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Graham Dulaney Roman
Aug 23, 1923 - Mar 25, 1971

Roman Rites Set Saturday

Funeral services for Graham D. Roman, 47, of Corsicana will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Corley’s Funeral Chapel. Rev. Harold Nichols will officiate with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Roman died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

A native of Corbet, he was a rural mail carrier and farmer. He was a member of the Corbet Missionary Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Graham D. Roman of Corsicana; one son, Gary D. Roman of Bonham; two daughters, Mrs. Johnny Watkins of Odessa and Miss Laura Roman of Corsicana; his mother, Mrs. Ethel Roman of Corbet; two brothers, Carl Robinson of Waco and Newton Roman of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. J. L. Womack of Corbet and Mrs. Leighton Reed of Austin and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Bryant Slone, Robert Bittner, Grant Lake, Jack Omberg, Tommy Wheeler, John Nelson, Leamon Phillips and Theo Munford.

Nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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Clyde Marice Nicholson
Jul 29, 1921 - Jul 22, 1981

Clyde Nicholson

Clyde Nicholson, 59, of Rte. 1, Barry, died Wednesday at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Service is Friday, 10 a.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Edward Otwell officiating.

Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Navarro County, a farmer and rancher, member of the Methodist Church and a veteran of World War II.

He was also the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Nicholson.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Macel Nicholson, of Barry; three sons, Hugh Nicholson, John Nicholson, and Steve Nicholson, all of Barry; nine grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Francine Johnston, of Bonham.

Pallbearers are Charlie Boyd, Lewis Williams, Loyd Gillen, Bill Southard, Kenneth Southard and Roland Southard.

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John David Nicholson
Aug 23, 1950 - Oct 8, 1988

John D. Nicholson

John David Nicholson, 38, of Barry died Oct. 8, 1988, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Services are pending at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Lana Nicholson of Barry; three daughters, Kim Gilbert of Rice, Lisa Reagan of Corsicana and Lori Wallace of Frost; a son, Daryn Nicholson of Barry; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Clyde Nicholson of Barry; and two brothers, Hugh Nicholson and Steve Nicholson, both of Barry.

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John David Nicholson

John David Nicholson, 38, of Barry, died Oct. 8, 1988, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove, with Barry Fikes and Don Elrod officiating. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

He is survived by his wife, Lana Nicholson, of Barry; son, Daryn Nicholson, of Barry; three daughters, Lori Wallis, of Frost, Kim Gilbert of Rice, and Lisa Reagan, of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Clyde Nicholson of Barry; two brothers, Hugh Nicholson and Steve Nicholson , both of Barry; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ed Janak, Robert (Dock) Rawlings, Jim Owens, Dale Haws, Roy Kenneth Southard and Bill Southard.

Blooming Grove High School Class of 1968 will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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Rhoda Pauline (McGraw) North
Jan 27, 1920 - Oct 5, 1985

Pauline North

BLOOMING GROVE—Pauline “Polly” North, 65, of Blooming Grove, died Saturday at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service is 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Bruce Cotton officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Cleo North of Kaufman and Tommy Otis North of Blooming Grove; three daughters, Wynell McLain of Rockport, Carol Dunn of Roane and Mary Gowan of Blooming Grove; four brothers, Fred McGraw and Joe McGraw, both of Blooming Grove, and Erwin McGraw and Earl McGraw both of Corsicana; two sisters, Marie Littlejohn of Milford and Dell Phillips of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Nephews are pallbearers.

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Thelma (Ivy) Orme
Jul 29, 1899 - Apr 16, 1990

Thelma Orme

Thelma Orme, 88, of Corsicana, died April 16, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. The Rev. James French will officiate. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, Marjorie Ann Orme, of Corsicana, Artalissa Kyle of Garland and Martha McClure of Wichita Falls; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Carroll Lee Saunders, James Page, Richard Saunders, Mack McGraw, Doug Magee and Arthur Garrison.

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Cynthia Ann (Wilson) Putnam
Aug 31, 1948 - Jan 6, 1987

Cynthia Putnam

Cynthia Ann Putnam, 38, of Blooming Grove, died Wednesday at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Putnam of Blooming Grove; two sons, Aaron Putnam and Ryan Putnam, both of Blooming Grove; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wilson of Blooming Grove; her grandmother, Carrie Phillips of Blooming Grove; her grandfather, O. W. Wilson of Chatfield; three brothers, Chris Wilson of Blooming Grove, Jim Wilson of Chatfield and Mike Wilson of California; and a sister, Pamela Phillips of Corsicana.

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James Scott “Jerd” Shipley
Aug 16, 1893 - Jul 15, 1959

J. S. Shipley Rites Friday

KERENS, July 16—(Spl.)—J. S. (Jerd) Shipley, 66, retired farmer and former long-time resident, died Wednesday afternoon of a heart attack at his home in Dallas where he had lived the past eight years.

A native of Emory, he had resided in Kerens for 32 years before moving to Dallas. He was a member of the Baptist church.

Funeral rites will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist church here with the Rev. L. R. Melton of Dallas and the Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Kerens cemetery. Inmon Funeral Service will direct.

Pallbearers will be Mid Colvin, Willie Lee Collins, Weston Wallace, Bunk Goins, Leonard Conner and A. G. Godley.

He is survived by his wife of Dallas; one son, J. W. Shipley of Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Velma Trent and Miss Gladys Shipley, both of Dallas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 16, 1959
  • h/o Lumae Elizabeth “Mae” (Kearney) Shipley married Oct. 17, 1915 s/o John Shipley and Nancy H. “Nannie” (Melton) Shipley
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Jesse Elmore Simmons, Jr.
Apr 17, 1907 - May 6, 1941

RITES WERE HELD IN KERENS THURSDAY J. E. SIMMONS, JR.

KERENS, MAY 9.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at the home of his mother, Mrs. J. E. Simmons at 2 p.m. Thursday for J. E. Simmons, Jr., 34, of Midland, who passed away Tuesday at 2 p.m. following a car accident.

J. E. was born and reared in Kerens, graduated from the Kerens High School, attended Austin College, at Sherman, the University of Texas; took his B. S. degree at the University of Colorado, at Boulder; did post-graduate work at Oklahoma U., at Norman, and had since been affiliated with the Continental Oil Co., as geologist in Denver, Colo., and in Midland, Texas, where he had made his home for the past five years.

He was a member of the Presbyterian church, member of the West Texas Geological Society, and had served as secretary-treasurer of that organization and was also a member of the American Petroleum Geological Society and belonged to Alpha Tau Omega.

Survivors include his wife, mother, one daughter, Peggy, 7; one brother, Hal Frances Simmons of State University.

Services were conducted by Rev. Joe N. Everheart, pastor of the Kerens Presbyterian church, with interment in the Kerens cemetery under the direction of the P. N. Stockton Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were Allan Hargraves, Cecil Yadon, J. W. Rettig, John Cornwall, R. C. Tucker, C. D. Vertress, all of Midland; and D. D. Christner of Fort Worth. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

Among the many from out of town who were here for the services were : Mrs. J. W. Rettig, Mrs. John Cornwall, Alden Donnely, Earl Payne, of Midland; Mrs. D.D. Chrisner, Jock Cussack, J. D. Bonham, Sloan Blair, of Fort Worth, Mrs. E. N. Koonsman, Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Simmons, Mrs. Mabel Higginbotham, Mrs. Albert Meadows, Dallas; Mrs. W. G. McElroy, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Roy Simmons of Austin; Mrs. W. S. Price, Jr., Gustine; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kimball, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Muirhead, Wichita Falls; Raymond Lamb, Hobbs, N. M.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Leverett, of Wortham; Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Smith, of Trinidad; Miss Kitty Cherry, Mrs. Anna Hervey Daniel, Allen McCluney of Corsicana; Mrs. Virgil Walker, of Trinidad, Col.

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Jesse Elmore Simmons, Sr.
Jan 21, 1875 - Feb 10, 1920

The death of a man of the strong type and sterling character of J. E. Simmons of Kerens is a loss to any community. Indeed Mr. Simmons’ death is a severe blow to Kerens as it is to the entire county. He was moral and progressive, honest, loyal and enterprising. His name and influence stood for real manhood. We knew him best and first during the trying period the American boys were fighting back the desperate Huns. Mr. Simmons never wavered. He loved his country and stood behind our brave boys with all the courage of his patriotic nature. He was chairman of his district in the several war work campaigns. It is to the credit of J. E. Simmons and Kerens that Kerens went overt the top without failing in a single instance. Mr. Simmons was just as enthusiastic as in advancing the interests of his home town and county. He stood four-square for the right every day in the year. He will be missed.

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PROMINENT CITIZEN DEAD.

He Had led An Active And Useful Life.

J. E. Simmons of Kerens and one of the county’s foremost and best citizens, passed away at his home in Kerens last night at 11 o’clock, after less than a week’s illness with influenza and pneumonia, aged forty-five years. The deceased came to Kerens in January 1902 from Dallas, where he had taught for several years in the public schools. Immediately upon removing to Kerens he embarked upon the dry goods business, which he conducted most successfully to the day of his death. He was first and foremost in all that was for the good of his town, and in his death Kerens sustains a great loss. During the recent war he was chairman of war activities committees and never failed to carry his town over the top. He was a Presbyterian, a Knight of Pythias, a Mason and Knight Templar, and in all these he took an active part in all that went for their good.

Surviving the deceased is his wife and two children, his mother, Mrs. H. F. Simmons, and a brother, T. L. Simmons of Wortham.

The funeral will take place at Kerens tomorrow afternoon at 1 o’clock.

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Orris Eleanor (McKinney) Simmons
Aug 2, 1882 - May 4, 1964

Mrs. Simmons Services Held

KERENS, May 7 (Spl.)—Services were held from the Presbyterian Church here Wednesday at 10 a.m. for Mrs. Orris Simmons, 81, who died in the Sheppard Air Force Base Hospital at Wichita Falls Monday. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Simmons was a native and longtime resident of Kerens, the widow of a pioneer settler and dry goods merchant.

A son, Col Hal Simmons, USAF, Sheppard Air Force Base; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. May Simmons of Midland; three grandchildren and other relatives survive.

Pallbearers were Earl Seale, John Beck, Charles E. Blissett, Cliff Coates, Will Sidney Price and M. J. Crawford. Honorary pallbearers were H. C. Barlow, R. P. Walker, E. H. Norton, Andrew Talley, Joe M. Daniel, Wade J. Price and Luther Westbrook.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 6, 1964
  • w/o Jesse Elmore Simmons, Sr. married Nov. 29, 1905; d/o Hal C. McKinney & Rebecca Henrietta (Sawyers) McKinney
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Susie Belle (Simmons) Slay
Aug 16, 1902 - Feb 4, 1961

Mrs. Ben Slay Rites Monday

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday for Mrs. Susie Slay, 58, wife of Ben Slay who died at her home on Kerens Rural Route 1 Saturday afternoon after a sudden illness.

The rites were conducted at the First Baptist church in Kerens with the pastor, Rev. Bill Foster, and Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church, Kerens, officiating. Mrs. Slay was a member of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

A native of Kerens, Mrs. Alay is survived by the husband, three daughters, Mrs. E. K. Howell and Mrs. Neal McCord, all of Kerens; and Mrs. John C. Underwood, Jackson, Miss.; three brothers, W. C. Simmons, Shreveport, La.; and G. W. and Roy Simmons both of Vega; two sisters, Mrs. Melton Welch, Earth, and Mrs. Edna Williams, Dumas; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Johnnie Wright, Robert Allen Bain, J. L. Whorton Jr., Douglas Howell, Morgan Lowe and Arlon Simmons.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 6, 1961
  • w/o William Benjamin Slay, Jr. d/o William Madison “Willie” Simmons and Mattie Emma Lou (Jackson) Simmons
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Benjamin “Ben” Slay, Jr.
Dec 25, 1896 - Dec 13, 1961

Train-Pickup Collision Fatal To Ben Slay, 61

Ben Slay, about 61, of Kerens was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday as a result of a train-pick-up collision on Main street at Kerens shortly after 1 p.m. His body was returned to Kerens Wednesday afternoon by Inmon Funeral Home.

It was stated that an eastbound Cotton Belt System freight train figured in the collision of a pickup truck traveling north on Main street. Slay was alone in the vehicle. He was rushed to the hospital in an Inmon ambulance.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. E. K. Howell and Mrs. Neal McCord, both of Kerens, and another married daughter who resides outside of Texas, and other relatives.

Slay’s death is the 10th rural traffic fatality in Navarro county for 1961.

Deputy Sheriff Howe French investigated.

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Friday Rites For Ben Slay Kerens Church

Funeral services have been set for Friday at 10 a.m. for Ben Slay, 67, Kerens area farmer who was fatally injured Wednesday at 1 p.m. when his pick-up truck was struck by a Cotton Belt Freight train in Kerens.

Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of First Methodist church will conduct services in First Baptist church and burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. E. K. Howell and Mrs. Neal McCord, both of Kerens, and Mrs. J. C. Underwood, Jacksonville, Miss.; one brother, Tom Slay, Robstown; and two sisters, Mrs. Willard Mayo, Kerens and Mrs. Raymond Wylie, Corsicana.

Slay was a retired farmer whose home is located two miles north of Kerens on the Bazette road (Farm Road 636). He was a member of the Baptist church and the Kerens Masonic Lodge.

He was rushed to Memorial hospital in Corsicana in an Inmon ambulance but was dead on arrival. His was the eleventh traffic death in Navarro county this year.

Slay’s wife died about a year ago. Friends remember that he drove into Kerens I his 1950 model Ford pick-up truck on many occasions during each week.

H. L. Thompson, Kerens negro, was one of the witnesses to the accident which occurred at the intersection of the Saint Louis-Southwestern (Cotton Belt) railroad tracks and Colket street (main street).

Thompson said Slay, traveling south and apparently not noticing the approaching east-bound heavily-loaded freight train, moved slowly into the intersection and into the path of the train. The pick-up truck almost made it, but the train struck it behind the rer left wheel, carrying the vehicle sideways for about 60 feet, practically demolishing it. According to Thompson, Slay was thrown out the left door but the truck miraculously missed him as the train pushed it farther east.

Thompson said the crossing lights were burning and the train’s whistle was being sounded.

Railroad officials listed S. C. Hart, Tyler, as the conductor of the train and H. C. Welch, also of Tyler as the engineer.

The train according to Thompson, came to a stop about one-third of a mile from the intersection.

One Kerens resident said it was the fourth such accident at the intersection in his memory.

Deputy Sheriff Howe French initiated the investigation, assisted by Constable A. H. Holloway of Kerens. Bob Turner state highway patrolman is continuing the investigation.

Inmon is directing.

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James Houston “Hugh” Sheppard
Aug 7, 1889 - Feb 2, 1960

J. H. Sheppard Rites Thursday

KERENS, Feb. 3—(Spl.)—J. H. (Hugh) Sheppard, 70, retired oil field worker, died in Baylor Hospital in Dallas Tuesday following long illness.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bill Foster, pastor, assisted by Rev. Houston Sheppard, Dallas, Baptist minister.

A native of Frost, Sheppard resided at Carlisle, Texas, prior to moving to Kerens five years ago.

Sheppard was a Baptist and a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Doris McKee, Dallas; two sons, Jim Sheppard, Lubbock; five brothers, Owen Sheppard, Blooming Grove; Wiley Sheppard, Ennis; Joe Sheppard, Seminole; Dan Sheppard, Bakersfield, Calif., and Ed Sheppard, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. Dallie Gedeon, Los Angeles, and 10 grandchildren and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Feb 3, 1960
  • h/o Lucy Iva (Scarbrough) Sheppard married Apr. 7, 1923 s/o William Martin “Bill” Sheppard and Marthan Arena (Langston) Sheppard
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Nila Mae (Griffin) Sheppard
Dec 15, 1888 - May 16, 1977

Mrs. Sheppard

KERENS—Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Kerens for Mrs. Joe (Nila Mae) Sheppard, 91, resident of Kerens 65 years and native of Frost, who died Monday morning.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

The Rev. Van Houser will officiate, with burial following at Kerens City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Survivors include her husband of Kerens, a son, Joe G. Sheppard of Ruston, La.; a granddaughter, Mrs. Janet Barnett of Kerens; a great-grandson, Ben Barnett of Kerens; and a sister, Mrs. B. B. English of Tahoke.

Pallbearers are John Seale, Hobart Hilliard, W. P. Ingram, Eddie McNeese, Grocer McClintock, Lynn Holloway, C. E. Blissett and O. L. Lockhart.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 17, 1977
  • w/o Joseph A. “Joe” Sheppard d/o George Allan Griffin & Emma Elizabeth (Neese) Griffin buried in Frost Cemetery, Frost, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary Jane (Pevehouse) Sheppard
Mar 27, 1865 - Feb 26, 1929

NAVARRO COUNTY NATIVE BURIED AT KERENS WEDNESDAY

MRS. T. J. SHEPPARD WHO DIED IN DALLAS, PIONEER RESIDENT THIS COUNTY

KERENS, Feb. 27.—(Spl.)—Mrs. T. J. Sheppard, aged 62 years, pioneer resident of Navarro county, died at her home in Dallas Tuesday. The remains were sent to Kerens Wednesday morning, and funeral services were held in the First Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with the Rev. W. A. Corkern officiating, assister by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana. Interment was in the Kerens cemetery.

She is survived by her husband and eight children, A. J. Sheppard, Purcell, Okla.; Joe Sheppard, Kerens; E. P. Sheppard, Wilson, Okla.; Henry Sheppard, Cross Plains; Roy Sheppard Dallas; Mrs. Basil Noble, Childress; Mrs. Lester Harrell, Temple; Mrs. M. P. Frank, Dallas; eight grandchildren also survive.

The deceased was born and reared in the Frost community, and moved to Kerens in 1904, where she and her husband made their home until they moved to Dallas in 1919. She was a lifelong member of the Baptist church.

Pallbearers were Earl Seale, E. E. Nettles, Fred Jennings, E. B. Speed, Roy Noble and R. D. Owen.

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Claude Sherrill
Apr 11, 1864 - Oct 29, 1940

FUNERAL HELD FOR CLAUDE SHERRILL IN KERENS WEDNESDAY

KERENS, Nov. 1.—(AP)—Funeral services were held at 2 p.m Wednesday at the family residence for Claude Sherrill 76, who died at an early hour Tuesday morning from a heart attack.

Mr. Sherrill, who was engaged in farming, was born and reared in Navarro county. In 1885 he was married to Miss Mary Frances Chitwood, who survives with the four children, Calvin Sherrill of Houston, Fate Sherrill, Athens; Clay Sherrill, and Mrs. Roscoe McConnico, Kerens. Survivors also include 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Rev. A. E. Harrison, pastor of the First Baptist church was in charge of services, with interment afterward in the Kerens cemetery, directed by the P. N. Stockton funeral home.

Pallbearers were grandsons, James, Woodrow, Lawson, Sam, Merrill, and L. C. Sherrill.

Among the large number of out of town relatives and friends here for the service, were: Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Sherrill and family, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin McWhitter and L. C. Sherrill, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Fate Sherrill and two children, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Jeffery, Lewis Gamble, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Gibson, Athens; Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Sherrill, Mr. and Mrs. James Sherrill, Amarillo; Mrs. Clyde Mitchell, Walter Jackson, Mrs. J. L. Evans, Malakoff; Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Shields and children, Miss Julia McConnico, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Moore, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Merrill, Mrs. Curtis Merrill, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keathley and daughter, Mrs. Delia Albritton, Miss Jewel Allbritton, Corsicana; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Sharp and daughter, Ann, Dallas.

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Jimmie Thomas Sherrill
Dec 5, 1884 - Jun 12, 1974

J. T. Sherrill

KERENS—Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. here Friday in Paschal Funeral Home for Jimmie Thomas Sherrill, 89, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Sherrill, a retired farmer was a resident of Corsicana since 1966 and native of Kerens, Burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery, Rev. James Davis of Corsicana officiating.

Survivors include his widow, Leona Sherrill of Corsicana; a son, Emerson Sherrill of Corsicana; two stepsons, Robert S. and Jimmie L. Sherrill, both of Corsicana; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Lillie Jocobson of Salt Lake City, Utah; Mrs. Mamie Halloway and Mrs. Joyce Thedford, both of Corsicana; and Mrs. Velma Waters of Mesquite; and several grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Robert Barton Sherrill
Oct 25, 1872 - Jan 11, 1944

R. B. Sherrill Died In Local; Burial at Kerens

Funeral services were held at Kerens for R. B. (Barton) Sherrill, who died at the P. and S. Hospital here Tuesday night. He was 73 years of age and had resided at Kerens all of his life until a few years ago when he moved to the Logan Ranch in Henderson county. Surviving are his wife, six children, a brother, and other relatives.

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Arvel Blair Shelton
Dec 31, 1906 - Jun 2, 1951

Funeral Services Held For Victim Of Road Accident

One man was killed and two injured in an automobile collision Saturday afternoon on Highway 31 four miles east of Corsicana.

Arvel Blair Shelton, 44, Kerens Route 1, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Navarro Clinic in a McCammon ambulance.

Jethro Ralph Nanny, 26, Route 4, Waco, suffered a compound fracture of the left arm, and Ralph Dick Coatney, Route 2, Kerens, sustained a cut left hand. Nanny and Coatney were brought to the P. And S. Hospital by private automobiles where they were treated. Nanny later Saturday was taken to a Waco hospital and Coatney was released after first aid.

Two Going West.
H. E. Tucker, highway patrolman, said automobiles driven by Nanny and Coatney were traveling west and Shelton was going east at the time of the accident. The officer said that Nanny attempted to pass Coatney’s car as Shelton approached, tried to get back behind Coatney’s vehicle and struck it—then collided headon with the Shelton automobile.

Shelton’s death was the seventh highway traffic fatality in Navarro county in 1951.

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Services Monday.
Funeral services for Shelton were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Kerens with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. Ousley of Waco, Rev. Milton O. Davis, pastor of the church and Rev. Carroll Thompson, pastor of the First Methodist church in Kerens.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Hester Shelton, of Kerens; two sons, Pfc. Nelson Shelton, U. S. Air Forces, Guam, and Jerry Shelton, Kerens; parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Shelton, Sr., Kerens; four brothers, Brack, Roland, T. M., Jr. and Lester Shelton, all of Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Rufus Massey, Long Beach, Calif.; Mrs. Mid Tyner, Mrs. Clint Baxter and Mrs. Ben R. Cherry, all of Kerens, and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 4, 1951
  • h/o Hester Caroline (Nelson) Shelton-Bailey s/o Thomas Marion "Tom" Shelton, Sr. & Lelia Elizabeth (Huggins) Shelton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Edgar Lee “Ed” Sheppard
May 29, 1886 - Mar 14, 1973

Ed Sheppard

KERENS—Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for Ed Sheppard, 87, of Kerens, who died Wednesday morning at his home. Rev. Olen Boles, First Baptist Church pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

He was a member of the Bazzett Baptist Church, a retired farmer, and native of Frost.

Survivors include a widow, Mrs. Lula Sheppard of Kerens; three sons, Merle Sheppard and Horace Sheppard, both of Corsicana, and Toy Sheppard of Kerens; two grandchildren, Nelda Horn of Navarro, Tex. and Juanita Sheppard, Cuero, Tex.; a great-grandson, Mike Horn of Navarro; a brother, J. O. Sheppard of Stephenville; a sister, Mrs. Dalla Gedion of Los Angeles, Calif.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, March 14, 1973
  • h/o Lula “Lude” (Green) Sheppard married Nov. 15, 1906 s/o William Martin “Bill” Sheppard and Marthan Arena (Langston) Sheppard
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Henry Thomas Carroll Conger, Sr.
Jan 3, 1892 - Dec 2, 1974

Carroll Conger

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Carroll Conger Sr., 82, resident of Corsicana, who died Monday at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home.

Rev. David Hale will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens Cemetery.

He was a native of Blooming Grove, a retired farmer, and resident of Corsicana most of his life. He was also a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; four sons, Weldon Conger of Malakoff, James Conger of Athens, Carroll Conger Jr. of Dallas, and Raymond Conger of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Ruth of Malakoff; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Maude Grace of Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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King Bennett Seale
Dec 17, 1890 - Apr 23, 1971

Seale Rites

Funeral services for Mr. King B. Seale, 80, of Kerens will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Paschal Funeral Home. Rev. Don Kelley of First Methodist Church and Rev. Ralph Stovall of the First Baptist Church, will officiate with burial in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Mr. Seale died at 7:15 a.m. Friday in Kerens. A retired farmer, he was Born Dec. 17, 1890 in Kerens.

Survivors include one brother, Earl Seale of Kerens; two sisters, Mrs. Andrew McClung of Kerens and Mrs. Howell Brister of Dallas and several nieces and nephews.

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Clifton Mitchell Seale
Feb 10, 1894 - Mar 26, 1971

Seale Rites Set Sunday

Funeral services for Clifton M. Seale, 77, of Kerens will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Paschal Funeral Home. Revs. Don Kelley and Ralph Stovall will officiate with burial in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Seale was killed Friday afternoon when his automobile was struck by a freight train in Kerens.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Clifton M. Seale; one daughter, Mrs. Jo Ann Bridges of Greenville; two brothers, King Seale and Earl Seale, both of Kerens; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen McClung of Kerens and Mrs. Howell Brister of Dallas and one grandchild.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, March 28, 1971
  • h/o Daffie (Holmes) Seale married Apr. 5, 1923 s/o William Mitchell Seale and Mary Jeanette “Nettie” (Posey) Seale
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Earl Tennyson Seale
Jan 25, 1889 - Sep 7, 1971

Seale

Services for Earle Seale are to be today at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist church in Kerens.

Seale, 82, died at his home Tuesday.

Rev. Ralph Stovall was to officiate and burial was to be in Kerens City Cemetery.

Seal was the former president of the First National Bank of Kerens for several years. When he retired from banking business in 1962, he had served the bank 50 years.

He was also a World Ware I veteran and served on the city council and took part in several civic organizations.

He is survived by his widow, Undine; two sisters Mrs. Andrew McClung of Kerens, and Mrs. Howell Brister of Dallas; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Finis L. Seale and Mrs. Clifton M. Seale of Greenville and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Mary Jeanette “Nettie” (Posey) Seale
Oct 9, 1860 - Jul 18, 1941

MRS. NETTIE SEALE, PIONEER RESIDENT OF KERENS, IS BURIED

KERENS, July 22—(Spl.) Mrs. Nettie Seale, a pioneer citizen of Kerens, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andrew McClung on July 18, at 8:42 a.m. Mrs. Seale had been in failing health since March, 1930, but on Sunday night, July 13, suffered a stroke from which she did not rally.

Nettie Posey, was born October 9, 1860, at Neches, Anderson county, the daughter of Andrew Ford and Rachel Ellen Posey. At the age of seven she, her parents moved to the community, where later Kerens was built. She was married Dec. 22, 1882, to W. M. Seale.

She is survived by six children and eight grandchildren. Her sons are Earl Seale, King Seale and Clifton Seale, and her daughters, Mrs. Andrew McClung and Mrs. Howell Brister, all of Kerens; and Finis Seale of Corsicana.

Her eldest son, Ford Seale of Denison, preceded her in death on April 10, 1941.

Though she had been an invalid for many years her cheerfulness and beauty of character inspired all who came in contact with her. Her family was her every thought and they repaid her with a beautiful devotion. She had been a member of the Baptist church since girlhood.

A former pastor, Rev. W.A. Corkern, now of Orange, who was pastor of the Kerens Baptist church at the time of her active membership, and knew the serene beauty of her life, conducted the funeral services at 10 a.m. July 19 at the home of Mrs. McClung, assisted by Revs. A. E. Harrison, present pastor, and Joe N. Everheart, pastor of the Kerens Presbyterian church.

Special music was furnished by Miss Cecil Ross, Mrs. F. E. McCown, Messrs. Ford Ivey and Bat L. Murphey, vocalists, and Mrs. John R. Simmons, accompanist.

Interment was in the Kerens cemetery, where she was tenderly laid to rest in a beautiful lot, adjoining that of her lifelong friend, the late Mrs. J. J. Walker.

Active pallbearers were Luther Westbrook, R. P. Walker, H. A. Quaite, R. H. Mays, A. R. Carroll, E. H. Gray of Kerens; J. O. Burke and Tate Lindsey of Corsicana. Honorary pallbearers were the many friends of the family.

Among the large group present from out of town were: Mrs. F. J. Lindsey, Mrs. Clyde Stroud, JR., Mrs. Arthur Wareing, Mrs. F. C. Paul, Mrs. J. V. Noble, Mrs. Olive Noble, Mrs. Ben R. Blackmon, Alton Justiss, A. L. McCleary, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Daniel, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Bennett, Mrs. Glenn Rodgers, Miss Glen Alma Ridgers, W. B. Levy, E. E. Babers, N. Suttle Roberts, James Cerf, William Lee Holman, Mrs. Elmer Keith, Mrs. J. G. Comfort, Artie Mayfield, of Corsicana, Miss Dorothy Sherrill, Dallas, Mrs. H. G. Askew, Tyler, R. M. Blanchard, Miss Annie Davis, Palestine, Mrs. E. M. Westbrook, Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Fullwood, William Fullwood, Dallas, Mrs. W. A. Corkern, Billy Beth, and Mavince Corkern, Orange.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, July 22, 1941
  • w/o William Mitchell Seale; d/o Adren Ford Posey and Rachel Ellen (Knox) Posey buried at Prairie Point cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Wilmer Haynes Jr.
abt 1944 - Dec 20, 2012

Wilmer Haynes Jr., 68, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are at noon on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. as Eulogist and Pastor Grady G. Anderson Jr. officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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William "Ted" Charles Green
abt 1931 - Dec 21, 2012

William “Ted” Charles Green, 81, Corsicana, passed away Friday, Dec. 21,
2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Bethlehem Baptist Church with Pastor Dairy G. Johnson, officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Clifton E. Flanagan
Aug 29, 1915 - Jan 21, 1993

Clifton E. Flanagan, 77, of Corsicana, died Jan. 21, 1993.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Horace Cobb officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery.

He was a veteran of the US. Army during World War II and had been a foundry laborer for Oil City Iron Works for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Flanagan of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Elna Flanagan of Tyler, one sister, Irene Esquire of Dallas; two granddaughters, Geni Marie and Katherine Ann Flanagan, both of Tyler; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Florence Christine Bancroft 
Jan 6, 1959 - Feb 4, 1993

Christine Bancroft, 34, of Eureka, died Feb. 4, 1993.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Eureka Cemetery. The Rev. Rodney Bancroft will officiate. The family will receive friends for visitation from 7 to 8 p.m., Saturday at Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Jan. 6, 1959 in Angus.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Bancroft of Corsicana; her mother, Pauline Bates of Corsicana; four sisters, Doris Vaughn and Catherine Thornton, both of Corsicana, Barbara Jones of Columbus, Ohio, and Linda Quinn of Ennis; one brother, Loyd Wilkerson of Corsicana; four step-sons, Mitchell Bancroft of Houston, Leslie Bancroft, Thomas Wayne Bancroft, Thomas Wayne Bancroft and Rex Bancroft, all of Corsicana; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Margaret Ruth Lamb
July 8, 1930 - May 14, 1993

Margaret Ruth Lamb, 62, of Corsicana, died May 14, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. H.D. Nance officiating. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery.

She was born July 8, 1930 in Eureka, Texas. She was a member of Trinity Christian Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by four sons, Robert Allan Lamb, Lloyd Dale Lamb, Roy Dean Lamb and Donald Ray Lamb, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mildred Young and Christian Jock, both of Eureka; one brother, Harvey Robinson of Eureka; 13 grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Jessie May (Mosley) Bell
abt 1926 - May 25, 1993

Jessie (Mosley) Bell, 66, of Corsicana, died May 25, 1993, in Park Row Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.

Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, David Bell of Eureka; two daughters, Doris Ashley of Waxahachie and Elizabeth Brown of Eureka; two brothers, Johnny Mosley and Darell Mosley, both of Corsicana; four sisters, Lola Thomas of Navarro Mills, Sue Petty of Corsicana, Barbara Jo Jones of Lancaster and Donnie Williams of Texarkana; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Danny Petty, Harold Petty, Cloyd Bell, Steve Wilson, Jackie Cooper and Dickie Cooper.

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Mary Frances (Wheeler) Miller
Nov 15, 1936 - Feb 25, 2013

Mary Frances (Wheeler) Miller, 76, of Mount Calm, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at her home. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Mount Calm with the Rev. John Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery near Dawson. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Mildred Lorraine Remmers
Apr 27, 1919 - Feb 21, 2013

Mildred Lorraine Remmers went to be with her beloved Lord and Savior Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the age of 93. She was born April 27, 1919.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Remmers Brister and son-in-law David L. Brister of Corsicana, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give special thanks and love to the wonderful staff of Twilight Home in Corsicana, which Mildred lovingly referred to as her “castle” for the last two years. The staff so sweetly and lovingly cared for her in a way the family truly appreciates. Mildred made many wonderful friends whom she adored and who also adored her.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Texas City.

Arrangements by Emken-Linton Funeral Home.

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James Decker aka Michael Oshay
Feb 20, 1935 - Feb 17, 2013

James Decker, known by some in Corsicana as Michael Oshay, resident of Kerens and Corsicana, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Corsicana. Funeral services with military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at the Dallas / Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Feb 23, 2013
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • James Decker known by some in Corsicana as Michael Oshay, resident of Kerens and Corsicana, passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the age of 77. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dallas / Fort Worth National Cemetery.

    He was born on February 20, 1935 to Loren Decker and Helen Lesh Decker. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and while living in Corsicana he would mow yards. At times he would travel to Indiana and help with the harvesting and farming in the area. Hobbies included hunting and fishing. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War in 1952.

    He was preceded in death by his parents Loren and Helen Decker. Survivors include his children John Decker and Brenda Decker of Huntington, Indiana and Amy Oshay of Corsicana. Grandchildren Alyssa Sanchez of Corsicana and Rachel Quillen and Kristen Bosworth both of Bluffton, Indiana and the mother of his children Geraldine Oshay of Corsicana.

Chevelle Martine Smith
Feb 12, 2013 - Feb 17, 2013

Chevelle Martine Smith was born on Feb. 12, 2013, and passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Veronica Dillard
abt 1916 - Apr 6, 2012

Veronica Dillard, 96, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2012, at Resthaven Memorial Park with Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ponciano Aguilar
abt 1964 - Apr 21, 2012

Ponciano Aguilar, 47, of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jackie (Adams) Thomas
Mar 17, 1948 - Aug 27, 1993

Jackie Thomas, 45, of Ennis, died Aug. 27, 1993, in Bluffton, Ohio.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Solon Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born March 17, 1948, in Marshall, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Adams.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Thomas of Ennis; two daughters, Kelly Thomas and Kacey Thomas, both of Ennis; her mother, Mrs. Lillian Adams of Corsicana; two brothers, Mike Adams of Corsicana and Garry Adams of Freestone; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Hazel Thomas of Eureka; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Randy Thomas, Mark Thomas, Ronnie Haynie, Jim Hayden, David Hayden and Sonny Morris.

Memorials may be made to the Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Ave., Ennis, Texas.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Jackie Thomas, 45, of Rt. 4, Box 82, Ennis were held Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with Mr. Solon Bailey officiating. Interment followed in the Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Mrs. Thomas died as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident in Bluffton, Ohio Aug. 27.

She was born in Marshall, Texas March 17, 1948 the daughter of Earl and Lillian Adams. She was preceded in death by her father Earl Adams and survived by her husband, Roy Thomas of Ennis; two daughters, Kelly and Kacey Thomas of Ennis; her mother, Mrs. Lillia [sic] Adams of Corsicana; two brothers, Mike Adams of Corsicana and Garry Adams of Freestone, Texas; her mother-in-law Hazel Thomas of Eureka, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

Randy Thomas, Mark Thomas, Ronnie Haynie, Jim Hayden, David Hayden and Sonny Morris served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Ennis Public Library, 501 W. Ennis Avenue, Ennis Texas.

Notes:

  • The Press - Friday, Sep 3, 1993
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Michael Lewis Penrose II
Oct 30, 1957 - Sep 5, 1993

Michael Lewis Penrose II, 35, of Corsicana, died Sept. 5, 1993 at his residence.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Resthaven Memorial Park with James T. Davis officiating. The family will receive visitors beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Penrose of Corsicana; three sons, Joshua Penrose of Corsicana and Michael and Jason Penrose of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Charity Penrose of Corsicana and Alisha Penrose of Phoenix, Ariz; his father, Harold K. Penrose of Gun Barrel; his mother, Dionne Penrose of Gresham, Oregon; two brothers, Harold K. Penrose III of Kaufman and Randy Johnson of Corsicana; two sisters, Pamala Marie Tower and Dianna Lynn Smith, both of Gresham, Oregon; and his grandmother, Charlotte Bush of Gun Barrel.

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Maude Underhill
Apr 6, 1903 - Sep 9, 1993

Maude Underhill, 90, of Corsicana, died Sept. 9, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
John Conley officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

She was born April 6, 1903 in Oklahoma and was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include six daughters, Polly Hernandez of Farmers Branch, Betty Joe Underhill and Pauline Massey, both of Corsicana, Dorothy Mackey and Wanda Blevins, both of Mesquite and Jimmie Lou Melton of Irving; two sons, Willie Anderton Jr. of Retreat and Billy Gene Underhill of Gainesville; one brother, Dock Lambert; one sister, Myrtle Harrison of Angelton; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Underhill.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hernandez, Ricky Hernandez, Terry Mackey, John Mackey, Larry Anderton and Eric Melton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Chris Hernandez and Bryan Matthews.

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Agnes S. York
Feb 3, 1908 - Sep 28, 1993

Agnes S. York, 85, of Corsicana, died Sept. 28, 1993, in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, with the Rev. Connally Dugger officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Feb. 3, 1908, in Dexter and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe York.

Survivors include two sons, Gerry York of Dallas and Joe D. York of Corsicana; three grandsons, Steve York of Los Angeles, Calif., Ron York of Corsicana and Carter York of Austin; one granddaughter, Kelly O'Connor of Dallas; and four great-grandchildren, Hillary York and Cameron York, both of Corsicana, and Claire and William O'Connor of Dallas.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

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Bill Nichols
Jan 16, 1927 - Sep 28, 1993

Bill Nichols, 66, of Corsicana, died Sept. 28, 1993, in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Tompkins and the Rev. Horace Crowder officiating.
Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Jan. 16, 1927. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force. He was ordained as a minister on Dec. 6, 1960, of Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dessie Nichols of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, Rickey and Rosanne Nichols of Pflugerville; one daughter and son-in-law, Alicia D. and Raymond Rogers of Corsicana; two sisters, Martha Christian and Betty Gilcrease, both of Corsicana; three grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Opal Nichols of Corsicana.

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Vernell Parhm
Oct 28, 1926 - Aug 15, 1993

Vernell Parhm, 66, of Corsicana, died Aug. 15, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Independent Baptist Church with the Rev. Alvin E. Smith officiating.
Burial will be in the Timothy Cemetery in Chatfield under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include six daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Paul Lusk of Grand Prairie, Cerlister and Leroy Johnson, Loretta and Fred Hall, Doyce and Dennis Cox, Joyce and David Sims, all of Corsicana and Jearline and Sam Williams of Fort Worth; four sons and a daughter-in--law, Charlie Parhm, Frank Parhm, Willie Parhm, all of Corsicana, and James and Pamela Parhm of DeSoto; 24 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

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Alma Dee (Jones) Thomerson
Jan 9, 1911 - Aug 15, 1993

Alma Thomerson, 82, of Corsicana, died Aug. 15, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Rose Hill Cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial is under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include one son, Clarence Thomerson of Corsicana; one daughter, Laverne Slider of Crete, Ill.; one brother, two sisters; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Rose Hill Cemetery Association.

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Betty Mae (Farmer) Kiser
Jan 24, 1904 - Aug 24, 1993

Mrs. Betty Farmer Kiser, 89, of Dawson died Aug. 24, 1993 at her residence in Dawson.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Wade Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev.
David Bugg officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery with Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 24, 1904, in Blooming Grove. She was raised in Dawson and then lived in the Midland-Odessa area before moving back to Dawson 28 years ago. She was a home maker and a member of the Eastern Star in Denver City. She was a member of the Baptist church.

She married Leo Kiser March 5, 1923, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1987.

Survivors are two sons, Harol Kiser of Nacogdoches and Billy J. Kiser of DeQueen Ark.; one daughter, Mrs. Lou Stephen of Atlanta Georgia; two brothers, Gus Farmer of Dallas, Frank Farmer of Gladewater; two sisters, Purdie Thompson of Fort Worth, Lollie MaGee of Kilgore; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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Minnie Joyce (Haynes) Hawkins
Jul 11, 1951 - Aug 15, 1993

Minnie Joyce Haynes Hawkins, 42, of Corsicana, died Aug. 15, 1993 at her residence.

Wake service will be 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ with Elder Charles Washington officiating.

Burial will be at the Silent Grove Cemetery in Cheneyboro under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include her husband, O.B. Hawkins of Corsicana; one daughter, Kendra Haynes of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Tena Haynes of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; her mother, Mattie Haynes of Corsicana; one brother, Wilmer Haynes Jr. of Ennis; and one sister, Dora Allen of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Donald Anderson, Brent Anderson, Michael Thomas, Curtis Randle, Michael Williams and Perry Littleton.

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Mary Pearl (Ingram) Bradley
Aug 18, 1902 - Apr 14, 1993

Mary Pearl Bradley, 90, died April 14, 1993 at the Corsicana Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Friday in the J. E. Keever Mortuary Chapel in Ennis with the Rev. Bill Hughes and the Rev. Cay Humbert officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 18, 1902 in Kerens, the daughter of Washington C. and Pearl Noble Ingram. She was reared and graduated from high school in Kerens and attended the Texas University for two years, East Texas State University, Southern Methodist University and Navarro College.

She married John Kestler Bradley of Rice on Oct. 18, 1925, and they resided in Rice where she taught school for 24 years. She was active in the PTA since 1932, serving at all levels including 13 years on the State Board. She is past District President, State Chairman, State Vice President and recipient of State and National Life Memberships. She was an honorary member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Key Women Teachers and received the Distinguished Retired Teacher Award in 1974.

She was a member of the Haynie Methodist Church in Rice where she was a steward and a church Sunday school teacher. She also was a member of the 20th Century Club, the Rice Cemetery Association, the Pan American Round Table, the Kinsloe House, Retired Teachers Association and served on the county boards for the Heart Fund, Cancer Society and United Fund.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John and one son, Robert Ingram Bradley.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Joyce Bradley of Corsicana; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Henry Jackson of Ingram, Teas; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Bradley of Ft. Worth; one brother, Walker Ingram of Kerens; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were David Johnson, John Finley, Tim Walthall, F.W. Robinson, Alan Hicks, Joe Allison and Leo Long. Honorary pallbearers were K.R. Robinson, Zachary Dillon, Jeff Steen, Bob Gage and Charles Ray Jones.


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John Cleborne Allen
Mar 13, 1905 - May 13, 1993

J.C. Allen, 88, of Weslaco, died May 13, 1993, in Weslaco.

Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Weslaco, with the Rev. Ken Harrison officiating. Graveside services will be conducted by the Corsicana Masonic Lodge #174 in the Rice Cemetery at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 18. Visitation will be until 8 p.m. Friday. McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco is in charge of arrangements.

He was born March 13, 1905, in Rice, the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Allen. He attended school in Mesquite and graduated in 1922. He resided in Weslaco since 1944, where he was in the insurance business as a special agent, supervisor and marketing specialist and a past secretary of Texas Insurance Fieldmen Association. He was a member of the Southwest Conference Football Officials Association for some 23 years. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Weslaco, the Lion's Club and a longtime secretary of the Weslaco Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mrs. Kitty Sue Hughes.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Adelia Turner Allen of Weslaco; one daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Walter Thompson of Weslaco; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Local relatives are J.T. and Bobbie Allen of Rice; Jim and Debra Allen of Rice; Margaret and Gene Thomas of Eureka; Gene Allen of Wortham; and Mrs. Dorothy McCarson of Ferris.

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Lorin Wesley Murff
April 6, 1929 - July 14, 1993

Lorin Wesley "Mud" Murff, 64 of Arlington, died July 14, 1993, at his residence after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Meadowland Baptist Church. Burial will be 3 p..m. in the Rice Cemetery under the direction of Moore Funeral Home in Arlington.

He was a longtime resident of Arlington and a member of the Meadowland Baptist Church for 35 years. He was a vice president of Royal Business Forms and began his printing career at Ennis buriness Forms. He later moved to Arlington. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean conflict. He served as a counselor for Cancer Mount at Baylor Hosiptal. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and rancher.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Murff of Arlington; one son, Rick Murff of Denver, Colo.; one daughter, Gloria Frazier of Arlington; one sister, Ann Alewine of Groesbeck; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Baylor Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society.

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Mary Frances (Jamison) Henson
Jan 10, 1910 - Aug 16, 1993

Mrs. Mary Frances Henson, 83, of Beaumont, Texas, died August 16, 1993 in Beaumont.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Don White of Forrest Park United Methodist Church in Beaumont officiating. Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 10, 1910 in Navarro County. She was a former resident of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Henson Sr.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Vernell Thomas of Corsicana and Mrs. Evelene Hasop of Beaumont; one son, Lee Roy Henson Jr. of Rice; two brothers, Oscar Jamison of Cedar Creek and Okey Jamison of Odessa, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Bessie Pritchett of Corsicana; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Steve Hashop, Fred Hashop, Ricky Hashop, Terry Hashop, Jeff Hashop and Ronald Hale Jr.

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Larry Neal Shelton
Dec 25, 1953 - Aug 23, 1993

Larry Neal Shelton, 39, of Rice, died Aug. 23, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dale Schultz officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Shelton of Rice; two daughters, Nikki and Natalie Shelton of Rice; his father, Bill Shelton of Fort Worth and mother, Joy Dlabaj of Ennis; three brothers; four sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Lane, Jerry Eddins, Kenneth Rawlings, Roy Lynn Williams, Louis Reznicek and Gene McDougald.

The family has established the Larry Shelton Memorial Education Fund for Nikki and Natalie Shelton. Memorials may be sent to the First State Bank, P.O. Box 206, Rice, TX, 75155.

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Dixie Lynn (Vardeman) Wilson
Apr 5, 1933 - Jan 17, 2013

Dixie Lynn Vardeman Wilson, 79, of Elm Mott and formerly of Hubbard, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 in a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Joe Bailey officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19,
2013 at the funeral home. Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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John L. McDaniel
abt 1926 - Jan 12, 2013

John L. McDaniel, 86, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at Country Meadows Nursing Home. Wake service will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at Greater Love Outreach Fellowship, 700 East Park Ave., Corsicana. M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in charge of arrangements.

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Raymond Edward McGraw
Jan 11, 1944 - Jan 6, 2013

Raymond McGraw of Blooming Grove, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at his residence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Bobbie Duncan
Jan 2, 1920 - Jan 5, 1993

Bobbie Duncan, 73, of Wichita Falls, died Jan. 5, 1993, in her residence.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Campbell-Elrod Cemetery in Navarro County with the Rev. Lary Thompson officiating. The family will accept visitors from noon-9 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

She was born Jan. 2, 1920, and was a former resident of Corsicana. She was a retired waitress and had worked at the Holiday Inn. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls.

Survivors include two sisters, Ressie Pease of Corsicana and Lucille Woodard of Alvin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Arthur Edgar "Buck" Allen
Apr 3, 1906 - Jan 20, 1993

A. E. "Buck" Allen, 86, of Athens, died Jan. 20, 1993, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Odis Munns officiating. Burial will be at Campbell-Elrod Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

He was a member of the Zion Hill Church of God in Walton, Texas. He formerly worked at E. W. Habell and Sons and with the city of Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Viola Ann Allen of Athens; four sons, Edgar E. Allen of Kaufman, Tommy Joe Allen and William Ray Allen, both of Corsicana and Johnny Frank Allen of Athens; one daughter, Cliffie Janette Cox of Athens; two sisters, Effie Gladys Owen of Euless and Cliffie Mae Crabtree of Fort Worth; 23 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

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Bettye Maye (Neeley) Thomas
July 15, 1924 - May 25, 1993

Bettye Maye Thomas, 68, of Dallas, died May 25, 1993, in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the Campbell-Elrod Cemetery, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Windol Thomas of Dallas; two brothers, Bobby Neeley of Mesquite and Bill Neeley of Dawson; one sister, Helen Reed of Mesquite; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Larry Ferguson
Nov 15, 1939 - Feb 8, 2013

Larry Ferguson, 73, of Cleburne, formerly of Streetman, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Cleburne. Graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Cade Cemetery in Streetman. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Betty Jane (Pullin) Biggs-Cashion
Jul 5, 1939 - Feb 28, 2013

Betty Jane Pullin Cashion was 73 when she left us and went to Heaven on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time.

Betty was born in Blooming Grove on July 5, 1939, and was an only child.  She was a retired hairdresser of more than 40 years. She loved spending time with her dogs Katie, Ziggy, Bella, Pixie, Bandit and Nikki. They shared a daily snack together. She was preceded in death by her parents, F.E. and Lillian Pullin; and beloved dogs, Tinker, Whiskey and Suzy.

We love you Nana! We already miss you and can't wait to see you again in Heaven.

Survivors include her children, Elaine Triplett and Kirk Briggs; grandchildren, Tabitha Phillips, and Janae Lewis, Bobby Triplett; great grandchildren, Devin Phillips, Brent Phillips, Garrett Clay, Sterlin Mann, Amber Swann, Baylee Triplett, Mason Strickland, and Katharine Strickland; and great great grandchildren, Wyatt Green and Amie Green

Arrangements by Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury.

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Dalton Keith Farmer
Feb 23, 1936 - Aug 1, 2013

Keith Farmer, 77 of Kerens, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. He was born Feb. 23, 1936 in Navarro to Dalton Edward and Lillie Mae McCarter Farmer.

He was a lifetime member of Hopewell Baptist Church. After his retirement from Chattanooga Glass he began ranching and enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is preceded in death by wife Doris Marie Farmer, parents Dalton Edward and Lillie Mae, brother Truman Farmer, sisters Aliene Griffin and Oneta Morgan.

He leaves behind his loving partner, Nancy Berry; children Pam Avent Tanner and husband Lewis, Mike Farmer and wife Sharon, Eddie Farmer, Vickie Holmes and husband Leonard. He is also survived by two brothers, Morris Farmer and wife Lena, and Veron Farmer and wife Mary, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with Benny Horn officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matt Scoggins, Lee Farmer, Lance Farmer, Kenny Berry, Danny Purvis, Bryan Jenkins, Cody Grace, and Gary Berry. Honorary pallbearers will be Jody Farmer, Lynn Bottoms, Bunk Bottoms, and R.K. Randall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church.

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Bobby Allen Dyer
Sep 25, 1956 - Jul 28, 2013

Bobby Allen Dyer, 56, of Red Oak passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013.  Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Lee Carlton “B.C.” Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Ruby Mae Grayson
abt 1921 - Aug 1, 2013

Ruby Mae Grayson, 92, of Malakoff, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at Heritage Oaks West. Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Ruby Mae Grayson, 92, of Malakoff, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at Heritage Oaks West. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the Inspiring Body Of Christ Church Chapel, 7701 S. Westmoreland Rd. in Dallas, with Pastor Rickie G. Rush Officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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