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Vernon Leslie Loftis
Feb 8, 1928 - Sept 17, 1993

Vernon L. "Pete" Loftis, 65, of Grand Prairie, died Sept. 17, 1993.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Prairie with the Rev. Steve Matthew officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday.

He was born in Corsicana and had been a resident of Grand Prairie for 20 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked for U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas as a Labor Liaison since 1971, retiring in 1991. He was a member and former business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 520 in Austin.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Loftis of Grand Prairie; one son, David Loftis of Grand Prairie; three daughters, Karen Smith of McKinney, Joan Smith of Irving and Patricia Henry of Grand Prairie; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Mickey Loftis of Kaufman and Artie Loftis of Athens, Texas; and four sisters, Ida Humbert and Ethel Humbert, both of Corsicana, Margaret Nichols of Malakoff, and Mary Robinson of Tyler.

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Lola Jessie "Bill" Reed
Sep 9, 1905 - Sep 19, 1993

Lola "Bill" Reed, 88, of Corsicana, died Sept. 19, 1993, in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. John Conley officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was a former U.S. Postmaster of the Angus Post Office and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Houston.

Survivors include one sister, Edna Castle of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

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Chester "Curley" Martin
Apr 3, 1906 - Sep 23, 1959

Jimmie L. Reed
Jan 30, 1914 - Sep 23, 1959

Double Rites For Brothers Held Thursday

Double funeral rites for Chester (Curley) Martin, 53, and his half-brother, J. L. Reed, 45, found dead in the 300 block on North Ninth street Wednesday morning, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church, conducted the rites. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Martin's body was found near an old automobile and Reed, rushed to Memorial hospital in a Corley ambulance, was pronounced dead on arrival. Reed was a World War II veteran.

Judge G.C. Bowden, justice of the peace, returned a coroner's verdict of "death from natural causes" after an investigation with Police Chief W. A. Massey and Officer Tanner and Deputy Sheriff French.

Surviving Martin and Reed are their mother, Mrs. Sally Martin, Corsicana; four brothers, Bud, Arthur and Tom Martin, all of Corsicana, and Dan Reed, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Langridge, Corsicana, and Mrs. Effie Sawyer, Itasca.

Reed is also survived by a son, James Reed, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were L. D. Patterson, H. M. Libhart, David Price, Ray Brown, A. M. Cates and Bennie Watters.

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CARD OF THANKS
Words cannot express our thanks and appreciation to those who were so kind to us in our loss of loved ones, Chester Martin and Jimmy Lee Reed. We thank Rev. Joe Evans, Mrs. Corley, and all who sent flowers, and thank the ladies of the Missionary Baptist Church and the ladies of the Pickett Church and all the neighbors for the nice dinner. May God bless each of you is our prayers. The Jimmy Lee Reed family: One son, James reed, a mother Mrs. Sallie martin, 4 brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Essie Saywer, Mrs. Jessie Langridge, Dan Reed, T. W. martin, Arthur Martin, Tommy Martin. The Chester Martin family: Mother, Mrs. Sallie Martin, Four brothers, 2 sisters, Mrs. Essie Sawyer, Mrs. Jessie Langridge, T. W. Martin, Arthur Martin, Tommy Martin, Dan Reed.

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Wiley Andrew Capps
Mar 23, 1939 - Sep 19, 1993

Wiley Capps, 54, of Corsicana, died Sept. 19, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with David Mitchell and Scott Motycka officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Maxcine Capps of Corsicana; three sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Rose Capps and Jimmy Ray and Velma Caps, all of Corsicana, and Lloyd and Michell Capps of Atlanta, Texas; son-in-law, Alvin Martin; five daughters, and sons-in-law, Betty and Bill Parker of Jasper, Ala., Maxcine Martin of Brownwood, and Tammy and L.B. Pennington, Barbara and Glenn Davis and Kathy and Jose Capps, all of Corsicana; his mother, Ruby Shucks of Kentucky; two brothers, George Capps of Corsicana and Lonnie Shucks of Kentucky; four sisters, Roby Carlaw, Donna Suter, Brenda Robertson and Terri Dees, all of Kentucky; and 35 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were L.B. Pennington, Bill Parker, Charlie Capps, Tim Howard, Alfie Brown and Louis Capps.

Honorary pallbearers were Rusty Hartin, Jim Capps, John Thrash and Elvin Thrash.

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Nancy Burton
Mar 3, 1901 - Sept 21, 1993

Nancy Burton, 92, of Corsicana, died Sept. 21, 1993, in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born March 3, 1901, in Alabama. She was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church in Kilgore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Burton.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmie Burton of Mancos, Colo. and B.G. Burton of Crane, Texas; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lucille McKalip and Margorie Dowell, both of Kilgore, and Ruby Gilstrap of Baytown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Matthew Todd Oliphant
Aug 9, 1967 - Mar 21, 1969

Oliphant Rites

KERENS—(Spl.)—Matthew Todd Oliphant, age 1 ½ , infant of Mr. and Ms. Thomas Oliphant of Corsicana, died Friday.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens with the Rev. Mr. Holden officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, a brother, Thomas Oliphant, Corsicana, His maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Barham, Blooming Grove and paternal grandmother, Mrs. R. I. Oliphant, Kerens.

Pallbearers will be uncles.

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Orville A. Todd
May 1893 - July 6, 1918

Orville A. Todd, son of Mrs. Fannie Todd of the Black Hills community, died in New Orleans Saturday, and the remains were brought here for interment. The funeral took place from the Sutherland undertaking parlors at 10 o'clock this morning with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The deceased, who had a number of relatives in this county, was living in New Orleans and died of typhoid fever.

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Thomas McMillan Cobb
Apr 1855 - May 24, 1937

THOMAS M. COBB, CORSICANA PIONEER DIED EARLY TODAY

EARLY DAY BUSINESS MAN HERE TO BE BURIED TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Thomas M. Cobb, 81, a native of South Carolina, but a resident of Corsicana the last 55 years, died at the family home, 1226 West Third avenue early Monday morning and funeral services are planned for 6 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Rev. E.T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, will conduct the rites.

Mr. Cobb was one of the co-founders of Kiber & Cobb confectionery here, which was one of the pioneer business establishments in Corsicana. He retired from business several years ago. He has been in declining health for a number of years.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Thomas Cobb, Corsicana; seven children, Mrs. Edward McGehee, Alabama; Y.J. Cobb, Massachusetts; Mrs. W.E. Speakes, St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. J.F. Wright, Henderson; Mrs. J.C. Gamewell, Handley; Mrs. Vernon D. Howard, Christoval, Texas, and Mrs. Clyde Dyches, Cocorro N.M.; two sisters, Mrs. Ben McKie, Waco, and Mrs. Elizabeth Hadden, Florida and five grandchildren.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral directors will have charge of the arrangements.

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Billy Joe Mullins Sr.
Aug 10, 1926 - Feb 22, 2013

Mr. Billy Joe Mullins Sr., 86, of Lewisville passed away Friday, Feb.
22, 2013, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound.

He was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Quinlan to parents Willie Edward and Carrie Odell Mullins.

He was a veteran, having served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Later he was employed with Shaw Equipment Company in Dallas where he lived for many years before moving to Corsicana, where he enjoyed working on his farm. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Dallas, and just recently received his
60 year pin with the Shriner’s.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Melvia Mullins; parents; and sisters, Maybell Cass and Mildred Nall.

He is survived by his son, Billy Joe Mullins Jr. and wife Sandie of Plano; daughter, Genay Davis of Lewisville; granddaughters, Kristina Selakovich and husband Patrick of Plano, Lori Williams and husband Trevor of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Leslie Bottoms and husband Matt of Coppell; grandson, Blake Mullins and wife Jamie of Mandeville, La.; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Margie Evans Berryman, Geneva Browning and husband Tom of Greenville, and Shirley Matthews of Irving; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
27, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Pastor Trevor Williams officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Navarro unit, 1000 W. 2nd Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Emma (Bryan) Horton
Sep 26, 1872 - Nov 2, 1970

Mrs. Horton Rites Pending

Mrs. A. J. Horton, 98, pioneer Navarro County resident, died late Monday at her home on Drane road after a lengthy illness.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Griffin Funeral Home.

She was the oldest of five children of the late Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Bryan who were pioneer settlers in the Drane community. As a young man her father rode horseback from St. Louis, Mo. to Austin where he joined the Confederate Army. After the war, he returned with his family to make his home in Texas.

The old Bryan school, razed years ago, was named for her father.

Mrs. Horton and her late husband were married in 1892 and lived on the family home place for a number of years. Her present home was constructed on the farm in 1904.

On the occasion of her 95th birthday on Sept. 26, 1967, she received a congratulatory message from President Lyndon Johnson, and Gov. John Connally.

She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by one son, Bryan Horton of Houston; three daughters, Miss Oma Horton and Miss Christine Horton, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. D. H. Hamilton of Sherman; one grandchild, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Horton Rites

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. A. J. Horton, 98, pioneer Navarro county native who died Monday at her home. Dr. Lively Brown officiated. Burial was in the Campbell Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wayne Elrod, N. S. Roughton, Curtis Roughton, Shelby Hicks, R. B. Jones, Sila Fry, Harvey Beeman and John Rowell.

She is survived by one son, three daughters, one grandchild, four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Brantly Callaway Harris, Jr.
Mar 24, 1924 - Aug 8, 1924

Flowers Bloom Only to Wither.

A telephone message to Mrs. Minnie B. Sutton from Mrs. Ross Sutton in Galveston, bears the sad news of the death of little Brantley Harris, Jr. the six months old so of Mr. and Mrs. Brantley Harris of Galveston, who died Friday morning with pneumonia and was buried yesterday (Sunday.)

Mrs. Harris was formerly Miss Willie Dean McAfee of Corsicana and she and her husband have the tenderest sympathy of many friends here, where Mrs. Harris was born and reared.

Mrs. Ross Sutton and two children were visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harris at the time of the death of their little one. Mrs. Sutton is a sister of Mrs. Harris.

“Flowers bloom and then they wither. Cheeks though bright must fade and die.”
But human flowers will live forever.

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Edna Fay Sheerer
Apr 26, 1903 - July 29, 1993

Edna Sheerer, of Waco, formerly of Corsicana, died July 29, 1993 at Saint Elizabeth Nursing Home in Waco.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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A. W. "L. D." Sheerer
Jul 10, 1898 - Apr 12, 1973

Funeral services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for A.W. (L.D.) Sheerer, 74, of Waco, who died Thursday in Waco. Burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery. Griffin Funeral Home will direct.

He moved to Corsicana at age 23 and was an employe of Ben Keith Produce Co. until 1929 when he moved to Waco where he was an employe of the Texas Power and Light Co. He retired from the company in 1923. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Waco where he was a member of the Men's Bible Class.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. A. W. Sheerer of Waco; a sister, Mrs. W.B. Wilson of Fort Worth; a brother, Cato Sheerer of Kerens; several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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James Dwight Brittain
June 28, 1911 - Aug 2, 1993

James Dwight "Sam" Brittain, 82, of Corsicana, died Aug. 2, 1993.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born June 28, 1911. He was a steel worker by trade and worked 20 years at Bethlehem Steel in Corsicana and 18 years with Ampco Metals in Garland. Since his retirement in 1976, he has enjoyed spending time with people and poetry.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Brittain of Corsicana; one son, Jim Brittain of Dallas; one daughter, Linda Rogers of Sherfield; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Charlie Brittain of Corsicana and Roy Brittain of Dallas; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be members of the Church of Christ.

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Mary Helen (Griffith) Roper
May 1, 1912 - Aug 6, 1993

Mary Helen Roper, 81, of Corsicana, died Aug. 6, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 9 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Connally Dugger officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born May 1, 1912, in Mexia. She was a 1930 graduate of Corsicana High school. She retired from Texas Miller Products after 20 years. She retired from the Corsicana State Home in 1977 and from Navarro College in 1989. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana and a member of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by husband, W.B. Roper in 1955.

Survivors include two sons, W.B. Roper Jr. of Corsicana and David E. Roper of DeSota, two brothers, C.V. Griffith of Hemphill and H.L. Griffith Jr. of Padre Island; one sister, Lurline Womack of Spegalville; four grandchildren, W.B. Roper III and Randy Roper, both of Corsicana, Gary Roper of Waldron, Ark., and Samuel Roper of DeSota; two step-granddaughters, Shannon Tillery and Erin Tillery, both of DeSota; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Webb, Robert Arnett, Richard Rash, Daton Tanner, Terry Richter and David Richter.

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Robert L. Creech
Feb 15, 1911 - Aug 11, 1993

Robert L. Creech, 82, of Corsicana, died Aug. 11, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Private burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

He was born Feb. 15, 1911 in Ellis County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Conant Creech, and a son, Clayton Creech.

Survivors include one son, Loran Creech of Dallas; three sisters, Mavis Kitchen of Midlothian, Ada Couch of Dallas and Rosalie Bledsoe of Athens; three brothers, Milus Creech of Ada, Okla., Ray Creech of Calif. and Bill Creech of Buda; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Navarro Unit, P.O. Box 1236, Corsicana, Texas 75151

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Adele (Bell) Wylie-Waller
Mar 24, 1914 - Aug 23, 1993

Adele Waller, 79, of Corsicana, died Aug. 23, 1993 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Freddie Wiley and Joe Wiley, both of Corsicana; one grandson; and one nephew, Joe Sanderson of Plano.

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James Otis Johnson
Feb 2, 1894 - Oct 8, 1919

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Charles Lawrence "Charlie" Sowell
Jun 4, 1890 - Oct 9, 1918

CHARLIE L. SOWELL
Dawson, Texas
Killed in Action.

Charlie Lawrence Sowell, who was twenty-eight years of age at the time of his death, was killed in action while serving as a private in the Medical Detachment of the 143rd Infantry, 36th Division. He and twelve other soldiers were going to the front when a high explosive shell killed seven of the party and wounded six. Captain Dubart Miller of Corsicana was his commanding officer.

His body was buried one mile south of Somme Py, France, at which place it was exhumed and returned to America, arriving in Dawson, Monday and burial took place Tuesday in the Dawson cemetery, Military honors were accorded the body.

Sowell entered the service May 25, 1918, and was trained at Camp Travis. He was the son of J. M. Sowell, a prominent citizen of Dawson.

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Billie L. Hood
Mar 3, 1928 - June 2, 1993

Mrs. Billie L. Hood, 65, of Euless, died June 2, 1993, in Euless.

Services were 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Dan W. Williams of he First United Methodist Church of Euless officiated. Burial was in the Eureka Cemetery.

She was born March 3, 1928, in Corsicana. She was an active member of A.A.R.P. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Euless.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Billy James Hood.

Survivors include two daughters, Sheryl Rush of Bay City, Texas, and Mary Hall of Abilene; one son, MIchael Hood of Arlington; two brothers, Jack Day and Don Day, both of Tyler; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one nephew.

Pallbearers will be Jake Stewart, Greg Owen, Clyde Boyte, Richard Gee and Ralph Armstrong.

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Emmett Earl Petty
abt 1923 - July 16, 1993

Emmett Earl Petty, 70, of Corsicana, died July 16, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Nettie Sue Petty of Corsicana; two sons, Harold Wayne Petty of Palestine and Danny Ray Petty of Corsicana; four daughters, Alpha Young and Virginia Lois Garrett of Palestine, Jeniece Stewart of Houston and Jo Ann Carico of Wichita Falls; one brother, Buck Petty of Corsicana; one sister, Jencie Perry of Eureka; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Gencie C. Perry
Oct 14, 1920 - July 24, 1993

Gencie C. Perry, 72, of Eureka, died July 24, 1993, at the Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Jimmy Perry and Edward Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.R. Perry, in 1989.

Survivors include one son, Richard E. Perry of Eureka; one daughter, Dorothy L. Smith of Eureka; one brother, Buck Petty of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Dana Richardson of Palmer, Susan Emmett of Eureka, Terry Smith of Eureka and Gene Smith of Eureka; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Danny Petty, Ken Beaird, Clyde Smith, Ernest Sikes, Randy Robison and Danny Robison.

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Dr. Harry K. Hodge
Oct 16, 1949 - Aug 14, 1993

Dr. Harry K. Hodge, 43, of Houston, died Aug. 14, 1993.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Palmer Memorial Church with the Rev. David Tarbet officiating. Burial will follow at 5 p.m. at the Eureka Cemetery in Eureka. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Monday.

He was a 1967 graduate of Mildred High school, a 1969 graduate of Navarro College and went on to attend Southwestern University in Georgetown. In 1975, he earned his doctorate degree in dental surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He wa a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and member of Palmer Memorial Church of Houston where he was a former member of the Vestry, a former Sunday school teacher, a former choir member, a former assistant to the Children's Choir and first president of the "Psalm." He also was involved with the acquisition of a Fisk pipe organ for the church. Hodge was most recently attending Rice University studying organ performance. He also assisted in establishing the Bering Dental Clinic where he served as a volunteer.

Survivors include his mother and father, Willie and Alibeth Hodge of Corsicana; one brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Pat Hodge; two nieces and one nephew, Amy Bowman, Alyson Hodge and Adam Bowman; and aunts and uncles, Essie and Frank Greenup and Pat and John Whitten.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bering Dental Clinic, 1440 Harold, Houston, TX, 77006 or the Palmer Memorial Church Mixic Department, 6221 Main St., Houston, TX, 77030.

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Odell Green
Feb 4, 1924 - Feb 9, 2013

Odell Green, 89, of Cedar Creek Lake passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

He was born Feb. 4, 1924, in Bullard, to parents, George Washington and Mattie Inez Green.

He grew up at the Texas State’s Orphan Home in Corsicana. On April 11, 1942, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army. At the end of his basic training, he applied for the paratrooper school which paid $50 a month additional for jumping. His application for jump school was approved subject to his gaining three pounds while en route from California to Fort Benning, Ga. He left California with a big sack of bananas and a bad thirst for water and he arrived at Fort Benning weighing 130 pounds, which was just what he needed to be approved. After completing the rugged paratrooper training, he was sent to Alabama for instruction in the delicate handling of demolition. He was then assigned to the 505th Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, located in Fort Bragg, S.C. On April 20, 1943, the division left Fort Bragg for the combat zone. They arrived in North Africa for more training. He traveled throughout many countries with his buddies of the 82nd Airborne. He was one of 12 who started with the division and went all the way through the war and was with the division at the end. He was wounded two times, made four major jumps, 11 river or beachheads, six campaigns, in Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Central Europe, Ardennes, and the Rhineland. His campaign Medal has seven Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead. He was also awarded the Bronze Star medal for Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations against the enemy. He received a Letter of Commendation from the regimental commander. The 82nd AA received the Dutch order of Willem; French Fourragere; Parachutists wings with four combat jump stars and a Presidential Citation.

He also was awarded two purple hearts.

He would later tell his good friend, Hank Wyatt, the story behind the bombing of Phoenix City, Ala. After the war, he came home and became the owner of a dry-cleaning business. Later, he and his wife Joy owned and operated a beauty salon for 15 years. After that time, he became a salesman, then sales manager for Tom White’s Chevrolet. Throughout his life, he had many colorful adventures and friends. One of Joy’s favorite stories about Odell is that he left home one day to join his buddies for a day of bird hunting. Hour by hour went by and he still had not returned home. Late into the night, he returned home with his bounty.
Joy was expecting a sack full of birds, instead he handed her a bag of frozen frog legs. Joy and Odell were married for 67 years. He celebrated his 89th birthday on Feb. 4. He loved his family, friends, and everybody will miss him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, C.R. Green.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Joy Green; daughter, Sheila Herod and husband Robert of Corsicana; son, George Green and wife Donna of Corsicana; granddaughters, Erika Franklin and April Loewe and husband Heath; grandsons, Jason and Matthew Herod; great grandchildren, Tristan Jace Herod, Brantley Loewe, Madison Franklin, Mason Franklin, and Ryland Franklin; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Oakwood Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment with military honors followed the service.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Angel Gwendolyn "Nonie" (Walls) Almond
May 8, 1918 - Feb 5, 2013

Angel Gwendolyn “Nonie” Walls Almond was born May 8, 1918 in Camden County, Mo. The house where she was born is now under the Ozark Lakes.
When she was five, the family moved to Healton, Okla. where she lived until she married Glen B. Almond on Oct. 3, 1935. Following Glen’s job promotions in Magnolia/Mobil Oil, the family moved several times in the Addington, Okla. area where their three children were born. In 1950, Angel and Glen moved their family to Salem, Ill. then to Fredericktown, Mo. in 1953, to Corsicana in 1963, then back to Salem, Ill. in 1966 and finally back to Corsicana in 1970. The oldest daughter of a large family, Angel learned early to cook and care for children. Everywhere she lived Angel made friends through her support of her husband, her children, her church and her cooking. Like all good Southern women, Nonie showed her love by cooking. If she loved you, she cooked for you.
If she REALLY loved you, she prepared a feast with your favorite casserole and numerous pies and cakes. The really good cakes had swirls on top and the best pies were cheesecake or coconut and pineapple.

As the matriarch of the Walls and Almond clans, Angel loved to tell stories of Model T’s, life before electricity and indoor plumbing, the Great Depression and World War II – and we all loved to listen.

Nonie was loved by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Anna (Riviast) Walls, her step-father, Rev. C. O. Sharp, her brothers, Elvin and Ernie Walls, her sisters, Golda Bryant, Mabel Warhola, Pauline Graves, Wanda Lee Walls and Margie Peck, her husband, Glen Almond, her grandson, Chris Almond, her son, Jim Almond, her foster brother Otto Koch, her step-daughter Peggy Cox, three nephews and one niece.

Angel is survived by her son, James Almond of Corsicana, her daughter, Glenda and son-in-law Wayne Voelmeck of Avondale, Penn., her brother, Joe Walls of Houston, plus eight nieces, two nephews, eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Angel was a strong, loving and supportive wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. She was the best gravy maker West of the Mississippi. Nonie loved Elvis (and her family) and we all truly loved her in return.

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

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Gene Farrell Gilliam
Apr 24, 1934 - Jan 15, 1955

Airman Killed In Auto Accident; Rites At Kerens

KERENS, Jan. 17.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Airman 2-C Gene Farrell Gilliam, 20, Maintenance Squadron, Gary Air Force Base, San Marcos, were held from the First Methodist church here Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

The airman was killed Saturday afternoon near Luling, Texas, in an automobile accident.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Maggart B. Howell, pastor of the First Methodist church, Temple, formerly of Kerens, and Rev. Thomas Tribble, pastor.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. J. T. Neal, Houston; father, Forrest Gilliam, Corsicana; a brother, Dickie Tidwell, Houston; and grandparents, J. W. Arnett, Kerens, and Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Gilliam, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Gary Air Force Base personnel.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 17, 1955
  • U.S. Air Force
  • s/o Clinton Forest Gilliam buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas and Johnnie Evelyn (Arnett) Gilliam-Tidwell-Neal
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Beulah Alice (Hope) Cobb
Dec 19, 1893 - Jul 17, 1959

Mrs. Cobb Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, July 18, (Spl.)—Mrs. Beulah Cobb was found dead at her home here Friday morning. A heart attack was ascribed as the cause of death by an attending physician.

Mrs. Cobb had packed her bags preparatory to going on a visit to relatives in Colorado.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel Sunday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist church.

A native of Caldwell, Mrs. Cobb has resided here for the past 14 years.

Surviving are a son, H. B. Cobb, Amarillo; three sisters, Mrs. Al Freel, Boulder, Colo.; Mrs. Will Doose, Kerrville, and Mrs. Henrietta De Staigner, San Antonio; a brother, R. H. Hope; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Otis Ray Spurlock, Jim Bob Ivey, Homer Carroll, Jr.; Stoner Baker, Hobart Hilliard and Fay Redford.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 18, 1959
  • 1st husband H. L. Pollock 2nd Julius Franklin Cobb; d/o Cyrus Hope & Harriett Charlotte “Hattie” (Hale) Hope
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ada Viola (Smith) Crowley
Feb. 1, 1885 - Jan. 10, 1958

Mrs. Ada Crowley Dies At Kerens

KERENS, Jan. 10—(Spl.)—Mrs. Ada Crowley, 72, life-long resident of this community, died at her home Friday morning. She was the widow of the late V. N. Crowley.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church, of which she was a member, Saturday at 10 a.m. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, Clem N. Crowley, Pecos; Art S. Crowley, San Angelo; CWO Victor N. Crowley, Jr., USAF, Sedalia, Mo., and CWO Pvt. L. Crowley, USAF, Frankfort, Germany; two daughters, Mrs. Fairy Jean Curtis, Waco, and Mrs. Naomi Phillips, Carlsbad, N. M.; five sisters, Mrs. Virgie Washburn, Mrs. Hattie Stockton, Mrs. Clyde Phillips and Mrs. Opal Cooper, all of Kerens, and Mrs. J. A. Horn, Corsicana; nine grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Joe Baker, Whit Scarbrough, Tom Burton Washburn, Frank Burton Washburn, Theron Horn, Joe Crocker.

Inmon will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 10, 1958
  • w/o Victor Ney Crowley, Sr. married Jun. 11, 1911 d/o James Newton Smith and Sarah Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Dearmore) Smith buried at Oakgrove cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Elias Vernon “Buck” Ivey, Jr.
Jul 24, 1884 - Mar 24, 1952

Druggist Dies Monday Afternoon

E. V. (Buck) Ivey, 67, well-known Kerens and Corsicana druggist, died in the Navarro Clinic Monday afternoon.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. R. C. Linder, Presbyterian pastor of Kerens, and Rev. W. F. Smith, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Ivey resided in Kerens most of his life and was in the drug business. For a number of years, he has been connected with local drug concerns while still residing in Kerens. He had been with the McAdams Pharmacy for the past 3 ½ years.

Surviving are a son, Buck Ivey, Kerens; daughters, Mrs. Drew McClung, Howell, Mich., and Mrs. Tillman Reed, Kerens; a brother Eric Ivey, Dallas; four grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Dr. J. D. Curington, Billy Miller, Joe Arnett, Horace Newsome, George Arnett and Wilber Black.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 25, 1952
  • h/o Maggie Lynn (Harvin) Ivey s/o Elias V. Ivey & Ora (Butler) Ivey buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Elias Vernon Ivey, Sr.
abt 1865 - Oct 26, 1910

Died in Kerens.

Elias Ivey, a well known citizen of the county, aged 45 years, died at his home in Kerens last night at 8 o’clock. The deceased was a brother-in-law of J. E. and J. H. Butler of Corsicana and the father of Vernon Ivey, who is connected with J. E. Butler’s drug store here.

The remains were interred in Kerens this afternoon, Rev. O. L. Hailey of this city officiating.

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Judy Ann (Whistler) Sykes
Jan 3, 1952 - Feb 28, 2013

Judy Ann Whistler Sykes was taken to Heaven by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Judy (Gran) was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her Lord, family and friends. She enjoyed all aspects of life. She was a very hard worker, thoughtful, considerate and put others before herself.
She was a faithful member of Brushie Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edith and A.J.
Whistler; sister, Betty Jo Whistler; and brothers, Bobby Whistler, Alvie Whistler and Gary Whistler.

Survivors include her husband, Troy Sykes; daughters, Rhonda Blackmon and husband Jerry Blackmon Jr., Robin Sykes and son Shane Sykes; grandchildren, Brittany Blackmon and Dylon Blackmon; sister, Peggy Brown; and brother, Jimmy Whistler.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Bessie J. Rayo
abt 1946 - Feb 24, 2013

Mrs. Bessie J. Rayo, 66, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Second Mission Baptist Church with Bishop K.D. Davis and the Rev. Larry Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Erna "Niffy" Martin
Aug 13, 1934 - Feb 21, 2013

Erna Martin, known as “Niffy,” 78, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Heritage Oaks West.

She was born Aug. 13, 1934, to the parentage of Elvie Martin and Erma Brown Martin in Elm Flat. She received her formal education in the G. W.
Jackson School District and professed Christ in her life at an early age and united with the Second Mission Baptist Church. She later united with the Harmony Baptist Church and remained a member until her passing.

She enjoyed collecting antiques and trinkets.

Erna was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Erma Jean “Beth”; four brothers, James Smith “Bubba”, Freddie Smith “Yetta”, L. V. Smith “Bunch”, and Billy Martin.

Survivors include her children, Melva Sadler and husband Timothy, Brenda Hausman and husband Rick, Yolanda Cottman and husband the Rev. Martin Cottman, all of Corsicana; Billy Martin of Corsicana, Byron Grant and wife Mimi of Cedar Hill, Daudren Martin and wife Angela of Mexia, and Terrance Martin of Lancaster; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Julia Ballard and Ernestine Allen, both of Corsicana; one brother, Gene Martin of Corsicana; goddaughter, Gloria Ballard; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including her friends at Heritage Oaks West.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church at 5301 West Highway 31, Corsicana, with Pastor Ernest Betts Jr. as messenger, and Pastor Eric Grant Sr., officiating.

Active Pallbearers are Derrick Holmes, Christopher Allen, Brian Martin, Byron Terrell Hughes, Marvin Holmes and Zackary Holmes.

Honorary Pallbearers are Reginald Polk, Bryce Polk, Brandon Polk, Dannell Grant, Steve Smith and Ricky Smith.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Wanda Beatrice (Willard) Smith
Apr 13, 1923 - Feb 22, 2013

Wanda Beatrice Willard Smith passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

She was born April 13, 1923, on her parents’ farm in Navarro County, about four miles north of Wortham. She graduated from Wortham High School in 1940 and attended SMU. In 1963 she returned to SMU, Perkins School of Theology, as research assistant to Professor Albert C. Outler who was editing the Sermons of John Wesley, and later to Professor Richard P. Heitzenrater, editor of Wesley’s Journals and Diaries. From
1994-2006 Wanda worked as Research Archivist at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, SMU, during which time she curated two
exhibitions: Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, in 1997; and A Methodist Minister in Paris; Letters of Andrew Longacre, 1860-1862, in 2002.

She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Landgrave Willard Smith; a sister, Joan Willard Little, of New York City; and a brother, Billy M.
Willard of Amarillo.

Survivors include two daughters: Marsha Reeder of Aurora, Colo., and Eileen Anthony of Buellton, Calif.; a son, R. Russell Smith, IV, of Dallas; grandson, Travis Anthony of Lompoc, Calif.; two granddaughters, Laura Anthony of Hillsboro, Ore., and Emily Ann Smith of Dallas; a great-grandson, Robert Michael Anthony of Lompoc, Calif.; and a sister, Connie Gorman of Waxahachie.

Graveside service and burial will be at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75275.

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Patricia (Walker) Jones
Oct 2, 1930 - Feb 26, 2013

Patricia W. Jones was born Oct. 2, 1930, in Dunsmuir, Calif., and passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Corsicana.

Patricia was preceded in death by her father, James Walker; her husband, Dr. Morton E. Jones and son Kent Jones.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Shelley and Ronald Smith of Carrollton; son and wife, Steve and Tracy Jones of Waxahachie, and son and wife, Jay and Carol Jones of Mildred. She leaves seven grandchildren, Alan, Christopher, David, Jesse, Bonnie, Stephen and Erin who will miss her greatly.

A homemaker for over 50 years in Richardson, Patricia was an active volunteer in school PTAs, a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, an election worker at Heights Elementary School, and a 60 year member of Kappa Delta sorority. Pat was known for her wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed singing and dancing at every opportunity.

A funeral service and life celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013, in the Restland Wildwood Chapel, 13005 Greenville Avenue in Dallas for those wishing to honor her memory.

Donations may be sent to the Kappa Delta Foundation, 3205 Players Lane, Memphis, TN 38125 or the charity of your choice.

The family of Patricia is grateful to the staff of the Corsicana Sterling House and Family First Hospice for their loving spirit and care.

Arrangements by Restland Wildwood Chapel, Dallas.

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Odie Wesley Pollock, Sr.
Feb 21, 1911 - June 27, 1993

Odie W. Pollock, 82, of Corsicana, died June 27, 1993, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. George Merriman officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 21, 1911, in Midlothian.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mabel L. Pollock of Corsicana; one son, Henry James Pollock of Fresno, Calif.; one daughter, Alice Fay Brunk of Lakewood, Calif.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Delma Rylie Hightower
Jan 28, 1920 - June 26, 1993

Delma R. Hightower, 73, of Tool, died June 26, 1993, in Kaufman.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev.
Glen Thomison officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 28, 1920, in Mertens. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II. He was a retired electrician and a member of I.B.E.W. Union No. 716. He was a member of Paradise Bay Baptist Church of Tool.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sally Hightower of Tool; his mother, Mrs. Alice Clay Brinkley of Ennis; one son, Danny Carrigan of Baycliff; two granddaughters, Dena Faust and Donna Marburger, both of Santa Fe, Texas; one brother, Darrell R. Hightower of Tool; one sister, Faye Baucom of Tool; one sister, Faye Baucom of Tool; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Rau, Don Thomison, Jack Marburger, Danny Faust, Claude Dove and (missing the rest of text).

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Beulah Mae (Keller) Tackett-Bibb
May 27, 1911 - Jul 4, 1993

Beulah Mae Bibb, 82, of Waco died July 4, 1993, in Waco.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with the Rev. John Godby officiating. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Alma Bridges of Waco, Mrs. Betty Ickles of Waco, Mrs. Jewell Fields of Lorena and Mrs. Bessie Krammes of Tyler; three sons, Jesse Lee Bibb Jr. of Waco, Mickey Bibb of Waco and Colin Bibb of Waco; one sister, Mrs. Estelle McCary of Maebank; 25 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Lee Bibb Sr. and son Leroy Tackett.

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June Behrens Barlow
June 26, 1919 - July 6, 1993

June Behrens Barlow, 74, of Athens, died July 6, 1993, in DeSoto.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. James F. Bond officiating. Graveside service and burial will be 2:30 p.m. Friday in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday.

She was born June 26, 1919, in Yutan, Neb. She resided in Yutan for 20 years, graduated from high school in Omaha and attended business school in Portland, Ore. She had been a resident of Athens since 1962 and was employed 15 years at Athens Lumber and Supply, retiring in 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward "Jack" Barlow, in 1965.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Helen Barlow of DeSoto; two daughters, Janine Barlow of Huntsville and Joyce Kline of Austin; one brother, Marvin Behrens of Casa Grande, Ariz.; two sisters, Fern Rohlfing of Talmage, Neb. and Kathryn Grossman of Independence, Mo.; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Charles Wright, Gerald Kline, Scott Syler, Jim Wyrick and Robert Jones.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Estanislada (Pompa) Ovalle
Nov 13, 1922 - Jun 1, 1993

Estanislada P. Ovalle, 70, of Corsicana, died June 1, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday in the Corley Funeral Chapel with Father George Monghan officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The Rosary will be 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Corley Funeral Chapel.

She was born Nov. 13, 1922 in Maxwell and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Survivors include 10 sons and nine daughter-in- laws, Mr. and Mrs. Gonzalo Renteria of Dallas, Richard Ovalle of Dayton, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Ignacio Renteria, Mr. and Mrs. Adolpho Ovalle, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Ovalle, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ovalle Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Ovalle, Mr. and Mrs. David Ovalle, Mr. and Mrs. Selso Ovalle, Mr. and Mrs. Wally Ovalle, all of Corsicana; three daughters, Rita R. Flores of Grand Prairie and Corina Martinez and Pauline Castro, both of Corsicana; 36 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Ramon Pompa of Kyle, Juan Pompa of Leveland, Ramon Pompa of Lubbock and Lupe Pompa of Godley; and one sister, Maria Pompa of Kyle.

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Elizabeth (Szenasy) Nagy
Nov 19, 1879 - May 17, 1966

Mrs. Nagy, 86, Dies Tuesday; Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Elizabeth Nagy, 86, native of Hungary, formerly of Corsicana, died in San Antonio Tuesday morning.

Surviving are five sons, Frank Nagy, San Antonio; Will Nagy, Dilley; Joe Nagy, Alice; John Nagy, Blossom, and Louis Nagy, Boerne; three daughters, Mrs. Elmo Adams and Mrs. Mary Avant, both of San Antonio, and Mrs. A. East, Boerne, and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Thge [sic] family moved to San Antonio in 1917.

Funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Concention [sic] Wednesday at 6 p.m. with Rev. Anthony Furgal officiating. Rosary will be recited at the Corley Chapel on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery Thursday at 11 a.m.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Theo Boyd Payne
Mar 2, 1909 - June 2, 1993

Boyd Payne, 84, of Corsicana, died June 2, 1993, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Payne graduated from Hillsboro High school and earned his bachelor's degree and his master's degree from Trinity University in Waxahachie, where he majored in social science and minored in Spanish and English. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was head football coach of the Corsicana High School Tigers from 1946 to 1952, winning 47 games and several district championships.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Payne of Corsicana; one son, Bill Payne of Corsicana; two brothers, Jonathan M. Payne Jr. and Duane Payne, both of Fort Worth; one sister, Cleo Priddy of Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Gay Lynne Lyerly of Houston and Debbie Purviance of The Woodlands; three great-grandchildren, Heather, Christie and Travis Lyerly, all of Houston; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be June Clark, Duane Nutt, Benny Poarch, Ben Sharpley, Jimmy Mash, Oliver Albritton, Kelly Paul Burkhart and Richard Cummins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. James F. Witten, Harmon Boyd and Dick Everett.

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Mary Clementina (Smith) Easterling
Jul 21, 1906 - Jun 8, 1993

Mary Easterling, 86, of Chatfield, died June 8, 1993 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Resthaven Memorial Park. The Rev. Steve Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Corleys Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin F. Easterling.

She was born July 21, 1906 in Rice, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County and a member of Chatfield United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one sister, Ruby Lynn Shelton of Rice; one brother, Hugh Smith of Burleson, texas; and a number of nieces and nephews

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Ozella Samsel
June 27, 1928 - June 9, 1993

Mrs. Ozella Samsel, 64, of Corsicana, died June 9, 1993 at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Samsel of Corsicana; two sons, Michael Samsel of Corsicana and Stanley Sierakowski of San Angelo; three daughters, Sandra Culver, Cindy Kormos and Tina Manuere, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Dorothy Poth and Doris Gunn, both of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Clifford Dill, Joe Cordell, Sidney Swindle, Okie Wheeler, David Manuere and Richey Thomas.

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Dosie Marie (Jolly) Miles
Oct 25, 1921 - June 12, 1993

Dosie Marie Jolley Miles, 71, of Spring, Texas, died June 12, 1993, in Houston.

Services were 10 a.m. Wednesday at Spring Memorial Baptist Church. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana. Klein Funeral Home in Klein, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 25, 1921 in Berrien County, Ga., the daughter of Mary Hayes and Alfred Leroy Jolley. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer David Samuel Miles.

Survivors include two sons, Wilmer David Miles and David Earl Miles; three daughters, Pamela Marie Hickman, Jannette Scott and Annette Harrison; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edna Ruth Hogan.

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Sarah "Sallie" Lee
Aug 23, 1892 - June 20, 1993

Sarah "Sallie" Lee, 100, of Baton Rouge, La. and formerly of Corsicana, died June 20, 1993 in Baton Rouge.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lt. Col. Emett C. Lee.

Survivors include her son, Retired Col. Emmett C. Lee Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. O. Paul McCutchen of Baton Rouge, La.; one brother, J. Clarence Brooke of Temple; several nieces and nephews; two grandchildren, Carol Lee McCutchen and Brooke McCutchen of Baton Rouge, La.

Pallbearers will be Fred Richards, Elbert Prince, Ben Sharpley, Hoyt Moore, Ross Mayfield and Joe Sims.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.

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Ethel Garrett Kaspar
Nov 30, 1903 - June 16, 1993

Mrs. Ethel G. Kaspar, 89, of Dallas, died June 16, 1993, in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Paul Ficzeri officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 30, 1903, in Corsicana. She was a member of First Christian Church and was a retired piano teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Roemer Kaspar.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Etheldreda Markes of DeSoto; three sons, Henry Nathan Kaspar of Dallas, Josef Lawson Kaspar of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Alexander Garrett Kaspar of Aspen, Colo.; two sisters, Mrs.
Elizabeth Brown and Francis Holder, both of Dallas; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

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Mary Catherine Layton
June 19, 1898 - June 18, 1993

Mrs. Mary Catherine Layton, 94, of Tyler, died June 18, 1993, in a Tyler hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler, with the Rev. Bob Hogg officiating. Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born June 19, 1898, in Kaufman and lived most of her adult life in Corsicana until 1941. She lived in Tyler since 1945. Her husband, Robert E. Layton Sr., and her son, R.E. Layton Jr., founded Layton Engineering Co. in 1950. Mrs. Layton was a member of the Ruth Bible Class and Daughters of the Nile.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Layton Sr., on Sept. 11, 1961.

Survivors include one son, Robert E. "Bob" Layton Jr. of Tyler; one daughter, Mrs. Dennis C. Witte of McGregor; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Mike Witte, Charles Bauman, Jim Anderson, Steve Witte, Chris Witte and Robert E. Layton III.

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Mattie N. Mash
May 8, 1907 - June 19, 1993

Mattie N. Mash, 86, of Corsicana, died June 19, 1993, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. George Merriman officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 8, 1907, in Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Mash.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Watts of Corsicana; two sons, Jimmy Lewis Mash of Corsicana and Virgil Lee Mash of Denton; two sisters, Oma Jones of Fort Worth and Mozille Freeman of Mertens; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Julia "Dude" (Barlow) Marr
Aug 27, 1912 - June 20, 1993

Julia "Dude" Marr, 80, of Corsicana, died June 20, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 27, 1912 in Navarro County. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Marr; and two sons, James Marr and Charles Marr.

Survivors include four sons, Aubry Marr of Barry, Lawrence Marr of Dallas, Donald Marr of Ft. Worth, Herman Marr of Corsicana; one daughter, Linda Allred of Corsicana; one brother, Leroy barlow of corsicana; and two sisters, Katy Price of Lubbock and Normaree Robinson of Corsicana.

Friends wishing to do so may make Memorial Contributions to the North Side Baptist Church Building Fund, 2800 N. Beaton, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Richard E. "Dick" Bush
Sept 12, 1904 - June 24, 1993

Richard E. (Dick) Bush, 88, of Powell, died June 24, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, at Corley Funeral Chapel. Dr. David Hale will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, at Corley Funeral Home.

He was born Sept. 12, 1904, in Mildred. He was a founding member of the Powell Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife Willie Mae Bush and a son, J.R. Bush.

Survivors include, one son, Robert Bush of Corsicana; two daughters-in-law, Norma Bush of Corsicana and Lois Bush of Powell; two grandsons; one grand-daughter; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Flora Knotts of Roane; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Ray, Arthur Bancroft, Charles Kent, Howard Jackson, John Kenner and Earl Ogburn. The Men's Sunday School Class of the Powell Baptist Church will act as honorary pallbearers.

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Hattie Lee Griffin
Oct 26, 1911 - June 4, 1993

Hattie Lee Griffin, 80, of Corsicana, died June 4, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. John Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Lee officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Survivors include three daughters, Christine Harris of Ennis, Velma Walton of Dallas and Mary Ponder of Kerens; two sons, Charlie Joe Griffin of Dallas and Lee Griffin Sr. of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Alvin Kennard of Dallas; and three sisters, Fannie Burks of Galveston and Alberta Crawford and Pearl Johnson, both of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be the brotherhood of St. John Bap- (rest of obituary missing)

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Clifford Herron
Sept 27, 1915 - June 5, 1993

Clifford Herron, 77, of Corsicana, died June 5, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be 8-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. James Chaney officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Hohnson Mortuary.

He was a member of St. Timothy Lodge No. 668.

Survivors his wife, Viola Herron of Corsicana; two daughters, Avon Herron and Georgia Mae Carson, both of Dallas; three sons, Clifford Herron of Dallas, Earsul Donell Herron of Lancaster and Malcolm Dwight Herron of Houston; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-grandchildren; two sisters, Vashti Yarbough of Powell and Hartense Martin of Corsicana; three daughters-in-law, Carolyn Herron, Linda Herron and Delise Herron; two brothers-in-law; George Jackson and Willie Jackson; and one sister-in-law, Johnnie Mae Jackson.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Paula Mae Johnson
abt 1949 - June 23, 1993

Paula Mae Johnson, 44, of Lewisville, died June 23, 1993 in Lewisville.

Wake services will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

She was employed by Word of Faith MInistries in Farmers Branch. She also was a member of the Word of Faith Church.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Monique and Duan Ruff of Dallas; two grandchildren, Shana Jones and Douglas Ruff, both of Dallas; two brothers, Charles Scott of dallas and Clifton scott of Tyler; one sister, Alice Ware of dallas; and one aunt, Mozelle Brown of Corsicana.

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Dexter Hodges
Nov 23, 1892 - Mar 29, 1917

The death angel visited the home of Dr. and Mrs. Hodges Thursday night and took from them their oldest child, Dexter, who was a noble and loving son, brother and friend. He was laid to rest at Hamilton Cemetery. Friday evening at 4 o'clock.

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Died Here Last Night.

Dexter Hodges, aged 25 years, son of Dr. I. C. Hodges, died at the family home 1100 South Fifteenth street, last night of pneumonia, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton Cemetery this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 30, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Dr. Isaac C. Hodges and Mary Clementine “Clemmie” (Russell) Hodges buried in Liberty Hill Cemetery, Smith county, Texas

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In Memoriam.

Many a life was saddened, many a heart broken, when on Thursday, March 29, death claimed its reward and took from our midst our loving friends, Dexter Hodges, and thus, it was then on March 30, we laid to rest in the Hamilton cemetery the remains, which symbolized the sweetest flower that bloomed in our garden of love.

We cannot say “Weep not, dear father and mother,” for those are the only earthly comfort offered you, but we can and do say for you to look to Him whose will it was that your darling should die, for a comfort sweeter and purer than earth shall ever know. Do not think of him as dead, but rather as the living light which is to brighten your heavenward road, a light which is to make the journey he has gone easier for you to go. You love him, you have the hope of seeing him some day, then, in view of all this, is it not easier to live as he would have you live? He will ever be your guardian angel.

Will death not be easier for you when you realize that it means reunion with him? Then do not wish him back in this world but think of him as a,

“Sweet flower transplanted to a fairer clime,
Where never comes the blight of time.”

A FRIEND.

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James T "Doc" Acord
Jan 22, 1911 - May 20, 1993

James Thurman "Doc" Acord, 82, of Dallas, died May 20, 1993.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday at Grace Temple Baptist Church with the Rev. Vic Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery in Corsicana. Services are under the direction of Lamar and Smith Funeral Home in Dallas.

He was born Jan. 22, 1911 in Caddo Mills, Texas. He married Bobbie Perry on March 1, 1939 in Dallas. He served as a Captain in the US. Air Force during World War II. He worked for the Dallas Fire Department before opening up his business Acord Fire Extinguisher Co., which he owned and managed for 19 years. He was a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Acord of Dallas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Wanda Acord of Oak Cliff and Dennis and Luetia Acord of DeSoto; two grandchildren, Nicholas James and Justin Taylor; two brothers, John Acord of Hutchins and Louis Acord of Dallas; three sisters, Lorene Stone of Ft. Worth, Irene Robnett of Irving and Wilma Kellum of Arp; and many other relatives.

Pallbearers will be William Gonzales, Loyd Robnett, David Acord, Larry Everitt, W.J. Stone and Joe Duvall.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society.

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Ollie Willie Sowell
Nov 16, 1917 - Oct 21, 1965

O.W. Sowell Services Held

Ollie W. Sowell, 48, formerly of Corsicana, native of Tyler, died in San Fernando, Calif., last Thursday. He was a World War II veteran.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. O.E. Permenter, pastor of the Emannual Baptist Church.

Surviving are four brothers, Herman Sowell, Cleburne; Harvey Sowell, Tulsa, Okla., Ben Sowell, California, and Homer Sowell, Bakersfield, Calif., a sister, Mrs. W.D. Turner, Cleburne, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jerry Walling, Dave Elliott, John Hunt, A. W. Moody, Sam Turner and James Todd.

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Edgar Weeks Young
Apr 11, 1904 - Apr 16, 1928

FUNERAL SERVICES BE HELD WEDNESDAY FDR EDGAR YOUNG

Funeral services for Edgar Weeks Young who died Monday Morning, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Young, three miles south of Corsicana. Burial will be in the Hamilton Cemetery. Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. F.P. Culver, pastor of the First Methodist church.

He is survived by his parents, three brothers, William Harvey Young, Washington, D.C., John C. Young, Cameron; J. A. Young, Jr., Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Merrill D. Cooper, Dallas and Miss
Lois Young, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Son Royall, Corsicana; Neil Walton, Corsicana; Harry Bramlett, Dallas; Jack
Moore, Dallas; Buster Sewell, Waco, and Boone Anderson, Fort Worth.

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YOUNG MAN DIED MONDAY MORNING SOUTH OF CITY

Edgar Weeks Young, aged about 23 years, died at the home of his father, J. A. Young, who lives about three miles south of Corsicana about 11 o’clock Monday morning after an illness of about three weeks with influenza and pneumonia.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Young; three brothers, Harvey, John C. and Albert; and two sisters, Lois Young and Mrs. M. D. Cooper.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

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Lynn Neiman
Feb 14, 1954 - Dec 20, 2012

Lynn Neiman, age 58, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at his residence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Tony Stephens officiating.

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Keith Hoffman
June 28, 1954 - Dec 22, 2012

Mr. Keith Hoffman, 58, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

He was born June 28, 1954, in Johnstown, Penn. to Walter and Lorna Hoffman.

Keith successfully managed Hobby Crafts Etc. in Corsicana for over 30 years. He was involved in forming the first club in Corsicana for people interested in flying radio-controlled planes. Keith, along with his dad, and Ricky Allinen, later built Corsicana’s first RC race track behind Hobby Crafts Etc.

Many will miss his excellent custom framing, others will miss his knowledge in remote controlled cars and planes, but all of us will miss him. He was a loving husband and dedicated son.

Keith is survived by his wife, Gail Hoffman; his parents, Walter and Lorna Hoffman; a daughter, Michelle Hoffman; a sister, Karen Myers and husband Michael; a step-son, David Blessing; two granddaughters; and one step grandson.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Richard Benton, Mike Strader, Dustin Judd, Anthony Stevens, Thomas Case and Ricky Allinen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jesus Saenz, Ronald Posey and Kenneth Killgo.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


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Roger Dan Williams
abt 1942 - Dec 18, 2012

Roger Dan Williams, 70, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec.
22, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Brian Upchurch officiating.
Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Johnnie Clarence Thompson
Jun 25, 1925 - Dec 20, 2012

Johnnie Clarence Thompson, 87 of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. He was born in Jacksonville on June 25, 1925, to W. L. Thompson and Vivian Wood Thompson.

Mr. Thompson grew up in Chandler, where his father was an agent for the railway. After graduating High School and serving in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, he became a telegrapher for the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad for 26 years.

When the railroad installed Centralized Traffic Control System and the art of telegraphy became obsolete, Mr. Thompson attended East Texas State University at Commerce and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and two Master’s degrees in education. He then worked for the Corsicana Independent School District as principal of Lee School and Sam Houston School for 25 years. He was a member of the Elementary Principals Organization, Texas State Teachers Association and TEA. He retired in 1990.

He was a member of the Church of Christ where he taught adult Bible studies for many years.

Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Sue of 63 years, three children, Suzanne Shamburger and husband Steve of Killeen, Jill Marshall and husband Donnie of Corsicana, John Todd Thompson and wife Janet of San Antonio; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with David Mahoney and Sam Dilbeck officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dan Dominy, Rickie Jennings, Paul Stewart, Louie Williams, Donnie Marshall, Zach Marshall.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Shamburger and Steve Shamburger.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Carla Inez Sumner
Nov 17, 1947 - Dec 23, 2012

Carla Sumner, 65, of Corsicana, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery with Sam Dilbeck officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jeanne Carroll Schmidt
Jun 1, 1918 - Dec 22, 2012

Jeanne Schmidt, of Austin and formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Austin at the Parmer Woods Rehabilitation Center. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Nita (Leaton) Barton
Mar 8, 1931 - Dec 24, 2012
 

Nita Leaton Barton, 81, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Corsicana on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

Nita was born on March 8, 1931, in Nocona, to the late Alonzo and Cleo Leaton. Upon graduation from Nocona High School in 1948, she moved to Gainesville. It was here she attended a midnight showing of “Gone with the Wind” and met the man with whom she would share the next 63 years of her life. That journey began on Nov. 14, 1949, when she wed the love of her life, David Barton. And in 1958 that journey took them to Corsicana.

Nita loved her family dearly and devoted her life to them, giving of herself and asking for nothing in return. She loved sharing stories of her childhood about growing up in the country in Nocona, like squirting milk at the kittens that would surround her as she milked the cows, and how she actually walked a mile to catch the school bus.

Words will never be able to describe how much this wife, mother, and friend will be missed. We love you Nita and we love you Momma.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Doyle and Bill; and her sisters, Melba, Laverne and Norma Jean.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, David Barton; her brother, Wyman Leaton; son, Gary Barton and his wife Diane; son, Terry Barton; son, Lane Barton and wife Rae Cene; and daughter, Lisa Barton Morales.
She is also survived by her grandchildren, Laura, Hope, Joshua, Nikki and Katie, as well as her great grandson, Connor; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Per Nita’s wishes there will not be a visitation; however, the graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Tommy R. Watkins
Aug 30, 1927 - Dec 24, 2012

Tommy R. Watkins, 85, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Country Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Corsicana.

He was born Aug. 30, 1927, to John William Watkins and Minnie Lou Huffstutler Watkins in Corsicana.

He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation after 20 years of service. He and his wife, Edith, attended First Baptist Church in Corsicana. He was very proud of the years he spent operating heavy equipment. He could often be found working on the family farm in Black Hills in his younger years, and in his later years in his garden that surrounded his home in Corsicana. He loved being out with nature and spending time with is his best (four legged) friend, “Pepper.” Most of all he loved spending time with his family and pets.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife.

Survivors include his son, Steve Watkins and wife Carol of Corsicana; his daughter, Rebecca Kragh and husband Mark of Katie; and granddaughter, Brittany Kragh of Katie.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.
27, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Elvin Sikes officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Cassandra (DuBose) Reagor
Nov 15, 1940 - Dec 21, 2012

Cassandra DuBose Reagor died at her home in Frisco, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

She was born on Nov. 15, 1940, to Fred A. and Dee DuBose of Corsicana and was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Diana DuBose Kincannon Dixon; and a nephew, John G. Kincannon.

Sandy is survived by two sons and their families of Frisco, Cameron and Polly Reagor and children Jack, Will, and Paige; and Matthew and Sherry Reagor and son Nicholas.

Other survivors are her brother Fred DuBose Jr., of New York City, and five nieces: Kathy Kincannon Quinby and Angela Dixon Ponce of Dallas; Ashley Dixon Burns of Manvel, Texas; Kate DuBose Tomassi of San Francisco; and Polly DuBose of Nashville. Also surviving Sandy are her most precious friends — Robert Keathley, Patricia Warthan Hudson, and Carol Jackson Shearer, all of Corsicana.

Left to the loving care of her grandchildren is her beloved dog, Freddy.

Cassandra's irrepressible creativity extended to speech, and in her senior year at Corsicana High School her recitation of The White Magnolia Tree won State in the Interscholastic League poetry reading competition. Read today, portions of poet Helen Deutsch’s meditation on lost youth speak to Sandy's latter years.

“We have known many things since then: /...what loyalty can mean/ And how real a word like courage can become/ And that solitude can be rich and gratifying and quite different from loneliness...”

A private burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in early January.

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Cynthia Morrison
abt 1955 - Dec 19, 2012

Cynthia Morrison, 57, Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at the Twilight Nursing Home. Funeral services are 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Stephen Zulaic Benetiz
abt 1957 - Dec 19, 2012

Stephen Zulaic Benetiz, 55, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19,
2012 at his residence. A memorial service is planned for a later date.
M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals handling arrangements.

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James Bruce Frederick
abt 1961 - Dec 23, 2012

James Bruce Frederick, 51, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Mary (Boyd) Springer
Oct 12, 1923 - Dec 22, 2012

Mary Boyd Springer passed away at the age of 89 on Saturday, Dec. 22,
2012 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

She was born Oct. 12, 1923, to Ben C. and Mattie Burns Boyd in Waxahachie. She married D. W. Springer of Midlothian in 1946. In 1948, they moved to Blooming Grove, where they made their home, raised their two children, and served the community for the remainder of their lives.

Mary was a member of the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church for 64 years. She retired from Blooming Grove ISD in May of 1998 after 25 years as kindergarten aide and library assistant. Prior to joining the school system, she worked at First State Bank, Blooming Grove.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers, and five sisters.

Survivors include her son, Randy Springer and wife Tara of Corsicana; daughter, Marilyn Springer Cobb and husband Gary of Austin; sisters-in-law, Danetta Springer Countryman of Midlothian, and Ruth Boyd of Pasadena. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Molly Pierson, Meredith Sealy, Stoney Springer, Ryon Springer, and Seth Springer; two great-grandchildren, Jackson Pierson and Devin Sealy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove with Pastor Nancy Summers officiating.

Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Sardis Cemetery near Waxahachie.

Pallbearers will be Bill J. Boyd, Bruce Boyd, Tony Dunn, Mitchell Adams, Wilson Springer and Van McElroy.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Catherine B. "Kaki" (Bryant) Davis
Sep 13, 1917 - Dec 22, 2012

Catherine B. “Kaki” Davis, 95, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Booneville, Ark.

She was born Sept. 13, 1917, in Roane, Texas, to John J. and Bessie
(Estes) Bryant.

She was a retired receptionist and owned and operated a greenhouse for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Booneville, Ark., and was a member and fomer president of the Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Russell Davis; and one daughter, Harriett Lopez.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Roberts Memorial Chapel in Booneville, with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville, Ark.

She is survived by nieces Cathy Mandell and husband John of Austin; Pam Burke, of Kaufman; sister-in-law, Glenalma Rodgers Bryant Niedzielski of Kaufman; son-in-law, Don Lopez of Booneville, Ark.; great nieces, Lisa and Janet Jacobs of Corsicana, Melissa Haldeman and husband Britton of Kaufman, and Bonnie Karstedt and husband John of Round Top; great-nephew, John Wood and wife Denise of Wills Point; and two great-great-grand nieces.

Pallbearers were Darrin Knight, Donnie Owens, and Gary Lopez.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 507, Booneville, Ark., 72927.

Arrangements by Roberts Funeral Home.

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Sybil (Minshew) Sehon
July 22, 1912 - Dec 25, 2012

Sybil Minshew Sehon of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at the age of 100.

She was born in Quanah, Texas, on July 22, 1912, to Cliff and Etta Minshew. She graduated from Clara High School in Clara, Texas in 1930, and married her high school sweetheart, J.O. Sehon, in November 1930.
They were married for 67 years, and were blessed with two children, John and Shirley.

Sybil spent the majority of her adult life living in West Texas, spending many of those years living in various oil field camps in Pampa, Denver City, Midland, Lefors and Odessa. Her husband, J.O. was a Gauger and then a Supervisor for Humble Oil (Exxon Mobil) for his entire career, which led to their active involvement in the Exxon Annuitants club for many years.

Sybil was proud to be a housewife who never worked outside the home except for the one season when she picked cotton so that she could buy a leather coat for her husband.

Sybil enjoyed sewing, crafts, cooking, and fishing with her husband. She attended Ladies Bible at church for many years. She was an avid fan of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Mavericks and enjoyed spending many hours playing games with her family and friends, having perfected her “9 hole golf” game. Sybil also enjoyed her many pets, even the turtles that lived in her backyard and returned year after year.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who was actively interested in all her grandchildren and great grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments.

She moved to Corsicana from Odessa in March of 2002 to be near her daughter and son-in-law.

One of her proudest moments was reaching her 100th birthday, and she enjoyed her birthday celebration in July with all of her family and many friends in attendance.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.O. Sehon.

Survivors include her son, John Sehon and his wife Sue of Birmingham, Ala; her daughter, Shirley Bowen and her husband Don of Corsicana; granddaughter, Brenda Sandifer, and husband, Hugh, of Abilene; grandson, Donny Bowen, and his wife Sheryl, of Amarillo; granddaughter, Bridget Price and her husband Don Allen of Dallas; and granddaughter, Briana Fleming and her husband Eric of Keller. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Dakota Sandifer, Madison Sandifer, Collin Bowen, Logan Price, Brinley Price, Ethan Fleming, Rhett Fleming and Zane Fleming.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Ella Humphrey, Beverly Baisy, Pat Watkins, Cassandra Brown, Annette Bartee, Sherry Johnson, and Shemaki Robinson and the staff and aides at Heritage Oaks Assisted Living for their loving care and attention during the last years and months of her wonderful life.

Pallbearers are Donny Bowen, Hugh Sandifer, Don Allen Price, Eric Fleming, Collin Bowen, Logan Price, Ethan Fleming, Rhett Fleming, and Zane Fleming.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in the chapel at Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held following the service in the Outreach Center at Westhill. Interment will follow on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 in Odessa, at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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S/Sgt. Nelson David Trent
Apr 5, 1975 - Dec 13, 2012

Army Staff Sergeant Nelson David Trent was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan by an Improvised Explosive Device on Dec. 13, 2012. The Taliban has taken credit for the car bombing.

Nelson had served in the military for 12 years on active duty. He was assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, Fort Worth.

Nelson was born on April 5, 1975, in Tyler. He was raised in Whitehouse, and graduated from Whitehouse High School in 1993.

A memorial service was held in Tyler at the Stewart Family Funeral Home on Dec. 23, 2012. His body was escorted from the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport by the Patriot Guard.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, P.E. and Esther Trent, formerly of Corsicana; maternal grandparents, Clement (Tex) L.
and Fern B. Zaiontz, formerly of Denver, Colo.; and his paternal aunt, Emma Lou (Trent) Clemons, formerly of Killeen.

He is survived by his wife, April; his two children, David, age 9, and Camryn, age 4. He is also survived by his parents, Percy and Fritzi Trent; sister, Tracey Trent; and brother, Brian Trent; maternal aunt, Jeanie Varela; paternal aunt and uncle, Wanza Warren and David Trent, both of Corsicana; and many cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

Nelson will always be remembered as a loving son, loving husband, a devoted father, and an exemplary American soldier.

He was posthumously awarded the rank of Sergeant 1st Class.

Interment will be at a later date at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Memorials in honor of Nelson D. Trent may be made by visiting www.gofundme.com/nelsontrent , or you may give to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

There is also a Facebook page created in his memory.

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Bobby L. Covington
abt 1962 - Dec 20, 2012

Bobby L. Covington, 50, of Rock Springs, passed away Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

A longtime resident of Rock Springs, Covington was born in Corsicana, the son of Johnny Ray Covington and Ruth Irene Lowell.

Covington attended schools in Green River and graduated from Green River High School with the Class of 1981. He served in the United States Army. Covington married Deborah Alice Bingham in Rock Springs March 23, 1991. He worked for Halliburton as a plant operator for 20 years. His interests included fishing, camping, hunting, attending Rendezvous and Mountain Man gatherings, and loved spending time with his children and his pets.

He was preceded in death by his dogs Charlotte and Clover.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Covington of Rock Springs; parents, Ruth McFarland of Green River, and Johnny Covington and wife Janet of Barry; two sons, Robert Pilkington of Rock Springs, and Michael Pilkington of Rock Springs; two daughters, April Johansen and husband Ted of Green River, and Amanda Pilkington of Rock Springs; one brother, Charles Covington of Barry; one sister, Ladale Brinton and husband David of Lyman; three grandchildren, Jorden Johansen, Anna Johansen and Alexus Johansen; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the LDS Stake Center, 2055 Edgar Street, Rock Springs. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, North of Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Friends may call on Thursday at the church one hour prior to services.

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