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Margie Winona (Williams) McDaniel
Mar 22, 1922 - Dec 5, 2012

Margie Winona McDaniel, age 90, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West. She was born March 22, 1922 in Corsicana to Harvey and Essie May Williams.

She was a longtime member of Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana.
Her first love was for Christ and bringing her family up in a Christian home. She was very proud at Easter when all of her family came into town and attended church with her.

Mrs. McDaniel had retired from Texas Miller Products. After retirement she was co-owner with her husband of Surgas in Corsicana. She also worked as an Avon representative in Corsicana for 33 years.

She loved being with people.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Percy Loyce McDaniel and a son, Donald Wayne McDaniel.

She is survived by a son, David Loyce McDaniel and wife Eleatha; two daughters, Pamela Celeste Wright and husband James, Deborah Marie King and husband Ray; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lain Teel officiating. Burial will follow at Campbell-Elrod Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ray King, Eric King, Bradley King, Brett McDaniel, Wesley McDaniel and Edward Straubing.

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Clarence Elijah "Billy" Burton, Jr.
May 29, 1899 - Feb 21, 1985

C. E. “Billy” Burton

EMHOUSE—C. E. “Billy” Burton, 85, of Emhouse, died Thursday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Carroll officiating. Burial will be in Pattison Cemetery.

He was a native of Kaufman County and a retired carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Burton of Emhouse; two daughters, Mrs. Harvey Lee Parrish of Corsicana and Mrs. Bill Roney of Shreveport, La.; a brother, Coon Burton of Kilgore; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Roy Posey, Claude Maggard, Norman Smith, Stokes Armstrong, Frank Seeley and Neylan Drain.

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Fannie (Nelson) Younger
Oct 31, 1904 - Feb 25, 1982

Mrs. Fannie Younger

DAWSON—Mrs. Fannie Younger, 77, of Dawson, died Thursday morning at Twin Oaks Retirement Center in Waco.

Service is Sunday, 2 p.m. Dawson Church of God in Christ with burial following at Brushie Prairie Cemetery in Frost.

Wake service is Saturday, 7 p.m., Ross and Johnson Mortuary in Corsicana.

She was a member of Heroine of Jericho Court No, 32.

Survivors include four daughters, Ruth Younger and Lena Mitchell, both of Waco, Era Johnson and Edna Taylor, both of Dallas; two sons, Fred Younger, Houston, and G. C. Younger, of Dawson; 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Thomas, of Tulia; and one brother, Joe Nelson, of Lufkin.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Reuben Iradelle Harris, Jr.
Sep 28, 1917 - Feb 23, 1985

R. I. Harris, Jr.

R. I. Harris, Jr., 67, of Corsicana, died Saturday at the Veterans Administration hospital in Waco.

The funeral is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home with Dr. Tom Graves officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

A native of Navarro County, he was a retired bookkeeper, veteran of World War II and a member of the First Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Blanche Harris of Corsicana; a son, Allyn Harris of Plano; three grandchildren, Greg, Allyson and Ben Harris, all of Plano; a brother Carlton Harris of Corsicana; a sister, Kathryn Allen of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Alvis Harwell, Leon Fletcher, Chet Kresch, David Kresch, Roland Bee, Buford Harris, Arthur L. Ellis and Edwin Thomas.

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Mattie (Jordan) Harris
Jan 12, 1872 - May 8, 1958

Mrs. Harris Dies Thursday Night, Rites Saturday

Mrs. Mattie Harris, 86, life-long Navarro county resident, died at her home, 1901 West Collin street, Thursday night following an extended illness. She was the widow of the late Thomas Harris.

Surviving are three sons, W. W. Womack and R. I. Harris, both of Corsicana, and R. J. Harris, Kaufman; a daughter, Miss Callie Harris, Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, S. B. and C. B. Jordan, both of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. M. E. Hanson, San Antonio; Mrs. Virgil Williamson, Baytown; Mrs. Gordon Sutton, Mexia, and Mrs. Allie Warner, California; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which she was a member.

Pallbearers will be Carlton Harris, Nell Harris, R. I. Harris, Jr.; Wesley Harris, Murray Harris, Marion Harris, Buford Harris and William Mahoney, all grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

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James Edgar Almond
Aug 22, 1930 - Feb 25, 1982

James Edgar Almond

DAWSON—James Edgar Almond, of Dawson, died at his Dawson residence Thursday morning.

Service is Saturday, 2 p.m. First Baptist Church in Dawson with the Rev. Danny Curry and the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Burial at Dawson Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Eubanks Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Leona Wheeler, Mrs. Wanda Derden, and Mrs. Lometa Tanner, all of Dallas, and Mrs. Letha Adams, of Corsicana; six brothers, Alton Almond, of Dawson, Charlie Almond, of Carrolton, Muriel Almond, of Lancaster, Leroy Almond, of San Jose, Calif., Clyde Almond, of Whitewright, and Bobby Almond of Howe.

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James Wesley Mitcham
Aug 25, 1913 - Feb 23, 1985

James Mitcham
DAWSON—James Wesley Mitcham, 71, of Dawson, died Saturday in Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service was 2 p.m. Monday at Eubanks Funeral Home in Hubbard with the Rev. Bill Kilengelsmith and the Rev. Jim Neal officiating. Burial was in Dawson Cemetery.

He was a retired farmer and rancher and deacon of First Baptist Church in Dawson.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Cleda Mitcham of Dawson; a son, Don Mitcham of Dawson; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth McCulloch of Corsicana, Mrs. Hattie Tillery of Fort Worth and Mrs. Mary Erickson of Mexia; three step-brothers, Albert White of Fayetteville, N. C., Eddie White of Cedar Creek and Jessie White of Corpus Christi; and two grandchildren.

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Rhoda C. (Smith) Smith
Feb 19, 1873 - Mar 31, 1947

MRS. RHODA SMITH FUNERAL SERVICES HELD AT DAWSON

Funeral services for Mrs. Rhoda C. Smith, aged 74 years, 621 South Ninth street, Waco, who died in a Waco hospital Monday were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Dawson Methodist church. Burial was in Dawson Cemetery. Rev. G. Weldon Gatlin and Rev. Mr. Davis officiated.

Surviving are two sons, Urshell Smith, Dawson, and J. A. Smith, Waco; three daughters, Mrs. Henry Halbrooks, Dallas; Mrs. James Mitcham, Dawson, and Mrs. Bonnie Roberts, Waco; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Elmer Renfro, Dock Sykes, Orville Bumpers, Willard Thompson, Chester Moore, Dewey Renfro, Earl Smith and Herbert Stockard.

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Betty Lou (Mize) Gibson
Jan 24, 1923 - Dec 4, 2012

Betty Lou Gibson peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, surrounded by her family and caregivers. Betty was born on Jan. 24, 1923 in Iola, Texas, to Dodson and Lillian Mize. She married the love of her life, Louis Gibson on Christmas Day, 1941. They moved to Corsicana, Texas in 1951 and raised four children. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis, her parents, her brother Jerry, and her in-laws, Felix and Jewel Gibson.

She attended high school in Iola where she graduated valedictorian.
After graduation, she entered Sam Houston State Teacher’s College. At the beginning of her freshman year, she met Louis Gibson. They dated throughout college and married. In the summer, they moved to Galveston, and Louis began medical school. In 1951, they moved to Corsicana and started the Medical Arts Clinic.

Betty and Louis were married for 65 years. They had a special marriage based on deep love and respect for each other. Together, they became deeply involved in the Corsicana community.

Since Louis was a busy surgeon, much of the responsibility of caring for the children fell to Betty. She relished the task and put all of her energy, determination and love into being a mother to Nancy, Gail, Mike and Pat. The family remembers many fun family outings with their parents to local lakes for water skiing, to New Mexico for snow skiing, and to the deer lease for hunting. Betty was an active participant and amazed the children with her skills.

First Baptist Church was an important part of her life. She made sure that the family attended Sunday School, church and Sunday night services. As the children grew up, Betty loved teaching women college students. She was also active in circle and Bible study. After a family mission trip to Ecuador, she hosted many visiting missionaries in their home.

Betty loved to cook, not only for her family, but for the many guests she entertained in her home. She enjoyed giving dinner parties, teas and parties for the children and their friends. She was a gracious, energetic hostess.

One of Betty’s passions was gardening. She grew orchids, and her patio was filled with specimen plants. Additionally, she planted flower beds and was known for her gorgeous azalea bushes surrounding the Gibson home. She was an active member of the Garden Club and was a state flower judge.

Betty was proud to be a member of DAR, Quintillian, and Medical Auxiliary.

Betty Lou was a farm girl who accomplished her dreams of becoming a mother and a wife. God and family were at the center of Betty Lou’s life. She exemplified the words in Proverbs 31, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.”

She is survived by her children, Nancy and Larry Hodges, Gail and Don Clowe, Mike and Debbie Gibson, Pat and Alicia Gibson; grandchildren, Cameron Hodges, Shannon Hodges, Duncan Clowe, Beth Clowe Miller, Lauren Gibson Bilbao, Ross Gibson, Clay Gibson and Jourdan Gibson; and six precious great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thanks all of her wonderful caregivers and Dr. Kent Rogers.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be conducted at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Mission Fund, 510 W.
Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110 or the charity of your choice.

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Joe H. Wilbanks
May 1, 1920 - Dec 5, 2012

Bro. Joe H. Wilbanks, age 92 years, seven months and four days, of Trinidad, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. He was born May 1, 1920 in Eureka to Walter and Lila Mae Wilbanks. He was known to all of his friends as Bro. Joe.

Bro. Joe was a Baptist minister, cattle rancher, and gardener most of his life. He married Melba Moseley on June 27, 1943 and they were happily married for 68 years, until her death on April 10, 2011. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

He pastored many churches for over 60 years, including Rural Shade in Kerens, Shady Grove in Purdon, Crews in Ballinger, First Missionary in Morton, Missionary in Paducah, College Avenue (formerly Harmony) in Levelland, Park Place in Abilene, Calvary in Trinidad, Fellowship in Corsicana, Sand Flat and First Baptist both in Grand Saline, Old Bethel in Canton, Payne Springs in Mabank, New Hope in Winkler, and First Baptist in St. Elmo; and conducted many revivals and seminars.

He is survived by sons, Billy Joe Wilbanks and wife Sheila of Trinidad and Jerry Wilbanks and wife Jan of Dallas; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Graveside services in celebration of Bro. Joe’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Jim Bob Farmer officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Jacksonville College at 105 BJ Albritton Drive, Jacksonville, TX 75766, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at 322 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001.

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Orville McClanahan
Dec 31, 1934 - Nov 30, 2012
 

Orville Edward McClanahan, 77, resident of Kingston, Okla. passed away Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. He was born Dec. 31, 1934 in Seminole, Okla. to Ernest McClanahan and Lucille Lacy McClanahan.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughters Orvillen McClanahan and Theresa McClanahan.

He is survived by his wife Blanche Faye McClanahan of Kingston, Okla.; daughter, Robin Annette McClanahan of Texas; four step-children, Darlene Jones of Missouri, Charlotte Wolfe of Garland, Sandra Jones of Whitney and Mary Wolfe of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Dresden Cemetery with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Orville McClanahan, 77, resident of Oklahoma passed away Nov. 30, 2012.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Dresden Cemetery.

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Mary Edna (Terry) Wilson
Dec 9, 1872 - Aug 19, 1936

MRS. EDNA WILSON PASSED AWAY HERE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Wilson, aged 63 years, wife of S. J. Wilson, who died Wednesday night at 7 o’clock were held from the family home, 1520 West Tenth avenue, Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Prairie Point Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Leslie Thomas, minister of the Church of Christ church.

Surviving are her husband, four children, Mrs. Anna Maxwell, Corsicana; Mrs. Willie Tramel, Bazette, Sam Wilson, Corsicana, and Mrs. Frankie Blue, Corsicana; three brothers, John Terry, Beaumont; Will Terry, Littlefield, and Oscar Terry, Oklahoma; five sisters, Mrs. Belle Witte, Dallas; Mrs. Betsy Paschal, Dallas, Mrs. Earl McCleary, Kerens; Mrs. Ellen Spence, Waco; and Miss May Terry, Dallas.

The funeral services were directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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James Burke McCluney
June 13, 1913 - July 6, 1937

KERENS MAN DIED IN AUSTIN TUESDAY; BURIAL WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for James McCluney, aged 24 years, who died in Austin Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock fro the corley Funeral chapel with burial in the Post Oak cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J.P. Fletcher, Baptist minister.

Surviving are his father, J.E. McCluney, Kerens, and three sisters, Mrs. Lila Condron, Elgin; Miss Martha McCluney, Waco, and Miss Evelyn McCluney, Elgin, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Z. T. Banks, Charles Burks, Lon McCluney, Harry Burke, S. Z. Burke, J. O. Burke and Frank Condron.

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Clyff Ingram Coates, Sr.
Dec 27, 1897 - Mar 16, 1977

Clyff Coates
KERENS—Services will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church for Clyff I. Coates, 79, who died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday.

The Rev. John McCord will officiate with burial to follow at the Kerens City Cemetery.

He was a life-long resident of Kerens and had just recently retired after 58 years of service as an officer and director of the First State Bank of Kerens.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Billie Bob Tekeel of Kerens; and one son, Clyff Coates Jr. of Corpus Christie.

Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens will direct.

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Howard Burton Coates
Oct 31, 1920 - Feb 24, 1964

Judge French Orders Autopsy Howard Coates

Howard Coates, 43, unemployed, Navarro Lodge, died in Memorial hospital Monday morning after being found ill in a telephone booth at the Price Service station on East Seventh avenue Sunday night.

Howe French, justice of the peace, Precinct 1, conducted an investigation and authorized and autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Coates formerly resided in Kerens.

Henry Price, operator of the service station said Monday that Coates was preparing to make telephone calls at a booth at the station when he (Price) closed up and left the station, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Don Massey, city policeman, reported Monday that the police received a call from a man who reported he had been talking with Coates when he heard what sounded like a fall and Coates no longer answered him.

The call was traced to the booth where the receiver was still off the hook and Massey reported he arrived on the scene simultaneously with a Corley ambulance and the officer followed the ambulance to the hospital.

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Plan Services Howard Coates

Funeral services for Howard Coates, 43, who died early Monday in Memorial hospital, will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens Wednesday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Harry Wilbanks, pastor of the Kerens Presbyterian church. The Masons will have charge of graveside rites.

Coats was employed at the Texas National Guard Armories in Corsicana and Kerens and recently resigned. He was a veteran of World War II.

Coates apparently was stricken while talking from a pay station at the Price Service Station on Highway 31 Sunday night and police and a Corley ambulance answered a summons from a party talking to Coates, police said, when the other party heard a fall.

An autopsy was performed Monday at Memorial hospital on orders issued by Howe French, justice of the peace, Precinct 1, Place 2, to determine the cause of death.

Judge French stated Tuesday that the doctor performing the autopsy said he found nothing in the stomach to cause death, although there was some heart damage, Judge French added that Deputy Sheriff Lloyd Chambliss took certain specimens to the state laboratory in Austin Tuesday for study by state officials.

Surviving are two sons, Howard Ray Coates and Billy Joe Coates, Corsicana; a daughter, Connie Elaine Coates, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Dulcene McCluney, Burbank, Calif.; a brother, Don Coates, San Fernando, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Graham Wyley, Tyler, and Gypsy Belew, Burbank, Calif.; a grandchild and other relatives.

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Robert Pollard "Bob" Coates
Aug 25, 1857 - Feb 15, 1947

ROBERT P. COATES OF KERENS DIES; FUNERAL SUNDAY
KERENS, Feb. 15—(Spl)—Funeral services for Robert Percivel Coates, aged 89 years, long-time Kerens resident, will be held from the Stockton Chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. Pippin, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Coates died Saturday.

Born August 25, 1857 at Canton, Miss., he came to Texas in the Fall of 1881 and had resided in the Kerens vicinity since that time. He was a farmer before his retirement.

Coates was married to Mary Blanche Ingram at Corsicana in December, 1883. Mrs. Coates preceded him in death, July 8, 1941.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Whitt Orr, Ore City.; a son, Cliff Coates, Kerens; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Feb 16, 1947
  • (obit says Robert Percival cemetery list has Robert Pollard Death certificate says Robert, spoke with family and they said it is Pollard )
  • s/o Wiley Burton Coates buried at Long Prairie cemetery, Kerens, Texas and Winnefred (Smith) Coates
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Burton Coates
Jun 3, 1867 - Aug 5, 1964

Hold Services For W. B. Coates

KERENS, Aug. 7 (Spl.)—Funeral services for W. B. Coates, 97, landowner, ginner and merchant, who died Wednesday after an extended illness were held Friday at 10 a. m. from the Kerens Presbyterian church with Rev. Harry Wilbanks, pastor, in charge. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery.

Native of Canton, Miss., Coates came to Wadeville at the age of 10 years in a wagon train with his parents and others.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. P. N. Stockton and Mrs. Fred Jennings, and a daughter–in-law, Mrs. John B. Coates, all of Kerens; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Zack Stockton, Richard Jennings, Keith Jennings, Don Foster, L. S. Keen, Brink Barnett, Ben R. Cherry and John Back.

Inmon directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Aug 7, 1964
  • h/o Cora (Berry) Coates s/o William Wayne Coates and Katherine “Kitty” (Lyles) Coates buried at Long Prairie cemetery, Kerens, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Robert Dale Richardson
abt 1964 - Nov 20, 2012

Robert Dale Richardson, age 48, of Phoenix passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20,
2012 in Arizona. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 with Memorial services following at 1 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Opal Marie Brown
Apr 19, 1921 - Nov 29, 2012

Opal Marie Brown, 91, of Carrollton passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29,
2012 in Carrollton. No services were planned, and a private family burial was held at Hamilton-Beeman cemetery.

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Royce Thornton Young
Feb 10, 1925 - Dec 1, 2012

Royce Thornton Young, age 87, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the Carriage House Manor Nursing Home in Sulphur Springs.  Visitation with the family was held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment with military honors followed in the New Chatfield Cemetery.

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Aubrey Lee “Jimmy” Merrell, Jr.
Jul 27, 1932 - Jan 5, 1935

Rice News.
A number of Rice friends attended the funeral of little Jimmy Merrell, aged 2 1-2 years, who died Saturday morning at his home in Alma, after a short illness with pneumonia. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Merrell of Alma. Interment was in the Rice Cemetery under the direction of J. E. Keever of Ennis.

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Guy Ernest Gage
Aug 31, 1911 - May 5, 1990

Guy E. Gage

Guy E. Gage, 78, of Dallas, died May 5, 1990, at Medical City Hospital in Dallas.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Monday at Rosehill Cemetery and Steve Carpenter officiated. Griffin Roughton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Avis Gage of Dallas; one son, Warren Austin Gage of Dallas; two sisters, Mada Bolton of Quebec, Canada and Helen Thompson of California; and one granddaughter.

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Homer Clyde Garrison
Jan 28, 1901 - Dec 23, 1989

Homer Garrison

Homer Garrison, 88, of Blooming Grove, died Dec. 23, 1989, in Fort Worth.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Garrison of Blooming Grove; one son, Calvin Garrison of Arizona; one daughter, Nancy Inez Howell of Fort Worth; three brothers, Elmer Garrison of Ennis; Arthur Garrison of Blooming Grove; and Ernest Garrison of Hearne; three sisters, Allie Gantt and Viola Dozier, both of Blooming Grove and Nora Garrison of Dallas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be the nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be C. C. Lusk, Tom Oliphant, James H. Gantt and Jim Posey.

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Robert Dennis Garrison, Sr.
Feb 25, 1895 - Oct 18, 1982

Robert Garrison Sr.

BLOOMING GROVE—Robert Dennis Garrison Sr., 87, of Blooming Grove, died Monday in Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Service is Wednesday, 10 a.m. at Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with Ken Schultz and W. H. Price officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Blooming Grove Funeral Home.

He was a veteran of World War I and retired as rural mail carrier at the Blooming Grove Post Office after working with the mail service 38 years and five months.

After retiring as rural mail carrier he went into the cattle business and raised cattle until ill health forced his retirement.

He was a Mason and member of the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lee Ella Garrison, of Blooming Grove; one son, Robert Dennis Garrison, Jr., of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Norma Jean Lively, of Euless, and Miss Ina Ruth Garrison, a teacher at the Shape Headquarters American School in Belgium; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Elmer Garrison, of Ennis, Homer and Arthur Garrison, of Blooming Grove, and Ernest Garrison, of Hearne; three sisters, Mrs. Allie Gantt, Mrs. Viola Dozier and Miss Nora Garrison, all of Blooming Grove; nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Masons will be pallbearers.

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Dudley Watson George, Sr.
Jul 16, 1904 - Aug 11, 1988

Dudley Watson George

Dudley Watson George, 84, of Tyler died Aug. 11, 1988, at his residence after a lengthy illness.

Services are 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler, with Rev. Glen Wierick and Rev. Ronald W. Waldrip officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

He was a native of Blooming Grove and graduated from Baylor University in 1926. He then became editor of the Blooming Grove Times until 1932. He was involved in several oilfield concerns, including the Van Oil Play, the Tex-Jersey Oil Corp. and the Cable Tool Drilling Co. He was a director of the Republic Bank in Tyler for many years and was chairman of the board of First State Bank in Blooming Grove until recently, when he was made chairman emeritus. He was a member of the Order of the Rose of the Texas Rose Festival, a member of TIPRO and IPPA. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tyler, a 32nd degree Mason in the Corsicana lodges and past president of the Cherokee Club.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Edith George of Tyler; a brother, R. W. George Jr. of Corsicana; two sisters, Edith Albrecht and Lorraine Carroll, both of Blooming Grove; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers are Tom Puckett, Sam Guerin, Maxwell Herring, Mart McMillan, Charles Childers, Randall Cape, Jack Buchanan and Hugh Hagemeyer.

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Clinton Forest Gilliam
Oct 6, 1905 - Dec 26, 1990

Clinton Forest Gilliam

Clinton Forest Gilliam, 85, of Corsicana, died Dec. 26, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served in the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific in World War II. He retired from the Texas Highway Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Merle Magee Gilliam.

He is survived by one son, George Gilliam of Dallas; and one nephew, Robert Gilliam of Denver.

Pallbearers will be G. T. Denson, Orville Lockler, W. M. Lowe, Artice McNeel, V. W. Summerall and H. E. Andrews.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. The family will receive visitors at 1700 Maplewood.

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Domingo Laing Gonzalez, Sr.
Sep 19, 1936 - Jul 24, 1990

Domingo Gonzalez Sr.

Domingo Gonzalez Sr., of Corsicana, died July 24, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Rosary will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Father George Monaghan officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife Beatrice Gonzales of Corsicana; three sons, Pete Gonzalez, Frank Gonzalez and Domingo Gonzalez, Jr; all of Corsicana; two daughters, Molly Taft of Corsicana, and Diana Burns of Madison, Wis.; one brother, Frank Hernandez of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Luis Vasquez, Joe Herrera, Gonzalo Sendejo, Frank Ybarra, Carlos Espinoza and Beth Gomez.

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Hobert Ray Hooser
Aug 19, 1915 - Dec 22, 1990

Hobert Hooser

Hobert Hooser, 75, of Frost, died Dec. 22, 1990, in Dallas.

Services were 10 a.m. Monday at Frost Baptist Church in Frost, with the Rev. Todd Nivens officiating. Burial was in Frost Cemetery under direction of Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home.

The son of Willie and Tillie Hooser, he was born Aug. 19, 1915, in Frost. He worked at Jeannie Manufacturing. He was a farmer and was a member of Frost Baptist Church and a veteran of World War 11.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Hooser of Frost; two sons, Bill Hooser of Italy, and Dick Hooser of Garland; one daughter, Paula Mandrell of Italy; two sisters, Lois Jones and Alma Corley, both of Dallas; three grandchildren; three step-children; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Leon Crawford, Joe Parum, Jimmy Hooser, Truitt Green, Kenneth Logan, Charles Curtis, and A. C. Smith.

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Curtis E. Williams
Aug 28, 1900 - Jun 1, 1992

Curtis E. Williams

Curtis E. Williams, 91, a life-long resident of Corbet, passed from this life on June 1, 1992.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Luke United Methodist Church where he was a member for 67 years, with burial in the Frost Cemetery. Visitation with family will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Ola Dortch Williams. His gentle spirit and living example of integrity, character, and love of God and family is a continuing inspiration to his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by two sons, Curtis Darrell Williams of Dallas and Joe Ray Williams and wife, Doris, of Farmers Branch; three daughters, Louise Heiskell of Raleigh, Clo Jean Fletcher and husband, Don Fletcher, of Midlothian, and Peggy Garner and husband, John Garner, of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren; and one sister, Ms. Clorena Williams Griffith of San Antonio.

The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial in lieu of flowers may be made to Saint Luke UMC, Corsicana, Texas.

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Franklin Glenn Redden
Jun 20, 1927 - Jun 2, 1992

Franklin G. Redden

Franklin Glenn Redden, 64, of Corsicana, died June 2, 1992, in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Scott Mathais and the Rev. Harold Scott will officiate at the ceremony. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Family will receive friends for visitation from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

He was born June 20, 1927, in Navarro County. He was a retired oil field driller and a veteran of the Korean War and World War II. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by two sons, Dennis Redden of Corsicana, and Lynn and daughter-in-law, Nancy Redden of Humble; one brother, John B. Redden of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Claudette Hackbart of Fort Worth, Jane Matthews of Corsicana, Joan Loftis of Grand Prairie; one granddaughter, Krystal Redden of Humble; one grandson, Krystafer Redden of Humble; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Robinson, J. D. Wright, Richard Cummins, Richard Kelley, Vic Howell and Dan Paschal.

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Sam Houston “Sam” Vaught
Jun 30, 1917 - May 8, 1990

Sam Vaught

Sam Vaught, 72, of Corsicana, died May 8, 1990, in Waco.

Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery.

He was born June 30, 1917, in Navarro and had lived most of his life in Mildred. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a veteran of WW II.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth R. Vaught of Terrell; one son, John Vaught of Terrell; three grandsons; one brother, Hubbard Vaught of Corsicana; and one sister, Genevieve Fix of Corsicana.

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Brice Richard Bonner, Jr.
Jun 6, 1920 - May 7, 1990

Brice R. Bonner, Jr.

Brice R. Bonner Jr., 69, of Garland, died May 7, 1990, at Baylor Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Ronnie Hollowan officiating. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery.

He was a former resident of Eureka.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bonner of Garland; one son, Brice Bonner 111, of Eureka; and two grandchildren.

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Mary Avis (Wright) Roberts
Sep 29, 1897 - May 8, 1990

Mrs. W. C. Roberts

Mrs. W. C. (Avis) Roberts, 92, of Dawson, died May 8, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending with Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

She was a lifelong resident of Dawson.

Survivors include one sister-in-law, Cleda Wright of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews, including Dorothy Taylor of Corsicana, and Mary Helen Cook of Fort Worth.

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Ruby (unk) Cox
Aug 2, 1902 - Dec 25, 1990

Ruby Cox

Ruby Ethel Cox, 88, of Houston, died Dec. 25, 1990, in a Houston Nursing Home.

Services were 1 p.m. Thursday at Wade Chapel, and the Rev. Wayne Blackshear officiated. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

She was born Aug. 2, 1902, in Denison. She was a bookkeeper for many years, and had lived in Waco and Sugarland. She was a member of the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewel Cox, in August 1975.

Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Cox of Houston; one sister, Francis Brooks of Sugarland; and several nieces and nephews.

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Clarence Edward Gilmore
Jan 19, 1917 - May 7, 1990

Clarence E. Gilmore

Clarence E. Gilmore, 73, of Valley View, died May 7, 1990, in Valley View.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the New Chatfield Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 19, 1917, in Rice and was a longtime resident of Chatfield. He was retired heavy equipment operator for Navarro County, a member of the Baptist Church and served in the U. S. Army.

He is survived by one sister, Mary Ella Russell of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews, including Judy Gilmore Tayem of Corsicana and James Gilmore of Childress.

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Arvernon “Eight Ball” Purdy
Feb 6, 1937 - Dec 24, 1990

Arvernon Purdy

Arvernon “Eight Ball” Purdy, 53, of Corsicana, died Dec. 24, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 11 a.m. Thursday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church and the Rev. James Chaney officiated. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Park under direction of Scott Funeral Home.

He was a nurseryman at Corsicana Geranium Garden and a deacon of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Purdy of Corsicana; three sons, Arnes Purdy, Michael Purdy and Rickey Purdy, all of Corsicana; three grandchildren; his mother, Nettie B. Mims of Fort Worth; his father and step-mother, Eldridge and Essie Purdy of Corsicana; four sisters, Joann Purdy of Inglewood, Calif., Janice Mims, Terry Mims and Sharon Mims, all of Fort Worth; four brothers, Raymond Mims, Travis Mims, Albert Mims and Larry J. Ervin, all of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers were William Collins, Donald Ware, Warren Hawthorne, Kevin Walker, Bobby Sparks and Lee Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Bean, W. D. Combs, Cliffor Herron, Floyd Madison and Clyde Roberts.

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John D. Williamson
Dec 3, 1929 - Dec 5, 1929

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR LITTLE CHILD FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for John D. Williamson, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Bright Williamson, 903 South Seventeenth street, who died Thursday night of static pneumonia, were held Friday afternoon at the family residence with Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church officiating. Interment was made in the Campbell cemetery, near Drane.

Surviving are the parents, and grandmother, Mrs. J.R. Bailey.

The Harris Corsicana Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Bright McIver Williamson
Jul 18, 1904 - Oct 20, 1942

B. M. WILLIAMSON DIED ON TUESDAY; RITES WEDNESDAY

B. M. Williamson, 39, died at the home of his brother, H. B. Williamson, 1008 South Fifteenth street, Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Campbell cemetery, where interment was made.

Rites were conducted by the Rev. A.A. Peacock, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Sallie Bailey Corsicana, his wife, of Dallas; four daughters, Mattie Sue, Betty Jo, Dorothy Mae and Mary Lee Williamson, all of Dallas; four brothers, L. F. Williamson, Fort Worth; H. B. Williamson, Corsicana; T. L. Williamson, Beaumont, and P. G. Williamson, Fort Worth.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Oct 21, 1942
  • h/o Mattie (Offill) Williamson married Dec. 14, 1925 s/o George Dargan Williamson and Martha Luvenia Sarah Rebecca Ann “Sallie” (Dycus) Williamson-Bailey
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

John Robert Martin Jr.
Apr 18, 1920 - Aug 6, 1950

Sgt. J. R. Martin
Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Sgt John R. Martin, 30, killed In action Korea, Aug. 6, last year, were held from the McCammon Chapel at 2 p. m. Thursday.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church. Burial was In Hamilton Cemetery with a graveside military service conducted bv the Texas National Guard and American Legion.

Sgt. Martin served in the Pacific theatre during World War II and later was with the American
Army of Occupation In Germany. He re-enlisted and went to Korea from Japan In July, last year.

Surviving are a sister, Miss Agnes Martin; a brother, George W. Martin; an aunt, Mrs. Lawrence Tilton, all of Corsicana; and two uncles, Dock J. Martin, Corsicana, and Roy Martin, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

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Bertha (Thompson) Gillen
Nov 11, 1902 - Feb 26, 1982

Mrs. Drew Gillen

BLOOMING GROVE—Mrs. Drew Gillen, 79, of Blooming Grove, died Friday at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Service will be 2 p.m., Sunday at the Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. The Rev. Neal Rogers and the Rev. E. A. Jordan will officiate with burial in Rosehill Cemetery. The Blooming Grove Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her husband Drew Gillen in 1976.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Maxine Brown, of Corsicana and Mrs. Wynell Patterson, of Dallas; three sons, Blake Gillen and Charles Drew Gillen, both of Corsicana and Billy Gillen, of Blooming Grove; one brother, Lee Thompson, of Blooming Grove; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Crawford Leon Gillen, Jr.
Feb 10, 1919 - Feb 7, 1988

Crawford Gillen

Crawford Leon (C.L.) Gillen, 68, of Blooming Grove died Feb. 7, 1988 at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Officiating will be Don Elrod. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Zola, of Blooming Grove; two sons, Gary Gillen of Austin and Paul Gillen of Navarro Mills; two daughters, Wanda Harris of Blooming Grove and Betty Raley Sullivan of Mexia; step-mother Mamie Taylor of Lampassass; one brother, Bruce Gillen of Barry; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,.

Pallbearers are Boyd Bryant, Walter Biggers, Ed Hill, Roger Hampshire, Rodney Lusk and Bill Woodland.

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Lillie Jewel (Wiles) Gillen
Mar 7, 1902 - Feb 14, 1991

Jewel Wiles Gillen

Jewel Wiles Gillen, 88, of Blooming Grove, died Feb. 14, 1991, at Twilight Nursing Home.

Services are 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Terry Skinner and J. O. Lawler officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery under direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Rick Saunders of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Bether Crow of Whitney, Beulah Naylor of Dallas and Lillian Hickox of Yoakum; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

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Lillie Jewel (Wiles) Gillen

Jewel Wiles Gillen, 88, of Blooming Grove, died Feb. 14, 1991 at Twilight Nursing Home.

Services were 3 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Terry Skinner and the Rev. J.O. Lawler officiating.  Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery.  Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Rick Saunders of Blooming Grove; three sisters, Bether Crow of Whitney, Beulah Naylor of Dallas and Lillian Hickox of Yoakum; five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were W.B. Farrish, Boyd Bryant, Ronald Lynch, D.W. Springer, Don McGraw and Gordon Griffin.

Donations may be made to the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

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Mary Magdalene (Ellis) Grady
Sep 10, 1899 - Oct 6, 1985

Mary Ellis Grady

Mrs. Mary Ellis Grady, 86, of Corsicana, died Sunday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. Tom Graves officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery at Blooming Grove.

She was the daughter of the late Dr. W. M. Ellis and had lived most of her life in Blooming Grove and Corsicana. She was a Purdon native and a member of the Methodist church.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Martha Dunlap, Mrs. Camille Coker, Mrs. Billie Dee McGehee, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Betty Lou Fritts of Houston; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Sarah Elizabeth Grady
Aug 15, 1905 - Dec 16, 1994

Sarah E. Grady

Sarah Elizabeth Grady, of Wichita Falls and formerly of Blooming Grove, died Dec. 16, 1994, in Wichita Falls.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Rosehill Cemetery with Tommy Hood officiating. Services are under the direction of Griffin-Rougton Funeral Home.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

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Cerlista Young Jones
Sep 5, 1909 - Apr 3, 1993

Mrs. Cerlista Young Jones, 83, of Corsicana, died April 3, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Quiet Hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church, with the Rev. Billy Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was sight supervisor for Magnet. She was a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she served as Sunday school superintendent. She was a member of the Gospel Choir and was a layman and a missionary. She was a member of Order of Easter Star, Burnett's Delight Chapter No. 112.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Jones of Corsicana; six daughters, Anester Larkin, Twila Thompson, Elois Littleton, Joyce Armstrong, Jimmie Helen Clayton and Linda Beck; two sons, Sam Jones III and the Rev. Larry Jones; two daughters-in-law , Lois Jones and Dorothy Jones; three sons-in-law, Floyd Thompson, Charles Beck and Eddie Clayton; three sisters-in-law, Vernell Parham, Dorothy Maxwell and Fay Jones; two brothers-in-law, Al Jones and Mack Maxwell; 38 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Taylor Shan-Nice Body
Died Apr 20, 1993

Taylor Shan-Nice Body, infant, died April 20, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 5 p.m. Saturday in Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include her mother, Tammy Wigfall of Corsicana; her father, Derwin Body of Corsicana; one brother, Tyler D. Wigfall of Corsicana; maternal grandmother, Margaret Yeldell Wigfall of Fort Worth; maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Wallace and Mary Wigfall Sr. of Corsicana; paternal grandfather, Henderson Body Sr. of Corsicana; and maternal great-grandfather, Cleveland Yeldell of Corsicana.

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Comiller Davis Page
May 14, 1911 - Apr 23, 1993

Mrs. Comiller Davis Page, 81, of Corsicana, died April 23, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Bennie G. Adair Memorial Chapel at Scott Funeral Home, with Pastor Billy Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

She was a housewife and a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church and of Court of Calanthe, Excelsior Court No. 21.

Survivors include her husband, Emory C. Page of Corsicana; two grandchildren, Robert James Alexander of Hunt, Texas, and Barbara R.
Gillespie of San Antonio; two step-children, Lois Lee of Austin, and Loy Lee Page of Dallas; six step-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mrs.
Myrtle Davis of Corsicana, and Mrs. Mary Jane Hutchins of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Nephews of the family will serve as pallbearers.

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Willie Davis
Dec 15, 1907 - Apr 25, 1993

Willie Davis, 85, of Corsicana, died April 25, 1993, at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Wake service will be 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Second Mission Baptist Church, with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Davis of Corsicana; one daughter, Mary Helen Lewis; one son, Willie George Davis of Oklahoma; a host of grandchildren, including Marcel Anderson and Sheila Lewis; two adopted brothers, E.J. Davis and William Davis, both of Corsicana; three adopted sisters, Jessie Lee Henley and Lela Wadley both of Richland, and Thelma Davis of Dallas.

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Tinnis C. Manning Sr.
Jan 7, 1916 - Apr 30, 1993

Tinnis C. Manning, Sr., 77, of Corsicana, died April 30, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Tinnis C. Manning Jr. and Patrice Manning of Corsicana; one daughter, Eola Fay Menton of Corsicana; two foster daughters, Bedissa Lovett of Corsicana and Catherine Crawford; one foster son, Charles L. Taylor of Corsicana; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Odessa Williams and Sue Woods, both of California, and Jean Ransom of Dallas; two step-sisters, May Manning and Katherine Manning, both of California; and one step-brother, Billy J. Johnson of California.

Pallbearers will be Robert Edwards, James Borkchum, Turner Hines, Troy Chambers, John Chambers and James Roberts.

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Lucille Inez "Bo" Gunter
Apr 25, 1909 - Apr 27, 1993

Lucille "Bo" Gunter, 84, of Corsicana, died at the Corsicana Nursing Home on April 27, 1993.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with James McKee officiating. Burial will be at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Oliphant and Clydell Sherrard, both of Corsicana; a brother, Ray Tally of Corsicana; two sisters, Ellen Caton and Zerline Humphreys, both of Corsicana; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Howard Oliphant, Tommy Oliphant, Gary Oliphant, greg Caton, Eddie Whitener, and Billy Dean Tally.

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Dorothy (UNKNOWN) Oliphant
Feb 12, 1929 - May 3, 1993

Dorothy Oliphant, 65, of Corsicana, died May 3, 1993.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, with James McKee officiating. Burial was in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She is survived by three sons, Howard Oliphant of Tyler, Tommy Oliphant of Corsicana and Gary Oliphant of Dallas; one sister, Clydell "Pete" Sherrard of Corsicana; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Randy Hunnicutt, Bruce Bryson, Greg Caton, Eddie Whitner, Ricky Carver and Randy Blue.

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Luther Carl Deaton
Mar 6, 1926 - May 5, 1993

Luther Carl (Red) Deaton, 67, of Bauch Springs, Texas, died May 5, 1993 at his residence.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, with Bill Honea officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana is in charge of arrangements.

He was a former resident of Corsicana.

He is survived by his wife, Larline Jones Deaton of Bauch Springs; one son and daughter-in-law, Fred C. and Cindy Deaton of Fort Worth; one brother, Robert Deaton of Kerrville; one sister, Betty Buchanan of Corsicana; and two grandchildren, Kristin and Matthew Deaton of Fort Worth.

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Charles V. Napps
Feb 25, 1923 - May 4, 1993

Charles V. Napps, 70, of Retreat, died May 4, 1993.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, with brother Don Sawyer and William Dollar officiating.
Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born in Chandler, Texas on Feb. 25, 1923. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Robinson Napps of Retreat; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Linda Napps of Mesquite, and Kenneth and Linda Napps of Corsicana; two brothers, Louis Napps of Jacksonville and Roy Napps of Lake Palestine; four sisters, Jewel Ballew of Fort Worth, Pearl Thompson of Denton, Cecil Newborn of Lake Palestine and Bertie Jackson of Palestine; and four grandchildren, Miclele Napps of Mesquite, Aaron McDonald of Texarcana [sic], Jason Napps and Tammi Napps, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers are Billy Bryant, Gene Reagan, Leroy Elmire, Ed Garrett, Mike Newburn and Benny Robinson. Honorary pallbearers are Eddy Napps and Carl Langley.

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Betty L. (Buchanan) Green
Mar 16, 1935 - May 6, 1993

Betty L. Green, 58, of Corsicana, died May 6, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Wayne Mahoney of Westside Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born March 16, 1935 in Corsicana. She was a housewife and a member of the Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Green.

Survivors include two sisters, Joyce Kuykendall of Ft. Worth and Elaine Owen of Angus; three brothers, Wyane Buchanan of Rice, Don Buchanan of Angus, George Buchanan of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearrs will be Jeffery Owen, Darrell Owen, Carl Buchanan, Alvin Buchanan, Tim Welch and Jimmy Vaclavik.

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Lawrence McKinley Fauber Jr.
Feb 22, 1932 - May 8, 1993

Lawrence (Larry) Fauber Jr., 61, of Arlington, died May 8, 1993, in an Arlington Hospital.

Services were 10 a.m. Monday in Pantego Bible Church. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana at 3 p.m.

He was a member of the Pangego Baptist Church, the Sons of the American Revolution and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He retired as an industrial engineer with LTV in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Constance Fauber of Arlington; two sons, Lance M. Fauber of Mesquite and Dan C. Fauber of Benbrook; one brother, Jack Love of Corsicana; one sister, June Hunter of Dallas; and two grandchildren.

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Bertha Baggett
July 26, 1903 - Mar 26, 1993

Bertha Baggett, 89, of Corsicana, died March 26, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott, the Rev. Horace Crowder and Mr. Bob Elder officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born July 26, 1903 in Lorena, Texas. She was retired from Miles Furniture Company and was a charter member and Sunday School teacher at Emanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Paul Baggett of Corsicana and Sam Baggett of Payne Springs, Texas; one brother, Jake Yeats of Keansville, N.C.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Wallace Tomlin, Joe Baumgartner, Jessie Richards, Bud Fitzgerald, Ray Robinson and Robert Bower.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

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Joyce Julia Hamilton
Nov 17, 1930 - Apr 7, 1993

Joyce Julia Hamilton, April 7, 1993, died at the age of 62 after a two-year illness.

She was born in New Orleans, La., and has lived in Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio and most recently, Corsicana. She was a loving wife, mother and Christian homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Florence Lee, and husband, Lee Hamilton.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. Kirk Hamilton of New Orleans and Dr. Kyle Hamilton of Corsicana; one sister, Florence Lapara of Chalmette, La.; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Laurie Hamilton of Corsicana.

Services were held by the Rev. B.F. Risinger at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Lee Kolczun, Jim Eller, Mike Gage, Librado Irizarry, Dr. Kirk Hamilton and Dr. Kyle Hamilton.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Family LIfe Center of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana or the charity of choice.

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Pauline (Threet) French-Stuard
Apr 22, 1919 - Apr 16, 1993

Pauline Stuard, 73, of Corsicana, died April 16, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott and the Rev. Thomas Layfield officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born April 22, 1919, in Emhouse. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mena, Ark., and a member of Rebekah Lodge No. 128.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Stuard.

Survivors include three sisters, Eula Fay Norwood of Corsicana, Frances Walker of Las Vegas, Nev., and Cherry Layfield of Kerens; six nieces, Jodye Dobbs and Rhonda Draper, both of Corsicana, Vicki Jernigan of Canyon Lake, Linda Layfield and Mary Ledbetter, both of Waxahachie and Shanna Kindrick of Irving; and nine nephews, Tom Walker, Sam Norwood, John Norwood and Kenny French, all of corsicana, Mike Walker and Jeff Walker, both of Odessa, scott Walker of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ricky Layfield of Powell.

Pallbearers will be Sam Norwood, John Norwood, James Ledbetter, David Kindrick, Jeff Walker and Scott Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken French, Tom Walker and Mike Walker.

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Ruby Mae McGahan
Nov 20, 1910 - Apr 27, 1993

Ruby McGahan, 82, of Lancaster died April 27, 1993, in Midway Park Hospital in Lancaster.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Russell Bankes officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include four sons, Doyle McGahan, Guy Duane McGahan, James McGahan and John McGahan, all of Corsicana; three daughters, Maureen Ellis and Sue Duncan, both of DeSoto and Laura Raney of Dallas; one brother, Norman Carter of Jusha Tree, Calif.; 25 grandchildren; and 38 grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Lydia (Kolinek) Tomlinson
Nov 13, 1909 - May 6, 1993

Lydia K. Tomlinson, 83, of Corsicana, died May 6, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. John Conley will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born Nov. 13, 1909 in Copeland, Texas. She was a graduate of Scott and White School of Nursing in Temple and Trinity University in San Antonio. She was a former school teacher and served in the Army Nurse Corp during World War II with the rank of First Lieutenant, Chief Nurse. She was a registered nurse at the Nix Hospital in San Antonio until 1960, when she and her late husband opened Gibson Discount Centers, first in Brownwood and then in Corsicana. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, B.B. Tomlinson in 1987.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Erwin of Corsicana; one son, Ronald Tomlinson of Corsicana; one brother, Clarence Kolinek of Kenedy, Texas; three sisters, Ida Tucker of San Antonio, Kathryn Weehrmann of San Antonio, Hildegarde O'Neal of Nacogdoches; one grandson, Mark Erwin of Princeton, N.J.; two granddaughters, Rachel Erwin of San Antonio, Rosamond Tomlinson of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be John Collier, Walter Erwin, Wilson Erwin, Ralston Gober, Frank Horton and Frank Murchison.

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Ira A. Hurt
Sept 7, 1899 - May 7, 1993

I.A. Hurt, 93, of Corsicana, died May 7, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home.
The Rev. Claude W. Davison will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Sept. 7, 1899 in Milano, Texas. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. He moved to the State Orphan's Home in Corsicana in 1926. He met and married Julia Moore in 1927. He operated the State Home dairy until 1944 at which time he bought a dairy farm on west Park Row. He closed the dairy in 1969 and raised stocker cattle until his retirement in 1988.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Irene Hurt, in 1988.

Survivors include one son, Alvin Hurt of Corsicana; one daughter-in-law, Frances Hurt of Corsicana; one granddaughter, Kimberly Dinell of Dallas; one grandson-in-law, Quito Dinell of Dallas; and several nieces and nehpews.

Pallbearers will be Jim Roy Brown, Gary Brown, Bill Miller, Leroy Cagel, Norman Gilcrease and Bud Andrus.

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Ernest Ezekiel Cherry
Jul 4, 1867 - Oct 21, 1919

ENDS LIFE IN KERENS TODAY

Verdict of Suicide Is Returned by Coroner Holding Inquest

Between 10 and 11 o’clock this morning Ernest E. Cherry, a prominent citizen of Kerens and one of the best known men in the county, shot himself through the heart while in his store, and died instantly, his body falling across a pair of trucks in the store near the front of the building.

A few minutes before the deceased and his partner, Chas. Montgomery had been talking over business matters in the rear of the store and the deceased walked off towards the front of the store. Mr. Montgomery heard the shot and on turning to look saw his partner fall.

The deceased was reared at Kerens and his family has long been among the prominent people of the county. Some years ago the deceased made the race for sheriff of this county and at one time was superintendent of the county farm.

He leaves a wife and two children, Mrs. Elva Gray and Claude Cherry, and two orphan children that he and his wife had adopted.

An inquest was held over the remains by Justice of the Peace Whatley and a verdict of self destruction was returned, but no cause is known for the act.

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REMAINS BURIED THIS AFTERNOON

Funeral of Late E. E. Cherry Largely Attended in Kerens

The remains of E. E. Cherry, who took his own life at Kerens yesterday morning while in his place of business, were interred there this afternoon, and the funeral was largely attended.

In the Sun of yesterday in telling of the sad event it was stated that the deceased had been talking over business matters with his partner, Mr. Charles Montgomery just before the deceased shot himself, and that the deceased was near the front of the store when the fatal shot was fired . In conversation with Mr. Montgomery over telephone this morning the Sun learns that this was a mistake. He had had no business talk with Mr. Montgomery and the sad end came near the rear of the store. At the time the shot was fired, Mr. Montgomery was near the front of the store reading the Dallas News. A few moments before the firing of the shot the deceased came to where Earl McClung, who clerked for the firm was wrapping up a bill of goods, read the name of the purchaser that had been written on the packages, and without saying anything to either Mr. Montgomery or to Mr. McClung, he walked to the rear of the store, sat down on a pair of trucks and fired the shot through his heart.

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Bessie Mitchell
abt 1910 - Feb 7, 1991

Bessie Mitchell

Bessie Mitchell, 81, of Corsicana, died Feb. 7, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at the Eastside Church of Christ with Bro Willie Wilmore officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

She is survived by one daughter, Margaret Purdy of Corsicana; one grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Rodney and Thula Mitchell of New York; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Robert Glen “Robie” White, Jr.
Jun 29, 1969 - Oct 6, 1985

Robie White

Robie White of Tool died Sunday in Tyler at the age of 16.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Providence Baptist Church in Tool, under the direction of Brothers Lovin and Anthony. Burial will follow in the Tool Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Robert and Theresa White, of Tool; sisters Andrea Chapman and Norris, Tool; grandparents, Jess and Naomi White, Tool; and Byron and Dot Kirby of Chatfield; one nephew and one niece.

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Mary Anna (Scruggs) Horn
Mar 29, 1888 - Feb 25, 1982

Mary A. Horn

Mary A. Horn, 93, of Sweeny and former resident of Navarro County, died Thursday at the Sweeny Community hospital.

Services were Saturday, 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sweeny. Burial was in the Sweeny Cemetery.

She was born in McMinnville, Tenn., and then moved to Seneca, Mo. In 1898, she moved with her family to Navarro county.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy H. Horn and five sons.

Survivors include three daughters, Beth Stampley and Lucille Tomlin, both of Sweeny; Laura Clark, of Lake Jackson; one son, Jack Horn, of Alvin; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Feb 28, 1982
  • Sweeny Cemetery, Sweeny, Texas
  • w/o Guy Hawkins Horn married Mar. 31, 1906 d/o Thomas Jefferson Scruggs and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Cagle) Scruggs buried at Grape Creek Cemetery, Navarro County, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Sarah Elouise (Morris) Pitcher
Aug 26, 1908 - Feb 27, 1982

Elouise Pitcher

MALAKOFF—Elouise Pitcher, 73, of Malakoff died Saturday in an Athens hospital.

Service will be Monday, 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Malakoff. The Rev. Randy Warren and the Rev. Huey Clements will officiate.

Paschall Funeral Home of Malakoff is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Troup and was a member of the Malakoff Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Gerald Pitcher, of Red Lodge, Mont., and William Morris Pitcher, of Kingwood; two nieces, Janet Wylie, of Malakoff and Ginger Morris, of Grapevine; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Ted Mann
Jan 19, 1930 - Feb 24, 1982

Ted Mann
Ted Mann, of Malin, Ore., died Wednesday in Malin. He was 51.

Service is 2 p.m. Friday in the Malin Community Hall with the Sam Seybold officiating and Rev. Edward Nuenfidt assisting. Burial in Malin Community Cemetery.

He was a game warden with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Tule Lake, Ore. He was retired from the military.

Survivors are his wife, Marilyn Mann, of Malin; one daughter, Debbie Alvarez of Malin; three sons, Mark Mann, of Malin, Kenneth Mann, of Corsicana, and Steve Mann, of Portland, Ore.; mother Lucy Mann, of Moberly, Mo; two grandchildren; and one brother, Jim Man, of Moberly.

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Lou Ella (Garrett) Forester
Jul 18, 1892 - Feb 13, 1991

Ella Forester

Mrs. W. M. (Ella) Forester, of Corsicana, died Feb. 13, 1991, at Twilight Home.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church with Dr. Ambrose Edens and the Rev. Paul Ficzeri officiating. Burial will be in Athens City Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was an active member of the Christian Church in Athens while a teen-ager, and became a member of First Christian Church in Corsicana 52 years ago. She was a church organist for many years and shared her piano and organ music with many local clubs and organizations. She taught the Loyal Women’s Class and the Willing Worker’s Sunday School classes for many years and was a past president of the Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF).

She also was a founder and past president of Kinsloe House. She was a past president of the Nevin Club, Better Gardens Club and the Psychology Club. She was a member of the Pan American Round Table, the Daughters of the Confederacy and the James Blair Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Tune and Fork Club. She also was a member of the Three Arts Club in Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. M. Forester, in July 1966.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Eloise and Travis Knight, and Mary France and Hylan Davis, both of Corsicana; two grandsons, Bill Knight of Nacogdoches, and Frank Davis of San Francisco; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bill Knight, Frank Davis, Kraig Knight, Tim Austin, Jay Garrett, Bill Fowler, Paul Bankston, Hoyt Moore, Davis Ralston, Sr., and W. C. (Bud) O’Neal. Elders and Deacons of First Christian Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, P. O. Box 1197, Corsicana, Texas, 75110.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Feb 14, 1991
  • Athens City Cemetery, Athens, Texas
  • w/o William Martin Forester d/o John Harrison Garrett and Pauline S. (Roberson) Garrett
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ruth Mildred (Coggins) Bryson
Oct 28, 1922 - Feb 13, 1991

Ruth Bryson

Mrs. O. S. “Ruth” Bryson, 68, of Trinidad, died Feb. 13, 1991, in Trinidad.

Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, O. S. Bryson, Jr., of Trinidad; two sons, Joe Stewart Bryson of Mesquite, and Barry David Bryson of Waller; one brother, Joe N. Coggins of Corsicana; her stepmother, Mrs. Joe Coggins, Sr., of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Gladys Marie Hall
March 27, 1944 - Dec 3, 2012

Gladys Marie Hall, 68, of Kerens, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
8, 2012 at the New Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Earnest Betts Jr., officiating and Pastor Johnny Vanibuls as Messenger. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lorena "Murlene" (Craig) Bell
Oct 15, 1932 - Dec 6, 2012

Lorena “Murlene” Bell 80, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and friends.

She was born Oct. 15, 1932 to Lorena and Willie Craig of Streetman, who preceded her in death.

She was married to the love of her life Clint Bell, who preceded her in death in 1992.

In her early years she was employed by Haggar Slack Company and Adams Hats. She was later employed at Cason’s Flowers where she loved to work with flowers and especially her co-workers and her longtime friend Robbie Wilson.

She was a lady of many talents, very strong and independent. She was a seamstress for her family and friends. In her 70’s she began oil painting, she was a member of the Corsicana Art League and painted many beautiful pieces of art. She was a terrific cook and loved to cook for her family.

She loved to play cards and dominoes with her friends, playing for many years at the Senior Citizen Center, friends’ homes and Heritage Oaks West.

She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church of St Elmo. She faced cancer with a zest for life and was determined for her remaining time to be quality time, spent with her family and friends.

She moved to Heritage Oaks West where she had numerous friends and made many new ones.

As a Christian, she was at peace with her terminal illness, often comforting her family by telling them she had 80 great years and was ready to go to her Heavenly home.

She is also preceded in death by her dear grandson Jonathan Brown, sister Ima Jo Simpson, brother-in-law V.F. “Tooter” Bell and dear friend Ann Paschal.

She is survived by her children, Teresa Brown and husband James of Barry, Darlene Johnston and husband Tommy of Corsicana, Clinton Bell Jr and wife Tina of Denver, Colo.; and grandchildren Jennifer and John Buckhannan, Caleb Johnston and Lacey Owen, Amanda and Eli Wolfgram and Bryan Bell, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is also survived by many dear friends and game partners, David and Patricia Bell, Jo Mullenix, Oma Lewis, Jackie Rash, Cindy Rogers, Linda Lee, Peggy Blanchette and many more.

Her family feels very blessed to have had such a loving, caring and giving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in their lives.

The family would like to Thank the staff at Heritage Oaks West and Hand in Hand Hospice.

Visitation will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be David Bell, James Simpson, David Simpson, Alan Paschal, Kevin Steely and Johnny Brown Jr.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Thomas Edwin Wheat
July 5, 1919 - Dec 2, 2012

Thomas Edwin Wheat, 93, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in Sugar Land.
Tom, to his friends, and Edwin, to his family, was preceded in death by his parents George Thomas and Iva Stover Wheat, of Purdon; sister, Frances Arnett of Trinidad; brother, George of Baytown; and wife of 66 years, Amy Ruth Tolbert of Denison.

He is survived by daughter, Sharon Carey of Meadows Place; grandson, Michael Carey and wife Cristin and granddaughter Sutton Carey of Henderson; son, Bruce Wheat and wife Glauce of Hoover, Ala.; and son, Brian Wheat and wife Johanna of Tucker, Ga.

Mr. Wheat was born in 1919 in Purdon, Navarro County as the youngest of three. After losing his father to typhoid in the early days of the Central Texas oil boom in 1923, he went on to pick cotton, play basketball, baseball and football for Purdon High School “before shoulder pads.” His first real job was at K. Wolens clothing store in Corsicana, of which he was very proud. World War II prompted Tom to enter the Army in 1942, taking the option in Basic to cross town to the Army Air Corps at Randolph Field, which led to a 20 year career with the Air Force. On leave home in 1943 he proposed and married a local schoolteacher, Amy Ruth Tolbert of Trinidad.

He received an accounting degree from his beloved TCU, the first in his family to go to college and forever a proud Horned Frog. His first career in the Air Force helped develop his passion for fast-pitch softball, playing on several championship teams, then later coaching his sons' little league baseball teams in Waco and Hoover. Air Force Base hops led to children born in Atlantic City, NJ (Sharon), Fort Worth,
(Bruce) and Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico (Brian), then to retirement at James Connally AFB, Waco.

Tom, Amy and the family were charter members of both Borinquen Baptist Church near Ramey AFB and Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco. Tom entered the field of the insurance business in Waco which led to his second career with Stonewall/Dixie and a move to the home office in Birmingham, Ala. where he took care of the hundreds of agents around the country selling auto insurance to military families. He finally retired at 79 from Infinity Auto Insurance in Homewood, Ala. Tom and Amy were members of Vestavia Country Club, where his regular foursome met early every Saturday for well over 20 years, and Vestavia Baptist Church, where Tom worked the collection offerings and Amy worked the library. Finally moving from their Hoover home to Galleria Woods, then after Amy's passing in 2009 from cancer, to Silverado Senior Living in Sugar Land near his daughter, Sharon.

The kids are most appreciative of the staff and hospice providers at Silverado who made dad's last three years the best they could be. Tom will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife Amy and his parents at Younger Cemetery near his home of Purdon, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will follow at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.
Dan Rogers officiating. Burial will be held at Younger Cemetery.

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Barbara Ann (Jamison) Mathews
Oct 17, 1942 - Dec 7, 2012

Barbara Ann Mathews, 70, of Purdon passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Barbara Ann Mathews, 70, of Purdon passed away December 7, 2012. She was born October 17, 1942 in Clarksville, Texas to Frank Jamison and Vera Whitsell.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Michael S. Chaney of Purdon; children, Laura Sullivan and husband Eric of Purdon, Julie Adye of Sterling, Colorado, Larry Adye and wife Heidi of San Diego, California, Rusty Adye and wife Sharla of Red Oak and Travis Glenn of Dallas; brother, Dan Southard of Irving; sister, Debra Shirley of Bryan; 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 11th from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 10:00am Wednesday, December 12th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Anthony Cheek officiating.

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Robert Ervin Foster
Aug 18, 1926 - Dec 7, 2012

Robert Ervin Foster, 86, of Zwolle, La., passed away Friday, Dec. 7,
2012 at Toledo Nursing Center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Burial will follow at Rice Cemetery.

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Adrien Jeremiah Benson
Feb 13, 2012 - Dec 4, 2012

Adrien Jeremiah Benson, 9 1/2 months passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 with his family by his side. Visitation will be Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Michael Massey officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Adrien Jeremiah Benson

The Lord blessed us with this beautiful baby boy on Feb. 13, 2012. He
was called home on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.

Adrien loved to play with his two brothers and his mommy. When he would
smile it would just light up his whole face up. He loved to have his
picture taken, and when he would laugh you couldn't help but to laugh
with him.

Adrien is survived by his parents, Anita Benson and Dexter Chandler; two
brothers, Steven and Jordan; grandparents, Matt and Melissa Hebert;
aunts and uncles, Natasha and Chris Chapman, Tiffany and Aaron
Montgomery, Brittany Benson Hebert, April and Tiffany Hebert and Matthew
Hebert Jr.; cousins, Nevaeh, Harley, Cayden, Payton, Hunter, Melody,
Kennedee and Andrew.

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

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home Chapel with Michael Massey officiating.

Pallbearers will be Matt Hebert, Chris Chapman, Aaron Montgomery and
Caleb Hollingsworth.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ella Fay (Beaird) Finley

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Ella Fay Beaird Finley with the Rev. B. W. Johnson officiating. Burial was to follow at Oakwood Cemetery

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Alma (Noble) Bingham
abt 1884 - June 1977

Mrs. Bingham Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. W. S. (Alma) Noble Bingham, 93, of Corsicana, who died Tuesday at the Evergreen Nursing Home. The Rev. Harold Unsford will officiate with burial at the Oakwood Cemetery. A native of Silver Springs, Miss., she had lived most of her life in Barry. Mrs. Bingham was a member of the Baptist church and had taught Sunday school for a number of years. She was a member of the Nevin Club, the Psychology Club and was active in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Survivors include one stepson, Ewell Bingham of Mena, Ark., and a number of nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Marvin Wassum of Corsicana and V. E. (Dutch) Wright of Corsicana.

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Leroy Tackett
abt 1930 - Jun 1977

Leroy Tackett Services are pending at Corley Funeral Home for Leroy Tackett, 47, of Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. Burial will be at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. He was a native of Corsicana and owned and operated the Tackett Cleaners. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ijeroy Tackett, of Corsicana; one son, Ben Ricky Tackett of Corsicana; two daughters, Tina Tackett of Corsicana and Mrs. Karen Baker of Illesheim, Germany; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Leon Tackett of Corsicana; six brothers, Donald Tackett, Jesse I-ee Bibb and Raymond Vinson, all of Corsicana and James Tackett of Arlington and Bolin Bibb and Mickey Bibb, both of Waco; four sisters, Mrs. Bessie Flanagan of Corsicana, Mrs. Alma Bridges of Barry, Mrs. Betty Ickles of Dallas and Mrs. Jewel Fields of Waco.

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Troy Edward Massey
Mar 26, 1971 - Jun 27, 1977
 

T. E. Massey RICE - Services were to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Troy Edward Massey, six years old resident of Rice, who died yesterday at Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Obid Massey of Rice. The Rev. Allen Sweeney was to officiate, with burial following at Rice Cemetery. Survivors include his parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Massey of Emhouse and Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Coker of Corsicana; a great-grandmother of Irving; five brothers, Amos Oneal Massey, and Obid Lee Massey, both of Rice, Ernest Lee Massey, Terry Glenn Massey, and Jerry Wayne Massey, all of Rice; and a sister, Deborah Sue Massey of Rice. Pallbearers are Roger Coker, Ernest Lee Massey, Terry Glenn Massey, and Jerry Wayne Massey.

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J. L. Conner
abt 1929 - 1977

J. L. Conner Services will be at 7 p.m. tonight at Ross and Johnson Mortuary for Jesse L. Conner, 48 resident of Dallas, who died last Firday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. He was the nephew of Fisher Johnson Sr, and the Rev. A.Z. Johnson both of Corsicana. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Greater El Bethel Baptist Church in Dallas. The Rev. C. C. McNealy will officiate, with burial following at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Dallas. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Betty Conner of Dallas; a son, six step-children, his mother, Mrs. Lillie Corbin of Dallas, seven sisters, two brothers, and other relatives.

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Beauford Parker
abt 1923 - Jan 3, 1926

Three Year Old ' Boy Died Sunday

Beauford Parker, 3-year-old son of Mrs. Margie Parker, died at 614 South Thirteenth street, Sunday morning, at G o'clock, and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery Monday afternoon at. 3 o'clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Eugene W. Potter, pastor of the First Methodist church.

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W. F. Elliott
abt 1854 - Jan 3, 1926

W. F. ELLIOTT DIED AT HOME DAUGHTER EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT
FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE FROM RESIDENCE TUESDAY MORNING/10 O'CLOCK

W. F. Elliott, aged 72 years, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Borg, 412 North Eleventh street, Sunday night at 8 o'clock and the remains will be interred Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. The deceased has been in failing health for some time, but was confined to his bed only two weeks. Mr. Elliott is survived by six children: Mrs. E. K. Hervey, Mrs. J. R. Weaver, Ben Elliott of Dallas, Mrs. Joe Borg, Spencer M. Elliott, Mrs. W. T. Hughes of Dallas. The funeral services will be held at the Borg residence and will be conducted by Rev. J. P. Sewell, pastor of the Church of Christ. Active pallbearers will be Sam Butler, J. D. Carroll, H. R. Harrison, Walter. Castle, Arthur Levi, and Al Sowell. Honorary pallbearers well be Dr. L. E. Kelton, Dr. W. T. Shell, Dr. T. A. Miller, E". A. Johnson, Wes Martin, Frank Stanley, Gene White, Roy Thompson, George Stamps, C. F. Borg, W. B. Dodds, Mr. Lee, Guy Allen, Leroy McAfee, Hugh Miller, Gene Allen, Claude Allen, 'Claude Carson, Henry Butler, Walter Roberts, G. A. Elliott, Morgan Holloway, R. L. Houston, Dr. B. F. Houston, Dr. O. L. Smith, Dr. Trim Houston, Jim Morgan, W. H. Warren, W. B. Orrell, Clem A. Weaver, J. R. Petty, John Redden, Dick Highnote, L. R. Harper, J. L. Milburn.

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Timothy M. Marriott
Dec 28, 1856 - Sep 08, 1946

FUNERAL RITES FOR T.M. MARRIOTT ARE HELD HERE SUNDAY

Timothy M. Marriott, aged 89 years, died at his home near Rice Sunday morning. Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral chapel Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock. Burial was in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Melvin Bledsoe, Methodist minister of Rice. He had resided in the Rice community the past 40 years.
Surviving are his wife of Rice; two sons, T. E. Marriott, Emhouse, and E. O. Marriott, Rice; three daughters, Mrs. J. D. Davidson, Houston; Mrs. Alma Griggs, Red Oak, and Mrs. Effie Box, Ennis; a step-son, Alvin Tittsworth, Dallas; a step-daughter, Mrs. J. E. Majors, Dallas, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were grandsons and sons-in-law.

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Elva "Elvie" (Faucett) Hemingway-Turner-Beene
Mar 28, 1867 - Sep 3, 1946

Funeral Held at St. Elmo For Mrs. Beene
Funeral services for Mrs. Elvie Beene, aged 79 years, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday morning, were held from the St. Elmo Baptist chruch Wednesday afternoon with interment in the St. Elmo cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Wilbanks, Corsicana Baptist minister and Rev. Leonard Lee of Streetman.
Surviving are two sons, Arbie Hemenway, Streetman and Noel Turner, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Leta Robins, St. Louis, Mo and Mrs. Sophia Davis, Lodi <?>, California, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Guy Earl Ballew
Jun 19, 1905 - May 3, 1971

Guy Earl Ballew, 65, dragline operator for a construction company, died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. He had been seriously injured April 27 in a car accident between Streetman and Fairfield. He was a native of Hill county. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randall McCollum officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers. He is survived by two sons, Guy Ballew, Levelland, and Rodger Ballew, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Brenda Owens, Dallas, and Mrs. Sue Hagle, Houston; four brothers, Sye Ballew, Hamlin, Texas; Pat Ballew, Seminole; Gene Ballew, Amarillo, and Wayne Ballew, Hobbs, N.M.; and three sisters, Mrs. Earl Campbell, Ennis, and Mrs. Hap Camps and Mrs. Jessie Williams, both of Fort Worth.

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William French Sr
d. 1971

French
William French Sr., 78, native of London, England, and resident of Corsicana since 1967, died Sunday in Memorial Hospital. He was a retired employe of the Chrysler Corporation. The body was forwarded by plane by Corley's Monday to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where funeral rites and burial will be held Tuesday. Services will be held from the Kelly Funeral Home there. He is survived by his widow of Corsicana; a son, William French Jr., Windsor; five grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, and three sisters.

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Hattie Bell "Peggy" (Smith) Hickson
Jan. 19, 1894 - May 9, 1971

HICKMAN
Mrs. Hattie Bell Hickson, native of McGregor, died early Monday at Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Corley Funeral Home. She is survived by four sons, Richard Dewey Hickson, Corsicana; Elbert Ray Hickson, Fort Worth; Delbert F. Hickson, Abilene, and Tech. Sgt. Larry W. Hickson, U. S. Air Force; two daughters, Mrs Millie Tramel, Corsicana, and Mrs. Mary Evalle, Corpus Christi; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Fay Smith, Price Smith and Tom Smith, all of McGregor; and four sisters, Miss Mirt Smith and Mrs. Fanny Patterson, both of McGregor; Mrs. Lucy Abbe, Waco, and Mrs. Ora Morrison, Belton.

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William Franklin "Bill" Price
abt 1892 - 1973

W. F. Price
Funeral services are pending at Corley Funeral Home for William Franklin (Bill) Price, 81, of Corsicana, who died Sunday at Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Texas and had lived in Corsicana for 50 years. He was also a retired baker of the Collin Street Bakery. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Annie Lee Price of Corsicana; four sons, Thomas J. Price of Corsicana; Billy Price of Albany, Ga., Clifford Price of Fayettesville, N.C., and Robert Price of Fort Worth; a step-son, Joe Sprayberry of Broken Arrow, Okla.; a daughter, Mrs. Betty Ruth Harkey of Houston; 18 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Eula Cassidy of Midland, Mrs. Susie Harris of Mineral Wells, Mrs. Roxanne Murphy of College Park, Md.; and a number of nieces and nephews

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J. W. Byrd
abt 1930 - 1973

Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for J. W. Byrd, 43, who died Saturday in Wichita Falls. Rev. Micky Loftis was to officiate, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. He was a native of Greenville, Miss. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Edna Byrd, three sons, John Byrd, Mark Byrd, and Tommy Byrd, all of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Sue Davis of Ennis, and Miss Donna Byrd, Miss Belinda Byrd, and Miss Connie Byrd, all of Corsicana; and a sister, Mrs. Juanita Smith of Mississippi. Pallbearers included D.G Crimes, D.B. Hightower, Orel Smith, W. H. Tipton, Howe French, and John Becton.

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Maxine Jackson
d. 1973

Mrs. Jackson
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Maxine Jackson, 50, who died Saturday night at Lesiure Lodge Nursing Home. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Freddy Butt, Jerry Rogers, Larry Whitner, Dale Thompson, John Smith, and Billy Vandygriff.

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Ada Susie (Hawthorn) Hays
Mar 15, 1897 - Feb 26, 1982

Mrs. Ada Susie Hays
Mrs. Ada Susie Hays, 85, of Dallas, died Friday at Memorial Hospital.

Service is Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Williams officiating.

Burial will be at Post Oak Cemetery near Malakoff.

She was a native of Mississippi, lived in Dallas 20 years, and married Charlie Hays Feb. 21, 1915.

Her husband preceded her in death July 3, 1946. Two sons also preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ruby May King of Dallas; four sons, John Adam Hays, of Corsicana, Dan Andrew Hays and Henry Preston Hays, both of Dallas, Charlie Eugene Hays of Mexia; 29 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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