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John Elwood Ferrell
Jul 27, 1922 - Jan 9, 2015

John Elwood Ferrell was born July 27, 1922 Navarro County Texas near Blooming Grove.
Elwood, as he was most often called, was the middle child of John B and Josephine B Ferrell. He had an older brother Ordway and a younger sister Helen.
He graduated Blooming Grove high school in 1940 and was drafted into the Army Air Force in 1942. Following basic training and various training commands he was stationed at Roswell Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico, where he spent the remainder of his enlistment as a navigator on a Bomber Training Crew, first for the B-17 Flying Fortress and then B-29 Super Fortress.
It was in Roswell where he met and on April 1, 1944, married Mary Katherine Dillard of Palo Pinto. He was discharged from the Army Air Force in 1945 and returned home to pursue his dream of being a farmer and following in footsteps of his father and older brother.
He and Mary had two sons, Kent and Gilbert. A change of careers in the late 1950s took them to the High Plains of west Texas where he worked in the farm and industrial equipment business. A change of companies brought him to the Dallas area where he remained in the farm equipment business until his semi-retirement and a move brought him back home to Blooming Grove in 1982 where he bought the families’ original home place. For the remainder of his working career he farmed and ranched and worked at various farm implement businesses and did what he liked best, working on old tractors.
After the passing of his wife Mary Katherine he rekindled a romance with his high school sweetheart and they were married in December of 2012, him at 90 and her at 89.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Brooks Ferrell; his mother, Josephine Buena Ferell; his brother, Anthony Ordway Ferrell; and his wife of 68 years, Mary Katherine Dillard Ferrell.
He is survived by his younger sister, Helen and her husband Dwayne Garrison of Denver, Colorado; his son, Gilbert Ferrell and wife Anna of Bartonville, Texas and their three daughters, Lori, Summer and Storie and great granddaughter Brenna; his son, Kent Ferrell and wife Marlene of Blooming Grove and their two sons, John Ferrell and Michael Ferrell and great grandson Ace; cousin, Billie Jean Mixon of Corsicana; nephew, Ralph Tillman Ferrell and wife Reba of Plano; his wife, Mary Joyce Johnson Ferrell of Blooming Grove; stepchildren, Phil and Sherry Rouw of Grand Prairie, Bill and Carol Johnson of Haughton, Louisiana, Jimmy and Dolores Bess of Blooming Grove, Debra Carey of Overland Park, Kansas.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Elton Jones
abt 1932 - Jan 6, 2015
 
Elton Jones, 82, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at the Twilight Nursing Home.

Elton is survived his wife, Joan Jones of Corsicana; by two sons, Wayne Jones of Ft. Worth and Dale Jones of Corsicana; daughter, Kathy Jones of Kerens; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; four brothers, Frank Jones, Paul Jones and Jerry Jones, all of Corsicana and Jeff Jones of Missouri; three sisters, Dorothy Carroll of Everman; Frances Baker of Malakoff and Carol Jones of Corsicana.

Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Graveside service is 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Prairie Point Cemetery with Rev. Joe Tucker officiating. Family members will be pallbearers.

Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Phyllis Patricia (McAlister) Lynch
Feb 25, 1938 - Jan 6, 2015

Phyllis Patricia Lynch, 76 of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6,
2015 in Corsicana. She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Feb. 25,
1938 to Grover and Eloise McAlister. After moving to Oklahoma she moved to Dallas later in her teens. Phyllis met David Lynch at the movie theater in Dallas. They began dating and later she married her friend for life. David and Phyllis were married for 60 years. Phyllis shared various ventures with her husband; owning a fruit stand, a vending machine service and later running City Electric with her husband. She was a devoted wife, mother, and loving grandmother. Her genuine love and presence will be missed.

She is preceded in death by her son, Johnny Lynch and her parents, Grover and Eloise McAlister.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, David Lynch; brothers, Larry McAlister and Roger McAlister; one son, David Lynch and wife Theresa and two granddaughters, Ashley and Courtney Lynch.

Visitation will be 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Audrey James Widener
May 2, 1919 - Jan 8, 2015

A. J. Widener, 95, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Sterling House in Corsicana. He was born May 2, 1919 in Purdon, Texas to Jesse James and Katie Crawford Widener.

He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and friend. He was a longtime member of the Navarro Mills Baptist Church. He was employed with Red Arrow Freight Lines in Irving, Texas and retired from there after many years of service. He was a veteran having served his country in the United States Navy during World War II serving in the South Pacific.

He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Dara Crum; grandson, Christopher Widener; and a sister, Vernell Shelton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Helen Widener of Corsicana; daughter, Mickie Crum and husband Joseph of Dresden; son, Jim Widener and wife Terri of Cisco; six grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and was loved by all and will be missed.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
10, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at the Navarro Mills Baptist Church with the Rev. Rickey Woodall officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow in the Dawson Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Thomas, James Ham, Bobby Matthews, Leonard Coker, Hugh Warren, and Raymond Lewis.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the caretakers at Sterling House and to Mercy Hospice for their outstanding care given to him during his illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Navarro Mills Baptist Church,
1095 FM 667, Purdon, Texas 76679.

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Lavern "Missy" (Murray) Brooks
Dec 29, 1930 - Jan 5, 2014

Mrs. Lavern “Missy” Murray Brooks, 84, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2014 surrounded by her family at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born Dec. 29, 1930 in Corsicana to Major Alton and Bernice Louise Murray.
She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She attended Pursley School for grade school and graduated from Dawson High School in 1948. She married E. O. “Buddy” Brooks on Dec. 18, 1948 and together they celebrated 27 years of marriage until his death Feb. 24, 1976. She worked in her earlier years at the Corsicana Cotton Mill, and then later she and a friend owned and operated “Lavern & Jane’s” restaurant for several years. She was later employed with Buddies as a checker for many years until her retirement. She was a lifelong member of the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church, and enjoyed quilting, going out to eat with friends, and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.O. “Buddy” Brooks; parents, M.A. and Bernice Murray; brother, A.M. Murray; and a sister, Betty Bland.
She is survived by her daughters, Ann Johnson and husband Rick and Juanita Owens and husband Don; sons, Terry Brooks and wife Mary and Wayne Brooks and wife Betsy all of Pursley; grandson, Kenny Owens and wife Stacey of Angus; granddaughter, Sheila Garcia and husband Vince of Corsicana, grandson, Jimmy Owens and wife Molli of Navarro Mills, granddaughter, Melissa Kennedy and husband Justin of Pursley, grandson, Buddy Brooks and wife Shara of Purdon, granddaughter, Kelli Ann Brooks of Lubbock, granddaughter, Kristen Acker and husband Casey of Barry; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Mariah, and McKenna Garcia of Corsicana, Jacie Loewe and Brynn Owens of China Springs, Cody and Caisyn Kennedy of Pursley, Brittany, Lacey, and Henlee Brooks of Corsicana, and Easton and Connor Acker of Barry; brothers, JR Murray and David Murray and wife Cindy of Pursley; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special friend, Irene Burke of Pursley.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Burleson officiating. Interment will follow in the New Pursley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cody Kennedy, Justin Kennedy, Vince Garcia, Brett Bell, David Murray, and Bubba Hart.
In lieu of flowers memorials contributions may be made to the CFC International Foundation by going to their website at cfcsyndrome.org.

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Gertrude (Deen) Waters
Dec 25, 1921 - Jan 5, 2015

Gertrude Waters, 93, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

She was born Dec. 25, 1921 in Powell. She was a lifelong member of Second Mission Baptist Church, a choir member and Mother of the Church in 2000. Mrs. Waters was a G. W. Jackson High School alumna, as well.
She worked for Corsicana Independent School District food service for 12 years, and retired in 1992.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Waters; son, Gerral Waters; brothers Sornnie C. Deen and Lornnie Deen; and sisters Beaula Mae Starks and Erma Jean Slaton.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sylvia A. Waters and Wyardeen Waters, both of Corsicana, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Scott Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Second Mission Baptist Church with Rev. Larry L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews Michael Slaton, Tim Scott, Wilbert Starks, William Franklin and Deacons of Second Mission Baptist Church. Honorary Pallbearers are Emanuel Wilson and Cameron Franklin.

Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Margaret Ellen (Howard) Hunt
Feb 24, 1927 - Jan 5, 2015
 

Margaret Ellen Hunt passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the age of 87. She was born Feb. 24, 1927 in Archer City, Texas to the late John Albert and Myrtle Ellen Howard. Her father worked in the oil fields and moved frequently. She learned to make friends quickly. She always had a smile for everyone. She met the love of her life, Raymond, in a grocery store.
He worked in the meat department and she was the “donut girl.” They were married for 63 years.

Raymond preceded her in death on June 20, 2014. She is also preceded in death by her parents, John Albert and Myrtle Ellen Howard and a sister, Juanita Stokes.

She is survived by her children, John C. Hunt, Raymond “Al” Hunt and Raymona K. Hunt; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one sister, Johnnie Marie Lyons.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Hazel Jeanette (Rackley) Mitchell
Jul 12, 1929 - Jan 6, 2015

Hazel Mitchell, 85, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. Funeral: 9:30 a.m. Friday in Mount Olivet Chapel. Interment: Rosehill Cemetery, Blooming Grove. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olivet. Survivors: Three daughters, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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  • Published in Star-Telegram on Jan 8, 2015
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Clifford Chandler
Sep 22, 1932 - Jan 10, 2015

Clifford Chandler, 82, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. Cliff, as he was known to his family and friends, was born Sept. 22, 1932 in Clarksville, Texas to Sherman and Evelyn Cecil Chandler.
He married Edna “Booch” Blanche Goodwin in Reynosa, Mexico, in 1950, and they made their home briefly in Raymondville, Texas. Through the years, Cliff had the pleasure of making many new friends while living in various towns in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.
In 1978, he experienced a different lifestyle when he was employed with Aramco Oil in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia. This experience gave him the opportunity to make many friends from all over the world.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Booch Chandler; parents, Sherman and Evelyn Chandler; and a brother, Doug Chandler.
He is survived by his daughters, Beverly Lennon and husband Larry of Corsicana and Karen Commiato and husband Chris of Corsicana; grandsons, Nicholaus Bourgeois and wife Lia of Monterey, California and Caleb Shreffler of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; great-grandson, Dylan Bourgeois of Monterey; brothers, J.D. Chandler and wife Karen of Tishomingo, Oklahoma and E.M. Chandler and wife Mary Jane of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a sister-in-law, Kay Chandler of Decatur, Alabama.
Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Otis Conner officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hand in Hospice, 208 S. 31st Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Twilight Nursing Home and to Dr. Ronald Rodriguez and the staff of Hand in Hand Hospice for their outstanding care and concern for their loved one during his time of illness.

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  • h/o Edna "Booch" (Goodwin) Chandler; s/o Sherman Chandler & Evelyn Cecil Chandler
  • Corsicana Daily Sun -
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Alice Marie Hervey-Brown
abt 1968 - Jan 7, 2015

Alice Marie Hervey-Brown, 46, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Jan.
7, 2015. Visitation will be 12 noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Kelly’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. with Pastor Billy J. Kelly and Bishop K.D. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Audra Kay Carter-Green
abt 1980 - Jan 9, 2015

Audra Kay Carter-Green, 34, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 9,
2015 in Corsicana. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Lifeline Church, 5301 W. Highway 31, Corsicana.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


 

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Nan Frances (Newby) McLain
Mar 14, 1941 - Jan 12, 2015

Nan Frances McLain, 73, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Services are pending at this time with Corley Funeral Home.

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Mrs. Nan Frances McLain, age 73, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born on March 14,
1941 in Springfield, Ohio to William Newby and Lucille Sharp Newby.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. McLain is survived by her husband, Larry Everest McLain, children, and grandchildren.

Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. A memorial service for Mrs. McLain will be planned by the family at a later date.

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Mrs. Nan Frances McLain, 73, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
A Memorial Service will be held at Eureka United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 with Rev. Rodney Wallace officiating.
Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, January 22, 2015
Submitted by Karen Rost
Nan Frances McLain, 73, of Corsicana, Texas passed away on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. She was born in Springfield, Ohio on March 14, 1941 to Bill and Lucille Newby.
She was the loving wife to Larry McLain for 54 years. Together they had two children, Sarah and Mark. Nan attended Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia. She was very talented and creative. Professionally she was employed in the banking industry for many years before taking over financial responsibilites with Designed Performance Associates.
She was active in her local literary and painting organizations in recent years. This ability to use both sides of her brain made it easy for her to relate to just about everyone and to put a smile on their faces. She has also been a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church since she and Larry moved to the Corsicana area.
Nan is survived by her husband, Larry; her children, Sarah McLain and Mark and wife, Dale McLain; four grandchildren, Jake and wife Shawn McLain, Kate McLain, Ian McLain, and Will McLain. It is a shame that the great-grandchild that will be born this summer will not get to meet her in person. She was an amazing person who gave love and inspiration to all with whom she came in contact.
She will be loved and missed by all that knew her.
Her memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the Eureka United Methodist Church in Corsicana, Texas.

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Billye Jean (Barnett) Hilliard
Sep 26, 1921 - Jan 14, 2015

Billye Jean Hilliard, 93, formerly of Kerens, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Born in Vashti, Texas, on Sept. 26, 1921, to parents Frank and Alda Barnett, she was the 11th of 11 children. She survived the Great Depression and World War II before meeting and falling in love with her husband of 69 years, Richard Hobart Hilliard.

Hobart and Jean moved to Kerens in 1949 to be closer to Hobart’s family.
They purchased the local drug store, renaming it to Hilliard Drug, and ran the store until Hobart’s retirement in August of 1988. They lived in Kerens for 61 years before moving to Parkview Community for Independent Seniors in August 2010 to be closer to their daughter, Kathy, in Frisco. They lived there for three years before transferring to Trisun Care Center in Corsicana, where Jean spent her final year.

Jean was a homemaker and Sunday school teacher. She spent many years doing childhood evangelism and led untold hundreds of people to the Lord during her lifetime. Her favorite Bible story was David and Goliath, which she taught many times on her flannel graph board to all her grandchildren and many other children in Kerens. Jean truly had a heart for the Lord and wanted to see all come to Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Hobart, and her children, Larry, Kathy, and Ricky. She is survived by all her grandchildren, Scott and Heather Hilliard, Brandon and Matthew Burden, Joshua, Daniel, Matthew, and David Hilliard. She is also survived by all of her great-grandchildren and several nieces. She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Services will be held at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Flowers are welcome and may be sent to Paschal Funeral Home at 120 SW 3rd Street, Kerens, TX 75144.

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Lester Lee Easley
Nov 13, 1931 - Jan 16, 2015

Lester Lee Easley, 83, of Corsicana went to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. He was born to Lester Woodrow Easley and Bertha Faye Berryhill Easley on Nov. 13, 1931 in Drane, Texas. He married Johnnie Maxine Braxmier Easley on June 3, 1951 and raised his family in Corsicana. He began his first job at the age of 10 at Hashop's Drug Store. During his many years in Corsicana he also worked at Stop and Eat Drive Inn, Stop and Shop Grocery Store and Jackson's BBQ. One of his favorite jobs was working for the Wholesome and Sunbeam Bread Company as an Area Manager. In 1971 he purchased his own business, Lester's Quick Stop on the corner of Second Avenue and 15th Street. While there, he and his wife Maxine served the community for almost 25 years. They made many friends which became like family to them. He was a Veteran, having served in the Texas Army National Guard from 1947-1957 as a Master Sergeant. He served as President of the Campbell-Elrod Association from 1982-2005. Lester considered his greatest accomplishments his children and family.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; and his sister, Barbara Ann Easley Abbe.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years Maxine Easley; his daughter, Linda Napps and husband Kenneth of Mabank; sons, Rickey Easley and wife Sherry of Kyle, Johnny Easley and wife Nell of Purdon, Michael Easley and wife Sheri of Waxahachie and Tim Easley and wife Michele of Corsicana. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Walter “Bubba” Braxmier and wife Clara of Waxahachie. He is also survived by several family members including nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as many friends among those, including Joe Hambrick of Corsicana.

He was a Deacon of the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Retreat, Texas. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He taught by example how to be a great man. The name Lester means “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16, which embodied him so well. He was well-loved and will be truly missed.

Visitation will be at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Easley officiating.

Graveside service will follow at Campbell-Elrod Cemetery on FM 744.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Lynn Easley, Bobby Lee Easley, Jason Napps, Chase Carver, Seth Easley and Sage Easley, Marshall Easley, Chris Abbe, David Abbe and Bill Vaught. Honorary Pallbearers are Jarrett Cunningham, Stewart Cunningham and Joe Hambrick.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Frances Marlene (Shows) Morgan
Oct 28, 1938 - Jan 12, 2015

Frances Marlene Shows Morgan, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in Corsicana. Marlene, as she was known by her friends, will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, generous nature and loving ways. Always the first to volunteer, she was a devoted volunteer for many Navarro County organizations.
Marlene was a proud graduate of Emhouse High School Class of 1957. She was active in basketball, 4-H, and livestock showing. She was a 4-H Gold-Star recipient and earned a trip to New York as part of the honor. For their High School graduation trip, Marlene and her classmates traveled to Cuba for a life time memory. After high school graduation Marlene proudly served as a Navarro College Seniorita making lifelong friends through Navarro. Marlene was married to Thomas Wayne Morgan for 55 years before his death in May 2014.
Marlene’s love for her family and devotion was constant in her loyal participation of all her children and grandchildren’s activities. She rarely missed an activity and was there to cheer on her grandchildren from softball games to band concerts. Marlene also served leadership roles in PTA and the Campfire Organization.
Marlene was a 40-year volunteer for the extension service serving on boards and working with Navarro County 4-H youth and older citizens. She earned the honor of Navarro County Outstanding Older Texan Award. Marlene was a devoted volunteer for First United Methodist Church serving on various church boards and as UMW officer in many local, district, and conference capacities. She was a faithful member, welcoming and encouraging participation in the church activities.
In Marlene’s later years she spent many hours providing a ministry of flowers for FUMC. She loved working with flowers, delivering bouquets to church members and friends in the nursing homes of Corsicana. She also was a committed volunteer calling Bingo for the residents for over 10 years.
Marlene was born Oct. 28, 1938 in Corsicana. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by husband Thomas Wayne Morgan, parents Marvin and Elizabeth Shows, in-laws Thomas Mark and Oneta Morgan, nephew Mark Sparkman and sister-in-law Nancy Montgomery.
She is survived by children Karen Morgan Vandiver and husband Kerry of Ennis, Donna Morgan Jackson and husband Matt of Emhouse, Steve Thomas Morgan and wife Tiffany of Emhouse; her beloved grandchildren, Courtney Vandiver, Chase Vandiver, Chelsea Vandiver, Brittney Jackson, Parker Jackson, Jared Morgan, Sean Morgan, Austin Morgan and Hunter Morgan. She is survived by brother Dr. David Shows and wife Barbara of Nacogdoches. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Wilma Morgan of Corsicana, and Barbara Bailey and husband Larry of Rice and brothers-in-law, Jerry Morgan and wife Shirley of Corsicana, and Edgar Montgomery of Corsicana, as well as numerous friends, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Alexander and Rev. Gary Turner officiating. Private family burial will follow at family cemetery, Triple Creek Cemetery located in Emhouse on land which has been in the family for over 140 years. Pallbearers will be Mark Shows, Lee Montgomery, Scott Montgomery, Karl Sparkman, Paul Bailey, and Ricky Morgan. Honorary Pallbearers are the Friendship Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church and Friendship Club Members of Emhouse. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 320 North 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Charles Henry Harrison
Jan 6, 1924 - Jan 15, 2015

US Army - Purple Heart
Ret. USAF Reserves
Charles Henry Harrison was born Jan. 6, 1924, at home, 1609 West Seventh in Corsicana, Texas to Roy and Thelma Harrison. He passed away Jan. 15, 2015, at home, 713 Quail Hollow in Corsicana, with his family nearby. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1941. He served in the United States Army from 1944-46 and received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. He retired from the United States Air Force Reserves in 1965.
Charles Henry married Evelyn Rose Cobb on Jan. 12, 1946, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They were married 65 years when Evelyn passed away on Nov. 10, 2011.
Upon discharge from the Army in May 1946, Charles Henry and Evelyn moved to Powell and farmed before moving to Kerens in 1954. Charles Henry worked for Bethlehem Steel in Corsicana and at Central Monument Works, Corsicana until he retired in the mid 1990s.
He was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ and was actively involved at the Westhill Church of Christ, and enjoyed his volunteer work at the church food pantry. During the early years of the church's Bus Ministry Charles Henry drove the JOY bus (Jesus first; others next and yourself last) and his wife Evelyn and daughter Angela rode the bus and led the children in songs to learn about Jesus. This had a lasting impact as one of the nurses at Tri Sun told him she remembered riding the JOY bus and going to church with the other children.
He is also a member of the local American Legion Post and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366 where he served as Post Chaplain for many years for both organizations.
Charles Henry was also a member of the Commemorative Air Force, Coyote Squadron.
His volunteer work included Cedar Lake Hospice, American Cancer Society Road to Recovery, and Navarro Regional Hospital in the auxiliary.
He was best known in the community for his role as “Santa Claus” for over 50 years where he enjoyed bringing joy to the area school children, nursing home residents, and hospital patients. Charles Henry and Evelyn enjoyed hosting their “yard party” and invited the whole community to enjoy sitting on Santa's lap, visiting with Mrs. Claus and eating homemade cookies and candies made by Evelyn. He enjoyed being Santa through the 2011 Christmas season at the Collin Street Bakery on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
He also received an appreciation plaque for his work with the 9/11 Celebration at Bunert Park in 2012.
In honor of his years of community involvement he was selected to be the 2014 Grand Marshal of the Corsicana Christmas parade. He enjoyed riding in Willie Winter's vintage red Mustang convertible and waving to the crowds.
He is survived by his daughters, Gayle Jenkins and husband, Roy of Murphy, Texas, Angela Wrinkle and husband, Joe of Garland; son, Charles Michael Harrison of Frisco; grandchildren Roy L. Jenkins, Jr. and wife Sara of Sachse, Tammy Weyandt of Plano, Grant Harrison of Medellin, Columbia (South America), Paige Raible and husband, Andy of Dacono, Colorado, Erin Wrinkle of Hollywood, California and Eric Wrinkle of Arlington; great-grandchildren, Dodd Weyandt of Plano, Alayna Weyandt of Plano, Grayson Jenkins of Sachse, Carson Weyandt of Plano and Lauren Jenkins of Sachse; sister-in-law, Rose Cobb of Saint Michael, Minnesota; brother-in-law, Jerry Cobb and wife, Bonnie of Custer, South Dakota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 and the funeral will follow at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Paul Slaughter officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Wrinkle, Eric Wrinkle, Grant Harrison, Roy L. Jenkins, Jr., Dodd Weyandt and Caleb Jackson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Carson Weyandt and Grayson Jenkins.

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Ginger Kay Mullenix
Aug 25, 1952 - Jan 9, 2015

Ginger Kay Mullenix was born on Aug. 25, 1952 to Guy and Dorothy Mullenix. She passed away Jan. 9, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas.
Ginger graduated from Corsicana High School in 1970 and San Angelo State University in 1974 with a degree in Theatre Arts and English. She taught English at Mildred and the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center where she retired after over 20 years of service.
Ginger shared the jewelry and gift business, “Nic Nac Patty Wac” with Paula Sullins at the VF Outlet Mall in Corsicana, up until May 2014.
Ginger was a dedicated daughter to her mother, Dorothy Baggett Mullenix, whom she lived with and cared for until her death, and sister to her only sibling of whom she was extremely proud, Dickie Mullenix, a Corsicana fireman who passed away last year.
Ginger attended church at the Baptist and Salvation Army Churches.
Anyone who knew Ginger was immediately taken in by her intelligence, charm, and wit. Ginger was an unselfish person and loved to give gifts to her family and close friends. When working at C.R.T.C., she gave balloons and cards to every school employee on their birthday and made them feel very special and appreciated.
Ginger loved to read books, shopping, visiting, porcelain dolls, her dogs Termie and E.T., and cats, Midnight, Twoey, and Peaches.
She is survived by several relatives and many friends.
Ginger had suffered for years with diabetes, complications from diabetes, and other health issues. She was residing at the Heritage Oaks West Center at the time of her death.
Per Gingers written request, she was cremated and buried by her mother at the Hamilton- Beeman Cemetery near Retreat, Texas on January 14, 2015. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of your choice.

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Diane "Dedi" (Soape) Ward
Oct 11, 1946 - Jan 12, 2015

Diane “Dedi” Soape Ward was born Oct. 11, 1946 to the late Abb and Opal Bonner Soape Jr. in Corsicana. Diane was saved when she was 13 years old at Memorial Baptist Church. She passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco with her family who have been at her side every day after a brief struggle with cancer. She was united in marriage to Sammy Joe Ward on June 12, 1970 at Memorial Baptist Church. They were married for 44 blissful years. Diane loved being a mother to her two children but her greatest joy in life was being a grandmother, better known as “Dedi” to her two grandchildren.
She loved reading books in her spare time and watching football on TV. She was a die hard University of Texas and Dallas Cowboy fan. She always told her children and grandchildren to fight for their dreams and never hold grudges. She worked at Medical Arts Clinic for several years and then at the OB/GYN Department at Navarro Regional Hospital for a total of 20 years.
Diane had an unwavering faith in God and for that she was at peace and had no fear of death. She was a member of the Hubbard Cowboy Church.
She was preceded in death by her father Abb Soape Jr., mother Opal Soape Robertson and step-father Harvey Robertson.
Diane is survived by her husband Sammy Joe Ward of Corsicana; children, Kevin Ward of Corsicana and Kami Matthews and husband Kris of Dawson; grandchildren, Stormi and Jace Matthews of Dawson and a number of extended family members and friends.
Visitation with Diane's family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana, 5864 West Highway 31, Corsicana with Butch Boatright from the Hubbard Cowboy Church officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton- Beeman Cemetery in Retreat. Pallbearers will be Kevin Ward, Kris Matthews, Dr. Neal Green, Billy Jack Crocker, Charlie Mathes, Wesley Blue, T.J. Boatright and Jeremy Wade. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Hedrick, Brent Hedrick, Brett Bell, Robert Golhke, Ryan Blue, Eric Chapman, Joe Kittrell, Ty Cantu, Joe Herman and Lynn Winstead.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society - Navarro County Unit, 1000 West Second Avenue, Corsicana, Texas 75110 or American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Road, Suite 100, Dallas, Texas 75244.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jo Ann (Penland) Hill
Jul 23, 1941 - Jan 11, 2015

Jo Ann Hill, 73, of Frost passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Funeral services will be held at Noon on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with Rev. Darren Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery near Mertens.

Born July 23, 1941 in Lafayette, Georgia, she was the daughter of Clyde and Euna (DeBord) Penland. She was well-educated, keenly intelligent, an accomplished pianist, cross-stitch artist, tole painter, seamstress, decorative cake maker, hostess and cook, ceramic crafts expert, master game player and cross word puzzle wizard. She was faithful to The Lord.
She traveled globally on this earth, six continents and over 30 countries. Her ability to build lasting relationships with people of all races, religions, and classes was remarkable. In her last years she treasured her new friends in Mertens and surrounding area. She possessed a unique sense of humor along with reasoning ability balanced with a firm set of values.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, DeForest Penland; and nephew, Mike Penland.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Hill of Frost; two children, Wendy Ellen Hill of Frost and Bobby Hill and wife, Natalie, of Highland Village; brother, James Oliver Penland and wife, Jean, of Lafayette, Georgia; sister, Tona Penland of Jacksonville, Florida; sister-in-law, Marcheta Penland of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; nephews, Forest Penland, Van Penland and wife, Becky, Gene Penland and wife, Vicky, Ken Penland and wife, Vicky, and Ricky Penland and wife, Kathie; and a number of great-nephews and great-nieces.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1700 Lake Success Drive, Waco, TX 76710.

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Lela Faye Cullefer
Mar 7, 1941 - Jan 12, 2015

Lela Faye Cullefer, 73, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 in Waco. She was born March 7, 1941 in Buffalo, Texas.

Lela loved spending time with her sons and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, games and laughing.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Riley Curtis Cullefer and Florence Beatrice Pennington; siblings.

She leaves behind her sons, Michael Pennington and wife Lisa, Steve Pennington and wife Brenda, Gary Pennington and wife Tammy; her grandchildren, Tony Pennington, Jason Pennington, Ashley Pennington, Jessica Pennington, Jonathan Pennington, Christopher Pennington, Abby Rose Pennington, Alisa McAnally, Jimi Barham, Michael Riley Pennington, Gabriel Buckley, Kendall Buckley. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Jace Herron, Baylee Barlow, Maycee McAnally, Jeremy Barham, Cameron Pennington; aunt, Hattie Mae Johnson; cousins, Kim Johnson Vasquez, Frances Richardson, Shirline Garland, Alene Huffman; and ex-husband Billy Pennington.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at Buffalo Cemetery in Buffalo, Texas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Rodger Scott Dameron
Oct 1, 1951 - Jan 9, 2015

Mr. Rodger Scott Dameron, 63, of Corsicana and formerly of Midland, passed away on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 in Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth with Dr. Tommy Potter officiating.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Jan 10, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Mr. Rodger Scott Dameron, 63, of Corsicana and formerly of Midland passed away on Friday, January 9, 2015 at his residence in Corsicana, Texas. He was born on October 1, 1951 in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wylie Fred and Mary Lawrencene Dameron.

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Lynn Dameron; son, Beau Dameron and wife Charlotte; daughter, Robin Dameron Ayers and husband Jonathan; grandchildren, Michael Dameron, Gabriel Dameron, Mackenzie Ayers and Travis Ayers; sister, Teresa Sattawhite and husband Melvin and family.
 

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Larry Don Thomas
July 17, 1947 - Jan 5, 2015

Larry Don Thomas, resident of Roane, passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at the age of 67. He was born July 17, 1947 in Dallas, Texas to Bradley Thomas and Helen Darby Thomas.

He was a charter member of VVA Corsicana Chapter 1009; 69th Armour Association Division of Vietnam; disabled Veterans of America; past Commander American Veterans Post 23 Dallas 2007-2008; Veteran Foreign Wars Post 3366; 1st Vice Commander American Legion Post 22 of Corsicana; NRA Association; TSRA Association; member of Sheriff Association of Texas and member of Republican National Committee.

He is survived by Emma Carmichael of Roane; son, Craig Thomas and wife Lavender of Garland; two brothers, Rickie Thomas and wife Sharon of Midlothian and Jarrell Thomas and wife Annette of Ft. Worth; and three grandchildren, Jonathon, Cheyenne and Chelsea.

Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 with services following at 3 p.m. in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Burial will be at DFW National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Joyce (Moore) Farmer-Jackson
Nov 29, 1919 - Jan 9, 2015

Joyce Moore Jackson passed away peacefully in the early afternoon hours of Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the age of 95, with her children and grandson, Oliver Jackson nearby. She was born Nov. 29, 1919, near Purdon, Texas, to Burney Moore and Hallie Moore, themselves born of pioneer families in Navarro County. She survived her three siblings, Lucille Moore, Billie Faye Moore, and Hoyt Moore.

Mrs. Jackson graduated from Purdon High School in 1938 and married Denton Farmer of Purdon. The couple moved to Abilene, Texas where Mr. Farmer was stationed at Camp Barkeley, and Joyce was employed by Humble Oil Co. Farmer died in combat during the Normandy Invasion of 1944. Mrs. Jackson was later employed by the Production Credit Association in Corsicana, Texas, and the Powell State Bank of Powell, Texas.

In 1947, while employed in Corsicana, Texas, she met and married Howard Jackson of Powell, and they remained married for 67 years until Mr.
Jackson’s death in January of 2014. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were the parents of three children and are survived by John Howard Jackson and wife Jan Ray Jackson of Powell, Caleb Cole Jackson and wife Ann Winters Jackson of Corsicana, and James Clay Jackson of Powell. Her grandchildren are Jim Jackson of Corsicana, Timothy Jackson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Camille Jackson Baker and husband Silas Baker of Plano, Jeff Jackson and wife Kathryn Campbell Jackson of Kilgore, and Oliver Jackson of Corsicana. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Owen Howard Jackson, and Leo Jackson Baker. Mrs. Jackson was a member of the old Fifth Avenue Church of Christ and later the College Hill and West Hill congregations.

Mrs. Jackson remained in good health until the day before her death. She lived a long and happy life, placing the utmost value upon her family and extended family. She remained dedicated to the safety and welfare of children, and to the comfort of others throughout her life.

Caleb and John Jackson wish to express their profound thanks to their younger brother, Clay Jackson, who without doubt, greatly extended the healthy lives of their parents by his constant attention, and complete care within their home.

The family and friends of Joyce Moore Jackson believe that she will be sadly missed, but that her concern for family and dedication to gracious hospitality will continue to inspire.

A visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, and funeral will follow at 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Sam Dilbeck officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Jackson, Timothy Jackson, Jeff Jackson, Oliver Jackson, Silas Baker, and Kit Herrington.

Memorial contributions may be made to any worthy charitable cause for the benefit of children.

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Bobby Darrell Owen
Apr 12, 1945 - Jan 10, 2015
 
Bobby Darrell Owen, 69, of Corsicana, passed Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at his residence due to a short battle with cancer.
Bobby was born April 12, 1945, in McAllen, to Robert Hugh and Grace Hamilton Owen. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1963, He served in the US Army during Korea and Vietnam wars. After the army Bobby began his 45 year law enforcement career with the Corsicana Police Department, Navarro County Sheriff's Office, Hill County Sheriff's Office, Hillsboro Police Department, and retiring in 2006 from the Ennis Police Department. He always loved fishing, cars and playing dominoes. After retiring he enjoyed his cattle and taking in stray dogs.
Bobby is survived by his daughter, Neely Owen Minchew and husband Clint of Fairfield; two grandsons, Jake and Logan, also of Fairfield; brother, Hugh Owen; and niece, Anna Owen Paul, both of Corsicana.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Grace Owen; and sister, Darla Kay Owen of Corsicana.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service to honor the life of Bobby Owen will be 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Smith officiating.
Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Cody Gantt, Kendall Walker, Leslie Cotton, Terry Grounds, Wayne Tlustos, Jon Edwards, Larry Battles. Honorary pallbearers will be the Ennis Police Department and other law enforcement.
In lieu of flowers and his love for animals please make donations to Project Pawz PO Box 407 Corsicana, Texas 75151.

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Bethel (Marberry) O'Neal
Dec 17, 1900 - July 23, 1944

Relatives, Friends At Streetman Rites

STREETMAN, July 28. - (Spl.) - Relatives and friends here Monday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mrs. C. R. O'Neal were:

L.J. Marberry of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Marberry, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Marberry and daughter, Kilgore; Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Marberry and son, Kilgore; Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Marberry, Kirven; Sgt. Fred M. Marberry, Dodge City, Kas.; Mrs. Billie Walthall and son, Kirven; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Coleman, Kirven; Mrs. Dora Reed, Dallas; Mrs. W. T. Grogan, Coolidge; Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Humphries, Corsicana; Pfc. James C. Harris, Oceanside, Calif.; Mrs. Lynn Harris, Mrs. Mack Prouty, Mrs. E. M. Prouty, Mrs. Charles Rudder and daughter, Leo Cherry;, Sr., and daughter, all of Kirven; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sessions, Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Steward, Fairfield; Mr. and Mrs. Weaver Robinson, Steward's Mill, and Mrs. Maud Lee.

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MRS. C. R. O'NEAL BURIED STREETMAN MONDAY AFTERNOON

STREETMAN, July 28—(Spl.)— Funeral services for Mrs. C. R. O'Neal age 43 years, were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock
at the Streetman Baptist Church and interment was in Birdston Cemetery. Rev. J. L. Shaddix, Centerville, former pastor
of the Streetman Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. R. H. Riley, pastor, conducted the rites.
Mrs. O'Neal died Wednesday morning, following a long illness.

Mrs. O'Neal was born Dec. 17, 1900, at Kirvin and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Marberry.

Surviving are her husband C.R. O’Neal, Streetman; two daughters, Frances Madelyn and Betty Ann O'Neal, Streetman; a sister, Mrs. Allen Robinson, Kirvin; four brothers, Fred Marberry, Corsicana; Frank Marberry, Sherman; Luther Marberry, Kirvin; John Marberry, Kirvin, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were John L. Bontier, J. K. Webb, J. D. Miller, Fred Anderson, Leonard Smotherman and Thomas Sherrard.

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Bert Earl "Sonny" Crofut, Jr.
Oct 30, 1934 - Jan 19, 2015

B. E. “Sonny” Crofut, Jr., 80 of Kerens passed away Monday, Jan. 19,
2015 at his residence.

Born Oct. 30, 1934 in Kerens to Bert Earl Crofut, Sr. and Ida Lucille Holloway Crofut, Sonny was a heavy equipment operator in pipeline construction.

He is preceded in death by his son,
Don Crofut and brother, Jerry Crofut.

Sonny is survived by his wife, Ella Ruth Crofut of Kerens; daughters and son-in-laws, Teresa and Gary Don Jennings of Kerens and Peggy and Gary Lane of Keller; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Johnson of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating. Burial will follow in the Prairie Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bryan Ainsworth, Randy Bancroft, Dave Commiato, Jeff Goodwin, Mike Jennings and Terry Perry.

Memorials may be made to the Prairie Point Cemetery Association, 3015 FM 636, Kerens Texas 75144.

Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Ella Ruth (Winkler) Crofut; s/o Bert Earl Crofut, Sr.[bur in Henryetta, OK] and Ida Lucille (Holloway) Crofut [bur at Kerens City Cemetery]

Verlan Lewis Ewing
Mar 16, 1948 - Nov 19, 1992

Veran Lewis Ewing, 44, of Dresden, died Nov. 19, 1992 at his residence.
He will lie in state until 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove. funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, with Terry Skinner, Brent Strehlow, W. A. Corley and John Gradberg officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Ewing of Dresden; one son; Benjamin Ewing of Dresden; three daughters, Amanda, Kimberly and Valorie Ewing, all of Dresden; and one brother, Eljuan Ewing of Mexia.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Lynch, John Phillips, Roland Southard, Bill Carroll, Dennis Melton and Tim Campbell

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Murvin Roy Gathright
Oct 26, 1941 - Dec 22, 2014

Murvin Roy Gathright, 73, of Carrollton and formerly of Corsicana, clicked the heels of his cowboy boots as he ran into the arms of Jesus on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. Fondly known as Daddy, Paw Paw, and Mr. Murv, he entered this world in Morton, Texas on Oct. 26, 1941. Born to parents Sallie Malinda and James Oliver Gathright, he joined older siblings, James, Lyndon and Helen.
Murvin accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 8. His priority in life was serving and honoring his Lord. He served as Baptist Deacon for 36 years, taught youth and preschool Sunday school and participated in many mission projects.
Murvin married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Jean Cunningham on June 2, 1962.
Murvin leaves to cherish his memory his wife Sandy and a living legacy his daughters, Patti and Lori; sons, Brent and Craig. He was met in heaven by his daughter, Jeanie and sons, Scotty and Stephen. Paw Paw’s heart became more tender as he was blessed with 10 wonderful grandchildren, Mackenzie, Riley, Morgan, Brooks, Trent, Blaire, Andrew, Jefferson, Delaney, and Maddison.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Morgan Graham, Brooks Graham, Trent Graham, Blaire Graham, Andrew Gathright, Delaney Gathright, and Jefferson Hazzard.
Ending a brief battle with lung cancer he joyfully went home. Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Dec 27, 2014
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Sandra Jean (Cunningham) Gathright; s/o James Oliver Gathright & Sallie Malinda (Starr) Gathright

Christine (Lockhart) Riddle
Mar 13, 1915 - Dec 22, 2014

Mrs. Christine Lockhart Riddle, 99, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loved ones. She was born March 13, 1915 in Tupelo, Texas to Charles W. Lockhart and Mary Humphrey Lockhart.
She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1934. She attended Trinity University in Waxahachie, Texas.
During World War II, she went to Fort Worth, Texas to work at Consolidated Aircraft Corporation building B-24 bombers. She was a real “Rosie Riverter.” She met the love of her life (James Oscar Riddle) while working in Fort Worth. It was a very short courtship, they met in April 1945 and married on June 19, 1945. Christine and James spent 43 years together before he passed away in 1988.
After the war the couple moved to Los Angeles and lived there about 15 years while he worked in construction. They moved back to Corsicana, Texas in 1960 and made their home here. She worked for about 10 years at Texas Miller Hat Factory.
Christine was an active member of Trinity Assembly of God. She loved flowers and spent many hours working in her flower garden. She also loved to cook and have dinners for her extended family. She always set the perfect table, never ever paper plates or plastic ware. Having no children of her own she adored her niece and nephews who always referred to “Aunt Tine” as their second mother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother, Alex Lockhart and niece Alexis Lockhart Cansler.
Christine is survived by her sister, Helen Lockhart Ballard, her niece, Darlene Christen Hardy of Waxahachie, Texas, and nephews; Leo Christen of Corsicana and Charles Christen of Roanoke, Virginia and numerous great nieces and nephew.
Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. James Williams officiating.

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Leroy Wilson
abt 1941 - Dec 22, 2014
 

Leroy Wilson, 73, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at his residence. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 at Scott Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Eastside Church of Christ with Elder Alton Albert officiating. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.
 

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Bonnie Lou (Frost) Rhoads
Jan 23, 1923 - Dec 23, 2014

Bonnie Lou Rhoads left this earth to begin her Heavenly journey on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014. Born on Jan. 23, 1923 in Roane, Texas, Bonnie was the youngest child of Hilliard Reese and Ada Frost. Through the years her sister and four brothers migrated to California, but Bonnie chose to remain in her beloved Corsicana. Bonnie lived a rich, full life in Corsicana, until failing health required a move to Frisco, Texas to be near the family. Her sweet, caring personality enabled her to quickly adapt to her new home.
On March 31, 1944, she married Herman Emory Rhoads. The life they shared lasted 55 years, until his death on Nov. 9, 1999. They were blessed with two daughters, Janice Marie Dixon of Frisco and Joyce Ann Gaines of Dallas.
Bonnie was affectionately referred to as “Ne Ne” by two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, whom she adored. Naturally the adoration was mutual. Cheryl Renee Deeds and her husband, Bailey Aaron Deeds live in Clarksville, Tennessee with their children, Nicholas Aaron and Kayla Marie. Michael Edward Dixon and his wife Kristen Leigh Dixon reside in Frisco, Texas with their children, Caleb Alexander and Emma Claire.
Bonnie enjoyed her church family at United Methodist Church where she was active in numerous volunteering efforts, including Meals on Wheels. When she was no longer able to deliver food, she continued to cook for those less fortunate.
Her interest in archaeology led to a lifelong hobby of collecting and enjoying Indian artifacts. Other hobbies included collecting antiques, which she proudly displayed throughout the home. Baking pecan pies and Depression Era muffins for family and friends was a source of joy for her, as well as the recipients.
All who knew Bonnie would agree that she was a strong, active person with a sweet, giving spirit. Bonnie was full of grace and she was a friend to everyone who crossed her path. She lived her life serving others, while putting her needs and wishes last. Bonnie was truly a blessing to family, friends and community. Her life was well lived. A family service was held Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Kenneth E. Akers
Jan 15, 1929 - Dec 16, 2014

Kenneth E. Akers will be sorely missed by his wife of 64 years. He and his family were unbelievably close, so for those that never had the true honor to meet him, we would like to tell you what an incredible man he was. He never graced a movie screen or had his picture on a billboard. He wasn't made famous by radio or TV. He wasn't a diplomat president or king, but he was one of the most kind, loving gentleman with a firm hand and God fearing spirit that ever graced this earth. He did not have gold or silver, land or money, but made everyone feel rich just for having known him. His love and support from his wife of 64 years helped make him the man he was until he went to be with God on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He will be cremated and the family will have a private memorial. If you would like to do something in memory of our husband and father, please send a donation to the Medina Children's Home in Medina Texas or your local Church of Christ.
He was born to John and Mae Powell in Ft. Scott, Kansas. He was a member of North Beaton Church of Christ. Kenneth and Cleta had the firework stand out on West Highway 31.
He is survived by his wife, Cleta Akers; children, Kenneth Michael Akers of Aurora, Colorado, Janice Elain White of Granbury, Vic Allen Akers of North Richland Hills and Tammy Jo Worley of Laguna Vista; grandchildren, Christopher Akers, Heidi Coker, Heather Sanderson, Bronson Akers and Mallory Fletcher and great-great grandchildren Walker Akers, Tanson Coker, Taylor Sanderson, Brinan Sanderson and Thomas Fletcher.
A private memorial was held.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lyndel Gene Herrin
Apr 2, 1952 - Dec 20, 2014

Lyndel Gene Herrin, lifelong resident of Corsicana, went home to be with his Lord, Friday, Dec. 20, 2014 at his home in the Drane Community.
Lyndel graduated from Corsicana High School with the class of 1970 and went to Navarro College. He soon went into the firefighting career with the Corsicana Fire Department for over 10 years. He then went to Arlington Fire Department where he retired. He then came back to Corsicana and spent his retirement days on his family farm.
Lyndel was preceded in death by his parents, Lynn and Wanda Herrin, both of Corsicana; and niece, Maegan Atchley, and nephew, Mitchell Atchley, both of Dew.
Lyndel has three sisters, Lois Herrin, Kathie Farmer, and Teresa Underwood all of Corsicana; one brother, Wesley Herrin of Corsicana.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Retreat. Following the memorial there will be a gathering of family and friends at the home of Wesley and Anne Herrin in Purdon.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, December 27th, 2014 - 01:00 PM - Cedar Creek Baptist Church
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Billie Joe (Vance) Ballew
Aug 5, 1925 - Dec 9, 2014
 
Billie Joe Ballew (nee Vance) passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. She was 89.
Mrs. Ballew was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Peeltown, Texas, to her parents, Ed Vance and Margie Francis Merritt. She married Robert Edwin Ballew in 1945.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edwin Ballew; brothers, Edward Vance and Merritt Randle Vance; sister, Dorothea Vance Tate; and daughter, Cynthia Gayle Ballew.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Cynthia Ballew of Nacogdoches; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Martha Ballew of Allen; son, Jeffrey Ballew of Dallas; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Pinecrest Cemetery in Troup.
Arrangements by Cottle Funeral Home, Troup.

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Van Buren Terry
July 30, 1948 - Dec 14, 2014
 
Van Buren Terry, 66, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. He was born July 30, 1948 in Ft. Worth, Texas to Buren and Helen Terry. He grew up in Arlington, Texas graduating from Arlington High School in 1966. He attended Ft. Worth Christian College before enlisting in the Navy where he served his country during the Vietnam War. When he returned, he completed his degree at Stephen F. Austin University earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1977.
Mr. Terry began his teaching career at Coolidge High School. His next teaching position was at Pearsall High School. In 2003 he came to Corsicana High School where he taught English, Journalism, Government, Psychology, Sociology and Human Geography. He retired in 2012 after teaching over 30 years.
He loved teaching and was proud of the accomplishments of his students.
He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kent.
He is survived by his sisters Karen Rae (Craig) and Katherine Terry; nephews Jonathan (Heather) Rae and David Rae; niece Cara Rae and great niece Jocelyn Rae and numerous cousins and friends.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. in Alvardo, Texas at Glenwood Cemetery.

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Luis Flores
Feb 28, 1935 - Dec 16, 2014
 
Luis Flores, 79, of Krum and formerly of Denton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 in Plano. He was born and raised in Corsicana. Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at the Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Denton, with funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Gateway Baptist Church, Denton with Rev. Buddy Owens officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park.
 

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Luis Flores, 79, of Krum, formerly of Denton, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in Plano, TX. He was born February 28, 1935 in Corsicana, TX. He was a graduate of Corsicana High School and attended college. He was married to Opal Busby on January 7, 1954 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; she passed away on July 31, 2009. He was director of Community Services for Denton County for twenty years and an instructor for DWI Offenders classes for thirty years, and was Operations Foreman for Subline Water Gardens.

Mr. Flores is survived by daughters; Sanya Belcher of Krum, Paulette Burson of Collinsville; sons, Marshall Flores of Grand Saline and Dennis Stone of Denton; brother, Robert “Bob” Riveria of Houston; fourteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, Denton from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Gateway Baptist Church, 2401 N. Bell Ave., Denton, with Rev. Buddy Owens officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park.


Asa Lee Youngblood
Aug 5, 1976 - Dec 19, 2014
 
Asa Lee Youngblood, 38, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.
Asa was preceded in death by his mother, Karen Campbell.
He is survived by his parents, Sam and Kerry Ellis; daughters, Masa and Jacee; siblings, Jamie, Aaron, Garret and their families; grandmother, Frances Lankston; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, all of whom love and will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his fiancee, Robyn, and his father, Jeff Youngblood and family.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Mountain Valley Funeral Home.
Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel, 3407 SW Wilshire Blvd., Joshua, Texas 76058. Interment will follow at Laurel Land Memorial Park, Fort Worth.
Mountain Valley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Mavis (McBride) Trubell
Nov 22, 1927 - Dec 14, 2014
 
Mavis Trubell of Corsicana passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in Houston on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.
Mavis Layne Trubell was born in New Boston, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1927, to Otto Young McBride and Nora Jewell (Alexander) McBride. She moved to Corsicana as a young child with her family. Mavis worked in Dallas and Houston and retired from the U.S. Secret Service. She lived in Houston and Pearland with her husband, O.R. Trubell, until his death. Mavis and O.R. enjoyed many years of dancing and traveling together. She was widowed for many years before marrying John Houghtaling, living in Pearland until his death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Glendon McBride.
Survivors include her brother, Weyman McBride and his wife Lorene; brother, Lawrence McBride and his wife Marie, and their son, Tracy, all of Corsicana; cousins, Faye Naylor and Ruby; step-children, Joe Houghtaling and his wife Debbie; and Nan Tatum and her husband Steve.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Resthaven Memorial Park with Pastor Jeff White officiating.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Hollis V. Taliaferro
Apr 29, 1926 - Dec 15, 2014
 
Hollis V. Taliaferro, 98, of Corsicana, Texas, and formerly a resident of Burton, Ohio, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at Medical Center of Arlington. He was born in Melvin, Texas on April 29, 1916, to Montie and Medina Taliaferro.
He was a World War II Veteran who was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant from the Army. A life-long horseman, he enjoyed playing polo in his early years and training hunters, jumpers and thoroughbreds to race. He assisted young riders as a 4-H leader in Geauga County, Ohio. Hollis and wife Dorothy retired from Burton, Ohio to Corsicana in 1982 and continued working with horses until he was 91.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy.
He is survived by son Paul Taliaferro and wife Laura, son Bruce Taliaferro and wife Shera, daughter Holly Boulay and husband Steve; granddaughters Megan and husband Rob, Amy and husband David, and Lani K. Taliaferro; step-grandson Darick, and great-granddaughter Emma.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
A celebration of life service will be held at Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Bobby Ray Gentry
abt 1935 - Dec 18, 2014

Bobby Ray Gentry, 79, of Barry passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Talbert and Rev. Gene Gipson officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Barbara Ann (Dunn) Bruce
Aug 15, 1934 - Dec 22, 2014
 
Barbara Bruce, 80, of Corsicana, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.

Barbara Ann Bruce was born Aug. 15, 1934 in Corsicana, to Charlie Lee Dunn and Evelyn (Campbell) Dunn. Charlie passed away when she was 4 years old, and she was raised by Arthur and Frankie Dunn, her father’s parents. She grew up in Corsicana and attended school here. Barbara and Morris “Buddy” Bruce were married in 1952. Buddy preceded her in death in 1992. Barbara worked at Hagar Slacks for 17 years, and then was self-employed as a seamstress and doing alterations. She was a faithful member of Trinity Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for several years. Barbara will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Buddy; and her two brothers: Bobby Dunn and Roy Wayne Dunn.

Barbara is survived by her children: Cynthia Fairchild of Dallas; Bobby Bruce and his wife, Sherrie; Carolyn Terrell and her husband, Dennis; and Carl Wayne Bruce and his wife, Susan, all of Corsicana; her
grandchildren: Misty Coles of Corsicana; Marc Anderson of Dallas; Cynthia Garrison of Ventura, California; Jillian Bruce of Corsicana; Jennifer Bruce of Fort Worth; Brittany Putman of Blooming Grove; Dylan Bruce of Plano; Jourdan Bruce of Corsicana; and Sophia Bruce of Corsicana; eight great-grandchildren; her two sisters: Saundra Bass and Patricia Stratton, both of Lubbock; and her two sisters-in-law: Martha Little of Corsicana, and Wanda Dunn of Lufkin. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and her faithful companion, her dog, Bootsie.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
27, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat, Texas, with Pastor Floyd Peterson officiating.

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Malcolm Hull
May 18, 1934 - Dec 26, 2014
 
Malcolm Hull, 80, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born on May 18, 1934 in Plainview, Texas to Melvin Edward and Eustace Tedrow Hull.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He was employed with Southwestern Bell Telephone as a lineman then later with AT&T doing the same job and later moved to an office position, retiring after 35 years of service. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. He was a hard-working man.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a grandson, Aaron Beck.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Bernice Hull; daughter, Kay Orlando and husband Tom of Irving; son, Sam Hull of Canyon Lake; step-sons, Gary Grimes and wife Gail and Leslie Grimes of Corsicana; step-daughter, Darlene Plemons and husband Johnny of Corsicana; grandson, Brandon Smith of Lewisville, granddaughter, Wendy Kilcrease and husband Paul of Kaufman, grandson, James Hull of Corinth, granddaughter, Brooke Hull of Canyon Lake, grandson, Michael Grimes and wife Carroll of Barry, granddaughter, Melissa Grimes of Corsicana, granddaughter, Sharon Lopez and husband Mark of Lewisville, granddaughter, Dawn Lipsey and husband Edwin of Waxahachie, granddaughter, Joni Watson and husband Devlin of Waco, grandson, Grant Plemons and wife Tori of Corsicana, and 23 great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec.
29, 2014 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Kilcrease, Grant Kilcrease, Brandon Smith, Edwin Lipsey, Mark Lopez, Grant Plemons, and Michael Grimes.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Care Center at Northside Baptist Church, 2800 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Louise (Jamison) Onstott Sikes
May 30, 1929 - Jan 2, 2015
 
Louise Jamison Onstott Sikes, resident of Navarro Mills, passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at the age of 85. She was born in Corsicana on May 30, 1929 to Albert S. Jamison and Bertha Henson Jamison. For most her life she was a homemaker, except for 15 years she worked at Adams Hat Factory and 10 years at the Corsicana State Home.

She is preceded in death by her parents Albert and Bertha Jamison; son, William Carl Onstott Jr.; sister, Bobbie Norman; father of her children, Bill Onstott; husband, Donald Sikes; and grandson, Cecil “Teddy” Brown III.

Louise is survived by her children; Scharlene Brown of Corsicana, Duane Onstott and wife Debbie of Dawson, Deborah Clower and husband Richard of Corsicana and Vickie Tomlin and husband Steve of Corsicana; nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters, Dorothy Smith and husband Clayton of Corsicana and Jodean Tackett and husband Mac of Kerens, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation with Louise's family will be Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with grandson's serving as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Morris Hardy Thatcher
Oct. 29, 1944 – Oct. 9, 2014

Morris Hardy Thatcher, 69, of Hubbard passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Sunday October 12 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Pastor Butch Boatright officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery between Hubbard and Dawson.

Morris was born October 29, 1944 in Portageville, Missouri to Hardy and Violet (Ferguson) Thatcher. He had lived in the Hubbard area for almost 50 years after moving from Lake Village, Arkansas when pipeline work brought him to the area. Morris married Carolyn Fullerton on October 8, 1965 at Community Chapel Church in Hubbard. After moving to Hubbard, he worked as the lead maintenance man for Tom’s Foods in Corsicana for 38 years. Morris loved his family and loved being outdoors and especially loved horses, hunting, fishing, farming, mowing and baling hay.

Morris was preceded in death by his parents; six siblings, Wendell Thatcher, Albert Thatcher, Shelby Jean Thatcher, Grace Thatcher, Norman Thatcher, and Cordelia Steadman; a brother-in-law, Wayne Armstrong and a grandson, Jacob Shane Ellison.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Carolyn Fullerton Thatcher of Hubbard; five children, Timothy Morris Thatcher and wife, Brandy of Hubbard, Lisa Cheryl Thatcher of Corsicana, Felecia Machelle Thatcher of Corsicana, James Roy Thatcher and Brittnie of Hubbard and Courtney Nicole Gonzalez and husband, Charles of Hubbard; a sister, Mary Janeth Rost and husband, James Franklin; 18 grandchildren, Mallori-Wraye Michelle Thatcher, Thomas Wayne Thatcher, Casey Lee Anders, Krislynn Nichole Ellison, Katelynn Matilda Ellison, Lana Louise Gonzalez, CJ Gonzalez, Coleton Ray Thatcher, Brittany Nicole Thatcher, Brandon Lee Thatcher Johnson, Haylie Lynn Orr, Devin Michael Orr, Shelbie Gail Svacina, James Roy Thatcher Jr., Dylan Braxton Svacina, Brayden Leon Thatcher, Hope Renee Thatcher and Faith Marie Thatcher; one great-granddaughter, Violet Machelle Ellison and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Pallbearers will be TJ Boatright, Chris Foley, Keith Brown, “Crazy Joe” Johnson, David Merritt and Tommy Jenkins.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Charlie Watts and Johnny Scott.

The family requests that memorials be made to Hubbard Cowboy Church Arena Ministry, P.O. Box 278, Hubbard, Texas 76648.

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  • h/o Carolyn Sue (Fullerton) Thatcher; s/o Hardy Thatcher & Violet (Ferguson) Thatcher
  • Wade Funeral Home Hubbard, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

NO BURIAL INFO

 

John Edward Stitt
Nov 20, 1912 - Jan 11, 2015
 
John Edward Stitt made his entrance into this world a perfectly beautiful soul on Nov. 20, 1912 in Lombard, Illinois. He exited this realm with a shining spirit full of love, wholly intact on Jan. 11, 2015.
In the interim he received a BA degree in Business at Albion College in Michigan. He attended Law School at SMU, and enlisted in the United States Navy in May, 1951. Jack served aboard the USS Helena in Korean combat and was awarded numerous medals. Afterwards he formed his own commercial real estate firm in Dallas. He was actively involved in the United Way and Dallas Cares, an organization formed to help POW families during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1991.
Jack relocated to Corsicana, Texas and enjoyed the outdoors and his involvement in the Warehouse Theatre. He appeared in several plays including “Annie,” “Busy Body,” and “Over the River and Through the Woods.” He later joined Wal-Mart and was known as Jack, the People Greeter.
He is survived by his loving wife Sally Turner Stitt, and two loving children, a son Ron Robert Stitt and a daughter Mindy Stitt Martin. He has three grandchildren; Brandon Trevor Stitt, Kody Wetzold and Rebecca Jane Martin.
In lieu of a memorial, we ask that donations be sent to Wounded Warriors and the Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas.
No services are scheduled.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Larry Don Little
Oct 25, 1952 - Jan 18, 2015

Larry Don Little passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at his home in Richardson.
He was born Oct. 25, 1952 in Corsicana, Texas to Wanda and Jimmie Little of Chatfield, Texas. He attended Ennis High School where he played football and graduated in 1971. He went on to earn a degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University in 1975. He loved Texas A&M and was a devoted 12th man who enjoyed cheering his team to victory. Larry always took every available opportunity to let everyone know how proud he was to be an Aggie.
After graduation from college, Larry moved to Richardson in 1975 where he met and married the love of his life, Peggy Brymer in 1989. Here he welcomed his children, Austin and Julianne, into the world and raised them with a whole-hearted love that demonstrated his tender spirit toward his family. Larry was a man of his word and instilled his principles of honesty, integrity, loyalty and reliability in his children through word and deed as an important part of his legacy.
Larry spent the majority of his career in the professional landscape business in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and gardener and spent each available moment in pursuit of his love for the outdoors. Larry had a passion for sharing his bounty with one and all. He took every possible opportunity to visit and spend time at his family home in Chatfield, which is where his roots always remained.
Larry was a member of the First United Methodist Church Richardson and always remained deep in his faith. He looked forward to meeting his Maker when the time came. His love of God, family, and friends were the hallmark of his life and were clearly evident to all who knew him.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Wanda and Jimmie Little of Chatfield and niece Courtney Brymer of College Station.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Brymer Little, son Bryan Austin Little, daughter Julianne Little, brother Mike Little and wife Kay of Bryan, brother-in-law Tom Brymer and wife Christel of Keller, sister-in-law Julie Crosby of Dallas. He will be dearly missed by nieces Kristen Little Devore, Casey Brymer Suh, Jordan Crosby, Victoria Crosby Mendenhall and nephews Grant Little, Justin Brymer, and Harrison Crosby.
Family and friends will gather at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 for a Memorial Service to celebrate Larry’s life at First United Methodist Church Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX 75080 in the chapel.
Those wishing to make donations in Larry’s memory are invited to bless the Make a Wish Foundation of North Texas by visiting ntx.wish.org.

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Patricia Ann Henderson
abt 1960 - Jan 13, 2015
 
Patricia Ann Henderson, 54, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13,
2015 at the Charlton Methodist Hospital, Dallas. Wake services are 6 to 7 p.m. Friday-Jan. 23, 2015 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at the Second Mission Baptist Church located at 909 South Fifth Street with Apostle David Ransom, Sr., Eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Weldon Lane Brown
Nov 29, 1996 - Jan 20, 2015
 
Our Angel is in Heaven with God. He hasn't been with us long enough, but our Lord had other plans. Lane Brown was born to this earth on Nov. 29, 1996. Our Lord called him back Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in his short 18 years. Lane touched many lives.
Lane was a senior at Corsicana High School. He was involved in band color guard. His greatest pride was being a part of the Jr. ROTC program. At an early age he knew he wanted to pursue a military future.
Lane knew the Lord. He enjoyed working in the church activities with the children. Lane came to know the Lord at Northside Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by grandfather, Tommy North and grandmother Ginger Ivie Buchanan.
Lane leaves behind his parents, Jason Brown and wife Kim of Corsicana and Alicia North of Waco; grandparents Bill Brown and Gary and Kenna Ferguson; aunts, Angie White, Kerrie North, Brandi Harris and Katie Brown Tinsley; uncles Joey White, Lucas Brown, Jack Ryan Brown and Joe Wayne and wife Heather Buchanhan; beloved brother, Cain Brown; sisters, Madison and Kamryn Brown; step-brother, Gage McGraw; step-sister, Jordan Shirley and great-grandparents, Joe and Wyvonne Ivie along with many friends.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joey White, Matt Kreske, Jordan Tinsley, Luke Brown, Joshua Barham, Justin Barham, Heath German and Joe Wayne Buchanan.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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John David Laseter
Sep 2, 1928 - Jan 16, 2015

John David Laseter, 86 of Trinidad passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in Temple. He was born Sept. 2, 1928 in Corsicana to John William and Ruby Marion Stephens Laseter.

John was a staff sergeant in the Air Force and served in Germany. He owned his own mechanic shop and station called Henson and Laseter in Corsicana. He worked at the power and gas plant in Trinidad. He would help anyone and everyone. He was the type of person that would do things at the convenience of others and not himself. When he had spare time he would spend it at the lake fishing.

He married the love of his life Gladys Bridger on Nov. 25, 1951 in Grand Prairie.

John is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Darren Feagin, brothers Donald Dean “Jimmy” Settlemyer, Ellis Settlemyer, Grover Marion Settlemyer and Ray Settlemyer.

He is survived by his wife Gladys, daughter Karen Feagin, son John Laseter, sister Elizabeth Phinney, granddaughters Tabitha Feagin and Serena Feagin, grandsons Jason Laseter, Ethan Laseter, and John Laseter.
His legacy continues with four great-grandchildren Jackzon, James, Abigail Laseter, and Bryan Feagin and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22,
2015 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

Service for Mr. Laseter will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home.

Interment will be in Hamilton Beamon Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas.

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Jackie Keith Elmore
Mar 16, 1953 - Jan 20, 2015
 
Jackie Keith Elmore, 61, left to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Denton, Texas. He was born March 16, 1953 in Corsicana to Leon and Opal Elmore.

Jackie was a proud owner of a Dallas Texas Construction Company. Jackie loved running his business surrounded by family.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Leon and Opal Elmore, as well as his brother Larry Elmore.

He is survived by his wife, Denise Elmore, his two sons, Brian Elmore and his fiancé Raquel De La Fuente, Justin Elmore and wife Sherry; grandchildren Blake, Kylee and Brock; brothers Leroy Elmore and wife Imogene, Doyle Elmore and wife Sue, Raymond Elmore and wife Oleta, Harvey Elmore and wife Marylin, Lonnie Elmore and wife Rikki; sisters Linda Bennett and husband Ronnie, Joyce Gillespie, Nancy Dunsmore, Peggy Allen and husband Robert, Andra Jones and husband Ronnie, Rebecca Hall and husband Danny. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews he dearly loved.

Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with Leroy Elmore officiating.
Burial will follow at Hamilton Beamon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Elliot Austin, Danny Elmore, Marlon Elmore, Blake Elmore, Roland Elmore, Chad Elmore. Honorary pallbearer will be Ron Bennett.

Jackie was loved by all that he met. He truly was a kind and gentle soul. Although he is no longer with us, find solace in your faith by Revelations 21:4, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.”

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Eugene Mathews
Oct 9, 1949 - Jan 17, 2015

Eugene Mathews, 65, of Dawson passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at his residence. He was born Oct. 9, 1949 in Fairfield to Joe Mathews and Addie Armstrong Mathews.

He loved taking pictures and playing games on the computer.

He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Addie Mathews; sister, Gurtie Myers; and brother, Billy Joe Mathews.

He is survived by nephew, Robert Myers and wife Sabrina; niece Frances Coffia and cousins, Darlene and Bobby Benton and Daniel Smith.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Stewarts Mill Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 22, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • He is buried in Stewards Mill Cemetery in Fairfield, Freestone Co.
    TX - It was listed as Stewarts Mill in the newspaper.

Barney Meador
Sep 9, 1920 - Jan 19, 2015

Barney Meador, 94, of Corsicana, Texas passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at his home for the last four years, at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

Barney was preceded in death by his parents, John Douglas Meador and Roxie Annie Wooten Meador, and one infant sister, Wanda Meador. Also preceding him in death was his wife, Carolyn Wall Meador.

Barney is survived by his two brothers, Dan Meador of Corsicana and Clayton Meador of Angleton, Texas; nephews Dale Meador and Larry Meador of Corsicana and Pam Meador Roberts of Angleton. Barney is also survived by his step-son Greg Gardner of Palestine, several great nieces and nephews and grandchildren.

Barney was born Sept. 9, 1920 at Emhouse, Texas, where he attended school and worked on the farm at an early age. He was drafted into the Army soon after World War II began. He served proudly in the Military Police Platoon 1st Cavalry Division. His military Company made more beach head and D-Day combat landings in his three and one half years of service than any other. Barney accrued many medals including the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Bronze Arrowhead, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon, and four bronze stars, which were awarded for heroism, acts of merit, and meritorious service in a combat zone. He was a Carbine Rifle Marksman and participated in the Bismarck-Archipelago, New Guinea, Southern Philippines, and Luzon battles. He was honorably discharged after the wars end and was honorably discharged.

Upon returning to stateside, Barney was involved in the oil business for
45 years, mostly in and around East Texas. He enjoyed his work, had many adventures, a full rich life, filled with laughter, love and a multitude of friends and acquaintances.

Barney enjoyed his later years at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana and loved the residents and staff, and especially the nurses that cared for him.

Most importantly, Barney believed in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, professed his faith, and was baptized at a later age. His happiness and kindness, especially to children and those in need, were a living testament to his belief in good and righteous acts. Barney lived long , happily and well.

Memorial services will be at Concord Cemetery in Palestine at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Services will be conducted by Bailey-Foster Funeral Home in Palestine.

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Elizabeth Ann (Miller) Reamy
May 11, 1939 - Jan 21, 2015
 
Elizabeth Ann Reamy, beloved wife, mother and grandmother went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at the age of 75. She was born in Wortham to James Clifton Miller and Tildy Ann Grace on May 11, 1939. Ann was married to Cloratho for 57 years until his passing in 2010. She loved to travel, spending time with her family and enjoyed the beauty of God's creations. She was a long-time member of Navarro Mills Church. She loved all her church family very much.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Cloratho Reamy; parents, James Clifton Miller and Tildy Ann Miller; brother, David Miller; son, James Clayton Reamy; granddaughter, Christy Lynn Jennings and grandson, Kenneth Jason Barber.

She is survived by her daughters, Sherry McGinty and husband Pat of Buffalo, Debra Barber and husband Kenneth of Angus and Evenia Price and husband Joel of Navarro Mills; sons, Stacy Reamy and wife Teresa of Blooming Grove and Brian Reamy and wife Danielle of Malone; sister, Pat Cagle and Jerry of Navarro Mills and Joe Miller; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Coty Reamy, Colton Reamy, Jerad Reamy, Brandon Richards, Cody Richards and Shane Richards. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Cagle and Bobby Wade.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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