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Wayne Foster Smith
Aug 19, 1908 - Nov 18, 1953

Saturday Rites For W. F. Smith

KERENS, Nov. 20.—(Spl.)—Wayne Foster Smith, 45, native of Kerens was found dead in his home in Trinidad Wednesday night.

Gordon McLain of Malakoff, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict of death from gunshot wounds, self-inflicted.

A single-shot .22 calibre rifle was found under the body.

Henderson county officers said the new gun was believed to have been purchased in Corsicana and a new box of shells with only one shell missing was found near the body.

Two notes were left, Deputy Sheriff Ras Warren of Athens said.

Funeral services will be held from the First Presbyterian church in Kerens Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Trinidad; a son, Irby Joe Smith, Waco; mother, Mrs. Winnie Smith, Fluvanna; sister, Mrs. Jim Norton, Fluvanna, and two grandchildren.

He was the son of the late E. J. Smith.

Smith was a foreman for the Austin Building Company, and formerly was employed in Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers will be Watt Trotman, C. W.Bramlett, George Uhrich, J. C. Peebles, all of Trinidad; T. L. Whorton, C. I. Coates, J. L. Whorton, Jr., and Whit Scarborough, all of Kerens.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

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Alice (Towns) Wilson
Apr 5, 1866 - Jul 12, 1953

Services Tuesday For Mrs. Wilson

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Wilson, 87, Route 5, Corsicana, Hester community, who died Sunday night, were held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, Baptist minister. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson had made her home for years with a niece, Mrs. J. B. Towns, Jr.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ella Chester, Beaumont, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lee Holsey, Barry Holsey, Bob Towns, John B.Towns, Tom Weaver and Fritz Kenner.

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Angelique Floyd
Feb 20, 1953 - Oct 24, 1953

Rites For Infant Held At Kerens

KERENS, Oct. 26—(Spl)—Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist church of Kerens for Angelique Floyd, eight-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clint Floyd, Jr., of Kerens.

The infant died Saturday morning a the Hillcrest Memorial Hospital in Waco after an illness of several months. The 19-year-old father, Navarro county’s second polio case of the year, has been hospitalized in Waco since early September.

Rev. M. O. Davis officiated at the service. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery under direction of Inmon Funeral Home of Kerens.

Survivors in addition to the parents, are her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Floyd, Sr., Kerens; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Parker, Kerens; great grandparents, Mrs. Mrs. Jake Floyd, Corsicana, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Mitchell, Kerens, and J. H. Parker, Kerens; her great-great-grandmother, Mrs. Anna Mabry, Kerens.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Jake Floyd, Donald Barnett, Jimmy Tyner, Charles (Sonny) Newsome, Wilmer Bain, Otis Spurlock and Doug Howell.

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Clinton Phezell Floyd, Sr.
Jan 9, 1913 - Dec 23, 1971

C. P. Floyd

KERENS—Funeral arrangements for Clinton P. Floyd, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jake Floyd of Kerens, are pending here with Paschal Funeral Home.

Floyd was killed Thursday outside his home in Dallas when he was struck by a pickup truck.

Survivors include his widow the former Carolyn Day of Kerens, and two sons, Clint Floyd of Trinidad and Jimmy Jake Floyd of Dallas.

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Charlie F. Davis
Jul 25, 1892 - Jul 1, 1953

World War Vet Services Friday

KERENS, July 3.—(Spl.)—Charlie Davis, 61, World War 1 veteran, long-time Kerens resident, died in the Legion hospital at Kerrville Wednesday following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel Friday at 11 a.m., with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are a brother, Willie W. Davis, Kerrville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Woodrow Massey, Carmer Dannalley, Pete Paschal, Eddie Burr, Jess McClung and B. H. Mask, all members of the American Legion.

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Jacob Berger
Sep 10, 1861 - Dec 21, 1953

Jacob Berger, 92, Austria Native, Expires Monday

Jacob Berger, 92, native of Vienna, Austria, retired banker, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Wolens, North Twenty-second street and Belmont Drive, Monday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Agudas Achim Congregation.

Works for Books
When about 12 years of age, the lad agreed to sweep out a book store during the remainder of the school year if the proprietor would let him read “Twenty Leagues Under the Sea” and “Golden Bridge.”

At the age of 14, the emigrant boy was sent alone to America to earn his heart’s desire of seeing the Golden Gate at San Francisco, but he did not see that sight until 13 years ago after he became an invalid and was taken to the Pacific Coast by Mr. and Mrs. Wolens.

Organizer of Bank
After working in New York, he sought to purchase a ticket to San Francisco, and put his money in the ticket window. He was given a tick to St. Louis, but did not realize that until he reached St. Louis. He was taken in by a Jewish family with whom he resided several years later marring a daughter of his benefactor 71 years ago.

He organized the first B’nai B’rith in St. Louis, and later organized and was president of the City National Bank in St. Louis following several years selling tinware and insurance. He also served as vice president of the Liberty Central Trust Company and promoted the consolidated railroad terminal in St. Louis and was vice president of the First National Bank in St. Louis when he retired because of his health 19 years ago and came to Corsicana to make his home.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, eight children; Mrs. Wolens, Corsicana; Mrs. Meyer Franks and Ralph Berger, both of Tyler; Harry and Dave Berger, and Mrs. E. Klaman, all of St. Louis; Joe Berger, Indianapolis, and Chester Berger, Miami Beach, Fla., and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Robert Werner, Max Rosenblum, Max Wolens, Jay Silverberg, Dean Milkes, Gabe Goldberg, Louie Levy and Sidney Gottlieb.

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Retired Banker Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Jacob Berger, 92, retired banker, were held from the McCammon chapel Wednesday 1t 11 a.m. Burial was in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbi Joseph Shapiro of Agudas Achim Congregation.

Berger died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Louis Wolens, North Twenty-second street and Belmont Drive.

Native of Vienna, Austria, he came to America when 14 years of age and later went to St. Louis, where he was a salesman, organized a bank and at the time of his retirement 19 years ago because of his health, was a vice president of the First National Bank of St. Louis. He organized the first B’nani B’rith in St. Louis.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana to whom he was married 71 years ago; eight children, Mrs. Wolens, Corsicana; Mrs. Meyer Franks and Ralph Berger, both of Tyler; Harry and Dave Berger and Mrs. E. Klaman, all of St. Louis; Joe Berger, Indianapolis, and Chester Berger, Miami Beach, Fla.; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Werner, Max Rosenblum, Max Wolens, Jay Silverberg, Dean Milkes, Gabe Goldberg, Louis Leby and Sidney Gottlieb.

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Rebecca (Silvester) Berger
Jun 12, 1864 - May 13, 1956

Mrs. Berger, 91, Expires Sunday; Funeral Tuesday

Mrs. Rebecca Berger, 91, widow of the late Jacob Berger, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday following a four-day illness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the family plot in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Agudas Achim Congregation.

Mrs. Berger was born, Jun. 12, 1864, in Poland and came to America when eight years of age and resided in St. Louis most of her life until moving to Corsicana 20 years ago to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Louis Wolens. Mr. Berger died two and one-half years ago. The couple celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary several years ago.

Surviving are four sons, Joseph Berger, St. Louis; Chester Berger, Miami Beach, Fla., and Ralph Berger, Tyler; two daughters, Mrs. Meyer E. Franks, Tyler, and Mrs. Wolens, Corsicana; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family requests no flowers.

Pallbearers will be Jay Marvin Wolens, Dean Milkes, Norman Sider, Herbert Lee Silverberg, Max Rosenblum and Gabe Goldberg.

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Steven Lee Rosen
May 12, 1948 - Apr. 17, 1953

Sunday Services For Steven Rosen

Funeral services for Steven Lee Rosen, four, who died at Memorial Hospital Friday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 11 a.m. Burial was in the Hebrew cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Agudas Achim Congregation.

Surviving are his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Rosen, 1100 West Seventh avenue, and a brother, David, all of Corsicana; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Brown, Leesville, La., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. Marvin Wolens, Sidney Gottlieb, Gus Gappleburg, and Sylvan Brustein.

Dr. Rosen is a radiologist of Memorial Hospital.

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Lloyd Wilson Burnett
Jun 2, 1918 - Dec 20, 1936

YOUTH FOUND DEAD SUNDAY AFTERNOON BULLET IN CHEST

Loyd Wilson Burnett, aged 18 years, was found dead at the family home, two miles south of Roane, Sunday shortly after noon. Death occurred between 10 o’clock Sunday morning and the time the body was discovered. A pistol was nearby.

Deputy Sheriff J. M. Westbrook and Judge W. T. McFadden conducted an investigation and a coroner’s verdict of “death by gunshot wounds, self-inflicted,” was returned by Judge McFadden. Officers reported that the youth apparently stood before a mirror and fired a pistol bullet into his chest.

The funeral rites will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with interment in the Bazette cemetery. The services will be held at the Bazette Baptist church.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. G. W. Burnett, Roane; two brothers, Ed Burnett, Houston, and Alton Burnett, Roane; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Bell, St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Opal Gowan, Chatfield.

Funeral arrangements are to be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Roane Youth Buried Tuesday Afternoon

Funeral services for Lloyd Wilson Burnett, aged 18 years, who was found dead at the family home near Roane Sunday, were held from the Bazette Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with interment in the Bazette cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Redwine, Kerens Baptist minister.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. G. W. Burnett, Roane, two brothers, Ed Burnett, Houston and Alton Burnett, Roane; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Bell, St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Opal Gowan, Chatfield.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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George Washington Burnett
Feb 23, 1885 - Mar 3, 1934

Roane.

ROANE, March 8.—(Spl.)—The many friends of Mrs. George Burnett were grief-stricken to hear of his sudden death. Mr. Burnett had been sick only a few days. To his wife he was a devoted husband and to his children a loyal father. Besides a host of friends to mourn his loss were the following; Mrs. Nora Burnett, wife, five children, Opal, Edward, Margaret, Alton and Loyd all of Roane. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. E. Wood and interment was made in the Bazette cemetery.

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John T. Finley
Dec 1, 1865 - Feb 13, 1930

KERENS MAN DIED THURSDAY; BURIAL AT BAZETTE FRIDAY

KERENS, Feb. 14.—(SP)—Jno. Finley, aged 64 years, well known here, died at his home Thursday morning after an illness of five days from pneumonia.

He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and Masonic lodges a number of years. He is survived by his wife and three children, also two brothers and three sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Burial was in the Bazette cemetery Friday afternoon.

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Hattie (Fleming) Lonon
Mar 8, 1877 - Jun 21, 1965

Tuesday Rites For Mrs. Lonon

Funeral services for Mrs. J. P. Lonon, 88, native of Mississippi, resident of the Roane community for 75 years, were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Corley chapel, with burial in the Bazette cemetery.

She died at Paulyne’s Convalescent home Monday morning.

The rites were conducted by Rev. David Hale of Roane.

Surviving are a son, John W. Lonon, Fort Worth; four grandchildren, John W. Lonon, Jr., Carter Lonon, Mrs. Nell Hickson, and Mrs. R. E. Foster, all of Fort Worth; a brother, L. J. Fleming, Tyler; three sisters, Mrs. Daisy Franklin, Mrs. Annie Kerr, and Mrs. Ethel Youngblood, all of Tyler.

Pallbearers were Alton Thomason, George Owens, Bealon Ware, Delmer Ware, Tom Moore and LeRoy Bonner.

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Bryan D. Turner
Jan 12, 1898 - Dec 9, 1949

Angus Veteran Dies In Hospital; Funeral Sunday

Bryant D. Turner, aged 54 years, of Angus, died in the Veterans Hospital, Lisbon, Friday. He was a veteran of WWI Veteran.

Funeral services are planned from the Corley Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Surviving are his wife and a son, Walter Turner, both of Angus.

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Seth Lloyd Story
Jan 23, 1892 - Nov 25, 1952

Seth L. Story Rites Wednesday

Seth L. Story, 60, life-long Angus resident, and long-time rural mail carrier, died at his home Tuesday afternoon following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. F. Adams, pastor of the Black Hills Methodist circuit, and Dr.Chet C. Henson, pastor of the First Methodist church. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Methodist church and First Methodist Brotherhood class.

He was the son of the late Mrs. And Mrs. John D. Story, pioneer Navarro county residents.

Surviving are his wife of Angus; two daughters, Mrs. Norman Andrews, Kilgore, and Mrs. Roy Fredricksen, Port Arthur; three sisters, Mrs. Herbert Soape and Mrs. B. R. Thomas, both of Port Arthur and Mrs. Clarence Harris Edinburgh; one granddaughter and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Walter Hendon, Wesley Edens, Sr.; Art Martin, Walter Stewart, Allen Breithaupt, Jim Cobb, Roe English, Otho Vaughn, Tom Ware and J. L. Jackson.

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John D. Story
May 29, 1863 - May 18, 1935

FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR J. D. STORY

Funeral services for John D. Story, 71, pioneer ginner, civic, religious and political leader of Navarro county, who died at his home in Angus community Saturday morning at 4:15 o’clock, were held from the First Methodist church here Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Clark, pastor of the Pleasant Grove Methodist church of which Mr. Story had been a member since boyhood; Rev. T. Edgar Neal, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Dr. C. R. Gray, presiding elder of the Corsicana Methodist district.

Mr. Story was born in Henderson county, Tennessee, but had resided in Navarro county since two years of age. He had been a ginner for 48 years and was president of Navarro county school board at the time of his death. He had been a member of the county school board since 1912 and was the first president of the organization. Mr. Story was superintendent of the Pleasant Grove Methodist church Sunday school for many years, but had been a member of the Brotherhood class of the First Methodist church the past several years. He was married to Miss Addie Love Swearingen, Jan. 16, 1890. Mrs. Story died several years ago.

Surviving are a son, Seth Story, Angus; three daughters, Mrs. Herbert Soape, Angus; Mrs. Clarence Harris, Minerva, and Mrs. B. R. Thomas, Angus; four sisters, Mrs. Maggie Gattis, Rising Star; Mrs. Lennie Nealy, Corsicana; Mrs. M. M. Smith, Waco, and Mrs. T. J. Garner, Corsicana, and five grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were D. C. Bray, H. M. Pritchard, J. L. Jackson, Guy M. Gibson, A. E. Haslam, and W. M. Huff.

Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

Singers were Mrs. Boyce Martin, Mrs. A. L. Absher, H. E. Metcalf and E. F. Hearn.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 20, 1935
  • h/o Adaline Love “Addie” (Swearingen) Story married Jan. 16, 1890; s/o Francis Marion Story & Zilpha Ann (Young) Story
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Stephen Palmeri
Aug 18, 1908 - Jul 1, 1975

Stephen Palmeri

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Stephen Palmeri, 66, of Corsicna, who died Tuesday morning in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Frank Williams will officiate with burial in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was a native of Lake Charles, La., and had lived in Corsicana for 55 years. He was also a veteran of World War 11 and a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Stephen Palmeri of Corsicana; one son, David Ferrell of Woodville; three grandchildren; five brothers, Joe Palmeri, Rudolph Palmeri, and Donald Palmeri, all of Corsicana; and Billy Palmeri of Garland and Sammy Palmeri of Waco; two sisters, Mrs. Sam Nagy and Mrs. A. W. Smith, both of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be B. P. Lindsey, Euliss Simmons, Elmer Trapp, Ed Parker, Otis Moffitt, and Quincy Hazelwood.

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Jesse Edwin Ponder
Sep 8, 1875 - Jul 24, 1953

J. E. Ponder Dies Friday Morning

J. E. Ponder, 76, former Corsicana resident, died in Kingsville Friday morning.

Funeral services will be held at the Dawson cemetery Saturday at 4 p.m. The rites will be conducted by Dr. D. A. Chisholm, superintendent of the Corsicana Methodist district.

Ponder had resided in Kingsville the past three years. He made his home in Corsicana for a number of years and formerly resided at Richland and Dawson.

Surviving are his wife of Kingsville; three daughters, Mrs. Freda Liddell, Corsicana; Mrs. Ernestine Wall, Houston, and Mrs. Edwina Lassiter, Kingsville;; a sister, Mrs. J. C. Edwards, Dawson; a brother, Roy Ponder, Dawson, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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Rose Lee (Young) Callaway-Spence
Sep 6, 1884 - Dec 25, 1953

Mrs. R. L. Spence Rites Saturday

Mrs. Rosa Lee Spence, 69, Route 5, Ennis, died in the Ennis Memorial Hospital early Friday morning.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Hubert A. Lawary, Hopewell Assembly of God church, and Rev. Daniel Neal, Wilmer Assembly of God pastor.

Surviving are three sons, Earl Gallaway, J. C. and W. D. Spence, all of Rice; two daughters, Mrs. C. E. Patterson and Mrs. O. F. Shue, both of Lancaster; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six brothers, Will and Dave Young both of Schall, Ark.; Harrison Young, Ennis; Duffie Young, Lone Grove, Okla.; Buddy Young, Marietta, Okla.; Fred Young, Oakland, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Porter, Nashville, Ark., and Mrs. Kelly Johnson, Lockesburg, Ark., and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 26, 1953
  • 1st husband Jasper Callaway 2nd husband Jabez Curry “Jabe” Spence married Dec. 12, 1918 d/o William “Bill” Young and Omelia (Jester) Young per Rootsweb (Amelia (Roberts) Young per death certificate)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ethelene (Bates) Green
Jul 14, 1929 - Jun 26, 1952

Saturday Rites For Mrs. Green

KERENS, June 27—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Richard Green, 23, Houston, former Kerens resident, who died Thursday night in the P. and S. Hospital, Corsicana, after a short illness, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist Church, Kerens, with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The services will be conducted by Rev. W. O. Davis, Kerens, and the Rev. J. W. Osley, Waco.

She is survived by her husband, Houston; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Bates, Kerens; three sisters, Mrs. Homer Bobbitt, Kerens; Mrs. Paul Harrell, Houston; Mrs. Harvey Lee Duncan, Athens; two brothers, W. P. Bates, Jr., Houston; and J. R. Bates, Kerens, and eight nieces and nephews.

The Inmon funeral home will direct.

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Alfredo Alamendarez
Mar 9, 1904 - Mar 27, 1952

A. Alamendarez Rites Saturday

KERENS, March 28.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Alfredo Almendarez, 48, who died suddenly Thursday morning, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., in the Inmon Funeral Home at Kerens. The Rev. Woodrow Bohanon will officiate. Burial will be in Kerens Cemetery.

Alamendarez died at his home on the W. S. Price farm west of Kerens. He had lived there 31 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Alfredo Alamendarez, Kerens; two sons, Cpl. Alfredo Alamendarez, Jr., U. S. Army, stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; Bobby Alamendarez, Kerens; three brothers, Frank Alamendarez, Dallas; Joe and Christine Alamendarez, both of Chicago.

Pallbearers will be L. H. Carroll, Jr., Carmer Dannelley, E. K. Howell, Clyde Andrews, M. J. Crawford and W. S. Price, Jr.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 28, 1952
  • h/o Stella (Mora) Alamendarez married Mar. 10, 1928 in Navarro county assumed; s/o Cristino Alamendez & Octaviano (unk) Alamendez
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Ernest “Bill” Scott, Sgt.
abt 1910 - Sep 25, 1951

Sgt. Bill Scott Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Sgt. Bill Scott, 42, who died in a Korea hospital, Sep. 25, last year, will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. O. H. Griffith of Longview. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

Sgt. Scott, a veteran of World War II, had been in the Army 15 years.

The body is scheduled to arrive in Kerens Tuesday afternoon over the Cotton Belt System passenger train.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Scott, Kerens; a son, Billy Hewitt Scott, Kerens; mother Mrs. Rose Scott, Kerens; four brothers, Robert and Johnny Scott, Arlington, and Sloan Scott, Hawthorne, Calif.; and three sisters, Mrs. Clarence Henderson, Round Prairie; Mrs. Clyde Blakney, San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. H. T. Trent, Arcadia, Calif.

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Clarence Heath Massey
Mar 27, 1906 - Feb 22, 1952

C. H. Massey Rites In Kerens Sunday

KERENS, Feb. 25.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Clarence Heath Massey, 45, were held from the First Methodist church here at 3 p.m. Sunday with burial in the Kerens Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. F. Smith, pastor, assisted by Rev. R. C. Linder, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Massey, a native of Corsicana, died at his home in Hico Friday night following a lingering illness. He was reared in Kerens, but had resided at Hico for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Jenette, Massey; a son Ronald Massey, and a daughter, Patricia Massey, all of Hico; mother, Mrs. R. B. Massey, Kerens; three brothers, A. H. Massey, Houston; Rufus B. Massey, Long Beach, Calif., and William C. Massey, Pacific Grove, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Mary Butler, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sidney Westbrook, Tillman Reed, T. M. Shelton, Jr., R. J. Huggins, Foy Scarbrough and Roland Shelton.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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Mary Virginia (Floyd) Inmon
Jan 3, 1875 - Dec 24, 1953

Kerens Pioneer Rites Saturday

KERENS, Dec. 26, (Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. J. N. Inmon, 78, life-long Kerens resident, were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the First Methodist church of which she was a member. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Carrol Thompson, Mart, former pastor of the First Methodist church here, and Rev. Thomas Tribble, pastor.

Mrs. Inmon died at the family home here Thursday.

Daughter of the late J. T. and Josephine Floyd, pioneer residents of this section. She was married to J. N. Inmon, January 5. 1896

Surviving are her husband of Kerens, a son, Joe Nelson Inmon, Dallas; four daughters, Miss Ethel Inmon, Kerens; Mrs. Robert Bristow, Palestine; Mrs. W. A. Wagner and Miss Carrie Inmon, both of Dallas; a brother, Lee Floyd, Kerens; two grandchildren, Mrs. B. J. Knott and Annette Inmon, both of Dallas; a great-grandson, John Knott, Dallas, and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 26, 1953
  • w/o James Newton Inmon married Jan. 5, 1896 d/o John Tucker Floyd, Colonel and Josephine H. (Clements) Floyd buried in Long Prairie cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James Newton Inmon
Jul 30, 1873 - Oct 22, 1957

J. N. Inmon Dies Keren Tuesday, Rites Wednesday

KERENS, Oct. 22—(Spl.)—J. N. Inmon, 84, died Tuesday at 10 a.m. at his home here. His wife, Mary, preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1953.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist church. The Rev. Carroll Thompson of Georgetown, former pastor of the Kerens church, will officiate. Burial will be in Kerens Cemetery. Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

He was a member of the First Methodist church and a member of the board of stewards at the time of his death.

Survivors include four daughters, Miss Ethel Inmon of Kerens, Mrs. Robert Bristow of Palestine, Mrs. William A. Wagner and Miss Carrie Inmon, both of Dallas; a son, Joe Nelson Inmon of Dallas; two grandchildren, Mrs. Bill J. Knott and Miss Annette Inmon, both of Dallas; two great-grandchildren, John and Cynthia Knott, both of Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. Don Ward, Mrs. Art McClung, Mrs. Stella Bruner and Mrs. Elmer Phillips, all of Kerens; and two brothers, A. J. Inmon and J. A. Inmon, both of Kerens.

Inmon was a retired rural route carrier of the Kerens post office and was court bailiff several years under C. O. Curington during his term as sheriff.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun
  • h/o Mary Virginia (Floyd) Inmon married Jan. 5, 1896 s/o James William Madison “Will” Inmon and Alice Elizabeth (Newton) Inmon buried at Long Prairie cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Henry Moore
Sep 24, 1879 - Aug 17, 1953

W. H. Moore Rites Conducted Here

William Henry Moore, 913 North Lancaster, Dallas, died at his home Monday.

Funeral requiem mass was given Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception here with interment in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by Father Gallaghar of Ennis.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. R. L. Bush, and Mrs. Dan Hendrix, and a son, James Moore, all of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Annie Carrington, Corsicana; a brother, John W. Wilson, Dallas, and two grandchildren.

McCammon directed local arrangements.

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Raymond Richard Garcia
Jul 7, 1947 - Nov 23, 1953

Raymond Garcia Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Raymond Garcia, aged six years, who died in Memorial Hospital Monday were held Wednesday at 2 p.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 the father, Jesse Garcia; a brother, Aredy Garcia and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Garay, all of Corsicana.

Griffin directed.

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James Joseph Hince
Dec 11, 1894 - Nov 11, 1953

J. J. Hince Rites Here Saturday

Funeral services for James Joseph Hince, 58, Cayuga, who died in the Navarro clinic Wednesday night, were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Saturday at 10 a.m.

The rites were conducted by Rt. Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, a son, James; three daughters, Mary Marcella and Ella Jane Hince, all of Cayuga.

Corley directed local arrangements.

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Mary Carrizales
Aug 16, 1936 - Aug 12, 1953

Mary Carrizales Services Friday


Funeral services for Miss Mary Carrizales, 17, Route 2, Corsicana, who died at the Navarro Clinic about midnight Wednesday following a brief illness were held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

The rites were conducted by Rev. V. P. Micola, Ennis. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Carrizales, Corsicana; three brothers, Henry Carrizales; Richard, and Simon Casrrizales, Jr., Chicago; six sisters, Mrs. Pauline Rodriguez and Mrs. Flora Soto, both of Chicago; Mrs. Juanita Placensia and Mrs. Mollie Martinez, both of San Antonio; Mrs. Isabelle Banda, Corbet, and Miss Anita Carrizales, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Luther Palos, Bartoto Ovalle, Espirio Guerro, Christian Ovalle, Richard Garza, Harry Palos.

McCammon directed.

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Steve Palmeri
Feb 22, 1876 - Feb 4, 1953

Steve Palmeri Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Steve Palmeri, 76, who died at the Navarro clinic early Wednesday following a heart attack, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Monsignor V. Graffeo. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

A native of Italy, Palmeri had resided in Corsicana 50 years. He was a retired merchant.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, S. J. Palmeri, Houston; two daughters, Mrs. J. A. Russo, Houston, and Mrs. W. D. Robinson, Jr., Corsicana; two grandsons, Ben DeGeorgeo, U. S. Navy, and Wiley Stephen Robinson, Corsicana; a brother Joe Palmeri, Sr., Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill, Donald, and Steve Palmeri, nephews; Fred Ware, Joe Guthrie and Loyd Collier.

Corley directed.

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Ernest Ward
Apr 16, 1891 - July 16, 1989

Ernest Ward, 98, of Elgin, died July 16, 1989 in Elgin.

Services were 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. T.F. Donald officiating. Burial was in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born April 16, 1891 in Navarro County. He had lived in Elgin since 1973. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include four sons Lee Roy Ward of Waxahachie, Charlie Ward of Lindale, Freddie Ward of Chama, New Mex., and Ernest Ward Jr. of Elgin; three daughters, Ida Nisperos of Conroe, Fay Hutson of Crandall, and Sue Cox of Springfield, Mo.; one brother, Lewis Ward of Lufkin; two sisters, Mrs. Delaney Peden and Sybil Ward, both of Kaufman; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Morris Ward, Jessie Marty, Charles Ward, Buford Dyer, Thomas Dyer and David Dycus.

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Thelma Lucille Weeks
Sep 18, 1898 - Jul 24, 1989

Mrs. Thelma Lucille Weeks, 90, of Texarkana, Ark., formerly of Corsicana, died July 24, 1989, in Texarkana.

Services are 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.P. Benner officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 18, 1898 in Dawson. She was a member of the Harmony Grove Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur L. Weeks in 1979 and a son, Harold D. McCullouch in 1983.

Survivors include one daughter, Mavis J. Parkhouse of Dallas; one son, Kenneth McCullough of Texarkana, Ark.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Tevehouse, Gerald Tevehouse, Hershal Reeves, Ray Goodman, Cledith Putman, Y.M. Putman, Billy Brackeen and Danny Brush.

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Lert Lonon Stringer
Jan 25, 1898 - July 25, 1989

Lert L. Stringer, 91, of Plano, died July 25, 1989, in Plano.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 25, 1898, in Navarro County and had lived in Plano for 18 months. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Hattie Stringer of Plano; three daughters, Jane Mims of Irving, Patsy Lewis of Duarte, Calif., and Mary Beth Scroggins of Plano; two sons, Charlie Stringer of Houston, and Emmett Stringer of Grants Pass, Ore.; two sisters, Lucille Grimes, and Clara Bell Stringer, both of Dallas; 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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James John Ratliff
Apr 20, 1896 - Feb 3, 1973

Funeral services were to be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for John Ratliff, 76, of Corsicana, who died Saturday in Memorial Hospital. Rev. Charles Pringle was to officiate, with buriual to follow at Hamilton Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, one son, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were to be A.J. Taylor, Clayton Smith, Leroy Poteet, Odell Templin, Elwood Barnes, and Roy French.

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Thomas Luther Shields
Dec 18, 1892 - Mar 18, 1973

Funeral services for T. L. Shields, 81, who died Sunday at Memorial Hospital, were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Robert J. Potts officiating. Burial was in Hamilton Cemetery.

A native of Eureka, he had lived most of his life in Corsicana and was a retired Bethlehem Steel employe.

He is survived by his widow, two sons, three daughters, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one brother, three sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Rodney Frank Cantrell
Nov 22, 1941 - Mar 30, 2014

Rodney Frank Cantrell was born at Methodist hospital in Dallas TX, on November 22, 1941. He was the first of two children born to Bonnie Lucille (Jordan) and Seaburn Cantrell. When Rodney was five years old, his mother remarried and he and his sister, Caroline were adopted by Mario Michael Procaccini, Sr. Rodney attended St. Cecilia School and earned a scholarship to Bishop Dunne. He graduated from Sunset High and went on to Arlington State.

He worked in sales most of his life, selling medical supplies. He was also very handy and did remodeling work on the side. Later, he wanted to slow down and went to work at Elliot's Hardware in Dallas. He was very smart and was the go-to-guy in the family for information about everything from legal matters to music. He was active in his community, working to help register voters and helping the less fortunate. He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, and reading.

In his last year of life, he was reunited with his high-school sweetheart, Jomarie Knight. They married and lived in Blooming Grove TX, where they were very happy. Rodney died from a heart attack on March 30, 2014.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Mario and his father Seaburn. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jomarie, his mother, Lucille Procaccini, his sisters Caroline, Francine, and Anna and his brothers Mario and Tony.

Notes:

  • Written by Anna Procaccini
  • h/o Jo Marie (Cangemi) Knight-Cantrell married. Jul. 13, 2013; s/o Seaburn Cantrell & Bonnie Lucille (Jordan) Cantrell-Procaccini (step-father Mario Michael Procaccini, Sr.)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Rodney’s ashes are going to be placed in White Church Cemetery.

John Franklin Taylor
Jan 02, 1868 - Sep 4, 1950

John F. Taylor Services Held Here On Tuesday

Funeral services for John F. Taylor, 82, long-time Drane resident, who died Monday morning were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Funeral Chapel.

Burial was in the Campbell cemetery near Drane. The rites were conducted by Rev. T. R. Vaughn, Malakoff Baptist minister.

A native of Tennessee, Taylor had resided in the Drane community since 13 years of age.

Surviving are his wife of Drane; three sons, J. B. Taylor, Mexia; B. C. Taylor, Corsicana, and B. F. Taylor, Lamesa; five daughters, Mrs. L. R. Tiner, Malakoff; Mrs. E. M. Dosser and Mrs. C. C. Godley, both of Dallas; Mrs. M. M. White, Jr., Angus, and Mrs. J. L. Taylor, Drane; 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren a sister, Mrs. Mollie Bolin, Powell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Herbert L. Wyatt, Emmett Dosser, Jim Sutton, Owen Beeman, Slim Bolin and Melvin Bowman.

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William Edward Williams
Dec 9, 1875 - Apr 22, 1951

Wm. E. Williams Services Monday

William E. Williams, 75, died at his Greggton home Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. from the Central Baptist church in Greggton with burial in the Campbell cemetery in the Drane community Monday at 3:30 p.m.

Survivors are a son, J. E. Williams, Jetmore, Kan.; seven daughters, Mrs. Ethel Brooks, Mathis; Mrs. Mary Bush, Bakersfield, Calif.; Mrs. Beatrice Mark, Greggton; Mrs. Pauline Coe, Odom; Mrs. Vera Allbright, Ballinger; Mrs. Eva Blackmon, Corsicana; and Mrs. Miriam Patterson, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Murtie Yarbrough, San Angelo; 12 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Corley directed.

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Thomas Luther Williamson
Nov 3, 1906 - May 8, 1951

T. L. Williamson Dies On Tuesday

Thomas L. Williamson, 42, died in Mineral Wells Tuesday.

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

Surviving are his wife of Mineral Wells; three daughters, Joan, Joyce and Judith Ann Williamson, all of Mineral Wells; mother, Mrs. Sallie Bailey, Corsicana; three brothers, Lynn Williamson, Fort Worth; Huey Williamson, Corsicana, and George Preston Williamson, Gatesville, and other relatives.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 9, 1951 - Submitted by Diane Richards

T. L. Williamson Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Thomas L. Williamson, 42, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

Williamson died Tuesday in Mineral Wells.

Surviving are his wife of Mineral Wells; three daughters, Joan, Joyce and Judith Ann Williamson, all of Mineral Wells; mother, Mrs. Sallie Bailey, Corsicana; three brothers, Lynn Williamson, Fort Worth; Huey Williamson, Corsicana, and George Preston Williamson, Gatesville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Calvin Holloway, J. T. Cavender, Roy Bunch, Claud Stubbs, Young Hawkins ad Luther Busby.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, May 10, 1951
  • h/o Hazel (Garrison) Williamson; s/o George Dargan Williamson & Martha Luvenia Sarah Rebecca Ann “Sallie” (Dycus) Williamson-Bailey
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ruby May (Woodard) Brown
Feb 22, 1894 - Mar 9, 1952

Mrs. Ruby Brown Services Tuesday

Mrs. Ruby Brown, 58, native of Navarro county, 1408 West Twelfth avenue, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic late Sunday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in the Campbell cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Lloyd Ward of Lufkin.

Mrs. Brown was born at Jester.

Surviving are six sons, Travis, Aubrey, Leo, Percy and Cecil Brown, all of Corsicana, and Wayne Brown, Tyler; two daughters, Mrs. Gaston Hendrick, Ardmore, Okla., and Mrs. Neal Nichols, Midland; a brother Bascom Woodward, Ft. Worth; two sisters, Mrs. Vola Banks, Corsicana, and Mrs. R. A. Crouch, Grand Prairie; six grandchildren and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Joseph “Joe” Pritchett
Nov 25, 1904 - Aug 10, 1954

Joe Pritchett Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Joe Pritchett, 49, fatally injured in a car-pick-up truck mishap at Roane Tuesday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery near Drane.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, pastor of the Roane Baptist church.

Pritchett’s car was involved in an accident at the intersection of Farm Road 1129 and the Roane slab near the Roane school building about 6 o’clock, Tuesday. Bill Simmons, highway patrolman, said that Pritchett’s car was traveling in a westerly direction and the pick-up truck operated by Billy Gene Aven, 23, also of Roane, was proceeding in a southerly direction on the farm road. The two demolished cars came to a standstill in the school yard.

Pritchett and Aven were rushed to Memorial hospital in a Corley ambulance where Pritchett expired about 9 a.m. Aven suffered a fractured left arm and other injuries.

This is the fifth traffic fatality in Navarro county in 1954.

Surviving are his father, F. B. Pritchett, Roane; four brothers, Albert Pritchett, Longview; Jim Pritchett, Gladewater; G. W. and Clarence Pritchett, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Buck Allen, Roane, and Mrs. Janette Jamison, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tommy Joe Allen, Edgar Earl Allen, Bobby Ray Pritchett, Guy Donald Pritchett, Willie Pritchett and Claud Pritchett.

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Oliver M. Hughes
Feb. 2, 1888 - Jul. 13, 1953

O. M. Hughes Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for O. M. Hughes, 65, who died early Monday at his home in Rice, were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, Midlothian, Methodist minister, formerly of Rice and Corsicana, assisted by Rev. John Basham, pastor.

Judge Pat Geraughty returned a coroner’s verdict of death from natural causes after an investigation. Hughes, officers said, died while his wife was preparing coffee after he had requested the drink. Mrs. Hughes discovered her husband dead in bed when she returned from the kitchen with the coffee.

Surviving are his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Jess Atchley, both of Rice; a sister, Mrs. Florence Vinson, Dawson; a brother, Rufus Hughes, Buffalo, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Virgil Atchley, Gardner Atchley, Leroy Hartley, M. V. Fitzgerald, J. K. Bradley and W. C. Mahaley.

McCammon directed.

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Viola Josephine "Josie" (Todd) Bowden
Dec 24, 1850 - May 20, 1953

Mrs. Bowden, 102, Dies At Tupelo

Mrs. R. A. Bowden, 102, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. D. Burdine, at Tupelo following several weeks’ illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Rice Baptist church Thursday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Rice Cemetery. She was the last living charter member of the Rice church organized in 1879. She had been a Baptist 86 years. She celebrated her 100th birthday two years ago by attending church at Rice.

Mrs. Bowden was born Dec. 24, 1850, in Tennessee, and married the late R. A. Bowden in 1870. He died here in 1913. The couple came to Bell county in 1877 and to Navarro county the following year.

Grandma Bowden vividly remembered Civil War days as well as the Spanish-American and the two World Wars.

Surviving are seven children, Mrs. M. E. Cummins, Rice; Mrs. Viola McNutt, William Miller Bowden and Grover Bowden, all of Corsicana; Mrs. Burdine, Tupelo; John R. Bowden, Rice, and Mrs. Clay Fluker, Corsicana, and many other relatives. She had 100 living descendants.

McCammon will direct.

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John Murray Brock
Apr 22, 1868 - Jun 25, 1954

Rice Resident Dies In Houston

J. M. Brock, about 80, of Rice, died Friday night in the M. D. Anderson Hospital and Clinic in Houston.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church in Rice Sunday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. C. Koen of Lubbock.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; five daughters, Mrs. Clyde Demonney, Mrs. J. C. Cayton, Mexia; Mrs. J. B. Raley, McKinney; Mrs. R. R. Shelton, Pampa, and Mrs. L. L. Roberts, Manor; three sons, J. B. Barock, E. E. Brock, and Z. B. Brock, and other relatives..

McCammon will direct.

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Sunday Services For J. M. Brock

Funeral services for J. M. Brock, 86, of Rice, who died in the M. D. Anderson Hospital and Clinic at Houston Friday night, were held from the First Baptist church in Rice Sunday at 4 p.m. Burial was in the Rice Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. C. Koen of Lubbock.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; five daughters, Mrs. Clyde DeNonney, Seadrift; Mrs. J. C. Clayton, Mexia; Mrs. J. B. Raley, McKinney; Mrs. R. R. Shelton, Pampa; Mrs. L. L. Roberts, Manvel; three sons, J. B. Brock, El Campo; E. E. Brock, Brookshire; and Z. B. Brock, Rice; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Derward Raley, Bill Raley, Kenneth Raley, Clyde DeNonney, Larry Roberts, Ray Kobar, Edwin Brock, and Leon Brock, all grandsons.

McCammon directed.

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Nancy J. (Armstrong) Brock
Feb 2, 1876 - Feb 16, 1965

Mrs. J. M. Brock Rites Thursday

Rites for Mrs. Nancy Brock, 89, widow of the late J. M. Brock, 1913 West Fourth avenue, who died of a heart attack in Dallas Tuesday night, were held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. from the Second Avenue Baptist church.

The services were conducted by Rev. Cass French, Jr., pastor of the church, and Rev. J. W. Koen of Abilene. Burial was in the Rice Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, J. B. Brock, El Campo, and Zeldon Brock, Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. Clyde DeMoney, Teague; Mrs. J. C. Cayton, Mexia; Mrs. J. B. Raley, McKinney; Mrs. L. L. Roberts, Manvel, and Mrs. Rex Shelton, Crane; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

McCammon directed.

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Will Emma (Pitts) Hudson
Nov 26, 1915 - May 27, 1989

Mrs. Will Emma Pitts Hudson, 73, of Clifton, Texas, died May 27, 1989, in a Clifton Hospital.

Services were be [sic] 3 p.m. Monday at Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard, with the Rev. Dean Evans officiating. Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 26, 1915, in Dawson. She lived in Dallas for many years before moving to Clifton 17 years ago. She was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in Dallas and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was a member of the Stephens Park United Methodist Church of Oak Cliff.

She is survived by her husband, W.E. (Earl) Clem of Clifton; two sisters, Allene Mallory and Dorothy Holladay, both of Dawson; and brother, H.C. (Hank) Pitts of Midland.

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Clara Mae Horn
Apr 1, 1902 - June 6, 1989

Clara Mae Horn, 87, of Arlington, died June 6, 1989 at her residence.

Services were 11 a.m. Thursday at Mayfield Road Church of Christ in Arlington with Mr. Rick Massey and Mr. Sam Norton officiating. Interment followed at 2:30 p.m. in Dawson Cemetery. Arlington Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born April 1, 1902. She was raised in the Hubbard area and moved to Corsicana in 1944. She was employed by J.M. Dyer Department store for 20 years. She moved to Arlington in 1972.

Survivors include one daughter, Sue Allen of Arlington; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

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Lucille Evans
Aug 10, 1910 - June 12, 1989

Lucille Evans, 78, of Corsicana died June 12, 1989 at Corsicana Nursing Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 10, 1910, in Dawson. She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Dawson.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmie Evans of San Bernadino, Calif., and Glen Evans of Las Vegas, Nev.; one daughter, Aline Patrick of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jackie French, Victor French, S.T. French, Vernon Thomas, Roy Thomas and Berlin Compton.

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Annie Pearl Watson
Apr 19, 1919 - June 15, 1989

Mrs. Annie Pearl Watson, 70, of Corsicana, died June 15, 1989, at the Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

Wake service will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Taylor's Memorial Church of God in Christ, with Superintendent F.G. Taylor officiating.

Burial will be in Dawson Cemetery in Dawson. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Sammie Lee Cherry McKenzie of Dallas; two granddaughters, Claudetta Stokes of Dallas, and Brendetta King of Irving; two grandsons, Oliver Cherry of Dallas, and Danny McKenzie of Newton, Ka.; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Erma Metcalf of Rockdale, and Erma Berry of Midland; and one step-sister, Almetia Winnons of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Tommie Sample, Willie Brown, Lucion Jessie, Glen Sample, Le Jay Brown and the Rev. Oscar Verdell.

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M. Lurine Lyles Berry
Oct 10, 1900 - June 27 1989

Mrs. Lurine Lyles Berry, 88, of Dawson, died at Irving Hospital on Tuesday, June 27, 1989.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Methodist Church in Dawson. The Rev. D. Keith Beck will officiate. Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard will handle the arrangements.

She was a resident of Dawson all her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Westbrook of Irving; two sons, J.D. Berry of Andrews, Texas and Clint Berry of Waldorf, Maryland; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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John Shields Ponder
Dec 8, 1870 - Nov 8, 1952

John S. Ponder Dies At Dawson

DAWSON, Nov. 8,--(Spl.)—John S. Ponder, 82, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. C. Edwards, Saturday morning.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist church. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Burt Gillis, pastor. Burial will be in the Younger cemetery, near Purdon.

A native of Cleburne, he resided in Navarro Mills from early childhood until he moved to this community in 1921.

Surviving are his sister, Mrs. Edwards, Dawson; two brothers, Roy Ponder, Dawson, and J. E. Ponder, Kingsville, and several nieces and nephews.

Wolfe Funeral Home will direct.

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Richard Samuel Marshall
Oct 3, 1895 - May 29, 1954

R. S. Marshall Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for R. S. Marshall, 58, of Rice, who died of a heart attack late Saturday night, will be held from the Rice Baptist Church Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Griffin. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.

Marshall was a life-long resident of the Rice community.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; two sons, James C. Marshall, Rice, and Richard P. Marshall, Grand Prairie; six daughters, Mrs. G. N. Bybee, Grand Prairie; Mrs. C. O. Stiger, Germany; Mrs. Oscar Nolan, Ennis;
Ann and Janice Marshall, both of Rice, and Mrs. D. D. Isom, Grand Prairie; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Tillman, Roane, and Mrs. Emma Rogers, Rice; four brothers, Claude Marshall, Kerens; Jack Marshall, Powell; Homer Marshall, Bazette; and Thomas E. Marshall, Massachusetts, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Claude Marshall, Jr., J. W. Marshall, Dick Marshall, Hobson Tramel; Alvis Music and Vernon Ainsworth.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

McCammon will direct.

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Maxine Elizabeth (Davis) Bankes
May 19, 1923 - Mar 21, 2014
 

Surrounded by her husband, the “love of her life” for nearly 63 years, and family, Maxine Elizabeth Davis Bankes joined her family in heaven Friday evening, March 21, 2014.

Maxine was born May 19, 1923, in Bellaire, Ohio to Emery and Ezma Davis. She was the second oldest of six children and survived them all. A Registered Nurse by profession, Maxine began her career in 1945 at Ohio Valley Hospital in Wheeling, W,V, and retired in 1985 after serving patients in Wheeling, West Virginia, Denison, Texas, Baylor Hospital in Dallas and Weirton, W.V.

Maxine married Russell H. Bankes, Jr. on her birthday in 1951. They were married for over 62 years. Russell, a lifelong minister, and Maxine served churches in Pottsboro, Texas., Shawnee, Okla., Dennison, Texas., Okla. City, Richardson, Texas,, Irving, Texas, Weirton, W. V., and Corsicana. During that time, Maxine helped establish the first free, health clinic for the poor in Oklahoma City in the early 60’s. She pioneered the “Bibles To Babies” concept to introduce infants to God’s love and established those classes in every church she served.

She believed “a job worth doing is a job worth doing well” and held herself to those standards throughout her 90 years. She loved her family and friends with all her heart.

Survivors include her husband, Russell of Corsicana; a son, Mark Bankes of Dickson, Tenn. and his daughters; Marlee and her husband Lucas Spangler, and Ashley Bankes of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lauren Keele and Alleigh Bankes of Dickson Tenn.; a daughter, April and her husband Ove Johansson of Amarillo and their children, Annika and her husband Brett Spalding of Canyon, and Stefan Johansson and his fiancé Monica Mosier of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two great-grandchildren, Maddox and Corbin Spangler.

Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Visitation will follow after the funeral service.

Funeral arrangements by Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Harold Denson "H.D." Kinsel
Aug 21, 1926 - Mar 21, 2014

Mr. Harold Denson Kinsel, known as H.D., 87, of Frost, went to be with our lord and savior on March 21, 2014, surrounded by family, in Corsicana.

He was born Aug. 21, 1926 in Brownsboro, to Marvin and Bertha Kinsel, where he was seventh of seven children. He later joined the United states Marine Corp. After severing in the Military he moved to Corsicana where he meet the love of his life, Maudie Belle Wyant and married her on Aug. 8, 1953. He was a farmer working in the fields, and later moved to the oil fields where he was a tool pusher for many years. Upon retirement he and Maudie returned to Frost where she passed away in 2001. In 2005 he remarried to Carolyn Seay.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Maudie Kinsel; son, Jack Capps; parents, Marvin and Bertha Kinsel; sisters, Cleo Preston and Vivian Benton; brothers, Jack Riggins, and Lewis Kinsel.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn Kinsel; son, Clyde Kinsel and wife Debbie of Frost; son, Tommy Capps of Frost; daughter, Jackie Prickett and husband Emmett of Roane; sisters, Oleta Fulcher of Del Rio, and Juanita Pate of Tyler; step-son, Jack Windham and wife Trish of Denton; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, at Griffin- Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday March 24, 2014, at Griffin- Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby McCollum officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Ryan King, Darrel Preston, Trace Prickett, Mike Bell, John Beacom and Justin Steadman.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, March 23, 2014
  • h/o Maudie Belle (Wyant) Kinsel & Carolyn (Seay) Kinsel; s/o Marvin Clyde Kinsel & Bertha (Gresham) Kinsel
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Myra Lee (Downey) Watson-McLain
July 7, 1935 - Mar 24, 2014

Myra Lee McLain of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 24, 2014, after a lengthy illness that never stole her joy or sense of humor. She was born July 7, 1935, in Frost to Leroy and Myra Downey. She was employed in the banking industry for 45-plus years in Frost, Blooming Grove and Corsicana. After her retirement, Myra devoted her life to serving others through various organizations at First Methodist Church in Corsicana. She also began working in the front office of the sale barn in Hubbard. She enjoyed her flowerbeds and being outdoors as well as traveling. Myra was a lifelong fan of the game of basketball, particularly the Navarro Bulldog basketball team.

Myra is survived by her husband Gene McLain; her son and daughter-in-law Mark and Jaclyn Watson of Longview; grandchildren and their spouses Russell and Amanda Watson of Wylie, Rachel and Kenny Durost of Keller, and Randall Watson of Wylie; great-grandchildren Hunter, Emma, and Lola Watson, Reese Durost, and step-grandchildren Mason and Austin Procell, who will forever treasure the memory of their “Granny.” She is also survived by brother Roy Downey and wife Diana of Coolidge and nephew Kevin Downey of San Angelo.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home,1530 N. 45th St., Corsicana, Texas.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, with Rev. Mike Alexander and Jay Fraze officiating. Serving as Pallbearers are Russell Watson, Randall Watson, Kenny Durost, Kevin Downey, Elmer Lee Tanner, Gerald York, Doug Furrah, and John McLain. Honorary Pallbearers are Bobby Armstrong, John Braly, Jimmy Hoosier, Devon Perkins, Rudy Carroll, George Ballew and Sonny Bancroft.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Prayer Card Ministry in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Naomi Jean Young
Oct 9, 1929 - Mar 23, 2014

Naomi Jean Young, 84, a Powell native and long-time resident of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 in College Station. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Kerens City Cemetery.

Young was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Milburn Leroy Young, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Gayle Foutch of Pearland; two grandchildren, Candace Nicole Pooch of Bryan; and Matthew Jonathan Cole and wife, Deven, of Santa Maria, Calif.; and seven great-grandchildren, Ashlee, Dylan, Jared, Riley, Chase, Kayci and Brooklynn.

Mrs. Young was a lifelong homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Family Hospice, 7607 Eastmark Drive, Suite 112, College Station, TX 77840.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Wanda (Paul) Johnston
Feb 17, 1942 - Mar 23, 2014

Wanda Paul Johnston, 72, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at her residence.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Kerens First Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb and Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.
Mrs. Johnston was secretary to the Athletic Director of Corsicana ISD for 37 years. She was born Feb. 17, 1942 in Kerens to Allen and Ruth White Paul.
She is survived by daughters, Paulette Roundtree of Malakoff and Jana Curry of Port Lavaca; son, Sidney Wayne Johnston, Jr. of Irving; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Glenda Cordell of Kaufman.
Please make memorials to Kerens Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 117, Kerens Texas 75144.
Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Clifford Milton Thomason, Jr.
Aug 7, 1928 - Mar 29, 2014

Funeral services for Clifford Milton Thomason, Jr., 85, of Palestine will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Matthew Timmons officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Park Cemetery under the direction of Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Mr. Thomason passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Trucare Living Centers of Palestine.

He was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Kerens to Clifford Milton Thomason, Sr. and Ethel Ione Harrison Thomason. Mr. Thomason was raised in Navarro County and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College. He resided in Palestine for 34 years and was a member of Norwood Heights Baptist Church. He owned and operated the Golden Corral Restaurant from 1980 until 1996. He was a member of the Evening Lions Club and volunteered with the Meals on Wheels and Hospice of East Texas.

Mr. Thomason was preceded in death by his wives, Sue “Mrs. T,” Frances “Granny Franny,” and Katherine “Norma” Thomason.

He is survived by his son, Paul M. Thomason and wife Debbie of Elkhart; two daughters, Sue Ann Manning and husband Billy and Rhonda Thomason all of Spring; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and his dear friend and prayer partner, John Drake and lifelong companion Dixie.

Condolence calls will be received on Saturday, March 29, 2014, one hour prior to the service at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home.

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Marie Lee (Hamilton) Manire
June 2, 1917 - Mar 31, 2014

Marie Lee Hamilton Manire, 96, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 in Fort Worth.

Funeral service will be 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Mount Olivet.

Marie was born to Fred Lee and Maggie Nokes Hamilton on June 2, 1917, in Fort Worth. She graduated from North Side High School in 1935 and went to work at the Continental National Bank, where she met her husband, E.L. Manire Jr. They were married 66 years at the time of his death in 2007.

She had been a member of Fort Worth Bankers' Wives, North Fort Worth Women's Club, Ridglea Business and Professional Association and Ridglea Country Club.

In 1980, Marie and E.L. moved back to her family's hometown of Corsicana where they developed and lived in Hamilton Acres. In Corsicana she was a member of the Kinsloe House, Corsicana Women's Club and James Blair Chapter of the DAR.

In 2000, Marie and E.L. returned to Fort Worth where they resided at Lakewood Village Retirement Center and became members of Trinity Christian Church.

Marie was predeceased by her husband, E.L.; her son, Lawrence "Larry" Hamilton Manire; her brother, Charles Daniel Hamilton; and her twin sister, Mildred Reily.

Survivors include her son, John R. Manire and his wife, Jan; daughter-in-law, Bobbye Manire; grandsons, Kirk Lee Manire and wife, Misty, Keith Lee Manire and wife, Lee Ann; great-grandchildren, Baylor, Easton, Khloe and C. J. Manire. Marie is also survived by step-grandchildren, Damon B. Alexander and wife, Katie, Paige Alexander Sugg and husband, Russell, and G. Parrish Glover; three step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces.
Arrangements by Mount Olivet Chapel, Greenwood Funeral Homes, Fort Worth.

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Goldie Marie (Gum) Hardy-Parks
Feb 8, 1931 - Mar 25, 2014

Mrs. Goldie Parks, 83, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. She was born on February 8, 1931 in Beaver County, Oklahoma to Warren and Mabel Gum.

She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Wayne Gum, and step-grandson, Evan Thornton.

She is survived by her children; Tonya Benetta Donohoe and husband, Charles, Warren Ward Hardy and wife, Lesa, and Tana DeAnn Thornton and husband, Matt.; her grandchildren, Tracy DeLos Santos, Renee Randolph, Tucker Donohoe, Misty Browning, Taylor Donohoe, Michael Browning, Savanna Bolinger, Kayla Hardy, Carley Hernandez, Michelle Browning; step-grandchildren Randle Greer, Pamela Reed, Jennifer Tatum, Seth Thornton, Olivia Page Hardy, Warren Thomas Hardy, Carlos Hernandez, Bryce Hernandez, Kade Browning, Christian Humphrey, Jordan Browning, Ariana Browning, Nick Gordon, McLain Blake, Kade Donohoe, Mya Randolph, Jake Donohoe, Ashlyn Randolph and her grand-dog; Page.

Visitation with the family will be held from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Darrouzett Cemetery in Darrouzett, Texas.

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Goldie Gum Hardy Parks, 83, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Scott and White Hospital in Temple. Visitation with the family will be Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Darrouzett Cemetery in Darrouzett, Texas. Corley Funeral Home.

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Rufus M. Ramsey
Jul 7, 1877 - Oct 27, 1945

RECENT CORSICANAN DIED SATURDAY IN BROWNWOOD

Rufus Ramsey, aged 68 years, recent resident of Corsicana, died at Brownwood Saturday with a heart attack. Funeral services were held at Brownwood Sunday where interment was made.

Born and reared at Blooming Grove, Ramsey had resided at Brownwood for many years until his wife’s death in December, 1944. He had made his home here with his sister, Mrs. H. J. Wilson, 703 North Fourteenth street, since Mrs. Ramsey’s death and recently returned to Brownwood on a visit.

Surviving are his sister of Corsicana; a brother, Eugene Ramsey, Kansas City, and other relatives.

Mrs. H. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson, Miss Nora Wilson, all of Corsicana, and Misses Eva and Marguerite Wilson, both of Dallas, attended the funeral rites.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, October 29, 1945
  • Buried in Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Tx. (Lucinda is buried here also)
  • h/o Lucinda (Holloway) Ramsey s/o Rufus Calvin Ramsey and Mary Adeline (Thompson) Ramsey buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Iva Nina (Phillips) McSpedden-Burnett
Aug 24, 1914 - May 8, 1966

Double Rites For Burnetts Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Alton Lee Burnett of Dallas, killed in an auto mishap near Richland Sunday, were held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Jimmy Williams, pastor of the Powell Baptist church, conducted the rites.

Mr. Burnett was buried in the Dresden cemetery and then the cortege proceeded to Mexia where Mrs. Burnett was buried in the Mexia City cemetery.

Albert Ray Evans, 33, Dallas, driver of the truck involved, was not seriously hurt and was dismissed from the Memorial hospital after treatment Sunday.

Mrs. Burnett, 51, a native of Navarro county, is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Andrew Britton, Annendale, Va.; three sons, Joe P. McSpedden, and R. H. McSpedden, Jr., both of Dallas, and David McSpedden, Mexia; mother, Mrs. D. D. Phillips, Mexia; three brothers, Raymond Phillips, Dallas, O’Neal Phillips, Pasadena; Billy Joe Phillips, Highlands; a sister, Mrs. W. W. Crowley, Mexia and eight grandchildren.

Mr. Burnett, 49, is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Britton, Annedale, Va.; three stepsons, three grandchildren, a brother, Ed Burnett, Lancaster; two sisters, Mrs. R. T. Gowan, Eureka and Mrs. Bill Bell, Orange, and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Burnett’s deaths are the seventh and eighth traffic fatalities in Navarro county for 1966.

Pallbearers were A. C. Frazier, O. A. Rutherford, I. N. Gotcher, T. C. Lowe, Allen Jamison and J. R. Bush.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - May 10, 1966
  • Buried in Mexia City Cemetery, Mexia, Texas
  • 1st husband Raymond Howard McSpedden, Sr. buried in Angelton Cemetery, Angelton, Tx. 2nd husband Alton Lee Burnett buried in Dresden cemetery d/o D. D. Phillips and Parilee (Putman) Phillips
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Herman Aubrey Cunningham, Sgt.
Jun 24, 1915 - May 16, 1945

Reburial Rites For Kerens Man Will Be Friday

KERENS. April 2—(Spl,)—Funeral services and re-burial rites for Sgt. Herman A. Cunningham, will be held at Ft. Sam Houston, Friday, April 8th at 11 o’clock.

Cunningham was a native of Kerens and was a member of the Kerens National Guard when it was mobilized. He was killed March 16, 1945 on Okinawa, while serving in the Marines.

Interment will be in Ft. Sam Houston cemetery. Attending the services from Kerens will be his mother, Mrs. Edna Cunningham and his brothers, J. T. and Stafford Cunningham and their wives and Royce Lee Cunningham, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Cunningham.

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Cynthia Ann “Annie” (Youngblood) Southard
Feb 18, 1887 - Jul 11, 1955

Mrs. Southard Is Buried Wednesday

Final rites were held in Avalon, Ellis county, Wednesday at 10 a.m. for Mrs. Claude Southard, 68, who died at her home there Monday.

Services were held from the Avalon Baptist Church with Rev. L. B. Jenkins, Forney, and Rev. E. J. McClung, Avalon, officiating. Interment was in the Bardwell cemetery.

Mrs. Southard is survived by her husband of Avalon; five sons, Roy Southard, Eureka; Fred Southard, Blooming Grove; Billy Southard, Sherman; Wilson Southard, Avalon, and Raymond Southard, Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. L. W. Head, Fort Worth; Mrs. Ernest Mitchell and Mrs. John Martin, both of Avalon; five brothers, Herman Youngblood, Corsicana; Cleve Youngblood, Dallas; Charles Youngblood, Avalon; Dr. J. R. Youngblood, Breckenridge; and Harper Youngblood, Waco; a step mother, Mrs. Max Manning, Bardwell, and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, July 13, 1955
  • Elm Branch Cemetery, Bardwell , Ellis County, Texas
  • w/o Claude Cleveland “CC” Southard; d/o William F. Youngblood & Cynthia A. (McKinney) Youngblood
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Rosa Mae “Rosie” (Langston) Wright
Dec 29, 1894 - Jun 18, 1954

Monday Services For Mrs. Wright

Mrs. Rosa Mae Wright, 60, of Corsicana died Friday.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be held in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Mrs. Wright was a native of the Pursley community.

Surviving are four sons, Lloyd Wright and Floyd Wright, both of San Francisco, Calif.; S-Sgt. Sammie Wright, Paris Island, S.C., and Roger A. Wright, Arlington; three daughters, Mrs. Lola Baker, Silver Springs, Md.; Mrs. Patsy Gomez, Corsicana, and Pauline Cranford, Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren; father, D. M. Langston, Corsicana; a brother, Eddie Langston, Edmond, Okla.; four sisters, Mrs. Ethel Rooks, New London; Mrs. Addie Anderson, Moore, Okla.; Mrws. Lillies Stoffregen, Waco, and Mrs. Frances Cranford, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Lee Brashear, W. B. Mayo, Orville Langston, Otis Langston, Clyde Osburne and Arlie Pillow.

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Herbert Ray Brown
Jul 28, 1954 - Nov 3, 1954

Sweetwater Child Buried At Kerens

KERENS, Nov. 4.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Herbert Ray Brown, aged three months, who died in Sweetwater early Tuesday, were held from the Inmon Chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. The rites were conducted by Rev. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Ray Brown, Sweetwater, formerly of Kerens, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert McCown, Kerens, and Mr. and Mrs. Bertham Brown, Sweetwater.

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Edward Hunter Ross
Sep 2, 1872 - Jul 1, 1954

Retired Kerens Merchant Dies; Rites Saturday

E. H. Ross, 82, retired Kerens dry goods merchant, died Thursday afternoon in Baylor Hospital, Dallas, following a brief illness.

Funerals services will be held Saturday, at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Kerens, with Rev. M. O. Davis and Rev. W. A. Corkon officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

A native of Kerens, Ross was in the dry goods business most of his adult life. He had retired some 15 years ago.

He is survived by three sons, Dr. Ed S. Ross, Dallas; Sam H. Ross, Tyler; and E. L. Ross, Odessa; 4 daughters, Mrs. M. L. Holt, Tyler; Miss Lillian Ross, Dallas; Mrs. L. H. Buckner, Henderson; and Mrs. Fay Redford, Kerens; a brother, Eugene Ross, Kerens; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon funeral home will direct.

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John Wiley Mitchell
Aug 28, 1874 - Sep 26, 1954

John W. Mitchell Dies At Kerens

KERENS, Sept. 27—(Spl)—John W. Mitchell, 80, retired farmer, died at his home early Sunday night following an extended illness.

Funeral services are to be held from the Inmon Chapel Monday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Thomas B. Tribble, pastor of the Methodist church, and Cato Sheerer, Church of Christ minister. The Masonic Lodge will have charge of the graveside rites and provide pallbearers.

A native of Tennessee, Mitchell had resided here 45 years.

Surviving are his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Leslie Parker and Mrs. Weldon Kerley, all of Kerens; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Susan Jane “Sudie” (Gilkey) Jetton
Nov 29, 1871 - Jan 31, 1954

Mrs. Susan Jetton Services Monday

KERENS, Feb. 1.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Susan Jetton, 85, died at her home here Sunday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Church, of which she was a member, Monday at 1:30 p.m. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. F. Smith, Methodist minister of Whitney, formerly pastor here, and Rev. Thomas Tribble, pastor.

A native of Ellis county, Mrs. Jetton had resided here 55 years. She was the widow of the late Charles Jetton, killed in an automobile accident on Main street here about 17 years ago.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Eugene Oliphant, Kerens; Mrs. L. E. Cherry, Conroe, and Mrs. R. W. Caruthers, Joshua; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Milton Johnston, W. D. Ainsworth, Freddie Banks, Robert Lowe, Wilbur Black, and Henry Atkeisson.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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Walter Thomas Black
Jun 21, 1873 - Mar 24, 1956

Walter T. Black Rites At Kerens

KERENS, March 24—(Spl.)—Walter T. Black, 82, died at his home here early Saturday after a lengthy illness.

Born in Upshur county, Black moved to Kerens in 1902, and had been a farmer since that time.

Rites will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Inmon funeral home chapel. Rev. B. R. McCauley, pastor of the First Methodist Church, Kerens, will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Survivors include the wife, of Kerens; two sons, Wilber Black, Kerens, and Wade Black, Pine Bluff, Ark.; three daughters, Miss Bertie Black, Kerens; Mrs. Milton Johnston, Kerens; and Mrs. Carlton Dobbs, Kerens; seven grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Lawrence Lee Collins
Nov 18, 1900 - Mar 3, 1956

Lawrence Collins Services Monday

KERENS, March 5,--(Spl)—Lawrence Collins, 56, farmer who resided west of town, died in the M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston Saturday night after a several months’ illness.

Funeral services were held from the Inmon Chapel Monday at 10:30 a.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery with the Masonic Lodge in charge of the graveside rites. The services were conducted by Rev. Walter Hughes, former pastor of the Powell Baptist Church, and Rev. Kenneth Evenston, Powell Baptist pastor.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a son, Willie Lee Collins, Kerens; four daughters, Mrs. W. J. Newsom, Hubbard; Mrs. Jack Lunsford, Grand Saline; Mrs. Glen Palmer, Pt. Comfort, and Miss Linda Collins, Kerens; a brother, W. F. Collins, Hubbard, and 10 grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were A. G. Godley, Jude Perry, M. J. Crawford, Homer Rendon, Weston Wallace and Cliff Curington.

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Mary (Hillhouse) Collins
May 3, 1904 - Nov 7, 1976

Mrs. Collins

KERENS—Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Collins, 72, a native of Kerens who died Sunday at Twilight Home in Corsicana, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Paschal Funeral Home with the Rev. Van Houser officiating. Burial will be in Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, W. L. Collins of Corsicana; four daughters, Dorothy Collins of Corsicana, Mrs. Ruth Coburn of Lindale, Mrs. Betty Palmer of Port Comfort and Mrs. Lynda McReynolds of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Herman McQuary of Pasadena and Mrs. Pearl Burrow of Athens; a brother Ben Hillhouse of Kerens; her mother, Mrs. Lizzie Hillhouse of Kerens; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Aurelio (Albert) Martinez
Jul 24, 1868 - Feb 9, 1954

Wednesday Rites For A. Martinez

Funeral services for Aurelio Martinez, 85, retired farm laborer, were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Wednesday at 9 a.m. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

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

A native of Mexico, Martinez had resided here 60 years. He died Tuesday morning in Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are two foster daughters, Mrs. Manuel Gonzales, Corsicana, and Mrs. Lupe Hernandez, Dallas; a foster son, Jesse Mora, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Rafael G. Gonzales, Pedro Hernandez, Jesse Mora, Enrique Carrizales, Francisco Garza and Matildi Ovalle.

Corley directed.

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Charles “Charlie” Hejkal
Aug 1889 - Apr 8, 1954

Charlie Hejkal Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Charlie Hejkal, 64, Emhouse retired farmer who died in the Navarro Clinic Thursday night, were held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

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

A native of Czechoslovakia, Hejkal had spent most of his life in the Ennis and Emhouse communities. He had been ill several months.

Surviving are two sons, C. C. and W. H. Hejkal, both of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Mary Tupy, Ennis, and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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Petra (Partido) Castillo
Jul 14, 1890 - Apr 12, 1954

Mrs. P. Castello Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Petra Castello, 63, who died at the family residence on North Fifth street, Monday afternoon will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

The rites are to be conducted by Rt. Rev. V. Graffeo. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Pete Castello, Corsicana; three sons, Frank Castello, Saginaw, Mich.; Joe and Manuel Castello, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Granause, Mexico, and Mrs. Natalie Luna, Corsicana; 24 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Banafacio Partido, Mexico, and other relatives.

A native of Mexico, Mrs. Castello had resided in Texas most of her life.

Corley will direct.

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Leo Ferdinand Christen
Sep 3, 1919 - Sep 22, 1955

Leo F. Christen Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Leo F. Christen, 36, were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Paul Higginbotham of the local parish.

Christen was found dead late Thursday in his pick-up truck in the garage at 750 West Ninth Avenue. He had been dead several hours. Christen had been shot in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun. Pat Geraughty, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict Friday of accidental death from gunshot wounds.

Christen was a farmer and carpenter.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Lockhart Christen; a son, Charles W. Christen, and a daughter, Darlene Christen, all of Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Christen, Weimar, and M. O. Christen, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. James Collins and Mrs. Hubert Winkler, both of Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. B. Harris, Jr.; Marvin Owens, J. B. Parks, Claude Bone, Frank Mitchum and C. R. Auerbach.

Corley directed.

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Leo F. Christen Is Found Dead In Pick-up Truck

The body of Leo F. Christen, 36, carpenter-farmer, was found in his pick-up truck Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the garage at the residence 950 West Ninth avenue, Pete McCain, police chief, stated following an investigation. The discovery, the police said, was by his six-year-old-son, Charles W. Christen.

Found Saturday
Funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Paul Higginbotham of the local parish.

Judge Pat Geraughty, justice of the peace, conducted an inquest at site Thursday afternoon and continued it Friday morning. He stated at mid-morning Friday his corners’ verdict is “Accidental death by gunshot wounds.”

Chief McCain and Officers Kay Robinson and Bates investigated the incident.

The chief said that Christen had been dead several hours when discovered in the cab of his pick-up truck with a 12-gauge shotgun beside him. Members of the family were quoted as saying Christen left the house shortly after noon with the statement he would take a nap in his truck.

Struck In Head
The charge from the firearm, Chief McCain said, struck the victim in the head.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Helen Lockhart Christen; a son, Charles W., and a two-year-old daughter, Darlene, all of Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Christen, Weimar; two brothers, M. E. Christen, Weimar, and M. O. Christen, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. James Collins and Mrs. Hubert Winkler, both of Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be E. B. Harris, Jr.; Marvin Owens, J. B. Parks, Claude Bone, Frank Mitchum and C. R. Auerback.

Corley will direct.

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Denise Marie Vandenberg
Mar 12, 1955 - Mar 15, 1955

Infant’s Rites Slated Thursday

Denise Marie Vandenberg, three-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Vandenberg, 1441 West Fourth avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Surviving are the parents and two sisters, Elizabeth and Debra Vandenberg, all of Corsicana, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, Houston, and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Higgins, Omaha, Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. R. C. Rchkemper.

Corley will direct.

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Claudine “Claudie” (Richards) Loftis
Mar 10, 1872 - Jan 1, 1955

Monday Services For Mrs. Loftis

Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. from the First Methodist church in Athens for Mrs. Claudia Richards Loftis, 82, who died at her home Saturday. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Russell Baxter, Kerens, and Miss Mary Loftis, Albuquerque, N. M.; four sons, M. P. Loftis, Seminole, Okla.; F. L. Loftis, Houston; W. O. Loftis, Midland, and Austin Loftis, San Antonio; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Ruth Anna (Burkhalter) Miller
Feb 19, 1893 - Aug 26, 1955

Former Teacher Dies In Dallas

Mrs. Ruth Anna Miller, 63, former teacher, died in Dallas Friday evening.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Lester Davenport, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Elmer H. Miller and Franklin Scott Miller, both of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert M. Day, Teague; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas J. Bradshaw, Reno, Nev., and Mrs. E. E. Williamson, Kerens; two brothers, W. F. Burkhalter, Chatfield, and V. O. Burkhalter, Honolulu, Hawaii, and other relatives.

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Fred Davila
Feb 26, 1954 - Jul 22, 1955

Kerosene Fatal To Dallas Child

KERENS, July 23 (Spl.)—Fred Davila, one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Davila of Dallas, died Friday morning in a Dallas hospital after accidentally drinking kerosene at the family home Thursday.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Inmon Funeral Home in Kerens. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. The officiating minister had not been named Saturday.

The child is survived by his parents; two brothers, Randy and Andrew, Jr.; a sister, Mercedes; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Augala of Kerens, and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Davila of Paducah, Texas.

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Leslie Alonzo "Les" Noble
Jun 2, 1872 - Sep 13, 1955

Rites Wednesday For L. A. Noble

KERENS, Sept. 13.—(Spl.)—L. A. Noble, 83, lifetime resident of Kerens died Tuesday at 3 a.m. at his home following a long illness.

He was a retired merchant and farmer and was a member of the Methodist church.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Inmon Funeral Home with the rites conducted by the Rev. B. Thomas Tribble, pastor of Central Methodist church of Corsicana, and the Rev. B. R. McCauley, pastor of the Kerens Methodist church. Burial will be in Kerens cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Golder Noble and Mrs. Ruth Henson, both of Kerens; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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