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Francisco Esmurria Jr.
Apr 10, 1943 - Aug 4, 2009

Francisco Esmurria Jr. deceased on Aug. 4, 2009, at his home in Corsicana. After a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, he is finally at peace. The night before he passed, he was surrounded by his friends and family.

Francisco was born on April 10, 1943, in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico. He married his wife, Mariana Rueda Esmurria, on Feb. 14, 1965, in Cleveland, Ohio, and out of that union six children were born: Olga Sheila Esmurria, 1966; Francisco Eleazar Esmurria, 1967 (deceased); Lourdes Zenaida Esmurria, 1968; Josepher Esmurria, 1971; Margaret Elizabeth Esmurria (Contreras), 1973; and Josue Manuel Esmurria, 1978.

Visitation with the family will be held at the Esmurria home from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, followed by a memorial service at 8 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 2300 Ensign Road, Ennis, (972) 875-9446.

Any flower arrangements or others should be taken to the family’s home address, 1065 NW CR 2020, Corsicana, TX 75110, (903)874-3673

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Sidney Charles Chandler Sr
abt 1936 - Aug 5, 2009

Sidney Charles Chandler Sr., 73, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Family visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Atrum Crittendon as eulogist and the Rev. Donald Lacey officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Peggy (Kelley) Mason
July 8, 1937 - Aug 6, 2009

Peggy Kelley Mason was born July 8, 1937, to George and Lena Kelley in Junction City, La. Her childhood years were spent there where she and her sister made great memories. She attended Junction City High School graduating in 1955. She began what she considered her greatest accomplishment when she started her family, her daughter Kelly and her son Greg. She made sure her Christian home was filled with love, discipline, and morals but mostly love! In 1972, she moved to Frankston where she planted her roots and considered it home. As her family grew she selflessly shared her life with her seven grandchildren who called her “Granny.” Some of her dearest friends were made while working at Cox Communication/Sudden Link in Jacksonville where she retired after 20 years. Many happy hours were spent gardening, cooking, and painting. Her love for life was seen in her many talents. Peggy was best known for her kind and gentle nature and loving spirit. She accepted Christ as her savior when she was 9 years old. Faithfully, she held her membership at First Baptist Church in Frankston for 37 years. She went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, in Tyler.

Though she will be missed, her family celebrates her homecoming with visitation from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Autry Funeral Home, 379 Pine St., Frankston. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at First Baptist Church in Frankston with the Rev. Darin Wood and the Rev. Terry Skinner officiating, followed by interment at Lake Chapel Cemetery in Fairfield at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8.

Pallbearers will be Robert Tidmore, Joe Hicks, Vic Wimpee, James Owens, Mark Chalk and Jack Douglas. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lena Kelley.

Peggy is survived by daughter, Kelly Black and husband Bud of Fairfield; son, Greg Mason and wife Melissa Cooper Mason of Peachtree, Ga.; grandchildren, Bret Walker and wife Jenn of Houston, Julie Crocker and husband Casey of Amory, Miss., Lauren Black of Fairfield, Katy Boykin of Fairfield, and Addison, Carter, and Cooper Grace Mason of Peachtree City, Ga.; sister, Dorothy Colvin and husband Wayne of Shreveport, La.; and nephews, David Culpepper of New Orleans, La., and Steve Culpepper of Connecticut.

Arrangements by Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.

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Mariella ‘Baby’ (Burke) Stroud
Apr 28, 1916 - Aug 2009

Mariella “Baby” (Burke) Stroud was born in Powell on April 28, 1916, the fourth daughter of Odie and Molly Burke. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1934, attended SMU and graduated from the University of Texas in 1938. On Dec. 31, 1940, she married Dr. Clyde Stroud. They entered the U.S. Navy in 1942, served until retirement in 1970 and returned to Corsicana.

She is survived by Abe and Frances Stroud and Jim and Delia Stroud; and grandchildren Blair, Colin, and Linley. She also is survived by her beloved companion “Mulligan.”

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Cunningham, Dr. Happy Settle, Scott Settle, Robert Stevener, Peter Zack, Harrison Sloan, Les Hixon and John Sly.

The family requests that any memorials in her memory be made to the Navarro County Humane Society, the Edna Gladney Center, or First United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mariella “Baby” Stroud, 93, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, in Corsicana. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Mariella “Baby” Stroud obituary. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Charles Strayhan ‘Coach’ Phillips
Dec 10, 1935 - Aug 5, 2009
 

Charles Strayhan "Coach" Phillips, 73, long-time popular coach, school principal and superintendent died after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, in a Shreveport hospice center.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1935 in Shreveport, La. His father was the managing editor of The Plain Dealing Progress, and wrote a column “Just Talking With Our Readers, by Mack.” His mother was the librarian in Plain Dealing for many years.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Ely McDonald (Mack) Phillips and Mamie Lou Strayhan Phillips Blaylock; step-father, Mark Blaylock; and granddaughter, Jennifer Louann Dean.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Weaver Phillips of Ida, La.;, daughter, Julie and her husband Roger Proctor; grandchildren, Brad, Alaina, and Daniel Proctor of Bossier City, La.; daughter, Louann and her husband Steve Adair; grandchildren, Jake and Amy Adair of Blooming Grove; and son, Charles S. “Chuck” Phillips Jr. of Hooks; brother, Glynn M. Phillips and his wife Nancy of Sausalito, Calif.; and a host of relatives and friends. He will also be missed by his faithful Yorkie, Zack.

Charlie was a star athlete at Plain Dealing High School, lettering five years in football, and excelling in baseball, track, and basketball. He won district running the mile as an eighth-grader. He once scored 51 points in a basketball game. He went on to play halfback for the National Champion Texarkana Jr. College Bulldogs. During the national championship game, he ran back the opening kick-off for a touchdown. He then played for East Texas State University Lions at Commerce, Texas. In 1957, the Lions claimed the Lone Star Conference Championship. This allowed them to play in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The Lions won 10-9. His goal of playing for a pro team was ended with a knee injury. In 2008, Charlie was inducted into Texas A&M-Commerce Athletic Hall of Fame.

Charlie earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education/ Administration at ETSU, and coached in Texarkana, Ark.; Cooper, Texas; and Hooks, Texas. Later he became high school principal and superintendent at Hooks ISD. Former students and athletes of Coach Phillips still appreciate his positive influence and guiding advice. He was an active member of the Plain Dealing Presbyterian Church. After retiring, Charlie worked at Northridge Country Club in Texarkana, Sports Magic, and as a security guard at Boomtown Casino in Shreveport, La. He also continued to substitute teach around the area. He currently lived near the water of the Black Bayou near Ida, La. and enjoyed fishing, boating and playing dominos with his friends.

Visitation will be at Bailey Mortuary in Plain Dealing, La. from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2009.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Plain Dealing Presbyterian Church in Plain Dealing, La. with Pastor Rev. Kathleen Hignight officiating.

Following the funeral service, a committal service will be held at Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church with interment to follow in Cottage Grove Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary, Plain Dealing, La.

Honoring Charlie as pallbearers will be Steve Adair, Roger Proctor, Tony Mandino, Jimmy Hefner, Jerry Peveto and Charles G. Coyle. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Phillips, Sidney Anderson and Ed Cater.

Arrangements by Bailey Mortuary, Plain Dealing, La.

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Margrett Rose Fouse
June 11, 1925 - Aug 8, 2009

Margrett passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. She was born June 11, 1925, to Leo and Gertrude Withrow.

Margrett married Raymond Fouse Oct. 26, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1991. During their 45 years of marriage, they lived in Corsicana, Longview and White Oak.

Margrett was employed by Bell Telephone Company for 42 years. She held a record of 35 years of perfect attendance at work. She was well known for her dedication to her family and for her sweet and cheerful attitude.

Margrett is survived by her sister, Amie Lee Wansley of Quitman; daughter, Martha Timmons, and son, David Fouse, of Longview; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to acknowledge the loving care of Dr. Deepak Patel and his staff, Cedar Lake Hospice, and the entire staff of Sterling House in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola. Graveside service will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Mineola.

Arrangements by Beaty Funeral Home, Mineola.

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John Cleveland ‘Sandy’ Watson
Nov 28, 1945 - Aug 3, 2009

John Cleveland “Sandy” Watson of Rural Shade passed away on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009.

Sandy was born on Nov. 28, 1945, in Socorro, N.M. to Frances Jeanne Cole Watson and John Irby Watson. He grew up in Abilene and graduated from Abilene High School in 1964. In high school, he played baseball and excelled at debate. He attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington before joining the United States Air Force in 1965. He served in the Air Force for four years, including service during the Viet Nam War. In 1969, he was honorably discharged from the Air Force. He then went to work at Bell Helicopter for a period of time, and returned to school at the University of Texas at Arlington. After that, he held a few different jobs until he found the right match for him.

In 1988, Sandy began work in Corsicana at Collin Street Bakery, where he rose to the level of plant manager and remained in that position until the time of his death. Sandy was dedicated to his work at the bakery. Sandy also met Debbie Scruggs, whom in fell in love with and had the good sense to marry.

Sandy loved the outdoors — fishing, hunting, and being close to nature. And, he loved sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys. He could sometimes be heard yelling at the television when his team wasn’t making him proud. He was well read, and was especially interested in and knowledgeable about Texas history. Sandy also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and always had at least one going at any given time. He loved his dogs — Baby Girl, Dallas, Rowdy and Miss Red — and they loved him. He enjoyed sitting on his back porch swing and listening to the quiet of his country home. He liked good music, mostly country-western and Cajun. He had a number of lifelong friends with whom he got into a fair amount of mischief in his younger years, and who knew him to be a good friend and true to his word. Those of us who knew and loved him will always remember his keen sense of humor, his stubbornness, his intelligence, and most of all, the warmth of his heart. He’s gone from us too soon, and the world is not as good a place without him.

Sandy was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Debbie; daughter, Barbara (B.J.); grandson, Benjamin; brother, Rick and wife Shary; nephew, Tony and wife Myong-Hui and their daughters Ally and Emily; step-children, Chris and husband James and grandchildren Kala, Kelsie and Kole Haley; Shane and wife Lisa and grandchildren Briar and Josey Scruggs, Lucas Gilbert; and sister-in-law, Cindy and husband John Goodnight; as well as cousins and other relatives.

Sandy donated his body for medical education and research to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana
 

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Dovie Cynthia (Spivey) Black
abt 1911 - Aug 8, 2009

Dovie Black, 98, of Kerens passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Kerens First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Dewain Turner
Feb. 1, 1934 - Aug 8, 2009

Dewain Turner of Mildred passed away on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, after enduring a lengthy but bravely fought battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Post, the only child of Dessie and Arthur Turner. He grew up in Odessa.

At the age of 16, he went in search of work on a ranch in Odessa. He was taken in by Mrs. Ratliff and her daughter Mary Ratliff-Hurt to work on the Ratliff ranch and was shown great love. He lived in a bunk house and worked on the ranch and both ladies saw to it that he returned to high school. Dewain had taken a brief time out of school to work to support his mother who had been ill at the time. While attending Odessa High School he met his sweetheart, Clidie Jo Brown, who was in the same ninth grade class.

After graduating from Odessa High School, Dewain joined the Marines during the Korean War. He received the National Defense Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal. After completing his call of duty to the Marines, he returned to Odessa where he promptly married Clidie Jo on Aug. 21, 1955. They would have been married for 54 years in just a few days. Dewain and Clidie moved to Bryan, where he worked and also attended Texas A&M University. Later they moved to Corsicana in 1960 and then to Mildred. They were blessed with two daughters.

Dewain Tuner was a member of First Christian Church. He was a Master Mason and a Shriner. During his lifetime he worked as a Texas State livestock inspector, an owner and operator of Navtex Feed and Supply, ran a mail hauling business to Dallas, and owner and operator of C&T Trucking, where he spent many years driving his brown Peterbilt delivering pipe in the oil field in Caldwell. However, his most loved and best known choice of work was cowboying and breaking horses.

After retiring from the oil field, he returned to Mildred full time where he was able to spend time with his sweetheart on a daily basis and go back to ranching. He loved the time he spent in the pastures with his horses, cattle and cow dogs. Many people knew him best as a patient, helpful man who drove a flatbed brown 1972 Chevy loaded with his cow dogs. Anytime someone called and needed help he would go or if he saw someone who needed help on the side of the road he would stop. Up until just a few years ago, people were still calling for him to bring his dogs to go after that ornery cow they had that was hiding in the brush.

Dewain Turner was not only a dedicated husband, but a truly special dad. He spent many hours with his girls teaching them to ride horses, care for livestock properly, and lead by example on how to treat people by using gentle words and listening to what they have to say. Most importantly, he showed his girls how to always count on God through life’s journey. Even as young girls helping him pen cows, he never ever hollered at his daughters even when the cows would get away a couple of times. He was a wise man and could think through anything and he never ever rushed and never put himself first. He felt truly blessed to have two wonderful sons-in-law and thought of them as sons and was so very proud to be a grandfather to four grandchildren. He will be truly missed. He accepted the path that was ahead for him because he knew God was with him and it was just the way it was going to be. His only concern was for his family that he loved. “The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.” — Psalm 32:10.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

The service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery in Mildred.

Pallbearers will be Tim Weber, Rex Broaddus, Derek Broaddus, Matthew Weber, Blake Broaddus and A.C. Crawford. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Chandler, Dr. Ray Carroll, Dr. J.D. Carroll, Rudy Carroll, Dr. John Harper and Clayton Smith.

Dewain Turner is survived by his loving wife, Clidie Jo Turner; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lela Mary (Turner) Weber and Tim Weber of Harlingen and Sarah Jane (Turner) Broaddus and Rex Broaddus of Caldwell; and grandchildren, Matthew Weber, Catherine Weber, Derek Broaddus and Blake Broaddus.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bettie Jo (Praytor) Franks
Aug. 30, 1930 - Aug 9, 2009

A memorial service will be held for Bettie Jo Praytor Franks at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana, with Brother Larry Talbert officiating.

Bettie was born Aug. 30, 1930, in Wortham. Bettie was a loving mother, MeMaw, Great MeMaw, sister, aunt, and friend who went to sleep on Aug. 8, passing peacefully from this earth on Aug. 9, 2009, to be with God forever in His heavenly home.

Bettie worked at the TexSun Glove Company for many years then worked 12 years as a food service worker for Corsicana Independent School District at Sam Houston Elementary. She loved the children there and always made sure that none went away hungry.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Franks and husband Roy of Corsicana; two sons, Ron Franks and wife Debbie of Frost and Don Franks and wife Diane of Waco; 17 grandchildren, René, Kristie, Reagan, Neal, Beth, Brandon, Keith, Chad, Kelly, Stacy, April, Courtney, Lara, Shane, Crystal, Carmen, and Travis; many great-grandchildren; one sister, Lela Howard of Melborne, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and her special family in Christ at Westside Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Middleton and Lillie Ola Praytor; her husband, Glen Franks; five sisters, infant “Little Tootsie,” Alta Rae Pickett, Alsie Mae Beldin, Estelle Adams, and Marie Wright; two brothers, James Arthur Praytor and Jessie Praytor; and by twin granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.

Bettie had battled heart disease for many years and lung cancer for the last year. She donated her body to the UT Southwestern Medical School in the hopes it will find something that may help someone in the future. Special thanks to Family First Hospice nurses Kristy and Janet and all their staff and to Dr. William McHenry, Dr. John Updegrove, and Dr. Kenneth Johnston from Heart Place.

Donations may be sent to Westside Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society in her memory.

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Nancy (Mize) Roberts
Apr 19, 1931 - Aug 10, 2009

Nancy Mize Roberts, 78, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Corley Funeral Home. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. 

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Nancy Mize Roberts, 78, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her residence in Corsicana. She was born on April 19, 1931, in Corsicana.

Nancy loved her family with all of her heart, and celebrated endless holidays, vacations, and just getting together to watch movies, play games, and just spend time with those she cared for. She was loved much by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and will leave a song in our hearts and souls forever.

Nancy was an amazing musician. She could play any music in any key, making her a sought-after accompanist. She was also a wonderful singer and a published composer. Her most popular anthem was “Clap Your Hands,” published in 1967 by Broadman Press. Her most recent work was “His Love Endures Forever.” She exercised her comic side while working with “The Fab Five”: Anne Albritton, John Johnson, Darrell Johnson and Robert Herod. She loved to use laugh in skits and wrote catchy original songs for such delightful shows as “Spectacles,” “Memories” and Derrick Days Revues.

Nancy was an avid reader and at one time was a book review columnist for the Corsicana Daily Sun. Her years as a librarian at both the public library and the high school library made her the “go to” person when anyone needed information from how to spell hors d’oeuvre to famous quotes.

Nancy was so many things — a musician, a librarian, a teacher, a composer, a friend. Corsicana has lost a treasure.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Roberts Sr.; son, John Roberts; parents, Edward and Llora Mize; and aunts, Josephine Harris and Suzie Huffman.

She is survived by her son, Sam “Bo” Roberts Jr. and wife Deborah of Plano; granddaughters, Jessica McGrath and husband Andrew of Frisco, Bessie Justelien and husband Alex of Twentynine Palms, Calif., and Bailey Roberts of Plano; grandson, Clayton Roberts of Plano; great-grandsons, Connor and Mason McGrath of Frisco; and great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Alexis Justelien of Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Corley Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

Memorials may be made to either the American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75239; First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or Kinsloe House, 618 W. Third Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Minnie Gertrude Sullivan
May 4, 1911 - Aug 10, 2009

At age 98, Minnie Gertrude Sullivan slipped peacefully into our Lord’s arms on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, surrounded by her loving family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was born on May 4, 1911, in Emhouse. All who knew Gertrude loved her. She will be deeply missed.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Calloway Sullivan; son, Billy Gene Sullivan; and grandson, Michael Gene Sullivan.

She is survived by her son, Glen Ray Sullivan and wife Linda of Lewisville; daughter, Wanda Wilcox of Garland; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Randy Howell, Chad Watson, Kyle Wilcox, Dale Wilcox, Rick Elliott and Alan Elder.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Johnny Ross Henry
June 16, 1927 - Aug 10, 2009

Johnny Ross Henry, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday morning, Aug. 10, 2009, in Ennis after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s.

He was born to Guy and Luty Milburn Henry on June 16, 1927. He graduated from high school in Corsicana and enrolled in Texas A&M where he graduated with a degree in agronomy. He interrupted his studies at A&M briefly to serve in the Navy during World War II. After working in Houston for a brief period he became greenskeeper at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. He moved to Ennis in 1966 where he joined his father at Henry Oil and Gas Corporation. He retired as president in 1982.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman but his most loved hobby was golf. He was a member of the International Golf Collectors’ Society, serving as Region 4 director for 16 years, and the British Golf Association. He had also been a member of several civic organizations in Ennis. He was a member of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church where he has served terms as vestryman.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pat of Ennis; daughters and step-daughters, Leslie Henry of Ennis, Adrian Henry of Ruidoso, N.M., Terri Fielding of Austin, Shana Skeans of Ennis, and Christy Lewis of Arlington. He is also survived by a grandson and step-grandson, John William Hashop of Astoria, N.Y., and Caleb Ross Skeans of Ennis; granddaughters and step-granddaughters, Sara Mershawn of Corsicana, Taylor Lewis of Arlington, Kathryn Polk of Corsicana, and Casey Lewis of Arlington; one great-grandson, Ryan Mershawn of Corsicana; son-in-law, Bill Skeans; two sisters-in-law, brother-in-law and four loving nephews and a niece. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua James Neal of Albuquerque, N.M. He also leaves hundreds of caring friends in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at J.E. Keever Mortuary. The family has requested a private burial with the Rev. Dennis Smart officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society or the charity of choice.

Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Edward Evans
abt 1934 - Aug 8, 2009

Edward Evans, 75, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Eastside Church of Christ with Brother Alton Albert officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Salle Bradley Dunn
abt 1957 - Aug 9, 2009

Salle Bradley Dunn, 52, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Services are pending with Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Jose Francisco Juarez
abt 1998 - Aug 9, 2009

Jose Francisco Juarez, 11, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Shirley Ann (Jackson) Gregory
Aug 22, 1935 - Aug 11, 2009

Shirley Ann Gregory

Shirley Ann Gregory, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at her home in Corsicana. She was surrounded by her family as God took her hand and led her to her heavenly home.

Shirley was born on Aug. 22, 1935, to Horace and Ruth Jackson in Richland. She graduated from Richland High School in 1953 and Navarro College in 1955. On Nov. 11, 1955, she married the love of her life, Holland Gregory. Shirley worked for the Corsicana Independent School District as an instructional aide for 26 years. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Ruth Jackson.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Holland Gregory; daughter and son in-law, Becky and Ronald Farmer of Corsicana; one grandson, Brian Farmer of Corsicana, of whom she was very proud; sister and brother in-law, Janice and DeeLynn Michalk of Giddings; and a number of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Darla Blatnik and Dr. Bob Young officiating. Interment will follow at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.

Pallbearers will be Ronald Farmer, Brian Farmer, Raymond Slovacek, Bobby Wilson, John Gunn, Doyle Brazier and Perry Murphy.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mary Juanita (Ray) Davis
Mar 31, 1928 - Aug 12, 2009

Mary Juanita Davis, 81, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. She was born March 31, 1928, in Corsicana. She was a longtime member of Fundamental Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by husband, the Rev. James T. Davis; sons, Thomas Lynn Davis, Larry Don Davis and James Gary Davis; and brother, Buddy Ray.

She is survived by her daughter, Norma Ashley and husband James; sister, Lorena Tate and husband Mahlon; grandchildren, Robbie and Kenneth Swart, Michael McCarter, Mary and Bobbie Cook, Marcy and Roy Ayala, Christy and Steve James, Michelle and Josh Oakley, Clemmie Tanner, Julie Bush and Niki Bush; grandson-in-law, Terry Montgomery; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tony McClain, Ricky McClain, Clemmie Tanner, Leslie Travis, Bill Roper and James Ashley. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Montgomery, Freddie Nutt and Otis Dunagan.

The family extends a special thank you to Hand in Hand Hospice for all their love and care.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Shane Barber
Nov. 20, 1972 - Aug 14, 2009

Services for Raymond Shane Barber, 36, of Kilgore will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Kilgore, with the Rev. Don Beebe officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Cemetery. Shane passed away on Monday, Aug. 10 2009, in Longview.

Shane was born Nov. 20, 1972, in Overton to Raymond Earl Barber and Mildred Elizabeth McFadden Barber. He worked in the construction industry in East Texas. Shane was a loving and devoted father. Shane was an avid and accomplished boxer. He also enjoyed fishing and will be remembered for his good sense of humor. Shane leaves behind many loving family and friends who will miss him dearly.

Shane is survived by five children, Raymond Austin Barber of Kilgore, Gavin Shane Barber of Riverview, Fla., Isabella Rose Barber of Kilgore, Abagale Grace Barber of Kilgore, and Chloe Nicole Barber and her mother, Sage Huskey of Longview; mother, Mildred Barber of Kilgore; father, Raymond Earl Barber of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Sonia and Steven Madewell of Kilgore; brother, Steven Barber of Kilgore; grandparents, Raymond and Dealey Barber of Corsicana; and other loving family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore.

Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore.

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Vicky Dorine (Dyess) Davis
Oct 11, 1960 - Aug 11, 2009

Vicky Dorine Dyess Davis, 48, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in Galveston. She was born to Daniel and Patsy Carpenter Dyess on Oct. 11, 1960. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1979. Vicky worked for Corsicana Cleaners and Laundry for 20 years. After leaving the cleaners she worked for the City of Corsicana for nine years before moving to Jamaica Beach, Galveston. After moving to Galveston, Vicky worked for Prudential Realty as the office manager. She was an invaluable employee and an exceptional friend to her co-workers.

Vicky was preceded in death by her father, Daniel L. Dyess; brother-in-law, Larry W. Elmore; nephew, Byron Elmore; and uncle, Earnest “Sonny” Carpenter.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley P. Davis; daughter, Chrystalynn and husband Nick Hargrove; grandchildren, Amber and Alexis of Royse City; and foster sons, Irving, Juan and Jesus Torres, David Waggoner and Domingo Reyes. She is also survived by her mother, Patsy Dyess of Corsicana; sisters, Pat Elmore of Corsicana, and Georgia Page and Chip Henderson of Breckenridge; brother, Danny Dyess and wife Carla of Corsicana; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bishop Curtis Baker officiating.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Rash, Gilbert Hippard, David Ragsdale, David Smith, Mark Acker, James Trull, Jerry Scruggs, Chester Williams, Donnie Toms and Sandy Barlow.

She will be loved and missed but we know we will be together again someday.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Helen Marie (Poteet) Stepp
abt 1929 - Aug 13, 2009

Helen Marie (Poteet) Stepp, 80, of Hubbard passed away Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at a Waco hospital. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Wade Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Hooper and the Rev. Michael Green officiating. Interment will follow at Penelope Cemetery. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Troy Gunn
Mar 29, 1937 - Aug 12, 2009

Troy Gunn, age 72, of Garland passed away Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. He was born March 29, 1937, in Corsicana to Jake Edward and Edna (Stubbs) Gunn. Troy was a faithful member of Highland Oaks Church of Christ and was retired from the automotive industry. He was devoted to his family and many friends and will be dearly missed.

Troy is survived by his wife, Sarah Gunn; daughter, Michelle Berkey of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; sons, Brian South of Hawkins and Byron South of Big Sandy; sister, Lyda Jane Wilbanks of Frost; sister-in-law, Bettye Gunn; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rowlett.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rowlett Chapel with George Baker officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. in Pursley Cemetery, west of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Rest Haven Funeral Home, Rowlett

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Janice Marie (Brown) Broughton
Oct 21, 1939 - Aug 13, 2009

Janice Marie Broughton

Janice Marie Broughton, 69, of La Place, Louisiana passed away on Thursday, August 13, in La Place. She was born on October 21, 1939 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

She was a very loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. She worked as a secretary for the Louisiana Foster Parents Association, which she was a foster parent for thirty-two years. She fostered over a hundred children adopting four of them. She married Carl Neal Broughton in 1968, and they celebrated forty-one happy years together. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mrs. Broughton was preceded in death by her father; Royce Brown, Sr. and a son; Steven Raper.

She is survived by her Husband of 41 years; Carl Neal Broughton of La Place, LA., Mother; Catherine Brown of Rice. Daughter; Karen Hanna and husband Terry of Mildred., Katherine Sutton and husband Doug of Boerne. Kimberly Amedee and husband Remy of Garyville, LA., Adopted Daughters; Mary Jones of Galvez, LA. Amanda Simoneaux and husband Tony, Christina Cooke and husband Kenneth, Rita Broughton, and an Adopted Son; Jonathan Broughton all of La Place, LA. Sixteen Grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a brother; Royce Brown, Jr. and wife Sue of Rice.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 17, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chet Brake and Mr. Gary Broughton officiating. Interment will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Terry Neal Hanna, Ryan Amedee, Sean Sutton, James Hogan, Justin Young, Kevin Brown, and Keith Brown.

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Winnie Ola (Clark) Cox
Aug 28, 1914 - Aug 14, 2009

Winnie Ola Cox,

Mrs. Winnie Ola Cox, 94, of Corsicana, TX passed away on Friday, August 14, 2009, in Corsicana, TX. She was born on August 28, 1914 in Aquilla, TX to George T. and Sally Ophelia (Isbell) Clark.

Funeral Services will be held Sunday, August 16, 2009, at 2:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro, Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Opal (Moles) French-Erwin
April 27, 1926 - Aug 15, 2009

Mrs. Opal Moles French Erwin, 83, of Arlington passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, in Kennedale.

She was born on April 27, 1926, in Corsicana to Everett Edward and Margie (Washborn) Moles. Mrs. Erwin was a seamstress.

Mrs. Erwin is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Linda French of Grand Prairie; and daughter and son-in-law, Christie and Jimmy Britain of Arlington. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchild, and extended family.

Mrs. Erwin is preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Pat French Chou; first husband, John F. French; and second husband, Roy L. Erwin.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Sister Mary Franklin officiating.

Serving as Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Interment will follow in the Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Crystal (Massey) Robinson
Mar 21, 1927 - Aug 16, 2009

Mary Massey Robinson, 82, went to be with her heavenly family on Sunday Aug. 16, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born Mary Crystal Massey on March 21, 1927, in Winkler. She was the middle child of seven children.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Thomas Massey; mother, Letha Brunson Massey Davis; husband, A.O. (Curley) Robinson; daughter, Cathy Marie Robinson; and son, Jerry Ellis (Dick) Robinson.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Kemp of Corsicana; daughter, Ann Stewart and husband Ronald of Corsicana; son, John Robinson and wife Diana of Retreat. She is also survived by brothers H.L. Massey and wife Margie of Lubbock, Roy Massey and wife Rosie of Corpus Christi, Harold Massey and wife Gynn of Fairfield, Johnny B. Massey and wife Janice of Wortham; sisters, Mable Anderson of Canyon, Freddie Finley and husband Whiz of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Debbie Robinson of Retreat; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; 18 great nieces and nephews; and 11 great great nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

Pallbearers will be Ronald W. Stewart, Michael Robinson, Jerry Robinson, Lanny Finley.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Kathryn Lois (Jones) Capra
Sep 29, 1967 - Aug 17, 2009

Kathryn Lois Capra, age 41, of Palmer passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, in Dallas. She was born Sept. 29, 1967, in Alamogordo, N.M., to Charlie Jones Jr. and Margaret Ruth McMurry Jones.

Survivors include her daughter, Ashley Sueann Capra of Waxahachie; mother, Margaret Swanson of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; father, Charlie Jones Jr. of Emhouse; brother, Charlie Jones III of Emhouse; sisters, Diana Lyn Rector of Alamogordo, N.M., Belenda Williams of Katy and Cleona Corine Dawson of Corsicana; and nieces, Audrey Williams, Sabra Williams, Courtney Dawson and Leah Dawson.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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Dane Davidson Thomas
Sep 11, 1978 - Aug 16, 2009

Dane Davidson Thomas, 31, of Coalgate, Okla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. He was born Sept. 11, 1978, in Bedford.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Mildred Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Campbell-Elrod Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Riley, Larry Don Thomas, Don Thomas, Larry Thomas, Jeremy Riley, James Wallace, and Jeff Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Kim Thomas of Coalgate, Okla.; children, Stormy, Mackenzie and Chris Thomas of Coalgate, Okla.; father, Carlos Thomas of Mabank; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by Lola Thomas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Simon Rivas
abt 1926 - Aug 19, 2009

Simon Rivas, 83, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009. Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Graveside services will be noon Saturday, Aug. 22, at Hamilton-Beeman with Pedro Azebes officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jane Audrey Smith
June 11, 1915 - Aug 19, 2009

Jane Audrey Smith, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, and was born June 11, 1915, to Wade Hampton Smith and Ruby Buckner Smith in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Wade H. Smith Jr. (and wife Pat), and Jack Buckner Smith. She is survived by her sister, Anne Smith Humphries and husband Olin Humphries Jr. of Houston; sister-in-law, Mrs. Jack (Virginia) Smith and nephew Warren Smith (and wife Linda) of Hammond, La.; and nephews, Wade H. Smith III (and wife Elise) and Dana B. Smith of Houston; plus great-nieces and great-nephews. Jane lived at the home of her birth until 2003 when she moved to Houston.

She was quite active at First Baptist Church (Sunday school, finance committee, etc.). Jane graduated from Corsicana High School and helped plan reunions for 1932 grads. She was accomplished at the piano throughout her school days and performed at junior and high school graduations. She belonged to Le Livre and Athenaeum Clubs, gave many book reviews, participated in Pink Ladies and on Kinsloe House committees.

She enjoyed working for three outstanding employers: (1) attorney R.B. Malloy; (2) C.A. Middleton and his sons John and Elliot; and (3) Wm. B. Robinson and Billie Love Robinson (now McFerran), which became Investment Planning Associates.

After a private family interment, a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

The Building Fund at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110, would have been Jane’s favorite charity.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Coy Lee Amon
d. July 15, 2009

Coy Lee Amon went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2009, in Lufkin, after a long illness.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Eleventh Avenue Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Mr. Amon was a longtime resident of Corsicana but had lived the last several years in Lufkin, where he passed away.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tilda Amon; his father, Ely Coy Amon; brother, Lonnie Amon; son, Walter Amon; and granddaughter, Mandy Parker.

He is survived by one son, and Dennis Lee Amon and wife Charlotte of Saginaw; two daughters, Marie Ann Southworth and husband Larry of Dallas, and Shela Jean Plaster of Colorado; four grandsons, Steven Amon, Eric Parker, David Mallewick and Chris Mallewick; two granddaughters, Amy Parker and Loni Amon; a number of great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruby Faye McGilvra; one nephew and two nieces

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Ely Coy Amon
July 14, 1903 - July 31, 1975

Services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday in Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Ely Amon, 72, who died in Henderson Thursday.
Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Lonnie Amon of Corsicana and Coy Lee Amon of South Gates, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth McGilvery of Henderson; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Crisp of Texas City and Mrs. Ellie Honea of Waco; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Aug 1, 1975
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Death certificate shows his burial in Hamilton Beeman but he is not listed in the book. Son, Lonnie T. Amon is.
    Lonnie T. Amon - July 3, 1938 - Nov 11, 1981

Charlene Maria (Langley) Hancock
abt 1975 - Aug 19, 2009

Charlene Maria Langley Hancock, 34, of Kerens passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, at Kerens Care Center.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at New Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Earnest Betts officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.

Mrs. Hancock is survived by her husband, Walter Hancock; son, Trevier DeJames Langley; parents, James and Favrene Langley; sisters, Arlene Benjamin (Andreas), Gwen Langley, Melody Brown (Rodrick), and Mary Martin (Gene); brothers, Frederick Langley and Cedrick Langley; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Helen Marie (Littlejohn) Murphy
abt 1921 - Aug 18, 2009

Helen Marie (Littlejohn) Murphy, 88, of Waco passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at a Waco retirement home. The family will receive friends form 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Wade Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating.  Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

Grady Arnold, 57, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Mildred Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Cecil Lee Wright
Jan 29, 1931 - Aug 21, 2009

Cecil Lee Wright, 78, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, in Corsicana. Mr. Wright was born on Jan. 29, 1931, in Mildred to Cortez and Ada (Keeton) Wright. He was an operator in the oil field.

Mr. Wright was a loving husband, father and grandfather, known by his family and friends how much he loved to fish, hunt, and crack jokes. Mr. Wright served in the United States Marine Corps in the 1st Marine Division in the Korean Conflict and proudly served his country.

Mr. Wright is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Sherrard Wright; three daughters and son-in-laws, Camille and Mickey McCain of Corsicana, Connie Wright Harrison of Carrollton, and Cathy and Jeff Smith of Waller. He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, J.D. and Betty Wright of Corsicana; and grandchildren, Sloane and Candace McCain of Corsicana, Riccie and Andrew Garango of Austin, Tiffany and Matt Broxson of White Deer, Heather Marie Harrison of Austin, and Chip Harrison of Carrollton; and great-grandchildren, Tyler McCain of Corsicana, Tatum Broxson of White Deer, and Antonio Garango of Austin.

Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his parents, Cortez and Ada Wright; and two sisters, Lucille Crowley and Lillian Herrington.

Pallbearers will be Sloane McCain, Chip Harrison, Andrew Garango, Matt Broxson, Terry Granger and Thomas Tallant.

Honorary pallbearers are Billy Tallant and Don Vaughn.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with military rites conducted by the United States Marine Corps.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Grady Arnold
Sept 30, 1952 - Aug 20, 2009

Grady Arnold, 56, of Navarro, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 30, 1952, in Corsicana, the son of the late Carl Otis and Genell Griffin Arnold. Mr. Arnold was a warehouseman for PacTiv Corporation, he attended Mildred Baptist Church. He had coached Little League for many years and enjoyed playing softball. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at Mildred Baptist Church with Bro. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will be in Richland Cemetery.

Mr. Arnold is survived by his wife, Dana Arnold of Navarro; son, David Arnold and wife Tanya of Navarro; grandson, Hunter Arnold of Navarro; sister, Gail Allbritton and husband Barry of Angus; brother-in-law, Rusty Blue of Rice; sister-in-law, Angie Hoke and husband Rusty of Huntsville; brother-in-law, Brandon Blue and wife Misty of Kerens; sister-in-law, Joann Urquhart of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Wynona (Herod) Howard
Nov 14, 1935 - Aug 22, 2009

Wynona Howard
Wynona Howard went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 22, 2009 in Corsicana at the age of 73. She was born in Corsicana on November 14, 1935 to Marvin Herod and Jackie Beasley Herod. She was a member of the Mildred Baptist Church and loved her church family, working with children in Bible Class and helping those feel better by playing the piano at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. Wynona enjoyed crocheting, reading, music, and spoiling her family at every opportunity. Her family will miss her but know that they will be together someday.

Wynona was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years Bill Howard and her parents Marvin and Jackie Herod. He is survived by her children Elaine Jernigan and husband Fred of Corsicana, Kenneth Howard and wife Vonda of Corsicana, and Peggy Hensley and husband Mark of San Antonio. Grandchildren: Lora Tyra and husband Don, Kevin Jernigan, Jennifer Jennings and husband John, Josh Howard, Justin DeMoss, Chaese Robinson, and Conner Hensley. Great grandchildren: Kyndal Tyra, Madison Tyra, Zachary Jennings, Steven DeMoss, and Michael DeMoss. Brothers David Herod and wife Lil of West Virginia, and Wayne Herod and wife Linda of Oklahoma. Brother-in-laws James Howard and wife JoAnn of Purdon and Dewit Howard and wife Della of Hamilton. Wanda is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and special friends.

Visitation will be held on Monday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 25, at the Mildred Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with Bro. Tony Neal officiating. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Jernigan, Josh Howard, Justin DeMoss, Chaese Robinson, Don Tyra, and John Jennings.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Navarro Regional Hospital in the ICU unit.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Marilyn (Fleming) Keeling
Oct 26, 1934 - Aug 21, 2009

Marilyn Keeling, 74, of Wortham, passed away on Friday, August 21, at her residence. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 24, at 11a.m. at Porter Chapel in Wortham with John Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the chapel in Wortham.

Marilyn was born on October 26, 1934 in Richland, to Rudolph & Elsieline Swink Fleming. She retired as a beauty operator after 20 plus years of service.

Preceding her in death were her parents. She is survived by her husband, Arnold Keeling; daughter, Stacy Johnson & husband, Nolan; son, Scott Keeling & Julie; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Frost and Billie Burney; sister-in-law, Delorse Beirpounch and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and so many friends she loved.

Pallbearers are Joe “Bear” Breeden, Sam Wright, Shawn Brown, Nolan Johnson, Clint Bennett & Andy Burney.

Porter Chapel, Wortham, is in charge of arrangements

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Charles Leslie Garvin
Dec 12, 1893 - Sep 24, 1987

C. L. Garvin, 93, of Blooming Grove died Thursday at Lakeworth Nursing Home in Fort Worth.
Services will be 2 p. m. Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with the Revs. Berry Fikes and John Hollingsworth officiating. Burial will be in Lone Oak Cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Gove.
He is survived by two sons, Johnny Garvin and Earl Garvin, both of Lancaster; six daughters, Mildred North of California, Lucille Green of Arizona, Fay Ingram of Lancaster, Sue Brumbelow of Terrell, Mearl Southard of Blooming Grove and Billie Christie of Corsicana; 20 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandson. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Betts, Robert Gold and J. O. Fields.

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William Washington Marion "Son" Harper
Mar 4, 1902 - Jul 26, 1997

William Marion (Son) Harper, 95, of Chatfield, died July 26, 1997, in Chatfield.

Graveside services are Monday at 10 a.m. at the New Chatfield Cemetery, with Rev. Virginia O. Bassford of Chatfield United Methodist Church officiating.

Mr. Harper was born March 4, 1902, in Chatfield.

Mr. Harper is survived by his wife, Bess Harper of Chatfield; daughter, Corinne Patrick of Grapevine; grandson and his wife, Roger and Gina Patrick of Trophy Club and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to the Chatfield United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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John Harris Montfort
Dec 3, 1907 - Aug 4, 1997

Graveside services for John Harris Montfort of Corsicana will be held at 11 a.m. today, August 6, at the New Chatfield Cemetery with Rev. Marion M. Harris of Jefferson and Marshall officiating. Mr. Montfort died Monday, August 4, in Marshall after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Montfort was born in Navarro County on December 3, 1907, the son of Robert Earl Montfort and Bertha Easterling Montfort. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1925 and Texas A&M College in 1929. Mr. Montfort married Katherine Finch in 1935, and she preceded him in death in 1937. Mr. Montfort and Lois Edith Davis were married for 51 years and she preceded him in death in 1992.

Mr. Montfort served in the Army Air Corps during World War II at Foster Field in Victoria and Randolph Field in San Antonio. He retired from the Air Corps with the rank of Colonel.

After the war, Mr. Montfort returned to Navarro County to farm and ranch near Chatfield. He was active in the First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge No. 174, and the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students.

Mr. Montfort is survived by his daughter, Ann Montfort Burns of Marshall; grandson, William Montfort Burns of Dallas; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Burns of Dallas; a brother and sister-in-law, Theo and Helen Montfort of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Maxine Montfort of Corsicana, Estelle Finch Freemon of Wichita Falls, Francis Finch Brown of Houston, Doris Finch Legge of Gainesville, Audrey Davis of Santa Barbara, Calfiornia; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Montfort was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Dr. William Quintin Burns of Marshall and his brother, Robert Earl Montfort of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James David Jordan
Mar 14, 1844 - May 14, 1917

Death Notice

J. D. Jordan, aged 73 years, died at the home of his son-in-law, Howard Drain, near Emhouse Monday afternoon.

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King Willow News.
Mr. Jordan who has been sick the past week with the black jaundice died this evening at six o’clock. Weep not, dear ones for he has gone to rest where there will be no more heartaches or pains. The bereaved family have my heartfelt sympathy.

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Teddy Jay Evans
Nov 27, 1931 - Jun 11, 1996


Teddy Jay Evans 64 of Rio Vista, Texas died in Cleburne. Services will be held 10 AM Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ted Evartt. Burial will follow in Dresden Cemetery in Dresden.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth O'Neal, Scott Mabry, Mark Ashford, Doug Brown, Aaron Ashford, Jimmy Ray Ashford.

Mr. Evans was born November 27, 1931 in Jewett. He was employed by the Aircraft Division of General Dynamics Corp. He was a Veteran, U. S. Marine Corp.

He is survived by his wife, Jerry Evans, Rio Vista; daughter Pamala Resz, San Marcos, California; granddaughter Marci Pavlus-Newill, Ft. Worth; great grand child Cody Allen Pavlus-Newill, Ft. Worth and Lauren Ashley Pavlus Newill, Ft. Worth; mother Clara H. Evans, Houston; sister Helen Brown, Houston; brother, Sidney Evans, Colorado.

Teddy Jay Evans was preceded by his father, Sidney Eli Evans

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Ruby B. (Jackson) Blair
May 6, 1890 - Jan 9, 1963

Mrs. J. B. Blair, 72, native of Alabama, long-time Corsicana resident, 733 West Tenth Avenue, died in Dallas Wednesday night.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. E.A. Keris, pastor of the Petty's Chapel Baptist church, of which she was a member. Mrs. Blair was the widow of the late J.B. Blair long-time Corsicana policeman.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ed. C. Frost, Dallas; a grandson, Dwyaine Frost, Dallas; a brother, John Jackson, Ennis; a sister, Mrs. Dovie Henderson, Highlands and other relatives.

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Arnold "A. J." Williams
d. Aug 20, 2009

Arnold "A. J." Williams passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in Bonham. No services are requested. Mr. Williams retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service and resided in Kerens. Survivors include his only son, Mark Eugene Williams and wife Kim of Rowlett; one granddaughter, Tiffany Williams of Hurst; brothers, Alon Williams and wife Eva Jim of Lawton, Okla., and Charlie Williams and wife Candice of Kerens; and a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Thomas Sidney "Sid" Pennington Jr.
Sep 30, 1934 - Aug 28, 2009

Thomas Sidney "Sid" Pennington Jr., 74 of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. He was born Sept. 30, 1934, in Union Springs, Ala., to Thomas S. Pennington Sr. and Nelda Lee Baker. He is survived by his wife, Willie E. Pennington of Corsicana; children, Steven Pennington of Bonham, Thomas C. Pennington of Wylie, Allen Pennington of Corsicana, and Michelle Pennington of Little Elm; sisters, Martha Simmons of Wichita Falls, Sue Laffond of Pace, Fla., and Patricia Parrish of Pace, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Lauren Pennington and Tracy Pennington. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Willie E. (Saylors) Pennington
March 10, 1937 - April 2, 2011

Willie E. Pennington, 74, of Corsicana passed away on April 2, 2011, at her residence.

She was born on March 10, 1937 to William and Ruby Saylors and raised in Glascow, Mo. Willie was a veteran of the United States Navy where she met her husband, Thomas Sidney Pennington. She and her husband made their home in Corsicana and she worked for 25 years at Navarro Regional Hospital as a nurse in Labor and Delivery.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Sidney Pennington, in 2009; brothers and sisters, Freddie Lynn, Pat Coppock, Martha Raines, and Richard Lynn. Also preceding her in are grandchildren, Lauren Pennington and Tracy Pennington.

Survivors include her children, Thomas Pennington of Wylie, Steven Pennington of Bonham, and Allen Pennington of Corsicana; grandchildren’ Kurt, Jacob, Angela, Dylan, Alicia, Ryan, Michelle, Janice, Laura, Billy, and Amanda; neighbor and caregiver Linda Powers; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2011, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Doris Fawl officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kirk Pennington, Darrell Stevenson, Justin Lynch, Justin Rojas, Brandon Coppock and Terry Watkins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Kay (Hammonds) Hooser
Feb 22, 1934 - Aug 30, 2009

Kay Hammonds Hooser, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at the age of 75. She was a very giving mother, a devoted wife, and a wonderful doting grandmother. Kay was a blessing to everyone she met and she can easily be described as a loving, humble servant. Kay was born Feb. 22, 1934, to Zebby and Ethel Green Hammonds. She was raised in the Lone Cedar Community. Kay attended school in Lone Cedar, Avalon, Hamrock and was an honor graduate of Italy High School in 1951. She worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Dallas for 13 years. On April 13, 1963, Kay married Jimmy Hooser of Frost. She was a member of Frost Baptist Church since 1965.She was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Hammonds; and sister, Mrs. Genece Gorman. Kay is survived by her husband, Jimmy Hooser; son and daughter-in-law, James and Lisa Hooser; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Will Adamson; and her loving grandchildren, Carly, Samuel, Andrew and Caroline; sister, Jan Wolaver of Italy; brother-in-law, Buddy Gorman of Rankin; half-brother, Zeb and Ellen Hammonds of Montice, Calif., two aunts, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Frost Baptist Church with interment to follow at Frost Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Frost Baptist Church, Frost Cemetery, or to the Diabetic Association. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Juanita Ross
Mar 2, 1934 - Sep 1, 2009

Juanita Ross, 76, of DeSoto passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, in DeSoto. She was born on March 2, 1934, in Corsicana. She was a real estate agent with Century 21 for many years. Mrs. Ross is survived by her son, Johnny Ross; sister, Marjetta Cody; granddaughter, Tina Ross; and nieces and nephew, Trina Jeffers and David and Dixie Jeffers. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be J.D. Johnston, David Johnston, Mike Wendt, Bill Harrison, Chris St. Clair and Lance Mixon. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Bailey, Ken Hern and Kyle Daviss. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bobby Sparks Sr.
Jan 13, 1931 - Sep 2, 2009

Bobby Sparks Sr. passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 125 S. Fifth St., with Bishop K.D. Davis Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Bobby, the youngest son of Helen and Curtis Sparks Sr., was born Jan. 13, 1931, in Corsicana. A lifelong resident of his birthplace, Bobby was sometimes called "Corsicana's native son" because he loved Corsicana, and he possessed a vast knowledge of its history and traditions. Bobby enjoyed sharing stories about the early years of Jackson High School's colorful history and its successful years in football, academia, and music. In high school and college, Bobby excelled in music and football. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Huston-Tillotson College in 1954, he returned to Corsicana and impacted the lives of many young people as he taught fifth grade science and mathematics. In 1965, Bobby earned a Master of Education degree from Prairie View A and M University. In 1979, he continued to serve the educational community as administrative assistant for Corsicana Independent School District and assistant principal at Collins Middle School. Retiring in 1996 after serving 42 years in the Corsicana ISD, Bobby developed a renewed interest in golf and spent much of his time in later years improving his game. Bobby possessed a passion for football, dog racing, horse racing, and music. A trumpeter, he loved music, especially jazz. During his life, he organized and played in many different bands in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, including The Pete Cooley Band. Bobby played with greats such as John Hardee, David "Fathead" Newman and Arnett Cobb. He also has served as a musical mentor for many budding musicians including his Grammy award-winning son, Bobby Sparks II, and the late Bobby Simpson. Bobby was a member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church for more than 60 years. He served faithfully as a deacon, chairman of the finance committee, and a member of the male chorus for more than 40 years. He also was a member of the National Education Association, Texas State Teachers Association, Retired Teachers Association, Jackson Ex-Students Association, and Jackson Athletic Association. At the time of his demise, he was a board member for the Jackson Multicultural Association and the Boys and Girls Club. Bobby is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Molly Smart Sparks; two daughters, Helen Lee-Kahn and Bobbie Lynette Sparks Williams; one son, Bobby Sparks II; three grandchildren, Jordan Rene' Williams, Bobby Sparks III and Raya Marie Sparks; two brothers, Lasalle Donnell Sr. and Curtis Sparks Jr.; daughter-in-law, Tierannye Sparks; son-in-law, J.R. Williams II, MD.; sister-in-law, Gladys Sparks; one niece, Helen Cole; two nephews, Frank Donnell and Gregory Brent Sparks; and several great-nieces and great-nephews, extended family members including, but not limited to, Walter E. Day, Ricky Walter Sr., Paul Lewis, Ezra, Beverly and Calvin Carroll, Pam and Charles Colbert, and a host other family, friends, and former students. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Ken Turner
Jan 1, 1934 - Sep 2, 2009

Ken Turner, 75, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at his residence. He was born on Jan. 1, 1934, in McGregor. He worked as a manager in ground transportation. He was a member of Mildred Baptist Church. Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ervin Speerbrecher; parents, Lee and Sue Turner; brother, David Turner; and a sister, Gloria Dawn Doty. He is survived by his wife, Marian E. Turner of Corsicana; daughters, Sheila Turner of Corsicana, Mary Scott of Waco, and Kelly Thompson and husband Dale of Lincoln, Ark.; son, Kenneth Turner II and wife Julie of Waco; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren with one more on the way; brother, James Turner of Abilene; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his beloved dog, Maxine. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randall Evett officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 212 E. First Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary F. (Grassman) Ponder
Oct 21, 1940 - Sep 1, 2009

Mary F. Ponder, 68, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, in Kerens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors, Hillsboro. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Hickey Cemetery near Hillsboro. Memorial services will follow the graveside services at 5 p.m. at Kerens Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Barry Lippart officiating. Mary Ponder was born on Oct. 21, 1940, in Los Angeles, Calif., the daughter of William and Julianne (Scallon) Grassman. On Feb. 12, 1999, she married Monroe Ponder in Hill County and he preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2003. She enjoyed being a teachers' aide and working with children. An avid crossword puzzle worker and bingo player, Mary loved fishing, camping, and animals, especially her dogs and cats. She was a member of Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Malakoff. Also preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, David Depew; and a brother, William "Memo" Grassman. Survivors include her seven children, William Depew of Kerens; Joe Depew of Oakley, Calif., Charles "Chuck" Depew of Oakley, Calif., James Depew of Livermore, Calif., Diane Kirchner of Oakley, Calif., Robert Depew of Las Vegas, Nev., and Marie Weiss of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Mary Grassman of Rosemede, Calif.; and nine grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Kerens Center Headstart, 111 S.E. Fifth St., Kerens, TX 75144.Arrangements by Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors, Hillsboro.

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Lynn Thompson
Dec 3, 1942 - Sep 6, 2009

Lynn Thompson, 66, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, surrounded by his family at his home in Duncanville after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Thompson was born on Dec. 3, 1942, in Corsicana to Floyd and Edna Thompson. He was the youngest of three, known for his streak of stubborn independence. And according to his sister was, in fact, "Mama's favorite." In 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Nikki McCollum, after sweeping her off her feet in his snow cone truck; later moving her to Dallas. In 1965, he joined the United States Air Force during which time he had his first child, Stacey, in 1967. When his service was honorably completed in 1969, he moved back to Dallas, with his young family; completing it in 1972, with the birth of his son, Ronald. Mr. Thompson finally settled in Duncanville in 1975, where he eventually retired and garnered the reputation as Defender of the Neighborhood against stray dogs, illegally parked cars, and all things untoward on Katherine Court. Retaining his reputation for stubborn independence, he was also known to soften when showing his devotion to his family and beloved pets. He is warmly remembered for his uncanny ability to fix all things mechanical, his meticulous yard, and canning some pretty mean jellies. He is survived by his wife, Nikki McCollum-Thompson of Duncanville; his daughter, Stacey Thompson of Dallas; his son, Ronald Thompson of Duncanville; and his sister, Elizabeth Sullivan of Houston. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and many friends who will dearly miss him. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Jo (Anderson) Willis
June 27, 1946 - Sep 4, 2009

Mary Jo Anderson Willis went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at the age of 63. Mary was born June 27, 1946, in Pickett to Keely and Lois Anderson of Emhouse. She grew up in Emhouse but lived in Midlothian where she raised her family for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Keely and Lois Anderson. Mary leaves behind a husband, Donnie Willis; three sons, Bobby Nix Jr., Alyn Nix and Johnny Nix and wife Cari; daughter, Tonya Mears; two stepsons, Terry Willis and wife Tammy and Bryan Willis and wife Nicole; stepdaughter, Kim Willis; nine grandchildren, one great-grandson, seven step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild; brother, Martin DeRusha; sisters, Chris Holcomb and husband Roy Don and Ann Baggett; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends, who will all miss her dearly. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Midlothian Funeral Home, 200 E. Avenue E, Midlothian, with services at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Midlothian Funeral Home with graveside immediately following at Midlothian Cemetery. Arrangements by Midlothian Funeral Home, Midlothian.

 

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Mildred Fay (Brown) Greenburg
Sep 20, 1915 - Sep 2009

Born Sept. 20, 1915 on the family farm in Blessing, Texas to W. A. and Cornelia Brown, the family later moved to Corsicana where they were long-time residents. Mildred attended schools in Corsicana. She married Saul "Sonny" Greenburg in 1936.Due to his association with the horse racing industry, Sonny and Millie traveled extensively and eventually settled in Southern California. Through their association with the horse racing industry, Mildred and Sonny were involved with and were privileged to attend the opening of every horse racing facility in California. Mildred was also involved in the movie industry as an actress and played bit parts in several movies. Through this association she became acquainted with many of the film stars of the era. Millie loved to travel and in her later years, she and her sisters traveled around the world. She passed away peacefully at her home on Aug. 31, 2009. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Ethel Carter of Dallas, Lillian Pierce of Corsicana, Clara Childress of Mesquite, John Henry Brown of Oxnard, Calif., Bill Brown of Corsicana, and Katherine Stanley of Los Angeles, Calif.———Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jack Rederick Carroll
Oct 9, 1949 - Sep 9, 2009

Jack Rederick Carroll, 59, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in Corsicana. Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at St. James AME Church in Dawson with Pastor Marilyn Stephens officiating. Interment will follow at Farmersville Cemetery in Dawson. riends of the family will serve as pallbearers. Mr. Carroll was born Oct. 9, 1949, in Dawson. Survivors include his mother, Mildred Carroll Henry of Dawson; two sisters, Maxine Fulchur of Dawson and Debra L. Smith of Mexia; two brothers, Charles Carroll of Dawson and Billy Ray Carroll of Chickasha, Okla.; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends; and special friend, Carolyn Cherry. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Albert Curry Donohoo
1922 - Sep 10, 2009

Albert Curry Donohoo, M.D., MPH, FACPM, FAAO, 87, of Richland Hills passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Al was born in 1922 to Albert Horne Donohoo and Julia Curry Donohoo in Marlin. He grew up in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School. When World War II started, he became a U.S. Army military policeman and then a medic. After World War II, he attended medical school in New York. He then rejoined the U.S. Army and became an ophthalmologist. He served during the Korean War and Vietnam and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his career, he was assigned to Washington, D.C., Okinawa, Japan, San Antonio, Heidelberg, Germany, Fort Hood and Vietnam. He commanded the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Vietnam and Darnell Army Hospital at Fort Hood and was the division surgeon for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood. He was a holder of the Bronze Star and numerous campaign medals. He also received a certificate of appreciation from the government of Mexico for relief work done after Hurricane Beulah in 1967. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1968.He then joined the Texas Department of Public Health, earned a master's degree from the University of Houston in public health and worked to control the spread of tuberculosis in Texas. After a few years, he opened a private practice in Fort Worth and practiced ophthalmology. He served on the city council of Richland Hills for several years during this time. He retired again in 1995 and he and his wife traveled extensively throughout the world. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Jean K. Donohoo; children, Malcolm K. Donohoo, Kenneth A. Donohoo and wife Judith, Allen G. Donohoo and wife Deborah, and Robert C. Donohoo; and grandchildren, Sean Donohoo, Kristine Donohoo and Kaitlyn and Michael Donohoo. Arrangements by Lucas Funeral Home, Hurst.

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Glenn Thomas May
Sep 19, 1922 - Sep 13, 2009

Glenn Thomas May passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 19, 1922, to Dewey Thomas May and Etta Farris May. He lived in the Kerens area all his life, except for the time he served in the military. Glenn was in the Army Air Force from 1941 to 1946, and served in World War II. Glenn married Nora Lee Griggs on March 1, 1946. They were married 63 years. They had four children, who with their spouses are: Sherry Etta Hamm and husband Paul from Rockwall, Glenda Lee Griffin and husband Ricky from College Station, Connie Gale Maxwell and husband Wayne from Lewisville, and Luke Thomas May and wife Arlene from Hewitt. Nora Lee and Glenn have 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They also have twin great-grandsons due to arrive any day, which will expand the number of great-grandchildren to eight. He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Ingram of Kerens. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dreka Rohde, sister Louetta Fort, and many other friends and relatives. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, and served in numerous leadership positions throughout the years. Glenn worked at Miller Brothers Adam Hat Factory for 36 years. He later worked as an employee of the Kmart Distribution Center for eight years. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at First United Methodist Church in Kerens with Kory Koch and the Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Interment will be at Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jerry Garrison, Don Paschal, Jim Bob Ivey, Bobby Kent, Bobby Bain and Obie Lockhart. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Laura (Ingram) Berglund
Mar 11, 1959 - Sep 8, 2009

Laura Ingram Berglund went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. She was born March 11, 1959, in Freeport to Cherlyn and James Ingram. Laura was a talented, creative homemaker who loved cooking, sewing, gardening, and bird watching. She grew up in the Houston area and graduated from Katy High School. Laura accepted Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson, when she was 6 years old. She was a member of The Avenue Church in Waxahachie. Laura is survived by her two sons, Daniel Golmon of Lewisville and Samuel Berglund of Waxahachie; her parents, Cherlyn and Gerry Newbury of Plano; her grandmother, Willie Derryberry of Plano; her sisters, Julie Ingram of Waxahachie and Amy Roberts of Plano; her brothers, Keith Ingram of Plainfield, Ind., Brian Ingram of Waxahachie, and David Newbury of Dallas. Other special people in Laura's life are her friend Brittany Ogelsby of Waxahachie; her sisters-in-law, Mary Beth Ingram and Lisa Ingram of Waxahachie, and Susan Ingram of Fishers, Ind.; and her brother-in-law, Doug Roberts of Plano. Laura had nine nieces and nephews that gave her love and laughter: Timothy, Jessica, and Caleb Ingram of Indiana, Cameron, Jacob, and Alyssa Ingram of Waxahachie, Jourdan Bradley and Brooke Roberts of Plano, and Justice Ingram of Waxahachie. She is also survived by her aunts and uncles, Lanny and Linda Derryberry of Austin and Preston and Helen Ingram of Baton Rouge, La.; her great-aunts, Freddie Summers of Corsicana, Betty Heald of Malakoff, Velma McClure of Blooming Grove, and Mildred Jones of Dallas; her great-uncles, Bill Flint of Corpus Christi and Al Prince of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; her cousins, Gary Ingram and Paula Dye of Baton Rouge, La. Laura was preceded in death by her father, James Ingram; her grandparents, Wilburn Derryberry and Preston and Bernice Ingram; and her cousin, Lou Anne Richard. A special memorial service celebrating Laura's life will be held at The Avenue Church, 1679 U.S. Highway 77 North, Waxahachie, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, with Pastor Dave Brown officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or to The Truth Organization (RTI International), a group dedicated to prevention of cigarette smoking. Arrangements by Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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Dorothy Juanita (Spicer) Waller
Nov 5, 1926 - Sep 10, 2009

Dorothy Juanita Waller of Kemp passed away in Athens, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the age of 82. She was born in Trinidad on Nov. 5, 1926, to Henry Leamon and Bessie Bell Hellner Spicer. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, and grandsons, Kevin Dale Waller and Robert Wesley Avant. Survivors include her husband of over 63 years, Alvin Franklin Waller; sons, Leslie David Avant and wife Patricia Ann of Talty and Larry Eugene Waller and wife Alice Fay of Seagoville; daughter, Alvita Jo Johnson and husband William of Kemp; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; brothers, Vernon Leamon Spicer and Gene Darrell Spicer and wife Jo Ann; plus numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends. Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, at Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp, with interment following at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by Anderson Clayton Bros. Funeral Home, Kemp.

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Geneva (Spurlock) Drain
abt 1926 - Sep 14, 2009

Geneva Spurlock Drain, age 83, of Greensboro, Ala., formerly of Dawson, passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Perry County Nursing Home in Marion, Ala., after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Greensboro Bible Methodist Church in Greensboro, Ala., with the Rev. Steve Vernon officiating. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Black Hills Cemetery in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Spurlock; her husband, Aubrey Drain; and a stepdaughter, Francine Yates. She is survived by her sister, Frances Seale of Alabama; three stepchildren, Judy Martin and Joyce Cook of Texas and Linda Davis of Florida; a nephew, William C. Seale of Alabama; a niece, Beth Seale of Florida; and two step-grandchildren, Tommy and Sherry Yates of Tennessee. Arrangements by Kirk Funeral Home, Greensboro, Ala.

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Larry M. Green
Nov 10, 1944 - Sep 15, 2009

Larry M. Green, 64, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. He was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Dallas to Jessie Green and Nelva Thompson Green. He is survived by his wife, Cherly Green of Corsicana; daughter, Kimberly Freeze and husband Chad of Corsicana; son, Jeremy "Dog" Green and wife Allison of Friendswood; brothers, Terry Duckett and family of Gun Barrel and David Green and family of Garland; and two grandchildren, Lucas and Ariel Green. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the YMCA Brody Duren Scholarship, YMCA, 400 W. Oaklawn, Corsicana, TX 75110.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Memorial service will be 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Catherine Anne (Schiffer) Titus
June 10, 1940 - Sep 13, 2009

Catherine Anne Titus, 69, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born June 10, 1940, in Weehawken, N.J., to George and Helen Schiffer and was raised in New Jersey. She was a seamstress all of her life. Her pride and joy, outside her family, was the showing of her miniature collies. At one time, she did succeed with a grand national champion award for dog shows. In the last three years, she got back to what she also loved — painting portraits.She is survived by her only son and daughter-in-law, Henry G. Kitsz and JoAnne Kitsz; granddaughters, Dawn Marie Kitsz and Melinda Lynn Kitsz; and great-grandson, Mason Coby Kitsz, all of Corsicana; and close friends, June Vannoy and Ross Headley, among others. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Helen Schiffer; sister, Carol Stack; daughters, Connie Jean Kitsz and Debra Bathory; and second husband, Dean Titus. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Church of Christ, 344 Northwood Blvd., Corsicana.

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Gelene (Jordan) Curry
Jun 21, 1922 - Sep 18, 2009

Gelene Jordan Curry, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in Corsicana, at the age of 87. She was born on June 21, 1922, in Coleman to Abb Jordan and Lela Gillen Jordan. She was a member of the Central Methodist Church. Gelene was preceded in death by her husband, R.T. Curry in 1981; children, Dean Curry and Joan Roby; her parents, Abb and Lela Jordan; and brothers, E.A Jordan and Jack Jordan. Survivors include her sons, Skip Curry and wife Vivian of Kingswood and Abb Curry and wife Leann of Eureka; daughter-in-law, Debbie Curry of Houston; grandchildren, Ryan Curry, Tim Curry, Whitney Curry, Jake Welch, Sam Curry, and Misty Bush; brothers, James Lee Jordan of Everman and Tom Jordan and wife Faye of Elkins Lake; a sister, Joan Paschal and husband Bug of Mexia; sister-in-law, Jo Curry of Navarro, sister-in-law Lena Jordan of Nacogdoches.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Curry, Tim Curry, Jake Welch, Scott Reeves, Joe Paschal and Ken Paschal. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Walter Lee Bogart
Oct 8, 1924 - Sept 17, 2009

Walter Lee Bogart, 84, of Corsicana, went home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Sept.17. He was born October 8, 1924, in Roanoke, Texas and raised in Dallas. He attended Dallas Crozier Tech High School and completed his education while serving in the Navy during WWII. Walter was a master electrician and retired from LTV Corp. in 1980, and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3366 and American Legion Post 22. Walter joined the Navy during WWII and served on the destroyer USS Kephart in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. His ship was part of every major US invasion in the Pacific during WWII. Walter and Edith were married 62 years and he was a loving, generous, and caring daddy, grandfather, and friend. Walter loved to be with his family and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially dancing with his lovely wife. He was preceded in death by wife, Edith and parents Elmer Bogart and Mae Frances Evans. Walter is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Robert Isbell; grandchildren and spouses, Christie and Alan Mayer, Allison and Todd Rash, and Steven and Amanda Isbell; great-grandchildren, Caide Southard, Caris Mayer, Katelyn Rash, Sydney Rash, and Emily Isbell; sister, Effie Peters; sister-in-law, Pearl Beaty, and many loving nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Steven Isbell, Todd Rash, Alan Mayer, Caide Southard, Charles Beaty, Jim Mullins, Bobby Grantham and David Brundige. Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held Monday, September 21, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel and interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Rev. Max Rash and Rev. Steve Hayes will officiate.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Marion Hampton "Mickey" Wilkinson
Oct 17, 1928 - Sep 19, 2009

Marion "Mickey" Hampton Wilkinson, 80, passed away Sept. 19, 2009. He was born Oct. 17, 1928 in Stockdale, to Ivy Wilkinson and Ruby Tomlinson Wilkinson. He loved fishing and playing dominos and cards. He is survived by sons, Virgil and Sandra Wilkinson of Corsicana, and Pat Wilkinson of Corsicana; daughter, Donna and Grady Loper of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by wife, Katherine Wilkinson; parents, Ivy and Ruby Wilkinson; son, David Wilkinson; three brothers and three sisters. Pallbearers are Blake Divin, Justin Wilkinson, Cory Wilkinson, Zachary Wilkinson, Danny Miller and Cody Sherrard. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Jimmy Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers ,donations may be made to American Cancer Society Navarro Unit, 200 North 13th Street., Suite 102, Corsicana, TX 75110 Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Manuel Thomas Allison Sr.
Jan 31, 1921 - Apr 16, 2001

Manuel Allison, 80, of Gainesville, died Monday, April 16, 2001 at his residence.

A funeral service was held 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at Commerce Street Church of Christ in Gainesville with Mr. Percy Parrish officiating, assisted by Mr. Ronnie Quaid and Mr. Walter Vincent.

Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Clement-Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville. A family visitation was held at Clement-Keel Funeral Home on Tuesday night.

Born Jan. 31, 1921 in Vivian, La. to John and Ruth Allison, Mr. Allison worked for Arco Oil Company for 36 years. He married Bessie Fae Kelly on Dec. 20, 1941 in Gladewater. He was a member of the Optimist Club in Quitman and coached Little League Baseball.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Fae Allison of Gainesville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Stephanie Allison of Shamrock, Philip and Lena Allison of Gainesville and Mike and Patti Allison of Roscoe; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Vasarevic of Tyler; and one sister-in-law, Luella Allison of Lefors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Manuel Allison, Jr.; two brothers, Johnny Allison and Marvin Allison; and one sister.

Pallbearers were friends and family members.

Memorials may be sent to: Christ's Haven for Children, P.O. Box 467, Keller, TX 76248. 

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  • THE SWEETWATER (TX) REPORTER:

Dewey Ray "Dugie" Askins
Dec 6, 1925 - Feb 10, 2007

GRAND SALINE - Services for Dewey Ray "Dugie" Askins, 81, Grand Saline, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Main Street Baptist Church of Grand Saline.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, under direction of Bartley Funeral Home, Grand Saline.

Mr. Askins died Feb. 10, 2007, in Grand Saline.

He was born Dec. 6, 1925, in Utica, Okla., to the late Elbert "Buck" and Bonnie Sullivan Askins.

He owned and operated Mistletoe Shoe Shop in Dallas and Mistletoe Shoe Shop No. 2 in Grand Saline for 64 years. He was a member of Main Street Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school for many years. He was preceded in death by son, Jerry Huddleston, two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Askins, Grand Saline; son, Randy Askins, Dallas; daughters, Cheryl McMurray, Lubbock, Judy Ray, North Richland Hills, Dina Bell, Houston, and Teena Boyles, Grand Saline; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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  • Published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on 2/12/2007.

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