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Elrica Jane (Davis) McKinney
Aug 12, 1831 - Jul 24, 1915

VENERABLE LADY DEAD.

Death Came at Home in Mildred Today.

Mrs. Jane McKinney, aged 87 years, widow of the late W. P. McKinney, died at noon today at Mildred. The deceased had resided in Navarro county for twenty-five years. Interment will take place in the Hamilton cemetery tomorrow.

The deceased is survived by the following grown children; W. S. McKinney, Prairie Hill, Limestone county; C. L. McKinney and Mrs. Ella Jollie, Mildred; Mrs. N. E. _________, Oklahoma; Mrs. T. D. E. Kennedy, Kirkland, Texas. Besides these there are a large number of grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 24, 1915
  • w/o William P. McKinney; d/o George R. Davis & Nancy (Akers) Davis
  • Rootsweb says: “Jane Davis ran off the horses of General Sherman's men while they sacked the farm.”
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Mary (Jones/Anderson) Rice
Jun 8, 1849 - Sep 30, 1915

DIED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

Death Comes to Hubbard Lady As a Result of Pallagra.

Mrs. Mary Rice, aged 58 years, wife of S. W. Rice, died at 1213 West Eleventh avenue yesterday afternoon at 3:30 from pellagra after a long illness. The family formerly resided in this county, just south of town, but the deceased was brought here from Hubbard four weeks ago for treatment.

Interment took place in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at 3:30, where the deceased has two children buried. Surviving is the husband, S. W. Rice, and five grown children, Mrs. D. E. Jordan, of Hubbard, Mrs. James Cooper, living near here, and S. W. Rice, Jr., J. L. Rice and Fred Rice, all of Hubbard, and three grandchildren.

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Jessie James Ashmore
Jun 30, 1869 - Dec 23, 1930

FALL PROVES FATAL TO JESSE ASHMORE; BURIAL WEDNESDAY

Jesse J. Ashmore, 61, painter, long-time resident of Corsicana, died in the Navarro county hospital Tuesday night at 11 o’clock from injuries received about 12 hours earlier when he apparently became dizzy while working and fell, his head striking the concrete floor in the Mays building on West Collin street.

The funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family home, 1500 Woodlawn, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister. The Corsicana Lodge No. 63, I. O. O. F. had charge of the services at the grave.

Surviving are two sons, Arthur N. Ashmore, Jr., and J. C. AShmore, both of Corpus Christi; two daughters, Mrs. J. H. Wallace, Kerrville, and Mrs. Jessie Cherry, Corsicana; and two brothers, L. J. Ashmore and L. W. Ashmore, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, December 24, 1930
  • h/o Minnie Gertrude (Bragg) Ashmore married May 11, 1890; s/o Andrew Jackson Ashmore & Harriet Caroline (Leverett) Ashmore
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ruby Estell (Ashmore) Hill-McKinley-Wallace
Dec. 21, 1892 - Apr. 9, 1962

Hold Services Mrs. Wallace

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Ashmore Wallace will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with Rev. Chester Odom, pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Corsicana and life-long resident here, Mrs. Wallace, 69, died Monday at Memorial hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse J. Ashmore.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Jessie Wells, Corsicana and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Brown Spurlock, O. E. Williams, Robert Owens, Floyd Allred, Clyde Smith and Alvin Watson.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 10, 1962
  • 1st husband unk Hill 2nd G. T. McKinley married Oct 26, 1926 3rd husband unk Wallace d/o Jessie James Ashmore & Minnie Gertrude (Bragg) Ashmore
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
     

Luther Walton Ashmore
Apr 24, 1867 - Dec 5, 1951

L. W. Ashmore, 84, Expires At Home, Rites Thursday

Luther W. Ashmore, 84, pioneer business figure of Corsicana, died at his home, 418 South Eighteenth street Tuesday night.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. The Odd Fellows will conduct graveside rites.

The services will be conducted by Dr. Chet C. Henson, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Born April 24, 1867, at Yorkville, Alabama, he came to Corsicana at the age of seven years. He was married to Miss Alma Wilson, Feb. 27, 1898, in Corsicana, and in that same year entered the paint business of Ashmore Brothers, a firm he headed until his death.

Ashmore served as assistant chief of the Corsicana volunteer fire department before becoming chief for 1919-1920. He was active in politics and served as Ward 2 Democratic precinct chairman for many years until his health necessitated his retirement. He was a member of Corsicana IOOF Lodge No. 63, Woodmen of the World, and was a member of the Free Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Albert Ashmore, Corsicana, and Wayne Ashmore, Midland; two daughters, Mrs. Chas. Bee and Miss Faye Ashmore, both of Corsicana, and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John Tipton, Lloyd Chambliss, Sims Hagler, O. A. Cole, Rex Bailey and Roy Harrison.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, December 5, 1951
  • h/o Alma Anna (Wilson) Ashmore married Feb. 27, 1898; s/o Andrew Jackson Ashmore & Harriet Caroline (Leverett) Ashmore
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Alma Anna (Wilson) Ashmore
Mar 18, 1881 - Dec 28, 1958

Mrs. Ashmore Dies Sunday, Rites Tuesday

Mrs. L. W. Ashmore, aged 77 years, life-long Corsicana resident, died at her home, 418 South Eighteenth street, Sunday afternoon. Her late husband was a pioneer Corsicana merchant.

Mrs. Ashmore had been in ill health but her death was unexpected.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Mrs. Ashmore was a member of the First Methodist church, Home Rebekah Lodge No. 128 and Woodmen Circle.

Surviving are two sons, Albert Ashmore, Corsicana, and Wayne Ashmore, Midland; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Bee and Miss Faye Ashmore, both of Corsicana; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Alverson, Malakoff, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Avery Jackson, Ed Harris, Jr.; A. L. Jackson, B. Nutt, Don Allen and Paul Moore.

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Mrs. Ashmore Burial Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. L. W. Ashmore, 77, life-long Corsicana resident, who died suddenly at her home, 418 South Eighteenth street Sunday afternoon, were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which she was a long-time member. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Ashmore was also a member of Home Rebekah Lodge No. 128 and the Woodman Circle.

Mrs. Ashmore’s late husband was a pioneer Corsicana merchant.

Surviving are two sons, Albert Ashmore, Corsicana, and Wayne Ashmore, Midland; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Bee and Miss Faye Ashmore, both of Corsicana; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Alverson, Malakoff, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Avery Jackson, Ed Harris, Jr.; A. L. Jackson, B. Nutt, Don Allen and Paul Moore.

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INFANT SON Mitchell
B&D Jun. 23, 1915

Remains Laid to Rest.

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Mitchell were laid to rest this morning at 10 o’clock. Interment being made in Oakwood and the funeral taking place from the family home on West Second Avenue.

The Central Texas Grocery company had their place of business closed for one hour during the funeral.

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Givens Ebenezer Mitchell
Jan 4, 1872 - Feb 22, 1930

G. E. MITCHELL DIED SATURDAY NIGHT; IS BURIED HERE MONDAY

PROMINENT BUSINESS MAN AND CHURCHMAN RESIDE HERE MANY YEARS.

Givens Ebenezer Mitchell, aged fifty-eight years, one month and eighteen days, son of the late W. H. and Agnes Gallagher Mitchell, died at his home, 812 West Second avenue, Saturday night at 10:45 and the funeral was held from the residence Monday afternoon at three o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Mr. Mitchell was born at Blairsville, South Carolina, Jan. 4, 1872, but came to Navarro county when he was 20 years of age and has resided here since that time, practically all of the time in Corsicana.

Mr. Mitchell had been connected with the Central Texas Grocery company here since its organization and had been secretary of the company for a number of years. He was a member of Masonic bodies in Corsicana, Mexia and Waco, being a member of Karem Shrine in Waco. He was also a member of the Corsicana Lions club and was an elder in the Southern Presbyterian church. He took an active interest in all civic affairs of the community.

The Central Texas Grocery company stores in Corsicana, Athens and Mexia closed Monday.

He was married to Martha Jane Bell, oldest daughter of the late Captain and Mrs. E. L. Bell, April 7, 1904, in Corsicana. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev. A. J. Ransom.

The funeral services were conducted by Dr. E. H. Hudson of Mexia.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Miss Glynn Mitchell, teacher in Corsicana high school; Miss Martha Mitchell, sophomore at the University of Texas; and Miss Elizabeth Anne Mitchell, student in the Corsicana schools; three brothers, J. H. Mitchell, Dallas; S. W. Mitchell, Denton; W. O. Mitchell, Columbia, S. C.; and two sisters, Mrs. Sam N. John, Rock Hill, S. C.; and Miss Alice Mitchell of Greenville, S. C.

Pallbearers were W. M. Wilson, J. P. Stubbs, W. T. Barnhart, Mexia; E. B. Gauntt, Athens; A. H. Robinson, Mexia; M. C. Dickson, W. P. Story, Mexia; Henry Walker, Smith Comfort, Mexia; and Glenn Bell, Mexia. All pallbearers except Mr. Walker were employees of the Central Texas Grocery company.

The Funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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SOLOS AND READING FEATURE LIONS CLUB PROGRAM TUESDAY

RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT ADOPTED ON DEATH TWO CORSICANANS RECENTLY

Solos by Mrs. W. R. Sneed, accompanied by Miss Ruth Huffman, club pianist, and a reading by Miss Mabel Bonner, featured the Lions Club program Tuesday noon. Resolutions of respect were adopted by the club on the recent death of Mrs. J. M. McCammon, mother of W. P. McCammon, member of the club; and also G. E. Mitchell, recent member, after they were presented by J. H. Woods of the courtesy committee.

G. E. Mitchell

It is with deep regret that the Corsicana Lions Club has learned of the death of our recent fellow member, Mr. G. E. Mitchell, at his home in this city at 10:45 o’clock, Saturday night, February 22, 1930.

Mr. Mitchell was a native son of South Carolina, but nearly forty years of his life had been spent in our midst. He was a man of exemplary life, a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city, connected also with important business interests for many years in Corsicana, Mexia and Athens.

Last funeral services for him were held at his home on Monday afternoon with burial in
Oakwood cemetery.

We wish to express to his widow, Mrs. Mitchell and to his three daughters, our true and sincere regard for his life and memory and our sympathy for them in their grief and great loss of the husband and father.

Submitted for delivery with our kind wishes for them in the years to come.

C. W. TAYLOR, President,
WM. ROCHELLE, Secretary,

Resolutions on the Death of Mrs. J. M. McCammon

Mr. C. W. Taylor,
President, Corsicana Lions Club:

Your committee on resolutions to whom were given at the last meeting of the club instructions to prepare and present to the next meeting of the Corsicana Lions Club, suitable resolutions of respect and expressions of sympathy for our esteemed friends and brother Lion W. P. McCammon in the loss of his splendid mother, Mrs. J. M. McCammon, recently deceased, and we beg to submit the following report:

On the 11th day of the current months of February 1930, Mrs. J. M. McCammon, venerable mother of our brother Lion, W. P. McCammon, her life’s work being well done, her race well run, passed on to rest as the weary wheels of life stood still. Her life was a long and useful one, characterized by much that is best and brightest in human life and activity, and through many years of usefulness and of thoughtfulness for her children and her friends. Her friends were many and they lived in her affections to the end, which came softly to her, surrounded by her children and grandchildren at 10:45 on Tuesday night, February 11, 1930. We know that she will be sorely missed by her children, her grandchildren, her friends who knew her and well knew of her life and its many thoughtful deeds of kindness.

And we beg to extend to our brother, W. P. McCammon, and to his mother’s children, grandchildren and friends our sincere sympathy and kind regard in this their time of deep distress and grief and to command the memory of her good and useful life.

We also submit that these resolutions be made a part of the minutes in the records of our club, that a copy be delivered by our secretary to Mr. W. P. McCammon.

Respectfully submitted,
J. H. WOODS,
E. D. McCARVER.

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Sidney Lawrence “Billy” Story
Nov 2, 1912 - Jun 15, 1915

DEATH CLAIMS BRIGHT BOY.

Many Expressions of Sympathy for Devoted Parents.

When it became known on the streets this morning that Sidney Lawrence, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Story, had been claimed by death, there was universal expression of sorrow and of profound sympathy for the fond parents. The bright little fellow, affectionately called “Billie” by all who knew him, was a fine and winsome child, handsome in face and bright in mind, and soon won a place in the hearts of all who came in contact with him, and his heart-broken parents have the profound sympathy of all who know them, and with them will miss the sweet smile and lovable ways of the little one who has been transplanted to a brighter and happier clime.

Funeral services will take place from the family home tomorrow afternoon at 6 o’clock, with interment in Oakwood.

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FUNERAL THIS AFTERNOON.

Little Boy Laid to Rest in the Oakwood Cemetery.

The remains of Little Sidney Lawrence Story, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Story, who died yesterday morning at 8 o’clock, were laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon at 5 o’clock. A large procession of friends followed the remains to their last resting place, and there were many beautiful flowers. The last sad rites were conducted by REV. Dr. Schoreid, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church and the remains of the bright and handsome little boy were borne to the grave by A. A. Wortham, Lowry Martin, C. B. Haley, W. H. Hastings, Arthur Johnson and Wes Redden.

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All that was mortal of Sidney Lawrence (“Billie”) Story was laid at rest in Oakwood cemetery yesterday afternoon, Rev. J. C. Black and Rev. C. F. Scofield, the former once the pastor and the latter now the pastor of St. John’s Episcopal church, conducting the funeral. That the parents had the sympathy of all who knew them and that “Billie’s” bright and handsome face, big, soft eyes and cherry disposition had won the affection of old and young alike was demonstrated by the great wealth of flowers beneath which his grave was covered. No sadder funeral has been witnessed in Corsicana for many days. Men, women and children could not restrain their tears while the funeral rites were being said and youth and age and light-hearted childhood weft in unison. It was an instance in which loving parents had been called upon to give up that around which clustered their hearts’ tenderest and fondest affection.

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Elizabeth Susan “Lizzie” (Camp) Glover
Dec 13, 1829 - Apr 14, 1915

Died At Noon Today.

Mrs. Elizabeth Glover, aged 85 years, died at noon today at the home of Mr. J. D. Cunningham after an illness of ten days. The deceased is survived by one child, Mrs. A. C. Johnson, who was with her venerable parent when the end came.

The deceased lady had made her home her most of the time for many years, and had many friends who are pained at her departure.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. from the home of J. D. Cunningham on West Third avenue with interment in Oakwood.

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Elizabeth Susan “Lizzie” (Camp) Glover
Dec 13, 1829 - Apr 14, 1915

REMAINS INTERRED TODAY

Mrs. Elizabeth Glover Laid to Rest in Oakwood Cemetery.

The remains of the late Mrs. Elizabeth S. Glover, who died here at noon yesterday, were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 3 o’clock. The funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cunningham, where death overtook the venerable lady while there as a visitor to her granddaughter, Mrs. Estill Cunningham.

A large number of friends attended the funeral and there were many beautiful floral offerings. Rev. C. R. Wright of Central Methodist church of Fort Worth, of which charge Mrs. Glover was a member, assisted by Rev. J. W. Fort of the First Methodist church here, conducted the services.

The pallbearers were J. D. Cunningham, W. M. Peck, Ralph Beaton, Ben Fortson, M. L. Benson and W. W. Gage.

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Lizzie Augusta (Glover) Johnson
Aug 4, 1861 - Nov 21, 1925

FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. A. C. JOHNSON SUNDAY AFTERNOON

SERVICES HELD AT FIRST METHODIST, BURIAL IN OAKWOOD

Funeral services for Mrs. A. C. Johnson, aged 83 years, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Estill Cunningham Saturday at 12:15 p.m., were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the First Methodist Church. Rev. Horace Bishop, of San Angelo, and Rev. Eugene W. Potter, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery immediately following the services at the church, beside the remains of her husband and a daughter who had preceded her to the Great Beyond, with J. D. Cunningham, Wm. Clarkson, Sr., P. M. Lea, W. M. Pock, J. R. Butler, Dr. L. E. Kelton, J. S. Murchison and Sam Jackson acting as pallbearers.

A large concourse of friends gathered at the church and followed the remains to their final resting place in Oakwood, sorrowing at the passing of a pioneer among the good women of Corsicana. The grave was covered with a great profusion of beautiful flowers that were sent as a final mark of love and respect for the one who had gone about doing good as she walked through life. The tears of these friends mingled with those of the relatives as the last prayer was said and the casket was lowered into the grave carrying the body of this beloved woman to await the Resurrection morn.

Those from out of town who came to attend the funeral services of their relative and friend were Hon Cone Johnson, a brother-in-law of Tyler; Mrs. Dr. S. W. Johnson of Dallas; Mrs. Earl Fortson, Fort Worth; Mrs. Pearl Polk, Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Machett of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stover of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thompson and two little daughters of Dallas, the little girls being granddaughters of Mrs. Johnson; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Johnson of Eastland and Glover Johnson of Fort Worth, the two being sons of the deceased.

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In Society
MRS. S. C. BAGBY, Editor.

Mrs. A. C. Johnson.

The passing of Mrs. A. C. Johnson, Saturday, November 21, Thus removing one of Corsicana’s most valued and beloved Christian women.

The sympathy of friends throughout the city goes out to her devoted children, Mr. and Mrs. Glover Johnson of Fort Worth, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Johnson of Eastman, and Mr. and Mrs. Estill Cunningham of our city and to her six little grandsons and daughters.

Sweetest memories will ever recur at the mention of Mrs. Johnson. She passed through the world helping, lifting, loving. Such a life will call unto itself the rarest choicest reward when we give back to heaven that which is so pure and good; heaven, knowing what we have lost, will pour into the aching hearts her holiest, precious balm.

Mrs. Johnson was laid to rest Sunday afternoon in Oakwood by the side of her husband and daughter, Mrs. William Thomson of Dallas, following a very impressive service at the First Methodist church conducted by Rev. E. W. Potter, pastor of the church and Rev. Horace Bishop, of San Angelo, a much beloved, former pastor of the church. Both ministers paid beautiful tributes to the memory of this devout church woman.

The wealth of beautiful floral offerings attested the love and esteem in which she was held.

Among those from out-of-town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Glover Johnson of Fort Worth, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Johnson and baby of Eastland, sons of Mrs. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson and two little daughters, Margaret and Julia of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Will Matchell of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stover and two children of Dallas, Mrs. S. W. Johnson, Dallas, Mrs. Earle Fortson and sister, Mrs. Pearl Polk of Fort Worth and Hon. Cone Johnson of Tyler.

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Jessie Thelma “Dutch” (Ashmore) Wells
Jan 29, 1900 - Aug 11, 1965

Mrs. Wells Dies On Wednesday

Mrs. Jessie T. (Dutch) Wells, 65, of 606 East Ninth avenue, formerly of Roane, died in Memorial hospital early Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Rose, Tehuacana; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Mrs. Wells was a member of Calvary Baptist church and a Veteran of World War II.

Arrangements are pending at Corley Funeral Home.

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Hold Services For Mrs. Wells

Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie T. (Dutch) Wells, 65, of 606 East Ninth avenue, who died Wednesday afternoon in Memorial hospital, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Jimmy Harness, pastor of the Central Baptist church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Wells was a member of Calvery Baptist church and was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Rose, Tehuacana; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Deacons of Calvary Baptist Church were pallbearers.

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Estill Young “Pete” Cunningham
Dec 29, 1890 - May 2, 1973

E. Y. Cunningham

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a. m. Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church for E. Y. Cunningham, 82, who died Wednesday night in Memorial hospital. The Rev. James Zigler will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Corley Funeral Home will direct.

He was born December 29, 1890, in Corsicana, and was the son of John D. and May Young Cunningham. He attended schools in Corsicana, Terrell Preparatory School in Dallas, A&M College and Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He married Emily Johnson of Corsicana on June 11, 1914. He operated Cunningham Bros., a hardware business with his brother, Jack Cunningham, and was auditor for Navarro County for 20 years until he retired in 1955. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and served as Senior Warden. He was a Shriner in Hella Temple, a 32nd degree Mason, and a member of the Garitty Charity Fund.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. E. Y. Cunningham of Corsicana; two sons, George H. Cunningham of Wichita, Kansas, and Claude Cunningham of Shreveport, Louisiana; five grandchildren and a brother, Jack Cunningham of Eureka.

Pallbearers will be Bill Cunningham, D. R. Vest, Ralph Tatum, Jr., W. B. Tatum, John C. Tatum and Maurice Young.

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Courtney Rashawn Lewis
Dec 13, 1991 - May 11, 2015
 
Courtney Rashawn Lewis, 23, was born Dec. 13,1991 to the parents of Linda Lewis and Charles “Bubba” Williams. Courtney was a humble, sweet, and quiet person who loved his mother, brother and entire family. He confessed Christ as his Savior at an early age and he attended the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church.
Courtney was a 2010 graduate of Corsicana High School and attended Navarro College and worked for Wal-Mart in the automotive department where he loved working on vehicles. He was also very gifted at cutting hair.
The Angel of Silence entered into his life Monday, May 11, 2015.
Courtney was preceded in death by his grandparents, Josephine Lewis, Albert and Ruth Williams; great-grandparents Lizzie L. Mosley, and Opal and Della Lewis.
Courtney leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Linda Lewis; father, Charles “Bubba” Williams; siblings, Carlton McDaniel, Larry Williams and Sontaja Williams; grandfather, Roger Lewis; aunts and uncles Beverly Smith (Harvey), Margaret Lewis, Patricia Edwards,Vickie Hood (Steve), Dorothy Mathis, Jimmy Lewis (Maria) and Darren Lewis; his special friend, Alicia Carillo; and a host of other family members and friends.
Visitation is 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Ross and
Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the First Baptist Church located at 510 West Collin. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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UPDATED: Family says Lewis was en route to pick up fiance when swept away
By Raymond Linex II
Becky Follis heard the cry for help about 11 p.m. But when she didn’t find anyone, she assumed he got back in his car and everything was OK.
Monday morning, she awoke to news of Corsicana’s lone loss of human life from the floods that began with rains that started Sunday evening and stretched into Monday morning. Courtney Lewis, 23, drowned when his car stalled at 35th Street and Third Avenue.
Follis saw the car traveling southbound on 35th, and saw it rock off the bridge over the creek that runs in the area between Second and Third Avenues. She saw him get out of the car.
She never saw him again.
“I came over to see if I could talk to him or see him again,” said Follis, who lives about 50 yards from the tributary where it runs under the bridge the brings 35th and Third together. She said another neighbor had called 9-1-1.
“Knowing I was the last one to see him alive, my heart’s broken,” she said.
Lewis’ body was recovered in the creek near Second Avenue, about 300 feet north of the bridge.
“His car was still on the bridge,” Corsicana Assistant Police Chief Ronnie McGaha said Monday morning.
McGaha did not speculate how Lewis exited his vehicle.
McGaha said a call came in just before 4 a.m. about the car, and at 4:56 a.m., Lewis was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray.
Family members at the creek Monday afternoon said he had been trying to pick up his fiancé, who got off work in the area at 11 p.m. When he didn’t arrive, his fiancé knew something was wrong, his cousin Gwendolyn Woods said.
“It has hit (the family) hard,” Woods said. “We’re just asking the community to lift our family up.”
She said the family also lost two children to flooding in town in 2004.
“This one was even harder,” Woods said.
Another cousin, Mesha Rhynes, said Courtney was younger than her, but they were like “frick and frack.”
“Nobody got our jokes but us,” Rhynes said.
She hadn’t seen him in a few weeks, and got tied up recently and passed on a scheduled visit. She regrets it now.
“He’s going to be missed,” Woods said.
Lewis worked for the Walmart’s automotive center, friends and readers on the Daily Sun’s Facebook page said. By and large, he was well liked.
“I taught (Lewis),” Lora Plemons wrote. “Good kid, super quiet, funny, heart of gold. This breaks my heart.”
Deanna Steglich said the center has “big shoes to fill,” citing his level of customer service.
“(He was) always a gentleman and honest,” Steglich wrote.
Lewis was an amazing guy, Canvas Jackson said. He was always happy with a smile on his face.
“He was a great co-worker and even better friend,” Jackson wrote. “I am so thankful for the four years I got to know him and work with him.
“No one will or could ever take his place. Courtney will be greatly missed.”

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Gertrude (Nowak) Starnes
Jan 26, 1928 - May 4, 2015
 
Gertrude Starnes passed away Monday, May 4, 2015 in Corsicana. Gertie was born Jan. 26, 1928 in Germany to George and Clara Nowak. She married Billy Starnes on June 28, 1958 while he was stationed in Aschaffen Burg, Germany. He preceded her in death after 35 years of marriage on Feb. 6, 1992.
After moving to the United States, Gertie and Billy were stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota for a year and a half. From there, they were transferred to Austin, Texas. Billy retired in 1963 in El Paso; from there, Billy and Gertie moved to Corsicana. In Corsicana, Gertie worked at Haggar Slack Company for 25 years until the business moved from Corsicana. She received annual awards for excellence as a supervisor. She will be greatly missed by many of her fellow co-workers. After retirement, Gertie and her husband traveled across the U.S. many times. Gertie gave wonderful home-cooked meals and cakes freely to all her friends. She also loved to knit beautiful sweaters. Christmas was her most favorite holiday of the year; she enjoyed decorating her home and sharing it with her friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Starnes; parents George and Clara Nowak; her sisters Lucia of Germany, Friedl of England, Charlotte of Puerto Rico; her brothers Fritz of West Germany and Rudy of Poland. She also leaves behind many beloved friends, Betty and Hugo Bustamonte of El Paso; her very special friend Karin Roberts, David Zenk, Stanley Roberts, Marjorie, Jessica, Krissi, and Rebecca Bentz, Lee and Lori Armstrong, Juanita Martinez, Ann Williams, Ruth Nelson, and Amir Faryad, all of Corsicana; and her many friends at “The Station.”
Visitation will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Danny Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Cecilia Ann (Culver) Loftis
Aug 31, 1955 - May 3, 2015
 
Cecilia Ann Culver Loftis was born Aug. 31, 1955 to Cecil Culver Jr. and LaVern Culver in Groom, Texas. Cecilia's parents operated the Elmo Court Motel in Groom and her birth announcement stated that there was a new maid at the Elmo Court.
Cecilia graduated from Quanah High School in 1973 before attending college at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. While attending Navarro College she met the love of her life, Jerry “Bo” Loftis. The two were married Jan. 3, 1975 in Corsicana. They had three children, Casey, Krista, and Caleb.
Cecilia had a multitude of different jobs in the numerous places she lived, touching many lives for the cause of Christ. Cecilia loved working with children and was able to do this as a day care director for five years and a children's ministry pastor for over 20 years. Her last job was with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Corsicana. She loved and excelled in each position she held.
Cecilia is preceded in death by her father, Cecil Culver Jr., brother Billy Lon “Wild Bill” Culver, step-father Judson “Jud” Williams, and mother LaVern Williams.
Cecilia is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jerry Loftis of Corsicana; sister Pamela Elaine Horton Culver Downing of Lubbock, Texas; son Casey Loftis, with his wife Beth Loftis and their children Ryan Paul, Clayton, and Luke of Rickman, Tennessee; daughter Krista Loftis of Corsicana; son Caleb Loftis, with his fiancée Keri Jackson and her daughter Vanessa of Corsicana.
Cecilia loved God, life, and her family and will be dearly missed.
Visitation with the family will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Casey Loftis, Caleb Loftis, Kurt Lupo, Colt Lawhon, Dakota Tucker, and David Burch. Honorary pallbearers are Ryan Paul Campbell, Clayton Loftis, and Luke Loftis.
Donations may be made to the Myelofibrosis Leukemia Foundation, 1721 North Blvd., Houston, Texas 77098.

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Charlotte Marie (Woodard) Smith
Oct 18, 1948 - May 2, 2015
 
Charlotte M. Smith of Corsicana passed away at Trisun Care Center on Saturday evening May 2, 2015 at the age of 66 with her family at her side.
Charlotte was born on Oct. 18, 1948 in Palestine, Texas, to Charles and Marie Murry Woodard. She married Terry Smith on May 3, 1985, at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Corsicana. She retired as an office manager with the Tarrant County Water District starting her career at Richland Chambers Reservoir. Charlotte was very involved in St. Luke United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and helped in any other area that she was needed. She loved to shop with family and friends at stores like Garden Ridge and Wal-Mart at all hours of the day or night. Family was important to Charlotte. She was always there to encourage and support them whenever they needed help.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Marie Woodard.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Terry Smith of Corsicana; children, Karen Reed, Amanda Parten, Courtney Thompson and Katie Thompson, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Haley Garland, Michael Reed, Hagen Parten, Beaux Clark and Amanda Reed. She is also survived by her aunt, Annabelle Upchurch of Raleigh, North Carolina; a sister, Alane Cameron of New Braunfels; two brothers, Don Woodard of Austin and Paul Woodard of Pittsburg, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation with her family will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Darrel Andrews, Bubba Byars, Jack Bradley, Bill Stoner, Scott Cameron and Drew Cameron.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church at 2308 Bowie Drive Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ray Edwin Ragan
July 14, 1931 - May 2, 2015
 
Mr. Ray Edwin Ragan, 83, of Emhouse passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
He was born in Corsicana, Texas on July 14, 1931 to John Blair and Annie Mae Grimmett Ragan. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Nell Ragan; parents; and nine brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his sons, Michael Ragan of Granbury, Rickey Ragan and wife Debbie of Emhouse, and Dale Ragan and wife Holly of Hewitt; daughters, Becky Bernstein and husband Larry of Greenville, Linda Comer and husband Ron of Benbrook, Renee Bruyere and husband Mike of Emhouse, and Regina Cantrell and husband Brian of Waxahachie; 22 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Lucas of Orange, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will Mike Ragan, Todd Ragan, Craig Bernstein, Daniel Price, Rickey Ragan, and Randy Barlow.

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Paula Jennelle (Cotton) Martin-Coppock
Feb 27, 1950 - May 12, 2015
 
Paula Martin Coppock, 65, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at her residence. She was born Feb. 27, 1950 in Corsicana to Dorsey Andrew Cotten and Minnie Gertrude Benton Cotten.
She worked for Lance Foods for 34 years. She married Kenneth Coppock June 7, 1997.
She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Rhonda Cotten and Brenda Cumbie, and one brother Randy Cotten.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Coppock of Corsicana; children, Sherri Stallings Montfort and husband Matt, Gina McDonald and husband Brandon, and step-daughter Stephanie Coppock; brother, Timothy Cotten; nine grandchildren, Mason Montfort, Sarah Sims, Mark Montfort, Cole Stallings, Leslie Sorrell, Dylan McDonald, Logan Stallings, Dalton McDonald and Drew McDonald and one great-grandchild Ryland Arnold.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Darren Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Les Cotten, Mike Cotten, Lynn McDonald, Tom Pease, George Coppock and Donnie Mann.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, May 15, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o (1) Richard E. Martin and (2) Kenneth Coppock; d/o Dorsey Andrew Cotten & Minnie Gertrude (Benton) Cotten

Pamela Webster Castillo
abt 1960 - Apr 29, 2015

Pamela Webster Castillo, 54, Corsicana, passed Thursday, April 29,2015, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Love Chapel Baptist Church in Corsicana, with Pastor David Wilson officiating. It was Pamela's request to have no public viewing. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Elenor Ruth Perrino
abt 1926 - Apr 30, 2015

Elenor Ruth Perrino, 88, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Daren Stewart Johnson
Dec 29, 1967 - Apr 30, 2015
 
Daren Stewart Johnson, 47, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village following a 35-year struggle with Juvenile Diabetes.
Daren was born Dec. 29, 1967 in Corsicana to Dale and Judy Johnson. He was a 1986 graduate of Corsicana High School and graduate of Navarro College with an AAS degree in Drafting and Technology. He was employed by True Value Distribution Center in Corsicana.
Survivors are his daughter, Megan Nicole Johnson and her fiancé, Lance Henderson; mother and stepfather, Dr. Michael and Judy Johnson Dunavant of Corsicana.; brother and sister-in-law, Brent Johnson and Carrie Bradfield of St. Louis, Missouri, two grandchildren, Destin Robert Collins and Evelynn Ember Henderson of Corsicana; aunt and uncle, Carolyn Wickwire and Dennis West of Dallas; and uncle and aunt, Bob and Jeanne Garvin of Weatherford.
He is also survived by three stepsons and their families, Michael and Julie Abrahamson and their sons Brandon and Christopher of Kyle; Lance and Sahvanna Johnson and their children Emily, Maria, Ben, and Olivia of Corsicana; and Paul and Adrienne Abrahamson of Denton.
Survivors include a stepbrother and family, Eric and Angel Dunavant, Clayton, Austen, and Gracyn of Mandeville, Louisiana; a stepsister and family, Alicia and Daniel Muldrow, Stephen, Micah, Gabriel, and Ethan of Cedar Creek.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Johnson in 1998; an uncle, Marty Wickwire in 2000, maternal grandparents, Jim and Marian Garvin of Paris, Texas; and paternal grandparents, Felix M. and Jewell Johnson of Gainesville.
Daren was a highly creative, fun man who faced life's challenges with amazing courage and determination. He was continually trying to figure out how things work and had a boundless curiosity for the world and the things in it. He enjoyed challenging the boundaries of what was possible both through invention as well as overcoming his own disabilities. He was truly an inspiration to those who knew him.
Visitation will be Monday, May 4, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 603 W. Sixth Ave. (Commons Area of Madison Place Condos)
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Chandler Ragland officiating.
Everyone is invited to a reception in Martin Hall at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Corsicana or charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gerald Calvin "Jerry" Lemler
Oct 13, 1944 - May 7, 2015

Gerald “Jerry” Lemler, 70, of Blooming Grove, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015. No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Garland "Bill" Hull
June 19, 1947 - May 9, 2015
 
Garland “Bill” Hull passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, surrounded by loved ones.
Bill was born June 19, 1947, in Corsicana, Texas. Raised by loving and devoted parents, Bernice Bennight Hull and Robert Thomas Hull, he was an only-child full of spirit. While his home was always in Texas, Bill traveled as often as he could. He loved being outside whether it was working in the yard, canoeing down a river, camping in Colorado, or just driving the open road. He was also quite a hunter: of deer, dove and details. He was constantly looking for the “why” in anything and everything.
Bill graduated from Hubbard High School in 1965 and was a member of the 1964 District Champion football team.
Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1966 and proudly volunteered for his country in Vietnam from 1966-1968. The day he left Hubbard, with four of his buddies, many from the town gathered to send the young men off. Bill was in the 2nd Batallion 3rd Marines E Company; fittingly, in the weapons platoon. Bill’s service in Vietnam included the Tet Offensive in 1968. He was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal and the recipient of a Purple Heart.
Bill worked for Central Freight Lines from 1972 to 1984. He drove more than one million miles accident-free, something he was quick to remind his daughter (who was not accident-free!) when she questioned him during her driving lessons.
Bill worked as a machinist at Shilen Rifles, Inc. from 1984 until 2012. Bill was a straight-shooter, literally and figuratively. Besides always saying exactly what he thought about something, he was also a competitive benchrest shooter traveling the country for shoots, often with his son or wife.
Bill had two children while married to Jo Anne Bell Hull: Robert Wade Hull, born in 1971, and Natalie Turner Hull, born in 1983. In 2013, after 40 years of friendship and ten years of companionship, Bill married Mikel Christine Shilen.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Bennight Hull.
Survivors include his wife, Mikel Christine Shilen Hull of Gray’s Prairie; father, Robert Thomas Hull of Corsicana; son, Robert Wade Hull and his wife Jennifer of Ennis; daughter, Natalie Turner Hull of Missouri; and two granddaughters, Joey Michelle and Jordan Tucker Hull of Ennis.
Memorial services for Garland “Bill” Hull, 67, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. The family will receive condolences following the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: National Kidney Foundation, 5429 LBJ Freeway Ste 250, Dallas, TX 75240 or online at www.kidney.org.

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Nancy Ellen (Christian) Woodard
Jul 15, 1868 – Jul. 21, 1915

Lady Expires Suddenly at Home Near Jester Switch.

Mrs. Monroe Woodard, wife of a well known farmer of the Jester Switch community, died suddenly at the family home last night and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon.

The deceased is survived by her husband and several grown children and a number of grandchildren.

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William Asberry McPhaill
Jul 20, 1856 - Dec 28, 1909

W. A, McPhail.

Mr. W. A. McPhail died at 7 o’clock this morning and will be buried from his residence, 605 South Seventh street, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock in Oakwood cemetery. Deceased was 53 years of age and leaves a wife and four children.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - - Tuesday, Dec 28, 1909
  • w/o Julia Price (Nicholson) McPhaill; s/o William W. McPhaill and Mary R. McPhaill (Father of Hugh, Carrie, Mattie & Willie McPhaill)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Julia Price (Nicholson) McPhaill
Aug 15, 1962 - Jan 5, 1958

Mrs. McPhaill Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia McPhaill, 95, who died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Luther Larrison, 109 North Nineteenth street late Sunday, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Griffin Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church, of which she had been a member more than 80 years, assisted by Rev. Kenneth Dickson, associate pastor.

A native of Mississippi, Mrs. McPhaill had resided in Corsicana since early in life. In addition to her membership in the First Methodist Church, she was long active in Home Rebekah Lodge No. 128 and the Woodmen Circle.

Surviving are a son, W. V. McPhaill, Houston, two daughters, Mrs. Larrison, Corsicana, and Mrs. Sye Corder, Dallas; three grandsons, William G. McPhaill, Corsicana; Joe McPhaill and Alvin Corder; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. H. Powell, C. B. Haley, Talmadge Cook, Frank Larrison, Lowell Bonner, Adolph Weidman, Lloyd Chambliss, B. F. Speed, Dr. Leslie E. Kelton, Jr. and Ed Anderson.

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Lloyd Granville Kerr
Jan 2, 1887 - May 25, 1962

Sunday Rites Lloyd G. Kerr

Funeral services for Lloyd G. Kerr, 75, life-long Corsicana resident, who died in Baylor Hospital, Dallas, Friday night, were held Sunday at 5 p.m. from St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Sam B. Husley, rector. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Kerr was a member of St. John’s.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Kerr, Corsicana pioneers. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass.; directed the music for the Texas Centennial celebration at Dallas, 1936-1937, and was assistant producer of the Calvacade of the Americas at San Francisco, 1939-1940.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. John Chew; three grandchildren, John Chew, Jr.; Margaret Lloyd Chew and Robert Chew, all of Radnor, Pa.; a brother, Ira Kerr, Louisville, Ky., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were John C. Tatum, Lynn Sanders, James E. Fortson, W. M. Clarkson,111; Wm. B. Robinson, H. R. Stroube, Jr,; Rl. L. Wheelock, Jr., and Bob Corley.

Corley directed.

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Lizzie America (Taylor) Kerr
Aug 2, 1861 - Jul 3, 1956

Mrs. T. P. Kerr Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. T. P. Kerr, 95, native of Wadeville, near Kerens, who died Tuesday night in Memorial Hospital, were held Thursday at 10:30 a. m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. L. D. Ballard, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church of which she was a long-time member, and Rev. Fred C. Wolfe, Jr., rector of the St. Johns Episcopal church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. Kerr had resided in Corsicana 75 years. She had been ill eight years.

Surviving are three sons, Lloyd G. Kerr, Corsicana; Ira J. Kerr, Louisville, and Stanley E. Kerr, Dallas; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs Frank S. Kerr, IOOF Home in Ennis, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Dave Kelton, Allyn Gordon, C. L. Terry, A. L. Renfro, W. V. Mowlam, George Williams, Robert Cooksey and Joe Simkins.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 5, 1956
  • w/o Thomas Perkins Kerr d/o Ira B. Taylor & Mary Holmes (Edwards) Taylor (listed some places as America Lizzie and others Elizabeth America)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Thomas Perkins Kerr
Jun 19, 1857 - Mar 4, 1937

Ministers Visited With Mr. Kerr Short While Before Death

Three ministers of the Cumberland Presbyterian church came down Wednesday evening from Dallas and Fort Worth to see Mr. Tom Kerr, who was seriously ill, as Mr. Kerr has been an elder to the local church for many years.

These ministers, who were close friends of Mr. Kerr, who passed away Thursday night at mid-night at his one on West Second avenue, were Rev. Harry Allen, a former pastor and close friend of the deceased; Rev. N. A. Woychuk, student of the Dallas Theological University and present pastor of the local church; and Rev. Allister Sinclair, pastor of the Fort Worth church, who has visited here on several occasions, and had learned to love and respect Mr. Kerr for his many wonderful traits of character.

The trio visited Mr. Kerr again Thursday morning before departing for Dallas and Fort Worth.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR TOM P. KERR ARE HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for Tom P. Kerr, aged 79 years, life-long resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday night at 11:30 o’clock, were held from the family home, 613 West Second Avenue, Saturday afterno9on at 3:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Woychuk, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. W. T. Ingram of Marshall, former pastor of the local church.

Mr. Kerr was born on the same block where he resided. He was in the shoe business early in life and later was cashier of the Corsicana National Bank for 17 years. While for many years he had been an independent oil operator.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, Lloyd Kerr, Corsicana; Ira J. Kerr, Louisville, and Stanley E. Kerr, Dallas, and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lee Onstott, Hubbard; Douglas Johnson, Waco, Gordon Johnson, Dallas; H. C. Nash, Washington, D. C.; Blair Kerr, James Kerr, Jr., Dr. L. E. Kelton, F. A. Widmer, Roy Thompson and Hays Bonner.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Darius Scott Welch
Jan 25, 1834 - Dec 2, 1909

Died in Blooming Grove.

D. S. Welch, aged 76 years, and for many years a citizen of Blooming Grove, died there last night and the remains were interred there this afternoon.

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Robert Fleet “Bob” Smith, Sr.
Dec 14, 1868 - May 6, 1958

Bob Smith Dies Tuesday Morning

R. F. (Bob) Smith, 89, retired farmer, 505 South Thirtieth street, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning.

A native of Calhoun county, Miss., he had resided here 70 years.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., conducted by Malcom Smith, Church of Christ minister of Navasota, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Della Smith, Corsicana; three sons, R. F. Smith, Jr., Texarkana; A. B. and P. N. Smith both of Navasota; four daughters, Mrs. Laura Sparks, Corsicana; Mrs. R. E. Frederick and Mrs. O. C. Becker, both of Tyler, and Mrs. C. R. Allen, Paris; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

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Wednesday rites For Bob Smith

Funeral services for R. F. (Bob) Smith, 89, retired farmer, 505 South Thirtieth street, who died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Malcom Smith, Church of Christ minister of Navasota, assisted by Earl L. Craig, minister of the West Side Church of Christ.

A native of Calhoun county, Miss., he had resided here for 70 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Della Smith, Corsicana; three sons, R. F. Smith, Jr., Texarkana; A. B. and P. N. Smith, both of Navasota; four daughters, Mrs. Laura Sparks, Corsicana; Mrs. R. E. Frederick and Mrs. O. C. Becker, both of Tyler, and Mrs. C. R. Allen, Paris; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 7, 1958
  • h/o Della Eudalia (Phillips) Smith married Jul. 14, 1895; s/o Giles Smith & Rebecca L. “Becca” (Bounds) Smith “Becca” is buried in Dresden cemetery
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Della Eudalia (Phillips) Smith
Nov 22, 1872 - Feb 9, 1959

Mrs. Smith Dies Monday, Rites Tuesday

Mrs. R. F. Smith, 86, native of Arkadelphia, Ark., long-time resident of Corsicana and Navarro county, died at the family residence, 505 South Thirtieth street, Monday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the West End Church of Christ Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Earl L. Craig, minister of the church.

Mrs. Smith had resided in Navarro county 50 years and 32 years in Corsicana.

Surviving are three sons, Robert F. Smith, Jr., Texarkana; A. B. Smith, Clay, and Phillip Smith, Navasota; four daughters, Mrs. Laura Sparks, Corsicana; Mrs. R. E. Frederick and Mrs. O. C. Becker, both of Tyler, and Mrs. C. R. Allen, Paris; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four brothers, Joe and Clarence Phillips, both of Corsicana; Houston and Reid Phillips, both of Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. J. B. Scott, Corsicana; Mrs. R. L. Pritchard and Mrs. John Kemp, both of Dallas; and Mrs. Will Towns, Breckenridge, and other relatives.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Corley will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, February 9, 1959
  • w/o Robert Fleet “Bob” Smith, Sr. married Jul. 14, 1895; d/o Napoleon Bonaparte “Bud” Phillips & Adaline Elizabeth (Harrison) Phillips
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Winnie Huitt
Mar 1911 - May 1911

Died Yesterday.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Huitt died at their home on West Fifth avenue yesterday morning at 6 o’clock and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery at 10 o’clock this morning, Rev. J. P. Patterson officiating.

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Arthur Wilson “Hattie” Huitt
Mar 6, 1881 - Aug 25, 1960

Rites Saturday For A. W. Huitt

Final rites for A. W. (Hattie) Huitt, 79, of 504 South Nineteenth street, who died in Memorial Hospital Thursday night, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church. The services were conducted by Rev. Paul Wiseman, pastor of the church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Huitt was injured Tuesday afternoon when struck by an automobile at the intersection of South Eighteenth street and West Seventh avenue. The driver of the vehicle was reported to be Clyde E. Jones, aged 15, of Corsicana.

The death of Huitt is the sixth traffic fatality in Navarro county this year.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lillie Belle Day, Tyler, and Mrs. R. L. Blakney, Odessa; a son, Jimmy J. Huitt, San Francisco, Calif.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a sister Miss Lula Huitt, Corsicana; a brother, Jimmy Huitt, Kerrville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. M. Baker, J. I. Ellett, T. B. Wheeler, Richard Grimmett, O. C. Travis, Charles Cravens, Buddy Ward and H. V. Andrus, all stewards of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church.

Corley directed.

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Rites Saturday For A. W. Huitt

Final rites for A. W. (Hattie) Huitt, 79, of 504 South Nineteenth street, who died in Memorial Hospital Thursday night, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church. The services were conducted by Rev. Paul Wiseman, pastor of the church. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

Huitt was injured Tuesday afternoon when struck by an automobile at the intersection of South Eighteenth street and west Seventh avenue. The driver of the vehicle was reported to be Clyde E. Jones, aged 15 of Corsicana.

The death of Huitt is the sixth traffic fatality in Navarro county this year.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lillie Belle Day, Tyler, and Mrs. R. L. Blakney, Odessa; a son, Jimmy J. Huitt, San Francisco, Calif.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a sister, Miss Lula Huitt, Corsicana; a brother, Jimmy Huitt, Kerrville and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. M. Baker, J. I. Elliott, T. B. Wheeler, Richard Grimmett, O. C. Travis, Charles Cravens, Buddy Ward and H. V. Andrus, all stewards of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Corley directed.

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Mattie (Thompson) Smith
Died Aug. 27, 1909

Buried Saturday.

Mrs. Mattie Smith who died Friday at noon, was buried Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock at Petty’s Chapel. Mrs. Smith died at the home of her father, Mr. W. R. Thompson, who resides on East Second avenue.

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John Thomas Petty
Aug 30, 1824 - Sep 26, 1909

Aged Citizen Dead.

T. J. Petty, aged 85 years, and one of the oldest and best known citizens of the county, died at his home in the Petty Chapel community yesterday and the remains were interred near Petty’s Chapel this afternoon at 4 o’clock. An immense throng of neighbors and friends were present to pay their respects to the dead.

The deceased had been a resident of Navarro county since 1849 and is survived by his wife and the following children, all grown; Ed Petty of Mexia, James Petty of California, Mrs. Will Ricker of Corsicana and D. Petty of Petty’s Chapel.

The funeral services this afternoon were conducted by Rev. E. P. Williams.

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John Wilson Howell
Jan 16, 1855 - May 29, 1911

Took His Own Life.

J. W. Howell, aged about 60 years, and a good citizen of the Petty Chapel community, near the county farm, shot himself this morning with a small-sized revolver and died almost instantly. The deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis nearly a year ago and since that time had been almost helpless. Despondency over his condition is supposed to have been the cause of the rash deed.

The deceased Is survived by a wife and four sons, two of them grown and the younger ones nearly grown.

LATER—It has been learned later that the deceased used a shot gun, tearing a great hole in his left breast, the trigger being sprung with a stick as the unfortunate man stood on the back porch of his residence. The tragedy was enacted about 9 o’clock this morning while the wife was in the garden gathering vegetables and the sons were at work in the field.

Interment will take place at Petty Chapel Cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.

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Mary Luvanna “Vanna” (McCuiston) Howell
Apr 5, 1868 - Jan 30, 1945

MRS. VANNA HOWELL DIED IN BEAUMONT; FUNERAL HELD HERE

Funeral services for Mrs. Vanna Howell, 77, who died Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. D. Barton, Beaumont, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock from the Sutherland McCammon Chapel. Rev. J. I. Cartlidge will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Petty's Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Howell had been a resident of Navarro county for many years and had just recently gone to Beaumont to be with her daughter.

Survivors are five sons, Jesse R. Howell, Corsicana; Ed Howell, Corsicana; Wayne R. Howell , Dallas; John Howell, Beaumont; Percy Howell, Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. R. D. Barton, Beaumont,; Miss Mary Howell, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Sophia Huskinson, Munday, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Roy Bristow, Harry Burke, C. W. Taylor, G. H. Blankinship, Suttle Roberts and W. A. Lang.

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Arvasina Ardella (Anderson) Farris
d. Jun 1915

Eighty-Six Years.

Mrs. A. Z. Farris, aged eighty-six years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. T. McBroom, 618 East Ninth avenue, this morning.

The deceased is survived by five grown children, Mrs. A. T. McBroom of Corsicana, W. S. Farris of Fate, Texas; W. M. Farris and Tom Farris of Llano Junction; Mrs. F. E. Neland of Rochelle, Texas, and James Farris of Waco.

The funeral took place this afternoon at 5 o’clock with interment in the Petty’s Chapel burying ground. Hippel & Elkins were the funeral directors.

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Ruben Vorece Andrus
Jul 3, 1853 - Nov 24, 1937

Rueben V. Andrus Died Wednesday; Funeral Thursday

Reuben Vorece Andrus, aged 84 years, died at his home near the northeast city limits Wednesday night at 6 o'clock. Funeral services were held from the residents Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock with burial in the Petty's Chapel Cemetery.

Surviving are three sons, Reuben Andrus, Conroe; Warren Andrus, Bryan, and Arthur Andrus, Corsicana; daughters Mrs. Jennie Angeles, Houston; Mrs. Kate McNair and Mrs. Rosie Olare, both of Waco; and Mrs. Minnie Farmer, Kerens; 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Second Baptist Church.

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John Stephen Hardy Sr.
July 15, 1961 - Mar 16, 2015

John Stephen Hardy Sr., 53 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, March 16,
2015 in Corsicana. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19,
2015 at the IOOF Park Pavillion with Rev. Michael Bedard officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Betty Ann (Gillen) Ingham-Raley-Sullivan-Thrash-Raley
Jan 28, 1943 - Mar 11, 2015
 

Betty Ann Raley, 72, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, Texas. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 17, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o Crawford Leon "C.L." Gillen & Zola Mae (Lusk) Gillen; w/o Ray Dean Ingham, Royce D. Raley m. Apr 10, 1978, Billy E. Sullivan m. Jan 16, 1988, & Delton Ogie Thrash, Jr.

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Mrs. Betty Ann Gillen Raley, age 72, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born on January 28, 1943 in Corsicana to C.L. and Zola Gillen.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Delton Thrash, her children, Donna Suzie Withrow and Roy Dean Ingham.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00PM on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Central Baptist Church located at 221 S. Fordyce Street in Blooming Grove, Texas. A private burial will be held on a later date at Rose Hill Cemetery with Dr. Darren Heil officiating.

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Jack Arnett Albritton
Dec 18, 1963 - May 22, 2015
 
Mr. Jack A Albritton, 51, of Corsicana went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 22, 2015, at his residence.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1963 in Fort Worth, to Allen and Freda Lee Albritton.
He spent his adult life driving trucks all over the United States. He loved his family and friends greatly and was generous with everyone he knew. He spent the last four years battling cancer and beat the odds for quite a while, and fought the fight bravely until the last.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Cordy Albritton; his children, Savanna Albritton, Brandon Maher and wife Julie, Levi Plunkett, Sean Schultz and wife Tiffany, J. J. Schultz and wife Christina, and Wyatt Sanches. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Callie Maher, Liberty Schultz, Lyric Schultz Katelyn Schultz and Tyler Schultz; his brothers, Earl Albritton and Jim Richards; sisters-in-law, Irene Nation and Darlene Stiner; brother-in-law, Aaron Wolfe and wife Daisy; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, close friends and church family. He touched many, many lives.
Visitation with the family will be held 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Lone Star Cowboy Church of Navarro County at 4495 West State Highway 22 in Corsicana.
Funeral service will be following the visitation at noon on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Lone Star Cowboy Church with Pastor Charky Marquis officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in Bazette Cemetery in Bazette, due to wet conditions at the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Steve Weaver, Randy Fugate, Joe Perry, D. J. Harris, Sonny Bosher, Aaron Wolfe, David Wolfe and Stephan Wolfe.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Richards, John L. Weaver, John Taylor, Russell Cryer-Williams, Levi Plunkett, Sean Schultz, J.J. Schultz and Wyatt Sanches.
Memorials may be made to Lone Star Cowboy Church, 4495 West State Highway 22, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Martha Ann (Stanfield) Woodard
Aug 6, 1853 - Jul 3, 1956

Rites Thursday For Mrs. Woodard

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Ann Woodard, 103, who died Tuesday morning, were held Thursday at 12 noon at the Corley Chapel with a second service at the Vaughan cemetery in Hill county. The rites were conducted by Rev. H. G. Starkey, Tyler Baptist minister, formerly of Corsicana.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. Woodard came to Hill county in 1870 where she married the late Tom Woodard, a Confederate veteran, in 1872. He died in 1918. She recalled that only three stores were operated in Fort Worth and two in Waco in the early days and her nearest neighbor resided 10 miles away.

Mrs. Woodard came to Corsicana two years ago after a broken hip was suffered in a fall at Waco, where she had resided 15 years. She made her home at Aquilla, Hill county for many years.

Surviving are two sons, Charlie Woodard, West Station, and Frank Woodard, Waco; three daughters, Mrs. Jewel Clark, Whitney; Mrs. Fannie Reed, Margum, and Mrs. Stella White, Corsicana; 45 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and five great-greatgrandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Leonard O. Nolan, Ray A. Nolan, Vernon R. Nolan, Roy Whitefield, Jessie White and Jimmy Ferguson.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 5, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Vaughan cemetery, Hill county, Texas
  • w/o Thomas Henry “Tom” Woodard; d/o James Stanfield per death certificate

S. L. Hellums inf. Daughter
Feb 10, 1911 - Mar 23, 1911

Obituary.

“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

On February 10, 1911, another soul was born for God, but was permitted only a short stay here below gaining a very dear place in all the hearts of the family circle, making a sacred tie that shall never be severed and binding our hearts closer together; but the Ruler and Evener of all things knew best, and He in His infinite wisdom, sent his messenger whose name is Death, into the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Hellums to call her, their baby, to that celestial home where sickness and sadness never come. And on March 23 this little soul was borne to the realms above to rest sweetly in the arms of Jesus, who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.: Her little body was laid away in the Seagoville cemetery.

“We miss thee, yes, we miss the;
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o’er our home is cast;
We miss thy smiling face.”

Weep not, dear parents, brother and sister, for we have the full assurance of sharing with her that blessed home if we do His Biddings and continue faithful unto the end, for death must come sooner or later to all. Dear reader, will you and will I be as fit for heaven as this little darling?

HER AUNT BETTIE.
Purdon, Texas, March 23, 1911

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Mortimer Purifoy
Apr 26, 1888 - Oct 18, 1918

REMAINS SHIPPED TO ILLINOIS

Mortimer Purifoy Died Yesterday Afternoon.

Mortimer Purifoy, aged 30 years, died late yesterday afternoon at the home of his mother, Mrs. M. E. Purifoy west of town, and after funeral service at the home this afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. W. Stephens, the remains will be shipped to Centrailia, Ill. for interment.

The deceased was raised in and near Corsicana, but Centrailia ws the home of his wife and she took the remains there for interment. The deceased was a young man of industrious habits and fine moral character, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife and a little daughter, his mother three brothers and four sisters.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Oct 19, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Buried in Centrailia, Ill.
  • h/o Daphne Romola (Cox) Purifoy; s/o Osborne Henry Purifoy, Sr. & Margaret Ellen (Albritton) Purifoy

Spencer M. Elliott, Capt.
Jul 19, 1931 - Oct. 13, 1915

OBITUARY.

CAPT. S. M. ELLIOTT, FATHER OF W. T. ELLIOTT DIES IN PALESTINE.

Capt. S. M. Elliott, formerly of Corsicana but for the last four or five years had been living with a daughter near Palestine, was buried last Thursday morning. It will be recalled that Capt. Elliott came to Texas from Arkansas in 1901, making his home in Corsicana till his wife’s death about five years ago. Then he broke up and went to live with his daughter, Mrs. T. A. Harper near Palestine, Texas.

For some time he had been in poor health, but the last three or four months was confined to his bed, much of the time suffering very great pain. Though weak in body from sickness and old age, his mind was active right up to the last.

Capt. Elliott was 85 years of age, one of the veterans of the civil war, and though small in stature. His was a heroic mould. He was a man of strong and commanding personality and a faith in God that was both unwavering and refreshing to those who came in contact with him. Forty-six years ago he accepted the Christ and with the faith of a Puritan, he plodded away in the consciousness of the Lordship of his Christ.

Just a few days prior to his death he wrote a statement of his experience as a Christian. In it, he re-affirmed his faith in God and said through faith and trust in Him he looked for his reward. Humility, the most beautiful of all Christians traits characteristics this statement. He said he knew he had made many mistakes, had had his ups and downs, but in all he had never forsaken nor forgotten the Lord. He confessed his sins and believed in the promises of God to forgive them. Hence, he passed away enjoying the consciousness of his acceptance of God.

His last request was that he might be buried near the home of his daughter with whom he had lived for the last five years. His children wanted very much to bring his remains to Corsicana that they might rest beside those of his companion, but they felt there was nothing other to do but to accede to his last request.

The Masons of Palestine buried him, at the conclusion of whose services, the minister of the Christian church of Palestine made a few remarks based upon the statement referred to above with which Capt. Elliott wrote out.

Thus closed the long life of a man who stands for a type which is fast becoming all too rare in our land. His was a distinct contribution to our country and the spirit and ideals of her institutions. He was a staunch, loyal American citizen. We need more men of such sterling worth, honesty and Christian patriotism.

A FRIEND.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Oct 19, 1915
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • CSA - Buried in Palestine – h/o Myra (Hawkins) Elliott (her death certificate says Mrs. S. E. Elliott - daughter’s death certificate says Myra (Hawkins) Elliott) buried in Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana, Texas.

Alice Amanda (Corley) Tatum
Dec 18, 1889 - Oct 10, 1970

Mrs. Tatum Dies Saturday

Mrs. G. L. Tatum died Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hospital here. She was the daughter of John R. Sr. and Elizabeth Record Corley. She graduated from Mexia High School and Polytechnic College in Fort Worth.

She was married to G. L. Tatum of Corsicana in 1910 and has lived here since. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the First Methodist Church here and interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Corley Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are two sons, John C. Tatum of Corsicana and G. L. Tatum, Jr. of New Cannan, Conn.; a daughter, Mrs. H. G. Andrews of Stamford; seven grandchildren; two brothers, John R. Corley of Corsicana and Jack Corley of Austin; three sisters, Miss Lucile Corley of Mexia, Mrs. Homer E. Pace of Corsicana, and Mrs. Walter Scott of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be W. M. Clarkson, 111, Embry S. Ferguson, B. Lynn Sanders, Jr., Dan A. Story, James E. Fortson, William B. Robinson, H. R. Stroube, Jr., and Dave Kelton.

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Tatum Rites

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the First Methodist Church here for Mrs. G. L. Tatum, who died Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hospital. Dr. H. Lively Brown officiated.

Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.

She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.

Corley Funeral Home directed services.

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George Liston Tatum
Jun 25, 1888 - Jun 6, 1957

Liston Tatum, 68, Will Be Buried Friday Afternoon

Liston Tatum, 68, life-long resident of Corsicana, 1575 West Third avenue, independent oil operator, died in the Navarro Clinic early Thursday morning following a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held from the First Methodist church Friday at 3:30 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the church of which Tatum was a trustee, member of the official board and life-long member.

The son of the late W. M. and Georgia Cunningham Tatum, pioneer Corsicana residents, he was associated with his father in the hardware business here for years before becoming an independent oil operator 30 years ago. At the time of his death, he was associated with his son, John C. (Kay) Tatum in the oil firm of Tatum and Tatum.

A graduate of Corsicana High school where he played football at Vanderbilt University and after finishing school at the Eastman Business College at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., assisted in the football coaching duties of Corsicana High School for several years.

Tatum served several terms as a city commissioner of Corsicana.

Survivors are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, Kay Tatum, Corsicana, and Liston Tatum, Jr., Stamford, Conn.; a daughter, Mrs. H. G. Andrews, Jr. , Stamford Texas; seven grandchildren, a brother, Ralph Tatum, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be William Clarkson, 111; Dave Kelton, Lynn Sanders, Jr.; Embry Ferguson, James E. Fortson, H. R. Stroube, Jr.; Wm. B. Robinson and Alvin Schwarts.

Corley directs.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jun 6, 1957
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Corsicana HS grad. h/o Alice Amanda (Corley) Tatum married Aug. 18, 1910; s/o William Montgomery Tatum & Nancy Georgia (Cunningham) Tatum

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Liston Tatum Rites Friday

Funeral rites for Liston Tatum, 68, life-long Corsicana resident, who died early Thursday in the Navarro Clinic, will be held from the First Methodist church Friday at 3:30 p.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the church, of which Tatum was a life-long member, trustee and member of the official board.

Tatum formerly was in the hardware business, but for the past 30 years had been an independent oil operator and at the time of his death was associated with his son, John C. (Kay) Tatum in the firm of Tatum and Tatum, oil operators. He was the son of the late W. M. and Georgia Cunningham Tatum, Corsicana pioneers.

He was a football player at Corsicana High and Vanderbilt University and assisted in coaching Corsicana High after his return from college. He graduated from Eastman Business College in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. He was a city commissioner here for several terms.

Survivors are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, John C. Tatum, Corsicana, and Liston Tatum, Jr., Stamford, Conn.; a daughter, Mrs. H. G. Andrews, Jr., Stamford, Texas; seven grandchildren and a brother, Ralph Tatum, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be William Clarkson, 111; Dave Kelton, Lynn Sanders, Jr.; Embry Ferguson, James E. Fortson, H. R. Stroube, Jr.; Wm. B. Robinson and Alvin Shwarts.

Corley directs.

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Elizabeth (Beavers) Garland
Nov 27, 1922 - Mar 19, 2015

Elizabeth Garland, age 92, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Twilight Nursing Home. She was born on November 27, 1922 in Corsicana to Arthur Beavers and Alice Gertrude Beavers.

Mrs. Garland was preceded in death by her Parents.

She is survived by her son, Hugh Sidney Garland of Corsicana; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of friends to cherish her memory.

A Memorial Service will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Bruce Millen Sullivan
Nov 8, 1923 - May 3, 2015
 
Bruce M. Sullivan passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
He was a native of Corsicana, attending public schools there. In 1942 while studying engineering at the University of Texas in Austin he received a congressional appointment to The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from the Academy in June 1945, receiving a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy.
Upon graduation Bruce began sea duty as a minesweeping officer. His first assignment was in the initial minesweeping operation of the Sea of Japan following the surrender of the Japanese. He served on several other minesweepers in the western Pacific before resigning from the Navy in 1947. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, and participated in minesweeping operations on both the East and West Coasts of Korea. During this operation he received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device.
On leaving the Navy in 1947 Bruce married the former Betty Stell of Corsicana and began a long engineering and management career with Humble Oil & Refining Company (now ExxonMobil Corp.). He had assignments in a number of locations in Texas, Louisiana, and California. In 1983 when he retired from Exxon he was serving as Manager of Joint Interest Producing Properties and Unitization in Houston.
He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and a member of the Society of Professional Petroleum Engineers and a member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder of that church in several locations. He served on the local boards of The Salvation Army and The Family Service Association in Corsicana.
He was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Betty Stell Sullivan of Corsicana.
He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Kathleen Sullivan Yancy and Gaylon Yancy of Georgetown; son Dr. Bruce M. Sullivan, Jr. and his wife Melissa Marcus of Flagstaff, Arizona; sister Margaret Sullivan Wilborn of Houston; sister and her husband, Louise Sullivan Yancey and Jim Yancey of Dallas, brother and his wife, Dr. George and Mary Morgan Sullivan of Fort Worth; sister-in-law Mary Irene Winniford of Dallas; brother-in-law's wife Kathy Stell of Kensington, Maryland; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery with Chip Rich officiating.

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Manuel Garza Flores, Sr.
Nov 14, 1924 - May 1, 2015
 
Manuel G. Flores was born Nov. 14, 1924 to Victor and Ignacia Flores in Corsicana. Manual left this world and entered Heaven at noon on Friday, May 1, 2015 with family at his side.
He worked hard his entire life to take care of his family. As a teen he worked on a construction crew that built Navarro College in Corsicana, the Texas Highway Department and then Burlington Northern Railroad from which he retired after 50 years as section supervisor. He loved to fish and spend time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Manuel was a faithful, lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son Manuel Flores Jr. and all six of his siblings; Victoria, Josephine, Mary, Joe, Billy and Lupe.
He is survived by his wife Thelma, daughter Patricia, sons Richard and wife Denell and Robert and wife Kelly. Grandchildren; Nathan, Joey, Matthew, Heather, P.J., Amy, Cody, Sara, Wendy, Daniel, Ricky, Blake, Drew and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2015, in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Visitation will follow from 7 to 8 p.m. with his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jason Cargo as celebrant. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with his grandsons serving as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Collins Catholic School, 3000 West Highway 22, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Elizabeth C. (Head) Clark-Rice
Feb 23, 1920 - May 6, 2015

Mrs. Elizabeth C. Rice, 95, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at her residence.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1920, in Ennis, to Sterling and Johnnie Head.
Mrs. Rice worked for 45 years with her husband, Vernon L. Clark, at Clark Enterprises. She later married Richard A. Rice and spent 23 blessed years with him and worked for Judge Buck Douglas for 10 years before retiring. She was an active member in the Daughters of the Nile, Kinsloe House, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Navarro County Art League, Campfire Girls of America, and the First United Methodist Church. She loved to paint, to dance and to cook. She deeply loved her family and was a quiet soft spoken lady.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her first husband, Vernon Clark.
Survivors include her husband, Richard A. Rice; her daughter, Margaret Clark; her step-children, Richard M. Rice, Larry Rice and Christy Rice; and her five grandchildren, Laura Anderson, Mike Martin, Tracey Martin, Dawn Radcliff and Sara Rice.
Visitation with the family will be 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home with the funeral service immediately following at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nancy Schusler officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Richard M. Rice, Larry Rice, Michael Rice, Vic Howell, Jay Payne, Ed Janak and Jason Payne.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Marvin Ozwell Speer
Aug 15, 1923 - Dec 8, 1990

Marvin O. Speer, 67, of Corsicana, died Dec. 8, 1990, at Providence Hospital in Waco.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Delbert Taylor and the Rev. George Procter-Smith officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was a member of the Central Methodist Church, chairman of the administrative council of Central Methodist Church, a member of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge #174, a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of the Karem Temple in Waco, an auctioneer for the NCARC, the Navarro County Youth Exposition, the Optimist Club, and the Lord's Acre.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Speer of Corsicana; two daughters, Sandra Ybarra of Frost, and Eunice Baker of Wills Point; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his mother, Gertrude Speer of Hillsboro; one brother, H.T. Speer of Hillsboro; and one sister, Edna Fields of Frost.

Pallbearers will be Jack Flynn, Zach Boyd, Benny Hinkle, Bill Woods, Leland Kattner and Lendon Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Curtis McKinney and Charlie Hyles.

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Bertha Elizabeth (Speegle) Elliott
Jul 23, 1905 - Dec 8, 1990

Bertha E. Elliott, 85, of Houston, died Dec. 9, 1990, in Houston.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Gregory and the Rev. Harold Seago officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was born July 23, 1905, in Barry. She was a member of the Woodforest Baptist Church in Houston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Elliott, in 1954, and two son-in-laws, Roy L. Sikes in 1985, and Clyde M. Speed in 1986.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Harriet Elliott of Brazil; one daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and the Rev. Howard Seago of Wolf City, two daughters, Jo Ann Sikes and Ernestine Speed, both of Houston; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, E.J. Speegal [sic] of Wolf City.

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Adalyn (McMullan) Wood
Dec 9, 1908 - Aug 6, 1996

Adalyn McMullan Wood, 87, of Corsicana, died Aug. 6, 1996, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr. david Hale of Northside Baptist officiating. Services will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wood was born Dec. 9, 1908, in Corsicana.

She is survived by four half sisters, Marguerite Gorman of Corsicana, Kitty Norwood of Corsicana, Elizabeth Smith of Beaumont, Sybil Killough of Washington, Ill; and two half brothers, A.D. McMullan Jr. of Dallas, and Tom McMullan of Little Rock Ark.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Annie Christine (Herring) Borg
July 21, 1902 - Aug 6, 1996

Annie C. Borg, 94, of Corsicana, died Aug. 6, 1996, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, with Mr. Solon Bailey of Blooming Grove Church of Christ officiating. Services will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Borg was born July 21, 1902, in Delia.

She is survived by her son-in-law, J.D. Henry of Pearland; grandson, David Henry of Katy; granddaughter, Ann Bastek of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Thelma Borg of Corsicana; and nephew Coy Herring.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Ruth (Warnell) Schandera
Oct 4, 1918 - May 15, 1996

Ruth W. Schandera, 77, of Waco, died May 15, 1996, in Waco.

Services were held today, with Father Robert Williams officiating.
Interment followed in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Schandera was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Tarrant County. She was a retired beautician and a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church.

Mrs. Schandera was survived by her husband, Godfrey Schandera of Waco; daughters, Ruth Ann Blackmon of Waco, Donnay Lynn and Lary Douglas Staas of Waco and Mary Yvonne Schandera of Mexia; brother, Dr. E.L. Warnell of Woodsville; sister, Virginia and Elmer Smith of Corsicana; two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and one great nephew.

Mrs. Schandera was preceded in death by her father, William Monroe Warnell and mother, Clara Estell Clary.

Friends desiring to make memorial contributions should do so to the charity of their choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Dee "Sonny" Poindexter
May 31, 1912 - Mar 18, 1980

James Dee (Sonny) Poindexter, 67, resident of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital.

Services are Thursday, 2 p.m., Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.
B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born May 31, 1912, in Waxahachie.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Dee Poindexter, a retired cotton classer for the U.S. Government, a veteran of the US. Air Force and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivirs include his sister, Mrs. Rufus Shell, of Corsicana; two nieces, Mrs. Clyde Emerson, of Richardson, and Mrs. W.P. Mitchell, of Dallas; great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Notes:

  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept., Corsicana Library
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Cecil Dee Poindexter & Jimmie Lawrence Geddings Poindexter

Brian Duke Biggers
May 16, 1960, May 14, 1984

Brian Biggers, 23, of Richland died of a gunshot would Monday.

Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. James Sigler officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

Biggers was a native of Wichita Falls. He had lived in Richland 10 years. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Brooke Biggers of Richland; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Biggers of Richland; one brother, Robert Biggers of Dallas; and one sister, Susan Smith of Corsicana.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Children's Fund of St.
John's Spiscopal Church, 101 N. 14th, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Lula (Brewer) Sims
Apr 1, 1897 - July 10, 1973

Mrs. Sims

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. at the First Independent Baptist Church for Mrs. Lula Brewer Sims, 76, a native of Corsicana. Rev. Larry Polk will officiate, with burial to follow at the Woodland Cemetery.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law and a foster son.

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Fannie Mae Bluitt
Mar 14, 1915 - July 31, 1996

Fannie Mae Bluitt, 81, of Corsicana, died July 31, 1996, at her residence.

Wake services will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 2105 East Jones, with Rev. Jerry L. Bailey Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery under the direction of Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Brandon, Leroy Johnson Jr., Maurice Haynes, Lucion Jessie Jr., Vernon Littleton, and Bennie Thomas Jr.

Ms. Bluitt was born March 14, 1915, in Corsicana. She served as an usher for over 40 years. She was secretary of the Usher Board and the pastor's aide.

She is survived by two sisters, Gertrude Simmons of Los Angeles, Calif., Cora Gray of Corsicana; two brothers, George Wallace of Corsicana and Sonny Wallace Jr. of Leesville, La; one aunt, Rosetta Meadows of Corsicana; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Viola Bluitt; husband Oliver Jackson; and brother, Simon Bluitt.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Maggie Quarles Ransom
Apr 4, 1907 - May 10, 1996

Maggie Quarles Ransom, 89, of Corsicana, died May 10, 1996, at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas.

Services are 11 a.m. today at 13th Avenue Christian Church, with Rev. L.B. Crowder and Rev. W.D. Hines officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Nephews and cousins will serve as pallbearers.

Mrs. Ransom was born April 4, 1907 in Elkhart. She was a Sunday School superintendent at her church and served faithfully for many years.

Mrs. Ransom is survived by her son, Billy Frank and daughter-in-law, Lula Ransom of Dallas; sister, Pearline Fountain of Fort Worth; brother, Prince Quarles of Corsicana; three granddaughters, six grandsoms and a host of other relatives.

Mrs. Ransom was preceded in death by Lewis Ransom, Sr., and son Lewis Ransom, Jr.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.

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Clifford Ray Hudson
Aug 19, 1934 - Aug 18, 1981

Clifford Hudson, 46, of Corsicana, died Tuesday morning at his residence.

Wake service is Friday, 7 p.m., Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery with Elder D. L. Renfro officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Hattie Hudson; three sisters, Miss Ethel Hudson, Mrs. Lacy Mitchell and Mrs. Corene Haywood, all of Corsicana; and two brothers, Billy Joe Haywood and John Haywood Jr., both of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept., Corsicana Library
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

John Leldon Middleton
Jun 10, 1913 - Jan 16, 1991

John Leldon Middleton, 77, died Jan. 16, 1990 [sic] in Carefree, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held in Phoenix, Ariz. on Jan. 20.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Joyner Middleton.

He was a member of the Episcopal church, a graduate of Corsicana High School and Rice University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

Survivors include one daughter; Mrs. Susan Welch of tempe, Ariz.; one son, Dr. John Middleton of Cincinnati, Ohio; five grandchildre; one brother, C.E. Middleton of Corsicana; and one sister, Mrs. W. A.
Landreth of Fort Worth.

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David Eugene Ellis
Oct 29, 1926 - Dec 7, 1990

David E. Ellis, 64, died Dec. 7, 1990, in Sunrise Beach, Texas.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Sunrise Beach Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sunrise Beach Cemetery.

He is a retired officer for Southern Pacific Railroad and a former employee of Corley Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Mae Ellis; four sons; two daughters; six grandchildren; six sisters; and four brothers, including Arthur Ellis of Corsicana.

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Sidney Ray Rogers
Mar 12, 1933 - Aug 7, 1996

Sidney Ray Rogers, 63, of Angus, died Aug. 7, 1996, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held Friday at Foster and Brown Funeral Home in Athens.

Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rome Cemetery in Athens under the direction of Foster and Brown Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Foster and Brown Funeral Home.

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Orman Cody Cole
Jan 23, 1904 - Sept 27, 1969

Cole Services

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Orman C. Cole, 65, who died Saturday in Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. Bob Potts officiated. Burial was in Sherman in the West Hill cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, one son, one daughter, two grandchildren, one sister and a number of nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Sep 29, 1969
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: West Hill Cem., Sherman, Grayson Co., TX; h/o Arwillda Grace
    (Elliott) Cole; s/o Nicolas B. Cole & Eleanor M. (Jordan) Cole

Marge "Sarge" Simmons
Sept 7, 1927 - May 16, 1996

Marge "Sarge" Simmons, 68, of Lubbock, died May 16, 1996 at St. Mary's Hospital in Lubbock.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, with Wesley Brown officiating.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Mrs. Simmons was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Corsicana. She married C.E.
"Bud" Simmons Jr., on July 19, 1948, in Lubbock. She was a graduate of Texas Tech University with B.B.A. She was a member of the Forest Heights United Methodist Church, the Lubbock Women's Club, the West Texas Museum Association and the Horizon Study Club.

She moved to Lubbock from Corsicana in 1948.

She is survived by her son, Bruce Eric Simmons of Lubbock; her daughter, Karen Simmons of Fredericksburg, Va.; two grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Simmons Jr., June 1, 1995.

Arrangements by Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock.

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Horace Clyve Riddels
Aug 24, 1911 - Jan 12, 1983

H. Clyve Riddels, 71, of Corsicana and former Navarro County clerk, died Friday night at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Service is Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Hal Smith and the Rev. Peyton Goodman officiating.

He was resident of Corsicana 36 years, until retiring in 1978.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Robert Riddels, of Farmers Branch; two grandchildren; a brother, Morrison Riddels of Garland; two sisters, Mrs Pearl Farris, of Abilene, and Mrs. James Davidson, of Bynum; and number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Navarro County Commissioner Clint Bell, Commissioner Thomas Dyer, Commissioner Billy Hargrove, Commissioner R.H. Henderson, retired commissioner Arlon Simmons, retired justice of the peace Judge W.H. Tipton and District Judge Kenneth A. Douglas and Tax-Assessor Collector Jerry S. Scott.

Notes:

  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept., Corsicana Library
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Ernest "Jack" Linex Jr.
Aug 6, 1925 - Jan 14, 1983

PVT US ARMY WWII

Ernest (Jack) Linex Jr., 57, of Corsicana, died Friday night at Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Graveside service is Sunday, 2 p.m., Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

Arrangements are with Eubanks Funeral Home in Hubbard.

He was a disabled veteran serving in World War II.

Survivors include a son, Jackie W. Linex, of Allen; three grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Lela Lander, of Hubbard; a sister, Willetta Anz, of Clifton; and a brother, Charles Linex, of Waco.

Notes:

  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept., Corsicana Library
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dona Lee (Davis) Garner
May 31, 1913 - May 10, 1984

Mrs. Dona Lee Garner, 71, of Alvarado died Friday in Hill County Hospital.

Survivors include five daughters; two sons; one brother, Alvid Davis of Electra; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, indlucing Adell Bryson, Gertrude Cranford and Odis Whitaker, all of Corsicana.

Mrs. Garner lived near Kerens when she was young and attended the Kerens School. She married Jules Garner in 1928.

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Ralph Duane Maddison
Apr 18, 1941 - May 15, 2015
 
Mr. Ralph Duane Maddison, 74, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015, at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
He was born on April 18, 1941, in Anthom, Iowa to R. W. and Lucille Maddison.
He was an ordained minister with the Methodist Church for many years. Later on he was employed with Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance Company. After retirement he and his wife Berlanta Awad Maddison moved to Corsicana to enjoy retirement in their home at Richland Chambers Lake. He was a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Berlanta Awad Maddison; and his parents, Robert Wilberforce Maddison and Lucille Caroline Smith Maddison.
He is survived by sons, Ramsis Maddison of Corsicana and Mica Tong Nguyen of Dallas; daughter, Mary Craig and husband Bob of Rockville, Virginia; granddaughters, Jennifer, Amanda, and Sarah Craig of Rockville, Virginia; brother, Robert (Bob) Maddison and wife Linda of Des Moines, Iowa; sister, Barbara Donnell and husband Bill of Sioux City, Iowa; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Nader officiating. Interment will follow in Eureka Cemetery.
Pallbearers will Mica Nguyen, Rob Alexander, Paul Rasbury, and Jimmy Buchanan.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Theodore Garland "Ted" Anderson
Mar 19, 1931 - May 17, 2015
 
Theodore Garland “Ted” Anderson, 84, of Clayton, Texas, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Longview.
He was born March 19, 1931 in Alice, Jim Wills County, Texas. He was the youngest of seven children born to the marriage of Clarance “Dan” and Clara Hill Anderson. He graduated from Kenedy High School in Karnes County, Texas. Ted served his country through the U. S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He married Doris Virginia Kagler Aug. 2, 1952, and together they celebrated 62 years of marriage. Mr. Anderson worked 33 years as a Formation Tester for Schlumberger Well Service. Ted loved the outdoors and was known as a green thumb for his gardening skills. He was a devoted member and deacon for the Central Baptist Church of Carthage, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Irving, Jack, Ray, Wayne; and sister, Evelyn Anderson Curbello Fox.
Survivors include his devoted wife, Doris Anderson of Clayton; son, Gary Anderson and wife Wendy of Kerrville; daughter, Lyn Anderson Flanagan and husband Mike of Edinburg; sister, Maxine Anderson Rankin of Portales, New Mexico; sister-in-law, Charlene Kagler of Lake Murvaul; grandchildren, Travis Flanagan and wife Cory of Laguna Vista, Carson Anderson and wife Julianne of Fort Worth, Shannon Flanagan Smith and husband Caleb of Edinburg, Justus Anderson and wife Caroline of Ft. Worth, Landon Anderson of San Antonio, Andrew Anderson and wife Chelsea of San Antonio; great grandchildren, Charlie and Grace Anderson, Parker and McKenzie Smith; numerous nieces, nephews they loved dearly and a host of friends.
Family visitation will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Central Baptist Church in Carthage, one hour before the service.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Central Baptist Church with Dr. W. C. “Bill” Everett officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
The family suggests memorial to the Central Baptist Church “Mission Dignity.”
Arrangements by Hawthorn Funeral Home, Carthage.

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Virginia Ann "Deenie" (Trussell) McGraw-Armstrong
Aug 27, 1939 - May 21, 2015
 
Virginia Ann Armstrong of Blooming Grove passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was born Aug. 27, 1939 in Brownsboro to James Luther and Lydia Lucinda Trussell. She was an administrative assistant at Blooming Grove ISD for 30 years. She was a member of the Lions Club, Eastern Star and very active in Central Baptist Church and the community. She enjoyed traveling, with many trips to Europe and Rome. She enjoyed working in her yard and going to plays at the Warehouse Living Arts Theatre.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Truman Armstrong; sisters, Tommie Gilliam and Jean Rowe; and brother J.W. Trussell.
She is survived by her children, Lacy Stephen McGraw of Coppell, Monica McGraw Castator of Richland Chambers Lake and Charlotte McGraw of Arlington; sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and Kenneth Southard of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Mallary Jayne Ellsworth, Lauren Michelle Cagle, Rance Melton, Austin Melton, John McGraw; great-grandchildren, Brandt Melton, Claire Cagle, Jack Cagle, Clark Cagle, William Ellsworth, Evie Ellsworth; and special niece, Kay Gilliam. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Central Baptist Church, Blooming Grove with Bro. Darren Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Clint Southard, Jon Southard, Trae Southard, Rance Melton, Austin Melton and Greg Depretto.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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