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Ray Noble
Nov 27, 1893 - Jan 15, 1955

Pharmacist Dies Kerens Saturday

KERENS, Jan. 17 (Spl.)—Ray Noble, 61, life-long Kerens resident and pharmacist, died at his home here Saturday following a heart attack suffered ath the McClung drug store where he was employed.

Funeral services were held from the Church of Christ Church Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Burial was in the Prairie Point cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Cato Shearer, Cameron Church of Christ minister, formerly of Kerens, and Rev. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife and father, L. A. Noble, both of Kerens; a son Billy Ray Noble, Wasinger Falls, N. Y.; two daughters, Mrs. Fannie Virginia Owen, Burburnett, and Miss Lanelle Noble, Kerens; two sisters, Miss Golder Noble and Mrs. Ruth Henson, both of Kerens.

Pallbearers were Bob Ford, Dr. G. H. Sanders, Dr. Terry Sanders, Earl McClung, Andrew McClung, Fred Huylan, Weymon Price and Wade Price.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 17, 1955
  • 1st wife Rosa Lee (Merrell) Noble-Donaho married Oct. 19, 1915 buried in Hamilton-Beeman cemetery 2nd wife Willie May (Sims) Noble; s/o Leslie Alonzo “Les” Noble & Fannie (Wade) Noble buried in Kerens cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Wesley Sims
Jan 17, 1865 - Nov 19, 1928

Bazette Man Was Buried on Monday

KERENS, Nov. 22, --W. W. Sims, aged 63 years of Bazette was buried at Prairie Point Monday afternoon. Rev. J. L. Hines, pastor of the Corsicana Church of Christ, officiating. He is survived by his wife, seven children and four sisters.

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Sarah Florence (Barnett) Sims
Feb 17, 1880 - Jan 29, 1946

MRS. W. W. SIMMS OF BAZETTE DIES; BURIED WEDNESDAY

KERENS, Jan. 31—(Spl)—Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock for Mrs. W. W. Simms of Bazette, who died Tuesday afternoon at the P. and S. hospital at 4:45 after an illness of several months. The rites were conducted at the Church of Christ at Bazette with Bro. David Deslin, Kerens Church of Christ minister officiating. Interment was in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Mrs. Simms is survived by three sons, Dee Simms of Lamesa; Everett and Joe Simms of Bazette, and four daughters, Mrs. Ray Noble, Mrs. Will Tramel, Mrs. Della Goodwin, and Mrs. Sybil Goodwin of Kerens, one sister, Mrs. Della Kyser of San Benito.

P. N. Stockton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Rose Marie Kirk
Jan 10, 1952 - Mar 29, 1952

Infant’s Rites Are Held Sunday

Funeral services for Rose Marie Kirk, 2 1-2-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Kirk, 309 North Thirteenth street, who died at the P. and S. Hospital Saturday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel at 4 p. m. Sunday.

Burial was in Prairie Point cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. R. J. Fletcher, Baptist minister.

Surviving are the parents, a sister, Jannie Lee Kirk; a brother, Charles Frank Walpole; grandparents Lillard Kirk and Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Middleton, all of Corsicana.

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William Richardson Gregg
Mar 27, 1869 - Jan 13, 1964

Friday Service For W. R. Gregg

KERENS, Jan. 15.—(Spl.)—W. R. Gregg, 95, retired railroad employe, died in Paulyne’s Convalescent Home in Corsicana Monday after an extended illness.

Funeral rites will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens. Burial will be in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Gregg moved to Kerens from Arizona several years ago.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Scott in Dallas.

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Eliza Berry (Scott) Gregg
Mar 23, 1877 - Jul 30, 1963

Kerens Rites For Sisters

Joint services for Mrs. Mary Alice (Mollie) Carroll, 81, and Mrs. Eliza Gregg, 86, sisters, both of Kerens, were conducted in the Inmon chapel at Kerens Thursday at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Harry Wilbanks, pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Kerens, officiated, Mrs. Carroll was buried in the Kerens cemetery and Mrs. Gregg in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Natives of Navarro county, the sisters died on the same day—Tuesday—in Corsicana. They were residents of a nursing home, but both had lived in Kerens before coming to Corsicana about three months ago.

Surviving are Mrs. Gregg’s husband, William Gregg, Corsicana; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Scott, Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Navada Maude (Calvert) Lonon
Dec 5, 1883 - Nov 2, 1947

MRS. NAVADA LONON OF POWELL DIES; FUNERAL MONDAY

Mrs. Navada Lonon, aged 63 years, of Powell, died in the P. and S. Hospital Sunday morning at an early hour.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Bazette Baptist church. Burial was at Bazette.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Peyton Goodman, pastor of the Eureka Methodist church; Rev. L. O. Sluder, pastor of the Powell Baptist church, and Rev. Finis A. Crutchfield, Corsicana district Methodist superintendent.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank Dixon, Powell; two sisters, Mrs. W. F. Hodkin, Kemp, and Miss Vinnie Calvert, Powell; and a brother, W. P. Calvert, Powell.

Pallbearers were J. C. Christian, V. T. Haynie, H. H. Hanks, W. D. Ainsworth, Charles Kent and J. A. Jackson.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 3, 1947
  • w/o Rufus Thaddeus London d/o Steven Groves Calvert & Mary Belle (Griffis) Calvert buried at White Church cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Rufus Thaddeus Lonon 
Mar 7, 1874 - Sep 3, 1930

RUFUS T LONON OF POWELL DIED EARLY WEDNESDAY

Rufus T. Lonon of Powell died at his home about 8:30 Wednesday morning and the funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Bazette church with interment in the Bazette cemetery.

He is survived by a wife, one daughter, Lillie; two brothers, J. P. and G. F. Lonon, of Powell, and three sisters, Mrs. Lula Winters of Houston, Mrs. Odie McCullough of Corsicana, Mrs. Nora Burnett of Powell.

Sutherland Funeral Home will direct the funeral.

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Funeral Services Thursday Afternoon For Rufus T. Lonon

Funeral Services Thursday afternoon for Rufus T. Lonon of Powell, who died early Wednesday, were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Bazette church with interment in the Bazette cemetery.

The deceased had resided in the Powell and Bazette communities practically all of his life. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, two brothers and three sisters.

The funeral was directed by Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Valon Alton Lonon
Sep 5, 1902 - Jan 5, 1963

Valon Lonon Of Powell Expires

Valon Lonon, 60, farmer-rancher, life-long resident of Powell, died in the Navarro clinic at midnight Saturday.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Bazette Baptist cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Vernon Sydow, Jr., pastor of the Powell Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of Powell; a son, George Lonon, Grand Prairie; a daughter, Mrs. Leroy Bonner, Corsicana; four grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Daisy Lonon, Powell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were V. D. Bruner, Vance Speed, Dub Ainsworth, Forrest Statham, Charles Kent and Henry Atkinson.

Masons had charge of graveside services.

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Terry Miller Lonon
Aug 29, 1944 - Aug 9, 1957

Saturday Rites For Terry Lonon

Funeral services for Terry Miller Lonon, 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Valon Lonon of Powell, will be held from the McCammon Chapel Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Kenneth Evenson, pastor of the Powell Baptist church. Burial will be in the Baptist cemetery at Bazette.

The youth was critically injured about 10 a.m. Friday by a combine north of Powell and was rushed to the Navarro Clinic in a private conveyance where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Surviving are the parents of Powell; a brother, George Lonon, Powell; a sister, Mrs. Leroy Bonner, Corsicana; a grandmother, Mrs. Daisey Lonon, Powell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Bancroft, Wayne Ward, Kenneth Drane, Jack Huggins, Jerry Kent, Alon Crawford, Forrest Huggins and George Ganze.

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George Franklin Lonon
Jan 28, 1876 - Aug 4, 1944

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR GEORGE LONON AT BAZETTE SUNDAY

Funeral services for George F. Lonon, age 68 years, who died at his home in the Powell community Friday afternoon, will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Bazette church. Burial will be in the Baptist cemetery.

A resident of Navarro county for 66 years, he was well known over the county. He is a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Lonon, and was a prominent citizen in the Powell community.

Surviving are his wife, Powell; a son, V. A. Lonon, Powell; three sisters, Mrs. Ada McCullough, Corsicana; Mrs. Nora Burnett, Roane; Mrs. Lula Winters, Houston, two grandchildren and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.

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Rites Held Sunday For George Lonon, Powell Resident

Funeral services for George F. Lonon, age 68 years, pioneer resident of the Powell community, who died at his home Friday afternoon, were held from the Bazette church Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Interment was in the
Baptist cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, a son, three sisters, two grandchildren and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

Pallbearers were J. G. Christian, H. H. Hanks, J. A. Jackson, J. O. Burke, Dr. W. W. Carter and J. R. Estes.

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Rites Held Sunday For George Lonon, Powell Resident

Funeral services for George F. Lonon, age 68 years, pioneer resident of Powell community who died at his home Friday afternoon, were held from the Bazette church Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Interment was in the Bazette cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, a son, three sisters, two grandchildren and other relatives.

Sutherland-McCammon directed the arrangements.

Pallbearers were J. G. Christian, H. H. Hanks, J. A. Jackson, J. O. Burke, Dr. W. W. Carter and J. R. Estes.

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Lula (Lonon) Winters
Sep 10, 1883 - Jun 5, 1959

Mrs. Winters Dies Friday

Mrs. Lula Winders died in Houston Friday night.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Baptist cemetery at Bazette.

Mrs. Winters formerly resided in Corsicana but had made her home in Houston for a number of Years.

Surviving are a son, Lonnie L. Winters, Houston; a sister Mrs. Odie McCulloch, Corsicana; a niece, Mrs. E. J. Jackson, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Emmett A. Winters
Jul 10, 1879 - May 13, 1927

In Memory Of Emette A. Winters

Emette A. Winters died at his home in Houston, 1512 Goodwin Street at 3:53 o’clock, Friday May 13, 1927.

Funeral services were held in Houston, Friday afternoon, and his body was sent to Corsicana Friday night and interred in the Baptist cemetery at 4 o’clock at Bazette, Saturday afternoon. Rev. Bass of Kerens held services at the Baptist church at that place.

His sister, Mrs. Lula McKinney of Powell, Miss Aline McCullough of Roane, Mrs. Dessie McGraw of Houston with his wife and only son, accompanied the remains to Corsicana.

His brother, J. A. Winters of San Antonio, also attended the funeral services. He was born in Nashville Tenn., July. 10, 1879 and came to Navarro county with his parents at an early age.

In 1890 his mother died near Corsicana and he, with four brothers and two sisters settled in Hill county.

There were twelve in the family. His mother and father, five brothers and two sisters, had preceded him in death. About fifteen years ago, he was united in marriage to Miss Lula Lonon of Powell, and has lived in Houston since that time. He has been on the police force there since 1920. He had been a man of great physical strength, and he never considered any kind of work too hard for him, and the days of his life he remarked that there was nothing which appealed to him any more than a strong man doing hard labor. About 7 years ago he had flu and pneumonia and has been troubled with his heart since that time. He had been off duty since the first of this year but only been confined to his bed for a few days at a time. He was a devoted companion and loved his home and friends. He kept his same jovial disposition through all his suffering. He realized his condition and spoke of death as calmly as if he were going on a journey. His sister was called to his bedside where she watched over him for two nights before his death. The first night he was suffering and when she told him how she would like to relieve him, he answered “the best thing you can do is to let me go.: The last night he told her he was going to be buried at Bazette and he wanted all of his friends to know. He told his wife he was going and that he hated to leave her and their son. He took his nourishment and talked with those about him until after 3:30 and before 4 o’clock he had passed away. With only a few minutes of suffering he was relieved, and was at rest. I feel that he was truly at rest for I believe that no human who was not fully prepared could face death as bravely as he did.

He was united with the Church of Christ at twenty years of age and after his marriage he was united with the Baptist.

When any of the members of the church went to see him he would always ask them to pray. One lady asked him what kind of a prayer he wanted her to offer. He asked her to pray that he could only say: “God’s will be done.” He was ready to go although with all the trials on this earth, life was sweet to him. He was always jovial and enjoyed living, but when his time came he was ready to go.

Isn’t this a wonderful consolation to his loved ones? His wife and son returned to their home in Houston. It was a sad and dreary return without father and husband to greet them but they have that great hope that there is a home that is waiting for them where they will join him and there will be no more partings and no more sorrows.
--A LOVED ONE.

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REMAINS HOUSTON POLICEMAN BROUGHT HERE FOR BURIAL

The body of E. A. Winters, Houston policeman, aged 47 years, who died at 3:45 o’clock Friday morning, was forwarded to Corsicana and taken to the home of his wife’s sister, Mrs. McCulloch in the Roane community.

The funeral services were conducted at the Bazette church Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Interment was made in the Bazette cemetery.

Surviving are his wife and other relatives.

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Nora Pearl (Lonon) Burnett
Apr 28, 1882 - Apr 5, 1951

Mrs. Nora Burnett Dies At Houston

Mrs. Nora Burnett, 67, formerly of Powell, died in Houston Wednesday night.

Funeral services were incomplete Thursday afternoon, but burial will be in the Bazette cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Ed Burnett, Lancaster, and Alton Burnett, Powell; two daughters, Mrs. Opal Gowan, Eureka, and Mrs. Margaret Bell, Orange; five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. L. E. McCullough, Corsicana, and Mrs. Lula Winters, Houston, and several nieces and nephews.

Corley will direct.

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Mrs. Nora Burnett Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Nora Burnett, 67, formerly of Powell who died in Houston Wednesday night, will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. M. O. Sutherland. Baptist minister of Powell. Burial will be in the Bazette cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Ed Burnett, Lancaster, and Alton Burnett, Powell; two daughters, Mrs. Opal Gowan, Eureka, and Mrs. Margaret Bell, Orange; five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. L. E. Mccullough, and Mrs. Lula Winters, Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. R. Bush, Lonnie Hosch, R. T. Gowan, Charles Kent, Beaton Ware and Charles Armstrong.

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Luther Edgar McCullough
Apr 16, 1875 - Jun 10, 1926

PROMINENT POWELL FARMER DIED EARLY THURSDAY MORNING

L. E. McCullough, aged 51 years, well known farmer of Powell community and resident of Navarro county for 32 years, died at his residence at 6:30 o’clock Thursday morning and the remains will be interred in the Bazette cemetery Friday afternoon. The funeral services will be held at the Bazette church and will be conducted by Rev. W. A. Cockern, Baptist minister, of Kerens, at 2 o’clock.

Mr. McCullough was born in Arkansas. He had been ill two weeks.

Surviving are his wife, five children, Audra McCullough of Roane and Othel, Beauford, Aline and Era Mae, all of Powell; also one half brother, Perry McCullough of Powell, and one half sister, Mrs. Dora Wooldridge of Warren, Ark.

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Mr. Luther McCollough, a prominent farmer, died Thursday morning and was buried Friday afternoon in Baptist cemetery at Bazette. Mr. McCullough was 52 years of age. He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters.

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Albert Wiley Beasley
Jan 18, 1884 - Jun 30, 1940

ALBERT BEASLEY DIED MONDAY; BE BURIED TUESDAY

Funeral services for Albert Beasley, age 56 years, who died at his home on North Ninth street Monday morning, will be held from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, five sons, J. T. Beasley, Powell; Alton Beasley, Olen Beasley, Floyd Beasley and Bob Beasley, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Kathlene Beasley, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. D. C. Sharp, Throckmorton; Mrs. George Lonon, Powell; a brother Chester Beasley, Terrell, and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jul 1, 1940
  • h/o Ethel Mae (Warner) Beasley-Gilliam married Apr. 27, 1913; s/o Jesse T. “Chester” Beasley & Etta (Briley) Beasley
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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AKBERT BEASLEY FUNERAL SERVICES HELD ON TUESDAY

Funeral services for Albert Beasley, aged 58 years, who died at his home on North Ninth street Monday morning, were held from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial was in the
Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, five sons, J. T. Beasley, Powell; Alton Beasley, Olen Beasley, Floyd Beasley, and Bob Beasley, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Kathleen Beasley, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. D. C. Sharp, Throckmorton; Mrs. George Lonon, Powell; a brother, Chester Beasley, Terrell, and other relatives.

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Jesse Thomas Beasley
Jan 13, 1857 - Sep 5, 1931

AGED NATIVE TEXAN PASSED AWAY EARLY SATURDAY MILDRED

J. Thomas Beasley, aged 74 years, native Texas and long- time resident of Navarro county, died at Mildred at an early hour Saturday morning and the funeral was held from the home of his son, A. W. Beasley, Mildred, Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Conner cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. H. B. Carraway, Baptist minister.

Surviving are two sons, A. W. Beasley and Chester Beasley; two daughters, Mrs. Daisy Lonon and Mrs. Bertha Sharp; and one sister, Mrs. Annie Stewart.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Etta (Briley) Beasley
Sep 6, 1860 - Aug 11, 1922

Died Near Roane.

Mrs. Etta Beasley, aged sixty-two years, wife of Jesse Beasley, died at the family home near Roane this morning at 5 o’clock and the remains will be interred in the Bazette cemetery at 1 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Surviving the deceased are her husband and four children, Albert Beasley, Chester Beasley and Mrs. J. H. Lonon of Roane and Mrs. Dallas Sharp of Throckmorton.

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Floyd Elbert Beasley
Feb 9, 1919 - Dec 4, 1947

FLOYD E. BEASLEY FUNERAL SERVICES ARE HELD SUNDAY

Funeral services for Floyd E. Beasley, aged 28 years, who died Thursday, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. L. O. Sluder, pastor of the Powell Baptist church. Interment was in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ethel Mae Gilliam, Corsicana; four brothers, J. T. and Olen Beasley, both of Corsicana; Alton Beasley, Oakland, Calif., and Pfc. Bobbie Beasley, U. S. Army; a sister, Mrs. Ethelyne Webb, Oakland, Calif., and other relatives.

Cousins were pallbearers.

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Ethel Mae (Warner) Beasley-Gilliam
Jan 11, 1895 - Mar 25, 1977

Mrs. Gilliam

Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Ethel Beasley Gilliam, 82, of Corsicana, who died Saturday.

The Rev. Leroy Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, J. T. Beasley, Olen L. Beasley, Alton Beasley, of Corsicana and Robert Beasley of Dallas; one daughter, Mrs. Ethelene Webb of Austin; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother John Warner of Britton.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, March 27, 1977 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Mrs. Gilliam

Pallbearers for the Mrs. Ethel Beasley Gilliam services which were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel are Buddy Beasley, Jerry Beasley, J. R. Warner, Wilson Warner, Aubrey Hines, and Richard Jamison.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Mar 28, 1977
  • 1st husband Albert Wiley Beasley married Apr 27, 1913 2nd husband unk Gilliam d/o John Calhoun Warner, Sr. and Louisa Matilda (Smith) Warner buried at Post Oak cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary Kate (Moore) McEachern
Jan 24, 1909 - Apr 5, 1989

Mary Kate McEachern, of Corsicana, died Wednesday, April 5, 1989, at her residence.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Harold Small will officiate. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a native and a lifelong resident of Corsicana. She was a retired telephone operator for Southwestern Bell.

Survivors include her husband, J.L. McEachern of Corsicana; one sister Loretta Ivie of Huntington, Texas and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Hardy Odell Cox
Jan 3, 1914 - Apr 16, 1989

Hardy Odell Cox, 75, of Corsicana, died April 16, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Masonic graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 3, 1914 in Groesbeck. He lived most of his life in Corsicana. He was a retired machinist for Bethlehem Steel and Texas Instruments. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Adelle Cox of Corsicana; one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Rolene Cox of Ennis; one grandson, Dale Cox of Ennis; one granddaughter, Gill Moreno of Ennis; one great-grandchild, Casey Moreno of Ennis; a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Bill Bolen, Joe Hambrick, Fred Rasmussen, Virgil Scrimshire, James Owen and Billy Owen.

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Ella Mae Fluker
Oct 22, 1909 - Jun 4, 1989

Mrs. Harry "Ella" Mae Fluker, 79, of Roane, died June 4, 1989 in Mesquite.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Jim Baggett and Dr. DAvid Hale will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 22, 1909 in Navarro County. She was precinct chairman for Roane for many years and was a member of the Roane Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Essary of Mesquite; one son, Richard Fluker of marshall; one sister, Ethel Bentley of Plainview; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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George Earl Stewart Moir
Nov 7, 1914 - Jun 3, 1989

George Moir, 74, died June 3, 1989 in a Savoy nursing home.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery. Officiating will be W.C. Pointer under the direction of Mullican-Little Funeral Home.

He was born Nov 7, 1914 in Corsicana. He was a dispatcher for the Corsicana Taxi Service.

Survivors include a brother, Johnnie Moir, of Bells.

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Grace Crowley
abt 1903 - Jun 10, 1989

Grace Crowley, 86, of Denver and a former Corsicana resident, died June 10, 1989, in Denver.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with the Rev. Mark Moore officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Crowley, in 1986, and by a daughter, Billie Marion Gregory, in 1975.

Survivors include two sons, Raymon Keith Crowley of Austin, and Claude Leon Crowley, of Denver; two sisters, Ruby Boyd of Olney, and Bertha Gray of Redding, Calif.; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchilden.

Pallbearers will be C.G. Winn, Dr. Ben W. Jones, Robert E. Bush, ARtis NcNeel, William Honea and Joe B. Tekell.

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Jefferson C. Brown
Apr 29, 1916 - Jun 17, 1989

J.C. Brown, 73, of Freeport, died June 17, 1989, in Lake Jackson

Graveside services were 3 p.m. Monday in Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev.
B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born April 29, 1916, in Corsicana and had lived in Freeport since 1939. He was a retired foreman for Dow Chemical Co., a member of First Baptist Church and had served in the 15th Division of the U.S. Air Force in Italy during World War II.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. V.R. Wall Sr. of Houston, and Miss Catherine Brown of Waxahachie; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Nora Olive "Susie" Smith
Sep 23, 1907 - May 9, 1989

Miss Nora O. (Susie) Smith, 81, of Kerens, died May 9, 1989.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at her residence, 500 S. Humphrey in Kerens, with the Rev. Terry Hodge officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was a first grade school teacher for 30 years in the Harlingen Independent School District.

She is survived by one niece, Bobbie Ferrell of Denton; three nephews, Bill Smith of Irving, Jack Smith of San Antonio, and Sam Smith of Lubbock; and five great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jack Smith, Sam Smith, Bill Smith, Bobby Cossey, Joe Wilson and Travis Horn.

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Clara Famie (Jordan) Walker
June 20, 1904 - May 28, 1989

Famie Walker, 84, of Kerens died May 28, 1989, in White Settlement, Texas.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens, with the Rev. Chuck Biscoe officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery.

She lived most of her life in Kerens and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kerens.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jackie Davison of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Sue Speer of Hurst; brother, Ray Jordan of Hubbard; and 13 grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Beulah Lee (Saunders) Crawford
Nov 20, 1907 - Jun 6, 1989

Beulah Lee Crawford, 81, of Kerens, died June 6, 1989.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kerens Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Haves White and the Rev. John McCord. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, M.J. Crawford, of Kerens; one son, Tim Crawford, of Kerens; one brother, Wallace Saunders, of Ogden, Utah; four sisters, Edni King, of Athens, Maxine Hurt, of Madras, Ore., Floy case, of Madras, Ore., and Rowena Bromley, of Salt Lake City.

Pallbearers will be Homer Gene Wasson, Clyde Andrews, John Beck, B.B. Bennett, Went Johnston and Travis Horn.

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Columbus Edward "Eddie" Bryant
died Nov. 21, 1922


ADDICENTAL DISCHARGE HIGH POWERED RIFLE PROVES FATAL TO ED BRYANT OF THIS COUNTY

Ed Bryant, 21 years old, and who made his home with his brother, J. A. Bryant in the Phillip's Chapel community, shot himself accidentally yesterday soon afternoon with a 30-30 rifle, and is supposed to have died instantly, as there was no evidence of a struggle, and when found he was on the back portico on his back and the gun between his knees.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bryant left home for Corsicana about noon and left the deceased at work cleaning his rifle. About 1:30 in the afternoon H. A. Dodd, a neighbor who often works with J. A. Bryant in repairing on automobiles, went to the Bryant home to do some work on his own car.

Mr. Dodd says that when he reached the yard of the Bryant home he called, but receiving no response he supposed all were gone from home, and he went at once to the house where he and J. A. Bryant did their auto work and went to work on his own car.

Near 4 o'clock he wanted a drink of water and went to the house after it, going to the back where the drinking water was kept. On reaching the house, the young man's dead body was the first sight to greet his eyes.

He examined the body and seeing the young man was dead, at once started for Corsicana for his brother whom he met on the road going home.

The ball entered the left side near the heart, passed entirely through the body, and went out through the roof over the back portico.

The young man's parents are both dead and he is survived by these brothers and sisters: J. A. Bryant and Duf Bryant of Phillip's Chapel, a foster brother Luther Ponder of New Castle; Mrs. Louis Patterson, Ennis; Mrs. O. C. Riley, Panda, Okla. and Miss Mary Belle Bryant of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

The remains will be interred tomorrow afternoon at Cryer Creek. The deceased is a nephew of Mr. Bryant, also of the Phillip's Chapel community.

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Wanda Nell (Haden) Robertson
May 26, 1935 - Mar 14, 2014
 

Wanda Haden Robertson, 78, of Dresden was called home to the Lord on Friday, March 14, 2014 at her home. She was born May 26, 1935 in Corsicana to William Alexander “Buster” Haden and Vera Edna Blake Haden.

Wanda spent her life loving and caring for her husband and her children.
She graduated high school and attended Navarro College. Wanda was a member of Dresden Methodist Church. She loved her family with all her heart and worked hard to make a loving home for all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Elzey Robertson, Sr., her sons; James Elzey Robertson, Jr. and Floyd Bartly Robertson and great-grandson, Brandon Heith Robertson, Jr.

Mrs. Robertson is survived by her daughters, Barbara Kay Robertson, Belinda Kim Contreras and husband, John and sons, Billy Joe Robertson, Rocky Haden Robertson and wife, Debra; and daughters-in-law Lida Renea and Suzanne Robertson. Wanda is also survived by her grandchildren; Cody Falls, Michael Falls, Ricky Benningfield, Kandace Benningfield, Jason B.
Robertson, Bucky Robertson, Brandon Robertson, Summer Robertson, Hannah Robertson, Kristen Robertson, Gabriel Anthony Alvarado, Sr., Gabriel Anthony Alvarado, Jr., Bo Dylan Alvarado, Haleigh Anne Robertson, Heith Aiden Robertson, Scotty Robertson, Megan Robertson, Laura Robertson, Dakota Robertson, Joey Bolen, Amber Michele Morris, Bobby Robertson, Jennifer Nicole Villareal, Rocky Robertson, Jr., Curtis Robertson, Johnathan Robertson, Billy Kyle Robertson, Jessie Robertson, Johnny Robertson, Eric Stratton, A. J. Stratton and numerous great-grandchildren. Wanda is also survived by her siblings; Joe Haden and wife, Rachel, Jack Haden and wife, Judy, Judy Haden Baumgardner and husband, Donny and Priscilla Jill Haden.

Visitation with the family was 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Connolly officiating.
Pallbearers were Billy Joe Robertson, Rocky Haden Robertson, Edwin Cody Falls, Johnny Nicholas Robertson, Rocky Haden Robertson, Jr. and John Joe Contreras. A private burial took place at Kings Cemetery in Seven Points, Texas.

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David Dale Farrell, Sr.
July 26, 1937 - Mar 14, 2014

David Dale Farrell, Sr., 76, of Chester, lost his fight to cancer on Friday, March 14, 2014 at home with his family by his side. He was born July 26, 1937 to Loree Dale Younger Palmeri and Freeman Farrell Jr., in Corsicana.

David attended Corsicana schools where he met and married the love of his life and best friend Jan Nell Farish. He and his beloved wife have been married for 55 years.

David attended Texas A&M University and worked in the banking industry most of his life. He started as a teller/cashier at Wynnewood State Bank in Dallas and then became a loan officer at First Bank and Trust in Cedar Hill. He was then the Vice President of White Rock National Bank in Dallas. David was a true outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish and decided to trade the pressure of big city banking for rural living. Therefore, he and Jan then moved to Woodville in 1974 where he was Vice President and loan officer at Citizens State Bank for over 16 years. He was then the Vice President and loan officer at Colmesneil State Bank, Colmesneil before he retired. He was a long-standing member of the Woodville United Methodist Church and a member of the Rotary Club of Woodville.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his son David Dale Farrell, Jr.

He is survived by his wife Jan Farish Farrell of Chester, oldest daughter Cynthia Farrell Tribble and husband Ricky of Winnie, and youngest daughter Rebecca Farrell of Wimberley. He is also survived by his grandsons, Brandon Tribble and wife Rendi, of Pineland, Christopher Tribble of Winnie, and his great-grandson Eli Michael Tribble of Winnie; uncle Willie Conway Younger of Kerens, his cousins Vicki Younger Myers and husband Tom of Holden Beach, N.C., Greg Younger and wife Laurie of Allen, Pat Johnson of Amarillo, Vivian Dorsey of Lubbock, and Rear Admiral USN Eugene Farrell and wife Mindy of San Antonio.

Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana with his grandson Brandon Tribble officiating.

Pallbearers are Ricky Tribble, Brandon Tribble, and Chris Tribble of Winnie, Gary Don Farish of Garland, Chris Garcia of Denton, James Earley of Rockdale, and Josh Smith of Wimberley. Honorary pallbearers are Willie Younger of Kerens, John Smith of Corsicana, Al Tarver of Chester, and Lynn Tarver of Chester.

Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

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James Issac “Jim” Brown
Feb 16, 1884 - Oct 7, 1950

Funeral Services For J. I. Brown Held On Monday

Funeral services for J. I. Brown, 66, Paris grocer, who died in Paris Saturday afternoon, were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the Griffin Funeral chapel. Burial was in the Cryer Creek cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. F. Lovelady, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Brown formerly resided in Navarro county.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lucille White, Corsicana; four sons, Travis Brown, Corsicana; Oren Brown, Richland; Floyd Brown, Lubbock, and T-Sgt. Woodrow Brown, Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Collins, Corsicana; Mrs. Eura Melton, Lubbock and Mrs. Lela DuBose, Aspermont; two brothers, Ed Brown, Corbet, and Wallace Brown, Emhouse; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lester Brown, Bruce Brown, Murle Brown, Leon Melton, Noel Melton and James Edwin Brown, all nephews.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Oct 9, 1950
  • h/o Addie Mae (Smith) Brown buried at Resthaven Memorial Park, Corsicana, Tx. s/o Hiram S. Brown and Mary Jane Hasseltine “Hassie” (Brown) Brown
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Max Schneider
abt 1868 - Sep 28, 1952

Max Schnieder Services Here

Funeral services for the late Max Schnieder, 84, formerly of Waxahachie, who died in St. Louis Sunday night, will be held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rabbi I. J. Sarasohn, Temple Beth-El.

He was the husband of the late Miss Leoni Levy of Corsicana, and is a brother-in-law of Wally Levy and Mrs. I. N. Cerf, both of Corsicana.

Surviving are four brothers, and a sister, all of St. Louis.

Pallbearers will be Sydney Marks, Louis Goldberg, Henry Levy, and Messrs. Freeman, Miller and Marchman, all of Waxahachie.

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Rose (Katz) Daniels
Aug 23, 1908 - Feb 12, 1952

Mrs. Leon Daniels Dies In Houston; Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Rose Katz Daniels, 43, widow of the late Leon Daniels, died in Houston at an early hour Tuesday morning.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Agusas Achim Congregation.

Mrs. Daniels was a native of Dallas, but had resided here for many years.

Surviving are a son, Harold E. (Sonny) Daniels, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. R. Katz, Houston; a brother, Max Katz, Lubbock; and two sisters, Mrs. Alex Duester and Mrs. Bob Nachlas, both of Houston.

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Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Daniels

Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Katz Daniels, 43, who died in Houston early Tuesday were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Corley Chapel.

Burial was in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Congregation Agudas Achim.

Mrs. Daniels, the widow of the late Leon Daniels, Corsicana business man, was a native of Dallas but had resided here for a number of years.

Surviving are a son, Harold E. (Sonny) Daniels, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. R. Katz, Houston; a brother, Max Katz, Lubbock, and two sisters, Mrs. Alex Deuster and Mrs. Bob Nachlas, both of Houston.

Pallbearers were Sol Leverson, Ivan Rosenberg, Sydney Marks, Carl Calloway, I. S. Deuster, Louis Deuster, T. R. Red, Wesley Davis, A. D. McMichael and John F. Summers.

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Samuel David Brooks
Mar 28, 1877 - Dec 16, 1952

Sam D. Brooks Expires Tuesday, Rites Wednesday

Sam D. Brooks, 76, long-time merchant, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel sometime Wednesday afternoon with burial I the Hebrew cemetery.

Brooks had been the K. Wolens Department Stores ready-to-wear buyer for a number of years, and prior to that time was proprietor of the Brooks shop, well-known establishment here.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Pauline Brooks, Corsicana; a son, Bernard Brooks, San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Phillip Jarrett, Houston, and two grandchildren.

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Gladys Lavern (Roberson) Haws-Holifield
Dec 5, 1927 - Sep 21, 2012
 

Gladys LaVern Roberson Haws Holifield, age 84, of Corsicana, Texas, beloved mother and grandmother slipped the bond of this earth and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home. She was born on December 5, 1927 in Roane, Texas to Delmar and Dora Roberson.

LaVern graduated from Barry High School in 1946. She worked for J.C. Penney in Corsicana for 28 years until she retired in 1990.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands; Percy Haws in 1957 and J. B. Holifield.

She is survived by her sons, Dale Haws and wife Marti of Wink, Texas, Ken Haws of Frost, Texas and Doyle Haws of Corsicana, Texas; grandsons, Josh Haws and wife Stacy of Mertens, Texas, Will Haws and wife Chelsie of Odessa, Texas, Clay Haws and wife Sarah of Odessa; granddaughter Kendyl Haws and fiancé Ruben Garza of Milford, Texas; great grandson Bryce Watson of Mertens, Texas; great granddaughter Leighton Haws of Odessa, Texas. LaVern is also survived by many relatives and friends. .

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 24, 2012 at Dresden Cemetery with Rev. Otis Connor officiating. Pallbearers will be Dale Haws, Ken Haws, Doyle Haws, Josh Haws, Will Haws, Clay Haws Ruben Garza and Bryce Watson.

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Barbra Effe (Smtih) Whittenburg
Sep 19, 1928 - May 7, 2012

Barbra Smith Whittenburg went to her Heavenly home on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Sterling House of Corsicana. She had been a resident there for the past 12 years. She was born September 19, 1928 in Purdon to Oral Vernon and Barbra Adkins Smith. She was raised by her grandparents, James B. and Sallie Adkins upon the death of her mother. She married William Rufus Whittenburg on November 30, 1945 in Dresden.

Barbra was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, her husband, two brothers, Thomas B. Smith and Bennie Gene Smith, and one sister, Thelma Smith Poole.

She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Bowling and husband Terry of Blooming Grove; son, Gaylon Whittenburg and wife Donna of Navarro; sisters, Edna Filippini of Kennesaw, GA, Sue Carlile of Cleburne, Linda Pudgurney of Grand Prairie, Jolene Smith of Lubbock, Charlene Holley of New Boston, and Bobbie Wesley of Mabank; brothers, Phil Smith and Ronald Smith of San Angelo, and Arlan Smith of Menard; grandchildren, Bobby Whittenburg and wife Tammy, Jeff Roddy and wife Dawn, Brandi Wiggins and fiancé Ron Spence of Corsicana, and Brent Bowling and wife Sherry; great-grandchildren, Brandon Whittenburg, Dalton Roddy, Albert Fuller, Anna Wiggins, Delia Wiggins, Kandice Lane, Triton Lane, Preston Lane and Payton Bowling; a large number of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friend, Cheryle Chaffin.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff of Alterra Sterling House and Family First Hospice for all the love and care over the last few years.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Dresden Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Polly Winn
  • d/o Oral Vernon Smith & Barbra Elba (Adkins) Smith

Bernal Epifanio Figueroa
Jan 25, 1935 - Oct 8, 1950

Auto Victim Is Buried Monday

Funeral services for Bernal Epifanio Figueroa, 24, killed in an automobile collision on the Holmes Street bridge in Dallas, Highway 75, early Sunday morning, were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites were conducted by the Rt. Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Silvester Figueroa, and six sisters, Regina, Juanita, Blatris, Coleta, Tulia and Lope Figueroa, all of Chatfield, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hipolito Figueroa, Dallas.

Three others were injured in the crash, Richard, Garza, 18, of Corsican, driver of one of the cars involved, was admitted to Parkland hospital. He had a broken arm and leg. Billie Herrera, also of Corsicana was treated and released as was William D. Hight, 32, of Palmer, driver of the other car.

Figueroa was declared dead on arrival at Parkland Hospital.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

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Emma Catherine O’Neill
May 20, 1864 - Nov 9, 1951

O’Neill Services Monday Morning

Funeral services for Miss Emma O’Neill, 87, who died Friday, were held at 9 a.m. Monday from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Very Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo. Rosary was recited at the McCammon Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Native of August, Ky., Miss O’Neill has resided in Corsicana many years.

Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. W. Kirke Steele, Corsicana, and Mrs. Paul Glass, Fort Worth; a nephew, Ed O’Neill, Garyville, Ill., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Wm. T. Dennehy, W. H. Harrison, Harvey Reddin, Paul Mitchell, Tom Hickey, Jim Collins, Bob Childress and Lawrence Tilton.

McCammon directed.

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Phillip Palos
abt 1877 - Jun 26, 1951

Funeral services for Phillip Palos, 74, route 1, Barry, who died Tuesday night at the P. and S. Hospital, were held at 8 a.m. Thursday from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Very Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo.

Surviving are two sons, John Palos, Emhouse, and Everett Palos, Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. Susie Gonzales, Rice, and Mrs. Mary Dimos, Barry; and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

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Johnnie Ovalle
b & d Feb 9, 1951

Infant Services Friday Afternoon

Funeral services for Johnnie Ovalle, day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Matilde Ovalle, 627 North Ninth Street, who died Friday morning were held Friday at 3:30 p.m., from the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Burial was in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by the Very Rev. Monsignor V. Garffeo.

Surviving are the parents, a sister, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Selso Ovalle and Jack Hollaman, all of Corsicana.

Corley directed.

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Julia (Garcia) Gonzales
Jul 21, 1864 - Oct 13, 1952

Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Gonzales

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia G. Gonzales, 77, who died Monday night, were held Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Very Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo.

Surviving are two sons, Rafael Gonzales, Corsicana, and Joe Gonzales, Mississippi; a daughter, Mrs. Paula Garza, Emhouse; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Corley directed.

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Mary Ethel (Hammonds) Mitchell
Sep 9, 1896 - May 2, 1950

Blooming Grove

BLOOMING GROVE, May 11.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Dwayne Garrison and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Garrison attended the funeral of Mrs. Ethel Mitchell of Dallas last Thursday. The body was brought to Blooming Grove, and interment was in Rose Hill cemetery.

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Elija Franklin Beasley
Jun. 20, 1881 - Jun. 21, 1951

Services Friday For E. F. Beasley

Funeral services for E. F. Beasley, 70, who died in Cleburne Memorial Hospital early Thursday, were held from the Corley Chapel at 2 p.m. Friday.

Burial was in Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Bill Gibson, Kerens Church of Christ minister, formerly of the North Side Church of Christ, and Silas Triplett, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ of Corsicana.

Beasley, a member of the North Side Church of Christ, was a retired grocer of Kerens and Corsicana. He had made his home in Corsicana for many years.

Surviving are five daughters, Miss Thelma Beasley, Mrs. Lorah Montfort, Mrs. Ray Martin and Mrs. Marvin Herod, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Ona Faye Brown, Cleburne; one son, E. D. Beasley, Kerens; three brothers, Ed and Jim Beasley, both of Crockett, and W. N. Beasley, Wells; a sister, Mrs. Lydia Hearn, Wells; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. C. Ross, C. E. Wilson, W. F. Williamson, M. R. Whittenburg, B. J. Acock, Joe A. Sims, T. F. Whitefield and W. W. Green.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, June 22, 1951
  • h/o May Ulysses (Shipp) Beasley buried in Rice cemetery, Rice, Tx. s/o Thomas J. Beasley and Lavina N. (Easom) Beasley
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Thomas J. Collins
Oct 12, 1884 - May 11, 1951

J. T. Collins Dies AT Kerens Friday

KERENS, May 11—(Spl)—J. T. Collins, 67, died at his home here at 10 a.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Kerens, with the pastor, Rev. M. O. Davis officiating.

Collins is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Bill Wyrick, Kerens, and Mrs. Roland St. Ama, Rice; a son, Clarence Collins of Kerens; four brothers, Lawrence and Willie Collins, both of Kerens; Jim of Dallas and Robert of Palacios, and ten grandchildren.

Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery under direction of the Inmon funeral home.

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Bessie Mae (Ingram) Bruner
Mar 26, 1883 - Jan 30, 1952

Thursday Rites For Mrs. Bruner

KERENS, Jan. 31.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held in Kerens at 4 p.m. Thursday for Mrs. Clyde Bruner, 68, who died Wednesday morning at the home of a daughter in Fort Worth.

Services were held from the First Methodist Church of Kerens, with the pastor, Rev. W. F. Smith, conducting. Interment was in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Bruner was a native of Frost, the former Bessie Ingram, and since her marriage in Corsicana in 1908, had resided in and Near Kerens.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Gordon Teague of Fort Worth; two brothers, Chester Ingram of Corpus Christi and Oscar Ingram of Dallas; seven sisters, Miss Carrie Ingram of Kerens; Mrs. Charles Hughes of Kerens; Mrs. Ernest Bigham and Mrs. Rance Holland, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Jack Murphrey of Dallas; Mrs. Joe Boles of Brownsboro, and Mrs. Houston Phillips of Dallas; three grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill Bigham, Charles Hughes, Gordon Teague, V. D. Bruner, Cecil Bruner and Eldred Bruner.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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Lester James “Dick” Beare
Feb 5, 1907 - Mar 21, 1970

L. J. Beare Dies Sunday

L. J. (Dick) Beare, 64, a Kerens native, died Sunday in Corsicana. He was a service station operator and had been a resident of Corsicana for 24 years.

Funeral services will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens with interment in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Ralph Stovall.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Robert Williams of Houston and Mrs. Leslie A. McCuiston of Denison.

Pallbearers will be C. V. Jordan, Andy Anderson, Allen Paul, A. R. Lockhart, Cliff Curington, Foy Scarborough, George Austin and Robert Bruner.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 23, 1970 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Police Summary

Detective Warren and Capt. Garrett assisted Peace Justice Howe French in conducting an inquest Sunday into the death of Lester James Beare, 64, who lived in a trailer house behind C. V. “Jiggs” Jordan’s Texaco Station, E. 7th Ave. at IH 45. Jordan found Beare dead in a chair before a TV set about 9 a.m. He advised police Beare had heart trouble and experienced a flare up Saturday and had received medication from his doctor.

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Louise (Scott) Coates-Beare
Feb 9, 1873 - Oct 31, 1961

Mrs. Beare, 88, Dies Tuesday

KERENS, Nov. 1 (Spl.)—Mrs. Louise Beare, 88, died in a Coleman hospital Tuesday night of a heart attack.

Funeral services for the Kerens resident will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Beare had been on a visit to a son, Sgt. William Coates, in San Angelo, and was enroute back home when she became ill.

Surviving her are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ellis Carroll and Mrs. W. R. Gregg, both of Kerens; a brother, Leslie Brown, Louisville, Ky.; son, Sgt. Coates, San Angelo; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Nov 1, 1961
  • 1st husband unknown Coates 2nd Andrew James “Andy” Bear married Oct. 6, 1921; d/o John Long Scott & Robert Ellen (Moss) Scott
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary Alice “Mollie” (Scott) Carroll
Aug 10, 1881 - Jul 30, 1963

Kerens Rites For Sisters

Joint services for Mrs. Mary Alice (Mollie) Carroll, 81, and Mrs. Eliza Gregg, 86, sisters, both of Kerens, were conducted in the Inmon chapel at Kerens Thursday at 10 a.m.

The Rev. Harry Wilbanks, pastor of the First Presbyterian church in Kerens, officiated, Mrs. Carroll was buried in the Kerens cemetery and Mrs. Gregg in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Natives of Navarro county, the sisters died on the same day—Tuesday—in Corsicana. They were residents of a nursing home, but both had lived in Kerens before coming to Corsicana about three months ago.

Surviving are Mrs. Gregg’s husband, William Gregg, Corsicana; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Minnie Scott, Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Leslie Carroll
Oct 11, 1883 - Feb 22, 1931

KERENS.

KERENS, Feb. 26.—(Spl.)--Mr. and Mrs. Murrell Keyes, of Fort Worth, came in Monday to attend the funeral of Leslie Carroll, Mr. Keyes returned home Tuesday morning, Mrs. Keys will spend several days with her mother, Mrs. Leslie Carroll.

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Sam Hollingsworth
Mar 22, 1890 - Jan 19, 1953

Perry Resident Expires Monday

Sam Hollingsworth, 62, of Perry, Texas, died in Memorial Hospital Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Dresden Methodist church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. O. L. McCollum, Baptist pastor at Raleigh.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. R. E. Selby, Emmett, and Mrs. Zack Melton, Dresden, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Griffin will direct.

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Hobart Elmore Gay
Nov 5, 1896 - Jul 22, 1953

Friday Services Dallas Resident

Funeral services for H. E. Gay, 56, retired farmer, who died at his home, 2247 Moffat, Dallas, Wednesday night, were held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by T. B. Crews, minister of the North Beaton Church of Christ. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Gay was a native of Blooming Grove.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas; a son, Dwayne Gay, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Robinson, Mrs. Minnie Simpson and Mrs. Nola Elkins, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Loyd Simpson, W. A. Graham, Jesse Robinson, Elkon Walker, Amos S. Coffman and I. H. Walker.

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John Albert “Allie” Mitchell
Sep 28, 1884 - Oct 26, 1954

Allie Mitchell Expires Tuesday

Allie Mitchell, 70, Purdon farmer, died in Memorial Hospital early Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church at Purdon Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Charles Wood, pastor.

A native of Anderson, S. C., Mitchell had resided at Purdon 47 years.

Surviving are his wife of Purdon; two brothers, C. F. Mitchell, Purdon, and F. D. Mitchell, Mexia, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

Notes:

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Allie Mitchell Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Allie Mitchell, 70, Purdon farmer, who died early Tuesday at Memorial Hospital, were held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Purdon. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Charles Wood, pastor.

A native of Anderson, S. C., Mitchell had resided in Purdon 47 years.

Surviving are his wife of Purdon; two brothers, C. F. Mitchell, Purdon, and F. D. Mitchell, Mexia, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tuck Putman, Howell French, Leamon Phillips, Haddox Boldin, Dick Howard and Albert Bittner.

Corley directed.

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Jack H. Roberts, Jr.
abt 1926 - June 10, 1989

Jack H. Roberts Jr., 63, of Lebanon, Tenn., died June 10, 1989 in Lebanon.

Services were Sunday in Lebanon. Interment was in Murphreesboro, Tenn.

He was born in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1942. He graduated from Vanderbilt University. He was a Marine veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Byrn Roberts of Lebanon, Tenn.; three daughters, Lucy Carter of Greenwood, Miss., Anne Worthen of Tupelo, Miss. and Mary Carolyn Roberts of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two sons, Richardson M. Roberts of Nashville, Tenn., and Jack H. Roberts III of Lebanon, Tenn; six grandchildren.

The family reequests contributions be made to the Roberts Family Fund at Mount Eagle Assembly, P.O. Box 307, Mount Eagle, Tenn., or Cumberland University Special Fund, Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn.

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Scott Adam Hensley
May 28, 1970 - June 12, 1989

Scott Hensley, 18, of Corsicana died June 12, 1989, in Corona, Calif.

Services are 7 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. David Cook officiating. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Saturday at Resthaven Cemetery in Brady.

He was a 1989 graduate of Corsicana High school.

Survivors include his father, Jimmie Hensley of Corsicana; and his mother, Donna Mae Winnen, of Corona, Calif; one half-sister, Sharon Winnen of Corona, Calif.; two grandmothers, Faye Hensley of Brady, and Aurilla Wilson of Corona, Calif.

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Geary Lynn Anderson
Jan 22, 1951 - June 13, 1989

Geary Lynn Anderson, 38, of Dallas died Tuesday, June 13, 1989, in a Dallas hospital.

Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at the Foster and Brown Chapel in Athens. The Rev. Irvin Mills will officiate. Burial will be in the Rome Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 22, 1951 in Athens. He lived most of his life in Corsicana. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Anderson of Dallas; two sons, William and Robert Anderson of Dallas; two daughters Anita Anderson of Corsicana and Becky Anderson of Dallas; his mother and stepfather, Willie and Ray Rogers of Corsicana; six brothers, Ricky, Ronnie, James and Steve Rogers, all of Corsicana, Freddie Rogers of Waco, Donny Rogers of North Zulch, Texas; his grandmother, Nonnie Boyd; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

His brothers will be pallbearers.

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Eugene Dwain Grimmett
Aug 1, 1921 - June 16, 1989

Eugene D. Grimmett, 67, a native of Barry, Texas, and a resident of Salem, Ky., died June 16, 1989.

Services were 2 p.m. Sunday at Boyd Funeral Chapel in Salem, Ky., with the Rev. David Winders officiating. Burial was in the Salem, Kentucky, Cemetery.

Grimmett was the son of the late Jim and Grace Grimmett, who were pioneer Navarro County residents. He had lived in Kentucky nearly 30 years, where he owned and operated a farm.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Coreen Grimmett of Salem; one daughter, Kathy Grimmett of Morganfield, Ky.; one son, Larry Grimmett, of Salem, Ky.; four brothers, Bill Grimmett of Pasadena, Richard Grimmett of Austin, and Jimmy Grimmett and Henry Grimmett, both of san Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Sanders of Dallas, and Mrs. Letha Tanner of San Antonio; and a number of aunts and uncles.

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Albert "Bert" Sissom
1900 - June 21, 1989

Albert Reeves (Bert) Sissom, 88, of Waxahachie, died June 21, 1989, in Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie with the Rev. John Down officiating. Burial followed in the Italy Cemetery. Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie was in charge of arrangements.

He was born in Abilene in 1900, and was raised on a farm there, and attended Thorps Springs College and Terrell Military Academy. He married Mary Carlisle of the Ellis County Community of Italy in 1927. In 1940 he moved his family to Blooming Grove in Navarro County where he owned the Variety Store and was scoutmaster. He and his wife were sponsors of the Methodist Youth Fellowship for many years. He owned Dairy Queens in Marlin, Corsicana, and Temple before retiring in Waxahachie where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a long time member of the Waxahachie Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; his son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Jeanine of Irving, three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Stanley of Italy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Louise "Sissy" Bunch
Mar 2, 1930 - June 25, 1989

Louise (Sissy) Bunch, 59, of Arlington, died June 25, 1989, in Albequerque, N.M.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Moore Memorial Chapel in Arlington.

Mrs. Bunch was born in Okmulgee, Okla., and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1946. She received her bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University in 1950. She was a resident of Arlington for 27 years, where she was a medical technician for UTA Health Center. She was a member of First Christian Church the American Association of University Women.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Margaret Smith. Her father was manager of the J.C. Penney store in Corsicana for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Bunch of Arlington; two sons, Steve Bunch of Albequerque, N.M., and Bill Bunch of Austin; one daughter, Jan Cross of Santa Barber [sic], Calif.; two sisters, Margaret Robinson of Kerrville, and Jane Dale of South Houston, Texas; one brother, John Smith of Friendswood, Texas; and three grandchildren.

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Brody Allen Duren
Jan 16, 1977 - June 27, 1989

Brody Allen Duren, 12, of Corsicana died June 27, 1989, at his residence.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Officiating will be Joe Scro.

He was an honor student at Drane Middle school and a member of the Corsicana Sockers and the American Black baseball team. He was also active in the Bleievers Bible Church.

Survivors include his parents, Brent and Nancy Duren of Corsicana; one sister, Brena Duren of Corsicana; grandparents, Billy and Kathryn Underwood of Clarksville, and Buddy and Billie Kate Duren of Clarksville; aunts and uncles, John and Kathy Carter of Dallas, Nick Duren, Blake Duren and Amy Richey; and five cousins, Jason Shoulders, Heath Richey, Colt Richey, Michael Duren and Jeff Duren.

Pallbearers will be David Combs, Randy Dill, Paul Stewart, Bobby Budai, Johnny Norton, Roy Cantu, Gilbert Hippard and John Paul Ross.

Members of the Corsicana Sockers and the American Black baseball teams will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Corsicana YMCA.

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Ina Mae Halbrooks
May 13, 1905 - July 3, 1989

Mrs. Ina Mae Halbrooks, 84, of Dawson, died July 3, 1989, in Hubbard.

Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard, with the Rev. D. Keith Beck. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery in Irene, Texas.

She was born May 13, 1905, in Mertens and had lived in Dawson about 20 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dawson.

She is survived by one foster daughter, Hazel Gulley of Fort Worth; one brother, William E. Littlejohn of Dawson; four sisters, Mrs. Cleo Carroll of Bakersville, Calif., Mrs. Florene Merrell and Mrs. Dora Nell Anderson, both of San Antonio, and Mrs. Pauline Neal of Fort Worth; and several nieces and nephews.

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Jennie (unk) Palmeri
Dec 3, 1891 - Jan 1, 1977

Mrs. Palmeri

Services will be 2 p.m Monday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception for Mrs. Jennie Palmeri, 86, resident of Corsicana who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. John Fowler will officiate with burial to follow at the Catholic cemetery.

A rosary will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. for Mrs. Palmeri who was born in Italy and had lived in Corsicana for 70 years.

Survivors include one son, S. J. Palmeri, Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Rose Bird, Houston; Mrs. W. D. Robinson, Corsicana; two grandsons, Benny A. DeGeorge, Houston; Wylie S. Robinson, Longview; three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Manis, Mrs. Clara Chiodo, and Mrs. Mary Caruso, all of Houston; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be, Johnny Chirafis, Willie Matous, Rudy Palmeri, Louis Kormos, Sam Nagy, and Donald Palmeri.

Corleys Funeral Home will direct.

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Mrs. Palmeri

Services were to be at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Immaculate Conception for Mrs. Jennie Palmeri, 86, resident of Corsicana, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. John Fowler was to officiate with burial to follow at the Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, S. J. Palmeri of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Rose Bird and Mrs. W. D. Robinson of Corsicana; two grandsons, Benny A. DeGeorge of Houston and Wylie S. Robinson of Longview; three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Manis, Mrs. Clara Chiodo and Mrs. Mary Caruso, all of Houston; and two gread-grandchildren.

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Joseph “Joe” Palmeri, Sr.
Apr 25, 1878 - Apr 24, 1962

Joe Palmeri, Sr. Rites Tuesday

High mass for Joe Palmeri, Sr., was sung Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic church with Rev. August J. Merkel, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery.

A retired merchant whose six sons served in the Armed Forces during World War 11, Mr. Palmeri, 83, died Monday at Memorial hospital.

Rosary was recited Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Corley’s.

Palmeri had been in Corsicana since the 1920s, coming here from Italy.

Survivors, other than his widow of Corsicana, are six sons, Donald, Stephen and Joe Palmeri, Jr., all of Corsicana; William A. Palmeri, Garland; Sam Michael and Rudy Palmeri, both of Waco; three daughters, Mrs. Donald Borsellino, Mrs. A. W. (Buster) Smith and Mrs. A. S. Nagy, all of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were John Chirafis, Dr. A. L. Grizzaffi, Frank Borsellino, Louis Kormos, Jerry Patril, Ted Holy, Rufus Pevehouse and C. O. Curington, Sr.

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Josephine Marie (Cinquemano) Palmeri
Aug 1, 1888 - Jan 20, 1971

Palmeri Rites Set Friday

Mrs. Joe Palmeri, age 91, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital and funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father A. J. Merkel will officiate and interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary will be read Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

A native of Louisiana, she had lived in Corsicana for the past 51 years.

Survivors include six sons, Joe, Jr., Stephen, Rudy and David of Corsicana, William A. of Garland and Sam M. of Waco; three daughters, Mmes. Donald Borsellino, A. S. Nagy, and A. W. Smith, all of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Chirafis, Louis Kormos, Lee Jones, Charles Borsellino, Robert Bowers, Joe Territo, Frank Borsellino, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Charles Daniels, Dr. A. L. Grizzaffi, and Wiley Robinson, Jr.

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Palmeri Rites

Funeral services were held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for Mrs. Joe Palmeri, age 81, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. Father A. J. Merkel officiated and interment was in the Catholic Cemetery.

She is survived by six sons, Joe, Jr., Stephen, Rudy and Donald of Corsicana, William A. of Garland and Sam M. of Waco; three daughters, Mmes. Donald Borsellino, A. S. Nagy and A. W. Smith, all of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

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Stephano “Steve” Chirafis
Dec 5, 1884 - Dec 11, 1954

Steve Chirafis Services Monday

Funeral services for Steve Chirafis, 70, who died of a heart attack Saturday morning, were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Monday at 9 a.m. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by the Very Rev. Msgr. V. Graffeo.

A native of Castlevetrano, Sicily, Chirafis came to America 45 years ago and resided in Dallas prior to moving to Corsicana 38 years ago.

Stricken with the attack in the business district, Chirafis was taken to the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic in a Corley ambulance and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Surviving are his wife, of Corsicana; a son, Johnny Chirafis, Corsicana attorney; a daughter, Mrs. Mack Bowyer, Abilene; two granddaughters, Frances and Rose Ann Varner, who reside in the grandparents home here; a brother, Anthony Chirafis, Sicily; and several nieces and nephews of Beaumont and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Donald Palmeri, Joe Jordan, Louis Territo, Don Borsellino, Rudolph Palmeri and Louis Kormos.

Corley directed.

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Frances (Territo) Chirafis
Dec 3, 1895 - Jan 4, 1975

Mrs. Chirafis

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Immmaculate Conception Catholic Church for Mrs. Frances Chirafis, 79, of Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. John Fowler will officiate and burial will follow at the Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Chirafis was a native of Bryan and had lived her for 70 years.

A rosary will be held 8 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Survivors include one son, Johnny M. Chirafis of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. M. F. (Rosalee) Boyer of Abilene; two granddaughters, Mrs. Frances Matous of Corsicana and Mrs. Rose Ann Renouf of Arlington; two grandsons, John Mack Boyer and Stephen Boyer, both of Abilene; four great granddaughters, Kathleen, Mary Frances, Michelle and Denise Matous, all of Corsicana; and two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Samaritano and Mrs. Margaret Palmire, both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Louis Territo, Joe Territo, Paul Territo, Donald Palmire, Frank Borsellino, Louis Kormos, Louis Chirafis and Sammy Palmire.

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Robert Randy Colquitt
Jan 10, 1951 - Jan 11, 1951

Rites Thursday For Infant Son

Funeral services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. for Robert Colquitt, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Colquitt of Emhouse, who died at the Navarro clinic here Wednesday night.

Rites and interment were held in the Pattison cemetery, with Rev. Roy Fielden officiating.

Surviving are the parents, a sister, Janice, and grandparents, all of Emhouse.

Corley Funeral Home was in charge.

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Paul Zarafonetis
Oct 30, 1920 - Jan 28, 2010

Paul Zarafonetis 2010-02-03 / Obituaries
Funeral services for Paul Zarafonetis, 89, of Lufkin, were held Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin. Interment followed at Whitehouse Cemetery.

Mr. Zarafonetis was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Corsicana, Texas, and died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at a Splendora private home.

He is survived by a nephew and nieces.


Survivors include his nephew, John Zarafonetis of Houston; and two nieces.
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Paul Zarafonetis
Funeral services for Paul Zarafonetis, 89, of Lufkin, will be held Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with John Zarafonetis and Reverend Jim Powell officiating. Interment will be in the Whitehouse Cemetery. Mr. Zarafonetis was born October 30, 1920, in Corsicana, Texas, to the late Alberta (Loughry) and John Gus Zarafonetis. He died Thursday, January 28, 2010 in a Splendora private home. A former resident of Vidor, Mr. Zarafonetis had resided in Lufkin for the past 29 years, and was a retired teacher. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1938 and received his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education from the University of North Texas. Mr. Zarafonetis served as principal of Sharyland High School and as an assistant High School Principal in Mission, Texas. In addition, he served as the President of the Vidor PTA and was awarded a lifetime membership in the Vidor PTA. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the First Methodist Church in Woodville. Survivors include his nephew, John Zarafonetis of Houston; and nieces, Carol Suttle of Houston and Diann Leohner of Kalispell, Montana. Mr. Zarafonetis was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy F. Zarafonetis, in 2003. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Wood, James Phillips, James Meyers, Robert Wood, Ray Helton and Michael Laird. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 5:00 to 7:00 Saturday p.m. evening at the funeral home. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

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Bobbie Ruth (Altom) Willhelm
Dec 12, 1931 - Mar 23, 2014

Bobbie Ruth Willhelm

Bobbie Ruth Willhelm, age 82, a life long resident of Irving, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at UTSW, St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Born December 12, 1931 in Irving, Texas, she was the daughter of Marion Hampton Altom and Ola Gertrude Swindle. On. June 29, 1950, she married Harlan E. Willhelm in Irving, Texas. Bobbie was a homemaker and a member of Valley View Baptist Church in Farmers Branch. Survivors include her husband, Harlan; son, Robert Willhelm and wife Ningrum of Denver, Co.; daughters, Belinda Wisnoski and husband Eugene of Warrenton, VA., Teresa Palmero and husband Keith of Gilbert, Az.; 8 grandchildren, Shane Willhelm and wife Chasidy, Samudra Willhelm, Nathan Wisnoski, Leann Harris, Stefan Wisnoski, Gabrielle Palmero, Marissa Palemo, Vicent Palmero; 6 great grandchildren, Tatum, Kyler, Thomas, Lily, Laurel and Jackson; brother, James Altom of Emory, Tx.

Service is 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, 606 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, Texas 75062 with Ernest Boren officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery, Highway 22, in Blooming Grove, Texas (NW Corsicana). The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel.

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  • Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home - Monday, March 24, 2014
  • w/o Harlan Ersel Willhelm married Jun 29, 1950; d/o Marion Hampton Altom & Ola Gertrude (Swindle) Altom
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Allen Keith McFarland, Jr.
Oct 10, 1980 - Mar 17, 2014

Allen Keith McFarland, Jr., 33, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014 in Dawson.

Allen is survived by his loving parents, State District Judge Jaclanel Moore McFarland and Allen Keith McFarland, and his loving brother Linch Moore McFarland, all of Houston. He is also survived by his grandmother, Bonnie Baker McFarland, and aunts, uncles and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandparents Jack Leon Moore, William Jonas Moore and Junell Linch Moore.

Born in Houston on Oct. 10, 1980, Allen was extremely proud to be a sixth-generation Texan and of his Scots-Irish heritage.

Allen attended The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Doerre Intermediate School and graduated from Klein High School.

He attended Baylor University, graduating in 2005 with a B.A. degree. At Baylor, he was a member and active in the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, where he made many lifelong friends. Through Baylor, he became fluent in Spanish by a total-immersion Spanish studies program in Costa Rica. He studied at the Baylor Oxford program in England.

After Baylor, Allen was employed by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. and the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

By profession, Allen was a top-notch independent oil and gas landman, known for his ability to catch a land title defect crucial to the success of large oil and gas exploration projects. He studied for and received a Professional Landman Certificate through the University of Texas. He held memberships in the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and the Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Allen loved to travel. He visited England, Scotland, France, Japan, Canada, The Bahamas, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the St. Martin Islands and travelled widely throughout the United States.

He was an avid golfer and he loved to hunt and fish. He also loved football, basketball, baseball, the game of chess and outdoor life. He spent many happy times at his family’s farm in Dawson.

He made his Profession of Faith at age 7 at Houston’s Baptist Temple, where he was baptized.

Allen will be buried at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in Dawson at a graveside service at the Dawson Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will take place prior to the graveside service at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

A memorial service for Allen will take place at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 South Main Street in Houston at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27,
2014 followed by a reception.

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Clarence Robinson Sr.
abt 1967 - Mar 18, 2014

Clarence Robinson Sr., 46, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Visitation will be 12 noon to 8 p.m. at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Kelly’s Temple Church of God in Christ with Elder Billy J. Kelly and Elder Dennis Albert officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.
 

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Everett Lee Holley
Jan 31, 1934 - Mar 19, 2014

Everett Holley, 80, of Corsicana, passed away peacefully at Navarro Regional Hospital on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

He was born Jan. 31, 1934, to Raymond R. and Ellen Holley in the Post Oak Community near Roane. Everett was employed by Tom's Food for 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond R. and Ellen Holley; sister, Zelda Farmer; and step-daughter, Belinda Hobbs.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Holley of Corsicana; brother, Alvin Holley and wife Linda of Livingston; step-sons, Danny Thomas of Taylor, Lynn Thomas of Corsicana, and Billy Lynn Hobbs and wife Paulette of Corsicana; grandchildren, Jason and Lindsey Thomas, and Kalyn and Josh Avery; great grandchildren, Peyton, Sierra and Sadie Thomas.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Dilbeck officiating. Interment will follow at Post Oak Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Danny Thomas, Lynn Thomas, Billy Hobbs, David Holley, Jason Thomas and Paul Holley.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jack Maurice Bell
Apr 9, 1928 - Mar 17, 2014

Mr. Jack M. Bell, 85, of Odessa, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at West Texas VA Health and Care System.

He was born on April 9, 1928, in Oakwood, to Jack Bell and Rosa Dodd Dushaine. He was reared in the Buffalo area until moving to Corsicana as a child and later lived at the Corsicana State Home for Children.

Jack was a loving, caring dad, grandfather, and friend. He attended Corsicana State School. He joined the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 during the Korean War. Jack was later honorably discharged.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, loved the Dallas Cowboys, TCU, collecting knives, and also looked forward to the Corsicana State Home Reunions.

Mr. Bell worked in the oil field roughnecking for AW Thompson, Brown and Root, Dotco and Expert.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Rosa; wife, Juanita; brother, James E. Bell; and sister, Lucille Bell Green.

Survivors include daughter, Kathy of Odessa; son, Keith of Texarkana; grandsons, Nick Watson, Kanyon Ramirez of Odessa; brother, Roy Burns of Odessa; and nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Don Lathrop, Roy Bell, John Phillip Bell ,and Jack’s best friend, Steve Porter, for all their love and support through these last years.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Edna Eleonora (Coers) Flynn
Dec 9, 1889 - Aug 22, 1985

Edna Flynn, 94, of Corsicana, died Thursday at the Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood cemetery with the Rev. Gary Torian officiating.

Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four sons, Eugene and Paul Flynn of Fort Worth, Bill Flynn of Dallas and Jack Flynn of Corsicana; a brother, John Coers of Dallas; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Rudolph Thomas “Rudy” Palmeri
Mar 10, 1924 - May 11, 1999

Rudy Palmeri: Shoe Repair Specialist
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By BETTY JEAN CLAY
Women’s Editor
Rudy Palmeri is a man who puts his heart in his work of saving other people’s soles.

No, he’s not a minister and it’s not that kind of soul.

Palmeri is the first to tell you proudly that he is a shoe man, and he always will be. And the soles he is most concerned about are those on the bottom of his customer’s feet.

“Shoes are the most abused article you wear,” he said, as he worked busily in his shop, Rudy’s Shoe Shop at 121 North Beaton St.

His business is repairing footwear and restoring it to further serviceable use by the owners.

IF IT CAN be fixed, he will do it, but he points out some can’t be mended. And he ought to know as he has spent his lifetime working with shoes, either in repairs or selling them.

Before he bought his own shop, he had worked several other shops here, including a few no longer in existence, and elsewhere.

“I learned my trade in the busiest shop in town when I was a kid,” he said.

Palmeri said as a youngster in school here he hadn’t really though much about what he wanted to do when he grew up until his interest was sparked on summer vacations.

“When I was a teenager, I spent several summer vacations with my uncle in New Orleans. He had a shoe shop and I liked to fool around in it helping him.”

He liked to spend his vacations there so he could putter around “and just try to learn something about the work.”

Palmeri was just 16 when he really went to work in the business.

What had been summer time fun began to offer possibilities for his future careen, he recalled.

“WHEN I REALLY decided I wanted to be a shoe repairman though, I went to work here in Corsicana for August Wendorf in his shop down in the 300 block of North Commerce.”

There were several shops in town at the time, Palmeri recalled, but said he sought our employment at Wendorf’s.

“That was when you worked from 8 o’clock in the morning until 10 at night,” he said.

Palmeri worked after school and on Saturdays his last two years in high school, and full time during summer vacation.

“We did more repairs to work shoes in those days (late 1930s and early “40s). Men thought more about their work shoes than they did their dress shoes. Women did, too, for that matter,” he added.

With nostalgia he recalled “They would have shoes fixed as long as there was an upper.”

REPAIRS CONSISTED principally of having half-soles put on or soles and heels. Shops would charge $1.75 to $2 for half-soles and heels. Today, Palmeri said the fee for half-soles and heels for men’s shoes runs around $11 as materials have gone up in the shoe business just like they have in all other businesses.

Back when Palmeri began there were no synthetics. It was all leather and rubber for heels and soles. Synthetics are harder to work with in the repair shop, he said, because most man made materials are cemented on instead of sewed on.

“But they (Synthetics) are still not cheap,” he hastened to add.

“YEARS AGO PEOPLE never threw away a pair of shoes as long as they could be repaired,” he said. Today, people still have shoes repaired, but more often buy new shoes instead of having worn shoes “re-newed” in the terms of his trade.

He wasn’t knocking people buying new shoes whenever they want to, after all, he reminded, he has also been a shoe store salesman. It is just that often people will discard footwear with life left in them if they would have them mended to lengthen their use.

Palmeri pointed out that he has a motto hanging on his shop wall he firmly believes in. It reads: “If you love your feet, don’t forget to take care of your shoes.” Most people do, he’s happy to report.

World War 11 broke out while Palmeri was still in school, but working, too, in Wendorf’s shop. He became tired of school and anxious like other boys of his age to go to war. Lacking only a half credit of graduating, he left school to enter the Army in 1942.

He was sent to the South Pacific and saw combat in the Philippines and Okinawa for 15 months, and left the service after the end of the war in 1945.

After coming home from the service, he went to work at the R&M Shoe Shop then owned by Raymond Goldman for a year. Then he changed jobs and went to work for Green’s Shoe Shop run by W. W. Green, then located two doors north of State National Bank.

After several years of working in local shops, Palmeri went to Louisiana. A cousin owned two shops in Lake Charles and ran one himself. Palmeri was put in charge of the second shop located at the air base. In about 1950 he returned to Corsicana and went to work in shops here.

HE WAS DOING what he likes best when he had a new opportunity put before him in the mid 1950s. George Baum, then owner of Big 4 Shoe Store, called him to ask how he would like to sell shoes, instead of repairing them.

What was his reaction at this unexpected turn of events?

“I told him I would try selling,” he responded. “I stayed with him for 14 years.”


He couldn’t begin to add up the number of pairs of shoes he sold as a salesman any more than he can estimate the number he’s fixed in a repair shop.

What’s his preference, really?

“Repairs. That’s why I am back in the business and own this shop. Shoe repairs is really my specialty,” he asserted.

Palmeri bought out the shop three years ago when W. W. Green retired after a lengthy career.

The most common type of repairs he makes for women is to put on new hell taps; whereas for men, it’s putting on half-soles and heels.

PALMERI DOES a lot of boot work. Pointing to the piles of boots awaiting repairs, and to another compartment of mended ones, he said most boot wearers are really reluctant to give them up no matter how worn they become. They keep bringing them back to have them restored for more wear.

Some day a steady stream of customers pour in, and other days, just trickle, but Palmeri is ready to do whatever he can in the cobbler’s art of “renewing” shoes as do his fellow craftsmen of the town. It is necessary service and one they all take pride in performing, he feels.

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