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Howry Harvey Pugh
Aug 13, 1874 - Jun 11, 1943

H. H. Pugh

FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HELD SATURDAY FOR H. H. PUGH
Funeral services for H. H. Pugh, who died at his home here Friday morning, were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home. Rites were conducted by Dr. Floyd Poe and Dr. Matthew Arnold. Burial was in Hamilton cemetery.
Mr. Pugh was for many years an employee of the Magnolia Petroleum company, retiring several years ago and returning to his old home in Corsicana after many years' residence in Dallas. He was an elder for several years in the City Temple Presbyterian church in Dallas, and at the time of his death was an elder of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church here. He was also a long-time member of the Woodmen of the World lodge.
Surviving are his wife, a son, two brothers and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Christopher J. Knox, Ralph Stell, C. W. Taylor, P. H. Loggins, Albert Young, Seth Story, R. L. Harris and Sid Story.

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Winifred Jerome Fails
Dec 20, 1940 - June 14, 1943

RITES TUESDAY FOR W. JEROME FAILS; WHO DIED MONDAY
Funeral services for W. Jerome Fails, two-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Fails of Houston, who died at 10:30 Monday morning at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic will be held at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Sutherland-McCammon Chapel with interment in Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving in addition to the parents, are one sister, Caroline Elizabeth Fails, three brothers, Wayne Bobby Jean and Randall, all of Houston; two grandmothers, and one great-grandmother, all of Corsicana.

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Lura Winifred (Bates) Dickson
Dec 22, 1892 - Mar 27, 1978

Mrs. Dickson
Services were at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Roy Akers Funeral Chapel in San Antonio for Mrs. Lura WInifred Dickson, 85, formerly of Purdon, who died Monday in San Tonio.
Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Elvis Egge officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. B. K. (Mildred) Gallaspy of LaHabra, Calif. and Mrs. Dorothy Martin of San Antonio; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, her stepmother, Mrs. Cora Bates of Corsicana; one brother, W. A. Bates of McAllen and a sister, Mrs. Alva M. Spearman.

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Jessie Gilbert Clines
June 2, 1901 - Mar 29, 1978

Gilbert Clines
Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Younger Cemetery for Gilbert Clines, 76, resident of Houston, who died yesterday in Houston.
The Rev. Ron Nelms will officiate.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Younger Cemetery Association.
He is survived by one son, James A. Clines of Houston.

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Hubert Earl Redden
Nov 9, 1890 - April 5, 1978

Hubert Redden
Graveside services for Hubert Redden, who died Wednesday in Canton, Georgia, were at 2 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Eugene Wood will officiate. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.
Redden worked for Bethlehem Steel in Corsicana for 50 years before moving to Georgia.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hubert Redden of Atlanta; one son, William H. Redden of Baltimore; one daughter, Mrs. Clarice Redden Martin of Atlanta; and by five grandchildren.

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Cora Mae (Hughes) Washburn-Cherry
Aug 10, 1888 - Jun 28, 1979

Mrs. Cherry
KERENS - Funeral services were Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Cora Lee Cherry, 98, native of Kerens, who died Friday in Arlington.
The Rev. Van Houser officiated with burial to be in the Long Prairie Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, J. C. Cherry of Angleton, C. J. Cherry of San Antonio; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

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Cora Mae (Allen) Cherry
Aug 10, 1888 - June 28, 1979

TRINIDAD - Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad for Mrs. Cora Cherry, 90, who died early Thursday in Athens.  The Rev. C L. Bryant and Rev. James D. Bliss will officiate.

Burial will be in the Prairie Point Cemetery at Kerens under direction of Paschal Funeral Home.

She had been a resident of Trinidad for 50 years.

Surviving are four sons, W.E. Washburn of Beaumont, Colonel G. (Buddie) Cherry of Trinidad, Herbert L. Cherry of Waco and Johnny D. Cherry of Riceland, La.; two daughters, Mrs. Totsy Johnson of Dallas and Mrs. Georgi Lou Airheart of Trinidad; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Allen of Corsicana and James O. Allen of Kilgore; and two sisters, Mrs. Jinnie Coker of Dallas and Mrs Clara Mae Wells of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Jay Clayton, Paul Kiker, Bud Dulaney, Sam Craig, Larry Don Estes and James Bowden.

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  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept., Corsicana Library

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Labe Harris Golden
Dec 1, 1894 - April 7, 1978

Labe H. Golden
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel for Labe H. Golden, 82, retired Corsicana businessman who died Friday in Corsicana Nursing Home. Rabbi Ernest Joseph officiated. Burial was in the Hebrew Cemetery.
A native of Corsicana, he was a partner in Golden Brothers store for 55 years, and a veteran of World War I.
Surviving are his widow, two sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren and one brother.
Pallbearers were Jay Silverberg, Morris Evans, Gabe Goldberg, Beril Susman, Dave Romanik and Dean Milkes.
Honorary pallbearers include Max Wolens, Louis Wolens, Dr. James Witten, Frank Felz and Dr. Bernard Rosen.

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Marvin Vincent Hagle
Aug 10, 1901 - April 8, 1978

Marvin V. Hagle
DAWSON - Funeral services were Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church here for Marvin Vincent Hagle, 76, resident of Dawson, who died Saturday in a Duncanville hospital.
the Rev. W. O. Estes and Rev. Haldor Duncan officiated with burial in the Dawson Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife Jeffie Hagle of Dawson; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Abbott of Duncanville; two grandsons; two sisters, Mrs. Vera Cox of Waco, and Mrs. Mable Perser of Fort Worth; two brothers, Floyd Hagle of Dawson and Doyle Hagle of Waco.
Eubanks Funeral Home in Hubbard was in charge of arrangements.

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Otto Paul Northern 
July 16, 1890 - Feb 15, 1964

Otto Northern Dies Saturday

Otto Northern, 72, retired Brandon farmer, former Emmett resident, died in a Hillsboro hospital Saturday night.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Brandon Methodist church with Rev. Leon Baze, pastor, in charge. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Northern was born at Irene and was reared at Emmett. The family moved to Brandon 14 years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Irene; five sons, Erselle and Allen Northern, both of Waco; Laverene Northern, Irene; Roy Dean Northern, Cincinnati, Ohio, and R. C. Northern, Tulsa, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. Georgia Carroll, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mrs. Mary Frances Schrader, Avalon; a brother, Dewey Northern, Frost; two sisters, Mrs. Mable Durham, Waco, and Mrs. Mary Fuller, Tulco; 25 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were grandsons.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Willard Lee “Dude” Norton
Jun 17, 1891 - Nov 17, 1969

W. L. Norton Services Set

W. L. (Dude) Norton, 78, retired deputy sheriff, died Monday at Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Silver City, but had lived most of his life in Corsicana. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Norton of Corsicana; four sons, J. B. of Midland, Stancil of Baytown, Charles of Wharton, and J. D. Bray of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Fay Poe of Milltown, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. F. W. Emskamp of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Cora Rayburn of Port Isabel.

Pallbearers will be Howe French, Rufus Pevehouse, Tommy Burkholder, Derrell Adams, Andrew Trull, Roy Reed, Harold Pitts and W. G. Morris.

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Norton Services

Services for W. l. (Dude) Norton, 78, retired deputy sheriff, were held Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home. Interment was in Dresden cemetery.

The Rev. Gerald Williamson officiated, assisted by J. Lethal Roberts.

Surviving are his wife, four sons, a daughter, 13 grandchildren, and two sisters.

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Curtis Kave Odom
Nov 10, 1901 - Mar 30, 1971

Odom Rites

Curtis Odom, 69, retired Corsicana electrician and native of Powell died early Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The Rev. J. L. Glaze will officiate.

He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Atkinson of Orange; three brothers, Raymond Odom of Corsicana; Archie Odom of Sealey and James Odom of Irvin; two sisters, Mrs. C. D. Jackson of Tyler and Mrs. Louise Oliver of Hawkins.

Pallbearers will be Fred Nutt, Freddie Smith, Leo Price, Clyde Boldin, Jimmie Lorimer and Stokes Armstrong.

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Herman Howard Owen
Jun 6, 1906 - Apr 16, 1970

Herman Owen Dies Thursday

Herman Owen, 63, Barry farmer and native of Louisiana died Thursday night. He was a veteran of World War 11 and a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

He is survived by three sons, Wayne Owen, Corsicana; Derwood Owen, California, and Ronny Owen, Nacogdoches; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Opal Ragan, Barry, and Mrs. Vivian Brown, Dallas; and three brothers, Eloy Owen, Barry; Glenroy Owen, Wilmer, and James L. Owen, Houston.

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Ola Dee (Fullerton) Page
Jan 12, 1870 - Mar 22, 1963

Mrs. Ola Page Rites Sunday

Mrs. Ola Page, 93, native of Dawson but resident of Blooming Grove for 70 years, died in Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the First Christian church at Blooming Grove Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack W. Coots, pastor of the church.

Mrs. Page was the widow of the late R. J. Page, long-time Blooming Grove merchant and cotton buyer.

Surviving are two sons, Gordon and Harold Page, both of Blooming Grove; five grandchildren, James Page, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Ola Beth Roberts and Mrs. Geneva McDonald, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Elsie Bell, McAllen, and Mrs. Melba Jean Winfield, Dallas; 11 grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be C. L. Gillen, Nolan Brown, C. C. Lusk, H. S. Whorton, R. Bruce McCormick and C. L. Saunders.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Kinsler Allen Davis
June 14, 2010 - May 8, 2013

Kinsler Allen Davis, 2, of Corsicana, passed away May 8, 2013.

He was born June 14, 2010, to Chris Davis and Serena Barham.

He was a little boy full of energy. He loved to dance and sing, his favorite song was “Gingham Style.” He liked balloons, bubbles, camping and going through the car wash. His favorite thing was when he would get a new toy truck and taking the tires off.

He is survived by his parents, Chris Davis and Kim Eickholt, and Serena Barham and David Mahoney; step brother, Lane Mahoney; grandparents, Steve and Stephanie Smith and the late Johnny Davis, Raymond and Lorena Cole, and Charlie Barham; great grandparents, Mary Frances Kormos and the late Louis Kormos, Don and LaJuan Smith, Henry and Charlene Owen, and Helen and Tommy Moore; uncles and aunts, Chad Davis and Kari Baker, Shae and Adrienne Smith, Justin and Misty Martin, Luke and Brandi Green, Chuck Latham, Wesley and Michelle Durman, Kati Hogan, and Tiffany Cole; cousins, Merissa Davis “Watu”, Josh McKinley, Shyanne Smith, Hunter Smith, Cayman Smith, Kaeleb Eastman, Lynzee Scruggs, Bailey Scruggs, Shane Bailey, Josh Bailey, Mikey Cole, Hunter Martin, Brayde Martin, Justin Durmon, and Willow Durmon.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chad Davis, Shae Smith, Justin Martin, Luke Green.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kinsler Davis Fund at Community National Bank and Trust, 321 N. 15th St. Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana — A small boy who shot himself in the head with a handgun Wednesday night has died.
The Dallas Medical Examineers office notified Corsicana Police of the death late Wednesday night. Tthe Dallas Medical Examiner's office has identified the child as Kinsler Allen Davis.
Police were called to a home in the 300 block of North 30th Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, after the child's father called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers that his child had shot himself in the head.
Bratton said physical evidence in the case indicates the shooting was accidental when the child found a handgun inside a bedroom and then discharged it, striking himself in the head. Bratton said the child's father was reported to have been in another room of the hosue, and no one else was home at the time of the shooting.
The child, just shy of his 3rd birthday, was taken to Navarro Regional Hospital by Corsicana EMS personnel, then was transported by air ambulance to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.
Bratton said detectives are still investigating the incident, and will present their findings to the Navarro County District Attorney.
We'll publish more on this story later in the day on Thursday, and in the Friday print edition of the Daily Sun.

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James Jalal Tatum
July 16, 1977 - Oct 23, 2013

James Tatum, 36, of Frost, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Frost Baptist Church. Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Frost Cemetery with Bro. Jason Wilder officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Tatum, 36 of Frost, passed away October 23, 2013. He was born July 16, 1977 in Jibla, Yemen to Wilson and Cheryl Tatum.
He is survived by his parents, Wilson and Cheryl Tatum, brother Russell Tatum and grandparents Dr. and Mrs. Scott Tatum.
Visitation will be 4-6pm Friday at Frost Baptist Church. Graveside service will be 3pm Saturday, October 26th at Frost Cemetery with Bro. Jason Wilder officiating.


Carlisle Frank Tillman
Feb 25, 1879 - Jan 29, 1955

Blooming Grove
BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 4—(Spl)—Mr. and Mrs. Ed Melton, Mmes. C. L. Tillman, Edgar Spikes and Mrs. Arthur Fagala, were in Dresden Monday afternoon to attend the funeral of Frank Tillman who passed away with a heart attack while working on his farm near Athens Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Tillman will be remembered as the former Miss Vera Cox who was reared in the Blooming Grove community.

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Fannie Virginia (Moore) McFarland
Dec 9, 1897 - May 6, 1956

Mrs. McFarland Services Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. B. T. McFarland, 58, who died at her home at Trinidad Sunday, were held from the First Baptist Church in Athens Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, four sons, Woodrow and Ellett McFarland, both of Palestine; Huell McFarland, Dallas, and Kenneth McFarland, Karnack; five daughters, Mrs. Lois O’Neil, Springhill, Ark.; Mrs. Mabel Frazier, Eustace; Mrs. Oleta Walters and Mrs. Letha Harrison, both of Dallas, and Miss Gwindolen McFarland, Trinidad; a brother, N. T. Moore, Seadrift; two sisters, Mrs. Olga Riggs, Corsicana, and Mrs. Valta Marshall, Arlington, and 13 grandchildren.

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Lamartine McMillan
Mar 11, 1875 - Sep 30, 1962

L. McMillan Expires Sunday

L. McMillan, 87, retired car dealer, 617 South Fifteenth street, died in Memorial hospital Sunday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Griffin Chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m. with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.
[Dresden Cemetery]

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

Native of Cotton Gin, Freestone county, he had been a longtime Corsicana resident.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Ira and Jerry McMillan, both of Irving, and Woodrow McMillan, Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Valley Lou Johnson, Alpine; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Grover Melton, Ben Melton, Sam Melton, Norman Brister, Loyd Morton and J. D. Melton.

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Henry Ray Nicholson
Mar 3, 1920 - Jan 10, 1974

H. Nicholson

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Barry Methodist Church in Barry for Henry Ray Nicholson, 53, who died at home Thursday night. Rev. Robert Lindsey, Trinity Methodist Church pastor of Waco, will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden Cemetery. Arrangements are with Bradley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

He was a member of the Blooming Grove Lions Club and the Navarro County School Board.

Survivors include his widow of Blooming Grove; two sons, Jimmy Nicholson of Barry and Dan Nicholson of Blooming Grove; his mother, Mrs. Lucille Nicholson of Barry; a brother, Clyde Nicholson of Barry; a sister, Mrs. C. W. Johnston of Bonham, Tex.; a grandson and two granddaughters.

Pallbearers include Loyd Gillen, Ralph Page, E. L. Boyd, D. W. Springer, James E. Watson, Roger Johnston, Dr. Ray Carroll and J. Forest Green.

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Alfred L. Dickson
abt 1945 - May 31, 2013

Alfred L. Dickson, 68, of Hubbard, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013 at The Manor Healthcare in Mexia. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Christian Lighthouse Church with Pastor Edmond Sellers Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery in Dawson. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Alfred L. Dickson, 68, of Hubbard, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013 at The Manor Healthcare in Mexia. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Christian Lighthouse Church with Pastor Edmond Sellers Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery in Dawson. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Chad Michael Westover
Sep 8, 1974 - Feb 4, 2013

Chad Michael Westover, 38, of Streetman passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Birdston Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

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Ola Beth (Page) Roberts
Nov 11, 1922 - Nov 26, 2013

Mrs. Beth Roberts, 91, of Corsicana passed away peacefully with her loving caregivers at her side on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born Nov. 11, 1922 in Silver City, to Robert John Page Sr. and Mary Emma Farmer Page.

Beth attended Hill College for two years before moving to Washington D.C. to work in the ordinance department where she developed her love of travel. Upon the death of her brother, Robert John Page Jr., she returned to Corsicana where she met and married Fred Theo Roberts on April 24, 1948. She worked as an executive secretary for various businesses and banks before she joined her business partner, best friend and sister, Gene McDonald in the McDonald–Roberts Real Estate business. Beth always had flowers blooming in her garden year round and she made it her mission to take flowers to people in the hospitals, nursing homes or people who just needed a little joy in their life. She had a full and wonderful life filled with her successful real estate business and worldwide travels with her family. She loved her family dearly and was an active member in the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert John Page Jr.; and sister, Gene Page McDonald.

Beth is survived by her children, Karen Beal and husband Spencer of Midland; son, Alan Roberts and wife Bickie of Mabank; and son, John Roberts and wife Antoinette of Dallas; grandchildren, Spence Beal and wife Alyssa, Rebecca McClure and husband Christopher, Kimberly Beal and fiancé’ Meyers Fryback, Jeffrey Alan Roberts and wife Cassandra, Page Maughan and husband Zach, Lauren Shafer and husband Luke, David Roberts and wife Kally, Jane Roberts and Rosalynn Ly. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Ashley Beal, Autumn Roberts, Chisos Roberts, Felix Roberts, Theo Roberts, Madeline Roberts and Layden Shafer. Beth is also survived by Ron and Becky Farmer, who Beth referred to as her “own children.”

The family wishes to recognize Mrs. Roberts’ caregivers, Shameki Robinson, Bobbie Walker, Annette Bartee, and Pat Watkins for all the love and kindness they showed to Beth in her final years, and Geri Owen for her help as Beth’s personal assistant over the years. These ladies were a true Godsend to the Roberts family.

Graveside services were held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Dresden Cemetery in Dresden.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana with Rev. Eston Williams officiating. A reception followed the service will be held in the Jackson Parlor at First United Methodist.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to FUMC Stained Glass Window Fund at 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Evelyn Elisabeth (Boyd) Gorden
Aug 19, 1932 - Aug 20, 2013

Evelyn Elisabeth Gorden, 81, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Elisabeth Gorden, 81, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday evening, August 20, 2013 at Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village. Visitation with the family will be Friday evening from 7 - 9pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11am in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.
She attended Navarro Mills Baptist Church. She also retired in 1994 after 25 years at Blooming Grove I.S.D.

She is survived by her children, Steve and Barbara Hughes, Jackie and Patricia Sterling and Vickie and Gary Grounds; sisters, Betty and husband N.L. Dye and JoAnn Bratzel; brother, Bud Boyd; sister-in-laws, Peggy Kendrick, Patsy Gorden, Ethel Boyd; brother-in-laws, Tommy and wife Patsy Gorden and Donald and wife Glenda Gorden; 13 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

She is preceded in death by her husband, J. H. Gorden; parents, Lee and Zelmer Boyd; daughter, Kim Manthey; son-in-law, Charles Manthey; twin sisters, Patsy and Betsy Boyd; brothers, Johnny Boyd and Hammy Boyd; in laws, Bob and Ann Gorden and Calvin and Sue Melton.


James Earl Hatley
abt 1922 - June 27, 1979

James Hatley
Services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of White Settlement, Fort Worth, for James Earl "Jim" Hatley, 57, resident of Fort Worth and formerly of Corsicana, who died at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in Fort Worth.
Arrangements were with Greenwood Funeral Home in Forth Worth.
Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Orlena Hatley of Forth Worth; two sons, David Hatley and Michael Hatley, both of Forth Worth; two daughters, Miss Patsy Hatley and Miss Kim Hatley, both of Fort Worth; his mother, Mrs. V. B. Hatley of Forth Worth; a brother, B. V. Hatley, Jr. of Forth Worth; and a sister, Helen, (last name and address unknown).
He was a native of Navarro County, a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Baptist church.
He had been a resident of Fort Worth since 1947.

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Cora (Compton) Bates
Feb 27, 1892 - Jun 24, 1979

Mrs. Cora Bates
Services were at 4 p.m. Monday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Cora Bates, 87, who died Sunday at Twilight Nursing Home. The Rev. Calvin Francis officiated with burial following at the Dresden Cemetery.
A resident of Corsicana for 34 years, she was a member of both the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs.
Surviving are a son, W. A. Bates of McAllen, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Alva Spearman of San Antonio.
Pallbearers included C. D. Putman, Bates Davis, James Compton, Stan Summerall, Buell McDowell and Doyle Magness.

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Ella Reed
Aug 17, 1879 - May 15, 1962

Miss Ella Reed Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Miss Ella Reed, 80, of Barry, who died Tuesday in Memorial hospital, were held Thursday morning at the Barry Baptist church.

Rites were conducted by the pastor, the Rev. Bob Larner, assisted by the Rev. Donald Holt, Methodist minister. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers. Services were directed by Corley Funeral Home.

Miss Reed was a native of Red Clay, Ala., but had resided 67 years in Barry.

Surviving are three brothers, H. L. Reed and J. S. Reed, both of Barry, and J. A. Reed of Dallas.

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Miss Ella Reed Dies Tuesday

Miss Ella Reed, 80, native of Red Clay, Ala., Barry resident 67 years, died in Memorial hospital Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held from the Barry Baptist church Thursday at 9:30 a.m. with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Bob Larner, pastor, assisted by Rev. Donald Holt, Methodist pastor.

Surviving are three brothers, H. L. and J. S. Reed, both of Barry, and J. A. Reed, Dallas, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.
Corley directs.

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Henry Lilburn "Lib" Reed
Nov 30, 1881 - May 27, 1976

H. L. Reed

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for H. L. (Lib) Reed, 94, resident of Barry, who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Terry Land and Rev. Ken Branam will officiate, with burial following at Dresden Cemetery.

He was a native of Georgia, lived in Barry since 1895, was a retired farmer, served over 50 years as choir director and deacon of the Barry Baptist Church, was a longtime school at Barry, and a Mason for over 50 years.

Survivors include his widow of Barry, three sons, Chick Reed of Corsicana, Lowell Reed and Leone Reed both of Barry; a daughter, Mrs. Marshall Massengale, of Barry; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers, Fred Reed of Barry and Arthur Reed of Richardson. Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the Barry Baptist Church, N. J. Livingston, Carroll Boswell, L. O. McGraw, and John F. Reed.

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Ada Pearl Powell
May 8, 1893 - Oct 27, 1956

Miss Powell Dies Here Saturday

Miss Pearl Powell, 63, died at 1246 West Second avenue Saturday following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Wm. O. Ramsey, pastor of the Barry and Emhouse Methodist churches, and Rev. Claude Jacks.

Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Varnell, Corsicana; Mrs. Clarice Arp, Monterrey, Calif.; Mrs. Irene Reed and Mrs. Ruth Bolin, both of Dallas; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Edgar Lee Putman
Jan 17, 1894 - Apr 16, 1962

Hold Services For E. L. Putman

Funeral services for Edgar Lee Putman were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church in Dawson with the pastor, Rev. R. V. Lindsey, and Rev. Paul W. Wiseman, pastor, Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, officiating. Interment was in Dresden Cemetery with Masons in charge.

A native of Navarro county and life-long Purdon resident, Putman, 68, died Monday in Memorial hospital after a short illness.

He was a farmer-stockman who had resided all his adult life at Purdon. Putman was a Methodist and a Mason.

Survivors, other than his widow of Purdon, are two sons, Wendell Putman, Stamford, and Clark Putman, Purdon; three daughters, Mrs. Oleta Drain, Corsicana; Mrs. Imogene Goodman, Stamford, and Mrs. Margaret McCullough, Lubbock; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers, Artie Putman, Corsicana; Rufus Putman, Blooming Grove; Alvis Putman, Purdon; Cecil Putman, Frost; and Clarence Putman, Purdon; one sister, Mrs. Lois Key, Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Y. M. John, Chester and Lester Lee Putman, Don Cunningham and McAfee Daniel.

McCammon directed.

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Eunice (Compton) Putman
May 29, 1912 - Apr 29, 1935

Purdon

PURDON, May 2.—(Spl.)—This community was shocked on Monday when word reached here that Mrs. Eunice Putman died at a hospital in Waco.

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Alliance Hall

ALLIANCE HALL. May 9—(Spl.)—Several from this community attended the funeral of Mrs. C. D. Putman at Dresden Tuesday afternoon.

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Bessie Jane (Johnson) Ragsdale
Oct 21, 1895 - Nov 4, 1974

W. D. Ragsdale, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. W. D. Ragsdale Sr., 79, resident of Barry, who died Monday in Mel-Haven Convalescent Home. Rev. James Sigler will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden Cemetery. She was a native of Tennessee and resident of Barry the past 52 years.

Survivors include her husband, W. D. Ragsdale of Corsicana; two sons, W. D. Ragsdale Jr. of Corsicana and James D. Ragsdale of Fort Worth; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three brothers, Cecil Johnson, of Groesbeck, Doyle Johnson of Dallas, and Will Johnson of Waco; and a sister, Miss Beulah Ragsdale of Dallas.

Pallbearers include Roy Ragsdale, Roy Ragsdale, Jr., Tommy Ragsdale, Ronnie Ragsdale, Douglas Ragsdale, and David Ragsdale.

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Milton Edward Ragsdale
Dec 31, 1880 - Apr 1, 1964

M. E. Ragsdale Dies Wednesday

Milton E. Ragsdale, 83, retired Barry carpenter, died in Paulyne’s Convalescent Home Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Frank Williams, pastor of the Frost Methodist church.

Native of Smith county, he had resided at Barry more than 70 years.

Surviving are his wife of Barry; a son, Roy E. Ragsdale, Lancaster; two daughters, Mrs. Willie Mae Mason, Frost, and Mrs. Jewel Watson, Barry; three grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth Roushey, Lancaster; Roy Ragsdale, Jr., Corsicana, and Miss Linda Watson, Barry; six great-grandchildren, a brother, W. B. Ragsdale, Barry; a sister, Mrs. Brownie Bingham, Fort Worth, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Leone Reed, Glenn Bell, George Mitchell, James E. Watson, Roger Johnston, Roy Massengale, Lowell Reed, John Braly and Marshall Massengale.

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Dennis Darrel Smith
Feb 1, 1949 - Mar 14, 1999
Pvt US ARMY VIETNAM

Darrel Smith, 50, who had been clinging to his life after suffering severe injuries in the tragedy on Highway 22, March 3, was buried on March 17 after loosing his fight with death on March 14, at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. Burial was in Milford Cemetery but Darrel resided in Blooming Grove with his wife, Patsy Scales Smith.

Darrel was driving east on Hwy 22, transporting two passengers, Santos Espinosa and Espinosa's daughter, Sally Harding, both of Barry, when he noted car rouble after going over a hill in the road. He pulled well off the Hwy, stopped his '82 Mercury on the shoulder of the road and was looking under the hood of the car when like an eye's blink, an east-bound '94 Mazda topped the hill, speeding down the shoulder of the highway and crashed into the rear of Darrel's car, leaving the two passengers dead at the scene and Darrel mortally wounded, Navarro Co. Sheriff Office reports reveal.

Driving the Mazda was Daniel King, 27, of Corsicana who escaped serious injuries. Two cars, one eastbound and one westbound had the highway blocked for passing in front of King's car. He couldn't see Darrel's car until he topped the hill...then it was too late.

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  • The Blooming News - Friday, April 3, 1999
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Vietnam Veteran
  • Burial: Milford Cemetery, Milford, Ellis Co. TX

Richard Allan Rogers
Aug 21, 1941 - Jan 2, 2014

Richard Allan Rogers, 72, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 2,
2014 with his family by his side at Ennis Regional Medical Center.

Richard was born Aug. 21, 1941 in Dallas to A.J. and Thelma Rogers.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Rogers, and his three children, William A. Rogers of Carrolton, Jacquelyn L. Rogers and her fiancé Earl L. Cunningham of Corsicana and Penelope J. Rogers of Corsicana; grandchildren, Hannah Rogers, Andrea Rogers, Matthew Smith, Brandon Cunningham, Daniel Smith, Chance Rogers, Melody Rogers and Wilson Rogers; sisters, Virginia M. Rogers of Dallas and Judith Alayne Brandford of Tulsa, Okla.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

No services are scheduled.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Mildred Norene (Seavers) Scott
Sept 28, 1921 - Dec 28, 2013

Mildred Norene Scott passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. She was born Sept. 28, 1921 to Francis Elizabeth and James Milton Seavers in Greenfield, Tenn.

She is survived by her daughter Sandra Elizabeth (Scott) Lane, and sons Barry Scott and Steven Michael Scott; grandchildren, Mike Lane of Jacksonville, Fla., Debbie (Lane) Carter of Corsicana, Tandi (Lane) Muncy of Corsicana, Toni (Lane) Wardell of Palestine, and Jana (Lane) Garcia of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 19 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Grace Community Church in Corsicana on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

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James Robert "Boo Boo" Moreau
Sept 10, 1967 - Jan 1, 2014

James Robert “Boo Boo” Moreau of Corsicana died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
He was born Sept. 10, 1967 to Edith Mae (Mintz) and Hyrum Hardwell Moreau.

He was preceded in death by his father, brother Loyd Moreau, sisters-in-law Shirley Moreau and Judy Moreau, and nephew Randy Moreau.

He is survived by his mother; brothers, Johny Moreau of Alabama, Larry Moreau, and Donald Moreau and wife Sue of Corsicana; sisters, Margie Tompkins and husband Rodney of Willis, Brenda McCollum and husband John of Corsicana; nephews, Tony Moreau and wife Jennifer, Jonathan McCollum; nieces, Krystal Hogue, Danielle Nagle, Rachel Seaton, Teresa Brown; and his great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home.

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Travis John Cogburn
Jan 17, 1919 - Dec 30, 2013

Travis John Cogburn, 94, of Purdon passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 in Corsicana. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Bellmead Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
2, 2014 at the funeral home.

Mr. Cogburn was born Jan. 17, 1919 in DeLeon, Texas to Alvin Ernest and Ila Mae (Bockman) Cogburn. He was a retired dispatcher for Texas Power and Light.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Cogburn of Purdon; daughters, Charlotte Callaway of Corsicana and Sharan Mandel of Purdon; sisters, Faye Broseh of Lewisville and Helen Willhoite of Austin; grandchildren, Jamie Veselka and husband, Danny, Julie Kawamura and husband, Tom, Richie Price and wife, Michele, Kathy Smith and husband, Eddie, Pat Pullin and husband, Tim, Greg Price and James Coslett; and 13 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Richie Price, Greg Price, Tim Pullin, Danny Veselka, Julie Kawamura, Roger Cogburn, Mack Broseh and Willie Holland. Honorary pallbearer will be Rusty Price.
www.bellmeadfuneralhome.com.

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James Thaddeus “Thad” Reese
June 22, 1858 - June 9, 1927

BARRY

Special to the Sun.
Barry, Texas, June 16.—Thad Reese of Bryan was buried at Dresden Cemetery Friday afternoon at 6 o’clock. Quite a crowd of friends and relatives attended the funeral as Mr. Reese was a former resident of this community and still has a host of friends here who join with the relatives in mourning his loss.

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Sarah Ann (Eves) Crawford
Mar 22, 1889 - Aug 5, 1944

MRS. R. S. CRAWFORD WHO DIED IN DALLAS IS BURIED AT RICE

Funeral services for Mrs. R. S. Crawford, Rice, age 55 years, who died in Dallas Saturday afternoon were held from the Baptist church in Rice Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Interment was in the Rice cemetery.

Her husband died on July 26.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. C. T. Offill, Dallas; Mrs. Robert Allen, Yuacipi, Calif.; Mrs. Ruby Gemoats, San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. C. B. Michaels, Yuacipi, Calif; a son, Earl Crawford, Dallas; three brothers, Albert, Eaves, Overton, Rafe Eaves, Dallas; Robert Eaves, Scurry; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Dupree, Kemp, several grandchildren, and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Raven S. Crawford
May 15, 1877 - Jul 25, 1944

R. S. CRAWFORD OF RICE DIED DALLAS; RITES ON THURSDAY

R. S. Crawford, age 67 years, of Rice, died at the Parkland Hospital in Dallas Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Baptist church at Rice with interment in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Rice; four daughters, Mrs. C. T. Offill, Dallas; Mrs. Robert Allen, Yuacipi, Cal.; Mrs. Ruby Gemoats, San Diego, Cal.; Mrs. C. B. Michaels, Yuacipi, Calif.; a son, Earl Crawford, Dallas, a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Hines, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.

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Olene (Ward) White
Dec 14, 1909 - Oct 13, 1944

MRS. OLENE WHITE DIED AT RANGER; BURIED AT RICE

Funeral services for Mrs. Olene White, 31, who died at Ranger Tuesday, were held Wednesday afternoon at 4:20 at the Rice cemetery where interment was made. Rev. Marvin Bledsoe conducted the rites.

Surviving are her husband, J. White, U. S. Army; her mother, Mrs. Maud Ward, Ranger; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hawkins, Corsicana and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Adelia Elizabeth (Gatlin) Adams
Jan 20, 1859 - May 21, 1944

SEE: Adelia Elizabeth (Gatlin) Adams-Allen


James Robert Pollan
Jul 24, 1871 - Aug 08, 1944

Rites Held At Rice Thursday Afternoon For J. R. Pollan

Funeral services for J. R. Pollan, age 73 years, who died at his home in Rice Tuesday afternoon were held from the Rice Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Revs. W. H. Day and M. C. Bledsoe conducting the rites. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, two daughters, three grandchildren, a brother and other relatives.

Sutherland – McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Alvis Preston Hughes
May 10, 1905 - May 11, 1961

Alvis Hughes Dies Thursday

Alvis Hughes, who was 56 years old Wednesday, died Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice with burial in the Rice cemetery.

A native of Collin county, he had resided in Rice for 30 years. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; five sons, Preston Hughes, Rice; Carroll Campbell, Hot Springs, Ark.; Cecil Campbell, Rice; Lester Campbell, Corsicana, and Alvis Campbell, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Edna Beavers, Gainesville and Maydell Caputo, Brooklyn, N. Y.; a grandchild, a brother, Charlie Hughes, Rice; two sisters, Miss Lola Hughes, Rice, and Mrs. Ethel Bray, Sulphur, Okla.

Corley will direct.

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Hold Services Alvis Hughes

Final rites for Alvis Hughes, 56, Rice retired farmer, who died Thursday, were held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice Saturday at 2 p.m.

The services were conducted by Rev. H. O. Abbott, pastor. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; five sons, Preston Hughes, Rice; Carroll Campbell, Hot Springs, Ark.; Cecil Campbell, Rice; Lester Campbell, Corsicana, and Alvis Campbell, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Edna Beavers, Gainesville, and Mrs. Maydell Caputo, Brooklyn, N.Y.; a grandchild; a brother, Charlie Hughes, Rice, and two sisters, Miss Lola Hughes, Rice, and Mrs. Ethel Brady, Sulphur, Okla.

Pallbearers were Leroy Hartley, Virgil Atchley, Floyd Brewer, A. E. Rawlins, J. K. Bradley and W. L. Harrison.

Corley directed.

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Larry Layne Anderson
Feb 4, 1945 - July 4, 2003

Larry Layne Anderson, 58, of Copperas Cove, passed away Friday, July 4, 2003 in his home.

Visitation will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Sheppard Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Kempner Cemetery in Kempner.

Mr. Anderson was born on Feb. 4, 1945, in Ranger. An Air Force veteran and a school administrator, he enjoyed flying, fishing and golf. He served as superintendent for Blooming Grove ISD from 2000-2002.

Mr. Anderson was a member of the Texas Association of school Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Gatesville Exchange Club, the Aircraft Owners Association and the greater Killeen Association of Life Underwriters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Robert Anderson and Mary Vernon (Ramsey) Anderson.

Survivors include wife Carolyn Anderson of Copperas Cove, daughter Dena Anderson of Austin, son Bret Anderson and wife Jodi of Kempner, son Derek Anderson and wife Alyssa of Belton, brother Wayne Anderson and wife Dottie of Horseshoe Bay, mother-in-law Quieta Kattner of Copperas Cove and two grandchildren.

A memorial fund has been set up at Vista Care Hospice, 819 South 5th St., Temple, TX, 76504.

Arrangements by Sheppard Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.

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Grady A. Finch Jr.
Mar 12, 1926 - Aug 5, 1994

QUITMAN - Services for Grady Alvin Finch Jr., 68, Navasota, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Nobles Funeral Home Chapel in Navasota with the Rev. Bill Dugger officiating.

Local services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lowe Funeral Home chapel in Quitman with the Rev. Bill Mosely officiating.

Burial will be in Concord Cemetery near Quitman.

Mr. Finch died Friday in Houston.

He was born March 12, 1926, in Grapeland. He served as a teacher and coach at Elkhart and Cedar Hill and was superintendent of schools at Blooming Grove, Emory, Lindale and Hull-Daisetta. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Navasota and a member of Grapeland Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Finch, Navasota; one daughter and son-in-law, Maryanna and Joel Culver, Big Sandy; one stepdaughter, Scotty Jo Scott, Lake Jackson; one son and daughter-in-law, Grady Alvin III and Anita Finch, Quitman; one stepson, Todd Scott, Navasota; one brother and sister-in-law, C.W. "Pete" and Joan Finch, Palestine; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Frank Clark, Dean Hill, Douglas Moore, Loyd Carey, Mitchell Coates and Bob McCasland.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost from the files of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • EM2 US NAVY WWII
  • Blooming Grove High Grad - abt 1944
  • Burial: Concord Cemetery, Quitman, Wood Co. TX

Lance Graham
May 28, 1922 - Aug 8, 1994

Lance Graham Rites Set At New Harmony

NEW HARMONY - Services for Lance Graham, 72, New Harmony, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Revs. Robbie Caldwell and Ralph Cottrell officiating.

Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery under direction of Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale.

Mr. Graham died Monday night at a Tyler hospital.

He was born May 28, 1922, in Clyde, Miss., and moved to the New Harmony area in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from University of southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and from Texas Christian University.

He was a retired school superintendent for Burkville Independent School district. S.S. Consolidated ISD in Sadler and Blooming Grove ISD. He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

Survivors include his wife, Jerene Graham, New Harmony; two sons, Larry Graham, Casper, Wyo., and Sherman Graham, Irving; two daughters, Barbara Price, Arlington, and Judy Allen, Mesquite; three sisters, Jewel Beasley and Frances Calhoun, both of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Juanice Miller, Sumrall, Miss.; and seven grandchildren.

Deacons of New Harmony Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost from the files of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Blooming Grove High Grad - abt 1944
  • Burial: New Harmony Cemetery, Tyler, Smith Co. TX

Raymond Harold Harris
Sep 8, 1917 - May 29, 1976

Services were to be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Raymond H. Harris, 58, of Corsicana who died Saturday night at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Jack Riley will officiate with burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

Harris was a native of Addington, Okla., and had lived in Corsicana since 1963. He was employed by the Mobil Pipeline Co., a member of the First Methodist Church and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Bobbie Lou Harris of Corsicana; one daughter, Miss Rita Harris of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Doris Mulkey of Beeville; one brother, Paul H. Harris of Waurika, Okla., and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were to be Harold Moore, Bob Wetsel, Lloyd Edmondson, H.J. Herring, Joshua P. Rascoe and R.B. Drennan.

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Rhoda Ernestine (French) Shepherd
or Rhoda Emmaline Dolly French

Feb 29, 1856 - Feb 6, 1948

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. SHEPHERD SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Mrs. Dollie Shepherd, life-long resident of Navarro county, who died Friday night following a several weeks’ illness were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Twilight Home, 308 West Seventh avenue, where she had resided the past two years. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Kirkland, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church of which Mrs. Shepherd was a member, while music was provided by singers from that church.

Born Feb. 29, 1856, at Raleigh, Mrs. Shepherd would have been 92 years of age the last day of this month. She resided in the Purdon community many years.

A number of nieces and nephews survive.

Pallbearers were Alfred McGraw, Autry French, Howell French, Roy Miller, Walter Pheny and J. M. Bowman.

Wolf and Dobson Funeral Home directed.

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Lillie (Clark) Stubblefield
Dec 25, 1898 - Jun 15, 1962

Dresden Woman Expires Friday

Mrs. Lillie Stubblefield, 66, was stricken with a heart attack Friday afternoon at the home of a sister, Mrs. W. P. Staggs, 2103 West Third avenue, and was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital. Native of Kosse, she had resided at Dresden most of her life.

Funeral services will be held from the Dresden Methodist church Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. George F. Bearden, pastor of the First Baptist church of Blooming Grove.

Relatives said Mrs. Stubblefield was en route to see a physician, stopped by her sister’s home and fell in the yard being discovered by a neighbor.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Staggs, Corsicana; Mrs. Alma Hollingsworth, Barry, and Mrs. O. L. White, Taylor; a brother, L. C. Clark, Corsicana; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Aline Stubblefield, Dallas, and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Larry Wayne Prater
Nov 15, 1946 - Jul 10, 1964

Two Dawson Boys Drowned Friday

Two Dawson boys were drowned in Navarro Mills reservoir Friday at 6 p.m. when they are reported to have stepped into the old Richland creek channel within a quarter of a mile of the west end of the dam. They are the first drowning victims since the lake’s spillway gates were closed March 15, last year.

They are Larry Wayne Prater 17, and Curtis Gene Slater, 19.

It was reported that the two young men were wading with three girls who sounded the alarm when the boys sank, seeking unsuccessfully to attract attention of skiers in the vicinity.

As soon as the alarm was given, the Corsicana Emergency Corps, city firemen, local ambulances, police and scores of others from Corsicana, sped to the scene of the tragedy to help the Dawson residents seek the bodies.

Prater’s body was brought out at 8 p.m. by a boat manned by Billy Draper, assistant fire marshal; Ronald Garner, J. D. Burleson and James W. Sykes, police auxiliary.

Slater’s body was brought out about 10 p.m. in a boat manned by Draper, Garner, Rex Bowers, police auxiliary, and Don Holloway, Griffin Funeral Home.

Many Volunteer
An emergency corps from Waxahachie arrived early in the evening as well as volunteers from Hubbard, Elm Mott, Coolidge, Frost, Blooming Grove, Purdon and other neighboring communities.

Wayne Allard, Dawson newspaper publisher and justice of the peace, said he was returning coroner verdicts of “death by accidental drowning.”

Rollin K. Snethen, Corsicana city manager, and Bill Onstott, police chief, headed the local contingent from the city hall.

Highway 31 was crowded with traffic as Corsicanans sped to the lake area, many going to the eastern section of the reservoir, then having to return to Highway 31, proceed to Dawson, thence to Springhill and on to the Liberty Hill recreation area en route to the site of the drownings.

Funerals Sunday
Funeral services for the victims will be held Sunday after with Eubanks Funeral Home in charge.

Slater was a 1964 graduate of Dawson High School. Prater was to be a senior in Dawson High this Fall.

Final rites for Slater will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Navarro Mills Baptist church with burial in the Dresden cemetery.


Bob Roberts, pastor of the Westside Baptist church in Corsicana, who has conducted a revival meeting at Navarro Mills this week, and Rev. Charles Kottenbrook, pastor of the Purdon Baptist church, will conduct the services.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Slater, two sisters, Margaret Jo and Cathey Slater, all of Dawson; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blake, Raleigh, and Mrs. Annie Slater, Dawson, and other relatives.

Pallbearers for both services will be Edd Burleson, W. P. Chasteen, Ronnie Chasteen, Donnie Chasteen, Davie Clark and Sammy Montgomery.

Services for Prater will be Sunday at 4 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Dawson with burial in the Dawson Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor of the church.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Prater; a sister, Jerri Ann Prater, and a brother, Thomas Bryan Prater, all of Dawson; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Tanner, Waco; a great-grandmother, Mrs. T. R. Lamb, Wortham; a great-grandfather, C. E. Tanner, Dawson, and other relatives.

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Henry Oscar Varnell
Mar 21, 1873 - Oct 3, 1946

HENRY O. VARNELL, LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF COUNTY, IS DEAD

Henry O. Varnell, 73, lifelong Texas and resident of Navarro County for approximately 70 years, died at his home near Barry at 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Funeral services were pending arrival of relatives. They will be in charge of McCormick Service, Blooming Grove; They will be held by Rev. H. B. Prather of Dallas, former pastor of the Barry Baptist Church, and burial will be at Dresden.

Varnell, farmer and land owner is survived by his wife and five children, Miss Pansy Varnell of Dallas, Mrs. A. Fisher of Wichita Falls, E. H. Varnell of Ft. Worth, J. R. Varnell of Bryan and D. D. Varnell of Casper Wyo.

Other survivors include five grandchildren, and three brothers, O. W. and R. W. Varnell of Barry and J. W. Varnell of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will include Roy Massengale, Marshall Massengale, Lowell Reed, Leon Reed, Roger Johnston and Percy, Otis and Ralph Varnell.

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Delma Rea Vest
Oct 26, 1922 - Mar 10, 1975

D. R. Vest

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Delma R. Vest, 52, resident of Emhouse, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital. Rev. Marion Martin will officiate, and burial will be at Dresden Cemetery.

He was a native of Brushie Prairie, a farmer, member of the Emhouse Baptist Church, member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM of Barry, vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corsicana Production Credit Association, served in the Air Force during World War II, and was a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lois Vest of Emhouse; three daughters, Miss Cindy Vest of Emhouse, Mrs. Janis Feather and Mrs. Nona Bailey both of Dallas; three grandchildren, his mother, Mrs. Inez Vest of Emhouse, grandmother, Mrs. Nora Grantom of Corsicana and a brother, E. O. Vest of Dallas.

Pallbearers include Marvin Henderson, Dr. M. S. Weedon, Cullen Williamson, Dan Pustejovsky, Lin Warthan, Robert A. Chrisman, C. W. Price, and Kenneth A. Douglas.

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George E. Stubblefield
Apr 19, 1887 - Apr 18, 1961

Dresden Farmer Dies Tuesday

George Stubblefield, 74, farmer, of Dresden, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday following a heart attack suffered at his home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Dresden Methodist church with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. G. P. Allen, pastor of the Second Avenue Baptist church.

Stubblefield was buried on his 74th birthday. He was born in Tennessee, April 19, 1887, and had resided at Dresden 62 years.

Surviving are his wife of Dresden; a sister, Mrs. Jim Thrower, McMinnville, Tenn., and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Nickless S. “Nick” Summers
Dec 17, 1880 - June 25, 1965

Nick Summers Dies Friday

Uncle Nick Summers, 84, retired farmer, native of Bosque county, died at the Hilliard-Bryan Home, 308 West Seventh avenue, Friday morning. He had resided in this area 80 years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. Rev. Jack Bell, Baptist minister of Wortham, will conduct the rites.

Surviving are a nephew, Travis Summers, Amarillo; five nieces, Mrs. H. L. Blackman, Corsicana; Mrs. Jack Bryant, Barry; Mrs. Pearl Gilmore, Chatfield; Mrs. Bob Collins and Mrs. L. H. Keith, both of Dallas, and other relatives.

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Hold Services Nick Summers

Funeral services for Nick Summers, 84, retired farmer, who died at the Hilliard-Bryan Home, 308 West Seventh avenue, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, Wortham Baptist minister. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Native of Bosque county, he had resided in this area 80 years.

Surviving are a nephew, Travis Summers, Amarillo; ; five nieces, Mrs. H. L. Blackman, Corsicana; Mrs. Jack Bryant, Barry; Mrs. Pearl Gilmore, Chatfield; Mrs. Bob Collins and Mrs. L. H. Keith, both of Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jim Collins, Bobby Collins, Ray Russell, Ray Lee, James Gilmore and Scott Hellums.

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Ernest Allan Sumner
Dec 13, 1877 - Feb 7, 1964

Ernest Sumner Expires Friday

Ernest Sumner, 86, retired farmer, native of Eureka, resident of Twilight Home for several years, died in Memorial Hospital Friday.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Dresden Methodist church with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews including Lee Russell, Clyde Russell, Jack Russell, Henry Sumner and Earl Brown, all of Corsicana.

Nephews will be pallbearers.
Corley will direct.

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James Henry Sumner
Feb 23, 1882 - Oct 12, 1974

J. H. Sumner

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for J. H. Sumner, 92, Rt. 3 Corsicana, who died early Saturday in Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Billy Grimes will officiate. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

A native of Navarro County, he was a member of the Woodmen of the World lodge.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Pearl Sumner of Corsicana; three sons, Ralph Sumner of Corsicana, Leon Sumner of Bryan and Jimmy Sumner of Pasadena; four daughters, Mrs. L. R. Melton of Texas City, Mrs. E. F. Swan of Arleta, Calif., Mrs. J. W. Texeira of Robinson, Ill., and Mrs. E. G. Schroeder of Secane, Penn.; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Boyce Adams, Kenneth Adams, Wayne Adams, Douglas Adams, Billy Woodland and Rex Williams.

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Georgia (Griffin) Spence
May 20, 1885 - Dec 26, 1948

MRS. R. E. SPENCE DIES HERE SUNDAY; RITES WEDNESDAY

Mrs. Georgia Spence, aged 63 years, died at the family residence, 1218 West Seventh Avenue Sunday afternoon at 5:40 o’clock. The family formerly resided at Purdon.

Mrs. Spence was a native of Limestone county.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church at Purdon Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Walter Martin.

Surviving are her husband, R. E. Spence, Corsicana; four daughters, Miss Louise Spence, San Antonio; Mrs. R. L. Jones, Colorado Springs; Mrs. W. A. McGraw, Purdon and Mrs. Eloise Odom, Levelland, and four grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home directs.

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MRS. R. E. SPENCE RITES WEDNESDAY AT PURDON CHURCH

Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia Spence, 63, who died at the family home, 1218 West Seventh avenue Sunday afternoon, will be held from the First Baptist church in Purdon Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Walter Martin, Baptist minister, and Rev. W. T. Boulware, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

A native of Limestone county, Mrs. Spence resided in the Purdon community a number of years before moving to Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, R. E. Spence, Corsicana; four daughters, Miss Louise Spence, San Antonio; Mrs. R. L. Jones, Colorado Springs; Mrs. W. A. McGraw, Purdon, and Mrs. Eloise Odom, Levelland, and four grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home directs.

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Estell Elmer Whitener
Dec 14, 1895 - Dec 19, 1956

Retired Merchant Rites Thursday

E. E. Whitener, 61, Dresden, retired merchant and farmer, died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held from the Blooming Grove Church of Christ with burial in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Earl Craig, minister of the West Side Church of Christ in Corsicana.

Whitener was a native of Spring Hill and resided in West Navarro county all of his life.

Surviving are his wife of Dresden; two sons, Rufus Whitener, Corsicna, and Derwood Whitener, Mexia; two daughters, Mrs. Ezell Wright, Waco, and Mrs. Chester Putman, Dresden; 12 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Vest and Mrs. Will McCullough, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. A. Haden, Earl Hollingsworth, Marshall Tatum, Stanford Moore, Robert Grounds and Noel Furra.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Ralph Estel Whitener
Nov 17, 1922 - Nov 18, 1951

Raleigh Resident Dies After Being Accidentally Shot

Ralph Whitener, 29, of Raleigh, died a few minutes after arriving at the P. and S. Hospital Sunday at 3 p.m. from accidental gunshot wounds.

Judge J. W. Sheppard, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict of “death from gunshot wounds, accidentally self-inflicted.”

Shoots at Bird.
Relatives said that Whitener had shot a bird and was attempting to hit it with the stock of his 20-gauge shotgun when the gun fired, the charge striking him in the upper right chest.

Rushed to Blooming Grove for medical attention, he was then sped to the hospital in a McCormick ambulance.

Corsicana city police and county officers investigates.

Funeral Monday.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday from the Dresden church with burial in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, two small sons and a small daughter, parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Whitener, all of Raleigh; two brothers, Rufus Whitener, Raleigh, and Derwood Whitener, Austin; two sisters, Mrs. Maudie Wright and Mrs. Adele Putman, both of Waco, and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Dresden
DRESDEN, Nov. 22.—(Spl.)--The people of this and other communities were shocked Sunday afternoon when it was learned that Ralph Whitener was killed when a shotgun he was carrying was accidentally discharged.

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John Irvin Rudolphus Watkins
May 5, 1868 - Jul 13, 1954

Pioneer Barry Resident Dies

John Irvin Watkins, 86, retired farmer and cotton buyer, died at his home in Barry early Tuesday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Barry Baptist church Wednesday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. B. Prather, Baptist minister of Dallas, and Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

He was born in Alabama, but had resided at Barry since 1900.

Surviving are his wife of Barry; five sons, William, George, Ollie and Charlie Watkins, all of Corsicana, and Jesse Watkins, Colorado City, Texas; four daughters, Mrs. J. C. Robinson, Barry; Mrs. Hal Johnston, Athens; Mrs. E. C. Griffin, Waco, and Mrs. Thelma Freeman, Houston; 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Corley will direct.

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Gladys B. (Wilson) Dunn-Donoho-Boyd
Dec 3, 1926 - Jan 10, 2014

Mrs. Gladys B. Boyd, 87, of Mildred went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

She was born on Dec. 3, 1926, in Corsicana, to Ed Thomas and Hazel Ilene Wilson.

She was a dedicated Christian who was a life-long member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star for 58 years. At one point she served as the Deputy Grand Matron. She worked for the local Chase Bank for over 25 years before retiring. For the last few years she has been enthusiastically involved in the programs at the Corsicana Senior Citizen Center.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Philip Dunn, Dennis Donoho, and Harmon Boyd; parents, Ed Thomas and Hazel Ilene Wilson; brothers, Thomas Ed “Bud” Wilson, Clyde Wilson, M.L. “Sonny” Wilson, Lendon Wilson, and Jim Wilson; sisters, Edna Earl Johnston, and Barbara Hatley.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister to daughters, Linda Tate and husband Harold, and Phyliss Jones and husband David of Corsicana; son, Tracy Donoho and wife Shelby of Mildred; step-son, Dennis Donoho and wife Kay of Mildred; her 10 grandchildren, Andi Tate of Bryan, Katie Crocker and husband Robby, Candi Dill, Ashley Mullican, Hayden Jones and fiancé Taylor Skinner, and Johnston Jones of Corsicana, Payton Wilson, Corbin Donoho, Chris Donoho and fiancé Amanda Gibson and Dawn Jock and husband Tracy of Mildred; her seven great grandchildren, Lendon Tate Crocker, Lane Morris, Kendal Dill and Maddux Dill of Corsicana, Daniel Donoho, Leighton Jock and Chloe Jock of Mildred; sister, Fay Donaho of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Betty Wilson, Linda Wilson and Frances Wright of Corsicana, Faye Wilson of Livingston and Martha Nell Junge of Porter; she leaves behind many much loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan.
13, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Diggs officiating.
Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Adam McMullen, Brody Clay, Chris Donoho, Chuck Warrington, David Johnston and Tommy Johnston.

Honorary pallbearers are Graham Dickson, Neal Crawford, Ricky Wilson, Larry Wilson, Eddie Wilson and Bob Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 3308 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 13, 2014
  • w/o Philip Dunn, Dennis Donoho and Harmon Boyd - d/o Ed thomas Wilson and Hazel Ilene (Shaver) Wilson
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Margaret Fredella (Conn) Bonner
Sept 27, 1924 - Jan 10, 2014

Margaret Fredella Bonner, 89, lifetime resident of the Corsicana area, died January 10, 2014, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her body has been donated to medical science.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Nader and Brother Otis Connor officiating.

She was born to William Paul and Bessie Mae (Cole) Conn on Sept. 27, 1924, in Wortham. She married Chester Lee Bonner on Aug. 31, 1942. They resided in Pursley from 1957 to 2012. More recently, Margaret and Chester resided together at TriSun Care Center in Corsicana.

Margaret was preceded in death by her daughter, Conna Bonner Whitecotton; her parents; and three brothers, John William Conn, Paul Conn Jr., and Vernon Lloyd Conn.

Survivors include her husband, Chester L. Bonner; sister, Betty Conn Ward; granddaughter Laurel and her husband James Hoover; great-grandson, Connar Gauge Hoover of Pursley; as well as two sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St.
Luke United Methodist Church and Hand in Hand Hospice of Corsicana.

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Ralph Felix Sims, Sr.
Sep 28, 1898 - May 29, 1976

STREETMAN - Services were to be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Streetman for Ralph F. Sims, 77, resident of Streetman, who died Saturday night in Dallas.

The Revs. Grayson Glass and Clayton Smith were to officiate, with burial following at the Cade Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, four daughters, five grandsons, one granddaughter, one great-grandson and two brothers.

Pallbearers include Ronald Chandler, Lylees Chandler, Ted Glazener, Jay White, Lloyd Robinson, A.K. McGilvary, Harris Wilson Milner, and Robert L. Cherry.

Arrangements are with Griffin Funeral Home.

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Louise Robinson Sims
Dec 16, 1898 - July 9, 1970

Funeral Services were held saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Streetman for Mrs. Ralph Sims, 71, of Streetman who died Thursday in the hospital here. Burial was in the Cade Cemetery. Revs. H.L. McKissack, Bob Gains and Leonard Lee officiated.

Surviving are her husband, one son, four daughters, six grandchildren, a brother and several nieces and nephews.

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Saphronia "Saphronie" (Verdier) Sitton
Sep 11, 1845 - Dec 27, 1931

Pioneer Navarro County Woman Dies Waxahachie Sunday

WAXAHACHIE, Dec. 28.—Mrs. J. J. Sitton, 86, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Berry McGee, here, Mr. and Mrs. Sitton were pioneers of the Barry community in Navarro county. Mr. Sitton died several years ago and since that time Mrs. Sitton has made her home with her daughter.

She is survived also by another daughter and five sons, Mrs. G. P. Utley of Dallas, J. W. Sitton of Houston, Carrol and Luke Sitton of Blooming Grove, Guy Sitton of Corsicana and Hardy Sitton of Blanco.

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Curtis Gene Slater
Mar 2, 1945 - Jul 10, 1964

Two Dawson Boys Drowned Friday

Two Dawson boys were drowned in Navarro Mills reservoir Friday at 6 p.m. when they are reported to have stepped into the old Richland creek channel within a quarter of a mile of the west end of the dam. They are the first drowning victims since the lake’s spillway gates were closed March 15, last year.

They are Larry Wayne Prater 17, and Curtis Gene Slater, 19.

It was reported that the two young men were wading with three girls who sounded the alarm when the boys sank, seeking unsuccessfully to attract attention of skiers in the vicinity.

As soon as the alarm was given, the Corsicana Emergency Corps, city firemen, local ambulances, police and scores of others from Corsicana, sped to the scene of the tragedy to help the Dawson residents seek the bodies.

Prater’s body was brought out at 8 p.m. by a boat manned by Billy Draper, assistant fire marshal; Ronald Garner, J. D. Burleson and James W. Sykes, police auxiliary.

Slater’s body was brought out about 10 p.m. in a boat manned by Draper, Garner, Rex Bowers, police auxiliary, and Don Holloway, Griffin Funeral Home.

Many Volunteer
An emergency corps from Waxahachie arrived early in the evening as well as volunteers from Hubbard, Elm Mott, Coolidge, Frost, Blooming Grove, Purdon and other neighboring communities.

Wayne Allard, Dawson newspaper publisher and justice of the peace, said he was returning coroner verdicts of “death by accidental drowning.”

Rollin K. Snethen, Corsicana city manager, and Bill Onstott, police chief, headed the local contingent from the city hall.

Highway 31 was crowded with traffic as Corsicanans sped to the lake area, many going to the eastern section of the reservoir, then having to return to Highway 31, proceed to Dawson, thence to Springhill and on to the Liberty Hill recreation area en route to the site of the drownings.

Funerals Sunday
Funeral services for the victims will be held Sunday after with Eubanks Funeral Home in charge.

Slater was a 1964 graduate of Dawson High School. Prater was to be a senior in Dawson High this Fall.

Final rites for Slater will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Navarro Mills Baptist church with burial in the Dresden cemetery.

Bob Roberts, pastor of the Westside Baptist church in Corsicana, who has conducted a revival meeting at Navarro Mills this week, and Rev. Charles Kottenbrook, pastor of the Purdon Baptist church, will conduct the services.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Slater, two sisters, Margaret Jo and Cathey Slater, all of Dawson; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blake, Raleigh, and Mrs. Annie Slater, Dawson, and other relatives.

Pallbearers for both services will be Edd Burleson, W. P. Chasteen, Ronnie Chasteen, Donnie Chasteen, Davie Clark and Sammy Montgomery.

Services for Prater will be Sunday at 4 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Dawson with burial in the Dawson cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor of the church.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Prater; a sister, Jerri Ann Prater, and a brother, Thomas Bryan Prater, all of Dawson; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Tanner, Waco; a great-grandmother, Mrs. T. R. Lamb, Wortham; a great-grandfather, C. E. Tanner, Dawson, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 11, 1964
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Grad Dawson HS 1964 -- s/o J. C. Slater and Ethel Jean (Blake) Slater buried at Dawson cemetery, Dawson, Tx. Grandson of James Heath Blake, Jr. and Clara Mae (Knight) Blake buried in Dresden cemetery

Ceola Pearl (Awalt) Tatum
Apr. 26, 1863 - Jan. 3, 1948

SUNDAY RITES FOR FORMER RESIDENT DRESDEN COMMUNITY

Funeral services for Mrs. W. M. Tatum, aged 84 years former resident of Dresden, who died Sunday in Ennis, were held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the Bryan Church of Christ. The rites were conducted by O. C. Helum, Dawson Church of Christ minister.

Mrs. Tatum was born April 26, 1863, in Burton, Texas. She was the former Miss Ceola Pearl Awalt and was married to the late W. M. Tatum in 1883, moving to Navarro county 54 years ago and settling in the Dresden community. Since the death of her husband in May, 1939, Mrs. Tatum has made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Marvin Layton, in Ennis. Mrs. Tatum had been ill for some time.

Surviving are three sons, Joe Marshall Tatum, Barry; William Miles Tatum, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Harry Tatum, Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Layton, Ennis; a twin sister, Mrs. Beulth McClennan, El Paso; another sister, Miss Bye Burton, Burton, Texas; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Fred Bunch, Joe Baker, Norman Chambers, J. B. Farrell, S. S. Baggett and Stanford Moore.

Bunch Funeral Home at Ennis directed.

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Claude Edward Taylor
Feb 2, 1900 - Oct 29, 1969

C. E. Taylor Rites Friday

Claude Edward Taylor, 69, 620 S. 16th St., died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Robert Potts will officiate and interment will be in Dresden cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Nell; one son, C. D. (Bud) Taylor, Marshall; one daughter, Mrs. Ruby Nell Barr, Longview; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Anita Findley, Clarksville; Mrs. Letsie Benham, Odessa, and Mrs. Nettie Dillard, Gladewater; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Hubert Varley, Willard Parker, Bob Hinkle, Bill Phillips, Silas Fry, J. C. Griffith and Harry Rogers.

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Kathryn Gayelene Thompson
B&D Apr. 2, 1956

Thompson Infant Services Tuesday

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Thompson, Route 1, Purdon, died in Memorial Hospital Monday.

Funeral services were held from the Griffin Chapel Tuesday at 11 a.m. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist Church.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, Leslie Wayland Thompson, Route 1, Purdon, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Thompson and B. B. Goodman, all of Purdon.

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Tilford White
Dec 20, 1911 - May 2, 1989

Tilford (TB) White, 76, of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, died May 2, 1989, at Park Manor Nursing Home in Desota [sic].

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Wesley Chapel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Derrick Beene officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a veteran of World War II, and owner and operator of White's Cafe for many years.

Survivors include a son, Ralf White of Corsicana; three sisters, Theresa W. Pendleton of Oklahoma City, Okla., Ammon W. Martin of San Diego, Calif., and Henri W. Lopes of Providence, Rhode Island; four nieces and six nephews.

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Elzie Davis
abt 1954 - July 8, 1970

Davis Service

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church for Elzie Davis, 16, who died Wednesday of injuries received in a July 4 auto crash that had already claimed three lives. The Rev. James Chaney, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Woodland Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, five sisters, two brothers, his maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather.

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Ezra Carroll II
Nov 29, 1927 - July 8, 1970

Carroll Rites

Final rites for Ezra Carroll I, 42, principal of Lincoln school, were held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Bethel AME Church of which he was a lifelong member. The Rev. George S. Willis officiated. Burial was in the Woodland Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were fellow principals of the Corsicana school system.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, his mother, two sisters, three brothers, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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Ruby (Davis) Howard-Chapin
Nov 5, 1896 - Apr 30, 1989

Mrs. Ruby H. Chapin, 92, of Corsicana died April 30, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were 4 p.m. Tuesday at Younger Cemetery with Rev. gary Johnson officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Nov. 5, 1896 in Chickajauga, Georgia. She was a retired cook for the Wooley and Payne Cafe.

Survivors include four sons, Don Howard of Corsicana, Charles Howard of Powell, Delwin Brown of Detroit, Mich., and Jack Howard of Irving; three daughters, Mrs. Jimmy Sharber of Cedar Creek Lake area, Jessie Ruth Caldwell, and Gurvis Armstrong, both of Georgia; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Annie Smith of Blossom; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Roy Collier Kennedy, Jr.
Jan 27, 1940 - Jan 15, 2014

Roy C. Kennedy, Jr., 73, of DeSoto passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Charlton Methodist Hospital in DeSoto, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Carolyn Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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Curtis Howard Carmichael
May 15, 1909 - July 9, 1970

Carmichael Rites

Graveside rites and burial for C. H. Carmichael, 61, former Navarro county resident, were held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Chatfield Cemetery
[Hodge Family Cemetery] following 10 a.m. funeral rites in Weatherford where he lived. He was a retired salesman. Griffin Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Surviving are his wife, one son, one daughter and a grandson.

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William Calvin Calhoun
July 14, 1912 - July 9, 1970

Calhoun Rites Set Today

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Calvin Calhoun, 57, retired salesman who died Thursday. The Rev. Robert Potts will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, one grandson, one sister and one brother.

Pallbearers will be E. D. (Chick) Reed, O. S. Bryson, Emmett Green, Grady Summerall, Tom George, Raymond Carroll, Alton Justiss and S. D. Goins.

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Dale (Goolsby) Martin
June 24, 1898 - Apr 28, 1989

Mrs. Dale Goolsby Martin, 90, of Waxahachie, died April 28, 1989 in Stephenville.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood cemetery with Dr. David Hale officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, a former member of the W.I.S.D. School Board, and was active in numerous community and civic organizations. She was born June 24, 1989, in Oxford, Miss., and she lived in Corsicana and attended Corsicana High School before her marriage. She lived most of her life in Waxahachie, and had lived in Stephenville for one year.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank O. Martin in 1979.

Sruvivors include a son, Dr. William B. Martin of Stephenville; one daughter, Dale F. Culbertson of Waxahachie; and four grandchildren, Bruce Martin of San Antonio, Lesley Keel of Dallas, Kaye Culbertson of Austin, and Margaret Culbertson of Houston.

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Edna Christine (Gay) Butler
Aug 28, 1912 - Apr 30, 1989

Mrs. Christine Butler, 76, of Corsicana, died April 30, 1989, in Barry.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Wayne Mahoney and B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

She was born Aug. 28, 1912, in Barry and was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. She was a retired presser for Leonard Brothers Cleaners and a member of Westside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward A. Butler, and a son, Earl Butler.

Survivors are one son, Gene Butler of Barry; three grandsons; one granddaughter; two brothers, Kenneth Gay of Payson, Ariz. and Jimmy Gay of Chino Valley, Ariz.; four sisters, Mae Lyons of Corsicana, Elise Brinkley of Rosenburg, and Catherine Lewis and Frances Moore, both of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Charles Bailey, Lloyd Allison, Lowell Reed, Joe Sheppard, Leroy Poteet and Robert Fulton. Honorary pallbearers included Dr. David Campbell, Dr. Scott Middleton, Dr. Allen Jones and Dr. Charles I. Biltz.

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Jack Buckner Smith
Jan 13, 1923 - Apr 30, 1989

Jack B. Smith, 66, a native of Corsicana, died April 30, 1989, in Mount Prospect, Ill. He had previously lived in Metairie, La., and in Fort Worth.

Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church chapel at 10 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

He was the son of Wade and Rubie Buckner Smith, both deceased. He was in the X-ray sales and service business and held several patents relating to X-ray apparatus. Several of his articles have been published in X-ray trade journals, and in X-ray circles he was known as "Old Grey Fox, the pseudonym under which his book for use by X-ray professionals was published. He was active for many years in Boy Scout work.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Warren Smith of Mount Prospect, Ill.; three sons, Stephen Wade Smith and wife, Paulette, of Nacogdoches, Jack B. Smith Jr. and wife, Terri, of Metairie, La., and Warren L.D. Smith and wife, Linda, of Hammond, La.; five grandchildren, Kristi, Catherine, Lee, Nicole, and Patrick; two sisters, Mrs. Olin (Anne Smith) Humphries Jr. of Houston, and Jane Smith of Corsicana; three nephews of Houston, several grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.

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Charlie Earnwood Keathley
Feb 14, 1899 - May 2, 1989

Charlie E. Keathley, 90, of Corsicana died May 2, 1989, at Mel-Haven Convelescent Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 14, 1899, in Frost and was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He was employed by American National Insurance Co. for 32 years and retired as manager of the Corsicana district. He was a Mason and a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Businessmen's Bible Class.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Charlie E. (Letha) Keathley of Corsicana; one son, Robert Keathley of Corsicana; one grandson, Stephen Keathley of Corsicana; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Will Hashop, Liston Herod, Harry Hudson, Bill Worthen, Billy Mixon and Bill Watson.

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Nena (Norred) Wilson
Nov 15, 1894 - Aug 14, 1927

FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON MRS. NENA WILSON

Mrs. Nena N. Wilson, age 33 years, wife of Clyde Wilson, died Sunday morning at 4 o'clock at the home of her sister Mrs. R.F. Nicholson on South Fifteenth street after an illness of six months. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Genson, Baptist minister of Mildred, and interment was in Oakwood Cemetery at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her husband, four children, her mother, Mrs. W.F. [sic] Norred, and the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. S.J. Davis, , Corsicana; Mrs. R.F. Nicholson, Corsicana; Mrs. Minnie Voss, St. Louis; Mrs. Maude Custer, Dallas; Mrs. Nora Ervin, Shelbyville; Mrs. Archie Horn, Streetman; Ree Norred, Fort Worth; Joe Norred who lives in England and Bird Norred of Vernon.

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William Robinson Babb
Nov 18, 1903 - Nov 27, 1973

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for William R. Babb, 70, of Grand Prairie who died Tuesday at Grand Prairie. He was a native of Corsicana, and a retired employe of LTV.

Survivors include his widow of Grand Prairie; a son, William Roy Babb of Corpus Christi; three sisters, Mrs W. B. Kenner of Corsicana, Mrs. Roy E. DeLafosse of Palestine and Miss Tillie Babb of Berkley, Calif.; and two nieces and two nephews.

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Gertrude Bell (Banks) Martin
Mar 10, 1907 - Apr 30, 1989

Gertrude Bell Martin, 82, of Corsicana, died April 30, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Campbell-Elrod Cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include one niece, Linda Ann Hoek of Cove, Ark., and one nephew, Robert Alvin Banks Sr. of Vivian, La.; a sister-in-law, Avis O. Banks of Vivian, La.; and a number of cousins.

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Joe Duncan Farmer, Jr.
Mar 27, 1921 - May 1, 1989

Joe D. Farmer, 68, of Coppell died May 1, 1989, in Dallas.

Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Mr. Russell Bankes officiating. Interment will follow in Campbell-Elrod Cemetery.

He was born March 27, 1921 and raised in the Drane-Bryan Community. He was retired from the rental department of the Avis-Hertz National Rent-A- Car and owned and operated a used car dealership in Dallas. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Farmer of Coppell; two sons, Jodie Farmer of Dallas, and Rick Lynn Farmer of Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren; three sisters, Kathleen Calhoun of Blooming Grove, Inez Blackmon of Pickett, and Ellen Russell of Houston; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Bettie Jo (Easterling) Middleton
July 7, 1927 - Apr 30, 1989

Bettie Jo Middleton, 61, of Corsicana died Sunday, April 30, 1989.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. William Dollar officiating. Burial was in Eureka Cemetery.

She is survived by two sons, Mike Middleton of Mildred and Charles Walpole of Retreat; two daughters, Rosemany Franks and Ronda Staab, both of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Norman Easterling of Arlington; two sisters, Lois Anderson of Emhouse and Edna Mae Nutt of Eureka.

Pallbearers included Tommy Baumgartner, Wayne Bonner, Larry Whitner, Charles Cates, Erick Meyers, and Roger Stewart. Honorary pallbearers included Dan Meador, Clyde Smith, Jack Richards and Allan Skinner.

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Horace Claude "Bunk" Dixon
Sep 2, 1921 - Apr 27, 1989

H. C. (Bunk ) Dixon, 67, of Corsicana, died April 27, 1989 at his residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born Sept. 2, 1921 in Emhouse. He was a retired presser for Curington Cleaners, a member of the Methodist Church, and served in the United States Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Dixon of Corsicana; two sons, Charles R. Tullos of Corsicana, and Tom G. Tullos of Katy; two granddaughters, Kathi Canada and Lee Tullos, both of Corsicana; four brothers, T.B. Dixon, Johnnie Dixon, Quint Dixon, and Pete Dixon, all of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Edith Hitchcock of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be C.O. (Bud) Curington, Paul Curington, Mark Dixon, Charles Johnston, Harold Johnston, Bruce Roby, and Leland Cattner.

Honorary pallbearers are Haskell Gray and Dr. James Curington.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a favority charity.

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Sherrie Camp
May 11, 1953 - Apr 26, 1989

Mrs. Sherrie Camp, 35, of Magnolia, Ark., died April 26, 1989, in Texarkana, Texas.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in Resthaven Memorial Park with Dr. David Hale officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 11, 1953, in Magnolia. She was a beautician and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, Robert Dunwoody of El Dorado, Ark.; mother, Mrs. Willie Myers of Emhouse; and one sister, Dana L. Swann of Emhouse.

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Eula Ray Vance, Jr.
Aug 28, 1932 - Oct 22, 1970

Vance Rites Set Saturday

DAWSON—Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the United Methodist Church for E. Ray Vance, Jr., 38, of Dallas. Vance died Wednesday of gunshot wounds-self inflicted, according to Justice of the Peace Howe French.

The Rev. Bernard Stein will officiate at the services and burial will be in Younger Cemetery.
[actually at Dresden Cemetery]

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. E. Ray Vance, Sr. of Dawson.

Cousins will serve as pallbearers.

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Freddie Ray Lacy
abt 1958 - Jan 9, 2014

Freddie Ray Lacy, 55, of Frost, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at his residence. Visitation will be 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17,
2014 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Frost with Rev.
Chris Hawkins and Rev. Chris Hailey officiating. Interment will follow in Farmerville Cemetery, Dawson. M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in charge of arrangements.

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Nellie Ann (Perry) Braddock-Moore
Aug 1, 1932 - Jan 15, 2014

Nellie Ann Perry Braddock Moore, “Mamaw,” 81, went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 after a lengthy illness at Legends Oak Healthcare in Ennis.

She was born in Rice on Aug. 1, 1932 to Richard Elmer and Nellie Ruth Perry. She lived most of her life in the Rice and Chatfield area. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed going to the lake and camping with her family. She was a great cook who loved reading and watching and feeding the birds.

She was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Michael Perry; husband, Gene Braddock and grandson Jeffrey Braddock.

She is survived by her husband Don Moore; brother Jim Perry and wife Kay; niece Karla Ruth; daughters Linda Bernal and husband Ben and Debbie Hunt and companion Rick Ragan; sons Stephen Braddock and wife Jan, Ricky Braddock and wife Joni and Roger Braddock and wife Judy; her 16 grandchildren, Chrisben, Mark, Darren, Jeanne, Stacy, Kyle, Stephanie, Joel, Jamie, Sean, Shane, Rachel, Michelle, D.J., Dusty and Derek; 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Rice Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Travis Lee Harrell
Dec 23, 1928 - Jan 15, 2014

Travis Lee Harrell, 85, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at his residence in Corsicana. He was born Dec. 23, 1928 in Emhouse to William Clay and Mary Katherine Harrell.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Betty; his parents; his daughter, Cathy Jean Matherne and son-in-law Jesse Matherne.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Donnell and husband Jake of Burleson, and his son, Billy Wayne Harrell and wife, Lisa of Corsicana.  He is also survived by his grandchildren; Angela Neal of Houma, La., Jennifer Farmer of Corsicana, Catherine “Molly” Dardar of Pointe-Aux-Chenes, La., Leia Harrell and Christopher Harrell of Corsicana. Mr. Harrell’s great-grandchildren are Kandice, Jenalee, Jesse, Mica, Tiffani, Dakota, Jason, Joshua and Reuben and his great-great-grandchildren are Kierstyn, Blaire, Carsten, Jonathan and Kaiyah. Mr. Harrell is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse with the Rev. Otis Connor officiating.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Hand in Hand Hospice for the love and care shown to Mr. Harrell through his illness.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 16, 2014
  • h/o Valli Jean (Farmer) Harrell & Betty Joyce (Knott) Harrell; s/o William Clay Harrell & Mary Katherine (Elliott) Harrell
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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