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Betty Lee (Thornton) Bell
Feb 11, 1887 - May 14, 1955

Former Kerens Resident Expires

KERENS, May 18—(Spl)—Mrs. Lacy Bell, 68, former Kerens resident, died in Los Angeles, Calif. Saturday following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel here Thursday at 5 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Lavell Layfield, minister of the Cayuga Church of Christ, and Bro. Mullins, minister of the local Church of Christ congregation.

The body arrives by train in Corsicana Thursday morning.

Surviving are her husband of Los Angeles; mother, Mrs. L. J. Thornton, Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. O. L. Korsmyer and Mrs. Grant Eggleston, two grandchildren, Mrs. Wanda Bodifield, and Bruce Hughes; one great-grandson, Gary Wayne Bodifield, all of Los Angeles; a brother, Doris Thornton and two sisters, Miss Ruby Thornton and Mrs. Clifton Curington, all of Kerens, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be M. J. Crawford, Morris Crawford, Weldon Kerley, T. E. White, Bunk Layfield and Bill Gowan.

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John Lacy Bell
Apr 30, 1884 - Oct 21, 1959

Lacy Bell Dies In Los Angeles

Funeral services for Lacy Bell, who died in a Los Angeles, Calif., hospital Wednesday morning at the age of 72, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Kerens Church of Christ.

Don Gibson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

The body will arrive by plane from Los Angeles Saturday morning. Inmon will direct.

Graveside services will be under the direction of the Kerens Masonic lodge, Reilef Lodge 236.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Olga Korsmeyer and Mrs. Grant Eggleston, both of Los Angeles; one brother, Joe Bell, Troup; one sister, Mrs. John Mitchell, Kerens; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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James Louis “Jim” Crowley, Jr.
Feb 21, 1892 - Jun 21, 1955

Jim L. Crowley Services Sunday

KERENS, June 25—(Spl)—Funeral services for Jim Lewis Crowley, 63, will be held from the First Baptist church here Sunday at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Frank Giliham, pastor.

Crowley died at his home in Livermore, Calif., Tuesday of a heart attack.

Surviving are his wife of Livermore, Calif.; three brothers, Victor Crowley, Kerens; Lonnie Crowley, Yukon, Mo., and Arthur Crowley, Morgantown, N.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Crocker, Kerens, and Mrs. S. B. Patterson, Hooks, and several nieces and nephews.

Inmon will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, June 25, 1955
  • h/o Zelia (Slay) Crowley married Jan. 25, 1925; s/o James Louis Crowley, Sr. & Frances Elizabeth (Hamilton) Crowley
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Zelia (Slay) Crowley
Oct 16, 1898 - Apr 26, 1961

Mrs. Crowley Of Kerens Dies

KERENS, April 27 (Spl)—Mrs. Zelia Crowley, 62, died at the home of a sister, Mrs. Willard Mayo, here Wednesday afternoon following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church, of which she was a member, Friday at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bill Foster, pastor.

Native of Burleson county, Mrs. Crowley came to Kerens in 1911 with her family. She was the widow of the late Jim Crowley, who died in California in 1955. The family moved from Kerens to California in 1946 and Mrs. Crowley returned last year.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mayo, Kerens, and Mrs. Raymond Wylie, Corsicana; two brothers, Ben Slay, Kerens, and Tom Slay Robstown, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

Inmon will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 27, 1961
  • w/o James Louis “Jim” Crowley married Jan. 25, 1925; d/o William Benjamin Slay, Sr. & Mary Walker (Bailey) Slay
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

David Scott Murrell
July 7, 1970 - July 10, 1970

Scott Murrell Rites Saturday

Graveside rites were held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hamilton Cemetery for David Scott Murrell, three-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Murrell of Dallas who died Friday in a Dallas hospital. The Rev. Ray Burns, pastor of Lakeland Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, officiated.

Services were conducted by the Corley Funeral Home.

Surviving in addition to the parents are two sisters, Marcianne and Wendy Lee of Dallas; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Burl R. Brannon of Retreat; Grady W. Murrell of Corsicana and Mrs. Hattie Murry of Corsicana.

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Bessie Bell (Whitfield) Russell
Nov 5, 1918 - May 24, 1989

Bessie Bell Russell, 70, of Corsicana, died Wednesday, May 24, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was be James McKee. Burial was in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Laneil Russell of Ft. Worth, one daughter, Debbie Dunn of Corsicana, two brothers, Robert Whitfield of Eureka, Roy Whitfield of Corbet and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dickie Russell, Larry Bailey, Paul Bailey, Ernest Douglas, Travis Summers and James Hartley.

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Benjamin Franklin Heathcote
Dec 13, 1905 - May 27, 1989

Ben F. Heathcote, 83, of Corsicana, died May 27, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. George Merriman officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 13, 1905 in Cameron, Texas. He was a lifetime resident of Corsicana. He was a retired employee of the Corsicana Cotton Mill.

Survivors include one son, Larry Wayne Heathcote of Corsicana; one daughter, Mrs. Nessie Mahoney of Corsicana; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Watson of Waco.

Pallbearers will be Barney Thomas, Robby Thomas, Randy Thomas, Ed Nevill, Robert Weaver and Edward Easley.

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Leon O. Hennig
Jul 3, 1917 - Jun 18, 1989

Leon O. Hennig, 71, of Corsicana died June 18, 1989, at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Wesley Howard and the Rev. George Proctor Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was born July 3, 1917, in Pflugerville and had lived in Corsicana since 1959. He was a retired construction supervisor for Southwestern Bell Telephone and a member of Central Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Iona Hennig of Corsicana; three daughters, Faye Machalek of Temple, Linda Burleson of Pursley, and Sharon Johnson of Corsicana; one son, Michael Hennig of Rockwood, Mich.; nine grandchildren; one brother, Dale Hennig of Manor; one sister, Marie Whisenant of Elgin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jack Flynn, Marvin Speer, Carl Hall, Bill Woods, Seth Montgomery, James Wilkinson and Vernon Lynch.

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Sherman Middleton
Jan 27, 1925 - July 5, 1989

Sherman I. Middleton, of Fort Worth, died July 5, 1989 in Fort Worth.

Services are 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shannon Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

He was born and raised in Corsicana. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a retired heavy equipment operator for Tarrant County.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Ruth Middleton of Fort Worth; two step-sons, Tim Andrus of California, and Michael Andrus of Tennessee; one sister, Ann Blakeney of Malakoff; and eight grandchildren.

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Walter Martin Sonnenberg
July 13, 1908 - Feb 4, 1973

Funeral services were to be at 1 p.m Tuesday at a local funeral home chapel or Walter Sonnenberg, 64, of Corsicana, who died Sunday in Evergreen Nursing Home. Rev. Ronald Finke will officiate, and burial will be at Providence Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, three daughters, 16 grandchildren, three brothers, and three sisters.

Nephews were to be pallbearers.

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Ranson L. Hughes
Aug 13, 1866 - Nov 29, 1955

R. L. Hughes Of Wortham Dies

WORTHAM, Nov. 30—(Spl)—R. L. Hughes, aged 89 years, retired farmer, died at his home here Tuesday.

Funeral services were held from the Burleson Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Catholic cemetery in Corsicana.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Frank L. Turner, Jr., pastor of the First Methodist Church here, of which Hughes had been a member since 1910.

Surviving are his wife of Wortham; four sons, Talmadge Hughes, Kirvin, former Freestone County Judge; R. L., Harold and Bernard Hughes, all of Dallas; six daughters, Mrs. Hilda Thompson and Miss Geneva Hughes, both of Wortham; Mrs. W. T. Winstead, Richland; Mrs. Annie Sullivan, Mexia; Mrs. G. J. Davis and Mrs. A. B. Clark, both of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Allie Davis, Hattiesburg, Miss.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Genevia Gillien
B&D Jul 23, 1955

Gillien Infant Dies Saturday

Genevia Gillien, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pedro Gillien of Rice, died at Memorial Hospital Saturday morning.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Saturday at noon, but a graveside service is planned at the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are the parents of Rice and grandparents, Mrs. Susie Gonzales, Rice, and Phillip Gillien, Corsicana.

Corley will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 23, 1955
  • d/o Pedro Gillien and Genevia (Gonzales) Gillien
  • (could possibly be spelled Guillen- Felip Guillen might be her grandfather)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Gloria Valdez
Jul 24, 1954 - Oct 13, 1955

Rice Child Rites Friday Morning

Gloria Valdez, 14-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Beningno Valdez of Rice, died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Paul Higginbotham of the local parrish.

Surviving are the parents, three sisters, Conception, Antonia, Nuelia
And a brother, Beningno Valdez, Jr., all of Rice, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Valdez, Edcouch and Mrs. Conception Espencueta, LaVilla.

Corley directed.

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Paula (unk) Herrera
Jun 29, 1890 - May 9, 1955

Tuesday Services For Mrs. Herrera

Mrs. Paula N. Herrera, 65, died at the family residence, 809 South Twelfth street, Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Zacarias Herrera; daughter, Mrs. Alfredo Pena, both of Corsicana; six grandchildren and other relatives.

McCammon will direct.

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Jesse B. “Jess” Mitchell
Jul 22, 1888 - Apr 11, 1955

Jesse B. Mitchell Expires Monday

Jesse B. Mitchell, 67, died at his home, 1910 West Seventh avenue, early Monday morning of a heart attack after an hour’s illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Father Robert C. Rehkemper, assistant pastor of the church.

The rosary will be recited at the family home Monday at 7 p.m.

A native of Alma, Ellis county, Mitchell had been a pain contractor and interior decorator here for 50 years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Paul Mitchell, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. G. R. Robertson, Houston; three grandchildren; Paula and Gay Mitchell both of Corsicana, and Bob Robertson, Houston; two brothers, Frank E. Mitchell, Alma, and Leo Mitchell, El Paso; a sister, Sister Pauline, Sisters Of The Holy Ghost, Waukegan, Ill., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Ed Harris, Jr., Alex F. Lockhart, Roy Harrison, John Remonte, Jr., Lawrence Kelton, Allan Bryant and Marvin C. Owen.

McCammon will direct.

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Lowell Moody
Feb 25, 1922 - Jun 19, 1989

Lowell (L.D.) Moody, 67, of Mabank, died Monday, June 19, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Nola Moody of Mabank; two sons, Bill Ray Dechaune of Roane, and William H. Dechaune of Trinidad; three daughters, Betty Grace of Corsicana, Patricia Burrow of Lewisville, and Verna Ann Bonner of Kerens; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Ray Grace, O.C. Rasco, Wayne Moody, Jeff Bryant, Ballard Sykes and Kenneth Bryant.

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Mary Elizabeth (Reasonover) Wendorf-Albritton
Oct 5, 1907 - Jun 20, 1989

Mrs. Mary Wendorf Albritton, 81, of Corsicana, died June 20, 1989, in Dallas.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 5, 1907, in Llano, and had lived in Corsicana since 1927. She was a member of First Baptist Church, the Solid Rocker Choir and Kinsloe House.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Albritton of Corsicana; two sons, Ed Wendorf Jr. of Fort Worth, and Michael H Albritton of Austin; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Evans of Kerens, and Mrs. John (Rosemary) Nelson of Katy; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchidlren; and one aunt, Mrs. Willie Hoover of Ballinger.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Memorial is named

Members of the family of Mary Wendorf Albritton have named the music ministry of First Baptist Church as a recipient of memorials in her memory. She and her husband were actively involved in this area of church service.

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J. C. "Rusty" Gaston
Aug 31, 1913 - June 23, 1989

J.C. (Rusty) Gaston, 75, of Corsicana, died June 23, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cardwell officiating Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born in Midlothian, Texas on Aug. 31, 1913. He lived most of his life in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School. He was in the infantry in world War II and was active in the Texas National Guard, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He was a sales representative for Oil City Ironworks and a member of First Baptist Church.

His wife, Mary, died earlier this year.

Survivors include one daughter, Miss Rusty Gaston of Dallas.

Pallbearrs will be William Clarkson, Jack Flynn, Jack McFerran, Dr. Clyde S. Stroud Jr., Zack Boyd, J.C. Roe, Embry S. Ferguson, Jeff Rogers and Lynn Sanders Jr.

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Virginia Lee (McLauchlin) Smith
Sep 23, 1896 - Jul 7, 1989

Virginia Lee (McLauchlin) Smith of Corsicana, died Friday, July 7, 1989, in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 2 p.m Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with pastor John Shero officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the West Hill Church of Christ.

She was born Sept 23, 1896, in Payne Springs, Texas. She was a resident of Corsicana for the past 70 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmet Edward Smith in 1973, who was a local merchant.

Survivors include one son Edward M. Smith, of Dallas and one daughter, Virginia Ann Anthony of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Duren Norris of Corsicana; one brother, A.R. McLauchlin of Longview; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are grandsons: Tom Anthony, Larry Meeks, Steve Baker, Bryan Allen and nephews Rodney W. McLauchlin, Jerry L. McLauchlin, A.J. Hixon, Joe Brown and Johnny Pierce.

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Henry Chris Stearman, Jr.
June 4, 1926 - July 21, 1989

Y3 U.S. Navy World War II

Henry C. Stearman, 63, of Corsicana, died July 21, 1989, in Corsicana.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Saint John's Spiscopal Church, with the Rev. Michael Metcalf officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 4, 1926, in Holiday, Texas. He had been a resident of Corsicana for about 5 years and was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and owner of Q's Entertainment.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Stearman of Corsicana; three sons, Mike Stearman and Patrick Stearman both of Corsicana, and Richard Stearman of Houston; two daughters, Jennifer Stearman of Corsicana, and Mrs. Kelly Hlinck of Katy, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be David Dycus, Ken Hern, Rudy Kretzmeier, Dan Price, Dan Ross, Tony Garrett, Larry Wilkins and Micky Hine.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, July 23, 1989
  • h/o Laura Jeanette (Shutters) Stearman and Judith Ann (Varnell) Stearman - s/o Henry Chris Stearman Sr. & Lillie Eugene Floyd Stearman
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Malou Kate Doran
Apr 19, 1913 - Mar 18, 1973

Funeral services for Mrs. Jack K. Doran were to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church with the pastor, the Rev. Eugene Wood, officiating. Burial was to be in Oakwood Cemetery. She died Sunday in Memorial Hospital

She had been a resident of Corsicana 18 years and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, three grandchildren, three brothers, one sister and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were to be L. E. (Bud) Morton, Victor Cooper, Jack London, Alonzo Turn, J.R. Turn, and Rob Dunn.

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Lizzie (Reed) Shelton
Aug 29, 1899 - May 10, 1989

Lizzie Shelton, 89, of Kerens died May 10, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens, with the Rev. Terry Hodge officiating. Burial will be in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Shelton, and one son, Jimmy Shelton.

She is survived by one son, Billy Shelton of Kerens; two brothers, Tillman Reed and Jack Reed, both of Kerens; six grandchldren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Lee Shelton, Chip Sargent, Jim Shelton Jr., Steve Shelton, Lyndle Congleton and Dr. Lary Reed.

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Jerry Steven Brigance
Oct 2, 1965 - Jun 4, 1989

Jerry Steven Brigance, 23, of Trinidad, died June 4, 1989 in Ennis.

Services were 3 p.m. Monday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens with the Revs. Olton Phillips and David Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in Prairie Point Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 2, 1965 in Corsicana. He was a 1984 graduate of Trinidad High School and attended Henderson County Junior College. He was employed at Medical Arts Clinic.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brigance of Trinidad; one brother, Roy Keith Brigance of Tyler; one grandmother Laura Lee Dyess of Trinidad; great-great-grandmother, Ruth Brigance of Athens.

Pallbearers were W.M. Holtz, Les Clayton, Michael Burgess, Ken Jesset, Jesse Wallace and Milburn Chaney.

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Local man killed in car wreck

A Trinidad man was killed and a Corsicana woman was slightly injured early Sunday when the car she was driving hit a guard rail and flipped on Interstate 45 near Ennis.

Jerry Steven Brigance, 23, of Trinidad, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace G.E. Hayney. The driver of the car, Hollye Angela Cutrer, 20 of Corsicana, was treated for bruises at Baylor Hospital and released.

Ms. Cutrer was driving 1987 Oldsmobile southbound on the Interstate about 2:45 a.m. Sunday when the car swerved into the guard rail in the median on a curve in the highway.

The car became airborne, traveled to the other side of the road, hit the guard rail and rolled over, landing on its top. Brigance, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car.

Ms. Cutrer was wearing a seatbelt, according to DPS Trooper Peter STeuer who investigated the accident.

Brigance, a 1984 graduate of Trinidad High School who had attended Henderson County Junior College, was employed at the Medical Arts Clinic.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Kerens.

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Jack Walker
Sep 3, 1917 - Jun 7, 1989

Jack Walker, 71, of Ennis, died June 7, 1989 at Baylor Medical Center in Ennis.

Graveside services are 11 a.m. Friday at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Dick Moody officiating. Keever Funeral Home in Ennis is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 3, 1917 Bazette. He graduated from Bazette High school in 1935. He was a Marine veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion post in Ennis. He was a retired electrician and owned Walker Electric.

Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Walker of Ennis; one son, Jack B. Walker of Waxahachie; one daughter, Jan White of Ennis; three grandchildren; three brothers, Lester Walker of Kerens, Denver Walker, of Commerce, and Billy Walker of Athens.

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Leonard Paisley "Pate" Thompson
Mar 14, 1906 - Jun 17, 1989

L.P. (Pate) Thompson 83, of Kerens, died June 17, 1989, at navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens, with the Rev. Churck Biscoe officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.

He was a resident of Kerens for 55 years and a retired employee of Baine's Hardware for 31 years. He was a first Lieutenant in the Texas State National Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Eunice Thompson of Kerens; one son, Roy Thompson of Lancaster; one daughter, Dorothy Huggins of Garland; two sisters, Jessie Harris of Angleton, and Marjorie Hutto of Alvin; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbeaers will be Joe L. White, Larry Paul, Weston Wallace, George Scott, Homer Gene Wasson and Travis Horn.

Honorary pallbearers will be W.L. Bain, Jester Layfield, Stoner Baker, L.W. Rudd, W.P. Ingram, Homer Carroll Jr. and G.H. White.

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Herbert Hampton Stevenson
Jun 8, 1901 - Mar 19, 1973

KERENS-- Funeral services are set for 2 p.m Wednesday at the Paschal Funeral Home for Herbert H. Stevenson, 71, of Rt. 1, Kerens, who died Monday evening at his residence. Rev. Glenn Jones will officiate, and burial will be at Prairie Point Cemetery.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kerens and had lived in Kerens for about 26 years. He was also a farmer, rancher, a veteran of world War I and II. and had served in the Navy

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ella Stevenson of Kerens; a son, H.H. Stevenson of Dallas; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; five sisters, Mrs. Roberta Inman of Dallas, Mrs. Dorothy Jennings of Garland, Mrs. Margarett Knight of Dallas, Mrs. Polly Lynn of Dallas, Mrs. Madalyn Lindsay of Dallas; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Hazel Stevenson of Bazzett [sic].

Pallbearers will be R.H. Hillard, L.M. Bennitt, Milton Johnson, Kenneth Sessions, Kenneth Lewis, D.F. Fields, Jude Perry, and Onis Cook

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Joe Rufus Frederick
Feb 1, 1938 - Apr 1, 2014

Joe R. Frederick, 76, resident of Barry, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 4, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Alison Humann officiating. Burial will follow in Dresden Cemetery.

Joe Rufus was born in Blooming Grove, Texas, to the late Sam Houston and Vivian Mae Lane Frederick. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann McSpadden, and they raised two sons. Joe graduated from Frost ISD in 1957 and the following week went to work for Texas Instruments Inc. in Dallas. After 35 years at TI, he retired to become a rancher on the farm in Barry.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Alan; brothers, Ercle Ferrell and Thomas Ray; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Corben Green, Alice Connell, and Emma and Don Helenthal.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; son, William Glen and his fiancée, Tracey Ivie; granddaughter, Heather Frederick and her friend, Eli Conatser; grandson, Brian Glen Frederick; brother-in-law, Don Connell; and several nephews and nieces.

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Joe R. Frederick, of Barry, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the age of 76. He was the son of Sam Houston Frederick and Vivian Mae Lane Frederick born on Feb. 1, 1938. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley McSpadden and they raised two sons.

He is preceded in death by his son David Alan, his parents, brothers Ercle Ferrell and Thomas Ray; sisters and brothers-in-law Frances and Corben Green, Alice Connell, Emma and Don Helenthal.

He is survived by his wife Shirley Frederick, their son William Glen and his fiancee Tracey Ivie, granddaughter Heather Frederick and her friend Eli Conatser, grandson Brian Glen Frederick. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Don Connell and several nephews and nieces.

Joe graduated from Frost ISD in 1957 and the following week went to work for Texas Instruments Inc. in Dallas. After 35 years at TI he retired to become a rancher on the farm in Barry.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Alison "Pastor Sam" Humann officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brian Frederick, Eli Conatser, Dan Green, James O. McSpadden, James D. McSpadden, William D. McSpadden. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Helenthal, Mathew Helenthal, John Helenthal, Luke Helenthal.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blooming Grove United Methodist Church PO Box 37 Blooming Grove, Texas 76626 or the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Huey Bates Williamson
Feb 26, 1899 - Dec 16, 1954

H. B. Williamson Dies Thursday

H. B. Williamson, 55, died at his home, 1002 South Fifteenth street, early Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Campbell cemetery in the Drane community.

A native of Drane community, Williamson had resided in Corsicana most of his life.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Eugene Williamson, Ennis, and Carlton Williamson, Fort Worth, two daughters, Mrs. L. D. McQuiston, Amarillo, and Mrs. M. C. Munns, Fort Worth; mother, Mrs. Sallie Bailey, Corsicana; Corsicana; eight grandchildren, and a brother, Preston Williamson, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Dec 16, 1954
  • h/o Pauline Louise (Foster) Williamson; s/o George Dargan Williamson & Martha Luvenia Sarah Rebecca Ann “Sallie” (Dycus) Williamson-Bailey
  • Submitted by Diane Richards



H. B. Williamson Services Friday

Funeral services for H. B. Williamson, 55, employe of the Oil City Iron Works, who died at his home, 1002 South Fifteenth street Thursday morning, were held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 3:30 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery at Drane.

Williamson was a native of the Drane community, but had resided in Corsicana practically all of his life.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Eugene Williamson, Ennis, and Carlton Williamson, Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. L. D. McCuiston, Amarillo, and Mrs. M. C. Munns, Fort Worth; mother, Mrs. Sallie Bailey, Corsicana; eight grandchildren; a brother, Preston Williamson, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Rufus Nutt, Dan Roberts, W. G. Morris, J. T. Cavender, Calvin Holloway and Virgil Scrimshire.

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Aubrey Earl Brown
Apr 12, 1914 - Dec 27, 1954

Wednesday Rites For A. E. Brown

Funeral services for A. E. Brown, 40, trucker, 1408 West Twelfth avenue, who died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic of a heart attack Monday afternoon, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Lloyd Ward, Assembly of God minister of Lufkin. Burial was in the Campbell cemetery.

Surviving are five brothers, Travis, Leo, Percy and Cecil Brown, all of Corsicana, and Wayne Brown, Tyler; two sisters, Mrs. Gaston Kendrick, Ardmore, Okla., and Mrs. Neal Nichols, Kerens, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were T. L. Read, Bob Collins, Basil Follis, Floyce Brown, Frankie Morris and Donald Woodard.

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Roxie Elizabeth (Woodard) Ivie
Dec 26, 1888 - Jul 9, 1955

Mrs. S. G. Ivie Dies Saturday; Services Sunday

Mrs. S. G. Ivie, 66, life long resident of Navarro county and a native of Dresden, died Saturday afternoon at her residence here.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday from the Corley chapel, with interment in the Campbell cemetery.

Rev. Roy Tumlinson, Bryan, officiated.

Mrs. Ivie is survived by her husband, of Corsicana; six sons, R. N. and C. G. Ivie, both of Corbet; Louis Ivie and James Ivie, both of Fort Worth; J. R. Ivie, Corsicana and Arnold Ivie, Houston; eight daughters, Mrs. Gladys Brown, Corbet; Mrs. Pearl Horton and Mrs. Sula Ward, both of Purdon; Mrs. Catherine Hodges, Arlington, Tex.; Mrs. Maudine Priddy and Mrs. Edith Stephenson, both of Fort Worth; Mrs. Jo Ann Thomas, Frost; and Mrs. Fay Tucker; San Antonio; 38 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; three brothers, Jim Woodard, both of Purdon; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Johnson, and Miss Myrtle Woodard, both of Purdon; a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Eddie Ward, Elmore Horton, E. B. Priddy, Lloyd Thomas, Dock Brown, Mack Tucker, Emery Hodges and Warren Stephenson.

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William Travis Brown
Oct 6, 1912 - Mar 8, 1956

Rites Thursday For W. T. Brown

Funeral services for William Travis Brown, 43, who died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at his residence, 1334 West Fourteenth avenue, will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in the Campbell cemetery near Drane.

Rev. Lloyd Ward and Rev. H. G. Starkey, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church will conduct the rites.

He had resided in Jester and Corsicana all of his life was an automobile salesman and a veteran of World War 11.

Surviving are his wife, a son, William Earl Brown; four daughters, Ann Byrd, Barbara Lynn, Janet Susan and Marilyn Kathaleen Brown, all four of Corsicana; four brothers, Wayne Brown, Tyler; Leo, Percy, Doyle and Cecil Ray Brown, all of Corsicana; and two sisters, Mrs. Noble Kendrick, Ardmore, Okla., and Mrs. Virginia Nichols, Kermit.

Pallbearers will be Aubrey Smith, Buck Douglas, Henry Price, James King, Basil Follis and Loyce Davis.

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Helen Irene (Melton) Farish
Dec 15, 1922 - Apr 1, 2014

Helen Farish, 91 of Blooming Grove, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Ennis Care Center. She was born Dec. 15, 1922 in Dresden to Ben and Effie Melton. She was the first born of six children.
Helen is preceded in death by the love of her life W.B. "Hoss" Farish, brother Doug Melton, sisters Betty Wilson and Bernice Sanders.
She is survived by her two sons Jackie and Gail Farish, Larry and Rita Farish. sister Margie Wharton and husband Joe; brother Jake Melton and wife Mary Ann; sister in law Nancy Melton; brothers in law Bill Wilson and Daryl Sanders. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Shanna Symank and husband Joe, Jason Farish and wife Christie, Kelli Burks and husband Chad, Ryan Farish and wife Andrea; two step-grandsons, Casey and Chris Smith; nine great-grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at First Baptist Church Blooming Grove with Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews; Jason Farish, Ryan Farish, Randy Melton, Benny Melton, Brett Melton, Ricky Whorton, Mike Sanders, Ron Lynch.
Arrangements by her family Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Erma Jean Mitchell
abt 1954 - Apr 3, 2014

Erma Jean Mitchell, 59, Corsicana, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Moore officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Teddy Dale Rowe, Sr.
Jan 24, 1956 - Mar 31, 2014

Teddy Dale Rowe Sr. passed away Monday, March 31, 2014. He was born Jan. 24, 1956.

He left behind his loved ones; wife, Glenda Rowe of 42 years; mother, Betty Boyd and step-dad Noris Dye of Frost; father, Shelby Rowe of Paris, Texas; brother, Steve Rowe of Frost; children, Teresa Rowe of Frost, Tracy Rowe of Frost, Tammie and husband Chris Montgomery of Frost, and Teddy Jr. and wife Jamie Rowe of Irene; grandchildren Carie, Heather, and Alexas Montgomery, all of Frost, Cameron Rowe of Frost, Jaden, Peyton, and Tatum Rowe of Irene; nephew, Chris Rowe, niece, Mindy Miles; his Lowe's family in Ennis and too many friends to list.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Navarro Mills Baptist Church Life Center with Bro. Chris Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bud Renfro, Chris Montgomery, William Messinger, Justin Couch, Chris Rowe, Teddy Rowe Jr., Jason Lane and Ronnie Cludie.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jaden Rowe, Peyton Rowe, Cameron Rowe, Clay Travis, Gaylan Thomas and Jackie Thomas.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas

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Elizabeth Corrine "Coco" (Nokes) Mason-Lee
Jun 10, 1919 - Apr 3, 2014

Corrine Lee, 94, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014. No memorial service is scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Apr 4, 2014
  • Ashes at Oakwood Cemetery
  • Elizabeth Corrine “Coco” (Nokes) Mason-Lee (Ashes Only) 1st husband Harry Martin Mason 2nd husband Bernard Wiley Lee married June 19, 1944 d/o Edgar Clard Nokes and Hattie Corrine (Slate) Nokes
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
     

Glenn Stanley "Red" Broyles
Mar 13, 1953 - Sep 7, 2011

Glenn Stanley Broyles (Red), 58 of Red Oak, Texas went to be with the Lord on September 7, 2011 in Waxahachie, Texas. Glenn was born on March 13, 1953 in Pineville, Kentucky to Russell and Jewell (Shears) Broyles. Glenn worked as a truck driver most of his life and as an auto mechanic. In his spare time he enjoyed the outdoors hunting, camping, and fishing. Most of all he enjoyed the company of his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father and mother.
Glenn is survived by his wife, Valerie Broyles and his sons Randy Porter (wife Sara), Kevin, and Russell Broyles and daughter Crystal Broyles Olandese (husband Terry), also, his grandchildren, Joseph and Heather Olandese, Marinda, Celeste and Hunter Porter, and David and Deven Nichols. He is survived by his brothers Kenneth Broyles and John Oliver and many nieces and nephews. He was a great husband, father, brother and uncle to his family as well as many others and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Services to celebrate his life are scheduled for 9:00 AM Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Howell officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery near Blooming Grove, Texas.
Visistation with the family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday, September 11, 2011 at Wayne Boze Funeral Home
Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie, Texas.

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Fred Creath Arbuckle
Aug 19, 1949 - Sep 11, 2013

Fred Creath Arbuckle, age 64, passed away on September 11, 2013 in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was born in Lubbock, Texas on August 19,1949 to Jodean and Walter Arbuckle. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jodean Brown and stepfather, Clyde Brown.

During his high school years he played both baseball and basketball. He was a graduate of Snyder High School in 1967. After graduation, he attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas for one semester and Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas for one year majoring in Business. In 1971 Creath married Karren Rhodes and moved to Dallas, Texas. In 1978 they moved to Houston where Creath worked in the auto parts business. While in Houston, he and Karren celebrated the birth of his daughter Kacey in 1980. In 1991 he moved to Plano to pursue other business interests. For the past eight years, he resided with his daughter in Grand Prairie.

He is survived by his daughter, Kacey Brinkley and husband, Jonathan, Grand Prairie; two grandchildren, Emily Renee Brinkley and Edmond Rhodes Brinkley; his father, Walter Arbuckle, Garland, Texas; three sisters, Stacey Brown, Plano, Texas, Shelley Watts and husband, Charlie, Frost, Texas, Deana Paskow and husband, Roger, Allen, Texas; one brother, Murray Arbuckle and wife, Carol, Frisco, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the CrossPoint Church of Christ, 3020 Bardin Road, Grand Prairie, Texas at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2013, with minister, David Malone, officiating. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. at the Dresden Cemetery, FM 744, Barry, Texas.

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Northil “Tom” Sawyer
Aug 06, 1930 - Apr 20, 2012

Northil “Tom” Sawyer, 81, of Waxahachie passed away April 20, 2012, at the Red Oak Health and Rehab Center. He was born to Owen and Willie Mae Sawyer on August 6, 1930 in Arkansas.

Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and loving friend to many people. He was a fisherman and cattleman and loved to shell pecans with his wife Mirl. He was a good man and touched many lives. Tom lost his battle with lung cancer and went peacefully to be with the Lord.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lura Mirl Sawyer of Waxahachie; three daughters, Joyce and husband Tim Grant of Red Oak, Deborah and husband Freddy Langford of Ferris, Tammie and husband Thomas Dooley of Midlothian; ten grandchildren, Elton Reaves, Julie Marcum, Matthew Reaves, Michelle Hawes, Rhesha Landers, Karahna Reynolds, Tim Grant II, Chandra Tompkins, Jason Langford, Justin Woods; thirty great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter Barbara Ann Linder and five brothers.

Funeral services will be 1PM, Tuesday, April 24 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie with Pastor Michael Howard officiating. Interment will follow at the Dresden Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-8 Monday, April 23, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tim Grant II, Jason Langford, Justin Woods, Wes Landers, Les Hawes, Dakota Hawes and Dallas Hawes.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

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Geneva Olene Minze
Nov 25, 1922 - Nov 25, 1954

Friday Services For Miss Minze

BLOOMING GROVE, Nov. 26,--(Spl.)—Funeral services for Miss Geneva Minze, Lone Cedar community, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Dresden Methodist church. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. E. Sadler, Assembly of God minister of Morrison, Okla.

Miss Minze died at the family residence, Thursday, her 32nd birthday.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Minze, Lone Cedar; five brothers, Leonard Minze, Frost; Jack and R. Q. Minze, both of Fort Worth; Alton Minze, Lone Cedar, and Gwyndle Minze, Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Abbott, Frost; Mrs. Gladys Scott, Pasadena, and Mrs. Billie Gantt, Blooming Grove.

Pallbearers were W. H. Stevenson, Albert Woodin, James Key, Jesse Reynolds, Jack Hammonds and Bruce Dozier.

McCormick Funeral Home directed.

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Kenneth Wesley Farmer
B & D May 9, 1955

Farmer Infant Rites Monday

Kenneth Wesley Farmer, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Farmer of Fort Worth, died in Fort Worth early Monday morning.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Van George, pastor of the Raleigh Baptist Church. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Fort Worth; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Minefee and Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Farmer, all of Blooming Grove, and great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Minefee, Frost, and Mrs. Levi Shipman, Corsicana.

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Ancel Bryan Nevill
Mar 16, 1897 - Aug 30, 1956

Retired Farmer Expires Friday

A. B. Nevill, 59, retired farmer, died Friday afternoon. He was a native of Navarro county.

Surviving are four sons, Dariel B. Nevill, Barry; Harman D. Nevill, Athens; Lee Edwin and Clarence Ray Nevill, both of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Martha Johnson, Corpus Christi; Mrs. Lois Beaird, Eureka; Mrs. Doris Lausier, Brownsboro, and Mrs. Bessie Jean Bentley, Athens; 18 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, four sisters, Mrs. Cassie McCraw, Purdon; Mrs. Tiny McDowell, Houston; Mrs. Birdie Kilgore, Terrell, and Mrs. F. M. Chadwick, Fresno, Calif.; and a number of other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the West Side Church of Christ Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Cato Sheerer, Church of Christ minister of Cameron, formerly of Corsicana and Kerens.

Corley will direct.

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Retired Farmer Rites Saturday

Funeral services for A. B. Nevill, 59, retired farmer, who died Thursday afternoon, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the West Side Church of Christ. Burial was in the Dresden Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Cato Sheerer, Church of Christ minister of Cameron, formerly of Corsicana and Kerens.

Surviving are four sons, Dariel B. Nevill, Barry; Harman D. Nevill, Athens; Lee Edwin and Clarence Ray Nevill, both of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Martha Johnson, Corpus Christi; Mrs. Lois Beaird, Eureka; Mrs. Doris Lausier, Brownsboro, and Mrs. Bessie Jean Bentley, Athens; 18 grandchildren, one great-grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Casie McCraw, Purdon; Mrs. Tiny McDowell, Houston; Mrs. Birdie, Kilgore, Terrell, and Mrs. F. M. Chadwick, Fresno, Calif., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were L. B. Bowling, J. R. Bowling, W. D. Ragan, W. C. Henthorn, C. P. McElreath and Jammy Loosier.

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Florence Rhea (Woodard) Sykes
Nov 12, 1894 - Oct 31, 1970

Mrs. Sykes Rites Today

Mrs. Florence Rhea Sykes, 75, died Saturday in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are a son, Edgar B. Rhea of Irving; a grandson and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Burnice Woodard of Eastland and Arthur Woodard of Fort Worth; a sister, Miss Marie Woodard of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

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George Rowland Andruss
Nov 28, 1902 - Jul 25, 1989

George Rowland Andruss, 86, of Corsicana, died July 25, 1989, at Corsicana Nrusing Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

He was born Nov. 28, 1902, in Dublin. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Andruss. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. He was a retired employee of J.C. Penney Co., where he worked for 33 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and had lived in Corsicana since 1966. He was a graduate of John Tarleton College.

Survivors include his wife, Ollie Mae Andruss of Corsicana; two daughters, Barbara Trotter of Houston, and Cathy Hall of Monroe, La.; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Michael Trotter, Jason Hall, Matthew Delaney, Robert Tatum, Lester Plentl, John Bays, Maurice Young and Raymond Cooper.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Bible Class at First United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church.

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John William Bays, Sr.
Jun 22, 1888 - Oct 17, 1956

Thursday Rites For John Bays

Funeral services for John William Bays, 68, retired Southern Pacific Lines employe, who died at his home, 400 North Thirty-Sixth street Wednesday, will be held from the Griffin Chapel Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf, Jr., rector of St. John's Episcopal church.

Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, John Bays, Corpus Christi; three daughters, Mrs. G.R. Andruss, Houma, La.; Mrs. W. B. Tatum Corsicana, and Mrs. F. A. Wise, Royalty, Texas; three grandchildren; three brothers, Felix Bays, Artesia, N.M., Jack and Joe Bays, both of Axtell; two sisters, Mrs. George Campbell, Wortham, and Mrs. Ed Bounds, Streetman, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Bays was a long-time member of the First Methodist church and a member of the Methodist Men's club.

Pallbearers will be L. I. Griffin, Tom Farmer, Sam Boyd, Art Martin, Shelby Hicks and T. L. Carlisle.

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Margaret Octavia "Maggie" (Massey) Bays
Oct 19, 1888 - Feb 10, 1971

Bays Rites Set Thursday

Mrs. John W. Bays, 400 N. 36th St., longtime Corsicana resident, died early Wednesday in Memorial Hospital. She was a member of First Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel. The pastor of her church, Dr. Lively Brown, and the Very Rev. Dennis Smart, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W.B. Tatum and Mrs. G. R. Andruss, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. F. A. Wise of Odessa; one son, John W. Bays Jr., of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Frank Massey of Sweeney and Charles Massey of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Emmett White of Nederland, Mrs. Mellie Batson and Mrs. Monroe Lang, both of Madisonville; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be W. A. "Art" Martin, T. A. Farmer, T. L. Carlisle, Shelby Hicks, Doyle West, George Hudson, L. E. Riley and C. E. Keathley.

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James Franklin Franks
Mar 14, 1932 - Apr 3, 2014

James F. Franks, 82, of Corsicana passed away at home on Thursday, April 3, 2014 with his family by his side. James was born March 14, 1932 in Rice to Willie and Louise Franks.
He was preceded in death by his son Jimmie Dale Franks in 2002.
James is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ouieda Franks of Corsicana; son Terry Franks and wife Lou; daughters Debra Sue Warrington and husband Larry, Carla Dyess and husband Danny all of Corsicana, Linda Guthrie and husband Ronnie of Burnet; daughter-in-law Bertha Franks of San Antonio; grandson Matthew Franks Warrington of Corsicana; granddaughters Samantha Warrington Day and husband David of South Riding, Va.; Amy Tait of Schertz; Lindsey Garza and husband Trini of Shiner; Sarah Mitchell and husband Chris of Derby, Kan.; and great-grandchildren Zachary Tait, and Judah, Micah, and Ellyanah Garza. He is also survived by a sister Lynita Depriest and husband Clyde of Linden, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
James worked in the oilfield for over 60 years. He was a driller and also owned and operated a pipe and steel yard as well as a roustabout and hotshot service. He worked many long hours and hard days to provide for his family. Work was not just his livelihood but also his hobby. James was known for getting the job done right the first time because there was always another job waiting to be done. He was proud of his work and proud of the work ethic that he instilled in his children. He and Ouieda also enjoyed traveling across the United States with his family and friends in their motor home.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.
There will be a private burial at Resthaven Cemetery for the family.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Bertha Augusta (Wilks) Minze
Mar 10, 1883 - Aug 1, 1955

Mrs. B. A. Minze Services Tuesday

Mrs. B. A. Minze, 71, widow of the late John Minze, died at her home, 1220 West Twelfth and One-half street, Monday.

Funeral services were held from the New Hope Baptist church at Winkler Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. with burial in the St. Elmo cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. C. Corley, Jacksonville, and Rev. Carl Lee, Streetman.

A native of Winkler, Mrs. Minze had resided in Corsicana for a number of years.

Surviving are seven sons, L. C. Minze, Houston; E. R. Wilks and Virgil Wilks, both of Corsicana; J. C. Minze, Deley; Dudley Minze Winkler; Jack Minze, Corsicana, and R. L. Minze, Abilene; three daughters, Mrs. Lela Brooks and Mrs. Lola Hunnicutt, both of Sweeney, and Mrs. Bertha Lee Johnston, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. A. McPerson, Charles Shoemaker, Sims Hagler, C. H. Ramsey, Cecil Melton and Connie Gilleum.

Corley directed.

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Billie Dean (Thomas) York
Feb 13, 1932 - Nov 29, 1958

Two Killed In Fire In Rural Home Saturday

Two lives were snuffed out and two other persons were seriously burned Saturday night when their rural home north of Corsicana was destroyed by fire following an explosion about 7:30 p.m. The house was owned by George F. Baum and was located near the Baum Lodge site.

Mrs. Billie Dean York, 26, and her four-year-old daughter Billie Ann York, were burned to death. Their bodies were removed from the smoldering ruins and embers of the house several hours later by neighbors, firemen, police, deputy sheriffs and highway patrolmen.

Two Escape
George York, Jr., 30, husband and father of the victims, and Donna Marie York, six-year-old daughter, are in Memorial Hospital suffering deep and extensive burns.

The man is burned on the neck and right leg and suffered bruises and cuts. The child is burned on the arms, face and hands with first and second degree burns.

York was quoted as saying that the explosion sent flames over the entire house and he escaped by breaking a window. His wife and youngest daughter were unable to get out, when the mother sought the youngest daughter.

York and the surviving daughter were brought to Memorial hospital by private car where he said his wife and youngest daughter did not escape.

Funeral Sunday
Funeral services for Mrs. York and her daughter were held from the Griffin Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Reginal King, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist church.

Pallbearers were H. N. Donaho, Alton Williams, Carlos Mitchell, Charles A. Brown, O. D. Bamburg and Ray Bamburg.

Surviving Mrs. York are her daughter and husband, father, H. J. Thomas, Corsicana; grandmother, Mrs. L. M. Thomas; brother, Raymond Hugh Thomas, USN, California; a sister, Mrs. Alvin C. Miles, Corsicana and other relatives.


Billie Ann is survived by her father and sister, grandparents, H. J. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. George York, great-grandmother, Mrs. L. M. Thomas, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Officers Investigate
Deputy Sheriffs Dude Blackmon, Dick Salter and Howe French, Justice of the Peace G. C. Bowden, several highway patrolmen; city firemen and others answered the alarm.

The family is reported to have used wood for heating purposes and butane for cooking fuel. The Yorks and daughters had retired when the explosion occurred.

The Yorks had lived at this residence two months. The father is a truck-driver for Olin C. Bowers.

Withholds Verdict
Judge Bowden had not rendered a coroner’s decision early Monday morning pending further investigations, but indicated that preliminary findings indicated that a leak in the butane gas line could have caused the explosion, and that unless additional evidence indicating a different view is uncovered, his verdict will be that the explosion and fire was caused in that manner.

Officers and firemen returned to the scene of the tragedy Sunday and again Monday morning in an effort to discover any evidence that would explain the cause.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Dec 1, 1958
  • w/o George L. York, Jr; d/o Hiram/Hyman Judd Thomas & Willie Lee (Vandergriff) Thomas buried in Hamilton-Beeman cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Billie Ann York
Dec 17, 1953 - Nov 29, 1958

Two Killed In Fire In Rural Home Saturday

Two lives were snuffed out and two other persons were seriously burned Saturday night when their rural home north of Corsicana was destroyed by fire following an explosion about 7:30 p.m. The house was owned by George F. Baum and was located near the Baum Lodge site.

Mrs. Billie Dean York, 26, and her four-year-old daughter Billie Ann York, were burned to death. Their bodies were removed from the smoldering ruins and embers of the house several hours later by neighbors, firemen, police, deputy sheriffs and highway patrolmen.

Two Escape
George York, Jr., 30, husband and father of the victims, and Donna Marie York, six-year-old daughter, are in Memorial Hospital suffering deep and extensive burns.

The man is burned on the neck and right leg and suffered bruises and cuts. The child is burned on the arms, face and hands with first and second degree burns.

York was quoted as saying that the explosion sent flames over the entire house and he escaped by breaking a window. His wife and youngest daughter were unable to get out, when the mother sought the youngest daughter.

York and the surviving daughter were brought to Memorial hospital by private car where he said his wife and youngest daughter did not escape.

Funeral Sunday
Funeral services for Mrs. York and her daughter were held from the Griffin Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Dawson cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Reginal King, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist church.

Pallbearers were H. N. Donaho, Alton Williams, Carlos Mitchell, Charles A. Brown, O. D. Bamburg and Ray Bamburg.

Surviving Mrs. York are her daughter and husband, father, H. J. Thomas, Corsicana; grandmother, Mrs. L. M. Thomas; brother, Raymond Hugh Thomas, USN, California; a sister, Mrs. Alvin C. Miles, Corsicana and other relatives.


Billie Ann is survived by her father and sister, grandparents, H. J. Thomas and Mr. and Mrs. George York, great-grandmother, Mrs. L. M. Thomas, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Officers Investigate
Deputy Sheriffs Dude Blackmon, Dick Salter and Howe French, Justice of the Peace G. C. Bowden, several highway patrolmen; city firemen and others answered the alarm.

The family is reported to have used wood for heating purposes and butane for cooking fuel. The Yorks and daughters had retired when the explosion occurred.

The Yorks had lived at this residence two months. The father is a truck-driver for Olin C. Bowers.

Withholds Verdict
Judge Bowden had not rendered a coroner’s decision early Monday morning pending further investigations, but indicated that preliminary findings indicated that a leak in the butane gas line could have caused the explosion, and that unless additional evidence indicating a different view is uncovered, his verdict will be that the explosion and fire was caused in that manner.

Officers and firemen returned to the scene of the tragedy Sunday and again Monday morning in an effort to discover any evidence that would explain the cause.

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Jerry Downing Beauchamp, Jr.
Sep 7, 1870 - Dec 30, 1958

J. D. Beauchamp Dies Tuesday

J. D. Beauchamp, 88 retired stockman, of Kerens, died Tuesday night in the Navarro clinic following a stroke 12 days ago.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the First Presbyterian church in Kerens, of which he was a member, with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. H. E. Norris, pastor of the church, and Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor of the First Methodist church.

A native of Ennis, he had resided in Kerens more than 60 years. He was a member of The Knights of Pythias Lodge in Corsicana. Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Susie Ware, to whom he was married April 6, 1898; three brothers, Joseph R. Beauchamp, Corsicana; R. S. Beauchamp, Kerens, and B. L. Beauchamp, Houston; two sisters Mrs. L. B. Osborn and Mrs. F. S. Allen, both of Houston; 29 nieces and nephews and a number of great and great-great-grandnieces and nephews. Three nephews, Charlie, Joe and W. R. Beauchamp, reside in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Fred Jennings, Hugh Barlow, Joe Sheppard, G. M. Chapman, Andrew McClung and Roscoe McConnico.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Dec 31, 1958
  • h/o Susie (Ware) Beauchamp married Apr. 6, 1898; s/o Jerry Downing Beauchamp, Sr. & Ada Adeline (Thorp) Beauchamp
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Susie (Ware) Beauchamp
Mar 30, 1876 - Jun 3, 1960

Mrs. Beauchamp Dies In Kerens

Funeral services for Mrs. Susie Beauchamp, 84, wife of the late J. D. Beauchamp, Kerens, will be held from the Presbyterian church in Kerens at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Beauchamp died at 12:25 p.m. Friday at the home of Mrs. Fred Jennings after an extended illness. She was a life-long resident of Kerens and a member of the Presbyterian church.

Rev. John H. McCord, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Lott, will officiate.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be J. B. Johnson, John D. Weeden, Richard Jennings, Joe Beauchamp, John Beck and Jerry Caton.

Inmon will direct.

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Annie Belle (Buchanan) Smith
Jan 31, 1885 - Dec 10, 1958

Friday Services Set For Kerens Burns Victim

KERENS, Dec. 11 (Spl)—Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Belle Smith, 73, who died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from burns, will be held from the First Baptist church Friday at 10 a.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Smith suffered burns over seventy-five per cent of her body Wednesday morning at the family home in north Kerens a robe ignited from a gas stove. Her husband assisted her in putting out the flames and summoned aid. The home did not burn. She was rushed to Memorial Hospital for treatment.

She was a lifelong resident of the Bazette and Kerens communities.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens, a retired ginner; two sons, Willie Smith, Shreveport, La., and Dan Smith, Amarillo; seven daughters, Mrs. Ruby Womack, Waco; Mrs. Jessie Dial, Fort Worth; Mrs. Masal Warren, Houston; Mrs. Frances Sessions, Truth or Consequences, N. M.; Mrs. Myrtle Sessions, Kerens; Mrs. Jimmie Nell Smith, Garland; and Mrs. Jo An Lawrence, Mobile, Ala.; 22 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Farmer, Garland, and Mrs. Ollie Wagenlander, Kerens; and other relatives.

Inmon will direct.

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Russell Johnnie Baxter
Mar 13, 1903 - Oct 2, 1958

Russell Baxter Dies Thursday

KERENS, Oct. 2 (Spl.)—Russell (Jonnie) Baxter, 55, oil field worker and operator, life-long Kerens resident, died at his home Thursday morning following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the First Methodist church with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. D. R. McCauley, pastor, and Cato Sharrer, Cameron Church of Christ minister.

He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruby C. Baxter, Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry Salzer, Grand Prairie; three sons, Joe and James Baxter, both of Kerens, and Richard Baxter, Dallas; 12 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. F. M. Aston and Mrs. D. E. Watt, both of Athens, and Mrs. W. O. Loftis, Midland; three brothers, Clint Baxter, Kerens; Warner Baxter, Lancaster, Calif., and Charles R. Baxter, Birmingham, Ala.; an uncle, G. Kirk, Kerens, and a number of other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Fontayne Clark
Dec 14, 1889 - Oct 17, 1958

Fontayne Clark Expires Friday

KERENS, Oct. 18—(Spl.)—Fontayne Clark, 69, World War 1 veteran, formerly of Houston, died in Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon. He had resided at Kerens since his retirement a few years ago. He was a native of Caldwell, Texas.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are two brothers, J. B. Clark, Temple, and Hope Clark, Abilene; a sister, Mrs. Ford Ivey, Kerens; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jack Jones, Roy Miller, Otis Ray Spurlock, Fred Jenningts, Traster Griggin and Aalon Gray.

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Martha Elizabeth (Anderson) Wear
Dec 19, 1873 - Dec 01, 1957

Tuesday Services For Mrs. Wear

Funeral rites for Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Wear, 83, widow of the late T. H. Wear, who died at her home in Rice Sunday, were held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Rice cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Jack Daniels, pastor of the church, and Rev. G. O. Hunt.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. Wear had resided in Rice since 1901.

Surviving are four sons, Jesse H. Wear, Dallas; G. H., J. N. and Sloan Wear, all of Rice; two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Tolar, Garland, and Miss Mary E. Wear, Richardson; three grandsons, Howard Wear, Lendon Creager and Roy Wear; three granddaughters, Mrs. Rosa B. Cummings, Mrs. Elaine Dennis and Miss Judy Wear; 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers wre J. P. LeMay, Joe LeMay, Ed LeMay, D. S. Anderson, B. G. Anderson and Henry Fowler, all nephews.

McCammon directed.

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Edward Hobbs
Nov 24, 1891 - Feb 22, 1958

Edward Hobbs Services Monday

Funeral services for Edward Hobbs, 66, of Las Cruces, N. M., who died in Memorial Hospital Saturday, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Daniel, pastor.

The Rice Masonic lodge had charge of the graveside rites and provided pallbearers.

Hobbs had come to Rice incident to the death of his only brother, Clyde Hobbs, who died February 2, and became ill with influenza before finishing looking after his brother’s affairs, later suffering a heart attack.

Both brothers were veterans of World War I, serving in the 36th Division.

Hobbs had been employed by the United States Department of Agriculture for 30 years and eight months and was retired this month. He was in the pest control division of the Department.

Surviving are his wife of Las Cruces, N. M.; a son, James Calvin Hobbs, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and other relatives.

McCammon directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 24, 1958
  • h/o Bessie Mae (Jackson) Hobbs married Jan. 5, 1929; s/o James Haley “Jim” Hobbs & Mary Frances “Fannie” (Edwards) Hobbs
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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Edward Hobbs Dies Saturday, Services Monday

Edward Hobbs, 66, of Las Cruces, N.M., died in Memorial Hospital here shortly before noon Saturday.

Funeral services will be held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice Monday at 2 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Daniel, pastor. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.

Hobbs came to Corsicana in connection with the death of his only brother, Clyde Hobbs, Rice rancher, February 2, and before he finished looking after his brother’s affairs, became ill with flu and suffered a heart attack several days ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bessie Hobbs, Las Cruces, N. M.; a son, James Calvin Hobbs, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., and several nieces and nephews.

McCammon directs.

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Frank Lafaette Morris
Jul 21, 1875 - Oct 27, 1958

Morris Funeral Due Thursday

F. L. Morris, 83, retired farmer, died at his home, 2512 West Fifth avenue Monday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church.

A native Texaan, Morris had resided in Corsicana for the past four years and spent most of his life in the Eureka and Navarro areas.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. A. Weems, Corsicana; two grandsons, N. O. Neyman, Farmington, N. M., and Capt. Joe M. Weems, Fairborne, Ohio; two granddaughters, Mrs. Earl McCAin and Mrs. H. D. Davidson, both of Corsicana; five great-grandsons, one great-great-grandchild and other relatives.

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Clyde Hobbs
Jun 27, 1893 - Feb 2, 1958

Rice Rancher Rites Monday

Clyde Hobbs, 64, Rice rancher-farmer, died in the Veterans Administration hospital in Marlin Sunday morning following a several months illness. He was a native of Rice and a World War I Veteran. He spent all of his live at Rice except when he resided in San Antonio.

Funeral services will be held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice Monday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Daniel, pastor. Rice Masonic Lodge No. 577 will have charge of the graveside rites and provide pallbearers.

Surviving are one brother, Edward Hobbs, Las Cruces, N.M., and other relatives.

McCammon directs.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 3, 1958
  • h/o Lottie (Maltzberger) Hobbs married Nov. 3, 1919 (divorced at time of death) s /o James Haley “Jim” Hobbs & Mary Frances “Fannie” (Edwards) Hobbs
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James Andrew Davis
Sep 13, 1872 - Sep 2, 1956

James A. Davis Expires Sunday

James A. Davis, aged 83 years, farmer, former Blooming Grove resident, died at the family residence at Dresden Sunday.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with burial in the Campbell cemetery near Drane.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the West Side Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife of Dresden, a brother, four sisters and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Earl Hollingsworth, Marshall Tatum, S. S. Baggett, Grady Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Clovis Haden and Jim Sutton.

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Patrick Boone "Stick" Varnell
May 7, 1989

Patrick Boone "Stick" Varnell, 47, of Corsicana died at Medical City Hospital in Dallas on May 7, 1989. Memorial services will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m. with Deacon Wayne Collins officiating.

Varnell was born in Lawton, Okla., was formerly from Houston and was employed at Q's.

Survivors include his mother, Rhoda Virginia Varnell of Corsicana; one sister, Judith Ann Stearman, one nephew, Patrick Stearman, one niece, Jennifer Stearman, all of Coricana.

His body has been donated to science.

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Virginia Smallwood
Mar 16, 1947 - May 16, 1989

Virginia Smallwood, 42, of Corsicana, died May 16, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Saint John's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Michael Metcalf officiating. The body will lie in state at Corley Funeral Home.

She was born March 16, 1947, in Pallenon, N.J., and had lived in Corsicana for six years. She was employed as a technical typist and was a member of Saint John's Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her parents, Raymond and Edna Smallwood of Corsicana; two brothers, Raymond Smallwood Jr. of Garland, and Don Smallwood of Austin; one sister-in-law, Ivory Smallwood of Austin; and two nephews, Matthew Smallwood and Clayton Smallwood, both of Austin.

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Mary Helen Davis
Dec 3, 1922 - May 25, 1989

Terrie (Mary Helen) Davis, 67, of Corsicana, died May 25, 1989 at her residence.

Memorial services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John's Episcopal Church with Father Metcalf and Eayne Collins officiating.

She was born Dec. 3, 1922 in Cherry County, Neb. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. She was a chef for a number of years.

Survivors include one daughter, Saundra Thomas of Corsicana; two brothers, Arlis Wheeler of Snohomish, Wash., and Elmer Wheeler of Hemmet, Calif.; two sisters, Estelle Hill of Seattle, and Reka of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to st. John's Eposcopal Church memorial fund or the American Heart Association.

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William "Wiggy" Earl Defreeze
Oct 25, 1948 - Apr 6, 2014

William (Wiggy) Earl Defreeze, 65, of Norman, Okla. born Oct. 25, 1948 in Corsicana to Joe and Delores Defreeze of Hobbs, N.M., passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Midwest City, Okla. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Moore Funeral and Cremation Chapel, 400 S.E. 19th St. Moore, Okla.


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Ethel Janice Haynes
abt 1949 - Mar 22, 2014

Ethel Janice Haynes, 64, of Detroit, Mich. passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. Funeral services are
11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow with Pastor Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will follow at the Samaria Cemetery, Kerens. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Gussie Marie Fisher
abt 1937 - Mar 25, 2014

Gussie Marie Fisher, 76, of Malakoff, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the South Place Convalescent Center in Athens. Visitation will be 1:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow, with Pastor Nathan Carter Sr.
officiating. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery, Samaria.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Eva Lillian (Rash) DeMoss
Dec 21, 1910 - July 9, 1989

Eva Lillian DeMoss, 78, of Corsicana, died July 9, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be at 1 pm. Tuesday in Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Revs. Gary Johnson and Horace Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell cemetery.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Bonnie Douglas

Survivors include four sons, Lawrence DeMoss, Damon DeMoss and Jack DeMoss, all of Corsicana; and Buck DeMoss of Ennis; three sisters, Maple V. Gilliam of Fort Wroth, Maggie L. Howard of Navarro and Ora P. Roberts of Fairfield; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Phil DeMoss, Loy Allen DeMoss, Donald Ray DeMoss, Randy DeMoss, stan DeMoss and Steven DeMoss.

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Thomas Franklin Oliver
Dec 5, 1952 - Apr 7, 2014

Thomas Franklin Oliver, 61, of Corsicana passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was born Dec. 5, 1952 in Colorado City, Texas to Lumas Allen and Ruthie Lee Geddie Oliver.

He was a member of Westside Baptist Church. He enjoyed being outdoors, and was an avid fisherman which he went every Saturday and Sunday morning when he could.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Randall and Larry Oliver and a sister, Peggie Oliver.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Oliver; sons, Jeremy Oliver and wife Amanda of Palmer and Jason Oliver of Corsicana; daughter, Christene Oliver and fiancé Derrick Dickerson of Corsicana; granddaughters, Abagail Oliver of Palmer and Madison Dickerson of Corsicana; grandson, Maddox Dickerson of Corsicana; brothers, Rodney Oliver and wife Sandra of Laporte and Donnie Oliver and wife Debbie of Streator, IL; brother-in-law, David Bray and wife Nanette of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.

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Edna (Owens) McCain
May 6, 1920 - Apr 9, 2014
 

Edna would have celebrated her 94th birthday on May 6, 2014, but her Lord and Savior called her home a few days early. Today she is rejoicing with all of her heavenly family. She was a dedicated worker at Hager Slacks for many years before she retired.
Edna McCain, 93, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Heritage Oaks where she had resided for several years. She was born in Eureka on May 6, 1920 to John Thomas and Fannie Ola Minitra Owens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawton McCain; very beloved daughters and son-in-law, Diane Taylor, Lawdine and husband Ronnie Haynie; special friend E. P. French; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Buford Owens, George Robert Owens and wife Ruby Mae; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Velma Skeene, Lorene Folmar, Ruby Doolen and husband James.
She is survived by grandchildren, Jimmy Taylor and fiancée Julie Sykes, Steve Haynie and wife Vicki, Scott Haynie, and son-in-law Jerry Taylor; great-grandchildren, Sharie Taylor and fiancée Dustin Aguado, Shawnda Morelock, Spencer Haynie, all of Corsicana, Lauren Stockman and husband Nickolay of Austin; and great-great grandsons, Ace Aguado and Zaylen Sykes of Corsicana; brother Jack Owens and wife Elizabeth of Corsicana; and sister-in-law Betty Joyce McCain of Angus; loving nieces, Danna Dziedzic and Holly Worchesik of Houston; special nephew Kenneth Skeene of Irving, and a number of other dear nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all of the care givers at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for the care they gave our Meme, especially Shemaki Robinson, Su-San Couch, and Jennifer Brooks. Also, we are sending love and gratitude to her roommate, Mrs. Edith Rutherford, for being her friend and calling for help when she could not.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kevin Diggs officiating.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Don McCain, Danny Owens, Rob Owens, Jimmy Owens, Chris Dziedzic, and Chad Dziedzic. Honorary pallbearers will be William Honea, Tim Skeene, Randy McCain, Roy Lynn McCain, and Anthony Worchesik.

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Doris Fay (Ivy) Patrick
May 9, 1926 - Apr 11, 2014

Doris Fay Ivy Patrick, born in the Mt. Zion Community located near Fairfield on May 9, 1926. She was the daughter of Johnie James Ivy and Ruby Irma Harrison. She had one brother, J. Bradford Ivy of Fairfield.

She graduated in 1942 from Fairfield High School with Honors and a Scholarship in Music. She attended Texas Womens University at Denton, and graduated with Honors at age 18 in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She began her teaching career in Streetman where her first assignment was to teach 35 students of sixth and seventh grades, some of which were almost as old as she was. She served as First Baptist Church of Streetman pianist from 1945 thru 1949 at which time the Streetman School moved to Fairfield. Doris began her teaching career in Fairfield in the fall of 1949 where she taught the third grade. In the meantime she served as the pianist for the Calvary Baptist Church from 1949-1961. Doris received her Masters of Education degree with honors from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville in 1957. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. In 1961, Doris married Arthur N.S. Patrick, Jr, a Richland banker and rancher. In 1966, Doris began teaching second grade in the Lee Elementary School in Corsicana where at the end of the school year 1970, she was honored as Teacher of the Year by the Corsicana Independent School District. In 1972, Doris and Arthur adopted their daughter Ann Susan Patrick Littrell who is married to Lee Edward Littrell of Corsicana. Doris saw her family grow in numbers with the birth of granddaughter Selena Nan Littrell and grandson Lee Edward Littrell, Jr. Doris's granddaughter Selena and her husband Marshall Mathis, Jr have this month presented Doris with two great-granddaughters. She married Albert Ruyle on Feb. 8, 2013.

Doris Ivy Patrick has gently and kindly touched the lives of literally thousands of young children through her 34-year teaching career.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield. Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, Fairfield. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Hope C. (Castillo) Selman
July 13, 1961 - Mar 31, 2014

Hope C. Selman, 52, of Corsicana passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. She was born July 13, 1961 in Corsicana to Joe Carmen and Esperanza Castillo.
Hope was a loving, caring mother and grandmother, and spent her life as a wonderful homemaker for her family. She loved country music and especially enjoyed being “Nana” to her four beautiful granddaughters.
Hope was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her daughter, Heidi Elder and her husband, Kyle; her granddaughters: Jaylyn, Kalie, Khloe, and Natalie Elder; her siblings: Janie Rodriguez, Virginia Lozano, Terry Ey, Alice Hill, Pete Castillo, and Clay Castillo; and by Heidi’s father, James Selman.
Visitation with the family will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Death reopens assault case
By Janet Jacobs
CNHI
Corsicana — The death of 52-year-old Hope Selman Monday at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas has brought new attention to an alleged assault that took place almost exactly five months earlier.
On Monday, Selman was transported from Corsicana to a Dallas hospital, where she died.
Five months ago, on Nov. 3, 2013, Selman was the victim in an alleged assault at a home in the 100 block of North 19th Street, according to Police Chief Randy Bratton.
Although police responded to the 4:30 a.m. call the alleged victim refused to go to the hospital.
“On Nov. 5, her condition worsened and her family took her to Navarro Regional Hospital where she was transferred by air ambulance to Baylor, and admitted and treated there for her injuries for several days,” Bratton said.
Investigator Rex Givens filed a case with the district attorney's office regarding the original complaint. On Dec. 4, Israel Romero, 55, of Corsicana was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, serious bodily injury. He remains in the Navarro County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond, and there's also an Immigration and Naturalization Services hold on him, according to the sheriff's office. The trial is still pending.
However, with the death of Selman, it's possible he may face more serious charges.
“We're waiting on the autopsy and medical records from Dallas to determine if any additional charges will be brought before the grand jury,” Bratton said. “Of course, it's up to the District Attorney's office to see if any murder charges or any other charges are applicable. It might take several weeks before we get that information.”
Selman and Romero were not related, although they were acquaintances, Bratton said. Apparently, the Nov. 3 gathering was just friends. Police said they woudn't characterize it as a party.
“Several people had been over there socializing,” Bratton said. “He wasn't a relative or a close friend. He had been visiting the house that night with others.”
It's unclear why Selman initially refused treatment.
“It's not uncommon for people to refuse medical treatment as long as they think they're OK,” he said. “She was conscious and talking. Sometimes people don't realize they're hurt as badly as they are.”

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Kay (Henderson) Anderson
abt 1941 - Apr 1, 2014

Kay (Henderson) Anderson, 72, of Dawson passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in a Waco hospital. Graveside services at Indian Creek Cemetery in Fannin County will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Margie Ruth (Williams) Hill
Aug 25, 1925 - Apr 1, 2014

Margie Ruth Hill entered into eternal life on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, surrounded by her loved ones.
Margie was born Aug. 25, 1925 in Whitney where she lived and married her soul mate, Leonard Hill Sr. in 1944. Margie was preceded in death by her parents, Barney Williams and Lorisa Brown Williams, two brothers Joe and John Williams, her grandson Del Thrash in 1993 and her beloved husband of 56 years in 2000.
Margie is survived by her three children Brenda Hill Thrash of Hubbard, Glenda Hill Chasteen and husband Pete of Dawson, and Leonard Hill Jr. and wife Patty of Dawson. Margie also left behind two brothers: Don Williams and wife Susan of Texarkana and Daniel Williams of Bossier City, La.
Along with everyone else who has ever known her, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren only knew her as Granny.
Her loving sprit will be proudly carried on by her grandchildren: Robyn Thrash Eitel, Courtney Thrash Tucker, Stephanie Thrash McGee, Kristi Chasteen, Heath Chasteen, Josh Hill, Jared Hill, Jacob Hill, Joanna Hill Johnson, Jordan Hill and Jackie Hill. Her great-grandchildren are Drew McGee, Erin McGee Mashburn, Maggie McGee, Michael Del Tucker, Carter Eitel, Carson Eitel, Slade Chasteen, Parker Henthorn, Triston Hill, Landon Hill, Jaycie Hill, Jackson Hill, Tattum Hill, and Ayden Johnson. Her great-great grandchildren are Adalynn Mashburn and Bryce McGee.
For over 30 years, Margie worked full-time as a cook in the cafeteria at Dawson ISD Unfortunately, her health left her with a very challenging decision to retire at 86 years old. The students of Dawson ISD called her “Granny” and could always count on her adding extra salt and sugar to everything, making it some of the best food they had ever tasted. Granny’s front door always stayed open and there was always plenty of food on the stove for anyone that was hungry. Sunday lunch at Granny’s house is a tradition the family plans to carry on. Of course, no one will ever be able to make Granny’s sweet tea or famous cornbread and there won’t be anyone to rock the grandbabies to sleep quite like Granny did. There won’t be anyone to sew up a hole in our jeans quicker than Granny could or anyone to crochet the softest baby blanket for every new addition.
Granny knew what she believed and was fearless in expressing it. If you wanted an honest opinion, Granny would give it to you, even if you didn’t ask for it. She shot everything straight and always gave the best advice. That’s what made Granny so special. She was full of unconditional love, an indescribable strength and undeniable wisdom that no one could ever compare to. After an extraordinary life lived of 88 years, our precious Granny is now dancing with Papa in Heaven as they both watch over us all.
Public viewing and visitation with the family will take place at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014. A memorial service for Margie Hill, directed by her brother Donald Williams, will be held at Wade Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Heath Chasteen, Josh Hill, Jared Hill, Jacob Hill, Jordan Hill, Michael Passini, Cody Zellmer, Drew McGee, Slade Chasteen, Michael Del Tucker and Parker Henthorn.
Honorary pallbearer will be G.G. Younger.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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