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Lydia Terrell (Barton) Frederick
Feb 03, 1871 - Jun 04, 1948

MRS. J. H. FREDERICK DIES FRIDAY; RITES PLANNED SATURDAY

Mrs. J. H. Frederick, aged 77 years, pioneer resident of the Blooming Grove community, died at her home Friday morning at 9:15 o'clock, following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at Blooming Grove with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Edwin Frederick, Fort Worth, and J. H. Frederick, Jr., Corpus Christie, a granddaughter, Miss Zoe Ann Middlebrook, Blooming Grove, and other relatives.

Mrs. Frederick was the mother of the late Mrs. Jewell Middlebrook of Corsicana.

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FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. J. H. FREDERICK ARE HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. J. H. Frederick, aged 77 years, who died at her home In Blooming Grove Friday morning, were held from the First Christian Church in Blooming Grove Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Minister Wright conducted the rite. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Edwin Frederick, Fort Worth, and J. H. Frederick, Jr., Corpus Christi; a granddaughter, Miss Zo Ann Middlebrook.

Blooming Grove and other relatives.

Mrs. Frederick was the mother of the late Mrs. Jewell Middlebrook of Corsicana.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Laura M. (Hartline) Watkins
Dec 07, 1858 - Aug 18, 1948

MRS. LAURA WATKINS FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HELD THURSDAY

Mrs. Laura M. Watkins, 90, resident of Navarro county for a half-century, died at her home near Barry Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. Watkins was the widow of the late J. M. Watkins, who died in 1945. She was born in Alabama in 1858, and came to Navarro county in 1899.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock, from the Barry Baptist Church, with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

The Rev. Price of Blooming Grove conducted the rites.

Surviving are three sons, Jim Watkins, Cryer Creek; Mack Watkins, Barry; and Bob Watkins, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. E. H. Ingram, Barry; and Mrs. Bonny Ferrell, Wellington; 32 grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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MRS. LAURA WATKINS FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HELD WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Laura M. Watklns, 90, resident of Navarro county for a half-century, died at her home near Barry Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. Watklns was the widow of
the late J. M. Watkins, who died in 1945. She was born in Alabama in 1858, and came to Navarro county in 1899.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock, from the Barry Baptist Church, with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The Rev. Price of Blooming Grove conducted the rites.

Surviving are three sons, Jim Watkins, Cryer Creek; Mack Watkins, Barry; and Bob Watkins, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. E. H. Ingram, Barry; and Mrs. Bonny Ferrell, Wellington; 32 grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Aug 18, 1948

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


William Roe Radney
Mar 03, 1899 - Aug 10, 1948

Wednesday Rites For W. R. Rodney

Funeral services for William Roe Radney, aged 48 years, Route S, Athens, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday morning, were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Corley Funeral Home chapel.

Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Radney was a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are three sons, Jerry D., Ray R. and Wandle Radney, all of Houston; four brothers, Charlie J. Radney, Amarillo; Sam S. Radney, Fort Worth; Clyde and Floyd Radney, both of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Penney, Kerens, and Mrs. Anna Howell, Athens; a grandson, Randy R. Radney, Winnsboro, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Thurman Penney, Horace Newsome, Ode Beeman, Jess Minatra, J. H. Radney and G. D. Radney.

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Burial at Dresden
CORSICANA, Aug. 11 (Spl).- William Roe Radney, 48, father of Sam S. Radney of Fort Worth, died in a hospital here Tuesday. Funeral services were held Wednesday with burial in the Dresden cemetery. He was a veteran of World War I.

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Charlie James Garrett
Jan 17, 1912 - Mar 24, 1965

C. J. Garrett Rites Friday

BLOOMING GROVE, March 25 (Spl)—Charlie James Garrett, 53, World War II veteran, native of Dresden, died in the VA hospital at Lisbon Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Church of Christ here. The rites will be conducted by a Dallas Church of Christ minister, assisted by C. Allen, minister if the local congregation.

Garrett had resided in California since 1947 until 18 months ago when he moved to Dallas.

He served overseas 4 1-2 years during World War II.

Surviving are two brothers, Leonard Garrett, Arizona, and Wallace Garrett, California; four sisters, Mrs. Leo Griffin, Leveland; Mrs. Eva Campbell, and Mrs. Ruby Moore, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Nell Bratcher, Little Rock, Ark.; two uncles, Roy Laster and Hubert Laster, both of Alice; an aunt, Mrs. J. J. Hollingsworth, Dallas; eight nieces and three nephews.

Pallbearers will be Clovis Haden, Cecil Hall, Jim Fuller, Bruce McCormick, Carl Daniel and Lofton Hargrove.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Junie Mae (Parker) Coker
June 1, 1910 - Apr 4, 1989

Junie Coker

Mrs. Junie Coker, 78, of Corsicana, died April 4, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Oscar Andrews officiating.  Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

She was born Jun 1, 1910 in Farmersville.  She was the daughter of Albert and Maude Parker.  She was reared in Navarro County and was a Baptist.  She was preceded in death by her husband Edgar T. Coker, in 1974.

Survivors include three daughters, Edith Bryant of Blooming Grove, Martha Burleson of Mesquite, and Barbara Whitfield of Corsicana;  three sons, James Coker of Blooming Grove, Rudolph Coker of Garland, and Charles Coker of Vernon;  11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Jerry Parker of Garland.

Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

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Cora Jane “Lit” (Green) Farmer
Oct 6, 1906 - July 7, 1989

Cora Jane Farmer

Cora Jane (Lit) Farmer, 85 of Navarro Mills, died July 7, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Navarro Mills Baptist Church, with the Reb. John Kinnaird and the Reb. Larry Ramsour officiating.   Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.  Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a lifelong member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Asberry Farmer, in 1959, and one son, A. D. Farmer, Jr., in 1981.

She is survived by three sons, Billy Wade Farmer of Dawson, Jackie Farmer of Corsicana, and Charles Farmer of Ft. Worth;  seven daughters, Genell Aven of Corsicana, Daphene Thompson of Fort Worth, Dorothy Pierce of Burleson, Patsy Smith of Navarro Mills, Darlene Pruitt of Dallas, Sue Reeves of McKinney, and Peggy Farmer of Jacksonville;  two sister, Hettie Bowman of Missouri, and Willie Barnes of Navarro Mills;  one sister-in-law, Ethel Brown of Old Ocean;  25 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren.

   Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Lucy (Melton) Brister
June 19, 1912 - Sep 16, 1983

Lucy Brister

Lucy Brister, 71, of Navarro Mills, died Friday at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Service is 2 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Ken Shultz officiating.  Burial will be at Dresden Cemetery under the direction of Blooming Grove Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Norman of Navarro Mills;  Mrs. Peggy Russell of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Faye Leach, Duncanville and Mrs. Jean Whitten of Corsicana;  a brother, Zack Melton of Fort Worth; a sister, Vera Melton of Dresden; seven grandchildren;  and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday school class and honorary pall bearers will be the Quilting Ladies of the United Methodist Church.

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Nora Elizabeth (Minefee) Fulton
Nov 7, 1892 - Sep 17, 1983

Nora Elizabeth Fulton

Nora Elizabeth Fulton, 90, of Tyler died Saturday at Medical Center in Tyler.

She was a native of Blooming Grove.

Service is 3 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, with Brother Dave Fortner officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Blooming Grove Funeral Home.

Survivors include two sons, Will Roy of Fort Worth and Jodie C. of Tyler;  three

Daughters, Loraine Tipping of Snyder, Lucille Futch of Dallas and Robbie Lee Harrison of Houston;  a daughter-in-law, Lucille Fulton of Arp;  a sister. Irene Hester of Arlington;  10 grandchildren;  19 great-grandchildren;  and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

   Pallbearers will be Floyd Futch, Wayne Futch, W. B. Futch, Mickey Sterling, Steve Futch and Jim Futch.

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Ruthie Virginia (Jackson) Derden
Jan 17, 1872 - Mar 24, 1943

 MRS. RUTH DERDEN DIED WEDNESDAY AT BLOOMING GROVE

Mrs. Ruth Derden, aged 71 years, died at her home at Blooming Grove Wednesday morning.  Funeral arrangements have not been completed pending the arrival of a son, Pvt. Clifton Derden, U. S. Army in Washington, Revs. G. H. and T. R. Vaughn, Baptist minister, will officiate.

Surviving are her husband, J. P. Derden, Blooming Grove;  the following children;  Archie Derden, Corsicana; Mrs. Bitha Reeves, Frost;  P. D. Derden, Blooming Grove, Riley Derden, Blooming Grove, Lecil Derden, Lone Cedar; Mrs. Lois Sykes, Barry;  Pvt. Clinton Derden, U. S. Army; 26 grandchildren and other relatives.

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Mrs. Ruth Derden Be Buried Dresden Saturday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Derden, age 71 years, who died at her home in Blooming Grove Wednesday morning, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Dresden, where interment will be made.
Surviving are her husband, five sons, two daughters, 26 grandchildren and other relatives.
Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.

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James Hineyard Frederick Sr.
Oct 23, 1864 - Apr 26, 1943

J. H. FREDERICK OF BLOOMING GROVE BURIED TUESDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, April 29.— (Spl.)—Funeral services for J. H. Frederick, age 79 years, who died at his home here Monday night, were held from the First Christian church here Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. W. S. Fisher conducted the rites. Burial was in Dresden Cemetery.

A resident of the Blooming Grove community about 70 years, he was well known, in this section. He was a prominent farmer and stockman.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. N. J. Middlebrooks, Corsicana, two sons, Edwin Frederick, Hawaii;  J . H. Frederick, Jr., U. S. navy; a granddaughter, two sisters, Mrs. Susie Sears, Snyder; Mrs. Annie Huffhines, Dallas, a number of nephews and nieces and other relatives.

Pallbearers were R. E. Frederick, J. P. Johnson; L. L. Powell, Jim Sheppard, Floyd Armstrong, and Milton Barton.

McCormick Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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William Colvin Ashford
Aug 1, 1866 - July 27, 1943

Rites Wednesday For W. C. Ashford

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the First Baptist church in Blooming Grove for W. C. Ashford, aged 76 years, who died at an early hour Tuesday. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

A native of Tennessee, he came to Texas at the age of five years and for the past 45 years had resided in the Raleigh and Blooming Grove communities.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Robert Ashford, Rice; a daughter, Miss May Ashford, Barry; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other relatives.

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Funeral Services For W. C. Ashford Held Wednesday

Funeral Services for W. C. Ashford aged 76 years, who died at an early hour Tuesday morning were held at the First Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock with Rev. T. R. Vaughn, assisted by Rev. W. S. Fisher, officiating. Burial was made at the Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Ashford was born in Tennessee August 1, 1866. He came to Texas at the age of five and had resided in the Raleigh and Blooming Grove communities for the past 45 years. He was converted and joined the Baptist Church when a young man and has lived a faighful and consistent Christian life.

Surviving are his wife, a son Robert Ashford of Rice; a daughter Miss May Ashford of Barry, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild, other relatives and a host of friends.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, July 30, 1943
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Melton Grantom
May 12, 1883 - Apr 19, 1943

W. M. GRANTOM DIED

SUDDENLY TUESDAY AT BLOOMING GROVE

Funeral services for W. M. Grantom, age 58, who died suddenly at his home at Blooming Grove Tuesday afternoon, were held from the Dresden church Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife; three sons, Elbert Grantom, Emhouse; George Grantom, Blooming Grove; K. B. Grantom, Emhouse; a daughter, Mrs. Inez Vest, Emhouse; his mother, Mrs. Ben Grantom, Rice; three brothers, Tom Grantom, Itasca; Henry Grantom, Wichita Falls; Austin Grantom, Hillsboro; three sisters, Mrs. Maggie Allsup, Corsicana; Mrs. May Allsup, Navarro; Mrs. Laura Fudge, Rice ; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley's Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Sarah Elizabeth (Varnell) Fagala
May 09, 1844 - Apr 13, 1923

Died Here Saturday Night

Mrs. Sarah Fagala, who would have been eighty years old on May 3 next, died here Saturday night at the home of her son-in-law, W. M. Thompson, and the remains were interred in the Dresden Cemetery yesterday afternoon, with Rev. W. A. Corken, of Kerens, officiating. For many years the deceased was a resident of Blooming Grove, and was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.

The deceased is survived by two children, Mrs. W. M. Thompson of Corsicana, and Arthur Fagala of Blooming Grove.  The funeral yesterday was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

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Sam Jones Griffin
Apr. 20, 1891- Dec. 3, 1958

S. J. Griffin Dies Wednesday

BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 4 (Spl.)—Sam Jones Griffin, 68, died late Wednesday afternoon in the home of his son, Roy Griffin, in Lubbock. He was a native of Purdon but had lived in Blooming Grove for 38 years.

He was a retired farmer and businessman in Navarro county.

Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist church here, Friday at 3 p.m. Rev. Denzil Wright will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; a son. Roy Griffin, Lubbock; a daughter, Mrs. Roy Melton, Fort Worth; two brothers, Robert Griffin Silver City, and Lindsay Griffin Richland; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Bowen, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Carrie Dalton, Van; four grandchildren, several nieces nephews and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Thomas Carroll Boswell
Oct. 3, 1861   Nov. 4, 1920

BLOOMING GFOVE NEWS.

(Blooming Grove Rustler)

Death Near Barry

T. C. Boswell passed away at his Home near Barry a few days ago and the remains were interred at Dresden.

Deceased had been in bad health about two years. He was an old settler. A splendid good man, and was very well to do.

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DIED NEAR BARRY YESTERDAY Well Known Citizen Died After Long Illness T. C. Boswell, for many years a well known citizen of the Barry community, died at his home yesterday after a long illness with Bright’s disease. The deceased was a good and popular citizen and his death is a loss to his community. The remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery today and the funeral was largely attended. Surviving the deceased are his wife and five children, Mrs. Ernest Speegle, Mrs. G. I. McCarty, Luther and Clifford Boswell of Barry and Robert Boswell of South Texas and a brother, J. M. Boswell of Western Texas.

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Mineola (Owen) Smith
Jan. 31, 1902 - Sep. 15, 1920

DIED AT P. AND S HOSPITAL

Was Operated on For Appendicitis Yesterday

Mrs. Aaron S, Smith, aged nineteen years, whose home was near Purdon, was operated on at the P. and S. hospital yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock, and died last night at 10. The remains were taken to Blooming Grove this morning and will be interred at Dresden. The deceased was the daughter of J. T. Owen and wife of Dresden, and besides her parents, is survived by her husband and a little daughter eighteen months old.

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Anna Lucile Westbrook
Nov 28, 1912 - Apr 16, 1915

Memory of Anna Lucile Westbrook.

Lucile, as she was called, was born November 28, 1912, and departed this life April 16, 1915.

Death has come and cast its shadows of gloom over our community and bore the innocent spirit of Lucile to a better world than this. She was stricken with that dread disease, meningitis, and lingered some two or three weeks.

She bore her suffering with patience, never murmuring.  All was done that loving hands and skilled physicians could do. There is a vacant chair round the fireside and another broken link in the family circle, but, friends and loved ones, let us remember God sees best at all times, and as He had prepared her a place above she has been called home.

We heartily sympathize with the heartbroken parents. May God bless them in their hour of loneliness. Let the bereaved family and friends remember that she is at rest and can never come back to this world, but we can live so that we can can go triumphantly marching on towards Heaven where Lucile is abiding in joy and great glory.

The remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery April 17th.

 

Her life was like a flower,

  That budded in the garden of love,

Transplanted to a place in heaven

  To greet her loved ones above.

 

God help the heart-broken parents,

  As they travel a world of care.

Lighten the heavy burden

  Which seems too hard to bear.

 

Help them to realize, dear Father,

   In their grief-stricken hearts today,

That thou was good in giving

   And just in taking away.

Oh how sad it made us feel

When we said farewell, Luclle.

Written by

            MRS. BETTIE BRADY.

Barry, Texas, May 19, Route 1.

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To Lucile Westbrook.

Purdon, Texas, May 10, 1915.
Little Lucile Westbrook, daughter of Frank and Robbie Westbrook, passed away calmly and peacefully a few days since, being a little over two years.

The sweet little angel was taken suddenly sick with that dread disease, meningitis, and lingered for over two weeks. Her suffering was intense, but no complaint ever came from her sweet little lips, and occasionally a smile would steal over her tiny little face, indicating that that loving disposition that she always displayed was still alive. Tenderly and lovingly she was nursed for days and through the sleepless nights by the loving hands of her parents, friends and grandmother, who for so many weary and anxious hours, realizing the dreadful end was nearing, kept vigil over her wasting little body and soon saw the color fade away from her tender and rosy cheeks, and when all that skill and tender care could do they saw and realized her once bright little eyes go to sleep to wake up in heaven to greet the angels and Him who, while on earth, said “Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Often while her parents were on my farm, little Lucile with radiant eyes and sweeter smiles would often come into my room, her face as bright as the morning star and come to my bed and say, “det up, Tall; dit up!”—and often would make me forget my ills and pains. I would pick up her little plump form and caress her, and never can I forget the day she left us as they rode away. She threw up her tiny little hands, a forever good-bye. Truly she was the idol of the home and unusually bright for one so young. Her stay upon earth was short, just long enough to entwine the tendrils of her sweet life about the hearts of mother and father and all who knew her. Sad, indeed, it was to lay her beautiful form away, but Jesus said “Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Let us not grieve for sweet little Lucile, for her pure sweet spirit has winged its way to God who loves our little children so well. Above her mouldering body in old Dresden cemetery the flowers of early spring are blooming and the birds are chanting their sweet carols of gladness, while her pure white spirit lives with the angels where the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valley bloom forever.

May the God of all mercy, wisdom and love overrule her taking away and bring peace, joy and surcrease of sorrow to those who now sit in loneliness and grief because little Lucile is no more and like the bud that grows in the spring time to burst and to bloom in heaven.

E. O. CALL.

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Nannie (Berry) Jayroe
May 2, 1841 - Aug. 11, 1915

Obituary

On Wednesday afternoon, August 1lth, at 5:10 o'clock, Mrs. Nannie Jayroe was borne by the angels to heaven, to return her talents, in-creased manifold, and to reap her reward of everlasting; life; from Him who gives and takes life.

Mrs. Jayroe is survived by her Husband, Mr. L. G. Jayroe, a brother, Mr. D. B. Berry; a sister, Mrs. P. A. True; and four step-children, Mrs. Anna Warren. Mrs. Roxy McEIroy, Mrs. Mittie Ivy and Mr. James Jayroe.  She has a number of grand-children and great-grand-children.

She was born on May 2, 1841, in the state of Alabama.

She has been a member of the Missionary Baptist church since her girl hood, and has always been an ardent worshiper of her Lord and Master , Jesus Christ.

Amidst an adoring throng of relatives and friends, she was quietly laid to rest in the Dresden cemetery.

The Funeral services were held by Rev. Thomas Smith of Purdon.

 

At rest, at rest, in heaven above,

   To sorrow, never more,

With God and angels to dwell in

   His love,

   There's one we all adore.

 

Her kind voice is missed from the

   home and the hearth,

 No longer we see her face,

But she is an angel above this earth,

  She's accorded in heaven a place.

 

Her loving neice,

      NEZZA CHAMPION

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Clarence Leonard Cooper
Mar 13, 1900 - Jan 23, 1958

Clarence Cooper Rites Saturday

Graveside rites for Clarence L. Cooper, 57, native of Barry, who died in Beaumont Thursday, will be held at the Dresden cemetery Saturday at 10 a.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Obie F. Barton, pastor of the Unity Baptist church, Corsicana. Cooper had resided in Beaumont nine years. Surviving are his wife of Beaumont; a daughter, Mrs. E. E. Stuckey, III, Port Arthur; a sister, Mrs. Howard Well, Flint, Mich., and other relatives. Pallbearers will be George Mitchell, Marshall Massengale, Buel Robinson, Lowell Reed, Percy Varnell and Roger Johnston. McCammon directs.

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Rebecca “Becca” (Bounds) Smith
abt 1837 - Mar 31, 1911

The Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Mansfield on March 31st and took from them their darling mother, Grandma Smith.  She had been sick for some time.  She was seventy-four years of age and was loved by all who knew her.  She was laid to rest in the Dresden cemetery on Saturday,  April 1st.  Weep not, dear ones, she has gone to that home where there will be no more partings.

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Obituary.

The following lines were penned by Laura Smith, the granddaughter of Mrs. R. L. Smith, who died at Barry, Texas, March 20, 1911:

Dearest one, you have left us,
Lonely are our hearts today;
Death has of you bereft us,
Taken you so far away.

You have crossed the cold dark river,
Angels hold you by the hand;
You are safe from storms forever,
Safe within that promised land.

How we miss your gentle footsteps,
Miss each kind and loving word;
No more in this lonely household
Will you tender voice be heard.

Dear one, how we loved you,
No pen can write, no tongue can tell,
But the gentle Shepherd called you,
We must bid a long farewell.

For alas, the Savior called her,
Called her from this world of woe,
And her spirit has ascended
From this earthly home below.

So are thee well, our dear one!
You have only gone before,
For if we are but faithful,
We shall reach the golden shore.

Notes:

These obits may be posted on the wrong person because the monument says died 1898. Mrs. Mansfield mentioned as her daughter in the obit died 1922 her death certificate says she is the daughter of Giles Smith—she is Maggie Bell (Smith) Mansfield buried in White church cemetery. Laura Smith is the daughter of Robert Fleet Smith who is the son of Giles and Rebecca. Robert is buried in Oakwood cemetery.


John Evita Barnett
Aprl 29, 1928 - Mar 6, 1949

John E. Barnett, Blooming Grove Is Fatally Shot

Charge Of Murder Is Filed Against Frank Cumpston

Frank Cumpston, 60-year-old Blooming Grove nightwatchman, was under a formal charge of murder Monday for the fatal shooting Saturday afternoon of a young man whom the officer was arresting, County Attorney Charles T. Banister announced.

The slain man was John E. (Goober) Barnett, 20, of Blooming Grove. He died of bullet wounds in the neck, stomach and right side at the Navarro Clinic early Sunday morning.

Cumpston, also a deputy city marshall, is at liberty under $2,500 bond. He told officers he shot the youth as he sought to arrest him and a companion on intoxication and speeding charges, Banister said. Cumpston claimed Barnett attacked him during the arresting process at a Blooming Grove service station.

Murder charges were filed beFore Justice of the Peace J. W. Sheppard.

Barnett's companion and driver of a car which Cumpston had pursued through the streets of Blooming Grove, was Charles Kitchens, Banister said. Kitchens was charged with driving while intoxicated.

The case will be presented to the grand jury which is slated to meet Thursday, March 17, the county attorney announced.

Cumpston had been free on $1,000 bail on an assault with intent to murder charge up until shortly after Barnett's death.

Banister and Sheriff David Castles investigated the affair.

Banister said Barnett's body was x-rayed to determine the range of the bullets, and further investiga-

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tion of the incident is still under way.

Funeral services for Barnett were held at 2 p. m. Monday at the Dresden Methodist church with Rev. John Curtis, Grand Prairie, and Rev. Henry H. Price of the Assembly of God church, officiating.

Burial was at the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Barnett, and a brother, Robert Barnett, all of Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Catherin Willis, Dallas; and grandmothers,  Mrs. Mae Hustead, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Delia Turner of Frost.

 Pallbearers were Cleatus Putman, Gene Hollingsworth, Don Cunningham, Orville Arnold, Thomas H. Furra and Pete Warren.

Corley Funeral Home was  in charge of arrangements.

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Ada (Call) Young
Sep 1888 - June 12, 1918

FUNERAL LARGELY ATTENDED

Remains Were Interred in Dresden This Afternooon

The remains of Mrs. Ada Call Young, wife of G. A. Young of Dallas, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Call of Blooming Grove, who died here yesterday afternoon following a brief illness, were taken to the home of the parents at Blooming Grove last night, where funeral services were held at the home at 5 o'clock this afternoon, followed by interment in the family lot in the beautiful Dresden cemetery.

The funeral was largely attended, many being present from Corsicana and Dallas, and there was a profusion of beautiful floral offerings.

The pall bearers were G. C. Wilkerson, W. M. Maddox and L. S. Sinclair of Dallas; Walter Fendley of Corsicana and James Spivey and Seth Grant of Blooming Grove.

The death of this estimable young woman has cast a gloom where ever she was known, and all deeply sympathize with her parents and husband in the great sorrow that has come to them.

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George Cicero Stubblefield
May 11, 1848 - Jan. 25, 1918

Died Suddenly Near Drane

Geo. C. Stubblefield, aged seventy years, died last night after a brief illness at the home of his son in law, Henry Sumner. near Drane, and the remains will be interred at Dresden tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock. The deceased had lived in the Dresden community for a number of years, and was esteemed as an upright and honorable citizen.

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Albert J. Donohoe
Sep. 26, 1889 - Jul. 17, 1918

MET ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Cotton Mill Employee Killed Last Night

A. J. Donahoe, who has been in the employ of the Corsicana Cotton Mills for more than a year, was killed in the mill last night supposedly by an electric shock. The deceased was found dead directly under one of the lights in the building, and as he was last seen alive about fifteen minutes before his dead body was discovered it is supposed he had been dead about ten minutes when found.

The body was on a wet place in the floor, and as his right hand was badly burned, it is supposed that the wire of the light under which he was found was defective and that in either turning on or off the light, the unfortunate man received the shock that caused his instant death.

The deceased was about thirty years of age and is survived by a wife and two small children. The remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery this afternoon.

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Martha Ellen (Jacobs) Holleman
Aug 4, 1898 - Jan 22, 1923

Died Here Saturday Night.

Mrs. Martha E. Holleman, aged 74 years, wife of J. J. Holleman, died at the family home, 814 South Sixteenth street, Saturday night, and the remains will he interred at Dresden at noon tomorrow.

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Buried at Dresden at Noon.

The remains of Mrs. Martha E. Holloman, wife of J. J. Holloman, who died at the family home, 814 South Sixteenth street, Saturday night, were interred at noon today in the Dresden cemetery, after funeral services at the home, conducted by Rev. W. L. Phillips Jr., of Navarro.

In addition to her husband the deceased is survived by the following children: John Holloman of Waxahachie, Green Holloman, Mrs. James McBride and Mrs. Alfred Wilson of Bazette, Newt Holloman of Cryer Creek, Miss Minnie Holloman, at home, and Mrs. Matt Pierce of West Texas.

Notes:

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Died Here Saturday Night. Mrs. Martha E. Holleman, aged 74 years, wife of J. J. Holleman, died at the family home, 814 South Sixteenth street, Saturday night, and the remains will he interred at Dresden at noon tomorrow.
The Corsicana Daily Sun Monday, January 29, 1923

Buried at Dresden at Noon. The remains of Mrs. Martha E. Holloman, wife of J. J. Holloman, who died at the family home, 814 South Sixteenth street, Saturday night, were interred at noon today in the Dresden Cemetery, after funeral services at the home, conducted by Rev. W. L. Phillips Jr., of Navarro. In addition to her husband the deceased is survived by the following children: John Holloman of Waxahachie, Green Holloman, Mrs. James McBride and Mrs. Alfred Wilson of Bazette, Newt Holloman of Cryer Creek, Miss Minnie Holloman, at home, and Mrs. Matt Pierce of West Texas.

Notes:


George W. “Boss” Tadlock
Sep 4, 1854 - Jan 26, 1923

Had Resided Here Many Years

Geo. Tadlock, aged 70 years, and a resident of Navarro county practically all his life, died at his home near Purdon last night and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon. The deceased is survived by three children: Mrs. Richard Davis, Mrs. Claude Whittenberg and Boss Tadlock. He was an uncle of Tom Tadlock of Corsicana. The deceased was a good citizen and had many friends.

Notes:


John William Stough
Nov 29, 1845 - Feb 28, 1923

Well Known Farmer Passes

J. W. Stough, a well known citizen of the Purdon community, died at his home Wednesday night, and the remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery yesterday afternoon Rev. I. R. Darwood officiating. The deceased was 77 years of age, and is survived by his widow and six children.

Notes:

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Well Known Farmer Passes J. W. Stough, a well known citizen of the Purdon community, died at his home Wednesday night, and the remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery yesterday afternoon Rev. I. R. Darwood officiating. The deceased was 77 years of age, and is survived by his widow and six children.

Notes:


John Leroy Langston
Feb 16, 1873 - May 13, 1915

DIED IN DALLAS.

Remains of John L. Langston Here En Route to Blooming Grove.

John LeRoy Langston, aged 42 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Langston of Blooming Grove, died in St. Paul's Sanitarium in Dallas, yesterday, after a long illness, and the remains were brought through Corsicana today en route to Blooming Grove for interment.

The deceased is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters

Notes:


Thomas Oscar Whorton
Feb. 12, 1858 - May 12, 1920

Died Near Blooming Grove

Oscar Whorton, aged 60 years, died at the home of his son-in-law John Glenn, near Blooming Grove last night, after a long illness, and the funeral took place there today. The deceased who was a brother of J. L. Whorton of Kerens and of Homer Wborton of the Grove, was a widower, but several children survive, several of them grown.

Notes:


Hal Phillips
Died  Dec. 16, 1915

Buried At Grange Hall.

The remains of the late Hal Phillips, who was killed near Barry yesterday morning were interred at the Grange Hall cemetery this morning at 11 o'clock and the funeral was largely attended.

Notes:

MAN KILLED NEAR BARRY.

Two Young Farmers Have Trouble and One is Killed.

On the Bean farm, two miles west of Barry, between six and seven o’clock this morning, Hal Phillips, a young man of twenty-two was shot and instantly killed by Jesse Fread, another young farmer near the same age. The young men had some trouble some weeks ago in which Fread cut Phillips with a knife. The two men lived on the same farm and used the same barn. A partition wall separated their corn and it is said that Fread accused Phillips of stealing his corn. Constable Albright says that Fread came to him last night and declared that his wife had seen Phillips stealing his corn, and wanted him to arrest Phillips. Albright says he told him to go to the justice of the peace and make his complaint and then he would make the arrest. At an early hour this morning Jesse Fread and his brother James, went to the barn and went up in the loft. It is said that Phillips came later and went into his own corn to get some to feed his stock. There is a window in the loft of the barn, Constable Albright says, that is directly over the door that entered into Phillips’ side of the barn, and that as Phillips was coming out of his door with an arm full of corn, Fread reached out at the window in the loft above and shot Phillips, the ball entering the body near the right shoulder blade. Phillips dropped the corn, staggered a few feet and fell face downward and died almost instantly.
Fread went to Blooming Grove and surrendered to the justice of the peace and the body of the dead man was taken to his home nearby. Both men have families and Phillips leaves a wife and one child.
County Attorney Nash and Sheriff Pevehouse went to the Grove soon after the news of the killing reached here and about 3:30 this afternoon Sheriff Pevehouse brought Fread here and lodged him in jail.

Notes:



Jesse Fread Released on Bail In Sum
of $2,000 This Afternoon.
E. O. Call attorney for Jesse Fread, who shot and killed Hal Phillips at Cryer Creek early yesterday morning, sued out a habeas corpus writ and secured the release of his client on a $2,000 bond. The bond was signed by some fifteen citizens living in the Cryer Creek community.

Notes:



Sheriff's Office.
James and Jesse Fread were both
indicted for the murder of Hal Phillips
at Barry last week and both are
in jail.

Notes:



CHARGED WITH MURDER.
Jesse and Jim Fread Released on Bond
Today.
Jesse and Jim Fread, who were arrested
on a grand jury indictment charging them
with the murder of Hal Phillips near Cryer
Creek last week, were today released on
bond of $2500 and $2000 respectively. The
bondsmen are as follows: Robert Harris, Sara
Barton, J. H. Williams, J. F. Gant, V.
T. Burns, O. E. Allison, J. D. Banks,
J. C. Ragsdale, E, O. Call.
The bonds wore fixed following a
writ of habeas corpus sued out by Hon.
E. O. Call.

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COURT HOUSE NEWS.
District Court.

The case of James and Jesse Fread, charged with the murder of Hal Phillips near Cryer Creek on December 16th last, is now on trial. The jury was completed yesterday afternoon and the first witness on the stand was Mrs. Nora Phillips, wife of deceased, and she was still on the stand when the noon recess was taken today. The following citizens compose the jury: A. H. McKinney, J. W. Faughn, both of Kerens; Louis Tidd, Corsicana; E. C. Caskey, Black Hills; J. C. Spurger, Kerens; A. J. Inmon, Kerens; L. B. McFadden, Bazette; Clay Smoke, Bazette; A. L. Chunn, Richland; W. W. Gage, Coriscana; T. S. Daniel,and B. W. Posey, Kerens. It will probably be Wednesday before the trial ends.

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COURT HOUSE NEWS.
District Court.
The case of James and Jesse Fread, charged with the murder of Hal Phillips, near Cryer Creek in December, last, went to trial this morning, and when the court re-convened at 2 p.m. five jurors had been secured. These are; A. D. McKinney, J. C. Spurguer, and J. W. Faughn, of Kerens; Louis Tidd of Corsicana, and E. C. Caskey, of Black Hills. The State is represented by County Attorney Nash and Callicutt & Johnson, and the defense by E. O. Call. There are near 150 witnesses in attendance upon the court, mostly from Cryer Creek, Barry and Blooming Grove.

Notes:



COURT HOUSE NEWS.
District Court.

The taking of evidence in the James and Jesse Fread murder trial is still in progress. It is now thought that the case will not go to the jury before Saturday.

Notes:



COURT HOUSE NEWS.
District Court.

The trial of Jesse and James Fread, charged with killing Hal Phillips in the Cryer Creek community on December 16 of last year, was begun on Friday of last week, and ended at two o’clock this afternoon when the jury returned a verdict of guilty and assessed their punishment at five years in the penitentiary, with A. D. McKinney of Kerens, acting as foreman. The two Freads are young farmers, as was Hal Phillips, the man they killed, and all have families. The defendants’ attorney gave notice of appeal and Judge Daviss extended the term of the court one week to hear their motion.

Notes:



COURT HOUSE NEWS.
Sheriff’s Office.
James and Jesse Fread, convicted of the murder of Hal Phillips, are in jail pending the hearing of a motion for a new trial in their case, which will be heard before Judge Daviss next week.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 27, 1916


COURT HOUSE NEWS.

District Court

Late Saturday evening Judge Daviss granted Jas. and Jesse Fread, convicted of killing Hal Phillips, a new trial and set their bonds at $3,500 each.
The bonds were made and the prisonors released. The bondsmen are E. O. Call, J. R. Griffin, J. B. Banks, S. J. McGraw, R. L. Harris and O. E. Allison.

Notes:



COURT HOUSE NEWS.
District Court.
The murder charges against James and Jesse Fread have been continued till the next term of the court, and the special venue summoned in the cause has been discharged, and the jury for the next week has been excused till Thursday.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 4, 1917


COUNTY COURT HOUSE.
District Court.

The murder cases of James and Jesse Fread are on call for this afternoon.

Notes:



COUNTY COURT HOUSE.
District Court.

The jury has been completed in the Jesse and James Fread murder case, and the examination of witness will begin Monday morning. Following is the jury; J. H. Walker, Kerens; R. P. McEntire, Corsicana; H. C. Russell, Purdon; John Blair, Petty Chapel; J. C. Franks, Zion’s Rest; W. M. Gray, Kerens; J. H. Landingham, Roane; J. W. Stewart, Emhouse; J. H. McGilvary, Streetman; R. I. Kent, Eureka; James Stevenson, Bazette; W. L. Wilkerson, Mildred; The defense is represented by E. O. Call and Hawkins Scarborough and the prosecution by County Attorney Nash and Assistant County Attorney Lovett and Dexter Hamilton.

Notes:



COUNTY COURT HOUSE.
District Court.
Witnesses are still being examined in the Jesse and James Fread murder case.

Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff J. A. Carpenter of Van Zandt county came in today with Ruff Moseley an attached witness in the Fread murder case.

Notes:



ARGUMENTS IN MURDER CASE
Trial of Jesse Fread Attracting Great Deal of Attention

The district court has been engaged for over a week in the trial of Jesse Fread for the killing of Hal Phillips near Cryer Creek on Dec. 16, 1915.
Defendant claims that deceased had been stealing his corn out of his crib and he advised with officers at Barry and they advised him to get some one to go with them at night to watch the crib. Defendant claims that he did so and about day light or just before on the morning of December 16th 1915, while in the loft watching deceased came in the crib and was stealing his corn and defendant threw his pistol down on him and told him to stand and defendant sent his brother to phone for officers. That deceased called to his wife in their house about ninety yards away, to bring his gun and that she brought it near the crib and that the deceased jumped out of the crib after it and the defendant shot him to keep him from getting the gun which it is alleged was being brought to him by his, deceased, wife, and killed him.
He alleges that he promptly gave himself up and made bond.
Both sides closed the case about 12 o’clock today and this evening and tonight the opposing attorneys will argue the case.
The state is represented by the county attorney and Dexter Hamilton and defendant by E. O. Call and Hawkins Scarborough.
Over 100 witnesses have been attending court and a great deal of interest is being taken in the case.

District Court.
The taking of testimony in the Jesse and James Fread murder trial was concluded at 11 o’clock this morning and Judge Daviss is now at work on his charge to the jury.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 15, 1918

COUNTY COURT HOUSE.
District Court.

The Jesse and James Fread murder case was argued by the attorneys this afternoon.

Notes:



COUNTY COURT HOUSE.
District Court.

After deliberating about four hours Saturday night the jury found Jesse Fread guilty of murder and gave him five years in the penitentiary. The accused and his brother, Jim Fread, were indicted jointly for the murder of Hal Phillips near Barry on December 16, 1915, and at a former trial both were convicted and given five years in the penitentiary. They accured a new trial and this time a severance of the charge was sought and Jesse Fread was tried alone, with the result above given. Jim Fread will be tried at the coming April term of the district court.

Notes:


Lillian Jane “Lillie” (Garlington) Cruse
Aug 13, 1888 - Mar 20, 1958

Mrs. Lillie Cruse Services Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie M. Cruse, 69, life-long Cryer Creek resident, who died of a heart attack early Thursday at her home, were held Friday at 10:30 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Wayne Runnels, pastor of the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove. Burial was in the Grange Hall cemetery near Cryer Creek.

Mrs. Cruse had operated a store and ranch for many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Helen Magers, Cryer Creek, and Mrs. Dwayne Magee, Blooming Grove; mother, Mrs. James K. Walker, Cryer Creek, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Wayne Maggard, Clyde Hollingsworth, Otis Varnell, C. L. Rhodes, Derward George and Roy_Massengale.

Notes:


Marcus David Lafayette Bunch
Oct 16, 1857 - July 28, 1947

FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY MORNING FOR M. D. L. BUNCH

Funeral services for M. D. L. Bunch, aged 89 years, long-time Navarro county resident, who died Saturday morning following an extended illness, were held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the Corley Funeral chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church. Interment was in the Grange Hall cemetery.

Native of Kentucky, he came to Texas as a young man and resided at Canton prior to movingto Navarro county. He was in the mercantile business at Cryer Creek for many years before moving to Corsicana where he was in the grocery business for some time before his retirement. He was interested in politics and was a familiar figure about the courthouse.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ada McGuire, Scottsville, Ky., and Mrs. Valpeau Hawes, Dallas; two sons, Guy and Henry Bunch, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Wallace Donoho, Corsicana; four grandchildren, Miss Melba McGuire, Scottsville, Ky.; David and Patti John Bunch, both of Corsicana, and Valpeau Hawes, Jr., Dallas; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Bunch, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. D. Carroll, H. R. Stewart, Paul Moore, W. E. Lee, E. E. Smith, Allen York, William Armstrong and Isadore Goldberg.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 23, 1947

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • 1st wife Amanda Bell (Rigsby) Bunch married Apr. 26, 1877, 2nd wife Victoria C. (Childress) Bunch married Aug. 29, 1888, 3rd wife Henrietta G. (Capps) Bunch married Oct. 14, 1903, 4th wife Willie (Speed) Bunch married Sep. 3, 1915,  s/o Elisha Smith Bunch & Martha Ann (Matthews) Bunch


Betty Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Carroll) Gideon
Jul. 8, 1855 - Dec. 20, 1928

AGED WOMAN DIED  HERE LAST NIGHT; FUNERAL FRIDAY

Mrs. Betty E. Gideon, aged 70, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Luther M. Renfro, 842 South 16th street. Thursday night at 11 o'clock, following an illness of several days. Death was attributed to pneumonia, contracted after a severe attack of the influenza. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 4:30 at her daughter's home with interment in Grange Hall cemetery, near Drane. Revs. Carraway and Rhodes, were in charge of the services.

Mrs, Gideon was born in Georgia but had lived for many years in Navarro county. She had been living in Corsicana only eight months.

Numerous relatives survive. The Corsicana Funeral Parlor was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Notes:


Edgar Thomas Coker
Apr. 12, 1900 - Feb. 16, 1974

E. T. Coker

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Edgar T. Coker, 73, who died Saturday morning at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

He was a native of Emhouse and spent most of his life in Barry.  He was a retired farmer and carpenter and a member of the Baptist Church.

Rev. Ken Branam, Barry Baptist Church pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow of Barry; three sons, James E. Coker of Purdon; Rudolph Coker of Garland and Charles E. Coker of Vernon; three daughters, Mrs. Edith White of Fort Worth, Mrs. Martha Burleson of Mesquite, and Mrs. Barbara Whitfield of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; four brothers, Vestal Coker of Dallas, Bernard Coker of Greenwood, Burnice Coker and Wesley Coker, both of Barry; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Cooper of Mesquite, Mrs. Odessa Dill of Corsicana and Mrs. Euda Barnett of Navarro.

Pallbearers include Jerry Parker, Freddie Coker, Buddy Dill, Robert Bower, Bernard L. Coker, and J. T. Cooper

Notes:


Minnie (Farmer) Sykes
Jan 4, 1876 - Oct 22, 1961

Mrs. Sykes, 85, Dies Sunday

Mrs. Minnie Sykes, 85, native of Raleigh, died early Sunday morning in the Twilight Home.

Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. from the Dresden Methodist Church with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. O. L. McCollum, Baptist minister of Ennis, assisted by Rev. George F. Bearden, pastor of the First Baptist church in Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Sykes resided in Blooming Grove and Ennis prior to moving to the Twilight Home almost a year ago.

Surviving are three sons, Ermit Sykes, Dallas;  Ardner Sykes, Waxahachie and Troy Sykes, Corsicana;  three daughters, Mrs. Zack Melton, Fort Worth; Mrs. Robert Bryant, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. W. E. Patterson, Waxahachie;  17 grandchildren, 17  great –grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Notes:


Sarah Ann (Walters) Kramer
May 15, 1847 - May 19, 1925

Death at Raleigh

Mrs. Sarah Ann Kramer, aged 78, died near Raleigh Tuesday and the remains were interred at Dresden. She was a member of the Christian Church.

Notes:


Nancy Jane (Varnell) Griffin
Oct 6, 1842 - Mar 24, 1918

Died After Long Illness

Mrs. A M . Griffin, aged 75 years, five months and eighteen days died at the home of her nephew H.  O. Varnell, near Barry, at 11 o'clock last night, alter a long illness and much patient suffering. The remains were interred at Dresden today, and the funeral was largely attended. The deceased was the mother-in-law of County Tax Assessor J. H. Melton and made her home with him for many years, and was taken critically ill while on a visit to the home of her nephew, where she died. A son A. H. Griffin, lives at Richland.

Notes:

 


BARRY
(From the Enterprise)
Mrs. Jane Griffin died at the home of H.O. Varnell Sunday night where she has been sick since last fall. Mrs. Griffin's home was with her son A. P. Griffin near Dresden but about six months ago she was visiting at H.O. Varnell's when she was taken sick where she died.
She is survived by one son, A. H. Griffin of near Dresden. She was the mother of Mrs. J. H. Melton who died several months ago. She had another single daughter who died several years ago.
She was buried at Dresden Monday afternoon.

Notes:

 

Had Resided Here Many Years.

Mrs. A. N Griffin, who died near Barry Sunday night, and whose remains were interred at Dresden yesterday, came to Navarro county with her husband from Georgia in 1871, forty-seven years ago. The trip was made in a two-horse wagon and the couple settled near Dresden. The deceased was a sister of J. J. Varnell of Barry and of Mrs. Sarah Fagala of Corsicana, and an aunt of Mrs. W. M. Thompson of Corsicana.

Notes:


Alice (Pevehouse) Carroll
Apr 10, 1847 - Apr 7, 1918

Death In Blooming Grove

Mrs. J . T. Carroll, a long time resident of Blooming Grove, died there yesterday and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon.

Surviving the deceased are her husband and six children. Dan Carroll of Ennis. Dee, Ben, Ed  and Roger Carroll and Miss Jay Sewell. all of Blooming Grove.

Notes:


Mary K. (Justice) Butler
Feb 28, 1843 - Jan 6, 1918

Passed Away At Blooming Grove.

Mrs. O. J. Butler, aged 73 years, died at Blooming Grove Sunday and the remains were interred there yesterday. The deceased had been a widow for many years and left no family.  She had been a resident of that section of the county for many years.

Notes:

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BLOOMING GROVE
(From the Rustler)

Mrs. M. K. Butler passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, at the age of 77. The deceased was the widow of O. J. Butler who preceded her to the Great Beyond several years.

Notes:


James Robert Park
Jul. 15, 1856 - Feb. 15, 1918

Died Near Barry

J. R. Park, aged 65 years, died at his home near Barry yesterday afternoon about 5:30  after a long illness and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon at 2 p.m., R. E. Shoulders of Corsicana officiating.  The deceased was a good citizen and is survived by his wife and three grown children.

Notes:

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BARRY.

(From the Enterprise.)

J. R. Park, who has been sick for several months, died at his home near Barry Friday at 6 p.m. Funeral services were held by Eld. G M. Pullias of Corsicana at the Dresden cemetery, where the body was laid to rest Friday. Mr. Park is survived by his wife, one son and two daughters, all of whom are living with their mother.

Notes:


Allen Knight Elkins
Mar 4, 1843 - Jan 22, 1918

Died at Barry

A. K. Elkins, aged seventy-four years, and for more than forty years a resident of Navarro county, died at his home in Barry at 7:30 o'clock this morning of pneumonia, after only a few days' illness, and the remains will be interred at Dresden tomorrow.

The deceased was a member of the Christian church and was a most excellent citizen. He is survived by his widow and these grown, children: Leonard Elkins, H. K. Elkins, W. A. Elkins, Hartzell Elkins and Miss Edna Elkins.

Notes:

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BARRY.
(From the Enterprise.)

A. K. Elkins, after a short illness, died at his home Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Mr.
Elkins, formerly of Tennessee, has lived in the Barry community for the past twenty-five years and made many friends. He is survived by his wife and five sons, Walter A. Hartzell, Hack and Charley of Barry, and Leonard of Corsicana, and one daughter, Miss Edna, of San Antonio. The remains were laid to rest Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Dresden cemetery.

Notes:


Julia Ann (Spaulding) Sparkman
Feb 14, 1858 - Dec 17, 1948

Mrs. Sparkman Buried On Sunday

BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 24— (Spl)—Mrs. Julia Sparkman, 91, died in Waco Friday.  Funeral rites were held at the Dresden Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

She was a native of Tennessee.  Surviving are three sons, four daughters, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Notes:


Andrew Tillman Gardner
Nov 6, 1874 - Mar 7, 1934

Blooming Grove Man Was Buried Thursday

BLOOMING GROVE, March 9, ---Funeral services for Andrew T. Gardner, 59 who died Wednesday morning, were held Thursday afternoon with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his mother and  two sisters. 

Notes:


Cennie (Melton) Turner
Feb. 3, 1897 - Feb. 20, 1934

FORMER NAVARRO COUNTY WOMAN AND HUSBAND ARE SLAIN

             __________

DOUBLE TRAGEDY OCCURRED AT FARM HOME SOUTH OF ABILENE LAST NIGHT

              ___________

ABILENE, Feb. 21.—(AP)—Henry Brit Turner, 39, and his wife, Mrs. Cennie Melton Turner, 38, are dead, as a result of a double shooting last night in the farm home of Turner's brother, Bill Turner, ten miles south of Abilene.

The bodies were brought here. Justice Esco Walter and deputy sheriffs went to the farm to investigate.

The bodies were discovered by Mrs. Bill Turner when, with her husband and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Hudson of Midland, she returned from a theater party in Abilene.

Mrs. Brit Turner was dead with a wound above the right breast, and her husband, shot in the region of the heart, was unconscious and dying. Both were dressed and lying on a bed.

Near Turner's body was a single-barrel shotgun, with a discharged shell in the magazine. An empty shell was near it, indicating the gun had been fired, re-loaded and fired again. Officers said they found powder burns on Turner's body.

The Turner were married in 1913 in Navarro county and came here in 1915. Officers said the couple had been estranged, but recently were reconciled, after Turner's  return two months ago from California. He had been unemployed lately.

Mrs. Turner's body will be sent to Blooming Grove where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Melton, reside. Turner will be buried tomorrow at Tuscola, this county. The couple had no children. Justice Walter, returning from the farm, said that while he was withholding a verdict for the present, he was of the opinion, that Turner first shot his wife and then himself.

Notes:


George Park Utley
Aug 17, 1854 - Apr 20, 1934

FORMER CORSICANA RESIDENT BURIED AT DRESDEN SATURDAY

George P. Utley, aged 79 years, died at his home, 3923 Holland St., Dallas, Friday night at 11:30, o'clock and the funeral was held at Dresden Cemetery where interment was made Saturday, afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, conducted the services.

Prior to moving to Dallas seventeen years ago, the family resided in Blooming Grove for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, a son, George S. Utley, a daughter, Mrs. Jewel Van Der Veer, and a grandson, Walker K. Van Der Veer, all of Dallas.

The body was brought to Corsicana at an early hour Saturday morning by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home which directed arrangements.

Notes:


John Melton Ritter
Jan 31, 1850 - June 15, 1932

Pioneer Resident Of West Navarro County Is Dead

DAWSON, June 17.—"Uncle" John Ritter, aged 82 years, pioneer resident of the Brushy Prairie community, several miles northwest of Dawson, died at his home Wednesday morning after a short illness and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife and several grown children.

Notes:


Robert Jefferson Carroll
Apr 8, 1877 - Apr 19, 1949

R. J. Carroll Dies Here Tuesday AM; Rites Wednesday

R. J. Carroll, aged 72 years, native of Navarro county, died at his residence 1809 Sycamore Tuesday morning at 3 o'clock.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. T. Boulware, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five sons, J. R., Cornelius and David Carroll, all of Corsicana;

Jesse Carroll, St. Louis, and George Carroll, Pursley, three daughters, Mrs. C. W. Johnson, Mildred; Mrs. W. S. Barker, Sweeney, and Mrs. T. F. Bullock, Corsicana; 10 grandchildren, two brothers, Amos Carroll, Mullins, and Reuben Carroll, Blooming Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Joe M. Brown and Mrs. D. C. Crouch, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Tom Neal, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. W. D. Allen, Paul's Valley, Okla., and other relatives.

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John Isom Hitt
Sep 28, 1871 - June 5, 1949

J. I. Hitt Dies Here On Sunday; Funeral Monday

J. I. Hitt, aged 77 years, died at the family residence, 510 West Eleventh avenue, Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Dresden church with interment in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church. A native of York, Alabama, Hitt spent most of his life in the Dresden community. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Herman Hitt, Corsicana, and Howard Hitt Blooming Grove; two daughters Mrs. Linda Rogers, Chillicothe, and Mrs. W. J. Cloud, Carbon; 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill Brown, A D. Burleson. Lee Welch. I. W. Moody, F. H. Washburn and Earl Whiteside.

Corley Funeral Home directed

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Rose (Woodard) Call
Aug 26, 1862 - Feb 28, 1942

PIONEER RESIDENT DRESDEN COMMUNITY BURIED ON SUNDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, March 3,--(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at the McCormick’s Funeral Service chapel here Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Rose Call who died at the home of her son, Dr. Sam R. Call, Waco, Saturday.  The rites were conducted by Rev. Maggard B. Howell, pastor of the Methodist Church.  Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery

A native of North Carolina, Mrs. Call came to Dresden in the early 1880’s as a bride of the late Chas. F. Call of Dresden, and resided in the Dresden community for about fifty years.

Surviving are her son of Waco, four grandchildren, James Lee McNabb and Miss Mary Frances McNabb both of Dallas;  Dr. Charles Call and Miss Cherry Call, both of Waco;  a brother-in-law James Call of Corsicana; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ed Call, Dallas; and a sister, Mrs. I. D. Moore, Berwyn, Maryland.

Pallbearers were J. N. Garitty, Charley Holloway and Henry Call, Corsicana;  Norwood Call, Leon Call and Jimmie McNabb all of Dallas. 

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Roxie Ann (Treadwell) Neighbors
Oct 6, 1885 - Sep 4, 1924

Died Here Yesterday Afternoon.

Mrs. Roxie Nabors. 39 years old, died at her home on South Sixth street late yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon. The deceased is survived by four children, three brothers, O. F. Treadwell, Ennis; Roy Treadwell, Fort Worth; Oscar Treadwell, Seattle, Washington, and one sister, Mrs. Winston FauIk of the Farmer community. She had lived in Corsicana twelve years.

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Geneva Perry
B&D April 23, 1923

Death of Infant Daughter.

Geneva Perry, 11-montbs-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Perry, died near Mildred yesterday, and the remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery this afternoon.

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(This does not make sense—The paper is definitely Monday, June 9, 1924—The monument says April 23, 1923)


George Clarence Cooper
Aug 14, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954

George C. Cooper Services Sunday

George C. Cooper. 60, World War I veteran, former custodian of the Barry Schools, died in the Veterans Hospital at McKinney Friday morning following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Barry Baptist church Sunday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Marvin Corley, pastor.

Surviving arc his wife, Mrs. Mary Alice Cooper, Hester; four sons, John T. and Howard Cooper, both of Corsicana; Billy B. Cooper, Charlotte, N. C., and Hershel Cooper, East Troy, Wis.; a daughter, Mrs. Norma Jewell Stanley, Corsicana; 10 grandchildren, and several half-brothers, half-sisters and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Lowell Reed, Buel Robinson, Percy Varnell, Leone Reed, Roger Johnston and Marshall Massengale.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Rosie Lee Vinson
June 1, 1917 - Sep 16, 1928

OBITUARY.

On Sunday morning, Sept. 16, the family of  S. R. Vinson was saddened by the passing on of little Rosa Lee. the 11 year-old daughter, at a hospital in Corsicana, where at the time three other members of the family were stricken with typhoid fever. Several weeks ago the children were removed from their home near Blooming Grove to Corsicana, where all the medical skill possible was given them, the parents lovinglv assisting. But little Rosa Lee's vitality proved too fragile to withstand the dreaded disease.

The family is grief-stricken, as well as their many friends who will always remember the bright- lovable child.

Rosa Lee. Vinson was 11 years, three months and sixteen days old. She is survived by her parents, one sister, three brothers and one half-brother. Interment was in Dresden cemetery late Sunday afternoon.

The cool chill wind of autumn Rustles the dry grass o'er a mound new made,

Not far away with other children  A little girl not long ago had played.

Those other children sadly miss that little playmate,

But the Good Master gaveth so His own doth also take.

What wonderful things that this we know

For heaven will vanish troubles here below.

So when that grief-stricken mother hears that faint voice calling

Tis time for prayer of 1ove sublime

Even though her eyes with tears are blind.

For that voice calls parents, sister and brothers

From across the mystery sea

To guide their faltering footsteps on to eternity.

Written bv Henry Douthit, Tahoka, Lvnn County, Texas.

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Little Girl Died Sunday Morning

Rosalie Binson, aged 11, died at the Navarro County Hospital at an early hour Sunday morning after an extended illness. The remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery late Sunday afternoon.

She is survived by her father and other relatives.

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William Oscar Hopkins
Apr 30, 1866 - Apr 19, 1943

WILLIAM O. HOPKINS OF BLOOMING GROVE IS BURIED MONDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, April 19.— (Spl)—William O. Hopkins, aged

77 years, died at his home here Sunday morning. Funeral services were held from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Vaughn, pastor of the church.

A native of Alabama, Mr. Hopkins came to Navarro county 40 years ago and resided in Barry 35 years. He had resided here the past three years.

Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; six daughters, Mrs. A. L. Morton, Barry; Mrs. Bob Watkins, Emhouse; Mrs. Jess Gowin, Corsicana; Mrs. L. B. Derryberry, Barry; Mrs. A. A. King, Corsicana; Mrs. W. J. Richards, Blooming Grove; two sons, John L., and Homer E. Hopkins, both of Waco; 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Grandsons were pallbearers. McCormick's Funeral Service directed arrangements.

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Sarah Lou Howard
Jun 7, 1939 - Jun 7, 1939

INFANT DIED LAST NIGHT; BURIAL WAS AT BLOOMING GROVE

Sarah Lee [sic] Howard, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Howard of Dawson, died last night in the P. and S. Hospital, and funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Blooming Grove cemetery where interment was made.
Surviving in addition to the parents are two half brothers, Jack and Thomas Frederick; and grandmothers, Mrs. S. B. Howard of Dawson and Mrs. L. G. Daniel of Dresden.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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