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Permelia Kathleen “Kate” (Barlow) Wright
Jun 15, 1861 - Apr 15, 1916

DIED IN FORT WORTH.

Lady Well Known Here Passes Away Will Be Buried Here.

Mrs. Wright, wife of Rev. C. R. Wright, a former pastor of the First Methodist church, but now a pastor in Fort Worth, died at the family home in that city at 3 o’clock this morning after several weeks’ illness with Bright’s disease, and the remains will be buried here Monday, the funeral taking place from the south bound Houston & Texas Central train at 12 o’clock noon.

The following will act as pall-bearers: J. B. Jackson, J. L. Halbert, J. E. Blair, C. T. Banister, Geo. T. Jester, Monie Hurst, W. P. McCammon, E. N. Johnson, Dr. J. W. David and J. A. Thompson.

The deceased body lady is survived by her husband, and two children, Wilbur Wright and Miss Pauline Wright, and they have the sympathy of hundreds of friends here and elsewhere in the great sorrow that has come to them.

Rev. John R. Nelson of Ft. Worth will officiate at the funeral, assisted by Rev. W. H. Matthews of Corsicana.

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FUNERAL HELD TODAY

Remains of Mrs. C. R. Wright Laid to Rest In Oakwood.

The remains of the late Mrs. Kathleen Barrow Wright, wife of Rev. C. R. Wright, who died in Fort Worth Saturday morning, after an illness of three weeks, were brought here at noon today and interment took place in Oakwood cemetery, the procession forming at the depot immediately after the arrival of the train. There were many members of the First Methodist church and many of other denominations there to show their last respects to the memory of the dead, and they followed her remains to the grave with sorrowing hearts.

Before leaving Fort Worth this morning there was a largely attended funeral service at the Central Methodist church, of which the husband of the deceased is pastor, conducted by Rev. John R. Nelson, presiding elder of the Fort Worth district.

The following stewards of the Central Methodist church acted as pallbearers in Fort Worth, and accompanied the remains to Corsicana: E. H. McKinley, M. D. Evans, E. A. Baldridge, Judge J. C. Smith, C. A. Puckett, L. H. Perkins, O. K, Shannon, J. B. Howell, B. W. Owens and O. C. Jones.

The following Fort Worth ladies, members of the Bible class taught by the deceased, also accompanied the remains to Corsicana: Mrs. Berma Presley, Mrs. Ed Ingram, Mrs. J. C. Smith, Mrs. G. W. Armstrong, Mrs. Mittie McCammon, Mrs. John R. Nelson, Mrs. Lynn Roberts, Mrs. H. W. Lusher, Mrs. L. F. Perkins, Mrs. Otto Kraemer, Mrs. J. W. Wright, Mrs. W. H. Slay, Mrs. B. W. Owens and Mrs. W. M. Metcalf.

In addition to the above the following were here from a distance to attend the funeral; Rev. and Mrs. R. W. Nation, Rice; Hon. G. C. Groce, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Penn, Mrs. J. L. McCartney, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crow of Waxahachie; Prof. W. D. Blair of the Waco High School, and A. D. Simpson of the Southwestern University at Georgetown.

Many beautiful flowers came from Fort Worth and other points, and many Corsicana friends added beautiful offerings.

The services at the grave here were conducted by Rev. John R. Nelson, assisted by Rev. W. H. Matthews.

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Bertha Gertrude (Mitten) Kerr
Sep 1869 - Feb 21, 1916

PROMINENT LADY DEAD.

Passes Away After Only Few Hours’ Serious Illness.

Mrs. Bertha Mitten Kerr, wife of Cal E. Kerr, daughter of the late J. W. Mitten, aged 45 years, died at the family home, 5919 West Third avenue at 5:30 this morning. The deceased had been indisposed for several days, but her condition was not regarded as serious until only a few hours before the end came. The deceased lady was reared in Corsicana and no woman was more highly or more universally esteemed, and the sad tidings of her death has cast a pall over the entire town, and nothing but expressions of profound regret have been heard on every hand.

Surviving the deceased are her husband and three children, Mrs. Anger Jones of Dallas, and Jeptha Harris Kerr and Miss Helen Kerr who are still under the parental roof, and one sister, Mrs. Freeman, now living in Sunnyside, Washington.

The funeral will take place from the family home at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning, with interment in Oakwood. Rev. W. J. King, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church of which deceased was a devoted and active member, will officiate, and E. N. McGee, Perry McCammon, George Whytte, J. A. Jarrell, E. W. Johnson, L. H. Lee, E. N. Johnson and Walter Burgess will act as pall-bearers.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Feb 21, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Calvin Elvard “Cal” Kerr married Aug. 26, 1886; d/o Jeptha Warren Mitten & Martha M. “Mattie” (Foster) Mitten

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FUNERAL LARGELY ATTENDED.

Remains of Highly Esteemed Lady Laid to Rest in Oakwood.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Bertha Mitten Kerr, wife of Cal E. Kerr, took place from the family home on West Third avenue at 10 o’clock this morning, and was largely attended. Rev. W. J. King, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, of which she was a member, paid a beautiful tribute to the life and character of the deceased, and Mrs. J. L. Dockum, Mrs. C. P. Townsend and Messrs. R. D. Johnson and C. L. Knox rendered beautiful numbers appropriate to the occasion. A great collection of the most beautiful flowers were about the bier, and when the last sad rites were said these were placed around the tomb that contained the form of one who was loved in life, and whose departure was the cause of much sincere sorrow. A devoted wife, loving mother, and kind friend has gone from those who loved her, but to those who were near and dear to her in life loving memories of her will abide until time is swallowed up in eternity.

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James Kerr
Mar 18, 1887 - Jan 6, 1947

JAMES KERR RITES TUESDAY MORNING; BURIAL IN OAKWOOD

James Kerr, aged 59 years, life-long resident of Corsicana, died at the Navarro Clinic Monday morning, following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from McCammon Funeral Chapel Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Andrew Byers, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.

Kerr was connected with the Cotton Belt Lines for a number of years and during World War 11 was employed at the Northern American Airways at Grand Prairie.

Surviving are a son, James Kerr, Jr., reporter with the Dallas Times Herald; a sister, Mrs. M. E. Woodrow, Corsicana; two brothers, Walter Kerr, Lufkin, and Blair Kerr, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be E. C. Sears, J. N. Garitty, Tom Campbell, F. C. Paul, Charles Allen, N. C. Goodman, Cullen Dunn and George Campbell.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR JAMES KERR TUESDAY MORNING

Funeral services for James Kerr, aged 59 years, who died at the Navarro Clinic Monday following an extended illness, were held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the McCammon chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Andrew Byers, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.

A native of Corsicana, Kerr was employed by the Cotton Belt System for many years and was with the North American Aircraft Corporation at Grand Prairie during the war.

Surviving are a son, James Kerr, Jr., Dallas newspaperman; a sister, Mrs. M. E. Woodrow, Corsicana; two brothers, Walter Kerr, Lufkin, and Blair Kerr, Dallas and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. C. Sears, J. N. Garitty, Tom Campbell, F. C. Paul, Charles Allen, N. C. Goodman, Cullen Dunn and George Campbell.

Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, January 7, 1947 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Out-of-town relatives in attendance at the funeral of the late James Kerr on Tuesday were Mr. and Mrs. James Kerr, Jr., Sam Harwell, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Harwell, Mrs. Frances Harwell Kerr, Mr. and Mrs. Blair Kerr of Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kerr of Lufkin.

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Jeptha Harris Kerr
Jul 3, 1896 - Nov 21, 1928

JEPTHA HARRIS KERR PASSED AWAY AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS’ ILLNESS

Jeptha Harris Kerr, aged 32 years, manager of the Navarro County Abstract company, died at the Navarro county hospital Wednesday evening at 10:45 o’clock following an illness of six months, and the funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the church of the Immaculate Conception with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services at the church were conducted by Rev. V. Graffeo and the benediction at the grave was pronounced by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

Mr. Kerr was well-known here, having resided in Corsicana practically all of his life. He was in the U. S. Army during the World War, and was stationed at San Antonio. He also was a member of the Corsicana Civitan Club, formerly being secretary.

Surviving are his wife, three children, Marcella, J. H. Jr., and Carl Elwood Kerr; father, Cal E. Kerr, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Alger Jones, Pampa, Texas, and Mrs. Helen McShan, Lincoln, Neb. And numerous other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ralph Stell, N. Suttle Roberts, Leonard Burrus, Festus A. Pierce, Fred Upchurch and Lanier Walton, William Croft and A. P. Simpson.

The county clerk’s office was closed during the funeral hour.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Nov 22, 1928
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Helen M. (Walukonis) Kerr married Jul. 15, 1919 ( d/o Ignatius Enoch Walukonis and Marcella (Milavitsky) Walukonis s/o Calvin Elvard “Cal” Kerr and Bertha Gertrude (Mitten) Kerr

Lilla/Lilly Belle (Hand) Kerr
Nov 8, 1866 - May 21, 1940

FUNERAL SERVICES PLANNED WEDNESDAY FOR MRS. SAM KERR

Funeral services are planned Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock from the Third avenue Presbyterian church for Mrs. Sam M. Kerr, pioneer resident of Corsicana, who died at her home, 310 West Fourth avenue, Tuesday at noon. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Gordon MacInnes, pastor of the church. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery. She was the wife of the late S. M. Kerr, well-known attorney. Mrs. Kerr was the daughter of the late J. T. Hand, first superintendent of the Corsicana public schools, and she was a member of the first graduating class of Corsicana high school in the early 1880’s.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Robert Turner, Nacogdoches, and Mrs. Harry Davis, Warren, Ohio; three grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. J. W. Lambard, Fort Worth.

Pallbearers will be Donald P. Smith, H. B. Bomar, J. M. Pugh, H. G. Gribble, O. J. Knox and W. H. Balcom.

Honorary pallbearers will be the elders and deacons of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church and friends of the family.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 22, 1940
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • member of the first graduating class of Corsicana high school in the early 1880’s.
    d/o J. T. Hand first superintendent of the Corsicana public schools and Jane (Gardner) Hand

Mary Elizabeth (Blair) Kerr
Jun. 27, 1937

MRS. MARY E. KERR BE BURIED TUESDAY; PASSED AWAY SUNDAY

LONG-TIME RESIDENT CORSICANA WAS DAUGHTER PIONEER PHYSICIAN

Mrs. Mary E. Kerr, 85, widow of the late James Kerr, long-time resident of Corsicana, died at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning at the Sutherland-McCammon funeral chapel at 420 West Sixth avenue, with Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, conducting the rites. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be F. C. Paul, W. R. Coffey, M. C. Caston, N. C. Goodman, H. B. Bomar and Cal E. Kerr.

Honorary pallbearers will be the officers of the First Presbyterian church and friends of the family.

Mrs. Kerr was the daughter of the late Dr. Blair.

Surviving are one daughter Mrs. M. E. Woodrow, Corsicana, three sons, James Kerr, Corsicana; Blair Kerr, Dallas, and Walter Kerr, Teague; two grandsons, James Kerr, Jr., Corsicana and Walter Kerr, Jr., Teague, and one granddaughter, Dorothy Woodrow, Corsicana.

Sutherland-McCammon will have charge of funeral arrangements.

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FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. MARY E. KERR TUESDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. Kerr, aged 85 years, widow of the late James Kerr, long-time resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic after an extended illness, were held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock from the chapel of the Sutherland – McCammon Funeral home, 420 West Sixth avenue, with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, conducted the rites.

Surviving are one daughter Mrs. M. E. Woodrow, Corsicana, three sons, James Kerr, Corsicana; Blair Kerr, Dallas, and Walter Kerr, Teague; two grandsons, James Kerr, Jr., Corsicana and Walter Kerr, Jr., Teague, and one granddaughter, Dorothy Woodrow, Corsicana.

Active pallbearers will be F. C. Paul, W. R. Coffey, M. C. Caston, N. C. Goodman, H. B. Bomar and Cal E. Kerr.

Honorary pallbearers will be the officers of the First Presbyterian church and friends of the family.

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Zachariah R. “Zack” Christian, Judge, Justice of the Peace
1851 - Nov 2, 1923

JUDGE CHRISTIAN PASSED AWAY AT HOME LAST NIGHT

Judge Z. R. Christian passed away at his home 63 North Thirteenth street last night at 7 o’clock, after many months of ill health, at the age of 72 years, and the funeral took place at 3 o’clock this afternoon, with Rev. E. P. Kennedy officiating and his nephews-in-law, Henry Molloy, Dick Molloy, Sonzie Molloy, John Molloy, Dude Ransom and Joe Wilson acting as pall bearers. A large number of Friends attended the last sad rites and there were numerous beautiful floral offerings.

The deceased came to Texas in 1889, and had lived here since then.

He was a native of Georgia and in early manhood was licensed to practice law in his native state, but chose not to practice his profession after coming to Texas. He had been a city recorder of Corsicana, and had held other positions of trust, and at the time of his death was justice of the peace for Corsicana precinct, place No. 2. In all his positions of trust he did his duty faithfully and well, and as a man of strict integrity and honorable bearing he had the confidence of all who knew him.

Surviving the deceased is his little daughter, Ivor Lister and a cousin, John Fryer in McKinney.

The deceased is also survived by a brother and a sister, Bryant Christian and Mrs. John Reid, both of Griffin, Georgia.

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Sarah E. (Lockhart) Christian
Oct 17, 1847 - May 20, 1921

FUNERAL HELD THIS AFTERNOON

Remains of Well Known Lady Now Rest in Oakwood.

The remains of the late Mrs. Sarah Lockhart Christian, wife of Judge Z. R. Christian, who died at her home on North Thirteenth street yesterday morning, took place from the place of death at 3 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. C. H. Booth officiating, and a large number of friends attending and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 21, 1921
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Judge Zachariah R. “Zack” Christian married April 17, 1892 d/o Lucian C. Lockhart and Novaline (Corzine) Lockhart buried in Chatfield cemetery

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WELL KNOWN LADY DEAD.

Was a Native of Navarro County and Resided Here Many Years.

Mrs. Sarah Lockhart Christian, wife of Judge Z. R. Christian, died at the family home at 6 o’clock this morning after many months illness. Surviving the deceased are her husband, little daughter, Ivor Lister, one sister, Mrs. J. Doak Roberts of Dallas, and one brother, John Lockhart of Ennis. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock, with interment in Oakwood. The deceased was a woman of fine intelligence, a good neighbor and friend, and a devoted wife, mother and sister, and had a large circle of friends who are pained at her death. She was a native of Navarro county, having been born near Chatfield, but had lived here for many years. The deceased joined the Methodist church at Chatfield when sixteen years of age, and the funeral services will be conducted by Rev. C. H. Booth. The following will be pall bearers, the active ones all being nephews of the deceased:

Active—Henry Molloy, Dick Molloy, Sonsie Molloy, Will Todd, Sam Todd, Philip Todd, McClellan Roberts and Morris Lockhart.

Honorary—Knox Moores, Tom Lovett, Clay Nash, Walter Hayes, John Curington, Chas. Walton, W. A. Babb, W. E. Slaughter, John B. Davis, W. A. Ransom, J. M. Bartlett and Dr. Hugh Sloan, (Rice), J. T. Robinson, Jerre Robinson, James Robinson, Frank P. Wood, C. L. Witherspoon, W. W. Ballew, S. E. Willis, Judge Hawkins Scarborough, John Redden, R. B. Mitchell, W. A. Tarver and J. Doak Roberts of Dallas.

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Lota (Lockhart) Roberts
Mar 5, 1872 - Jun 24, 1939

MRS. J. D. ROBERTS DIED LATE SATURDAY AFTER LONG ILLNESS

FUNERAL FOR POLITICAL AND CLUB LEADER HELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Mrs. J. Doak Roberts died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Dude Ransom, Saturday night at 8:15 after several weeks’ illness. She was a prominent clubwoman and political leader in Dallas for a number of years and formerly resided here.

Funeral rites were conducted here Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Chapel and interment was made in Oakwood cemetery.

Rev. Gordon Macinnes, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian Church and Rev. Floyd Poe, pastor of the City Temple church in Dallas, conducted the service.

Surviving are a son, McClellan Doak Roberts, Dallas, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Morris Lockhart, Sonsie Molloy, Dude Ransom, Joe Wilson, Allyn Lang, Bill Lang, Phillip Todd, and Milton Molloy.

A native Texan, Mrs. Roberts had served as president of the Texas Women’s Democratic Association and was a charter member of the Citizens’ Charter Association.

Mrs. Roberts’ ancestors were from Scotland and came to America in Colonial days. Her parents, residents of Alabama, went to San Augustine, and were land-owners before the Civil war. General Sam Houston was one of their close friends.

Mrs. Roberts was reared near Rice. She was married to J. Doak Roberts, now deceased, in 1894. Mr. Roberts was president of the Texas league for many years.

Democratic Leader.

After moving to Dallas from Corsicana, Mrs. Roberts became prominent in civic, cultural and other circles. She was an active Democrat and was co-chairman of the Dallas County Democratic Executive Committee in 1928 and 1932. She was president of the Dallas County Democratic Women and in 1935 was a delegate in county and state conventions.

Mrs. Roberts was active in the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, having served as chairman of the committee on higher education and as a a member of its state executive board. She twice was elected president of the Dallas Sunshine Club, and in 1932 because of her work, the club was awarded a medal for outstanding service at the international convention in New York.

She was a member of the Dallas county relief board, helped to organize a charity day at race tracks and took part in nearly every organization for charitable and benevolent work.

Mrs. Roberts won the W. H. Adamson welfare trophy for the greatest individual service in child welfare without financial reward. The Buddies Chapter of Disabled American Veterans of the World War had presented her with a distinguished service certificate.

She was a member of the board of regents of the Texas State College for Women at Denton and in 1932 represented Texas humans associations at the national convention in San Francisco.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 26, 1939
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Jesse Doak Roberts married Sep. 20, 1893 d/o Lucian C. Lockhart buried in Chatfield cemetary and Novaline A. (Corzide) Lockhart

Sarah Melvina “Sissy/Sallie” (Melton) Lockhart
Jun 22, 1856 - Jan 22, 1923

Venerable Lady Passed Away.

Mrs. Sallie Lockhart widow of the late Ellis Lockhart died at her home in the Tupelo Community last night after a long illness, aged 17 years. The deceased had long been a resident of this county, and was a highly esteemed and influential woman. She is survived by these children; Lucion Lockhart of Tupelo; Will Lockhart of Acme, Hardiman county; Mrs. Mattie Thedford of Comanche county; and Mrs. Dave Maggard, and Mrs. Clem Dixon of Emhouse. The remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon, and the funeral was largely attended.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Jan 23, 1923
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Charles William “Will” Lockhart 2nd husband Lucian C. “Alex” Lockhart d/o Obediah Meador Melton and Martha Adeline (Lemmons) Melton
  • Funeral Home Records (L&B V-3)
    Sarah Lockhart, widow
    Age 67 years 8 months 2 days
    D- 1/22/1923
    F- O. Melton
    M. Martha Lemmon

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Funeral Was largely Attended.

The remains of Mrs. Sarah Lockhart, who died at her home in the Tupelo community Monday night, and who was 66 years and eight months old on the day of her death, were laid to rest in Oakwood yesterday afternoon with Rev. A. E. Carraway officiating. There was a large attendance and many pretty floral offerings.

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Frank Wilson Gray
1889 - Nov. 13, 1916

BURIED THIS AFTERNOON.

Remains of W. F. Gray Reached Here From Port Arthur

The remains of Wilson F. Gray, who died at Port Arthur Monday, reached here this morning at 5 o’clock and were buried at 2:30 this afternoon, the funeral being conducted from the residence of C. W. Brock on First street. Rev. B. W. Vining conducted the funeral.

The pallbearers were Geo. W. Kuykendall, John Hoffman, J. N. Scoggins, C. A. Middleton, R. P. McEntire and C. N. Olsen.

Mr. Gray died from the effects of a fall received at Port Arthur several days ago. He was in the employ of the Gulf Refining Company, and while building a tank fell from the top of it, fracturing his skull. Prior to going to Port Arthur a few weeks ago Mr. Gray had been in the employ of the Magnolia Petroleum Company here. He leaves a wife and one child. His parents reside in Kerens and he has a brother whose home is in Dallas.

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DIED AT PORT ARTHUR

W. F. Gray Succumbs to Injuries Resulting From Fall.

Several days ago Mr. W. F. Gray was injured at Port Arthur by Falling from an oil tank. His wife and boy, who were here at the time, left at once for his bedside. Today Mr. C. A. Middleton received information that Mr. Gray had died this morning that Mr. Gray had died this morning. His body will be buried here Wednesday. Mr. Gray had $1000 insurance in the Praetorians.

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Dora (Erickson) Raymond
Feb 11, 1868 - Apr 5, 1916

Remains Buried Today

The remains of the late Dora Raymond were interred in Oakwood at 4:30 this afternoon.

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Wesley Lee Chewning
Jan 2, 1893 - Jan 24, 1916

BURIED TODAY.

Woodmen of World Officiate at Funeral of W. L. Chewning.

The remains of Wesley Lee Chewning were laid at rest today in Oakwood cemetery. It will be remembered that this young man, who made his home with his parents, met a tragic death early yesterday morning. A short service was held at the cemetery by Rev. M. Landrum after which the service were taken charge of by the Woodmen of the World, the deceased being a member of that order. The pallbearers were made up of the order and the funeral was largely attended, while there were many flowers in evidence.

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TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.

Wesley Chewnning Shoots Himself Through the head.

Wesley Lee Chewnning, age twenty-three years, son of D. C. Chewning, who lives near the Climax refinery, about a mile and a half east of Beaton street, took his own life this morning about 6 o’clock. He had risen and dressed, and asked his father where his pistol was, saying there was a dog in the yard that he wanted to kill. The pistol was in the tray of a trunk, and he got it and went out in the darkness. A brother of the young man, R. W. Chewnning, lives about four hundred yards from the parental home and a path leads from one of these houses to the other. The young man walked about midway the length of this path, put the pistol to his head and fired, the ball from a 45 pistol passing entirely through the head. The brother heard the shot and started to the father’s home to see what was the matter, and when about half way to the home he stumbled over the dead body of his brother in the path.

The young man had worked all the fall, and until only a few days ago, for the Farmers’ Gin Co. in Corsicana. He was industrious, reliable and apparently of a happy disposition. He was a member of the Woodmen in Corsicana and was one of the members of the degree team of that order. The funeral will take place in Oakwood tomorrow morning at 10:00 o’clock and will be under the auspices of the Corsicana Woodmen.

Justice Christian went out and reviewed the young man’s body, and returned a verdict of self-destruction with a 45 calibre pistol. In the pocket of the unfortunate young man was found a note-book, on three leaves of which was written the following note to his father:

“Dear Father;
“You have been a kind and loving father—have done all that you could have done for me. I have been losing my mind for the last two years, and I can’t wait no longer. This will be enough to bury me in Oakwood, or at Chatfield, beside my mother. Don’t mind for me. Tell everybody goodbye. I bid farewell. Father don’t grieve about me. This is a cowardly act………………………………………………………………………………………
Tell Minnie good bye, and that she is to some extent to blame.”
The points where the blanks are made the young man named two or three persons who were owing him, and stated that those amounts, with $15 that was in his purse would be enough to bury him.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, January 24, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Marion Dallas Chewning & Iola Elizabeth (Fuller) Chewning (Marion is buried in Oakwood and Iola is buried in Chatfield)

Francis “Frank” Marion Holmes, Sr.
Nov 17, 1855 - Mar 26, 1916

GOOD CITIZEN BURIED TODAY.

Had Been Resident Here for Forty Years.

Frank M. Holmes, aged 61 years, and for more than forty years an honored citizen of Corsicana, died suddenly at his home North of the city at 6 o’clock Sunday morning after having been in failing health for eighteen months.

The funeral took place this morning from the home at 10 o’clock with interment in Oakwood. The services at the home were conducted by Rev. Geo. Norcross of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, of which the deceased was an official and devoted member, and at the grave the services were concluded by the Odd Fellows. Mr. Norcross was assisted by Rev. J. W. Hornbeak. The pall-bearers were: T. P. Kerr, A. H. Piper, J. P. McKinney, Mortie Kerr, Hawk Deckerd, J. M. Jerr and H. C. Nash. There were many beautiful flowers and a long procession followed the remains to the grave.

The deceased was a high-minded and honorable man, and in every respect a good citizen, and as such he was universally esteemed. At all times he took a deep interest in all things that went to build up the community morally, and loved to see the community prosper in all material matters.

Surviving the deceased is his widow and seven children. The children are: F. M. Holmes, Mrs. Denton Nichols, Henry Holmes and Miss Martha Holmes of Corsicana, Will and Robt. Holmes of Dallas and Denna Holmes of California.

The deceased had long been an Odd Fellow, and had been Noble Grand of the lodge here, and at one time a representative to the grand lodge.

Whatever his hands found to do was done with all his might, hence he was never half-hearted in anything he undertook. AS a citizen he was loyal and true, as a husband he was kind and affectionate, and as a father loving and indulgent, and was especially proud of his children, all of whom had arrived at honorable man and womanhood, and he often spoke of the pride he felt in his children, and his heart’s desire that they should be good and useful citizens, a wish that is being abundantly fulfilled, and it is a common expression that “Mr. Holmes has raised a fine family.”

A good citizen has gone to his reward, and his memory will linger as a sweet savor to all who knew him, because of his honorable life and the many manly attributes of his character. He was born in Abbeville district, South Carolina in 1855 and spent part of his early life in Henderson, Ky., and Rome, Ga., coming to Texas in 1870.

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Elizabeth (Lockhart) Molloy
d. Jan 1916

DIED HERE LAST NIGHT.

A Long Time Resident of Corsicana Passes Away.

Mrs. Elizabeth Molloy, aged 59, years, widow of the late M. M. Molloy, died at the family home on West First avenue at 8 o’clock last night after a long illness. The deceased had been a resident of Navarro county since early childhood, and most of her life was spent in Corsicana. She was a quiet and retiring woman, but had many warm friends who loved her for her womanly Christian character, and those nearest to her will long miss her devoted care and loving solicitude for their welfare. Surviving the deceased are these children; John, Henry and Sounsie Molloy, Miss Allie, Miss Roach and Miss Isabelle Molloy, Mrs. Joe W. Wilson and Mrs. Julian Ransom all of Corsicana, all of Corsicana. Besides these she leaves two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Z. R. Christian, Mrs. J. Doak Roberts and John Lockhart. The funeral services were held at the home at 3:30 this afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. W. Fort and Rev. W. J. King. There were many beautiful flowers and a large procession followed the remains to Oakwood.

The pallbearers were S. M. Ransom, J. B Slade, F. P. Wood, Judge J. H. Rice, Mike Howard, S. M. Kerr and J. A. Jarrell.

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Zelma B. (Parnell) Fagg-Kuykendall
Oct 31, 1886 - Dec 23, 1972

Mrs. Kuykendall

Graveside services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. for Mrs. George Kuykendall, 86, who died Dec. 23 at the Cedar Lake Nursing Home. The Rev. Harvey Ozmer officiated, and interment was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Garden Valley, Tex., she had lived in Fort Worth since 1941.

Survivors include one son, Lee Fagg of Star Harbor; a granddaughter, Mrs. E. M. Allan of Arlington; and four great-grandchildren.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 26, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband J. W. Fagg married April 29, 1906 2nd husband George W. Kuykendall married Jun. 15, 1913 d/o Marrion Jefferson Parnell, Rev. and Nancy Delila Ann “Annie” (Thomas) Parnell

George W. Kuykendall
Feb 19, 1879 - Jan 27, 1946

G. W. KUYKENDALL, FORMER CORSICANAN, DIES HERE SUNDAY

George W. Kuykendall, aged 60 years, of Fort Worth former Corsicanan, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. M. Greenwaldt, pastor of the Central Methodist church, and Rev. Ross Smith of Fort Worth, former pastor of that congregation. Masons had charge at the grave.

Kuykendall resided in Corsican many years until employes of the old Magnolia refinery here were transferred to the Fort Worth refinery several years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; a son, Lee Fagg, Corsicana; a brother J. H. Kuykendall, Reisel; two sisters, Mrs. Homer Woods, Foss, Okla., and Mrs. Frank Young, Dill, Okla.; a granddaughter, Ann Fagg, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers were P. H. Loggins, H. T. Jackson, Sam Spikes, Ed Childress, B. E. Short, Elbert Harris. Honorary pallbearers were the board of stewards of the Central Methodist church.

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Willie Scoggins
Mar 4, 1901 - Mar 18, 1916

DIED THIS MORNING.

Fifteen-Year-Old Boy Succumbs to Attack of Typhoid Fever.

Willie Scoggins, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Scoggins, died at the family home, 1050 South Seventeenth street at 8:50 South Seventeenth street at 8:50 o’clock this morning, and the remains will be interred in Oakwood tomorrow afternoon at 2:30.

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South Corsicana News.

Dear Editor Sun-Light Chats, Uncle John and all the readers.

Well, Chats, I haven’t got much news this time, but what I have got is sad. Last Saturday morning (Mch. 18) the dear angels came down from heaven with their snow white wings spread from wall to wall into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Scoggins and whispered a sweet gentle voice into the ear of their precious son and baby, Willie (generally known as Bill) and said, for you we have come and you must go, and at the sad hour of 9:55 o’clock Willie bid this old earth and loved ones farewell. Sunday evening he was laid to rest at the Oakwood cemetery at 3 o’clock. He has gone to meet his dear little brother and four sisters who have gone on before. He leaves a heartbroken mother, father and three brothers, two of whom are single. Willie was fifteen years old on March 4th, but was small to his age and was a great pet among the family, and a mother’s boy, was with her most all the time, and was always ready to make mother’s steps less. The grave was covered with beautiful bouquets and wreaths and a large procession followed the remains to the cemetery where the services were conducted by Rev. Vining. Willie was confined to his bed seven long, weary weeks with typhoid fever, but just before the end came it seemed to run into indigestion. Dear ones, do not weep or grieve for him, for you all know he asked you not to cry for him. Willie had many friends and school mates who, with bowed heads, went to see him laid to rest. His home was on South 17th street. I am sure all the chats will join me with their hearts overflowing with sympathy for his dear ones he has left to meet him some sweet day bye and bye.

AUNT CAROLINE.

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Lucinda A. (Riley) Scoggins
Aug 1, 1864 - Aug 15, 1936

FUNERAL SERVICES LATE SATURDAY FOR MRS. L. A. SCOGGINS

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucinda A. Scoggins, aged 72 years, who died Saturday morning at 6 o’clock, were held from the residence of her son, J. T. Scoggins, 1105 West Fourteenth Avenue, Saturday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh avenue Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons, J. T. Scoggins and J. H. Scoggins, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. W. W. Woodward, Waco, and Mrs. A. Gentsch, Corsicana; and several grandchildren.

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Leslie David Scarborough
Feb 19, 1940 - Jan 18, 2015

Leslie David Scarborough, 74, Beverly Hills, FL

LESLIE DAVID SCARBOROUGH, age 74, Beverly Hills, died January 18, 2015 under the loving care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. David was born on February 19, 1940 in Corsicana, TX to the late John H. and Lois (Tapscott) Scarborough. He served our country with honor and distinction for 31 years in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. His career encompassed service from the enlisted rank of airman recruit to his retirement rank of Lieutenant Commander. His service included 21 years of U.S. Navy duty service on board 6 U.S. Naval Aircraft carriers, VP-16 Squadron in Iceland, as well as joint service special ops intelligence commands at Norfolk, VA and McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. His 10 years of service while in the U.S. Army began with his commisioning as an officer while graduating OCS Ft. Benning, GA. His Army tours of duty included 7 Vietnam campaigns while serving within the Army intelligence community as well as serving as a Brigade Commander for the 163rd military intelligence battalion, Ft. Hood, TX. David enjoyed 1955-1957 Thunderbird cars, fishing, traveling, R.V.'s, lotteries and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Left to cherish his memory is his wife and high school sweetheart of 60 years, Maxine Scarborough; sons Michael D. and his wife Lisa Scarborough, Bremerton, WA and Ronald P. Scarborough, Crossville, TN; daughter Kathrine L. Wiley, Floral City; sisters Lois (Ron) Schirck, Fort Worth, TX, Lorna Kelley, Pensacola, FL and Elizabeth Scarborough, San Diego, CA; five grandchildren, Michael, Brandy, Drew, Mallorie and Russell. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Phillip Scarborough. David will be dearly missed by all who knew him and by those whose lives he touched throughout his long and distinguished military career. A Graveside military service will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 2:30 PM at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. The family invites guests to join them in visitation from 1:00 PM until the procession departs for the cemetery at 2:00 PM from the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home in Inverness. Please consider donations in David's memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464 and woundedwarriorproject.org in lieu of flowers.
Obituary on the website for Charles E. Davis Funeral Home
3075 S. Florida Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450
Phone: 352-726-8323

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C. L. Parnell
1877 - May 20, 1916

Man Shot and Robbed a Week Ago Died Last Night.

C. L. Parnell, who was shot by a negro while trying to rob him near Diball, in East Texas, near a week ago, died last night and the remains will arrive here in the morning at 6:20 and the funeral will take place at 3 o’clock from the home of Geo. Kuykendall, a brother-in-law, 1317 West Eleventh avenue. The services at the house will be conducted by Rev. G. W. Sanders, and the Masons will have charge of the last sad rites at the grave.

Deceased was a son of Rev. M. J. Parnell, a former pastor of the Methodist Protestant church here. He was at one time a resident of Corsicana and had many friends here who will regret to learn of his tragic death. Interment will be in Oakwood.

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Nancy Delila Ann “Annie” (Thomas) Parnell
Aug 23, 1855 - Jul 21, 1933

MRS. M. J. PARNELL DIED HERE FRIDAY; BURIAL ON SUNDAY

Mrs. M. J. Parnell, age 77 years, died at her home, 1407 West Eleventh Avenue Friday morning at 9:30 o’clock from the Methodist Protestant church. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. A. Richardson, pastor of the Methodist Protestant church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Parnell had been a resident of Corsicana 30 years or more. Her husband, Rev. M. J. Parnell, served as pastor of various Methodist Protestant churches in this section and throughout his ministry she has aided him.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. M. J. Parnell; six children, J. L. Parnell, Oakwood; Ernest Parnell, Corsicana; Mrs. W. C. Ralston, Corsicana; Mrs. Maude Daniel, Percilla; Mrs. George Kuykendall, Corsicana; Mrs. Ruby Shearer, Gilmer; twenty-two grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Corley Funeral Home will have charge of the funeral.

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AGED CORSICANA WOMAN WAS BURIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Mrs. M. J. Parnell, 77, resident of Corsicana for a number of years, wife of Rev. M. J. Parnell, retired Methodist Protestant minister and Confederate veteran, who died at the family home, 1407 West Eleventh avenue, Friday morning, were held from the Methodist Protestant church Sunday afternoon at 6 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Richardson pastor of the church, assisted by Dr. G. O. McMillian, Dallas.

Rev. and Mrs. Parnell had been married 62 years.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. M. J. Parnell; six children, J. L. Parnell, Oakwood; Ernest Parnell, Corsicana; Mrs. W. C. Ralston, Corsicana; Mrs. Maude Daniel, Percilla; Mrs. George Kuykendall, Corsicana; Mrs. Ruby Shearer, Gilmer; twenty-two grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John H. Bryant, T. J. York, Wade Jones, Floyd Koontz, Aubrey Franklin and Ed Childress.

Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Minnie Mae (Parnell) Ralston
Aug 21, 1879 - Nov 17, 1940

MRS. W. C. RALSTON DIED SUNDAY NIGHT; BURIAL ON TUESDAY

Mrs. W. C. Ralston, aged 61 years, native of Navarro county, died at her home Sunday night following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the family residence, 822 West Thirteenth avenue.

Rites will be conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall. Pastor of the First Presbyterian church, and interment will be in the Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving the deceased are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Ray Pinkston and Mrs. Chas. Kessinger; one son, David Ralston; and two grandsons, all of Corsicana; one brother and three sisters.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Bee, Elbert Neely, Dr. L. C. Polk, F. C. Paul, R. L. Dickson, Will Gillen, Elmer Norris, and F. W. Smith.

Corley Funeral Service is directing the arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 18, 1940
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William Courtney Ralston; d/o Marrion Jefferson Parnell, Rev. & Nancy Delila Ann “Annie’ (Thomas) Parnell

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MRS. W. C. RALSTON RITES WERE HELD ON TUESDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. W. C. Ralston, aged 61 years, who died late Sunday night after an extended illness, were held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the family home, 822 West Thirteenth avenue. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Ray Pinkston and Mrs. Chas. Kessinger; a son, David Ralston, and two grandchildren, all of Corsicana; a brother and three sisters.

Pallbearers were. Chas. Bee, Elbert Neely, Dr. L. C. Polk, F. C. Paul, R. L. Dickson, Will Gillen, Elmer Norris, and F. W. Smith.

Corley Funeral Home was in charge.

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William Courtney Ralston
Jul 6, 1869 - Apr 20, 1949

William C. Ralston Taken By Death; Funeral Is Friday

Wm. C. Ralston, aged 70 years, retired refinery superintendent here, died at his home on North Highway 75 shortly after 11 o’clock Wednesday night. He had been in ill health for several years.

Ralston came to Corsicana about the turn of the century and was a laborer in the construction of the first refinery here, later the Magnolia Petroleum Company, and rose through the ranks and served as superintendent for a number of years before his retirement.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the Westminster Presbyterian church with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold pastor of the church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, W. D. Ralston, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Ray Pinkston, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Charles Kessinger, Houston; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. W. S. Kellum, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Masons will be pallbearers.

Corley Funeral Home will direct.

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William C. Ralston Dies Wednesday; Funeral Friday

Funeral services for W. M. (Uncle Billy) Ralston, aged 70 years, retired Magnolia Refinery superintendent, who died at his home on North Highway 75 Wednesday night, were held from the Westminster Presbyterian church Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the church. Masons were pallbearers.

Ralston worked as a laborer in the erection of the first refinery here about the turnoff the century and rose from the ranks to become superintendent. He retired a number of years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, W. D. Ralston, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Ray Pinkston, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Charles Kessinger, Houston; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. W. S. Kellum, Corsicana.

Corley Funeral Home directed.

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Amanda Irene “Rene” (Anderson) Kerr
Jun 2, 1877 - Feb 17, 1956

Mrs. J. M. Kerr Expires Friday; Services Sunday

Mrs. J. M. Kerr, long-time Corsicana resident, 22o West Fourth avenue, died in the Navarro clinic Friday morning, Mrs. Kerr had been in ill health for several months.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ed W. Willis, Corsicana; three grandsons, Ed Kerr Willis, Ronald A. Willis and Edward W. Willis, Jr., all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Mrs. Willis, a member of the Corsicana board of education was attending the annual convention of the National Education Association in Atlantic City, Mrs. Willis and Mrs. Will Miller, also a member of the education board, went to Atlantic City by plane Wednesday.

Mrs. Willis is flying home and is scheduled to arrive in Dallas Friday night.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., with the site to be decided after Mrs. Willis arrives home.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church of which Mrs. Kerr had been a long-time member. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

McCammon will direct.

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Mrs. J. M. Kerr Services Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. M. Kerr, who died Friday morning in the Navarro Clinic, will be held from the First Methodist church Sunday at 2 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor, with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edward W. Willis; three grandsons, Ed Kerr Willis, Ronald A. Willis and Edward W. Willis, Jr., all of Corsicana, and other relatives

Pallbearers were W. B. Anderson, Ernest Anderson, A. P. Chapman, Roy Butler, Lloyd G. Kerr, Dr. E. H. Newton and Murphy Williams.

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McCammon will direct.

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Sunday Services For Mrs. Kerr

Funeral services for Mrs. J. M. Kerr, long-time Corsicana resident, who died in the Navarro Clinic Friday morning , were held from the First Methodist church Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist Church, of which Mrs. Kerr was a long-time member.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edward W. Willis; three grandsons, Ed Kerr Willis, Ronald A. Willis and Edward W. Willis, Jr., all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. B. Anderson, Ernest Anderson, A. P. Chapman, Roy Butler, Lloyd G. Kerr, Dr. E. H. Newton and Murphy Williams.

McCammon directed.

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Ripley Ray Kerr
Jul 14, 1881 - Jun 30, 1951

R. R. Kerr Dies Early Sunday

Ripley Ray Kerr, 70, died in a San Antonio Hospital early Saturday morning.

Funeral arrangements are pending but burial will be here.

A niece, Mrs. Margaret Hamilton, Dallas, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. J. M. Kerr, Corsicana, survive.

McCammon directs.

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Ray Kerr Rites Slated Tuesday

Funeral services for R. R. Kerr, who died in a San Antonio hospital early Saturday, will be held at the McCammon Funeral Home Tuesday at 10 a. m.

Dr. Chet C. Hanson, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will conduct. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Kerr is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Margaret Kerr Hamilton of Fort Worth; and Virginia Kerr Willis of Corsicana; and sister-in-law, Mrs. J. M. Kerr.

Kerr was the brother of the late J. M. and A. H. Kerr.

Pallbearers will be M. C. Caston, H. B. Bomas, Dr. E. W. Willis, J. W. Anderson, Robert Cooksey, Joe Simkins, Lloyd Kerr, Edgar Metcalf, Walter Beaton and Stanley Kerr.

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R. R. Kerr Rites Tuesday Morning

Final rites were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday for R. R. Kerr, who died in San Antonio last Saturday.

Dr. Chet C. Henson conducted the rites from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Kerr was the brother of the late J. M. and A. H. Kerr.

Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Margaret Kerr Hamilton of Fort Worth and Virginia Kerr Willis of Corsican, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. J. M. Kerr.

Pallbearers will be M. C. Caston, H. B. Bomas, Dr. E. W. Willis, J. W. Anderson, Robert Cooksey, Joe Simkins, Lloyd Kerr, Edgar Metcalf, Walter Beaton and Stanley Kerr.

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Samuel Wright Kerr
Jun 9, 1885 - Apr 16, 1951

Wright Kerr Dies In Seattle, Wash.

Wright Kerr, formerly of Corsicana, died suddenly in Seattle, Wash., Monday night.

Funeral services were held at Seattle, Wash. Wednesday. Following cremation, the remains will be returned to Corsicana for interment in the family plot in Oakwood cemetery.

Survive include his wife of Seattle; mother, Mrs. Frank S. Kerr, Ennis, formerly of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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Stanley Edwards Kerr
Mar 16, 1888 - Aug 11, 1960

Stanley E. Kerr Dies In Dallas Early Thursday

Stanley E. Kerr, 72, native of Corsicana, died in Dallas early Thursday following an illness of several years.

Funeral services are pending at press time at Corley’s.

Kerr was connected with the Coca Cola Company and Oil City Iron Works many years ago and later was in the tax department of the Lone Star Gas Company in Dallas prior to his retirement four years ago.

Surviving are four children, Mrs. Dee Newland, Lake Charles.; Stanley E. Kerr, Jr., Corpus Christi; Capt. Robert Lloyd Kerr, USAF in Germany and Mrs. Don Cassels, Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Ira J. Kerr, Louisville, Ky., and Lloyd G. Kerr, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Stanley E. Kerr Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Stanley E. Kerr, 72, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.

A native of Corsicana, Mr. Kerr, was a Dallas resident for about 30 years. Death came early Thursday.

Kerr was connected with the Coca Cola Company and Oil City Iron Works many years ago and later was in the tax department of the Lone Star Gas Company in Dallas prior to his retirement four years ago.

Surviving are four children, Mrs. Dee Newland, Lake Charles.; Stanley E. Kerr, Jr., Corpus Christi; Capt. Robert Lloyd Kerr, USAF in Germany and Mrs. Don Cassels, Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Ira J. Kerr, Louisville, Ky., and Lloyd G. Kerr, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be nephews, D. L. Cobb, Jr., Allen Cobb, David Cobb, L. C. Allison, C. P. Hudson and Ed M. Polk, Jr.

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Saturday Rites For S. E. Kerr

Final rites for Stanley E. Kerr, 72, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with Rev. Floyd Johnson, First Methodist church pastor, conducting. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery.

A Dallas resident for about 30 years, Mr. Kerr was a native of Corsicana. He died early Thursday.

Kerr was connected with the Coca Cola Company and Oil City Iron Works many years ago and later was in the tax department of the Lone Star Gas Company in Dallas prior to his retirement four years ago.

Survivors include four children, Mrs. Dee Newland, Lake Charles.; Stanley E. Kerr, Jr., Corpus Christi; Capt. Robert Lloyd Kerr, USAF in Germany and Mrs. Don Cassels, Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Ira J. Kerr, Louisville, Ky., and Lloyd G. Kerr, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be nephews, D. L. Cobb, Jr., Allen Cobb, David Cobb, L. C. Allison, C. P. Hudson and Ed M. Polk, Jr.

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Bunnie Louise “Bun” (Cobb) Kerr
Jul 22, 1888 - Jun 11, 1946

Mrs. Stanley E. Kerr Succumbs in Dallas

Mrs. Stanley E. Kerr, sister of Mrs. A. A. Allison of Corsicana and former resident of Corsicana, died shortly after noon Tuesday at her home in Dallas. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Corley Funeral home will be in charge.

Mrs. Kerr is survived by her husband and four children. Lloyd Kerr of this city is her brother-in-law.

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Funeral Rites Held For Former Resident Who Died In Dallas

Funeral services for Mrs. Stanley E. Kerr, aged 57 years, who died at the family home in Dallas Tuesday, were held Thursday morning from the Corley Funeral at 10:30 o’clock. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Erwin F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist Church.

A native of Grosebeck, Mrs. Kerr resided in Corsicana prior to moving to Dallas 17 years ago.

Surviving are her husband, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. D. Newland, Shreveport, La., and Miss Hazel Kerr, Dallas; two sons, Stanley E. Kerr, Corpus Christi, and Robert L. Kerr, Dallas; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. A. A. Alison, Corsicana; Misses Berta and Hazel Cobb, both of Dallas and other relatives.

Pallbearers were George Jensen, Martin L. Clarke, Tom G. Cross, Mac A. Tracey, C. J. Daedignae and Ben D. Willis.

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Samuel R. Kerr
Nov 1, 1881 - Sep 28, 1932

NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY PASSED AWAY IN SAN ANGELO

Sam R. Kerr, native of the Hester community, five miles northeast of Corsicana, died in San Angelo Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home chapel Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. H. R. Allen, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. The body is scheduled to arrive in Corsicana Friday morning at 11:05 o’clock over the Burlington and Rock Island Lines.

Masons will have charge of the services at the grave.

Mr. Kerr resided in San Antonio for a number of years prior to moving to San Angelo three years ago.

Surviving are a brother E. E. Kerr, Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. W. E. Hays, Dallas; Mrs. Ida Ware, Dallas; and Mrs. Ray Roberts, Tyler. He was a brother-in-law of Will I. Kerr of Corsicana.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR NATIVE NAVARRO COUNTY HELD FRIDAY

Funeral services for Sam R. Kerr, age 52, native of Navarro county, who died in San Angelo Wednesday afternoon were held from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. H. R. Allen, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Masons had charge at the grave.

Mr. Kerr was born in the Hester community, five miles northeast of Corsicana. He resided in San Antonio for many years prior to moving to San Angelo three years ago.

Surviving are a brother E. E. Kerr, Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. W. E. Hays, Dallas; Mrs. Ida Ware, Dallas; and Mrs. Ray Roberts, Tyler. He was a brother-in-law of Will I. Kerr of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were John Mitchell, Cal E. Kerr, Richard Hays, E. T. Roberts, A. D. Gaston, J. M. Kerr and Street Mitchell.

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Thomas Jones Hester
Apr 20, 1867 - Jan 4, 1954

COLLISION INJURES SEVEN

CLEBUREN (AP—Two cars collided 13 miles east of here Wednesday, injuring seven persons. Hospitalized were James Walton, Mr. and Mrs. George Walton, Edwin Mabry, all of Avarado, and Mr. and Mrs. Felix Richardson of Fort Worth.

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TOM HESTER KILLED

CLEBURNE—(AP)—A retired oil executive Monday became the third victim of a headon car crash on U. H. Highway 81 just north of Alvarado on Dec. 30. Tom J. Hester, 87, reportedly a millionaire and at one time in charge of Texaco’s auditing forces, died in a Fort Worth hospital.

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Former Resident Dies Wednesday

Tom Hester, 86, former resident of the Hester community, died at his home in Alvarado early Wednesday. The Hester community was named for his father.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church in Alvarado Thursday at 10:30 a. m. and a Masonic graveside service was held at Oakwood cemetery Thursday at 3 p.m.

Surviving are two sons, Ray Hester, Toledo, Ohio, and Robert Hester, Austin; a half-brother Sidney Mimms, Arcadia, Calif., and other relatives.

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Jimroe Head
Jun 15, 1891 - Feb 13, 1935

JIMROE HEAD DIES WEDNESDAY NIGHT; FUNERAL ON FRIDAY

GUARD ON MAYFLOWER; SERVED IN SEVERAL BRANCHES SERVICE

Jimroe Head, aged 43 years, native of Navarro county, World War veteran and formerly in various branches of service in the United States navy and army, died at the family home on West Ninth avenue Wednesday night at 11 o’clock after a short illness and the funeral will be held from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home Friday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood, Eureka Methodist minister.

Mr. Head was born at Kerens, Jun. 15, 1891. He was a graduate of Corsicana high school and later attended Rice Institute at Houston. He joined the U. S. Navy and later joined the U. S. Marines and went overseas with General Pershing in June, 1917 with Company H, First Division, Mr. Head later was a lieutenant in Company G. Third Division, American Expeditionary Forces and was one of the honor guards on the “Mayflower,” President Wilson’s yacht, for three years.

Later he was in the U. S. Aviation corps at Hawaii and after leaving the service, was connected with the Sullivan Machinery company of Chicago and was sent to India and Burma by that organization. He returned to Corsicana in 1931 and for the past year has been connected with his father, J. M. Head, in the grocery business.

His mother died a few weeks ago.

Surviving are his father, a sister, Mrs. M. Thummel, Corsicana, and a brother, Hiliary H. Head, Canada.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Feb 14, 1935
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • CHS graduate
  • WW1 U. S. Navy, marine corps, army and the aviation department in Hawaii.
  • s/o James M. Head and Lula (Dozier) Head

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR JIMROE HEAD ON FRIDAY MORNING

Funeral service for Jimroe Head, 43, native of Kerens, local grocer, former guard of honor on President Wilson’s official yacht, “The Mayflower” for three years and a marine who went to France with General Pershing in June 1917, who died Wednesday night, were held from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home chapel Friday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood, Eureka Methodist minister.

He graduated from Corsicana high school and attended Rice Institute. He saw service in the U. S. Navy, marine corps, army and the aviation department in Hawaii. After leaving the service Mr. Head was connected with a Chicago machinery company and was sent to India and Burma by that concern. He returned to Corsicana in 1931 and had been associated with his father, J. M. Head, in the grocery business for the past year.

His mother died several weeks ago.

Surviving are his father, a sister, Mrs. M. Trummel, Corsicana, and a brother, Hilary H. Head, Canada.

The Johnson-Wiggins Post No. 22 American Legion had charge of the services at the grave, and members of the local post were honorary pallbearers. Active pall bearers were T. P. Hayes, E. C. Keele, M. K. Riley, J. H. Bayliner, Tom Blissett, and J. F. Jackson. Legion buglers were John Storrie and J. D. Dickson.

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James M. Head
Aug 5, 1859 - Nov 16, 1948

J. M. HEAD RITES HELD WEDNESDAY; OAKWOOD BURIAL

Funeral services for J. M. Head, aged 80 years, who died Tuesday afternoon at the P. and S. Hospital, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. Morris Bailey, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

He had resided in Navarro county 61 years.

Surviving are a son, H. H. Head, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; a daughter, Mrs. Claude Thummel, Corsicana; a brother, Orion Head, Corsicana and several grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sterling Head, N. Suttle Roberts, Jim Head, Charles Hodge, Everett Worthy and O. Thompson, all nephews.

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Sterling Head
Apr 7, 1894 - Mar 9, 1963

Sterling Head Dies Saturday

Sterling Head, 68, poultry farmer, 2908 West Park Row, life-long resident of Navarro county, died Saturday morning in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by C. B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Vernon L. Clark, Corsicana; a granddaughter, Mrs. J. W. Frazier, Jr., Little rock, Ark.; a brother, Jim Head, Ennis; two sisters, Mrs. O. Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Charles B. Hodge, Bardwell, and other relatives.

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Sterling Head Rites Sunday

Funeral services for Sterling Head, 68, of 2908 Park Row, were held Sunday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by C. B. Holcomb, pastor of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.

Head died in Memorial Hospital Saturday morning following a short illness. He was a poultry farmer.

Surviving are his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Vernon L. Clark, both of Corsicana; a granddaughter, Mrs. J. W. Frazier, Jr. Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, Jim Head, Ennis; two sisters, Mrs. O. Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Charles B. Hodge, Bardwell, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Yarber, Lee Wand, Dr. Leslie E. Kelton, Lee Williams, James Wilkinson and J. C. Payne.

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Ollie Olivia (Dozier) Head
Feb 17, 1872 - Apr 22, 1954

Mrs. Orion Head Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Orion Head, 83, former Corsicana resident, who died at her home in Ennis, were held from the Keever Funeral Chapel Saturday at 3 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. Orion resided at Barry from 1892 to 1907, and in Corsicana from 1944 to June, 1953 when she moved to Ennis.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, Jim Head, Ennis and Sterling Head, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Hodge, Byrd; and Mrs. O. Thompson, Dallas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Orion Head
Feb 12, 1872 - Sep 30, 1954

Former Resident Services Friday

Funeral services for Orion Head, 82, who died at Lancaster Thursday afternoon, were held from the Keever Funeral Chapel in Ennis Friday at 3 p.m. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery in Corsicana.

A native of Alabama, Head, a retired farmer, resided at Kerens and Barry before moving to Rankin 48 years ago. He was a member of the Bardwell Baptist church.

Surviving are two sons, Jim Head, Ennis, and Sterling Head, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Charles B. Hodge, Byrd, and Mrs. O. Thompson, Dallas; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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Alma Beatrice (Caskey) Sheffield
Jan 1896 - Sep 16, 1916

Died Saturday Night.

Mrs. Alma Beatrice Sheffield, wife of R. E. Sheffield, died at the family home, 901 South Seventeenth street, Saturday night and the remains were interred at the Hamilton cemetery yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The deceased was 21 years old and leaves her husband and one child.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Sep 18, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Marriage record says married E. R. Sheffield Jun. 2, 1912; d/o John Robert Caskey and Katherine “Kate” (Willis) Caskey-Watwood
     

Jesse Lafayette Speer
Jan 28, 1853 - Oct 12, 1916

Died At Angus.

J. L. Speer, who had been a citizen of the Angus community for several years, died at his home there yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Oct 13, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Patsy Ellen (Calton) Speer 2nd wife Ella Anice (Prine) Speer; s/o William M. Speer & Sarah Ann (Prine) Speer

Ella Anice (Prine) Speer
Feb 25, 1868 - Sep 1, 1942

TEAGUE WOMAN IS BURIED WEDNESDAY HAMILTON CEMETERY

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Teague for Mrs. Ella A. Speer, 72, who died there at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Gladys Cobb, Tuesday afternoon.

Rites were conducted by Rev. Mr. Scott and Rev. Mr. Blackmon. Interment was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Cobb of Teague; Mrs. Mollie Thompson, Mart, and Mrs. V. W.Dillard, Ennis; three sons, Artie Speer, Fort Worth; Harris Speer, Tyler, and Milford Speer, Longview.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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Verna Thorn
Nov 22, 1915 - Nov 17, 1916

Death of Infant Girl.

Verna, the one-year-old daughter of W. H. Thorn and wife of Kerens, who underwent an operation at the P. and S. Hospital some days ago, died today at 1405 West Eighth avenue, and the remains will be interred in the Hamilton cemetery tomorrow.

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Tommie Strong (Quinn) Thorn
May 26, 1889 - May 20, 1957

Former Resident Expires Monday In Fort Worth

Mrs. W. H. Thorn, 67, former Navarro county resident, died in Fort Worth Monday night. The family moved to Fort Worth 15 years ago.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted byRev. Hollis H. Bond of Fort Worth.

Surviving are her husband, W. H. Thorn, Fort Worth; four sons, J. C. Thorn, Irving; W. L. Thorn, Red Oak; Valon Thorn and W. H. Thorn, Jr. both of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Carrie Busby, Purdon; Mrs. Fannie Coker, Barry, and Miss Modanie Thorn, Fort Worth; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Trent, Kerens; Mrs. Etta Bradley, Trinidad; Mrs. Nell Mayo and Mrs. Bonnie Phillips; mother, Etta Quinn, Kerens; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 21, 1957
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William Hightower Thorn, Sr. d/o E. S. Quinn and Lela (Freeman) Quinn per death certificate obit says Etta

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Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Thorn

Funeral services for Mrs. W. H. Thorn, 67, former resident of Navarro county, who died in Fort Worth Monday night, were held from the McCammon Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Hollis H. Bond of Fort Worth.

Surviving are her husband of Fort Worth, four sons, J. C. Thorn, Irving; W. L. Thorn, Red Oak; Valon and W. H. Thorn, Jr., both of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Carrie Busby, Purdon; Mrs. Fannie Coker, Barry, and Miss Modanie Thorn, Fort Worth; four sisters, Mrs. Joe Trent, Kerens, Kerens; Mrs. Etta Bradley, Trinidad; Mrs. Nell Mayo and Mrs. Bonnie Phillips; mother, Mrs. Etta Quinn, Kerens; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

The family resided in Navarro county prior to moving to Fort Worth 15 years ago.

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Norma Ordonez
abt 1966 - July 16, 2015

Norma Ordonez, 49, of Corsicana, passed away July 16, 2015. Rosary was at 6 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Jose Contreras officiating. Funeral service will be 10 a.m.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jason Cargo officiating. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mary Aline (Baker) Haden
Sep 21, 1916 - Aug 9, 2015

Aline Baker Haden began her quiet, ordinary, simple life in the rural community of Pansy [Pursley ?] in Navarro County on Sept. 21, 1916. Her parents, Ira Lee and Juanita Bunch Baker were cotton farmers, so Aline learned early on how to swiftly use her hands to fill those cotton sacks. Graduating from Bryan High School (Navarro County) in the heart of the Depression, she went on to further her education by attending Beauty College in Dallas. There she trained those busy hands to shampoo, set, curl and perm. That same year, 1939, she married her sweetheart, Clovis Haden and moved to Houston so that he could find work in the shipyards. Together they lived a simple life, scrimping and saving to be able to buy a farm of their own, During this time, their first two sons were born, Roland in 1940 and Jimmy in 1943. Returning to Dresden in 1946, they spent their first year back home living in a tiny shack on family land till they could finally realize their dream of owning their own place. It was here that their third son David was born in 1947 and it was shortly after this that the family moved to their very own farm.
With their family complete, the task of raising this noisy bunch of boys began. Again, Aline’s busy hands were put to the test: mother, beautician, farm wife, never a spare moment, but always pausing on Sundays to attend church. A daughter-in-law, Joyce, was added to the family in 1956. Those busy hands got just a little busier, helping out her son Roland and his new family as grandchildren began arriving, slowly at first, but then in 1969 as two new daughter-in-laws were added to the family, Darlene to David and Dawn to Jimmy, the momentum picked up. Eventually there would be eight grandsons and four granddaughters and “Nanny’s” love grew exponentially. Those hands were never still, cuddling the newborns, cooking the Sunday dinners, baking those sugar pies, pouring endless glasses of tea, sewing, crocheting and quilting special handwork for all, while still running her beauty shop, tending to her flowers and loving her Lord. Those busy, busy hands. But with her husband’s death in 1997, Nanny now found time for a lifelong passion — dominos. The love of the game and her ability to play 42 continued late into her life.
The next decades brought new marriages, a new generation of 29 great-grandchildren. Aline’s hands were slowing now, the fingers bent and crooked from a lifetime of work, but they continued to be busy. A new chapter began as five great-great grandchildren laid claim to Nanny’s love, and still there was enough to go around. The more she shared, the more she seemed to possess. The real secret ingredient to that love, though, was Nanny’s rare ability to love all of her children equally, no matter how successful or how flawed any of them were. She loved them, warts and all. And so on Aug. 9, 2015, she left us bereft of the love that she had so generously shared. Her busy hands finally stilled, joining her husband, Clovis and her son Roland, her great granddaughter Ashlee and a host of friends and relatives, but first embracing her Savior whose love she modeled on this earth. Mourning her loss are her sons Jimmy and David, and their wives, Dawn and Darlene, her daughter-in-law Joyce, her grandchildren and spouses, Cathy and Danny Fuchs and their children and grandchildren Macey Fuchs and Landon and Ashley Fuchs, Oren, Flynn, and Avery, Kim and Todd Jensen and daughter Hayley, Clay and Mary Elaine Haden and sons Henry and Davis, Micah and Nancy Haden and sons, Seth, Isaac and Joseph, Joshua and Laura Haden and children, Kate, Claire and Nathan, Amelia and Patrick Churchman and children, Haden, Luke, Gabriel, and Mary Hannah, Cameron and Amy Haden and children, Emily and Levi, Jordan Haden, Alex and Amy Haden and children Alexa, Dalton, Dylan and Aubrey, Amber and Dale Gosser and children, Tyler and Katelyn, daughter and son-in-law, Alyssa and Eddie Castillo and son, Lennox, Joel and Kristen Haden and sons, Eli, Ethan and Ezra, Jonathan and Holly Haden and children, Rae Leigh and Wyatt, special niece, Debra Smith and many more nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Clay Haden, Micah Haden, Joshua Haden, Cameron Haden, Jordan Haden, Alex Haden, Joel Haden, Jonathan Haden,
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blooming Grove Scholarship Fund, Dresden Cemetery Association or Campbell-Elrod Cemetery Association.
A special "Thank you" to Nancy Melton and Rita Cole who made her last days worth living.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Jackie Eldridge Garrett Jr.
Oct 12, 1962 - July 6, 2015

Jackie E. Garrett Jr., 52, of Corsicana passed away Monday, July 6, 2015. Visitation will be 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 2105 East Jones Avenue with Pastor Alfred Cox Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 9, 2015 Submitted by Karen Rost
  • s/o Jackie Eldridge Garrett Sr. & Betty Lue (Hawkins) Garrett

Mary Leatha (Breckenridge) Knight
Sep 10, 1963 - Jun 30, 2015

Mary Leatha Knight, 51, of Barry passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born Sept. 10, 1963 in Dallas, Texas to Leon Breckenridge and Sharon Harris Breckenridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeffrey Knight; sons, Chad Wade Reynolds and Drew Reynolds; grandson, Hagen Chad Reynolds; and parents, Leon Breckenridge and Sharon Carrigan.
She is survived by her daughter, Erin Reynolds of Mexia; step-sons, Louis Knight and wife Tiffany of Arkansas, Jeffrey Knight and wife Angela of Arkansas; sister, Rebecca Smith of Dallas; brother, Billy Breckenridge of Dallas; nieces and nephews, Gabriel Fieseler of Harker Heights, Brandy Fieseler of Harker Heights, Jamie Fieseler of Bella Vista, Arkansas and many extended family members.
Graveside Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Frost Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Four from area killed near Abilene
From Staff Reports
A 2010 graduate of Frost High School, his mother and step-father, and another family member were all killed in a Tuesday morning crash near Abilene.
A report from KTXS-TV in Abilene said the crash occurred at 4:50 a.m. on Interstate 20 in Merkel, about 18 miles west of Abilene.
Drew Reynolds, 23, of Frost, died at an Abilene hospital after a car he was riding in was struck by an 18-wheeler that crossed the center median and hit the car head-on.
Reynolds’ mother, Mary Knight, 51, and step-father, Doyle Jeff Knight, 50, who had homes in Barry and Big Spring, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Also killed was Reynolds’ 12-year-old nephew, Hagen Thetford, said Stormi Dowdle, Reynolds’ sister.
The four were driving from Big Spring to Dallas for a medical appointment for Mary Knight when the crash occurred, Dowdle said.
Merkel Police Sgt. Chris Ortiz told KTXS-TV the tractor-trailer unit had lost control and went through the center median cables, hitting the eastbound vehicle.
The driver of the tractor-trailer and a “co-driver” were transported to Hendrick Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and have since been released, Ortiz said. Their identities have not been released.
Ortiz said the crash is still under investigation by his agency, with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office assisting.
Funeral services for Reynolds have been scheduled with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Frost Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Frost Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements for the other three family members are pending.

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Drew Wayne Reynolds
Nov 20, 1991 - June 30, 2015

Drew Wayne Reynolds, 23, of Frost passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015. He was born Nov. 20, 1991 to Wade Lee and Mary Leatha Breckinridge [sic] Reynolds.
Drew was the valedictorian of Frost High School class of 2010. He attended one year of Texas A&M University. Music was his life; he had his own band in high school and liked playing the bass guitar.
He is preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Mary and Jeffrey Knight; brother Chad Reynolds; nephew Hagen Thetford; grandparents Leon Breckinridge and Sharon Carrigan; grandfather Jerry Reynolds.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Wade and Tina Reynolds of Frost; grandmother, Shirley Reynolds of Frost; siblings, Jason Nealy and wife Whitney of Corsicana, Erin Reynolds of Mexia, Stormi Dowdle and husband Jeremy of Frost, Nikki Steele and husband Travis of Corsicana; beloved high school sweetheart and one true love, Amanda Green of Frost; aunts and uncles, Clay and Stephanie Reynolds, Billy Breckinridge, Becky Smith; nieces Alizabeth, Elexis, Madisen; nephews, Justyn, Landon, Gavin, Raylon, Travis Jr.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at Frost Baptist Church.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 at Frost Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dan Fonseca, Hunter Cagle, Colby Reynolds, David Hughes, Ethan Redman and Johnathan Hopkins.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 2, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Note: Breckinridge should be Breckenridge
  • s/o Wade Lee Reynolds and Mary Leatha (Breckenridge) Reynolds


Four from area killed near Abilene
From Staff Reports
A 2010 graduate of Frost High School, his mother and step-father, and another family member were all killed in a Tuesday morning crash near Abilene.
A report from KTXS-TV in Abilene said the crash occurred at 4:50 a.m. on Interstate 20 in Merkel, about 18 miles west of Abilene.
Drew Reynolds, 23, of Frost, died at an Abilene hospital after a car he was riding in was struck by an 18-wheeler that crossed the center median and hit the car head-on.
Reynolds’ mother, Mary Knight, 51, and step-father, Doyle Jeff Knight, 50, who had homes in Barry and Big Spring, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Also killed was Reynolds’ 12-year-old nephew, Hagen Thetford, said Stormi Dowdle, Reynolds’ sister.
The four were driving from Big Spring to Dallas for a medical appointment for Mary Knight when the crash occurred, Dowdle said.
Merkel Police Sgt. Chris Ortiz told KTXS-TV the tractor-trailer unit had lost control and went through the center median cables, hitting the eastbound vehicle.
The driver of the tractor-trailer and a “co-driver” were transported to Hendrick Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and have since been released, Ortiz said. Their identities have not been released.
Ortiz said the crash is still under investigation by his agency, with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office assisting.
Funeral services for Reynolds have been scheduled with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Frost Baptist Church. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Frost Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements for the other three family members are pending.

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Ruby Oma (Beene) Richardson
Apr 30, 1925 - Jul 4, 2015

Mrs. Ruby O. Richardson, 90, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Justin Colquette officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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Mrs. Ruby O. Richardson, 90, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital . She was born on April 30, 1925 in Stanton, Texas to George Alford Beene and Era Addie Beene.

She worked as a machine operator at Tex-Sun Glove Factory for thirty-three years. She spent most her life being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved her family dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Hughie Norman Richardson, her parents; George and Era Beene, and brothers; Loyde Beene, Rex Beene and Norman Tuner. She was also preceded in death by her son; Donald Richardson who was killed in the Viet Nam War in 1966.

She is survived by her sons; Jimmy Lee Richardson of Corsicana, Hughie Earl Richardson and wife, Barbara of Richland, and Rick Richardson and wife, Sherri of Corsicana, and daughter-in-law, Glenda Gentry of Robinson. “Big Mama” is also survived by seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00-8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Justin Colquette officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Richardson, Earl Richardson, Rick Richardson, Gary Richardson, Toby Richardson, Jackie Thomas, Sr., and Jackie Thomas , Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Autism Association of North Texas at 5400 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 200, Plano, Texas 75093.

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Melvin Eugene Riecke Sr.
Oct 22, 1933 - June 29, 2015

Melvin E. Riecke Sr. passed away Monday, June 29, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Riecke was born in the farming community of Ionia, Pettis County, Missouri, in October 1933, the second son of Max Riecke Sr. and Hazel Nolte Riecke. He grew up in the same community and graduated from Cole Camp High School and later attended Kansas City Junior College and University of Kansas City. Mr. Riecke was married in 1950 to Kathleen Eckhoff Riecke in Cole Camp, Missouri.

Mr. Riecke is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen and their three children, Kathryn Kay Tobaben and husband Rod, Melvin E. (Gene) Riecke II and wife Susana, and Randall Riecke and wife Sue Korioth, along with nine grandchildren, Ryan Tobaben and wife Melissa, Travis Tobaben and wife Brooke, Chris Tobaben, January Zell and husband Rob, Melvin E.
(Tre) Riecke III and wife Clare, Thomas Riecke, Jenny Riecke, Sebastian Price, Scarlet Justice and husband Bryan, and eight great-grandchildren.

Mr. Riecke worked for 60 years in the printing and packaging industry.
He began his career in Missouri and later moved his family to Texas, where he ran three paper carton companies until he sold those companies to a national corporation. He ran paper board mills and carton plants with sales offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Jackson, Mississippi. In 1974, brought his family back to Texas and settled in Corsicana, where he owned a packaging company until he semi-retired in
2008 and fully retired in 2014.

Mel was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Corsicana, where a funeral service will be held July 3, 2015 officiated by Rev. Joe Mashburn. Internment will follow at Myrtle Cemetery in Ennis, Texas. Pallbearers are Ryan, Travis, and Chris Tobaben, Tre Riecke, Gene Riecke, and Randall Riecke. Honorary pallbearers are Rod Tobaben and Gene Bullard, Sr. Arrangements were through Gene Bullard, Jr. at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Arthur Gehard Miller
Apr 15, 1928 - July 1, 2015

Arthur G. Miller was born April 15, 1928, and passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas. He was married to his wife, Betty Miller, for 65 years.

He had many accomplishments in his life. Arthur began his career as a welder with El Paso Natural Gas and later became a contract welder. He moved onto contract inspections including work for the Alaskan Pipeline covering five shops out of Seattle, Washington. In 1979 he retired from inspecting and built the La Vista Motel in Junction, Texas and managed it until 1992 at which time he built a home for his wife and himself on property by the Llano River. Due to health issues the Millers moved to Midland, Texas in 2003, later relocating to Corsicana, Texas to be near their son.

Arthur grew up in the Lutheran church, loved his Lord and his family.

He is preceded in death by his mother, father and four sisters.

Arthur is survived by wife Betty; son, Ronnie Miller and wife Jan; daughter, Pattie Lay and husband T. B.; grandchildren include Eric Miller and wife Sally, Terry Miller and wife Jennifer, Jennifer Paiva and husband David; great-grandchildren include KD, Kaleb and Mackenzie.
He is also survived by two sisters, Rosie Fritz, Loreth Jackson, brother Harold Miller and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church, 3824 W. Hwy 22 with Joe Ashburn officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers include: Leland Gebert, Rodney Gebert, Eric Miller, Terry Miller, Steve Clary, and Rickey Allinen.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Evelyn Ruth (Johnson) Ponder
abt 1931 - June 18, 2015
 

Evelyn Ruth Johnson Ponder, 84, of Kerens, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the Red Oak Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the New Bethel Baptist Church with Pastor Earnest Betts, Jr. as Eulogist. Interment will follow at the Goodlow Cemetery, Goodlow. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Glenn Earl Hollingsworth
Aug 25, 1954 - June 24, 2015

Mr. Glenn Earl Hollingsworth, 60, of Powell passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. He will be cremated and no services are planned at his wish. Corley Funeral Home.

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Mr. Glenn E. Hollingsworth, age 60, of Powell passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Heritage Oaks West. He was born on August 25, 1954 in Lubbock, Texas to Donald Lee Hollingsworth and Billie Hollingsworth Wiles.

Mr. Hollingsworth was a veteran, and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandy Wiloth and husband Terry of Mabank, Texas; mother, Billie Wiles of Powell, Texas; brother, Jerry Hollingsworth and wife, Stephanie of Athens, Texas; four grandchildren, and close friend, Christopher Prince of Powell, Texas.

No services are planned for Mr. Hollingsworth per his request.

Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.


Donald LaShawn Clay
Aug 22, 1970 - June 10, 2015

Donald LaShawn Clay, 44, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, June 10,
2015 in Dallas. Public viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2015. Funeral service wil be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Griffin Chapel COGIC, 709 E. 12th Ave., Corsicana. Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Lee (Flippin) Stewart
Apr 15, 1927 - June 23, 2015

Mary Lee Stewart, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at her residence. She was born April, 15 1927 to Henry Flippin and Annie Blazen Flippin in Keystone, West Virginia.

Mrs. Stewart married Glenn Stewart in July 1946. She worked as a machine operator at Adams Hat Factory in Corsicana for over 40 years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Throughout her years, she felt a personal responsibility to make sure holiday gatherings were special, and she had a child-like excitement that was contagious to everyone around her. She was a wonderful cook and she loved to travel, especially to visit family (and if a casino was close by, even better).

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings; Ernestine Tingen, Frances Chatto, Johnny Flippin and Frank Flippin and grandson Ronald Gene Stewart, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn Stewart; her sons Ronald Gene Stewart and wife Ann of Corsicana and Dr. Jeffrey Stewart of Dallas. She is also survived by her grandchildren Kim Cobb and husband Dan, Ron Stewart and wife Brandi and Leeann Rogers and husband Danny; her great-grandchildren, Christi Jackson and husband, Tommy, Dalton Stewart, Tristan Ivie and Ethan Ivie, and two great-great-grandchildren, Dillon Jackson and Morgan Jackson; her sister, Margaret Pulliam of Fredericksburg, Virginia, beloved sister-in-law and “partner-in-crime”
Myrtle Stewart and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Stewart is survived by her four grand-dogs, who brought her great joy, Peanut, Sophie, Beau and Bonnie.

Visitation with the family and viewing will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Family graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with Dr. Mark Luera officiating.

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Donald Eldridge
abt 1952 - June 21, 2015

Donald Eldridge, 63, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at home peacefully with his loving family. Funeral services are 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Bethel A.M.E. Church with Pastor David Wilson as Eulogist. Interment will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery, Kerens.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Othelia (Combs) McCown
Nov 16, 1931 - June 25, 2015

Mrs. Othelia McCown, 83, of Kerens went on to her heavenly journey on Thursday morning, June 25, 2015 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. She was born Nov. 16, 1931 in Beech, Arkansas to Charlie and Mary Combs.

She attended school and graduated from Cayuga High School. She retired from the Kerens Independent School District where she worked as the manager of the cafeteria for 32 years. She also worked at Camp Forest for many years. She loved to cook, make crafts, travel, work in her yard, and spend time with her family. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Kerens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. McCown; sons, John Michael and Charles Michael; parents, Charlie and Mary Combs; brother, J.C. Combs; two half brothers, Frank and Fred; two sisters, Merlin Harris and Viola.

She is survived by her daughter, Robbie Pate of Kerens; two grandsons, Michael Pate of Del Valle and Chris Pate and wife Beth of Granbury; granddaughter, Jennifer Pate of Kerens; two great grandsons, Calel Lowe of Kerens and Caden Pate of Granbury; two brothers, Chester Ray Combs and wife Shirley of Cypress and Cleveland Combs of Houston; sister, Dorothy Smith of Palestine, lots of nieces and nephews and dear friends which include her lunch buddy Wanda Wilkins and her far-away phone buddy Larry Conerly. She was loved, and will be missed dearly.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cathy Mordecai and Mr.
Marshall Combs officiating. Interment will follow in the Kerens City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Danny Combs, David Earl Combs, Sydney Combs, Todd Plunkett, Charles Paul, and Sammy Combs. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lloyd Smith, Don Combs, Bobby Bain, Buster Atkeisson, Jeffrey Saunders, and Sonny Goines.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

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Alene (Pennington) Huffman
April 26, 1944 - June 15, 2015

Mrs. Alene Huffman, 71, of Corsicana passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Younger Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Schane officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.

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Mrs. Alene Huffman, 71, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, June 15,
2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born on April 26, 1944 in Buffalo, Texas to Ervin Philip and Emma A. Pennington.

She was a member of House of Praise Church of God. She was employed for many years at Navarro College working in Administration.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Jerry Huffman; parents, Ervin and Emma Pennington, and a brother, John Pennington.

She is survived by her daughter, Jeri Alene Hardin and husband George of Corsicana; granddaughter, Whitney Kaye Morton of Mexia; grandsons, Don Stuart Morton of Mexia and William Ray DeChaume of Corsicana; brother, Billy R. Pennington of Buffalo; aunt, Hattie Mae Johnson of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Younger Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Schane officiating. Interment will follow in Younger Cemetery.

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Dennis Charles "Chuck" Butler
Nov 12, 1948 - Jul 29, 2015

Dennis Charles (Chuck) Butler, 66, passed away at his home in Corsicana on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. He was born on Nov. 12, 1948 in Sweetwater, Texas and moved to Corsicana in 1955.

Chuck was a long time resident of Corsicana and was a 1967 graduate of Corsicana High School where he excelled in football. He married the love of his life, Linda Hoffman Butler in 1972, and they celebrated 43 years of marriage. He loved spending time with his wife and friends. He never met a stranger and loved playing dominoes.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lloyd (Potsy) Butler and Betty Joy Butler and brother, Michael Lloyd Butler.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Hoffman Butler; sister Joy Butler Dill and husband Randy of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Janice Butler of Conroe, Billie Adams and husband Don of Temple, Nancy Seevers and husband Tom of Little Elm; nieces, Leah Dill Blackard and husband Stephen of Corsicana, Lauren Dill Hammett and husband Jason of Corsicana, Janna Butler of Conroe, Julie Butler of Conroe, Tammy Berg and husband Larry of Belton; nephews, Whoa Dill and wife Amy of Corsicana, Michael Butler and wife Stacia of McKinney and Michael Adams and wife Valerie of Georgetown. He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be following visitation at 11 a.m. in Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Orbison officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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Jacob Wayne Muncy
June 3, 1990 - July 26, 2015

Jacob Wayne Muncy was born on June 3, 1990, and went to be with Jesus on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Jake was a loyal friend, loving husband and father, and a caring brother and son. He was a graduate of Mildred High School, and he went on to own and operate a landscaping business.

Jake loved the Oklahoma Sooners and the Dallas Cowboys, and he was an avid hunter and outdoors man. His family was his passion, and his faith and hope was rooted in His Savior, Jesus Christ. Jake loved making people happy, and he would do anything for the people he loved.

Jake was preceded in death by his beloved Popaw, Ron Lane.

Jake is survived by his wife, Cassandra Arabia Muncy, daughter Allison, step-sons Tristen and Caden, parents Steve and Tandi Muncy, siblings Hanna, Mikey and Kaylee Muncy, all of Corsicana, grandparents Bob and Dorothy Muncy of Daisy, Oklahoma, and Sandy Lane of Corsicana. He is also survived by extended family, aunt Debbie Carter of Corsicana, aunts and uncles Toni and Tom Wardell of Palestine, Jana and Rod Garcia of Ovilla, Mike and Carla Lane of Jacksonville, Florida, Dottie and Dennis Burkhalter of Lane, Oklahoma, and uncle Kenny Carter of Corsicana; as well as cousins Joshua Carter, Anna Ogden, Kristin Hollingsworth, Nikki Spencer, Ryan Lane, Kyle Lane, Cameron Lane, Brady Lane, Tara Carroll, Tyler Wardell, Tori Wardell, Ronnie Garcia, Aaron Garcia, Avery Garcia, Jenna Garcia, Rickey Burkhalter, Amber Culbreath, Tim Johnson, Cheryl Langley, Chris Johnson, Amy King, Gene Harvey and Shirley Rheem. Jake will be fondly remembered by his Great Aunts Melba Lennon, Lorene Lassiter, Leoma Pratt and Margie Johnson, and Great Uncles Larry Lennon, Charles Lennon and Barry Scott.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Grace Community Church (227 N. Beaton St.) in Corsicana. Burial will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 in Ballinger, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Jake's cousins: Joshua Carter, Tyler Wardell, Ronnie Garcia, Aaron Garcia, Avery Garcia and Rickey Burkhalter. Honorary Pallbearers are: Joseph Farmer, Charles Lucas and Jeremy Martin.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jacob Wayne Muncy, 25, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 Grace Community Church. Burial will be 1 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 in Ballinger, Texas.  Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Doris Jean (Stewart) Eaton
Aug 13, 1935 - July 27, 2015

Doris Jean Eaton, 79, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Monday, July 27, 2015 at her home in Mesquite, Texas.
Doris was born on Aug. 13, 1935 to Gene and Hazel Stewart in Corsicana, Texas. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1953. She went on to study at Scott & White in Temple and became a registered nurse. Doris married Nathan A. Eaton of Kerens, the love of her life for 59 years, on June 23, 1956.
After working as a nurse in several hospitals, Doris became the school nurse at North Mesquite High School. It was here that she discovered her true calling. Students who worked for her and came through the clinic grew to love and respect her. She was a mom, friend, counselor and confidant. She retired from school nursing in 1995.
Doris was an active member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and Texas Retired Teachers Association. She and Nathan greatly enjoyed traveling in their retired years. Her passion after retiring was genealogy. She made many friends on Ancestry.com and loved researching family history.
Doris is survived by her husband, Nathan, and her children: Nathan Eaton Jr. and his wife Linda, Donna Eaton and her spouse Tina Smith, Dana Eaton and his wife Christie, and Mark Eaton and his wife Johnna. Doris is also survived by grandchildren Josh Eaton and his wife Jess, Brian Eaton and his wife Amber, Chris Eaton and his wife Katie, Emily, Lauren, Matthew, Whitney and Jacob, along with great-grandchildren Kaili, Jackson, Olivia and Harper.
Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 6550 Samuell Blvd., Dallas 75228.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church or brain cancer research at UT Southwestern Medical Center (via Southwestern Medical Foundation).
The family wishes to extend thanks for the loving care of the staff at Home Instead and Faith Presbyterian Hospice.

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Glendon Barnes Thomas
May 8, 1933 - July 29, 2015

Mr. Glendon Barnes Thomas, 82, of Eureka passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his home in Eureka, Texas. He was born on May 8, 1933.
He was born and raised in Eureka to Haywood and Cora Thomas. Growing up he was also known as Legs and Dr Pepper. After graduation from Mildred High School he began to farm raising cotton, at which time he was drafted during the Korean War. He spent his duty assignment at Fort Lewis Washington. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After discharge he enrolled in Sam Houston State University, and then continued working as a cattle rancher.
While employed for W. K. Cattle Co., at a ranch in Fairfield, he met and married Lynda Sue Laird (she got his attention by buttering his biscuits at the café where she worked). Together they worked the ranch and raised three children.
He was very active as an adult 4-H leader for Navarro County. When he was showing livestock in the late 1940’s he didn’t realize that 25 – 30 years later he would still be involved. His belief was “if the parents don’t get interested it is hard for the kids to stay interested.” Glendon not only helped his children in the 4-H activities, but also numerous 4-H’ers in the Kerens area.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynda Sue; parents, Haywood and Cora Thomas; and brother, Gerald Thomas.
He is survived by his three children: Renee and Kevin Lunsford; G.L. and Marsha Thomas; Leslie and Kurk Randall. He also leaves five granddaughters and one grandson: Cari and Jimmy McGown; Daphne and Chris Garrett; Tiffanie and Shea Blaschke; Don Michael and Kaitlyn Lunsford; Jessica and Jeff Ross; and Raquel Randall. He is also survived by five great grandchildren: Cade and Talan Garrett; Kaydence and Koaltin Lunsford and Hattie Belle Ross. He also leaves two brothers: Jimmy Thomas and Gene Thomas and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family of Glendon Thomas would like to express sincere thanks to Navarro Regional Hospital second floor nursing staff, Family First Hospice, Joee Pearl Nathan and Jackie Carter.
Also, thank you to family and friends for your love, support and prayers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or http//www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Russell Reed and Bro. Chris Gardner officiating. Interment will follow in Eureka Cemetery with military honors.
Pallbearers will be Stuart Springer, Justin Manahan, Garrett Manahan, Bruce Thomas, Joel Thomas, and Randy Bancroft. Honorary Pallbearers will be Wesley Graves, Buddy Pritchett, Sonny Bancroft, Cam Manahan and Jerry Thomas.

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Patsy Andrews
abt 1937 - July 23, 2015
 

Patsy Andrews, 78, of Kerens passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Kerens.

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Michael Donahoo Keen
July 30, 1929 - Apr 2, 2015

Michael Donahoo Keen, 85, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 with his son Michael by his side. Michael was born near Corsicana on July 30, 1929 to Lucille “Toots” and Lowell “Tiny” Keen.

Mike will be missed by his wife Beverly Keen, first wife Jane Higginson Keen, their children Julia Keen, Mary Keen, Beth Keen Bommer, and Michael Keen; grandchildren Jesse Keen Rubin, Kathryn Nicole Bommer, Graham Keen Rubin, Ben Keen Bommer, Matt Keen Bommer, John Baldwin Keen, Paul Stockton Keen, Emma Townsend Keen Eveleth and Cousin Diane Lang from Kerens.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patricia Keen Brandenburg.

Michael was a kind, sweet man who adored his children and family and he will be missed.

Michael grew up in Corsicana, Texas, working at the family business, Keen Frozen Food Lockers. While there he showed an aptitude for working on cars and engines and after graduating from Corsicana High School, Michael attended Texas A&M University. He graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Technology & Engineering in 1956.

Michael designed hydraulic equipment for the oil industry and it was his hobby and passion. Michael’s designs included equipment for oil field and offshore oil rigs that could pick up oil field pipe, connect the pipe and lay the pipe in deep water. He also designed equipment mounted on boats that launched barges, drill and pipe elevators, and many other types of machinery. He wrote articles that were published in Hydraulics & Pneumatics Magazine. Michael’s design work took him to the oil fields of Texas, Louisiana, Mexico, Asia and the North Sea.

Whenever the occasion arose, Michael was known to his children for turning all questions about mechanics into lessons on how things worked from the ground up. He foraged marine junkyards looking for old equipment, talking and marveling about what he found.

With a driving spirit for adventure Mike explored, hiked and camped in Alaska’s Denali Park for several months in his late 70’s.

In 2007 Mike was invited to visit Jay Leno’s Garage. As a teenager he saved a 1908 Mercer Raceabout from a junkyard. That car is now part of Jay Leno’s collection. Jay Leno could not have been more gracious giving Mike a tour of Jay Leno’s Garage, and allowed him to sit in his old car.

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