Navarro County, Texas
Aubrey A. Pollock
Jan 30, 1901 - Nov 1977
Aubrey A. Pollock, 70, of RL2, San Saba, died at 7 a.m.
Wednesday at Hendrick Medical Center. Services are pending with Elliott-Hamil
Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Born Jan. 30, 1901, in Corsicana, he retired from Mobil
Oil Co. in 1980 after 40 years of service. He married Ercle Brannon in 1920 in
Corsicana. They moved to San Saba in 1960 from Seminole, where they had lived
for 11 years.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Aubrey E. of
Lovington, N.M.; four brothers, Henry A. of Abilene, Claude and Odie, both of
Corsicana, and Bob of Dallas.
The family will be at 3382 Parcrest.
Gerald Ray Davis, Sr.
Oct 2, 1935 - Apr 13, 1993
Gerald Davis Sr., 57, of Corsicana died April 13, 1993 at his home.
Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with J.
T. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Lena Davis of Corsicana; one son, Gerald Davis Jr. of
Corsicana; three daughters, Sharon Croger of Corsicana and Brenda Kowalski and
Sandra Kaiser, both of Broomfield, Colo; three brothers, William Davis of North
Little Rock, Ark, and Butch Davis and Talmage Davis, both of Jacksonville, Ark;
one sister, Carolyn Kariker of North Little Rock, Ark., and nine grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be And Owens, Rand Owens, Don Watkins, Jimmy Hawkins, Mike
Smithey and Wayne Gay.
Gerald Ray Davis Sr.
Gerald Davis Sr., 57, of Corsicana died April 13, 1993 at his home.
Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with J.T.
Davis officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Lena Davis of Corsicana; one son, Gerald Davis Jr.
of Corsicana; three daughters, Sharon Croger of Corsicana and Brenda Kowalski
and Sandra Kaiser, both of Broomfield, Colo.; three brothers William Davis of
North Little Rock, Ark. and Butch Davis and Talmage Davis, both of Jacksonville,
Ark.; one sister, Carolyn Kariker of North Little Rock, Ark.; and nine
Pallbearers will be Andy Owens, Randy Owens, Don Watkins, Jimmy Hawkins, Mike
Smithey and Wayne Gay.
Feb 26, 1912 - Apr 1993
James Wilburn Bachman, 81, of Ennis.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana with
Dick Moody officiating. Masonic graveside services by the Corsicana Masonic
Lodge #174 will take palce in Richland Cemetery.
He was born Feb 26, 1912 in Navarro County and was a retired track supervisor
with the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was a member of the Corsicana Masonic
Survivors include his wife, Grace Buchanan of Ennis; one son and
daughter-in-law, J.R. and Barbara Buchanan of Mexia; two grandsons, Robert
Buchanan of Tomball and Rickey Buchanan of Tennessee Colony; one
great-grandchild, Jesse Buchanan of Tomball, and one sister-in-law, Edna
Buchanan of Channel View.
Pallbearers will be J. W. Atchley, Johnny Wickliffe, Le Roy Griffin, Birgil
Griffin, Billy Griffin and Walter Griffin.
Honorary pallbearers are Virgil Atchley Reamon Cooley, Dennis Miller, Ott Loper,
Ken Woods, Coke Carruthers and Norman O'Rear.
Friends desiring to do so may make contributions to the American Heart
Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207.
Aug 31, 1857 - Aug 6, 1932
Former Resident Corsicana Will Be Buried Here Sunday
J. T. Parkinson, formerly a resident of Corsicana, died in Dallas at an early
hour Saturday morning, according to information received here Saturday
afternoon. The funeral will be held here sometime Sunday, but definite funeral
arrangements had not been made at press hour Saturday afternoon.
Funeral arrangements are being handle by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.
Former Corsicana Resident Is Buried in Oakwood Sunday
Funeral services for John Thomas Parkinson, aged 74, native of Mississippi,
formerly resident of Corsicana, she died in Dallas Saturday, were held at
Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, where interment was made. He was
a member of the Christian church.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Parkinson, Dallas; two sons, F. I. Parkinson
and M. H. Parkinson, both of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Black, Salt
Lake City; Mrs. Jewell Beville and Mrs. Mattie Barnes both of Dallas; and a
number of grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were E. B. Wigley, Jeff Wigley and Rufe Wigley, half-brothers, all
of Corsicana; H. J. Parkinson, Jr., grandsons, all of Dallas.
The funeral services here were in charge of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral
Joshua A. West
Apr 28, 1853 - Aug 4, 1932
Aged Native of Navarro County Buried Friday
Funeral services for J. A. West, aged 79, native of Navarro county who died
Thursday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Fannie Stokes, of Emhouse were
held from the sister's residence Friay afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in
the West cemetery at Grange Hall. The services were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood of Eureka and Rev. Bruce Cox of Barry.
Six nephews of the deceased acted as pallbearers, including, R. L. and Durwood
Stokes of Fort Worth; J. E. Stokes of Corsicana; Earl Stokes of Rankin; Lynn
Stokes of Pickett and L. W. Armstrong of Barry.
NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY, 79, DIED IN EMHOUSE COMMUNITY
West, aged 79 years, native of Navarro county, died at the home of
his sister, Mrs. Fannie Stokes, where he made his home, in the
Emhouse community Thursday morning at 11:15 o'clock and the funeral
services will be held from the Stokes home some time Friday with
burial in the West cemetery at Grange Hall, it was learned here
Thursday afternoon by relatives. Surviving are two brothers, J, J,
West, Fort Worth, and A, J. West, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Stokes, and
a number of nieces and nephews. He was a twin brother of A. J. West
of Dallas. Mr. West was an uncle of J. E. Stokes of Corsicana. Bruce
McCormick of Blooming Grove has charge of the funeral arrangements.
John Wall Welch
Mar 24, 1847 - Feb 18, 1919
FOUND DEAD THIS MORNING
Had Ben In Decling Health, But Death Not Expected
From Tuesday's Daily
John Welch, aged seventy-two years and for many years a resident of Corsicana,
was found dead in his bed this morning about 7:30 by his wife. The deceased was
on his side with an arm partially under his head, and looked as though death had
come as he peacefully slept and as if the dreaded messenger had caused neither
pain or the slightest struggle. Mrs. Welch first called her husband to breakfast,
but she received no response, and concluded to let him rest awhile. About that
time a neighbor called to see him on some business and Mrs. Welch went to his
bed and shook him, and found him cold in death.
The deceased is survived by his widow and one son, Preston Welch. He had many
friends who will be pained to know of his passing away.
The funeral services will take from the home tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock,
with Rev. B. W. Vining officiating. The I.O.O.F. ill have charge of the services
at the grave. The local union of brick masons will attend in a body.
- Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Friday, February 21, 1919
Remains Interred This Afternoon
The remains of the late John Welch who was found dead in his bed at home
yesterday morning on Thirteenth street, were interred in
Oakwood this afternoon, and was
largely attended. The services at the home were conducted by Rev. B. W. Vining
and concluded at the Grave by the Odd Fellows.
FOUND DEAD THIS MORNING
Had Been In Declining Health, But Death Not Expected
John Welch, aged seventy-two years and for many years a resident of Corsicana,
was found dead in his bed this morning about 7:30 by his wife. The deceased was
on his side with an arm partially under his head, and looked as though death had
come as he peacefully slept and as if the dreaded messenger had caused neither
pain or the slightest struggle. Mrs. Welch first called her husband to
breakfast, but she received no response and concluded to let him rest awhile.
About that time a neighbor called to see him on some business and Mrs. Welch
went to his bed and shook him, and found him cold in death.
The deceased is survived by his widow and one son, Preston Welch. He had many
friends who will be pained to know of his passing away.
The funeral services will take place from the home tomorrow afternoon at 4
o’clock, with Rev. B. W. Vining officiating. The I. O. O. F. will have charge of
the services at the grave. The local union of brick masons will attend in a
Notice I. O. O. F.
All I. O. O. F. are hereby called to appear at the Hall tomorrow afternoon at
3:30 for the purpose of attending the funeral of Brother J. W. Welch.
R. C. TOLBERT,
W. W. CLOPTON, Sec.
Nancy Eleanor "Nannie" Jackson
abt 1860 - 1916
DIED NEAR NAVARRO
Mrs. Nannie Jackson, wife of W.D. Jackson, died near Navarro last night after a
lingering illness from cancer of the stomach. The deceased was 56 years of age
and is survived by her husband and several children. The remains ere interred at
the Grape Creek cemetery this afternoon at 3:00.
- The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 24, 1916
- w/o Rev. John Newton “Newt” Jackson married Jan. 15, 1869 d/o
Stephen Robinson Ferguson and Julia Ann (Culp) Ferguson
Rev. John Newton "Newt" Jackson
Sep 22, 1837 - Aug 4, 1921
CITIZEN PASSED AWAY
Was Confederate Veteran and a Methodist.
Rev. J. N. Jackson, who was eighty four years old on the 22nd day of May last,
died at his home near Navarro last night after a long illness. The deceased was
a native of South Carolina, and had lived in Navarro County for twenty-one
years. He was a Confederate veteran and at the battle of Gaines Mills Va., he
was shot through both lungs and was left on the battle field three days and
nights as dead. For many years the deceased was a local preacher of the
Methodist church. The wife of the deceased passed away five years ago, but he
has ten living children as follows. Mrs. W. N. Dorsey, Malakoff; Mrs. A. J.
Stogner, Frost; Mrs. J. L. Caffy, Angus; W. N. Jackson, Navarro; Mrs. Nick Greis,
Wichita Falls; Mrs. B. F. Gullett, Corsicana; Mrs. Arthur Walker, Mildred; J. F.
Jackson and Miss Alma Jackson, Burkburnett, and Mrs. G. H. Liggon of Richland,
South Carolina. The funeral took place this afternoon with interment n the
Creek Cemetery and was largely attended.
Nov 3, 1859 [or 1857] - Jun 20, 1916
DIED AT BLOOMING GROVE
Well Known Citizen Passes Away Very Suddenly
Doc Powell, aged 48, and a well known citizen of Blooming Grove, died there
yesterday after only one hour's illness with heart trouble.
The widow and three children survive.
The remains were interred there this afternoon at four o'clock.
Zetela (Peters) Morris
Jan 19, 1876 - Apr 3, 1943
MRS. ZETELA MORRIS DIED DALLAS SUNDAY BURIAL IN CORSICANA
Funeral services for Mrs. Zetela Morris, who died Sunday in Dallas were held
Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Oakwood Cemetery where interment was made.
James Burge officiated.
Surviving are a brother, Robert Johnson; a sister, Mrs. Theresa White; three
nephews, a niece and other relatives.
Pallbearers were J. E. Erwin, T. H. Sanford, R. P. Dacus and Wayne Plunket.
Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.
John Oscar Young
May 28, 1874 - Apr 2, 1943
J. O. Young Rites Held Saturday
Funeral services for J. O. Young age 68 years, who died at 320 West Sixth avenue
Friday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock were held from teh chapel of the Corley Funeral
Home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the Northside
Baptist Church officiated. Burial was in
White Church Cemetery.
Surviving are four brothers, Clarence Young, Bremon; Tom Young, Houston; Sam
Young, Barry; Frank Young, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. W. D. Gilliam, Fort Worth
and other relatives.
Henry Cato Montgomery
Nov 1, 1867 - Mar 28, 1943
H. C. Montgomery Buried at Dresden
H. C. Montgomery, about 65 years of age, died in the Raleigh community Sunday.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the
Surviving are his wife and several children.
- Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - April 6, 1943
Annie (Jackson) Gates
Aug 28, 1905 - June 11, 1971
DAWSON - Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Gates, 67, of Dawson, will be at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Church of God and Christ in Dawson. Elder L. C. Coleman will
officiate with burial in the Dawson Cemetery under the direction of Calhoun
Mrs. Gates died Friday in Memorial Hospital.
Lula Ann (Shaddox) Chism
Feb 20. 1888 - June 14, 1971
Mrs. Lula A. Chism, 83, of Richland, died Monday morning at Evergreen Nursing
Funeral is pending with Corley Funeral Home.
Survivors include a son, Starlie Chism of Richland; a grandson, R. J. Chism of
Pasadena; two granddaughters; a sister, Mrs Myrtle Stewart of Arkansas; and a
brother, Othel Shadix of Shreveport, La. Her husband R. C. Chism, died last May.
Katie Williams (Batte) Shields
Feb 14, 1869 - Feb 13, 1919
DIED AT EUREKA LAST NIGHT
Lady Passes Away After Four Months of Severe Illness
Mrs. Katie Shields, wife of W. B. Shields, aged forty-nine years, eleven months
and twenty-four days, died at the family home at Eureka at 10:45 last night after
an illness of four months and the remains were interred in the
this afternoon at 3 o'clock in the presence of a large concourse of friends and
neighbors. The deceased is survived by her husband and eight children.
In Memory of Mother.
Mrs. W. B. Shields was born February 19, 1869 and died February 13, 1919, being
fifty years of age at the time of her death In the year 1885 she and W. B.
Shields were united in holy bonds of matrimony and for thirty-four years they
shared the joys and troubles of life together. To this union nine children were
given. Seven of them are living and two dead. W. R. and T. L. Shields now
residing in Burkburnett, Mrs. Lewis Weaver of Burkburnett, Mrs. C. B. Harris,
Eureka, a little daughter, Minnie Lee, fourteen years of age and two younger
boys, J. P. and Loyd, eleven and nine years old. Besides these she leaves four
brothers, three sisters, seven grandchildren and other relatives to mourn their
Deceased became a member of the Baptist church in her early girlhood, her first
membership being with the Hopewell church (now known as the Navarro church) of
which she was still a member at the time of her death.
Our lives were blighted, our home ties broken, our hearts were wrought with
grief, on that never-to-be-forgotten night of February 13th when God with his
angels came into our midst and said to our darling mother your stay on this
earth is ended, well done thou good and faithful servant, come on high with me.
Near five months she lingered in illness. She was taken with influenza,
resulting in pneumonia, and at the same time the brain, the spine and all parts
of the body became involved. Many complications followed and in spite of all
medical skill of her faithful and visiting physicians, most attentive and
anxious nursing of friends and relatives, each day brought her more and more
suffering and bitterest agonies, all of which she bore with such Christian
grace, patience and fortitude, just as she had always borne the trials of life.
In times of sorrow or trouble her children knew nothing but to go to mother for
consolation. She always said, remember my dear child, the better you bear your
troubles and trials of this life and the more fortitude you show, the brighter
your crown will be in Heaven. So many times were these words recalled to our
memories when gathered around her bed watching such patient suffering. Never
during the long illness did she become impatient. Always so meek and humble and
ready to do at bidding. Though her disposition was always of the brightest,
sunniest nature, for more than two months before the plague (influenza) seized
her, she seemed despondent, something very unusual in her life and was often
heard to speak of having a burden at heart she could not account for. But when
she relapsed with the influenza she said she could see through it all. She had
to die and leave her little children. Repeatedly she said I do want to live for
my family especially my three little ones, but if it is God’s will I’m willing
to go. She called her little ones daily to her bedside and gave them the same
sweet motherly advice which had always been her custom. Only a few days before
the end came her baby boy, Loyd, went to the bed for his good-bye kiss before
going to school. She said little darling be a good boy, those may be the last
words your mother every speaks to you. They were indeed the last words to her
baby. Oh how my heart throbs with pain and how I long to see that loving,
affectionate mother sit down in her room take her little ones in her arms, smile
and caress them in her own sweet usual way, and enlighten their little hearts as
no one but mother can. Our home is so vacant. Our lives seem naught without her.
When the writer was called upon a few months past to give up her only little
daughter in death. It was easy enough to say God’s will be done, and the mother
is so sad and lonely and so broken hearted without you God has a better home for
you than I can ever have, and when we left her precious little form in the
cemetery, I knew I had done all for the little darling I could ever do, and was
ready to come home to my other babes who needed my care. But when we gathered
around the bed of that dying mother and saw life so swiftly ebbing away and
finally knew her sweet voice was never to be heard in our home again, though we
had not a doubt of her going out in companionship with God and his Angels, we
felt selfish and wanted her with us, and when we laid her in the cemetery with
her dear old parents, her babes and other loved ones we could not say duty calls
us back home to another mother, but had to suffer the bitter pangs of knowing
our first, last and only mother was forever absent and silent from our lives.
And since we have not that darling mother in our midst, the writer feels that
the most peaceful hours of her remaining life will be spent, while sitting by
that silent form in the cemetery. We have such a faithful, tender, loving
father, we have our companions, brothers and sisters but what is a home without
a mother? No poem applies to our lives than
A precious one from us is gone
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
That never can be filled.
How true it is that our mother’s vacancy from our home can never be filled. She
was always so perfectly devoted to her home and to its inmates. And yet we are
sure her heavenly home she spoke of so often in her last days is far more
charming than her earthly home was for her. She said near the last of her
suffering she was so tired and would be glad when she could go. After calling
for her companion one day she said, “Death is gradually creeping upon me I feel
so queer.” Kneeling by her bed with her hand in his her companion in a quiet way
asked if she realized her critical and doubtful condition? She said “I certainly
do. My stay here is almost ended.” He then asked if she was ready to go out to
meet God. Her answer came, yes indeed, all is well, and I hope you are prepared
to meet me some day. She took each of the family by the hand and after a short
sweet talk said she hoped it would not be long till she would see us all again.
One day after a long sweet sleep, she turned her face to an upward position on
her pillow and smiling said to me, do you hear that strange sweet voice. I
answered, no mother, do you hear some one? Yes, she said I hear my mother’s
voice from on high saying be brave. She said I have been brave and now my way
has grown so bright I can clearly see my way to my heavenly home, and I’ll soon
be there. During her last hours, while talking of her future home, it’s beauty
and brightness, she sang the old song, “There’s a Land that is Fairer than Day.”
Though she was too weak to raise her voice she would raise her hand.
Her two grown sons left their work in the oil field and came and labored over
her bed day and night. But after she lingered so long they felt they were
compelled to go back to their work, they left saying to father, we will stay in
readiness to come to mother on a short notice, and though they felt sure they
would never see mother alive again, could think of nothing but coming back to
say farewell to her lifeless form and go with her to her last resting place. But
due to neglect of the telephone and telegraph operators at Burkburnett, they
could by no means receive the death message and did not know of their mother’s
death until she had been buried several days. They immediately came home but
could do nothing but stand over the vacant bed that had been so long occupied by
that dear form, and it seems until now that we should go to that bed and say,
Mother can’t I do something for you? And hear that weak sweet voice answer, “No,
thank you darling.”
No truer proof could be shown of her life of many kind deeds, loving care
bestowed upon all those around her, the many lives brightened, and hearts
lightened by ever-ready hands and unselfish sunny disposition, than to see her
friends and neighbors come in numbers, and though they showed grief and bitter
regret they came with sweetest smiles, never tiring, never failing, and stood
like ministering angels to the end. Her physician was ever ready and willing
when called upon. The days and nights were not too stormy, nor the roads too
muddy for him to venture out, to lend a helping hand and use every medical aid
to bring her to recovery. When other physicians were summoned they came
seemingly so earnest and sincere in her behalf. But God in His wisdom said I
have stronger power than you and I have come to claim her for my own.
For the last time her friends gathered round her piano in the room she loved so
well and with trembling voices sang some of her favorite songs, with Mrs. Effie
Stroder presiding at the piano. Such a heart to heart talk was made. Beautiful
scripture was read and consoling prayer prayed by her cousin W. T. Phillips.
Then the hearse bore away the cherished form, followed by a large host of
friends and relatives to the Hopewell cemetery, where the bands of those dear
friends covered the mound with richest cut flowers and pot plants.
May the life of this dear mother, just as she lived it and taught it to her
precious little children during her stay on this earth be an example and
director for them through their lives and when God comes to sever the ties that
bind them to this world their hereafter will be with Him and their dear, sweet
A GRIEF STRICKEN DAUGHTER.
John Emerson Curington
June 10, 1848 - Feb 9, 1919
A GOOD CITIZEN PASSED AWAY
Father of Sheriff Curington is Buried At Rural Shade Today
J. E. Curington, aged seventy-one years, died here last night at the home of his
son Sheriff J R. Currington, and the remains were taken to from there the
funeral party went to Rural Shade where the remains were interred. Rev. B. F.
Ellis of Kerens, officiated, and a large crowd attended the funeral.
The deceased came to Navarro county from Alabama in 1882 and had been a citizen
of this county for thirty seven years, and during all those years he was in
every sense a good citizen and was esteemed as one of our best men by all who
He is survived by his wife and three children, Sherif J. R. Curington, Bud
Curington, and Mrs. J. A. Berger. The deceased had been in declining health for
many months and was here on a visit to his son when the final summons came.
Jan 21, 1944 - Nov 22, 2009
Cantrell Fulfer, 65, of Corsicana, united with her Lord and Savior on
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with
endometrial cancer. She was born Jan. 21, 1944, to Roy Vincent and Ruth
Ewing Cantrell in Corsicana. Doris served her community diligently for
approximately 35 years as a certified nurse aid and caregiver. She loved
working with the elderly and terminally ill and was admired and loved by
each patient she cared for. She earned a reputable status after many
years of hard work, being the kind of person that went above and beyond
when it came to taking care of her patients. Doris was full of life and
loved to spend time gardening, laughing and drinking coffee with family
and friends, kissing her grandchildren, and just enjoying every moment
of every day that God gave her. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church
and attended regularly until she was physically unable to. Our mom was
the strongest, most courageous woman we have ever known or will ever
know in this lifetime. She fought the fiercest battle we have ever had
to witness a person fight and we are humbled by her strength and
courage. As hard as it may be to let go of our loved ones, especially
the matriarch of the family, we are all at peace and are comforted with
knowing the pain and suffering of this monstrosity is finally over for
her. The angels finally came to take her home to be with her loved ones
and her Lord. May our precious mother finally rest in peace and may God
bless her sweet soul. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and
Ruth Cantrell; and her nephew, Mark Blackmon. She is survived by her
son, Wilbert "Will" Blackerby, wife Christine and granddaughter Bailee
Kathryn Blackerby of Corsicana; daughter, Shelly Blackerby-Walker of
Corsicana; daughter, April Inmon and companion Todd Nichols and
granddaughter Gracelyn Nicole Inmon of Corsicana; sisters, Gelene Neckar
of Waco and Helen Blackmon of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Charles Cantrell
and wife Barbara of Crowley; baby sister, Teresa Portwood and husband
John of Ottumwa, Iowa; nieces and nephews which include Charlie Cantrell
of Corsicana, Candy Tananitaporn of Thailand, John Portwood Jr. of
Ottumwa, Iowa, Lindsey Portwood of Denver, Colo., Ricky Blackmon of San
Diego, Calif., and John, Jerry, and Becky Neckar of Waco; and
great-nephew C.J. Cantrell of Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 6
to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services
will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Corley Funeral Home
Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb, the Rev. Otis Connor, and the Rev. Chad Owens
officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be David McCollum, Tim Campbell, Todd Nichols, David
Aldama, Mike Steele and Curtis McConnell. The family extends special
thanks to Cristi Schmidt, loving friend and caregiver; Hand in Hand
Hospice; Leah Lozano, RN; Bobbie Beldin, Hospice CNA; and longtime
friends, Sandra Woods and Vicki Barber. Donations may be made to the
American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Norman Lee Stewart
Apr 4, 1963 - Nov 21, 2009
services for Norman Lee Stewart, age 46, of Jacksonville, are scheduled
for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in
Jacksonville with Mike O'Neal, Robert Burns and David Warren
officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in
Maydelle. Dr. Stewart passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in
Jacksonville. He was born April 4, 1963, in Kilgore to Ray Sanders
Stewart and Nancy Louise Seymore Stewart. Lee Stewart loved God, family
and friends. He was devoted to his family, his church family, and his
SFA family. He earned a Bachelor of Business degree at SFA, his Master
of Educational Leadership degree at SFA, and a Doctorate in Educational
Leadership degree from Baylor University. Dr. Stewart had been a
minister in Arizona and New Mexico before moving home to Jacksonville in
1991, where he was the minister of Southside Church of Christ. He was
presently a member of Jacksonville Church of Christ and preached for the
congregation. He was a full-time assistant professor at SFA for the past
six years. He will be loved and missed dearly. He was preceded in death
by his grandparents, J. W. and Nonnie Stewart; grandmother, Ruthie
Strickland; father-in-law, G.W. O'Neal; niece, Ellen O'Neal; and uncle,
Alonzo Seymore. Survivors include wife of 27 years, Sandra Stewart of
Jacksonville; parents, Ray and Nancy Stewart of Jacksonville; daughters,
Amanda Kay Stewart and Amy Lee Stewart of Jacksonville; brothers, James
Stewart and Tanya Fowler of Corsicana and Paul Stewart and wife Maggie
of Rusk; mother-in-law, Glennis O'Neal of Zavala; brothers-in-law, Stan
O'Neal and wife Joellen of Houston, Mike O'Neal and wife Nancy of
Wichita Falls and Kenneth O'Neal and wife Lisa of Houston; nephews and
nieces, Wesley Stewart and Dakota Stewart, Stephanie Stewart, Christina
Gutierrez and husband Roberto, Sarah Andrews, Aaron O'Neal, Megan
O'Neal, Kendra O'Neal and Chase O'Neal; great-nephews and great-nieces,
Braeden and Taylor Gutierrez and Julia and Victoria Andrews; and several
cousins. Pallbearers will be Roger Warren, Stan O'Neal, Kenneth O'Neal,
Ed Bruce, David Stewart, Mike Beard, Lyndon Holmes, Tommy Griffin, Trey
Rousseau and Russell Stafford. The family will receive friends from 6 to
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Arrangements by Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Arnold Ray Bamburg
Sept 25, 1925 - Nov 26, 2009
Arnold Ray Bamburg, 84, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009,
in Dawson. He went home to his Father after a long battle with cancer. He was
born Sept. 25, 1925, in Corsicana. A private family service was held. Survivors
include his son, Arnold Bamburg and wife Debbie of Corsicana; grandson, Brandon
Djordjevic and wife Kelly of Van Buren, Ark.; granddaughter, Nichole Deyo and
husband Greg of Tyler; grandson, Matthew Calame of Waxahachie; four
great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. Arrangements by J. E.
Keever Mortuary, Ennis.
Sonda (Nutt) Davis
May 28, 1938 - Nov 27, 2009
Nutt Davis, 71, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Baylor Medical
Center in Dallas. She was born to James and Jewel Nutt in Raleigh on May
28, 1938. She worked at the Hat Factory as a seamstress. She was a
member of the New Harmony Baptist Church. Sonda loved to crochet, loved
to read novels and watch westerns, loved family reunions, her
grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a
great granddaughter Brianna Danielle Swadley. Survivors include her
husband of 55 years, Thomas "Son" Davis of Rice; three children, Danny
Nolan Davis and wife Brenda Joyce, and Glenn Allen Davis and wife
Barbara Ann, all of Corsicana, and Phillip Davis of Rice; two sisters,
Edna Kelly and Glenda Vandergriff, both of Farmers Branch; brother,
Freddy Nutt of Dallas; four grandchildren, Amanda Swadley and husband
Nathan, Steven Davis and wife Julie, Thomas A. Davis, and Kristi Davis;
five great grandchildren, Lynnsey Davis, Bradley Davis, Bryan Davis,
Trystan Swadley, and Abby Swadley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Bullard officiating. Interment will
follow in the
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Kelly, Larry
Kelly, Phillip Davis, Steven Davis, Thomas Davis and Nathan Swadley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bradley Davis and Bryan Davis. Arrangements
by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Oct 21, 1924 - Nov 25, 2009
Earl Garvin of Lancaster, born Oct. 21, 1924, in Blooming Grove, passed
from this life Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009. He was preceded in death by parents
Leslie and Pearl Garvin; siblings Sister, Ceil, Faye and twin Ray, John, Sue,
and twin sister Mearl. He is survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Janice Faye
(Don) Trull; sister Billie Jean Christie; grandchildren Tammi (Kirk) Burris and
Terri (James) Scott; great-grandchildren Amanda, Owen, and Levi; and many nieces
and nephews whom he loved dearly. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 29, at Byrum Funeral Home, 425 N. Dallas Ave., Lancaster. Funeral
services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Byrum Funeral Chapel.
Interment will be at Frost Cemetery Arrangements by Byrum Funeral Home,
Marshall Ray Hensley
Apr 1, 1953 - Nov 30, 2009
Ray Hensley, 56, of Barry passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. He was born
April 1, 1953, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Jack and Alberta Hensley. He
is survived by his mother, Alberta Denny of Wisconsin; father, Jack
Hensley of Barry; children, Cyndi Hensley of Arizona, Nicole Lee of
Oregon and Stephanie Hensley of Barry; son, Jonathan Hensley of Barry;
brothers, Jack Hensley Jr. of Ohio and Dana Hensley of New York;
sisters, Jen Bush of Oklahoma, Christina Wilson of Tennessee, Cheryl
Mehrihoff of Wisconsin and Shelley Duff of Missouri; and grandchildren,
Kyle, Bryan, Katelyn, Cody, Taylor, Madison, Blane, Dakota, Levi and
Cameron. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Lee Hensley.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
2, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter
officiating. Interment will be at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Hensley, George Gividen, Johnny Matthews,
Sterling Johnson, Russell Warren and Tony Haley. Honorary pallbearer
will be Jack Hensley. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Jack L. Manning
July 28, 1922 - Dec 1, 2009
L. Manning of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the age of
87. He was born July 28, 1922, in Russell in Leon County to Bert and
Robbie Manning. He was a veteran of World War II and was a very proud
Marine Raider. The Raiders were the very first special ops forces in the
U.S. military and his unit made six initial landings on the Pacific
Islands. First to go in and last to leave was the Marine code, and he
never ceased being a Raider. He was an artist and created beautiful
pieces with wood. Hundreds of homes in this area are graced with his
woodworking pieces. He was a precious father, grandfather and
great-grandfather and will be missed greatly. He leaves a legacy of love
and devotion not just to his family but to the many who called him
friend. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nan Manning;
and wife, Mary Manning. He is survived by his daughters, Robbie Cranford
of Conroe and Amy Kent and husband Bill of Kerens; sister-in-law and
husband, Jean and James Boykin of Russell; and grandchildren, Jennifer
and Scott Pelczar of Conroe, Marcy and Javier Martinez of Austin and
Chad and Stacy Kent of Russell. He is also survived by the joy of his
life, great-grandchildren Tiffany and Briar Kent of Russell. Visitation
will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Paschal Funeral
Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at
Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at North Creek
Cemetery in Russell in Leon County. Pallbearers will be Johnny Boykin,
Benny Boykin, Phillip Street, Chad Kent, Scott Pelczar and Virgil
Thurston. Honorary pallbearers will be Otis Ray Spurlock, Larry
Cottrell, Rick Neumayer, Javier Martinez, Hal Ray Collins, Thomas Hill,
Nathan Cradduck, James Boykin and Eddie McNeese. Arrangements by Paschal
Funeral Home, Kerens.
April 18, 1935 - Nov 30, 2009
for James Payne, 74, of Cleburne are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec.
4, at Calvary Baptist Church in Cleburne, where he was a member since
2000. Burial will follow at
Hopewell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 3, at Crosier-Pearson-Cleburne Funeral Home, 512 N.
Ridgeway Drive, Cleburne. James Payne passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009,
in Cleburne. He was born to the late Shelton and Villa Elizabeth Honea
Payne on April 18, 1935, in Kopperl. James married Edna Juanita Wiggs on
July 18, 1953, in Cleburne. He worked as a machinist for Martin Sprocket
and Gear for numerous years, and then owned and operated Payne's Grocery
and Market in Frost. James was known as a quiet, easy-going man with a
giving heart. He was a hard worker, enjoying working with his hands and
restoring antiques. He was a wonderful husband and loving father who
will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in
death by his parents; son-in-law, Jim Butler; brother, Roy Payne; and
sister, Beth King. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Edna Juanita
Payne; son, Mike Payne and his wife, Janet; daughter, Patti Butler; four
grandchildren and their spouses, Justin, Kassi and Kevin, Jeff and
Mandy, and Jordan; sister, Ann Cooper Bullard; several nieces, nephews,
and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements by
Crosier-Pearson-Cleburne Funeral Home, Cleburne.
April 7, 1945 - Dec 1, 2009
Marie Batts, 64, of Wortham, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. Funeral services will be held
at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at First Baptist Church of Wortham with the
Rev. Steven Schulte officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham
Cemetery. Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
3, at Porter Chapel in Wortham. Janis was born on April 7, 1945, to
Robert James Price Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Mathison Price. She was
married to Mike Batts and was the longtime bookkeeper for the family
business, Batts Brothers Air Conditioning. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Mike Batts; and her parents. She is survived by her son,
Scott Batts and wife Mary of Wortham; daughter, Teresa Pena and husband
Joe of Hopewell, Va.; brothers-in-law, David Batts and wife Judy of
Tehuacana and Don Batts and wife Marilyn of Saline, La.; sister-in-law,
Tammy Ruth Batts of Mexia; honorary daughter, Brandi Lawless of Wortham;
grandchildren, R.J. and Maura Batts of Wortham and Joe Michael and
Kristina Pena of Hopewell, Va.; brother, Gene Price and wife Alice of
Wortham; and nieces and nephews, Jack Price, Rodney Price, Eric Batts,
Pep Batts, Hillary Chandler, Rhonda Garrison and Patti Batts. Serving as
pallbearers will be Rodney Price, Jack Price, Pep Batts, Eric Batts,
Owen Morgan and Jeremy Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be Cameron
Price, Corey Price, R. J. Batts, Maura Batts and Miranda Price.
Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.
Ethelyn Joyce (Deming) Coley
18, 1933 - Dec 1, 2009
Joyce Deming Coley, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died on
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009. Joyce was a longtime member of First Baptist Church,
teaching Sunday school for over 40 years. Joyce devoted her life to serving her
Lord and family. Joyce leaves behind Howard, her husband of 58 years; one
daughter, Luann Coley Argersinger, and son-in-law, Ray; daughter-in-law, Dawn
Coley; three grandchildren, Sadie and Jonah Coley of Corsicana and Adam
Argersinger of College Station; sister-in-law, Doris Deming of Trinidad; and
several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sons, Charles
Howard Coley and David Edmond Coley; parents, the Rev J. E. and Myrtle Deming;
brothers, Edmond, Leland, Jim Harry, Max, and Jasper; one infant sister; and a
granddaughter, Amy Argersinger. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 3, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 4, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with B.F. Risinger officiating.
Interment will follow at Oakwood
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Andrus, Mike Dowd, Ray Argersinger,
Terry Williams, Kim Wyatt, Rex Peddy, Craig Tekell and Gary Otterson.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Michael Blake Allen
Oct 9, 1977 - Dec 4, 2009
Michael Blake Allen, 32 of Longview passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2009, in
Longview. He was born Oct. 9, 1977, in Longview to Dickie and Judy Allen, and
was a lifetime resident of Longview. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec.
6, 2009, at Welch Funeral Home in Longview. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday,
Dec. 7, 2009, at Welch Funeral Home in Longview. Interment will follow at 3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, in the Kerens
Cemetery. Survivors include his parents; brothers, Derek Allen and Jonathan
Allen; grandmother, Lou Davies; aunts and uncles, Donna and Joe Kilcrease, Bobby
and Gail Barnes, Linda Davies and Art Davies; numerous cousins; and second mom
and dad, Karon and Jerry Golden. Memorials may be made to the Arc of Gregg
County, P.O. Box 522, Longview, TX 75606. Arrangements by Welch Funeral Home,
Macel Comal (Hiler)
Feb 24, 1928 - Dec 4, 2009
Hiler Nicholson, 81, of Barry passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at
Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 24, 1928, to
George and Georgie (Holcomb) Hiler. She married Clyde Nicholson on June
11, 1945.She was a homemaker and faithful member of Blooming Grove
United Methodist Church, and served as a volunteer for 17 years at
Navarro Regional Hospital as a pink lady.She was preceded in death by
her husband, Clyde Nicholson; son, John Nicholson; sisters, Inez King
Hemingway, Fern Woodland, Mattie Ruth Niver, Sadie Hill, and Maxine
Armstrong; and brothers, Hubert Hiler and Ronnie Hiler. Macel is
survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh and Elaine Nicholson of
Barry, Steve and Deniese Nicholson of Barry, and Lana Nicholson of
Corsicana; sisters, Dot Russell of Blooming Grove and Barbara Garrison
of Kerens; brother, Doug Hiler of Blooming Grove; and a host of
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Blooming Grove United
Methodist Church with the Rev. Grady Cashion and the Rev. Sandralyn
Pierce officiating. Interment will follow at
Rose Hill Cemetery in
Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Scott Armstrong, Tommy Estes, Jerry
Wayne Garrison, Michael Hiler, Jimmy Hiler, and Brent Hiler.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Lewis Williams Jr.
Aug 4, 1929 - Dec 3, 2009
Williams Jr., 80 of Blooming Grove, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009,
in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 4, 1929 in Hamilton to Levi and Docie Lee
Williams. He was a member of Masonic Lodge in DeSoto 32nd Shriner.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7,
2009, at Dresden Cemetery
with Bro. Matt Stroder officiating. He is preceded in death by parents,
Levi and Docie Lee French Williams; two brothers, Ardell Williams and
James Tally Williams; and sister, Mamie Jo Barner. Survirors include his
wife, Annie Williams of Blooming Grove; seven nephews; four nieces; two
dogs, "Bo Bo" and "Penny"; and by numerous friends. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Aug 10, 1953 - Dec 5, 2009
Walter Ferguson, 56, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in
Dallas. Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Tomlinson Funeral
Home in Malakoff with Derek Rogers officiating. Interment will be held
at Post Oak Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Newland, Donnie Ashton, Jeff Spivey, Owen
Robertson, Bobby Graham and Phillip Surls. He was born Aug. 10, 1953, in
Athens. He was employed at Tarrant County Water District. He was a
welder. He loved gardening, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in
death by his father, Jim Bob Ferguson. Survivors include his wife, Pam
Ferguson; mother, Audrey Rogers Ferguson; two daughters, Jessica
Ferguson of Conroe and Kymberli and husband Paul Barrett of DeKalb;
stepson, Bryan Perry; two brothers, Bobbie and wife Sylvia Ferguson of
Azle and Billy and wife Mary Ferguson of Cayuga; two sisters, Brenda and
husband Gary Luskie of Fort Worth and LouAnn Ferguson of Dallas; aunt,
Jean Bost of Beaumont; uncle Reagan Rogers of Malakoff; five
grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Tomlinson
Funeral Home, Malakoff.
Nov 1, 1924 - Dec 7, 2009
Vera Griffin, 85, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. She was
born Nov. 1, 1924, in Bazette to Jesse and Alta Crocker. She loved her children,
grandchildren and enjoyed cooking. She was preceded in death by her husbands,
Edgar Lamar Arnold and Ezaradell "Bozo" Griffin; son, Roger Dell Arnold; sister,
Dovie Ovalle; and brother, Ernest Crocker. She is survived by her children, Otis
Lamar Arnold and wife Charlotte and Nell Sparks and husband Bobby; sister,
Dimples Holmes; grandchildren, Brian Arnold and wife Karla, Christie Wolver and
husband Mike, Lisa Zimmerman and Emily Richards; great-grandchildren, Savana
Wolver, Hailey Gilliam, Dani Lee Yakesch, Desiree Boulware, Scott Boulware,
Victoria Arnold, Avarie Baker and Anthony Richards. Visitation will be held from
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside
services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at
Richland Cemetery. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Norene (Ross) Paul
Aug 25, 1912 - Dec 5, 2009
Norene Ross Paul, 97, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. She
was born Aug. 25, 1912, in Frost to Harvey and Mary Ross. She was preceded in
death by her husband, John J. Paul; parents, Harvey and Mary Ross; brothers, W.
A. Ross and Harvey C. Ross; and sisters, Erin Ross Herrington, Edith Ross
Mitchell and Ila Ross Butler. She was born and raised in Frost where she grew up
on there family farm and graduated from Frost High School. She later then moved
to Lake Charles, La., then onto Boston and New York where she spent most of her
adult life. She then moved to Dallas where she made her home. She was a devoted
member of Skillman Avenue Church of Christ. She also enjoyed cooking and home
making and her church family. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8,
at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Jack Alter Ormsby
Feb 19, 1926 - Dec 6, 2009
Alter Ormsby, 83, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, in Little Elm
after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Mexia on Feb. 19,
1926, to Eugene Ormsby and Mary Virginia Dorsey. He graduated from
college at Baylor Baptist University in Waco and served as a Baptist
minister at several churches in the Dallas area. He was in the U.S. Navy
and fought honorably in World War II in the Philippines, and was awarded
a Victory Medal. He was a loving father, husband and friend; and he will
be missed by everyone. He was preceded in death by his wife, Treva Lee
Eubanks Ormsby; parents, Eugene Ormsby and Mary Virginia Dorsey; and
stepmother, Alma Ormsby. Also, he was preceded in death by Theresa Gail
Sanders, who was like a daughter to him. She cared for him for many
years and he loved her dearly. He is survived by his children, Paul
Ormsby and his wife Cathy, Mary Ormsby and Ron Rager, and Ruth Ormsby;
and grandchildren, Daniel, John Paul, Gary and Michael. In addition, he
is survived by his extended family, Billy Don Sanders, Amanda Marie
Sanders, Billy Sanders II, and Wesley Eugene Sanders. Visitation with
the family will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Corley Funeral
Home. Services will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 11, at Corley Funeral
Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow
at Cryer Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Margaret Louise (McDowell) Frazier-Strange
Oct 2, 1926 - Dec 8, 2009
Margaret Louise Frazier, 83, of Malakoff passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8,
2009 in Tyler. She was born on October 2, 1926 in Boyd, Texas to George
E. and Fannie McDowell. She was a worked as a nurse for many years.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at
Oakwood Cemetery with
Chaplain Keith Hague officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood
Cemetery. Mrs. Frazier was preceded in death by husband, Albert Chestine
Frazier; second husband, Leo Strange; parents, George and Fannie
McDowell; and a brother, Donald Joe McDowell. Survivors include a son,
Randy C. Frazier and wife Ginger of Henderson; granddaughter, Karen R.
Holt and husband Adam of Diana, Texas; grandson, James A. Frazier and
wife Mollie of Tyler; great granddaughter, Haleigh Holt of Diana, Texas;
great grandsons, Addison Holt of Diana, Texas and Spencer Frazier of
Tyler. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
July 27, 2009 - Dec 7, 2009
Joseph Lewis Gonzales, son of Eugene Joseph Gonzales Jr. and Vanessa
Louise Tucker, passed away in Corsicana on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. He was born
July 27, 2009, in Ennis.He is survived by his parents; brother, Damon Tucker of
Ennis; sister, Mikaylah Guerrero of Ennis; paternal grandparents, Eugene and
Debbie Gonzales of Corsicana; maternal grandparents, Brenda and Tim Taylor of
Ennis; great-grandmothers, Martha Bankston of Ennis and Nona Cullefer of
Corsicana; and numerous aunts and uncles.Joseph was preceded in death by his
grandfather, Michael McCaffety; great-great-grandmother, Mary Bankston;
great-aunt, Stella Eastman; and great-grandparents, Roy and Geneva Ortega.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin
Chapel in Ennis, with the Rev. Tim Grant officiating. Interment will follow at
Calvary Cemetery in Corsicana.The
family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 11, at the funeral
home. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.
Marshel Lee Guinn
Aug 15, 1920 - Dec 6, 2009
Marshel Lee Guinn of Barry passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at the age of
89.Born in Byars, Okla., Aug. 15, 1920, to James and Elsie Guinn, Marshel was a
United States Marine veteran of World
War II serving seven years from 1940 to 1947 in the South Pacific. He was an
avid outdoor adventurer and enjoyed fishing and bird hunting. He spent his
working career with Warren Petroleum and City Service Oil Company as a plant
manager. Marshel was preceded in death by his wife Loretta Keuhner Guinn. He is
survived by his son Gary Guinn and daughter-in-law Kara Guinn of Barry;
grandsons Jay Guinn and wife Michelle Guinn of Conroe, Toby Scott Guinn of
Knoxville, Tenn., and their mother Sue Petrie of Knoxville, Tenn., and
granddaughter Katelyn Guinn of Barry; great-grandchildren Morgan and Mason Guinn
of Conroe; cousins Geneva Townsend and Orville Guinn of Red Bay, Ala.; nieces
and nephews Gena Guinn Sawyer of Sulphur Springs, Charles and Judy Guinn Meyers
of Hereford, Mitch Guinn of Denver, Colo., and Larry Guinn of Harrah, Okla. He
was a loving husband, father, and friend; and he will be greatly missed by
everyone. A private memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14,
at Dresden Methodist Church officiated by Pastor Kirk Curry of First Family
Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of
America Corsicana Chapter 1009, P.O. Box 1086, Corsicana, TX 75151. Arrangements
by Corley Funeral Home.
Dec 1, 1954 - Dec 5, 2009
Pittman Rice, 55, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in
Corsicana. She was born Dec. 1, 1954, in Bell County to Raymond Pittman
and Bessie Butler Phillips. Martie graduated in
1974 from Corsicana High School and received her associate's degree
from Navarro College. She was preceded in death by her parents and
brothers, Tony Pittman, Bruce Butler, and Michael Butler. She is
survived by her husband, David Drechsel; stepdaughter, Tara Drechsel;
sister, Linda Butler Cochran; brother, Raymond Alan Pittman; nieces,
Holly Cochran Waters, Clare Eberle Butler, Chrystal Mylea Pittman, and
Sarah Butler Torres; and nephews, Jeffrey Pittman and Randal Pittman. A
memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at
Corley Funeral Home with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by
Corley Funeral Home.
June 26, 1963 - Dec 5, 2009
Leigh Nutt Willits of Wylie, born June 26, 1963, died Saturday, Dec. 5,
2009. The daughter of Duane and Davis Nutt of Corsicana, Dona was a
graduate of Plano Senior High class of 1981. She attended TWU and Texas
Tech receiving her BSN in nursing from Baylor University in 1986. She
practiced nursing at Plano Medical Center, UTMB in Galveston, and Zale
Lipsey Hospital in Dallas. Her lifelong desire was to take care of
people in need. She fulfilled this desire until a brain tumor took her
life. Dona is survived by her daughter Avery and son Garrett of Wylie.
Her surviving family members include her parents Davis and Duane Nutt,
sister D'anne Scott of Allen, sister Denise and her husband Kyle Milford
of Denison, brother Kelly Nutt and his wife Darcie Nutt of Sachse, and
her special friend Janet Johnson of Wylie. She also left behind nieces
and nephews Amanda Scott, Rendi and Jeff Nutt, Hannah and Hudson
Milford.Dona was known for her beautiful smile and compassionate spirit
to all who came in contact with her. Her life was a legacy of love that
we all hope to keep in memory of Dona. She will be greatly missed.
Please send your love and contributions to your church or favorite
charity in Dona's name. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13, at First Methodist Church of Rowlett. Arrangements by
Charles W. Smith and Sons, Sachse.
May 24, 1950 - Dec 9, 2009
Bailey, 59, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at his
residence in Powell. He was born on May 24, 1950, in Corsicana to Oran
D. and Lena Jane Bailey. Mike was saved at Memorial Baptist Church. He
was always gifted vocally and sang in church and with several gospel
groups. The first group was the Decisions, and then sang with the
Laymen, Third Day and Eternal River Band. He also loved to work with the
sound booth in church. He worked closely with his former pastor and
brothers at Community Chapel Independent Pentecostal Church in the
building and renovation process. He was employed for 15 years at Kmart
Distribution Center. He loved to bowl and was on a league at Corsicana
Park Lanes. He played church league softball for 20 years. He was music
director for First Baptist Church in Rice. He has now transitioned to
the heavenly choir. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Oran D.
Bailey; and his father-in-law, Carlos V. Garza. He is survived by his
wife, Brenda Bailey of Powell; daughters, Julie Cne' Bailey and life
partner Brandi Edwards of Garland, and Tiffany Bailey of Powell; sons,
John Bailey of Rowlett, Douglas Bailey and Jeremy Powell of Powell, and
Jody Powell of Corsicana; mother, Lena Jane Russell Bailey of Rice;
brothers, Larry Bailey and wife Barbara and Russell Bailey, all of Rice;
mother-in-law, Mary Garza of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Malissa Bailey
of Red Oak, Malinda Bailey of Rice, Bonita Shelton of Waco, Veronica
Morales and husband Billy Ruth of Corsicana, and Anabel, Jennifer, and
Denise Garza of Corsicana; brothers-in-law, Carlos Garza of Corsicana,
and Paul Garza and wife Eliza of Corpus Christi; numerous nieces and
nephews, and a his lifelong friend, Mike Wendt of Corsicana. Visitation
will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at House of Praise
Church of God with funeral services following at 6 p.m. with the Rev.
Tim Schane and Rev. Aaron Dominique officiating. Interment will be in
Pallbearers will be John Bailey, Grant Noe, Carlos Garza, Tim Dickerson,
Henry Raney, Tim Avrit, and Koy Cofer.The family extends special thanks
to Kadal Home Health Agency specifically Allen Coker, Alma Zarete and
Yassinia Zarate. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Mar 7, 1936 - Nov 29, 2009
Dexter "Jim" Browning, 73, of Gun Barrel City and formerly of Corsicana,
passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village,
after a courageous and long-fought battle with emphysema. He was born in
Tyler on March 7, 1936, and was a graduate of the Class of 1954 from
Tyler High School. Jim began his meat-packing career at Tyler Packing
Company and continued at Dallas City Packing and at Kaufman Packing. He
changed his career to his lifelong dream of being a cowboy, moving his
family to Prairieville in 1967. He raised cattle and horses, farmed hay
fields, participated in rodeos with his wife and son, and rode proudly
with the Tri-County Riding Club for a number of years. In 1976, he moved
to Seven Points and worked for Corsicana Meat Packing Company. In 1983,
he moved to Corsicana and began his business, JB Enterprises, buying and
selling eccentric beef products and other commodities. Jim retired from
the Corsicana Daily Sun in 2000 and returned to Cedar Creek Lake and
enjoyed his retirement relating old cowboy stories, jokes, growing-up
stories, and a little "bs" to his attentive family members and friends.
He enjoyed the view from his back porch and we all remember his great
sense of humor, wonderful smile and good cooking, especially his
barbecued baby back ribs! May our cowboy forever ride in peace. He was
preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Glenda Carrol Crabbe
Browning, and his parents, Edna and Clayton Browning of Tyler. He is
survived by his daughter, Kari Nelson and husband Cody of Purdon; son,
Karl Browning and wife Panda of Mabank; grandsons, Kory and Kolton
Browning; sister, Judy Braswell and husband Jim of Gun Barrel City; and
a multitude of loving, caring, extended family members and friends. Jim
was cared for with loving attention by Dr. Kent Rogers and the entire
staff at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and, for that, the family is
most grateful. Graveside memorial services will be held at 2 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 18, at Resthaven
Memorial Park, 5700 W. State Highway 31, Corsicana, with Kerry Clark
officiating. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 19, at his home in Gun Barrel City.In lieu of flowers, the family
would like for contributions to be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
for Children (www.tsrhc.org) or to American Lung Association.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Tyler Robertson Smith
Dec 31, 1986 - Dec 10, 2009
Tyler Robertson Smith, 22, of Corsicana went to join his Heavenly Father
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009. Halston was born Dec. 31, 1986, in Waco to
Karen Robertson Smith who later married Jerry Wayne Smith Sr. and he
became his adopted father. He was a
2005 graduate of Corsicana High and was a full-time student at Texas
Tech University in Lubbock. He is survived by his beloved friend and
fiancé Janice Hollaway of Corsicana; parents, Jerry Smith Sr. and Karen
Robertson Smith of Corsicana; brothers, Zachary Chase Smith of
Corsicana, Jeremy Robertson and wife Donna of Corsicana; stepbrother,
Jerry Smith Jr. and wife Kathy of Emhouse; sister, Evan Channing "Cissy"
Smith of Corsicana; and many friends and family. Special thanks goes to
teachers, Mrs. Curington, Mrs. Luedecke and Ms. Tidwell.Service will be
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Pete Jorgenson
officiating, a special mentor in Halston's youth. Interment will follow
at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Pallbearers will be Dustin Watkins,
Jeremy Robertson, Dave Hertzog, Neal Robertson, Michael Robertson and
Billy Hollaway. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Richard R Varnell
Aug. 3, 1911-Dec. 18, 1966
RR Varnell Dies Sunday In VA
RR Varnell, former local furniture
merchant, died in the VA Hospital at Lisbon
(Dallas) late Sunday night following an
extended illness. He was a native of Barry, son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Walter
Funeral services will be held
Thursday at 2 p. M. From the Corley Funeral Chapel with burial in
The rites will be conducted by Rev.
Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which he was a member.
Varnell was a Mason, Shriner, and
Methodist. He attended Trinity
University and Baylor School of Medicine
and graduated at Texas Tech.
He was a veteran of the USAF in
World War II.
Surviving are his wife of Corsican,
two brothers, WT Varnell, Odessa and EW Varnell, Sioux City, Iowa; two nieces,
Nancy and Lisa Varnell, both of Sioux City, and other relatives.
Members of the Barry Masonic Lodge
will be pallbearers while members of the Navarro County Shrine Association will
be honorary pallbearers.
Alpha M. Forgerson
Mar 20, 1921 - Dec 12, 2009
M. Forgerson, 88, of Kerens passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at an
Athens hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral services are noon
Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Arlington Funeral Home Chapel, 1221 E. Division
St., Arlington, with interment at Moore Memorial Gardens. Visitation is
11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Arlington Funeral Home. In lieu of
flowers, the family encourages those who desire to make a donation to
First Baptist Church, 200 S.W. Second St., Kerens, TX 75144, in memory
of Alpha M. Forgerson. Mrs. Forgerson was born on March 20, 1921, in Gay
Hill to the late Emma and Herbert Boeker. She was an Arlington resident
from 1945 to 2002 when she and her husband, Jim, moved to their farm in
Kerens. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Arlington, for 57
years. She sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. At
her death, Mrs. Forgerson was a member of First Baptist Church in
Kerens. She was a consummate homemaker with husband, daughter, family,
and many friends the center of her life.Mrs. Forgerson was preceded in
death by her parents and six brothers. Survivors include her husband of
65 years, James W. Forgerson; daughter, Carol A. Byrd and her husband
Cary; sisters, Hildegard Lange, Willie Mae Wagner and Gene Hopmann; a
special granddaughter, Holly White Clark; and an extended family,
including many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Arlington Funeral Home, Arlington.
Feb 10, 1933 - Dec 4, 2009
Charles Eugene "Gene" Gilmore, 76, of Temple passed away Friday, Dec. 4,
2009, at a Temple hospital. Mr. Gilmore was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Bullard to
Chester Monroe and Flora Blanche (Ivy) Gilmore. He served his country in the
U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He
was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He retired from the United
States Postal Service and worked as a security guard in Corsicana before moving
to Temple 21 years ago. Mr. Gilmore was preceded in death by his parents. He is
survived by his sons, Kevin Gilmore and wife Debbie of Temple and Martin Gilmore
and wife Tina of High Point, N.C.; and grandchildren, Rob Gilmore, Steven
Gilmore, Cameron Gilmore, Hayley Gilmore and Hannah Gilmore. Services were held
at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with the
Rev. Sam Callaway officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at
Resthaven Memorial Park in
Corsicana with the Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Arrangements by Harper-Talasek
Funeral Home, Temple.
Arlene (Winters) Nance
June 10, 1918 - Dec 11, 2009
Arlene Nance, 91 of Corsicana, passed away December 11. She was born
June 10, 1918 in Hobart Oklahoma to Christopher and Bertha Winters. She
is survived by daughters Judy Brooks of Corsicana, Vickie Lucot of
Pittsburg Pennsylvania; grandchildren Michael Brooks of Missouri,
Stephen Brooks of Bullard, Eric Brooks of Bullard, Larry Lewis of
California, Mark Lewis of Pittsburg Pennsylvania; eight great
grandchildren. She is preceded in death by husband Henry M. Nance.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday December 13, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday December 14, at
Resthaven Memorial Park
with Timothy Schane officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Charles Hayden Young
Apr 19, 1928 - Dec 12, 2009
Hayden Young, 81, of Mildred passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at
Country Meadows Health and Rehabilitation of Corsicana. He was born on
April 19, 1928, in Mildred. He was a charter member of Northside
Assembly of God Church. He was a veteran having served his country in
the U.S. Air Force as a paratrooper. He was a
firemen for the City of Corsicana.
He later worked as a prison guard in Sugar Land. He was an active member
of the Texas State Guard as a first sergeant up until his health failed
him. He was also a member of the American Legion and Red Cross. He was
an avid musician and was a songwriter. He loved to be outdoors working
in the yard, and he was a very successful gardener. He loved to give the
harvest of his garden away to others. Visitation will be held from 6 to
8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will
be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
the Rev. W.W. Bryant and the Rev. Leroy Elmore officiating. Interment
will follow at Providence
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Travis Young, Austin Young, Dusty
Young, William Lynn Young, Jimmy Young, Adam Montgomery and Kevin
Farmer. Honorary pallbearers will be Claude Sanches and Bill Ratliff. He
was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Hazel Young; brothers,
Darwin Lee Young and Marvin Young; infant daughter, Linda Sue Young;
infant son, Charles Travis Young; grandson, Eric Burns; and a
great-grandson, Junior Porier. He is survived by his daughter, Charlene
Sanches and husband Claude of Corsicana; son, David Charles Young and
wife Jeanne of Mildred; son, Timmy Massey Young of Corsicana; grandsons,
Randy Ratliff and wife Michelle of Corsicana, Toby L. Ratliff and wife
Linda of Mildred, and Travis, Austin and Dusty Young of Linden, Tenn.;
granddaughters, Wendy Young of Memphis, Tenn., Ashley Cather and husband
Daniel of Garland, Misty Young of Richardson, Mindy Young of
Stephenville, and Robin Burns of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Brett and
Brittany Southard of Corsicana, Madison Ratliff of Mildred, and Hailey
Cather of Garland; brothers, William Young and wife Florence of Mildred,
J D Young and wife Evelyn of Bazette, and O.C. Young of Eureka;
sister-in-law, Viola Young of Eureka; and numerous nieces, nephews and
cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Birdie Maurice "Totsy" (Tinkle)
Apr 14, 1926 - Dec 12, 2009
Totsy Elliott, 83, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, in
Houston. She was born April 14, 1926, in Emhouse to Newell and Bird Tinkle. She
was a longtime active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, a member of the
Kinsloe House, and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution James
Blair Chapter. After high school she was employed by Chance Vought Aircraft in
Grand Prairie, and she concluded her career at Bethlehem Steel Plant in
Corsicana. She is survived by her husband, Spencer Elliott; a son, Phillip
Elliott; two granddaughters, Claire Elliott and Maggie Elliott; and a sister,
Gerry Canant. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at
Corley Funeral Home. Services will 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Corley Funeral
Chapel with the Rev. Darla Blatnik officiating. Interment will be at
Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by
Corley Funeral Home.
Merle (Bedford) Estes
Jan 10, 1919 - Dec 14, 2009
Merle Estes, 90, of Trinidad passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, in
Corsicana. She was born Jan. 10, 1919, in Sherman to George Oscar
Bedford and Carrie Pollard Bedford. She was a member of First Baptist
Church in Trinidad. She is survived by her sons, Larry and Fran Estes of
Trinidad, and Jimmy and Thelma Estes of McKinney; six grandchildren and
15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49
years, George W. "Pete" Estes; four brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.
16, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Floyd Loven officiating.
Interment will follow at Trinidad Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Harold
Colvin, Jeff Dunacusky, Eric Estes, Allen Lundy, Dana Sharp, Ray
Stanfield and Wayne Warren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Betty Jean (Odle)
Apr 22, 1942 - Dec 12, 2009
Jean Graves, 67, of Frost passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. She was
born April 22, 1942, in Dallas to J. B. Odle and Ola Mae Sharp Odle. She
is survived by mother, Ola Mae Odle of Frost; children, Bobby and
Lowetta Redmon of Purdon and Jerry and Rita Redmon of Frost; sister,
Frances Rasco of Frost; best friend, Peggy Kindrick; eight
grandchildren, Tina, Kassey, Kristin, Felisha, Mathew, Ethan, Kurt
Nichols and Tiffany; six great-grandchildren and her dog Trish. She was
preceded in death by her father, J. B. Odle; and sister, Ann Gordon.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec.
16, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating.
Interment will be at Dresden
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donny Kindrick, Craig Kindrick, Rick
Southard, Anthony Redmon, Jeff Couch and Terry Shaun Rasco. Honorary
pallbearers will be Mathew Redmon, Ethan Redmon and Kurt Nichols Redmon.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
- Published in the
Corsicana Daily Sun
from 12/14/2009 - 12/16/2009
- 1st husband James Alvin Redmon
2nd husband Richard “Dick” Graves daughter of Jack Bill “JB”
Telzy "Buddy" Joles
Aug 9, 1921 - Dec 13, 2009
"Buddy" Joles, 88, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ, on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 9,
1921, in Longview to Harry and Minnie Joles. He was a lifelong resident
of Corsicana and had retired after nearly 50 years of service with
Watkins Construction Company. Mr. Joles was a lifelong Christian man and
truly loved the Lord. Buddy was a loving father and grandfather, but
above all, he was a loving husband. He was preceded in death by his wife
of 52 years, Ida Joles; and two daughters, Beatrice and Virginia Joles.
Buddy is survived by nine daughters, Gloria Otto, Jeanie Jordan and
husband Terry, Linda Joles, Carolyn Garcia and husband Andy, Delores
McClain, Eva Kelly and husband Wilson, Rose Putman and husband Jerry,
Becky Sircy and Lisa Joles; sisters, Thelma Flores, Roxie Brewer, and
Brenda Blakeslee; brother, James Joles; grandchildren, Kristie Butler,
Theresa Andrews, Patrick Joles, Vincent Garcia, Scott Otto, Kevin
Putman, Ryan Watson, Dustin McClain, Chris Watson, Caleb McClain; and
numerous great-grandchildren. Many beautiful memories have been created
by this man; these memories of love have paved the way for a future of
care and kindness for the many lives he touched. Buddy was a blessing;
he will forever be respected and missed. Funeral services will be 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson and
the Rev. Ronnie Hartis officiating. Interment will be at
Pallbearers will be Jerry Putman, Andy Garcia, Wilson Kelly, Terry
Jordan, Jerry Watkins and Ronnie Watkins. Honorary pallbearers will be
the grandsons and Carmack Watkins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Feb 9, 1928 - Dec 13, 2009
"Mickey" Ovalle, 81, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Corsicana.
She was born Feb. 9, 1928, in Eureka to Joaquin and Lena DelaCruz
Ramirez.She was preceded in death her parents, four brothers and one
sister. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Albert Ovalle of
Corsicana; daughters, Olga Ferrell and husband Doug of Bellaire, Gloria
Cillesson and husband Steve of Houston, and Sara Ovalle of Westminster,
Colo.; son, Albert Ovalle Jr. of Houston; grandsons, Douglas Ferrell Jr.
of Bellaire, Bryan Cillesson of Houston, William Michael Ovalle of
Houston, Aaron Kyle Ovalle of Houston, and Stephen Andrew Ovalle of
Houston; granddaughter, Nicole Cillesson of Houston;
great-granddaughter, Miquela Ovalle of Houston; sisters, Rachel Delarosa
of Corsicana and Nancy Castillo of Corsicana; brothers, Jose Ramirez of
San Antonio, Moses Ramirez of Arlington and James Ramirez of Austin; and
numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Miquela was a caring, wonderful
Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who always
put her loved ones first. Her house was full of love, just like her
special homemade cookies and tamales. She always had a big smile on her
face and laughter in her heart. We will miss her infectious laugh and
special love, but will always be thankful for all the memories that she
has left in our hearts. Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 17, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the
Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will be at
Pallbearers will be William Michael Ovalle, Aaron Kyle Ovalle, Stephen
Andrew Ovalle, Doug Ferrell, Steve Cillesson, and Johnny Castillo.
Following the interment, a reception will be held at the KC Hall, 3801
W. State Highway 22, Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
John Walter Nelson
Mar 17, 1918 - Dec 16, 2009
Walter Nelson Sr., 91, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec.
16, 2009, at his home in Corsicana. He was born March 17, 1918, in
Ferris to Mamie and Dan Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents,
one sister, five brothers and his grandson, Michael Nelson. He is
survived by his wife of 69 years, Joy Nelson; three sons, Wayne and Judy
Nelson of Corsicana, Billy and Pat Nelson of Corsicana and John and
Rosemary Nelson of Katy; four daughters, Lynette and Gary Bailey of
Mesquite, Denise and Eddie Hambrick of Corsicana, Patresa Bolton of
Princeton, and Vicki Farmer of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; 15
great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Josephine
Bebout and Pearl Garza; brother, Charles Nelson; and numerous nieces,
nephews and cousins. John was a wonderful Christian father and
grandfather. He was very active in the lives of his children, serving as
a coach, announcer for football games and No. 1 fan of any sport or
activity his children participated in. He served as a deacon at
Northside Baptist Church and lived a Christ-like example for his
children. He served in the United States Army during World War II.The
family would like to thank Lula Williams for her kind and gentle care of
our father during his extended illness. Special Thanks to Dr. Grady Shaw
for the excellent care he provided for our father. Visitation will be
held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Corley Funeral Home. Services
will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Northside Baptist Church with
Dr. Rick Lamb, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at
Pallbearers will be Gary Nelson, Jeff Nelson, Bill Nelson, Mark Nelson,
Brett Bailey and Michael Hambrick. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
(Young) Dunbar Brown
Feb. 24, 1927 - Dec 13, 2009
Dunbar Brown, 82, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, at
Twilight Home. Wake service will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at
Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 19, at Second Mission Baptist Church with Apostle David
Ransom Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Orlando Dunbar, Cedric Sims, Marvin Franklin, Victor
Franklin, Eric Franklin and Chris Dunbar. Honorary pallbearers will be
Ricky Franklin, Percy Heggins, Marshall Dunbar, Melvin "Mack" Dunbar,
David Betts, Demond Dunbar, Traswell Lloyd and Steve Warren. She was
born Feb. 24, 1927, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents,
Hubert and Rose Lee Gordon Young; stepfather, Oscar W. Turner; and one
brother. Survivors include her eight children, Lura Mae Betts, Lora Faye
Franklin (Phillip), all of Corsicana, Curtis Dunbar Jr. of Dallas,
Hubert Earl Dunbar of Corsicana, Janice Dianne Sims of Cedar Hill,
Melvin Dunbar (Linda) of Corsicana, Margaret Ann Purdie of Teague, and
Lesa Mack of Centerville; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
and great-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Robert Young
(Janie), Bertha Williams (Harold), Fannie Mae Ingram (James), Hattie
Louise Shafner, Henderson Young (Mary); aunt, Tommie Brown of Malakoff;
other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Aug 22, 1926 - Dec 17, 2009
Charlys Allen Hughes, R.N., 83, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Dec.
17, 2009, with her family by her side. She was born Aug. 22, 1926, in Emhouse to
Dave and Gertrude Allen. Charlys graduated from Emhouse High School and went on
to nursing school at Scott and White Hospital, in Temple. After graduating she
spent most of her medical career at Medical Arts Clinic and also working in the
surgical department of the Navarro Hospital. Charlys was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Corsicana. She sang in the choir for many years. She was a
member of the Corsicana Chapter No. 118, Order of the Eastern Star for over 53
years. Charlys had a passion for playing the piano. It was a joy for anyone who
was fortunate enough to hear her play. She and Dee loved their farm and had many
happy years sharing it.She was preceded in death by her son, Darrell Harris
Hughes Jr., on Aug. 23, 1969; and her husband, Darrell H. "Dee" Hughes Sr. on
Dec. 13, 1999. Dee and Charlys had been married 51 years at the time of his
passing. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Kathryn Pope and Bess
Harvey, and her parents, Dave and Gertrude Allen. She is survived by her
daughter, Yolanda Norwood and husband Thomas Dewey Norwood of Red Oak;
granddaughter, Amanda Rae Norwood of Chicago, Ill.; one younger sister, Rosalie
Gillen of Emhouse; many nieces and nephews, and also her beloved Gabby.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Corley Funeral
Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel
with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Interment will be at
Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will
be Terry Williams, Don Tekell, James Price, J. Waterman, Jay Justice and Scott
Middleton. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Red" Jones Jr.
June 11, 1945 - Dec 11, 2009
"Big Red" Jones Jr. was born June 11, 1945, in Corsicana to William M.
Jones and Annie Lou Stout. He was the oldest of his mother's eight
children. He received his formal education in the Corsicana Independent
School District, attending G.W. Jackson High School. He was a loving,
caring person who would give you the shirt off his back and ask, "What
else can I do for you?" He loved his family and his friends, and felt it
to be his responsibility to protect everyone in his presence. Mr. "Big
Red," as he was often called, earned the reputation of fighter at an
early age, which served him well as he fought the greatest battle of his
life with cancer. After being given only three months to live in March
2009, he returned home to his family June 16, 2009, called the devil a
lie and fought the great fight. On July 18, at the home of his sister
Grace, William professed his faith in Christ and united with New
Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in the presence of the Rev. D.R.
Watson, Sister Paula Watson, and his four sisters, Stella, Mary, Diana
and Grace. On Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at 12:40 a.m., Big Red lost his
fight with cancer, with his family and friends present, as he began his
journey home to be with his heavenly father. William boldly served his
country in the Vietnam War. After returning home, he later met and
married Elisa Smith and to this union one child was born. He worked as a
painter and traveled the country with a contractor for many years. A
wake service for Mr. Jones will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday,
Dec. 18, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. His homegoing celebration will be
held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Straight Way Missionary Baptist
Church, where the Rev. A. E. Smith is pastor. The Rev. D. R. Watson will
be the eulogist. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Bryant, Curtis Burke, Don
Eldridge, Ronnie Ellison, Charles Nelson and George Rooks. He was
preceded in death by his loving parents, William and Annie Lou Jones;
two brothers, Lonnie Charles and Lennis Charles Jones; and a
granddaughter, Ashley Renee Gray. Blessed to cherish his memory are
three daughters, Annette Bryant and Tawana Jones of Corsicana and Ylonda
Ellison of Houston; five grandsons, Dameion Gray of Commerce, Randy Gray
of Houston, Marcus Bryant, Keith Bryant and Amaru Jones of Corsicana;
granddaughter, Kezia Gray of Dallas; 10 great-grandchildren; five
sisters, Alene Diana McGhee (Robert), Grace Gunnels (Robert), Mary Parks
(Odell), Stella Henry (DeMarr) of Corsicana and Wanda Gunnels (LeRoy) of
Fort Worth; four brothers, Bobby G. Jones, Donald W. Jones Sr., George
Rooks (Vivian) of Corsicana and Kelvin Gunnels (Anita) of Fort Worth;
three aunts, Zelma Curry, Ola Field (Johnny) of Dallas and Minnie Lee
Richardson of Gainesville; many nieces, nephews and cousins including
Alene Marshall; many, many friends including his caregiver, James
Bright; and a very special friend Ritchie Faye Figgett. The family would
like to extend a special thanks to all the caregivers, especially Hand
in Hand Hospice and all represented by them for everything done during
his long illness. To the VA Administration for all the services rendered
on his behalf, thank you and God bless each of you. Arrangements by Ross
and Johnson Mortuary.
Olin Alva Taylor
Sept 8, 1917 - Dec 14, 2009
A. Taylor, age 92, of Quincy, Mass., died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 14,
2009.He was born in Dawson, raised and educated there and was a graduate
Corsicana High School, Class of 1935. He was a
World War II, U.S. Army
veteran. He served as a second lieutenant with the 36th Texas Infantry
Division. After his discharge, he has lived in Quincy for 65 years. Mr.
Taylor was employed as a machinist and senior technical specialist for
the Polaroid Corporation for over 40 years and retired in 1985. After
retirement, he worked part time for 20 years for the Hub Pen Company of
Quincy, now of Braintree, as a troubleshooter and machinist as he
maintained a complete machine shop in his home. Olin was active in his
community and was a longtime veteran's volunteer and activist. He was a
life member of the Cyril P. Morrisette American Legion Post in Quincy, a
life member of the DAV and past commander of the Cavanaugh Post No. 79.
Since 1985, he helped repair over 3,000 veterans' burial markers in
cemeteries throughout the city of Quincy. He was always available to
assist veterans and their families via driving to hospitals and medical
visits and was a volunteer at various VA Hospitals, especially the VA
Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass. He was a former member of the Quincy
Library Board of Trustees for 15 years, a 20-year board member of the
Quincy Conservation Commission and past grand knight of former Quincy
Council No. 96 Knights of Columbus. In 1996, he was honored as a
recipient of The Quincy Sun's Citizen of the Year award. This summer,
Mr. Taylor was honored by the City of Quincy as June 1, 2009, was
declared Olin A. Taylor Day in the city of Quincy in recognition of his
many contributions to the city and for his work with veterans. Beloved
husband for 64 years of Frances L. (Hunt) Taylor. Devoted father of
Cynthia Booth and her husband Louis of Middleboro, Mass., Virginia
Taylor and her husband Robert Salmon of Duxbury, Mass., Frances
Wiedemann and her husband Edward of Pembroke, Mass., and Gregory Taylor
and his wife Julie of Hingham, Mass. Also survived by seven
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Brother of Verlene Ellis of
Corsicana, and the late Coy Taylor. Funeral at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
19, from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue,
Quincy. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. John the
Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy. Relatives and friends are
invited to attend. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec.
18. Interment with military honors at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, donations in Mr. Taylor's memory may be made to the Cyril P.
Morrisette American Legion Post Scholarship Fund, in care of 81 Liberty
Street, Quincy, MA 02169. Arrangements by Sweeney Brothers Home for
Funerals, Quincy, Mass.
June 7, 1924 - Dec 8, 2009
Sarah Pearson Adams of Rockville, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 8,
2009, in San Antonio. She was born June 7, 1924, in Corsicana. Calesta Pearson
was her mother and Pearl Burson her grandmother, and they owned the Burson and
Pearson Florist in Corsicana for many years. Beloved wife of the late Clarence
Joseph Adams, Sarah was the loving mother of Jerry Adams, Paul Adams (partner
Robert Rourke), Lee Adams (Mary), and John Adams (Sue). Mrs. Adams is survived
by six grandchildren, Julie, Jenny, Christopher, Mark, Drew and Wesley. She is
also survived by her sister, Jane Miller of Corsicana; and brother, Joe Pearson
of Lufkin. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20,
with family reflections at 4 p.m. at Pumphrey's Colonial Funeral Home in
Rockville, Md. Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at
Arlington National Cemetery. All who plan to attend should meet at
administration building at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by Pumphrey Funeral Home,
July 18, 1942 - Dec 17, 2009
time (36 years) Conroe resident, Michael Lloyd Butler Sr. passed away
Dec. 17, 2009, of cancer. Ever the optimist, it was Mike's wish to live
through the donation of his body organs to help individuals with health
problems. He said this would be his biggest contribution he could make
in this world. Because his body was ravaged with cancer, the only part
to be donated to reach his goal was his corneas. Nevertheless, Mike
donated his body to the University of Texas Medical School of Houston
hoping that medical students would be able to learn from his illness. He
became an electrical engineer for over 30 years. Mike traveled the
world, (Korea, England, Singapore, Nigeria, Venezuela, Portugal,
Kazakhstan) with major oil companies. Most recently he was affiliated
with KBR in Houston. He was born July 18, 1942, in Freer, Texas, later
moved to Corsicana and graduated from
Corsicana High School in 1960. After graduation he attended Texas A
and M University, and is an Air Force veteran. Mike was preceded in
death by his father, Robert (Potsy) Butler and his wife, Betty; and
mother, Eloise Butler. Mike is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janice
Lane Butler of Conroe; son, Michael Butler Jr. and wife Stacia of
McKinney; daughters, Janna and Julie Butler of the Woodlands;
granddaughter, Taylor Butler Moore of the Woodlands; grandsons, Lane and
Kyle Butler of McKinney; brother, Chuck Butler and wife Linda of
Corsicana; sister, Joy Dill and husband Randy of Corsicana; niece, Leah
Dill Blackard of Corsicana; nephew, Whoa Dill of Corsicana; and niece,
Lauren Hammett of Midlothian. Living life to the fullest Mike was never
one to possess a bad temperament. Having had a wonderful sense of humor
and wit, Mike will be deeply missed by all those whose lives were
touched by his lightheartedness. A memorial service celebrating Mike's
life will be held at the Conroe church of Christ at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
July 5, 1926 - July 9, 2008
Wylie, age 82 of Rockwall, TX, passed away July 9, 2008. She was born
July 5, 1926, in Comanche, TX to Roy & Mary (Lindsey) Stanley. Mrs.
Wylie was a very social person, hardworking and an excellent seamstress.
She loved her family very much and enjoyed crafts and dancing.
Mrs. Wylie is survived by her son: Wayne Lewellen of Los Angeles, CA;
daughter: Betty Hill of Rockwall, TX; sister: Mickey Leis of Kennedale,
TX; brothers: Roy Stanley of Mansfield, TX, and Jackey Stanley of
Desoto, TX; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great
grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in
death by her husbands; her parents; two brothers; and one sister.
Funeral services will be held 11:00am Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Rest
Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel. Interment will follow in
Younger Cemetery, Silver
City, TX. The family will receive friends Friday evening at the funeral
home from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Jesse Ruben Raines
Oct 16, 1933 - July 16, 1992
HILLSBORO - Jesse Ruben Raines, of Hillsboro and formerly of Palestine,
died Thursday at a local nursing home. He was 58.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Edens funeral Home chapel, the Rev. Paul
Dickson officiating. burial will be at
Dresden Cemetery in Navarro County.
Mr. Raines was born Oct 16, 1933 in Meridian. He grew up in Frost where he
married Darlene O'Neal on Feb 15, 1955. Mr. Raines was a maintenance manager for
American Plant Food for 13 years and a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist
Church in Emmett.
Survivors include his wife; his father, James Anderson Raines, of Palestine; two
sons, Joel Raines and Jeff Raines, both of Palestine; two daughters, Julie
Pritchett and Ginger Lee, both of Palestine; two brothers, C. W. Raines of
Athens and Nat Raines of Corsicana; three sisters, Juanita Creel and Mary Price,
both of Palestine, and Rachel Belshaw of Haward, Calif.; and eight
Mr. Jessie Ruben Raines, 58, of Hillsboro died July 16, 1992 in
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Edens Funeral Home
Chapel in Hillsboro with the Rev. Paul Dickson officiating. Burial
will be in
He was born Oct. 16, 1933 in Meridian, Tex., the son of James
Anderson and Julie M. Lindsey Raines. He grew up in Frost and
graduated from high school there. He ranched most of his life and
worked as a maintenance manager for American Plant Food for 13
years. He was a member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church in
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Raines of Hillsboro; his father,
James Anderson Raines of Palestine; two sons, Joel Raines and Jeff
Raines, both of Palestine, two daughters, Julie Pritchett and Ginger
Lee, both of Palestine; two brothers, C.W. Raines of Athens and Nat
Raines of Corsicana; three sisters, Juanita Creel and Mary Price,
both of Palestine, and Rachel Belshaw of Hayward, Calif.; eight
grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oliver Lee Albritton
Jan 1, 1881 - Jul 20, 1960
Hold Services O L Albritton Here Thursday
Funeral services for O L Albritton, 79, native of Navarro County, who died
Wednesday morning, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the First Methodist
church, of which he was a member.
The rites were conducted by Dr. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the Austin Avenue
Methodist church, Waco, and Dr. Floyd E. Johnson, pastor. Burial was in
A native of Bazette, Albritton had been an educator, rancher, oil man and civic
leader here for most of his life. He formerly was superintendent of the Frost
school system and served as Navarro county school superintendent.
Albritton was perhaps the one person in Navarro County most responsible for the
establishment and growth of Navarro Junior College. He served as its first
chairman of the board of trustees and continued his interest in the institution
after he left the board.
He was a director of the First National bank, charter member of the Rotary club
and served on the YMCA, Chamber of Commerce and other boards, and was a member
of the draft board and a Mason.
HE was a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville.
Albritton was the owner of the Circle A Ranch in the Rural Shade community on
Trinity river in southeast Navarro county.
Surviving are his wife; a son, Oliver, both of Corsicana; a brother, C. C.
Albritton, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Burson, Corsicana; and other relatives.
The First National Bank was closed during the funeral hour.
Pallbearers were Ralph Brown, Ralph Stell, Frank Brock, J. N. Garitty, M. S.
Cook, David Brown, Glenn Hawkins, Joseph Pearson, Dee Scott and Ed M. Polk.
Dan Hamill, Dr.
Mar 20, 1889 - Jan 3, 1982
Dr. Dan B. Hamill, who practiced medicine in Corsicana for 49 years, died early
Graveside services were held Monday at 11 a. m. at
cemetery. The family
has requested that memorials be made to the American Medical Association
Education and Research Foundation or St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Dr. Hamill was a member emeritus of the staff of Navarro County Memorial
Hospital where he performed the first surgery, an appendectomy, on Aug. 12,
1952, when the then new hospital opened.
On Aug. 3, 1923, Dr. Hamill came by Interurban from Dallas to begin his practice
A native of Grapevine born March 20, 1898, he graduated in 1916 from Weatherford
High School, and graduated in 1921 from Baylor Medical College in Dallas after
attending the University of Texas in Austin. He interned at Receiving Hospital
in Detroit, Mich.
He and the former Gladys Eugenia Mason, of Rome, New York, were married on
Valentine’s Day 1924.
Dr. Hamill is survived by his wife, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Home B. Jester;
a grandson, Dam Hamill Jester, Dallas; a granddaughter, Mrs. F. B. Inks III,
Austin, and a great-grandson, Robert Riley Inks, Austin; and three sisters, Mrs.
J. M. Wilfong, Mrs. J. S. Seneker and Mrs. S. W. Preston.
During World War II, Dr. Hamill served three years in the US Navy, including 19
months in the South Pacific in Australia and New Guinea.
Dr. Hamill was a life member of the American Medical Association and also the
Interstate Post Graduate Medical Assembly.
An interview by the Daily Sun in August, 1973, a year following his retirement,
quoted him as saying he was inspired as a young boy to serve humanity when he
grew up by a family doctor who made his rounds in a buggy with a high stepping
black horse. His associates in the profession, the hospital staff and his
countless patients over the year attested that he had fulfilled the goal in good
measure. A longtime nurse was quoted in the story as saying that frequently Dr.
Hamill would tell the staff if any patient needed attention and their own
physician was unreachable for any reason, just call him.
Gladys Eugenia (Mason) Hamill
Dec 5, 1897 - Jan 14, 1993
Gladys Eugenia Mason Hamill, 95, of Corsicana, died Jan. 14, 1993, in Corsicana.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in
cemetery, with the Rev.
John Scarfs officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev.
John Scarfs officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Dec 5, 1897, in Rome, N.Y. She was a past president of the Kinsloe
House, having served in 1944 and 1945. She was a member of the 19 Century Club
and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Dan Hamill.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Homer B. Jester of Dallas; one
granddaughter, Mrs. Lloyd Inks III of Austin; one grandson Dan Hamill Jester of
New York City; and three great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 104 N. 14th St. Corsicana,
Texas 75110, or to Twilight Nursing Home, 3001 W. Fourth Ave., Corsicana, Texas
Robert Oscar Threet
Jul 30, 1907 -
Jul 18, 1936
Funeral services for Robert Threet, aged 28 years, native of Corsicana and
former employee of the Corsicana Daily Sun, who was killed in an oil field
accident near Wink shortly before noon Saturday, are to be held from the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Castles, 1006 North Beaton street, Monday
afternoon at 5 o'clock, with interment in
cemetery. The rites are to be
conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.
Threet was an employee of the Shell Oil Company as a guager and is reported to
have fallen into an oil tank containing a quantity of oil and gas. The accident
occurred Saturday morning at 11 o'clock and he died shortly before noon.
Surviving are his wife, formerly Tillie Castles of Corsicana; parents, Mr. and
Mrs. W. O. Threat, Phillips Chapel; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Bryant, Longview, and
Mrs. Garnet Farmer, Eureka, and other relatives.
Singers are to be Charlton E. Gunter, Mrs. Boyce Martin, Mrs. A. L. Absher, and
E. E. Burkhart.
Pallbearers are to be Lester Atkins, J. T. Cavender, Dave Levy, Fred DuBose, Guy
Bunch, Jake Cook, Ralph Burrow, and Raymond Bonner.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
William Thomas Shell, Sr.
Feb 3, 1898 - Jul 3, 1952
Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr. Expires; Funeral Friday At 10 A.M.
Dr. William Thomas Shell, Sr., 78, long-time prominent physician and surgeon,
died at his home, 756 West Third Avenue at an early hour Thursday morning.
Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist Church at 10 a. m. Friday
with burial in Oakwood
The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor.
Masons will have charge of graveside rites.
Native of Alabama
Dr. Shall was born at Pigeon Creek, Ala., February 3, 1874, the son of R. D. and
Delilah Shell. After preparatory work in Howard College, East Lake, Ala., he
attended the Emory University School of Medicine and was awarded his MD degree
Coming to Corsicana in 1896, Dr. Shell has headed the Corsicana Hospital and
Clinic since its organization in 1927. He attended post graduate clinics in New
York, Harvard Medical School, keeping abreast with the medical developments in
Dr. Shell held a Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Given Many Honors
Serving as president of the board of managers of the Navarro County Hospital (P
and S Hospital) when that institution was established, he held that post until
1920. He was secretary-treasurer of the Navarro County Medical Society 1900-1907
and 1909-1912. He was president of the county group in 1907, and served as
secretary-treasurer of the Central Texas Medical Society in 1906 and president
He also held membership in the North Texas Medical Society, Texas Medical
Association, Southern Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Shell was local surgeon for the Sr. Louis-Southwestern Railway Company of
Texas (Cotton Belt), and the Burlington-Rock Island Lines.
He was a 32 degree Mason and Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, and had
been a member of Corsican Lodge No. 63, IOO, since 1898, receiving a 50-year
jewel two years ago. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and formerly
was a member of the Lions Club.
Dr. Shell served as city health officer 1909-1913.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, Dr. Wm. T. Shell, Jr., and Rufus D. Shell, all
of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. J. B. Ellett, Dallas, six grandchildren, one
great-grandchildren, and four sisters, Mrs. Viola Pollard, Mrs. Pearl Jernigan
and Mrs. Ella Jones, all of Greenville, Ala., and Mrs. Gertrude Foster, La
Verne, Ala., and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be R. D. Fleming, Ed Rittersbacher, J. N. Edens, Jr., Judge A.
P. Mays, Eliot Johnston, Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield, J. D. Poindexter, J. N. Edens,
Sr., and Fred M. Allison, Jr.
Griffin will direct.
W. T. Shell, Sr.
Funeral Services Held Friday For Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr.
Funeral services for Dr. William Thomas Shell, Sr. 78, prominent physician and
surgeon, who died at his home early Thursday, were held at 10 a.m. Friday from
the First Baptist church.
The rites were conducted by Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor. The Scottish Rite
Rose Croix service was conducted at the grave.
Native of Alabama, Dr. Shell came to Corsicana in 1896, the year following his
receiving a MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine at Atlanta, Ga.
Long prominent in local, district and state medical societies, Dr. Shell had
headed the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic since its organization in 1927, and was
president of the Navarro County board of hospital managers when the P and S
Hospital was established. He was one of the organizers of the Navarro County
Medical Society and served as its secretary 1900-1907 and 1909-1912. He was
president of the society in 1907 and served as president of the Central Texas
Medical Society in 1925. He was city health officer 1909-1913.
Dr. Shell was a member of the local, Central Texas, Texas and American Medical
societies and was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was local
surgeon for the St. Louis-Southwestern Railway Co. of Texas and the
Burlington-Rock Island Lines.
A 32 degree Mason and Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, Dr. Shell also had
been a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF, more than 50 years.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, Dr. William T. Shell, Jr. and Rufus D. Shell,
all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. J. B. Ellett, Dallas; six grandchildren, one
great-grandchild, and four sisters, Mrs. Viola Pollard, Mrs. Pearl Jernigan, and
Mrs. Ella Jones all of Greenville, Ala., and Mrs. Gertrude Foster, La Verne,
Ala., and other relatives.
Pallbearers were R. D. Fleming, Ed Rittersbacher, J. N. Edens, Jr., Judge A. P.
Mays, Eliot Johnson, Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield, J. D. Poindexter, J. N. Edens, Sr.,
and Fred M. Allison.
Griffin Funeral Home directed.
William Thomas Shell, Jr.
Sep 24, 1901 - Mar 5, 1963
Dr. W. T. Shell Is Found Dead Late Tuesday
Dr. Wm. T. Shell, Jr., 61, Corsicana native, was found dead at his home, 2411
Park Row, Tuesday about 7 p. m. by his negro house-boy, Jerald Carter, Howe
French, justice of the peace, who conducted an inquest, stated Wednesday
morning. Judge French returned his coroner’s verdict that death was from
The house-boy said Dr. Shell had gone to bed during the afternoon and he (the
house-boy) returned about 5 p.m. and thought his employer was asleep and when he
returned two hours later, he discovered Dr. Shell was dead and summoned a
Dr. Shell headed the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic for years.
He was educated at the University of Texas and University of Pennsylvania,
receiving a bachelor of arts from Texas and his MD from Pennsylvania. He also
was a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and attended numerous post
graduate clinics. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, First Methodist
church and was a past master of the local Masonic Lodge and a 32 degree Mason.
He was a member of Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF. Dr. Shell was a former
president of the Navarro County Medical Society and served several years as
Corsicana city health officer.
Graveside services will be held at
cemetery Thursday at 10 a.m. The
rites will be conducted by Rev. John W. Ford, Corsicana Methodist district
superintendent, assisted by Rev. Floyd A. Boulware, pastor of the First
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Billy Jack Curtis, Austin, and Mrs.
Harold (Toppy) Watson, Jr., Maracaibo, Venezuela; two grandsons, Tres and Bill
Watson, both of Maracaibo, Venezuela; a brother, Rufus D. Shell, Corsicana.
Pallbearers will be J. N. Edens, Jr., Ed Rittersbacher, J. Floyd Smith, Fred M.
Allison, Jr., Wade Blackford, Kelly Cawthon, A. P. Mays and Dr. Paul Mitchell.
Griffin Funeral Home will direct.
Sep 24, 1880 - June 19, 1959
E A Byrd Dies Early Friday
E A Byrd, 78, retired Lone Star Gas Company employee, 1210
West Eleventh avenue, was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital at 2:40 a.m.
Funeral services will Sunday at 3 p. m. from the Eleventh
Avenue Methodist church, of which he was a member, with burial in the
cemetery. He was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Thad Son, Line Street
Methodist church, Hillsboro, formerly of the local church, assisted by Rev. Paul
Wiseman, new pastor here.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, James Byrd,
Angleton, and DV Byrd, Las Vegas, Nev., US Air Force; a daughter, Mrs. Robert
Daniel, Corsicana; three grandchildren and a number of other relatives.
Masons will have charge of gravesides services and will
Griffin will direct.
Joseph Claude Davidson
June 18, 1882 - June 16, 1959
Joe Davidson Dies Tuesday
J C (Joe) Davidson, 73, Richland, retired Missouri Pacific
Railroad bridge carpenter, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:30 p. m. from the
First Baptist church in Richland with burial in the
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Marion Ford and Rev. C.
Surviving are his wife of Richland; two sons, J C Davidson,
Jr., Pendleton, Ore.; and Alden Davidson, Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Mrs.
Melvin Johnson, Kinder, La.; Mrs. Paul Haynes, Nashville, Tenn.; and Mrs.
Garland Montfort, Mildred; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a
number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Corley Funeral Chapel directed.
J C Davidson Rites Friday
Funeral services for JC (Joe) Davidson, 76, of Richland,
were held at 3 p. m. Friday from the First Baptist church in Richland. Davidson
died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday night.
Rites were conducted by Rev. Marion Ford and Rev. C. Eidson
Donnell, Burial was to be in Richland Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife of Richland; two sons, JC Davidson,
Jr., Pendleton, Ore.; and Alden Davidson, Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Mrs.
Melvin Johnson, Kinder, La.; Mrs. Paul Haynes, Nashville, Tenn.; and Mrs.
Garland Montfort, Mildred; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a
number of other relatives.
Pallbearers were Neal Brown, Guy Campbell, Arthur Patrick,
Jr., Walter L. Hendon, Bill D. Howard and Jack White.
Corley Funeral Chapel directed.
Davidson was a retired bridge carpenter for the Missouri
Pacific Railroad company.
Feb 8, 1859 - June 17, 1936
Rites Planned For Mrs. Sutherland at 5 p. m. Thursday
Native Navarro County and Resident Corsicana Many Years
Funeral services for Mrs. CG Sutherland, aged 77 years, 502
North Beaton street, who died in the Navarro Clinic at an early hour Wednesday
morning are scheduled to be held from the First Presbyterian church Thursday
afternoon at 5 o'clock with interment in Oakwood
cemetery. The rites will be
conducted by Rev. WR Hall, pastor of the church. Mrs. Sutherland had been a
long-time member of the First Presbyterian church.
Mrs. Sutherland was a native of Navarro county and had
resided in Corsicana practically all of her life. She was the widow of the late
Bank Sutherland, pioneer merchant and funeral director of Corsicana, and long an
active leader and official of the IOOF in Texas. She was vice-president of
nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be the following nephews and
great-nephews; Harry Bird, Oscar Bird, Wilbur Harris, Ben Harris, Landis
McDaniel, Arthur Wareing, Leslie Wareing, Edgar Wareing, Jr,
Honorary pallbearers will be Judge CL Jester, Dr. EA
Johnson, Judge JM Blanding, officers of the First Presbyterian church and
friends of the family.
Sutherland McCammon Funeral Home, assisted by AW Wareing,
will direct the services.
Charles Bank Sutherland
Jan 11, 1858 - Nov 2, 1928
B. SUTHERLAND DIED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AT HOME
PIONEER UNDERTAKER AND MERCHANT SUCCUMBS AFTER WEEKS OF ILLNESS
C. B. Sutherland, 70, pioneer resident of Corsicana, well-known
undertaker, furniture merchant, banker and landowner, died at his
residence, 502 North Beaton street, Friday morning at 8:05 o’clock
following an illness of several weeks, and the funeral services will be
held from the First Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock
with interment in Oakwood
cemetery. The funeral services will be
conducted by Rev. David Shepperson, pastor of the church.
Surviving are his wife, two brothers, G. W. Sutherland, Montgomery
county, Texas; Arthur Sutherland of Corsicana, and other relatives.
Mr. Sutherland was born in New York, but came to Corsicana with his
father, the late Arthur Sutherland worked in a print shop at that time.
He was the oldest active undertaker in Texas and sole surviving active
charter member of the Texas State Embalmers and Funeral Directors
association an organization perfected in Fort Worth more than 40 years
ago. He was a prominent member of the !. O. O. F., having held the
highest offices in the gift of not only local lodge No. 53, I. O. O. F.,
but also the highest offices in the gift of the Texas Grand lodge. He
always attended the sessions of the Texas Grand lodge whenever possible.
For many years, he was a trustee of the I. O. O. F. Home here and always
took an active interest in anything pertaining to the Home here.
Came to Corsicana in 1866.
Mr. Sutherland came to Corsicana in 1866 with his father, the late
Arthur Sutherland, and the place of business was located at the corner
of West Third avenue and North Fifteenth street, West Third avenue then
was known as Main street and Fifteenth street was Church street. He did
not embalm for a number of years after he entered the undertaking
When a small lad, Mr. Sutherland worked in a paint shop upstairs over a
store that was located on the site where the home of W. W. Walton is
located corner of North Thirteenth street and West Second avenue. At
that time, the main business portion of Corsicana was located about the
present Navarro county courthouse square and remained there until
railroads were constructed and the business district transferred to its
In 1876, Mr. Sutherland went to the Sutherland farm, several miles north
of Corsicana and farmed for a few years, intending to follow the farming
business, but returned to town upon the advice of physicians and in
1879, went into business in the old opera house, 1882, the business was
moved to its present site and has been conducted from that stand since.
The undertaking establishment was moved to its present location a number
of years ago.
Buried Many Dead.
Mr. Sutherland and his father before him buried a majority of the people
interred in Oakwood cemetery and Mr. Sutherland had charge of
approximately 10,000 funerals during his life. He has had personal
charge of a large majority of the funerals held at Oakwood cemetery. He
also had charge of a large part of the funerals in Navarro county in the
early days when there were no funeral directors in the smaller towns of
the county. It is safe to say that almost half of the funerals in
Navarro county have been under his direction during the last half
In 1881, he established a hardware, furniture and undertaking business
in Dawson and had a similar business in Blooming Grove and Kerens.
He was a vice president and director of the First State Bank here.
Mr. Sutherland was a member of the state board of embalmers for several
years and has always been prominently identified with his profession.
He had been a member of the First Presbyterian church here for a number
of years. He was familiarly known to his legion friends of his own age
as “Bank” and to the younger people as “Uncle Bank.”
Mr. Sutherland had watched Corsicana from a struggling village to its
present size and always kept pace with progress, remaining in active
charge of his large furniture and undertaking business.
No Woman in Potter’s Field.
Mr. Sutherland never would allow a white woman to be buried in the
“potter’s field” and when a body was left with no one to look after it
or care what disposition was made of it, he would have it interred in
another cemetery, at his own expense. He said on a number of occasions
that he could not bear to see a white woman buried in the “potter’s
field.” Whether a person was rich or poor, high or low, they received a
decent burial whenever Bank Sutherland had anything to do with it.
His death had not been unexpected for several days, his condition
turning for the worse more than a week ago.
Mr. Sutherland was a charter member of the Corsicana Lions club and
always took an interest in the activities of that organization.
The active pallbearers will be the deacons of the First Presbyterian
church and the honorary pallbearers will be Odd Fellows and friends.
Corsicana Lodge No. 63, I. O. O. F., will have charge of the services at
Odd Fellows, Notice.
All members of Corsicana Lodge, No. 63, I. O. O. F. are called to meet
at the Odd Fellows Hall, corner West Third avenue and North Beaton
street, Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, to attend the funeral of
Brother C. B. Sutherland, J. I. Ellett, noble grand, stated Friday
Funeral Services Bank Sutherland Be Held Sunday
Pioneer Resident and Business Man Be Buried in Oakwood
Funeral services for CB Sutherland, aged 70 years, resident
of Corsicana, 64 years, pioneer undertaker, furniture dealer, banker and land
owner, who died at his home 502 North Beaton street, Friday morning shortly
after 8 o'clock, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First
Presbyterian church with interment in Oakwood
cemetery. The funeral services at
the church will be conducted by Rev. Shepperson, pastor, while the Odd Fellow
will have charge of the services at the grave.
Mr. Sutherland had been ill for some time, his condition
taking a turn for the worse several days ago.
Surviving are his wife; two brothers, G W Sutherland,
Montgomery county; Arthur Sutherland, Corsicana; and other relatives.
A number of prominent funeral directors and high officials
of the IOOF are expected to attend the services.
Mr. Sutherland was the last surviving active charter member
of the Texas State Embalmers and Funeral Directors association was active in the
Lions club and other enterprises.
The deacons of the First Presbyterian church will be active
pallbearers while the Odd Fellows and friends will be honorary pallbearers.
All Lions are requested to meet in a body at the First
Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 to attend the funeral of our friend
and brother, Lion Sutherland
OM Boynton, President
WJ Rochelle, Secretary
Charles Bank Sutherland
Great Throng in Attendance Upon Funeral Services
Beloved Corsicana Pioneer, C. B. Sutherland, Laid At Rest
The largest crowd ever to attend a funeral service in
Corsicana, several thousand in number, gathered Sunday afternoon at the First
Presbyterian church and at Oakwood cemetery, to pay their last respects to the
remains of C. B. Southerland, aged 70 years, pioneer funeral director, merchant,
and banker, who had resided in Corsicana for more than sixty years. The funeral
services were conducted by Rev. David Shepperson, pastor of the church, assisted
by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church; Rev. H.
J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church; Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of
the First Methodist church, and Rev. C. E. McStravick, pastor of the United
Presbyterian church. At the grave, the Odd Fellows Lodge, of which Mr.
Sutherland was a member for a half century, and holder of many of the highest
offices and honors in the order, had charge of the services. H. J. Emmons of
Dallas, representative of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, spoke of the life of the
Long before the time for the services, the church was
packed to capacity with sorrowing friends and acquaintances, with hundreds
outside and other hundreds preparing to the cemetery to await the funeral
cortege. Many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence, and remembrances and
tributes from people from all over Texas and some from other states were
Interested in Home
Mr. Sutherland was always deeply interested in the IOOF
Home here, being trustee for many years. He held the highest offices in the
local IOOF Lodge No. 63, and also was a member of the Texas Grand Lodge, and
held a number of offices in that organization. He attended the annual meetings
of the Grand Lodge for many years. Many of the inmates of the IOOF Home here,
who have gone from the Home, were present for the funeral and a number of floral
offerings from ex-students of the Home were noted.
Mr. Sutherland was a member of the Corsicana Lions club for
a number of years and was always interested in the work of the club. A large
number of the Lions were present for the services.
Surviving are his wife, two brothers, G. W. Sutherland of
Montgomery county and Arthur Sutherland of Corsicana. G. W. Sutherland had been
here several days. He returned to his home Monday.
Mr. Sutherland was a charter member of the Texas State
Embalmers and Funeral Directors Association, organized at Fort Worth more than
forty years ago.
Of the vast throng gathered for the services, it is safe to
say that very few there who had not at some time had a dear one buried with Mr.
Sutherland in charge.
Funeral Directors Here
Among the funeral directors present were Ed Keever, Ennis,
president of the state organization; T. A. Shellberg, Fort Worth, secretary; D.
T. Lauder, Abilene; F. M. Compton, L. C. Puckett and Tom Tidwell, Waco; George
Nyland, Frank C. Smith, Grant Smith, Bentley Young, George Jennings, Charles
Jennings, George Brewer, Harry Haskings, Harold (Dutch) Graybur, R. F. Woods and
Ernest, C. Davis, all of Dallas; S. P. Spaulding, Waxahachie; W. T. Orr, Ennis;
Tom Wright, Temple; Claude Keever, Ennis; C. B. Cook, Austin; J. M. Beene,
Frost; Tom Bailey, Palestine; C. B. McCormick, Blooming Grove; M. M. Rains,
Marshall and C. M. Nimon, Austin.
Among the visiting Odd Fellows present were J. K. Sasche,
Sasche, Texas; member of the board of trustees of the Home; G. W. Hawkins,
Houston, past grand master of Grand Lodge, and formerly superintendent of the
Home; W. T. Savage, Dallas, past grand master; G. W. Bacus, Wichita Falls; E. Q.
Vestal, Dallas, grand secretary, Mit House, Fort Worth; George Reid, Dallas,
grand lodge trustee; George Knauff, San Antonio, grand lodge trustee; S. P.
Spaulding, Waxahachie, former trustee of the Home, John A. Key, Fort Worth,
grand treasurer; Harry Emmons, Dallas; E. B. Greech, Ennis; Harry Fushbrook,
Temple; S. M. Williams, Dallas, formerly inmate of the Home; Mrs. Johnnie House,
Fort Worth, past president Rebekah Assembly; Mrs. Mae Hatcher James, Dallas,
grand treasurer, Rebekahs; Mrs. Hamilton, Dallas, grand sentinel; Mrs. H. E.
Spaulding, Waxahachie; Mrs. S. P. Spaulding, Waxahachie, and others.
Among the other out of town people were Mr. and Mrs. E. R.
Brown, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Fry, Woodson; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan B. Fry, Ladonia; P. B. Fry, Ladonia; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Gee and daughter, Mary Jim Gee,
all of Paris; Mrs. E. O. Bird, Paris; W. M. Harris, McCamy; Mrs. Lela Lee and
Uleta Williams, Dallas; Miss Anna Bell, Dallas; Mrs. G. C. Daughtery,
Sweetwarter, Miss Ela Hockaday, Dallas; Miss Edna Washington, Dallas; Mr. and
Mrs., C. M. Crawford, Dallas; Mrs. Eula Swafford, Hillsboro; Mr. and Mrs.
Wallace McFall, Mexia; Mr. and Mrs. Ozie Lewis, Mexia; Mrs. John Davis, Mexia;
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Comfort, Mexia; Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Bridges, Teague; Mrs.
Janie McGilvary, Streetman; Mrs. John Wareing, Dallas; Miss N. Ethel Eagleton,
Arlington; Mrs. Louis Stephens, Mexia and others.
More than 100 children of the IOOF Home were also present.
IN SERVICE A LONG TIME.
Has Held Position of Sexton for Thirty-Five Years
When the city council re-elected C. B. Sutherland sexton last
Tuesday night it was the thirty-fifth time the council had made this
selection. The late A. Sutherland, Mr. Sutherland's father, was
sexton from the early seventies till 1882, when he was made an
alderman, and the son, C. B. Sutherland succeeded him as sexton in
that year and has held the office continuously since Oakwood
cemetery when the Senior Sutherland was first sexton only embraced
that part of the sacred ground south of the branch which was deeded
to the city by Col. Elliott citizen here, who was the grandfather of
Captain W. J. McKie and it was used for both white and colored
There are quite a number of negro graves near where the fountain now
stands in the northeast corner of the old cemetery plot.
This was in the days before the civil war. That part of the cemetery
north of the branch was bought after the civil war, and was added to
Oakwood as the McPhall field. It was opened as a burial ground in
1876 by Mr. A. Sutherland who was sexton at that time.
DEATH COMES TO BANK SUTHERLAND
Death tiptoed softly to the bedside of Bank Sutherland Friday morning, November
2, and carried him away, without resistance. The end came peacefully at 8:25
a.m. while surrounded by his loved ones.
The body was lowered to its final resting place Sunday afternoon in
Oakwood cemetery, where his
ministering hands had helped to lower countless numbers in their graves during
the many years he was funeral director in this city.
Interment followed shortly after the beautiful and impressive service at the
First Presbyterian church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. David Shepperson, who
was assisted by the ministers of the other churches of this city.
Long before the appointed hour, the edifice was filled to overflowing with
friends of this universally loved man. The solemnity of the occasion was
something unusual, for with all this waiting crowd, many of whom were standing
not a whisper or sound could be heard during the half hour or more of waiting
for the funeral cortege to arrive. Scores of men, women and children unable to
enter the crowded church, stood silently in the vestibules, on the steps and
sidewalks outside, while the religious rites proceeded. The casket was escorted
into the church by hundreds of members of the Odd Fellows lodge, an organization
of which Mr. Sutherland had been a most loyal member for a half a century or
more and holders of many of its highest offices and honors.
The enormous crowd, the wealth of lovely floral offerings, the choir composed of
singers from all the churches and the services in the church conducted by the
ministers of the city, were visible proof of how Mr. Sutherland belonged not
only to his immediate family, his church and his lodge; but to the entire
Few and rare are the characters that are so widely and dearly beloved as Mr.
Sutherland. People of every walk of life, both white and black were his loyal
friends, and showed their grief over his loss by their presence at the church
and at the grave.
The pastor gave three passages of scripture that summed up the life of this good
man, as no other words could have done. First, 2nd Samuel 3:38—And the king said
unto his servants, “Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen
this day in Israel.” Mr. Sutherland was a prince among men and a great man, yet
he lived a most unassuming life. In his greatness lay the fact that he came not
to be ministered unto, but to minister.
Second, Micah 5:9—“He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the
Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly
with God.” He dealt justly with his fellow man, was sincere, and love mercy, for
countless deeds of mercy had has done, as all can testify. He was humble,
another most notable trait of character. Honors could have been heaped upon him,
especially in his lodge, but he declined them all.
Third, James 1:27—Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this:
“To visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions and to keep himself
unspotted from the world.” This passage speaks for itself, for everyone who knew
Mr. Sutherland at all, knew how he helped the orphans and the widows. His good
works done while on this earth will be a lasting monument to him. To know Mr.
Sutherland was to love him, as he was one of the finest and noblest of to those
near and dear to him, with a smile and kindly word for all with whom he came in
contact, and of whom it can truthfully be said, made the world so much better
and desirable by reason of his having lived in it.
At the cemetery the service was conducted by the Odd Fellows, led by H. J.
Emmons of Dallas, representative of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, and who spoke of
the life of this good man and loyal member. Mr. Tom B. Wright funeral director
of Temple and an life-long friend of Mr. Sutherland directed the funeral,
assisted by five other funeral directors from over the state. Seven former
students and teachers of the I. O. O. F. Home came for the funeral and laid
their floral tributes of love on his bier. One of the most beautiful offerings,
a large wreath in yellow chrysanthemums and yellow roses, was a tribute of love
sent by Clarence Streeter, of Los Angeles, a former student of the Home. Mr.
Sutherland had been his guardian while a boy, and now that he has been so
successful in the business world has equipped the playgrounds at the Home with
the latest and best play ground apparatus.
When the final words had been said the crowd about the grave lingered as if
unwilling to go. Individually and in groups it finally took its departure.
Bank Sutherland, the man, is dead; but Bank Sutherland the example of a pure
Christian and a lover of mankind, will live forever lover of mankind, will live
The entire community joins in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family
and loved ones.
Effie Ann Blackmon
d. Sep 27, 1922
Died Here Last Night
Mrs. Effie Ann Blackmon, widow of the late Dillon Blackmon, died at 503 East
Eleventh avenue last night, aged 77 years.
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