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Verna Howard
Feb 24, 1946 - Apr 19, 2013

Miss Verna Howard, 67, of Barry, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, at Twilight Home in Corsicana.

She was born Feb. 24, 1946, in Corsicana, to parents Doris and Eldridge Howard.

She worked for many years as a trust analyst in the banking industry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eldridge and Doris Howard.

Survivors include her sister, Suzanne Ragan of Barry; brother, Eldridge Howard of Barry; nephew, James Ragan and wife Lynette of Waco, Owen Howard of Barry; and a niece, Brandy Howard of Blooming Grove.

A private family service and burial was held at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Betty J. (May) Rutherford
Nov 15, 1922 - Apr 20, 2013

Mrs. Betty J. Rutherford, 90, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

She was born Nov. 15, 1922, in Kerens, to parents George William and Zelma May.

She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed going to watch her kids and grandkids play sports. She and her family enjoyed going on camping trips, and had a love for being outdoors. She loved quilting, sewing, and made clothes for her family over the years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Rutherford; son-in-law, Eddie Wilson; parents, George and Zelma May; sisters, Dora Lee Quinn and Doris Nell Connell; and brother, Douglas May.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda J. Wilson of Corsicana; sons, Tommy Rutherford and wife Patricia of Waco, and Henry Rutherford and wife Mercy Arellano of Cleburne; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren; brother, George Wayne May and wife Sharon of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Rogers officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Rutherford, Sean Rutherford, Tommy Rutherford Jr., Tristan Wilson, Justin Smith, and Johnny Piper.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Wilson, Eddie Wilson, and Gary Jones.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lynn Watson
Aug 3, 1946 - Apr 20, 2013

Lynn Watson, 66, a resident of Arlington, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Fort Worth at John Peter Smith Hospital.

He was born Saturday, Aug. 3, 1946, to Henry J. Watson and Gladys Miller Watson in Kilgore. Lynn served his country in the United States Army and was the general manager of an automobile transmission business.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Anna Belle Bounds, Marjorie Johnston, Mary Roberson, Jean Jones, Dale Watson, and Randy Watson.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Blythe Watson of Arlington and son Jeffery Scott Bailey of Carrolton; sisters, Loys Bounds of Brownwood, Beverly Bounds and husband Bill of Garland, and Nelda Watson of Waxahachie.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, following visitation in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Maddox officiating.

Pallbearers will be William Hill, David DeSilvey, Joe Garcia and Phat Trinh.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Kenneth L. Lovell
Aug 5, 1936 - Apr 18, 2013

Kenneth L. Lovell, 76, of Barry passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013.

He was born Aug. 5, 1936, in Welston, Mo., to William Lovell and Clara Mabry Lovell.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Lovell and Clara Mabry Lovell; sisters, Orpha Mason, Pearl Pierce, Geneva Berry; and brother, Leslie Lovell, all from Missouri.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara D. Lovell of Barry; children, Rocky and Denise Lovell of Grubville, Mo., Tony Lovell of Nocona, Sherry and Tim Burge of Ballwin, Mo., Troy and Martha Lovell of Rocky Mount, Va., Tracy and Patty Lovell of Washington, Mo., and Tonya and Tim Puckett of Saint Louis, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Russell McDonald, Sr.
abt 1921 - Apr 18, 2013

James Russell McDonald, 92, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2012, at the Eastside Church of Christ with Bro. Alton Albert officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Nona Fae (Harris) Osborne
Dec 1, 1914 - Apr 21, 2013

Nona Fae (Harris) Osborne, 98 of Corsicana, and formerly of Dawson, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, at a Corsicana nursing center. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Dawson Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Nona Fae (Harris) Osborne, 98 of Corsicana and formerly of Dawson, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013 at a Corsicana nursing center. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 23 at Dawson Cemetery with Chaplain Lee Franklin officiating.

Mrs. Osborne was born in Corsicana on December 1, 1914 to Wallace and Nellie (White) Harris. She lived most all of her life in Navarro County and worked as a seamstress for Kreditor in Hubbard and Adams Hat Factory in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alton Osborne in 2001 and by four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members.

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Reba Sue (Cassity) Neal
Jan 29, 1927 - Apr 17, 2013

Reba Sue Cassity Neal, 86, of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana, Texas passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1927, to Augustus (A.G.) Cassity and Lula Jewell Roquemore Cassity in Long Branch in Panola County.

Reba married Edgar Eugene (Gene) Neal, Jr., on Aug. 8, 1953, in Carthage, and they made their home in Marshall, until their move to Corsicana in September of 2004. While a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Marshall, Reba served on the Administrative Board and was active in United Methodist Women (UMW). She became a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church in 2006.

She was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and received her master’s degree from East Texas State University. She taught school for 28 years in Carthage, Aldine, New Boston, Mt. Pleasant, and Marshall. Reba was listed in Leaders of American Education in 1971, was a life member of National Educational Association and Texas Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Cecil, Charles, and Vinson; sisters, Mabel Cassity Pace and Fay Cassity Allison; nephews, Bill Cassity, Reagan Cassity, and Jimmy Cassity.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Neal Wisdom and husband Mike of Eureka; grandsons, David Wisdom and wife Tara of Trophy Club, and Robert Wisdom of Corpus Christi; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Wisdom of Trophy Club; nephews, Cecil A. (Sonny) Cassity, Bobby Cassity, Dr. John Cassity, .Gus Cassity, Joe Allison, Sam Allison, Charlie Allison, Eddie Neal, Carl David Neal, and Dr. Doug Neal; nieces, Jean Allison Bunyard, Patricia Pace Perdue, Marian Cassity Browning, Beth Cassity McClammy, and Nancy Neal Laine; and numerous other friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Amy Anderson and the Rev. Jerden Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Memorials may be made to Eureka United Methodist Church at 1305 FM 2859, Corsicana, TX 75109.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, April 19, 2013
  • w/o edgar Eugene "Gene" Neal, Jr. - d/o Augustus "A.G." Cassity and Lula Jewell (Roquemore) Cassity
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Linda Gaynelle (Weaver) McGee
Feb 12, 1952 - Apr 18, 2013

Linda Gaynelle McGee passed away peacefully in her home in Corsicana at
2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Gaynelle was born in Corsicana on Feb. 12, 1952.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Hellen Mahoney Heffiner; and her father, Bufford Weaver both of Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Gregory Charles McGee, sharing 37 years of marriage together. Gaynelle is also survived by her children, Christy Vaughn, Ginger Hopkins, Lecia McGee, Sherri Mullin and her son Gregory Charles McGee II. She has loved and cherished her grandchildren, Raven Clark, Amber Clark, Starr Mesker, Kassidy Vaughn, Colton Tepoel, Taylor Fuqua, Abryan McGee, Austin McGee, Tristian Mullin and Christian Mullin.

Gaynelle is also survived by her son-in-law, Brian Hopkins, married to her daughter, Ginger Hopkins of Corsicana. Gaynelle has three brothers, John L Weaver, Kenneth Weaver and Marty Weaver, and also three sisters, Daryln Weaver, Jennifer Rose and Leah Jock, all of Corsicana, and she also leaves behind numerous neices, nephews and friends.

Gaynelle loved her family very much and has made an impact on us all. She was a licensed Social Worker and has helped very many people through out her life. She and her husband Greg McGee ministered here in Corsicana to many families through their outreach Ministry Christian Love Fellowship. She will always be loved and a part of us all. She is now resting peacefully with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Wes Haefs officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Jane (Phillips) Kerby
Sep 23, 1923 - Apr 18, 2013

Mary Jane (Phillips) Kerby, 89, of Gun Barrel City, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at a Corsicana retirement home.

Mary Jane was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Gridley, Kan., to Roy and Melva (Hines) Phillips. She was raised in Kansas and moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1941 following graduation from business college in Topeka. She worked for Consolidated Aircraft where she met her husband, William C. “Bill” Kerby. They moved to Texas in 1946 following World War II. Bill and Mary Jane settled on a family farm where they farmed and raised their two daughters. She was a retired bank teller having worked at banks in Dawson and Hubbard. Following retirement, she and Bill moved to Cedar Creek Lake where they enjoyed over 20 years on the lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Bill Kerby, in 2006.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Baldwin and husband James of Thornton, and Debye Woodall and husband Ronnie of Dawson; a sister, Jean Robinson and husband Mack of Arizona; grandsons, Justin Woodall and wife Tracy, and Kerby Montgomery and wife Jolene; step-grandson, Jimmy Baldwin and wife Lori; granddaughters, Brandi Williams and husband Jeremy, and Molli Montgomery and husband Jimmy Owens; step-granddaughter, Kristi Watson; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Cain and Ella Williams, and Reagan, Payton and Beau Woodall; step-grandchildren, Emily and Kade Watson, Ty and Trace Baldwin, Jaci Lowe and Brynn Owens; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Dawson Cemetery with Chaplain Dan Rogers officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Woodall, Justin Woodall, Kerby Montgomery, Jeremy Williams, James Baldwin and Jimmy Owens.

Arrangements under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Charles Poke Hodge
May 8, 1922 - Apr 17, 2013

Charles Hodge, one of eleven brothers and sisters, passed away April 17, 2013 at the age of 90. He was born May 8, 1922 in Navarro County to Arthur and Nell Hodge.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years Mattie Hodge; two children Sandra Garrett and husband Howard, Donald C. Hodge and wife Karen; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Noel Garrett, Jeremy Charles Garrett and Cameron Charles Hodge.
He lived in South Texas most of his life and worked for Sun Air Company. An avid golfer, a wonderful gardener producing gorgeous tomatoes as well as a fabulous cook. His most loved food he cooked was Bar B-Que brisket, peppermint ice cream and the best turkey and dressing you ever tasted.
He retired from Sun Oil Company as a gas plant foreman. He never ask for much but gave his all. He was dearly loved by his family and will be deeply missed. He pride and joy was his three grandsons. He called them his "Little Men". They loved him to pieces. One of his grandsons Jeffrey married Angela and she has two daughters Bethany and Paige. Papaw gladly accepted these young ladies as his own great granddaughters. Papaw loved everybody. He gave his all we will miss him greatly but will never forget him. Rest well you've earned it.
Graveside services will be 1:00pm Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Birdston Cemetery with David King and Maxine King officiating.


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Charles Hodge, 90, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Birdston Cemetery.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Wayne Low
May 11, 1924 - Dec 19, 1993

Wayne Low, 69, of Corsicana, died Dec. 19, 1993, in Mesquite.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. The Rev. James Evans officiated.

He was born May 11, 1924, in Gustine.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Low of Corsicana; one son, Kenneth Low of Oak Valley; four brothers, Ira Low of Cleburne; Aurthor Low of Whitney, L.A. Low of Lubbock and Dean Low of Athens; three sisters, Nettie Rosin and Inez Smyrl, both of Lubbock and Maggie Holley of Cleburne; and a number of nieces and nephews

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Ruth Cantrell
June 5, 1919 - Dec 25, 1993

Ruth Cantrell, 74, of Waco, died dec. 25, 1993 in Waco.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.  She was born June 5, 1919 in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include four daughters, Gelene Neckar of Waco, Helen Blackmon of Arlington, Texas, Teresa Portwood of Denver Colo. and Doris Fulfer of Corsicana; one son, Charles Cantrell of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Annie Sission of Corsicana and Edith Campbell of Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers will be Wilbert Blackerby, Mark Blackmon, Johnny Clifton, Tim Campbell and Robbie Walker.

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Myrtle Reed
Sept 3, 1907 - Dec 26, 1993

Myrtle Reed, 86, of Corsicana, died Dec. 26, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Carey Ford officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 3, 1907 in Angus. She was a retired school teacher and a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Jessie Mae Coker of Corsicana; one sister-in-law, Hilda Reed of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Norman Smith, Vergil Gibson, Tommy Haynes, T.G.
Haynes, Temple Pryor and Ken Jones.

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Jim W. Braddy
July 30, 1910 - Dec 28, 1993

J.W. Braddy, 83, of Corsicana, died Dec. 28, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Honea officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

He was born July 30, 1910.

Pallbearers will be Charles Gillaspie, Kenneth Lee, George L. Smith and Floyd Gillaspie.

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R. David Allbritton
Apr 2, 1948 - May 27, 1970
L. Cpl. Co. C 5 Mar 1 Mar Div Vietnam


R. David Allbritton, son of Robert Jeanette Kiser, died May 27, 1970, in Portland, Ore.

Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, with the Rev. David Brockhoff and the Rev. J.C. Menagh officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 2, 1948, in Hood River, Ore., and served in the First Division, 5th Marines, Charlie Company, In Viet Nam in 1968-69.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Jeanette Kiser, of Corsicana; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Charles L. Baker Jr.
May 15, 1920 - Feb 20, 1989

Charles Lee Baker Jr., 68, of San Antonio, died Feb. 20, 1989 in San Antonio.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Eugene Wood officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born May 15, 1920 in Houston. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in engineering. He was a liason engineer for Swearingin Aircraft in San Antonio. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Navy Lt. in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Lou (Myrick) Baker in 1986.

Survivors include one son, Charles Lee Baker III of Buda; his mother-in-law, Mrs. J.R. Myrick of Dallas.

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Gordon "Brownie" Crawford
Mar 16, 1911 - Feb 27, 1989

Gordon (Brownie) Crawford, 77, of Corsicana died Feb. 27, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Calvin Francis officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born March 16, 1911 in Dawson and was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He was a retired sergeant for the Corsicana Police Department, and a member of the Baptist Church. He was married to Frances Langston Crawford for 54 years.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Crawford of Corsicana; a son and daughter-in-law, Aylon and Myrtle Crawford of Tyler; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Debra and Jeff Brown of Wichita Falls; grandson, Mickey Crawford of Tyler; great-grandchildren, Phillip and Wesley Brown of Wichita Falls; a sister, Vera Lawhon of Corsicana; two brothers, Homer Crawford of Corsicana; G.W. Crawford of Whitney; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lewis Palos, Leslie Cotton, Neal Baggett, Leroy Crocker, Lamoin Lawhon, Don Massey and Ted Warren.

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Michael Lloyd Ragain, Sr.
Jul 22, 1947 - Aug 22, 1989

Michael Ragain

Michael Lloyd Ragain, 42, of Grand Prairie, died Aug. 22, 1989 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas.

Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at Rosehill Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Michael Lloyd Ragain, Jr., of Houston; one daughter, Janelle Ragain of Tucson; two step-daughters, Margie and Kathy Ragain, both of Houston; his mother, Imogene Ward Ragain Sluder of Grand Prairie; his step-father, Billy E. Sluder of Houston; four grandchildren.

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Bessie Ray (Spain) Martin-Rasco
Aug 15, 1916 - Mar 14, 1980

Bessie Rasco

BLOOMING GROVE—Bessie Ray Rasco, 63, of Blooming Grove, died Friday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Services will be Sunday, 2 p.m., Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.

The Rev. Buster Jordan will officiate.

She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Jean Sanders of Frost; one sister, Mrs. W. B. Reed, of Abilene; one brother, J. P. Spain, of Monahans; and one grandson, Tony Sanders, of Frost.

Pallbearers will be Don McGraw, Ronald Lynch, Tom Oliphant, Carl Smith, Blake Gillen and Gordon Griffin.

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George Henderson "Jack" Rawson
Mar 2, 1896 - Oct 22, 1985

Henderson Rawson

Henderson Rawson, 89, of Frankston, died Tuesday in Tyler.

Graveside service will be 2:30 P.M. Thursday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

The Rev. Bill Watson will officiate. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Blooming Grove native was a barber for many years. He served in the Army during World War 1. He was a machine operator for a sand and gravel company in Fort Worth.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruth Rawson, of Frankston; one daughter, Darline Whatley, of Phoenix, Ariz.; one son, Jack Rawson, of Austin; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry Rawson, of Brownsboro; and one sister, Wynnie Rawson of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Billy S. Rawson, Henry D. Rawson, Sr., Elmer McClain, Boyce Whatley, John R. Hester, J. P. Pierce, Mike Favor and Bill Robert.

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Wynne Amy Behethlyn Rawson
Jan 28, 1912 - May 4, 1988

Wynne Rawson

Wynne Rawson, 76, of Blooming Grove, died May 4, 1988, at Northside Nursing Home in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Bill Watson officiating. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery.

She is survived by one brother, Henry Rawson, of Brownsboro; one niece, Mae Lynn Gannon, of Purdon; and one nephew, Troy Rawson of California.

Pallbearers will be Mike Faver, Bill Rawson, Bob Rawson, Bruce Rawson, Tommy Vanderzyl and Gary Bouchillon.

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Esse Mae (Spain) Reed
Jan 27, 1912 - Sep 29, 1990

Essie Spain Reed

Mrs. Essie Spain Reed, 78, of Blooming Grove, died Sept. 29, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, W. B. (Skeeter) Reed of Blooming Grove; one son, Don Reed of Arlington; and one grandson, Marc Reed of Arlington.

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Alice Irene Robinson
Feb 16, 1911 - Dec 3, 1983

Irene Robinson

Irene Robinson, 72, of DeSoto died in the DeSoto Nursing Home Saturday.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blooming Grove Funeral Home. Neal Rogers will officiate with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

She was born and raised in Lone Cedar.

Survivors are one brother, Dee Robinson of Hillsboro; three sisters, Maicel Boyd of Dallas, Louie Springer of Mesquite and Elsie Trice of Lancaster; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Ruth Gertrude (Vandiver) Robinson
Aug 23, 1902 - Jun 26, 1990

Ruth Robinson

Ruth G. Robinson, 87, of Blooming Grove, died June 26, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove with the Rev. James French officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include a number of cousins.

Pallbearers will be Richard Saunders, Doyle Saunders, Don McGraw, Ed Hill, D. W. Springer and Buford Holliefield.

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James Earl Hornbuckle
abt 1951 - Apr 11, 2013

James Earl Hornbuckle, 62, of Kerens, passed away Thursday, April 11,
2013 at his residence. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013 at the New Bethel Baptist Church, Kerens with Pastor Earnest Betts, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Susan Jane (Knauss) Britt
May 27, 1945 - Apr 14, 2013

Our loving mother Susan Jane Knauss Britt of Arlington, previously Corsicana, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The world welcomed this kind and wonderful soul on May 27, 1945 in Charleston, W. Va., daughter to Fred and Lois Knauss. She filled her life expressing her compassion for others, beginning with her church secretarial position. She was enthralled with learning, earning her Associate Degree from Navarro College at age 48. Susan raised three loving dogs of her own becoming a staunch proponent against animal cruelty.

She is survived by siblings Barbara, Helen and Jim and also several cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as her daughters Tracy and Teri and two grandsons.

The graveside service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday April 20, 2013 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with Father Edward Monk officiating.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to ASPCA in Susan's honor, http://www.aspca.org/Home/Donate.

Thank you for blessing our lives with your presence. We love you mom.

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Jason Harrison Haven
Oct 17, 1982 - Apr 17, 2013

Jason Harrison Haven, 30, resident of McKinney and formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Corsicana on Oct. 17, 1982, to William Nelson Haven Sr. and Deborah Laburay Haven. Jason attended Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana when he was a child and graduated from Corsicana High School in 2000.

Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Laburay and Nelson and Tressa Haven.

Survivors include his wife, Tandra Short Haven; parents, William Nelson Haven Sr. and Deborah Haven of McKinney; brothers, William Nelson Haven Jr. of Corsicana, and Chris Haven of Troy, Mo.; grandmother, Grandma Laburay of St. Peters, Mo.; niece, Haley Haven and nephew Colton Haven of Mildred; aunt, Phyllis Creedon of Florissant, Mo.; and a number of cousins and extended family members.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Lee Barber officiating. Interment will follow at a later date at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org, or by mail to 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Suite 320, Austin, Texas 78759, or phone at 1-800-242-8721.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Frances Jewel Betts Bailey
abt 1953 - Apr 14, 2013

Frances Jewel Betts Bailey, 60, of Kerens passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Country Meadows Nursing Home. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at New Bethel Baptist Church located at 700 Elm Flat Rd. in Kerens with Rev. Vincent Bailey officiating and Pastor Earnest Betts, Jr., as Eulogist. Interment will follow at the Friendship Cemetery in CrossRoads. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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James Calvin "Jimmie" Runnels
Oct 17, 1920 - Apr 20, 1993

James C. (Jimmie) Runnels, 72, of Mabank, died April 20, 1993, in Austin.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday in the Corley Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Richland Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 17, 1970 [sic] (note: should be 1920), in Richland. He was veteran of World War II, U.S. Air Force 1944 - 46. He had owned and operated an appliance store in Dallas for many years before moving to Mabank to raise cattle. He also was a 32 Degree Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Runnel [sic] of Austin; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Peggy Runnels of Austin; one granddaughter, Randy Tyler of Austin; one grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Rick and Ann Runnels of Austin; and two sisters, Annie Mae Weeks and Odie Lee Finch.

Pallbearers will be Marvin J. Patterson, Ed Williams, Jay Summers, Jack Burns, Roland Burns and Lloyd Marsh.

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Bobbie (McElroy) Mathison
Aug 14, 1934 - June 7, 1993

Bobbie Mathison, 58, of Wortham, died June 7, 1993 in Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Wednesday in the First United Methodist Church in Mexia with the Rev. Wes Byas and the Rev. Dan Kelley. Burial was in the Richland Cemetery under the direction of Porter Chapel in Wortham.

She was born Aug. 14, 1934 in Corsicana. She was the office manager of the Wortham Medical Center for 25 years.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Gerald Eddings, Cathy and Alan Gibson and Michelle and Marcus Graham, all of Wortham; two sisters, Peggy Grabau of San Antonio and Jane Farmer of Richland; one brother, Benny McElroy of Navarro Mills; six grandchildren, and two nephews.

Pallbearers were Milton Enlow, William Baldwin, Arnold Keeling, Gary Buchmeyer, Tommy Craig and Tommy Carr.

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Violet Wedgman Laseter
July 22, 1914 - July 3, 1993

Violet Wedgman Laseter, 77, of Richland, died July 3, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday in Richland Cemetery.  Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, E.W. and Glenda Laseter of Richland; one stepson, J.C. Laseter of Houston; one step-daughter, Elnora Allen of Mexia; one brother, Earsel Wedgman of Houston; one sister, Velma Grimes of Houston; and two grandchildren, Charlotte Wilbanks of Dallas, and Chris Laseter of Richland.

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Joy M. Moore
Nov 22, 1926 - July 21, 1993

Joy M. Moore, 66, of Cedar Hill, died July 21, 1993, in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Richland Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 12, 1926, in Richland.

Survivors include five daughters, Danna Gomez of Duncanville, Patsy Ellington of Irving, Janice Kammer of Cameron, Miss., Kathy Winslow of Glendale, Ariz. and Linda McCauley of Frankston; three sons, daniel Moore of Virginia, Michael Moore of Irving and Olen Martin; three brothers, Minton Holloway of Grand Prairie, Herman Holloway of Cedar Creek and Reg Holloway of California; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 22, 1993
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
    Note: Her death index and her headstone both have her birth as Nov. 22, 1926. The obituary has Nov. 12, 1926.

Lena Mae (Stanley) Scott
Dec 26, 1927 - Oct 14, 1993

Lena Mae Scott, 65, of Richland, died Oct. 14, 1993, at her residence.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Saturday in the Richland Cemetery, with the Rev. Richard Ham officiating. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one brother, Edward Lewis Stanley of Sallsaw, Okla.; and four sisters, Mamie Scott of Wortham, Minnie Meeker of Athens, and Mary Capps and Evelyn Coker, both of Richland.

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Vera Pauline McDaniel
Feb 10, 1910 - Oct 12, 1993

Pauline McDaniel of Richland died Oct. 12, 1993, at her residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church in Richland, with Jan Cain officiating. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. The family will be at the church from noon to 2 p.m.

Survivors include one son, Sonny (Morrison) McDaniel of Houston; one daughter, Bennie Jean (McDaniel) Dick of Dexter; four children; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Sonny McDaniel, Marc Dick, Wes Dic, Wade Porter, Raymond Hayes and Earl McDaniel Jr.

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Edna Cosper
Oct 9, 1928 - Nov 3, 1993

Edna Cosper, 65, of Corsicana, died Nov. 3, 1993, in Corsicana.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Richland Cemetery with the Rev. James T. Davis officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Livingston. She retired from Hager Slacks after 12 years of service. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Nelson and Larry Nelson, both of Corsicana, and Bobby Nelson of Texas; two grandchildren; three sisters, Billie Sue Spiller of Lufkin and Bonnie Blankship and Janie Sutton, both of Waco; one brother, Cole Robertson of California; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Nettie C. Hurley
Aug 17, 1898 - Dec 26, 1993

Nettie C. Hurley, 95, of Corsicana, died Dec. 26, 1993 in Corsicana.

Services were 3:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. B.F. Risinger officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 17, 1898 in Cryer Creek and had been a member of the First Baptist Church since the early 1920s. She was a founder and supporter of the Cryer Creek Cemetery Association for which her parents gave the land.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.M. "Monroe" Hurley, in 1987, and a son, Bill Hurley, in 1943.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Marie and James E.
Fortson of Corsicana; two granddaughters, Ann Fortson Marcy of Clinton, Okla., and Jane Fortson Hardaway of Richardson; one grandson, James Hurley Fortson of Rice; eight great-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.

The Deacons of First Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers; Wilson Griffin, Bill Honea, J. Waterman, C.S. McClanahan, Joe Sims, Artice McNeel, Ross Maxfield and Joe Bob Tekell.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, the First Methodist Church, or to the charity of your choice.

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Emma Wendorf Minor
Nov 7, 1902 - Dec 28, 1993

Emma Wendorf Minor, 91, of Longview, died Dec. 28, 1993.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Wednesday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Bill L. Reed officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 7, 1902, in Sealy, Texas.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Gladys W. Howell of Houston; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Jimmy Dale Ware
Apr 26, 1954 - Dec 28, 1993

Jimmy Dale Ware, 39, of Burnet, Texas, died Dec. 28, 1993, in Austin.

Services were 11 a.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born April 26, 1954, in Hinesville, Ga. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Debora "Sissy" Ware of Burnet; one son, Miles Ware of Burnet; two daughters, Dee Ware and Jennifer Ware, both of Burnet; his father, Delma Ware of Marble Falls; his mother, Mrs. Bobbie Bonner of Corsicana; one brother, Jerry Ware of Abilene; and one sister, Judy Brown of Kerens.

Pallbearers were Scott Hippard, Lonnie Greene, Don Bates, Mark Preusse, James Brown, Mike Weindt, Kenny Kilgore, Sonny Ware and Danny Estes.

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Woodrow Washington Sandlin
Oct 13, 1918 - Feb 9, 1989

Woodrow W. Sandlin, 70, of Corsicana, died Feb. 9, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Mickey Loftis, Bro. Horace Crowder, and Bro. George Merriman officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was owner of Sandlin Upholstery Shop, was a member of the Emanuel Baptist Church and was a member VFW Post 2544 in Fort Worth.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Sandlin, Corsicana; four daughters, Beth Marshall of Houston, Betty Abbie of Toole, Billie Fredrich of Fort Worth and Patsy Watts of Mesquite; 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Wright, Robert Owen, Truman Adams, Lee Hodge, Coy Clay, Wilson Warner, Roy Ward, and Bill Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be Royce Stewary, Lowell Taylor, J. T. Smith, Lloyd Averitt, Martin Lynn Gordon, and Roy Robinson.

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Eva Ferguson
Aug 18, 1909 - Feb 8, 1989

Mrs. Eva Ferguson, 79, of Corsicana died Feb. 8, 1989 at Twilight Home.

Services will 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. George Merriman and the Rev. Dan Lane officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 18, 1909 in Winkler, and had lived in Corsicana for 47 years. She was a retired nurse's aide at Twilight Home and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Eva Jean Blackman of Corsicana, and Zula Monneyhan of Austin; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Clara Smith of Springtown.

Pallbearers will be Charles Ray Monneyhan, George C. Monnyehan, Gary Noble Blackman, David Perry, Billy Jordan and Stevie Robinson.

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Ollie Maude Varner
Oct 26, 1910 - Feb 9, 1989

Ollie Varner, 78, of Corsicana, died Feb. 9, 1989, at Terrell Community Hospital.

Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wanda Kyle officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a member of the Central Methodist Church for 45 years.

She is survived by two brothers, Jack Varner, of Houston, and Olen Varner, of California; five sisters, Arrena Gillispie, of Stanford, Viola Hoffman and Alice Thomason, both of Corsicana, Lola Ojemann, of Houston, and Hester Kent, of Kerens; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews; and a number of great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Varner, Raymond Varner, Lonnie Varner, Beauford Thomason, Arthur Purcell, Frank Breazeal, and Ray Thomason.

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Edmund Miller Surber
Apr 15, 1905 - Feb 16, 1989

Edmund M. Surber, 83, died Feb. 16, 1989, in a Paris hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 1989, at Erman Smith Funeral Home in Pittsburg with the Rev. Brian Bastien officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, with graveside services scheduled for 3 p.m.

Surber was born in Dublin April 15, 1905. He was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Mt. Pleasant.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Surber; three sons, Edmund B. Surger, David Surger and Newton Surber; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Charles Earl Dempsey
Nov 4, 1936 - Dec 17, 1993

Charles Earl Dempsey, 57, of Dallas, died Dec. 17, 1993, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Wake service will be 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. R.G. Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery.

He was a veteran of the US. Army.

Survivors include two sisters, Christell Davis of Corsicana, and Madylon Allan of Dallas; three brothers, Bobby Brown and Leonard Dempsey, both of Dallas, and James Dempsey of Port Arthur; one aunt, India Brown of Lancaster; and nieces and nephews, including Milton Rogers and Michael Allan, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

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Dorothy Dell Mitchell
Feb 12, 1937 - Dec 20, 1993

Dorothy Dell Mitchell, 56, of Corsicana, died Dec. 20, 1993, at Charlton Methodist Hospital.

Wake services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Wilgo Baptist Church, with the Rev. William Kurney officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Mitchell of Midland and Sarah Broadnax of DeSoto; three sons, Wylie Douglas Mitchell of Oklahoma City, Okla., Marcellus Douglas Mitchell Jr. of Tulsa, Okla. and Ronnie Dulane Mitchell of Austin; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Troy Asberry of Dallas; six sisters, Francis Tatum, Jaunita Robinson, Betty Taylor, Essie Montgomery, Gwendolyn Asberry and Patricia Williams, all of Dallas; and her step-mother, Gertrude Medlock of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Livingston, Marvin Livingston, Clayton Tatum, Archie Williams and Ray Charles Williams.

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Lawrence Allen Hall
Sep 9, 1915 - Feb 7, 1989

Lawrence A. Hall, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Second Mission Baptist Church. The Rev. Paul Curry will officiate. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.

Hall was a former employee with High School Cleaners. He was a member of the Second Mission Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Pearlie E. Hall, of Corsicana; a son, Kenneth Hall of Arlington; a sister, Pearlie M. Nathan of Portland, Ore.
and nine nieces and nephews.

A quiet hour will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday night.

Pallbearers will be Vernett Lovett, William McHamlett, Tinnis Mannings, James Borkchum, W.C. King and Robert Washington.

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George Dewey Todd
June 9, 1902 - Feb 6, 1989

George Dewey Todd, 86, of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, died Feb. 6, 1989.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Independent Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kennedy Young officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by a nephew, Percy Mullens, of Corsicana.

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John "Bud" Lee
Feb 16, 1894 - Feb 12, 1989

John "Bud" Lee, 94, a former resident of Dallas, died Feb. 12, 1989 at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Primitive Rest Baptist Church wit the Rev. T.W. Medlock officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a member of the Pilgrim rest Primitive Baptist Church, and St.
Andrews Lodge #112.

Survivors include a daughter, Miree Fulcher of Dallas; a sister, Zella Lee of Amarillo; two brothers, Jimmy Lee and Fred Lee of Mansfield; and two nephews, Edgar Lee and Anthony Lee of Corsicana.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.

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Olelia McBay Denson
abt 1891 - Feb 25, 1989

Mrs. Olelia McBay Denson, 98, of Corsicana died Feb. 25, 1989 at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Howard Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a member of the Bethel A.M.E. Church and the Court of Calanthe #21.

Survivors include a son-in-law, Mr. Rufus Jones of Corsicana; and numerous cousins and friends.

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Charlie Russell
abt 1894 - Feb 22, 1989

Charlie Russell, 95, of Dallas and formerly of Barry, died Feb. 22, 1989, at Mel Haven Convelescent Center.

Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the 13th Avenue Christian Church, with the Rev. W.D. Hines officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.  Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Viola Russell, of Barry; daughter, Pearlene Cooks, of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Thelma Littleton Watts
May 4, 1914 - Feb 27, 1989

Mrs. Thelma Littleton Watts, 74, of Corsicana, died Feb. 27, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake services will be 7 p.m. Friday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services are 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethel A.M.E. Church, with the Rev. H.W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be Woodland Cemetery.

She is survived by three sisters, Cornelia Carroll and Louise Smith, both of Corsicana, and Doris Littleton, of Dallas; one foster sister, Thelma Merchant, of Corsicana; step-son, Andrew Watts, of California; one foster daughter, Betty Nieto; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Katherine Watts, of Corsicana; six grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Grandsons and cousins will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Percell Milton, Bobby Sparks and Robert Bean.

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Mary Ruth McMillan
Nov 1, 1919 - Jan 8, 1989

Mrs. Mary Ruth McMillan, 69, of Corsicana, died Jan. 8, 1989, at Park Row Nursing Center.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Horace Crowder officiating. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

She was born Nov. 1, 1919, in Corsicana. She was a retired secretary for Family Services and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia McMillan, of Dallas; one son, Tim McMillan, of Barry; one sister, Vera Crabb, of Corsicana; one sister-in-law, Jo Burkholder, of Corsicana; and two nephews, T. J.
Burkholder and Jerry Burkholder, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Tony Stevens, Nelson Galaway, T. J. Burkholder, John Burkholder, Jerry Burkholder and Charles Washburn.

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Billie Jo (Howard) Trim
June 14, 1927 - Feb 9, 1989

Billie Jo Trim, 61, of Elkhart, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 1989, at her residence.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday in the Bailey and Foster Chapel, with Rev. Clyde Reese and Rev. Barney Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Elkhart.

She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Elkhart, where she had served as church secretary for the past 35 years. She was employed as a cook for the Palestine Kiddie College.

Born June 14, 1927, she was a native of Navarro County, and was the daughter of the late Bill Howard and Pearle Robinson Howard.

Survivors include her husband L.E. Trim, of Elkhart; two daughters, Nadine Austin, of Dallas and Valeria Wardell, of Elkhart; two sons, Willard Trim and L.E. Trim Jr., both of Elkhart; one sister, Geneva Raney, of Elkhart; and nine grandchildren.

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Owen Lowell Rutherford
June 6, 1942 - Feb 12, 1989

Owen Rutherford, 46, Rice, died Feb. 12, 1989, at his residence. A memorial service will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas. Burial will be in Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Il.

Local arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Elisabeth Rutherford of Dallas; two daughters, Tara and Michelle Rutherford, both of Dallas; one sister, Yolanda Rutherford of Albuquerque, N.M.

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William R. "Bill" Carver
Aug 26, 1915 - Feb 17, 1989

William (Bill) R. Carver, 73, of Shawnee, Okla., died Feb 17, 1989 at his residence.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday at Gaskill Funeral Home in Shawnee, Okla., with the Rev. Jimmy Don Gibson and Ed Long officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee, Okla.

He was born Aug. 26, 1915 in Maud, Okla., and was a resident of Navarro County for many years. He was a retired inspector for the Shawnee Absentee Tribe where he worked until 1984, and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J.C. Carver; a brother, W.F. Carver; and a sister, Lucille Carver.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Carver of Shawnee, Okla; two sons, Robert Loren Carver of Shawnee, and Don Carver of Tyler; one brother, Gene Carver of Santa Fe; two sisters, Margie Ellis of Houston, and Fern Patke of Waco; one stepbrother, Lester Burgett of Luling, La.; two stepsisters, Buna Russell of Lamesa, and Verlea James of Centerville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Wilborn Bell
Nov 6, 1920 - Feb 24, 1989

Wilborn Bell, 68, a Dawson resident, died Friday night at The Veterans Hospital in Marlin.

Graveside service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Bell Cemetery in Anderson County. The Rev. Lyle Huntress will officiate.

Bell, born Nov. 6, 1920, to Steve and Beatrice Pipkin Bell in Loco, Okla., served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II.   He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. The former oil industry salesman formerly lived in Palestine.

Survivors include his mother, Beatrice Bell of Odessa; one sister, Imogene Rushing, of Odessa; and one brother, K.C. Bell, of Dawson.

Bailey and Foster Funeral Home of Palestine is in charge of arrangements.

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Cornelious M. "Tom" Bates
Mar 27, 1928 - Mar 5, 1989

Cornelious M. (Tom) Bates, 60, of Charlotte, N.C., died Sunday, March 5, 1989, at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, from United Faith Assembly Church in Charlotte with the Rev. Walter Branch officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Garden in Charlotte.

Bates was born in Corsicana March 27, 1928, and was educated in the Corsicana Schools. He retired in 1983 as a machinist for Deluca Valve Company. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and the US. Navy and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Bates of Charlotte; three daughters, Julie Chapman, Cynthia Hanson and Kathy Nussbaum; one brother, W. P. Bates; one sister, Bertie May McCrory; and four grandchildren.

Wilson Funeral Service of Charlotte was in charge of arrangements.

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Ruth (Marshall) Sands
Mar 25, 1888 - Mar 7, 1989

Ruth Marshall Sands, 100, of San Saba, died Tuesday March 7, 1989, at the Eventide Nursing Home in San Saba.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at San Saba City Cemetery. The Rev. John Reynolds will officiate. Howell-Boran Funeral Home of San Saba will be in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 25, 1888, in Navarro County, the daughter of Lewis Marshall and Ellen Weaver. She married Claude C. Sands in 1918 in Corsicana. He preceded her in death in March of 1963. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, International Order of Oddfellows, a housewife and a 19 year resident of San Saba County, having moved there from Corsicana.

Survivors include one daughter, Eleanor M. Sloan of San Saba; one grandson; three great-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews.

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Carl Wright Sr.
abt 1917 - Mar 7, 1989

Carl Wright Sr., 72, of Corsicana, formerly of Dallas, died March 7,
1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Friday at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel in Dallas with the Rev. Maurice Martin and the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Land Memorial Park.

He was a veteran of World War II and Junior Vice Commander of the DAV, and was retired from the Samuel Bingham Roller Company after 37 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Laverne Wright of Corsicana; a daughter, Nancy Swafford of Ferris, sons, Carl Wright Jr. of Ovilla, Timothy Ray Wright Sr. of Dyke, and Robert Earl Wright of Commerce; seven grandchildren, Sherman Jr., Sherrie, Rodney, Timmy Jr., Stoney, Alicia, and Luke; one sister; and several nieces and nephews.

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Ruby Mae Simpson
Sep 4, 1914 - Mar 10, 1989

Ruby Simpson, 74, of Tyler died Friday in Tyler after a long illness.

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Dr. David Hale will officiate. Burial will be at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

She is survived by two daughters, Lilly Cagle of Tyler and Betty Cameron of Whitehouse, Texas; her mother Myrtle Murphy of Corsicana; three grandchildren and two great-children.

Pallbearers will be Bill, Ray and James Murphy and Gene Price, Dean Cagle and Mike Cameron.

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Woodrow Brackeen
Nov 9, 1912 - Mar 3, 1989

Woodrow Brackeen, 77, of Corsicana, died March, 3, 1989.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Mr. Russell Bankes officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 9, 1912 in Oklahoma, and had lived in Corsicana for 45 years. He was a retired pipeliner, a member of the Church of Christ, and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one son, Billy Brackeen, of Corsicana; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Ed Landon, of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Kathleen Mason, of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Zelma Magee, of Orange; and a friend, Mrs. Rosa Lee Follis, of Corsicana.

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Martha Ann Giles
June 4, 1893 - Mar 13, 1989

Martha Ann Giles, 95, of Corsicana, died March 13, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was a former resident of Sanger.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Coker Funeral Home Chapel in Sanger. Burial will be in the Sanger Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana will be in charge of local arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Gwenn Amyx of Cedar creek, Margaret Amyx of Houston, and Alma Jean Lee of Palmer; one son, Jerry L. Giles of Corpus Christi; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.

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Cecelia Clay
Oct 7, 1929 - Mar 11, 1989

Cecelia Clay, 58, former resident of Corsicana, died Saturday, March 11, 1989, at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth.

Quiet hour will be 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Scott Funeral Chapel in Corsicana. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minn.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen Hines of Dallas, Cynthia Dearosa of California and Diane Johnson of Fort Worth; three sons, Roy Russell, Ricardo Clay and Don Clay, all of Fort Worth; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Roy B. "Jack" Wilson
Nov 17, 1912 - Mar 8, 1989

R.B. (Jack) Wilson, 76, of Corsicana, died March 3, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services were conducted March 9, 1989 at Itasca, with the Rev. Keith Welch officiating. Burial was in the Itasca Cemetery under the direction of Kay Funeral Home of Itasca.

Born Nov. 17, 1912 in Rocket, Wilson as the owner and operator of Wilson Chemical Company in Corsicana for many years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the American Legion. He was a WWII Navy veteran.

Wilson was preceded in death by his wife, Lurline, on Aug. 14, 1988.

Survivors include a son, Roy Wilson of San Antonio; two daughters, Evelyn Mullinax of Garland, and Sarah Dailey of Dallas; four grandsons, two granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren.

The requested that memorials be made to a favority charity or sent to the Itasca Presbyterian Church, Itasca, Tx.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Mar 16, 1989
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • His death records and headstone both have his death date as March 8. This obituary has it as March 3.

Letha Parker
Nov 15, 1919 - Mar 21, 1989

Letha Parker, 69, died Tuesday, March 21, 1989, in Greenville, S.C.

Services are pending at the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home in Greenville, S.C.

She was a former Corsicana resident, where she worked at the Corsicana Cotton Mill.

Survivors include a daughter and son, Deborah Parker and James Parker, Both of Greenville, S.C.; a daughter, Julie Price of Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Sylvia Winters of Houston; a son Bobby Gregg, of Austin; a son David Gregg of Summerville, S.C.; a daughter, Maurice Owen of Corsicana; a sister, two brothers, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Mar 22, 1989
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial in Graceland West Cemetery and Mausoleum, Greenville, Greenville Co., South Carolina

J. C. "Bud" Hanks
Jan 19, 1908 - Mar 22, 1989

J.C. (Bud) Hanks of Ennis died March 22, 1989.

Services will be 4 p.m. Friday at the Keever Mortuary Chapel in Ennis.

He was born to Dr. and Mrs. M.L. Hanks of Corbet Jan. 19, 1908. He attended school in Corbet and Corsicana. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Masonic Lodge #369 Chapter and Council.

Survivors include his wife, Naomi Hanks; a daughter, Christine McGraw of Corsicana; a sister, Ruth Taylor of Corsicana; a brother, Marvin R.
Hanks of Wilmer; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Jimmie Lee Brent
Aug 14, 1926 - Mar 9, 1989

Jimmie Lee Brent, 62, of Stockton, Calif., died March 9, 1989, in Stockton.

Services were March 13 in DeYoung Memorial Chapel in Stockton. Burial was in the San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, Brent joined the U.S. Navy in 1944. He began his career as a telegraph operator for Southern Pacific Railroad in 1947 and was promoted to station supervisor in 1962. He moved to Stockton 20 years ago and retired in 1983 after 35 years with the railroad. He was a past member of the Stockton Rotary Club and a volunteer with United Way.

He is survived by his wife, Evangeline Brent of Stockton; two sons, Michael L. Brent of Stockton and Charles H. Brent of Linden, Calif.; one daughter, Lynn Aguirre of Lancaster, Calif.; six grandchildren; two sisters, Imogene Nowell and Francis Banks, both of Corsicana; and one brother, Paul Brent of Duncanville.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Aid Society, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi, Calif., 95240.

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Calden "Carolyn" Ann Hawkins
Jan 27, 1957 - Apr 13, 2013

Calden Ann Hawkins, affectionately called “Carolyn,” 56, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013 at her residence. She was born Jan. 27, 1957 in Corsicana to the parentage of Vernell Jackson and Ruby Lee Hawkins. She received her formal education in the Corsicana School District and professed a faith in Christ and united with the Thirteenth Avenue Christian Church. Calden’s previous employment included private sitting . She loved her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Marcus, Charles Ray and Bobbie Ray “SA” Hawkins.

Calden is survived by her three children; Curdius Hawkins, Walter Hawkins (LaTonya) and Danta Hawkins; special friend of 32 years, Michael Fields; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings; Earline Richardson and husband Roy Lee, Betty Ward and husband William Lee; Dollie Alexander; O.B. Hawkins and wife Minnie; Leonard Hawkins and wife Lola; Marvin Hawkins, Michael Jackson and wife Christie and Vernell Jackson, Jr.; special cousins, Kathleen, Mary Alice and Lisa Thomas; other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Woodland Memorial Park and Interment to follow with Pastor E. McGilvery officiating.

Pallbearers are Charles Brown, Terry Hawkins, Eddie Hawkins, Jimmie Hawkins, Spencer Norris and Melvin Cole, II.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Eula Mae (Hollingsworth) Jackson
Oct 6, 1901 - Sep 28, 1990

Eula Jackson

Eula Jackson, 88, of Ennis, died Sept. 28, 1990, at Baylor Medical Center in Ennis.

Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with the Rev. Terry Skinner and the Rev. Todd Nevins officiating. Burial will follow in Frost Cemetery.

She was a former resident of Frost, where she was a member of the Frost Baptist Church. She was married Dec. 24, 1925, to Ernest O. (Buddy) Jackson who preceded her in death June 1954.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Don Adair of Plano; one brother, Dolly Hollingsworth of Blooming Grove; and one granddaughter, Luanne Adair.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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E. W. Wilson
1908 – 22 Apr 1909

Deaths
E. W. Wilson, Powell, April 22, aged eight months, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. U. Wilson

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Claude Robinson
Mar 9, 1880 - Apr 28, 1909


Died Last Night
Claude Robinson, aged 28 years, died at his home two miles east of here last night of meningitis after ten days’ illness. Deceased is survived by a wife and two small children.
The remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock by the Woodmen of Corsicana and Roane.

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Delphia Wilson
Mar 27, 1827 - Apr 22, 1909


Venerable Lady Dead
Mrs. Delphia Wilson, aged 84 years, and mother of Mrs. L. H. Hamilton, J. R. Wilson and M. Y. Wilson, died in Hamlin today after a long illness. The venerable lady was for many years a resident of Corsicana and had many friends here.

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Sylva P (Stewart) Wood
abt 1856 - Apr 24, 1909

Deaths
Mrs. Slyva P. Woods, Roane, April 24, aged 53 years, 2 months and 20 days.

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J. D. (Dick) Middlebrooks
Jan 24, 1872 - Apr 15, 1909

Mr. J. D. (Dick) Middlebrooks, the subject of the notice, was past 35 years of age; had never married; was for years the main support of the family, was a fine business man, and his father turned all the business of the farm and gin over to “Dick,” who looked after all the business, thus relieving the aged father of the responsibilities of these cares. He was kind and affectionate, and had a large circle of friends, as was evidenced by the largest collection of people, from far and near, ever seen at Grape Creek burying ground, on the beautiful evening of April 16th, when the mortal remains were laid to rest. The grave was literally covered with the most choice flowers that loving and sympathizing hands could find. It all showed the high esteem in which both the deceased and family were held by the community. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Horace Bishop. While Dick had never made a profession of religion, yet his last words to his anxious mother’s question, “Dick, do you love Jesus?” were, “Yes, I feel all right.” This was a comfort to the loved ones left behind. This is the first death in the family – a large one. Thus in young manhood one was taken, one who so doubt thought, as many others do, that all obey the Savior’s command, “Be ye ready.”
A Friend April 21, 1909

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Anne R Franklin
abt 1832 - 1909


Was Buried Friday
Miss Annie R. Franklin, aged 77 years, died at the home of her sister, J. B. A. Folk, in the Pursley community on Thursday last and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery the following day. The deceased was for more than 30 years a teacher in Milam, Freestone and Navarro counties, but had not taught for the past ten years. She was a native of Alabama, but had been a resident of Texas for more than forty years. Miss Franklin had been a member of the Methodist church for sixty years and died in hope of a blissful reward.
The deceased was an aunt of District Clerk Frank Folk.

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Rufus Alexader Nichols
Feb. 13, 1847 - Apr. 21, 1926

Denton County Man

uried Prairie Point
Special to the Sun:
Kerens, Texas, April 26.—Mr. Rufus Nichols, aged seventy-five years, for the pant twenty-five yearn a resident of Denton county, was busied Thursday in Prairie Point cemetery, north of Kerens.  Mrs. J. H. Walker of Kerens is his daughter.

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Walter Sherwood Brown
Jan 7, 1887 - Aug 5, 1972

W.S. Brown
TEAGUE-Walter S. Brown, 85, died Saturday at the Teague General Hospital. He was born Jan. 7,1887, in Franklin and had lived in Teague for five years.
He was a retired farmer and member of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church. His son, Walter T. Brown, is the minister of the Prairie Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lawrence Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Dammon officiating and burial in the Pankey Cemetery, in Bedias, Tex. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. John M. Adams of Bryan and Mrs. Cleo Leverett of Teague; two sons, Walter T. Brown of Teague and Robert Brown of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Reynolds of Trent, Mrs. Julie Wagley of Brownwood and Mrs. Josie Murphy of Brownwood; 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. - .
Grandsons were to be pallbearers.

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Reuben H. Holloway
abt 1895 - Feb 1927

Funeral services Held For R.
H. Holloway

Funeral services for Reuben H. Holloway, 42, 814 South Ninth street, who died Saturday morning at 8:30 o'clock, were held from the Calvary Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Clyde Griffin. Ho had been an employee of the Corsicana Cotton Mills for a number of years.
Surviving arc his wife, three daughters, Eva Muriel, Pauline and Barbara Holloway; one son, Averll Holloway, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. L. V. Barbrick, Chriatovnl, Texas, and Mrs. Valarie Fennel, Oregon; and two half-brothers, Raymond Smith and Albert Smith, both of Sherman.
Pallbearers were John. Griffin, Paula Thompson, Floyd Yarbrough ,Ira Yarbrough, Emmett Prewitt and Fait McCrary. Corley Funeral Home directed the services.

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George E. Chesser

Dawson Soldier
Killed In Korea
DAWSON, June «.—Mr. and Mrs. A. G, Chesser received notification this week that their son, Pfc. George E. Chesser, was killed in action in Korea April 11. They were notified several weeks ago their son was missing In action.

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Cora (Ashcraft) Smalling
Jun 8, 1894 - Dec 9, 1972

Mrs. Smalling
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Cora Smalling, 78, of Corsicana, who died Saturday night at Evergreen Convalescent Home. Rev. Robert Potts officiated, and burial was at Hamilton Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren

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Lou Peacock
Oct 2, 1898 - Apr 30, 1909

Corsicana Daily Sun, May 01, 1909
Died Yesterday Afternoon
Miss Lou Peacock, aged fourteen years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Peacock, died at the family home seven miles west of here, yesterday afternoon at 6 o'clock, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton grave yard this afternoon at 3:30.

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Iverson Whitten
abt 1878 - Apr 19, 1909

Deaths
Iverson Whitten, Pursley, April 19, aged 31 years, 4 months and 3 days.

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