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William Clarkson III
Dec 23, 1920 - March 18, 2011
 
William Clarkson III died March 18, 2011, in Covington, La., his home since 2009, following a move there from Pass Christian, Miss., where he had lived for the past seven years. He was born in Corsicana on Dec. 23, 1920, to William Clarkson Jr. and Essie Grant Clarkson. He attended elementary and secondary schools in both Houston and Corsicana, graduating from Corsicana High School in 1937. He then completed his Bachelor of Science (Pre Med) Degree at Texas A&M University in 1941, where he also proudly served in the Aggie Corp of Cadets. After attending the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston for two years, he was called into the naval service during World War II.

Lieutenant SG Clarkson served admirably for over three years in the Pacific Theater during the war, first assigned to the aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay operating in the South Pacific (later sunk in the Philippines) and then commanding a Landing Craft Group as Operations Officer for two years. Vice Admiral JL Hall Jr., Commander Amphibious Forces, United Pacific Fleet commended Lt. JG Clarkson: “For excellent service in the line of his profession as Operations Officer and also Engineering Officer on the Staff of the Commander of a Landing Craft Group, during the amphibious assaults and capture of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, from April until August 1945. Demonstrating outstanding skill, initiative, and resourcefulness as Operations Officer, he organized and directed movements of numerous landing ships under enemy fire. Subsequently, during three typhoons in September and October 1945, as Engineering and Maintenance Officer, he affected vitally needed repairs with exceptional ingenuity despite lack of equipment and parts and adverse sea conditions. By his excellent judgment, tireless efforts and devotion to duty, he contributed materially to the successful completion of these amphibious operations. His conduct gave evidence of his great value to the naval service.” This assignment included the Allied invasion of Okinawa, and following the successful mission there, he served as Harbormaster Officer on the East China Sea side of Okinawa until the war ended.

Upon his return from the Pacific, Mr. Clarkson joined his father in the foundry business in Corsicana, working his way up from Shipping Clerk, initially, to ultimately Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Oil City Iron Works, a company founded in 1898 by his grandfather William Clarkson Sr. Oil City received many engineering accolades during Mr. Clarkson’s tenure, from the US Army and Navy for specialized weaponry support during the war, as well as several accommodations from national metallurgical steel associations for their work with gray and ductile iron castings for many oilfield and other manufacturing applications. While early on in his college career he intended to be a doctor, Mr. Clarkson distinguished himself as a businessman by successfully carrying on the family business for over 40 years.

Mr. Clarkson was actively involved in many professional and social organizations. He was awarded four Life Membership awards from the Texas Association of Business, was a board member of the American Society for Metals, the American Foundry men’s Society, and a national committee member of the Cast Metals Federation. He served over 40 years in the Texas Manufacturers Association (TMA) as both a member and region chairman. He was active for over 35 years with the Navarro Community Foundation, serving as Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee before retiring in 2003. Other civic affiliations included the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Garrity Charity Association, Corsicana Rotary Club and the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce. A lifelong Episcopalian, Mr. Clarkson was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana, serving on the vestry for many years and as senior warden. He also served on the Executive Committee, Budget, and Finance Committee of the Diocese of Dallas. Golf, hunting, and fishing were passions that he readily shared with friends and family. He served as both a board member and also President of the Corsicana Country Club and the Port Bay Hunting & Fishing Club in Rockport, where his father was a founding member in 1912.

Mr. Clarkson was preceded in death by his wife. Mary Olsen Clarkson, formerly of Raleigh, N.C.; his sister Martha Clarkson Spikes of Corsicana; and grandchild, William Christian White. He remarried and is survived by Joel Harris Clarkson, formerly of New Orleans, La. and Pass Christian, Miss. He is further survived by his three children, William Clarkson IV and his wife Lucile McKee Clarkson, Jonathan Marsh Clarkson and his wife Tanya Ekblad Clarkson, and Caroline Clarkson White. His children produced 11 wonderful grandchildren, William Clarkson V, Susan Clarkson Turner, Jonathan Clarkson II, Andrew Robert Clarkson, Haley Mary Jane Clarkson, John Taylor White Jr., Kathryn Clarkson Mosley, Thomas Simmons White, James Marsh White, Timothy Porcher White and Nicholas Olsen White. He is also survived by 6 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana with Father Edward Monk officiating.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons.

A graveside service will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery. [I assume this should be Oakwood Cemetery]

The family would also like to invite all attendees to a reception immediately following the burial service at St. John’s Parish.

The family would like to invite friends and family to make gifts in his honor to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 North 14th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Alys Marie Key
June 18, 1914 - April 5, 2011

Corsicana - Alys Marie Key, of Barry, and formerly of Grand Prairie, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

She was born June 18, 1914, in Toledo, Ohio. Alys and her husband Robert were the founders of the Union Gospel Mission in downtown Dallas in the 1940s. She attended Northside Assembly Church in Corsicana.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Key; daughter, Patricia Ingram; and great-grandson Brandon Bamburg.

Survivors include her daughter, Marie Bamburg and husband Arvie of Barry; and grandson Robert Bamburg and wife Amy of Barry.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Sowers Cemetery in Irving.

Arrangements made by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, Irving.

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Peggy Sue (Waits) Mathes
Nov 20, 1942 - March 26, 2011

Peggy Sue Waits Mathes, born Nov. 20, 1942, in Fort Worth, the only child of Charles Murphy Waits and Lillian Tinsley Thompson Waits, departed her earthly home for her heavenly one with her Lord Jesus Christ on March 26, 2011.

Peggy lived her younger years in Fort Worth then her parents and grandparents bought a farm in Mildred. She attended elementary school in Navarro and high school in Fort Worth at Arlington Heights when her parents moved back to Fort Worth. Peggy dropped out of high school her senior year to marry Chilton M. Mathes in 1960, and they moved to the farm in Mildred in 1962 and raised their family.

She worked from the time she was 16-years-old, starting as a bakery assistant. When she married and moved to Mildred she worked the farm with her husband and parents. Peggy became an established seamstress working for the glove factory, Adams Hat, Hagger Slacks, for 20 years, and assisting her husband with his upholstery business. When Hagger Slacks closed she landed the position that was the joy of her careers. She was hired by Mildred ISD to work in their cafeteria. Peggy loved to and was a superb cook and she loved and invested in children, so this was the perfect position. So she could set the right example for her grandchildren, Peggy studied for and passed her GED. She then enrolled at Navarro College and took some computer and math courses. Peggy decided she would stick with cooking and pursued an education in nutrition.

Retirement came to early for her, as it was the week of her retirement in 2009 she discovered she again had cancer. She had fought and beat breast cancer and melanoma in the past. This time it was brain cancer originating from the kidney. She didn't question “why me,” but lived with the “what.” What does God want me to do this day and how can he be honored.

Peggy was a faithful member of Providence Baptist Church. Having few blood relatives, her church, and her community was her family. She poured her life into both and served until she could no longer physically do so. Peggy served her children as well tending the farm alongside her son and ministering to her daughter and family in Florida. It was in Florida that Peggy established a second family as she joyfully prepared delicious meals for the Rocky Bayou Baptist Church Youth Summer Camp. For six years she invested in the young and old, and her Florida family will miss her dearly.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Murphy Waits in 1990, and Lillian Tinsley Thompson 1981; and her husband Chilton M. Mathes 2001.

Survivors include her sister, Jan Rasco and husband Glen of Boyce; children, Pam Bristol and husband Ken of Niceville, Fla., Charlie Mathes and wife Michelle of Mildred, and Penny Raby and husband Fred of Hewitt; two very special traveling buddies, Mrs. Polly Smith and Mrs. Patricia Pritchett of Mildred; grandchildren, Jarret, Daniel, Ashli, Chelsie, and Mikayla; she is also survived by all of the adopted ones who were the joy of her life. She spoke words of life, love, and hope to them daily. While being saddened by her heavenly departure each of them will have been forever impacted by her love for God and his Word and her unselfish serves to others.

Being a practical and frugal women, Peggy has requested that in lieu of flowers that her friends consider investing in one of the following: Mildred ISD Library, Youth Department of your local church, or The Heights Tutoring Center, 2401 Partin Drive North Niceville, Fla. 32578.

Peggy would want each of you to know her Savior, Jesus Christ, personally and live each day as if it were the last day for Him you had to live — John 10: 27-31

Visitation was Monday, March 28th, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gerry Neal and Pastor Randall Evett officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Jock, Jerry Reagan, Stephen Wiggins, Joe Rash, Rick Rash, and Sammy Ward. Honorary pallbearers will be Dell Nutt, Franklin Boyte, and Martin Jenkins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Louise (Womack) Putman-Miller
May 7, 1919 - March 24, 2011

Louise Womack Putman Miller, 91, passed away early on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield, after a short illness.

She was born on May 7, 1919, in Trinity Mills to parents Henry Clay Womack and Martha Lester Womack.

Louise graduated from North Texas State University with her Masters Degree in Education and had a long dedicated career teaching children. She started in McCurley Prairie, and after several decades of teaching in Corsicana she retired. Louise was honored to be the first white teacher at Lincoln Elementary which was at that time an all black school. Louise’s commitment to her profession continued after she left the classroom as she served as an officer in several different areas of the Retired Teachers Association.

She was a loving caring person who will be missed by many. Louis had a great gift for making others feel special, even after the losing her sight she continued to help others by sharing her special gift of love. Louise was a long-time active member of North Beaton Church of Christ and was an active member of the Corsicana State Home Ex-students where she served many years as their official bell ringer.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry Clay and Martha Womack; brothers, Hope Womack and Paul Womack; sister, Garnette Stockard and her husband’s Claude Putman and Paul Miller.

Survivors include her nephews, Bill Stockard of California, and Raymond Womack; nieces, Carolyn Womack, Dora Anne Sides, Ann Lee and her husband Terry all of Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Clay Womack and Mr. Steve Orbison officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, P.O. Box 1088, Americus, GA 31709.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Joe Derrel Hubbard, Jr.
Jun 15, 1956 - Mar 22, 2011

Corsicana —Joe Derrel Hubbard Jr., 54, was born in Corsicana, June 15, 1956.

He was the third of eight children born to Joe Derrel Hubbard Sr., and Florine Mason Hubbard. Joe accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age, uniting with the Harmony Baptist Church of Corsicana. As a talented pianist, organist, and vocalist he used his talents to the glory of God.

Joe attended Corsicana High School graduating in 1974 as a James Collins Scholarship recipient. He attended Navarro College and Mid-Western State University in Wichita Falls, and Texas A&M University in Texarkana. Joe was active in 4-H and received the 4-H Gold Star Award. He also started the “Gospel Rock Choir” at Corsicana High School. He graduated from V.W. Turner Music School.

Joe served as a musician for several of the churches in Corsicana, and used the gift of playing the piano so willingly — everywhere he could. He was a dedicated educator/teacher who taught elementary, middle school, and adult education levels. Joe also dedicated his time to community service as a board member of Burns-Red Bank Cooperative and Hooks ISD Board of Trustees.

Joe married the love of his life, Joyce Elaine Gurley on Dec. 18, 1976. To their union, they were blessed with four sons, Joe Derrel Hubbard III, Marcelius Jerome Hubbard, Michael Dorsey Hubbard, and Derek Kristopher Hubbard. The family made their home in Hooks, and Joe united with Cedar Springs Baptist Church where he faithfully served as musician/choir director, chairman of the deacon board and Sunday school teacher. Joe’s employment experiences included 14 years at Hook’s School District and 12 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Windham School System.

On March 22, 2011, at Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Joe answered the call to eternal rest.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony Hubbard and Gary Mason; and by his grandparents, George and Earline Mason.

He leaves to cherish his memory and celebrate his life his wife of 34 years, Joyce Gurley Hubbard of Hooks; four sons, Joe D. Hubbard III and wife Jasmine of Little Elm, Marcelius J. Hubbard and wife Shunte of McKinney, Michael Hubbard of Plano, and Derek Hubbard of SMU - Dallas; three grandsons, Joe Derrel Hubbard IV, Jackson Bernard Hubbard, and Jarrett Garland Hubbard; two granddaughters, Micaiah Jonece Hubbard and Jordan Danielle Hubbard; parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Joe D. Hubbard Sr.; two sisters, Sharron D. Hubbard Wilson and husband David, and Debra A. Hubbard Shockley and husband David all of Corsicana; three brothers, Harold G. Mason, Larry D. Hubbard Sr., and Billy D. Hubbard and wife Sheree all of Corsicana; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred Gurley Jr. and wife Marilyn, John Gurley and wife Mae, Steven Gurley, Anthony Gurley and wife Elizabeth, Rosie Daughtery and husband Ross, Angela Perry and husband William, and Cathy Carreathers and husband Statrece all of Hooks, and Charles Gurley and wife Jonell of Wichita Falls; he is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011, at Cedar Springs Baptist Church, 223 CR 2113, in Hooks.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at First Baptist Church Texarkana, 3015 Moores Lane, in Texarkana, with Pastor A. E. Smith Officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Springs Cemetery, Hooks.

Arrangements by Haynes Mortuary, Texarkana.

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  • h/o Joyce Elaine (Gurley) Hubbard - s/o Joe Derrell Hubbard, Sr. and Florine (Mason) Hubbard - 1974 graduate of Corsicana High School
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, March 24, 2011
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Millie Alyne (Youngblood) McCormick
July 28, 1903 - March 23, 2011
 

Corsicana — Mrs. Robert Bruce McCormick was born in Tyler on July 28, 1903, to the Rev. C.J. Youngblood and wife Edna Mathews. She passed away March 23, 2011.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bruce; son and daughter-in-law, Boy and Gwynne McCormick; and granddaughter Traci Rhodes.

Survivors include her children, Alan and Joyce McCormick, Martha and Trim Rhodes, and Carolyn and Jerry Beene; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to join the family for graveside services at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2011, at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Nancy Summers officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: PKD 8330 Ward Parkway, #510, Kansas City, MO 64114, or to Blooming Grove United Methodist Church, or to Rose Hill Cemetery Association.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Earldene (Yates) Patterson
Dec 23, 1929 - Dec 29, 2010

Earldene Patterson, 81, of Blooming Grove passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2010. She was born December 23, 1929 in Corsicana to Edgar Yates and Louise Daniel Yates. She was a member of The Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove and taught many years for Frost I.S.D. and Rice I.S.D.

She is survived by her children, Daniel Keith Patterson and wife Jeanne of Blooming Grove, Donnie Kent Patterson and wife Lisa of Macomb, Illinois , Gary (Yig) Patterson of Blooming Grove and Janet Lynn Henderson and husband Maruil of Kosse; sister, Helen Warren of Blooming Grove; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and her cat, Fancy.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 30th from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00am Friday, December 31st at Central Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with Darren Heil officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers are John Paul Gillen, Heath Gillen, Clay Gillen, Staff Stg. Jeff Short USMC, Jade Mayhue and Isidore Krnavek. Honorary pallbearers are Elmer (Sonny) Boyd, Gordon Lockett, Gordon Griffin and Ralph Page.

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Emma Louise (Ellis) Hatley
May 22, 1925 - June 16, 2010

Mrs. Louise (Ellis) Hatley, 85, of Red Oak and formerly of Hubbard, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at a Dallas hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, June 21, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 at the funeral home.

Emma Louise was born in Blooming Grove, Texas, one of 11 children of the late William Burleson Ellis Sr. and Mahalie Jo (Williams) Ellis. She had lived in Hubbard for over 60 years before moving to Red Oak several years ago. Louise was a Registered Nurse and worked at the Hubbard Hospital for over 30 years where she was the Director of Nurses. She later worked as a nurse at the Mexia State School. Louise was a member of The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and First Baptist Church of Hubbard where she was active in the W.M.U.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Dean Hatley Sr. in 1984; son, Carl Dean Hatley Jr. in 2009; and a sister, Ruth Gainer in 2000.

Louise is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hobbs and husband, Randy, of Red Oak; daughter-in-law, Sandra Hatley, of Dawson; grandchildren, Wesley Dean Hatley and wife, Dana, of Norfolk, Virginia, Angela Skilling Collins and husband, Jerad, of Hubbard, Charlotte Upton and Glen Fuller, of Dawson, Chris Hobbs and wife, Amanda, of Red Oak and Valerie Hobbs, of Midlothian; great-grandchildren, David Chaffin, Troy Milner, Jr., Jessica Milner, David York, Kim Milner, Wesley Hatley Jr., Cassie Skilling, MiKayla Skilling, Megan Hatley, Christopher Hobbs II, Price-Daniel Hobbs and Mercy Hobbs; great-great-grandchildren, Kylie Borden, Jesse Milner, Joseph Milner and Jordan Milner; brothers, William Ellis and wife, Margaret, of Panama City, Florida, James Ellis and wife, Caroline, of Grand Prairie, Joe Ellis and wife, Shirlee, of Austin, Bob Ellis and wife, Sharon, of Arlington and Ray Ellis and wife, Darlene, of Arlington; sisters, Lorene Holliefield, of Hubbard, Bertha Carroll, of Palestine, Pauline Sirjord, of Hubbard and Elizabeth Kitchen, of Arlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Emma Louise (Ellis) Hatley, 85, of Red Oak passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at a Dallas hospital.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 21, at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Jimmy Clyde Armstrong
April 15, 1957 - Aug 31, 2010

Corsicana — Jimmy Clyde Armstrong, 53 of Blooming Grove, passed away Aug. 31, 2010, in Temple.

He was born April 15, 1957 to Jimmy Lee and Clyda Jo Childress Armstrong in Corsicana.

Mr. Armstrong worked 35 years in auto body. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He liked gardening and really enjoyed watching Longhorn football and the Dallas Cowboys. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

He is survived by son, Philip Armstrong and wife Amanda of Fort Worth; daughter, Jacey Armstrong; daughter, Jessica Armstrong; son, T.J. Thetford; and son, Josh Thetford, all of Hubbard; grandchildren, Hagen Thetford, Noah Thetford, Peyton Armstrong, Macie Armstrong, Easten Armstrong; sister, Pam Conly and husband John of Dallas; sister, Becky Loosier and husband David of Angus; brother, Lee Armstrong and wife Lori of Barry; brother, Ace Armstrong and wife Malissa of Waxahachie; brother, Brandon Armstrong of Hubbard.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Lee and Clyda Jo Armstrong; sister, Tina Armstrong.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Phil Golden, Larry Gillen, Randy Melton, Roger Hampshire, Nick Nichols and Scott Sowell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Prosperity Bank 109 S Fordyce St Blooming Grove Tx 76626 in memory of Jimmy Clyde Armstrong.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Joseph Lee Miles
Jun 6, 1881 - Jan 28, 1952

Tuesday Rites For J. L. Miles At Blooming Grove
BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 29 — (Spl)—J. L. Miles, 70-year-old native of East Texas, succumbed to heart attack at his Blooming Grove home about 1:30 p. m. Monday.
He had lived here the last five years, coming to Blooming Grove from Ennis.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 3:30 p. m. at the First Christian Church. Rev. Jack Garrett, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Wofe & Dodd Funeral Home of Dawson directed.
Survivors include the widow, the former Maud Pitts; one son, H. M. Miles of Italy; two daughters, Mrs. Hugh Holland of Navasota, and Mrs. Bud Burleson, Blooming Grove; a son, Oscar Miles, died in 1924.
Pallbearers were nephews.

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Nora (Barham) Jones
Jun 21, 1874 - Aug 20, 1911

Died at Blooming Grove.
Mrs. Alf Jones died at her home in Blooming Grove yesterday and the remains were laid to rest in the Blooming Grove cemetery today. While deceased has been in bad health for some time her death came as a profound shock to her hosts of friends at Blooming Grove and throughout the entire county, all of whom will deeply sympathize with the bereaved
family.

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Kate H. (Goble) Gibson
Oct 10, 1880 - Sep 23, 1951

Mrs. Kate McGee Rites Wednesday
BLOOMING GROVE, Sept. 27.— (Spl.)—Burial service for Mrs. Kate Gibson McGee, who died in Fort Worth Monday, were held here Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. at Rose Hill Cemetery where interment was made.
Mrs. McGee formerly resided here and was a sister of Mrs. D. M. Holland.

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Jerald Hugh "Jerry" Gillen, Jr.
Jun 3, 1934 - Jan 26, 1956

Blooming Grove Youth Is Fatally Injured Thursday
BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 2 (Spl.)—Pvt. Jerald Hugh Gillen Jr., 21, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was fatally injured Thursday at 9 p.m. when the car which he was riding went out of control between Tehuacana and Mexia, striking a tree. Donald McGraw, 21, also of Blooming Grove, was hospitalized at Mexia but returned home a short time later suffering bruises and lacerations.
Gillen was home on furlough while en route to a new post from Fort Cason, Colo., to Ft. Belvoir, Va.
Funeral services will be held for Gillen at the Central Baptist church here Saturday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted be Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor, assisted by Rev. Roy H. Davis, pastor of the First Methodist church Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Gillen, Sr., three brothers, Cecil, Johnny and Terry Gillen, all of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. Betty Campbell, Bynum; Leila Ruth and Pamela Gillen, both of Blooming Grove; grandparents, J. A. Gillen, Wyoming; Mrs. Betty Gillen, Malakoff and Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Pullin, Blooming Grove, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Robert Edward "Bob" Wood
Nov 3, 1883 - Mar 21, 1952

R. E. Wood Rites Conducted Sunday
Funeral services for Robert Edward Wood, 69, who died in a Refugio hospital, March 21 after a three weeks illness, were held at Blooming Grove Sunday, March 23, with interment in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Maxberry of Emhouse and Rev. Crawford of Blooming Grove.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Claud Bell, Emhouse; Mrs. Andy Kelly, Refugio, and Mrs. Ellen Thompson, Refugio; two sons, Earl Wood, Rosenberg, and Joe Frank Wood, Junction City, Kan.; 12 grandchildren, two great-grand-children, one sister, Mrs. Mary Mauldin, Wellington.

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Edith Lyle (Mahone) Rhodes
Sep 28, 1903 - Nov 25, 1952

Mrs. Chas. Rhodes Expires Tuesday
Mrs. Charlie Rhodes, Jr., 49, of Blooming Grove, died of a heart attack Tuesday night while visiting relatives in Italy.
Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; three sons, Charlie Rhodes, Wichita Falls; Truman Rhodes, Lubbock, and Johnny Wayne Rhodes, Barry; two daughters, Mrs. Earline Reed, Lubbock, and Mrs. Dora Lee Stough, Hillsboro; two grandchildren; father, J, T. Mahone, Blooming Grove; a brother, Truman Mahone, Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. M. E. Burns, Garland; Mrs. George Roberson, Corsicana, and Mrs. H. T. Phillips, Italy, and other relatives.
Tentative arrangements are for the rites to be held Thursday afternoon with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery at Blooming Grove.
Definite time and place of the rites are being held up pending advices from relatives.
Corley will direct.

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Mrs. Chas. Rhodes Services Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Charlie Rhodes, 49, of Blooming Grove were held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 11 a.m.

The rites were conducted by Revs. Harold Burns, Jack Bell and Will Minifee. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Rhodes died of a heart attack Tuesday night while visiting relatives in Italy.

Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; three sons, Charlie J. Rhodes, Wichita Falls; Truman Rhodes, Lubbock, and Johnny Wayne Rhodes, Barry; two daughters, Mrs. Marline Reed, Lubbock, and Mrs. Dora Lee Stough, Hillsboro; two grandchildren; father, J. T. Mahone, and a brother, Truman Mahone, both of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. M. E. Burns, Garland; Mrs. George Roberson, Corsicana, and Mrs. H. T. Phillips, Italy, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Doodle Boyd, Carlisle Phillips, Earl Watson, George Roberson, Bill McGraw, and Gene Burns.

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Robert Dewilder George, Jr.
May 14, 1871 - Oct 11, 1952

Robert D. George Services Sunday
Robert D. George, 81, retired dry goods merchant of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon.
Funeral services were held from the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove Sunday at 3 p. m. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor, assisted by Rev. Pat Brown, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and Rev. C. T. Brockette, retired Methodist minister, all of Blooming Grove.
A native of Alabama, George came to Blooming Grove in 1892 and was a merchant for about 40 years.
Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove two brothers, T. M. George and J. D. George, both of Blooming Grove; five sisters, Mrs. R. B. Grady and Mrs. J. M. Reid, both of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Fannie Scott, Clovis, N. M., Mrs. Ora B. Ross, Kerens, and Mrs. T. T. Spires, Hillsboro; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were T. M. George, Jr. and R. W. George, both of Corsicana; Dudley George, Tyler; Miller Reid and John D. George, both of Blooming Grove; and D. T. Grady, Dallas.
McCormick Funeral Service conducted.

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IN MEMORIAM
R. D. George of Blooming Grove, age 86, died Oct. 11 at Memorial Hospital, Corsicana. He came to Texas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. George, Sr., from Camden, Ala., in 1892, one of nine children. The late R. W. George preceded him in death.
Mr. George was in the dry Goods business in Blooming Grove for many years. He had been a faithful member of the Baptist church for many years, was a
deacon of Central Baptist church for nearly 5O years, and teacher of Bible class for many years.
The funeral was held at Central Baptist church Sunday. Oct. 12, at 3 p, m., with Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor, assisted by Rev. Brown, Methodist pastor, and Rev. C. T. Brochette. Burial was n Rose Hill cemetery. Nephews were pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife.
Blooming Grove; two brothers, T. M. and J. D. George, Blooming Grove; five sisters, Mrs. R. B. Grady, Mrs. J. M. Reid, Blooming Grove; Mrs. J. F. Scott. Clovis, N. M,; Mrs. Eugene Ross. Kerens; Mrs. J. T. Shire. Hillsboro, all present for last rites.
"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord."

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John Vernon Fairchild
Nov 1, 1946 - April 11, 2011

John Vernon Fairchild Sr., 64, of Dawson, passed away at his residence on Monday, April 11, 2011.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at Wade Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard with Rev. Homer Morgan and Chaplain Nathan Durham officiating. Interment will follow in Dresden Cemetery.  Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Beryl Collins Speier
Oct 1, 1938 - March 22, 2011

Beryl Speier Collins, 72, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her home, surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 1, 1938, in New Orleans, La., to Howard Bachemin Collins and Bessie Marie Pitre.

The Collins family relocated to St. Louis, Mo., where Beryl graduated from Ursuline Academy and later attended St., Louis University. It is there that she met and later married James E. Speier Sr., and eventually relocated to Corsicana in the later 1960s. During the 40 years she lived in Corsicana, she was an active volunteer for numerous organizations and causes. She was a dear friend to many and never met a stranger and continued creating friendships throughout her illness. Her bright smile and sense of humor never faded and will be remembered by all.

Survivors include her five children, James E. Speier Jr., and Jo Ann Boyd, and his children, Marci Speier Traylor and Katelyn Speier, Lori Speier Baldock and husband Michael, and their children, Milena, Alden, and Seth, Rebecca Speier Henderson and husband David, and their children, Cody and Tyler, Christopher Michael Speier, Johnathan Speier and wife Anna, and their children, Aiden, Kai, and Rhys; she is also survived by her sister, Fay Roman and husband Michael and their four children.

A memorial service and celebration of Beryl’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fernside Center for Grieving Children, PO Box 633597, Cincinnati, Ohio 45263.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, March 26, 2011

Beryl Collins Speier, 72, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 1, 1938, in New Orleans, La., to Howard Bachemin Collins and Bessie Marie Pitre. A memorial service will be at held 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Dr. James Edwin Speier, Sr. - d/o Howard Bachemin Collins and Bessie Marie (Pitre) Collins

Catherine M. (Carpenter) Hightower
Sept 19, 1930 - April 12, 2011

Catherine M. Hightower, 80, of Corsicana, passed away in Corsicana on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, after a short battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Mabank to Doris and Ernest Carpenter. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. 

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Catherine M. Hightower

Catherine M. Hightower, 80, of Corsicana, passed away in Corsicana on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, after a short battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Mabank to Doris and Ernest Carpenter. After her retirement from the Corsicana Independent School District, she went into home child care. She dearly loved each and every child she cared for.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathy Bickle; sister, Joyce Herrin; and brother, Ernest “Sonny” Carpenter.

She is survived by two sons, Chester Williams and wife Georganne, and Donnie Toms; son-in-law, Jim Bickle; sisters, Patsy Dyess, Othera Barlow, and Frances Townley; brother, Earl Carpenter; sister-in-law, Linda Carpenter; grandchildren, Amanda Williams, Shawn Williams and wife Ashley, Amanda Motley, and Meesha Toms; great-grandchildren, Skylar and Kobe Fusilier, Brittanie Jammer, Peyton Briggs, and Hagen Holloway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Floyd Smith
Died April 10, 2011
Floyd Smith, 90, of Kerens, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011, at his residence. Visitation will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2011, at Mt. B Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Mt. B Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow, with Pastor Nathan Carter as Eulogist, and Dr. Richard Sayles officiating. Interment will follow at the Goodlow Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Rebecca Nadine (Thomas) Huerta
June 13, 1974 - Apr 13, 2011

Mrs. Rebecca Nadine Thomas Huerta, 36, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 13, 2011, at her residence.

She was born June 13, 1974, in Chicken Creek, Okla.

She was preceded in death by a son, Elias Compoz Jr.; and her father, Robert Thomas.

Survivors include sons, Fransisco Compoz and Israel Compoz; mother, Peggy Guy; brothers and sisters, Roy Thomas, Ramona Rubio-Avila, Roxane Gathrang, Ronda Coleman, Richard Thomas, Rita Griesenbeck, Robert Thomas Jr., Robert Amen, Russell Hamme, Lorina Shepard, Terry Hamme and Daniel Hamme; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, uncles, aunts and friends.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011, at Resthaven Chapel. Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Mason, David Thomas, Darryl Thomas, Thomas Finigmow, Hugginus Gathrang Jr. and Nick Coleman.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Eunice (Bailey) Russell
Sept 23, 1926 - April 24, 2011

Eunice Bailey Russell, 84, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

She was born in Angus on Sept. 23, 1926, to James Albert Bailey and Susan Abbie Cox Bailey. Mrs. Russell went to school in Blooming Grove and lived in Retreat with her husband later in life. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Corsicana for over 50 years and attended services faithfully. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, and reading.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Olan Bailey, O.D. Bailey, and Albert J. Bailey; sisters, Bettie Martin and Annie Tinkle; and her husband of 52 years, Buford Odell Russell who passed away in December of 1998.

Survivors include her three children, Dickie Russell and his wife Garnette of Corsicana, Karen Summers and her husband Travis of Garland, and Judy Averitt and her husband Brad of Carrollton; she was blessed with six grandchildren that she loved dearly, Sylvia Williams and husband Chuck of Corsicana, Tyson Summers and wife Kourtney of Garland, Susan Russell of Philadelphia, Pa., Karey Doelling and husband Jeremy of The Colony, Melissa Mock of Irving, and Clayton Mock of Plano; she was also blessed again four great-grandchildren, David Tapia and wife Leigh Ann of Naples, Italy, Joanna Tapia of Corsicana, Henry Summers of Garland, and one great-grandson on the way Jace Doelling; one great-great-grandchild, Jordan Brown of Corsicana; she is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Lena Jane Bailey of Rice and Louise Bailey of Tyler.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in the Chapel of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Bro. Jeff of White Memorial Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Bailey, Russell Bailey, Keith Bailey, Jackie Martin, Kenneth Martin, James Martin, Laneil Russell, Ricky Russell, Robert Miles, and Ernest Sikes.

The family ask that in honor of Mrs. Russell that you wear her favorite color, pink, in some fashion for the service.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Elizabeth Ann (Henry) Jester
Sept 2, 1892 - Oct 31, 1976

OBITUARY
Dallas Morning News - Nov 1, 1976; Sect D, pg 4
JESTER
Elizabeth H., 3700 Harvard Ave. Survived by one daughter, Mrs. George B. Rice, Dallas; son Herbert W. Jester, Jr., Dallas, brother, Lester A. Henry, Jr., Tyler; grandsons, Clark Rice, Dallas; George V. Rice, Jr., New Zealand; granddaughters, Mrs. Edwin Hale, Memphis, Tenn., Elizabeth Anne Jester, Dallas; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services and interment 2 p.m., Tuesday. Hillcrest Memorial Park.
SPARKMAN - HILLCREST NORTHWEST HIGHWAY

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Willie Benjamin Colburn Jr.
March 12, 1930 - April 26, 2011

Mr. Willie Benjamin Colburn, Jr., born March 12, 1930, outside of Corsicana, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Baytown.

Willie was born in the midst of the Great Depression to sharecroppers Willie Benjamin Colburn, Sr. and Jewel Clemmons. On Jan. 20, 1938, Willie Colburn Sr. died of pneumonia and left his wife Jewel with three small boys to raise alone. Fearing she wouldn’t be able to provide for her children, Jewel gave custody of him to the Corsicana State Home where Willie was kept as a ward of the state.

Upon graduation and at the age of 18, Willie enlisted in the Army, where he served in the Korean War and was a member of the 82nd Airborne. He left the Army as a Captain to marry Dorothy Ann Hughes on July 11, 1956. After his marriage, Willie and Dorothy moved to Austin, where he enrolled at the University of Texas. He graduated in 1960 with a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree.

After graduation from the University, Willie worked for Douglas Aircraft, LTV, McDonell Douglas, and Loral Aerospace. He was a NASA contractor and worked on electrical components for the Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavor space shuttles until his retirement in 1994.

Willie was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was loved and respected by all that knew him and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Ann Colburn; daughter, Teresa Ann Whitmore; sons, Willie Benjamin Colburn III and wife Ophelia, and Robert Kevin Colburn and wife Meryl Ann; grandchildren, Mark Andrew Whitmore, Robert Benjamin Whitmore, and Ann Marie Whitmore Weigel and husband John.

Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Bunnie Dean (Simmons) Horn
Jan 4, 1934 - April 28, 2011

Missionary Bunnie Dean Simmons Horn, 76, of Corsicana, finished her race Thursday, April 28, 2011, at her residence.

She was born to the parentage of Emmit Simmons and Lela B. Durham on Jan. 4, 1934, in Oakwood, in Freestone County. She attended school in Drane, and later moved to Corsicana, where she met the love of her life, H. D. Horn, on Aug. 26, 1951 and to this union eight children were born.

She joined and received her salvation under the leadership of Pastor W. N. Taylor at Taylor's Temple. The church is now known as Taylor's Memorial COGIC with Elder Floyd G. Taylor serving as Pastor where she remained a faithful member until her death. Missionary Horn served as the Choir President for 20 years, Bible Band Teacher, and was part of many other various auxiliaries of the church. She was an awesome cook, best known for her fried chicken, peach cobbler, and sweet potato pies. She was a comforter and a confidant to many. It didn't matter if you were a sinner or a saint, she made time for everyone. She held many titles; wife, mother, grandmother, Sister, Warrior, Aunt, but most of all a Child of God.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lela B. Cleveland; husband, H. D. Horn; son, Howard Horn; sister, Christine Driver; brother, Pastor Vurdis Bonner Sr., and grandson, Jimmy Dean Williams.

Survivors include five daughters, Dorothy Dean Williams and Ardelia Rush, both of Killeen; and Sharon Horn, Kawanna Horn, and Vanessa Horn, all of Corsicana; two sons, Elder Willie Horn, Sr. (Chandra) and Gerald Horn, all of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Listine Harris, and one brother, Hurdis Bonner Sr. (Macie) all of Fort Worth; sisters-in-law, Lena D. Horn of Corsicana, Parlie Taylor (Tracey) of Dallas, and Lovie Price (Don) of Denton; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including special friends, L.H. and Gertrude Richardson and Jim and Rena Howard.

Wake service will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Taylor's Memorial COGIC.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church with Elder Willie Horn Sr., Eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Jeanne Marie (Bancroft) Middleton
Oct 30, 1950 - April 29, 2011

Jeanne Marie Middleton, 60, of Mildred, passed away Friday, April 29, 2011.

She was born Oct. 30, 1950, in Corsicana to Thomas Eugene Sr. and Myrtle Bancroft.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Tommy Bancroft.

Survivors include her husband, Mike Middleton of Mildred; daughter and son-in-law, Natalie and Brandon Tackett of Mildred; son, Michael Middleton and partner Cory of Sanger; Billy and Neddra Walpole of Mildred; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Sherry Bancroft of Roane, and Rodney and Alice Bancroft of Mildred; sister-in-law, Sue Bancroft of Corsicana; brother-in law and sister-in-law, Ted and Rosemary Shafer of Corsicana; grandchildren, Joshua and Barbie Middleton, Joe Carrizales, Cody Tackett, and Corey Tackett; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Michael, and Elijah; she is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at the funeral home chapel with Bro. Rodney Bancroft and Bro. Ottis Connor officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the members of Corsicana Baseball Umpire Association.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Gerald Lynn Brown
Oct 30, 1964 - April 20, 2011

Corsicana —Gerald Lynn Brown, 46, of Corsicana, passed away on April 20, 2011, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

He was born Oct. 30, 1964, in Corsicana, to the parentage of Willie Gene and Vergie Lee Brown. He received his formal education in the Corsicana Independent School District. He professed a faith in Christ at an earl age and united with Taylor’s Memorial C.O.G.I.C., where he remains a member until the time of his home going.

Gerald possessed the characteristic of all first born male sons; he knew how to lead and how to follow. He expressed himself through his love of cooking and made every meal he prepared special. He had a heart as big as Texas and showed love and compassion to many people. He was truly the happiest when spending time with his family.

Gerald is the father of three beautiful, talented and creative young women, of whom he was very proud of and would proclaim so very loudly; Kiameshea Michelle Brown and Latoya Lynn Brown, with Linda Brown and Brea Lynell Brown, with Trina Walker. He also met and fell in love with a God/granddaughter, Jaylinn Leigh Jones.

The angel of silence entered his life on April 20, 2011.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Adams; Mrs. Elbessie Jackson; and aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives.

Gerald leaves to cherish his memory, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie G. Brown; children, Kiameshea M. Brown, Latoya L. Brown, and Brea Lynell Brown; god-daughter, Jaylinn L. Jones; special friend until the end, Ms. Anita DeJear; sister, Mrs. Valorie Delanda Horn and husband Clarence; brothers, Willie Bernard Brown and Mr. Terrance DeShaun Brown; a host of adopted siblings; he is also survived by a host of uncles, aunts, neices, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, with Eld. Valorie Horn officiating. Interment will be in Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Lewis Edwin "Bosso" Harrison
June 11, 1936 - April 27, 2011

Corsicana —Lewis E. “Bosso” Harrison, 74, of Corsicana, passed away April 27, 2011.

He was born June 11, 1936, in Navarro County to Bernard Raymond and Lura Mae Harrison. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church, and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and playing golf. He loved Texas Longhorn sports and his grandkids.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Faye Harrison, in 2005; by his parents; and by his brothers Raymond Harrison and Robert Harrison.

Survivors include his sons, Kyle Harrison and wife Pam of Corsicana, Richard Harrison and wife Kay of Purdon; sisters, Wynell Rose of Ennis, and Delane Dixon of Whitney; grandchildren, Chris Harrison, Jeremy Harrison, Jason Harrison, Daniel Jackson, and Casey Anders; great-grandchildren, Brian Nelson, Haley Jackson, Kaitlyn Jackson, Austin Jackson, Jordan Jackson, Zachery Jackson, and Heather Matheny.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Harrison, Jeremy Harrison, Jason Harrison, Bill Rose, Jeff Dixon, Bart Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be James Wilhoit, Euless Ray, Monte Allred, Joe Sims, and the Deacons at Northside Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jessie Doyd Nutt
Feb 25, 1931 - April 27, 2011

Corsicana — Jessie Doyd Nutt of Mesquite, born February 25, 1931, passed away April 27, 2011. He succumbed to cancer at the age of 80 at home surrounded by his family and his faithful pet, Darma.

He was born in Eureka to Elsie and Mable Nutt and had one brother, Weldon Gus Colburn. Jessie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1952, served his country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954. During his tour of duty, he was awarded the National Defense Award, Korean Service Award and the United Nations Award. Jessie was a life member of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 1338. He was retired from Continental Electronics after 30 years. Throughout his retirement, he enjoyed doing auctions, flea markets and traveling.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Vernetta Nutt; children, Kim Stevenson, Elisa Wise, Kelly Jayroe, Weldon Nutt, Clarence Cagle and Shari Norris; sons-in-law, James Stevenson, Ed Wise, Victor Jayroe, and Woodley Norris; daughter-in-law, Shea Nutt; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; he is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at New Hope Funeral Home of Sunnyvale.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Funeral Home with Dal Woodruff officiating. The pallbearers will be members of the Marine Corps League. Interment will follow at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, in order that he be laid to rest among the fellow American soldiers for whom Jessie had the highest respect and admiration.

Jessie loved life, living and most of all, his family. We were so very blessed to have had him in our lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps League of Terrell, P.O. Box. 1230, Terrell, TX 75160, or to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by New Hope Funeral Home, Sunnyvale.

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John R. Moore
March 11, 1942 - April 22, 2011

John R. Moore, 69, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011.

John was born March 11, 1942, in Corsicana to Lucian and Jennie Moore. He was a licensed architect in the state of Texas. During his long career as an architect he contributed to the design of the River Crest Country Club, the Tandy Center, the Fort Worth National Bank and the Oceanography and Meteorology building at Texas A&M. He also designed numerous structures around the country. After retiring he loved to paint and enjoyed teaching others to draw. He always encouraged his children to be artistic and value family. "Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated, for these there is hope." - Oscar Wilde. John will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his children, Dorothy "DJ" Cawley and husband Douglas, Brandon Moore, and Lindsay Moore; grandson, Alex Moore; and sister, Elaine Moore Lanmon and husband Thomas.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011, in Greenwood Chapel at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Greenwood Funeral Home, Fort Worth.

 

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Mary Nell (Cantwell) Moore
Oct 11, 1927 - April 20, 2011

Mary Nell Moore, 83, of Trinidad, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Nebraska.

She was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Eliaseville, Texas to the late William Clyde Cantwell and the late Willie Mae Corder Cantwell. She married William Houston Moore on July 26, 1947, in Union Hill. She taught at Drane Middle School in Corsicana for 30 years, and attended First United Methodist Church in Trinidad.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Houston Moore; parents, William Clyde Cantwell and Willie Mae Corder Cantwell; brothers, William Archie Cantwell, and Robert Farris Cantwell; sister, Mabel Flozell Cantwell Fricke.

Survivors include her daughter, Vickie Moore Waits and husband Steve of Tyron, Neb.; son, William Mark Moore of Athens; brother-in-law, Jack Moore of Greenville; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Trinidad.

Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Trinidad with the Rev. Jimmy Steele officiating. Interment will follow at Trinidad Cemetery.

Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

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Ernest Doyle Tipping
Jul 31, 1911 - Oct 21, 1963

E. D. Tipping
Expires Monday
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 22 (Spl.) — Earnest Doyle Tipping, 62, butcher, native of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial hospital Monday afternoon following a heart attack earlier in the day. He had resided in Blooming Grove until a short time ago when he moved to Barry.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Methodist church with burial in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor. pastor.
Surviving are two sons, Bobby Doyle Tipping, teacher in the Collins Junior High School, Corsicana. and William David Tipping, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Frances Hiler and Miss Jo Ann Tipping,
both of Blooming Grove; father, R. E. Tipping, Hico; four sisters, Mrs. Winona Gantt and Mrs. Margaret Long, both of Frost; Mrs. Myrtle Loden, Hico, and Beuna Faye Reames, Sugar Land; three grandchildren.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Mrs. Tipping Dies Monday In Local Hospital
BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 2 (Spl) –Mrs. Doyle Tipping, 43, died in Memorial Hospital Monday night. She was stricken with a heart attack at her home here Saturday night.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from The First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Rose Hill cemetery.
Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; two sons, Bobby Doyle Tipping, basketball coach at the local high school, and Billy Tipping; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Frances Hiler and JoAnn Tipping, all of Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Nadine Reilly, Dallas, and two grandchildren.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Maude Leek Reed
Apr 11, 1884 - Feb 7, 1963

Friday Rites
For Miss Reed
BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 8— (AP)—Miss Maude L. Reed, 78, native of Alabama, died Thursday at her home here. She had resided in the Lone Cedar and Blooming Grove vicinities since 1902.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:30 p. m. from the McCormick Chapel with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.
The rites will he conducted by Rev. H. V. Southerland, Jr., pastor of the Central Baptist church, and Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church in Corsicana.
Surviving are a brother, Roy Reed, Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Robinson and Miss Mae Reed, both of Blooming Grove, and a number of other relatives.
Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Ursula Belle "Sudie" (Crocker) Coker-Massengale
Sep 12, 1882 - Jul 22, 1963

Mrs. Massengale
Dies Monday
BLOOMING GROVE, July 22 (Spl.)—Mrs. Sudie Bell Massengale, 80, was found dead at her home here Monday morning She had been in ill health for some time but attended church services Sunday.
Native of Mississippi, she had resided in Blooming Grove 67 years.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete Monday but the rites will be held from the Central Baptist church with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery
Surviving are her husband R. R. Massengale, Blooming Grove; a son, Earl Coker, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Nanette Fowlkes, Dallas, and Miss Ethel Coker, Blooming Grove; two sisters, Miss Jessie
Crocker, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Ruth Denning, Galveston, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Jeannie Beth George
Apr 1, 1942 - Jun 4, 1963

Hold Services
For Miss George
BLOOMING GROVE, June 6 (Spl.)—Miss Jeannie Beth George, 21, was found dead in a bathtub at her home in Fort Worth Tuesday. An autopsy was performed but thc coroner's verdict had not been received
Thursday morning. It is believed Miss George had fallen in the tub.
A native of Fort Worth, Miss George spent much of her life with her grandmother, Mrs. D. L. Boyd, here and attended Blooming Grove schools.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist church with burial in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. A. Reeves, pastor.
Surviving are her father, Don George; mother, Mrs. Ruthie Provence, and a sister, Ruthie Elaine George, all of Fort W o r t h ; grandmothers, Mrs. Boyd, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Nick George, Fort Worth, McCormick Funeral Service
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James Henderson Wiseman, Jr.
Jan 14, 1889 - Apr 17, 1909

Died at Blooming Grove.

James H. Wiseman, Jr., aged 21 years, son of Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Wiseman, died at the home of his parents in Blooming Grove last night after a prolonged illness from typhoid fever and the remains were interred there this afternoon, Revs. Horace Bishop and James Campbell officiating.

When the deceased, was taken sick he was making his home in Fort Worth where he was connected with a prominent real estate firm. He was n young man of high Christian character and had entered upon what promised to be a most successful and honorable business career, and his devoted parents and numerous friends have much sympathy in their great affliction.

Mr. Wiseman was conducting a meeting here at the First Methodist church when his son was taken sick.

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Mort Moore Squires, Jr.
Oct 23, 1906 - Jun 17, 1963

M. M. Squires Expires Monday

M. M. Squires, 56, native of Denton county, 2304 West Fifth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Monday morning.  He was a Carpenter and had resided in Corsicana 25 years.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery at Blooming Grove.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Roy H. Davis, pastor of the Central Methodist church, of which he was a member.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana;  three brothers, Prather and Frank Squires, both of Dallas, and Grover Squires. Pilot Point;  four sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Fairman, Denton;  Mrs. Bill Watson, Grand Prairie;  Mrs. W. L. Pierce, Irving, and Mrs. May Burns, California, and other relatives.

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Alma Lela (Boyd) Pullin
Nov 1 1891 - Sep 17, 1963

Mrs. J. T. Pullin Services Held

BLOOMING GROVE. Sept. 18 (Spl.) — Funeral services for Mrs. John T. Pullin, 71, life-long resident of this community, were; held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Methodist church. Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor, conducted the rites. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Pullin died at the family home here Tuesday morning following an extended illness.

Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; six sons, Alvy Pullin, Nixon; Dee Pullin Prairie Hill; Cecil Pullin, Humble; Elvis and Gerald Boyd Pullin, both of Dallas, and Darwood Pullin, Vallejo, Calif.; two daughers, Mrs. J. H. Glllen, Mesquite and Mrs. Johnie Dugan, Frost, brother, Will Boyd, Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. E. D. Ingram, Blooming Grove; 33 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were H. R. Nicholson, Lloyd Simpson, Raymond McGraw, C. L. Saunders, Drew Gillen and C. C. Lusk.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Jake Fred Kupper, Sr.
Aug 26, 1884 - Sep 24, 1963

Jake Kupper Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Jake Kupper, 79, retired rancher farmer, who died at his home in Blooming Grove Tuesday morning, will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. V. Southerland, pastor.

Native of Germany, Kupper came to America when four years of age and had resided at Blooming Grove 24 years.

Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; a son, Tracy L. Kupper, Big Spring; two daughters, Mrs. Leona Conner, Burleson, and Miss Annie Lou Kupper, Blooming Grove; four grandchildren, a brother, Albert Kupper, Dawson; a sister, Mrs. Annie Graves, Mexia, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.    Corley will direct.

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John Bunyan Futch
Jan 29, 1903 - Jun 11, 1944            

JOHN BUNYAN FUTCH DIED HERE SUNDAY; BURIAL IN ITALY

BLOOMING GROVE, June 12.— (Spl.)—John Bunyan Futch, aged 40 years, died in the P. and S. Hospital Sunday morning at 8:30 o'clock.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church here Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in the Italy cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. G. Griffith.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ruth Graves, Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. J. E. Harrison, Houston; Mrs. Wesley Neal, Barry, and Mrs. J. E. Whitley, Ennis, and two brothers. Barney Futch, Corsicana, and Fred Futch, Forreston.

McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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Joe Duke Griffin
Jan 4 1885 - Mar 29, 1966

Joe D. Griffin Found Dead In Bed Tuesday

BLOOMING GROVE (Spl.) -- Joe D. Griffin, 81, retired farmer, was found dead in bed Tuesday morning at his home here. He was discovered by his wife He was a native of Buckholts; Texas.          

Howe French, Corsicana justice of the peace, conducted an inquest and returned a coroner's verdict of "death from natural causes".

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church here Wednesday at 3 p. m. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Loyd Coker, pastor of the church, assisted by T. F. Donald, pastor of the First Assembly of God church in Corsicana

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Byrdia Griffin, Blooming Grove two daughters, Mrs. Curtis Compston, Dallas, and Mrs. G D. Barton, Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Thurman Holt. Burleson, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Joe Britt Fullerton
Jan. 7, 1882  -  Nov. 18, 1951

J. B. Fullerton Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Joe Britt Fullerton, 70, who died with a heart attack at his home in Blooming Grove Sunday afternoon, were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday from the First Baptist church in Blooming Grove. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.

Fullerton had been in ill health for some time. He had left the house for a walk with his pet dog. His wife is reported to have found him lying dead in the back yard a few minutes later.

Born at Spring Hill, he lived in Waco from 1918 to 1935. He was a cement contractor in Waco. The family had resided at Blooming Grove for the past 16 years.

Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; three children, Lex and Oran Fullerton, both of Waco, and Miss Letha Fullerton, Austin.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Edward Christian Fulton
Jan 15, 1876 - Oct 25, 1939

E. CHRIS FULTON, LIFE-LONG RESIDENT BLOOMING GROVE DIES

E. Chris Fulton, aged 64 years, life-long resident of Blooming Grove, died in the P. and S. Hospital Wednesday night after an extended illness. Funeral services were held at Blooming Grove Thursday afternoon.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, Bill Fulton, Blooming Grove; Ernest and Ivy Doyle Fulton, both of Hubbard; several married daughters, a number of grandchildren, three brothers, Russell Fulton, Corsicana; Will Fulton and Robert Fulton, both of Blooming Grove; a sister, Mrs. Frank Pevehouse, Blooming Grove, and numerous other relatives.

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Laura (Green) Fulton
Nov 10, 1882 - Feb 27, 1952

Mrs. Laura Fulton Dies Wednesday

Mrs. Laura Fulton, 69, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. R. W. Danforth, Navarro, Wednesday night.

Mrs. Fulton was a native of Navarro county and had resided in the Blooming Grove community most of her life.

Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove at 2:30 p. m.  Friday. Burial will he in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. O. B. Anderson of the Reed Lane Baptist church in Dallas.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Ernest Danford, Hubbard; Mrs. Ira Hassell, Frost; Mrs. R. W. Danford, Navarro; Mrs. W. C. Dulaney, Coolidge, and Mrs. Ray Elder, Dallas; three sons, Iva Doyle and Ernest Fulton, both of Hubbard, and Will Fulton, Lone Cedar; two sisters, Miss Sarah Green, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Tula Sheppard, Lone Cedar; three brothers. Oliver Green, Blooming Grove; George Green, Lone Cedar, and Bud Green, San Angelo; 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Charles Thomas Russell Fulton
Mar 26, 1891 - May 31, 1963

Hold Services Russell Fulton

Funeral services for Russell Fulton, 72, who died in Memorial Hospital Friday, were held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. B. J. Ferguson, pastor of Memorial Baptist church, and Rev. Joe Wilbanks, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Fulton resided in Blooming Grove prior to moving to Corsicana 18 years ago. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are his wife and a brother, Robert Fulton, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Charles Finis Lewis
Sept 15, 1873 - Jan 19, 1942

RITES HELD SUNDAY FOR CHAS. F. LEWIS IN BLOOMING GROVE

Funeral services for Charles F. Lewis, aged 69 years, who died at his home near Blooming Grove Saturday morning, were held from the Blooming Grove Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Maggart B. Howell, pastor.

Lewis had resided in the Blooming: Grove area for the past 40 years.

Surviving are his wife and a son, Charles F. Lewis, Jr., both of Blooming Grove.

Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.

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Margaret Katherine (Ragsdale) Tipping
Feb 9, 1883 - Jul 21, 1966

Mrs. Tipping Dies Friday, Rites Saturday

Mrs. Tom E. Tipping, 83, native of Tennessee, died Friday morning at the family residence, 724 West Ninth avenue.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4:30 p. m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Wilbanks, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church.

Mrs. Tipping had resided in Corsicana for 20 years.

Surviving are her husband, Corsicana; a son, Emory Tipping, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Ed James and Mrs. Evan Hester, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Myrtle James, Lubbock, and Mrs. Jim Ward, Blooming Grove; 22 grandchildren. 68 great-grandchildren, two brothers, J. T. Ragsdale, Sulphur Springs, and L. C. Ragsdale, Conroe; a sister, Mrs. W. H. Hammett, Ralls, and other relatives.

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Mrs. Tipping Services Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Tom E. Tipping, 83, native of Tennessee, who died at the family residence, 724 West Ninth avenue Friday, will be held Saturday at 4:30 p.m. from the Corsicana Chapel.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Wilbanks, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Tipping had resided in Corsicana for 20 years.

Surviving are her husband, Corsicana; a son, Emory Tipping, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Ed James and Mrs. Evan Hester, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Myrtle James, Lubbock, and Mrs. Jim Ward, Blooming Grove; 22 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, two brothers, J. T. Ragsdale, Sulphur Springs, and L. C. Ragsdale, Conroe; a sister, Mrs. W. H. Hammett, Ralls, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Barton, R. D. Hamilton, James Lockard, Norman Smith, Charles Townley and Ezra Whitley.

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Albert David “Ab” Pevehouse
Dec 12, 1880 - Sep 7, 1966

Ab Pevehouse Dies Wednesday

Albert David (Ab) Pevehouse, 85, native of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial hospital Wednesday morning.      

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the McCormick Funeral chapel in Blooming Grove with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.

He was born, December 12, 1880, at Blooming Grove, and resided at Twilight Home before entering the hospital. He was a retired farmer-stockman

Surviving are nine nieces, Mrs A. T. Scruggs, Jacksonville; Mrs. L. H. Mathison, Corsicana; Mrs. Ray Berryhill, Kilgore Mrs. Mary Berryhill, Elgin, Oklahoma; Mrs. Bertha Powers Love, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Mildred Burnett, Fort Worth; Mrs. Eula Hightower, Dallas; Mrs. Katherine Sykes, Graford; and Mrs. Tommy Jean Winstead Snyder; five nephews, Ethan and Robert Green, both of Fort Worth; L. A. Powers, Burleson O. A. Powers, Duncan, Okla. and A. D. Powers, Franklin, La.; three cousins, Clarence Pevehouse, Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse and Mrs. Lillie Absher, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Bettie Elizabeth (Pruitt) Gillen
Feb 15, 1888 - Mar 2, 1966

Hold Services For Mrs. Gillen

BLOOMING GROVE, (Spl.)— Funeral service for Mrs. Bettie Elizabeth Gillen, 78. who was found dead in her home here Wednesday, were held on Thursday at 2 p. m. from the First Baptist church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. A. F. Sanders, pastor. Burial was in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Howe French, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict of  “death from natural causes.”

Surviving are three sons, John Gillen Emhouse; J. H. Gillen, Mesquite, and J. D. Gillen. Ft Worth; a daughter, Mrs. Odessa Campbell, Houston; a sister Mrs. Sallie Woods, Blooming Grove; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. D. Ingram, Ernest Martin, Bud Holditch, Ernest McGraw, Carroll Lee Saunders, and Jeff Harris.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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FUNERAL FOR BETTIE GILLEN

With Rev. A.F. Sanders, pastor, conducting, funeral for Mrs. Bettie Elizabeth Gillen was held at 2 PM Thursday, in the First Baptist Church, Blooming Grove.  She was buried beside her grandson in
Rose Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Gillen died at home, asleep in her bed in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 2.  When her neighbors failed to see her out in her yard and doing usual chores they investigated and finding the house locked, called for help and a rear door was forced open.  An open magazine was on the bed beside Mrs. Gillen, and it was apparent that she had read a while the night before, turned out the light and drifted off to sleep.

The church choir, under the direction ot R.L. Kagler, with Marilyn Bryant as pianist, provided music for the funeral.  Casket Bearers were Jeff Harris, J.V.  (Bud) Holditch, Earnest Martin, E.D. Ingram, Ernest McGraw, C.L. Saunders and Ernest Hiler.  McCormick Funeral Service was in charge.

Five children survive Mrs. Gillen; John Gillen of Emhouse, J.H. Gillen of Mesquite and J.D. Gillen of Ft. Worth, and Mrs. Odessa Campbell of Houston.  Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Sallie Woods of Blooming Grove, 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, March 9, 1966

  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Loris Inman Warren
Nov 11, 1913 - Apr 18, 1966

Chief Warren Dies Monday

BLOOMING GROVE (Spl.)— Loris (Chief) Warren, 52, employee of the Graver Construction Company of Houston, died at his home in Streetman Monday night.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p. m. from the First Methodist church here of which he was a member.  Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Ben Hargrove, of Cayuga and Rev. Lloyd Coker, pastor of the First Methodist church here.

A native of Blooming Grove, he resided here and in Corsicana until three years ago when he moved to Streetman.  He formerly was employed by Bethlehem Supply Company in Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife of  Streetman;  a step-daughter, Mrs. William Nicholson, Elmira, Ore.;  two sisters, Mrs. Buford Armstrong, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Woodrow Sellers, Cayuga, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Lee Thompson, Sammie Saunders, Doyce Prater, Raymond Watson, Cayuga; Warren D. Await, Fairfield, and C. B. Simmons of Houston.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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