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John Andrew Taylor
May 26, 1851 - 1936

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR AGED EUREKA RESIDENT TUESDAY
Funeral services for John Andrew Taylor, aged 85 years, who died in Eureka early Monday morning, were held from the Eureka Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with Interment in the Eureka cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. Simpson, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. George Evans.
Mr. Taylor was born May 26, 1851 at Conyers, Ga. He moved to Eureka 45 years ago and in 1912 moved to Michigan, but returned to Eureka a short time later.
Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. W. J. Chandler, Eureka; Mrs. L. B. Tekell, Wichita Falls; Mrs. W. N. Robberson, Amarillo; Mrs. Laura Crayton, Houston; Mrs. Flora Eubanks, Houston, and Mrs. Jim Layton, Dallas; and a number of grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Paul Chandler, Curtis Chandler, Don Chandler, Olan Castles, Luther Greer and W. C. Montgomery.
Funeral arrangements were directed by the L. B. Bonner & Company and Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Cornelius Whittaker Taylor, Judge
Jul 6, 1874 - Mar 8, 1963

C. W. Taylor Dies Thursday, Services Friday

C. W. Taylor, 88, former city judge and assistant attorney general of Texas, died at his home, 1108 West Fourth Avenue, during the noon hour Thursday following a two weeks’ illness.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Maggie McCammon Taylor, Corsicana, to whom he was married July 3, 1902; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Native of Smithland, Tenn., he attended Nixon Springs Academy and the Fayetteville Collegiate Institute, and in 1808, received the LI.D. law degree from Cumberland University.

Taylor came to Corsicana, June 20, 1808, and joined the law firm of John J. McClelland and R. E. Prince and in 1901 and 1902 when Prince was speaker of the House of Representatives in Austin, was his secretary.

Returning to Corsicana, he was corporation court judge of Corsicana from 1905 until he resigned February 15, 1913 to become assistant attorney general of Texas and served under Ben F. Looney and later under C. M. Cureton. He represented Texas before the Supreme Court of the United States in cases of Texas vs. Texas in famous litigation.

Resigning from the attorney general’s office, he returned to private practice with Prince and Taylor, and later was a member of the firms of Taylor and Howell, Taylor and McWilliams and Taylor and Stockard.

He was president of the Corsicana Lions club in 1927 – 1928, and president of the Navarro County Bar 1942-1946. He became an elder in the Third Avenue Presbyterian church in 1922 and was an elder and trustee of Westminister Presbyterian church at the time of his death.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Friday at 4 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

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Maggie (McCammon) Taylor
Dec 26, 1876 - Jan 23, 1964

Mrs. Taylor Dies Sunday, Rites Tuesday

Mrs. Maggie McCammon Taylor, 85, widow of the late Judge C. W. Taylor, long-time prominent attorney, 1106 West Fourth avenue, died at her home of a heart attack Sunday afternoon shortly after returning from an automobile ride with relatives and friends. She was a native of Corsicana.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 11 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of the Westminister Presbyterian church of which she was a long-time member.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Max Bergman, Fort Worth; two nephews, J. W. McCammon, Corsicana, and James G. Allen, Arlington; a niece, Mrs. A. R. McElwrath, Houston and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Frank Brock, W. A. Wright, Hugh Sparks, Chas. W. Croft, A. F. Mitchell, J. N. Garitty, W. W. Gage, Ralph W. Stell, Joe Guthrie, W. H. Norwood, Albert Frey, Sr., and Sydney Marks.

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Ben Ramirez
abt 1944 - Apr 22, 1964

Ben Ramirez Killed In Spain On Wednesday

Ben Ramirez, 20, U. S. Air Force, Madrid, Spain, was killed in an accident at Madrid Wednesday, according to information received from the government.

The body is being flown back to the states and burial will be here under the direction of the McCammon Funeral Home, but time of the services had not been determined early Saturday afternoon.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lena Ramirez, 1014 East Third avenue, Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Flores, Miss Nancy Ramirez, Mrs. Mickey Ovalle and Mrs. Rachel Delarosa, all of Corsicana, and five brothers, James, Moses and Sam Ramirez, all of Corsicana; Joe Ramirez, U. S. Air Force, and Stephen Ramirez, Dallas.
 

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Ben Ramirez Body Arrives Here Wednesday

The body of Ben Ramirez, 20, U. S. Air Force, killed in an accident at Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, is scheduled to arrive by train in Corsicana Wednesday at 6:09 p.m.

A Connally Air Force Base chaplain from Waco will conduct the two services here—one at 8 p.m. Wednesday and the other Thursday at 2 p.m. at the McCammon chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lena Ramirez, 1014 East Third Avenue, Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Flores, Miss Nancy Ramirez, Mrs. Mickey Ovalle and Mrs. Rachel Delarosa, all of Corsicana; and five brothers, James, Moses and Sam Ramirez, all of Corsicana; Joe Ramirez, U. S. Air Force, and Stephen Ramirez, Dallas, and other relatives.

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Two Services Are Set For Ben Ramirez

Services were to be conducted in Corsicana Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. for Ben Ramirez, 20 years old U. S. Air Force airman who was killed in an accident at Madrid, Spain, Wednesday.

The body was to arrive by plane Wednesday at 6:09 p.m.

Both services were to be held from the McCammon Funeral Home chapel. An Air Force chaplain was to conduct both. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Ramirez is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lena Ramirez, 1014 East Third Ave.; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Flores, Miss Nancy Ramirez, Mrs. Mickey Ovalle and Mrs. Rachael Delarosa, all of Corsicana; and five brothers, James, Moses and Sam Ramirez, U. S. Air Force, and Stephen Ramirez, Dallas, and other relatives.

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Ben Ramirez Services Held

Final rites for Ben Ramirez, 20, U. S. Air Force, killed last week in Madrid, Spain, in an accident, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. Nehemias Garcia, pastor of the Bethel Presbyterian church.

A military service was conducted at the grave by personnel from the James Connally Air Force Base at Waco with a color guard also participating.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lena Ramirez, 1014 East Third avenue; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Flores, Miss Nancy Ramirez, Mrs. Mickey Ovalle and Rachel Delarosa, all of Corsicana; five brothers, James, Moses and Sam Ramirez, U. S. Air Force, and Stephen Ramirez, Dallas, and other relatives.

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Lola Belle Howard, Miss
Jul 14, 1906 - May 9, 1965

Miss Howard Dies Sunday, Rites Monday

Miss Lola Belle Howard, 58, of 625 West Fourth avenue, died in Memorial hospital Sunday morning of a heart attack. She had been an employe of the Lone Star Gas Company for many years.

Funeral service are planned from the Corley Chapel Monday at 4 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by Rev. Sidney Roberts, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which she had been a member for 37 years.

Surviving are two brothers, Jack Howard, Refugio, and Vendon D. Howard, San Angelo; a sister, Mrs. Neville Talkington, McKinney; two nephews, Vendon D. Howard, Jr., Abilene, and Bill Howard, Refugio; two nieces, Miss Susan Howard, Refugio, and Miss Janie Lou Howard, Abilene, and other relatives.

Pallbearers are to be Fred Brooks, M. C. Legge, Albert James, Denman Lee, T. C. Baggett, William Cooper, James Langford, Michael S. Hunt and Harold Koch.

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Anne Elizabeth (Castlebury) McAfee
Oct 15, 1930 - Jul 13, 2013

 

Anne C. McAfee Obituary
Anne C. McAfee October 15, 1930 - July 13, 2013 Austin lost one of her staunchest progressive activists on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Anne McAfee, a lifelong Austinite who had been actively involved in state and local politics for the better part of seven decades, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Anne suffered from complications following a stroke that occurred while she was attending and supporting the recent filibuster on women's rights at the Texas State Capitol. She was 82. Born Anne Elizabeth Castleberry, Anne grew up in her Faulk grandparents' 1890s home on a small farm in what was then semi-rural South Austin. As a teenager her chores included carrying in wood for the stoves and milking the family's cows each morning before going off to school. In addition to her grandparents and her mother - English teacher Martha Faulk Castleberry - Anne grew up in the large farm home with aunts, uncles and numerous cousins, as well as other relatives and friends who might drop in just for a visit but end up "staying a spell." Her aunt, Mary Faulk Koock, established Green Pastures Restaurant in this lovely home in 1946. The family home was a place where no topic was too sacred for discussion- where politics, religion, education and child-rearing were regular topics around the dinner table or while gathered out on the front porch. The Faulk home had been the location for numerous meetings of the local Women's Suffrage movement in the decade before Anne was born and her grandmother and others talked often of those efforts and of advancing women's rights further. Grace Methodist Church was the center of the family's social lives and the basis for their social justice activities. In the Faulk home Anne developed a profound love of America and its founding ideals and developed a deep commitment to principles of justice and inclusion for all. Helping America live up to those principles and become that "more perfect union" guided her life and her activism. Anne got hooked on politics as a 13-year-old volunteer in the 1944 Minnie Fisher Cunningham for Governor campaign. Twenty-five years earlier "Minnie Fish" had been president of the Texas Women's Suffrage Association and Anne liked to point out that Texas got the right to vote for women two years before it became law nationally. Anne graduated from old Austin High in 1948 and attended UT as a history major until 1952 when she married Bill McAfee, who had come to Austin from Corsicana to attend the University of Texas. Having five children in quick succession, Anne was a homemaker for a good many years, active in teaching swimming lessons, the PTA, carpooling, etc. After the children were older, Anne edited their weekly newspaper, The Austin Times, a monthly magazine, Go Austin!, and helped Bill in all of their other business ventures. A serious student of history and public affairs, she devoured information, subscribing to The Congressional Record as well as numerous other political publications. Historians as well as local, state, and even national political candidates often turned to her for her in-depth knowledge of legislative affairs and Texas and national politics. Throughout her life Anne was deeply involved in numerous campaigns from the courthouse to the White House. At age 17, she attended the Progressive Party Convention in Philadelphia and supported Henry Wallace for President. Although she loved riding horses, she sold her treasured saddle to get the money for the trip. Among others, she worked to elect Ralph Yarborough to the U.S. Senate; campaigned for Henry B. Gonzalez for Governor; was a statewide coordinator for George McGovern for President; and served as campaign treasurer for John Courage and for Maria Canchola. Anne was also one of the original founders of the Save Barton Creek Association, served for many years as an officer and newsletter editor for the Austin League of Women Voters and the Travis County Democratic Women's Committee, and represented our senatorial district as committeewoman on the State Democratic Executive Committee. She and Bill were part of the original group of Yeller Dawg Democrats who have been meeting each Saturday for more than 20 years. Besides working for progressive candidates, Anne worked tirelessly to help create an America that offered liberty, justice, and opportunity for all. She worked for causes that included ending nuclear proliferation, ending war, protecting the environment, promoting civil rights for minorities and farm workers, protecting women's rights, and providing health care for all. Anne worked for years on compiling the history of the seven generations of her family in Austin and had nearly finished her book at the time of her death. She took pride in her deep Texas roots as a member of one of the families who received a land grant from Stephen F. Austin. She loved her large extended family deeply, and imparted a legacy of political engagement to be passed on to future generations. Anne is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill McAfee; children Susan Raybuck, Mark McAfee, Karen Kate McAfee, Laura O'Neill, and Nancy Dyer; sons-in-law Perry Raybuck and Allan Dyer; grandchildren David Raybuck, Abigail Daigle, Sean Raybuck, Adrienne O'Neill, Amanda Adele McAfee, Kaela Dyer Luna, Kevin Deckard McAfee, Emerson McAfee, Garrett Dyer, Kenny O'Neill, Jeff McAfee Deckard, and Sarah O'Neill; and great-grandchildren Sydney, Perry, Harper, and Everlee. The family would like to thank the extraordinary staff at Brackenridge Hospital and at Hospice Austin, as well as Tad Davis, M.D. who stepped forward to help Anne at the Capitol immediately following her stroke and who accompanied her from the Capitol to Brackenridge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Anne McAfee Fund at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT), 201 East Ben White Blvd., Bldg B, Austin 78704; Capitol Area Food Bank of Texas, 8201 South Congress Ave, Austin 78745; or SafePlace, P.O. Box 19454, Austin 78760. Funeral services will occur early Saturday for her large extended family. A celebration of her life for family, friends, and acquaintances will be held on Saturday, July 20th at 2 p.m. at Green Pastures, 811 W. Live Oak Street, Anne's childhood home. Memorials and guestbook online at www.wcfish.com

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  • Wife of William Kenneth "Bill" McAfee, son of Terry Reno McAfee & Margaret Leola "Maggie" Kerr
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

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Then There's This: Anne McAfee Stands With Women
Activist recovering after taking ill during historic filibuster
By Amy Smith, Fri., July 5, 2013
Anne McAfee, at the Capitol on June 25 Anne McAfee
Photo courtesy of David Thomas Photography

Eighty-two-year-old Anne McAfee missed the big Stand With Texas Women rally at the Cap­itol on Monday. Had it not been for the stroke she suffered last week, which came on just as Sen. Wendy Davis was approaching her 10th hour of filibustering an abortion bill, you can bet McAfee would have been back at the Capitol on Monday, wearing opposition orange. She would have arrived early and stayed until the crowds dispersed. Afterward, she would have returned home, likely to make phone calls or send emails, reporting on the events of the day as the Legislature gaveled in its second special session.

"Every time there was a protest, Anne was there," said friend Walter Timberlake, who has known McAfee since the late Forties. The two were part of the old crowd active in Democratic politics and labor issues. "Wheth­er she was for it or against it, if there was a protest, she was there. She was always on the go and could go all day long. She'd wear her husband [Bill] out."

Democratic regular Leslie Pool saw McAfee the night of the filibuster as she and Ann Kitchen were making the rounds at the Capitol. "She looked happy and engaged, if a bit tired. And she was wearing orange," Pool said.

McAfee had every intention of going all day long when she showed up at the Capitol last week for Davis' filibuster of Senate Bill 5. But she took ill around 9pm. Those around her came to her aid and stayed with her until paramedics arrived and rushed her to Brackenridge Hospital, just a minute or two away by ambulance, where she underwent surgery to remove a blood clot.

She missed the dramatic finish that killed the bill, which instantaneously resuscitated the state Democratic Party and made Davis an overnight political sensation. It was the moment that McAfee had been waiting to witness since George W. Bush trounced Ann Richards in 1994, effectively derailing the Democratic party. McAfee was still groggy from surgery when family members cheerfully told her that SB 5 had failed and that the Supreme Court had overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. McAfee's husband and five children were relieved the stroke hadn't wiped out her memory of what was what in the political world.

By the start of this week, Brack doctors had declared McAfee ready to begin intensive therapy at St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital. She was scheduled to be transferred there Tuesday but a setback that morning put her back in ICU at Brack. Susan Raybuck, the eldest of Anne and Bill McAfee's five children, reports that when her mother is well enough to begin therapy, she'll need help regaining her balance, dexterity, and pronunciation. "Memory has also been affected to some degree (we aren't sure how much)," she wrote in an email, "but she seems to remember the most important things: family members, relationships, and political activism."
Progressive Roots

The niece of famed humorist and radio and television entertainer John Henry Faulk (Austin's Central Library is named in his honor), McAfee grew up at Green Pastures – the Faulk family homestead on Live Oak Street in South Austin, which today operates as a restaurant. The large Victorian home, built in the late 1800s, served as home for generations of the Faulk family. Like her mother, Martha, Anne grew up at Green Pastures, on what was then a 23-acre farm. Martha and John Henry's father, Judge Henry J. Faulk, was a civil rights activist. McAfee grew up milking cows – a job that was ordinarily handled by the Faulk males, but they had gone off to fight in World War II, so the girls and women worked the farm and ran the household.

Timberlake, a longtime union activist, says he and McAfee enjoy swapping stories about their childhood and old battles won and lost, either at the ballot box, the Lege, or City Hall. He says they usually root for the same candidate, normally the one with backing from labor groups. "Sometimes she doesn't go along with them, though. It depends on who's running, but Anne has almost always favored the female running for the office – except in the district attorney's race. She went with Charlie Baird," he said. "Charlie's a good man, but I went with Rosemary [Lehmberg], so we were split there."

In a fundraising letter she wrote last year on behalf of Paul Sadler, 2012 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, McAfee included a little background about herself. (The letter is posted on the Travis County Democratic Party website.) "I got hooked on politics as a 13-year-old volunteer in the 1944 Minnie Fisher Cunningham campaign for Governor – 25 years earlier, she had been president of the Texas Women's Suffrage Association. I'm proud that Texas got the vote for women two years before they got it nationally," she wrote.

Monday at the Capitol, McAfee would have seen several women dressed as suffragettes, illustrating the pro-choice argument that the male-dominated Republican Party wants to turn back the clock on women's rights by restricting their access to reproductive health care. It's very likely that McAfee would have registered to testify in opposition to House Bill 2 (SB 1 in the Senate) – the revived abortion bill that at press time Tuesday was being heard by the House State Affairs Committee. She would have arrived early and stayed late.

Jo Ann (Neel) Bush
Sep 9, 1929 - Mar 23, 2014

Jo Ann N. Bush
Jo Ann N. Bush, 84, of Harlingen, Texas, passed away Sunday (March 23, 2014) in Harlingen, Texas.
Jo Ann was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Frost, Texas, to William and Annie (McCord) Neel.
She married Lawrence S. Bush, Jr. on Jan. 25, 1958. Jo Ann was a member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church in La Feria, Texas and enjoyed painting, many crafts, birding and was actively involved in the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Bonnie Bush of Rochester; nephews, David Taylor and Jack (Deborah) Taylor, both of Batavia, and Jim (Tracey) Taylor of Pittsford; great niece, Stephanie Taylor; great nephews, Nate and Sean Taylor and numerous cousins.
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence S. Bush Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Texas Room at Golden Palms with Rev. Mary Braden officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry, New Hope Presbyterian Church, the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, or the Cedar Hill United Methodist Church of Wytheville, Va.
The family would like to thank the staff at “On Time Care Givers” for their faithful, devoted, and loving care. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.buckashcraft.com. Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

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Helen Warren
Aug 30, 1920 - May 25, 2014
Frost, Texas

Helen was born on August 30, 1920 and passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Helen was a resident of Frost, Texas at the time of her passing.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charlie.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughotn Funeral Home. Service will be 10:00am Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Frost Baptist Church with Jason Wilder officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery, Mertens, Texas.


Ann (Clay) Brown
Nov 14, 1920 - June 1, 2014

Ann Clay Brown, 93, passed away at Trisun Care Center on Sunday, June 1, 2014. She was a steadfast Christian who served Jesus Christ faithfully.
She was a lovely, gracious and dignified wife and mother. Her sense of humor and gregariousness defined her.

Ann was born on Nov. 14, 1920 to Will and Ellen Clay in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from high school and Tarleton State College. She met her husband-to-be, Charles H. Brown, when both were students at Tarleton. Ann went on to the University of Texas where she graduated with a degree in bacteriology in 1941. From 1941-1942, she trained in lab technology at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. On June 5, 1943, she married Charles H. Brown, who was then in medical school. The Charles Brown family moved to Corsicana in 1956 when Dr. Brown took a position with the Navarro Clinic.

Ann was a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana for over 57 years where she was a Sunday school teacher and served on the altar guild. She was influential in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children through Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County. She volunteered in literacy programs for first graders at Bowie Elementary School, served on the Corsicana Public Library Board during the late 1960s and on the board of Twilight Home from the 1980s until the early 2000s, and was active in Community Bible Study as long as she could participate. She was a member of the Navarro County Medical Auxiliary, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Kinsloe House, and the Corsicana Country Club. She enjoyed playing bridge with different women’s groups.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Ellen Clay, her brother, Major William Clay, USMC; and her husband of 66 years, Dr.
Charles H. Brown.

She is survived by her four children, Nancy Brown Harrison of Waco; James Clay “Jim” Brown of Midland; Mary Brown Gilbert of Euless, and Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Brown of Corsicana. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family expresses heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Ann’s dedicated caregivers, her hospice nurses and the priests and pastors from St.
John’s Episcopal Church, Westside Church of Christ and Cedar Lake Hospice who cared and prayed for her. The family also thanks Trisun Care Center, especially its nursing staff, for providing excellent and compassionate care for Ann.

Contributions or memorials may be directed to St. John’s Church, 101 N.
14th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; Child Evangelism Fellowship of Navarro County, 117 Mall Dr., Corsicana, TX 75110; The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 758, Corsicana, TX 75151-0758; the House of Refuge, 627 W. Collin, Corsicana, TX 75110, or the Family Service Association, 517 N. Commerce St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

A visitation with the family will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

A memorial service to celebrate Ann’s life will be held at 11 a.m.
Friday, June 6, 2014 at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Right Rev.
Sam B. Hulsey, Rev. Ed Monk and Rev. Richard Avery officiating. A celebration luncheon in the church parish hall will follow the service.

Honorary pallbearers are Ann’s three grandsons James Clay Brown, Jr., William Thomas Harrison, Sr. and Justin Joseph Gilbert and Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. James Witten, Dr. Scott Middleton, Fred Grimes and Bill Regester.

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Laurie Kay (Bain) Haynes
Jan 19, 1957 - Jun 3, 2014

Laurie Kay Bain Haynes, was called up to live in the perfect place free from further pain, at the age of 57. She lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, surrounded in love with her two children.

Laurie was raised in Kerens by her parents, Bub and Martha Bain. She graduated from Kerens High School and raised both of her children in Kerens as well. In college, she studied music and nursing, and was a charter member of the Texas A&M Kappa Kappa Gamma. Her last few years of life were spent in Dallas, where she made many friends that she cherished dearly and living there brought her great joy, although she never lost her small town roots.

Her passions were engaging with people, anyone and everyone. She had such a genuine big heart and effortlessly connected with every soul she encountered. She brought sunshine when she entered a room and had a laugh that was contagious. You felt blessed to have her in your life, because of her fire spirit and loving nature.

She was a woman of faith, and she lived her life devoted to her church where she shared her wonderful talent of playing the piano every Sunday. She has graced others with her piano playing for over 50 years. She had an obvious ease with being a caretaker and loved her years as a nurse.  She remembered every detail, and followed with love the connections that she did make. Sports were another passion of hers, following all of her players and teams, from T-ball to major leagues, basketball, football, and tennis … she could talk to you for hours about the Baylor Bears or the Texas Rangers.

Laurie is preceded in death by her father, Robert Allen “Bub” Bain.

Laurie is survived by her daughter, Mary Katherine Holt of Dallas; her son, Terry Haynes of New Orleans, Louisiana; her mother, Martha Bain; brother, Bobby Bain of Kerens; brother, Clay Bain of San Antonio; aunt, Ann Whorton; aunt and uncle, Kay and Pierre Hjartberg; cousin, Kip Whorton; cousin, Angela Whorton; cousin, Stan Hjartberg; cousin, Cathy Hjartberg, and cousin, Christina Hjartberg Tucker.

To celebrate the life of Laurie, a social gathering with the family will be held Sunday June 15, 2014, at 5 p.m. at Kerens Presbyterian Church, with a memorial service starting at 6 p.m. To honor Laurie the family is asking that memorials be made to the Presbyterian Church, 301 SE Third Street, Kerens, Texas 75144. If you feel obliged please bring a memory of her: a picture, a letter, written stories, anything that reminds you of her, as a gift to her children to honor Laurie’s life.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Jacob Richard Nunamaker
Jan 4, 1983 - Jun 4, 2014

Jacob Nunamaker, 31, of Kerens went to the Lord’s mansion on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born Jan. 4, 1983 in Corsicana, Texas.

He was a loving son, grandson, brother, a great uncle and kind friend.
We will miss him.

He is survived by his mother, Suzanne Falco of Kerens; sister, Lisa Spivey and husband Matt of Kerens; brothers, Kent Schmidt and wife Betty of Mt. Vernon and Nelson Schmidt and wife Tawni of Sandwich, IL; grandfather, Milton Peters, Jr. of Kerens; uncle, Steve Peters and wife Terry of Florida; aunt, Brenda Thomas and husband Kirk of Corsicana; nine nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with Pastor Leslie Byrd officiating. The family will receive friends and guest following the service in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or to Jacob’s family to help with unforeseen expenses.

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Tommy Lewis Twomey
Oct 12, 1939 - Jun 5, 2014

Tommy Lewis Twomey, 74, of Corsicana, Texas, passed away peacefully at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Born in Duck River, Tennessee to Thomas H. Twomey and Ophelia Church Twomey, who both preceded him in death, he spent most of his life in Corsicana.
He was a member of Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana, where he rededicated his life to Christ in recent years.

Tommy enjoyed gardening and always had a fascination for cars and trucks. He especially loved sports cars and had many over the years that he treasured. He would often fondly reminisce about them. Anyone who knew Tommy had heard about his favorite car, a Corvette he named “White lightening.” Another favorite was a pickup that he converted into a six-door limo. His passion even extended into his work life. Much of his career was spent as a truck driver. He was very proud of his trucks and was always finding ways to personalize them

Tommy was extremely proud of his children, “Chip” Tommy Lewis Twomey II and his wife Cindy, of San Antonio, and Tammy Twomey Saiter and her husband Dave of Arlington. He is also survived by his loving and supportive sister Sandra Brunson of Corsicana as well as his sister Carol Horvath also of Corsicana. He is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Jared and Jacob Twomey, Tucker and Terra Baugh, and Riley Saiter as well as numerous nieces and nephews along with their children.

The visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home, 418 N 13th St, Corsicana, TX from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014.

A graveside service at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 will be held at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery with Mr. Sam Dilbeck officiating. Pallbearers are Jared Twomey, Jacob Twomey, Tucker Baugh, Brandon Brunson, Jeff Ivy, Terry Baugh and honorary pallbearer, Billy Don Demoss.

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Daries Elizabeth (Nevill) Loosier
Jan 5, 1932 - Jun 2, 2014

Daries Elizabeth Loosier, 82, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 2, 2014. She was born Jan. 5, 1932 in Emhouse, Texas to Ancel Nevill and Ora Wright Nevill. She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by parents Ancel Byron Nevill and Ora Elizabeth Nevill; siblings, Martha Ann Nevill Johnson, Dariel Bryan Nevill, Thurman Claude Nevill, Clarence Ray Nevill, Bessie Jean Bentley, Lois Nevill Turner and Harmon Nevill.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Loosier of Corsicana; children, Garnette Loosier Russell and husband Dickie of Corsicana, Alton Loosier and wife Carolyn of Corsicana and David Loosier and wife Becky of Corsicana; one brother, Edwin Nevill and wife Doylene of Trinidad; six grandchildren, Sylvia Russell, Susan Russell, Harvey Loosier, Michael Loosier, Amanda Simpson and husband Robert and Daniel Loosier; nine great-grandchildren, David Tapia, Joanna Tapia, Ariel Ford Loosier, Kaley Loosier, Morgan Loosier, Andrew Loosier, Landon Simpson, Ryan Simpson, Audrey Simpson and four great-great-grandchildren, Jordan Brown, Jayden Faulk, Ryleigh Tapia and Annie Tapia.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Sam Dilbeck officiating.  Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Dickie Russell, Harvey Loosier, Michael Loosier, Daniel Loosier, David Tapia and Robert Simpson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Nevill Family Men.

Memorials may be made to Westhill Church of Christ Benevolence at: 3400 W Highway 22 Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Thomas Jesse Norvell
Feb 17, 1877 - Jul 12, 1965

Thomas Norvell Rites Tuesday

Thomas J. Norvell, 88, retired farmer, formerly of Rice, died in Paulyne’s Convalescent Home Monday night.

Funeral services are to be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. James T. Davis.

Surviving are his wife, who is also in Paulyne’s Home. Corsicana; a son, Roy Norvell, Dallas; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. W. W. Carter, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Luther Murphy, Clovis Wilson, Hollis Poarch and Ad Ellis.

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Mamie Gertrude (Perrin) Norvell
Jul 18, 1884 - Apr 11, 1970

Mrs. Norvell Service Held

Mrs. Mamie Norvell, 85, resident of Rice the past 50 years and native of Oakgrove community, Ellis County, died Saturday in Paulyne’s Convalescent Home. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. B. W. Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.

She is survived by one son, Roy Norvell, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Lewis Wilson and Mrs. J. M. Richardson, both of Ennis; and one brother, Andrew Perrin of California.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, April 30, 1970
  • Mamie G. (Perryman) Norvell is Mamie Gertrude (Perrin) Norvell d/o Mathias A. “Mat” Perrin and Susan Priscilla (Pulliam) Perrin buried in Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Timothy Calgren Sullivan
Nov 22, 1880 - Jul 08, 1965

Rites Saturday T. C. Sullivan

Funeral services for T. C. Sullivan, 84, retired pipeliner, who died in Memorial hospital Thursday, will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 11 a.m. with burial in the Rice cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Bob Roberts, pastor of the Westside Baptist church.

Sullivan had resided at Rice for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; five sons, Carson and D. S. Sullivan, both of Rice; Clyde Sullivan, Navarro; J. T. Sullivan, Fort Worth, and O. C. Sullivan, Tulsa, Okla.; four daughters, Mrs. Quida Hartley and Mrs. Neida Harding, both of Rice; Mrs. J. C. DuBose, Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Dorothy Parks, Garland; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, four brothers, Pete Sullivan, Bonham; Joe Tuell, Gilmer; Jim and Earl Tuell, both of Gladewater; two sisters, Mrs. Mamie Smith, Dallas, and Mrs. Berthan Blunt (cq). Gilmer, and other relatives.

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Lillith Bolt
Oct 24, 1899 - Mar 16, 1965

Lillith Bolt Of Rice Dies

ENNIS, March 17 (SPL)—Funeral services for Miss Lillith Bolt, 65, of Rice, who died in the Ennis municipal hospital Tuesday, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist church in Rice.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Randall McCollum, pastor of the church. Burial will be in the Rice cemetery.

Native of McMinville, Tenn., Miss Bolt came to Texas with her family in 1984 and moved to Rice from Ennis in 1910.

Surviving are a brother, J. N. Bolt, Rice; four nephews, Johnnie Ware, Houston; William Ware, Rosewood, Calif.; Elisha Duweese and Albert Duweese, both of Alabama.

Miss Bolt was a member of the First Baptist church in Rice and the Winnie Chapter of the Eastern Star in Ennis.

J. E. Keever Mortuary directs.

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Thomas Edward Jordan, Sr.
abt 1891 - Jan 2, 1966

T. E. Jordan Of Ennis Expires

ENNIS, Jan. 3 (Spl)—T. E. Jordan, 75, died Sunday in a veterans hospital in Shreveport, La. After a long illness.

A native of Loraine, Ga., he came to Titus county, Texas, in 1898 and was a farmer in Navarro county until 1942 when he moved to Ennis. He retired from farming in 1958. He was a veteran of World War 1, serving overseas with the U. S. Army. He was a member of the First Baptist church here.

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

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Raymond Taylor, Ennis; Mrs. Odis Cargill, Hearne; Mrs. Bill Neely, Bates, Ark., and Mrs. Horace Hopgood, Waxahachie; six sons, T. Ed Jordan, Jr., Ft. Worth; Johnny and Billy Jordan, both of Ennis; Billy Jordan, Mesquite; Clarence Jordan, Waxahachie; Clarence Jordan, Waxahachie, and Leon Jordan, Dallas; 28 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Tina Lynn (Wright) Webb
Nov 14, 1966 - June 4, 2014
 
Tina Lynn Webb was born on Nov. 14, 1966 in Dallas, Texas to Roland and Hazel Wright. Tina passed away at the young age of 47 on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Irving, Texas after a long fight with cancer.

She was a loving mother and the two things dearest to her heart was her family and the Lord. Tina was a life-long gospel singer and song writer, and she loved to dance as if nobody was watching. She was a very spiritual person and wasn’t afraid to try new things. She always supported us in everything we did and was always there whether we succeeded or failed. We love and will miss you dearly.

Tina is survived by her loving husband Ed Webb of Irving; beautiful darling daughters Jordan Rachell Lynn Hutchings of Bedford; Tristin Lynn Hutchings-Adams of Josephine, Texas and Jennifer Lee Webb; her devoted father and sister Roland Wright of Irving and Janet Sue Wright Mungia of Irving; nieces Dana Alexander and Francesca Riedle both of Irving; and crime-fighting nephew Damien aka Batman of Irving.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Meadowbrook Baptist Church 1705 N. Irving Heights, Irving, Texas with interment to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Bazette Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette, Texas.

Arrangements by Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, Irving.

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Glynn Wayne Massey
Jul 30, 1942 - Jun 2, 2014

 
GLYNN MASSEY
July 30, 1942 - June 2, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY Glynn Wayne Massey was born July 30, 1942 in Corsicana, TX to Howard Eugene and Stella Lorraine (Richardson) Massey and passed 6/2 in Norman, OK. Glynn is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Trudy Jan Birmingham; children, Gregory Wayne Massey and wife Lisa Renee, and Jennifer Lynn Pelley and husband Michael Scott; grandchildren Kayla Nicole Knight, Garrett Wayne Mas-sey, Kyle Wayne Massey and Brittany Renae Pelley; brother, Ray Howard Massey and wife Cheryl; and sisters, Sarah Kay Garrett (Terry) and Delia Ann Massey. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, 6/4, from 12 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday, 6/5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The family will receive guests Thursday 6/5 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, 6/6, in the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Resthaven Memory Gardens. Services will be officiated by Brother Ben Glover and Brother Paul Sparks.

Notes:

  • Published in The Oklahoman on June 4, 2014
  • Glynn is my brother and he and I were the nephews of Don Massey chief of police for Corsicana PD and grandson of W A Massey who was also chief of Police for the Corsicana PD.
    Submitted by Ray Massey
  • s/o Howard Eugene Massey & Stella Lorraine (Richardson) Massey [Hamilton-Beeman Cem]
  • Resthaven Memory Gardens, 500 Southwest 104th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73139
  • Corsicana High School Class of 1960

Loura Virginia (Keathley) Mason
Jun 20, 1888 - Apr 4, 1963

Mrs. C. A. Mason Rites Saturday

Mrs. Laura Mason, 75, reared at Frost, died in a Hillsboro hospital Thursday night.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Marshall and Marshall Chapel in Hillsboro with burial in the Frost cemetery.

Surviving are her husband C. A. Mason, Brandon; two daughters, Mrs. Winnie Fay Johnson, Littlefield, and Mrs. Frankie Bottom, LaMarque; a son, Weldon Mason, Maryneal; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; six brothers, Herschell Keathley, Frost; Matt M. Keathley, Irving; Forrest Keathley, Los Angeles, Calif.; Hampton Keathley, Lufkin; Halbert and Charlie Keathley, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Maritia (Shaw) Allcorn-Leath
Nov 23, 1922 - May 25, 2014

Maritia Shaw Allcorn Leath passed from this earth and into her Savior's presence on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the age of ninety-one. She was a resident at the Sodalis Elder Living Center in Waco having relocated from Arlington, Texas, one year ago. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 31, at 11:00am at Davis Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Brownwood, Texas. She will be laid to rest at East Lawn Memorial Park in Early, Texas at a later date.
Maritia was born November 23, 1922 in Frost, Texas to Rufus F. and Mina Gray Shaw. During her junior high years the family moved to Brownwood where she and her two sisters, Lillian and Jackie often entertained church and civic groups with their cheerful singing. She was voted Brownwood High School Homecoming Queen her senior year and graduated as a BHS Lion in 1940.

Maritia then enrolled in Howard Payne College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business and Voice in 1944. There, too, she was selected Homecoming Queen in 1942. Fifty-eight years later the University honored her as the Coming Home Queen, an honor she also received from Brownwood High in 1990.
On August 12, 1946 Maritia married her high school sweetheart, Baylor Law School graduate and WWII veteran, Bill Allcorn. Their union was blessed with two children, Hopie in 1949 and Stansel Lee in 1954. The Allcorns remained in Brownwood where Bill served as District Attorney from 1950-1957. In 1957 the Allcorns moved to Austin where Bill served as Texas' Land Commissioner until 1961. The family returned to Brownwood where Mr. Allcorn succumbed to brain cancer August 24, 1962, at age 38. Upon her husband's passing, Maritia secured her real estate license and she and her father established Shaw-Allcorn Real Estate in Brownwood.

On December 21, 1964, Maritia married Dr. Paul Brooks Leath who was then Pastor of First Baptist Church, Fresno, CA. In 1966, the Leaths moved to La Palma, CA, as Dr. Leath became Pastor of Truett Memorial Baptist Church of Long Beach. Ten years later, Paul and Maritia moved to Houston where Dr. Leath was Professor of Religion at Houston Baptist University and Maritia worked in the school's Office of Development. While in Houston, the Leaths were active members of West University Baptist Church. Upon Dr. Leath's death in 2003, Maritia moved to Arlington, TX to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Hopie and Ricky Campbell. There she was active in the Mayfield Road Baptist Church.

Maritia was loved by all who knew her. She will be remembered for her generous, kind, forgiving, Christ-like spirit, her radiant personality, infectious smile and her beautiful singing voice. She had a passionate love for her Savior, Jesus Christ, and for her six children, ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
 

Ella Joy (Bearden) Hart
Sep 22, 1928 - Jun 4, 2014
 
Ella Joy Bearden-Hart was born Sept, 22, 1928 to Theresa Baker and Herbert Bearden in Ranger, Texas. She went to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 4, 2014. She was raised in Eastland County where she met the love her life, Carter C. Hart and married March 12, 1946. Together they enjoyed 64 years and raised five daughters.

Joy was preceded in death by her precious husband, her parents, three brothers and their youngest daughter Joan Marie.

Surviving Joy is one sister Eva Kay Poynor of Houston, her daughters Carol Kay Gilbert and her husband Henry of Arlington, Rita Joyce Hart of Corsicana, Lee Ann Collins and her husband Bryan of Kaufman, Lana Ruth Warren and her husband Edward of Humble, Texas. She leaves behind nine grandchildren, Carey, Caron, Carter, Eric, Jason, Heather, Sean, Joshua and Scott, as well as 14 great-grand children, Anthony, Tyler, Zachery, Nicholas, Christain, Kaitlyn, Ava, Addison, Olivia, Keld, Chloe, Amory, David, and Ella Joy.

Joy was a devout Christian, loving mother and master seamstress. Her joys in life were sharing her faith, lifting her voice in song and raising and loving her family. She is greatly loved by them and will be so very missed on this earth.

Family visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m Friday, June 6, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

A Celebration of her life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.

Burial will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Eastland Memorial Cemetary in Eastland, Texas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Carlton Wayne Beasley
Nov 29, 1938 - June 2, 2014
 
Funeral services for Carlton Wayne Beasley, 75, of Cleburne, Texas will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 in the Rosser Funeral Home Chapel, Cleburne.

A visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service on Friday.

Mr. Beasley passed away Monday, June 2, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. He was born in Powell, Texas on Nov. 29, 1938 to Jess Thomas and Clara Mae
(Hines) Beasley.

Carlton married Barbara Lieser on Sept. 20, 1958 in Durant, Oklahoma. He was a route salesman for Frito Lay and was of the Baptist faith.

Carlton is preceded in death by his parents; and son, David Beasley.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Beasley of Cleburne; sons, Wade Beasley of Dallas and Scott Beasley and wife, Rae Anne; grandchildren, Grace and Nicholas Beasley of Trophy Club; brother, Jerry Beasley and wife, Jane, of Corsicana; sister, Linda Menton and husband, Marcus of Cleburne; and sister-in-law, Ande Beasley of Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Rosser Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Wayne Hamm
Apr 21, 1930 - May 31, 2014

Wayne Hamm, resident of the Union High Community and formerly of Lancaster, passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the age of 84. He was born on Monday, April 21, 1930 in Palmer, Texas to Frank and Marilyn Hamm. He worked for General Electric in appliance repair and later co-owned a business in appliance repair. Wayne was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years and was a member of the Dawson Masonic Lodge # 155. Wayne and his wife Jennie moved to the Union High area in 1991 but had owned land there since the 1970's. He loved to hunt and be outdoors and until his death he checked on his neighbors cattle and visited with friends in the area.

Wayne was preceded in death by his wife Jennie Lou Mahoney Hamm in 2007, a son Billy Hamm in 2003, a daughter Connie Green in 2011, his parents and a brother, George Hamm.

He is survived by his grandchildren: Robert Green of Rockwall, Charise Jennings and husband Brent of Emory, Kyle Hamm of Union High, Charlie Green of Red Oak and Wayne Green of Red Oak, as well as great
grandchildren: Jacob Green, Trent Jennings, Ashley Jennings and Kyle Hamm Jr. He is also survived by his sister Bernice Lilley of Union High, a brother James Hamm of Baytown and a number of friends that he considered extended family members.

Masonic graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 4,
2014 at Smith Cemetery in Palmer where he will be laid to rest next to his wife.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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James Melvin McCaslin
Oct 23, 1950 - May 27, 2014

James Melvin McCaslin of Pulaski, Tennessee pased away Tuesday, May 27,
2014 at the age of 63. James was born in Corsicana on Oct. 23, 1950 to Marshel and Edna McCaslin. He was a graduate of Corsicana High School and attended Navarro College before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1970.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1970 to 1992, and unlike most career Marines, he had the good fortune of staing in one occupation specialty throughout his tours of duty. James began his military career in the Military Police field and worked through the entire spectrum from motor patrol to desk work to investigating traffic accidents and criminal cases. Tours of duty included DaNang, Vietnam, Iwakuni and Okinawa, Japan in addition to several stateside duty assignments. In 1984, he was accepted to the Warrant Officer Program and was assigned as a Naval Investigative Service special agent in El Toro, California.

James was later selected as one of eight Marines to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Va. This was followed by a three-year tour of duty at Camp Pendleton, California. In 1989, James was assigned to serve with NIS and the Provost Marshal’s Office at Camp Lejeunne.

James retired from the U.S. Marine Corps March 26, 1992. He was accepted to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy. While attending the Academy, he was elected class president and completed the program’s requirements in the top three percent of the class. Following his graduation from the Academy, he accepted a position with the Pulaski Police Department.

Most recently, James served the citizens of Pulaski and Giles county as a Criminal Investigator for the Public Defenders Office.

James Melvin McCaslin was preceded in death by his father, Marshel McCaslin.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Judith Martin McCaslin, his mother, Edna McCaslin, siblings, Corrine (Rick) Thompson, Diane (Don) Foster, and Danny (Debby) McCaslin. He is also survived by his nephews Kenny Thompson, Jeremy (Rachel) Foster, Dr. Justin (Meridith) McCaslin, and nieces Kathryn (Bryan) Knotts, Kaytee (Woody) Harrell, and Launa
(Michael) Bacon, along with great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service was held in Pulaski, Tennessee with full military honors. A local memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Pastor John Nader officiating.

Those wishing to make a memorial gift should do so to their favorite charity.

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Lena Miles
May 22, 1916 - Apr 29, 2014

May 6, 2014
Lena Miles

Pauls Valley Democrat

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Lena Miles of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was born to Lee and Frankie (Garrett) Baldwin on May 22, 1916 in Frost, Texas and passed from this life on April 29, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 97 years.

Lena grew up and attended school at Dunbar and has been a lifetime resident of Pauls Valley. She was a member of Grant and Maple Street Church of Christ.

In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, gardening, and growing flowers. The highlights of her life were her children, grandchildren, and family. Lena enjoyed entertaining her family and close friends. Her home was always open to anyone that she could help.

Mrs. Miles leaves to cherish her memory 2 sons: Major Lee Collins and wife Marie of Columbus, Georgia, and Frank Collins and wife Elisa of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1 daughter: Shelia Vick of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; 1 sister: Emma Lou White Cuero, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Mrs. Miles was preceded in death by her husband George Washington Miles; her parents Lee and Frankie Baldwin; 3 brothers: Edd Lee Baldwin, Rudolph King, and David King; and 4 sisters: Sally Baldwin, Ether Runnels, Willie V. Cox, and Ella B. Allen.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, 2014 in the Wooster Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rick Martin officiating.

Interment was in the Bethlehem Cemetery under the direction of Wooster Funeral Home.

You may send a condolence to the family at www.woosterfuneralhomes.com.

Christine Rosetta Crawford
Feb 6, 1934 - June 5, 2014
 
Christine Rosetta Crawford, 80, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Heritage Oaks West.

Christine was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Kerens.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Willie Howard Steward and George E. Steward.

Christine is survived by her son, Franklin Crawford Sr. (Tammy); daughters Angela Mangrum (Fred) and Rhonda Armstrong (Finis); grandchildren Connie Brown (Rodney), David Thomas (Emily), Maurice Crawford (Beverly), Alison Formby, Kendra Crawford, Franklin Crawford Jr. (Meko), Nekeshia Powell, Machemia McGregor; eight great-grandchildren; Resa Stewart, sister-in-law; Barbara Sweat, aunt; Jessie Gates, special cousin; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation was 12 noon to 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at First Independent Baptist Church in Kerens. Burial will follow in Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell. Pallbearers will be Vonnie Powell, Leslie Bowens, Nate Woolard, Bobby Bryant, Tavean Kelly, Randy Woods, Howard Evans, Dominic Kelly, Kendric Ford, Michael Jackson, Ronnie Bluitt, Albert Dunn, Ira Dunn, and James Cleveland.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Della (Brown) Steward
June 15, 1914 - June 2, 2014
 
Della Brown Steward, 99, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 2, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield.

Della was born June 15, 1914 in Kerens. She joined Ebenezer Baptist Church, and later united with First Independent Baptist Church. She married George Steward.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Mary Powell Brown; sons Willie Steward and George Steward; brother Odell Brown; sisters Cleo Brigham, Berthena Williams; grandson Willie G. Steward Sr.; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter Christine Crawford; sister Barbara (Elmer) Sweat; grandchildren Franklin Crawford Sr. (Tammy), Angela Mangrum (Fred), Rhonda Armstrong (Finis), Angelina Smith (Kenneth), and Alexis Steward; great-grandchildren Maurice Crawford (Beverly), Kendra Crawford, Alison Formby, Connie Brown (Rodney), Franklin Crawford Jr. (Meko), Nekeshia Powell, Machemia McGregor, Willie George Steward Jr., David Thomas (Emily); 10 great-great-granchildren; a special niece, Jessie Gates; Resa Steward, daughter-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and a wealth of friends.

Visitation will be 12 noon to 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at First Independent Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Walton officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell. Pallbearers are Vonnie Powell, Leslie Bowens, Nate Woolard, Bobby Bryant, Tavean Kelly, Randy Woods, Howard Evans, Dominic Kelly, Kendric Ford, Michael Jackson, Ronnie Bluitt, Albert Dunn, Ira Dunn and James Cleveland.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Thomas Monte Ochoa
Apr 13, 1921 - June 8, 2014

Thomas Monte Ochoa, Sr., 93, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 and from
10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chet Brake of Pursley Missionary and nephew David Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Laurel Oaks Cemetery, Mesquite. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Submitted by Karen Rost

Thomas Ochoa, Corsicana and formerly of the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the age of 93 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. He was born to Santos Andrew Ochoa and Teresa Monte Ochoa on April 13, 1921 in Waco, Texas. He served in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Texas in the Pacific. He owned and operated a retail flower shop in Dallas called Paul's Florist for 32 years.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents Santos Andrew and Teresa Ochoa; sister Julia Garcia; brother-in-laws Lee Garcia, Junior Garcia and Bill Coe; and his wife Eula Gene Ochoa in 2004. He is survived by his children; Thomas Ochoa and wife Sharon of Purdon, Dora McAteer of Garland, Linda Knief and husband Bill of Taos, NM and Leslie Ann Martin and husband Garrett of Bryan. Six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He is also survived by a sister Ophelia Coe of Waco and nephew Richard Garcia and a number of other family members.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 - 7pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home and Thursday morning from 10 - 11am in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11am in the Chapel with Bro. Chet Brake officiating and David Martin assisting. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held at Laurel Oaks Memorial Park in Mesquite at 2pm Thursday afternoon.
 


Brince Albert Powell, Sr.
Apr 3, 1884 - Mar 15, 1951

Son Charged With Slaying Of Father

By Don Morrissey
Daily Sun Staff

A family argument at 711 East Second avenue shortly before 6 p.m., Thursday resulted in a father being fatally shot by his 24 year-old son. Killed was Brinca A. Powell, Sr., 66.

A formal murder with malice complaint was filed before W. H. Johnson, justice of the peace, Friday morning, signed by Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse and sworn to before Hal H. Bookout, county attorney, naming Robert E. Powell as the alleged slayer of his father.

The defendant had not been before the magistrate Friday morning.

According to the county attorney, the argument started in the living room between the senior Powell and his son. Bookout said he understood the argument was over clothing.

Employed as Nightwatchman
The murdered man had been employed as a nightwatchman for the O. R. Burden Construction Co., and during a recent illness his son, Robert, had been working in his place.

Mrs. H. L. Moreau, a daughter who was preparing supper, told the county attorney her father said, “son, you’re just harping because you have to work for me. You’re not so big I can’t still tan your hide.”

As the elder Powell rose to his feet, Robert is alleged to have struck his father and knocked him down. Mrs. Moreau said she then grabbed her children and ran out the back door.

Another son, James, 28, was in the living room and Bookout said he related he started to struggle with Robert and was attempting to pull him off his father when another son, Sgt. Brince A., Jr., 32, entered the room.

The county attorney said James told him Brince Jr., pulled him away from Robert, thinking that he and his brother were fighting.

Shooting Starts
James said he looked up just as Robert started shooting. Nine bullets from a .22 caliber pistol pierced the murdered man from his knees to his neck. At the Corley funeral home it was discovered there were 15 bullet holes in the man’s body.

James said he believed Robert had the pistol on him all the time as he was preparing to leave for the nightwatchman’s job prior to the time the argument started.

The wounded man fell and died in the family’s dining room where the table had been set for the evening meal.

Brince, Jr., a four-times wounded soldier, returned home from Korea but a short time ago. Another son, Frank, is with the First Marine Division in Korea.

Goes to Grand Jury
The county attorney said he would present the case to the grand jury when it convenes next week.

The dead man’s wife, mother of the accused slayer, had returned home earlier Thursday from a hospital and was in her bed, still ill, during the tragedy.

City Officer’s Pickering, Frank Chapman, Tanner and Powell, along with Texas Highway Patrolman Gaines were at the scene of the shooting as was Justice Johnson.

Later Bookout and his assistant, Eugene Fletcher, and Deputy Pete McCain conducted an investigation.

Nine Empty Shells
Bookout said there were nine empty shells in the gun’s cylinder. A son of the murdered man said Robert had traded a bicycle for the gun about a month ago. The accused was taken to the county jail.

Additional survivors are another son, Earl C. Powell, Corsicana, two grandchildren; a brother, Earl C. Powell, Corsicana, two grandchildren; a brother, Earl Powell, Hubbard, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Silas G. Triplett, minister of the West Side Church of Christ.

Powell was a native of Blooming Grove, and had resided in Corsicana for many years. He was a pipeliner for years.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 16, 1951 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Brince A. Powell Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Brince A. Powell, Sr., 66, who died at the family home, 711 East Second avenue, Thursday night from gunshot wounds, were held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Silas G. Triplett, West Side Church of Christ minister. Burial was in the Oakwood cemetery.

Native of Blooming Grove, Powell had resided in Corsicana for many years. Formerly a pipeliner, he had been a nightwatchman for the past several years.

A son, Robert E. Powell, is charged by complaint with murder with malice in connection with the death of his father. Nine bullet holes from a .22 caliber pistol are said to have been found in the victim’s body.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; five sons, Brince A. Powell, Jr., four-time wounded veteran, U. S. Army; James Powell, Corsicana; Frank M. Powell and Robert E. Powell, both of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. H. L. Moreau, Corsicana; a brother, Earl Powell, Hubbard; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were John McNutt, Johnny Spencer, Unice Hayes, Frank Cook, Raymond Wilson and Barney Hall.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, March 17, 1951 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Jury Selection In Murder Case Under Way Today

A slow tedious task of selecting a jury opened the trial Tuesday of Robert A. Powell, who is charged with killing his 66-year-old father, Brince A. Powell.

Presentation of evidence was expected to get under way during the afternoon.

Application Filed
Through his attorney, Doyle Pevehouse, the defendant filed application for a suspended sentence in the event of conviction. Interrogation of prospective jurors indicated the defense would base its case on self-defense and insanity.

Young Powell, about 24, was indicted on a murder with malice charge for the fatal shooting of his father at their family home, 711 East Second avenue, last March 15. Powell was shot nine times with a .22 caliber pistol.

Jurors were being selected from a special venire.

County Attorney Hal Bookout said the death penalty would not be asked.

Jurors Ordered Back.
District Judge A. P. Mays, who is presiding in the case, announced that excused jurors must report back at 10 a.m. Friday, when Felder Lewis, negro, is slated to face trial on a charge of killing Albert Spriggins, negro, with a brick on the streets of Dawson last Jan. 6.

About 30 witnesses were summoned in the Powell case.

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Murder Trial Defendant Asserts He Cannot Remember Shooting Father

By Clyde E. Johnson
Daily Sun Staff

Sixteen witnesses, including the accused, took the stand Wednesday as the murder trial of Robert E. Powell, entered the final stages.

The frail, physically-wrecked defendant calmly told the jury he remembered nothing about the fatal-shooting of his father, Brince A. Powell, Sr.

“I Don’t Remember”
“I don’t remember anything,” said the youth who is claiming both temporary insanity and self defense. Powell told of incidents leading up to the shooting, how an argument with his father had developed into a family fight. But, as for the shooting, he said “I couldn’t swear that I did and I couldn’t swear that I didn’t.”

Most of the defense testimony emphasized the 24-year-old defendant’s bad health and peculiarities. His mother, and widow of the slain man, said young Powell had undergone eight operations since 1942.

Scars Displayed
While on the stand, the defendant removed his shirt and revealed a heavily-scarred back. He told of having a lung removed, ribs extracted, and of suffering back and head injuries in accidents.

“He’s never had any peace or rest,” his mother, Mrs. B. A. Powell, Sr., said. “He complains all the time about his head hurting.:

Character Witnesses
Character witnesses who said the defendant had a good reputation were Harold A. Jones, C. A. Hester, I. T. Kent, Dr. James Curington and M. B. Golden.

County Jailer, J. C. Allen told of observing the accused while he was in jail. The inmate wouldn’t eat and wouldn’t talk, said Allen, and one time he fell from his bunk onto the concrete floor.

Several witnesses have testified that young Powell had fallen at times.

Mrs. Olga Rutledge, who lives next door to the Powell home, recalled the commotion of March 15, when the elder Powell was slain. She described the defendant as one who “seemed to be ailing and always was feeling bad.”

“Highly Nervous”
Another neighbor, R. H. Phinney, testified briefly as to Robert’s “highly nervous” condition. He also said the accused had a bruised jaw shortly after the shooting.

Two ministers, Silas M. Triplett, pastor of the West Side Church of Christ, and The Rev. James Joseph, rector of the Episcopal Church here, testified as to Robert’s physical and mental condition.

Joseph said Robert appeared in a state of “semi-shock” and couldn’t seem to recall exactly what had happened. The rector was instrumental in having the defendant observed at the Terrell State Hospital.

Doctor Testifies
Dr. Will Miller told of examining the accused. In answer to defense counsel’s questions, he said a state of “depressivemania” or temporary insanity results from prolonged illness, torment and pain, “it causes some people to crack up,” he said.

County Clerk J. Vernon Harwell supplied evidence that Powell was committed for 90 days observation at Terrell.

“Sick in Mind”
The defendant’s oldest brother, Earl, said young Robert “was pretty sick in mind” and “at times seemed not to know who I was.”

Cross-examination of defense witnesses by the state sought to show that the interest in Robert’s condition had developed only since he had been charged with murder.

Dr. T. O. Willis, who was one of the signers of the Terrell commitment papers, said he had felt that specialists could examine the defendant.

Results of the Terrell examinations were expected to be brought out by the state on rebuttal testimony. A Terrell physician has been summoned.

Presentation of evidence in the case got under way at 4 p.m. Tuesday, following selection of a jury and arraignment of the 25-year-old defendant, who pleaded innocent.

Young Powell claims both self defense and temporary insanity.

Tell of Shooting
The state’s first two witnesses—sons of the slain man—told of a “knock down and drag out” family fight a few minutes before the father was shot nine times with a .22 caliber pistol at their Corsicana home last March 15.

Testifying were James Powell and B. A. Powell, Jr., older brothers of the defendant. Both described their accused brother as having bad health. Their testimony showed the defendant was highly nervous and at times would sit alone for lengthy periods in the back yard with a glass of water and a cigarette.

Undergone Operations
The accused has undergone operations on the spine and lungs, and once suffered a head injury when struck by a truck, his brothers said. He also was described as “pouty”, non-talkative, depressed and one who felt that “everybody’s against him.”

James Powell first took the stand and described incidents leading up to the shooting.

“I came home that day around 5 p.m.,” he said, “and about thirty minutes later Robert (who is called Bobby) came in.”

An argument then ensued between Bobby and James over a pair of trousers which had been sent to the cleaners.

“Bobby wanted them and said I shouldn’t have had them sent to the cleaners,” testified James. During this argument, James continued, their father came into the room and asked Bobby if he wanted to work that night for Mr. Powell, who was a nightwatchman for the O. R. Burden Construction Co.

Mr. Powell was ill, it was explained, and Bobby had worked in his place on previous occasions.

“If you don’t want to go to work I’ll go myself,” James quoted his father as saying. “By God, go ahead,” the accused young sons was quoted as replying. Then, said James, his father informed Bobby “he wasn’t too big to have his britches spanked.”

Tried to Stop Fuss
James said he turned toward the pair and attempted to break up the fuss and prevent his father from whipping Bobby.

“I reached and grabbed Bobby and was carrying him outside,” continued James. “I got to the back door and my brother (B. A. Powell, Jr.,) came in. He jerked me loose from Bobby.”

James testified that he and B. A., and army sergeant on furlough at the time after being wounded in Korea, scuffled in the living room just as the shots were fired.

“I saw Bobby reach down toward the radio,” James said, “Daddy was standing in the dining room with one hand on the table and on in his back pocket. I heard Daddy tell Bobby to “put it down” and then I heard the shots.”

Just after the shooting, James said his father declared, “Bobby, you’ve shot your daddy.”

These details of the shooting were brought out through interrogation by County Attorney Hal Bookout.

James also quoted the accused as saying, “Die,” as he fired the fatal bullets.

Mother Was Ill
On cross examination by Defense Attorney Doyle Pevehouse, James related how his ailing mother had just been returned from a hospital the day of the shooting. She was recuperating from pneumonia and was in bed at the time. It was on cross examination, too, that the accused Bobby’s physical condition and emotional “peculiarities” were brought out.

James also testified, in answer to defense counsel’s questions, that Bobby and his father engaged in an altercation. He described the whole matter as a “knock down, drag out fight.” At one time, he testified, the elder Powell was holding the accused son in the air by his heels “like a chicken.”

“Some Things You Forget”
On re-direct examination, the prosecutor brought out that James apparently had omitted much of his testimony when he appeared before the grand jury eight days after the killing.

“Why didn’t you tell me or the grand jury this story?” asked Bookout.

“There’s some things you can forget—several things you didn’t ask me,” replied James.

Sgt. B. A. Powell, Jr., told practically the same story of the shooting as did his brother, James. After the shooting he said, Bobby was “running through the house wild after James. Later, he said Bobby was outside the house chasing James.

Both brother told of their father’s strength and stoutness. James said he was afraid of his father, and the Army sergeant remarked “I wouldn’t want him to get a hold of me.”

The state’s third witness, before resting the case at 5:40 p.m., was Arthur Ellis, a mortician employed by Corley Funeral Home. Ellis told of receiving the body and preparing it for burial.

Nine Bullet Wounds
Ellis testified there were nine bullet wounds—15 holes in the body—and that death was caused in his opinion, by disruption of the circulatory system due to the bullet wounds.

The bullets struck the elder Powell’s chest and ranged downward, hitting the leg and the arm, said Ellis.

“The body was in the dining room lying on the floor with his head in the soldier’s lap.” Testified the mortician. “The soldier handed me the gun and said “take this so there won’t be any more trouble with it?”

County Attorney Bookout introduced the death weapon following identification by the Powell brothers and Ellis.

Court Recessed
Applying for a suspended sentence in the event of conviction, the defense had numerous “character” witnesses on hand. None of these took the stand Tuesday, for Judge A. P. Mays recessed court at 6 p.m. until 9 a.m. Wednesday. And the state had rested only a few minutes earlier.

Just prior to the recess, the defense called its first witness—Mrs. Colleen Dawson Bolton, who was a friend of the Powell family and was in the deceased man’s home the day he was killed.

Mrs. Bolton testified that the army sergeant was “awful drunk,” that she had been with him and Bobby shortly before the shooting that evening.

The jury was locked up during the night, and presentation of evidence was resumed Wednesday morning.

Jurors selected to try the case were A. S. Boldin, J. S. Gordon, O. L. Pitts, all of Corsicana; A. C. Smith, Sam M. Moore, F. A. Fields, Orval Mahaley and Roy Vest, all of Frost; J. K. Dickson, Kerens; J. P. Travis, Rice; Calvin Drain, Emhouse; and Joe W. Minafee, Blooming Grove.

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Robert E. Powell Given Suspended Sentence By Jury
By Clyde E. Johnson
Daily Sun Staff

A five-year suspended sentence was assessed against Robert E. Powell Wednesday night for the fatal shooting of his 66-year-old father Brince A. Powell, Sr.

The 24-year-old Corsicanan, who had pleaded innocent by reason of temporary insanity, was convicted of murder without malice for the March 15 family home slaying.

Accepts Sentence
He accepted sentence, and was released, shortly after the jury reported its verdict to District Judge A. P. Mays. There were some three hours deliberation.

The case went to the jury about 4:20 p.m. after a star stat’s witness from Terrell testified that Robert had been found sand after an 84-day observation at the State Hospital.

“We found him to be sane and discharged him without psychosis,” declared Dr. H. F. Bolding, a psychiatrist on the hospital’s medical staff.

Many Defense Witnesses.
The expert’s testimony came after a host of defense witnesses had described the defendant as a physically-wrecked, nervous and peculiar man.

Young Powell was indicted on a murder with malice charge, which carries the death penalty. But the extreme penalty wasn’t sought by State’s Attorney Hal Bookout, and his assistant, Eugene Fletcher.

Attorney Doyle Pevehouse represented the defendant.

23 Witnesses
Twenty-three witnesses testified in the case, which grew out of what was described as a “knock-down-drag-out” family fight at the Powell home, 711 East Second, about 6 p.m. last March 15. The father was shot nine times with a .22 caliber pistol following an argument with his son, Robert.

The defense had stressed the accused killer’s physical and mental condition. When he took the stand near the trial’s end, Robert declared he remembered nothing about the shooting.

“We are dealing with a human being who doesn’t need punishment, but needs treatment,” Attorney Pevehouse told the jurors.

The state, on the other hand, charged that one’s physical condition was not a “license to kill.”

Arguments Completed.
Each side was allowed 45 minutes for argument.

Bookout told the jury it was about time “we put a little value on human life in Navarro county.” He said people went to the penitentiary for stealing and go free for murder.

The defense had applied for a suspended sentence in event of conviction.

Earlier, Pevehouse had said self-defense also would be claimed. But at the trial’s conclusion, District Judge Mays held there was no evidence to support the claim, and the jury was not charged on the subject.

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Wanda Grace (McLain) Gillen
Mar 20, 1925 - June 6, 2014

 
Wanda McLain Gillen, 89, of Blooming Grove passed away Friday, June 6, 2014 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Wanda was born March 20, 1925 in Mertens, Texas to Earl and Lucille McLain. She attended school in Mertens and was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1942. She attended the University of North Texas for one year and was then asked to teach business classes at Blooming Grove High School. She continued her education in the summers and graduated from UNT in August 1949. She received her M.S. in Education from Baylor University.

While teaching at Blooming Grove, Wanda met the love of her life and married Billy Gillen on July 30, 1945. He told her that he was going to marry her on their first date, and until his death in 1982 they were inseparable.

She had a great love for teaching. She taught business for 24 years at Blooming Grove. She also sponsored pep squad, cheerleaders, drill team and anything else she was ask to do including becoming the counselor. In 1968, she became a counselor at Navarro until her retirement in 1988. She loved the students at Blooming Grove and Navarro, and often said she gave advice that no one listened to. However, they did because she was stopped almost every day and told by someone how much she had affected their lives. After retirement, she was elected to serve on the board of Navarro from 1989 until 2002. The highlight was a trip to Russia in 1998 to a college that had students also attending Navarro. Overall, she served the young people of Navarro County and their educational needs for over 60 years. She was always proud of her “kids” as she called them.

Wanda was an active member of the Blooming Grove Central Baptist Church where she had served as a Sunday school teacher and pianist. She was a former member of Delta Kappa Gamma, retired Teacher and other clubs in Navarro County.

She and her husband loved to travel. She continued this by taking her grandchildren to Europe for graduation and then continued to travel with friends and family often.

Wanda was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Gillen Sr., her parents, brother and sister-in-law, Travis and Beverly King McLain, and son-in-law, Bill Hill.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Karen Jarvis Gillen of Corpus Christie, daughter, Gale Hill of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, David Hill, Dustin Hill, Stephanie Wigington and husband, Daron, Shane Gillen, and Jason Gillen and wife, Natalie; great-grandchildren Forrest, Wesley, and Katelyn Wigington, and Wyatt, Garrett and Riley Gillen; brother and sister-in-law, Del and Wynell McLain of Rockport; sister-in-laws, Maxine Brown, Doris Gillen, and Carolyn Gillen.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, Texas. Burial will follow at Rose Hill cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Quilla Van Varnell
June 25, 1932 - June 8, 2014

Quilla Van Varnell, resident of Tyler, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the age of 81. He was born June 25, 1932 in Barry to James Otis Varnell and Myrtle Agnes Hodkin.

He is preceded in death by parents; wife, Helen Joyce Dozier Varnell; two brothers, James Otis “Skeet” Varnell Jr. and Dolphus Don Varnell; two sisters, Blanche Virginia “Gence” Page and Bobbie Jean Beam; niece, Shirley Ann Beam Moreau and great-grandson James Robert Arnett.

He is survived by his children, Gail and husband Marc Turner of Streetman, Kenny and wife Susie Varnell of Tyler and Tracy and wife Kathryn Varnell of Tyler; grandchildren, Jamie Arnett of Tyler, Nicole Ballard and husband Jayme of Streetman, Brandon and wife Kim Varnell of Tyler, Brian and wife Kayla Varnell of Tyler, Taylor Varnell of Tyler and Benjamin Varnell of Tyler; great-grandchildren, Cheyanne and Kelsie Arnett, Cash and Cayme Ballard, Colbre and Emily Varnell and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Curtis Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dorothy Ann (Brittain) Pease-Barnes-Brittain
Mar 22, 1944 - Jun 7, 2014

Dorothy was born March 22, 1944 in Cheltenham, England during World War II. Her father was an American soldier and her mother was a British war bride. Dorothy traveled with her mother, Doris Bond Brittain, to the United States on the Queen Mary in 1946.

As a child, Dorothy attended public schools in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1962. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church with her parents Charlie and Doris Brittain. Dorothy had three children, Tom Pease, Ann Barnes and John Barnes.

After raising her children in Corsicana, Dorothy moved to Dallas where she was an active volunteer with CASA, Side Walk Chalk Arts and the SPCA.

Dorothy moved to Montgomery County to be close to her fiancé, David Rhodes. While living at Lake Conroe Dorothy volunteered with MCPAS (Montgomery County Performing Arts Society), the Republican Women's Party, and Friends of the Conroe Symphony. Dorothy was also active with St. Mary's Church in Plantersville and Sacred Heart Catholic School in Conroe. She assisted in the political campaigns for Wayne Mack, Craig Doyle, and Will Metcalf among others in the republican party.

Dorothy never met a stranger, loved to cook for small and large groups and was always trying a new recipe. She loved to knit and routinely gave her work away to friends. Dorothy was an avid sailor and taught sailing to people young and old; she loved being on the water, speaking often about how the water sounded hitting the boat and how quiet it was to be on the water.

Following a brief illness, Dorothy passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Dorothy is survived by her fiancé David Rhodes; her children and grandchildren Tom and Angie Pease, Cheyanne, Charlie and Savannah Pease, Ann and Terry Watkins and son Ian Cunningham, and Johnny and Janet Barnes and Chloe Barnes. Dorothy is also survived by her brothers Richard and Rusty Brittain, her sister Debbie Hudson and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

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Larry Gene Fields
Sept 19, 1940 - June 7, 2014

Larry Gene Fields, Sr. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler at approximately 2:55 a.m.

He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Brenda Fields of Kerens; son, Larry Gene Fields, Jr. of Glenrose; grand daughter, Maryssa Dawn Fields of San Antonio; brother -in-law, Coco Auerbach and wife Joan of Athens; sister-in-law Debbie Edrington and husband Bruce of Kerens; brother-in-law Ricky Auerbach and wife Cathy of Kerens; sister-in-law, Martha Fields of Kerens; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Kerens with Rev. Leslie Bryd officiating. Burial will be in the Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Russ Crawford, Dale Crawford, Mike Armstrong, David Armstrong, Roy Kamp, John Colbert, Floyd Henderson and Lynn Goodwin.  Honorary pallbearers are Eddie McNeese, Lloyd Smith, Kenneth Kilcrease, James Kelley and George Reagan.

Memorials maybe made to the Kerens First United Methodist Church; Kerens Veterans Memorial or the Kerens Cemetery Association. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Cossie B. Duncan
Apr 28, 1920 - Apr 10, 2012

Cossie B. Duncan was born in Blooming Grove, Texas to John and Alice Smith Duncan. He was a horse owner and trainer most of his life. A Veteran of WWII in the U. S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters: John Duncan, Harry Charles Duncan, Sr., Dimple Gilbert and Tommie Lee Patterson, Children: Cossie B. Duncan, Jr., Trice Duncan and Cortez Duncan. Survivors include his wife: Opal Thomas Duncan, Children: Alice Rogers, Dimple Holloway, Brenda Duncan, Earl Duncan, Suzy Duncan and Bermia Duncan Bush, step-daughter: Terry Thomas, sister, Beulah Mae Duncan and brother: Doc Duncan. The family will visit from 1 P.M. to 3 P. M. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the WEST/HURTT Funeral Home. Services to Celebrate his Homegoing will be held at 3 P. M. Saturday in the Chapel of WEST/HURTT Funeral Home. Interment with Military Honors will be held at 2:30 P. M. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery - use lane "C"

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Cosia Shearnette (Burke) Rominger-Rau
Nov 8, 1936 - June 11, 2014

Cosia Shearnette Rau, 77, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas after a short illness. She was born in Blooming Grove, Texas on Nov. 8, 1936 to James and Birdie Burke. Cosia retired from Time-Warner after 25 years. She attended school in Blooming Grove, Texas where she graduated.

Cosia married James Richard Rominger Sr., through their marriage they had a son, Richard Rominger Jr., who passed away in 1975. She later married Richard Rau. She will be remembered as a favorite aunt to her family.

She is survived by two nieces; Linda Petty Rothgeb and Glenda Petty Harris; nephew Riley G. Petty; and her former husband, James R. Rominger who remained a close friend to her.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Texas

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Emogene (Frederick) Helenthal Mazzarella
1934 - Mar 19, 2000
 

EMOGENE FREDERICK HELENTHAL MAZZARELLA, 66, Macgregor Road, Winter Springs, died Sunday, March 19, of a stroke. Mrs. Mazzarella was a billing clerk. Born in Blooming Grove, Texas, she moved to Central Florida in 1980. She was Methodist. Survivors: sons, Mark Helenthal, Matt Helenthal, both of Orlando, John Helenthal, Clermont, Luke Helenthal, Longwood; stepsons, Louis, Robert, both of Marietta, Ga.; stepdaughter, Christine DelFavero, Marietta; sisters, Frances Green, Garland, Texas, Alice Connell, Arlington, Texas, Joe Frederick, Barry, Texas; 12 grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Goldenrod-Winter Park Chapel.

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Joyce "Elaine" Wise
May 2, 1947 - Jan 28, 2010

WISE - Joyce "Elaine" Wise, joined the Lord in Heaven, on Thursday, January 28, 2010. A funeral service will be held for Elaine on Monday, February 8, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at Valley Gospel Tabernacle, 1824 Valley Road SW, followed by a committal service at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE.

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  • Joyce Elaine Wise was born in Blooming Grove Texas on May2,1947
  • Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM

Gerald Willard Parker
Aug 24, 1920 - Feb 2, 2014

Dr. Gerald Willard Parker passed away on February 2, 2014 at age 93. He was born in Kerens, Texas on August 24, 1920 to Willard and Minnie May Parker. Dr. Parker is pre-deceased by wives, Reba Land Parker and Jacqueline Marie Parker; his parents; and 2 brothers, Cecil I. Parker and Rudolph Parker.

Dr. Parker graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1943. He next answered the call to duty in the United States Army where he served with honor in his medical unit that provided combat support to Patton's 3rd Army in the fight across France and Germany. He was awarded two battle stars, and was among the first wave of U.S. service members to provide life-saving aid to surviving victims of the Dachau concentration camp upon its liberation.

After the end of WWII, Dr. Parker began a long and distinguished career in Veterinary Medicine and selfless service to his community.

Together with his partners, Drs. R.D. Brown and R.A. Culpepper, Dr. Parker operated seven veterinary hospitals over his career, to include the Alamo Dog and Cat Hospital that was recognized in 2009 as a Heritage Hospital being the oldest continuously operating small animal private practice in Texas History. Dr. Parker was a pioneer in the practice of veterinary medicine that included serving as President of the Bexar County Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Associations, and the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. His mentorship to countless veterinarians and his compassionate care for his clients are what will be remembered the most.

Dr. Parker extended his compassion and selfless service to those he served in his veterinary practice, to public service for his fellow citizens in San Antonio. As a candidate for the Good Government League, Dr. Parker was elected four times to the San Antonio City Council from 1961 to 1968, a pivotal time in San Antonio's history where he helped chart a trajectory for economic growth and opportunity that is still visible today. His other civic duties included appointments on the San Antonio Health Advisory Board, and as a trustee on the San Antonio Transit System and the Texas Municipal Retirement System. He also supported schools and civic organizations throughout the south and southeast side of San Antonio.

Dr. Parker was an avid golfer and supporter of Texas A&M University who enjoyed life in a way that brought happiness to many people.

He is survived by two children, six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. His son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gerald W Parker, Jr. and Denise Sonnen Parker reside in Bryan, Texas. His daughter and her husband, Anne Parker Orrell and Dr. Ronald Jay Orrell live in College Station, Texas.

He is also survived by two stepchildren and extended family, Cal and Cheri Groom and Barbara and Charles Hackney; and their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be remembered by his two dear friends Jo Ann Wood and Ruth Millsap.

The family will receive friends at Porter Loring North from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, February 7th, 2014.

GRAVESIDE SERVICE
SATURDAY
FEBRUARY 8, 2014
10:00 A.M.
SUNSET MEMORIAL PARK
1701 AUSTIN HIGHWAY

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in honor of Dr. Parker. Checks should be made payable to Texas A&M University Foundation with notation of memorial to Dr. Gerald Parker. Mail to Dean's Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-4461, Attention Dr. O.J. Woytek

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Gerald Parker
August 24, 1920 - February 2, 2014

Dr. Gerald Willard Parker, 93, of San Antonio passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 7, at Porter Loring Mortuary, 2102 N. Loop 1604 E., San Antonio, Texas 78232. Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, February 8, at Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Hwy, in San Antonio, TX 78218.

He was born in Kerens, Texas on August 24, 1920 to Willard and Minnie May Parker. Dr. Parker graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1943. He next answered the call to duty in the U.S. Army where he served with honor in his medical unit that provided combat support to Patton’s 3rd Army in the fight across France and Germany. He was awarded two battle stars, and was among the first wave of U.S. service members to provide life-saving aid to surviving victims of the Dachau concentration camp upon its liberation.

After the end of WWII, Dr. Parker began a long and distinguished career in Veterinary Medicine and selfless service to his community. Together with his partners, Drs. R.D. Brown and R.A. Culpepper, Dr. Parker operated seven veterinary hospitals over his career, to include the Alamo Dog and Cat Hospital that was recognized in 2009 as a Heritage Hospital being the oldest continuously operating small animal private practice in Texas History. Dr. Parker was a pioneer in the practice of veterinary medicine that included serving as President of the Bexar County Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Associations, and the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Dr. Parker extended his compassion and selfless service to those he served in his veterinary practice, to public service for his fellow citizens in San Antonio. As a candidate for the Good Government League, Dr. Parker was elected four times to the San Antonio City Council from 1961 to 1968, a pivotal time in San Antonio’s history where he helped chart a trajectory for economic growth and opportunity that is still visible today.

Dr. Parker is pre-deceased by wives, Reba Land Parker and Jacqueline Marie Parker; his parents; and two brothers, Cecil I. Parker and Rudolph Parker.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gerald W Parker, Jr. and Denise (Sonnen) Parker reside of Bryan, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law, Anne Parker Orrell and Dr. Ronald Jay Orrell of College Station, Texas; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren and other family.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in honor of Dr. Parker. Checks should be made payable to Texas A&M University Foundation with notation of memorial to Dr. Gerald Parker. Mail to Dean's Office, College of Veterinary Medicine, TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-4461, Attention Dr. O.J. Woytek

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Lou O. (Martin) Bunch
Nov 21, 1914 - Nov 21, 2009

Lou O. Bunch passed away on her 95th birthday, Nov. 21 in Huntsville surrounded by all of her family.

She was born in Kerens, Texas, to John Fountain Martin and Lou Deanie Martin (Lowery) on Nov. 21, 1914.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe G. Bunch, parents, three sisters and one brother.

Lou is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Hogenmiller, and husband, Cletus; grandchildren, Michael Hogenmiller and wife Nancy of Atlanta, Georgia, LuAnne Emanuel and husband Philip of The Woodlands, John Douglas Hogenmiller and wife Julie of Lakeway, Texas, and nine great-grandchildren.

Lou was a residence of Carriage Inn in Huntsville and prior to that she lived in Odessa, Texas.

A private service will take place in Odessa at a future date.

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Bert Thomas Stinson Jr.
Jan. 7, 1933 – Oct. 23, 2011

Bert Thomas Stinson Jr.

Bert Thomas Stinson Jr. loving husband, father, Papa, Opa and friend went to be with his Lord on Oct. 23, 2011, after a peaceful rest at Buffalo Creek Memory and Assisted Living Care, Waxahachie. Bert was born in Kerens, Texas on Jan. 7, 1933 and raised in Midlothian and Waxahachie area. Bert was an accomplished businessman, co-owning Stinson Plumbing Company in Lancaster until retiring at the early age of 47 years to become an avid breeder of thoroughbred racehorses. Afterwards he and his wife, Dorothy, enjoyed many years hunting, fishing and traveling the country visiting friends and family together.

He was one of 11 children born to the late Bert Thomas and Bertie Stinson and was the beloved husband of Dorothy Hobbs Stinson for 58 years.

Bert will forever be remembered by his devoted children: son, Bert R. Stinson and wife, Susan, of Palmer; daughter, Janice Williamson and husband, James, of Waxahachie; daughter, Joanna Richardson of Italy; and son-in-law, Joseph Richardson of Waxahachie. He is also survived by his sisters: Margie King of Waco, Mary Stone of Lancaster and Shirley Collins of Cedar Hill. Bert enjoyed life with 10 grandchildren: Brandy Ziegler and husband, Kim; Carmen Mills and husband, Brad; Jessica Thompson and husband, David; Joel Richardson; Kally Crow and husband, Lynn; Jared Williamson; Cass Stinson and wife, Tessa; Jeremy Richardson; Jolyn Becerra and husband, Noe; and Jennifer Richardson. Through the lives of these grandchildren, Bert was blessed with 15 great-grandchildren.

Bert touched the lives of all he met with his sense of humor and love of the outdoors. His compassion for others was unyielding. Bert trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior as a young man and was a member of Farley Street Baptist Church. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate the life of Bert Thomas Stinson Jr. at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

Visitation for friends and family is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

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Corena Phillips-Cross
abt 1920 - Sep 15, 2010

Corena Cross, 92, of Brooksville, died Wednesday, Sept. 15. She was born in Kerens, Texas.
Survivors include her son, Johnny Reed Phillips of Tennessee; two sisters, Emma Moore and Laura Howard; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel.

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Forest O. Jackson
Jan 15, 1924 - Jan 11, 2011

PALESTINE — Services for Forest O. Jackson, 87, of Cayuga will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine with the Rev. Jay Abernathy officiating. Burial will follow at Judson Cemetery in Cayuga. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster, Palestine.

Mr. Jackson died Saturday at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.

He was born in Kerens, Texas on Jan. 15, 1924 to Edward “Ed” Franklin and Pearl Cynthia Crisp Jackson.

Mr. Jackson served in the Army Air Corp with the rank of S/Sgt as a gunner. He flew 31 bombing missions during World War II and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross Award. After returning from the war, he married Billie Abbe on Aug. 14, 1945 and they made their home in Cayuga, Texas where they still reside. He served as a deacon of Judson Baptist Church and volunteered for numerous community functions and activities.

Mr. Jackson worked in Houston for an oilfield service pipeline company for many years until 1968 when he went to work for the Texas Department of Corrections as the farm shop manager. He then became the maintenance supervisor of the bus barn at Cayuga Independent School District and periodically drove a school bus route until his retirement. Once retired from Cayuga school, he enjoyed ranching until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lester Jackson; and his sister, Ila Mae Jackson Wofford.

Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife of 65 years, Billie Abbe Jackson; his children, Stanley Jackson and wife Antje of Lafayette, Colo., Darnelle Jackson Billings and husband Ralph of Fairfield, and Kerry “Pat” Jackson and wife Vickie of Palestine; and his grandchildren, Morgan Jackson and wife Kristy of Sioux Falls, S.D. and their children “Little” Forest and Cameron, David Jackson of Tyler, Keri Lyn Jackson of Tyler, Jonathan Jackson of Ruston, La., Rickey Jackson and wife Samantha of Strasburg, Colo. and their daughter Maya, Paige Billings of Fairfield, and Sherman Billings of Fairfield. He is also survived by his sister, Noella Jackson Adair and husband Jerry of Cayuga; and brother, Lavanda Jackson of Jacksonville; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Morgan Jackson, David Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Sherman Billings, Tommy Lee Jackson and Paul Bell. Honorary pallbearers are Rickey Jackson and J.W. Sparks Jr.

Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701, or Judson Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 459, Cayuga, Texas 75832.

Notes:

  • The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas - Jan 25, 2011
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 64630356

Geraldine Irene "Gery" (Hartley) Thomas
Jan 26, 1922 - Jan 1, 2013

Gerry was born in Kerens, Texas, on Jan. 26, 1922. Her parents were Francis Eugenia Cory and Irwin Walter Hartley; she was the second of two children. Both parents grew up in the Lawrence, Kan., area, and when Gerry was 11 months old, the family moved back to Lawrence. They traveled from Texas in a Model T Ford and lived in Lawrence with Irwin's mother, Lina Brink Hartley, for about five years, paying rent of $5 per month. When Gerry was 5 years old, the family moved into their new home at 1645 Alabama Street, which Irwin had built for $3,000. The family lived at this same home until Eugenia died in 1976.

Gerry attended Cordley Elementary School, Lawrence Junior High School and Lawrence High School. Gerry participated in many school activities and earned the highest honor in Girl Scouting, the Golden Eaglet, on May 26, 1939, at the same time as her sister, Nana.

Gerry had a number of cousins who lived nearby in Eudora, Kan., Ruthie, Marie, Bob and Dick. The family enjoyed many happy reunions at a small family cabin near the Kaw River.

Gerry went to the University of Kansas for two years and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Gerry met Jerald Thomas, who was also attending the university, at a pledge dance in 1940. They corresponded while he was in the service during World War II.

Gerry then attended Emporia State Teachers College for two years and received an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate. Gerry taught two years in an elementary school in Junction City, Kan. Gerry had many friends who were in the armed services during World War II.

Gerry and Jerald wrote each other during the war. Jerald came to Lawrence for a visit after the war, and they fell in love. They were married in Lawrence on June 2, 1946. After the wedding, Gerry's parents took them to the bus station where they departed for their honeymoon in Excelsior Springs.

After the wedding, Gerry and Jerry moved to Kansas City, while Jerry attended the University of Kansas City. Jerry graduated in 1948. Gerry and Jerry then moved to Boulder, Colo., where Jerry enrolled in graduate school. Gerry and Jerry lived in a basement apartment on Baseline Street in Boulder near Chautauqua Park. Gerry's culinary specialty was spaghetti, but when money ran low, they would buy dented cans of pork and beans. Their first son, Whitney Lee, was born there in 1949.

After Jerry's graduation, they moved back to Kansas City in 1950 to help care for Jerry's mother, who was very ill with leukemia.

In 1950, husband Jerry began his career in the tire business with U.S. Rubber, at which time frequent relocation began. The family moved to Hastings and then Omaha, Neb. Their second son, Clifford Hartley, was born in 1952. The family then moved to Columbia for two years, 1953-1954. The family then moved to Chicago and lived there from 1955-1956. Their only daughter, Marilyn Sue, was born in 1955. The family then moved back to Kansas City from 1957-1959. Gerry was a stay-at-home mom and was Den Mother for son Whitney. Husband Jerry did lots of traveling during the week, and Gerry was left alone to raise the kids; Jerry would return on weekends. The family made many wonderful trips back to Lawrence to visit Gerry's parents. While in Kansas City, a third son, Arnold Neil, was born in 1957. Next the family moved to Atlanta, Ga., from 1959-1960. Gerry and Jerry got tired of moving every two years, and so Jerry obtained a job in St. Louis. The family lived in University City from 1960-1964; Gerry and Jerry became very active at Union Avenue Christian Church, where Gerry met many bridge players.

In 1964, the family moved back to Columbia, where they bought their first new house. Gerry was busy raising her four children but found time to be an active Camp Fire Girl leader and ran a summer camp for several years. Gerry was active in the First Christian Church and had many friends with whom she played bridge. Their house was near a large lake, and the family spent many happy hours swimming and ice skating. At this time, the family got their first dog, Spot, a pure bread Beagle, but with gray hair instead of black. In Columbia, many Beagles were raised, but the occasional gray one was not preferred and usually donated to the local animal shelter. The family had many wonderful times with the howling Beagle, especially when he returned with his "perfume" — usually horse manure that was rolled in. It was Gerry's job to "clean" up the dog. Gerry worked at University Book Store for many years to help pay college expenses.

In 1974, husband Jerry moved to Denver to open his tire business. Gerry stayed in Columbia to sell the house and moved to Denver six months later. Gerry left many friends when she moved. In the early days of the tire business, Gerry helped deliver tires. Gerry quickly made new friends and played lots of bridge. As the tire business became more successful, Gerry and Jerry became members of the Ports of Call travel club and made many trips to Washington, Oregon and California. They also took several cruises to Alaska and Canada and trips to Ireland and Austria. Gerry even took a trip to Switzerland with her sister, Nana.

Over the years, Gerry kept in touch with cousins Ruthie and Marie and attended a number of reunions with them. Gerry and Jerry enjoyed watching their grandchildren, Daniel, Cory, Crystal, Brittany, Scott, Doug and Katie. They also enjoyed eating Sunday breakfast at the Brown Palace Hotel. Gerry and Jerry had a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary in 1996. Husband Jerry passed away in 1999.

Gerry took her family on a wonderful trip to Maui, Hawaii, in July of 2000. Since then, Gerry has been active in her bridge club and attended Northglenn United Methodist Church. In 2002, the Thomas Family celebrated Gerry's 80th birthday at the Brown Palace Hotel. In 2007, Gerry sold her home and moved to an assisted living facility and made many new friends. She still enjoyed playing bridge.

She is survived by her four children, Whitney, Clifford, Marilyn, and Arnold; and grandchildren Crystal, Daniel, Scott, Cory, Douglas, Brittany and Katie.

Donations can be made in Gerry's memory to the Girl Scouts of Colorado, 400 S. Broadway, Denver, Colo., 80209. (855) 726-4726.


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