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Robert Alexander Johnson
Aug 29, 1861 - Sept 8, 1926

PIONEER RESIDENT EMHOUSE DIED LATE WEDNESDAY AT HOME

Special to the Sun.

Emhouse, Sept. 9,—Robert A. Johnson, aged 65 years, died here Wednesday afternoon at 6:30 o'clock and the funeral services were held at the Shingle Arbor here, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were conducted Rev. H. B. Prather, Baptist Minister of Dallas. Interment was made in the Grange Hall cemetery near Cryer Creek.

He was a long-time resident of Emhouse and was known as "Uncle Bob." He was born in Arkansas but came to Texas when nine years of age. Mr. Johnson was the father of thirteen children, ten of whom survive him.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife and the following children, all of whom reside in the Emhouse community: 

 Daughters, Mrs. C. B. Turner and Mrs. J. C. Patrick; sons, John, Charles, Walter, Willie, Robert, George, Tom and Hugh Johnson.

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Gracie Belle Armstrong
Jul 9, 1913 - Feb 3, 1926


Grace Armstrong, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sol Armstrong, passed away Wednesday with pneumonia. She was about 12 years old and a girl with many sweet traits of mind and heart. She was popular with her associates and friends.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 5, 1926

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


 

In Memory of

Gracie Belle Armstrong, who departed this life at their home in the Pecan and Blooming Grove communities, Navarro , county, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 3rd at 2:45 p.m. after a short illness of pneumonia and was buried Feb. 4th, 4 p. m. at Grange Hall cemetery near Cryer Creek, funeral services conducted at cemetery by Rev. H. B. Caraway of Blooming Grove and Rev. Rhodes of Barry.

She was such a kind and loving child, always striving for the pleasure of her schoolmates and friends, teachers and relatives.
To her memory may we dedicate these following lines:

Dear Gracie 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 footsteps
Miss each kind and loving word.
No more in this lonely household
Will your tender voice be heard.
Dearest Gracie how we miss you
No pen can write, no tongue can tell.
But as the gentle Shepherd called you
We must bid you a long farewell.
But alas the Savior called you
Called, you, from his world of woe
And your spirit has ascended
From this earthly home below.
So fare you well dear Gracie
You have only gone before
And if we are but faithful
We shall meat you on the golden shore. .
By a friend, Mrs. C.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Feb 12, 1926

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • her death cert shows d/o Sol Armstrong and Mamie (Gilbert) Armstrong

  • This obit and her death cert. show that she is in Grange Hall but she is at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX


W. Newt Cleveland
Apr 17, 1856 - Aug 19, 1946

FUNERAL RITES FOR  W. N. CLEVELAND HELD ON THURSDAY

Funeral services for W. N. Cleveland, aged 90 years, former Navarro county resident, who died in Dallas Tuesday, were held from the Emhouse Baptist church on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the Grange Hall cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church here, and Rev. Dan Sharpley, pastor of the Emhouse Baptist church.

Surviving are several nephews.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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W. N. CLEVELAND, LONG-TIME COUNTY RESIDENT, IS DEAD

W. N. Cleveland, aged 90 years, long-time resident of Navarro county, died in Dallas Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held from the Emhouse Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the Grange Hall cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the Northslde Baptist church,
and Rev. Dan Sharpley, pastor of the Emhouse Baptist church.
Surviving are J. W. Tallant and Leon Flovin, both of Ennis; J. F. Tallant, Corsicana, and M. F. Flovin, Blooming Grove, all nephews, and other relatives.
Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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Eddie Jackson "Jack" Cruse
Nov 25, 1880 - Dec 9, 1945

FUNERAL SERVICES E. J. "JACK" CRUSE MONDAY AFTERNOON

E. J. (Jack) Cruse, aged 65 years, Cryer Creek merchant, died at his home in Cryer Creek Saturday night at 11:30 o'clock with a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Corley Chapel with interment in the Grange Hall cemetery at Cryer Creek. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church.

A native of Tennessee; he had resided in the Cryer Creek community most of his life. He was well-known.

Surviving are his wife of Cryer Creek; two daughters, Mrs. G. D. Magee, Cryer Creek, and Mrs. Marshall P. Majers, Lubbock; three brothers, W. H. (Bill) Cruse, Corsicana; Frank Cruse, New Al bany, Miss., and Roger Cruse, Blooming Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Claude Duncan, Mrs. Mose  Armstrong, Mrs. Charles Watson and Mrs. Mabel Russell, all of Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe George, Bill Ross, James Fields, Miller Reid, J. R. Griffin and Earl Magee.

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James Henry Conger
March 5, 1863 - June 20, 1957

Retired Farmer Rites Saturday

James H. Conger, 92, retired farmer, died in Wichita Falls Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at the McCormick's Funeral Service chapel in Blooming Grove Saturday at 3 p. m. with burial in the Grange Hall cemetery near Cryer Creek. The rites will be conducted  by Rev. Denzil Glenn Wright, pastor of the First Methodist church. Conger resided in Kerens and Cryer Creek communities for about 50 years prior to moving to Coleman where he made his home prior to going to Wichita Falls nine years ago.

Surviving are seven children and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives. One daughter, Mrs. Clyde Crocker resides in Blooming Grove.

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Fred Henderson Maggard
June 2, 1901 - Aug 29, 1928

FRED MAGGARD DIED EARLY WEDNESDAY AT HOME OF PARENTS

WELL KNOWN YOUNG EMHOUSE RESIDENT BURIED IN GRANGE HALL CEMETERY

EMHOUSE, Aug. 29. _(Spl—Fred Maggard, age 27, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Maggard, here  Wednesday morning at 3 o'clock following a long Illness.

Funeral services were conducted at the First Methodist church Wednesday afternoon with Rev. G. W. [unreadable] and Rev. J. T. Land officiating. Burial was in Grange Hall cemetery near Cryer Creek.

The deceased is survived by his parents, five brothers, Tom, Dave, Ras, Charlie Maggard all of Emhouse and John Maggard of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Dannie Adcock, Denton; Mrs. Henry Hilliard, Emhouse and Mrs. D. Cheney of Emhouse.

He was well Known not only in this section but throughout the county, his parents being one of the pioneer families of this city.  The funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings attesting the esteem in which he was held by those who know him.

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Patrick William O'Conner
Nov 23, 1865 - June 20, 1942

RITES HELD SUNDAY AT GRANGE HALL FOR PATRICK O'CONNER

Funeral services for Patrick W. O'Connor, 76, a native of Ireland, who died at his home near Corbet Friday nlght, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Grange Hall cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corbet, two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Davis, Corsicana; and Mrs. Ralph Feagln, Emhouse, and ten grand children.

Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 22, 1942

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • I am not finding him in the Grange Hall listings in the cemetery book or any other cemetery.  Can't find a D.C. for him but did find a Texas Death and Burials on him to get his dates.  I think there are a lot of unmarked graves in Grange Hall.  ...Karen


John Corbet Russell
Aug 25, 1892 - Apr 7, 1929

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Russell were called to Dallas Sunday, where their brother, John Russell, died in the Methodist hospital Sunday night.  The deceased was a former resident of Barry and his body was brought here Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services were conducted bv Rev. Connell at the Methodist church at 3.30 and the remains were laid to rest in Grange Hall cemetery.

The many friends of W. O. Russell and family extend sympathy to them in the sad hour.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Apr 11, 1929

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • this changes John Corbet Russell's death date to 1929 instead of 1928 as is listed and on his stone



FORMER NAVARRO COUNTY MAN DIES IN DALLAS SUNDAY
Funeral services for John C. Russell aged 37, who died in the Methodist Hospital in Dallas Sunday night, were held Tuesday afternoon with interment in the Grange Hall cemetery. Mr. Russell was a former resident in Navarro county, moving to Dallas 20 years ago.
Surviving the deceased are his wife, Mrs. Ruby Russell, Dallas; two brothers, W. I. Russell, Barry; T. W. Russell, Palmer; one sister, Mrs. Annie Spencer, Corsicana.
The Corsicana Funeral Parlor was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

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Allie Belle (McNabb) Woodard
Sep 7, 1887 - Nov 26, 1945

MRS. ALLIE WOODARD DIED MONDAY NIGHT; FUNERAL WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Allie Belle Woodard, aged 58 years, native Texan, died at the family home in Purdon Monday night at 8:30 o'clock.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church at Purdon Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. L. L. Roloff , Baptist minister of Corpus Christi, who was reared at Dawson.

Surviving are her husband, B. Woodard, Purdon; mother, Mrs. J. M. McNabb, Purdon; four sisters, Mrs. H. T. Caffey, Anson;  Mrs. B. D. Vaughn, Pampa; Mrs. C. V. Grinstead and Mrs. N. L. Adkins, both of Purdon: two brothers, H. E. McNabb, Emhouse, and M. C. McNabb, Cleburne, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Howe French, Lewis Owens, Bates Davis, Clyde Bolden, Marshall Farmer and J. W. Farmer.

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Nora Beuliah (Wilson) Woodard
May 16, 1890 - Mar 30, 1974

Mrs. Woodard

Graveside services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Dresden cemetery for Mrs. Nora B. Woodard, 83, of Fort Worth, who died Sunday in Fort Worth. Rev. Ken James was to officiate.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. at the Ray Crowder Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Dr. James Coggins officiated.

Local arrangements were with Corley Funeral Home.

She was a native of Henderson and had lived in Fort Worth for 18 years.

Survivors include her husband, Authur Woodard of Fort Worth; two sons, Bual Woodard of Palestine, and William Henry Woodard of Alvin; two daughters, Mrs. Fay Dorton of Tyler, Mrs. Evelyn Sasser of Fort Worth; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Thetford of Oregon and Mrs. Opal Gunnels of Greenville; 1 10grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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Etta (Sumner) Woodland
Aug 15, 1879 - Dec 12, 1962

Mrs. Woodland Dies Wednesday, Services Friday

BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 13 Spl.)— Mrs. Etta Woodland, 83, native of Dresden, life-long resident of this area, died at her home here Wednesday night.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Hodges, pastor, assisted by Rev. Denzil G. Wright , pastor of the Central Methodist church, Corsicana.

Surviving are three sons, Lloyd, John L. and Blllie Woodland, all of Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Lena Mae Richardson, Dallas; Mrs. Undean Reeves, Marshall, and Miss Winona Woodland, Dallas; two brothers, J. H. Sumner, Corsicana, and W. B, Sumner, Walnut Springs; three sisters,
Mrs. Joe Adams and Mrs. Ben Adams, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Hugh Carroll, Mexia; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be W. P. Orme, Bill Gillen, Noel Furra, R. Bruce McCormlck, Drew Gillen, and C. L. Sanders.

McCormick Funeral service will direct.

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John Leroy "Buster" Woodland
Jun 2, 1913 - Feb 6, 1974

J. L Woodland Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church for John L. (Buster) Woodland, 61, who
died Wednesday at Temple Veterans Hospital.

Rev. Buddy Stegman, Frost Methodist Church pastor, and Rev. John Clifford, Blooming Grove United Methodist Church pastor, will officiate, with
burial to follow at Dresden cemetery. Arrangements are with Bradley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include his widow; two sisters; two brothers; four grandsons; and three stepdaughters Mrs. Shirley Hyles of Midlothian, Mrs. Patsy Ridlehuber of Italy, and Mrs. Jimmie Lou McClure of Midlothian.

Pallbearers include Hershel Crawford, Searcy Sanders, J.D. Hope, Noble Downey, Don McGraw, and Doug Magee.

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Dora Ella (Hutchins) Woodruff
Feb 07, 1875 - May 08, 1925

Remains Interred At Dresden Today

The remains of Mrs. Dora Woodruff, wife of W.T. Woodruff, died at Barry yesterday, were interred in the Dresden cemetery this afternoon and the last, sad rites were largely attended.  Mrs. Woodruff died as the result of an auto accident ten days ago in which her heart was said to be crushed and bruised. 

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Died at Barry; Funeral Saturday

Mrs. Dora Woodruff, aged 50 years, died at Barry Friday morning at 11 o’clock and the funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with burial in the Dresden cemetery. Deceased is survived by her husband and three children as follows; Mrs. J. E. Varnell, Mrs. Porter Garrett and Miss Ada Bell Woodruff.

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William Tinsley Woodruff
Mar 14, 1873 - Feb 27, 1958

W.T. Woodruff, 84, Dies Thursday; Rites Saturday

W. T. Woodruff, 84, of Barry, long-time merchant died in Memorial Hospital Thursday night. He was a native of Winder, Ga., and came to Texas as a youngster.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Prather, retired Baptist minister of Dallas, assisted by Rev. Coy Ellis, pastor of the Barry Baptist church.

He operated a general merchandise store at Barry more than 50 years.

Woodruff was an official and director of the bank at Barry for many years, and was the dean of  the directors of the State National Bank here, having been elected January 3, 1924, two years before the present bank building was erected. None of the present directors were on the board at the time of Woodruff's election.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Leo Price, Barry; Mrs. J. E. Varnell, Italy, and Mrs. Porter Garrett, Lubbock; three grandsons, Jack Varnell, New Orleans; Robert Varnell, Dallas, and Pat Garrett, Lubbock; two great-grandchildren; a brother, A. P. Woodruff, Loleta, and several nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be George Mitchell, Lowell Reed, Marshall Massengale, A. M. Russell, Percy Varnell and Buell Robinson. Employees, officers and directors of the State National Bank will be honorary pallbearers.

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Guy McDaniel Wooley
May 1, 1911 - Feb 13, 1971

Wooley Rites Set Monday

Guy M. Wooley, 59, native Corsicanan, died early Saturday in Mesquite where he resided at 2708 Catalena Dr. He had been a salesman for Mongtomery-Ward for the past 10 years and was a member of the Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Dudley M. Hughes Funeral Cahapel, 400 E. Jefferson, Dallas. Graveside services and burial will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Dresden cemetery. The Rev. Frank Pollard and the Rev. James Cooper will officiate for both services.

He is survived by his widow, Mary of Mesquite; three daughters, Miss Lou Wooley, Mesquite; Mrs. Kay Bruton, Oklahoma City, and Mrs. Carol Seale, Dallas; his mother, Mrs. Lou Anna Wooley, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Mosteller, Dallas, and Mrs. Karen Ficklin, Lubbock.

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Adeline Elizabeth "Betty" (Walker) Hall-Wooten 
Jun 20, 1871 - Oct 5, 1959

Mrs. Wooten Dies Houston Monday Morning

BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 5 (Spl.)—Mrs. Adeline Elizabeth Wooten, widow of the late L. C. Wooten, died in Houston early Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon here with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. J. Richey, pastor of
the First Baptist church.

Mrs. Wooten had resided in Houston for 17 years, and made her home here 14 years before moving to Houston. She was a native of Mississippi.

Surviving are two sons, Dave Hall, Lone Cedar, and Loyd Wooten, Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Fred Wilson and Mrs. Ethel Brown, both of
Houston, and Mrs. Allen Holloway, Liveoak, Calif.; a brother, Ernest Walker, Mississippi; two sisters, Mrs. I. W. Moody, Corsicana, and Mrs. Annie Wil-
liams, Memphis, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Flossie Elizabeth (Varnell) Williams
Apr 23, 1895 - Sep 12, 1976

Mrs. Williams

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Claude Williams, 81, resident of Barry, who died Sunday at the Ennis
IOOF Home. The Rev. Richard Moody was to officiate, with burial following at Dresden cemetery.

She was a native of Barry, assistant Postmaster of Barry for several years, and a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis.

Survivors include a son, Charles Williams of Ennis; four grandchildren, a brother, Ed Varnell of Italy and two sisters, Mrs. Glynn Garrett of Waco and Mrs. Eunice Christy of Lufkin.

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John Robert Williams
Jan 25, 1882 - Feb 9, 1942

JOHN R. WILLIAMS OF BLOOMING GROVE DIED AT ELM MOTT

John Robert Williams, aged 80 years, of Blooming Grove, died at Elm Mott Monday while visiting friends. Funeral arrangements had not been perfected early Tuesday afternoon pending the arrival of relatives, but the rites are expected to be held sometime Wednesday.

Surviving are three children, Mrs. May Chaney, Beaumont; Miss Ethel Williams and Bobbie Williams, both of Emhouse; and several brothers and sisters who reside in Arkansas.

Corley Funeral Home will be in charge.

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RITES WEDNESDAY FOR J. R. WILLIAMS HELD AT DRESDEN

Funeral services for John Robert Williams, aged 60 years, of Blooming Grove, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Dresden, where interment was made.

Williams died at Elm Mott, McLennan county, Monday while visiting friends.

Surviving are three children, Mrs. May Cheney, Beaumont; Miss Ethel Williams and Bobby Williams, both of Emhouse, and several brothers and sisters, who reside in Arkansas.

Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.

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Loyd B. Williams
May 28, 1904 - Oct 26, 1929

A large crowd attended the funeral of Loyd Williams Monday afternoon at the Methodist church.  Rev. I. R. Darwood of Eureka, assisted by Rev. Bell of Emhouse and Rev. Connell of Barry, conducted the services. Many tributes of love were paid this young man in the language of flowers. The grave was
covered with beautiful flowers. The out of town relatives attending the funeral were as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Claude Neese, Mrs. Edgar Lockhart, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Neese and Mr. and Mrs. Leburn Gaswick, all of Wellington, Hubert Griffin of Clceburne, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy Davis and Mrs. John Thomas of England, Ark., Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Neese and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Neese of Frost and Roy Neese and family of Corsicana.

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Barry Resident Buried Monday

BLOOMING GROVE, Nov. 2.—Funeral services for Loyd Williams, 25, resident of Barry, who died in the Navarro County Hospital in Corsicana following an operation Saturday, were held Monday at Barry with interment in the Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, mother and five sisters.

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IN MEMORY OF LLOYD WILLIAMS

It was indeed a shock to the relatives when we received the message that Loyd was dangerously ill with appendicitis and we hastened to his bedside to do what little we could to comfort him and the dear ones. We watched so anxiously for one sign of hope for his life, but alas, our watch was in vain. Loyd went to rest at 3:55 o’clock on October 26, 1929 and was laid to rest in the Dresden cemetery beside his father who passed away eight years ago leaving Loyd to care for his mother and five sisters, one only a baby of five months. Loyd was brother and father to that baby sister and filled his place well. He was always kind and obedient to his mother and tried in every way to make her life happier and her burden’s lighter. He was a kind and affectionate brother to them all and especially to the baby sister.

He was married December 24, 1924 to Miss Cleo Davis of England, Ark. who is left behind broken-hearted because her Loyd is no more. He was a king and loving husband and it makes us so sad to think of their home circle being broken so soon, not hardly five years did they spend together but dear ones let those be remembered as the happiest years of your life.

Dear loved ones, may you look to your Saviour who does all thins for the best, although it is hard for you to see through the darkness now but Loyd is not dead only sleeping and waiting for you all to come to him for it is only a short while and you all can be reunited in heaven.

We love him, yes, we loved him;
But Jesus loved him more.
Now Loyd awaits you
On that happy shore.

Another link is broken
In your household band,
But another link is forming
In a better land.

A loved one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

Written by uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Neese, Wellington, Texas.

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Patsy Ann Wilson
Mar 22, 1952 - Mar 24, 1952

Infant Services

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Wilson of Houston, who died during last week-end was buried Monday afternoon in the Dresden cemetery.

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Ora Mae (Neese) Williams
May 16, 1884 - Jul 21, 1946

RITES PLANNED FOR MRS. DAVE WILLIAMS TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Mrs. Dave Williams, aged 64 years, died at her home late Sunday night near Barry. Funeral services will be held from the Barry Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

A native of Georgia, she came to Barry at the age of three years with her late parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Neece.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Cecil Moore, Mrs. Ernest Harper and Mrs. Ed Craig, all of Corsicana; Mrs. Ray Posey, Barry, and Mrs. Noma Baxter, Athens; three grandchildren, two brothers, Claude and Charles Neece, both of Wellington; two sisters, Mrs. W. T. Poff and Mrs. Edgar Lockhart, both of Wellington, and other relatives.

McCormick's Funeral Service will direct.

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IN MEMORY OF OUR MOTHER, MRS. DAVE WILLIAMS

Ora May (Neese) Williams was born in Marietta, Ga., on May 16, 1884. She came to Texas in her early childhood with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Neese. She passed away suddenly on Sunday night, July 21, 1946.

Oh, how our hearts ache to know she is gone! Why she had to be taken from us. We can’t understand. But it was the Lord’s will, not ours. Mother, we miss you so much, but your sweet memories will live on forever. Your visits in our home meant so much to us. The reunions we had in your home can never be the same. It is so sad to think our home circle is broken, and it can’t ever be home to us girls like it was when mother was there.

Oh, how hard it is to give up our loved one, no one can understand, but the ones who have traveled the same road. She wasn’t only a sweet mother, but was a pal to us girls. May we live the life she has lived, then we can speak the words she had said, “You may know when my time comes I am ready.” I know we shouldn’t grieve, but we loved her so much.

She was married to Dave Williams, who preceded her in death nearly twenty-five years ago, and her only son, Loyd passed away seventeen years ago. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Cecil Moore, Mrs. Ernest Harper, and Mrs. Edd Craig of Corsicana; Mrs. Roy Posey of Barry, and Mrs. Norman Baxter of Athens. She also had two brothers, Claude and Charlie Neese, and two sisters, Mrs. W. T. Poff and Mrs. Edgar Lockhart, all of Wellington, Texas.

She was a member of the Methodist church at Barry, where she had lived for the past 40 years. Funeral services were conducted by her former pastor, Rev. W. B. Weathers of New Castle, assisted by her pastor, Rev. Harper of Barry, and Rev. W. D. Craig, Methodist pastor of Garland. She was laid to rest in the Dresden cemetery.

Now that your chair is vacant,
Your voice we will hear no more;
Mother, how we’ll miss you,
“Till we meet on that beautiful shore.

How that in each room we’ll see
Things made by your loving hands,
Oh, God, life is so empty
Help us to understand.

You were so faithful toward us,
And home will never be the same;
We will always cherish your memories,
And often call your name.

Mother, now that you’re in heaven,
It is nearer than ever before;
With God’s help we’ll meet you
On that bright and beautiful shore.

(written by ones who loved her dearly, her daughters)

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Irene (Howard) Womack
June 22, 1886 - Sep 13, 1942

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. WOMACK HELD AT DRESDEN

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Dresden for  Mrs. W.C. Womack, 56, who died at the family residence, 302 South Twenty-Third street Sunday morning.

Prior to moving to Corsicana six years ago, the family resided at Purdon.

Survivors are her husband, W.C. Womack, Corsicana; three sons, W. D. Womack, Camp Barkley, Texas; Russell Womack, Corsicana, and W. C. Womack, Jr., Camp Forrest, Tenn.; six daughters, Mrs. C. L. Davis, Corsicana; Mrs. E. F. Barnes, Waco; Mrs. Harold Smith, Corsicana; Mrs. Willie Platt, Galveston, and Misses Vivian and Lena Jo Womack, both of Corsicana; four brothers, Henry Howard, Freeport; James Howard, Purdon; O.E. Howard, Corsicana, and Tom Howard, Athens  and sister, Mrs. P. R. Stough, Waco, four grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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William Clark Womack
Feb 27, 1878 - Nov 16, 1950

W.C. WOMACK, SR., RITES SATURDAY

Funeral services for W. C. Womack, Sr., 72, retired Purdon farmer, who died in Waco Wednesday night, will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 2 p. m. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Millard B. Box, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

Womack had made his home in Corsicana for several years.

Surviving are three sons, Russell and W. C. Womack, Jr., both of Odessa, and W. D. Womack, Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. C. L. Davis, Hobbs, N. M.; Mrs. E. F. Barnes, Waco; Mrs. John D. Wheat,  Stephenville; Miss Lena Jo Womack, Dallas; Mrs. Harold Smith and Mrs. Willie Platt, both of Corsicana; eight grandchildren and a niece, Mrs. R. C. Rochelle, Dallas.

Pallbearers will be A. B. Hutson, Jim Wood, Loyce Davis, E. D. Fortson, Foyd Thompson and D. W. Hutson.

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W. R. "Bob" Wood
Mar 27, 1875 - Apr 14, 1957

W. R. (Bob) Wood Services Monday

W .R. (Bob) Wood, 82, native of Navarro county, died in the Brown Hospital in Mexia Sunday. He formerly resided at Blooming Grove.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Church in Blooming Grove Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Roy H. Davis, pastor.

Surviving are two sons, W. L. Wood, Carrollton, and Odell Turner, Blooming Grove; eight daughters, Mrs. Jerry Ward, Mexia; Mrs. Martha Flouray, Mrs. Ferris Lewis and Mrs. Bill Tipton, all of Dallas; Mrs. Roy Mayo, Kerens; Mrs. Myrtle Buckholtz, Florida; Mrs. J. D. Welchel, Wichita Falls, and Mrs. Roy Bell, Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, a brother, Spruce Wood, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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Burr Harrison Ragsdale
Sep 06, 1870 - Nov 25 , 1942

B. H. RAGSDALE DIED AT DRESDEN; RITES ON THURSDAY

Funeral services for Burr Harrison Ragsdale, age 72 years, who died at his home near Dresden Wednesday, were held from the Dresden Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. F. T. Fisher, pastor of the Purdon Methodist church, conducted the rites. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Mr. Ragsdale had been a resident of the Dresden community about 40 years.

Surviving are a brother, J. C. Ragsdale, two sisters. Mrs. I. T. Blake, Corsicana; Mrs. Amelia Perry, Greensboro, North Carolina, and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Winston Knight , Fred Warren, Tell Woodall, Ewing Woodall, Lee Putman and Wendell Warren.

Corley directed the arrangements.

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Thomas Jefferson York
Dec 6, 1861 - Dec 18, 1942

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR T. J. YORK ARE HELD ON SATURDAY

Funeral services for T. J. York, age 81 years, who died at his home here Friday morning, were held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. D. R. McCauley conducted the rites. Burial was in Dresden cemetery.

Mr. York was a native Texan and lived in Corsicana over 50 years. He was one of the leading music dealers here for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Fred York, Corpus Christi; Earl York, Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. Perry Learning, and Mrs. J. Roy Haase, both of
Baton Rouge, La.; a sister, Mrs. S. A. Taylor, Houston, two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ben Freeman, Elmer Freeman, George Kuykendall, Tom Truelove, F. H. Washburn, Charlie Byrd, Walter Beaton and W. D. White.

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T. J. YORK DIED FRIDAY MORNING; RITES SATURDAY

T. J. York, age 81 years, retired businessman, died at his home here Friday morning. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home. Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor of the Central Methodist Church, will conduct the rites. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

Mr. York was born near Palestine and had lived in Corsicana over 50 years. He had a music store in Corsicana for a number of years and took an active interest in church and civic affairs.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Fred York, Corpus Christi; Earl York, Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. Katherine Leaming, Baton Rouge, La.; Mrs. Eleanor Haase, Baton Rouge, La.; a sister, Mrs. Susan Taylor, Houston, two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Ben Freeman, Barry; Elmer Freeman, Barry; George Kuykendall, Fort Worth; Tom Truelove, Mexia; F. H. Washburn, Charlie Byrd, Walter Beaton and Willie White.

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John H. Young
May 23, 1874 - Aug 24, 1945

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR JOHN H. YOUNG AT DRESDEN SUNDAY

Funeral services for John H. Young, aged 71 years, who died Friday afternoon at the family residence, 1501 South Eighteenth street, were held from the Dresden church Sunday afternoon with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rltes were conducted by Rev. A. L. Meador, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church here, and Rev. Garrison.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, a son, J. W. Young, Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Emmie Sikes, Corsicana, and Mrs. Pearl Rltter, Trinidad; a sister, Mrs. Cora Connally, Corsicana, five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Roy Grounds, W. W. Hedrick, C. Murphy, Arnold Roessler, O. S. Burns and Earl Ritter.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Octava Ann "Tavie" (Watson) Young
Jul 21, 1877 - Jan 9, 1970

Mrs. Young Rites Sunday

Funeral services are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Octava Young, 92, who died Friday in Memorial Hospital.

She had been a resident of Corsicana for 50 years, and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Interment will be in Dresden cemetery, and the Rev. Bruce Hibbitt will officiate.

Survivors are a son, James W. Young of Lamar; a daughter, Mrs. R.R. Ritter of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-
grandchildren; three sisters of Henderson, Mrs. Hester Clark, Miss Bertie Watson, and Mrs. Maudie Spence.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Oscar Allen Loosier
Oct 22, 1897 - Jul 24, 1970

Loosier Rites

Funeral services were held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church for Oscar Loosier, 72, retired hat factory employee who died early Friday.
The Rev. Mickey Loftis officiated, assisted by the Rev. J.W. Dammon. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Pallbearers were N.W. Sharpley, Urna Rutherford, Johnny Smithen, H.C. Smithen, Jr., Frank Parker, and O.C. Coker.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, a grandson, one sister and four brothers.

Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Tulia Judson (Pace) Owen
Jul 7, 1882 - Jan 15, 1970

Owen Services

Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel for Mrs. J. T. Owen, 87, a native of Ruston, La. and resident of Barry for the past two years, who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Jim Lofton officiated. Burial was at Dresden cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, two daughters, 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Mrs. J. T. Owen Dies Thursday

Mrs. J. T. Owen, 87, a native of Ruston, La., who has lived in Barry the past 30 years, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, H. H. Owen of Barry, J. A. Owen of Houston, O. G. Owen of Dallas, and Odie Owen of Barry; two daughters, Mrs. Opal Ragan of Barry and Mrs. Floyce Brown of Mabank; 39 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. J. A. Britt of Ruston.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Effie Alice (Farmer) Hodges
Feb 10, 1889 - July 13, 1970

Mrs. Hodges Rites Tuesday

Mrs. Effie Hodges, 81, died Monday in Memorial Hospital. A resident of Corsicana for 25 years, she was a member of the Central Methodist Church.

The Rev. Dale Rider conducted funeral services Tuesday afternoon at Corley Chapel. Graveside services followed at Dresden cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Joe Michaels, Danny Joe Michaels, Wendell Varner, Mardist Miles, Steve Miles and Jackie Farmer.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Lonnie Miles of Italy, Mrs. Lillian Michaels of Dallas, Mrs. Vera Ross of Houston, Mrs. Evelyn Conger of Corsicana and Mrs. Kenneth Baggett of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Brown of Old Ocean; one brother, Russell Farmer of Midland, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

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Elizabeth Lee (Sparkman) Call 
Sep 26, 1887 - June 17, 1970

Mrs. Call Dies Wednesday

Graveside rites were held today at 2:30 p.m. at the Dresden cemetery for Mrs. Elizabeth Call, 82, who died Wednesday in Waco. The rites were conducted
by Wesley Howard.

Survivors include one son Charles Call of Waco; one daughter Mrs. Stanley Blaylock of Argyle Texas; one brother James Sparkman of Detroit, Mich.; two sisters Mrs. Lillian Hawley of New York, N.Y.; and Gladys Melton of St. Petersberg, Florida.

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Mrs. E. L. Call
WACO, Texas (SP.) - Graveside services for Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Call, 82, of Waco will be held at 2 pm. Thursday in the Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, Navarro County. She died Tuesday in Waco.
Among her survivors is a daughter, Mrs. Stanley L. Blaylock of Dallas.

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Lorene (Dozier) Wright-Odell
Dec 27, 1912 - Jan 17, 1970

Mrs. O'Dell Service Sunday

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Shannon Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth for Mrs. Lorene D. O'Dell who died Saturday in a Fort Worth
hospital. Graveside rites will be conducted at the Dresden cemetery at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Survivors include her husband L. M. O'Dell of Fort Worth, step-father Finis A. Berry of Waco, two sons Jay Don Wright of Bay Town and Dan J. Wright of
Blooming Grove, one daughter Mrs. Virginia Reaves of Everman, two brothers Freeman Haralson of Hurst, and Finis Berry Jr. of Waco, four sisters
Mrs. Olive Armstrong of Emhouse, Mrs. Elmore Bently of California, Mrs. Macey Sue Mc-Nally of Karnes City and Mrs. Emily Hardin of Waco, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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O'DELL
Mrs. Lorene D. O'Dell, 2524 Pearl, 57. Survivors; Husband, L. M. O'Dell; stepfather, Finis A. Berry, Waco; sons, J. Don Wright, Baytown, Dan J. Wright, Blooming Grove; daughter, Mrs. Virginia Reaves, Everman; brothers, Freeman Haralson, Hurst, Finis A. Berr4y Jr., Waco; sisters, Mrs. Olive Armstrong, Emhouse, Tex., Mrs. Elenor Bently, Calif., Mrs. Maxis McNally, Karnes City. Mrs. Emily Sue Hardin, Waco; 9 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild. Services 2 p.m. Sunday Shannon's North Chapel. Graveside services 4;30 Dresden cemetery, Navarro County. Arrangements Shannon's North, 111 W. Northside Dr. MA 4-2191

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General Wheeler Sykes
July 7, 1886 - Oct 31, 1970

G. W. Sykes Rites

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday for G. W. Sykes, 84, who died Saturday. The service was at Corley Funeral Home and interment was in
Dresden cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiated.

Surviving are four daughters, a sister, nieces and nephews.

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G. W. Sykes Rites Monday

G. W. Sykes, 84, a resident of Corsicana since 1926, died Saturday. He was a watchman at the cotton mill and a member of the Missionary Baptist church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Dresden cemetery. The Rev. Bruce Hibbit will officiate.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Velma Berry of Pour Huenerne, Calif., Mrs. C. P. Shoemaker of Corsicana, Mrs. George Lee of Mesa, Ariz., and Mrs. G. W. Graham of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Ed Wiley of Prairie Hill; nieces and nephews.

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Mary Frances (Trotman) Wright
Sep 3, 1853 - Aug 21, 1938

BARRY, Aug. 25.—(Spl—Funeral services for Mrs. D. W. Wright, who passed away Sunday afternoon, were held Tuesday at 4 o'clock from the family home. Rev. V. W. Becker conducted the services, with burial in Dresden cemetery. She is survived by one son, E. L. Wright of Portales, N.M., and daughter-in-law, Mrs. J.T. Wright of Barry, and two grandchildren of Colorado.

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William Charley Wright
May 26, 1879 - Oct 27, 1954

Friday Services For W. C. Wright

W. C. Wright, 75, native of Tennessee, died at his home, 615 West First avenue, Wednesday.

Funeral services will be be from the Corley Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are a son, Wilbur Wright, U.S. Navy; a daughter Mrs. W. W. Wilkerson, Dallas; a grandson; seven brothers, C. A., M. H. and C. E. Wright, all of Corsicana; B. A. Wright, Blooming Grove; L. M. Wright, Drane; Joe Wright, Dallas, and N. R. Wright, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Graves, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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W. C. Wright Rites Friday Morning

Funeral services for W. C. Wright, 75, native of Tennessee, who died at his home, 615 West First avenue Wednesday, were held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

The services were conducted by Earl L. Craig, West Side Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are a son, Wilburn Wright, U. S. Navy; a daughter, Mrs. W. W. Wilkerson, Dallas; a grandson; seven brothers, C. A., M. H. and C. E. Wright, all of Corsicana; B. A. Wright, Blooming Grove; L. M. Wright, Drane; Joe Wright, Dallas, and N. R. Wright, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Graves, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Cecil Beard, Ed Newell, Roman Campbell, Clyde Stubbs, A. B. Tanner and Bob Thomas.

Corley directed.

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Frank Edgar "Edd" Yates
May 25, 1905 - May 1, 1973

F. E. Yates

BLOOMING GROVE-Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Central Baptist Church for Frank Edgar (Edd) Yates, 67, who died Tuesday at
Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Ministers who officiated included Revs. Ricky Montgomery, Tony Hargrove, and Ken James. Burial was at Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, two daughters, three brothers, four sisters, two nephews, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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F.E. Yates BLOOMING GROVE - Funeral services are set for Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Central Baptist Church for Frank Edgar (Edd) Yates, 67, who died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Ministers officiating include the Revs. Ken James, pastor; Gary Bass, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; and two nephews, Revs. Ricky Montgomery, Baptist minister, and Tony Hargrove, Methodist minister. Burial will be at Dresden Cemetery under the direction of McCormick Funeral Home. Yates was a retired farmer, and was born in Cryer Creek. He lived all his life in the Blooming Grove area. He is survived by his widow, Helen Louise Yates; two daughters, Mrs. W. F. Warren and Mrs. G. W. Patterson, both of Blooming Grove; three brothers, David Yates, Frost; Alfred Yates, Corsicana; and Ellis Yates, Ft. Worth; four sisters, Mrs. Maudie Gunn, Corsicana; Mrs. Nannie Herring, Arlington; Mrs. Willie Wilson, Corsicana; and Mrs. Opal Montgomery, Dawson; two nephews who were reared by the Yates’, Billy Joe Reeves, Houston; and Jimmy Reeves, San Diego, California; six grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Lula Glen (Anderson) Daniel
Aug 17, 1869 - Nov 22, 1942

MRS. LULA DANIEL BURIED AT DRESDEN MONDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Glenn Daniel , age 73 years, who died at her home near Dresden Sunday morning, were held from the Dresden Methodist church at 2:30 Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Mrs. Daniel had been a resident of the Dresden and Blooming Grove communities 42 years.

Surviving are five sons, Glenn Daniel, Waco; Roy Daniel, Angus; Carl Daniel, Blooming Grove; Malcom Daniel, New Orleans, La.; Leland Daniel, Vivian, La., four daughters, Mrs. Tom Bell, Vivian, La.; Mrs. Madge Howard, Dawson; Mrs. Ed Yates, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Newton Smith, Woodsboro, twenty-two grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley directed the arrangements.

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Martha S. "Mattie" (Boone) Whorton
Nov 15, 1846 - Aug 24, 1934

BLOOMING GROVE WOMAN DIED AT AGE OF 88 WEDNESDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 30. —(Ap)—Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie B. Wharton, age 88 years who died at her home here at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  They were conducted by Rev. P. W. Utley. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.

Mrs Wharton had been a resident of Blooming Grove 40 years or more and  took an active part in civic and church affairs.

Surviving are three sons, J. H. Wharton; Blooming Grove; J. L. Wharton, Kerens; E. H. Wharton, Waco, and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service had charge.

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Ruby Ethel (Henthorn) Robertson 
Feb 26, 1923 - Aug 31, 2007

Mrs. Ruby E. Robertson, 84, passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, in Houston. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Elder Jeff Moseley and the Elder Travis Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday evening at the funeral home.

She was born to George & Dora (Horn) Henthorn on Feb. 26, 1923, in Emmett, Texas , and attended schools in Frost, graduating class of 1940 from Frost High School. She married Willis S. Robertson on Feb. 24, 1945, and he preceded her in death in 1985. Mrs. Robertson became a member of Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church of Hubbard in 1956, and has been a faithful charter member of Spring Grove Primitive Baptist Church of Houston since 1974.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Norma Reed and husband, Buddy and Mary Carr and husband, Bubba; four grandchildren, Ryan and James Reed and Matthew and Jacob Listvan; a great-grandson, Tyler Reed, all of Houston; a sister, Margie Nixon of Lafayette, La.; a brother, Elder James Henthorn and wife, Evelyn of Itasca; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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  • Feb 26, 1923 - Aug 31, 2007
  • Waco Tribune-Herald (TX) - Sep 2, 2007
  • d/o George Cleveland Henthorn & Dora Lee (Horn) Henthorn
  • Photo - Not part of the obituary

Carrol Justin Sitton
Aug 18, 1874 - Mar 24, 1946

CARROL J. SITTON OF BLOOMING GROVE BURIED ON MONDAY

Carrol J. (Cal) Sitton, aged 71 years, of Blooming Grove, died in the Navarro Clinic Sunday morning following several years’ illness.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Baptist church in Blooming Grove with interment in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. L. Chumley. pastor of the church. Sitton was seriously injured five years ago in a truck mishap near the intersection of Highway 22 and the State Home road immediately west of the Corsicana city limits. He never fully recovered from the accident.
A native of Lincoln County, Mo., Sitton came to the Blooming Grove community with his parents when about a year old. He resided in West Navarro county since coming to Texas.
Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; three brothers, J. W. Sitton, Houston; Guy Sitton, Corsicana, and Hardy Sitton, Helma, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. G. P. Utley, Corsicana, and Mrs. Berry McGee, Waxahachie, and other relatives.

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Thomas Lee "Tom" Neal
Oct 10, 1883 - Mar 20, 1946

Funeral At Blooming Grove Thursday For Tom L. Neal, 62

BLOOMING GROVE. March 22. —Funeral services for Tom L. Neal, 62, prominent farmer, who died Wednesday, were held Thursday afternoon from the First
Baptist church. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bettie Neal; a daughter, Thelma Ann Neal, and a son, Robert Lee Neal, all of Blooming Grove: three brothers, J. E. Neal, Lion. Miss.; W. D. Neal, Ennis, and Will Neal, Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Paul Herring, Vardaman, Miss.

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Verna Clyde (Smith) Griffin
Nov 1, 1884 - Oct 15, 1946

PIONEER RESIDENT OF BLOOMING GROVE DIED EARLY TUESDAY

Mrs. J. R. Griffin, aged 62 years, life-long resident of Blooming Grove, died at the family home in Blooming Grove Tuesday morning at 8:30 o'clock following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held in Blooming Grove Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Mrs. Griffin was the daughter of the late J. A. Smith, pioneer merchant of Blooming Grove.
Surviving are her husband, J. R. Griffin, postmaster and former Banker, Blooming Grove; a son, Major Jack Griffin. U. S. Army Air Forces, Kelly Field, Texas; four daughters, Mrs. B. A. Okun, Cambridge, Mass.; Mrs._W. O. Corbin, Waxahachie; Mrs. Mavis Mangum, Hillsboro, and Mrs. Jack Lee, Fort Worth, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Griffin was the correspondent for the Corsicana Daily Sun and Semi-Weekly Light for many years until a short time before her death.

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Hinton Phelan Ivy
Oct 31, 1874 - Dec 13, 1946

H. P. IVEY FUNERAL SERVICES SATURDAY
AT BLOOMING GROVE
BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 13.— (Spl)—H. P. Ivy, aged 72 years, life-long resident of this community, died at his home here Friday morning at 7 o'clock.
Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church here Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. R. Peterson, pastor, assisted by Rev. C. T. Brockette, Methodist minister. Ivy was a Methodist and Mason. Surviving are his wife, Blooming Grove: a daughter, Mrs. W. P. Orme, Blooming Grove; three granddaughters, two sisters, Mrs. Ada Simpson, Sweetwater, and Mrs. J. R. Riddle, Mexia; four brothers. Henry Ivy, Arlington; Tom and John Ivy, both of Sweetwater, and Garrett Ivy, Granbury, and other relatives.
McCormick's Funeral Services will direct.

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Ruth Diane (Crocker) Taylor-Deming-Fudge
Dec 31, 1893 - Nov 15, 1969

Mrs. Deming Rites Sunday
BLOOMING GROVE (Spl.) Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Diane Deming, 75, native and lifelong Blooming Grove resident who died early Saturday in Memorial Hospital, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the McCormick Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Mel Hardin, pastor of Central Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery. She is survived by two granddaughters, Mrs. Peter Martens, Dallas, and Mrs. Charley Caldwell, Bryan; one sister, Miss Jessie Crocker, Blooming Grove, three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Katy Crocker; and several nieces and nephews.

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Harry E. Dillingham
Aug 6, 1877 - Mar 3, 1942

Former Resident
Of Blooming Grove, Buried Wednesday Funeral services for Harry E. Dillingham, native of Kentucky, former resident of Blooming Grove, who died in Bryan Tuesday, were held at the First Christian Church at Blooming Grove Wednesday afternoon.
Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Maggard B. Howell, pastor of the Blooming Grove Methodist Church, and Rev. E. S. Bledsoe of Bryan.
Mr. Dillingham conducted a grocery business at Blooming Grove for some forty years before moving to Bryan.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Hattie Kincaid, Bryan; four nephews, three nieces and a brother-in-law, J. E. Dishman, Bryan.
Pallbearers were Bob Richards and J. H. Frederick, both of Dallas, R. S. High, Edward Frederick, J. O. McSpadden and Miller Reid, Blooming Grove.
McCormick's Funeral Service was in charge.

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Funeral Services Held Wednesday For Harry E. Dillingham
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the Christian church for Harry E. Dillingham, who died after a short illness in a Bryan hospital, with Rev. Maggart B. Howell, pastor of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. E. S. Bledsoe of Bryan, conducted the rites Interment was in the family plot in Rose Hill cemetery.

Mr. Dillingham was born at Smithboro, Kentucky and came to Texas as a young man, and had made Blooming Grove his home for about 40 years.

He is survived by a brother-in-law, J. D. Dishman, and a sister, Mrs. Hattie Kincaid, both of Bryan; three nieces, Mrs. Bob Connalley, Cleburne, Mrs. Jeanette Giles, Dallas and Mrs. A. J. Johnson, Houston; four nephews, Charlie Joe Dillingham, Fort Worth; Prince, Preston and Harry Dishman, Bryan.

Pallbearers were Bob Richards, J. H. Frederick, Dallas; J. O. McSpadden, R. S. High, Miller Reid and Edwin McClure, all of Blooming Grove.

Arrangements were directed by the McCormick Funeral Service.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, March 6, 1942
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ruby Artie Meacy (Collier) Dozier
Aug. 29, 1909 – Aug. 24, 1959

Blooming Grove Woman Killed Near Lamesa
Mrs. Ruby Dozier, 49, of Blooming Grove, was fatally injured late Monday two miles south of Lamesa when the carry all truck occupied by Mrs. Dozier and her husband, Ivan Lester Dozier, 51, figured in in collision with another truck.
Dozier suffered several broken ribs and other injuries, but his condition was reported improved at the Lamesa hospital Tuesday morning. The body of Mrs. Dozier was at the Higginbotham Funeral Home but will be returned to Blooming Grove Tuesday by the McCormick Funeral Service.
Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse was telephoned Monday night about the crash and was advised that a wrecker from Lamesa raised the smashed truck and found Mrs. Dozier's body under the wreckage. The extent of the injuries and the name of the other driver was not available here.
The Doziers are reported to have been en route to Arizona on a vacation trip.
County Commissioner and Mrs. Sammie Saunders, neighbors of the Dozier family, left for Lamesa Monday night after hearing of the accident.
Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; two daughters Mrs. Quilla Van Varnell, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Patsy Lane, Dallas, and other relatives.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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Plan Services For Mrs. Dozier

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Dozier, 49, of Blooming Grove, fatally injured late Monday near Lamesa, will be held Thursday at 10 a. m. from the
Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. J. Richey, pastor of the First Baptist church, Blooming Grove, with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.
She was a native of Blooming Grove.
Her husband, Ivan Lester Dozier, 53, was critically injured when their carryall vehicle collided with a truck and his condition was reported worse Wednesday morning.
Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Collier, Prescott, Ariz.; two daughters, Mrs. Quilla Van Varnell, Tyler, and
Mrs. Robert Lane, Dallas, four brothers, Ottice Collier, Globe, Ariz.; G. W. and Fred Collier, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Watts Collier, Globe, Ariz.
sister. Mrs. Lois Horn, Queen City, Texas, and four grandchildren.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Woman is Killed In Auto Wreck
LAMESA (AP) - It was half an hour after a highway collision before peace officers discovered mrs. Ivan Lester Dozier, about 50, of Blooming Grove, texas, died in the crash late yesterday>
They found the body under a panel truck which rolled on her after Mrs. Dozier was pitched outside.
Her husband, 51, was injured critically as his vehicle and an asphalt truck rammed together 2 miles south of here at the junction of U.S. Highway 87 and 180.
Buddy Williams, 38, of Lubbock, the other driver, escaped with superficial injuries.

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Robert Vernon Dunbar
Sep. 6, 1891 – Feb. 13, 1964

Rites Saturday For R. V. Dunbar
HILLSBORO, Feb. 15 (Spl) Robert Vernon Dunbar of Hillsboro died in a Jacksonville hospital Thursday.
Funeral rites were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Marshall and Marshall chapel here with burial in the Ridge Park cemetery.
Native of Hubbard, he resided at Malone for a number of years, moved to Henderson in 1941 and had resided here only a few months.
Surviving are his wife of Hillsboro; four brothers, I. C. Dunbar, Lubbock; E. O. Dunbar Fort Worth; Louie Dunbar Temple, and Ralph Dunbar Pampa.

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John Lewis Duncan
Mar 1, 1857 – Dec 18, 1941

J. L. DUNCAN DIED IN BLOOMING GROVE ON THURSDAY NIGHT

J. L. Duncan, aged 84 years, died at his home in Blooming Grove Thursday night.
Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church in Blooming Grove Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery at Blooming Grove. The rites will be conducted by Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church here.
Surviving are three sons, R. F. Duncan and J. W. Duncan, both of Blooming Grove, and J. M. Duncan Houston; and a daughter, Mrs. D. E. Reynolds, Lancaster.
Corley Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

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Funeral Services Of Mr. J. L. Duncan Held Saturday

The funeral services for J. L. Duncan, aged 84 years, who died at his home at 8:35 p.m. last Thursday, Dec. 18, were held at the First Baptist Church Saturday at 1 p.m. with Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the 11th Ave. Baptist Church, Corsicana, conducting the rites.

Mr. Duncan was a native of Alabama, moved to Texas about fifty years ago and lived in Ellis and Collin counties until moving to the Cryer Creek community about 37 years ago where he resided until moving to Blooming Grove in 1924.

Mr. Duncan, being one of our pioneer settlers, had gained the love and respect of both young and old throughout this community. He was a good citizen, a Christian and very loyal to his church.

Surviving are three sons, R. F. and J. W. Duncan, Blooming Grove, and F. M. Duncan, of Forreston; one daughter, Mrs. T. L. Reynolds, of Lancaster; 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and other relatives.

Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Dec 26, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Barbara Sue Ellis
Jun. 15, 1937 – Jul. 27, 1946

BARBARA ELLIS

Little Barbara has gone to heaven
Where she can rest in peace;
No sorrow or no suffering
Will disturb her peaceful sleep.

Why our Savior took her
We'll never understand;
But we know she'll be happy
In the Promised Land.

We sympathize with her mother,
Her dad and sister, too;
And all the other loved ones
Who are so brave and true.

Little Barbara now is resting
With the angels there on high;
And we all must try to meet her
When our time comes to die.

Little Bab—how we'll miss you!
Dear you'll never know
What this has done to us,
To have to let you go.

Let's all try a little better
To love and understand;
So we can be an angel
And join our Barbara's band.
—By Mrs. Dorothy Holliefield

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Melcenia Loretta "Sena" (Miller) Ellis
Apr 24, 1864 - Aug 24, 1950

Mrs. Sena Ellis
Dies Thursday
Mrs. Sena Ellis, aged 86 years, of Blooming Grove, died at the P. and S. Hospital early Thursday afternoon shortly after having been admitted.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Thursday afternoon.

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Alva Carmen (Vandiver) Rowland-Williams
Jan 20, 1896 - Sep 19, 1950

Mrs. H. O. Rowland
Rites Thursday
BLOOMING GROVE, Sept. 21. —(Spl.)— Mrs. H. O. Rowland, the former Miss Alva Vandiver, died at her home in Anson Tuesday night.
Funeral services were held in Abilene Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery here Friday afternoon.
Surviving are her husband, son, Ned Williams. Tucson. Ariz.; a granddaughter; mother, Mrs. Annie Vandiver; two sisters, Mrs; Homer Whittiken, and Mrs. Harvey
Ashton, both of Abilene; two brothers, John Vandiver, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Roy Vandiver San Marcos, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Rosa Ann Martin
Oct 8, 1897 – Aug 15, 1950

FUNERAL SERVICES.
BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 18. —Funeral services for Rosa Anna Martin, 53, who died at the Navarro Clinic Tuesday, were held  Wednesday afternoon from the Central Baptist church. Interment was in the Rose Hill cemetery.
Surviving are three brothers, Ernest Martin, Blooming Grove; George Martin, Angus, and Robert Martin, Hurley, N. M., and several nieces and nephews.

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Mary Melissa "Mollie" (Vandiver) McCormick
Nov 18, 1875 - May 25, 1950

Mrs. McCormick Funeral Rites Slated Saturday
Mrs. Mollie McCormick, aged 75 years, prominent Blooming Grove resident, died in the P. and S. Hospital early Thursday night.
Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Saturday at 11 a. m. with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Glen Bolch, pastor.
Surviving are three sons, M. D. McCormick, Gorham, Kan.; Bruce McCormick, Blooming Grove, and Ditt McCormick, Okinawa, Southwest Pacific area; two daughters.
Mrs. Fred Borches, Schulenburg, and Mrs. Walter Ramsey, Tulsa; 17 grandchildren and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Minnie Mae (McClellan) Lee
Jan 1, 1872 - Apr 29, 1950

Mrs. Minnie Lee Funeral Sunday
Mrs. Minnie Lee, 78, former Corsicana and Blooming Grove resident, died at the home of a brother, J. E. McClellan at Mission, Saturday.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the First Methodist church in Blooming Grove with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Roy L. Felder, pastor of the church.
Mrs. Lee had been in Mission for the past two months.
Surviving are her brother and several nieces and nephews.
McCormick Funeral service directed.

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John B. Ewing
Dec. 28, 1885 – Apr. 21, 1964

John B. Ewing
Rites Tuesday
BLOOMING GROVE, April 27 (Spl.) –John B. Ewing, 70, retired farmer, native of Milford, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday night following an extended illness. He had spent most of his life in this area.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist church with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor, and Rev. H. V. Southerland, Jr., pastor of the Central Baptist Church here.
Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; two sons, Leroy and Homer Ewing, and a daughter, Mrs. W. C. Frederick, all of Blooming Grove; a twin brother, Will Ewing, Las Cruces, N.M.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Sammie Saunders, Elgie Armstrong, Jack Armstrong, Herschel Minatra, Elmer Hollingsworth and Dorsey McGraw.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Maggie (Hiler) Ward-Ewing
Apr. 20, 1880 – Oct. 30, 1961

Mrs. Ewing, 81,
Expires Monday
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 31, (Spl.) — Mrs. Maggie Ward Ewing, 81, a resident of Blooming Grove for more than 40 years, died at the home of a son, George Ward, here Monday afternoon.
Funeral rites are planned from the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, with Rev. George F. Bearden, the pastor, conducting. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.
Mrs. Ewing, a native of Mississippi, is survived by four sons, George, Jim and Henry Ward all of Blooming Grove, and Clyde Ward, Columbus, Georgia; two stepsons, Lewis Ewing, Blooming Grove, and Buster Ewing Corsicana; five stepdaughters, Mrs. Gene Sissom, Corsicana; Mrs. Thomas Campbell and Mrs. Ruby Harris, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Sidney Featherstone, Tyler; and Mrs. A. W. Barton, Powell.
8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Sam Carroll, Drew Gillen, Sammy Saunders, Ernest McGraw, Dorsey McGraw and W. B. Ellis.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Charles May Jones
May 2, 1862   Jan 27, 1935

Blooming Grove Man Was Buried Monday

Charles Jones, about 70, died in Blooming Grove Sunday night and the funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in Blooming Grove, it was learned here Monday.

Surviving are a brother, L. W. Jones, Blooming Grove, and other relatives.

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CHARLES M. JONES PASSES AWAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS

Mr. Charles M. Jones was born in New Albany, Indiana on May 2, 1862 and died at his home in Blooming Grove on January 27, 1935.

Funeral services were held at the Blooming Grove Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Monday with Interment at Rose Hill cemetery with McCormick Funeral Service in charge Services were conducted by Rev. P. W. Utley and Rev. C. E. Gipson.

Pallbearers were: Will Cobb, Ottie Bryant, W. G. C. Ingram and A. A. Fagala of Blooming Grove, Clyde Tullos of Frost and Sam Freeman of Duncanville.

Mr. Jones is survived by a sister, Mrs. Moore of California and a brother, Mr. L. W. (Jack) Jones of Blooming Grove.

When first coming to Texas, Mr. Jones made his home in Hillsboro for some twenty years after which he moved to Blooming Grove where he made his home up until the time of his death.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday February 8, 1935
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John C. Crouch
June 13, 1884 - July 8, 1941

Funeral Services Held Blooming Grove For Athens Resident

Funeral services for John Crouch, aged 57 years, former employee of the Texas Highway Department, who died suddenly Tuesday at his home, three miles south of Athens, were held Wednesday afternoon at Blooming Grove where interment was made.

A native of Warren County, Tennessee, he came to Texas as a child. He moved to Athens from Frost twenty-two years ago.

Surviving are two children, Gordon Crouch and Miss Glennadine Crouch, both of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Littlejohn, Frost, and Mrs. J. U. Nelson, Hillsboro; and three brothers, Jay Crouch, Frost; E. L. Crouch, Frost, and Dave Crouch, Oklahoma City.

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Mary Catherine "Kate" (Williams) Langston
Apr 25, 1846 - Feb 16, 1929

AGED RESIDENT OF BLOOMING GROVE IS BURIED SATURDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 16.— (Spl).—Funeral services for Mrs. Kate Langston, aged 83 years, who died at her home here Friday afternoon at 1:30, were held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Baptist church with Rov. W. Z. Corbin, Waxahachie, and Rev. T. G. Story, Blooming Grove, officiating.

Surviving are one son Roy Langston, Blooming Grove; three daughters; Mrs. G. H. Tekell, Corsicana; Mrs. Ernie Vandiver, Albany; Mrs. G. C. Ramsey, Waco; two brothers. J. H. Williams, Blooming Grove; S. Q. Williams, Blooming Grove, and one sister, Mrs. Ben Gorman, Mangum, Okla.    Mrs. Langston was born in Mississippi but had resided here most of her life.

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James Alphonso Smith
June 14, 1857 – May 24, 1929

BLOOMING GROVE MERCHANT BURIED THERE SATURDAY 

BLOOMING GROVE, May 25.— (SL)—Funeral services for J. A Smith, age 73, who died at his home here Friday afternoon at 2:15 were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Methodist church and were conducted by Rev T. G. Storey, pastor, and Rev. E. J. Jones, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Blooming Grove cemetery .

Mr. Smith was born in Mississippi and came to Blooming Grove in 1883. He had been engaged in the mercantile business here for twenty-nine years.

Surviving are his wife and one daughter, Mrs. J. R. Griffin, Blooming Grove.

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Mattie E. (Simpson) Bussinger
Dec 01, 1905 – Feb 3, 1929

FORMER RESIDENT BLOOMING GROVE TO BE BURIED THERE

BLOOMING GROVE,Feb. 4.— (Sp)—Mrs. Robert Bussinger, aged twenty-three, former resident of ths city, died in Oklahoma City,

Sunday night and the body will be returned here for burial. The body will arrive Tuesday morning  Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

She is survived by her husband, one son, her father, H. E. Simpson of Blooming Grove and a brother, Harry Simpson of Dallas.

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James Tennyson Whorton
May 16, 1846 - Dec 20, 1929

PIONEER RESIDENT OF BLOOMING GROVE DIED THERE FRIDAY BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 20.- (SP)— J. T. Whorton, age 83 years, died at his home here at 7 o'clock Friday morning following a long illness. Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial will be in the Blooming Grove cemetery.

Mr. Whorton was born in Steuart county, Georgia, May 16, 1846, was married to Miss Mattie S. Boone September 25, 1866, and then years later moved to Navarro county, settling near this city and he has made his home here since. He retired from the mercantile business here several years ago.

He joined the Confederate army and saw considerable action during the last two years of the war between the states.

Surviving arc his wife, three sons J. H. Whorton, Blooming Grove; J. L. Whorton, Kerens; G. H. Whorton, Hlllsboro; Four sisters, Mrs. T. A. Stanford, Dallas; Mrs. A. Dauss. Whistler, Ala.; Mrs. Frank Kate, Whistler. Ala.; Mrs. Frankie Russell, Hot Springs, Ark.; eighteen grandchildren. five great-grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.

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Carrie (Perry) Norrod-McCurdy-Farmer
Apr 6, 1889 - Apr 5, 1929

BODY OF CORSICANA WOMAN IS BURIED AT BLOOMING GROVE

Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Perry Farmer, aged 45, who died at the Navarro County Hospital Thursday night at 9:25 o'clock, was held in Blooming Grove Friday afternoon at the home of her mother, Mrs. J. R. Perry, with interment in the Blooming Grove cemetery. Rev. T. C. Story, pastor of the Blooming Grove Methodist church, conducted the funeral services.

Surviving the deceased are her husband, R. E. Farmer, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. J. R. Perry, Blooming Grove; one sister, Mrs. J. W. Yancey, Waxahachie; five brothers, Morgan Perry, Abilene; Frank Perry, Barry; Kirkland Perry, Midland; Revis Perry, Blooming Grove; Albert Perry, Kellogg, Idaho.

Pallbearers were A. B. Byron. E. M. Branon, S. W. Sykes. C. H. Howard, Tom Duncan and J. P. Thompson.

The Corsicana Funeral Parlors had charge of the funeral.

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  • The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, April 5, 1929

  • Submitted by Diane Richards


John Washington Phillips
Sep. 17, 1854 – Nov. 18, 1937

PIONEER NAVARRO COUNTIAN BURIED AT BLOOMING GROVE

BLOOMING GROVE, Nov. 20.— (Spl.)—John W. Phillips, aged, 84, died at his home in Blooming Grove on Nov. 18, at 4 p. m., after a lingering illness of many weeks.

Coming to Texas from Eufala, Ala., in 1879, he settled in the Cryer Creek-Blooming Grove community, and has resided here continuously ever since. In the early days he was a power in politics in the western part of the county, and manifested an unabated interest in such affairs throughout his entire life.

For more than 30 years he has been a public weigher here, and has operated a public cottonyard continuously all this.  Known and loved by everybody, he was familiarly known as Uncle John.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jane Phillips, and three sons, Jack Phillips of Los Angeles, Cal.; Ed Phillips of Blooming Grove, and Claud Phillips of Blooming Grove, and nine grandchildren.

Interment was held Friday afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery following the services at Central Baptist church.  Arrangements were made by the McCormick Funeral Home.

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John Washington Phillips ADDITIONAL OBIT


BLOOMING GROVE PIONEER BURIED FRIDAY AFTERNOON

John W. Phillips, aged 83 years, died at his home Thursday, Nov. 18, after a protracted illness.

Funeral services were held at the Central Baptist church Friday at 4 p.m. with Rev. Paul W. Vercher officiating. Burial was made in Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were H S. Whorton, J. O. McSpadden, J. P. Johnson, T. M. Sewell, C. L. Tillman, Sr. and R. R. Massengale.

"Uncle John", as he was known by his many friends, came to Navarro county in 1878 and settled in the Blooming Grove community, where he had since resided.

Mr. Phillips was a man strong in his convictions, honest and outspoken, and was an influential figure in politics for many years. He operated a cotton yard in Blooming Grove for 30 years or more, was in the house moving business and farmed. At one time Mr. Phillips cultivated and grew cotton on the site of Blooming GroVe. He united with the Baptist church twenty years ago and lived a steadfast member since.

In the death of Uncle John this community has lost one of its most beloved citizens and it is with a feeling of sorrow that we chronicle the passing of the old pioneers who helped make this city possible.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jane Phillips; three sons, Jack Phillips of Arizona; Claud and Ed Phillips, Blooming Grove; two stepdaughters, Mrs. J. T. Stoner, Fort Worth; Mrs. E. F. Hewett, Dallas, and twelve grandchildren.

Arrangements were in charge of McCormick Funeral Service.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 26, 1937
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Flora May (Campbell) Cumpston
Jul. 14, 1882 – Feb. 3, 1945

FUNERAL SUNDAY IN BLOOMING GROVE FOR MRS. CUMPSTON

BLOOMING GROVE, Texas, Feb. 8—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Fred B. Cumpston, age    62 years, who died at her home here Saturday night were held Sunday afternoon.  Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Rev. C. T. Brockett, pastor, conducted the rites.

A native of Blooming Grove, the daughter of William F. and Dora Howard Campbell, pioneer Residents, Mrs. Campbell was widely known as an artist, having exhibiting her paintings in local and county fairs.

Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Jim Williams, Blooming Grove, Mrs. E. L. Vick, Apple Springs; three sons, Curtis Cumpston, Dallas; Kermit Cumpston, Grand Prairie, and Mike Cumpston, Seabees, Sicily; Seven grand-children, two sisters, Mrs. Elmos Cagle, Blooming Grove and Mrs. John Cleveland, Hillsboro; and three brothers, E. H. and T. M. Campbell, both of Blooming Grove and Mike Campbell, Stamford.

Pallbearers were W. P. Orme, H. S. Whorton, Joe Comer, J. D. George, R. R. Massengale and M. G. Deason.

McCormick’s Funeral Service directed.

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William Frank Cumpston
Dec 24, 1888 - Sep 28, 1963

W. F. Cumpston Rites Sunday

BLOOMING GROVE, Sept. 30 (Spl.)—William Frank Cumpston, 73, died unexpectedly at his home here Saturday afternoon.

Burial for the retired rancher and farmer was held in Rose Hill Cemetery Sunday, following 3 p.m. services from the Blooming Grove Methodist Church, in which three ministers officiated: Rev. Roy Davis, pastor of Corsicana Central Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor of the Blooming Grove Methodist Church, and Rev. Homer V. Southerland Jr., pastor of the Central Baptist Church of Blooming Grove.

Cumpston was a combat veteran of World War I. During the Second World War he was city marshal and night watchman in Blooming Grove.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Pearl Griffin Cumpston. Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Billie Pullin, Dallas; and Mrs. Dorothy Lusk, Blooming Grove; a sister. Mrs. Mary Lewis Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were C. L. Saunders, Dorsey McGraw, Drew Gillen, Lloyd Simpson, C. L. Gillen, and Jim Fuller.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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