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Rheba Fayrene (Holliefield) Gardner
Sep 4, 1935 - Oct 5, 1969

Mrs. Gardner
Rites Tuesday

Mrs. Rheba F. Gardner,34, was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital Sunday at 9:12 a.m. after collapsing at her residence, 900 N. 22nd ST. She was a employee in the business office at the hospital.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the College Hill Church of Christ with Pastor, Mr. Leathal Roberts, officiating. Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Park with cousins serving as pallbearers.
She is survived by her husband, B.G. Gardner of Charleston,S.C.; a son David Wayne, and a daughter Gay Nell Gardner, both of Charleston; and her mother, Mrs. Florence Holliefield of Corsicana.

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Howard Cleveland Kellum
Aug 2, 1933 - 1992

HOWARD CLEVELAND KELLUM

Howard Cleveland Kellum, 59, of Corsicana, died November 14, 1992 at his residence. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev Joe Pierce officiating, Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his mother Julia Kellum of Corsicana; his wife, Ima J. Kellum of Sulpher Springs; one daughter, Shelia Barber of Austin; one brother, W.S.Kellum of Garland: and one sister, Patsy Patterson of Lindale

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  • SP4 US ARMY KOREA
  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 16, 1992
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams
  • h/o Ima (Regan) Hodg-Kellum [bur at West Memorial Cemetery, Quinlan, Hunt Co., TX] & Dora Gladys (Hash) Kellum [bur at Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Sherman, Grayson Co., TX]; s/o William Bartlett Kellum & Julia Alice (Gardner) Kellum

William Bartlett Kellum
Sep 5, 1908 - Jul 15, 1973

Sucide Ruled In Death Here
An inquest in the Sunday night death of William Barklet Kellum, 65, resulted in a "Death by suicide" ruling by Justice of the Peace W.H. Tipton after investigation of the incident.
Tipton said the incident was reported at about 8:10 p.m. and occurred in Kellum's home eight miles west on Hwy. 31. The peace justice said the man was found dead in the back bedroom of his home. One shoe was pulled off and apparently he had used his toes to pull the trigger on the 12 gague shotgun aimed at his head.
The body was taken to Griffin Funeral Home.

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Catherine (Ralston) Kellum
Dec 13, 1881 - Apr 3, 1970

Mrs Kellum Dies Friday
Mrs. W. S. Kellum, 88, native of Richland and resident of Corsicana for 50 years, died Friday in Evergreen Nursing Home. She was a member of First Christian Church.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth C. Haley, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with grandsons as pallbearers.
She is survived by two sons, Everett Kellum of Longview and Audie Kellum of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Cecil Shirley and Mrs. J. I. Collins, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. E. R. Matthews of Jacksonville, Fla.; 16 ggrandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Walter Scott Kellum
Aug 28, 1874 - Aug 22, 1957

Rites Saturday For W. S. Kellum; Dies In Hospital
W.S. Kellum, 82, retired farmer and rancher, died at the Navarro Clinic Thursday after an extended illness.
Funeral rites will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Funeral Home chapel, with Dr. Ambrose Edens conducting. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, with Masons in charge of gradeside (sic) services.
Kellum was a native of Tupelo, Miss.
Surviving are his wife, of Corsicana; two sons, Everett Kellum, Longview, and Audie Kellum, Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. O. H. Shirley, Hillsboro; Mrs. J. I. Collins, Corpus Christi; and Mrs. E. R. Masteron, Rockland Mass.; 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Masons will be pallbearers.

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  • h/o Catherine (Ralston) Kellum; s/o George Franklin Kellum & Mary Elizabeth (Nanney) Kellum

James Edgar Driffill
Oct 10, 1948 - Aug 16, 2015

James Edgar Driffill passed away on August 16, 2015 at the age of 66.
He is survived by his wife, Ricki, son, Matthew and wife Lisa and grandchildren Harper and Trapper. He is also survived by his brother Frank and sisters Kathleen Falkiewicz, Louise Wahrheit, Jeanne Potchernick, Mary Simon, Barbara Carvajal and Patricia Steele, their families and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Louise Driffill.
Jim served in the USAF. Following his discharge, he went to work for Burrough's Corporation (currently Unisys Corporation) where he worked for 36 years. In 2010 he started a new career as IT Specialist with Transportation Security Administration. In 2015 he completed his college degree. Jim was a loving husband, father and brother. Nothing made him happier than to be "Frappa" to his grandchildren, Harper and Trapper.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, August 19 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home from 6-8 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 10:30 am at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 6800 Tezel Road.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

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  • Submitted by Polly Winn & Karen Rost
  • San Antonio Express News - Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  • Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX
  • h/o Fredericka "Ricki" (Harper) Driffill - s/o Edgar A. Driffill and Louise (Gratz) Driffill

James Madison Williams
May 9, 1840 – Oct 19, 1913

Died at Richland.

J. M. Williams, aged seventy-three years, and for a number of years a resident of Richland, died there last night of paralysis, and the remains were interred in the Richland cemetery this afternoon. A wife and a family of grown children survive.

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Nancy Caroline Elizabeth “Carrie” (Montgomery) Baldwin-Matlock
Feb 4, 1849 - Mar 29, 1915

Funeral at Richland.

Mrs. Nancy Matlock, aged 66 years, wife of J. J. Matlock, died at Richland Monday night, and the remains were interred there yesterday afternoon. The husband and four grown children survive.

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Ada (unk) McDonald
Aug 25, 1878 - Mar 24, 1915

Funeral at Richland.

Mrs. Ada McDonald, aged 36 years, wife of R. E. McDonald, died at Lander, Wyo., some days ago, and the remains were buried at Richland Monday. The deceased is survived by her husband and a daughter 14 years of age, and by a sister, Mrs. Helen Young of Richland.

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Charlie Mayo Hays
May 6, 1906 - Jun 16, 1916

Buried Today.

The ten-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hayes passed away at marlin yesterday morning, where he had been sick for the past two weeks. The remains were interred this afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Richland cemetery.

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Elsie E. (Amis) Swink
Jan 1887 - Feb 15, 1916

Died Near Richland.

Mrs. Charles Swink died near Streetman yesterday, and the remains were interred at Richland today. The husband and four children, the youngest a babe of two days, survive.

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Charles Berrel Swink, Sr.
Feb 16, 1887 - May 8, 1931

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR RICHLAND MAN HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for Charles B. Swink, 50, of Richland, who died in the P. and S. hospital Friday morning after a long illness, were held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 at the Richland cemetery where interment was made. Rev. Van Morrison conducted the services.

Survivors are two sons, Alpha and Earl Swink; four brothers, E. L. Swink, Richland; Roy L. Swink, Amarillo; W. W. and Ernest Swink, of Dallas; and four aunts, Mrs. H. E. Swink, Mrs. Mary Hilburn, Ms. Maggie Davis and Mrs. A. M. Swink, all of Richland.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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RICHLAND MAN DIED FRIDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Charles B. Swink, aged about 50, of Richland died in the P. & S. Hospital about 2:30 Friday morning after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 at the
Richland cemetery with Rev. Van P Morrison conducting the services.

He is survived by two sons, Alpha and Earle; four brothers, E. L. of Richland, Roy L. of Amarillo, W. W. and Ernest of Dallas; four aunts, Mrs. H. E. Swink, Mrs. Mary Hilburn, Mrs. Maggie Davis, Mrs. A. M. Swink, all of Richland.

Corley McMahon Funeral Home will direct the funeral.

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William Horace Hellums
Nov 2, 1893 - Mar 14, 1958

Wm. H. Hellums Expires Friday

William H. Hellums, 64, died in a Waco hospital Friday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Herring Avenue Church of Christ in Waco Monday at 10 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery here. The rites will be conducted by Max T. Neel, Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Beulah Hellums, 3425 North Twenty-First street, Waco; three daughters, Mrs. Jewell Berry, Bryan; Mrs. Mary Dunn and Mrs. Billye Edge, both of Dallas; three brothers, Ben Hellums, Brownwood; Sam Hellums, Corsicana, and T. A. Hellums, Wichita Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Lena Hilliard, Comanche; Mrs. Cassie Owens, Hollywood, Calif., and Mrs. Bettie Redwine, Harlingen; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Hellums formerly resided at Prusley and Corsicana.

Graveside rites will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Oakwood cemetery here.

Connally Funeral Home of Waco and Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana are directing arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, March 15, 1958
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Beulah Lee (Payne) Hellums married Dec. 3, 1916; s/o William Hopwood Hellums and Sarah Elizabeth “Sallie” (Rutherford) Hellums

Jettie Jewel (Forman) Payne
May 28, 1881 - May 21, 1915

LARGELY ATTENDED FUNERAL.

Remains Laid to Rest Today in the Presence of a Great Throng.

The remains of the late Mrs. Julia Payne, wife of W. B. Payne, who died at the family home near Pursley Thursday night, were laid to rest in the Ward cemetery, twelve miles south of here, this morning, in the presence of a great throng of neighbors and friends.

Attending the funeral from Corsicana were Judge R. R. Owen, Z. R. Christian, J. H. Burke, J. M. Elrod, Edgar Gray, J. W. Brown, P. H. Geraughty and Mike Howard.

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We were made sad on Friday morning, May 21, 1915, when the death angel came and took from our midst darling Miss Jewell, wife of Mr. W. B. Payne, aged nearly 31 years old. She had suffered a long time. Physicians, loving relatives and friends could give her no relief. The subject of this sketch was a Miss Jewell Forman, was married to Mr. W. B. Payne March 19, 1899. She obeyed the gospel about twenty years ago.

To her home she proved a faithful, loving and devoted wife and mother. She leaves a husband and three daughters and a host of relatives and friends. Oh, how sad to think she is gone but yet we must speak it. No more will she greet us with that cheerful “good morning.” No more shall we see her smiling face, no more Miss Jewell shall we hear your answer when we call, but you have answered the roll call above. She has conquered her last enemy, has suffered her last agonizing pain, she has crossed the chilly stream of death and now is around the heavenly throne, there joining the praise of Christ waiting the coming of her husband and dear daughters, relatives and friends. She left the sweet assurance that she was going home to Christ.

As a daughter she was affectionate and obedient, and as a Christian she ever lived to magnify the blessed Savior’s name. May God bless the heart-broken husband and daughters. May they look to Him who is able to save and bind all broken hearts. Kind husband, she cannot come back to you, but you can go to her. Then press on and run the race with patience for it will not be long till we all meet on that blissful shore.

We all have a precious treasure of happy days gone by,
And its memory thrills our inmost heart.
With pleasure or with a sigh.
We all have a precious treasure,
Of happy days gone by,
And mine is a pictured face
Of one who has already departed
Life’s sad and toilsome race.
When at last we stood by the open casket,
Of the calm and lovely features,
From which pain and care had passed.

I’m sure we all can surely sympathize with the husband and dear girls, these who have had the same loss more so than others.

June 15.

O. B. JOLLY.

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Card of Thanks.

We, desire through the Sun and Semi-Weekly Light to thank our neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness to our late wife and mother during her long illness, and for their many expressions of sympathy since her death. These tokens of friendship will be remembered while life lasts, and will always be a source of much profound gratitude on our part.

W. B. PAYNE and Children.

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Resolutions of Respect.

Whereas, it has pleased our Alwise Heavenly Father to take from our midst one of our most esteemed members, Sovereign Jewel Payne; and,

Whereas, we deeply deplore the loss of our friend and Sovereign, we humbly bow in submission to Him who doeth all things well and inasmuch as we relize that we have lost a most valuable member, be it

Resolved, that we, as members of the Woodmen Circle extend to the bereaved family our sympathy in this hour of sadness; be it furthermore

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family, a copy sent to the Corsicana Light and Monthly Tidings for publication, also that these resolutions be adopted by the Grove and placed upon the minutes.

MRS. MATTIE WYLIE,
MISS BETTIE ANDERSON,
MRS. ALICE COKER,
Committee.
Pursley Grove No. 317 W. C.

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Edward Welty Willis, Dr.
Nov. 28, 1914 - Sep. 6, 1977

Dr. Edward Willis dies

Services for Dr. Edward W. Willis, 63, who died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Corley Funeral Home. The Rev. James E. Shuler will officiate, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Dr. Willis was a graduate of Oklahoma A&M and an honor graduate of Baylor Dental College. He had practiced dentistry in Corsicana for 37 years and had spent eight years as director of the Children & Youth Dental program at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. He and his wife returned to live in Corsicana on July 1, 1977.

Dr. Willis was a native of Shawnee, Okla. and a member of Sigma Alpha Episilon, Psi Omega Dental Fraternity, past board member of First United Methodist Church and the YMCA, and a life member of both the Texas State Dental Society and the American Dental Association. He was a veteran of both World War II and Korea.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. E. W. Willis of Corsicana; three sons, Ronald A. Willis of Corsicana, Edward Kerr Willis of Little Rock Ark., and E. W. Willis Jr., of Dallas; and six grandchildren.

The family has requested that memorials be made to the Navarro County Cancer Society, P. O. Box 1068, Corsicana.

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Vina Cordelia (Jester) Bates
Apr 10, 1848 - Jan 26, 1916

Interred This Afternoon.

The remains of the late Mrs. Vina C. Bates, wife of R. B. Bates, were laid to rest in Oakwood this afternoon after funeral services at the home conducted by Rev. J. W. Fort. An immense throng attended the last sad rites and there were many beautiful flowers sent in by friends at home and abroad. One who led a beautiful life has passed to her reward, and in the future years her memory will still linger with those who know her and loved her in life.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - June 15, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Robert Patrick Bates married Oct. 39, 1874 d/o Levi Jester & Diadema (McKenney) Jester
  • FUNERAL HOME RECORDS: Mrs. Vera C. Bates, born 8-10-1840 died 6-9-1916, father Levi Jester born Ill
  • Oakwood Cemetery

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WILL BE CLOSED FOR ONE HOUR

Jarrell-Elliott Will Suspend Business From 4 to 5 O’clock

The Jarrell-Elliott Dry Goods Company will close its doors tomorrow afternoon from 4 to 5 o’clock. This respect will be shown the memory of Mrs. Vina C. Bates, wife of Mr. R. P. Bates, who died last night, and whose funeral will be conducted during the hour named. Mrs. Bates was the mother of Mr. Robert Bates, who has been cashier at Jarrell-Elliotts for several years.

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The death of Mrs. Vina Bates was a sadness to many old friends and relatives. A long residence here had made her part and parcel of Corsicana where, before the deplorable accident some years ago which made a cripple of her, she was active in church and social work and an ardent Daughter of the Confederacy. A woman of great pride, high ideals and intellect, she was highly regarded by the intimate circle of friends who knew her well. The writer was especially fond of her and enjoyed many interesting talks with her on the many subjects which interested her deeply.

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Martha B. (Hovey) Southworth
Mar 1833 - Feb 17, 1916

Remains Interred This Afternoon.

The remains of the late Mrs. Mattie Southworth, widow of the late J. Hill Southworth, who died yesterday afternoon, were laid to rest in Oakwood this afternoon at 3:30, the funeral taking place from St. John’s Episcopal church. Rev. Charles F. Scofield officiated and William Clarkson, H. S. Melear, H. D. Johnson, Lucien Pinkston, Perry McCammon and C. H. Allyn acted as pallbearers. The funeral was largely attended and loving friends placed many beautiful flowers over her bier. The deceased was a native of Connecticut, but had resided in Corsicana for more than thirty years. Besides a large circle of friends, she is survived by a step-son, Mr. Guss Southworth, of Corsicana, a nephew, Roy Phillips, of Tyler and two nieces, Mrs. Hattie Kneale of Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Lillie McCarty of Hillsboro.

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The Passing of Mrs. J. H. Southworth occurred Thursday, the 19th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Morgan. After a long, beautiful life, the rosary of which were only pearls of good deeds and unselfishness, the pure spirit winged its flight to the mansions not made with hands, which will be her eternal home, gladly welcomed and bidden to enter in by the loving Father. There awaited her nearly all of her loved ones by ties of blood, so who would wish her to remain to the uncertain joys and certain sorrows of this earth, her temporal home for 83 years. The day, in its splendor of golden sunshine, was a fitting one for the triumphal spirit to leave its shell of clay and wing its flight to the certain welcome of her heavenly home. Surrounded by friends who had loved her in life she calmly sank to rest. Mrs. Southworth was a gentlewoman of birth and breeding and bore its unmistakable impress in person, word and deed. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hosey, of Willometie, Connecticut, were of proud lineage and very highly educated, cultured people. Mrs. Southworth was married in 1883 to Mr. J. H. Southworth, and was an ideal mother to his children, Mr. Gus Southworth was her idol and no own son could have been tendered, kinder and more liberal than he to her. Mrs. Tho. Daniels of Kerens and Alva Southworth also bespeak her worth as a mother, and loved her as such. Beautiful flowers, an impressive though simple service were the last offices and tributes to this fine woman, who often said: “Let there be no moaning bar when I go out to sea.” Truly God hath given “His beloved sleep.”

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Annie (Ferguson) Willough-Martin
abt 1843 - Jun 4, 1916

Died At the County Farm.

Mrs. Annie Martin, aged 78 years and for many years a resident here died at the county farm yesterday and the remains were interred in Oakwood this morning. Rev. Hugh Miller officiated. The deceased had lived in Corsicana for many years, and some months ago was taken to the hospital department of the county farm where she was well cared for until her death. The deceased was an excellent woman and was much esteemed by those who knew her. One daughter, Mrs. Tom Moore lives in Fairbanks, Arizona, and a son by a former marriage, Albert Willough, lives in Fort Worth.

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Russell Joy Hubble
Jan 28, 1915 - Apr 28, 1916

Buried Here This Afternoon.

The 15-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hubbell died at Teague yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred in Oakwood here this afternoon at 5 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbell formerly lived at Powell and the little girl who died was the granddaughter of H. J. Breithaupt of Powell.

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Clara E. (Breithaupt) Hubble
Jun 12, 1884 - Sep 13, 1944

MRS. W. R. HUBBLE DIED IN HILLSBORO; TO BE BURIED HERE

Mrs. W. R. Hubble, age 59 years died at her home in Hillsboro, about noon Wednesday. Funeral services will be held there Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock and interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery here.

Surviving are her husband, a son, Eugene Hubble; a daughter, Edith Hubble, all of Hillsboro; five brothers, Allen Breithaupt, J. A. Breithaupt, C. V. Breithaupt, E. P. Breithaupt and C. E. Breithaupt, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. A. W. King, Corsicana; Mrs. Andrew Johnson, Orange; two grandchildren, and other relatives.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, September 13, 1944
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William Russell Hubble married Dec. 25, 1910 d/o Henry Jefferson “Jeff” Breithaupt and Martha Alice (Vernon) Breithaupt buried in Prairie Point cemetery

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RITES IN HILLSBORO FOR MRS. HUBBLE; BURIAL CORSICANA

Funeral services for Mrs. W. R. Hubble, 59 years, who died at her home in Hillsboro Wednesday, were held at the Marshall & Marshall Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The body was brought overland for interment in Oakwood Cemetery here, following the service in Hillsboro.

A native of Navarro county, Mrs. Hubble had resided in Hillsboro about 12 years.

Surviving are her husband, Hillsboro; a daughter, Mrs. Edith Pretre, Hillsboro; a son, Eugene Hubble, U. S. Army, Ft. Bragg; five brothers, Allen Breithaupt, P.A. Breithaupt, C. V. Breithaupt, all of Corsicana; E. P. Breithaupt, Mabank; C. E. Breithaupt, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. A. W. King, Corsicana; Mrs. Andrew Johnston, Orange; two grandchildren, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home directed the local arrangements.

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Florena Hubble
May 14, 1917 - Sep 19, 1918

Died.

Florena, the 16-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hubble of Teague, died last night and will be buried here this afternoon at 4 o’clock. The funeral will take place from the T. & B. V. Station.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubble were residents of Corsicana up to the time of their removal to Teague. While here Mr. Hubble was in the employ of the Magnolia Petroleum Company. Mrs. Hubble is a daughter of Mr. H. J. Breithaupt of Powell and she and her husband have many friends here who will deeply sympathize with them in their great sorrow that has been visited upon them.

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Lessie Titus
Dec 6, 1895 - Dec 26, 1990

Lessie Titus, 95, of Corsicana, died Dec. 26, 1990, at Mel-Haven Convalescent Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Dairy Johnson and the Rev. Marshall White officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Eureka under direction of Scott Funeral Home.

She had lived in Corsicana since February and was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church in San Angelo.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Labron Walker of Corsicana.

Deacons of Bethlehem Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

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  • The Examiner - January 7-31, 1991
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mattie Mae (Bartlett) Ellis
Feb 22, 1900 - Jan 5, 1991

Mrs. Mattie Mae Ellis, 90, of Rice, died Jan. 5, 1991 at Baylor Medical Center in Ennis.

Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Keever Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in the Rice Cemetery.

She was born Feb. 22, 1900 in Rice, the daughter of William D. and Corinue [sic] Gibson Bartlett. She was raised in Rice and graduated from Rice High School. She graduated from Texas Women's University in Denton. She was a former school teacher in Rice, Blooming Grove, Ennis and Corsicana. She was a member of Haynie Memorial Methodist Church in Rice.

She was preceded in death by her husband, A.D. Ellis, in 1981.

Survivors include one son, Charles Ellis of Fort Worth; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. W.M. Harper of Chatfirld; and one niece.

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Mildred Martha (Perry) Keele
Dec 1, 1928 - Jan 5, 1991

Mrs. L.M. (Mildred) Keele, 62, of Kerens, died Jan. 5, 1991, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev.
Jimmy Mumms and the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Point Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, L.M. Keele of Kerens; two daughters, Marlene Jock of Malakoff and Annette Coleman of Corsicana; four sons, Eugene Keele of Kountze, Claude Keele of Saratoga, Lonnie Keele of Emhouse and Timothy Keele of Kerens; 10 grandchildren; four sisters, Vera Oglesby of Corsicana, Vivian Jock of Malakoff, Clara Braxmire of Waxahachie and Velda Steen of Corsicana; two brothers, Lester Perry of Malakoff and James Perry of Kerens; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Evelyn Helen (Vanibuls) Thompson
Dec 19, 1919 - Sept 13, 2015

Evelyn Helen Thompson, 95, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Services will be 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Mt. B Zion Baptist Church in Goodlow.
Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Ms. Evelyn Helen Vanibuls Thompson, 95, of Corsicana passed away September 13, 2015 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.
Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Mt. B Zion Baptist Church 207 South State HWY 309 Goodlow, Texas 75144. Pastor Nathan Carter Sr. officiating and Pastor Willie R. Tolliver Jr. Eulogist. (Great Bethesaida Holmes Church, Halls Tennessee.

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Bobbie Jo (Thompson) Cooper
Jan 20, 1940 - Sept 6, 2015

Bobbie Jo Cooper, 75, of Barry, passed away at her home on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Bobbie Jo Cooper, 75, of Barry, TX passed away Sunday morning, September 6, 2015 at her residence. She was born in Dallas, TX on January 20, 1940 to Cecil Thompson and Patricia Hamilton Thompson.

She is preceded in death by her husband Loyd Cooper and daughter Susie Woodall. Survivors include her daughters Tenna Fields and husband Tim of Sachse, TX. and Tenica Jones and husband Jason of Barry, TX. Grandchildren; Windi Dowdle, Brandon Woodall, Tiffany Mazyck, Bo Fields, Jennifer Blades, Hagen Jones, Parker Jones and Levi Jones. She is also survived by her sisters Helen Poston of Canton, TX., Dorothy Hart of Mesquite, TX. and Thursey Corder of McKinney, TX.

Visitation will be Tuesday morning, September 8, 2015 from 9 - 11am at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1pm on Tuesday in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with Jason Jones, Tim Fields, Bo Fields, HagenJones, Kyle Dowdle and Mike Mazyck serving at Pallbearers.
 

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Gladys Bell (Hayes) Best
Sept 4, 1924 - Sept 8, 2015

After living a full life Gladys Bell Hayes Best suffered a massive stroke on Sept. 1, 2015. Family gathered in her hospital room on Friday to celebrate her 91st birthday. She passed away on Sept. 8, 2015, in Carrollton with her daughters holding her in their arms. She was born on Sept. 4, 1924, in Frost to Horace and Dessie Bell Hayes.
The family moved to Corsicana where Gladys grew up. She was married to Melvin Leroy Best for 69 wonderful years. Gladys never let Melvin forget that she picked him. Melvin’s primary pilot training took place at the air field in Corsicana. Gladys refused to date “men in uniform.” When the Corsicana matrons insisted she choose from a list of cadets which one she would have as a dance partner for a Cadet Dance, she chose the one from Texas who must be the best because his name was BEST. It was a partnership that never failed.
They had twin daughters, Carol Hillman and Judy Zurlis.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents, Horace and Dessie Hayes; and three sisters, Geraldine Johnston, Mary Greentree, and Maurine Hoskins.
She is survived by her two sisters, Dortha Bergey and Martha Chilbert, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins. Numerous friends will also miss her bubbly laugh and sincere personality.
Gladys was a leader, a teacher, but most of all, a friend. While Melvin was flying B-25 “Strafers” in the South Pacific, Gladys and her sister moved to Fort Worth to do their part in supporting the war effort. She worked at Convair, an American aircraft manufacturing company that played a huge role in bringing women into the work force. When the war ended Gladys and Melvin moved to Lubbock where they lived until 1989.
Gladys was known as Melvin’s wife, the mother of the twins, and Roy Furr’s secretary, but to her four grandchildren and their spouses, Crae and Judy Hillman, Scott and Amy Zurlis, Steven and Cari Zurlis, and Ryan and Anne Hillman Thomas and her nine great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Hannah Hillman, Jake and Jessi Zurlis, Hunter and Hailey Zurlis, and Pierce, Henry, and Benjamin Thomas, she was “B.”
They were members of Southcrest Baptist Church where she praised God by singing in the choir. Retirement found them living in Tool on Cedar Creek Lake where Gladys found the opportunity to serve her Lord Jesus Christ. As active members of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church, Gladys served on the building committee and held various offices in her United Methodist Women organization. Her lifelong love of reading prepared her to serve as Program Resource Secretary and on the Nominating Committee for both the District Conference and the Regional Conference of UMW. She penned many skits and gave book reviews for UMW meetings. She was an active member of the Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club.
Flowers always brightened her day. Gladys loved to plan and execute big parties. Dinner for 300, not a problem. Playing card and board games with friends was a frequent activity for Gladys and Melvin.
In 2008 they moved to the North Dallas area and were members of Christ Church Plano/Anglican.
Visitation is scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 8011 Frankford Road in Dallas.
Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at the Ted Dickey West Funeral Home. The celebration of her life will continue with humorous stories, sharing of warm remembrances, and toasts to a life well lived. Gladys had two requests: Wear bright colored clothes and have a balloon release.
Interment will be at 1 p.m. at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery. The Melvin L. Best Family Memorial Scholarship has been established at Texas Tech University. Gifts may be sent to Texas Tech University, c/o Alicia Knight, PO Box 41081, Lubbock, TX 79409 or at www.give2tech.com.
Arrangements by Ted Dickey West Funeral Home.

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Billy Charles Carmack
Feb 4, 1935 - Sept 13, 2015

Billy Charles Carmack passed away from this world on Sept. 13, 2015 at the Trisun Care Center.
He was born on Feb. 4, 1935 to Ethel and Cager Carmack in Floydada.
Upon graduation from Floydada High and McMurry College he taught school and coached for 10 years until he went into the insurance field and retired after 31 years of service with the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.
Bill was a member of Corsicana First Baptist Church and spent some time with the Kiaros prison ministry.
Bill is preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Glenn and Bobby Carmack; and sister, Cagerline Daley.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nita; sons, Ricky of Crosbyton, and Bradley of Denver, Colorado; mother-in-law, Letha Lightfoot of Corsicana; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
A remembrance and family service will be at the Floydada Memorial Cemetery at a later date.
The family wishes to thank Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home and The Mercy Hospice for their kindness and care.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Keith Dewayne Oten Sr.
abt 1950 - Sep 14, 2015
 

Mr. Keith Dewayne Oten Sr., 65, of Corsicana passed away on Monday Sept. 14, 2015. Visitation will be 11a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Wilgo Baptist Church, 621 East First Avenue, Corsicana. Interment will be at 9 a.m. Monday Sept. 21, 2015, at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 200 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Mary Ann (Faligo) Lacy
July 23, 1916 - Aug 31, 2015

Mrs. Mary Ann Lacy, 99, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana, surrounded by her daughter P.J. and husband J.D. Jones who has been her caregivers until entering Heritage Oaks West following a serious fall.
She was born on July 23, 1916 in Oelwein, Iowa and married John Frances Lacy in Sioux City, Iowa in 1935. She was a true caregiver, working as an LVN in hospitals in California where she lived until shortly after the death of her husband. She moved to Corsicana in 2002 to be close to her daughter and son-in-law. She was an avid cook, and loved to read cookbooks and collect recipes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frances; grandson, Scott "Jea" Milam; step brothers Charles, Dominic, Frank and Louis Fazio; brother Sam Faligo and sister, Florence Milano.

She is survived by her sons, Jerry Lacy and wife Julia and Ronald Lacy and wife Judy all of California; daughter, P.J. and husband J.D. Jones of Corsicana and daughter Lacy Horn of Florida. She is survived by grandchildren, Kerry Lacy of New York, Danny Lacy of California, Sean Lacy and wife Eri of Hawaii, David Milam of Fort Worth and Laurie Smith and husband R.E. of Salido. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Cortney and husband Eric Dimitriou, Wyatt Dimitriou and Kai Lacy of Hawaii along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends who loved her beautiful smile.

She was a member of the Catholic Church in San Diego, California until her move to Corsicana where she joined the Cowboy Church of Corsicana with her daughter P.J. Jones and her husband J.D.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Kent Rogers, Family First Hospice and the wonderful nurses and aids at Heritage Oaks West for the loving care of Mary, but also the concerns and consideration of the family during her illness. A special thank you to Martha Ramirez who was her special friend and prayed with her through the tough times.

Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana. There will be a catered dinner following the service for those who wish to stay are welcome to share in this celebration dinner in her honor.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the building fund at: Cowboy Church of Corsicana 5864 W HWY 31 Corsicana, Texas 75110 or P.O. Box 2068 Corsicana, Texas 75151 or a charity of your choice.

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William Carroll "W.C." Ranson Jr.
Oct 13, 1959 - Sept 11, 2015

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2015, W.C. went peacefully to be with the Lord. He was 55 years old. W.C was born in the town of Lynchburg, Virginia on Oct. 13, 1959. He was the first child of the late Sue and Bill Ranson.
W.C. was a graduate of Teague High School in 1978 where he received a football scholarship to play at the University of Houston from 1978 to 1982. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Technology and continued his football career for a short time playing for the Los Angeles Raiders. He was employed as a salesman for the SIKA Corporation as well as being certified in the analysis of concrete.
As a child, W.C. loved growing up on his farm in Virginia and enjoyed his time hunting. As an adult, W.C. enjoyed relaxing with his wife at their lake house on Cedar Creek Lake. He loved fishing, football, and cooking for his family. W.C. was a big man with an even bigger heart. He enjoyed giving big bear hugs to those around him.
W.C. is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Ranson of Corsicana; brother, Charlie Ranson of Arlington; sister, Monda Schneider and husband Josh of McKinney; sons, Blake Funderburk and wife Kirstin of Purdon, and Kevin Funderburk of Plano; daughters, Amy Tidwell and husband Aaron of Dallas, Meg Funderburk of Corsicana, and Paige and Lyndsey Ranson of Streetman; grandson, Kane Funderburk; niece and nephew, Jonah and Meredith Schneider; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A memorial service celebrating W.C.’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana with John Teel officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219 or online at www.tsrch.org.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Colin Robert Saunders
Mar 4, 1928 - Sept 11, 2015

Colin Robert Saunders, 77, joined his Heavenly Father on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.
Colin was born on March 4, 1938, to Henry Earl and Mary Catherine (Carter) Saunders in Burlington, North Carolina. He grew up in the Triad area. Colin served his country with pride in the United States Air Force serving in Japan. He resided at the Richland Chambers Lake area with his wife of 12 years, Dorothy Dunn Saunders.
He was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for over 35 years holding many positions and retiring as assistant superintendent. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, and was known as Mr. Fix-It by all his neighbors and friends at the lake. He enjoyed motorcycles and was a fan of NASCAR.
He will be fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and his memory will be cherished most by his family including his wife, Dorothy Dunn Saunders; daughter, Sheena Clover and husband David; three step-children, Angela, Terri and Shay; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; along with many other family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and a grandson.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.

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Frank Lee "Fats" McDade
abt 1940 - Sept 3, 2015

Frank Lee ‘Fats’ McDade, 75, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Services will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Open Door Church of God in Christ located at 1201 E. 8th Ave. Interment will be at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Frankie Lee Ellison
abt 1958 - Sept 1, 2015

Frankie Lee Ellison, 57, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Lifeline Church, 5301 West State Highway 31. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.

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Katie Faye Wilson
abt 1946 - Sep 4, 2015

Katie Faye Wilson, 69, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at Charlton Methodist Hospital, Dallas. Funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church,
5301 West State Highway 31. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery, Corsicana. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Robbie Annie Mae Bailey
abt 1922 - Sep 1, 2015

Robbie Annie Mae Bailey, 93, of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at Country Meadows. Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept.
11, 2015, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary, and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Love Chapel Baptist Church, 400 North Benton Street.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at Straight Way Baptist Church, 400 South 15th Street, with Pastor David E. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park, Corsicana.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Edward Eugene “Ed” Scoggins, Sr.
Jun 7, 1887 - Mar 18, 1947

Ed Scoggins Rites Were Held Thursday

Funeral services for Ed Scroggins, aged 50 years, Corsicana, Route 1, who died Tuesday afternoon, were held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; three sons, Roy Lee Scroggins, Waxahachie; Drew and Ed Scriggins, Jr., both of Corsicana; four daughters, Mrs. E. L. Costlow and Margaret Frances and Peggy Jean Scroggins, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. J. D. Fred, Dawson; a brother, Drew Scroggins, Burnert; three sisters, Mrs. H. T. Vandergriff, Mrs. Ed Smith and Mrs. W. R. Lynch, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, March 20, 1947
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (in the obit the name of Scoggins is spelled several ways) h/o Myrtle Pearl (Martin) Scoggins married Sep. 3, 1911 s/o Drewery Alexander “Drew” Scoggins and Alice (Wilks) Scoggins

James David Byrd
Aug 30, 1844 - Mar 13, 1916

REMAINS BROUGHT HERE.

Death Came to J. D. Byrd at Mart Yesterday.

J. D. Byrd, aged 72 years, and at one time a resident here, died at Mart yesterday and the remains were brought here this morning and interred in Oakwood cemetery by the side of those of his wife who died here several years ago.

The deceased is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. L. Needham and Mrs. E. Lowe of ----; Prof. V. A. Byrd of Mansfield and Luther Byrd of Mart.

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Luther Sikes Byrd
Apr. 27, 1883 - Jun. 26, 1955

Luther S. Byrd Services Tuesday

Luther S. Byrd, 72, Corsicana native, died at Mart Sunday.

Graveside rites will be held at Oakwood cemetery here Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Byrd, pioneer Corsicana residents.

Surviving are his wife and other relatives.

McCammon directs local arrangements.

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Tuesday Services For Luther Byrd

Funeral services for Luther S. Byrd, 72, native of Corsicana, who died at Mart Sunday, were held at Oakwood cemetery Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Browning conducted the rites.

Surviving are his wife and other relatives.

Byrd was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Byrd, pioneer Corsicana residents.

McCammon directed local arrangements.

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A. J. Taylor
Feb 17, 1922 - July 27, 2015

Mr. A J Taylor, 93, of Corsicana passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. He was born Feb. 17, 1922 in Bazette, Texas to Ezekiel Wilder and Ruby Faye Taylor.

He was a veteran, having served his country in the Unites States Air Force during World War II. He was employed with the Hat Factory in Corsicana, and retired as Senior Vice President after over 50 years of service. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Emma Jean Taylor; parents, Ezekiel and Ruby Taylor; and sisters, Addie Hope, Jo Seago, and Wanda Stewart.

He is survived by his sons, Jay Taylor and wife Gina of Mexia and Kenneth Taylor and wife Yazmin of Glenn Heights; grandson, Austin Taylor of Mexia; granddaughters, Megan Taylor, Evie-Jean Taylor of Mexia and Kayla Vinyard and husband Brandon of Corsicana; great grandson, Jackie Wayne Vinyard of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating.
Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 510 W.
Collin, Corsicana, Texas 75110 for those desiring to do so.

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Dan Alan Paschal
Sept 2, 1932 - July 23, 2015
 
Mr. Dan Alan Paschal, 82, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was born Sept. 2, 1932 in Navarro County to Allen “Red” and Willie Humbert Paschal.
Dan was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He was a graduate of Corsicana High School where he played football. Dan met and married the love of his life, Nelma Ann Colvin, and they were married on Jan. 29, 1954. They lived in Corsicana before moving to the old home place near Pickett, Texas.
He proudly served his country in the United States Armed Forces; he was inducted on April 21, 1954 where he served as a cook and later transferred to the Army National Guard. Dan received an Honorable Discharge after eight years of dedicated service to his country. Dan later attended Navarro College on the GI Bill.
He was a member of the American Legion, Post 22, a Master Mason with over 50 years of service, and a member of Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Retreat, Texas.
Dan was employed by Gibson’s Discount store from the first day of its opening in Corsicana to its closure in the mid 1980’s; Dan could always be seen with a joyous smile on his face willing to sell you anything within the sporting goods department. After the closure of Gibson’s Discount Store, Dan worked for the True Value Warehouse for a number of years, finally retiring to his farm and antique automobile interest. Dan was an avid antique automobile collector and rancher. He enjoyed antique car shows, and restoring the vehicles that he had collected throughout the years. He also enjoyed going to the cattle auction and checking his cows each evening.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of over 50 years, Nelma Ann Colvin Paschal in June of 2002.
He is survived by sons, Alan and Shane Paschal both of Corsicana; grandchildren Wes Devorak, Kaycee Renee, Dusty, Chase and Chance Paschal; great granddaughter Kristen Knight; and numerous cousins.
Dan loved and enjoyed his family.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Easley officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donnie Brunton, Brent Brunton, Phil Paschal, Shannon Paschal, Jason Brown, and Mike Burns.

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Abner Banquet Detroit Sessions Sheppard
Jul 19, 1856 - Dec 25, 1930

PIONEER RESIDENT OF THIS COMMUNITY PASSED AWAY

Abner Sheppard, age 74 years and 6 months, passed away at his home about two miles north of Blooming Grove at 4 p.m. December 25th, after an illness of a few weeks. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 26. Rev. A. W. Luper and Rev. E. L. Jones conducted the services. Burial was in White Church cemetery.

The McCormick Funeral Home was in charge.

Mr. Sheppard was born in Mississippi July 7, 1856, and came to Texas in 1874 settling in this community where he has resided for the last 56 years. He came here before the town was established, and had watched the community grow from practically no population at all to a densely populated section.

He was a faithful member of the First Baptist church from the time it was established until his death.

He is survived by his wife and eight children as follows: Willie Sheppard, Corsicana; Mrs. John Glass, Pinkston; Mrs. D. E. Magee, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Bob Kagler, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Clyde Dale, Irene; and Griffin, Charlie and Gilmer of Blooming Grove; one brother, Willie Sheppard, and one sister, Mrs. Fate Boyd of Midlothian.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Note: This article states his birth date as July 7, 1856

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IN MEMORY

The death angel visited our home on the eve of Dec. 25, 1930 and took from us our father, A. B. Sheppard.

God in his infinite wisdom saw fit to take him from us unto Himself and we humbly bow to his holy will, knowing full well that we shall meet him again in the sweet bye and bye on that eternal shore.

He was so good, kind and affectionate to us, and all with whom he came in contact, that he will be sorely missed in our home and in the community in which he lived.

We know that he is at rest and at home with God whom he loved and served here below and we know also that by grace through faith we will be a united family up yonder.

His eyes are closed in death,
His voice is stilled,
There is a vacancy in our home
That never can be filled.

We miss his footsteps,
We miss his smiles.
But he's gone to live with Jesus
And reign with Him on high.

Oh, how we long to see him
And clasp him to our hearts.
But we're going to meet him in heaven
Where never more will part.

Ones who loved him - His son-in-law and daughter, JOHN AND LAURA GLASS

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society


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Card of Thanks

We take this method to thank our many friends for their kindness and assistance given us during the illness and death of our husband and father. Also for the beautiful floral offering. May God's richest blessings attend each and everyone of you is our prayer.

Mrs. A. B. Sheppard and Children

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society

     

David Edward Kennemore
Jun 11, 1878 - Mar 6, 1950

OBITUARY
D. E. Kinnemore Rites Being Held Thursday
CORSICANA - March 8 - -SPL-
Funeral services for David Edward Kinnemore, 71, will be held here Thursday afternoon.
Kinnemore, fireman at the powerhouse and caretaker of the courthouse lawn since shortly after the courthouse was completed in 1906, died with a heart attack Monday afternoon while at work.
The courthouse will close Thursday afternoon

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D. E. Kinnemore Funeral Rites Held Thursday

Funeral services for D. E. Kinnemore, 71, long-time county employe, who died of a heart attack Monday afternoon, were held Thursday afternoon from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. S. R. Estes, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Kinnemore had been fireman at the powerhouse and caretaker of the courthouse lawn for more than 40 years.

Surviving are four sons, Abb Kinnebore, Columbus; Robert Kinnemore, Borger; Thomas E. and Jerry Kinnemore, both of Corsicana; five daughters, Mrs. Bertha Pillans, Misses Doris Jean and Annie Mae Kinnemore, all of Corsicana, Mrs. Claudine Farmer, Fort Eustis, Va. And Miss Pauline Kinnemore, Denver, Colo.; a brother, Henry Kinnemore, Purdon; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Heghs, Kilgore, and Miss Annie Kinnemore, Corsicana; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

The courthouse was closed at 3 p.m. Thursday so that the employes and officials could attend the rites.

Pallbearers were Rufus Pevehouse, Judge A. P. Mays, E. Y. Cunningham, Walter Hayes, J. M. Tullos, Jack Megarity, R. S. Daniel and Mose Armstrong.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, March 9, 1950
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Fannie E. (McDonald) Kennemore 2nd wife Zema (May) Kennemore married Nov. 3, 1919 s/o Matthew O’Neal Kennemore and Nancy Ann (Birdsong) Kennemore

Sam Denton Jordan
Jun 1881 - Aug 31, 1918

Died in Cleburne Friday.

Sam D. Jordan, who was for many years a resident of Frost, died in Cleburne Friday, and the remains were interred at Frost Sunday. The deceased is survived by his wife and five children, as well as his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Jordan, of Frost. The deceased was an uncle of James Williams, employed here at the Club Café, and of Miss Annie Williams, with the J. M. Dyer Dry Goods Co.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, September 3, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Vivian Myrtle (Beckner) Jordan married Feb. 7, 1906; s/o Dodridge M. Jordan & Sarah Elizabeth (Lemmons) Jordan

Thomas J. Hickey, Sr.
1843 - Apr 17, 1917

Former Corsicana Citizen Dead.

T. J. Hickey, Sr., aged 75 years, and for many years a resident of this city, but living in Dallas for the past year, died at his home there last night and the remains will be interred there tomorrow morning at 9:30 from the Catholic church. Surviving the deceased is his widow and the following children: Mrs. James Rush, Mrs. John Riley, Mrs. Harvey Redden, Mrs. J. L. Maroney, Miss Frances Hickey and T. J. Hickey, Jr.

The deceased was an excellent citizen and had many old friends here who are pained to learn of his death.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 17, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Calvary cemetery, Dallas, Tx.
  • Born in Ireland h/o Mary Ann (Bourke) Hickey (Thomas J. Hickey, Jr. is buried in Calvary cemetery, Corsicana, Texas

Mary Ann (Bourke) Hickey
Dec 25, 1850 - Sep 25, 1924

FORMER CORSICANA LADY DIED DALLAS EARLY HOUR TODAY

MRS. MARY HICKEY WAS HIGHLY ESTEEMED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER

Mrs. Mary Hickey, widow of the late T. J. Hickey and who was for many years a highly esteemed lady of this place, died at 1 o’clock this morning in Dallas, and the remains are to be interred there. The deceased is survived by these children: Tom Hickey of Corsicana; Mrs. William Maroney of Ennis, and Mrs. W. A. Reilly, Mrs. James Rush, Mrs. Harvey Redden and Mrs. Dr. Smith of Dallas.

During her long residence here the deceased endeared herself to a large circle of friends who are pained to learn of her death.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced but it is known that she will be buried in Dallas beside her late husband.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, September 25, 1924
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Calvary cemetery, Dallas, Tx.
  • Born in Ireland w/o Thomas J. Hickey, Sr. (Thomas J. Hickey, Jr. is buried in Calvary cemetery, Corsicana, Tx.

Otto Emmitt Britton
Nov 11, 1911 - Jun 13, 1976

Man dies as truck plunges into lake

Otto Britton, Italy, died Sunday at 10:40 p.m. after driving his pickup truck into Navarro Mills Lake.

The incident was reported to the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department by Norman Mosley, Arlington. He said that Britton drove his truck into the lake at Wolf Creek Park at Navarro Mills lake and didn’t make it out of the truck.

J. P. W. H. Tipton has not made a ruling on the death pending reports by law enforcement.

Funeral services are pending at Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home, Italy.

Britton was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Otto Britton, Forreston; five brothers, Gilbert Britton, Greenville, Raymond Britton, Corsicana, Bill Britton, and Lois Britton, both of Oklahoma, and Darrell Britton, Arlington; three daughters, Mrs. Sarah Price, Red Oak, Mrs. W. O. Harris, Italy, and Sue Britton, Dallas; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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Drowning ruled in Britton death

Justice of the Peace W. H. Tipton has ruled death by accidental drowning in the death of Otto Britton of Italy.

Britton died Sunday at 10:40 p.m. after driving his pickup into Navarro Mills Lake at Wolf Creek Park.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 15, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Richland Cemetery, Mertens, Tx.
  • h/o Deiia Mae (Ratcliff) Britton s/o Wylie Britton and Renee (Bullock) Britton
     

Dr. James Edward Sneed
Dec 18, 1881 - Oct 15, 1918

PROMINENT DOCTOR DIES

Dr. J. E. Sneed of Teague, Well known in Corsicana

Mrs. Cassie Ferguson today received notice of the death of Dr. J. E. Sneed at Teague, Dr. Sneed was a prominent physician who was well known in Corsicana. His death resulted from an attack of influenza and his wife and baby are reported quite sick with the same disease.

Ms. Sneed was formerly Miss Sadie Bell Bonner of Corsicana and is related to Mrs. Ferguson.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, October 15, 1918 - October 15, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Sadie Belle (Bonner) Sneed' s/o William Newton Sneed & Alice Virginia (Johnson) Sneed

Ezra Frank Walker
Aug 21, 1898 - Jan 12, 1916

BAD NEWS FOR PARENTS HERE.

Corsicana Boy Dies Very Suddenly In Galveston.

Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Walker received the sad news at a late hour last night that their son, Frank Walker, aged about twenty years, had died suddenly in Galveston last night, and Mr. Walker went to Houston at noon to meet the funeral party, and the remains will be interred here some time tomorrow. The young man had been with his sister, Mrs. Ferguson, in Galveston for some time, but the particulars of his death are not known.

Mr. and Mrs. Walker have had their hearts saddened by many sorrows, and the community deeply sympathizes with them.

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George Beverly Walker, Sr.
Dec 17, 1844 - Mar 29, 1928

PIONEER CITIZEN DIED AT HIS HOME HERE THURSDAY

G. B. Walker, aged 83 years, died at 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon at his home on West Third Avenue, following an illness of several weeks. He was just recently brought home from Sherman where he underwent a major operation.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the home and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Walker is survived by one son, G. B. Walker, Jr., and two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Petris and Mrs. Hallie Washburn, all of Corsicana.

Mr. Walker had been connected with the Texas Power & Light company for a number of years as a member of the right of way department.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR PIONEER CITIZEN

GEORGE B. WALKER HAD RESIDED IN CORSICANA FOR PAST SIXTY YEARS

Funeral services for George B. Walker, aged 82 years, Confederate veteran, who died at his home on 1502 West Third avenue, Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock following a lingering illness, were held Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the residence with interment in
Oakwood Cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Shepperson, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.

Mr. Walker was born in Halifax county, Virginia but had resided in Texas for 61 years. He moved to Navarro county 60 years ago and resided at Rural Shade for several years. He had resided on the same lot in Corsicana for 57 years.

During the Civil War, Mr. Walker joined Company B, Thirteenth Virginia Artillery. He saw service in Virginia, West Virginia, and other states.

He had been an employ of the Texas Power & Light company for some time. He was preceded in death by his wife about two months ago.

Surviving are one son, G. B. Walker, Jr., and two daughters, Mrs. W. A. Patris and Mrs. Hallie Washburn, all of Corsicana.

Active pallbearers were E. G. Hogan and T. M. Dillard, Dallas; G. C. Kent, Ted Ferguson, Sam J. Jackson, N. F. Garrett, A. Ferguson and E. E. Babers, all of Corsicana.

Honorary pallbearers included all members of Camp Winkler, Confederate veterans; J. S. Callicutt, Wm. Clarkson, Sr., J. W. Hornbeak, Judge Hawkins Scarborough, Elmer Keith, right-of-way department, Texas Power & Light company, Dallas; Dr. T. A. Miller, Dr., W. W. Halbert, Mr. Finch, George Kent, W. A. Babb, Hawk Deckard, G. W. Taylor, W. A. Tarver, R. L. Reese, F. A. Weimer, Clay Nash, J. H. Galbraith, J. M. Gordon, W. J. Rochelle, Dillard Ramsey, Chris L. Knox, Dr. E. A. Johnson, C. H. Mills, J. W. Stewart, A. W. King, Charlie King, Joe Garvin, Rufus Hardy, John Garner, J. S. Murchison, Gus Young, Fred M. Allison, Bob Woods, J. N. Edens, Kerr Cowan, Walter Selig, R. D. Fleming, Arthur Dunn, Joe Wolens, Louis Wolens, Max Wolens, S. P. Ross, A. H. Piper, John Cunningham.

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Fannie Jane (Morse) Walker
Mar 3, 1855 - Jan 30, 1928

PIONEER RESIDENT OF CORSICANA DIED MONDAY AFTERNOON

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR MRS. FANNIE J. WALKER

Mrs. Fannie J. Walker, aged 62 years, died at the family home, 1503 West Third Avenue, Monday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock following a lingering illness and the funeral services were conducted at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. O. D. Spence, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Walker was born in Pennsylvania but had been a resident of Texas for 56 years.

Surviving are her husband, George B. Walker, and three children as follows; Mrs. Lela Petris, Mrs. Hallie May Warren and Beverly Walker, all of Corsicana.

Active pallbearers were Garland Kent, R. C. Blucher, A. H. Piper, J. M. Kerr, Ted Ferguson and E. L. Finch. Honorary—T. P. Kerr, J. W. Hornbeak, F. N. Drane, N. P. Ross, Dallas; C. W. Taylor, A. Ferguson, J. H. Gilbreath, F. A. Widmer, Dr. T. A. Miller, C. H. Mills and Hawkins Scarborough.

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Samuel John Thomas Johnson, Capt., Sheriff
1827 - Nov 11, 1916

VENERABLE CITIZEN DEAD.

Passes Away After Few Days of Illness.

Capt. S. J. T. Johnson, who would have been 85 years old in January next, died at the Commercial hotel last night after a few days’ illness, and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon, the funeral taking place from the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

The services at the church were conducted by Rev. J. W. Hornbeak and the last sad rites at the grave were in charge of the Masons, and Gov. Geo. T. Stout, Judge J. M. Blanding and B. F. Hartzell acted as pallbearers.

The deceased had long been a citizen of Navarro county and at one time was sheriff and tax collector of the county. In former years he was one of the county’s foremost men in business affairs, and was noted for his big and generous heart, always being ready to aid those who appealed to him in distress. For several years past he spent much of his time in Denver, Colorado, and Los Angeles, California, but never lost sight of Corsicana as his home.

The deceased, with three brothers, E. W. and W. O. Johnson of Corsicana, and Jerry Johnson of Hubbard City, came to Texas from Lowden county, Tennessee, many years ago, and most of those years were spent here.

Surviving the deceased are the four brothers named, and the following children; Mrs. Gus Hoover, Corsicana; Louis Johnson, Los Angeles, California; W. J. Johnson, Oak Cliff; S. D. Johnson, Corsicana, and Mrs. J. F. Gaston, of Vinita, Okla.

The funeral this afternoon was largely attended and there were many beautiful flowers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, November 29, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Ann Elizabeth “Eliza” (Caldwell) Johnson married Oct. 14, 1856; s/o James Johnson & Martha Miller (Johnston) Johnson

     

INFANT SON Presley
B&D Mar 9, 1916

Burial of Infant.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Presley had a boy born to them Thursday night of last week, but the little fellow died soon after birth and the remains were interred in Oakwood Friday.

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Edna (Callahan) Cowan
May 24, 1929 - Sep 16, 2015

Mrs. Edna Cowan, 86, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16,
2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse with the Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mrs. Edna C. Cowan, age 86, of Corsicana went to rest into the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 after a sudden massive stroke at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born on May 24, 1929 in Leslie County, Kentucky to Dennis and Lucreshie Spurlock Callahan.

She was a beautician by trade, and a christian by choice. She lived in Corsicana for the past fifteen years, and many would remember her as a door greeter at Walmart; a job she enjoyed and never met a stranger. All who knew her knew her spirit was unstoppable, determined, heartfelt, stubborn, but always full of love.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughters, Doris W. Harmon of Richardson, Texas and Nelta Ruth Gibson of Corsicana, Texas; son, Robert Wagner of Dallas; cousins, Flo Callahan of Diana, Texas and Harold Callahan of Ore City, Texas. She will be missed by all who knew her and her love of our Lord.

Visitation with the family will be held at 11:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating.

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Billy Gene Dyer
Mar 29, 1944 - Sept 18, 2015

Billy Gene Dyer, 71, loving husband, father, and grandfather, went home to Jesus on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.

Bill was born on March 29, 1944, in Frost. He was a proud 1962 graduate of Frost High School. Bill went on to attend Navarro Junior College and North Texas State University where he earned his B. S. in P.E., Biology, and History. Bill was married to his high school sweetheart for 51 years. He and his wife were members of Midlothian Bible Church where he was devoted to the children of the church and loved working with the AWANA program. In his later years, Bill enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and sharing in their successes.

Bill is proceeded in death by his parents, Marie and J.C. Dyer; as well as his sister, Mary Ann; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Stevenson.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stevenson Dyer of Midlothian; daughter, Brook Campbell and husband John of Fort Worth; son, Brandon Dyer and wife Jennifer of Mansfield; grandsons, Cody Campbell, Luke Campbell, and Samuel Campbell of Fort Worth; granddaughters, Lauren Dyer and Rachel Dyer of Mansfield; sister, Joy Graves and husband Hulan of Midlothian; brothers, James Dyer and Buddy Dyer of Fort Worth; mother-in-law, Fannie Lee Dugan of Frost; brothers-in-law, Mike Dugan and wife Sherri of Blytheville, Jim Dugan and wife Julie of Corpus Christi; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill left all who knew him a legacy of generosity, gentleness, kindness, and faithfulness.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, with services following at 11 a.m. at Midlothian Funeral Home. Interment will be at 3 p.m. following services at Frost Cemetery, Frost.

Arrangements by Midlothian Funeral Home, Midlothian.

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Alcy Catherine (Blanton) Gordon
Sep. 19, 1832 - Jan. 2, 1916

In Memoriam.

The fact that “In the midst of life we are in death.” Was never more fully exemplified than it was Sunday, January 2nd, when the sad news spread over our community that the spirit of Mrs. Alice Gordon, better known as Grandma had passed to the great Beyond.

Grandma was born in Cherokee county, September 19, 1832, and had lived mostly in Navarro county for the last 30 years.

At the time of her death she was making her home with her son, J. D. Gordon of Corsicana. She became a member of the M. E. church in her early girlhood days, later changing to the M. P. church, and lived the life of a consistent Christian, nobly performing every duty as it came to her in the death of this estimable lady there is a cause for grief to all who have had the good fortune to know her lovable spirit and strength of character. Besides other relatives and loving friends, Grandma left behind eight children, who alone can realize the loss which they have sustained. They are J. D. and Henry Gordon, Mrs. M. O. Bobett, and Mrs. Albert Starling, of Corsicana; Mrs. Josie McKinley, of Gilmer; Mrs. Bell Simpson of Dallas; Mrs. Sam Sharpley, of Emhouse, and Mrs. Lily Simpson, of San Angelo.

From every heart there goes out a spark of genuine sympathy for the bereaved children, together with the consolation that while the severing of the ties of affection here is a hard lot, all is well with the departed one.

Funeral services were conducted in a most impressive manner by Rev. J. W. Sanders. She was laid to rest in the Oakwood cemetery Monday, January 3rd. I repeat to the loved ones:

In Way of Consolation.

The lips that so tenderly your name,
As they closed in the silence of death,
Will speak to you yet in the home of love,
Where life is no longer a breath.

Earth with its fragrance and beauty and bloom,
To you is exquisitely fair;
But Heaven will be dearer and sweeter to you,
For your mother, so precious, is there.

Like the shining of the sun beam,
Gently melting ice away;
Let your mother’s holy influence,
Shine upon you day by day.

Live so you may meet your Savior,
And His mansions bright to share;
And I know the next to greet you,
Will be mother, when you’re there.

LILLIE WELLBORN.
Emhouse, Tex., Jan. 17.

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Maxine M. Alexander
Sep 1, 1914 - Jun 1, 1916

Death of Infant Girl.

Maxine M. Alexander, 21-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Alexander, died last night at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Horne, and the remains were interred in Oakwood at 2:30 this afternoon.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, June 2, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o Lee Alexander and Birdie Barney (Horn) Alexander granddaughter of Charles Hubert Horn & Clara Mae (Moreland) Horn

William Allen J. “Jud” Albritton, Jr.
May 30, 1872 - Apr. 17, 1916

HIGHLY ESTEEMED CITIZEN.

Member of City Council Dies After Short Illness.

One week ago yesterday Alderman A. J. Albritton, a member of the City Council from Ward No. 1, stuck a nail in his right foot just at the base of the big toe. He paid little attention to the wound at the time, but by Thursday night it began to pain him considerably, and Friday morning a physician was summoned. All remedies possible were applied, but by Saturday morning lockjaw developed and at 1 o’clock this morning he passed away.

Navarro county had no cleaner better man, and the City Council had no member who took a keener interest in the affairs of the city, or no one who was more anxious to see his town grow and improve as it grew. The deceased was a native of Alabama, and was born in that State in 1872, and would have been 44 years old on May 30 next. He came to Texas when a youth and lived at Kerens until he moved to Corsicana five years ago. For several years he was engaged in business there, and at the time of his death he owned and looked after a farm he owned near Kerens. His land extended into the Trinity bottoms, and he carried on stock raising to some extent in connection with his farm. He was a man of affairs, full of energy and whatever his hands found to do was done well. He was a man of spotless integrity and of a pure and manly life, and a gentleman in all that that word implies in his association and dealings with his fellows. Death came to him in the prime of young manhood, and a useful, unselfish and manly man has gone to his reward.

Surviving him are his widow and four children, whose welfare and happiness were his constant thought. Besides these are two sisters in Texas, Mrs. S. J. Jennings, of Waco, and Mrs. Pope Hassell of Wortham. “Jud” as he was called by those who had known him from youth, was esteemed by all who knew him, and his death has cast a shadow over many hearts.

The funeral took place at 3:30 this afternoon from the family home with Rev. B. W. Vining officiating. The following were pall-bearers:

Active—Aldermen J. D. Cunningham, C. M. Hornbeak, J. L. Marshall, J. S. Murchison, C. M. Thornell and S. H. Inmon, R. D. Johnson, J. S. Murchison, C. M. Thornell and W. M. Peck.

Honorary—Mayor J. L. Halbert, Recorder, H. S. Melear, Chief of Police Will S. Knight, Assessor Jesse Megarity, Attorney Scarborough, Engineer Duren, Health Officer D. E. Newton, Overseer J. M. Henry, Fire Chief Rube Freedman and Secretary J. A. Parper.

A large procession followed the remains to Oakwood and there were many beautiful flowers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, April 17, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Mary E. (Fore) Albritton 2nd Effie Lena (Price) Albritton 3rd wife Della (Chitwood) Albritton; s/o William Allen J. Albritton, Sr. & Mary Elizabeth (Skinner) Albritton

Pinkston C. Albritton
Oct 4, 1902 - Aug 22, 1918

Died After Short Illness.

Pinkston Albritton, son of Mrs. Della Albritton and of the late A. J. Albritton, for several years a member of the City Council, aged sixteen years died at the P. and S. hospital this afternoon following an operation for appendicitis. The deceased had only been sick a few days and his death came as a shock to the family and their many friends sympathize with the bereaved mother and other relatives in their sorrow. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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Remains Interred this Afternoon.

The remains of Pinkston Albritton 16 years old son of Mrs. Della Albritton who died yesterday afternoon, were interred today, the funeral taking place from the First Baptist Church at 4:30. Rev. B. W. Vining officiated and members of the Sunday School class to which the deceased belonged acted as pall bearers. There were many beautiful floral offerings and a large number attended this service at the church and the last sad rites at the grave.

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Menerva Reed Berry
abt 1853 - Nov 2, 1916

Died Here This Morning.

Mrs. Menerva Reed Berry, aged 63 years, died at 1220 South Twentieth street at 4 o’clock this morning, and the remains were interred in Oakwood at 3:30 this afternoon, Rev. Franklin Moore officiated. The deceased is survived by her husband, J. M. Berry and two sons, O. E. Berry, one of the sons is a grocery merchant on North Tenth street.

The deceased had been ill for some months with tuberculosis.

The pall bearers were Chat Borg, R. B. Mitchell, R. P. McEntire, Morgan Halloway, J. H. Ferrill and W. F. Collier.

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Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Brooks
Jul 26, 1855 - Mar 29, 1916

WELL KNOWN LADY PASSES OUT.

After Many Months of Suffering Good Woman is At Rest.

Mrs. Elizabeth Davis Brooks, wife of T. G. Brooks, aged sixty-three years, and one of Corsicana’s best known women, passed away at 7:10 yesterday evening after many months of patient suffering, and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon after funeral services at the home at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. J. W. Fort, E. A. Johnson, J. Y. Roberts, F. A. Haslam, H. D. Johnson, R. M. Whitten, Monte Hurst, A. H. Kerr, and J. W. McGill acted as pall-bearers. There was an immense bank of beautiful flowers and a long procession followed the remains to the grave. In the procession was a large number of older children of the I. O. O. F. Home, and at the grave the Girls’ Quartet of the home rendered a song appropriate to the occasion.

The deceased was the daughter of the late Rev. Andrew Davis, a pioneer Methodist preacher of Texas, and although a quiet and retiring nature, seldom appearing beyond her home circle and in her church, she was noted for her pure life, kind and loving heart, and her life was full of good deeds that were known only to those who were near to her. Surviving the deceased is her husband and four children, Mrs. L. C. Libby of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Con Lucid of Houston, and Alfred and Lynn Brooks of Corsicana; and one brother, Judge B. L. Daviss of Corsicana, and one sister, Mrs. Allen Lasswell of Waxahachie. Her body has been tenderly laid away, but time will not obliterate the memory of her beautiful life and the sacredness of her example will live while memory endures.

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Travis Green Brooks
Jan. 11, 1950, Feb. 28, 1931

PIONEER RESIDENT OF CORSICANA DIES AT PORT NECHES

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR T. G. BROOKS BE HELD HERE SUNDAY AFTERNOON

T. G. Brooks, 80, life-long resident of Corsicana and Navarro county, affectionately known as “Uncle Trav” died last night at the home of his son, Alfred Brooks, Port Neches, Texas, where he had made his home for the past several years, and the funeral will be held from the chapel of the Sutherland Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

Services will be conducted by Dr. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Mr. Brooks was prominent in the I. O. O. F. branches, and formerly was grand chaplain, Texas Grand Lodge. He was superintendent of the Sunday School at the I. O. O. F. Home here for twenty-five years, or longer, and was one of the best-loved men in this section. He was county clerk of Navarro county from 1910 to 1914.

Mr. Brooks was a member of Corsicana lodge No. 63, I. O. O. F., and other branches of the order, and held numerous offices in the lodge.

The body will arrive Sunday morning at 6 o’clock on the Southern Pacific train and will be taken to the funeral home.

Services at the grave will be in charge of Corsicana Odd Fellows and music will be furnished by quartette from the I. O. O. F. Home.

Deep regrets at the passing and tributes to his sterling worth and character were heard on all sides Saturday when the news of Mr. Brooks’ death was received here.

Surviving are two sons, Alfred Brooks, Port Neches; and Lynn Brooks, New Orleans; two daughters; Mrs. L. C. Libby, Dallas, and Mrs. C. C. Lucid, Houston; and a number of grandchildren. He was a brother-in-law to B. L. Daviss Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Edgar Metcalf, Jim McGill, Perry McCammon, Ballard George, Jack Haslam, Dr. Louis Polk and Arthur Caldwell.

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FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR T. G. BROOKS

Funeral services for T. G. Brooks, 80, resident of Navarro county practically his life, who died in Port Neches, early Saturday morning, were held from the Sutherland Funeral Home chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church and Corsicana Lodge No. 63, I. O. O. F. had charge of the services at the grave. Music was furnished by a quartette from the I. O. O. F. home.

Mr. Brooks was county clerk from 1910 to 1914 and was a member of the Texas Grand Lodge and other branches of the order. He was formerly grand chaplain of the Texas Grand Lodge, and was superintendent of the Sunday School at the I. O. O. F. Home here for more than 25 years.

The body arrived in Corsicana at an early hour Sunday morning.

Surviving are two sons, Alfred Brooks, Port Neches; and Lynn Brooks, New Orleans; two daughters; Mrs. L. C. Libby, Dallas, and Mrs. C. C. Lucid, Houston; and a number of grandchildren. He was a brother-in-law to B. L. Daviss Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Edgar Metcalf, Jim McGill, Perry McCammon, Ballard George, Jack Haslam, Dr. Louis Polk and Arthur Caldwell.

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Relatives From Out of Town Attend Brooks Funeral Here

Among the our-of-town relatives here Sunday for the funeral of the late Mr. T. G. Brooks were Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Libby and four sons of Dallas, Mrs. C. C. Lucid of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Brooks of Port Neches, Mrs. Allen Laswell, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Lasswell and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Laswell of Waxahachie.

A number of Odd Fellow friends from out-of-town were also present.

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Mayme (McCormick) Slay
Aug 31, 1891 - Jan 18, 1916

INTERRED THIS AFTERNOON.

Much Loved Young Woman Laid to Rest Beside Grave of Her Mother.

The mortal remains of the late Mrs. Mamye McCormick Slay, wife of Frank Slay, and daughter of Mr. L. E. McCormick, were laid to rest in Oakwood this afternoon beside the freshly made grave of her mother, after a beautiful impressive service in the First Christian church in the presence of a house filled with those who loved the deceased in life, and whose hearts were deeply touched by a profound sympathy for her loved ones. The bier was covered by a bower of beautiful flowers sent in by loving friends and Rev. V. W. Wallace, the pastor, paid a beautiful tribute to the life and character of the departed young wife and devoted, loving and lovable daughter and sister. Mr. Wallace was assisted in the service by Rev. M. M. Davis and Rev. Dr. Slater of Dallas. Special music was furnished by a quartette composed of Mrs. V. W. Wallace, Mrs. Henry Robbins and Messrs. M. J. McClure and C. L. Knox. These rendered two quartettes, and Mrs. Robbins, an appropriate and beautiful solo.

A large procession went with the sorrowing loved ones to Oakwood where the services were concluded, and the bier was covered with flowers that were fragrant and beautiful, truly typical of the beautiful life that had ended in this world to begin another and more beautiful existence in eternity.

Among out of town friends who were called here by this unspeakably sad event were: Miss Pearl Hudspeth, of Martin; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Germany of Blooming Grove; Mr. and Mrs. R. D. George of Blooming Grove; Mrs. Dr. Ellis, of Blooming Grove; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Slay and family, of Frost; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Slay, of Frost; Miss Janice Taylor, of Van Alstyne; Miss Azile Edwards of Fort Worth; Miss Ruth Curry, of Trinidad; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Jones of Frost; Mills McCord of Frost; W. I. Mitchell and L. Y. Newman, of Dallas; Miss Clemmie Hayden and Miss Bird Roebuck, and Messrs. Brice McCormick and Wallace Germany of Glooming Grove.

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Rosa Alice (Davis) McCormick
May 25, 1869 - Jan 8, 1916

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to thank our many friends for the kindness, help, and sympathy shown us in this, the darkest hour of our lives. The sudden going home of our dear wife and mother, the continued illness of our other dear one, has shown us as nothing else could, the love, and friendship that knows and has no limit. We would especially thank the good firemen for the promptness in bringing and using the pulmotor, and our dear neighbor who so graciously, opened her home to us in our extremity. The beautiful flowers, the love and tenderness of every one, fill our crushed and bleeding hearts with an appreciation that mere words cannot possibly express.

L. E. McCORMICK AND CHILDREN

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Resolutions of Respect.

To the Officers and Members of Corsicana Chapter No. 118, Order of the Eastern Star, Corsicana, Tex.;

We, your committee, appointed to draft resolutions upon the death of our sister, Mrs. Rosa McCormick beg to submit the following:

WHEREAS, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from our midst to the Grand Chapter above, our sister, Mrs. Rose McCormick; and

WHEREAS, By the death of this sister this chapter has suffered a great loss; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, That we thus testify to our appreciation of our deceased sister and hereby extend our sympathy to her bereaved family and commend them to the Heavenly Father for solace; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the family of the deceased, a copy spread upon the minutes of the Chapter, and copies be furnished to the local papers for publication.

Fraternally submitted,
ANNIE STEWART
BUNA SELIG.

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Lycurgus Epaminondas McCormick
Nov 19, 1863 - Mar 13, 1947

L. E. M’CORMICK FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON

L. E. McCormick, aged 84, years, retired real estate operator, died at his residence, 1676 West Fourth avenue, Thursday morning at 11:20 o’clock following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from the First Christian church with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. O. Harmon, minister of the First Christian church, and Rev. Andrew Byers, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.

A native of Spring Hill, Murray county, Tennessee, McCormick came to Texas and Navarro county when 18 years of age. He resided in the Blooming Grove area for a number of years, moving to Corsicana in 1899, returned to Blooming Grove and then returned to Corsicana in 1907 and resided here since that time.

Engaged in the real estate business for many years prior to his retirement five years ago. McCormick formerly operated cotton oil mills at Frost, Dawson, Blooming Grove and Corsicana. He managed the oil concern that is now the Southland when it was owned by the Scales interests.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two sons, R. W. McCormick, Malakoff, and F. D. McCormick, Trinidad; three grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. J. B. Germany, Dallas; two brothers, J. E. McCormick, Mexico, Mo., and Ewell McCormick, Hamlin, and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

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Mattie Elizabeth (Littrell) Davis
Jun 3, 1905 - Mar 22, 2000

Mattie Elizabeth Davis, 94, of Corsicana died on March 22, 2000 at Twilight Home in Corsicana. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jimmy Finley officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Corley Funeral Home. She was born on June 3, 1905 in Emblem to Jasper William and Georgie Mary (Smith) Littrell. She married Roy Hillman Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband and her sister, Lucille Velma Butler. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Gladney of Corsicana; her sisters, Florence Lela Dement of Corsicana and Luta Mae Beadles of Sulphur Springs; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Emma (Gardner/Gordon) Weatherhead
abt 1875 - May 28, 1916

Negress Buried Yesterday.

The remains of Emma Weatherhead, a negress, who died Sunday night were interred in the colored cemetery here yesterday afternoon.

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Lizzie (Hill) Radford
1890 - Feb 10, 1916

Colored Woman Dead.

Lizzie Radford, aged 26 years, wife of John Radford, died at the family home, 832 South Eleventh street, at 12 o’clock last night of consumption, and the remains were interred in Woodland, the colored cemetery, this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

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Bennie “Ben” Coley
Oct 13, 1899 - May 30, 1916

Negro Boy Died in Dallas.

Ben Cooley, aged near 17 years, son of Lucy Williams of Corsicana, died in Dallas yesterday and the remains were interred here today.

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Will Gooden
Aug 1, 1863 - Nov 29, 1916

Colored Man Dead.

Will Gooden, colored died last night and the remains were interred in the colored cemetery this afternoon.

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Jessie Blue
Aug 19, 1890 - Apr 11, 1917

Young Negress Dead.

Jessie Blue, a well-known young negress in East Corsicana, died yesterday and the body was buried this afternoon under the direction of the order of Pilgrims, and was largely attended.

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Marie E. (Garrison) Patterson
Apr 5, 1882 - Dec 17, 1917

Mrs. Mary E. Patterson, aged 35 years, died near Navarro yesterday, and the remains were interred in Oakwood here this morning. The deceased had moved to Navarro County but recently from Iowa. She leaves an infant only a few days old.

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Robert L. Gordon
1834 - Dec 14, 1917

Died.

Mr. R. L. Gordon died last night at 7:10 o’clock at the P. & S. hospital. He will be buried tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral will take place from the Sutherland undertaking parlors.

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REMAINS INTERRED TODAY.

Funeral Was Well Attended From Undertaking Parlors.

The remains of the late R. L. Gordon were laid to rest in Oakwood this morning the funeral taking place from the Southerland Undertaking parlor’s at 11 o’clock. Rev. Chas. Oberschmidt officiated, making appropriate remarks about the high character of the deceased, and Mrs. P. C. Townsend, Mrs. Henry Robbins, C. L. Knox and Edgar Metcalf sang. Many of the old citizens of the community attended and there were numerous floral offerings. The deceased, who was a native of Canada and who would have been 81 years of age, came to Corsicana nearly thirty years ago from New York, and up to within a few days of his death worked actively at the tinner’s trade, having had his shop in the same place for a little more than thirty-five years. As a man he was noted for his quiet demeanor, his unspotted integrity, kindness of heart and lofty Christian character. The deceased had never married, and his only known relatives is a brother in Canada and two nieces in Chicago. While he worked hard all of his life he is known to have been possessed of a generous heart, and no one who ever went ot him in need went away empty handed. His life was quiet and unobtrusive, but it was full of good deeds, and he went to his grave honored and respected by all who knew him.

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Annie Jane (McCrery) Williams
Aug 25, 1872 - Dec 12, 1917

HIGHLY ESTEEMED LADY DEAD.

Passes Away After Many Months of Intense Suffering.

Mrs. Annie McCrery Williams, wife of Murphy Williams, a prominent business man here, died at the family home, 1239 West Fifth avenue, at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon, the funeral taking place from the First Presbyterian church at 4 o’clock. Rev. Chas. Oberschmidt officiated and R. L. Wheelock, W. G. Baker, C. G. Mitchell, J. E. Butler, William Clarkson and C. L. Jester acted as pall bearers.

Surviving the deceased is her husband and one son, her venerable grandmother, now past ninety years of age, and nine sisters, among the latter being Mrs. Cassie Ferguson, a lady well known over the county.

The funeral was largely attended and many beautiful flowers were sent to adorn the bier of her whom they had loved in life for her many noble qualities of mind and heart, and who will remember her in the years to come.

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Murphy Williams
Dec 24, 1868 - Aug 19, 1959

Dean Of Local Druggists Dies, Rites Friday

Murphy Williams, 90, pioneer druggist, 1229 West Fourth Avenue, died in the Navarro Clinic Wednesday morning following an illness of two months.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Westminister Presbyterian church, of which he was an elder, Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold of Cleburne, formerly pastor here and Rev. Clifford Williams, Presbyterian minister of Fort Worth.

Williams, the dean of Navarro county pharmacists, began working in Mexia, January 1, 1888, at a drug store to help pay a doctor’s and drug bill incident to a case of typhoid fever in his family, he recalled several years ago while speaking about the early days in Texas. He said that General Mexia, for whom the Limestone county city was named made annual trips from Mexico to collect rents and revenues from his extensive holdings in Texas.

Becoming interested in the drug business, he read journals and later took a correspondence course in pharmacy, and passed an examination before a district board under the Texas Pharmacy Law, but was dissatisfied with his acquirements and in 1894, he bought a railroad ticket to Baltimore, Md., costing $37.19 with the young man spending three nights in a chair car on the railroad. An extra guard was placed on the train through Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) because of a rumor the “Dalton Gang” had planned a holdup which did not materialize.

He was born in Limestone county, December 24, 1868.

Surviving are a son, Murphy Williams, Dallas; four granddaughters, Mrs. Ann W. Sedgwick, New York City; Mrs. Elizabeth W. Kaufman, Ann Arbor, Mich; Mrss. Patricia W. Cookston, Dallas, and Mrs. Catherine W. rogers, St. Louis and eight great-grandchildren.

He graduated from the University of Maryland College of Pharmacy in 1896.

Williams married to Miss Annie J. McCrery in 1898 who died in 1918. He later was married to Mrs. Carrie W. Ferguson who passed away in 1949. He came to Corsicana in 1899.

Williams later was associated with the J. E. Butler drug store and thereafter acquired the business with R. L. Wheelock, now and oil operator here, and A. P. Simpson.

The Williams Drug Co. continued in business for a number of years, but for the past 20 years Mr. Williams has devoted his time at his farm northeast of Corsicana where choice pecan orchards and cattle occupied most of his attention, although he was always ready to pinch-hit when needed at local drug stores and in emergencies.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, August 19, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Annie Jane (McCrery) Williams married Nov. 2, 1898 2nd wife Martha Keziah “Cassie” (McCrery) Ferguson- Williams married Aug. 20, 1923 s/o H. W. Williams and Emmaline (Murphy) Williams

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Friday Rites Are Slated For M. Williams

Funeral services for Murphy Williams, 90, dean of Navarro county druggists, will be held from the Westminster Presbyterian church Friday at 11 a.m. He died in the Navarro Clinic Wednesday morning following a two months illness.

The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold of Cleburne, formerly of Corsicana, and Rev. Clifford Williams, Presbyterian minister of Fort Worth. He was an elder of the Westminster Presbyterian church.

A native of Limestone county, Williams first began working in a drug store in 1885, and then passed a board examination as a pharmacist. He later graduated from the Pharmacy School of Maryland University in 1896, returning to Mexia.

Williams has resided in Corsicana since 1899 and operated the Williams Drug Company for many years prior to his retirement 20 years ago, although he has through these years worked when needed or when emergencies arose at local drug stores. Most of his efforts have been with his pecan orchards and fine cattle on his farm northwest of Corsicana.

Surviving are a son, Murphy Williams, Dallas; four granddaughters, Mrs. Ann W. Sedgwick, New York City; Mrs. Elizabeth W. Kaufman, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Mrs. Patricia W. Cookston, Dallas, and Mrs. Catherine W. Rogers, St. Louis, and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be T. R. Red, Ted Red, John H. Sullivan, R. T. Gowan, Harry Auld and Carder Thornton. Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

McCammon will direct.

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M. Williams Burial Friday

Funeral rites for Murphy Williams, 90, who died in the Navarro Clinic Wednesday morning were held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Westminister Presbyterian church of which he was an elder.

The services were conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold of Cleburne, former pastor of the local church, and Rev. Clifford Williams, Presbyterian minister of Fort Worth. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Limestone Native
Native of Limestone county, retired druggist and well-known producer of pecans and livestock operator, he had resided in Corsicana 60 years. He assisted local pharmacies when needed and during emergencies after his retirement20 years ago. He headed the Williams Drug Company here for many years.

Surviving are a son, Murphy Williams, Dallas; four granddaughters, Mrs. Ann W. Sedgwick, New York City; Mrs. Elizabeth W. Kaufman, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Mrs. Patricia W. Cookston, Dallas, and Mrs. Catherine W. Rogers, St. Louis, and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were T. R. Red, Ted Red, Henry Auld, and Carder Thornton, Honorary pallbearers were elders and deacons of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

McCammon directed.

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Martha Keziah "Cassie" (McCrery) Ferguson-Williams
Aug 18, 1877 - Oct 7, 1949

Mrs. Williams, Retired Teacher, Dies On Friday

Mrs. Murphy Williams, long-time Corsicana resident, was fatally stricken with a heart attack at her home, 1229 West Fourth avenue, Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Williams was found dead at her home by her husband when he returned from work about 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held from Westminster Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was head of the Home Economics department of Corsicana Senior High School for many years prior to her retirement a few years ago. She was active in the home demonstration work in Navarro county. Mrs. Williams also was active in the woman’s work of the Presbyterian church for many years and was also a member of the DAR. She was president of the Nature Study Club at the time of her death.

Surviving are her husband, Murphy Williams, Corsicana; a son, Murphy M. Williams, Dallas; four granddaughters, five sisters, Mrs. E. R. Brown, Dallas; Mrs. J. N. Michie, Lubbock; Miss Jodie, Sue and Irene McCrery, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be A. H. Auld, F. C. Paul, W. W. Gage, T. R. Red, Walter Uhl and Luther A. Johnson, Jr.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.

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Mrs. Williams Funeral Rites Held On Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Murphy Williams, who died at the family home Friday afternoon with a heart attack, were held from the Westminster Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was head of the home economics department at the Corsicana Senior High School for many years prior to her retirement several years ago. She was active in home demonstration work, in church circles and DAR. Mrs. Williams was president of the Nature Study Club at the time of her death.

Surviving are her husband, Murphy Williams, Corsicana; a son, Murphy M. Williams, Dallas; four granddaughters, five sisters, Mrs. E. R. Brown, Dallas; Mrs. J. N. Michie, Lubbock; Miss Jodie, Sue and Irene McCrery, all of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be A. H. Auld, F. C. Paul, W. W. Gage, T. R. Red, Walter Uhl and Luther A. Johnson, Jr.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.


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Memorial Is Held For Mrs. Williams

Friends of the late Mrs. Murphy Williams assembled at graveside of Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon for a brief memorial service with members of James Blair chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in charge.

Participating in the service were Mrs. Will Miller, regent, who placed a bronze DAR marker on the grave; Mrs. Inez Neff, chaplain, who gave the invocation; Mrs. Minnie “Gatlin, who read an appropriate poem; Mrs. A. B. Horn, state historian, who paid tribute to the deceased, and Mrs. J. Wesley Edens, immediate past state chaplain, who offered the benediction.

In her tribute, titled “Remembance,” Mrs. Horn stated that Mrs. Williams, the former Cassie McCrery, was born at Steward’s Mill in Freestone county, was the daughter of William N. and Arabella Bonner McCrery, was the wife of Murphy William. She stated that Mrs. Williams was a devout member of the Westminster Presbyterian church, and a splendid Bible student.

Mrs. Horn recalled that Mrs. Williams became an active member of James Blair chapter in May, 1934, and that since that time she had served in many capacities, being chapter historian at the time of her death. Her outstanding work with the Girl Homemakers committee of the chapter was mentioned by Mrs. Horn, as was her service as head of the Home Economics department of Corsicana High school.

Mrs. Williams’ cheery smile and ready wit made her a welcome member in any group, Mrs. Horn declared in her concluding remarks.

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Christianna “Ann” (Loop) Painter-Naudain
Jul 24, 1830 - Jan 16, 1916

Old Resident Dead.

Mrs. Ann Naudain, aged 85 years died at her home at Chatfield yesterday afternoon at 1 o’clock, and the remains were interred there this afternoon at 4 o’clock. The deceased had no children and had been widowed for several years. She was a sister to the late W. W. Loop of Rice and her deceased husband was a brother of Mrs. Loop. There are a number of relatives in this county, among them, a niece, Mrs. W. M. Harper of Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, January 17, 1916
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband James H. Painter married Mar. 3, 1846 2nd husband James A. Naudain Apr. 6 1851 3rd husband John Wesley Naudain married Sep. 10, 1870 d/o John Loop and Margaret Rebecca (Spohr) Loop
  • Chatfield Cemetery

John Franklin “Frank” Sheets
Apr 30, 1858 - Jun 9, 1917

Died.

Frank Sheets died at Chatfield this afternoon and will be buried tomorrow. He leaves a wife and a large family of children. Deceased is related to Policeman Jim Sheets and Ed Sheets and Mrs. I. T. Jeffers of Corsicana.

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Maggie (Pierce) Sheets
Feb 3, 1867 - Aug 24, 1931

MRS. MAGGIE SHEETS MATRON STATE HOME, BURIED TUESDAY

Mrs. Maggie Sheets, aged 64 years, matron at the State Home for the past 12 years, died in the P. & S. Hospital Monday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock and the funeral was held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. D. Tucker, 2011 West Fourteenth avenue, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in the Chatfield cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister.

Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Tucker, Corsicana; Mrs. Wid Bowden, Corsicana; Mrs. Maude DeBrock, Grosebeck; Mrs. Lennie Brock, Lovelady; Mrs. Annie Guynes, Tyler, and Mrs. Graham Conner, Roane; and two sons, John Sheets, Roane, and Jim Sheets, Grandview.

Active pallbearers were James Morton, Doyle Marshall, Glenn Thornton, Hyman Mufferson, Willie Harrall and Morgan Ward, all State Home boys.

Girls from the State Home under the direction of Mrs. Hallie Sadler, sang at the services.

Honorary pallbearers were J. S. Halley, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Sr., Hugh Cummings, Dr. T. A. Miller, R. A. McGlachlin, S. B. Nowell, Dr. Wm. K. Logsdon, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Jr., Dave Denbough, Robert Witherspoon, Marvin Cummings, J. W. Anderson, Rev. Hugh Miller and Rev. T. A. Bohanon.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Jettie (Marion) Sheets
Aug 15, 1878 - Apr 14, 1920

DIED NEAR TUPELO LAST NIGHT.

Interment Was At Chatfield This Afternoon

Mrs. Will Sheets died at the family home near Tupelo last night after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the Chatfield cemetery this afternoon. The deceased is survived by her husband and three children, and her mother, Mrs. Marion of Tupelo and numerous other relatives in this county.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 15, 1920
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William Wesley “Will” Sheets d/o Robert Henry Marion and Mary Addie (Park) Marion buried in Oakwood cemetery

Angeline (Lankford) Evans
Jan 8, 1917 - July 18, 2015

Mrs. Angeline (Lankford) Evans, 98, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
She was born Jan. 8, 1917, in Dallas, to Nellie Cave Lankford and George Daniel Lankford.
She married the love of her life Harold Francis Evans on July 8, 1936, at the South Dallas Christian Church. They have had a wonderful life together for 79 happy years. They were blessed with a son, Daniel Harold Evans, and a daughter, Alice Dannell Evans Woodcock.
While living in Dallas until retirement, she worked at the Neiman-Marcus downtown store for 32 years; with the last 22 years as the supervisor for the ladies alterations department. She received a silver pin with the inscription “You are what we are famous for” while working there. She retired from Neiman’s the last day of March, 1978, and she and Harold moved to Corsicana the next day, April 1, 1978, where they have lived ever since.
Shortly after moving to Corsicana, they transferred their membership to the First Christian Church of Corsicana. She was extremely gifted in her sewing skills and used them to help many charitable organizations here in Corsicana, and she even made stuffed toy gifts for the Scottish Rite Hospital for crippled children in Dallas. She dressed over 400 dolls and teddy bears for the Salvation Army to give at Christmas. She has done extensive sewing for the Cancer Society, and the Children’s Advocacy in Corsicana.
After her family, her next love was gardening, which she had to give up in the last few years. Extremely gifted, she even drew the plans for their home in Corsicana including the landscaping. She also loved decorating her home, needlepoint and crafts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Frances Lankford Mahon; and her son-in-law, Don Woodcock.
She is survived by her husband, Harold; son, Daniel Harold Evans and wife Barbara; daughter, Dannell Evans Woodcock; six grandchildren, Daniel Harold Evans Jr., Pamela Evans Boeve and husband John, Jennifer Evans Wade and husband Steve, Dwayne Woodcock and wife Colleen, Angela Woodcock Stephens, and Wendy Woodcock Byrd and husband James; 14 great-grandchildren; 12 great great-grandchildren; a special niece and nephew, Denise Mahon Chaney and Greg Mahon; and many other nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Mark Luera officiating.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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