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Wesley Adison Bressie
Feb 2, 1894 - Sep 2, 1966

Wesley Bressie Dies Friday Of Heart Attack
Wesley A. Bressie, 72, native of Navarro, was dead on arrival Friday afternoon at Memorial hospital following an apparent heart attack while mowing his lawn on Route 1, Corsicana.

Judge W. H. Tipton conducted an inquest and returned a verdict of death from natural causes, apparently a heart attack.

Bressie was a retired radio repairman and resided in Corsicana for many years.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Doyle Keeling, Pasadena; three grandchildren; a brother, Jack Bressie, Navarro; three sisters, Mrs. Willie Allen, Corsicana; Mrs. Pat Allen, Big Spring, and Mrs. Etheline Roxburgh, Houston, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Alma Bernice (Duncan) Bressie
Jun 9, 1898 - Nov 16, 1973

Mrs. Bressie

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. W. A. Bressie, 75, former Corsicana resident who died Friday in the Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena. The Rev. Jack Riley will officiate, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Nephews will be pallbearers.

She had lived in Navarro County about 70 years and had moved to Pasadena two months ago from Corsicana. She was a member of First United Methodist Church here. She was a native of Henderson County. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. D. E. Keeling of Pasadena; three grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Littie Teague of Pasadena and Mrs. Elmer McGee of Orange.

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Tom Dodds
Mar 17, 1913 - Aug 31, 1966

Hold Services For Tom Dodd

Funeral services for Tom Dodds, 53, retired pipeliner, who died in Memorial hospital Wednesday afternoon after a long illness, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church. Burial was in the New Pursley cemetery.

A native of Athens, Dobbs formerly resided at Pursley, and was a resident of the Hilliard Home here before entering the hospital.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Boyd McNeill and Mrs. Watson Ward, both of Corsicana and Mrs. Mary Hanna, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Pallbearers wre T. G. Haynes, W. D. Bennett, Lee Greer, Thelbert Percival, O. F. Prater and Jack Shultz.

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Hollie Edward Madden
Sep 26, 1898 - Jan 21, 1984

Hollie Madden

Hollie Madden of Corsicana died Saturday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with Father Warren Seale officiating. Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Madden of Corsicana; one sister, Jewell Malone of Houston; one niece; and two great-nieces.

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Katie B. (Smithers/Smothers) Herring-Hall
Oct 25, 1882 - Jul 3, 1951

Kerens Rites for Mrs. Katie Hall

KERENS, July 5, --(Spl.)—Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Katie Hall, 69, a resident of the Rural Shade community south of here. She died at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Services were conducted at the Rural Shade Baptist church by the Rev. Charles Yates. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery near Drane.

Survivors include her husband, M. M. Hall; four sons, Aubrey Herrin of Dallas, Lonnie Hall of Dallas, Marvin and Roy Jackson Hall of Kerens; three brothers, Will Ingram of Dallas, A. J. Ingram of Stockton, Calif., and Robert Ingram of Big Spring.

Inmon Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 5, 1951
  • 1st husband G. W. Herring married Aug. 2, 1899 (record says Kate Smithers) 2nd husband record says M. M. Hall married Kate Smothers Sep. 28, 1912 obit says brothers are Ingrams
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Robert Lott McClung
Jun 15, 1868 - Aug 16, 1952

R. L. McClung Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, Aug. 18.—(Spl.)—R. L. “Bob” McClung, 84, retired farmer, died at his home here Saturday morning.

Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Sunday from the first Methodist church, of which he was a long-time member. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. F. Smith, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. R.C. Linder, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

A native of Arkansas, McClung had resided in this area since his youth.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; three sons, Olin McClung, Galveston; Drew McClung, Lapeere, Mich., and Alton McClung, Denver, Colo.; one grandchild, three brothers, Buck McClung and A. W. McClung, both of Kerens and Jess M. McClung, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were V. D. Bruner, Earl Seale, W. A. Hill, Will Gowan, Freddie Banks and Whit Scarborough.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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Callie (Beare) McClung
Oct 27, 1877 - Oct 13, 1963

Mrs. McClung Rites Tuesday

KERENS, Oct. 14 (Spl.)—Mrs. Callie McClung, 85, widow of the late R. L. McClung, died at her home here Sunday afternoon after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church of which she was a member, with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Hodges, pastor, and Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Native of Mississippi, she had resided in this community since five years of age.

Surviving are three sons, R. O. and Drew McClung, both of Kerens, and Alton McClung, Denver, Colo.; two grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Andrew "Drew" McClung
Oct 25, 1906 - Jul 16, 1966

Drew McClung Rites Monday

KERENS (Spl)—Drew McClung, 59, Kerens farmer and rancher, suffered a heart attack at his home Saturday morning.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the First Methodist church, with the pastor, Rev. Itis Brown, conducting the rites. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, two brothers, Olen McClung, Kerens, and Alton McClung, Houston; a nephew, a niece and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jerry Daniel, White Scarbrough, Homer Bobbitt, Newt Stovall, Zack Stockton and Buck Ivey.

Paschal Funeral Home directed.

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Marvin McClung
Nov 2, 1897 - Dec 11, 1973

Marvin McClung

Funeral services are set for 11;30 a.m. Thursday at the Lamar-Smith Funeral Chapel in Dallas for Marvin McClung, 76, who died Tuesday morning. Graveside services are set for 2:30 p.m. at Kerens with Masons officiating.

He was a member of the Kerens Masonic Lodge and a veteran of World War 1, serving in the Navy.

He was a resident of Dallas 31 years and was employed by Dearborn Stove Co.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Vida L. McClung of Dallas; and a brother, J. P. McClung of Corsicana.

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Ashbell Green McClung, Sr.
May 7, 1858 - Sep 3, 1946

A. G. M’CLUNG RITES PLANNED FRIDAY AT HOME OF DAUGHTER

PIONEER RESIDENT OF KERENS COMMUNITY DIED EARLY THURSDAY

KERENS, Texas, Sept. 5—(Spl)—Funeral services for A. G. McClung, aged 88 years, who died shortly after midnight Thursday morning at his home here, will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. M. Chapman. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Maggart B. Howell, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Born in Smith County, Texas near Tyler, May 7, 1858, the son of Cowan McClung of Greenback, Tenn., he came to the Kerens area as a small boy and had resided here since that time.

McClung was married to Lula Selmon, the daughter of Dr. J. T. Selmon of Wadeville, Jan. 26, 1881, Mrs. McClung died in 1934.

McClung was one of Navarro county’s pioneer citizens, having owned a grocery store at old Wadeville before Kerens was founded.

Then the Cotton Belt Railroad was constructed through East Navarro county and Kerens was organized, McClung was the owner of one of the first mercantile establishments. He also was prominent as a ginner, stockman and farmer, and was unusually active until three years ago when he suffered a broken hip. Although confined to a wheelchair he was alert and cheerful.

Perhaps the greatest tribute, according to friends, to him is at any time his name is mentioned, it is always said:
“A better man never lived than Green McClung.”

Surviving are four sons, Ed, Jess and Andrew McClung, all of Kerens; and John S. McClung, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Chapman, Kerens; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four brothers, Jess McClung, Chatfield; Art, Bob, and Buck McClung all of Kerens, and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Home will direct.

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Lula (Selmon) McClung
Nov 20, 1857 - Aug 23, 1934

Aged Kerens Woman Was Buried Friday

KERENS, Aug. 25.—Funeral services for Mrs. A. G. McClung aged 74 years, who died Thursday morning after a short illness, were held Friday morning at 10 o’clock from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. G. M. Chapman, with interment in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. McClung was a pioneer resident of this section.

Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. G. M. Chapman and Mrs. John Davis; four sons, Andrew, Jess and Ed McClung, all of Kerens; and John McClung of Houston.

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Ashbell Green McClung III
Oct 25, 1918 - Dec 8, 1943

Kerens Soldier Killed in Action

KERENS, Dec. 29,--(Spl.)—First Lieut. Ashbell G. McClung, 25, son of Mrs. Hazel McClung here, was killed in action in Italy on Dec. 8, according to word received by Mrs. McClung from the war department.

Lieut. McClung was a member of the Texas National Guard when it was mobilized in 1940 and was with the 36th Division in Italy. He was a graduate of the Kerens high school and attended Texas A. and M. College and Texas Tech.

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MEMORIAL SERVICE IN KERENS SUNDAY LT. ASH M’CLUNG

KERENS, Feb. 19.—(Spl.)—A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian church here Sunday night, February 20, in honor of the late Lt. Ash McClung, who was killed in Italy December 8.

Rev. Joe Everhart, who came to Kerens shortly after being discharged from the U. S. army, where he served as chaplain in World War II, and served as pastor of the Presbyterian church here until two years ago, will deliver the memorial sermon.

Special music will include a duet, “Wonderful Peace,” sung by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Anderson. It will be a service in which the entire community will meet to pay tribute to one of Kerens’ most highly esteemed and best loved boys.

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Elisha M. McAlester
Jan 22, 1882 - May 31, 1954

E. M. M’Alester Expires Monday

E. M. McAlester, aged 72 years, 1118 West Fifteenth Avenue died in Memorial Hospital Monday following a stroke last week. He had been in ill health for several years.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. Cecil Taylor pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

McAlester had resided in Navarro county practically all of his life and lived at Kerens prior to coming to Corsicana 47 years ago. He formerly was a streetcar motorman here and was a retired Magnolia Petroleum Company employe in the sales department.

He had been a Baptist practically all of his life and was an active member in the First Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons Aubry McAlester and W. M. McAlester, both of Corsicana; three grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Kenimer San Antonio and Mrs. Eva Lee Rogers California and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 31, 1954
  • 1st wife Ella (Bain) McAlester married Jun. 28, 1903 2nd wife Eunice Ethel (Kyser) Tramel-McAlester s/o Archie Dean McAlester and Hulda (Simpson) McAlester
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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E. M. M’Alester Services Tuesday

Funeral services for E. M. McAlester, 72, who died in Memorial Hospital Monday morning following a stroke last week, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. Cecil Taylor, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

McAlester had resided in Navarro county practically all of his life and lived in Kerens before moving to Corsicana 47 years ago. He operated a streetcar here for years and was a retired Magnolia Petroleum Company employee.

He was a long-time member of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons, Aubrey and W. B. McAlester, and three grandchildren, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Kenimer, San Antonio, and Mrs. Eva Lee Rogers, California, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were H. R. Langridge, J. I. Ellett, Ernest Jones, Jimmy Lorimer, John B. Davis and Paul Moore.

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James Emmett McCluney
Oct 17, 1880 - Jun 21, 1948

KERENS RESIDENT DIES EARLY TODAY; FUNERAL TUESDAY

KERENS, June 21.—(Spl.) Emmett McCluney, aged 68 years, native of Mississippi but resident of Kerens 50 years, died at his home here early Monday morning following an extended illness. He was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Funeral services are slated Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock from the Stockton Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Charles Pippin, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; three daughters, Mrs. Franklin Condron, Elgin; Miss Martha McCluney, San Francisco; and Mrs. Fred Herd, New Mexico; two ste-daughters, Mrs. Graham Wyley, Tyler, and Mrs. Gypsey Belew, Holloywood; two step-sons, Howard Coates, Kerens, and Don Coates, Tyler; four brothers, Lon McCluney, Kerens; Eugene McCluney, Fort Worth; Finis McCluney, Kerens, and Logan McCluney, Kerens; five sisters, Mrs. Sam Beasley, Roane; Mrs. Winifred Berry and Mrs. C.C. Turner both of Dawson; Mrs. Fulette Williford, Lubbock, and Mrs. Leona Anderson, Kerens; an uncle, R. H. Logan, Kerens; 11 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Joe Crawford, Dick Quaite, Jerry Daniel, L. A. Rampy, Hugh Stovall, Eldridge Kyser, Cliff Coates and Lon Holt.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 21, 1948
  • 1st wife Johnnie Elizabeth “Bettie” (Burke) McCluney (Death cert. says buried in Corsicana died 1928 2nd wife Dulcene Matilda (McHenry) Coates-McCluney (died in California 1986 not sure where buried) s/o William Allen McCluney and Mary Catherine (Logan) McCluney
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Nettie Irene (Wilson) Moore
Mar 2, 1895 - Feb 28, 1974

Mrs. Moore

Funeral services for Mrs. Irene Moore, 95, of Kerens, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Rev. Glen Jones will officiate, with burial to follow at Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Moore died this morning in Hearst. She was a retired nurse and was a member of the Kerens Methodist Church.

Survivors include a brother, Hugh Wilson of Fort Worth, plus a number of nieces and nephews.

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Cora Mozell “Zella” (McConnico) Mullens
Dec 25, 1875 - Aug 28, 1957

Kerens Resident Dies Wednesday, Rites Thursday

KERENS, Aug. 28—(Spl.)—Mrs. Cora Mozell Mullens, 81, widow of the late J. F Mullens, died Wednesday at 7 a.m. at her home in Kerens after a brief illness.

Born in the Rural Shade community, she had lived in the Kerens area all of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist church here.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Kerens First Baptist Church with the Rev. D. R. McCauley officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. Inmon of Kerens will direct.

Mrs. Mullens is survived by a son, Ollie D. Mullens of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Berry of McKinney and Mrs. Grant Westbrook of Itasca; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. L. R. Callaway of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Bill Berry, Ted Berry, Bob Gibbons, Sonny Newsom, Charles Reese and Walker Ingram.

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Edna Earle (Berry) Miller
Feb 14, 1890 - Sep 25, 1970

Mrs. B. R. Miller Rites Pending

KERENS (Spl.)—Funeral arrangements are pending at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Mrs. Ben R. Miller, 80, a native of Denton, who had resided in Kerens for the past 60 years. Mrs. Miller was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Jeanice Miller of Kerens; two sons, Billy Miller of Corsicana and Charles Miller of Lancaster; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. John Anderson of Kerens and Mrs. George Evans of Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Benjamin Roar “Ben” Miller
Aug 1, 1885 - May 14, 1950

Ben R. Miller OF Kerens Died In Local Hospital

KERENS, May 15—(AP)—Funeral services fro Ben R. Miller, 64, will be held from the Stockton Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Milton O. Davis, pastor of the Baptist Church, and Rev. Carroll Thompson, pastor of the Methodist church. He was a Baptist.

Miller suffered a stroke early Sunday evening and died in the P. and S. Hospital in Corsicana Sunday at 11:36 p.m.

A native of Kentucky, Miller came to Kerens as an infant with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Miller.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edna Miller, Kerens; two sons, W. B. Miller, Corsicana, and C. A. Miller, Dallas; a daughter Jeanice Miller, Kerens; a brother, Ed Miller, Grapeland; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Estes, Trinidad, and Mrs. Lizzie Garrison, Hondo, and two grandchildren.

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William Harvey Miller
Nov 14, 1832 - Jan 19, 1916

Died In Kerens

Kerens, Jan. 22, 1916.
W. H. Miller, one of the pioneer residents of Kerens, died here Wednesday. Mr. Miller moved here from Kentucky about 30 years ago. He was a brick mason by trade, was well liked by all who knew him, and was a consistent member of the Baptist church. Deceased leaves a wife and seven children, Mrs. C. S. Estes, Ben and Luke Miller of Kerens; Ed Miller of Trinidad, Mrs. V. B. Hardeman of Ft. Worth and Mrs. Jim Garrison of Milford. His remains were followed to their last resting place in the Kerens cemetery. We extend our heart-felt sympathies to the bereaved wife and children in their sad hour of grief.

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T. Sgt. Joseph Frederick Miles
Oct 20, 1920 - Jun 26, 1944

WEDNESDAY RITES FOR T-SGT. MILES, KILLED IN FRANCE

Funeral services for T-Sgt. Joseph F. Miles, 23, killed in the Normandy invasion of France, June 26, 1944, will be healed from the Stockton Funeral Chapel in Kerens Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. T. R. Vaughn of Trinidad.

Life-long resident of Kerens, he was a member of the Baptist church. Sgt. Miles entered the army in 1939.

The American Legion and Texas National Guard will conduct graveside military rites at the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Miles, Kerens; three brothers, W. D. Miles, Houston; J. A. Miles, Velasco, and J. E. Miles, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. C. E. Cook, Eureka, and other relatives.

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Charles Edgar Millerman
Jun 22, 1882 - Aug 7, 1951

Edgar Millerman Dies Of Heart Attack Tuesday

Edgar Millerman, 69, of Corsicana died with a heart attack while driving his automobile on Highway 31 east of Kerens at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

It was reported the automobile left the pavement, went through a fence and came to a stop in a pasture four miles east of Kerens.

Millerman and his wife were en route from Tyler to Kerens at the time.

A printer, he formerly resided at Lubbock, Tyler and Kerens, but at the present time resided at 1444 West Fourth avenue, Corsicana.

He was a member of the First Baptist church in Lubbock.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jennie Millerman, Corsicana; two brothers, J. S. Millerman, Lubbock, and J. A. Millerman, Abilene; a sister, Mrs. Maude Hodges, Lubbock, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday from the Kerens Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Dr. W. R. Hall, Fairfield Presbyterian minister.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

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Jennie Lee (Kimes) Millerman
Jan 1, 1886 - Oct 23, 1959

Mrs. Millerman Expires Friday

KERENS, October 23—(Spl.)—Mrs. Jennie Millerman, 73, died in Memorial hospital Corsicana Friday morning following an extended illness.

Mrs. Millerman was a native of Kerens and was the wife of the late C. E. Millerman who died in 1951.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. from the Presbyterian church with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Harwell E. Norris, pastor.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. H. W. Kimes, Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Hallie Boswell, Barry; Mrs. Nell Hemphill, Miss Dama Kimes and Mrs. Hazel Weedin, all of Kerens and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Inmon directs.

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Leroy Franklin Mills
Apr 16, 1911 - Nov 10, 1964

Leroy F. Mills Rites Thursday

KERENS, Nov. 11 (Spl.)—Leroy F. Mills, 53, native of Kerens, died at Sugar Land Tuesday afternoon following a several months illness.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church Thursday at 2 p.m with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe Fort, pastor of the First Methodist church at Sugar Land, of which he was a member, assisted by Rev. J. W. Hodges, pastor of the First Methodist church here.

Mills was a security officer for the Imperial Sugar Company at Sugar Land.

Surviving are his wife of Sugar Land; a son, Joe Lee Mills, Sugar Land; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mills, Kerens; a brother, W. W. Mills, Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Bert Frank, Dallas, and other relatives.

Paschal Funeral Home directs.

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Miss Lucy Daniel Melear
Nov 16, 1894 - Dec 5, 1965

Miss Melear Rites Monday

KERENS; Dec. 6 (Spl.)—Graveside rites for Miss Lucy Melear, 71, retired teacher, who died in Lufkin Saturday, were held at the Kerens city cemetery Monday at noon. She had resided in Lufkin since 1930.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Vergen Medford, Lufkin; a brother, Richards Melear Trinidad and other relatives.

Paschal directed local arrangements.

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Richard “Dick” Melear
Dec 15, 1896 - Aug 6, 1977

Richard Melear

TRINIDAD—Services are to be Monday at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church here for Richard Melear, 80, resident of Trinidad, who died Saturday in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. George Olson will officiate and burial will be in Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

A native of Kerens, he had been a resident of Trinidad since 1928. He was a member of the Trinidad First Methodist Church and had operated a service station and auto repair shop since 1928. He was a veteran of World War 1, having served with the U. S. Navy.

Survivors include a son, Richard D. Melear of Dallas; three grandchildren; and a sister, Gertrude Medford of Lufkin.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday Aug 7, 1977
  • U.S. Navy World War 1
  • h/o Mary Dee (Shearon) Melear married Jul. 15, 1923 s/o Robert Henry/Harrison Melear and Lula (Daniel) Melear
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mable Clair Melear
Jan 25, 1895 - Aug 12, 1943

Kerens Woman Died in Lufkin and Buried on Tuesday

KERENS, March 5. –(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at the Lufkin Methodist church Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock for Miss Mable Melear
who died at her home Monday night. Interment was in the Kerens Cemetery with Rev. Mr. Johnson of Kerens and Rev. Rubel Moore of Trinidad in charge.

Miss Melear was born in Kerens and spent her early childhood here. She taught in the East Texas schools for 37 years and served as principal of the Kelsey school for the past 19 years.

She is survived by her mother, also of Lufkin; sisters, Mrs. Eulen Medford and Miss Lucy Melear, also of Lufkin; a brother, Dick Melear of Trinidad, and one aunt, Mrs. Ola Kimes of Kerens.

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Robert Harrison/Henry “Bob” Melear
Nov 5, 1859 - Feb 21, 1939

PIONEER RESIDENT EAST NAVARRO WAS BURIED WEDNESDAY

KERENS, Feb. 24.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held from the home of Msses Carre and Erin Daniel Wednesday at 10 o’clock a.m. for their uncle, R. H. (Bob) Melear of Trinidad, who died at his home there Tuesday.

Mr. Melear in his youth, lived at old Wadeville before Kerens was founded. He had been a merchant in Trinidad for the past 26 or more years.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lula Daniel Melear, four children, Mrs. Mabel Medford, Lufkin; Charles, Dick and Lucy Melear of Trinidad; two grandchildren, Dr. Gail Medford of Houston, and Dan Melear of Trinidad; three sisters, Mrs. Elmer Leggett, Plymouth; Mrs. Sallie Barry, Canyon; Mrs. Elinor Anthony, Houston.

Born on November 5, deceased would have been 80 years old next November. He was married to Miss Lula Daniel in April 1886.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pierce Hendricks of Trinidad, assisted by Rev. Joe N. Everheart of Kerens. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery under the direction of the P. N. Stockton Funeral Home.

Among the large crowd of out of town friends here for the services were the entire faculty of the Lufkin schools, of which Miss Lucy Melear is principal. Mrs. Elinor Anthony, Dr. Gail Medford, Houston; Mrs. Elmer Legget, Plymouth; Mrs. Luther Boswell, Barry; Miss Grace Melear, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Melear, Joe Daniel and Robert Daniel, Corsicana.

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Lula (Daniel) Melear
Mar. 31, 1866 - Dec. 21, 1944

Kerens Native Was Buried Dec. 23rd

KERENS, Dec. 30. (Spl.)—Mrs. Bob Melear, age 79, who died Thursday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ulen Medford in Lufkin, was buried in the Kerens Cemetery Saturday evening, Dec. 23 with Rev. Maggart Howell in charge of the service.

Mr. Melear was born and raised at old Wadeville near Kerens as was Miss Lula Daniel before her marriage to R. H. Melear, who preceded her in death several years. She is survived by two daughters, Miss Lucy Melear and Mrs. Ulen Medford of Lufkin and one son, Dick Melear of Trinidad and one sister, Mrs. W. H. Kimes of Kerens.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 30, 1944
  • w/o Robert Henry/Harrison Melear married May 12, 1886 d/o Josiah Goodson “Squire” Daniel and Lucy (Sample) Daniel Smith
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Delia May (Richmond) Miles
May 1, 1895 - Feb 27, 1973

Mrs. Miles

KERENS—Funeral services will be held 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Dave Miles, 77, who died Tuesday at Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff. The Rev. E. E. Sipes, Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate with burial at Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, W. D. Miles, Malakoff; J. A. Miles, Booneville, Arkansas; and J. E. Miles, West, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. C. E. Cook, Malakoff; four sisters, Mrs. Ed Steel, Fairfield; Mrs. Hugh Bratcher, Pleasant Grove; Mrs. H. A. Holcomb, Rusk; and Mrs. Ned Holcomb, Mesquite; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Dewey Thomas May
May 8, 1898 - Jan. 17, 1957

Kerens Rites For Dewey May

KERENS, Jan. 18—(Spl.)—Dewey May of Kerens, local painter and paperhanger, died of a heart attack at his home Thursday night.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Methodist Church with the Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery, with Inmon Funeral Home in charge.

May, 58, was a native of Kerens. He is survived by his wife; his step mother, Mrs. J. T. May of Kerens, a son, Glen May, Kerens; three daughters, Mrs. O. O. Rohde, Houston; Mrs. C. D. Fort, Houston; and Mrs. W. K. Ingram, Dallas; two brothers, George May, Kerens; and Dan May, Kerens; seven sisters, Mrs. Willard Parker, Mrs. Bob Bruner, Mrs. Alvin Barnett, Mrs. Allie Tyner, and Mrs. Vester Barnett, all of Kerens; Mrs. Tom Hester, Houston; and Mrs. J. W. Stephenson, San Antonio; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be May’s brothers-in-law.

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Willard Stephen Mayo
Jan 27, 1890 - Aug 5, 1974

W. Mayo

KERENS—Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church for Willard Mayo, 84, who died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Services will be conducted by Rev. Olin Boles, pastor, and Rev. Charles Pringle, pastor of West Side Baptist Church in Corsicana. Burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

Mayo was a farmer, and a member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lena Mayo of Kerens; five sons, William S. Mayo of Kerens, James A. Mayo of Port Arthur, Slay Mayo of Marshall, Willard Mayo of Dallas, and Bobby Mayo of Seagoville; two daughters, Mrs. Merle Cullison of Fort Worth and Mrs. Melba Chambers of Torrance, California; two brothers, Roy Mayo and Hardy Mayo, both of Kerens; one sister, Mrs. Linnie Bunch of Powell; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John Afton Mayo, Roy Mayo, Jr., Ted Mayo, Winston Johnston, Johnny Grant, Charles Wiley, and Leon Johnston.

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Hazel Dell (Ingram) Mabry
Mar. 23, 1893 - Aug. 10, 1962

Mrs. Mabry Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, Aug. 11. (Spl.)—Mrs. R. D. Mabry, 69, native of Kerens, died in Scott and White Hospital in Temple Friday following surgery Monday.

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Ingram, pioneer Kerens residents.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. from the First Methodist church, of which she was an active member.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor, and Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens, a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Weihs, Fort Worth; two grandchildren, Dare and LeAnn Weihs, both of Fort Worth; a brother, W. P. Ingram, Kerens; three sisters, Mrs. L. C. Poston, Trinidad; Mrs. J. K. Bradley, Rice, and Mrs. Bailey Ratliff, Llano, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Hal Johnston, M. Stevenson, Earl Seale, Leslie Parker, Luther Westbrook and Ben R. Cherry. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Leadership class of the First Methodist church Sunday School.

Inmon will direct.

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George Dawson Massey
Sep 18, 1879 - Jan 15, 1952

Former Jailer Dies At Kerens

KERENS, Jan. 16—(Spl.)—George D. Massey, 72, former Navarro county jailer, died of a heart attack at his home here at 11 a.m. Tuesday. He served as jailer under Sheriff Cap Currington.

Prior to moving to Kerens three years ago, Massey had reside at Blooming Grove many years.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Funeral chapel at 2:30 p.m. Thursday with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. F. Smith, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Etta Massey, Kerens, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Jessie Gilmore (Rawlinson) Massey
Jun 2, 1867 - Mar 22, 1956

Friday Services For Mrs. Massey

KERENS, March 23—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Massey, 88, widow of the late John Massey, Kerens grocer, were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Presbyterian church here. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery. She died in Lancaster Thursday morning.

A native of North Carolina, the family came to Kerens area 60 years ago, later residing in West Navarro county and then returning to Kerens 50 years ago.

Mrs. Massey was a member of the First Methodist Church here, and Rev. Neyland Hester, pastor of the First Methodist church in Lancaster.

Mrs. Massey had been in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Matthews, at Lancaster for the past 18 months since becoming ill.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Matthews of Lancaster and Mrs. John T. Kyser, Kerens; four sons, Willie Massey, Odessa; John Massey, Jr., Dallas; Roy D. and Frank Massey, both of Kerens; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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John William Mathis
Jul 18, 1851 - Apr 24, 1949

J. W. Mathis Rites To Be Held Today

KERENS, April 26.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Stockton’s Funeral Home for J. W. Mathis, age 83, who died Sunday night at 12 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Dick Allen, after a two months illness.

Rev. Cletus Pippin conducted the service and burial was in the Kerens Cemetery with Stockton’s Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Born in South Carolina, Mathis came to Texas as a young man and has lived in Navarro county since.

Surivivng are his wife, Mrs. Daisy Mathis, two sons, J. W. Mathis of Sweetwater and Carl Mathis of Weatherford; three daughters, Mrs. Blair Phillips, and Mrs. Dick Allen of Kerens and Mrs. Ruby Washburn of Beaumont; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

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Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Harris) Lassiter
Oct 5, 1868 - May 20, 1957

Mrs. Lassiter Expires Monday

Mrs. W. J. Lassiter, 85, died in Chatfield early Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Oden Dyess of Trinidad.

A native of Jacksonville, Mrs. Lassiter spent most of her life in Trinidad.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Hattie Trull and Mrs. Velma Bates, both of Chatfield; Mrs. Mary Dickson, Kerens; and Mrs. Lena Maude Thompson, Trinidad; two step-sons, Henry E. Lassiter, Roswell, N.M., and Nolen H. Lassiter, Yucaipa, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Mrs. Lassiter Rites Tuesday

Funeral rites for Mrs. W. J. Lassiter, 88, who died in Chatfield early Monday, were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Kerens. The rites were held by Rev. Oden Dyess of Trinidad.

A native of Jacksonville, Mrs. Lassiter resided in Trinidad most of her life.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Hattie Trull and Mrs. Velma Bates, both of Chatfield; Mrs. Mary Dickson, Kerens, and Mrs. Lena Maude Thompson, Trinidad; two step-sons, Henry E. Lassiter, Roswell, N. M. and Nolen H. Lassiter, Yucaipa, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Kenneth May, Douglas Garrett, David Burton, Elroy Cantrell, David Ware and James Colson.

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Frances (Walker) Logan
Oct 7, 1912 - Feb 10, 1974

Mrs. Logan

Funeral services are set for noon Tuesday at the Settegast-Kopf Chapel in Houston for Mrs. Frances Walker Logan, who died Sunday in Bellaire.

She was a native of Kerens.

Survivors include her husband R. E. Logan of Bellaire; two daughters, Mrs. Tom Brownof Kennington, Conn., and Mrs. Judy Logan of Houston; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. C. I. Sims, Kerens and Mrs. F. J. Fleck of Marshville, N.C.; four brothers, J. C. Walker, Jr. of Houston, J. O. Walker of San Antonio, R. J. Walker of Lubbock, and L. P. Walker of Friendswood.

Mrs. Logan will lie in state in the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens Tuesday afternoon. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Kerens City Cemetery.

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Cora Lee (Powell) Kilgo
Feb 8, 1878 - Sep 18, 1962

Mrs. Kilgo, 84, Rites Thursday

KERENS, Sept. 19 (Spl.)—Mrs. Cora Lee Kilgo, 84, widow of the late L. M. Kilgo, died Tuesday night at the home of a daughter, Mrs. R. O. McClung.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of which she was a member, with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor; Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. J. W. Fore, pastor of the First Assembly of God church.

A native of Mississippi, she had reside her since 1920.

Surviving are three sons, Curtis Kilgo, Kerens; Doyle Kilgo, Albuquerque, N. M., and Hiram Kilgo, California; three daughters, Mrs. McClung, Kerens; Mrs. Clyde Sharrer, Corsicana, and Mrs. V. Trippett, Odessa; three brothers, Rev. Lowrey Powell, Kerrville; Oscar Powell, Hobbs, N.M., and Fred Powell, Napa, Idaho; a half-brother, Cliff Powell, Calhoun City, Miss., and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon directs.

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  • w/o Luther Martin Kilgo d/o Rev. Jim Powell
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Luther Martin Kilgo
Feb 6, 1876 - Mar. 10, 1953

L. M. Kilgo Rites Held At Kerens

KERENS, March 11—(Spcl.)—Funeral services were held Wednesday at 4 p.m. for L. M. Kilgo, 77, Kerens resident for 32 years who died Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

Rites were held from the First Baptist Church of Kerens, with Rev. M. O. Davis and Rev. W. F. Smith conducting. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery.

Kilgo was a native of Mississippi.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; three sons, W. C. Kilgo, Kerens; Hiram Kilgo, Westwood, Calif.; Doyle Kilgo, Albuquerque, N. M.; three daughters, Mrs. Olin McClung, Galveston; Mrs. Clyde Sharrer, Corsicana; Mrs. V. Trippett, Odessa; a sister, Mrs. B. F. Watkins, Houston, Miss.; a brother, W. M. Kilgo, Memphis, Tenn.; three grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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William Curtis Kilgo
Jan 4, 1901 - Oct 21, 1976

W. C. Kilgo

KERENS—Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for W. C. Kilgo, 75, resident of Kerens and native of Mississippi, who died today at the Temple Veterans Administration Hospital.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kerens, veteran of World War II and was a TV repair businessman in Kerens.

The Rev. Van Houser and the Rev. Glenn Jones will officiate, with burial following at Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Olen McClung of Kerens, Mrs. Clyde Sharrer of Corsicana, and Mrs. V. Trippet of Odessa.

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John Thomas Kyser
Dec 15, 1888 - Sep 30, 1961

Sunday Rites For John Kyser

Funeral services were held at First Methodist church in Kerens Sunday at 3 p.m., for John Kyser, Kerens cotton buyer, who died in Navarro Clinic, Corsicana, Saturday morning.

Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor, and Rev. Bill Foster, pastor of the Baptist church in Kerens, officiated. Burial was in Kerens Cemetery.

Kyser, 72, was a lifetime resident of Kerens.

Surviving are the wife of Kerens, two sons, John Henry Kyser, Garland, and M. G. Kyser, Hillsboro; one brother, Ben Kyser, Wilmer; two sisters, Mrs. Roxie Jones and Mrs. Rosa Whitacre, both of Temple; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bill Gowan, Ollie D. Mullins, H. C. Barlow, Roland Shelton, Lester Shelton and T. M. Shelton.

Inmon directed.

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John Henry Kyser
Jan 21, 1910 - Sep 24, 1964

J. H. Kyser Dies; Rites Saturday

KERENS, Sept. 25 (Spl.)—John Henry Kyser, 54 of Garland, died in St. Paul’s Hospital, Dallas, Thursday afternoon.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Hodges, pastor.

Kyser was a car salesman and had resided at Garland five years. He was a native of Kerens and served in the U. S. Air Force in World War II.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. John Kyser, Kerens; a brother, Myron Kyser, Hillsboro; two daughters, a granddaughter and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Chester Isaac Kyser
Apr 1, 1903 - Jun 26, 1956

Chester Kyser Rites Thursday

KERENS, June 28 (Spl.)—Funeral services for Chester Kyser, 53, former Kerens and Corsicana officer, were held Thursday at 2 p.m from the Inmon Funeral Chapel with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ in Corsicana with the Kerens Masonic lodge in charge of gravesite rites, Masons were pallbearers.

Kyser was found shot in the heart Tuesday night at his residence in Corsicana with a 20-gauge shotgun near the body.

Walter Hayes, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict of death from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, following an investigation. Frank Chapman, city officer, Frank Chapman, city officer, answered the call.

A native of Powell, Kyser served as constable of Precinct 3, and was a member of the Corsicana police department for 17 months. He also was Corsicana city electrical inspector, leaving the city employe in May of last year.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Earl Beamon, Pasadena; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Lockridge, Longview; Mrs. Frank Irwin, Corsicana, and Mrs. Vesper Blackwood, Wichita Falls, and other relatives.

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Chester Kyser, 53, Is Found Fatally Wounded Tuesday

Chester Kyser, 53, former officer and city electrical inspector, was found dead in the yard at 107 Boyd avenue here about 11 p.m. Tuesday with a 20-gauge shotgun nearby. Kyser had been shot in the heart.

Walter Hayes, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict of “death from gunshot wounds, self-inflicted.” Two notes were found, it was stated. Death is believed to have occurred about 10 p.m.

Rites Thursday
Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Funeral Home chapel in Kerens at 2 p.m. Thursday with Claude Holcomb, Corsicana Church of Christ minister, officiating. Burial will be at the Kerens cemeteryy with Masons in charge of the service.

Kyser, a native of Powell, spent most of his life in Kerens where he formerly served as constable of Precinct 3 for several years.

He was a policeman here for approximately 17 months, beginning October 11, 1952, and ending September 20, 1953 when he resigned. He was re-employed on October 15, 1953 in the police department and remained until his resignation, May 7, 1954.

Also Inspector
He was made electrical inspector for the City of Corsicana a few days after leaving the police department and served until April 30, 1955.

City Officer Frank Chapman answered the call Tuesday night.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Earl Beamon, Pasadena, Texas; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Alma Lockridge, Longview; Mrs. Frank Irwin, Corsicana, and Mrs. Vesper Blackwood, Wichita Falls; several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

A McCammon ambulance answered the call and the body later was transferred to the Inmon Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Ella A. (Massey) Kyser
Oct 16, 1888 - Jan 20, 1973

Mrs. Kyser

KERENS—Funeral services for Mrs. John (Ella) Kyser, 84, longtime Kerens resident who died Saturday in a Hillsboro nursing home, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Kerens Methodist Church. The pastor, the Rev. Glenn Jones, will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery under direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

She was a native of Angus and lived in Kerens most of her life. She was a member of the Methodist church. Her husband, John Kyser, preceded her in death in 1964.

Surviving are one son, Myron Kyser of Hillsboro; one sister, Mrs. B. F. Matthews of Lancaster; three brothers, Frank and Roy Massey of Kerens and John Massey of Dallas; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Joe Wilson, Dwain Crawford, Billy Shelton, John Seale, Joe Baker and Homer Carroll.

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Bettie (Howard) Kyser
Dec 8, 1868 - May 18, 1941

MRS. S. D. KYSER DIED KERENS SUNDAY; BURIAL ON MONDAY

Mrs. S. D. Kyser, aged 72 years died at her home in Kerens, Sunday morning about 7:30 o’clock. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the family residence in Kerens.

Rev. A. E. Harrison conducted the rites and interment was in the Kerens Cemetery.

The deceased had been a resident of Kerens for the past 24 years.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Alma Lockridge, Longview, Mrs. Frank Irwin, Corsicana; Mrs. Vesper Blackwood, Gainesville; one son, Chester Kyser, Kerens; a sister and brother, Mrs. Fannie Cox and Jeff Howard, both of Ector; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were W. G. Johnson, Ben Miller, Dave Mabry, Matt Horn, Illeey Oliphant and Russell Carroll.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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Mary (Smart) Kimes
Jul 30, 1874 - Oct 23, 1955

Kerens Pioneer Services Tuesday

KERENS, Oct. 24.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. G. E. Kimes, 81, pioneer resident, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the First Presbyterian church with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the pastor, Rev. Thomas Arney.

Mrs. Kimes died suddenly at her home here late Sunday night.

Born at Chatfield, July 30, 1874, she was married to the late George E. Kimes in May, 1892, who preceded her in death about 30 years ago. She was Mary Smart prior to her marriage.

Mrs. Kimes was long prominent in the WMA and other activities of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are a son, Clyde Kimes, Dallas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be R. P. Walker, J. A. Daniel, Joe Sheppard, Fred Jennings, Weyman Price, Russell Carroll and Dwain Bruner.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Clyde Kimes
Jun 25, 1895 - Aug 15, 1972

Clyde Kimes

KERENS—Funeral services for Clyde Kimes, 76, native of Kerens who died Saturday in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana after a brief illness, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian church here. The pastor, the Rev. J. K. Storey, will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

He was a retired TP&L employe who had lived most of his life here, but had formerly resided in Dallas about 4 years. He was a verteran of World War 1 serving in the Navy.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Sally Kimes, Kerens; one son, George E. Kimes of San Bruno, Calif.; and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Emily Barnes of Decatur.

Pallbearers will be Owen Rogers, Eugene Hall, Robert Bruner, Jerry Chapman, Carol Boswell and Milton Clanton.

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  • Diane Richards - Sunday, April 16, 1972
  • WW1 Navy h/o Allyne Sarah “Sallie” (Sheets) Kimes s/o George Ebenezer Kimes and Mary (Smart) Kimes
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

     

Clyde Kimes

KERENS—Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church for Clyde Kimes, 76, retired TP&L employe who died Saturday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. J. K. Storey, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

A native of Kerens, he is survived by his widow, one son, and one daughter.

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Johnnie D. Kirkland
Jun 24, 1899 - Jun 24, 1928

WELL KNOWN KERENS MERCHANT-FARMER IS BURIED THERE TODAY

KERENS, June 25.—(Spl)—J. D. Strickland, aged 29 years, well-known merchant and farmer died at his home Sunday night at 7 o’clock following a five-weeks illness with typhoid fever and pneumonia. The funeral services were held from the Kerens Presbyterian church Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Joe Everhart, pastor, assisted by Rev. W. A. Cockern, pastor of the Kerens Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, one son, Jack Kirkland, parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Kirkland, and other relatives.

Mr. Kirkland graduated from the Kerens high school in 1919 and entered the mercantile business and farming with his father a few years later. The family had resided here for twenty-one years.

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Attend Funeral Of J. D. Kirkland

KERENS, June 28.—Among the large number of relatives and friends attending the funeral of J. D. Kirkland, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Kirkland, were: Mr. and Mrs. Earl Couch, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Moore and daughter, Mrs. Willie Nabors, Troup; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Moore, Tyler; Irby and Delbert Couch, Beaumont; Mr. and Mrs. Zack Banks, Powell; Sam Bell and son, Ector, Corsicana.

Miss Lurline Couch returned to Beaumont with her brothers for a few days’ visit with them in that city.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, June 28, 1928
  • 1919 Kerens graduate h/o Natalie (Banks) Kirkland s/o Thomas W. Kirkland and Susan A. “Susie” (Mitchell) Kirkland
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

John Lewis Korn
Jun 1, 1850 - Jan 4, 1916

Died Suddenly In Kerens
J. L. Korn, aged 65 years, and for many years a good citizen of Kerens, died very suddenly at his home there Wednesday morning. The deceased had been sick with lagrippe for some days, but his condition was at no time regarded as dangerous. Wednesday morning about 7:30 the room of the deceased was entered and he was found lying across his bed dead, and is supposed to have been dead about half an hour. When found the body was from under the cover and was across the bed, and it is supposed he was in the act of getting out of bed when he suddenly fell back dead. The deceased was a widower, but is survived by seven grown children, one daughter and six sons, interment took place at Kerens yesterday.

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Charles Lester Korn, Sr.
Sep 14, 1893 - Aug 21, 1959

Charlie Korn Dies In Temple Friday Night

KERENS, Aug. 22 (Spl.)—Charlie L. Korn Sr., Kerens carpenter and lifetime resident, died in McCloskey Veteran’s Hospital, Temple, Friday night after an extended illness. He was 65, and a World War 1 veteran.

Services will be held from the First Methodist Church of Kerens, of which he was a member, Sunday at 3 p.m., with Rev. Burt Gillis and Rev. D. R. McCauley conducting. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Survivors include his wife and son, Charles Korn, Jr., both of Kerens; three brothers, Jim Korn of Ogden, Utah; Fred Korn, Warrenton, Mo.; and Clyde Korn, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Roy Johnston, Dallas, and other relatives.

Members of Stephen A. Graves Post No. 307, Kerens American Legion, will act as pallbearers.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Cora Etta (Stockton) Keen
Aug 22, 1876 - Feb 3, 1957

Mrs. A. B. Keen Dies At Kerens; Services Monday

KERENS, Feb. 4—(Spl.)—Mrs. A. B. (Cora) Keen, long-time Kerens resident, died Sunday morning in Memorial Hospital of a heart attack.

Funeral services were to be held Monday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist church in Kerens with the pastor, Rev. D. R. McCauley, officiating, assisted by Rev. M. B. Howell of Waxahachie, Rev. Carroll Thompson of Georgetown, Rev. Jack Bush of Maypearl and Rev. B. Thomas Tribble of Corsicana. Burial was to be in Kerens cemetery. Inmon was to direct.

Born August 22, 1876, near Kerens, she had lived here all of her life except for the period from 1905 to 1916 while her late husband, Rev. A. B. Keen, as a member of the Northwest Conference of the Methodist church, was pastor of a number of West Texas churches, Rev. Keen died in May 1933.

Mrs. Keen was an honorary life member of the Methodist Women’s Christian Society of Kerens in tribute to her 20 years she was a teacher of the Martha Sunday School Class in Kerens. She was known as the “mother of young Methodist ministers” for her understanding of their problems and counsel with them. Four of those were designated to assist in the services as previously noted.

She is survived by two sons, Curtis A. Keen of Greenville and Lowell S. Keen of Irving; a daughter, Mrs. J. B. Coates of Kerens; a sister, Mrs. M. L. Speed of Kerens; three grandsons, Mike Keen of Houston, Stephen and Jimmy Keen of Greenville; two granddaughters, Diane, wife of Lt. W. R. Hoge, Jr., U. S. S. Princeton, Long Beach, Calif., and Patricia, wife of Lt. Cmdr. J. H. Brandenburg of Monterrey, Calif., and three great-grandchildren of Monterrey.

Pallbearers included John Stockton, Zack Stockton, Fay Redford, R. P. Walker, R. D. Mabry, W. P. Ingram, Dr. H. W. Hoffer, Fred Jennings, Freddie Banks, Bert Inmon, Dr. Terry Sanders, Andrew Talley, Jack Anderson and J. K. McCarter. Honorary pallbearers were to include the Board of Stewards of the First Methodist church.

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Kerens Church Honors Mrs. Keen With Loan Fund

KERENS, Aug. 12—(Spl.)—A student loan fund has been established by different classes and departments of the First Methodist church here in memory of the late Mrs. A. B. Keen.

Such a fund was suggested by Mrs. Keen several months ago for the express purpose of helping Christian young people to secure the necessary education in their chosen life work.

It is to be a loan fund—to be paid back by each user so that the money may be used again and again.

Mrs. Keen was the widow of the late A. B. Keen who pioneered in the Methodist church in circuit riding days and was pastor of a number of West Texas churches. Six ministers eulogized Mrs. Keen during her funeral rites as a stalwart supporter in endeavors for the uplift and encouragement of young ministers.

A committee for the administration of the fund has been set up with representatives from the WSCS, Official Board of the church, each adult Sunday School class and the Youth Fellowship. Mrs. W. C. Wasson is chairman of the organization.

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Jose Carmen “Joe” Castillo
Jan 27, 1925 - Feb 13, 1983

Joe C. Castillo

Joe C. Castillo, 58, of Corsicana, died Monday in Temple.

A rosary will be said tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. August J. Merkel officiating. Burial will be in the Calvery Cemetery.

Castillo was a native and lifelong resident of Corsicana. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War 11. He was the owner and operator of Joe Castillo Plumbing Company.

He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Hope Castillo, Corsicana; four sons, Richard Castillo, Pete Castillo, Clay Castillo, all of Corsicana, and John Castillo, Mount Carmel, Pa.; four daughters, Mrs. Janie Rodriguez, Round Rock, Mrs. Virginia Lozano, Anaheim, Calif., Mrs. Alice Hill and Mrs. Hope Selman, both of Corsicana; one brother, Frank Castillo, Saginaw, Mich.; 23 grandchildren; one great grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Ossie Marie (unk) Townsel
Oct 14, 1938 - May 22, 1997

Mrs. Ossie M. Townsel

Ossie M. Townsel, 58, of Corsicana, died May 22, 1997, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services are Tuesday 7-8 p.m. at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Services are Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Independent Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Henry officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steven Carroll, George Rooks, Bill Robinson, Dewayne Carter, George Leonard Marshall, Ivy Alexander, Jr., and Darrell White.

Mrs Townsel is survived by son, James Williams of Corsicana; six grandchildren, one great grandson, sister and brother-in-law, Bessie and George Meriwether of Denver, Colo.; uncle, Ivy Alexander of Dallas and aunt Mattie Thompson of Denver, Colo.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Luke Cave
May 24, 1881 - Apr 21, 1931

Rice News.

Funeral services for Luke Cave, age 45, prominent farmer of this community, who died Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock were held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in the presence of a large crowd of sorrowing friends. Services were conducted by Rev. H. C. Bowman, his pastor, assisted by Rev. George Henry, pastor of the First Baptist church. Mr. Cave has lived in the Rice community practically all his life, where he had made many friends. Surviving are his wife, six children, mother, one brother and two sisters. Interment was in the Rice cemetery under the directions of W. F. Hodge, local undertaker. Those out of town, attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Guy Sitton of Corsicana, Mr. And Mrs. G. R. Thornton of Roane, Mrs. J. W. Huff, Mrs. Maggie Huff of Lubbock, Mrs. Hammitt and Mrs. Bradley of Trinidad, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lennon of Alma, Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Thornton of Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Alvie Ruffin of Alma.

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Lula (Thornton) Cave
Jan 26, 1886 - Apr 7, 1963

Mrs. Lula Cave Dies Sunday At Lubbock

Mrs. Lula Cave, who resided in Rice and Navarro county for many years died Sunday morning in Lubbock.

Funeral rites will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Cave’s Funeral Home 3726 South Lancaster, Dallas, and burial will be in the Rice Cemetery later that morning.

Surviving Mrs. Cave are three sons, Pat and Ernest Cave, both of Lubbock; and Jim Cave, Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Cecil Gardner, Lubbock, Mrs. Chris Miars, Dallas; and Mrs. W. T. Littlejohn, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. George F. Peterson, Lubbock; Mrs. W. H. Thompson, Taos, N. M.; and Mrs. Guy Sitton, Corsicana; nine grandchildren, and a number of other relatives.

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Joshua Owen “Josh” Boucher
abt. 1862 - Apr 21, 1931

Rice News.

J. O. Boucher, 62, farmer resident of Rice died at the home of his son, Delma Boucher in Abilene at an early hour Tuesday morning and the body arrived here at 10:45 Wednesday morning and was carried to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Holland. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Haynie Memorial Methodist church, services conducted by Rev. H. C. Bowman, assisted by Rev. H. C. Bowman, assisted by Rev. George Henry, Mr. Boucher formally lived in the Rice community and was a peace officer here for twenty years. Surviving are two sons, Carl Boucher, Dallas, Delma Boucher, Abilene, two daughters Mrs. C. W. Andrews, and Mrs. Edwin Gallemore of Breckenridge, all accompanied the body here. Interment was in the Rice Cemetery, under the direction of W. F. Hodge, local undertaker. Those out of town attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Swafford of Abilene; Mrs. Dan Morgan of Dallas; Mrs. S. C. Bell of Corsicana, Mr. and Mrs. C. A Nowlin and Mrs. Gatlin of Ennis.

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Pearline (Knott) Atchley
Aug 12, 1889 - Dec 1, 1974

Mrs. Atchley

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Pearl Atchley, 85, resident of Waxahachie, who died Sunday in Lancaster. Burial will be at Rice Cemetery.

She was a native of Alabama and former resident of Rice.

Survivors include a son, John D. Atchley of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Allie May Mathis of Waxahachie and Mrs. Lillie of Fort Worth; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ivey Atchley of Rice and Mrs. Oitie Bruner of Waxahachie; and a brother, Walter Knott of Ennis.

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Mrs. Pearl Atchley

Funeral services were to be held at 2 p.m Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Pearl Atchley, 85, resident of Waxahachie, who died Sunday in Lancaster.

Rev. David Hale was to officiate with burial to follow at Rice Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother.

Grandsons were to be pallbearers.

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Thomas David Atchley
Nov 3, 1880 - Jun 11, 1952

David Atchley Rites Thursday

Funeral services for David Atchley, 72, of Rice, who died at the P. and S. Hospital early Wednesday afternoon, were held at 3 p.m. Thursday from the Rice Baptist Church. Burial was in the Rice Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, pastor of the church.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; a son, Lester Atchley, Granbury; two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Perry, Grandbury, and Mrs. Charlie Hartley, Rice, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Virgil Atchley, J. K. Bradley, Clarence Mahaley, Barron South, Ernest Cummins, and B. W. Lee.

McCammon directed.

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Billie Louise (Hartley) Chase
Jan 21, 1932 - Sep 12, 1995

Billie L. Chase

Billie L. Chase, 63, of Palmer, died Sep. 12, 1995, at her residence.

Services will be held Friday at Keever Chapel, with Rev. J. T. Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Rice Cemetery under the direction of J. E. Keever Mortuary.

Mrs. Chase was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Rice, to Lorenzo D. and Ouida Fay Sullivan Hartley. She was raised in Rice and graduated from Rice High School. She married Joe Earl Chase of Rice July 6, 1953. They lived in Dallas before moving to Ennis in 1963, then Palmer in 1974. She was the owner of Chase Tool and Die Co. and was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxilliary American Legion.

She is survived by her son, Kelly Joe Chase of Lancaster, her daughter, LaDonna Chase of Palmer; her mother Ouida Hartley of Rice; three brothers Dow Hartley, Jr. of Kansas, Tim D. Hartley and James C. Hartley, both of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Chase was preceded in death by her husband Joe Earl Chase in 1990, and her son, Robin Dale Chase in 1980.

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Una Leona (unk) Murphy
Nov 14, 1899 - Oct 26, 1979

Mrs. Murphy

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Una Murphy, 79, resident of Richland, who died Friday night at Mansfield. Paul Epps, of Church of Christ Westhill, will officiate.

Burial will be at Richland Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. June Warner of Midlothian, and Mrs. Delma Carroll, of Houston; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Kenneth Warner, Gary Carroll, Dave Bundy, Eddie Vincent, Roony Whaley and Jerry Coker.

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Hattie Marie (Kelly) Shaw
Dec 23, 1922 - Jan 12, 2013

Hattie Marie Shaw passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. She was born in Ft. Worth on Dec. 23, 1922 to Ray and Lorraine Kelly.

While raising her family in Midlothian she worked as a seamstress. She later resided in Groesbeck and Corsicana.

Hattie is survived by sons, Charles Branam and wife, Cathy; Cecil Shaw and wife, Darlia; and Raymond Shaw and wife, Sharon; sisters, Ruth Jola, Francis Stephenson and Marjorie Jo Holveck; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Hattie was a loving and generous wife, mother and Mamaw and will surely be missed by those who had the blessing of knowing her.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 with services at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at Midlothian Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Midlothian Funeral Home, Midlothian.

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Pauline (Wright) Lindloff
June 4, 1925 - Jan 10, 2013



Pauline Lindloff, of Waco, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at St. David's North Austin Medical Center. A memorial service will be
1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 17, at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Robinson, with Pastor Cary Killough officiating and Pastor Steve Leftwich assisting. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery is pending.

Pauline was born June 4, 1925, in Corsicana, Texas, to Mont and Susie Wright. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She cherished times spent with her daughter and each one of her grandchildren. She knew how to laugh and have a good time and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, James Lindloff.

She is survived by one daughter, Peggy Hopkins and husband, Kenneth,of Burnet, TX; two sisters, Monta Wright of Corsicana and Dovie Gleghorn of Oklahoma; one brother, Henry Lee Wright, of Corsicana; two grandchildren, Johnny Curry, Jr. and Linda Daugherty; three great-grandchildren Joshua and Matthew Barnard, and Sarah Daugherty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hill Country Child Advocacy Center, PO Box 27, Burnet, TX 78611.

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey

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Billie Ruth (Cagle) Eaton
Mar 19, 1926 - Jan 10, 2013

Mrs. Billie Ruth Eaton, 86, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born March 19, 1926 in Blooming Grove to parents Mary and John Cagle.

She was a member of North Beaton Church of Christ. She retired after 44 years of service at Woolworth Department Store. Her most successful accomplishment was spending 65 years with the love of her life, Buddy Eaton. She loved the outdoors, and going to the races with Buddy. She loved animals and loved life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Jewel Moreau, Aileen Higgins, Sue Kessinger, Opal Hoffman, Vestal Harris, Lena Whiteside, and an infant girl, and also an infant brother.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, William E. “Buddy” Eaton; sister, Doris Christian, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Mr. Steve Orbison officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Thermon Lee Smothermon
Aug 17, 1928 - June 20, 1993

Thermon Lee Smothermon, 64, of Navarro Mills, died June 20, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Dresden Cemetery, with Terry Edwards officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Gerry Smothermon of Navarro Mills; two daughters, Cathy Chastain of Navarro Mills and Connie Edwards of Arlington; two brothers, Don Joshlan of California and Darrell Joshlan of Arkansas; and five grandchildren.

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Cuba Gerhine Herring
Dec 2, 1922 - June 23, 1993

Cuba G. Herring, 70, of Abilene, Texas, died June 23, 1993 in Abilene.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, in Dresden Cemetery. Mr. Tommie Herring will officiate. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Dec. 2, 1922 in Raleigh, Texas. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by one brother, Tommie Herring of Baytown; two sisters, Jackie Slagle of Dallas and Mary Sue Perigo of Baytown; one aunt, Mrs. Coy Leonard of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Ethel Floy Castellaw
June 9, 1898 - June 24, 1993

Floy Castellaw, 95, of Corsicana, died June 24, 1993, in Waco.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

She was born June 9, 1898, in Navarro County. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her sister, Exa Willine Jones of Waco; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be David Derryberry, John Wade Braly, Scott Bradley and Marshall Masingel.

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Robert George Carroll
Sep 11, 1909 - Jun 29, 1993

Robert G. Carroll, 83, of Corsicana, died June 29, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Rick Roberson officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Carroll, in 1965.

Survivors include one son, Charles Carroll of Emhouse; two brothers, C.C. Carroll of Corsicana and David Carroll of El Paso; one sister, Martha Barker of Seattle, Wash.; and two grandchildren, Patti Carroll and Emily Carroll, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Roy Harris Jr., Calvin Drain, Neiland Drain, E.B. Raley, Wayne Nelson and George Baechtle.

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Edith (Babb) DeLafosse
May 3, 1899 - July 9, 1993

Edith DeLafosse, 94, died July 9, 1993 in a Palestine hospital after a lengthy illness.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Dresden Cemetery near Corsicana with the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory in Palestine.

She was born May 3, 1899 in Dresden a daughter of William and Tillie Robinson Babb. She married Roy E. DeLafosse in 1934. They had lived in Anderson County since 1960, moving from Grapeland. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Palestine. She was preceded in death by her husband in February 1992.

Survivors include one son, Roy E. DeLafosse Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; one sister, Miss Tillie Babb of Berkeley, California; three grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive condolences from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Herrington/Land of Memory.

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