Mary Helen (Smith)
June 21, 1926 - Jan 13, 2012
Mary Helen Burk, 85, Tyler, passed away Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 from
natural causes at the age of 85.
Mary grew up in Robertson County and lived in Tyler from 1955
through 1987. At that time, she married John O. Burk, Jr. and moved
to Corsicana. In 2010, widowed and in ill health, she moved back to
Tyler to be near family.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lora Smith; her
husbands, O. D. McLeroy, Bob Spier, and John Burk; stillborn son;
sisters, Frankie Roberts, Vena Starkey, Bonnie Boney, and Buryl
Bolton and their husbands; and several nephews and a niece.
She is survived by her children, Norma Corbitt and Pete and Nita
McLeroy; grandchildren, Courtney Trahan, Helen Kalinowski, Brian
Corbitt, Dewane Towns, and Diane and John Hill, and their families,
Edward, Talon, Darius, Jenna, Julie, Anthony, and Karina.
She is also survived by her stepchildren, Norma Ann Spier, Michael
and Mary Ruth Burk, and Linda and Robert Moore; step-Grandchildren,
Paul and Diana Burk, Patti and Bola Olusola, John and Kathy Burk,
Kenneth Burk, Robby and Selina Moore, and Terri and Chad Stultz, and
their families, Jordan, Ryan, Seyi, B.J., Dax, Dane, Taylor,
Garrison, Scott Allen, Justin, and Chase.
Other survivors grieving her passing are a sister, Billie Jo Nieman,
nieces and nephews, friends, and caretakers.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, 1530 North 45th St.,
Visitation was from 12:30 p.m. to service time in the Chapel. Dr.
Rick Lamb, senior pastor at Northside Baptist Church, where John and
Mary were members, officiated. Interment followed at
Cemetery, Retreat. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
donation be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd,
Tyler, TX 75701.
Jan 14, 1939 - Jan 15, 2012
Paul Banks died peacefully at his home, in Corsicana on
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He
was born in Breathitt County, Ky. on Jan. 14, 1939 to Jesse
and Helen (Nichols) Banks.
The family moved to Decatur, Indiana in 1940. He attended
Decatur High School and was an outstanding athlete in
football and basketball. After graduating in 1956, he
entered the Army. Upon discharge, he attended and graduated
from Tennessee Tech. He returned to Decatur and coached and
taught at Monmouth High School, Decatur Junior High and
Southeast Elementary until 1981 when he and his family moved
to Corsicana. He taught eight grade history until his
retirement in 2002. He married Marsha Basham in 1998.
Bob is survived by his wife, Marsha; two children, Jennifer
Threet and husband Ron of Rice and Michael Banks and wife
Grace of Corsicana; step-children, William (Billy) Frick of
Seattle, Wash., Missy Hawkins and husband Rick of Pine
Mountain, Ga., Beth Parker and husband David of Burleson,
Wes Basham and wife Becki of Lufkin and Jon Basham and wife
Rachel of Fort Hood, Killeen; eight grandchildren, Chelsea
Townley, Tyler Spicer, Austin Peppers, Laura Basham, Carson
Basham, Ethan Basham, Tristen Basham and Hayden Basham. He
is also survived by his beloved Shih Tzu, Pepper.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of
Visitation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at
with Wes Basham officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Hill Berry Jr.
Aug 29, 1928 - Jan 7, 2012
Chilton Hill Berry Jr., 83, went to be with his Lord and
Savior on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at his home in Pursley.
He was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Dawson to Ruth Sawyer and
Chilton Hill Berry Sr.
Mr. Berry was a longtime member of Pursley Baptist Church.
He graduated from Dawson High School in
1945 and married his high school sweetheart, Valta
Walker in 1947. He was completely devoted to her for the
rest of his life. He served 21 years in the Navy as Chief
Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, he attended
Navarro College and East Texas State University in Commerce.
He then taught at Mexia High School as Metal Trades Teacher
for 20 years. During the summers and school holidays, they
loved to travel in their RV around the country and
eventually bought a summer home high in the Colorado
mountains. After his retirement, they traveled extensively.
He enjoyed rock-hounding, reading Louis L’Amour and
mysteries, bow hunting, his pets, and was a longtime member
of the NRA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Clark
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Valta Walker Berry;
son, Alan Berry and wife Denise of Highland Ranch, Colo.;
grandchildren, Kimberly Gafford, Joshua Berry, Tracy Laird,
and Shayne Aytes and wife Susan; great-grandchildren,
Tristani and McKayla Gafford, Christian, Jacob, and Noah
Berry, Bradley, Aaron, Amanda and Brittney Williams, and
Adriene Aytes; sister, Beth Upton of Bakersfield, Calif.;
and special grand-niece, Emmalee Jorgenson.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21,
2012, at Pursley Missionary Baptist Church in Pursley with
the Rev. Chet Brake officiating.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Mary Elizabeth "Beth" (Ray)
Dec 13, 1921 - Jan 12, 2012
Elizabeth Ray Bond of Greenville went home to be with the
Lord Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.
Beth was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Athens, to John Jefferson
Ray and Ona Mable Hodge Ray. She married Tandy Newton Bond
on Feb. 7, 1941, in Corsicana. Beth and her loving husband,
Newt, were married for 67 years.
Shortly after Newt returned from serving in the Pacific
during World War II, he and Beth left Corsicana and moved to
Highlands, where she worked for many years as a professional
seamstress and in retail at Rogers Department Store. In
1973, she and Newt returned to Corsicana, where she worked
in sales at Hand's Furniture Store until her retirement. For
over 50 years, Beth was involved in the various ministries
of her church homes and faithfully taught Sunday School
classes for ladies at Second Baptist Church in Highlands and
at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. One of her
greatest joys and privileges, as she considered it, was time
spent reading to and teaching her grandchildren about God's
love for them.
Beth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 67
years; four brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include her three children, Paula Ivey and her
husband Ron of Kerrville, Ange Moreland and her husband Bill
of Kerrville, and son, Kent Bond and his wife Charlene of
Greenville. She is also survived by six grandchildren,
Stuart Engelhardt and his wife Kim, Wyndi Geren and her
husband Jack, Brad Moreland and his wife Robin, Mike
Moreland and his wife Donna, Lisa Burt and her husband Jeff,
and Greg Bond and his wife Meaghan; and seven
Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14,
2012, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.
A graveside service will be conducted by the family at
in Corsicana at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
Beth's family would like to extend its deepest thanks to the
staff of Legend Healthcare of Greenville for the wonderful,
professional and loving care she received during her almost
three years of residency. The family would also like to
express its appreciation to the staff of Vitas Hospice for
the loving care and support they provided Beth and family
members in the weeks prior to her home-going.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Apr 1, 1947 - Jan 13, 2012
Louise Gordon, 64, passed away on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at
her home in Corsicana.
Cleo was born in Ennis on April 1, 1947, to Patrick Emmit
and Vera Elizabeth (Marshall) Gordon. She grew up in Ennis
and attended Ennis High School.
She worked for Holiday Inn for more than 20 years in the
housekeeping department and for Navarro Regional Medical
Center. She attended Abundant Life Church in Corsicana. She
loved finding treasures at yard sales and enjoyed collecting
ceramic dolls. Her family was the most important thing in
She was preceded in death by her parents, Patrick and Vera
E. Gordon; and one sister , Rosie Gordon.
Survivors include one son, Kevin Sparks; three daughters,
Nancy and her husband Arzo Carter, Samantha Keith and
Kathryn Davis; seven grandchildren, Desmond, Devonte,
Robert, Venson, Sierra, Kamryn and Destiny; one great
grandson, Alexander; one brother, E.P. Garth and his wife
Sue; one sister, Frances Gordon Newland and her husband
Billy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
17, 2012, in the St. Joseph Cemetery of Ennis
Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc., Ennis.
Geneva (Van Sant) Brinson
May 5, 1879 - Feb 23, 1966
Mrs. Brinson Of Frost Expires, Rites Friday
Mrs. Phillip E. Brinson, 86, Frost resident for 60 years, died in
Memorial hospital Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held
Friday at 2 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the
Frost cemetery. The rites
will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor. She was a Baptist.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Guy Tullos and Mrs. C. A.
Strain, both of Frost, and Mrs. E. C. Dippel, Maryville, Mo.; five
sons, K. C. Brinson, Fairview, Mass.; Edwin Brinson, Carrollton;
Vernon Brinson, Caldwell; Ray Brinson, Borger, and Truett Brinson,
Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Lynn Adams, Jonesboro, La.; 19 grandchildren,
23 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other
relatives. The body will lie in state at the McCormick Funeral
Service chapel in Frost until the funeral hour.
Mrs. Brinson Funeral Rites
Mrs. P.E. Brinson became ill at her home in Frost on Wednesday of
last week and was taken to Nav. Co. Memorial Hospital where she died
just monnents past midnight. Rev. C.C. Ellis, pastor of Frost
Baptist Church, conducted funeral rites for her in the Church at 2
p.m. Friday. Rev. Edgar of Dallas assisted in the service. Ched
Patterson, organist, and the Church choir provided music.
Casket Bearers were Ernwood Tullos, Max Tullos, Jerry Tullos, Gene
Brinson, Bill Steiner and Burt Brinson, all grandsons. Burial was in
Frost Cemetery beside Mr.
Brinson. McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Mrs. Brinson was born May 5, 1879 and had lived in the Frost
community more than sixty years. She is survived by five sons; K.C.
Brinson, Fairview, Mass.; Edwin Brinson, Carrollton; Vernon Brinson,
Caldwell; Roy Brinson, Borger; Truitt Brinson, Dallas; three
daughters, - Mrs. Guy Tullos, Frost; Mrs. E.C. Dippel, Maryville,
Mo., and Mrs. Chester Strain, Frost; - sister, Mrs. Lynn Adkins,
Jonesboro, La.; - 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and many
- The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, March 2, 1966
- Submitted by
- From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical
May 10, 1875 - July 13, 1955
Friday Services For P. E. Brinson P. E. Brinson, 80, retired
farmer and a resident of Frost for the past half-century, died at
Memorial Hospital here Wednesday afternoon. He was a native of
Ringgold, Louisiana. Services are planned Friday at 10:30 a. m.,
from the First Baptist Church in Frost, with Rev. C. C. Ellis of
Frost conducting. Burial will be in the
Frost cemetery. Brinson is
survived by his wife of Frost; five sons, K. C., of Dover, Delaware;
Phillip E. Brinson Jr., of Carrollton; R. D. Borger; V. V. Houston;
and R. T., Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Guy Tullos and Mrs. Chester
Strain, both Frost, and Mrs. Ernest Dipple, Shenandoah, Iowa; 19
grandchildren and six great grandchildren a brother, A. W. Brinson,
Hodge La.; a sister, Mrs. Beulah Wilson, Ringgold. Corley will
Sep 21, 1848 - Oct 9, 1920
Died in Frost Saturday. W. T. Bromley, for many years a good
citizen of the Frost community, died at his home there Saturday
after a brief illness, and the funeral took place there yesterday
afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife and three grown
children, Mrs. J. W. Kuykendall and Mrs. Homer Pierce of Emhouse and
Mrs. J. W. McGaugh of Black Hills, and Will Bromley of Frost. The
deceased was an uncle of Mrs. Hugh Loper of Corsicana, Mrs. T. H.
Bowden of Tupelo and Mrs. L. K. C. Kluker of Hester.
Quincy Burns, Sr.
Feb 20, 1885 - Jan 8, 1965
Wiley Burns Dies In Dallas, Rites Sunday Wiley Burns, 79,
retired Frost farmer, died in Dallas Friday night. He had resided in
Frost most of his life. Surviving are his wife of Frost; seven
children, Misses Maurine and Eleanor Ray Burns, both of Dallas; Mrs.
C. M. Reed, Freeport; Mrs. E. L. Partridge, Dallas; Billy and Jack
Burns, both of Dallas, and Benny Burns, Fort Worth; two brothers, A.
F. Burns, Orange, and Oscar Burns, Mineral Wells; two sisters, Mrs.
Louis Parum, Frost and Mrs. J. M. Connell, Tyler; nine grandchildren
and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon
from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the
Frost cemetery. The rites
will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor. McCormick Funeral
Rites Sunday Wiley Q. Burns
FROST, Jan. 11 (Spl)—Funeral services for Wiley Q. Burns, 79,
retired farmer, who died in Dallas Friday night, were held from the
Frost Baptist church Sunday at 2 p.m.
The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor. Burial was in
the Frost cemetery.
Native of Hanceville, Ala., he lived in Frost for many years before
going to Dallas two months ago.
Surviving are his wife of Frost; four daughters, Miss Maurine Burns,
Miss Eleanor Ray Burns and Mrs. E. L. Partridge, all of Dallas, and
Mrs. C. M. Reed, Freeport; three sons, W. Q. and Jack Burns both of
Dallas, and Ben F. Burns, Fort Worth; two brothers, A. F. Burns,
Orange, and Oscar Burns, Mineral Wells; two sisters, Mrs. J. M.
Connell, Tyler, and Mrs. Louis Parum, Frost; 10 grandchildren and
two great - grandchildren and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.
Sep 11, 1914 - Aug 8, 1934
EARL CAGLE DIES RESULT INJURIES IN AUTOACCIDENT THREE
OCCUPANTS OF ANOTHER CAR WERE ALSO CRITICALLY INJURED
Earl Cagle, 19-year old son of Rev. and Mrs. D. P. Cagle,
Frost died early this morning in the Navarro Clinic, as a result of
injuries received in an automobile accident earlier in the night
between Frost and Blooming Grove. Three occupants of the other car
figuring in the collision were reported to have been seriously
injured. Cagle is survived by his parents and four sisters, Misses
Thelma, Opal, Kathleen and Ruby Cagle, and other relatives. Funeral
services will be at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the First
Baptist church at Frost and interment will be in the
Frost cemetery. Occupants
of the other car were reported to have been Jimmie Short, Charlie
Short and a boy named Collier, all of Frost. Details of the accident
were not available, but it was reported the car in which Cagle was
driving alone collided with the one driven by the other boys. Cagle
was rushed to Corsicana in a Frost ambulance, and died about 3
o'clock this morning. The injured boys were taken to Frost. Funeral
arrangements will be handled by McCormack Funeral Home, Frost.
Jan 20, 1935 - Jan 6, 1963
Ursula Helga Theis Cagle
Oct 20, 1954 - Jan 6, 1963
Double Rites At Frost For Auto Victims
Double funeral services for Harold A. Cagle, 27, and his
seven-year-old daughter, Ursula,
of Corpus Christi will be held from the Frost Baptist church
Wednesday at 10 a. m. Burial will be in the
Frost cemetery. The rites
will be conducted by Rev. Frank Williams, pastor of the First
Methodist church at Frost. The father and daughter were dead on
arrival at a Corpus Christi hospital after the automobile in which
they were riding figured in an accident three miles of Corpus
Christi Sunday. An earlier service was held Tuesday in Corpus
Christi. Cagle was a native of Frost and the family later lived in
Corpus Christi, returned to Corpus Christi in 1959. The father was
the parts manager of an appliance concern. The daughter was born in
Germany. The surviving wife and mother, Mrs. Irma Cagle, is a native
of Germany. Surviving the father is the wife, parents, Mr. and Mrs.
J. Arthur Cagle, Corpus Christi; five brothers, James and Jerry
Cagle, both of Dallas; Darrel Cagle, U. S. Army in Maryland; Charles
Cagle, U. S. Army, Frankfurt, Germany, and Joe Cagle, U. S. Army,
California; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Jackson, Arlington; Mrs. Erlene
McGraw, Dallas; Mrs. Ruth Melton, Corsicana, and Mrs. Ann Green,
Shreveport, La., and other relatives. Ursula is survived by her
mother, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cagle, Corpus Christi, and Mrs.
Katrina Follmer, Germany, and a number of uncles, aunts and other
relatives. McCormick Funeral Service directs.
Jun 14, 1864 - Aug 27, 1952
Frost Resident Expires Friday FROST, Aug. 30— (Spl.)—Henry
Alexander Cagle, 88, resident of the Frost community for over half a
century, died Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bertha
Shumate, in Three Rivers, Tex. Funeral services will be held from
the Frost Baptist church Sunday at 4 p. m., conducted by the pastor,
the Rev. C. C. Ellis. Interment will be in the
Frost cemetery. Survivors
include: three other daughters: Mrs. Ida Wilson of Waxahachie, Mrs.
Mary Ada Evans of Cisco, and Mrs. Minnie Campbell of Arizona two
sons, Virgil A. Cagle of Hillsboro and James A. Cagle of Alice; and
a number of other relatives. Mr. Cagle was a native of Alabama but
came to Texas in childhood and made his home in the Frost community
where he was engaged in farming for many years. McCormick Funeral
service will direct.
“Mollie” (Landers) Cagle
Feb 23, 1889 - Jul 16, 1970
Mrs. Cagle Dies Thursday Mrs. Mary E. Cagle, 81, died Thursday
morning in a Huntsville Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10
a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Hunts- ville. The Rev. W.
Y. Pond will officiate with the Rev. Royce Blackmon and the Rev. W.
L. Hughs assisting. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at
the cemetery in Frost.
Huntsville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. She is
survived by her husband, the Rev. D. P. Cagle of Huntsville; four
daughters, Mrs. Opal Hudson of Corsicana, Mrs. Thelma Cook of Taft,
Mrs. Kathleen Julson of Manilla, Philippines and Mrs. Ruby Osteiloh
of Houma, La.; three sisters, Mrs. Claudia Barker of Texarkana, Mrs.
Cora Porter and Mrs. Lottie Hudson of Portland, Ore., eight
grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Andrew Edward "Andy" Calhoun
Oct 21, 1891 - Aug 25, 1953
Thursday Rites For A. E. Calhoun FROST, Aug. 27.—(Spl.)—Andrew
E. Calhoun, 61, died Tuesday night at his home in Fort Worth.
Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church Thursday at
3 p. m., with burial in the Frost cemetery. The rites were conducted
by Rev Obie Nelson, Baptist minister of Hubbard. A native of Frost,
Calhoun was a farmer and operator of a grist mill prior to moving to
Fort Worth about 10 years ago. Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth;
a daughter, Mrs. Richard Higbee, Longview; six sisters, Misses
Pearl, Ollie and Ila Calhoun, all of Frost; Mrs. Reuben Davis,
Dawson; Mrs. John Davis, Mt. Calm and Mrs. Dee Williams, Pittsburg
Texas; two grandchildren and other relatives. Pallbearers were
Squire Cook Fort Worth; Coleman Ponder, J. B. Jones, Ordway
Mitchell, Clay Reed and Billy Reed. McCormick Funeral Service
Charlton Lee Tillman, Jr
June 1, 1913 - Jan 31, 1966
C. L. Tillman Dies Monday BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 31 (Spl.) - C.
L. Tillman, 52, former Blooming Grove and Corsicana rancher,
stockman and feed grain salesman, died in Memorial Hospital in
Corsicana Monday morning. Funeral rites will be held Tuesday at 3
p.m. from the First Methodist Church here, with the pastor, Rev.
Lloyd Coker, conducting. Masonic graveside services will be
conducted at the Dresden
Cemetery. Tillman was a native of the Dresden community.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ada Tillman, Blooming Grove; two
sisters, Mrs. John Stone, Dallas, and Mrs. Taylor McClelland, Fort
Worth. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.
Feb. 7, 1963 - Jan. 4, 1966
Tony M. Hall Dies Tuesday, Rites Thursday
Tony Martin Hall, aged two years and 11 months son of Mr. and Mrs.
Jimmy Wilbern Hall of Corsicana, died in Memorial hospital Tuesday
night following a short illness. Funeral services will be held from
the Central Baptist church in Blooming Grove Thursday at 2 p.m. with
burial in the Dresden
Cemetery, the rites will be conducted by Bob Roberts, pastor of
the Westside Baptist church, and Rev. O. E. Permenter, pastor of the
Emmanuel Baptist church. Surviving are the parents, a sister,
Kimberly Ann Hall, Corsicana; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Hall,
Blooming Grove, and Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Green, Corsicana; Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Green, Frost; Mrs. Gracie Hall, Raleigh; and Claude Melton,
Blooming Grove, and other relatives. McCormick Funeral Service
Sallie Emma (Segrist) Powell
Aug 29, 1858 - Dec 16, 1933
PIONEER RESIDENT OF BARRY IS BURIED AT DRESDEN MONDAY
BARRY, Dec. 21.—(Spl.)—Mrs. W. D. (Aunt Sally) Powell, 75, resident
of Barry many years died at the family residence Saturday night at
12 o’clock. Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon,
with interment in the
Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood,
of Eureka, assisted by Rev. Bruce Cox local pastor of the Methodist
church; Rev. Paul Utlcy, Methodist pastor of Blooming Grove and Rev.
H. B. Prather of Dallas, Baptist minister. Surviving are her
husband, two sons, L. L. of Blooming Grove, and Will of Sherman;
five daughters, Mrs. John Varnell and Mrs. Bud Bolin of Corsicana;
Mrs. Kate Arp of Mexia, Mrs. Arthur Reed of Frisco, and Miss Pearl
Powell of Barry; several grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
One son, H. S., of Dawson preceded her in death a year ago. The
funeral was directed by the McCormick Funeral Home.
C. (McCord) Ramsey
Jun 17, 1859 - Jan 10, 1933
Blooming Grove Woman Passes Away BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 14.—
Mrs. L. W. Ramsey, aged 73 years, died at her home here Tuesday
after a long illness, and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon
with burial in Dresden.
Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Tom Sheppard, Frost, and
two sons, Kirk Ramsey, Corsicana, and Bruce Ramsey, Blooming Grove.
Lucinda Jane "Minnie"
Nov 20, 1848 - Mar 19, 1926
Old Blooming Grove Resident is Dead. Mrs. Lucindy Sisson, aged
79 years, 3 months and 29 days, died Friday morning early with
pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Carraway,
pastor of Pleasant Grove church. Her body was laid to rest in
Saturday morning at 11 o'clock.
Apr 29, 1895 - Oct 14, 1950
Edwin Call Rites Held On Sunday
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 20,— (Spl.)—Edwin Leon Call, 56, son of the
late E. O. Call and Mrs. Leila Key Call, died in Dallas, Oct. 14.
Funeral services were held at the McCormick Funeral home here Sunday
at 2 p. m. Burial was in
Dresden cemetery. Surviving are a brother, Norwood F. Call; his
mother, Mrs. Leila Key Call of Dallas. Out of town friends and
relatives who were here to attend the funeral services wore George
Albert Young, Jr., and family of Tyler. Jeorge Albert Young, Sr.,
Frank J. Love and wife, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Douglas, Mrs. J. W.
Douglas, Mrs. J. B. Kinsey, James Lee McNabb, Mr. and Mrs. Norwood
F. Call and mother, Mrs. Leila Key Call of Dallas; Henry Call, wife
and two daughters; Jim Nick Garitty of Corsicana; Dr. and Mrs. S. F.
Call of Waco; Tom Key of Dawson: Louis Smith and sister, Mrs.
Maddlyne Smith Winn Rivers of Hillsboro.
Jun 18, 1900 - Jul 10, 1950
Former Resident Rites Due Here Thursday A. M. Funeral services
for Walter Earl Elkins, 50, of Hempstead, who died Monday in a
Galveston hospital, will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel
Thursday at 11 a. m. Burial will be in the
Dresden cemetery. He was
a native of Navarro county. Surviving are his wife of Hemp- stead; a
daughter. Mrs. Marvel Skeide, Navasota; mother, Mrs. E. N. Elkins,
Blooming Grove; six brothers, Dave Elkins, Blooming Grove, R. L.
Elkins, Lubbock; H. B. and Harry Elkins, both of Littlefield; J. K.
Elkins, Hempstead, and Lloyd Elkins, Santa Clara, Calif.; a sister,
Mrs. Vertha Swepston, Blooming Grove, and other relatives. Corley
Funeral Home will direct.
George Franklin Minhinnette
Dec 02, 1885 - Feb 22, 1950
Geo. Minhinnette Funeral Services Held On Thursday
Funeral services for George Minhinnette, 64, veterinarian, who died
at his home, 717 West Eighteenth avenue Wednesday morning, were held
Thursday afternoon from the Pentecostal Church of God. Burial was in
the Dresden cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. A. H. Collins, pastor. Minhinnette
had resided at Blooming Grove about 40 years prior to moving to
Corsicana last year. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three
daughters, Mrs. M. O. Greer, Corsicana; Mrs. Mary Baker and Mrs.
Helen Hall, both of Ft. Worth; two sons, Edward H. and Theodore
Minhinnette. both of Whitney; three stepsons, Bennie Earl, Billy Joe
and Jimmy Don Hale, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Lewis
George, Bowie, and Mrs. Ollie Alexander, California; a brother, Jack
Minhinnette, Chico, nine grand-children and other relatives
Pallbearers were Lawrence Douglas, Norman Chambers, Claude Atkinson,
Louis Blackman. and Sam Mims. McCammon Funeral Home directed.
May 31, 1906 - May 21, 1933
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MISS BLAKE ARE HELD HERE TUESDAY s
LONG-TIME DEPUTY IN TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE DIED AT SAN ANGELO
Funeral services for Miss Lottie Blake, 26, former deputy tax
collector and tax assessor of Navarro county, who died in San
Angelo, Sunday morning at 3 o’clock, were held from the First
Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with burial in the
Dresden cemetery. The
services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First
Methodist church, assisted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church. Miss Blake had served as deputy tax assessor
during the term of L. H. Elkins and had served as deputy collector
during the terms of George W. Boyd, Mrs. Katie Woods and R. L.
Harris since January 1, until her resignation due to ill health May
1. Practically all departments of the courthouse closed for the
funeral services. Surviving are her mother, Mrs. I. H. Blake,
Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Bell Woodard, Blooming Grove,
and Miss Hallie Blake, Corsicana; a brother, Buster Blake, Blooming
Grove; and other relatives. Active pallbearers were Robert Daniel,
T. A. Farmer, Dock Martin, Andrew G. Steele, R. L. Harris and L. C.
Mongan. Honorary pallbearers were the friends of the family. The
funeral was directed by the Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home.
Minnie Myrtle (Gay) Simpson
Oct 26, 1885 - Mar 18, 1971
Mrs. Simpson Rites Friday BLOOMING GROVE (Spl.)- Mrs. Minnie
Simpson, 86, longtime resident of Blooming Grove and Barry died
early Thursday in Twilight Home after a lengthy illness. She was a
member of the Blooming Grove Church of Christ. Funeral services will
be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the McCormick Funeral Chapel here with
her pastor, Bob Quinn, officiating. Burial will be in the
Dresden cemetery. She is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Lorene Hopkins, Blooming Grove, and
Mrs. Jean Graham, Dallas; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carrie Simpson,
Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Robinson and Mrs. Nola Elkins,
both of Corsicana; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Harvie Conway Smithen, Sr.
Mar 26, 1893 - Nov 13, 1971
H.C.Smithen,Sr. H.C. Smithen Sr., 78, retired tin shop
operator here for many years, died early Saturday in Memorial
Hospital. He was a native of Blooming Grove. Funeral services will
be at 3:30 p.m. (today) at Griffin Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
David Hale officiating. Burial will be in
Dresden cemetery. He is
survived by his widow, Myrtle; two sons, H.C. Smithen Jr. and Johnny
Smithen, both of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. C.D. Taylor,
Marshall; three sisters, Mrs. Birdie Burke, Blooming Grove; Miss
Fannie Smithen, Corsicana, and Mrs. Mary Rawell of California; two
brothers, Pete Smithen of Blooming Grove and Walter Smithen of
California; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. A
third brother, Robert Smithen, 66, was buried Saturday morning in
Redlands, Calif. He had died in Redlands on Wednesday. Pallbearers
will be Tommy Burkholder, Carroll Lee Saunders, Avery Jackson, R.T.
Gowan, Raymond Gowan, Billie B. Collier and Chester Sprinkle.
Honorary pallbearers will include Lloyd Wooten, James C. Sewell, Les
Garvin, Rufus Pevehouse, C.O. Curington, Drew Gillen, Roy Stewart
and Dick Hatley.
William Edward “Ed” Melton
Dec 2, 1879 - Mar 7, 1965
W. E. (Ed) Melton Dies Sunday, Rites Tuesday William Eddie
(Ed) Melton, 85, retired rancher of Blooming Grove, died in Memorial
hospital Sunday. Funeral services will be held from the First
Methodist church in Blooming Grove Tuesday at 10 a. m. with burial
in the Dresden cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor. Melton
was born in the Dresden community. His grandparents settled in that
section before Navarro county was organized. Surviving are his wife,
Mrs. Sudie Melton, Blooming Grove; three sons, Herbert Melton,
Blooming Grove; Lilroy Melton, Texas City, and Edward Melton,
Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Sue Nell Weatherby, Stephenville; a sister,
Mrs. Myrtle Robinson, Blooming Grove; eight grandchildren, six
great-grandchildren and other relatives. Grandsons will be
pallbearers. McCormick Funeral Service directs.
Samuel David Allen
Nov 16, 1888 - July 4, 1970
Sam Allen Service Held
KERENS (Sp)-Sam Allen, 82, died Saturday at his home at Rt. 1,
Kerens where he had lived for 42 years. He was a rancher.
Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Paschal Funeral Home
with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. The Rev. D. B. Wallace of Athens
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth Allen; two sons, Russell and
Richard Allen of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. W. T. Holleman and Mrs.
James Roberts of Dallas; seven grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.
Martha Elizabeth (Horn) Strange
Feb 3, 1888 - Aug 11, 1950
Mrs. Strange Is Found Fatally Wounded Friday
Funeral services are planned Sunday for Mrs. L.B. Strange, 62, Oak
Grove, Northeast Navarro county, who died Friday afternoon after
being shot in the left side with a .22 long rifle at her home.
Melvin Penney, Kerens justice of the peace, who with Sheriff David
Castles and his deputies and Constable Chester Kyser are conducting
investigations, said Saturday that apparently Mrs. Strange was
struck by a stray bullet. He said the woman had left her house en
route to a nearby garden and was discovered by her husband in a
dying condition a few minutes later. Judge Penney said physicians
removed a .22 long rifle bullet after a wound was discovered in the
Officers Saturday morning were seeking information in that community
of anyone who was hunting in that vicinity Friday afternoon from
whose rifle the fatal bullet might have been fired.
Survivors are her husband of Oak Grove; two sons, Alton Strange,
Dallas and Lonnie Strange, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy
Dickson, Dallas and Mrs. Iona Bilton, Denison; several brothers and
sisters, and other relatives.
Stockton Funeral Home will direct arrangements.
14 Rifles Taken to Austin For Ballistic Tests
Sheriff David Castles carried 14 .22 caliber rifles to Austin
Thursday for ballistic examinations. This is another step in the
investigation of incidents surrounding the mysterious fatal shooting
of Mrs. L. B. Strange, 62, in the Oak Grove community, northeast
Navarro county, last Friday.
The rifles were gathered in the Oak Grove community Wednesday by
deputy sheriffs and Constable Chester Kyser of Kerens as the law
enforcement agencies sought to unravel the shooting.
The fatal bullet was removed from the body of Mrs. Strange and
officers are seeking to determine if it came from any of the rifles
in the possession of the sheriff. The ballistic examinations are to
be made by the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin.
Mrs. strange was discovered in a dying condition by her husband a
few minutes after she is reported to have left the family residence
en route to a nearby garden shortly after 4 o'clock in the
The sheriff said the bullet entered the left side, penetrated a rib
and then proceeded through both lungs, lodging under a shoulder
blade. Castles believes the bullet was fired fairly close to the
victim since a stray bullet from a considerable distance would
probably not have penetrated as far as the fatal shot.
Officers Locate Mystery Gun In Oak Grove Death
The weapon that mysteriously killed Mrs. J. B. Strange, a
62-year-old Oak Grove woman, has been located and identified through
ballistics tests, Sheriff David Castles revealed Tuesday night.
No charges have been placed against the .33 calibre rifle's owner,
but an investigation is under way and the case may be turned over to
the grand jury, Castles reported.
The sheriff indicated the shooting, which occurred August 11, under
mysterious circumstances, probably was an accident.
The fatal gun was among 14 .22 rifles taken by county officers to
the Department of Public Safety laboratory in Austin last Thursday.
The rifles were gathered in the Oak Grove community by deputy
sheriffs and Constable Chester Kyser of Kerens.
Mrs. Strange was found in a dying condition by her husband about 4
p. m, Aug. 11. She had left the family residence en route to a
nearby garden when the bullet struck her, it was reported.
A .22 "long" rifle bullet had entered the left side, penetrated a
rib and then proceeded through the heart and both lungs, lodging
under a shoulder blade.
Officers had felt that the shooting was accidental—probably a stray
bullet, but an intensive investigation was launched to solve the
Ballistics tests in Austin showed that the rifle in question was the
one which fired the fatal bullet, Castles reported.
Its owner, a 33-year-old war veteran, who spent 40 months in a
Japanese prison camp, lives near the Strange residence. He admitted
shooting blackbirds on the afternoon of the victim's death, Sheriff
The man told officers he his rifle twice while on his porch—a
distance of .4 mile from the Strange home Castles said. He was
shooting at about a 45-degree angle at blackbirds in a tree, Castles
quoted him as saying.
After questioning before Assistant County Attorney Seton Holsey, the
man was relaesed.
Castles first learned of the rifle's identity about noon Tuesday,
when a teletype message from the DPS in Austin was brought from
Dallas to Corsicana by Ranger Bob Badgett.
Little Bearrie Strange
Apr 9, 1884 - July 12, 1961
L.B. Strange Dies In Dallas
Funeral services for L.B. Strange, 77, who died in Dallas Wednesday
after an extended illness, will be held at the First Baptist church,
Kerens, Friday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in
Oak Grove Cemetery.
For most of his life, Strange lived in the Kerens and Oak Grove
communities but for the past several years had lived in Dallas with
a daughter, Mrs. Charles Dixon. He was a retired farmer.
Survivors are two sons, Alton Strange, Kerens and Lonnie Strange,
Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Dixon who now lives in Irving and Mrs.
V.L. Vilton, Port Lavaca; one brother, Harvey Strange, Dallas; one
sister, Mrs. D.V. Barnett, Kerens; ten grandchildren and one great
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Inmon Funeral Home directs.
Thomas L. Scruggs
Nov 29, 1868 - May 2, 1925
T.L. SCRUGGS FOUND DEAD IN HIS ROOM IN SAN ANTONIO HOTEL
DEATH ENDS EARTHLY CAREER PROMINENT CORSICANA BUSINESS MAN
T.L. Scruggs, aged about 55 years, for many years manager of the big
dry goods firm of Jarrell-Elliott, of this city, was found dead at
10:45 o'clock Saturday night in his room in the Lenior Hotel in San
Antonio, with a bullet would in his heart. A revolver was found near
the body. Mrs. Scruggs was with her husband in San Antonio and had
left the room only a few minutes before the body was found. Mr.
Scruggs had been in bad health for a number of years and had left
Corsicana about a month ago in a search after health. Specialists
had given him little encouragement, it was stated, and Mr. Scruggs
had been very despondent over his condition for the past few weeks.
The remains will leave San Antonio tonight at 10 o'clock,
accompanied by the bereaved widow and other relatives, and J.A.
Jerrell of Corsicana, who went to San Antonio Sunday morning upon
receipt of word of Mr. Scrugg's death. They will arrive in Corsicana
Tuesday morning at 5:45 o'clock and will be taken to the home on
West Fourth avenue, No. 608, where they will remain until 3 p.m. at
which hour the funeral will be held with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
The Jarrell-Elliott store will remain closed during the entire day
Tuesday out of respect to deceased.
Mr. Scruggs leaves his wife and a brother and two sisters, but in
the absence of Mrs. Scruggs from the city it could not be learned
where these relatives resided. Mrs. Scruggs was joined in San
Antonio today by her brother, Jeff Rigsby, who will accompany her
home tonight with the remains. Upon learning of the sad affair,
Corsicana friends wired their friends in San Antonio who went to the
bereaved wife and offered all assistance possible.
Active pall bearers will be, J.A. Jerrell, H.E. Metcalf, W.J. Seelig,,
C.A. Powell, J.P. Flanikin, W.M. Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be: J.B. Fortson, A.G. Elliott, F.A.
Elliott, M.T. Jackson, Lowry Martin, M.T. Horne, W.M. Wilson, Dr.
E.H. Newton, R.W. McQuistin, R.A. Caldwell, W.F. Dunn, Fred Taylor,
J.E. Metcalf, Gus Young, J.J. Norton, Ben Rosenberg, Miss Brown,
Mrs. Wooton, Mrs. Jenkins, Miss Callway, Mrs. Leighton, Mrs. Carter,
Mrs. Brand, Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Lowry, Mrs. Elkins, Mrs. Cannon, J.S.
Millerman, Clem Weaver, R.P. Bates, Al Sewell, Mit Sowell, Sydney
Marks, W.P. McCammon, C.A. Middleton, Byron Cheney, Jno. Hughes,
Ivan Rosenberg, J.F. Taylor, Geo. Miller, H.R. Harrison, Hardy
Pinker, Max Almond. R C. Richardson, Mack Temple, Waco; Mr.
Lavender, Dallas; Mr. Forrest, Dallas; Mr. Smith, Dallas; Mr.
Everett, McKinney, Texas; Mont Hurst, Dallas; T. G. Beckett, Dallas;
J. C. Ballard, El Paso; W. F. Jerrell, Denton, A. J. Jarrell,
Mr. Scruggs came to Corsicana from Temple about 25 years ago and has
been connected with the Jerrell-Elliott Dry Goods Company since
arriving in this city. For the past several years he has been
manager of this big dry goods and clothing business and had many
friends during his long nnd honorable business career, although he
was a man of a most retiring and unassuming disposition. He came
here from Temple, where he had for several years previous been
connected with the Madden-Jarrell Dry Goods Company as bookkeeper.
Mr. Scruggs was at one time, a printer and later conducted a
newspaper at Seymour, but retired from the newspaper and printing
business to enter the dry goods business in the clerical end of the
T. L. Scruggs was a man who each day so lived as to leave no regrets
at the going down of the sun. He was honest, straightforward and of
a most kindly disposition. He was, as above stated, most unassuming
and retiring, yet of a very friendly disposition when approached.
For many years he had been in bad health, yet he was always of a
most genial and happy disposition, only recently having shown a
disposition to give way to the troubles of ill health and brood over
the fact that, life was a burden to one whose physical body was
racked with pain from day to day. Sincere words of regret were heard
on every side especially in business circles, today when the news
became general that Mr. Scruggs would not again mingle with his
friends and the business men of Corsicana.
Corsicana Daily Sun - May 4, 1925
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR T.L. SCRUGGS IS HELD FROM HIS HOME
PROFOUND SORROW AT PASSING OF CORSICANA BUSINESS MAN
Funeral services for the late T.L. Scruggs, who was found dead in
his room in a San Antonio hotel about 11:15 o'clock Saturday night,
were held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the late home of the
deceased, 609 West Fourth avenue, Dr. E.P. Kennedy, pastor of the
First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. I.T. Jones, pastor of the
Third Avenue Presbyterian church, officiating, and with a large
concourse of sorrowing friends attending and following the remains
to their last resting place in
Oakwood cemetery, where the mound
over the grave that held the body of this good and highly esteemed
man was completely hidden from view by the great profusion of
beautiful flowers that were brought and sent by friends as a slight
token of the love and respect in which he was held.
The big Jarrell-Elliott Dry Goods company store was closed all day
today out of respect to the memory of the late manager of the
business. Mr. Scruggs had been at the head of the concern here for
several years and under his management the business had grown and
prospered but above all those who labored with Mr. Scruggs day after
day, from his first assistant on down the line to the janitor who
swept the floors, there was a feeling of respect and comradeship and
admiration that few men in high business places can command from
their employes. This is accounted for by the fact that Mr. Scruggs
was possessed of a big heart and a love for his fellowman that made
him the friend of all mankind, and especially of those who labored
toward the same ends. There was genuine sorrow in the heart of all
these men and women who are employes of the firm of which Mr.
Scruggs was manager, as well as in the hearts of all who knew him.
May 8, 1881 - Jun 21, 1949
Horace L. Hervey Dies On Tuesday; Rites Wednesday
Horace L. Hervey, aged 68 years Zion's Rest, died at the Navarro
Clinic late Tuesday afternoon.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the
North Corsicana Method
1st church. Burial was In the
The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the
A native of Tupelo, Hervey resided his entire life in Tupelo and
Corsicana. Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son, Hubert C.
Hervey Shreveport, La., a daughter, Mra Chester Cathnm. Dallas; four
grandchildren, four brothers, Herbert Hervey (a twin), Tupelo; Ed
Hervey and Wilbur Hervey, both of Colorado, and Fred Hervey, St.
Joseph, Mo., and a number of other relatives Pallbearers were J. C.
Harwell. L. H. Mathison, Gene Stokes P. M. Gladney, Earl Easterllng,
and F. H. Roberson.
McCammon Funeral Home directed.
- Corsicana Daily Sun - June 22, 1949
- Submitted by Tim Childress & Diane Richards
- Twin to Herbert E. Hervey h/o Fannie Lee (McCouts) Hervey
married Dec. 3, 1902 in Navarro County s/o Albert Gallatin
Hervey and Grizelda Elizabeth (Kirby) Hervey
Aug 1897 - Oct 14, 1918
BRILLIANT YOUNG LADY DEAD
Had A Remarkable Career In Public School
Miss Mary Louise Gatlin, aged tweny-one years, died at Ennis last
night after a brief illness with pneumonia, the deceased was the
only child of Mrs. Minnie Gatlin and was reared at Chatfield and
Rice. She graduated at the Southern Methodist University in 1916
with the highest honors in her
class, and was Science teacher in the Ennis public schools when
The mother, who is teaching school in Fort Worth will have the
sympathy of many friends in this great sorrow.
The deceased young lady was the second cousin of Mesdames Dora and
H.F. Witherspoon and T. W. Lovett 01Corsicana. Interment took place
at Chatfield this afternoon
BRILLIANT YOUNG LADY DEAD.
Had A Remarkable Career in Public School
Miss Mary Louise Gatlin, aged twenty-one years, died in Ennis last
night after a brief illness with pneumonia. The deceased was the
only child of Mrs. Minnie Gatlin and was reared at Chatfield and
Rice. She graduated at the Southern Methodist University in 1916
with the highest honors in her Class, and was Science teacher in the
Ennis public schools when taken sick. The mother, who is teaching
school in Fort Worth will have the sympathy of many friends in this
great sorrow. The deceased young lady was the second cousin of
Mesdames Dora and H. F. Witherspoon and T. W. Lovett of Corsicana.
Interment took place at Chatfield this afternoon.
Jun 14, 1955 - Nov 12, 2010
Crosswhite, resident of Barry, Texas, passed away on Friday,
November 12, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas,
at the age of 55. He was born on June 14, 1955 in McKinney,
Texas, to Nick Crosswhite and Margaret McKinney Crosswhite.
Neil was employeed with the City of Cedar Hill as a
construction inspector. Neil was associated with the Barry
Volunteer Fire Department in the past, the Navarro County
Special Olympics, raising Long Horn cattle , cooking Bar
B-Q, and riding his motorcycle. He was a member of the
Baptist church attending Northside Baptist Church while in
Neil was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Crosswhite.
Survivors include his daughter Lindsey Dawn Crosswhite of
Dallas, Father Nick Crosswhite of Abilene. Brother Brad
Crosswhite of Taylor and sister Gail Arnett of Corsicana. He
is also survived by his nieces and nephews, and his pet's,
who he called his baby's.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral in
Corsicana. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery in Dallas
at 2:30 p.m.
|Neil Crosswhite, 55, of Barry, passed away on Friday,
Nov. 12, 2010, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
He was born on June 14, 1955, in McKinney to Nick Crosswhite
and Margaret McKinney Crosswhite. He was employed with the
City of Cedar Hill as a construction inspector. Neil was
associated with the Barry Volunteer Fire Department in the
past, the Navarro County Special Olympics, raising Long Horn
cattle, cooking Bar B-Q, and riding his motorcycle. He was a
member of the Baptist church attending Northside Baptist
Church while in school.
Neil was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret
Survivors include his daughter, Lindsey Dawn Crosswhite of
Dallas; father, Nick Crosswhite of Abilene; brother, Brad
Crosswhite of Taylor; and sister, Gail Arnett of Corsicana.
He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, and his pets,
who he called his babies.
Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010,
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16,
2010, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in
Corsicana. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
16, 2010, at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
June 13, 1929 - Jan 18, 2012
— Donald Farmer, 82, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday,
Jan. 18, 2012.
Donald was born June 13, 1929, in Corsicana to Mary and
Clifton Farmer. He proudly served in the Army during the
Korean War and
afterwards settled in Fort Worth to raise his family and
complete a degree in heating and refrigeration. His career
with General Dynamics began in 1960 and he retired in 1993.
The last 22 years he and his wife lived in their home in the
country where he raised Beefmaster and enjoyed life away
from the city. The most important thing in his life was
spending time with family. He was an active member of First
Baptist Church of White Settlement and enjoyed playing games
Survivors include, wife of 58 years, Oneta Fay Farmer;
daughters, Suzann Thomas, Donna Loter and husband, Mike;
grandchildren, Chris Easdon and wife, Lisa, Bryan Easdon and
wife, Cathleen, Colton Loter, Sheridan Loter, Christina
White and husband, Jason, Michael Thomas;
great-grandchildren, Claire, Caden, Ayden, Caillin, Connor,
Adyson; sister, Orlena Hatley; numerous nieces and nephews,
friends and extended family.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of
White Settlement. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olivet
Funeral Home 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 817-831-0511.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas
Scottish Rite Hospital Dallas, 2222 Welborn, Dallas, Texas
75219, in honor of his granddaughter, Sheridan.
About 1935 - Jan 11, 2012
Eresa Mae Robinson, 76, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11,
2012 at Methodist Charlton Medical Center Dallas. Funeral services
are 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Johnson Memorial Church Of
God In Christ, located at 1700 S. Bus. Hwy 45 at T.A. Carroll Avenue
with Pastor Joseph Johnson, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow
at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Rebecca "Becky" Winston
About 1963 - Jan 14, 2012
Rebecca "Becky" Winston Robinson, 48, of Corsicana passed away
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West. Funeral services are
11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Lifeline Fellowship Family
Church located at 5301 West Hwy 31, with Minister Cory Crawford
officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Dec 31, 1895 - Jul 19, 1952
J. A. Herrin Dies In VA Hospital
James Arthur Herrin, 56, filling station operator, 1218 West Twelfth
avenue, died Saturday afternoon in the Veterans Administration
Hospital in Marlin. He was a veteran of
World War I. He was a
native of Corbet.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five brothers, Rubin Herrin,
San Diego, Calif.; Everett Herrin, Salinas, Calif.; Haley Herrin,
Oklahoma City; Sgt. 1-c Jack Herrin, U. S. Army in Germany; C. L.
Herrin, Ada, Okla.; eight sisters, Mrs. Eda Golden, Ada, Okla.; Mrs.
Daisey Barnett, California; Mrs. Alma Williams, Fairfield, Calif.;
Mrs. Ava Bottoms, Chickasha, Okla.; Mrs. Iva Cantrell, Mrs. Asa Lee
Pollock, Mrs. Mary Lloyd and Mrs. Christine Lackey, all of Ada,
Okla., and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel at 2 p. m.
Wednesday with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Major
Williamson Stevenson, Salvation Army, Waco.
A military service is planned at the grave by the American Legion.
May 25, 1897 - Jan. 27, 1917
Barry News. On January 27 at 8:30 a.m. the spirit of Miss Etta
Rodney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Rodney, took its flight to
the God who gave it. Etta was 19 years old, a member of the Baptist
Church. She had suffered so much, but in that world beyond she shall
never suffer more. She died of an infection of the head, caused by
measles. She was laid to rest in
Dresden cemetery Sunday
afternoon. The services were conducted by Revs. J. A. Watts and W.
Pink Marie "Pinkie"
Dec 17, 1909 - Jun 4, 1992
Pink Marie Richards
Pink Marie Richards, 82, of Blooming Grove, died June 4, 1992, at
the Corsicana Nursing Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with Terry Skinner
officiating. Burial will be at the
Survivors include her husband, William J. “Skeeter” Richards of
Blooming Grove; two sons, W. L. “Peb” Richards of Blooming Grove and
Wayne Richards of Retreat; one brother Homer Hopkins of Corsicana;
five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are
David Richards, Randy Richards, James Luther, Donnie Grounds, John
William Hopkins, Don Manley and Jason Richards.
Mar 10, 1910 - Jan 6, 1965
Albert Huse Rites Sunday
Final rites for Albert Huse, 55, Route 5, stockman-farmer, who was
fatally stricken with a heart attack on Collin street near Main
Wednesday, will be held at the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m.. The
services will be conducted by Rev. Robert Ficken- scher, pastor of
the Faith Lutheran church. Burial will be in the
Dresden cemetery. A
native of Malone, Huse had resided on Route 5 for the past four
years. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Sgt. Herman Huse,
U.S. Army in Germany; seven brothers, Herman and Eric Huse, both of
Dallas; Adolph Huse, Waco; Rudolph Huse. Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.;
Martin Huse, Lake Charles, La.; Herbert and Arthur Huse, both of
Houston; eight sisters, Mrs. Annie Childress, Mrs. Milton Young and
Miss Littie Huse, all of Houston; Mrs. Alice Rollins, Dallas; Mrs.
Edna Gumlett. Waxahachie; Mrs. Dale Smilley, Duncanville, Ill.; Mrs.
Helen Benick, Tallahassee, Fla.; and Mrs. Sophya Wenzel, Hamilton,
and other relatives. Nephews will be pallbearers.
Feb 17, 1849 - Feb 16, 1917
DIED IN KENTUCKY FRIDAY. Navarro County Citizen Passes Away
While on Visit. G. W. Stokes, aged 68 years, and for thirty years a
resident of the Dresden community, died in Benton, Kentucky, last
Friday morning at 10 o'clock where he had been on a visit to a
brother since last Christmas. The two sons of the deceased, who are
his only family survivors, were notified of his illness, and left
Dresden at once for his bedside but arrived a few hours after his
death. The remains arrived here this morning accompanied by the two
sons, and were taken to Dresden, where interment took place this
afternoon. The deceased was a good citizen and leaves many friends
who sympathize with his sons in the loss of their father.
Hattie C. (Griffin) Melton
Nov 2, 1862 - Mar 2, 1917
DIED AT PINKSTON YESTERDAY.
Wife of County Official Passes Away at Family Home
Mrs. HattIe Melton, wife of County Tax Assessor J. H. Melton died at
the family home near Pinkston yesterday afternoon about five o'clock
after several days' illness, and the remains were interred in the
Dresden cemetery this
afternoon. The deceased, who was 55 years old is survived by her
husband and four sons, Oscar Melton of New Orleans, Mit. Knox and
Claude Melton of Pinkston. Mrs. Jane Griffin, the venerable mother
of the deceased, still lives and lived, at the Melton home. One
brother, A. H. Griffin, lives near Blooming Grove. The deceased was
a member of the Baptist Church and wan highly esteemed by a large
circle of friends.
Feb 13, 1917 - Feb 27, 1917
On the morning of February 27th the Death Angel visited the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Will Ragan and took from them their infant baby. The
baby was only fourteen days old. Everything that a loving mother and
father could do was done to save the baby, but all in vain. God saw
fit to remove the little one from this world of shadows to the land
of sunshine. It budded on earth to bloom in Heaven. One by one the
Blessed Savior gathers lambs from every fold, folds them to His
Blessed Bosom with the tenderness untold. One by one the Savior
gathers earthly flowers rich and rare and transplants them in the
garden they will bloom forever there. Weep not dear parents, as
those that have no hopes the little remains were laid to rest in the
Dresden cemetery. Dear
parents, in your grief stricken and heart-broken hour look up to God
and promise the little one that some sweet day you will join him in
that beautiful home above. Written by a friend. BERTHA GROY.
William Pinkney Gillean
Jan 10, 1855 - Feb 28, 1921
DIED AT FROST YESTERDAY. Another Good and Useful Citizen
Passes Away. William P. Gillean, a native of Navarro county, and for
many years one of her leading citizens, died at his homo in Frost
yesterday afternoon after, a long illness with cancer of the
stomach, and the remains were interred at Dresden near noon today in
the presence of an immense throng of people who had gathered to pay
their last tribute, of respect to one whom all respected and
honored. The deceased had served the county efficiently for several
years as a member of the commissioners court and had filled other
positions of honor and trust, always doing his duty with credit and
honor to himself and to the satisfaction of those who had trusted
him. Surviving the deceased are three children, Mrs. Tom Slay, Bruce
Gillean and Harry Gillean, and by three brothers, Dr. John Gillean
of Dallas, E. T. Gillean of Waxahachie, and H. C. Gillean of Frost.
Paul Harry Rollins
May 16, 1954 - Jan 17, 2012
Harry Rollins, 57, went to be with his Lord on Jan. 17,
2012. He was born May 16, 1954.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jeanette
Rollins; brother, Rodger Rollins; and nephew, Brian Rollins.
He is survived by two daughters, Becky Turner of Manteca,
Calif., and Bagent Rollins of Shreveport, La.; two brothers,
Randy Rollins and wife Linda of Kerens, and Mickey Rollins
of Corsicana. He is also survived by three sisters, Barbara
and husband Duane Gallup of Mansfield, Sharron Rollins and
Juanita and husband Ralph Ward of Corsicana, as well as a
number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28,
2012 at House of Praise Church of God, 1345 W. 13th Ave.
Inah Geraldine (Thomason) Green-Ballew
Nov 25, 1921 - Jan 21, 2012
Ballew, 90, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at her
daughter’s home in Waco.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24,
2012, at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors in Waco.
Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25,
Prairie Grove Baptist Church in
Geraldine was born to Clyde Thomason and Ora Gill Thomason
on Nov. 25, 1921 in Emmett. She was married to Leonard Green
and they had two daughters. As an active member of the
Baptist church, Gerry taught children’s Sunday school
classes for many years in Emmett and Frost. After Leonard
Green passed away, Gerry married Leonard Ballew and they had
32 wonderful years. After living on various Central Texas
ranches, they had eventually lived in Waxahachie where she
worked for J.C. Penney for over 15 years. Gerry continued
faithfully attending First Baptist Church in Waxahachie.
After the death of her husband, she continued to live in
Waxahachie until she moved to Waco in 2008 to be close to
her daughter. She was a member of First Baptist Church of
Her parents preceded her in death; as did her brother, Benny
C. Thomason; her first husband, Leonard Green; her second
husband and love of her life, Leonard Ballew; and her
daughter, Carolyn Green Johnson.
Gerry leaves behind her daughter, Jan Serface and husband
Eddie of Waco; son-in-law, Harry Johnson and wife Barbara of
Arlington; five grandchildren, Amy Craven and husband
Marshall of Magnolia, Joel Serface of Boulder, Colo.,
Jennifer Johnson of Dallas, Ben Johnson and wife Lauren of
Arlington, and Ali Johnson of College Station. She was
blessed with 10 great-grandchildren who adored “GG,” and her
special friends, Martha and Raymond Howell of Waxahachie.
The family wants to express its heartfelt thanks to
Providence Hospice and Visiting Angel Ola Ellis.
Arrangements by Connally-Compton Funeral Directors, Waco.
James "Jim" Robert Irwin
Mar 17, 1947 - Jan 19, 2012
“Jim” Robert Irwin of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan.
19, 2012, at age 64 in a truck accident in Rico, Colo.
He was born March 17, 1947.
He was preceded in death by his adopted parents, Bill and
Louise Irwin; and father-in-law, Ray Girard.
Survivors include his wife and soul-mate, Susan R. Irwin;
and mother-in-law, Myrna Girard, whom James looked up to and
considers her as his mother; brothers, Joe Bill Irwin and
wife Edena, Jerry Don Scruggs and wife Donna; sister, Diane
Owens; brother-in-law, Raymond Girard and Rex Girard. He is
also survived by his best family and friends from Corsicana,
Weldon and Mary J. Plemons, John Paul and Laura Plemons,
Anita Solman, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25,
2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with John Paul
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Nov 2, 1955 - Jan 19, 2012
Corsicana — John Nelson, age 56, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born November 2, 1955. No
services are scheduled.
Sept 8, 1926 - Jan 20, 2012
Corsicana — Joel Steele, age 85, passed away Friday, Jan.20, 2012 in
Irving. He was born September 8, 1926 in Streetman. No services are
Anna Lee (Riggs) Slone
Nov 9, 1924 - Jan 21, 2012
Lee Slone, age 87, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at
Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born November 9, 1924 in
Purdon to Robert and Ola Riggs.
She was member of the Second Avenue Baptist Church in
Corsicana. At age 18 she was working in the ship yards of
Oregon during World War II.
She is survived by her husband J.B. Slone; a son, David
Slone and wife, Ava; a grandson, Douglas Slone and wife
Kelly; a sister, Bonnie Strzinek; and several nieces and
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral
Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Hamilton-Beeman
Cemetery with Rev. Charles McBride officiating. Burial will
follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Betty Joy (Bassham) Holloway
Jan 1, 1933 - Jan 20, 2012
Joy Holloway, age 79, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at
Baylor Health Center in Dallas after a courageous battle
with both heart and lung failure. She was born on Jan. 1,
1933 in Ennis, to Holton and Iva Bassham.
She was a member of Northside Baptist Church for more than
sixty years and worked in the Care Center there until her
health failed. She enjoyed ladies game day at church and
weekly card games with her friends.
Mrs. Holloway was preceded in death by her parents;
children, Gary Dan Holloway and Mary Ann Holloway; sister,
Jenell Glass and brother, David Bassham.
She is survived by her sons, Tommy Holloway and Mark
Holloway and wife Rhonda; sister, Joanne Formby and husband
Ed; brother-in-law, Billy Jack Glass; 3 sister-in-laws,
Carla Bassham, Mary Reeves and Hazel Holloway; grandchildren
Shawn Holloway, David Holloway, Heather Holloway and Briana
Holloway; five great grandchildren, several nieces and
nephews, other relatives, friends and caregiver and friend,
Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 at
Corley Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 at Corley
Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial
will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Townley, Paul Flannigan, Ed Formby, Jim Formby, David
Holloway and Sherman Putman.
The family requests donations to Northside Baptist Church
Care Center or a charity of your choice.
Jan 24, 1920 - Feb 18, 1921
Child Died at Hospital.
Marjorie, the one-year old daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Chambers of Blooming Grove, who was brought to
the P. &. S. hospital here some days ago sick with pneumonia, died
there last night, and the remains were taken to Dresden this morning
Mary E. (Unknown) Key
May 3, 1855 - Aug 15, 1921
Died at Purdon Monday. Mrs. Mary E. Key, widow of the late Tandy
Key, aged 67 years, died at her home in Purdon last Monday night and
the remains were interred in the
Dresden Cemetery Tuesday. The
deceased was the mother of Mrs. Rines at Purdon, and of Tandy Key of
Charles Anthony Haden
Sep 18, 1859 - June 14, 1921
Laid to Rest.
Mr. Chas. Haden, excellent citizen, good neighbor, true friend and
Christian, after many months of patient suffering, was laid to rest
in the beautiful
Dresden Cemetery near the Old Haden home where he
was born and reared. This community was filled with a splendid class
of citizens, many of whom now reside in our city, some who had moved
away but always return with their dead to this beautiful God’s acre
where lie their fathers and forefathers. A large number of friends
here and at Blooming Grove attended the burial of Mr. Haden.
WELL KNOWN CITIZEN DEAD.
Passed Away After Long and
Chas. A. Haden died at his home last night after a long and
painful illness. The funeral took place from the First Christian
church here at 1:30 this afternoon, with interment at
Dresden, Rev. F. N.
The deceased, who was sixty years old, and who had long been
recognized as one of our best citizens lived in Blooming Grove for
many years before moving to Corsicana three years ago. He had been
grievously afflicted for many months and bore his affliction and
suffering with the courage of a true hero and with the patience of a
true Christian. He is survived by his widow and seven children,
Misses Clemmie, Mary, Martha, Katherine and Frances, and John and
Joel Haden; one brother, Joel Haden of Corsicana, and by two
sisters, Mrs. Hattie Taylor of Corsicana, and Mrs. J. E. Waller of
Hubbard. The following acted as pallbearers:
Active—Paul E. Allen, A. A. Allison, P. D. Williams, J. N.
Royall, W. C. Francis, W. F. Love, J. W. Edens, Everett Walker,
Honorary—S. A. Roberts, R. S. Loyd, Dr. J. S. Stubbs, L. S.
Bacon, Bob Bacon, R. L. Harris, F. H. Simpson, J. E. Walker, Jim
Wharton, R. D. George, Jr., Blooming Grove; M. G. Young, J. B.
German, Dallas; B. L. Finch, H. P. Barton, J. N. Cox, Hal M. Peck,
Dr. T. A. Miller, Dr. L. E. Kelton, B. F. Hartzell, J. R. Webb, W.
D. Ambrose, F. A. Elliot, B. H. Barnett, L. E. McCormick, P. A.
Minter, Z. J. Pogue, H. Iversen.
Henry Clay Gorden
Feb 3, 1848 - Jul 17, 1921
Died Suddenly Saturday Night. H. C. Gordon, aged 75 years, died,
suddenly at his home near Blooming Grove Saturday night, and the re-
mains were interred at Dresden yesterday. The deceased is survived
by his wife and one son, Ed Gordon.
Mar 29, 1937 - Jan 18, 2012
Troy Eldredge Sisson, 74, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at
Canyon Lake after a long illness.
Mr. Sisson was born in Fort Worth March 29, 1937, to Thomas and
Lottie Belle Gotcher Sisson. The family moved to Corsicana when Troy
was an infant and he spent the remainder of his growing up years
here, until he joined the Air Force in 1955. Troy was a “Mill Block
Kid,” baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in his youth and was a life
member of the VFW.
He is preceded in death by both his parents; his sister, Billie Jean
Baker; and his nephew, Johnny Baker.
After his retirement from the Air Force in 1980, he returned to
Corsicana for a few years until his marriage to Linda Thornton
Sisson in 1984, who survives him. He is also survived by two
daughters, Cheryl Barefield of Onalaska, and Tina Sisson of Vivian,
La.; two step-daughters, Cindy Lundberg of Buda and Debbie Sanderson
of Ocoee, Fla.; two step-sons, Richard Sanderson of Arlington, and
David Sanderson of San Antonio. His nephew, Jack Baker of Corsicana,
also survives him as well as several cousins. He was blessed with 22
grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He is remembered by all who knew him as a fun-loving person who
wanted to keep everyone around him laughing and happy. His family is
comforted by the knowledge that he is with his Savior and their
separation from him is temporary.
Family visitation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012,
at the Funeral Caring Funeral Home, 6500 N. Interstate Highway 35,
Graveside services will be at the National Military Cemetary (Fort
Sam Cemetery) in San Antonio at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2012.
The family requests no flowers, but remembrances to the military
organization of the donor’s choice such as Wounded Warrior Project,
VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Vets., would be appreciated.
Arrangements by Funeral Caring Funeral Home, San Antonio.
Alice Genelle (Hopwood) McWethy-Tate-Griffin
Dec 28, 1927 - Jan 27, 2012
Genelle Griffin of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012,
at Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village at the age of 84.
She was born on Dec. 28, 1927, in Corsicana, to E.M. Hopwood Sr. and
Alice I. Hodge Hopwood. Genelle was a member of the Missionary
Baptist Church in Corsicana and work as a waitress for a number of
restaurants including Roy's Cafe downtown. She was an avid artist
enjoying oil portraits and pencil art of people, landscapes and
pictures. She was also involved in gardening and sewing as well as
Genelle was preceded in death by her parents; 10 brothers and
sisters; and her husband, James "Hootie" Griffin in 2001.
Survivors include her children, Ricky Griffin and wife Glenda of
Corsicana, Pam Hunter and husband Jerry Redding of Willis, Robert
Tate of Corsicana, Donna Goodin and husband Tommy of Corsicana, Jan
Perkins and husband Mark of Weatherford, and Cathy Selman and
husband Loyd of Corsicana; six grandchildren; and five great
grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Nancy Garrett of
Corsicana; and two special people adopted by heart, Donnie and Shane
Mann of Corsicana; and a number of other family members.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in
the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow
at Younger Cemetery in
the Silver City community.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
abt 1912 - Jan 30, 2012
Earl Sanders, 99, resident of Kerens, passed away Monday, Jan. 30,
2012, at Heritage Oaks West. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4,2012, at Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church, Kerens with
Pastor Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will follow at
Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Roy Alexander Hall
Jul 13, 1915 - Jun 15, 1996
HALL, ROY A., 80, of Florence died Saturday. Services 2 p.m.
Friday, Dresden Cemetery
, Navarro County. Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Davis, Georgetown.
- Austin American-Statesman - June 19, 1996