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William Monroe Huff
Jan 3, 1876 - Mar 7, 1940

Samuel Johnson "Sam" Helm
Apr 1, 1877 - Mar 9, 1940

FUNERAL SERVICES SCHEDULED SUNDAY VICTIM CAR CRASH
W. M. HUFF KILLED AND SAM J. HELM CRITICALLY INJURED IN WRECK
W. M. Huff, aged 64 years, was fatally hurt and Sam J. Helm, about 63, was critically injured Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision between a truck and passenger car near Jarrell on Highway 81. The accident occurred about 2 p. m. Funeral rites for Huff will be held here Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Both were rushed to the Martin Hospital in Georgetown where Mr. Huff died a few minutes after arrival as a result of abdominal and head injuries.
A telephone call to Martin Hospital at noon Friday brought the statement from hospital attaches that Mr. Helm was "resting as well as could be expected." A thorough examination was in progress at the time and the accident victim was reported conscious part of the time.
Attending physicians said they were unable at this time to determine whether or not he had suffered a skull fracture and it was possible he would escape with a severe concussion. Extent of the fractures of the arms had not been determined, but the attendants stated they had almost conclusively decided a fracture was not involved in the hip injury.
En Route Gonzalez
Huff and Helm had long been prominent in Masonic circles of Texas, and were en route to Gonzales to the home of Madden Fry, dean of Texas Masons, for the first showing of a picture of the
activities and appearance of the Home for Aged Masons, maintained by the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons at Arlington.
Mr. Huff was in the insurance business, and had been active in the civic, religious, fraternal and political circles of Navarro county for many years. He was born at Dresden and resided in Blooming Grove for a number of years. He was secretary of Corsicana Chapter 41, R.A.M.; recorder of Corsicana Chapter 32 of R. and S.M., and past master of the local lodge. He also was a past grand, I.O.O.F., and held membership in the Grand Lodges of both the Masons and Odd Fellows.
Mr. Huff was president of the Brotherhood Bible Class and was a steward in the First Methodist Church.
Mr. Helm is recorder of Bertrand du Guesclin Commandery 14, Knights Templar, and secretary of Corsicana Lodge 174, A. F. and A. M., and is one of the best known Masons in Texas.
Funeral Sunday.
Funeral services for Huff will be held from the First Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. P. E. Riley, pastor of the church. The Masons will have charge at the grave with a Knights Templar escort.
Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving are his widow of Corsicana; a brother, E. J. Huff, Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. E. B. Johnson, Blooming Grove; Mrs. B. A. Wilson, Powell, and Mrs. M. B. Howard, Grandfield, Okla., and other relatives.
The truck involved in the fatal crash was driven by Clovis Salmon of Rosebud. F. M. Harding of Kelly Field and Jack Roberta of Malone were also occupants of the truck. The trio escaped with minor injuries.
High Wind Cause.
State Highway Patrolman Reynolds who answered the emergency call said a high wind in the vicinity of Georgetown Thursday had made driving difficult and attributed the wind as the cause for
the crash.
The body was returned to Corsicana at a late hour Thursday night by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.
Miss Augusta Helm, secretary of the United Charities here, sister of the injured man, left for Georgetown to be with her brother immediately after receipt of the news of the crash.
Several local Masons went to Georgetown Friday morning.

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SAM J. HELM DIES RESULT OF INJURIES AUTOMOBILE CRASH
SECOND FATALITY FOLLOWS CAR-TRUCK ACCIDENT NEAR GEORGETOWN
The second death of prominent Corsicanans as the result of an auto-truck head-on collision, on Thursday afternoon, near Jarrell, Highway 81, occurred in the Martin Hospital, Georgetown, Saturday morning at 10:20 o'clock when Sam J. Helm, 63, high Masonic official, died from shock, arm, head and hip injuries.
W. M. Huff, 65, of Corsicana, died Thursday afternoon from abdominal and head injuries a short time after reaching the hospital. Huff was the driver of the car figuring in the crash. Highway patrol officers investigating the affair attributed the collision to strong winds that made driving hazardous in the vicinity of the accident. Clovis Salmon, 28, of Rosebud, driver of the truck, and two conpanions escaped with minor hurts.
Funeral arrangements for Helm had not been learned here shortly after noon. The body will be returned here for burial.
Native of Kentucky.
Helm is survived by a sister, Miss Augusta Helm, secretary of the local United Charities office. He was a native of Bowling Green, Ky., but had resided in Corsicana for 45 years. He formerly was a newspaper editor and is an ex-army officer, having been in the army during the World war.
Both men held several offices in the Masonic order at the time of their deaths and had long been prominent in the fraternity. Huff also was a past grand and member of the Texas Grand, Lodge, IOOF
In addition to his Masonic affiliations, Helm was worshipful master of Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A. F. and A. M., in 1911 and after that time filled the highest offices in each of the local Masonic units. In addition he is a past grand high priest of Texas Royal Arch Masons, and held a number of other grand lodge posts. He was a member of several of the standing committees of the grand bodies. He was particularly active for many years in the interest of the Home for Aged Masons at Arlington. He was honored by his Masonic brethren about a year ago for his long service with a number of grand lodge officials and others paying tribute.
Mr. Helm held a life certificate as an instructor in Masonic work.
Huff Funeral Sunday.
Funeral rites for Mr. Huff, long a religious, civic, fraternal and political figure in Navarro county, are planned from the First Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The service will be conducted by Rev. P. E. Riley, pastor of the church, with the Masons in charge at the grave and with a Knights Templar escort.
Pallbearers will be S. W. Burdine, J. L. Jackson, E. E. Baberi, Edgar Metcalf, Dr. O. L. Smith, C. S. Dickens, Beauford H. Jester and L.M. Morton.
Huff was president of the Brotherhood Bible Class and was a steward in the First Methodist church for years.
Members of the board of stewards and the Bible class will be honorary pallbearers and Chairman Festus A. Pierce of the board and Vice President E. B. Dawson of the class have requested that all members of these organizations sit in the special reserved section in the western part of the church auditorium Sunday afternoon.
Huff and Helm were en route to Gonzales at the time of the accident to attend a Masonic gathering,
Surviving Mr. Huff are his widow, of Corsicana; a brother, E. J. Huff, Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. E. B. Johnson, Blooming Grove; Mrs. B. A, Wilson, Powell; and Mrs. M. B. Howard, Grandfield, Okla, and other relatives.
Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD FOR VICTIMS AUTOMOBILE CRASH
HUNDREDS OF FRIENDS PAY LAST TRIBUTE TO SAM J. HELM AND W. M. HUFF
Funeral rites for two prominent Corsicana Masons, victims of an auto-truck collision near Jarrell, Texas, Thursday, were held here Sunday and Monday afternoons.
Rites for W. M. Huff, 64, who died a short time after the crash, were held from the First Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, while services for Sam J. Helm, 63, who died in a Georgetown hospital Saturday morning, were held from the First Baptist church Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was made in Oakwood cemetery with high ranking Masons in charge. Dr. P. E. Riley, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. R. W. Nation, Methodist minister, conducted the services for Huff, while Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, conducted the rites for Helm.
Grand Lodge Officials.
Officials of the grand bodies of Texas Masonry presided at the last rites for Mr. Helm under the direction of Grand Master Leo Hart of Gilmer, who was in charge of the services in the lodge hall and at the grave. Hon. Jewell P. Lightfoot, of Fort, grand high priest, past grand master and past grand commander, delivered the oration at the church and was introduced by T. W. Hartley of Waco, past grand high priest. High Masonic officials from all parts of Texas gathered for the rites. Special delegations were registered at noon from Jersey City, Tyler, Wichita Falls, Port Arthur, Gainesville, Gilmer, Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Overton, Paris, San Antonio, and almost every lodge in Central Texas. A guard of honor was provided by Bertrand du Guesclin No. 14, Knights Templar.
Pallbearers were George Belew of Waco, Frank Oldham of Waco, Dr. C.S. Woodward of Arlington, Joe W. Pender of Denton, Lee Lockwood of Waco, John Atchison of Greenville, Dr. Dan W. Cushing of San Antonio, and Steve Cooke of Fort Worth.
The ritual team for the services at the grave was composed of Leo Hart of Gilmer, W. M.; Sam B. Canty of Fort Worth, S. W.; and Dr. E. M. Wood of Anson, J. W.
Helm, a native of Bowling Green, Ky., had resided in Corsicana for 45 years. He was a former newspaper editor, and was an army captain during the World war.
He was worshipful master of Corsicana Lodge No. 174 A. F. and A.M. in 1911and after that time, filled the highest offices in each of the local Masonic units. He was past grand high priest of the Texas Royal Arch Masons as well as serving on a number of other grand lodge posts and standing committees of the grand bodies.
Honored By Masons.
For many years Helm had been particularly active in the interest of the Home for Aged Masons in Arlington. He was honored by Masons about a year ago for his long service with grand lodge officials and others paying tribute. He held a life certificate as an instructor in Masonic work, and was frequently a lecturer at various Masonic lodges in Texas. He also was secretary of the Masonic bodies embracing the lodges in Navarro and surrounding counties.
Helm is survived by a sister, Augusta Helm, secretary of the local United Charities office. Huff was secretary of Corsicana Chapter No. 41, R. A. M., and recorder of Corsicana Chapter No. 32, R. and S. M., while Helm was recorder of Bertrand du Guesclin Commandery No. 14, Knights Templar, and secretary of Corsicana Lodge No. 174, A. F. and A. M. at the time of their deaths. Huff and Helm were en route to Gonzales to attend a Masonic gathering at the time of the accident. The truck figuring in the collision was driven by Clovis Salmon, 28, of Rosebud, who, with two companions, escaped injury. The two Corsicanans were rushed to the Martin hospital in Georgetown where they died.
Huff was born at Dresden, and resided in Blooming Grove for a number of years before moving to Corsicana. He was a steward and president of the Brotherhood Bible class of the First Methodist church. He was also a past grand and member of the Texas Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F.
Surviving are his widow of Corsicana; a brother, E. J. Huff, Blooming Grove, and three sisters, Mrs. E. B. Johnson, Blooming Grove; Mrs. B. A. Wilson, Powell and Mrs. M. B. Howard, Grandfield, Okla. Claude Austin, Dallas, member of the Grand Lodge Committee on Work, conducted the rites at the grave.
Members of the board of stewards and the Bible class were among the honorary pallbearers and occupied a special reserved section in the church auditorium Sunday afternoon at the Huff services.
Pallbearers for Huff were S. W. Burdine, J. L. Jackson, E. E. Babers, Edgar Metcalf, Dr. O. L. Smith, C. S. Dickens, Beauford H. Jester and L. M. Morton.
Sutherland McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements for both services.

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Jessie (Culpepper) Allman
1880 - 1909

The remains of Mrs. Jessie Culpepper of Ennis were brought here Saturday morning and interred in Oakwood. Deceased was a grand-daughter of Mrs. L.B. Hyndman and a niece of Messrs. O.E. and H.E. Hyndman of this city.

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  • Corsicana Democrat and Truth - Apr 1, 1909
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Dougald C. Allman - Married Feb 25, 1903 - d/o Sherwood Culpepper and Eva Jean (Hyndman) Culpepper

Lilla (Nash) Bryan
Feb 9, 1866 - Aug 30, 1948

MRS. LILLA BRYAN FUNERAL SERVICES PLANNED WEDNESDAY
Mrs. Lilla Bryan, aged 82 years native of Georgia, died at the family home Monday night at 7:10 o'clock.
Funeral services are planned Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Corley Funeral chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.
Surviving are five sons, T. S. Bryan, Kerrville; C. E. Bryan, Edinburgh; D. R. Bryan, Tyler; D. W. Bryan, Grapevine, and J. W. Bryan, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Scaff, Corsicana, and Mrs. Minnie Nash, Killgore; 19 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Garllngton, Corsicana, Mrs. Ed Finley, Healdton, Okla., and Mrs. R.C. Barksdale, Pampa, and other relatives.

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Theodore I. Goodwin
Jan 18, 1874 - Feb 21, 1953

Theodore Goodwin Services Sunday
Funeral services for Theodore I. Goodwin, 79, who died at the Twilight Home early Saturday, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 4 p. m.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving are four sons, C. E. Goodwin, Oklahoma City; L. Q. Goodwin, Eldorado, Ark.; J. R. Goodwin, Ada, Okla., and T. I. Goodwin, Jr., McCamey; two daughters, Mrs. Marie Stockdale, Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Bettie Brashear, Galveston, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Oran Spain, Robert Spain, L. M. Buffalo and H.C. Smithen, Sr.

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William Baldwin Payne
Oct 4, 1874 - Oct 23, 1952

W. B. Payne Rites Sunday Afternoon
Funeral services for W. B. Payne, 78, Pursley merchant and civic, political and church leader, who died in the Navarro Clinic Thursday night following a brief Illness, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Pursley Church of Christ.
The rites were conducted by Max T. Neal, of Waco and Cato Sheerer, Kerens, both Church of Christ ministers.
A native of Kentucky, Payne resided in Pursley since eight years of age and had operated a store there for 52 years. He had been a member of the Navarro county school board 35 years, was an Odd Fellow and had been election judge at Pursley for many years. He was a deacon in the Pursley Church of Christ.
Surviving are his wife of Pursley, two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Hellums, Waco, and Mrs. Roy Dalton, Hillsboro; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dub Slater, R. D. Crider, Overton Crider, W.L. Pursley, Zack Sweeney and Jim Crider.
Corley directed.

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Sunday Services For W. B. Payne

Funeral services for W. B. Payne, 78, Pursley leader, who died in the Navarro Clinic Thursday night following a brief illness, will be held from the Pursley Church of Christ Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in
Oakwood cemetery here.

A native of Kentucky, he had resided at Pursley 70 years and had operated a store there for 52 years. Payne had served on the Navarro County school board 35 years and had been election judge at his precinct for several decades. He was a deacon in the Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife of Pursley; two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Hellums, Waco, and Mrs. Ray Dalton, Hillsboro; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Dub Slater, R. D. Crider, Overton Crider, W. L. Pursley, Zack Sweeney and Jim Crider.

Corley will direct.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sat., Oct. 25, 1952
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Jettie Jewell (Forman) Payne married Mar. 19, 1899 buried in Ward cemetery 2nd wife Frances (Pike) Payne married Aug. 23, 1916 buried in Oakwood

Joseph Key Garner, Sr.
Sept 1, 1907 - July 5, 1970

Joe Garner Dies Sunday
Joe Key Garner, 62, died Sunday at his home at 1606 Ficklin. A native of Glenrose, he had lived in Corsicana 50 years. He operated City Office Supply and a member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in Corley Chapel with the Rev. Eugene E. Wood officiation. Graveside services will follow at Oakwood cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joe Key Garner, one son, Joe Key Garner, Jr. of College Station and one brother, W. C. Garner of Vernon.
Pallbearers will be Doyle West, E.W. Hays, Eugene Stewart, Otto Smith, C.O. Curington, Joe B. Fortson, Edgar Elliott and Fullwood Boyd.

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Joseph Franklin Jones
Feb 5, 1851 - Oct 3, 1932

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FOR JOSEPH F. JONES
Funeral services for Joseph Franklin Jones, aged 81 years, who died at his home, 607 East Tenth avenue, Monday morning at 11:30 o'clock, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the Methodist Protestant church, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
The services were conducted by Rev. M. J. Parnell, assisted by Rev. Kenneth Copeland.
Surviving are six sons, J. T. Jones, Homer Jones and M. H. Jones, all of Corsicana; R.R. Jones, Waxahachie, and J. W. Jones and R. F. Jones, both of Hickory, Okla; and a daughter, Mrs. Willie Ratliff, Corsicana.
Sorley Funeral Home directed the funeral.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, October 7, 1932
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Susan Elizabeth (Hodge) Lisman
Feb 18, 1836 - Dec 12, 1889

Mrs. Susan Lisman
Ennis, Tex, Dec 14. - Mrs. Susan Lisman, wife of B.F. Lisman of Chatfield, died at 12:15 a.m., Dec. 12. Mrs. Lisman with her husband immigrated to Chatfield in 1852 and was a resident of that village thirty-seven years. She has many relatives and friends scattered over the south to mourn her death.

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James Heath Blake, Jr.
Sep 6, 1886 - Oct 16, 1965

J. H. Blake, 79, Rites Monday
James Heath Blake, 79, Raleigh farmer, native of South Carolina, died shortly after arriving at Memorial hospital Saturday night following becoming ill. Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Dresden Methodist church with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Loyd Coker, pastor of the Dresden and Blooming Grove Methodist churches. Blake was a Methodist and a a Mason. The Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge provided pallbearers and conducted a Masonic graveside service. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Carrie Blake, Raleigh; a son, Isaac Blake, Raleigh; nine daughters, Mrs. D. W. Sparkman, Houston; Mrs. Raymond Belt, Richland; Mrs. George Carroll, Emhouse; Mrs. W, T. Whitley, Fort Worth; Mrs. Patty Roe, Dallas; Mrs. E. V. Hollingsworth, Benbrook; Mrs. J. C. Slater, Dawson; Mrs. Norwood Arnold, and Mrs. Florence Griffin, both of Dallas; 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Griffin directed.

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Dwayne Jones
May 1941 – Jul 17, 1965

Blooming Grove Man Fatally Injured By Tire
BLOOMING GROVE, July 19 —(Spl.)—Dwayne Jones, 24, native of Blooming Grove, died in Hillcrest Memorial hospital in Waco Saturday of injuries received Friday when a truck tire blew out at the McGraw station. The injured man was brought to Memorial hospital in Corsicana and later was transferred to Hillcrest for brain surgery. Funeral services were held from the Church of Christ church here, of which he was a member, Monday at 10 a. m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Clovis Allen of Waco, pastor of the local church. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Azelene Jones, Blooming Grove; three brothers, James Jones, Dallas; Jerry and Danny Jones, both of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Wanda Jean Parker, Corsicana, and Miss Jimmie Ann Jones, Dallas; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Holliefield, Blooming Grove, and other relatives. Pallbearers were Walter Biggar, Carlos Warren, John McGraw, Bobby Warren, Mack McGraw and Ralph McSpadden. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Rhoda Nancy (Campbell) Cagle
Aug 8, 1884 - Mar 2, 1965

Mrs. Cagle Of Dresden Dies In Houston BLOOMING GROVE, March 3 —(Spl)—Mrs. Rhoda Nancy Cagle, 79, born. August 8. 1885 at Blooming Grove, long-time Dresden resident, died in Houston Tuesday following an ex- tended illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a. m. from the Dresden Methodist church with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor of the Blooming Grove Methodist church. Surviving are a son. Jim C. Cagle, Arlington; a daughter Miss Dora Cagle, Houston: a brother, Mike Campbell, Haskell: a sister, Mrs. Dewey Cleveland, Hillsboro; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Mrs. Rhoda Nancy Cagle, 79, of Dresden, Texas, died March 2, 1965, in Houston, Texas, following an extended illness.

Mrs. Cagle was born, August 8, 1884 at Blooming Grove, Texas. She was a long time Dresden resident.

Surviving are a son. Jim C. Cagle, Arlington; a daughter Miss Dora Cagle, Houston: a brother, Mike Campbell, Haskell: a sister, Mrs. Dewey Cleveland, Hillsboro; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was the wife of Elmos Berry Cagle, and daughter of William Furra Campbell & Dora Ann (Howard) Campbell.

Funeral services were held at the Dresden Methodist church with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor of the Blooming Grove Methodist church.

McCormick Funeral Service

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Rebecca (Neighbors) Gill
Feb 15, 1835 - Feb 13, 1917

VENERABLE LADY PASSES AWAY.
Wife of Former Navarro County Legislator Was Burled Today. Mrs. Gill, widow of the late Hon. A. S. Gill, who some years ago represented Navarro county in the Legislature, and who was a captain in the Confederate army, died at the home of her son-in-law, J. L. Cox, in Blooming Grove yesterday, and the remains were laid to rest beside those of her husband in the beautiful Dresden cemetery this afternoon. Surviving the deceased are three daughters and one son, Mrs. J. L Cox of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Joe Woodard of Jester, Mrs. E. P. Garner of Spring Hill and James Gill of Purdon. The deceased was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends and had lived to a ripe old age.

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Christopher Carter Melton
Sep 15, 1859 - Jan 15, 1932

NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY LIVED LONG LIFE ON ONE FARM BLOOMING GROVE
Jan. 18 — (Spl.) — C. C. Melton, native of Navarro county died Friday at 7 p. m. after a lingering illness. He was born Sept. 15, 1859 on the farm one mile west of Dresden, and had lived his 72 years and four months on this same farm. Mr. Melton's father, the late Ethan A. Melton, was postmaster at Dresden before the railroad was built through Blooming Grove. Mr. Melton was well known in Navarro county, having rode over this country buying, selling and herding cattle in the early days before much of the grazing land was fenced. He was a member of the Methodist church at Dresden. He leaves a wife, four daughters, three sons, and fifteen grandchildren to mourn his death. The surviving children are: Tye Melton, Rockdale; Mrs. Edgar Fox, Dresden; Ernest Melton, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Arthur Sims, Purdon; Mrs. Claud Moore, Drane; Mrs. Kirkland Perry, Mildred, and Lill Melton, Dresden, and numerous other relatives and friends. Interment was in the Dresden cemetery Jan. 16. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Schuyler, and Rev. Mr. Jones of Blooming Grove. Active pallbearers were, D. B. Fultz, Will Reed, Clarence Hyler, Lester Clark, Drew Gillen, and Millard Fox. The funeral was directed by Bruce McCormick.

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Christopher Carter Melton

C. C. Melton, aged 72, passed away Friday at his home near Dresden, and the funeral services were held Sturday afternoon by Rev. Shuler and interment took place at Dresden cemetery.

Mr. Melton was born in the house where he died. His father was Ethan Melton, the first postmaster of Dresden, and Dresden was the first town in Navarro county.

C. C. Melton was a member of the Methodist church; his wife now 70 years old, survived him and there were eleven children, four being dead. Of the seven living there are four girls and three boys and sixteen grandchildren.

Mr. Melton was a good citizen, a devoted husband and a patient father.

On May 11, 1885, he was married to Miss Ella Lewis. Their life together was tempered with patience and spiked with esence of love. The Melton home has always been open to friends, open to strangers passing with no all-night stopping place. The pioneer spirit prevailed, which is, "come in and be at home."

Carter Melton was little demonstrative, but when came to appreciation he was all of it. He made small attempt to display, but sounded down, Carter Melton was always ready to get under the load and say "come on, instead of "go on". Few communities boasted of better men than Mr.
Melton. In fact, he was among the best.

In the last ten years of his life he enjoyed talking of the early days of old Dresden, when the open saloon had little law-power thrown around it, when men met and fist-fought for the fun of the thing. And then he liked to talk of the open range days, the wild game days, the days when his father and B. G. Carroll and J. T. Carroll and Dr. Robinson hauled their lumber in ox wagons from Houston. Mr. Melton looked back to those days as the "good old days."

He could site you to many an old giant oak behind which he had stood as a bare footed youth, waiting for the wild turkey to come along or for an occasional buffalo to pass that way.

Of the children living we mention, Mrs. Edgar Fox, Dresden; Mrs. Arthur Simms, Purdon; Mrs. Kirkland Perry, Mildred; Mrs. Claude Moore, Drane; Tye Melton, Rockdale; Ernest Melton, Blooming Grove; Lill Melton, Dresden.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Jan 22, 1932
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Charlie Holifield
Jun 24, 1892 - Dec 10, 1952

Chas. Holifield Rites Thursday Funeral services for Charlie Holifleld, 60. Blooming Grove farmer, who died at his home early Wednesday were held Thursday at 3 p. m. from the Dresden Methodist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. O. L. McCollum, Raleigh Baptist pastor. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; two sons. J. B. Holifleld, Blooming Grove, and Barney Gene Holifield, Chickasha, Okla.; four daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Vaught and Mrs. Elton Cates, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Maxie Vest, Lancaster, and Mrs. Dorsey McGraw, Blooming Grove; 12 grandchildren; five brothers, David Holi- field, Blooming Grove; Tom Holifield, Brownfield; Jack and Lloyd Holifield. both of Frost, and Nimie Holifield, Houston: four sisters, Mrs. Carrie Ewing, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Beck Hollingsworth, Barry; Mrs. Jewell Turner. Purdon, and Mrs. May Haswell, Dallas, and other relatives. Pallbearers were Will Hollingsworth, Harvey Hollingsworth, Joe Minefee, Wayne Selby, Sam Melton and John Reeves. Corley directed.

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Henderson Edward "Ed" Bates
Feb 8, 1841 - Jul 17, 1915

BROUGHT HERE SICK. Mr. H. E. Bates of Barry Suffering from Kidney Trouble Drs. Fields and Boys and Messrs. W. O. Hopkins and Luke Varnell of Barry, brought Mr. H. E. Bates, a venerable citizen of the Barry community here today on a stretcher suffering from a severe attack of kidney trouble. The ambulance of Hippel & Elkins met the sick man at the depot and he was taken to the office of County Health Officer Dr. W. D. Fountain and from there was taken to the Physicians’ and Surgeons’ Hospital for treatment.

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Died Near Barry. H. E. Bates, an old and highly esteemed citizen of the Barry Community, died at his home yesterday and the remains were interred in the community cemetery today.

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William David “Dave” Speegle
Jan 20, 1887 - Mar 6, 1937

Barry BARRY, March 11.—(Spl.)— Dave Speegle died Saturday night of heart failure while on his way to Barry. He. formerly resided in Barry, but had made his home in Corsicana for three years. He is survived by his stepmother, Mrs. J. W. Speegle of Barry. Seven brothers, J. E. Speegle, Clovis, New Mexico; A. L. Speegle, Portersville, Calif.; J. M. Speegle, Quemado; E. J. Speegle, Clovis, New Mexico; R. S. Speegle, Mertens; Tennis and Lonnie Speegle; sisters, Mrs. H. L. Reese, Barry; Mrs. J. W. Elliott, and Miss Ora Speegle, all of Barry, and Mrs. J. H. Farmer, Pinkston; two nieces, Mrs. Willie Shives, Corsicana; Mrs. Alton Burnett, Corsicana, and Talmage Powell, Roane. Interment was Sunday afternoon in Dresden cemetery.

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BARRY MAN DIED SUDDENLY FROM HEART AILMENT

David Speegle, aged 50, died at 8:30 Saturday night. Mr. Speegle was sitting in a truck on the streets of Barry when stricken with a heatt attack and expired before medical aid could be summoned. Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. J. W. Speegle at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bain. Interment was made in the Dresden cemetery, with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, March 12, 1937
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Eliza Abner (Crestwell) Reed
Nov 1, 1858 - Mar 16, 1942

MRS. ELIZA A. REED DIED AT BARRY; BE BURIED WEDNESDAY Mrs. Eltza A. Reed, aged 83 years, died at her home at Barry Monday night. Funeral services are planned Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Barry Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Prather of Dallas. A native of Georgia, Mrs. Reed had resided in the Barry community for forty-six years. Surviving are four sons, H. L., M. C. and J. F. Reed, all of Barry, and J. A. Reed, Dallas; two daughters, Misses Hettie and Ella Reed, both of Barry, and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers will be Elvin, Lowell, Leon, Weldon, Millard S. and Max- ine Reed, all grandsons. Corley Funeral Home will direct arrangements.

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Erma (Ritter) Spain
Jun 29, 1884 - Mar 10, 1977

Mrs. Spain Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. C.O. Spain, 92, former resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday in Cedar Creek Nursing Home in Malakoff. The Rev. James E. Cheatham will officiate, with burial following at Dresden cemetery. Survivors include three sons, M.O. Spain of Grapevine, Hoyt Spain of Dallas, and Audie Spain of Sherman, eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a brother, Earl Ritter of Dawson. Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Jerry Ronald Blake
Mar 29, 1948 - Apr 5, 1965

Thursday Rites Emhouse Youth Final rites for Jerry Ronald Carroll, 17, who died Monday, will be held from the Emhouse Baptist church Thursday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Pattison cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. A. O. Hendry, pastor of the church, and Rev. Mickey Loftis, pastor of the Navarro Mills Baptist church. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Carroll, Emhouse; a brother, Charles L. Carroll, Germany; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Heath Blake, Purdon, and other relatives. Pallbearers will be Howard Brewer, David McDaniel, Pat Seely, Bobby Brown, Charles Collier, Johnny Seaton, Ronald Lynch, Travis Parrish, Lloyd Gillen, Jr., and Frankie Horton.

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Daisy V. (Gary) Tekell
Oct 1870 - Dec 5, 1919

Died Near Emhouse. Mrs. O. C. Tekell died at her home near Emhouse last night after a long illness and the remains were interred at Dresden this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her husband.

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Tressie Lee (Hargrove) Montgomery
Oct 4, 1919 - Dec 23, 1965

Montgomery Rites Sunday BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 24 (Spl)—Funeral services for Mrs. Tressie Lee Montgomery, 46, who died in St. Paul's Hospital, Dallas, Thursday, will be held from the First Baptist church here Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. Native of the Dawson area, she resided in the Navarro Mills community before moving to Dallas. Surviving are her husband, H. C. Montgomery, 5230 Ledbetter Drive, Dallas; mother, Mrs. Maudie Lee Gunn, Corsicana; two sons, James H. Montgomery. Dallas, and Wilbur Leon Montgomery, Reno, Nev.; a daughter, Mrs. Patsy Lee Frame, Dallas; three brothers, Billy and Glen Hargrove, both of Route 2. Frost, and John Wesley (Bud) Hargrove, Washington State; a sister, Mrs. Edna Earl Montgomery, Dallas; grandfather, John Yates, Dawson; five grandchildren and other relatives. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Mary Susan "Mollie" (Butler) Welch
Mar 1, 1861 - Sep 21, 1933

AGED WOMAN WAS BURIED RECENTLY DRESDEN CEMETERY BLOOMING GROVE,
Oct. 18.— Funeral services for Mrs. J. W. Welch, aged 72 years, who died at her home near Dresden, September 21, after an illness of just a few days, were held Sunday afternoon. Sept. 24. at 3 o'clock, from the Methodist church at Dresden, with burial in the Dresden cemetery. She was Miss Mary Susan Butler before, her marriage to J. W. Welch. She was born in Freestone county, came to Navarro county after her marriage, where she has resided since. Surviving are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Smith, Blooming Grove; Mrs. W. D. Cheek, Barry; Miss Lydia Welch, Barry; two sons, E. A. Welch, Mc- Kinney; Lee Welch, Barry; a granddaughter, Miss Rosie Melton, Frost, and seven other grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. W. K. Butler, Stephenville, and Jim Butler. Fort Worth. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Bell, pastor of the Methodist church at Dresden. The funeral was directed by the McCormick Funeral Home.

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Albert Loyd Morton
Apr 9, 1906 - May 31, 1973

Loyd Morton Services have been set for Friday at 2 p.m. at the Navarro Mills Baptist Church for Loyd Morton 67, of Dresden, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Gary Bass Will officiate, and burial will follow in the Dresden cemetery. Morton was a native of Grayson County, but had lived in Dresden most of his life and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Morton is survived by his widow, Mrs. Loyd Morton of Dresden; two sons, Gerald Morton of Ennis and Percy Morton of Dresden; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Addie Morton of Blooming Grove; three brothers, Sam Morton of Dresden, Percy Morton of Denison, and W. D. Morton of Stinnett; four sisters, Mrs. J. I. Hale of Dresden, Mrs. Bernidene Nessina of Galveston, Mrs. Joyce Cunningham of Stinnett and Mrs. Joy Ferguson of Texas City; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Margaret Thrailkill, Miss
Sep 24, 1862 - Jan 5, 1940

AGED WOMAN DIED FRIDAY AFTERNOON; BURIAL SATURDAY Miss Margaret Thrailkill, aged 77 years, long-time resident of Navarro county, died at the home of a nephew, E. L. Gordon, 2800 West Ninth avenue Friday afternoon. Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel Saturday afternoon at1 o'clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. Mr. Lawler, Baptist minister. Interment was in the Dresden cemetery. Before moving to Corsicana four years ago, Miss Thrailkill resided in the Blooming Grove community for many years. Surviving are her nephew and other relatives.

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Isaac “Ike” Tillman
Oct 6, 1874 - Jun 23, 1957

Retired Farmer Expires Sunday Ike Tillman, 82, retired farmer resident of Kerens, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday night following a several weeks' illness. Funeral services were held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens Monday at 3 p. m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. D. R. Mc- Cauley, pastor of the First Methodist church. A native of South Carolina, Tillman resided most of his life in Blooming Grove prior to moving to Kerens 15 years ago. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs F. H. Masscy and Mrs. T. J. Jones both of Kerens, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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IKE TILLMAN
KERENS, June 25 (Spl) - Funeral services were held here Monday for Ike Tillman, 82, retired Farmer, who died Sunday night in a Corsicana hispital. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.
Tillman, a native of South Carolina, resided in Blooming Grove most of his life before he moved to Kerens 15 years ago.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. F. H. Massey and Mrs. T. J. Jones of Kerens

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Willie Bell (Watkins) Robison
Feb 18, 1894 - Aug 23, 1963

Sunday Rites Mrs. Robison Funeral services for Mrs. J. C. Robison. 60, of Barry, who died Friday in the Navarro Clinic, were held Sunday at 3 p. m. from the Barry Baptist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. David Michael, pastor of the First Baptist church of McGregor. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. Surviving are her husband and a son, Buel Robison, both of Barry; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Bourland, McGregor; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five brothers, George William and Charlie Watkins, all of Corsicana; Ollie Watkins, Odessa, and Jessie Watkins, Kermit; three sisters, Mrs. Hal Johnson, Kerens; Mrs. E. C. Griffin, Waco, and Mrs. Thelma Freeman, Houston. Pallbearers were L. O. McGraw, N. H. Livingston, George Mitchell, Roger Johnston, Leo Price, Lloyd Simpson and Dr. Charles H. Brown. Nephews were honorary pallbearers, Corley directed.

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James Thomas “Jim” Smith
May, 17, 1867 - Jul. 19, 1940

LONGTIME RESIDENT OF BLOOMING GROVE COMMUNITY DIES BLOOMING OROVE, July 22.— (Spl.)—James T. Smith, aged 73 years, native of Mississippi, and resident of this community for 40 years, died Friday. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Dresden church with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Williams, pastor of the local Central Baptist church. Surviving are his wife, four sons, two daughters, a step-daughter and two brothers. Pallbearers were Carl Daniels, Joe N. George, Tom Neal, J. H. Haden, J. L. Lester and E. T. Hawkins. McCormick's Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

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James Smith Buried At Dresden

Funeral services for James Thomas Smith, aged 73, who died July 19 at his home, were held at the Methodist church at Dresden, July 20, with Rev. Robert Williams conducting the rites.

He is survived by his wife, four sons, Dick Smith of Kansas, Tom Smith of Wichita Falls and Carl and Pete Smith, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Flora and Sally, two brothers, Bob, of Corsicana, and Cull of Durant, Oklahoma.

Pall bearers were Carl Daniel, Tom Neal, Joe George, H. B. Lester, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Rodgers.

Mr. Smith had been a resident of this and the Dresden community for many years, and had many friends in both communities.

Arrangements were under the direction of the McCormick Funeral Service.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, July 26, 1940
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

 


James Arthur Sims
Mar 4, 1888 - Oct 19, 1954

 J. A. Sims Rites Held Thursday Funeral services for J. A. Sims 67, who died suddenly at his home 813 South Twenty-Ninth street Tuesday night, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Gene W. Dean, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Everett Sims, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Dean Cobb. Blooming Grove; a brother Wesley Sims, Blooming Grove; three sisters, Mrs. Bob Clough and Mrs. Charlie Hollificld both of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Douglas Richardson, Arizona, and other relatives. Pallbearers were John Butler, Bill Harrison, Jim Gray, Joe Baker, Burney Moore, Claude Denbow and Jim Sutton.

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William Hollingsworth
Sep 23, 1886 - Jan 16, 1954

Dresden Farmer Dies Wednesday William Hollingsworth, 67, Dresden farmer, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Thursday at 5 p. m. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor of the church. Surviving are his wife of Dresden, two sons, Elmer Hollingsworth U. S. Army, and Robert E. Hollingsworth, Dresden; a daughter, Mrs. Herman Sewell, Corbet; brother, Charlie Hollingsworth, Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hastings and Mrs. Jennie Hitt, both of Eustace; and two grandsons. Pallbearers will be June Barnett, Revis Perry, Henry Arp, Lill Melton, Leland Daniels and W. H. Milam. Corley will direct.

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Kathryn Elizabeth “Kate” (Jackson) Griffin
Jan 22, 1871 - Apr 23, 1957

Mrs. Kate Griffin Rites Wednesday Funeral services for Mrs. Kate Griffin, 86, long-time Blooming Grove resident, were held from the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Wednesday at 3 p. m. The rites were conducted by Rev. Wayne Runnels, pastor, assisted by Rev. Roy H. Davis, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. Mrs. Griffin died at her home in Blooming Grove Tuesday morning following an illness of several months. A native of Georgia, Mrs. Griffin had resided in the Dresden and Blooming Grove communities for more than 70 years. Surviving are three sons, Earl R. Griffin, Corsicana, E. C. and Fred Griffin, both of Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Hank Jordan, Fort Worth; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. Pallbearers were Sam Carroll, Billy Gillen, Miller Reid. C. L. Tillman, H. S. Whorton and Earl Magee. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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John Brooks Ferrell
Apr 22, 1886 - Jan 16, 1957

Blooming Grove Resident Dies J. B. Ferrell, 70, farmer, of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church in Blooming Grove Thursday at 2:30 p. m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Roy Davis, pastor. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Ordway and Elwood Ferrell; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Garrison, all of Blooming Grove; five grandchildren; a brother, W. T. Ferrell, and a sister, Mrs. C. R. Neese, both of Wellington, and other relatives. Pallbearers were A. D. Garrison, Reagan Grounds, Earl Hollingsworth, W. A. Haden, J. M. Dixon and Stanford Moore. Honorary pallbearers were friends o£ the family. Corley directed.

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William Franklin Linch
Jul 10, 1894 - May 8, 1957

Blooming Grove Resident Dies BLOOMING GROVE, May 9- (Spl.)—William Frankie Linch, 63 retired stockman-farmer, native of Irene, died at his home here Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services are planned Friday at 3 p. m. from the Church of Christ with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Derwood Gage, minister of the church. Surviving are his wife of Blooming Grove; a brother, F. E. Linch, Ontario, Calif.; two nephews and two nieces. Pallbearers will be J. L. Hargrove, Earl McLain, Drew Gillen, Charles Turner, T. E. Northern and Miller Reid. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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James Walter Spivey
Jul 16, 1868 - Jun 5, 1943

JAMES W. SPIVEY, NATIVE OE COUNTY, BURIED ON SUNDAY
Funeral services for James W. Spivey, aged 75 years, retired Blooming Grove grocer, who died in the Navarro Clinic early Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Methodist church at Dresden. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. S. Fisher, pastor of the Blooming Grove Methodist church. Spivey was a native of West Navarro county and had made his home with a nephew, R. S. High, in Blooming Grove since his retirement seven years ago. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Bettie Franks, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Travis Holland, Houston, and Mrs. Callie Blair, Fort Worth; a brother, Haschall Spivey, California, and a number of other relatives. McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Conrad Theron Compton
May 7, 1888 - Jan 7, 1943

RITES HELD FRIDAY FOR CONRAD COMPTON WHO DIED SUDDENLY
Funeral services for Conrad T. Compton, age 53 years, who died suddenly about noon Thursday, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'- clock from the chapel of the Cor- ley Funeral Home. Rev. W. S. Fisher, Methodist minister of Blooming Grove, conducted the rites. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. Surviving are two brothers, three sisters and other relatives.

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Samuel Columbus Culbertson
Aug 12, 1872 - Feb 7, 1943

PROMINENT FROST RESIDENT BURIED DRESDEN CEMETERY FROST, Feb. 12.—(Special)—Funeral services for Samuel Clayton Culbertson, aged 70, prominent farmer and stockman here for 30 years, who died at the home of a niece, Mrs. Jim Hill, near Milford Tuesday night, were held from the Methodist Church here Wednesday afternoon. Interment was in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Bell, pastor of the Milford Presbyterian Church, assisted by Rev. T. D. Ellis and Rev. D. F. Cagle, both of Frost. Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Lula Tullos, Frost, and Mrs. J. O. McSpadden, Blooming Grove; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were, I. A. Sanders, Alf Chamberlain, R. R. Hinkle, Jerry Green, Jewel Smith, Grover Smith, Jesse Cook and Dudley Robinson. McCormick's Funeral Service directed.

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Edgar Blair Johnson
Jul 20, 1870 - Oct 1, 1954

Edgar B. Johnson Expires Friday Edgar B. Johnson, 83, retired farmer-rancher, of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial Hospital Friday morning. Born in the Dresden community, Johnson had resided in the Dresden and Blooming Grove area all of his life. He was the son of the late W. D. Johnson, pioneer Navarro countian. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Huff Mabry Johnson Blooming Grove; two sons, Douglas Johnson, Waco public schools, and Gordon Johnson, Blooming Grove; two granddaughters, three great-grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Friday afternoon. McCammon will direct.

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Alice Lee (Culbertson) McSpadden
Jun 18, 1865 - Apr 14, 1954

Alice McSpadden Dies Wednesday; Funeral Friday BLOOMING GROVE, April 15— (Spl)—Mrs. Alice Lee McSpadden long-time resident of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday shortly before midnight. She was 88. A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Mc- Spadden had resided in Texas for the last 60 years. Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Friday at the Blooming Grove Methodist church, with the Rev. Roy Davis, pastor, officiating. Burial will he at Dresden cemetery. Grandsons will be pallbearers, and McCormick Funeral Home will direct. Mrs. McSpadden is survived by three sons. Justin O. McSpadden, C. E. McSpadden and Seth McSpadden. all of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Lula Westbrook, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Virginia Alice Forest of Waxahachie; one sister. Mrs. Lula Tullos of Blooming Grove; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Otey Smith Hodge
Aug 28, 1894 - Feb 5, 1993

Otey S. Hodge

JACKSBORO - Otey S. Hodge of Jacksboro, a retired employee of Magnolia Petroleum Co., died Friday at a Jacksboro nursing home. He was 98.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Coker Funeral Home in Jacksboro.

Burial will be in Chatfield Cemetery, north of Corsicana.

Mr. Hodge was born in Navarro County. He was an employee at Magnolia Patroleum Co. for 40 years.

He served in World War I and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Jacksboro First Presbyterian Church building fund, 201 W. Archer St., Jacksboro 76458.

Survivors: Two daughters, Carolyn Johnson and Mary Page Shook, both of Jacksboro; two stepsons, J.E. Gaither of Holliday and H.W. Pat Gaither of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Louise Carmichael of Chatfield; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nine

great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

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  • Fort Worth Star Telegram - February 7, 1993
  • Submitted by Tim Childress

Genie (Kelt) Cole
d. 1922

Died in Dallas This Morning

From Wednesday's Daily

The news reached the city this morning that Mrs. Louie Cole of Dallas had died leaving a husband and two little girls to-mourn her death.
The deceased was 29 years old and a native of Chatfield, at which place she was married, Her former name before marriage being Miss Genie Kelt, being a member of a prominent family of the Chatfield community.

The funeral will take place at Chatfield tomorrow about 2:30 o'clock, ,the remains arriving at Rice on the 12:30 car, from which place the body will be taken to Chatfield.

Mr. Louie Cole, the grief-stricken husband, is also a native of Corsicana, he having spent the greater part of his life in the city.

There are many friends in both tho city and county who will be grieved to hear of this untimely death and extend much sympathy to the husband and family of the deceased.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - March 31, 1922
  • Submitted by Tim Childress

Alice (Guynes) Williams
d. 1946

Funeral For Former Chatfield Resident Planned On Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Guynes Williams, who was born and reared at Chatfield. will be held at Chatfield Thursday at 11:30 a. m. Burial will be in the Chatfield cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Vensent, pastor of the Chatfield Methodist church. Mrs. Williams died in Houston Saturday night.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Cordila Guynes Oglesby, Washington, D. C.: a half-sister, Mrs. John Harper. Longview; three halfbrothers, Morris Guynes, New York; Charles Guynes, Lubbock, and Asa Guynes, Oregon; two nephews, C. C Sands and Leo Sands, both of Corsicana; a niece, Mrs. Lola Guynes, Chatfield, and other relatives. McCammon Funeral Homes will direct arrangements.

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Marvin Edgar Cummins
Feb 10, 1873 - Oct 13, 1948
 

RICE RITES HELD  FOR M.E. CUMMINS; DIED WEDNESDAY

M. E. Cummins, aged 75 years, life-long Navarro county resident, died at his home In Rice early Wednesday evening.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Baptist church In Rice. Burial was In the Chatfield cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. L. L. Griffin, pastor of the church, Rev. W. H. Day, Baptist minister, and Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church, Corsicana.

Native of Chatfield, he resided in that area until a few years ago when he moved to Rice. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; two sons, Hugh Cummins, Corsicana, and Ernest Cummins. Rice; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Murphy, Rice, and Mrs. arvey Graves, Ennis; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Alvin Jones, Hubert Bowden, Bill Bowden, Bowden McNutt, T. U. Bowden and R. M. Bowden.
McCammon Funeral Home directed

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Minnie Lee (O'Daniel) Eaton-Tarrer
Oct 1, 1881 - Jan 5, 1930

Former Chatfield Resident Returned There For Burial

Mrs. Minnie Tarrer, 49, died Sunday morning at her home in Corsicana, after eleven weeks of illness.
The body was brought to Chatfield for burial Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

The Rev. A. C. Carraway of Corsicana, her former pastor, at Chatfield, assisted by Rev. J. L. Saunders, pastor now in charge, conducted the funeral services.

Mrs. Tarrer had lived in the Chatfield community all her life, until a few months preceding her death. She was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving Mrs. Tarrer are three sons and four daughters, she having been a widow fourteen years.
The passing of Mrs. Tarrer has brought a sence of loss not only to the members of her own family, but to those of the Chatfield community, in which she spent her life in rearing her children and helping, others during sickness.

To the bereaved children, loving friends extend heartfelt sympathy.
— A Friend.

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CORSICANA WOMAN BURIED MONDAY IN CHATFIELD CEMETERY

Mrs. Minnie Lee Terrar, aged 49 years, died at 620 North Fourteenth street Sunday morning at 5:30 o’clock and the funeral was held at the Methodist churcha t Chatfield Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment was made in the
Chatfield Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Carraway, assistant pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. Sanders pastor of the Chatfield Methodist church.

Surviving are several children, father, A. O’Daniel, two half-brothers, Pete and Leo O’Daniel of Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, January 6, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband W. Volley Eaton married Apr. 27, 1898 2nd husband Willie Henry Frederick Tarrer married Apr. 15, 1901; d/o Alphonso O’Daniel and R. Deliliah (Brown) O’Daniel

Nettie Olivia (Putman) Guynes
Oct 31, 1866 - Dec 6, 1909

Nellie Guynes

Died Last Night

Mrs. Nellie Guynes, wife of Collie Guynes of Ihe Chatfield community died here last night at 10 o'clock the home of Asa Guynes, 505 East Tenth avenue, aged 43 years.

Interment will take place tomorrow at Chatfield at 12 o'clock, the funeral party leaving here at 9 a. m.

Physicians pronounce the disease that ended the life of Mrs. Gyunes as pellagra. The symptoms of the malady began to show themselves about the first of last May, but the deceased was not confined to her bed until about two weeks ago.

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Mrs. Nettie Guynes, wife of Collie Guynes of the Chatfield community, died here last night at 10 o’clock at the home of Asa Guynes, 505 East Tenth avenue, aged 43 years.

Interment will take place tomorrow at Chatfield at 12 o’clock, the funeral party leaving here at 9 a.m.

Physicians pronounce the disease that ended the life of Mrs. Guynes as pellagra. The symptoms of the malady began to show themselves about the first of last May, but the deceased was not confined to her bed until about two weeks ago.

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Henry Green
June 7, 1898 - Feb 3, 1973

POWELL — Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Good Hope Baptist Church in Powell for Henry Green, 72, lifelong resident of Kerens, who died Saturday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital. Rev. Morris Brown will officiate, and burial will be at Good Hope Cemetery in Powell.
Funeral services are under the direction of Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Survivors include his widow, Worthie Green; a daughter, Mrs. BerniceMcCann of Wellington, Tex; a foster son, Mendola White of Dallas; a step-son, Lawrence Eliam of Grand Prairie; two brothers, Jessie Manning and Leroy Manning of Bryan, Tex.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Arthur Ferguson, Alvin Brooks, Robert Devearux, Jr., Onia Jackson, Oscar McCreary, and John Baxter.

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Viola (Wilkerson) Neese
Oct 8, 1872 - May 13, 1937

MRS. VIOLA NEESE BURIED AT FROST FRIDAY MORNING
Funeral services for Mrs. Viola Neese, aged 64 years, long-time resident of Frost, who died in Fort Worth Thursday morning while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Brown, were held at the Frost cemetery Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock with interment in the Frost cemetery. Surviving are three sons, Roy Neese, Corsicana; Hoyt Neese, Barry, and a son who resides in Fort Worth; a daughter, and a number of other relatives. Corley Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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Edna Earl (Young) Reynolds
Apr 1, 1911 - Sep 8, 1937

FROST WOMAN DIED WEDNESDAY; BURIAL OCCURRED THURSDAY FROST
Sept. 11.— Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Young Reynolds, aged 26 years, who died Wednesday, were held Thursday afternoon from the Baptist church with, burial in the Frost cemetery Surviving are her husband, Rastus Reynolds; mother, Mrs. Henry Cagle, Jones Ranch; six sisters Mrs. Emily Moore, Rio Vista; Mrs. Ila Mae Workman, Blum; Mrs. Cordia Nelson, Corsicana; Mrs. Bertie Johnson, Blooming Grove, and Misses Gertrude and Mary Young, both of Frost, and three brothers, Burton, Loy and Robert Young, all of Frost.

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Wade Hampton Smith
Mar 23, 1868 - Apr 19, 1937

PIONEER RESIDENT WEST NAVARRO DIED MONDAY MORNING FROST
April 19.—(Spl.)—Wade Smith, 69, a pioneer settler of this county, died at his home here this morning following a stroke of paralysis. He had been in ill health for several months, but only recently his condition became worse. He suffered a paraletic stroke Thursday of last week and never regained consciousness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Baptist church. Mr. Smith came to this county from Arkansas about 50 years ago locating at Blooming Grove. In young manhood he engaged in farming in the Jones Ranch community and later coming to Frost and with C. O. Brown entered the cafe business. About this time he was elected city marshal of Frost and held that position for approximately 15 years. A few years later he served Frost for a number of years as mayor. For the past 15 years he has been engaged in the grocery business here. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Willie Youngblood, both of Frost, and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Patterson of Evangeline, Ark., one brother, Will Smith, of Mountain Home, Ark.; two half brothers, Mid Lumpkins of Fort Worth and Sid Lumpkins of Houston, and a number of other relatives.

(Photo was not part of the obituary)

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Laura V. (Hyer) Blackburn
Oct 1, 1883 - Feb 22, 1941

Frost Woman Died Saturday; Funeral Was Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Blackburn, aged 58 years, who died in Frost Saturday morning, were held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the First Methodist church with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. V. Bane, pastor, and Rev. D. P. Cagle, pastor of the Frost Baptist church. Surviving are her husband, Jess R. Blackburn, Frost; five brothers, Tom Hyer and H. C. Hyer, both of Houston; F. C. Hyer, Crosby; W. D. Hyer. Dallas; and E. W. Hyer, Frost; three sisters, Mrs. G. B. McFadden, Austin; Mrs. J. H. Griffin and Mrs. W. T. Lambert, both of Houston, and a number of nieces and nephews. Corley Funeral Home was in charge.

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Durelle Blake, Sr.
Aug 1849 – Sep 1929

FORMER RESIDENT OF FROST BURIED THERE SATURDAY FROST, Sept. 21.—(Spl) - Funeral services for Derall Blake, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clatitt in Indianapolis, Indiana, were held Saturday afternoon at the home of his son, Rip Blake, here. The services, were conducted by Rev. J. W. Cowan, Methodist minister, and interment was in the Frost cemetery. Mr. Blake was a former resident of this city. Surviving are four sons and two daughters.

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Joseph Esau Blankenship
Oct 16, 1870 - Mar 3, 1951

J. E. Blankenship Services Monday Funeral services for J. E. Blankenship, 80, of Purdon, who died at he P. and S. Hospital Saturday afternoon, were held Monday at 3 p. m. from the Purdon Baptist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Foster, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Frost cemetery. Surviving are his wife of Purdon, two daughters, Mrs. Vernie Beal, Wichita, Kan., and Mrs. John Shamblin, Coadinga, Calif.; a brother, J. P. Blankenship. Seymour; a sister, Mrs. J. L. Balentine, Dallas; seven grandchildren and other relatives. Pallbearers were Houston Parrish, Alfred McCraw, Joe C. Joyce. Jr., Curtis Jones, Ralph Balentine and Lowell K. Davis. Griffin directed.

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Pryce (Fleming) Bonnett
Aug 8, 1875 - Nov 12, 1953

Mrs. T. F. Bonnett Dies Thursday Mrs. T. F. Bonnett, 78, long-time Frost resident, died at her home in Frost at an early hour Thursday morning following an extended illness. Funeral services are planned for Friday at 3 p. m. from the Frost Methodist church, of which she was a member, with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Milton Slayden, pastor. The family had been merchants at Frost for 48 years and owned and operated a dry goods concern many years before expanding to include groceries and hardware. Surviving are a son, W. F. Bonnett. Frost; two daughters, Mrs. J. D. Holland, Waco, and Miss Marie Bonnett, Frost; and two grandchildren. McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Thomas Fletcher Bonnett
Feb 14, 1875 - Oct 18, 1938

T. F. BONNETT OF FROST WAS BURIED THERE WEDNESDAY FROST
Oct. 21—Funeral services for T. E. Bonnett, aged 64 years, who died suddenly at his home here Tuesday night, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in the Frost cemetery. Mr. Bonnett had been a prominent merchant here for the past 33 years. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. J. D. Holland and Miss Marie Bonnett. both of Frost, and a son, S. W. Bonnett, Frost.

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William Edgar Bowman, Sr.
Apr 1, 1892 - Oct 17, 1958

W. E. Bowman Rites Saturday FROST. Oct. 18 — (Spl.) — Funeral rites were to be held Saturday at 3 p.m. for William Edgar Bowman, 66, retired mail carrier and extensive landowner who died in Memorial Hospital Friday. Services were to be held from the First Methodist Church of Frost, with Rev. W. O. Ramsey conducting and Dr. W. V. Bane of Arlington and Rev. C. C. Ellis, Frost, assisting. Burial was in the Frost cemetery. Bowman was a native of Frost and a veteran of World War I. Survivors include his wife, of Frost; a son, W. E. Bowman Jr., Dallas; a sister, Mrs. John Ethredge, Fort Worth; two grandsons and other relatives. Pallbearers were J. C. Dyer, Joe Parum, Marvin Speer, Earl G. Moore, Jimmy Hooser, T. S. Hooser, J. C. Young and Noble Downey. McCormick Funeral Home directed.

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William Franklin Bowman
Apr 1, 1878 - Mar 12, 1928

W. F. Bowman died Monday afternoon at the Navarro County hospital, and funeral services were held Tuesday, afternoon at the home of his uncle, W. H. Bowman. Interment was in Frost cemetery. Services were conducted by Revs. N. L. Range and Chas. B. Diltz. Mr. Bowman was 49 years, 11 months ;and 12 days old. He is survived by one daughter, his father and five sisters.

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Frost Man Died In Local Hospital

W. F. Bowman, aged 50 years, of Frost died at the Navarro County Hospital Monday afternoon shortly before 3 o'clock following a stroke of paralysis several days ago at his home. The body was removed to his home by the Frost undertaker. Funeral arrangements could not be learned.

The deceased was admitted to the hospital Saturday.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. J. O. Eldridge of Grayson county, and other relatives.

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Lucy Ethel (Bragg) Boyd
Jun 9, 1879 - Jan 31, 1964

Mrs. H. B. Boyd Dies Friday Mrs. Lucy Ethel Boyd, 84, of Frost, widow of the late H. B. Boyd, carpenter and contractor, died in Paulyne's Convalescent Home Friday morning. The family resided in Corsicana for 35 years before moving to Frost in 1951. Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 2:30 p. m. with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church. Surviving are two sons, W. B. Boyd, Corsicana, and T. E. Boyd. Athens; two daughters, Mrs. E. M. Sheppard, Frost, and Mrs. Thelma Lewis, Kerrville; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Pallbearers will be T. S. Patrick, Vernon Frazier, Chestine Frazier, Billy Walker, Kenneth Jacobs and Charlie Miles.

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Sunday Rites For Mrs. Boyd

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Ethel Boyd, 84, of Frost, formerly of Corsicana, who died Friday at Paulyne's Convalescent Home here, will be held Sunday at 2:30 p. m from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery.

Mrs. Boyd was the widow the late H. B. Boyd, local contractor. They resided in Corsicana for 35 years before moving to Frost in 1951.

Surviving are two sons, W. B. Boyd, Corsicana, and T. E. Boyd, Athens; two daughters, Mrs. E. M. Sheppard, Frost, and Mrs. Thomas Lewis, Kerrville; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be T. S. Patrick, Vernon Frazier, Chestine Frazier, Billy Walker, Kenneth Jacobs and Charlie Miles.

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Odey D. Boyte
July 18, 1897 - Apr 24, 1959

Sunday Rites For O. D. Boyte Funeral services for O. D. Boyte 61, retired city employee, who died in Memorial Hospital after suffering a heart attack while walking along West Fifth avenue, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church. Burial was in the Frost cemetery. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Orville David and Lynn Ray Boyte, and a daughter, Diane Boyte, all of Corsicana; six brothers. Rube, I. N. Oscar, and Clem Boyte, all of Corsicana; Frank Boyte, Fort Worth, and Anderson Boyte, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. M. E. Sullivan and Mrs. Deola Lowe, both of Corsicana, and other relatives. Pallbearers were Garold Boyte, Lloyd Nichols, Jesse Keele, Billy Sullivan, Franklin Boyte and Lawrence Boyte.

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Sallie Elizabeth “Sarah” (Bell) Brannon
Feb. 10, 1860 - May 2, 1942

FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR MRS. BRANNON
Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie E. Brannon, aged 82 years, who died here Saturday morning, were held from the Sutherland-McCammon chapel Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock. The rites were conducted by Leroy Brownlow, minister of the Church of Christ. Burial was in the Frost cemetery. Mrs., Brannon had resided here for the past 26 years. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Frank Childers, Corsicana; Mrs. Leola Denn, Dallas; Mrs. B. H. Poteet, Cooper; Mrs. Lee Howell, Mertens, and Mrs. A. L. Bonner, Eureka; a son, George Brannon, California; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were H. M. Montgomery, N. M. Hawkins, Howard Bivin, S. N. Georgas, Wilson Scott and Pete Harwell.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 4, 1942
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • The date is wrong on the monument. Death certificate has Feb. 10, 1860 as birthdate and the death date is May 2, 1942. The newspaper is Monday the May 4 and it says she died on Saturday, May 2.

Mary Margaret (Paul) Worsham
Aug 27, 1861 - Oct 26, 1938

PIONEER WOMAN FROST COMMUNITY DIED ON WEDNESDAY FROST, Oct. 26.— (Spl.)—Mrs. Mary Worsham, age 77, pioneer resident of this community, died at her home here at 6:30 Wednesday morning. Funeral service will be held from the First Methodist church at 10 o'clock Thursday morning and the rites will be conducted by Rev. W. V. Bane, pastor. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery. Surviving are her husband, four sons, three daughters and other relatives. McCormick Funeral Service will direct the arrangements.

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Dana Lee (Sitzler) Swan
Oct 4, 1945 - Jan 11, 2012


Mrs. Dana Lee “Granny” Swan passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born Oct. 4, 1945, to Willie and Verle Sitzler in Magnolia, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Sherrie Camp.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Swan of Corsicana; daughter, Debbie Watkins of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Mandy Watkins, Sarah Watkins, and Tabitha Kearse, all of Blooming Grove.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eric Larsen and the Rev. Steve Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Will Kirk, Gary Pendleton, Ron Craig, Joe Reed, Scott Black and Sam Kirk.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Billy Ray Bailey
Sept 10, 1936 - Jan 10, 2012


Billy Ray Bailey, 75, of Kaufman and formerly of Corsicana, passed peacefully away to the Promised Land Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his loving daughters, grandchildren and sisters.

Bill was born Sept. 10, 1936, in Seymour. He served his country faithfully as a member of the United States Army. He attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls. An admired computer professional who inspired others during his life, he retired from Mary Kay Corporation. He helped raise his sisters and brother and continued to be the patriarch of his large family throughout his life.

Music, one of his many interests, drew people to him, loved ones and strangers alike. As a young man, he often performed in bluegrass bands. Even his many contributions in church were of a musical nature as he was a respected song leader. He loved to play the guitar. His talent and voice brought his large family together at gatherings and reunions. A thick family songbook with favorite songs is a gift from him and a memento at many family homes.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Weldon Bailey and Geneva Mattie Martin Bailey.

He is so loved and will be missed by his daughters, Kathy Bailey Partin, Karie Bailey Bryan, and Kristy Bailey Beasley; sons-in-law, Louie Williams and Blake Bryan; grandchildren, Lee Bailey Partin, Sunny Elaine Stephens, Zachary Aaron Partin, Wesley Ray Beasley, Bailey Ann Bryan, and Blue Walker Bryan; and siblings, Betty Petruska, Barbara Hearn, Brenda Lara, Royal Smith, Sissy Tapley and Kay Vaughn; brothers-in-law Ben Hearn, Jack Petruska, and Jose Lara; as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and close family friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

Celebration of his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at College Mound United Methodist Church in Terrell. He will rest beside his wife, Sherrie Lynn Adams Bailey, who preceded him in death. Graveside song and prayer will follow at College Mound Cemetery.

Arrangements by Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.

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Marguarette Ruth (Miles) Cook
Jan 14, 1919 - Jan 11, 2012

Mrs. Ruth Miles Cook of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at age 92 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born Jan. 14, 1919, to Dave and Della Richmond Miles in Ellington, Ga. On May 28, 1942, she married Curtis E. Cook in Belton. They shared a 61-year marriage until his death in 2003.

Ruth was a long-time resident of Navarro County, member of Powell Baptist Church and a member of Odd Fellows & Rebekahs. She was an avid genealogist and took great delight in discovering another generation to add to her family tree.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; brothers, Joseph F. Miles, who was killed in action in World War II, Wilmer Miles in 1987, Johnie Miles in 1993, and Allen Miles in 1998.

Survivors include a son, Joe Cook of Cedar Creek Lake; daughters, Haley Hartnett of Atlanta, Ga., and Cynthia Thygesen of Waco; step-son, Jerry Cook of Mildred; nine grandchildren; adopted niece, Beverly Heim of Wortham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Morris Holcomb officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Fleishman, Matthew Fleishman, Christopher Cook, Zack Ivy, Melanie Cook and Jim Thompson.

Memorials may be made to Powell Baptist Church at P.O. Box 188, Powell, TX 75153.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James William Robinson
Jan 10, 1882 - July 23, 1951

Jimmie Robinson Succumbs Monday

James W. (Jimmie) Robinson, 69, died in the P. and S. Hospital Monday night.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W.M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church.

A native of Dresden, Robinson came to Corsicana as a young child. The family residence is 1701 West Sixth avenue.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. R.L. Moyer, Tulsa, and Mrs. E.R. Morrison, Bonham; a sister, Mrs. Harris Ransom, Corsicana; two grand-daughters and one grandson, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Fred DuBose, R.W. Wiggins, John Sullivan, George Campbell, Dude Ramsom and Ed Harris.

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George Thomas Goodwin
July 22, 1853 - Jan 27, 1926


FUNERAL SERVICES FOR G.T. GOODWIN HELD THURSDAY
FATHER OF EIGHT CHILDREN HAD RESIDED HERE FOR TWELVE YEARS

G. T. Goodwin, aged 72 years, died at the family residence 1820 West Seventh avenue Wednesday night at 10 o'clock and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery Thursday afternoon. The funeral services were held at the residence at 3 o'clock. Rev. D.A. Chisholm, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, conducted the services.

The deceased was born in Alabama and came to Texas thirty-four years ago, residing in Kaufman county seven years and in Navarro county for twenty-seven years. He has resided in Corsicana for twelve years and lived in the Roane community prior to moving to Corsicana.

Mr. Goodwin is survived by his wife and eight children; Mrs. J. L. Jackson, Angus; Mrs. C. S. Wood, Corsicana; Mrs. O. C. Gatlin, Tupelo; Mrs. Matt Beasley, Roane; Mrs. Lonnie Hosch, Roane; W.V. Goodwin, Navarro; O. C. Goodwin, Zion's Rest; J. W. Goodwin, Corsicana.

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Alice (Rodgers) Black
abt 1876 - April 5, 1915

DIED OF HER INJURIES

Woman Found on Streets Died Yesterday Afternoon

Mrs. Alice Black, the woman who was found in a semi-conscious condition near the drinking fountain on South Beaton street at 3 o'clock Monday morning, died at the Physicians' and Surgeons' Hospital yesterday afternoon about 5:30 o'clock.

When found by the officers the woman in a broken and disjointed way told that she had been hurt by a fall. Upon examination it was found that her lower jaw was broken on each side and that her right leg had a fracture in the region of the knee. After her death the body was taken to Sutherand's Undertaking Parlors and there last night County Health Officer Dr. W.D. Fountain and Dr. Terrell of Temple who was visiting here as a guest of the Navarro County Medical Society, performed an autopsy of the brain and found the brain in an apopleptic condition, which might have been produced by the blow on her jaw, or may have been the result of disease.

The woman, who was about 40 years of age, is survived by her mother, Mrs. Annie Black, a son and by two half-brothers, Will and Virgil Black.

The remains of the deceased were buried in Oakwood this afternoon, Rev. Eugene Hudnall officiating.

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Izetta Emma (Long) Fleetwood
Mar 1840 - Nov 14, 1914

Mrs. H.K. Fleetwood Dead

Mrs. Emma Fleetwood, wife of Mr. H. K. Fleetwood, died at the family home on West 10th avenue Saturday night at 11 o'clock. Mrs. Fleetwood was 74 years of age and is survived by her husband and several children. Mrs. J. A. Thompson of this city is a daughter of the deceased.

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  • Corsicana Democrat and Truth - Thursday, Nov 19, 1914
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Hatton Kemper Fleetwood - d/o William D. Long and Nancy Ann (Albright) Long
  • Oakwood cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX

Thomas Jefferson Warren
Sept 26, 1881 - Dec 3, 1971

Tom Warren
Services for Tom Warren are set for 2 p.m. today in the Church of Christ in Kerens, with Cato Sherra officiating.
Burial is to be in Prairie Point Cemetery.
Warren was born in 1881 in Venis, and died Friday.
A resident of Kerens since 1913, he was a retired farmer.
Survivors include six sons, Oral Warren, Bill Warren, and Jim (Square) Warren, all of Kerens, C.L. (Mack) Warren of Hermliegh, Walter Warren of Livingston and H.F. (Pug ) Warren of Trinidad; three daughters, Mrs. O.K. Gassett, Mrs. Frank Gardner and Mrs. Jack White, all of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Mae Craig of Arlington; one brother, Ed Warren of Branham; 40 grandchildren; 65 great grandchildren; and seven great great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Evelyn Hazel Harrison
May 5, 1923 - Jan 10, 2012

Evelyn Hazel Harrison, 88, of Fort Worth passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Robert Thomas "Bob" Alexander
May 5, 1935 - Jan 6, 2012

In Loving Memory of SMC-Chief Petty Officer Robert Thomas “Bob” Alexander, born May 5, 1935 and was called home by our heavenly Father on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at the age of 76.

In his new life Robert now joins his parents, Clinton C. Alexander and Betty Drain Alexander; sisters Pat Alexander Nutt and Sue Alexander.

He will be missed in the hearts of his wife, Gisela “Gigi” Alexander; brother Clif Alexander and wife Linda; sister Mary Alexander; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rufus Nutt, and Michael and Amparo Kempa of Germany. He is also survived by his children and spouses, John and Amanda Shoely, Ray and Lori Shoely, Katrina Kempa Santos, Robert and Marylyn Alexander, and Dafney Alexander. Numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces, his church family and special friends will also miss him.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rufus Nutt officiating. Burial will follow with Military Honors at Oakwood Cemetery, where we will bid him farewell and a peaceful rest.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Maye (Kirby) Black
Nov 4, 1936 - Jan 14, 2012

Maye Kirby Black, of Purdon, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Maye was born in Tulia, Texas to Earl and Myrtle Kirby on Nov. 4, 1936. Maye married Buddy Black in Portales, N.M. on July 21, 1951. They spent the next 60 years raising their five children, building a business together, and making memories with a large, loving family.

For the past 24 years, Maye and Buddy have lived in Purdon. They drove a truck together, and when Buddy was injured, Maye continued to drive alone. Known as “Daisy Maye”, she cut quite an imposing path up and down the highways of Texas. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and cooking; and was exceptional at both.

Maye was met at the gates of heaven by her parents; her son, Larry Black, her brother, Sonny Kirby; and her sister, Frances Hodges.

Maye is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence E. (Buddy) Black; her children and their spouses; Eddie and Anita Black of Emhouse, Dale Black of Cleburne, Kathy and Randy Porter of Corsicana, and Kristi and Danny Guerra of Purdon; a daughter-in-law and her husband, Sue and Brad Hornung of Wichita, Kan.; her grandchildren; Lisa and Jason Lamb, Casey Black, Josh and Maggie Black, Ryan and Christin Black, Jessica and Carl Cason, Jennifer and Trey Rutschman, Nichole Black, Cody Black and Joanna Wylie, Kirsten Richie, Matthew Porter, Cory Porter and Haleigh Guerra; and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also susrvived by her sisters; Earlene Davis, Mary Evelyn Poe, Virginia Parker and Emily Young; numerous nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends Dorothy and Pinky Kincaid of Forreston, TX.

Visitation will be held on from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana, Texas with Rev. Les Mantonya and Pastor Josh Black officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery in Silver City. Pallbearers will be Eddie Black, Casey Black, Josh Black, Ryan Black, Cody Black, Cory Porter, Matthew Porter and Jason Lamb; honorary pall bearers are her great grandsons.

The family would also like to thank her loving sisters for all of the help and support provided during this difficult time. You are very much loved and appreciated.

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Cynthia (Johnson) Cavender
abt 1955 - Jan 11, 2012


Cynthia (Johnson) Cavender, age 58, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 in Lake Orion, Mich. She was a resident of Palmer for several years prior to her family moving to Michigan. A loving, giving person, she was always active in her church, neighborhood, community, and especially in the Michigan swim club in which both of her children were team members. Heaven has gained another angel.

Survivors include her husband Fred, daughter Ellen, son Will, father Rudy Johnson, Sr. of Jackson, Miss., mother and stepfather Marlene and Sonny Bartosh of Corsicana, sister Melinda Wood and family of Hot Springs, Ark., brother Rudy Johnson, Jr. of Jackson, Miss., stepsister Patricia Bell and family of Cochran, Ga., stepbrother David Bartosh and family of Granbury, Texas, stepbrother August Bartosh, Jr., of Slidell, La., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 12 noon Thursday, Jan. 19, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Following the service a Memorial Dinner will be served for all family members and friends at 1 p.m. at The American Legion Post, 632 North Beaton Street.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be sent to the Fort Wayne Primitive Baptist Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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