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Patrick I. Nickelson
Feb 9, 1860 - Mar 28, 1928

PATRICK NICHOLSON DIED LOCAL HOSPITAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Patrick (Pat) Nicholson, aged 61 years, died at the Navarro county hospital Wednesday night at 11:30 o’clock and the funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from Southerland’s undertaking parlors at 3 o’clock with interment in the Campbell cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joe Patterson, assistant pastor of the First Methodist church. The W.O.W. lodge had charge at the grave.

Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Audrie McPhail, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, March 29, 1928
  • Death certificate says born 1864 father of Audie Lee (Nickelson) McPhaill-Mrs. William Vaughn McPhaill his grandchildren are buried at Oakwood cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

John Bird Spurlock
Feb 5, 1869 - Jun 17, 1928

John B. Spurlock Died Here Sunday

John B. Spurlock, aged 57, years, died at his home, 422 South Twelfth street Sunday morning at 7 o’clock and the funeral services were conducted at the Campbell cemetery Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment was made in the Campbell cemetery.

Surviving are his wife and several children.

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Hugh L. Woodard
Jun 26, 1881 - Mar 31, 1929

JESTER RESIDENT DIED SUNDAY NIGHT IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

H. L. Woodard of Jester, 47, died at the Navarro Clinic Sunday night at 11:30 o’clock, following a heart attack Sunday, and the funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 4:20 o’clock at Campbell cemetery, where burial was made. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. W. Kinsheloe, Methodist minister of Corsicana. Mr. Woodard was stricken with the heart attack Sunday morning and was brought to a clinic here Sunday afternoon.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. H. L. Woodard, Jester; four brothers, S. Woodard, A. H. Woodard, Bascom Woodard, all of Jester; Joe Woodard, East Point, La.; three sisters, Mrs. E. E. Banks and Mrs. R. A. Crouch, both of Corsicana and Mrs. W. P. Brown, Kerens.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Stella Lee (Polk) Blackmon
Aug 10, 1881 - Oct 13, 1950

Mrs. Blackman Funeral Rites Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Stella Lee Blackman, 69, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Friday noon, were held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Bill Gibson, Kerens Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are her husband, Sam Blackman, Corsicana; eight sons, Floyd and Robert Blackman, both of Cleburne; H. L., Charlie, Hugh, Lesser, Ola and Curtis Blackman, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Dell Landgraf, Clifton; 14 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Coye Christie, Aud Brannon, Bud Jones, Robert Guinn, Lloyd Collard and Bob Collins.

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Samuel Edward “Sam” Blackmon
Jun 23, 1871 - May 18, 1959

Sam Blackman dies Monday

Sam Blackman, 88, native Texan, retired farmer, died at his residence, 1213 West Eleventh avenue Monday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church. Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Surviving are seven sons, Robert Blackman, Cleburne; Herschel, C. W., Hoyt, Lesser, and Odie Blackman, all of Corsicana, and Curtis Blackman, Irving; a daughter, Mrs. Flornece Landgraf, Valley Mills; a brother, Thomas Blackman, Gatesville; a sister, Mrs. Willie Griffin, Dallas; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 19, 1959
  • h/o Stella Lee (Polk) Blackmon s/o William McCullen Blackmon and Harriett Elizabeth (Hairston) Blackmon buried in Pleasant Grove Cem., Coryell County, Gatesville, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Austin “Buster” Allen
Feb 24, 1882 - Mar 28, 1929

CORSICANAN WHO DIED SUDDENLY BE BURIED SATURDAY

Funeral services for W. A. (Buster) Allen, 45, Corsicana driller, who died suddenly at Grand Saline, Van Zandt county, Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, will be held from the family residence, 727 West Ninth avenue, at 10:30 o’clock Saturday morning. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church, will conduct the services.

The body arrived Thursday night on the H. and T. C. R. R. southbound passenger train.

Mr. Allen was an employee of the Pure Oil company and was transacting business for that company when he was stricken.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Paul and James Allen, Corsicana; his father who lives in Oklahoma; four brothers, one sister and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be G. W. Weems, Bob Mills, A. B. Harshaw, Bert Rawson, Wes Redden and Al Sowell.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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CORSICANA MAN DIED SUDDENLY IN GRAND SALINE

W. A. (Buster) Allen, age 45 years, died suddenly in Grand Saline, Van Zandt county, at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, according to word reaching here. The body will be brought back here and funeral services will be held at his residence, 727 West Ninth avenue, Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, according to present plans. Burial will be in the
Kerens cemetery, Corley-McMahon Funeral Home will have charge of the funeral.

The body will arrive Thursday night at 11 o’clock over the H. & T. C. railroad.

Mr. Allen was an employee of the Pure Oil Company and was transacting business for his firm when he died.

Mr. Allen was born in Tennessee but has been a resident of Texas several years. He was married to Miss Eva Kyser on April 9, 1911.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Jaul and James Allen; his father who lives in Gracemont, Okla.; four brothers, one sister and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be G. W. Weems, Bob Mills, A. B. Harshaw, Bert Rawson, Wes Redden and Al Sowell.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BUSTER ALLEN ARE HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for W. A. (Buster) Allen, 45, Corsicana driller, employee of the Pure Oil Company, who died suddenly at Grand Saline, Van Zandt county, Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, were held from the family residence, 727 West Ninth avenue, Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church. Interment was made in the
Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Paul and James Allen, Corsicana; father, who lived in Oklahoma; four brothers and one sister.

The funeral was under the direction of the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Silas/Stephen Lee Couch
Dec 30, 1881 - Jan 3, 1929

PROMINENT KERENS FARMER INSTANTLY KILLED WHEN GUN IS ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED

KERENS, Jan. 3.—(Sp)—Lee Couch, aged 47, prominent farmer and land owner of this city, was instantly killed Thursday morning at 7:30 o’clock at his home here when a twelve-gauge automatic shotgun, which he was oiling preparatory to going hunting, was accidentally discharged, the full load taking effect just above the heart.

Mrs. Couch, wife of the dead man, was in the yard at their home at the time of the shooting. She heard the explosion of the gun and her husband cry out. By the time she could enter the house the wounded man had expired upon the floor.

Besides his wife he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Fannie Couch, Houston; four brothers, A. J. and J. F. Couch, both of Kerens; D. Couch, Oklahoma City; Carl Couch, Beaumont; four sisters, Mrs. Bama Casey, Temple; Mrs. Stella Richardson, Beaumont, Mrs. Ada Lacy and Mrs. Annie Bartine, both of Houston; a half-sister, Mrs. Molly Halcomb, Jacksonville.

Mr. Couch had resided in Kerens a number of years and was prominent in the business and social life of the city. He enjoyed a large circle of friends throughout the county and his sudden death has cast a pall of sorrow over the entire community.

The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the First Baptist church with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the church will conduct the services and the Masons will have charge of the body at the grave.

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Maud Ella (Wesson) Couch
Sep 25, 1879 - Jul 22, 1965

Mrs. Couch Dies Rites Saturday

KERENS, July 23 (Spl)—Mrs. Maud Ella couch, 85, native of Mississippi, but resident of Kerens most of her life before moving to Tyler 20 years ago, died at Tyler Thursday.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Paschal Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church. She was a Baptist.

Surviving are three sons, Earl V. Couch, Fort Worth; A. J. Couch, Jr., Dallas, and Bazil Couch, Mineola; three daughters, Mrs. Fred Schultz and Mrs. A. N. Beasley, both of Tyler, and Miss Lois Couch, Mt. Pleasant; a brother, J. A. Boren, San Antonio; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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Letha F. (Cooper) Raney
Mar 23, 1920 - Mar 11, 2013

Letha F. Raney, 92, of Monroe, La., passed away Monday, March 11, 2013.

She was born March 23, 1920, in Corsicana to Frank Cooper and Elizabeth Comer.

She was preceded in death by Charles Edward Raney, Betty Frances Isom, and John Henry Raney.

Survivors include her children, Glenda Jane Blankenship, Wanda Faye Davis, Frank Wayne Raney, Carrie Mae Allen, Carolyn Louanne Gorman and James E. Raney.

Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Richard Gorman officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eric “Hoss” Raney, Timmey Raney, James Raney, George Davis, Scott Gorman and Carl Blankenship.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Corrinne (Bolen) Crow-Stokes
Aug 28, 1925 - Mar 10, 2013

Corrinne C. Stokes, 87, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

She was born to wonderful parents, Glenn Bolen and Alliene Boyers Coltharp on Aug. 28, 1925 in Paris.

Corrinne attended Paris Junior College and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History and Counseling from Texas A&M University at Commerce, the former East Texas State University. She taught all levels of education from kindergarten to university including seven years as Director of Oral History at Texas A&M University at Commerce. She was a devout, lifetime member of the United Methodist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Franklin Crow; son, Stephen Franklin Crow and sister, Edwina White.

Corrinne is survived by her husband, Fred M. Stokes; children: Genie Aylor Giles and husband, David; Jane Ann Crow; Michael Coltharp Crow; Lisa Daniel Ball; David Stokes; Nancy Crow Dunn and husband, Charles; grandchildren: Amanda Carlson and husband, Todd; Samuel James Aylor and wife, Megan; great-grandchildren, Hazel Carlson, Clara and Eleanor Aylor; sisters and brother-in-law: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Loflin; Mrs. Glenna Godsey and numerous other family members and many wonderful friends and neighbors.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the Activity Room in The Meadows at Morningside Ministries, 700 Babcock Road, San Antonio.

Those who desire may make memorial contributions to Morningside Ministries 700 Babcock Road, San Antonio, Texas 78201, or Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville 4100 San Antonio Hwy, Kerrville, Texas 78028.

Arrangements with Porter Loring Funeral Home, San Antonio.

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David Perry Gabriel
abt 1983 - Mar 10, 2013

David Perry Gabriel, 29, of Barry passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dorothy Nell Johnson
Aug 22, 1927 - Mar 14, 2013

Dorothy Nell Johnson, 85, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Aug. 22, 1927, to Nora and Will Johnson at Emhouse. She worked in the office at Collin Street Bakery as a young woman, and later in life worked as an LVN at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and a sister.

Survivors include a brother, A.G. (Buddy) Johnson; sisters, Jeneva Howell and Mary Hilderbrand; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Pattison Cemetery with Pastor B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Charles Edward Carpenter
Mar 4, 1938 - Mar 14, 2013

Charles Edward Carpenter, 74, of Pursley, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013. No services are scheduled at this time.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 15, 2013
  • Wife: Cheryl Carpenter - Parents: Charlie Carpenter and Ollie Mae
    (Ratliff) Carpenter - Adopted parents: Raymond and Janet Wells
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dennis Leslie Williams
July 27, 1945 - Mar 8, 2013

Dennis Leslie Williams was born July 27, 1945, in Corsicana and passed away at his home in Huntsville on March 8, 2013, at the age of 67.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Frances Williams of Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Maureen Williams; his children, Stephanie Caruso of Dallas; son, Justin Williams of Willis; daughter, Heather Williams of Houston; son, Johnathon Williams of Huntsville; daughter, Angelina Williams of Huntsville; Ludie Johnson, sister-in-law who he loved like a daughter and her husband Dave Johnson of Plano. He was also blessed with his beautiful grandson, Lawson VanFleet-Williams; and his nephew, Kirk Johnson, and niece, Jillian Johnson, also of Plano.

The family would also like to send a special thank you to Dr. T.C. Cole of Huntsville for over 30 years of extraordinary care provided to Dennis.

Dennis grew up in Corsicana where he was an avid football player. He then proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam war.
After his honorable discharge, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in forestry. He then moved to Huntsville to pursue his career. After 20 years of forestry he took a job at the Sam Houston State Memorial Museum where he could share his love of Texas History with others. He retired from the museum after 26 years of working. He will be terribly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Memorial Services will be held at the Brooke Funeral Home chapel in Huntsville at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013. Any and all who would like to attend are welcome.

Arrangements by Brooke Funeral Service, Huntsville.

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Angelina (Aguilar) Salazar
Feb 25, 1948 - Mar 10, 2013

Angelina Salazar, 65, a longtime resident of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie.

She was born in Corsicana on February 25, 1948, to Paul G. and Rosa Aguilar. Angelina was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she was very involved. She graduated from Corsicana High School and worked at the Haggar Slack Company in Corsicana for several years before becoming a caretaker for her parents, Paul and Rosa. She was also employed for 5 years as a nurse’s aide at the Northside Nursing Home in Corsicana. After her disablement, Angelina relocated to Renfro Healthcare in Waxahachie, where she eventually considered it her home after becoming attached to everyone there.

Survivors include her son, who was the love of her life, Salvador Moreno of Dallas; brother, Manuel Garcia of Fort Worth; sister, Anita G. Davila of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Salvador Aguilar and Charles Aguilar and one sister, Esther Alexander.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with Father Antonio Ormaza officiating. Interment will follow at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be John Alexander, Gilbert Davila, Andy Davila, Jr., Charles P. Aguilar, Kevin Prescher, Earl Alexander, Jr., Chris Aguilar and Tony Aguilar.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

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Susie (Schultz) Hughes
June 7, 1926 - Mar 15, 2013

Susie Hughes, 86, of Dawson, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at a Corsicana nursing facility. Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at Liberty Hill Cemetery near Dawson with Rev. Chuck Nelson officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Ronald Gene Thomas
Nov 11, 1932 - Mar 10, 2013

Ronald Gene Thomas, 80, died March 10, 2013, in Austin, Texas. He was born Nov. 11, 1932, as the fourth child of Wade Davidson Thomas and Vera Gladys (Staggs) Thomas in Navarro County, Texas. His parents were blessed with eight additional children who survived to adulthood. He grew up in the Kerens area and declared all his life how proud he was to be a sixth generation Texan.

His family has a long history of military service to our nation. Ronald, known most of his life to his friends as Tom, continued that tradition of military service by joining the United States Marine Corps in 1950.
He was 17 at the time and joined with his mother’s consent. He had to wait until his 18th birthday before deploying to fight in the Korean War. He also served our nation in the Vietnam War as a member of Ammunition Company, Supply Battalion, 1st Forced Service Regiment, Forced Logistics Command. Having joined the Marine Corps before graduating from high school, Ronald earned his GED during his military service. After completing 20 years of service, he retired in 1970 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. His service and rank at retirement earned him the nickname “Gunner” amongst certain family and friends.
Frequently quoting the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis, Ronald believed the Marine Corps offers a solid foundation for life’s experiences. He carried the lesson of physical fitness he learned in the Marine Corp into his retirement. If anyone doubted his love of the Marine Corps, they’d be reminded by the crew cut he maintained all his life or the big collection of caps he loved to wear to display his service.

Ronald married Barbara Carol Thiede on May 11, 1963, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Long Beach, Calif. They were blessed with children, Jefferson Stuart and Lynne Marlane.

In 1971, Ronald accepted employment with the University of Texas at Austin Police Department. He worked full-time and went to college at night to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from American Technological University in 1976. He particularly enjoyed mentoring the many younger officers at UT who experienced his “Thomas Training” based on all the disciplines he learned as a Marine. Always a gun enthusiast, he won several marksmanship awards in shooting contests. He progressed through the ranks of the department and retired as a Lieutenant, Shift Commander in 1991.

Ronald’s greatest challenge came in December of 1990 when injuries he sustained while hunting left him a quadriplegic. Although confined to a wheelchair the rest of his life, this outdoorsman created a new life within his physical limitations. He became well-known to the deer population around the Georgetown area as he spent much time putting corn out in the yard for them. Ronald displayed his patriotism by maintaining several United States and Marine Corps flags in the yard and his conservative politics by his campaign yard signs and bumper stickers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Harvey, Wade, Windol, and Jackie.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his children, Jefferson and Lynne; his sisters Deene Wadsworth, Renee (Ernest) Waller, Beth (Bob) Allen, and Gwen (Marshall) Faulk; his brothers Carlos, Don Earl, and Larry, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

Assisted by Corley Funeral Home, the burial service will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Campbell Elrod Cemetery near Corsicana, Texas.

The family requests that Masses be offered for Ronald’s soul and suggests that contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675; or Campbell-Elrod Cemetery Association, c/o Lester Easley, 537 NWCR 2110, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Sympathy cards may be sent to 6467 Garland Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76116.

Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace.

Amen.

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Nancy Lucile (Johnson) McAnally
Jan 14, 1943 - Mar 10, 2013

Nancy Lucile McAnally, 70, of Blooming Grove passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.

She was born Jan. 14, 1943, in Turnerville to Walter and Lois Johnson.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tom McAnally; parents, Walter and Lois Johnson; brother, Donald Johnson; and sister, JoAnn Merritt.

Survivors include her children, Tommy McAnally of Blooming Grove, Lois McAnally of Plano, and Lee Owens and husband Rusty of Barry; grandchildren, Christi Oaks of Donie and husband Tommie, Tommy Dale McAnally of Blooming Grove and wife Leslie, Justin McAnally of Mexia and wife Andrea, Brian Higginbotham of Waxahachie and wife Lauren, Peyton Hughes of Pflugerville, Josh McAnally of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Ashleigh McAnally of Blooming Grove, Grant Slingerland of Plano, Brody Owens of Barry, Korri Owens of Barry, Madison McAnally of Waxahachie and Matthew McAnally of Waxahachie; great grandchildren, Annie Oaks of Donie, L.T.
McAnally of Blooming Grove, Ava Oaks of Donie and Jordan Higginbotham of Waxahachie and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Memorial Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Dilbeck and Charky Marquis officiating. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: American Cancer Society at Navarro Unit Memorials 1000 W. 2nd Ave Corsicana, Texas 75110

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Morris Dwain Kirby
Dec 19, 1936 - Mar 9, 2013

Morris Dwain Kirby, 76, of Chatfield passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

He was born Dec. 19, 1936, in Chatfield to parents, Hugh Morris and Floy Kirby.

He graduated as Valedictorian of his class from Rice High School in 1955, and then attended and graduated from Navarro College. He was a member of the HAM Radio Club. He had a great love for being at home in the Chatfield community, and was an avid Harley Davidson fan which he took great pride in taking care of his bike.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Floy Kirby.

Survivors include his daughters, Terrie Richter and husband David of Mildred, and Judy Paschal and husband Shannon of Corsicana; son, Michael Kirby and wife Mary of Rice; granddaughters, Erika Richter of Corsicana, and Brooke Richter of Mildred; grandsons, U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Kirby and wife Morgan of Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., Tyler Richter of Mildred, Mark Kirby of Rice, and Drew Paschal of Corsicana; great-grandchildren Isaac Richter and Adiline Richter of Corsicana; sisters, Laura Standifer and husband Jim of Midlothian, and Elaine Scott of Waco; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jason White officiating.
Interment will follow in New Chatfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Kirby, Mark Kirby, Tyler Richter, Eric Coker, Scott Sanders, and Rick Jamison.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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John L. Sanders
Aug 7, 1904 - Oct 7, 1993

John L. Sanders, 87, of Hubbard, died Oct. 7, 1993, at a nursing home in Hubbard.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard.
The Rev. Earl Taylor and the Rev. Ricky Woodall will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Family wil receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 7, 1904, in Phoenix City, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of Coolidge, Hubbard and Mount Calm. He was a carpenter and a rancher. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hubbard.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Sanders of Hubbard; three daughters, Clara Schulze of Malone, Dorothy Woodall and Evelyn Weatherby, both of Hubbard; one son, Bobby Sanders of Port LaVaca; one brother, Howard Sanders of Magnolia; four sisters, Hazel Davis of Houston, Lena Mae Beene of Conroe, Ruby Binson of Tehuacana and Dorothy Holy of Highland, Texas; onine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Rayford Schulze, David Schulze, Steve Weatherby, Clayton Woodall, Randy Luttrell and Scott MacDowell

Memorials may be made to Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

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Jacob P.K. Overby Jr.
Mar 14, 1904 - Oct 9, 1993

Jacob P.K. Overby Jr., 89, of Dallas died Oct. 9, 1993, at his residence in Dallas. He was formerly of Cheneyboro.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Wednesday with Laurel Land Funeral Home in Dallas in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Wynona Overby Liggins of Corsicana and Deborah Marshall of Mesquite; two grandchildren, Reginald Liggins of Kemp and Penny Liggins of Corsicana; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Wallace Dudley of Corsicana; three sisters, Ola Faye Johnson of Dallas, Adell Moore of Corsicana and Madell Lee of Fort Worth; one niece, Lois D. Bradford of Cheneyboro and other relatives.

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Opal G. Hamilton
Feb 27, 1915 - Oct 14, 1993

Opal G. Hamilton, 78, of Corsicana, died Oct. 14, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home, with Tom Herrin officiating. Burial will be in the Toronto Cemetery in Eureka, Kan.

She was born Feb. 27, 1915, in Shawnee, Okla. She was a member of Eastern Star Lodge in Chino, Calif., a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Corsicana Lodge No. 3366 and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Calvin Hamilton.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Linda Powers of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, Roscoe and Jody Hamilton of Cedar Hills; one sister and brother-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn and Harold Gaylor of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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William E. "Bill" Richards
Nov 16, 1921 - Oct 18, 1993

William E. (Bill) Richards, 71, of Longview, died Oct. 18, 1993.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Longview, with the Rev. Robert Easterling officiating. Burial was in Garden of the Last Supper at Lakeview.

He was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Van Zandt County, Texas. He moved to Longview from Dawson in 1950. He was retired owner of Richards Used Cars. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Julie Richards of Longview; four sisters, Lillie Lawler of Navarro Mills, Mary Lou Slater of Frost, Edna Crump of Grand Prairie and Jackie Edwards of Murchison; one brother, James Richards of Longview; and two grandsons.

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Audrey Jewel Fowler
June 2, 1915 - Oct 19, 1993

Mrs. Audrey Jewel Fowler, 78, of Kilgore died Oct. 19, 1993, at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Trinity Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Roger Hoffpowier officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview. Rader Funeral home in Kilgore is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

She was born June 2, 1915, in Navarro County. She moved to Kilgore from Corsicana in 1935. She was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity Assembly of God Church in Kilgore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Earl" Fowler.

Survivors include three nieces, Audrey Lea Anderson and Charlotte Ann Thompson, both of Kilgore, and Sandra Jean Goodrum of La Porte; one nephew, Bob Anderson of Timpson, Texas; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

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Sam Arthur "Luke" Johnston
May 15, 1919 - Oct 21, 1993

Sam Arthur "Luke" Johnston, 74, of Waco, died Oct. 21, 1993 at his residence in Waco.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waco with the Major and Mrs. R. H. Hall and Major Avedis Kasargian officiating. Burial will be at the Waco Memorial Park with military honors. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m.
Friday at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home.

He was born May 15, 1919 in Eureka. He married Mattie Laseter on May 31, 1947 in Corsicana, and he retired from the city of Waco after working 28 years for the city. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was a member of the DAV.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie Johnston of Waco; three sons, James Edward Johnston of Seattle, Sam Johnston of Waco and Leslie Wayne Johnston of Waco; one daughter, Catherine Johnston Garcia of Zachary, La.; two brothers, Robert Johnston and Henry "Tenny" Johnston, both of Corsicana; three grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Community Hospice of Waco, 3000 Herring Ave., Waco, Texas, 76708.

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Guss Story
June 28, 1900 - Oct 24, 1993

Guss Story, 93, of Corsicana, died Oct. 24, 1993, at the Corsicana Nursing Home.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Sowers Cemetery in Irving, with Grady Cashen officiating. He will lie in state at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove Monday and will be transferred to the Colonial Funeral Home in Irving Tuesday until the service time Wednesday.

Survivors include three sons, Frank Story of Sulpher Springs, Clyde Story of Irving and Claude Story of Blooming Grove; and one sister, Virgie Biggers of Irving.

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Billy James McNabb
Sept 29, 1925 - Mar 12, 2013

Billy James McNabb, a resident of Corsicana, went to be with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the age of 87.

He was born Sept. 29, 1925 in Silver City, to Homer E. and Edna L. McNabb.

Billy graduated from Emhouse High School, attended Navarro College (where he was a member of the original Barracks Bunch that began Navarro
College) and East Texas University. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he voluntarily enlisted in the U. S. Navy and was stationed in the Phillippine Islands (Samara). During an assignment he was injured, and spent three months in various naval hospitals and was presented the distinguished Purple Heart Award prior to his honorable discharge in 1945. He was one of many thousands of military personnel to sacrifice for our freedom.

Billy married Louise Watkins on Sept. 7, 1949, and after her death in 1988, he married Doris Harris on May 5, 1990.

He retired from the local U. S. Postal Service after 28 years of service. Billy was a true Christian gentleman who touched many lives, and was a faithful member of Northside Baptist Church in excess of 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Edna McNabb; brother and sister-in-law, Bronnie F. and Jo Ann McNabb; nephew, Bronnie F. McNabb Jr.; both wives, and other family members.

Survivors include his step-daughter, Pat Haba and husband Raymond; step-grandson, Mike Adams and wife Cherie'; step great-grandchildren, Brooke and Trae Adams; step great-great-grandchild, Brandon Seals; several cousins, nieces and nephews; step-daughter, Carole Davenport and husband H. M; step-son, Ron Harris and wife Lynn; step-grandchildren, Shana Owen and husband Dan, Sara Lasater and husband Brent, and Chris Harris and wife Beth; and step great-grandchildren, Lexie, McKenna, Corley, Emy, Sutton, Cooper and Parker.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14,2013, at Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel, with his friend and neighbor the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Jack Bradley, Marvin Ray, Gary Gober, Freddy Thomas, Ed Formby and Wayne Nelson.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe Hambrick, Bill Owen, Fred Rasmussen and Mike Brashear.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, March 13, 2013
  • h/o Louise (Watkins) McNabb and Doris (Harris) McNabb - s/o Homer Edgar McNabb and Edna Cordia (Lewis) McNabb
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Clara Bell Hawkins Thomas
abt 1926 - Mar 12, 2013

Clara Bell Hawkins Thomas, 86, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Eastside Church Of Christ with Bro. Alton Albert, Eulogist, and Bro. Sam Bailey officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Raymond Daniel Elom
July 7, 1955 - Mar 13, 2013

Raymond Daniel Elom, 57, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, March 13,
2013 in Marquez. Danny was born July 7, 1955 in Oakwood to parents, Ennis Rudolph Elom and Mary Marston Reynolds Elom.

He was an avid fisherman, and had a great love for his family and being outdoors. There wasn’t a musical instrument that he couldn’t play or a song he couldn’t sing. He was the life of the party and loved to have fun. Family and friends described him as very charismatic. He also had a terrific sense of humor and was very handsome.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patricia McCurty.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Renee Elom; daughters, Chasity Elom, Jessica Solonka and husband, Darrel, Bridget Edington and husband, Cody, Christina McGrath and husband, Max, Samantha Elom and husband, Bubba Griffin, Shelby Elom and Patricia Gail Elom; son, Justin Garnett and Josh Garnett. Papa Dan is also survived by his grandchildren; Cassidy, Savannah, Gavin, Zachery, Caden, Starlyn, Ethan, Balee, Heaven, Noah and Jillian. He is survived by sisters Linda Sue Stanforth and husband, Terry, Mary Beal and husband, Dee; and brothers Robert Ennis Elom and Mike McConathy and wife, Serena; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Jack Smith, Jr. officiating. Graveside services will follow at 5 p.m. in Oakwood, Texas at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bubba Griffin, J. C. Howze, Wendall Gore, Justin Garnett, Josh Garnett, Shorty Elom, and Chuck Nelson.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Eural Stafford Brown
Jan 26, 1916 - Nov 2, 1993

Eural S. Brown, 77, of Corsicana, died Nov. 2, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Richard James officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 26, 1916, in Springville, Ala., and was a member of the Church of Christ in Pursley. He was retired from Corsicana Grader Co.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Gunn Brown of Corsicana; two sons and daughters-in-law, David S. and Linda Brown of Corsicana and Dennis and Darla Brown of Portland, Ore.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Bobby Compton of Corsicana and Donna and Terry Lough of Mildred; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law, Billie Kirk of Pursley, Edrie Kyle of Odessa, Doris Comer of Snyder and Louise Wireback of Shreveport, La.

Pallbearers will be Joe Bob Compton, Jon David Compton, Jerod Allen Compton, Joshua David Brown, Jason Loyd Lough, Charles Ray Alford, Clemons Perry and Charlie Knott.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Mercy, 500 W. Third Ave., Suite No. 2, Corsicana, TX, 75110.

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Betsy Louise Zappettini
Nov 28, 1936 - Nov 3, 1993

Betsy Louise Zappettini, 57, of Corsicana, died Nov. 3, 1993, at her residence.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Warren Zappettini of Corsicana; her mother, Louise Ross of Denison; one son, David Russell Zappettini of Euless; two daughters, Angela Barclay and Patricia Perry, both of Corsicana; one sister, Penelope Ross of Denison; and 14 grandchildren.

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Emily (Ganze) Gross
Jan 18, 1904 - Nov 5, 1993

Emily Ganze Gross, 89, of Pursley, died Nov. 5, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Hartley officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Jan. 18, 1904 in Hill County. She retired after 20 years of teaching school at Union High.

Survivors include her husband, John Gross of Pursley; four brothers, Max Ganze and Calvin Ganze, both of Pursley, Hub Ganze of Powell and Herman Ganze of Richardson; five sisters, Vada Hardin of Fort Worth, Helen Meadow of Tyler and Mary Tidwell, Cecile Murray and Katherine Mahoney, all of Corsicana; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Elmer Lee "Red" Followwell
Mar 25, 1919 - Nov 8, 1993

E. L. "Red" Followwell, 74, of Mabank, died Nov. 8, 1993, in Kaufman.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Sister Noren Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

He was born March 25, 1919, in Corsicana. He was a retired electrician and musician. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Doris M. Followwell of Mabank; two sons, Harold Followwell and Dan Followwell, both of Mesquite; two daughters, Betty Whisenhunt of Arlington, and Melba Taylor of Kemp; one sister, Margaret Evans of Dallas; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 8, 1993
  • s/o Edward M. Followwell and Mary Myrtle (Lackey) Followwell
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Gloria Spence
Sep 2, 1932 - Nov 8, 1993

Gloria Spence of Corsicana died Nov. 8, 1993.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Earl Spence; a nephew, Fred William Spence; and a niece, Sharon Dickie.

Survivors include two brothers, Fred Spence of Mexia and Ralph D. Spence of St. Louis, Ill.; two nieces, Judy Davis of Plano and Delores Faye Spence of Corsicana; three nephews, Robert Earl Spence Jr. of Corsicana, Robert Lynn Spence of Houston and John Spence of St. Louis, Ill; and a sister-in-law, Delores Wheeler of Frost.

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Gracie (Edwards) Roberts
Dec 30, 1924 - Nov 13, 1993

Gracie Roberts, 68, of Mabank, died Nov. 13, 1993 in Kaufman.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Dec. 30, 1924 in Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Roberts.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Lawrence of Tehuacana, Linda Roberts of Santa Fe, Texas and Patricia McCullough of Gun Barrel City; two sons, Charles Wayne Roberts of San Saba and William Roberts of Brook Smith, Texas; three brothers, Jack Edwards of El Paso, Dick Edwards of Gun Barrel City and Chuck Edwards of Dallas; one sister, Jean Martin of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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Daniel Albert Story
May 20, 1920 - Nov 14, 1993

Daniel Albert Story, 73, of Corsicana, died Nov. 14, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Scott Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

He was born May 20, 1920. He was a lifelong member of St. John's Eiscopal Church. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II. He was a former member and ex-president of Rotary and a member of the Board of Directors of Garitty Charity Foundation.

After retirement from the U.S. Air Force, he returned to Corsicana and started ranching and farming.

Survivors include his wife, Lavita Story of Corsicana; three daughters, Stephanie Gruver of Corsicana, Margo Story Long of Sarasota, Fla., and Alicia Barnebee of Naples, Fla.; one niece, Paula Beth Henderson of Garnett, Kan.; four grandchildren, Brian Gruver, Chris Barnebee, Jacqueline Long and Elizabeth Barnebee; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be the members of the St. John's Episcopal Church Vestry.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church.

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William Henry Hastings Sr.
Jan 6, 1874 - July 21, 1929

WM. H. HASTINGS PASSED AWAY HERE EARLY HOUR SUNDAY

FUNERAL SERVICES PROMINENT CORSICANAN MONDAY AFTERNOON 5 O’CLOCK

Wm. H. Hastings, aged 55 years, superintendent of the Magnolia refinery here and outstanding church, civic and business leader, died at his home, 701 West Seventh avenue, at 5:15 o’clock Sunday morning following several weeks’ illness and burial will take place Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock with funeral services from St. John’s Episcopal church, of which he had long been an active member, with the Rev. Benjamin Beene rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, McKinney, conducting the services and St. John’s choir furnishing the music.

Mr. Hastings is survived by his wife and two sons, Wm. H. Jr., and John Pannill Hastings; one sister, Mrs. D. L. Parker, Olean, New York, and numerous other relatives, most of whom reside in New York state.

Active pallbearers will be heads of the different departments of the Magnolia Petroleum company’s local refinery, P. H. Loggins, W. C. Ralston, H. T. Jackson, J. W. McGill, R. C. Richardson, J. O. Jones, G. W. Kuykendall and W. W. Binford.

Mr. Hastings has been ill for several weeks, but it was only during the last few weeks that he was confined to his bed. The best of medical skill was employed, he having made a trip to John Hopkins hospital Baltimore, and consulted other specialists. His passing will be mourned by a wild circle of Friends and they will grieve with the wife and two fine boys and niece, Miss Margaret Pannill, who has lived in the home since she was a small child and learned to love him dearly.

Born in New York
Wm. H. Hastings was born in Olean, N. Y., January 1, 1874, his parents being H. K. and Sarah Shepard Hastings, pioneer residents of that part of New York state. While a mere youth Mr. Hastings secured employment with the Standard Oil company at its refinery in Oleans. A few years later he went to South America and was connected with the same company for two years at Rio De Janerio, Brazil. Returning to the states he went back to Olean for several years prior to coming to Corsicana in February 1899, where he immediately became connected with the refinery that had just been built here.

Mr. Hastings worked in various departments of the local refinery which eventually became one of the main units of the Magnolia Petroleum company’s refining plants, until 1912, when he had proven his ability to such an extent that he was made superintendent of the big plant here, and remained in that capacity until his death, having retained active management of the affairs of the plant up until some three weeks prior to his passing away. He has been connected with the Standard Oil company and it subsidiaries continuously for 36 years, and was considered a most valued and trusted employee.

Married in Corsicana.
Mr. Hastings was married August 11, 1910, to Miss Margaret Pannill, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Pannill, pioneer residents of Navarro county. To this union was born two sons, Wm. H. Hastings, Jr., and John Pannill Hastings, aged 12 and 8 years, respectively. Mrs. Hastings and the sons survive, as does one sister, Mrs. D. L. Parker, Olean, N. Y., and numerous nephews and nieces, most of whom reside in New York state.
A member of the various Masonic bodies, deceased took much interest in the work of that organization. He was a member of Hella Temple, of the Shrine, and of numerous other Masonic branches, and was faithful in attendance upon the meetings and to the teachings and precepts of that order to a marked degree.

Active In War Work.
Probably the most outstanding of Mr. Hastings’ works was his activities during the time that the United States was a participant in the World war. He was deeply patriotic and was chairman for Corsicana of the third and fourth liberty loan drives and chairman for the entire county for the victory loan, and participated in the various drives for funds for welfare agencies for the assistance of soldiers and others during that period, contributing liberally of his funds and giving unstintedly of his time to these causes. He was also chairman of the local bureau of investigation which had to do with the protecting of the nation from those who might not come up to the full duty of American citizens during that trying period.

Besides being superintendent of the Magnolia Refinery here he was president and manager of the Corsicana Brick company, which has a large plant just south of the refinery and pump stations plants. He was connected with various other business enterprises of Corsicana and was a stockholder in the Magnolia and numerous other corporations and business concerns.

Loyalty Outstanding.
An admirable trait of deceased was his loyalty to his home, his nation, county, town, friends, his church and his business interests. As a result he had been called to many places of trust, most of which called for executive ability and untiring energy, with the only remuneration being that of service to his country and his fellowmen. At the time of his death he was president of the Y. M. C. A., member of the Corsicana School board, chairman of the Navarro county chapter of the American Red Cross, member of the board of directors of the chamber of commerce, chairman of the Lions Club committee, having in charge of the erection of a suitable memorial to Navarro county’s world war dead, past president of the Lions Club. He originated and sponsored the idea of a soldier memorial and was greatly interested in its success.

He love his church and its affiliated organizations and for many years has served as vestryman of St. John’s Episcopal church, of which he had been an honored and active member for many years. At various times he has served St. John’s parish as senior and junior warden of the vestry and was chairman of the vestry building committee having in charge the erection of the new Parish house at the time of his death. For the past several years he has been superintendent of St. John’s Sunday school and up until illness overtook him he was in his place at the head of the Sunday school and directed its activities and took deep interest in the young people who comprised the larger part of its membership.

Loved His Home.
Mr. Hastings loved his home, his country and his God. As an evidence of this a preface to his will, made before his last illness overtook him, read as follows, which gives in a few words a true and most interesting insight into the character of the man:

“I do not desire an expensive or extravagant burial, but one that in effect reflects in some degree my love of God, my love of my wife and children, and my love of my kinsmen, of my friends and my fellowman, and one that in its nature shows my undying belief in an immortal life hereafter.” He also expressed the wish for the simple burial services of his church, the Protestant Episcopal church of the United States.

With the passing of William H. Hastings, Corsicana loses one of its outstanding characters, a man who was true to all that was good for his home, his church and his fellowmen, and a man who was always willing to sacrifice his time and his means for the benefit of the things he loved.

The First National Bank closed its doors at 1 p.m. out of respect to Mr. Hastings and all departments of the Magnolia refinery that could possibly be closed were shut down for the day. Numerous out of town Magnolia and other oil men were here to attend the funeral.

The Sutherland Funeral home had charge of the funeral.

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HASTINGS FUNERAL SERVICES LARGELY ATTENDED MONDAY

ST. JOHN’S CHURCH CROWDED WITH FRIENDS; PROFUSION OF FLOWERS

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock from St. John’s Episcopal church for Wm. H. Hastings, aged 55, superintendent of the Magnolia Refinery, president of the Corsicana Brick Company, and outstanding local, civic, church and business leader, who died early Sunday at his home following an illness of several weeks. The Rev. Benj. Beene, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal church, McKinney, conducted the simple but impressive burial service of the Episcopal church, of which Mr. Hastings had long been an active member, having been a member of the vestry of St. John’s church for many years. The choir of the church rendered the music.

The church was crowded with friends and relatives of deceased, probably as many standing outside the church during the service as were able to gain admission. Besides men and women from every walk of life in Corsicana, a large number of out of town friends and officials and employees of the Magnolia Petroleum Company and other oil and gas companies came to Corsicana to pay their last respects to the man whom they had known worked with and loved and honored for his many virtues, the most notable of which, perhaps, was his fellowmen, and his business interest.

Mr. Hastings is survived by his wife and two sons, Wm. H. Jr., and John Pannill Hastings; one sister, Mrs. D. L. Parker, Olean, New York, and numerous other relatives, most of whom reside in New York state.

Active pallbearers were heads of the different departments of the Magnolia Petroleum company’s local refinery, P. H. Loggins, W. C. Ralston, H. T. Jackson, J. W. McGill, R. C. Richardson, J. O. Jones, G. W. Kuykendall and W. W. Binford.

Mr. Hastings had been up to the time of his last illness most active in all things that tended to make his city, state and nation a better place in which to live, being a leader in civic affairs as well as loving his church and its various activities and contributing unstintedly of his time and finances toward the furtherance of the things that were of real value to the people and the community where he lived. He never failed to respond when called upon to assist in a worthy undertaking, and when “Bill” Hastings said he would do a certain thing those who knew him realized at once that it would be done and done well. He was true, above all else, to his home life, his God and his fellowman, and he will be greatly missed where real men are wont to gather and to plan and do things that are worth while.

The home had been literally swamped with beautiful and elaborate floral offerings and when these were taken to the church the chancel was banked with them and all windows and other available places were brought into use that all the offerings might be placed in the church. The flowers came from outside the state and they poke in silent yet eloquent terms of the love and esteem in which Mr. Hastings was held in life and the grief and sorrow that was felt at his passing.

Among those present from other points for the funeral were:

Hon. Wm. Pannill and family, Fort Worth; Archie Parnum, Fort Worth; Payne Pannill, Houston; Culberson Pannill, Beaumont; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Beaton, Dallas; Mrs. Agnes Stephens, Gainesville; Mrs. H. P. Hodge, Wichita Falls; Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Witherspoon and Mrs. R. L. Hodge of Chatfield; Mrs. W. H. Thomason, Dallas; T. J. Mayfield, Hillsboro and the following officials and employees of the Magnolia Petroleum Company; Kenneth Bullock, Fort Worth; Grady Holmes, Jack Walker, W. C. Proctor, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. McCabe, Mr. and Mrs. Tolmar, H. E. Spaulding, Ralph Kinsloe, E. P. Angus, Hugh Johnson, W. H. Marchbanks, Earl Stewart, R. H. Jones, W. L. Holmes, H. G. Holmes, D. A. Little, George Miller, Albert Young, Jr., J. V. Farnsworth, Carey King, D. L. Cobb, Walter E. Elliott, Hicks Thompson, Monroe McCammon, all of Dallas.

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BILL HASTINGS.

Wm. H. Hastings is dead.

Again the Grim Reaper enters the ranks of Corsicana’s civic leaders and takes toll.

He will be greatly missed by many. His co-workers at the Magnolia Refinery are heart broken. As one expressed his feelings: “I have lost my best friend.” Those who worked with Mr. Hastings probably knew him best and this one man no doubt reflected the sentiment of the entire personnel of the refinery with the remark: “I have lost my best friend.” No greater epitaph can be written for any man than FRIEND.

Many more of us have lost a true friend in the passing of Mr. Hastings. He took an active part in the civic, social, business and religious life of Corsicana. When any project was presented whereby Corsicana as a whole would be benefited Mr. Hastings could always be found in the front line doing his part and a little bit more. He was an enthusiastic and ardent worker. To any project with which he became aligned, and they were many, he gave whole-heartedly of his time, effort and finances. Mr. Hastings was not the type of man to do things by halves.

Patriotism, loyalty, love of God and faith in his fellowman sum up Mr. Hastings chief characteristics.

A loving and thoughtful husband and father has gone to his reward.

Bill Hastings will be greatly missed from the daily life of Corsicana and it will be many years before one can be found to take his place.

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SPECIAL PROGRAM FEATURED LUNCHEON MEETING OF LIONS

RESOLUTIONS UPON PASSING OF W. H. HASTINGS ADOPTED BY CLUB

Entertainment features furnished by Jim Roxburgh of the local post office force and Mrs. Maudell Smith Kirk and Miss Cora McKenna featured the regular luncheon meeting of the Corsicana Lions Club at noon Tuesday. Resolutions of respect on the recent death of Wm. H. Hastings, charter member of the club, were presented and adopted.

Visitors Tuesday included M. Mentzer, Falls county; Albert Guess, Mrs. Maudelle Smith Kirk, Miss Cora McKenna, Jim Roxburgh and Mrs. W. J. Rochelle.

The program committee Tuesday was composed of P. Mayer, chairman; Roy Layton and J. S. Murchison.

Mr. Roxburgh entertained the club with descriptions of animals and persons seen on his postal route, including the realistic imitation of the animal manner in talking, crowing, growling, etc.

Mrs. Kirk with Miss Cora McKenna at the piano gave two vocal selections.

Next Tuesday’s program will be in charge of W. Roy Christian, chairman; Lowry Martin and S. J. Thigpen.

The program Tuesday, August 13, will be furnished by Gabe Goldberg, chairman; A. W. Rogers and G. L. Tatum.

Following are the resolutions by the club on the recent death of Wm. H. Hastings:

In the early morning of Sunday, July 21, 1929, our esteemed friend and fellow member, Wm. H. Hastings, was called by death to his eternal home.

Born in Olean, New York, but coming to Corsicana as a young man, he entered into all the city’s activities and played a conspicuous part in the development of our city, and his death comes to us as a truly personal loss.
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Being one of the charter members of the Lions Club here, he was interested in its welfare and served the club as its president, having accomplished many worthwhile projects during his administration.

Hardly a project of any consequence was ever attempted for good in this community that “Bill” Hastings did not interest himself in, and through his dynamic personality made it possible for it to become possible.

No finer citizen could any city boast of than Bill Hastings , and his life will be an inspiration for all men to follow and imitate.

It was under his leadership that the Soldiers Memorial Tablet was sponsored and will soon be erected to the memory of our fallen soldiers.

His presence, counsel, and help will be sadly missed by the Corsicana Lion’s Club and his fellow members.

We beg to extend to his dear wife and sons, to his relatives as well, our most true and sincere sympathy in the great loss and grief suffered in his death. Since God in His providence has so afflicted them, let them seek consolation in the love of Him who doeth all things well.

A copy hereof shall be recorded in the records of the Lion’s Club, a copy shall be sent to the family by the secretary, and a copy shall be given to the Daily Sun for publication.

Respectfully submitted,
CLYDE STROUD,
J. N. GARITTY,
SYDNEY MARKS

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St. John’s Vestry Adopts Resolutions On W. H. Hastings

St. John’s Vestry at their first meeting in the new parish hall September 16, 1920, placed on record the following minute:

We, the rector, vestry and officers of St. John’s church at this the first meeting since the death of our honored and esteemed co-worker William H. Hastings, so desire as our first order of business to record our gratitude to Almighty God for the life, character and service, which marked his sojourn in our midst.

Mr. Hastings was a man of firm convictions for which he stood unhesitatingly. We appreciate his counsel as a vestryman, because we were sure his point of view would be fair and just, and that in critical conditions his judgement was reliable.

He was recognized as a leading citizen in the community and highly esteemed because of his conscientious, courageous, yet unostentatious Christian life.

We mourn his loss in the height of his usefulness and value to his church and community, but we also feel that he was so rich in honor as well as the affection of a multitude of friends, that his death came not as a defeat, but rather as a crown,. A devout and brave Christian soldier has entered triumphantly into the joy of his Lord. As his fellow churchmen among whom he served for many years, we are grateful that in his death, as through a window, we glimpse the glory of the other side.

We further desire to express to the family of our esteemed friend, our deepest sympathy in their heavy bereavement, and to assure them that we share with them the faith and hope in which their loved one lived and died, and rejoice with them in the noble and distinguished service he has rendered to God and his fellow men.


(Signed)—
E. M. Polk, Jr., Senior Warden,
W. A. Lang, Junior Warden,
R. L. Hamilton, Vestryman,
E. P.Norwood, Vestryman,
R. N. Holloway, Vestryman,
J. Frank Williams, Vestryman,
W. V. Mowlam, Vestryman,
C. H. Mills, Vestryman,
H. D. Johnson, Treasurer,
W. A. Mowlam, Clerk,
H. J. Ellis, Rector.

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UNVEIL MEMORIAL TO NAVARRO COUNTY WAR HEROES MONDAY

Tribute to Memorial Sponsor

On the arrival of the speaker of the day, Major Charles H. Mills called the crowd to attention, and briefly but touchingly paid tribute to W. H. Hastings, originator and first sponsor of the monument to the world war dead, which carried to the successful conclusion through the efforts of the Lions Club, American Legion and the citizens of Corsicana and Navarro county.

“Big Bill” was a name lovingly applied to the late W. H. Hastings by his fellow men, not alone for his stature but because of his qualities which endeared him to this companions and made him an outstanding citizen, Major Mills declared. The deceased leader’s interest in the manifold activities of the city was asserted to be sufficient proof of his greatness. He was credited as the originator of the move to provide a monument to the war dead, and one of the most potent factors in the success of the movement.
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Major C. H. Mills’ Tribute To Late William H. Hastings

The following is the tribute paid by Major C. H. Mills to the late Wm. Hastings at the ceremonies incident to the dedication of the Lions Club war memorial.

Soldiers of the American Legion, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I shall not trespass upon your time long enough to discuss the recurrent anniversary, not its significance in world history. That will be done by another whom I cannot hope to rival. There is, however, a duty for me to discharge at this time, which is purely “a labor of love,” and I crave your indulgence for a moment for that purpose.

The duty which thus confronts me at his hour is complex in its character. It gives me pleasure and it gives me pain. It gives me pleasure because it is always sweet to sing the praises of a friend. It gives me pain because, regardless of the language I may use, of the accents I may employ, of the eulogy I may pronounce, it falls upon the unresponsive ear of death.

Another will tell you of the American Legion, and of the Memorial which is being dedicated on this, the eleventh anniversary of the great armistice. My purpose is to say a word of the man whose thoughtfulness conceived this memorial and whose management made it accomplishment possible.

He is not with us now. He ” has gone to join the choir invisible of those immortal dead who live by their presence,” and he shall live in our hearts and dwell in our affections forever.

I speak of him whom we lovingly called “Big Bill” Hastings. This memorial was his conception, and it was foremost in his mind until the hour of his death. Those of us who were associated with him in this work, though in subordinate capacities have esteemed it a privilege to take up his burden where he laid it down, and carry it to its completion today.

You must know then, that his sobriquet of “Big Bill” was not due solely to his physical proportions, though many doubtless believed this to be true. That he was a big man physically is most true, but he was something much more important than that. He was great of heart and soul. All his thoughts were great thoughts and all his soul’s ideals were those of greatness. He knew nothing of littleness or of meaness. Generosity and love of his fellows were his predominant characteristics. He was among the best citizens, and every civic duty imposed upon him was sure of success, for in the “bright lexicon” of his life there was no such word as “fail.”

This anniversary recalls to mind the tireless efforts which marked his work in all the various necessities of the years of war. For the Red Cross, for the Salvation Army, for the Y. M. C. A., for his church, and for his many other activities, and for his many other activities, he always did much more than his part, and one reason why we called him “Big Bill” was because his broad shoulders always carried more than his share of any load.

And so I am here giving him full credit for this memorial. I am here in the discharge of the duties of loving friendship and in the expression of grief at his absence from this scene where he so much wanted to be.

We lay our tribute of love and affection upon the bier, and each year when this anniversary is celebrated, our hearts will pledge anew their love and devotion to the one who is responsible, “Big Bill” Hastings.

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Jennie B. Miles Kilgore
abt 1928 - Mar 7, 2013
 

Jennie B. Miles Kilgore, 84, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Heritage Oaks West. Visitation will be 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Second Mission Baptist Church with the Rev. William Kurney Sr. officiating and the Rev. Gary Moore, eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Elmer Ray Poteet
Dec 25, 1925 - Sept 23, 1993

Elmer Ray Poteet, 67, of Corsicana, died Sept. 23, 1993 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 25, 1925 in Wortham. He was a member of the Westside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Poteet of Corsicana; three daughters, Joyce Gunnels and Shirley Poteet, both of Corsicana and Brenda Burke of Grand Prairie; four granddaughters; one brother, LeRoy Poteet of Corsicana; three sisters, Aline Watkins and Fay Watkins and Katherine Moorehead, all of Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Mercy, 500 W. Third Ave., Suite 3, Corsicana, Texas, 75110

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Harry John Emmins McCord Jr.
Sep 22, 1937 - Oct 4, 1993

Harry John Emmins McCord Jr., 56, of Corsicana, died Oct. 4, 1993 in Corsicana.

Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John Conley officiating.

He was born Sept. 22, 1937 in Fort Worth.

Survivors include Mrs. Sandra Dowd of Corsicana; two daughters, Colleen McCord of Boulder, Colo. and Erin McCord of Nacogdoches; one son, Harry J.E. "Trey" McCord III of College Station; one step-daughter, Courtney Dowd of Minneapolis, Minn.; two brothers, David McCord of Weatherford and Mike Walker of Fort Worth; and one sister, Tommie Marie Buckman of Fort Worth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warehouse of Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave., Corsicana, Texas, 75110

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Willie Louise Perkins
Mar 18, 1916 - Oct 13, 1993

Willie Louise Perkins, 77, of Corsicana, died Oct. 13, 1993, in Tyler.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Perkins of Corsicana; two sons, L.A.
Bradshaw Jr. of Tyler and Bill Bradshaw of Augusta, Ga.; one step-son, Perry Perkins of Houston; one brother, Joe Ray of California; one sister, Letha Spinks of Glen Rose; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Katie Mae Shields
July 7, 1930 - Oct 18, 1993

Katie Mae Shields, 63, of LaRue, died Oct. 18, 1993 in LaRue, Texas.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

She was born July 7, 1930 to Thomas and Edna White Shields. She was retired from HCA Hospital after 30 years of employment as a nurse. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She had lived in the New York Community for the past six years with her niece and nephew, Melissa and David Paup.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, William L. Shields.

She is survived by her sister, Lorene Jackson of Corsicana; one brother, Roy and Judy Shields of Hempstead; sister-in-law, Ann Shields of LaRue; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Charles Harris, Charles Henry Harrison, Don Holloway, Roy French, John Hodges and Steve Tackett.

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Donald Wayne Brown
Sep 19, 1951 - Oct 19, 1993

Donald Wayne Brown, 42, of Mexia, died Oct. 19, 1993, at the Mexia State School.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Ficzeri officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

Survivors include his parents, Charles Wayne and Juanita Brown of Corsicana; one sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Jim Bardwell of Longview; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles Philip and Julia Brown of Lubbock; and two nephews, Joshua Ray Bardwell of Longview and Charles Wesley Brown of Lubbock.

Pallbearers will be Dannie Bruce, Billy Bruce, Billy Steele and Rickey Steele.

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Billy Joe Anderson
July 14, 1932 - Oct 21, 1993

Billy Joe Anderson, 61, of Angus, died Oct. 21, 1993, in Angus.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Franks officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born July 14, 1932, in Deport, Texas. He had lived in Angus for the past eight years.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathy Anderson.

He is survived by his wife, June Anderson of Angus; two daughters, Janie Anderson of Dallas and Diane Coffee of Balch Springs; three sons, Billy Joe Anderson Jr.; Jimmy D. Anderson and Raymond H. Anderson, all of Dallas; three step-sons, William C. Sharp of Angus, Larry R. Mullen of Fort Smith, Ark. and William D. Mullen III of Dallas; two step-daughters, Pamela Haley of Dallas and Sheila Brummett of Corsicana; two brothers, Ulus Anderson and Roy Anderson, both of Paris; and three sisters, Gladys Hadley of Canton, Velma Floyd of Dallas and Virginia Ragsdale of Allen.

Pallbearers will be Bobby York, Lance York, Billy Wayne Anderson, Michael McNulty, Joe Hadley and Scott Maxey.

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John Dee Prince
Oct 11, 1903 - Oct 23, 1993

John D. Prince, 90, of Corsicana, died Oct. 23, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 11, 1903.

Survivors include four sons, Doyle Prince of Hempstead, Charles Prince of Fairfield, Jimmy Prince of Corsicana, and Mel Prince Waxahachie; two daughters, Mrs. Allyne Baker of Whitehouse and Jewell Snodgrass of Laguna Park; 19 grandchiden; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will act as pallbearers.

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