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Marsha Jane (Pace) Bone
Oct 26, 1937 - June 30, 2013

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Tyler with the Rev. Dr. Stuart Baskin officiating. Marsha was born Oct. 26, 1937, in Seminole, Okla., and passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Hospice of East Texas. Marsha was the daughter of Harold Kelly Pace and Ruth Lorraine Campbell Pace. She was educated in the Oklahoma City School System. As a pre-teen, Marsha was baptized at Northwest Christian Church in Oklahoma City. In 1955, she and Leonard LaDon Allen were married. From this union were born LaDonna Jane, Kelly Lynne and Mark Stephen. She joined Western Oaks Christian Church, Oklahoma City, Okla., in the 1960’s.

The young family moved to Corsicana. In 1972, she joined Westminster Presbyterian Church, where Marsha served as Moderator of the Deacons for two terms and Chairperson for the Women’s Circle. In 1975, Marsha married Dr. Robert Donnell Bone at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Corsicana. Marsha was very industrious. She worked and served in several capacities during her lifetime. Her employment included working for independent oil operators and large oil corporations in Oklahoma City, for the Medical Arts Clinic of Corsicana, and for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Ennis. She was on the Board of Directors for the “Food for Fitness” Program, coordinating the work for approximately 15 years. She volunteered for, and served on, the Board of Directors for The Navarro County Association of Retarded Citizens and for the Food Pantry. She served as co-Chairperson on the committee that sponsored the Dinh family, refugees from Vietnam, to get established in Corsicana.

She and Robert moved to Emerald Bay, in Bullard, in 1995. Marsha continued community service by delivering Meals on Wheels to the Tyler community. They joined First Presbyterian Church in Tyler in 1995. Marsha served on the Board of Deacons and then as Elder on the Session, and on numerous committees over the years. Marsha was also a member of the Smith County Medical Alliance. Her hobbies and interests were her family first, golf, church, mahjongg, photography, reading, love of animals and traveling.

Marsha is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Robert Bone of Emerald Bay. She is survived by her children, LaDonna Allen and fiancé, Ken Godden of Tyler, Kelly Allen French and husband Dr. Wade French of Tyler, Mark Allen and fiancé, Laura Mason of Houston. Also surviving are step-children Gaynelle Bone Newport of Frisco, Ann Bone Parker and husband Dick Parker, of Katy, and Donnie Bone of Lewisville; siblings, Kelly Pace Bradley and husband Scott, of Westlake, and Steve Pace and wife G, of Monkey Island, Okla. Survivors also include step-sister-in-law Dr. Mary Alice Bone Adamson of Jacksonville, the Dinh Family of Corsicana, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Last but certainly not least, her beloved “doggies” Max and Bailey survive her.

Memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St.
Tyler, Texas 75701, or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd.
Tyler, Texas 75701.

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Lynn (Cox) Elmore
Sep 15, 1943 - Jul 4, 2013

Lynn Cox Elmore of Hutchins, and formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas at the age of 69.

She was born on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1943, in Corsicana to Lloyd and Audie King Cox.

Survivors include her children, Blake Elmore and wife Cheri of Lancaster, and Lacey Baker and husband Darrell of Hutchins; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, James Cox, and sister Terry Fleenor, both of Corsicana.

Graveside funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with the Rev. Leroy Elmore officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Vivian (Kinsel) Benton
Dec 28, 1923 - July 2, 2013

Vivian Benton, resident of Brushie Prairie, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the age of 89. She was born Dec. 28, 1923 in Fort Worth to Marvin Kinsel and Bertha Gresham Kinsel.

Vivian was preceded in death by her son Bill Benton Jr. and daughter-in-law Cindy Benton.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Benton of Brushie Prairie; children, Damon Benton of Brushie Prairie, Connie Armstrong and husband Harrold of Waco, Vickie Hamilton and husband Houston of Katy and Norma Porter and husband Benny of Alvin; daughter-in-law, Joy Benton of Buffalo; sisters, Oletha Fulcher of Del Rio and Juanita Pate of Tyler; brother, H.D. Kinsel and wife Carol of Brushie Prairie; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Community Chapel with Pastor Lonnie Keele and Pastor Shawn Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darion Cundiff, Kurtis Turpin, Trace Turpin, Bennie Pate, Kris Turpin and Nolan Porter.
Honorary Pallbearer will be Devon Porter.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Henry Lee Jackson
abt 1950 - June 26, 2013

Henry Lee Jackson, 63, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, June 26,
2013 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 11 a.m.
Thursday, July 4, 2013 at the Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church, located at 700 East Park Avenue with Pastor Myron Williams officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Margaret Ann (Fowler) White
Oct 25, 1932 - July 1, 2013

Margaret Ann Fowler White of Malakoff, left her earthly home and stood before her Savior blameless and with great joy Monday, July 1, 2013. She was born Oct. 25, 1932 in Dallas to John Greshem Fowler and Mozelle Shirey Fowler. She married the love of her life and best friend, L. James White, on Oct. 10, 1953.

Early in life she made a commitment to Jesus Christ that she faithfully kept all her life. Her life was a constant witness to her children, her grandchildren, and all who met her of a life in love with the Lord. She loved her husband, her family and shared a joy of living with all who crossed her path. She always followed Jesus’ example and loved the “least of these” and sought to better the lives of all she knew.

Ann was an accomplished, well-traveled and much loved person. She graduated valedictorian from Corsicana

 School in 1950, and went on to earn multiple degrees with honors from the University of North Texas and the University of Houston, culminating in an earned doctorate in math education from the University of Houston in 1986. For most of her life she taught math at various educational levels. When she retired she was the Head of the Department of Math and Engineering at the College of the Southwest in Stafford, Texas.

Ann was preceded in death by her father and mother, as well as her brother Dr. Donald Robert Fowler.

She is survived by her husband, L. James White and her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Fowler. She is also survived by her children, Lyn and Brian Farrell of Tomball, Cindy and Mike McFarland of Pleasanton, and Jeff and Leslie White of Corsicana. Ann’s 10 grandchildren will miss her encouragement and joy of living — they are: Margaret and Issac Lamar, Katherine and Cody Foote, David Farrell, John Farrell, Ethan Farrell, Amanda and Scott Fitzhugh, Luke and Bekah White, Thomas White, James White, and Elizabeth White. Ann is also survived by two nieces, Anita Pishko of Richmond, Va., and Jo Ann McGuire of Corsicana, and one nephew, Justin Fowler of Arlington and numerous loving cousins.

Ann was looking forward to the addition of three new members to her family with the marriage of her grandson David Farrell to Andrea Watson and the birth of two great-grandchildren in January 2014.

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Homer Jones Jr.
Unknown - June 25, 2013

Homer Jones Jr., a longtime resident of Fort Worth, reached perfection through Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Julius L. Jackson Jr. officiating. Interment will be at Laurel Land Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., at Baker Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

Homer was born in Corsicana, the oldest of seven. He graduated from G.W. Jackson High School and enlisted in the Army where he served for two years. In 1958 he married Clarence Reen Hicks and to this union one child was born. Homer moved his family to Fort Worth, and served as a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was most proud of his work as an assembly worker for General Motors where he never missed a day of work in 35 years. Homer never met a stranger, loved to laugh, enjoyed watching old westerns and a good boxing match, and will be most missed for his humorous stories and superior mechanic skills.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Debra and David Woody; his devoted grandchildren, Jordan and Justen Woody; his mother, Lillie Mae Jones; siblings, Jeweline Hunter, Frances Bethany, Charles Jones, Joyce Battle, Shirley Andrews and Dewayne Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Baker Funeral Home, Fort Worth.

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Apostle J.D. Morgan
Unknown - July 2, 2013

Apostle J.D. Morgan, pastor of Amelia Barton Church of the Living God in Corsicana for 31 years, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at V.A. Hospital in Dallas.

A wake service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at Lomax Funeral Home, 2701 Hatcher Street in Dallas.

Homegoing service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Lomax Funeral Home, 2701 Hatcher Street, Dallas. Interment will follow at V.A. Memorial Cemetery in Arlington.

Arrangements by Lomax Funeral Home, Dallas.

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Allena "Nina" Faye (Elder) Johnson
Nov 14, 1966 - Jul 3, 2013

Nina Elder Johnson of Houston passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1966, in Houston, to Newburn Leo and Sylvia Follis Elder.

She spent her life caring for her family, especially her children.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her children, Amber Duplechain, Michael P. Duplechain and wife Marjorie, Sylvia Carrera, Joel Carrera Jr. and wife, Daisy, and Jerrod Carrera. Along with her children, Nina is also survived by Joel Carrera, the father of three of her children; her grandchildren, Michaela Coslett, Mikenze Coslett, Michaelynn Duplechain, Elizabeth Duplechain, Amelia Duplechain, Allena Raquel Carrera and Kylie Monique Carrera; sisters, Melinda G. Sanders and Ellen Cook; and brothers, Rudolph Adam and Christopher Adam.

Visitation will be from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana.

Funeral services are scheduled immediately following the visitation at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2013, with the Rev. Leroy Elmore officiating. Cremation will follow at a later date.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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William Raymond Smith
July 11, 1940 - July 5, 2013

Mr. William Raymond Smith, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.

He was born on July 11, 1940, in Purdon, to William Lee and Merry Mabel Smith.

Raymond graduated from Trinidad High School. He spent part of his career as a firefighter and police officer in Corsicana and retired from Big Brown Plant in Fairfield as a machine operator. Raymond enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, singing, dancing and playing the guitar. He was a big family man. Raymond was a member of the Masonic Lodge for most of his life.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife Sarah; his sister, Peggy Joyce Field; brother-in-law, Robert Field; sister-in-law, Melba Manley; and best friend and cousin, Bonner French.

Survivors include his children, Beverly Herrin and husband Tom, Lynn Perry and husband Tracy, David Smith and wife Dena, Mike Smith and wife Kim; and Jeff Smith. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeramy Herrin and wife Kathleen, Zachary Herrin and wife Laura, Virginia Laird and husband David, Genevieve Cunningham and husband Tory, Ethan Herrin, Lexi Herrin, Brody Perry and wife Traci, Blaine Lind and husband Chris, Jordan Harmon and husband Justin, Casie Banuelos and husband Joe, Emily Smith, Johnna Smith, Megan Norris and husband Louis, Emma Smith, Luke Smith, and Elise Smith. Raymond is also survived by two special nieces, Kathy Stibbens and Vickie Willard. He is also survived by seven step-children, 12 step-grandchildren and 19 step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Zachary Herrin officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ethan Herrin, Jeramy Herrin, Brody Perry, Luke Smith, Chris Lind, David Laird and Tracy Perry.

Memorial contributions may be made to your charity of choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, July 5, 2013
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Buried in Mankin Cemetery, Tool, Texas
  • William Raymond Smith 1st wife Venetia Nell (Coker) Smith-Scott married Jan. 14, 1966 2nd wife Carolyn (Roughton) Smith 3rd Shelby (unk) Smith 4th Gloria (Joles) Otto- Smith married Dec. 1, 2005 5th Sarah E. (Lambert) Smith married Jun. 13, 2007 s/o William Lee Smith & Merry Mabel (French) Smith

Edna Christine (Thummel) French
Jan 4, 1915 - July 7, 2013

Christine French passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013 in Mesquite.

Born in the small community of Drane, she attended Bryan School and received her diploma in 1932. She received her beauty license in 1935 and worked in Corsicana until she married on Dec. 12, 1936. Years later she owned a beauty shop in Dawson and then moved it to their home at Navarro Mills. After her marriage she and Rex lived in Navarro Mills and she joined Navarro Mills Baptist Church and served there as a Sunday school teacher and faithful member until the death of Rex in 2005 when she relocated to Corsicana. After a stroke in 2010 she moved to Mesquite where she lived at Town East Rehabilitation Center.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Willie Rex French, son Willie Neilan French, and grandson Willie Neilan II, her parents Henry Thummel and Bertie Morrison Thummel; and siblings Agnes Thummel Taylor, Alyne Thummel French and Howard Thummel.

She is survived by Neilan’s wife, Ellene French of Corsicana, son Charles French and wife Sandra of Mesquite, and daughter Carolyn Sawyer and husband Joel of Mesquite; granddaughters: Lori Sawyer Carrington and husband Matt, Leigh Sawyer Armstrong and husband Mike, Mary Jo Clark, Alice Jones and husband Ted, and Sarah Hollis; grandsons: Damon French, Derek French, Chad French and wife Debbie, Eli French, Jason Sawyer and wife Mary. She is also survived by great-grandchildren: Kyle Carrington, Tyler Napier, Collin Kranock, Tucker French, Jordan French, Grant French, Peyton French, Austin French, Michael Jones, Molly Jones, Cooper Hollis, Ashley Hollis, Garrett Clark, and Seth Clark, as well as nieces and nephews: Nelda Thummel Roher, Dwayne Thummel, Janis French Watkins, and Don French.

The family would like to thank TERC and Heart to Heart Hospice for the excellent care and for the kindness they have shown to her. They wish to thank Doyle Ives, chaplain for Heart to Heart Hospice, who became her pastor away from Navarro Mills. She loved his visits, his singing and playing his guitar, and the devotions he shared with her.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with interment at Navarro Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers you may make a donation to:

Navarro Mills Cemetery Association, % First Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 159, Dawson, TX 76639

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Marvin Davis
July 9, 1933 - July 5, 2013

Marvin Davis, 79, of Corsicana passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on Friday, July 5, 2013. He was born July 9, 1933 in St. Louis, Mo. to William H. and Lucille Brannon Boyd.

Marvin served in the United States Army from 1950 through 1955 and was an active member of the VFW and the Masonic Lodge. He owned and operated “What You Need Service Company” in Corsicana from 1984 until 1995. He also owned the Longbranch Lounge for 22 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jack Butler and daughter, Suzanne Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra A. Davis of Corsicana; his children, Tom Davis of St. Louis, Mo., Leisa Kincaid, Dianna Mills, Robert Greer, Jr. and Bruce Greer all of Corsicana, and Dorenda Brokofsky of Adairville, Ky. Marvin is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Mildred Ballard of Terrell, and brother, John L. David of St. Louis, Mo.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darren W. Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Timothy White, Vinncent Greer, Joe Torrez , John Ivie, Larry Flynn, Jimmy Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tad Mahoney and Elmer Tanner.

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Murrell "Buddy" Foster
Feb 7, 1934 - July 9, 2013

Murrell “Buddy” Foster, 79, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at home with his family. He was born Feb. 7, 1934 in the Black Hills community to parents, Sidney and Ethel Foster.

Buddy attended school in Emhouse. He worked as an ironworker for 50 years. An avid fisherman, he lived life to its fullest, and he did it his way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Jodi Stotts; daughter and son–in-law Susan and Tom Heitman; sisters Mary, Ernestine, Florence, Lucille, Kathryn, Myrtle, Shirley and brother, Sidney, Jr.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years, Judy Foster.
Buddy is also survived by daughters Laila and Amber Foster, Charman Berrier and son, Murrell “Bubba” Foster, Jr.; daughters and sons-in-law Darlene and Richard Kolar, Janette and Mike Moline and Yolanda and Tim Pederson. Buddy is survived by his mother-in-law, Linda Smitherman, best friend Charlie Hayes and Bonnie, his dog. He is survived by 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Pallbearers will be Charlie Hayes, Tommy Grisham, Nolan Benton, Michael Benton and Gary Benton.

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Minnie Lee "Mickey" Mitchell
Nov 16, 1919 - Mar 6, 1993

Minnie Lee "Mickey" Mitchell, 73, of Baton Rouge, La., died March 6,
1993 in Baton Rouge.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Steve Smith of Chatfield Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the New Chatfield Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 16, 1919 in Chatfield. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Louis Mitchell of Baton Rouge, La.; four daughters, Shirley King of Duncanville, Betty Hofmann and Jan Dalgard both of Houston, and Frances Ferguson of Arlington, Texas; one son, Larry Mitchell of Houston; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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Mattsy Harper McMullan
June 9, 1913 - June 18, 1993

Mattsy Harper McMullan, 80, of Corpus Christi.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Monday in New Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield, with the Rev. John Gibbs officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 9, 1913.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. McMullan.

Survivors include one brother, W.M. Harper of Chatfield; two nieces, Corinne Patrick and Mrs. Joan Hines, both of Dallas; and two nephews, N.E. West of Austin and Harper Huddleston of Dallas.

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Willie Norman Stephens
Aug 26, 1931 - Oct 22, 1993

Willie Norman Stephens, 63, of Roane, died Oct. 22, 1993, at his residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. L. E. Ficklin and the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Burial will be in New Chatfield Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Stephens of Roane; three sons, Ricky Stephens of Irving, Joey Stephens of Chatfield and Calvin Stephens of Corsicana; four daughters, Norma Peace of Pine Mills, Peggy Strait of Combine, Cathy Ramsey of Grand Prairie and Tina Stephens of Roane; four brothers, Jimmy Stephens of Graham, George Stephens of Oregon; one sister, Betty Henderson of Crockett; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brian Stephens, Bill Stephens, Dewight Stephens, Andy Nelson, Mike Cable and Buddy Tully.

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Joe T. Williamson
June 28, 1915 - Oct 27, 1993

J. T. Williamson, 78, of Tupelo, died Oct. 27, 1993, in Tupelo.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in the New Chatfield Cemetery.

He was born June 28, 1915, in Irving and was a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Williamson of Tupelo; one son, Joe Williamson of Tupelo; two daughters, Elaine Newman and Cheryl Arey, both of DeSoto; one sister, Thelma Horton of Tupelo; one brother, Norman Edward Williamson of Dallas; four grandsons; one granddaughter, and one nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of the Northside Baptist Church or to the Hospice of Mercy, 500 W. Third Ave., Suite 2, Corsicana.

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Carl Vest
Mar 30, 1915 - June 1, 1993

Carl Vest, 78, of Corsicana, died June 1, 1993, at his residence.

Services were 2 p.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with James T. Davis officiating. Burial was in New Pursley Cemetery.

Survivors include two step-sons, Donald Edward Blackmon of Arlington and Charles Windell Blackmon of New Jersey; four sisters, Blance Smith Morris of Corsicana, Eddie Marie Halliday of Dallas, and Wanda Sue Mercer and Joyce Jennings, both of Arlington; one sister-in-law, Tommie Blackburn of Pursley; one brother-in-law, Elmer Tanner Jr. of Pursley; and two step-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Nolan Roy Vest, M.G. Ovalle, Carl A. Smith, John Shaddix Jr., John Shaddix Sr. and Boyd McMullin.

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Stella Ora (Scogin) Murray
Aug 2, 1910 - June 19, 1993

Stella Murray, 82, of Purdon, died June 19, 1993, in Purdon.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Dunn officiating. Burial will be in the Pursley Cemetery in Pursley.

She was born Aug. 2, 1910, in Starr, Texas.

Survivors include her husband, A.H. Murray of Purdon; three sons, A.C. Murray of DeSoto, Eugene Murray of Fairfield and Kenneth Morgan of Pursley; one daughter, Helen Morgan of Pasadena, Texas; two brothers, A.S. Scogin of Kerens, and Everett Scogin of Houston; two sisters, Katy Scogin of Houston and Bessie Bruebaker of Port Lavaca; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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Audra Lucy (Price) Mitchell
Feb 11, 1920 - July 4, 1993

Audra L. Mitchell, 73, of Purdon, died July 4, 1993, in Corsicana.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Hartley of Pursley Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in the  New Pursley Cemetery.

She was a member of Pursley Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Mitchell Sr. of Purdon; three sons, Ernest Mitchell Jr. and Jackie Mitchell, both of Mesquite, and David Neal Mitchell of Heath; one daughter, Mrs. Sandra Freeman of Purdon, a sister, Mary Lewis of Corsicana; four brothers, C.W. Price of Purdon, Ben Price of Dallas, Raymond Price of Houston, and Beauford Price of Bastrop; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

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Mary Ivey
Jan 11, 1909 - Apr 1, 1989

Mrs. Mary Ivey, 80, of Arlington, died April 1, 1989 in Arlington.

Services were 1:30 p.m. today at the Moore Funeral Chapel in Arlington.
Graveside services were 4 p.m. Tuesday at the  New Pursley Cemetery.
Corley Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

She was born Jan. 11, 1909 in Kaufman.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Cooksey of Arlington, and Peggy Joy Davis of Washington; four sons, Walker Franklin Ivey, Charlie Ivey, and Johnnie William Ivey, all of Florida, and Johnnie Leroy of Grapevine; 36 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Harold Eugene Ballew
Oct 26, 1934 - Nov 5, 1993

Harold Ballew, 59, of Hillsboro, died Nov. 5, 1993 at Providence Hospital in Waco.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Marshall & Marshall Chapel in Hillsboro. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery in Mertens.

He was born Oct. 26, 1934 in Emmet, Texas in Navarro County. He grew up in the Mertens area. After high school he moved to Ft. Worth and worked for Johnny Johnson Tire Company and later worked for Worth Food Market for 14 years before moving to Hillsboro in 1966 where he worked for Frito Lay until his death. He was married to Barbara Waits in 1954 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hilsboro.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Pearson in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ballew of Hillsboro; his mother, Carmel Ballew of Mertens; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Steve Crabtree of Burleson; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Randy Ballew of Hillsboro and Richard and Vicki Ballew of Ft. Worth; one brother, Buddy Ballew of Mertens; two sisters, Patsy Watson of Mertens and Nancy Hooser of Frost; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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William Bain "Billy" Ward
Oct 8, 1916 - Mar 24, 1989

William Bain (Billy) Ward, 72, of Alpine, died March 24, 1989, at brewster Memorial Hospital in Alpine.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Alpine, with the Rev. Gary Hubbard officiating. Burial will be in the Elm Grove Cemetery in Alpine. Geeslin Funeral Home in Alpine is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Oct. 8, 1916, in Richland and grew up in the Richland area to Estelle Ware Ward and William Bain Ward Sr. He was married July 15,
1939 to Grace Brister. He was a former Mobil Oil distributor in Alpine, and had served as a Brewster County commissioner for 16 years. He was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Eastern Star. He was currently serving as vice president of the Ambassador's Club of Alpine and was an active member of the Alpine Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Ward of Alpine; one daughter, Patricia Ann Bryant of Kermit; one son, William Bain Ward III, of Odessa; one sister, Maydell Drake of Ontario, Calif; one brother, A.M. Yeattes of Sacramento, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Brewster Memorial Hospital in Alpine, the First United Methodist Church in Alpine, or to a favorite charity.

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William Gathright Sr.
Aug 13, 1923 - Mar 24, 1989

William (Bill) Gathright Sr., 65, of Teague, died March 24, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ricks Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Lester Ruth officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Corsicana. Prior to moving to Teague 34 years ago, he lived in Limestone and Navarro counties. He retired three years ago as superintendent of the Texas Utilities Fuel Co. after working there for 35 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Gathright of Teague; two sons, Bill Gathright Jr. of Port Aransas, and Bryan Gathright of Bermuda Dunes, Calif.; and one grandson, Darrin Gathright of Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers will be Dan Bloxom, Marion Tillman, Rayford Fogleman, Charles D. Ray, Bob Waters, Billy Ray Franks, Jim Norris and Randy Teel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Royce Owens, Tommy Waters, W. A. Keils, Jimmy Dunn, R. B. Bankhead, Wes Butler, and Texas Utilities employees.

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Cora Praytor
Sep 18, 1901 - Apr 3, 1989

Mrs. Cora Praytor, 87, of Corsicana, died April 3, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will follow in Wortham Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Sept. 18, 1901 in Bell County. She had lived in Corsicana since 1944. She was a retired employee of the Texas Miller and the Cotton Mill.

Survivors include one daughter, Laura Jo Prayter [sic] Griggs of Corsicana; three sisters, Lone White of Augusta, Ga., Mrs. N.B. Horn of Bryan, and Mrs. Welden Price of Odessa.

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Bertha Beatrice (Doss) Seely
Mar 6, 1904 - June 24, 1993

Bertha Beatrice Seely, 89, of Emhouse, died June 24, 1993 in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Corley Funeral Chapel with the Revs. David Barton and Grady Barton will officiate. Burial will be in the Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

She was a member of the Emhouse Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Seely Sr., in 1979; one son, Frank L. Seely Jr. in 1991; and one grandson, Roger Seely.

Survivors include one daughter, Rose Seely Barton of Aledo, one daughter-in-law, Lola Seely of Emhouse; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren four sisters, Blanche Hurn of Dallas, Beulah Vinson of Grapevine, Doris Lee of Boyd and Sally Casey; one son, Jimmy Doss of Venus; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Great-grandsons will act as pallbearers.

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Ruby LoRene H. Stokes
Dec 4, 1912 - June 26, 1993

LoRene H. Stokes, 80, of Corsicana, died June 26, 1993 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Russell Bankes officiating. Burial will be in Pattison Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Stokes of Corsicana; two step-sons, Gary Stokes and James Stokes, both of Corsicana; one niece, LuRene Jacoby of San Angelo; seven great-nieces and nephews; and nine great-great-nieces and nephews.

Nephews will act as pallbearers.

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Donald Joe "Buddie" Cumbie
Dec 31, 1942 - July 2, 1993

Donald Joe Cumbie, 50, of Palacios, Texas, died July 2, 1993, in Palacios.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel.
The Rev. Connally Dugger officiated. Burial was in Pattison Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 31, 1942, in Corsicana. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Vietnam veteran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Cumbie, and his mother, Ethel Mary Porter Cumbie.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Cumbie of Palacios; three sons, Greg Cumbie of Plano, Jeremy Cumbie and Joshua Cumbie, both of Palacios; two sisters, Glynda Pallanich of Corsicana, and Patricia Aanstoos of Arlington, Texas; uncles, aunts, cousins; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Leslie Cotten, Wayne Cotten, Mike Cotten, Dale Cotten, Dale Porter, Milton Porter, Bobby Porter and James Humes.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Martin and Charles Dillard.

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Nicie Ruth (Brown) Kerr
Nov 11, 1906 - Sept 24, 1993

Ruth Brown Kerr, 86, of Dallas, died Sept. 24, 1993, in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, with Brother William Honea officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 11, 1906, in Cryer Creek.

Survivors include two brothers

Survivors include two brothers, Merril Brown of Corsicana, and Gerald Brown of Ennis; and several nieces and nephews.

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Elizabeth (Dixon) Tallant
Mar 29, 1902 - Aug 22, 1993

Elizabeth Tallant, 91, of Ennis, died August 22, 1993 in Ennis.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Randall McCollum officiating. Burial will be in Pattison Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Monday at the funeral home.

She was born March 29, 1902 in Emhouse. She was a member of Emhouse Baptist Church and the Ennis Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include two sons, Vernon Tallant of Ennis and William Tallant of Weatherford; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Billy Joe Roberts, Don Collins, Thomas Tallant, Lois Roberts, Troy Wayne Dixon, James R. Tallant and Billy Tallant.

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Sally Ann (Lile) David
Oct. 14, 1948 - Apr. 14, 2012

Mrs. Sally Ann David, 63, of Mansfield, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012, at John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sallie Ann (Lile) David

Mrs. Sally Ann David, age 63, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012, at John Peter Smith hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She was born October 14, 1948 in Corsicana, Texas to Maggie and Elmer Lile.
Mrs. David is survived by a son, Billy David; a grandson, Zachary David; a granddaughter, Maggie David; 2 brothers, Thomas A. Lile and Kenneth H. Lile; and 3 sisters, Marjorie Harris, Sylvia Kitchens and Patsy Shuck.
Services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Burial will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, Texas.

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Sally Ann (Lile) David born Oct. 14, 1948 w/o George Joseph David, Jr. d/o Elmer Argo Lile and Maggie Esdell (Hill) Lile

Claude A. Maggard
Apr 8, 1905 - Oct 6, 1993

Claude A. Maggard, 88, of Ennis, died Oct. 6, 1993, in Ennis.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday in Pattison Cemetery, with the Rev. William Honea officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 8, 1905, in Navarro County. He was a retired farmer and rancher.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eula Maggard; two daughters, Sue Ward of Corsicana, and Jeanette Melton of Emouse; two sons, Claude D. "Buddy"
Maggard and John P. "Sonny" Maggard, both of Emhouse; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Doyle Franklin Collins
Sep 2, 1910 - Feb 26, 1989

Doyle F. Collins, 78, of Corsicana, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1989 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Charles Rice officiating.

Burial will be in the Pattison Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Collins was born on Sept. 2, 1910 to the late Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Collins of Emhouse. He served as Sunday School Superintendent at the Emhouse Methodist Church for many years. After moving to Corsicana, Collins was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Businessmen's Sunday School Class of the church.

Collins was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of the Scottish Rite Hella Temple.

Before his retirement in 1977, Collins was the owner of the D.H. Collins Trucking firm, which was responsible for the construction of many major highways, dams, and airports statewide.

Survivors include his wife Laura Lou Cook Collins; a daughter and son-in-law, Lou Ann and Warren Matthews of Dallas; three granddaughters, Laurie, Melissa, and Annalise Matthews all of Dallas; three sisters, Annie Jewell Holditch of Grapevine, Mrs. Tom Smith of Sardis, and Mrs.
Fanny Poulter; two brothers, W.J. Collins of Ennis and Sam R. Collins of Mineola; a number of nieces and nephews.

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Frank Sitterle
Nov 28, 1915 - Feb 11, 1989

Frank Sitterle, 73, of Kerens, died Feb. 11, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Prairie Point Cemetery with Father Sam Mestzer officiating. Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Nov. 28, 1915 in Victoria, the son of August and Marie Sitterle. He was a Catholic.

Survivors include one sister, Eugenia Sitterle of Kilgore; one niece, Ann Cook of Kerens; one great-nephew, Thomas Henson of Kilgore; one great-niece, Frances Vernon of Kerens; three great-great-nephews; one great-great-niece.

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Willie B. Ross
Sep 30, 1918 - Feb 21, 1989

Willie B. Ross, 70, of Alvarado, died Feb. 21, 1989 at the Alvarado Nursing Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 1989, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens, with rev. L.L. Conner officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Point Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

Ross was born in Powell and had lived in Powell most of his life. He resided in Kerens for seven years, prior to moving to Alvarado. He had formerly been a bus driver for the Kerens I.S.D. for 28 years.

Survivors include two brothers, Rozi Ross and Jim Ross, both of Corsicana; a sister, Genell McCaslin, of Kerens; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Ella Violet (Holmes) Stevenson
Feb 29, 1904 - Mar 19, 1989

Ella Violet Stevenson, 85, of Kerens, died March 19, 1989, at C.C. Young Nursing Home in Dallas.

Services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dan Carroll officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 29, 1904 to Harry Holmes and Mary Ann Rowe in Bazette, Texas. She was a resident of Bazette from 1946 until her death.

She was preceded in death by one son, W.E. Stevenson.

She is survived by one son H.H. (Bud) Stevenson, of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. A.C. Johnson, of Waco; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be great-nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Rustlers Sunday school class of the Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the First Methodist Church in Kerens.

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Paul L. Van Dyke
Dec 17, 1924 - Jan 4, 1993

Paul L. "Van" Van Dyke, 68, of Streetman, died Jan. 4, 1993, in Waco.

Services were 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Manis officiating. Burial was in the St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

He was born Dec. 17, 1924, in Broken Bone, Neb. He was a veteran of World War II and a retired general contractor.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Van Dyke of Streetman; one son, Brad Van Dyke of Winkler, one daughter, Karen Ferguson of Comine, Texas; two brothers, Don Va Dyke of Grand Island, Neb., and Maurice Van Dyke of Mandeville, La.; three grandsons, Chris Ferguson of Combine, and Jason Van Dyke and Bradley Van Dyke, both of Winkler, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Earl Simpson, David Simpson, Marvin Van Dyke, Charles Knight, J. R. Ferguson and Howard Foster.

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Jesse Albert Bonner
July 28, 1904 - Apr 4, 1993

Jesse Albert Bonner, 88, of Corsicana, died April 4, 1993.

Services were Monday in the New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev.
Douglas Willborn and the Rev. Jerry Manis officiating. Burial will be in the St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler.

He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and was a farmer and rancher.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, David Bonner.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Bonner of Corsicana; one daughter, Doris Eakes of Winkler; one son, Preston Bonner of Alpine; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four nephews and one niece.

Pallbearers were his grandsons.

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John Curtis "Bodie" Hagler
Feb 22, 1895 - Apr 30, 1993

John Curtis Hagler, 98, of Corsicana, died April 30, 1993, in Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. A.C. Corley officiating. Burial will be in St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler Community. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 22, 1895 in Winkler. He was a 75 member of the Winkler Masonic Lodge No. 826 A.F. and A.M., Life Member of the VFW No. 6796 in Dallas and veteran of 144 Army Infantry, Camp Bowie, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mrs. Eva Jeffers Hagler, Jean Taylor of Dallas; one son, John Frederick Hagler of Bogata, Columbia; one granddaughter, Dean Hagler of Dallas; one grandson, Lonnie Davis of Farmington, N.M.; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Barvin Hamilton, Johnny Clampet, Roddy Ferguson, Johnny B. Massey, Jack Pillan and Charles Knight.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Fitch, Edwin Knight, J.R. Hagler and Roger Moore.

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Opal Lillie (French) Lilley
May 15, 1918 - Jun 14, 1993

Opal French Lilley, 75, of Dallas, died June 14, 1993, in Dallas.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Urbandale, with the Rev. Josh Guajardo officiating. Burial will be in St. Elmo Cemetery in the Winkler Community. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home.

She was born May 15, 1918, in Athens, Texas. She was a retired registered nurse with Baylor Medical Center and a member of the First Baptist Church of Urbandale.

She is survived by one son, Robert Lilley of Dallas; one daughter, Jo Ann Slack of Garland; four sisters, Mary Lee Montgomery, Anna Mae Knight and Julia Burleson, all of Corsicana, and Joleta Utzman of California; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews

Pallbearers will be Percy Bolding, Jack Freeman, Jeff Foreman, Jerry Knight, Gene Knight and J.D. Russell.

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Sarah (UNKNOWN) Phipps
Mar 1, 1900 - July 21, 1993

Sarah Phipps, 93, a native of Fairfield, died July 21, 1993, in Fairfield.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in St. Elmo. Burial will be in St. Elmo Cemetery. The Rev. Marvin Clack and the Rev. Dan Lane officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 1, 1900, in Fairfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Capp Phipps.

Survivors include one son, Nelson Phipps of Arlington; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Phipps Fisher of Winkler; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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Paula Garza
Aug 10, 1915 - Oct 3, 1993

Paula Garza, 78, of Ennis, died Oct. 3, 1993 in the Odd Fellows Home in Ennis.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with Father George Monaghan officiating.
Burial will be in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Monday.

Survivors include one son, Richard Garza of Hico; one daughter, Paula Garcia of Ennis; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Joe Garcia, Frank Garcia, Joe Carrillo, Mark Valdez, Alex Valdez and Ralph Conzales.

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Charlie (Healer) Chumney
Jul 21, 1915 - Nov 10, 1993

Mrs. Charlie Chumney, 78, of Corsicana, died Nov. 10, 1993, in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery.

She was born July 21, 1915, in Richland. She was a graduate of Richland High school and a member of the First Baptist Church in Richland. She was a member of the Kinsloe House and the Pan American Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Willard Chumney.

Survivors include two sisters, Beth Katz of San Francisco, and Hala Fluker of Corsicana; four nephews, John Verhyden of Raleigh, N.C., Milton McCamey of Baytown, Mack Verhyden of North Carolina and Mark Verhyden of Boston, Mass.; one niece Ann Verhyden Sultan of Mount View, Ark.

Pallbearers will Mark Verhyden, Randy Dill, William E. Brown Jr., W. Russell Brown, Glen Robertson, Howe French, Milton McCamey and William Baldwin.

Memorials may be made to the Navarro County Heart Association, 3040 W.
Collin, Corsicana, Texas, 75110.

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Harold R. Patton
Jan 30, 1927 - Dec 14, 1993

Harold R. "Bud" Patton, 66, of Richland, died Dec. 14, 1993, in Richland.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Richland Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

He was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Richland. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Patton, of Richland; two sisters, Pat Hubbard of Coleman and Beverly Ann Patton of Grand Prairie; one brother, Donald Dean Patton of Grand Prairie; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

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Anna Lee (Rainey) Edgar
Jan 15, 1918 - Feb 25, 1989

Anna R. Edgar, 70, of Corsicana, died Feb. 25, 1989, at her residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday from Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William Robinson officiating. Interment will be in Richland Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Survivors include her husband, James H. Edgar of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Jan Moore of Corsicana and Mrs. Sallie Cooper of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren; and one brother, W.M. Rainey Jr. of Clifton.

Memorials may be sent to the Navarro County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 623, Corsicana 75110, or to First Christian Church, 603 West Sixth Avenue.

Pallbearers are Dr. Ben Jones, Zane Stites, Willard Summerall, Melvin Traweek, Bill Beloite, Jim Arnold, Ronny Watkins, Dana Arnold. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.

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Jo Ann (Stuard) Purifoy
Oct 3, 1935 - July 8, 2013

Jo Ann Stuard Purifoy, 77, of Corsicana went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:55 a.m. at Baylor’s T. Boone Pickens Cancer Center after a six-year battle with Multi-Myeloma.

Jo was born Oct. 3, 1935 to R. W. Stuard and Minnie Mae Hill Stuard in Dalhart. She grew up in the Abilene area with her brother Jack Stuard and sister Janice Stuard Moore. After losing her mother in a car wreck, she was blessed with another mother, Mary Catherine Francis Stuard and sister Margaret Francis Brown and a brother Ed Francis.

Jo married Doyle Purifoy on June 8, 1954 celebrating 59-plus years of marriage. Jo was a pastor’s wife by vocation and a secretary by occupation. She graduated from Abilene High School and attended Hardin Simmons. Although Jo did not officially complete her graduate program, she assisted her husband, her daughters and a granddaughter as chief editor through seven degrees. She supported her husband through his education and ministry applying her talent as a chalk-talk artist while raising three children, Bruce Purifoy, Doyletta Purifoy Smith and Le Michelle Purifoy.

After retiring as Parish Secretary from St. John’s Episcopal church, she became a Shaklee Distributor, partnering again with her husband to assist others by providing products to support optimal health.

Jo was preceded in death by her mother, Minnie Mae Hill Stuard; father, R. W. Stuard and mother, Mary Catherine Francis Stuard all of Abilene.

She is survived by her husband, Everett Doyle Purifoy of Corsicana; children, Bruce Purifoy and his wife Denise of Arlington, Doyletta Jo Purifoy Smith with her husband Billy Frank of Arlington, and Le Michelle Purifoy of Corsicana; grandchildren Jason Purifoy with his wife Chelsea of Houston, Stephie Purifoy Cartwright with her husband Cody of Granbury, Stephen Purifoy of Arlington, Stuard McDuff Smith of Arlington and Kandice Michelle Smith of Arlington; great-grandchildren Jack Grayson Purifoy of Houston, Cohen Lee Cartwright of Granbury, and Aubree Rose Sebastin Purifoy of Arlington; siblings Jack Stuard with his wife Pat of Abilene, Janice Stuard Moore with husband Derrell of Minocqua, Wis., Margaret Francis Brown of Flint, and Ed Francis with his wife Sue of Hot Springs, Ark.

Jo wished to donate her body to medical science in hopes that although she did not win her fight against multi-myeloma others might win their struggles. She was accepted in to the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Memorial Service to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Trinity Baptist Church.

In consideration of Jo’s wish to aid the fight of others, the family requests donations to the International Myeloma Foundation, myeloma.org, or the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

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Jeffery Lynn McGehee
July 14, 1969 - June 26, 2013

“Even though you will never walk through the earthly door again, you will always be in our hearts forever.”

Jeff “Cowboy” McGehee left his earthly body to join in the spirit with his Lord Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Fenton, Mo. He was born July 14, 1969 in Woodville, Texas and lived most of his life in Corsicana.

He attended Corsicana and Blooming Grove School districts where he began his lifetime love of music having been in the school bands. He often entertained his family and friends with his guitar until his final days.  He was also known for his smile and kindness toward those he met. He had a special place in his heart for the special population children and adults.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Green and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis McGehee.

He is survived by his life-long friend and love of his life, Natalie Iler of Missouri, his parents, Pat and Richard Kelly of Corsicana and Jerry McGehe of Ohio, his daughter, Melissa McGehee of Bruceville, and his son, Chyenne McGehee of Bruceville. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Kimber McGehee Johnson and Warren of Flint, and brother, James McGehee of Waco; step-brothers Jeff Kelly and wife Carol of Corsicana, and Richard E. Kelly and Betty; step-sisters Heather Kelly and John of Corsicana, Michelle and Tim Easley of Corsicana, and Renee and Terry Sanchez of Mexia. Surviving nieces include Kalyn and Erin Johnson, DeeDee McGehee, Kaylee McGehee, and nephew, Joseph Johnson. He had many other relatives and friends across the United States.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Eureka Methodist Church with pastors Amy Anderson and Sonny Buie officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Eureka Methodist Church, Eureka Texas 75110.

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Tony Gilfillan
Apr 9, 1975 - July 11, 2013
 

Tony Gilfillan, 38, of Athens passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Tyler. He was born April 9, 1975 in St. Paul, Minnesota to James Wayne Gilfillan Sr. and Elizabeth Catheryn Rettenmayer Gilfillan and had been a resident of Texas since 1978, growing up in Corsicana. Tony had resided in Malakoff the past 10 years and was owner of Rightway Flooring. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Malakoff. He loved four wheeling, fishing and all activities in the outdoors.

Tony was preceded in death by his father-in-law Ben Fitzgerald.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years Andrea Gilfillan, Malakoff; sons Christian Gilfillan of Malakoff and Arron Bynum of Mildred; parents Jim and Betty Gilfillan of Star Harbor; brothers Jim Gilfillan, Jr. and wife Tiffany, and John Gilfillan and wife Darla, both of Corsicana; sisters Michelle Beard and husband Bramlet of Ennis, and Christina Jones of Houston, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Visitation for family and friends will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14,
2013 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Malakoff with Dr. Nathan Lorick officiating.

Burial will follow in Concorde Cemetery in Anderson County. Pallbearers will be Noah Gilfillan, Scott Gilfillan, Justin Munn, Wyatt Fitzgerald, Carl Adams, and Brian Latham.

Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.


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Barbara Fay (Jackson) Harris-Bowen
Apr 19, 1935 - July 10, 2013

Mrs. Barbara Harris Bowen, 78, of League City, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013.

She was born April 19, 1935, in Eureka, to Henry Clyde and Allie Mae Jackson.

Barbara was a loving, caring mother and grandmother. She worked as a computer aided designer in the aerospace industry and NASA for 40-plus years. She was a writer and an artist in her spare time.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Thomas Harris and William Henry Bowen; and son, William Thomas Harris III.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Diane, Sandra Kay, Pamela Sue, Lisa Gay and Rebecca Lynn. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was the youngest child of 11, and is survived by two brothers, Jimmie C. Jackson and Gilbert C. Jackson.
Barbara leaves behind her four great longtime friends; Martha Little, Janice Weems, Maddie Chavis and Helen Ruth Wilcox.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Father Jerry Hill officiating.
Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Jeter Cherry, Thomas Claunch, James Province, William Young, John Cherry and Justin Cherry.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 11, 2013
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o William Thomas Harris and William Henry Bowen - d/o Henry Clyde Jackson and Allie Mae (Mahoney) Jackson

Maria Antonia "Tony" (Regalado) Canales
June 5, 1939 - July 8, 2013

Mrs. Tony R. Canales, 74, of Corsicana passed away at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas Monday, July 8, 2013.

She was born June 5, 1939, in Rice, to Frank and Rachael Regalado.

Tony was a loving, caring mother and grandmother. She spent her life caring for her family. She loved riding bikes, dancing, taking walks and most especially caring for her plants. She was such a fan of Chuck Norris that she would even watch his infomercials like they were movies.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, John Canales Jr.; her daughter, Teresa Rangel; grandson, Osiel Rangel; her brother, Frank Regalado Jr.; and sister, Rosa Garcia.

Survivors include her children, Rita Canales, Damon Canales and wife Wendy, Carolina C. Ruiz, Richard Canales and wife Barbara Ann, Tommy Canales and wife Sara, Delores Canales, and Daniel Canales and wife Dawn. Tony is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Delores Marrero, Rita Garcia, Virginia Garcia and Georgia Flores; and brothers, Richard Regalado and John Regalado.

Visitation with the family was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Polk officiating.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Richard Canales, Daniel Canales, Damon Canales, Tommy Canales, Tom Crouch and Gene Lusk.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Anthony "Tony" Soglio
Feb 17, 1924 - July 5, 2013

Anthony (Tony) Soglio, 89, of New York City, N.Y. passed away at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York on Friday, July 5, 2013. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 13, 2013 Submitted by Karen Rost

Anthony Soglio, age 89, of New York City, New York passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City. He was born on February 17, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to Thomas and Josephine Soglio.

He spent his life in the entertainment industry as a theatrical agent.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Graves Soglio. Friends and family will gather on Satruday, July 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home for a brief message and burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas with Felipe Vives officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be John Ellison, Jon Frost, Robert Terry, Tex Terry, Randy McDaniels, Max Blose and Bill Gathright.

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Charles Burnis Robinson
abt 1919 - June 28, 2013

Charles Burnis Robinson, 94, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at Heritage Oaks West. Visitation is 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12,
2013 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service is 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Second Mission Baptist Church, with Rev.
Larry Polk Sr. and Rev. Michael Henry officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Patricia Ellen (O'Neal) Smith
Sept 25, 1940 - May 24, 2013

Mrs. Patricia Ellen Smith, 72, of Frost, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

She was born on Sept. 25, 1940, in Laurel, Del., to David and Mamie O’Neal.

She worked as a sales clerk in the retail industry for most of her life.
She also worked at Safeway Grocery Store as a checker.

Patricia was a member of the Texas Longhorn Breeders of America and of the North Texas Heart of Texas Longhorn Breeders Association for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Mamie O’Neal; son, Thomas Stevens; and brothers, Jerry and Donald O’Neal.

Survivors include husband, David Smith; daughters, Rita Marie Coutant, Theresa Morrison and Barbara McLaughlin; step-sons, Carl David Smith and Robert A. Smith; sister, Joan L. Hipps; brother-in-law, Donald Smith, and daughter-in-law, Beverly Smith. Patricia is also survived by six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Patricia will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Father Jason Cargo officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Fay Jessimine (Loop) Heather
Jul 20, 1903 - Sep 05, 1993

Fay Loop Heather, 90, of Rice died Sept. 5, 1993, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Rice Cemetery with the Rev. Troy Knowlton of Rice Baptist Church officiating. Services will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Rice and was a retired real estate clerk.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl David Heather and a son, Carl David Heather Jr.

Survivors include a granddaughter Barbara Adams of Austin; a granddaughter and grand-son-in-law, Patricia Ann and John Browder of Burleson; two great granddaughters, Emily Adams of Austin and Stacy Browder of Burleson; a daughter-in-law, Sarah Heather of Austin; three sisters, Kellie Loop and Dorothy Bartlett, both of Rice and Hazel Gallemore of Tulsa, Okla.; three nephews and their wives, Don and Becky Gallemore of Tulsa, Roger and Sue Bartlett of Austin and Jack and Barbara Bartlett of DeSoto; and one niece, Betty Nissler of Evergreen Colo.

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Norlaine (Bartlett) Barton
Jun 4, 1909 - Nov 25, 1993

Norlaine Barton, 84, of Rice, died Nov. 25, 1993, in Dallas.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Corley Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation at the Corley Funeral Home between 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

She was born June 4, 1909, in Rice.

Survivors include her husband, John Barton of Rice; and several nieces and nephews.

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Sarah Adlyn (Hays) Boyer
Nov 3, 1904 - Dec 21, 1993

Adlyn Hays Boyer, 89, of Abilene, died Dec. 21, 1993, in Abilene.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday in Rice Cemetery in Rice.
Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 3, 1904, in Chatfield. He was a former Corsicana resident and had been employed with J.M. Dyer and P&S Pharmacy.
Survivors include one nephew, Wimberly Hays of Abilene; and three nieces, Genelle McHam of Fort Worth, Tommie Maxwell of Rice and Jerry Bob Bergstrom of Bay City.

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James Washburn "J.W." Gilbert
June 19, 1916 - Feb 24, 1989

James (J.W.) Gilbert, 72, of Rice died Feb. 24, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Rice Cemetery with Solon Bailey officiating. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen Gilbert of Rice; one son, Jim Gilbert of Rice; two daughters, Kay Gilbert and Jo Blazek, both of Rice; one sister, Dolly Murray of Fairfield; and four grandchildren.

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Jamie Richard Bancroft
Dec 5, 1988 - Mar 8, 1989

Jamie Bancroft, 3 months old, of Rice died March 8, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rodney Bancroft officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 5, 1988 in Corsicana.

Survivors include his parents, Bud and Susie Bancroft of Rice; two sisters, Tami and Kati, both of Rice; grandparents, James C. and Nettie Lue Marshall of Rice, Sherry Bancroft of Roane and Charles Bancroft of Eureka; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Burkhalter of Chatfield, Thomas and Myrtle Bancroft of Eureka; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Pallbearers will Kerry Christian, Rick Maldanado, Mitchell Bancroft, and Leslie Bancroft.

Donations may be made to the Bud and Susie Bancroft Fund for Jamie Bancroft, First State Bank, Rice, Texas.

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Frances Elizabeth "Betty" (Ledbetter) Langham
Mar 7, 1924 - Mar 8, 1989

Mrs. Frances Elizabeth (Betty) Langham, 65, of Rice died March 8, 1989 at her residence.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Michael Metcalf officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

She was born March 7, 1924 in Dallas, and had lived in Rice for 12 years.

Survivors include her husband, William W. Langham Jr. of Rice; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Brenda Langham of Rice; son, Jim Langham of Garland; daughter, Judy Heisserman of Woodbridge, Va.; six grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Langham of Idyllwild, Cali.

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Virginia (Thompson) Berry
October 7, 1922 - Jul 14, 2013

Virginia Thompson Berry went home to be with the Lord on July 14, 2013, surrounded by her children. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. L.A. Berry, one sister and one brother. She is survived by her four children, Bob Berry , Diana Fuchs , Suzan Garland and Maria Ransone, and nine grandchildren Allison, Aimee, Dayton, Natalie, Julia, Lauren, Brooke and Adam along with seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Robert Thompson and her sister Frances Dunaway.


Virginia was born to Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Thompson of Dawson, TX on October 7, 1922. After high school and business college in Texas, she went to work for the Dept. of the Army in Washington, DC. After 3 exciting years in Washington Virginia returned home to marry her childhood friend and sweetheart L. A. Berry, and they moved to Brooklyn, NY where she resumed work and L.A. entered the Navy before the outbreak of WWII . After the War the family moved back to Texas where L.A. completed his education and they started a family. While teaching at the Univ. of Oklahoma L.A. was offered a job with the State Department, (USAID Division) which gave the young family an opportunity to live overseas in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia and Brazil. They returned to the US in 1973 and eventually retired in Temple Terrace where they lived for the last 40 years.

Virginia was a beautiful person both inside and out. She was in possession of a sweet and gentle spirit, sharp wit and intuitive mind. She was an adventurous traveler, avid reader and an excellent cook. Her greatest asset being the loyalty and support she gave her husband. Both Virginia and L.A. were passionate about current affairs, collecting and refinishing antiques and gardening, but most of all spending time with their children and extended family. Virginia was loved and respected by her family, friends and neighbors who will miss her dearly. She had 90 wonderful years. How marvelous to consider all she had experienced during those 90 years – all the changes, great and small, history-making events, and the simple, countless moments that composed her life. What a tribute it is, not merely that she had lived 90 years but how she lived them – inspiring those around her and making each day count.


There will be a graveside service in Dawson, TX and the Dawson Cemetery on July 27, 2013

She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband and best friend of 67 years, L.A. Berry.

Any donations in remembrance may be made to the Dawson Cemetery Association PO box 126, Dawson, TX 75539

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