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Maliette (Landau) Wolens
May 1, 1929 - Oct 27, 2015

Born in Strasbourg, France, on May 1, 1929, and passed away on Oct. 27, 2015, at her home in Plano. A woman of great class and beauty who had many friends and loved to entertain them all, Maliette derived her greatest joy from her three sons, two daughters-in-law and 11 grandchildren, all of who adored their “Omi.”

Maliette was the younger of two daughters born to Salomon and Helena Landau, both of Polish descent. The Landaus were part of a vibrant Jewish community in Strasbourg, a city on the border of France and Germany, where Salomon, a textile manufacturer, was active in the local chamber of commerce. In September 1939, Strasbourg was evacuated when France and England declared war on Germany, two days after Hitler invaded Poland, where many of Maliette’s extended family subsequently died in the Holocaust. Maliette and her family drove across France, part of an endless caravan of refugees who threw photos, pieces of clothing and other mementos onto the roads, hoping that other family members would see them and follow.

For the next two years, the Landaus tried desperately to leave France, joining hundreds of thousands of other Jewish refugees who were not permitted entry by other countries. The Landaus finally booked passage to Martinique on one of the last refugee ships to leave Marseille, but the ship was stopped by the British Navy and directed to dock in Trinidad, where Maliette and her family lived in gender-segregated detention camps for three months. They subsequently boarded a ship that took them to Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Panama before being allowed to dock in Mexico. Her family settled in Mexico City, and Maliette and her sister Rose both graduated high school from American private schools.

When Maliette was 18, on a trip to Texas to visit her older sister who had married an American, she was introduced to a young man from Corsicana, Jay Wolens, whose family owned the K. Wolens department stores in Texas. They married in June 1948, and Maliette became one of the few residents of Corsicana who could speak fluent French, German, Spanish, English and Yiddish. She became extremely involved in the local Jewish community in Corsicana and was well known for her wonderful home cooking and festive, piñata birthday parties for her three boys. The family moved to Dallas in 1968 so the boys could attend Akiba Academy and St. Mark’s School of Texas. Maliette

stayed active in Hadassah and became a lifetime member of Congregation Shearith Israel Sisterhood. She also taught private Spanish and Yiddish lessons.

Maliette was preceded in death by her parents; and her best friend, her sister Rose.

She is survived by her son, Steve Wolens (wife Laura Miller) of Dallas, son, Gary Wolens of London, and son, Keenan Wolens (wife Orna) of Los Angeles; and her grandchildren, Frederic, Ariella, Alex, Alana, Lily, Zachary, Ethan, Jared, Sophia, Max, and Raquel. Maliette is also survived by Rose’s son, Alan Weinkrantz, who she considered her fourth son; her sisters-in-law, Charlotte Schuman and Jackie Mazow; and her cousin, Henry Salz. She leaves seven additional nieces and nephews, including Miles Schuman, whose long and frequent visits these last few years brought her great joy.

Maliette’s last eight years have been enormously richer due to the painstaking love and devotion from Maureen, who has become a cherished member of the family. Enormous gratitude is also given to Dr. Mark Fleschler for his constant attention and compassion.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a short burial service.

Maliette often said: “Don’t send flowers to my funeral; send them to me while I’m alive.” In lieu of memorials, please send flowers to someone you love.

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Sue (Jones) Wood
May 25, 1921 - Oct 29, 2015

Sue Wood, 94, of Corsicana, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at Country Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center in Corsicana. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Williams and the Rev. Karen Hulsey officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Mrs. Sue Wood, 94, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, October 29,
2015 at Country Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center in Corsicana. She was born on May 25, 1921 in Trinidad, Texas to Ben and Florence Norris Jones.

She was a cook for many years for Dawson and Corsicana schools, and Park Row Nursing Home. During the summer months she would cook for the East Texas District Pentecostal Church of God youth camp, which she did for several years. She was a member of Northside Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Wood; parents; 3 brothers and 2 sisters; and a daughter-in-law, Beverly Wood.
She is survived by her sons, Joe L. Wood and Johnny Wood both of Corsicana. She also had several close friends she loved and cherished which were her pastors for many years, Rev. and Mrs. Luther Crabtree who have also preceded her in death, along with Jackie & Clara Williams and the Herrell sisters. She never had any grandchildren, but she would always call Matt Porter her grandson.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Williams and Rev. Karen Hulsey officiating.
Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin, Texas.

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George Beverley Walker, II
Dec 26, 1935 - Nov 4, 2015

George Beverley Walker, II passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 while resting peacefully at home. He was born Dec. 26, 1935 in Corsicana, Texas. After graduating from Corsicana High School he enlisted in the Coast Guard. His four years of service included search and rescue duty out of Groton, Connecticut, most notably the SS Andrea Doria Ocean liner sinking off the coast of Nantucket in 1956. Other assignments included patrolling the coast of Greenland in winter, Sonar school in Key West, recruiting in the suburbs of New York City, Shore Patrol in Cuba and pitching for the Coast Guard in the armed services Canadian Atlantic league … his favorite assignment.
After service he returned to Texas enrolling in the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas in Austin where he studied law. His studies served him well in his chosen career in the insurance field. He began as a claim investigator and he was transferred from Texas to Oregon and California before returning to Dallas when JC Penney bought Beneficial Standard. They hired him to open the insurance and claim business for them in Dallas. He loved to work and enjoyed the challenge of improving business operations and mentoring those who reported to him.
When George returned to Dallas he decided to settle in Corsicana and commute bank and forth. He soon decided to get into the cattle business as well. One of George’s best friends, Vic Howell, took him under his wing and helped him get started. Eventually he had leases in every corner of Navarro County. He also started a hay hauling business. Many people in Corsicana knew him as a cattle man, but didn’t realize he also was an insurance executive till he appeared on 60 Minutes with Morley Shafer in 1987.
He met his wife Janet at the International Claim Association (ICA) meeting in Boston, when she took over his Meeting Activities Committee for the following year’s convention. George rose quickly through the ICA ranks. In 1994 he became the President of this industry leadership and education association.
Retiring in 1997 from JC Penney, George continued to work for several years as a consultant and was designated as an expert witness for the 6th District Court in reviewing and giving his opinion on wrongful death claims.
Both while working and in retirement, George and Janet made it a priority to travel across America and in Europe and in the last decade often summered in Maine where Janet grew up.
George had a fabulous sense of humor and a quick wit. He enjoyed the friendship and fellowship with Navarro County ranchers, the weekend dances at the VFW, dove and deer hunting, and his graduating class reunions. In short he loved life.
The Walker Family wants to express its deep appreciation to the staff and caregivers at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, the support and loving care provided by Hand in Hand Hospice, especially Lisa Nelson, RN and Miranda Phillips, RN and to his caregivers while at home – Shamika Harris, Toshiba McDonald, Nicole Nelson, Eddie Wilson, Yolanda Tarbutton and Meshaella Strain.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Janet, his brother-in-law Kenneth Patchen and wife Betty Ann Ralston; his niece Loral Patchen and husband Cesar, and his great niece Solana; and his niece Lela Rasmussen and husband, Fred.
Visitation with the family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Vic Howell, John Wade Braley, C.L. Brown, III., Jimmy Nutt and Dr. Scott Middleton. Pallbearers will be Wade Braley, Jay Payne, Jason Payne, Ryan Payne, Ron Lynch and Chuck McClanahan.

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Amzi Nealey Barnes
Nov 21, 1849 - Jun 11, 1918

Died at Blooming Grove.

Neely Barnes, for many years a resident of Blooming Grove, and who was 65 years old, died there last night of pellagra, after a long illness. The deceased is survived by his widow and a grown daughter. The remains were interred there this afternoon.

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Dillion Blackmon
Sep 2, 1844 - Nov 29, 1921

Corsicana paper, Dec. 1921

Remains Interred Yesterday
Dillion Blackmon, aged 74, and a Confederate Veteran, died at his home, 503 East Eleventh Av. Monday night, and the remains were interred in Oakwood yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The deceased is survived by his wife and several grown children.
 


Lucy E. (Hawkins) McAfee
Dec 17, 1838 - Feb 29, 1880

At nine o'clock Sunday morning, Mrs. L. E. McAfee breathed her last.  She was a dedicated member of the Methodist church and lived in full hope of a blessed immortality in the lad of the leal.  A noble, kind and patient wife and mother and generous neighbor has left a mourning circle to join the redeemed hosts of heaven.

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Dorothy (Douglas) Bratton
Jul 14, 1918 - Jan 13, 2009
 
She was the daughter of Walter Claude and Ula (Leslie) Douglas. She grew up in Corsicana, Texas, then moved to Norman. She married James Berry Bratton on June 17, 1950, in Norman. She taught school at a private school in Norman until she and her husband moved to McAlester. She then operated a pre-school in McAlester for six years and then worked at the Grand Avenue Untied Methodist Church as the pastor's assistant for five years. She had been a longtime member of the Grand Avenue United Methodist church, where she was involved with the Methodist Youth Fellowship. She started a group known as The Travelers and organized most of their trips for 25 years. She also supported the Young Life Ministry and had been involved in the Girl Scouts, the Cub Scouts and the United Way. Survivors include one son, Bill Bratton and his girlfriend, Christy Hobbs, Hot Springs, Ark.; one daughter and son-in-law, Jane Ann and Larry Auld, of McAlester. Also, three grandchildren, Jeff Bratton and his wife, Mishel, Boise, Idaho, Michael Auld and his wife, Becky, of Oklahoma City, and David Auld and his fiancée, Joy Toth, of Shawnee; a sister-in-law, Mary Douglas, Columbus, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Bratton, and three brothers. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Neff officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.

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Thomas Griffin “Sonny” Sheppard
Dec 5, 1939 - Mar 30, 2016

Thomas Griffin Sheppard, 76, of Blooming Grove passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 in Cypress. Thomas graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1958 and was a active member of the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove. He devoted much of his time and heart caring for his wife, they were married for 31 years until her death in 2006. Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at Brookside Funeral Home in Houston. Grave side services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Brookside Cemetery.
Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home, Houston.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun – Saturday, April 2, 2016
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Brookside Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., TX

  • h/o Mazelle “Mazie” (Pyle) Sheppard married Sep. 13, 1975 s/o Thomas Gilmer Sheppard & Gladys Elizabeth (Bell) Sheppard [buried in Rose Hill cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx.]; (brother to Wanda Jean (Sheppard) Hinkle and Audra Faye (Sheppard) Kagler


Graham Neeley Dickson
Dec 29, 1926 - Mar 29, 2016

 
Graham's Story

Graham N. Dickson passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the age of 89. He was born in Corsicana on Dec. 29, 1926, the son of Graham D. Dickson and Lois Neely Dickson.
He attended Corsicana schools, graduating from Corsicana High School in 1944. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1944 and was honorably discharged in 1946.
On March 3, 1945, he married Audrey Faye Wilds. After returning from the Navy, he went to work for Dickson Electric Company where he trained to be an electrician, and worked for various contractors in Corsicana and other locations in central Texas. He started working for Magnolia Pipe Line Company later Mobil Pipe Line Company on Jan. 8, 1957 in Corsicana as an electrician, working at various Mobil locations.
In 1965 he was promoted to Electrical Supervisor, serving in that capacity in several places in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and offshore.
In 1971, he worked in Nigeria for Mobil Producing Nigeria as Chief Electrical inspector at Qua Ibo terminal, and in 1979, 1980 and 1981 he worked in Saudi Arabia for Mobil Overseas Pipe Line Company as Chief Electrical Inspector at Yanbu. After two years in Saudi Arabia, he returned to Beaumont to his job as Electrical Supervisor, where he retired on April 1, 1987, after more than 30 years of service.
He was very proud to have been a longtime mason, and a member of Corsicana lodge #174 for more than 60 years and a member of South Park lodge #1320 in Beaumont. He was also a member of Beaumont York Rite masons, and a member of Beaumont Chapter and Council, also a member of Galveston Scottish Rite masons and El Mina Shrine in Galveston. He was very active member of El Mina Cycle Patrol, and later El Mina Kart Patrol. Over the years, he was a member of five Shrine Clubs and is past President of Silsbee Shrine Club. He was also a proud member of Cashan Grotto in Beaumont, and is past Monarch of that body.
On Aug. 21, 2003, the love of his life, Faye, passed away after suffering several years from Alzheimers disease. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his second wife, Virginia, and by his two children, Kathy Sanders and husband Gary of Corsicana and John Dickson and wife Violet of Denton; six grandsons, Scott Sanders of Plano, Steven Sanders of Houston, Michael Dickson, Matt Dickson, Sam Dickson, and Jonathan Dickson all of Denton; six great grandchildren, Morgan and Madison Sanders of Plano, Garret and Michaela Dickson, and Brennan and Liam Dickson of Denton; and his sister, Linda Dickson Mash and husband Pete of Denton.
Visitation with the family will be held from 3 p.m. until service time on service on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Nader officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Alfredo Pena, Jr.
Aug 3, 1944 - Mar 25, 2016

Alfredo Pena, Jr., U.S. Army 1SG, Retired, age 71, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 25, 2016 in San Antonio surrounded by his wife and daughters.

Born August 3, 1944, he was the son of the late Alfredo and Adeliada Pena of Corsicana, Texas.

1SG Pena had a highly decorated and distinguished military career in the US Army spanning 26 years. He served three tours in Vietnam and was recognized as a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal recipient. He also served at the Pentagon with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as the 1SG of the NATO Allied Land Command (Land Southeast, Izmir, Turkey), before retiring from his military service as 1SG of the 5th Army Headquarters, Fort Sam Houston.

He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Rosa and Rosalinda of Corsicana.

He is survived by his wife, Margarette Flores Pena; daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine and James Perkins of San Antonio, Anissa and Simon Strafford of Peterborough, United Kingdom, and Mary Pena-Hail and Brian Hail of San Antonio. His surviving brothers are Amado, Arturo, and Arnulfo Pena of Fort Worth. His surviving grandsons are Daniel, Nathan, and Oliver.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016
2:00 P.M.
PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL

Inurnment with Full Military Honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.lightthenight.org for leukemia research.

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Mary Elizabeth "Bette" (Gilmore) Ary
Feb 14, 1943 - Feb 18, 2016

Mary Elizabeth (Bette) Ary passed peacefully from this life on the morning of Feb 18, 2016 having just celebrated her 73rd birthday. She was blessed to be surrounded by her loving family during her final hours.

Bette was born in Dallas to Mary and Robert W. (Gillie) Gilmore on Feb 14, 1943.

She attended first through 12th grade at Ursaline Academy, graduating in 1961. She eventually earned her Master's degree in Special Education and was a dedicated diagnostician, for the Dallas ISD for many years before enjoying a rewarding sales career in telecomunications.

Bette married Tom Ary in 1987 and they enjoyed many years of adentures including travel, business, and even a home in Mexico for a time.

In 2003 she made a home in Corsicana, where she taught Developmental Reading and Writing classes at Navarro College, volunteered her time at The Hope center, helped her husband manage their rental property business and devoted countless hours to her family. Bette had a contagious joy for life and took delight in the assurance of her salvation.

Bette is survived by her husband, Tom Ary; daughter, Heidi Evans; grandchildren, Michael, Michelle and Sam Evans; sisters, Theresa Mammen and Laurie O'Kelley.

Tom and Bette's blended family includes three more children, six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

The family celebrated her life with a memorial service on Friday, March 11, 2016 at Believer Bible Church with Pastor Steve Elkins officiating.
The service was light-hearted and included a musical selection of classic hymns such as "Amazing Grace" and "Victory in Jesus." Special tributes were presented by her life-long friend, Grace Plummer and grandson, Michael Evans. The service ended with a recessional of "When the Saints Go Marching In."

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all those who have supported them during their difficult time of loss and any remembrances should to to The Hope Center.

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free, I'm following paths God made for me. I took his hand, I heard him call, then turned, and bid farewell to all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to sing, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way. I found my peace at close of play. And if my parting left a void, then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdend with sorrow, I wish you sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full I've savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too to brief. Do not lengthen it now with grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me, God wants me now. He set me free.

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Robert Lee Betts
July 25, 1967 - Mar 17, 2016

Robert Lee Betts, 48 of Kerens passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens, with Pastor Earnest Betts,Jr., officiating.

Interment will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Preston Don L. Allred
July 5, 1936 - Mar 22, 2016

Don Allred of Allen passed away at the Medical Center of McKinney on March 22, 2016 at the age of 79. He was born in Corsicana to Willie Preston Allred and Mary Lee Smith Allred on July 5, 1936.

Don was an auto dealer and owned Allred Motor Company in Corsicana. He is preceded in death by his parents and great grandchild Hudson.
Survivors include his wife Shirley Allred of Allen; children, Diane McDonald of Dallas and Michael Don Allred and wife Janet of Anna. Four grandchildren; Kelly, Mylea, Tiffany and Lance. Six great grandchildren; Hannah, Caden, Gunner, Owen, Ella and Mazye.

He is also survived by his sister Letha Forns of Glendale, Arizona. Don is also survived by his four legged fur family Foxy.

A memorial service held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2016 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Ellis officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Yolanda Kay "Sparkie" (Hollaway) Gavin
Oct 18, 1969 - Mar 23, 2016

Mrs. Yolanda Kay "Sparkie" Gavin, age 46, of Kerens went home to her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Lindale Health Center in Lindale.

She was born on October 18, 1969 in Dallas,to David Earl and Mary Edith Hollaway.

She grew up in Italy, Texas and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1989 and continued her education at Mansfield Business College where she earned her associates degree.

She married soon after graduating and became a full time housewife and mother.

Sparkie loved her family with great passion and would even have been called over-protective by some. She enjoyed being a volunteer firefighter's wife for many years and she loved to crochet things for her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

She was lovingly referred to as "Gege" by her family. Her favorite times were spent being with her family, especially her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her father and her brother Eddie Hollaway.

Sparkie is survived by her mother, Mary Edith Hollaway and Papa Larry; her husband of 25 years, Donald Eugene Gavin; her children; Kayla Auerbach and husband, David of Kerens, Joshua Gavin and wife, Melissa of Corsicana and grandchildren; Skarlet and Raiden Auerbach of Kerens and Elisha Ada-grace Gavin of Corsicana and another grandchild due in September.

She is also survived by her siblings; David G. Hollaway, Zina Guthrie, Tammy Harris, Brenda Love and Billy Hollaway and her sisters-in-laws [sic], Mona Housewright, Johnnie Lou, Dorothy Gale and Bernice Pruitt and a brother-in-law, Ted Donelson. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A private family viewing was held on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2016 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Major Beth Anderson and Terrie Cheshir officiating.

Cremation to follow under the direction of Corley Funeral Home

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Charlie Edward Belcher
Apr 10, 1930 - Mar 24, 2016

Charlie Belcher, 85, of Frost passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at his residence.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2016 at Frost Cemetery with Jason Wilder officiating.

Pallbearers are Kenneth Belcher, Sam Belcher, Michael Belcher, Chris Belcher, Isaiah Belcher and Tim Anderson.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Charlie Belcher, 85, of Frost passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016 at his residence. He was born April 10, 1930 in Abilene to Samuel Allen Belcher and Julia Elizabeth Perry Belcher.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Patsy D. Belcher and son, Butch Belcher. He is survived by his children, Kenneth Belcher, Sam Belcher and Michael Belcher; nine grandchildren, Lisa Anderson, Chris Belcher, Isaiah Belcher, Renalee Belcher, Blake Belcher, Rebecca Mince, Lance Carmack, Lauren Belcher and Zack Belcher. He is also survived by Chere Belcher, Sherri Carter, Butch Belcher, Larry Belcher and Buddy Belcher.

Graveside service will be 10:00 am Monday, March 28, 2016 at Frost Cemetery with Jason Wilder officiating.Pallbearers will be Kenneth Belcher, Sam Belcher, Michael Belcher, Chris Belcher, Isaiah Belcher and Tim Anderson.

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Patsy Dell (Brock) Belcher; s/o Samuel Allen Belcher & Julia Elizabeth Perry Belcher

Frances (Kiser) Rogers
July 8, 1925 - Mar 27, 2016

Frances Kiser Rogers of Corsicana passed away at Twilight Home Nursing and Rehabilitation on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the age of 90. She was born July 8, 1925 in Corsicana to Harvey and Ione Averitt Kiser.
After high school graduation she worked at Bethlehem Steel during World War II and later at U.S. Gypsum until retirement.

She accepted Christ at Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Later she joined Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana and Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana where she was a member for over 65 years. While at Northside she worked with children, taught adult Sunday school classes, was assistant librarian and worked in the Care Center and served on various committees.

Frances loved to travel and visited close to 20 countries around the world.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dan Rogers Jr and parents Harvey and Ione Averitt Kiser.

She is survived by her children, Dan Rogers III and wife Jackie, Judith Rogers Bailey and husband Danny and David Rogers and partner Michael McCarthy; grandchildren, Jennifer Rogers Osburn and husband Mark, Jeff Rogers and wife Joann, Julie Rogers Montez and husband Tony, Amy Bailey Griffin and husband Steve, Laura Bailey Nordin and husband Jon Eric and Melanie Bailey Milligan and husband Byron.

She is also survived by great grandchildren, Savannah and Sydney Osburn, Taylor and Lindsey Rogers, Ethan Montez, Tyler and Carson Griffin, Brinley, Ella Grace and Cara Nordin and Harper Milligan.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29th Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Randal Whitt officiating.

Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Osburn, Jeff Rogers, Tony Montez, Steve Griffin, Jon Eric Nordin, Byron Milligan and Rick Rash.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Hand in Hand Hospice, 208 S. 31st St.
Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Shelli Sue "Sissy" (Beck) Larsen
Jan 8, 1965 - Mar 26, 2016

Shelli (Sissy) Larsen of Navarro passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 26, 2016.

She was born Jan. 8, 1965 in Mexia to James E. Beck and Ruby "Kay"
Bullington Beck.

She is preceded in death by Don Wade Horn, Leon and Joyce Bullington, Bill Wade and Ethel Horn and James Beck.

She is survived by her four children, Halie Rose, Hanna Larsen, Heidi Larsen and Rebecca Buckner; mother, Kay Draughn; three grandchildren, Alexsus Baker, Addelyn Vaquera and Kayleigh Onstott; siblings, James "Buster" Horn, Rhonda Warner and Jeffery Horn; two half sisters, Tracey Beck and Michelle Davis; one half brother, James Beck; aunt and uncle, Donald and Sue Sanderson and cousins Lori Cook and Tammy Schultz.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at Calvery Worship Center with Benny Horn officiating.

Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Gladys Gay (Ponder) Wright
June 20, 1921 - Mar 22, 2016

Gladys Gay Wright, 94 passed away March 22, 2016. She was born June 20, 1921 in Frost to William Freeman Ponder and Nannie Gay Albritton Ponder.

Gladys was a member of Westhill Church of Christ, was also a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and doing needle work.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Denver Wright, parents; siblings, W. F. Ponder, David Ponder, Elizabeth Ponder Froese,
Norine Ponder and Catherine Ponder Stockard.

She is survived by her sister, Robbie Ponder Elmore; daughters, Donna Wright White and husband John, Lynn Closser McWherter and husband David, Diane Closser Watson, Sandra Closser Feuerbacher and husband Berry; Grandchildren, Denver White, Clifton McWherter, Kristina Price, Amanda Watson, Morgan Watson, Jackson Feuerbacher. Five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also, the family would like to thank the nursing staff of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be 10:30 am Friday, March 25, 2016 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Paul Slaughter officiating.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Denver Wright; d/o William Freeman Ponder, Sr. & Nannie Gay
    (Albritton) Ponder [bur at Frost Cem]

Robert Cecil Lane
Aug 9, 1936 - Mar 23, 2016


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  • Robert is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Navarro Co., TX

  • 1st wife Patsy Sue (Dozier) Lane-Montgomery  2nd wife Harriet Gayle (Horton) Lane  married May 8, 1982  s/o John Albert Lane and Elizabeth Agnes “Lizzie” (Moody) Lane [buried at Dresden cemetery]


Marshall Leonidais Purifoy
Jul 2, 1854 - Jun 17, 1918

Bazette News.

Since I last wrote the Death Angel visited our community and claimed Mr. M. L. Purifoy who passed away last Monday morning, June 17th at eleven o’clock, after a long illness. The deceased would have been sixty-four years of age in July. He had been a resident of this county for about forty-two years and was liked by all who knew him. He will be missed so much by his neighbors and friends, and oh, how much he will be missed in the home, there is that vacant place in the family circle which no one else can fill. He leaves to mourn his absence a companion, five daughters, four sons and a number of grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family. The remains were interred in the Prairie Point cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. B. F. Ellis of Kerens conducting the services.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 25, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Estaglinza Ann “Nettie” (Wright) Purifoy; s/o Frank Purifoy & Penelope Ann Synthia (Moore) Albritton-Purifoy

Roberta Martin
Oct 16, 1905 - Feb 17, 1918

Died at Bazette Yesterday.

Roberta, the 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Martin, died at Bazette yesterday of pneumonia, and the remains were interred at Prairie Point this afternoon.

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Obituary

Sunday morning at 4 o’clock, Feb. 17, 1918, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Martin of Bazette and took from them their little daughter Roberta. She was thirteen years old. She was sweet and kind to everybody. She was sick two weeks with pneumonia. Weep not dear father and mother for Roberta is at rest. We know it is hard to give her up but the Lord’s will be done and not ours. She will be missed so much. All was done that loving hands could do to relieve her suffering but the Lord saw fit to take her away. We can not call Roberta back to us but we can go to her. What a sweet consolation to think of meeting her in a better world. She leaves father, mother, seven brothers one sister and a host of relatives an friends to mourn her loss. The remains were laid to rest in the Prairie Point Cemetery Monday at 12:30 o’clock. Rev. Isbelle conducted the services.

Written by – A FRIEND.

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Ballard Zachariah “Zach” Westbrook
Oct 1, 1878 - Oct 17, 1918

PROMINENT CITIZEN DEAD.

County Commissioner Passed Away In Kerens

County Commissioner B. Z. Westbrook, aged forty years, died at his home in Kerens at 8:30 last night after ten days illness. The deceased is survived by his wife and four children and numerous relatives in the county. He was one of the county’s best citizens, and his death is greatly deplored.

The remains were interred in the Prairie Point cemetery near Kerens this afternoon.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Oct 18, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Amma/Alma Eugenia (Taylor) Westbrook married Nov. 20, 1901 s/o Robert Payne “Bob” Westbrook & Sarah Frances “Queen” (Posey) Westbrook

Artie M. (Lowe) Travis
Jun 25, 1889 - Nov 18, 1919

Was Buried At Prairie Point.

Mrs. P. S. Travis, aged 30 years, a former resident of this county, died at Maypearl, Ellis County, yesterday and the remains were interred in the Prairie Point cemetery this afternoon, Rev. M. C. Cuthbertson of Corsicana officiating. The deceased is survived by her husband and a little daughter seven years old, her mother Mrs. Maggie Shennall of Maypearl, a sister, Mrs. H. W. Gabriel of ------Valley, and a brother, Eugene Lowe of Powell.

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Hatcher (Banks) Miller
Feb 18, 1878 - Jan 31, 1919

Died in Hamilton County.

Mrs. R. L. Miller, formerly of this county, died at her home in Hico, Hamilton County, today, and the remains will be buried at the Prairie Point cemetery near Bazette next Sunday. The deceased was the daughter of Mrs. Sterling Carpenter and she was reared in this county. She is survived by her husband and four children and has many relatives in this county.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 31, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Robert L. “Bob” Miller married Jan. 5, 1898; d/o Thomas Calhoun Banks & Peninnah (Westbrook) Banks-Carpenter

Doris Sylvia (Allen) Delle
Oct 18, 1935 - Aug 22, 2015

Doris Sylvia Allen Delle, 79, passed away peacefully with her children by her side Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Garland, TX . Born October 18, 1935 in Emhouse, TX , Doris was a 1954 graduate of Ennis High School. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Floyd Delle, sisters Wanda Cunningham and Joy Parten, brother Clayton Allen, daughter Sandy Delle Mayabb and husband Carl, son Kyle Delle and wife Denise, grandchildren Stephanie Ridge and husband Jeremy, Ryan Mayabb and wife Sara, Nathan Delle, Jennifer Harrison and husband Ryan, Jacob Delle and Tyler Delle, great grandchildren Carter and Collins Harrison, Ryder Ridge, and numerous nephews and nieces.

Doris was defined by her devotion to faith, family, friends and community. A 54-year member of First Baptist Church Garland, she taught Vacation Bible School, was an active member of the Joy Class and was a faithful leader within the church. Doris was an adoring mother whose love will on for generations. Always the family story teller, Doris’ charisma and zest for life touched everyone, and the tales, laughter and memories are her legacy. Her friends remember her as a trusted and loyal companion who always put others first. Doris kept children in her home early in her married life and later completed a 25-year career with GISD. She touched the lives of countless children within the community. Doris also founded her local Homeowners Association, was a Life Member of the PTA and was an active community organizer. Together, she and Floyd enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. with their extended RV family.

Services for Doris will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Garland with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Restland Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75243.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Music Ministry.

Notes:

  • From the collection of Alva Lynn Smith
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Note: Burial in Restland Cemetery, Dallas TX

William Riley Hughes
abt 1895 - Aug 28, 1981

William Riley Hughes, 86, of Dawson, died Friday at Hubbard Hospital.

Services were held Saturday at 11:30 p.m. [sic] in the Eubanks Funeral Chapel in Hubbard.

Rev. Dorman Vandeman officiated and burial was in the Liberty Hill Cemetery near Dawson.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Susie Hughes of Dawson, two daughters, Luella Ransom of California, and Sibyl Martin of Placid; two sons, Wade Hughes and William Hughes of Graham, nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Myrtle (Rawlings) Hughes & Susie (Schultz) Hughes

Wade Lee Thomas
June 12, 1929 - Aug 23, 1981

Wade Lee Thomas 52, died Monday in Navarro Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete at Griffin Funeral Home. Burial is to be in Cambell, Bass Elrod Cemetery [sic] near Dresden with his brothers serving as pallbearers.

Surviving are his widow, Mary Thomas, Corsicana; three sons, Wade Thomas of Lake Jackson, Daniel Thomas of Virginia Beach, Girvinia; and Dale Thomas of Corsicana; one daughter, Deborah Thomas, Corsicana; seven brothers, Harvey Thomas, Blooming Grove, Carlos Thomas, Frost, Ronald Thomas, Georgetown, Windell Thomas, Dallas; Jacky Dale Thomas, Hurst; Don Earl Thomas, Lancaster and Larry Wayne Thomas, Conroe; four sisters, Bessie D. Wadsworth, Dallas, Lois Waller, Snyder, Lilla Beth Allen, Farmers Branch and Edna Gwen of Florida and one grandchild.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, August 26, 1981 From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Joan Carol Schrier and Mary Thomas; s/o Wade Davidson Thomas & Vera Gladys (Staggs) Thomas

Linda Kay (Goss) Cannon
Feb 23, 1941 - Mar 7, 2016

Linda Kay (Goss) Cannon, 75, beloved sister, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, March 7, 2016 in Corsicana at the age of 75.

She was born on Feb. 23, 1941 in El Dorado, Oklahoma to Melba Patrick and Arthur Goss.

Linda grew up in Amarillo and graduated from Palo Duro High School. She spent her adult life divided between La Junta, Colorado and Grants, New Mexico. She was an avid sports fan, never missing a Broncos game. She requested her remains be scattered at her favorite lake, Lake San Cristobal in Lake City, Colorado.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Stephen Cannon and niece Christie Griffin.

She is survived by her sisters Shirley Griffin of Corsicana; Debbie Willis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Marilyn Bayaan of Denver, Colorado; brothers Tommy Goss of Amarillo, and Robert Goss of Corsicana, Texas; daughter, Stacey Fitzwater and husband TJ of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; son Aubrey Cannon of LeagueCity; grandchildren Drexel Fitzwater, Jessie Marquez, Ian Cannon, Alyssa Cannon and Kaylee Fitzwater along with numerous other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Heart Council in Linda's name.

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Dana Walton Humphries
May 13, 1960 - Mar 8, 2016

Mr. Dana Walton Humphries, 55, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at his residence in Corsicana.

He was born on May 13, 1960 in Arlington to Elton Morris and Barbara Inez Humphries.

Dana was an avid gardener, chef, and beloved uncle, who loved life and sharing it with those he loved. He touched many others during his time on this earth and many will mourn his passing. Of those lives he touched, they were better for having known him.

Dana was known for his caring nature and always being there for those that needed him.

Dana was survived and immediately followed in death by his partner of 29 years Jim Wilson of Fairfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Paul Morris Humphries and Allan Douglas Humphries.

He is survived by his daughter, Aspen Elizabeth Douglas and husband Jonathan of Huntsville; sister, Lisa Nanette Ward and husband James of Corsicana; nieces, Barbara Michelle Johnson of Ft. Worth and Julie Humphries Lund and husband Carl of Alabama; nephews, William Morris Humphries of Greenville and Christopher Humphries of Ft. Worth; several great nieces and nephews; close extended family members, Shirley Hamill, Dana Collins, Alison Smith, Whitney Collins, and Glen and Judy Degner all of Corsicana.

The life of Dana Humphries, beloved father and brother, will be celebrated for family and friends at Corley Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the main chapel. He will be cremated,and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

We invite any and all to come and share stories of Dana and his life to include high school, recipes, and any other well wishes for the family during this time.

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James Chester Owen
Jan 13, 1950 - Mar 31, 2016

Obituary for James Chester Owen
James C. Owen of Dresden passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the age of 66. He was born January 13, 1950 in Mexia to Opie Reed Owen and Ella Bell Chote Owen. He retired in 2008 from Guardian Industries. He was the thirteen child of fifteen children. He known by his cousins as Rat and Little Babe and many friends knew him as Chester. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, painting and writing poetry. He loved his dogs. He was a loving husband, father and Papaw to his grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bill Wedgman, Melvin Owen, Elton Owen, Alton Owen and two sisters Louise Anderson, Hazel Owen, daughter in law Emily Owen.
He leaved behind his loving wife, Darielene Nevill Owen; children, Malivan Bryan Owen, Jason Matthew Owen and wife Joclyn, Jennifer Renee Sullivan and husband Robert, Robert Allen Owen. Grandchildren, Victoria Owen, Tyler Kuhn, Jacie Owen, Lexia Krantz, Colby Holder, Laci Owen, Astid Owen, Aiden Owen, Malichi Sullivan, Slyvia Sullivan, Steven Sullivan, Sergio Sullivan and Michael Randal; siblings Clifton Wedgman, Alvis Wedgman, Glen Owen, Billy Jo Owen, Henry Owen, MoDoc Owen, Jessie Owen, Gary Owen.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 3 pm Monday, April 4, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel with Robert Stapleton officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Polly Winn & Karen Rost
  • h/o Darielene (Nevill) Owen; s/o Opie Reed Owen & Ella Bell (Chote) Owen

Elmon Cox
abt 1896 - Jan 8, 1919

Died Near Angus.

Elmon Cox, age twenty-three years, son of Mrs. Maloney Cox, died the family home in the Angus community at 3 o’clock this morning of influenza and pneumonia, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at 3:30.

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Ruth Cornelius “Ruthie” (Murphey) Karr
Jan 21, 1895 - Jan 28, 1919

Died in the Pickett Community

Mrs. Ruth Karr, wife of Frank Karr died in the Pickett community last night, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at 2:30. The deceased is survived by a husband and four children.

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Joel Cranford “Joe” Garner
Sep 1, 1861 - Apr 12, 1919

Funeral Yesterday Afternoon

The remains of the late Joe C. Garner, who died in Fort Worth Friday night were interred in the Hamilton cemetery yesterday afternoon after short services at the home of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Lea, conducted by Revs. C. H. Booth and R. A. Crosby. The last sad rites at the grave were conducted by Rev. Peoples and B. H. Woods, Guy Hamilton, Hawk Deckerd, Sam Inmon, C. B. Haley and F. J. Lindsey acted as pall bearers. There were many beautiful flowers and many friends attended the funeral. Among out of town people present was Collier Garner, of Wichita Falls, son of the deceased, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Guthrie of Wichita Falls.

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DIED IN FORT WORTH

Corsicana Citizen Died in Fort Worth Sanitarium

Joe C. Garner, whose home was in the Pleasant Grove community, died in Fort Worth this morning where he had been for some time for his health, and his body will be brought here tonight and the funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock from the home of P. M. Lea, with interment at the Hamilton cemetery.

The deceased was fifty eight years of age and is survived by three sons, Leroy, now with the army in France; Collier, who is in Wichita Falls, and Joe Key, who lives with Mrs. P. M. Lea. Mrs. Lea is a sister of the deceased and John T. Garner is a brother, and former Tax Collector J. C. Garner is a cousin. Deceased is also survived by other brothers and sisters in this county.

The deceased lived in this county for many years and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, April 12, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Mary Beatrice (Winburn) Garner married Oct. 7, 1896; s/o Joel Pinson Garner & Adaline Tennessee (Cranford) Garner

Ida (Williams) Cates
Mar 3, 1873 - Jan 2, 1919

Died Near Here last Night

Mrs. Ida Cates, wife of W. N. Cates died in the Cook Schoolhouse community last night after an illness of more than a year with tuberculosis. The deceased was forty-nine years of age and leaves her husband and eight children. Six of the children are still at home. One daughter, Mrs. Ernest Rogers lives at Streetman and one son, Oscar Cates, lives in New Mexico. The remains will be interred in the Hamilton Cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 3:30, with Rev. E. T. Jones officiating.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 2, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Willis Nelson Cates married Nov. 12, 1890; d/o S. W. or G. W. Williams and Addie (Lee) Williams per death certificate

Lawrence William "Pete" Peters
May 3, 1929 - Nov 16, 2015

Lawrence “Pete” Peters, 86, of Blooming Grove passed away Monday, Nov.
16, 2015, at his residence. He was born May 3, 1929, in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii to Antone and Annie Peters.

Pete was a loving husband, father and grandfather and dedicated his life to serving his country and taking care of his family. He enlisted in the United States Army in May, 1946, and served for six years where he was a veteran of the Korean War. Seven months after an honorable discharge from the Army, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, which included serving tours overseas in France and Germany. He retired after 20 years of service to his country on Dec. 31, 1966. He married Kathryn McGraw on May 1, 1956. Upon his retirement from the military, they made their home in Blooming Grove, Texas, where they raised their two children. He was employed at Navarro College from 1967 – 1977 and Texas Youth Commission from 1977 to 1987, when he retired again after 20 years of service to the State of Texas. He was an electrician and heating-A/C repairman by trade and owned his own business for many years. In his retirement years, he enjoyed drinking coffee with his friends and watching cooking shows and cooking for his family. He loved having his family together and cooking big meals.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Josephine and Velma, and two brothers Clarence and Philbert.

Deeply loved by his family, his memory will be carried on by his wife of
59 years, Kathryn McGraw Peters, his son, David Peters, and daughter Janet Peters Matous and husband John of Blooming Grove, Texas; three grandchildren, Clayton Peters and wife Courtney, Lane Matous and Matt Matous, and one great-grandson Brayden Peters, all of Blooming Grove, and one brother, Roland Peters, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19,
2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Dr. Darren Heil officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Serving as Pallbearers will be nephews, Tim McGraw, Scott McGraw, Kyle McGraw, Travis McGraw, Todd McGraw, Kasey McGraw, Jeff McGraw, Michael Smith and Charlie McGraw.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Melissa (Middleton) Hunt
Jan 7, 1964 - Oct 26, 2015

Mrs. Melissa Hunt was born Jan. 7, 1964 to Jay and Patsy Middleton. She went home to be with her Lord on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.

She was a loving mother, wife, niece and sister. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School Class of 1983. She was a member of Community Church of Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jay and Patsy Middleton; grandparents, Charlie and Geleen Williams; uncles, Donald and Stevie Williams; and brother, Gary Middleton.

Survivors include husband, Jesse Hunt; son, Jonathan Love; daughter, Rachael Love; grandson, Gabreal Love; step-son, Matthew and wife Anna Hunt; step-son Christopher and wife Shannon Hunt; step-grandchildren, Christopher and Katyln Hunt; step-mother, Oleta Middleton; aunt, Kathy Robinson; step-grandmother, Mary Williams; aunt Katie Clark of Tyler; aunt Aline and Bucky Bodgen of Dallas; brothers, Don Middleton and Billy Middleton; foster-sister, Louise and Tony Brauback; sisters, Judy Middleton, Ellen and Tom Martin; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and step-nieces and step- nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
28, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home.

Per her request, no services are planned. Cremation is under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Jean (Davis) Massey
Sept 8, 1940 - Nov 12, 2015

Jean Massey of the Roane Community passed away on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. She was born Sept. 8, 1940 in Dawson, Texas to Wilbur Orval Davis and Lura Davis. She married Bobbie Massey on Nov. 3, 1972 in Ennis, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Lura Davis.

She is survived by her husband, Bobbie Massey of Roane; children, Lamoin Lawhon and wife Kelly of Cedar Creek, Benny Owen and wife Hope of Atoka, Oklahoma, Donna Wasson and husband Terry of Log Cabin, Sharron Honeysuckle of Roane, Lynn Massey of Atoka, Oklahoma, Steven Massey and wife Johnnieann of Dallas, Sue Ann Massey of Atoka, Oklahoma and Charlene Massey of Atoka, Oklahoma. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jason Canady of Larue, Cletus Gower of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Amanda Gentry of Atoka, Oklahoma, Tonia Amore of Atoka, Oklahoma, Alisha Bond of Cottonwood, Oklahoma, Rebecca Waller of Edmond, Oklahoma, Samantha Waller of Binghamton, New York, Tracy Lawhon, Stacy Lawhon, Mandy Freeman and Sean Freeman; 26 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Yvonne Woods and husband Ray of Dawson and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends, Juan and Julia Rojas and family, Nell Reamy, Marina Paz and Leonardo Paz, Hilda Paz, Manna Paz, Armando Orellana and Leah Armstrong.

Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Thomas Dexter Sands
Mar 5, 1852 - Apr 20, 1918

Died At Chatfield

Thomas D. Sands, aged sixty-six years, and for many years a good citizen of Navarro County, died at his home there Saturday night after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the neighborhood cemetery yesterday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of friends and neighbors. The deceased was never married, but is survived by a venerable mother, now ninety-two years of age, and a number of sisters and several nieces and nephews, among the latter being Messrs. Claude and Joe Sands of Corsicana.

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Wiley Anderson “Willie” Kendrick
Feb 1850 - Mar 27, 1918

Died in California

Willie A. Kendrick, aged 69 years, and for many years a resident of this county, making his home at Chatfield died at Santa Margarita, California, on March 27, and the remains reached here this morning and were taken to Chatfield to be interred there today by the side of his wife, who was buried there a number of years ago.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, April 1, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Anna Joyner (Hervey) Kindrick married Dec. 7, 1876 s/o Willie Anderson Kendrick and Mary (Blow) Kendrick per death certificate

Mamie Lee (Pate) Sumerall
Nov 25, 1892 - Sep 19, 1918

Died at the P. and S. Hospital

Mrs. Mattie Lee Sumerall, wife of T. E. Sumerall of Montfort, died at the P. and S. Hospital late yesterday afternoon, following several days’ illness from blood poison, and the remains were interred at Chatfield this afternoon at 4 o’clock. The deceased is survived by her husband and three small children.

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Florence (Sands) Shegog
Aug 27, 1866 - Mar 29, 1919

Mrs. Florence Sheegog was buried at Chatfield cemetery Monday. She was the youngest child of Grandma Sands. Grandma is 93 years old and is in splendid health at that advanced age. Mrs. Sheegog leaves a mother, three sisters and one son, besides many other relatives to mourn her loss. The funeral was preached in the Methodist church at one o’clock by Rev. Bell.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, April 7, 1919
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Mother of Hugh Howard Shegog w/o J. C. Shegog married Dec. 24, 1885 d/o Benjamin Franklin Sands & Mary Elizabeth (Westbrook) Sands

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Was Buried at Chatfield.

The remains of Mrs. Florence Shegog, who died in Dallas Saturday, were interred at Chatfield today at 1 o’clock p.m, the Methodist pastor there officiating. The deceased was a sister of Mrs. Alice Denny of Fort Worth, and of Mrs. Nora Guynes and Miss Anna Sands of Chatfield, and an aunt of Messrs. C. C. and Joe Sands of Corsicana. The deceased was for many years a resident of Ennis.

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John Pine Jeffers
Dec 2, 1881 - Oct 19, 1919

DIED IN IOWA PARK

Remains Will Reach Here Tonight and Will Be Buried at Chatfield

John P. Jeffers, aged 38 years, son of W. H. Jeffers died in Iowa Park yesterday morning after a long illness.

The remains will reach here tonight and the funeral will take place Wednesday at Chatfield, with services at the home of Will Finch. The deceased is survived by his wife, his father, one brother and three sisters, Fred Jeffers, Mrs. Ben Lonsford, Mrs. Asa Guynes and Mrs. Will Finch. He was born and reared at Chatfield and had many friends there and in Corsicana who are pained at his death.

The wife of the deceased was in Tuscon, Arizona, when her husband died, and cannot reach there till tomorrow night, hence the funeral will not take place until Wednesday.

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Funeral Will Be Tomorrow Afternoon At 2 O’Clock

The remains of the late John P. Jeffers, who died at Iowa Park reached here last night and were taken at once to the home of his sister, Mrs. Will Finch, and the funeral will take place from there at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon, with interment in the Chatfield cemetery.

The Chatfield road, from the end of the pike, was dragged this afternoon, and friends who desire to attend the funeral from Corsicana are assured that the road is in good condition.

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Thurl Clay "T.C." Reeder
Feb 20, 1935 - Nov 9, 2015

Services for Thurl Clay “T.C.” Reeder, 80, of Temple will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple with Danny Brey and Mat Ledbetter officiating. Interment will follow at Dyess Grove Cemetery in Temple.

T.C. Reeder passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 at a care facility in McGregor, Texas.

T.C. was born Feb. 20, 1935 in Jester, Texas to Evan Azer and Eunice Woodard Reeder. He married Linda Kay Kyser on May 5 in Corsicana. They lived in the Bell County community since 1965. T.C. retired as a foreman from Bell County with 26 years. He was a member of National Cutting Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Cutting Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Breeder, was in the Bell County Cowboy Hall of Fame, and a Derby Finalist in the National Cutting Horse Association. T.C. was a hard worker, loved children, enjoyed going on wagon trail rides, and was the best horse trainer around. His passions were horses, children, and his friends and family.

Preceded in death by brothers; Monroe A. Reeder, Jerry Reeder, and Buddy Reeder; sisters; Glydis and Letha.

Survivors include his wife; his son, Benny Raines; a grandson, Jesse Raines; a granddaughter, Sara; brother, Ronnie Reeder; and sister, Verena Luce.

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Jacquie Lovell (Shepherd) Rash
Dec 6, 1934 - Dec 2, 2015

Jacquie Lovell Rash, 80, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. She was born Dec. 6, 1934 in Corsicana, Texas to W. T. “Shep” Shepherd and Lovie Loraine Bonner Chavers.

Jacquie worked retail and retired from J.C. Penney. She loved music, playing games with her girlfriends and enjoyed the Senior Care Center.

She was recently preceded in death by her husband, Vivian “Buddy” Rash; her parents, step-mother, Laverne Shepherd, step-father Dub Chavers, brother Melton Shepherd, step-sister Sue Welsh; in-laws, Hallie and Mable Rash and brother and sister-in-law Freddie and Bonnie Rash.

She is survived by daughters, Paula Jones and husband Billy, Barbara Cole and husband Brett; son Dewayne Rash; grandchildren, Shelly Dyer and husband Shannon, Kandis Autrey and husband Lance, Linde Cuthbertson and husband Robert, McKenzie Yarger and husband JD, Lane and Nate Rash; great grandchildren, Mason and Clayton Dyer, Adelyn and Reese Autrey, Arie Cuthbertson, Trace and Campton Yarger; sisters, Pat Welch and Linda Condor; sister-in-laws, Betty Shepherd and Helen Thompson.

A special thank you to Jacquie’s caregivers, Dr. Kent Rogers, Heritage Oaks West, and Trisun Care Center.

Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home followed by a private Graveside service at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Dr. Lance Autrey officiating.

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Cecelia Ann ("CJ") (Ray) Whitacre
July 28, 1952 - Dec 3, 2015
 
Cecelia (CJ) Ann Whitacre of Granbury, Texas, passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at the age of 63. She was born July 28, 1952 in Corsicana, Texas to Webb Ray and Cecil Mae Cummings Ray. She was a member of the Chatfield Methodist Church over the years. Cecelia was employed with John Femrite Enterprises as an accountant. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren at every opportunity. She was a movie buff and enjoyed only those movies that had a “happy ending.” She loved the May and October trips to Canton every year that were made before it was too hot and after it began cooling off. She also enjoyed the occasional trips to Shreveport and Windstar.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Webb and Cecil Mae Ray, and her grandmother, Johnnie Fleming.

She is survived by her sons, Bryan Whitacre and wife Lisa of Granbury, and David Whitacre of San Angelo, grandchildren, Breanna, Colby, Olivia, Sonja, and Luke, brother Uyless Ray and wife Shirley of Ennis, sister Kathy Ellington and husband Pat of Georgetown, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation with her family will be Tuesday evening from 5to 7 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Diggs officiating.
Musical selections will be Cecelia's favorite Beatles songs “Let it Be,”
“In My Life” and “Here Comes the Sun.” Burial will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery with Scott Ellington, Chris Ellington, Kevin Hamm, Scarlett Salazar, Matt Taylor and Mike Murphy serving as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Breanna Whitacre and Colby Whitacre.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Frank Bean
abt 1892 - Nov. 27, 1920

Frank Bean, a former resident near here, aged twenty-seven years, died in Wilson, Okla., Saturday morning and the remains were brought here and buried in the Hamilton cemetery today.

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Connie Evelyn (Stubbs) Brittain
Oct 3, 1903 - Dec 12, 1920

Died Near Ward Bridge.

Mrs. Connie Britton, wife of Dewey Britton, aged seventeen years and five months, died at the family home near Ward Bridge Sunday afternoon, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The deceased is survived by her husband and an infant two months old, her brother, J. N. Stubbs and two little sisters of Ward Bridge and two brothers, T. J. and J. H. Stubbs of Corsicana, and two sisters in Alabama.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 14, 1920
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Jefferson Dewey Brittain married Nov. 12, 1919 [bur at Oakwood, Refugio, Refugio Co., TX] d/o Joseph Marion Stubbs & Mary Malinda (Couch) Stubbs

Ellen Isaphine (Dickson) Carpenter
Nov 26, 1847 - Mar 4, 1920

MUCH LOVED WOMAN DEAD

Had Been A Resident Here For Many Years.

Mrs. W. T. Carpenter, seventy-three years of age, and for forty-two years a resident here, died a the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. F. Love, on West Fourth Avenue at 11 o’clock last night, after a long illness. The deceased came to Corsicana from Tennessee with her husband and elder children in a wagon, and she resided here continually since then. She was born in Savannah, Tenn., Nov. 26, 1846.

She was the mother of ten children, to whose training and rearing she gave her life. She became a Christian at her mother’s knees, when only a small child, when she clapped her hands, said she was always going to be a Christian and serve her Heavenly Father, and since that time her devotion to her religion was unfailing and enthusiastic. All her loved ones and friends knew her as a spiritual, high-souled woman. Her great desire was to be faithful in service to her family, her friends, her country and her God.

She was a great sufferer for years but never allowed that to even touch her high resolves or cause her to falter in her purposes. Seven of her ten children survive her, Mrs. W. F. Love of Corsicana; Lewis T. and J. W. Carpenter of Dallas; Mrs. W. A. Wofford and Mrs. R. W. Bishop of Athens; Mrs. Tom Towns of Powell and Mrs. Joe Neff of Beaumont.

The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock, with services at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Love, conducted by Revs, Ilion T. Jones and C. H. Booth, followed by interment in the Hamilton cemetery.

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Remains Interred this Afternoon.

The funeral of the late Mrs. W. T. Carpenter took place this afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of W. F. Love on West Fourth Avenue. The impressive services were conducted at the house by Rev. Ilion T. Jones and C. H. Booth. The son-in-laws of the deceased W. F. Love, W. A. Wofford, R. W. Bishop, Tom Towns, Joe Neff, and Leslie Kelton acted as pallbearers. There were many beautiful floral offerings, and a large procession followed the deceased to the Hamilton cemetery where interment too place.

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Andrew J. Nutt
Aug 19, 1915 - Feb 19, 1920

Death of Little Boy.

The five-year-old son of Lee Nutt died in the Pickett Community last night and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery today.

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Marjorie Nutt
Aug. 19, 1915 - Feb. 19, 1920

Death of Little Girl.

Marjorie, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Nutt of the Pickett community, died yesterday after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this morning at 10 o’clock.

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Kenneth Theodore Moderzinsky
Oct 27, 1925 - Feb 2, 2016

 
Kenneth Theodore Moderzinsky, 90, of Frost passed away at his residence on Feb. 2, 2016. He was born on Oct. 27, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Bruno and Winifred Moderzinsky.

He was a loving and caring man who bravely performed his duty and served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II. He was also known for his sense of humor and good nature. He was married to the love of his life, Mae (Haas) Moderzinsky for 58 years and was blessed with a wonderful family whom he cherised.

He is survived by his wife, Mae Moderzinsky, 11 children, 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park. Officiating the service will be Bro. Blaine Green.

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Roel "Roy" Cantu
Nov 21, 1964 - Jan 19, 2016

Roel (Roy) Cantu, Jr., 51, of Corsicana passed away on January 19, 2016. He was born on November 21, 1964 in Corsicana, Texas to Mr. Roel Cantu, Sr. and Petra Cantu.

He was a sincere man whose generosity and big heart will be missed. He was always encouraged by friends to pursue a career as a comedian due to his great sense of humor and contagious smile. He was a hard worker and devoted 15 years at the Allison Ranch as well as Wenco and 19 years at the Morgan Corporation of Corsicana. He loved to hunt and fish as a past time. The love and care he showed for his family especially for his little girl whom he cherished will never be equaled. He was the best husband, father, son and friend anyone could ever have.

He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Presentacion Cantu and Francisco Cantu; grandmothers, Josefina Fuentes Cantu and Clara Cantu; father, Roel Cantu, Sr.; father-in-law, Richard Dunlap; son-in-law, Juan Cerda; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy A. Cantu; daughter, Contessa M. Cerda; mother, Petra Cantu; brothers, Joel Cantu and Noel Cantu; sisters, Petra Williams, Mary E. Stepp, and Alice Gray; as well as his in-laws, Steve and Frances Ramsey.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Dr. Danny P. Reeves. Pallbearers will be Brent Duren, Freddie Moseley, Gilbert Hippard, Eddie Gregory, Ben Cantu, and Brodie Cantu.

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Troy Rawson
Jun 15, 1928 - Oct 5, 2014

Troy passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Troy was a resident of Petaluma, California at the time of his passing.

He was married to Billie.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Service, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (today) at 2:00 pm at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. Interment: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, 11800 Gas Point Rd., Igo, CA.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.


RAWSON, Troy Passed away on October 5, 2014 in Petaluma. Devoted husband of Billie Joyce Rawson. Beloved father of Troy Leon Rawson (Terre) of Lindsborg, KS; David Rawson (Debbie); Thomas Ray Rawson (Roberta) of Whitehall, MT; Philip Rawson of Redding; Larry Rawson (Hui); Debbie Adams (David); Cathy Casazza (Joel); Steve Rawson (Barbara) of Kaufman, TX; and the late Joyce Elaine Wise of Albuquerque, NM. Adored grandfather of 27, great-grandfather of 39, and great-great-grandfather of five. Loving brother of the late Mae Lynn Gannon of TX. Survived by several nieces and nephews.

Age: 86 years. A member of: Carpenter's Union of San Rafael. Troy was born, reared and educated in Blooming Grove, TX. He and Billie Joyce married on May 24, 1946 in Texas and together they enjoyed over 68 years of marriage. Post World War II, he enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country while stationed at the Two Rock Army Base. After his discharge from the army, Troy went to work as a carpenter and later a general contractor in Petaluma, finally retiring in 1983. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and especially loved training horses. He also enjoyed his missionary work with the Native Americans in CA and participated in many house building projects on the reservations. He was a wonderful man; he will be greatly missed.

Friends and family are invited to attend the Funeral Service, Wednesday, October 8, 2014 (today) at 2:00 p.m. at the PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. Interment: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, 11800 Gas Point Rd., Igo, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity .

Notes

  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9, 2014
  • Northern California Veterans Cem.
  • US Army
  • h/o Billie Joyce (Lynch) Rawson s/o Preston David Rawson and Anna May (Wood) Rawson buried in Lone Oak Cemetery, Blooming Grove, Texas

George David Moss
Feb 3, 1913 - Jan 10, 1921

George David Moss, the 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. D. Moss, died at the family home on North Beaton street last night after only two days illness with diphtheria. George David, or “Son” as he was more familiarly called, was a bright and lovable boy and Mr. and Mrs. Moss have the sincere sympathy of a large number of friends in their great sorrow. Funeral arrangements are being delayed to hear from brothers and sisters who live in different parts of the state.

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Charles O. Oldham, Dr.
Sep 23, 1886 - Jan 6, 1922

Dr. C. O. Oldham Passed Away Last Friday Morning

(The Kerens Tribune.)

After a very short illness, Dr. C. o. Oldham passed away at his rooms in Kerens last Friday morning. Death was due to acute bronchitis.

Dr. Oldham was born in Bradford, Tennessee, September 28, 1886, and at the time of his death was 33 years of age. He made his home in Tennessee and Kentucky with his parents until 1907, in which year he moved with his parents to Dallas. He enter the State Dental College in Dallas in 1909, from which institution he graduated with honors in 1912. Immediately following his graduation he came to Kerens and began practicing the profession of dentistry, which profession he was successful up to the time of his death. In January, 1914, he was married to Miss Etta Baldwin of Dallas, and to this union was born one child, Babette, a daughter, August 28, 1917. Dr. Oldham was a member of the Kerens Masonic lodge, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World and the Methodist church of Kerens.

To give a brief history of the life of Dr. Oldham is to give it praise. During his stay in our city he made a legion of friends. To say a legion, means in our mind, everybody. To our knowledge we never heard an ill word spoken of this man, and when no one speaks ill of a fellow man, means only one thing—friendship.

Dr. Oldham was a quiet, unassuming gentleman going about his way and was conscientious in his work. As was stated by his pastor, Rev. Crabtree, Dr. Oldham enjoyed his work of alleviating the pain of others. Many times, when really physically unable to go to his office he would respond to the call of the sufferer and alleviate their pain.

One of the most beautiful tributes was paid to the life of Dr. Oldham by his pastor, Rev. Crabtree. Rev. Crabtree said in his remarks that he was not given to telling the secrets of others, but that it was no secret, and he felt the life of a good man should be revealed, particularly as a consolation to the bereaved ones. Dr. Oldham’s last words were of his wife and little child, said Rev. Crabtree. He said, if I do not know them when they come, tell them to meet me in Heaven. “What a wonderful thing it is to know that we shall all meet in that great paradise over there, and to my mind we shall not have an idle moment, but will be ever working for the Master.” Rev. Crabtree said he had no doubt but what the life of Dr. Oldham was consecrated to the glory of his Master, and that his loved ones shall meet him in the great unknown, where parting shall be no more.

These beautiful and impressive services were held at the Methodist church of this city. The services were conducted by Rev. Crabtree, of whose church Dr. Oldham was a member. He was assisted by Revs. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the Baptist church and Joe Everheart, pastor of the Presbyterian church. After the funeral services the body was carried to Corsicana from which place it was carried to Dallas for interment in Grove Hill cemetery. The burial services were conducted by Washington lodge, A. F. & A. M., Rev. T. H. Morris preaching the burial service.

The pallbearers for the services held in Kerens were: Robert Daniel, Earl Seale, A. H. Holloway, Bud Simmons, Earl McClung and Joe Sheppard.

Many beautiful floral offerings were tendered, showing the high esteem in which Dr. Oldham was held by his many Kerens friends.

Those surviving are Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Oldham, father and mother, Mrs. C. O. Oldham and daughter, Babette, two brothers and one sister.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, January 19, 1922
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Grove Hill Cemetery, Dallas, Tx.
  • h/o Etta J. (Baldwin) Oldham s/o Charles William Oldham and Ida Florence (Lett) Oldham

Rufus E. Highnote
Feb 9, 1882 - Jun 18, 1922

Was Former Mail Carrier Here.

Rufus Highnote, son of Abe Highnote, who was a former resident here, and who was a rural mail carrier out of Corsicana for several years, died in Fort Worth Sunday and the remains were brought here today and interred in the Hamilton cemetery. The deceased was 32 years of age, and had never been married. Surviving the deceased is his father, and Alf Highnote, a brother, also of Fort Worth, and numerous relatives here.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 20, 1922
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Greenwood Memorial Park & Mausoleum, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • (Obit says Hamilton cem., Corsicana but death certificate says Greenwood)
  • Single s/o Abraham “Abe” Highnote buried in Oakwood cemetery, Corsicana, Texas. And Rebecca J. “Becky” (White) Highnote

Norma Jean (Harris) Freeman Heaslet
July 18, 1943 - Dec 18, 2015

Norma Jean Freeman Heaslet, 72, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village of Corsicana. She was born on July 18, 1943 in Dallas, Texas to Mr. Henry Floyd and Majorie [sic] Mae Harris.

She was a kind soul who loved and cherished her kids and grandchildren. She is remembered as a beloved nanny to all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry Floyd and Marjorie Mae Harris; daughter, Penny Rachelle Shadix; and sister, Sally Vernell Bolt.

She is survived by her husband of 21 years, James Edward Polly; and her daughters, Jeannie Renee Leach and husband Bill, Ada Jeanette Garza, and Angela Mae Cleversy and husband Robert; her grandchildren, John Lewis McIntosh Jr, Byron Luke McIntosh, Amanda Michelle McIntosh, Tiffany Ann Shadix, Nicholas Adam Cleversy, Rayford Rodney Crisp II, Justin Albert Crisp, Gabrielle Elaina Garza and Heather Dawn Carson; six great-grandchildren; her brother, Richard Lee Harris; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at the House of Praise Church of God in Corsicana.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 at the Rice Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Pastor Timothy Schane.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons, John Lewis McIntosh, Byron Luke McIntosh, Nicholas Adam Cleversy, Rayford Rodney Crisp II, and Justin Albert Crisp.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Clyde Rae Freeman, Unknown Heaslet and James Edward Polly; d/o Henry Floyd Harris and Marjorie Mae (Whitfield) Harris

Douglas Mark Tidwell
Mar 31, 1955 - Dec 23, 2015

Mark Tidwell was born in Corsicana, Texas on March 31, 1955. He went to be with the Lord on Dec. 23, 2015, at the age of 60. He was the second child born to ZoAnn Tidwell and the late Virgil Tidwell.

Mark was a graduate of Corsicana High School in 1973. The following year he married the love of his life, Phyllis. They were married for 41 years. After high school, Mark was employed for 15 years at Jetco and another 15 years at Guardian Glass as a supervisor. He was also a very skilled painter and brought his skills to those all over Navarro County.
He was the father to three sons and he loved all of them dearly. He was a true family man. Although he was a rather quiet man, his dry sense of humor always kept people on their toes. In his spare time, he loved gardening in the back yard. He also loved to watch baseball and the New York Yankees were his favorite. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, as they were a twinkle in his eye. Family was a huge part of Mark’s life and all those near him, loved him dearly.

Mark is preceded in death by his father, Virgil Tidwell, and step-mother Gloria Tidwell Menton, He is survived by his mother ZoAnn Tidwell of Corsicana, wife Phyllis Tidwell of Corsicana, brothers Rusty Tidwell and Brett Tidwell both of Corsicana, sons Kristopher Tidwell of Dallas, Aaron Tidwell and his wife Amy of Dallas, Dylan Tidwell and his wife Amber of Groesbeck, sister-in-laws Paula Kelly of Texas City, Susanna Williams of Emhouse, brother-in-law Glenn Kelly and his wife Alena of Cedar Park, step-sisters Cindy Cates and her husband Steve of Corsicana, Nancy Minton of Corsicana, DeeAnn Annis and her husband Will of La Porte, grandchildren Addison Brown of Kerens, Brentley Tidwell of Groesbeck, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where Father Jason Cargo officiated. Mark was laid to rest at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.

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Nathaniel Barnett
abt 1934 - Dec 17, 2015

Nathaniel Barnett, 81 of Hubbard, passed Thursday Dec. 17, 2015 at the Town Hall Estates in Hillsboro. Funeral services are 11 a.m. on Monday Dec. 28, 2015 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Pelham. Interment will follow at the Bell Family Cemetery, Pelham. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Cassandra “Casey” Dawn McCulloch
February 3, 1970 - Mar 29, 2016

Cassandra “Casey” Dawn McCulloch of Corsicana, TX, passed away on March 29, 2016 in Bloomingdale, Ga. Casey was born in Corsicana, TX to Jerry and Palma McCulloch on February 3, 1970.

Casey loved animals and cared for many in her short 46 years of life. She was also a huge Green Bay packer and Texas Longhorn fan. Casey loved all of her nieces and nephews like they were her own children. She loved beyond words to anyone she came in contact with; she loved to travel and loved to watch football, and would go to a Texas Longhorn game every chance she got.

Casey is preceded in death by her father, Jerry Ronald McCulloch, her grandparents George and Addie Johnson and William Shirley and Oneida Ruth McCulloch, also Dorothy McCulloch, her sister Carla Ruth McCulloch Tuck, and many aunts, uncles and a great nephew.

Casey is survived by her Mother Palma McCulloch of Midland, TX; her sister Camille and husband Randy Wells of Midland, TX; her brother Jerry and wife Donna McCulloch of Orange Grove, TX; her children Jamee Dawn Hall and James Daniel “Bubba” Hall, and many nieces and nephews’ aunts and Uncles. She is also survived by her partner Dave Reese of Bloomingdale, GA.

Casey will be missed terribly by everyone that knew and loved her.

Visitation will be Monday April 4, 2016 from 6PM-8PM at Corley’s Funeral Home in Corsicana, TX.

Graveside Services will be held at 3 PM Tuesday April 5, 2016 at Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating.

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Jerry Dennis Hale
Sep 23, 1935 - Mar 11, 2016

Jerry Dennis Hale, 80 of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 11, 2016. He was born September 23, 1935 in Blooming Grove to James Hale and Zula Mae Morton Hale.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his children, Shana Drake and husband Scott of Winfield, Kansas and Stephen Hale and wife Bella of Phoenix, Arizona; three grandchildren, Meg Drake of Ft. Worth, Maddi Drake of Ft. Worth and Logan Drake of Winfield, Kansas; one brother, Ronald Hale and wife Freddie Sue of Longview; nephew and niece, Ronny Hale and wife Stacy of Rowlett and Emily Moore and husband Trevor of Rowlett.
There will be a memorial service held at Dresden Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove

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Windell Wiley Mitchell
Jun 4, 1932 - Mar. 21, 2016

Mitchell, Windell W., 83, of Buena Park, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Rose Hill, Blooming Grove, Texas. Windell was preceded in death by his wife, Delphia Mitchell. Survivors: sister, Wanda Gilley; and several nieces and nephews.

Notes:

  • MOUNT OLIVET CHAPEL , Fort Worth, TX - Mar. 31, 2016
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
     

Micah Nicolas Jenkins
May 09, 2000 - Jan. 01, 2016

Micah Nicolas Jenkins, 15, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

Micah was born in Ennis, Texas on May 9, 2000 to Greg Jenkins and Mary Nicole Travis. He grew up in Ennis and was a student at Ennis High School. He enjoyed spending time outside with his family. He especially enjoyed time with his brother and sister and the sights and sounds of racing. He enjoyed his light toys, footie pj’s and snuggling on the couch. He loved to smile and his smile was infectious.

He is survived by his father, Greg Jenkins; his mother, Nicole Wooley and husband, Anthony; one brother, Travis Lee Jenkins; his twin sister, Micayla Nicole Jenkins; his grandparents: Ronnie and Mary Travis of Ennis and Dennis and Glenda Jenkins of Richardson; two half-sisters: Kallay Feagins and Kamry Norkyke; step-brother, Logan Wooley; step-sister, Brianna Wooley and a host of extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, R.E. and June Turner.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 4, 2016 at the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.

A Celebration of his life will take place on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Rose Hill Cemetery Pavilion in Blooming Grove, Texas under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

Donations may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital in memory of Micah.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Greg Jenkins & Mary Nicole (Travis) Jenkins-Wooley

Margie Dean (Eubanks) Barham
Dec 13, 1922 - Dec 22, 2015

Margie Dean Barham, 93, of Blooming Grove passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. Mrs. Barham was born Dec. 13, 1922 in Winfield, to Walter Guy and Cora Eubanks. She and her husband, the late E.O. Barham, made their home in Blooming Grove where they worked side by side for many years operating E.O. Barham Grain and Trucking Company.
Mrs. Barham was preceded in death by her parents, her husband E.O. Barham, four sisters; Valerie Shafer, Jean Reed, Mildred Head, Sue Davidson, and three brothers; Albert Eubanks, L.J. Eubanks, and Bob Eubanks.
She is survived by her children, Patricia McGraw and husband Billy Wayne, of Blooming Grove and Dr. Bobby Gene Barham and wife Carol of Corsicana.
Mrs. Barham was affectionately known as “Mom” to her grandchildren; Gina Calhoun and husband Kyle, Todd McGraw and wife Liz, Kasey McGraw and wife Wendy, Tracy Barham and wife Christy, and Dr. Scott Barham and wife Kerri.
She was also blessed with 12 great grandchildren; Andy Calhoun and wife Laura, Anna Hand and husband Kyle, Katie and Lainie McGraw, Seth, Brooke, and Janey McGraw, Tressa and Chelsie Barham, and Collin, Claire and Carson Barham, and one great-great grandchild, Gage Wayne Calhoun.
Visitation for Mrs. Barham will be Thursday morning, Dec. 24th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Todd and Kasey McGraw, and Tracy and Scott Barham.
Honorary pallbearers will be great grandsons, Andy Calhoun, Seth McGraw, Kyle Hand, and Collin and Carson Barham.

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Lynda Virginia (Mahone) Lippe
Dec. 31, 1942 - Mar. 23, 2016

Lynda Lippe, age 73, of Waxahachie, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital, Waxahachie. She was born December 31, 1942 in Blooming Grove to Truman and Gladys (Collier) Mahone. Lynda married Charles Lippe on December 15, 1962 in Blooming Grove. She was a caring devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Charles Lippe of Waxahachie; two daughters, Kim Lippe and Jennifer Campa and her husband Todd; one son, Bryan Lippe and his wife Donna; grandchildren, Austin, Amanda, Hannah and Michael; two sisters, Sandra Huff and Sherry Dicks; two brothers, Eddie Mahone and Danny Mahone and numerous nieces and nephews. Lynda was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6 to 8 PM Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 1 PM Saturday, March 26, 2016 in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

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Shirley Ann (Rose) Carey
Feb. 21, 1943 - Nov. 9, 1963

Mrs. Carey Is Killed In Auto Crash Saturday

Mrs. Shirley Carey, 20, of Dallas, reared in Corsicana, was fatally injured in an automobile accident at an early hour in Dallas Saturday. Her husband, Jordy Carey, is in a Dallas hospital suffering a broken leg and other injuries. A two-year-old son, Tony Carey, was not injured, according to information received at mid-morning by Mrs. Carey’s father, H. L. Rose, 909 West Nineteenth avenue, Corsicana, from relatives in Dallas.

Surviving are her husband and son, Dallas; parents, Corsicana; three brothers, Charles and Ralph Rose, both of Mesquite, and James Rose, Weldon; two sisters, Vera Marie and Retha Fay Rose, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements were pending Saturday noon.

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Auto Victim Services Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Shirley Ann Carey, 20, native of Corsicana, who was killed in an automobile collision early Saturday in Dallas, will be held from Corley Chapel Monday at 4 p.m.

The rites will be conducted by C. B. Holcomb, minister of Fifth Avenue Church of Christ, and Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of Missionary Baptist church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, J. W. Carey, Dallas, who was seriously hurt in the mishap; a son, Tony Carey, aged two years; parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. l. Rose, Corsicana; two sisters, Misses Vera and Retha Rose, both of Corsicana; three brothers, Charles and Ralph Rose, both of Mesquite, and James Rose, Wwllton; a grandmother, Mrs. Lina Cox, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Prater, Bobby Lane, Albert Beamon, Lewis Tanner, Thomas Dyer, Raymond Rose, C. C. McMillan and John T. Avant.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 11, 1963
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Jordie William Carey d/o Herbert Lee Rose & Artie Ethel (Cox) Rose (mother of Tony William Carey)
  • Jordie William Carey was born in Corsicana, Sep. 5, 1934 to Joseph Edward Carey and Georgia Lee (Bridges)

Arthur Dwayne Garrison
Oct 18, 1925 - Apr 3, 2016

Arthur Dwayne Garrison, passed away on April 3, 2016, in Castle Rock, CO at the age of 90. Dwayne, as he was known, was born in Barry, TX on October 18, 1925 to Arthur Dee and Helen (Hammonds) Garrison.

Dwayne, graduated from Blooming Grove High School at the age of 16. He attended North Texas University before volunteering for the Navy, where he served on a wooden hull mine sweeper. Returning from the Navy in 1946, he met the love of his life, Helen Ferrell with whom he shared 68 wonderful years of marriage.

Dwayne bought and ran the Garrison Grocery in Blooming Grove for 13 years. In 1960, he sold the business and moved the family to Austin, where he received his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas. Upon graduating Dwayne went to work for General Dynamics in Fort Worth. He acquired top secret clearance in order to help design the F16 fighter. Dwayne retired after 25 years with General Dynamics.

Dwayne was known for his warm smile, relaxed style and selfless personality. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We were blessed with the best of his 90 years, and we will miss him dearly.

Dwayne is survived by his wife, Helen Garrison; son John Michael Garrison of Columbia, IL,; daughter, Karen Garrison Tocquigny, of Castle Rock, CO; Grandchildren, Angela Davis of Franklin, TN, Bryce Tocquigny, Denver CO, Jonathan Garrison, Castle Rock, CO, John Eric Garrison, Modesto, CA; Great Grandchildren Pierce and Max Davis, Levi and Jack Garrison; brothers, Jerry Garrison of Kerens, TX, Jimmy Garrison of Waco, TX and a sister Jane Prince of Houston, TX.

Dwayne is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eddy Garrison.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 7, from 9:30-11:00am in the Jackson Parlor at the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. A Graveside Service will be held at Dresden Cemetery, Dresden TX at 1:00 pm Thursday April 7 with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana Endowment Fund.

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Haley Dawn Collier
Apr 17, 1993 - Apr 7, 2016
 
Haley Collier, 22, received her angel wings Thursday, Aril 7, 2016. Haley was born April 17, 1993 in Arlington, TX to Benny and Dawn Collier.

Haley grew up in Venus, TX, graduating in 2011 from Venus High. She was a very loving and caring woman. She always put others before herself. Haley loved being with family and friends. Haley longed to be a vet, due to her love for all animals, and also considered having a daycare. She loved kids, and they were just naturally drawn to her as well. She could always turn a bad day to a good one.

She is survived by her fiancé Damien Wilhite; mother and stepdad, Dawn Collier and Terry Corder; father and fiancé, Benny Dale Collier and Norma Yzaguirre; paternal grandmother Betty Collier; maternal grandfather and wife Bill and Susan Axelson; sister and fiancé, Jordan Frisby and Jonathan Smotts; brother and wife, Cole and Ashley Collier; step brother and wife Kerry and Caitlin Corder; step sisters Shelbi and Ragan Corder; nephew, Caleb Cervantez; nieces, Cadence Collier, Kinley Smotts and Emma Corder; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents Benny Collier and Judy Mowery.

A time of visitation will be held for friends and family Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm in the Corley Blooming Grove Chapel, 117 S Fordyce, Blooming Grove, TX 76626. A Graveside service will be Monday, April 11, 2016 at 3pm in Rose Hill Cemetery, Blooming Grove with Rev. Benny Leonard officiating.

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2 killed after motorcycle hits wall in Trinity Co.

Published:Thursday, April 7th 2016, 8:58 am CDT

Updated:Thursday, April 7th 2016, 8:58 am CDT


By Jeff Awtrey, Assignments Editor
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TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -
Two people died following a motorcycle crash early Thursday in Trinity County.

Brian Adam Maddox, 24, of Trinity, and Dawn Haley, 22, of Huntsville, died at 12:30 a.m. at the scene, located on FM 356, three miles east of Trinity.

According to the DPS report, Maddox was driving a 2004 Honda motorcycle eastbound on FM 356 when they left the road in a curve and hit a rock wall.

Maddox and Haley were not wearing helmets.

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Letha Mae (Coker) Gentry
Sep 23, 1939 - Mar 7, 2016

Mrs. Letha Coker Gentry, 76, of Barry passed away on Monday, March 7,
2016 at Country Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center in Corsicana.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Reed officiating.

Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
 
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Mrs. Letha Coker Gentry, 76, of Barry passed away on Monday, March 7,
2016 at Country Meadows Nursing & Rehab Center in Corsicana. She was born on September 23, 1939 in Corsicana, Texas to Augustus Bernice and Francis Emily Coker. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by husband, Bobby Gentry; parents and a sister, Brenda Coker.

She is survived by sons, Greg Dyess of Waldorf, MD and Kevin Gentry of Corsicana; stepson, Chris Gentry of Kemp; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Francis Bridger of Barry and Tommie Jones and husband James of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Marilyn Greer and husband James of Corsicana; brothers-in-law, Joe Coker of Barry and Carl Gentry and wife Jerry of Desoto.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Russell Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Greg Dyess, Terry Bowling, Tim Bowling, Russell Warren, Chris Gentry, and Danny Montgomery.

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  • w/o Bobby Gentry; d/o Augustus Bernice Coker & Francis Emily Coker
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Norma Lee (Holt) Budai
Oct 1, 1924 - Mar 6, 2016

Norma Lee Holt Budai, 91, of Tehuacana, passed away March 6, 2016 in Mexia.
Norma was born in her family home in Ennis, on October 1, 1924 to Grover Cleveland Holt and Annie Lee Jones.

On July 4, 1946, Norma married her loving husband, Dan Louis Budai, Jr.
They were blessed with two children, Janis and Bobby. In addition to taking care of her family, she dedicated many years of service to the Texas Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana before retiring.

Norma will be remembered for her good cooking, especially "Polinchintas", pecan rolls, divinity and stuffed cabbage. She will also be remembered for her loving personality and generosity to her family.
She enjoyed life and her family.

Norma loved playing 42 dominoes with her family and decorating her home for Christmas.
She was, affectionately, known as "Mema" to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was so loved by everyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dan Budai, Jr.; son, Robert "Bobby" Budai; and 10 siblings.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Janis Johnson and husband, Richard of Tehuacana; four grandchildren, Jamie Gragg and husband, Mike of Tehuacana, Russell Budai and wife, Stephanie of Dripping Springs, Stephanie Meyer and husband, Randy of Waco and Jennifer Evans and husband, Blake of College Station; seven great-grandchildren, Andrew Meyer, Bradley Gragg, David Meyer, Madison Gragg, Beckett Budai, Hannah Meyer and Sarah Meyer.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Mexia with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.
Interment will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat (near Corsicana).
Pallbearers will be Russell Budai, Mike Gragg, Randy Meyer, Blake Evans, Mike McCary and Jay Tidwell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Moan Canales and Joe Payne.

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Thomas "Pete" Goodin
Oct 16, 1927 - Feb 25, 2016
 
Pete Goodin, a extraordinary man passed away on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He fought a hard battle with Melanoma brain cancer and he will always be in our hearts.
Thomas "Pete" Goodin was 88 at the time of his death and he was born on Oct. 16, 1927 to G. C. "Pete" Goodin and Esther Ruth Goodin in Navarro.

Pete graduated from Mildred High School and attended Navarro Jr. College (the Barracks Bunch). On Nov. 5, 1945 he enlisted in the Army during WWII and served in Germany from July 1946 to Aug. 1948. He was recalled to serve in 1951 during the Korean war and was stationed in Japan and Okianawa from Feb.
1951 to Sept. 1951.

He then came home and met his now wife, Audrey Steele. They were married on Nov. 27, 1952 and were married for 63 years.

After recovering from a near death auto accident in 1953, he went to work at Miller Bros. Hat Co. for 32 years. He retired and then started ranching on the family ranch (Goodin Ranch).

Pete was a very unselfish man and was a life time member of the VFW Post 3366, and also serving a charter member of the Navarro County Crime Stoppers Assn. Serving as treasury for many years. He was a pillar of his community.

He also served on the Mildred School Board and was President for the Hopewell Cemetery Association for years, he was instrumental in building the MEN Little League Field in Navarro and coached little league. Those who knew him the best knew he was a very generous and selfless man who was willing to help in any way he could. As his gift to humanity, he willed his body to science and research to the Southwest Medical School in Dallas.

Pete is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Goodin Nix.

He is survived by his wife; Audrey Steele Goodin, his sons; Tommy Goodin and wife Donna, Joe Bob Goodin and wife Sharron, all from Navarro; grandsons, Jackery Goodin and fiance Jennifer Simmons of Longview, Aaron Goodin and wife Jamie Mitchel of Navarro; brother, Joe David Goodin and wife Betty of Tyler; great granddaughters, Taylor Cathleen Paris, Tristin Kay Gillen, Savannah Goodin, Chyenne Goodin and Berkley Goodin.
Three nieces, one nephew and several cousins.

There will be a memorial to celebrate Pete's life at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 located at the Corsicana Cowboy Church, two miles west of Walmart on Hwy. 31. Benny Horn will talk about all of the many wonderful memories we shared of our precious loved one.

His ashes will be entered in the Hopewell Cemetery, Navarro.
ur family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences. A special thank you goes out to Cedar Lake Hospice, your service was first class. His care givers were the best we could have ever hoped for. Thank you Amanda, Shwanda, Phylis and Coteri.

In lieu of flowers, may we suggest you donate a charity of your choice or we would suggest the Hopewell Cemetery Assn.

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Madell "Dell" (Young) Baker
Oct 1, 1935 - Jan 26, 2016

Madell Young Baker of Mustang, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, January 26,
2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Providence Cemetery. Corley Funeral Home.

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Madell "Dell" (Young) Baker, 80, of Mustang, Ok passed away Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016. Visitation will be 6:00pm til 8:00pm Friday, Jan 29, 2016 in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with a Graveside service 2:00am Sat, Jan
30 in the Providence Cemetery, Mildred, TX.

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Bobby Jene Steele
Jan 24, 1931 - Jan 23, 2016

HURST -- Bobby Jene Steele was born January 24, 1931. He passed away January 23, 2016 in North Richland Hills.

Service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Ridge Funeral Home, Hurst.
Interment will be held at 2 p.m. at Midway Cemetery in Streetman. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Bob served in the Air Force and was retired from Sante Fe Railway. He was a member of Smithfield Masonic Lodge, Moslah Shrine and North Richland Hills Order of the Eastern Star. Bob was a Tarrant County Master Gardener.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Bettye.

Survivors: daughters, Beverley and husband Ernest Couch and Becky and husband Joe Quattrochi; sister, Audrey and husband Pete Goodin; grandchildren, Angela and Jacob Quattrochi; great-grandson, Jayden; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved chihuahua Paco.

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Joe Bailey Brown Jr.
Jan 14, 1931 - Jan 25, 2016

Olney ~ Joe Bailey Brown Jr., age 85, passed away January 25, 2016 in Olney, Texas. Graveside services will held at 12 noon Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Frost Cemetery in Frost, Texas with Mike Ramsdell, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, Texas, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.

Joe was born on January 14, 1931 in Frost, Texas to the late Joe Bailey Brown Sr. and Lorene (Lookingbill) Brown. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Joyce Evelyn Smith on October 6,
1956 in Corsicana, Texas. She preceded him in death on February 1, 2009.
Joe was a manager with Lone Star Gas Company for 31 years. He moved to Olney in 2009 from Cedar Creek Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a sister, Sue Simms.

Joe is survived by his son, Joe Bailey Brown, III and wife Cindy of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Melissa Autry and husband Bruce of Olney, Texas; grandchildren: Matt Autry of Fort Worth, Texas, Paul Autry of Dallas, Texas, and Bailey Brown of Denton, Texas; great-grandchildren: Reagan Autry and Ian Autry of San Angelo, Texas as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Lunn Funeral Home.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of one's choice.

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Norma Jean (Whitener) Graves
Aug 24, 1930 - Jan 27, 2016

Norma Jean Graves, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Bowie, TX.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016 at Aurora Baptist Church in Rhome, TX followed by graveside services at 3:00 p.m. at Kerens Cemetery in Kerens, TX.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 at the White Family Funeral Home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

Norma was born August 24, 1930 in Buckhorn, MO to Sidney and Lessie (Senter) Whitener. She graduated from Marquand High School in Marquand, MO. Norma moved to St Louis where she met and married Robbie Graves in 1956. Together they moved to Iowa where she was a ranchers wife and a homemaker. In 1960 they moved to Terrell, TX and then Rhome, TX in 1972 where she went to work at Northwest High School in administration. After her retirement they moved to Bowie where she spent her time gardening and cooking.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Lessie Whitener; husband, Robbie Graves; son, Kent Graves; sister, Katherine Noonan; and brothers, Roy Whitener; and Paul Whitener.

Norma is survived by her sons, Keith Graves and wife Rebecca of Bowie; Kurt Graves and wife Thelma of Rhome, TX; grandchildren, Lyndsie Smith and husband Joe of Trophy Club, TX; Robyn Peterson and husband Robbie of Ardmore, OK; Kelsie Jones and husband Jason of Trophy Club; Kyle Graves of Austin, TX; Kody Graves and wife Sydney of Eureka, MO; Ethan Graves of Rhome; Emma Graves of Stephenville, TX; great-grandchildren, Dominic Graves; Birkleigh Graves; sister, Naoma Hubberth of Michigan; brother, Harry Whitener of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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  • Coy White - White Family Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Gene Bullard and Diane Richards
  • w/o Robbie Gene Graves; d/o Sidney Whitener & Lessie (Senter) Whitener

Robbie Gene Graves
Mar 3, 1932 – Jul 18, 2013

Robbie was born on March 3, 1932 and passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Robbie was a resident of Wichita Falls, Texas at the time of his passing.

He was married to Norma.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Aurora Baptist Church in Aurora, Texas with Randy Slimp and Jimmy Withers officiating.  Graveside service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Kerens Cemetery in Kerens, Texas. The family will receive friends from 6:00 til' 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, at the White Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Wichita Falls.

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  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Norma Jean (Whitener) Graves; s/o Floyd Graves and Zella Marie (Coleman) Graves

Timothy Clayton Smith
Nov 19, 1970 - Dec 12, 2015
 
Timothy Clayton Smith, 45, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. He was born Nov. 19, 1970 to Clayton and Dorothy Smith in Corsicana, Texas. He will be greatly missed as his servant's heart left a lasting impact on everyone who knew him. He is resting in peace now with his Lord.
He was a graduate of Midway High School in Waco. He attended Navarro College and McLennan County Community College. He earned his BBS in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice during that time. Upon graduation from SHSU he entered the Texas Department of Public Safety Academy in Austin, Texas and graduated as a State Trooper. He faithfully and proudly served the State of Texas through the DPS for 21 years. He promoted through the ranks as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and finally a Major with the DPS. He attended many training schools during his career including the Northwestern University Traffic Institute. He was currently serving as a Major in the Emergency Management Division of the Department of Public Safety.
If you knew Tim, you already know he loved his family. He loved to watch his kids play sports and was completely satisfied behind the wheel of a tractor on the pastures that his grandfather and father before him plowed. He loved his profession with a passion and loved his law enforcement family.
He is survived by his wife, Julie Smith; sons, Jared and Braden Smith; daughter, MacKenzie Smith; his parents, Clayton and Dorothy Smith; sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Mike McCary; sister and brother-in-law, Sherri and Paul Warner; niece, Emily Gentry and husband Brad; nephews, Drew McCary, Josh Warner and wife Andie, Tyler Warner and wife Cari; great nephews, Jack Gentry and Luke Warner; great niece Annabelle Gentry; mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Norma Pickens; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Steven Steen; nieces, Madison, Mallory and Miley Steen.
Many thanks goes to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Navarro County Sheriff's Department and Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Our family is grateful and appreciative to you for your outpouring love for Tim and our family. He was loved by so many as he loved so many of you, his law enforcement family.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Corsicana. Burial will be at Grape Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the Texas Department of Public Safety Honor Guard.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Lara Jesslyn (Bramlett) Warren
Oct 5, 1934 - Oct 26, 2015
 

Lara Jesslyn Warren, 81, of Trinidad, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at her residence in Trinidad.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Paschal Funeral Home.
Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at the Lakeside Baptist Church on Hwy. 274, just north of Trinidad with the Rev. Floyd Loven officiating.
Interment will follow in the Trinidad Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Mrs. Warren was a librarian for 30 years at Collins Middle School in Corsicana.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Steve Thornton of Malakoff; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Mitzi Warren of Grand Prairie; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Glen Warren; son, Wesley Warren; parents, Coleman Wesley Bramlett and Jesse Emma Anna Wagner Bramlett; and one sister, Colleen Patterson.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Mark Edward Gonzales
Jun 21, 1962 - Nov 21, 2015
 

Mark Edward Gonzales, 53, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at his residence in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro with Pastor Holly Stone officiating.

Corley Funeral Home.
 
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Mr. Mark Edward Gonzales, age 53, of Eureka passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Corsicana on June 21,
1962 to Emmett Gonzales, Sr. and Jessie Gonzales.

Mark graduated from Corsicana High School and worked as a waterline repairman for the City of Corsicana for most of his life. Mark was a great husband and father. He loved his son Curtis and family so much. He was grateful for all the prayer and help he received since he was diagnosed in 2010. He adored his wonderful mother, Jessie Gonzales. He loved to be outside, whether it be hunting, fishing or just enjoying God’s creation. Mark was saved by Jesus’ work on the cross and immediately went from this Earth into the arms of his Lord on November 21, 2015.It was his request that the pastor pray for all of his friends and family to be saved so that everyone would all be in heaven together some day.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; his son Curtis Gonzales and wife Breanna, his mother Jessie Gonzales, his brother Emmett Gonzales, Jr. and wife Leticia and his sister Annette Taylor and husband Myles and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 22,
2015 at Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro, Texas with Pastor Holly Stone officiating.

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