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Darline Dunn
abt 1958 - Jan 3, 2014

Darline Dunn, 55, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the North Austin Medical Center in Austin. Wake service will be 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services are 12 noon Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Second Mission Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery, Powell. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Wayne "Dickey" Loving, Jr.
abt 1941 - Jan 12, 2014

Wayne ‘Dickey’ Loving, Jr., 72, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Wake services are 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Bishop k.d. Davis and Pastor Myron Williams, officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Louis D. Brandon Jr.
July 4, 1929 - Jan 13, 2014

Louis D. Brandon Jr., 84, was born July 4, 1929 in Corsicana to the parentage of the late Louis D. Brandon Sr. and Mary Agnes Brantley Brandon. He attended the Corsicana School District.

Louis D. Brandon Jr. was a member of the D.A.D.S booster club at Jackson High. He worked at the Corsicana Laundry for 10 years. Then he worked for Mr. John Wheelock for 20 years, where he retired.

Louis confessed a faith in Christ in his early life and united with the Renfro Chapel Church of God in Christ.

He met and married Cora L. Glenn Brandon on Jan. 22, 1949 and they were blessed with three sons; Louis D. Brandon III, Samuel E. Brandon, and Darrell A. Brandon Sr.

The Angel of Silence entered into his life Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Louis D. Brandon Jr. was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe Nathan Brandon and Nathaniel Brandon Sr.; his sisters, Fannie Brandon, Victoria Turner, Dorothy Jones, and Pearl Franklin; his mother-in-law Mary Cook Glenn and father-in-law Pink Glenn, brothers-in-law Judge Glenn and Howard Glenn, and sister-in-law Ruth Jones.

Louis D. Brandon Jr. leaves to cherish his memory his devoted and loving wife of 64 years, Cora L. Glenn Brandon of Corsicana; three sons, Louis D. Brandon III (Natalie) of Granada Hills, Calif.; Samuel E. Brandon (Mellie) and Darrell A. Brandon Sr. (Lecretia), all of Corsicana. He has two brothers, James H. Brandon (Bessie), and Jerry Brandon (Delores), both of Corsicana, and a sister, Ada B. Johnson of Denver, Colo.; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church, located at 720 East Park Avenue, Corsicana. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Gary Bill McConnico
Aug 26, 1943 - Jan 11, 2014

Gary Bill McConnico, 70, of Streetman passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. He was born Aug. 26, 1943 in Corsicana to Billy Ellis and Josephine Clark McConnico.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Shirlyn McConnico of Streetman; son, David McConnico and wife Shelley of Rowlett; grandson, Austin McConnico of Rowlett; granddaughter, Ashlyn McConnico of Rowlett; brother, Chris McConnico and wife Debbie of Waxahachie; nephews, Clayton McConnico and wife Whitney of Midlothian and Billy Duane McConnico of McKinney.

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

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Hancock officiating.

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Cheryl Dawne (Dickerson) Moore
Nov 16, 1955 - Jan 12, 2014

Cheryl Dawne Moore, 58, of Corsicana, made her journey in to Heaven on Sunday morning, Jan. 12, 2014.

Dawne was born in Highlands, Texas on Nov. 16, 1955 to Elmer and Mary Dickerson. When she was 5 years old, her family moved to Humble, and she started first grade there. She spent her childhood there with her brothers, Dennis and Darryl Dickerson; her sister, Sonya Dickerson; her grandmother, Mildred Mitchell; her uncles Carl, Mike, and Brian Mitchell; and many other family members. Many of her childhood stories contain her church family, fishing with her father, and being a big sister to three younger siblings.

She moved to Corsicana when she became a teenager and made many friends at Corsicana High School. She graduated from CHS in 1973. She had several different jobs before working at Pit Grill where she met her husband of now 36 years, Albert Leon Moore. They had their first son in 1977, Jeremy Alan Moore. In 1982, their second child was born, Laura Nicole Moore, and in 1986, a third child, Amanda Leigh Moore. She was a remarkable working mother, working at Master Vend. She then became an All Star Home Interior’s sales representative. She won many awards for her hard work and met wonderful people along the way. While her youngest child was in high school, Dawne made the decision to get her Bachelors Degree in Education. She graduated with a 3.9 G.P.A. from UT Tyler. She went on to teach second and third grade at Navarro Elementary for 10 years, touching and inspiring so many young lives.

Dawne’s first grandchild, Trevor James Moore was born on April 3, 2008 and this was a “very special event” in her life. Not long after her granddaughter, Heather Nicole Hanel was born. She spoiled her grandchildren immensely and they will miss her so much. In her last years of teaching, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For the last two years, she has been fighting such a strong fight. In her final days, her third grandchild, Amelia Dawn Moore was brought home for her to meet. She held sweet Amelia Dawn in her arms with such pride.

Dawne’s favorite things included collecting recipes, knitting, making her children and grandchildren happy, and finding new and inventive ways to teach her students. She loved animals very much and because of this her family has made beloved friends along the way. Her last two years were spent creating a garden that was so beautiful, peaceful, and filled with butterflies, that people stood in admiration. We all will cherish her heart forever. Her body is now no longer in pain and her soul at peace. What cancer took from her, she now has gained back plus so much more.

Cheryl Dawne Moore was preceded in death by her father, Elmer Dickerson and her sister, Sonya Sigler.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Believers’ Bible Church at 2400 Bowie Drive in Corsicana. A meal will be provided following the service at the church.

Donations may be made to the family, please send them to 992 NW CR 2090, Corsicana, TX.

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Linda Lou (Wilkerson) Kusma
Nov 25, 1941 - Jan 15, 2014

Linda Lou Kusma, 72, resident of Corsicana and formerly of Sullivan, Ill. passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Linda Lou Kusma, 72 of Corsicana, passed away January 15, 2014 in Dallas. She was born November 25, 1941 in Illinois to Jack and Merle Wilkerson. She is preceded in death by parents. She is survived by husband Walfred Kusma; children Melinda Gatewood and husband Larry, Sharon Bates. Grandchildren Crystal Richardson and husband Gary, Daniel Gatewood and wife Mandi, Michelle Willingham and husband James, Dustin Bates, Shelby Bates, Britteny Bates, Lauren Bates. Great grandchildren, Colton Richardson, Brandon Richardson, Jordon Gatewood, Dylon Richardson, Ethon Scoggins, Curtis Gatewood, Jared Willingham, Stan Willingham, Brianna Willingham. Brothers Art Wilkerson and wife Joy, Frank Wilkerson and wife Brenda. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 19, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 11:00 am Monday, January 20, 2014 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Darren Robert Feagin
Sept 18, 1987 - Jan 9, 2014

Darren Robert Feagin, age 26, is playing piano, guitar, and trumpet in heaven today. Darren passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in Tyler. He was born in Athens on Sept. 18, 1987.

Darren was an avid musician. He played piano and taught himself how to play the guitar. He played trumpet in school. He became a journalist and photographer for the University of Texas magazine. He also worked for Prestige Photography. If you needed some information just ask Darren, he was a walking encyclopedia.

His favorite time was when he was with his brother Bryan. He looked forward to planning trips. Their favorite places to go were battle memorial parks to see battle ships and war planes.

Darren is survived by his mother Karen Feagin, sister Tabitha Feagin Dahl, sister Serena Feagin, brother Bryan Feagin, grandparents John and Gladys Laseter, uncle John Laseter, aunt Mandy Laseter, and several cousins.

Service was held Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Kerens Baptist Church with Brother Tommy Hayes officiating. Interment was in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

Although Darren left us way too soon, he had accomplished so much during his short time here on earth.

Service was under the direction of Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

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Jackie C. Davidson Sr.
Jan 27, 1939 - Jan 12, 2014

Jackie Davidson was born in Corsicana on Jan. 27, 1939, and passed from this life on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 in McAllen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Raymond Davidson and his sister, Sharon Davidson.

He is survived by his beautiful wife Estelle; brother Raymond Davidson and wife Alice Fay; daughter Kim Fawks and husband Keith; sons Jackie Davidson, Jr. and James Davidson (aka Chopper); granddaughters Tia Fawks Hardaway and husband Keith: Breanna Fawks; and Alexandria Davidson; grandson Cody Fawks; and great-granddaughter Marilyn Fawks; and in addition, numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, and of course, his little Maltese dog, "Baby Doll.”

Jackie played football for South Oak Cliff High School and, after his tour of duty with the Coast Guard, began his career with the Dallas Police Department. He retired from the DPD in 1989 when he began his second career working with various associations as floor manager of their annual shows. His last five "gigs" were with the American Academy of Opthalmology, the Consumer Electronics Show, the DFW Auto Show, the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association and the Texas Restaurant Association.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home, 418 N. 13th Street, Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Jackie’s pastor from the island, Jim Denham officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, 700 FM 2555 N., Corsicana. A memorial service will be held on Jackie's birthday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel by the Sea on South Padre Island.  Officers from the Dallas Police Department will serve as pallbearers.

Charitable donations may be made in Jackie's honor to Chapel by the Sea (P. O. Box 2478, South Padre Island, 78597) Scottish Rite Hospital (2222 Welborn St, Dallas, 75219-3924) and American Heart Association (7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 75231-5129)

A man of faith, love of music and all things good in this life, Jackie will occupy a place in our hearts forever.

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Grace Letha (Dockery) Northern-Waller
Jan 5, 1911 - Aug 31, 1956

Sunday Services For Mrs. Waller

Funeral services for Mrs. A. L. Waller, 45, Corsicana native and charter member of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Mrs. Waller died at Memorial Hospital Friday following an extended illness. She formerly was employed in Dallas by the Texas Power and Light Company.

The services were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Obie F. Barton, pastor of the Unity Baptist Church; Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the Northside Baptist Church, and Rev. W. T. Allmon, Hubbard, pastor of the Grape Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Nannette Lennon, San Antonio; three step-sons, Alvin Waller, Jr., U. S. Air Force; Thomas F. Waller, U. S. Marines, and Billy Joe Waller, Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Dockery, Corsicana, and Dubart Dockery, Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Cera Elkins, Hempstead;; Mrs. Ruby Robinson, Waco, and Mrs. Emogene Ray, Norfolk, Va., two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. H. Webb, Wendell Selby, Lowell Bonner, Leo Jones, Norman Smith and Dr. R. L. Campbell.

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Fred Davis Warren
Jun 3, 1893 - Jun 1, 1959

Fred D. Warren Rites Saturday

Funeral services are scheduled Saturday at 2 p.m. for Fred D. Warren, 65, of 1435 Sycamore, who died at the family home Thursday morning.

Rites will be held from the Fairview Baptist church of Raleigh with Rev. Jack Goff conducting and Rev. W. W. Minefee assisting. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

A native of Alliance Hall, Warren resided in the Raleigh and Blooming Grove communities before moving to Corsicana in 1946.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elsie Warren, Corsicana; six sons, W. C. Warren, Overlin, Kansas; W. F. Warren, Blooming Grove; Will W. (Pete) Warren, Raleigh; Darrel D. (Buck) Warren, Blooming Grove; Joe D. Warren, Corsicana, and Teddy Glenn Warren, U. S. Air Force; seven grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Bill Cheatham, San Angelo, and Lilla Westmorian, El Paso, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Will Pevehouse, R. T. Curry, Rube Denn, Eddie Garrison, Alfred Yates and R. Bruce McCormick.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.

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Monroe Woodard
Dec 29, 1867 - Mar 3, 1955

Monroe Woodard Services Tuesday

Funeral services for Monroe Woodard, 87, retired farmer, native of Navarro county, were held from the Missionary Baptist church Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Woodard died Sunday at his residence, 10-C Northwest apartments.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor of the church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, Arther Woodard, Fort Worth; Cecil Woodard, Gladewater; Owen Woodard, Dallas, and Bernice Woodard, Sundown; three daughters, Miss Mary E. Woodard and Mrs. J. F. Rhea, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ethel Coffey, Levelland; 22 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lee R. Russell, Thelbert Percival, Edward Langston, Earl McGraw, Mose Armstrong and J. D. Haney. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the Missionary Baptist church.

Corley directed.

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Erastus Lowe “Raz” Wright
Mar 28, 1887 - Jul 7, 1963

Former Barry Druggist Dies

R. L. (Raz) Wright, 78, formerly of Dawson and Barry died in a Denver, Colo., hospital Sunday afternoon. He had resided in Colorado Springs, Colo., for many years, where he and his wife operated a motel.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Denver. The remains will be forwarded here later for memorial services and interment in the Dresden cemetery.

A native of Barry, Wright, graduate of Baylor and also a pharmacist with a degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, owned and operated a newspaper at Dawson and later was a druggist at Barry for years before moving to Colorado Springs.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cleo George Wright, Colorado Springs; a nephew and niece who reside in Denver; two brothers-in-law, Joe George, Blooming Grove, and Derward George, Corsicana; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jewell Pursley of Pursley, and other relatives.

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George Albert Smith
Dec 6, 1911 - May 21, 1971

Local Man Fatally Injured

George A. Smith, 59, 710 W. 9th Ave., was fatally injured Friday when his bobtail water tank truck left the road and overturned throwing him from the vehicle on the Camp Wanica road a half mile east of the camp.

Investigating Highway Patrolman Vernon Crook said it appeared the truck overturned as Smith, an oil company employe, was trying to control the vehicle and get it back on the roadway, and possibly it rolled over on him. The accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m.

A 30-year resident of Corsicana, he was an employe of the Carston Oil Co. here.

Funeral services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Richard L. Call and the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He is survived by his widow, Blanche; three sons, Charles Don and Carl Albert Smith both of Arlington, and Harvey Lynn Smith, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Georgia Shadix, Arlington, and Mrs. Dorothy Almond, Lancaster; three brothers, Tom Smith, Corsicana; H. R. Smith, Euless, and Bill Smith, Murchison; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Ackerman and Mrs. Mabel Meadow, both of Wortham; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jim Fuller, Mark Johnston, R. D. Martin, Dale Rash, Ralph Richards and Hobert Marshall.

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Smith

Funeral services were Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for George A. Smith, 59, who was fatally injured Friday in a one-truck accident near Camp Wanica. The Revs. Richard L. Call and Mickey Loftis officiated. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Surviving are his widow, three sons, two daughters, three brothers, two sisters, six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Richard Lee Copley
Dec. 25, 1895 - Sep. 24, 1964

R. L. Copley Dies Thursday

R. L. Copley, 68, of 1415 West Seventh Avenue, oil field pumper, died in Memorial Hospital Thursday.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 3.p.m. with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, of which he was a member, and Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Copley was a native of Cotton Gin, Texas.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Tullos and Mrs. Joe Bennett, both of Corsicana; a son Sam Christie, Del Mar, Calif.; seven grandchildren, a brother, Ernest Copley, Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. M. W. Watkins, Barry; Mrs. Ed Gay, Mrs. Walter Williams, Mrs. Birdie Tinkle and Mrs. Willie Gilliam, all of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. I. Ellett, L. C. Cook, Leslie White, Perry Bass, C. O. Floyd, Allen Breithaupt, John Norwood and Wm. R. Hay.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Sep 25, 1964
  • 1st wife Mary Estelle (Franklin) Copley 2nd wife Martha Nell (Norwood) Christie-Copley s/o Thomas C. Copley and Ida Mae (Douglas) Copley
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

John Wesley Cagle
Apr 20, 1876 - Nov 25, 1961

Wesley Cagle Rites Sunday

Funeral rites for Wesley Cagle were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with Rev. Kester Hearn, pastor, North Corsicana Methodist Church, and C. B. Holcomb, minister, Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, officiating. Interment was in the Resthaven Memorial Park.

A retired farmer, Mr. Cagle, 85, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday night.

Survivors include his widow, eight daughters, Mrs. Wesley Moreau, Mrs. Doug Whiteside, Mrs. L. O. Huffman, Jr., Mrs. Henry Higgins, Mrs. Park Christian, Mrs. Buddy Eaton and Mrs. Fred Kesinger, Jr., all of Corsicana, and Mrs. John Harris Midland; three sisters, Mrs. Ada Brister, Corsicana; Mrs. Fannie Parker, Canton, and Mrs. Susie Wright, Mildred; 11 grandchildren and other relatives.

Sons-in-law were pallbearers.

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May Pearl (Boyd) Cagle
Nov 27, 1888 - Jun 30, 1963


Monday Rites For Mrs. Cagle

Mrs. Wesley Cagle, 74, of 508 North Beaton Street, died at Paulyne’s Convalescent Home Sunday.

Funeral services are scheduled from the Corley Chapel Monday at 4 p.m. with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

The rites are to be conducted by C. B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ; Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Baptist church, and Rev. Bob Roberts, pastor of the Westside Baptist church.

She was a native of Cryer Creek but had resided in Corsicana 32 years.

Surviving are eight daughters, Mrs. Wesley Moreau, Mrs. Douglas Whiteside, Mrs. L. O. Hoffman, Jr.; Mrs. Henry Higgins, Mrs. Parks Christian, Mrs. Johnny Harris, Mrs. Buddy Eaton and Mrs. Fred Kesinger, Jr., all of Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Ava Nelson and Mrs. Ikie Warren, both of Hubbard; Mrs. Ethel Selby and Mrs. Wilma Lynch, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ora Braden, Honey Grove; a brother Earl Boyd, Waco; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers are to be Jack Thomas, Fred Kesinger, Sr.; Wendell Selby, C. B. Turner, Herman Hitt and Robert Joyner.

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Johnie Otha McCrory, Jr.
Jan 4, 1933 - Dec 3, 1939

EMHOUSE BOY DIED SUNDAY; FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY

John McCrory, Jr., aged 7 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. John McCrory of Emhouse, died Sunday morning at 11 o’clock.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist church in Emhouse with burial in the Pattison cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, Baptist minister.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, Oscar Glenn McCrory, all of Emhouse; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. McCrory, Emhouse, and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hill.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Sylvain Levi
Mar 31, 1895 - Oct 1, 1943

SYLVAN LEVI DIED IN CALIFORNIA; BE BURIED CORSICANA

Sylvan Levi died in Fresno Calif., Friday and the body will be returned to Corsicana for interment. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. Levi and was a native of Corsicana.

Surviving are two brothers, Arthur Levi, Corsicana; Albert Levi, Brownwood; two sisters, Mrs. Erving Mayer, New York City; Mrs. Jeanett Egger, Los Angeles, Cal., and other relatives.

Sutherland – McCammon will direct the arrangements.

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SYLVAN LEVI TO BE BURIED ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON HERE

Funeral services for Sylvan Levi, who died in Fresno, Calif., Friday, will be held from the Sutherland-McCammon chapel Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rabbi Ernest Grey will conduct the rites and burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. Levi and was a native of Corsicana. He had made California his home for a number of years.

Surviving are two brothers, Arthur Levi, Corsicana; Albert Levi, Brownwood; two sisters, Mrs. Erving Mayer, New York City; Mrs. Jeanette Egger, Los Angeles, Calif., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Raphael Levine, Aaron Levine, Dave Levy, Joel Trimble, Dave Daniels, Gabe Goldberg and Henry Levy.

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Paul Cohn
Sep 8, 1902 - Mar 10, 1961

Sunday Rites Are Planned For Paul Cohn

Funeral services for Paul Cohn, 58, proprietor of the Music Center, 121 1-2 North Beaton street, who died Friday morning in Memorial hospital following a short illness, will be held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Harvey Wessel, Temple Beth El, Tyler.

Cohn, who resided at 1408 1-2 West Third avenue, was found critically ill in his apartment Thursday night and was rushed to the hospital.

Surviving are a brother-in-law, George Daniels, Corsicana; a niece, Mrs. Audrey Daniels, Kilgore, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be George Edwards, Louis Wolens, Alvin Shwarts, Maurice Rosen, Narben Sheets, Donald Sanders and Daniels Levy.

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Daisie Florence (Hamilton) Megarity
Mar 6, 1880 - Nov 9, 1972

Mrs. Megarity

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Daisie Megarity, 92, who died Thursday at Evergreen Nursing Home.

Rev. Frank Williams will officiate, and burial will be at Hamilton Cemetery.

She was a lifetime resident of Corsicana.

Survivors include two sons, Lee Megarity of Houston and Jack Megarity, Jr., of San Francisco, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Edna Sherrer of Waco; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, November 10, 1972
  • w/o Andrew Jackson “Jack” Megarity, Sr; d/o Christopher Columbus “Kit” Hamilton & Elizabeth Jane “Bittie” (Moody) Hamilton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Megarity, Sr.
Oct 19, 1879 - May 30, 1972

Jack Megarity

Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Jack Megarity, 92, of Corsicana who died Tuesday night at Memorial Hospital. Rev. J. L. Glaze officiated and interment was to be in Hamilton Cemetery.

He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church for 82 years and also a charter member of the church. He also served as a Navarro County commissioner for Precinct No. 1 for a number of years.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Jack Megarity of Corsicana; two sons, Jack Megarity, Jr., of San Francisco, Calif., and Lee Megarity of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Edna Shearer of Waco; three brothers, W. A. Megarity of Corsicana and V. C. Megarity and Walter Megarity of Shreveport, La.; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Paul Moore, Rufus Pevehouse, Preston Garner, Sammy Saunders, Jack Rea, W. H. Jeter, Cap Curington and Charles Copeland. Honorary pallbearers were all the judges and members of the county commissioners court during the years of his service past and present.

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Betty Annette (DeChaume)-Atkeisson-Stamey-DeChaume
Sept 21, 1967 - Jan 19, 2014

Betty Annette DeChaume, 46, gained her angel wings on Jan. 19, 2014.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1967 in Corsicana, to Billy Ray and Carolyn DeChaume. Betty was a loving Mimi, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She was known for her vibrant smile and giving heart. She was the glue that held her family together and her grandsons were her whole world.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, Mary Lee Patterson; and grandparents, Eugene and Nora May DeChaume.

Betty is survived by the love of her life of 24 years, Richard Kelly; son, Ricky and daughter-in-law Jessica Atkeisson; daughter, Kandice Stamey and boyfriend Preston Stephens; nephew, Xavier Fuqua; three grandsons, Layton, Levi, Logan and unborn grandson Landon; three sisters, Vicki DeChaume, Cathy and husband Larry Teer, Shelly and husband Mike McCaleb; aunts, Betty Rousey and Shirley Cordell; granny, Darlene Duncan; best friend and cousin, Becky Dozier; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Tim Easley officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Kelly, Kenny Grace, Gary Dowd. Gene Grace, Chris Raborn and Jackie Grace.

We love you to the moon and back tootyhead mimi — Layton and Levi

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Billie Jo (Arnold) Stephan
Apr 7, 1928 - Jan 18, 2014

Billie Jo Stephan, 85, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. She was born April 7, 1928 in Dallas.

Known as “Momma Jo,” Billie was a beautiful person, inside and out. She was the matriarch of the family. She was honest, fair and loving, never judgmental, only encouraging. She was very strong and very genuine, and encouraged each of her children and grandchildren to pursue their goals.

Billie was the first woman in the “thin film” lab at Collins Radio in Dallas until she retired in 1965.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Arnold and Billie Arnold, and her granddaughter, Samantha McCombs.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph D. Stephan; daughters, Carolyn Rogers McCombs and Jo Lynn Rogers; grandchildren Audrey McNeal, Cary Kimberlin, Amy McCombs Coulter, Maj. Paul McCombs, Dusty Land, Candice McCombs Brandt, and Chelsea McCombs; 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Ralph W.
Arnold and sister, Anita Arnold Hickey.

A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Eureka United Methodist Church, 8644 S. Hwy 287, Corsicana with Rev. Amy Anderson and Maj. Paul McCombs officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations made to the Food Pantry of Navarro County or the House of Refuge.

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Billie Jo "Jodie" (Slate) Thompson
Sep 17, 1936 - Jan 18, 2014

Billie Jo (Jodie) Thompson, 77, of Corsicana, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.

She was born Sept. 17, 1936 in Corsicana and is preceded in death by her mother and father, Charlie and Thelma Slate, and her loving husband, Bobby Thompson, of 51 years.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Charles Slate and wife Volu, nephew and wife, Dwane and Tammy Slate, niece, Luann Pelletier, great nieces, Peyton Slate and Chelsea Watts, great nephews, Ryan and Chase Slate, cousins, Irma Jean Fallon, Bill Slate and wife Becky, along with several other family members and many long time friends.

She was a member of Calvary Worship Center. Graveside Services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with Rev. Michael Bedard officiating. At her request, there will be no visitation.

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Lillie Marie (Smeltzer) Clay
July 14, 1939 - Jan 18, 2014

Lillie Marie Smeltzer Clay, resident of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at the age of 78. She was born July 14, 1939 in Chestnut, La. to S.E. Smeltzer and Geraldine Strange Smeltzer. Lillie was employed with Navarro Regional Hospital from 1967 to 1985. She married Bobby Gene Clay on Oct. 3, 1955.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bobby Gene Clay; parents, Seldon and Geraldine Smeltzer and son-in-law, Dean Cates.

She is survived by her children, David W. Clay and wife Darlene of Arlington, Randy Clay and wife Lisa of Pursley and Pamela Cates of Corsicana; brothers and sisters, Dewey Smeltzer of Arkansas, Charles Smeltzer of Alaska, Seldon D. Smeltzer of Paris, Texas, Carroll R.
Smeltzer of Hurst and Juanita Langford of North Carolina; grandchildren, Jason D. Cates and wife Paula, Michael D. Cates and wife Thresa, Dustin W. Clay, Lori D. Clay Wedgeworth and husband Cheyne, Brody W. Clay and wife Shandee, Kyle Snodderly, Amber Snodderly, Meagan Humphries and J.T.
Humphries; great-grandchildren, Nathan Stedman, Haydan Stedman, Kouper Wedgeworth, Carter Mae Clay, Paige Cates, Laney Cates, Kenneth Black, Zoey Underwood and Chase Edwards.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hamitlon-Beeman Cemetery with Dr. Gary Johnson and Rev. Charky Marquis officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary Pallbearer will be Jack Clemons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Sarah Addie (Wilson) Mash
Sep 17, 1871 - Apr 18, 1964

Mrs. Addie Mash Dies Saturday

Mrs. Sarah Addie Mash, 92, resident of Navarro county and Corsicana since two years of age, died Saturday morning in Memorial hospital.

Born, September 16, 1871, in Missouri, she came to Dresden in a wagon with her parents at the age of two years. She was married to the late W. M. Mash, Feb. 17, 1887, and they resided on South Fifteenth street for many years.

She was preceded in death by her two daughters, Mrs. Ela (Dave) Crowther and Mrs. Lucy (Andrew G.) Steele.

Mrs. Mash was a long-time member of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are a son, Otis A. Mash, Forest City, Ark.; two granddaughters, Sarah Crowther, Mobile, Ala.; a foster daughter, Mrs. Berton Patison, Fort Worth, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church.

Pallbearers will be Howard Denbow, Paul Moore, Maco Stewart, Travis Brown, Clyde Blackmon and Billy Collier.

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William Madison Mash
May 28, 1862 - Dec 7, 1940

WILLIAM M. MASH DIED SATURDAY AND BE BURIED SUNDAY

Wm. M. Mash, aged 78 years, retired ginner, died at the family home, 811 South Fifteenth street, early Saturday morning after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. D. A. Chisholm, Methodist minister, of Waxahachie, assisted by Rev. A. A. Peacock, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church. He had been a Methodist since young manhood.

A native of Tennessee, he had resided in Texas for 67 years and in Navarro county for 65 years. He had lived in Corsicana for the past 50 years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, a son, O. A. Mash, Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. Andrew G. Steele, Corsicana; a foster daughter, Mrs. Burton H. Pattison, Fort Worth; a grandson, Neal Crowther, Chanute Field, Ill., U. S. Army Air Corps; two granddaughters, Mrs. Carl Meriweather, Stanton, and Mrs. Elvie Travis, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Hattie McDonald, Coppell, Texas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be John C. Hughes, Hugh Stewart, Harry Miller, Hugh Cummings, D. O. Blizzard and George T. Dechaume. Friends of the family will be honorary pallbearers.

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Lewis Griffin Compton, Sr.
Nov 8, 1874 - Feb 19, 1956

Tuesday Services For L. G. Compton

Funeral services for L. G. Compton, 81, who died at his home 1030 West Fifth avenue Sunday were held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by C. B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Compton was the oldest employe of the Collin Street Bakery and was at home on sick leave when he was stricken Saturday morning. He had been connected with the bakery since 1902 and was one of the originators of the Deluxe Fruitcake.

His death occurred on the 54th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Compton and on Mrs. Compton’s 78th birthday.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. R. H. Tolar and Mrs. Earl Christian, both of Houston, and Mrs. Marshall Harvey, Lubbock; three sisters, Miss Nora Compton and Mrs. Cora Bates, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. S. F. Herod, Richland; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Maurice Pollock, J. Dave Walker, Tom Curtis, Frank Gnoza, Eddie King, Johnny Braxmier, Billie Price and Maurice Mahoney.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Feb 21, 1956
  • h/o Bettie Holland (Slaughter) Compton married Feb. 19, 1902; s/o James W. Compton and Louisa (Edmonds) Compton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mattie Virginia (Foster) Truelove
Dec 22, 1897 - Jan 30, 1956

Dallas Resident Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Truelove, 58, who died in Memorial Hospital Monday, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. R. M. Cheek, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

A native of Barry, Mrs. Truelove resided at 3015 Arizona, Dallas, but had been temporarily residing her when she became ill.

Surviving are a son, Tommy Trulove, and a grandson, Tommy Garth Trulove, Jr., both of Globe, Ariz.; two brothers, B. J. Foster, Wills Point, and J. G. Foster, Terrell, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Rufus Pevehouse, Homer McNabb, Jack Megarity, Paul Conn, Billy McNabb and Clyde Stubbs.

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Robert Odell Ellisor
Apr 9, 1908 - Oct 3, 1943

RITES ON TUESDAY FOR R. O. ELLISOR; BURIAL AT KERENS

Funeral services for Robert O. Ellisor, age 35 years, who died suddenly at his home here Sunday night, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley chapel with Revs. J. I. Cartlidge and T. E. Vaughn conducting the rites. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, four daughters, three brothers, four sisters and other relatives.

Pallbearers were H. T. Rogers, V. F. Barnett, P. J. Rash, R. F. Thompson, E. C. Raby and K. C. Woods.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Oct 5, 1943
  • h/o Frances Jewel (Demoss) Ellisor married Mar. 27, 1926; s/o Lacy B. Ellisor and Annie Pearl (Brooks) Ellisor
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James Thomas “Jim” Terry
Apr 18, 1869 - Oct 6, 1943

JIM T. TERRY OF RURAL SHADE DIED AT HOME WEDNESDAY

Jim T. Terry, aged 74 years, prominent business man of East Navarro county, died at his home at Rural Shade Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. He had been in ill health several years.

Funeral services were held from the Kerens Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

A native of Opelika, Russell county, Alabama, Terry came to Texas when a young boy. He was married to Zuetta J. Lowrey of Roane, Feb. 18, 1897. He was in the drug, grocery and general merchandise business in Rural Shade for the past twenty-eight years and was an active member of the Kerens Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Sam Hale, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Hall, Houston, and Mrs. S. F. Holland, Haskell, Oklahoma; a brother, J. V. Terry, Los Angeles, Calif., a niece, Mrs. Fred D. Prince, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Oct 7, 1943
  • h/o Zuetta Jane (Lowery) Terry married Feb. 18, 1897; s/o William Coleman “Bill” Terry & Ora Elizabeth (Paul) Terry
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Louellen Johnson
Dec 5, 1869 - Mar 14, 1946

FUNERAL RITES FOR L. JOHNSON, KERENS HELD THERE FRIDAY

Funeral services for L. Johnson aged 76 years, who died in Kerens Thursday morning, were held at the Kerens cemetery Friday morning at 10 o’clock where interment was made. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. R. Page assisted by Rev. M. B. Howell, Kerens Methodist pastor.

Survivors are a daughter, Mollie Johnson, Kerens; a sister, Mrs. O. Z. Blackmon, Kerens; a granddaughter, Virginia Utley, California, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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O. Z. Blackmon
Mar 17, 1877 - May 15, 1961

O. Z. Blackmon Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for O. Z. Blackmon, 84, retired Kerens watchmaker, who died in Memorial hospital Monday morning, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Kerens with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Foster, pastor.

Surviving are a brother, Willis R. Blackmon, Mexia; four sisters, Mrs. Flora Canite, Terrell; Mrs. Stella Canite, Dallas; Mrs. J. W. Spain and Mrs. M. E. Hudson, both of Mexia; a niece, Miss Mollie Johnson, Kerens, and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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Zennie Pearl (Jackson) Goodwin
May 1, 1893 - May 3, 1973

Mrs. Goodwin
Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Zennie P. Goodwin, 79, who died Wednesday morning in Lancaster.
The Rev. J. L. Glaze officiated and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons and other relatives.
Pallbearers were L. S. Hosch, A. R. Cravens, Earl McDaniel, T. L. Garza, Ed Goodwin, and Ernest Jones.

 

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Rena Mae (Reynolds) Owen
Dec 21, 1915 - May 2, 1972

Mrs. Owen
Funeral services for Mrs. Rena May Owen, 56, who died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital, were at 3 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B. J. Grimes officiating. Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery.
A resident of Corsicana for 15 years, she was a native of Franklin, Texas.
She is survived by her husband, Marvin Owen of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Lois Flanagan of Fort Worth and Mrs. Macil Brooks of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Marvin R. Owen, J. D. Hope, Jim Stough, Rufus Pevehouse, Charles Rogers and Vernon Tackett.

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Buford Edward Barber
Jan 19, 1926 - Jan 14, 2014

Buford Barber, 87, formerly of Richland, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Bellmead. He was born Jan. 19, 1926 to Edward and Rachel Barber in Malakoff. He was a rancher and retired to Bellmead. He was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by wife Ruby V. Barber; children, Ann Johnson and husband Donnie, Sue Wolfe, Jane Hintz, Rita Jo Taylor and husband Roy, Larry Barber and wife Linda, Rickey Barber and wife Delores; two step-children, Sharon Dodson and Jim Denton and wife Joen; one brother, Raymond Earl Barber; grandchildren, Kim, Gail and Melanie Woodard, Brad Woodard, Bryan Hintz, Summer Matthews, Brandi Barber Garcia, Rachel Barber Dawson, Laura Barber, Rusty Barber, Kim Denton, Barry Denton, Ronnie Denton, Chrissy Roberts, Johnny Roberts; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at Richland Cemetery with Pastor Adams of Concord Baptist Church officiating.
Pallbearers will be Brock Garcia, Shane McCaslin, Ryan Dawson, Larry Hoppe, Bryan Hintz, and Rusty Barber.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Alan James Stark
Mar 12, 1926 - Jan 19, 2014

Alan J. Stark, 87, of Frost passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at his residence. Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at 11:15 a.m. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

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Mr. Alan James Stark, age 87, of Frost, Texas passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at his residence. He was born on March 12, 1926 in Cushing, Oklahoma to Elmer M. and Thelma V. Stark.

Mr. Stark served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He spent his life as a carpenter in the building business. He was a quiet man with a dry sense of humor and he really enjoyed a good laugh.

Mr. Stark was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his soul-mate and loving wife, Marcia Stark.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11:14 AM on Thursday, January 23,
2014 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. No formal visitation is planned.


Brancey Jean Druppal
Oct 17, 1936 - Jan 21, 2014

Brancey Jean Druppal, 77, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Trinidad Cemetery, Trinidad. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Brancey Jean Druppal, 77 of Corsicana, passed away January 21, 2014. She was born October 17, 1936.
She is preceded in death by daughter Belinda Hobbs.
She is survived by son Billy Hobbs and wife Paulette of Corsicana; sister Betty Ray of Malakoff; two nieces, Morgan and Courtney.


John Davis Coopwood
abt 1950 - Jan 14, 2014

John Davis Coopwood, 63, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Community Chapel, 253 Ave. F, Corsicana.

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Lewis Charles "L.C." Dickson
abt 1950 - Jan 18, 2014

Lewis Charles ‘L.C.’ Dickson, 63, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at New Beginning Church, Dawson. Rev. Billy Simmons, pastor, and Rev. Johnny Burgess, eulogist.

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Bobbie Jo Darby
Jan 24, 1924 - Jan 22, 2014

Bobbie Jo Darby, 89, passed away at the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana at 2:28 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, two days shy of her 90th birthday. Bobbie was born Jan. 24, 1924 in Roane to Thomas Irvin and Queena Bess Darby, the third youngest of eight children. The Darby family moved to the Kerens area from Troup, Texas in 1911.

Bobbie Jo enlisted in the WAVES U.S. Naval Reserve in 1944 shortly after they were created in 1942. At this time during World War II they were officially the Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES).
In 1948, while she was still serving, she was able to be a part of military history when the WAVES became a permanent part of the U.S.
Military. She served from 1944 through World War II and the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1952. It was said she was an awesome sight walking around downtown Kerens in her Naval uniform. She was thrilled during her last years to see a Kerens Veterans Memorial being started in her hometown of Kerens.

She worked in many civil service jobs after leaving the military including Texas State Department of the Blind in Austin, Administrator of the Kerens Hospital, Administrator of the Kerens Rest Home, Chief of Planning and Design for the south side Kerens Housing Authority, and even had a street named after her where the south side housing is located, “Darby Drive.” She would not admit it, but she was quite proud of the street named for herself and her family. She was also head of the Malakoff Housing Authority and the Trinidad Housing Authority. During her time in Austin, she became a life-long Texas Longhorn fan and would watch every game when she had the chance. She would also become quite animated when she talked politics. Bobbie was a dedicated Democrat and often said she only voted for one Republican in her life, Ronald Reagan.

Bobbie Jo was a proud graduate of the 1942 Class of Kerens High School where she was a cheerleader and also worked on the original Bobcat Scratch. She did her military training at Hunter College in New York City, Dallas, and Bethesda, Maryland. After the military, she also attended the University of Texas in Austin.

Bobbie Jo was the third youngest of the eight children of Queena Bess and Thomas Irvin Darby of Kerens. All except for infant Johnny Darby were graduates from Kerens High School.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Irvin and Queena Bess Darby; brothers Jack Darby, Thomas Darby, and Johnny Darby; and sisters, Billie Ruth Cartlidge, Katherine Patterson, Queena Allen, and Melba Rea; and numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kerens Veterans Memorial Fund, Post Office Box 5, Kerens, Texas, 75144.

Visitation will be from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Paschal Funeral Chapel in Kerens. A Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at the Kerens Cemetery with her nephew Jakie Doyle Allen officiating. Interment will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

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Pauline Frednia (Brackeen) Raley
Dec 29, 1919 - Jan 23, 2014

Pauline Brackeen Raley, 94, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. She was born Dec. 29, 1919 to Dewey and Lula Brackeen.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bennedict Raley, son Mike Raley and her parents.

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Shows and husband David of Nacogdoches, son James Raley and wife Dorothy of Corsicana, daughter Paulette Thompson and husband Sam of Corsicana, daughter, Brenda Lawhon and husband Stan of Corsicana, son Benney Raley and wife Karen of Huntsville, daughter-in-law Patty Raley of Sachse; sisters, Margaret Raley, Roberta Kelley and brother Donald Brackeen, 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Raley officiating. There will be a private internment at Brushie Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Bobby Gene Carpenter Sr.
July 17, 1937 - Jan 23, 2014

Bobby Gene Carpenter Sr., 76, of Corsicana passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 with his family by his side. He was born July 17, 1937 in Corsicana to William Nathan and Jessie Lee Carpenter.

He lived his entire life in Navarro County, graduated from Corsicana High School in 1956, and attended Navarro Junior College for two years. While in high school he played tennis, baseball and basketball, and was named All State in basketball. At Navarro he played baseball and basketball. He remained a loyal Tiger fan his entire life.

In 1964 he married Betty Allred and they were married 49 years, 11 months and two days. Their marriage was blessed with three children: his first-born son, “Little Bobby” who was his dad’s pride and joy; his precious daughter, Megan, who brought him so much love; and “Daddy’s little angel” Joe, his baby boy. Bobby was blessed with five grandchildren, Chloe, Will and Emma Carpenter and Claire and Ryan Vadasy. Each was very special to him and they knew it.

He was a man of faith who leaned on the Lord and depended on prayer. He maintained a joy in his life in spite of the challenges of losing his vision later in life and his weakening heart. He was an inspiration to those around him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Earl and Charles Brannon, and a sister, Mildred Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Carpenter; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby Jr. and Dawn Carpenter of Waco, daughter and son-in-Law, Megan and Derek Vadasy of Corsicana; and son and daughter-in-Law, Joe and Susan Carpenter of Corsicana; grandsons, Will Carpenter and Ryan Vadasy; granddaughters, Chloe and Emma Carpenter and Claire Vadasy; two sisters, Ima Lee King of Corsicana and Polly Mullins of Greenville; two brothers, Calvin Carpenter of Arizona and Billy Joe Carpenter of New Jersey.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
25, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his nephews, and the Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Corsicana Pitiful Golf Association and players from the old Navarro Softball Team.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bobby’s memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas
75284-1125 or to the Care Center at Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N.
Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Henry Grady Summerall Jr.
Sept 12, 1947 - Jan 23, 2014

Henry G. Summerall, 66, of Celina passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Life Care Hospital of Plano. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Barry Strickland officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, January 24, 2014 Submitted by Karen Rost

Mr. Henry G. Summerall, 66, of Celina passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Life Care Hospital of Plano. He was born on September 12, 1947 in Corsicana to parents Henry Grady and Mary Ruth Summerall, Sr.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas. He attended and graduated from UT Arlington with a bachelor degree and then from SMU with his MBA. He was in the banking industry for 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sharon Summerall of Celina; son, Matthew Summerall of Celina; sister, Margaret Claus and husband Jim of Dallas; aunt, Sybil Bates of Corpus Christi; uncle, Chester Duke of Mildred; numerous nieces, nephews, and a big host of friends.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28,
2014 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.
on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Barry Strickland officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of the Dallas Rugby Football Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dallas Life Foundation, 1100 Cadiz St. Dallas, Texas 75215 or dallaslife.org

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Harriett Ann (Prine) Albertson
Aug 1, 1937 - Jan 20, 2014

Harriett Ann Albertson, 76, passed away Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, in Corsicana. She was born Aug. 1, 1937, in Corsicana, to Stella and Lawrence M. Prine.

Harriett graduated from Richland High School, attended Navarro Junior College and then Baylor University School of Nursing to pursue a profession in Medical Technology. Her career included work at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Mexia State School, and Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana from which she later retired.

Harriett was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She married her husband Robert E. (Bob) Albertson on June 18, 1960, at the First United Methodist Church in Richland; they were married for just over 50 years.
She and her husband, Bob, were devoted leaders of the Navarro County 4-H Club of which their three daughters were members. They were both also strong supporters of the Mildred ISD athletics, where their daughters attended school. At her home in Richland, Harriett enjoyed gardening with her family, quilting, playing piano for her church and openly sharing her home with friends and family.

Harriett is preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Albertson, parents, Lawrence and Stella Prine, and her brothers James R. Prine and John M. Prine.

She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly and Pat Cunningham of Richland, Jennifer and Chris Cofer of Corsicana, and Andrea and John Catanzaro of Galveston; grandsons Phillip Halcomb, Sean Cofer, Brenden Cofer, Ethan Cofer, Anthony Catanzaro, Vincent Catanzaro, and Noah Catanzaro; granddaughter Paige Cunningham; great-granddaughter Karsyn Shaw; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in the Great Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 320 N. 15th Street, in Corsicana, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Stained Glass Window or Rose Garden Funds (contact Dawn Clay at dawnc@fumccorsicana.org or (903) 874-5656), or the First United Methodist Church of Richland, Texas (contact Shirley Thomas, P.O. Box 207, Richland, Texas 76682, or call (210) 862-7339).

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Lee Jordane "Baby Lee" Fincher
Aug 10, 1991 - Jan 26, 2014

Lee Jordane “Baby Lee” Fincher, 22, passed away in Ennis Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014.

Lee was born in Fort Worth on Aug. 10, 1991 to Cedric Fielder and Denise Fincher. She grew up in Ennis, Palmer and Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 2010.

She worked as a promotional model for Hooter’s for two years and at the Gas Monkey Bar and Grill for one year as a bartender. She was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Palmer. She was passionate about motorcycles and loved to dance.

She is survived by her father, Cedric Fielder; her mother, Denise Fincher and step-father, Jason McKoy; brothers: Jacobi Fincher and Darian Clarkson; sisters: Amanda Carpenter and Anique Fincher; four nieces; grandparents: Doris Jones Polk and Harry and Wanda Fincher, great-grandmother: Margie McKenzie along with many other family, friends and loved ones.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the J. E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the J. E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Rev. Buck Marshall officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Laurel Land Cemetery of Dallas under the direction of J. E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

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Norma Belle (Mackin) Hodge
July 2, 1923 - Jan 26, 2014

Norma B. Hodge, 90, of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born July 2, 1923 in San Angelo, Texas to Franklin Dee and Bessie Mackin.

She married Lee Hodge on Aug. 13, 1949. She was a loving and devoted mother to Kim, Kay and Jerry. She loved and spoiled her grandchildren Caitlin Marie and Colin Lee Hodge. They loved her back just as much. She loved her family and friends unconditionally which they will miss her dearly, but take great comfort in knowing she is in Heaven.

She was a dedicated member of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. Her family is very appreciative of this church for loving her and being very kind to them during this difficult time. For about 20 years she would bake loaves of homemade bread every week which she had her husband Lee deliver to home bound people and church visitors. She was known as the bread lady. She and her husband visited nursing homes and friends with needs faithfully for the church up to the week before she passed away.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Hodge; daughters, Kim Hodge and Kay Holcomb and husband Sid; son, Jerry Hodge and wife Sandy; granddaughter, Caitlin Hodge; grandson, Colin Hodge, and a sister, Mary Dee Champie and her family. She had many other family members and she loved them all.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
28, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to any Pro Life Organization or to Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Adelia Elizabeth (Gatlin) Adams-Allen
Jan. 20, 1860 - May 21, 1944

MRS. A. A. ALLEN BURIED ON MONDAY AFTERNOON AT RICE

RICE, May 24.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Arelia Adams Allen, who died Sunday morning at 7:50 o’clock in St. Paul’s Hospital in Dallas, were held from the Baptist church here Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, with Rev. J. F. Stanley of Ben Wheeler officiating.

The pallbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Allen; Murphey, George Eldon and Roy Holmes, Mark Davis, Bobbie Young and Jack Germany.

Mrs. Allen was born in Cannan, Miss., January 20, 1860. She joined the Baptist church at the age of 15 years and lived a devoted Christian all her life.

She is survived by two sons, R. H. Adams, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Frank Adams, Borger, Texas; six daughters, Mrs. W. H. Smith and Mrs. Sam Johnson, Greenville, Texas; Mrs. R. Holmes, Lubbock; Mrs. N. H. Holmes, Dallas; Mrs. R. L. Young, Miles, and Mrs. W. R. Hall, Houston.

Interment was made in the Rice cemetery.

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William Joseph Everett Emmert
Feb 6, 1873 - Jan 22, 1945

W. J. E. EMMERT DIED MONDAY AT RICE; BURIAL ON TUESDAY

Funeral services for W. J. E. Emmert, 71, who died at his home in Rice community Monday afternoon, were held from the Rice Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. M. C. Bledsoe conducted the rites and interment was in Rice cemetery.

He had been a resident of Rice community over 50 years and was well known in that section.

Surviving are his wife, Rice; a son, E. E. Emmert, Corpus Christi; four brothers, Harvey, Albert and Earl Emmert, Rice; Jake Emmert, Ennis; a sister, Mrs. Lee Etta Roan, two grandchildren and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Cora Ellen (Price) Kelley
Mar 1, 1878 - Jan 13, 1945

Dallas Woman Was Buried In Rice

Mrs. T. J. Kelley, 65, died Saturday in Dallas and funeral services were held there Sunday. Interment was in the Rice cemetery Sunday afternoon under the direction of Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Melissa Cordelia (Bates) Ferguson
Jun 28, 1887 - Mar 27, 1945

Former Resident Of Navarro County Buried At Rice

ENNIS, March 28,--Funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Eason Ferguson, aged 58 years, who died Tuesday afternoon here. Burial was in Rice cemetery. Mrs. Ferguson formerly resided in Navarro county.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Clyde Ethridge, Chatfield, Mrs. Elbert Lindsey and Mrs. Frank Puckett, both of Ennis; a son, Burton Ferguson, Ennis; 12 grandchildren and a brother, Jim Bates, Bay City.

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Alma Gertrude (Watkin) Pierce
Jan 3, 1898 - Jul 15, 1945

MRS. ALMA G. PIERCE DIED IN GALVESTON; BURIAL IN RICE

Mrs. Alma Gertrude Pierce, aged 47 years, resident of Galveston the past 3 ˝ years, died in St. Mary’s Infirmary, Galveston Sunday.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church in Rice Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Burial was in the Rice cemetery. Rev. W. E. Nunn conducted the rites.

Surviving are her husband, Erlen Pierce, Galveston; three daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Montgomery, Marjorie Pierce and Nellie Ruth Pierce all of Galveston; two sons, Pfc. Homer L. Pierce, U. S. Army in Europe, and Robert T. Pierce, U. S. Navy in the South Pacific; two sisters, Mrs. Mincie Durbin, Dallas, and Mrs. H. P. Cox, Galveston; and two brothers, Pfc. Guy W. Watkin, U. S. Army in New Guinea and R. L. Watkin, Galveston.

Corley Funeral Home in charge.

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Albert Clint “Bud” Ryburn
Feb 1, 1879 - Feb 17, 1945

ALBERT C. RYBURN DIED AT FROST HOME BURIAL ON MONDAY

Albert C. Ryburn, aged 66 years, retired farmer, died at his home in Frost Saturday. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Frost Methodist church. Burial was in the Blooming Grove cemetery. He had resided in the western part of Navarro county for about 50 years.

Surviving are his wife of Frost, two brothers, Rufus Ryburn, Kirven, and Claude Ryburn, Mississippi, a sister, Mrs. Annie Miller, Oklahoma City, and other relatives.

McCormick’s Funeral Service directed arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, February 19, 1945
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (Death certificate says buried at Rose Hill cemetery, no family there ---but he has twins buried at Frost cemetery per their certificate and a wife and baby with monuments at Lone Oak cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx. )
    Born Arkansas 1st wife Tennie (Bell) Ryburn buried at Lone Oak cemetery 2nd Velia Mae (Hambrick) Brasher-Ryburn s/o Linn Boyd Ryburn and Cintha Jane (Miller) Ryburn

John D. Holland
Dec 28, 1885 - Sep 20, 1944

John D. Holland Be Buried Kerens Thursday Afternoon

KERENS, Sept. 21.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for John D. Holland, age 58, who died Wednesday afternoon at 2:40 o’clock, at his home, will be held Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock, with Rev. Maggart Howell conducting the rites.

Mr. Holland was born at Brittain, Texas, Oct. 28, 1885. He came to Kerens some 30 years ago and in 1918 was married to Miss Ruth Berry. He was in the grocery business 22 years, but retired about six years ago due to ill health.

His health had improved the last few years and until Wednesday morning when he suffered a stroke, from which he never regained consciousness.

Surviving are his wife, and brother, Rufus Holland, West Texas and sister Mrs. Bessie Bucy of Rising Star; a number of nieces and nephews.

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Eldridge Knox Moores
Jul 2, 1859 - Jul 12, 1944

RITES BE HELD LATE THURSDAY AT KERENS FOR E. K. MOORES

KERENS, July 13—(Spl)—Funeral services for E. K. Moores, age 85 years, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Talley here Wednesday morning, were planned for 5:30 Thursday afternoon from the First Methodist church here. Rev. C. E. Wilkins, former pastor will conduct the rites. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

A resident of Navarro county 65 years, he was well known here and in Corsicana where he operated a cotton warehouse for several years.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Talley, a granddaughter, a great- granddaughter, a great granddaughter and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 13, 1944
  • h/o Sarah F. (Graham) Moores buried in Oakwood cemetery father of Iva (Moores) Talley buried in Kerens cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Rufus Bratton Massey
Oct 20, 1867 - Oct 25, 1945

RITES HELD FRIDAY FOR R. B. MASSEY FROM KERENS CHURCH

Funeral services for R. B. Massey, aged 72 years, of Kerens who died at the Veterans’ Hospital at Lisbon, near Dallas, Thursday morning, were held Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Kerens Methodist church. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Maggard B. Howell, pastor of the church, and Rev. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church of Corsicana.

A Native of South Carolina Massey was discharged from the U. S. army in 1889 because of a heart ailment. He came to Texas and Navarro county in 1899 and had resided in Kerens for many years.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, a daughter, Mrs. Sam Butler, Corsicana; four sons, William A. Massey, Monterrey, Calif., U. S. army, retired;; Rufus Massey, Long Beach, Calif.; H. C. Massey and Andrall Massey, both of Houston; five grandchildren; two brothers, F. H. Massey, Kerens and G. D. Massey, Houston, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Oct 26, 1945
  • 1st wife Bessie (Moore) Massey 2nd Martha Minzie (Caldwell) Massey; s/o William Heath Massey and Sarah Melissa Atwood (Hicklin) Massey buried at White Church Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lillie Antoinette (Smith) Youngblood
May 27, 2901 - Aug 24, 1999

MEMORIAM

"I only met Lillie once in person. It was in her lovely home to ask her about her family who are distant Hightower cousins of mine. It was a museum, and she, in her 80's, a model of days gone by. She showered me with love and information for years to come. She was the only surviving child of her parents and she had no children of her own. She was devoted to her Mother and her 3 Aunts, daughters of Allen G. and Lillie Hightower. Her parents had no descendants after her death and I am thankful to Findagrave for giving me somewhere to share the information and photos she gave me.

Lillie graduated from Frost TX High School in 1921. She was in drama and basketball. She went on to receive a degree from North Texas State University in 1929. She taught school for 4 years before her marriage to Willie Youngblood of Waxahachie, TX. They had no children. She was active in service during WWII although I am not sure what she did. She also work for Borden and retired after 17 years in 1964 as her Mother aged. She cared for her Mother until her Mother's death in 1971 at the age of 96. Lillie was very active in many community organizations and activities, especially the Baptist church. She visited and traveled with her Aunts as much as possible. She lived in Waxahachie most of her life and died at the age of 98 and was buried in Frost by her parents and her sister, Jessie, who died at 19."

Marty Stewart


David Henry "Bud" Davidson
Oct 21, 1877 - Jun 28, 1949

 

D. H. Davidson Is Buried At Frost
Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at Frost for D. H. Davidson, aged 71 years, who died with a heart attack at his home in Frost Tuesday night. The rites were held from the Baptist chruch with Rev. C. C. Ellis officiating. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, four daughters, 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Mollie Louisa (Brown) Blood
Feb 11, 1857 - Feb 2, 1955

Mrs. Mollie Blood Dies At Richland
Mrs. Mollie Blood, 97, long-time Richland resident, died at the family home Wednesday afternoon following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church in Richland Friday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Richland cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bill Langham, pastor, and Rev. Roy F. Johnson.
Born February 11, 1857, in Mississippi, Mrs. Blood had resided in Richland 47 years. She would have observed her 98th birthday next week.
Surviving are two sons, G. W. Blood, Corsicana, and E. R. Blood, Ruidoso, N. M.; four daughters, Miss Georgia Blood, Mrs. Alice Hammond and Mrs. E. S. Allen, all of Richland, and Mrs. D. S. Williams, Capitan, N. M.; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Lee Jones, Corsicana, and Mrs. W. H. Evans, Earth, Texas, and numerous other relatives.
Grandsons will be pallbearers. Corley will direct.

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Leroy Wilson

Leroy Wilson
Leroy Wilson, 67, of Arlington, died Friday in Arlington. Service was Saturday, 2 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Ryan officiating. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
He was a native of Corsicana and had lived in Arlington since 1957. He was a retired employee of the City of Dallas and a member of the Baptist Church. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Wilson.
Survivors include his wife, of Arlington; three daughters, Mrs. Joy Mae Brawner, of Maypearl, Mrs. Joyce Archer and Mrs. Sammie Shackelford, both of Paradise; nine grand-children, two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Gracie Lee Hollingsworth, of Corsicana; five brothers, Lonnie Wilson of Liberty, Wilbur Wright Wilson, of Greenville, Buster Wilson, Sam Wilson, and Jack Wilson all of Houston, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Paul William, III
d. Sept 1981

Paul William III, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul William, Jr. of Rice, died Saturday in Navarro Memorial Hospital.
Graveside service was Thursday, 11 a.m. at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicna. Arrangements were with Ross and Johnson Mortuary in Corsicana.

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C. A. (Mike) Fraser
d. Sep 1981

C. A. (Mike) fraser, 56, of Corsicana, died last night at Memorial Hospital.
Services were Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Burial followed at Dawson Cemetery.
Fraser, former owner of Vertex Machine Co. and a Presbyterian, is survived by his wife, Jera Fraser, of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Sharon Meletio, of Dallas, and Miss Kathleen Fraser, of Illinois; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Baumgardner and Mrs. henry Sirelum, of Farmington, Mo.; three brothers, Don Fraser, of St. Louis, Mo., Bob Fraser, of Farmington, Mo., and George Fraser, of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a number of neices and nephews.
Pallbearers included Bill Grubbs, Lester Jones, Sammy J. Thomas, Charles Bancroft, Joe Hashop, Louis Hashop, James Doolen and Raymond Hampel.

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Winnie McMullan
d. Sep 1981

Mrs. Winnie McMullan
Mrs. Winnie McMullan died Sunday in Baton Rouge, La. She was a native of Corsicana.
Services was Tuesday in Baton Roughe at the Hollabough Spindle Funeral Home.
Survivors include a son, Boyd Hughes McMullan; a daughter, Mrs. Jules Mayeaux, botyh of Baton Rouge; two sisters, Mrs. Marvin E. Wallace, of Corsicana, and Mrs. Frankie Rainey, of Spring; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Chasity Ann Honea and Chrisi Lynn Honea
b & d  Aug 27, 1981

Stacy Ann Honea and Chrisi Lynn Honea, twin infant daughters of Mr. and mrs. Thomas Honea, of Lubbock, and formerly of Corsicana died Thursday in Lubbock.
Graveside services were Monday, 4 p.m., Frost Cemetery with the Rev. J. T. Davis officiating.
Arrangements were with Corley Funeral Home.
Other survivors include grandparents, Mrs. Betty Honea, of Silver City, Mrs. Dee Keath and guy Keath, both of Lubbock, Thomas E. Honea; great-grandparents, Mrs. oral Honea, Earl Honea and Mrs. Dovie Thmas, all of Corsicana.

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Whit Ainsworth
d. Sep 1981

Whit Ainsworth, 57, of Fairfield, died Thursday at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco.
Service was 2 p.m. Friday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Jewett. Burial was at New Hope Cemetery..
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Joy Reedes Ainsworth, of Fairfield; one son, Blake Ainsworth, of Fairfield; one daughter, Mrs. C. W. McKnight, of Fairfield; six grandchildren; four sisters, Sarah Ann Iviy, of Potter, Eunice Golding, of Conroe, Ruby Lee Reedes, of Houston, and Lennie Evans, of Smithfille; three brothers, Joe Ainsworth, of Conroe, Presley Ainsworth, of Mesquite, and James Ainsworth, of Concord.

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Richard Younger
d. Sep 1981

Richard Younger, 67, of Corsicana, died Wednesday night at Memorial Hospital.
Service was Saturday, 1 p.m., Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Rhode Island Cemetery in Streetman.
Wake service was Friday, 7-oclock, Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Services include an aunt, Mrs. Lorena Gray, of Streetman, and several cousons.

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William Allen McEntire
Nov 16, 1879 - Jan 5, 1944

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. A. M’ENTIRE AT DRANE THURSDAY

Funeral services for W. A. McEntire, aged 64 years, who died at his home in the Drane community early Wednesday morning following a short illness, were held from the Baptist church at Drane Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. E. O. Vaughn conducted the rites. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Drane; two sons, two daughters, a brother, four sisters and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Margaret Ellen "Maggie" (Nash) Lord
Feb 5 1880- Aug 26, 1945

FUNERAL SERVICES TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR MRS. M. E. LORD

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Maggie E. Lord, aged 65 years, who died at the family residence, 192 Avenue E. Sunday night. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the Northside Baptist church, and Rev. Hughie McCollum.

Surviving are six sons, M. M. Lord, Jr., and W. W. Lord, both of Ennis; A. P., B. B. and T. E. Lord, all of Corsicana, and J. B. Lord, U. S. Army; two daughters, Mrs. G. W. Brown, Richland, and Mrs. Bud Gaddy, Corsicana; 21 grandchildren, six brothers, three sisters, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Thurber Lord, Lloyd Bearden, Huby Nash, Frank Coley, Herschel Blackmon, Robert Clarke and Sam Gordon.

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William Henry Allen
Nov 6, 1870 - Apr 25, 1945

WM. HENRY ALLEN DIED NEAR ATHENS RITES HELD HERE

William Henry Allen, aged 67 years, died at his home north of Athens, Henderson county, Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Home chapel. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Athens, three sons, Joe Allen, U. S. Navy; Arthur Allen, Roane, and Hughie Allen, Athens; two daughters, Miss Cliffie Mae Allen, Athens, and Mrs. F. M. McCoy, Lamoe, Texas, and several grandchildren.

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Hazel Ruth (Holder) Tippett-Rose
May 12, 1935 - Jan 26, 2014

Hazel Ruth Rose went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. She was born May 12, 1935. She was a long-time employee of Wal-Mart in Corsicana. She resided on her farm in Blooming Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ola Holder, sister Frankie Hollis, brother Leroy Holder, daughter Cathy Tippett and two husbands, James Tippett and Don Rose.

Those she left behind are daughters and sons-in-law Deborah and Michael Lawley, Becki Stroud, Teresa Tippett, Denise and Shane Eudy and son, Ray Tippett. Grandchildren and spouses are David Lawley, Jessica Neely, Fallon and Jason Scallons, James Tippett, Donna Millhollin, Jesse Tippett, Nicholas Tippett, Joe and Tori Eudy, Taylor Eudy and Joshua Eudy.

Great-grandchildren are Jackson Neely, Julianne Busby, Mason Scallons, Zachary Scallons, Parker Scallons and one on the way.

Pallbearers will be Shane Eudy, Jason Scallons, David Lawley, Joe Eudy, Taylor Eudy and Joshua Eudy.

Services will be held at Griffin-Roughton in Corsicana. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at Rose Hill in Blooming Grove. Pastor Brian Conley will be officiating the services.

Love you Ethel, from James.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Hazel R. Rose
May 12, 1935 - January 26, 2014
Blooming Grove, Texas

Hazel was born on May 12, 1935 and passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

Hazel was a resident of Blooming Grove, Texas.

Hazel was married to Don.

Services will be held at Griffin-Roughton in Corsicana, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 9:00 a. m. to 9:00 p.m. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p. m. to 8:00 p. m. Funeral services will be Friday, January 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at Rose Hill in Blooming Grove, Texas. Pastor Brian Conley will be officiating the services.

 


Esther Leouis "Lil Momma" (Gentry) Byrd
April 20, 1924 - Jan 29, 2014

Esther Leouis ‘Lil Momma’ Byrd, 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dennis Webster officiating. Burial will be 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at Sardis Cemetery, Center, Texas. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Leouis "Lil Momma" Byrd was born in Ashville, North Carolina on April 20, 1924 to Will and Dora Gentry and went to be with the Lord on January 29, 2014. She was raised in Bodcaw Louisiana where she lived until she married Ernest Jessie Byrd on October 31, 1943. Together they had 10 children. In 1962 the family moved to Carrollton where they became members of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church. This would be where she spent the next 30+ years as the head of the nursery school. She retired at the age of 74.

She is survived by her four children, Elaine Wilson and husband Kenneth of Dallas, Cynthia Favors and husband K.E. of Winnsboro, Donald Byrd and wife Karen of Corsicana, Tommy Bryd and wife Janet of Dallas; three sisters, Judy Taylor, Susie Feazel and Dodie Gentry; two brothers, James Gentry and Everett Gentry; thirty-nine grandchildren and great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friend Miss Wright.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ernest Jessie Byrd in 1993; six children, Jack Byrd, Guy Byrd, Jerry Byrd, Lola Byrd, Patsy Byrd and Tina Byrd.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 8:00 am Friday, January 31, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dennis Webster officiating. Burial will be 3:00 pm at Sardis Cemetery, Center, Texas.

 


Alice Gelene (Gaddy) Slone-Thomas
Dec 7, 1919 - Jan 23, 2014

Alice Gelene Thomas went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. She was born Dec. 7, 1919 to Nathaniel Gaddy and Belle Livingston Gaddy.

Gelene was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Garvin Slone and Milton Thomas, as well as her brother O.L. “Bud” Gaddy and sister Alva Mae Gaddy Thomas.

Those left on this earth as her survivors are her only son Ronald Garvin Slone and his wife Jane who reside in Ennis; three grandchildren, Scott Slone and wife Lisa of Lutz, Fla. and their two children Trinity and Zaiden, Lori Slone Jones and husband Bob of Dallas and their two children, Reagan and Natalie; and Bethany Slone of Ennis; step-children, Jo Ann Thomas of California, Jimmy Thomas of Groesbeck and Glenda Underwood of Austin. Glenda was a very loving and helpful step-daughter.
She is also survived by step-grandchildren, Debra Howell of Gilmer, Brad Thomas of Gilmer, and Bobbi and Elaine of California.

Gelene was raised in Silver City and attended school in Purdon. Sometime later her family moved to Corbet. In 1953 Gelene, Garvin and son Ronald became members of Missionary Baptist Church where she remained throughout her life. Gelene remained in her own home until she was no longer able to keep house. At that time she moved to Friendship Towers in the year of 2000, a place that she dearly loved because of the friends she made while there.

During her life, she worked in the sewing factory and spent her time taking care of the sick. She also worked as a sewing instructor at Navarro College. One of her most favorite activities was vegetable gardening and canning. She loved to share the vegetables with her friends and neighbors. As she aged, one of the things she missed the most was her garden. Gelene never met a stranger, and made friends with everyone she met. Some of her favorite stories included surviving the Great Depression, spending her youth working with the NYA in a hospital, and talking about her experiences while working at the Child Development Center.

All of her friends talk about Gelene's caring and loving heart. Several years ago, one of Gelene's nephews and his wife asked her to write a history of the family from her memory. She closed the story with these words, “I am sorry I can't write like I used to, I have arthritis in my hands, but I really love all of you. I know I do not have a lot of years left, but I hope to see you on the other side.”

Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 from 9 to 10 am at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will follow at 10 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Dollar officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or Missionary Baptist Church at 405 S. 15th St. Corsicana, Texas 75110. All donations will be appreciated.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John Rangle
1943 - Sep 28, 1944

Baby Buried From Catholic Church On Thursday Morning

Funeral services for John Rangle, age 1 year, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rangle, who died here Thursday morning, were held from the Catholic church Friday morning at 9 o’clock with Rt. Rev. Msgr. V. Graffeo conducting the rites. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, four sisters and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Louis Polina Reyes, Sr.
Oct 17, 1924 - Dec 9, 1944

Veteran World War 1 Buried Here On Friday Morning

Funeral services for Louis P. Reyes, World War One veteran who died at the Veterans Hospital in Kerrville Saturday, were held Friday morning at 9 o’clock from the Catholic church with Rt. Rev. Msgr. V. Graffeo conducting the rites. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, his parent, two brothers, two sisters, and other relatives.

Corley’s Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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DIED AT KERRVILLE; BURIAL BE HERE

Louis P. Reyes died Saturday in the Veterans Hospital at Kerrville, and the body has been brought her for interment. Funeral services are pending word from a brother in the U. S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Felita Reyes, Corsicana; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Reyes, Corsicana; two brothers, Joe Reyes, U. S. Army overseas; Clint Reyes U. S. Army; two sisters, Mrs. Luz Salsido, Los Angeles, Calif., Miss Victoria Reyes, Houston, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.

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Rites On Friday For Louis Reyes Who Died Kerrville

Funeral services for Louis P. Reyes, who died Saturday in the Veterans Hospital at Kerrville, will be held Friday morning at 9 o’clock from the Catholic church with Rt. Rev. Msgr. V. Graffeo conducting the rites. Burial will be I the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, His parents, two brothers, two sisters and other relatives.

Corley’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Juliana (Icaba) Rubalcaba
Feb 16, 1871 - May 7, 1944

Rites Held Tuesday For Mrs. Rubalcada, Who Died Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Juliana Rubalcada, who died at her home here Sunday, were held Tuesday morning from the Catholic church with Rt. Rev. Msgr. V. Graffeo conducting the rites. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are a son and a daughter.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Mary (Sablish) Remonte
Jun 24, 1869 - Sep 22, 1945

MRS. MARY REMONTE DIED ON SATURDAY; RITES ON MONDAY

Mrs. Mary Remonte, aged 76 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Duncan, 216 East Second avenue, early Saturday morning following a short illness with a heart attack.

Funeral services are scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday from the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with interment in the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Very Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo.

A native of Austria, Mrs. Remonte came to America when 12 years of age. She was the widow of the late John Remonte, Corsicana tailor who died a number of years ago. Mrs. Remonte had made her home in Corsicana between 35 and 40 years.

Surviving are her daughter, a son, John Remonte, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Adelina Scaperlanda, Galveston; three grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Corley Funeral Home is directing.

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Margareta (Rodriquez) Toledo
Jun 10, 1886 - Nov 3, 1945

MRS. M. TOLEDO DIED NEAR BARRY SUNDAY; FUNERAL ON MONDAY

Mrs. Marguerita Toledo, aged 59 years, died at the family home near Barry Sunday.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 10 o’clock from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by Very Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo.

Surviving is her husband, Samon Toledo, Barry, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Mary Katherine (Remonte) Duncan
Mar 16, 1894 - Jul 19, 1960

Mrs. Duncan Dies Tuesday

Mrs. Mary Duncan, 66, long-time Corsicana resident, died Tuesday in Memorial hospital after a short illness.

Funeral services were to be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, conducting the final rites. Interment will be in the Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Duncan was born in Beaumont March 16, 1894, but had lived in Corsicana for 60 years.

Surviving are her husband, A. L. Duncan, Corsicana; one brother, John Remonte, Corsicana; one niece and two nephews.

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Minnie C. (Hyer) McFadden
Feb 20, 1885 - Oct 18, 1945

Mrs. McFadden Died Suddenly In Austin

Mrs. Minnie Hyer McFadden of Austin died with a heart attack at her home Thursday and was buried Saturday afternoon, Judge C. A. Wheeler of Austin, deputy Grand Sire of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the World, IOOF, revealed on his arrival here Sunday for the Grand Encampment sessions.

Mrs. McFadden was reared in the Frost community. Her husband, George B. McFadden, an Austin confectionery owner and operator, who was to accompany Judge Wheeler here for the convention, also was reared at Frost. Mr. McFadden did not attend the convention because of the death of his wife. He is a familiar figure at IOOF conventions.

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Priscilla Camile “Sweet” (Hartzell) Baum
Apr 18, 1896 - Aug 9, 1976

Mrs. George Baum Sr. Dies

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church for Mrs. George F. Baum Sr., 80 resident of Corsicana, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Kenneth Haley will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

She was born in Blooming Grove in 1896 to a pioneer Texas family. She pursued her interest in music at Belcourt Seminary in Washington, D. C. and married George F. Baum after she graduated from Belcourt.

They recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

She was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church, member of many historical societies including, Daughters of Republic of Texas, Daughter of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Magna Carta Plantagenet Society, and Daughter of the Colonists.

Mrs. Baum is also listed in “Who’s Who in American Women.”

Survivors include her widower of Corsicana, two daughters, Mrs. John D. (Priscilla) Stringer of Washington, D. C. and Mrs. G. Flint (Isa) Sawtelle of Houston; a son, George F. Baum, Jr. of Dallas; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Aug 9, 1976
  • w/o George Frederick Baum, Sr. d/o Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Hartzell and Clementine “Clemmie” Boyd (Haden) Hartzell
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Clementine Boyd “Clemmie” (Haden) Hartzell
Nov 20, 1866 - Jan 24, 1919

HIGHLY ESTEEMED LADY DEAD

Was Born and Reared In Navarro County

Mrs. Clemmie Haden Hartzell, wife of B. F. Hartzell, died at the family home on West Third Avenue at 2:30 this morning after an illness of ten days with influenza and pneumonia, while it was known that she was quite sick her condition was not thought to be critical till a few hours before the end came, hence her death came as a distinct shock to the entire community, and especially so to her large circle of friends. The deceased was born at Dresden, this county, November 2, 1866, and was therefore fifty-two years, two months and twenty-two days old when her life ended.

The deceased was a woman of fine mind, lovable disposition and was esteemed by all who know her, and devotedly loved by a large circle of friends to whom her many virtues were known. She is survived by her husband and three children, Mrs. Joe Noble of Blooming Grove, Mrs. George Baum and Dan Hartzell of Corsicana, two brothers, Joel and Chas. Haden of Corsicana, and two sisters, Mrs. Dr. Waller of Hubbard and Mrs. Pattie Taylor of Corsicana.

The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 11:30 from the family home, 1446 West Third Avenue. Rev. J. W. Stephens, pastor of the First Christian church will officiate and the pallbearers will be: Active—M. G. Young, of Dallas, J. D. Cunningham, G. J. Heflin, J. E. Butler, J. S. Murchison, J. N. Edens, W. M. Peck and W. F. Dunn. Honorary—W. M. Tatum, John H. Rice, B. L. Finch, R. S. Loyd of Blooming Grove, A. M. Milligan, W. J. McKie, Richard Mays and J. A. Thompson.

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Funeral Was Largely Attended.

The remains of the late Mrs. B. F. Hartzell was laid to rest in Oakwood this morning after impressive services at the home conducted by Rev. J. W. Stephens of the First Christian Church. A large crowd witnessed the last sad rites, many coming from Blooming Grove and other communities in the county, as well as a number from other towns. The display of floral offerings were elaborate and of rare beauty and many of these came from a distance.

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Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Hartzell
Apr 3, 1863 - Mar 21, 1924

PROMINENT CORSICANA MAN DEAD FOLLOWING ILLNESS OF FEW WEEKS

FUNERAL OF BEN F. HARTZELL WILL BE CONDUCTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Ben F. Hartzell, aged sixty-one years, native of Navarro county, died at his home here Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock, following an illness of several weeks. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. George F. Baum, 1714 West Second avenue and the services will be conducted by the Rev. C. A. Chasteen, pastor of the First Christian church and Dr. E. P. Kennedy, pastor of the First Baptist church. The Knights Templar will take charge of the body at the grave. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Hartzell is survived by the following; his mother, Mrs. M. E. Hartzell Fultz, who is now eighty-seven years of age and resides at Dresden, this county; three children, Mrs. Joe Noble of Grandview; Dan B. Hartzell, of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. George F. Baum, of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Fred Fleming, San Bernardino, California; Mrs. Mary H. Sullenburger, Corsicana; Mrs. Carroll H. Lutterloh, Jonesboro, Arkansas; a brother, Jacob Hartzell, Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and two grandchildren, Pricilla and Iza Baum of Corsicana.

Mr. Hartzell was born in the old settlement of Dresden, April 3, 1863, and on Nov. 6, 1889, he was married Miss Clemmie Hayden at Blooming Grove. In 1911 he moved to Corsicana where he resided until his death.

Mr. Hartzell was prominent in Masonic circles of the State and was made a Mason when he was twenty-one years of age. He was a life member of Hella Temple, Dallas, and was one of the oldest Shriners in Navarro County having been a member of the Shrine for over twenty-five years. He was very active in local Masonic circles and was one of the brightest Masons in Texas. He had held many Masonic offices in the Corsicana organization. He was also a member of the Navarro County Shrine Club.

Mr. Hartzell was a man of lovable character and sunny disposition. He numbered his friends by those who knew him and the entire community is genuinely grieved by his untimely death. He was progressive and took a great interest in all affairs whereby the community in general would benefit. He had a kind work for all and his death will be greatly felt by the community at large for many years to come. His host of friends will join in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in this hour of sorrow.

The following will be the pallbearers:
Active pallbearers: J. D. Cunningham, Dr. T. W. Watson, R. L. Calkins, Charles G. Jester, J. Frank Williams, W. M. Clarkson, Sr., Ed M. Polk, John S. Murchison, Sam J. Helm, all of Corsicana, and M. G. Young, Dallas.

Honorary: S. E. Robinson, W. M. Tatum, Clifford Tatum, W. A. Babb, E. Y. Cunningham, Billie Dunn, Hal M. Peck, W. A. Tarver, W. M. Huggins, Dr. W. W. Halbert, W. B. Gray, Jess Graves, Arthur Caldwell, Jake Hudson, P. Mayer, R. L. Reese, Lloyd Wheelock, W. A. Chestnutt, W. M. Thompson, J. L. McCleary, R. F. Briggs, Arthur Elliott, Lawrence Treadwell, Richard Mays, Joe Cox, P. D. Williams, Gus Dunn, F. P. Wood, Cullen Dunn, S. B. Robinson, Pole Edens, R. L. Frazier, W. M. Milligan, Perry McCammon, Dr. Sanner, Tom J. Steele, Judge Traylor, Ed. S. Baum, Sam Jackson, Dick Jackson, Lloyd Young, Ralph Tatum, Legrande Woods, Joel Hayden, Jr., Joel Hayden, Sr., Will Huff, P. F. Walker, Roy Thompson, Henry Levy, Will Roy High, W. M. Peck, Sr., Joe M. Parrish, Ed M. McCarver, J. F. Stout, W. G. Baker, J. M. Blanding, R. B. Molloy, James Garitty, Voyle Caldwell, all of Corsicana; Joe Love, Wortham; J. C. Beck, Joe C. Keith, R. F. Shaw, Frost; Steele Covington, Cleburne; John Covington, Grandview; I. H. Woodward, Grandview; Robert L. Harris, F. H. Simpson, R. L. Lloyd, B. D. Burns, G. W. Corley, J. R. Griffin, D. B. Fultz, S. A. Roberts. Joe Spurlock, J. S. Ewell, Homer Whorton, Johnnie B. Jones, Joe B. Jones, J. H. Jones, Charles Dillingham, John Reed, C. L. Tillman, Blooming Grove; M. H. Thomas, R. E. L. Knight, Dallas; Maurice Doke, Hubbard, J. N. Garitty, C. B. Sutherland, Max Almond, J. O. Burke, Meyer Cohen, E. A. Johnson, Tom M. Cobb, M. L. Levine, T. M. Lovett, Clay Nash, Fred White, R. L. Hamilton, Harry Johnson, W. H. Hastings, J. S. Callicutt, C. C. Walton, Reuben Milligan, C. L. Jester, Aaron Ferguson, J. Y. Stewart, W. M. Elliott, J. E. Butler, J. B. Cooksey, Walter Griffith, C. L. Knox, Dr. E. H. Newton, J. L. Whiteselle, Sydney Marks, John Calhoun, O. N. Boynton, Rev. W. L. Tubbs, Dr. E. P. Kenney, Rev. C. A. Chasteen, J. S. Eubank, Will S. Knight, B. W. George, B. C. Caldwell, B. F. Blackmon, Wm. Noble, Jim Taylor, Robt. Smith, Rod Kenner, E. E. Babers, B. A. Crawford, Lynne Wortham, A. A. Wortham, B. L. Finch, Lige Gardner, Dr. Harry Ezell, P. Samuels, Rufus Hardy, Chas. H. Mills, Dr. T. A. Miller, all of Corsicana; T. S. Daniel, R. H. Daniel, Joe M. Daniel, R. A. Mabry, Tom Stockton, Ben T. Walker, Earl Seale, T. S. Daniel, Jr., all of Kerens; Hon. L. A. Johnson, Washington, D. C., Dr. Chas. H. Lutterloh, Hot Springs, Ark.; Searcy Heflin, Frost; Rex Parker, Waco; Robert S. High, Abilene, R. N. Holloway, Victor Mabry, Davis Neece, Randolph Jackson, Harry Jack, Corsicana; J. F. Yarborough, Blooming Grove; C. C. Cunningham, Dr. R. C. Curtis, W. H. Penland, E. R. Glover, Corsicana; Travis Holland, Port Arthur; J. B. Robinson, Sour lake and all members of the Navarro County Shrine Club.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, March 22, 1924
  • h/o Clementine Boyd “Clemmie” (Haden) Hartzell s/o Daniel Burgett “Dan” Hartzell and Martha Elvira (Carroll) Hartzell-Fultz buried at Dresden cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards



The death of Ben F. Hartzell is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends. The entire town will miss him and his going away will be felt over a large part of the county and the State. He was public spirited, genial and friendly. To know Ben Hartzell was to be his friend.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 24, 1924 - Submitted by Diane Richards

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BEN HARTZELL SUNDAY AFTERNOON

GREAT THRONG GATHERED TO PAY LAST TRIBUTE TO POPULAR MAN

Funeral services for Ben F. Hartzell, who died at his home Friday were concluded in the Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon with the members of the Knights Templar performing the ritual ceremony, following services held at 2 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Baum, 1711 West Second avenue. One of the largest gatherings attending the funeral in Corsicana in recent years was present.

People gathered at the home long before the funeral hour. Cars parked along the avenue east and west for a half mile each way almost choked with traffic as the cortege moved slowly toward the cemetery.

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also;” read Rev. C. A. Chasteen from the fourteenth chapter of the Book of John as the vocal quartet had completed the opening number and Dr. Kennedy had fervently prayed.

Forthwith the minister turned to the fourteenth verse of the fourteenth chapter of the Book of Job and read, “If a man dieth shall he live again?”

Standing at the foot of the bier heavily laden with the flowers which in their freshness bespoke of things eternal; the minister New Testament in hand proclaimed the first reading was an answer to the latter;

Within the rooms of sorrow near the head of the bier sat the relatives of deceased and friends stood in breathless silence with tears trickling down many a cheek as the vivid words of the speaker reminded them of the inevitablilty of death. Turning to the promises of death, the Master comforting words followed and the quartet sang softly, “Abide With Me.” Sun rays emanated, the doors of the house were thrown open and the people filed by the casket to pay their last silent tribute to the dead.

While without stood the hundreds that occupied the front yard of the Knights Templars in full uniform farmed the honor guard through which the pallbearers marched with the casket underneath sword tips to the hearse that waited.

About the eaves of the house and shade trees with the first showing of springtime budding clung the intertwining vines of the honeysuckle through which songbirds flitted with their chirping notes the funeral scene was broken, and the march to the grave began.

It was one of the longest funeral processions ever witnessed in Corsicana. Car after car moved slowly down Second avenue to Fifteenth street and turned northward into the cemetery gates and marched steadily on.

Active pallbearers were J. D. Cunningham, Dr. T. W. Watson, R. L. Calkins, Charles G. Jester, J. Frank Williams, W. M. Clarkson, Sr., Ed M. Polk, John S. Murchison, Sam J. Helm, all of Corsicana, and M. G. Young, Dallas.

The quartet rendering the funeral music was composed of Lloyd Kerr, Mrs. Harry Williams, Mrs. Harry Blanding and Sidney R. Brigg.

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