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Lance Todd Oliphant
Sep 16, 1961 - Sep 18, 1961

Infant Rites
Held Monday
Lance Todd Oliphant, two-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Oliphant, 2405 West Collin street, Corsicana, died in Memorial hospital early Monday morning.
Graveside service were held Monday at 3 p. m. at the Kerens cemetery with Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church, in charge.
Surviving are the parents and a brother, Tommy, of Corsicana; and grandparents, Mrs. Eugene Oliphant, Kerens, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barham, Blooming Grove.
Inmon directed.

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Rose Ellen "Rosie" (Fulton) Pevehouse
Jan 31, 1883 - Dec 25, 1956

Mrs. Pevehouse
Rites Wednesday
BLOOMING GROVE. Dec. 26. (Spl.)—Mrs. Rosie Ellen Pevehouse, 73, died at her home here Tuesday afternoon. She was the wife of D. F. Pevehouse. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. from the Central Baptist church. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. The rites wore conducted by Rev. Wayne Runnels, pastor of the church. Mrs. Pevehouse was a member of the Central Baptist church.
A native of Athens. Mrs. Pevehouse had resided In Navarro county and Blooming Grove since a small child.
Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Grace Treadway and Mrs. Tommie Kelley. Both of Dallas; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two brothers, Russell and Robert Fulton, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.
Grand nephews were pallbearers. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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William Riley Pierce
Jul 14, 1876 - Feb 21, 1927

Blooming Grove Man
Dies In Hospital
Blooming Grove, Texas, Feb. 28. — W. R. Pierce died at the hospital Monday morning, February 21, after being ill for nearly a year with Bright's disease.
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church Tuesday with Rev. Archer conducting the services. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The deceased was a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge.
He is survived by his wife.
Services were conducted at the grave by his lodge.

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John T. Harris Pullin
Dec 17, 1885 - Mar 15, 1964

JohnT.Pullin
Rites Monday
BLOOMING GROVE. March 16 (Spl.)—John T. Pullin, 78, died Sunday afternoon in Memorial Hospital, Corsicana.
Funeral services were to be held Monday at 4 p. m. from the First Methodist church with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Rev. Hubert Taylor, First Methodist pastor, was to officiate. A son, Alvy Pullin, of Nixon, died in a San Antonio hospital and his wife died on September 17, last year.
Survivors include five sons. F. E. and G. B. Pullin, both of Dallas; Cecil Pullin, Humble; Darwood Pullin, Vallejo, California, and Dee Pullin, Prairie Hill; two daughters, Mrs. Johnnie Dugan, Frost, and Mrs. Dick Gillen, Mesquite; a brother, J. P. Pullin. Tyler; three sisters, Mrs. Will Boyd, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Myrtle Saunders, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Carrie Parker, Paris Texas; 35 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be C. C. Lusk. Loyd Simpson. C. L. Saunders, H. R. Nicholson. Drew Gillen and Robert McGraw.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Ruth Love (Grant) Whorton
Nov 18, 1889 - Aug 11, 1964

Mrs. Whorton
Dies At Vernon
BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 24
--(Spl.)—Mrs. E. H. Whorton 74, native of Black Hills, was found dead at her home in Vernon, Saturday. She and her late husband resided in Blooming Grove many years and were furniture merchants. Mrs. Whorton had resided at Vernon 17 years.
Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor of the church.
Surviving are a son. E. H. Whorton, Lubbock; a daughter, Mrs. Kit Rowe, Beaumont; a brother S. W. Grant, Blooming Grove; a sister Mrs. Tom George, Corsicana; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Oscar Ingram, D. W. Springer, John George, Mack Crawford, J. O. McSpadden and Clyde Tullos.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Edna Irene (Bourland) Simpson
Sep 8, 1903 - Sep 7, 1964

Mrs. Simpson Dies Monday
Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Edna Bourland Simpson, 61, Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church at Barry with Rev. Hugh Summer, pastor, conducting. Mrs. Simpson died suddenly Monday after suffering a heart attack . Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove.
A native of Barry, she is survived by her husband, Lloyd Simpson, Barry; mother, Mrs. Will Watson, Barry; one son, Gerald Simpson, Idalou; one daughter, Mrs. Edna Earl Landrum, Waco; one brother, Alvis Bourland, McGregor; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers arc C. E. Warren, L. O. McGraw, Roy Massengale, Drew Gillen, Lowell Reed, and Doug Magee.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Eli Joseph Schayes
Mar 17, 1881 - Feb 22, 1964

E. J. Schayes
Rites Monday
E. J. Schayes, 82, retired coal miner of Brandon, died in Memorial hospital Saturday night.
Funeral services were held Monday 2 p.m. from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Frank Short, pastor of the Brandon Baptist church.
Native of Brussells, Belgium, he spent most of his life in Steubbenville, Ohio, until 11 years ago when he came to Blooming Grove and then moved to Brandon.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Belle Schayes, Brandon; two sons, Ernest and Floyd Schayes, both of Steubbenville; two daughters, Miss Bessie Schayes, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Delores Wilson, Apopka, Fla., six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Ben Shell, Ernest Martin, Clovis Haden, R. Bruce McCormick, Drew Gillen and W. M. Crawford.
McCormick directed.

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James Arvin Saunders
Oct 21, 1888 - Jul 20, 1973

J. A. Saunders
Funeral services are set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for James Arbin Saunders, 84, who died Friday in Corsicana. Rev. Jon Moore will officiate, and burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
He was a native of Tennessee, had lived in Corsicana for the last 30 years, was a veteran of World War I and a member of Westside Baptist Church.
He was a retired salesman employed with J. C. Penney Company and Golden Brothers.
Survivors include his widow, four brothers, H. B, Saunders of Fort Worth, Euel Saunders of Waxahachie, Albert Saunders and Sammie Saunders both of Blooming Grove, and several nieces and nephews.
Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Elizabeth "Bessie" (George) Reid
Oct 7, 1880 - Feb 5, 1960

Mrs. Reid Dies
Friday Morning
Mrs. Bessie Reid, 79, long-time Blooming Grove resident, died Friday morning at Pauline’s Home here.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor of the Westheimer Baptist church in Houston, formerly of Blooming Grove, assisted by Rev. Frank Boydston, pastor.
A native of Camden, Ala., Mrs. Reid came to Blooming Grove 70 years ago. She was the widow of the late John M. Reid, pioneer Blooming Grove druggist.
Surviving are a son, J. Miller Reid, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. M. D. Murphy, Fort Worth; a brother John George, Blooming Grove; four sisters, Mrs. Eugene Ross, Kerens; Mrs. J. T. Spires, Hillsboro; Mrs. R. B. Grady, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. J. F. Scott, Clovis, N. M.; two grandchildren, John Miller Reid, 111, Corsicana, and Betty Dean Murphy, Fort Worth, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Page, Sam Carroll, Doug Magee, Ernest McGraw, Drew Gillen, G. W. Patterson, W. E. Smithen, and R. Bruce McCormick.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Elizabeth Ann Starek
Dec 6, 1958 - Jun 15, 2011

Elizabeth Ann Starek, 52, of Kemp died on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Baylor Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Dec. 6, 1958, in Dallas, the daughter of the late John Starek and Florine Hobin. Elizabeth was a member of St. Judes Catholic Church. She worked at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, as the tutor coordinator for the Student Services Department.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Florine Starek.

Survivors include her sister, Jennifer Jessica Starek; brother, Mike Starek and wife Sandy; two nieces, Noelle Starek, and Mikaela Starek; two nephews, Michael John Starek, and John Paul Starek; she is also survived by her great-niece, Anabella Tiano, and great nephew, Sam Tiano.

A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana, with the Fr. Ley Manando officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the James L. Collins Catholic School Scholarship Fund, 3000 W. Hwy. 22, Corsicana, TX 75110

Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Homes, Seven Points.

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Jefferey Dustyn Mayeaux
Jan 23, 1988 - Jun 27, 2011

Jefferey Dustyn Mayeaux, 23, of Little Elm, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011.

He was born Jan. 23, 1988

He was preceded in death by grandparents Charles Allen Camp, Robert Foster Johns Sr., and Betty Jo (Pinson) Mayeaux-Johns; father, Donnie Joe Mayeaux Sr. aunt, Brenda (Mayeaux) Baldree; uncle, Robert Foster Johns Jr., and cousin, Wendy Baldree.

Survivors include his grandmother, Ruth Ann Camp; stepfather, Jerry Nabozny; brother, Donnie Joe Mayeaux Jr.; sisters, Kaitlyn Joane Nabozny and Angela Mae Russell; uncles, Christopher Andrew Camp, Danny Lee Mayeaux and girlfriend Kathleen Martino; and Joseph Paul Adams; aunts, Constance Elizabeth (Camp) Sociays, Karen Ann (Mayeaux) Adams, and Dianna Lynn Bass; cousins, Louise May (Camp) Joachin, Charlie and Anna Anderson, David and Michele (Mayeaux) Kern, Bryan Lee Mayeaux, Chance and Melissa (Mayeaux) Herndon, Loren Mayeaux, Shea Mayeaux, Dusty Rae Dennis, Larry Wayne Hickman Jr., Dannette Lee Hickman, Mark Baldree, Trinia Baldree, Tussa Baldree, and Alicia and Matt Baldree; Christie Jo Meek, Cassandra Nicole Bass, and Ashley Leann Bass; and by 33 second cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Campbell-Elrod Cemetery.

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Beth (Almond) Harris
Jan 29, 1916 - Jul 3, 2011

Mrs. Beth Harris, 95, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, at The Forum at Park Lane in Dallas.

She was born Jan. 29, 1916, to Wilmac and Max Almond, a long time Corsicana pioneer family. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1933 and went on to graduate from SMU. She taught 5th grade at Hockaday School for 20 years. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Wilmac Almond; and brothers, Jack Almond and Douglas Almond.

Survivors include her sons, Douglas Harris of Dallas, and John Harris and wife Donna of Plano; grandchildren, Brian Harris and wife Emily of Wylie, John Harris of Dallas, and Beth Harris of Dallas; and great-grandson, Maxx Harris of Wylie.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Father Ed Monk officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jack Lewis Berry
Jan 13, 1931 - Jul 7, 2011

Corsicana — Jack Lewis Berry, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011. A memorial service will be held at a later date at DFW National Cemetery.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Edward Lawrence Rowe

Corsicana — Edward Lawrence Rowe, 64, of Corsicana passed away Friday, July 1, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Dallas. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ with Minister Corley Crawford officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Arzell (Fullerton) Westover
Nov 7, 1921 - Jul 4, 2011

Corsicana — Arzell Westover, 89, of Streetman, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Birdston Cemetery.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Glenn Allen Davis
Oct 15, 1956 - Jul 1, 2011

Memorial services for Glenn Allen Davis, 54, Corsicana, are scheduled for 5 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Harmony Christian Ministries, 1816 W. Second Avenue, Corsicana.

Mr. Davis passed away on July 1, 2011 in Corsicana.

He was born Oct. 15, 1956, in Corsicana, to Thomas and Sonda Davis.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sonda Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Davis of Corsicana; children, Phillip Davis of Rice, Thomas Davis of Corsicana and Kristi Davis of Odessa; father, Thomas Davis of Rice; brother, Danny Davis and his wife Brenda Davis of Corsicana; three grandchildren, Lynnsey Davis, Bradley Davis and Bryan Davis, all of Rice; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Hilliard Funeral Home, Van.

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Nina Fae Cockrell
Nov 30, 1920 - Jul 3, 2011

Nina Fae Cockrell passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, at the Riverpark Nursing Center in Eugene, Ore., at the age of 90.

She was born Nov. 30, 1920, to George William and Sue Ella Cockrell in Rural Shade, where she grew up and attended school at Long Prairie. She then moved to Corsicana where she was employed by Southwestern Bell, retiring in 1981 after many years of faithful service. She was a life-long resident of Corsicana and member of Westhill Church of Christ. She moved to Oregon in her later years to be near her sister.

She was very talented seamstress and quilter who created beautiful quilts for her family. She will be remembered as a loving sister and aunt who will be greatly missed. We find comfort knowing she is in Heaven and is at peace.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Bertha Collins and Sue Robinson; and brothers, Marvin Cockrell and William Cockrell.

She is survived by sisters, Lavern Nesmith of Eastland, and Jo Francis Painter of Eugene, Ore.; and her nieces and one nephews.

A celebration of life will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Page Perry Perkins
Apr 23, 1925 - Jul 4, 2011

Page Perry Perkins, age 86 of Irene, passed away July 4, 2011, in Corsicana.

Page was born April 23, 1925 in Osceola to Sebe Richard and Etta (Jean) Perkins. He lived in Hill and Navarro counties all his life, and had been a resident of Irene since 1962. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific. After the war, he married Jean Warren on Dec. 27, 1946, in Cleburne. They had been married 59 years at the time of her death in 2006. He was of the Baptist faith.

A life-long farmer and rancher, it was not only his vocation, but his avocation as well. He would rather be working than anything else. He did cherish the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Playing with them and following their accomplishments were some of his fondest times.

Page was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Pete Perkins of Hillsboro; and two sisters, Vernette Hamilton of Itasca and Margie Sisk of Fort Worth.

Survivors include his children, Sue Stephens and husband Billy of Kerens, Sharon Bowling and husband James, and Devon Perkins and wife Kim, all of Irene; one sister, Tressie Hilton of Hillsboro; six grandchildren, Pam Lane, Jamey Stephens, Amy Bowling, John Perkins, Laura Perkins, and Katie Perkins; five great-grandchildren, Emily Lane, Will Stephens, Paige Bowling, Brandon Perkins, and Joshua Stephens; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Home in Hillsboro.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Marshall & Marshall Chapel in Hillsboro with the Rev. Gordon Lockett of Emmett Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Itasca Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Frost Ex-Students Association Scholarship Fund in care of Frost ISD; PO Box K; Frost, TX 76641.

Arrangements by Marshall & Marshal Funeral Home, Hillsboro.

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James Edwin Fortson
Sep 5, 1921 - Jun 27, 2011

James Edwin Fortson, 89, went to be with his Lord, and be reunited with his late wife Marie Hurley Fortson on their 66th wedding anniversary June 27, 2011. Born Sept. 5, 1921, in Rice, Texas, he was a vital member of the Rice and Corsicana communities all his life, as well as a beloved son, brother, husband, and father of 24 living descendants.

After graduating from Corsicana High School in 1939, Mr. Fortson attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1943, and served as a U.S. Navy pilot during WW II. He married Marie Hurley on June 27, 1945.

James E. Fortson, his brother Joe B. Fortson Jr., and sister Laura Fortson Johnston operated extensive farm and ranch land centered near Rice for more than 50 years.

In 1959 Mr. Fortson founded the Rice Water Supply and Sewer Service Corporation as a community-owned, non-profit utility, the first water system for the City of Rice that did not involve a cistern. He served as chairman of the board for the utility until 2008.

Mr. Fortson also served the Texas banking industry for more than 50 years as director and chairman of the board of First State Bank of Rice, and as director of First Bank and Trust of Dawson. He served on numerous boards and agencies in Corsicana including Soil Conservation Service, Navarro Central Appraisal District and First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

James Fortson was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Benjamin and Lyda McGee Fortson, his wife, brother, and sister.

Surviving are his three children and spouses, Ann and Bob Marcy of Clinton, Okla., Jane and Fred Hardaway of Richardson, James Hurley (Jim) Fortson of Rice, and Emily Fortson of Corsicana.

Grandchildren and their families are Jill and Brent Atchley, Bryler, 11, and Madison, 7, of Clinton, Okla.; Todd and Emily Marcy, Caleb, 3, and Joshua, 1, of Oklahoma City; Mary and Mitch Czuk, Adam, 9, James, 7, and William, 3, of Federal Way, Wash.; Dixie and Don Stevenson, Ella, 3, and Vivian, 5 months, of Naples, Fla.; Miles and Kathryn Hardaway, Dalton, 5, and Travis, 2, of Lubbock; Brett Hardaway, Kittie Ellis, and Andrew, 1, of Garland; Jennifer Fortson and Ellie, 7, of Rice; and Jessica Fortson of San Marcos.

With love and great appreciation the family thanks Mary Jo Middle, Pam Parker, and Lawanda Cherry for the care and devotion shown their father over the last three and one-half years of his illness.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana.

A graveside service for family and friends will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, followed at 2 p.m. by a memorial service at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. The Rev. Thomas Guthrie, formerly of Rice, will officiate.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Charlie Mae Davis
abt 1942 - Jun 22, 2011

Charlie Mae Davis, 69, of Dallas and formerly of Dawson, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Baylor Medical Center of Garland. Visitation will be noon to 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Hopewell Baptist Church in Dawson with the Rev. Monroe Allen and the Rev. Melvin Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Farmerville Cemetery in Dawson. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Vernon (Hodge) Pillans
Feb 16, 1925 - Jun 26, 2011

Vernon Pillans, 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 26, 2011, with her children and grandchildren by her side. She was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Corsicana to R.M. Hodge and Beulah Blanch Sikes Hodge. She attended school at Oak Valley and later attended and graduated from Emhouse in 1942. After graduation and while living in Corsicana, she worked for Western Union, P and S Hospital and Duke and Ayers. In later years, she worked for Texas Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana, Lyle Oil Company in Fairfield and The Smokehouse in Streetman. She was a lifelong member of New Hope Baptist Church of Winkler. Vernon was a member of The Silver Haired Legislature. She was also a 50 year member of the Corsicana Eastern Star #118 as well as a Past Worthy Matron. For many years she and her husband, Robert, were very active in Freestone County polictics. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. She loved life, her church, family, friends, politics and cooking.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at New Hope Baptist Church in the Winkler-St. Elmo Community located on FM 416. Brother Ken Helton will be officiating. Interment will follow at Saint Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Preston Bonner, Conrad Engelholm, Larry Travis, Clell Young, Joey Satagaj, James Gary Pillans, Phil Pillans and Corky Hagler.

Honorary Pallbearrs will be grandsons, Brian Pillans, Jay Fondren, Eric Minze, Adam Minze and Robby Pillans.

Vernon was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Pillans; and granddaughter, Laurie Pillans Horn.

She is survived by her sons and daughters, Gary and Carolyn Pillans of Corsicana, Bud and Sherrill Minze of Streetman, Benny and Cheryl Pillans of Winkler, and David and Bobbie Fondren of Frisco; grandchildren, Cindy Pair and Brian and Danielle Pillans, all of Corsicana, Eric and Stephanie Minze of Fairfield, Adam and Linda Minze of Plattsmouth, Neb., Mindy and Rodney Kujawa of Crossroads, Cherrilyn and Jay Robertson of Fairfield, Robby and Selene Pillans of Corsicana, Jay and Anne Fondren of Robinson, Clay and Katie Snider of Allen and Jobeth Fronden of Frisco; 29 great grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Frances Pillans of Streetman and Joyce Pillans of Winkler; brothers and their wives, James and Dorothy Hodge of Corsicana, and Richard “Butch” and Jeanie Hodge of Wooster, Ark.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A special thanks to caregivers Carol Martin, Sue Rice, Helen Bice, Lynda Lamon, Jane Guerin and granddaughter Mindy Kujawa.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 215, Streetman, Texas 75859.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Wanda Nell (Robbins) Robinson-Fuller
Jan 8, 1928 - Jul 12, 2011
 

Wanda Nell Fuller, 83, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011, with family and friends at her bedside, after a five month battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born Jan. 8, 1928, to Paul and Nell Mobley Robbins in Wichita Falls,. Soon after, the family moved to Dallas where Wanda was raised and graduated from Sunset High School in 1945.

Wanda was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Robinson in 1960; her second husband, O.M. “Buddy” Fuller Jr. in 1999; and a daughter, Robbie Paulette Robinson in 2003.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. Robinson Jr. and wife Kathy of Midlothian, and a very dear cousin who was more like a sister, Pat Kelly and husband Carl of Wills Point.

Wanda will be remembered by many for the clothes and food closet she opened and operated in Blooming Grove for several years until her health became an issue. Because of her hard work and charitable spirit, many families were able to receive help when it was needed.

Wanda was a member of Central Baptist Church and then New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Blooming Grove.

Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011, at Corley Blooming Grove Chapel, 117 Fordyce St., Blooming Grove.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church, West State Highway 22, east of Blooming Grove with the Rev. Bryan Connally officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Memorials may be made to the New Beginnings Family Fellowship Church in Blooming Grove.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Rosemary (Morphew) Acree
May 29, 1931 - Jul 12, 2011
 

Rosemary Morphew Acree was born May 29, 1931 in Eagle Pass, Texas to S. M. and Maisie Morphew and departed to her Father’s House in Heaven on July 12, 2011 of complications of breast cancer. We were blessed by her love and courageous presence in our lives, admiring her for refusing to be a victim to cancer. Rosemary showed strength of spirit and willingness to “roll with the punches” continuing to be active until her death. Although not known for her cooking, she was a true “domestic diva.” Decorating was her passion and she did it well.

Rosemary went to school in St. Louis, Okla., where she graduated as valedictorian of her class while also performing as a twirler and playing three instruments in the band. Following her husband on to Oklahoma University, Rosemary began making a loving home for her growing family. After the University of Oklahoma she began to define the role of quintessential Texas football coach’s wife over the next 29 years living in Bonham, Corsicana, Richardson, Lubbock, Midland and Palestine.

She is welcomed to heaven by her loving husband of 48 years, James D. Acree, who was the love of her life, but she always said being married to Jim was like trying to hold a tiger by the tail. She was so proud of him, her family, all the young men Jim coached and the coaches’ wives she mentored over the years, especially her dear friend Margaret Moore. She loved to tell funny stories of her family, the players, coaches and coaches’ wives who were in the program. Also welcoming her “home” are her parents; best friend and sister-of-the-heart, Josephine P. McNutt; sister-in-law Imogene Mask; brothers-in-law Wayne Mayfield and Bob Cocanower; and Zena.

Mrs. Acree is survived by one son, Felix Acree of The Woodlands; three daughters, Susan Kane of Richardson, Debbie McCall of Houston, and Nancy Skalsky of Austin; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Cocanower of Ft. Worth and Jane Mayfield of Diamond Head, Miss.; three brothers-in-law, Dr. Stan Acree and wife Carol of Midwest City, Okla., Sam Acree and wife Jacky of Maud, Okla., Dee Acree and wife Debbie of Granbury, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Janette Johnson of Kirbyville, Texas, and Midge Richards and husband Lee of Maud; as well as a host of other family and friends, and her faithful Chihuahua, Zorkie.

Special thanks go to: Bobbie Walker, Stacy Doster, Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. Steve Paulson, and the doctors and staff at MD Anderson Medical Center.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home, 418 N. 13th St., Corsicana.

The celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th St., Corsicana with Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

All of us will miss her dearly and keep her close in our thoughts as we try to show the character she wanted us to have.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ronnie Blackwell
Apr 19, 1957 - Jun 10, 2011

Former Corsicana resident, Ronnie Blackwell, 54, left this world June 10, 2011 to be with the Lord and Savior.

He was born April 19, 1957, in Corsicana to William and Corrine Blackwell.

Ronnie graduated Corsicana High School and attended Navarro College. He also served as a member of the Navarro County Peace Officers Association and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Organization. Literally growing up with the restaurant concept, Ronnie devoted many years of his life to continue the legacy of the family-owned business developed by his mother and father. Bill’s Fried Chicken and Cafeteria always remained a large part of his life.

Along with his interests in animal welfare and golfing, Ronnie was a Texas Longhorn fanatic. He devoted much of his time and energy by showing loyalty to support the “Burnt Orange Nation” football program.

He is preceded in death by his father, William “Bill” Blackwell.

Mr. Blackwell is survived by his mother, Corrine Blackwell; two sisters, Carol McCrory and Barbara Cantrell; two brothers, Ricky and Steve Blackwell; in addition to many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the SPCA of Texas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Emmett Marie (Rash) Daniel
Dec 7, 1923 - Jul 11, 2011

Corsicana - Marie Daniel, 87, of Corsicana, passed away July 11, 2011 in Waco.

She was born Dec. 7, 1923 in Navarro County to Emmett and Georgia Rash.

Marie worked during World War II at Lockheed in Fort Worth. She loved to sew, crochet, read her Bible, and she loved painted landscapes. Marie was a member of Northside Baptist Church, and was a loving mother to her children.

Mrs. Daniel is preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Dewayne Daniel in 2009; parents; and sister, Vermele Rash.

Survivors include her children, Barbara Soule’ of Itasca, Linda Denton of Corsicana, Joe Daniel of Austin; brothers and sisters, Christine Miller of Corsicana, Volu Slate of Corsicana, Charles Rash of Eureka, Richard Rash of Mildred, Curtis Rash of Emhouse; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with grandson, the Rev. Jeffrey Stanford officiating. Intement will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Judd Soule’, Jeremy Soule’, Joshua Soule’, Jacob Soule’, Justin Soule’, Jared Soule’, Joseph Soule’, Jules Soule’, Travis Daniel and Mickey Stanford.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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George Odam Gillespie Sr.
Jan 17, 1927 - Jul 5, 2011

Mr. George Odam Gillespie, Sr., 84 of San Antonio, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at his residence. He was born January 17, 1927.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Corsicana — George Odam Gillespie Sr.. 84, of San Antonio, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.   Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Martha Louise (Hoffman) Bonner
Sep 1, 1927 - Jul 9, 2011

Martha Louise Bonner, 83, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011.

She was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Corsicana to Christian Hoffman and Marcel Fagala Hoffman.

Martha was a member of Northside Baptist Church. She also owned and operated her own child care at home for 10 years after retirement from Woolworth and Bealls where she worked for a number of years as a saleswoman.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Bonner in 2006; brother, Chris Hoffman; sister, Doris Henly and son-in-law, Carl Taylor.

Survivors include daughter, Marsha Taylor of Corsicana; son, Rickey Bonner and his wife Louise of Corsicana; one brother, Herbert Hoffman of Corsicana; grandchildren, Chris Taylor and wife Christie, Todd Taylor and wife Nicole, Annette French, Melissa Bonner and Michael Brooks, and Rickey Bonner Jr. and wife Christina; 10 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Clarence Bonner and his wife Ora Lee Bonner of Eureka; sisters-in-law, Lorene McBride and her husband Mac McBride of Corsicana, and Doris Bonner of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Dan Rogers officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Genevieve Glynth (Castles) Dockery
Dec 17, 1921 - Jun 25, 2011

Corsicana —Genevieve Dockery passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village at the age of 89. She was born December 17, 1921 to Walter H. and Annie Castles in Corsicana. She was the youngest of eight children, a Worthy Matron of #118 Eastern Star and a lifelong member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church. She was manager of the Navarro County Abstract Company and the Corsicana Federal Savings and Loan. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grand Mother, Aunt and Mom to many. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Euel Verdell Dockery.

Mrs. Dockery is survived by her children, a son - Jimmy Dockery and his wife Susan of Powell and a daughter - Diane Douglas and her husband Brett of Corsicana; grandchildren - Jason and Sarah Dockery, Jamie and Adam Levine, Dustin and Suzanne Douglas, Daniel and Ashley Douglas, Seth Douglas and Sarah Dockery; one great grandchild, Ava Levin; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 26 at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Service will be Monday, June 27 at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mark Luera officiating with burial to follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Ned Balcom, Danny Andrews, Mike Gamez, Joe Castles, Bradley Boyte and Rickey Billingsley. Honorary pallbearers will be Clay Jackson, James McGuire, Bernie Berry, David Mack Castles, Jim Alyea, Maurice Webb and Clarence Cooper.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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William Harold Mims, Sr.
July 17, 1915 - Jun 23, 2011

Corsicana —Mr. W.H. “Weenie” Mims, Sr., age 95, passed away Thursday June 23, 2011 at Twilight Home in Corsicana. He was born July 17, 1915 in Frost to Samuel and Bertha Rogers Mims.

Mr. Mims was retired after 40 years with the U.S. Post Office as a letter carrier. Prior to that he was employed with Corley Funeral Home for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WW II in the Philippines.

Mr. Mims is survived by 2 sons, Williams H. Mims, Jr. and Stephen Mims; 3 daughters, Bobbie Ann Gonzales, Betsy Sue Brooks and Kim Clemons; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Corley Funeral Home Chapelwith Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Al Gonzales, Al Tyson Gonzales, Roy Duckworth, Brian Collier, John Ivie and Buddy Wayne Brooks.

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Dan Crocker
abt 1928 - Jun 25, 2011

Dan Crocker, 83 of Kerens, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011 in Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

Mr. Crocker is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Crocker of Kerens; two daughters and son-in-laws, Danice and Dale Lee, Teresa & Keith Colvin all of Kerens; 3 grand- children; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; number of nieces and nephews; sister, Donnie Griffin of Overton.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Paschal

Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Wes Johnson officiating with burial in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Bancroft, Casey Crocker, Rick Shipp, Ray Commiato, J. B. Lundy and Derwood Purifoy.

Paschal Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Gwendell "Sarge" Watts
Jul 4, 1928 - Jun 6, 1983

Gwendell (Sarge) Watts, 54, of Navarro Mills, died Monday in Fort Worth.

Service is Thursday, 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Irwin officiating.

Military graveside service will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Servicemen from Fort Hood will serve as pallbearers.

He was a native of Navarro County and retired from the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Wanda Watts, of Navarro Mills; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Vaughan and Mrs. Retha Hyatt, both of Fort Worth; two grandchildren, his mother, Mrs. Lula Watts, of Fort Worth, and a brother, A.B. Watts, of Fort Worth.

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Tennessee Rea
Mar 22, 1894 - May 2, 1912

Miss Tenessee Rea Dead

Miss Tennessee Rea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rea of Drane, died Thursday night after a short illness. The funeral taking place at Dresden Cemetery Friday eveing. Miss Rea was a very popular young lady of the Drane community, and her many friends greatly sympathize with the family in the hour of their sad bereavement.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Democrat and Truth - Tuesday, May 9, 1923
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o Thomas Jefferson Rea & Alice Jane (DeWitt) Rea

Harvest "Harvey" K. Elkins
Sep 16, 1884 - May 19, 1923

WELL KNOWN NAVARRO COUNTY MAN DEAD

Harvest Elkins, aged 38 years, died as a result of drinking carbolic acid this afternoon at his place of business on North Tenth street at 3 o'clock. Deceased is survived by his wife and two sons, Pink and Leonard, aged 13 and 9 years respectively. Three brothers and one sister, Leonard and Hartzell of Corsicana and Charlie of Drane, and Mrs. Edna Key, of San Antonio, and his mother, Mrs. Bettie Elkins of Barry; two uncles, Lee Elkins of Emhouse, M. F. Elkins of Emmett ; one aunt , Mrs. C.E. Moore of Emmett survive, No reason was found as to the cause of the tragedy. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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Remains Interred at Dresden.

The remains of the late Harvest Elkins were interred at Dresden yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Rev. C. G. Vincent officiated in the presence of an immense throng of people and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

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James Furney
- Sep 30, 1888

At Midway, this county, and buried at the Midway schoolhouse on Tuesday afternoon, James Furney, abt 30 years old. The cause of death was blackjaundice. His nearest relatives are in Freestone county, where his brother resided. He leaves considerable property which is temporarily taken charge of by his friends. It was a sad death as he was all alone, having no one abt him but his paid attendant.

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James D. Acree

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Jimmie Gene Buckner
Dec 19, 1939 - Mar 2, 2009

Jimmie Gene Buckner, 69, of Cisco passed away March 2, 2009, at his home.The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kimbrough Funeral Home, 300 W. Ninth St., Cisco. Graveside services, officiated by the Rev. Stephen Forester, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco. Jimmie was born Dec. 19, 1939, in Fort Worth to Elbert Ray and Pinkney Minerva (Willis) Buckner.
On Aug. 16, 1988, he married Carolyn Blanton in Corsicana. He had his own auto mechanic shop at his home for over 22 years. They moved to Grand Prairie where he continued to work as an auto mechanic for 18 more years. Because of his failing health, he and Carolyn moved to Cisco Aug. 6, 2004. Jimmie loved to hunt and fish. More than hunting and fishing he loved his children and grandchildren. He always said that he loved life, no matter how it really was. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn of Cisco; daughter, Shelia Ybarra and husband John of Hurst; four sons, Darrell Buckner and wife Lisa of Corsicana, Tommy Yeley and wife Mary of Cisco, Rusty Yeley and wife Angela of Trenton, and Allen Strickland of Cisco; and three sisters, Robbie Solenberg and husband Joe of Lawton, Okla., Charlotte Arnold and husband Otis of Corsicana, and Oletta Middleton of Corsicana. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 10 great great-grandchildren. His parents, three brothers, two sisters and one great-great-grandson preceded him in death.
Arrangements by Kimbrough Funeral Home, Cisco.

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  • Submitted by Tanyua Davis

Emma Alice (Boswell) Bridger
Oct 8, 1897 - Jun 16, 1943

June 1943 newspaper obituary:
Funeral rites for Mrs. Emma Bridger, 45, who died Tuesday night in the P. and S. Hospital, are planned for 4:30 Thursday afternoon at the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church with interment in Oakwood cemetery.
Rev. A. A. Peacock, pastor, and Rev. J. F. Adams, former pastor of the church will conduct the services.
Surviving are her mother, Mrs. M. V. Boswell of Lubbock; two sons, Milton Campbell of Coriscana, and Ernest Bridger of the U. S. Army; three daughters, Emma Jean Bridger, Lillian Bridger and Mrs. Jerome Greene, all of Corsicana; four brothers, Will Boswell of Pensacola, Fla.; George Boswell of Corpus Christi, Henry Boswell of Houston, and Bob Boswell of Pursell, Okla; and two sisters, Mrs. J. J. McGaw and Mrs. D. B. Bellah of Lubbock.
Corley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
 

*notes and corrections related to the obituary - Emma's oldest surviving brother, James Lee Boswell of Lubbock, was apparently accidentally left out; her teenage son, Emory Larkin Campbell, who preceded her in death was left out, his obituary can be found on the Navarro County TXGenWeb website; her two married sisters' first & middle names were Minnie Lee and Pearl Gipsy; the correct spelling of daughter Emma Jean is Emma "Jene" and she was known by Jene; the spelling for the married name of her stepdaughter, Mary Lee, may be Green rather than Greene

*other notes - Emma was born in Luverne, Crenshaw County, AL, and in 1916 she, her children, her widowed mother, and her five unmarried siblings moved from there via train to Teague, Freestone County, TX; her 2nd husband was Ernest Ladon Bridger who died a few years before her in 1940, they were married in 1923; her 1st husband and father of her first two children was Cline Virgil Campbell of Crenshaw County, AL; her parents were John Wigg Boswell, b. Leon, Covington, AL, and Margaret Vermell Garrett, b. Pigeon Creek, Butler County, AL

* She also had a toddler son who preceded her in death: Clarence Newton Bridger, b. 24 Nov 1927, d. 5 Aug 1929, also buried in Oakwood Cemetery.  ~Candice


Samuel Doris (Weston) Tipping
Sep 9, 1917 - Feb 1, 1960

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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Ostein "Andy" Reamy
Sep 12, 1937 - Jun 22, 2011

From Staff Reports— Ostein “Andy” Reamy passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his residence.

He was born in Navarro County on Sept. 12, 1937 to Ogle and Willie Reamy. He married Iva Nell Owen on July 23, 1955. They made their home in Navarro.

Mr. Reamy worked for Chattanooga Glass and K-Mart Warehouse for many years, until his retirement in 2003. He loved spending time with his family, playing dominoes, working in his yard and listening to music. He was a 32° Mason, Shriner and member of Eureka Masonic Lodge.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jo Maudine Kuyava; and brothers, Cloratho and Lafamond Reamy.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Iva Nell Reamy; daughter, Germaine Mobley and husband John; sons, Ryan Reamy and wife Kala, and Adolf Reamy; five grandchildren, Chad Hunnicutt and wife Tami, Christin Phillips and husband Jacob, Ross Reamy, Rick Reamy and Tiffany Reamy; and one great-grandson, Hunter Phillips.

The family would like to thank Dr. Sanchez, Dr. Updegrove, and the nurses of Cedar Lake Hospice, especially Phyllis, Sarah and Kim.

Memorials may be made to the Eureka Masonic Lodge #1060 at 6075 SECR 2080, Corsicana, Texas, 75109.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Terry Dickinson
May 27, 1958 - Jun 12, 2011

Terry Dickinson, 53, of Mexia, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011, in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Wade Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery.  Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011
  • h/o Debra (Bounds) Dickinson; s/o Billy Lee Dickinson & Anna Margaret (Branham) Dickinson
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ben Dave Dickerson, Jr.
Sep 7, 1923 - Jun 24, 2011

Corsicana — Ben Dave Dickerson, Jr. 87, passed away June 24, 2011 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born September 7, 1923 to Myrtle and Ben Dave Dickerson, Sr. in Athens. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Gladys.

He is survived by his wife, Nellie Judson Dickerson; daughter, Karen Bacon; son and daughter-in-law, Kent and Linda Sue Dickerson; grandson and wife, Wes and Shaun Dickerson; grandson, Ryan Dickerson; sister, Lelia Mae Garner; niece, Mrs. Kay King; step-son and wife, Phil and Darlene Judson; step-grandsons and wives, Jody and Lindsey Judson and Matt and Carie Judson; and step-great grandchildren, Charlie Hoffman Judson and Calame Winters Judson.

Mr. Dickerson was reared in Athens. He moved to Evansville, Indiana to study Petroleum Engineering and while in Indiana he signed up for the U S Air Force. Mr. Dickerson was not called into active duty for over a year. While waiting for the call, he joined a Gravity Meter Crew in Louisiana and moved all across south Texas then worked in Pecos.

After the war, Mr. Dickerson moved to Chicago, Illinois and married Gladys Richardson. He worked in the furniture business on Michigan Avenue and was very successful. They had two children. He decided that they should move out of the city to rear their children. They headed west and ended up in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mr. Dickerson started contracting for the construction industry as Arizona was growing rapidly.

Ben moved to Corsicana in 2005 and married Nellie Taylor Judson. His dry sense of humor which he maintained as he battled increasing health challenges over the last several months will forever be remembered by family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow from 6:30 to 7 pm.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Jun 26, 2011
  • h/o Gladys (Richardson) Dickerson & Nellie Taylor Judson Dickerson - s/o Ben Dave Dickerson, Sr. & Myrtle Dickerson
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Nellie Rehders
Aug 21, 1931 - Jun 21, 2011

Corsicana — Nellie Rehders died Thursday, June 21, 2011 at the age of 79. She was born August 21, 1931 in Corsicana. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be after visitation at 4 p.m. in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the DFW National Cemetery in Grand Prairie.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Robert Hines Cansler
abt 1937 - Jun 20, 2011

Corsicana —Robert Hines Cansler, 74, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Ocoee, Fla. on June 20, 2011.

He grew up in Kilgore, Texas and Corsicana, Texas, graduating from Corsicana High School. Robert owned and managed the Waffle Shop in Corsicana for many years, then moved to Orlando area in the late 80’s and began to work for Disney until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Joy of Ocoee; a son, Todd Cansler of Corsicana; one step daughter, Tracy Mee of Dallas; three half-brothers, Larry Cansler, Mike Hughes, and David Hughes; one half-sister, Sue Adams; and a host of nieces and nephews.

At Robert’s request, his ashes will be spread in East Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.

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Martha Kelly
abt 1913 - Jun 14, 2011

Corsicana — Martha Kelly, 98, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Johnson Memorial Church Of God In Christ with Elder Curtis R. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Mozell Brown
abt 1920 - Jun 16, 2011

Corsicana — Mozell Brown, 91, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011, at her residence. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Pastor Dairy Johnson Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

 

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Dorothy Louise (McCarter) Martin
Aug 7, 1920 - Jun 23, 2011
 

Dorothy Louise McCarter Martin of Frost, TX, died in Victoria, TX, June 23, 2011. She was 90 years old.

Dorothy Martin was born to Robert Arthur McCarter and Averil Babb McCarter, August 7, 1920, in Port Lavaca, TX. She married Charles Devore Martin of Corsicana, October 30, 1942, in Albuquerque, NM.

Mrs. Martin graduated from Corsicana High School and Texas Tech University. She was an active and long time member of Frost United Methodist Church and the Frost Community. She was a beloved teacher at Blooming Grove and Frost High Schools.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Guy Ronald Martin.

She is survived by her son, Robert Charles Martin and wife, Kathleen, of Edna; daughter-in-law, Theresa Green Martin, of Frost; grandchildren Kate Martin Howell and husband Session, of San Antonio; Margaret Martin Beabout and husband, Nathan, of Port Lavaca; Robert Clay Martin and wife, Meredith, of Edna; Caleb Martin and wife, Amanda; Joshua Martin and wife, Bethany, all of Frost; and ten great grand children.

Pallbearers are granddaughters Kate Howell and Margaret Beabout and grandsons Caleb Martin, Joshua Martin, and Robert Clay Martin.

Visitation will be at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Sunday, June 26th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. A family graveside service will be held Monday, June 27th at Oakwood cemetery, conducted by Rev. Danny P. Reeves.

Memorials may be made to Frost United Methodist Church, PO Box J, Frost TX 76641 or donor’s choice.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Edward L. Williams

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Dorothy McCarter Martin, 90, a former resident of Navarro County, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Victoria

She was born on Aug. 7, 1920 in Port Lavaca, Texas.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 20111, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Odie L. Stewart
Oct 9, 1928 - Jun 20, 2011

Odie L. Stewart, 82, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011, in the Crestview Manor Care Center of Waco.

Odie was born in Ellis County on Oct. 9, 1928, to Hugh W. and Dora Bell (Claxton) Stewart Sr. He married Sue Alla Chapman in 1948 and after her passing, he married Ethelene in 1977, and they made their home in Corsicana.

He worked for Carlon Products and Chattanooga Glass as a machinist and retired from the City of Corsican as an Inspector. He loved working in his yard and playing his banjo.

He is preceded in death by son, Kenneth W. Stewart in 1994; wife, Sue Stewart in 1974; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Ethelene Stewart of Corsicana: daughter, Pamela and her husband Jerry Eggebrecht of Waco; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, James Stewart of Waxahachie; and sister, Dorothy Nichols of Irving.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at J.E. Keever Mortuary in Ennis.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Post Oak Cemetery in Roane.

Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc. of Ennis.

Notes:

  • h/o Sue Alla (Chapman) Stewart and Ethelene Stewart - s/o Hugh W. Stewart Sr. and Dora Bell (Claxton) Stewart
  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Willie Harrison Hodge
Sep 22, 1922 - Jun 21, 2011

Willie H. Hodge

Funeral services for Mr. Willie H. Hodge, 88, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Mildred Baptist Church in Mildred with the Rev. Terry Hodge and the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery in Eureka.

Mr. Hodge was born on Sept. 22, 1922, in Navarro County to the late Henry Harrison Hodge and Ruby Lee Greer Hodge. He passed away peacefully on June 21, 2011, in Nacogdoches.

Willie was raised in Eureka and graduated from high school in Mildred. He served with the United States Coast Guard for four years during WW II and went on to work for the Texas Employment Commission for 38 years in Corsicana. Willie and his wife, Alibeth, moved to Nacogdoches in 2008 to be closer to their family.

Willie enjoyed many hobbies but flower gardening was his passion. He enjoyed traveling with Alibeth, raising cattle and was a self-taught cook in his latter years. He was a member of First Christian Church in Nacogdoches. He and Alibeth were former active members of Mildred Baptist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Alice Elizabeth Whitten Hodge of Nacogdoches; his son, the Rev. Terry Hodge and wife Pat of Nacogdoches; granddaughter, Amy Bowman of Bedford; grandson, Adam Bowman of Waco; granddaughter, Alyson Scott and husband Adam of Nacogdoches; two great-grandchildren, Luke Harrison Scott and Charli Belle Scott, both of Nacogdoches.

In addition to his parents, Henry and Ruby Hodge, he was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Harry Hodge.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at First Christian Church in Nacogdoches.

The family will receive friends and family at Mildred Baptist after the interment. The family requests memorials be made to the First Christian Church Building Fund or to the Mildred Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Laird Funeral Home, Nacogdoches.

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Gene Reagan
Feb 20, 1930 - Jun 17, 2011

Mr. Gene Reagan, age 81, of Navarro, entered the presence of the savior on Friday, June 17, 2011, at Country Meadow Health & Rehab Center of Corsicana. He was born on February 20, 1930 in Bazette to William Clarence "Shorty" and Mittie Holleman Reagan.

He was employed for many years with the Corsicana Grain Elevator where he was the scale operator. He had a great love for bottle feeding calves until they got big enough to sell, and then he would start over again. Every year, he would have a garden which he enjoyed working in until his health would not allow him to do so any longer. He was a member of Calvary Worship Center in Corsicana where he served as a church elder for many years. He had a great love for the Lord, his family, and all the times that the family got together. He really enjoyed playing dominoes, and always got a kick out of making a big score.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Clarence and Mittie Reagan; brother, Clayton Reagan; and great-grandsons, Hayden Lynn Ratliff and Adrian Odell Porier.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Earline Reagan; daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Claude Sanches of Corsicana; son, David C. Young and companion Cindy Easley of Corsicana; grandchildren, Randy Ratliff of Corsicana, Toby L. Ratliff and wife, Linda of Mildred, Wendy Young of Tenn., Misty Young of Dallas, Ashley Cather and husband Daniel of Garland, Mindy Young of Weatherford, Travis, Austin and Dustin Young of Linden, Tenn., great-granddaughters, Madison Ratliff of Mildred and Hailey Cather of Garland; sister, Laverne Hawkins and husband Wayne of Athens; brother, Jerry Reagan and wife Latroyce of Mildred; sisters-in-law, Phrink Reagan, Imogene Elmore and husband Rev. Leroy, Helen Bryant and husband Rev. Billy and Shirley Garrett and husband Ed of Corsicana; brother-in-law, Benny Robinson and wife Frances of retreat; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a big host of friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Calvary Worship Center with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Ratliff, Toby Ratliff, Ronnie Hawkins, Dewayne Robinson, Harold Hawkins, David Reagan, and Jason Bottoms.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building fund at Calvary Worship Center, 1564 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Gertrude Powell Wright
abt 1916 - Jul 22, 2011

Gertrude Powell-Wright, 95, of Dallas, and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Friday, July 22, 2011 at Vibra Specialty Care, Dallas, Texas. Funeral service will be 12 noon Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Bethel AME Church, 1638 Ann Arbor, Dallas, Texas with Pastor Reginald Houston officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.
 

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Roy Eugene Thomas
Jun 2, 1928 - Jul 24, 2011

Roy Eugene Thomas, 83, of Barry, passed away July 24, 2011 in Corsicana. He was born June 2, 1928 in Brushie Prairie to Jack and Dovie Thomas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and daughters, Andra Kay and Vickie Lynn.

He is survived by wife, Hazel Thomas of Barry; daughter, Anna Verline Barron and husband Jerry of Starkville, Miss.; grandchildren, Jason Barron and wife Jessica of Harvest, Ala., Jana Fuss and husband Christopher of Brandon, Miss., Jennifer Ann Barron of Starkville, Miss.; great-grandchildren, Emma and Jacob Barron of Harvest, Ala., Matthew and Jonathan Fuss of Brandon, Miss.; sisters, Lorene Sykes of Corsicana, Frances Kendall of Navarro Mills, and Bettie Honea of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, 2011 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Troy Lee Sykes officiating. Burial at Frost Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sheri Ann (Kendall) Tufts
Sep 14, 1956 - Jul 25, 2011

Sheri Ann (Kendall) Tufts, 54, of Dawson, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at a Fort Worth hospital.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Dawson with Rev. Michael Redmond and Rev. Sandra Pierce officiating.

Sheri was born Sept. 14, 1956 in Corsicana to Joe and Joyce (Rogers) Kendall. She was raised in Dawson and was a 1975 graduate of Dawson High School. Sheri lived most of her life in Dawson but also lived in Austin, Granbury and Lindale during her adult life. She earned a BBA in Marketing from Baylor University and also received her Master’s degree in Library Science from North Texas State University. In the 1980’s, she owned and operated Bird Construction in Austin with her husband, Ken Bird. She later worked as a research archivist at Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Family was very important to Sheri, who also loved to read, loved old movies, especially Turner Movie Classics and was virtually a gourmet cook. She was an avid organic gardener and environmentalist and would try to win people over at every opportunity. Sheri was instrumental in beginning a recycle program for Dawson High School and was a member of the Dawson Booster Club working in the concession stand at every home game. She attended First United Methodist Church of Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Rogers Kendall; grandparents, Margie and Julius Rogers and Corrie and Ferris Kendall, and her former husband, Ken Bird.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Tufts of Dawson; her father, Joe Kendall of Dawson; sisters, Linda Kendall of Palestine and Nancy Cox of McKinney; aunts, Carolyn Rogers Barton of Dawson and Francis Kendall of Navarro Mills; uncles, Ray Rogers and wife, Becky of Dawson, Gene Rogers and wife, Lynn of Sanger and Bill Kendall of Galveston; brother-in-law, Roger Tufts and wife, Donna of Arlington; sister-in-law, Virginia Hildebrandt of Littleton, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and her beloved dog, Rocket.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Cancer Research, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the Austism Society, Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, 10503 Metric Drive, Dallas, Texas 75243.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Olden Louis "Cheetah" Terry
abt 1954 - Jul 24, 2011

Corsicana — Olden Louis “Cheetah” Terry, 57, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, July 24, 2011 at his residence. Visitation is from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service is noon Thursday, July 28, 2011 at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Afred Cox Jr. and Bishop K.D. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Tommy Wayne Davis
Jul 2, 1939 - Dec 5, 2016

Mr. Tommy Wayne Davis, 77, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 9, 2016, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Eureka Cemetery with the Rev. Cory Brand officiating.

Tommy was born in Kerens, Texas, to the late Jessie Columbus David and Edna Mae Webster Davis. He loved being with his family and enjoyed drinking his coffee which usually lasted all day long. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing. He was a very avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and enjoyed watching them every chance he got.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jessie Edward and Robert Lee Davis; and a sister, Ruth Michaels.

Survivors include his wife, Nelda Davis, of Eureka; sons: Tommy Davis, Jr., of Corsicana, James Dale Davis and wife, Jeanette Bailey, of Eureka, Michael Vernon Davis, of Corsicana, and Jerry Lee Davis, of Purdon; daughter, Genell Evonne Mann, of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Louise Ross and Barbara Miller, of Mexia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. J5

 


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