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Martha J. (Utley) Ridley
Jun 1831 - Mar 18, 1916

VENERABLE LADY DEAD

Remains Were Interred At Eureka Yesterday Afternoon.

Mrs. M. J. Ridley, who would have been 85 years of age in June next, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Morgan, 1566 West Fifth Avenue, and the funeral services were held at the place of death yesterday afternoon at 1:30, conducted by Rev. Franklin Moore, and interment took place at Eureka beside the remains of the husband, who died many years ago. The deceased was a member of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. The pall-bearers were: Honorary—S. H. King, J. B. Hogg, R. B. Grissett, J. C. Garner and J. E. Trenthart. Active—R. B. Mitchell, J. H. Wooly, W. R. Smith, Dr. O. L. Smith, E. T. Moore and Tom Garner.

In Addition to the ministers and pall-bearers, those who attended the funeral from here were; J. C. Morgan and Wife, A. J. Wareing, J. H. Wooley and wife, Mrs. C. G. Davidson, Mrs. J. T. Glass, Tom Fossett and wife, W. F. Collier, R. P. McEntire, Mrs. Tom Garner, G. T. Moore, and wife, and Mrs. E. J. Jeffers.

Many Eureka people were also in attendance.

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John Jasper Kent
Sep 25, 1840 - Feb 22, 1917

WELL-KNOWN FARMER DEAD.

Was for Thirty-Five Years a Good Citizen of Navarro County.

J. J. Kent, aged 76 years, and a resident of Navarro county for thirty-five years, died at his home near Eureka last night at 9:15 o’clock after a long illness. The deceased was a native of Virginia, and came to Navarro county in 1882 and settled where he died.

Surviving is his wife and the following children: Mrs. Cary Loyd of Kerens; Mrs. Byron Harwell of Prairie Hill, Limestone county; Mrs. Joe Butler of Dallas; R. I. Kent, E. L. Kent, G. C. Kent and Ira Kent, all of Eureka.

The funeral took place this afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Provident Cemetery near Eureka.

The deceased was a most excellent citizen, and besides his immediate family leaves one brother, G. G. Kent, of Mildred, and several nephews and nieces, and a large circle of friends in Corsicana and in the country to mourn his loss.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, February 23, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Nannie H. (Crews) Kent married Nov. 22, 1881 2nd wife Martha Jane “Mattie” (Ramsey) Middleton-Kent married Jul. 16, 1891 buried in Hamilton Beeman cemetery s/o Isaiah B. Kent and Parthenia (Boyd) Kent

Garland Smith
Jun 7, 1893 - Oct 8, 1917

Remains Interred Today.

The remains of the late Garland Smith, the young man who met a tragic death on the track of the interurban road near Rice Monday night, were interred at the Provident Cemetery, near Navarro this afternoon at 3 o’clock. The funeral was largely attended, and the relatives have the sympathy of many friends in their sorrow.

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Mariah (Land) Martin
Jan 17, 1850 - Aug 25, 1917

Venerable Lady Dead.

Mrs. Mariah Martin, widow of the late E. W. Martin, aged 67 years, 7 months and 8 days, died at her home near Navarro Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Providence Cemetery yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the presence of a large circle of friends and neighbors. The deceased is survived by several grown children.

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Mrs. Mirah Martin.

Mirah Land was born Jan. 17, 1850, in Granvil Co., N. C. moved to Stewart county, Ga., and married E. W. Martin Dec. 9, 1868. Lived there five years and moved to Texas and lived here until her death which occurred Aug. 25, 1917. She joined the Baptists in 1873.

By request of sorrowing relatives we will attempt to write a few lines in memory of this well known and well beloved woman. She had lived in this section a long time, at the dates above show, and had won her way into the hearts and affections of a multitude of people. While living in a world rife with pride and vanity, we never saw in her the least shadow of pretention. She possessed an unfeigned humility, which is evidence of a gracious state, and a brilliant ornament to Christian character. She had the name of being a good nurse, and doubtless some, who read these lines, may remember to have seen her as she moved with noiseless tread about the bedside of the afflicted, or to have seen her countenance sadden or brighten as the patient grow better or worse. She bore the cross of motherhood, and has left a number of children who will “Rise up and call her blessed.” She met the sorrows of widowhood many years ago, and has also lost some of her children by death. But the days of her sorrow are ended, and she has entered the eternal rest, that is found in the better land.

She was laid to rest in the Providence Cemetery where she has so often resorted herself, to “weep with them that weep.” Her sleep is not among strangers, for most of the slumberers in that sacred enclosure were her neighbors and friends in life. We have never witnessed a more profound solemnity than that which pervaded the large concourse of people who surrounded her grave.

Mr. Bob Thompson, an old time friend of the family, prayed a fervent prayer, and the young people seemed to sing more sweetly than we ever heard them on a similar occasion.

Dr. Hamilton, who waited on her in her last illness, was present, to pay his tribute of respect to the patient, for whose life he had earnestly fought. Mr. Bank Sutherland was present to direct and assist and to express it in the language of our English brethren, “She was well laid in the grave.” But by hands that would gladly have kept her on this side of Jordan had it been in their power.

May her children remember her loving examples and precious words and may it be their blessed portion, by grace divine, to some day join their sainted mother in the Better Land.

Wm. L. PHILLIPS.

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Annetta “Nettie” (Berry) Stewart
1883 - Mar. 26, 1917

Died at Navarro Yesterday.

Mrs. Nettie Stewart, age 17 years, died near Navarro at 11:30 yesterday and the remains were interred at the Providence Cemetery this afternoon.

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Providence News.

The Death Angel visited the home of Mr. Jess Stuart on the 25 and took from him his dear wife. She was laid to rest in the Providence Cemetery, Wednesday, March 27, at 3 o’clock. She leaves a husband and one child to mourn her death and a host of relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but she is safe with the angels there to forever dwell. She is safe with Jesus.

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Walthal DuBose
Oct 10, 1913 - May 8, 1917

Died at Hester Last Night.

The four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. DuBose died at their home in the Hester community last night and the remains were interred at Eureka this afternoon.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 9, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Charles P. “Charlie” DuBose & Martha Ann “Mattie” (Pilkington) DuBose

Martha Ann “Mattie” (Pilkington) DuBose
Sep 8, 1870 - Apr 6, 1951

Services Monday For Mrs. DuBose

Mrs. Mattie DuBose, 80, former Navarro county resident, widow of the late Charles DuBose died at Baytown during the week-end.

Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Patterson Memorial Presbyterian church at Eureka. Burial was in the Eureka cemetery.

Mrs. DuBose moved from Eureka about 20 years ago.

Survivors include two sons, two daughters, all of Baytown, and other relatives.

Corley directed local arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 10, 1951
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Charles P. “Charlie” DuBose married Dec 11, 1901; d/o Solomon Kinsey Pilkington & Mary Ann (Crosser) Pilkington

Monroe Lester DuBose
Oct 13, 1910 - Jun 12, 1961

Monroe DuBose Rites Tuesday

Monroe DuBose, formerly of Eureka, died of a heart attack in Baytown Monday morning.

Graveside services are scheduled at the Eureka cemetery Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Survivors include a brother and a sister, both of Baytown.

Corley has charge of local arrangements.

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Elizabeth Ann (Dunn) Byrd
Apr 16, 1838 - Jan 20, 1917

VENERABLE LADY DEAD.

Remains Were Interred at Eureka This Morning.

Mrs. E. A. Byrd, aged 79 years, died at her home, 516 South Twentieth street, at 11 o’clock Saturday night, after a long illness. The deceased lived at Eureka for many years, and the remains were interred at 9 o’clock this morning.

Surviving the deceased are eight grown children, four sons and four daughters. The children are J. F., W. F., C. E. and T. E. Byrd, Mrs. W. A. Dickey, Mrs. A. L. Pittman, Mrs. Mattie Ruth and Mrs. Rose Ann Boyd, all of this county.

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Julia F. (Ingram) Estes
Nov 2, 1837 - Dec 24, 1917

Mrs. Estes, aged 70 years and for many years a resident of the Eureka Community, died there yesterday, and the remains were interred there today. A number of grown children survive.

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INFANT DAUGHTER Stone
Died May 26, 1917

Died at Roane.

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Stone of Roane, died Saturday and the remains were interred at Zion’s Rest yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

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Mattie Pearl (Bunch) Farmer
Oct 29, 1882 - Aug 28, 1917

Died Yesterday Afternoon.

Mrs. Pearl Farmer, wife of Harvey Farmer, aged thirty-two years and nine months, died at the family home in the north east section of Corsicana at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery this afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. G. W. Sanders officiating. The deceased is survived by her husband and three children and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. G. G. Owen, Emhouse; Mrs. Henry Boyd, Whites Chapel; Mrs. Belle Bryant and John Bunch of Corsicana.

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Shelly Farmer
Nov 8, 1907 - Oct 10, 1917

Little Girl Passes Away.

Shellie, the 10-year old daughter of Harvey Farmer, died at the P. & S. Hospital at 6 o’clock yesterday afternoon after a six week’s illness with typhoid fever, and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

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Monroe P. Wilcox
Dec 23, 1897 - Dec 31, 1917

TOOK HIS OWN LIFE.

Supposed to be Despondent About Returning to Navy.

Monroe P. Wilcox, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wilcox of the Retreat community, who was twenty years old last Saturday, took his own life at the family home last night about 11:30, supposedly because of despondency of having to return to his duties in the United States Navy today. The young man who was a fine specimen of physical manhood enlisted in the navy some months ago, and belonged to Marine Corps 79. He came home near two weeks ago for holidays and had been spending his time with his parents and other relatives, and seemed in the best of health and spirits. Last night he had been out with some young friends in the community and came in home about 11 o’clock. Soon after reaching home, and without the knowledge of any one, he procured a single barrel shot gun and went into the back yard. Here he tied the gun to the post of a barbed wire fence, lay down on the ground, put the muzzle of the gun against his head, took a long stick and pushed the trigger. The entire charge entered the side of his head and tore the top of his skull away.

The remains were brought to town by Undertaker Sutherland and will be interred in Zion’s Rest cemetery tomorrow afternoon.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Dec 31, 1917
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Marine Corps & U. S. Navy WW 1
  • s/o Jessie Clayborn Wilcox & Lenora Ann “Nora” (Russell) Wilcox buried in Pattison cemetery

Genevieve (UNKNOWN) Thompson
abt 1874 - Jul 22, 1917

Died Here Yesterday.

Mrs. Genevieve Thompson, wife of Dr. J. N. Thompson of Skidmore, Texas, died at the P. & S. Hospital here yesterday afternoon at 4:30 and the remains were interred at Zion’s Rest this morning at 11 o’clock, Rev. G. W. Sanders officiating. The deceased was forty-three years of age and is survived by her husband and two daughters.

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Hallie Lena (Johnson) Whitfield
Aug 31, 1883 - Mar 18, 1958

Mrs. Whitfield Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Hallie Whitfield, 74, wife of M. Whitfield, 312 Hardy avenue, died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the Griffin Chapel Wednesday at 4 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, Harvey Johnson, Cleburne; Robert Lee Whitfield, Eureka, and Roy Whitfield, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Waller and Mrs. Bessie Russell, both of Corsicana; 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Elvin Layfield, Lubbock; Mrs. Grace Whitbeck, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Bertha Hooper, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Loya Ramsey, Leroy Whitfield, Willie Joe Waller, Charles Kenneth Waller, Ernest Earl Waller, Vernon Lee Waller, Alvin Franklin Waller and Thomas Edward Waller.

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Mrs. M. Whitfield Rites Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Hallie Whitfield, 74, wife of M. Whitfield, 312 Hardy Avenue, were held from the Griffin Chapel Wednesday 4 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack N. Bell, pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist church.

Mrs. Whitfield died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday afternoon.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, Harvey Johnson, Cleburne; Robert Lee Whitfield, Eureka, and Roy Whitfield, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Waller and Mrs. Bessie Russell, both of Corsicana; 21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Elvin Layfield, Lubbock; Mrs. Grace Whitbeck, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Bertha Hooper, Corsicana and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Loya Ramsey, Leroy Whitfield, Willie Joe Waller, Charles Kenneth Waller, Ernest Earl Waller, Vernon Lee Waller, Alvin Franklin Waller and Thomas Edward Waller.

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INFANT SON Whitfield
1915 - Jul 21, 1917

Death of Little Boy.

The two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Whitefield died in the Pleasant Grove community Saturday afternoon and the remains were interred in the Hamilton Cemetery yesterday afternoon.

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Fannie (Rye) Hammonds
1844 - Mar 31, 1917

Died Near Corsicana.

Mrs. Hammonds, wife of John C. Hammonds of the Retreat community, died Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Hamilton Cemetery yesterday afternoon.

Besides her husband, the deceased is survived by three stepchildren, Mrs. J. H. Megarity of Waco, Mrs. J. A. Young who lives near this city and Mish Hammonds of San Angelo.

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Josiephene Speed
Jan 28, 1909 - May 13, 1909

Deaths.

Texie Burnes, Mildred, May 12, aged 7 years.

Joesephine Speed, Powell, May 13, aged 3 months and 20 days.

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Bennett Ware Posey
July 11, 1889 - Apr 25, 1918
 

WAS KILLED AT POWELL TODAY

Young Man Meets Instant Death From Live Wire

Ware Posey, aged twenty-seven, and a prominent young man of Kerens, met instant death while repairing an electric light wire just in the edge of Powell at 10 o’clock this morning. The young man was on a pole about twenty feet from the ground working on a transformer box, when he received the shock, and he fell and died instantly. The deceased was manager of the electric light plant at Kerens and is survived by his wife and one child.

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Will Be Buried Tomorrow

The remains of Ware Posey, who was killed by a live wire near Powell, will probably be buried at Kerens tomorrow afternoon, the funeral being delayed to await the arrival of a sister from Michigan. Besides his wife and child, the deceased is survived by his father, Bud Posey of Kerens, and several brothers and sisters.

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Ruby Doris (Massey) Barlow
Nov 18, 1924 - Sept 27, 2015

Ruby D. Barlow, 90, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Webster.
She was born Nov. 18, 1924, in Streetman, to John and Ophelia Massey. Ruby lived most of her life in Corsicana. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church, she loved to sew, was an artist, and most of all loved to tell jokes and make people laugh.
Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie Barlow; grandchildren, Aimee Fife, Loree Fife and Beau Fife.
She is survived by her two daughters, Brenda Jenkins, and Wanda Fife and husband Dale; son, Bobby Barlow and wife Celeste; eight grandchildren, Karla DeRanieri (Gino), Frank Earley (Diane), Damon Fife (Monica), Shelly Smith (Tim), Bubba Fife (Alicia), Jason Barlow (Diane), Becky Watson (Joey) and Kayla Rayborn; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Oakwood Cemetery with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating.
Arrangements by Crowder Funeral Home, La Marque.

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Henry Edward "Ed" Williams
Jan 20, 1938 - Sept 25, 2015

Henry Edward 'Ed' Williams was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Corsicana, to Jo Henry Williams and Lillie Faye Bryant. He went to meet his Savior and Lord on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, with his family by his side.
He lived in or near Corsicana for most of his life except for a few years spent in the Michigan area.
Ed married the love of his life, Martha Alice Lang, on May 13, 1960, in Fowlerville, Michigan, and hightailed it back to Texas with his new bride as fast as he could. They celebrated their 55th anniversary this year.
Many people know Ed from his years of selling cars in Corsicana. He owned several used car lots along with working for both Johnny Sirman’s and Weatherby Ford. Others know him as Cuz, an excellent card player, be it Poker or Spades. Whatever game you dealt he was in. Dominoes were also a game he mastered. By the time he was 12 or 13 he could beat any grown man playing dominoes. At 17, he joined the Air Force. While in the service he sang in a trio traveling through North Africa and across Europe. If he wasn’t selling cars, or playing cards or dominoes, you might find him on the golf course with his best friend, his son Eddie. Now he is singing with the angels.
God blessed him with a loving wife, Alice, and five wonderful children, Laurie, Cindy, Melissa, Robin and Eddie. Ed was in a car accident on Feb. 4, 2008, and his whole world changed in an instant. God slowed him down and gave him the time he needed to spend with his immediate family. We are so grateful for that time and so was he.
Ed loved his dogs, Buddy and Sparky. They were as much a part of his family as his children were. Kisses from Buddy always brought a smile to his face. The dogs were a great comfort to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Faye Williams; brothers, Bobby Jack Williams and Oscar Dwain Williams; and sister, Beth Ivy. If you listen you can probably hear them shuffling the ivories right now.
Family was everything to Ed. He is survived by his wife, Alice Williams; son, Eddie Williams and wife Stacy of Midlothian; daughters, Laurie Mullins of Dallas, Cindy Pagitt and husband Steve of Athens, Melissa Lowe and husband David of Kaufman, Robin Featherston and husband Stacy of Trinidad; grandchildren, Allison Cox, Kade Featherston, Meagan Medina, Evan Pagitt, Courtney Saylors, Colt Saylors, Scott Dowell, Jonathon Lowe, and Matthew Mullins; three great-grandchildren, Greenly Dowell, Joseph Edward Cox, and Mason Medina; brothers, Lynn Williams, Donnie Williams, Arthur Williams, Gary Williams, and Jake Williams; sisters, Doris Kennemore, Billie Dean Harrison and their spouses; and cousin, Charlie Williams; He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Chuck Lang, Robert Lang, Mary Anne Wallace, Mildred Reed, Ardis Dowland, Shirley Henning and their spouses, all from the Michigan area; special friend, Gordon Witte; nieces, nephews, in-laws, and outlaws too numerous to name here.
Special thanks to Nell of Outreach, Marissa of Integra Care, and all of the nurses and staff of Ennis Regional Hospital and Family First Hospice.
Come celebrate Ed’s life with us. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Oakwood Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Oscar Dwain Williams
Nov 25, 1942 - Jul 31, 2015

Memorial services were held for Dwain Williams on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at Christian Community Fellowship on Highway 84, at 11:00 a.m., with lunch to be served following the services for remembrances with friends and family.

Oscar “Dwain” Williams was born on November 25, 1942 and passed away at his home, in Teague, on July 31, 2015. He was 72 years old.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry; his mother Faye; his brother Bobby and his sister Beth; along with several other people he has loved and missed so much for so long.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Vikki and son Justin, of Teague; his son Dustin and wife Nina from Irving and his daughter Nichole and husband Caleb of Mexia. He is also survived by three beautiful grandchildren: Kristen and Raylynn of Irving and Kylin of Mexia, who he loved so dearly. Dwain leaves behind eight brothers and two sisters: Ed and Alice Williams of Garrett; Jake Williams of Eunice, New Mexico; Doris and David Kennemore of Corsicana; Lynn Williams of Corsicana; Billie and Earnest Harrison of Quitman; Arthur and Brenda Williams of Lake Whitney; Donnie and Susan Williams of Corsicana; and Gary and Debbie Williams of Corsicana. He had many nieces and nephews that he was so proud of.

Dwain was ready to be with his Lord and will be there to greet us when we all go home. In the meantime, “Dwain, we love you.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The American Heart Association.

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Nancy Annice (Hand) Tapley
Jan 8, 1892 - Dec 13, 1969

Mrs. Tapley Dies Saturday

Mrs. Nancy Annice Tapley, 77, resident of Corsicana for 25 years, died Saturday. She was a member of the First Pentacostal Church of God.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Corley Chapel with the Rev. B. W. Johnson officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Abercrombie and Hazel Blackmon of Corsicana and Mrs. Mildred Watson of Waco; seven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. B. A. George and Mrs. Robert Lee , both of Corsicana; Mrs. Viola Black of Mesquite, Mrs. Iva Honeycutt of Dallas and Mrs. Lura Long of Fort Worth.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Tapley Services

Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Annice Tapley were held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Corley Chapel. The rites were conducted by the Rev. B. W. Johnson, with interment in Hamilton Cemetery.

She is survived by three daughters, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, five sisters and other relatives.

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William Edward Tapley
Jan 8, 1891 - Jul 18, 1953

W. E. Tapley Dies Early Saturday

William E. Tapley, 62, died at his residence, 1705 West Twelfth avenue, early Saturday morning.

A native of Nacogdoches county, Texas, Tapley resided in the Kerens-Bazette area for 30 years prior to moving to Corsicana eight years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana, three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Patterson, Waskom; Mrs. Hazel Blackmon and Mrs. Mildred Holloway, both of Corsicana; three brothers, Frank Tapley, Malakoff; Nig and Ellis Tapley, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Jackson, Brownsboro, and Mrs. Lizzie Buckner, Kountze; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. T. Ray, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God.

Nephews will be pallbearers.

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Wm E. Tapley Services Sunday

Funeral services for Wm. E. Tapley, 62, who died at his home, 1702 West Twelfth avenue, were held Sunday at 4:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. T. Ray, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God.

A native of Nacogdoches county, he resided in the Kerens-Bazette area prior to moving to Corsicana eight years ago.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Patterson, Waskom; Mrs. Hazel Blackmon and Mrs. Mildred Holloway, both of Corsicana; three brothers, Frank Tapley, Malakoff, Nig and Ellis Tapley, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Jackson, Brownsboro, and Mrs. Lizzie Buckner, Kountze, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Nephews were pallbearers.

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Melba Margaret Miller
B&D Apr. 10, 1937

Baby Died Saturday Night; Burial Took Place on Sunday

Melba Margaret, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Miller, died Saturday night at the residence, 1216 West Eleventh avenue. Funeral services were conducted at Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Surviving are her parents, a step-sister, Betty Ruth Russell, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Miller, Cairo, Ill.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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William Franklin Long
Mar 7, 1898 - Mar 2, 1954

W. F. Long Dies Tuesday Morning

William Franklin Long, 55, formerly of Corsicana, died at his residence, 2513 Vera Cruz, Fort Worth, early Tuesday. He was an employe of the Magnolia Petroleum Co. refinery in Fort Worth and had resided in Fort Worth the past 12 years.

Funeral services will be held from the Shannon Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth Wednesday noon with Rev. John R. Ferguson, Baptist minister, in charge.

Graveside services will be held at Oakwood cemetery Wednesday at 4 p.m. The rites here will be conducted by Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of North Side Baptist church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Long, Fort Worth; five sons, Alton, Robert, Earl, Ernest Dean and Edgar Gerald Long, all of Fort Worth, and Albert Long, U. S. Marine Corps, Japan; two daughters, Miss Reta Long and Mrs. Freddie Mount, both of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Fields, Waco; a brother, B. W. Long, Corsicana; eight grandchjildren, and other relatives.

Corley will direct.

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Wednesday Rites For W. F. Long

Funeral services for William Franklin Long, 55, who died in Fort Worth Tuesday morning, were held Wednesday noon from the Shannon Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth, Rev. John R. Ferguson, Baptist minister, conducted the rites.

Graveside services are to be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Oakwood cemetery here, Rev. Bob Cheek pastor of the North Side Baptist church will conduct the rites here.

Long formerly was a member of the Corsicana police department but had been employed in the Magnolia Petroleum Company refinery in Fort Worth for the past 12 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laura Long; two daughters, Miss Reta Long and Mrs. Freddie Mount, five sons, Alton, Robert Earl, Ernest Dean and Edgar Gerald Long all of Fort Worth, and Albert Long, U. S. Marine Corps, Japan; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Fields, Waco; a brother, B. W. Long, Corsicana; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Corley directed.

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John Trustlew Robinson
May 5, 1850 - Jan 6, 1924

The Sick and Convalescent.

John T. Robinson is very low at his home on North Fourteenth street.

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John Lockhart and Sam Todd of Ennis, and J. Doak Roberts of Dallas were here yesterday to attend the funeral of the late John T. Robinson.

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Otis Lemayne
abt 1887 - Oct 22, 1918

Died at Barry.

Otis Lemayne, aged twenty-one years, died at Barry last night and the remains were interred at Oakwood this afternoon. The deceased is survived by his parents, and a wife to whom he had been married only two months.

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Ray O. Ely
Jul 20, 1885 - Oct 23, 1918

Died After Brief Illness.

Ray Ely, aged thirty-three years who was reared here and was for several years a well known painter here, died at 5 o’clock this morning at the home of his father-in law, A. C. McAfee, near Zion’s Rest. The deceased and his family moved from Corsicana to Canyon, in the Panhandle, a few years ago, and that is still their home. The deceased had been engaged in government work for some weeks in Nashville, Tenn., and when taken sick started home. He reached Corsicana Saturday night last and went to the McAfee home suffering with an attack of influenza. Yesterday pneumonia developed and death came in a few hours. J. M. Ely and wife, parents of the deceased are living in Canyon, and will reach here tomorrow. His widow and children started as soon as they knew of his illness and reached here this afternoon.

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Funeral Largely Attended.

The remains of the late Ray Ely were laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon at 5 o’clock. The funeral took place from the home of A. C. McAfee, father-in-law of the deceased, and was conducted by Rev. Chas Oberschmidt. Assisted by Rev. C. H. Booth. The pallbearers were: Active, Grover Jennings, Otis Rector, All Sowell, J. S. Millerman, Sterling Hornbeck and John Hughes; honorary, Walter Burgess, H. O. Blanding, John Mitchell, J. G. Comfort, F. N. Drane and Rev. J. W. Hornbeak.

A large procession followed the body to its last resting place, and many beautiful floral offerings were in evidence.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Oct 24, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Velma Eunice (McAfee) Ely-Bennett s/o J. A. Ely and Maude (Elwood) Ely per death certificate.
  • Velma remarried to Dr. Albert Arnold Bennett.  They are buried at the Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island as are Ely's three children with Velma
  • Oakwood cemetery

Frances Artie “Frankie” (Shugart) Page
Aug 1899 - Oct 22, 1918

Funeral Held Today.

The remains of the late Mrs. James Page, daughter of H. W. Shugart, who died at Emhouse yesterday were buried in Oakwood this afternoon. The funeral took place from the family, 803 South Fourteenth street and was largely attended. The last sad rites were conducted by Rev. Chas. Oberschmidt.

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John Lyman Reeves
May 1882 - Aug 13, 1922

WELL KNOWN PRINTER PASSED AWAY EARLY HOUR THIS MORNING

J. LYMAN REEVES, DIED AT HIS HOME AFTER ILLNESS OF FEW DAYS

J. Lyman Reeves, 40, well known job printer here who was forty years old in May last, died at his home at the corner of West First avenue and North Fourteenth street near 12 o’clock last night, after a week’s illness, and the remains will be interred in Oakwood cemetery at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

The deceased was the son-in-law of John T. Robinson, and is survived by his wife and a daughter, Lota Reeves, and by four sisters, Mrs. C. F. Moulton of Halleyville, Okla.; Mrs. W. F. Boyd, Houston; Mrs. H. F. Riley of Greenville, and Mrs. Tom Mayfield of Ennis, and by two aunts, Mrs. H. T. Moore and Mrs. Joe Hawkins, both of Ennis. The deceased was born and reared at Ennis, but had been in Corsicana for many years having been connected with several commercial printing establishments in this city, and for several years the proprietor of the Reeves Print Shop and also being part owner of a number of other plants at various times.

Mr. Reeves was a member of the Elks and of the local Typographical Union, and had many friends here who are pained at his death, and who will sympathize with those who were nearer and dearer to him in the sorrow that his death brings into their lives.

Lyman Reeves was a man of kindly and genial disposition and those who came in contact with him from day to day, in business life and social life, learned to value his friendship for its open, frank and kindly nature. He made no enemies for he allowed and conceded to every man the privilege which he claimed, of forming his own conclusions and then following them but never permitting them to interfere with the privileges and rights of another. Because of this he made and held friends and there are hosts of those friends here who will indeed be pained at his untimely passing away.

Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church will conduct the funeral services, which will be held at the home, corner First avenue and Fourteenth street.

The following are the pallbearers:

Active—P. C. Townsend, Bob Johnston, Corman Roxburgh, Jack Dodson, Frank Graves, Fred York.

Honorary—Billie Stokes, Dude Ransom, W. J. Nolen, John Redden, Jim Redden, J. E. Davant, Joe Wilson, Harris Ransom, Sid Story, Henry Molloy, John Molloy, Soasie Molloy, J. Doak Roberts, Dallas, W. T. Boyd, Houston, Tom Mayfield, Ennis, C. B. Haley, C. F. Manalton, Halleyville, Okla., H. L. Riley, Greenville, Texas, W. D. Ferris, Ennis, E. K. Atwood, Ennis, E. M. Biggers, Houston, Joe Hawkins, Ennis, E. W. Coloin, Ennis, Prince McCellen, J. D. Robinson, J. B. Robinson, Tom Hughes, Donald Marr, Palmer Blanding, C. M. Molloy, H. F.Marr, Elmer Keith, W. E. Todd, Dallas, John Lockhart, Ennis, Z. R. Christian, George Campbell, Tom Campbell.

NOTICE.

Members of the Elks Lodge are called to meet at the lodge room at 9:45 a. m. tomorrow to attend the funeral of Brother Lyman Reeves.

W. F. SEALE, Acting Exalted Ruler.
F. M. HOLMES, Secretary.

Printing Offices to Close.

As a tribute of respect the City Printing Co., Stokes Printing Co. and Democrat & Truth will close their places of business from 10 o’clock to 12 o’clock tomorrow morning to attend the funeral of Mr. J. L. Reeves.

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FUNERAL THIS MORNING

Remains of Late Lyman Reeves Rest Under Bank of Flowers.

At 10:30 this morning funeral services were held for the remains of the late Lyman Reeves at the home of his father-in-law, John Robinson at the corner of West First avenue and North Fourteenth street. An immense crowd were there to pay their last sad tribute to the memory of the one they knew and esteemed in life. Rev. A. E. Carraway, of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church conducted the services at the home and then the Elks took charge and concluded the services at the grave. The floral tributes were lavish in number and beautiful in design and as a last token of esteem the grave was hidden from view by a bank of beautiful flowers.

The deceased was a quiet and unassuming man, but one of fine sense and equipoise, and in a social and personal way those who knew him best and were closest to him esteemed him most and in these especially the memory will be sacred in all the years to come.

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Katherine “Kate” Harvard
Feb 19, 1881 - Aug 21, 1972

Miss Harvard

Miss Kate Harvard, 85, resident of Navarro for the past 81 years, died Monday at Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Winkler, member of the Fellowship Baptist Church for 20 years and daughter of the late Rev. W. F. Harvard.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Charles Southard and Rev. Joe Wilbanks will officiate. Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Knight of Dallas, Mrs. Ruby Collins of Gainesville and Mrs. Oliver Forbes of Navarro; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Benny Horn, Gene Horn, Tommy Horn, Richard Collins, Sammy Harvard and Weldon Knight.

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Miss Harvard

Services were at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a local funeral chapel for Miss Kate Harvard, 85, Navarro, who died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Charles Southard and Rev. Joe Wilbanks officiated. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters and several nieces and nephews.

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Hattie Wright
Mar 17, 1871 - Jun 3, 1926

MISS HATTIE WRIGHT DIED IN CORSICANA EARLY HOUR TODAY

PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY BURIED HOPEWELL CEMETERY

Miss Hattie Wright, aged 55 years died at the residence of Dr. T. A. Miller early Thursday morning and the remains were interred in the Hopewell Cemetery late Thursday afternoon. The funeral services were held at her residence near Mildred at 3:30 o’clock.

The deceased was born in Arkansas and came to Navarro county forty-three years ago. She was well known here.

Two brothers, J. J. Wright and V. T. Wright, both of Corsicana and two sisters, Mrs. E. L. Spence, Kerrville, and Mrs. Emma Moore, Mildred, survive.

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John Jefferson William Wright
Aug 21, 1869 - Aug 15, 1954

J. J. W. Wright Services Monday

John Jefferson William Wright, 85, died at the Twilight Home Sunday morning. He was a retired farmer.

Born August 21, 1869, in Arkansas, he had resided in Navarro county 70 years.

Funeral services were conducted Monday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the Hopewell Cemetery near Navarro.

The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. McKinney, minister of the First Christian church.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. E. L. Spence, Kerrville; five nephews, Noma Wright, Earl Wright and J. M. Moore all of Corsicana; J. E. Spence, Alice and Roy Moore, Duncan Okla.; five nieces, Mrs. M. R. Wossum and Mrs. W. L. Jeffers, both of Corsicana, Mrs. Ruby Medford and Mrs. Virgil Merrell, both of Dallas, and Mrs. Foster Jones, Kerrville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill King, Knox Riley, R. W. Wiggins, Joe T. Smith, Leslie White and Hugh E. Foster

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James P. May
Oct 6, 1855 - Jun 6, 1918

Died Here Last Night

J. D. May, aged 62 years, died at the P. and S. hospital last night of pellagra after a lingering illness. The deceased was known to many people here and at Kerens. He is survived by a son living in Collin County, and three brothers, J. T. May of Rural Shade; W. H. May of Bazette; and Rev. Dan May of Weatherford. The remains were interred at Hopewell near Navarro this afternoon.

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Rita Mae (Hodges) Harvard
Jun 27, 1920 - Sep 21, 2007

Rita, of Beaumont, passed away at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.

Born in Florida she spent most of her early years in Corsicana and lived in Beaumont most of her adult life.

She married her childhood sweetheart Jack Harvard on December 24, 1940. Jack preceded her in death in 1985.

Survivors include her children, Kathy Malley and her husband Tony, Barbara Shaunfield and Jack Harvard and his wife Nancy; grandchildren, Tony Malley and his wife Wendi, John Shaunfield and his wife Leslie, Samantha Ramsey and her husband Bryan, Stephanie Towery and her husband Rob, Jacqueline Foster and her husband Hardy, and Chayse Harvard; great grandchildren, Stormy Ramsey, Josh Ramsey, Joshua Towery, Jacob Towery, Trey Shaunfield, Austin Shaunfield, Elle Ramsey, and Merritt Faith Malley.

Her grandson, Matthew Shaunfield and two twin boys preceded her in death.

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Martin Kibb Pierson/Pearson
Dec 25, 1864 - Mar 29, 1918

Buried in Hamilton Cemetery.

The remains of M. K. Pierson, who died at Boyce, Ellis county, last Friday night, were brought here Saturday afternoon and interred at the Hamilton cemetery beside those of the wife of the deceased, who died several years ago.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 2, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Manda (unk) Pearson/Pierson s/o Wylie Pierson and Cathrene (Kilpatric) Pierson per death certificate (death certificate and obit say Pierson, monument says Pearson)

J. L. Wooten
abt 1850 - May 14, 1916

Died Sunday Morning.

J. L. Wooten, aged 66 years, died at the home of his son John Wooten, north of town Sunday morning, and the remains were interred in the Petty Chapel community at 3:30 today.

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Mrs. B. T. Holliefield
abt 1859 - Dec 13, 1916

Died Last Night.

Mrs. B. T. Holliefield, aged 57 years, died at the family home, 1206 East Eighth avenue, at 10:30 last night and the remains will be interred at 10:30 tomorrow in the Petty's Chapel cemetery.

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Jesse A. “Jess” Hays
Feb 29, 1884 - Sep 9, 1917

Died at Petty’s Chapel.

Jesse A. Hays, aged 33 years, 6 months and 10 days, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. M. E. Hays, in the Petty Chapel community yesterday and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery this morning at 10 o’clock. The funeral was largely attended, many friends going out from town.

The deceased, who had been connected with the county farm as a guard for a number of years, was a good officer and citizen, and had many friends. He had never married, but is survived by his mother, three brothers, Walter, Pink and Jack Hays, and two sisters, Mrs. Foussett and Mrs. Blankenship.

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Mary Elizabeth (Dickson) Hays
Apr 7, 1854 - Jul 26, 1940

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. HAYES ON SATURDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hayes, aged 86 years, who died at the home of her son, Walter Hayes, early Friday morning, were held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. B. Weathers, pastor of the Roane Methodist church. Burial was in the Petty's Chapel cemetery.

Mrs. Hayes came to Navarro county 63 years ago with her late husband, J. G. Hayes from Tennessee, and resided in the Petty’s Chapel community for many years prior to moving to Corsicana.

Surviving are three sons, Walter Hayes, Jack Hayes and County Commissioner T. P. Hayes, all of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Harold Blankenship, Petty’s Chapel, and Mrs. S. R. Fausett, Chatfield; and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Marion Martin, Edgar Metcalf, E. M. Palmer, Tom Carl, Ed Howell and John Blair.

Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 27, 1940
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (Some sources say Hayes not sure which is right)
  • w/o John G. Hays d/o Walter Dickson and Mary (Harrison) Dickson per death certificate

Vellar Flanagan
Jul 10, 1888 - Mar 29, 1918

Mrs. Vallar Flanagan, wife of W. J. Flanagan, aged 30 years, died near Petty’s Chapel last night of pellagra, after a year’s illness. The deceased is survived by her husband and four children. Interment took place at Petty’s chapel this afternoon.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 29, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (Marriage record says W. J. Flanagan married Vellar Flanagan Jan. 27, 1902)(Death certificate says mother is Mary Cox)(son Leonard’s death certificate says s/o Della Flanagan) (Death Certificate says Villa)
  • w/o William J. Flanagan d/o Mary Cox

Hershel Lee Weatherford
Jul 18, 1941 - Feb 22, 1944

FUNERAL RITES FOR GRANDSON OF CHANDLER MAN HELD LAST WEEK

Funeral services for Hershel Lee Weatherford, 3, who died Tuesday morning in a Corsicana hospital, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3'oclock from the Petty's Chapel Church, with interment in the Petty's Chapel cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Weatherford of Corsicana; a sister, Edna May Weatherford; two brothers, James Earl and John Wesley Weatherford, Corsicana and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gandy of Roscoe and W.W. Weatherford of Chandler.

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  • Published in the Athens Review March 2, 1944
  • Hershel Passed from bronchopneumonia

Martha Ellen (Ruble) Wilson
Dec 21, 1850 - Oct 13, 1934

AGED CORSICANA WOMAN DIED HERE LAST SATURDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Ellen Wilson, aged 83 years, who died Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock after a lingering illness, were held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. D. Wossum, 114 South Twentieth street with burial in the Petty's Chapel cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miler, pastor of the First Baptist church. Mrs. Wilson had resided in Corsicana for several years.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. T. D. Ford, Pasadena, Calif.; Mrs. D. V. Jackson, Dallas; Mrs. Clint Phillips, McKinney; and Mrs. Wossum, Corsicana; five sons, P. H. Wilson, Dalworth Point; J. D. Wilson, Stamford; Noah Wilson, Dallas; Vestal Wilson, Rice; and T. L. Wilson, Pasadena, Calif.; and a number of other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers. The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Martha A. (Beasley) Bragg
Jul 4, 1839 - Jun 10, 1911

Died Last Night.

Mrs. Martha Bragg, aged 72 years, died at her home near Roane last night, and the remains were interred in Post Oak cemetery this afternoon. Deceased had been a resident of Navarro county for more than fifty years. She is survived by five grown children and a number of grand children.

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Curry Edward Butler
Sep 16, 1829 - Nov 15, 1913

Died.

Mr. C. E. Butler died at the home of his son, Sam Butler, at Roane this morning at 10 o’clock and will be buried tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock in Post Oak cemetery. Deceased was eighty-four years old and had resided in this county for many years. He was highly esteemed and well known.

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Annie Y. (Green) Sheets
Sep 23, 1882 - Feb 24, 1961

Mrs. J. H. Sheets Dies Friday

Mrs. Annie Sheets, 78, widow of the late J. H. Sheets, a resident of Navarro county for most of her life, died at 916 North Thirteenth Street Friday morning. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the McCammon Funeral Home chapel, with Reginald Beaver, minister of the North Beaton Street Church of Christ, and Claud B. Holcomb, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in the Post Oak cemetery.

Mrs. Sheets, was a native of Kaufman county and is survived by two sons, Narben Sheets, Corsicana; and Egbert Sheets, Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Rena Fluker, Corsicana, and Mrs. Edna Gorman Roane; three sisters, Mrs. Allie Stubbs, Corsicana, Mrs. Laurence Crider, Stamford, and Mrs. John Long, Sweetwater; three brothers, Matt Green, Palestine; Bert Green, Jacksonville; and John Brassell, Stamford; 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Charles Newton Massey
Oct 12, 1888 – Dec 15, 1915

Died Near Powell.

Chas. Massey died near Powell on Thursday night and his remains were interred at Powell yesterday. The wife and three children survive.

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In Memoriam.

A tribute to Mr. Charley Massey, who died near Roane, Texas, on Thursday, December 30th, 1915, by a friend.

The Death Angel visited his home and took him from his dear wife and children. He was sick a short time with pneumonia. All was done for him that could be done. He lived only a few days after being taken sick. It was so hard to give him up. Weep not, dear wife and brothers and sisters, he is gone but will not be forgotten. He was so kind to all he met. He was loved by all who knew him, and so many of his friends will be sorry to learn of his passing away so unexpectedly. His smiling face and cheerful presence will be sadly missed not only by his wife and children but by his brothers and sister and friends. He was reared in the Roane community. He will be greatly missed around Roane and by his good neighbors. The funeral took place at Post Oak church, where he was laid to rest. May the God of all grace comfort and bless his wife and the loved ones he left on earth to mourn his death. May the Lord comfort the bereaved hearts that they may say the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

Your dear one has left us,
He has gone to dwell on high;
He is living in that country
Where they never say good-bye.

No farewells there are ever known,
No heartaches up in heaven;
But to the Saints of God above
A robe of white is given.

How sad and lonely is your home
Since your loved one has gone away,
But we hope to meet him in that blest clime,
Where it’s always one bright day.

His troubles are all ended here,
His sufferings all are over,
But in that bright and happy home,
We meet to part no more.

Your hearts are almost broken,
For you realize your loss;
God gives us grace sufficient
To help us bear the cross.

And when life’s journey is ended,
And we are called home to rest
We’ll meet our own dear loved ones
In the city of the blest.

Written by a friend,
TOPSY.

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Jewell Burton
abt 1887 - Jun 20, 1917

Drowned Near Porter’s Bluff.

Jewell Burton, aged 30 years and who was among those who enlisted in this county for military duty on June 5, and whose home was at Brown Valley, was drowned in the Trinity river near Porter’s Bluff Wednesday afternoon while in the river with his clothes on. The body was recovered about two hours later and the remains were interred in the Post Oak cemetery Wednesday at 2 p.m. The deceased was unmarried and is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

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Watt Crenshaw Waters
1900 - Sep. 18, 1918

PERSONAL NEWS

Watt Waters of Corbet enlisted in the Navy today.

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DIED AT SAN DIEGO

Enlisted in the Navy in June Last From Corbet

Tom Waters of Corbet received a telegram last night notifying him that his son, Watt Waters, had died at San Diego, California, yesterday following an operation for appendicitis. The deceased was nineteen years old and volunteered in June last and was sent to the Naval Training camp at San Diego, California. The remains will be brought back to Corbet for interment.

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Remains Were Buried Today.

The remains of Watt Waters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Waters of Corbet, who died at San Diego, California, on Friday night last following an operation for appendicitis, reached Corbet this morning and were interred in the Old Waters Cemetery, near Corbet, this afternoon at 3:30. The young man, who volunteered for the navy in June last, was very popular in the community where he was reared, and his funeral today was largely attended.

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Georgia (Waters) Owen
Feb 6, 1869 - Oct 20, 1945

MRS. MEIGH OWEN DIED SATURDAY; FUNERAL ON SUNDAY

Mrs. Meigh Owen, age 76 years, died at her home here Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Interment will be in Owen cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, Dick Owen, W. B. Owen, Meigh Owen, all of Corsicana; Ethan S. Owen, Houston; a brother, Tom Waters, Mexia; two sisters, Miss Hortense Waters, Corsicana; Mrs. H. B Robertson, Abilene, five grandchildren, and other relatives.

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FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR MRS. MEIGH OWEN

Funeral services for Mrs. Meigh Owen, 76 years, who died at her home here Saturday morning were held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Burial was in the Owen cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are four sons, Dick, W. B. and Meigh Owen, all of Corsicana, and Ethan S. Owen, Houston; a brother, Tom Waters, Mexia; two sisters, Miss Hortense Waters, Corsicana, and Mrs. H. B. Robertson, Abilene, five grandchildren and other relatives.

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Arementh (Owen) Bell
Jun 18, 1903 - Apr 4, 1941

FUNERAL SERVICES BE HELD SATURDAY FOR MRS. C. A. BELL

Mrs. C. A. Bell, 37, native of Navarro county, died in the P. and S. Hospital Friday morning. Funeral services will be held from the Sutherland-McCammon Chapel at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon conducted by the Rev. P. E. Riley. Interment will be in Owen cemetery near Corbet.

The deceased is survived by her mother, Mrs. Meigh Owen; four brothers, Dick, W. D. and Meigh Owen, all of Corsicana, and Ethan Owen of Houston; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be G. R. Love, R. C. Love, L. W. Love, Nat Waters, Brooks Waters and Owen Waters.

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William Franklin "Bill" Tolleson, Jr.
Aug 22, 1922 - Jul 1, 2015
 
William F. "Bill" Tolleson, age 92, of McKinney, Texas passed away on July 1, 2015.

He was born August 22, 1922 in Emhouse, Texas. He was the youngest of five children born to William F. Tolleson Sr. and Dora Lloyd. Bill married Myra Jean Hutson on August 30, 1942. They had five children and made a home in rural Denton County as a farmer and an insurance agent.

He served as a deacon and elder in the Church of Christ and at his death was a member of the Rock Hill Church of Christ. Bill served in the Army Air Corp in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.

His wife Myra and daughters Emily Diane Dillard and Karen Sue Lassiter preceded him in death. He is survived by children William David Tolleson, Linda Ridgway and husband Don, and Dr. Mark Tolleson and wife Jana; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at a visitation to be held from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. A funeral services will take place on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Celina at 2 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Little Elm Cemetery in Little Elm, Texas.

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David Carson McElwreath
May 30, 1974 - Nov 5, 2015

David Carson McElwreath, 41, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 in Corsicana. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14,
2015 at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette. A gathering will be held for David’s friends and family following the service at The Remington, 122 W. Third Ave., Corsicana.

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Margie Lee (Grayson) English
Sept 10, 1922 - Nov 8, 2015

Margie L. English, 93, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.
She was born Sept. 10, 1922 in Corsicana, Texas.

She was an active member of Second Mission Baptist Church where she served with the Abyssinisn Auxiliary, Deaconess Ministry and Senior Choir Ministry.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy English, a sister, Goldie Grayson Jones, and a brother, Douglas Grayson.

She is survived by a devoted nephew and wife, Nathaniel Walton (Mary), Tammi Walton McKeel (Darrell), Kyndall N. Jackson and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, nov. 14, 2015 at Second Mission Baptist Church with Rev. L. L. Polk officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana is in charge of arrangements.

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Mary Nell Andrews
abt 1940 - Nov 8, 2015

Mary Nell Andrews, 75, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Woodland Cemetery with Bro. Gregory Evans officiating.

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Annie (Younger) Cannon
Sep 28, 1870 - Jun 19, 1918

Died Last Night at Dawson.

Mrs. T. E. Cannon died at Dawson last night and the remains were interred there this morning at 10 o’clock. The deceased, who had been in ill health for many months is survived by her husband and three grown children, Misses Lometa and Lucy Cannon and a son, Younger Cannon. The deceased had long been a highly esteemed lady of that community, and the funeral this morning was largely attended.

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Lometa Cannon
Apr 22, 1895 - Oct 14, 1918

Dawson Young Lady Dead.

Miss Lometa Cannon, daughter of T. E. Cannon, a merchant of Dawson, and who was teaching at Ralls, in Western Texas, died there Monday of influenza and the remains were interred at Dawson yesterday.

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William Younger Cannon
Sep 15, 1899 - Jun 29, 1977

William Cannon

DAWSON—William Younger Cannon 78 died Wednesday afternoon at the Hubbard Hospital. Services were to be Thursday at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Dawson.

The Rev. Joe Brumbelow will officiate with burial at the Dawson Cemetery.

He was a 50-year member of the Masons and a retired Dawson postmaster. He served as deacon in the Baptist Church and he worked for Eubanks Funeral Home in Dawson.

Survivors include his widow, Bess Cannon, of Dawson; one son, Billy Gene Cannon of Waco; one granddaughter, Karen of Waco.

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Rosie Lee/Ann (Slater) Matthews
Jan. 15, 1891 - Mar. 26, 1918

Two Deaths Near Dawson.

Mrs. Virgil Matthews died near Dawson Monday and the remains were interred there yesterday afternoon. While the funeral was in progress Mrs. J. C. Matthews, mother-in-law of the first named lady, passed away at her home at Spring Hill. The last named lady was the widow of the late Calvin Matthews, for many years a well known citizen of Navarro county, and had lived in the county for many years. Her remains were interred at Dawson this afternoon.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, March 28, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Harvey Virgil Matthews married Nov. 3, 1907 d/o Harris Love Slater and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Hagle) Slater buried at Brushie Prairie Cemetery
     

Mark Artela (UNKNOWN) Johnson
Dec 1860 - Feb 20, 1918

The death angel has again visited our city, this time claiming the life of Mrs. W. P. Johnson, whose death occurred at her home about 7 o’clock Wednesday morning.

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E. C. /G. C. Clark
abt 1848 - Feb 1918

G. C. Clark, who made his home with his son-in-law, A. W. Crawford, three miles southeast of town, died Monday afternoon about 4 o’clock, and was buried in the Dawson Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Clark suffered a stroke of apoplexy Saturday, and he being about seventy years of age was unable to stand the strain, and passed away at the above mentioned time.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, February 26, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Daughter Alice Lavenia (Clark) Crawford, wife of Arthur W. Crawford buried in Rose Hill cemetery, Tyler, Tx.—her death certificate says –E. C. Clark and Martha Ann (Knotts) Clark
     

Clarence Marimack Dempsey
Nov 14, 1867 - Mar 1, 1918

Good Citizen Passes Away.

Clarence M. Dempsey, one of the county’s best known farmers, and a highly respected and good citizen, passed away at his home near Purdon last night after a few days’ illness with pneumonia, and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon. The deceased was 48 years of age and is survived by his wife and eight children.

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George Middleton “Mid” Norris
Dec 23, 1885 - Oct 17, 1915

Died in Kansas City.

Mid Norris, aged about thirty years, and who was reared in the Buffalo School House community, died in Kansas City a few days ago and the remains reached Kerens Tuesday night and interment took place at the Prairie Point cemetery yesterday, Rev. Wallace Vinsant of Kerens, officiating. The deceased was the son of W. N. Norris for many years a resident of that community, but who now lives at Pittsburg, Texas. It is not known what caused the young man’s death.

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Dear Sun-Light Chats:

I will write you a few lines this beautiful Sabbath day to let you know we are still in the land of the living. We moved from Navarro to this place seven years ago. We are making a living and that is about all we are doing. We have had good health since we came here. We mostly raise our living. This county has raised lots of feed and plenty to eat. Irish and sweet potatoes by the thousands of bushels. All kinds of fruit do well here. We have a well improved home four miles east of Pittsburg, but we are not satisfied here. We made a trip back to our old home a short time ago and laid to rest our boy, Mid Norris, t the Prairie Point cemetery, near Bazette. He had been gone from home six years. He died in Kansas City, Mo. On October 17th. We met many of our old friends and neighbors, whom we thank for their kindness during our bereaved hours, and may God bless them all. A good many look older than when I last saw them, and we were glad to shake their hands and look into the faces of as good people as ever lived on earth.

We spent two days in Kerens and two in Corsicana, where we had the pleasure of shaking hands with many more of our old friends. If there is a place on earth dear to us, it is Navarro county, where we were raised and where we raised our family of six children, four boys and two girls.

The first sack of meal I took to mill was at Chatfield point, which was before the Civil War.

Old Chatfield point is a sacred place to me. I have many dear old friends in that neighborhood I would like to see once more this side of eternity.

Hoping some of them will see this and write to their old friend. I am

W. N. NORRIS,
Pittsburg, Texas.

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William Newben/Neubern Norris, Sr.
Dec 22, 1849 - Apr 23, 1926

Aged Citizen Buried At Prairie Point

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, April 26.—W. N. Norris, aged resident of Corsicana, Texas, died at the home of his son, Holley Norris,, of Chandler, Texas, Friday April 23, and was buried at Prairie Point cemetery north of Kerens, Sunday, April 25. He has two sons, W. N. Norris, Jr., and Elmin Norris, who are citizens of Corsicana.

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Dear Sun-Light Chats:

I will write you a few lines this beautiful Sabbath day to let you know we are still in the land of the living. We moved from Navarro to this place seven years ago. We are making a living and that is about all we are doing. We have had good health since we came here. We mostly raise our living. This county has raised lots of feed and plenty to eat. Irish and sweet potatoes by the thousands of bushels. All kinds of fruit do well here. We have a well improved home four miles east of Pittsburg, but we are not satisfied here. We made a trip back to our old home a short time ago and laid to rest our boy, Mid Norris, t the Prairie Point cemetery, near Bazette. He had been gone from home six years. He died in Kansas City, Mo. On October 17th. We met many of our old friends and neighbors, whom we thank for their kindness during our bereaved hours, and may God bless them all. A good many look older than when I last saw them, and we were glad to shake their hands and look into the faces of as good people as ever lived on earth.

We spent two days in Kerens and two in Corsicana, where we had the pleasure of shaking hands with many more of our old friends. If there is a place on earth dear to us, it is Navarro county, where we were raised and where we raised our family of six children, four boys and two girls.

The first sack of meal I took to mill was at Chatfield point, which was before the Civil War.

Old Chatfield point is a sacred place to me. I have many dear old friends in that neighborhood I would like to see once more this side of eternity.

Hoping some of them will see this and write to their old friend. I am

W. N. NORRIS,
Pittsburg, Texas.

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William Dow “WD” Sessions
Dec 9, 1859 - Mar 26, 1916

Kerens News.

Dow Sessions died at Bazette Sunday afternoon of pneumonia, and was buried Monday in Prairie Point cemetery. Deceased was single, and a cousin to Will Sessions. He was or had been in business at Bazette for several years.---Kerens, Tribune.

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Alexander Dowan Anderson
Mar 10, 1858 - Dec 26m 1935

A. D. Anderson Rites to be Held at Eureka

Funeral services for A. D. Anderson, 77, of 125 North Windomere, who was taken ill while visiting at the home of his brother-in-law, J. A. Bonner, at Eureka, Navarro County, dying early Thursday, will be held at 2 pm Friday at Eureka.
Mr. Anderson was a native of Fairfield, Freestone County. He once owned the old Commercial Hotel at Corsicana.
Surviving him are his wife; his daughter, Mrs. Hill D. Hudson of Pecos; three sisters, W. W. Streety of DeLeon; Mrs. J. Ross Bell of Teague; and Mrs. Elder Carter, Fort Worth; and two brothers, J. S. Anderson of Dallas and Charles Anderson of Marfa.

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News Dec 27, 1935 - Section: II; Page: Twelve
  • Husband of Annie Williams Bonner

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A. D. Anderson, aged 77 years of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana died at the home of his brother-in-law, J. A. Bonner, in Eureka Thursday morning at 2 o’clock after a few minutes’ illness. The funeral will be held from the Presbyterian church in Eureka Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Eureka cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. Walter Simpson.

Mr. Anderson resided at 125 Windomere street, Dallas. He was a native of Freestone county, and operated a hotel and livery stable in Corsicana for a number of years prior to moving to Dallas 13 years ago. He had made his home with a niece, Mrs. R. B. Bennett in Dallas for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Hill Hudson, Pecos, a sister, Mrs. Ross Bell of Teague, and two brothers, Jim Anderson, Fort Worth, and Charles D. Anderson, Marfa,a niece, Mrs. R. B. Bennett, Dallas, and a number of other relatives.

The funeral will be directed by the L. B. Bonner & Company Funeral Home of Eureka.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR A. D. ANDERSON FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for A. D. Anderson, aged 77 years of Dallas, who died early Thursday morning with a heart attack while visiting his brother-in-law, J. A. Bonner, in the Eureka community, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Eureka Presbyterian church with burial in the Eureka cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Walter Simpson.

Mr. Anderson was a native of Freestone county, and operated a hotel and livery stable in Corsicana for a number of years prior to moving to Dallas 13 years ago.

The funeral was directed by the L. B. Bonner and Company Funeral Home of Eureka, assisted by the Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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Annie Williams "Willie" (Bonner) Anderson
Jan 7, 1861 - Jul 23, 1940

Former Dallasite is Dead at Pecos

[Picture]
[Caption:] Mrs. A. D. Anderson

Mrs. A. D. Anderson, 79, who lived in Dallas for fifteen years with her niece, Mrs. R. B. Bennett, 125 North Windomere, died Tuesday in a Pecos hospital. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Hudson of Pecos, with whom she had recently lived; a sister, Mrs. W. B. Robinson of Palestine; two brothers, J. A. Bonner of Eureka, Navarro County, and W. P. Bonner of Athens.
Funeral services will be held at 3 pm Thursday at the Presbyterian Church at Eureka.

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News July 24, 1940; Section: I; Page: Ten
  • Daughter of Martha Bonner and James Isaac Bonner. Wife of A. Dowan Anderson.
  • Eureka Cemetery

Fannie Adrienne "Addie" (Sims) Bonner
Mar 10, 1877 - Dec 30, 1952

Mrs. Bonner Dies at Residence of Daughter Here

Mrs. W. P. Bonner, widow of an Athens feed store owner, died Tuesday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul Witt, at 3417 Shenandoah. She had long been in ill-health.
Funeral services were pending Tuesday night,
Mrs. Bonner was Miss Addie Sims and a native of Cotton Gin, Freestone County.
She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Sims. She was reared at
Fairfield, also in Freestone County.
Her husband died in 1940 at Athens. Mrs. Bonner had made her home in Dallas
with Mrs. Witt for the last five years. She was a member of Scofield Memorial
Church.
Mrs. Bonner is survived by another daughter, Mrs. George F. Brown, Lubbock;
two sons, J. I. Bonner Jr. of Kobe, Japan, and W. P. Bonner Jr. of Athens; a
sister, Miss Eula Sims of Dallas; two brothers, Taylor J. Sims of Hillsboro
and M. M. Sims of Dallas, and four granddaughters.

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News;  1952-12-31;vPart III, Page: 10
  • Eureka Cemetery
  • d/o Taylor J. Sims & Martha (Ferrell) Sims
  • Died in the city of University Park, Dallas Co., TX

Clyde Russell
Aug 24, 1896 - Jul 5, 1973

Clyde Russell

Services are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Clyde Russell of Corsicana, who died Thursday morning at Navarro County Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Gene Gardner will officiate and burial will follow in the Oakwood cemetery.

Russell was a Navarro County native and resident of Corsicana most of his life.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Betty Ruth Russell Aron of Irving; one granddaughter, Alicia Ann Aron of Dallas; three brothers, Carroll Russell of Fort Worth and Jack Russell and Lee Russell, both of Corsicana; and one sister, Mrs. Reba Woods of Mineola.

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Clyde Russell

Services are set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Clyde Russell of Corsicana, who died Thursday. Rev. Gene Gardener will officiate and burial will follow in the Oakwood cemetery.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Betty Ruth Russell Aron of Irving; one granddaughter, Alicia Ann Aron of Dallas; three brothers, Carroll Russell of Fort Worth and Jack Russell and Lee Russell, both of Corsicana; and one sister, Mrs. Reba Woods of Mineola.

Pallbearers will be J. C. Stover, Geral Atkinson, Frank Cartlidge, Jack Russell, Jr., Caries Russell and Artie French.

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Clyde Russell

Funeral services for Clyde Russell were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gene Gardner officiating. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. He died Thursday.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Betty Ruth Russell Aron of Irving; a granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. Reba Woods, Mineola; and three brothers, Jack Russell and Lee Russell, both of Corsicana and Carroll Russell of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers were Otis Atkeisson, J. C. Stover, Frank Cartlidge, Jack Russell, Jr., Charles Russell and Artie French.

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Anna Elizabeth Haley
Jan 16, 1917 - Jan 31, 1918

Lost infant Daughter.

Annie Elizabeth, the one-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Haley died last night at the family home at 1032 South Seventeenth street and the funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock from the home, with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

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In Memorium.

On Thursday morning, Jan. 31st, 1918, the angel of death came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Haley claiming their only little child, little Anna Elizabeth who was only one year and fifteen days old.

Little Haley as we lovingly called her was the life and sunshine of her home.

We can not understand why she was taken from her home so early in life, but we do know that she is now where there will be no good bye’s said but where all will be sunshine and gladness.

All was done for the sweet baby that a loving mother, father, faithful relatives, kind friends and physicians could do, but all in vain.

God saw fit to take her from us. Weep not mother, father and Aunt Matt, for your baby. I know it is so lonesome for you without her but she is at rest. I knew that you would feel that it is more than you can bear to give your loved one up. But Jesus said, Suffer little children and forbid them not to come unto men; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Notes:

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Obituary.

Little Anna Elizabeth Haley died Jan. 31, 1918. After a brief illness she laid away her weary burden of pain and fell asleep to wake in heaven. All that medical skill and tender nursing could do was done for her but all of no avail. Death is ever sad, it is doubly so when it comes to those upon whom rests the charm of childhood. It is so hard to give up the cherished object of our hearts best love that we sometimes question the goodness and mercy of a supreme being that takes them from us. But this is wrong; suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven, and it must be a bright and happy place where so many of our loved ones are.

God knew this little blossom was too pure for earth’s frosty winters so the angels whispered “come” and bore her spirit to the brighter and sunnier clime… The Master’s hand stretched forth and plucked her ere blight or stain of sin had touched her fair pure garment’s radient innocency. It is hard for those whose home and lives have been gladdened by her one year’s sweet presence, and though we mourn her here on earth, we know that transplanted to a fairer clime she unfolds new beauties and loves through all eternity.

MRS. LEE LONSFORD

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John Earl Robinson, Sr.
Aug 9, 1881 - Oct 21, 1918

WELL KNOWN YOUNG MAN DEAD.

Was Born and Reared Here And Was Highly Esteemed

Earl Robinson, a well known job printer here, and a highly esteemed young man, died at his home on West Seventh Avenue at 10:10 last night after a severe struggle with pneumonia. The deceased was thirty-seven years old in August last and was born and reared in Corsicana, and had lived here practically all of his life. He was an active and zealous member of the First Methodist church and was one of that congregation’s most active Sunday School and Epworth League workers. He had made himself useful and efficient in whatever he undertook and will be missed wherever he was a laborer. His life was consistent and manly and those who knew him best confided in him most. The deceased is survived by his father, John T. Robinson, his wife, one brother, Clair Robinson of Dallas, and a sister, Mrs. Lyman Reeves of Dallas; two uncles, Jerry and James Robinson of Corsicana.

The funeral was from the family home this afternoon at 5:30 and was largely attended, the services being conducted by Rev. C. H. Booth.

The pall bearers were Rev. C. E. Wilkins, J. E. Blair, A. L. Brooks, W. T. Stokes, R. C. Mun, and C. B. Haley.

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Clifton Newsom
Dec 28, 1904 - Oct 22, 1918

Clifton Newsom, 14 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Newsom, died at the family home, 122 West First Avenue, about 1 o’clock today after a few days illness.

Horace Newsom, aged sixteen, another son of Mr. and Mrs. Newsom is critically ill.

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The remains of Clifton Newsom, the 14 year old son of B. F. Newsom who died yesterday afternoon were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 2 o’clock the funeral taking place from the home 122 West First Avenue Rev. C. H. Booth officiated and there were many beautiful floral offerings. The following were the pall bearers: H. S. Christian, R. W. Miller, C. W. Morris, W.L. Holman, Rev. C. E. Wilkins and C. B. Haley.

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Kermit Lancaster
Nov 12, 1908 - Oct 22, 1918

Remains Were Interred Today.

The remains of Kermit Lancaster, the 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lancaster, who died yesterday were interred in Oakwood at 4 o’clock the funeral taking place from the family home, 1411 West Seventh Avenue.

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Yvonne (Smith) Boyd
Aug 1, 1932 - Nov 7, 2015
 
Yvonne Smith Boyd of Blooming Grove passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, with her loving husband of 65 years by her side.
She was born on Aug. 1, 1932, in Irving, to Oty and Pauline Smith. She married Elmer "Sonny" Boyd on June 30, 1950. They met at a skating rink in 1948 when she was 16 years old. They had three children from this union.
Yvonne worked for SSBA, Travelers Express, Texas Bank and Montgomery Ward. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Blooming Grove United Methodist Church. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a lover of dogs and had many throughout her lifetime. She was strong in her faith and loved her family, especially her husband "Sonny." She will be missed by many but always in their hearts.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer "Sonny" Boyd; daughters, Pam Boyd and husband Paul Korkames, Donna Roach and husband Ricky and Toni Rhyne and husband Rodney; five grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Gail Smith; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express their thanks to Hand in Hand Hospice and the nursing staff and volunteers at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center and Dr. Kent Rogers and staff for their care, kindness and support.
Visitation with her family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Diggs and the Rev. Darren Heil officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ricky Roach, Randy Roach, Rodney Rhyne, Paul Korkames, Don Boyd and Phil Golden.
Honorary pallbearers will be men of the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church.
If desired, donations in Yvonne's honor may be made to Hand in Hand Hospice, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Rose Hill Cemetery Association in Blooming Grove, or the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church.
Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Donna Paris (Sanders) Thompson
Sep 16, 1879 - Jul 18, 1974

Mrs. Thompson

DALLAS—Services will be 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Donna Paris Thompson, 94, a former Corsicana resident who died Thursday at the home of her daughter in Dallas. Rev. Kenneth Haley will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

She was an active member of the Christian Church in Corsicana until she moved to Dallas. She attended the East Dallas Christian Church and was a member Maccabee’s Club in Corsicana and Dallas.

Survivors include two sons, Wilbur L. Thompson, Sr. and Jack H. Thompson, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Frankie Thompson Terrell of Dallas, Mrs. Erline Thompson Moore of Dallas; ten grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. J. W. Welch of Dallas.

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Mrs. Thompson

Funeral services were to be at 3:30 Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Donna Paris Thompson, 94, who died Thursday in Dallas. Rev. Kenneth Haley was to officiate, with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a sister.Notes:


William Wesley “Will” Thompson
May 30, 1880 - Nov 22, 1965
 

Will Thompson Dies Suddenly, Rites Wednesday

Will Thompson, 85, civic and financial leader in Corsicana for many years, died of a heart attack in Memorial hospital late Monday afternoon. He was stricken in an elevator en route to the x-ray room and died a few minutes later.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church of which he was a trustee, and elder, and Rev. Steve Massie, pastor of the First Christian church.

Native of Columbia, Tenn., Thompson came to Petty’s Chapel community when he was two years of age and had resided in Corsicana since the turn of the century.

Thompson was a director of the State National Bank, president of the Navarro County Abstract Company, vice president and director and former president of the Corsicana Federal Savings and Loan association.

He was a past president of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, a former director of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the advisory committee for the campaign to raise the local funds and the construction of Memorial hospital in 1949-1952, past president of the Lions Club.

Thompson was city commissioner in the 1920s when the present city hall was erected and was a past president of the Corsicana YMCA. He was a Mason, held membership in Hella Temple Shrine and Corsicana Lodge No. 63, IOOF. He was a director of the First National Bank a number of years ago.

Thompson was engaged in the oil business for many years.

Surviving are two sons, Wilbur L. and Jack Thompson, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. E. T. Moore and Walter S. Terrell, both of Dallas; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Fleta Pannell, Tyler, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. D. Michael, Guy Sitton, Ed Wendorf, Jack Thompson, Jr.; W. L. Thompson, Jr.; W. R. Thompson and Waller C. Johnson.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, November 23, 1965
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Donna Paris (Sanders) Thompson and Agnes (Hughes) Hardwick-Thompson; s/o William Frank Thompson &  Mary (Foster) Thompson

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Hold Services Will Thompson

Funeral services for Will Thompson, 85, who died Monday night of a heart attack, were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. from the Corley Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church, of which he was a trustee and elder, and Rev. Steve Massie, pastor of the First Christian church. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Thompson was a civic and financial leader in Corsicana for many years.

Native of Columbia, Tenn., he came to Petty’s Chapel, Navarro county, when two years of age and to Corsicana about the turn of the century.

He was a director of the State National Bank, president of the Navarro County Abstract Company, vice president and director of the Corsicana Federal Savings and Loan association, of which he was a former president.

Thompson was a former Corsicana city commissioner, past president of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, YMCA and Lions club and a former director of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce. He was a Mason, Hella Temple Shriner and member of the IOOF. Thompson served on the advisory board for the construction of the Navarro County Memorial Hospital 1949-1952. He was active in the oil business for many years.

Surviving are two sons, Wilbur L. and Jack Thompson, both of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. E. T. Moore and Mrs. Walter S. Terrell, both of Dallas; 10 grandchildren, and a sister, Fleta Pannell, Tyler; two step-daughters, Mrs. Will Miller, Corsicana, and Mrs. Homer A. Balcom, Dallas, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. D. Michael, Guy Sitton, Ed Wendorf, W. L. Thompson, Jr.; Jack Thompson, Jr.; W. R. Thompson, Walter C. Johnson and Harrell Pipkin.

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Nancy Joy (Kendrick) LeMay
Aug 10, 1936 - Oct 4, 2015
 
Nancy Joy Kendrick LeMay of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. She was born Aug. 10, 1936 in Ada, Oklahoma.

Nancy will be remembered as the sweetest person anyone could ever know.  Her smile could brighten any place and make a person feel loved. She was known to all who worked with her or knew her as giving and kind. She was a registered nurse who used those skills throughout her life volunteering in schools, hospitals, and medical mission trips with her husband. She was a Christian homemaker for three children. Her children, in turn, have raised wonderful children of their own. They learned from the best and sweetest mother. She had a special knack for taking care of babies. She faithfully studied and taught babies about Jesus in many church nurseries over the years. She was a U.S. Army wife for 21 years, and she carried that sweet caring spirit to many churches around the country. She served in the local First Baptist Church nursery and choir for about 36 years until her battle with cancer did not allow. Her final eight years were spent loving on her husband and family. Even in the past few years she enjoyed cheering for her nearby grandchildren in their sports activities all around the Dallas Metroplex. She especially loved ringing the cowbell at the football games. The various food channels on television were her source of entertainment when she could no longer travel. She has always liked to cook but those cooking shows gave her some great ideas for specialty foods that sent her husband going to look for some interesting ingredients.

Mrs. LeMay is preceded in death by her father, Noel Walter Kendrick; and her mother, Garnet Opal Kendrick.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Sonley Robert LeMay Jr., M.D.; daughter, Diana L. Bomback and her husband Donald Bomback Jr., grandsons, Donald Bomback III, Daniel Bomback, and granddaughter Dayna and her husband John Kasimier all of Miami, Florida; son, Robert N. LeMay and his wife Kimberley LeMay, granddaughter Elysia LeMay and grandson Rees LeMay all of Dallas; daughter, Darlene Kiggins and her husband Dennis Kiggins, and granddaughters Hannah Kiggins and Sophie Kiggins all of Daytona, Florida; and sisters, Noelene Birkelo, Glenda Basil; and brother, Bruce Kendrick and his wife Velina; as well as numerous nieces; and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will be held at DFW National Cemetery on Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.  Memorial service will be at First Baptist Church, Corsicana at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Gretta Ann Stoner-Studebaker Hall
Nov 29, 1968 - Sept 26, 2015
 
Gretta Ann Stoner-Studebaker Hall, 47, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 in Dallas. She was born Nov. 29, 1968.

Gretta was a very loving, caring woman who loved her children dearly, and her husband, always putting his needs before her own. She was a passionate animal lover, as well.

Gretta was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Hall; daughter, Candie Elkins; son, James Elkins; step-sons, Kevin Hall Jr. and Edward Hall; and many loving family members.

There will be a memorial service for Gretta at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.
10, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Kirvin, 200 E. Main St., Kirvin, Texas 75848.

In accordance with Gretta’s wishes, she will be interred next to her father in Constantine, Michigan following the service.

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Dean Albert Aehlert
Jan 18, 1949 - Oct 3, 2015

 
Dean Albert Aehlert, 66, of Pursley, passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at his home after a long battle with cancer. Dean was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many in the Pursley community.

Dean was born in Chicago on Jan. 18, 1949, to Henry David Aehlert Jr.
and LaVerne Mae Wozniack. Dean was an identical twin, whose brother passed away at 18 months of age. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam conflict and he was honorably discharged. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, muscle cars, and model railroading in his younger years. Dean proudly served with the Pursley Volunteer Fire Department for many years as a fireman, Assistant Chief, and Chief.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, David Henry Aehlert.

Dean is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barbara (Mahoney) Aehlert; daughters, Andrea Lowrey and husband Will (Dallas), and Sherri Aehlert (Pursley); Thomas Aehlert and Tracy (Aehlert) Hanohano from a previous marriage. He is also survived by sisters, Karen Duggan (McHenry, Illinois), Dori Wojciechowski (Island Lake, Illinois); brother, Joseph Maxwell (McHenry, Illinois); grandchildren, Aubree Lowrey, Ashlynn Hanohano, Erika Hanohano, and Kyle Hanohano; and numerous nieces; and nephews.

No visitation or services are planned. In lieu of flowers, Dean requested that donations be made to the Pursley Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 362, Purdon, Texas 76679.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Richard Alfred Rice
Dec 13, 1919 - Oct 1, 2015
 
Richard Alfred Rice, 95, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at his residence in Corsicana.

He was born Dec. 13, 1919, in Akron, Ohio to Richard Major and Lillian Elizabeth Jones Rice.

He was employed for many years in the steel fabrication industry. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, and the Masonic lodge. He was a veteran having joined the Merchant Marines in 1942, soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, circling the globe twice delivering troops and critical supplies to allies in the battlefields. He survived multiple bombings and torpedo attacks but lost his teeth and his hearing in one ear. Near the end of the war he was hospitalized in an Army hospital in Calcutta, India for treatment of elephantitis contracted in Burma. He was an active and dedicated Shriner. He made countless trips transporting crippled children to hospitals in Houston and Galveston. He was a regular at Shriner events and a fixture every October in the streets of Corsicana collecting funds for Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals wearing his red fez and yellow apron.

He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of their children, Clara Rice; wife, Elizabeth Rice this past May; sisters, Betty Boyle and Faith Rice.

He is survived by his sons, Richard M. Rice of Houston and Larry Rice and wife Kelly of Maggie Valley, North Carolina; daughter, Christy K.
Rice of Corsicana; grandsons, Michael T. Rice and wife Meredith of Houston and Stuart Sorensen and wife Mary Lou of Austin; granddaughters, Sara Rice of Galveston and Jodi Morrow and husband Daniel of Cleburne; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Norah, and Gabe Rice of Houston; brother, Tommy Rice and wife Lydia of Bebe; sister, Margie Johnson of The Woodlands; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At his wish he was cremated, and no services are being planned at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lisa Jane Batton
June 19, 1963 - Sept 26, 2015
 
Lisa Jane Batton, 52, of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015.

She was born on Wednesday, June 19, 1963, to Bill Batton and Jane Batton. She graduated early from Corsicana High School in 1980. She pursued her nursing degree at Navarro College. She graduated in 1994 from the nursing program at Navarro College, and then she devoted her time to many healthcare providers and home health services. Lisa was a sweet and caring soul. Her love towards all animals was very well known, most notably her cats, “Baby,” “Meze,” and "Misty." She also loved the family's dogs "Bayle" and "Chelsea" very much. Family and friends will remember her compassion and love that was always present towards those in her life and her many friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, Billy Brown Batton.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Batton; brother, Jonathan Batton; niece, Nicole Batton; as well as three cousins; and her longtime boyfriend, Jon McPherson. She was the maternal granddaughter of O.L. and Edna Pitts, and the paternal granddaughter of Eston and Luceil Batton.

A memorial service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society of Navarro County or other animal charities of your choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Betty Jean Ward
abt 1949 - Sept 27, 2015
 
Betty Jean Ward, 66, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church with Pastor David E. Wilson and Elder Alvin McGilvery Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Timothy Joe Chaney
Nov 26, 1969 - Sept 26, 2015

Timothy Joe Chaney, 45, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 125 South Fifth Street. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Curtis Leon Green, Sr.
Nov 15, 1954 - 2015

Curtis Leon Green Sr., 60, of Corsicana, passed away at his residence.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Emmanuel Upper Room in Reagor Springs. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.

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Thomas Albert "Bud" Fitzgerald Sr.
Sept 8, 1930 - Oct 10, 2015
 
Thomas Albert “Bud” Fitzgerald Sr., 85, of Corsicana, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. He was born on Sept. 8, 1930, to Mr. Jessie Dee and Sarah Ann Fitzgerald.
Born and raised in Blooming Grove, Bud faithfully accomplished his duty by serving in the U.S. Army and National Guard for over 20 years and retiring as Sgt. 1st Class. During this time, he married Jessie Mae Vick in August of 1953. He dedicated 28 years of service to the State of Texas Highway Department. Bud served as church deacon for 15 years at Emmanuel Baptist Church and was also a commissioned member of the Partnership Project of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Bud is preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Mae Fitzgerald; and his parents, Jessie Dee and Sarah Ann Fitzgerald.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Albert Fitzgerald Jr. of Euless; and his daughter, Samantha Jean Hains and husband Mike of Corsicana; as well as numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bud’s honor be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Jessie Mae (Vick) Fitzgerald - s/o Jessie Dee Fitzgerald & Sarah Ann (Meador) Fitzgerald [bur at Rose Hill Cemetery]

James David "JD" Beggs
Jan 28, 1927 - Oct 13, 2015
 
James David (JD) Beggs, 88, of Corsicana, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.
He was born Jan. 28, 1927, in Irving to Oscar Beggs and Pollie Thompson Beggs.
He married Daisy Jones on Oct. 11, 1963. JD was a member of Westhill Church of Christ and was a retired postal carrier. After graduation from Kerens High School he attended Navarro Junior College. He joined the Army in 1945, served in Germany and received a Victory Ribbon and one Overseas Service Bar before his Honorable Discharge on Nov. 24, 1946.
JD was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy, on March 12, 2011; his parents; brothers, Orville, Gilbert, and Lloyd; and sisters, Ann Furr, and Rosalie Neubauer.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Randy Short of Corsicana, Kenneth Short and wife Kathie of Cleburne; grandson, Jeremy Short of Cleburne; sisters, Jane Seabolt of Odessa, and Betty Maddox of Dallas; nephew, Walter Usener of Stafford, Virginia; sisters-in-law, Darrell Shirlock of Wylie, Wanda Parker of Mississippi, June Gourley of Fort Worth, Deen Jones of Florida, Fayrene Rash of Arkansas, and Janie Jones of Corsicana; and a host of nieces; and nephews.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Sam Dilbeck officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westhill Church of Christ or American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lydia Antonia (Stastny) Holy
Sep 7, 1922 - Oct 14, 2015

Lydia Holy passed from this world on Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2015, at Navarro Regional Hospital within just one mile of her beloved home she and her beloved husband built over 60 years ago. She was born in Kaufman to Steve and Rozalie Stastny who had migrated from Czechoslovakia.
She married Theodore Holy from Ennis on Nov. 14, 1943. She converted to the Catholic religion and faithfully practiced that religion all her adult life. They lived in Rice before moving to Corsicana, where they bought their small farm. There, they built their dream home and lived with their farm animals near them, which they loved. Together, they produced their own garden as a happy part of their marriage. She loved canning and taking care of her beloved family.
She served her family and community by being a PTA leader at the Collins Catholic School, served as a Cub and Boy Scout den mother, Blue Bird Leader and as Immaculate Conception Altar Society President.
Following the death of Theodore, she frequently visited her son, Theodore and his family in Florida, as well as her daughter, Rosemary and her family in Boerne.
For her professional life, she worked at Collin Street Bakery for 13 years and at Medical Arts Clinic for 25 years. Following retirement, she volunteered for nine years as a pink lady at Navarro Regional Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Holy; infant son, Lawrence Holy; mother, Rozalie; father, Steve Stastny; and brothers, Joe and Steve Stastny.
She is survived by her son, Theodore S. Holy and wife Barbara of Florida; daughter, Rosemary Holy Fisher and husband William F. Fisher of Boerne; grandchildren, Elizabeth Holy, Bill Holy, Chris Holy and wife Kiera, Christina Fisher Hrdlicka and husband Stephen, and Marcus Fisher.
A Rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon
Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Claude Elmer Upchurch, Sr.
Jul 2, 1883 - Apr 18, 1931

C. E. (Claude) Upchurch is Buried Sunday in Oakwood Cemetery
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Funeral Services For Victim Oil Fire Largely Attended
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Funeral services for C. E. Upchurch 47, native of Navarro county, but resident of Corsicana for many years, who died in a hospital Saturday morning from injuries received in an explosion and fire in the oil fields near Kilgore Friday, were held from the First Baptist church here Sunday afternoon at 4 with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mr. Upchurch was a graduate of the law school, University of Texas, and practiced law here for a number of years in addition to being in the oil business.

The body was brought overland from Tyler Sunday morning to the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. James) Upchurch, 621 West First avenue.

The family resided here until 1930.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Porter M. Balles, pastor of the First Baptist church of Tyler, of which Mr. Upchurch was a member, and Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church here.

Survivors are his wife, two sons, Claude, Jr., and Jimmie Upchurch, and one daughter, Josephine Upchurch, all of Tyler; parents, one brother, Fred Upchurch, formerly of Corsicana, now assistant attorney-general of Texas, Austin; six sisters, Mrs. R. L. Holmes, Dallas; Mrs. J. D. Oden, Corsicana; Mrs. W. H. McKelvey, Mer Rouge, La.; Mrs. Cliff Berlen, Borger; and Mrs. Guy C. Unruh, Taylor.

Pallbearers were J. S. Callicutt, J. S. Simkins, B. W. George, Dexter Hamilton, Dallas; Cus Delaney, Ada, Okla.; Everett Looney, Austin; Everett Johnson, Austin; W. M. Thompson, and Luther A. Johnson.

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

 

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CORSICANA OIL MAN SIXTH VICTIM FIRES AT KILGORE FRIDAY

CLAUDE UPCHURCH DIED IN TYLER HOSPITAL SATURDAY RESULT BURNS

Funeral services for C. E. Upchurch, aged 47 years, native of Navarro county and resident of Corsicana until last October when he moved to Tyler, will be held from the First Baptist church here Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.  He died in a Tyler hospital Saturday morning from injuries and burns sustained Friday in an explosion and fire in the Kilgore oil field.

The body will be brought overland to Corsicana Sunday morning and will be taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Upchurch, 621 West First avenue.

Mr. Upchurch was well-known here in legal and oil circles as well as in many sections of the state.  He was a graduate of the law school. University of Texas, Austin, and practiced law here for a number of years as well as engaging in oil operations.

The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Porter M. Bailes, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tyler, of which he was a member, and by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church here.

He was married to Miss Mattie Thomas, Rainbow, La., fourteen years ago.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Claud, Jr., and Jimmie Upchurch, and one daughter, Josephine Upchurch, all of Tyler;  parents, one brother, Fred Upchurch, assistant attorney general of Texas, Austin;  six sisters, Mrs. R. O. Granberry, Corsicana;  Mrs. R. L. Holmes, Dallas;  Mrs. J. D. Oden, Corsicana;  Mrs. W. H. McKelvey, Mer Rouge, La.;  Mrs. Cliff Berrien, Borger; and Mrs. Guy C. Unruh, Taylor;  and a number of other relatives.

The Corley-McMahon Funeral Home will have charge of the funeral.

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Kilgore Fires Cost Nine Lives 3 Days

KILGORE, April 18.—(AP)—Two additional deaths today brought the total of fatalities from fires near here in the last three days to nine.  The latest fire occurred last night when an oil tank burst into flames at Upchurch &  Allen No. 2 Brightwell well.

J. W. Smith, 35, pipeline worker, died last night from burns received when an oil tank near the well burst into flames, Claude Upchurch, part-owner of the well died today in a hospital at Tyler and R. C. Holcomb, another pipeline worker, died later in a hospital here.

L. H. Gray, vice-president of the Sabine Pipeline company, who suffered burns about the head and was in a hospital at Longview, said the fire started when accumulated gas was ignited at a boiler and in turn ignited a 60,000 barrel battery tank.

E. T. Greene, pipeline worker, in a hospital at Tyler for treatment of burns, was expected to recover.

Mrs. Kate Dodson, 39; her two sons, J. D. Howell, 9, and J. B. Howell, 6, and a stepson, Burt Bishop, 22 were burned to death early yesterday when oil leaking from a broken pipeline was ignited, and consumed the tent in which they were sleeping.  Another son, Mart Howell, escaped.

Joe Lamb and M. H. Attaway were burned to death near here Thursday when sparks from the backfire of an automobile ignited an accumulation of gas.

Efforts to locate relatives of Smith, who died last night, were fruitless.

The body of Upchurch, 47, will be sent early tomorrow to Corsicana, his former home, for funeral rites there at 4 p.m.  He was a native of Navarro county and resided there until last year, when he moved to Tyler.  He was a veteran oil operator.

Survivors are his widow and two sons, Claud, Jr., and Jimmie;  a daughter, Josephine;  and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Upchurch, Corsicana;  a brother, Fred Upchurch, assistant attorney general of Texas, Austin, and six sisters.  Upchurch graduated from law school of the University of Texas.

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Tyler, April 19.—(AP)—C. E. Upchurch, part owner of the Upchurch and Allen No. 2 Brightwell well, died in a hospital here today, the second fatality resulting from a fire late yesterday at the company’s oil tank, J. W. Smith, 35, pipeline worker, died last night.

Upchurch’s death brought the total to six fatalities from fires yesterday in the vicinity of Kilgore.  Three other men were injured last night in the fire at the Upchurch and Allen well.  R. C. Holcomb, another pipeline worker was in critical condition in a hospital at Kilgore;  E. T. Greene, pipeline worker, was in a hospital here with slight burns and L. H. Gray, president of the Sabine Pipeline company was in a hospital at Longview recovering from burns about the head and arms.

Mrs. Kate Dodson, 39, her two sons, J. D. Howell, 9 and J. B. Howell 6;  and a stepson, Burt Bishop, 22 were burned to death near Kilgore early yesterday when oil flowing from a broken pipeline caught fire and consumed the tent in which they were sleeping.

Upchurch received serious burns about the body which resulted in his death.  He also fractured a leg in the rush to get away from the blazing oil tank.

He was 47 years old and was a veteran oil operator.  He came here last October from Corsicana, his former home.  The body will be sent there early tomorrow for funeral services at 4 p.m.

Survivors are his widow and three children and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Upchurch.

E. T. Green, also in a hospital here, was not critically injured.

KILGORE. April 18.—(AP)—Five persons were dead today as the result of two oil fires yesterday.

J. W. Smith about 25, pipeline worker, was burned fatally when an oil tank took fire at the Upchurch & Allen No. 2 Brightwell well.  He died in a hospital.

Mrs. Kate Dodson, 39, her two sons, J. D. Howell, 9, and J. B. Howell, 6;  and a stepson, Burt Bishop, 22 were burned to death when oil seeping from a broken pipe line seeping from a broken pipe line destroyed the tent in which they were living.  They were asleep when the fire began.   Another son, Mart, escaped.

Four other men were injured in the fire which caused Smith’s death.  R. C. Holcomb, another pipe line worker, was in a critical condition at a hospital here.  Claude Upchurch, one of the owners of the lease was taken to a Tyler hospital with a fractured leg and serious burns.  E. T. Greene, pipeline worker was being treated at Tyler for burns not believed serious.  L. H. Gray, vice president of the Sabine Pipe Line Company was burned about the head and arms.  He was in a hospital at Longview.

Gray said the fire started when accumulating gas was ignited by a boiler and in turn ignited a 60,000 barrel battery tank. 

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