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Donald Richard Ashley
Oct 6, 1942 - May 15, 2014

Donald Richard Ashley, 71, of Chatfield went to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Tri Sun Care Center in Corsicana. He was born Oct. 6, 1942 in Oplin, Texas to Ival Ashley and Mae Ellison.

He met the love of his life, Patsy Cofield in Rice, Texas in 1957 and they were married on May 21, 1962 and made their home in Hawley, Texas and later moving to Chatfield. He worked for Quality Logistics and retired in 2005. He loved to fish, do woodworking and enjoyed listening to his bluegrass music. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ival and Mae Ashley; brothers, Carl and Pete Ashley; and sisters, Margie Taylor, Ruthie Ashley and Sue Ashley.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patsy Ashley; daughter, Loretta Ashley Arnold of Ennis; grandchildren, Jared Arnold of Ennis and Jesica Arnold of Huntsville; sisters, Shirley Ashley and Wanda Rice both of Chatfield; brother, Joe Ashley of Seagoville; numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at the New Chatfield Cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Diggs officiating. Interment will follow in New Chatfield Cemetery.

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Frankie Lavone (Coker) Garza
Dec 29, 1945 - May 13, 2014

Frankie Lavone Garza, 68, passed away in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Frankie was born in Corsicana, Texas on Dec. 29, 1945 to Lonnie and Eulema (Blackburn) Coker. She grew up in the Corsicana area and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1963. She made her home in Corsicana and Barry.

She worked for Chattanooga Glass for many years and for Tom’s Food in the shipping departments. She enjoyed gardening and dancing.

She is preceded In death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by sons Jim Washington of West, Brad Washington of Barry and Joe Washington of Barry; one daughter, Shannon Avilla of Rice; five grandchildren and one brother, Hugh Allen Coker of Corsicana.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.

A Celebration of her life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17,
2014 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis.

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Kathy Nell (Dennis) Walker
Oct 19, 1954 - May 11, 2014

Kathy Nell Walker, 59, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at her residence. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.



 

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Kathy Nell Walker, age 59, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at her residence. She was born on October 19, 1954 in Corsicana to Homer and Frances Dennis.

She was a loving mother and grandmother to her children and loved spending time with her family. Kathy was a machine operator at Pactiv Corporation in Corsicana.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughter, Belinda Carterby and husband, Manuel. She is also survived by her grandsons; Russell Rodriguez, Juan Rodriguez and Cody Carterby; great grandson, Richard Hopper; and brother, Gary Dennis and wife Jackie.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 – 8 P.M. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home. Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

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Brenda Kay (Rogers) Lewis
Jan 13, 1952 - May 13, 2014

Brenda Kay Rogers Lewis passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Athens, Texas from heart complications. She leaves behind a loving family who will miss her greatly. Brenda worked 35 years for Navarro Regional Hospital as a lab tech and over their blood bank for many of those years. She loved taking care of the sick and took great pride in her work. She made many friends while doing that job and loved them all.

Brenda Kay was born Jan. 13, 1952 in Corsicana to Jody and Joyce Rogers.  That was a Friday the 13th and she was a middle child also; which proved to be a dual challenge during her life. She got all the broken bones falling out of trees or jumping off the roof. Brenda also got all the stitched cuts and had the scars to prove it. She always bounced back like a champ and the family swore she really did have nine lives. As she aged the accidents and illnesses got more serious, but she always fought her way back from the brink of death until the morning of May 13, 2014.  On that day she was ready for the home God had for her in Heaven and she decided to go home to him.

Brenda Kay is survived by son, Matt Lewis and Shelly Martin, daughter Wendy Ragan, grandkids, Meghan Knott and Stefani Knott, Paige Ragan, and Tristan Lewis. She is also survived by sister and brother-in-law, Vicky and Harold Prater, brother and sister-in-law Mike and Stacy Rogers, nephews Trey Hedrick and Justin Rogers, plus stepmother Barbara Rogers Eisenman. She also left behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who also loved her greatly.

Brenda Kay was preceded in death by Jody and Joyce Rogers, sister Linda Gail, and nephew Shea Rogers; plus a host of other beloved family members waiting for her arrival to the gates of Heaven.

“Though she did pass through the valley of death, she feared no evil because her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had her by the hand.”

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dale Perry officiating.
Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Badie Stewart, Ivan Webb, Mike Rogers, Justin Rogers, Billy Hatley, and Harold Prater.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakwood Place Assisted Living attention Activities Fund 603 Wood St. Athens, Texas 75751

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Frank Stokes
May 20, 1875 - Apr 25, 1962

Frank Stokes Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Frank Stokes, 86, formerly of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in a Mexia hospital, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel in Mexia. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.

Rev. Jimmy Hinton and Rev. Homer Tarkington officiated.

Native of Kentucky, Stokes moved to Mexia from Corsicana several years ago to reside with his nephew, George Stokes.

Other relatives are another nephew, Joe Stokes, Dallas, and a niece, Mrs. R. B. Carmichael, Copperas Cove.

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John William Watkins
Mar 14, 1924 - Mar 30, 1963

Wm. Watkins Dies Saturday

William Watkins, 39, native of Cryer Creek, died of a heart attack at a lake at Canyon Saturday afternoon.

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

Watkins was a long-time employe of Texaco, Inc., and had resided in Amarillo for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife of Amarillo; mother, Mrs. Rosie Watkins, Corsicana; two brothers, Leonard Watkins, Barry, and P. D. Watkins, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Alton Threet, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Sally (Sparkman) Anderson
Nov 30, 1884 - Sep 22, 1963

Mrs. Anderson Dies In Waco

Mrs. Sally S. Anderson, 79, of 2806 Windsor Avenue, Waco, died Sunday afternoon in a Waco hospital.

Native of Nashville, she moved to Waco six years ago from Tampa, Fla., where her late husband was in the real estate business.

Surviving are a brother, James W. Sparkman, Detroit, Mich.; three sisters, Mrs. S. F. Call, Miss Julia Sparkman and Mrs. Gladys Melton, all of Waco; a nephew, Dr. Charles Call, Waco, and three nieces.

Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Dresden cemetery chapel with burial in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Hubert Taylor, pastor of the First Methodist church of Blooming Grove.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.

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Faustino DeLaRosa, Jr.
Feb 26, 1961 - Jan 7, 1962

Child’s Rites Held Monday

Graveside services for Faustino DeLarosa, Jr., 11-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Faustino DeLarosa, 314 East Fourteenth avenue, were held at Oakwood cemetery Monday at 2 p.m. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. J. Merkel, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

The child died in Memorial hospital Sunday morning.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, Paul DeLarosa, all of Corswicana, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. DeLarosa, Chatfield, and Mrs. Lana M. Ramirez, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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Walter Earl Farmer
Nov 15, 1919 - Dec 26, 1956 in South America

Services Monday For W. E. Farmer
Funeral rites for Walter Earl Farmer, 37, Houston resident, Richland native, who died of a stroke Wednesday at Cartagena, Colombia, South America, were held Monday at 2 p.m. from St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial was in the Hopewell cemetery at Navarro. the rites were conducted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf, Jr., rector of the church. Masons had charge of the gravesite rites.
Farmer was area superintendent for the Andean Corporation and formerly was connected with other pipeline corporations and the Atomic Energy Commission. He was a Mason and Shriner.
Surviving are his wife, bonnie Thompson Farmer, Houston; two sons, Don and Kenneth Farmer, Houston; mother, Mrs. Bertha Farmer, Corsicana; father, D. N. Farmer, LaRue; two sisters, Mrs. Haxel Dodson, Corsicana, and Mrs. Cecil L King, Houston; grandmother, Mrs. D. D. Anderson, Richland and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Thomas M. Farmer, J. E. Farmer, R. C. Farmer, Kennard Farmer, Earl Crowley, Doyle Renfro, R. O. Renfro, Joe Gay, Fred DuBose and Lonnie Crowley.
McCammon directed.

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David Newton Farmer
Nov 14, 1894 - Feb 10, 1957

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Kerens for D. N. (Newt) Farmer, 62, of LaRue, who died Sunday after a long illness.
The Rev. Bob Cheek and the Rev. Gene Henson conducted the services and burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Farmer was a native of Navarro County.
Survivors are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Dodson of LaRue and Mrs. Cecil King of Houston; one step-daughter, Mrs. Glen Card of LaRue; one step-son, J. B. Middleton of Wichita Falls; two brothers, W. W. Farmer of Rogers and T. O. Farmer of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. A. B. Runnels of Wortham, Mrs. Hattie Price of Athens, Mrs. Elvie Crowley of Grand Prairie and Mrs. Bedford Brewster of Victoria, and 11 grandchildren.

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  • Athens Daily Review, Feb. 2, 1957 [located at Henderson County Historical Commission obituary collection. No page number given.] 


Davis Reagan Holloway
Nov 20, 1918 - Mar 29, 1949

Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday for Morris A. Holloway, 27, of 3211 Grove, and his brother, T/sgt. Davis B. Holloway of the Station Hospital at Waco Air Base, who were killed in a plane crash near Waco late Tuesday. The brothers were killed when the air force plane they were flying plowed through some tree tops and burned, the Associated Press said.

Morris Holloway, an engineering student at Southern Methodist University, was a lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. Hensley Field officials said he took off in the plane Tuesday on a training flight. He stopped at Waco and picked up his brother, Reagan. The two men then flew to San Antonio where they visited with another brother. The crash occurred when the two brothers were returning to Waco. Hensley Field officials said the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Morris Holloway is survived by his wife and a son, Jerry, both of Dallas; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Holloway of Roane, Navarro County; a brother, Bryan Holloway in San Antonio, and three sisters. Mr & Kyle Simms of Brownwood, Brown County, and Marzie Holloway and Sue Holloway. both of Roane.

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Arthur Burton Holloway
Nov 24, 1886 - Sep 25, 1953

A. B. Holloway Of Roane Dies
A. B. Holloway, 66, farmer, died in Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon.
Funeral services will be held from the Roane Baptist church Sunday at 2 p.m.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bill Perdue, pastor of the church.
Holloway was a deacon and Sunday School teacher in the Roane Baptist church.
Born at Petersburgh, Tenn., he came to Texas at the age of six years and had resided at Roane for many years.
Surviving are his wife of Roane; two sons, A. B. Holloway, Jr. Hot Springs, Ark., and J. M. Holloway, Mexia; three daughters, Mrs. Kyle G. Sims, San Saba; Mrs. Don Auerbach, Palestine, and Miss Mamie Sue Holloway, Roane; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Joe Holloway, Corsicana; Wood Holloway, Lubbock, and Graham Holloway, Austin; four sisters, Mrs. Lucy Goodwin, Mrs. Nona Cummins, and Mrs. Sue Jackson, all of Corsicana, and Miss Exie Holloway, Terrell, and other relatives.
Two sons, Morris and Reagan Holloway, were killied in a plane crash near Lake Waco, Waco, Texas, March 29, 1949.
Pallbearers will be W. F. Mitchum, Tommy Mitchum, Edwin Goodwin, Charles Frazier, Wilburn Holloway, Herman Griffin, Alvin Jackson and Gene Cummins.
Corley will direct.

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Holloway Rites Held at Roane
CORSICANA, Texas - Funeral services for A. B. Holloway, 66, Roane farmer, were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Roane Baptist church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery here. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Bill Perdue, pastor of the church of which Holloway was a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
Surviving are his wife of Roane; two sons, A. B. Holloway Jr., Hot Springs, Ark., and J. M. Holloway, Mexia; three daughters, Mrs. Kyle G. Simes, San Saba; Mrs. Don Auerbach, Palestine, and Miss Mamie Sue Holloway, Roane; three brothers, Joe Holloway, Corsicana; Wood Holloway, Lubbock, and Graham Holloway, Austin; four sisters, Mrs. Lucy Goodwin, Mrs. Nona Cummins and Mrs. Sue Jackson, all of Corsicana, and Miss Exie Holloway, Terrell, and nine grand-children.

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Morris Alton Holloway
Jan 28, 1922 - Mar 29, 1949

Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday for Morris A. Holloway, 27, of 3211 Grove, and his brother, T/sgt. Davis B. Holloway of the Station Hospital at Waco Air Base, who were killed in a plane crash near Waco late Tuesday. The brothers were killed when the air force plane they were flying plowed through some tree tops and burned, the Associated Press said.

Morris Holloway, an engineering student at Southern Methodist University, was a lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. Hensley Field officials said he took off in the plane Tuesday on a training flight. He stopped at Waco and picked up his brother, Davis. The two men then flew to San Antonio where they visited with another brother. The crash occurred when the two brothers were returning to Waco. Hensley Field officials said the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

Morris Holloway is survived by his wife and a son, Jerry, both of Dallas; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Holloway of Roane, Navarro County; a brother, Bryan Holloway in San Antonio, and three sisters. Mr & Kyle Simms of Brownwood, Brown County, and Marzie Holloway and Sue Holloway. both of Roane.

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  • Dallas Morning News - March 31 1949

  • WWII Veteran

  • WWII Newspaper Clippings

  • Oakwood Cemetery

  • Photo of Morris standing on a airplane

  • Morris Alton Holloway attained the rank of 2nd Lt. in Air Force during WWII. Inducted 15 Oct 1942. Completed basic flight training at Merced Army Air Field in CA. Advanced flight training in Pecos TX where he received his silver wings. Trained fighter pilots during the War. Discharged 8 Nov 1945. Attached to the 2596th Air Reserve Unit at Hensley Field in Dallas at the time of his death.


Minnie Lucille (Featherston) Holloway
Feb 21, 1922 - Sep 14, 2006

Lucille Holloway, 84, a retired insurance administrator, passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006, in Arlington. Lucille was born on Feb. 21, 1922, to John and Virgie Bradford Featherston.

She had worked as a secretary in the registrar's office at Southwestern Bible College in Waxahachie. Lucille moved to Arlington in 1962 and worked for Christian Fidelity Insurance Co. in Fort Worth until her retirement in 1987. She was a member of Day Spring Church of Arlington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Holloway; and daughter, Shirley Kay Holloway.

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Mary Sue (Holloway) Jackson
Apr 13, 1883 - Nov 14, 1958

Mrs. Jackson Burial Sunday
Mrs. George L. Jackson, 1426 West Second avenue, life-long resident of Navarro county and Corsicana, died early sFriday afternoon in the Scott and White hospital in Temple.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor.
Surviving are a son, Alvin Jackson, Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Goodwin, Mrs. Hugh Cummins, and Miss Exie Holloway, all of Corsicana; three brothers, M. W. Holloway, Lubbock, Joe Holloway, Waxahachie, and Graham Holloway, Austin and other relatives.
Pallbears will be Milton Goodwin, Edwin Goodwin, Gene Cummins, on Cummins, Wilburn Holloway and Preston Conner.

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George Lee Jackson
Oct 27, 1865 - Apr 2, 1943

FUNERAL RITES TO BE HELD SUNDAY GEORGE L. JACKSON
George L. Jackson, age 72 years, died at his home, 1426 West Second Avenue friday night. Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home. Rev. E. F. Bobmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Alvin Jackson, Waco; a brother, Will Jackson, Normangee, two half-sisters, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Hugh Cummings, W. E. Slaughter, John S. Finch, Jr., Burt Holloway, Sid Hales, Albert Ashmore and Joe Holloway.

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Iris Irene (Turns) Farmer
Jan 5, 1892 - Apr 12, 1916

Died Here Last Night

Remain Interred At Richland This Afternoon

From Thrusday's Daily

Mrs. Irene Turns Farmer, wife of Lon L. Farmer of Richland, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Turns of Corsicana, died at the P. and S. Hospital here last night at 8:15 following an operation for an attack of appendicitis of long standing. The remains were taken to Richland on the Houston and Texas Central at noon today and interment took place there this afternoon, with Rev. Mr. Miller of the Richland Baptist church officiating. The deceased was twenty-four years old and is survived by her husband and two little daughters, her parents and numerous other relatives.

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  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light 14 Apr 1916


Leslie William Turns
Dec 17, 1883 - May 1963

Friday Rites for L. W. Turns

Funeral rites for Leslie W. Turns, 79, retired Sinclair Oil company employee, were held Friday at 3 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Joe WIllbanks, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist church.

Turns died Wednesday night at his home, 923 South Twenty-Eighth street.

Native of Waxahachie, he was reared at Cryer Creek. He united with the Cryer Creek Missionary Baptist church at the age of 12 years. He had resided here many years.

Surviving are his wife of the Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. P. E. Collard, Houston, and Mrs. Paul Powell, Laurel, Miss; a son Clarence Turns, Akron, Ohio; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a sister Mrs. May Snawford, Patton, California and other relatives.

Pallbearers were James Lockerd, R. D. Hamilton, J. E. Whitley, J. E. Townley, J. W. Dunlap and Norman Smith. 

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Nancy Jane (Gan) Prater
Mar 5, 1877 - Dec 31, 1956

Dawson Resident Expires Monday
Mrs. J. A. Prater, 79, Dawson, died in the Navarro Clinic early Monay morning following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held fromthe First Baptist church in Dawson Tuesday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Dawson Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jimmy baggett, pastor of the chruch, assisted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor of the First Bpatist church here.
Mrs. Prater was born at Navarro Mills and spent practicall all of her life at Dawson>
Surviving are three sons, Irvin and Chester Prater, both of Dawson, and Loyd Prater, Roswell, N.M.; three daughters, Mrs. Zola D. McCulloch, Waco; Mrs. Thelma Adams, Dawson and Mrs. Bummie McReynods, Corsicana; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Harold Lloyd Prater, Dallas; Lewis Lynn McCulloch, Waco; Don Allen Adams, Tatum, N. M.; Dan Irvin Adams, Dawson; J. Carroll McReynolds, Austin, and Billy Prater McReynolds, Augusta, Ga., all grandsons

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William Edward Frost
Feb 18, 1872 - Dec 29, 1956

W. E. Frost Rites Monday Morning
Funeral services for W. E. Frost, 84, Mamie avenue, who died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning, were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Monday at 10:30 a.m. with burial in the Petty's Chapel cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. C. Coffey, Jr. of Central Baptist.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, George Frost, Corsicana, and M. L. Frost, League City; two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Hanna and Mrs. Louis Garcia, both of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Nora Ohr, Breckenridge, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Buddy Murray, K. E. Kimbrough, William Frost, Albert McManus, Carolton McManus and J. C. Holloway

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Timothy Lee Tidwell
1956 - Dec 1956

Tidwell Infant Services Monday
Timothy Lee Tidwell, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tidwell, died at memorial Hospital Saturday afternoon.
Graveside rites were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Richland Cemetery. the services were conducted by Rev. Kenneth Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Richaldn.
Corley Directed.

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Lula Eva (Richardson) Hall
Jul 15, 1877 - Dec 26, 1956

Former Resident Dies in Houston
Mrs. R. B. Hall, 79, native of Corsicana, died in Houston Wednesday.
Funeral services were held at Houston Friday with gravesite rites at Mineral Wells Saturday morning where interment was made. Mrs. Hall was a sister of the late Miss Ida Richardson, former Corsicana teacher.
Surviving are two sons, R. C. Hall, Houston, and Everett Hall, Corsicana; a brother, O. A. Richardson, Beaumont; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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William Wesley Ashworth
June 24, 1877 - Dec 1956

W. W. Ashworth Services Sunday
Funeral services for W. W. Ashworth, 79, retired carpenter who died at his residence, 106 West First avenue, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 .m. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Howard Knox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.
A native of Orange county, Ashworth had resided here 35 years.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Vernon R. Ashworth, Midwest City Okla., and Carl W. Ashworth, Corsicana; and six grandchildren.
Pallbearers were W. L. Lynch, W. W. Lord, Wendell Selby, Dr. R. L. Campbell, Aaron Montgomery and Tom Paschal.

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Willie Pearl (Poe) Lancaster
May 17, 1900 - Mar 6, 1974

Mrs. Lancaster
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Kerens for Mrs. Pearl Lancaster, 73, of Kerens, who died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.
Rev. Olen Boles and Rev. Bob Gaines will officiate, and burial will be at Prairie Point Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.
She was a member of Fist Baptist Church in Kerens.
Survivors include her husband, Clide Lancaster of Kerens; two sons, E. B. Lancaster of Conway, Ark. and James E. Lancaster of Orange, Tex.; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Colvin of Kerens and Mrs. Laisia Graves, both of Kerens; a brother, Oscar Poe of Kerens; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers include Wayne Poe, Richard McLain, Odis Martan, Bob Lancaster, Chester Goodwin, and Lester Godwin.

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Elza R East
Sep 9, 1898 - Mar 5, 1974

E. R. East
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hamilton Cemetery for Elza R. East, 75, of Waco, who died Tuesday in Waco. He was a native of Pilot Point and had lived a number of years in Corsicana. He was a chef at a number of restaurants in California and a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors include his widow of Waco; a brother, Elmer V. East of Lubbock; a sister, Mrs. Sam Williams of Houston; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers include Loyde Grimes, Maurice Bryson, Dwayne Bryson, James Davis, W. W. Sandlin, and Doyle Grimes.
Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana

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Willie Dean (Poole) Bickers
Dec 8, 1919 - April 4, 2007

Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Dean Bickers were held on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 2:00p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Jewett. Rev. James Engle officiated. Interment followed the services at Concord Cemetery. Mrs. Bickers passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Willie Dean was born in Chandler, Texas to I. C. Poole and Stella Williams Poole on December 8, 1919. Mrs. Bickers was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post #3542 in Jewett for many years. She loved to attend V.F.W. dances and spend time with her friends. She enjoyed sewing and working in her yard. Mrs. Bickers was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jewett. She is survived by her friend, William R. Burgess of Buffalo; nephew, Claude Norman, Jr. of Corsicana; niece, Christine Prince of Louisiana; other relatives and friends. Mrs. Bickers was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Tom Bickers.

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William Simon Kuykendall
Jan 4, 1936 - May 20, 2014

William Simon Kuykendall, 78, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his residence in Corsicana. He was born Jan. 4, 1936 in Mexia, Texas to Peter Simon and Faye Kuykendall.

He was a very loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He really enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He owned and operated Texas Motors which he later named Kuykendall’s Used Cars for 40 years. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels for many years. He had a great love for camping, and was an avid fisherman. He loved his country and was a veteran of the United States Army. He attended First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Simon and Faye Kuykendall; brothers, JD and John Wayne Kuykendall; and a sister, Ruth Kuykendall.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa White and husband Scott of Corsicana; sons, Timothy Kuykendall and wife Felicia of Blooming Grove, William Earl Kuykendall and wife Samantha of Denton, Gary Wayne Kuykendall and wife Karen of Dallas, Christopher Scott Kuykendall and wife Karrie of Waco, and Walter Andy Kuykendall of Corpus Christi; 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Minnie Eubanks of Balch Springs, Brenda Neulier of Forney, Ruby Bitasek of Oklahoma City, OK, and Linda Smith of Midlothian; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bayard Pratt officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will be in Hamilton-Beeman cemetery. -

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Stephens Walace Townley
Feb 24, 1889 - May 23, 1954

Monday Services For S. W. Townley
Stephen W. Townley, 54, farmer 622 North Commerce street, died in the Veteran Administration Hospital at Lisbon (Dallas) Sunday.
Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Alligator cemetery.
the rites were conducted by Rev. Arnold Taylor, pastor of the Church of Christ Jesus.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five sons, John, Jimmy, Tommy, Roger and Joe F. Townley, all of Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. Willie Lou Sims, Olney; Miss Betsy Ann Townley, Mrs. Fannie Mae Goolsby, Miss Virginia Townley, Miss Linda Sue Townley, and Frankie Mae Townley, all of Corsicana; a step-son, F. E. Graham, Corsicana; four brothers, Ed Townley, Kerens; Lawrence, Richad and Jeff Townley all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Willie D. Hart and Mrs. Irene Williams, both of Houston, and other relatives.
Nephews were pallbearers.

 


Robert Ellis Drain
Jun 22, 1943 - Sep 21, 2005

Robert Ellis Drain, 62, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005 in Dallas. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with the Rev. Grady Cashion officiating. Mr. Drain was born June 22, 1943 in Corsicana. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Drain of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Tonia Drain of Chatfield, Brian and Andrea Drain of Chatfield and Jason and Misty Drain of Chatfield; grand daughters, Brittnie Drain of Chatfield, Haylee McCoy of Chatfield and Mackenzie Drain; grandsons, Collin Drain of Chatfield, Taylor Drain of Chatfield and Tanner Drain of Chatfield; father R.M. Drain of Corsicana and brother, Mike Drain of Eureka. An online guest book is available by going to www.corleyfuneralhome.com and selecting the Robert Drain obituary. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home. 


Clifton Corbet Alexander
May 14, 1913 - Nov 6, 1959

C. C. Alexander Rites Saturday. Funeral services for Clifton C. (Cliff) Alexander, 46, who died suddenly at his home, 302 South Thirty-First street Friday morning, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. from Corley Chapel. Alexander was the owner of a garage at West Seventh avenue near Thirty-First street. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bracey Bledsoe of Temple and Rev. Reginal King, pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Surviving are his widow of Corsicana; two sons, Robert T. Alexander, Bayonne, N. J. and Clifton C. Alexander, Jr., Corsicana; three daughters, Sue and Mary Alexander and Mrs. James E. Brown, all of Corsicana; father, T. C. Alexander, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Maude Alexander, Dallas, and a brother, Dale E. Alexander, Waco, and other relatives. Pallbearers will be Artis Drain, R. M. Drain, Harry Drain, Elmer Lee Drain, Joe Lee Young, and Curtis Penney. 


Myrtle Ellie (Terry) Drain
Apr 19, 1894 - Oct 7, 1983

Mrs. Myrtle Drain French.
Services for Mrs. Myrtle Drain French will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home with Dr. David Hale officiating. Burial will b at Marshall Cemetery. Pallbearers are Artis Drain, Calvin Drain, Harry Drain, R. M. Drain Jr., Haskel Gray and Frank Seely.


John Thomas Drain
Aug 27, 1894 - Sep 10, 1964

John Drain, 70, retired cattleman and farmer, died in Temple Thursday, following a long illness. Funeral rites will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. R. O. Hendry will officiate. Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery. Drain was a native of Blooming Grove, and a veteran of World War I. He is survived by his wife, of Corsicana, and several nieces and nephews. Nephews will be pallbearers. 


Charles Kay “Charlie” Murphey
Apr 04, 1895 - Aug 06, 1964

C. K. Murphey Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Charles K. Murphey, 69, retired custodian in the Corsicana school system, who died at Rice Thursday noon, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Randall McCollum, pastor of the First Baptist church of Rice of which he was a deacon, assisted by Rev. B. C. Dugger, pastor of the Methodist church.

Murphey was a native of Blue Ridge, Collin county. He was married to Miss Lillie V. Cummins, May 1, 1921. He was a Mason. He was reared in Athens.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; two sons, Charles E. Murphey, Bellville, and Joe E. Murphey, Arlington; two daughters, Mrs. J. P. Fitzgerald, Carlsbad, N.M., and Mrs. W. P. Fowler, Weatherford; 12 grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Carrie Powell, Corsicana; a half-sister, Mrs. Martha Ward, Athens, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Henry Swafford, Bow Mahaley, J. T. Allen, James L. Hall, James E. Cummins, Richard Cummins, J. P. Hodge and T. D. Clark.

McCammon directs.

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James Carroll Park
Oct 12, 1898 - Oct 22, 1964

J. C. Park, 66, Dies Thursday Colorado Hunt

J. C. Park, 66, retired farmer of Rice, formerly of Corsicana, died of a heart attack on a deer lease Thursday afternoon between Rangely and Meeker, Colo., after killing an elk and a deer according to information received here. He was hunting with Frank Cartlidge, Route 5, Corsicana.

The body is scheduled to arrive by plane at Municipal airport Friday at 4 p.m. and funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites will be conducted by C. B. Holdomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.

Born October 12, 1898, in Red Oak, Tenn., Park was employed by the Texas Electric Railway Company for 15 years and later by the Southern Pacific Lines for 15 years. He resided in Corsicana 11 years before moving to Rice 30 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Moss Swafford Park, Rice; a daughter, Mrs. Frank Morris, Jr., Arlington; three grandchildren, Betsy, Sally and Marie Ella Morris, all of Arlington; a brother, W. M. Park, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. J. Matt West, Fayetteville, Tenn.; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. R. Hart, C. F. Dominy, Johnny Thompson, Bob Nix, B. C. NeSmith, Dow Mahaley, Al Shelton and A. D. Ellis.

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Lillie Mack (Freeman) Titsworth-Marriott
Apr 13, 1889 - Oct 18, 1964

Mrs. Marriott Rites Tuesday

Services for Mrs. Lillie M. Marriott, 75, 9734 Post Drive, Dallas, who died Sunday, were held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Dwayne McGuffey.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. J. E. Mageors, Dallas; two sons, Alvin Titsworth, Dallas, and Odell Marriott, Hutchins; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Knox, Dallas, and Mrs. Grover Sanders, Vicksburg, Miss., and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Oct 20, 1964

  • 1st husband unk Titsworth married in Tennessee 2nd husband Timothy M. Marriott married in Ark; d/o Joe W. Freeman & Alice (Compton) Freeman

  • Submitted by Diane Richards


Joan Sloan
Jan 12, 1927 Dec 03, 1964

Miss Sloan Of Dallas Expires

Ennis, Dec. 4 (Spl)—Funeral rites will be held here Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Keever chapel for Miss Joan Sloan, 30, 6215 Park Lane, Dallas, who died in Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Thursday after an extended illness. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.

Miss Sloan attended school at Rice and Ennis, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, and from SMU. She was formerly secretary for Congressman Bruce Alger in Washington, DC.

Dr. Erwin F. Bohmfalk of Dallas and Rev. Lively Brown will conduct the services.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. John Sloan, Dallas; an uncle, John H. Lewis, Mexia, and an aunt, Mrs. R. J. Banner, Sr., Ennis; and three cousins, Ben L. Sloan, Mrs. Blanche Everett and H. T. Sparks, all of Corsicana.

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Sullivan Lester Campbell
Nov 24, 1918 - Sep 26, 1965

S. L. Campbell Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for S. L. Campbell, 46, machinist, who was found dead at the family residence, 715 South Sixteenth street, Sunday, were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by the Rev. Donald Holt, Methodist minister.

Wh. H. Tipton, justice of the peace, returned a coroner’s verdict of death from natural causes following an investigation.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Johnny and James, a daughter, Melinda, and mother, Mrs. Hazel Hughes, all of Corsicana; four brothers, Carnell Campbell, Hot Springs, Ark.; Cecil and Alvis Campbell, both of Dallas, and Preston Hughes, San Francisco, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Edna Beavers, Gainesville, and Mrs. Maydell Caputo, New York City, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ted Gowan, Dewey Grimes, Eddie Nevills, Carl Wilcox, Troy Green and C. H. Clemons.

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Guadalupe Flores
Aug 3, 1879 - Feb 26, 1964

G. Flores, 84, Dies Wednesday, Rites Friday

Guadalupe Flores, 84, native of San Antonio, died in Memorial hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. August Merkel, pastor.

The Rosary will be recited at the McCammon Chapel Thursday at 7 p.m.

Surviving are two sons, Julius Flores, Corsicana, and Christiano Flores, San Antonio; a daughter, Mrs. Louis Rodriguez, Corsicana; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Frank Garza, Fidencio Rodriguez, John Palos, Harry Palos, Emmett Gonzales and Philip Gonzales.

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Julius Lozano Flores, Sr.
Jul 29, 1908 - May 14, 1971

Flores

Julius Flores, 62, lifelong Corsicana resident and operator of Old Mexican Inn, died Friday morning in Memorial Hospital. He had been in ill health for several years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and resided at 2634 Park Row.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Griffin Funeral Home.

He is survived by his widow; a son, Julius Flores 11 associated with him in the restaurant business; a daughter, Mrs. Ruben Castillo of Dallas; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Louisa Rodriquez of Corsicana and a brother, Chris Flores of San Antonio.

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Flores

Graveside rites and burial will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery for Julius Flores, 62, longtime restaurant operator who died Friday after a lengthy illness. The Rev. August Merkel of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will officiate at the rites.

Rasary was recited Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Emmett Gonzales, Justeno Rosas, Ruben Castillo, Stanley Richards, Henry Chavoya, Odell Green, Lalo Munoz and Pete Hernandez.

Surviving are his widow, one son, one daughter, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

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Flores

Final rites were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Catholic cemetery for Julius Flores, 62, operator of Old Mexican Inn, who died Friday. The Rev. August Merkel of Immaculate Conception Church officiated.

Surviving are his widow, a son, a daughter, three grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

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Selso Ovalle
Apr 6, 1892 - Mar 29, 1964

Selso Ovalle Rites Tuesday

Selso Ovalle, 73, grocer, native of Mexico, died Sunday night in Memorial hospital.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; seven sons, Daniel Ovalle, Teague; Matilde, Albert and Sunday Ovalle, all of Corsicana; Tom Ovalle, Dallas; Christian Ovalle, Centerville, Va., and Bartolo Ovalle, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Aquado Enriqueta and Miss Santana Ovalle, both of Corsicana, and 40 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday at 11 a.m. with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. August Merkel, pastor of the church.

Corley will direct.

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Jose Balenzuela
Mar 28, 1907 - Apr 20, 1965

J. Balenzuela Dies Tuesday

Jose Balenzuela, 58, retired railroad worker and city employe, 829 South Twelfth street, was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital Tuesday afternoon after becoming ill at his home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. J. Merkel, pastor.

A native of Mexico, he had resided in Corsicana 35 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Veda Ayala and Mrs. Bella Garcia, both of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Louise Guia, Lorraine, Colo., and other relatives.

Corley directs.

Pallbearers will be Albert Ovalle, Dan Ovalle, Maditali Ovalle, Joe Castillo, John Palos and Paul Aguilar.

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Patricia Della (Sabik/Mizioe) Marchand
Sep 23, 1914 - Oct 17, 1965

Plan Services Mrs. Marchand

Final rites for Mrs. Patricia M. Marchand, 51, found dead Sunday at her home, 1813 Sycamore, will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

The services will be conducted by Rev. Anthony Furgal of the local parish. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.

The Rosary will be recited at the Griffin Chapel Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Mrs. Marchand was the operator of the Marchand Cap Co., 123 North Commerce street.

Judge W. H. Tipton returned a coroner’s verdict of “death from natural causes” following an investigation.

Surviving are her husband, Roland O. Marchand, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Winslow, Houston; three grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Hugh Violette and Mrs. Bernard Downey, both of Falls River, Mass., and Mrs. Andrew Demarco, New York City, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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Fannie Lee (Lawhon) Coleman
Jul 17, 1884 - Oct 31, 1963

Mrs. Coleman Dies Thursday

KERENS, Oct. 31 (Spl)—Mrs. Fannie Coleman, 74, who resided here until four years ago, died in Tyler early Thursday.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which she was a member.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lida Pool, Tyler, with whom Mrs. Coleman lived, and Mrs. Zella Graves, Arlington, and other relatives.

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Minnie Naoma (Brown) Puckett
Nov 1, 1881 - Apr 25, 1964

Former Kerens Resident Dies; Rites Tuesday

KERENS, April 27 (Spl.)—Mrs. Minnie Puckett, 82, a former resident of Kerens, died in Denver, Colorado Saturday morning after a long illness.

Funeral services are scheduled at Inmon funeral chapel in Kerens, Tuesday at 3 p.m. Rev. Donald Walker will officiate, and burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Mrs. Puckett, widow of the late J. K. Puckett, who died in 1917, was a Baptist. She is survived by two sons, Edmond, of Drumwright, Oklahoma; and Cleveland, Gilmer; four daughters, Mrs. Geneva Hamm, Denver, Colorado; Mrs. Loettie Richards, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Augusta Stroud, and Mrs. Major Lee Kennedy, both of Chowchilla, California; 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

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William Wesley “Bill” Wyrick
Aug 24, 1889 - Jan 5, 1964

Bill Wyrick Of Kerens Expires

KERENS, Jan. 6—(Spl.)—W. W. (Bill) Wyrick, 74, died at his home here Sunday at 7 p.m. of a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor, assisted by Rev. J. W. Fore, Assembly of God minister.

Native of Collin county, Wyrick, a World War 1 veteran, had resided here 42 years. He was a retired farmer and retired county road maintenance employe of Precinct 2.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens; a son, Billie Glenn Wyrick, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Robbie Nell Lassiter, Corsicana; two grandchildren, and a brother, Jessie Wyrick, Mansfield, La.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Thelma Inez (Griffin) Phillips
Dec 26, 1908 - Mar 17, 1964

Mrs. Phillips Rites Thursday

KERENS, March 18 (Spl.)—Mrs. Thelma Phillips, 55, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Kerens, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. G. Jennings, here Tuesday after an illness of several months.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m., from the First Baptist church with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor, and Rev. Harry Wilbanks, Presbyterian pastor.

Native of Purdon, Mrs. Phillips resided here before going to Phoenix.

Surviving are her husband, Tommie Phillips, Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, William Thomas Phillips, Kerens, and Aubry Earl Phillips, Yuma, Ariz.; a daughter, Mrs. Jennings; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Cotton, Denver City, and Mrs. Bessie Bruner, Houston; two brothers, Walter Griffin, Wink, and Joe Griffin, Dallas, and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Clifton Curington, Charles Blissett, Earl Henderson, Billy Perrymon, Tommy Perrymon, Ware Phillips, Howard Wilson, Grady Ellis and Clarence Travis.

Inmon directs.

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Freeman “Pete” Moore
Aug 23, 1893 - Oct 10, 1964

Freeman Moore Dies Saturday

KERENS, Oct. 10 (Spl.) –Freeman Moore, 71, native of Kerens, retired farmer, World War veteran, died in a VA hospital in Shreveport, La. Early Saturday.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which he was a member, in charge. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Moore was the husband of the late Mrs. Jessie Harrell Moore of Kerens.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Kate Morrison, Kerens, and a number of nieces, nephew and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Joe Baker, Homer Carroll, L. B. Howell, Warnie Johnson, Wylie Fletcher, Earl Thomason, Milton Johnston and John Wilson.

Paschal Funeral Home directs.

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Manuel Castillo, Sr.
Dec 25, 1929 - Feb 11, 1963

Hold Services M. Castillo

Funeral services for Manuel Castillo, 33, laborer, 804 North Fifth street, were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. He died of a heart attack Monday night.

Burial was in the Calvary (Catholic) cemetery. Rosary was recited at Corley Chapel Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Rev. Rafael Florez conducted the rites.

Surviving are his wife, five sons, Sunday, Manuel, Jr.; Louis, David and Jesse, and three daughters, Mary, Susanna and Jo Castillo, all of Corsicana; a brother, Frank Castillo, Saginaw, Mich.; two sisters, Miss Josephine Castillo, Monterrey, Mexico, and Mrs. Nellie Luna, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Paul Aguilar, Frank Garza, R. G. Gonzales, Tony Castillo, John Palos and Manuel Flores.

Corley directed.

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William Henry “Bill” Harrison
Jul 16, 1890 - Jul 24, 1963

W. H. Harrison Services Held

Funeral services for W. H. (Bill) Harrison, 73, retired paint contractor, 2000 West Fourteenth avenue, were held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. Rev. A. J. Merkel conducted the rites. Rosary was recited at Corley Funeral Chapel Thursday night.

Harrison died in Memorial Hospital Wednesday night.

Native of Rice, he formerly resided at Alma prior to moving to Corsicana in 1927. He was an overseas veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his wife and two sons, W. E. and D. E. Harrison, all of Corsicana; seven grandchildren, four brothers, Burney and Edgar Harrison, both of Ennis; Claude and Dan Harrison, both of Alma; a sister, Mrs. Eva Reeve, Alma, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lavelle Harrison, J. T. Harrison, Aubrey Harrison, Robert Harrison and O. L. Reeve, all nephews.

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Augustina “Tina” (Lopez) Carrizales
Aug 25, 1895 - Mar 9, 1964

Mrs. Carrizales Expires Monday

Mrs. Augustina Carrizales, 68, native of Saltillo, Mexico, Emhouse resident, died in Memorial hospital Monday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the Church of the Immaculate Conception Wednesday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Catholic cemetery. Rev. August Merkel, pastor, will conduct the rites.

The Rosary will be recited at the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Surviving are her husband, Simon Carrizales, Emhouse; two sons, Henry Carrizales, Seagoville, and Simon Carrizales, Jr., Emhouse; six daughters, Mrs. Juanita Plasancia, Mrs. Pauline Rodriguez, and Mrs. Mollie Martinez, all of San Antonio; Mrs. Flora Soto and Mrs. Isabel Brandt, both of Dallas, and Miss Anita Carrizales, Emhouse, and other relatives.

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Clara Ann (Sheets) Brennan
abt 1880 - Oct 29, 1964

Monday Rites Mrs. Brennan

Graveside rites for Mrs. Clara Ann Brennan, 84, Corsicana native, will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Catholic cemetery with Rev. A. J. Merkel, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in charge.

Mrs. Brennan died in Little Rock, Ark. Thursday night. She moved to Little Rock from Corsicana in 1934.

Surviving are a son, T. C. Brennan, Houston; a daughter, Mrs. E. R. Kemp, Sr., Little Rock, Ark.; six grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Lillie Parker, Orlando, Fla., and other relatives.

Corley is directing.

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Barbara Ivie
Died Aug. 17, 1963

Ivie Infant Buried Sunday

Barbara Ivie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ivie of Mesquite, died in a Garland hospital Saturday afternoon.

Graveside services were held at the Campbell cemetery Sunday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Elbert E. Sipes, Baptist minister, officiating.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, Gary, and two sisters, Ann Marie and Connie Ivie, all of Mesquite, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ivie of Corsicana and Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Wallace, New Jersey, and other relatives.

Griffin directed.

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Homer Joe Thomas
Sep 30, 1892 - Jul 7, 1963

Thomas Rites Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Thomas, Route 1, Marshall, killed in a car collision Sunday on Highway 31 near Malakoff, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Campbell cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Raymond Skaggs, pastor of the Community Baptist church, and Rev. G. P. Allen, pastor of Second Avenue Missionary Baptist church.

Henry Jackson Paul, Route 1, Athens, was hospitalized for a series of injuries at the Henderson County Memorial Hospital. He was reported driving the other car involved in the fatal head-on collision near the Dodd Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were en route to Corsicana to visit relatives. They were former employes of the Corsicana State Home.

Mr. Thomas, 70, was agricultural supervisor of the Home from 1943 until his retirement in 1957. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Jim Cheek and Mrs. Jack Russell, both of Corsicana, several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Thomas, 66, is survived by two brothers, Sam Lancaster, Fort Worth, and Jim Lancaster, Marshall; two sisters, Mrs. W. C. Nokes, Corsicana, and Mrs. B. C. Bunch, Marshall, and several nieces and nephews.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were natives of Navarro county.

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Otha Lena (Lancaster) Thomas
Mar 11, 1897 - July 7, 1963

Thomas Rites Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Thomas, Route 1, Marshall, killed in a car collision Sunday on Highway 31 near Malakoff, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Campbell cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Raymond Skaggs, pastor of the Community Baptist church, and Rev. G. P. Allen, pastor of Second Avenue Missionary Baptist church.

Henry Jackson Paul, Route 1, Athens, was hospitalized for a series of injuries at the Henderson County Memorial Hospital. He was reported driving the other car involved in the fatal head-on collision near the Dodd Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were en route to Corsicana to visit relatives. They were former employes of the Corsicana State Home.

Mr. Thomas, 70, was agricultural supervisor of the Home from 1943 until his retirement in 1957. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Jim Cheek and Mrs. Jack Russell, both of Corsicana, several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Thomas, 66, is survived by two brothers, Sam Lancaster, Fort Worth, and Jim Lancaster, Marshall; two sisters, Mrs. W. C. Nokes, Corsicana, and Mrs. B. C. Bunch, Marshall, and several nieces and nephews.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were natives of Navarro county.

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Gilbert Henry Thomas
Feb 13, 1909 - Jan 12, 1963

Gilbert Thomas Rites Sunday

Gilbert H. Thomas, 51, farmer, was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital Saturday afternoon of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Campbell cemetery at Drane.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are two brothers, A. A. Thomas, Corsicana, and J. R. Thomas, Lake Jackson; four sisters, Mrs. Loraine Blissett, Wichita Falls; Mrs. Lucille Woodard, Alvin; Mrs. Bobbie Duncan, Tunica, Miss., and Mrs. Ressie Ainsworth, Corsicana.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Carl Ludham Needham
Sep 15, 1905 - Jun 21, 1964

Carl Needham Services Held

Funeral services for Carl L. Needham, 1613 Fremont, Garland, who was killed in an auto mishap near Alpine during the weekend, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Second Baptist Church in Garland with burial in the Campbell cemetery at Drane at noon.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Bea Needham, Garland; father, C. C. Needham, Arkansas; step-son, Ronald Muck, USN, Beeville; stepdaughter, Mrs. Ted Johnson, Garland; two brothers, J. D. Needham, Mission, and B. F. Needham, Foreman, Ark.; two sisters, Mrs. Alex Mangrum, Longview, and Ms. William Latham, Corpus Christi, and other relatives.

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Nancy Carol Fulton
Apr 19, 1959 - Apr 22, 1959

Fulton Infant Rites Thursday

Nancy Carol Fulton, three-day-old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Fulton of Irving, died Wednesday at the Methodist hospital in Dallas.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the Rice cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jesse Jenkins of Dallas.

Surviving are the parents; a brother Travis A. Fulton, Jr., all of Irving; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam A. Fulton, Corsicana; Mrs. Nora Daniels, Rice; Jessie Daniels, Houston; and great-grandparents, Mrs., Lillie Talley and Mrs. J. A. Baker, both of Corsicana; and J. T. Mahaley, Rice; and other relatives.

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James Allen Huddleston
Aug 29, 1873 - Oct 15, 1963

J. A. Huddleston Services Held

James A. Huddleston, 90, retired farmer, 512 south Fourteenth street, died Tuesday night in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. T. Davis, pastor of the Fundamental Baptist church and Rev. Woodard, Mabank, pastor of the Payne Springs Baptist Church.

Native of Eustace, he resided in Rice 20 years before moving to Corsicana 10 years ago.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Elsie Taylor, Corsicana; three sons, Howard Huddleston, Corsicana; Gordon Huddleston, Eustace, and Grove Huddleston, Dallas; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Frank Huddleston, Eustace; two sisters, Mrs. Melvina Shelby, Eustace, and Mrs. I. H. Landres, Mabank, and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Martha Jane (Davis) Dyer
Oct 28, 1879 - Jan 11, 1963

Sunday Rites For Mrs. Dyer

Mrs. Martha Jane Dyer, 83, of Rice, died Friday evening in Memorial Hospital after and illness of six days in the hospital.

Born on Oct. 28, 1879 in Alabama, she came to Texas as a young child with her parents settling near Kerens. She was married in 1896 to Joe Shelby Dyer and they made their home in Rice, Mr. Dyer died Nov. 16, 1938. She was a member of the Rice Methodist church.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Keever Funeral Home chapel in Ennis with the Rev. Ralph Cooper, Rice Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Jesse Dyer of Rice; five daughters, Mrs. Claudia Schaefer and Mrs. G. C. Otto of Houston, Mrs. D. C. Starr of Rice, Mrs. C. C. Broadnax of Longview and Mrs. A. M. Sims of Bristol; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Joe Lee Parish
Sep 3, 1892 - Mar 1963

J. L. Parish Of Dallas Dies

J. L. Parish, 70, retired farmer, formerly of Rice, 1418 West Twelfth street, Dallas, died in the Methodist hospital in Dallas Monday afternoon.

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

The rites will be conducted by Rev. L. B. Harris, Baptist minister.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas; five sons, Thurman, Jodie, Joy Lee and Lester V. Parish, all of Dallas, and Billie Parish, Louisville, Ky.; four daughters, Mrs. Inza Rodgers, Fort Worth; Mrs. C. B. Green, Houston; Mrs. Cecil P. Pilgrini, San Antonio, and Mrs. Billy Chandler, Dallas; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a brother, Elvis Parish, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Phinney, Arp, and other relatives.

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Fred Henry Piel
Dec 2, 1883 - Nov 19, 1964

Sunday Rites For F. H. Piel

Final rites for Fred Henry Piel, 81, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Rice cemetery.

Piel, who formerly resided on Route 5, Corsicana. Died at his home on the Valley Farms, northeast of Chatfield Thursday.

Surviving are two brothers, Rudolph Piel, Hillsboro, and Julice Piel, Troy; a sister, Mrs. Matilda Radke, San Antonio, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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David Wayne Phillips
Apr 8, 1932 - May 15, 2014

David Wayne Phillips passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the age of 82. He was born April 8, 1932 to Clarence Ervin Sr. and Rebecca Phillips in Corsicana, Texas. He had lived in Waco since 1959.

Wayne grew up in Corsicana with his brothers and parents on the farm.  He served six years in the National Guard ranked as a Sargent when he was discharged. He was a lifelong member of the American Quarter Horse Association and spent a good portion of his life training race horses.  Wayne loved his horses and was particularly fond of a stallion, First Divi, that he owned and who sired many good horses.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers: Robert, Maynard, and Leon Phillips.

Survivors include a good friend, Ruth of Waco; a daughter, Lisa and husband Bradley Jarosz of Crawford, Texas, a son-in-law, Bobby Campbell of Waco; four granddaughters, Elizabeth, Emilie, and Erica of Crawford, and Makayla of Waco and a grandson, David of Crawford; a brother, Ervin and wife, Sheral Phillips of Corsicana; four nephews: Phil, Tommy, and Steve Phillips and Jay Dee Aten, and two nieces, Paula Kloecker of Corsicana, Theresa Flannagan of Waco, and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 with David Spann, pastor of Community Baptist Church, officiating.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Felicia Brucker who provided care for Wayne in the last month and also to Providence Hospice Place for their wonderful care of Wayne.

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Thomas Wayne Morgan
Aug 28, 1937 - May 22, 2014

Thomas Wayne Morgan, 76 of Emhouse, passed away in Corsicana on Thursday, May 22, 2014. A caring, hard-working person, Wayne graduated from Emhouse High School in 1956. Immediately after he joined the 1960 Engineering class of UTA of Arlington. After college, Wayne being the kind to always fix, construct, and tinker he joined TU Electric as a District Electrical Engineer. He moved around Texas working for the company and moved back home to Corsicana in 1966. Wayne worked for TU Electric for 34 years before retiring.

A proud father, grandfather and community supporter, Wayne was constantly on the go supporting and organizing events. From coaching Little Dribblers basketball, to helping his kids with 4-H /FFA animal show projects, ushering at First United Methodist Church, and volunteering, Wayne was a constant in the Corsicana and Emhouse communities.

Wayne was born Aug. 28, 1937 in Chatfield. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mark and Oneta Morgan, in-laws Elizabeth and Marvin Show, and sister Nancy Montgomery.

He is survived by wife of 55 years Francis Marlene Morgan of Emhouse; children Karen Morgan Vandiver and husband Kerry of Ennis, Donna Morgan Jackson and husband Matt of Emhouse, Steve Thomas Morgan and wife Tiffany of Emhouse; beloved grandchildren, Courtney Vandiver, Chase Vandiver, Chelsea Vandiver, Brittney Jackson, Parker Jackson, Jared Morgan, Sean Morgan, Austin Morgan and Hunter Morgan. He is also survived by two sisters, Wilma Morgan of Corsicana, and Barbara Bailey and husband Larry of Rice and one brother Jerry Morgan and wife Shirley of Corsicana. He is survived by two brother-in-laws Edgar Montgomery of Corsicana, and David Shows and wife Barbara of Nacogdoches, and numerous friends, nieces and nephews.

In the later years of his life Wayne enjoyed volunteering and was awarded the Navarro County Outstanding Older Texan Award in 2005. He enjoyed working puzzles, attending his grandkids activities, and sporting events with Marlene beside him. He participated in PALS, organizing and supporting the Emhouse School reunions and visiting with friends. Wayne loved his farming and land, church and spending time with his family. The family would like to thank Tri-Sun Care Center for all their love and support.

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

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Alexander and Rev. Jay Fraze officiating. Private family burial will follow at family cemetery, Triple Creek Cemetery located in Emhouse, Texas on land which has been in the family for over 140 years. Pallbearers will be Mark Shows, Lee Montgomery, Scott Montgomery, Karl Sparkman, Chad Sparkman, Paul Bailey, and Ricky Morgan. Honorary Pallbearers are the Friendship Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church 320 North 15th Street Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Zelda Mae (Gibson) May
Jan 17, 1901 - Feb 16, 1963

Sunday Rites For Mrs. May

Funeral services for Mrs. Zelda May, wife of George May of Waco, who died in Waco Saturday, were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The family formerly resided in Kerens and Corsicana.

Surviving are her husband of Waco, three daughters, Mrs. Betty Rutherford, Waco; Mrs. Dora Quinn and Mrs. Doris Connell, both of Fort Worth; two sons, Douglas May, Dallas, and George W. May, Houston; mother, Mrs. May E. Gibson, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Dora Oliver, Streetman, and Mrs. Lesse G. Inmon, Corsicana; two brothers, Joel and Doyle Gibson, both of Dallas, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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George William May
Jan 2, 1897 - Jul 1, 1963

George May Of Waco Expires, Rites Tuesday

George May, 66, of Waco, native of Kerens, died in the Navarro Clinic Monday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the Inmon Funeral Chapel in Kerens with burial in the Kerens cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist church of Kerens.

May was a retired grocer of the Round Prairie community in southeast Navarro county. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are two sons, Douglas May, Dallas, and George May, Houston; three daughters, Mrs. J. W. Rutherford, Waco; Mrs. M. C. Quinn and Mrs. Junior Connel, both of Fort Worth; a brother, Dan May, Kerens; seven sisters, Mrs. Willard Parker, Mrs. Eva Bruner and Mrs. Alvin Barnett, all of Kerens; Mrs. Allie Tyner, Corsicana; Mrs. Tom Hester, Groveton, Mrs. Vester Barnett, Hempstead, and Mrs. Nettie Stevenson, San Antonio; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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Zuetta Jane “Zetta” (Lowrey) Terry
Apr 22, 1877 - Oct 1, 1963

Mrs. J. T. Terry Dies Tuesday; Rites Thursday

KERENS, Sept. 30, (Spl.)—Mrs. J. T. Terry, 86, native of Rural Shade and long-time Kerens resident, died Tuesday morning at Falfurias. She made her home with a daughter, Mrs. A. C. Pickering, Premont.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Hodges, pastor. She of a member of this church.

Surviving are her daughter and a grandson, James Terry Hale, both of Premont; a sister, Mrs. Deanie Martin, and a brother, Roe Lowrey, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directs.

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Martin Sanders Murdock
May 10, 1880 - May 15, 1963

Friday Rites Scheduled For Kerens Resident

KERENS, May 16 (Spl.)—Jim S. Murdock, 82, retired farmer and resident of Kerens for the past 23 years, died at his home here Wednesday after a lengthy illness.

Funeral rites are planned for 3 p.m. Friday from the First Baptist Church of Kerens, with Rev. Burt Gillis officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.

Murdock, a native of Grapeland, is survived by his wife of Kerens; two sons, Arlie Murdock, Kerens, and Elwin Murdock, Houston; four daughters, Mrs. Hazel Summerlin and Mrs. Reba George, both of Houston; Mrs. Lucille Johnson, Dallas; Mrs. Alton Earley, Kerens; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Hayden Latexa; Ira Murdock, Grapeland; Jess Murdock, Dallas; Ector Murdock, Odessa; and Lewis Murdock, Elkhart.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Robert Aquilla “Bob” Towns
Apr 27, 1902 - Oct 29, 1963

Hold Services For Bob Towns

Funeral services were held for R. A. (Bob) Towns, 61, at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the McCammon Chapel, with burial in the Kerens cemetery. Rites were conducted by Rev. William C. Campbell, pastor of the Roane Baptist church. Towns died in Memorial Hospital late Monday night following a short illness.

Towns, a native of Powell, was an employee of the Houston Packing Company of Lake Charleds, La., and formerly was connected with the Kren’s Lockers here. He was an employee of the Texas Railroad Commission during Beauford H. Jester’s term as commissioner.

Surviving are a brother, John B. Towns, Corsicana, Route 5; a sister, Mrs. O. W. Wikstrom, Houston; a niece, Mrs. Fred Rasmussen, Corsicana, Route 5; and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Oct 30, 1963

  • h/o Grace (Finley) Towns married Sep. 1, 1923 (divorced at time of death); s/o Johnnie B. Towns, Sr. & Lillie (Moncrief) Towns

  • Submitted by Diane Richards


Rose Lorelle (Wright) Dyer
Feb 8, 1930 - May 24, 2014
 
Lorelle Wright Dyer, 84, went to be with our Lord and Savior on May 24, 2014.

She was born to William Randolph Wright and Nelle Earle Wright on Feb. 8, 1930, in Brownsville. At an early age she moved to Raymondville, Texas, with her family. After her father died the family moved to Kerrville where she graduated from Tivy High School

Lorelle attended The University of Texas and graduated with a bachelor of science in education. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. 
She taught in the Austin public school system for a year and a half until she married J.M. Dyer III. and moved to Corsicana.

She was very active at St. John's Episcopal Church and taught Sunday school for 25 years. She also served on the vestry, altar guild and as a delegate to diocesan convention many times.

She loved to travel and went with her husband on a trip around the world, a photographic safari in Africa and a boat trip up the Amazon River as well as numerous trips to Europe and Asia.

Lorelle was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Brian Earle Dyer.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, James Mason Dyer III; son, James Mason Dyer IV (Jim) of Corsicana; daughter, Diane Dyer Campbell and husband William Jefferson Campbell (Bill); and two grandsons, William Jefferson Campbell Jr. and Andrew Dyer Campbell of Houston; and her nephew, Randolph Wright of Erie, Pennsylvania.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her devoted care givers, Ida Mosely and Adine Cumbie who took such good care of her for these last 10 months.

No formal visitation is planned

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana with Father Ed Monk officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be William Campbell, Andrew Campbell, Donald Dunbar, Dr. Bobby Lang, John Goins and Atwell Goins.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Asa Joseph "Joe" Thommarson
May 23, 1923 - May 21, 2014
 
Asa Joseph “Joe” Thommarson, 90, of Corsicana, Texas went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Born May 23, 1923 in Tahoka, Texas to George Elbert Thommarson and Alice Penelope Armoline Sanderson Thommarson. Joe had four sisters and two brothers. He and his family moved to Circle, Texas, a farming community west of Olton, Texas. Joe attended school in Olton.

He married Mary Oleta Kennedy April 1, 1944 in Olton, Texas. Joe and Oleta’s first child, Melvin Ray, lived a few short days. They subsequently had three more children: David Royce, Nelda Jo and Mark Andrew. Joe and Oleta recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Joe served in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Mineral Wells, Texas during his time state side. After serving his country, Joe became an automotive mechanic at the Buick dealership in Plainview, Texas later becoming the Parts and Service Manager at the new Ford dealership in Dimmitt, Texas. After owning his own shop, they moved their family to Neosho, Missouri. During their time in Missouri, Joe enjoyed raising cattle while working for another dealership before ending his automotive career running the school bus barn.

He and Oleta lived in Plainview, Dimmitt, and Muleshoe, Texas; Neosho and Goodman, Missouri; with a final move to Corsicana in 1997.

Joe loved the Lord with all his heart and served many years as a deacon and in Sunday School administration. A lifelong commitment was visiting the sick, home bound and serving in the church.

Joe is preceded in death by his son, Melvin Ray Thommarson; and grandson, Adam Christopher Thommarson; his parents; sister, Thelma Babb; sister, Alice Huckabee; brother, R.D. Thommarson; brother, Andrew Thommarson; sister, Martha Helen Inglis. (In-laws: C.L., Robert, Ruby, Colleen, Mozel, Bill, Raymond, Dub, James and Jean, Elizabeth and Bill,
Dick.)

Joe is survived by his wife, Oleta; son, David Royce (wife, Bonnie) of Durham, North Carolina; daughter, Nelda Jo Kirk of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; son, Mark Andrew (wife, Lori) of Corsicana; grandchildren, Matthew Joseph Thommarson; Sally Marie Posey (John); and Jonathan David Thommarson (Jessica) of Durham, North Carolina; great-grandchildren Luke, Ethan, Grace and Jude Posey and Levi Thommarson; sister, Opal Rudd Nicewarner of Slaton, Texas and many nieces, nephews and their children.
(In-laws: Pearl, T.C. and Norma, Leslie and Gloria.)

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2014 at Griffin–Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, immediately following the funeral service.

Memorials may be given to Northside Baptist Church Building Fund, 2800 N Beaton, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Special thanks to the caregivers of Shepherd’s Touch Home Helpers and especially to his caregivers, Stephanie Fletcher and Robert Schulz, and the wonderful, caring staff at Hand in Hand Hospice.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 24, 2014

  • h/o Mary Oleta (Kennedy) Thommarson; d/o George Elbert Thommarson & Alice Penelope Armoline Sanderson Thommarson

  • Submitted by Karen Rost


James Edgar Burkey
Dec 10, 1930 - May 21, 2014
 
James E. Burkey of Corsicana went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. He was born Dec 10, 1930 to T.E. and Lois Burkey in Quanah, Texas. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a business man living in Lubbock, Odessa and Midland, Texas. He retired in Lubbock as the Building Supervisor for Indiana Avenue Baptist Church.

He married the love of his life, Bobbie R. Kenley, on June 26, 1950.
They were blessed with three children, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren and one more blessing to come. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. A faithful deacon and servant of our Lord, he served joyfully throughout his life being a Godly example for his family to follow.

He will be greatly missed by wife Bobbie, daughter Karen Clayton and husband Rex of Tishomingo, Oklahoma; daughter Terri Atkinson and husband Drew of Greenville; and son Randy Burkey and wife Kelli of Corsicana; grandchildren Kendra Webb and husband Gary, Kyle Clayton and wife April, Marc Atkinson and wife Wendy, Stacie Hodel and husband Eric, Britni Ganze and husband Jeffrey, Lindsay Burkey and Blake Burkey. He will also be missed by his great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jonah, and Kinley Wiss, Maycee Webb, Mackenzie and Nolan Clayton, Andrew and Emma Hodel, Juniper Atkinson, and Daxton Ganze.

Visitation will be at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014.

Celebration Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund or Care Center.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Robert "Bob" Lyman
Nov 15, 1946 - May 28, 2014
 
Robert "Bob" Lyman of Frost passed away on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Navarro Regional Hospital at the age of 67.

Bob was born on Nov. 15, 1946, in Bayard, Nebraska, to Herbert W. Lyman and Elizabeth Sittner Lyman. He served in the United States Army at the beginning of the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1967. He married Retha Meador on June 12, 1971, and they had 42 years together until her death in August 2013. Bob was retired from Brookshire's Grocery after 20 years working in Hillsboro and mainly in Corsicana.

Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Retha Lyman; father, Herbert Lyman; sister, Loretta Anderson; sister-in-law, Bernita Sage; and brother-in-law, Sidney Sage.

Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Lyman of Corsicana; son John H. Lyman of Frost; brother, Harold Lyman of Albertlee, Minnesota; and sister, Wilma Grimes of Middletown, California. Bob is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sandy Smith and husband Alvin of Aubrey, Allie Dowdle and husband Bryan of Frost, and Marla Niles of Frost.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Frost Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Frost Baptist Church with Pastor Jason Wilder officiating. Interment will follow at the Frost Cemetery with Military Honors.

Pallbearers will be William Meskimen, Lynn Harris, Alvin Smith, Robert Reed, Bryan Dowdle, Keith Dowdle, Jeremy Wilson and Cliff Lord.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Lyman, James Orr, Billy Meskimen, Marcus Meskiman, Brian Carey and Basil Carey.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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William Eugene Young
Jan 2, 1932 - May 29, 2014

Mr. William Eugene Young, 82, of Mildred passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at his residence in Mildred.

He was born on Jan. 2, 1932, in Mildred to Charlie Robert and Hazel Mozelle Young.

He was a very loving and kind hearted person. He was a good husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, brother and friend. He loved being outdoors working in his garden and raising his chickens. He was employed with the City of Corsicana for 38 years, and the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department for four years. He was an active member of Unity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Hazel Young; son, Larry Eugene Young; brothers, Darwin, Charles, OC, and Marvin Young; and a great granddaughter, Whitney Doubhit.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Florence Young; son, William Lynn Young of Dawson; daughters, Cynthia Trull and husband James of Mildred, Hazel Bullard and husband Joe of Mildred, and Sharon Chapman and husband Jason of Waxahachie; nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild; brother, JD Young and wife Evelyn of Bazette; sister-in-law, Viola Young of Mildred; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014, at Unity Baptist Church with Pastor Chad Owens officiating. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kelly Trull, Anthony Potts, Jacob Brooks, Preston Chapman, Elijah Gazaway, and Jeff Shumate.

Honorary Pallbearers are Treston Rash, Devin Rash, Haden Trull, Breylon Vanibuls.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Walter Calvin Myers Jr.
Mar 6, 1930 - May 28, 2014

Walter Calvin Myers Jr., 84, of Corsicana went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 28, 2014, surrounded by his family.

Calvin was born to W. C. “Kelly” Myers Sr. and Mary Dempsey Myers on March 6, 1930. He grew up in Corsicana and Mildred, attending Mildred High School, where he set the record for the 1 mile run, which stood for many years.

He married LaVerne Thomas of Longview on Jan. 9, 1953. He was in the ranching business for a long time, and showed prize cattle at Fat Stock shows around the country. He later moved back to Corsicana where he worked for Nipak and then later for the James L. Collins Catholic School.

He was a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop #258 in Corsicana for many years, earning the Silver Beaver Award, the Scouter’s Key, and the District Award of Merit. He was also an avid oil painter and gave many of his paintings away to family and friends. Calvin was an active member of Wesley Methodist Church from 1966 to 1984, and First United Methodist Church from 1984 to present.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, LaVerne Myers; daughter, Violet Myers Dickson and husband John of Denton; son, Brad Myers and wife Zoey of Harrisville, West Virginia; son, Kelly R. Myers and wife Carol of Star Harbor; son, Steve Myers and wife Susan of Lubbock; brother, John Myers and wife Darlene of Corsicana; sister, Dorothy Harris of Palestine; sister, Jeannette Whitehead of Corsicana; brother, Larry Myers and wife Becky of Waxahachie; sister, Charlotte Groening and husband Kenneth of Godley; brother-in-law, Teddy R. Thomas of Issaquah, Washington; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and 13 nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bayard Pratt officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to care givers at Trisun Care Center for their love and support, and to Dr. Dale Campbell and Dr. John Updegrove, who took such good care of him.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Carro Dean Melton
Apr 12, 1926 - May 27, 2014
 
Dean Melton, 88, passed away May 27, 2014 in Corsicana. He was born April 12, 1926 in Dresden to James Grover and Amanda Lou Steward Melton.  He married Joyce French on October 6, 1951 in Corsicana. He was a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church. He was a builder in the community for over 50 years. He took pride in his work ensuring quality. He built the first electric house in 1959. He built the parsonage, church and Family Life Center for Navarro Mills Baptist Church. He enjoyed raising cattle and pigs and always had a milk cow. They raised four successful children and he raised them to take pride in what they do.

He is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and six sisters.

He is survived by his wife 62 years Joyce Melton of Corsicana; four children Dennis Melton and wife Kay of Blooming Grove, Denise McReyolds and husband Mike of Wortham, Marcus Melton and wife Cinda of Blooming Grove, Paula Stewart and husband Badie of Corsicana. Sister Sybil Malone of Corsicana. Twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 3pm Friday, May 30, 2014 at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with Pastor Darren Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Mitchell, Joe Worley, Percy Morton, J.K. Melton, Jackie Thomas and Scott Jenkins.

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Ethel (Budai) Hayes-Rash
Nov 10, 1929 - May 27, 2014

Ethel Budai Hayes Rash, age 84, of Corsicana, formerly of Richland, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Navarro Regional Hospital, with her family by her side. She was born in Angus, Texas to Dan and Annie Budai. She was the ninth of nine children.

On March 19, 1946, she married Auty Lee Hayes and remained married for 21 years, until his death on May 2, 1967.

Ethel worked at Texas Miller Hat Company (The Hat Factory) for 30-plus years. She loved cooking, being outside, friends, and her church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Annie Budai; brothers:
Dan Budai, and Emory Budai; sisters: Vera Budai Murphy, Christina Budai Lane, Justina Budai Cox, Lucille Budai Brown, and Rosa Budai Offutt.

Ethel is survived by daughter, Ginger Linville and husband, Larry; son, Auty Lee Hayes (Sonny) and wife, Marsha; grandchildren: Eddie Jones and wife, Marsha, Kathy Honza and husband, Mark, Danny Hayes and wife, Lisa;
great-grandchildren: Adam and Lauretta Jones, Krystal and Derrick Mobley, Callie Jones, Danny Jones, Hunter Hayes, and Keller Hayes;
great-great-grandchildren: Karlie Ross, Tylor Ross, Brayden Ross, Bryland Ross, Khrislyn Mobley, Lyndsie Jones, Jasmyne Jones, Nathan Lee Jones, and Jordyn Jones; numerous nieces and nephews; one sister: Ruth Budai Boone; sister-in-law Norma Lee Budai; and brother-in-law, James Hayes and wife, Sylvia.

Visitation with family will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 30, 2014, at the Richland Cemetery in Richland, with Pastor Eddie Jones and Pastor David Franklin officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Richland Cemetery Association, in care of Bill Brown, at Richland Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 64, Richland, Texas 76681, in honor of Ms. Ethel Rash.

The family would like to also express their gratitude to Navarro Regional Hospital ER and ICU nurses, especially Kim, for the loving care shown to both Ms. Rash (Mamaw), and the family. And a special ‘thank you’ to Dr. Kent Rogers.

Corley Funeral Home

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Clara Helen (Crumpton) Warren
Aug 30, 1920 - May 25, 2014

Helen Warren 93, of Frost, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014.

She was born Aug. 30, 1920 in Milford, to Walter Crumpton and Mary Elizabeth Dalton Crumpton. She graduated from Milford High School. She married Charlie Warren on June 19, 1940. Helen was a member of Frost Baptist Church and was very dedicated to her church by tending to the nursery and serving on several committees. She loved gospel music, especially the Gaithers. She enjoyed tending to her garden and canning.
She was also known for her pecan pralines. She was a professional seamstress. She was also the bookkeeper for her and her husbands company, Warren Bros. Construction.

She left a legacy of love to her family and had a close relationship with each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Warren; sons, Charles Crumpton Warren and Ronald Douglas Warren; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Nita Doherty and husband Gerald and Karen Hudson and husband Jimmy; two daughters-in-law, Nell Warren and Vera Warren; one brother, Troy Crumpton; nine grandchildren, Todd Hinkle, Melissa Maass, Tiffany Garland, Pam Bailey, Forrest Warren, Susanne Vanderschee, Brandi Erwerle, Brad Doherty and Zach Warren; 16 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Frost Baptist Church with Jason Wilder officiating. Interment will follow at Richland Cemetery in Mertens.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jennie Kathryn "Kathie" (Spalding) Mitcham
May 24, 1924 - May 30, 2014

Mrs. Jennie Kathryn Mitcham, 90, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, June 6, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home, Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Hillsboro.

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Jennie Kathryn Mitcham, 90, of Corsicana, left this earth on Friday, May 30, 2014. Her daughters were on either side as she went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents and by her second husband, Lee A. Mitcham.

Survivors include her daughters, Ann Parker of Katy, and Gaynelle Newport of Frisco, and son Don Spalding Bone of Lewisville; her granddaughters, Anna Newport Stover, Charissa Newport Smith, Joanna Parker, and Sarah Parker Kippers, grandsons Luke Newport and Ben Newport, great-granddaughters Margaret Newport, Emily Smith, Taylor Stover and Addie Smith, and great-grandsons Noah Parker, Jonah Wiggins, Brady Smith, Henry Jake Stover and Parker Kippers.

Kathie — or J.K. to her close friends — was born to Rev. Charles Maurice and Ann Spalding in Hillsboro on May 24, 1924, an only child. She lived in several Texas towns as her father pastored Baptist churches in Laredo, Marfa, Gatesville, and Kerrville. Kathie followed her father’s footsteps and attended Baylor University where she served as president of the Alpha Omega girl’s club and received her bachelor of arts in Business.

Kathie and her first husband Dr. Robert Bone made their home in Corsicana. She volunteered at the hospital as a Pink Lady and served at church in several capacities through the years. She was a gifted Bible teacher and taught high school girl’s Sunday school class for several years. Kathie invited the young girls into her home several times, which made such an impact on their lives. She was very compassionate and interested in the girls in her class individually. She inspired them to pursue Christian goals in their lives and in future marriages.

The family had a keen interest in missions and hosted missionaries in their home. They spent one summer on a missionary jungle base in Peru where Dr. Bone volunteered as a physician. This made a great impact on their family.

Kathie Mitcham loved to give to the Lord’s work. She gave to her church faithfully and supported missionaries and various ministries. Her generosity was a blessing to many.

Viewing for Jennie Kathryn will be held at Corley Funeral Home, 418 N.
13th St. Corsicana; visitation with the family is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church at 510 W.
Collin, Corsicana, at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014. A private family burial will follow in Hillsboro, Texas.

For those who would like to give a gift in her memory, please send your memorial gift to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Corsicana. Donations can be mailed to: Child Evangelism Fellowship: 117 W. Mall Drive: Corsicana, TX 75110.

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