. She is survived by her son, James Albert
Pringle and wife Nancy of Irving; daughter, Beth Pringle Lees of
Elmo; granddaughters, Shelly Renee Lees of Elmo, and Shannon Zimlich
of Irving; grandson, John Pringle of Hurst; great-granddaughters,
Sara Losey and Hope Delaney Zimlich both of Irving; great-grandsons,
Brandon Zimlich of Irving and Bradley Lynn Lees of Elmo; brother,
Randall Haywood and wife Betty of Odessa; and numerous nieces,
nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Ila K. (Ross) Butler
Jan 16, 1910 - Mar 18, 2009
Ross Butler passed away March 18, 2009, at the age of 99.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. today at
Cemetery with Jerry Perry, associate minister of Skillman
Church of Christ, officiating. Ila was born to Harvey Philip
and Mary Lulu Ross on Jan. 16, 1910, in Frost. She was
preceded in death by husband, Glen Gray Butler; brothers,
Bill Ross and Harvey Ross; and sisters, Edith Mitchell and
Erin Harrington. Ila is survived by her dear sister, Norene
Paul; Ila and Norene lived just a few houses apart in
Dallas. She is also survived by nieces, Jane Hughes of
Ennis, Janice Tipping of Frost, and Billie Edwards of The
Woodlands; nephew, Buddy Ross of Frost; and numerous
great-nieces and great-nephews. Ila and Glen began their
marriage in Baltimore, Md., on June 6, 1911, and remained
blissfully married for 44 years. They lived in New York City
before settling in Dallas. Ila enjoyed entertaining,
cooking, and was an avid artist; she was president and a
member of Dallas Aunsbauth Art Club. Ila was a member of
Skillman Church of Christ in Dallas. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Francis N. "Robby" Robinson
Mar 9, 1915 - Mar 9, 2009
N. (Robby) Robinson
Francis N. (Robby) Robinson, 94, son of David L. and Grace
Estelle Robinson, was born in Corsicana on March 9, 1915,
and died on March 9, 2009. He was preceded in death by his
first wife, Martha Ann Nicholson; his parents; his brothers;
and sister. Robby graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in
Mechanical Engineering in 1936. He served his country as an
officer in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946. He married
Martha Nicholson on April 2, 1938, and had a son, William
Robert, and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann. The family moved to
Lubbock in 1949. Robby was very proud to that he was a
registered Professional Engineer for more than 50 years and
continued his vocation until the age of 92.
He married Sammie Kesler on June 27, 1983, in Lubbock. He is
survived by his wife, Sammie; his son, Bill; and daughter,
Betsy. He will be greatly missed by his wife; his children;
Sammie's children, Elton Kesler, James Kesler and Barbara
Webster; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and friends
His family will receive friends and family at Rix Funeral
Directors this evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Memorial services
will be held in the Westmont Christian Church, Friday, March
13, 2009, at 11a.m.
Memorial donations maybe made in Robby's name to the Texas
A&M School of Mechanical Engineering, 401 George Bush Drive.
College Station, TX 77840
- Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009
Sep 13, 1914 - Jan 29, 2009
Evelyn B. Winstead
Evelyn B. Winstead died on Thursday, January 29, 2009. She was born
September 13, 1914 in Corsicana. She was the daughter of Fred and
Hattie Bunch of Corsicana. Winstead had one brother, Reuben R.
Bunch, owner of Bunch Funeral Home of Ennis.
- The Community News - East Parker County TX
Janice "Susie" (Plunkett)
Apr 8, 1936 - Jan 24, 2009
services for Janice “Susie” Teddlie age 72, of Buffalo are
schuduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the
Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo, Texas.
Rev. Kevin Gilmore, Rev. Bill Webb, and Rev. Hiram “Doc”
Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Buffalo City
Cemetery. Walters Buffalo Funeral Home is in charge of all
Visitation will be held Monday, January 26, 2009 from 1
until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 pm until 7 pm.
at the Walters Buffalo Funeral Home.
Janice “Susie” Teddlie was born on April 8, 1936 in
Corsicana, Texas to William and Dorothy (Owen) Plunkett. She
was a lifelong resident of Buffalo. She graduated from
Buffalo High School in 1954 and Sam Houston State University
in 1958. She returned to SHSU for two Masters Degrees in
Education and Library Science. Her forty one year teaching
career was spent in Buffalo ISD where she taught Home
Economics, 3rd Grade, Jr. High Language Arts, Senior
English, and then served as District Librarian. Through the
years, she sponsored several student activities which
include Bison Yearbook Staff, National Honor Society, Future
Homemakers of America, and Jr. High Cheerleaders.
Susie was an active member of Stewart Memorial United
Methodist Church. She shared her musical talents for over
forty five years through serving as organist, choir member,
and choir director. Susie is a former member of the Board of
Trustees for Lakeview Methodist Conference Center where she
also directed summer camps for many years.
After retirement, she participated in two misson trips to
the orphanages in Tomsk, Siberia and one trip to Homer,
Alaska. Susie was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star
# 157, Leon County A&M Club, and Buffalo Chamber of
Mrs. Teddlie passed away Saturday morning, January 24, 2009
in Buffalo, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents;
husband, Reg Teddlie; two grandchildren, Dean Stewart and
Trey Reid; and a son in-law D.J. Reid.
Mrs.. Teddlie is survived by one son; Stephen Teddlie of
Carrollton, Texas; two daughters, Charlotte Sessom and
husband Bryan of Lubbock, Texas, and Carolyn Ferguson and
husband, David of Buffalo, Texas; two brothers, Don Plunkett
and wife, Lana of Madisonville, Texas, and Charles Plunkett
and wife, Ruth of Fayetteville, Ga.; one sister, Kay “Sally”
Vann and husband, Thomas of Tomball, Texas; three
grandchildren, Cassie Ferguson, Allison Sessom and Emily
The pallbearers are Clay Plunkett, Russell Bailey, Scott
Miles, Jesse Cuellar, Keith Vann, and Billy Plunkett.
Memorials can be made to the Stewart Memorial United
Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the American Cancer
Society, 3207 Briarcrest Dr. Bryan, Tx. 77802.
- Died at Buffalo, Leon Co., Texas
d. June 1894
DEATH OF EDMUND GAILLARD
This well known and formerly prominent physician of Wilcox county,
we regret to learn, died in Corsicana, Texas, on the twenty-second
instant. He was a South Carolinian by birth, and grew to manhood
near Claiborne, in Monroe county Ala. He read medicine under the
distinguished Dr. Dudley, of Lexington, Ky. Afterward he took a
course of lectures in the Transylvania University of that place, and
subsequently graduated at the Medical College of Charleston, SC. Dr.
Gaillard first married, in 1841, Miss C. M. Murphy, a daughter of
the late Hon. John Murphy, who was for four years governor of
Alabama, and afterward a member of congress. By this marriage he
leaves four children. He subsequently, in 1862 or 1863, married Miss
L. Matthews, of this county, by which marriage he leaves two
Dr. Gaillard, after spending two years in California, soon after the
discovery of gold there, during which he saw much of that then wild
and unsettled country, returned to Alabama, and in 1853 moved to
Wilcox county, and located in Canton. For many years while located
in Canton and at his late residence, he engaged in an extensive and
laborious practice, which he continued until from the feebleness of
old age, he was compelled to give it up. In January last he moved
with his family to Texas and resided there until his death. He was a
man of reading habits and had acquired much information outside of
his profession. He was a man of exceedingly popular manners, kind
and charitable in his profession and leaves many old friends and
acquaintances who will drop a tear on the grave of a good man, who
has gone to his reward. Dr. Gaillard was for many years a member of
Dale lodge and our chapter and council. Our citizens generally will
learn of his death with sorrow. He was a good, kind man, and
everybody was his friend.
- MOBILE DAILY REGISTER - 29 JUNE 1894
B. ‘Bob’ Borden
Jan 5, 1938 - Jan 17, 2009
Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:16 PM CST
Robert B. “Bob” Borden passed away at Baylor Medical Center in
Waxahachie Saturday evening, Jan. 17, 2009. Bob was born Jan. 5,
1938, in Tyler, Texas, to Benjamin F. and Essie Mae (Lacey) Borden.
He was a
1957 graduate of Corsicana High School and married Bridgett
Futch on March 24, 1978, in Waxahachie. Bob retired from
Owens-Corning Fiberglas in Waxahachie after 32 years. For the past
fifteen years, he and Bridgett had a wonderful life on Bolivar
Penisula until displaced back to Waxahachie due to Hurricane Ike.
He is survived by his wife Bridgett (Sweething) of Waxahachie; four
sons, Robert B. Borden and his wife, Jessica of Pearland, Brice W.
Borden and his wife, Maven of Ingleside, Trooper Brandon J. Borden
and his wife, Katie of Clute and Robert J. Borden of Corsicana; his
sister-in-law, Brenda Graham and her husband, Bobby of Waxahachie;
seven grandchildren, Brittney A. Borden of Ingleside, Benjamin W.
Borden of Ingleside, Brent W. Borden of Ingleside, Brett J. Borden
of Clute, Brock J. Borden of Clute, Peyton W. Borden of Pearland,
Robert J. Borden Jr. of Corsicana; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a half-sister, his
grandparents (who raised him), an aunt and his mother- and
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home. The celebration of life
will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in the Pat Boze
Memorial Chapel at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Bucky Faggard
officiating. Interment will follow in the Forreston Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Larry White, Billy Don Street, Noel Ramirez,
Ivan Mandrell, John Henning, Fred Smith, Tommie Fikes, and Norm
Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Fleming, Benny Barrow, Jim
Shurtleff, Raymond Wilson, Thomas Wiles, Jim Polmenteer, and Donald
Arrangements are under the direction of the Wayne Boze Funeral Home.
Feb 4, 1890 - Oct 26, 1940
Dallas Morning News, October 29, 1940, Section II, Page 5
MINATRA - Corsicana, Texas, Oct. 28. -- C.R. Minatra, 50, of Rural
Shade, who died Saturday night, was buried Sunday at Eureka.
Surviving are his wife; four sons, O.J. Minatra, Robert Minatra;
Ruben Marion Minatra and Jesse Minatra; three daughters, Mrs. Clyde
Mahoney, Mrs. Eddie Duncan and Miss Ona Lee Minatra, all of Rural
Shade; four brothers, Will Minatra, Grand Saline; Carl Minatra,
Conroe; Dock Minatra, Bardwell, and Holland Minatra, Ennis, and a
sister, Mrs. John Owen, Eureka.
Travis Horton "Jaybird" McLain
Oct 7, 1928 - Feb 24, 2009
Horton "Jaybird" McLain
A memorial service for Travis McLain will be held at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, at Mertens Baptist Church with the Rev.
Darren Heil officiating. Travis Horton "Jaybird" McLain was
born Oct. 7, 1928, in Mertens and left us on Feb. 24, 2009.
He was the second child of Earl W. "Skinner" McLain and
Lucille (Horton) McLain, who preceded him in death. At 16
years of age, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy during
World War II and
served in the Pacific. He also served in the U.S. Navy
during the Korean War. He attended Navarro Junior College
and graduated with honors from A and I University receiving
his Bachelor of Science/history degree. Travis truly enjoyed
his early employment in the Texas Oil Field where he met his
future wife Beverly. He later worked in California and
Alaska. He retired with over 30 years of service with
Humble/Exxon. Retirement took him and his wife Beverly to
Missouri and then Nevada. While in Nevada for the last 16
years he taught school. A native born Texan, he would always
tell everyone that he left his heart in the Baffin Bay area
of South Texas. He was a natural storyteller. Friends and
family fondly remember his tales of "Old Humble Oil and
South Texas." He was a lifelong member of the Baptist faith.
Travis was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks of the U.S.A. In 1969 he risked his own life
to save a motorcycle policeman and received two awards for
valor: The Texas Safety Association Commendation Award and
the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Medal of Honor in
Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife of 56 years,
Beverly (King) McLain; daughter, Lisa Lynn and Chuck with
granddaughter Katy Ann, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister,
Wanda (McLain) Gillen of Blooming Grove; brother, Del McLain
and wife Wynell of Rockport; and numerous nieces, nephews
and cousins. Travis had a ready smile, mischievous twinkle
in his eyes and a generous spirit that endeared him to one
and all. With a passion for poetry his rendition of Edgar
Allan Poe's "The Raven" would inspire any gathering and make
his memory unforgettable. Arrangements by Desert Memorial
Cremation and Burial Society, Las Vegas, Nev.
May 12, 1928 - Mar 20, 2009
Eugene Stouffe passed away March 20, 2009, in Corsicana. He
was born May 12, 1928, in Shipman, Ill., the son of the late
John and Viola Partridge Stouffe. Mr. Stouffe was a retired
heavy equipment operator for Hulcher Professional Services
of Corsicana. Mr. Stouffe is survived by his wife, Wanda
Dean Stouffe of Corsicana; son, Harold Stouffe of Lancaster;
daughter, Tonda Stouffe of Jacksonville, Ill.; grandsons,
Benjamin of Carrollton and Brandon Stewart of Corsicana;
great-granddaughter, Jasmine Stewart of Corsicana; brother,
Leo Stouffe of Pleasant Plains, Ill.; and sister, Mary Rita
Joiner of Palmyra, Ill. Other family members include Gary
Taylor of Lancaster and Davon Trimble of Jacksonville, Ill.
Mr. Stouffe was preceded in death by his parents; a
daughter, Brenda Stewart; granddaughter-in-law, Janell
Stewart; and brothers, John Eldon Stouffe, Charles Stouffe
and William Stouffe. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4
p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will
be at 3 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palmyra, Ill.
The family expresses gratitude to Heritage Oaks Retirement
Village and Navarro Regional Hospital. Also special thanks
to Oscar and Becky Steglich. Arrangements by Corley Funeral
Joan (Vandergriff) Hudnall
Jan 2, 1936 - Mar 20, 2009
Joan Vandergriff Hudnall, our beloved wife, mother, sister
and grandmother was welcomed into the loving arms of her
Creator on Friday, March 20, 2009, at the age of 73. She was
born in Corsicana on Jan. 2, 1936. In Corsicana, she
graduated from Corsicana High School and Navarro Junior
College, before moving to Tyler in the 1950s. It was here
that she met her loving husband and soulmate, Ogden S.
Hudnall. Joan loved the simple things in life like playing
the piano, traveling, dining out, shopping, musicals, and
watching her grandchildren perform on the field or stage. Of
all the things she enjoyed, she most loved being with her
family.Mrs. Hudnall was a member of First Baptist Church.
She was also a keynote member of the Women's Symphony
League, and member of Hollytree and Eagles' Bluff Country
Clubs. Mrs. Hudnall was preceded in death by her parents,
Pauline and Robert Lehman Vandergriff Sr. She is survived by
her loving family including her husband, Ogden; four
children; son, Chris Hudnall of Tyler; three daughters, Jill
and husband Dr. Stephen Spain of Tyler, Donna and husband
Dr. Dan Echols of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pam Hudnall of
Dallas. The eldest of three children, Joan is also survived
by her sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Robert
Hardiman of Tyler; and her brother and sister-in-law, Bobby
and Dianne Vandergriff of Tyler; and by her sister-in-law
Lometa Hudnall Cox and husband LeRoy Cox of Evanston, Ill.
Joan loved being Nanna to seven grandchildren and two great
grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by Courtney and
Brandon Echols of Scottsdale, Ariz., Hudnall Shannon of
Midland, Allison Spain of New York City, Nick Spain of
Austin, Shane Hudnall of San Angelo, Shannon Corley, Dylan
Lassiter and Connor Corley, all of Tyler. She is also
survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Everyone who met
her would say the same thing — "She is the sweetest, nicest
person" they had ever met, so we all know that Heaven just
became an even sweeter place. We will celebrate her life on
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Stewart Family Funeral
Home in Tyler with Dr. Paul Powell presiding, followed by
graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be
held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at the funeral
home. Pallbearers will be Tony Morgan, Chuck Horton, Bill
Iker, Clint Cox, Mark Vandergriff and Stephen Spain. To
honor her status as a 12 year cancer survivor, and in
gratitude to the physicians and medical staff that cared for
her, the family requests that any memorial contributions be
made to the Smith County Chapter of the American Cancer
Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX, 75701. Arrangements by
Steward Family Funeral Home, Tyler.
- Published in the
Corsicana Daily Sun
from 3/21/2009 - 3/23/2009
- I assume this Rose Hill is the one in Tyler and not
Blooming Grove, TX
I. N. Curry
May 5, 1921 - Jul 31, 1942
I. N. Curry Dies In Philippines
According to a telegram received by Sam Curry Saturday his son, I.N.
Curry, U.S. Army, in the Philippines, died of malaria, July 31,
I.N. Curry enlisted in the army on May 13, 1941, and was sent to the
Philippines. The last word received from him by his family was
written December 5, 1941, two days before Pearl Harbor. All efforts
by his father to find traces of him after that date failed. The
telegram did not state whether he had died as a prisoner of the
Japanese, or had eluded capture.
Curry was reared in the Raleigh and Blooming Grove communities.
He is survived by his father, Corsicana; two brothers, F. C. Curry,
U.S. Navy, San Diego, Calif.; R. T. Curry, U.S. Navy, South Pacific
area; grandmother, Mrs. L. R. [Laura Ann (Thomas)]
Curry, Chiro and other relatives. He was 20 years old when he died.
The Blooming Grove Times - May 18, 1945
Sep 6, 1848 - Apr 17, 1903
MILLER--Corsicana, Tex., April 17. - Rev. John Miller, a leading
citizen of this county,died at Blooming Grove today. The remains
will be buried with Masonic honors tomorrow.
Apr 19, 1903
MILLER--Blooming Grove, Tex., April 17. - Rev. John Miller, aged 54
years, died this morning.
Apr 21, 1903
John Dudley Farish,
Sept 13, 1856 - Jan 16, 1924
J. D. Farish Died at Cryer Creek
J. D. Farish, age 67, died at his home near Cryer Creek early this
morning following an illness of several weeks.
The deceased is survived by his wife and seven children; Walter, Roy
and John Farish all of Cryer Creek, Mrs. J. Watkins of Cryer Creek,
Mrs. R. C. Jackson of Corsicana, Mrs. Hattie Bryant of McAllen and
Mrs. Amos Jackson of Stamford.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with
interment in the
cemetery at Cryer Creek.
FARISH, - Corsicana, Texas. Jan 16. - J.D. Farish, 67 years old,
died at his home near Cryer Creek following an illness of several
weeks. He is survived by his wife and seven children - Walter, Roy
and John Farish, all of Cryer Creek; Mrs. J. Watkins of Cryer Creek.
Mrs. R. C. Jackson of Corsicana, Mrs. Hattie Bryan of McAllen and
Mrs. Amos Jackson of Stamford. Burial will be in the
cemetery at Cryer Creek.
Jan 17, 1924
Henry Allen Priddy
June 14, 1910 - Nov 7, 1978
Funeral Services Held For Henry Priddy
Funeral services were held last week in the Frost United Methodist
Church for Henry Allen Priddy, 68. Services were under the direction
of Ballard Funeral Home of Frost and were officiated by the Rev.
Robert Bankes and the Rev. Bert Gillis. Burial was in
A native of Brushie Prairie, Priddy was retired from the Arlington
School District. He died at the Navarro County Memorial Hospital in
Corsicana on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Gladys Faye Priddy of Frost; one
daughter, Bobbie Joyce Davis of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters,
Elizabeth Adams, of Fort Worth, Agnes Staples of Corpus Christi, and
Vesta Kent of Powell; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Jack Slater, Buddy Ross, A.C. Hubbard, Alvin
Brooks, Paul Booher, and Randolph Mullins.
The Blooming Grove Times - Nov 15, 1978
James Allen Moore
Feb 26, 1908 - Sept 9, 1950
Prof. J.A. Moore Of A&M College Dies at Hubbard
HUBBARD, Texas, Sept. 9. - Prof. J. Allen Moore, a member of the
Texas A&M College faculty, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. J. M.
Moore, here Saturday night. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
He was forty-three.
Moore was assistant professor of foreign languages at A&M and was
staying at his mother's home between terms. He had planned to return
to the college Monday.
Moore was born at Frost, Navarro County. He attended Baylor
University and did postgraduate work at Michigan and Iowa
Universities. He had been at Texas A&M six years.
Other survivors are two brothers, I. G. Moore, Ennis, and Brig. Gen.
Aubry L. Moore, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C., and two
sisters, Miss Sue Moore, librarian of the Browning Library at
Baylor, and Mrs. J. W. Faulkner, Port Arthur.
Funeral services have beeJamesn tentatively set for Monday afternoon at
Sept. 10, 1950
J. Allen Moore Rites Are Held
HUBBARD, Sept. 11—(Spl)—Funeral services for J. Allen Moore, 43,
assistant professor of foreign languages at Texas A. and M. College
and member of a prominent Hubbard family were held at 10 a.m. Monday
at First Baptist church with the Rev. M. O. Cheek of Waco
officiating, burial at
Professor Moore died suddenly of a heart attack at the home of his
mother in Hubbard about 8 p.m. Saturday.
He had been at A. and M. for six years and spends his weekends and
vacations at the home of his mother.
Born at Frost, the Moore family came to Hubbard when he was three
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Jim Moore, of Hubbard; two
brothers, I. G. Moore of Ennis and Brig. Gen. Aubrey Moore of
Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Miss Sue Moore of Waco and J. W.
Faulkner of Port Arthur.
Garland Ray Gantt
Jan 30, 1944 - Apr 5, 1979
Services held for Gantt
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Blooming Grove United
Methodist Church for Garland Ray Gantt, 35, resident of Houston who
died after a lengthy illness in Blooming Grove Thursday.
Leroy Reaves, minister of the United Methodist Church, officiated,
with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Kitty Jean Gantt of Houston; one
son, Garland Eugene Gantt of Houston; one daughter, Kalley Anita
Gantt of Houston; parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Gantt of Blooming
Grove; and two brothers, Darwood Gantt of Navarro Mills and Raymond
Gantt of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Scheichardt, Johnny Wallin, Carl D. Garrison,
Fred Howell, Dwayne Garrison and Burl Duke.
The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 11, 1979
Lahlia Troy (Nutt) Walker
Jul 9, 1903 - Apr 15, 1979
Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, 1979, at the First Baptist
Church in Milford for Mrs. Lahlia Troy Walker, 75, resident of
Milford, who died Sunday.
Ronnie Floyd officiated, with burial following at
Rose Hill Cemetery
in Blooming Grove. Arrangements were with Ballard Funeral Home in
Survivors include six sons, James R. Walker, G. W. Walker Jr., and
Robert Lee Walker all of Odessa, Earnest Walker of Plainview,
Charles C. Walker of Midland, and Jimmy G. Walker of Durant, Okla.;
five daughters, Mrs.
Helen Louise Farmer and Mrs. Doris Ruth Duke, both of Milford, Mrs.
Sarah Jo Davis and Mrs. Wanda Sue Harris, both of Odessa, and Mrs.
Vera F. Shastid of Forreston; a brother, Sampson Nutt of Corsicana;
three sisters, Jessie Blanchard of Gatesville, Emily Waters of
Corsicana, and Hazel Moore of Fort Worth; 38 grandchildren, 26 great
grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Grandsons were pallbearers. She was a member of Woodrow Baptist
Church in Lubbock.
The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 18, 1979
Opal (Killion) Sites
Jan 20, 1906 - Jun 29, 1979
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, 1979, for Mrs.
Opal Sites, 73, resident of Dresden, who died Friday in Memorial
Survivors include three sons, Frank Sites, Jr. of South Carolina,
Grady Hendrix of Blooming Grove, and Tommy Sites of Norfolk, Va.;
two daughters, Lola Parker of San Angelo and Opal Leonard of Dallas;
two brothers, J.D. Killion of Oklahoma and Kirby Killion of Alpine;
14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
The Blooming Grove Times - July 4, 1979
Apr 16, 1904 - Sept 14, 1978
Mrs. Anderson Dies
Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Lee Anderson, mother of Mrs.
Rosetta Larremore of Blooming Grove, were held Sunday, Sept. 17, in
the Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Frost.
She died Thursday, Sept. 14, in Dallas. Burial was in
Cemetery in Dawson.
The Rev. Melvin Stempson officiated.
Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Larremore, include four sons, Lewis
Aubrey and William Anderson, all of Dallas, and Albert Anderson Jr.
of Fort Worth; six daughters, Mrs. Willie Watson of Detroit, Mich.,
Mary Davis of Corsicana, Mamie Johnson, Ruby Williams and Juanita
Carter, all of Dallas, and Pinkie Johnson of Odessa; a brother,
William Lang of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Mary Alice Burks of Waco;
38 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
The Blooming Grove Times - Sept 27, 1978
Cawles James Davis
Nov 10, 1894 - Jan 20, 1979
Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 22, at the Ballard
Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove for Cawles James Davis, 84,
resident of Fort Worth and formerly of Navarro County who died
He was a retired farmer and veteran of
World War I. Marion Fonville
officiated with burial following at
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Earl Davis of Fort Worth; a son,
James E. Davis of Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. Violet Miller of
Fort Worth and Mrs. Fern Kelly of Fort Worth; four grandchildren and
Nephews were pallbearers.
The Blooming Grove Times - Jan 31, 1979
Allen "Brove" Reid
Apr 4, 1910 - June 23, 1979
Local Resident Dies Tragically
Mr. A.A. (Brove) Reid, longtime Blooming Grove resident and jack of
all trades died tragically Saturday afternoon, June 23, 1979, after
being stung repeatedly by honey bees.
The bees apparently became riled when Mr. Reid cleared his throat
while attempting to extract honey from their hive, an act he has
been performing for years. The incident occurred at the north end of
town after which 69 year old Reid drove himself home. He was
encouraged by friends and neighbors to go to the hospital and
finally consented to let someone drive him in. Mr. Reid died en
route to Memorial Hospital.
A.A. Reid, referred to as "Paw Paw" Reid by many will be sorely
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, in the Griffin Funeral
Home in Corsicana with Rev. Merrel Brooks officiating with burial in
He is survived by his wife, Vevie (Sis) Reid of Blooming Grove; one
son, Fred Allen Reid of Longview; two daughters, Ms. George Ann
Skarpa of Waco; and Mrs. Linda Adelle Barber of Houston; nine
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Bailey C. Reid
of Navarro Mills; three sisters, Mrs. Mamie Drain of Corsicana, Mrs.
Dual Fitzgerald of Fort Worth; Mrs. Gertrude Combs of Kerens.
The Blooming Grove Times - July 4, 1979
Dates from Nav. Co. Cemetery Records - Vol. I
Clarence Oliver "Bud" Golden, Jr.
Aug 11, 1925 - June 27, 1979
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, 1979, at the
Corley Chapel for C.O. Golden, Jr., 53, of Navarro Mills who died
Wednesday, June 27, 1979 in Bryan.
Burial was in Younger Cemetery.
He was born Aug. 11, 1925, in McCloud, Oklahoma. He was a car dealer
and a veteran of WWII.
Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Debra K. Hill of Angus; two sons,
Timothy Paul Golden of Houston and Jerry Phillip Golden of Blooming
Grove; three grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Ona Golden of Purdon; two
brothers, James Acie Golden and Kenneth Wayne Golden, Sr., both of
The Blooming Grove Times - July 4, 1979
Aubrey Earl Hope
Dec 28, 1892 - Apr 1, 1979
Funeral services will be held this afternoon Wednesday, April 4,
1979, in Dallas for Aubrey Earl Hope, 85, who died last Sunday
Mr. Hope was a native Texan, born in Navarro county in 1892. He
graduated from the Blooming Grove High School in
1908. We are told
that his father assisted him in planting his own watermelon patch..all for Aubrey's profit. When they were ripe little Aubrey
loaded them on the family wagon and took them to Italy and got
around $8 for the lot...he was nine years old by now...not too many
years later he went to work representing the N. Fluegelman &
Company, a fabric firm, and he was associated with that firm for
over 45 years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 62 years.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Genie Fern, who passed away in
1972 after 55 years of marriage.
Mr. Hope was the brother of Mrs. Katie Hope Crocker of Blooming
The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 4, 1979
SSDI and TXDI for dates
Lee (VanDeaver) Scott
died Nov 17, 1978
Ada Scott, 86, Dies
Services were held Monday, Nov. 20, in Clarksville for Ada Lee
Scott, 86, of Frost. She died Friday, Nov. 17, in the Hubbard
hospital. The Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist
Church, officiated, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery in
Survivors include two sons, David Scott of Frost, and Elder Scott of
Carrollton; one brother, Thomas VanDeaver of Fullbright; seven
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Local arrangements were made by Ballard Funeral Home in Frost.
The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 22, 1978
William Elmer "Bill" Watson
Aug 20, 1928 - Jun 1, 1975
W. E. Watson Services Held
Funeral services for former Barry resident W. E. "Bill" Watson, 50,
were held recently. He resided in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the time
of his death.
Officiating at the services, which were held in Corsicana, was the
Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church. Burial
followed in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Kathy Watson of Oklahoma City;
three daughters, Miss Sardone Watson of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Jan
Crowley of Hunnington Beach, Califl, and Mrs. Helen Branch of Waco;
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Watson of Barry; a brother, Dicky
Watson of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Furra of Blooming Grove
and Mrs. Lynn Harris of Corsicana; and two granddaughters.
Pallbearers were John Wade Braly, Lowell Reed, Doug Furra, Mark
Watson, James E. Watson and George Mitchell.
William Thomas Howard
Oct 2, 1922 - Aug 1978
W. T. Howard Services Held
Funeral services for William T. Howard of Barry, were held Sunday,
20, in Corsicana, with the Rev. Ed Burkett, pastor of the Central
Baptist Church in BG, officiating. Burial followed in
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Lee Worsham
of Nacogdoches and Mrs. Danny Patterson of Forney; four
grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were James Kelley, Jimmy Moore, Carlos Moore, Gary
Conner, Leon Crawford and Mike Thompson.
The Blooming Grove Times - Aug 23, 1978
John Howard Collier
Aug 13, 1909 - Jan 23, 1979
Services were held recently at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for
John Howard Collier of Navarro Mills. The Rev. Glyn Vyers and Rev.
Mickey Loftis officiated with burial following in
He was born Aug. 13, 1909, in Blooming Grove. He was a deacon in the
Hopewell Baptist Church of Navarro for the past 40 years and served
on the Board of Trustees of the Mildred High School.
He was a retired farmer, rancher and a Lone Star Gas employee.
Survivors include his wife,
Mrs. Lillian Myrtle Collier of Navarro;
one daughter, Mrs. Karon Collier Widacki of Killeen; one son, John
Paul Collier of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Paige and Matthew
Widacki and Kathryn and Paul Collier; eight sisters, Mrs. Edna
Smithen, Mrs. Emma Sherman, Mrs. Dora Kagler, Mrs. Clara McGraw,
Mrs. Mary Kagler, all of Blooming Grove; Mrs. Georgia Duncan of
Waco; Mrs. Gladys Mahone of Dallas and Mrs. Geneva Bonner of
Houston; one brother, Tommie Ray Collier of Emhouse; and a number of
nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Sammie Marsh, Charles McCarter, Jimmie D. Coker,
Keith Weaver, Monty (Bunk) Bottoms, Sammy Harvard, Orville Capehart,
Joe Pete Marsh, Keith Farmer and Joe Hashop.
Honorary pallbearers were H.B. Fouty, Clint Fouty; Pete Goodin, Sr.,
Jody Wilcox, M.L. Weaver, Clyde Cockerell, Reece Jones and Otis
The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 14, 1979
"Cleo" (Mauldin) Hammonds
Oct 20, 1913 - Feb 8, 1979
Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 10, at the Griffin
Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Cleo Hammonds, 67, resident of
Arlington and formerly of Corsicana, who died Thursday, February 8,
The Rev. Leroy Reaves officiated, with burial following at
Survivors include a son, W. E. Hammonds of Arlington, one daughter,
Linda Brittian of Plano; two sisters, Viola Saunders of Blooming
Grove and Mrs. Glenn Williams of Corpus Christi, seven grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews.
Nephews were pallbearers.
The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 14, 1979
Royce Glynn Howell
June 3, 1930 - Nov. 20, 1972
FUNERAL FOR MR. HOWELL LAST WED.
Funeral service for Royce Glynn Howell was conducted Wednesday,
22 in Corsicana with burial in
Resthaven Memorial Park. Rev.
Franklin Reams and Rev. Ronnie Chesser were officiating ministers.
Mr. Howell, 42 years of age, was a native of Mildred, attended Texas
Tech U. and was a veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his widow, a daughter and two sons and his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie H. Howell of Blg Grove; a sister and
The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 29, 1972
Parents: Sammie H. Howell and Jewell May (Murray) Howell Information
from Death Certificate (Family Search)
Samuel Spurgeon Skinner
May 21, 1890 - June 4, 1975
Services were held Friday at Corley Funeral Home for Sam Skinner,
85, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in Twilight Home.
Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.
He was a native of Burnville, Miss., came to Texas in 1891, was a
ginner in Purdon until his retirement in 1937, a veteran of
War I serving in France, and had lived in Corsicana 40 years.
Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Joe
Morris of Booth Bay, Maine; a son, Lt. Col. Dan Skinner US Air
Force, Thailand; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The Blooming Grove Times - June 11, 1975
Parents: Waldrop "Walter" Skinner and Susan Sophronia "Sue" (Smith) Skinner Veteran of WWI
Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)
Jonathan Lynn Brown
Feb 29, 1980 - Mar 22, 2009
Our beloved Jonathan Lynn Brown went to be with his Lord and
Savior on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at the age of 29. He was
born Feb. 29, 1980, in Corsicana to James and Teresa Brown.
He was a graduate of Cambridge College with a degree in
computer technology. He was a Baptist. He is survived by his
parents, James and Teresa Brown of Barry; sister and
brother-in-law, Jennifer and John Buckhannan; nephew,
Preston; niece, Peyton; grandmothers, Murlene Bell of
Corsicana and Nellie Brown of Corsicana; uncles and aunts,
Wayne and Linda Brown of Barry, Tommy and Darlene Johnston
of Corsicana and Clinton Bell Jr. He was preceded in death by
grandfathers, Clint Bell and Johnnie Brown. Services will be
11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at First Baptist Church in
Streetman with the Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Interment
will follow at Cade Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dustin Allred, Eli Wolfgram, Prez Banks, Justin Brown, Johnnie
Brown Jr. and Caleb Johnston. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
George G. Danielson
June 5, 1953 - Mar 20, 2009
George G. Danielson, 53, of Corsicana, was born June 5,
1953, in Houston. He passed from this life March 20, 2009,
in Dallas. Mr. Danielson was an audio-lighting designer and
worked in Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Lea Loftis
Danielson of Corsicana; parents, Erwin and Charlotte
Danielson of Dallas; brother, William Danielson of Dallas;
sister, Lydia Christine Townsley and husband Gary of Dallas;
nephews, Eric Danielson, Kyle Danielson, Caleb Loftis and
Casey Loftis; and nieces, Emily Rees, Krista Loftis and
Lillian Townsley. Graveside services are scheduled for 4
p.m. today at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Harold Louis Kreitner
May 8, 1913 - Mar 20, 2009
Harold Louis Kreitner, 96, went to meet our Lord on Friday,
March 20, 2009. Harold was born May 8, 1913, in Niagara
Falls, Ontario, Canada. He became a naturalized citizen of
the United States in June 1936. Harold married Edith V.
Grauer of Niagra Falls, N.Y., in June 1937. A year later
Harold's brother, Maurice, married Edith's sister Ruth. The
two families have always remained in a close, loving
relationship. Harold went to work for Bell Aircraft,
Wheatland Plant in Niagara Falls in 1943. In November 1951
the family moved to Richland Hills, where he was one of the
employees who helped set up the operations of Bell
Helicopter in Hurst. He retired as a cost accountant from
Bell Helicopter in 1976.Harold and Edith took an active role
in the foundation of Richland Hills United Methodist Church.
The family were members of that church for many years. They
also served the United Methodist Church in many capacities,
both locally and nationally. Harold lost his wife and
childhood sweetheart, Edith, in August 1974. In October
1977, he married Opal Harwood Males. He and Opal spent 24
years as sweethearts and best friends. Opal preceded him in
September 2003.Harold moved to Streetman, to live with his
daughter, in January 2005. He was well loved by all that
knew him and made many good friends in his 96 years on
earth. Harold left behind his daughters, Judy Kreitner and
the Rev. Jan Kreitner-Cain; nephews, Dick and Debby Kreitner
and Ron and Marianne Kreitner; stepchildren, Mike Males,
Cindy Browning and Camille Young; grandchildren, Becky
Dixon, Rick Dixon, Russ and Traci Dixon, and Melissa Cain;
great-grandchildren, Nicole Dottin, DeAndre Cain, Brad
Dixon, BJ Dixon, Trey Cain, Dyllan Carpenter and Marcus
Miller; great-great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Dottin; and
numerous beloved friends. He was greeted on the other side
by those who preceded him: Edith Kreitner and Opal Kreitner;
brother and sister-in-law, Maurice and Ruth Kreitner;
grandson, Jim Cain; parents, Oscar and Elsie Kreitner; and
in-laws, Elmer and Anna Jeanette Grauer. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
in Fairfield. A celebration of Harold's life will be held at
11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Lakeside United Methodist
Church in Streetman. Graveside service will be 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 26, at Bluebonnet Hills in Colleyville. The
family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory
may be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, Music Fund,
3608 Matlock, Arlington, TX 76015; or New Leash on Life
Fund, P.O. Box 1605, Fairfield, TX 75840. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.
Robert B. Robinson Jr.
Sep 29, 1923 - Mar 22, 2009
Robert Robinson Jr.
Robert Robinson Jr., 85, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009, in
Corsicana. He was born on Sept. 29, 1923, to the late
R B Robinson
Sr. and Nettie Barlow Robinson. He was a veteran of the United
States Army and retired from the oil fields after 40 years of
service. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Miller
Milligan; nephew, Edwin Milligan; and niece, June Cameron. He is
survived by his wife of 61 years, Ella Mae Robinson; daughter,
Sherry Brazell and husband Don; granddaughter, Christy Barron and
husband Breck; brother, James Robinson and wife Ginger;
sisters-in-law, Johnnie Pye and husband Rossie, Laverne Dudley and
husband Ralph, Mary Lou York and Imogene Henthorne; brother-in-law,
Doug York; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services are
10 a.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Harold
Scott, longtime friend, officiating. Memorials may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association, donate by phone (800) 272-2900 or online www.alz.org; Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana,
TX 75110; or charity of your choice. "Robert was a kind and
honorable soul who was loved and respected by all who knew him and
it is with great sadness that we say good-bye ... we love you and
miss you Papaw." Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home,
Bryan Ray Franklin
June 15, 1979 - Mar 24, 2009
Ray Franklin, 29, of Walnut Springs, passed away Tuesday,
March 24, 2009. He was born June 15, 1979, in Haltom City.
Services are 10 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with
Timothy Schane and Devlin Watson officiating. Interment will
follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bryce Earley, Greg Marderosian, "Bodie" Leslie Travis, Ryan Blue,
Matt Bryant and Andy Williams. He is survived by his wife,
Erika Franklin of Corsicana; parents, Travis and Brigitte
Franklin of Corsicana, Dennis Allred of Walnut Springs and
Sandy Mac Brayer of Houston; children, Madison, Rylan and
Mason Franklin; grandparents, Clydell "Pete" Allred of
Corsicana, Patsy "PR" Franklin of Corsicana and Dela
Thompson of Glen Rose; and brother, Justin "BoBo" Franklin
of Walnut Springs. He was preceded in death by his
grandparents, Floyd Allred, Fred Franklin and Merkle
Thompson; and uncle, Mickey Allred. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Lawerence David Glasgow
May 23, 1945 - Mar 26, 2009
Lawerence David Glasgow
Lawerence David Glasgow, 63, of Trinidad passed away Thursday, March
26, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home in
Kerens. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at
Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be
Michael Wheat, Rodney Glasgow, Bobby Ashton and Billy Tramel. Mr.
Glasgow was born May 23, 1945, in the Bazette community near
Kerens. Survivors include his son, Mark Glasgow of Tyler; daughter,
Cynthia Mecool of Athens; brother, Sam Glasgow of Powell; mother,
Sybil Glasgow of Trinidad; grandsons, Clayton Glasgow of Tyler and
Eli Mecool of Athens; and granddaughter, Grace Mecool of
Athens. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.
Dec 5, 1926 - Mar 19, 2009
E. Boyd Johnson
Alpha E. Boyd Johnson, 82, of Denver, Colo., passed away on
Thursday, March 19, 2009, in Denver. She was born on Dec. 5,
1926, in Corsicana. She graduated from Mildred High School
in 1944. She was a member of Cameron Baptist Church in
Lawton, Okla. She and her husband Harold owned and operated
Johnson Appliance Company in Lawton, Okla., for over 20
years after his retirement from the military. Visitation
will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28,
at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Ricker and
the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Interment will follow
at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Rob Boyd,
Hayden Boyd, Michael White, Robert Coil, Greg Coil, Jason
Baker and Tim Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be W. T.
Gregory and J.D. Wright. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death
by her husband, Harold R. Johnson; parents, Jack and Clara
Boyd; and brothers, Hershel and Curtis Boyd. She is survived
by her son, Richard Johnson and wife Betsy of Denver, Colo.;
brother, Vernon Boyd and wife Dorothy of Mildred; sisters,
Louise Coil and husband Gilmer of Canton and Ann Boyd Baker
and husband Neal of Paris, Texas; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann
Boyd of Mildred, Carolyn Boyd Williams of Ennis, Doris
Ruetten of Forney, Bettye Fudge of Crandall and Linda
Robertson of Mesquite; brothers-in-law, Donald Johnson of
Temple and Douglas Johnson of Midlothian; and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to either
the Eureka Cemetery Association, in care of Jerrell D.
Gregory, 400 SECR 3020, Corsicana, TX 75109; or to Eureka
United Methodist Church, 8644 S. U.S. Highway 287,
Corsicana, TX 75109. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Walter E. Johnson,
Sep 14, 1930 - Mar 25, 2009
Services for Walter E. Johnson Jr., age 78, of Corsicana will be at
11 a.m. Friday at Bailey and Foster Chapel in Palestine with the
Rev. Fred Neal officiating. Burial will follow in Earl's Chapel
Cemetery near Jacksonville. Pallbearers will be Bennie Toole, K.W.
Bell, Joshua Johnson, Steven Earl Johnson, and Dennis Moser.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey
and Foster Funeral Home in Palestine. Mr. Johnson died Wednesday
morning, March 25, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born
Sept. 14, 1930, in Harmony Community in Anderson County to Walter
Earl Johnson and Anetta Barnhart Johnson. Mr. Johnson worked 33
years as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad. He was a lifetime
member of the VFW Post. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his
parents. He is survived by his wife, Doris Johnson of Corsicana;
daughter, Peggy Tackett and husband Marty of Irving and Cynthia
Firtos of Addison; sons, Donnie Johnson and Russell Johnson and wife
Kathy, all of Palestine; a stepdaughter, Marjetta Spriggs and
husband Ricky of Huntsville; brother-in-law, Edward Mack of
Palestine; grandchildren, Melna Klein, Joshua Johnson, Steven Earl
Johnson, Rachel Milligan, and Tonya Johnson; two step-grandchildren,
Stacy Holman and Leigh Ann Ragan; and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.
Donnie Lee (Bates) Dobbs
Feb 20, 1942 - Mar 26, 2009
Donnie Lee Dobbs, 67, of Corsicana passed away March 26,
2009. She was born in Corsicana on Feb. 20, 1942, to Jimmy
and Reba Bates. She was preceded in death by parents, Jimmy
and Reba Bates; and son, Tommy Dobbs. She is survived by her
son, Kenny Dobbs of Richland; daughter, Tracy Capps of
Corsicana; sister, Doris Curry of Corsicana and Brenda
Willis of Thornton; brother, Roger Bates of Houston; three
grandchildren, Kandis, Misty and Brandon; and six
great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8
p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will
held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel.
Interment will follow at
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Mar 25, 1981 - Mar 26, 2009
Mark Stahl was born March 25, 1981, in Orlando, Fla. He went
to his rest Thursday, March 26, 2009, in Waco. He was an
assistant produce manager with H-E-B Food Stores. Visitation
will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral
Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at
Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Charles Groce
officiating. Interment will be at
Pallbearers will be Eldridge Howard, Danny Richards, Jeff Hiens, Tommy Botello, Roy Guerrero and Josh Mains. Mr. Stahl
was a 1999 graduate of Ennis High School and was a member of
Church of God International Church in Tyler. He is survived
by his parents, Dean and Carol Stahl of Corsicana; brother,
Bryn Hendrickson of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; sisters, Lynette
Ragan and husband James of Waco, Deana Wood and husband
David of Gains, Mich., Connie Hendrickson of Macon, Ga., and
Rachelle Crotzer and husband Chris of Brandenberg, Ky.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Tommy Lee "T.J." Webb Jr.
June 2, 1987 - Mar 26, 2009
Tommy Lee "T.J." Webb Jr.
Tommy Lee "T.J." Webb Jr. was born on June 2, 1987, at Parkland
Hospital in Dallas. He died on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at John
Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Tommy is survived by his father,
Tommy Webb; mother, Angela Washburn; grandfather, Thomas Zappettini;
sisters, Brandy Washburn and Rachel Washburn; stepfather, Steve
Washburn; uncles, Robert Webb and Ed Webb; and nephews, Cade Banks
and Noah Washburn. He was a beloved son, brother, nephew, and uncle.
We will miss him very much. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m.
Monday, March 30, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with uncle Ed Webb
officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Frances (David) Look-Westbrook
Aug 23, 1928 - Mar 28, 2009
(David) Look Westbrook, born in Corsicana on Aug. 23, 1928,
died Saturday, March 28, 2009. She was the daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. J. Wilson David. She was preceded in death by her
parents, her husband, Al Thompson Westbrook, and sister,
Dorothy David. She graduated from Corsicana High School in
1945 and was drum major of the pep squad, a 1945 class
favorite and duchess of the senior class. She graduated from
SMU where she was a member and president of Zeta Tau Alpha,
Panhellenic Council and Kirkos (an honorary society) and a
1949 class favorite. She was a member of Daughters of the
American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and
Quintilion Book Club in Corsicana. Survivors include her
children, Frances Look of Fort Worth and David B. Look of
Dallas; four grandchildren, Laura Conrad McGrory, Katherine
Elizabeth Look, Robinson Barrington Look and Wilson Mitchell
Look; and one great-grandchild, Natalie Grace Nickerson. A
memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. John's
Episcopal Church with the Rev. Edward Monk officiating. A
reception will be held afterward at St. John's Episcopal
Church. The family would like to say a special thanks to the
wonderful nursing staff and physicians at Navarro Regional
Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
memorials be made to the Elizabeth Ann Gilderson Missionary
Fund, St. Timothy's Anglican Church, P.O. Box 844, Tomball,
TX 77377. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Aug 5, 1924 - Mar 27, 2009
Iva Mae Young of Corsicana died Friday, March 27, 2009, at
the age of 84. She was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Frost. She was
preceded in death by her parents, J. S. and Eunice Sheffield;
husband, Loyd Young; four brothers and two sisters. She is
survived by her children, Floyd and Dorothy Young of Kerens,
Kenneth and Terrie Young of Coolidge and Dorothy and James
Raley of Corsicana; brothers and sisters, J. W. Sheffield of
Corsicana, Oleta Grounds of Corsicana, Katherine Bell of
Dallas and Fannie Hill of Gladewater; nine grandchildren,
Sandra, Deanna and Gary, James Bryan and Stephanie, Jana and
Paul, Erin and James T., Sarah and Curt, Christopher, Trema,
James Eugene and Carrie; and eight great-grandchildren.
Service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, March 30, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael
Bedard officiating with interment to follow at
Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be James B. Young,
Christopher Young, James E. Green, Paul Palos, James T.
Glasgow, Curt Bohnoff and Dwayne Grounds. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Mar 22, 1917 - Mar 30, 2009
McFerran, 92, of Corsicana passed away Monday, March 30,
2009. He was born March 22, 1917, at Grand Prairie, Franklin
County, Ark., to Bradly and Alice McFerran. In 1933 Jack
graduated from Charleston (Arkansas) High School, and in
1938 he graduated from Arkansas Polytechnic College,
Russellville, Ark. Continuing his education Jack graduated
from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., with a
B.S. degree in agriculture. As a student at Arkansas Tech,
he was on the boxing team and was the Arkansas AAU and
Golden Gloves champion for two years. After graduation Mr.
McFerran taught in the Bright Star (Arkansas) Public Schools
from 1940 to 1941. He joined the Soil Conservation Service (SCS),
USDA at Mount Pleasant, Texas, in 1941. During the next
three years (1942-1945) Jack served in the United States
Army Air Corps. In World War II, he was in England for the
European Air Offensive working as supply and evacuation
officer and left the military at the end of the war with the
rank of first lieutenant. He joined the Texas National Guard
after World War II, serving with the 49th Armored Division
for over 22 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in
1969.In 1945, he rejoined the SCS at Gainesville, Texas, and
then transferred in 1963 to Corsicana where he was area
conservationist for a seven-county area around Corsicana. In
this job he oversaw soil and water conservation measures and
the construction of 150 upstream flood prevention dams on
tributaries of the Trinity River. He retired in 1976 after
more than 35 years of working for SCS. Jack McFerran's
community involvement was exemplary; as a member of First
United Methodist Church, he served on numerous boards and
committees. His favorite was team leader of the church's
Christmas in October and April teams. He was an active
member of the Corsicana Lions Club. From 1979 to 1981 Jack
was elected and served on the Corsicana City Council and
served as mayor of Corsicana from 1981 to 1983.His favorite
hobbies included sharing his produce from the vegetable
garden with friends and neighbors. After his retirement he
planned to golf five days a week, but took up fishing in his
spare time. He combined these two hobbies by playing a round
of golf at the Corsicana Country Club, then driving his cart
to the club lake to fish. For a number of years, he
organized an annual fish fry at his home for his golfing and
fishing buddies and their families. A visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services
will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in
Corsicana with the Rev. Mike Alexander
officiating. Pallbearers will be the U.S. Army Honor Guard
with honorary pallbearers from the Christian Adults Sunday
School Class, Mills Place neighbors, and Lions Club of
Corsicana. Interment will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Fort Smith
National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark. Jack was preceded in
death by his first wife, Mary Sue Lyon McFerran; dear son,
Steve; parents; two brothers, James B. and Roger Paul;
sister, Joyce and her husband James Staggs; sisters-in-law,
Lorene McFerran and Martha Lou Barry; and brother-in-law,
Harward Barry. He is survived by his wife, Billie Love
Robinson McFerran; his twin brother, Joe McFerran of
Fayetteville, Ark.; sister-in-law, Carmon McFerran of
Texarkana, Texas; daughter, Judi Robertson and her husband
Ron of Hendersonville, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Claire Balcom
McFerran of Eddy; stepson, Bruce Robinson and his wife Ellen
of Corsicana; and stepdaughter, Beth Robinson Chapman and
her husband James of Blooming Grove. He loved and enjoyed
all of his grandchildren: Beth Robertson Walter and her
husband Evan, Bill McFerran and his wife Jennifer and son
Bradley (Jack's first great-grandson), Russ McFerran,
Margaret Robinson, Bill Robinson and his wife Kate, Chase
Cunningham and his wife Julie and daughter Callie Jo, and
Cole Cunningham. He is also survived by numerous nieces and
nephews. Very special thanks to Jack's personal caregivers,
physicians, and Hand in Hand Hospice. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Jack McFerran, 92, of Corsicana, Texas, formerly of Charleston, died
Monday, March 30, 2009, in Grand Prairie, Texas.
He graduated from Charleston High School and Arkansas Polytechnic
College in Russellville, received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture
from the University of Arkansas, taught in Bright Star, Texas, and
worked for the Soil Conservation Service, USDA in Mt. Pleasant,
An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he served in England as
supply and evacuation officer for the European Air Offensive, served
in the Texas National Guard with the 49th Armored Division, served
on the Corsicana City Council and as mayor of Corsicana and was a
member of First United Methodist Church and the Corsicana Lions Club
and the widower of Mary McFerran.
Survivors include his wife, Billie; a daughter, Judi Robertson of
Hendersonville, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Beth Chapman of Blooming
Grove, Texas; a stepson, Bruce Robinson of Corsicana, Texas; a twin
brother, Joe McFerran of Fayetteville; and several grandchildren and
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at First United
Methodist Church in Corsicana, Texas. Burial will be at U.S.
National Cemetery in Fort Smith, under the direction of Corley
Funeral Home of Corsicana.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
- The Spectator - Ozark, Arkansas
Jerry Dean King
Nov 5, 1936 - Mar 23, 2009
Jerry Dean King, 72, a longtime resident of Athens, passed
away March 23, 2009, with the joy and love of his life,
grandson Jerrod William Rachel. They were doing what they
both loved, fishing on Richland-Chambers Reservoir in
Navarro County, and being with each other. Beloved husband,
father, grandfather, brother and friend, Jerry was born in
Gresham, in Smith County, on Nov. 5, 1936. He was preceded
in death by his parents, George Smith King and Edna Louise
Saunders King. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Jeanna Kay Garner King of Athens; daughter, Deborah "Debbie"
Davis Reaves and husband Gary of Athens; son, Joe Dean
"Jody" King of Athens; son, Randy Paroline and wife Renate
of Opelika; daughter, Lori Paroline Rachel and husband Mike
of Cross Roads; his niece, Cathlene Prescott Smith and
husband Mike of Friendswood; two brothers, George Stanley
King and wife Linda of Cross Roads and John Allen King and
wife Teresa of Call; two sisters, Barbara Beggs and Delores
Neidermeyer of Terrell; grandchildren, Alicia Nichole King,
Jonathan Andrew Davis, Ryan Bruce Davis, belated grandson
Jerrod William Rachel, and Zachary Mason King;
great-granddaughter, Charlsey Feagins; and numerous nieces
and nephews. Jerry moved to the Athens area from Canton and
began his journey as a hard-working businessman, good father
and adventurous friend to many. Married to Mary Corry King
they were blessed with Debbie and Jody. He worked as a brick
mason, home builder and rancher in the Athens area and his
King Masonry business operated for 25 years. He established
King Ready Mix Concrete in the late 1970s with concrete
plants in Athens and Corsicana. King Sand and Gravel was
operated in Cross Roads by Jerry and Kay for many years
until it moved to the present location in the community of
Samaria, east of Kerens. Jerry built a new plant there which
was featured in the Pit and Quarry Magazine, issue August
www.pitandquarrry.com Jerry enjoyed playing the guitar,
singing, traveling, hunting and most especially fishing. He
leaves his legacy as an avid, energetic and unrivaled
hunter, fishermen, family man and friend to many. Jerry
loved life and woke with a smile and a song and faced each
day with a determination to do his best. He loved his wife,
family, friends and his employees and was always there to
lend a willing hand to anyone in need. Honorary pallbearers
will be Dale Huggins, Ronnie Bell, Joey Bell, Larry Wade,
Larry Sexton, Lawrence Heard, Ray Harvey, Adron Neill, Tim
Norman, Bobby Joe Curry, Parker Majors, Glen Majors, John
Taggart, Leman Hargrove, Bobby Cooper, Tommy Barnett, Drew
Douglas, Royce Bane, Randy Whatley, J.C. Hart, Leo Kinabrew,
Martin Perez, Jerry Jordan, and all King Sand and Gravel
employees. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, at
First United Methodist Church, Lovers Lane, Athens, with
Frank Upchurch and Joe Warren officiating. In lieu of
flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to
one of the following organizations: American Red Cross,
Corsicana Chapter D.A.T., 701 W. Second Ave., Corsicana, TX
75110; United Response Search and Rescue Team, P.O. Box
1463, Midlothian, TX 76065; or the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Game Warden Division. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home,
Harry S. Miller
Jan 23, 1956 - Mar 30, 2009
S. Miller, 53, of Mount Calm, passed away at his home on
Monday, March 30, 2009. Memorial services will be held at 11
a.m. Thursday, April 2, at First Baptist Church of Mount
Calm with the Rev. John Lawrence officiating. Harry was born
Jan. 23, 1956, in Brenham to Billie Joe and Mary (Wheeler)
Miller. He was raised in the Mount Calm area where he lived
most all of his life and was a graduate of Hubbard High
School. He was preceded in death by his father, Billie Joe
Miller. Survivors include his wife, Sandi Miller of Mount
Calm; son, B. J. Miller and wife Michelle of Dawson; two
daughters, Amanda Miller of Corsicana and Melissa Leonard of
San Antonio; mother, Mary Miller of Mount Calm; and sister,
Jeanie Thomas of Mount Calm. Arrangements by Wade Funeral
Walter Bart Westbrook
Feb 6, 1959 - Mar 29, 2009
Walter Bart Westbrook
Walter Bart Westbrook, 50, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2009,
after a courageous and hard fought battle with colon cancer. He was
born Feb. 6, 1959, in Fort Worth to Frank Anthony Westbrook and
Hazel Christene Weathers Westbrook. Walt and his family moved to
Ennis in 1964. He attended elementary school and was a graduate of
Ennis High School in 1977. He graduated from Baylor University with
a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982. He was a member of the Delta
Upsilon Fraternity. His career as a geologist allowed him the
enjoyment of working outdoors and traveling abroad to many places,
which included Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Most
recently, Walt owned and operated a small real estate business
purchasing and refurbishing older homes. He especially enjoyed
discussing politics and sharing a good meal with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Janie Webb
Westbrook and Jester and Olie Simons Weathers. Walt is survived by
his loving parents, Frank and Chris Westbrook; his cherished sister,
Gay Anne Westbrook of Washington, D.C.; and numerous aunts, uncles
and cousins. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at J. E.
Keever Mortuary, 408 N. Dallas St., Ennis. Services will start at 10
a.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Keever Chapel. A graveside service will
be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at
Prairie Point Cemetery in Kerens. The
Rev. Richard Moody will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to the Physicians Cancer Research
Foundation, Attention: Dr. Carlos Becerra, 12221 Merit Drive, Suite
500, Dallas, TX 75251. Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.
Jan 30, 1899 - Feb 18, 1979
Services were held for Mrs. Lena King Denn of Dallas, formerly of
Frost who died Sunday, February 18. She was born in Ellis County on
January 30, 1899.
She was the widow of W. D. Denn and is survived by a daughter,
Billie Nichols; one grand daughter, Beverly Smith; one grandson, and
his wife John F. Jr. and Elaine Nichols; one great grandson, John
Allen Smith; one sister Mrs. Ada Wolaver of Italy; one brother E. L.
King of Ennis; three sisters-in-law, Lola King, Carmichael, Ca.,
Florence King, Garland Tx., Viola King of Tulare Ca., and many
nieces and nephews.
Mr. and Mrs. Denn lived at Frost over 50 years and were members of
the Frost Baptist Church and Frost Order of Eastern Star. They moved
to Dallas in 1973 and became members of the First Missionary Baptist
Church of Cockrell Hill and Cockrell Hill order of Eastern Star.
Services were held Wednesday, February (?) at the First Missionary
Baptist Church in Cockrell Hill, at 10 a.m. with burial following at
1 p.m. in the Frost Cemetery.
Rev. O. L. Howard officiated.
Pallbearers will be W. A. Ross Jr., E. Jean Armstrong, James W.
Cullar Jr., Joe Lake, James Stanford, and Ronald Scott.
Laurel Land Funeral Home in Dallas is in charge of arrangements.
The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 28, 1979
Oct 22, 1905 - Sep 20, 1978
Claude Young Services Held
Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Blalard
Funeral Home Chapel in Frost for Claude A. Young, 72, a resident of
Frost. He died Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Navarro County Memorial
Hospital in Corsicana.
Officiating were the Rev. B. W. Johnson and the Rev. Woody Flynt,
pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church, with burial following
in Frost Cemetery.
A retired pipeline company employee, Young was a lifelong resident
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Irene Young of Frost; a son,
Claude D. Young of Duncanville; a daughter, Mrs. Loraine Rose of
Duncanville; a brother, Walter Young of Waxahachie; a sister, Mrs.
Elsie Rowland of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and five
Pallbearers were Paul Shafer, Johnny Cherry, Timmie Young, Wallace
Wilbanks, Garland Terry and Ricky Rose.
The Blooming Grove Times - Sept 27, 1978
Willard Dean Hohenberger
Dec 23, 1917 - May 22, 1979
Hohenberger Services Held
Willard D. Hohenberger, a Frost resident, died May 22, 1979, at the
age of 62.
He was born in Honey Grove, Texas.
Funeral services were under the direction of Rev. Jim Baggett in the
Frost Baptist Church. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, Josephine Hohenberger, Frost; one
daughter, Miss Nedra Hohenberger, Fort Worth; one son, Jimmy
Hohenberger, Frost; mother, Mrs. Mary Hohenberger, Greenville; three
sisters - Mrs. Pauline Green, Farmersville, Mrs. Erma Hadaway,
Bridgeport, Mrs. Lillie Mae Canida, Paris, Texas; a brother, Wilburn
Hohenberger, Denison; a grandson, Benjy Hohenberger, Frost; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were members of IOOF Lodge #364.
The Blooming Grove Times - May 30, 1979
Jerrod William Rachel
June 27, 1991 - March 23, 2009
Drowning victim found
Teen’s body recovered from lake
From Staff Reports
After a week-long search of waters near the U.S. Highway 287 bridge
on Richland Chambers Reservoir, Texas game wardens and officers from
the Tarrant Regional Water District recovered the body of
17-year-old Jerrod Rachel at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.
Rachel, a senior at Cross Roads High School in Malakoff, and his
grandfather, Jerry King, 72, of
Athens, were reported missing March 24. Divers from the Texas
Department of Public Safety recovered King’s body March 27.
King’s pontoon boat was found lodged in standing timber near Hickey
Island north of the U.S. Highway 287 bridge on the 41,000-acre lake
in Navarro County.
A fisherman at Oak Cove Marina reported seeing King’s pontoon boat
drift past the afternoon of March 24 but initially thought the
occupants were just out of sight. The boat’s global positioning
system indicated that it began drifting approximately one-half mile
south of the bridge. Game wardens reconstructed the boat’s track
across the lake using the GPS and have focused search efforts along
a broad swath of water along that path.
Texas game wardens, the Tarrant Regional Water District, the
Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, the Navarro County Sheriff’s
Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety all
participated in the search. Game Warden Capt. Gary Dugan led the
Richland Chambers water search.
“Obviously, we’re relieved that we’ve found Jerrod and his family
can start to get some closure on this,” Dugan said. “It’s a real
tragedy. Here we have a case of a grandfather and grandson going
fishing — one of the most wholesome family activities I can think of
— and, somewhere along the way and probably in a matter of seconds,
it all went wrong.”
Navarro County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Cox praised local relief
agencies, including the Salvation Army and the Red Cross, for their
assistance to the crews conducting the search. Assistance to law
enforcement was also provided by the Richland/Chambers 287 Volunteer
Fire Department, Cox added.
“We have a great support system in our volunteers,” Cox said.
Cox also commended Jerry Jordan and the staff of Oak Cove Marina for
the assistance provided during the search for King and Rachel.
“He went above and beyond to help in the rescue effort with support
and facilities ... I can’t say enough about him,” Cox said.
Navarro County Justice of the Peace Bob McQuary ruled the cause of
Rachel’s death as accidental drowning, and did not order an autopsy.
Funeral services for King are being held at 2 p.m. Friday at First
United Methodist Church in Athens. No services have been announced
Jerrod William Rachel, 17, of Cross
Roads passed away March 23, 2009, on Richland-Chambers
Reservoir with his grandfather, Jerry King. Jerrod was born
on June 27, 1991, in Tyler. He was a lifelong resident of
Henderson County. Jerrod was a senior at Cross Roads High
School and a member of the varsity golf team. He had
recently been invited by the U.S. Junior Tour to play golf
at St. Andrews in Scotland this July. While in high school,
Jerrod participated in varsity golf and track. Although his
plans for after high school had not been finalized he was
interested in pursuing a degree and would eventually join
the family business. Jerrod's passions were fishing,
hunting, golf and welding. The weekend prior to his passing
he and another senior entered a bumper-pull trailer that
they had fabricated in the ag mechanics competition at the
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and took second in their
class.Jerrod lived each day to the fullest and enjoyed life
with all of his heart. He was always willing to help and
rarely met a stranger. In his short 17 years, he experienced
more than most of us experience in a lifetime. He enjoyed
the yearly pheasant hunts with the Carthage Gang in South
Dakota as well as hunting and fishing at the cabin with the
guys. He had caught an 8' 9" trophy striped marlin in Cabo
San Lucas this past Christmas and always enjoyed a good
turkey hunt at adopted Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Sue's place in
the hills of Tennessee with friend Joey Bell. Jerrod was a
well-traveled and intelligent son who brought much joy to
his parents and family. He was always willing to listen but
was subject to speak his mind with better ideas. His summers
were spent working for his Poppy and dad at King Sand and
Gravel where he had mastered operation of all equipment on
the grounds. Jerrod liked to play hard but worked as hard as
he played. Jerrod is survived by parents, Mike and Lori
Rachel of Cross Roads; Nana, Kay King of Athens; Grandad and
Gramma, Bill and Glynell Ford Rachel of Azle;
great-grandmother, Lelia May Garner of Tyler;
great-grandparents, Vivian and Maggie Nell Ford of Athens;
Uncle Randy and Aunt Rena'te Paroline of Opelika; Uncle
Phillip and Aunt Michelle Foster of Azle; Uncle Jeff and
Aunt Melissa Randall of Clyde; Uncle Jody King of Samaria;
Uncle Gary and Aunt Debbie Reaves of Athens; numerous
great-uncles and great-aunts; cousins Rachel and Rebekah
Foster of Azle, Austin and Alyssa Randall of Clyde, Jonathan
and Ryan Davis of Austin, Alicia and Zachary King of
Samaria; godfather Jeff Cook of Winnsboro; godmother Lanna
Meador of Malakoff; best friend Cody Bass of Malakoff;
adopted sister Bailey Bass of Malakoff; and special friend
Chelsea Tapley of Malakoff. Visitation will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. today at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens. Services
will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at First United
Methodist Church on Lovers Lane in Athens with Frank
Upchurch officiating. Pallbearers will be cousin Dakota
Neill, members of the Class of 2009 Cody Bass, Eric Van
Dusen, John Talley, Michael Garcia and Claycee Kjeldgaard.
Honorary pallbearers will be longtime friend Joey Bell and
the Cross Roads High School Senior Class of 2009.In lieu of
flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to
one of the following organizations: American Red Cross,
Corsicana Chapter D.A.T., 701 W. Second Ave., Corsicana, TX
75110; United Response Search and Rescue Team, P.O. Box
1463, Midlothian, TX 76065; or the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Game Warden Division. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home,
Missing toddler found safe; mother's boyfriend death rule
Body of mother’s boyfriend found nearby
From Staff Reports
By Bob Belcher - Daily Sun
Corsicana Daily Sun
search for a Navarro County toddler reported missing Tuesday
ended shortly before noon Wednesday with the discovery of
the child locked in a car, and the boyfriend of the child’s
mother dead from an apparent suicide.
Corsicana Police received a telephone call shortly before
noon Wednesday which lead them to the 3500 block of Oak
Valley Road, a semi-rural area on the southwest side of
Corsicana, according to Navarro County Sheriff's Chief
Deputy Mike Cox. Arriving officers found missing
18-month-old toddler, Jasliene Morales, alive and well,
locked inside a Ford Explorer with windows rolled up. The
deceased body of her mother's boyfriend, Jose Martinez, who
had the child, was found nearby.
A car window was broken to gain access to rescue the child
from the rising interior temperature of the vehicle. She was
transported to Navarro Regional Hospital by Corsicana Fire
Department Ambulance for a complete medical evaluation, Cox
said. While no official word on the child’s condition was
available from medical personnel, Cox said the child
appeared “none the worse for wear,” in a news release
provided to media shortly after the discovery.
The child had been dropped off with Martinez on Monday
afternoon, and had not been seen since about 5 a.m. Tuesday,
according to a report filed Tuesday afternoon with Navarro
County Sheriff’s deputies by Sandra Espinoza, the little
girl’s mother. The department issued an alert for the
missing child and Martinez.
The body of Jose Martinez was found nearby the vehicle on
Oak Valley Road. Justice of the Peace Bob McQuary was called
to the scene where he conducted an inquest and ruled
Martinez's death a suicide. McQuary did not order an
Cox said there was no suicide note found at the scene. The
department’s investigation is still “open” Cox added.
“Anytime there is a case involving a recovered missing
child, we take every precaution until we’re satisfied that
the child is safe and well,” he said.
R. "Will Roy" Matthews
Apr 1, 1914 - Mar 31, 2009
W.R. "Will Roy" Matthews
Dr. W.R. "Will Roy" Matthews died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the age
of 94, at his home in Mexia. Dr. Matthews was born in Dawson on April 1,
1914, to Freddie Bell and Ennis Autrey Davidson Matthews. Dr. Matthews
was the second child of nine children and the oldest son. He was
preceded in death by his loving wife, Juanita Lee "Pat" Matthews; four
sisters, Vestal Lee, Doris, Betty and June; and three brothers, Dewey,
Jack and Joe Matthews. Dr. Matthews graduated from Dawson High School
and attended John Tarleton College in Stephenville. He graduated from
Texas A and M University in 1945 with a degree in veterinary medicine.
He practiced vet medicine in Texas for over 30 years. He had a passion
for large animals but loved all. He also was a professor of veterinary
technology at TSTI in Waco.Dr. Matthews is survived by a son, William P.
"Bill" Matthews and wife Carol; a daughter, Linda Matthews Flatt and
husband Dicky of Mexia; grandchildren, William Brian Matthews and wife
Susan of Enterprise, Ala., and Joe and Rene' Matthews of Lexington, Ky.,
and Fred and Tiffany Matthews of Memphis, Tenn., Sarah Matthews Havard
and husband Dr. Kenneth Havard of Georgetown, Clint and Jill Flatt of
Mexia, and Doug and Marika Flatt of Round Rock; and 13
great-grandchildren, Tyler Flatt, Molly Flatt, Annalise Flatt, Tucker
Flatt, Finn Flatt, Megan Matthews, Alexis Matthews, Zachary Matthews,
Brayden Matthews, Sierra Matthews, Maggie Matthews, Millie Matthews and
Molly Matthews. He is also survived by one brother, Freddie Bell Jr. of
South Dakota, and his faithful friend, Sylvia Johnson. In lieu of
flowers the family request that memorials be sent to Lara's House, P.O.
Box 803, Groesbeck, TX 76642.Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday,
April 3, at Dawson City Cemetery
with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia.
Pallbearers will be Brian Matthews, Joe Matthews, Fred Matthews, Clint
Flatt, Doug Flatt and Tyler Flatt. Arrangements by Porter Funeral
June 9, 1926 - Apr 1, 2009
Dorothy "Dee" Phipps
Dorothy "Dee" Phipps, born June 9, 1926, in Winkler, passed away on
Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
Dorothy was the daughter of Sara and Cap Phipps and was their sole
caretaker until they passed away. She was predeceased by her
husband, Floyd Lee Thompson; and brother, Nelson Ray Phipps Sr. She
is survived by her sons, Robert and Randall Thompson. She was a
retired General Motors employee (AC Delco). She spent the last 40
years of her life as a savvy business woman and entrepreneur. She
owned several businesses in her lifetime. She was very involved at
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in St. Elmo where she enjoyed
helping with the Wednesday evening children's group. She was also
active with the Community Care Club of St. Elmo. She was also a
member of Corsicana Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge for 50 years. She
will be missed by Robert Thompson and wife Lili; Randall Thompson
and wife Tonia and their son Ethan; nephew William Phipps and wife
June; nieces Becky Ann Phipps, Donna Kay Kellems, and Patricia Jan
Venus, and their families. After spending the majority of her life
in the St. Elmo area she will also be missed by many other relatives
and too many friends to mention. She asked that any donations be
made to the Community Care Club of St. Elmo Building Fund. A viewing
will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Corley Funeral
Chapel. The Rev. Dan Layne of the Lighthouse of Praise Ministries in
Corsicana will be officiating. A graveside service will follow at
St. Elmo Cemetery.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Wesley Fesmire, Sr.
Jul 17, 1887 - Dec 3, 1909
DIED LAST NIGHT
Wesley Fesmire, aged 22 years, and a son of M. L. Fesmire, died at
his home in the Angus community last night and the remains were
interred in the
Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Deceased is
survived by a wife but no children.
-----------(top portion of obituary is torn off) at the age of 22
years. He was ever ready to help others in time of need, and had so
lived that when called from this earth he was ready to go. Although
he had not talked very much about dying, he bore his sufferings with
patience and was always willing to take his medicine, but that
dreaded disease, typhoid fever, had gone too far. Everything was
done that loving hands could do. He had not been well for some time,
but would not give up, but kept on working and thought he would soon
be better, but on Sunday, November 26th he took to his bed and never
left it again. His dear wife, brother and sisters stayed with him
until the end came. He was laid to rest in the
Hamilton cemetery on December 4th. Bro. Soary of Waxahachie
conducted the funeral services. Many beautiful flowers were placed
upon the grae as tokens of love. Weep not, dear ones, Wesley has
gone from us to that great beyond to meet his dear mother, where
there will be no more partings, and some day we will all go up
there, too, and join in one happy band, where sorrow and sickness
can never come.
Marjorie (Huffman) Cave
Cave was born in Cleburne, Texas; however, she raised in
Corsicana, Texas. A
1939 graduate of Corsicana High School, she was an
expert Rodeo Barrel Racer from the age of 6 years. During
her high school years she hosted a weekly KAND talk show
called "Tiger Talk." She interviewed students, teachers, and
distinguished visitors from Corsicana. After High School,
she graduated from Draughons Business College with a diploma
in Accounting and Business Management and later attended SME,
majoring in Bible History and Christian Education. For 30
years, she taught Old Testament High School Bible Credit for
Dallas Independent School District through various churches
in the Metroplex. Marjorie married Jim Cave in 1940 and had
three children. Following his tenure in the Armed Forces,
the Caves moved back to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. In
1946, Marjorie was the first wife of a WWII Veteran to be
elected President of the John Lowe-Joe Smartt American
Legion Auxiliary #54, the largest Auxiliary in the World at
the time. For many years, she was Women’s Director of the
Oak Cliff YMCA, where she increased the number of Adult
Education Classes from 2 to 22; all with certified teachers.
During this time, Marjorie assisted her husband Jim in the
founding of the Jim Cave Funeral Home and Insurance Company.
In 1957, she took over as President of the insurance company
and made it into one of the state’s strongest mutual
companies. After 27 years as Company President, she stepped
down to facilitate a merger with an "old line" insurance
company. As a National Parliamentarian, she was very active
in club work and politics. She served on the speaker’s
bureau for Dallas and Oak Cliff and was a favorite after
dinner speaker. She served as president of the Oak Cliff
Business & Professional Women’s Club, American Business
Women’s Association, and the Altrusa club of Oak Cliff, and
organization of Executive Women. For 10 years, she served on
the State Board of Directors for Altrusa International and
was elected to two terms as Governor of District Nine,
Texas, Mexico, and Guatemala. Because of her work with
Mexico and Guatemala, she was invited in 1969 by the US Army
Air Defense Command to attend a training session at NORAD in
Colorado Springs and was appointed Ambassador of Air Defense
Artillery. Mrs. Cave was twice elected as "Woman of the
Year" by Oak Cliff B&PW Organization. She was also the
recipient of the coveted Edith DeBusk "Most Outstanding
Presidents Award." Upon retirement in 1984, the Caves made
their home at Hide-A-Way Lake where she was active in
women’s golf and was instrumental in organizing the Ladies
Tournament Assoc. and served as their first President. For
several years, she was the Volunteer Patient Advocate for
Texas University Health Science Hospital in Tyler. The Caves
moved to Irving in 1999 where she volunteered at Baylor
Health Center Irving-Coppell and Lively Senior Center. Mrs.
Cave remained in the area until her death at the age of 90.
Mrs. Cave was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years,
Jim Cave, and mother, Madalyn Huffman. She is survived by
her children, James Gordon Cave of Haywood, California;
Sharon Rebecca Kilmer of Santa Barbara, California, and
Marjorie Camille Vinson of Irving; grandchildren Susan
Scurlock, Wayne Wickliff, Kris Vinson, Kevin Vinson, and
Karla Vinson; and numerous great grandchildren and
great-great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held
at 2 PM Monday, January 9, 2012 at Grove Hill Memorial Park
in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Sunday at
the funeral home.