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William Clarence Langham
Jul 1896 - Mar 27, 1937

WAR VETERAN WAS BURIED TUESDAY IN CEMETERY AT RICE

Funeral services for William C. Langham, 41, veteran of the World war, who died Saturday with a heart ailment, were held from the Methodist church at Rice, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. R. W. Nations.

Mr. Langham had been engaged in the oil business in Jackson, Miss., for the past several years. He served overseas in the Thirty-Sixth division during the war.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. R. M. Langham and two sisters, Mrs. N. S. Bell and Mrs. W. E. Edmondson, all of Rice.

Funeral arrangements were directed by the Hodge Funeral Home of Rice and the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Lola Bell Hughes
Jul 1, 1900 - Jan 29, 1966

Order Autopsy On Dead Woman

An autopsy was ordered Saturday morning on the battered body of Lola B. Hughes, about 65, found dead about 100 yards from the farmhouse where she and her brother lived on the Fortson-Sanders farm northeast of Chambers creek.

Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse said early Saturday afternoon that a 42-year-old friend of the family had been picked up for questioning. He was reported by her brother, C. L. Hughes, to have come to the house between 1 and 2 a.m. Saturday.

The sheriff said the man related that his car became stuck in a mudhole near a levee almost a mile from the farmhouse where the victim resided and that she (Miss Hughes) left the stalled car to go for help and he slept in the automobile. The sheriff said the man being questioned said he did not see Miss Hughes after she left his car.

The sheriff said the automobile was found mired in the mud as related by the family friend.

The body was found by the brother Saturday morning when he discovered she was missing and started a search.

Judge Tipton is withholding a coroner’s verdict pending the autopsy findings and additional investigations.

W. H. Tipton, justice of the peace, and Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse said the body was skinned, bruised and scraped in various areas and the arms were broken and her slippers were discovered in a nearby ditch. The body was clothed in a petticoat and a house coat, Judge Tipton said.

Sheriff Pevehouse said the body was frozen to the ground and that the brother was so upset he was taken in an officer’s car to Memorial hospital where he was treated by a physician and then accompanied Deputies Harold Pitts and Dude Blackmon back to where the body was found for further aid in the investigations.

Jimmy Morris, county attorney, ordered the autopsy.

The body was taken to the hospital in a Griffin ambulance.

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No Complaints Filed In Death Of Rice Woman

No complaints had been filed Monday in the investigation into incidents surrounding the death of Miss Lola B. Hughes, 65, of Rice, who was found dead Saturday morning about 100 yards from the family residence, Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse said Monday.

A friend of the family detained for questioning was released Monday morning after two examinations by polygraph into information about the death of the Rice woman.

Samples of blood part of the stomach and other vital organs secured in the autopsy performed during the weekend on the order of W. H. Tipton, justice of the peace, were taken to Austin Monday by Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Chambliss to be analyzed by the Texas State Department of Safety laboratory.

The person questioned said that he and the victim had been riding and the automobile became mired in a mudhole about a mile from the farmhouse where Miss Hughes and her brother resided and that she (Miss Hughes) went for help and did not return. He said he went to sleep in the car and did not see her again.

The brother, Charlie Hughes, said he discovered his sisters’ body Saturday morning when he instituted search and found her in the edge of a field, frozen to the ground. Officers said both arms had been severely injured and that she was bruised and “scraged” on various parts of the body.

County and state officers are continuing investigations.

Funeral services for Miss Hughes were held Monday at 1 p.m. from the Methodist church in Rice with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. David Williams, pastor of the Northside Assembly of God church, assisted by Rev. D. C. Dugger. She was a member of the Rice Assembly of God church.

Surviving are a brother, Charlie L. Hughes, Rice; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Bray, Sulphur, Okla., and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were James Bray, Lester Bray, J. R. Whitehead, A. A. Whitehead, Ott Loper and Don Loper.

Corley directed

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COUNTY JAIL

A white man held for investigation in the death of Miss Lola Bell Hughes was released by sheriff’s officers.

The Corsicana Daily Sun
Monday, January 31, 1966

Submitted by Diane Richards

Autopsy Shows Exposure Is Death Cause

Reports from an autopsy performed on the body of Miss Lola B. Hughes, 65, found dead early Saturday, indicate that she died of exposure and not by foul play Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse stated Tuesday. The sheriff said the autopsy, ordered by Judge w. H. Tipton, was performed by Dr. John W. Barnes, pathologist.

Blood and other specimens from the body of the deceased were taken to the Department of Public Safety in Austin for laboratory examinations by Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Chambliss but a report had not been received Tuesday.

Judge Tipton said it was his understanding that the examination in the autopsy showed death from exposure and that the broken arm and other injuries were not sufficient to have caused her death. He is not returning a coroner’s verdict, however, until a report from Austin is received.

A friend of the family was detained for questioning and Monday was released from custody.

A brother, Charlie Hughes, also of Rice, reported his sister left their residence between 1 and 2 a. m. Saturday with a friend of the family and when she had not returned Saturday morning, instituted a search that discovered his sister’s body frozen to the ground about 100 yards from the farmhouse.

Officers quoted the friend of the family that he and Miss Hughes went riding at the early hour and their automobile became mired near a levee and they were unable to get the vehicle out of the mud. He said the woman left to get help and he did not see her again—that he had slept in the car.

Sheriff Pevehouse said that investigation of the man’s statement revealed the stuck automobile at the location he reported. He also underwent polygraph examinations that tended to substantiate his statements.

Miss Hughes was buried Monday afternoon following services at the Rice Methodist church. Interment was in the Rice Cemetery.

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Charlie Lester “Chock” Hughes
Feb 21, 1908 - Sep 18, 1972

C. L. Hughes

Services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday at a local funeral home chapel for Charlie Lester “Chuck” Hughes, 64, of Rice who died Monday morning at Memorial Hospital. Rev. B. W. Johnson officiated, and burial was in Rice cemetery.

Hughes was a retired farmer and resident of Rice.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Ethel Bray of Sulphur, Okla., and a nephew, Howard J. Hughes of Mesquite.

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Jessie B. Hughes
Jun 15, 1910 - Jun 2, 1957

Jessie B. Hughes Services Tuesday

Funeral services for Jessie B. Hughes, 46, Rice farmer, who died in Memorial Hospital Sunday following a year’s illness, were held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church here, assisted by Rev. McCushion of Waxahachie.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Verlin Hughes; a son, Howard Hughes, two brothers, Alvis and C. L. Hughes, all of Rice; two sisters, Miss Lola Hughes, Rice and Mrs. Ethel Bray, Sulphur, Okla., and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Clarence Mahaley, Kesler Bradley, Al Shelton, Virgil Atchley, Jess Atchley, A. B. Jarrett.

Corley directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 4, 1957
  • h/o Verlin Lorene (Whitehead) Hughes s/o Charles Henry “Charlie” Hughes and Martha Ann (McCurdy) Hughes
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Verlin Lorene (Whitehead) Hughes
Jul 13, 1923 - Mar 20, 1962

Hold Services For Mrs. Hughes

Final rites for Mrs. Sue Hughes were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice with interment in Rice cemetery.

Officiating were Rev. McCutchin, Rev. Jack Bell, Baptist minister of Wortham, and Rev. Claude Gorden, pastor, First Baptist church, Rice.

She was a native of Navarro county, Mrs. Hughes, 38, died Tuesday at Memorial hospital.

Survivors include one son, Howard J. Hughes, Rice; six brothers, J. I. and Audrey Whitehead, both of Fort Worth; Charlie Whitehead, Albuquerque, N. M.; T. C. Whitehead, Trinidad; I. L. and T. C. Whitehead, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Ruby Self, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Charlie Murphey, W. C. Mahaley, Albert Horton, Al Shelton, Floyd Brewer, Dooley Wear, Henry Swafford and Herman Simmons.

Corley directed.

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Patience Harriett “Pate” (Sprayberry) Watson, Allen, Grooms
Apr 11, 1853 - Jan 21, 1932

RICE
RICE, Jan. 28.—(Spl.)—Mrs. P. H. Grooms, aged 78, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. R. Long, Thursday morning at 10:15, following an illness of five days duration, Mrs. Grooms joined the Baptist church in early childhood and remained a faithful member until death. She made many friends and was loved by all who knew her during her residence in Rice. Surviving are six daughters, two sons, 36 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The children are Mrs. L. B. Bullard, Mrs. J. T. Hobbs, El Dorado, Ok., Mrs. Ida Lybrand, Willard, N. M.; Mrs. G. R. Long, Rice; Mrs. R. M. Fielder and Mrs. W. A. Carr, Dallas; C. A. Allen, Littlefield and H. E. Grooms, Dallas. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the First Baptist church, and were conducted by Rev. George Henry. Interment was in the Rice cemetery under direction of W. F. Hodge, local undertaker, in the midst of a beautiful floral offering. The pallbearers were: J. D. Spencer, Clifford Spencer, Irvin Adarin, W. C. Long, Ben Law and Jesse Bradford. The out of town relatives and friends here to attend the funeral were Mr. And Mrs. J. T. Hobbs and Mrs. L. B. Bullard and son of El Dorado, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Fielder and children, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Carr and children, and H. E. Grooms of Dallas; Miss Lizzie Harlee, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Clutts, Mrs. Tanner, Mrs. W. M. McClain, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Low, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bradford, Mrs. Spencer and son, Clifford, and Mrs. Pearl Bostic of Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 29, 1932
  • 1st husband unk Allen 2nd husband Pierce Lewis Grooms married Jan. 19, 1888; d/o Uriah Sprayberry & Elmira (Bell) Sprayberry
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Jewell (Grizzard) Lightsey
Jul 25, 1900 - Jul 19, 1932

Dallas Hospital Head Passes Away; Buried in Rice
RICE, July 21.—Funeral services for Mrs. Jewel Lightsey, aged 31 years, superintendent of the Parkland Hospital in Dallas, who died in Dallas Tuesday, were held in Dallas Wednesday afternoon and the body was brought overland to Rice where interment was made.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Marie Stone and a brother, Joe Grizzard, both of Dallas.

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Joseph Clemons Perry
Jan 16, 1897 - Mar 15, 1966

J. C. Perry Of Rice Expires

J. C. Perry, 69, retired Rice farmer, died Tuesday morning in Memorial hospital.

Native of Jacksonville, he had spent practically all of his life in Navarro county.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Harris, Fort Worth; Mrs. Phillip Byrd, Hatsville, S. C.; and Miss Pam Perry, Rice; four sons, Richard and Clemons Eugene Perry both of Rice; Robert Bruce Perry, Fort Worth, and J. C. Perry, Jr., Dallas; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister, Mrs. Allie Rainey, Dallas; a brother, Charlie Perry, Conroe, and other relatives.

Arrangements pending arrival of relatives. Corley will direct.

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Thursday Rites For J. C. Perry

Funeral services for J. C. Perry, 69, retired Rice farmer, who died Tuesday morning in Memorial hospital, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. T. Davis, Baptist minister.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Harris, Fort Worth; Mrs. Phillip Byrd, Hattisville, S. C., and Miss Pam Perry, Rice; four sons, Richard and Clemons Perry, both of Rice; Robert Bruce Perry, Fort Worth; and J. C. Perry, Jr. Dallas; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a brother, Charlie Perry, Conroe and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. G. Ross, Paul Pennington, Dan Pennington, Earl Pennington, Harold Pennington, Edward Rhyne and Ray Hopkins.

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Opal Dean Norwood
Oct 18, 1925 - Jun 26, 1932

LITTLE GIRL DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL SUNDAY EVENING

Opal D. Norwood, aged six years, died at the Navarro Clinic Sunday evening at 7 o’clock and the funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock at Hamilton cemetery, where interment will be made. She had been making her home with an uncle, L. A. Gideon, Blooming Grove.

Surviving are a sister, Mary Ruth Norwood, and two brothers, Miller and Glenn Norwood.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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OPAL D. NORWOOD BURIED MONDAY IN HAMILTON CEMETERY

Funeral services for Opal D. Norwood, aged six years, who died at the Navarro Clinic Sunday evening, were held at
Hamilton cemetery Monday afternoon at 6:30 o’clock, where interment was made.

The little girl had been making her home with an uncle, L. A. Gillean, at Blooming Grove.

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

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Mary Ethel (Lane) Vinson-Dunn
Apr 11, 1881 - Dec 21, 1936

MRS. DUNN BURIED TUESDAY AFTERNOON HAMILTON CEMETERY

Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Mary Dunn, aged 55 years, 715 North Commerce street, who died Monday morning at the P. and S. Hospital after a short illness with pneumonia, were held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. Houston Birmingham, Assembly of God church pastor.

Surviving are her husband, W. R. Dunn, Corsicana; three sons, Roy Vinson, El Paso; Herman Vinson, Waco; and Loren Vinson, Avalon; two daughters, Mrs. W. E. Renfro, Lubbock, and Mrs. Roy Moore, Corsicana; eight grandchildren, three brothers, Bell Lane, W. O. Lane, and L. L. Lane all of Corsicana; and eight sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Reed, Corpus Christi; Mrs. W. B. Kistler, Tyler; Mrs. C. R. McAfee, Amarillo; Mrs. W. M. Pickett, Fort Worth; Mrs. J. J. Bowen, Santa Anna, Calif.; Mrs. D. F. Duke, Blooming Grove; Mrs. J. O. Robinson, Lindale; Mrs. Mable Turman, Orange, Calif., and other relatives.

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Fred T. Wilson
Mar 5, 1900 - Apr 9, 1963

Hold Services Fred T. Wilson
Funeral services for Fred T. Wilson, 62, Northwest Apartments, who died in Memorial hospital early Tuesday, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Paul Wiseman, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church and Rev. Bobby Baldree.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Fred O. Wilson, Dallas, and James D. Wilson, Corpus Christi; one daughter, Mrs. Louis Tanner, Corsicana; three grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Dewey Holden, Phoenix, Ariz.; and step mother, Mrs. H. D. Wilson, McMinnville, Tenn.

Pallbearers were John Love, Howard Denbow, James E. Watson, J. O. Carver, Paul Slaughter, Lyman Barnes, Lloyd K. Carraway, A. A. Copeland and Bill Green.

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Silas Edward Hamilton
Jan 26, 1874 - Oct 4, 1962

S. E. Hamilton Services Held

Funeral services for S. E. Hamilton, 88, who died in the Veterans Administration hospital in Marlin Thursday, were held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the Griffin chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Chester Moss of Tyler, Graveside services were conducted by Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF, of which he was a long-time member, at Hamilton cemetery.

He was a native of Tennessee, but had been in Corsicana most of his life. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son Edward (Buck) Hamilton, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Shellie Morgan, Houston, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were H. J. Bryant, J. I. Ellett, J. H. Wigley, T. L. Gragg, Clyde Bryant and J. S. Gordon.

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James Alexander Covington
Feb 25, 1886 - Sep 26, 1972

J. A. Covington

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel for James A. Covington, 86, of Corsicana and native of Macon, Ga., who died Tuesday night at Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Robinson.

Covington was a retired farmer and rancher and a deacon in the Baptist Church for 25 years. He was a member of the Dawson Masonic Lodge. He was married to Lillie Mae Coffey, Dec 14, 1913 at Jester, Texas.

Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery and Rev. J. C. Coffey will officiate.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. James A. Covington of Corsicana; a son, James W. Covington of Garland; two daughters, Mrs. Edith Parker of Waco and Mrs. Marie Thompson of Dallas; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Tucker Covington of Purdon; and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Coffey of Corsicana and Mrs. Annie Ward of Levelland.

Pallbearers will be Harold Dean Coffey, Chester Duke, Johnny Covington, Pete Thompson, Jerry Reeder and Jack Duke.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Sep 27, 1972
  • h/o Lillie Mae (Coffey) Covington married Dec. 14, 1913 s/o Elias Hershel Covington and Mary (Martin) Covington
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Laura May (Calvert) Thomason
Mar 2, 1877 - Apr 13, 1938

POWELL WOMAN DIED WEDNESDAY NIGHT; BURIAL ON FRIDAY

Mrs. Laura May Thomason age 61 years, died at her home in the Powell community at 11:20 Wednesday night and funeral services will be held from the Church of Christ at Powell Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by A. E. Walker, Church of Christ minister, Waxahachie. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Thomason was a native of Tennessee but had resided in the Powell community about 37 years and was well known in that section.

Surviving are her husband and the following children. Vernon Thomason, Corsicana; Clifford Thomason, Waco; Earl Thomason, Kerens; Mrs. Belle Gotcher, Powell; Mrs. Bessye Eubanks, Corsicana; Mrs. Lovena Lassiter, Powell; Marie, Alton and Mattie Thomason, all of Powell; three sisters, one brother and other relatives.

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Joshua Elliott Thomason
Jan 28, 1876 - Feb 12, 1946

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD THURSDAY FOR JOSHUA E. THOMASON

Funeral services for Joshua E. Thomason, aged 70 years, Powell, Route 1, who died at the residence of a daughter, Miss Marie Thomason, 613 North Fourteenth street, Tuesday, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Powell Church of Christ. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by James A. Johnson, minister of the West Side Church of Christ here.

Surviving are four sons, Vernon Thomason, Fort Worth; Clifford Thomason, Waco; Earl Thomason, Kerens, and Alton Thomason, Powell; five daughters, Mrs. Bell Gotcher, Powell; Mrs. Lovenia Lassiter, Navarro; Miss Marie Thomason and Mrs. Bessie Murphy, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Gertrude Gilcrease, Powell; five sisters, Mrs. Mattie Truelove, Blooming Grove; Mrs. T. J. York, Baton Rouge, La.; Mrs. Maud Richardson, Houston; Mrs. Mary Burleson, Huntsville, and Mrs. Eva Scoggin, Sherman, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Feb 14, 1946
  • s/o George Washington Thomason & Samantha Jane “Martha” (Gowan) Thomason buried at White Church cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Annie Marie Thomason
Oct 20, 1911 - Mar 13, 1946

FUNERAL RITES HELD THURSDAY FOR MISS ANNIE MARIE THOMASON
Funeral services for Miss Annie Marie Thomason aged 34 years, who died at the P. and S. Hospital at 7:30 o’clock Wednesday morning following a stroke at her residence, 613 North Fourteenth street, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Church of Christ in Powell. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by James A. Johnson, Corsicana Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are four brothers, Vernon Thomason, Fort Worth; Clifford Thomason, Waco; Earl Thomason, Kerens, and Alton Thomason, Powell; four sisters, Mrs. J. N. Gotcher and Mrs. Gertrude Gilcrease, both of Powell; Mrs. Jesse Lassiter, Navarro, and Mrs. Bessie Murphy, Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Charles Kent, Milton Johnson, W. D. Ainsworth, Murry Allsup, Morgan Lowe and Pat Cave.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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George Earl Thomason
Feb 22, 1901 - Nov 6, 1976

Earl Thomason
KERENS—Funeral for Earl Thomason, 75, who died here Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Kerens. The Rev. Van Houser will officiate, with burial in Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Daris Ann Segerlind of Houston; Martha Fields of Kerens, and Mrs. Janice Colvin of Carthidge; two sons, James E. Thomason of Waco; Allen Thomason of Spokane, Washington; by three brothers, Vernon Thomason of Corsicana; Clifford Thomason of Austin; and Alton Thomason of Powell; by two sisters, Belle Gotcher of Powell and Mattie Gilcrease of San Antonio; by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Ward Martin Berry
Feb 2, 1913 - Dec 8, 1945

Dawson Resident Fatally Stricken

Ward Berry, aged 32, years, reared at Dawson, died suddenly in his truck at Marshall, Texas, Friday. Funeral services were held from the Dawson Methodist church Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Bowman, pastor of the church. He resided in Dallas and was a traveling salesman.

Surviving are four brothers, Chilton Berry, Carlos Berry and Horace Berry, all of Dawson, Jerry Berry, Houston, and a sister, Miss Carrie Berry, Virginia, and other relatives.

Wolfe and Dobson directed.

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Carlos Dawson Berry
Sep 19, 1897 - Dec 6, 1962

Berry Brothers Of Dawson Die Within Hours

Two brothers at Dawson died Wednesday night and Thursday.

Jerry Berry, 62, died Wednesday night at his home in Dawson. His brother, Carlos D. Berry, Dawson postmaster, 65, died in Memorial Hospital Thursday following an extended illness.

Jerry was a farmer and rancher while Carlos had been postmaster for 15 years.

Funeral services for Jerry Berry was held from the First Methodist church in Dawson at 3 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor of First Baptist church, and Rev. William Horick, pastor.

Services for Carlos Berry will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Methodist church in Dawson with interment in the Dawson cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, Methodist pastor at Kerens, and Rev. William Horick, pastor.

They are survived by their wives, two brothers, Chilton Berry, Waco, and Horace Berry, Dawson; and a sister, Miss Carrie Berry, Maryland.

Jerry Berry is also survived by two sons, William J. Berry, Midland, and Richard A. Berry, Fort Worth; a daughter, Mrs. Florence Turner, Houston, and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers for Jerry were Bill Baker, Charles Fondren, C. M. Newton, Jr.; James Etter, J. B. Hale and Wardean Teakell.

Pallbearers for Carlos will be Bill Moore, Neil Clark, Norman Summers, John F. Freeland, Charles Johnson, Cloyce Floyd, Leamon Phillips and Clide Pierce.

Eubanks Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

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Jerry Lewis Berry
Oct 4, 1900 - Dec 5, 1962

Berry Brothers Of Dawson Die Within Hours

Two brothers at Dawson died Wednesday night and Thursday.

Jerry Berry, 62, died Wednesday night at his home in Dawson. His brother, Carlos D. Berry, Dawson postmaster, 65, died in Memorial Hospital Thursday following an extended illness.

Jerry was a farmer and rancher while Carlos had been postmaster for 15 years.

Funeral services for Jerry Berry was held from the First Methodist church in Dawson at 3 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor of First Baptist church, and Rev. William Horick, pastor.

Services for Carlos Berry will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Methodist church in Dawson with interment in the Dawson cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, Methodist pastor at Kerens, and Rev. William Horick, pastor.

They are survived by their wives, two brothers, Chilton Berry, Waco, and Horace Berry, Dawson; and a sister, Miss Carrie Berry, Maryland.

Jerry Berry is also survived by two sons, William J.
[should be William Taylor Berry] Berry, Midland, and Richard A. Berry, Fort Worth; a daughter, Mrs. Florence Turner, Houston, and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers for Jerry were Bill Baker, Charles Fondren, C. M. Newton, Jr.; James Etter, J. B. Hale and Wardean Teakell.

Pallbearers for Carlos will be Bill Moore, Neil Clark, Norman Summers, John F. Freeland, Charles Johnson, Cloyce Floyd, Leamon Phillips and Clide Pierce.

Eubanks Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

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Murdock Andrew “Andy” Royall
Dec 16, 1876 - May 1, 1939

DAWSON MAN VICTIM ACCIDENTAL SHOT; BURIED TUESDAY

DAWSON, May 3.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Andy Royall, age 62 years, meat market owner, who was accidentally killed Monday, were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the local cemetery.

Royall was fatally wounded about 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home, it was stated when a pistol fell from a shelf while he was pulling clothes from a closet.

He was employed in government tick eradication work for many years before coming here a few years ago.

Surviving are his wife, of Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. Paul Potts, Dawson; a brother, Weldon Royall, Dallas and five sisters.

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Thomas Edgar Campbell
Jan 19, 1921 - Feb 12, 1991

Thomas Edgar Campbell

Thomas Edgar Campbell, 70, of Blooming Grove, died Feb. 12, 1991, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with James McKee officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 19, 1921, in Blooming Grove. He was a lifelong resident of Blooming Grove where he was a brick mason for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Ewing Campbell of Blooming Grove; one son, Timothy E. Campbell of Barry; two daughters, Marie Scott of Dallas and Elaine Campbell of Blooming Grove; one brother, John Hightower of Conroe; three sisters, Zolita Perkins of Montgomery, Ala., Martha Russell of Grand Prairie and Betty White of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister-in-law, Pat Campbell of Longview.

Pallbearers will be Don McGraw, Harold Jackson, Stan Dugan, Keith Tunnell, John Manley and E. A. Toten.

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Dr. Charles Franklin Campbell
Feb 23, 1923 - Jun 4, 1990

Dr. Charles Campbell

Dr. Charles F. Campbell, 67, of Diana, died June 4, 1990, at his residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rader Funeral home Chapel in Longview with the Rev. Bill Cunningham officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove,

He was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Blooming Grove, and lived in Shreveport for 20 years. He was a physician/surgeon.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Campbell of Diana; one son, Charles F. Campbell, Jr., of Austin; two daughters, Norma Wright of Fort Worth, and Maryetta Lee of Bryan, six grandchildren; two brothers, and two sisters.

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Willie L. (Roebuck) Gardner-Carroll
May 17, 1890 - Aug 26, 1981

Willie L. Carroll

Willie L. Carroll, 91, of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday in a Waxahachie hospital.

Service is 10 a.m. Saturday in the Blooming Grove Chapel with the Rev. Pumprey officiating. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Carroll is survivor by one son, Ralph R. Gardner, of Pampa; one sister Mae Bowman, of Georgetown; two grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

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Linda Joyce (Chambless) Pilot-Sons
Feb 15, 1951 - Jan 24, 1990

Linda Joyce Sons
Linda Joyce Sons, 38, of Fort Worth, died Jan. 26, 1990, in Nashville, Tenn.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Darlene Tilor of Nashville, and Wanda Louise Pilot of Pennsylvania; her mother, Wanda Gilley of Azel, Texas; her father, Lamuil Chambless of Grand Prairie; one sister, Pam King of Fort Worth; and four grandchildren.

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Clyde Clay "Bud" Childress
Feb 14, 1912 - Jan 14, 1987

Clyde Childress

Clyde C. “Bud” Childress, 74, of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Revs. Bruce Cotton and Buster Jorden officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Myra Jane Childress of Blooming Grove; three daughters, Marsha McGraw of Dallas, Clyda Jo Armstrong and Nancy Melton, both of Blooming Grove, a brother, Bill Childress of Emhouse; two sisters, Mrs. Tommy Ray Collier of Emhouse and Gracie Ward of Dallas; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Clyde Armstrong, Randy Melton, Ace Armstrong, Lee Armstrong, Aaron McGraw, Charles Ray Collier, Sonny Ray Doyle and Wimp Childress.

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Anna R. (Peeples) Clark
Jul 29, 1890 - Apr 8, 1969

Mrs. Anna Clark

BLOOMING GROVE (Sp)—Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday at McCormick Funeral Service Chapel for Mrs. Anna R. Clark, who died Thursday evening in Hillsboro.

She was a former Blooming Grove resident.

Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, and Blanton Brown, pastor of the Hillsboro Church of Christ and Willie Hamlin, pastor of the Seagoville Church of Christ, officiated.

She is survived by a half-sister, Mrs. Louise Davie of Whitaker, Calif.

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Cary Pierce Cobb
Jul 30, 1914 - Feb 25, 1992

Cary P. Cobb

Cary P. Cobb, 77, Silver City, died Feb. 25, 1992.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

He was a lifetime of VFW Post 4149 in Midland. He was a veteran of World War II, and was in the 555 B.N. He was 32 degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of the Karem Temple in Waco. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W. B. and Mamie Cobb, one brother, Joe Dean Cobb, and a sister, Mary R. Woodruff.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Cobb of Silver City; one son, Dennis Cobb of Houston; two daughters, Mary Jo Walman of Freeman, S. D., and Louise Hall of Amarillo; one sister, Wilma C. Reed of Barry; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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Lucy Ethel Coker
May 1, 1902 - Feb 13, 1982

Ethel Coker

Miss Ethel Coker, of Blooming Grove, died Saturday morning at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas.

Service will be today at 2 p.m. in the Blooming Grove Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Neal Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Survivors are one sister, Nanette Fowlkes, of Dallas, and several cousins.

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Maude Pearl (Barr) McGraw
Sep 9, 1907 - Feb 25, 1992

Pearl M. McGraw

Pearl M. McGraw, 84, of Corsicana died Feb. 25, 1992, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

She was a member of Eastern Star and a member of the Northside Baptist Church. She lived in Corsicana for 51 years.

She was preceded in death by a son, Cecil McGraw.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Earl McGraw of Corsicana; one son, Bill McGraw of Tool; one sister, Mrs. Roy Massengale of Barry; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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William Phillip "Bunk" Orme
May 7, 1900 - Apr 9, 1969

W. P. Orme

BLOOMING GROVE—(Spl)—William Phillip Orme, 69, former teacher, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening at his home. A native of Barry, he was a veteran of World War I, member of Masonic Lodge 497, and had farming interests here.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church with the pastor, the Rev. James Peppers, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Artalissa Kile, Richardson; Mrs. Martha McClure, Mesquite, and Miss Marjorie Orme, Blooming Grove; two sisters, Mrs. Inez Hunter and Mrs. Kathlene Harper, both of Dallas; six grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

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Comel (Hartley) Brooks
Jan 3, 1920 - Jan 12, 1987

Comel Brooks

KAMUELA, Hawaii – Comel Hartley Brooks, 66, of Kamuela, Hawaii and former resident of Blooming Grove, died Jan. 12.

A memorial service will be held 5-7 Friday in Kamuela.

She will be cremated.

Survivors include her husband, Billie; a son, Darwin; a daughter, Buni; three grandchildren; a sister, Beth Hartley Garcia of El Paso; and other relatives.

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Hubert “Dude” Hicks
abt 1899 - Feb 11, 1982

Hubert (Dude) Hicks

HOBBS, N.M.—Hubert (Dude) Hicks, died Thursday in Hobbs, N. M.

He was a native of Blooming Grove.

Service will be Monday in Hobbs, N. M.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hicks, of Blooming Grove.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Corren Hicks, of Hobbs; two brothers, Jim Hicks and the Rev. W. H. Hicks, of Hobbs; one sister, Tillie Smith, of San Diego, Calif.; several nieces and nephews in Corsicana, including Mrs. Jettie B. Watson, Mrs. Renda Robinson and Vernett Hicks.

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Mary Barbara (Marshall) White
abt 1941 - Jun 3, 1990

Barbara White

Barbara White, 49, of Plano, died June 3, 1990 in Plano.

Services were 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.

Survivors include her husband, Joe C. White of Plano; one son, David White of Germany; one daughter, Jennifer Nicholson of Arlington, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Marshall of San Antonio; two sisters, Ann Scott of Corsicana and Diane Frasier of San Antonio; one brother, Ray Marshall of Houston; one grandson, Michael Nicholson of Arlington.

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Lillian Mauldin
Sep 3, 1919 - Aug 26, 1981

Lillian Mauldin

Mrs. Lillian Mauldin service was Friday, 2 p.m., Lucas Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jody F. Wilkerson, Joe D. Fuller, D. R. White, B. F. Cooper, T. E. Huffman Jr., Coy Vaught, C. T. Gregory and J. A. Bishop.

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Harmon Delton Nevill
Apr 20, 1927 - Jan 27, 1990

Harmon Nevill

Harmon Delton Nevill, 66, of Mexia, died Jan. 27, 1990 at his residence in Mexia.

Services were 11 a.m. today at Porter Chapel in Mexia with Dick Fedell minister of Blooming Grove Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Mexia Cemetery. Porter Funeral Home in Mexia is in charge of arrangements.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in World War 11, and was a self-employed carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Jonita Nevill of Mexia; two daughters, Ann Ruth Collins of Palestine, and Betty Lou Nevill of the United States Navy; three sons, Randy Lee Nevill of Lufkin, Curtis Dale Nevill of Palestine, and Douglas Edward Nevill of Seattle, Wash.; three brothers, Darryl Nevill of Barry, Ed Nevill of Trinidad, and Buddy Nevill of Corsicana; four sisters, Martha Johnson of Corsicana, Doris Loosier of Corsicana, Lois Turner of Eureka, and Jean Bentley of Friona; and nine grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Charles Bentley, Sammy Loosier, Kenneth Beaird, Glen Beaird, Steve Nevill, Tommy Nevill, Mark Nevill, and Roger Nevill.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 29, 1990
  • Mexia Cemetery, Mexia, Texas
  • WWII Navy
  • h/o Marianne Atri (McElwreath) Nevill and Jonita (Montgomery) Nevill s/o Ansel Byron Nevill and Ora Elizabeth (Wright) Nevill
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ira Curt Woodall
Jan 26, 1917 - Jan 27, 1990

Ira Woodall

Ira Curt Woodall, 72, of Hubbard, died Jan. 27, 1990, in a Hubbard nursing home.

Services are 3 p.m. Monday at Wade Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Art Clodfelter officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

He was born June 26, 1917, in Amity, Ark., and lived in Hubbard for most of his life. He was a retired contractor from Brown and Root. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hubbard, and an Air Force veteran of World War 11.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Sam Woodall, in October 1986.

Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Hollingsworth of Corsicana, and Carolyn Anderson of El Mott; two sons, Randy Woodall, Streetman, and Ricky Woodall of Dawson; three sisters, Caralou Bankston of Waco, Dorothy Gordon of Port Gibson, Miss., two brothers, Capper Woodall of Dawson, and Kenneth Woodall of Port Lavaca; and eight grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 29, 1990
  • Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard Texas
  • Air Force WWII
  • h/o Frances Emma (Trompler) Woodall s/o Curt Woodall and Frances Alma (Bonner) Woodall
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Stella Blanche (Williams) Plyer
Sep 12, 1891 - Jan 24, 1990

Stella Plyer

Stella Williams Plyer (Mrs. A. H. “Pete”), 98, of Corsicana, died Jan. 24, 1990, at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services were at 1 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Encryptment was at 3:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Mausoleum in Dallas. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 12, 1891, in Peterstown, W. Va., and she was a member of the Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas, and was active in the James Campbell Chapter DAR, Dallas, and the Garden Study Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A. H. “Pete” Plyer, in 1979.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Rogers Ray of Corsicana; a son and daughter-in-law, A. H. “Pete” Plyer and Delores Plyer of Chicago; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry Mack Haney of Dallas; and one step-sister, Lillian Jones of Ocean Springs, Miss.

Pallbearers will be Theo Montfort, Dr. Robert Bone, Bruce Sullivan, James West, Zeno King, A. Wade Blackford, Verne Hale and Don Marett.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Myrtle Faye (Oller) Pevehouse
Mar 11, 1905 - Jul 28, 1968

Mrs. Pevehouse
Funeral services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Myrtle Fay Pevehouse, 63 native of this county, who died Sunday morning in Memorial Hospital.

The officiating minister will be J. Leathall Roberts, pastor of College Hill Church of Christ. burial will be in the Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lonny Hosch, Ralph Phillips, H. C. Autry, Jack Gandy, Billy John McKinney, and J. C. Hamilton.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Thomas J. Gandy, Commerce; three sisters, Mrs. Jettie Austin, Estancia, N. M.; Mrs. L. T. Young, Sherman, and Mrs. Alfred Reed, Leonard, Texas and several nephews and nieces including a niece, Mrs. Vernell Payne, Corsicana.

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Guy Alfred Tullos
Mar 9, 1904 - Jan 25, 1990

Guy Tullos
Guy Tullos, 85, of Frost, died Jan. 25, 1990, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Frost. The Rev. Todd Nivens and the Rev. John R. Marshall will officiate.

Burial will be at Frost Cemetery. Arrangements will be with Griffin Roughton Funeral Home Blooming Grove.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Frost.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrie Tullos, in 1981.

He is survived by three sons, Ernwood Tullos, of Denton, Max Tullos of Ft. Worth, and Jerry Tullos of Lubbock; one daughter, Sharon Ritaldi, of Dallas; one sister Lucille Hester, of Harlington, Texas, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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John Cleatus Putman
Oct 13, 1929 - Feb 24, 1992

John C. Putman
John Cleatus Putman, 62, of Navarro Mills, died Feb. 24, 1992, at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Methodist Church in Blooming Grove, with Marvin Moore officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery under direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

He was employed with Safeway from 1965 to 1987, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include his wife, Melba C. Putman of Navarro Mills; two sons, John Milton Putman of Navarro Mills and Sherman L. Putman of Blooming Grove; one brother, Y. M. Putman of Navarro Mills; five grandchildren; one niece; and two great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Bonner French, Elwyn Rhodes, Ronnie Reagan, Rusty Turner, Billy Hargrove and O. M. Bailey. Former employees of Safeway will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation or the Methodist Church in Blooming Grove.

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Egbert Patrick Mitcham
Nov 1894 - Jul 08, 1953

Brother Of Malakoff
People Dies; Rites
Held In Corsicana

Egbert P. Mitcham, brother of three Malakoff people, died Saturday, July 17, in the Navarro Clinic in Corsicana. He was 59 years of age at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held for the deceased on Sunday at the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery.

Surviving Mitcham are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, James W. Mitcham of Dawson and Ray Mitcham of Hubbard; five step- sons, Jesse White, USN, Albert White, USA, Deeps White, USN, Eddie White of Kennedale and Thomas Eugene O’Quinn of California; four daughters, Mrs. Hattie Neathery of Fort Worth, Mrs. Oline Bates and Mrs. Ruth Clark of Corsicana and Mrs. Erma Dean Tyler of Houston; five brothers, Julian Mitcham of Cleburne; Harry Mitcham of Michigan, Fate Mitcham and Elbert Mitcham of Malakoff and Lee Mitcham of Abilene; a sister, Mrs. Georgia Harry of Malakoff; thirteen grandchildren and one great- granddaughter.

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John Adger Harper, Sr.
Aug 31, 1878 - Mar 27, 1962

J. A. Harper, 82, Dies Tuesday; Rites Wednesday

J. A. Harper, 82, former city secretary for the City of Corsicana, died in New London Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel Wednesday at 3 p.m. with burial in Oakland Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church.

He was a native of Chatfield but spent most of his life in Corsicana.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Harry Auld, Corsicana; Miss Louise Harper, Longview, and Mrs. Morey Millerman, Abilene; a son, John Harper, Jr., Abilene; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother, Joe Harper, Ennis, and a sister, Mrs. Jim Mizell, Chatfield, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Eugene Robinson, Ray Lane, Ben Blackmon, J. E. Davant, R. A. Cooper, J. H. Noble, L. P. Forsythe, C. B. Haley, J. R. Hewell and R. A. Armistead.

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Myrtle (Guynes) Harper
Aug 24, 1882 - May 18, 1961

Hold Services For Mrs. Harper
Funeral services for Mrs. John A. Harper, 78, native of Corsicana, who died in Longview Thursday, were held Saturday at 3 p. m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

The family, formerly of Corsicana, had resided at Longview 19 years.

Surviving are her husband of Longview; a son, John A. Harper, Jr., Abilene; three daughters, Mrs. A. H. Auld, Corsicana; Miss Louise Harper, Longview, and Mrs. J. Morey Millerman, Abilene; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J. H. Noble, E. W. Robinson, R. A. Armistead, J. N. Garitty, Dr. W. R. Sneed, Roy Love, L. P. Forsythe and Jack R. Todd.

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Lawrence Elmer Hill
Jan 10, 1893 - Jan 22, 1970

Hill Services

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for L. E. Hill who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. James Peppers, with interment in Oakland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Doc Allen, George Robinson, Amos Harville, Wallace Roberts, Lester Jones, and Fred Richards.

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Wynder Newton Kenner
Jan 25, 1863 - Dec 11, 1930

W. N. KENNER DIES EARLY THURSDAY; NATIVE OF COUNTY
W. N. Kenner, aged 68 years native of Navarro county and resident of Powell, died Thursday morning at 1:45 o’clock at the residence of his son Paul Kenner, 515 West Fifth avenue, and the funeral services will be held from the residence of his brother W. R. Kenner, 1416 West Fifth avenue, Friday morning at 9:30 o’clock, with interment in the Bazette cemetery. Rev. Thomas Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church will conduct the services. He had been ill for some time.

Surviving are five children, Kathleen Kenner, Fitzgerald Kenner, Tom Kenner and Tyra Kenner, all of Powell, and Paul Kenner, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Leon Guynes, Corsicana; Mrs. C. W. Moore, Waxahachie, and Mrs. P. M. Parks, Dallas; two brothers, W. R. Kenner and Rod Kenner, both of Corsicana.

Active pallbearers will be J. G. Chrisatian, H. H. Hanks, R. L. Campbell, J. A. Jackson, E. P. Briethaupt, R. T. Montfort, D. Poindexter and John Sloan.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY BURIED AT BAZETTE CEMETERY

Funeral services for W.N. Kenner, aged 68 years, a native of Navarro county and long-time resident of Powell, who died here Thursday morning at 1:45 o'clock, were held from the residence of his brother, W. R. Kenner, 1416 West Fifth avenue, Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock with interment in the Bazette cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Surviving are five children, Kathleen Kenner, Fitsgerald Kenner, Tom Kenner and Tyra Kenner, all of Powell; and Paul Kenner, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Leon Guynes, Corsicana; Mrs. C. W. Moores, Waxahachie; and Mrs. P. M. Parks, Dallas; and two brothers, W. R. Kenner and Rod Kenner, both of Corsicana.

Pallbeares [sic] were J. G. Christian, H. H. Hanks, R. L. Campbell, J. A. Jackson E. P. Briethaupt, R. T. Montfort, D. Poindexter and John Cloan.

The funeral was directed ty the Corlye [sic]-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Litt Malone Pollan
Aug 1, 1891 - Apr 4, 1945

RICE FARMER IS FATALLY STRICKEN WITH HEART ATTACK

L. M. (Lit) Pollan, aged 53 years, died with a heart attack on his farm in the Rice community Wednesday morning shortly after 10 o’clock.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will probably be held Thursday at Rice.

Surviving are his wife, a son, W. J. Pollan, both of Rice; three sisters, Mrs. Ella McDowell, Mrs. R. E. Bounds both of Rice, and Miss Belle Pollan, Dallas; seven brothers, George Pollan, Jess Pollan and Horace Pollan, all of Rice; W. D. Pollan, Galveston; Charles Pollan, Ferris, Elbert Pollan and John D. Pollan, both of Dallas and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home in charge.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR L. M. POLLAN ARE HELD THURSDAY
Funeral services for L. M. (Lit) Pollan, 53, Rice, who died with a heart attack Wednesday morning at his farm, were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice. Burial was in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of the church.

Surviving are his wife a son, three sisters, seven brothers and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Capt. G. W. Pollan, Malone Pollan, Maurice Pollan, John Emmery Pollan, Lt. Milton J. Pollan and James Lee Pollan, all nephews.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home in charge.

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Simon Alford
died Jan 25, 1990

Simon Alford
Simon Alford of Corsicana, died Jan. 25, 1990 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Alvin Smith officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home.

He was a former employee of Bethlehem Steel Company and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include six daughters, Lois Kelley, Georgia Alford, Addie Johnson, Sally Jones and Doris Lewis, all of Corsicana, and Ida Ivery of Dallas; three sons-in-law, Chester Johnson, Tommie Kelley and Marshall Ivery; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers Griff Smith of Ferris and Willie D. Meadows of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Morgan, Gerard Reynolds, Williams Johnson, Freedie Watson, Marshall Williams and Jimmie Edd Driver.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Mt. Olive Baptist Church


George Everett “Rhett” Tutt, Jr.
Oct 23, 1967 - Feb 9, 1991

George Tutt, Jr.
George Everett “Rhett” Tutt, Jr., 23 of Beaumont died Saturday, Feb. 9, at his residence.

Services were 3 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Silsbee with Rev. Ben Reily officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery.

He was a native of Beaumont and lived most of his life in Silsbee.

Survivors include his wife, Laurie Colburn Tutt of Beaumont, formerly of Corsicana; parents, George and Sherri Tutt of Silsbee; a sister, Tantra Tutt of Beaumont; and grandmother, Olga Tutt of Silsbee and Opal Pearce of Grand Prairie.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, February 12, 1991
  • Resthaven in Silsbee, Hardin Co., TX
  • h/o Laurie (Colburn) Tutt s/o George Everett Tutt, Sr. Sherridan June “Sherri” (Pearce) Tutt
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Cecil Brian McCleary
Jan 03, 1897 - Mar 29, 1963

C. B. McCleary Rites Sunday

Cecil B. McCleary, 66, native of Corsicana, World War I veteran, died in an El Paso hospital last Friday. He was enroute to San Diego, Calif., to visit his only brother, A. L. (Happy) McCleary, when he became too ill to continue his bus trip to California.

McCleary had been involved in an auto accident in New Orleans, his home, some time before starting to California, but had been discharged from a hospital.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Other survivors include four children.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, April 5, 1963
  • h/o Elizabeth (unk) McCleary and Margaret (Wood) McCleary s/o James Lee McCleary and Connie (Warren) McCleary
  • Submitted by Diane Richards



C. B. McCleary Rites Sunday

Final rites for Cecil B. McCleary, 66, Corsicana native, New Orleans resident, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. He died in an El Paso hospital last Friday after becoming too ill to travel en route to San Diego, Calif.

He was a World War 1 veteran and formerly resided in Florida.

Surviving are a brother A. L. (Happy) McCleary, San Diego, Calif.; four children and other relatives.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Pallbearers were Hubert Braselton, Morris Bodily, Billy Holcomb, Robert Cooksey, Charles W. Croft, Isadore Goldberg and Wm. V. Mowlam.

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Edward/Edwin Sessions McGee
Nov 12, 1878 - Mar 17, 1922

PROMINENT MAN PASSES AWAY AT EARLY HOUR TODAY

E. S. M’GEE DIED THIS MORNING AFTER ILLNESS OF EIGHT DAYS

Corsicana sustained a distinct and irreparable loss this morning when Edward Sessions M’Gee passed away at his home on West Fourth avenue, after just eight days illness of pneumonia.

The deceased was born November 12, 1878, and was forty-three years, four months and five days old when death came. His early childhood was spent at Rice, where he was born, the son of Dr. J. A. and Mrs. Laura McGee. When fifteen years of age he joined the Methodist church, and at the time of his death was a faithful and active member of the First Methodist church, and was also a zealous and devoted member of the Masonic lodge here.

The deceased had been with the Tatum Hardware Co. for twenty-four years, and for several years past was secretary of that company. He was also a member of the Corsicana school board and secretary of the body and also secretary of the Lions Club, and a member of the executive committee of the Y. M. C. A.

In all of these responsible positions he was ever faithful to duty and no man in Corsicana was more implicity relied upon.

He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Ethel Smith of Tehuacana, and to whom he was married November 27, 1902, and by one son, John Murray McGee, his mother, Mrs. Laura McGee of Rice, and by two sisters, Mrs. Joe Fortson of Rice, and Mrs. Jas. Collins of Ennis.

During his illness, his local physician, who was also his warm personal friend, as well as his uncle, Dr. Sessions of Rockdale were with him almost constantly, and all that human skill and good nursing could do for him was gladly and cheerfully done, but the dread disease had claimed him as its own, and the loved ones and hundreds of devoted personal friends are left to mourn his departure in the zenith of a vigorous and useful manhood.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday afternoon from the First Methodist Church at 5 o’clock with Rev. D. K. Porter, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. I. T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, conducting the services.

The Masons will take charge of the remains at the cemetery.

Following are the pallbearers:
Active—J. D. Cunningham, Ralph Tatum, Curry Butler, Max Tatum, E. Y. Cunningham, Liston Tatum, Clifford Tatum, H. R. McCandless, and C. C. Cunningham.

Honorary—J. D. Jackson, W. P. McCammon, Neil Johnson, R. N. Elliott, Mrs. Mal Tippett, Mrs. T. A. Miller, H. D. Fillers, W. M. Tatum, Beauford Jester, W. M. Peck. A. A. Allison, E. E. Babers, E. M. Polk, Ab Haslam, R. J. Jackson, R. E. Prince, Byron Chaney, Tom McElwee, E. L. Keith, Dr. Homer Jester, J. L. Halbert, C. T. Banister, T. B. Cobb, Rev. H. J. Ellis, Tom Haynie, Waxahachie; J. A. Thompson, Sr., J. M. Collins, Emhouse; S. M. Kerr, Jim R. Robinson, L. C. Coulson, J. M. Kerr, W. A. Babb, Ed Walker, Sam Millerman; Tom Queen, E. D. Walker, Claude Hervey, John Fortson, all of Rice; F. M. Drane, Arthur Caldwell, Walter Burgess, W. E. Slaughter, Lawrence Treadwell, Ab Douglass, Cal E. Kerr, W. C. Hilliard, Clyde Stroud, Dr. R. L. Holloway, W. F. Dunn, Dr. O. C. Bowman, Joe B. Fortson, J. M. Dyer, L. A. Johnson, J. G. Comfort and J. M. Kerr.

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MEMORIAL SERVICES HONORING MEMORY OF TWO PROMINENT MEN

CORSICANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ED S. M’GEE AND JOHN A. THOMPSON SUNDAY

SERVICES AT YMCA

JUDGE DEXTER HAMILTON OF DALLAS AND HON. LUTHER JOHNSON SPEAKERS

About an altar specially draped and arranged with fitting floral decorations of Easter, under the auspices of the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association, honoring the memory of Ed. S. McGee and John A. Thompson, well-known business men and local residents for many years, friends and neighbors of the deceased held memorial services at the Y. M. C. A. building Sunday afternoon, Ed M. Polk, president of the Board of Directors, presided. Speakers were Hon. Dexter Hamilton, associate justice of the court of civil appeals of Dallas, and Hon. Luther A. Johnson, of Corsicana. Music was furnished by a local quartet composed of Mrs. N. T. Champion, Miss Sadie Rafferty, Lloyd Kerr and Edgar Metcalf; Mrs. Ed. M. Polk, soloist and Mrs. W. P. McCammon, piano accompanist.

The invocation was pronounced by the Rev. D. K. Porter, pastor of the First Methodist church, who fervently invoked the blessings of God upon the assembly that had come to pay tribute to so worthy citizens on a day so fittingly appropriate, the anniversary of a risen Christ.

Following the invocation the quartet sang beautifully “No Shadows Yonder.”

Pays Tribute to Friend.
Hon. Dexter Hamilton, in speaking of his life-long deceased friend, John A. Thompson, declared it was extremely difficult to speak about only one particular human life.

“If I were going to single out the outstanding qualities of my departed friend whom I loved so dearly,” he said, “I would mention his blunt and outstanding straightforwardness, and rugged honesty,” in opening his tribute to Mr. Thompson.

“This man’s life was so closely linked with my own,” he continued, “that it seems a most difficult matter to point out all the noble and good characteristics that were at all times evidenced in this great man.”

“Mr. Thompson was a great business man; he accumulated wealth rapidly. This community is not only to be counted fortunate for the qualities of his heart any more than his mental activities in a business way. He was a genius; any community would be counted fortunate for having a genius of this type who was able to accumulate the new resources of the community and conserve them.”

“Speaking of him with more personal emphasis, I do not think I have met in my whole career any man with a more convincing directness in his conduct, actions and words than those splendid qualities that characterized J. A. Thompson, of this city. I never saw his spirit daunted by opposition. He would undertake a task against the greatest odds with wonderful moral courage and determination. He craved the friendship of people as much as any man I ever knew; he was less indifferent to the feelings, heartburnings will those with whom he came into conflict. He craved the esteem of his fellow-men without compromise and loved dearly his fellows with a strong and affectionate feeling.

“Mr. Thompson was a man who gave his life to the public largely and his ideas were at all times for the public good.

“How little do they, whom we now pay tribute, realize now we attempt to pay these respects to their memory. During the number of years Mr. Thompson lived in this city, he touched the lives of the community and not only electrified the business spirit of the community and contributed his own resources to the development of those things of the physical well-being of the community and state, he also put forward those worth while qualities of manhood in his daily walks of life.

“With all those, John A. Thompson has run his course. He has traveled through this world and has had his day of turmoil, and his day of abundant usefulness and has now passed on to that mysterious chasm as given to us in religious teachings. The community in which he lived has been greatly blessed and rendered better by having the benefit of the presence for a time of so great a life. It is not to be doubted that the good that men do is not interred in their bones, but lives after them.” He concluded.

At the conclusion of Judge Hamilton’s address, Mrs. Polk sang “These Are They.”

Tribute to E. S. McGee.

Honor Luther A. Johnson, in paying tribute to the memory of Ed S. McGee, prefaced his remarks by saying it was fittingly appropriate that these exercises should be held under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. organization with which both of the deceased were prominently identified. He gave his endorsement to the remarks of Judge Hamilton, stating that Mr. Thompson was one of the seven men who gave $5,000 each towards the erection of the Y. M. C. A. building, and referred to his splendid services while a member of the building committee.

“Mr. McGee was also very active in giving to this organization,” he said, and was a member of the committee that raised #87,000 in four days here in the city towards the erection of the building. He was a member of the board of directors and rendered very material aid.”

“To me this is a beautiful occasion,” said Mr. Johnson.

“Ed S. McGee was my neighbor for nearly twenty years,” he continued. “We lived on the same street almost within a stone’s throw of each other. During that period of time he perhaps passed my house 30,000 times, and it required no observant person to mark the punctuality which actuated his life. The early hour in going to his work, the shortness of hour at noon lunch, the lateness of the returning home at night indicted the hard worker that he was; he was a hard and prodigious worker. I never knew him to slight the smallest duty. During the twenty-three years he served faithfully and well one corporation and other business interests connected with it, he found time to serve the civic and eleemosynary instruction of the city of Corsicana, which he loved. As a member of the school board he did much towards the expansion of the city school system. Had he lived he would have seen the completion of those plans which he had laid. He was a quiet, calm, Christian gentleman at all time and everywhere. He was conscientious, yet firm in his convictions and courageous at all times, frank and candid in his dealings with men, ruggedly honest and devoted to duty. He possessed a strong mind and sound body, a pure and indomitable spirit, which stamp him one of those rare characters which this instution seeks to create. He was a man among men. Society feels keenly and deeply the loss of a man like this.

“On this anniversary of the risen Christ with proclaims that ‘Yea I live ye shall live also,’ And when mankind everywhere celebrate, and nature is rejoicing and the air is filled with the music of the birds and laden with the fragrance of the flowers, and when tree and grass is rejoicing at the coming of the spring, let nature rejoice, and those who have lost loved ones have this consolation that the winter of death is passed away and that the radiance of morning shall unfold in their memory their loved ones shall live eternally in communication with God.

Benediction was pronounced by Rev. I. T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

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"McGEE-- Corsicana, Texas, March 17 (1922) -- Edwin Sessions McGee, 43 years old, died at his home here on West Fourth Avenue at 6 o'clock this morning. He had been sick only eight days. He had held a responsible position with the Tatum Hardware Company for the last 23 years and was prominent in religious, social and Masonic circles of the city. He was a member of the Corsicana School Board, of which body he was secretary. He was also secretary of the Lions' Club and a member of the executive committee of the YMCA He is survived by his wife, a son, John Murray McGee; his mother, Mrs. Laura McGee of Rice and by two sisters, Mrs. Joe Fortson of Rice and Mrs. James Collins of Ennis. The funeral will take place Saturday afternoon from the First Methodist Church and will be conducted by the Rev. D.K. Porter, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and the Rev. Illion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian Church. The Masons will take charge of the remains at the grave."

Notes:

  • Added March 4, 1998
  • Oakwood cemetery
  • Obituary from unknown newspaper, probably Corsicana Daily Sun. 1922

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Mr. Ed McGee Dead.

No death has caused a greater shock or more universal regret than that of the splendid man who passed them all earthly areas of usefulness early Friday morning. In the very zenith of as fine manhood that has ever crowned any community with a man efficient in every way, always a doer of things carried through perfectly to a successful finish; a bulwark of strength in his home, church and every organization to which he belonged; a type of splendid physical development that made him the last thought in connection with inexorable death, which at least in this, as many other instances, has claimed a “shining mark” to set the pallid seal upon, that takes hence its victims and leaves mourning hearts in its trail. Eulogy is unnecessary, for Ed McGee in his home town, where his life has meant so much to the community. There is a sadness throughout our city and the deepest, most heartfelt sympathy for his loved ones, the wife, the handsome young son of whom he was so proud, the dear heartbroken mother and other relatives.

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Splendid Tribute To Splendid Man

The tribute paid the life and character of Ed S. McGee by the people among whom lived and labored during the short span of life that was accorded him was impressive. It was a sad hour but there was much about it that could not fail to give comfort to family and friends.

The funeral hour came on Saturday afternoon, a busy day. Yet the main auditorium of the First Methodist church was filled to overflowing. The altar was banked with flowers which for profusion and beauty has not been surpassed in Corsicana. The great outpouring of friends on so busy an afternoon spoke in eloquent words the love the people have and hold for him. The tremendous collection of flowers was another eloquent tribute to a man, though not yet having reached life’s meridian, had accomplished much.

Mrs. W. P. McCammon whose husband was one of his close friends, presided at the organ. Her face born evidence of the pain that was in her heart.

A quartette composed of Mrs. Percy Townsend, Mrs. Henry Robbins, Mr. Lloyd Kerr and M. Edgar Metcalf sang “Crossing the Bar” and “Abide With Me.” There was sorrow written in their faces. They were friends of the man whose body was seen to be laid at rest in Oakwood cemetery.

A solo by Mrs. Ed M. Polk touched every heart. The familiar words of “Lead Kindly Light: never were more direct to the hearts of an audience. There was a strange, soft melody in Mrs. Polk’s voice. It was plain that it was with difficulty that she restrained her emotions. When she had finished the song she took her seat and gave vent to her sorrow in hushed sobs and burning tears. There was scarcely a dry eye in the great audience. Mr. McGee’s son and Mr. Polk’s son are college chums and room mates. The two families have been intimate friends from youth.

Rev. D. K. Porter, pastor of the First Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church conducted the services.

“Brother McGee,” said the Rev. Mr. Porter, “was the kind of man the world needs.” The speaker gave a brief recital of the work that had been done by the man whose death is so deeply mourned, and said: “He did not live in vain.” A little later in his quiet tribute the minister said, “He was the father of a happy home. He left a strong and manly son. On him may the mantle of his noble father fall. He stimulated others to the accomplishment of higher purposes. He never suppressed his conscience. He always heard the “still small voice.”

Another splendid tribute paid Mr. McGee rested in the fact that the board of directors of the Y. M. C. A., the school trustees, the Lions’ Club and Masons turned out in full. In all of these organizations his usefulness and tremendous in influence for good were felt.

Out at the cemetery the great concourse of friends assembled around the grave where the Masons had charge of the last rites. Ed M. Polk, life time friend, read the Masonic burial ceremony and in doing so came near breaking down with emotion. At an unexpected moment in the ceremony seven stalwart, silent figures in what is said to be the full regalta of Klansmen, appeared and while six of the umbers stood motionless at the grave, the seven advances and laid a cross of red carnations upon the casket. Before they could depart and while there was a deep calm the mother of Mr. McGee arose and as tears streamed down her cheeks she shook the hand of each of the mysterious visitors and said, addressing them: “His father was a Klansman.” The seven then disappeared as quietly and mysteriously as they had appeared and the funeral ceremony was continued.

Besides the large attendance from Corsicana a number came from out-of-town points among whom were the following:

Mrs. B. Gatewood, Mr. and Mrs. Dud Gatewood, Miss Barkley, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Barkley, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Collins of Ennis; Mrs. Hall of Kerens; Mrs. Prichett of Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Sessions of Rockdale; Mr. and Mrs. Sanders and Mrs. Pope of Dallas; Mrs. J. C. Aubrey of Denison; Mrs. F. Smith of Brownsville; Mr. and Mrs. Rube Storey and Rev. P. D. Tucker of Mexia; Mr. Leo Sessions of Greenville; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Collins of Emhouse; Mrs. Rufe Caldwell of Sipe Springs.

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MEMORIAL SERVICES HONORING MEMORY OF TWO PROMINENT MEN

CORSICANA PAYS TRIBUTE TO ED. S. M’GEE AND JOHN A THOMPSON SUNDAY

SERVICES AT YMCA

JUDGE DEXTER HAMILTON OF DALLAS AND HON. LUTHER JOHNSON SPEAKERS

About an altar special draped and arranged with fitting floral decorations of Easter, under the auspices of the Board of Directors of the Young Men’s Christian Association, honoring the memory of Ed. S. McGee and John A. Thompson, well-known business men and local residents for many years, friends and neighbors of the deceased held memorial services at the Y. M. C. A. building Sunday afternoon. Ed M. Polk, president of the Board of Directors, presided. Speakers were Hon. Dexter Hamilton, associate justice of the court of civil appeals of Dallas, and Hon. Luther A. Johnson of Corsicana. Music was furnished by a vocal quartet composed of Mrs. N. T. Champion, Miss Sadie Rafferty, Lloyd Kerr and Edgar Metcalf; Mrs. Ed. M. Polk, soloist and Mrs. W. P. McCammon, piano accompanist.

The invocation was pronounced by the Rev. D. K. Porter, pastor of the First Methodist church, who fervently invoked the blessings of God upon the assembly that had come to pay tribute to so worthy citizens on a day so fittingly appropriate, the anniversary of a risen Christ.

Following the invocation the quartet sang beautifully “No Shadows Yonder.”

Pays Tribute to Friend.

Hon. Dexter Hamilton, in speaking of his life-long deceased friend, John A. Thompson, declared it was extremely difficult to speak about only one particular human life.

“If I Were going to single out of the outstanding qualities of my departed friend whom I loved so dearly,” he said, “I would mention his blunt and outstanding straightforwardness, and rugged honesty,” in opening his tribute to Mr. Thompson.

“This man’s life was so closely linked with my own,” he continued, “that it seems a most difficult matter to point out all the noble and good characteristics that were at all times evidenced in this great man.”

“Mr. Thompson was a great business man; he accumulated wealth rapidly. This community is not only to be counted fortunate for the qualities of his heart any more than his mental activities in a business way. He was a genius; any community would be counted fortunate for having a genius of this type who was able to accumulate the new resources of the community and conserve them.”

“Speaking of him with more personal emphasis, I do not think I have met in my whole career any man with a more convincing directness in this conduct, actions and words than those splendid qualities that characterized J. A. Thompson, of this city, I never saw his spirit daunted by opposition. He would undertake a task against the greatest odds with wonderful moral courage and determination. He craved the friendship of people as much as any man I ever knew; he was less indifferent to the feelings, heartburnings will those with whom he came into conflict. He craved the esteem of his fellow-men without compromise and loved dearly his fellows with a strong and affectionate feeling.

“Mr. Thompson was a man who gave his life to the public largely and his ideas were at all times for the public good.

“How little do they, whom we now pay tribute, realize now we attempt to pay these respects to their memory. During the number of years Mr. Thompson lived in this city, he touched the lives of the community and not only electrified the business spirit of the community and contributed his own resources to the development of those things of the physical well-being of the community and state, he also put forward those worth while qualities of manhood in his daily walks of life.

“With all those, John A. Thompson has run his course. He has traveled through this world and has had his day of turmoil, and his day of abundant usefulness and has now passed on to that mysterious chasm as given to us in religious teachings. The community in which he lived has been greatly blessed and rendered better by having the benefit of the presence for a time of so great a life. It is not to be doubted that the good that men do is not interred in their bones, but lives after them,” he concluded.

At the conclusion of Judge Hamilton’s address, Mrs. Polk sang “These Are They.”

Tribute to E. S. McGee.
Hon. Luther A. Johnson, in paying tribute to the memory of Ed S. McGee, prefaced his remarks by saying it was fittingly appropriate that these exercises should be held under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. organization with which both of the deceased were prominently identified. He gave his indorsement ot the remarks of Judge Hamilton, stating that Mr. Thompson was one of the seven men who gave $5,000 each towards the erection of the Y. M. C.A. building, and referred to his splendid services while a member of the building committee.

“Mr. McGee was also very active in giving to this organization,” he said, “ and was a member of the committee that raised $87, 000 in four days here in the city towards the erection of the building. He was a member of the board of directors and rendered very material aid.”

“To me this is a beautiful occasion,” said Mr. Johnson.

“Ed S. McGee was my neighbor for nearly twenty years,” he continued. We lived on the same street almost within a stone’s throw of each other. During that period of time, he perhaps passed my house 30,000 times, and it required no observant person to mark the punctuality which he actuated his life. The early hour in going to his work, the shortness of hour at noon lunch, the lateness of the returning home at night indicated the hard worker that he was; he was a hard and prodigious worker. I never knew him to slight the smallest duty. During the twenty-three years he served faithfully and well one corporation and other business interests connected with it, he found time to serve the civic and eleemosynary instruction of the city of Corsicana, which he loved. AS a member of the school board he did much towards the expansion of the city school system. Had he lived he would have seen the completion of these plans which he had laid. He was a quiet, calm, Christian gentleman at all time and everywhere. He was conscientious, yet firm in his convictions and courageous at all times, frank and candid in his dealings with men, ruggedly honest and devoted to duty. He possessed a strong mind and sound body, a pure and indomitable spirit, which stamp him one of those rare characters which this institution seeks to create. He was a man among men. Society feels keenly and deeply the loss of a man like this.
“On the anniversary of the risen Christ who proclaims that ‘Yea live ye shall live also,’ And when mankind everywhere celebrate, and nature is rejoicing and the air is filled with the music of the birds laden with the fragrance of the flowers, and when tree and grass is rejoicing at the coming of the spring, let nature rejoice, and those who have lost loved ones have this consolation that the winter of death is passed away and that the radiance of morning shall unfold. In their memory their loved ones shall live eternally in communion with God.

Benediction was pronounced by Rev. I. T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

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REMAINS LAID TO REST.

Funeral Was One of Largest Ever Seen Here.

The remains of the late Edwin Sessions McGee, who died at his home on West Fourth avenue yesterday morning were laid to rest in Oakwood this afternoon at 6 o’clock, the funeral taking place from the First Methodist church after appropriate and beautiful services by the pastor, Rev. D. K. Porter, assisted by Rev. Ilion T. Jones of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church. Despite the inclement weather an immense crowd attended the last sad rites, and there was a profusion of beautiful and elaborate floral offerings. Corsicana will long miss the deceased as a valuable citizen, and his many noble manly attributes will live long in the memory of all who knew him.

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Ethel Ann (Smith) McGee
Aug 8, 1879 - Feb 25, 1941

Mrs. E. S. McGee Died Tuesday; Be Buried Wednesday

Mr. E. S. McGee, aged 61 years, died Tuesday morning and funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Corley Funeral chapel. The rites will be conducted by Dr. P. E. Riley, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are a son, John M. McGee, Marshall; two granddaughters, Marilyn and Natilee McGee; three sisters, Mrs. Elmar Anderson, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Phil Price, Clinton, S. C.; Mrs. G. E. Dodd, Brownsville, and other relatives.

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FUNERAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY AT 3 P.M. FOR MRS. E. S. M’GEE

PROMINENT CIVIC, CHURCH LEADER DIED HERE TUESDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Mrs. E. S. McGee, aged 81 years, civic and church leader here for many years who died Tuesday morning, were held from the Corley Funeral chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. P. E. Riley, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which she had been a long-time leader and member.

Mrs. McGee was the widow of the late Ed S. McGee, prominent business figure and member of the Corsicana school board for years.

Surviving are a son, John M. McGee, Marshall; two granddaughters, Marilyn and Natilee McGee both of Marshall; three sisters, Mrs. Elmar Anderson, Pueblo, Colo.; Mrs. Phil Price, Clinton, S. C., and Mrs. G. E. Dodd, Brownville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. A. Allison, Joe B. Fortson, Jim Collins, Ennis; E. E. Babers, G. Liston Tatum, J. M. Dyer, Sydney Marks, F. A. Pierce, Ed M. Polk, Jr., and Lawrence Treadwell.

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Tom Carl Glanton
Oct 16, 1902 - Aug 27, 1981

Tom Glanton
KERENS—Tom Glanton, 78, Kerens, died Thursday evening at his residence in Kerens.

Service is Saturday, 2 p.m, Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Royce Measures officiating. Burial will be at Oakgrove Cemetery. He was a retired air conditioning service operator.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eva Glanton, of Kernes; two daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Foreman and Mrs. Francis Pinson, both of Victoria; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are R. H. Hilliard, Jude Perry, Ed Scoggins, Raymond Garr, Bubba Blissett and Gilmer Bane.

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Albert Marshall Clinkscales
Jun 28, 1911 - Jul 29, 1968

A. M. Clinkscales
KERENS (Spl.)—Services for Albert M. Clinkscales, 57, of Kerens will be held Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Charles Pringle officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. at the Rosehill Cemetery in Tyler.

Clinkscales was born in Scarsville but had resided in Kerens for the past four years. He was a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Kerens and had been an employe of Nipak, Inc., for the past 23 years.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Tom Clinkscales of College Station; three brothers, H. L. Clinkscales of Irving, A. J. Clinkscales and Frank Clinkscales, both of Tyler. Also by two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Ruth Stewart of Navasota and Mrs. Moselle Moore of Decatur, Okla.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, July 29, 1968
  • Rosehill Cemetery, Tyler, Texas
  • h/o Mary Leona (Watson) Clinkscales s/o Albert James Clinkscales and Bessie Lee (Dozier) McKenzie-Clinkscales
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Dr. Edward L. Evans
Jul 12, 1904 - Jul 26, 1968

Evans Services
Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. in Dallas at the Lamar and Smith Funeral Chapel for Dr. Edward L. Evans, former Frost physician who died Friday at his Lake Whitney home at Morgan.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, three grandchildren, one brother, three grandchildren, one brother, two sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Bessie (Fields) Marshall
Jun 19, 1894 - Feb 23, 1992

Bessie Fields Marshall
Bessie Fields Marshall, 93, of Kerens, died Feb. 23, 1992, at Mel-Haven Nursing Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Kerens, with the Rev. Samuel Washington officiating. Burial will be in Goodlow Cemetery.

She was the oldest member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary D. Adams of Los Angeles; one son, Joe (Trent) Chandler; two granddaughters; and a host of relatives.

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Jewel "Tootsie" (Ragsdale) Watson
Jan 26, 1917 - Oct 2, 2012

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, Jewel “Tootsie” Ragsdale Watson passed from this earth at Park Highlands Nursing Home in Athens at the age of 96.

She was born in Barry on Jan. 26, 1917 to Milton Edward and Nannie Lou Renfrow Ragsdale. In 1947, she married Alfred Leroy Watson in Corsicana and they lived in Barry, next door to her childhood home in a house built by her father. After her husband’s death, she continued to live in Barry until early in 2012, when she moved to Corsicana to live with her daughter and son-in-law. At the end of June, she relocated to the Park Highland Nursing Home in Athens.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Milton and Nannie Lou Ragsdale; husband, Leroy Watson; brother, Roy E. Ragsdale, Sr.; and a sister, Willie Mae Mason.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Mertz and husband Paul; granddaughter Teresa Clower and husband Chad; three great-grandchildren, Ashley Vandiver, Chase Clower and Tanner Lee Clower; one nephew, Roy E. Ragsdale, Jr.; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Rev. Bayard Pratt officiating.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association at P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or American Cancer Society at 1000 W. 2nd Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110.

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Walter G. Lewis Jr.
Sept 21, 1943 - Sept 28, 2012


Walter G. Lewis Jr., 69, of Clifton, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
He was born Sept. 21, 1943.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Lewis Stout.

Walt is survived by his wife, Jean Lewis; sons, Lendon Lewis of Dallas, Andy Ralph of Sugar Land; daughters, Elizabeth Bailey of Alexander, Va. and Laura Wingfield of New Braunfels, and four grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Clifton.

Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Clifton Funeral Home, Clifton.

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Carol (Jennings) Kittley-Jodon
Oct 26, 1950 - Sep 28, 2012

Carol (Jennings) Jodon, resident of Red Oak, passed away on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at the age of 61. She was born in Corsicana to Robert M.
Jennings and Erna Barnett Jennings on Thursday, Oct. 26, 1950. She retired from the Social Security Administration after 34 years with 21 years at the Corsicana office. She loved to travel, gardening, painting and playing golf. Carol was a member of the Farley Street Baptist Church in Waxahachie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Robert Jr. and sisters Nell and Linda.

Survivors include her husband Bill Jodon; children Erin Henry, Joshua Kittley, Ivy Barnes and husband Aaron and Jessica Birk and husband Preston. She is also survived by grandchildren Madeline, Gage, Garrett, Victoria, Alexander, and Isabella, as well as brothers Mike Jennings and wife Susan, and Ricky Jennings and wife Robbie; and sisters Lois Moore and Kay and her husband Buddy. There are also six nieces and nephews and other extended family members and friends. She will be missed by all.

Graveside services were held on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Eureka Cemetery in Eureka with Judge Tom Gray officiating. The family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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