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Bettye (McAfee) Ward
July 4, 1923 - Mar 30, 2006
 
CANADIAN - Bettye Ward, 82, died Thursday, March 30, 2006.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Church of Christ with Shawn Davis officiating and Dr. Dean English assisting. Inurnment will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Hughs Funeral Home.

She was born July 4, 1923, in Asher, Okla. to Mr. Ernest McAfee and Mrs. Violet Harris McAfee. She attended grammar school in Bowlegs, Okla., and was a 1941 graduate of Pampa High School. She married Bob R. Ward on Oct. 15, 1947, in Amarillo. Bettye and Bob moved to Canadian in 1947 from Pampa.

She crocheted hundreds of afghans and Christmas socks, delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Edward Abraham Memorial Home. Bettye was an avid bridge player, loved her grandchildren, enjoyed decorating her home and crocheted caps for the Eveline Rivers Project. She was also a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Max and Jon McAfee; and a granddaughter, Jacqueline Ward.

Survivors include her husband, Bob R. Ward, of Canadian; a son, Kelley Ward and wife Ruth of Canadian; a daughter, Kay Ward of Brighton, Colo.; a special daughter, Kay Abraham Brown of Canadian; five grandchildren, Krystal Dickinson and husband Ty and Kris Sanchez and husband Javier, all of Canadian, Lisa White of Amarillo, and Shelby Ward and Rachel Ward, both of Brighton; two great-grandchildren, Aiden Dickinson and Mya Sanchez both of Canadian.

The family suggests memorials be to Hemphill County Hospice, 1020 S. Fourth St., Canadian, TX 79014.

Amarillo Globe-News, April 2, 2006

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Floyd Howard “Bud” Lawrence
Apr 28, 1912 - Sep 27, 1955

Floyd Lawrence Services Friday

DAWSON, Sept. 29—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Floyd H. (Bud) Lawrence, 43, killed in a plane crash near New Orleans, La. Tuesday, will be held from the First Baptist Church here Friday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Dawson cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bert Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist Church here.

A native of Dawson, Lawrence was an oil well driller and supervisor. Relatives learned that the plane in which he was traveling struck a guy wire on an oil well derrick and plunged into a bay.

Surviving are his wife, the former Essie Ruth Ballew of Emmett; four children, Jimmy George Lawrence, Billy Floyd Lawrence, Virginia Ruth Lawrence and Leverett Leslie Lawrence, all of New Orleans; mother, Mrs. J. H. Pike, Dawson, and a sister, Mrs. A. W. Fitch, New York City.

Wolfe Funeral Home directs.

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Charlie Guy Cottongame
Feb 6, 1900 - Apr 29, 1956

C. G. Cottongame Expires Sunday

Charlie G. Cottongame, 56, farmer, died of a heart attack at his home in the Emmett community Sunday morning.

Funeral services ere held from the Emmett Baptist Church Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Otis A. Dunagan, Missionary Baptist minister of Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife of Emmett; five sons, Charlie Cottongame, Jr., Ferris; Sam Cottongame, Ennis; Clyde Cottongame, Frost; Raymond Cottongame, Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Franklin Cottongame, Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Horn, Hubbard, and Mrs. Bettie Jo Horn, Fort Worth; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Lee Cottongame, Ferris; three sisters, Mrs. Callie Dodd, Dawson; Mrs. Minnie Grubbs and Mrs. Rosie Wood, both of Dallas, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were P. R. Stroder, Calvin Dunagan, B. A. Jordan, Troy Conner, Leonard Minze and Jimmy Caffy.

Griffin directed.

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Ida (Merrell) Shirley
Nov 2, 1864 - Aug 10, 1956

Saturday Rites For Mrs. Shirley
Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Shirley, 91, native Texas and long-time Emmett resident, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Irene Methodist church. Burial was in the Salem cemetery.

Mrs. Shirley was a native of Jasper, Texas, and was reared in Hill county. She was the widow of the late T. L. Shirley.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Blankenship and Rev. W. H. Bradbury.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. G. S. Cook, Emmett; a nephew, Otto Northern, Fort Worth, and a niece, Mrs. Louis Bills, Loving, Texas, both of whom were reared in the Shirley home; four grandchildren; a brother Wayne Merrell, Frost; three sisters, Mrs. A. Shirley, Gatesville; Mrs. Omar Dale, Irene, and Mrs. Lema Merrell, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Aug 14, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Thomas Luke Shirley  married Aug. 27, 1886, Hill county, Texas  d/o Alexander Merrell and Sarah “Sallie” (Black) Merrell

William Fletcher Lowe
Apr 1879 - Nov 25, 1956

Monday Services For W. F. Lowe

Funeral services for William Fletcher Lowe, 77, of Route 1, Bynum, father of Mrs. H. P. Sharp of Frost, were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Irene Church of Christ, with burial in Salem cemetery. The rites were conducted by Minister Willard Morrow.

Lowe died in a Hillsboro hospital Sunday morning.

A native of Irene, he had resided in eastern Hill county all of his life. He was married to Miss Julie Carroll at Emmett in 1903.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Edith Virginia (Culbreath) Bogan
Jul 8, 1894 - Jun 21, 1981

Mrs. Edith Borgan, 86, of Frost died Sunday in Paulyne's Convalescent Home.

Service was 2 p.m. Monday in the Frost United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gary Carroll officiating. Burial was in Frost Cemetery.

She was a native of Corsicana and had lived in Frost since 1913.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Vivian Boyd, of Blooming Grove and Lillian Smith of Houston; and five grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, June 24, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • The last name is misspelled in the obituary

Jodie Lee Sheppard
Apr 26, 1895 - Jan 21, 1981

Jodie Sheppard of Frost died January 21 as the result of a heart attack He was born April 26, 1895. He was a retired farmer.

Funeral service was held January 22 at the Frost Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Baggett officiating.

He is survived by his widow Lucinda and other relatives and friends.

Interment was in Frost Cemetery under the direction of the Frost Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Jan 28, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mittie Eudora (James) Smith-Ellis
Mar 11, 1901 - Feb 8, 1981

Mrs Mettre Ellis died in Navarro County Memorial Hospital Sunday, February 8. She was a resident of the IOOF Home in Ennis.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Frost Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank Williams and Rev. Gary Carroll officiating. Burial followed in the Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include five sons, Harvey C. Smith Junior of Carrollton, Bobby Smith of Dallas, Dashrell Smith of Whitesboro, Gerald Smith of Red Oak and Don D. Smith of Dallas; one sister, Edna Moore of Odessa; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Ellis was a lifelong resident of Frost and a member of the Rebekka Lodge in Frost and also the Frost Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey C. Smith Sr. in 1956, and her second husband, Lesley Ellis in 1968.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Feb 11, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Note: Her first name is misspelled in the obituary. Her husband, Leslie Owen Ellis, died in 1975.

Grover Eldridge Dortch, Sr.
Sep 9, 1899 - Feb 6, 1981

Grover E. Dortch of Frost died in Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Services for the 81 year old retired trucker were held at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church in Frost on Saturday, February 7, with Rev. Gary Carroll and Rev. Jim Baggett officiating. Burial followed in the Frost Cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, Frankie Dortch of: three sons, J. L. Dortch of Manville, James Dortch of Houston and Grover Dortch Jr. of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Don Norrell of Frost; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

One daughter, Juanita Miller, preceded him in death on September 12, 1980

Pallbearers were Bobby Ralston, J. O. Williams, Kenneth Logan, Jack Dortch, Charles Dortch and Bobby Itson.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Feb 11, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ocie Ilene (Moore) Neal-Grantom-Fields
Jul 5, 1907 - Jul 13, 1980

Ocie I. Fields, 73, of Frost died July 13, 1980 at the Grant-Buie Hospital in Hillsboro.

Funeral services were Tuesday in the United Methodist Church in Frost with Rev. Buddy Stepman and Rev. Dale Frost officiating. Burial followed in the Frost Cemetery.

Mrs. Fields was a lifetime resident of Frost.

Survivors include the husband, F. A. Fields of the home; a daughter, Bettye T. Thompson of MIdlothian; two sons, Earl M. Neel of Fort Worth and John F. Neel of Dallas; two step-sons, Richard Fields and Larry Fields of Kerens; three sisters, Lena Sanders of Hillsboro, Gertie Adams of California and Zela Shanks of Waco; two brothers, Ervin Moore of Frost and Fletcher Moore of Corsicana; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times, Wednesday, July 23, 1980
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Will Motto Nutt
Jan 4, 1909 - Jun 13, 1981

Will Motto Nutt, 72, of Frost, died Saturday at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Service was Monday, 3 p.m.
Frost Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Fortner officiating. Burial was in Frost Cemetery.

He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Billye Fread Nutt of Frost; three daughters, Mrs. Varnell Walton of Red Oak, Miss Ruth Nutt of Frost and Mrs Earline Pszybylowski; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Nathan Hamel, Dallas and Mrs. Ruth Camp, Grapevine; and a brother, Jess Nutt, Grand Prairie.
Pallbearers were Clyde Whittson, Jetty Wright, Ted Walton, Don Cunningham, Calvin Hamel and Gary Hamel.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, June 17, 1981
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • His wife's name is spelled "Billie" on the cemetery marker

Finnis Ewing McClure, Sr.
May 6, 1847 - Jun 1, 1926

Funeral Services Wednesday For F. E. McClure

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon June 2 for F. E. McClure in Frost Methodist church and interment in the Frost Cemetery.

Mr. McClure had many friends in Blooming Grove and Frost and has lived here for many years. He was in seeming good health when affected by a stroke of paralysis under which he lived only a few hours.

Mr. McClure died at the age of eighty leaving a wife and six children living. The girls are: Mrs. Fred Bonner and Mrs. Tom Harrington, the boys are Billie, Jim, Louis and George.

The Masonic lodge had charge of the burial.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, June 4, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Judy Sherron (Malone) Schronk
Sept 14, 1943 - June 16, 2012

Judy Sherron Schronk, 68 of Ft. Worth, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012 in a Ft. Worth hospital. Judy was born Sept. 14, 1943 in Frost.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the Frost Cemetery under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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James Preston Morrison, Sr.
Jul 13, 1875 - Nov 30, 1947

J. P. MORRISON FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY AFTERNOON
J. P. Morrison, aged 72 years resident of the Emmett community about 40 years died at his home at Emmett suddenly Sunday morning at 1:30 o’clock.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Emmett Baptist church with internment in the Emmett cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. T. Fisher, Methodist minister of Mertens and Irene churches.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alice Morrison, Emmett; three sons, R. E. Morrison, Buckholts; J. E. Morrison, Fort Worth and J. P. Morrison, Jr., Arlington; five daughters, Mrs. H. M. Hester, Italy, Mrs. J. W. Lyles, Dallas; Mrs. W. B. Chatman, Big Spring; Mrs. G. B. Lambert and Mrs. Faye Lassiter, both of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Zeppie Turman, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Birtie Thummell, Dallas; Mrs. Gertha Berryhill, Ennis, and Mrs. Willie Turns, Bowie; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Prentice Stroder, Edward Stroder, Jimmie Cathey, Troy Conner, L. V. Dunagan and Calvin Dunagan.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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Brenda Kay Holcomb
b. & d. June 7, 1949

Rites For Infant Held Wednesday
Funeral services for Brenda Kay Holcomb, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Holcomb of Corsicana, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday, were held from the Griffin Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial was in the Emmett cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, pastor of the Corbet Baptist Church.

Surviving are the parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Holcomb, Mrs. A. A. Horn and L. L. Bonner all of Corsicana.

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Wilbur Noel Hollingsworth
Feb. 23, 1931 - May 26, 1947

Mexia Youth Killed When Plane Crashes

MEXIA, Tex. , May 27.—(AP)—Injuries suffered in a plane crash yesterday proved fatal last night for Wilbur Hollingsworth, 16 son of Noel H. Hollingsworth, President of the First National Bank. Young Hollingsworth was piloting a small highwing monoplane when it crashed five miles south of here near Point Pleasant.

Mrs. Hollingsworth, mother of the youth, formerly was Miss Cecilia Stephenson and resided in Emmett years ago.

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James Oscar Miller
Dec 13, 1902 - Apr 16, 1948

EMMETT NATIVE DIED IN DALLAS HOSPITAL FRIDAY
James Oscar Miller, 44, of Henderson, died in Dallas Friday. Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Walter Cannon, Carlisle, Texas.

Miller was born and reared in the Emmett community and formerly resided here. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stonewall Miller of Emmett.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth Miller, Henderson the former Miss Ruth Powers of Frost; a son Billy Miller, Dallas; five brothers, G. Wheeler Miller. San Angelo; Fletis J. Miller, Longview; Garland E. Miller, Palestine; Ross Miller, Palestine; and Jerry Miller, Palestine; three sisters, Mrs. Mark Allen, Amarillo; Mrs. Thurman Bond, Garland, and Mrs. P. R. Stroder, Emmett, and other relatives.

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Thomas Luke Shirley
Apr. 3, 1864 - Apr. 3, 1948

T. L. SHIRLEY DIES AT EMMETT; RITES ARE HELD SUNDAY
Funeral services fro T. L. Shirley, aged 84 years, of Emmett, who died Friday morning, were held on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Irene Methodist church. Burial was in the Salem cemetery.

Native of Tennessee, Shirley resided in the Blue Ridge community prior to moving to the Emmett community 42 years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Emmett, a daughter, Mrs. G. S. Cook, Colorado City; four grandchildren, a nephew Otto Northern, Emmett, a niece, Mrs. L. G. Bills, Loving, Texas, both of whom were reared by Mr. and Mrs. Shirley; two brothers, Ed Shirley, Milford, and Ammon Shirley, Gatesville, and other relatives.

Shirley had returned home Tuesday where he had spent the past five months with his daughter and family.

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Elbert Lee Moore
Jun. 30, 1879 - Jan. 14, 1951

E. L. Moore Rites At Irene Monday
E. L. Moore, 71, retired farmer, of Irene, died in the P. and S. Hospital early Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held at Irene Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Salem cemetery. He was a Baptist. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, Frost Baptist pastor.

A native of Drane, Navarro county, Moore resided in the Emmett community for many years and later at Salem, Hill county, before retiring several years ago.

Surviving are a son, Melton Moore, Galveston; two daughters, Mrs. Byford Winn, Irene, and Mrs. Norwood McMinn, Andrews; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers, W. P. Moore, Frost, and I. L. Moore, Mustang, Denton County; a sister, Mrs. Bettie Conway, Abilene, and other relatives, including a nephew, Paul Moore, and a niece, Miss Mayme Moore, both of Corsicana.

Nephews were pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 15, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Myra Lee (Melton) Moore  2nd wife Adline (unk) Moore; s/o George Elbert “Ed” Moore & Martha Jane (Elkins) Moore buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Emmett, Texas


Martin Samuel “Sam” Ballew
Jan 9, 1906 - May 8, 1951

Emmett Native Dies In Ft. Worth
Sam Ballew, 45, native of Emmett died in Fort Worth hospital Tuesday.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Beaton Baptist church in Fort Worth, Masons had charge of the graveside rites.

Surviving are his wife, five daughters, Doris Jean, Sammie Jo, Maxine, Mary Sue and Paula Ballew; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ballew, all of Fort Worth; three sisters, Mrs. Obed Horn, Frost; Mrs. Irvie Gill and Mrs. Leo Stephens, both of Fort Worth; a brother, Alvis Ballew, Fort Worth; grandmother, Mrs. Martin Lindsey, Mexia, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 14, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Mount Olivet Cemtery, Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, Garden of Memories
  • h/o Jewel (Raley) Ballew s/o Jacob Franklin Ballew and Mary Delusia (Lindsey) Ballew buried in Prairie Grove cemetery, Emmett, Texas

Clementine Zolena “Clemmie” (McAfee) Smith
Nov. 18, 1889 - Feb. 2, 1952

Former Resident Rites At Graham
Mrs. Clemmie Smith, 63, widow of the late Russell Smith of Frost and Corsicana, died in an Amarillo hospital Friday following an operation.

Funeral services were held at Graham, where interment was made, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Smith was born at Emmett and resided in Corsicana several years before moving to West Texas and later to California.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bill McGlothlin, Dumas; a son, Clark Smith, Los Angeles; five brothers, I. D. McAfee, McAllen; Dee McAfee, Compton, Calif., Rev. Edmond McAfee, Arkansas; R. E. McAfee, Penelope, and Richard McAfee, Alameda, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Eva Mitchell, Graham; Mrs. Mattie Fagala, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Georgia Johnson, Graham, and Mrs. Ollie Daniels, Frost, and a number of other relatives.

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INFANT TWINS Davis
Feb 15, 1925 - Feb 15, 1925


Mr. and Mrs. Horace Davis have the sympathy of many friends in the loss of twin infants.

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Ray Whitfield
Aug 13, 1931 - Jun 20, 2012

Ray Whitfield went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born Aug. 13, 1931 in Retreat to Ed and Neva Whitfield.

After high school, he married the love of his life, Mary Todd Odom in 1951. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954. He and Mary made their home in Corsicana until 1961 when they moved to Dallas, where they lived for the next 40 years. Ray received his first degree at Southwestern Seminary and then received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in 1977, and finally his Master’s Degree at North Texas State University. He worked for the Dallas County Community College district as a professor in the engineering department. He retired after more than 20 years with the college district. Following his retirement, they moved back to Corsicana in 2001. He was very active in the church, teaching Sunday school and serving as a Deacon in the Baptist Church.

Ray was extremely talented in so many areas, including an ability to paint or draw just about anything, make a computer from nothing, and build a beautiful violin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Ray is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Todd; brother, Don Whitfield of Dallas; brother-in-law, Ronny Odom and wife Marsha; six nieces and three nephews; and numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Jessie Covington Speed
Jul 12, 1892 - Jul 25, 1936

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD ON SUNDAY FOR WELL KNOWN CORSICANA MAN
Funeral services for Jess C. Speed, aged 44 years, well-known Corsicanan, who died suddenly Saturday night, were held at the Emmett Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock with interment in the Emmett cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Burleson, pastor of the church.
Mr. Speed was a native of Navarro county. He served in the Navy during the World War and was a well-known rig-builder and oil field worker. Speed was a deputy sheriff here for several years.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Jess Speed, Jr.; a daughter, Hester Ruth Speed, all of Corsicana; father, E. A. Speed, Corsicana; a brother, Jim Speed, California; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Edmondson, San Angelo.
The Corsicana American Legion had charge of the rites at the grave, and were pallbearers.
Corley Funeral Home had charge of funeral arrangements.

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Wilton Rexford McAfee
Nov 13, 1926 - Jan 5, 1934

LITTLE BOY DIED FRIDAY MORNING; BURIAL AT EMMETT
Wilton R. McAfee, seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira D. McAfee, died at the family home 1504 Maplewood, Friday morning at 10 o’clock and the funeral was held from the home Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with burial in the Emmett cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. Edgar Neal, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his parents, four sisters, Mrs. Thelma Ware, Corsicana; Mrs. Vivian Ferguson, Harlingen; Mrs. Willie Frost, Longview; and Miss Grace McAfee, Corsicana; two brothers, H. D. McAfee, city chemist, Corsicana, and Ira D. McAfee, Jr., Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

Singers were Mrs. Boyce Martin, Mrs. A. L. Absher, Kelly McKeofn and Wiley Burdine.

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David Hooks Williams
Jun 15, 1825 - Sep 29, 1916

Capt. Dave Williams of Cryer Creek Died Friday.
Capt. Dave Williams, an ex-Confederate soldier, died at the family home near Cryer Creek Friday. The deceased was on old settler and his death brings to a close and eventful life. He was an enthusiastic soldier in the War between the States, lining up on the side with the gray. He was in many hard fights and was several times wounded. As a citizen Capt. Williams was a man known for his piety and his home was always open to the needy. He lived his religion every day and practiced his Christianity persistently. He was a good man.

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Lula E. (Ray) Douglass
Aug 24, 1888 - Jul 30, 1911

Cryer Creek News.

Our community has been called upon to mourn the loss of a good woman, Mrs. Douglass wife of C. C. Douglass. She died Sunday afternoon and was buried Monday afternoon at Grange Hall Cemetery, services being conducted by Bro Newberry of Barry.

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Rev. Mackley Walden Hux
Oct. 9, 1852 - May 28, 1931

RETIRED MINISTER DIED SUDDENLY AT DAUGHTER’S HOME
Rev. M. W. Hux, aged 79, retired primitive Baptist minister, died suddenly about 10 o’clock Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ada Tharp, 1326 West Thirteenth avenue. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Friday morning from the residence with interment in the Grange Hall Cemetery at Cryer Creek, with Rev. Williams L. Phillips conducting the last rites.

The deceased had been in ill health for several months but was able to be up and around the house, dropping over suddenly Thursday morning while fully clothed. He is survived by two sons; J. E. and Walter Hux of Como, Hopkins county; four daughters, Mrs. S. I. Gathright, Mrs. Molly Herrin, Mrs. Ada Tharp, Mrs. Mackie James, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Carl Gathright, Eddie Gathright, Burkie Gathright, Lee Gathright, Willie May Gathright, W. B. Walters, J. C. Dempsey and P. C. Brown.

Corley-McMahon Funeral Home will direct the funeral.

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Funeral Services For Aged Retired Minister Friday

Funeral services for Rev. M. W. Hux, aged 79, retired primitive Baptist minister, who died suddenly Thursday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ada Tharp, 1326 West Thirteenth avenue, were held from the residence at 11 o’clock Friday morning with Rev. William L. Phillips conducting. Interment was in Grange Hall Cemetery at Cryer Creek.

The deceased was survived by four daughters and two sons.

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

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Minnie Sota "Mama Minnie" (Russell) Garlington-Walker 
Jul 4, 1870 - Jan 19, 1963

Mrs. Walker, 92, Cryer Creek Merchant Dies
Mrs. Minnie Garlington Walker, 92, Cryer Creek merchant more than 70 years, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday. She is believed to have been Navarro county’s oldest merchant.

Born July 4, 1870, she came to near Cryer Creek when 12 years of age and established a general store at Cryer Creek July 17, 1890. She served 7 ½ years as postmistress of the Cryer Creek post office, located in her store.

Mrs. Walker’s store at Cryer Creek is a colorful business and has through the years served a variety of products and merchandise for the farming area in that section of Navarro county.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Grange Hall Cemetery near Cryer Creek.

Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, conducted the services.

Surviving are her husband, J. E. Walker, who is ill in Arkansas; a sister, Mrs. Ben Garlington, Athens; a brother, Dr. Paul S. Russell, Baytown; two granddaughters, Mrs. Billy C. Butler and Mrs. Dwayne Magee both of Cryer Creek, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Claude Hollingsworth, Leone Reed, C. L. Rhodes, Loyd Gillen, Carroll Boswell and Less Kitchens.

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Brandi Nicole Snowden
Nov 11, 1980 - June 27, 2012

Brandi Nicole Snowden of Corsicana was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the age of 31.

Brandi was born Nov. 11, 1980 in Mexia to her parents Sammie and Rickey Dabney of Corsicana and father Jessie Lee Snowden Jr. of Oklahoma.

She is preceded in death and will be laid to rest by her Maw-Maw Mozelle Montgomery.

She is survived by her two daughters, Makalynn Elmore, 13 and Ali Beck,
7 both of Corsicana; two brothers, Chris Montgomery and wife Tammie of Frost and J.R. Snowden and wife Ashley of Corsicana; nieces, Carie, Heather and Alexus Montgomery of Frost and Ashley Diane Snowden of Corsicana; aunts and uncles, Willie and Jack Kuykendall of Corsicana, Orval and Rhonda Montgomery of Ennis, Donald and Diane Montgomery of Corsicana, Linda and Mario Hernandez of Corsicana, Doris Navarro of Corsicana, Beverly and Simon Yangmera of Corsicana, Gloria, Linda, James and Betty Snowden and also numerous cousins.

Graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Kenneth Hutchison officating. Pallbearers will be Joey, Justin, Clay, Colton, Dakota and Logon.

In lieu of flowers donations will be accepted at Citizens National Bank.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dorothy Helen (Jordan) Lowe
July 6, 1929 - July 6, 2012

Dorothy Helen Jordan Lowe, 83, of Kerens, formerly of Sour Lake, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Harbor Hospice, Beaumont. She was born July 6, 1929, in Art, to Clara Brandenberger Jordan and Ernest Max Jordan, and had resided in Kerens for the last seven years. Dorothy retired from teaching at Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District, Sour Lake.

Survivors include her children, Dewilyn Carney and her husband, Bobby, of Kerens; Duane Lowe of Bridge City; Dorothea Raiford and her husband, Dee; and Deborah Piper and her husband, Jackie, all of Sour Lake; Darrell Lowe and his wife, Diedra, of Lumberton; and Darlene Boles and her husband, Jimmy, of Sour Lake; brother, Sterling Jordan of Mason; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Dewey Lee Lowe.

A gathering of Mrs. Lowe’s family and friends will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, July 8, 2012, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her graveside service will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2012, at Rosedale Cemetery, Old Beaumont Road, Sour Lake.

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Vernon Leamon Spicer, Sr.
July 15, 1925 - June 30, 2012

Vernon Leamon Spicer Sr., 86, passed away June 30, 2012. He was born July 15, 1925 in Malakoff to Leamon and Bessie Spicer.

Vernon retired from the City of Corsicana Parks and Recreation in 1990 after many years of service.

He is preceded in death by daughter Donna Mechell and sister Dorothy Waller.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Vernell and Ken Faris of Frisco; son and daughter-in-law, Vernon Spicer Jr. and Maria of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Steven Spicer and Brandi of Corsicana. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Joann Spicer of Corsicana; brother-in-law Alvin Waller of Gun Barrel City; and his beloved companion, Margaret Huggins of Kerens. Also left to cherish his memory are granddaughters Debbie Mathews of Payne Springs and Sarah Spicer of Corsicana; grandsons Clayton Miller of New Brunsfel, Shane Spicer, Cody Spicer, Colby Spicer, Cole Spicer and Coy Spicer, all of Corsicana, James Hanna III and Daniel Hanna; 13 great-grandchildren and numerous great-great-grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Ronald L. Vernia
Jan 17, 1927 - July 2, 2012

Mr. Ronald L. Vernia, age 85, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012 at his home in Corsicana. He was born January 17, 1927 to Anna and Ernest Vernia in Odebolt, Iowa.

He served in the US Navy during World War II and was a wonderfully loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was best known to all as “Poppa Fix-It”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Sue of Corsicana; sons, Michael Vernia and wife Dorene of Issaquah, Washington, David Vernia and wife Dora of Rose Hill, Kansas; daughters, Julie Gibson and husband Virgil of Frierson, Louisiana, Lisa Sykes of Corsicana, and Georgia Bonner and husband Tracy of Pocatello, Idaho; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Faber and husband Joe of Wichita, Kansas; sister-in-law, Janet Vernia of Puyallup, Washington; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and close friends, Jan and Mark Nanny of Corsicana.

A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jason Cargo officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Odebolt, Iowa.

Pallbearers are Shawn Vernia, Nicholas Vernia, Cody Vernia, Justin Vernia, Ben Tais, Phillip Risher, Drew Sykes and Lucas Bonner.

Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 3000 W. Hwy 22, Corsicana, TX 75110.

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Bobby Wayne Waller
June 28, 1942 - July 3, 2012

Bobby Wayne Waller, 70 of Emhouse and formerly of Dawson, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at his home.

Bobby was born June 28, 1942 in Dawson to Ethel Lena Waller. He was raised in Dawson where he attended school. Bobby lived most all of his life in Navarro and Ellis Counties and worked for the City of Ennis, Corsicana Brick Company and as a self-employed mechanic. He loved working on tractors and also horses and riding.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 1983 and by a sister, Alice Toten.

Survivors include a daughter, Kim Riemenschneider and husband, Larry of Dawson; a step-son, Chuck Ellison and wife, Wendye of Ennis; a brother, Frankey Piksie and wife, Dorce of Fort Worth; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews including Melinda Lane and husband, Freddie of Dew.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard with Rev. Les Mantonya officiating.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Billy Don Watkins
Jul 31, 1941 - Jul 4, 2012

Billy Don Watkins, 70, of Corsicana, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. He was born July 31, 1941 in Cryer Creek.

Billy Don set a wonderful example for his children and grandchildren of honesty, dependability and the value of hard work. He began working at
12 years old at the Donut Shop and later worked as an electrician for Almos Thomas and Carl Wayne Morris. He began his own business, Watkins Electric and Air Conditioning, in 1964 at age of 22. He enjoyed being able to work alongside his family serving the needs of his community.
He loved his family deeply and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. They will cherish memories of Sunday dinners, fishing at the Colorado River, hunting in Llano, and helping PawPaw out at the shop.

Billy Don was preceded in death by his grandparents Gus and Eliza Littlejohn, father Leonard Watkins, mother Juanita Bower, and step-father Rex Bower.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha Graham Watkins, son Terry Watkins and wife Ann, and son Lance Watkins and wife Damara, all of Corsicana. He is also survived by his grandchildren Grayson Watkins and Graham Watkins and step-grandson Ian Cunningham all of Corsicana. Billy Don is also survived by his sister Patsy Warren and husband Larry of Corsicana, brothers Ray Bower and wife Debbie of Katy, Texas and Rex Bower, Jr. of Philadelphia, Penn., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Corsicana at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012 with internment following at Hamilton Beamon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Powell, Mark Hansen, Doug Hansen, Freddy Drew, Ray Bower and Alan Powell. Honorary Pallbearers are Charles Slate, Larry Daniel, Bill Register, and John Smith.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Special Olympics c/o Eddie Ross, 527 Lexington Dr., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 5, 2012
  • Submitted by Karen Rost & Diane Richards
  • h/o Martha Frances (Graham) Watkins s/o Leonard Allen Watkins (buried in Dresden cemetery) and Juanita Jo (Littlejohn) Watkins-Bower (step-father Rexford Eacil “Rex” Bower, Sr) Rex and Juanita are buried in Oakwood)

Walter Milburn Schronk
Feb 8, 1901 - Nov 8, 1963

Walter Schronk Expires Friday
Walter schronk, 62, died at his home at Emmett Friday afternoon of a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Eubanks Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with burial in the Fairview cemetery in Hubbard.

Surviving are his wife of Emmett, two daughters, Mrs. Eddie Baker, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Buddy Morris, Childress, and four grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Nov 9, 1963
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • obit says Fairview cemetery, Hubbard, Texas -- Death cert. says Walling Lutheran, Malone, Texas
  • h/o Alvina (Zibilske) Schronk; s/o John B. Schronk & Emma (Sonnenburg) Schronk

Florence Ada (Kennedy) Dunagan
Mar. 26, 1883 - Feb. 14, 1964

Mrs. Dunagan Dies Thursday

Mrs. Luther Dunagan, 80, formerly of the Emmett community, died at Tahoka Thursday.

Surviving are her husband of Tahoka, 10 children and other relatives.

The family resided in the Emmett community until 1926 and have made its home in Tahoka since that time.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, February 17, 1964
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Tahoka Cemetery, Tahoka, Lynn County, Texas
  • w/o Albert Luther Dunagan; d/o Robert Henry Kennedy & Willie (Franklin) Kennedy

Fred Marion Turner
Sep 26, 1894 - Oct 11, 1964

Hold Services Fred M. Turner

Funeral services for Fred M. Turner, 70, who died in Memorial Hospital Sunday, were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Cass French, Jr., pastor of the Second Avenue Baptist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Native of Raleigh, he was reared at Emmett and connected with the Raleigh telephone exchange for years. He had been employed here by the Whistler Machinery and Supply Company.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. LaVerne Voss, Corsicana, and Mrs. Bonnie House, Wichita Falls; a grandson; three sisters, Mrs. Gracie Hall, Raleigh; Mrs. Macie Moore, Waco, and Mrs. Lucy Barnett, Salem, Ark., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sam Melton, Clarence Hall, John Reeves, Harvey Hollingsworth, Jim Griffin and Troy Sykes.

Notes:

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Fred M. Turner Dies Sunday

Fred M. Turner, 70, native of Raleigh, 600 East Fifth avenue, died in Memorial hospital Sunday.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. O. L. McCollum, pastor of the Fairview Baptist church in Raleigh.

Turner was reared at Emmett and was connected with the Raleigh telephone exchange for a number of years. He was employed by the Whistler Machinery and Supply Company.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. LaVerne Voss, Corsicana, and Mrs. Bonnie House, Wichita Falls; a grandson, three sisters, Mrs. Gracie Hall, Raleigh; Mrs. Macie Moore, Waco, and Mrs. Lucy Barnett, Fort Smith, Ark., and other relatives.

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Cora Jane (Reeves) Haddox
Sep 14, 1885 - Feb 13, 1965

Mrs. Haddox Dies Saturday
Mrs. Cora Haddox, 79, formerly of Emmett and Brushie Prairie communities, 2011 West Fourteenth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning.

Arrangements are incomplete at the McCormick Funeral Service at Blooming Grove.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ella Hagle, with whom she resided here, several sons and other relatives.

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Garland Ernest Miller
Sep 13, 1910 - Feb 27, 1973

G. Miller
EMMETT—Funeral services for Garland Miller, 62, who died in a Palestine hospital Tuesday morning, were to be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Bailey Funeral Home in Palestine. Burial was to be in Palestine Cemetery.

Miller was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stonewall Miller of Emmett. He was a native of Emmett, a member of the Baptist church and a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Miss Carolyn Miller of Houston, and Mrs. Patricia Calcoate of Palestine; one brother, Roy L. Miller of Irving; two sisters, Mrs. P. R. Stroder of Emmett, and Mrs. Ruth Pond of Garland; and two grandchildren.

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Dora M. (Scott) Jones-Owens
Jul 19, 1877 - Nov 13, 1926

MRS. OWENS BURIED HERE LAST SUNDAY

Mrs. Dora Owens, wife of Will Owens and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, died at her home in Italy Saturday, Nov. 13, after several days illness.

Mrs. Owens leaves three children. Rev. H. A. Conway, her pastor conducted the funeral service which was held in Italy. The remains were brought to Rose Hill cemetery in Blooming Grove for interment, Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Owens had lived in Blooming Grove for a number of years, moving from here to Italy a few years ago.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 19, 1926
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

William Brinkley Parker
1845 - June 4, 1913

Mr. W. B. Parker Dead.

Mr. W. B. Parker for many years a prominent citizen of Kerens and business man of that place, died at Dallas where he had been taken to undergo an operation for appendicitis. He stood the operation well the disease had been allowed to run too long, and had so poisoned the system that a turn was taken for the worst and he gradually sunk until death occurred Wednesday. The remains were brought here from Dallas Wednesday, evening and taken on to his home at Kerens where interment occurred Thursday afternoon, attended by a large assembly of his neighbors and friends several going out from Corsicana. At the time of his death, he was a member of the board of managers of the State Orphans home, and had filled that position under two administrations, having the confidence of both Govs. Campbell and Colquitt, and that confidence was shared by every citizen of Kerens and surrounding community. His death has brought a genuine pang of sorrow to the hearts of all his neighbors.

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Lelia Martin (Wisener) Daniel
Apr 9, 1860 - July 16 1956

Kerens Pioneer Expires Monday, Services Tuesday

Mrs. T. S. Daniel, Sr., 96, pioneer East Navarro county resident, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Dale Owen, in Kerens early Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Kerens Presbyterian church with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Hudson McNair. Mrs. Daniel was a life-long member of the Presbyterian church.

Born, April 9, 1860 in Boone's Hill, Lincoln county, Tenn., Mrs. Daniel came to Navarro county and the Kerens area when only nine years of age.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Owen, and Mrs. Clyde Beck; two sons, Joe M. Daniel and Jere Daniel, all of Kerens; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

A son, T. S. Daniel, Jr., mayor of Trinidad, died one week ago following an extended illness.

Pallbearers will be John Beck, Robert Hamilton, Jere Daniel, Jr., Robert Daniel, Theo Daniel and Lacy Garrett.

McCammon will direct.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - July 17, 1956 Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Theophilus Smith Daniel Sr.
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Richard Mays "Dick" Holiman
Jan 9, 1908 - July 2, 1958

Thursday Rites For Dick Holiman

KERENS, July 3. -(Spl) - R. M. "Dick" Holiman, 50, farmer, lifelong Rural Shade resident, died of gunshot wounds at his home Wednesday afternoon. Melvin Penney, justice of the peace, returned a coroner's verdict of death from gunshot wounds, self-inflicted.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church Thursday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee pastor.

Surviving are his wife and a son, Richard Holiman, both of Kerens; two brothers, Rowe Holiman, Kerens, and Ebin Holiman, Midland, two sisters Miss Anna Holiman, Terrell, and Mrs. Bill Cole, Midland and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Earl Henderson, Marvin Henderson, C. F. Henderson, Clyde Mahoney, Roy Howell and John Phillips.

Inmon directed.

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Dewain Turner
Feb 1, 1934 – Aug 8, 2009

Dewain Turner of Mildred passed away on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, after enduring a lengthy but bravely fought battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born Feb. 1, 1934, in Post, the only child of Dessie and Arthur Turner. He grew up in Odessa.

At the age of 16, he went in search of work on a ranch in Odessa. He was taken in by Mrs. Ratliff and her daughter Mary Ratliff-Hurt to work on the Ratliff ranch and was shown great love. He lived in a bunk house and worked on the ranch and both ladies saw to it that he returned to high school. Dewain had taken a brief time out of school to work to support his mother who had been ill at the time. While attending Odessa High School he met his sweetheart, Clidie Jo Brown, who was in the same ninth grade class.

After graduating from Odessa High School, Dewain joined the Marines during the Korean War. He received the National Defense Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and Korean Service Medal. After completing his call of duty to the Marines, he returned to Odessa where he promptly married Clidie Jo on Aug. 21, 1955. They would have been married for 54 years in just a few days. Dewain and Clidie moved to Bryan, where he worked and also attended Texas A&M; University. Later they moved to Corsicana in 1960 and then to Mildred. They were blessed with two daughters.

Dewain Tuner was a member of First Christian Church. He was a Master Mason and a Shriner. During his lifetime he worked as a Texas State livestock inspector, an owner and operator of Navtex Feed and Supply, ran a mail hauling business to Dallas, and owner and operator of C&T; Trucking, where he spent many years driving his brown Peterbilt delivering pipe in the oil field in Caldwell. However, his most loved and best known choice of work was cowboying and breaking horses.

After retiring from the oil field, he returned to Mildred full time where he was able to spend time with his sweetheart on a daily basis and go back to ranching. He loved the time he spent in the pastures with his horses, cattle and cow dogs. Many people knew him best as a patient, helpful man who drove a flatbed brown 1972 Chevy loaded with his cow dogs. Anytime someone called and needed help he would go or if he saw someone who needed help on the side of the road he would stop. Up until just a few years ago, people were still calling for him to bring his dogs to go after that ornery cow they had that was hiding in the brush.

Dewain Turner was not only a dedicated husband, but a truly special dad. He spent many hours with his girls teaching them to ride horses, care for livestock properly, and lead by example on how to treat people by using gentle words and listening to what they have to say. Most importantly, he showed his girls how to always count on God through life’s journey. Even as young girls helping him pen cows, he never ever hollered at his daughters even when the cows would get away a couple of times. He was a wise man and could think through anything and he never ever rushed and never put himself first. He felt truly blessed to have two wonderful sons-in-law and thought of them as sons and was so very proud to be a grandfather to four grandchildren. He will be truly missed. He accepted the path that was ahead for him because he knew God was with him and it was just the way it was going to be. His only concern was for his family that he loved. “The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.” — Psalm 32:10.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

The service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery in Mildred.

Pallbearers will be Tim Weber, Rex Broaddus, Derek Broaddus, Matthew Weber, Blake Broaddus and A.C. Crawford. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Chandler, Dr. Ray Carroll, Dr. J.D. Carroll, Rudy Carroll, Dr. John Harper and Clayton Smith.

Dewain Turner is survived by his loving wife, Clidie Jo Turner; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lela Mary (Turner) Weber and Tim Weber of Harlingen and Sarah Jane (Turner) Broaddus and Rex Broaddus of Caldwell; and grandchildren, Matthew Weber, Catherine Weber, Derek Broaddus and Blake Broaddus.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Mary Lala (Miles) Lakin
May 28, 1940 - Sept 5, 2010

Mary Miles Lakin, 70, of Chatfield, passed Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will be at Old Chatfield Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Fred Elisha Gray
Jan 9, 1884 - Jan 31, 1958

Former Resident Dies In Houston

Fred Gray, 74, retired, native of Navarro county, died in Houston early Friday morning, according to information received by a sister, Mrs. E. E. Hamilton of Corsicana. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Gray of Navarro county.

Funeral services will be held in Houston probably Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of Houston; two sons, Fred S. Gray, Houston, and C. E. Gray, Lubbock; one granddaughter, One grandson, two sisters Mrs. A. C. Grant, Yuacipa, Calif. and Mrs. Hamilton, Corsicana; a foster-brother, Fred D. Davis, Kilgore, and other relatives.

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Vesta (Highnote) Brocker-Holloway
d. Jun 1964

Hold Services
Mrs. Holloway

Funeral services for Mrs. Vesta Holloway, 76, native of Retreat, who died at her home, 521 North Twelfth street Tuesday, were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Earl Batey, pastor of the Central Baptist church. Mrs. Holloway was employed at the K. Wolens Department Store for many years.

Survivors include one daughter Brocker, Grand Prairie; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Huck, Houston; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. W. Brocker, Dallas; four grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were E. H. Powell, J. D. Ingham, Earl Ingham, Lawrence Tilton, Francis Jot Borsellino and Jim Highnote.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - July 1, 1964
  • Maiden: Highnote
    Marriage1 : Brocker
    Marriage2: Holloway
  • Submitted by Tim Childress
     

Wesley Philip Brooks
May 16, 1874 - Nov 21, 1928

Kaufman Farmer Dies
KAUFMAN, Texas. Nov. 22. - W. P. Brooks, Kaufman farmer, died in a Forney sanitarium. The body was sent to Streetman for burial. Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife and several children.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Tracy, historian for Forney Texas
  • Dallas Morning News

Hubert Earl Wyatt
Sep 24, 1900 - Mar 10, 1957

Hubert E. Wyatt
Expires Sunday

Hubert E. Wyatt, 57, retired farmer, died at a McKinney hospital Sunday after an extended illness.
Graveside rites will be held at the McCord cemetery south of Frost Tuesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Earl G. Harper, pastor of the First Methodist church in Frost, officiating.
Wyatt had resided at Frisco for the past 18 months, but was reared in the Emmett community and operated a farm several miles southwest of Frost until he moved to Frisco in 1955.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. J. B. Wyatt, Frisco; three sisters, Mrs. Walter Barnes, Frisco; Mrs. Ruth Martin, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Ruby Erickson, San Marcus, Calif.; two brothers, Herman Wyatt, Melissa, Texas, and Jesse Wyatt, Hewlett, Va., and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Delia Catherine (Moore) Turner
Apr 30, 1875 - Sep 1, 1957

Mrs. Delia Turner Dies At Raleigh

Mrs. Delia Turner, 82, died at her home in the Raleigh community Sunday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p. m. from the Dresden Methodist church with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. O. H. Dockary, Wharton Assembly of God pastor, assisted by Rev. Elkins, Frost Assembly of God minister.

A native of Panola county, Texas, Mrs. Turner resided in the Emmett community three years prior to moving to Raleigh 46 years ago. The family operated the Raleigh telephone exchange for 25 years.

Surviving are a son, Fred Turner, Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. J. E. Barnett, Salem, Ark.; Mrs. Macie Moore, Waco, and Mrs. Henry Hall, Navarro Mills; a brother, Charlie Moore, Longview; five sisters, Mrs. Lillie Keating, Timpson; Mrs. Mollie Porter, Mrs. Ada Hammett, Mrs. Ida Hammett and Mrs. Lula Jimerson, all of Henderson; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Mamie Priscilla (Goodman) Long
Jan 5, 1882 - Dec 4, 1958

Mrs. Long Dies Houston Clinic

Mrs. Mamie Long, 76, of Dawson, life-long Navarro county resident, widow of the late W. M. Long, died in the M. D. Anderson Clinic in Houston Thursday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist church in Dawson with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

Mrs. Long was born at Raleigh and resided at Emmett for many years.

Surviving are two sons, Hayden Long, Midland, and Roy Long, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Earl Griggs, Frost; Mrs. Lorene Hayes, Tyler; Mrs. Homer Crawford, Fairfield, and Mrs. Fred Langridge, Dallas, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.

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Nellie “Sis” (Miller) Speed-Terrell
Jun. 25, 1900 - Oct. 19, 1959

Mrs. Terrell Rites Thursday

Mrs. Nellie Speed Terrell, 59, native of Emmett and former Corsicana resident, died in a Montrose, Colo., hospital Monday night following a heart attack, relatives here were advised.

Funeral services will be held at Montrose Thursday with internment there.

Mrs. Terrell was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stonewall Miller of Emmett.

Surviving are her husband of Montrose, Colo.; a son, Jess Speed, Jr., Olympia, Wash.; a daughter, Mrs. Jennie Bowers, Pampa; two grandsons, four brothers, F. J. Miller, Longview; Jerry and Garland Miller, both of Palestine, and Bill Miller, Snyder; two sisters, Mrs. P. R. Stroder, Emmett, and Mrs. Thurman Pond, Garland; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Miller, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Richard Wightman McAfee
May 24, 1906 - Nov. 23, 1961

Emmett Native Rites Tuesday

Richard W. McAfee, 56, native of Emmett, died of a heart attack at his home in Stoney- Ford, Calif., Thursday, according to information received by relatives here.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Paradise, Calif.

Surviving are his wife, three children, all of California; four sisters, Mrs. A. A. Fagala, Blooming Graove; Mrs. Evie Mitchell, Dallas; Mrs. J. S. Johnson, Graham, and Mrs. Ollie Daniel, Emmett, teacher at Uvalde; three brothers, Dee McAfee, Los Angeles, Calif.; Rev. Edmond McAfee, Mineral Springs, Ark., and Rufus McAfee, Hillsboro, and other relatives.

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Fannie Victoria (Burrows) French
Apr 04, 1866 - Nov 08, 1961

Mrs. French Rites Friday

Mrs. Fannie French, 98, former resident of Navarro county, died in Fort Worth Wednesday noon. She was the widow of the late Wesley French, Confederate veteran, and long-time resident of the Emmett community.

Funeral services will be held at the Brushie Prairie Methodist church Friday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Brushie Prairie cemetery.

Surviving are a number of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives, Mrs. C. L. Flynn of Corsicana is a granddaughter.

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Anna F. “Annie” (Lonsford) Ridgell
Feb. 17, 1898 - Jul. 18, 1962

Mrs. Ridgell Dies Wednesday

Mrs. Horace Ridgell, 62, the former Annie Lonsford, died Wednesday at Seagoville.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church in Seagoville with burial there.

A native of Pursley, Mrs. Ridgell formerly resided in the Emmett and Corsicana communities.

Surviving are her husband of Seagoville; a son, H. C. Ridgell, Jr., Amarillo; a brother, Will Lonsford, Mansfield; a sister, Mrs. Walter Richardson, Dallas, and other relatives including two nieces, Mrs. Charlotte Ann Jackson and Mrs. Joe Libal, and a nephew, Mera Levins, all of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 19, 1962
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Rose Lawn Cemetery, Seagoville, Texas
  • w/o Horace C. Ridgell, Sr; d/o William W. Lonsford & Addie (Coward) Lonsford

A. G. Dunagan
Jan. 29, 1910 - Jul. 27, 1973

A. G. Dunagan
Word has been received here of the death of A. G. Dunagan, 63, former resident of Navarro County who died in Joliet, Ill. Friday morning after a lengthy illness.

He was a native of the Emmett

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 29, 1973
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Caroline (UNKNOWN) Dunagan & Velma (Ritter) Dunagan; s/o Callie Bayward Dunagan and Audie Nora (Shuttlesworth) Dunagan buried in Prairie Grove cemetery, Emmett, Texas
  • Buried at Peaceful Valley Cemetery, Odin, Marion Co., IL

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A. G. Dunagan
Word has been received here of the death of A. G. Dunagan, 63, former resident of Navarro County who died in Joliet, Ill. Friday morning after a lengthy illness.

He was a native of the Emmett community and the son of Mrs. C. B. Dunagan of Corsicana.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday at the Wilson Chapel in Odin, Ill.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Dunagan of Corsicana; three brothers, Otis Dunagan of Corsicana, Joe Dunagan of Mansfield and Curtis Dunagan of Bryan; five sisters, Mrs. Van King of Corsicana, Mrs. C. W. Hambrick of Olney, Tex., Mrs. S. W. Guinn of Graham, Tex., Mrs. Dean French of Irving, and Mrs. Melvin Baker of Lubbock; and other relatives.

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James Wilson Scott
Mar 28, 1903 - Nov 25, 1975

J. W. Scott

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for J. W. Scott, 72, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday in Dallas.

The Rev. J. D. Baker and the Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate, with burial following at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was a native of Emmett and resident of Corsicana 60 years. He was also a former employe of Texas Miller Products Inc. and a member of the First Pentecostal Church of God.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana, a daughter, Mrs. Less Richards of Corsicana, a son, Allen Boone of Tevah, Iran; a step-daughter, Mrs. Juanita Barham of Lewisville, Ky.; two grand-daughters, Mrs. Linday Ward of Urugay, South America and Mrs. Scottie Hartis of Corsicana; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Nix of Washington and Mrs. Beatrice Downs of Corsicana.

Pallbearers include Gary Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Denton Brown, Ralph Dudley, Donald Williams, and Larry Gosser.

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Hattie Love Sumner
July 17, 1874 - May 14, 1958

Thursday Rites For Miss Sumner
Funeral services for Miss Hattie Sumner, 83, native of Navarro county, who died at the Twilight Home Wednesday afternoon, were held Thursday at 4 p.m. from the Dresden Methodist church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Paul A. Pound, pastor of the Landmark Baptist church, and Rev. Denzil Wright, Methodist pastor at Blooming Grove.

Surviving are a brother, Emmett Sumner, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Corley directed.

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James Edgar Morrison
Oct 31, 1900 - May 16, 1949

Tenant Stabbed In Dispute Over Rental Charges

FORT WORTH, May 16.—(AP)—James Edgar Morrison, 48, was fatally stabbed today in a dispute with his landlord over the rent for the single room where Morrison lived with his wife and four children.

The landlord, Silvan J. Stiles, 56, told a Star-Telegram reporter he stabbed Morrison with a five-inch hunting knife after the latter struck him on the shoulder with his fist.

Peace Justice Frank Hurley returned an inquest verdict of homicide. Police said Stiles charged Morrison $10 a week rent “plus $5 or $6 a week for “extras.”

Stiles said Morrison threatened to go to OPA and he advised him to move out.

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Mary Ann "Mollie" (Bradshaw) Powers
1846 - Jul 9, 1927

COUNTY NEWS
FROST
Special to the Sun.
Frost, Texas, July 14.

Mrs. M. A. Powers died at her home her Saturday night and was buried Sunday afternoon in the Emmett cemetery. The services were held at the City Tabernacle and was conducted by her pastor, Chas. B. Diltz.

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Mary Ann (Lavorn) Toal
Dec 17, 1830 - Jun 12, 1916

Dear Chats: Our hearts were made made last Tuesday. Grandma Toal died at Dawson Monday night and was buried at the Emmett cemetery Tuesday. Rev. Mr. Conway, who served as pastor for sixteen years at Emmet, preached the funeral service. There was a large crowd present. Eight or ten automobiles filled with people came from Dawson. Grandma Toal was 87 years old and has been living near Emmet for years. She was well known for miles around. She has lived a consistent Christian life and has been a member of the Baptist church since 1866. She leaves four children and many friends to mourn her loss. Her children are three boys and one girl living, J. A. Toal of Dawson, Charley Toal of Fort Worth and Mrs. W. L. Bailey of Emmet. I cannot give the oldest son’s name just now. Grandma Toal died at the home of J. A. Toal of Dawson, but I can say, weep not, children, for mother. She can not come back to you, but you can go to her. Her trials and sufferings are over and now she can enjoy the sweet bye-and-bye.

June 19.
UNCLE JOHN

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James Franklin Coxsey
Apr 1856 - Oct 11, 1910

Letter From Uncle John.

First thanking our kind e4ditor for the past in being so kind in publishing our badly written letters, dear Chats, I will endeavor to tell you how things are in the West End.

Jim Coxey, 54, years of age, one of our good neighbors, died near Gatesville last Tuesday. He was out there on a visit to some relatives and was taken with a congestive chill and only lived a short time. His remains were shipped and landed at Irene Wednesday evening and he was buried in the Emmett cemetery Thursday at 12 o’clock. His funeral services were held by Rev. Conway of Dawson. Mr. Coxey leaves two sons and a daughter and a host of friends and other relatives to mourn his loss. Mr. Coxey was a good man; always attending to his own business. He was a member of the Baptist church and was a regular attendant at church and Sunday school and was always ready to carry his part. We all feel that we have lost a good man but our loss is heaven’s gain. Now we can only trust Him who doeth all things well. Mr. Coxey’s children are all grown, his daughter being married. Mr. Coxey’s wife preceded him several years ago and he has been living with his children for years.

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Oscar McCreary
Mar 30, 1913 - Sept 22, 1976

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens for Oscar McCreary, 63, resident of Rt. 1 Kerens, who died Wednesday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. W. T. Broadus, pastor, will officiate, and burial will follow at Good Hope Cemetery in Powell. Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Survivors include a son, Willie McCreary of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Beulah White of Dallas and Mrs. Ruby Nell Ferguson of Fort Worth; four brother, Moses McCreary, Eulac C. Glenn of Fort Worth and Earl Goffney of Amarillo; and John Stocton of Los Angeles, Calif.; six sisters, Mrs. Nola Harris, Mrs. Aresia Moye and Mrs. Ola M. Embry, all of Fort Worth, Mrs. Sarah Kilgore of Kerens, Mrs. Carry Cobbs and Mrs. Ann Williams both of Los Angeles, Calif., six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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