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Nannie Corinne Caffy Martin
Sep 21, 1912 - Oct 26, 2006

Corinne Caffy Martin
Corinne Caffy Martin, 94, of Denton passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 26, 2006, at her daughter's residence. She was born Sept. 21, 1912, in Angus to John L. Caffy and Ila May Jackson Caffy. She graduated from Corsicana High School and married Alvin O. Martin on Dec. 24, 1935, in Dallas.

She was a member of the Singing Oaks Church of Christ where she was active in church activities. She was a member of the Angus Circle of the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery and was Past Worthy Matron of th e Chapter 354 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a caregiver for her grandson for over 12 years.

Memorials may be made to the Singing Oaks Church of Christ or to a hospice of your choice.

The family will be at DeBerry Funeral Directors Sunday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 30, at the Singing Oaks Church of Chris t with Brady Brice officiating. Burial will be at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana with Jerry Browder officiating.

She is survived by her daughter Kay Martin Selby and her husband, Steve of Denton, granddaughter, Stephanie Selby Stegall and her husband Steven; grandson, Kristopher Martin Selby; great-grandchildren , Stone Kelly Stegall and Steleigh Kay Stegall; nephew John L. Youngblood and his wife Sharon Youngblood and their children Scott Youngblood and his wife Mary; Jennifer Youngblood and her husband Brian Johnson; Stacy Duzan and her husband David; and David Youngblood and his wife Emily, first cousin, Hattie Florene Gries McGinnes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin O. Martin on July 7, 1953; her parents, John L. Caffy on May 9, 1960, and Ila Fay Jackson Caffy on Dec. 15, 1960; sister, Hessie B. Youngblood on Nov. 1 8, 1986.

The pallbearers will be Danny Brumley, Ken Garland, John Oretz, Dick Selby, James Teal, and David Youngblood.

DeBerry Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.


Notes:

  • Denton Record-Chronicle (TX) - October 28, 2006
  • Birth: 21 SEP 1912 in Angus, Navarro Co., TX

  • Death: 26 OCT 2006 in Denton, Denton Co, TX

  • Burial: Hamilton Beeman Cemetery, Retreat, Navarro Co., TX


John Culp Ragsdale
March 4, 1879 - Nov 26, 1956

Services Tuesday For J. C. Ragsdale

Funeral services for John C. Ragsdale, 77, Dresden cemetery caretaker, who died Monday morning, were held from the Dresden church at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

A native of South Carolina, he had resided in Navarro county 50 years and had been caretaker of the cemetery 15 years.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ameila Perry, Greensboro, N. C.; two nieces , Mrs. R. S. Cope, McCamey, and Mrs. Hallie Croft, Corsicana.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Conwell.

Pallbearers were Earl Hollingsworth, Eldon McClure, Noel Furra, Reben Carroll, L. E. Putman and Norman Brister.

Corley directed.

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Ulys "Perry" Taylor Jr.
Dec 24, 1924 - Nov 4, 2012

Ulys “Perry” Taylor Jr. passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at his home in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Resthaven Memorial Park. A reception will follow at Corsicana Believers Bible Church at 2400 Bowie Drive until 1 p.m.

Perry was born to Evie May and Ulys Perry Taylor Sr. in Oilton, Okla. He served in Army Air Corp from the winter of 1943 to April 1, 1945 as a side-gunner on the B-24. His service included missions in WWII, for which many are grateful. Later he worked as radio broadcaster and is most remembered for his years at KAND radio where his distinctive voice could be heard for 36 years. On occasion, he let the listeners know when our team scored their way to “happy valley.” During his time at the radio, he also worked to complete his Bachelor of Science from East Texas State University and graduated in 1981. His zeal for learning led him to continue taking courses on a wide variety of topics throughout his life.

After his retirement at age 61, he was busy traveling, hiking with his daughter, golfing with family and friends, attending poetry club, playing in his band, Grateful We’re Not Dead, dancing at the Elks’ Club with Norma, writing a book for the family and frequent tea-times with his son and daughter-in-law. Even with a life full of activities, he never missed a family occasion, which often included his lively story-telling or poetry recitation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 37 years, Peggy Beggs Taylor; and his sisters, Juanita Taylor Price and Geraldine Taylor Whitworth.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Lynn Taylor, of Corsicana; his daughter and son-in-law, Jan Taylor Hair and Travis Hair of Scottsdale, Ariz.; his sister, Jo Clark of Colorado; his friend and dancing partner, Norma Garrett of Corsicana and her daughter, Barbara Scott of Ennis; his four grandchildren, Tina Taylor Dobson and her husband Brandon of Mansfield; Wendy Hair Look and her husband Scott of Scottsdale, Ariz., Eric Taylor and Renata Nogueira of Frisco, and Allison Hair of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; his eight great-grandchildren, Taylor Look (17), Austin Look (14), Savahannah Dorvee(16), Sierra Dorvee (12), Gavin Taylor (12), Jake Dobson (11), Gage Taylor (8), and Kenzie Lynn (6); his nephews, Mike Whitworth of Oklahoma and Donny Price of Longview; his niece, Pam Price of Longview; and his nieces, Wanda Robertson, Sandy Hart and Kathi Hein, all of Colorado.

The family is sure that Perry would like to remind his golfing buddies to stay out of the sand when you can and keep aiming for that little flag we could once see with ease but of late can only find from memory.
And of course to all Americans, he would say, “Go Vote!”

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Frank Commiato
Feb 15, 1931 - Nov 8, 2012

Frank Commiato, Jr., 81 of Kerens, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at his residence.

Mr. Commiato was born Feb. 15, 1931 in Houston to Frank Commiato, Sr. and Mary Menotti Commiato.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Ken Commiato, one brother, John J. Commiato, one sister, Rosalie Commiato Kelsey and one great granddaughter, Barbara Kelsey Commiato.

Frank is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Commiato of Kerens; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Grant Long of De Moines, N.M.; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Antonella Commiato of Houston; son, Chris Commiato of Ft. Worth; son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Kathy Commiato of Kerens; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Trisha Commiato of Kerens; brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Becky Commiato of Carthage; 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Private gravesdie service will be Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at the Prairie Point Cemetery north of Kerens. Memorials may be made to the Kerens Library, 121 South Colket Street, Kerens, TX 75144.

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Edna (Buckner) Hightower
Oct 11, 1921 - Nov 3 2012

Edna Hightower, 91, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

She was born Oct. 11, 1921, in Purdon, to Burro Buckner and Jeffie Williams Buckner.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Hightower.

Survivors include her children, Larry Hightower of Corsicana, and Ricky Hightower and wife Cindy of Corsicana; six grandchildren, Ricky Hightower Jr., Jeremy Hightower, Jeffery Hightower and wife Stayce, Susan Hightower, Ashley York and husband Charlie, and Victoria Henry and husband Jason; great grandchildren, Colton, Haley, Jeremy Jr., Kelby, Faith, Keiley and Paityn.

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

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rick Lamb officiating.

Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Janis Marie (Foster) Gonzales
Nov 9, 1955 - Nov 2, 2012

Janis Marie Gonzales, 56, passed away in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

She was born in Corsicana on Nov. 9, 1955, to Jimmie Lee and Velma (McKey) Foster. She was a member of House of Praise Church of God in Corsicana. Janis was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and loved working in her flower garden.

Survivors include her husband, Morris Gonzales; daughter, Tiffany Sullins; two grandchildren, Colbie and Candice Sullins; brother, Bennie Travis Foster; sister, Jimmie Davis and her husband Larry, all of Rice; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Janice is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Roddy Irvin Foster.

Graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Dresden Cemetery in Dresden with Brother Tim Shane officiating.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 P. m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.

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Justina (Budai) Cox
Sept 7, 1917 - Nov 1, 2012

Justina Budai Cox, age 95, of Corsicana, formerly of Schertz, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Twilight Nursing Home.

Justina was born Sept. 7, 1917, in Alma. She was the second of nine children born to Dan and Annie Szenasi Budai.

On June 21, 1941, she married Delbert Cox (U.S. Army retired) from Pickett, Texas, and remained united for 48 years until his death in 1989. Being a soldier’s wife, she traveled to many different bases and spent time in Germany. Justina was a wonderful cook and learned many recipes from her mother; brought here when her parents immigrated from Hungary to America in the 1890’s to make a better life for themselves.
In her younger days, Justina loved to crotchet, quilt and create crafts.
She was a stay at home mom and loved working in her yard. Justina loved to dance as a young woman and you could always catch her patting her foot when country music was playing. She passed on the love of country dancing to her daughter, Celia.

She was preceded in death by parents, Dan and Annie Budai; brothers, Dan Budai and Emory Budai; sisters, Rosa Budai Offutt, Vera Budai Murphy, and Christina Budai Lane.

She leaves behind a daughter, Celia Del Cox of Corsicana; grandsons, Franklin D. Tarr of Shertz, and Terry E. Tarr and wife Rebecca of New Braunfels; great-granddaughter, Shelby Tarr of New Braunfels; sisters, Lucille Budai Brown, Ruth Budai Boone and Ethel Budai Rash; sister-in-law, Norma Budai; and numerous nieces and nephews. Known to everyone as “Granny,” she adored her grandsons and would light up when they were around.

The family wishes to extend a special “thanks” to the staff at Twilight Home. Their dedication and love and caring was above the call of duty.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio with Brother Bill Witten officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Noah Cunnie Wooten
June 23, 1928 - Nov 4, 2012

Noah Cunnie Wooten, 84, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, November 4,
2012 in Arlington.

Noah was born June 23, 1928, in Emhouse, to Burns and Ola May Wooten. He was a retired Arlington Police Officer and retired from the Texas Municipal League. Noah loved his family and all his friends. He never met a stranger.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; son, Chad and wife Crystal; granddaughter, Callie; grandson, Chase; brother, Ronald Tim and wife Sandy.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Fielder Road Baptist Church, 2011 South Fielder Road, Arlington with the Rev.
Jerry Morris and Dr. Gary Smith officiating.

Graveside Service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Noah's name to the Michael Gilles Purgason Foundation (for young doctor's), 2007 Misty Creek Drive, Arlington, TX 76017 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.

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Ronnie Lynn Threet
Feb 19, 1955 - Nov 3, 2012

Mr. Ronnie Threet, 57, of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at his residence in Corsicana.

He was born Feb. 19, 1955, in Ennis to Charles Newton and Patsy Knott.  He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Ronnie was employed for many years as a driller in the oil field industry. In his spare time, he loved to fish and also spent several years coaching girls softball teams in Rice.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Newton Knott; and a brother, Robert Campbell.

Survivors include his mother, Patsy Knott of Corsicana; daughters, LeAnn, Julie, Chelsea, and Tracy; sons, Tyler and Austin; grandchildren, Hailee, Taylor, Tattum, Madison, Kaydence, and Landon; brothers, Billy Thomas and wife Valorie of Corsicana, and Charles Knott and wife Jaye of Corsicana; sister, Cindy Haywood and husband Harold of Lake Jackson; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation was held 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Petersen and the Rev. William Dollar officiating. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Josh Hill, Mike Simington, Charles Herrea, Jason Cox, John Mershone, Mickey McCain and Danny Newland.

Honorary Pallbearers were Bill Bridger and Randy Richards.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church at 1200 N. 13th, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Blanche Viola (Hemenway) Rash
May 27, 1919 - Sep 15, 1994

Blanche Rash

Blanche Rash, 75, of Corsicana, died Sept. 15, 1994 in Corsicana.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tony Neal and the Rev. Mike Russell officiating. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery.

She was born May 27, 1919 in Winkler and was a member of Mildred Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Dale and Louise Rash of Mildred, ad Max and Robbie Rash of Mabank; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Bubba Casey, and Mona Jo and Rex Folmar of Streetman; one sister, Ruby Mae Owen of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; and 22 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Lyle Rash, Terry Rash, Jeff Casey, Steve Casey, Kenny Folmar, Brent Folmar and Todd Rash.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Sep, 15, 1994
  • w/o Luel Dale Rash d/o Arble Washington Hemenway and Ada (Vinson) Hemenway
    (death index & birth cert. say born 1908)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Arthur Lee Carroll
Aug 4, 1927 - Nov 6, 2012

Arthur Lee Carroll, 85, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born in Corsicana on Aug. 4, 1927, to Thearon and Elnora Carroll. Mr. Carroll remained close to his parents throughout the years. He was child number four out of 10. He attended Booker T. Washington Elementary and Jackson High schools. He attended Grace Temple AME Church since he was a child; and due to health challenges, was not able to attend in later years.

Mr. Carroll worked many occupations, including Adams Hat Factory, Sherwin Williams Paint, Chattanooga Glass and the Lumber Company, to name a few. He was very instrumental in serving on numerous community committees, such as for the academic improvement of students at the Jackson High School to encourage students to achieve excellence to become better citizens in this world; to eliminate segregation at Corsicana High School; Navarro County Action Committee to promote improvements; he walked with Civil Rights Advocates and the war on drugs. He achieved a great number of awards and achievements for working with the city and county schools.

Mr. Carroll was a faithful father to his children, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and mentor to many. He was full of life and had a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh and make others laugh. He was a great fisherman and in his younger days, a great hunter as well. He loved spending time with his friends and family. He had tremendous support from family members and others throughout his illness; especially his daughter, Melony; nephew, Wardel; friends Mr. Polk and Joyce.

For more than 50 years, Mr. Carroll’s wife, Bertha, brought many years of joy, satisfaction and fulfillment to his life. She has been by his side every step of the way. He loved her dearly and when he could not take care of himself, he was trying to care for her when she was ill.

Mr. Carroll was a resident of Corsicana all his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thearon A. and Elnora Carroll of Corsicana; his son, Donald Ray; siblings: Thearon, Charles, William, Rossye, Sr., Elzie, and Maurice Carroll and Ruthie Allen.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Bertha Mae Carroll; his brother, Mr.
Vern Carroll of Dallas; his sister and her husband, Shirley and Steve Wynn of Rowlett; six beautiful children from his union of 15 years with Mrs. Grace Marie Carroll Spears, and their spouses: Beverly and Wesley Allen of San Diego, Calif.; Ronald Carroll of Las Vegas, Nev.; Pamela and David Smith of Houston; LaVersa and Billy Ray Williams of Irving; and Melony Anderson of Corsicana; and Elzie Bell of Corsicana; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wake Services are 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at the Grace Temple A.M.E. Church located at 402 E. 14th Avenue.

Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at the First Independent Baptist Church located at 701 G. W. Jackson Avenue with Pastor Michael Donaldson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Mr. Carroll was a very concerned, caring and loving individual. God blessed him with a long wonderful life. He was appreciated and will be missed dearly.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Grace M. Davis
abt 1928 - Nov 6, 2012

Grace M. Davis, 84, of Cedar Hill and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at Cedar Hill. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Alfred Cox Jr.
officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Memorial Park in Corsicana.

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Lillie Ann Steward
abt 1912 - Nov 7, 2012

Lillie Ann Steward, 100, of Elm Flat passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 in Corsicana. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Elm Flat Cemetery with Dr. Arilla Moore, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church officiating.

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Daisy Mae (Murphy) Robinson
Oct 6, 1923 - Nov 2, 2012

Daisy Mae Murphy Robinson passed away quietly as she had lived her life on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born Oct. 6, 1923 to George Washington Murphy and Mittie Mae Ferrell Murphy in Mildred. She was raised in Corsicana and married Randall Lewis Robinson on Dec. 31, 1945. Daisy and “Pepa” were married for 44 years. She worked at Adams Hat Factory in Corsicana for 21 years, retiring in 1981 to spend time with her children and wonderful grandchildren. She was affectionately known as “Mema” by everyone. She cherished her beloved dog, Bandit and enjoyed working in her yard and growing beautiful flowers.

Daisy is preceded in death by her parents, step-mother Emma Boyte Murphy, husband Randall, sister Hazel Carroll, grandsons Chris Trainer and Kenny Robinson.

Daisy is survived by her seven children and their families, Wayne “Sam”
Robinson and wife Patsy of Mexia, Randall “Bud” Robinson Jr. and wife Melissa of Streetman, Carolyn Schick and husband Billie of Fairfield, Kenneth Robinson of Conroe, Shirley Robinson of Fairfield, Paul Robinson and wife Sandra of Streetman, Paula Paulk of Waco; 20 grandchildren and
28 great-grandchildren. Also sisters, Georgia Sonntag of Arlington, Rosie and husband Charlie Thompson of Garland, Lillie Gayle and husband Doc Holladay of Plano.

Visitation was 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service was 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Kevin Schick, Keith Robinson, Brent Cochran, Jason Cochran, Chad Archibald, Adrian Robinson, Joel Schick, Colby Archibald, Aaron Robinson, Paul Robinson Jr.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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Jimmie Nell (Bush) Sutton
Feb 19, 1925 - Nov 5, 2012

Jimmie Nell Bush Sutton slipped away from this world Monday, Nov. 5,
2012 into the arms of her Lord. She was born Feb. 19, 1925, in Corsicana.

She enjoyed a very happy childhood with her parents, Earl and Mae Bush, her precious little sister, Dorothy Marie and her beloved brother Earl Bush, Jr. The family attended First Methodist Church of Corsicana. She was a lover of music and studied violin for 10 years earning State Certificates in Theory and Harmony early in her life.

She met the love of her life, Gwynn Sutton, and they were married Feb. 20, 1943 in Corsicana. During World War II, while Gwynn served his country in the Air Force, Jimmie Nell worked as an executive assistant at American Well and Prospecting Co., and was promoted to the St. Louis Ordinance Division in Dallas. When the Air Force moved them to Amarillo, she worked as a secretary at Amarillo Air Force Base. She also worked for Hunter Freight in Savannah, Ga., Savannah Bank and Trust, and Braniff Airways in Dallas during the war. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church and Keystone Sunday School Class in Irving. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, teaching in Vacation Bible School, and delivering Meals on Wheels. She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Women where she served as president and held other offices throughout the years. Jimmie sang for many years with the Irving Women’s Choral Club. She loved to write poetry for her family and was a “Distinguished Member” of the International Society of Poets.
Jimmie was dearly loved by her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and entire family. They will especially remember her for making each holiday a special time.

She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Mae Bush, sister Dorothy Marie Bush Burleson, and a nephew, Bryant Burleson.

Survivors include her husband Gwynn Sutton of Irving; son, Kim Sutton and wife Carol of Richardson; daughter Karon Sutton of Irving; grandchildren Ryan Sutton of Dallas, Trent Sutton and wife Samantha of Frisco, Misty Ellison and husband Phillip of Keller; great-grandchildren, Carter Sutton, Cade Sutton, Mackenzie Ellison, J.
R. Ellison, and Preston Ellison; and her precious nieces and nephews, Cass, Dana, and Jennifer and their families.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home, 606 W. Airport Freeway in Irving.

The funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at First United Methodist Church, 211 W. Third Street in Irving. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

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Joseph John Patrick
Dec 22, 1977 - Nov 3, 2012

Joseph John Patrick, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at the age of 34. He was born Dec. 22, 1977 in Corsicana to Michael Farrar and Clara Diane Patrick.

He is survived by his wife, Jaclyn LeeAnn Patrick; children, Jimmy Lee Reece, Nataisha Aurora Mae Patrick, Kristina Michelle Flynn, David Leon Flynn-Wilson, Berlin Wayne Patrick; step-sons, Nick and Zack; parents, Kay Patrick and Michael Farrar and wife Diane; brothers, Billy Jack Sharp, Cody Belyeu, and Shaun Jones; sisters, Kimberly Patrick and Christina Farrar; aunt, Mary Muhvich; uncle, T.G. Patrick; nieces and nephews, Makayla Patrick, Dakota Patrick, Robert South and Madison South; special friend, Kim Carney and Shayla Cheever; and many cousins and friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.
7, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at Younger Cemetery with Sister Ruthie Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Younger Cemetery.

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Gerald Terry "Gerry" Baker
Oct 14, 1935 - Oct 30, 2012

Gerald “Gerry” T. Baker, 78, of Mustang, Okla. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was born Oct. 14, 1935 to Gordon B. and Hazel W. Baker in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Madell Young Baker; children, Teri Williams, Robin Hueber, Leslie Baker and Steve Baker; grandchildren, Shannon Hunnicutt, Amber Anderson, Jonathan Williams, Whitney Phillips, Chad Baker, Matt Williams, Kristin Huebner, Justin Huebner and Jesse Baker; great-grandchildren, Reese Williams, Jasmine Phillips, Taylin Williams, Izzy Phillips, Hailey Williams, Ashlynn Smith, Braden Burrows, Lily Burrows, Elizabeth Smith and Ana Williams. He is also survived by his sisters, Jeanette Brann and Gail Shipes, as well as a brother, Dennis Baker.

Mr. Baker served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Unit during the Korean War as a paratrooper. He was a Division Manager with Lorillard/Loews Coporation and had many part time jobs after retirement to stay active.

He was an extremely patriotic man who loved his family dearly. He loved the outdoors, his lake home, and taking care of his lawn. He was dedicated to his wife and loved traveling with her. An avid "42" player, he was a fan of the Republican Party, the Sooners, the Dallas Cowboys and more recently, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Funeral services for Mr. Baker are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at Resthaven Funeral Home at SW 104th and Walker in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at Providence Cemetery in Navarro County with Rev. Jay Fraze officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Woodrow W. Watson
Apr 13, 1914 - Nov 1, 2012

Woodrow W. Watson, 98, passed away Nov. 1, 2012, at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. He was born in Texarkana to Oliver Edward Watson and Birdie Lee Collins Watson on April 13, 1914. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of First Baptist Church of Mertens. He married Juanita McNeel Watson on May 4, 1935, in Corsicana. They lived most of their lives in Mertens area and he was a farmer.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 76 years Juanita Watson, February 2012; infant daughter Dena Watson; six sisters Dorothy Honea, Claudia Murphy, Dovie Powell, Emma Jean Knight, Louise Jones and Victoria Mott; two brothers, Auther Watson and Herman Watson.

He is survived by his sons, Dwayne and wife Pat of Mertens, Bronny and wife Ruth Ann of Corsicana, Danny and wife Sue of Lorena; grandchildren, Joey Watson and wife Sallie of Mertens, Becky Watson Melton and husband Benny of Frost, Belinda Watson Branstetter and husband Brad of Coppell, Stacy Watson Haws and husband Josh of Mertens, Mark Watson of Corsicana, Matt Watson of College Station, Clint Watson and wife Cheryl of Wimberly, Lora Watson Sykora and husband Matt of Bruceville, Deann Miller Manchester and husband Tom of Coppell; 12 great grandchildren and
8 great great grandchildren; sister Gladys Bishop of Waco; brother-in-law, Bill Honea; brother-in-law Walton McNeel and wife Betty of Dallas; sister-in-law Georgia Watson of Waxahachie; sister-in-law Tommie Fields of North Carolina. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Grady Cashion and Rev.
Koby Strawser officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery in Mertens. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Joey Watson, Mark Watson, Matt Watson and Clint Watson; and grandsons-in-law Benny Melton, Brad Branstetter, Josh Haws and Matt Sykora.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Heritage Oaks West and nurses.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Edgar Allen Gray, Jr.
Mar 15, 1938 - Oct 30, 2012

Ed Gray was born in Odessa on March 15, 1938 to Allen and Juanita “Dutch” (Flowers) Gray and died on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton.

Ed graduated from Corsicana High School in 1956 and from North Texas State College in 1959. He was married to Sue Wilks in 1958. They had two children, Beth and Guy. He was a letterman in football at North Texas and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. His work history included Combined American Insurance Co., Tennessee Gas and Oil, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, becoming a District Manager for 10 years, and Russell Newman Mfg. Co. He delivered Meals on Wheels for several years after retirement and enjoyed taking products to Our Daily Bread. He also enjoyed golf and his golfing friends and found joy in yard work and home projects. He was a Deacon at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL and is a current member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Guy and Ellie Flowers, with whom he lived as a child, and Edgar and Mary Gray.

Ed is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue Gray; his children, Beth Gray Whipple and her husband Randy, Guy Gray and his wife Tracey, his grandchildren, Clint Joseph and Sarah Gray Goocher, nephews and nieces, Bill Wilks and wife Cindy, Bob Wilks and wife Sherrie, Betsy Wilks and their sister, Anne Jeanmard and husband Mark; step-grandchildren, Ryan Whipple and his wife Caty, and Jessica Whipple; sister-in-law, Bunny Heroman, five wonderful great nephews and nieces, and three precious great-great nieces and nephew. He is also survived by special cousins and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at St.
Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St., Denton. Rev. Steve Plunkett will officiate the service. Internment will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4,
2012 at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana.

Honorary pallbearers are: John Troeger, Roy Richardson, Guy Poarch, Ned Polk, Frank Lyle, Kurt Sewell, Chuck Crouch, Rob Stewart, Don Harper, Brett Houser, Joe Farmer, Lee Popejoy and Jim Mudd.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Pastors Discretionary Fund, Our Daily Bread, 300 W. Oak St., Denton, TX 76201, or a ministry or charity of choice.

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Kathryn Frances (Nix) Rea
Sep 6, 1927 - Oct 29, 2012

Kathryn Frances Nix Rea, 85, passed away in her home in McAllen on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. She was born in Willow, Ark. to Willie and Joel Nix. She graduated from high school in Taylor, Ark. and also graduated with an associate degree in Home Economics from Southern State University in Magnolia, Ark. She was known as a devoted wife, homemaker, and mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Glenn Rea. They were longtime members of Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Roger Glenn Rea, 55, of McAllen; her daughter, Peggy Rea Polinard, 61, of Mission; and her grandson, Joshua Latour Polinard, 30, of Edinburg. She is also survived by her sister, Vivian A. Davis and brother -in-law, Billy K. Davis of Crossett, Ark.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Dresden Cemetery with Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

Memorials may be made to Children International at P.O. Box 219055, Kansas City, MO 64121 (acct# 3534078 at www.children.org) or Palm Valley Animal Center at 2501 W. Trenton Rd., Edinburg, TX. 78539 (www.pvaconline.com).

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Margaret Ann (Frazier) Lawhon
Dec 29, 1949 - Oct 30, 2012

Margaret Ann Lawhon, 62, of Gun Barrel City, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens after a lengthy illness. She was born in Dallas on Dec. 29, 1949 to Hubert and Eula Mae Frazier.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Eula Mae Frazier of Frost.

She is survived by her husband, Floyd Lawhon; step-son, Doyle Lawhon and family; sisters, Linda McWhorter and Mary Epps; brothers, Danny, Roger and Bobby Frazier and their families; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at Corley Blooming Grove Chapel.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at Dresden Cemetery with Rev. R.L. Boyd officiating.

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Gregory Lynn Back
Mar 6, 1970 - Oct 24, 2012

Gregory Lynn Back, 42, passed away on the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 24,
2012 after a lengthy illness. Greg was born in Corsicana on March 6, 1970. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1988 and attended Navarro College.

Greg is preceded in death by his father Larry Back, grandparents Jessie and Bessie Herrin, Walter and Loraine Back and Audrey Johnson.

He is survived by his mother Beverly Back, brothers Brian and Michael, sister Keri Coker and their families, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was cremated and a private service will be held at a later date. His ashes will be scattered over his favorite places he visited as a child with his family.

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Edwina (Coltharp) White
abt 1931 - Oct 29, 2012

Edwina Coltharp White, age 81, died on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas White of Corsicana, and her parents, Alliene and Glenn Coltharp of Clarksville.

She is survived by one daughter, Julian Cirrincione of Fort Stockton, Texas; grandchildren Austin Sipes, Christin and Forrest Williams and Kara Cirrincione, two great-grandchildren, Sonora Jane Cirrincione and Bettysue Alliene Williams; her husband’s five sons; her twin sister, Mrs. Glenna Godsey of Denison, and sister Mrs. Jane Loflin and husband, Ed, of Dallas and Corrinne Crow Stokes and husband, Fred, of San Antonio; and many nieces and nephews.

She also left behind two very special people in her life … Julia Wade, her loving caregiver for five years and Trinidad Gonzales from Mexico, who lived and worked on their farm for many years. Mrs. White was born in Clarksville, where she grew up. She recorded her childhood antics with Glenna in her book Twin Tracks. She graduated from Clarksville High School, and later earned Baccalaureate and Masters Degrees from what was then East Texas State University, now Texas A&M at Commerce.

She was actively involved in the community teaching at Kerens School, Corsicana High School and Navarro College and was active in theater productions at The Warehouse Living Arts Theater, a local community theater. Edwina loved her involvement at the Kinsloe House and Corsicana Newcomers Club, often giving programs and book reviews. She was proficient in acting, singing and dancing. She was also a writer, artist and animal lover. She enjoyed gardening and raising vegetables which she generously shared. She and her husband lived on a farm south of Corsicana on Richland Chambers Lake where they often entertained. They will be remembered fondly for their New Year’s Eve parties which always ended at 9 p.m. She was well known and loved by family and friends.

Mrs. White was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana.

A memorial service will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 with visitation at 10 a.m. She will be interred in the church Columbarium next to her beloved husband, Thomas White.

Memorials may be made to Navarro Council of the Arts, St. John’s Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice.

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Barbara Joy Pretre
Oct 16, 1935 - Nov 2, 2012

Mrs. Barbara Joy Pretre, 77, of Dayton, passed away on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Texas. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Koslousky officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Charlie Williams
Nov 16, 1924 - Nov 2, 2012

Charlie Williams, 87, of Kerens passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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J. G. Ward
Apr 14, 1925 - Nov 3, 2012

Mr. J.G. Ward, 87, of Cameron passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in Cameron. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Boardtree Cemetery near Union High in Navarro County with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. An online guest book is available at www.wadefuneralhome.net by selecting the J.G. Ward obituary.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Mr. J.G. Ward, 87, of Cameron passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012 in Cameron. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 6 at Boardtree Cemetery near Union High in Navarro County with Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating.

Mr. Ward was born April 14, 1925 in Rodney, Texas to Robert and Gladys (Green) Ward. He worked as a truck driver and was a Navy veteran of WWII having served aboard the battleship USS New Jersey in the Pacific Theater.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Johnny James and Elvin and one sister Lois (Ward) Roberts.

Survivors include his son, Tommy Mac Ward of Cameron; brother, Bobby Ward of Orange; two grandchildren, Randy Lew Ward and Asia Le Ward Sartor, one great-grandchild, Pepper Sartor and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Centrella (Holmes) Barton
Jul 22, 1888 - Aug 10, 1980

Centrella Barton

Mrs. Centrella Barton, 95, died Sunday in the Fairfield Manor Nursing Home in Fairfield. She was a Streetman resident.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

She is survived by daughter Mrs. Nadwah Whitfield, of Dallas; son Floyd Barton, of Streetman; sister Selina Scott, of Lorena and brother Willie E. Holmes, of Kerens.

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Alice Arlene (Selby) French-Bankston
Sep 16, 1894 - Aug 29, 1973

Mrs. Bankston

Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Alice A. Bankston, 78, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. Rev. Robert J. Potts will officiate, and burial will be at Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

She was a native Texan, had lived in Corsicana for 40 years, and was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include two sons, Herschel F. French of Grand Prairie and Edwin W. French of Lubbock; a daughter, Mrs. C. L. (Margie) Flynn of Corsicana; five grandchildren, including John W. French of North Richland Hills; and six great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Aug 30, 1973
  • 1st husband Fred Wesley French married Dec. 22, 1913 2nd husband William Bryant Gordon Bankston married Mar 1, 1930 buried in Dawson cemetery (divorce appears in Corsicana Daily Sun court house news Feb. 21, 1934 but they are together in the 1940 census) d/o John James Selby and Martha Ann "Mattie" (Brock) Selby
  • Submitted by Diane Richards



Mrs. Bankston

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday at a local funeral home for Mrs. Alice A. Bankston, 78, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital, Rev. Robert J. Potts officiated, and burial was at Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Ed Blackburn, Leron Goode, Martin Brazell, Edward Easley, Nick Crosswhite and Paul Moore.

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Virginia (Vaughn) Holliefield
Nov 16, 1911 - Jul 11, 1954

Mrs. Holliefield Services Monday

Mrs. Loyd Holliefield, 42, of Brushie Prairie, died Sunday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Brushie Prairie Methodist church Monday at 5 p.m. Burial will be in the Brushie Prairie cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Bass, pastor of the church.

Surviving are her husband of Brushie Prairie; two sons, Robert Holliefield, Brushie Prairie, and Harold Holliefield, U. A. Army, Fort Bliss; Texas; two daughters, Misses Juanita and Judie Holliefield, both of Brushie Prairie; mother, Mrs. R. P. White, Athens; five brothers, Bennie Vaughn, Abilene; Sam and J. A. Vaughn, both of Athens; Joe Vaughn, Dallas, and W. E. Vaughn, Palestine; five sisters, Mrs. A C. Bennett, Mrs. W. C. Owens, Mrs. T. E. Walker and Mrs. W. L. Samples, all Athens, and Mrs. A. M. Lane, Palestine; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Artie Putman, Carl Shepperd, Truman Raley, Denver Boulware, Lee Putman and Irvin Thompson.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Walter Lee Bratcher
Aug 19, 1883 - Dec 02, 1969

Bratcher Rites

Funeral services for W. L. Bratcher, 86, retired farmer who died Tuesday in the Twilight Home, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel. The Rev. W. O. Estes officiated. Burial was in the Brushie Prairie cemetery.

He was a native of Tennessee and a member of the Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Jim Bratcher, Mertens, and G. W. Bratcher, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. A. E. Kendall, Corsicana, and Mrs. K. E. Adams, Mexia; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one brother, P. O. Bratcher, Prosper, Texas; and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie B. Smith, Cleburne, and Mrs. Ella Mae Currin, Louisville, Ky.

Pallbearers were Glen Bratcher, Jimmy Bratcher, Charles Bratcher, Wayne Bratcher, Lawson Smith and Roger Kendall.

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Annie Lou (Ridgway) French
May 6, 1892 - Jan 1, 1960

Mrs. French Rites Saturday

Mrs. Annie L. French, 67, native of Emmett, died in Irving Friday afternoon. She was the widow of the late Jim Mack French.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at Brushie Prairie Saturday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Brushie Prairie cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. G. W. French, Jr., pastor of the St. Mark’s Methodist church of Fort Worth.

Surviving are six sons, Roy D., John F., Clarence and B. M. French, all of Irving; J. M. French, Jr., Midlothian, and Lonnie Ray French, Austin; three daughters, Mrs. Edna Burrow, Corsicana; Mrs. P. L. Burge, Irving, and Mrs. Daniel O’Dell, Salina; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; ; a brother, Will Ridgeway, and a sister, Mrs. Lottie Carlton, both of Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Corley directed.

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Leslie Clyde (McCulloch) French
Nov 16, 1896 - Feb 29, 1920

Mrs. Verse French Dead
Mrs. Verse French died of pneumonia at her home at Alliance Hall February 29, and was buried in the Brushy Prairie cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock the funeral service being conducted by Revs. Tom Smith of Mt. Calm and J. T. McKeown of this city, and attended by a large number of friends.

Mrs. French was a good Christian woman, active in the affairs of the community, especially church work and leaves many friends who are sincerely grieved at her passing away. She is survived by her husband and three small sons.

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West End News.
Dear Nephews and Nieces and Mr. Editor:
Mrs. Virse French died Sunday morning near Alliance Hall. Mrs. French took the flu, then contracted pneumonia. She leaves a husband and two little children and a host of relatives and other friends to mourn her death. Her remains will be buried in the Brushy Prairie cemetery today, Monday, March 1st. We all have that debt to pay and we should say God’s will, not ours be done. But we can’t help mourning over the death of our loved ones.

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West End News.
Dear Nephews and Nieces and Mr. Editor:
Last Monday at 12 o’clock a large crowd met at the church house at Brushy Prairie to attend the funeral of Mrs. Virse French. They came from Navarro Mills, Alliance Hall, Spring Hill, some from Dawson, some from Raleigh, and most all of Brushy Prairie who were not sick with the flu were present. There was not standing room in the church. Rev. W. T. Smith of Mount Calm preached the funeral service, he being a Baptist minister. He was assisted by Rev. Joe McCowen of Dawson, a Methodist minister, both making good talks.

They both knew the deceased from childhood and spoke many words of praise for her good loving ways as a Christian and her many other good traits. It seemed that all who knew her loved her. In my last write-up concerning her death, I mentioned that she left two little children. She left three, the youngest being three or four months old. Her maiden name was McCullough. She leaves a large connection of both McCulloughs and Frenchs to mourn her death and lots of her schoolmates and her Sunday school classes and teachers, which she loved and they all loved her. She only lived one week after she was taken with that dreaded disease, flu and pneumonia. I hope that Brother Smith or Brother McCowen will write up her obituary and have it published in the Light, for I don’t feel competent in giving justice in writing up the life and death of one so nice and pure as this dear young woman was. Brother Smith and Brother McCowen tell me that they read each and every letter that I write for the Light. I send thanks to those good men of God for their compliments. I love them both and wish for their paths to be strewn with sweetest flowers while they sojourn here and at the end that they may receive a bright and starry crown in glory and join in the songs with the angels.

UNCLE JOHN

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William Asbury Carmack
Oct 1, 1843 - Jan 30, 1920

W. A. Carmack, an old and good citizen of the Brushy Prairie community, is reported very sick.

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West End News.

Dear Chats:

Old man Bill Carmack of Brushy has been very low for the past week. He has some kind of kidney trouble and the doctors say that his days are numbered and are few to stay here on earth. Dr. Stevenson of Irene was called to meet Dr. Hill and Dr. Matthews in Dawson last Thursday. Dr. Stevenson pulled through the rain and mud with two mules to a buggy, but on that day old Richland was from hill to hill and Drs. Matthews and Hill failed to get to Mr. Carmack’s but Dr. Stevenson pronounced the case hopeless. But the old man is still struggling between life and death.

UNCLE JOHN

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West End News.
Dear Editor and Sun-Light Chats:

Old man W. A. Carmack of Brushy died Friday, the 3rd, and was buried on the 31st at the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

UNCLE JOHN

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Died Near Emmett.
W. A. Carmack, an old citizen of Brushy Prairie community near Emmett, died Sunday after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery yesterday.

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Susan A. (Raley) Ridgway
Aug 16, 1872 - Nov 22, 1916

West End News.

Sun-Light Publishing Co.—Dear Readers: I have sad news to report this time. The east bound Cotton Belt on the 23rd instant brought into Dawson of the corpse of Mrs. Susan Ridgeway, who had undergone an operation some two or three weeks previous and the funeral took place at Brushy Prairie at 1 o’clock p.m. in the same day. The funeral was conducted by her pastor of Irene, Rev. I. L. Correls. The church house was full to overflowing and Rev. Sorrells conducted the services in an impressive way and left a good impression for himself upon the people. Mrs. Susan Ridgeway was our closest neighbor when she married. She was the daughter of Mr. Calvin and Mrs. Lou Raley. She was buried beside her father in the Brushy Prairie cemetery, who preceded her several years ago. Mrs. Ridgeway was born in Clark county, Arkansas in 1872 and moved to Texas with her parents when a small girl. She was married to J. W. Ridgeway at the age of 19 years, which was in the year 1890. She leaves a husband, an aged mother, five brothers and one sister, Mrs. Mattie C. R. Slater, and a host of friends and other relatives to mourn her loss. But, dear ones, it isn’t her loss, but heaven’s gain, for her last words were waiting for the sweet message. Mrs. Ridgeway was a Christian lady, was loved by all that knew her. She was happily converted and joined the Methodist Church, South, when she was 19 years of age and lived a consistent Christian since. But we can sympathize with the bereaved ones and say, Look to Him who doeth all things well, and live so that when you are called to go hence you may meet wife, mother and daughter and sister where there are no tears and sorrows and live with Jesus, who said, I go to prepare a place for you and a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens. Oh, what a blessed thought. Now, look up, all ye broken-hearted, and praise and trust the Lord. Susan is not dead, but sleeps.

Nov. 27, UNCLE JOHN
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Ben Oliver
abt 1838 - Feb 1916

West End News.

Dear Editor and Sun-Light Chats:

On last Thursday at 4 o’clock p.m., another old friend and comrade was buried at the Brushy Prairie cemetery. Old man Ben Oliver, who lived near Old Raleigh, died in his 78th year. Ben was one of my early day hunting mates and no bigger-hearted man could be found in our country. Camping out on a hunt or fishing expedition is a good way to find out a man’s faults and if Ben had any he kept them concealed. He always toted fair and strictly attended to his own business. The funeral services were conducted by our pastor, Rev. Latham, and a large crowd was present. His relatives and friends will find us joined in love and sympathy for them.

Feb. 20 UNCLE JOHN

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Eve (Gross) Ridgway
Jun 1, 1841 - Feb 11, 1919

West End News.
Last Wednesday there was another one of our good Alabama mothers buried at Brushy Prairie graveyard. This time it was Grandma Ridgeway, the mother of J. W. Ridgeway that lives near the county line three miles this side of Irene. Grandma Ridgeway was a widow, her husband, Sidney Ridgeway, having died in Oklahoma two years ago, and since his death Grandma has made her home the most of her time with her son, J. W. Ridgeway. At her death she was 77 years of age. She died a Christian. She lived a Christian. She has been a member of the Methodist church since childhood. She leaves seven children to mourn her loss, two girls and five boys, all grown, married and have families. Grandma Ridgeway was loved by all who knew her and she will be missed by all the community. The children and relatives have our heartfelt sympathy in their grief and mourning. The Lord said that he would claim his own and his own would have and it seem of late that he is taking toll pretty fast, for there is hardly a day but what there is a death reported in our county, besides the reports from over the State. The newspapers are full of such reports.
Feb. 16. UNCLE JOHN

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Mary Ann "Polly" (Jones) Johnson
Jul 11, 1837 - Feb 14, 1919

West End News.
Then on Saturday, the 15th, at 3 p.m. Grandma Johnson, 84 years of age was buried at Brushy. This makes three aged women that have been laid to rest in Brushy inside of eleven days. Grandma Johnson, who was better known as Aunt Pollie, was the widow of Frank Johnson, deceased. There was a large crown out to attend the funeral, which was conducted by Rev. Joe McCowen of Dawson. Grandma Johnson was a member of the Baptist church at Dawson, but she had been making her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Shuttleworth, in Brushy Prairie, and died there. She had only one child, Mrs. Shuttleworth, but she leaves a host of friends and other relatives to mourn her death. Her death was not a surprise to anyone who knew her, as she had been in bad health for two years. All her loved ones have our sympathy.
Feb. 16. UNCLE JOHN

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In Memory of Aunt Polly Ann Johnson.

Mrs. Mary Ann Johnson (nee Henderson) was born in July, 1837. At her death she was aged 82 years, 8 months and two days. She was converted and joined the Baptist Church at the age of 14 years, and through all her long life was a most earnest and devoted Christian, interested and active in all that contributed to the advancement of the cause of Christ. In the church she sought no conspicuous place, but found real satisfaction in serving where work was needed most to be done. Her soul found delight at the place of worship. She was a regular, attentive, helpful hearer of the preached word, when able to attend. Aunt Polly (as she was most commonly called) was a most patient sufferer, never complained and neither did she grow selfish and lose interest in the world. She knew she soon must leave. Often I visited her during the two years she was an invalid, and though feeble in body, she radiated sunshine and scattered flowers. Her dear heart had sorrows, but she bore them with Christian fortitude. And as the end drew near she expressed herself as being perfectly resigned to the will of God; all fear was gone, and the way was bright, and on February 14, 1919, God said, it is enough, come up higher, where there is no more sorrow or suffering. May her going away bring her devoted daughter, Mrs. May Shuttleworth, with whom she had made her home the past few years, and five grandchildren, her other relatives and all of us who knew her into closer fellowship with God.

I wish in this way to pay my sincere tribute to the worth and beauty of her character as it was to me. Being deprived of my own mother (God took her when I was small) Aunt Polly seemed to increase her love and interest in me in showing me how to do my work. My affection for her had deepened with the passing years, and with deepening knowledge of her worth to me.

Her funeral services were held on Saturday, February 16th, at Brushy Prairie church, being conducted by Rev. J. T. McKowan of Dawson. Her body was laid to rest in the Brushy Prairie cemetery. May God’s comfort be the portion of her loved ones who mourn their loss.

HOOD FRENCH.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, March 19, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (Her Death certificate says Mary Ann Johnson Jul. 11, 1837 – Feb. 14, 1919 - father Frank Jones) ( daughter May Ellen Shuttleworth’s death certificate says d/o F. M. Johnston and Polly Ann Henderson) ( Polly’s monument says Margaret Ann (Polly) Johnston Jul. 11, 1828 – Feb. 14, 1914) (The newspaper obit is definitely 1919)

 


Audie Chester Putman
Nov 23, 1912 - Aug 20, 1956

Audie J. Putman
DAWSON, Aug. 21.—(Spl.)—Audie Jester Putman, 43, local business man, died in a Waco hospital Monday night.

Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist church here Wednesday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, Methodist pastor at Bangs, formerly of this community, and Rev. George Matthews, pastor of the church.

Surviving are a son, Johnny Putman, Alabama; a sister, Mrs. G. B. Brooks, Waco, and a brother, J. B. Moore, Waco.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.

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James W. "Jim" Nesmith
Aug 8, 1883 - Nov 18, 1956

Retired Farmer Rites On Monday
Funeral services for J. W. Nesmith, 73, retired farmer, who was found fatally shot at his Dawson residence Sunday morning, were held from the First Baptist Church in Dawson Monday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jim Baggett, pastor, and Rev. W. O. Estes, former pastor of the church.

Nesmith had resided in West Navarro County many years before moving to Dawson about 15 years ago.

Walter Hays, Corsicana justice of the peace conducted an inquest and returned a verdict of “death from gunshot wounds, self-inflicted” following an investigation with Howe French, deputy sheriff. Nesmith, the officers, said had been shot in the head with a 410 gauge shotgun which was found in his arms in a small house at the rear of the family residence.

Surviving are his wife of Dawson , two daughters, Mrs. Murl Almond and Mrs. Frank Jackson, both of Dallas; several grandchildren and a brother, W. O. Nesmith, Dawson.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

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Jennings Bryant Toten
May 11, 1899 - Sep 5, 1956

J. B. Toten Rites Held Thursday

J. B. Toten, 57, farmer, 1517 West Seventh avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Brushie Prairie Methodist Church. Burial was in the Brushy Prairie cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Clyne A. Jones, Assembly of God pastor at Paducah, and Rev. J. E. Barnett.

Toten was a native of Brushie Prairie.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; six sisters, Mrs. A. Raley, Dawson; Mrs. Claud Horn and Mrs. Ben Jordan, both of Hubbard; Mrs. A. V. Wright, Overton; Mrs. Newt Price, Wellington, and Mrs. Gurney Breedlove, Abilene, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were S. T. Prater, J. B. Moore, Roy Raley, J. D. Toten, Harvey Newton Price and B. A. Jordan.

Corley directed.

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William Jefferson Barnes
May 30, 1895 - Jan 9, 1977

W. J. Barnes

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Navarro Mills Baptist Church for William Jefferson Barnes, 81, resident of Navarro Mills, who died Sunday at Morton Hospital in Dallas.

The Rev. Roland Nolan was to officiate with burial following at Brushy Prairie cemetery.

He was a veteran of World War I, a retired farmer, and a deacon in the Navarro Mills Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Willie Barnes of Navarro Mills; five daughters, Mrs. Lerene Brooks of Longview, Mrs. Earlene Healey of Dallas, Mrs. Frances Manley of Alabama, Mrs. Maggie Ruth of El Paso, and Mrs. Cecil Parsons of Dallas, a son, Benny Barnes of Alburguerque; 20 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.

Arrangements are with Eubanks Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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Sterling Russell “Bud” Price
Nov 9, 1871 - Feb 15, 1955

Bud Price Rites Held Wednesday

Funeral services for S. R. (Bud) Price, 83, retired Dawson farmer, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. O. Estes, pastor of the First Baptist church, Dawson, and Rev. H. G. Starkey, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

Price died early Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. T. Leyendecker, 916 West Eighteenth avenue.

Surviving are his wife of Dawson; two sons, Tom F. Price, Corsicana, and Ariel C. Price, Itasca; three daughters, Mrs. H. B. Brown, Tyler; Mrs. E. N. Young, Lubbock, and Mrs. Leyendecker, Corsicana; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Bryant Price, Brownsboro; three sisters, Mrs. Grover Porter, Brownsboro; Mrs. Henry Ragain, Vivian, La., and Mrs. C. H. Temple, Tyler, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Leon Whitener, Doyle Hagle, Altis Kendell, Odell Kendell, Delmer Kendell and Douglas Sykes.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Feb 16, 1955
  • h/o Eugenia “Jeanie” (Greene) Price s/o Marques De Lafayette Price & Mary Frances “Fannie” (Lowery) Price
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Eugenia “Jeanie (Greene) Price
May 5, 1880 - Jun 23, 1974

Mrs. Price

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Eugenia Price, 94, resident of Corsicana who died Sunday in Evergreen Nursing Home.

Rev. Maurice McLeroy and Rev. W. O. Estes will officiate, and burial will be at Brushy Prairie cemetery.

She was a native of Mississippi and had lived in Corsicana since 1952.

She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church. Her husband, S. R. Price, preceded her in death in 1955.

Survivors include a son, Ariel C. Price of Itasca; three daughters, Mrs. Fannie Brown of Tyler, Mrs. E. N. Young of Lubbock, Mrs. J. P. Leyendecker of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Mamie (Slater) Nesmith
Nov 11, 1888 - Dec 17, 1958

Mrs. Nesmith Dies Wednesday

Mrs. Mamie Nesmith, 70, native of and long time Brushie resident, died in Twilight Home early Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church in Dawson Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jim Baggett, pastor of the church.

Mrs. Nesmith had been at Twilight Home since April.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lorene Jackson, Lancaster, and Mrs. Josephine Almond, Dallas; four sister, Mrs. Hassie Parrish, Dallas; Mrs. Homer Parrish, Mrs. Lilla Whitener and Mrs. Hallie Harries, all of Dawson; two brothers, Houston Slater, Dawson, and Bismark Slater, Silver City, and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.

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MRS. MAMIE NESMITH
CORSICANA, Dec. 18 (Spl) - Funeral services were held Thursday at Dawson for Mrs. Mamie Nesmith, 70, a native and long time resident of the Brushie Prairie community. She died Wednesday in a Corsicana rest home. Two daughters, Mrs. Lorene Jackson of Lancaster and Mrs. Josephine Almond of Dallas, survive.

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Fred Wesley French
Nov 26, 1889 - May 08, 1928

FRED FRENCH DIED TUESDAY AT HOME AT SPRING HILL

Fred French, aged about 38 years died at his home in the Spring Hill community Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from a heart attack and the funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are his wife, three small children, mother, Mrs. Wesley French, Emmett; four brothers, three sisters, two half-brothers, one half sister and numerous other relatives.

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Ella Watts "Elder" (Key) Moore
Oct 12, 1872 – Oct 1, 1952

Mrs. E. W. Moore Rites Thursday

Mrs. Elder Watts Moore, 80, died Wednesday in her home at Ennis. She was a native of Hubbard, and was a member of the Baptist church and Order of Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held at the Brushie Prairie Methodist church Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with burial in the Brushy Prairie cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Orbie Lamb of Ennis and Rev. O. L. McCollom of Frost.

Surviving are seven sons, Corrigan R. and Jack K. Moore, both of Ennis; Hershel E. Moore, Vernon; James R. Moore, Malone; Samuel M. Moore, Frost; John Patrick Moore, Corsicana; and William Lee Moore, Sherman; 19 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Hubbard Key, Frost, Will Key, Malone and Frank Key, Ennis; three sisters, Mrs. J. T. Scroggins, Tyler; Mrs. Alice Scroggins, San Antonio, and Mrs. W. A. Burnham, Stamford.

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Alford Rice Slater
Nov 5, 1883 - Mar 1, 1953

A. R. Slater Dies Sunday Evening

A. R. Slater, 69, of Frost, native of Brushie Prairie, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday night.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Brushie Prairie Methodist church. Burial will be in the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church and Rev. Bracey A. Bledsoe, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist church here.

Surviving are his wife of Frost; two daughters, Mrs. Carl Jobe, Wichita Falls, and Mrs. Grady Summerall, Frost; six sisters, Mrs. Hassie Parrish, Mrs. Velma Adams, Mrs. Mamie Nesmith and Mrs. Lilla Whitener all of Dawson; Mrs. Pearl Parrish, Purdon, and Mrs. Hallie Harris, Hubbard; two brothers, Houston Slater, Dawson, and Bismark Slater, Purdon, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Inmon Slater, J. C. Slater, Delma Rea Adams, Alvin Parrish, Neeley Parrish and Cleon Whitener, all nephews.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

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Ruth Smyrl (Jones) Slater
May 24, 1877 - Sep 7, 1976

Mrs. Slate

BLOOMING GROVE - Services were to be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove for Mrs. Ruth Slate, 99, longtime resident of Blooming Grove, who died Tuesday morning in Sherman.

The Rev. Ken James, Central Baptist Church pastor, was to officiate, with burial to follow at Brushy cemetery.

Survivors include 11 nephews, Earl Jones of Penelope, Jack Slater of Frost, Harvey Slate of Corsicana, Curt Slater of Blooming Grove, Leonnard French and Cecil French both of Spring Hill, Tommy French of Lubbock, Hoyt Slater of Wichita Falls, Jewel Slater of Grand Prairie, Huey French and Wayne French both of Lubbock; and four nieces, Mrs. Hester Raley of Hubbard, Mrs. Valta Reynolds of Killeen, Mrs. Ruth Mustion and Mrs. Ellen Ellis both of Cheyenne, Okla.

Pallbearers include Billy Hargrove, Truman Raley, Blake Gillen, E. A. Toten, Benedict Raley and Bobby Ralston.

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Emma Zella Slater
Mar 13, 1901 - Aug 1, 1919

Horse Ran Away and Threw Her From Buggy at Brushy Prairie

The fourteen-year-old daughter of Mr. Jule Slater is dead as the result of an accident last Friday. The little girl, with two other girls as companions, were returning from church Friday night in a buggy drawn by a horse. The horse became frightened, ran away, the buggy was overturned and the occupants thrown out. Mr. Slater’s daughter received a fractured skull and died in a few hours. It seems that the other occupants of the buggy escaped injury.

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Daris Slater
Apr 25, 1918 - Aug 20, 1919

Dawson News.
(The Dawson Herald)

Baby Dies.

The sixteen month’s old baby of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Slater of the Spring Hill community died Wednesday morning about 6 o’clock, after having been in a very critical condition for several days. Burial took place at Brushy Prairie cemetery on Thursday. The Herald extends sincere sympathy to the heartbroken parents in their sad loss.

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West End News.

Dear Sun-Light Chats:
On Thursday the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Slater was laid to rest in the Brushy Prairie graveyard. The little fellow was one year old. Mr. Slater lives near Spring Hill.

Aug. 24. UNCLE JOHN

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In Memoriam.
All is dark in their home,
Lonely are their hearts today.
The dearest one they loved
Has been taken away.

But God had a place in Heaven
That he wanted to complete.
So he took their darling Daris,
To fill the vacant seat.

On the day of August 20, 1919, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Slater was made desolate when God sent His Death Angel to claim their precious jewel, Daris, who was born April 25, 1918.

Her stay on earth was short, just long enough to twine around her father and mother’s heart the tender love all parents have for their children.

She was sick only a few days when Jesus said, enough, come and live with Me. Grieve not, dear parents and loved ones for she is now resting in the arms of Him who said “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”

Funeral services were held at the church on Thursday, Aug 21, Rev. Boulware officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Brushy Prairie Cemetery.

May God comfort you dear broken-hearted parents, and may you look to God for help for he alone can comfort and strengthen you, just put your trust in Him.

At the fireside sad and lonely,
Often will the bosom swell;
At remembrance of your loved one.
That you all loved so well.

But God needed one more Angel
Amidst His shining band.
So He bent with loving smile,
And clasped dear Daris’ hand.

---A Friend.

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West End News.

Dear Sun-Light Chats:
On Thursday the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Slater was laid to rest in the Brushy Prairie graveyard. The little fellow was one year old. Mr. Slater lives near Spring Hill.

Then on Friday the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barnes, who live near Frost, was buried at the same place. She was 16 or 17 years of age.

Aug. 24. UNCLE JOHN

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Edmond Christopher Deatherage
Sep 9, 1870 - Feb 28, 1963

Ed Deatherage Services Held

Funeral services for Ed Deatherage, 93, retired farmer, Route 1, Barry, who died in Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon, were held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Brushy Prairie cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are a son, O. A. Deatherage, Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. Irene Cates, Barry, and Mrs. Sally Coffee, Waco; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Liller Charlsie (Hanna) Tipton-Fletes-Holloway
Aug 12, 1907 - Dec 4, 1989

Charlsie Holloway

Mrs. Charlsie Hanna Holloway, 82, of Laredo, died Dec. 4, 1989 in Laredo.

Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Richland cemetery.

She was born Aug. 12, 1907 in Malakoff, and was a retired nurses aide at Twilight Home. She was the sole survivor of the William Hanna family. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. C. Holloway, in 1978.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Leska Fletes of Laredo; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 5, 1989
  • w/o William Gene Tipton, Ruben Fletes, James C. Holloway d/o William H. Hanna and Mary Jane Minerva (Scott) Hanna
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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Charlsie Holloway

Mrs. Charlsie Hanna Holloway, 82, of Laredo, died Dec. 4, 1989 in Laredo.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Richland cemetery.

She was born Aug. 12, 1907 in Malakoff, and was a retired nurses aide at Twilight Home. She was the sole survivor of the William Hanna family. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. C. Holloway, in 1978.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Leska Fletes of Laredo; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Jefferson Alberta Townley
Aug 9, 1911 - Apr 8, 1993

Jeff Townley, 81, of Dallas, died April 8, 1993, in Dallas.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Norman Butler officiating. Burial will be in the Round Prairie Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 9, 1911, in Kosse, Texas. He attended the Penecostal Church of God and was a member of Teamsters Union Local No. 745 in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruby Townley of Dallas; three sons, John Wesley Townley of Waxahachie, L.T. Townley of Colbert, Okla., and George Townley of Grand Prairie; one daughter, Carylon Wyant of Baytown;
10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Curtis Wyant, Jerry Wyant, Larry Wyant, Robert Townley, Lonnie Townley, Tony Townley, Derrick Townley and Arvin Pate.

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