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Albert J. "Jack" Johnson
Aug 14, 1876 - Mar 13, 1941

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR A. J. JOHNSON DRESDEN SATURDAY

Funeral services for A. J. Johnson, aged 64 years, long-time resident of Silver City, who died Thursday afternoon, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Dresden where burial was made. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Gray.

Surviving are his widow of Silver City and two sisters, Mrs. J.W. Walker, Joshua, and Mrs. Allie Alexander, Clinton, Okla.

Pallbearers were C. Woodard, George McGehee, Clarence Putman, Jim Peden, Luther Crecelous and Robert Page.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home was in charge.

Notes:
  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Mar 18, 1941
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Robert Neil "Neely" (Tadlock) Johnson - s/o Elijah Cook Johnson and Lydia J. (Tadlock) Johnson
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

 

A. J. JOHNSON OF SILVER CITY DIED THERE ON THURSDAY A. J. Johnson, aged 64 years, long-time resident of the Silver City community, died at his home Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock Funeral services are scheduled at Dresden Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Gray, Baptist minister. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Neeley Johnson, Silver City, and two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Walker, Joshua, and Mrs. Allie Alexander, Clinton, Okla. Pallbearers will be C. Woodard, George McGehee, Clarence Putman, Jim Peden, Luther Crecelous, Robert Page. Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home is in charge.

Notes: The Corsicana Daily Sun Friday, March 14, 1941

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR A. J. JOHNSON DRESDEN SATURDAY Funeral services for A. J. Johnson, aged 64, years, long-time resident of Silver City, who died Thursday afternoon, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Dresden where burial was made. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Gray. Surviving are his widow of Silver City and two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Walker, Joshua, and Mrs. Allie Alexander, Clinton, Okla. Pallbearers were C. Woodard, George McGehee, Clarence Putman, Jim Peden, Luther Crecelous and Robert Page. Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home was in charge.

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Robert Neil "Neely" (Tadlock) Johnson
Aug 16, 1888 - Jul 28, 1948

MRS. NEELY JOHNSON DIES SUDDENLY AT NOON WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Neely Johnson, aged 59 years, formerly of Purdon, died suddenly Wednesday noon at the Twilight Home, 308 West Seventh avenue, where she had resided the past two years. It was believed a heart attack was the cause of death.
Judge A. E. Foster returned a coroner's verdict of "death from natural causes" following an investigation. Raymond Myrick, deputy sheriff and Judge Foster conducted the investigation.
Mrs. Johnson was reported to have been subject to heart attacks and suffered two during the morning, Mrs. W. B. Hilliard, proprietor of the home, said.
Surviving are two brothers, Lester Tadlock. Wichita Falls, and Sam Tadlock. Oklahoma.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Wednesday afternoon.
Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Jul 28, 1948
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Albert J. "Jack" Johnson - d/o Robert Joshua Tadlock and Susan Emily (Jordan) Tadlock
  • A.J. Johnson is listed as Jack Johnson on the Genweb site in Dresden Cem. He shares a common stone with Neely Johnson. I looked up her death cert and she shows to be Mrs. Robert Neil Johnson. I finally found that her name is actually Robert Neil (Neily or Neely) (Tadlock) Johnson. Below are both obits for them. They have her on Ancestry.com as Robert Joshua Tadlock's daughter Milly because that is what it looks like in the one and only census with her family in 1900. In 1910, she is Neily Johnson, in 1920, she is Robert Johnson and in 1930, she is Robert N. Johnson. Hope this straightens it out for someone.   ... Karen Rost

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MRS. NEELY JOHNSON FUNERAL SERVICES SCHEDULED FRIDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Neely Johnson, aged 59 years, who died suddenly of a heart attack at noon Wednesday at the Twilight Home, 308 West Seventh avenue, are scheduled Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Purdon Baptist church. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson formerly resided in the Purdon community. She had lived at the Twilight Home for the past two years.

Judge A. E. Foster, justice of the peace returned a coroner’s verdict of death by natural causes following an investigation.

Surviving are two brothers, L. D. Tadlock, Wichita Falls, and Sam Tadlock, Fittstown, Okla., and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Mr. Martin.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Mrs. Neely Johnson Funeral Is Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Neely Johnson, aged 59 years, who died of a heart attack Wednesday night at the Twilight Home, 308 West Seventh avenue, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Purdon Baptist church. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. R. Martin.
Mrs. Johnson formerly lived at Purdon, but had made her home here the past two years.

Surviving are two brothers, L. D. Tatlock, Wichita Falls, and Sam Tadlock, Fittstown, Okla., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Autrie French, C. M. Farmer, M. L. Alkins, Warren Whitten, Elva Whitten and Clarence Putman.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Leona "Lonie" Marsh
Mar 17, 1881 - Aug 13, 1970

Miss Marsh Dies Friday

Miss Leona Marsh, 89, a native of Navarro County, died Friday at Twilight Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Abner Marsh and Mrs. Sam Marsh, and several nieces and nephews.
Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Clayton Yarbrough
July 21, 1888 - Aug 10, 1935

FUNERAL SERVICES CLAYTON YARBROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Clayton Yarbrough, aged 47 years, lifelong resident of Navarro county, who died at his home, 924 West Fifth avenue, Saturday morning at 11:30 o'clock after an illness of two years, were held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 5 'clock with burial in the Hopewell Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. E. T. Hiller, pastor of the First Bapist church.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Clayton Yarbrough, Laredo; mother, Mrs. Lucy Yarbrough, Corsicana; a brother, C. B. Yarjrough, Kilgore; and two sisters, Mrs. T. N. Watkins, Houston, and Mrs. C. H. Carruthers, Christovai, Canal Zone, Panama.
Pallbearers were Owen Cheney, Fletcher Ballew, Tom Hill, C. A. Devaney, Peter O'Daniel, Newt Middlebrook, Henry Reed, Ad Marsh and Palmer Tatum.

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Cecil Lavern King, Jr.
July 21, 1944 - July 27, 1944

Rites Held Sunday For Infant That Died In Dallas

Funeral services for Cecil L. King, Jr. eight day old son of Lieut. and Mrs. Cecil King, who died in Dallas Sunday morning were held from the residence 1701 West Seventh avenue Sunday morning at 10:00. Rev H.J. Ellis conducted the rites and interment was in Hopewell Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents and other relatives.

Corley's Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Myrtice Anne "Annie" Iverson
Feb 21, 1861 - Sept 4, 1942

RITES SUNDAY FOR AGED WOMAN; BURIAL HOPEWELL CEMETERY

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Navarro for Miss Myrtice Anne Iverson, 81, who died here Friday morning at the home of her nephew, Ben Smith. The Rev. Jack Goff of Northside Baptist church will conduct the rites. Interment will be in the Hopewell Cemetery at Navarro.
Surviving are three nephews, Ben Smith, Corsicana; T. J. Smith, Arizona; and T. L. Henderson, Corsicana.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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James Wesley Harrison
Oct 1, 1866 - May 11, 1951

J. W. Harrison Dies On Friday

James Wesley Harrison, 84, retired farmer of Navarro, died in the Navarro Clinic Friday night.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p. m. from the Navarro Baptist church. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. R. T. Perrltt and Rev. Jack Goff, Baptist ministers.
He was a native of Henderson county.

Surviving are his wife of Navarro; two sons, J. H. Harrison. Navarro, and J. T. Harrison, Pasadena, Texas; two daughtes, Mrs. Tennie Statler, Ada, Okla., and Mrs. Alvin McCarter, Navarro; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two brothers, L. L., and T. N. Harrison, both of Athens; a sister, Mrs. John Odell, Athens, and other relatives.
Corley will direct.

Pallbearers will be Charlie McCarter, Sr.; D. W. Hutson, Orville Capehart, Malcolm Smith, Phil Greenup and Pat Horn.

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Nancy Beulah (Coker) Farmer
Mar 10, 1879 - Dec 31, 1963

Mrs. Farmer Services Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Beulah Farmer, 84, of Navarro, who died Tuesday night, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the Hopewell Cemetery at Navarro.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe Wilbanks, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church, of which she was a member, assisted by Rev. L. B. Fowler, Bap-
tist minister.

Surviving are two sons, Dalton Farmer, Navarro, and W. A. Farmer, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Griffin and Mrs. Ethel Horn, both of Navarro, and Mrs. Opal Martin, Corsicana; 24 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. Emma Brady and Mrs. Nora Crawford, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Charles Steelman, Tom Steelman, Morris Farmer, Keith Farmer, Don Horn and Jim Bob Horn, all grandsons.

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Mary Ethelene (Grantom) Allsup
Apr 30, 1891 - Nov 15, 1976

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. H.V. Allsup, 85, of Navarro, who died Monday in Wortham. Burial will be at the Hopewell Cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, she had lived in Wortham 46 years.

Survivors include two sons, J.C. Allsup of Mexia and A.D. Allsup of Lawton, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. H.L. Hanna of Corsicana and Mrs. Jodie Minatra of Navarro, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Laura Fudge of Waxahachie and one brother, Austin Grantom of Hillsboro.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Nov 16, 1976
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Henry Vinard Allsup - d/o James B. Grantom and Gemima Angelica (Reagan) Grantom

Raymond F. Buchanan
Oct 6, 1895 - Jan 2, 1919

Died at Navarro Last Week

Raymond Buchanan, aged twenty-three years, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.D. Buchanan of Navarro, died at the family home of influenza and pneumonia on Thursday, January 2, at 5 a.m. and the remains were interred at the Hopewell Cemetery late that afternoon, Rev. W.L. Phillips of Navarro officiating.

The deceased was a deaf mute and had been educated at the State Deaf and Dumb Asylum, and a sad coincidence of his death is that Chas. Richter, who died at Richland Saturday night, and who went to school with him at Austin, and who visited him during his illness, died just two days later. The two were devoted friends and spent many delightful hours in each other's mute companionship.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Jan 10, 1919
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Samuel D. Buchanan and Eliza Ann (Johnston) Buchanan

Montry Kelly
1934 - Nov 15, 1977

Wake services will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary for Montry Kelly, 43, who died Tuesday in Dallas.  He was a native of Chatfield and a former resident of Corsicana.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Healing and Blessing Revival Center with the Rev. Bobby Williams officiating.  Burial will be at Rice Cemetery in Rice.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. May Dall Kelly of Dallas; three sons - Robert Kelly, Bobby Kelly, and David Kelly; four daughters - Barbara Kelly, Martha Kelly, Tawana Kelly, and Dessari Kelly; his mother, Mrs. Ella Mae Kelly of Corsicana; three sisters - Mrs. Lura Dell Wilson and Mrs. Sadia Williams, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Georgia Brown of Tulia; four brothers, Nathaniel Kelly Jr. of Dallas, Billy Joe Kelly, Kelton Kelly, and Melton Kelly, all of Corsicana; and other relatives.

Brothers will be pallbearers.

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Marvin Clyde Watkins
July 25, 1914 - Aug 16, 1985


Marvin C. Watkins, 71, of Corsicana, died Friday at his residence.

A lifelong Navarro County resident, he was retired from Mobile Oil Co. and a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Watkins of Corsicana; two daughters, Darlene Young of Plano and Wanda Cromwell of Counce, Tenn.; a sister, Josephine Brager of Barry; two brothers, Wayne Watkins and Baze Watkins, both of Barry; seven grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lowell Reed, John F. Reed, Jerry Freeze, Tommy Gay, James Edwin Watson, Jim Bob Black, Jelly Luther and Bob Wetsel.

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John William Hoffman
Dec 19, 1899 - Aug 17, 1985

John W. Hoffman, 85, of Corsicana, died Saturday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service is 3:30 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brian Young officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Viola Hoffman of Corsicana; two sons, Robert Hoffman of Victoria and B.C. Hoffman of Richmond; and a daughter, Josephine Almaguer of Killeen; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Louise (Barth) Reilly
Nov 9, 1912 - August 16, 1985

Mrs. Louise Barth Reilly, of Corsicana, died Friday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Smart officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was the owner of The Door Boutique and an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

She represented Corsicana in the National High School Orchestra as first violinist. She was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Reilly of Corsicana; a son, Barth Reilly of New Orleans; a grandson, Sean Reilly of New Orleans; and a sister, Wilma Stebens of California.

Pallbearers will be John Corley, Gerald McClung, James West, Halsey Settle; Robert Cason, Claiborn Simpson, Bill Bradford and Rusty Gaston.

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Jessie Felton Steele
Sept 14, 1919 - Jan 9, 1997

Jessie Felton Steele, 77, of Corsicana, died Jan. 9, 1997, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Steele was born Sept 14, 1919, in Comanche County. He was a member of the Westside Baptist Church,

Mr. Steele is survived by his sons, Richard L. Steele of Addington, Va. and David A. Steele of Cedaredge, Colo.; mother, Velola Steele of Huffman; sister, Inez Wise of Huffman; stepson, Donald Webb of Corsicana; nine grandchilden and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ora Bell (Harrell) Fullerton
Oct 13, 1875 - Feb 16, 1949

Mrs. Fullerton Funeral Services Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. W.E. Fullerton, aged 73 years, who died at the family home, 982 North Beaton street, Tuesday morning were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W.T. Boulware, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church of which she was a long-time member, and Rev. Herbert G. Dudley minister of the First Christian church.

A native of Bell's Station, Tennessee, Mrs. Fullerton had resided in Corsicana since three years of age.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, Albert and Hugh Fullerton, both of Corsicana, and Travis Fullerton, Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters, Mrs. Marc Cloud, Corsicana; Mrs. S.G. Garmon, Fort Worth, and Mrs. G.H. Warfield, McCamey; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Charles Harrell, Munday, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Fred Ware, Ralph Stell, Billy Pope, B.L. Butler, Joe Donnelly, S.C. Bell, J.W. Edens Jr., and Hayes Bonner.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Feb 18, 1949

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Elvira Vanibuls
May 18, 1914 - Nov 15, 1977

Wake services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary for Miss Elvira Vanibuls, 63, resident of Samaria, who died Tuesday.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Samaria Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Payne officiating.

Burial will be at Samaria Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters - Mrs. Stella Hall, and Mrs. Juanita Betts, both of Kerens; a son, Johnny Vanibuls of Kerens; 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four brothers, Vernon Vanibuls of Corsicana, Hayward Vanibuls of Los Angeles, David Vanibuls of St. Rosa, Calif., and Samuel Vanibuls of Haven, Kans.; three sisters - Mrs. Emmaline Adkinson and Mrs. Evelyn Thompson, both of Kerens, and Mrs. Rose Bruton of Corsicana; a step-sister, Mrs. Margaret Robinson of Corsicana; a stepbrother, Ernest Cloud of Powell and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Gus Vanibuls, McKinly Burrell, Dennis Burrell, Jimmy Betts, Willie Betts, Ernest Betts Jr., Cloud Vanibuls, James Betts, and Othera Toliver.

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Christopher Neal Beckahm
Jul 16, 1986 - Feb 10, 2011

Three arrested in death of 2004 Frost grad

From Staff Reports Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — KWTX.COM in Waco is reporting three people have been arrested in connection with the death of Christopher Neal Beckham, a 2004 graduate of Frost High School.

Beckham's body was discovered in a Hill County field on Thursday. Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon said Thursday that Beckham had been beaten and then tied to a pickup truck and dragged. 

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February 10, 2011
Victim found in Hill County identified

By Oliver Sheehan Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Hill County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of an Italy man whose body was found in a field Thursday between Malone and Irene.

The body of Christopher Neal Beckham, born in 1986, was found in a plowed field along Hill County Road 3425 off FM 308 at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. Beckham was a 2004 graduate of Frost High School.

The Hill County Sheriff’s office is interviewing three persons of interest Thursday who were seen with Beckham at a bar in Malone, prior to the incident, said Hill County Sheriff Jeff Lyon.

Lyon said that Beckham had been found with blood and trauma to his upper torso and face. He was confirmed dead once a deputy had arrived at the scene following a call received from two males who had discovered the body.

“It appeared that he had trauma to his upper torso and face and through subsequent investigation we determined that he had been in a local bar in Malone and had been asked to leave,” Lyon explained Thursday.

“We tracked down the people that were with him. It was his brother and two other fiends and we are currently interviewing those persons of interest here at the sheriff’s office to determine what happened.”

The vehicle that the men were riding in has been impounded and is being processed for evidence, Lyon said. The investigation is a cooperative operation between the district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s office.

“The victim has been sent to Southwest Forensics in Dallas ... we are still interviewing and investigating and people are putting together the time line for the last 24 hours,” explained Lyon.

Lyon said the condition of the body indicated a “violent death.

“He had a lot of blood around his upper torso and face and it appeared that he had been involved in an altercation. He had a violent death. It’s an indicator that it is something more than a natural death,” Lyon said.

Beckham’s last known address was in Italy, Texas.

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Murder Near Malone
Murder charges were filed early Friday morning, February 11, on three men in connection with the death of a 24-year-old Milford man.
The Hill County Sheriff’s Office was called Thursday morning, February 10, after a body was discovered in a field east of Malone.
A passerby who was hunting in the area called 9-1-1. The male victim was found lying on his back about 15 yards off HCR 3425 west of Farm Road 308.
Hill County Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon identified the victim as Christopher Neal Beckham.
He was only wearing a t-shirt, jeans and boots. The man had apparent trauma to his upper torso and face.
Authorities went to the victim’s residence on Finn Road near the Hill-Ellis county line north of Mertens.
The man’s brother and two friends who were reportedly in a group that went to Malone were detained for investigative purposes.
Following questioning, confessions were obtained, the sheriff said.
Reports indicated that the four had arrived in Malone Wednesday afternoon, February 9, going to two bars.
They had been asked to leave the second bar late Wednesday night because the victim had become rowdy.
But the original story that the occupants of the vehicle had been in an altercation on Farm Road 308 and the victim ran into a field started to fall apart.
The arrest warrant affidavit for the three men indicated that a strap was placed around the victim’s neck.
It was then hooked to the ball hitch on the full-size, four-door pickup the men occupied, and he was dragged down a road for approximately four or five minutes.
Surveillance video from the bar showed the three suspects returning and remaining until it closed at 2 a.m., according to the sheriff.
The truck in question was impounded by sheriff’s deputies and will be processed by the Department of Public Safety crime lab.
A woman reported that she was flagged down by a man matching Beckham’s description about 11:50 p.m.
Because she was alone, she didn’t give the man a ride to Mertens as requested, but instead contacted the sheriff’s office.
Deputies talked with the woman and checked along Farm Road 308 from Malone to Mertens but didn’t locate anyone.
The field where Beckham’s body was discovered was about a half-mile off the farm road. Authorities are speculating that he was dumped there.
Authorities were still attempting to identify the exact location where the victim was dragged Friday morning.
District Attorney Dan V. Dent assisted in the preparation of the case, plus an outside polygraph operator was brought in during the interrogation phase.
Justice of the Peace Brad Henley of Malone pronounced Beckham dead. The body was sent to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy.
Authorities were awaiting the results to determine whether the victim died from the dragging or the extremely cold temperatures. Lows were in the teens in the area Thursday morning.
Arraigned on the charges were Marcus Allen Beckham, 25, of Milford, Raymond George Herrington Jr., 23, of Granbury and Raymond Scott Herrington, 32, of Trinidad, Colorado.
Justice of the Peace John Milburn set bond at $1 million on each of the suspects.
The family told authorities that the Beckham brothers and Raymond Scott Harrington had been friends since childhood, growing up across the street from each other.
“This is a tragedy,” the sheriff said, “Especially for the parents of the Beckhams. They are victims also.”

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Chris Beckham

Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana —

Chris Beckham, 24 of Milford, passed away on Feb. 10, 2011.

Chris was born on July 16, 1986, in Corsicana to Bruce and Annette (Williams) Beckham. He grew up in Frost and graduated from Frost High School. Chris worked in home construction and remodeling.

Survivors include his parents, Bruce and Annette of Milford; brother, Marc of Milford; special friend, Adam Dowdle of Frost; he is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Graveside services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Richland Cemetery near Mertens.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Chris Beckham Memorial Fund at Blooming Grove Prosperity Bank, 428 Fordyce, Blooming Grove, TX 76626.

Arrangements by Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors, Hillsboro.


Joy Marie (Grimes) Clark
Mar 17, 1919 - Nov 15, 2009

Joy Marie Clark, born March 17, 1919 in Frost, Texas to Samuel Ellis and Ruth Marie Grimes and passed away November 15, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis W. Clark. Survived by her son, Tom Clark and his wife Dusty; grandson, Chris Clark and granddaughter, Julie Clark Michel; daughter, Susan Clark Trimble and her husband Lenny; granddaughter, Sharon Richards; son, David Clark and his wife Connie; grandson, Brian Clark, granddaughters, Lindsey Clark and Maddie Clark; 5 great grandchildren; brother-in-law Howard Clark and his wife Melba; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Sparkman/Hillcrest. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. Chapel, Rev. George Davis, officiating. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA.
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Katie Sue (Holley) Sanderson
(October 12, 1934 - May 10, 2011)

Katie Sue Sanderson, 76 of Sweeny, Texas passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born October 12, 1934 in Frost, Texas to George Russell and Lois (Stadeham) Holley. She was president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Memorial services will be held 10:00am, Friday, May 13, 2011 at Baker Funeral Home in West Columbia with John Price officiating. S he is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Glenn Sanderson, and son, David Sanderson.

Katie is survived by her children, Mike Sanderson and wife, Connie of Freeport; Glenn Sanderson and wife, Gina of Sweeny; Brian Sanderson and wife, Tammy of Brazoria; Debby Liles and husband, Daryl of Longview, Texas; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and many friends.


Virginia Mahaley (McClure) Thompson
Dec. 20, 1935 - Feb 10, 2011

Virginia Mahaley Thompson, an educator/artist died early in the morning on Feb. 10, 2011. She had battled heart disease and cancer for several years prior to her death.

Virginia was born in Frost, Texas, on Dec. 20, 1935. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lena Jewel McClure Mahaley; father, Orval Burns Mahaley; and infant son, Glen Todge Thompson.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Arthur Dudley Thompson; her children, Mahaley Odell Thompson, Eva-Marie Thompson-Lavigne and Andrew Adam Thompson; and her grandsons, Thomas Lavigne and Alexander Dudley Thompson.

Mrs. Thompson was Associate Professor Emeritus Texas Tech University College of Architecture, Coordinator of Architectural Delineation Program in Architecture from 1964 until her retirement in 1997. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1989, and served on the Texas Tech Faculty Senate from 1995-97.

Mrs. Thompson was President of the Lubbock Heritage Society 1996-97 after having served on the board from 1994. Her drawings of historical buildings have documented not only architectural styles, but the flavor of the times. Her drawings have appeared in shows at the Boston Architectural Center in Boston, MA; 'Architecture in Perspective' and 'Build Boston'; Dayton, Ohio, 'The Artist Views the City' exhibition; and Japan, traveling exhibit sponsored by the Japanese Renderers Perspectivists.

Mrs. Thompson is a charter member of American Society of Architectural Perspectivists (1986). Publications featuring her work include Architecture in Perspective: A Five-Year Retrospective of Award-Winning Illustrations, Van Nostrand-Reinhold, NY 1991; The World of Spirits and Ancestors in the Art of Western Sub-Saharan Africa, Elizabeth Sasser, Texas Tech University Press, 1995; Crit 23- The Journal of the AIAS; and Historic Homes and Buildings Tour, Lubbock, TX 1988-a brochure published by the Lubbock Heritage Society in cooperation with Lubbock Visitors and Convention Bureau and Lubbock Area Foundation Inc.

In 1999, Virginia Mahaley Thompson developed a symbolic watercolor for the Virginia Sowell Center for Research and Education in Visual Impairment, College of Education, TTU. This artwork was donated to the Center and is currently featured in the Center's publications and web site. Professor Thompson's art work sales established an endowed scholarship for a 'creative student' in the College of Architecture.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Mahaley Thompson endowed scholarship in the College of Architecture Texas Tech University. A family memorial service is pending.

Billy Jack Mott
Sep 19, 1925 - June 15, 2011

Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana —  Billy Jack Mott, 85, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

He was born Sept. 19, 1925, to Lottie and Nathaniel Mott in Emhouse.

Mr. Mott worked most of his life as a rancher in Navarro County. He loved his family and friends and was kind to everyone. He was a member of Wesley Methodist and First Baptist Church in Corsicana. He was also a member of the Veterans Association and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sunshine Mott; son, James Alan Mott; and by his brother, N. L. Mott.

Survivors include granddaughter, Riccie Jean Gargano and husband Andrew of Austin; great-grandchildren, Antonio James Gargano and Josephine Mary Gargano of Austin; he is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2011, at Pattison Cemetery, in Emhouse, with the Rev. Rodney Bancroft officiating.

An online guest book is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.com by selecting the Billy Jack Mott obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas - June 16, 2011

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  • Submitted by Edward L. Williams
  • Son of Nathen Love Mott, Sr & Lottie Marie (Forshaw) Mott

Blanche Betts Cloud
About 1965 - June 3, 2011

Blanche Betts Cloud, 46, resident of Corsicana, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens, with Pastor Ernest Betts officiating and Pastor Johnny Vanibuls as eulogist. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery in Samaria. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Murtuary.

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Lola Ruth (Jamerson) Proctor
Dec 3, 1933 - June 7, 2011

Lola Proctor, 77, of Denison, passed away on Tuesday June 7, 2011, at Homestead of Denison Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Nichols officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Jason W. Klutts
? - Jan 1971

Klutts Rites
Set Friday

Jason W. Klutts, 64, carpenter and longtime Corsicana resident, died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel with Rev. O. A. Moore officiating. Burial will be in Scurry, Texas, in the Mount Olive Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Margie Griffith of Corsicana; a step-daughter, Arnetta Waggner, of Mesquite; two sons, Jason J. Klutts, of Garland, and George Dillard Klutts, of Dallas; two step-sons, Don Howard, of Corsicana, and Charles Howard, of Arlington; one brother, Joe Klutts, of Midland; four sisters, Mrs. Jessie Friday, of Midland, Mrs. Winnie Guthery, of Frankston, Mrs. Martha Rogers, of Mesquite, and Mrs. Dena Yates, of Kleberg; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Jan 14, 1971

  • s/o George & Bell (McCurdy) Klutts

  • Submitted by Andrea Dodd Brockway


Kit Boyd
April 28, 1944 - June 16, 2011

Mr. Kit Boyd, 67, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at his home in Corsicana.

He was born on April 28, 1944 to Harmon and Lucille Graham Boyd. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

Mr. Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Harmon and Lucille Graham Boyd; and brother, Johnny Boyd.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Roman Boyd; daughter, Brandye West and husband Tom of Lubbock; sons, Roman Boyd of Corsicana and Robby Boyd of Fort Worth; granddaughter, Kaydence Boyd of Corsicana; step-mother, Gladys Boyd of Corsicana, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Kit owned his own business, Custom Glass and Mirror, with his father for many years but his passion was cars. He was given the opportunity to turn his hobby into a career by his good friend, Mark Barnes, when he went to work at B & D Motors in the wholesale car dealership business.

He loved to hunt, fish, take his boys to drag races, watch the Dallas Cowboys and, more importantly, spending time with his children. He was loved and respected by family and many friends.

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to either the American Cancer Society at 1000 W. 2nd Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110; or to the Corsicana Public Library at 100 N. 12th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Peggy J. (Garner) Thomas
About 1940 - June 17, 2011
 
Peggy J. (Garner) Thomas blessed her family and friends until she was called home to her heavenly father on Friday, June 17, 2011, at age 71.

Peggy was a very active member of her church, a member of LWML, made visits with shut-ins at church, and sang in the church choir for many years. Peggy also volunteered for Family First Hospice Inc. and made quilt blankets for abused children. Peggy retired from Southwestern Bell with 36 years of service and was a woman of strong faith, an outgoing, lovable, happy person that enjoyed life to the fullest and was always ready for her next trip or adventure.

Peggy was survived by her husband of 39 years, Jan Edwin Thomas; her daughter, Robin D. Thompson and fiancé Joel T Martin; her brother, David B. Garner and wife Barbara Garner; her brother, Roy R. Garner and wife Linda L. Garner; four grandchildren, J’ton Quill, Brandi, Britni, and Ryan Thompson; and one great granddaughter Lola Walker, as well as survived by many nieces, nephews and very close friends.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Mallory Mason Garner and Ida Mae Pursell.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Faith Lutheran Church, 3824 West Highway 22, in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers Peggy’s wishes were that donations be made to Faith Lutheran Church, the Nelson Center for abused children in Denton, TX, or a charity of choice.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Elsie Mae (Cooper) Coker-Follis
May 31, 1925 - June 16, 2011


Mrs. Elsie Mae Cooper Follis, age 76, of Frankston, entered into the pearly gates of heaven to walk the streets of gold on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Clairmont Nursing Home in Tyler.

She was born May 31, 1935, in Corsicana to Johnnie and Middie Ola Chuney Cooper. Elsie was a current member of County Chapel in LaRue, Texas and a former long-time member of Trinity Baptist Church in Corsicana.

In September of 1966, she married Albert Earl Follis. She spent her days as a devoted housewife and loving mother to their six children. She enjoyed playing Moon with friends and family. She was an excellent player and a great teacher of the game to new family members. Elsie will be missed by every life she touched.

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Albert Earl Follis; parents, Johnnie and Ola Cooper; mother-in-law, Ola Hair; brother, Dan Cooper; and sister, Bea Follis.

She is survived by her daughters, Janeen “Sissy” Wilkens and husband Tommy of Odessa, Edwina Ramirez and husband Moses of Arlington, and Debra Foster and husband Mike of Frankston; sons, Johnny Lee Coker and wife Karen of Meridian, Keenan Follis of California, and Gregory Follis and wife Connie of San Diego; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian Borden of Fairfield; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Robbie Roman Womack
Dec 25, 1916 - June 15, 2011

 
Corsicana — Robbie Roman Womack, 94, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at her residence. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Jerri Lea Saldivar
May 14, 1964 - June 10, 2011

Corsicana — Jerri Lea Saldivar, 47, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, June 10, 2011, in Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan, Ill. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Calvary Worship Center with Dr. Gary W. Johnson and the Rev. Tim Schane officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Bennie Donn Dyer
Feb 7, 1954 - June 13, 2011

Bennie Donn Dyer, 57, of Dallas passed away Monday, June 13, 2011. Visitation will be 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2011, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Walter "Walt" John Pawlowski III
Aug 3, 1933 - June 12, 2011

Walter “Walt” John Pawlowski III, 77, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

He was born Aug. 3, 1933, to Walter John Pawlowski II and Lorena Hill Pawlowski in Erie, Pa.

While serving in the U S Army during the Korean War, Walt received the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He spent his life working in the paint and body shop profession. Walt was a quiet man and loved deeply by his family. He spent most of his life in Pennsylvania and Florida. He moved to Corsicana in 1997 to be near his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and by his son, Eric Pawlowski.

Survivors include his son, Walter John Pawlowski IV and wife Ginger of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Pawlowski of South Haven, Miss.; grandchildren, Valerie and Cody Pawlowski of South Haven, Miss., Kate Pawlowski, Lily Pawlowski, and Bo McGraw of Corsicana; great-grandson, Zayne Pawlowski of Corsicana; he is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Tom Dill of Erie, Penn.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Ham officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jimmie (Johnson) Sheppard
March 1, 1926 - June 13, 2011
 

Jimmie Johnson Sheppard, 85, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2011, at her home in Corsicana after a heroic battle with cancer.

Jimmie was born March 1, 1926, in Barry, to George Washington Johnson and Bessie Brown Johnson. She was the youngest of three sisters. Jimmie attended Emhouse schools and graduated in 1943. She met and married the love of her life, Robert Sheppard, in 1948 and they both worked in the banking business in Blooming Grove and Corsicana. Soon after their marriage, they moved to the Galveston area and worked there until moving back to Corsicana in the early 1970s. She worked at the Corsicana National Bank until her retirement in December of 1995.

Jimmie was a wonderful wife, sister, and aunt. She, her mother, and sisters were an unusually close family. While working many years at the bank in Corsicana, her mother, Bessie Johnson, prepared lunch and they ate together each work day. Jimmie was a horse lover and good athlete in her youth and she and Sheppard loved attending rodeos together during their marriage. In her later years, Jimmie enjoyed her time playing Bingo with her sister, Marie Lockhart and husband Wendell. Aunt Jimmie’s home was the place that her family held their annual Christmas celebrations, which always included a silver dollar drawing and a spirited round of Bingo games. She will be sorely missed and her family will treasure the memories made with her.

Jimmie is preceded in death in 2004 by her husband, Robert B. Sheppard of Blooming Grove; sister, Mildred Johnson Drain; nephew, Joe Don Drain; and sister, Marie Lockhart.

Survivors include her niece, Georgeann Meyer and husband Darrell of Kemp; nephew, Kevin Lockhart and wife Kris of Deer Park; nephew, Ted Lockhart of Corsicana; she is also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews, along with a host of friends. The family would like to say a special thanks to her caretaker, Shirley Polk, along with Hand in Hand Hospice.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Graveside services will follow at 10:30 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with the Rev. Otis Conner officiating. Pallbearers will be nephews, Kyle Borrello, Darrell Meyer, Obie Lockhart, and Kevin Lockhart.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Robert B. Sheppard - d/o George Washington Johnson and Bessie (Brown) Johnson

William Andrew “Will” Turner
Nov 10, 1885 - Oct 14, 1925

Funeral Services For Farmer Man
Special to the Sun.
Emhouse, Texas. Oct. 19.— Funeral services were held here Friday afternoon for Will Turner of the Farmer community. Mr. Turner died very suddenly in Merkel, Texas, where he had gone with J. M. Parrish and other friends on a prospecting tour of West Texas.
He was a middle-aged man and was a very prosperous farmer. His death came as a great shock to his relatives and many friends and will be felt keenly by all who knew him.
Interment was made in the Pattison cemetery near Emhouse. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss, also two brothers and three sisters.

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Benjamin Cherris Pattison
Jun 5, 1847 - Jan 23, 1923

Aged Man Found
Dead at Emhouse
B. C. Pattison, aged 77 years, and who lived alone at Emhouse, was found dead in his bed this morning and his body in an advanced stage of decomposition. The deceased had not been seen since Thursday night last and it is supposed he died that night. A son Ben Patterson who lives near Emhouse kept watch over his father, and visited him daily to look after him. A few days ago he told his son he contemplated taking a trip and on Friday when the son failed to find him, and his house locked up, he supposed that he had gone on the contemplated trip; but this morning when no tidings had come from him the son went to the home and broke the door down to find his father dead in his bed. The deceased had lived about Emhouse for a long time and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

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Otto Frederick Wetzel
May 06, 1884 - Jun 17, 1949

Plan Saturday Rites At Emhouse For O. F. Wetzel
Death Friday had stilled the hammer and darkened the forge of a veteran blacksmith, O. F. Wetzell, 65, of Emhouse.
Wetzel had lived at Emhouse for the last 22 years. He died at Navarro Clinic Friday morning.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Emhouse at 3 p. m. Saturday with the pastor, L. B. Jenkins, and the Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be in Pattison cemetery under the direction of Griffin Funeral home.
Wetzel had been a member of the Emhouse church for the last 22 years.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Edward Lee of Odessa, Charles Derwood of Pampa and Carl Henry of Emhouse; five daughters, Mrs. Earl McClintock of Fort Worth, Mrs. T. E. O'Neil of Odessa, Mrs. Leon Logan of Odessa, Miss Mary Lou Wetzel of Emhouse, Miss Flo Wetzel of Emhouse; two sisters, Mrs. Oscar Krumnow of Temple and Mrs. Myrtle White of Springfield, Ill.; one brother, Charlie Wetzel of Mart; four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bud O'Neill, Bud Ray, Jim Bob Collins, Clayton Freeman, Wayne Beard and Frank Seely.

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Susan Amelia (White) Youngblood-Laube
Jul 8, 1875 - Sep 13, 1948

MRS. SUSAN WHITE
DIES MONDAY AT
DAUGHTER’S HOME
Mrs. Susan A. White, aged 71 years died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bertha Freeman, Route 2, Corsicana, shortly before noon Monday.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Tuesday afternoon.
Surviving are four sons, C. L. Youngblood, Pollock, La.; Sam, Fred and Barney Laube, all of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Maude Smith, Dallas, and Mrs. Freeman, Corsicana; 19 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Griffin Funeral Home will direct.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Sep 13, 1948

MRS. SUSAN WHITE FUNERAL SERVICES SLATED WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Susan A. White, aged 71 years, who died Monday shortly before noon, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First Baptist church in Emhouse. The rites will be conducted by Rev. B. W. Burns, pastor. Burial will be in the Pattison cemetery.
Surviving are four sons, C. L. Youngblood, Pollock, La.; Sam, Fred and Barney Laube, all of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Maude Smith, Dallas and Mrs. Bertha Freeman, Route 2, Corsicana; two brothers, Henry White, Louisiana, and W. C. White, Buckeye, Ariz.; three sisters, Mrs. Arizona Slayton and Mrs. Tiny Cosby, both of Louisiana, and Mrs. Maude Smith, Mississippi; 19 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Ed Montgomery, Marvin Farmer, P. Russell, G. W. Watkins, Robert Watkins and Bruce Boulware.
Griffin Funeral Home will direct.

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William Marvin Frederick
Sep 29, 1892 - Apr 10, 1916

DIED YESTERDAY MORNING.

Son of Prominent Blooming Grove Citizen Passes Away.

Marvin Frederick, aged 25 years, and a son of H. C. Frederick, died at his home near Blooming Grove yesterday morning at 5:30, and the remains were interred in the Blooming
Grove cemetery at 11 o'clock this morning. Besides his parents and brothers and sisters, the deceased is survived by his widow and two children.

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Coy Doyle Tipping
Mar 11, 1907 - Jul 8, 1941

COY D. TIPPING BURIED WEDNESDAY BLOOMING GROVE
BLOOMING GROVE, July 9.— (Special) .—Funeral services for Coy D. Tipping, aged 34 years, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday afternoon, were held from the First Baptist Church here Wednesday afternoon. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. O. Patterson, pastor of the church. Burial was in the White Chruch Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, four sons and a daughter, of Blooming Grove; parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Tom Tipping, Blooming Grove, and several brothers and sisters.
McCormick Funeral Home had charge.

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Lollie (Farmer) Smith
Mar 5, 1869 - Mar 23, 1941

MRS. LOLLIE SMITH DIED SUNDAY NIGHT AT BLOOMING GROVE
Mrs. Lollie Smith, aged 71 years, died at her home near Blooming Grove Sunday night. Funeral services will be held from the family home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with burial in the White's Church cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev, Williams of Blooming Grove and Rev. Gus Farmer of Emhouse.
Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Frank Matthews, Blooming Grove; Mrs. M. L. Waller, Garza, and Mrs. Ellis Estell, Crockett; a brother, John Farmer, California.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Lollie (Farmer) Smith

Mrs. Lollie Smith Buried Tuesday At White Church Cemetery

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Mrs. Lollie Smith aged 71 years, who died at her home near Blooming Grove Sunday night. Services were held from the family home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Rev. Robert Williams and Rev. Gus Farmer conducting the rites.

Burial was in White Church Cemetery.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Frank Matthews, Blooming Grove; Mrs. M. L. Waller, Garza, and Mrs. Ellis Estell, Crockett; a brother, John Farmer, California.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Mar 28, 1941
    Submitted by Karen Rost

Laura Evelyn Helton
Jan 30, 1919 - Aug 27, 1925

Lost Little Daughter.
Laura Evelyn, 7 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Helton of Barry, died at the family home yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock and the remains were interred in the White Chruch Cemetery near, Blooming Grove at 10 o'clock this morning.

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Samuel D. Weston
Mar. 3, 1894 - May 13, 1951

Services Monday For S. D. Weston Funeral services for Sam D. Weston, 57, of Cayuga, who died n Blooming Grove Sunday afternoon while on a visit, were held Monday from the McCammon
Chapel. Burial was in the White Chruch Cemetery near Blooming Grove.
The rites were conducted by Rev. W. C. Towns, pastor of the First Baptist church, Blooming
Grove, and Rev. Samuel E. Hopkins, Baptist minister of Cross Roads.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jettie Weston, of Cayuga; two daughters, Mrs. E. D. Tipping. Blooming Grove, and Mrs. A. W. Faulk, Illinois; a sister, Mrs. Kate Radney, Amarillo: five stepsons, Oscar Brown, Wayne Brown, James Poe, Arthur Poe, Bunday Poe; a step-daughter, Juanita Brown; a step-sister, Miss Hattie Poe; stepfather, R. L. Poe. and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Billy Joe Dean, Bernard Godley, Wesley Files, Wilburn Hughes, LeRoy Gafford and Avon Morris.

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Alfred Taylor Commodore Coffee
Dec 24, 1871 - Jan 17, 1949

C. T. COFFEY RITES WERE CONDUCTED HERE WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for C. T. Coffey, 68, who died at the family home here Monday morning, were held from the Corley Funeral chapel Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock with burial in the White Chruch Cemetery near Blooming Grove. The rites were conducted by Rev. Willis Blackmon, Primitive Baptist minister.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Partlow, Coolidge; Mrs. Carrie
Wilson San Angelo, and Mrs. Sue Hammond, Hawkins; six sons, Commodore, Dave and Ike Coffey, all of Coolidge; Frank Coffey, Hubbard; Clarence Coffey, Dawson. and George Coffey, New Mexico.

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Floy Mae (Truelove) Bower
May 6, 1881 - Jan 12, 1919

Died in Blooming Grove.
Mrs. H. M. Bowers died in Blooming Grove Sunday night with influenza and pneumonia, and the funeral took place there yesterday. The husband and five children survive, and all these are confined to their beds with the disease.

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Amzi Buford Barnes
Oct 09, 1897 Feb 19, 1917

Died in Blooming Grove.
Buford Barnes, aged 19 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. N, Barnes, died at the family home in Blooming Grove Monday afternoon after an illness of several days with pneumonia, and the
remains were interred there yesterday afternoon.

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Margaret Ella Barton
Mar 30, 1932 - Feb 22, 1933

Baby Died Last Night In Blooming Grove; Burial Today
BLOOMING GROVE, Feb 23.— (Spl.)—Margaret Ella, ten months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Barton, died Wednesday night at 9 o'clock and funeral services were held at the Christian church Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Thomas Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church of Corsicana.
Burial was in the White Chruch Cemetery.

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Nora Lee (Orrell) Watts
Jan 20, 1888 - May 24, 1933

Blooming Grove Woman, Was Buried Thursday Afternoon
BLOOMING GROVE, May 26.— (Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. George Watts, 45, who died at the family home two miles east of Blooming Grove early Wednesday morning, were held Thursday afternoon with: burial in the White Chruch Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband, four daughters and two sons.

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Angelina Jemina "Angie" (Groves) Forgey
Aug 1, 1830 - Oct 22, 1909

Died at the Grove.
Mrs. Angie Forgie, aged 83 yours, and for more than forty years a resident of Navarro county, died at her home in Blooming Grove last night.
Deceased is survived by three grown children.

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Cora (Powell) Erwin-Rawlinson
Jan 5, 1861 - Dec 30, 1944

PIONEER RESIDENT OF BLOOMING GROVE DIED IN DALLAS
BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 1.— (Spl.)—Funeral services were held from the local Christian
church Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Cora Rawlinson, aged 84 years who died in a Dallas hospital Saturday afternoon. A pioneer resident of this community, and a charter member of the First Christian church, Mrs. Rawlinson had made her home with her sons in Denver and Dallas the past 14 years. Burial was in the White Chruch Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. L. A. Chumney, pastor of the Central Baptist church.
Surviving are two sons, W. Floyd Erwin, Dallas, and Harry J. Rawlinson. Denver, Colo., and two
grandsons, Johnny Gregg Erwin and Harry Joe Rawlinson, both in the U. S. Army, fighting in the
Philippine Islands at the present time.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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J. E. Henry Cumpston
Oct. 1825 - Jun. 24, 1916

Died Near Blooming Grove.
From Wednesday’s Daily.
J. E. Cumpston, an old resident of the Blooming Grove community died last Saturday, and the remains were interred there Sunday. The deceased is survived by the following grown children: George, Frank, Fred and Henry Cumpston and Mrs. Chas. Lewis, all of the Blooming Grove community.

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William Jesse Scoggins
Aug 24, 1867 - July 15, 1955

W. J. Scroggins
Rites Scheduled
BLOOMING GROVE, July 16 — (Spl) — William Jesse Scroggins, 87, of Barry, died Friday night at his home. He had been in ill health for several years.
A native of Alabama, he had been a resident of Navarro county 75 years and had served as community veterinarian for the West end of the county for 40 years before retiring. He was a Mason.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Barry Baptist church with the Rev. H. B. Prather of Dallas, former pastor of the Barry church, officiating, assisted by Rev. R. P. Blaylock, pastor.
Burial will be in White Church cemetery at Blooming Grove under the direction of the McCormick
Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Leone Reed, Lowell Reed, Marshall Massengale, Roy Massengale, Roger Johnston and Judd Russell.
He is survived by his wife of Barry; 3 sons, Ray of Barry, Jim of Dallas and Scott of Austin; 2 daughters, Joan of Barry, and Mrs. Roger Thompson of Dallas; 5grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Jul 16, 1955
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Frances (Sandland) Scoggins; s/o Jim Scoggins
  • DC and obit say Scroggins, his wife and his son’s monuments say Scoggins

James Hineyard Shepherd
Dec 31, 1871 - Apr 3, 1962

Hold Services J.H. Shepherd
Final rites for James H. Shepherd were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon chapel with J. C. Hayes, Church of Christ minister from Waco, officiating. Interment was in White Church cemetery at Blooming Grove.
Shepherd, 90, died Tuesday at the Twilight Home.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Mamie Page, Corsicana; Mrs. Vennie McLeland, Monroe, La.; Ocie Blackmon, Orange, and Mrs. Ethel J. Smith, Harbor City, Calif.; three sons, Elmer Shepherd, Seagraves; Ed Shepherd, Wortham, and W. T. Shepherd, Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Beulah Sheppard, Kilgore; Mrs. Bettie Woodard, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Rose Cook, Dallas; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Joe Broseh, Lewis Cogburn, R. L. Hill, Paul Lane, Kenneth McMullan and Jimmy Lane.

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Matilda "Tillie" (Gowan) Young
Dec 18, 1840 - Aug 20, 1908

PROMINENT LADY DIES
Mrs. Tillie Young of Blooming Grove, died suddenly at the home of her son-in-law John Cunningham, in this city last Thursday night of acute indigestion. While Mrs. Young had been complaining some of being ill she was in ordinarily good health. At about 11 o’clock she aroused Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham and they found her standing at the window of her room. She complained of not being able to breath easy. A doctor was sent for, but Mrs. Young died in a few minutes after his arrival.
Mrs. Young was about 68 years of age and came to Texas from Mississippi when she was about 10 years old and has lived in Blooming Grove vicinity since then. Her husband Mr. John Young died some years ago. She was a good Christian, dying a member of the Baptist church.
Her family consisted of four daughters and two sons, viz: Mesdames John Cunningham, W. F. Dunn and Turk Robinson of this city, Mrs. Florence Harris of Blooming Grove and Messrs. M. G. and Frank Young of Blooming Grove. The remains accompanied by relatives and friends were taken to Blooming Grove Friday morning and were interred in the cemetery.
The family have the sympathy of everyone in the loss of this noble, christain mother.

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Edward “Ed” Ewing
Jan 18, 1878 - Nov 11, 1953

Blooming Grove
Farmer Dies of
Heart Attack
Ed Ewing, 73, farmer was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital Wednesday about 3:15 p.m. following a heart attack while picking cotton six miles southwest of Blooming Grove. A Corley ambulance answered the call.
A native of Oklahoma he had resided in the northwest section of Navarro county 55 years.
Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove, two sons, Louis Ewing Blooming Grove, and Edgar Earl Ewing Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. Janie Barton, Angus; Mrs. Evie Featherston Murchison; Mrs. Annie Mae Sisson, Mrs. Ruby Harris, Mrs. Ruth Cantrell and Mrs. Edith Campbell all of Corsicana; four step-sons, George, Jim, Henry and Clyde Ward, all of Blooming Grove; 23 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two brothers, Will Ewing, Las Cruces, N. M. and John Ewing Blooming Grove, and other relatives.
Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church in Blooming Grove Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the White Church cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Roy Davis, pastor, assisted by Rev. C. T. Brockette, retired Methodist minister.
Pallbearers were Jack Gillen, J. D. George, Drew Gillen, Lloyd Simpson, Arthur Garrison and Sam Carroll.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Clayton Emmett “C.E.” McSpadden
Dec 28, 1931 - Apr 29, 1952

Former Blooming Grove Resident Killed In Crash
C. E. McSpadden Jr., 20. Plainview farmer, graduate of Blooming Grove high school, was killed
near Canyon in a gas truck-car collision about midnight Tuesday, according to information received
here Wednesday.
The body will be returned to Blooming Grove by the McCormick Funeral Service. Funeral services
will be held at Blooming Grove Thursday or Friday.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. McSpadden, Sr., Plainview; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Nell Tipping, Fort Worth, and Miss Merle Jane McSpadden, Plainview; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Magee and Mrs. Alice L. McSpadden, all of Blooming Grove.
He was a nephew of J. O. McSpadden, assistant Vice President of the First National Bank.

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Cecil Lee Meador
Nov 13, 1911 - Feb 19, 1955

Sgt. Cecil Meador Dies In England
S-Sgt. Cecil Meador, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Meador of Blooming Grove, died several days ago in England, according to a message from the government received by the parents.
A veteran of World War II. Sgt.
Meador re-enlisted in the Air Forces and was stationed in England, being transferred there from Fort Worth last Fall.
His wife resides in Fort Worth.
The body will be returned to Blooming Grove for funeral rites and burial, but details are unknown
at the present time.


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Blooming Grove Sergeant Rites Slated Friday

BLOOMING GROVE, March 9—(Spl)—The body of S-Sgt. Cecil Lee Meador, 43, U. S. Air Force, will arrive Thursday from England. He died of asphyxiation in England, February 19, according to information received from the government.

Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church Friday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor, and Rev. Cheshire, pastor of the Cashion Baptist church near Fort Worth.

A native of Blooming Grove the sergeant had been in the U. S. Air Force about 15 years. He was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth prior to being sent to an English station seven months ago, and he also saw service in the European Theatre during World War 11.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mabel Meador, Fort Worth; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Lee Meador, Blooming Grove; a step-son, James Wilson, Fort Worth; two step-daughters, Mrs. Fay Patterson, Wortham, and Mrs. Mildred Cantrell, Fort Worth; four brothers, Earl C. Meador, Arlington; Robert L. Meador, Liberty; Alva L. Meador, Fort Worth, and Bruce L. Meador, Waco.

McCormick will direct.

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Silas Quitman Williams, Jr.
Sep 20, 1863 - Jul 24, 1930

Pioneer Resident Of Blooming Grove Buried Thursday
Bud Williams, aged about 60 years, single, pioneer resident of  the Blooming Grove community,
died at Blooming Grove Wednesday night at 11 o'clock and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 5 o'clock with interment in the Blooming Grove cemetery.
Surviving are one brother, Jim Williams, San Angelo; one sister, Mrs. Goodman, Oklahoma, and
other relatives.

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Theodore Brune
Oct 28, 1845 - Feb 11, 1930

Aged Blooming Grove Resident Is Buried
BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 14 — T. Brune, aged 84 years, died with a heart attack Tuesday evening, and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock with interment in the local cemetery.
He was a native of Germany but came to America when 15 years of age. After residing in Cincinnati for several years and in Alabama until 1899 when he came to Texas.

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T. Brune, Aged 84, Passed Away Tuesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 at the Methodist church for T. Brune, aged 84 years, who passed away at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, with heart failure. Rev. T. G. Story, pastor of the Methodist church and Rev. E. L. Jones, pastor of the First Baptist church conducted the services. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.

Mr. Brune came to the United States from Germany when he was a boy of 15 years and lived with an uncle in Cincinnati for a few years. When but a young man he moved to Mississippi where he lived until 1899 at which time he came to Texas and lived with Dr. Green until his death, and has lived with their family since.

Mr. Brune came to the United States a Roman Catholic but was converted in his early life to Protestantism, and has been a faithful member of the Methodist church since.

The deceased was a quiet, peace loving man, was very attentive to his religious duties, and never failed to inquire about and visit the sick. He had a great many friends in Bloomng Grove.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Feb 14, 1930
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Joseph Steven “Joe” Massengale
Mar 20, 1903 - Aug 19, 1956

J. S. Massengale
Rites Tuesday
BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 20 — (Spl.) Joseph S. Massengale, 53, retired railroad employee of Blooming Grove, died Sunday morning in a Fort Worth hospital following a year's illness. A native of Navarro County, he was born at Cryer Creek.
He is survived by his father, R. R. Masaengale of Blooming Grove; a brother, L. D. Massengale of Dallas, and other relatives; Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m, from the First Methodist Church here with the pastor, Rev. Roy. Davis, officiating.
Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Loyd Simpson, Roy Massengale, Marshal Massengale, H, S, Whorton, Sam Carroll, and Drew Gillen.
McCormick will direct.

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Carrie “Lou” (Simpson) Massengale
Jan 25, 1873 - Apr 11, 1917

Died In Blooming Grove.
Mrs. Lou Massengale, wife of R. R. Massengale, a well-known citizen of Blooming Grove died at the family home there Wednesday night, following an illness of four weeks with pneumonia, and the remains were interred there yesterday afternoon at 3:30, Rev. Mr. Morton officiating. The deceased was 40 years of ago and is survived by her husband and four children.

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Charles Nathaniel Dillingham
Feb 14, 1874 - Jun 29, 1932

C. N. Dillingham
Died Suddenly In Blooming Grove
BLOOMING GROVE, June 20. — (Spl.)—C. N. Dillingham, pioneer resident and business man of this city, died at his home here Wednesday morning following a short illness. He suffered a heart attack while down town and was taken to his home where he died within a few minutes.
Mr. Dilllngham was active in all affairs for the betterment of the community and at the time of his death was president of the Blooming Grove Fair association.
Surviving are his wife, a son Charlie Joe Dillingham, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Connally, Temple, and Mrs. Joe Giles, Houston.
Funeral arrangements were not complete awaiting the arrival of relatives.

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C. N. DILLINGHAM DIED SUDDENLY WEDNESDAY MORNING

C. N. Dillingham, age 58 years died at his home Wednesday morning at
9:30 o'clock following an illness of only a few minutes.

Mr. Dillingham came to Blooming Grove from Kentucky when a young man, and went into business here, and for the past 40 years has owned a business of some kind here. He has done as much or probably more than any other one citizen to promote the growth and development of Blooming Grove. In the past nine years he had a very active part in the affairs of Blooming Grove. At the time of his death he was serving as a member of the Blooming Grove High School Board. He was also president of the Blooming Grove Fair Association which has made wonderful progress under his supervision and management. In the death of Mr. Dillingham the citizens of Blooming Grove realize they have lost one of their most useful citizens.

Those surviving him are his wife and three children, Mrs. Bob Connally, of Temple; Mrs. Joe Giles, of HOuston; Charlie Joe Dillingham, of Bryan. Two sisters, Mrs. J. E. Deshman, and Mrs. Hettie Kincaid, of Bryan; one brother, H E. Dillingham, of Blooming Grove.

Rev. Thomas Lenox of Corsicana will have charge of the funeral service which will be held at the family home at 5:00 o'clock Thursday evening, Interment will be made in Rose Hill cemetery. The Masons will have charge at the cemetery.

The funeral was directed by the McCormick funeral home.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Jul 1, 1932
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Hugh Alvin Smith
Jun 4, 1913 - Dec 30, 1970
Hugh Smith
Rites Held
BLOOMING GROVE (Sp)— Graveside rites for Hugh A. Smith, who died Wednesday at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth, were held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Funeral services were held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth.
An active Mason and veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Smith was employed by General Motors Parts Division in Fort Worth. He is survived by his wife, three brothers and six sisters.

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Henry Marshall Nicholson
Feb 9, 1894 - Jan 9, 1971

Nicholson Rites Planned Monday
Henry M. Nicholson, 76, a lifelong resident of Cryer Creek, died Saturday in Memorial Hospital.
He was a farmer and rancher and a member of the Methodist Church at Barry.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lucile Nicholson of Cryer Creek; two sons, Henry Ray of Blooming Grove and Clyde of Barry; a daughter, Mrs. Francine Johnston of Bonham; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Jordan of Aransas Pass, Mrs. Mabel DuBose of Abilene, Mrs. Myrtle Chanse of Modesto, Calif., and Mrs. Tommie Farish of Blooming Grove; nieces and nephews.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Shell
Mar 14, 1889 - May 24, 1971

Shell

BLOOMING GROVE - Funeral services for Mr. Ben Shell, 82, a long time resident of Blooming Grove will be at 4 p.m. at Central Baptist Church.
Mr. Shell died Monday night in the Hillsboro Hospital.
A retired employee of Navarro County Precinct 4, he began work with the county when road machinery was horse drawn. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Vera Shell, of Emory; one son, Charles Kennedy of Emory; two daughters, Mrs. Ima Jean Hollingsworth of Itasca and Freida Ezell of Merrit Island, Florida; five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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Anna Elizabeth (Murphey) Evans-Clark-Peeples
Jul 25, 1855 - Dec 12, 1949

Blooming Grove
Resident Dies
Thursday Night
BLOOMING GROVE. Dec. 9 — (Spl) — Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Peeples, 94-year-old native of Alabama died at the home of a daughter Mrs. J. M. Clark of Blooming Grove at 7:30 p. m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be held a the McCormick's Funeral Service chapel here at 2 p. m. Saturday with Rev. C. A. Sheerer, Church of Christ minister in Corsicana, officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Besides Mrs. Clark, survivors in include another daughter, Mrs. R. M. Davis of California; a son, Aubry Clark of Oklahoma; twelve grand children. 20 great grand children, and 2 great great grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers.

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