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Gary Charles Middleton
Dec 18, 1965 - Nov 7, 2014

Gary Middleton, 48, of Corsicana, passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Friday, November 7, 2014.

Gary Charles Middleton was born on December 18, 1965 in Corsicana, to Jay Hugh Middleton and Oleta (Buckner) Middleton. Gary grew up in the area and attended school in Corsicana. He received a four-year Collins Scholarship to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, where he obtained his Associate’s Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree. Gary served as youth director at Lighthouse of Praise Pentecostal Church and loved serving in the church. Over the years he served any way he could, including teaching Sunday School, leading the singing in services, and as a Minister. Gary was the type of person who anyone could talk to about anything. He was a great listener and gave great advice. He would even give you a ‘good preaching to’ if he thought you needed it. Gary was extremely intelligent and interested in all types of history. He enjoyed watching movies and playing video games, and he always had his laptop with him. He loved to cook and made the best banana pudding, turkey, and giblet gravy, among other favorites.   Gary was a good person, a great brother, and an amazing uncle. Gary will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his mother, Oleta Middleton; his sister, Melissa Hunt; his brother, Don Paul Middleton, all of Corsicana; his sister, Ellen Martin and her husband, Tom, of Waco; his brother, Billy Middleton and his wife, Francis, of Retreat; his sister, Judy Middleton, of Corsicana; his sister, Louise Barbauch and her husband, Tony, of Rockwall; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Jay Hugh Middleton, and two nieces.

Pallbearers will be Vernon Wilton, Jesse Hunt, Don Middleton, Sammuel Patrick, Zachary Mann, and Mike Reeves. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Woody, Robin Mann, Tom Martin, and Jonathan Love.

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Gary Middleton, 48, of Corsicana, passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at Day Cemetery in Fairfield with Rev. James Morris officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Luther "Bug" Bennett Sutton, Jr.
Feb 23, 1935 - Oct 27, 2014

Luther “Bug” Bennett Sutton, Jr., 79, of Fairfield, California, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. He was born Feb. 23, 1935 to L. B. Sutton and R.L. Sutton (Evans) in Angus, Texas.

Luther was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was a light heavy-weight on the United States Air Force Boxing Team with a record of 103-3. After 26 years of service, on May 31, 1980 he retired a Master Sergeant of the
1901 Comm Squadron at Travis Air Force Base. After he retired from the Air Force, he also retired from the Mare Island Naval Base and the Oakland Army Base as an Electronics Technician.

Luther was preceded in death by his father, L.B. Sutton; mother, R. L. Sutton; wife, Dorothy Jean Sutton; and by his grandson, Victor T.
Sutton, Jr.

He is survived by his brothers, John Earl Sutton, Wayne Sutton and Jessie Sutton; son, Victor T. Sutton, Sr. (Roberta); grandchildren, Manni A. Sutton, Caprice A. Sutton, and A1C Joshua A. Sutton; and by his great-grandchild, Nathanial R. Sutton.

Celebration of his life will be from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22,
2014 at the Fairfield Funeral Home, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fairfield, California 94533.

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Chester Stutts
Mar 10, 1934 - Nov 13, 2014
 

Services for Chester Stutts, 80 of Athens are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel in Athens with Bro. Thomas Taylor officiating.

Burial will follow in Stutts Family Cemetery.

Mr. Stutts passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Athens surrounded by his family.

He was born March 10, 1934 in Rural Shade to Thomas and Nettie Autry Stutts. Mr. Stutts was a resident of Athens. He had been manager for Cabells Milk Company in Corsicana seven years. He then was owner of a Bordens distributorship in Palestine eight years prior to retiring. He was a family man and loved hunting, fishing, telling stories and gardening.

Mr. Stutts is preceded in death by his brothers Thomas, Manin, Clarence and Wesley and grandson Kevin Edgar.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years Carrie Stutts of Athens; son Larry Stutts and wife Donna of Athens; daughters Debra Rowan and husband Claude, Duncanville, Sonya Hammans and husband Dale of Corsicana, Cathy Stutts, Corsicana; grandsons Kyle Stutts and wife Maricar of Corsicana, Trae Adams, Kooper Hammans, both of Fairfield, Justin Stutts of Corsicana, Trey Hammans and wife Alisha of Palestine; granddaughters Randi Joiner and husband Woody, NewYork, Aimee Stone and husband Jay, Nacogdoches, Daisy Reynolds and husband Nicky of New York; sisters Melba Loving and husband George, Lindale, Ann Gilbert and husband Cecil of Canton, Judy Hughes and husband Howard, Doris Johnston, Malakoff; brothers Delbert Stutts and wife Mary, Athens, Travis Stutts and wife Joann, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Stutts, Trae Adams, Kade Stutts, Korabyn Stone, Kooper Hammans, Justin Stutts, Trey Hammans, Brady Edgar, Dakota Edgar, Wayne Bonner, Joe Harrell.

Visitation for family and friends will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov.
16, 2014 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

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Alice Elizabeth "Alibeth" (Whitten) Hodge
Dec 16, 1925 - Nov 5, 2014

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Elizabeth ‘Alibeth’ Hodge, 88, of Nacogdoches will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at the Mildred Baptist Church in Mildred, Texas. Rev. Tony Neal and Bro. Terry Hodge will officiate.

Visitation is from 2 to 3 p.m. just prior to the service.

Mrs. Hodge passed away in Nacogdoches on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.

Alice Elizabeth was born on Dec. 16, 1925 to John Elver and Willie McGehee Whitten in the southwest end of the Powell Oil Field where her father worked. Named “Alice Elizabeth” by her parents, to her friends and family she was known as Alibeth. She grew up and lived almost her entire life in the community of Mildred. The only time she lived outside of Mildred was while she was in college and the last few years of her life when she and Willie, her husband of 62 years moved to Nacogdoches to be close to their son. She graduated from Mildred High School in 1943, from Texas State College for Women (later became Texas Women’s University) in Denton in 1947 with a degree in education. She returned to Mildred to teach Home Economics. She and Willie were married on her lunch hour on Dec. 22, 1948 at the Mildred Baptist Church. Her home economics class stood at the fence of the school to cheer for them when they emerged from the church as husband and wife.

She was a life-long educator teaching Home Economics in Mildred, First Grade teacher in Rice, Texas, and for the last 30 years of her career she taught First Grade in Mildred. Later in life she returned to school and received a Masters Degree in Education from Baylor University in 1975.

Her family meant everything to her and she loved nothing more than being with her family especially around the holidays. She loved to decorate her home, to cook for and to entertain friends and family in her home.
After she retired she and Willie traveled to almost all 50 states sometimes with Erma Frances and Floyd Ward, sometimes with Joe Lynn and Evonne Blackmon, sometimes with Joe and Mary Williams and sometimes with the Bus Bunch from their church. Alibeth was a member of First Christian Church of Nacogdoches.

Survivors include her son Rev. Terry Hodge and his wife Pat of Nacogdoches; her brother John and his wife Pat Whitten of Desoto; Granddaughter Amy Bowman of Bedford; Granddaughter Alyson Scott and her husband Adam of Bullard and two great-grandchildren, Luke Harrison Scott and Charli Belle Scott of Bullard.

She is preceded in death by her parents, J.E. and Willie Whitten, her husband, Willie Harrison Hodge; her son, Dr. Harry Hodge and her grandson Adam Bowman.

Memorials may be made to Mildred Baptist Church or the Building Fund of First Christian of Nacogdoches.

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Vera (Allen) Poovey
Apr 2, 1923 - Oct 30, 2014

Vera Poovey, 91 of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Corsicana. She was born April 2, 1923 in Oklahoma to Ephram and Elizabeth Frederick Allen. Vera liked to cook and sew. In her younger years she enjoyed making clothes for her family. She also served in Womens Air Corp during World War II at Connally Field in Waco, Texas.

She is preceded in death by grandson, Gary Smith.

She is survived by her children, James Robinson and wife Kaylynn and Johnny Robinson and wife Cindy; grandsons, Jody Robinson, John Robinson, Justin Robinson and Bryan Veatch; granddaughters, Cheri Wilson, Chris Stephens, Charla Alldredge and Brandi Lewis; great-grandsons, Kevin, Jacob, Jordan, Andy, Clay, Nick, Richard, Wyatt, Skyler, Cody, Luke, Mitchel, Michael, Joseph and Johnny; great-granddaughters, Cory, Gracie, Abigal and Kayla; great-great-grandson Camdon and a great-great-granddaugter, Symphony.

Visitation will be come and go from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at St. Elmo Cemetery, Winkler.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Elmo Cemetery Association.

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Carolyn (Thompson) Sawyer
Jan 9, 1943 - Nov 2, 2014

Carolyn Sawyer, 71 of Arp, passed away Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 in Tyler.  She was born Jan. 9, 1943 in Corsicana to Edith Jacqueline Thompson. She worked as a cashier for the City of Corsicana.

She is preceded in death by her step-father David Rutherford.

She is survived by her husband Rev. Donald Sawyer of Arp; mother Edith Rutherford of Corsicana; sons and daughter-in-law, James Nutt of Dallas and Jeffery Don Sawyer and wife Cristi of Corsicana; daughter Brandy Michelle Nutt of Dallas; two grandchildren Mattie and Branna Sawyer of Corsicana.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at First Baptist Church Arp. Services in Corsicana will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Rice officiating.
Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers in Arp will be Pat Bell, Joel King. Robin Stafford, Danny Thomas, Bill Kitchings, Jimmy Martin. Pallbearers in Corsicana will be Jack Fowler, Stephen Howell, Wayne Bonner, Adam Bonner, Don Butcher, Terry Howell, Nelson Galaway.

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Robert Leslie Mann
May 18, 1944 - Nov 6, 2014

Robert Leslie Mann, 70, of Purdon passed away Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. He was born May 18, 1944 in Dallas, Texas to James C. Mann and Vera Cooper Mann. He married Gail Van Meter on July 9, 1965. He attended North Beaton Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his son, Clint Mann.

He is survived by his wife Gail Mann of Pursley; mother, Vera Mann of LaPorte; children, William Mann of Pursley and Jennifer Draper and husband Michael of Sherman; sister, Jill Dunagan of Willis; grandchildren, Aley Cobb, Chelsea Mann, Samantha Williamson, Henry Abbott and Austin Draper.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Andra and Shandra of Cedar Lake Hospice; Corsicana Welding & Company workers; Les and Virginia Dupuy and Carey and Carr Dupuy.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Orbison officiating. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Marshall Purifoy, Rodney Lacy, Tim Christian, John Mendez, Jason Ward and Alex Cobb.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Betty Fay (Howeth) Remonte
Jul 16, 1931 - Nov 3, 2014

Betty Fay Remonte, 83, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in Corsicana at Heritage Oaks West Retirement Village.

She was born July 16, 1931 in Corsicana to Albert Lee and Lena Mae Howeth.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Remonte is survived by her sons, Joe Remonte of Austin, John Remonte Jr. and daughter-in-law Kim of Corsicana, and Jack Remonte of Corsicana. She is also survived by her brother, Ron Howeth and sister-in-law Mary of Murrieta, California. She also leaves behind a dear friend, Sonia Gonzales of Irving and beloved dog, Sassy.

A special thank you for the wonderful care she received at Heritage Oaks West and from the staff at Hand in Hand Hospice.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Otis Conner officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Joy (Horn) Nelson
Feb 7, 1920 - Nov 5, 2014

Mrs. Joy Horn Nelson, 94, of Corsicana went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at TriSun Care Center. She was born Feb. 7, 1920 in Kerens, Texas to John Archie Horn and Mattie Dee Smith Horn.

Joy spent her life caring for others; her parents, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many other children in Corsicana. She cared for children in her own home for over 25 years.
“Mama Nelson” was proclaimed Corsicana’s Mother of the Year in the late 1960’s. Joy was the glue that kept her family together and was responsible for keeping her children close. It has been said that she used her cooking skills to bring the family together on every occasion.
She loved growing African violets and at any time they were too numerous to count in her home. Joy and her sisters performed on KAND Radio singing Gospel favorites for many years. She was a talented seamstress and Billy, Wayne and John remember the “flour sack” shirts she made for them as young boys. Joy loved her Lord and was a strong Christian woman in every aspect of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Nelson, her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Eddie Hambrick, her grandson Michael Nelson and her siblings; Theron Horn, Doris Horn and Sammie Burns.

Joy is survived by three sons; Wayne Nelson and wife, Judy, Billy Nelson and wife, Pat, John Nelson and wife, Rosemary and three daughters; Lynette Bailey and husband, Gary, Patresa Bolton and Vicki Farmer; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren, sisters; Billie Horn Jordan and Raquel Congleton, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 7p.m. Friday, Nov. 7,
2014 at Corley Funeral Home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb and Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Pallbearers are Gary Nelson, Jeff Nelson, Bill Nelson, Mark Nelson, Brett Bailey and Michael Hambrick. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Peggy Ann (Pressly) Reynolds
Sep 6, 1938 - Nov 1, 2014

Peggy Ann Pressly was born Sept. 6, 1938 to Virtelle and Fred Pressly in Corsicana. She was an only child. Except for time away during World War II, she spent her growing up years in Corsicana. She graduated from Corsicana High School, where she was a cheerleader in 1956. That same year Peggy was married to Bill Reynolds. They spent their early marriage in Germany due to his time in the army and were able to travel to other countries. Peggy had three sons, Doug, Dan and Scott. She spent much of her time making a home for them, cooking and attending their activities. Scott preceded her in death in June of 2006.
Peggy's work history includes K Wolens and Sears as a teen and young adult. Later, in Fort Worth, she worked in the Sporting Goods store they owned, in copier sales with Hutco, and in her own copier business, The Copy Solution. Along the way, she delved into antiques and collectibles, having a space in Canton for a number of years and booths in antique malls. In later years, she even sold Mindy Lu's fried pies out of the back of her vehicle.
Along with her parents and grandparents before her, Peggy was a lifelong Presbyterian. She made her profession of faith at a young age and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Peggy Reynolds died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 after several years of serious health struggles which she fought valiantly.
She is preceded in death by her parents and son, Scott.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Diane, Dan and Deborah, grandchildren Josh and Alyssa, great-grand-daughter Hadlee Marie, extended family members and many friends.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. There will be a private burial after the service.

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Pauline (Castleman) Smith
Feb 27, 1938 - Oct 28, 2014

Pauline Castleman Smith, 76, of Corsicana passed away peacefully in ICU at Baylor Hospital in Dallas on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 after a tragic fall.
She will be remembered with a memorial service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 101 N. 14th St., Corsicana.
Pauline was born Feb. 27, 1938 in Munday, Texas. She was in the Class of 1956 at C.F. Brewer High School in White Settlement. She went to nursing school at All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth in the 1960’s. She was a nurse for nearly 50 years, and worked at several area nursing homes in Corsicana for many years.
She enjoyed 25-plus years of marriage to William L. “Bill” Smith, who preceded her in death in 2012.
Pauline was passionate about helping others, and was truly devoted to her patients and their care. She had recently retired from nursing in January 2014. Even in her final act of compassion, she exhibited her concern for others by donating her body to the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
All who knew her described her as a “character,” zany with never a dull moment. She was unique.
Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Aslee Castleman, and a son, Kerry Wayne Lawson.
She is survived by her daughter, Paulette Johnson and husband Jim, granddaughters Aubre’ Biby and husband Nathan, and Lydia Lawson of Cleburne, as well as one great grandchild, Neo Biby. She is also survived by her brother Earl Castleman of Dallas, sister Jo Ann Blackmon and husband Ron of Colleyville, Texas, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

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Van Taylor King
Apr 19, 1983 - Nov 4, 2014

Van Taylor King, 31, of Dawson passed away Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Dawson, Texas. He was born April 19, 1983 in Corsicana, Texas to Curtis Michael and Susan Elaine King.
He was an electrician, avid Nascar fan, and “awsomust” uncle that enjoyed listening to music and playing the guitar. He was a great gourmet cook and could roast the best pork butt in all of Navarro County. He got the best Father’s Day gift this year that he could have asked for, finding out in June that he had a daughter. Lexis became his greatest pride and joy; she was the love of his life.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Van and Maudie King and W.W. and Mary Jo Seago.
He is survived by his daughter, Lexis Michelle Salvato of Gatesville; mother, Susan E. King of Dawson; father, Mike King and wife Maxcine of Corsicana; sisters, Christina Wilkerson and husband Christian of Corona, California and Hollie Seago of Allen; nephews, Lucas Wilkerson of Corona, California and Robert Mouton of Allen; nieces, Sarah Wilkerson of Corona, and Olivia Mouton of Allen; uncles, Brian Seago and wife Leslie of Anna and Van King and wife Janie of Greenville; aunt, Dolores Stone of Corsicana; numerous cousins and a big host of friends.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Upchurch and Mr. Alan Hernandez officiating. Cremation will follow the services.

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Mattie C. Brown
abt 1931 - Oct 23, 2014

Mattie C. Brown, 83, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Twilight Nursing Home. Visitation is 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Chapel. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 13th Avenue Christian Church with Rev. Clyde Chambers and Rev. Duane M. Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Aubrey G. "Sonny" Woods
abt 1937 - Oct 31, 2014

Aubrey G. ‘Sonny’ Woods, 77, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at the Country Meadows Nursing Home. Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Eastside Church of Christ located at 906 East 13th Avenue with Bro. Alton Albert Officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Eula Mae Wilson
abt 1920 - Nov 4, 2014
 

Eula Mae Wilson, 94, of Corsicana was called home to forever be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation is 12 noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Wake service is 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at the Calvary Tabernacle Of Praise, 308 East 11th Avenue, Corsicana. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at the Second Mission Baptist Church located at 909 South Fifth Street with Elder Michael Williams and Pastor David E. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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James Adolphus "Dolphus" Ratliff
Apr 1, 1905 - Mar 19, 1970

Ratliff Funeral
Funeral services were held Friday at 2 P.M. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for J. A. (Dolphus) Ratliff, 64, retired welder who died Thursday at his home. The Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of Missionary Baptist Church of which he was a member, officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving are four sons, one daughter, 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and two sisters.

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Sharon Deloris (Williams) Coleman
Mar 9, 1960 - Nov 23, 2014

Sharon Williams Coleman was born March 9, 1960 to the parents of the late Frank Williams, Jr. and Maelissa Lusk.

Sharon Married her husband, Larry Coleman, Sr. on February 11, 1981. Together they had 6 children.

She leaves to cherish her memories; Husband, Larry Coleman, Sr.; Four Daughters, Erica, Victoria (Michael), Amanda and Lenora; Two sons, Larry Jr. (Asia) and Joseph (D’Lancye); Seven Grandchildren, Jalen, Tyriauna, Stephen, Mollie, Malaya, Myia and Allye; Seven Sisters, Sherry, Doris, Linda, Connie, Louise, Vollie and Diane; Four brothers, Fredrick, Terry, Frank 111 and Anthony; Aunt, Mae Jackson; Uncle, Rufus Williams; Three cousins, Lady Price, Sonja and Barbara; A host of Special Sister-In-Laws and Brother-In-Laws; Host of nephews and nieces; Special Friends, Diane Richards, Mandy Grounds, Tammie Jackson and Dorothy Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Williams, Jr. and Maelissa Lusk.

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Fred (Firpo) Marberry
Nov 30, 1898 - Jun 30, 1976

Fred (Firpo) Marberry of 600 East Gopkins died at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Mexia Memorial Hospital at age 77. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Ed Spivey, pastor, will officiate.

Mr. Marberry, a retired American League baseball pitcher for the Washington Senators, lived in Mexia for the past 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Fred (Mattie) Marberry of Mexia; a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Irby of Dallas; a son, Fred (Buddy) Marberry Jr., of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, John Marberry of Fairfield; a sister, Mrs. Rosa Robinson of Kirven; and seven grandchildren.

Burial will be in Birdston Cemetery near Streetman. Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Marberry, who once struck our the Yankees' legendary Babe Ruth, also pitched for the Detroit Tigers. He was a friend to the late, great Bucky Harris, manager of the Senators.

Until his death, Marberry, was known as perhaps the greatest relief pitcher ever to come to the majors. He was still receiving fan mail from throughout the United States, particularly on the famed "bubble gum" cards, on which his photos appeared. Many youngsters, as well as adults, sought his autographs.

Fred, a native of the Streetman area, saw his major league career cut short by an auto accident, in which he lost his arm.

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  • The Mexia Daily News - July 2, 1976
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Fred Marberry famous left handed relief pitcher with the Washington Senators who raised in Kirven-Streetman area laid to rest after fatal stroke, a real gentlemen and friend.

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Professional Baseball Player. Considered one of the great relief pitchers in baseball history. The right-hander pitched 14 years in the major leagues, compiling a 147-89 record, 3.63 earned run average and 101 saves. With Washington from 1923-32, he led the American League six times in appearances and five times in saves. He was 19-12 in 1929, 15-5 in 1930 and 16-4 in 1931. In the 1924 World Series he started Game 3 against the New York Giants and was the losing pitcher as he yielded five hits and three runs in three innings in a 6-4 loss. He saved both Games 2 and 4. He also pitched three shutout innings in Game 7 as the Senators won 4-3 in 12 innings. The following year he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings against Pittsburgh, but the Pirates won the title in seven games. He was traded on Dec. 14, 1932 along with Carl Fischer to Detroit for pitcher Earl Whitehill. He was 16-11 in 1934 and 15-5 in 1935. He struggled in the 1935 World Series, but the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in six games. He finished his career with the New York Giants and Senators in 1936.  (bio by: Ron Coons)   [View Photo || Baseball Card]

[Maberry top "Saver"]
Corsicana Daily Sun - Sunday, August 8, 1976
Submitted by
Karen Rost
Note:  Although the article states that he is buried in Mexia, he is buried in Birdston Cemetery, Streetman, Navarro Co. TX


Betty Ann (O'Neal) Hodge
Dec 31, 1929 - May 26, 1989

Betty Ann Hodge, 59, of Arlington, died May 26, 1989 at Arlington Memorial Hospital.

Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Horace Crowder officiating.  Interment will follow in
Birdston Cemetery in Streetman.

She was originally from Streetman and a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Arlington.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Joe Hodge of Arlington; her father, Coy R. O'Neal of Streetman; three sons, Joe Kenneth Hodge, of Arlington, Roger Neal Hodge of Midlothian and Richard L. Hodge of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Madelyn Hodge of Eureka; two grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be W.M. Montgomery, Robert Boyd, Coy Hodge, Kevin Hinshaw, Bill Chandler and Joe Bumbartner.

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David Leslie Patterson
Nov 28, 1879 - May 19, 1953

Dave Patterson Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Dave Leslie Patterson, 78, of 1321 West Tenth Avenue, were to be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Thursday at 4 p.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites are to be conducted by Rev. H. G. Starkey, pastor of Memorial Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Janice Joseph rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

Patterson, retired railroad man and farmer, was instantly killed Tuesday afternoon when his automobile figured in a collision involving a truck on High 6 immediately north of the Hearne city limits. Relatives said that investigations revealed that Patterson may have suffered a stroke immediately before the collision.

Mrs. Patterson, the only other occupant of the car, was injured and was transferred to Memorial Hospital here Wednesday afternoon from a Hearne hospital.

Robert Harwell, Mesquite, driver of the truck involved, escaped injury. The truck was only slightly damaged.

Patterson a native of Richland and resided in California for a number of years. He farmed several years before his retirement.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; four sons, Johnny Patterson, Corsicana; Ferman Patterson, Freer; Frank Patterson, Waco, and James Patterson, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Bill Meissner, Longview, and Mrs. Howard Weaver, Corsicana; 10 grandchildren; two nephews, J. N. Garitty, Corsicana and Ben J. Garitty, Dallas; two nieces, Miss Marguerite Garitty, Houston and Mrs. Agnes Looney, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers are Clyde Andrews, Theo L. Meissner, Leon Stough, Leslie A. Patterson, Howard W. Weaver, Larry Patterson and Marvin Wilson, grandsons.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, May 21, 1953
  • h/o Mazie Lee (Davis) Patterson married Sep. 3, 1900 Navarro county, Texas s/o Thomas “Tom” Patterson and Ellen Priscilla (McCullock) Patterson
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
     

Gordon Myrl Smithey
Jan 19, 1930 - Apr 15, 2011

Gordon Myrl Smithey, born January 19, 1930 in Frost, TX. He passed away April 15, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy (Susie) Smithey, his sons Arthur Smithey, Leslie Smithey and wife Pam. Myrl is also survived by his sister Nancy Gorden and husband Elton, his brother Ferrell and wife Brenda and a sister-in-law, Caroline Smithey. He was preceded in death by his parents William Arthur and Nayonn Smithey, sister Lynette Choate, brothers Darrell (Zeke) Smithey, Hessell Smithey and Don Smithey. Myrl served in the U.S. Air Force and was employed by the City of Dallas for 28 years. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, McKinney, TX. Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 18 at Frost Baptist Church, Frost, TX.

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Nancy Inez (Garrison) Howell
Apr 25, 1932 - Nov 26, 2014

Nancy Inez Howell, 82, of Ft. Worth went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was born April 25, 1932 in Blooming Grove, Texas to Homer Clyde Garrison and Nancy Ellen Gantt Garrison.

Mrs. Howell was very active until very recently when she suffered a severe stroke. She loved working in her garden growing both flowers and vegetables. She was said to have made the “Best Mexican Cornbread north of the border.” She spent most of her life working as a teacher’s aide in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Larry Garrison and Calvin Garrison, and a daughter Nancy Katherine “Kathy” Madey.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Donald Howell; daughter, Dani Howell; son-in-law, Andy Madey; grandchildren, Johnna Davis and Nancy Rachelle Bircher, and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove, Texas with Mr. Donnie Stevens officiating.

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Madeline (Tarkington) Vernon
June 18, 1919 - Nov 14, 2014

Madeline Tarkington Vernon, 95, passed away peacefully at home near Kerens, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. She was born June 18, 1919, in Bazette, Texas, to Andrew Benton Tarkington and Elva Elizabeth Camp Tarkington. Madeline married Stephen Alexander Vernon in 1939 in Kerens. They were married for 52 years until his death in 1991.
In the early 1980s, Madeline and Steve returned from Texas City, Texas to their farm east of Kerens, after he retired from his long-time position as sports editor of the Texas City Daily Sun. Madeline loved being outdoors. She was an avid gardener, an accomplished quilter and artisan, a formidable 42 opponent, and a devoted mother of their nine children.
Madeline was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kerens, and a committed believer whose quiet faith was an integral part of her life. Visitors to her farm home east of Kerens were likely to find her resting in a shady area of her back yard with Bible in hand. She spent many years working with young children in the nursery departments of her church in Texas City.
Madeline was preceded in death by her husband as well as brother Ivan “Tad” Tarkington, sister Beulah Crutchfield, sister Hazel Tarkington, brother Earl Tarkington, sister Pauline Ferguson Forbis, sister Lorene Hopkins, brother Booth Tarkington, and son-in-law Bradley D. Bruns.
She is survived by her brother Thomas Tarkington of North Richland Hills; son Ivan R. Vernon and his wife Jocelyn of Medina, Ohio; daughter Melba J. Grogan and husband Donald of Farmington, Missouri; sons James Leland Vernon and Byron O. Vernon and wife Frances of Kerens; daughters Alice Rebecca Knaack and husband William of Poteet, Texas; Karen G. Bruns and husband Cary Crum of Corsicana; Betty J. Vernon and husband Peter Miller of Hunt, Texas; Stephanie A. Welch and husband Timothy of Austin; son Karl A. Vernon and wife Deborah of Flemington, New Jersey; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Wes Johnson and Rev. Frank Upchurch will officiate with interment to follow at the Prairie Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers for Mrs. Vernon will be George Edwards, Norton Connor, Butch McMillan, R.D. Lewis, Keith Fields and Don Paschal.
Memorial donations for Madeline may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or alz.org. A special thank you is given to those who made it possible for Madeline to spend her last days in her beloved home including Kyle Montgomery, Carol Littleton, Shawnda Witherspoon, Sandy Cruz and nurses from Cedar Creek Home Health and Hospice Agency.

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Billie Mae (Johnson) Lambert
Oct 20, 1937 - Nov 23, 2014

Billie Lambert of Corsicana passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 23, 2014 with her family at her side at the age of 77. She was born Oct. 20, 1937 in Pursley to Willard K. and Willie Mae Johnson.

Her favorite hobby was fishing. She also enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Willard K. Johnson and Willie Mae Johnson; and sister Imogene Kendall.

She leaves behind her children, Ricky W. French and wife Paula, Jerry W.
Lambert Jr ., Kimberly A. Pair and husband Hiram, and Timothy W.
Lambert; brother Charles L. Johnson; grandchildren Ricky W. French Jr.
and wife Marybeth, Chris Bland, Cody W. Lambert and wife Christa, Ty Lambert, Austin Pair and wife Emily, Colby Pair, Broden Lambert, Jailynn Pair, and Kinley Lambert. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Addison French, Ryder Lambert, Easton French, and soon-to-be Harper Pair.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with James and Judy Williams officiating. Burial will follow at New Pursley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ricky W. French Jr., Chris L. Bland, Cody W. Lambert, Ty Lambert, Austin Pair, Colby Pair, and Broden Lambert.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • w/o Roy Thomas French and Jerry Wayne Lambert Sr; d/o Willard Karry Johnson & Willie Mae (Brown) Johnson
  • The Corsicana Daily Sunn - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
  • Submitted byKaren Rost

Margaret (Walden) Huggins
May 4, 1928 - Nov 16, 2014

Margaret Huggins, 86, of Corsicana and formerly of Kerens, passed away in Corsicana at Tri-Sun Care Center on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Visitation with her family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at Kerens City Cemetery at the pavilion area. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Margaret Huggins, resident of Corsicana and formerly of Kerens, passed away in Corsicana at Tri-Sun Care Center on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the age of 86. She was born in Hill County on May 4, 1928 to Alex Walden and Callie Poor Walden who farmed in the area. Margaret married Autrey Huggins on November 10, 1945 in Corsicana and they made there home in Kerens. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kerens and had been a resident of Kerens for 69 years until moving to Corsicana this year. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing and quilting.

Margaret was preceded n death by her husband of almost 58 years Autrey Huggins on October 13, 2003 and her parents Alex and Callie Walden. She is survived by her son; William (Bill) Huggins and wife Pat of Kerens.
Grandson; Monte Huggins and wife Kandyof Tomball, TX. Great grandchildren; Hunter, Heaton and Hannah.

Visitation with her family will be Tuesday evening 5 - 7pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 3pm at Kerens City Cemetery at the pavilion area. A eulogy will be given by a friend of hers Thomas Hill.

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  • w/o Autrey Huggins m. Nov 10, 1945; d/o Alex Walden & Callie (Poor) Walden
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Blonnie Merle (Sanders) Turner
Nov 7, 1916 - Nov 19, 2014
 
Blonnie Merle Sanders Turner, 98, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Frost Cemetery in Frost, Texas. Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana.
 



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Blonnie Merle Sanders Turner was born on November 7, 1916, to John and Lena Sanders. She was raised in Frost, Texas and lived her 98 years in Navarro and Hill counties. She married Ray Olen (Buster) Turner on October 28, 1934, and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage until his death in 1995. She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ.

She is reunited in Heaven with her Lord, her parents, John and Lena, sister, Clemmie Strickland, and brother John (Pete) Sanders. She is also reunited with her beloved Buster whom she missed terribly.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her brother Daryl Sanders, her daughter Belvia and son-in-law Mike Barham, granddaughters Terra and Laura, and their husbands Brad Timmerman and Brian Gibson, and great grand children Will Timmerman, and Reid, Lane, and Morgan Gibson.

Blonnie loved to cook, crochet, and quilt. She was very proud of her family and loved to tell stories of her childhood and genealogy. She was most proud of her great-grandchildren and loved to show them off. Her kind and loving legacy will endure beyond her many years.

The family would like to extend sincere thanks for the care and love that she received at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Open visitation and registry book are available at Corley Funeral Home all day Friday, November 21. A graveside service will be held in Frost Cemetery at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 22, 2014 with Mr. Dan Gibson officiating.Notes:

  • w/o Ray Olen "Buster" Turner - d/o John Sanders and Lena Sanders
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Oleta Emmaline (Sheffield) Grounds
Sept 7, 1922 - Dec 1, 2014

Oleta Emmaline Grounds, 92, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles McBryde officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


 

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Oleta Emmaline Grounds, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Heritage Oaks West Retirement at the age of 92. She was born September 7, 1922 in Cleburne to Jake and Polly Sheffield.

She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother,great grandmother, sister and friend. She worked at Haggar Slack Factory, Adams Hat Factory and Wal-Mart where she retired in 2003. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and remained faithful until her death. It was very important to her that her children were in church. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She loved to work in her yard and keep the house.

She is preceded in death by husband Reagan Grounds, June 20, 1995; daughter, Robbie Biggar; granddaughter Tammy Kaye Grounds; great grandson, Kasey Wyatt Roberts; brothers, Walter, Rich, Sam, Melvin, J.W. Sheffield. Sisters, Mae McGee, Fannie Hill, Minnie Goodman, Katherine Bell, Step sister Iva Mae Young.

She is survived by her children, Polly Knott and husband Kenneth of Corsicana, Dwayne Grounds of Corsicana; granddaughters, Kim Coston and husband Larkin of Corsicana, Cindy Kirk of Corsicana, Cheryl Roberts and husband Kevin of Gun Barrel, Janet Grounds of Corsicana; great granddaughters, Autumn Grounds, Briana Roberts, Cailin Thomas, Caslin Thomas, Jordan Kirk all of Corsicana; great grandsons, Korey Roberts, Kobey Roberts both of Gun Barrel; great great granddaughter, Emmaline Rae Menard of Corsicana; step grandchildren, Bro. Steve Knott and wife Sheila, Ron Knott and wife Sharon, Tammy Zhanel and husband Gene, L.J Coston II of Corsicana, Chris Coston and wife Lisa of Corsicana, Mylea Lovell and husband David of Lubbock; step great grandchildren, Stacy Hodges and husband Blake, Dan Knott and wife Ashley, Brad Zhanel and wife Christine, Brittani Lucas and husband Andy, Stephanie Knott, Tiffany Knott, Michael, Shawn, Jillian, Jacey and Regan; step great great grandchildren, Daylee, Landon, Cameron Hodges, Baylor Knott, Blane and Carter Zhanel, Harper Painter; sister in law, Pinkie Bell of Fort Worth. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 am Friday, December 5, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles McBryde officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Coston, Ernest Sikes, Donnie Grounds, Terry Grounds, Dickie Russell, LaSodd Thomas.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Tina Smith for taking care of their mother and grandmother during her stay at Heritage Oaks West. Thank you, also, to Alice and Patricia, Coretta and the rest of the nursing staff at Heritage Oaks West and to Family First Hospice and Dr. Ronald Merrill.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association Dallas office - 4100 Alpha Rd. Suite 100 Dallas, Texas 75244

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Cleveland Yeldell, Jr.
1960 - Nov 26, 2014
 
Cleveland Yeldell, Jr., 54, of Lancaster passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at the Baylor Heart and Vascular Center of Dallas. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at the New Hope Baptist Church located at 401 Fourth Street, Kerens with Pastor Samuel Washington officiating. Interment will follow at the Samaria Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


 

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Billy Otha "Bill" Benton, Sr.
Sept 11, 1927 - Dec 4, 2014

Billy O. Benton, resident of the Brushie Prairie community, passed away at home on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the age of 87. He was born on September 11, 1927 in the Union High community of Navarro County to Otha Wayne and Ola Cox Benton. Billy served his country during World War II in the United States Army Air Corp in the Pacific. He worked in the oil fields in Hobbs, New Mexico and in the Houston area and later was a contractor owning and operating Benton and Son's Roofing. Billy enjoyed wood working crafts, reading western novels and tinkering around the house. He was a member of Community Chapel in Corsicana.

Billy is preceded in death by his parents Otha Wayne Benton and Ola Cox Benton Tanner; bothers, Rex Benton and J. W. Benton; sister, Miriam Prater; daughter-n-law Cindy Benton; son, Bo Benton who passed away in September of 2012; and wife Vivian Benton who passed away in July of 2013. He is survived by his children Damon Benton of Brushie Prairie and Norma Porter and husband Benny of Alvin. Daughter-in-law Joy Benton of Buffalo. Nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Faylene Dick of Wortham, Reba Gullet of Brownsboro and Lois Lane of Pursley; brother Lewis Tanner of Union High.

Visitation with the Benton Family will be from 3 to 5 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Sunday afteroon. Funeral service will be on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11am in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery with Darian Cundiff, Devon Porter, Trace Turpin, Kurtis Turpin, Kristopher Turpin and Nolan Porter serving as pallbearers.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Neta Jean "Bunny" (Cole) Arnold
Apr 21, 1946 - Oct 30, 2014

Neta Jean ‘Bunny’ Cole Arnold, 68, of Streetman passed away Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at home with her husband of 15 years, Jerry Hodges and her loving dog, Bear by her side.

Bunny was well-known for her 15 years of employment at Walmart Corsicana in the Garden Center. She had many friends who checked out in the Garden Center just to see Bunny and say hello and for recognizing them.

Bunny was preceded in death by her parents, Bill Cole and Juanita Wolfe Cole, and grandparents G. C. Cole and Maggie Ann Young Cole.

She is survived by her son, William “Billy” Campbell, her aunts Doris Bellah and Janice Cole, and cousins Larry and Donna Bellah.

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Charley James Doss
Oct 28, 1932 - Dec 4, 2014

Charley J. Doss, 82, of Kerens passed away peacefully at Cedar Lake Nursing Home on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Cremation will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. A private family memorial is planned for a later date.

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Jason Lee Martin
Nov 16, 1981 - Dec 4, 2014
 
Heaven gained a wonderful man on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at 3 a.m. when Jason Lee Martin, age 33, was called home. Jason Martin was born on Nov.
16, 1981 to Sandy Stauty (Martin) in Germany.

Jason died in his home due to congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and liver disease.

He was preceded in death by his Grandma, Carol Martin; Brother-in-law, William “Billy” Leroy Hawkins III; and his best friend, Josh Widener.

He was blessed with lots of people who loved him dearly and will live on with his memory: his mother, Sandy Stauty; the love of his life, his honee, Ana Costello; his sisters, Angela Hawkins and Makayla Pavuk. He also had three wonderful step-sisters: Rachel Cox, Angela Breckenridge, and Erica Wong. He also was a very blessed uncle and his nephews and nieces loved him so much: Noah Collins, Clayton Hawkins, Bobby-Joe Boucher, Jordan Cox, Kaden and Hailey Breckenridge, and Asher Wong will forever remember their uncle. Grandparents include Don Martin, and Barbara and Larry Stauty.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Grace Community Church in Corsicana, with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Sharon Kay (McCann) Howard
Jun 18, 1947 - Nov 13, 2014
 
Sharon Kay McCann Howard was born on June 18, 1947 and passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. As a lifelong resident of Navarro County, Sharon McCann Howard centered her life around her two children, Joanna and Justin. She wore many hats as a mother and a business partner with her husband, Jim. Sharon enjoyed attending soccer, football, baseball games and teaching her son how to cook. She loved horses and spent a great deal of her life on the road to American Quarter Horse shows or at the barn with her daughter. Sharon assisted her husband with life on their ranch where they raised cows and kept Cokie, the family horse. When she became a grandmother in 1998, her new role as “Mimi” consisted of helping her daughter with the early days of motherhood, through illnesses, sewing baby blankets, babysitting, and giving valuable advice. Mimi taught her granddaughters, Alex and Riley, how to make the best Lemon Cream Cheese pie in Texas. Sharon’s family was her life.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents from Streetman, Texas; Margaret and Dick Walker and grandparents from Pursley, Texas; Elton and Bennie McCann, father Billy Joe McCann and mother Mary Ann McCann.
She is survived by her husband Jim, daughter Joanna, son Justin, granddaughters; Alexandria and Riley Ellis, and her son-in-law Stephen Ellis.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Christ’s Haven for Children at www.christshaven.org or 4200 Keller Haslet Road in Keller, Texas 76244.
A memorial service for Sharon will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel, 418 N 13th St, Corsicana, TX 75110. The service will be officiated by Westhill Church of Christ Minister, Sam Dilbeck.

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Lawrence Bunton
abt 1927 - Nov 18, 2014

Lawrence Bunton, 87, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Twilight Nursing Home. Funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at Bethel A.M.E. Church with Rev. Willie L. Greene officiating. Scott Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Joshua Tyrell Walker
abt 1985 - Nov 24, 2014

Joshua Tyrell Walker, 29, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Fred Clarence Crabtree
Mar 19, 1959 - Nov 24, 2014
 
Fred Clarence Crabtree, 55, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. He passed away at his home in Corsicana after a brief illness.
A Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco, with Bro. Ron Renfro officiating. The family will receive visitors from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at the funeral home.
Fred was born on March 19, 1959, in Fort Worth and he attended school in Waco.
Fred was preceded in death by his father, RC Crabtree and sister, Sherry Ann Crabtree.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Fred Clarence Crabtree, Jr. and JaeAyne Crabtree of Forney; daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Humberto Moreno of Moody; son, Ryan Crabtree of Chattanooga, Tennessee; daughter, Jesyka Crabtree of East Ridge, Tennessee; mother, Billie Johnson of Waco; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Robert Valadez of Eddy; sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Richard Burns of Waco; and granddaughters Chelsea, Zoi, Alyson, and Skylar Moreno of Moody, and Clare and LeAyne Crabtree of Forney, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Parr, Robert Lamb, James “Jim” Harllee, Ryan Crabtree, Kevin Smith, and Robert Valadez.
The family would like to express its sincere appreciation to James Manufacturing, Inc. of Corsicana, for its assistance with Fred's health care needs and in the memorial service, as well as for being a life-long extended family member to Fred.

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Gloria Jean (Daniel) Clifford
Jul 6, 1951 - Nov 30, 2014
 
Gloria Jean Clifford, 63, of Kerens, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Alabama. She was born July 6, 1951 in Portland, Oregon.
Gloria was retired from the state of Texas Child Protective Services in the Athens office. She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church. She was very passionate about her dogs, Pixie and the late Lexi. Gloria enjoyed watching movies and listening to music.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Hazel Daniel, and grandson, Dillon Montgomery.
She is survived by her children, Kyle Montgomery, Sandra Montgomery, James Donald Montgomery, and Toni Jones and husband Casey Jones; Anthony Montgomery, Marisa Montgomery, Sydney Williams, Autumn Montgomery, Madison Montgomery, Wyatt Montgomery, and great-grandchild Kaydin Arellano.
Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Landmark Baptist Church, Corsicana with the Rev. Don Smith officiating.

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William A. Thomas
Dec 25, 1932 - Nov 16, 2014
 
William A. Thomas passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 in Corsicana. He was born Dec. 25, 1932 in San Pedro, California to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thomas.

In 1950, Mr. Thomas began his military career in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged to move on to the U.S. Air Force where he began his aviation career until 1958. He moved his family to the Dallas area where he continued his aviation mechanic career at Dallas Love Field for several years. In 1971, William moved his family to Corsicana after leaving his career in aviation and became the manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken for several years and then went on to obtain his CDL in
1992 where he was an over the road truck driver until he retired.
William went on to obtain a Certified Nurse's Aide Certification in 2009 as he wanted to help those who could no longer help themselves. He also worked at Wal-Mart from 2010-2012 where he enjoyed helping people and making new friends.

William was an artist who loved to paint beautiful landscapes and portraits of animals and also enjoyed woodworking of all types and brought new life to old pieces of furniture. He enjoyed sitting out on the patio with his two companions, Fluffy and Mitzi, and his wife Gloria in the evening time. He will be missed by many.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 33 years and mother of his children, Charlotte Thomas, adopted son, Randall Wallace, and brother; Ronald Thomas of Missouri, his sister, Dolores Thomas and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Thomas of Corsicana, daughters; Vanessa R. Thomas and Valarie McGee and husband, Darryl McGee, and brother, Roger Thomas and wife, Carol of Missouri.

Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. A private burial was held at DFW National Cemetery. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Donna Elaine Jenkins
May 6, 1921 - Nov 30, 2014
 
Donna Elaine Jenkins, 93, of Plano passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

She was born May 6, 1921 and raised in Corsicana, Texas. She was a licensed cosmetologist and trained in lab, X-ray and nursing. She worked as a surgical nurse, but retired from AT&T as an industrial nurse.

Donna was involved with the American Association of Medical Assistants, and was an avid Red Hatter. She was a painter, passionate about journalism, played accordion, and was active in Church of Christ and Plano Senior Center. She was runner up for Ms. Senior Plano in 2009. She won first place national award for “The Texas Beam,” the Texas paper done for Texas AAMA.

She is survived by her daughter, Carla Miller and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Restland Funeral Home.

Services at Wildwood Chapel, Restland Dallas at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.
5, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donate to charity of your choice.

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Yoli (Garcia) Gamez
May 7, 1953 - Nov 24, 2014

Yoli Gamez, of Corsicana, passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, with her family at her side at the age of 61.
She was born on May 7, 1953 in Pharr, Texas, to Servando Garcia and Manuela Pruenda Garcia. She married Mike Gamez on Sept. 13, 1975 in Pharr, Texas and the two renewed their vows this past Friday at Baylor Medical Center. Family was important to Yoli. She loved her family and made sure to spoil them at any opportunity, especially her children and grandchildren. After moving to Corsicana she worked as an administrative assistant with Parks and Recreation with the City of Corsicana from 1996 - 2001. For the past fourteen years she has been a customer service representative with the Navarro County Electric CO-OP. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana.
She is preceded in death by her father, Servando Garcia; brother, Raymond Garcia; mother-in-law, Bebe Cantu; and father-in-law, Pres Cantu.
Yoli is survived by her husband of 39 years, Mike Gamez of Corsicana; sons, Eli Gamez of Corsicana, and Jason Gamez and his wife Bridget of Corsicana; grandchildren, Grant and Molly Gamez; mother, Manuela Garcia; sister, Dalia Orozco; and brother, Oscar Garcia, all of San Juan, Texas. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Diane Ball and her husband Bryan of Corsicana, Terri Puente and husband David of McAllen, and Sheila Almanza and her
husband Hector of McAllen; brother-in-law, Manuel Cantu of McAllen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at her and Mike's residence at 2820 Hillcrest in Corsicana.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jason Cargo officiating. A private interment will follow at a later date at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Rash, Charlotte Weaver, Maria Hernandez, Laura Dunlap, Dee Hughes, Hope Edwards and employees of Navarro County Electric Cooperative, as well as, Ned Balcom, Steve Adair, Brett Douglas, Mark Powell, Ricky Holloway, Bobby Davis, Doug Hageman, Robert Gray, Ed Oldham, Matt Stach and the rest of the Corsicana Area Exxon Mobil Employees.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to The Hope Center at 1115 West Second Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Hilda Bess (Wilson) Reed
Oct 4, 1916 - Nov 15, 2014

Mrs. Hilda Bess Reed, 98, passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 in a nursing home in Stephenville. She was a lifelong resident of the Corsicana area until moving to Stephenville six years ago to be near her daughter. She was born Oct. 4, 1916 in Angus, Texas to William and Bessie Wilson.
She married Roy L. Reed in 1938 and spent 46 years as his wife until he passed away in 1984. Hilda was devoted to the Lord, her church and her family. One of her joys in life was singing in the choir at church and she had a beautiful soprano voice. She was actively involved with her church family at Westside Baptist Church where she was a charter member.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother, Preston Wilson and sisters; Myra Malkowski and Mattie Sue Stewart, and son-in-law, Ken Jones.
Mrs. Reed is survived by her son, Larry Reed and wife, Jan of Tunnel Hill, Georgia along with her daughter, Patsy Jones of Stephenville, Texas. She is also survived by grandchildren; Dayna and James Logan, Debra and Glenn Watts, Brian and Kim Reed of Rocky Face, Georgia and Jill and Gary Reed of Abilene, Texas; plus, great-grandchildren; Mezmeriah Logan, Casey Broome, Ashley Watts, Danielle Watts, Skylar Reed, Fletcher Reed, Billy Robertson, Elle Robertson all of Rocky Face, Georgia and Landry Reed of Abilene, Texas. She is survived by her brother, William Wilson of Euless, Texas along with several nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Pallbearers will be Tommie Oliphant, Coleman Chew, Steve Robinson and Jerry Robinson. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. C. David Campbell, Dr. James Price, Herbert Hoffman and Billy Bob Collier. A private burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas.
Memorials may be made to Westside Baptist Church at 1522 N. 24th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Martha Ann (Wheat) Bell
July 5, 1932 - Nov 19, 2014

Martha Ann Wheat Bell was born July 5, 1932 in Teague to Lawrence B. and Johnnie Mae (Carroll) Wheat. She woke up in Heaven Wednesday morning Nov. 19, 2014 at the age of 82. She was greeted by sons, Charles Ray Wheat (September 2002), Paul Wayne Bell (December 2002), Jimmy Dale Bell (February 2003); son-in-law, Ronald Lee Shaw (May 2014) and great-grandson Jacob Ross Montgomery (September 2009). Also greeting her were brothers, L.B. Wheat, Virgil Wheat, Glen Wheat; sisters, Mae Evelyn Bland, Vera Woodard and her parents.
She is survived by her daughters, Georgia Wing and husband Roger of Kerens, Carolyn Shaw of Corsicana, Joyce Elliott of Waxahachie and Avelina Wheat Garcia of Wortham; son, Bobby Bell and wife Beverly of Trinidad; her 12 grandchildren that God granted her, Renee' Greene and husband Kenneth of Kerens, Bobby Greene and wife Leeanne of Kerens, Laura Smith and husband Casey of Robinson, Heather Shaw of Corsicana, Jearld Montgomery and wife Devon of Rice, Jason Montgomery and wife Jerika of Corsicana, Sam Ward and wife YuVon of Purdon, Shelley McDaniel and husband Mike of Pursley, Hollie Kananda and husband Francis of Wortham, Sabrina Johnson of Bailey, Brittany Melton and husband Stephen of Emhouse and Alicia Bell of Trinidad. She was such a wonderful Granny, Nanny or Grandmother as she was called that God granted her 18 great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Austin Greene, Leah-Anne, Briar and Brayden Greene, Madison Smith, Sarah, Jerry and Kelly Montgomery, Larrissa Morgan and Xia Ward, Paden and Lucas McDaniel, Adriana Kananda, Billy, Mason and Derick Johnson and Kameron Bell. She is also survived by brothers, Marvin Wheat of Waco and Walter Wheat and wife Doris of Abilene; sisters, Geneva Almon, Hazel Jayroe of Garland and too many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to name.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Sam Ward, Bobby Greene, Casey Smith, Kenneth Tucker, Jerald Montgomery, Jason Montgomery, Mike McDaniel, Stephen Melton, and Francis Kananda.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Franklin Everett "Buddy" Withrow III
Jan 15, 1930 - Nov 14, 2014

Franklin “Buddy” Withrow, 84, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Arrangements by Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Submitted by Karen Rost

F.E. (Buddy) Withrow III resident of Corsicana went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the age of 84. He was born January 15, 1930 in Teague, Texas to F.E. Withrow Jr. and Faye Carpenter Withrow. He grew up in Richland, Texas and graduated from Richland High School, he later attended and graduated from the University of Baylor with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in 1952. In 1954 he opened Withrow Furniture Co., later moving into the old Sears building where it remains today. On April 6, 1956 he married Mary Helen Caton. They have remained married for 58 years.
Buddy loved all sports, he was an avid fan of the Baylor Bears, Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and the Yankees. He loved to fly, he had a pilot license and loved to take friends and family up for a ride that they probably wouldn't forget. Buddy also achieved a 5th degree black belt in karate under the instruction of Keneth Powers. He was also a member of the YMCA for some 60 years. He loved playing volleyball with the "old gang". Buddy most of all loved God, his family, friends and his Sunday school class. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church and was in the choir for many years. He loved fellowship with family, friends and with someone he may have just met for the first time. He enjoyed getting to know people and helping others. He was a very caring and giving man.
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Withrow; brother, Joel Withrow; sons, Mike Withrow and wife Sandra, Mark Withrow and wife Suzie; grandchildren, Michael Withrow and wife Sara, Courtney Aguado and husband Josh, Bradley Withrow and Morgan Baggett, Ashley Douglas and husband Daniel and Toni James; great grandchildren, Owen, Riggen, Eli, Josie and Alena all of Corsicana.
Visitation will be Tuesday afternoon November 18, 2014 from 1 - 3 pm at Northside Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 pm at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Pallbearers will be Jim McNeal, Gary Ferguson, Don Harvey, Bud Osborne, Jim Hodge and Marc Maxwell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Buddy Caton, Jerry Caton, Herman Mills and Linzy Hazelwood.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church.

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  • s/o Franklin Everett Withrow Jr. & Faye (Carpenter) Withrow
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Sylvia Danielle (Hayes) Hayes
Aug 6, 1939 - Nov 27, 2014

Sylvia Danielle Hayes, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at the age of 75. She was born in Corsicana on Aug. 6, 1939 to Eldridge and Lola Hayes. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, November 29, 2014
Submitted by Karen Rost

Sylvia Danielle Hayes joined the angels on November 27, 2014. She was a fighter until the end and showed more strength and courage than could be imagined. Sylvia was born on August 6, 1939 in Corsicana, Texas to Eldridge and Lola Hayes. She was raised in Abbott, Texas as a child. Sylvia married her lifelong sweetheart James "Buster" Hayes on June 2, 1956. The two of them shared 58 wonderful years together.

Sylvia was a strong Christian women and led everyday by example. She was a member of the Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana. She was a nursing home administrator for many, many years and always enjoyed working with the elderly. She was a strong believer in education and had over 19 degrees and certifications to her credit. She would always encourage a strong education and work ethic in all who came into contact with her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Eldridge and Lola Hayes; her sister, Shirley Jean Hayes; her brother, Kenneth Burleson. Sylvia is survived and will be greatly missed by her husband, James "Buster" Hayes of Corsicana; three loving daughters, Charlotte and James Biddy of Kerens, Teresa Young of Purdon and her fiancé Jim McDowell of Blooming Grove and Libby Layfield and her husband Kyle of Kerens. Sylvia's four grandchildren held a special place in her heart and will miss her tremendously; Kristen Biddy of Kerens, Kaylon Williams of Corsicana, Alexander Layfield of Kerens and Lauren Layfield of Kerens. She is also survived by her brothers Thomas Burleson of Amarillo and Roy Hayes of Corsicana; and a sister, Karen Hayes of Corsicana.

Visitation with Sylvia's family will be Sunday afternoon from 2pm - 4pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 10am in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Jimmy Glenn from the Kerens Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Serving as pallbearers will be Kyle Layfield, Alex Layfield, Jim McDowell, Gerry Harris, Eddie Jones.

The family ask that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society - Navarro County Unit at 200 North 13Th Street Suite 102 Corsicana, Texas 75110

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  • w/o James "Buster" Hayes m. June 2, 1956; d/o Eldridge Hayes & Lola Mae (Henderson) Hayes
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert Ferrell Bower Sr.
Mar 3, 1927 - Nov 28, 2014

Robert Bower, resident of Corsicana, passed away at Ennis Regional Medical Center on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at the age of 87. He was born on March 3, 1927 in Corsicana, Texas to Rex Bower Sr. and Luticia Coker Bower.
Robert served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and was called back to service during the Korean War. He retired from the United States Post Office in 1984 as mail superintendent. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana where he served as a Deacon. Robert had a servant’s heart, always wanting to help others in need. He enjoyed volunteering his time with the local “Meals on Wheels” and serving meals at First Baptist Church. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity building homes for those in need to the community and going on mission trips to build or repair church buildings. Robert was also a charter member of the Navarro County Credit Union that started in the courthouse basement.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Lola Beth Bower who passed away in 2004 after 54 years of marriage. He is also preceded in death by his parents Rex and Luticia Bower, brothers Earl Bower, Vernon Bower, Rex Bower Jr. and Eddie Bower; sisters, Alice Bower, Helen (Sookie) Bennett and Jerry Nell Jordan.
In 2004 he married Rosa Wear Cummins on Dec. 31. He is survived by Rosa of Corsicana; sons, Bobby Bower and wife Janice of Corsicana and Larry Bower and wife Nancy of Gilbert, Arizona; grandchildren Aaron Bower of Tyler and Elizabeth Wilson and husband Dayne of Friendswood; great-grandchildren Justin and Ashlee. He is also survived by brothers Melba Bower and wife Eleanor or Corsicana, Wayne (Mickey) Bower and wife Betty of Hillsboro, Miller Bower and wife Pat of Corsicana and a nephew who they all considered a brother, Mike Bower and wife Maxine. Robert is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 4, 2014 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Reeves and B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Military Honors by the United States Navy.

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Patricia Ann (Wright) Farmer-Posey
Aug 23, 1939 - Nov 25, 2014

Patricia Ann Wright Posey, 75, of Hillsboro passed away Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at Wesley Woods Nursing Home in Waco.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. Amy Anderson officiating.
Born Aug. 23, 1939 in Paris, Texas, she was the daughter of Jacob Cody and Synthann Maurine (Osborn) Wright. She graduated from Corsicana High School and attended Trinity University. In the mid 1990’s, Patty retired from Hillsboro Independent School District as a school secretary. An active member of First United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, she was also a member of Hill County Republican Women and volunteered for many organizations including Meals on Wheels. Patty enjoyed playing Bunco, traveling, going out to eat with friends, dancing, gardening, and tending to flowers.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a son, Jeffrey Allen Farmer on June 23, 2000.
Survivors include her son, Joe H. Farmer III and wife, Cheryl of Hillsboro; as well as many grandchildren and great-granchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6605 Sanger Ave., Suite 1, Waco Texas 76710.

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  • w/o Joe Holloway Farmer Jr. & Unknown Posey; d/o Jacob Cody Wright & Synthann Maurine (Osborn) Wright
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Nov 29, 2014
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Patsy Faime (Cook) Wylie
May 7, 1927 - Nov 28, 2014

Mrs. Patsy Cook Wylie, 87, of Corsicana died peacefully with her devoted husband of 71 years by her side on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. She was born May 7, 1927 in Corsicana, Texas to O.B. and Florence Mayes Cook.
She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend to many. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana. She was always dressed to kill, each hair in place and ready to take on whatever came her way. She was a fine business lady, getting her college degree as an adult and owning her own business with her sister Barbara, “Pat & Babs” clothing store in Corsicana for many years. She was a Godly woman and the best mother and grandmother you could ask for; she was fun-loving, easy-going and game for anything. She always had a big smile and was always happy and full of life. Her happy disposition was envied by many, and Aimee Ingham Kasprzyk said it perfectly, “She was the lady we all strive to be ... AMAZING inside and out!” She found good in just about anything, and didn’t have the easiest childhood but you never heard her complain. It made her a strong woman and only motivated her to be different. She and her husband married when she was 15 and he was 17, a love some people never know. They were honest, pure, had true love for just each other all of their lives. How amazing to spend 71 years with the same person and share such a beautiful life together. They would have celebrated 72 years of marriage this March.
She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Ray Wylie; granddaughter Ronda Carter; parents, O.B. and Florence Mayes Cook; and a sister, Barbara Gilliam.
She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Kenneth M. Wylie; son, Ronny Wylie and wife Candyce; daughter-in-law, Diann Wylie; granddaughters, Colleen Carter, Holly Wylie, Doree Gorden, and Lezley Carter; grandsons, Lance Thomason and Craig Thomason; great-grandchildren, Tanner Wylie Davis, Makayla Gorden, Laynie Gorden, and Camilla Carter; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a big host of friends.
Visitation with the family was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris Gorden, Terry Gorden, Tanner Wylie Davis, Gary Schutte, Don Harvey, and Jimmy Brown. Honorary Pallbearers are Ron Whitley, Terry Paul, Brent Ross, Randy Brown and Lonnie Brown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Family First Hospice, 102 SW Main Street, Ennis, Texas 75119.

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Pearlie Mae (Layton) Berry
Jul 12, 1928 - Dec 6, 2014

Mrs. Pearlie Mae Berry, 86, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at her residence.
She was born on July 12, 1928 in Donnie, Texas to Alva C. Layton and Mary Jane Smith Layton.
Mrs. Berry moved to Corsicana in 1978 and spent most of her adult life working at The Old Mexican Inn here. She was a loving and caring mother to her four children. Her grandchildren were always welcome in her home and memories made there will be cherished by all.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include her four children, Philip Berry, Larry Berry, Deborah Lucas and husband Joe, and Wanda Berry. She is also survived by grandchildren, Eric Berry, Tim Lucas, Chris Lucas, Melanie Dinwiddie and Shawn Hall; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; as well as her sister, Joyce Birdwell and brother, Leroy Layton.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Craig Castleberry officiating.
Pallbearers will be Tim Lucas, Chris Lucas, Shawn Hall, Walter “Bubba” Dinwiddie, Eric Berry and Trae Dinwiddie. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Pearlie Mae Berry, 86, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, December 6, 2014, at her residence. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, December 8, 2014, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana.

Pearlie was born in Donie, Texas, to the late Alva C. Layton and Mary Jane Smith Layton. She moved to Corsicana in 1978 and spent most of her adult life working at The Old Mexican Inn here. She was a loving and caring mother to her four children. Her grandchildren were always welcome in her home and memories made there will be cherished by all.

She was preceded in death by four brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her sons, Philip Berry and Larry Berry; daughters, Deborah Lucas and husband, Joe, and Wanda Berry; grandchildren; Eric Berry, Tim Lucas, Chris Lucas, Melanie Dinwiddle and Shawn Hall; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Birdwell; brother, Leroy Layton; many other relatives and numerous friends.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Dec. 8, 2014
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Clyde Thomas Berry buried Bethel Cemetery, Maypearl, Tx; d/o Alva Cephus Layton & Mary Jane “Maime”(Smith) Layton-Jackson

John Lorenzie Harper, Jr. Dr.
Aug 8, 1923 - Dec 10, 2014

Dr. John L. Harper, 91, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on December 10, 2014. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, on August 8, 1923 to Lorenze and Pauline Harper. John grew up on the family farm in Kennedale where he learned to love and care for animals.
John was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Nolte Harper and his wife, Jeanne Cox Harper. He is survived by his children, Fredericka (Ricki) Driffill and her husband, Jim of Helotes, Texas and his son, John L. Harper III and his wife Denise of Corsicana. He is also survived by his four grandchildren and their spouses, Sarah & Luke Mackay, Matthew & Lisa Driffill, Caroline & Fred Knapp and Walt & Hillary Harper. He had six great grandchildren that he adored.
John went to Ft. Worth's Polytechnic High School where he met his future wife, Jeanne. After graduating from high school in 1941, he went on to North Texas Agricultural College in Arlington, pursuing studies in Aeronautical Engineering, then becoming a flight engineer for American Airlines. During World War II, John's fleet was drafted to fly for the United States Army Air Transport Command based out of La Guardia field, taking him all over the world.
He married the love of his life, Jeanne, on June 18, 1945, and they were devoted to each other 'for the next 66 years. Together, they built a home, a family and a legacy of love that will be passed down for generations. After the war, the couple moved back to Texas to resume John's education. They moved to College Station, where he graduated in 1950 from Texas A&M with a BS in Animal Husbandry. He was accepted into A&M’s Veterinary School and graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in May of 1952. The couple and their 3- month-old daughter, Ricki, moved to Corsicana that June, where he began practicing veterinary medicine. Several years later, John and J.D. Carroll opened Carroll & Harper Animal Hospital on West 2nd Avenue, soon becoming the social hub of the local agriculture community. Dr. Harper primarily practiced small animal veterinary medicine, where he loyally served the community until he retired in 1999. He followed his calling & passion tor education, serving on the Corsicana ISD School Board for nine years and giving his time to the youth of Navarro County and the Youth Expo for decades.
Dr. Harper was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 62 years. He loved spending time at the family farm in Corbet, where he proudly passed down his passion for farming and ranching to his children and grandchildren. Among his other many interests were collecting arrowheads and historical artifacts, traveling, reading, and watching sports. After retiring from Carroll and Harper Animal Hospital, he devoted his time to faithfully caring for his son, Tommy, and wife, Jeanne, in the final years of their life, in addition to volunteering at the Corsicana Animal Shelter. Dr. Harper inspired many young people in the areas of agriculture and medicine, always stressing the value of education. He was a true philanthropist- a lover of people; most especially those that others discounted as unimportant. He was a treasured friend and mentor to so many, and he will be greatly missed.
Graveside service is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Dresden Cemetery with The Reverend John Conley officiating. Pallbearers will be Dr. Ricky Rogers, Dr. Mack Boyd, Dr. James Price, Ronnie Wylie and Clayton Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ray Carroll, Rudy Carroll, Bill Bradford, Bill Meacham, Matt Dawson and Campbell Gillespie. The Celebration of Life service for Dr. Harper will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The family requests memorials be made to Westminster Presbyterian Child & Family at 312 N. 13th St. Corsicana, TX 75110 or The Navarro Country Youth Expo at 4021 W. Hwy 22, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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