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Claude Boyd Ryburn
Feb 13, 1892 - Mar 26, 1960

Claude Ryburn Rites Monday

Funeral services for Claude B. Rubyrn, 68, World War I veteran, who died in the Navy hospital in Corpus Christi Saturday morning, were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Claude B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Ryburn formerly resided in the Purdon and Blooming Grove communities.

Surviving are his wife of Port Isabel; two daughters, Miss Mary Evelyn Ryburn and Mrs. Dorothy Yurkovic, both of Sacramento, Calif.; three granddaughters, and a brother, Rev. R. L. Ryburn, Baptist minister of Kirvin, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Howe French, Stancil Norton, J. D. Norton, N. L. Norton, W. E. Norton, J. E. Whitten and W. F. Emskamp.

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Lena Avon Gross
abt 1948 - Apr 18, 2014

Lena Avon Gross, 65, of Austin and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at her residence in Austin. Funeral Services are
1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Second Mission Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Marcus Decarlo Tarbutton
Oct 30, 1961 - Apr 20, 2014

Marcus Decarlo Tarbutton, 52, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 20,
2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Marcus Decarlo Tarbutton

Marcus DeCarlo Tarbutton, 52, died on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born to Ada Mae Tarbutton and the late Johnny Mack Brown on Oct. 30, 1961. Daughter, Lakischa Scheree Fortson of Maryland and grandson, Nicholas Diggles Fortson, survive him.

Marcus was a former member of the Texas Army National Guard; an employee at Corsicana Independent School District (Bowie Elementary School), and a 1980 Corsicana High School graduate.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents: Joe and Julia (Cobb) Tarbutton and Odie “Buster” Brown and Maurine (King) Brown; as well as his mother’s twin brother, Adolphus Tarbutton; and two cousins: Christon Whitfield and Reginald “Demitri” Brown.

Raised by his grandparents, Marcus was loved and regarded as a brother by the following uncles and aunt: Michael, Donald and Ronald, Bobby Joe, Carl, Robert, and Beatrice Tarbutton-McKinney. Along with his mother, Ada Mae Hall, he leaves the following siblings: JoElla Tarbutton-Springfield of Massachusetts, Ralph Earl Johnson, Jr. (aka David Tarbutton), Regina Johnson of Mesquite, Jesse Tarbutton of Carrollton, Jerry Tarbutton of Austin, and step-sister Jennifer Hall.
Also, on his paternal side, there are seven siblings including: April McGary and Janice Billington Barnes of Arlington, Robert Billington Sr.
of Tyler, Yolanda Rene Brown-Holt and Kenneth Brown, Jonathan McDonald and Taniquewa Allen of Virginia. There are a host of other relatives, and legions of friends to cherish his many wonderful memories.

Last but not least, a special dedication is to Lois Banks Riles who (for over 15 years) was his most devoted friend and loving companion.

James Harris
Dec 3, 1924 - May 20, 1989

James M. Harris, 64, of Huntsville, died May 20, 1989, in Huntsville.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday in the Huntsville Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Ray Dobbs officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday in Younger Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Mabank. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from the Texas Department of Corrections after working there for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Harris of Huntsville; two sons, James Harris of Willis, and Gary Harris of Huntsville; one daughter, Carol Morton of Huntsville; six grandchildren, Sgt. William E. Albritton, Robert Morton, Geannie Kay Harris, Bobby Harris, James N. Harris and Gary Harris Jr.; four sisters; and two brothers.

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Robert Lee Follis
Aug 16, 1920 - June 19, 1989

Robert Lee Follis, 68, of Dallas, died June 19, 1989, in Dallas.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Younger Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 16, 1920, in Navarro County, and had lived in Dallas for 10 years. He was a retired machinist, and was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Smith of Hurst; three sons, Robert Follis of Dallas, Douglas Follis of Memphis, Tenn., and Vernon Follis of San Francisco, Calif.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Virgil Follis, and Basil Follis, both of Corsicna; four sisters, Gertrude Chapman, Retha Mahoney, and Berta Tramel, all of Corsicana, and Mary Bonwell of Tulsa, Okla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Nellie Catlin (Watt) Pohl
Nov 15, 1891 - Oct 29, 1970

KERENS (Spl)- Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Paschal Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Robert Pohl, 78, lifelong Bazette resident who died Thursday. Mr. Clyde Jenkins, Church of Christ minister of Alma, officiated. Nephews were pallbearers.

Surviving are her husband, one son, two daughters, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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Bessie L. Thomas
Apr 27, 1898 - June 10, 1989

Mrs. Bessie Thomas, 91, of Corsicana, died June 10, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First Independent Baptist Church, with the Rev. Earnest Betts Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery, in Round Prairie, Texas. Ross and Johnson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

She was a member of the Roane Chapel Baptist Church.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Viola Rhynes, Mrs. Annie Ruth Franklin and Mrs. Earlene Betts, all of Corsicana, Mrs. Hazel B. Thomas and Mrs. Ethel Mae Berry, both of Dallas; four sons, Joe Thomas, Aubrey Thomas Jr. and W.C. Thomas, all of Fort Worth, and O.D. Thomas of Palestine; 60 grandchildren; 136 great-grandchildren; 60 great-great-grandchildren.

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Cora Ann (Camp) Wooten
Jan 12, 1907 - May 7, 1989

Mrs. Acie (Cora Ann) Wooten, 82, of Pasadena, Tex., died May 7, 1989 in Pasadena.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Pasadena Funeral Home in Houston. Graveside services were 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse with Russell Bankes officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Survivors include four daughters, Ireen Henderson of Henderson, Hazel Cooper of Arcola, Tex., Mary Joyce Wooten of Kerrville and Ather Ann Guillory of Pasadena; 24 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

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Thomas Sidney Lindsey
Jan 13, 1932 - June 17, 1989

Tommy LIndsey, 57, of Corsicana, died June 17, 1989.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday in Pattison Cemetery with Rev. Eddie Cantrell officiating. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Bradley Lindsey of Dallas; one sister, Ann Stringfield of Frisco, Texas; one brother, Harold Lindsey, of DeSoto; and a number of other relatives.

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Rose Viola Virginia (Davis) Maggard
Dec 25, 1892 - June 28, 1989

Mrs. Rose Maggard, 96, of Corsicana died June 28, 1989, in Midland.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. Charles Rice oficiating. Burial will be in the Pattison Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 25, 1892, in Navarro County and was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marguerite and Garvis Ray, of Midland; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Dan Coates of Weatherford; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Liston Herod, Carl Bell, Alvie Ray, John Paul Maggard, James Luther and Larry Bell.

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Jewell Ellen (Chapin) Wooten
Apr 1, 1908 - Jul 11, 1989

Jewell Ella Wooten, 81, of Crosicana died July 11, 1989, in Corsicana.

Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Eddie J. Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Pattison Cemetery.

She was born April 1, 1908, in Quinlan and had been a resident of Corsicana for the past 58 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Wooten, and a son, the Rev. Simon Ray Wooten.

Survivors include two daughters, Dovie Pearl Fowler and Mrs. Lois Fay Anderson, both of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Sybel Cornish of Georgetown; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Travis Fowler, Steven Bradley, Roy Bradley, L.C. Dennis, Reagan Tubb and Dan Meador.

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Marlene (Thurston) Morrow
Apr 10, 1951 - Mar 14, 2014

Marlene Thurston Morrow, 62 of New York Community passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at her residence.

She was born April 10, 1951 in Corsicana to Martin and Alene Gay Thurston. Marlene graduated from Corsicana High School. She was a loving wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. All of the grandchildren called her “Crazy Grandma.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother and father-in-law, Hollie H. and Jewel Morrow, stepson Harley Mac Morrow, granddaughter Kristina Scranton, niece Julie Crouch.

Survivors include husband of 41 years Hollie M. Morrow, New York Community; stepdaughter Judy Morrow, New York Community; stepson Hollie M. Morrow, Jr., Jacksonville, sister Joan Crouch and husband Jimmy of Grand Prairie, brother Robert Thurston and wife Becky of Corsicana; sister-in-law Delores England of Forney, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Morrow home place.

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Nikita Lynette Retcher
June 1, 1989

Nikita Lynette Retcher, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Retcher of Corsicana, died June 1, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services were held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Modrall cemetery. The Rev. Horace Cobb officiated. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Puckett and Bill Retcher, both of Ohio; great-grandparents, Betty Retcher, Mary Lopshire and William Frederick Retcher, all of Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Randel of Michigan.

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Ira Alva Monroe Jr.
Aug 1, 1929 - July 17, 1989

Ira Alva Monroe, 59, of Corsicana, died July 17, 1989 at his residence.

Graveside services were 4 p.m. Monday at the Modrall Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Aug. 1, 1929 in Corbet. He was a lifelong resident of Corsicana. He was employed as a truck driver for the city of Corsicana.

Survivors include his wife, Rogelie Monroe of Corsicana; one daughter, Sondra Stallings of Corsicana; two sisters, Thelma Capehart of Navarro, and Hazel Holloway of Oak Valley; three grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Robert Minatra of Corsicana and Bubba Holloway of Oak Valley; a number of nieces and nephews.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, July 18, 1989
  • This man is listed in Hamilton-Beeman on GenWeb and his wife, Rogelie is buried there also. There are no headstone photos there or on Find a Grave. He probably is in Hamilton since his parents are buried there also.
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
     

Zula Ruth (Wyatt) Austin
Apr 13, 1902 - May 29, 1989

Zula Austin, 87, of Kerens, died May 29, 1989 at West Park Medical Center in McKinney.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Wednesday at Long Prairie Cemetery with Elder Otis Parish officiating. Paschal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Apr 13, 1902. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include one son, James W. Austin of Princeton; --- grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. (No. of grandchildren undreadable)

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Edward William "Bill" Gowan
Aug 3, 1947 - June 27, 1989

Edward William (Bill) Gowan, 41, of Corsicana, died June 27, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Elmer Trent officiating. Burial will be at Long Prairie Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Gowan of Corsicana; two sons, Chris and Charles Gowan, both of Corsicana; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gowan of Corsicana; and a sister, Arlie Robinson of Silver City.

Mike Venable will serve as honorary pallbearer. Pallbearers will be Walter Brown, Carl Taylor, Billy Covington, Jimmy Vigil, Jody Trent, and John Cook III.

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Robert Eady Spain
Nov 7, 1919 - Jun 9, 1989

Robert Eady Spain, 69, of Eureka, died June 9, 1989, at home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Eureka Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Kerzee officiating.

He was born Nov. 7, 1919 in Navarro County. He was a rancher. He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Spain of Eureka; three sons, Robert W. Spain of Kyle, Johnny L. Spain of Corsicana, and Michael O. Spain of Richland; two daughters, Eady Jorene Bigham of Richland, and Lisa Van Looke of Barry; 11 grandchildren; one uncle, Tom Eady of Corsicana.

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Mary Belle Bonner
Oct 11, 1892 - Dec 21, 1971

Miss Mary Belle Bonner, 79, a native of Eureka, died in Houston Tuesday evening.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. L.L. Wilkins officiating. Burial will be in the Eureka Cemetery.

Born and raised in the Eureka area, she was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include two brothers, Fred Bonner of Mildred and Brice Bonner of Eureka; three sisters, Mrs. J.M. Price of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Nettie Lewis of Houston and Mrs. Sue Minze of Houston; a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Robert Boyd, Lloyd Land, Randolph Robinson, Robert Davidson, Jim Bonner, Leroy Bonner and Richard Bonner.

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Susan Sneed
Nov 21, 1953 - Nov 21, 1953

Sneed Infant Rites Monday

Susan, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Sneed, died in the Navarro Clinic early Saturday night.

A graveside service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at Laurel Land cemetery in Dallas where interment was made.

The rites were coducted [sic] by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are the parents and a brother, Chadwick Sneed, all of Corsicana, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Willhite and Mrs. A. E. Sneed, Dallas.

Griffin directed.

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Ruby Mae (McClintock) Roberts
Sep 11, 1911 - Sep 14, 1972

AMARILLO - Services were at 3 p.m. Saturday at M.S. Griggs Funeral Chapel for a former Corsicana resident, Mrs. T.D. (Ruby Mae) Roberts, 60, longtime Amarillo resident who died Thursday here. Burial was in an Amarillo cemetery.

Mrs. Roberts was the former Ruby Mae McClintock of Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband, T.D. Roberts; two sons, Quiniph Bewley and Arley Bewley; a daughter, Mrs. Glenda George; one grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Audrey Inmon of Corsicana and Mrs. Wanda Nell Sparr of Indiana; two brothers, G.H. McClintock of Dallas and J.R. McClintock of Indiana; her step-mother, Mrs. Ina McClintock of Wyne, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.

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Henry Stuart Woods
Oct 17, 1885 - May 20, 1961

Stuart Woods Dies Saturday While On Trip

Henry Stuart Woods, 75, native of Corsicana, retired General Electric executive, died suddenly Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand. Woods and his wife, the former Rosa Clarkson of Corsicana, were on a South Pacific cruise.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete but the body will be flown back to the states and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery here. McCammon Funeral Home is in charge.

The son of the late State Senator and Mrs. J. H. Woods, he had resided in Kansas City, Mo. for the past 40 years. Graduate of Corsicana public schools and A. and M. College of Texas, he was an electrical engineer, graduating in 1906. He was associated with General Electrical [sic] for 45 years before his retirement in 1-51. [sic]

Surviving are his widow of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Rose Woods, Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, James H. Woods, Jr., Dallas; two aunts, Mrs. W. E. Purifoy, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jack Craddock, El Paso, and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers will be Billy Clarkson, Tom Spikes, Wiley Clarkson, James Woods, Don Pevehouse and Lloyd G. Kerr.

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James Hollins Woods, Jr.
Jan 3, 1894 - June 5, 1972

J. H. Wood [sic]

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for James H. Wood, Jr., 78, retired independent oil operator, of Dallas, who died Monday in Dallas. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery with Dr. H. Lively Brown officiating.

Woods, a native of Corsicana and resident of Dallas since 1944, was the son of the late state senator James H. Woods and Mrs. Bettie Boods. [sic]

He was a graduate of the University of Texas, a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, and a life member of the Ex-Students Association of the University of Texas. After service in the armed services during World War I, he was with Magnolia Petroleum Col, Josey Oil Company and Seaboard Oil Company before engaging in oil operations in Texas, Illinois, and Indiana for his own company 1945. He retired from active partitipation [sic] in 1958.

He was a longtime member of the Dallas Petroleum Club.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Marie H. Woods of Dallas; a son, James A. Woods of Dallas; and two grandchildren, Susan Marie and Will Woods of Dallas.

The body will lie in state at the Corley Funeral Home from Wednesday morning until service time.

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Damon Clinton Woods
May 3, 1888 - Dec 3, 1938

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MONDAY FOR DAMON C. WOODS

Funeral services for Damon C. Woods, aged 50 years, United States Consul at Toronto, Canada, who died suddenly at Toronto Saturday, were held from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral chapel here Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment was made in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jeff D. Ray, Baptist minister of Fort Worth, formerly of Corsicana, and Rev. P. E. Riley, pastor of the First Methodist church here.

Mr. Woods was reared in Corsicana and was the son of the late Senator and Mrs. J. H. Woods. He was a graduate of Corsicana High Schol and the University of texas. He was an attorney from 1910 to 1918, served in the Red cross in the World war and entered the consular service in 1919. Prior to going to Toronto in 1931, he was attached to the United States diplomatic service in Paris, Strausbourg and Marseille.

Surviving are his wife and three children, Toronto; and two brothers, James Woods, Dallas, and H. S. Woods, Kansas City, Mo.

Pallbearers were Wm. C. Clarkson, C. L. Jester, Lawrence Treadwell, Harry Blanding, E. Y. Cunningham, Herman Coleman, Waxahachie, and Dr. Watson, Waxahachie.

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May Elizabeth (Decherd) Woods
Aug 2, 1862 - Mar 17, 1921

WELL KNOWN LADY DIED LAST NIGHT

Mrs. B. H. Woods Passes Away After Many Months of Illness

Mrs. May Elizabeth Decherd Woods, wife of the late Hon. B. H. Woods, who preceded her to the grave a few days ago, died at the home of her son-in-law, Hon. W. A. Tarver, at 7 o'clock yesterday evening after a weary illness, that lasted through many months. The deceased was born in Waco, August 2, 1862, and would have been forty-nine years old on August 2, next. She was the daughter of Richard and Rebekah Decherd and was the eldest of seven children.

She was married to B. H. Woods near Axtell on July 15, 1884, and came to Corsicana at once and had made her home here since. During that long residence here she had endeared herself to a large circle of friends who cared for her tenderly during her long illness and who are pained at her death.

The deceased is survived by two children, Mrs. W. A. Tarver and Miss Baldwin Woods, one sister, Mrs. C. E. Mays of Long Beach, Calif., and by one brother, W. H. Decherd of Corsicana.

The funeral took place this afternoon from the First Methodist church at 4 o'clock and was largely attended and many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence. The last said rites were conducted by Rev. C. H. Booth, assisted by Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss, A. D. Porter and M. W. Clark and the following acted as pall bearers.

Active - W. L. Holman, C. A. Tatum, J. W. McGill, W. W. Gage, T. J. Walton and Geo. Whytte.
Honorary - Dr. Opie Wills, J. H. Patterson, W. M. Wilson, J. T. Newsome, Aaron Ferguson, W. M. Huggins, W. M. Tatum, J. D. Cunningham, J. L. Halbert, Dr. J. M. V. Wills, Dr. T. A. Miller, Walter Douglas, Wiley Smith, A. V. Wright, Judge L. B. Cobb, P. C. Townsend, S. M. Kerr, T. P. Kerr, Luther Garrett, William Clarkson, Sr., P. M. Lea, W. J. Rochelle, S. H. King, D. K. McCammon, G. F. Haslam, W. C. Hilliard, F. T. Whitehille, Lawrence Treadwell, Walter Burgess. N. L. Benson, J. J. Sullivan, W. P. McCammon, H. G. Brown, C. L. Jester, B. I. Tarbutton, J. M. Henry, E. A. Johnson and Sydney Marks.

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There are many who are saddened by the death of Mrs. B. H Woods, whose long, painful illness came to an end Thursday, last, just a few weeks after her husband, Hon. B. H. Woods passed on. Her two devoted daughters, Mrs. W. A. Tarver and Miss Baldwin Woods have been tireless in their constant ministrations to their mother, whose illness dates back several years. To these our sympathey [sic] is extended for the loss of the mother whose life was so wrapped up in her children. When we first knew Mrs. Woods, she was one of Corsicana's prettiest women with a bright, charming personality that always made her welcome. Her husband was one of the city's big business men, staunchest christians, and their home a very happy one, the first deep sorrow being the loss of their only son some years ago. But time and change are inevitable, and to that part of the Woods family which has passed away, there can be no doubt of the larger possibilities for a more perfect existence than this.

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Nellie Frances “Nell” (Robinson) McCord
Sep 3, 1891 - Feb 27, 1947

Mrs. M’Cord Rites Friday Afternoon

BLOOMING GROVE, March 1,--(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Nell Robinson McCord, who died at her home in Dallas Thursday were held in Dallas Friday afternoon. Interment was in the Lone Oak cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, four daughters, two sisters and two brothers.

McCormick Funeral Service had charge of local arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, March 1, 1947
  • w/o Knox McCord buried in Grovehill Memorial Park Cemetery, Dallas, Texas; d/o John Powell Robinson & Alice Medora (Killebrew) Robinson
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Robert Acie Edens
1872 - Nov. 28, 1960

Hold Services For R. A. Edens

Funeral services for R. A. Edens, 88, former officer and retired farmer, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. H. O. Abbott, pastor of the church, of which Edens was an active member, and Rev. Claude Gordon, pastor of the First Baptist church at Rice.

Edens died in Twilight Home Monday night. He was a native of Monroe county, Miss., but had resided at Rice for 62 years. He was an active Mason and served as constable of the Rice area for several years.

Surviving are two sons, Angus Edens, Odessa, and J. N. Edens, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. John Cardwell, Forsan, and Mrs. J. W. Heilheckler, Abilene; several grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ira Cardwell, L. D. Murff, J. K. Bradley, W. C. Mahaley, M. V. Fitzgerald and Cecil Newman.

McCammon directed.

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Mary Ann (Roe) Holmes
Aug 31, 1874 - Jan 9, 1960

Mrs. Holmes Rites Monday

Mrs. Mary Ann Holmes, 85, of Corsicana, died Saturday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. A. C. Johnson, 2117 Austin avenue, Waco.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Joseph Weldon Bailey, Baptist minister of Waco.

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

A native of Lancashire, England, she came to Hempstead Texas, with her family in 1886. She married Harry F. Holmes at Hempstead in 1895, and they moved to Kerens in 1899. He died August 1, 1915.

She married Ed Holmes in 1918 and they moved to Corsicana in 1922. Mr. Holmes died in 1938.

In addition to membership in the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church here, Mrs. Holmes also was a member of the Corsicana Chapter 118, Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Johnson, Waco, and Mrs. H. H. Stephenson, Kerens; a stepson, Parker S. Holmes, Tyler; a sister, Mrs. Alice Crowhurst, Hempstead; four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were N. L. Lindsey, J. C. Jennings, Jr.; H. A. Inmon, Jr.; W. E. Lynn, Rudy Barnes and Dwan North.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 11, 1960
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Born in Pelsall, Staffordshire, England 1st husband Henry Samuel “Harry” Holmes in 1895 2nd husband Edward Daniel “ED” Holmes in 1918 (Brother to Henry) d/o Joseph W. Roe and Sarah Ann (Garner) Roe
     

Olivia Etta “Lee Etta” (Emmert) Nelson-Roan
Apr 8, 1882 - Jan 1, 1960

Mrs. W. T. Roan Rites Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. W. T. Roan, 77, retired Ellis and Navarro county teacher, who died in the Ennis Municipal Hospital Friday night, were held from the Keever Funeral Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Rice cemetery, Mrs. Roane was a Presbyterian and a member of the Eastern Star.

A native of Tennessee, she was reared near Rice and taught school in Ellis and Navarro counties and in South Texas from 1899 until her retirement in 1957. She had lived in Ennis for the past six years.

Surviving are a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Including Milton Emmert, a nephew, of Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 4, 1960
  • 1st husband Clinton M. Nelson 2nd husband Willie Thomas “Billy” Roan d/o John Henry Emmert and Eliza Ann (Edmiston) Emmert
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Anita (Lopez) Chapman
Aug 30, 1958 - Apr 25, 2014

Anita Lopez Chapman, 55 of Corsicana, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014 in Corsicana.

She was born on August 30, 1958, in Dallas, to Mike Lopez and Rebecca Escobedo Lopez.

Anita was big on family, which is where her heart was. She loved her nieces and nephews and was a big giver. She loved her jewelry bling and her son was her pride and joy. She enjoyed singing, church, cooking and baking, making crafts, sewing and party planning for her family. She loved her Lord and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Glen Chapman; her son, Rito Gallegos Jr.; her father and mother, Mike and Rebecca Lopez; her brothers, Mike, Joe, Rudy and Mark; her sisters, Irene Lopez, Sylvia Padilla and Sara Hill.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from noon until service time on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

Services to celebrate her life are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at the Rosemont Cemetery.

Those serving as pallbearers are her nephews, Charlie Padilla, Sammy Padilla, Greg Padilla, Justin Chambers, Stewart Chambers and Ty Chambers.

Arrangements by Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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Dorothy Nell (Jones) Berryhill
Dec 25, 1925 - Apr 26, 2014

Dorothy Nell Jones Berryhill went to be with her Heavenly Father and her husband on April 26, 2014.

She was born in Chico, Texas, on Dec. 25, 1925, to Lela Bell and Robert Wiley Jones. A few years after her marriage to Ira Lee Berryhill in 1942, they moved to Roscoe, Texas, where she became a beautician. She was a fantastic Mom and Memaw, as well as a treasured friend to many.
Friends and family often shared personal trials with her because she was a woman of wisdom, and she knew how to keep a confidence. Dorothy loved to sew, and she was known as a wonderful cook. If a friend was ill, she would soon be at the door with a hot meal and dessert. One family member once said, “Eating at Mom’s is like eating at a cafeteria, except you had more choices, and the food is better.”

Mrs. Berryhill was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Lee Berryhill; two grandchildren, Parrish Leon Berryhill and Dale Dean Berryhill; her mother and father; and 14 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include three children, Darrell Berryhill and his wife Doloras of Sweetwater; Patricia Hassell and her husband Alton of Waco; and Waymonn Berryhill and his wife Debby of Longview. She also had eight surviving grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, T. G. Berryhill of McGregor; a special sister-friend, Dorothy Wade of Roscoe; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Heaven is now a brighter place with its new star.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel, Corsicana. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be Matt Gohlke, Rex Norris, Tom Sellers, Clint Hassell, Derek Sellers, Wess Berryhill, Connor Gohlke, Grant Gohlke, Allen Sturdivant and Steve Sturdivant.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Jacky Ray McClain
Nov 2, 1947 - Apr 22, 2014

Jacky Ray McClain, 66, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jacky Ray McClain, 66, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014. He was born November 2, 1947 in Corsicana to J.R. McClain and Lorena Ray McClain.

He is survived by his step-father, Mahlon Tate; three brothers, Rick McClain, Bobby McClain and Tony McClain.

Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 am Friday, April 25, 2014 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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  • s/o J. R. McClain & Lorena (Ray) McClain
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Thomas Houston Threet
Mar 20, 1877 - Mar 19, 1960

J. T. Threet Is Buried Sunday

FROST, March 21 (Spl.)—Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for John Thomas Threet, a former Frost resident who died Saturday at his home in Milford on his eighty-fourth birthday.

Rev. Don McGowlan, pastor of the Milford Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. F. T. Fisher, a retired Methodist minister of Waxahachie, conducted services at the McCormick Funeral Service chapel. Interment was in the Dresden cemetery.

Threet, who was born in Sherman and left Frost in 1932 to live in Milford, is survived by two sons, Jack, of Milford, and Robert, of Beaumont; seven daughters, Mrs. J. W. Park, Jacksonville; Mrs. Etta Roberson, Corsicana; Mrs. H. H. Pritchett, Frost; Mrs. Velma Truell, Waxahachie; Mrs. Vance Wardlow and Mrs. Richard Murray, both of Beaumont; two brothers, Herbert Threet, California, and Upton Threet, Sheridan, Ark.; three sisters, Mrs. Euel Posey, and Mrs. Joe Gregory, both of Sheridan, Ark., and Mrs. Nora Wray, Tayen, Ark.; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jack Kitchen, Will Compton, Marvin, Sisher, Jim Odem and Charles Wray, all of Milford, and Louis Bradley, Hillsboro.

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William Buel “Bill” Hinkle
Jul 17, 1927 - Apr 28, 2014
 
William Buel Hinkle, 86, of Waco, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, after a year-long battle with cancer. Services will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 3 pm at the Woodway First United Methodist Church, 21000 Woodway Drive, Waco, with Rev. John Dirk and Rev. Rebecca Hull officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, TX. Visitation will be Friday evening, May 2, from 6-8pm at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd, Waco.

Bill was born on July 17, 1927 in Weatherford, TX to Oscar and Winnie Nash Hinkle. On May 22, 1999 he married Janiece McNatt Skinner in Waco at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Ged Collins.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Wanda Fay Hinkle; sister and brother-in-law, Oreta and Carl D. Harrison, and sister-in-law, Elmerene Hinkle.

He is survived by his wife, Janiece; daughter, Susan Lovett, and husband Terry of Houston; son, Thomas Hinkle, and wife Betty of Beeville; brother, Coy Hinkle of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, John Allen and Brayden Reilly Hinkle of Beeville; step-children, Brenda DeBerry, Doug DeBerry and wife Lisa, Marvin Skinner and wife Jan; and step-grandchildren, Trey Dromgoole, Dustin, Davis, and Dylan DeBerry, Megan Lennon and Haley Skinner.

The family would like to express their special thanks to Scott and White Hospice and particularly Glen Johnson, Linda Brown, Juanita Gallegos, Rosa Valdez and B. J. Carlisle.

In lieu of flower, donations may be made to Woodway First United Methodist Church, Waco, or to a charity of choice.

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  • Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr 30, 2014
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary Helen (Portwood) French
Jan 26, 1932 - Apr 30, 2014

Mary Helen French, 82, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. She was born Jan. 26, 1932 in Corsicana to Willie P. and Lizzie Portwood.

She was a very sweet lady, and a loving wife, mother, and sister. She was a longtime member of House of Praise Church of God.

She was preceded in death her husband, Hubert French; parents; and sisters, Willie Bates and Betty Jean Gordon.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorie Ann French of Corsicana; sister, Nannie Richardson and husband Alvin of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Schane officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Holloway, Shawn Holloway, Ricky Sykes, Gary Sykes, Devin Garrett, Joey York, Ray York, and Ricky French.

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Ava Nell (Billberry) Ponder
Jan 7, 1925 - Apr 30, 2014

Ava Nell Ponder, 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Corsicana. She was born Jan. 7, 1925 in Spur, Texas to Elek and Millie Billberry. She was the youngest of nine children and the only girl. She could farm with a team of horses plowing with a Go-Devil as well as her brothers. She was a member of First Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for many years. She volunteered by playing the piano at nursing homes and also at churches. She worked with Good News Cafe at First Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, loved flowers and her cats and enjoyed spending time with children. She was one of the most loving, caring and giving persons you would ever meet.

She is preceded in death by her husband, W.F. Bill Ponder; brothers, Aurthur, Venson, Bud, Raymond, Alvis, Bernice, J.C. and Pete Billberry.

She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good News Cafe at First Baptist Church or the First Baptist Church Building Fund 510 W. Collin Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Zane Stites
June 23, 1934 - May 4, 2014

Banker, friend, volunteer Stites passes away at 79
By Janet Jacobs
The Corsicana Daily Sun

— Zane Stites grew up in a two-room shack outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma, but went on to become a successful banker and pillar of the community in his adopted home of Corsicana. He died Sunday at the age of 79.

Zane Stites found joy in athletics, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors. Zane graduated from Stillwater High School and attended Oklahoma State University where he played football. In 1955, he married Susan Collins then joined the Army, where he served 17 months in Korea as a Staff Sergeant.

When he got home, he and Susan went back to their mutual hometown while Zane finished college.

Stites held a series of jobs after finishing college, including working as a collector for the Ford Motor Company, which is how he met banker Everett Musick. Musick was helping start up a bank in Clovis, New Mexico, and asked Stites to come work for him there. When Musick left Clovis for the State National Bank in Corsicana, he asked Stites to come along, again.

“I thought as much of Zane as anybody I ever had working for me,” Musick recalled. “He was a great guy, and a great friend all that time.”

Stites had a lot of characteristics that appealed to Musick, both as a banker and a friend, he said.

“His kindness, his honesty and his integrity,” Musick recalled.

Stites became president of Corsicana National Bank (now Community National Bank & Trust) in 1968 and rose to Chairman of the Board, officially retiring in 2000 but continuing to serve as Chairman for several years.

“Dad was a great model to go by,” said son Tim Stites, who also went into banking. “He led by example in everything, at the workplace and at the house.

“One of the things dad always did at the bank is treat everybody the same,” Tim Stites said. “The guy who comes in with the grubby jeans might be the richest guy in town. You treat everybody the same. He wanted his bank and his family to be fair to everybody. If you do that, you find out that most people are pretty decent folks.”

Zane Stites served on the Corsicana Industrial Foundation, YMCA board of directors and as Kiwanis president. The Corsicana Navarro County Chamber of Commerce recognized him with the Arthur J. Keeney Award for outstanding community service. He was also a trustee of Navarro College for 16 years. He coached Little League baseball, refereed high school football, and drove for Meals on Wheels, Food for Fitness and Road to Recovery. He was a member of First United Methodist in Corsicana, where he sang in the choir, was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class for 48 years and served on the Administrative Board and numerous committees.

Stites originally came to Corsicana to work for State National, but when Troy Hudson decided to sell some stock in Corsicana National, Stites got a loan to buy the stock.

Gerald York met Stites through Sunday School but when First National was folded into a larger bank, Gerald and some others went over to Corsicana National. Stites put York to work on farm loans, and later sent him out to Frost to help establish that bank.

“He was wonderful,” York said. “In a way, he was too good to the customers, but he gained more confidence from people, and they’d pay us when they wouldn’t pay anybody else.”

“You couldn’t know him and not admire him,” York added. “That’s the kind of guy he was.”

Stites made a number of friends through the bank and through his work with children’s sports teams. He coached Little League with Leland Cook for many years, and Leland was also a stakeholder in the bank.

“Zane was a special man,” said Texas Rep. Byron Cook, Leland’s son. “He provided principled leadership to the bank and the college. He was an exceptional man, and we’ll all miss him.”

Homer Wasson had been on the Navarro College Board of Trustees for about 12 or 13 years when he was asked to go talk to Zane about running, also. Together, they traveled to Austin numerous times, all around the countryside, and even to Moscow, Russia on a tour.

“He was raised up in the country in Oklahoma, and I was raised up in the country in Corsicana. He was an old country boy and so was I,” Wasson said. The worst thing they did together was the occasional chew of tobacco, even going so far as to sneak out of a meeting in Austin to go chew on the capitol grounds together.

“The only thing I regret is that I didn’t know him better, and could have shared more time together,” Wasson said.

Dr. James Price worked with Stites on the college board, also, but he got to know Stites years earlier when the dentist officed in the former State National Bank building, where Stites was a vice president. They pulled practical jokes on one another for years, trading back and forth.

“He was just a good guy. Always in a good mood, never a moment of doubt that I ever witnessed,” Price said. “He was a great man, a real family man and community leader.”

Les Leskoven worked with Zane Stites for years before marrying into the family.

“Though I was privileged to be his son-in-law for just a short time, I was a member of Zane's banking family for over 15 years,” Leskoven said. “The qualities we admired in him as a banker — honesty, kindness, fairness, loyalty and a sense of humor, I saw in him as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. He and Susan built a wonderful family legacy together. Zane will be missed tremendously.”

Zane Stites is survived by his wife of 59 years, Susan; their two children, Tim and Karen, and their spouses; six grandchildren and one great-grand child, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services for Stites are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Visitation will be at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, with the Rev. Connally Dugger, the Rev. Mike Alexander and the Rev. Jay Fraze officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com.

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Zane C. Stites

“He is gone from us but present and at peace with the Lord.”
Zane Stites entered into eternal rest on May 4, 2014, with his family at his side. He was born on June 23, 1934 to Chet and Ethel Stites in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Zane graduated from Stillwater High School in 1952 and entered Oklahoma State University where he played collegiate football. He interrupted his education to join the Army and served 17 months in Korea as a staff sergeant beginning one month after his marriage to Susan Collins in February 1955. After returning home, he and Susan settled in their hometown of Stillwater as Zane reentered OSU. Their first child, Karen Elizabeth, was born in 1958. Following his graduation, the family moved to Amarillo, Texas and their son, Timothy Zane, was born in 1961.

Zane held jobs in Amarillo and Dallas before entering the banking business in Clovis, New Mexico under the tutelage of Everett Musick and then followed him to Corsicana for a position at State National Bank. He became President of Corsicana National Bank (now Community National Bank & Trust) in 1968 and rose to Chairman of the Board, officially retiring in 2000 but continuing to serve as Chairman for several years. The bank grew under his leadership, and his philosophy that every customer was important built a generation of community-minded bankers and helped local businesses succeed. Zane took his role as a community leader seriously, serving on the Corsicana Industrial Foundation, YMCA board of directors and as Kiwanis president. The Corsicana Navarro County Chamber of Commerce recognized him with the Arthur J. Keeney Award for outstanding community service. Zane served as a trustee of Navarro College for 16 years during a period of tremendous expansion. He was also a dedicated community volunteer, coaching the Little League baseball team, American Reds, for 16 years, filming Corsicana High School and Navarro College football games, refereeing high school football, and driving for Meals on Wheels, Food for Fitness and Road to Recovery.

Zane was a man with many interests. He was an avid sportsman, playing golf courses in all 50 states, snow skiing and making many friends along the way. Zane was a self-taught woodworker and made many pieces of furniture for his children and grandchildren, as well as items for church auctions and school organizations. Annual family road trips all across the country were a Stites tradition, building many memories. Following retirement, he and Susan enjoyed traveling and attending Elderhostels at many locations. He was faithful to his church, First United Methodist in Corsicana, where he sang in the choir, was a member and periodic teacher of the Friendship Sunday School Class for 48 years and served on the Administrative Board and numerous committees.

Zane is survived by his loving wife, Susan, of 59 years, his daughter Karen and husband Les Leskoven, his son Tim and wife Ann, his beloved grandchildren Andrew Young and wife Haley, Bobby Scott, Catherine Young and Russell Stites, his great granddaughter, Hadlie Elizabeth Young and his step-grandchildren Laura Leskoven and Andrew Leskoven, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Geoff Collins and wife Carol and his sister-in-law, Lana Stites. He was predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Helen and Geoff Collins, his brothers Carol, Gary and Max and his sister, Linda Goodner.

Pallbearers are Andrew Young, Bobby Scott, Russell Stites, Greg Stites, Dr. Richard Sanchez, Homer Wasson, Rod Goodner and K.C. Wyatt. Honorary pallbearers are Don Bowen, Everett Musick, Otto Baker, Board of Directors of Community National Bank and Trust and members of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

Zane’s family would like to acknowledge the loving care given by Dorothy Anderson, Tori Cobb, Tammie Jackson, Larry Dixon, Johnny Wright and Debra Woods during his last illness. They also appreciate the kindness of Santana Ovalle, Family First Hospice, Trisun Nursing Home, Dr. Kent Rogers and the second floor nursing staff at Navarro Regional.

Visitation will be at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home on Thursday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Services will be held on Friday, May 9, at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, with Reverend Connally Dugger, Reverend Mike Alexander and Reverend Jay Fraze officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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Ray Dean Gorden
May 6, 1933 - May 2, 2014
 
Funeral services for Ray Dean Gorden, 80, of Carrollton will be held at
2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Sherman. Arrangements are under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman.

He passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014 in Carrollton.

Ray was born on May 6, 1933 in Frost, Texas the son of Edward Lee Gorden and Tilly Renfro. He married Mary Alice Allison on Feb. 11, 1961 in Sherman. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Mr. Gorden is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Gorden of Purdon; daughter, Debbie Tiseo and husband Angelo of Carrollton; son, Ray Dean Gorden Jr., of Louisiana, son, Danny Lee Gorden of San Francisco, California; daughter, Donna Heslet and husband Brett of Carrollton; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Dewey Elton Gorden and wife Nancy of Blooming Grove and brother, Raymond Doyle Gorden and wife Patsy of Barry. Ray is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Kevin, Truett, Nate, Cody, Travis and Johnathan.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 at Waldo Funeral Home.

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Geneva "Mickey" (North) Bason-Fleming-Cantrell
Jan 11, 1925 - Jan 7, 2014

Geneva North Fleming was the last of twelve children born January 11, 1925 to Enoch Spurgeon North and Mallissia Jane Ellis in Blooming Grove, Texas, Navarro County. She attended Blooming Grove school. Geneva was know by all as “ Mickey”. She is survived by her only daughter, Melissa Jayne Bason and son-in-law Francis Declan Phelan, both of Athens, Texas. She was preceded in death by both parents, all her siblings, and three husbands, Oran Martin Bason, Culton James Fleming, Sr.,and Robert Cantrell. Geneva passed away peacefully in Athens, Texas January 7, 2014.

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Robert Paul Conger
Sep 15, 1911 - Jan 25, 1989

Paul Conger, 77, of Corsicana, died June 25, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be 10a.m. Tuesday in the Dresden Cemetery, with John Kinnard officiating. The family will leave in procession from Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Conger of Corsicana; one daughter, Maudine Baggett of Corsicana; one brother, Fowler Conger of Louisiana; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jack Carroll, Kenneth Bean, Ken Baggett, David Johnson, Russell Conger, Mark Conger and Steven Conger.

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Ruby (Milburn) Johnson
Sep 15, 1904 - May 27, 1989

Mrs. Ruby Milburn Johnson, 84, native of Corsicana, died May 27, 1989, in Ennis.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Wanda Kile officiating. Burial will be in Black Hills Cemetery.

She was a member of Central Methodist Church and was a lifelong resident of Navarro County.

She is survived by one nephew, John Henry of Ennis; and several other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Glimp, Harry Climp, Alan Johnson and Bill Jones.

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Cora Celeste Ward
Apr 1, 1891 - June 23, 1989

WORTHAM - Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Celeste Ward, 98, of Wortham, will be conducted Sunday at 2 in Porter Funeral Home Chapel; officiating will be the Rev. Ron Moore, pastor of First Baptist Church, and John W. Grizzard of Fairfield. Burial will be in Cade Cemetery near Streetman.

Mrs. Ward, born April 1, 1891, in Kosse, died Friday evening at 6:30 in Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, L. G. Ward of Wortham and Cody Ward of Sweeny; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Cecil Theodore "Teddy" Brown III
Aug 26, 1970 - Apr 28, 2014

Cecil Theodore (Teddy) Brown III, 43, of Corsicana, entered his heavenly home on Monday, April 28, 2014. He was born Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1970 in Midwest City, Oklahoma to Cecil Theodore (Buz) Brown Jr. and Scharlene Onstott Brown. He attended Corsicana Schools and later managed his own business and then became a truck driver. He loved his sons and family, Harley Davidson and tattoos.

He was preceded in death by one son Dillon Ray Brown, father Buz Brown, two grandfathers Bill Onstott and Donald Sikes, and his great-grandparents Albert and Bertha Jamison and Veta Elrod.

He is survived by his mother Scharlene Brown of Corsicana, grandmother Louise Sikes of Navarro Mills, three sons Derek Emmett of Corsicana, Sam Brown and Zac Brown of St. Clair, Missouri; aunts and uncles, Duane and Debbie Onstott of Dawson, Deborah and Richard Clower, Vickie and Steve Tomlin all of Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Pallbearers will be uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Geneva (McCarter) Hodge
Sep 30, 1919 - May 3, 2014

Mrs. Geneva McCarter Hodge, 94, of Corsicana went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. She was born on September 30, 1919 in Navarro to Fate and Dora McCarter.

She was a charter member of Westside Baptist Church, where she served on the board of directors. She never turned down the opportunity to share her wonderful home cooked meals and world famous rolls with many.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Kalinoski; parents, Fate and Dora McCarter; and 11 brothers and sisters which she was the last surviving child of her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Bettie Pettiette and husband Bernard of Phoenix, Arizona; son, Harry Hunt and wife Valerie of Corsicana; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Hopewell Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Talbert officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Roy Benton Lewis
Apr 7, 1934 - June 18, 1989

Roy Benton Lewis, 55, of Corsicana, died June 18 at Navarro Regional Hospital

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. John Hensley officiating. Burial was in the Bazette Cemetery.

He was born April 7, 1934, in Powell. He was a road construction worker and served as an airplane mechanic in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Powell Methodist Church and the V.F.W.

Survivors include his mother, Sybil Lewis of Corsicana; one son, Michael W. Lewis of Powell; two brothers, Billy C. Lewis Sr. of Barry, and David G. Lewis of Tupelo; one sister, Charlotte Tannehill of Corsicana; and one grandchild.

Pallbearers will be E.S. Shelton, William Shelton, Randy Fleeman, William E. Boyd, David W. Lewis, Billy C. Lewis Jr. and Donald W. Brown.

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Luther Ryan McCurdy
Jun 19, 1943 - Apr 29, 2014

Luther Ryan McCurdy was born June 19, 1943 in Fort Worth. He spent his early years in Barry and Corsicana, graduating from Corsicana High School. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force where he served two tours of duty, being stationed in San Antonio, Alaska, and Greenland. After his discharge from the service he moved to Florida where he lived for the past 40 years working for Mastro Motors as Finance Manager until his retirement. Ryan passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Ryan was a member of the Masonic Lodge and his hobbies included hunting and fishing. He was a avid Dallas Cowboy fan.

He is preceded in death by his father Carroll Clyde McCurdy; his mother, Lavoyce Boswell McCurdy and his niece Susan Ann Willis.

Ryan is survived by his loyal friend Irene Dillion; his son Luther Shane McCurdy and wife Andrea of Port St. Lucie, Florida; a daughter, Monica Wolf; stepdaughters, Debra Smith, Katherine Perreault and Sheila Pitts and also seven grandchildren. Ryan is also survived by his brother Bill McCurdy and wife Nikki of College Station; nephew Scott McCurdy and wife Caroline of College Station and their children, Scotty and Tara; nephew Tim McCurdy and wife Gina of College Station and their children, Kalee and Will; his sister, Judy Willis and husband Ronny of Corsicana; niece Ellen Lewis and husband Lee of Dallas and their children, Luke and Reid as well as numerous cousins.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Immediately following the service there will be a luncheon visitation at the Wicklow Inn.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a memorial to the Susan Willis Memorial Fund at Believers Bible Church of Corsicana, or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Ruth (Blissett) Kiefert
Sept 14, 1917 - Apr 30, 2014

Evelyn Ruth Kiefert, 96, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Burleson. She was born Sept. 14, 1917 in Streetman to Alberta Frazier and Nick Blissett.

Evelyn married Maurice Otto Kiefert on March 24, 1952 in the First Christian Church of Amarillo. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2012, before Maurice's passing on July 18, 2012. Evelyn and Maurice were entrepreneurs. Together they built and sold many businesses. Evelyn's home was in Burleson, though she recently resided at The Gardens at Chisholm Trail in Keene, Texas. Evelyn had many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings: Annie Mae, Edgar, Dwain, John Henry, and Florence Sidel.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Cade Cemetery in Streetman with Mr. Gary Brownlow officiating.

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Ronald Lee Shaw
Jan 12, 1953 - May 1, 2014

Ronald Lee Shaw, 61, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Fitzhugh, Rev. Cory Brand, and Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Corsicana Daily Sun -

Mr. Ronald Lee Shaw, age 61, passed away on May 1, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on January 12, 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Alice Valara Gaile and Robert Lee Shaw.

Mr. Shaw was an active member of the First Baptist Church and loved helping people in any way possible. He was also a sports fan and especially loved watching football.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue (Bell) Shaw, and daughter Heather Valene Shaw of Corsicana, Texas: sister Delora Valene Harding and her husband Richard and nephew Richard Harding, III, of Wales, England; sisters-in-law Georgia Wing and her husband Robert of Kerens, Texas, and Joyce Elliot of Corsicana, Texas; brother-in-law Bobby Bell and his wife Beverly of Trinidad, Texas; mother-in-law Martha Ann Bell of Corsicana, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014 at Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas, with Rev. Jeff Fitzhugh, Rev.
Cory Brand, and Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers will be Richard Harding III, Bobby Bell, Bobby Green, Charles Gaffe, Jason Montgomery, and Sammy Ward.

Notes:

  • h/o Carolyn Sue (Bell) Shaw; s/o Robert Lee Shaw & Alice Valara
    (Gaile) Shaw

Martin Allyn DeRusha, Sr.
May 17, 1943 - Apr 30, 2014

Martin Allyn DeRusha Sr., was born May 17, 1943 in Emhouse, and passed away peacefully at age 70 on Wednesday morning, April 30, 2014 in Fort Worth. His parents were Lois Ann Easterling Anderson, and father, Keely Selmer Anderson. Martin graduated in 1961 from Blooming Grove High School, and had a 32-year career at General Motors, retiring in 1993.

Martin loved children and animals and had a wonderful way with both. He was known for his selflessness and his humor. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend. He taught his children, nieces and nephews how to drive. Martin taught his children how to love unconditionally, in all circumstances, as well as strength. Martin was the magnet in the neighborhood for his kids’ friends, and he was always there for someone in need. He will be greatly missed, but will remain in all of our hearts. His legacy will carry on with us all.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his eldest daughter Aleta René DeRusha McMahon; and his sisters, Mary Jo Willis and Selma Ann Baggett.

Martin is survived by his children, Dr. Martin Allyn DeRusha Jr., Allyn Wade DeRusha, Mindy Lanan DeRusha Campbell, Lisa Diane DeRusha, and step-daughter Sheila Rene Rodgers; and grandchildren, Joshua Martin Riley, Cheyenne Nicholes, Brendon McMahon, Justin Campbell, Keely McMahon, Jessica Campbell, Ryan Amason, Madison DeRusha and Michael DeRusha; and by his sister, Georgia Christine Holcomb. He is also survived by the mothers of his children, Oleta DeRusha and Cynthia Jane Amason, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Martin’s life will be remembered at a memorial service at 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County, 4495 W. Hwy. 22, Corsicana with Bro. Gary Johnson of Calvary Worship Center officiating.

His request was that his body be cremated and his ashes buried at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

Floral tributes will be received at the church on Saturday morning.

Martin’s request was that any donations made in his honor be made to the American Heart Association in honor of Aleta René DeRusha McMahon.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, May 2, 2014
  • h/o Oleta (Williams) DeRusha, Cynthia Jane (Wilson) DeRusha-Amason and Glenda (Thompson) DeRusha; s/o George Washington DeRusha & Ann Lois (Easterling) DeRusha-Anderson - raised by father Keely Selmer Anderson
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lucille Velma (Budai) Brown
Sept 4, 1919 - Apr 29, 2014
 
Lucille Budai Brown, 94, was born Sept. 4, 1919 and passed away peacefully with her daughter Linda by her side on Tuesday, April 29,
2014 in Flower Mound, Texas.

She was born in Caddo, Oklahoma to Hungarian immigrants, Dan and Annie Budai. She was a twin and third oldest of nine children. Dan and Annie eventually moved to a farm in Richland, Texas where she spent her youth.

Lucille married Oren Brown in 1944 and they remained married for 57 years until his death in 2001. Lucille retired from Texas Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana after many years of dedicated service. In 2002, she moved from Corsicana to Flower Mound to live with her youngest daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Nelson.

She will be remembered for her good cooking, especially “Sweet Crackers,” her loving personality, and generosity to her family. She enjoyed life, was very active, and had a sharp mind until the very end.
She was known as “Mema” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was so loved by everyone.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Oren Brown, their oldest daughter Scarlet Ann Brown, twin sister Vera Budai Murphy, sisters Rosa Offutt, Justina Cox, Christina Lane, and brothers Dan and Emory Budai.

Lucille is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Nelson of Flower Mound; granddaughters and grandson-in-laws, Laurie and Michael Reibenstein of Kansas City and Jamie and Chris Sanchez of New Boston; great-grandchildren, Cera Jaso, Amanda, Caleb, and Aaron Reibenstein, and Samuel, Jonah, and Rayden Sanchez. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Ruth Boone and Ethel Rash of Corsicana; and many nieces and nephews and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2,
2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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Peggy Juanita (Wills) Sims
Aug 12, 1926 - Apr 30, 2014

Peggy Juanita "Nanny" Sims, 87, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. She was born Aug. 12, 1926 in Denton to Winnie Ella Ann Crowder Wills and Allen Addison Wills.

Peggy had three great loves, the Lord, her family and “Her Joe.” Joe and Peggy were married by Pastor Frank Weeden on Jan. 10, 1947 at First Baptist Church of Denton. They immediately moved to Corsicana where they joined the First Baptist Church on Jan. 15, 1947.

Peggy served as Educational Secretary at First Baptist Corsicana for several years. She was better known as Joe's helpmate, serving as his secretary at Joe G. Sims Bookkeeping and Tax Services for many years.
Her greatest gift, however, was writing and teaching. Peggy wrote many newspaper editorials, from topics on travel to every day circumstances.
God also used her in a mighty way to minister to young men and women with special needs. She began the Special Ministries Sunday School class for her church and, in her years of teaching and directing, the class grew from one to over 50. Peggy was also asked to write Sunday School literature for the mentally handicapped for the Southern Baptist Convention and led workshops all over the U.S on the topic. God gave Peggy an empathetic heart and great gift to share it with.

Peggy loved spending time with family and friends. She and her beloved Joe traveled extensively throughout their lives. She was often heard to say to Joe, "When and where is our next trip?" They spent much of their time camping, serving in mission work all over the world, cruising to exotic places with brothers, sisters and in-laws or "just" the family reunions at Hidden Acres Encampment. Peggy's grandchildren have fond memories of their Nanny. From Christmases at Lake Murray, to summers in Branson or just singing, swinging or playing games at Nanny and Papa's house. Any time with "Nanny" was a special one.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joe Gorman Sims, sister Jane Reed, brother Hubert Wills, great-granddaughter Morgan Davis, along with several in-laws and dear friends.

She is survived by her children, Joe Allen and wife Vicki Sims, Barbara Ann Acock and her husband Danny, Karen Elizabeth Cox and husband Mike, and her sister, Frances Moore of Breckenridge. She has six grandchildren, Kristina Renee Chandler and husband Joe, Andrea Elizabeth Owens and husband Ross, Jessica Ann Ockershauser and husband Patrick, Shawn Michael Cox and wife Hedwika, Jason Daniel Acock and Aaron Matthew Sims; seven great-grandchildren, Ashley, Makenzie, Chase, Alexandra, Claire, Liam and Olivia; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and in-laws who will miss her.

Visitation is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

She will be remembered at a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at First Baptist Church. The service will be officiated by B.F. Risinger of First Baptist Church and Dr. Rick Lamb of Northside Baptist Church. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service will be Peggy's grandsons, Jason Acock, Shawn Cox, Patrick Ockershauser, Ross Owens, Aaron Sims, and nephews, Tripp Moore and Pat Reed.

The family sends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Sterling House of Corsicana, the community where Peggy resided for the past two years as well as the staff at Hand In Hand Hospice who cared for her in her final days.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Sarah Ashley Chaney
May 28, 1989 - May 28, 1989


Infant Sarah Chaney died May 28, 1989, at HCA Plano Medical Center.

Graveside services will be Friday, June 2, 1989, at 11 a.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park. Officiating will be the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sruvivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Chaney of Plano; grandparents Paul and Shirley Chaney of Willowick, Ohio; a grandmother, Sue Kerley of Corsicana; great-grandparents Lucille Minner of Hermitage, Penn., and Helen Kerley, Tecumseh, Okla.; a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, Metropolitan Dallas Chapter, 1801 Royal Lane Dallas, Texas.

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Jack Russell Sr.
Aug 2, 1898 - June 7, 1989

Jack Russell Sr., 90, a livelong resident of Corsicana, died June 7, 1989, in Austin.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with Dr. David Hale officiating. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Russell, in 1981, and a son, Jack Russell Jr., in 1988.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Helen Rose, and Dorothy Russell, both of Austin; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jack Russell Jr. of Corsicana; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Milton Victor Seldomridge
Jul 17, 1917 - Jun 10, 1989

Milton Victor "Cuz" Seldomridge Sr., 71, of Corsicana, died June 10, 1989, in the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Marlin.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Moore officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was born July 17, 1917, in Eskdale, W. Va., and had lived in Corsicana for 22 years. He was the son of the late Noel Victor Seldomridge and Maud Harriet Marrs Seldomridge of Logan, W. Va.

He was a retired carpenter, a member of First Baptist Church and a World War II veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Allene Seldomridge of Corsicana; one son, Milton Seldomridge Jr. of Corsicana; one sister, Rissie Runyon of Wilkinson, W. Va.; two brothers, Roy Seldomridge of Logan, W. Va., and Eugene Seldomridge of Rogers, Ark.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Wilmer Cottongame Jr., Ralph Harper, Tom Mitchem, Bob Turner, Marshall Tankersley and Nolan Dockery. Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday school class at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, national headquarters, 70 East Lake Street, Chicago, Ill., 60601-9971.

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Artis E. Drain
Mar 29, 1910 - Jun 17, 1989

Artis E. Drain, 79, of Corsicana, died June 17, 1989, in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was a retired farmer and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a native of Navarro County and a member of the Northside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Russell Drain of Corsicana; one son, Kenneth Drain of Corsicana; two daughters, Sandy Inscore and Kay Moore, both of Tyler; four grandchildren, Mark Drain of Dallas, Tim Drain, of Norfolk, Va., Paul Drain of Houston, and Bryan More of Tyler; two granddaughters, Phyllis Elliott and Monica Moore, both of Tyler; one great-grandson, Chad Elliott of Tyler; four brothers, Harry Drain, Aubrey Drain, R.M. Drain Jr. and Calvin Drain, all of Corsicana; and nieces and nephews.

Grandsons and brothers will serve as pallbearers.

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Bethel Joy Phillips
abt 1923 - July 8, 1989

Bethel J. Phillips, 66, of Corsicana died July 8, 1989, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will be at the Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Charles P. Phillips of Corsicana; one son, Michael R. Phillips of Enterprise, Ala.; one sister, Dorothy Dugan of Valrico, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Harold Flynn, Mike Gibbs, Walter H. Benedict, Jimmy Coker, Marvin Davis and W.O. Green.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

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Edward Gonzales
Dec 22, 1950 - Sep 16, 1972

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Chruch for Edward Gonzales, 21, native and lifelong resident of Corsicana who died Saturday of natural causes at Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Eugene Wood, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Gonzales is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Gonzales of Corsicana; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gabino Aldama, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Maria Gonzales, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be John Aldama, Ben Aldama, George Aldama, Richard Aldama, Tony Gonzales and Bennett Gonzales.

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Mary Elizabeth “Molly” (Evans) Marriott
Dec 14, 1884 - Aug 21, 1960

Mrs. Marriott Rites Monday

Mrs. Molly Marriott, 75, native of Newport, Ark., died at the family residence, 648 West Fifth avenue, Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. H. O. Abbott, Jr., pastor of Haynie Memorial Methodist church, and Rev. Claude Gordon, pastor of the First Baptist church in Rice.

Mrs. Marriott had resided in Rice and Corsicana for the past 38 years.

Surviving are two sons, Russell Marriott, Corsicana, and James Marriott, Rice; five daughters, Mrs. Olga Davidson, Corsicana; Mrs. G. H. Huddleston, Levelland; Mrs. Ewing McDaniel, Odessa; Mrs. J. E. Parish, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Earl Ballew, Haskell; 30 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Penn Evans and Burch Evans, and three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Sherill, Mrs. Nora Sturch and Mrs. Earl Thomas, all of Batesville, Ark., and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Mattie Florence (South) Hall
Aug 27, 1870 - Oct 26, 1960

Mrs. L. R. Hall Dies At Orange

Mrs. L. R. Hall, 70, formerly of Rice, died at the home of a son, J. L. Hall, at Orange Wednesday night.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the First Baptist church at Rice with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Claude Gordon, pastor.

Surviving are her son of Orange; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Murphy, Bellville; a sister, Mrs. E. G. Goodwyn, Corsicana; four grandchildren and other relatives.

Mrs. Hall was a member of the First Baptist church in Rice and the Order of the Eastern Star.

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Minnie Lee (Dyer) Pollan
Sep 09, 1897 - Jul 12, 1960

Hold Services For Mrs. Pollan

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Pollan, 62, wife of Jess Pollan of Rice, who died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday afternoon following an extended illness, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice.

The rites were conducted by Rev. H. O. Abbott, Jr., pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Claude Gordon, pastor of the First Baptist church at Rice. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

Mrs. Pollan was a native of Texas.

Surviving are her husband; mother, Mrs. J. S. Dyer, Rice; two sons, G. W. Pollan, Ferris, and Melton J. Pollan, Amarillo; five grandchildren, a brother, Jesse G. Dyer, Rice; five sisters, Mrs. Claude Starr, Mrs. Walter Schaefer and Mrs. George Otto, all of Houston; Mrs. C. C. Brodnax, Longview, and Mrs. A. M. Sims, Jr., Bristol, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. K. Bradley, W. C. Mahaley, John Spencer, Gene Harris, Virgil Atchley and John Bowden.

McCammon directed.

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Jess Dewey Pollan
Oct 19, 1897 - Nov 24, 1977

Jess Pollan

Services were to be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Jess Pollan, 80, of Rice, who died Thursday at Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a farmer and rancher.

The Rev. James Swafford was to officiate with burial at the Rice cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, G. W. Pollan of Ferris and Milton J. Pollan of Dickinson, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J. C. Barton, W. B. Ribble, Floyd Brewer, Virgil Atchley, Henry Swafford and Ronald Cavender.

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Joshua Anson “Tip” Pollan
Jul 11, 1874 - Aug 02, 1961

Tip Pollan Dies Here Wednesday

J. A. (Tip) Pollan, 87, native of Mississippi, long-time Rice resident, died at the Hilliard Home here Wednesday after an extended illness. He was a retired farmer.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Rice cemetery.

Surviving are a son, T. A. Pollan, Fabens, Texas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. K. Bradley, W. C. Mahaley, John Spencer, James Jobe, Dow Mahaley and Ernest Cummins.

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Friday Rites For Tip Pollan

Funeral services for J. A. (Tip) Pollan, 87, who died at the Hilliard Home Wednesday following an extended illness, were held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. H. O. Abbott, pastor of the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

A native of Mississippi, he had resided in the Rice community for 67 years. He was a retired farmer.


Surviving are a son, T. A. Pollan, Fabens, Texas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. K. Bradley, W. C. Mahaley, John Spencer, James Jobe, Dow Mahaley and Ernest Cummins.

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Mary Frances (Malone) Pollan
Dec 11, 1871 - Aug 05, 1927

Barry
Special to the Sun.
Barry, Texas, Aug. 11—Miss Floy Castellow went to Rice Friday afternoon in visit in the Pollan home. Mrs. Pollan who had been quite ill for some time died before she reached there. Mrs. Pollan was the mother of Miss Maud Pollan, who taught in our school for several years and who has many friends in this community, who extend to her and her brothers and sisters their heart felt sympathy in this the sadest hours of their lives.

RICE.
Special to The Sun.
Rice, Texas, Aug. 11.—Bufferd Pollan of Dallas was here Saturday to atten the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. G. W. Pollan.

Mrs. G. W. Pollan, Sr., aged 55 years died Friday afternoon after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held at the First Methodist Church, the body was carried to Rice cemetery and placed by her husband who preceded her several years, beneath a mound of beautiful flowers. Mrs. Pollan was a pioneer resident of the Rice community. She is survived by eleven children who were all at her bed side when the end came. They are as follows; Mrs. Virgle McDowal, Lit, George, Jess, Horace, Elbert and John of Rice; William, of Palmer; Charlie of Bristol, and Mrs. Ruel Bounds of Richland and Miss Belle Pollan of Dallas. Rev. A. E. Carraway conducted the funeral services.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hull of Waxahachie were here Saturday to attend the funeral of Mrs. G. W. Pollan.

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John Daris Thornton
Jul 28, 1891 - Mar 28, 1960

J. D. Thornton Dies At Kerens

KERENS, May 30 (Spl.)—J. D. (Daris) Thornton, 68, retired farmer, died at his home here Saturday night following a heart attack during the day. He was a native of Conway, Ark., but had resided in this community 52 years.

Funeral services were held from the Inmon Chapel Monday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Lavelle Layfield of Abilene and Dan Gibson, minister of the Church of Christ of which he was a member.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lottie Thornton, Kerens; a son, Luke M. Thornton, Palestine High School coach; two daughters, Mrs. Rex Tanner, Lancaster, and Mrs. Phil Reagon, Dallas; two sisters, Miss Ruby Thornton, Corsicana, and Mrs. W. C. Curington, Kerens, seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jim Bob Ivey, Dwayne Crawford, Thomas Earl Layfield, Clyde Andrews, Robert Ragland and Billy Shelton.

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John R. Morris
Oct 16, 1876 - Oct 14, 1960

Rites Saturday For J. R. Morris

KERENS, Oct. 15, (Spl.)—J. R. Morris, 83, retired farmer, native of Ellis county, died in Memorial hospital Friday after an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Inmon Chapel with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Howard Sides of Jacksonville, pastor of the Rural Shade Baptist church.

Morris had resided in the Rural Shade community since 1936.

Surviving are his wife, Kerens, two sons, Clifford Morris, Corsicana, and Clonie Morris, Fort Worth; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.

Pallbearers were Doug Adams, Clifford R. Morris, W. C. Morris, T. L. Combs, Rex Williams and R. E. Miles.

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George Caleb Beck
B & D Nov 3, 1960

Beck Infant Rites Friday

KERENS, Nov. 4 (Spl.)—George Caleb Beck, 11-hour-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John K. Beck, died in Memorial Hospital late Thursday night.

Funeral services were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Kerens Presbyterian church with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Ken Wood Bryant, pastor.

Surviving are the parents of Kerens and grandparents, Mrs. John Beck, Kerens, and Mr. and Mrs. George J. Watson, Lake Park, Fla.

Inmon directed.

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