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Don Parks Mosley
Jun 16, 1941 - May 16, 2012

DON PARKS MOSLEY passed away on May 16, 2012. He was born on June 16, 1941 to Marion Monroe and Edna Earle Mosley in Pampa, Texas. After graduating from Jesse H. Jones High School he served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Quality Electric Steel Castings after 40 years of service. Don loved the outdoors and traveling with his brother-in-law. Hunting and fishing were his passion. The Texas Rangers and Marathon Mountain experiences were some of his fondest memories.

He is preceded in death by his parents and beloved son, Stephen Wade Mosley.

Don is survived by his wife, Marylane Miller Mosley; many relatives and many close friends.

The graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. at Friendswood Friends Cemetery, 502 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546.

Condolences may be sent to the Mosley family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com. 

 
Burial:
Friendswood Friends Church Cemetery
Friendswood
Galveston County
Texas, USA

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Mack Williams
Nov 18, 1928 - Dec 8, 2014
 
Mr. Mack Williams, 86, of Frost, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Waxahachie. Visitation will be noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Funeral services will be 11 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Frost Baptist Church with the Rev. Avon Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the Frost Cemetery.
Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Phyllis Elaine (Shambaugh) Worsham
Nov 16, 1937 - Apr 24, 1973

Mrs. Worsham
Karen Worsham

AVALON—Funeral services for Mrs. James (Phyllis) Worsham and her daughter, Karen Worsham, are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Avalon.

Services will be under the direction of Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home of Waxahachie. No information about burial services is available at this time.

Mrs. Worsham drowned in Chambers Creek while trying to rescue her daughter who had been swept away while she was wading.

Mrs. Worsham is survived by her husband, James Worsham of Avalon; a daughter, Carla; a son, Russell; and her mother, Mrs. Selma Shambaugh of Lufkin.

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By JOHN BENDER
Sun Staff Writer

AVALON—The wife and eight-year-old daughter of the superintendent of the Avalon school district drowned in the swirling water of rain-swollen Chambers Creek Tuesday.

The bodies of Mrs. James (Phyllis) Worsham, 35, and Karen Worsham, 8, were recovered from the muddy water several hours after they went down at about 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Worsham and an unidentified woman were apparently letting their children wade in the creek where it had flooded F.M. 55 between Avalon and Blooming Grove.

“She (Karen) apparently slipped and fell down and over she went, with the current taking her away,” Ellis County Sheriff Wayne McCollum said.

Mrs. Worsham and her son, Russell, 11 went in after the girl. The boy was able to get out but the mother, attempting to tow the child back to the bank, was pulled under by the current. “Apparently she got to a clump of trees” about 75 yards downstream, McCollum said. “She was a real good swimmer, but I guess it was more than she could handle.”

The other woman rushed back to Avalon, two miles away and notified James Worsham at the school. In a desperate attempt to save his wife and child, Worsham drove to the creek and apparently lost control of his car when he hit a flooded section of the road about 50 yards from where the children had been wading. The car was found partially off the road in water up to the windshield, McCollum said.

“He went in (the creek) and stayed in there for a long time trying to find them before they were able to get him to come out,” the sheriff said.

Boyd Thornton at the Boze-Mitchell rescue unit from Waxahachie located both bodies in tall grass about 20 yards from the shore. Mrs. Worsham’s body was found at 6:30 p.m. and the child’s at 7:25 p.m. Justice of the Peace Herschel Smith ruled accidental drowning.

McCollum said he received the report at 4:45 p.m. and was one of the first official units to arrive. Navarro County Sheriff Jerry Shelton and Chief Deputy Harold Pitts attempted to approach the scene of the drowning from the south on F.M. 55 but were stopped by flooding on Hill Creek. They had to wait until a boat arrived to take them across Hill Creek.

Rescue units continued to arrive at the scene until 7:30 p.m. just after the second body was found. Local residents owning boats helped in the search while others brought horses to ride along the banks of the creek.

Thornton said six boats, including one from the Navarro County Sheriff’s department, helped drag the creek in search of the bodies.

The bodies were taken to Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

Chambers Creek, which originates near Cleburne, was about five feet over F. M. 55 at the deepest point. Torrential rains Monday night that flooded areas in Cleburne rushed into the creek causing it to rise eight feet above flood stage at some points.

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Mrs. Worsham
Karen Worsham

AVALON—Joint funeral services for Mrs. James (Phyllis) Worsham and her daughter, Karen Worsham, are set for 2 p.m Thursday at First Baptist Church in Avalon. She and her daughter drowned at Chambers Creek Tuesday. Services are under the direction of Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

Survivors include her husband a daughter, a son, and her mother.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 26, 1973
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • James Robert Worsham May 23, 1937 - Mar. 15, 1988 1st wife Phyllis Elaine (Shambaugh) Worsham 2nd Nancy A. (Vytopil) Worsham married Jul. 5, 1985 s/o Raymond Worsham and Geneva (Watson) Worsham buried at Pattison Cemetery, Navarro County, Texas (James died of cancer—he was a twin to Jeremiah Pleasant “Jerry” Worsham buried also in Pattison-who also died of cancer—Jerry had given James bone marrow)
  • Hughes Cemetery, Avalon, Ellis County, Texas
  • There is now a Memorial Bridge on F.M. 55 over Chambers Creek that says—Phyllis and Karen Worsham Memorial Bridge
  • w/o James Robert Worsham d/o Russell Clark Shambaugh and Selma (Lawrence) Shambaugh

Karen Anice Worsham
Feb 21, 1965 - Apr 24, 1973

Mrs. Worsham
Karen Worsham

AVALON—Funeral services for Mrs. James (Phyllis) Worsham and her daughter, Karen Worsham, are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Avalon.

Services will be under the direction of Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home of Waxahachie. No information about burial services is available at this time.

Mrs. Worsham drowned in Chambers Creek while trying to rescue her daughter who had been swept away while she was wading.

Mrs. Worsham is survived by her husband, James Worsham of Avalon; a daughter, Carla; a son, Russell; and her mother, Mrs. Selma Shambaugh of Lufkin.

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By JOHN BENDER
Sun Staff Writer

AVALON—The wife and eight-year-old daughter of the superintendent of the Avalon school district drowned in the swirling water of rain-swollen Chambers Creek Tuesday.

The bodies of Mrs. James (Phyllis) Worsham, 35, and Karen Worsham, 8, were recovered from the muddy water several hours after they went down at about 2:30 p.m.

Mrs. Worsham and an unidentified woman were apparently letting their children wade in the creek where it had flooded F.M. 55 between Avalon and Blooming Grove.

“She (Karen) apparently slipped and fell down and over she went, with the current taking her away,” Ellis County Sheriff Wayne McCollum said.

Mrs. Worsham and her son, Russell, 11 went in after the girl. The boy was able to get out but the mother, attempting to tow the child back to the bank, was pulled under by the current. “Apparently she got to a clump of trees” about 75 yards downstream, McCollum said. “She was a real good swimmer, but I guess it was more than she could handle.”

The other woman rushed back to Avalon, two miles away and notified James Worsham at the school. In a desperate attempt to save his wife and child, Worsham drove to the creek and apparently lost control of his car when he hit a flooded section of the road about 50 yards from where the children had been wading. The car was found partially off the road in water up to the windshield, McCollum said.

“He went in (the creek) and stayed in there for a long time trying to find them before they were able to get him to come out,” the sheriff said.

Boyd Thornton at the Boze-Mitchell rescue unit from Waxahachie located both bodies in tall grass about 20 yards from the shore. Mrs. Worsham’s body was found at 6:30 p.m. and the child’s at 7:25 p.m. Justice of the Peace Herschel Smith ruled accidental drowning.

McCollum said he received the report at 4:45 p.m. and was one of the first official units to arrive. Navarro County Sheriff Jerry Shelton and Chief Deputy Harold Pitts attempted to approach the scene of the drowning from the south on F.M. 55 but were stopped by flooding on Hill Creek. They had to wait until a boat arrived to take them across Hill Creek.

Rescue units continued to arrive at the scene until 7:30 p.m. just after the second body was found. Local residents owning boats helped in the search while others brought horses to ride along the banks of the creek.

Thornton said six boats, including one from the Navarro County Sheriff’s department, helped drag the creek in search of the bodies.

The bodies were taken to Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

Chambers Creek, which originates near Cleburne, was about five feet over F. M. 55 at the deepest point. Torrential rains Monday night that flooded areas in Cleburne rushed into the creek causing it to rise eight feet above flood stage at some points.

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Mrs. Worsham
Karen Worsham

AVALON—Joint funeral services for Mrs. James (Phyllis) Worsham and her daughter, Karen Worsham, are set for 2 p.m Thursday at First Baptist Church in Avalon. She and her daughter drowned at Chambers Creek Tuesday. Services are under the direction of Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie.

Survivors include her husband a daughter, a son, and her mother.

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Rachel Hazeltine (Mullinax) Herrin
May 22, 1853 - May 11, 1920

Died at Jester Last Night.

Mrs. Reuben Herrin died at her home in the Jester community last night. The deceased is survived by her husband and eight grown children.

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Fred Jeffers
Aug 14, 1889 - Nov 25, 1949

Fred Jeffers Funeral Rites Held Saturday

Funeral service for Fred Jeffers, aged 60 years, who died at his home, 2012 West Second avenue, Friday following a short illness were held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by J. L. Hines, Dallas Church of Christ minister, formerly of Corsicana.

Born at Chatfield, Jeffers had resided in Corsicana most of his life. He had been connected with the Corsicana Steam Laundry for many years.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. E. E. Rice, Puerto Rico; a son Joe Jeffers, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. J. B. Lonsford, Dallas, and Mrs. T. Guynes, Oregon, a grandchild and other relatives.

Pallbearers were L. I. Robinson, E. C. Rice, Deen Allen, Thurman Roberts, John McFadden and Gordon Collins.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday November 25, 1949
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • WWII Veteran
  • h/o Mayme Jane (Jackson) Jeffers Married Sep. 18, 1919; s/o William Henry “Will” Jeffers and Mary Julie “Mollie” (Hardesty) Jeffers buried at Chatfield Cemetery

Mary Ruth “Mollie” (Bell) Puckett
Jul 18, 1863 - Nov 18, 1938

FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. MARY PUCKETT WERE HELD FRIDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Puckett, age 75 years, who died at her home in the Zion’s Rest community at an early hour Friday morning, were held from the home at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Puckett had been a resident of Navarro county for 38 years.

Surviving are the following children; C. C. Puckett, Corsicana; Mrs. C. A. Perry, Rice; Mrs. Velma Knight, Maples; Mrs. L. A. Ward, Corsicana; C. H. Puckett, Houston; Vernon Puckett, with the U. S. Navy in Asiatic waters. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and other relatives.

Hodge & McCammon directed the funeral arrangements.

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Leonard Lemuel Puckett
Nov 13, 1856 - Oct 1, 1930

AGED RESIDENT OF CORSICANA BURIED LATE THURSDAY

Funeral services for Leonard L. Puckett, aged 74 years, who died Wednesday night, after a short illness, were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The funeral was conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, four sons, C. C. Puckett and John Puckett both of Corsicana; C. G. Puckett, Rockport; and Vernon Puckett, U. S. Navy, Hawaiian Islands; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Perry, Rice; Mrs. Lon Ward, Troupe, and Mrs. Raymond Knight, Pine Bluff, Ark.; and 14 grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were Floyd Yarbrough, R. L. Reed, H. C. Burney, J. C. Harris, Y. B. Page, F. T. Belcher, M. C. Dickson and W. L. Stovall.

The Corley-McMahon Funeral Home directed the funeral.

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AGED RESIDENT OF CORSICANA PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY

Leonard L. Puckett, aged 74, resident of Corsicana for a number of years, died at his home, 621 South Fourteenth street, Wednesday night at 3:30 o’clock after a short illness with paralysis, and the funeral was held from the family residence Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in
Oakwood cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife; four sons, C. C. Puckett, Corsicana; C. H. Puckett, Rockport; John Puckett, Corsicana; Vernon Puckett, U. S. Navy, stationed in Hawaiian Islands; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Perry, Rice; Mrs. Lon Ward, Troupe; and Mrs. Raymond Knight, Pine Bluff, Ark.; and fourteen grandchildren.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home

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Mary Lee (Anderson) Howell
Nov 6, 1874 - Dec 10, 1954

Saturday Rites For Mrs. Howell

Funeral services for Mrs. L. C. Howell, 79, who died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic early Friday, were held from the Missionary Baptist church Saturday at 3 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Riley E. Dale, pastor, and Rev. Kenneth L. Bazar, assistant pastor. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.


A native of Alpine, Ark., Mrs. Howell had resided in Corsicana 39 years. She had been ill several months.

Mrs. Howell was the widow of Rev. L. C. Howell, well-known Baptist minister of Navarro county who died about 30 years ago.

Surviving are four sons, V. E. and J. J. Howell, both of Corsicana; J. V. Howell, Beaumont, and L. C. Howell, Bloomington; six daughters, Mrs. Carrie Adams, Waco; Mrs. J. M. Goodman, Mrs. E. F. Hamberlin, Mrs. Reba Thompson, Mrs. W. E. Percival and Mrs. H. R. Langridge, all of Corsicana; three brothers, Fred and M. J. Anderson, both of Wayne, Okla., and Miller Anderson, Shamrock; three sisters, Mrs. Cora Owens, Lubbock; Mrs. Claude Simmons, Clovis, N.M., and Mrs. Rog Egley,
Denver Colo.; 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dr. Wm. B. Mayfield, T. E. McGraw, Billy Earl McGraw, Lee Russell, Jack Russell and Frank Leathers.

Corley directed.

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Hubert Sidney Percival
May 14, 1950 - Dec 3, 1974

H. S. Percival

Funeral services are pending at Corley Funeral Home for Hubert Sidney Percival, 24, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday in San Diego, Calif.

Additional information was unavailable.

He was a native of Corsicana, student at the University of Texas, and a veteran of Vietnam.

Burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors include his mother. Mars. Vermell Bartosch of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hale of Longview and Mrs. Rose Melton of Corsicana and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee R. Henson of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, December 5, 1974
  • Submitted by Diane Richards



H. S. Percival

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Hubert Sidney Percival, 24, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday in San Diego, Calif. Rev. Jon Moore will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, two sisters, and his grandparents.

Pallbearers include Jerry Lane, Larry Pritchell, Randy Watson, Clark Craig, Ricky Libal and Jerry Libal.

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Emma Luda (Nicholson) Montfort
Apr 28, 1883 - Jan 9, 1980

Mrs. Montfort

Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Emma Luda Montfort, 96, resident of Corsicana, who died at Twilight Home Wednesday.

The Rev. James Shuler will officiate, with burial following at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a member of First Methodist Church, Eastern Star, and Rebekah Lodge No. 128.

Survivors include one son, Frank E. Montfort, of Houston; four grandchildren, Virginia Montfort, Frances Montfort, Molley Montfort and Davis Montfort.

Honorary pallbearers are R. E. Montfort, J. H. Montfort, Cotheo Montfort, John Heath Montfort, Terry Montfort and Hubert Braselton.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, January 10, 1980
  • w/o William Francis “Frank” Montfort married Sep. 23, 1902 d/o William Van Nicholson and Emma (unk) Nicholson per death certificate step-mother is Ludie (unk) Nicholson (Ludie is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Charles Byrd
May 18, 1850 - Apr 28, 1928

PIONEER BUSINESS MAN OF CORSICANA DIED HERE SATURDAY

C. BYRD PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME HERE FOLLOWING ILLNESS SEVERAL MONTHS

C. Byrd age 78, died at his home 1001 West Summitt avenue, Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock following an illness of several months. However, he had not been considered seriously ill and his dear was unexpected.

Funeral services will be held at the home at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Byrd was one of the pioneer business men of this city, having been proprietor of a music store for a number of years. He came to Texas from Little Rock, Ark., his birthplace, in 1885 and has resided here most of the intervening time. He first made his home in Ellis county, later moving to Corsicana.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. P. F. Walker, Corsicana; Miss Lizzie Byrd, Corsicana; Miss Minnie Byrd, Pine Ridge, Ky.; three sons, Walter W. Byrd, Corsicana; Charles W. Byrd, Corsicana and H. Dee Byrd, Houston.

Mr. Byrd was a member of the Methodist Protestant church and was active in all affairs ther were for the betterment of his community.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, April 28, 1928
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Jane (Glass) Byrd s/o William Byrd and Henrietta Elizabeth (Savage) Byrd-Simpson-Grady buried at Rose Hill cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.

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FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR PIONEER CITIZEN

Funeral services for C. Byrd, pioneer business man of Corsicana, who died Saturday morning at 9:30 were held at his home 1001 West Summitt avenue Sunday afternoon at 3:30 and were conducted by Rev. Lawrence Shivers, pastor of the Methodist Protestant church at Wortham, assisted by Rev. Mr. Davis, Methodist Protestant minister of Cooper.

Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Byrd had been in ill health for several months and had recently retired from business. He came to Texas from Little Rock, Ark. In 1865, first settling in Ellis county and later moved here.

He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. P. F. Walker, Corsicana; Miss Lizzie Byrd, Corsicana; Miss Minnie Byrd, Pine Ridge, Ky.; three sons, Walter W. Byrd, Corsicana; Charles Byrd, Corsicana and H. Dee Byrd, Houston.

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Lizzie Byrd
Sep 22, 1874 - Jun 9, 1957

Miss Lizzie Byrd, Retired Teacher, Buried Monday

Miss Lizzie Byrd, 82, retired teacher and long-time Corsicana resident, died at her home, 514 South Eighteenth street, early Sunday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services wre held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 10:30 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. B. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the Central Methodist church.

Miss Byrd was born in Ellis county but had resided in Corsicana most of her life.

Surviving are a sister, Miss Minnie Byrd; two brothers, Walter and Charles Byrd, all of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. H. Washburn, Bill Brown, Seth Montgomery, Neely Scarbrough, Glenn Williams and J. E. Hanson.

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William Walter Byrd
Jun 9, 1881 - Jul 19, 1957

Walter Byrd Dies Friday Morning

Walter Byrd, 76, died at the family home, 612 South Eighteenth street Friday morning.

A native of Ellis county, he had resided in Corsicana since two years of age.

After retiring from the Southern Pacific Lines 12 years ago, Byrd had been an employe of the Corsicana Grader and Machine Company.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Jackson, Athens; Mrs. Glenn Williams, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jimmy Little, Lawton, Okla.; a son, Charles F. Byrd, Midland; eight grandchildren; a sister, Miss Minnie Byrd, both of Corsicana, and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Byrd was a long-time member of Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Friday afternoon pending the arrival of his son from Midland.

Corley will direct.

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Saturday Rites For Walter Byrd

Funeral services for Walter Byrd, 76, who died at the family home, 512 South Eighteenth street Friday morning, will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 4 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. B. Thomas Tribble, pastor of the Central Methodist church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Ellis county, Byrd had resided in Corsicana since two years of age. He was a member of Corsicana Lodge No 63, IOOF.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana;; a son, Charles F. Byrd, Midland; three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Jackson, Athens; Mrs. Glenn Williams, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jimmy Little, Lawton, Okla.; eight grandchildren; a sister, Miss Minnie Byrd, and a brother, Charles Byrd, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Byrd retired from the Southern Pacific Lines railroad 12 years ago and since that time had been connected with the Corsicana Grader and Machine Company.

He had been ill four weeks.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Bass, F. H. Washburn, Jack Kenney, Gilbert Grantham, Jack Sherman and Newton Carson.

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William Henry “Will” Jeffers
Dec 17, 1853 - Feb 20, 1935

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR WILL JEFFERS ARE HELD THURSDAY

Funeral services for Will H. Jeffers, aged 81 years, native of Navarro county, who died here Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock after an illness of several months, were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Chatfield Methodist church with burial in the Chatfield cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. M. Justice, pastor of the church and Rev. J. L. Hines of Dallas.

William Henry Jeffers was born at Chatfield, Texas, December 17, 1853 and died Feb. 20, 1935. He lived at Chatfield until 1907 when he moved to Corsicana. He was married to Miss Molly Hardesty to whom were born six children.

In earl manhood he was converted and for the past fifty years he has been a loyal member of the Chatfield Methodist Church, having served faithfully on the board of stewards for twelve years.

He is survived by two daughters, a son, and one sister; Mrs. A. C. Guynes, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. J. B. Lonsford, Borger; Fred Jeffers, Corsicana; and Mrs. Cora Ransom, Ennis.

It was said of him that he was a great-hearted public spirited man, who loved the Lord and his church, and who delighted in waiting upon the sick and doing all good he could. For him, as of others who have died in the faith, “At the evening time it was light. We wait the breaking of the morning, when the night is gone and the shadows flee away, to see him again in the land which is very far off.”

Pallbearers were Will Finch, John S. Finch, George Freeman, Ford Marchbanks, William Thorp and Lee Holsey.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, February 21, 1935
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Mary Julie “Mollie” (Hardesty) Jeffers married Dec. 6, 1877 Ellis County, Texas 2nd Barbara E. (Roberts) Truelove-Jeffers married Feb. 22, 1913 Navarro County, Tx. buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx. s/o Elijah Jeffers and Mary (Brown) Jeffers

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WILL H. JEFFERS DIED WEDNESDAY AT HOME OF HIS SON

BURIAL OF AGED NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY AT CHATFIELD THURSDAY

Will H. Jeffers, aged 81 years native of Navarro county, died at the home of his son, Fred Jeffers, West Fifth avenue, Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock after an illness of several months. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Chatfield Methodist church with burial in the
Chatfield cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. W. M. Justice, pastor of the Chatfield Methodist church.

Mr. Jeffers was born in the Chatfield community and was a farmer in that section until he moved to Corsicana a number of years ago. He was deputy sheriff for several years and later was connected with the local theatres for a number of years prior to his retirement a short time ago. He was well-known in Navarro county and took an active interest in the affairs about him until illness caused his retirement.

Surviving are a son, Fred Jeffers, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Lonsford, Borger, Texas and Mrs. C. A. Guynes, Oregon City, Oregon, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Will Finch, John S. Finch, George Freeman, Ford Marchbanks, William Thorp, and Lee Holsey.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Emmitt Guynes
Aug 6, 1876 - Jun 10, 1937

EMMITT GUYNES IS BURIED AT CHATFIELD SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Emmitt Guynes, age 60 years, who died at Lubbock Thursday afternoon were held at Chatfield Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. M. Justice. Burial was in the Chatfield cemetery.

Surviving are two brothers, Charles Guynes, Lubbock; Asa Guynes, Oregon City, Ore.; three sisters, Mrs. J. A. Harper, Corsicana; Mrs. J. T. Williams, Houston; Mrs. R. L. Oglesby, Anderson, Mo. And other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Myrtle Corine (Breedlove) Brooks
Sep 27, 1899 - May 13, 1977

Mrs. Brooks

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. A. E. (Myrtle) Brooks, 77, resident of Silver City, who died Friday at the Corsicana Nursing Home. The Rev. Haldor (R) Duncan will officiate, with burial following at Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was a native of Alabama, lived in Silver City 50 years, and was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, A. E. Brooks of Silver City; six sons, E. R. Brooks of Fort Worth, Wade Brooks and Merrell Brooks, both of Longview, Alvin Brooks and Charles Brooks both of Arlington and Willie George Brooks of Silver City; four daughters, Mrs. A. E. Reid of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Buford Price of Bastrop, Mrs. H. L. Blackburn of Houston, Mrs. Gene Cumbie of Corsicana, 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a brother Gurnie Breedlove of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Rube Crawford of Dawson, Mrs. Rankin French of Corsicana, and Mrs. Harry Quinn of Houston.

Pallbearers are Michael Price, Alton Murray, Bill Baldwin, Joe Honea, C. W. Price, Kenneth Brooks, J. R. Murray, and David Lee Brooks.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, May 13, 1977
    Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Andrew Ervin Brooks; d/o George Washington Breedlove & Bevie Ada (Hubbard) Breedlove buried at Younger Cemetery
     

Johnny Glenn “John” Holifield
Aug 4, 1949 - Nov 15, 2014

John Holifield

John Holifield, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday morning November 15, 2014 in Corsicana at the age of 65. He was born August 4, 1949 in Corsicana to JB and Virginia Holifield.

He is preceded in death by wife Mary Louise Tieman Holifield in 2012.

He is survived by children, Erin Holifield Armendariz of Corsicana, Robert Paul Holifield of Ennis.
Six grandchildren. Brothers Doug Holifield of Corsicana and Steven Holifield of Lott. Numerous nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service was held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Oakwood cemetery.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Louise (Tieman) Holifield; s/o J. B. Holifield & Lela Virginia (Dozier) Holifield

George Talbert Brooks
Feb 22, 1858 - Jul 13, 1933

G T BROOKS DIED HERE LAST NIGHT; BURIAL ON FRIDAY

G. T. Brooks, aged 75 years, native of Arkansas but resident of Texas for 40 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Opalene Bryant, 1218 West Fourteenth avenue, Thursday night at 8:15 o’clock following a lingering illness and the funeral was scheduled to be held from the Bryant residence Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in the Petty’s Chapel cemetery, with Rev. A. K. Marney, North Corsicana Methodist, officiating.

He was a native of Polk county, Arkansas, and was married to Mrs. S. E. Harwell, in 1881. The family moved to Ellis county, settling near Red Oak in 1883, residing there for many years.

Surviving are his widow, four sons, Elbert Brooks, Waxahachie; C. E. Brooks, Waxahachie; T. J. Brooks, Josephine, and C. A. Brooks, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. Floyd Shaw, Red Oak; Mrs. Grace Parrish, Corsicana; Mrs. Okelene Smith, Goose Creek, and Mrs. Bryant, Corsicana, and several grandchildren.

He joined the Methodist church in early manhood, and was a member of that church for more than 50 years.

The funeral arrangements are in charge of the Corley Funeral Home.

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Susan Elizabeth (Harwell) Brooks
Aug 23, 1865 - Mar 17, 1939

MRS. SUSAN BROOKS DIED HERE FRIDAY; BURIAL SATURDAY

Mrs. Susan Brooks, aged 73 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. W. Parish, 3105 West Thirteenth avenue, Friday evening at 6 o’clock. The funeral services were held from the Parish residence at 3:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon with burial in the Petty’s Chapel cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. McCoy.

Surviving are four sons, L. E. Brooks, Corsicana; C. E. Brooks, Waxahachie; T. J. Brooks, Goose Creek, and C. A. Brooks, Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. H. W. Shaw, Red Oak; Mrs. Parish, Corsicana; Mrs. J. E. Smith, Goose Creek, and Mrs. C. F. Bryant, Greggton, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Nelda Elizabeth (Christy) Bennett
Sep 21, 1934 - Jan 19, 2015

Nelda Elizabeth Bennett, 80, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Jan. 19,
2015 in Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22,
2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rocky Eppers officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Nelda Elizabeth Bennett, 80, of Corsicana, passed away January 19, 2015, in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, January 23, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rocky Eppers officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Nelda was born in Corsicana, Texas, to the late Brady D. and Martha Nell Norwood Christy. She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana. Nelda worked at the Hat Factory, Haggar Slack, and Home Furniture. She was a nurse until her health did not allow, serving nearly 20 years to the medical field.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Joe Norman Bennett in February, 1977.

Survivors include her sons, Billy Bennett, of Burleson, and Joe Wayne Bennett and wife, Carol, of Giddings; brother, Sam Christy and wife, Angela, of San Diego, California; and several nieces and nephews.

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  • w/o Joe Norman Bennett; d/o Brady D. Christy & Martha Nell (Norwood) Christy
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Alton "Slim" Beasley
Jun 23, 1923 - May 1, 1989

Alton (Slim) Beasley, 65, of Corsicana died May 1, 1989 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Service will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dave Alexander officiating. Burial will be at Birdston Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Beasley of Corsicana; one stepdaughter, Alyne Rushing of Corsicana; two brothers, J.T. Beasley of Corsicana and Robert Beasley of Mesquite; one sister, Ethleen Webb of San Antonio; two grandchildren, Cinthia Price and Daid Anderson, both of Corsicana; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are J.C. Warner, Wilson Warner, Paul Sumrall, Jim Howard, James Griffin, and Robert Robinson.

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Marion Earl Compton
Dec 7, 1908 - June 3, 1989

Marion E. Compton, 80, of Streetman died Saturday, June 3, 1989, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services were 1 p.m. Monday at the Streetman Baptist Church, with Joe Ausmus officiating. Burial was in Birdston Cemetery. Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Nautie Compton of Streetman; two sons, Earl Compton of Garland and Jim Compton of Corsicana; one daughter, Billie Sue Hudson of Medford, Ore.; two brothers, Charlie Compton of Fort Worth and Dick Compton of Houston; two sisters, Louise Baker of Streetman and Jimmie Reese of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J.S. Compton, Edward Compton, Sonny Compton, Charles Compton, Joe Kenneth Tyner and Keith Tyner.

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Afton (Fullerton) Bonner
Mar 24, 1918 - Jan 29, 1991

Afton Bonner, 72, of Streetman, died Jan. 29, 1991, at Medical City in Dallas.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Danny Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Birdston Cemetery.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Homer Paul and Margaret bonner of Streetman; one sister, Arzell Westover of Streetman; three grandhcldren, Mary West of Blanco, and Marilyn Savage and Paulett Addy, both of Mexia; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Gary Lambert, Johnny Mack Mullen, Jimmy Carter, George Westover, David Barnes and Jimmy Bonner.

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Vernon Ezra Howell
Nov 26, 1895 - Apr 8, 1957

Vernon E. Howell Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Vernon E. Howell, 61, retired Pure Oil Company employee, who died in a Houston hospital Monday, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the Missionary Baptist Church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Riley E. Dale, pastor. Burial was in Hamilton cemetery.

A native of Arkansas, Howell was the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. L. C. Howell of Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Howell, Corsicana; three sons, Vernon Carroll Howell, Houston, Rupert Howell, Chicago, and Donald Howell, Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Carlisle, Ingleside; Mrs. Freddie Austin, Houston, and Mrs. Ralph Slaughter, Corsicana; three brothers, J. J. Howell, Falls Church, VA.; L. C. Howell, Beeville, and Virgil Howell, Martinsville; six sisters, Mrs. Carrie Adams and Mrs. Reba Medara, both of Waco; Mrs. C. L. Hamberlin, Whitney; Mrs. Henry Langridge, Mrs. J. N. Goodman, and Mrs. W. E. Percival, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Corley directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 10, 1957
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Lillian Irene (Rankin) Howell s/o Rev. L. C. Howell & Mary Lee (Anderson) Howell buried in Oakwood cemetery

Hudy Rex “Jack” Percival
Apr 1, 1913 - Dec 22, 1961

Jack Percival Dies Friday Of Heart Attack

Funeral services for Hudy Rex (Jack) Percival who died at Memorial hospital Friday following a heart attack, will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

Officiating was Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor, Missionary Baptist church. Interment was in Hamilton cemetery.

A driver for George’s Cab company for a number of years, Percival, 48, was a native Texan. He became ill at the office, 113 East Collin street, Friday and was rushed to Memorial hospital at noon.

He was born April 1, 1913, in Clairette, Erath county.

Surviving are one son, Hubert Sidney Percival, and one daughter, Miss Mary Nell Percival, both of Houston; one brother, W. E. Percival, Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Fay Brown, Midland, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Henry, John Longorio, Jack Richards, O. F. Prater, W. R. Starnes and Bobby Burge.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, December 23, 1961
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Vermell Marie (Henson) Percival; s/o Hubert Sidney Percival & Bertha Lou (Harvey) Percival ( another scource says his name is Hubert Rex Percival)

Max Barnes, Sr.
May 9, 1905 - Mar 18, 1970

Max Barnes Rites Pending

Max Barnes Sr., 64, Corsicana, died Wednesday afternoon near his Cryer Creek farm while walking to get help after his truck became mired in mud. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements at Griffin Funeral Home are incomplete pending arrival of relatives, but burial is slated in the Hamilton cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Max Barnes Jr., Arlington; James Allen Barnes, Fort Worth, and Elwood Barnes, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Billie Ruth Grimmett and Mrs. Peggy Jean Arnett, both of Corsicana; one brother, Lee Barnes, Fort Worth; one sister, Mrs. Bessie Graves, Corsicana; six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Barnes Services

Funeral services were held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Max Barnes who died Wednesday afternoon.

The rites were conducted by the Revs. Bruce Hibbitt and Charles Pringle, with interment in Hamilton cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, three sons, two daughters, a brother, a sister, nine grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lloyd Gillen, Charles Armstrong, Lee Welch, Jerry Brown, Troy Fuller, Bill Hollingsworth, Thelbert Percival and J. D. Haney.

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Melton Rogers
Mar 9, 1918 - Sep 27, 1923

FIVE YEAR OLD LAD IS FOUND DEAD, MANY BRUISES

Melton Rodgers, five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Rogers, who live in the Thorpe Addition, was found dead in the Frost tank in the southern outskirts of the city this morning at 11 o’clock by his father.

The dead child and his little three-year old brother were missed from home about 8 o’clock this morning and a search followed. The smaller child was found playing near the home.

The search for the older child was continued which resulted in the body being found in the tank.

The fact that the child’s head is considerably bruised led some to believe foul play caused the lad’s death. There was a bruise over his right eye, his right ear is badly lacerated, as is a portion of the right side of his face.

County Attorney Ballard George and Deputy Sheriff Warnell are making an investigation of the case.

The theory is advanced by some that the child was struck by and automobile and the driver, to cover up his crime, threw the body in the tank.

According to the father who made an investigation at the tank there were no tracks with the exception of those made by him when he went into the tank after the body and came out. It is the opinion of Mr. Rodgers that his son did not fall in the tank and drown. Mr. Rodgers said that he questioned people in the vicinity of the tank who said they saw the child about 150 yards from the tank at 9 o’clock this morning. He also said that a woman stated that she saw some boys pick up a small child and start back toward the ravine that leads to the tank. The woman said, according to Rodgers, she payed no attention to the occurance as she supposed it was a child belonging to campers in that neighborhood.

The death of the child is completely shrouded in mystery and at press hour no solution has been offered.

The body was brought to the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors where it was given a thorough examination by a physician.

The heart broken parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sudden sorrow.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon with burial in the Hamilton cemetery.

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FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD TODAY FOR MELVIN ROGERS

LAD WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND FLOATING ON TANK WAS LAID TO REST

Funeral services for Melton Rogers, five year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Rogers of the Thorpe Addition, whose body was found floating in Frost tank Thursday morning by Mr. Rogers took place this afternoon from the family residence and was attended by many friends of the family. Burial took place this afternoon from the family residence and was attended by many friends of the family. Burial took place in Hamilton cemetery and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

The Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church conducted the services.

According to an announcement at the county attorney’s office this afternoon the official report of the county physician who examined the body of the child, stated that death was due to drowning.

The lake where the father found the boy’s body about 11 o’clock Thursday morning is no less than three hundred yards from the house, and the route to it is through thick mesquite shrubs through which a winding road leads through the barbed wire inclosure.

K. W. Washburn living five blocks from the Rogers home and just inside the city limits on South Thirty-first street, was plowing near his house during the hours when the child is supposed to left home and when found dead three hours later.

The two children, the younger not quite two years-old strolled up West Thirteenth street three blocks from home. People living on the corner of that avenue and Thirty-first street admonished the little fellows to return to their homes. Mr. and Mrs. Washburn saw Melton at the end of the cotton rows standing near a telephone pole. The rows running north and south bore cotton stalks almost waist high. A while later Mr. Washburn declared he twice hear cries of a child in close succession coming from near the south end of the cotton patch. Not seeing the little fellow passing via the road which runs parallel to the cotton rows, he believed he had gone between the rows unobserved and passed his premises.

Mr. Washburn also stated he saw tracks of a child in the cotton rows and at the south end of the field, and in close proximity with the cries heard several boys were seen making way through the mesquite in the direction of the Frost tank, and that one of the boys was carrying something snuggled in his arms.

The roundabout route from the Rogers home to where the dead body was found the child is supposed to traveled, is a distance of approximately a half mile.

The younger child was found near the telephone post at the north end of the cotton patch where Melton was last observed alive. The baby is too young to give any information concerning his brother’s fate.

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Loree (Muller) Shaver
Jun 3, 1951 - Jul 20, 2014
 

Loree Shaver, 63, of Powell passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014 at Sparkman Funeral Home, 1029 S. Greenville Ave., Richardson Texas 75081. Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Sparkman Funeral Home. To see the full obit visit www.SparkmanRichardson.com. Sparkman Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 26, 2014
Submitted by Karen Rost
Loree (Muller) Shaver, 63, was called to heaven on Sunday July 20th with loved ones by her side. Loree was greeted with open arms by her father Svend Muller, niece Jamie Shaver and daughter in law Meredith Woods.

Loree was born on June, 3rd 1951 in Kimbalton, Iowa to Svend and Neva Muller. Svend and Neva soon moved Loree, with her older brother Warren (Muller) and sister Jana Dee (Barnes), to Dallas, Texas where they called the neighborhood of Casa View home.

In 1969 she graduated from Bryan Adams High School. She soon met and fell in love with her husband Mike Shaver in December of 1976. They were later wed on December, 27 1979 in a small ceremony at the Muller home performed by her brother Warren.

Loree was a people person with a passion. She started her professional career at the Exxon Mobile Corporation in 1990 where she worked as the payroll coordinator and quickly climbed the ladder from Asset Analyst all the way up to Asset Specialist. She was recognized for reducing company spending by $500,000 yearly, earning merit and bonus awards from her colleagues and Mobil's Executive Managers Team for Outstanding Achievements. She also initiated, implemented and managed computer donation programs for Texas and Africa for needy organizations, served as a member of the Outreach Program Management Team and was the recipient of several community and company achievement awards.

Although Loree was an outstanding and accomplished business women, if you asked her about life's greatest accomplishment she wouldn't hesitate on the answer. Being a mother to three sons Colton, Chad and Blake Shaver was her greatest success. She was destined to be a mother and took her job very seriously. In turn, if you ask the boys about their mother they would tell you what an amazing, selfless, loving, funny, understanding and patient mother she was to each of them, unconditionally.

After retirement Loree and Mike made their dream of living in the country a reality. In Powell, Texas is where they spent their days enjoying the quiet, breathing in the fresh air and raising goats, horses and chickens. Loree learned her love for animals at a young age. A very fond memory for many family members is the story of Loree's first horse. A young girl with her daddy at a local car dealership put her name in a drawing for a pony. Of course daddy said yes to those hopeful eyes, knowing they would probably walk away empty handed with a valuable lesson "You can't always win, but you can try". Instead, daddy had to find a place to put Loree's new pony, the Pinecrest backyard had to suffice for a short while.

Another dream was realized on February 22nd, 2014 when their first grandchild was born, lovingly named Olivia Loree Shaver, after her 'Maggie'. Olivia may not remember her first hand, but she will be reminded daily of her beaming personality and how her Maggie endlessly adored her. There is no measure to how much Loree will be missed.

Please join us in remembering our new Angel. The viewing will be held on Monday July 28th from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm at Sparkman Funeral Home on Greenville Avenue in Richardson, to be followed by a Celebration of Life ceremony on Tuesday July 29th at 1:00 pm at the same location.

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Margaret Fredella (Conn) Bonner
Sep 27, 1924 - Jan 10, 2014

Margaret Fredella Bonner, 89, lifetime resident of the Corsicana area, died January 10, 2014, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her body has been donated to medical science.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Nader and Brother Otis Connor officiating.
She was born to William Paul and Bessie Mae (Cole) Conn on Sept. 27, 1924, in Wortham. She married Chester Lee Bonner on Aug. 31, 1942. They resided in Pursley from 1957 to 2012. More recently, Margaret and Chester resided together at TriSun Care Center in Corsicana.
Margaret was preceded in death by her daughter, Conna Bonner Whitecotton; her parents; and three brothers, John William Conn, Paul Conn Jr., and Vernon Lloyd Conn.
Survivors include her husband, Chester L. Bonner; sister, Betty Conn Ward; granddaughter Laurel and her husband James Hoover; great-grandson, Connar Gauge Hoover of Pursley; as well as two sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church and Hand in Hand Hospice of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Erma Ruth (Beavers) Thomson
Mar 10, 1924 - July 10, 2014

Funeral services for Ruth Thomson will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the 4th & Jackson Street Church of Christ of Hugo, OK, with Steve Harbison officiating and burial following in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 pm on Monday, July 14, 2014 in the Prater-lampton-Mills & Coffey Chapel.

Erma Ruth (Beavers) Thomson, known lovingly as "Nana", was born March 10, 1924, in Troy, TX, to Richard Hill and Jennie Ashley Beavers. After her mother's death in about 1930, the family moved to Terrell, TX, where they were share-croppers. After her father's death in 1935, her four older brothers, Neal, Alf, Cliff and J.T. all went into the military, and the three younger children, Odiest, Ruth and Jennie Mae went to live at the IOOF Home in Corsicana, Texas. After graduation from high school in 1944, Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Billy Marcus Arnold in 1945, and they had one daughter, Elizabeth Ann. After his military service, they settled in Dallas, TX. Subsequent to their divorce, Ruth went to work for
Southwestern Bell Telephone as a teller in the Public Office. She married Houston Leonard Thomson on January 9, 1953, and they had two children: Houston Eugene and Patricia Gail (Pati). After the birth of their two children, Ruth became a hairdresser. In 1974, they moved to Hugo, Oklahoma, Houston's hometown, and she became an active member of the 4th and Jackson St. Church of Christ, the Choctaw County Democratic Party and numerous clubs and organizations. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Houston L. Thomson, son, Houston E. Thomson; brothers, Neal and Odiest; halfsiblings, Alf, Cliff, Marie and Emma Bell Beavers and Bessie, Lester and Roy Worthy.

She is survived by her sister, Jennie Mae Richardson of Corsicana, TX; daughters, Elizabeth McCarter and husband, Ron, of Midlothian, TX and Pati Shaw and husband, Joe, of Idabel, OK; grandchildren, Jeff McCarter and wife, Rhonda, of Hugo, OK, Alyssa Jan Thomson and Leandra Ruth Crossand husband Casey; great grandchildren, Olivia Ann and Payne Jarrett McCarter and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 pm on Monday, July 14,
2014 in the Prater-lampton-Mills & Coffey Chapel.

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Hattie Washburn Mitchell Kent
Dec 16, 1918 - May 1, 2014

Hattie Washburn Mitchell Kent, 95, of Powell, passed away on May 1, 2014 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born Dec. 16, 1918 and was reared in Kerens.
Mrs. Kent loved to read, travel, visit with ther family, was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, and enjoyed watching most other professional and college football, basketball, or baseball teams.
In recent years she was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Corsicana, and then Kerens United Methodist Church, making friends wherever she went.
Mrs. Kent was preceded in death by husbands Irving Mitchell and Charles Kent.
She is survived by daughters Nikki Green and Karen Mosqueda of Balch Springs and Gail Holzer of Galveston, step-son Dan Kent of Powell, and step-daughter Molley Kent Paschal of Corsicana. Mrs. Kent also has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kent chose to be cremated and have no memorial service. Arrangements by Gonzalez Funeral Home in Mesquite.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 6, 2014
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Chester Ray Bryant Jr.
abt 1954 - Mar 13, 2014

Chester Ray Bryant Jr., 59, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at his residence.
Visitation will be 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary. Funeral Services are 12 noon Friday, March 21, 2014 at Taylor's Memorial Church Of God In Christ with Capt. Laura Bryant officiating. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Willie Fern Durkee
abt 1948 - Sep 23, 2014

Willie Fern Durkee, 66, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Viewing will be Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Taylor Memorial COGIC, 1600 G.W. Jackson Ave., Corsicana. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Kelly's Temple COGIC, 501 Third St. Corsicana. Arrangements by Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis.

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, sept 27, 2014
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Freddie Summers
May 27, 1926 - Oct 27, 2014

Freddie Summers, 88, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at her home in Corsicana. Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Friendship Towers with brother Rufus Nutt officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Submitted by Karen Rost

Mrs. Freddie Summers, 88, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014. She was born on May 27, 1926 in Corsicana to Stanford Franklin Odom and Susie (Melton) Odom.

Freddie worked for AccuBank Mortgage Corporation in Dallas as an underwriter for 15 years.

Freddie was preceded in death by her parents, Susie and Stanford Odom, five brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her sons, Robert Norton, Larry Norton, and Jimmie “Jay” Whitener, and seven grandchildren.

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James Franklin Prickett
Aug 15, 1933 - Jan 29, 2015

James Franklin Prickett, 81, passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 in Corsicana. He was born Aug. 15, 1933 in Dawson to Calvin and Opal Prickett. He enjoyed fishing and rodeo in his younger years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sue Prickett; father, Calvin Prickett and mother Opal Jackson; daughter Sue Ellen Campbell; daughter Carla Smith; grandchildren, Jason Villiva and Christy Jean; sister, Johnnie Cook; nephews William Lawlar and Calvin Prickett.

He leaves behind his children, Patricia Rose-Prickett, James Prickett, Robert Villiva; grandchildren, Katherine Prickett, Stephanie Glor, Robert Smith, Samantha Smith, Charlie Bahr-Groves, Jason Rose, Tina Grimm, Savannah Campbell, Rory Campbell. He is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Nowotny; brother Calvin Prickett; nieces and nephews, Brenda Dickinson, Peggy Byrum, Sam Gayler, Debra Pakebusch, Gayla Kelly, Ginger Marcantonio, Jovin Prickett, Timothy Prickett, Melissa Clifton and Vickie Prickett, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 12 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at Younger Cemetery with Rev. James Williams officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Dorothy Opal (Burnett) Hardgrave
Oct 5, 1918 - Jan 29, 2015
 

Dorothy O. Hardgrave, 96, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.

Dorothy was born Oct. 5, 1918 in Covington, Texas. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, where she was very involved in her Sunday School and the Solid Rockers ministry. She served as a Pink Lady at Navarro Regional Hospital after retiring from a distinguished career at Navarro College, serving as the bookstore manager for 23 years along with service to the Baptist Student Union. A truly loving person, kind and generous, and most of all … a servant of God.

She is preceded in death by her parents and loving brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia and her husband Johnny Coker of Fort Worth; grandchildren Stan Coker and his wife Tammy of Fort Worth, Alaina Lindsey of Houston; six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and a host of loving family and friends.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 prior to the funeral. Internment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sheila Mae (Foster) Huggins
Jun 4, 1947 - Jan 25, 2015

Sheila Mae Huggins, 67, of Kerens passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at TriSun Care Center in Corsicana.

She was born in California to Hubert and Betty Joe Foster and was a member of the Country Estate Baptist Church of Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Her professional life included working for FAA as a legal instrument examiner for air plane titles. She also spent many years in real estate sales and mortgage banking. Her love of crocheting has provided many family members with afghans.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Foster and Betty Joe Foster.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Huggins of Kerens; son and wife Terry and Michelle Kinnamon of Oklahoma City, daughter Sherry Wakefield of Midwest City, Oklahoma, son Jon Huggins of Dallas, and daughter and husband, Sonya and Cecil Choate of Palmer; brothers Steven Foster and wife Paula of Oklahoma, James Foster of Colorado, sister Cheryl Bumblis of Washington D.C.; step-mother Bobbie Foster of McCloud, Oklahoma; and
10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at the Kerens Cemetery with Jeff Ross officiating. Pallbearers are Tyler Wakefield, Hunter Treaster, Jon Huggins, Jeff Quinn, Steve Howell and Jonathan Choate. Honorary pallbearers are Daniel Kinnamon and Treyton Ahrend.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Elbert James "E.J." Berry
Sep 25, 1931 - Jan 27, 2015

Elbert James “E.J.” Berry, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Arlington.
E.J. was born Sept. 25, 1931 in Corsicana to James Eugene Berry and Ola Elene Flowers Berry. He was raised in Corsicana and played for the Tigers Football Championship Team in 1949. He was named a Dallas Morning News All-State Fullback.
E.J. was a U.S. Army veteran. He served as a chemical biological and radiological defense specialist during the Korean Conflict. He served in the Army Engineers in Okinawa.
He was a resident of Alvarado for the past 34 years and member of Alvarado Church of Christ. Prior to that he lived in Arlington for 18 years, and was a member of North Davis Church of Christ.
E.J. retired in sales and customer service with Southwest Tire and Supply in Dallas after 21 years of service. An avid sportsman known as the "Big Basser,” he enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved the outdoors. E.J. was a volunteer with the Arlington Optimist and Little League Sports for many years.
He is preceded in death by his grandson, Jared Berry in 1987.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frankie Nell Shaw Berry; son, Tim Berry and wife, Sandy of Austin; daughter, Jennifer Berry Pemberton and husband, Bill of Lewisville; sister, Peggy Jean Odom of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Virginia Hale of DeSoto; grandchildren, Mark Pemberton, T.J. Berry, Ashley Ransom, Luke Berry, Nick Berry, and Emily Berry; great-grandchildren, Kenleigh Grace Pemberton and Emery Faith Pemberton.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the funeral home with Major Mark Pemberton officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Dawson Cemetery in Dawson, Texas.
Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington, in charge of arrangements.

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Ernest David Criddle III
Apr 30, 1934 - Jan 21, 2015

Ernest David Criddle III passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at his residence in Ennis, Texas from natural causes. David, the son, and only child, of E. D. “Dick” and Elsie Sue Lowe Criddle, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on April 30, 1934. He grew up and lived in Corsicana, Texas for much of his life.
David was a U.S. Army veteran. He attended SMU, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, and had degrees from Arizona State University and University of Colorado. He was a teacher of English and speech at the high school and university level. (Among his students was former Vice President Dan Quayle.) David was a man of generosity and spirituality. He treasured his friendships, and associations with those of many faiths.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his cousin Sue Sims of San Angelo, Texas. A special thanks to his assistant and friend, Malcolm Wommack, and those who so caringly attended to David in his last illness.
David's remains will be interred next to his parents and grandparents in the IOOF Cemetery in Denton, Texas. An informal graveside service will take place at a time yet to be determined.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas.

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John W. Simmons
Sep 1, 1924 - Jan 27, 2015

John W. Simmons, 90, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.
John was born Sept. 1, 1924 in Canton, Texas, the son of Henry Scott and Maude (Mullins) Simmons. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. John graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1950 with a BA in Education. He and Bettie (McPherson) Harlin were united in marriage July 1, 1955 in Dallas, Texas. John worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 30 years. He was a Farmer and Rancher and a member of the Cattlemen’s Association and the Quarter Horse Association. John was also a member of the Grapevine Church of Christ. John and his wife Bettie had lived in Southlake for the past 25 years, moving from Corsicana.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Avis Morris, Lorene Morris and Sybil Walters and brother, Jack Simmons.
He is survived by his wife Bettie Simmons of Southlake; sons, William Ted Harlin of Dallas and Lynn Simmons of Grapevine; daughter and son-in-law, Nanette and Mike Dowell of Southlake; grandchildren, Jessica Lockhart and Melissa Lockhart, Chad Dowell and Carly Dowell and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the Grapevine Church of Christ. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be at Grapevine Cemetery.
A donation in John’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

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Wayne Norman Dodson
Apr 18, 1924 - Jan 23, 2015

Wayne Norman Dodson, 90, of Corsicana and formerly of Phoenix, Arizona passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. He was cremated and no local services will be held. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Arizona. Corley Funeral Home.

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Mr. Wayne Norman Dodson, age 90, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. He was born on April 18, 1924 in Stoniville, South Dakota to Edmond Dodson and Verona Chaney Dodson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Dodson; parents, Edmond and Verona Dodson; and son, Gary Dodson.

Mr. Dodson is survived by his daughters, Donna Llinas and husband, Tomas of Corsicana, and Nancy Leas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. A Memorial Service for Mr. Dodson will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at a later date.

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James Robert "Jim" Freeman
July 12, 1941 - Jan 26, 2015

James Robert “Jim” Freeman, 73, of Hewitt passed away Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at a Waco hospital.
Jim was born July 12, 1941 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Harry and Hilda Freeman. He was raised in Pennsylvania but moved to Texas in 1965. He had lived in Dallas, the Dawson/Navarro Mills area, West and Hewitt. Jim had many different vocations during his lifetime including working as a diesel mechanic, an auctioneer and most recently in resale shops including the flea market at Treasure City in Waco.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard “Dick” Freeman.
Survivors include two sons, Scott Freeman and wife, LaNelle of Lavon and Tye Freeman, formerly of Lorena; a brother, Joseph “Joe” Freeman and wife, Barbara of Allentown, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Nancy Freeman of Hubbard; two step-daughters, Lisa Havis of Waco and Amy Redden of Penelope; grandchildren, Dustin Freeman, Joseph “Joe” Freeman, Rachel Freeman, Derek Freeman and Jacob Freeman; 11 step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two nieces, two nephews and numerous adoring cousins and other extended family member and friends.
Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in Jim’s name to American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org/donate), American Heart Association (www.donate.heart.org) or Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, P.O. Box 606, Corsicana, Texas 75151.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Velma Faye (Poteet) Watkins
Dec 25, 1925 - Jan 28, 2015

Velma Faye Watkins, resident of Corsicana, passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on Wednesday night, Jan. 28, 2015 at the age of 89. She was born Dec. 25, 1925 in Wortham to Roy and Hannah Poteet. She enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Watkins, parents, brothers, Will, Leroy and her twin Ray Watkins; sisters Katherine Moorehead and Aline Watikins.
She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Mahoney; son Don Watkins and wife Sharon; grandchildren, Alisha Reese, Dusty Watkins and wife Kim, Kenneth Mahoney and wife Betty, Donnie Watkins and wife Christa, Danny Watkins, Stacy and Bradley Salik, Kaley and Roland Garza; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Billy and Vergie Watkins; and sisters-in-law Betty Poteet and Christine Reckle. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.
The family would like to say a special Thank You to Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, ICU at Navarro Regional Hospital and to Dr. McHenry for their kind, loving care they gave to their mother.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Walter Lee McClure
Feb 4, 1932 - Dec 9, 2014

Walter Lee McClure, 82, of Blooming Grove passed away on December 9, 2014 in Hillsboro. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

Walter was born in Navarro County on February 4, 1932 to Joe E. and Myrtle (Willingham) McClure. He graduated from Frost High School and also attended Navarro College. During the Korean conflict, he proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy. He was a member of Frost United Methodist Church. Walter was married to Martha Orme.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three children, Douglas Keith McClure, Paula Dyan Dupuis and Phillip Andrew McClure; two brothers, Alton and J. W. McClure; and a sister, Bobbie Jean Green.

Walter is survived by his son, Jerry McClure of Dallas; four sisters, Katie Walters and Lillian Thomas, both of Blooming Grove, Dorothy Garvin of Lancaster, and Callie Harris of Frost; sister-in-law, Velma McClure of Blooming Grove; and five grandchildren, Katie, Carleigh, Robert, Sondra, and Tayana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Youth Group of White Rock United Methodist Church; 1450 Old Gate Lane; Dallas, TX 75218.

Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Texas.

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Sarah Jane (Rutherford) Braddock 
Oct 21, 1857 - Jun 13, 1940

Bazette

BAZETTE, June 20..—(Spl.)—“Grandma” Braddock passed away at the home of her son, Tom Braddock, Thursday.

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Lester Bell Crowley
Dec 11, 1892 - Sep 22, 1961

Lester Crowley Rites Sunday

Lester B. Crowley, 66, native of Mississippi, veteran of World War I, died in Houston Friday.

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

Surviving are three brothers, Claude Crowley, Corsicana; Sam Crowley, Kerens, and Carl Crowley, Arlington, and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Newburn Leo Elder
Jun 12, 1944 - Aug 30, 2008

Newburn Leo Elder

Newburn Leo Elder, born June 12, 1944 in Bakersfield, California. He passed away Saturday, August 30, 2008 in Ennis.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Wanda Elder; seven children, Bruce Lord of Ennis, Texas, Sherri Webb of Centerville, Texas, Michael Lord of Waxahachie, Texas, Melinda Sanders of Ennis, Texas, Clifford Lord of Blooming Grove, Texas, Nina Elder of Boaz, Alabama, Ellen Cook of Corsicana, Texas; 24 Grand Children and many great grandchildren; one brother Billy Elder of Waxahachie, Texas; three sisters, Jeanette McHenry of Magnolia, Texas, Lilly Mathis of Washington, Kansas, and Kathy Walker of Biloxi, Mississippi.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmo and Susie Elder; brother, Junior Strange; two grandsons, Jerry Gafford and Frankie Cook, Jr.; two granddaughters, Catherine and Elizabeth Lord.

Newburn retired from Leggett and Platt in 2006. He enjoyed his retirement and spending time with grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 AM Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Rice Cemetery.

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  • Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home
  • 1st wife Sylvia Gaye (Follis) Elder married Jan. 24, 1963 2nd wife Wanda Joyce (Parker) Lord-Elder married Oct. 16, 1972 s/o Elmo Newburn Elder and Susie Mae (Coplen) Elder-Strange
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Charles Bartlett Ellis
Oct 22, 1928 - Oct 2, 2013

Charles Bartlett Ellis, 84, departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Service: 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Interment: Will be in Rice Cemetery in Rice. Visitation: 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Charles was born Oct. 22, 1928, in Rice, the son of Amos Dunn Ellis and Mattie Mae Bartlett. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. A Texas A&M graduate (fightin' Texas Aggies class of 1951), he earned degrees in mechanical engineering and agriculture. Following graduation from A&M, Charles lived a short time in West, moved to Tyler for a few years and then settled in Richland Hills. Charles worked for Lennox Industries for more than 30 years in the research and development group. He married Mary Ellen King on June 3, 1955, in Waco; she preceded him in death. Charles was an active member of Wesley Evangelical Methodist and Richland Hills Baptist Church. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a smile on his face and loved to tell stories.

Survivors: Children, David William Ellis and wife, Ginger, of Houston and Nancy Ellis Fry and husband, Jay, of Colleyville; grandchildren, Whitney Ellis Fraser and husband, Matt, of Austin, Katie and Stephanie Ellis; Justin and David Fry; great-grandchild, Ellis Anne Fraser; cousins, Corinne Harper Patrick of Arlington and Roger Patrick and wife, Donna Kaye, of Colleyville.

Notes:

  • Published in Star-Telegram on Oct 4, 2013
  • h/o Mary Ellen (King) Ellis married Jun. 3, 1955; s/o Amos Dunn Ellis & Mattie Mae (Bartlett) Ellis
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Lizzie Alice (Colson) Cooley
May 18, 1919 - Nov 27, 2010

Alice Colson Cooley joined her beloved husband in Heaven on November 27, 2010. Born in Wallace's Prairie (Brazos County), Texas on March 18, 1919, she was the oldest of three children born to Joe and Abbey Utsey Colson. Alice and Reamon were married for seventy two and one half years, until his death in 2008. While they lived all over Texas, they always called Ennis home and were proud to say that all four of their daughters graduated from Ennis High School.

Since 1962, Alice had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Ennis. She taught Sunday School and G.A.'s. She loved to cook and bake, and everyone who was ever fortunate enough to eat her cakes or pies will remember the experience fondly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reamon Cooley, her brother, Joe E. Colson, and her sister Annie Lee Jones.

Alice is survived by daughters, Betty Atchley of Rice, Pat Terry of Red Oak, Darlene Morton and husband, Bill of Lancaster and Reamonell McElhaney of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-granchildren, eleven great-great grandchildren and her very special family at Buffalo Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Graveside services will be held at the Rice Cemetery on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc with Rev. Charlie Shadwick officiating. Family will receive visitors from 11 a.m. until noon on Tuesday at J.E. Keever Mortuary prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Odyssey Hospice.

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  • J. E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.
  • w/o Reamon Lee Cooley; d/o John Joseph “ Joe” Colson and Laura Abigail “Abbie” (Utsey) Colson
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Marion Ella (Cate) Ballew
1925 - Feb 24, 2014

Marion Ella Cate Ballew, longtime resident of Fort Worth, passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 89. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Bluebonnet Hills Cemetery in Colleyville. Marion was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alvis O. Ballew Sr.; and sons, Alvis O. Ballew Jr. and Christopher Ballew. Survivors: Numerous nieces and nephews.

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  • Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 5, 2014

Adeline (Henderson) Emmert
Feb 17, 1938 - Dec 6, 2006

Adeline Emmert

Funeral services for Adeline Emmert, 68, of Ennis were held Saturday, December 9 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Eddie Ricks officiating under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

Burial was in the Rice Cemetery.

Mrs. Emmert passed away Wednesday, December 6.

She was born February 17, 1938 in LaRue to Horace and Mable Holloway Henderson.

She was reared in Frankston where she attended school. On July 3, 1959, she was married to Hugh Emmert, Sr.

After their marriage, they lived in Ennis. She was employed as a baker with the Ennis ISD for eight years, as a greeter for Wal-Mart for 13 years and owned a daycare for several years. She was a member of the Anthony Drive Baptist Church.

Mrs. Emmert was preceded in death by her husband on June 29, 1991, and three brothers Homer, Terry Don and Jerry Lee.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Donna Emmert of Ennis; daughters and sons-in-law Janice and Mike Dolezalik, and Peggy and Duane Dolezalik, all of Ennis; brother Robert J.W. Henderson of Frankston; sisters Abeline Johnson of Ennis, Annie Doris Reid of Frankston, Linda Kay Carlton of Tyler and Loraine Ivey of DeSoto; grandchildren Nick Dolezalik and his wife Jacklyn, Eric Dolezalik, Hugh Emmert III, Landon Emmert and Heath Emmert.

Pallbearers were Ernest Sikes, Don Flynt, Robbie Flynt, Robert Flynt, Michael Wayne Witherspoon, Kelly Graham and Jon Paul Flynt.

Honorary pallbearers were Steve Riggins and Wade Dillard.

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  • w/o Hugh Edwin Emmert; d/o Horace Henderson & Mable (Holloway) Henderson
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Gary Lee Lindsey
Nov 21, 1957 - Jul 11, 2010

Gary Lee Lindsey, age 52, of Euless Texas, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Ennis Regional Medical Center. He was born November 21, 1957 in Harlingen, Texas to Walter Edgar Lindsey, Sr. and Alice (Dunn) Lindsey. Gary was a member of the Cowboy Church in Ennis, Texas. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Gary is survived by his wife, Veronica Lindsey; two sons, Curtis Lindsey and his wife Robin of Victoria, Walter Lee Lindsey of Euless: grandchildren, Koltan, Tristyn, Drake Lee, Kylee, Ava, Courtney and Harlee; mother, Alice Lindsey; two sisters, Sue Evans of Elk City, Oklahoma and Debbie Lindsey Breedon of Edinburg, Texas; three brothers, Walter Edgar Lindsey, Jr. of Sachse, John Keith Lindsey of San Antonio, David Lindsey of Spring Branch; and numerous family and friends.

He was preceded in death by Walter Edgar Lindsey, Sr. and Mary Lindsey.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for Ten A.M. Friday, July 16, 2010 in the Cowboy Church of Ennis with Pastor Michael Howard officiating. Interment will follow at the Rice Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home at 800 S. Kaufman in Ennis.

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Veronica Marie (Heathcoat) Lindsey; s/o Walter Edgar Lindsey, Sr. & Alice (Dunn) Lindsey

Kathy Darlene (Hall) Ebbert-Hall
Aug 15, 1956 - Mar 15, 2010

Kathy Hall, age 53 of Ennis, passed away Monday, March 15, 2010. She was born on August 15, 1956, to Raymond and Helen (Anderson) Hall. Kathy was no stranger and always had a smile for everyone she met. Her beautiful smile will greatly be missed.

Survivors include her son, Robert Ebbert and his wife Kristine; her mother, Helen; sister, Darla Thornton and her husband Scott of Ennis; brother, Delbert Burks and his wife Patricia of Ennis; two grandchildren, Ethan Ebbert and Emilie Ebbert; nieces and nephews, Crystal, Lockeryan, Mallory, Tai, Nathan, Natalie, and Nicholas; great niece and nephew, Shane and Kiersten.

She is preceded in death by her father, Raymond Hall, step-father, Gilbert Burks; grandmother, Mollie Anderson; grandfather, Bud Anderson; brothers, Frank Ray Hall and Robert Perry Hall; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 P. M. on Friday, March 19, 2010 at the Rice Cemetery.

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Charles Robert Ebbert married Aug. 23, 1985 d/o Raymond Evans Hall & Helen (Anderson) Hall-Burks

Ralph Manton McHam
Jun 4, 1917 - Sep 18, 2013

Ralph Manton McHam passed away peaceably at home on September 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX, at the age of 96 with his wife of 73 years, Genelle at his side. Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Monday at Sagamore Hill Baptist Church, 2301 Dottie Lynn Pkwy, Fort Worth TX 76120. Interment to follow at Rice Cemetery. Family will greet visitors a hour before the service at the church. Ralph was born June 4, 1917 to Luther McHam and Lucille Pride. His Father passed away at a young age (32) leaving behind seven children and one child born two months later. Ralph, and his brothers, Shuler, Howard, Horace and Clyde were accepted into The Masonic Home in Fort Worth in 1930. A younger brother Luther and sister Mary Jo were accepted 2 years later. Ralph was always eternally grateful to the Masons of Texas and the wonderful care and education he received at the Home. In 1935, he began a career with the U.S. Postal Service which lasted 40 years. First job was as a special delivery boy (always proud to say he was given a new Bike) and later as a substitute letter carrier. In 1937, he was appointed to be a Railway Postal Clerk. A highly specialized position working the mail on the Katy railroad between Denison and San Antonio. In 1949, He served in Denison as President of the National Postal Service Union. In 1953, he was promoted to Division President and represented the U.S. Postal Union in Washington, DC. After serving in several other executive positions in the U.S Post Office, He became Manager of Highway Transportation and supervised all contract mail distribution in Southwest. In 1971, he retired. Ralph always found time to be very active in Masonry, Church and the Masonic Home. He was a member of Handley Lodge received his 60 year pen. He loved his years in the Moslah Shrine Temple and was "Clown of the Year" visiting in full costume local nursing homes, hospitals and the Annual Shrine Circus. He was first and foremost a Southern Baptist since accepting Christ in 1939 and a longtime member of Sagamore Hill Baptist Church serving as an ordained Deacon. He was also the Sunday School director and teacher. Ralph and Genelle Hays were married in October 6, 1940 and had two children, son Ronald and daughter, Raenelle (deceased). He is survived by immediate family of wife, Genelle; son, Ron McHam and wife, Lynette; grand-daughters, Allison Vincent and husband, Randy, Meredith Saunders and husband Jonathan, and Jarae Swindle and husband Chris; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Wyatt, Mary Ella and Chloe.

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  • Dallas Morning News - September 22, 2013
  • h/o Genelle (Hays) McHam married Oct. 6, 1940 s/o Luther Manton McHam and Minnie Lucille (Pride) McHam
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Genelle (Hays) McHam
Aug. 8, 1919 - Oct. 31, 2013

Genelle Hays McHam passed away peaceably on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, in Fort Worth at the age of 94. Her husband of 73 years had passed away just a few short weeks ago. They are now together in heaven. Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sagamore Baptist Church, 2301 Dottie Lynn Parkway, Fort Worth. Interment: Rice Cemetery. Visitation: The family will greet visitors at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Genelle was born Aug. 8, 1919, to Jim and Merle Hays in Rice. Her early years revolved around Rice Baptist Church, school and helping the family with tending, growing, picking and hauling cotton. Soon after graduating from high school, she took the interurban train from Rice to Denison. A friend said she could help her get a job. As she boarded the train, her mother said, "Genelle, You need to always go to church." On her first visit to First Baptist Church in Denison, she met her future husband, Ralph McHam. They were married on Oct. 6, 1940. Genelle began her career in retail at Lilley's Department Store in Denison. Within a few years, she was promoted to department manager and children's wear buyer. She loved fashion and thrived in retail. When Ralph was transferred to Dallas, Genelle became children's wear buyer at E.M. Kahn Department Stores. In later years, she held buying and merchandising positions at Zale's and merchandised jewelry for Skillern's drug stores. She made many wonderful lifetime friends. Genelle and Ralph served as Sunday school directors and teachers for over 40 years at Sagamore Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Her sweet disposition was always on display. She always described herself as "happy." She always described her friends and family as "sweet, kind and good." Ralph and Genelle had two children, Ronald, and a daughter, Raenelle (deceased) Survivors: Son, Ronald McHam and wife, Lynette: granddaughters, Allison Vincent and husband, Randy, Meredith Saunders and husband, Jonathan, and Jarae Swindle and husband, Chris: and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Wyatt, Mary Ella and Chloe.

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  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Nov. 3, 2013
  • w/o Ralph Manton McHam married Oct. 6, 1940 d/o James Henry “Jim” Hays and Minnie Merle (Wasson) Hays
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Wilda Lee (Robertson) Northern
Feb 18, 1917 - Dec 31, 1996

Wilda L. Robertson Northern, 79, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Rector Funeral Home Chapel, 2800 S. Osage St., with Lynn Garrett of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.
Mrs. Northern was born in Dawson and moved to Amarillo in 1940 from Dawson. She married Harvey H. Northern in 1937 at Hubbard. He died in 1977. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Sue, in 1950.
She was a member of Eastside Church of Christ.
Survivors include four daughters, Jean Hatcher, Dorothy J. Roach, Karen Cagle and Sherry Kirby, all of Amarillo; two sons, James Northern of Cypress and Bobby Northern of Amarillo; a sister, Elaine Sorenson of Waco; a brother, Kenneth R. Robertson of Newport News, Va.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will be at 7603 Stuyvesant Ave. They request memorials be to the Crown of Texas Hospice, 1100 S. Jefferson St., Amarillo, Texas 79101.


Mary Helen “Punk” Murff
Feb 13, 1927 - Apr 19, 2011

Mary "Helen" "Punk" Murff passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Friday in Rice Cemetery in Rice. A memorial service will follow the graveside service at 3:30 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis, Arlington. Visitation: The family will greet friends 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis St., Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meadow Lane Baptist Church, 1901 Meadow Lane, Arlington, Texas 76010.

Helen was born Feb. 13, 1927. She grew up in East Texas in the community of Argo. She moved to Arlington in 1955 and was a longtime member of Meadow Lane Baptist Church. She retired from the Arlington Independent School District where she was a librarian. Helen previously worked for Ennis Telephone Company and Ennis Business Forms where she met her husband, Lorin. Helen was known for her sense of humor and the joy she brought with her in all her endeavors. Her grandchildren called her Nana, and her great-grandchildren Grana. She traveled to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii with her children and enjoyed exploring with them. Her friends knew her generosity and commitment to church and family. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Helen was preceded in promotion to heaven by her husband, Lorin Wesley Murff; her parents, Mae and Gaston Rainey; brother, Grady Rainey; sisters, Lillian Wilhite and Johnnie Sellers.

Survivors: Her daughter, Gloria Frazier and husband, Ed, of Arlington; son, Rick Murff and wife, Jenny, of Phoenix, Ariz., and her children, Kyle, Cody and Katy Keels; five grandchildren, Kindel and husband, Matt Coren, of Arlington, Erick and wife, Brooke Frazier, of Denver, Colo., Kyle and wife, Jennifer Frazier, of Austin, Justin and wife, Jennifer Murff, of Virginia Beach, Va., Stuart and wife, Catherine Frazier, of Austin; and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Bella, Sierra, Anya and Sophia. She loved her extended family, Dundi and Tom Thompson, Clayton and Cindy McKinnis, Justin and Courtney McKinnis Frazier, Levi and Ashlea McKinnis and their children, Allison, Holly, William, Daniel, Matthew and Micah. What a legacy she leaves behind.

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  • Fort Worth Star -Telegram - April 20, 2011
  • w/o Lorin Wesley Murff; d/o Gaston Rainey & Julia Mae (Reddin) Rainey
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
     

Hassie Lou Murphy
Nov 1, 1935 - Mar 21, 2008

Hassie Lou Murphy, 72, passed away Friday, March 21, 2008, in Granbury.
Graveside service: 1 p.m. Wednesday in Rice Cemetery in Rice. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wiley Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Mar. 25, 2008
  • d/o General James Murphy & Hassie (Baker) Murphy
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

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