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James Hollins Woods
Apr 30, 1858 - May 23, 1931

Out of Town Friends And Relatives Here For Woods Funeral

Among out of town relatives and friends here Sunday for the funeral of the late James H. Woods were Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Woods of Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. James Woods and little son of Tulsa, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Tarver and son, Billie, of Austin; Mr. and Mrs. Thorp Montford of College Station; Mr. and Mrs. George C. Gross [sic] of Waxahachie; Rev. and Mrs. Jeff Ray and Carroll, of Fort Worth; Mrs. Jack Craddock of El Paso; Mr. J. B. Blanding and Mrs. G. K. Stroud of Italy, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Johnson of Dallas.

The passing of Mr. James Hollins Woods has saddened the hearts of all who knew and loved him, and to his bereft wife and sons, and those near and dear to him, these friends extend heartfelt sympathy.

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Pioneer Corsicana Man Passes Away

Death claimed a prominent pioneer citizen of Corsicana early Saturday morning in the person of Hon. James H. Woods, III at his home at 504 West Second avenue for many weeks. Mr. Woods was a long-time resident of Corsicana and a leader in municipal, county and state affairs.

HON. J. H. WOODS DIED AT HOME HERE EARLY SATURDAY

PROMINENT CORSICANAN TO BE BURIED IN OAKWOOD SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for James Hollins Woods, 73, who died at his home, corner of West Second avenue and North Fourteenth street, Saturday morning at 2 o'clock, after a lingering illness, will be held from the First Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery

The services will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. Jeff D. Ray, Baptist minister of Fort Worth.

Active pallbearers will be S. M. Kerr, Lawrence Treadwell, F. N. Drane, J. N. Edens, A. G. Elliott, Jim McGill, C. W. Taylor and Lowry Martin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. L. E. Kelton, Dr. Leslie Kelton, Dr. I. N. Suttle, members of the Navarro County Bar association and his many friends.

Had Active Life

Business, law, statecraft, and active participation in civic and church affairs have filled the life of James Hollins Woods for more than a half century in Corsicana and Navarro county.

Mr. Woods was born April 30, 1858, at the village of Hillsboro, Tenn.; the son of Baldwin H. Woods, Sr., and Laura Ann (Hollis) [sic] Woods; his ancestry may be traced back to England, Scotland, Ireland, and Holland.

His father moved to Montgomery, about a year before the commencement of the war between the states: in 1867 the family moved to Huntsville, Ala., and thence to Ringgold, Ga., thence in 1869 to Rock Springs, Walker county, Ga., where he engaged in agriculture and in the mercantile business before moving to Navarro county, late in 1873.

His father was in the commissary department of the confederate army, while his grandfather was a surgeon for the Southern forces, and his uncle was a colonel in an Alabama regiment.

The family resided for a year near the present site of Powell and then lived for four years about three miles west of Corsicana. Since January 1878 the family has resided in Corsicana.

Admitted to Practice in 1879

Mr. Woods studied law in the office of Bryan T. Barry in 1878, applied for a license to practice law in May 1879 before Judge D. M. Prendergrast. His committee of examiners was composed of Col. E. J. Simpkins, Col. William Croft, and Judge R. O. Beale, since that time he has been engaged with law and business.

He was elected a member of the board of aldermen of the city of Corsicana in 1892 and served four years. In 1898 he was elected mayor and served two years refusing a second term. He was a member of the city commission from 1903 to 1909. Member of the library building committee 1904, and a member of the library commission from 1904 to 1911. Member of school board 1910-11.

In 1911 he was elected to the house of representatives of the Texas legislature, and served until 1919, then entering the state senate and serving until 1925.

He was a member of the corsicana Commercial club from the day of its organization and served it as president from1903 to 1906. while connected with this group he was a member of the committee securing construction of Trinity & Brazos Valley Railroad through Corsicana, building and organizing of public library, and secured first appropriation for postoffice building site.

In 1882, he married Miss Betty Wood at Brenham, Texas. Five sons were born to them; the first died in infancy in 1885; Henry Stuart Woods, 1885, now connedcted with General Electric Company at Kansas City, Mo.; Damon Clinton Woods, born 1888, now one of U S. consuls at Paris, France; Alan Woods, born 1890 , died November, 1917; James H. Woods, Jr., born 1894, in oil business in Tulsa, Ok.

He was first affiliated with the Methodist church at Ringgold, Ga., in 1869, and since 1878, has been a member of the First Methodist church of Corsicana.

He was one of the oldest members of the Navarro County Bar association, and ws also active in the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Corsicana Lions club.

Mr. Woods became connected with the Texas Loan Agency in 1896, continuing until the company's dissolution, and handled the liquidation and settled more than one million dollars in loans without a loss to creditors.

He aided in securing a donation for the Carnegie Public Library of $25,000, was a member of the building committee. The building was opened to the public January 1, 1906.

While a member of the legislature was a member of finance committee and reputedly best informed man in either house on finance matters. He secured many appropriations for State Home Improvements.

James H Woods was a survival of the old southern chivalry that made this great section of the United States famous for its men and the beauty of its women. He was courteous and dignified and of a most kindly and lovable disposition and a friend to mankind and especially was he interested in children and the young people. Few men had move friends and was better beloved than he. His life was an open book and his acts of kindness and assistance were numerous and seldom known for he was not a man to parade his virtues to the world.

With the passing of this good man all Corsicana and Navarro county will mourn sincerely wth his devoted wife and children for he lived long and honorably and uprightly in this community and he will be greatly missed.

The Sutherland Funeral Home will have charge of the funeral arrangements.

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James Hollins Woods


LARGE CONCOURSE OF FRIENDS ATTEND J. H. WOODS FUNERAL

PIONEER PROMINENT CORSICANAN PASSED AWAY SATURDAY MORNING

Impressive funeral services were held for Hon. James H. Woods, aged 73 years, in the First Methodist church, of which he had been a member for more than fifty years, Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. J. W. Bergin, and The Rev. Jeff D. Ray, Baptist minister of Fort Worth, and formerly pastor of the First Baptist church of Corsicana, officiating. A large concourse of friends of this good and chivalrous man were present at the church and followed the body to their final resting place in Oakwood cemetery as a mark of honor and love for him and the upright and unspotted life he had led in this city for more than half a century.

A profusion of beautiful flowers sent as a tribute of love lined the channel of the church and later completely covered the grave in Oakwood. Music was furnished by the church choir, favorite hynms of the deceased being sung with deep feeling both at the church and at the grave.

Active pallbearers were S. M. Kerr, Lawrence Treadwell, F. N. Drane, J. N. Edens, A. G. Elliott, Jim McGill, C. W. Laylor, Lowry Martin, and R. B. Molloy.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. L. E. Kelton, Dr. Leslie Kelton, Dr. I. N. Suttle, members of the Navarro County Bar association and his many friends.

Sutherland Funeral Home had charge of the funeral arrangements.

In opening the services the Rev. Jeff D. Ray, prominent Texas Baptist divine, now of Fort Worth, but former pastor of the First Baptist church of Corsicana, and a life-long friend of deceased, read the Twenty-Third Psalm and offered a prayer. Dr. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church, gave a historical sketch of the life and activities of Mr. Woods, and then the Rev. Mr. Ray eulogized his friend in terms that left no doubt as to his sincerity and the impress left on his life and the life the community by James H. Woods having lived and made his home here for so many years. Dr. Ray was visibly affected and it was with difficulty he he finished his remarks in memory of his friend of nearly half a centuyry. Dr. Bergin closed the services at the grave.

Surviving are his widow, three sons, stuart Woods, Kansas city, Mo.; Damon Woods, American consul in Paris, France, recently transferred to Toronty, Canada, and James H. Woods, Jr., Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. Katie Purifoy; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Passed Away Early Saturday

Ill at his home for the past several weeks Mr. Woods had been the object of tenderest care by his devoted wife, children and nurses, and anxious inquiries of his friends with the expressed hope for his early recovery poured into the home, while his physicians were in frequent attendance at his bedside and gave the best of their skill to alleviate his illness and bring back his wonted health, but all to no avail and he quietly fell asleep until the final judgment day at 8 o'clock Saturday morning.

He was born in Georgia, and came to Navarro county in 1873 and to Corsicana in 1878, where he had resided continuously since. He was admitted to the bar in 1879 and since that time had taken an active and working interest in his city, county, state and nation, holding places of trust for many years, having been a part of practically every department of the municipality a member of the legislature of the state both in the house and senate. He was also a leader and active in civic and religious affairs. He was active in the organization of the Corsicana Commercial Club, early day predecessor of the Chamber of Commerce, and of the Corsicana Lions Club, and had often and long served on the board of stewards of the First Methodist church, and as a member of the library board, school board, as a city councilman, city commissioner and mayor of Corsicana.

Few men had more friends and few men were more friendly than he. In the passing of James H. Woods, one of the few remaining members of the Old South's chivalrous sons was finally called to his reward on high.

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Albert Claude Hervey, Sr.
Sep 26, 1874 - Nov 22, 1957

Saturday Rites Are Held For A. C. Hervey, Sr.

Funeral services were held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist Church in Rice Saturday at 2 p.m. for A. C. Hervey, Sr., 83, Rice banker who died in the Navarro Clinic Friday.

Burial was in the Rice cemetery, Rev. Marvin Bledsoe and Rev. Jack Daniels conducted.

Hervey was a native of Corsicana, and had resided here and in Rice all his life. He was vice-president of the First State Bank of Rice, and had been an official of that institution for 50 years.

Surviving are a son, Claude Hervey, Jr., Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. H. A. Wilbur, Canadian, Texas; four grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Rainwater, Austin; a brother, W. G. Hervey, Houston, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Barron South, Clarence Mahaley, J. K. Bradley, John Spencer, Joe B. Fortson and Ernest Cummins.

McCammon directed.

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Jennie Viola (Fitzgerald) Morris
Nov 17, 1881 - Nov 18, 1957

Mrs. F. L. Morris Rites Tuesday

Funeral rites for Mrs. F. L. Morris, 76, who died Monday morning in Memorial Hospital, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Morris had resided at Rice, Eureka, and Navarro prior to moving to Corsicana three years ago.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Wilma Weems, Corsicana; two grandsons, Capt. Joe Weems, Dayton, Ohio, and N. D. Neyman, Eunice, N. M.; two granddaughters, Mrs. Earl McCain and Mrs. H. B. Davidson, both of Corsicana; five great-grandchildren; a brother, George Fitzgerald, Donna, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dale Rash, C. G. Rash, Billy Joe McCann, Esco McCann, R. C. Renfro and James Doolen.

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John E. Northcutt
Oct 15, 1896 - Apr 6, 1957

J. E. Northcutt Rites On Sunday

Funeral rites for J. E. Northcutt, 60, truckdriver, World War 1 veteran, of Rice were held Sunday 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Rice with burial in the Rice cemetery.

Northcutt died in a Veterans Administration hospital in Marlin.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church here, formerly of Rice, assisted by Rev. Jack Daniels, pastor of the Haynie Memorial Methodist church of Rice.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ethel Northcutt, Rice; three sisters, Mrs. Floyd Kennety, Portales, N. M.; Mrs. Ada Barker and Mrs. Rene Johnson, both of Emory, and a number of other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

McCammon directed.

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Sidney Sylvester “Sid” Puckett
Nov 29, 1873 - Sep 17, 1957

Ennis Services For Sid Puckett
Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Keever Chapel in Ennis for Sid Puckett, 83, retired farmer, who died in Ennis Tuesday night following a years’ illness.

Surviving are his wife, a son, L. M. Puckett, both of Ennis; two daughters, Mrs. O. B. Conner, Ennis, and Earl Calloway, Rice; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Bonds, Dallas, and Mrs. Lizzie Brewer, Rice; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

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William Howard “Will” Griffin
Dec 22, 1881 - Dec 3, 1957

Thursday Rites For W. H. Griffin

Funeral services for W. H. Griffin, 76, Silver City, who died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in the Younger cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. D. G. Wright, pastor of the First Methodist church, Blooming Grove, and Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Purdon.

Surviving are his wife of Silver City; four sons, R. W. Griffin, Silver City; R. L. Griffin, Harlingen; J. B. and A. L. Griffin, both of California; two daughters, Mrs. C. P. Peden and Mrs. Evelyn Kennedy, both of Silver City; 10 grandchildren, three brothers, Sam Griffin, Blooming Grove; Linzie Griffin, Richland, and Robert Griffin, Silver City; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Bowen, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Carrie Dalton, Van, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Dec 4, 1957
  • h/o Gillie Lee (Osteen) Griffin married Nov. 9, 1899; s/o Berry King Griffin & Rosa Elizabeth “Rosie” (Dockery) Griffin
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Georgia Viola (Breedlove) Boyd-Spradley
Mar 10, 1906 – Aug 22, 1957

Rites Held For Former Resident

Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p.m. for Mrs. Georgie Viola Spradley, 52, Sugar Land, former resident of Corsicana who died Thursday in a Houston hospital.

Rites were held from the Corley funeral home chapel, with Rev. Obie F. Barton conducting. Burial was in the Younger cemetery.

Mrs. Spradley is survived by her husband, A. V. Spradley of Sugarland; a son, Amos E. Boyd of Longview; a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Witt, Waco; five grandchildren; parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Breedlove, Purdon; four sisters, Mrs. Rankin French, Corsicana; Mrs. Andrew Brooks and Mrs. Reuben Crawford, both of Purdon; and Mrs. Harry Quinn, Houston; two brothers, E. E. Breedlove, Corsicana, and G. L. Breedlove, Hobbs, N. M.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, August 23, 1957
  • 1st husband Earl Lafayette Boyd married July 29, 1923 buried in Hubbard, Texas 2nd A. V. Spradley; d/o George Washington Breedlove and Bevie Ada (Hubbard) Breedlove
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

J. D. York
Oct 27, 1919 - Feb 23, 1957

Traffic Injuries Prove Fatal To Purdon Resident

J. D. York, 37, of Purdon, died in Memorial Hospital late Saturday night from injuries suffered early Saturday morning on Highway 31 7.6 miles west of Corsicana in an automobile accident.

His death is the seventh traffic fatality in Navarro county in 1957.

Rites Monday
Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church in Purdon Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Younger cemetery at Purdon. The rites were conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the church.

York suffered head and chest injuries when his car and one driven by Jimmy Johnson, 41, Waco negro, sideswiped, damaging both vehicles more than $500 each. Marshall Couch, highway patrolman, who investigated the accident, said that York was in a 1955 Chevrolet and was traveling east and Johnson was traveling west in a 1955 Pontiac. The two vehicles met at the foot of a hill. It was raining at the time.

Johnson was uninjured.

Purdon Native
York was employed at the Hilltop Feed Company a short distance west of Corsicana on Highway 31. He was reared at Purdon and was a veteran of the U. S. Army in World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Johnnie Ray York, Purdon;; a brother, Rex York, Purdon; three sisters, Mrs. Eunice Glasgow and Mrs. D. S. Kennemore, both of Purdon, and Mrs. C. B. Dixon, Rotan; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Womack, Graham Roman, J. C. Mahoney, Bob Foster, Ellis Owens, and Louis Owens.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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James Roy Neeley
Nov 17, 1889 - Jun 8, 1958

Tuesday Services For Roy Neeley

Funeral services for Roy Neeley, 68, retired farmer and ginner, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Younger cemetery near Purdon. The rites were conducted by Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Purdon.

Neeley died Sunday evening in Memorial Hospital.

A native of Rockwall, Neeley came to Navarro county via Porter’s Bluff Ferry in 1899, and resided at Purdon prior to moving to Corsicana 20 years ago. He was a World War 1 veteran.

Surviving are two brothers, C. C. Neeley, Carlsbad, N.M., and N. L. Neeley, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. G. E. Howard, Purdon; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Doc Boldin, Howe French, Marvin Owen, Billy Cohagan, Richard Stubbs, Earl Hammonds, Franklin Carroll and Allen Skinner.

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Samuel Tillman French
Nov 21, 1876 - Apr 1, 1959

Funeral Rites For S. T. French

DAWSON, April 2—(Spl.)—Thursday afternoon funeral rites were held from the Brushie Prairie Methodist Church for S. T. French, 82, longtime resident of the Dawson area who died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning.

Rev. Larry Ramsour, pastor of the Navarro Mills Baptist church, and Rev. W. L. Milner, pastor of the Dawson Methodist church, conducted the rites. Burial was in the Brushie Prairie cemetery.

French is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Notie Green, Houston; Mrs. Myrtle Whitener, Brushie Prairie, and Mrs. Mary Etta Langley, Milford; eight sons, Tom, Huey, Wayne and Victor, all of Lubbock; Leonard, Spring Hill; Cecil, of Graford; S. T., of Dawson and Jackie, of Brushie Prairie; six sisters, Mrs. Etta Moore, Dawson; Mrs. Lou Douglas, Oklahoma; Mrs. Eunice Smith and Mrs. Ava Haynes, both of Fort Worth; Mrs. Allie Gober, Houston, and Betty; two brothers, Troy, Fort Worth, and George, Ennis; and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

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Jake Levine
Oct 5, 1882 - Oct 5, 1958

Jake Levine Expires Sunday

Jake Levine, 76, retired shoe shop operator, 212 East Second avenue, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday night after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Congregation Agudas Achim.

A native of Russia, Levine had been a Corsicana resident for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dora Levine, Corsicana; three sons, Billy and Phil Levine both of Waxahachie, and Sam Levine, New York City; two daughters, Miss Bessie Levine and Mrs. Louise Laihovitz, both of Houston and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Julius Jacobs, Raymond Goldman, Louis Wolens, J. Marvin Wolens, Jay Silverberg and Max Brustein.

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Birdie (Horwitz) Werner
Jul 1, 1892 - Mar 29, 1958

Monday Services For Mrs. Werner

Mrs. Robert Werner, 65, long-time Corsicana resident, 2019 West Collin street, died in Memorial Hospital Saturday night following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of the Congregation Agudas Achim.

A native of St. Louis, Mrs. Werner had resided in Corsicana 36 years.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; a son, Norman M. Werner, U. S. State Department, Venezuela, S. A., here at the present time; three brothers Henry Horwitz, St. Louis; Ben Horwitz, Houston, and Morris Horwitz, Milwaukee, Wis.; a sister, Mrs. Gene Rosenberg, St. Louis, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Louis Wolens, Jay Silverberg, Herbert Silverberg, Aaron Samuels, Melville Samuels, Max Rosenblum, Raymond Goldman and Dean Milkes.

Corley directed.

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Robert Werner
Dec 31, 1888 - Mar 10, 1975

Robert Werner

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lloyd James Funeral Home in Tyler for Robert Werner, 86, resident of Tyler, who died Monday in Tyler.

Rabbi Harvey Wessel and Rabbi Jeffery Dollon will officiate. Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hebrew cemetery in Corsicana. Local arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

He was a former resident of Corsicana, native of New York, veteran of World War 1, 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 174, a member of Temple Beth El and a retired merchant.

Survivors include a son, Norman M. Werner of Tyler; a brother, Fred Werner of Houston and a sister, Mrs. Hattie Horwitz of Houston.

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Rabbi Joseph D. Spear, Dr.
Oct 25, 1882 - Dec 12, 1958

Dr. J. D. Spear Burial Sunday

Funeral services for Dr. J. D. Spear, 76, rabbi of Temple Beth El, who died in Memorial hospital Friday afternoon following a short illness, will be held from Temple Beth El Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Harry Vessels of Tyler, Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Congregation Agudas Achim and Rev. Fred C. Wolf, Jr., rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

A native of Germany, Rabbi Spear had been in America many years. He was the holder of a Doctor of Philosophy degree and prior to coming to the local congregation, was rabbi of congregations in Columbus and Rome, Ga. He was active in the Ministerial Alliance and chaplain of the Lions Club. He graduated from Heidelberg University.

Surviving are two nephews, Sigmund and William Spear, both of West Point, Ga.

Pallbearers will be Alvin Shwarts, Max Rosenblum, James Cerf, Maurice Rosen, Irvin Samuels, Burney Bobkoft, Sydney Marks, Gabe Goldberg, George Daniels and Morris Evans. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Corsicana Ministerial Alliance.

Member of Temple Beth El request donations to charity in lieu of flowers.

McCammon will direct.

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Harry Levine
Aug 1885 - Feb 12, 1958

Harry Levine Services Friday

Funeral services for Harry Levine, formerly of Corsicana, who died in St. Louis Wednesday afternoon will be held from the Griffin Chapel Friday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Hebrew cemetery.

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

Surviving are his wife, Renna Levine, St. Louis; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Shwarts and Mrs. Henry Levy, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Isadore Cohen, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Harry Kirk, Dallas; Bob Levby, Alvin Shwarts, Marvin Shwarts, Isaac Levy, all nephews; Sydney Marks, Louis Goldberg, Wally Levy, Mace Golden, Morris Dreeben, Louis Wolens and Raymond Goldman.

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Henry Clay Brewer
Sep 24, 1886 - Dec 18, 1958

Henry Brewer Burial At Rice

Funeral services for Henry C. Brewer, 72, retired farmer who died in a Dallas nursing home Thursday, were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Keever Chapel in Ennis with burial in the Rice cemetery.

A native of Dodd City, he farmed in Ellis and Navarro counties for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife of Ennis; five sons, Hubert and Vester Brewer, both of Ennis; Floyd Brewer, Rice; Clifford Brewer, Dallas, and Marshall Brewer, Elk City, Okla.; a brother, Oren Brewer, Grand Prairie; a sister, Mrs. Oscar Brewer, Trent; 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

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Ephram Madison Cox
Dec 12, 1868 - Aug 16, 1948

E. M. COX FUNERAL HELD TUESDAY P.M.; BURIAL AT RICE

Ephram Madison Cox, aged 78, years, died at the family home 915 West Ninth Avenue Monday.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

Surviving are six sons, H. H. Cox, Fort Worth; H. P. Cox, Galveston; E. H. Cox, Corsicana; P. H. Cox, Waxahachie; C. D. Cox, Galveston, and R. C. Cox, Waxahachie; three daughters, Mrs. Maedell Hawkins, Corsicana; Mrs. J. H. Price, Galveston, and Mrs. J. L. Bell, Houston; two brothers, L. M. Cox, Dallas, and J. B. Cox, Opp, Ala.; four sisters, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bernice Ainsworth, Jack Bell, Weldon Elliott, W. T. Hanna, Parnell Ruffin and F. H. Washburn.

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The body of E. M. Cox who died in Dallas Christmas day was shipped here Wednesday for interment in the Rice cemetery. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church. Deceased was a brother of the late T. L. Cox of this place.

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Mary Elizabeth “Mollie” (Haynie) Clark
Feb 8, 1864 - May 25, 1948

THURSDAY RITES HELD AT RICE FOR MRS. MOLLIE CLARK

Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Clark, 84, native of Navarro, who died at the family home in Rice Tuesday, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church at Rice. Burial was in the Rice cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Harry C. Walz.

Surviving are two sons, B. H. Clark Corsicana and J. R. Clark, Rice; two daughters, Mrs. M. L. Brillhart, Perryton, and Mrs. Cora Kinnebrew, Midland; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Hugh Sloan, Rice; and Mrs. J. T. Fortson, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were W. C. Mahaley, T. D. Queen, J. T. Lee, L. D. Murff, J. K. Bradley and T. B. Blount.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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John Santos
1869 - Oct 25, 1957

Friday Services For John Santos

John Santos, aged 88 years, long-time ranch employe in this area, died on South Thirty-fourth street at an early hour Friday morning.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11:30 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by Father John Mitchell, pastor.

Santos had been ill for some time.

No close relatives survive.

Griffin Funeral Home directed.

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John Thomas Mullins
Mar 11, 1866 - May 26, 1958

Services Tuesday For J. T. Mullins

Funeral services for John Thomas Mullins, 92-year-old retired Fort Worth and Denver Railway company engineer who died Monday morning at the Watt Home, were held Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. from the Church of Immaculate Conception. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John E. Mitchell and a rosary was recited Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

Mullins was a native of Buffalo, N. Y. but had lived at the Watt Home here for the ten years immediately preceding his death.

He is survived by six nephews, Johnnie Braxmier, Corsicana; Michael Mullins, Greenville; Frank Beck, Dallas; Rudolph Beck, Austin; Johnny Nevins and Bill Nevins, Fort Worth; and seven nieces, Mrs. S. H. Parker, Trinidad; Mrs. S. E. Ross, Shreveport, La.; Mrs. Joe Holloway, Corsicana; Mrs. F. E. Righter, Austin; Mrs. Mary Lankford, Dallas; Mrs. Ella McGaughey, Alto, and Mrs. Helen Francis, Dallas.

Pallbearers were Don Borsellino, Frank Borsellino, Louis Kormos, Edward Harrison, Johnny Chirafis and Emmett Gonzales.

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Henry Edward “Ed” Sheets
Feb 14, 1870 - Feb 4, 1958

Wednesday Rites For Ed Sheets

Funeral services for Ed Sheets, aged 88 years, who died while on a visit to Bowie Tuesday morning, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Charles Lusar, O. M. Cap., who also recited the Rosary at the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Surviving are two sons, P. A. Sheets, Breckenridge, and Phil Sheets, Abilene; two daughters, Mrs. R. W. Gilbert, Bowie, and Mrs. Rufus Willis, Abilene; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. E. S. (Tippy) Sheets, Houston; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Parker, Orlando, Fla., and Mrs. Clare Brennan, Little Rock, Ark., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. G. Morris, John Blair, Claude Patterson, Rufus Pevehouse, R. A. Titsworth, Jr.; W. W. Walker, and Otto Spratt.

He was a retired policeman.

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Cynthia Pearl (Shale) Farr-Hoffman
Oct 22, 1894 - Dec 12, 1959

Mrs. Hoffman Dies Saturday

Mrs. Pearl Hoffman, 65, of Trinidad, died Saturday morning at Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Rosary will be recited at Griffin Chapel Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held from the Immaculate Conception church Monday at 10:30 a.m., conducted by the Rev. John E. Mitchell.

Interment will be in the Catholic cemetery in Corsicana.

She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Hoffman, of Trinidad. The couple had made their home there since 1935.

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Mrs. Hoffman Rites Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Hoffman, 65, of Trinidad, were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception church with the Rev. John E. Mitchell conducting.

Mrs. Hoffman died at Memorial Hospital Saturday morning after a short illness.

Rosary was recited at Griffin Chapel Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery in Corsicana.

She is survived by her husband, Frank J. Hoffman, Trinidad, where the couple had made their home since 1935.

Pallbearers were L. R. McClendon, J. L. Gunnels, Reagan Miller, Oran Winston, R. M. Miller and Grady Johnson.

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Frank John Hoffman
Mar 7, 1891 - Apr 7, 1966

F. J. Hoffman Dies Thursday

Frank John Hoffman, 75, Rt. 1 Trinidad died in Memorial hospital early Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

He was born in Delphis, Ohio.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Theresa Mack, St. Louis, Mo., seven nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Frances Gain, Trinidad, and other relatives.

Griffin will direct.

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Linda Jean (Reese) O’Valle
Apr 29, 1940 - Sep 8, 1959

Tuesday Rites For Mrs. Ovalle

Funeral rites for Mrs. Linda Jean Ovalle, 19, of 1514 West Collin street, who died in Memorial Hospital Sunday afternoon after a brief illness, were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the Corley chapel.

Services were conducted by Rev. John E. Mitchell, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, Bartalo Ovalle, Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Reese, and two brothers, Bobby and Curtis Reese, Jr. all of Dallas; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Wilson, Corsicana and Mrs. E. L. Reese, Houston; and an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Willis, Dallas.

Pallbearers were Jerry Blackman, Billy McCurdy, Phillip Gonzales, Charles Andrews, Neal Baggett and Sonny Carpenter.

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Piedad “Pete” Castillo
Apr 5, 1884 - Feb 28, 1959

Retired Rail Employe Dies

Piedad Castillo, 75, retired Rock Island Lines employe, died early Saturday morning at his home, 804 North Fifth street.

A native of Mexico, he was employed by the Rock Island from 1918 until 1948 when he retired.

Surviving are five children, Frank Castillo, Saginaw, Mich.; Manuel and Joe Castillo, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Josephine Grandos, Monterrey, Mexico, and Mrs. Nellie Luna, Corsicana; 30 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and a brother Santiago Castillo, Mexico, and other relatives.

The Rosary will be recited at the McCammon Chapel Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Saturday afternoon, but burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

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Jose Rincon, Sr.
Mar 19, 1888 - Jun 2, 1959

Double Rites Auto Victims Held Thursday

Double funeral services were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 10 a.m. Thursday for Jose Rincon, Sr., 71, and his son, Jose Rincon, Jr., 13, who were killed in a highway accident near Chatfield Tuesday. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Rev. John E. Mitchell, pastor of the church, conducted the services. Rosary was recited at the Griffin Chapel Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Surviving the older Rincon are the widow of Route 1, Chatfield; a daughter, Mrs. Carmen Sosa, Houston; four sons, Duvurvio Rincon of Mineral Wells, Antonio Rincon of Ennis, Jesse and Abel Rincon, both of Chatfield; two step-daughters, Mrs. Juanita Garcia of Chatfield and Mrs. Sovorro Escamia of Dallas; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Rincon was a citizen of Mexico, although he had been residing in the Navarro county area 20 years. The accident in which he and his son were killed occurred two miles east of Chatfield and involved a car and two trucks.

Pallbearers for the father were Tete Tartida, Sotero Vribe, Rudy Monrial, Higinio Garcia, Lelo Castillo and Charlie Tapia.

The following were pallbearers for the 13-year-old son, Tony Alvares, Raymundo Castillo, Fransisco Gomez, Roberto Martines, Juan Monrial and Roberto Fira.

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TWO KILLED, TWO INJURED WHEN TRUCKS, CAR COLLIDE

Two persons were killed and two others slightly injured at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday east of Chatfield when a car and two trucks were involved in a crash.

Jose Rincon, SR., 71, and his 13-year-old son, Jose Rincon, Jr., were pronounced dead on arrival at the Memorial Hospital in a Griffin ambulance. These are the seventh and eighth traffic fatalities in Navarro county during 1959.

Two younger sons, Jesse, aged 11, and Abel, aged seven, received abrasions and bruises on the left leg, and arm, respectively, and received treatment at the hospital but were not admitted.

State Highway Patrolmen Vernon Crook and Marshall Couch investigated.

The accident occurred 1.7 miles east of Chatfield on the graveled road leading to the Tom Weaver gravel pit near the Trinity river.

A 1956 Chevrolet tractor and cable dump trailer, loaded with gravel, was traveling west, driven by N. E. Mauldin, 43, negro, Route 2, Overton. The truck was owned by Jess Todd of Gladewater, Mauldin was unhurt. The truck was damaged an estimated $r,000.

The 1949 Chevrolet sedan, driven by Jose Rincon, Jr., was proceeding east when the two vehicles collided. The car was demolished.

After the truck struck the automobile, occupied by the Latin-Americans, the car was pushed 80 feet, the patrol reported, then it hit a 1953 Chevrolet gasoline truck operated by W. E. Stewart, 58, of Emhouse, employed by Jack Bigony of Corsicana. The gasoline truck was damaged approximately $300. Stewart was also traveling east. The smashup occurred on a slight curve. Stewart was uninjured.

Surviving Rincon, who is a citizen of Mexico although a resident of this area for 20 years, are his widow of Route 1, Chatfield; a daughter, Mrs. Carmen Sosa, Houston; four sons, Divurvio Rincon, Mineral Wells; Antonio Rincon, Ennis; Jesse and Abel Rincon, both of Route 1, Chatfield; two step-daughters, Mrs. Juanita Garcia, Chatfield, and Mrs. Sovorro Escamia, Dallas; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Rosary will be recited at the Griffin Chapel Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Double funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Thursday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Catholic Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John E. Mitchell, pastor.

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Jose Rincon, Jr.
Oct 26, 1945 - Jun 2, 1959

Double Rites Auto Victims Held Thursday

Double funeral services were held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception at 10 a.m. Thursday for Jose Rincon, Sr., 71, and his son, Jose Rincon, Jr., 13, who were killed in a highway accident near Chatfield Tuesday. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

Rev. John E. Mitchell, pastor of the church, conducted the services. Rosary was recited at the Griffin Chapel Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Surviving the older Rincon are the widow of Route 1, Chatfield; a daughter, Mrs. Carmen Sosa, Houston; four sons, Duvurvio Rincon of Mineral Wells, Antonio Rincon of Ennis, Jesse and Abel Rincon, both of Chatfield; two step-daughters, Mrs. Juanita Garcia of Chatfield and Mrs. Sovorro Escamia of Dallas; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Rincon was a citizen of Mexico, although he had been residing in the Navarro county area 20 years. The accident in which he and his son were killed occurred two miles east of Chatfield and involved a car and two trucks.

Pallbearers for the father were Tete Tartida, Sotero Vribe, Rudy Monrial, Higinio Garcia, Lelo Castillo and Charlie Tapia.

The following were pallbearers for the 13-year-old son, Tony Alvares, Raymundo Castillo, Fransisco Gomez, Roberto Martines, Juan Monrial and Roberto Fira.

Notes:

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TWO KILLED, TWO INJURED WHEN TRUCKS, CAR COLLIDE

Two persons were killed and two others slightly injured at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday east of Chatfield when a car and two trucks were involved in a crash.

Jose Rincon, SR., 71, and his 13-year-old son, Jose Rincon, Jr., were pronounced dead on arrival at the Memorial Hospital in a Griffin ambulance. These are the seventh and eighth traffic fatalities in Navarro county during 1959.

Two younger sons, Jesse, aged 11, and Abel, aged seven, received abrasions and bruises on the left leg, and arm, respectively, and received treatment at the hospital but were not admitted.

State Highway Patrolmen Vernon Crook and Marshall Couch investigated.

The accident occurred 1.7 miles east of Chatfield on the graveled road leading to the Tom Weaver gravel pit near the Trinity river.

A 1956 Chevrolet tractor and cable dump trailer, loaded with gravel, was traveling west, driven by N. E. Mauldin, 43, negro, Route 2, Overton. The truck was owned by Jess Todd of Gladewater, Mauldin was unhurt. The truck was damaged an estimated $r,000.

The 1949 Chevrolet sedan, driven by Jose Rincon, Jr., was proceeding east when the two vehicles collided. The car was demolished.

After the truck struck the automobile, occupied by the Latin-Americans, the car was pushed 80 feet, the patrol reported, then it hit a 1953 Chevrolet gasoline truck operated by W. E. Stewart, 58, of Emhouse, employed by Jack Bigony of Corsicana. The gasoline truck was damaged approximately $300. Stewart was also traveling east. The smashup occurred on a slight curve. Stewart was uninjured.

Surviving Rincon, who is a citizen of Mexico although a resident of this area for 20 years, are his widow of Route 1, Chatfield; a daughter, Mrs. Carmen Sosa, Houston; four sons, Divurvio Rincon, Mineral Wells; Antonio Rincon, Ennis; Jesse and Abel Rincon, both of Route 1, Chatfield; two step-daughters, Mrs. Juanita Garcia, Chatfield, and Mrs. Sovorro Escamia, Dallas; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Rosary will be recited at the Griffin Chapel Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Double funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Thursday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Catholic Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John E. Mitchell, pastor.

Notes:


Joe Gonzalo Lozano
Jun 21, 1906 - May 20, 1959

Friday Rites Joe Lozano

Funeral services for Joe Gonzalo Lozano, 51, Corbet farmer, who died early Wednesday in Memorial hospital, were held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John E. Mitchell, pastor.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, John Lozano, Dallas, St. John Lozano and Remigio Lozano, both of Corbet; a daughter, Mrs. Clara Ayala, Dallas; three grandchildren; three brothers, Raymond, Clements and Julius Lozano, all of Austin, and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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George O’Conner
Aug 26, 1890 - Mar 20, 1959

Railroader Is Found Dead; Rites Monday

George O’Conner, 67, retired Cotton Belt Railroad bridge crew member, was found dead in his room in the Navarro Hotel Annex Friday afternoon after a maid had notified the management when she failed to get an answer after knocking at the Door.

G. C. Bowden, justice of the peace, returned a verdict of “death from natural causes” following an investigation with Police Chief W. A. Massey and City Officer Upton.

O’Conner had made his home at the hotel for several years.

The Rosary will be recited Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Corley Chapel with funeral rites from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery. Father John E. Mitchell will conduct the rites.

O’Conner is reported to have been employed by the railroad for 50 years prior to his retirement.

Surviving are four sisters, Mrs. Nell Gandy and Mrs. Philomena Douglas, both of Dallas; Mrs. Mary Crutcher, Palestine, and Mrs. Judy Lumpkin, Commerce, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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Josephine (Martinez) Ortega-Banda
Mar 19, 1892 - Dec 11, 1959

Plan Services For Mrs. Banda

Mrs. Josephine Banda, 67, died at the family residence, Route 3, Corsicana, early Friday morning.

Rosary was recited at the Griffin Chapel Friday at 3 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John E. Mitchell, pastor of the local parish.

Surviving are her husband Manuel Banda, Corsicana; four sons, Albert, Paul and Joe Banda, all of Dallas, and Mike Ortega, Mr. Clemons, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. B. Gonzales, Corsicana; 17 grandchildren; three brothers, Frank, Joe and John Martinez, all of Dallas.

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Burmah L. (Swindle) Emmert
Aug 27, 1891 - Dec 6, 1959

Mrs. Emmert Dies In Dallas

Mrs. Burmah Emmert, 68, native Texan, widow of the late A. M. Emmert of Rice, died Sunday in the Medical Arts Hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services will be held from the first Baptist church in Rice Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Obie Lamb, assisted by Rev. Wilson E. Munn.

Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Lillian Sain, Rankin; Mrs. Mildred Riggins and Mrs. Irene Witherspoon, both of Ennis; Mrs. Mae Bell Menton and Mrs. Eliza Wilson, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Fannie Lee Whitener, Corsicana; four sons, Melton Emmert, Corsicana; Richard and Hugh Emmert, both of Ennis; and Joe Emmert, USA, White Sands, N.M.; 24 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Saphronia Robinson, Houston, and Mrs. Ola Alton, Irving; a brother, Joe Swindle, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Marcus Menton, Bob Menton, Gene Menton, Cleo Sands, Wayne Riggins, Charles Milton Emmert, all grandsons.

McCammon directs.

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Jessie Ernest Christian
Dec 30, 1903 - Mar 19, 1959

J. E. Christian Rites Saturday

Funeral services for J. Ernest Christian, 55, who died in Dallas Thursday afternoon, were held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, and Roy Smith, vice president of Abilene Christian College. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

Christian was reared at Rice and at the time of his death was connected with the school tax department in Rylie, Dallas county. He formerly was connected with the Powell State Bank and the First National Bank here.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Etta Christian, Rice, and a sister, Mrs. Roy Smith, Abilene.

Pallbearers were Clarence Mahaley, Jess Dyer, J. K. Bradley, John Bowden, Clark Butler, Jack Humphries, and Aaron Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

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Etta Virginia (Allen) Christian
Sep 16, 1879 - Dec 5, 1965

Mrs. Christian Rites Tuesday

Mrs. A. W. Christian, 86, died in Abilene Sunday.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites will be conducted by G. R. Holton, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

A native of Georgia, Mrs. Christian moved to Rice at an early age and resided there until three years ago when she moved to Abilene.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. R. Smith, Abilene; two grandsons, J. E. Smith, Abilene; and L. T. Smith, Dallas; five grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. M. S. Miles, Rice, and Mrs. T. A. Cullum, Hearne, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be John Bowden, J. G. Dyer, Hugh South, Aaron Montgomery, Parks Christian, Paul Sloan and J. T. Allen.

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Lee Roy Hall
Jun 4, 1888 - Apr 17, 1959

Sunday Rites For L. R. Hall

Funeral services for L. R. Hall, 70, long-time Rice resident, who died suddenly Friday morning at his home, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. George O. Hunt, Rev. Morris Roberts and Rev. William Russell. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; a son, James L. Hall, Orange; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Murphy, Bellville; four grandchildren; a brother, W. R. Hall, Houston; a sister, Mrs. M. V. Fitzgerald, Rice, and other relatives.

McCammon directs.

Pallbearers will be J. B. Fortson, Jr.; James Edwin Fortson, Frank Goodwyn, Grafton Goodman, J. K. Bradley, J. W. South, Gene Harris and Billy Joe Fitzgerald.

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Edward Lonzo “Lon” McCluney
Sep 5, 1875 - May 3, 1958

E. L. McCluney Dies Saturday, Rites Monday

KERENS, May 5 --(Spl.)—Funeral services for E. L. (Lon) McCluney, 82, who died Saturday at 6 p.m. in Memorial Hospital after a brief illness, wre held Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian church here with the Rev. Harwell E. Norris, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. Inmon Funeral Home conducted.

A native of Mississippi, he came to Texas as a young man and had been a resident of Kerens for 65 years. He was formerly in the insurance business, and prior to that time had been a farmer and rancher and grocery store operator. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church and the Masonic Lodge. He was election judge for many years.

He is survived by his wife of Kerens; one son, William McCluney of Kerens; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Pearl Temple of Houston; three brothers, Eugene McCluney of Fort Worth, Finis and Logan McCluney, both of Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Sam Beasley of Roane, Mrs. Lewis E. Willeford of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Clifford Turner and Mrs. Winfred Berry, both of Dawson.

Pallbearers were Joe M. Daniel, R. P. Walker, Dr. H. W. Hoffer, Luther Westbrook, Andrew McClung, Will Sidney Price, Charles W. Reese and A. L. Bain.

The Kerens Masonic Lodge was in charge of graveside services.

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Charles Albert “Prince” Berry
Mar 19, 1902 - Jan 30, 1948

KERENS MAN DIES FRIDAY; FUNERAL SLATED SATURDAY

KERENS, Jan. 30.—(Spl.)—Funeral services will be held from the Presbyterian church here Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock for Charles Albert Berry, aged 45 years, who died Friday morning at 1:25 o’clock following an extended illness. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Cletus Pippin, church pastor; Rev. Raymond Burton, Methodist minister, and Dr. E. R. Page, pastor of the First Baptist church. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

“Prince” Berry, as he was known to his friends, was a native of Kerens, born Mar. 19, 1902, son of the late Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Berry of Kerens. He united with the Presbyterian church at the age of 10 year. He was married to Bessie Mullins in 1923.

City mail carrier for many years here, Berry was cheerful and uncomplaining throughout his long illness.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Bill and Teddy D. Berry, all of Kerens, and six sisters, Mrs. J. A. Anderson, Mrs. J. D. Holland, Mrs. Ben R. Miller and Mrs. Earl McClung, all of Kerens; Mrs. George R. Evans, Lubbock, and Mrs. J. T. McKnight, Dallas, and other relatives.

Stockton Funeral Home will direct.

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Bessie Agnes (Coates) Sanders
Aug 23, 1900 - Jun 14, 1959

Mrs. Sanders Burial Sunday

KERENS, June 15—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. G. H. Sanders, 58, life-long resident of this community, were held from the First Methodist church Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. Mrs. Sanders died at the family home here Saturday morning following an extended illness.

The rites were conducted by Dr. Maggart B. Howell, Waxahachie Methodist district superintendent; Rev. D. R. McCauley who is retiring as pastor of the local Methodist church of which Mrs. Sanders was an active member, and Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. G. H. Sanders, Kerens; two sons, Dr. Terry Sanders, Kerens, and Dr. Richard M. Sanders, Kaufman; five grandchildren; a brother, Bruce Coates, Kerens, and a sister, Mrs. Lonnie Rampy, Kerens, and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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Ann (Richards) Lamb
Jan 30, 1892 - Mar 14, 1959

Mrs. Ann Lamb Rites Sunday

KERENS, March 16—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Ann Lamb, 66, who died in Memorial hospital Saturday following and extended illness, were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Inmon Chapel. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. Garland McKee, pastor of the First Baptist church of which she was a member.

A native of Hill county, Mrs. Lamb, the widow of the late L. E. Lamb, resided here a number of years, and later was employed by A. Harris and Company in Dallas, prior to returning to Kerens 10 years ago.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. J. Bain, Kerens; three sisters, Mrs. Edna Swofford and Mrs. Colma O’Brian, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Ruth Brooks, Duncanville; a grandson, Bill Bain, Jr., Kerens, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Delene Heifner
Sep 1, 1939 - Apr 20, 2014
 
Delene Heifner, resident of Corsicana, passed away at her home on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the age of 74. She was born Sept. 1, 1939 in Corsicana to Lee and Naomi Norris Heifner.

She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by sister Marjorie Mash of Corsicana; brother Jack Heifner of New York; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with Sam Dilbeck officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


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Mary Sue Bailey
Nov 29, 1927 - Apr 19, 2014
 
Sue Bailey, 86, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Twilight Nursing Home surrounded by her family. Sue was born Nov. 29, 1927 in Greenville to Claud and Bonnie (Merrell) Bailey.
She grew up in Corsicana and graduated from Mildred High School. She was a graduate of the East Texas State Teachers College at Commerce, and later taught at Union Grove High School in East Texas, as well as other schools in Laredo and Lampasas. During summers she worked at the Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana, as well as at Southwestern Bell Telephone.
In 1955 she followed the calling of her Lord into His ministry, selling all her possessions and joining June Douglass, her first coworker. She labored in the ministry in Texas and New Mexico until 1962, at which time she was sent to the Philippines and Pacific islands. She returned to Texas in 1983, and finished her active ministry in 2007. Peggy (sister) and Sammy Joe Thomas cared lovingly for her in their home until she needed additional nursing care.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Glynn Bailey.
She is survived by two sisters: Connie Mullenix of Corsicana, and Peggy Thomas and husband Sammy, of Eureka; sister-in-law, Sue Steele, and four nephews, Garland Bailey and wife Lisa of Corsicana; Jody Thomas and wife Sharon of Eureka; Mark Thomas and wife Jeanne of Eureka; and Bailey White of Galveston; three nieces, Sherrill Bailey of Corsicana, Claudia Thomas of Lewisville, and Carolon Moore and husband Shawn of Temple. She is also survived by four great nephews, eight great nieces and 25 great-great nephews and nieces.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Lyle Schober, LaRon Branson, and Joyce Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Beeman, Dickie Beeman, James Raymond Coker, Vincent Occhipinti, Byron Potter, and Steve Weaver.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mildred I.S.D. Asby Scholarship, c/o Becky Burns, Mildred I.S.D., 5475 S. Hwy 287, Corsicana, Texas 75109.

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Thomas "Tom" Lee Harris, Sr.
Dec 24, 1948 - Apr 19, 2014
 
Thomas "Tom" Lee Harris Sr., resident of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday morning, April 19, 2014 at his residence with his family at his side at the age of 65. He was born Dec. 24, 1948 in Waco, Texas to Fay Coffield Harris and Jack Harris. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp. in Vietnam receiving the Purple Heart. For the past 28 years of his life he worked for Lide Industries in Mexia but he didn't just work for them, they were his family. Tom always said what he meant and meant what he said, and never went anywhere without his cowboy hat.
He is preceded in death by his parents Jack and Fay Harris.
Tom is survived by his wife Donna K. Harris of 44 years; daughter Becky Smith and husband Dennis of Corsicana, daughter Melinda Harris and Bill Reed of Corsicana, daughter Brenda K. Self of Corsicana and Benjie Cartwright of Mexia, and his only son, Thomas "Tommy Lee" Harris Jr. of Corsicana; 12 grandchildren, Samantha Suda and husband Atus, Aaron Dominic and wife Erie, Chance Harris, Reese Lowe and husband Eric, D.J. Medlin, Abigail Harris, Clayton Smith, Colton Smith, Cirstin Smith, Tamara Harris, Brooke Harris and Tony Harris; six great-grandchildren, Trenton, Ryan, Leanna, Isaiah, Shawn and Tanner and many other family members as well as friends he considered family.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Aunt Rhonda Whiteis for the support and care she provided to our Daddy in the last few days of his life.

Visitation with the family will be Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Bo Loftis officiating. Burial will follow with Military Honors at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of Navarro County.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Charlie Anderson Slate
Sep 21, 1900 - Mar 27, 1955

Charlie Slate Rites Monday

Charlie Slate, 54, died at the family home, 1016 North Beaton street, Sunday about noon following a several months’ illness.

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

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

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Charles Slate, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Billy Joe Thompson, Corsicana; two brothers, Fred Slate, Kerens, and Chester Slate, Midland; a sister, Mrs. Jim Waller, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were G. H. Sutherlin, Jerry Kennemore, A. S. Fulton, Neal Donaho, Bill Collier, Joe Cobb.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 28, 1955
  • h/o Lizzie Bell (Phinney) Slate married Apr. 6, 1923; s/o Aaron A. Slate & Loucinda Charlie “Lou” (Ogles) Slate
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ludie Ann (Slate) Waller
Jun 22, 1881 - Nov 29, 1958

Mrs. Waller Burial Monday

Mrs. J. F. Waller, 75, of 921 North Thirteenth street, died at the family home Saturday night.

A native of Alabama, she had resided in Navarro county since 1900 and at the Corsicana residence 16 years.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Gaither L. Day, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, James F. Waller, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Crawford, Mrs. Nellie Howard, Mrs. Doyle Williford and Mrs. Faye Allen, all of Corsicana; four sons, L. V. Waller, Corsicana; James Waller, Jr., Dallas; A. L. Waller, Powell, and Howard I. Waller, Dallas; two brothers, Fred Slate, Kerens, and Chester Slate, Midland; a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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James Fletcher Waller, Jr.
Jun 26, 1907 - Nov 23, 1973

J. F. Waller

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for J. F. Waller, Jr., 66, of Corsicana who died Friday morning at Memorial Hospital. Revs. Kenneth Haley and Charles Pringle will officiate, with burial to follow at Hamilton Cemetery. He was a member of First Christian Church.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; four sons, Glen Waller and James Waller, both of Mesquite, Freddie Wiley of Fairfield and Joe Wiley of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Joanne Hanky and Mrs. Norma Hackler, both of Mesquite; a brother, Homer Waller of Corsicana; and four sisters, Mrs. Earl McClung, Mrs. Faye Bates, Mrs. Pauline Willford, and Mrs. Nellie Howard, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers include Alvin Waller, Billy Ray Waller, W. H. Steeley, Raymond Anderson, R. Bernard Jones, and Wayne Norris.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun- Friday, Nov 23, 1973
  • 1st wife Loraine/Lorene Viola (Haney) Fletcher 2nd Adele (Bell) Wylie-Waller; s/o James Fletcher Waller, Sr. & Ludie Ann (Slate) Waller
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James Fletcher Waller, Sr.
Dec 13, 1875 - Jul 18, 1964

Monday Rites For J. F. Waller

James Fletcher Waller, 88, retired farmer, died Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held from the Griffin Chapel Monday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Delbert Taylor, Jr., minister of Wesley Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. Jack Bell, Baptist minister.

Surviving are three sons, Jim and Vernon Waller, both of Corsicana, and Homer Waller, Dallas; four daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth McClung, Mrs. Pauline Williford, Mrs. Nellie Howard and Mrs. Faye Bates, all of Corsicana; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Susie Pippins, Mabank, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tommy Bates, Bobby Allen, Alvin Waller, George Rawson, Palmer Williford and Hugh Fullerton, Jr.

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John E. Cummings
Mar 25, 1953 - Apr 19, 2014

John E. Cummings, 61, of Bushland, Texas passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John E. Cummings, resident of Bushland, Texas and formerly of Fort Worth, passed away on Saturday morning, April 19, 2014 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61. John was born March 25, 1953 in Graham to Gloria Womack and John Elwyane Parsley. His grandparents Noble and Velma Womack adopted John when he was 2 months old and forever in his heart they were his momma and daddy. At age 5 he was adopted by Perry Cummings.
John graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1972 and had the pleasure of serving his country in the U.S. Navy from 1972 thru 1976 and the Air National Guard.
John has left behind his wife of 38 years Toni Soape Cummings and their children Krista Cummings of Bushland, John E. Cummings, Jr. and wife Deborah of Joshua, Terry Fitch of Arlington. Grandchildren Drew E. Fitch, Emily Jo Fitch, John Ethan Cummings III and Gracie Cummings.
Survivors also include his brother Charles Womack and wife Linda of Savannah Georgia, sister in law Donna Jo and husband Scott Lappe, brother in law Donnie Soape and wife Gail. Numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends also mourn his loss.
John retired as a flight line supervisor for Lockheed Martin in 2007 after 30 years of service. The following Monday he went to work for ATK at Mitchum Field. For the past two years he has been employed as a flight line supervisor at Bell Helicopter in Amarillo.

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  • h/o Toni (Soape) Cummings - s/o Perry Cummings - birth parents, Gloria Womack and John Elwyane Parsley - grandparents, Noble and Velma Womack
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Bobby Ray Sparks
Jan 10, 1941 - Apr 17, 2014
 
Bobby R. Sparks, 73, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was surrounded by his loving family and close friends at his side.
Bobby was born Jan. 10, 1941, in Kerens, to Gussie and Orval Sparks. He married the love of his life, Nell Arnold, on Nov. 25, 1967.
Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Elmer Sparks; and a sister, Earlene Reiley.
Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Nell; daughter, Christie and husband John Paul Roundtree and granddaughter Savana Wolver, all of Wolfe City; brother-in-law, Otis Arnold and wife Charlotte of Richland. Other survivors include his brother, Chester Sparks of Wimberley; and sisters, Charlene Rawling and husband Ron of Fresno, Calif., Mae Koreth of New Braunfels, and Elise Hoffman of Yoakum; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Bobby served in the United States Army Reserve and the National Guard. He toured in Germany and Ft. Polk, La. He worked at Chattanooga Glass plant for 34 years until his retirement in 1995. He then was employed by Watkins Construction Company and the city of Corsicana. Bobby loved to deer hunt, play card games and go fishing and camping. He loved for his friends to come have coffee with him and visit with him for hours, but most of all, he loved being with his family.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Daniel Dawson and Tim Moody officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers are James Almond, Jimmy Stewart, Allen Stewart, Darrell Hodge, Case Roundtree and Justin Roundtree.
Honorary Pallbearers are Thomas “Partner” Lucas, James Carrigan, Otis Arnold and Brian Arnold.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Joyce (Bland) Lloyd
July 5, 1968 - Apr 14, 2014
 
Joyce Lloyd, 45, of Ennis passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born July 5, 1968 in Dallas to Raymond Bland and Sharon Adams Bland.
Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a lovable person and always had a smile on her face. She enjoyed arts and crafts. She loved to spend time with her family and her animals. She was currently employed with Collin Street Bakery where she was a assistant manager at their call center.
She is survived by her husband, Don Lloyd; parents, Raymond and Sharon Bland; three children, Adam Lloyd, Daniel Lloyd and wife Devan and Misty Bowyer and husband Charlie; two brothers, Bobby Bland and wife Melanie and Raymond Bland Jr. and wife Nikki; two grandchildren, Michael York and Waylon Bowyer. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visitation will be Friday, April 18, 2014 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with David Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Phillip Garcia, Jim Beard, J.T. Copeland, Thomas Barnett, Chris Bland and Matt Deering Jr.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Dora Cooley Ross
abt 1919 - Mar 22, 2014

Dora Cooley Ross, 94, Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the St. Andrews Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Charles Lee Kennard
abt 1958 - Mar 30, 2014

Charles Lee Kennard, 55, Corsicana; passed away Sunday, March 30,2014 at his residence. Visitation will be 1 p.m. To 8 p.m. and wake services at 6 p.m. Friday, April 4,2014. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Dairy Johnson and Rev. Quincey Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Hiawatha Brown
abt 1932 - Apr 8, 2014

Hiawatha Brown, 81, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the VA Hospital in Dallas. Visitation will be 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Roane Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.

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John Roy Kirkpatrick
abt 1944 - Jan 22, 2014

John Roy Kirkpatrick, 69, of Knoxville, Tenn. passed away Jan. 22, 2014 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. A memorial graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Betty (Rawlinson) Montfort
May 24, 1928 - Apr 11, 2014

Betty Montfort, 85, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Betty was born May 24, 1928 in Corsicana to Fred M. and Irva K. Rawlinson. She was a member of the Church of Christ, was a housewife, homemaker and a former reading aide at Travis Elementary School in Corsicana ISD.

She is survived by her son, Mike Montfort of Corsicana; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, John Heath Montfort; sister Marjorie Hay; and her parents.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with Paul Dowdy officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave, Dallas, Texas 75231; The National Kidney Foundation, 5429 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy Ste. 250, Dallas, Texas 75240 or www.nkft.org; The American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Rd. Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75244.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Edgar Clard Nokes
Feb 23, 1886 - Jan 4, 1940

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR EDGAR C. NOKES ARE HELD THURSDAY

Funeral services for Edgar C. Nokes, aged 53 years, long-time resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday night at 1929 West Second avenue after a lingering illness, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Chapel. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. L. W. Shivers of Nevada.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Charlotte Ann and Corine Nokes, all of Corsicana; a brother, R. F. Nokes, Malakoff, and three sisters, Mrs. J. M. McNeese and Mrs. J. J. Castles, Corsicana, and Mrs. Fred L. Hamilton, Fort Worth.

Pallbearers were Walter Hamilton, T. J. Walton, J. C. Bristow, Jack Megarity, F. C. McQuiston and Willie Cook.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 4, 1940
  • 1st wife Hattie Corrine (Slate) Nokes married Nov. 17, 1912 2nd wife Nellie Jewel (Waller) Nokes married Dec. 29, 1923; s/o William Henry Harrison Nokes & Charlotte Jane (Anderson) Nokes buried at Cunningham cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Hattie Corrine (Slate) Nokes
Nov 6, 1892 - Mar 3, 1922

In Memory of Mrs. Hattie Slate Nokes

Mrs. Nokes was born in Austin Texas, Nov. 6, 1892. She was the daughter of Mr. A. A. Slate and wife. Hattie as she was called by her many friends and loved ones, was always an obedient child and a noble woman, making and winning friends everywhere she went.

In November, 1912, she was married to Mr. E. C. Nokes, one of Navarro’s best and loyal Christian young men, they moving on a farm in the Black Hills community. There is where the young couple started out in their happy married life; having one little darling girl born to them; naming her Corene Nokes. Their home was one of the homes where it was always a great pleasure to visit, on the account of their real devotion to each other. It was about this time that Hattie was converted and joined the Methodist Protestant church at Black Hills, and was always anxious to do her very best to make her Sunday School and Church one of the best in existence.

It was here that the happy young couple lived until on the third day of March, 1911, when God in His infinite way after a few days of illness of that dreadful disease, influenza, spoke to her and said it is enough, come up higher.

She leaves a father, mother and three brothers, one sister, a sweet little baby girl and a loving companion and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Her sister, Mrs. Jim Waller of the White’s Chapel community, Mr. Fred Slate near Powell, Charlie and Chester of Breckenridge.

Yes, it is hard to say farewell to those we love. It is hard to say thy will be done, when one so dear to us has gone. But remember dear ones the Master is making up his jewels and needed Hattie to make heaven more sweet and dear to us all. So as her last words were, “I am Going Home,” how can we say come back Hattie, to us, no in response we will say with him of old. I will not call her back, but I will go to her.

There were a large number of friends and loved ones who followed the remains to the last resting place many beautiful floral offerings, for which there was a great appreciation.

So now, dear Ed, take courage and say,
Dear Master;
Upon thy word I rest,
So strong so sure,
So full of comfort blest,
So sweet, so pure,
Thy word that changeth not,
That fulleth not,
My God I rest
Upon thy word forever.

We watched her breathing through the night,
Her breathing soft and low;
And in her breast the wave of life
Kept heaving to and fro,

Our very hopes belied our fears,
Our fears and hopes belied;
We thought her dying when she slept,
And sleeping when she died.

Hattie’s suffering ended with the day,
Yet lived she at its close,
And breathed the long, long night away,
In statue-like repose.

But when the son in all his state,
Mumed the eastern skies,
Hattie passed through glory’s morning gate
And walked in Paradise.

One day while in a lonesome pine,
Sat on my head a little dove,
For its lost mate began to coo,
Which made me think of my mate too.

Oh little dove you are not alone,
For I like you can only morn,
For I like you once had a mate,
But now like you I’m desolate.

I have some hopes that cheers my breast,
I know my love has gone to rest,
For while her dying tongue could move,
She said, “I’m going Home, I am going Home.”

Death, grim death had come before,
And took from me some loved one or,
But not a death like this before,
Had ever come to me.

Shout on ye heavenly host above,
While this lonesome desert roam,
My Master’s work will soon be done,
And you shall join your happy one.
L.W.S.

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Nannie (Nokes) McNeese
Jun 6, 1867 - Feb 26, 1943

MRS. NANNIE M’NEESE DIED HERE FRIDAY; RITES ON SATURDAY

Mrs. Nannie McNeese, wife of the late J. M. McNeese, died at her home here Friday morning. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home. Rev. Lawrence Shivers will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. McNeese had been a resident of Corsicana and Navarro county for many years.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Castles, Corsicana; Mrs. F. L. Hamilton, Fort Worth; a brother, R. S. Nokes, Malakoff; two nieces who have lived in the McNeese home for several years. Mrs. Corrine Mason and Miss Charlottte Ann Nokes, and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Emmett Hamilton, Walter Hamilton, D. O. Blizzard, Roland Bee, Jack Megarity, and Perry McCammon. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Feb 26, 1943
  • w/o James M. McNeese married Nov. 15, 1889; d/o William Henry Harrison Nokes and Charlotte Jane (Anderson) Nokes buried in Cunningham cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James M. McNeese
Aug 10, 1855 - Oct 11, 1934

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. M. M’NEESE FRIDAY MORNING

Funeral services for J. M. McNeese, aged 79 years, who died Thursday morning at 6 o’clock, were held from the family home, 1929 West Second avenue, Friday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. McNeese was a retired farmer and prior to moving to Corsicana a number of years ago resided in the Black Hills community. He had resided in Navarro county practically all of his life.

Surviving are his wife, and a brother, W. A. McNeese, Commerce.

Pallbearers were S. M. Kerr, Walter Beeman, Ab Haslam, W. M. Hamilton, Grady Lancaster, O. E. Stone, Jack Megarity and T. J. Walton.

The services were conducted by Rev. Lawrence Shivers of Tehuacana.

Singers were Mrs. Bell Melton, Mrs. Maudelle Kirk, G. F. Haslam and Kelly McKeown.

Sutherland - McCammon Funeral Home directed the rites.

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PIONEER RESIDENT NAVARRO COUNTY TO BE BURIED FRIDAY

J. M. McNeese, aged 79 years, resident of Navarro county practically all of his life, retired farmer, died at the family home, 1929 West Second avenue Thursday morning at 6 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the family residence Friday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery.

Prior to moving to Corsicana a number of years ago, he resided in the Black Hills community.

Surviving are his wife, and a brother, W. A. McNeese, Commerce.

Pallbearers will be S. M. Kerr, Walter Beeman, Ab Haslam, W. N. Hamilton, Grady Lancaster, O. E. Stone, Jack Megarity and T. J. Walton.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Harry Martin Mason
Feb 27, 1914 - Nov 21, 1941

HARRY M. MASON DIED FRIDAY AND BE BURIED SATURDAY

Harry Martin Mason, aged 27 years, died at 1929 West Second avenue shortly before noon Friday.

Funeral services are to be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. A. Peacock, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, father, J. C. Mason, Corsicana; two brothers, Johnny Mason, Texas City, and M. A. Mason, Texarkana, and a number of other relatives.

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John Champion Mason, Sr.
Feb 6, 1883 - Aug 31, 1957

John C. Mason Dies Texas City, Interment Here

John C. Mason, former Corsicana resident, died at his home in Texas City early Sunday.

Following services in Texas City at 8 a.m. Monday, the body will be brought to Corsicana where graveside rites will be conducted Monday at 4 p.m. by Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF, Mason, a retired brick mason, is a past noble grand of the local IOOF lodge.

Surviving are his wife of Texas City; four sons, John, M. A. and Robert Mason, all of Texas City, and Thomas Mason, Orange; three daughters, Mrs. Opal Nichols, Tampa, Fla.; Mrs. Annie V. Kuykendall, Orange, and Mrs. Clara Edwards, Bridge City, Texas; a brother Harry Mason, Fort Worth; 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

McCammon will direct arrangements here.

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Glenda Fae (Farmer) Seaton
Aug 2, 1935 - Apr 16, 2014
 
Mrs. Glenda Fae Farmer Seaton, 78, of Barry, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
She was born on Aug. 2, 1935, in Corsicana to James Willis and Scindy Elizabeth Farmer.
She graduated as the valedictorian from Barry High School and then attended and graduated from Navarro Junior College. She married Johnny C. Seaton on Dec. 31, 1957, at Community Missionary Baptist Church. She worked for many years at businesses including the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, Bethlehem Steel, Wheelock Oil Company, Oil City Iron Works, Navarro College, Johnny’s Grocery Store, and for 19 years she rolled and threw newspapers for the Corsicana Daily Sun.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James W. and Scindy E. Farmer; and an infant son, Ricky Lynn Seaton.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Johnny C. Seaton; son, Joel S. Seaton and wife Jennifer of Corsicana; daughter, LaScynda Philpott and husband Joe of Smyrna, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Jonathan and Jeromy Seaton of Corsicana and Brylee, Ben, and BreAnna Philpott of Smyrna, Tenn.; and numerous cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jean (Adams) Magness
Nov 3, 1916 - Apr 16, 2014
 
Jean Magness, 97, of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Unlimited Care Home of Plano. She was born Nov. 3, 1916 in Mulkey, Okla. to George David and Clellie Lee Wallace Adams.
She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She and her late husband were longtime faithful members of Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Magness; her parents; granddaughter, Rhonda Cook Bouland; grandsons, Ronald Lee Thomas and Russell F. Cook; and a son-in-law, Jerry Fussell.
She is survived by her daughters, Joan Magness Gipson and husband Jimmy of Rockwall and Jerrye Magness Fussell of Lavon; grandson, Rodney L. Thomas and wife Tonya of Corsicana; granddaughter, Jana Pulaski of Plano; great grandsons, Randon Bouland of Richardson and Cole Pulaski of Plano; great granddaughters, Kaylee Pulaski and Kendall Pulaski of Plano and Tori Thomas of Corsicana; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Clint Bratcher officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Unlimited Care Home of Plano, P.O. Box 867085, Plano, Texas 75086-7085.

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