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James Saylor
Sept 30, 1950 - Apr 8, 2012

James Saylor, 61 of Richland, passed away April 8, 2012. He was born Sept. 30, 1950 in Buffalo, NY. No services are scheduled at this time.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wanda Jean (Humphrey) Smith
Feb 10, 1949 - Mar 31, 2012

Wanda Jean Humphrey Smith went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 31, 2012. She passed away at the Green Oaks Nursing Home in Arlington.
She was born Feb. 10, 1949 in Corsicana to the parentage of Joseph and Mary Humphrey.

Wanda Jean Humphrey Smith was a graduate from the G. W. Jackson High School Class of 1967 in Corsicana. She graduated from Navarro College with a nursing degree as an L.V.N. She was well known in her field. She worked for 25 years in Corsicana at many nursing homes.

She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Smith Jr.; her parents, Joseph and Mary Humphrey; and her three sisters, Josephine Humphrey Lewis, Annette Phillips, and Mary Delores Mosley.

She leaves to cherish her memories five daughters, Robin Marie Stewart
(Johnny) of Waxahachie, Lois Lynn Cotlage (Richard) and Della Mae Reagor, all of Plano, Jacqueline Pyburn Bibles (Keithon) of Waxahachie, and Nicole Elizabeth Connors (Robert) of Arlington. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; Robert Webster, Laquisha Reagor, Christopher Reagor, Sharonda Sanders, Micah Conners, Zechariah Conners, Bethany Conners, Judaea Pyburn; one sister, Carrie Elson (Ron) of California; two brothers, Robert Lee Humphrey (Ella) of Corsicana, and Bobby Joe Humphrey of Washington state, and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family.

Two Memorial services will be held for her beloved family and friends.

The first memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7,
2012 at the G.I.F.T. Church, at 300 Expedition Drive, Fort Worth, Texas.

The second memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Temple of Divine Deliverance Church, 310 N. Fifth St., Corsicana.

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Yvonne (Estes) George
Apr 17, 1927 - Apr 2, 2012

Yvonne “Little-one” George, age 85, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 at Trisun Care Center. She was born April 17, 1927 to Anna Ellen and Lowell Estes in Corsicana. She was the granddaughter of Genevieve and H. G.
Johnston and John and Mattie Estes.

Yvonne was a graduate of Hockaday Junior College, Class of 1946, and attended the University of Texas in Austin. She was an avid lover of horses and the game of bridge. She also loved sailing and was good at it.

Yvonne married Gordon George in 1948 and during their 64 years together, their lives took them to live in many states and Puerto Rico.

She is survived by her husband, Gordon; daughters, Ann Ellen Smith of Mesquite and Catherine Kutz of Sand Point, Idaho; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Yvonne will be remembered by many friends in Corsicana as a regular and avid bridge player.

Yvonne will be cremated and no services are planned.

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Jean Corley-Owen
May 31, 1928 - Apr 3, 2012
 

Jean Corley Owen, wife, mother and teacher passed away April 3, 2012.
She was born May 31, 1928. She led a full and happy life; enjoying sewing, painting, reading, playing bridge and the fellowship of her many friends.

She attended East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce where she met W. L. Corley. They married in 1947. Their first teaching job was in Kerens. From there they moved to Hunt County and later to Fannin County where she resumed her teaching career earning her Masters Degree from East Texas State University. Living in Trenton, she taught in Blue Ridge, Savoy and Bailey. She had the privilege of teaching at Grayson County College the first year it was established. She taught in Terrell when the family moved there and they moved to Dawson, she taught in Frost, worked as supervisor in country schools and at Bowie Elementary in Corsicana. After Mr. Corley's retirement they moved to Star Harbor on Cedar Creek Lake. She retired from Malakoff School system in 1984. After retirement she resumed her hobby of oil painting. She taught classes at her studio in Star Harbor and at the Art Gallery in Corsicana. She worked on Cunard Princess Cruise Ship on several voyages teaching pastel classes. Mr. Corley died in 1997 ending a 50 year marriage. In 2000 she married G.P. Owen. Mr Owen preceded in her in death in 2004. She was active in the Baptist Church in each community where she lived. She taught Sunday School classes including 20 years as teacher of a couples class at the First Baptist Church of Malakoff. She moved to Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in 2005. At the time of her death she was a member of Northside Baptist Church of Corsicana.

She is survived by Michael Corley and wife Marcheita of Greenville, Robert Corley and wife Doris of Corsicana and Susan Corley Brown and husband Eddie of Sherman. Grandchildren include Jennifer Brown Lovett, Jason Brown, John Brown, Geoff Corley, Elise Corley, Zack Corley, Melinda Corley Rothenbach and Cheryl Corley Phillips; great grandchildren, Shelby and Avery Lovett and Aydin and Austin Brown.

The family request that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Building Fund at Northside Baptist Church or the church or charity of your choice.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating.

Burial will be 2:30 p.m. at Brigham Cemetery, Campbell, Texas.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jason Brown, John Brown, Geoffrey Corley, Zachary Corley, Diego Rothenbach and Richard Phillips.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Delma Rae (Carroll) Howard
Jun 18, 1924 - Apr 7, 2012

Delma Rae Carroll Howard, passed away April 7, 2012 in Temple at the age of 87 after a brief illness. She was born June 18, 1924 in Richland and was a resident of Jonesboro, Hamilton County for the past 25 years.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jake Morphew officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Garlton E. "Les" Lester
Dec 1, 1928 - Apr 1, 2012

Mr. Garlton E. “Les” Lester, age 83, of Lorena passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was born on Dec. 1, 1928 in Hood County, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Tommy Joe Brannon
June 11, 1954 - Mar 31, 2012
 

Tommy Joe Brannon went home to be with his Heavenly Father on March 31, 2012 at the age of 57 after a lengthy illness. Joe was born on June 11, 1954 to Burl and Cleo Brannon in Dilly, Texas. Joe had moved back to Corsicana from Temple in the last six months. Prior to that, Corsicana had been his home for many years. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1972. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1972 to 1975 at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents Cleo S. Bailey Brannon and Burl R. Brannon, sister, Barbara Barrett, grandparents, William Wiley and Frances Brannon and Guy and Georgia Bailey.

Joe is survived by his children, sons, William Joseph (B.J.) Brannon and wife Alexandra and Jordan Eric Brannon; daughter, Meghan Carlene Brannon; stepsons, Michel Scott Cox and Justin Phillip Cline; grandchildren, Zoe, Haley and Mya Brannon; brother, Robert Brannon and wife Stella; sisters, Martha Murrell and Suzy Brannon Cleve and husband Bernard; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Joe is also survived by his dear friend and caretaker Debbie Russell Widener.

Joe will forever be remembered by his family and many friends that have known him through his life.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Hamilton-Beemon Cemetery in Retreat with Bro. John Barber officiating.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, Corsicana and Wellington Place in Temple for all the loving care and kindness shown to Joe during his illness.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in honor of Tommy Joe Brannon.

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Alvin Earl Chapman Jr.
Aug 26, 1950 - Apr 4, 2012

Mr. Alvin Earl Chapman, Jr., age 61, of Henderson passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville, Texas. He was born on Aug. 26, 1950 in Corsicana to parents, Lillie and Alvin Earl Chapman, Sr.

He worked as a contractor in several countries.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Earl “Red” Chapman, Sr., and a brother, Michael Chapman.

He is survived by a son, Robert Gray and wife Kimberly of Rice; step-daughters, Julie and Mindy; six grandchildren; mother, Lillie Jean Chapman of Corsicana; brothers, Bobby Chapman and wife Elva of Waxahachie and Tim Chapman and wife Cindy of Henderson; sisters, Delores Martin of Corsicana and Diane Rosa and husband Ben of Malakoff; several aunts and uncles, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beemon Cemetery.

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Henry Brown
July 2, 1928 - Apr 8, 2012

Henry Brown passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born July 2, 1928 in Purdon to Will and Ruth Brown.
He worked as a pressman for the Waco Tribune Herald for 31 years. He will be remembered as a fun loving husband, father and friend. He was an avid fisherman known for his famous fried catfish. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Johnny Brown, sisters Willie Mae Johnson and Mary Tidwell. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Jo, daughters Barbara and Ron Fraze, Peggy and Mark Parker and sons Jackie and Alta Gunn, Neil and Phyllis Gunn, and 16 grandchildren.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Alexander and Rev. Jay Fraze. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beemon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Parker, Ron Fraze, Bobby Griffin, Larry Griffin, Jackie Gunn, Neil Gunn, and Lew Robinson.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Stained-Glass Window fund at First United Methodist Church. The family wishes to express appreciation to Karen, Sheryl, Jackie, Patsy and Brother Otis of Hand in Hand Hospice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dorothy Rose (Miley) Russell
Dec 17, 1925 - Apr 2, 2012

Dorothy Russell passed away at home to be with her Heavenly Father, April 2, 2012 at the age of 80. She was born Dec. 17, 1925 in Port Arthur to C.L. and Mary Miley. She was the owner of Deb's Doll House for 30 years with her sister Bobbie Greer. Her faith and loving heart made her special. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church and enjoyed making Christmas stockings and sewing with her sisters.

She is preceded in death by her husband Jack Russell Jr., twins Ronald Troy Russell and Donald Roy Russell, sisters Catheryn Virginia Conn and Hilda Marie Hardin, grandson Joshua W. Widner.

She is survived by her children, Michael J. Russell and wife Judy of Canyon Lake and Debbie Russell Widener and husband Johnny of Corsicana; grandchildren, Dennis W. Russell, Donna Michelle Mannke and Shane J. Widener; six great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Juanita Conn of Corsicana, Verlie May “Bobbie” Greer of Corsicana; brother Charles Robert Miley and wife Gerry of Longview; numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating.
Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Billy Conn, Ray Hardin, Ricky Byers, Wayne Nelson, James Wright, and Tom Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Building Fund or Music Ministry.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Phyllis Ray (Forsythe) Lane
July 29, 1927 - Apr 1, 2012

Phyllis Ray Lane, resident of Hubbard and formerly of Dawson, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Hubbard at the age of 84. She was born in Beaumont, Texas on July 29, 1927 to Charles Herbert Forsythe and Gussie Perteet Forsythe. Phyllis worked for Gilbert Marketing in Arlington and Adams Hats in Corsicana. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hubbard. Phyllis had a number of hobbies including bottle feeding calves, cooking for her family and friends, and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Charles Forsythe of Mexia, a sister Mildred Bruce Clemmons of Dawson, and her husband in October 2007 Elton Glenn Lane. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Sandy and Jack Reed of Dawson; grandchildren, Craig McEntyre and wife Jessica and Misty McCallie and husband Scott; and great-grandchildren Ashley, Justin, Cody, Conner, and Megan. She is also survived by one sister-in-law Mildred Harris of Mexia and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

The family would like to thank the employees of Oakview Healthcare in Hubbard for the special care they gave Phyllis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ruby Ruth (White) Paul
Jun 24, 1919 - Mar 31, 2012

Ruth Paul, 92, of Kerens passed away Saturday, March 31, 2012 in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman.

Mrs. Paul is survived by her daughter, Wanda Johnston of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Jerry Cordell of Kaufman; five grand-children, Paulette Roundtree of Malakoff, Jana Curry of Port Lavaca, Leanne Day of Kaufman, Melanie Reynolds Kaufman and Sidney Johnston of Irving; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Kerens with Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Caleb Day, Kyle Harris, Dylan Reynolds, Will Kent, Bill Kent.

Memorials may be made the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 216, Kerens, Texas 75144.

Paschal Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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MSGT James Oral Warren Sr.
June 19, 1939 - Apr 3, 2012
 

MSGT James Oral Warren Sr. passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at the age of 72 in Navarro Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.

James Oral Sr. was born June 19, 1939 in Kerens to Square and Mildred Warren. He served in the United States Army for 24 years, and then retired to Kerens, where he owned Chris’s Coffee Shop with his beloved wife, Christine.

He was preceded in death by his wife Christine, his mother Mildred Warren, and brother-in-law Roy Lynn Rose.

He is survived by his six children; Dale Warren, Frances Jennings, James Oral Warren Jr., Sondra Warren, Justin Warren and Gayla Brunson. He is also survived by his father, Square Warren; three brothers, Larry, Randy and Buddy; two sisters, Diane and Racene; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who knew him as “Uncle Charlie” because of his love for harmonica playing.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Paschal’s Funeral Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012 at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Alon Lee Gaines
Apr 15, 1923 - Mar 31, 2012
 

Alon Lee Gaines passed peacefully from this life Saturday, March 31, 2012.

His wonderful life began April 15, 1923 in Eureka, Texas. Alon was the eighth child born to James Oscar and Maggie Mae Gaines. He honorably served with the 552 Anti-Aircraft Division in Europe during World War II and was a member of the Westhill Church of Christ.

Alon was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and two sisters. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty-three years, Lois Hamilton Gaines.

Mr. Gaines is survived by his two devoted daughters; Marsha Owens and husband Jim of Blooming Grove, Donna Drain and husband, Mike of Eureka; four grandchildren, Rusty Owens and wife Lee of Blooming Grove, Mandy Owens of Plano, Zach Drain and wife Courtney of Corsicana and Zip Drain and wife Sarah of Austin. Alon is also survived by four great-grandchildren; Brody and Korri Owens, Ethan and Deylon Drain. Alon and Lois spent many enjoyable years sharing in the activities of their daughters and grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons; Rusty Owens, Zach Drain, Zip Drain, and nephews; Gary Gaines, James Horn, Walter Holmes. Honorary pallbearers
are: James Walter Gaines (nephew), Ralph Putman (lifelong friend), and Charles Mahaffey (552 AAA B Battery/friend).

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 and 1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Prairie Point Cemetery, Bazette, Texas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Travis DeChaume
Nov 27, 1942 - Mar 30, 2012

Travis DeChaume, 69, of Corsicana passed away March 30, 2012. He was born Nov. 27, 1942 in Corsicana to Luke and Lillie DeChaume.

He is survived by his wife, Christie DeChaume of Corsicana; children, Kathy and Eric of Kansas City, Kan., Judy and Steve of Dallas, Jamie and Paul of Corsicana, Naomi of Corsicana, Samantha of Corsicana and Edward of Rice; sisters, Amanda of Mansfield and Donna of Missouri; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Covington, Eric Covington, Joshua Mills, Michael Altman, Eric Fisher, Joseph, Roy Bradford, Edward Chappell, Matthew Goodnoe and James Barina. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Mills and Ronnie Christopher.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lewis Walker Fraley
Nov 27, 1872 – Jan 30, 1958

Lewis W. Fraley Rites Saturday

Lewis W. Fraley, 85, retired farmer, native of Hill county, longtime resident of Navarro county, died at the Twilight Home Thursday night.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church Saturday at 2 p.m. at Purdon with burial in the Younger cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor.

Fraley was reared at Malone and had resided in Navarro county 50 years, making his home at Blooming Grove for a number of years.

Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF. will have charge of the graveside rites and will provide the pallbearers. He had been an Odd Fellow 49 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nora Fraley, Blooming Grove; three sons, Frank Fraley, San Angelo; John Fraley, Purdon, and Peyton Fraley, Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Bettie DeHaven, Medford Ore.; Mrs. Lula Stone, Houston, and Mrs. Halie Darden, Purdon; a sister, Mrs. Lula McDonald, Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Richard "Dick" Lee
Jan 6, 1907 - May 23, 1974

R. Lee

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Richard (Dick) Lee, 67, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Charles Pringle and Rev. Doug Welborn will officiate, with burial to follow at St. Elmo Cemetery.

He was a retired mechanic for Navarro County, a native of Freestone County, and had lived in Corsicana all his life. He was also a member of St. Elmo Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include two brothers, Alton Lee of Farmington, N.M. and Gordon Lee of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. A.V. Neal, Mrs. R.J. Andrews, and Mrs. S.D. Standard all of Corsicana and Mrs. H.C. Goldsmith of Dallas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Dorothy Mae Brown
Dec 3, 1935 - Nov 15, 2009

Dorothy Mae Brown, 73, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in Corsicana.  Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Pattison Cemetery with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Dallie Lavina  (Sheppard)  Gideon
May 19, 1897 - Nov 27, 1983

Mrs. Dallie S. Gideon, 86, of Corsicana, died Sunday morning at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Novemaber 29, at Blooming Grove Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Heydenberk and Rev. Houston C. Sheppard officiating. Burial was at Pattison Cemetery at Emhouse.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna Lois Gideon of Corsicana; a brother, Joe O. Sheppard of Stephenville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Thursday, Dec. 1, 1983

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Thelma (McClendon) Crawford
Jun 22, 1899 - Nov 23, 1983

Thelma M. Crawford, 84, of Blooming Grove died November 23, 1983 at Navarro Memorial Hospital in Corsicana. She was born in Purdon, June 22, 1899.

She was preceded in death by her husband W. A. Crawford in 1968 and one son Jim Crawford in 1963.

Survivors include one son, Mack Crawford of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Jean) Tatum of Corsicana; one sister Mrs. Kate Wilson of Houston; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 25, at Blooming Grove Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Shultz officiating and David Mahoney assisting. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were; Tate Crawford, Neal Crawford, Crawford Tatum, D. W.
Springer, Bobby Ralston, Edwin Sheppard, Hershal Minatra served as Honorary Pallbearers.

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  • Blooming Grove's Community News - Thursday, Dec. 1, 1983
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Sadie Bell (Pollard) Kitchens
Dec 29, 1889 - Aug 8, 1979

Services for Mrs. Ira Kitchens of Mansfield were Thursday August 9, 1979 at 2 p.m. at The Central Baptist Church in Mansfield.

Mrs. Kitchens and Mr. Kitchens moved from Navarro County some 23 years ago and have made their home in Mansfield since. She leaves her husband of 70 years, Mr. N. I. Kitchens of Mansfield also six sons, Less Kitchens of Barry, Tom Kitchens of Ennis, Chess Kitchens of Blooming Grove, Charley, Harvey and N. A. all of Mansfield; three daughters, Mrs. Earl Barham and Mrs. T. A. Lile of Mansfield and Mrs. Edwin Meek of Grandview; 2 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were grandsons Bill Kitchens, Don Kitchens, Thomas Kitchens, Curtis Kitchens, Jerry Kitchens, Jim Waldrop, Bob Barham, Glen Kitchens and Tommie Lile.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1979
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Tarrant Co. TX - w/o Noah Ira Kitchens

William Newton Sheppard
Feb 24, 1890 - Aug 12, 1979

Mr. Willie Sheppard of Kilgore (formally of Blooming Grove) passed away Sunday, Aug. 12. He was born Feb. 24, 1890 and married Beulah Fitzgerald Jan. 1, 1909. He is survived by his widow and four children, Reuben Sheppard, Houston, Mrs. Vera Ruth Petty, Kilgore, Billy Sheppard Florida and J. D. Sheppard, Corsicana. Nine grand children, nine great grand children, his sister Mrs. Rose Dale and brother Gilmer Sheppard of Blooming Grove and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held in Kilgore on Tuesday.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1979
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Kilgore City Cemetery, Kilgore, Gregg Co. TX

Grady Alexander Dyer
Nov 27, 1911 - Nov 12, 1983

Grady Dyer, 71, of Houston died Saturday, November 12, in Houston. He was a native of Blooming Grove, a retired mechanic and a menber of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Violet Meiners of Houston; two grandchildren; three brothers, Gene Dyer of Pursley, Elton Dyer of Dallas and Clyde Dyer of Corsicana; and one sister, Mrs. Clara Covinton of Purdon.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 13 at the Eubanks Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Bill Grisham officiating.
Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Thursday, Nov. 17, 1983
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard, Hill Co. TX

Gerald Pevehouse
Dec 2, 1937 - Dec 14, 1983

Mr. Gerald Pevehouse, Jr. of Whitney died Wednesday, December 14, in a Whitney hospital. He was born December 2, 1937, at Frost, the son of Jerald and Mary Frances Burts Pevehouse, Sr. He lived in Whitney since 1949 and was a graduate of Whitney High School and North Texas State University in Denton. He married Bette Harris April 29, 1962, and was a member of the Lions Club and the First Baptist Church in Whitney.
Survivors include his wife, Bette of Whitney; two children, Page Pevehouse and Christ Pevehouse of Whitney; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Pevehouse, Sr. of Whitney; one sister, Mary Beth McCown of Whitney; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Agnes Harris of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his grandmother, Mrs. Jesse Pevehouse of Whitney; and two nieces. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 17, at 2 p.m. at the Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home in Whitney with Rev. Eddie Booth and Rev. Don Maloney officiating. Burial was at the Whitney cemetery.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Thursday, Dec. 22, 1983
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Weldon Conger
Mar 7, 1912 - Dec 13, 1984

Mr. Weldon Conger, 72, of Navarro Mills, died Thursday, December 13, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was a former resident of Malakoff and a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church. Mr. Conger was retired from Oil City Iron Works. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Conger of Navarro Mills; Carroll Conger of Corsicana; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 14, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens with the Rev. John Kennard officiating. Burial was at Mankin Cemetery in Henderson County. Nephews served as pallbearers.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Thursday, December 20, 1984
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Leslie (Carter) Huff-Franklin
July 20, 1903 - Dec 3, 1984

Mrs. Lessie (Carter Huff) Franklin, a former resident of Blooming Grove, died Monday, December 3, as a result of a car-truck accident which occurred about 5 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 81 (35W) and Highway
67 in the western sector of Alvarado. She was returning home to Malakoff after attending a funeral of her husband's cousin, Emma Coble, in Chico. Born in Malakoff in 1906, the oldest of eight children, she came to Blooming grove at the age of 17 and married Ernest (Pete) Huff, living in that area for 15 years. She moved to Dallas in 1939 and worked for Texas Power & Light Company. In 1940 she married Paul Franklin, and, upon their retirement, they moved back to Malakoff on the lake near her beloved piney woods. Here she was active in the First United Methodist Church, a member of the choir and a singing group, The Sweet Adolines of Malakoff. Survivors include her husband; several sisters; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 6, at First United Methodist Church in Malakoff. Burial was at the Carter family plot at Post Oak Cemetery located off HIghway 90 near Malakoff. By a devoted friend, Mrs. William H. (Ruth) Blue.

Notes:

  • Blooming Grove's Community News Weekly - Thursday, Dec. 20, 1984
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Post Oak Memorial Cemetery, Cross Roads, Henderson Co. TX - w/o Robert Paul Franklin

Robert Mitchell Gorman
June 22, 1879 - Jan 25, 1942

ROBERT M. GORMAN DIED AT ROANE AND RITES HELD MONDAY

Robert Mitchell Gorman, aged 69 years died at his home in the Roane community about noon Sunday after a several days Illness.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Corsicana Church of Christ with burial in the New Chatfield cemetery. The rites were conducted by Leroy Brownlow, minister of the local Church of Christ.
A native of Arkansas, he had resided In Navarro County for forty years.

Surviving are his wife, four sons, Melvln Gorman, Montfort; Howard Gorman, Roane; Stanley Gorman, Brownwood, and Albert Gorman, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Lonnie Burgett, Dallas; Mrs. R. H, Wheeler, Tupelo, and Mrs. Tom Bancroft, Powell; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Aycock, Arkansas, and Mrs. Delia Lankston, Louisiana; three brothers, Eli Gorman, Montfort, and Vosser and Americus Gorman, both of Arkansas and eight grandchildren.
He was a member of the WOW Lodge.

Pallbearers were Sam Ragan, Joe Sims, Robert Jones, Buda Gorman A. D. McMullen and Oscar O'Daniel.

Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.

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Daniel Burgett Hartzell
May 13, 1828 - Nov 12, 1891

D.C. Hartselle

CORSICANA, Tex., Nov 13. Mr. D. C. Hartselle, an old farmer in this neighborhood, died at Dresden Tex., about six miles east of this city yesterday.

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Hubert Theodore "Theo" Marlow
Nov 1, 1909 - Sep 14, 1980

Hubert Theo Marlow, 70, of Blooming Grove, died Sunday at 6:25 p.m. at Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with burial following at Dresden Cemetery. The Rev. Weldon Bernard officiated.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Zelma Faye Marlow of Blooming Grove; a son, Hugh Allen Marlow, of Arlington; one daughter, Bobbie Nell Brooks of Euless; and three grandchildren.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Bennie Lee Hanna
Aug 20, 1952 – Oct 11, 2010

Bennie Hanna, 58, of Angus passed away on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in Streetman in the home of his sister and brother-in-law, with his family by his side after a lengthy illness.

Bennie was born Aug. 20, 1952, in Teague to W.B. (Bill) and Donnie Hanna of Angus. He attended Mildred High School then joined the Army Special Forces in 1970. He served in the Army until 1972, when he joined the National Guard and served until 1974. Bennie obtained the rank of Private and Private First Class and also Specialist four. He married the late Vicki Malone Hanna in 1971.

Bennie is preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Hanna, in 2004; and his father, Bill Hanna, in 2003.

Survivors include his daughter, Hope Hanna; mother, Donnie Hanna of Corsicana; three brothers and two sisters, Peggy and husband Charles Wilson of Streetman, Danny and wife Rhonda Hanna of Eureka, Dennis and wife Kathy Hanna of Kerens, Terry and wife Karen Hanna of Mildred, and Donna and husband Dave Thomas of Eureka; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, at Angus Baptist Church with the Rev. Benny Horn officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angus Baptist Church or American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun – Tuesday, Oct 12, 2010
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Bennie's wife is buried at Dresden, I assume he is there as well but have not verified this  ...elw

James Lester Hyden
Oct 10, 1941 – Aug 14, 2010

James L. Hyden, beloved mentor, father, husband and grandfather passed away Aug. 14, 2010. Jim was born on Oct. 10,1941, in Fort Worth.

Our beloved original “Goat Man of Lake Worth” may have moved on, but his memory and legend will live on for all time through all those who loved him.

Survivors include his loving wife of 36 years, Helen Jean Hyden; children, Wanda Hyden Christ, Russell J. Hyden, and Catherine Hyden Shaw; she is also survived by four grandsons, Aaron Q. Shaw, Nathaniel K. Christ, Alexander J. Christ and James T. Hyden.

Memorial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at First United Methodist Church in Cedar Hill.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Paula Ruth (Hope) Howard
Feb 1, 1940 - Nov 8, 2009

Paula Ruth Howard, born in Lone Oak on Feb. 1 1940, to the home of John Hope and Mamie Thompson Hope, passed away in Kaufman on Nov. 8, 2009.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Peggy Bownds, Michael Charters, Randy Charters, Deanna Howard and Billy Howard; brother, Derwood Hope; sisters, Genie Gatewood and Dorothy Williams; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Jack D. Howard; a daughter, Nancy Spence; daughter-in-law, Sandy Charters; son-in-law, Sammy Bownds; her parents, six brothers and sisters preceded her.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home Chapel officiated by the Rev. Raymond Neal Jr.

Memorial donations maybe made to Bridgeway Health Services 401 N. Adams, Kemp, TX 75143.

Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home, Gun Barrel City.

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Winnie Norman (Lanier) Allen
July 9, 1917 - Apr 20, 2010

Winnie Norman Allen, 92, of Fort Worth, formerly of Corsicana and Canton, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in Fort Worth. She was born July 9, 1917, to John and Ethel Hitt Lanier in Seagoville. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eubank Funeral Chapel in Canton.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Kay Reese Ward of Fort Worth and Beverly Ann Norman Williams of Plano; five grandchildren, Charles Reese Jr., Kristen Taylor, Eric Reese, John Williams Stanton and Jason Williams; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Alvin Earnest Norman; second husband, H.C. “Pete” Allen; granddaughter, Jennifer Williams; two brothers, Jasper and Morris Lanier; and sister, Helen Stout.

Winnie graduated from Seagoville High School, the University of North Texas at Denton and earned her master’s at East Texas State University in Commerce.

She and her first husband, Alvin Norman, raised their two daughters in Canton, where she taught the second grade for many years. She and Alvin were involved in a car accident in 1963 which left Winnie a widow. After recovering from her injuries she moved to Corsicana to work as a Navarro County school supervisor. She retired from teaching and became a Realtor. She was named Realtor of the Year by the Navarro County Board of Realtors, rewarding her for her work establishing a real estate curriculum at Navarro College. She married H.C. “Pete” Allen of Corsicana and they traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and Australia. After Pete’s death in 1989 Winnie continued to run her real estate office in Corsicana until she retired for a second time at the age of 85. Winnie was a member of the Corsicana Westhill Church of Christ. She was an accomplished pianist and singer, she loved working with children, selling homes, fishing, travel, music, crossword puzzles, and playing “42.”

Memorials may be sent in memory of Winnie Allen to James L. West Alzheimer Center, 1111 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76102; or Community Hospice of Texas, 6100 Western Place, Suite 500, Fort Worth, TX 76107.

Arrangements by Eubank Funeral Home, Canton.

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Betty Marie (Smith) Dunn
Nov 13, 1929 – Aug 4, 2010

Mrs. Betty Marie (Smith) Dunn, 80, of Corsicana, formerly of Fort Worth, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at a Corsicana nursing facility.

Mrs. Dunn was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Mesquite to Tom and Bonnie (Brummett) Smith. She was raised in the Frost and Blooming Grove area, and also lived and attended school later in Hubbard. She married William Boyd “Billy” Dunn Jr. in December 1945 and they moved to Fort Worth in 1953. They lived in several different cities including Fort Worth, Dallas, Irving, and Lubbock until 1970 when they moved back to Fort Worth where she remained until moving to Corsicana in 2000. Mrs. Dunn worked as an office manager and cashier for Big Value Grocery Stores in Fort Worth for over 30 years. She loved her family, cooking for her family and others, and watching Texas Rangers baseball. Mrs. Dunn was a member of Central Methodist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1982; an infant daughter, Beverly Dunn; a son, Michael Dunn; and by two brothers, Roy Smith and Thomas Smith.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis Dunn and wife Debbie of Corsicana, Greg Dunn and wife Lorena Dunn of Irving, and Ricky Dunn of Arizona; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Dunn of Haltom City; two brothers, Loyd Smith and wife Mary, and Jerry Smith; three sisters, Wanda Hartley and husband Tim, Paula Hartley and husband James, and Sue Hawthorne, all of Corsicana; sister-in-law Pat Blackwell ;three grandsons, Chris Dunn and wife Christie of Fort Worth, Matt Dunn of Corsicana, and Rene Nunez and wife Natalie of Las Colinas; three granddaughters, Shelly Villa and husband Joe of Haltom City, Lisa Nelson of Haltom City, and Jennifer Noe and husband Matt of California; six great-grandsons, Boston Dunn, Tyler Villa, Drake Villa, Aiden Nelson, Landen Nelson and Christopher Noe; she is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Chris Dunn, Matt Dunn, Rene Nunez, Joe Villa, Matt Noe and Scott Robinson.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1700 Lake Success Drive, Waco, TX 76710, or the American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Road, Suite #100, Dallas, Texas 75244.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Jim Hitchcock
Feb 13, 1937 - Apr 6, 2010

Jim Hitchcock, 73, of Cleveland, Texas, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Conroe Regional Medical Center. A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, at Nobles Funeral Chapel, 402 E. Blackshear, Navasota.

Jim was born Feb. 13, 1937, in Corsicana to James Roy and Lillian (Bass) Hitchcock. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1956. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served until 1962, and was released with an honorable discharge. He went to work as an oilfield production manager for Drillco Oil Tools, where he worked for 18 years. He was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors, especially playing golf.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Robert Friesenhahn of LaVernia; sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Debra Hitchcock of Casper, Wyo., and Mark and Gloria Hitchcock of Anderson; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Eugene Harris of Covington, Ga.; brother, Bob Hoover of Corsicana; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements by Nobles Funeral Chapel, Navasota.

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Bill G. Underhill
Jan 7, 1935 - July 28, 2010

Bill G. Underhill, 75, of Gainesville, passed away July 28, 2010, at the Atrium Medical Center of Corinth.

He was born Jan. 7, 1935, to William L. and Maud Lambert Underhill in Barry. He had been a “cutter” for many years, and only in the last year or so had given up training and showing cutting horses.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dick Anderton; and sister, Dorothy Macky.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Patricia Underhill; children, Kim Larue, Carla Cameron, Bobby Underhill, Elaine Robbins, and Fred J. Yancy and his wife Holly; grandchildren, Wesley, Sterling, Marty, Natalie, Jonathan, Jennifer, Jason, and Josh; great granddaughter, Riann Yancy, and “special” granddaughter, Michelle, who has been a constant in his life; sisters, Polly, Betty, Pauline, Wanda and Jimmie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at the George J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home in Gainesville.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at the George J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville, with the Rev. Joe Howard Williamson, and Larry Sullivant officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NCHA Charities Foundation Cutters In Action, P.O. Box 470064, Fort Worth, Texas 76147-0064.

Arrangements by George J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home, Gainesville.

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Carroll “Eddie” Hambrick
Mar 30, 1956 - Oct 7, 2010

Eddie Hambrick, 54, went to his eternal resting place with Christ on Oct. 7, 2010, at home surrounded by his family, after a seven year battle with renal cell cancer.

He was born March 30, 1956 in Alvin. He was valedictorian of his 1974 graduating class in Grapeland. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1978 and also completed a Masters in Horticulture from A&M.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Estha Maye Hambrick.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Denise Hambrick; daughter, Rebecca Joy, and son Michael Edward; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Darrel Brown; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Lil Williams; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws, Wayne and Judy Nelson, Billy and Pat Nelson, John and Rosemary Nelson, Lynette and Gary Bailey, Patresa Nelson Bolton and Vicki Nelson Farmer; mother-in-law, Joy Horn Nelson.

Eddie was a man of deep faith in Christ, strong convictions and unswerving loyalty to his family and friends. His passions were demonstrated at St. John's Episcopal Church in his service as Senior Warden and organizer of mission trips to Burkina Faso, Africa. He spent countless hours in service with his friends in the Corsicana Lions Club. Eddie also embraced the men and vision of Gideon's organization and labored with them to bring the Bible to seekers here and around the world.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 North 14th Street in Corsicana. The family will receive visitors in the church Parish Hall after the service.

The family requests that all memorial donations be made to St. John's Episcopal Church with a notation of your choice for Africa missions, Lions Camp or the Gideons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Nancy (Griffin) Chapman-George
Oct 21, 1919 – Oct 7, 2010

Nancy Griffin George, 90, passed away Oct. 7, 2010, at the Twilight Home in Corsicana.

She was born October 21,1919, to George Holman and Katherine Morrel Griffin in Milford. Nancy graduated from Milford High School. She attended the University of Texas for her Undergraduate Degree and received her Masters in Education from Baylor University. She was a teacher at Fannin Elementary for most of her teaching career. She was very active in the First Christian Church as a Sunday School Teacher, Board Member, and Secretary. She was a member of the Navarro Regional Hospital Pink Ladies Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Carter Blood Drive, a private tutor, as well as a volunteer tutor in the Shelton Dyslexia Program. She attended the Community Bible Study and she volunteered at the Texas Youth Commission. Nancy was the most giving and most loving and humble woman in Navarro County. She loved her Lord, her family, and all God’s children. If Nancy saw a need she did all in her power to fulfill it, and no one ever knew all she did for others. Heaven has truly received a Godly woman and Nancy blessed all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, James Campbell Chapman, and husband, John Dorsey George.

Survivors include her sons, James Chapman and wife Beth of Blooming Grove, Dorsey George of Mansfield, and David George and wife Sara of Dallas; grandchildren, Katy, Elizabeth, and Daniel George of Mansfield, and Scarlett George of Dallas; she is also survived by step-grandsons, Chase and Cole Cunningham.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Donations may be made to the charity of choice. Nancy made her final donation to the Willed Body Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Lillian (Howard) Rieckhoff
Jan 7, 1925 - June 30, 1997

Lillian Howard Rieckhoff, 72, of Kingwood, Texas died June 30. Rieckhoff graduated from Corsicana High school in 1941. She is survived by her daughter, Anita Morton of Kingwood; son, Gary Rieckhoff and wife, Jan of Vacaville, Cal.; brothers John “Toady” Howard of Houston and Allyn Howard of Texarkana; sister, Linda Hunting of Jasper; and grandchildren, Greg Morton of Kingwood and Amy Rieckhoff of Vacaville, Cal. and other loving relatives.

Rieckhoff was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rieckhoff, daughter, Fran, parents, Elmer and Lucile, two brothers, Leland and Harold “Tiny” and sister, Elmora.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun –Saturday, July 12, 1997
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Rosewood Funeral Home and Cemetery (Also known as Rosewood Park Cemetery)– Humble, Harris Co., TX

Mark Fedric Pohland
July 27, 1956 - Aug 18, 1997

Mark Fedric Pohland, 41, of Corsicana died August 18 at the Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Memorial services will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church.

Mr. Pohland was born July 27, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mr. Pohland is survived by his wife, Donna Pohland of Corsicana; sons: Eric Pohland of Corsicana, Bryan and Jordan Pohland of Dallas, and Chad Pohland of Albuquerque, NM; brothers: Walter Pohland of Raymonvile, Eric Pohland of Ramstein, Germany and Glenn Pohland of Glencoe, Minn.; sister, Ellen Adrian of Albuquerque, NM; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Dazell Lee
Apr 24, 1924 – Mar 20, 1997

Mr. Dazell Lee was born April 24, 1924 in Waco to the parentage of Mr. Joe and Mrs. Ada Wilder Lee.

Following his formal education in the Waco Independent School District, he graduated from A. J. Moore High School. He received an undergraduate degree in music education from Paul Quinn College, prior to attending the University of Minnesota. Mr. Lee subsequently received a masters degree in counseling and guidance from Texas Southern University, in Houston.

Dazell professed a faith in Christ early in life and served his Father diligently as a trustee, assistant treasurer, and deacon of the First Independent Baptist Church of Corsicana where he was a member of the men’s choir.

On September 5, 1957, Dazell was joined in marriage to Cleo Elizabeth Austin. To this union, three children were born; Dazell Ivan Lee who preceded him in death, Danzell Ivan Lee and Valinda Lee Johnson. Dazell was also the devoted father of Joan Ann Lee Castlebury and Paula L. Lee.

Until his retirement in May of 1986, he served the Corsicana Independent School District as a band director of Jackson High School for eleven years and as a counselor for an additional twenty-four years.

His earthly endeavors ended in the morning hours of March 20, 1997. He is survived by his devoted wife, Cleo Lee and loving children, son Danzell Ivan Lee, wife, Paula, and daughter MaKenzie Danielle of Corsicana; Valinda Lee Johnson, husband, Vernon, and daughter Lauren Elizabeth of Denison; Joan Ann Lee Castlebury of Detroit, Michigan; and Paula L. Lee and son of Atlanta, Georgia. Dazell’s memory is cherished by his adopted children; Virginia Alpha Rowe Franklin and husband, Charles of Houston; Oran Alpha Rowe, II and his wife, Paula of Houston; and Exie Loraine Rowe of Houston; eight grandchildren; one aunt, Berrie Denegal of Los Angeles, California; a brother, Paul Hill of Dallas; a brother-in-law, Daniel W. Austin of Los Angeles, California; sisters-in-law, Alma Rush of Waco; Melinda Marlin and husband, C. J. of El Paso; Virgie Rowe of Houston; a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Independent Baptist Church of Corsicana. The Rev. Kennedy Young will be officiating.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Sallie Dobbs
Nov 9, 1915 - Apr 7, 1997

Sallie Dobbs, 81, of Kerens, died April 7 at Maywood Manor in Kerens.

Services were today at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church with Rev. Claude Davison officiating.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Johnston, Tom B. Washburn, Bob Bush, D. F. Fields, Glen May, and Otis Ray Spurlock.

Ms. Dobbs was born November 9, 1915 in Kerens.

Ms. Dobbs is survived by her daughter, Barbara June Jantz of Waco; granddaughter, Marie Smith of Emory; brother, Wade Black of Pine Bluff, Ark.; great-granddaughter, Courtney Smith of Emory; great-grandson, Caleb Smith of Emory; three nieces, Karen Bush and Debbie Coppock both of Corsicana, and An Best of Kerens; Two Nephews, Wade Johnson of Marshall and Kenneth Johnston of Kerens.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Azelle (Patterson) Smart
Nov 13, 1905 - June 15, 1997

Azelle Smart, 91, of Corsicana died June 15, in Corsicana.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jim Baggett officiating.

Mrs. Smart was born November 13, 1905 in Texarkana to Annie and Dennis Patterson. She was a resident of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Mrs. Smart is survived by her son, Rev. Dennis and Jean Smart of Corsicana; granddaughter, Sandra and Douglas Shirey of Scurry; granddaughter, Denise McClure of Corsicana; grandson, Dennis and Teresa Smart, Jr., of Midlothian; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Smart is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Elton D. Smart.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 1615 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207 or to the Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana, Texas. 75110

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Lurlene Holt Sims
Aug 9, 1901 - Aug 19, 1997

Mrs. Lurlene Holt Sims, 96, of Hubbard died August 19 in Oakview Manor of Hubbard.

Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard awith Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating.

Mrs. Sims was born Aug. 9, 1901 in Dawson. She was a dormitory supervisor of the Methodist Orphans Home in Waco. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Waco.

Mrs. Sims is survived by her nieces, LaVerne Vardeman of Hubbard, Ellen Boldin of Edmond, Ok., Mary Daulton of Houston, and Adalina Davis of Houston.

She was preceded in death by a son, Glen Sims in 1983.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.

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Glenda Faye (Wehling) Carver
Feb 15, 1927 - Apr 27, 2010

Glenda Faye Carver passed away at her home Tuesday, April 27, 2010. She was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Hennessey, Okla., to John and Clara Marie Driskell Wehling.

Glenda graduated from Enid High School. She moved to Corsicana in 1984. Glenda was a loving mother and grandmother who loved to cook and spend time with her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Glenda is survived by her husband, Frank Carver of Athens; four sons and daughter-in-law, Terry and Mary Beth Carver of Chickasha, Okla., Michael John Carver of Fort Smith, Ark., Donnie Carver of Waxahachie and Tommy Dean Carver of Corsicana; two daughters, Eugenia Ann Weber of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Toni Denise Carver of Fort Smith, Ark.; brothers, Dewayne Wehling of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jerry Wehling of Chickasha, Okla.; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She will always be loved and remembered by her family.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 30, at 1330 CR 3824, Athens. For more information, call Toni at (903) 467-9136. Flowers can be sent to the address above.

Arrangements by Hannigan Smith Funeral Home, Athens.


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Bobby Edward McQuary
Jan 28, 1939 - Aug 3, 2010

A memorial service for Judge Bob McQuary will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at Northside Baptist Church, the Rev. Wes Johnson of Kerens Baptist Church officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman D. McQuary, mother, Opal Hillhouse McQuary; sister, Nancy Granger.

He is survived by wife, Nancy; sons Chuck and Scott McQuary, Shannon Harker, Brent Durant, and daughter Syndi Nobles; brother-in-law Darron Granger, eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may make memorial donations to the ALS Foundation, by making checks payable to The ALS Association North Texas Chapter, at ALS Association North Texas Chapter, 1231 Greenway Drive, Ste. 270, Irving, TX 75038.

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Cliff Edward “Hoss” Miller
Feb 19, 1949 - Oct 18, 2010

Cliff Edward “Hoss” Miller, 61, passed away Monday Oct. 18, 2010, in Dallas.

He was born Feb. 19, 1949, in Corsicana, to the late Clifton Speed and Kathryn Jones Miller.

Mr. Miller was a resident of Malakoff. He was an Army Veteran, serving his country from April 24, 1970 to Nov. 24, 1967.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifton and Kathryn Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Dana J. Miller; and Clifton Harley Miller, Morgan David Miller, Clint J. Barbee, Zach Wayne Barbee, Melanie Miller and Jessica Barbee.

A Memorial Service will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Tomlinson Funeral Home, with Bro. Jim Alford officiating.

Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Homes, Malakoff.

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Pat Auld (Pate) Apperson
Feb 1, 1918 – Mar 20, 2010

Pat Auld Apperson, 92, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1918, to Clarence and Inez Pate in Goose Creek, Texas, where her father was production supervisor for Gulf Oil Co.

Pat is survived by her husband, Lee Apperson of Corsicana.

Pat was known as one of the world’s greatest women hunters. The government of India honored her for heroism in taking “the man-killer Semmen.” She is in the record books for the largest polar bear ever taken by a woman — the second largest recorded polar bear kill. She bagged Africa’s leopard, rhino, elephant, and cape buffalo, four of the continent’s “big five” game animals.

Yet for all her trophies, all her “kills,” Mrs. Apperson was also known as one of the outstanding conservationists of our time. A founder of the 28-nation Game Conservation International, she did more to encourage wildlife management than any woman before her.

As an author, lecturer and educator, Pat brought the “thrill of the hunt” to thousands — from enthralled elementary school students to the great hunters of the Skilcar-Safari International Club. Yet carefully entwined into each fabulous story was the central theme of conservation, of preserving nature’s resources through sportsmanship and conservation.

The respected hunter has even greater lasting distinctions than record-book kills and thrilling hunts, for Pat blazed the trail for women. She proved that women are men’s equal in both the field and the board room. Only the second woman to serve as board member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), she dedicated her efforts towards public education and the advancement of women. Chairperson of the NRA’s Department of Public Relations, and co-chairperson of the organization’s Women’s Policy Committee, she forged a new conservationist and safety role for the nationwide association, while simultaneously proving by example the equality of women.

From her early days as a fashion model and barnstorming aviatrix, a hunter, conservationist, educator and philanthropist, she has left a permanent mark that few men and even fewer women can duplicate.

The same dedication that saw her become the first woman to bag the elusive Western Bongo Antelope of Africa saw her lead the drive to provide a desperately needed All-Faiths Chapel for the mental patients of the Kerrville State Hospital in her hometown of Kerrville. The significance of her efforts in founding the “Pat Auld Chapel of the Hills” is witnessed by the chapel being one of only two state government buildings dedicated in honor, rather than in memoriam.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Steven Keith Vandiver
Nov 3, 1961 - Mar 28, 2010

Steven Keith Vandiver of Fairfield passed away Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Dallas. He was born Nov. 3, 1961, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas to Don and Deann Vandiver.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Calvary Baptist Church of Fairfield.

He graduated from Ennis High School in 1980 and was a graduate of Tarleton State University in 1984. He retired from Corsicana Fire Department in 2007.

He was preceded in death by mother-in-law, Sonda Whatley; grandparents, Author and Lilly Vandiver and Bert and Edith Carroll.

He is survived by wife of 22 years, Teresa Whatley Vandiver of Fairfield; daughter, Chrisi Vandiver Oakes and husband Tommie of Donie; son, Cooper Keith Vandiver of Fairfield; parents, Don and Deann Vandiver of Ennis; grandchildren, Annie and Ava Oakes of Donie; brother, Kerry Don Vandiver and wife Karen of Ennis; brother-in-law, Kent Whatley and wife Deborah of Fairfield; father-in-law, James Whatley and wife Janie of Fairfield; aunt, Sherrie Minze of Streetman; and uncle, Donald Carroll and wife Linda of Streetman.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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Edith (Batchelor) Johnson
June 16, 1931 – Nov 19, 2010

Edith Batchelor Johnson, resident of Corsicana, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, November 19, 2010 at the age of 79 in Corsicana. She was born on June 16, 1931 in Henderson, County to Wesley Batchelor and Marie Carrigan Batchelor. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many people in the community.

Edith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bobby Joe Johnson, sister Patsy Christian, and brother John Batchelor. Survivors include her daughter Debra Johnson Packard of Palastine. Her grandson Drew Johnson of Corsicana. Brother-in-law Bill Christian of New Caney a niece Patty Posey of New Caney and two nephews Billy Christian of Humble and Wayne Christian of Houston. There are also many cousins that she loved and were dear to her.

Visitation will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. A private burial will follow at a later date with the family.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1000 West Second Avenue Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home - Corsicana.

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Billy C. Franklin
Apr 13, 1939 – Mar 29, 2010

Billy C. Franklin, 70, of Kerens passed away Monday, March 29, 2010, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at Paschal Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating.

Mr. Franklin was born on April 13, 1939, in Kerens. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Michael “Bubby” Franklin Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Berry Franklin of Kerens; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Mary Franklin of Granite Shoals and Michael and Lisa Franklin of Montrose, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and John Coleman of Temple; daughter, Lorie Haden of Belton; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Audrain Franklin of Midland and Robert Franklin of Denison; and sisters, Bessie Johnston of Trinidad and Sandra Monroe of Malakoff.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Opal Mae Dooley
Aug 2, 1910 - Sept 2, 1997

Opal Mae Dooley, 87, of Corsicana, died Sept. 2, 1997, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

Services are Thursday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home, with Rev. B. F. Risinger of First Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Dooley was born Aug. 2, 1910, in Anna. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana since 1937.

Mrs. Dooley is survived by her sons, Duane and Peggy Dooley of Temple and Robert and Sally Dooley of Alpharetta, Ga., sister, Marie Keeler of Allen, four grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Dooley was preceded in death by her husband, A. J. Dooley.

Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin Ave., Corsicana, 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Imogene (Robinson) Granberry
Jan 29, 1914 - July 19, 1997

Imogene Robinson Granberry died Saturday 19, in Midland.

Memorial services were held Monday, July 21, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Midland with the Rev. Jeff Fouts officiating.

Imogene Robinson Granberry was born on January 29, 1914 in Corsicana to Eugene Wilks Robinson and Flora Ramsey Robinson. She married R. C. Granberry, Jr., on September 25, 1935 in Corsicana. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Methodist Church in Corpus Christi.

Mrs. Granberry is survived by her two sons, Cutis E. Granberry of Concan, and William R. Granberry of Midland, a sister, Bettye Davis of Jackson, Miss., six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Granberry is preceded in death by her husband in 1992 and her brother, William B. Robinson (Bill) in 1975.

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Thomas Porcher White Jr.
Aug 25, 1921 - June 18 2010

Tom White was involved his entire life in business, farming, and service to his community and his church. He set a fine example of how a life can be well lived, inspiring many others to succeed in their endeavors and encouraging the prosperity of the communities in which he lived.

He was born Aug. 25, 1921, and passed away Friday, June 18, 2010, at the age of 88.

Tom White was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He lived with his parents, Thomas P. White Sr. and Gulielma Simmons White, his brother, Morton, and his sister, Henrietta, on farms in the Charleston area until he left to attend Clemson Agricultural College at the age of 16. Upon graduating with a degree in chemical engineering in 1942, Tom joined the U.S. Army and advanced to the rank of Captain, serving in Germany where he was seriously wounded in action. In addition to the Purple Heart, he was honored with two Bronze Stars.

Tom spent most of his business career in the car business, starting in McKinney at Cox Chevrolet and eventually opening Tom White Chevrolet in Corsicana in 1967. Soon thereafter Tom bought the farm which has come to be known as Pecan Run on Richland Chambers Reservoir where he and his wife, Edwina White, lived for many years.

During Tom’s years in Navarro County, he was active in St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, where an annual award was named in his honor — the Tom White Community Service Award — for his efforts over 40 years in helping the town and county grow, the Navarro College Foundation and numerous other community and business organizations, boards and commissions.

Tom was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Shelley White. He is survived by his wife, Edwina; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Karol White of Freeland, Washington, Carl and Melissa White of Corsicana, and John and Nan White, Sims and Cindy White, and Greg White, all of Dallas; 14 grandchildren and 11 great -grand children.

In lieu of flowers Tom requested that donations be made to the Navarro College Foundation.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana with Father Ed Monk officiating.

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David Joe Runnels
Sept 18, 1930 - June 7, 2010

David Joe Runnels, 79, left this world to join our Heavenly Father on June 7, 2010, at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster. David was born Sept. 18, 1930, in Corsicana to A.L. and Velma Runnels. He served as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force in the late 1940s and was later elected as the first mayor of Pinehurst where he served several terms. David returned to college and received a degree in electrical engineering from Lamar University in 1973. He worked as an engineer for Dow Chemical Company and in 1983 founded Value Line Telephone Service. David was an avid pilot who enjoyed flying both helicopters and private airplanes and was successful in achieving additional certification enabling him to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR).

On June 4, 2010, David and his wife, Frances Runnels, celebrated their marriage of 60 years surrounded by family and friends.

David was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Ann Runnels Berardi; parents, A.L. and Velma Runnels; and brother, Ambrose Brooklyn Runnels.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Frances Runnels; daughter, Mary Runnels Alber; sister, Evelyn Giarratano; brother, Lester Kelton Runnels and wife Cathie; sister-in-law, Glenda Fay Runnels; son-in-law, John Berardi and wife Sharon; grandchildren, David, Jason, and Garrett Alber, Ross, Scott, Brian, and Alyssa Berardi; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested any donations be sent to Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or to a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Westside Baptist Church with Pastors Larry Talbert and Wayne Mahoney conducting the service.

Arrangements by Crowder Funeral Home, Webster.

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Donald Ray “Bubba” Perry Jr.
Feb 6, 1960 - June 2, 2010

Donald Ray “Bubba” Perry Jr., 50, of Dawson went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in the comforts of his home with his family by his side. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Troy Sykes and the Rev. Butch Boatright officiating.

Don was born Feb. 6, 1960, in Dallas to Donald Ray Perry Sr. and Virginia Fincher Perry. He was a horseman and worked as a jockey on numerous race tracks throughout the State of Texas. Don later became self employed in the construction business. He lived life to its fullest and enjoyed each day with his family and friends. His love for life and the outdoors was contagious. Don was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his family and friends and demonstrated that love to them each day. Don also loved and knew the Lord Jesus Christ and so shall the saved see him again.

He was preceded in death by his very special friend, Joe Venable on March 24, 2010.

Don is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kathryn Elizabeth Perry of Dawson; his parents, Donald Ray Perry Sr. and Nella Perry of Barry and Virginia Beasley of Quitman; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and T.J. Boatright of Purdon; a son, Robert Franklin Jr. of Dawson; a brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Charlotte Fuller of Dawson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Billy Watson of Cleburne and Deborah and Dennis Redden of Corsicana; three beautiful grandchildren, Ashley Boatright of Purdon, Joshua Boatright of Purdon and Shauna Franklin of Burkburnett. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice, 107 E. Commerce, Mexia, TX 76667; or American Cancer Society, 1700 Lake Success Drive, Waco, TX 76710.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Solomon "Sol" Boldin
Feb 28, 1862 - June 18, 1911

Sol Bolin a well known citizen of the Jester community and who was raised near Dawson died at the Houston hospital Sunday morning about twenty four hours after having had his left foot amputated at the ankle. Several weeks ago he injured the foot while in a creek or was bitten by something and later gangreen set in and two of his toes were taken off. This did not remove the cause of the trouble and amputation of the foot followed. He was a sufferer from Bright disease and this is thought to have hastened his death.

To all who knew Sol Bolin he appeared like a brother, a man loved by all who knew him, he had no enemies and his death brings sorrow to a large acquaintance in all parts of Navarro county. He leaves a mother, brothers and sisters besides a great acquaintance to grieve at his passing.

Corsicana Democrat and Truth – Thursday, June 22, 1922
Submitted by Karen Rost


Sol Boldin Dead

The above named will known citizen of the Jester community, who had one of his feet amputated at the Houston hospital Saturday, died there yesterday morning at 8 o’clock as a result of gangreen poisoning. The deceased was 49 years of age and lived at the family home with his mother and two sisters. He also had two brothers, Charles and Dock Boldin.

The deceased was a good citizen and his unexpected and tragic death is a source of genuine regret among a large circle of warm friends, many of whom live in Corsicana.

The remains were taken to Dawson last night and were buried there this afternoon.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun – Monday, June 19, 1911
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
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  • His death certificate shows burial in Dawson Tex. He is not in the Dawson Cemetery book. There is a Solomon Boldin in The Spring Hill Cem. book but the dates do not match. He has a sister buried in Dawson Cem. so he may be there without a marker.

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Sol Boldin Dead.
The above named well known citizen of the Jester community, who had one of his feet amputated at the Houston hospital Saturday, died there yesterday morning at 8 o’clock as a result of gangrene poisoning. The deceased was 49 years of age and lived at the family home with his mother and two sisters. He also had two brothers, Charles and Dock Boldin.

The deceased was a good citizen and his unexpected and tragic death is a source of genuine regret among a large circle of warm friends, many of whom live in Corsicana.

The remains were taken to Dawson last night and were buried there this afternoon.

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John Thomas Nichols
Sept 27, 1881 - Sept 6, 1957

John T. Nichols Services Sunday

Funeral services for John T. Nichols, 75, former farmer of Streetman, who died at the family residence, 705 North Twenth-third street Friday, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Northside Baptist church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Weldon R. Drake, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Weeks DuBose, Baptist minister. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Nichols was a member of the Providence Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Floyd Nichols, Mesquite; Wyley Nichols, Austin, and Neal Nichols, Seminole; six daughters, Mrs. Ammie Collins, Mrs. Jerry Foster, and Mrs. B. B. Rash, all of Corsicana; Mrs. L. E. Williams, Trinity; Mrs. Vera Scott, Houston, and Mrs A. A. Bowles, Rochester, N. Y.; 27 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, three brothers, S. M. Nichols, Dallas; P. V. Nichols, Blue Springs, Miss., and Kenny Nichols, Corsicana; two half-brothers, Albert Nichols, Alabama, and Osborne Nichols, Mississippi; a sister, Mrs. Sallie Gill, Bay City; two half-sisters, Mrs. E. R. Shaddix, Corsicana, and Mrs. Ada Johnson, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Pete McCain, C. G. Rash, Lawton McCain, Odis Dean Jones, Dan Rogers, Jr., and Charles Slate.

Griffin directed.

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Edith Neal (Melton) Tarkington-Richards
Oct 3, 1921 - Mar 21, 1954

Mrs. H. E. Richards Dies At Houston

Mrs. H. E. Richards, 32, former resident of Corsicana, died Sunday in Houston.

She was the former Edith Neal Melton of this city.

Services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel here, with J. W. McKinney, First Christian church pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

Mrs. Richards is survived by her husband H. E. Richards of Chenango Fork, N. Y.; three sons, Roy Lee Tarkington and Larry Neil Tarkington, both of Evadale, Texas; and Kenneth Richards, Chenango Fork, N. Y.' two daughters, Mary Ann Tarkington, Waco, and Sandra Kay Richards, Chenango Fork, N. Y.; fahter, George Melton, corsicana; two brothers, George F. Melton, Houston; and Bill Melton, Waco; three sisters, Madlyn Melton, Denton; beverly Melton, Waco, and Geirgie Gay Melton, Waco, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Gene Woods, dexter Odom, T. E. Lewis, Mearle Lennon, Douglas Chatman and Wilbur derryberry.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 22, 1954
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
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  • d/o George Washington Melton and Ora Neal (Cook) Melton - w/o Ollie Ray Tarkington buried in Magnolia Cem., Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX and Halsey Eugene Richards, buried in Kattellville Cemetery, Broome Co. NY

Robert Haywood Minatra
Feb 12, 1914 - Jan 21, 1997

Robert Minatra, 82, of Corsicana, died Jan. 21, 1997, at his residence.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, with Bill Honea officiating. Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Robert Dixon, Danny, Nick and Todd Nichols, Brad Holder and Brandon Minatra.

Mr. Minatra was born Feb. 12, 1914.

Mr. Minatra is survived by his wife, Letha Minatra of Corsicana; stepson, Kenneth Danford of Waxahachie; daughters, Geraldean Dixon and Bessie Nichols both of Corsicana and Elouise Holder of Blanco; stepdaughter, Kay Stuckley of Georgetown; brother, Jodie Minatra of Corsicana; sisters, Nova Duncan of Branham and Ona Lee Bragg, of Mount Pleasant; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maybell Minatra and son, Robert E. Minatra.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Annie Lee Price
June 13, 1916 - May 21, 1998

Annie Lee Price, 81, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, passed away Thursday, May 21, 1998, in Broken Arrow.

Graveside services at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat are 4 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Thomas Ayres officiating.

Mrs. Price was a member of Northside Baptist Church. She grew up in Corsicana and was a nurses aide at Paulynes Nursing Home for 22 years. Mrs. Price went to Broken Arrow, OK to live near her son Calvin in the early 80s. She was very fond of flowers, especially roses; she loved pets, dogs and birds. She was a very active member of the Broken Arrow Senior Citizens group. Cake decorating was her specialty. She had many friends and will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. William Franklin Price.

Mrs. Price is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Calvin Joe and Mary Ann Sprayberry of Broken Arrow; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Clifford E. and Marie Price of Purdon; stepson, Robert Price of Ft. Worth; stepdaughters-in-law, Helen Price of Albany, GA and Jessie Lee Price of Corsicana; several stepgrandchildren and great stepgrandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mattie Sue (Harris) George
Nov 6, 1906 - Nov 26, 1979

Funeral services for Mrs. Derwood George, 73, of Retreat, are pending at Griffin Funeral Home.

She died Monday at St. Paul's Hospital in Dallas. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. George is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Harris. She was born in Blooming Grove.

She is survived by her husband, Derward, of Retreat; three daughters, Mrs. Cullen W. Dunn, of Retreat, Mrs. Pat Beard, of Waco, and Mrs. Joe Dyar, of Falls Church, Va.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. R. W. George Jr. of Retreat.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1979
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mary Jane (Grimes) Scarbrough-Carol
Jan 6, 1892 - Oct 28, 1980

Mary Jane Carol, 88, of Blooming Grove died Tuesday at the Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Dallas.

Funeral service was Thursday at 10 a.m. in Blooming Grove with the Reverend Woody McLendon officiating. Burial was in the White Church Cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Wallace G. I. Carol, Dallas; one brother, Fred M. Grimes, Athens; two grandsons and one granddaughter.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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