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J. Irvin Gallemore
Feb 7, 1902 - Sep 6, 1922

Rice News.

Irvin Gallemore Killed in Gin.
Irvin Gallemore, aged 20, was instantly killed Wednesday night when he got caught in one of the gin stands at G. G. Rutherford’s gin. The young man was working at the gin and was endeavoring to unchoke the stand when he was caught by the saws. He was lying on his back, reaching back of the saws, when he was thrown into them.

Three young men, Jack Simpson, Stephen Bell and Will Nabors were standing near him when the accident occurred and saw his body go into the stand, but it happened so quickly that they were unable to help. Death came instantly, and it is said that the stands had to be taken apart to remove his body, which was horribly mangled.

The body was taken to Ennis in Keever’s ambulance and prepared for burial and was brought back Thursday morning. Funeral arrangements had not been made, but it is supposed that the body will be buried at Chatfield where the young man’s father was buried.

The deceased is a son of Mrs. J. A. Gallemore, who resides west of town on Fortson Bros. ranch. He was reared in the Rice country, was an industrious young man of a most likeable disposition. Besides his mother he is survived by several brothers and sisters and numerous relatives in the Rice country.

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James Talmadge Gallemore
Dec 21, 1905 - Jan 20, 1931

Funeral Wednesday For Rice Man With Burial at Chatfield

RICE, Jan. 24.—Funeral services for James Talmadge Gallemore, 25, who died Tuesday morning after a short illness, were held Wednesday with interment in the Chatfield cemetery.

He was local manager of the Texas Electric railway for several years but resigned last summer.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. J. A. Gallemore; five sisters, Mrs. W. O. Patterson, Ensign; Mrs. Clark Dukeminier, Mrs. J. H. Hays and Miss Myrtle Gallemore, all of Rice; Mrs. E. A. Turner, Parsons, Kansas, and two brothers, Edwin Gallemore, Breckenridge, and Hugh Gallemore, Dallas.

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RICE

RICE, Jan. 22.—(Spl.)—Talmadge Gallemore, 25, died Tuesday morning at the home of his mother, Mrs. J. A. Gallemore. Talmadge has been in ill health for several months but his sudden death came as a surprise to his family and many friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 at the Baptist church and were conducted by Rev. W. H. Day of Streetman and assisted by Rev. H. C. Bowman, pastor of the Methodist church.

Surviving are his mother, three brothers, Hugh L. of Dallas, Edward of Olden and Sloan of Rice; four sisters, Mrs. Clark Dukeminier, Mrs. Jim Hays, Mrs. Euty Turner and Miss Myrtle of Rice and Mrs. W. O. Patterson of Ensign. Interment was in the Chatfield cemetery, under the directions of W. F. Hodge. Those out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Will Shelton, Edwin Gallemore of Olden, H. Gallemore of Dallas., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Weems, Mrs. C. Henderson, Miss Adlyn Hays of Corsicana and Mrs. Will Finch, Mrs. John Finch and G. W. Freeman of Chatfield, Mr. and Mrs. Rowlins and Jessie Gatlin of Ennis.

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Sloan G. Gallemore
Mar 9, 1909 - Dec 14, 1971

Sloan Gallemore

Services for Sloan Gallemore, 62, are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Corley Chapel, with burial to be in the Old Chatfield cemetery.

The World War II veteran was a native of Rice and died in the morning in Grand Prairie. He had lived in Arlington.

Survivors include one brother Hugh Gallemore of Tulsa Okla.; one sister, Mrs. J. H. Hayes of Rice; and several nieces and nephews.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, December 14, 1971 - Submitted by Diane Richards

S. Gallemore

Services for Sloan Gallemore, 62, are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Corley Chapel, with burial to be in the Old Chatfield Cemetery, Rev. Randall McCollum will officiate.

The World War 11 veteran was a native of Rice and Died Tuesday in Grand Prairie. He had lived in Arlington.

Pallbearers will be Orin Gilbert, J. T. Allen, Alvin Jones, Carroll Barton, Floyd Brewer, J. K. Bradley, Alfred Shelton, Paul Miller and C. A. Liles.

Survivors include one brother, Hugh Gallemore of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. J. H. Hays of Rice and several nieces and nephews.

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Violet Clark (Dukeminier) Wasson-Gallemore
Mar 7, 1870 - Jan 3, 1951

Mrs. Gallemore Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Violet Gallemore, 80, long-time resident of Rice, who died at the P. and S. Hospital early Wednesday were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Rice Baptist Church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. H. Day of Grapevine and Rev. Jack Bell. Burial was in the Chatfield cemetery.

She was the widow of the late J. A. Gallemore.

Surviving are a daughter Mrs. Jim Hays, Rice; three sons, Hugh Gallemore, Fort Worth; Edwin Gallemore, Tampa, and Sloan Gallemore, Grand Prairie; two step-daughters, Mrs. Clark Dukeminier and Myrtle Gallemore, both of Rice; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were A. C. Hervey, Ernest Cummings, Paul Miller, John Bowden, J. T. Allen, Clarence Mahaley, Alvin Jones, Lonnie Williams, John Spencer, Sloan Wear, Tom Queen and A. R. Jackson.

McCammon directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 4, 1951
  • 1st husband Thomas Luther Wasson 2nd husband James Alfred Gallemore married Feb. 27, 1901 d/o R. P. Dukeminier and Cordelia (Harmon) Dukeminier
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Georgia (Pannill) Clayton
Sep 16, 1867 - Dec 23, 1939

MRS. M. S. CLAYTON DIED ON SATURDAY; BURIAL BE SUNDAY

Mrs. M. S. Clayton, aged 72 years, died at her home, 616 South Fifteenth street, Saturday morning. Funeral services will be held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Chatfield cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. R. Haden, rector of the Episcopal church.

Mrs. Clayton had been a resident of Navarro county and Corsicana practically all of her life. She moved to Chatfield from Ellis county when a small child and lived there many years before moving to Corsicana. She was the widow of M. S. Clayton, former Navarro county sheriff.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charles H. Highnote, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. R. L. Hodge, Chatfield; a number of nephews and nieces, and other relatives. She was a sister of the late Dr. Will Pannill.

Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.

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Funeral Services For Widow of Former Sheriff Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. M. S. Clayton aged 72 years, who died at her home here Saturday, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the family residence, 616 South Fifteenth street. Interment was in the Chatfield cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. R. Haden, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

Mrs. Clayton had resided in Navarro county practically all of her life. She was the widow of the late M. S. Clayton, former Navarro county sheriff.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charles H. Highnote, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. R. L. Hodge, Chatfield; and a number of other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

Pallbearers were Joe Harper, L. P. Hodge, W. H. Pannill, Lee Rushing and W. T. McKee.

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Albert Hervey Clayton
Aug 2, 1861 - Jul 20, 1923

Died in San Antonio.

A. Hervey Clayton aged 62 years, died in a sanitarium in San Antonio, Friday evening at 6:30 o’clock and the body will be brought to Corsicana early Sunday morning over the Southern Pacific Lines for interment in the Chatfield cemetery sometime Sunday.

Deceased is survived by his wife and one son, Theodore Clayton of Sumerset, near San Antonio. Deceased is also survived by a brother, Roger Clayton, and sister, Mrs. Dixie Reed of Mexico.

Deceased was formerly a resident of Corsicana and is well known in Corsicana and Navarro county.

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Mary Lucille (Gooden) Baxter
Apr 13, 1926 - Jan 10, 2000

Marie Lucille Gooden Baxter

Mary Lucille Gooden Baxter, 73, of San Antonio passed away Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, in Universal City.

Services will be 10 a.m. today at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Lynn Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery in Navarro County.

Mrs. Baxter was born April 13, 1926 in Athens to the late George and Lilla Robbins Gooden. She was a Methodist. Mrs. Baxter was a graduate of Athens High School and Baylor School of Nursing. She worked several years for the Wolfe Duphorne Hospital and owned a coin business in Erie, Pa. before retiring to San Antonio. She married Jack Mills Baxter on Nov. 8, 1947. She was an avid Gardner.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 21, 1996.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Jack Dempsey of Erie, Pa.; son, Bob J. Baxter of Pennsylvania; sister, Mae Allison of Dallas; brother-in-law and wife, Robert L. and Donna Baxter of San Antonio; grandchildren, J. Camille Dempsey, Jack M. Dempsey and Nicholas L. Baxter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home of Athens.

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Wade James Arnett
Dec 6, 1890 - Jan 5, 1962

Wade Arnett Rites Saturday

KERENS, Jan. 6 (Spl.)—Wade Arnett, 70, farmer-stockman, retired civilian Navy Employe, was found dead at his home here Friday noon.

Melvin Penney, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict of “death from natural causes” following an investigation. A heart attack was ascribed as the cause. He apparently died Friday morning.

Funeral services were to be held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the Inmon Chapel with burial in the Prairie Point Cemetery. The rites were to be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor of the First Methodist Church, of which he was a member. He was also an Odd Fellow.

Arnett was with the Navy at Honolulu when Pearl Harbor was struck by the Japanese in December, 1941. He had resided in Kerens 17 years since his retirement from the Navy job.

Surviving are three brothers, John and G. R. Arnett, both of Kerens, and Tom Arnett, Cryer Creek, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews were to be pallbearers.

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Mary (Gurley) Morris-Cooper-Honea
Dec 11, 1867 - Jul 9, 1932

NAVARRO COUNTY NATIVE IS BURIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Mrs. Mary Honea, about 60, native of Navarro county, 113 East First avenue, died in the P. and S. Hospital Saturday night at 11:05 o’clock following an illness of 18 days and the funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Tenie Smith of Corsicana.

Surviving are four sons, Belve Morris, Johnnie Cooper, Theodore Honea and Earl Honea and three daughters, Mrs. Peal Williams, Mrs. Ollie Beaser and Mrs. Birdie Abbe.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Ollie Mae (Cooper) Brashear
May 3, 1901 - Dec 9, 1974

Mrs. Ollie Brashear

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Ollie Brashear, 73, Corsicana, who died Monday in Memorial Hospital. An officiating minister had not been named at press time today. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

She had been a resident of Corsicana for 70 years and was a native of Greenville.

Surviving are two sons Clifton Brashear of Cedar Hill and Harvey Brashear of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Watson of Duncanville; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Johnnie Cooper and Earl Honea, both of Corsicana; and one sister, Mrs. Birdie Abbe of Trinidad.

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Mrs. Ollie Brashear

Funeral services were to be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Ollie Brashear, 73, resident of Corsicana who died Monday in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. T. F. Donald officiated, and burial was at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, a daughter, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.

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Vallis William Brashear
Feb 23, 1895 - Jul 27, 1964

Services For V. W. Brashear Held Wednesday

Funeral rites for V. W. Brashear 69, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Corley chapel, with burial in Prairie Point Cemetery. Rev. David Williams and Leroy Elmore officiated.

A resident of Waxahachie and brother of O. B. Brashear of Corsicana, Brashear died in Waxahachie Monday night. He was a native of Johnson county.

Survivors are his wife of Waxahachie; two sons, Harvey, Waxahachie, C. M., Ovilla; a daughter, Mrs. George Watson, Midlothian; three brothers, O. B. Brashear, Corsicana; Jack Brashear and Irving Brashear, both of Cleburne; three sisters, Mrs. Letha Rasco, Gorman; Mrs. Velma Rasco, Canyon, and Mrs. Beatrice Gaines, Andrews; 11 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jimmie Yarber, Robert Floyd, Bill Follis, C. Hudson, Fred Cornell and Hudine Sykes.

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Ruth Lee (Brashear) Morris
May 1, 1900 - Jul 21, 1964

Hold Services For Mrs. Morris

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Lee Morris, 58, wife of Bell R. Morris, 818 East Avenue A. who died in Memorial Hospital Sunday, were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Mildred Eastman, Assembly of God minister; ; Rev. Jessie Keele, pastor, Evangel Temple, and Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor, Pentecostal Church of God. Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana, four sons, Marvin Morris, Cedar Hill; Olen Edward and Ben Morris, Jr., both of Dallas, and Buster Ray Morris Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Ruth Arlene Floyd, Midlothian; Mrs. Mary Lee Yarber and Miss Marlene Morris, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Jewell Davis, Dallas; 22 grandchildren, four brothers, Vallas Brashear, Waxahachie; Ollie Brashear, Corsicana; Jack and Earvin Brashear, both of Cleburne; three sisters, Mrs. Oletha Rasco, Gorman; Mrs. Velma Rasco, Denver City, and Mrs. Beatrice Gaines, Andrews, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Steve Hudson, H. N. Coker, Richard A. Ivie, O. M. Bailey, Loyd Nichols, Richard Oglesby, L. A. Douglas and Rev. David Williams.

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Bobby Joe Combs
May 21, 1936 - Aug 28, 2013

Bobby Joe Combs, 77, of Kerens, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Born May 21, 1936 to Marvin “Jack” Combs and Alma Leopard Combs.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin “Jack” and Alma Combs, sister, Addie Beth Adams and grandson, Bobby “Scooter” Dunn.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 53 years, Yvonne Combs of Kerens; daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Sammy Cline of Kerens; granddaughter and husband, Derinda and Hewitt Scott of Kerens; daughters and son-in-laws, Robin and Terry Fedrick of Edgewood and Tamara and Nick Housewright of Wills Point; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother Marvin Combs of Kerens.

The family will receive visitation Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Gary Combs officiating with burial to follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

Arrangements under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

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Dr. Clovis Roland Haden
Apr 10, 1940 - Aug 24, 2013

Dr. C. Roland Haden passed away peacefully in his sleep to meet the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Weathers Haden; his daughters, Cathy Fuchs and Kimberly Jensen; and son Clay Haden. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Aline Haden; brothers, Jim and David Haden; his grandchildren, Landon Fuchs, Hayley Jensen, Macey Fuchs, Henry Haden and Roland Davis Haden; as well as his great-grandsons, Oren Swint and Flynn Fuchs. Roland was born in Houston on April 10, 1940. He grew up in Blooming Grove, where he graduated from high school in 1958 as Class President.

Roland retired on Aug. 31, 2002, after a long and distinguished career in academia, as Vice Chancellor of Engineering for the Texas A&M University System and the Dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his B.S. degree magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington, his M.S. from the California Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in Electrical Engineering. Roland was a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 1998, he was honored by the ASEE with the Donald E. Marlowe Award as a national role model in advancing engineering education and the engineering profession. He was named an inaugural member of the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Council and served on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

Dr. Haden served on the Board of Directors of E-Systems and Square D Company, both Fortune 500 companies, as well as a number of other corporate boards, including Inter-Tel, Inc. and Crosstex Energy, MLP.

He authored more than 100 articles, reports and presentations and was the author or editor of three books.

He was a member and past-chair of the General Electric Senior Research Award Committee and chair of the Public Policy Committee, both of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), chairing the 1998 Public Policy Colloquium in Washington, D.C. He also twice served on the Executive Committee of the Engineering Deans Council of ASEE. He was a past chair of the Professional Engineers in Education Division of the TSPE, the nation's largest state professional Engineering organization, and a past chair of the Texas Deans of Engineering Organization.

C. Roland Haden served as a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department in the 1970’s, both at Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma. He began his administrative career as Department Head of Electrical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and then served as Dean of Engineering at Arizona State University at the age of 38, being the youngest Dean of Engineering in the U.S. at the time. He later served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Arizona State. Roland then became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at Louisiana State University. Eventually he returned to Texas A&M in 1993, to serve as Vice Chancellor and Dean of Engineering.

He served as a member of the Technology Committee of the Bryan-College Station Economic Development Corporation. In March 2000, he was named the first Volunteer of the Year by the Bryan-College Station Economic Development Corporation and earlier was the recipient of a similar award from the Greater Phoenix Economic Development Group.

Roland, a devoted Christian husband and father, loved traveling with Joyce, studying history and genealogy. He was a member of the Wingfield Society, recently serving as the society’s Lord of the Manor. He was also a Son of the American Revolution, Son of the Texas Revolution, and commissioned as an Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry.

Roland was greatly loved by his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Flowers may be sent to Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan, or, in keeping with Roland’s kind and generous spirit, donations may be made to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., 410 Allied Dr., Nashville, TN 37211, Phone: 1-888-541-2848. Website: www.disasterreliefeffort.org.

A time for family to receive friends will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 at Hillier Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 at the A&M Church of Christ, 2475 Earl Rudder Freeway South in College Station. Aggie game day attire is welcome.

A graveside service will take place at the Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, Navarro County, Texas at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

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Bertha (Turner) Garner
Jan 25, 1896 - Mar 24, 1976

Mrs. Garner

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home for Mrs. W. L. (Bertha) Garner, 80, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital.

J. C. Bristow, Jehovahs Witnesses overseer, will officiate, and burial will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery.

She was a native of Chatfield, lived in Corsicana since 1947, and was a member of the Jehovahs Witnesses.

Survivors include two sons, W. L. Garner Jr. of Hobbs, N. M. and Gayle D. Garner of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. S. W. Hellums of Barry, Mrs. A. C. Richards, Jr. of Dallas and Mrs. O. W. Glenn of Corsicana; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, Paul Garner of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Martha McElwreath of Denton, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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George Walter Harper, Sr.
Oct 14, 1875 - Jan 18, 1943

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR G. W. HARPER HELD AT CHATFIELD

Funeral services for G. W. Harper, age 68 years, who died at Edna Monday following a long illness were held from the Methodist church at Chatfield Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Burial was in the Chatfield Cemetery.

Mr. Harper was raised in the Chatfield community and spent most of his life there and at Rice. He served as mayor of Rice at one time and was a prominent merchant in that city.

Surviving are his wife, Edna; two daughters, Mrs. Cecil Beard and Miss Betty Harper, California; two sisters, Mrs. J. E. Mizell, Chatfield; Mrs. C. B. Knight, Ennis; five brothers, Jess M. Harper, Rice; S. O. Harper, Rice; J. B. Harper, Gilmer; R. L. Harper, Dallas; J. A. Harper, Longview, and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Rebeckah Jane (Alexander) Harper
Mar 31, 1843 - Oct 15, 1924

MRS. J. M. HARPER PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT RICE HOME

WAS MOTHER OF CITY SECRETARY JOHN HARPER OF CORSICANA

Mrs. Rebeckah Jane Harper, wife of Capt. J. M. Harper, passed away at the family home in Rice last night after a long illness, aged 81 years.

Surviving the deceased are her husband and six sons and two daughters; Dr. W. M. Harper, Dallas; Jess Harper, G. W. Harper and R. L. Harper of Rice; Joe Harper of Palestine, City Secretary J. A. Harper of Corsicana, and Mrs. James Mizell of Chatfield and Mrs. C. B. Knight of Ennis. She also had one step-son, Dr. Boss Harper.

The deceased had been a resident of this county for near forty years and was greatly loved by a large circle of friends.

Funeral services will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock at the residence in Rice, with Rev. C. A. Chasteen of Corsicana, and her son-in-law, Rev. C. P. Knight of Ennis officiating. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery immediately after the funeral services at Rice.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, October 15, 1924 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Funeral Mrs. Harper Was Largely Attended

The remains of the late Mrs. Rebeckah Jane Harper, wife of Capt. J. M. Harper, who died at Rice Tuesday, were interred in the Chatfield cemetery this morning at 11 o’clock after impressive services at the home in Rice, conducted by Rev. C. A. Chasteen of Corsicana and Rev. C. B. Knight of Ennis.

The six sons of the deceased acted as pall bearers, and there were many beautiful flowers. There was an immense attendance from the surrounding country and many were there from Ennis.

Attending from Corsicana were Mayor Eubank and Commissioners Wilson Blockmon, Garrett and Hammett, Recorder H. S. Melear, Tax Collector Boyd and wife, C. H. Highnote and wife, Water Collector R. B. Mitchell, Edmond Pugh, Preston Welch, Water Superintendent, C. B. Lewis, Aubrey Nutt, Ernest Wilson, Fire Chief E. L. Keith, Mrs. Willson, Fire Chief E. L. Keith, W. W. McClendon, City Engineer; Mrs. Will S. Knight and Mrs. C. B. Haley.

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MRS. J. M. HARPER PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT RICE HOME

WAS MOTHER OF CITY SECRETARY JOHN HARPER OF CORSICANA

Mrs. Rebeckah Jane Harper, wife of Capt. J. M. Harper passed away at the family home in Rice last night after a long illness, aged 81 years.

Surviving the deceased are her husband and six sons and two daughters: Dr. W. M. Harper, Dallas; Jess Harper, G. W. Harper and R. L. Harper of Rice; Joe Harper of Palestine, City Secretary, J. A. Harper of Corsicana and Mrs. James Mizell of Chatfield and Mrs. C. B. Knight of Ennis. She is also had one step-son, Dr. Boss Harper.

The deceased had been a resident of this county for near forty years and was greatly loved by a large circle of friends.

Funeral services will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock at the residence in Rice, with Rev. C. A. Chasteen of Corsicana, and her son-in-law Rev. C. P. Knight of Ennis, officiating. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery immediately after the funeral services at Rice.

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Lucy Davis (Monts) Burdine
Apr 17, 1861 - Nov 20, 1957

Mrs. Burdine Of Tupelo Expires Wednesday Night

Mrs. W. C. Burdine, 96, long-time Tupelo resident, died at her home in the Tupelo community Wednesday night following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Tupelo Methodist church Friday at 10:30 a.m. with burial in the Chatfield Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Marvin James, pastor of the church.

Mrs. Burdine was born April 17, 1961, in Mississippi, but had resided in the Tupelo community for the past 61 years. her husband died in 1924.

Surviving are three sons, J. D., M. C. and R. B. Burdine aqnd a daughter, Mrs. H. E. Hervey, all of Tupelo; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Pearee, Irving, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, 21, great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Corley will direct.

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Wylie Calhoun “Cal” Burdine
Jan 11, 1859 - Jun 21, 1924

W. C. BURDINE DIED LAST NIGHT AT HIS HOME NEAR TUPELO

When W. C. Burdine died at his home in the Tupelo community last night Navarro county lost one of its host citizens and his community and church one of their most loyal and useful members.

The deceased was near seventy years of age, and had been a resident of this county since 1892, most of that time spent in the neighborhood where he died. The deceased was a steward of the Methodist church and a teacher in the Sunday school at Tupelo for many years. He was so thoroughly consistent in his life that all who knew him believed in and honored him, and his death is lamented by the people among whom he lived as a personal loss to each and every one.

The remains were interred in Chatfield this afternoon after funeral services at the Tupelo Methodist church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. M. Hagers, and his presiding elder, Rev. C. A. Bickley, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing friends, and many beautiful flowers were placed.

Surviving the deceased is his wife and six children, James, Marvin and Baxter Burdine, Mrs. L. M. Williams; three nephews, S. W. Burdine, E. C. Burdine and Stanley Burdine, and a niece, Mrs. L. L. Williams. He is also survived by a brother at his old home in Mississippi ad a sister in Oklahoma.

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Marvin Calhoun Burdine
Mar 11, 1887 - Dec 26, 1965

Tuesday Rites M. C. Burdine

Final rites for M. C. Burdine, 78, retired farmer, 211 Garitty avenue, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Chatfield Cemetery. Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, conducted the rites.

Burdine died Monday in the East Texas Tuberculosis hospital in Tyler.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two brothers, R. B. and J. D. Burdine, and a sister, Mrs. H. E. Hervey, all of Tupelo, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Alvin Jones, Dillard Ellington, Richard Burdine, T. V. McMullan, Frank Roberson and Robert McCullan.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 28, 1965
  • US Army 36th division h/o Mary Bess “Bessie” (McMullan) Burdine s/o Wyley Calhoun “Cal” Burdine and Lucy Davis (Monts) Burdine
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary Bess “Bessie” (McMullan) Burdine
Oct 29, 1888 - Jan 15, 1966

Rites Sunday Mrs. Burdine

Funeral services for Mrs. Marvin Burdine, 77, native of Tupelo, who died in the Evergreen Convalescent Home Saturday, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Old Chatfield Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. Weldon Hayes.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. L. B. Wheeler, Corsicana; two brothers, Clark McMullan, Rice, and Boyd McMullan, Baton Rouge, La.; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Her husband died December 26, 1965.

Pallbearers were Robert McMullan, Tiny McMullan, Tom McMullan, Frank Roberson, Ralph Wheeler and Tom Wheeler.

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Matt Finch Oliphant
Dec 18, 1883 - Mar 31, 1959

Hold Rites For Retired Farmer

Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Griffin Chapel for Matt Finch Oliphant, 75, retired farmer, Route 1, Chatfield, with burial in the Chatfield Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin James, pastor of the Chatfield Methodist church.

Oliphant died Tuesday night in Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his wife of Chatfield; a brother, L. C. Oliphant, and a half-brother, J. E. Oliphant, both of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. J. M. Harper, El Paso, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Byron Kirby, George Hodge, Ed Ellington, Ben Easterling, Tom Weaver and Ray Lieser.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 2, 1959
  • h/o Emma Louise (Knaus) Oliphant married Sep. 30, 1906 s/o William Landon Oliphant and Melissa Ann (Loop) Oliphant
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Addie Mae (Oliphant) Harper
Nov 2, 1888 - Jul 18, 1966

Hold Services Mrs. Harper

Funeral services for Mrs. J. M. Harper, 77, formerly of Rice, who died in Baird Monday, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Chatfield Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Stephen L. Massie, minister of the First Christian church.

Surviving are two sons, John M. Harper, El Paso, and N. O. Harper, Clyde; a daughter, Mrs. Grady Wilson, Sanderson; six grandchildren, three grandchildren, a brother, L. N. Oliphant, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Carroll Barton, A. L. Shelton, John S. Finch, Nugent Oliphant, Jr., J. M. Hodge and George Hodge.

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William Roland "Bill" Vaught
Jun 22, 1950 - Apr 7, 1965

Dies Wednesday
Bill Vaught, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Vaught, Corsicana, died Wednesday in the M. D. Anderson hospital in Houston after an illness of nine months.
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 3:30 p.m.
He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist church.
Surviving are his parents and a brother, Neil Vaught, all of Corsicana

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Phillip Edward Allison
Dec 13, 1947 - Apr 24, 1948

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PHIL ALLISON SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Phillip Edward Allison, 4-months old twin son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Allison, Jr., who died at the family ranch home northwest of Corsicana early Saturday morning, were held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.  The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Q. Kennaugh, rector of St. John's Episcopal church.
Surviving are the parents, two brothers, Fred M., III and William Shell Allison; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Allison, Sr., all of Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Billy Clarkson III, Kay Tatum, Lynn Sanders, Jr. and Dr. Wm. T. Shell, JR.

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Louis Thomas Merrell
March 7, 1880 - Apr 22, 1948

LOUIS T. MERRELL FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Louis Thomas Merrell, 63, former Corsicana and Purdon barber, who died Friday in Big Sandy, were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was in the Younger Cemetery.  The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.
Surviving are his wife of El Paso, a son, Homer L. Merrell, Big Sandy; a daughter, Mrs. Dave Price, El Paso; three granddaughters and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Sim Hagler, Zack Barton, C. H. Brooks, J. P. Baggett, W. A. Early and A. S. Fulton

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Forest William Read
Sep 21, 1895 - Apr 23, 1948

FOREST W. READ FUNERAL RITES SLATED TUESDAY
Funeral services for Forest W. Read, aged 53, who died suddenly Friday morning at his home in Oklahoma City, will be held at Hamilton cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock where interment will be made.  The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Morris Bailey, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.
Native of Navarro county and former Corsicana resident, Read had been operating engineer at the Tinker Air Field at Oklahoma City for a number of years. He was a veteran of World War I.
Surviving are his wife, Oklahoma City; father, J. W. Read, Corsicana; two brothers, J. W. Read, Corsicana; two brothers, J. W. Reed Read, Jr., Odessa, and Louis E. Read, Galveston; a sister, Miss Vaudie Read, Corsicana, and other relatives.
McCammon Funeral Home will direct.

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Audrey Blanche (Richards) Honea
Apr 26, 1910 - Mar 14, 1973

Mrs. Honea

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Audrey Honea, 62, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate and burial will be at Prairie Point Cemetery,

She was a native of Aley, Tex., had lived in Corsicana for 30 years and was a member of First Pentecostal Church of God.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Dela Garner of Malakoff and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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John Payne Banks
Dec 13, 1873 - May 4, 1947

JOHN PAYNE BANKS FUNERAL HELD AT KERENS WEDNESDAY

KERENS, March 6—(Spl)—Funeral services for John Payne Banks, who died at his home in Kerens Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock was held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Methodist church with the pastor the Rev. A. W. Sprinkle, assisted by the Rev. Maggart Howell of Grosebeck and the Rev. J. B. Whitley of Trinidad, officiating.

Banks was born Dec. 13, 1873 in the Wilson community and on Dec. 13, 1894, he was married to Miss Lena Dixon Hassell. They had six children, three of whom died before Mrs. Banks on May 6, 1916.

Banks was a member of the Methodist church and for many years owned and operated a blacksmith shop in Kerens.

Survivors include a brother, Zack Banks, Corsicana; a sister, Miss Mina Banks, Buffalo; a son Freddie Banks, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Theo Daniel, Trinidad, and Mrs. Natalie Kirkland, Kerens, and four grandchildren. Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery with Stockton’s Funeral Home in Charge.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, March 6, 1947
  • h/o Lena Dixon (Hassell) Banks s/o Thomas Calhoun Banks (per rootsweb, death cert. says Geroge Banks) and Peninah (Westbrook) Banks
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Jennie Ann (Shelton) Hawkins
Oct 3, 1875 - Sep 15, 1961

Services For Mrs. Hawkins Slated Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennie Hawkins, 85, who died early Friday unexpectedly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jack Jones, in Kerens, will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Methodist Church in Kerens.

The pastor, Rev. Burt Gillis, and the Rev. Bill Foster, Baptist pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery. Inmon will direct.

Pallbearers will be Boe Sharrer, Bugs Paschal, Garland Hawkins, Harfey Parks, Daniel Hawkins and Jimmie Lee Hawkins.

A lifelong resident of Kerens, she was the widow of the late L. E. Hawkins. Mrs. Hawkins was a member of the Methodist church.

She is survived by three sons, J. B. and I. B. Hawkins of Kerens and W. H. Hawkins of Stephens, Ark.; five daughters, Mrs. J. B. Paschal and Mrs. T. P. Penney of Corsicana, Mrs. R. M. Sharrer and Mrs. Jones of Kerens, and Mrs. Dove Mankin of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Nettie Richardson of San Marcos; 23 grandchildren, among them two she reared—Aubrey Earley of Gonzales and Mrs. Harvey Parks of Chandler; and 29 great-grandchildren. Also she is survived by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. H. K. Hawkins of Kerens.

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Jesse Marion Harper
Jun 15, 1840 - Mar 2, 1930

Jesse M. Harper Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Jesse M. Harper, 83, life-long resident of Chatfield and Rice, were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in the new Chatfield Cemetery. the rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Daniels, pastor of the Haynie Memorial Methodist Church at Rice.

Harper died of a heart attack at his home in Rice early Monday night.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; a daughter, Mrs. Grady Wilson, Sanderson; two sons, John Harper, El Paso, and Nugent Harper, Clyde; six grandchildren; four brothers, John Harper, Longview; Joe Harper, Gilmer; Bob Harper, Dallas, and Sid Harper, Channelview; two sisters, Mrs. C. B. Knight, Ennis, and Mrs. J. E. Mizell, Chatfield; and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sloan Wear, Louis Hodge, Robert E. Montfort, Herman Wear, J. K. Bradley and D. Hartley.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, March 27, 1957
  • h/o Addie Mae (Oliphant) Harper married Aug. 5, 1906 s/o John Marion Harper and Rebekah Jane (Alexander) Harper
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Infant Daughter Russell
B & D Oct. 23, 1933

Rice News.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Russell died early Monday morning and was buried in the Rice Cemetery Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

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Kenneth Jack Garrett
abt 1931 - May 18, 1933

Rice News.

Kenneth Jack Garrett, 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawton Garrett of Ennis, died of pneumonia following measles at noon Thursday, and was buried at Rice Friday morning. The Rev. L. S. Ballard of the First Baptist Church of Ennis conducting the services, assisted by the Rev. G. C. Henry of Rice.

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Jim Hayes
d. feb 1956

Jim Hays Dies Here Saturday

Jim Hayes, 67, supervisor of the Rice school buses, died in Memorial Hospital late Saturday following a few hours illness.

Funeral services were held Monday from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice with burial in the Rice Cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. John Bass, pastor of the church, and Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church here, formerly of Rice, and Rev. R. B. Griffin, pastor of the First Baptist church in Rice.

He had resided at Rice for many years.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph McHam, Denison, and Mrs. Carl Maxwell, Monahans; three grandchildren; two brothers, W. M. Hayes, Dallas, and G. H. Hayes, Bay City; two sisters, Mrs. Dan Boyer, Corsicana, and Mrs. R. T. Irvin, Bay City, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Clarence Mahaley, John Bowden, Ernest Cummins, Alvin Jones, J. T. Allen and J. K. Bradley. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

McCammon directed.

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Rice

Among the out-of-town relatives and friends attending the funeral of Jim Hays Monday were: Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gallemore of Alice, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Gallemore, Tulsa, Okla.; Mrs. R. T. Irwin, Roberta, and Tull Hays, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. McLendon and Golden Hays, Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Claude S. Kelly, Denison; James Lee Pollan, Abilene; Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Dukeminier, Hobbs, N.M.; Mr. and Mrs. Randall Dukeminier and Randall Allen, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Oran Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Boucher, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Sloan; Mrs. George Berry and Imogene, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Hays, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Hays, Jr. and Sloan Gallemore, Dallas; Paul and Eva Bryant, Frisco; Pauline and Parilee Bryant, Plano an Mr. and Mrs. Dan Boyer, Corsicana.

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Frances Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Bundy) Coker
Aug 28, 1852 - Dec 31, 1932

AGED WOMAN DIED EUREKA COMMUNITY SATURDAY NIGHT

Mrs. W. M. Coker, aged 80 years, died at her son’s home, T. O. Coker in the Eureka community Saturday night and the funeral was held from the home Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Emhouse cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood, Methodist minister.

Surviving are two sons, T. O. Coker, Eureka, and W. M. Coker, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. J. F. Hagle, Dawson; Mrs. J. E. Farmer and Mrs. Lee Crawford, both of Corsicana; and Mrs. Monroe Brady, Bells, Texas; and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The funeral was directed by L. B. Bonner and Company of Eureka.

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Ola May (Reid) Wooten
Mar 16, 1908 - Dec 22, 1982

Mrs. Ola M. Wooten

Mrs. Ola M. Wooten, 74, of Ennis, died Wednesday at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.

Service is Friday, 1 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Neel Luce officiating. Burial will be at Pattison Cemetery.

She was a native of Emhouse and a member of the Baptist Church of Montalba.

Survivors are two sons, Ronald Tim Wooten, of Arlington, and Noah C. Wooten, of Star Harbor; one daughter, Mrs. Thelma May Hunter, of Memphis, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, A. T. Reid, of Arlington, Monroe Reid, of Denver, Colo., and Solon Reid, of Daingerfield; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Montgomery and Mrs. Irene Blakeslee, both of Powell; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dan Meador, Gene Montgomery, Sam Montgomery, Jimmy Blakeslee, Cloyde Tyner and W. J. Armstrong.

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Carl “Tobe” Honea
Sep. 15, 1901 - Aug. 6, 1954

Honea Services Planned Monday

Carl (Tobe) Honea, 52, 737 North Commerce street, died of natural causes Friday night, Judge P. H. Geraughty, coroner and justice of the peace, ruled Saturday morning following an autopsy performed by Dr. Will Miller, county health officer.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Alligator cemetery.

Honea was pronounced dead on arrival at the Navarro Clinic Friday at 11:30 p.m. in a Griffin ambulance officers said.

Dr. Miller stated after the autopsy that bruises on the body were superficial and could not have figured in the cause of death.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Richard Carl and James Alton Honea, both of Dallas, and Lonnie William Honea, Corsicana; two brothers, Theodore and Earl Honea, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Clarence Abbie, Bazette, and 10 grandchildren.

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Tuesday Services For Carl Honea

Funeral services for Carl (Tobe) Honea, 52, 737 North Commerce street, who died Friday night, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Alligator cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. C. Coffey, Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Mission.

Honea was pronounced dead on arrival at the Navarro Clinic and Judge P. H. Geraughty returned a coroner’s verdict of death from natural causes following an autopsy performed by Dr. Will Miller, county health officer.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Richard Carl and James Alton Honea, both of Dallas, and Lonnie William Honea, Corsicana; two brothers, Theodore and Earl Honea, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Clarence Abbie, Bazette, and 10 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Lawrence Townley, Jeff Townley, John Townley, Jim Garcia, Paul Schultz and E. R. Bracken.

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Charles Ray Reagan
Aug 26, 1906 - Oct 23, 1934

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR 2 MEN MEETING TRAGIC DEATH HELD

RAY REAGAN DIED LATE TUESDAY IN HOSPITAL RESULT OF WOUND

Funeral services for Home L. Seale, 26, and Ray Reagan, 28, residents of the Kerens vicinity, who met violent death near here Tuesday afternoon when a pistol said to have been in the hands of Reagan, snuffed out the life of Seale instantly while he was sitting in an automobile, and then sent a bullet into his own brain, were held Wednesday afternoon.

Rites for Reagan were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the Kerens Baptist church with Rev. C. D. Hardy in charge. Interment was in the Bazette cemetery. He is survived by his wife and other relatives.

Services for Seale were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Bazette Methodist church with burial in the Prairie Point cemetery. The rites were conducted by Revs. Joe Everheart, B. L. McCord and Preston Taylor. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Seale, and other relatives.

Inquest Wednesday.
Sam B. Jordan, justice of the peace, precinct 1, place 2, conducted an inquest Wednesday morning and a coroner’s verdict was returned that Seale came to his death by being shot by Reagan. No inquest has been requested for Reagan. Judge Jordan said if a verdict was asked for, he would return a suicide decision.

The tragedy occurred about one mile southwest of Corsicana on the Oak Valley road. Jack Floyd, deputy sheriff, answered the call and his testimony at the inquest Wednesday morning revealed that he found “Homer Seale slumped in the front seat, dead with a bullet wound in his right temple, and Ray Reagan was lying in the ditch with a bullet hole in his head on the right sied above the temple, with a pistol clutched in his right hand with two empty cartridges in the cylinder; found a note in Reagan’s pocket addressed to his wife, indicating that he had killed Seale and shot himself.”

Reagan was rushed to the P. and S. Hospital where he died several hours later.

The shooting occurred about 12:45 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.

The body of Seale was prepared for burial by the Corley Funeral Home and both bodies were taken to Kerens by the Stockton Funeral Home which had charge of the arrangements.

Considerable difficulty was encountered in identifying the victims following the shooting, the Louisiana license plate on the car of Reagan causing confusion. It was several hours after the tragedy before positive identification was established.

Life Long Friends.
Both men were farmers and resided several miles north of Kerens toward Bazette and had been life long friends.

Seale was a well-known amateur and independent baseball player and was a member of the Magnolia Refiners club her for the past several seasons.

There were no witnesses to the tragedy as far as officers have been able to determine.

The first intimation of the tragedy was contained in a telephone message to Deputy Sheriff Walter Hayes at the sheriff’s office by a man named Jones who resides near the site of the shooting. Hayes was advised that there was a man in the road and one in a car, both bloody. Jones did not hear the shots. Deputies Floyd and Allen Calloway were sent by Hayes and after the ambulance rushed to the scene, Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse joined in the investigations.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Oct 24, 1934
  • h/o Opal Estelle (Massey) Reagan-Ward s/o Charles Washington “Charlie” Reagan & Lula Marzee (Chadwick) Reagan
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Kate Kincannon (Jones) Seale
Mar 13, 1890 - Jan 16, 1949

MRS. L. M. SEALE DIES ON SUNDAY; FUNERAL MONDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Kate Kincannon Seale, aged 55 years, of Kerens, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, were held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the First Methodist church in Kerens. Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Maggard B. Howell, pastor of the First Methodist church of Waco, formerly of Kerens, assisted by Rev. Carroll Thompson, pastor of the church.

Mrs. Seale had resided in the Kerens community all of her life. She had been ill 10 days.

Surviving are her husband, L. M. Seale, Kerens, former Navarro county commissioner from Precinct 2; a son, Capt. Maxie Ben Seale, U. S. Air Forces, Fort Worth; mother, Mrs. R. B. Jones, Kerens; five brothers, B. O., B. H., Kerens; two sisters, Mrs. Ama Mitchell and Mrs. Mary Stevenson, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Grace Cunningham, Lawton Okla., and six grandchildren, and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Home directed.

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Louis Muse “Louie” Seale
Jan 10, 1884 - Jan 10, 1960

Seale Services On Wednesday

KERENS, Jan. 12.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Louie M. Seale, 76, former county commissioner, who died at his home her Sunday following a short illness, will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the First Methodist church.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor, assisted by Rev. Bill Foster, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in the Prairie Point Cemetery with the Masons in charge. He was a member of the First Methodist church.

A native of Salem Hill county, he spent most of his life in this community. He served as commissioner from Precinct 2 from 1943 to 1947.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a son, Lt. Col. Maxie Ben Selae, U. S. Air Force, Laken Heath, England; a brother, Joe M. Seale, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Mollie Gray, Lubbock; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Masons will be pallbearers.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Homer Louis Seale
Feb 27, 1908 - Oct 23, 1934

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR 2 MEN MEETING TRAGIC DEATH HELD

RAY REAGAN DIED LATE TUESDAY IN HOSPITAL RESULT OF WOUND

Funeral services for Home L. Seale, 26, and Ray Reagan, 28, residents of the Kerens vicinity, who met violent death near here Tuesday afternoon when a pistol said to have been in the hands of Reagan, snuffed out the life of Seale instantly while he was sitting in an automobile, and then sent a bullet into his own brain, were held Wednesday afternoon.

Rites for Reagan were held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the Kerens Baptist church with Rev. C. D. Hardy in charge. Interment was in the Bazette cemetery
[Prairie Point Cemetery]. He is survived by his wife and other relatives.

Services for Seale were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Bazette Methodist church with burial in the Prairie Point cemetery. The rites were conducted by Revs. Joe Everheart, B. L. McCord and Preston Taylor. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Seale, and other relatives.

Inquest Wednesday.
Sam B. Jordan, justice of the peace, precinct 1, place 2, conducted an inquest Wednesday morning and a coroner’s verdict was returned that Seale came to his death by being shot by Reagan. No inquest has been requested for Reagan. Judge Jordan said if a verdict was asked for, he would return a suicide decision.

The tragedy occurred about one mile southwest of Corsicana on the Oak Valley road. Jack Floyd, deputy sheriff, answered the call and his testimony at the inquest Wednesday morning revealed that he found “Homer Seale slumped in the front seat, dead with a bullet wound in his right temple, and Ray Reagan was lying in the ditch with a bullet hole in his head on the right sied above the temple, with a pistol clutched in his right hand with two empty cartridges in the cylinder; found a note in Reagan’s pocket addressed to his wife, indicating that he had killed Seale and shot himself.”

Reagan was rushed to the P. and S. Hospital where he died several hours later.

The shooting occurred about 12:45 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.

The body of Seale was prepared for burial by the Corley Funeral Home and both bodies were taken to Kerens by the Stockton Funeral Home which had charge of the arrangements.

Considerable difficulty was encountered in identifying the victims following the shooting, the Louisiana license plate on the car of Reagan causing confusion. It was several hours after the tragedy before positive identification was established.

Life Long Friends.
Both men were farmers and resided several miles north of Kerens toward Bazette and had been life long friends.

Seale was a well-known amateur and independent baseball player and was a member of the Magnolia Refiners club her for the past several seasons.

There were no witnesses to the tragedy as far as officers have been able to determine.

The first intimation of the tragedy was contained in a telephone message to Deputy Sheriff Walter Hayes at the sheriff’s office by a man named Jones who resides near the site of the shooting. Hayes was advised that there was a man in the road and one in a car, both bloody. Jones did not hear the shots. Deputies Floyd and Allen Calloway were sent by Hayes and after the ambulance rushed to the scene, Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse joined in the investigations.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Oct 24, 1934
  • h/o Grace (Cooper) Seale married May 21, 1927 s/o Louis Muse “Louie” Seale and Kate Kincannon (Jones) Seale
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary Caroline “Carrie” (Harper) Mizell
May 19, 1884 - Feb. 1, 1963

Rites Saturday For Mrs. Mizell

Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie H. Mizell, 78, native of Lamar county, long-time Chatfield resident, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the new Chatfield cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Don Johnson, pastor of the Chatfield Methodist church of which she was a member.

Mrs. Mizell moved to Chatfield at the age of three years. She died in Dallas early Friday morning.

Surviving are a son, Jack Bates, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Bates, both of Dallas. and a brother, J. B. Harper, Ennis, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ben Easterling, Ed Ellington, Jimmie Little, Sr.; Jimmie Little, Jr.; Morris Kirby and J. P. Hodge.

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Mary Emma “Mamie” (Edwards) Mizell
Dec 12, 1863 - May 4, 1951

Mrs. W. A. Mizell Dies At Ennis

Mrs. W. A. Mizell, Sr., 87, died at Ennis Friday morning. Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church at Chatfield Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Chatfield cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. C. Oglesby and Rev. Adkins.

Mrs. Mizell was born Dec. 12, 1863 in Georgia. She was a long-time resident of Texas.

Surviving are two sons, J. E. Mizell, Chatfield, and W. A. Mizell, Jr., Ennis; two daughters, Mrs. J. C. Easterling, Chatfield, and Mrs. H. P. Hodge, Wichita Falls; three sisters, Mrs. S. C. LeSueur, Mabank; Mrs. S. B. LeSueur, Corsicana, and Mrs. J. E. Matthews, Austin; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. P. Thorp, L. L. Thompson, J. B. Harper, J. P. Hodge, Ben Easterling and George Hodge.

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William Alexander “Buck” Mizell, Jr.
Dec 24, 1902 - Jul 26, 1975

W. A. Mizell

ENNIS—Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Keever Funeral Chapel here for William A. (Buck) Mizell, 72, retired railroad man who died early Saturday in Ennis Municipal Hospital. The Rev. John Dowd, pastor First United Methodist Church of Ennis, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. W. C. Taylor, pastor of First Methodist Church, Brownwood. Burial will be in Chatfield cemetery.

He was born and reared in Chatfield, moving to Ennis in 1925 when he was employed by Southern Pacific railroad. He was married June 30, 1926 to Bertha Waldrop of Chatfield.

He was a member of First United Methodist, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, Order of Railroad Conductors, and Ennis Chapter, American Association of Retired Persons.

Surviving are his widow of Ennis; a son, Billy Mizell of Houston; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. John Easterling of Corsicana and Mrs. H. P. Hodge of Wichita Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

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Lottie Louise (Tillman) Reed
Mar. 2, 1868 - Sep. 17, 1949

Mrs. J. F. Reed Of Kerens died At Home Saturday

Mrs. J. F. Reed, aged 81 years, died at her home in Kerens Saturday morning.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church in Kerens Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Prairie Point cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Carroll Thompson, pastor of the church.

A native of South Carolina, Mrs. Reed had resided in Kerens for many years.

Surviving are three sons, Jack, Willie, and Tillman Reed, a daughter, Mrs. Lester Shelton; two sisters, Mrs. P. J. Jones and Mrs. F. H. Massey; a brother, Ike Tillman, all of Kerens; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Tuesday, Sep 20, 1949
  • w/o James Frances Reed d/o Isaac William Tillman and Mary Jane (Cureton) Tillman buried in Dresden cemetery, Dresden, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Bessie Vivian (Wilson) Breithaupt
Apr 20, 1892 - Oct 27, 1979

Mrs. Breithaupt

KERENS - Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette for Mrs. Bessie Wilson Breithaupt, 88 resident of Euless for the past three years and former resident of Kerens, who died Saturday morning.

Her husband, Ernest Breithaupt, preceded her in death in 1955.

Survivors include one son, Earle Wilson Breithaupt, of Euless; and a grandson, Don Breithaupt, of Borne.

Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Ernest Powell Breithaupt
Sep 26, 1889 - Jan 3, 1955

E. P. Breithaupt Dies At Mabank

Ernest P. Breithaupt, 65, Navarro county native, Mabank farmer-cattleman, died in a Dallas hospital Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Eubank Funeral Chapel in Mabank Tuesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Prairie Point cemetery at Bazette.

Breithaupt resided in Corsicana and Kilgore before moving to Mabank about 12 years ago. He had been in ill health for several years.

Surviving are his wife of Mabank; a son, Earl Wilson Breithaupt, Grand Prairie; a grandson; two sisters, Mrs. A. W. King, Corsicana, and Mrs. Andrew Johnson, Orange; three brothers, C. E., J. A. and Allen Breithaupt, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Rev. Lesley Marvin Keele
Aug 15, 1915 - Jun 17, 1998

Lesley Marvin Keele

Lesley Marvin Keele, 82, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in Corsicana.

Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Jimmie Munns officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point.

Visitation is 6-9 p.m today at the funeral home.

Rev. Keele was born in Bazette on Aug. 15, 1915. He was a member of the Community Chapel Church in Corsicana. He was a minister with the Pentecostal Church of God for 45 years.

Rev. Keele is survived by his daughters, Naomi Ruth Fowler of Joshua, Marlene Jock of Malakoff, Clara Annette Coleman of Kerens; sons, Harlin Wayne Keele of Corsicana, Alva Keele of Ranger, Lesley Eugene Keele of Huntington, Rev. Lonnie E. Keele of Emhouse, Timothy Dewayne Keele of Retreat; 24 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lillie Terry of Wilmer; brother, Rev. Jessie Keele of Purdon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rev. Keele was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Keele, daughter, Dorothy Hoppe, son, Claude Keele; and granddaughter, Stephanie Michelle Keele.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 18, 1998
  • 1st wife Pearlie Eloise (Barber) Keele 2nd wife Mildred Martha (Perry) Keele s/o Loran Leslie Keele and Lue Ella (Deaver) Keele
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lue Ella (Deaver) Keele
Nov 27, 1891 - Jan 12, 1975

Mrs. Keele

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Lue Keele, 83, resident of Wilmer, who died Sunday in Memorial hospital.

Revs. Pete Kach and B. W. Johnson will officiate, with burial to follow at Prairie Point cemetery.

She was a native of Texas.

Survivors include four sons. Robert Lee Keele of Rice, Ernest Keele of Kerens, Leslie Marvin Keele and Jessie Keele both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Ellen Michaels and Mrs. S. L. Flynn of Wilmer; 30 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Hendricks of Belton, and two sisters from Tyler; a brother, Ike Broussard of Kerens.

A son Charlie Keele preceded her in death.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Clara Nell (Goodman) Poulter
Aug 12, 1924 - Nov 13, 2007

Claara Poulter
August 12, 1924 - November 13, 2007
Resided in Waco, TX

Clara Poulter, long time resident of Waco, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at Frost Cemetery, in Frost, TX with Dr. Lynn Parks officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2007 at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Clara was born August 12, 1924 in Mertens, TX to Russell Goodman and Clara Goodman. Clara was a graduate of Mertens High School. She retired from Sears and had a second career as a Motel Manager. Clara, a lifelong Baptist, was a member of North Waco Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Clara Goodman of Mertens; husband, Fred Poulter, of Waco; two brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her daughters, Judy Graves, of Ocean Springs, MS and Brenda Lewis, of Friendswood, TX; grandchildren, Mike Rosamond and his wife Dina, of Jacksonville, FL; Beverly Spell, of Alvin, TX; great grandchildren, Candi Doss, of Galveston, TX and Cross Rosamond of Jacksonville, FL. Memorials may be made to North Waco Baptist Church.

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Audrey Faye (Guinn) LeCour
June 3, 1931 - July 29, 2013

In Memory of
Audrey Faye LeCour
June 3, 1931 - July 29, 2013

Audrey Faye LeCour, age 82, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, July 29, 2013. She was born in Frost, TX on June 3, 1931 and was a member of First Baptist Church, Magnolia, TX. A faithful wife and loving Mother and a true friend to all who had been blessed to know her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyal LeCour, of Hockley, TX and her parents, Robert and Myra Guinn of Graham, TX.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Rhodes and husband, Benny of Gainesville, TX; and son, Bob LeCour and wife, Kathy of Houston, TX; daughter, Rhonda Lindner and husband, Terry, of Houston, TX; and daughter Becky Carroll and husband, Shane of Chesapeake, VA. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great children.

Services will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX on Friday, August 2, 2013.
Visitation will be held at 11:30 AM in the Chapel and a celebration of Audrey's life will begin at 12:30 PM and will be officiated by Reverand Ed Seay. A graveside service will be held immediately following the chapel service at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Methodist Hospital-Willowbrook and to Vitas Memorial Herman Memorial City Hospice Care.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that remembrances and sympathies be given in the form of a contribution to a charity of your choice

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Alice Frances (Ryan) Reed
Jan 4, 1922 - Feb 26, 2011

Alice was born in Frost, TX to her parents Hugh Buchanan Ryan and Mabel Ryan. Alice was one of six children and her sister Allie May survives her. She was preceded in death by her siblings Hubert, Roy Albert, Thomas Gilmer, and Mattie Ethel. She met her husband Hugh Reed in 1941 and were married on May 16, 1942 in Denver, Colorado. During the War while Hugh served in the Middle East and Africa, Alice raised their baby boy, Jerry Reed, who was born November 2, 1943 in Bakersfield, CA. After the War, they settled in Bakersfield, CA and their daughter Janet Reed was born on Dec. 1947. Jill Reed and Jeff Reed, were born in Bakersfield in 1955 and 1957, respectively. She helped to raise Stanley Pierria in the late 1950s and early 1960s and mentored Jim Lehtinen in the 1970s and 1980s. Alice was a very devoted mother, grandmother and Christian. Hugh and Alice were charter members of Fruitvale Community Church (now known as Riverlakes Community Church) and involved in the church for over 60 years. Alice taught 3rd grade Sunday school for 20 years. She will be known as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She tirelessly worked with her husband to build a successful family farm, equipment business, and real-estate business. They worked to support many Christian causes. Alice will be greatly missed as our family matron. Alice is survived by her children Jerry, Janet, Jill and Jeff and her grand children Darren Reed, Hal Reed, Corky Pigeon, Heather Reed (went home to the Lord), Jonathan Hamlin, Lindsey Warnock (Reed), Jimmy Hamlin, Julia Reed, Ryan Reed and her great grand children Kristy, Jacob, Colby, Ryan, Grant, Kambria, Taylor, and Mason. Many others played an important role in her life such as her nephew Ricky Ryan; brother-in-law Bob Brockett; sister-in-laws Kay, Jessie, and Mildred; son-in-law C.T. Hamlin; daughter-in-laws Carol and Pam; Danny Hamlin; Claudia Basham; Tracie Reed; Bobbie Pigeon; Dena Reed; Julie Barron; Jon Strother; Mike Hamlin; many nieces and nephews; and her loving care givers Melba, Teresa, Vickie, Wanda, and Paula. Services will be on Wednesday, March 2nd, at Hillcrest Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canon Road, at 2:00p.m. A viewing will be at Hillcrest Mortuary on Tuesday, March 1st, from 4:00 to 8:00p.m.

George Lee Dyess
Apr 30, 1898 - May 30, 1957

George L. Dyess Services Sunday

George L. Dyess, 59, former resident of Bazette, died in Memorial hospital Friday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel at Kerens with burial in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, 1515 West Ninth avenue, Corsicana; five sons, Bill and Dan Dyess, both of Freeport; Clark, Joe and Donell Dyess, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Eloise Hanzell, Tyler; a brother, Dan Dyess, Austin, and other relatives.

Sons and son-in-law will be pallbearers.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 4, 1957
  • h/o Ila Elizabeth (Moore) Dyess married Dec. 23, 1920; s/o Abraham “Abe” Dyess & Cynthia Ann (Musgrove) Dyess
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Raymond LeRoy Dyess
Mar 24, 1928 - Aug 4, 1943

3 Drowned While Swimming Trinity River Wednesday

KERENS, Aug. 5—(Spl.)—LeRoy Dyess, age 14; Clora Dyess, age 16 years, children of Mr. and Mrs. George Dyess of the Bazett community and Miss Ethel Honzel, Overton, were drowned Wednesday afternoon while swimming in Trinity river while on a family picnic at Horseshoe Bend, about 12 miles north of Kerens.

The bodies of LeRoy Dyess and Miss Honzel were recovered Wednesday afternoon, but the body of Clora was not recovered until 1 o’clock Thursday morning.

The bodies of the Dyess children are at the Stockton Funeral Home and funeral arrangements are pending word from a brother who is in the army, stationed in California. The body of Miss Honzel has been sent to Overton and funeral arrangements are not known.

LeRoy is reported to have saved the life of a married sister, Mrs. Eloise Honzel, Bazette, but lost his life when he returned to assist Clora and Miss Honzel who were said to have been caught in a strong current.

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Clora Elizabeth Dyess
Mar 25, 1930 - Aug 4, 1943

3 Drowned While Swimming Trinity River Wednesday

KERENS, Aug. 5—(Spl.)—LeRoy Dyess, age 14; Clora Dyess, age 16 years, children of Mr. and Mrs. George Dyess of the Bazett community and Miss Ethel Honzel, Overton, were drowned Wednesday afternoon while swimming in Trinity river while on a family picnic at Horseshoe Bend, about 12 miles north of Kerens.

The bodies of LeRoy Dyess and Miss Honzel were recovered Wednesday afternoon, but the body of Clora was not recovered until 1 o’clock Thursday morning.

The bodies of the Dyess children are at the Stockton Funeral Home and funeral arrangements are pending word from a brother who is in the army, stationed in California. The body of Miss Honzel has been sent to Overton and funeral arrangements are not known.

LeRoy is reported to have saved the life of a married sister, Mrs. Eloise Honzel, Bazette, but lost his life when he returned to assist Clora and Miss Honzel who were said to have been caught in a strong current.

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Henry Clay Sherrill
Aug 17, 1892 - Jun 6, 1951

Kerens Resident Funeral Friday

Henry Clay Sherrill, 59, a life-long resident of Kerens, died Wednesday night in St. Paul’s Hospital, Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Inmon Funeral Home, Kerens. Burial will be in Prairie Point cemetery.

Survivors include; Four sons, Merrill Sherrill, Port St. Jo, Fla.; L. C. Sherrill, Big Rapies, Mich.; Edward Sherrill, Murchison; Wesley Sherrill, Kerens; four daughters, Mrs. Gilbert Sanders, Corsicana; Mrs. Mrs. Jesse Hagler, Crane; Mrs. R. M. Thomas, Pala Alto, Calif., Mrs. Ernest Davis, Dallas; two brothers, Fate Sherrill, Athens, Calvin Sherrill, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. Rosco McConnico, Kerens, and five grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, June 7, 1951
  • 1st wife Lillie Bell (Merrell) Sherrill 2nd wife Nora Lee (Parker) Sherrill s/o Claude Sherrill and Fanny (Chitwood) Sherrill
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lee Gurley
Jun 27, 1881 - Jun 7, 1951

Gurley Rites Are Held Thursday

Funeral services for Lee Gurley, 70, who died at his home here Tuesday afternoon, were held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Prairie Point cemetery where interment was made. The services were conducted by Rev. Millard Box, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. Geneva Madden and Mrs. Evelyn Brown both of Corsicana; Mrs. Faye Bamburg and Mrs. Ila Ells, both of Purdon; Mrs. Opal Lee Price, Dallas, and Mrs. Elsie Parker, Houston, and 11 grandchildren.

Corley directed.

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Minnie Myrtle (Stevenson) Westbrook
Feb 27, 1896 - Jan 27, 1974

Mrs. Westbrook

KERENS –Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens for Mrs. Mattie Westbrook, 77, of Kerens, who died Sunday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Olin Boles, First Baptist church pastor, and Cato Sherrer, Church of Christ minister, will officiate, with burial to follow at Prairie Point cemetery.

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Carlils of Tipton, Okla.; a dauthter-in-law, Mrs. Grant Westbrook of Itasca; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Ruby Mae (Trice) Gurley
Sep 28, 1895 - Oct 28, 1973

Mrs. Gurley

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Ruby Gurley, 78, resident of Houston, who died in Fort Worth Sunday. Burial will be at Prairie Point cemetery in Navarro County.

Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Geneva Madden and Mrs. Faye Bamburg, both of Irving, Mrs. Evelyn Harrison of Fort Worth, Mrs. Ila Ellis of Purdon, Mrs. Opal Warren of Wortham and Mrs. Elsie Parker of Houston; 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Milligan of Mexia and Mrs. Ruth Anderson of Fort Worth; a brother, Calvin Trice of Kemp; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Mrs. Gurley

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at a local funeral home for Mrs. Ruby Gurley, 78, Houston, who died Sunday in Fort Worth. The Rev. B. W. Johnson officiated. Burial was in the Prairie Point Cemetery. Grandsons were pallbearers.

Surviving are six daughters, 26 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two sisters, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

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Lillie Bell (Merrell) Sherrill
Oct 26, 1887 - Oct 6, 1919

Died in Kerens.

Kerens, Texas, Oct. 3.—Mrs. Clay Sherrill died last night and will be buried this afternoon in the Bazette cemetery. She leaves three small children and a husband. She was the daughter of Wiley Merrell.

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Young Woman Passes Away.

Mrs. Clay Sherrill, aged twenty-eight years, daughter of W. L. Merrill former tax assessor of this county, died at the family home in the Buffalo community last night, and the remains were interred in the Prairie Point cemetery this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her husband and four children, the youngest an infant only three hours old at the time of her death. The family have many friends here and over the county who will sympathize with them in this unspeakably sad death.

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Died Near Kerens.

Death paid our community another visit on Monday, October 6th, and called to the Great Beyond Mrs. Clay Sherrill, who resided three miles southeast of this city.

Monday morning a baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sherrill, and apparently both mother and little one were doing nicely, but it was not meant that she should remain here, but was called to that world unknown, where parting shall be no more. Monday afternoon Mrs. Sherrill grew worse and though every effort known to medical skill was done, she passed away.

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Julia E. (Parker) Ward-Graves
Aug 25, 1895 - Jun 6, 1940

MRS. H. H. GRAVES DIED EARLY FRIDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Funeral services for Mrs. H. H. Graves, age 45 years, who died at the P. and S. Hospital early Friday morning will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Kerens. Interment will be in the Prairie Point Cemetery near Kerens.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; eight children, Dale Ward, Chester Ward, William Ward, Julia Mae Ward, Opal Fae Ward, Mabel Graves, Hardy C. Graves and Mollie Bell Graves, all of Corsicana; her father, Les Parker of Bazette and two brothers.

The Stockton Funeral Home of Kerens has charge of the arrangements.

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Thomas McCullough Braddock
Mar 17, 1891 - Sep 4, 1955

Tom Braddock Dies At Kerens

KERENS, Sept. 5.—(Spl.)—Tom Braddock, 64, retired farmer, native of Rice, died at his home here Sunday afternoon. He had spent most of his life in the Bazette and Kerens communities.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. from the Church of Christ church. Burial will be in the Prairie Point Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Cato Sherrer, Cameron, and Mr. Mullins, pastor of the local church. Sherrer is a former pastor of this church.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. Robert E. Reed, Kerens, and Mrs. John M. Townley, Kingsville; four grandchildren, Robert Reed, Jr., Diana Reed, Thomas Reed and Mackie Reed, all of Kerens.

The Masons will have charge of the graveside rites and will provide pallbearers.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Rita (Holleman) Allen
Sep 20, 1944 - May 1, 2012

Services for Rita Allen, 67, of Kemp, were held May 5, 2012, at Prairie Point Cemetery with Rev. David Kamp officiating under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.
She was born Sept. 20, 1944, to Addie Goodman and Clint Holleman and died May 1, 2012, at East Texas Medical Hospital in Athens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Annie Morgan, Leona Colvin and Betty Combs; brothers Donley, Leroy, Thomas and Jim Holleman.
Survivors include her husband, Leo R. Allen, of Kemp; sons Randy Allen and wife Carla of Tool, son Sam Allen of Tool; four grandchildren; sister Glenda Perry of Kerens.
Pallbearers were Tracy Perry, Terry Perry, Melvin Colvin, Jerald Colvin and Jamie Copeland.

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James B. Ansley, Rev.
Aug 8, 1912 - May 27, 2007

The Rev. James B. Ansley, 94, a retired chaplain of Harris Hospital, died Sunday, May 27, 2007.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. The Rev. Ansley will lie in state from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Private interment: Prairie Point Cemetery in Navarro County.

Memorials: His memory may be honored with a gift to Golden Cross, in care of the Department of Pastoral Care, Harris Hospital, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth 76104.

The Rev. Ansley was born Aug. 8, 1912, in Optimo, Okla. A graduate of Optimo High School, he earned an undergraduate degree from Friends University in Wichita, Kan., and a master's degree from the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Texas Wesleyan College awarded the Rev. Ansley an honorary doctorate in 1967.

The Rev. Ansley served as a minister in the Bazette area, Corsicana District of the Methodist Church and as a chaplain in the U.S. Army in the European and North Africa campaigns. He was a minister at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth before he began a long career as chaplain at Harris Hospital. There he was head chaplain for 25 years and named a National Chaplain of the Year in 1974. He loved "being there" for people and they loved him.

The Rev. Ansley retired in 1982. He and his beloved wife, Lorraine, moved to Cedar Creek, where he enjoyed fishing and carpentry. He could fix or repair nearly anything. He used his skills to finish out the interior of their lake house. He loved working on cars and making landscape projects with cement. When working with wood, if one nail was good, two were even better.

The Rev. Ansley was the last surviving member of a family of seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors: His wife of 64 years, Lorraine; children, Camille Ansley Thomason and her husband, John, and Frank Ansley and his wife, Suzanne; and other family members and friends whose lives he influenced and helped.

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Billy Murray Basham
Mar 4, 1922 - Mar 1997

Billy M. Basham

Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday at South Euless Baptist Church, 1000 Simmons, Euless; call 283-0412 for directions. Pastor Ron Ratliff will officiate. Graveside service: 4 p.m. in Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette.

Billy Murray Basham was born March 4, 1922, in Corsicana. He was a funeral director at Lucas Funeral Home for 25 years, manager of Ray Crowder Funeral Home for five years and for the last eight years was associate funeral director at Brown Funeral Homes in Fort Worth and Grand Prairie.

He was a member of Corsicana Lodge 174, El Texa Grotto, Fort Worth Chapter No. 58, R.A.M., Council No. 42, R.&S.M., Worth Commandry No. 19 and the Moslah Temple.

Mr. Basham was preceded in death by his son, Larry Basham, in 1977. Survivors: Daughter and son-in-law, Frankie Sue and Jimmy Farmer of Kerens; and grandson, Scott Aven of Kerens.

Brown, Owens & Brumley
425 S. Henderson St., 335-4557

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Robert Lewis Baxter
Dec 24, 1929 - Mar 26, 2008

Robert is the son of Noma Hyde Baxter and Opal Mills

March 28, 2008 Death Notices, Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Robert Lewis Baxter, 78, of San Antonio passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Odyssey Hospice Center in San Antonio. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with Lavelle Layfield officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens. 

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