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Ward Alan Wilson
Apr 26, 1942 - Feb 20, 2013

Ward Alan Wilson went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. He was born April 26, 1942 in Corsicana to Kirby Walter Wilson and Dorothy Woodrow Wilson.

After graduating from Corsicana High School, Alan joined the United States Air Force. He was assigned to Sac Headquarters at Vanderburg, the Atlas Missile Program. He loved this time, as it gave him an opportunity to learn about computers and electronics, a love he carried throughout his life. For the last 23 years, he was the chief engineer at the Collin Street Bakery. He was an accomplished musician. He played piano, guitar, banjo, clarinet, drums, and any instrument he picked up.

After he left the Air Force, he played at the Peppermint Twist in Pismo Beach. He also loved photography, taking thousands of pictures over the years. His family was the joy of his life. At the age of 44, he received his private pilot’s license. He also loved adventure and was never happier than when he was in a tight spot. He married Randy L. Gorden in 1966, and she enjoyed going on adventures with him. He loved scuba diving, water skiing, hiking and exploring. He was so proud of his children.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Kirby and Dorothy Wilson; brother, Mike Wilson; and infant granddaughters, Molly and Jordan Wilson.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Randy Wilson; sons David Wilson and wife Aileen, Paul Wilson and wife JoLynn; granddaughter Cecily Stephen; and mother-in-law, Ruby Stewart. He had many friends who loved him. He will be sincerely missed.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
22, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Elkins officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakwood cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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Doris Anderson
abt 1930 - Apr 5, 2012

Doris Anderson, 81, of Fort Worth, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012, in Fort Worth. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2012, at Woodland Cemetery with the Rev. Timmy Betts officiating. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lamesa Denise Caro Wilson
abt 1968 - Apr 2, 2012

Lamesa Denise Caro Wilson, 43, of Dallas, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 at the Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas. Funeral services are
1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012 at First Baptist Church, located at 204 N. Walker St., Malakoff. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Anderson Sowels
abt 1922 - Mar 28, 2012

Anderson Sowels, 89, of Powell, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Taylor's Memorial Church Of God In Christ. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lucy Norris
Mar 16, 1901 - Aug 22, 1993

Lucy Norris, 72, of Corsicana, died Aug. 22, 1993 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. James Chaney officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include two nephews, Howard Thomas and Edgar Thomas; and four nieces, Aliene Thomas, Lillie Mae Tate, Neddie Mae McDonald and Mable Thomas.

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Ellis Grant
Mar 16, 1912 - Aug 25, 1993

Ellis Grant, 81, of Corsicana, died Aug. 25, 1993 at his residence.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Wilgo Baptist Church with the Rev. A. Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include one sister, Clara Ball Grant Day of Corsicana; one nephew and niece, James and Lois Riles of Corsicana; two great-nieces, Jacqueline Riles of Dallas and Twanna Riles Williams of Houston; three great-great-nephews, LaKeith Riles and LaKendrick Riles and Jasen Williams.

Pallbearers will be Waymond McHenry, Arthur Lee Carroll, James Riles and Joseph Johnson Sr.

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William Green Kirvin
abt 1907 - Aug 25, 1993

William Green Kirvin, 86, of Corsicana, died August 25, 1993 at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday in Woodland Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Kelley will officiate. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Lucille Kirvin of Corsicana; three sisters, Lurene Knowles of Dallas, Minnie Mason of Calif. and Bessie Jackson of Corsicana; one brother, Flint Roy Jackson of Philadelphia, Pa.; two grandchildren, Shirley Jones of Streetman and Marvin Jones of Dallas; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

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Marguerite (Scoggins) Murphey
Mar 12, 1919 - Aug 15, 1993

Marguerite Scoggins Murphey, 74, of Athens died Aug. 15, 1993 at East Teas Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Oaklawn Memorial Park with Father Neal Hern officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Foster and Brown Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Foster and Brown Funeral Home.

She was born March 12, 1919 in Corsicana, the daughter of Tom and Della Vandergriff Scoggins. She was a housewife.

Survivors include her husband, Leland Murphey of Athens; two sons and daughters-in-law, Pat and Judy Murphey of Round Rock and Michael and Camille Murphey of Garland; four grandchildren; and one sister, Tommie Watson of Athens.

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Era Fay (Turner) Payne
abt 1916 - Aug 11, 1993

Era Fay Turner Payne, 77, of Northpointe Parkway, died August 11, 1993 at Lakeland Health Care Center.

Services were held Friday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home with burial in Lakewood Cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, she had lived in Jackson, Miss. since 1980. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben F. Payne.

Survivors include one daughter, Bennie Payne Flesher of Fla.; one son, Charles F. Payne of Jackson; two sisters, Vindetta Estell of Corsicana and Marguerite Boyd of San Antonio; one brother, James C. Turner of Corsicana; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Lester M. Crocker
Sept 26, 1919 - July 27, 1993

Lester M. Crocker, 73, of Houston, died July 27, 1993, at St. John's Hospital of Clear Lake.

Visitation for friends and family was at Aldine Funeral Home. Graveside services, with the Rev. Otis Edwin Miller officiating, and burial was in National Memorial Cemetery of Houston, with full military funeral.

He was born Sept. 26, 1919, in Mount Pleasant, Texas, to Walter and Inez Crocker. He attended Kerens schools. He served in the U.S. Army from
1935 to 1967, retiring after 35 years. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans of America and was a Master Mason. During his military career, he obtained the rank of Sergeant Major, the highest rank offered for an enlisted solder. He was awarded the Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, two Campaign Ribbons with Bronze Star, the Korean National Defense Ribbon, the Korean Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Star, the United Nations Commendation, and two Presidential Citations (Korean and U.S.A. three times). He won five Major Battle Stars in Europe and was awarded the french Croix DeGeer (the hightet medal awarded by the French to a non-French citizen). He had been an employee of Brown & Root Security Service for the past 15 years. He served as communicatins officer before being promoted to Security Supervisor, a positon he held until his recent illness.

Survivors include his wife, Elona, of Houston; five sons and three daughters-in-law, Lester and Linda Crocker of Yelm, Wash., Charles and Lisa Crocker of Lebanon, Ore., John H. Crocker of Galveston, Gary and Donna Crocker of Houston, and Robert Crocker of Houston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debi L. Crocker of Houston; Jackie and Jim Hill of Yelm, Wash., and Cheryl Anne and Gene Runyon of Wildwood, Fla.; two brothers, Leroy Crocker of Corsicana, and Dan Crocker of Kerens; one sister, Donnie Griffin of New London, Texas; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 15 nieces, and eight nephews.

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Judy Jones-Reinhardt
abt 1950 - Aug 29, 1993

Judy Jones Reinhardt, 43, of Houston, died Aug. 29, 1993.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Settegast-Kopf Chapel, 3320 Kirby Drive, Houston. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum. Family visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday in the Settegast-Koph Drawing Room.

She was a graduate of Corsicana High School and earned her master's in instructional design from Florida State University and was working on her Ph.D. She was assistant professor of Respiratory Care at U.T. Health-Science Center in Houston.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick Reinhardt; one son, Jason Patrick Reinhardt; her parents, Fred and Nell Jones of Corsicana; one brother and sister-in-law, Freddy and Kay Jones of Corsicana; and many other relatives.

Memorials may be made to The Rose, Joan Gordon Center, 9121C Stella Link, Houston, Texas 77025 or to the Instructional Systems Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. 32306.

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Charles Edward Jordan
Apr 14, 1935 - Sept 6, 1993

Charles Edward "Charlie" Jordan, 58, of Nacogdoches, died Sept. 6, 1993, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard, with Rev. Janith Elbert officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

He was born April 14, 1935, in Bruni. He was raised in Hubbard and was a graduate of Hubbard High School. He had lived in Houston before moving to Nacogdoches four years ago. He was a sign department supervisor for the Texas Highway Department. He married Reba Box on July 22, 1978. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Reba Box Jordan of Nacogdoches; one son, Charles Jordan Jr. of Houston; one daughter, Glenda Starvaggi of Phoenix, Ariz.; one step-son, Charles Box of Houston; one step-daughter, Carol Box White of Magnolia; three brothers, Beauford Jordan of Katy, Bill Jordan of Waco and Tommy Jordan of Alvarado; two sisters, Dorothy Henson and Nita Quaid, both Houston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Eleanor Louise Tipton
July 12, 1910 - Sep 5, 1993

Eleanor Louise Tipton, 83, of Garland, died Sept. 5, 1993.

Graveside srvices were 1 p.m. Thursday in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.

She was born July 12, 1910, in Corsicana where she lived until she and her husband moved to Garland. Beginning in 1953 they divided their time between Garland and Anchorage, Alaska, where her husband and son owned Alaska's only mattress factory, Anchorage Bedding and Furniture. In Alaska she was a member of Anchorage Women's Club and the Alaska Presbyterian Church. In Garland she was actively involved with the Southside Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Parhum Preston Tipton.

Survivors include one son, Mel Tipton of Anchorage, Alaska; one daughter, Fern Marlow of Beaverton, Ore.; one niece, Mrs. Jack Hunter; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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Charlie Warren
Aug 12, 1915 - Sept 9, 1993

Charlie Warren, 78, of Frost, died Sept. 9, 1993, at his residence.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Frost Baptist Church, with Dale Rose officiating. Burial will be in the Richland Cemetery in Mertens under the directin of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He was a Past Master Mason of the Mertens Masonic Lodge and for many years he owned and operated Warren Brothers Comstructin Company in Frost.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Warren of Frost; two sons, Charles Warren of Frost and Ronny Warren of Boardman, Ore.; two daughters, Nita Doherty of Ennis and Karen Henkel of Duncanville; one brother, R.J.
Warren of Elmo; three sisters, Jennie Carroll and Geneva Mitchell, both of Fort Wroth, and Maggie Lou Hyles of Italy; and 10 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Joe Parum, Wayne Blue, Kenneth Hastins, L.O. Bearden, Malvin Leggett and Earl Gene Moore.

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Elvin Gray
July 30, 1907 - Feb 26, 1993

Elvin Gray, 85, of Corsicana, died Feb. 26, 1993 at the Ennis Care Center in Ennis.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. J. West officiating. Burial will be in the Elm Flat Cemetery under the direction of the Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include Gennetta Gray of Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers are Tilman Brown, Tracy James, Bob Springfield, Benjamin Thomas, Curtis Sparks and O.D. Harper.

Honorary pallbearers are Macio Yarbrough, Larry Yarbrough, Al Swift, Frank Watson and Odell Brown.

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Stanley W. Williams Jr.
abt Feb 1993 - June 11, 1993

Stanley Wayne Williams Jr., four months, of Kerens, died June 11, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include his mother, Sabrina Jones of Kerens; his father, Stanley Williams of Kerens; one sister, Jasmine M. Jones of Kerens; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. David Williams Sr.; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Clod Jr. and Mrs. Emma Lawrence and Mrs. Annie Lou Jones; 13 aunts; and 15 uncles.

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Joseph Hall
abt 1941 - July 31, 1993

Joseph Hall, 52, of Powell, the Elm Flat community, died July 31, 1993.

Funeral services will be 1;30 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Elm Flat. The Rev. Jason West will officiate. Burial will be in Elm Flat Cemetery. Quite hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Ruby Beatrice Hall; one son, Joseph Hall Jr.; his mother, Henrietta Hall of Powell; his father, Burl Hall of Powell; one sister, Kattie N. Bryant of Powell; four brothers, Thurman Hall of Frankston, James Hall and Jerry Hall, both of Corsicana, and Burl Hall Jr. of Dallas.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

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David Williams
July 13, 1910 - Aug 13, 1993

David Williams, 83, of Elm Flat Community in Powell, died August 13, 1993.

Funeral services wisll be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Elm Flat with Pastor Steve Dunn officiating. Burial will be in Elm Flat Cemetery.

He was a cemetery sexton for many years and a ranch hand on the Wheelock Ranch. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was an usher for many years.

He is survived by his wife Valrie Lawrence Williams of Powell; four daughters, Myrtle Minner of Flayada, Texas, Angelia Washington, Valarie Williams and Kaynecia Williams, all of Kerens; three sons, David Williams Jr., Clemmie Williams and Stanley Williams, all of Powell; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one sister, Mattie Nash of Dallas; three step-children, Ruthie Lincoln and Jimmie Lawrence, both of Powell, and Billy Lawrence of Houston; a host of nieces, including Julia Duncan of Grand Prairie, and nephews and other relatives.

Friends of the family will act as pallbearers.

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Ardell Hall
April 1943 - Apr 1, 2012

Ardell Hall, 68, of Kerens, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Kindred Hospital Southwest in Fort Worth. Funeral services are 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Kerens.
Interment will follow at the Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Vernell Coleman
abt 1920 - Aug 27, 1993

Mr. Vernell Coleman, 73, of Dallas, died August 27, 1993 at the V.A.
Medical Center in Dallas.

Funeral service are scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with the Rev. Terry Russell officiating. Burial will be in elm Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beatrice Coleman.

Survivors include one son, Vernell Coleman Jr. of Dallas; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lois Williams and Lorine Houston, both of Dallas and Velma Robinson of Powell; and one brother Larcell Coleman of Ft. Worth.

Pallbearers will be Ronny Williams, Ricky Williams, Michael Coleman, Dwight Coleman, Fred Coleman and Gaylon Coleman.

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Garfield Delaney Webster
Jan 02, 1881 - Aug 30, 1974

G. Webster

KERENS—Funeral services are pending at the Paschal Funeral Home for Garfield Webster, 93, resident of Kerens, who died Friday at the Maywood Manor Rest Home in Kerens. He was a member of the Methodist Church and employe of the Kerens Cotton Mills.

Burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Stoner Baker of Kerens. Mrs. Edna Davis of Corsicana, Mrs. Margaret Gould of Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. Judy Armstrong of Houston; a son, John D. Webster of Houston; a sister, Mrs. H. H. Cherry of Dallas; and a number of grandchildren.

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G. Webster

KERENS-Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Garfield Webster, 93, resident of Kerens, who died Friday at the Maywood Manor Rest Home in Kerens.

He was a retired employe of the former Kerens Cotton Mill.

Burial will be at the Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, a son, John Webster of Snider; a sister, and a number of grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, Sep 1, 1974
  • h/o Gertrude E. “Gertie” (Tucker) Webster s/o Capt. John Thomas “JT” Webster and Mary A. “Mellie” (Delaney) Webster
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Doris Catina (Anderson) Westbrook
Aug 20, 1889 - Dec 2, 1974

Mrs. Westbrook

KERENS - Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kerens City Cemetery for Mrs. Doris Westbrook, 85, resident of Kerens, who died Monday in Kerens.

Rev. Eugene Wood, Corsicana Westminister Presbyterian Church pastor, will officiate. Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

She was a member of the Kerens Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Luther Westbrook of Kerens; two sons, Jack Westbrook of Dallas and Luther Joe Westbrook of Bryan, a daughter, Mrs. Robert C. Smith of Fort Worth; and six grandchildren.

The family requests that remembrances be in the form of donations to the Heart Fund.

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Lela (Yarbrough) Westbrook
Oct 31, 1882 - June 11, 1952

Mrs. Westbrook Rites Thursday

KERENS, June 12.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Lela Westbrook, 69, died in the P. and S. Hospital, Corsicana, Wednesday afternoon following an illness of three weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday from the First Baptist Church here. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. O. Davis, pastor, and Rev. R. C. Linder, pastor of the Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are three sons, T. P. Westbrook, Monahans; Robert Westbrook, Dallas, and Sidney Westbrook, Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Lee, Fort Worth; three sisters, Mrs. Mittie Bond and Mrs. A. H. Holloway, both of Kerens, and Mrs. R. E. Walker, Waco; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Eldredge Kyser, W. S. Price, Jr., Fay Redford, Ama Bain, Tillman Reed and E. K. Howell.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Mary Catherine (Ellett) Wright
Oct 25, 1882 - May 8, 1957

Powell Resident Dies At Athens

Mrs. E. R. Wright, 74, of Powell died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. N. Eaton, in Athens Wednesday night following a several months illness.

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

The rites were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Evenson, pastor of the First Baptist church of Powell, and Rev. T. L. Slimp, Athens Baptist minister.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. Wright had resided in Powell 50 years.

Surviving are her husband of Powell; three daughters, Mrs. Eaton, Athens; Mrs. Ruby Howell, Dallas, and Mrs. W. W. Farmer, Rogers; four grandchildren, three brothers, J. B. Ellett, Dallas; Fred Ellett, Powell; J. I. Ellett, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Luther Wright, Willow Okla.; Mrs. John Carr, Corsicana, and Mrs. Mabel Wilkinson, Freeport, and other relatives.

Inmon will direct.

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Raymond Edward Wylie
Sep 4, 1906 - July 20, 1970

Wylie Service Held Today

Funeral services were held today at 4 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Raymond Edward Wylie, 63, who died Monday in Memorial Hospital. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Charles Pringle with interment in Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of Corsicana; one son Charles Wylie of Grapevine; two daughters Betty Wilson of Corsicana and Delores Mitchell of Hurst; two brothers Aubry Wylie of Roane and Virgil Wylie of Irving; three sisters Lola Smith and Neoma Granger of Corsicana and Aline Thompson of Odessa; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Melvin Jordan, Leon Jordan, Bobby Mayo, Troy Fuller, Larry Mitchell, and Kenneth Milen.

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Ida (Head) Yarbrough
Feb 23, 1856 - June 10, 1948

MRS. IDA YARBROUGH FUNERAL SERVICE AT KERENS SATURDAY

KERENS, June 11—(Spl.)—Mrs. Ida Yarbrough, 92 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. P. Westbrook, here Thursday at p.m. after a short illness.

Mrs. Yarbrough was the widow of the late J. T. Yarbrough, and had lived in Kerens for 60 years.

Funeral service will be held at the First Baptist church, of which she was the last charter member. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Dr. Elmer Page, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at Kerens cemetery, under the direction of the Stockton Funeral Home.

Mrs. Yarbrough is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Westbrook, Mrs. Mittie Bond, Mrs. A. H. Holloway, all of Kerens; and Mrs. Roy E. Walker, Waco; two brothers, Jimmy Head and Orin Head, both of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. J. Y. Roberts, Corsicana; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Jett T. Yarbrough
Jul 26, 1854 - Aug 24, 1928

PIONEER RESIDENT AND FORMER MAYOR OF KERENS DIES

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. T. YARBROUGH WILL BE HELD SUNDAY

KERENS, Aug. 25.—(Spl.)—J. T. Yarbrough, 74, died at his home here Friday night at 9:20 and funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist church at 4:30 by Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor, assisted by Rev. Paul W. Evans, pastor of the Methodist church, and Rev. Joe N. Everhart, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Kerens cemetery.

Mr. Yarbrough is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mrs. R. P. Westbrook, Kerens; Mrs. A. H. Holloway, Kerens; Mrs. M. T. Bond, Kerens; Mrs. Roy Walker, Corsicana, and a son, Louie Yarbrough, Coleman. Thirteen grandchildren also survive.

He was one of the pioneer citizens of Kerens and one of the most highly honored citizens in this section of the county.

He was born in Pike county, Ala in 1856 and was married to Miss Ida Head, September 30, 1877, coming to Texas in 1887 settling in Kerens, where he engaged in farming, later engaging in the blacksmith trade. He followed the blacksmith trade until the advent of automobiles and then he opened a garage. It is said that he sold the first gasoline ever sold in Kerens for automobile consumption.

Mr. Yarbrough served as mayor of Kerens 15 years, retiring in 1926 after refusing to submit his name for re-election.

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Birdie (Owen) Whorton
May 26, 1883 - Jun 2, 1956

Kerens Services For Mrs. Whorton

KERENS, June 4—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Birdie Owen Whorton, 73, life-long resident of this community, were held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Inmon Chapel. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Frank Gillham, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Mrs. Whorton, the widow of the late J. L. Whorton, died at her home here Saturday afternoon following a several months illness.

Surviving are two sons, T. L. and J. L. Whorton, Jr., both of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Virgil Walker, Trinidad, Colo., and Mrs. Glen Wideman, Abilene; a brother, Clete Owen, Kerens; two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Walker, Kerens, and Mrs. Lula Sears, Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dwayne Crawford, Robert A. Bain, Jim Bob Ivey, Jack Walker, Bob Walker, Louis Owen Walker, R. E. Logan and Carmen Sims.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 4, 1956
  • w/o James Luther Whorton, Sr. married Oct. 9, 1900; d/o Jefferson D. “Jeff” Owen and Pantha K. “Panthy” K. (Gilbert) Owen
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James Luther Whorton, Sr.
Sep 13, 1872 - Feb 25, 1946

FUNERAL RITES FOR J. L. WHORTON ARE PLANNED WEDNESDAY

J. L. Whorton, aged 73, years, long-time resident of Kerens and prominent land-owner in East Navarro county, died Monday afternoon following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held from the family home in Kerens Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Birdie Owen Whorton, Kerens; two sons, Tennyson Whorton, and J. L. Whorton, Jr., both of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Glen Wideman, Abilene, and Mrs. Virgil Walker, Trinidad, Colo.; two grandchildren and other relatives. Stockton Funeral Home directed.

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Almyra (Burkhalter) Williamson
Feb 1, 1881 - Feb 27, 1973

Mrs. Williamson

KERENS - Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Paschal Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Myra A. Williamson, 92, Dallas, former long-time Kerens resident who did Monday in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The Rev. Glenn Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery.

A native of Louisiana, Mrs. Williamson moved from here to Dallas in 1955. She was a Methodist.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Mrs. Henry Benner, Jr. of Dallas; and one granddaughter, Mrs. Myra Jean Archer, also of Dallas.

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Isaac Bartlett Williams
May 30, 1879 - Sep 23, 1965

Hold Services I. D. Williams

Funeral services for I. D. Williams, 86, retired teacher, who died at his home, 2018 West Fifth avenue Thursday, were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by G. H. Holton, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, of which he was a member. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery.

Native of Fayetteville, Ark., he had resided in Corsicana 14 years. He was a former school superintendent of Montague county.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Glenn Williams, Amarillo; a daughter, Mrs. Gladys Burnett, Fort Worth; a grandson, Lynn Williams, Amarillo; a brother, E. B. Williams, Terral, Okla.; three sisters, Mrs. Bruce Bell, St. Elmo, Ill.; Mrs. Effie Morrison, Ryan, Okla., and Mrs. Ben Blanton, Harlingen, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Paul H. Miller, Johnny Thompson, W. B. George, George Robertson, C. F. Dominy, Tom Murphy and Dr. James Curington.

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Daisy (Owen) Walker
Nov 22, 1878 - Jul 25, 1961

Mrs. Walker, 82, Dies Tuesday

KERENS, July 26 (Spl.)—Mrs. Daisy Owen Walker, 82, lifelong resident of Kerens died Tuesday night in Navarro Clinic in Corsicana.

She was married on Jan. 26, 1899 to the late James B. Walker and they were engaged in a drug store business many years. She was a member of the First Baptist church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist church with the pastor, Rev. Bill Foster, officiating. Burial will be in Kerens Cemetery. Inmon Funeral Service will direct.

She is survived by four sons, James C. Walker, Houston; Jack Walker, Port Arthur; Rob Walker, Lubbock, and Lewis Owen Walker, Beaumont; three daughters, Mrs. B. I. Sims, Dallas; Mrs. R. E. Logan, Houston, and Mrs. F. J. Fleck, Charleston, West Virginia; one brother, Clete Owen, Kerens; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ben R. Cherry, Allen Benton, Gene Brown, James L. Wharton, Graham Williford, R. C. Huwett, R. H. Hilliard and Wayne Crawford.

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James C. Walker, Sr.
Mar. 13, 1873 - Jan. 13, 1955

Kerens Resident Dies Thursday

KERENS, Jan. 13—(Spl.)—J. C. Walker, 81, native of Monticello, Fla., druggist, farmer and civic leader, died a the family home early Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Inmon Funeral Chapel.

Born March, 13, 1873, he came to Navarro county in 1890.

Walker was employed by the late J. W. Morrow in a drug store which he later purchased and operated in the same location for 54 years. He was a pharmacist, optometrist, watchmaker and farmer. He retired from the drug business in 1946 but maintained a downtown office for watch repairing and glasses until a car accident in 1953.

He was one of the organizers and first president of the Kerens National Bank, served on the school board and city council, was a Methodist and a member of Kerens Relief Lodge No. 236, A.F. and A. M.

Surviving are his wife, Miss Daisy Owen, to whom he was married, Jan. 26, 1899, Kerens; seven children, James C. Walker, Jr., Houston; Jack Walker, Port Arthur; Mrs. C. I. Simms, Dallas; Robert J. Walker, Lubbock; Mrs. R. E. Logan, Houston; Lewis O. Walker, Beaumont; and Mrs. F. J. Flecks, South Charleston, W. Va.; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” (Jones) Walker
Feb 11, 1865 - Nov 30, 1928

Kerens Woman Was Buried Sunday; Had Resided There Long

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family home in Kerens for the remains of Mrs. Joe Walker, aged about sixty years, who died following a lingering illness at 2:30 o’clock Friday morning, with interment in the Kerens cemetery. A large crowd of friends were present for the services. She had resided in the Kerens community practically all of her life.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, Roy Walker, Corsicana, Ren Walker, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. M. Queen, Corpus Christi; and Mrs. William Towns, Corsicana and numerous other relatives.

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John Joseph “Joe” Walker
Aug 5, 1862 - Jun 29, 1931

KERENS FIRE CHIEF DROPPED DEAD AFTER FIRE EXTINGUISHED

KERENS, June 29.—(Spl.)—J. J. Walker, 69, chief of the Kerens fire department dropped dead here about 3 a.m. Monday following the extinguishing of a fire which destroyed two filling stations and a garage. He was taken to the home of his son, R. P. Walker.

Mr. Walker has been a resident of Kerens all of life and had served 20 years as city marshal and two years as mayor of the city.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon with interment in the Kerens cemetery. Rev. Joe N. Everheart will officiate.

Surviving are two sons, Roy Walker, Corsicana; R. P. Walker, Kerens, and two daughters, Mrs. M. Queen, Corpus Christi; and W. M. Towns, Corsicana.

The fire, which had just been extinguished when Chief Walker dropped dead supposedly from a heart attack, consumed the garage and filling station of Elman Howell and the filling station operated by L. C. Mabry. The orgin of the fire is unknown. No insurance was carried by Howell or Mabry but the buildings which were owned by Garfield Webster, were partially covered by insurance.

The loss was estimated at $15,000.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. J. WALKER IN KERENS TODAY

CHIEF KERENS FIRE DEPARTMENT VICTIM HEART ATTACK MONDAY

Funeral services for J. J. Walker, 69, chief of the Kerens fire department, who dropped dead as the result of a heart attack Monday morning while fighting a fire, were held Tuesday afternoon, with burial in the Kerens cemetery, the Rev. Joe Everheart conducting the service.

The large concourse of friends attending the funeral and the many beautiful floral offerings attested in some degree the high regard in which Mr. Walker was held by those who knew him. A large number of Corsicana citizens were present for the last rites of this popular and well liked man.

A native of Kerens he had held many offices of trust and responsibility. For two years he had served his community as mayor, for 20 years he was city marshal and when death struck it found him at his post of duty as fire chief combating a serious conflagration.

His sudden passing caused sincere sorrow in the hearts of all who had the pleasure and good fortune of knowing him. He was a most likeable character and numbered his friends by the hundreds.

Kerens has lost a valuable and loyal citizen.

His children have lost a loving and kind father.

And many have lost a true and sincere friend.

All join in expressing sympathy to the bereaved family and to the sorrowing community where he was best known and where he spent most of his life.

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Roy Elton Walker, Sr.
Dec 6, 1885 - May 25, 1959

Roy E. Walker Dies Sunday in Corpus Christi

Roy E. Walker, 74, native of Kerens, Cotton Belt System employe 51 years, of Waco, died in Corpus Christi Sunday night while on a vacation trip.

Funeral services will be held at the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens Wednesday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Vorhes, Corpus Christi; a son, Roy E. Walker, Jr., Lubbock; two sisters, Mrs. J. A. Roe, Corsicana, and Mrs. M. Queen, Corpus Christi; a brother, R. P. Walker, Kerens, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 25, 1959
  • h/o Jennie Louise (Yarbrough) Walker s/o John Joseph “Joe” Walker and Martha Elizabeth “Mattie” (Jones) Walker
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Roy Elton Walker, Jr.
Oct 30, 1909 - Jun 26, 1963

Roy Walker, Jr. Rites Friday

KERENS, June 28 (Spl.)—Funeral services for Roy E. Walker, Jr., 53, former Corsicana and Waco resident, were held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel here Friday at 3 p.m. The rites were conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

Walker died Tuesday afternoon of a heart attack at his home in Lubbock.

Native of Kerens, he moved from Corsicana to Waco in 1931, and was a member of the Waco police department in the 1930’s. He had resided in Lubbock for about 15 years.

He was a Baptist and Mason.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. R. E. Walker, Sr., Waco; a sister, Mrs. Joe J. Vorhes, Corpus Christi; two aunts, Mrs. J. A. Roe, Corsicana, and Mrs. M. Queen, Corpus Christi; and an uncle, R. P. Walker, Kerens.

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Lillie Belle (Speed) Lindsey
Nov 18, 1872 - May 2, 1954

Mrs. Lindsey Dies At Bryan Friday; Rites At Kerens

KERENS, May 3.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Lindsey, 81, who died Friday at the home of here daughter, Mrs. George Ross in Bryan following a stroke will be held Monday at 4 p.m. from the First Baptist church with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Milton O. Davis, pastor.

A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Lindsey came to Texas when a small child with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Speed and settled in the Black Hills community. She had been a resident of Kerens most of her life.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ross and Mrs. Henry Sheppard, Brownwood; five sisters, Mrs. W. D. Arnett, Mrs. J. C. Spurger, Mrs. W. L. Bain, Sr., all of Kerens; Mrs. John Hayes, Cameron; Mrs. E. Bain, Rockport; four brothers, Josh, Charles and E. B. Speed all of Kerens; Rev. John Speed, Riverside, Calif.; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be George A. Spurger, Houston; Jack Bain, Tyler; George and Joe Arnett, W. P. Bain, all of Kerens, nephews; and Earl Seale, Kerens.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

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Lonnie Edward Trent
Mar 7, 1889 - Mar 4, 1972

L. E. Trent

KERENS—Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Lonnie Edward Trent, 82, of Kerens who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Baptist faith. He was a local farmer of Kerens, and a veteran of World War I. Bro Charles Pengle and Rev. E. E. Sipes will officiate. Burial will be in Kerens City Cemetery.

He is survived by four brothers; H. H. Trent of Kerens, Eddie Trent of Memphis, Tex., Joe Trent of Kerens, and John B. Trent of Athens, Tex. and two sisters; Mrs. Myrtle Davis of Dallas and Mrs. Willie Wallace of Martinsville, Tex.

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Robert Rufus Tyner
Dec 13, 1870 - Feb 1, 1949

R. F. TYNER DIES AT KERENS HOME; RITES THURSDAY

KERENS, Feb. 2.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Robert Rufus Tyner, 78, a resident of Texas for 54 years, will be held here at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Stockton Funeral Home.

Tyner, who had been in ill health for several years, died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home here.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Maggart B. Howell of Waco, assisted by the Rev. Milton O. Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kerens.

Tyner moved to Texas in 1894, coming from his native Tallahasse, Ala., home. He was married in 1895 to Miss Alice Tiner.

Survivors include his widow; four sons, Rufus T. of Concord, Calif., Fred of Roswell, N. M., Eugene of Mildred and T. O. of Jal, N.M.; a daughter, Mrs. Leon Tramel of Kerens; a half-brother, Sam Moncrief of Aston, Ala., and four grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

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Alice (Tyner) Tyner
Oct 1876 - Nov 14, 1956

Mrs. Alice Tyner Expires At Tyler

Mrs. Alice Tyner, 80, former Kerens resident, died Wednesday night in a Tyler hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist church in Kerens with burial in Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Gerald Marsh of Hillsboro, formerly of Mildred.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Leon Tramel of Corsicana; three sons, Rufus Tyner of Concord, Calif., Fred Tyner of Roswell, N. M., and Gene Tyner of Corsicana and Albert Tyner of Palmer; one sister, Mrs. Mary Nichols of Haslett, and five grandchildren.

Corley will direct.

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Friday Services For Mrs. Tyner

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Tyner, 80, who died in a Tyler hospital Wednesday night, were held from the First Baptist church in Kerens Friday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Gerald Marsh, Hillsboro, former pastor of the Mildred Baptist church.

Mrs. Tyner formerly resided at Kerens.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Leon Tramel, Corsicana; three sons, Rufus Tyner, Concord, Calif.; Fred Tyner, Roswell, N. M., and Gene Tyner, Mildred; two brothers, Sol Tyner, Corsicana and Albert Tyner, Palmer; a sister, Mrs. Mary Nickols, Haslett; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Norris Hardgraves, Roy Jones, David Burnet, Dale Rash, Mid Tyner, Chester Tramel, Bunk Goines and Joe Baker.

Corley directed.

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Mid Dean Tyner
Mar 28, 1905 - May 30, 1975

Mid Dean Tyner

KERENS—Funeral services were held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Church of Christ here for Mid Dean Tyner, 70, retired Van grocer who died Friday in Van after a long illness. Dean Brookshire, Church of Christ minister, officiated. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery under the direction of Hillards Funeral Home in Van.

Formerly of Kerens, he had lived in Van for 12 years.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Doris Tyner, Van; two sons, Harold and James Tyner, both of Van; one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Jenkins of Van; two brothers; Chris and Jess Tyner both of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Lettie Watt of Midland; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Leonard Coleman Thompson
May 7, 1877 - Dec 6, 1951

L. C. Thompson Dies At Kerens

KERENS, Dec. 7—(Spl.)—L. C. Thompson, 74, farmer, died at his home here Thursday night following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held from the Church of Christ church at 3 p.m. Friday with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by ill Gibson, minister.

Thompson had resided here 27 years.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; two sons, Nello and Pate Thompson, both of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Belle Harris, Angleton, and Mrs. Harjoria Frost, Dallas; a brother, Will Thompson, Alabama, and six grandchildren.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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Lea Opal (Price) Thompson
Feb 10, 1911 - Jan 01, 1970

Mrs. Thompson Rites Saturday

KERENS (Sp)—Funeral services are scheduled Saturday
for Mrs. Nello H. Thompson, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana where she had been about two weeks. She was 58 years old and had resided in Kerens for the past 25 years.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Church of Christ in Kerens where she was a member. Willie Hamblen will officiate and interment is to be in Kerens City Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens; a son, Billy Wayne Thompson of Pasadena; two grandchildren; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Price of Kerens; three brothers, Enos C. Price of Athens, Henry Price of Corsicana and Kenneth Price of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Laura Ware of Houston, Mrs. Willie Dean West of Kerens and Mrs. Ida Mae Gunn of Abilene.

Pallbearers will be J. W. Moore, Cliff Curington, T. E. Layfield, Jim Green, Johnny Thompson and Dr. James Curington.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, January 2, 1970
Submitted by Diane Richards

Thompson Rites

KERENS (Sp)—Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Kerens for Mrs. Nello H. Thompson, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, one son, two grandchildren, her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

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Luke John Thornton
June 6, 1862 - May 30, 1947

KERENS SERVICES FOR LUKE THORNTON SUNDAY AFTERNOON

KERENS, May 31.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Luke Thornton, 85, retired farmer and resident of the Kerens community since 1904, who died Friday afternoon, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Stockton Funeral Home with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The Rev. G. W. Weatherby, minister of the Church of Christ at Garland, will conduct the services.

A native of Arkansas, he moved to Troup as a child. He married Miss Sallie Etheridge April 22, 1886. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sallie Thornton, Kerens; three daughters, Mrs. Lacy Bell, Los Angeles; Miss Ruby Thornton, Mrs. W. C. Curington, Kerens; a son, Doris Thornton, Kerens; a grandson, Luke M. Thornton, Kerens; four granddaughters, Mrs. A. L. Korsneyer, and Mrs. Aubrey Hughes, both of Los Angeles; Mrs. Rex Tanner, El Paso; Miss Anna Jo Thornton, Dallas; two great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 31, 1947
  • h/o Sarah Ellen “Sallie” (Etheridge) Thornton married Apr. 22, 1886 s/o John Alexander Thornton and Margaret Adeline (King) Thornton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Sarah Ellen “Sallie” (Etheridge) Thornton
Jun 16, 1867 - May 13, 1957

Mrs. Thornton Dies At Kerens, Rites Wednesday

KERENS, May 14—(Spl)—Mrs. L. J. (Ma) Thornton, 89, died at the family home here Monday night following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Chapel Wednesday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Ned Cox, minister of the local Church of Christ church.

Mrs. Thornton was a native of Arkansas and had resided here 49 years. She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are a son, J. D. Thornton, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. W. C. Curington, Kerens, and Miss Ruby Thornton, county superintendent’s office, Corsicana; two brothers, B. B. Etheridge, Troup, and Early Etheridge, Conway, Ark.; four sisters, Mrs. Barbara Higgs, San Angelo; Mrs. Ethel Lee, Denton; Mrs. F. H. Childers, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Gib Castleberry, Little Rock, Ark.; five grandchildren, Mrs. O. L. Korsmeyer and Mrs. Grant Eggleston, both of Los Angeles; Mrs. Rex Tanner, Lancaster; Mrs. Phil Reagan, Dallas, and Luke M. Thornton, coach at Wilmer-Hutchins High School; six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Charles Reese, M. Stevenson, Marvin Seabolt, Tom Layfield, Wade Johnson and Jim Curington.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 14, 1957
  • w/o Luke John Thornton married Apr. 22, 1886 d/o Nathaniel B. Etheridge and Virginia Ellen (Hurst) Thornton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lottie Viva (McKinney) Thornton
Jan 17, 1893 - Nov 17, 1972

Mrs. Thornton

KERENS—Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens for Mrs. Lottie Thornton, 77, of Kerens, who died Friday in Kerens.

Adair Chapman, Dallas Church of Christ minister, and Cato Sherrer, Kerens Church of Christ minister, will officiate, and burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ellen Tanner of Kerens and Mrs. Jo Reagan of Dallas; a son, Luke Thornton of Palestine; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Beulah Key of Beaumont and Bertha Bond of Corsicana; and two sisters-in-law, Ruby Thornton of Corsicana and Opal Curington of Kerens.

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Lillie (Moncrief) Towns
Apr 23, 1877 - Feb 21, 1954

Monday Services For Mrs. Towns

Mrs. Lillie Moncrief Towns, 76, long-time Navarro county resident, died at her home in the Hester community Sunday afternoon. She was the widow of the late J. B. Towns, Powell merchant and farmer. She had resided at Hester for 14 years.

Funeral services were held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, pastor of the Roane Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons, J. B. Towns and R. A. Towns, both of the Hester community; a daughter Mrs. Lela Wikstrom, Long Beach, Calif.; a granddaughter and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Reuben Tucker, Wesley Edens, Jr.; LeRoy McAfee, Guy Woods, Lee Holsey, Dr. W. K. Logsdon, Barry Holsey, Clarence Walker and Loyd Chambliss.

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Mary Elizabeth (Applewhite) Talley
Jul 29, 1855 - Jul 7, 1946

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR AGED KERENS RESIDENT SLATED

KERENS, Texas, July 8—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. W. D. Talley, aged 91 years, who died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E. L. McCluney, will be held Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the McCluney home. Rev. C. E. Wilkins of Lufkin will conduct the rites.

Mrs. Talley was born in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, July 29, 1856, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lee Applewhite. At the age of 18 years, she was married to the late William Dudley Talley and they moved to the family home near here. She has resided in and near Kerens for 73 years.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. McCluney and Mrs. J. C. Blair, both of Kerens; and Mrs. Edith Sherrill, Georgetown; two sons, W. B. and Andrew Talley, both of Kerens; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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William Bronze Talley
Jul 4, 1880 - Feb 8, 1958

Kerens Resident Services Monday

KERENS, Feb. 10—(Spl.)—W. B. Talley, 77, retired farmer, resident of this vicinity most of his life, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday night following extended illness.

He was an active member of the First Methodist church and a member of the board of stewards.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor, and Rev. Maggart B. Howell, Waxahachie district Methodist Superintendent, formerly pastor of the local church.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. A. M. Barnes, Jr., Athens; two granddaughters, Betty Lain and Barbara Lynn Barnes, both of Athens; a brother, Andrew Talley, Kerens; three sisters, Mrs. E. L. McCluney and Mrs. J. C. Blair, both of Kerens, and Mrs. Edith Sherrill, Georgetown, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dare Mabry, Earl McClung, Joe M. Daniel, August Hill, Milton Johnston, T. Reed, W. C. Wasson, Elvie Gray, M. J. Crawford and Wayne Kittley, Honorary pallbearers were members of the board of stewards of the First Methodist church.

Inmon directed.

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Iva (Moore) Talley
Jan 11, 1890 - Jul 26, 1962

Hold Services For Mrs. Talley

KERENS, July 27 (Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Iva Talley, 73, who died in Athens Thursday following an extended illness, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Inmon Chapel with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Gordon Alexander, pastor of the First Methodist church in Athens, and Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church here.

A native of Chatfield, Mrs. Talley, the widow of the late W. B. Talley of Kerens, who died in February, 1958, had made her home with her only child, Mrs. A. M. Barnes, Jr. in Athens, the past four years.

Surviving are her daughter of Athens; three granddaughters, Betty Lain, Barbara Lynn and Beverley Barnes all of Athens; and a cousin, Dale Mabry, Kerens.

Pallbearers were Jerry C. Townley, H. M. Aaron, Jack Vance, C. M. Foreman, W. T.Bonner and M. K. Miller, Jr.

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Chesson T. “Tark” Tarkington
May 5, 1912 - May 21, 1961

Retired Barber Expires Sunday

C. T. (Tark) Tarkington, 77, retired barber, native of Navarro county, died early Sunday morning at the Hilliard Home on West Seventh avenue.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church in Kerens.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Clara Banks, Kerens, and Mrs. S. D. Patterson, Los Angeles; three brothers, L. T. Tarkington and D. T. Tarkington, both of Temple, Okla., and Dewey Tarkington, Antlers, Okla; a niece, Mrs. Josh Duncan, Kerens, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Raymond Goldman, Roy Stewart, Tommy Burkholder, O. D. Grimes, Andrew Y. Gilcrease and Bud Breedlove.

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Larry Tekell
B&D Jul. 30, 1948

Rites For Infant Planned Saturday

Larry Tekell, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Bob Tekell of Kerens, died Friday afternoon at the P. and S. Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at the Kerens cemetery Saturday afternoon, at 6:30 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Cletus Pippin. Stockton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are the parents; a sister, Melinda Tekell; and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Tekell and Mr. and Mrs. C. I. Coates.

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Mamie Quinn Head
Jul 4, 1915 - Aug 23, 1920

KERENS NEWS.
(Kerens Trubune.)

Died Monday.

Mamie Quin, the little five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Head, died Monday night after a lingering illness. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon from the family residence, services being conducted by Rev. B. F. Ellis and Rev. W. A. Korkern, interment in the Kerens cemetery.

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Neita Clyde (Yarbrough) Ross
Jan 2, 1887 - Dec 6, 1921

DIED IN BRYAN YESTERDAY.

Remains Interred at Kerens This Morning.

Mrs. Neita Ross, wife of Geo. Ross, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Yarborough of Kerens, died at Bryan Tuesday night, and the remains reached here yesterday afternoon and were taken to Kerens last night where interment took place today. The deceased is survived by her husband and two children. She was a niece of Mrs. J. Y Roberts of Corsicana, and Mr. and Mrs. Roberts and Suttle Roberts attended the funeral.

The deceased was a sister of Mrs. Roy Walker of Corsicana.

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John Oscar Waters
Jan 26, 1875 - Apr 5, 1921

Died at Eureka.

John Waters, a well known farmer of the Eureka community, aged 44 years, died at his home Wednesday, and the remains were interred at Kerens Thursday. The deceased is survived by his wife and four children and numerous other relatives in this county.

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Elizabeth (Davenport) Mintz
Jan 29, 1834 - Apr 25, 1921

KERENS NEWS.

(The Kerens Tribune.)

Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Mintz.

Mrs. Elizabeth Davenport Mintz died here Monday, April 25, 1921. The Funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 1:30. Services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Corkern, interment being in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Mintz, whose maiden was Davenport, was born near Edgefield, S. C., on Jan. 19, 1934, and was 87 years and 3 months old at the time of her demise. She moved to Greenville, Ala., when a child. Here in young womanhood she was married to Mr. Williams, and after his death she married Mr. Mintz. To the latter union were born two sons, both of whom survive their mother, one now living in Kerens and the other near Vernon, Texas. Mrs. Mintz moved to Texas in 1890. She united with the Baptist church many years ago, and was a member of the Summerfield church at the time of her death.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 2, 1921
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Williams 2nd husband Mintz (Thomas Pinkney Mintz died 1957, Jacksonville, Tx. and F. Claude Mintz, died 1951 in Vernon, Tx. sons---sometimes spelled Mints)

Mary Alma (Norris) Watson
Jan 8, 1866 - Nov 1, 1922

WILL BE BURIED IN KERENS.

Funeral of Late Mrs. Watson Will Be 10 a.m. Tomorrow.

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Watson, wife of Dr. T. W. Watson, will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock from the First Presbyterian church here, Rev. C. H. Storey officiating, and interment will be at Kerens at 12:30. The following will act as pallbearers:

Active—B. F. Hartzell, W. G. Baker, William Clarkson, Sr., C. G. Davidson, R. L. Calkins, and J. S. Murchison.

Honorary—Drs. Shell, Kelton, Fountain, T. A. and Dubart Miller, Sisk, Curtis, Cross, Sanner, Smith. J. M.V. and Opie Wills and Jones; E. A. Johnson, L. C. Coulson, J. G. Comfort, Murphy Williams, Judge O. C. Kirven, F. P. Wood, C. C. Walton, H. C. Nash, W. F. Dunn, H. S. Melear, P. C. Townsend, Henry Robbins, C. L. Knox, J. L. McCleary, S. J. Helm, R. B. Mitchell, R. J. Graves, P. Mayer, E. M. Polk, J. F. Williams, J. M. Blanding, K. K. Bullock, E. R. Martin, Joe Sands, Fred White, Emmett Hall, F. N. Drane, A. B. Douglas, J. M. Dyer, Walter Burgess, W. W. Evans, W. H. Hastings, J. C. Hughes, H. O. Blanding, H. D. Johnson, and R. L. Hamilton of Corsicana; R. H. Daniel, J. N. Eberhart, W. L. Starrill and Joe Daniel of Kerens.

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REMAINS INTERRED AT KERENS

Funeral Which Was Held Here Was Largely Attended.

The funeral services for the late Mrs. Mary Watson, wife of Dr. T. W. Watson were held at the First Presbyterian church at 10 o’clock this morning, conducted by Rev. C. H. Storey. Burial followed at Kerens at 12:30. A large number of friends accompanied the remains to their last resting place and there were many beautiful flowers, and at Kerens a big concourse of friends witnessed the last sad rites.

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Belle (Reyalds) Magears
Jun 1, 1874 - Sep. 3, 1922

Died Sunday.

Mrs. Belle Majors, aged 43 years, died at the P. and S. hospital in Corsicana Sunday, Sept. 3, following an operation of a serious nature last week. Mrs. Majors resided about a mile and a half east of Rice, and is survived by her husband and seven children.

The family moved to Rice country last winter. She had been in poor health for some time and had undergone several operations. Funeral services were held at the Rice cemetery Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Day.

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Hugh Kerr McAfee
Sep 26, 1921 - Oct 3, 1921

Infant Buried Today.

The two-days’ old infant of Terry McAfee and wife was buried in Oakwood this morning.

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Ban S. Brown, Dr
Feb 24, 1869 - Jan 12, 1923

Prominent Physician Buried This Morning

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Jan. 15.—Funeral services for Dr. B. S. Brown, aged 54 years, who died at his home here Saturday night, were held Monday morning, Rev. Elmer Crabtree, pastor of the Baptist Church, conducting the services. The deceased leaves a wife, a sister, Mrs. W. G. Kinsolving, of Abilene, and a brother, E. E. Brown, of Walnut Springs.

All the stores in the city were closed this morning for the funeral and a large procession followed the remains to their last resting place.

Dr. Brown had practiced his profession in Kerens and at Roane for fifteen years.

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Ban S. Brown, Dr
Feb 24, 1869 - Jan 12, 1923

LAMENT OF THE TEXAS TOPER.

They ask us to fight for our country,
Or work in the bloomin’ crop:
And then just when our danger’s up
The likker’s got to stop.

Now, honest, friend, I ask of you,
Is that the way to do,
When a man is spillin’ for a fight
To leave him in such a stew?

I don’t mind hittin’ a man a jolt,
Or gittin’a powerful welt,
If only I have a dram or two
A pushin’ out my belt.

But how can a man that is a man
With even an elephant’s hide,
Git up and fight like he orter do
With an Adam’s ale inside?

And as for workin’ in the fields
And simmerin’ like a pot,
It can’t be did without a beer
As cold as the weather’s hot.

Now, to make it wuss’n ever yet
They let the wimmen vote,
And that tacked onto the other thing
Has mostly got my goat.

Give me just one long quart o’ rye,
And send me o’er the top,
I’ll chew the blamed old Kaiser’s ear
And make friend “Hindy’ hop.

But if that quart gives out too soon,
While I am on my way,
I’ll have to put that chewin’ off
To yet another day.

And so I don’t know what to do,
With Texas goin’ dry.
It can’t be die, it can’t be did,
But, gosh, they’re goin’ to try.

I dream and wake and wake and dream,
As I ponder o’er my lot,
And I ‘low that Texas is no place
For just a common sot.

B. S. BROWN, M. D.
Kerens, Texas.

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Benjamin Franklin Ellis, Rev.
Oct 1, 1840 - Nov 14, 1923


REV. B. F. ELLIS DIED AT KERENS WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Nov. 15.—Rev. B. F. Ellis, age 83, died at his home here last night following an illness of several weeks. The deceased had been in the ministry for 52 years before retiring some few years ago. He was born in Tennessee, moved to Alabama at the age of 8 years. He lived there until the civil war and enlisted. He moved to Arkansas in 1868 and lived there 8 years before moving to Navarro county where he has resided since. He followed his profession as minister of the gospel for 47 years in this county.

He joined the Masonic lodge in 1861 before enlisting in the army and is one of the oldest Masons in this section of the country.

The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Aurelia Ellis and the following children who are here at the time of his death; Frank E. Ellis of this city, H. S. Ellis of Corsicana, Mrs. Maggie Joplin of Pecos, Mrs. C. Wells of this city and Miss Bennie Ellis, teacher in the public schools of San Antonio.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the home at 2:30 o’clock and were conducted by Rev. T. H. Erwin, Baptist minister of Tyler, and an associate with the Rev. Mr. Ellis in the work of the church in the earlier days. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery at 3:30 and the Masons had charge of the service at the grave.

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Joe Johnston
abt 1911 - Feb 27, 1922

KERENS NEWS.
(The Kerens Tribune.)

Joe Johnston Passes Away.

Joe Johnston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Johnston, who live about three miles northwest of Kerens, passed away last Tuesday morning after a long illness. Little Joe was only 11 years of age, but during those eleven years he knew very little happiness, for he was an invalid. But he bore his affliction bravely and stoically and died the death of a soldier and patient sufferer.

His remains were tenderly laid to rest in Kerens cemetery, Wednesday morning, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. H. B. Carraway. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved ones.

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Calvin Nelson Noble
Aug 28, 1890 - Mar 3, 1928

CALVIN M. NOBLE KILLED IN AUTO CRASH SATURDAY

REMAINS OF KERENS MAN BROUGHT HOME FOR INTERMENT MONDAY

Calvin M. Noble, age 37 years was killed in an automobile wreck near spur, Texas, Saturday night about 7 o’clock, according to word reaching here. Details of the accident are lacking but it is thought that Mr. Noble was driving alone from Spur to his home in Midland when the accident occurred.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock from the home of his parents with interment in the Kerens cemetery. Funeral services will be conducted by Revs. Paul W. Evans, Joe Everhart and W. A. Corkern, all of Kerens.

He is survived by his wife and three children, one son, Calvin Alonzo by a former marriage, Billie Graves and Elmer Jean, Midland; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Noble, Kerens; three brothers, Geddes Noble, Dallas; Marvin and Percy Noble, Kerens, and a sister, Mrs. R. C. Sanders, Detroit, Michigan; two aunts, Mrs. W. M. Noble and Mrs. J. D. Noble.

The body arrived in Corsicana Monday afternoon at 1:25 and was taken overland to Kerens.

Active pallbearers will be Joe Daniel, E. H. Gray, T. S. Daniel, Jr., James J. Mabry, Bert Washburn, Hal Johnson, Dave Mabry and Robert S. Daniel. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Kerens Post of the American Legion.

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Calvin Allen Jones
Feb 1, 1889 - Feb 25, 1973

C. A. Jones

KERENS—Calvin A. Jones, 84, resident of Kerens most of his life, died Sunday in Maywood Manor Rest Home here. He was a retired truck driver, a veteran of World War I and a Baptist.

Funeral services are to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Pringle officiating. Burial is to be in the Kerens City Cemetery with nephews as pallbearers.

He is survived by two brothers, Seth Jones of Kerens and Albert Jones of Snyder; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Miller of Palestine and Mrs. Eula Behay of Fort Worth; and several nieces and nephews.

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Susan A. “Susie” (Mitchell) Kirkland
Feb 19, 1870 - Jun 10, 1952

Kerens Pioneer Rites Wednesday

KERENS, June 12—(Spl.)—Mrs. T. W. Kirkland, 82, pioneer resident of this area, died in Henderson Tuesday night.

Funeral services were held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. R. C. Linder, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Surviving are a grandson, Jack Kirkland, Houston; a brother, J. W. Mitchell, Kerens, and other relatives including Arvil Gandy of Kilgore.

Pallbearers were Cliff Curington, Clyde Andrews, Jr., Freddie Banks and Pate Thompson.

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Clifton L. Humphreys
Dec 9, 1908 - Oct 5, 1993

C. L. Humphreys, 85, of Corsicana, died Oct. 5, 1993, in Park Row Nursing Home.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Bill Honea officiating. Burial was in Grape Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Zerline Humphreys of Corsicana; one brother-in-law, Ray Talley of Corsicana; one sister-in-law, Helen Caton of Corsicana; and three grandchildren, Freddy Ellett of Louisiana, Austin Ellett and Levi Ellett.

Pallbearers were Everett Sherrard, Tommy Oliphant, Billy Joe Talley, Gary Oliphant, Eddie Whitner and Billy Dean Talley.

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William W. "Bill" Brannon
Apr 14, 1923 - Sep 22, 1993

William W. "Bill" Brannon, 70, of Little Rock, Ark., died Sept. 22, 1993

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Immanuel Baptist Church Chapel in Little Rock, with Dr. Rex Horne and Dr. Charles Barfield officiating.
Burial will be in the Little Rock National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Roller-Drummond Funeral Home in Little Rock.

He was a native of Corsicana and a retired maintenance foreman for the Little Rock Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge No. 714 and the Little Rock Consistory. He was a decorated Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Brannon May of Maumelle and Randye Brannon Carter of Pine Bluff; two granddaughters, beth Norton of Pine Bluff and Kristi May of Maumelle; and two sisters, Lucille Boyd and Janet Watts, both of Corsicana.

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Lee Nette Stuckly
Jul 25, 1923 - Sep 24, 1993

Lee Nette Stuckly, 70, of Axtell, died Sept. 24, 1993 in Providence Hospital in Waco.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday in the Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Kerry Gross officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

She was born July 25, 1923 in Hubbard. She was raised in Hubbard, and has lived in Axtell since 1958. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband, Windy Stuckly of Axtell; three sons, Richard Thompson of Arizona and David Stuckly and Jerry Joe Stuckly, both of Axtell; two daughters, Pamela Boney of Axtell and Susan Britt of Bellmead; one sister, Jean Pace of Bellmead; and nine grandchildren.

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Odis M. Pursley
Dec 2, 1923 - Sep 25, 1993

Odis M. Pursley, 69, of Hubbard, died Sept. 25, 1993 at his residence.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Cecil Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. The family will receive friends from 6 to
8 p.m. Monday at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

He was born Dec. 2, 1923 in Bowmand Community near Hubbard. He was a lifelong resident of the Hubbard areea, and was a retired nursing home administrator. He was a disabled Army Veteran of World War II and served in the same platoon as Bob Wills. He joined the Bob Wills' Band where he played bass fiddle for the Texas Playboys and later the Light Crust Doughboys. He was a member of the Hubbard VFW, the Missionary Baptist Church of Hubbard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Ann Pursley in 1973.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Ann Hawthorne and Lisa Marie Hill, both of Hubbard; and four grandchildren.

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David George Elliott
Jun 30, 1911 - Sep 20, 1993

David George Elliott, 82, of Dallas, died Sept. 20, 1993, in Dallas.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 25, in Dallas.

He was born July 30, 1911 in Corsicana to Arthur George Elliott and Elizabeth Pipes Elliott. After graduation from Corsicana High School, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the Longhorn Band. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Arkansas. He was retired from Texas Instruments and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force in North Africa during World War II.

Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Jeanne Dodd Elliott; four daughters and son-in-law, Ann Elliott and Bill Munn of Dallas, Nancy Elliott and Nate Holt of Austin, Ellen Elliott and Virgil Solomon of Rockwall and Martha Elliott and Terry Palmer of Loveland, Colo.; eleven grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Lee Elliott of Corpus Christi; one sister, Elizabeth Elliott Inabit of Ennis; and a nephew, Louis Elliott of Corsicana.

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R. B. "Smiley" Jones
abt 1926 - Sep 27, 1993

R.B. "Smiley" Jones Jr., of Jasper, Ala., died Sept. 27, 1993, in Walker Regional Medical Center in Jasper, Ala.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Walker Memory Gardens in Jasper, Ala., with Ronnie Thompson officiating. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Kilgore-Green Funeral Home in Jasper, Ala.

He owned and operated Jones Jewelry in Corsicana from November of 1977 until May of 1987. Prior to opening Jones Jewelry Store, he owned and operated Jones Finance in Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Jones of Jasper, Ala.; two sons Michael B. Jones of Corsicana and Ronald Hugh Jones of Plano; one foster daughter, Esper Foster of Garland; five sisters, Virginia Whitman of Haleyville, Ala., Doris Spears of Jasper, Ala., Faye Minchew of Maryville, Tenn., Margaret Baker of Arley, Ala. and Dixie Cavender of Albertville, Ala.; four brothers, Albert Quinton Jones of Nauvoo, Ala., Ray Jones of Mobile, Ala. and Jimmy and Gene Jones, both of Florida; and five grandchildren.

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Hiram B. Stubbs
Nov 2, 1902 - Sep 30, 1993

Hiram B. Stubbs, 90, of Wortham and formerly of Corsicana, died Sept.
30, 1993, in the Wortham Nursing Center.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Central Presbyterian Church in Wortham, with the Rev. Tom Prentiss and the Rev. T.I. Sandlin officiating. Burial will be in the Wortham Cemetery under the direction of Porter Chapel in Wortham.

He was born Nov. 2, 1902, in Wortham. He was a member of the Longbotham Masonic Lodge for 69 years. He attended Trinity University and Texas A&M University. He was retired from the Joe C. Miller Feed Co. of Beaumont.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Stubbs of Wortham; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Paul Robichau, Jim Robichau, Sammy Cole, Robert Allen, Bobby Wilson and Mack Strange.

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Hattie Robertson
Feb 24, 1928 - Sep 30, 1993

Hattie Robertson, 65, of Dallas, died Sept. 30, 1993 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Praise the Lord Baptist Church in Dallas. Wake services will be held Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at New Cliff Baptist Church. Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Feb. 24, 1928 in Eureka. She was the vice president of the Pastor's Aide and Choir of the New Cliff Baptist Church.

Survivors include her stepmother, Julia Moss; four sons, Bobby Jones, Robert Robertson, Sammy D. Robertson and Clydell Robertson; two daughters, Margaret Goffney and Sharon Tyson; one brother, James E.
Moss; and two sisters, Elizabeth Wilson and Ruby J. Goosby.

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Ben "Bennie Mack" Yankie
Apr 15, 1934 - Oct 2, 1993

Ben "Bennie Mack" Yankie, 59, of Purdon, died Oct. 2, 1993, in Purdon.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home, with Dr. David Hale and the Rev. Earl Lanting officiating. Graveside services and burial will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in China Springs Cemetery in China Springs, Texas. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday at Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary V. Yankie of Purdon; one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Lee and Debbie Yankie of Mildred; one step-son, Desi John Castillo of Corsicana; two stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Anna Maria and Mike Hambrick of Corsicana and Patty and Steve McCormick of Dawson; three grandchildren, Austin Merrifaye McCormick of Dawson, Hannah Jade Hambrick of Corsicana, and Ruben Tate Yankie of Mildred; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Navarro County Heart Association, c/o Mrs.
B.W. Lee, 3040 W. Collins, Corsicana, Texas, 75110.

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Mary Louise Rogers
Sept 25, 1904 - Oct 2, 1993

Mary Louise Rogers, 89, of Hempstead, died Oct. 2, 1993 at Hempstead Retirement Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Pine Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Drew officiating. Burial will be in South Memorial Park in Pearland, under the direction of Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.

She was born Sept. 25, 1904 in Dawson. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Lester Rogers.

Survivors include two nieces, Sharon Davis of Brenham and Lynna Berry of Hempstead.

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Will Collins Jr.
Feb 15, 1915 - Oct 5, 1993

Will Collins Jr., 78, of Houston, died Oct. 5, 1993, at his residence.

Funeral services are tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Forest Park Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale, in Houston.

He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Will Collins of Streetman. He was a retired salesman for Rainbow Bakery in Houston. He volunteered for the Marine Corps while working at the bakery and was called to serve in San Diego, Calif., in 1941. He became a non-commissioned officer while in San Diego. He was sent to Okinawa and served there until the end of the war. He was in Japan for the signing of the peace treaty. He was a member of the White Oak Baptist Church in Houston.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maedell (Clarkson) Collins; one brother, Major Collins of Houston; five sisters, Mrs. Dick Steele of Sweeny, Texas, Mary Collins, Martha Collins, Mrs. John D. Webber, and Mrs. H.B. Fouty of corsicana; 11 nieces and nephews; a number of great-nieces and nephews; one great-great-niece; and one great-great-nephew.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Birdston Cemetery in Streetman, Texas 75859.

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Henry H. Mimms
Jun 4, 1888 - Mar 30, 1922

FROST NEWS.
(The Frost Star.)

Henry Mimms Passes Away

Henry Mimms, age 34, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Mimms of Frost died Thursday afternoon at his home in Barry.

Henry has been in very ill health for the past several years but at times was able to be up and going. He had been confined to bed several months before the Grim Reaper came along and relieved him of all suffering. Besides his wife and little son he leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Mimms, two brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss.

Funeral services were conducted Friday at the M. E. church here, conducted by Rev. Huddleston and interment made in the Frost cemetery.

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Jessie Smith
Feb 13, 1904 - May 6, 1923

Young Lady Died at Frost.

Miss Jessie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Smith of Frost, aged 19 years, died at the family home last night after a long illness from heart trouble. Interment took place there today.

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George Walter Cray, Jr.
Feb 13, 1881 - Jul 22, 1924

Buried at Frost.

Walter Cray, 43, who formerly lived at Frost, but who had resided near Hubbard for some years, died Tuesday, and the remains were interred at Frost yesterday. His wife and several children survive.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 24, 1924
  • Death certificate says G. Walter Cray s/o G. W. Cray, Sr. I can’t find anything that says it is Washington so please change Both Jr. and Sr. to George Walter Cray
  • Frost cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Rufus George Bruner
Apr 15, 1861 - Nov 21, 1924

Died at Rural Shade Last Night

G. R. Bruner, aged 70 years, tenant on the William Clowe farm in the Rural Shade community, died there last night, and the remains were taken to Frost, his old home, and burial took place there this afternoon.

The deceased was a good citizen and had lived in this county for many years. He is survived by his wife and several grown children.

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Maynor Eloise (Dawson) Andrews-Brooks
Nov 27, 1908 - Dec 14, 1989

Eloise Dawson Brooks

Eloise Dawson Brooks, 81, of Georgetown died Dec. 14, 1989 in Georgetown.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Burial will be at Frost cemetery.

She was raised in Frost, and retired as a counselor from Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin after a lifetime in education. She was a long-standing member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Van Sickle of Beaumont and Kathy Newhouse of Carrolton; one sister, Evelyn Hawkins of Austin; three grandchildren Kaycia Van Sickle of San Antonio, Rich Van Sickle of Florida, and Michael Newhouse of Carrollton.

Pallbearers will be Stan Brooks, Mike Newhouse and Dan Dawson.

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Mary Cuba (Daniel) Melear
May 25, 1854 - Feb 6, 1925

Mrs. Melear Laid Rest Kerens Sunday

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Feb. 9.—Mrs. R. S. Melear age 71, who died in a sanitarium in Waco Saturday was buried here Sunday afternoon and the services were conducted by Rev. Joe Everhart, pastor of the Presbyterian church of this city.

Mrs. Melear was one of the oldest settlers in this community. She came here in 1855.

Her brothers R. H. And T. S. Daniel were founders of the city of Kerens and are still in business here.

Her death was the first in the family in over 50 years.

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PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY DIED WACO SATURDAY

The following item from the Waco Times-Herald will be read with interest here, where Mrs. Melear was known and loved by many.

Mrs. Mary Melear, about 70 years old, died Friday night at 12 o’clock at the home of her sister, Mrs. C. K. Melear, 1618 North Fifteenth street. She had been ill for some time, and she had been here, since last September. Her home, was at Trinidad, Texas.

The body was prepared for burial and was shipped by the Compton Undertaking company to Kerens, where the funeral took place Sunday.

Born in Alabama, Mrs. Melear had been a resident of Navarro county practically all of her life. She was known to and beloved by many residents of that county. She was a most sincere and earnest Christian, a devout member of the Presbyterian church.

Besides here husband, R. S. Melear, she is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. C. K. Melear, Waco; Mrs. R. H. Melear, Wells, Texas, Mrs. H. W. Kimes, Kerens; R. H. Daniel and T. S.. Daniel both of Kerens.

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Billie June (Baxter) Bots
abt 1923 - May 8, 1994

Billie June Bots

Billie June Bots, 71, of LaMesa, Calif., died May 8, 1994, in California.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Kerens City Cemetery, with Jimmy Glenn officiating. Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her step-mother, Iris Baxter of Kerens; two daughters, Sandy Muhr of San Diego, Calif. and Sally Chew of Vista, Calif.; one sister, Janis Blissett of Kerens; one brother Don Baxter of Kerens; two aunts, Jeorgianne Watt and Louise Aston, both of Athens; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Carrie Alma (Jennings) McQuary
May 28, 1886 - Nov 11, 1984

Carrie McQuary

KERENS—Carrie McQuary, 98, of Kerens died Sunday.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Kerens, with Dr. Royce Measures and Rev. Thomas Ray Layfield officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Mrs. McQuary is survived by three sons, Grady Lamar McQuary of Trinidad, Hermon D. McQuary of Mexia and William Harlan McQuary of Kerens; three daughters, Mattie Mae Albritton of Waco, Desma Layfield of Powell and Viola Henson of Kenefic, Okla.; two brothers Kelvie Jennings of Jackson, Miss. and Wyatt Jennings of Mantee, Miss.; one sister, Mrs. Artie McQuary of Duncan, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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