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Verna Ann (Spurgeon) Bonner
Aug 16, 1943 - July 4, 2014

Verna Ann Spurgeon Bonner, 70, of Corsicana passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 in Corsicana surrounded by family members.

Born Aug. 16, 1943 in Corsicana to Vernon Ishmeal Spurgeon and Geneva Annette (Ann) Barker, she descended from pioneer settlers of Navarro, Freestone and Ellis Counties. She married the love of her life, Preston W. Bonner, on June 17, 1961 in Dallas, Texas. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 17, 2011.

Verna is survived by her husband Preston of Corsicana, three sons and their families as follows: Lowry Wayne Bonner and wife Mackie of Lorena and their two daughters Jessica of Crawford, Texas and Brandi of Littleton, Colorado; Jesse Ray Bonner and wife Lisa and their children Reed and Rylie of Coppell, Texas, Justin Bonner and wife Jami and daughter Ryleigh of Fairfield, Texas, Lela Bonner Erwin and husband John Michael Erwin and children Skylar, Ashlynn, and Parker of Teague, Texas, and Bradley Bonner and wife Macy of Fairfield, Texas; Pressly Bonner and wife Jasmine and son Aaron of Kaufman, Texas; a sister Pat Burrow of Alpine, Texas and sister-in-law Doris Bonner Eakes of Winkler, Texas.

Verna spent her life in service to others. She loved her family, church, libraries, museums and history. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church of Winkler for 30 years where she served as Sunday School teacher for various age groups, historian, VBS Director and teacher. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Alpine for 13 years where she also served as a teacher and treasurer. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana for five years where she served as teacher of the Rebecca Sunday School Class before following the call to Northside Baptist Church of Corsicana along with her husband Preston.

Verna was a 29-year member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  She took great pride in her Southern Heritage. She was honored by the Texas Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy with an Honorary Texas Division President title because of her years of work and dedication to the group. At the time of her illness, she was president of the local chapter: the Colonel Roger Q. Mills Chapter 2466.

Her love of history and genealogy led her to assist in organizing the Navarro County Genealogical Society in 1978. This began her volunteer work at the Corsicana Public Library in the Genealogy Department, an association which continued throughout the years until present time.

Verna became involved in the Navarro County Historical Society in 1973 when assisting to secure a Texas State Historical Marker for New Hope Baptist Church and the St Elmo Cemetery. Other markers she assisted in securing over the years are: Birdston Valley Church and Cemetery, Burleson Family Cemetery, Winkler Masonic Lodge and Community, Ward Prairie Baptist Church, Lake Chapel Cemetery, and First Baptist Church of Alpine, Texas. Verna helped to gather data for publication of Navarro County History Books Volume II - V. She has written numerous historical and genealogical articles for both the Navarro County Historical Society and the Navarro County Genealogical Society. She was honored by the Navarro County Historical Society by being inducted into the Historical Society Hall of Fame in April of 2011.

Verna and Preston followed their dream in 1992 and moved from Navarro County to Brewster County, Texas in the mountains of far West Texas and Big Bend National Park. They resided in Brewster County for 14 years, living in Alpine and on the Double Diamond Ranch Development South of Alpine. They were volunteers in Big Bend National Park where they helped to operate the Persimmon Gap Visitors Center for several seasons ...
exploring the park and welcoming visitors from around the world to the vast and beautiful area. Verna worked for the Alpine Public Library as a leader of the Friends of the Library, assistant Director of the Library and finally Director of the Alpine Public Library. During her tenure she led in the building of the Re-Reads Bookstore to sell used books and established online sales of thousands of rare books donated to the Library to sell for the support of the Library and its work.

Upon arriving in Alpine in 1992, Verna began actively gathering information on the Confederate Veterans and Civil War era of the region. Her work resulted in the compilation of two books on the history of these CSA veterans and the effects their lives had on the region. The title of these books are: Gray Ghosts of Far West Texas Volume I and II. Materials used for publication of these books-photos, articles, documents were donated to Sul Ross State University Archives in 2005 and can be viewed in the Verna Bonner Confederate Collection.

In December of 2005, Verna and Preston moved back to Corsicana to be near family. Verna returned to her volunteer work at the Corsicana Public Library, the Navarro County Historical Society, and the Navarro County Genealogical Society. From 2006 to November of 2011, she was an employee of the Corsicana Public Library on a part-time basis and supervised the operations of the Liz Gillispie Genealogy Department.

Memorial services are to be held Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:00 A.M at the Northside Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Corsicana, Texas with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating.

Memorials may be made to the following:

Media or Care Center of Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N Beaton, Corsicana, TX 75110

St. Elmo Cemetery Association – P.O. Box 215 Streetman, TX 75859

Or the Church or Charity of your choice.

Corley Funeral Home.

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Merrill Dean Fisher
Sep 10, 1946 - Nov 15, 1946

YOUNG SON OF REV. AND MRS. FISHER OF RICHLAND DIES
Funeral services for Marshall Dean Fisher, two-month-old son of Rev. and Mrs. N. M. Fisher of Richland, who died Friday afternoon, were held from the Richland Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial was in Mexia. The rites were conducted by Rev. F. A. Crutchfield, Corsicana Methodist district superintendent.
Surviving are the parents and a brother, Stephen Nolan Fisher, Richland, and grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. F. P. Fisher, Mertens, and Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Skinner, Cairo, Ill.
McCammon Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Nov 19, 1946
  • Obituary has Marshall Dean Fisher; Cemetery Marker has Merrill Dean Fisher
  • View Clipping; View Death Certificate
  • s/o N. M. Fisher & Doris (Skinner) Fisher
  • Burial in Mexia, TX; Find A Grave Memorial# 67227144
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

Henry Tom Offill
Aug 12, 1885 - Nov 15, 1946

HENRY TOM OFFILL FUNERAL SERVICES HELD ON SUNDAY
Funeral services for Henry Tom Offill, aged 61 years, well-known barber, who died Friday afternoon, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. E. James, Baptist minister. Offill died at his home, 907 South Seventeenth street, following an illness of several months. he operated a barber shop on South Main street until he was stricken.
Surviving are his wife and a son, Tommy Offill, both of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Sallie Belle Bailey, Corsicana; Mrs. Mabel Williamson, Fort Worth, and Mrs.. Mattie Williamson, Carrollton; three brothers, Oliver Offill and Wesley Offill, both of Howe, and Claude Offill, Dallas, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Lester Atkins, L. V. Majors, B. B. Brewater, George Harvin, H. E. Simmons and B. V. Hatley.

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Mary (Cochran) Brady
Jan 11, 1888 - Nov 15, 1946

FUNERAL RITES FOR MRS. MARY BRADY OF FROST HELD SUNDAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Brady, aged 58 years, of Frost, who died friday night, were held with interment in the Bethlehem cemetery near Whitney.
Surviving are her husband, H. Brady, Frost; two sons, four brothers and two sisters.

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Fanny "Fan" (Blalock) Walton
Jul 26, 1931 - Dec 17, 2011

Fanny "Fan" Blalock Walton beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend of many was born July 26, 1931 in Midnight, Mississippi and died December 17th in Dallas, Texas after years of courageously battling numerous illnesses without complaint. She grew up in Edwards, Mississippi and attended Hinds Junior College before moving to Jackson, Mississippi to work. It was there that she met Bill, her husband to be. She was a flight attendant with Delta Airlines for a while before marrying Bill in 1955 and moving to Venezuela to start married life and raising a family in a foreign environment. After 19 years in Venezuela living in Caracas, Maracaibo, and the oil camp of Tia Juana on Lake Maracaibo, she moved to New Canaan, Connecticut in 1974 when Bill changed companies, then to Stavanger, Norway for 9 years before returning to Connecticut in 1985 and later to Dallas in 1986. Living out of the US made it possible to know and understand different cultures, and have many wonderful opportunities to visit and vacation in South and Central America, the Caribbean, Scandinavia, Europe, and England, especially her favorite London, as well as many places in the US. During her life she was active as a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout Den Mother, and volunteer at schools, and was always involved in the children's activities. An excellent cook and mother who raised the children to be decent, honest, caring and loving persons. She was always there for her family and friends. Fan was preceded in death by her parents Richard Willis Blalock and Algus Price Blalock and her brother Harvey Blalock. She is survived by her husband of 56 years William "Bill" M. Walton Jr. of Dallas, daughter Sandra Kay Walton of Dallas, Suzanne Walton Landstrom and husband Bradley D. Landstrom of Houston, and son Robert J. Walton and wife Kathy Ann Akagi Walton of Houston; grandsons Matthew M. and Zachary A. Walton, granddaughter Adrian C. Landstrom, and step granddaughters Kirby Connell and Madeline Landstrom as well as a sister Mildred Blaylock Laubscher of Jackson, Mississippi and brother Pruitt Blalock of Brandon, Mississippi plus numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. A memorial service to celebrate Fan's life will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday December 21, 2011 at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home followed by a graveside service in the Walton Family plot at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (pulmonaryfibrosis.org).

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  • Published in Dallas Morning News from December 18 to December 19, 2011

INFANT DAUGHTER May
Feb 1931 - Feb 1931

Infant Buried at Bazette Saturday
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. May, 112 East Second avenue, died saturday morning at 12:45 o'clock and the funeral services were held at Bazette Saturday afternoon where interment was made.
Sutherland Funeral Home directed the funeral

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Quilla Green Keathley
May 1833 - Jan 4, 1934

Prominent Frost Man Is Stricken
FROST, Feb. 16 - Q. G. Keathley, 47, prominent cattlemanof this city, was stricken with paralysis Sunday afternoon on his way to Dallas and was returned to his home here by a friend who was in the car with him. He was reported some better Monday morning but was still in a serious condition

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Cordelia (Dawson) Wafer
Sep 17, 1903 - Feb 18, 1931

CORSICANA WOMAN DIED IN DAWSON EARLY WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Bert Wafer of Corsicana, who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Winnie Moates at Dawson early Wednesday morning, will be held from the Church of Christ in Dawson, at 11 o'clock Thursday morning.
Surviving are her husband, a daughter, her parents, Mr. and Mrs.. Dawson, two sisters and one brother.
Mr. and Mrs. Wafer had made their home here for a number of year and were well known.

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CORSICANA WOMAN DIED IN DAWSON EARLY WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Bert Wafer of Corsicana, who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Winnie Moates at Dawson, early Wednesday morning, will be held from the Church of Christ, in Dawson, at 11 o’clock Thursday morning.

Surviving are her husband, a daughter, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dawson, two sisters and one brother.

Mr. and Mrs. Wafer had made their home here for a number of years and were well known.

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Ruth (Berry) Holland
May 4, 1888 - Jul 20, 1970

Mrs. Holland Dies Monday

KERENS (Spl)—Mrs. Ruth Berry Holland, 82, of Kerens died Monday in Memorial Hospital in Athens. She was a member of the Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Kerens.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Kerens. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Don Kelley, with interment in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Lucy Berry Anderson of Kerens, Edna Berry Miller of Kerens, and Elizabeth Berry Evans of Athens.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Leon Eugene “Pete” Ross
Jul 1, 1906 - Jan 28, 1970

Rites Friday For L. E. Ross

L. E. (Pete) Ross, 63, a resident of Powell died Wednesday. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Frank Biles, with interment in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Ross of Powell; one son—Boyce D. Ross of Austin, one daughter—Joyce Ross of Powell; two grandchildren; four brothers, Calvin Ross of Kilgore, A. M. Ross of Houston, L. Z. Ross of Kerens and S. J. Ross of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Jo Etta Phillips of Dallas, Mrs. Ola Johnston of Kerens, and Mrs. Sue Berry of Kerens.

Pallbearers will be Dub Ainsworth, Alton Ganze, H. J. Thomon, Hardy Mayo, Sonny Bancroft, J. R. Bush, Charles Kent and Dock Ward.

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Andral Hicklin Massey
Jul 1, 1908 - Sep 19, 1970

A. H. Massey Dies Tuesday

KERENS (Spl.) Funeral services for Andral H. Massey, who died Saturday in Houston, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Paschal Funeral Chapel in Kerens. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Massey, who resided in Houston, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rose Massey, and a daughter, Miss Carolyn R. Massey, both of Houston, and a half brother, Rufus Massey of Kerens.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Sep 21, 1970
  • Death cert. says veteran 1933-1936; h/o Rose Elizabeth (Weiles) Massey; s/o Rufus Bratton Massey and Martha Minzie (Caldwell) Massey
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

William Heath “Willie” Massey
Jun 22, 1894 - Mar 31, 1970

W. H. Massey Dies Tuesday

KERENS (Spl)—Willie Heath Massey, 75, retired farmer and rancher, died Tuesday in Stephenville where he had resided the past 12 years. He was a native of Blooming Grove and a former Kerens resident.

The body will arrive Thursday afternoon at the Paschal Funeral Home to lie in state until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church here with the Rev. Emil V. Becker, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Stephenville, officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. Ralph Stovall, pastor of the Kerens First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of Stephenville; three sons, Bill G. Massey, Abilene; C. H. Massey, Phoenix, Ariz., and C. E. Massey, El Cajon, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. W. O. Adkins, Oceanside, Calif.; three brothers, Roy and Frank Massey, both Kerens, and John Massey, Jr., Dallas; and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Kyser, Kerens, and Mrs. Bennie Mathews, Austin.

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Massey Rites

KERENS (Spl)—Funeral services were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church for Willie H. Massey, 75, former resident who died Tuesday in Stephenville. The Rev. Emil V. Becker of Stephenville and the Rev. Ralph Stovall, pastor of the Kerens church, officiated. Burial was in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, one daughter, three brothers and two sisters.

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Elmore Harvey Norton
Oct 23, 1891 - Jan 16, 1971

Norton Rites

KERENS (Sp)—Elmore H. Norton, 79, a lifelong resident of Kerens, died here at his home Saturday following an extended illness.

Although born in Italy, most of his life was spent in Kerens where he was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and rancher.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Pringle and Ralph Stovall officiating. Interment will be in Kerens City Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jackie Norton of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. W. L. Bain Jr. of Kerens and Mrs. Frank W. Allen of Conroe; one stepson, Jack Russell of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Floyd Adkins of Kerens; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Arlon Simmons, Bill Kemp, E. K. Howell, Earnest Conger, R. H. Hilliard, R. A. Bain, James Luther Whorton and Ralph Sawyer. Honorary Pallbearers include Dr. G. H. Sanders, Johnny Mills, Tommy Mills, Fred Matlock, Foy Scarbrough, Newt Stovall, Guy McDowell, and J. A. Paschal.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun, Jan 17, 1971
  • 1st wife Katie Emma (McGee) Norton married Oct. 15, 1916 2nd Jackie (unk) Russell-Norton s/o Josiah Samuel Norton and Phoebe Ann Penelope “Neppie” (Alexander) Norton
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Francis Ruth (Marriott) Ballew
Mar 30, 1920 - Dec 20, 1970

Ballew Rites

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Earl Ballew, 50, who was an employe at Memorial Hospital.

A native of Mabank, Mrs. Ballew was reared at Rice and Moved to Corsicana in 1963.

The Rev. Randall McCollum officiated for the services and interment was in Rice Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband Earl Ballew of Corsicana; two sons, Guy Ballew of Levelland and Robert Ballew of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Brenda Owens of Dallas and Mrs. Jim Hagle of Houston; two brothers, Russell Marriott of Corsicana and James Marriott of Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. G. H. Huddleston of Corsicana, Mrs. Stella McDaniel of Grand Prairie and Mrs. Ella Parish of Fort Worth; and four grandchildren.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Larry Wayne Atchley
Oct 27, 1945 - Dec 7, 1970

Ennis Man Dies In Auto Crash

ENNIS (Spl)—Larry Wayne Atchley, 25, Ennis resident since 1965 and formerly of Rice, was fatally injured Monday at 3:30 a.m. in a Dallas accident that claimed the lives of two other persons and critically injured two others.

The rear-end collision occurred on Dallas’ R. L. Thornton Freeway.

An employe of Ennis Business Forms, he moved with his family from Guntersville, Ala. Where he was born to Rice at the age of five in 1950. He was married Dec. 29, 1965 to Myrna Sue Fincher of Ennis and had been an Ennis resident since that time. He was a member of the Faith Assembly of God Church here.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Bunch Funeral Chapel with the Rev. W. W. Bryant of Ennis and the Rev. Mr. Bledsoe officiating. Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Larry Wayne Jr.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Gardner Atchley of Rice; two brothers, Carl Atchley of Corsicana and Floyd Atchley of Los Banos, Calif.; and four sisters, Mrs. Leroy Hartley of Rice, Mrs. Raymond Ethridge of Lancaster, Mrs. Ed Rusk of Baton Rouge, La., and Mrs. James Bennett of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Atchley Rites

ENNIS Tex. (Spl.)—Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Bunch Funeral Chapel for Larry Wayne Atchley, 25, who was fatally injured early Monday in a Dallas auto accident. The Rev. W. W. Bryant of Ennis and the Rev. Mr. Bledsoe officiated. Burial was in the Rice Cemetery.

A resident of Rice since the age of five, he had moved to Ennis in 1965 upon marrying Miss Myrna Sue Fincher.

Surviving are his wife, a son, his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

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Rafael Gonzales
Jul 21, 1909 - Mar 24, 1970

Gonzales Mass

Requiem mass was read Wednesday at 10 a.m. for Rafael Gonzalez, 60, at the Immaculate Conception Church with the parish priest, the Rev. A. J. Merkel, officiating. Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery.

He died early Tuesday in Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, Three sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, a sister and several nieces and nephews.

Griffin Funeral Home conducted.

Pallbearers were Sotero Ayala, Joe Castillo, Manuel Flores, Albert Ovalle, Justino Rasas and John Palos Sr.

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R. Gonzalez Dies Tuesday

Rafael Gonzalez, 60, veteran of World War 11 and employe of Rex Baily & Son, died early Tuesday in Memorial Hospital.

Rosary will be recited tonight at 8 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel.

Requiem mass will be read Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. A. J. Merkel, parrish priest, officiating. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Rafael Gonzalez, Jr., Corsicana; Manuel Rodriquez, Irving, and Juan Rodriquez of Japan; two daughters, Mrs. James Elliott, Farmers Branch, and Mrs. Frank Flores, Irving; one sister, Mrs. Frank Garza; six grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Griffin’s is in charge of arrangements.

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Lucy Garza
d. 1970

Garza Rites

A rosary for Mrs. Lucy Garza will be said Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Corley Chapel. The Rev. A. J. Merkel will conduct funeral services Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Juanita Guzman of Mexico; one brother, Pete Garza of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Juanita Ramirez of Holgate, Ohio and Mrs. Lupe Vasquez of Defiance, Ohio.

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Socorro (Guzman) Martinez
Jan 1, 1907 - Dec 3, 1970

Martinez Rites

Funeral rites were held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church for Mrs. Socorro Martinez who died Thursday. The Rev. August Merkel officiated. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery with Griffin Funeral Home directing.

Surviving are two sons, two daughters, one sister and a niece.

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Frances Adelaide (Bourke) Stearns
Nov 13, 1909 - Mar 13, 1970

Stearnes Rites

Funeral services will b held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception for Mrs. Frances A. Stearnes, 60, who died Friday in Fort Worth where she had resided the past three years. She was a native of Corsicana and had lived for a number of years at San Diego.

The Rev. H. A. Merkel, pastor will officiate and burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Sam Stearnes, Fort Worth; three sons, Reilly D. Stearnes, Sam Stearnes, Jr. and Charles Stearnes, all of San Diego; one daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Mills, San Diego; one brother, Phillip J. Bourke, El Paso; and seven grandchildren.

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Guadalupe (Soloris) Lopez
Dec 12, 1900 - Oct 1, 1970

Mrs. Lopez Dies Thursday

Mrs. Guadalupe Lopez, 68, died Thursday at her home at 601 East Avenue B.

Services have been set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Immaculate Conception. Officiating will be the Rev. A. J. Merkel. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

A Rosary will be held Friday at 8 p.m. in Corley Funeral Chapel.

Survivors include her husband, Louis Lopez of Corsicana, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Costello of Corsicana; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Florence Dudley (Jackson) Burks-Marlow
May 14, 1889 - Mar 30, 1972

Mrs. Marlowe

BLOOMING GROVE—Mrs. Florence Marlowe, 82, a resident of Dallas for the past 28 years and a former resident of Blooming Grove, died at about 3 p.m. Thursday in a Dallas hospital.

Her husband, George Marlowe, preceded her in death, July 10, 1944.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the McCormick Funeral Home Chapel here with the Rev. Bobby Oliver officiating.

Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers.

Survivors include a son, M. E. Burks of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Esther Patterson of Dallas, Mrs. Paul Walling of Dallas and Mrs. Victor Miller of Plano; three stepsons and three step-daughters; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. L. C. Deaton of Corsicana.

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Eaven Azer Reeder
May 10, 1895 - Jan 10, 1972

E. A. Reeder

Evan Azer Reeder, 3044 Layton, Haltom City, died Monday at his home. Funeral services will be at Gause-Ware Funeral Home’s Northeast Chapel in Fort Worth Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Bill Moffet will officiate, and burial will be at 2 p.m. in the Dresden Cemetery.

A former resident of the Jester community, Mr. Reeder is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lucy Mae Reeder; sons J. F. of Eureka, Monroe of Levelland, Jerry of Purdon, Thurl of Temple and Ronny of Fort Worth; daughters, Mrs. Letha Kight of New Boston, Mrs. Verrena Luce of Lexington, Ky., Mrs. Gledus Weiborn of Levelland and Mrs. Wanda Spurrier of Dallas; one brother, Z. L. Reeder of McKinney; 17 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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Samuel Wells "Dub" Osborne
Sep 29, 1917 - Apr 9, 2005

Mr. S.W. "Dub" Osborne , 87
Died: Saturday, April 09, 2005, in Ft. Worth, Texas
An informal celebration of the Life of S.W. (Dub) Osborne, 87, of Grandview will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2005 in the Cleburne Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Joe Stephens will officiate. Burial will be in the DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.
Mr. Osborne passed away Saturday, April 9, 2005 in Ft. Worth. He was born September 27, 1917 in Corsicana, TX. to Albert Lee and Georgia Arlena Wells Osborne. He started school in Hillsboro and lived in Johnson County since the 1920's. He enlisted in the 36th Division Texas National Guard in Johnson County in 1939 and served in the 132nd Field Artillery as a truck driver until the end of WWII. He remained a member of the 36th Division Association attending many annual reunions. Mr. Osborne was a member of the Arrowhead Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and enjoyed remembering and sharing stories of his WWII adventures in North Africa, Gremany, Austria and the invasions of Southern France and Italy. He was an avid reader and a lifelong stockman, raising cattle, trading horses and running fox with his beloved hounds. He retired from the Santa Fe R.R. in the 1960's and served as a Johnson County Deputy under Sheriff Cliff Benson from 1969-1972. He married Sandra Sue Harris on October 13, 1972 in Hamilton. They moved to Grandview in 1975 and raised, trained and showed a bloodline of spotted donkeys and mules that is still known throughout the U.S. and in 3 foreign countries. Mr. Osborne served as Regional Rep. and Registry Inspector for the American Donkey and Mule Society and was 2-time President of the Southwestern Donkey and Mule Society (awarded a lifetime membership in 2000) and was a member of Terry's Texas Rangers SCV Camp. He was a former member and officer in the Midway Saddle Club, Burleson Mounties and Alvarado Range Riders riding clubs.
Survivors include his wife Sandra Osborne of Grandview; sons, Charles Osborne and wife Dorris of Cleburne, Jerry Osborne of Carlsbad, N.M.; daughter, JoAnne Frizzell and husband Jimmy of Cleburne; sister, Roberta Cashion of Cleburne; grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jesse, Clyde and Jack; sisters Loucille Fouston, Bernice Jones, Vesta Irwin, Mary Holloway and Marie Prater. 

Mary Jo Renfro Lewis Dixon
abt 1936 - July 1, 2014

Missionary Mary Jo Renfro Lewis Dixon, 78, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services are 12 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Calvary Worship Center located at 1364 North Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Frederick "Fred" Henry Barlow
Nov 30, 1930 - July 2, 2014

Fred Barlow, 83, of Chatfield passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Ennis at Ennis Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 30, 1930 in Corsicana to Bill and Betsy Barlow. He married Eva Marie Aldama on Nov.
26, 1965 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Fred retired from Tom's Food in 1993 as a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He loved being with his family and supported the grandchildren in all of their athletic events.

He is preceded in death by parents, four brothers, Barney, Cortis, Curtis and Lester Barlow; and sister Mary Baker.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Eva Barlow of Chatfield; son, Greg Barlow and wife Mona of Chatfield; grandchildren, Hagen Barlow and Reece Barlow both of Chatfield; brother B.C. Barlow and wife Florence of Corsicana; numerous other family members.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb of Northside Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bob Grant, Chad Grant, Carroll Moran, Richard Aldama, Gary Talley, Sandy Barlow. Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Heston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311 or www.diabetes.org

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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William Slater "Doc" Rutherford
Aug 11, 1924 - July 7, 2014

William ‘Doc’ Slater Rutherford, 89, of Kerens, passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at the ETMC Hospital in Athens, Texas.

He is preceded in death by one grandson, Justin Perry.

Doc is survived by his wife, Jewel Gotcher Rutherford of Kerens; daughters, Pamela Whitt of Littleton, Colorado and Patti Perry of Terrell, Texas; brother, Ira Rutherford of Canton; four grandchildren, Carly Jones of Colorado, Rev. Jared Whitt of Longwood, Florida, Clint Perry of Forney, Texas and Callie Perry of Terrell, Texas.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014 in the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jared Whitt and Brian Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

Paschal Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Leila (Campbell) Cosby
May 6, 1941 - July 6, 2014

In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 6, 2014, Leila Cosby, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher passed away at her home in Frost, Texas, surrounded by those who loved her most. Leila was married for 50 years to the love of her life, Dale Cosby. She was the beloved mother of Claire Ann Cosby Skierski and adored grandmother of James and Casey Skierski, all of Grand Prairie. Additionally, she is survived by Luther Lee and Dorothy Campbell, Douglas Campbell, Kathleen and Mark Walker, and her many nieces and nephews.

Her parents Luther Lee and Madelyn Ruth Campbell precede her in death.

Mrs. Cosby, as she was well known, taught English in several school districts over her 32 years of teaching including Frisco, Sinton, Spurger, Frost, and Ganado ISDs in addition to a year of teaching with both Dale and Claire at Al Hedayah Academy in Arlington, Texas. In this time, her belief in her students and insistence on high performance changed thousands of lives. Whether it was in the classroom or for one of the many academic contests in which she was involved, she inspired excellence in her students.

After retirement, she became an avid quilter and her grandsons were the lucky recipients of many of those quilts. James and Casey were the joy of her life, and they enjoyed a close relationship with her.

The discovery of pancreatic cancer in May was a shock, and her decline after the diagnosis, swift. She passed away as she wished, however, at home with her family. To say she will be missed does not do justice to this loss, but she will be missed.

Memorial service will be held 11:00 am Friday, July 11, 2014 at Frost United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Edward Burnett Shivers
May 25, 1925 - Jun 24, 2014
 

Edward B. Shivers, 89, of Weatherford passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Weatherford Regional Medical Center. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Sonny Buckingham officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service.
Corley Funeral Home


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Hubert Floyd Howerton
Jan 6, 1941 - June 26, 2014

Hubert Floyd Howerton, 73, of Dawson, passed away Thursday, June 26,
2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Unity Baptist Church in Corsicana with Pastor Chad Owens officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery near Dawson. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Mr. Hubert Floyd Howerton, 73, of Dawson, passed away Thursday, June 26,
2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be
10:00 am Saturday, June 28 at Unity Baptist Church in Corsicana with Pastor Chad Owens officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery near Dawson.

Floyd was born January 6, 1941 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Albert and Mary
(Roden) Howerton. He had lived in the Dawson area since 1973 where he owned and operated Howerton’s Paint and Body. Floyd was a veteran having served in the Army.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; two brothers, Raymond Howerton and Marvin Howerton and an uncle, William Howerton.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia Howerton; four daughters, Lana Lewis, Madelene Kendrick, Tammy Detrick and Julie Barnson; seven grandchildren, Cindy Orr, Casey McCulloch, Lucy Williams, David Detrick, Thomas Spencer, Laura Coates and Amy Barnson; 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wesley Howerton, Troy Howerton and Edward Howerton; two sisters, Maderneen Hanna and Dessi Howerton and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family member and friends.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Spencer, David Detrick, Ronnie Detrick, Vess Barnson, Daniel McCulloch and James Williams.

Notes:

  • h/o Patricia Sue (Stephenson) Howerton; s/o Albert Howerton & Mary (Roden) Howerton

Betty Sue (Hammond) Allison
Mar. 4, 1930 - Jun. 29, 2014

Betty Sue (Hammond) Allison passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Abilene.
Graveside rites will take place on Tuesday, July 1st at 1:00 p.m. at the Texas Veterans Cemetery, 7457 W. Lake Rd, Abilene, TX, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Eastland, TX.
Betty was born in the Lake Abilene area on March 4, 1930 to Jack and Bee Hammonds. She graduated from Tuscola High School and Hardin Simmons University. Betty taught school for 32 years in a number of places in Texas.
Betty married Guy Allison on May 23, 1952. Guy passed away in 2004.
She is survived by her brothers, Jack of Pleasanton, CA, and Pat of Costa Rica. Also surviving is a nephew, Shannon Hammonds; an adopted niece-daughter, Gayle Harding of Cisco and Mesquite, TX; and Allison nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband.
Memorials may be made to the Gordon Library, or to your favorite church or charity.

Edwards Funeral Home, Eastland, Tx.

Notes:

  • Texas Veterans Cemetery, Abilene, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Guy Allison married May 23, 1952; d/o Edward Shannon "Jack" Hammonds & Ellie Bee (Gillen) Hammonds buried in Rose Hill cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.

David Anderson Luker
Apr 11, 1875 - Jan 23, 1966

D. A. Luker, 90, Rites Monday

KERENS, Jan. 24 (Spl)—D. A. Luker, 90, died at his home here Sunday. Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Paschal Chapel with burial in the Kerens City cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Otis Brown, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Native of Wisconsin, Luker moved to Kerens from Austin two years ago. He was a member of the Christian church, Masonic Lodge, and Shrine.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, a son, Phil E. Luker, Decatur; three daughters, Mrs. A. H. Rawlins and Mrs. Helen Barnes, both of Kerens, and Mrs. O. L. Streetman, Tyler; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tillman Reed, Jack Reed, Henry Atkeison, Kenneth Sessions, Stanton Ragsdale and Bill Berry.

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Jessie Andrew Griffis
May 13, 1882 - Mar 9, 1966

J. A. Griffis Dies Thursday

KERENS (Spl)—Jessie A. Griffis, 82, native of Kerens, died in an Athen hospital Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church, of which he was a member, with burial in the  Kerens City cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Alice Holiman, Kerens; Mrs. Osie E. Hopkins, Dallas, and Mrs. Clarence R. Hancock, Kerens; two sons, Hale Griffis, Hempstead, and Joe T. Griffis, Dallas; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Elmer Sloan, Johnny Scott, Newt Stovall, Louis Collins, Dudie Radney and M. J. Crawford.

Paschal directs.

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Mary Elizabeth (McCleary) Johnston
Sep 23, 1914 - Feb 15, 1966

Mrs. Johnston Dies Tuesday

KERENS (Spl)—Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston, 51, native of Malakoff, died in Houston Tuesday. She was a teacher and had resided in Houston 25 years.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Paschal Chapel here with burial in the  Kerens City cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Roy Lee Jones of Houston.

Mrs. Johnston was a Baptist.

Surviving are her husband, C. C. (Jack) Johnston, Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Richard Scott, Mrs. Ray Perkins and Miss Carla Johnston, all of Houston; mother, Mrs. Mary E. McCleary, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Mason, Hillsboro; Mrs. Bob Paschal, Corsicana, and Mrs. Emma Gennins, Terrell; a brother, A. Y. Kilcrease, Corsicana, and two grandchildren.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Hermon Marshall Allred
Oct 28, 1903 - May 19, 1966

H. M. Allred, 62, Rites Saturday

KERENS (Spl)—Hermon Marshall Allred, 62, native of Lufkin, died Thursday at his residence in the Rural Shade community.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the Paschal Chapel with burial in the  Kerens City cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Yank Ross and Rev. Grady Cook, Baptist ministers.

Surviving are his wife of Kerens, three daughters, Mrs. Cecil (Marcelle) Oberby, Waco; Mrs. Herman (Patty) Holloway, Kerens, and Mrs. Sammy (Billie) Baggett, Greenville; three granddaughters, Margaret Hompson, and Cecelia Overby, both of Waco, and Susan Baggett, Greenville; a grandson, Ronnie Baggett, Greenville; mother, Mrs. Nora Allred, Corsicana; five brothers, Floyd, Perry, Preston, and A. J. Allred, all of Corsicana, and R. V. Allred, Ennis and other relatives.

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Danielle Lea Lopez
Mar 14, 1992 - June 20, 2014
 
Danielle Lea Lopez, 22, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014. She was born March 14, 1992 in Oak Cliff to Rudy Lopez and Paula Ann Shelton Lopez.

She was a 2014 graduate of Corsicana High School where she was crowned special needs program Prom Queen. She was also Prom Princess in 2013.
She loved to dance with the Calicos, go walking, collect purses and eat ice cream. She enjoyed school more than anything. Her teachers and friends in class were the highlight of her day. She will forever be known as the “miracle baby.”

She is survived by her parents, Rudy and Paula Lopez of Corsicana; siblings, Ashly Lopez, Zachary Lopez, Jordan Lopez, Alex Lopez and Matthew Lopez and grandparents, Shirley Shelton and Mike and Rebecca Lopez.

Visitation will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Word Alive Church with Pastor Gary Stone officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Cleo Rosellen (Carver) Kelly
Nov 4, 1945 - June 13, 2014
 
Cleo Rosellen Kelly, 68, of Mexia, formerly of Corsicana, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 13, 2014 after surgery in Waco. Cleo was born Nov. 4, 1945 to Elisha (Bully) and Clara Carver and was a long time resident of Corsicana. She was a loving mother and Nanny and could brighten anyones day with her ability to make you laugh even during the toughest times.

Cleo is preceded in death by her parents Elisha (Bully) and Clara Carver; brother, Earl Carver; nephews, Kevin Haynes and Dirk Messer; daughter-in-law Betty DeChaume and brother-in-law, Bill Prince.

She is survived by her children, Richard Kelly, Heather Kelly, Michele and husband Tim Easley, Renee and husband Terry Sanchez and Jeff Kelly and wife Carol Turner all of Corsicana; sisters, LaRue Prince of Mexia, Jewel Haynes of Syracuse, NY; brothers, Frank Carver of Barry, Clayton Carver of Barry and Calvin Carver of Amarillo. She is also survived by many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Celebration of life services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21,
2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with David Bolden and Tim Easley officiating. Cleo will be laid to rest at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rickey Beck, Eric Hancock, Rodney Carver, Quintin Carver, Zack Carver and Phillip Mesker.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Charlie H. Bowen
Oct 9, 1899 - Mar 2, 1970

Charlie Bowen
LA MARQUE - Charlie H. Bowen, 70, of 1531 Bayou Road, La Marque, died in Galveston County Memorial Hospital Monday.
Funeral services are pending at Ernken-Linton Funeral Home.
Bowen drove a taxi in La Marque for many years and belonged to the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Bowen of La Marque; four daughters, Mrs. Ethel Bevins of Abilene, Mrs. J. B. Hopkins of Kiefer, Okla., Miss Charlene Becker of La Marque, and Mrs. Joseph Earl Sommerville Jr. of La Marque; two sisters, Mrs. Leo Reed of Waco and Mrs. Calvin Dunagan of Emmett, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

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Richard Allmon “Rick” Marett
Nov 28, 1949 - Jun 21, 1965

Richard Marett Services Held Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Richard (Rick) Marrett, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Marrett, 1915 Mimosa drive, were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception with burial in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Anthony Furgal. The Rosary was recited Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Corley Chapel.

Young Marett was killed Monday night when a pick-up occupied by five teenagers overturned on the James Collins Junior High School campus and pinned him under the vehicle. The pick-up, police said, was driven by Mike Gibson. Others in the vehicle at the time are listed as John Tatum, Dwayne Campbell and Dennis Cooper. The others escaped injury.

A Corley ambulance carried the youth to Memorial hospital where he was pronounced dead and Justice of the Peace W. H. Tipton returned a coroner’s verdict of accidental death.

Surviving are the parents, a sister, Ann, and two brothers, Rod and Hoffman Marett, all of Corsicana, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Hoffman, Gadsden, Ala, and Mrs. Chester Gait, Atlanta, Ga.

Pallbearers were Bill McKay, Tom Parnell, J. V. Adams, Jim Stephenson, Grant Johnson, Jr. and Dr. L. E. McGary.

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Frankie Pierce Morris
Feb 18, 1913 - Jan 20, 1965

Frankie Morris Dies Saturday

Frankie Morris, 51, employe of the U. S. Gypsum Co., 451 North Twenty-Sixth street, died in Memorial hospital Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Steve Massie, pastor of the First Christian church.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Debbie Morris; a son, Frankie Don Morris; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zeb Morris, all of Corsicana; two brothers, Billy Morris, Waco, and Z. B. Morris, Shreveport, La.; four sisters, Mrs. W. S. Ward, Purdon; Mrs. LeRoy Reed, Kerens; Mrs. C. O. Nicholson, Shreveport, La.; and Miss Martha Morris, Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Haddix Boldin, Doug Brown, Basil Follis, Ronnie Miller, Louis Kormos, Neil Broughton, H. Q. Haynes and Johnny Chirafis.

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John Straus
Jul 10, 1882 - May 10, 1965

Plan Services John Mizioe

Funeral services for John Mizioe, 82, retired textile worker, who was found dead of a heart attack Monday at 1813 Sycamore, will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The rites will be conducted by Rev. A. J. Merkel, pastor. Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.

Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Ronald Marchand, 1813 Sycamore, with whom he had resided for eight years.

He was a native of Poland and lived in Massachusetts before coming to Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 11, 1965
  • Obit says John Mizioe, death certificate says John Straus, daughter-Patricia Della Marchand’s death certificate say father is Julian Sabik
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James Howard Duffield
Jan 28, 1945 - Feb 28, 2011

Mr. James Howard Duffield, age 66, of Frost, passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at Ennis Regional Hospital. He was born January 28, 1945 in McAlister, Oklahoma to Vaughn and Vernell Duffield.

Mr. Duffield was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1968 to 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Duffield; daughters, Becci and Kyla Duffield; grandchildren, Maisie Duffield, Addisyn Duffield, Christian Stuart and Jonathon Cotton; brothers, Danny and Norman Duffield; sister, Brenda Latham; Mother-in-law, Jettie Bell; brother-in-law, Steve Marr; sister-in-law, Diane Crumpton; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers are Danny Duffield, Steve Marr, Dale Farmer, Dennis Crumpton, Preston Stuart and Gale Ramm. Honorary Pallbearer is Chris Warren.

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George David Andrews
Mar 25, 1935 - June 11, 2014
 
George David Andrews, 79, of Dallas, Texas passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Brodie Ranch Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Austin. He was born March 25, 1935 in Ada, Oklahoma to David Hudson “Duck” and Pauline Andrews.

His wife Susie precedes him in death.

He is survived by his son, David Andrews and wife, Jennie and granddaughter Emily Claire Andrews. George is also survived by his brother Bruce “Jerry” Andrews.

George lived life to the fullest whenever the opportunity presented itself. Having contracted polio when he was 2 years old, George's life was one of physical struggle, but mental achievement. As one of the first children diagnosed with that disease, he spent much of his youth in the Scottish Rite Hospital. It was here he developed a love for games of chance. He would spend hours playing solitaire and penny poker with the nurses and orderlies. Skills both shared and sharpened by many of his friends and family back in Corsicana. That passion evolved into a love of numbers, and he went on to be one of the first in his family to graduate college earning a BFA in accounting from North Texas State University in 1957.

George spent 34 years as an accountant for Continental Battery Company in Dallas. His working days were with Continental, but his nights reserved for a variety of card games, bowling alleys, nightclubs and social halls. He eventually married his childhood sweetheart, Susie Mullican in 1974 and “settled” down into family life. Despite being confined to a wheel chair, George was always quick to tell you his thoughts, and enjoyed his routines. He believed any day was better after a good breakfast, and you should always “bet on the grey horse.”
George's thoughts were given without filter, as much as his heart given without reserve. His spirit and enthusiasm for life, sporting events and games of chance will be missed. As a fellow believer in Christ, we take comfort in knowing we will see him again one day playing dominoes and cards with friends and family members of long ago.

Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2014.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randal Whitt officiating. The burial of his cremains will take place at a later date with a private family service.

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Roslyn (Helene (Daiches) Rosen
Oct 30, 1924 - Jun 27, 2014
 
Roslyn Daiches Rosen died peacefully at home, accompanied by her loving family, on Friday, June 27, 2014. Born in Corsicana, Texas in 1924, Roslyn (“RaRa” to her grandchildren) was the only child of the late Dr. and Mrs. Sam Daiches. She attended UT Austin and SMU, majoring in Business Administration. She met her husband, Maurice R. Rosen, after he returned from World War II and together they raised two sons, Stan and Bob, who were their pride and joy.

The family business, Daiches Jewelers, was a fixture in downtown Corsicana from 1918 until 1977. After the death of her beloved Maurice, she moved to Dallas to be closer to her family. Roslyn cherished her childhood friends and maintained a close connection with them. She regularly attended her grandchildren’s school events, birthday parties, and sporting events, both in Dallas and Los Angeles. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, Mahjong, and Skip-Bo, as well as attending movies, concerts, and plays. Roslyn played the piano, stayed current on world events, and remained connected to her friends and grandchildren, often through Facebook.

Her love and commitment to Temple Beth-El in Corsicana and Temple Emanu-El in Dallas were everlasting. In the weeks prior to her death, she attended her granddaughter’s wedding where she not only danced, but also delivered a beautiful impromptu speech. Guests commented that they wanted to “be like RaRa” when they grew up.

Roslyn is survived by her sons, Stanley G. Rosen and Robert K. Rosen, daughters-in-law Anne Rosen and Sally Rosen, and grandchildren Matthew Rosen, Benjamin Rosen, Rebecca Rosen, Marcus Rosen, David Rosen, Betsy Rosen, Allison and Barrett Lidji, Mary and Jake Rohe, Katie and John Infantino, and Shelby and Sam Infantino; nieces and nephews including Andrea and Harlan Davis, Sam Utay and her son, Hank, Joe and Carol Utay, Karen Utay, and many other nieces and nephews from around the globe. Friends and family alike will dearly miss Roslyn “Ra Ra.”

A Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at Temple Emanu-El in Linz Hall, 8500 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, TX 72225. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Katherine F. Baum Adult Education Fund at Temple Emanu-El Dallas, or to the charity of your choice. Sparkman-Hillcrest.

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Barbara Jane (Hawley) Rutherford
Sept 29, 1939 - June 12, 2014

Barbara Jane Rutherford, 74, of Canton passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Hospice of East Texas Homeplace in Tyler, Texas. She was born Sept. 29, 1939 in Marshall, Illinois to Edwin and Anna Belle Waller Hawley.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed taking care of her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Anna Belle Hawley; brother, Don Stephens; sisters, Shirley Evans and Margaret Garrett.

She is survived by her husband, Ira “Pee wee” Rutherford of Canton; sons, Tony Seals of Terrell and Troy Seals and wife Pam of Waxahachie; daughters, Phyllis Cunningham of Ben Wheeler, Pam Blair of Ben Wheeler, and Denise Prow and husband Steve of Canton; step-son, Greg West and wife Libby of Dallas; step-daughter, Debbie Ebarb of Canton; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with Mr. Brian Lowe officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Bobby Lee Graves
Apr 19, 1939 - June 23, 2014

Bobby Lee Graves, 75, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield, Texas. He was born April 19, 1939 in Corsicana to Joe Douglas and Hazel Olsen Graves.

He was employed for 25 years with Chattanooga Glass Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Douglas and Hazel Graves; and a brother, Doug Graves.

He is survived by his son, Leslie Graves of Temple; special friend and very loving caregiver, Betty Rousey of Corsicana; brothers, Joe Graves and wife Bonnie of Kerens, and Wesley Graves and wife Sandra of Snyder; sisters, Mary Lou James and husband Johnnie of Scurry, Kathy Pritchett and husband Wayne of Belton, and Brenda Phillips of Belton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Jimmie Glenn officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Self, Chuck Estill, Kip Whorton, Donnie Grace, Gene Grace, and Kenny Grace.

Memorial contribution may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Katherine Polk Watts
Oct 24, 1921 - June 26, 2014

Sister Katherine “Mama Kitty” Polk Watts departed this life Thursday, June 26, 2014. She was born Oct. 24, 1921 in Palmer, Texas to parents Frank and Mettie Polk.

She had been a member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church since 1942.

She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Frank Polk Jr., Vess Polk Sr., and Harris Odell Polk; her husband, Vivian Watts Jr.; son, Billy Watts; granddaughter Kathryn Holt Powell and great-granddaughter, LaKeshia Donaldson.

Leaving to cherish her memories are four sisters, Bertha Ford, Velma Thomas, Vinie Elias and Jean Black; one son, Charles Watts (Marjorie); three daughters, Carrie Holt (Samuel), Ruby Campbell (Robert), and Margie Elmore (Fred); one adopted son, James “Billy” Kennedy; also a devoted grandson Michael (Joanne) Donaldson; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Viewing will be from 12 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 4, 2014 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, 1236 N. Business Highway 45, Corsicana.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Bethel AME Church.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Roberta R. Brewer
Jan 11, 1943 - June 27, 2014

Roberta R. Brewer, born Jan. 11, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014. Roberta loved the Bible and its hope of living forever on a paradise earth without sickness and death. She spent many years talking about this hope with others. Roberta was baptized as one of the Jehovah’s Witness 60 years ago and remained active in the ministry until her death.

She is preceded in death by parents, Robert and Emma Lee Walker and granddaughter, Hayden Ruth Hauskins.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Horace Brewer; two daughters, Tabitha Brewer of Texas and Rebekka Hauskins and husband Randy of Oregon; two granddaughters, Madison Hauskins and Josie Hauskins; three sisters, Deborah Walker of Whitney; Eunice Crawford and husband Mike of Summit, South Dakota and Mary Day and husband Verne of Corsicana; one brother, Robert E. Walker and wife Debra of Carthage.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Kingdom Hall,
4124 W. Highway 31, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Peggy Yvonne (Henderson) Barlow
May 10, 1938 - July 8, 2014

Peggy Yvonne Barlow, 76, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Peggy Barlow, 76, of Corsicana passed away July 8, 2014. She was born May 10, 1938 in Italy, Texas to Aubrey Henderson and Nancy Smith Henderson.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Jean Longazel.

She is survived by her life mate, George Staley; daughter, Peggy Robinson and husband Harvey of Eureka and one brother, Billy Henderson of Red Oak; seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, July 11, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2:00pm Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robby Robinson, Cody Robinson, Kevin Robinson, Tommy Ragan and Harold Moore.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o Aubrey Henderson & Nancy (Smith) Henderson

Ora Lee (Bryant) Starks-Hamilton
Mar 27, 1926 - July 4, 2014
 
Funeral services for Mrs. Ora Lee Bryant Hamilton, 88, of Kerens will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at New Bethel Baptist Church, 101 Elm Flat Road, Kerens. Burial will follow in the Petersburg Cemetery, Round Prairie, under the direction of Garmon Funeral Home of Henderson.

Ora Lee Hamilton was born in Floydada, Texas on March 27, 1926, daughter of Norman and Judiah Walker Bryant. Ora Lee spent her early education years in Goodlow Park, Texas. Ora Lee Bryant united in marriage to Henry Starks soon after he returned from his tour of duty in World War II.
Unto this union of 23 years, Lonnie E., Henry Jr., Barbara Ann, Judy Ann and Norman L. were born.

In 1958, Ora Lee graduated from the East Los Angeles City College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and in 1976, she graduated from the Los Angeles Trade Tech College with a degree in Nursing. Ora Lee married Willie Hamilton in Los Angeles, California in 1968 and for many years she worked as a nurse for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, West Los Angeles Hospital and UCLA Medical Center as an Intensive Care Unit Nurse.

After retiring from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in 1985, Ora Lee and Willie moved to Goodlow, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Norman and Judiah Bryant; husbands, Henry Starks and Willie Hamilton; siblings, Norman L.
Bryant, Myrtle B. Hunt, Eddie B. Giddings and Hazel Lee Hayden; son, Henry Starks and son-in-law, Rayfield Washington.

On Friday, July 4, 2014 Ora Lee Hamilton departed this life to enter into Eternal Rest leaving her loving memories to be cherished by her loving children: Lonnie E. Starks (Ora), Barbara Ann Moss (Joe), Judy Ann Washington and Norman Starks (Rosemary); grandchildren, Carlton Washington, Robert Washington, Tracie Jones (Cedric), Lonnie, Jr., Jason Moss, Loretta Moss Bolden, Henry Starks, Bryan Stephens, Norman Starks (Nicole), Amber Starks, Laurice (Missy) Starks, Chris Starks and Justin Starks; many great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Otis D. Bryant (Sharon), Lonnie B. Bryant (Jean) and Lewis D. Bryant (Edna); many nieces, nephews, great-nieces; great-nephews, cousins and friends who will miss her dearly.

Public viewing for Mrs. Hamilton will be on Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Garmon Funeral Home, 900 N. Van Buren St., Henderson Texas 75652.

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Jo Nell (Starnes) Foley
Feb 2, 1914 - Jun 16, 1971

Foley

Funeral services for Mrs. Jo Nell Foley, 57, Garland, a native of Rice, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Weiland-Merritt Funeral Chapel in Dallas. Graveside rites will be at 12 noon Friday at the Rice Cemetery. Griffin Funeral Home will conduct the graveside rites.

She died Wednesday morning in a Dallas hospital.

She is survived by her husband, William J. Foley, Dallas; and her mother, Mrs. Claudia Starnes, Waco.

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Claudia Mell (Holland) Starnes
Feb 2, 1888 - Oct 29, 1975

Mrs. Starnes

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Connally-Compton Funeral Chapel in Waco for Mrs. Claudia Starnes, 87, resident of Waco, who died Wednesday in Waco.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rice Cemetery in Rice. The Rice services will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home here.

She was a former postmistress of Rice. Survivors include several nephews.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Oct 30, 1975
  • w/o J. Bill Starnes married may 15, 1912; d/o Joseph W. “Joe” Holland & Josephine Agnes “Josie” (Turner) Holland
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary B. (Moschel) Blount
Nov 25, 1878 - Dec 1, 1971

Blount Rites

Services for Mrs. Mary B. Blount, 93, a former Rice resident, are set for 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church in Rice. Burial is to be in the Rice Cemetery under directions of J. E. Keever Mortuary in Ennis. She died Wednesday in Dallas at the home of her daughter and son-in-law. She was born in Ill., Nov. 25, 1877 and came to Texas with her parents in 1882. Her husband, T. B. Blount died in 1961.

A member of the Methodist church, she lived with her daughter for the last five years. Survivors include a son, F. T. Blount of Amarillo; one daughter, Mrs. R. D. Armstrong of Dallas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Theophilis B. Blount
Jun 20, 1876 - Mar 24, 1961

T. B. Blount, 83, Fatally Hurt On Rice Farm

T. B. Blount, 83, farmer of Rice, died in Ennis Memorial hospital Friday afternoon of injuries received earlier in the day when his chest was crushed by a tractor.

Blount was reported working on a tractor at his farm three miles north of Rice when he accidentally knocked the machine into gear. He was rushed to the Ennis hospital where he died 1 1-2 hours later.

Funeral services were held from the Haynie Memorial Methodist church in Rice Saturday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Rice Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. H. O. Abbott, pastor.

Surviving are his wife of Rice; a daughter, Mrs. Dale Armstrong; a son, Forest Blount, Amarillo; a grandson, two granddaughters, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. K. Bradley, Luther Murff, Clarence Mahaley, Garth Hodge, O. L. Gilbert and A. D. Ellis.

McCammon directed.

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Annie Mary (Ferguson) Griffith-Anderson
Sep 26, 1896 - Aug 7, 1971

Anderson

Services are to be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bunch Funeral Home for Mrs. Annie Anderson, 74.

Burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Mrs. Anderson died early Saturday in the home of her daughter in Ennis.

She was married to Pannill Anderson of Chatfield Feb. 23, 1931. They lived in Chatfield and Alma before moving to Ennis in 1958. She was a retired seamstress and a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Theodore R. Collard of Ennis; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert L. Ferguson of Palmer and Jack Ferguson of Wills Point; and a sister, Mrs. F. E. Harrison of Route 1, Ennis.

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Lupe G. Amaya
Aug. 27, 1904 - Dec. 5, 1971

L. G. Amaya

Graveside rites and burial were at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Lupe G. Amaya, 67, 817 N. Beaton St., a retired city employe found dead Sunday in his home of natural causes. The Rev. August J. Merkel of Immaculate Conception Church officiated. Burial was in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery under direction of the Griffin Funeral Home.

A native of Robstown, he was found dead in his home Sunday by Police called by concerned neighbors who had not seen him for several days.

His survivors, if any, had not been determined today, according to Griffin Funeral Home.

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Macaria (Contreras) Gonzales
Jan 2, 1901 - Apr 6, 1971

Gonzales Rites

Mrs. Macarie Gonzales, 70, of Twilight Home, died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. A native of San Angelo, she had been a Corsicana resident for 30 years.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. August Merkel officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery here under direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Rosary was said Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Home.

She is survived by her husband, Ponciano Gonzales; two sons, Emmett Gonzales, Corsicana, and Pete Gonzales, Blooming Grove; one daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Chavoya, Dallas; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Emmett Gonzales Jr., Henry Chavoya Jr., Morris Gonzales, Ray Mendias, Johnny Chirafis and Louis Kormos.

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Amada Molly (Valdez) Garcia
Feb 10, 1941 - Mar 4, 1971

Garcia Rites Set Monday

Mrs. Molly Garcia, age 30, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital and funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of which she was a member. Father August J. Merkel will officiate and interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery.

A native of Corsicana, she was employed by K. Wolens as a secretary.

Survivors include her husband, David C. Garcia; a son, David Charles Garcia; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Patricio Valdez of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Vickie Vasquez and Miss Rosa Linda Valdez, both of Corsicana; three brothers, Pat Valdez, Jr. of Ennis and Felix Valdez and Raymon Valdez, both of Corsicana.

A rosary will be read Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

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Annie V. (Hughes) Sullivan
Mar 1, 1902 - May 14, 1971

Sullivan

Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception for Mrs. Annie V. Sullivan, 69, who died Saturday in Kerrville.

Formerly of Wortham, Mrs. Sullivan was born in Trenton, Miss.

Rosary services were held Sunday night at Corley Chapel, and burial was to be in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Corley. The Rev. A. J. Merkel was to officiate.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. R. L. Hughes of Waco; a son, Robert, of Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. E. L. Sigmier of Arlington; four brothers, J. T. Hughes, Kirvin, R. L. Hughes, Wortham, D. C. Hughes, Dallas, and H. L. Hughes of Arlington; five sisters, Mrs. Hilda Thompson, Mrs. Myra Winstead, Miss Geneve Hughes, all of Waco, Mrs. John Tschoepe of Tioga, Tex., and Mrs. Austin B. Clark of Dallas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be James Goolsby, Randy Goolsby, Wayne Howell, Harry Zoda, Jerome Winstead, and Ronnie Burnet.

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Nell “Nellie” (O’Conner) Gandy
Aug 30, 1896 - May 16, 1972

Mrs. Gandy

Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home chapel for Mrs. Nell O’Conner Gandy, 75, who died Tuesday in Grand Prairie.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

She was a native of Malakoff and lived in Corsicana until 1959. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery. Rev. A. J. Merkel will officiate.

Survivors include a son, M. Z. Gandy of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Philomena Douglas of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of the services.

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Gary Don Ivie
Oct 1, 1969 - Feb 11, 1970

Gary Don Ivie Dies in Dallas

Gary Don Ivie, four-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wayne Ivie, 2927 Alpine, Dallas, died Thursday in Parkland Hospital there.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Younger Cemetery.

In addition to his parents, the infant is survived by one brother, William Dwayne, Dallas; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Ivie of Corsicana; Mrs. Ida Bell Ivie of Gladewater; Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Killough of Dallas and Mr. and Mrs. Quinton Henry of Fresno, Calif.

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Ivie Services

Funeral rites were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Gary Don Ivie, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wayne Ivie of Dallas. The infant died Thursday in a Dallas hospital. The Rev. B. W. Johnson officiated. Burial was in the Younger Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, one brother, and grandparents.

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Nathaniel Jefferson “Than” Gaddy
Oct 30, 1882 - Feb 16, 1971

N. J. Gaddy Dies Monday

Services for N. J. (Than) Gaddy of Corsicana, who died Monday in Navarro county Memorial Hospital, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Griffin Funeral Home Chapel, the Reverands Roy Davis and Bruce Hibbitt, officiating. Burial will be in Younger Cemetery.

Gaddy, age 88, was a retired farmer and native of Mississippi. He was a member of the Corsicana Central Methodist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Belle Gaddy, of Corsicana; one son, O. L. (Bud) Gaddy, Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Gelene Slone, Corsican; two brothers, D. M. Gaddy, Winter Garden, Fla., and R. C. Gaddy, Ashland, Ala.; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Mary Ethel (Atkinson) McDonald
Aug 10, 1886 - Jul 5, 1973

Mrs. McDonald

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Mary Ethel McDonald, 86, who died Thursday in Houston. The Rev. Leroy Reaves officiated. Burial was in the Campbell Cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Hugh F. McDonald, Houston, and Joe McDonald, Brownsville; one daughter, Mrs. Louise McNabb, Dallas; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wayne Elrod, Emmet Dosser, Claude Denbow, Robert McDonald, John McDonald and Jim McNabb.

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Mrs. McDonald

Services are set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Mary Ethel McDonald, 86, who died Thursday in Houston. Rev. James E. McKee will officiate and burial will take place in the Campbell Cemetery.

Mrs. McDonald’s survivors include two sons, Hugh F. McDonald of Houston and Joe McDonald of Brownsville; one daughter, Mrs. Louise McNabb of Dallas; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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John Homer "Johnny" Missildine
Sep 12, 1932 - July 11, 2014

Mr. John Homer “Johnny” Missildine, 81, of Blooming Grove, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014, at his residence.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Lake Chapel Cemetery in Fairfield, with the Rev. Kenneth Hutchison officiating. Corley Funeral Home.

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Mr. John Homer “Johnny” Missildine, age 81, of Blooming Grove passed away on July 11, 2014 at his residence.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Oliver and Minnie Missildine; and brothers; Joe, Lee, Bowie, Carlos and Joel Missildine.

Johnny is survived by his daughter, Lee Ann Herod and husband, Jack of Barry, Texas; his granddaughter, Danika Watson and husband, Aaron of Waxahachie, Texas; grandson Trenton Herod of Barry, Texas and great-granddaughter London Watson of Waxahachie, Texas. Additional survivors include his sister, Kathryn Richie of Fairfield, Texas along with numerous nieces and nephews. Johnny is also survived by his special friend Donna Phillips of Blooming Grove.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Lake Chapel Cemetery in Fairfield, Texas with Rev. Kenneth Hutchison officiating.

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Louis William "Lou" Lachney
Oct 6, 1967 - July 8, 2014

Lou Lachney, 46, of Dawson, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014. He was born Oct. 6, 1967 in Dallas to Louis Jr. and Daniele Lewis Lachney. He married Jamie Spatz Oct. 13, 1990 in Visalia, California. He served in the United States Navy for eight years. Lou was part of the Corsicana Fire Department where he spent many hours with his fellow fire brothers. He enjoyed playing golf, going fishing, pulling practical jokes and liked to cook. Most of all he enjoyed coaching his sons’ and their friends’ baseball teams.

He is preceded in death by his brother Randy Lachney.

He is survived by his loving wife Jamie Lachney of Dawson; sons Louis Lachney Jr., Seth Lachney, Ely Lachney and Lance Lachney all of Dawson; father Louis Lachney of Purdon; mother Daniele Harden of Texarkana; brother Ricky Lachney of Louisiana; sisters Jackie Kelly of Ft. Worth, Melissa Akin of Ft. Worth, Jessica Ayala of Frisco; Brenda and Jerry Edwards and the Corsicana Fire Dept Brotherhood; 11 nieces and nephews and numerous extended family.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Corsicana High School Gymnasium. Burial will be at a later date at Lachney Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe E. McClure, Justin Underwood, Brad Roughton, David Melton, Louis Lachney, Seth Lachney, James McClain, Darrell Stevenson, Lester Laskie and John Odom.

A memorial fund has been set up at Corsicana Community National Bank and Trust. For more information you may contact Suzanne Butaud 903-641-4568.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Leonard Rudolph "Len" Hill Jr.
abt 1958 - July 1, 2014

Leonard Rudolph ‘Len’ Hill Jr., 56, of Dawson, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 4, 2014 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at the funeral home. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Brenda Lois (Andrews) Gormly
Nov 23, 1943 - June 27, 2014

Brenda Lois Gormly, 70, of Alvin, Texas went to be with the Lord Friday, June 27, 2014 at her residence. Brenda was born Nov. 23, 1943 in Kerens, Texas to Clyde and Darlene Andrews in Elm Flat, Texas. She graduated from Kerens High School in 1962, and continued her education to become an X-ray technician.

Brenda married the love of her life, Freddy, in Corsicana in 1969 and moved to Alvin in 1970. She continued working in the medical field as an X-ray technician until she co-founded Gormly Surveying in 1977 with her loving husband Freddy. She loved the Alvin community and strived every day to make it a better place. She also had a passion for history, family genealogical research, and cooking. It gave her great pleasure to make a cake or a pie for her grandchildren, and watch the smiles on their faces. Brenda was a member of the Alvin Museum Society and a member of South Park Baptist Church.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her loving husband, Freddy Gormly; sons, Shane Gormly and wife Shannon, and Chad Gormly and wife Meagan; brother, Dwain Andrews; grandchildren, Lauren, Andrew, Harrison and Graham; along with numerous other relatives and friends.

Honored to serve as Pallbearers are Alfred Froberg, Scott Reed, Keith Thompson, Terry Droege, Jim Landriualt, and Terry Lucas.

Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home in Alvin.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home with Strom Duke officiating. Interment followed at the City of Alvin Oak Park Cemetery, Alvin, Texas.

Arrangements under the direction of the Scott Family, 1421 East Hwy 6, Alvin, Texas 77511. www.scottfuneralhome.net

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Eva Margaret (McRae) Whitehead
Jan 1, 1929 - June 28, 2014

Eva Margaret Whitehead, 85, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. Services are pending at this time with Corley Funeral Home.

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