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Rochelle Jones
abt 1963 - Feb 13, 2012

Rochelle Jones, 48, of Waco, born in Corsicana, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Providence Healthcare in Waco. Funeral services are 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church located at 5301 W. Hwy 31. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Betty Jo (Smith) Cunningham
June 20, 1927 – Feb 15, 2012

Betty Jo Cunningham, 84 of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Betty was born in Kerens on June 20, 1927 to Walter and Moelle Kimes Smith.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Randy Stilley of Houston; two grandons, Mike Stilley of Houston and Dan Stilley of California.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 in the Kerens Cemetery with Rev. Charles A. Reese officiating.

Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Diana (McKinney) Turn
Dec 26, 1937 – Feb 15, 2012
 

Diana McKinney Turn, age 74, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 in Corsicana. She was born on Dec. 26, 1937 in Corsicana to parents, Jack P. and Nell McKinney.

She attended the University of Colorado and the University of Texas. She worked as a Travel Agent for 25 years, and was a world traveler. After her retirement she owned and operated a coffee shop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack P. and Nell McKinney.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Golden and husband Dale of Kemp; son, Craig Turn and wife Cheryl of Crockett; granddaughter, Emberlyn Golden of Kemp; grandson, Peyton Turn of Crockett; sister, Suzette McKinney of Adkins, and a host of many friends.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Navarro Regional Hospital, and would like to say a special thank you to her caregiver, Sue Bowling.

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Hettie V. Wade
Oct 25, 1936 – Feb 7, 2012

Hettie V. Wade, 75, resident of Dawson, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West. She was born Oct. 25, 1936 in Dawson to the parentage of M. T. Wade, Sr. and Doshie M. Penegraph Wade. She attended the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Houston where she served faithfully for over 25 years.

She is survived by her two brothers, John D. Kirby and M.T. Wade, Jr.; two sisters-in-law, Gertie L. Kirby and Reatha Wade; nieces and nephews, Stephanie Wade Simmons, Linda Kirby, Sherry Kirby, John D. Kirby Jr., Carl Kirby, Jimmy Kirby, Vernon Kirby and Darren Kirby; cousins, Bernice Hicks, Hawford, Calif., Willie Manning Jr. of Dallas, and Kerthene Byrd of Spring; a host of other relatives, cousins and friends. Special thanks to two of her friends, Margaret Simmons and Joyce Jordan.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at the First Baptist Church, located at 407 N. Main St., in Dawson with Rev. Mose A. Jones as Eulogist and Rev. Marilyn E. Stephen officiating. Interment will follow at the Farmerville Cemetery in Dawson.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Gene Carl Haney Sr.
Aug 5, 1929 - Feb 12, 2012

Gene Carl Haney Sr., 82 of Garland passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. He was born Aug. 5, 1929 in Montgomery, Ala. to Moses Haney and Margaret White.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Haney; sons, Gene Carl Haney Jr. and Jesse Haney and grandson, Dennis Patrick Haney.

He is survived by his children, Donna McAnnally, Jean Carol Haney, Louise Murphy, Arnold Laslie Haney, Leon Morris Haney, Robert Warren Haney, Helen Marie Herring and Evelyn Frances Green; sister, Barbara Alice DeFee and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Carson Hastings officiating. Pallbearers will be Robert Wood, Ben Herring, David Hughes, Dean Curry, Douglas Jones, Gary Nalley and Nykolas Cochran. Honorary pallbearer Ronald Abbitt. Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jimmy Ray Wilks
July 2, 1944 - Feb 5, 2012

Jimmy Ray Wilks, 67, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Black Hills Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun – Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Corley Funeral Home lists wife Sonja Marie (Teakell) Wilks - parents as Mother – Winona (Wilks) Porter and step-father George Porter. There was no father mentioned. His last name was his mother’s maiden name.

James Elrod “Jim” Steele
Oct 24, 1887 - Jan 23, 1958

J. E. Steele Dies Thursday Morning
J. E. Steele, 70, died at his home in the Streetman community Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel. Burial will be in the Birdston cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Tommy Sandlin of Wortham. He was a member of the Winkler Masonic Lodge and the Masons will have charge of the graveside rites. Surviving are six sons, J. S. Steele, Grand Prairie; Fred, Storey, and Harry Lee Steele all of Phoen- ix, Ariz.; Thomas Steele, Austin and Joel Steele, Dallas; a brother Gregg Steele, Dallas; two sisters Mrs. Ethel Chandler, Dallas, and Mrs. Jack Glass, Old Ocean; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other relatives. Pallbearers will be Robert James Steele, Richard Steele, Tom Chandler, Jack Glass, Jr.; T. C. Steele and Kenneth Steele.

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Clinton Leroy Ballew
Sept 19, 1912 – Nov 28, 1942

FORMER FROST MAN KILLED IN TRUCK ACCIDENT FRIDAY

FROST, Nov. 30. – (Spl.- Clinton LeRoy Ballew, aged 32 years, driver for a Dallas transportation company, was fatally injured in a truck accident at New Orleans Friday night. His headquarters were in Eldorado, Ark.

Surviving are his wife, formerly Miss Edna Morgan of Emhouse; two children; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Ballew, Frost; five brothers and three sisters. One brother; Neuburn Ballew is a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, stationed at Halafax.

Burial will be here, but arrangements are not complete pending the arrival of a sister from California.

McCormick’s Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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Johnnie Ingram
May 19, 1909 - July 2, 1970

Ingram Rites
Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Church of God in Christ in Dawson for Johnnie Ingram, 61, who died Thursday at a VA hospital in Dallas.
Elder L. C. Coleman officiated and burial was in Dawson Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, four daughters, three brothers, two sisters and other relatives.

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Mary Alice (Rucker) Fullerton
Dec 19, 1851 - Oct 24, 1926

Brought Here for Burial
Mrs. Mary Fullerton, wife of the late J.P. Fullerton, died at the home of her daughter in Blooming Grove Sunday, and the body was brought to Dawson Monday, the funeral service being held at the Methodist church at 1:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. W. T. Boulware.
Mrs. Fullerton was born in Wise county, Texas, and had reached the ripe old age of 74 years, 10 months and 5 days. Up to some two or three years ago when her husband passed away she had been a resident of Dawson many years. She is survived by three children, Mrs. Carroll, of Blooming Grove, with whom she made her home, Homer Fullerton, of Streetman, and Brit Fullerton, of Waco. She was a member of the Dawson Methodist church and a consistent Christian, and up until her age prevented, attended the services of her church regularly.
Burial took place in the Dawson Cemetery, by the side of her husband.

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  • Dawson Herald – Friday, Oct 29, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost



MRS. FULLERTON PASSED AWAY SUNDAY

Mrs. Mary Alice Fullerton, age 75, died Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dan Carroll. Mrs. Fullerton came to Blooming Grove last year after the death of her husband in Dawson, and has lived here, almost as an invalid since. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Methodist church in Dawson, with her former pastor conducting the services, and Marvin Hatley, at one time a Blooming Grove citizen, leading in several touching songs. The service was a very pretty one, touching the many friends and relatives who were there. The burial took place at 2:30 in a Dawson Cemetery.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Oct 29, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Special to the Sun.

Dawson, Texas, Oct. 28.—News was received here Sunday of the death of Mrs. J. P. Fullerton, which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dan Carroll, at Blooming Grove, at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The body was brought here for burial Monday and funeral services were held in the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. W. T. Boulware, with interment in Dawson Cemetery. Mrs. Fullerton had been a resident of Dawson for many years, going to the home of her daughter about a year ago at the death of her husband. She is survived by three children, Homer Fullerton of Streetman, J. B. Fullerton, Waco, and Mrs. Dan Carroll, Blooming Grove.

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Henry California
Jan 17, 1880 – Oct 31, 1969

H. California Rites Thursday

Henry California, 91, a native of Dawson, died Friday at Memorial Hospital here.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at the St. James AME Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. 0. S. Carroll officiating, and interment will be in Dawson Cemetery .
Survivors are five daughters, Miss Cora California, Mrs. Mattie Powell and Mrs. Fannie Griffin, all of Dawson, Mrs. Thelma Sanders and Mrs. Azline Daniel of Fort Worth; two sons, H. C. California of Los Angeles, Calif., and Homer California of Dawson; eight grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Willie Lee Powell, Dock Powell, Jessie Powell, James Griffin, Edmond Griffin, Jake Griffin, Oliver Powell and Lee Mack Powell.

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J B Holifield
Nov 4, 1924 – Feb 13, 2012

Jb Holifield, 87, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at his residence with his family at his side. He was born Nov. 4, 1924 to Charlie Holifield and Ella Mae Sims Holifield in the Raleigh Community in Navarro County. Jb served his country during World War II in the United States Army stationed in Japan. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Corsicana and was also a home builder in the Navarro County and surrounding areas for 40 years.

He is preceded in death by parents; mother of his children, Lelia Virginia Dozier Holifield; brother, Barney Gene Holifield and sisters, Aliene Vest and Evelyn Vaught.

He is survived by his children, John Holifield and wife Louise of Corsicana; Steven Holifield and wife Melanie of Lott, Texas and Charles Holifield of Corsicana; two sisters, Louester McGraw of Blooming Grove and Beulah Mae Cates of Barry; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Lane Teele of Emmanuel Baptist Church officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Burnie Martin
Dec 30, 1918 - Feb 13, 2012

Burnie Martin, 93 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at Resthaven Memorial Park.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dora Bell Smith
1902 –Dec. 28, 1960

Miss Smith
Dies In Denver
FROST, Dec. 29—(Spl)—Miss
Dora Bell Smith, 58, died in Denver, Colo., Wednesday night.
Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church here Sunday afternoon with burial in the Frost cemetery.
A native of Arkansas, she came to Frost when four years of age. She had been a Denver resident 14 years.
Surviving are a brother, W. J. Smith, Frost; four sisters, Mrs. Ora Posey, Frost; Mrs. Ruth Crabtree, Plainview; Mrs. Lula Scott, Italy, and Mrs. Iva Loveland, Denver, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, December 28, 1960
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Betty Jo Underhill
Jan 12, 1933 – Feb 13, 2012

Betty Jo Underhill, age 79, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born Jan. 12, 1933 in Blooming Grove to W. L. and Maude Underhill.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dick Anderton and Billy Gene Underhill; sisters, Polly Hernandez and Dorothy Mackey.

She is survived by sisters, Pauline Massey of Corsicana, Wanda Underhill of Van, and Jimmie Melton of Irving, and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was a graduate of Corsicana High School and Draughon's Business College. She was a devoted Christian woman that enjoyed gospel music and dearly loved her family.

Visitation with the family will be at 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Resthaven Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Darla Blatnik officiating.

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Gertrude Siwinski
Feb 13, 1924 – Feb 12, 2012

On Feb. 12, 2012 our Lord called Gertrude Siwinski to eternal rest. Her loss will be mourned by many people for she was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother, a sister and a friend.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund M. Siwinski, as well as all of her six siblings.

Gertrude was born Feb. 13, 1924 in Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y. She moved to Corsicana, Texas in October 1965, with her husband and four of her five children. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church and community. Most photos of Gertrude over the years found her in one of two locations, the kitchen or the sewing room. She retired as the food service manager for the Corsicana School District. She also volunteered in the kitchens of the “Food For Fitness” and the “Ministry Food Pantry” organizations. When she wasn't working her magic with the needle and thread for her family she sewed for the church and community in both Brooklyn and Corsicana.

Gertrude was an avid reader, a movie buff, and a worker of crossword puzzles until her eye sight failed her. She never lost her love for jazz and caberet music and the Texas Rangers. She could quote Shakespeare and Bette Davis, the cowardly lion, or sing you a song and tell you an off-color joke. Her sense of humor will surely be missed.

Gertrude leaves behind her daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Joseph Fiscina of New York, Donna and J. Michael Barrett of Mansfield, Trudy and William Carey of Pottsboro; her sons and daughters-in-law James and Candi Siwinski of Corsicana and Daniel and Lori Siwinski of Katy; eight grandsons; one granddaughter and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

Funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Rev. Jason Cargo officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Judes or Collins Catholic School.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Frances (Tipping) Hiler
Nov 29, 1939 – Feb 9, 2012

Mary Frances Hiler, 72 of Blooming Grove passed away Feb. 9, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

She was born Nov. 29, 1939 in Blooming Grove to Doyle and Doris Tipping.

She is preceded in death by parents, brothers Bobby Tipping and Bill Tipping.

She is survived by her husband Doug Hiler of Blooming Grove, daughter Kim Richards of Corsicana, son Michael Hiler of Frisco, sister JoAnn McCowan of San Antonio, grandchildren Shane Richards, Hayden Richards both of Blooming Grove, great grandchildren Braxton Richards, Averee Hunt, Colten and Riley Richards, all of Blooming Grove.

Mrs. Hiler went to school in Blooming Grove. She later went on to receive her degree from Baylor University in Waco in 1978. After graduation she started her teaching career where her life and many others were touched by her love of teaching. After 22 years she retired with love and memories of those years.

Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service was 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Nancy Summers officiating. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbears were Hugh Nicholson, David Tipping, Chris Tipping, Jamey Tipping, Cliff Sikes, Sloan Brown, Wade Green.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Coriscana.

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Namon Earl Yates
June 19, 1925 – Feb 8, 2012

Namon Earl Yates, 86, of Frost passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 in Corsicana. He was born June 19, 1925 in Cryer Creek to Davy and Gladys Yates. Namon was a member of Frost United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Alan Yates and two brothers Duane Yates and Bobby Joe Yates.

He is survived by his wife Jerolyn Yates of Frost, daughter Beverly Vest of Hewitt; granddaughter, Lee Vest of Hewitt; daughter-in-law Gretchen Yates of Arlington; sister-in-law, Syble Yates of Waxahachie; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Eileen Way of Bossier City, La. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at Frost United Methodist Church with Rev. Leah Hidde-Gregory and Rev. Nancy Schusler officiating. Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Billy Hargrove, Dale Cosby, Chuck Way, Robert Stone, Jeremy Stone and Justin Stone.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kent Rogers and the nurses and staff of Navarro Regional Hospital for their care during Namon's illness.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Patsy Marie (Carpenter) Dyess
Dec 8, 1933 – Feb 6, 2012
 

Patsy Carpenter Dyess, 78, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Feb. 6, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. She was born on Dec. 8, 1933 in Mabank to Ernest and Dora Moreau Carpenter. Patsy was known to the many children she loved and cared for over the last 28 years as “Mama Dyess.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel L. Dyess; daughter Vicky Dyess Davis, brother Ernest “Sonny” Carpenter, sisters Joyce Herrin, Catherine Hightower and Frances Townley, and great grandson Byron Elmore.

She is survived by daughters, Pam Elmore, and Georgia Page and Chip Henderson; son Danny Dyess and wife Carla. She is also survived by grandsons, Chad Elmore and wife Daniele, Brad Elmore and Tonya Trent; granddaughter, Cassie Elmore and Parker Baker and two great grandchildren; her brother Earl Carpenter, sister Othera Barlow, sister-in-law Linda Carpenter, brothers-in-law Joe and Sheria Dyess and Don and Shirley Dyess. Also numerous nieces and nephews and adopted family, Jeff, Cathy, Jordan and Alexis Johnson survive her.

Pallbearers will be Chad Elmore, Brad Elmore, Jeff Johnson, Andrew Cook, Kyle Cook and Jack Herod. Honorary pallbearer Cody Crawford.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Daisy (Gorden) Scruggs
June 28, 1921 – Feb 4, 2012

Daisy Scruggs "Granny" of Purdon, born June 28, 1921 went to be with the Lord on Feb. 4, 2012 at the age of 90. She resided at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana and was loved by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dewey P. Scruggs, brothers and sisters Bill Gorden, Sis Dawson and Maxine Gorden.

She is survived by her son Jerry Don Scruggs and his wife Donna of Pursley, two grandchildren Christopher Scruggs and wife Kiki of Dallas and Jeremy P. Scruggs of Corsicana, and two beautiful great-grandchildren, Lynzee and Bailey Scruggs of Corsicana. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Raydean Gorden, Elton Gorden and Raymond Gorden.

Daisy touched the lives of so many people in her life that it would fill up the entire newspaper.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton chapel with Rev. Larry Talbert, Rev. Grady Cashion and Rev. James Berryhill officating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Ricky Thomas, Joe Bill Irwin, David Croom, Robert Berryhill, Jared Ray, Jeremy Scruggs.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Bobby Lynn Neeley
Dec 17, 1936 – Feb 6, 2012

Bobby Lynn Neeley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. He was born on Dec. 17, 1936 in Purdon to Nody and Celia May Neeley. He was a retired machinist and loved to fish and hunt in his early years but his grandkids were the light of his life as he got older.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Bettye Thomas and brother Bill Neeley.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 56 years Wanda Fultz Neeley of Corsicana; daughter Rebecca Neeley of Fort Worth, son Russell Neeley and wife Sherri of Rockwall; grandchildren Brandon and Max Youngblood of Fort Worth, Ryan Neeley of Rockwall, Cristina Neeley of Rockwall, and Patrick Griffin Fraser of Rockwall. He is also survived by his sister Helen Reed of Mesquite, sister-in-law Becky Neeley of Dawson, nieces Zoeanne Bartlett of Fort Worth and Laura Sanders of Waxahachie.

Visitation will be held with the family on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev. Mark H. Nelson officiating and Ron McNeel as soloist. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Russell Neeley, Max Youngblood, Joe Nelson, David Combs, Tony Wright, and Chuck Vickers.

The family would like to thank Dr. Solanki and Heritage Oaks West very much for the care they gave.

The family ask that memorials be made to the Ceder Creek Missionary Baptist Church P.O. Box 146 Corsicana, Texas 75151.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Shirley Ann (Allen) Tramel
June 2, 1935 – Feb 5, 2012

Shirley Ann Allen Tramel, 76, went to be with her Lord Sunday morning, Feb. 5, 2012, in Dallas, after a lengthy battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

She was born June 2, 1935, in Emhouse, to Raymond and Gaudy Allen. She spent her life serving the needs of others whether it be family, friends, or her church, where she always served in the Benevolence Ministry. She always put the needs of others before her own.

She was preceded in death by Jack Tramel, her loving husband of 56 years; her parents; her infant daughter, Beckey Tramel; sisters, Sammie Gray and Dorothy Allen; and brother, Billy Allen.

She is survived by her three children; daughter, Pat Davis and her husband Rennie of Corsicana; sons, Rory Tramel and wife Suzanne of Arlington and Jay Tramel of Dallas; sister-in-law, Shirley Allred and husband Don of Allen; granddaughters, Amber Wheeler of Fort Worth, and Candace Gorman and husband Bryan of Arlington; great-grandsons, Derek Wheeler, Dylan Wheeler, Ethan Gorman and Caleb Gorman, all of Arlington; step-grandchildren, Susan Larson of St. George, Utah, Billy Davis of Kingman, Ariz. ,and Rennie Davis II of Las Vegas, Nev.; nine step-great-grandchildren; nephew, Mike Allred and wife Janet of Battiest, Okla., niece, Diane McDonald of Dallas; numerous great nieces and great nephews; and one aunt, Maudean Reagan of Chandler.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the Mexia City Cemetery with the Rev. Elvin Sikes officiating. Interment will be in Mexia City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lance Allred, Michael Allred, Don L. Allred, Mark Wheeler, Bryan Gorman and Rennie Davis.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Benjamin Thomas Delahay
Aug 18, 1875 - Apr 15, 1951

Ben T. Delahay Dies On Sunday

Benjamin T. Dalahay, 75, retired postal carrier, died at his home 2116 West Second avenue, Sunday night at 9 o'clock.
Native of Baltimore, Mr. Dalahay had resided in Corsicana 43 years. He retired as a postal carrier several years ago.

An elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian church, Delahay also was a Mason.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday but arrangements are complete pending the arrival of relatives.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Col. Wm. A Delahay, Limestone, Me., and Ben T. Delahay, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. C.A. Coutant, Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Dorothy Territo, Fort Worth; sister, Miss Jane Delahay, Baltimore, Md., and four grandchildren and other relatives.

McCammon directs.

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Ben T. Delahay Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Benjamin T. Delahay, 75, retired postal carrier, who died with a heart attack Sunday ningt at the family home, 2115 West Second avenue, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. S. R. Estes, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Native of Baltimore, Md., he had resided in Corsicana 43 years.

He was an elder of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and a Mason.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Col. Wm. A. Delahay, Limestone, Mo., and Ben T. Delahay, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. C. A. Coutant, Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Dorothy Territo, Fort Worth; a sister, Miss Jane Delahay, Baltimore, Md., and four grandchildren and other relatives.

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Wednesday Rites For B. T. Delahay

Funeral services for Benjamin T. Delahay were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. S. R. Estes, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church of which Delahay was an elder and long-time leader.

Delahay, retired postal carrier died with a heart attack at the family home, 2115 West Second avenue, Sunday night. A native of Baltimore, Md., he had resided in Corsicana 43 years. He was a Mason.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Col. Wm. A. Delahay, Limestone, Mo., and Ben T. Delahay, Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Mrs. C. A. Coutant, Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Dorothy Territo, Fort Worth; a sister, Miss Jane Delahay, Baltimore, Md., and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were B. F. Wright, Gordon Collins, Emmett Dosser, Homer Humphries, A. P. Fletcher, and Will Roy.

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Timothy Clifton Collums
Mar 16, 1956 - July 14, 1985
A1C US Air Force - Vietnam

Timothy C. Collums

Timothy Clifton Collums, 29, of Corsicana, died Sunday of injuries suffered in a traffic accident in Chatfield.
Graveside service was 10 a.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. David Hale officiating. Arrangements were with Corley Funeral Home.

A native of Silver City, N.M., he lived in Corsicana two years where he worked as a welder. He had served in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Collums of Corsicana; two daughters, Shauna and Cherisa, and a son, Brandon, all of Corsicana; his mother, Mrs. Tom Farmer of Kemp; and a sister, Walitta Collums of Kemp.

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Willie Lee (Vandergriff) Thomas
Jan 24, 1908 - Jan 11, 1949

MRS. H.J. THOMAS DIES ON TUESDAY; RITES WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Lee Thomas, 40, Pickett community, who died in the P. and S. hospital Tuesday morning from burns received November 23, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites wer conducted by Rev. W.T. Allmon, Baptist minister of Hubbard.

Mrs. Thomas was critically burned at her home when her dress became ignited while sweeping the front of a wood stove, it was reported.

Surviving are her husband, H.J. Thomas; a son, Raymond H. Thomas; two daughters, Mrs. Billie Dean York and Mrs. Roberta Miles; two sisters, Mrs. Lelia Martin and Mrs. Eddie Donaho, and two grandchildren, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Pete McCain, Colen Thomas, Joe Thomas, Chas. Aston, B.J. Parrish and Eddie Donaho.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Jan 14, 1949
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Walter Felix Tumlinson
Nov 11, 1894 – Nov 4, 1969


W.T. Tumlinson Rites Tuesday

W. T. Tumlinson, 74, died Tuesday evening in Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of World War I.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate and interment will be in Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son Chester of Corsicana; a daughter Mrs. Opal Brown of Corsicana; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Evelyn Brewer Mason
Oct 14, 1930 – Oct 9, 2005

CRESSON — Evelyn Brewer Mason, 74, a retired dental assistant, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at a Granbury care center. Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Granbury, where she was a member. Burial: 2 p.m. Friday in Frost Cemetery in Frost. Viewing and visitation: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Mrs. Mason was born in Dallas. She graduated from Pasadena High School in Pasadena. She lived for 30 years in Fort Worth. For nine years, she lived with her daughter in Cresson. She last resided at Granbury Care Center in Granbury. She was a beloved mother, full of love for her family and her Lord Jesus Christ. Survivors: Daughter, Letitia Mason Morton and husband, Gary Don Morton, of Cresson; granddaughters, Christina Ann Morton Dooley of Corinth, Angelia Dawn Morton Alexander of Burleson, Kimberly Morton Brumley of Cresson and Jennifer Lee Morton of Granbury; and great-granddaughters, Astyn Love Alexander, Avery Taylor Alexander, Hannah Katherine Dooley and Allison Celeste Brumley. Guardian Funeral Home 5704 James Ave., (817) 293-8477

Notes:

  • Fort Worth Star Telegram – Oct 12, 2005
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Taylor Fagala
Aug 11, 1904 - July 31, 1975

William Fagala
Services are set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for William Fagala of Corsicana, 70, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. David Hale will officiate, and burial will be in Younger Cemetery.
A former water superintendent of San Juan, Texas, he was a member of North Side Baptist Church.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Vera Fagala of Corsicana; four sons, Gene Fagala of Mission, Dwain Fagala of McAllen, Jessie Cohagen of Fort Worth, and Billy Cohagen of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be William Bolen, J.T. Magness, Marvin White, Joe Hambrick, Joe Nelson, and Ed Formby.

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William T. Hayes
Apr 25, 1876 – Jan 16, 1927


Dawson Man Died And Buried There

W.T. Hays, who lived several miles east of town died Saturday and was buried Sunday afternoon in Younger cemetery. We understand Mr. Hays is survived by his wife and several children – Dawson Herald

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Jan 25, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Cecil Franklin Newman
July 21, 1908 – Mar 16, 1972

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Cecil Newman, 63, a farmer and resident of Rice for 40 years. The Rev. Randall McCollum and the Rev. Ode Meaders will officiate. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Al Shelton, Carroll Barton, Nolen Dockery, Floyd Brewer, Ott Loper and Oran Gilbert.

He is survived by his widow, his mother, Mrs. L.H. Reeder of Addington, Okla.; three brothers, George L. Newman of Hawkins, Ed Newman of Westchester, Penn., and Howard Reeder of Savannah, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Louis Hutchins of Waurika, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.

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Cecil Newman
Funeral services for Cecil Newman, 63, Rice farmer, were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Randall McCollum and the Rev. Ode Meaders officiated.
Burial was in the Rice Cemetery.
Surviving are his widow, his mother, three brothers, a sister and several nieces and nephews.

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Beatrice (Bolen) York
Dec 19, 1887 – Nov 6, 1969

Mrs. B. York Services Set

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel for Mrs. Beatrice York, 81, a native of Pursley and life-long resident of Navarro County, who died Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Wylie A. Hardin will officiate, assisted by the Rev. C.O. Rhyne. Burial will be in the Old Pursley Cemetery.

Mrs. York, who has resided in Corsicana for the past 14 years was a member of the Pursley Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, W.B. York, of Amarillo and T. L. York of Katy; one daughter, Mrs. Ora Anderson of Corsicana; six grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. D. T. Ray of Powell; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Bob Bolen, W. M. Bolen, L. C. Cook, Wallace Pryor, Bacil Herod and C. R. Clemons.

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Russell R. Burleson
Oct 4, 1915 - Apr 18, 1974

R.R. Burleson

STREETMAN - Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Streetman for Russell R. Burleson, 58, resident of Streetman, who died Thursday. Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

He was a native of Navarro County and a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include two brothers, Joe Burleson of Corsicana and Otis Burleson of Alabama; three sisters, Mrs. Myrtis Moore of Corsicana, Mrs. Julia Carroll of Graham and Mrs. Margaret Orchid of Denver, Colo.

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Emma Elizabeth (Wylie) Hargrove
July 25, 1872 - Oct 5, 1960

Mrs. Hargrove Rites Thursday

Mrs. Emma Elizabeth Hargrove, 88, formerly of Brushie Prairie and Frost, resident of the Twilight Home, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon. She was a native of Arkansas.
Funeral services were here Thursday at 3 p. m. from the First Methodist church in Frost.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Harold Thompson, pastor. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are a son. A. W. Hargrove, Corsicana; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Grandsons and nephews were pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Robert Wilkins "Bob" Morgan
Jan 28, 1873 - Jan 11, 1927

Former Frost Man Dies in New Mexico

Frost, Texas. Jan. 13. - The funeral service of Mr. Bob Morgan of Las Cruses, New Mexico, will be held here Friday afternoon, Jan. 14th at the Baptist church. Mr. Morgan died Jan. 11th at his home. He was raised in Frost community and lived here until 1918. He leaves a wife, two brothers and three sisters to mourn his death.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Friday, Jan 14, 1927
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o William James Morgan and Ophelia Caroline (Harper) Morgan - h/o Lucy Morgan
  • Frost Cemetery

Mary Estelle (Martin) Beaumont
Mar 15, 1847 – Jan 19, 1916

RECEIVED SAD MESSAGE

Sister of Mr. J. H. Martin Passes Away in Austin

From Wednesday’s Daily.

Mr. J. H. Martin received the sad news this morning that his sister, Mrs. Mary E. Beaumont, widow of the late Dr. Nathan Beaumont of Austin, had died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lacy at Austin. Mrs. Beaumont was seventy years of age at the time of her death and was a resident of Corsicana many years ago, her husband, Dr. Nathan Beaumont, having at one time been engaged in the practice of medicine in Corsicana with Dr. W. J. W. Kerr, some thirty years or more ago. The Beaumont home at that time was at the corner of Fourth avenue and Thirteenth street, where what was known as the Old Cedar Hall stood. For the past few years the deceased lady had been in somewhat impaired health as the result of old age and when taken sick several days ago with an attack of lagrippe, it soon caused her death.

Mrs. Beaumont was a native of Mississippi, and in the early days had many exciting experiences with Union soldiers, who on several occasions, overrun her home in Macon, Miss., and confiscated much property. On one occasion her home was being raided by soldiers, who forced their way into the parlor where she was playing on the piano and demanded that she play a Union song. She refused to do so and started up on “Dixie. Out of resentment for this action some of the soldiers cursed her and ran the lady and her family away from home. From Macon she came to Texas where she has lived since. She was a scholar in French and English and leaves many friends in the state among who are many old residents of Corsicana, who will be grieved to learn of her death. In addition to her immediate family she leaves, besides her brother, Mr. J. H. Martin of this city, two sisters, Mrs. Lollie Ross of Center, Texas, and Miss Lizzie Martin of Fort Worth.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light – Friday, Jan 21, 1916
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ella (Denton) King
May 18, 1882 – Dec 21, 1930

MRS. ELLA KING SHOT TO DEATH; HUSBAND INJURED

TRAGEDY OCCURRED SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN FAMILY HOME HERE

Mrs. Ella King, 58, is dead from gunshot wounds said to have been inflicted by her husband, T. J. King, at their home, 808 South Twentieth street, late Sunday afternoon, and Mr. King is in the Navarro County Hospital, suffering from self-inflicted wounds about the head and neck, as a result of a difficulty at the home.

Mrs. King was reported to have received one pistol wound from a .38 calibre Harrington & Richardson pistol the bullet having entered the right hip and ranging upward, penetrating almost through the body. She died almost instantly.

According to information received by persons who were at the scene of the tragedy shortly after it occurred, the husband attempted to take his own life with a knife whetstone, and later with a flat iron. He later was taken to the Navarro County Hospital and was reported resting well Monday morning.

Funeral services for Mrs. King will be held from the chapel of the Corley-McMahon Funeral HOme Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Constable J. J. Howard, Justice of the Peace S.B. Jordan, W. W. Harris, assistant county attorney, and Deputy Sheriff J. M. Westbrook started an investigation of the affair Sunday afternoon and it was continued Monday.

According to testimony secured at the investigation Monday morning before Judge Jordan, no previous difficulties had come to the attention of neighbors.

Father and Son Struggle

L. E. Dugger, a neighbor, arrived at the house a short time after the shooting. Whit King, a son of T. J. King had disarmed his father. Whit King had gone over to his father’s residence to shave him and the shooting occurred about the time that he arrived.

The house showed that a terrific struggle ensued between the two men, the younger finally getting his father’s weapon from him and getting him out into the yard by the time that Dugger and others arrived.

Dugger stated that the elder King begged, “Turn me loose, let me finish the job.” Alvin Copeland also testified that the wounded man asked to be allowed to return to the house.

Later, after a physician had administered first aid to his wounded head, Mr. King was reported to have attempted to end his life with a flat iron, suddenly leaping from a chair, grabbing the weapon and raising it above his head with both hands, but persons in the room grabbed him and prevented the attempted injuring of himself.

Surviving Mrs. King are one daughter, Mrs. Hall Womack, Alto, Texas; one step-son, Whit King, Corsicana; three step-daughters, Mrs. Sadie Ramsey, Houston; Mrs. Clyde Williams, Thompsonville, and Mrs. Dazie Randall, Appleby, Texas.

The attending physician and others were of the opinion that the man was temporarily insane. He had worked for the Magnolia company at the local refinery for many years, and was drawing a pension. He had been in ill health for several years.

Corsicana Daily Sun – Monday, Dec 22, 1930
Submitted by Karen Rost

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. KING ARE HELD ON TUESDAY

Funeral service for Mrs. Ella King, 58, who died at her home, 808 South Twentieth street, Sunday afternoon from gunshot wounds, said to have been infliced by her husband, T. J. King, who is in the county hospital suffering from self-inflicted wounds, were held from the chapel of the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.

She had resided in Corsicana for a number of years.

County officials instituted an investigation of the affair Sunday afternoon and Monday, and will continue the investigation Wednesday, it was stated in official circles. No charges have been filed and no coroner’s verdict has been rendered.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Hall Womack, Alto, Texas; one step-son, Whit King, Corsicana; and three step-daughters, Mrs. Sadie Ramsey, Houston; Mrs. Clyde Williams, Thompsonville; and Mrs. Dazie Randall, Appleby.

Pallbearers were: W. B. Baker, O. L. Roland, Jim McCleary, Sam Spikes, Roy Martin and Halbert Bryant.

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AGED MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SLAYING OF WIFE

LUNACY TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR T. J. KING FRIDAY AFTERNOON

T. J. King about 70, was named in lunacy proceedings filed in the county court Saturday morning and was scheduled to be tried Saturday.

King was named in a formal complaint filed Friday in Judge S. B. Jordan’s court charging alleged murder in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife, Mrs. Ella King, 58, Sunday, Dec. 21, at the King home. Judge Jordan stated that he would transcript the murder case to the district court where it would be acted upon by the January term grand jury.

Mrs. King died almost instantly from gunshot wounds and Mr. King has been in the Navarro county hospital since that time, said to be insane, and also suffering from self-inflicted wounds with a whetstone, knife and flat-iron.

Attending physicians state that King’s condition has not shown much improvement.

Neighbors testified at a hearing conducted following the tragedy that they had never known of any previous difficulties the couple might have had and that they had not noticed Mr. King acting strangely. Members of the family were of the opinion that the shooting was done in a moment of temporary insanity.

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Roy Barnett Leslie
Jan 20, 1891 – Dec 27, 1922

Died in Marlin; Funeral to Be Here

Roy Leslie, aged 30 years, of El Paso, died at 4:30 this morning at Marlin where he had been for some time for treatment. The remains will be shipped here for burial and the funeral service will be held from the home of his sister Mrs. Walter Douglas on West Fourth avenue Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock and will be conducted by Rev. J. Walter Simpson, pastor of the United Presbyterian church.

The deceased is survived by his wife and three small children, four sisters, Mrs. Walter Douglas of Corsicana, Mrs. C. M. Kitchell of El Paso, Mrs. Ralph Greeson, Mrs. E. E. Wells of Little Rock, Arkansas and one brother Ralph Leslie of Cisco.

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Funeral Today.

Funeral services for Roy Leslie who died at Marlin Wednesday morning were held this afternoon at 3 o’clock from the home of his sister, Mrs. Walter Douglas on West Fourth avenue and was conducted by Rev. J. W. Simpson, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Dec 28, 1922
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Emma Lucille (Hanna) Leslie married Aug. 24, 1914; s/o Randolph B. Leslie & Mary Jane (McQuiston) Leslie

Minnie Alyne (McCullough) Jackson
Oct 9, 1907 – Nov 5, 1969

Jackson Rites

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel for Mrs. E. J. (Alyne) Jackson, life-long resident of Navarro County, who died Wednesday morning at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Robert Potts will officiate, and interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Jackson is survived by her husband and a son, Charlie of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. E. P. Sparks of Dallas; and a brother, C. B. McCullough of Pasadena.

Pallbearers will include Bob McGlasson, Leroy Bonner, George Lonon, Tucker Hardgraves, Herchel Stephens, Bill Turner, Jerry Mims and Martin Rhea.

The grocerymen of Corsicana will be honorary pallbearers.

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Eunice Clinton (Johnson) Austin
Feb 9, 1895 – Oct 16, 1975

Mrs. Austin

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Eunice Clinton Austin, 80, resident of Mexia, who died Thursday in Dallas.

Rev. Billy Lucas will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

She was a native of Navarro County, resident of Mexia 41 years, and a retired telephone operator for Southwestern Bell. She was also a member of First Methodist Church.

Survivors include four sons, William Bryant Austin of Dallas, Alvin Austin of Almagordo, N.M., H. L. Austin of Orange, and Wade Austin of Cleveland, Tenn.; a daughter, Mrs. Morgan Lowe of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Verlinda (Cocke) Gill
Dec 28, 1885 - Oct 6, 1975

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Verlinda Cocke Gill, 89, resident of Corsicana, who died Monday in Twilight Home.

The Rev. James Sigler was to officiate, with burial following at Oakwood cemetery.

She was a native of Louisiana, lived in Scotland and England for 40 years, and was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Survivors include a brother, Henry Cocke of Alexandria, La.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. R.R. Cocke Jr. of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include Ed M. Polk, Gerald McClung, L.A. Johnson Jr., Bob Corley, William V. Mowlam, and Shaden Conner.

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Dora Irene (Atkinson) Bonner
June 1, 1895 – Oct 15, 1975

Mrs. Bonner

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Dora Irene Bonner, 82, resident of Fort Worth, who died Wednesday.

Rev. Randall Goff will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Canady of Amarillo, Mrs. Dan Lively of Crane, and Mrs. Paul Freeman of Dallas, and Mrs. T. F. YOung III of Fairfield, and other relatives.

Pallbearers include T. F. Young III, Jimmy Orand, Hillary Grounds, Roy Casey Jr., Bradford Hayden, and Ashley Sanders.

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Brenda Dianne (Skaggs) Jaynes
Mar 30, 1971 – Feb 18, 2012

Brenda Dianne Jaynes, age 40, of Italy, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at her home from a long battle with cancer.

She was born March 30, 1971 to Paul David and Barbara (Henley) Skaggs in Antlers, Okla. She married Carl Jaynes on Dec. 29, 1996 in San Leon, Texas. Dianne was a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Paul David Skaggs.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Jaynes; three sons, Michael Mitchell and his wife Amanda, Carl Jaynes Jr., and Volley Jaynes II; granddaughters, Brianna and Haley; her mother Barbara Morphew of Corsicana; brothers, Justin Skaggs of Roscoe, Ill., Michael Skaggs of Troy, Ala. and Donnie Morphew of Corsicana; sisters, Lisa Maxell of Waldron, Ark., Regina and Ashley Morphew of Corsicana; father-in-law, Jeff Jaynes of Italy and mother-in–law, Faye Flores and her husband Alex of Frost.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at the Frost United Methodist Church with Pastor Leah Hidde-Gregory officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers will be Mike Morphew, Donnie Morphew, Timothy Maxell, Jimmy Maxell, Chris Rowe and Johnny Smithwick.

Honorary pallbearer will be Larry Jackson.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel, Italy.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun – Feb 20, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mary (Mace) Rutherford
Aug 19, 1863 - May 14, 1917

In Memory of Mrs. Rutherford

On May 14th, tho people of our community wore made sad when they heard that Mrs. J. A. Rutherford's life had ceased here.

Mrs. Rutherford had been a patient sufferer for some time and all that loving hands and medical attention could do was done. She had submitted to an operation, but she failed to have vitality enough to stand the shock.

Our community has lost a good woman, one who did not want to be conspicuous, but who was willing to do anything to help a neighbor or to help In any way she could for the good of her community, She was a loving wife, a devoted mother, a sweet and wholesome example of consecrated domestic living.

She was fifty-four years old, had been married thirty-four years and was a member of the Christian church twenty-seven years. She was laid to rest in the Chatfield cemetery after services held in the church at Tupelo by Rev. B. E. Kimbrow. She leaves a loving husband, eight devoted children besides numerous friends to mourn her sad departure. May the God of comfort be the stay of the bereaved family and may they like she, ever trust in Jesus.

A FRIEND.

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Dorothy Marie (McCullar) Walston
May 3, 1920 – Nov 5, 2010

Dorothy Marie McCullar Walston, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.

Dorothy was the second of 10 children born to David G. and Willie L. McCullar, Dorothy was born May 3, 1920, in Kiowa, Okla.

Dorothy's life spanned from horse and wagon days, to jet travel. She lived in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Texas. Dorothy married G. G. Walston on Jan.19, 1936, and together they raised five children. Dorothy was a hard worker. In the early years of her marriage she helped with all the farm chores. She loved gardening — raising fruits and vegetables and especially beautiful flowers. She was also a wonderful cook. Dorothy's greatest love was her Lord Jesus Christ. She loved sharing her faith and talking about the latest scripture God had given her. She taught children's and adult Sunday School classes and visited shut-ins for many years. Music was a big part of her life and she could be heard singing a gospel song as she did her daily chores. Dorothy was a great mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and life teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

Survivors include her daughters, Jeannie James and husband Rene of Mineral Wells, JoAnn Colburn and husband Gary of Corsicana, and Linda Clark of Corsicana; sons, Harris “Pete” Walston and wife Vivian of Brenham, and Marvin Walston and wife Sharon of Orange; sisters, Audrey McCullough of Whittier, Calif., Opal Jones of Lubbock, Flora Jean Roe of Oklahoma City, Okla., Laura Pullium of McAlester, Okla., and Betty Juranek of Fairfield, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; she is also survived by numerous neices, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.

The family would like to thank Heritage Oaks caregivers and Mercy Hospice for excellent care.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Carolyn Elaine (Cox) Eisenman
Mar 22, 1948 – Nov 3, 2010

Carolyn Elaine Eisenman, 62, of Corsicana, lost her heroic battle with cancer and passed away at home on Nov. 3, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.

Elaine was born on March 22, 1948, to Eugene P. and Ruth Ann (Walters) Cox. Elaine loved to serve others through her joy of cooking and was most happy when surrounded by family and friends.

Survivors include her loving husband of 45 years Johnny D. Eisenman; daughters, Tammy Rice and husband Marty of Coppell, and Brandy Brucker and husband A.J. of Corsicana; sister, Mary Cox; grandchildren, Jake Rice and wife Michelle, Sara Rice, Kaley Washington, Tatyana Gasaway and Trip "Noodle" Brucker.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2010, at Faith Lutheran Church in Corsicana, with Pastor Eloy Gonzales officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by LocalCremation.com.

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Michael Ian Long
Sept 7, 1942 – Dec 4, 2010
 

Michael Ian Long, 68, of Sugar Land, Texas passed away on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in Sugar Land. He was born on September 7, 1942, in Corsicana.

Mr. Long was preceded in death by a son, Michael Long Jr.; father, William H. Long; sister, Cleta Jo Long; and also by his mother, Eula Mae (Jude) Long.

Survivors include daughters, Sherry Wallace of Branson, Mo. and Rhonda Lewis of Harrison, Ark.; grandchildren; one great grandson; brother, Larry Long of Sugar Land; sisters, Sharon Scheible of Cypress, Cleta Jo Long, and Pam Pritchett and husband Don of Houston; he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Stella (Richardson) Massey
Dec 27, 1920 – Sept 17, 2010

Stella Massey, 89, of Corsicana passed away Sept. 17, 2010.

She was born Dec. 27, 1920, in Richland to Eli and Cordie Richardson. She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ, and she was the hospital administrator at Mexia Hospital for many years.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gene Massey.

Survivors include her children, Glenn W. Massey of Oklahoma City, Ray H. Massey of Arlington, Ann Massey of Corsicana, and Kay Garrett of College Station; she is also survived by seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ronnie Joe Bonner, Sr.
July 10, 1947 – Aug 21, 2010
 

Ronnie Joe Bonner, Sr., passed away Aug. 21, 2010, at home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on July 10, 1947, in Corsicana to Lonnie and Velma Bonner.

Ronnie was a Vietnam Veteran, and a local plumber in Corsicana for many years.

He is preceded in death by his wife Lillian Ann Bonner; father and step mother, Lonnie and Betty Bonner; mother, Velma Chapman; brother, Johnnie Bonner ; and his sister, Betty Jean Sumner.

Survivors include his mother-in-law Jeanette Dechume; daughters, Wendy McCain and husband Allen of Corsicana, Jackie Stanbery and husband Johnny of Quinlan; son, Ronnie Joe Bonner Jr. of Dallas; brothers, Donnie Bonner and wife Darla, Thomas Bonner and wife Paula Gentry all of Corsicana; sisters, Shirley Cumbus and husband Tommy of Hutto, Barbara Bonner and husband Dane Christian of Waco, Debbie Mooneyhan and husband Mark and Mary Parr and husband Larry all of Corsicana; grandchildren Tessa, Kara and Ashleigh McCain, Stephanie Tixton all of Corsicana, Alexis Bonner of Red Oak, Stephen Inghan of Quinlan; great grandchildren, Maddie Lynn Zuniga, Landen Lee Aguilar of Corsicana; and he is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Louis Palos officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Roger Singleton Kirk
Sept 5, 1913 – Aug 31, 2010
 

Roger Singleton Kirk, 96, died peacefully August 31, 2010, at Heritage Oaks West after being there less than 24 hours. Roger was born on September 5, 1913, to Ossey Oler Bigherty Kirk and Ella Bella Moore Kirk on their farm in Raleigh. He moved to the Pursley community at the age of 6. He married Billie Gunn Kirk on April 11, 1941, and they remained married for 65 years until her death in April 2006. They farmed and ranched in the Pursley community before moving to Corsicana in 2000. In the 1940's Roger was an avid baseball player playing position as a catcher for the Pursley community baseball team. He retired from the Navarro County Precinct 3 as a equipment operator and bridge builder, and later worked in maintenance and was a school bus driver for the Dawson ISD. In his retirement years, he loved the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, playing dominos and cooking.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife Billie Gunn Kirk, brothers Harvey Kirk and Allie Kirk, and nephew Albert Lee Kirk of Cayuga.

He is survived by one brother, Chester Kirk of Cayuga; sister-in-law Wanda Brown of Corsicana; nephews Dennis Brown, David Brown and his wife Linda; nephew Jimmy Kirk of Alabama; nieces Dianne Compton and husband Bobby, and Donna Lough and husband Terry, all of Corsicana; as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to the Family First Hospice of Ennis nurses, aides, and counselors, Dr. Kent Rogers, and Navarro Regional Hospital nurses, aides and caseworkers for making Roger's remaining days as comfortable as possible. The family would also like to thank Nancy Weems for her special attention and care as his neighbor.

Visitaiton will be Thursday 3 to 5pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Russell Haffner officiating.

Pallbearers will be David Brown, Dennis Brown, Bobby Compton, Jo Bob Compton, Charles Alford and Terry Lough.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Roger Kirk to Family First Hospice of Ennis 109 S. W. Main Ennis , TX 75119 or Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, 1881 Pin Oak Ln., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lois Faye (Nichols) Coker 
Sep 6, 1923 – Aug 13, 2010

Lois Faye Coker, “Mammaw,” our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 , at the age of 86 years.

She was born on Sept. 6, 1923, to Arthur and Rosie Nichols in Angus. Lois was raised in Navarro County and was retired from Texas Miller Products and earlier in life worked at Wolf Brand Chili and Collin Street Bakery, where her co-workers were her extended family. She was a member of Calvary Worship Center in Corsicana. Lois loved her brothers and sisters in Christ and really enjoyed serving them and with them. Her delight in life was seeing that someone else’s needs were met. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren, and really enjoyed spending time with them.

Lois is survived by her husband, Norvil Coker of Corsicana; sons, Earl Coker and his wife Cecelia of San Angelo, and Johnny Coker and his wife Pat of Keller; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren; three sisters, Eula Petty of Corsicana, Luda Andrews of Corsicana, and Ruth Holloway of Corsicana; and a brother, Lloyd Nichols of Waxahachie. She is also survived by her caregivers, Jimmy D. Coker of Navarro, Karen Tate of Corsicana, and Val Vent of Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Donald Wayne McDaniel
Aug 4, 1943 - Oct 9, 2010

Donald Wayne McDaniel, 67, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010.

He was born Aug. 4, 1943, in Corsicana to Percy and Winona McDaniel. He served 21 years with the Corsicana Fire Department and retired from Texas Department of Corrections after 15 years.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Prince McDaniel of Corsicana; mother, Winona McDaniel of Corsicana; children, Denise McDaniel Pippin of Plano, Ryan McDaniel of Corsicana, Ed and Annette Straubing of Corsicana, and Lisa Straubing of Telequah, Okla.; brother, David McDaniel and wife Eletha of Corsicana; sisters, Pam Wright and husband James of Austin, and Debbie King and husband Ray of Grandberry; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Todd Peavy officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dusty Ledbetter, Kelly Page, Kevin Farmer, Joe E. McClure, Ricki Crenshaw, Gerald Whitehead, Ronnie Morgan and Jerry Smithey.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Kate Laverne (Nichols) Purifoy
Aug 16, 1924 – Sept 30, 2010

Katy Laverne Purifoy, 86, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Corsicana to Viola and Ed Nichols. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Horace Melton; and three sisters and a brother.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Marshall Durwood Purifoy; daughters, Trina Jeffers and fiancé Mark Kelly, Susan Stover and husband Eben Dale, Marsha Ward and husband Danny; son, Marshall Purifoy and wife Denise; daughter-in-law, Jimmie Melton; grandchildren, Eric Melton, Tashya Bounds and husband Jasin, Colby Stover, Brittnay Purifoy, Ashlea Jeffers, Jason Ward, Kyle Ward, Courtney Purifoy, Sonni Rose and Jonathan Rose; three great-grandchildren; she is also survived by her sister, Sybil Mason.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Benny Horn officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sandra Kay (Elder) Walters
Feb 7, 1952 – Oct 29, 2010

Sandra Kay (Elder) Walters, 58, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Oct. 29, 2010, at a Corsicana hospital.

Sandra was born Feb. 7, 1952, in Bakersfield, Calif., one of 11 children of Edgar and Gracie (Majors) Elder. She moved to Texas at an early age and lived most of her life in and around Corsicana, although she did live for short periods in Carrollton and in California. Sandra married Steve Walters on Nov. 2, 1990. She worked in retail sales and was known in her family for her penchant for cleaning.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Steve Walters of Corsicana; two daughters, Misty Swanson and husband Robert Booher of Bakersfield, Calif., and Casey Taylor and husband Willie of Corsicana; twin brother, Billy Elder of Corsicana; four sisters, Ronnie Gomez and husband Jessie of Corsicana, Beverly Strange of Lake Dallas, Jean Ott of Bakersfield, Calif., and Jo Taber of Burleson; five grandchildren, Michael Booher, Steven Swanson, Gracie Taylor, Trinyti Taylor, and Willie Taylor; she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held an hour before the services on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the gravesite.

Graveside services will begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Baron Harris officiating.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Odie Morris Pritchett
Oct 3, 1924 – June 14, 1945

Wednesday Rites For Cpl. Odie Pritchett

Funeral rites for Cpl. Odie M. Pritchett, 20, accidentally killed in a truck mishap in Hawaii June 14, 1945, will be held from the Eureka Methodist church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Burial will be conducted by Rev. Marvin Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church here, and Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church. The family formerly resided in Eureka and the soldier was a member of the Eureka Methodist church.

Valedictorian of the 1942 Mildred High school graduating class, Cpl. Pritchett also participated in athletics.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ocie M. Pritchett, Corsicana; two brothers, Ocie M. and Robert Ray Pritchett, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Howard Peterson, Juskogee, Okla., and Miss Linda Faye Pritchett, Corsicana; grandmother, Mrs. J. S. Petty, Eureka, and other relatives.

Cpl. Pritchett’s body was returned to the States on the transport Honda Knot that docked recently at San Francisco.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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EUREKA RITES HELD WEDNESDAY AT 3 P.M. FOR ODIE PRITCHETT

Funeral services for Odie Morris Pritchett, 20, corporal in the U. S. army, accidentally killed in Hawaii June 14, 1945, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Eureka Methodist church, Burial was in the family plot in the Eureka cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin Bledsoe, pastor of Central Methodist church, and Rev. Peyton Goodman pastor of the Eureka Methodist church, of which Cpl. Pritchett was a member.

Pritchett was killed in a truck mishap. His body arrived at San Francisco earlier in the month on the U. S. transport Honda Knot.

Valedictorian of the 1942 graduating class at Mildred High school, Pritchett also participated in athletics and other school activities. He was reared at Eureka. The family moved to Corsicana after he entered the armed forces.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ocie M. Pritchett, Corsicana; two brothers, Ocie M. and Robert Ray Pritchett, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Howard Peterson, Muskogee, Okla., and Linda Faye Pritchett, Corsicana; grandmother, Mrs. J. S. Petty, Eureka, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Wm. R. Bonner, David Burnett, Willie Hodge, James Doolin, Harold Garland and George Estes.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Billie Lorene (Ewing) Vasquez
June 6, 1937 – Jan 25, 2010


Billie L. Vasquez, 72, passed away January 25, 2010.
She is survived by husband Juan Vasquez, daughters, Ramona McAninch, Cathy Olson, Debbie Schield, and Peggy Reichelderfer. Also survived by nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren and brother Leroy Ewing.
There will be memorial service at South Park Funeral Home, 1310 N. Main St., Pearland, Texas on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 3:00PM to celebrate her life.

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  • Pearland Journal – Jan 25, 2010

Zama Adell (Phillips) Griffin
Feb 2, 1917 – Apr 14, 2009

Griffin, Zama Adell 92, of Dallas passed away on April 14, 2009 in DeSoto. She was born in Corsicana on February 2, 1917 to Jim Phillips and Lena Brown Phillips. Zama retired from the City of Dallas Water Department after 21 years in 1987. Graveside Service will be held on April 18, 2009 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Fred Griffin and a son Arthur Fred Griffin Jr. She is survived by one son Fred Griffin of Dallas. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. 903-874-4774

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  • Dallas Morning News – Apr 17, 2009

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