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Thomas Jefferson “Tom” Rouse
Apr 1, 1856 - Oct 2, 1936

T. J. ROUSE DIED HERE EARLY FRIDAY; BURIAL ST. ELMO

T. J. Rouse. Aged 80 years, died at the residence of his son, S. J. Rouse, 519 West First avenue, Friday morning at 12:30 o’clock after a brief illness. The funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o’clock from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home with interment in the St. Elmo cemetery near Winkler, Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, conducted the services.

Mr. Rouse was a native of Florida. Prior to moving to Navarro county 55 years ago, he resided in Freestone county for a short time.

Surviving are one son, S. J. Rouse, Corsicana, a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Platt, Borger; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Roy Albritton, Joe Pillans, George Hudson, Leonard Smotherman, Rochelle Rouse, Ernest J. Smith.

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Clifford W. “Cliff” Rouse
Aug 29 1879 - Aug 11, 1929

Died Suddenly Streetman Sunday; Is Buried Monday

C. W. Rouse, a prominent citizen of Streetman, died suddenly of heart failure there Sunday afternoon and was buried at St. Elmo cemetery Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

He leaves a wife, Mrs. Annie Rouse, and one daughter, Miss Pauline Rouse; father, T. J. Rouse of Streetman; a brother S. J. Rouse of Corsicana; sister, Mrs. Minnie Platt of Borger, Texas, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

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Edward Palmer Pillans, Rev.
May 16, 1875 - Feb 14, 1917

Rev. E. P. Pillans, died in Howell Tenn Tues night. He was a brother of Mrs. W. W. Evans of this city. The remains will be brought here and buried at Winkler, where deceased was raised.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Domocrat and Truth - Feb 15, 1917
  • St. Elmo cemetery, Winkler, Navarro Co., TX

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Died in Tennessee.

Rev. E. P. Pillans, a brother of Mrs. W. W. Evans, of Corsicana, died in Howell, Tenn., last night and the remains will be brought to this county and will be buried at Winkler, the former home of the deceased.

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TO BE BURIED SUNDAY MORNING

Presbyterian Minister to Be Buried at Winkler.

The remains of Rev. E. P. Pillans, who died at Howell, Tenn., on Wednesday will arrive here tomorrow morning on the West bound Cotton Belt and will be taken to Streetman on the Trinity and Brazos Valley at noon and the funeral will take place at Winkler at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, the Masons having charge of the funeral.

The deceased, who leaves a wife and one daughter, was the son of J. C. Pillans, a well known citizen of the Winkler community, and was a brother of Mrs. W. W. Evans of Corsicana.

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Remains Arrived This Morning.

The remains of the late Rev. E. P. Pillans arrived this morning from Tennessee and were taken to Streetman where interment will take place.

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Card of Thanks.

We wish to express our thanks and sincere gratitude of our many friends for their generous expressions of sympathy and for their acts of loving remembrance in our recent sorrow over the loss of our beloved son, husband, father and brother, Rev. E. P. Pillans.

May God ever bless and comfort them in times of trouble as he has us.

J. C. PILLANS & FAMILY.
MRS. E. P. PILLANS & FAMILY.

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Joe Collins
D. Sep 1920

DIED IN OKLAHOMA.

Body of Joe Collins Will Be Buried at Streetman.

Mr. Will Collins left El Reno, Okla., this afternoon at 1:45 with the remains of his brother, Joe Collins, and will arrive at Streetman on the noon train tomorrow. Burial will take place at St. Elmo cemetery.

Miss Minnie Collins of Corsicana is a sister and Mrs. W. W. Evans, also of Corsicana, is a cousin of the deceased. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Collins of Winkler at one time.

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Conrad F. Hardin
Dec 1, 1910 - Sep 5. 1915

ACCIDENTLY KILLED BROTHER

Distressing Accident Occurred Sunday Afternoon

A distressing accident occurred in the Pursley community Sunday afternoon in which the 12-year-old son of M. L. Hardin accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old brother. The elder boy took the gun from the house without the knowledge of his parents and the two boys went to a tank near their home. Soon after reaching the tank the gun was accidentally discharged, shooting the younger boy in the breast, causing instant death.

The remains of the unfortunate little fellow were buried in the neighborhood cemetery yesterday.

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Pursley News.

Kind Editor and Chats:
I come this morning with sad news yet we must speak it.

On last Sunday morning, September fifth, nineteen hundred fifteen the Death Angel spread his icy wings over the home of Mr. Lush Hardin, and took from their midst little Conrad, aged nearly six years.

He and his three older brothers went down in the field which was nearly one-half mile from home to get a bucket of water, and the older brother carried the shot gun un-be-knowing to his parents and while there accidently shot the little brother. Then he carried him to the house. He lived only about one and one-half hours. Medical aid was summoned and all was done that loving hands could do but the little child fell asleep in Jesus only to wake on yonder shore. Kind father and mother, brothers and sisters let us look to Him who doeth all things well. He is able to save and will save if you only look to Him. Let us not hold anyone responsible as though ‘twas an accident for we are all too careless sometime, and it will go through life and ever be on the older brother’s memory. Only picture yourself in his place for just one moment then still you would not know the burden that is on his heart.
“The angels came and took him,
The angels God had sent;
They bore him up to Heaven,
He whispered as he went,
I’m going home to glory,
O meet me over there.

“The voice is now appealing,
O meet me over there,
To us it is a summons,
For Heaven to prepare.
Soon we shall pass life’s portals,
Soon we shall fade and die;
In our departing moments,
May we exultant cry,
I’m going home to glory,
A golden crown to wear,
O meet me over there!”

O. B. JOLLY

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Richard Lovic Key
Sep 14, 1846 - Feb. 16, 1916

FOUND DEAD IN BED.

Old Citizen of Pursley Expires During the Night.

R. L. Key, an old citizen of the Pursley community, who retired Wednesday night in his usual health, was found to be dead about 3 o’clock Thursday morning. The deceased was 70 years old and had been a resident of this county for many years. The remains were interred in Ward cemetery yesterday. Surviving the deceased is his wife and six grown children. Among the children are Thomas H. and W. D. Key of Pearl, Coryelle county, and Jas. L. Key and Mrs. Mary Black of Jack county.

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Susan Catherine (Owen) Carroll
Oct 20, 1855 - Jun 29, 1918

Remains Interred Near Pursley.

Mrs. Susan Carroll, widow of the late William Carroll, aged 65 years, died near Athens last Saturday and the remains were interred in the Ward Cemetery near Pursley yesterday afternoon. The deceased is survived by six grown children; Mrs. Frank Johnson, Mrs. Sam York, Malcom Carroll, Ernest Carroll, Mrs. Aldie Lowe of Pursley and Mrs. Nettie Garrison of Athens. The deceased resided at Pursley for many years and the funeral was largely attended.

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B. F. Wigley
abt 1882 - Apr 16, 1919

Died Near Pursley.

B. F. Wigley aged thirty-seven years, died in the Pursley community Wednesday of paralysis, and the remains were buried in the Ward Cemetery Thursday by the Odd Fellows lodge of Pursley. The deceased left a wife and seven children.

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Sarah E. A. “Sallie” (Burroughs) Nutt-Black
May 23, 1832 - Oct. 24, 1921

VENERABLE LADY PASSED AWAY.

She is Survived by 131 Descendants.

Mrs. Sallie E. Black, aged 89 years and five months, died at the home of her son, M. L. Nutt in the Pickett community Monday night and the remains were interred in the Corinth cemetery yesterday. The deceased had made her home with her son, J. W. Nutt, here for many years but was on a visit to her son in the Pickett community when the end came. Other children are dead, but the deceased is survived by the two sons named, J. W. Nutt of Corsicana and M. L. Nutt of Pickett, and by thirty-seven grandchildren; seventy-six great-grandchildren. She came to Texas in 1865, fifty-six years ago, from Tennessee, and had made her home in this county for most of that time. She was a member of the Christian church and besides her numerous descendants, she is survived by a large circle of friends who loved her in life and are pained at her death.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Oct 26, 1921
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Mabin Alexander Nutt 2nd husband James R. Black married Mar 7, 1869 d/o Jacob Burroughs and und (Brown) Burroughs
  • The obit and the death certificate say Corinth cemetery— we are not sure if that is that the same as Ward Cemetery. I found a Sallie Black there and her son Marcus L. Nutt is buried here and 2nd husband James R. Black is there also.

Norman Alton Gilcrease
Feb 22, 1924 - Jan 2, 2016
 
Norman A. Gilcrease, 91, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 22, 1924 in Emhouse, to Ora Malcolm Gilcrease and Selena Chambliss Gilcrease.

Norman was a TexDot engineer for 42 years before retiring. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He volunteered with Food for Fitness, Family Life Center, and NCARC for many years. He served as president at NCARC for several terms as he loved working with that special group of people.

He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army at age 17. He was promptly deployed to the Pacific for three years during World War II. He proudly served his country and was a decorated veteran, earning marksmanship awards and a purple heart. He rose to the rank of captain while serving in the Texas National Guard for 20 years.

Norman enjoyed working on his 50 acres of land, raising cattle and driving his tractor. He was a big Texas Rangers fan and a supporter of the Dallas Cowboys, when Tony Romo was playing well. As his family was always his main priority, he was especially proud of his grandsons and great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Bettye Nichols Gilcrease and his wife of 11 years, Helen Warner Gilcrease; his parents, his brothers; Clarence, Melvin and Carl and his sisters; Jewel Varner and Cleone Pate.

Mr. Gilcrease is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Joe Allen of Corsicana, his grandson, Chris Allen of Chicago, Illinois, his grandson and wife, Casey and Melissa Allen of Sachse, and his great-grandsons, Luke and Mason Allen also of Sachse. He is also survived by his brother, James E. Gilcrease of Arlington; sister, Alice Halbert of Arlington, sister-in-law, Dessie Nichols of Corsicana and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to The House of Refuge, 627 W. Collin Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Corley Funeral Home.

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Gary Lynn Robertson
Dec 9, 1959 - Dec 28, 2015
USMC

Gary Lynn Robertson, 56, passed away Dec. 28, 2015 in Big Spring. He was born Dec. 9, 1959 in Waco, to Ernest and Juanita Black Robertson.
Robertson served in the United States Marine Corp and married Karen Barlow on Oct. 28, 1983 in Corsicana. He enjoyed BBQing, horseshoes, golf and was an avid Cowboy fan. He is preceded in death by his mother Juanita Allen and step father Carl Allen; grandparents, Robert and Rosa Mae Black; father in law Cortiss Barlow. He is survived by his wife Karen Robertson of Big Spring; children, Robert Robertson, Jason Robertson, Sara Robertson; grandchildren, Jordyn Robertson, Robert Robertson Jr., Brooklyn Robertson. Sister, Rosabeth Allen; brother Bob Robertson. Numerous aunts, uncle, cousins and extended family members.

Visitation with his family will be Monday, Jan. 4, 2016 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

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Robert Stephen "Bobby" Percifield
May 17, 1962 - Jan 4, 2016
 
Funeral services for Robert “Bobby” Percifield, 53, will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Christ Anglican Church, 4550 Legacy Drive, Plano. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

He was born on May 17, 1962 to Paul and Barbara Percifield. He was a builder; graduated from J.J. Pearce High School, and Texas Tech University. He was the 1981 State Golden Glove Light heavy Weight Champion.

He was preceded in death by his brother, David Percifield.

He is survived by his two children, daughter Robin and son Paul, both of Flower Mound and his parents, Paul and Barbara Percifield of Plano.

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Andrew Jackson Morgan
1825 - Nov 22, 1871

PICNIC DREW LARGE CROWD

Citizens of Bazette Highly Praised For Their Hospitality

Rev. Thomas Reece, who was at one time a resident of Bazette and owns a farm there, was also in attendance. He is now a resident of Fort Worth. He says he sang the people a few songs and made them a talk. His father-in-law, A. J. Morgan was the first man buried at Bazette he said. Mr. Reece says he met many, who had grown to manhood and woman hood since he lived there. And there were numerous older residents whom he was glad to meet and who expressed pleasure at meeting him again.

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SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL PICNIC AT PRAIRIE POINT FRIDAY

FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED EVENT—BIG BASKET DINNER SERVED

Crowds estimated at 4,000 attended the 17th annual memorial picnic at Prairie Point Thursday. Large representations from Bazette, Chatfield, Roane, Kerens, and other points in the eastern part of the county, including many from Corsicana were present.

Rev. L. C. Howell, pastor of the 11th Avenue Baptist church of Corsicana, delivered the memorial address during the morning. J. C. Wells, of Kerens, and former pioneer resident of Bazette, was general master of ceremonies and directed the activities of the celebration as president of the Prairie Point Cemetery Association.

A big old time basket picnic feast was served at noon. The lunch for the multitudes was spread upon the improvised tables erected about under the giant oaks.

The Kerens Municipal band playing under the auspices of the East Navarro Chamber of Commerce.

In the afternoon precinct and county candidates for office made their assembled about the speaking, platform. All the candidates, except the aspirants for the county judgeship were present and made short campaign speeches, the speeches being along similar lines made at other localities within the county, except that no reference was made by any to the opposition.

For seventeen years the memory of the dead who lie buried in Prairie Point cemetery have been commemorated with a basket picnic and outing. The remains of many pioneers of Navarro county repose there.

Among the first white settlers in the county made pioneer homes in the eastern portion of the county around Bazette, Chatfield and other points near the timbered belts of the Trinity river. Many of the pioneers made settlements as early as the 40’s and early 50’s. among them were the Browns, Westbrooks, Roots, Wells, Albrittons, Banks, Morgans and others. Prairie Point cemetery was set as a community burial ground in the latter 60’s, where many of the first settlers have been buried. Since its institution as a community burial ground when the body of A. J. Morgan was interred there November 22, 1871, there are at the present time 822 graves. Mrs. D. M. Brown, wife of Judge Brown, was probably the nest body buried there December 27, of the same year. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wells parents of J. C. Wells, Jr., of Kerens, and Mose Wells, were interred there August 6, 1873 .

The body of Uncle Wesley Westbrook is also buried at Prairie Point. Mr. Westbrooks is said to have taught the first log house school in that community, which was during the Civil War.

The cemetery was originally laid out in a small grassy plot shaded about with small cedars. About a quarter of a century ago more ground was taken in enlarging the plot considerably. When the cemetery associated was organized the place was cleared of all underbrush, weeds and grass and in its stead more evergreen cedars and flowers were set out and made to grow. A regularly employed caretaker has been in charge of keeping the grounds cleaned since that time. It is one of the best kept and groomed cemeteries in the whole country. Citizens of all east Navarro county take a deep pride and interest in keeping the grounds in a high state of cleanliness and beautification.

Each year the memory of Prairie Point dead is fittingly observed with a community picnic, memorial and prayer services.

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Mahulda Amanda (Sewell) Harrison
Sep 6, 1849 - Aug 27, 1921

Died at Powell This Morning.

Mrs. M. A. Harrison, aged 72 years, died at Powell this morning after a long illness, and the remains will be interred tomorrow at Bazette. The deceased is survived by the following grown children: H. R. Harrison, Corsicana; D. L. Harrison Wichita Falls, Sam Harrison, Memphis, Texas; Bud Harrison, Powell; Mrs. Ella Miller, New Mexico; Mrs. R. F. Arnett and Mrs. R. L. Campbell of Powell.

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Nancy Elizabeth (Montgomery) Blakney
Apr 27, 1884 - Jun 23, 1922

Died Near Powell Thursday.

Mrs. Nannie Blakney, wife of R. T. Blakney, aged 38 years, died at the family home near Powell, Thursday, after several weeks illness, and the remains were interred at Bazette yesterday afternoon. The deceased left her husband and five children, the youngest seven weeks old.

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J. J. Adams
Sep 22, 1844 - Jun 30, 1921

DAWSON NEWS.
(The Dawson Herald)

J. J. Adams Dead.

Just before going to press we learn of the death of J. J. Adams, which occurred in the Providence sanitarium in Waco, Wednesday night at 11:45 o’clock, after a long illness of heart trouble. Burial took place in the Dawson cemetery this (Thursday) afternoon at 4 o’clock, by the Masonic lodge, the funeral service being held at the Baptist church conducted by Rev. J. F. Kane.

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William Burleson Ellis
Sep. 9, 1840 - Apr. 16, 1922

Former Resident Buried at Dawson.

Special to the Sun.
Dawson, Apr 20.—William Burleson Ellis, aged 82, died Sunday, April 16th at Palacios, Texas, and his remains were interred here this afternoon in the Dawson Cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge, at which order he was an old and honored member. He was a brother of R. P. Ellis, of this city, who buried his wife only a few days ago.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 20, 1922
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Ann (Terry) Ellis married Dec. 10, 1865 s/o James Carson Ellis, Sr. & Elizabeth “Eady” (Burleson) Ellis

Beulah (Smith) Ellis
1883 - Mar. 4, 1922

DAWSON NEWS.
(The Dawson Herald.)

Mother and Daughter Die.

Mrs. Arthur Ellis died at her home in the Pursley community Saturday morning of pneumonia and was buried in the Dawson Cemetery Sunday afternoon. On Wednesday of last week Miss Susie Ellis, aged 20 years, and a step-daughter of Mrs. Arthur Ellis, died of pneumonia, she too, being buried in Dawson the following Thursday, Rev. W. T. Smith officiating at both funerals. Mrs. Ellis is 40 years of age and is survived by her husband and three children.

Our entire citizenship join in extending sympathy to the bereaved in their double loss.

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Susie Ellis
1902 - Mar. 1, 1922

DAWSON NEWS.
(The Dawson Herald.)

Mother and Daughter Die.

Mrs. Arthur Ellis died at her home in the Pursley community Saturday morning of pneumonia and was buried in the Dawson Cemetery Sunday afternoon. On Wednesday of last week Miss Susie Ellis, aged 20 years, and a step-daughter of Mrs. Arthur Ellis, died of pneumonia, she too, being buried in Dawson the following Thursday, Rev. W. T. Smith officiating at both funerals. Mrs. Ellis is 40 years of age and is survived by her husband and three children.

Our entire citizenship join in extending sympathy to the bereaved in their double loss.

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Arthur Jackson Ellis
Nov 20, 1872 - May 1, 1943

RITES ON MONDAY FOR A. J. ELLIS AT PURSLEY CHURCH

Funeral services for A. J. Ellis age 73 years, who died at his home at 413 West Collin Street Saturday were held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Pursley Baptist church. Rev. G. H. Vaughn conducted the rites. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.

A resident of the Purdon community most of his life, Mr. Ellis was well known in that section.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; four sons, Corporal William B. Ellis, U. S. Army; Pvt. Hollis O. Ellis, U. S. Army; Roy Ellis and Arthur Ray Ellis, Corsicana; tow daughters, Mrs. G. L. Marlow, Henrietta, and Miss Dorothy Mae Ellis, Corsicana; two step-sons, Sgts. Jack Crowley and Thomas E. Barker, both in the U. S. Army; a step-daughter, Mrs. M. C. Carter, Waco, and two brothers, Ed Ellis, Frankston and E. R. Ellis Hillsboro.

Pallbearers were J. C. Carver, Allen Keith, Pete Baggett, R. B. Clemmons, Will Cooper and Sam Anderson.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 3, 1943
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Sallie E. (Thompson) Ellis Sep. 24, 1892 2nd wife Beulah (Smith) Ellis married May 29, 1910 3rd wife Ella Mae (Wilson) Crowley-Barker-Ellis s/o Phillip Jackson Ellis and Nancy Carolina (Brown) Ellis

Charles Grant Rash
Oct 12, 1875 - Sep 9, 1921

Remains Interred Today.

The remains of the late C. G. Rash, justice of the peace at Eureka, who died there yesterday, were interred in the Eureka cemetery this afternoon at 2 o’clock. The funeral was largely attended.

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Virgle Stephens
1890 - Sep 9, 1921

Died At Eureka.

Virgil Stephens, aged twenty-two years, son of Mrs. A. P. Montgomery, of Eureka, died at the home of his mother Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Eureka cemetery Sunday. Deceased had been sick many months with tuberculosis.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, September 13, 1921
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Abe Stephens & Durah (Moroney) Stephens-Montgomery (Stepfather, Alexander P. Stephens buried in Kerens cemetery)

Fred Scruggs Wilson
Sep 24, 1894 - Mar 30, 1921

Remains Interred at Eureka.

The remains of the late Fred Wilson who died at his home in the Eureka community Wednesday, were interred in the Eureka cemetery yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. W. L. Patterson officiated and there was a large attendance and many beautiful floral offerings.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, April 1, 1921
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Dessie (Allen) Orange-Wilson married Feb. 10, 1912; s/o Jack M. Wilson & Elizabeth “Betty” (Caldwell) Wilson

John Lafayette Davidson
Feb 4, 1869 - Jul 23, 1922

DIED HERE YESTERDAY

John L. Davidson Was Buried At Eureka This Afternoon.

John L. Davidson, aged 53 years, and a resident of Navarro county practically all his life, died at noon yesterday very suddenly while talking to his son in regard to the returns of the election. The deceased had lived on his farm near Eureka until some months ago when because of declining health, he moved to Corsicana.

The funeral party left the home 1511 West Collin street, at 4 o’clock this afternoon and interment was in the Eureka cemetery at 5 o’clock. The funeral was under the direction of the Blue Lodge of Masons, assisted by the Knights Templar. The deceased is survived by his wife and these children: W. M. Davidson, Harold Davidson, Miss Naomi Davidson and James Davidson, and these sisters, Mrs. Bonner Meador, Wortham; Mrs. Sadie Briggs, Vernon, La.; Mrs. C. A. Benton, Houston, Mrs. Tuelette Blanchard, Taylor and one brother, J. R. Davidson, Dallas.

The following were pall-bearers:
Active—Brice Bonner, Hayes Bonner, Joe Thomas, Haywood Thomas, John Bonne, Ed Grantham, H. L. Singleton and Lloyd Hamilton.

Honorary: the elders of the United Presbyterian church in Eureka and Corsicana, Byron Cheney, John Calhoun, C. L. Jester, O. L. Albritton, C. C. Dunn, P. D. Williams, J. T. Blackburn, W. H. Dunn, A. P. Young, J. Y. Stewart, Geo. E. Jester, R. A. Caldwell, C. M. Thronell, Walter Montgomery, Whitney Montgomery, J. A. Bonner, L. B. Bonner, Lee Bonner, J. A. Brown, Walter Burgess, Dr. J. J. Hamilton, H. G. Johnson, Dr. T. S. Slater, J. O. Cheney and O. Y. Bonner.

The deceased ranked high among the best citizens of Navarro County, and his death is sorely regretted by all who know him. The funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful flowers.

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John Harlin Mesker
Jul 13, 1869 - Jun 1, 1924

Buried At County Farm.

The remains of Harlin Mesker, the man killed near Angus Sunday in an altercation with E. C. Carver, were buried at the county farm today.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 3, 1924
  • 1st wife Adeline (Warren) Mesker married Nov. 22, 1890 (Divorce) 2nd wife Bellzora (Carver) Rigdon-Mesker Married Mar. 23, 1903 3rd wife Hattie Mae (Rigdon) Mesker-Carver Married Jan. 30, 1912 buried at Hamilton Beaman s/o James Mesker and Mary (Rollins) Mesker
  • Modrall Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX; (Death Certificate says County Farm)
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
     

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MAN KILLED IN SHOOTING NEAR ANGUS

BODY MANGLED BY SHOTGUN WOUNDS, BROUGHT TO UNDERTAKING PARLORS

E. C. Carver, 48, made bond into Sunday in the sum of $1,000 for appearance before the grand jury in connection with the fatal shooting of Harlin Mesker, 55, which occurred shortly after noon Sunday. Sureties on the bond, which was furnished through his attorney, W. A. Tarver, are Jim Berry and Claude Allen.

The shooting occurred a few miles west of Angus. Carver shortly after the killing surrendered to Desk Sergeant Allen Calloway and was transferred to the county authorities. He was held at the county jail a few hours.

The body of Mesker, mangled with shotgun wounds, was brought to the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors and prepared for burial. Officers summoned to the scene of the tragedy found the body lying in a pasture near the well where Carver’s family used water for domestic purposes. There was a 32-calbre automatic pistol near the body empty, indicating each chamber had been discharges.

Carver admitted shooting Mesker, but stated to officers the shooting was in self-defense.

Carver has a wife and three minor children. The family live in a tent. Carver is a day laborer on the farm.

Mesker is survived by his wife and five minor children. Mesker lived near Rice and worked as a laborer on the farm.

Both men are natives of Kentucky. Carver has been a resident of Navarro county for the past 12 years. Mesker came here from Kentucky last August. Mesker was the husband of Carver’s niece.

According to Carver’s version of the cause of the killing he was asleep in his tent when he suddenly heard his niece screaming at the well.

“She had gone to the well for a bucket of water, when her screams awoke me.” Carver explained in speaking of the tragedy. Continuing he said:

“My first impulse was that a negro had attacked her, and I jumped up and ran as fast as I could with my shotgun. When I arrived on the scene Mesker was beating and choking her. I begged him to desist. He became enraged, turned on me and I backed away for quite a piece all the time begging him to not shoot me. He fired on me three times with the pistol, and then I let him have both barrels. I did all I could to avoid it.”

Carver declared his niece (Mesker”s wife) and her husband had separated several times and on one or two occasions he had induced her to return. They recently separated and the woman took refuge with his family. He said Mesker had sent his oldest boys, aged 14 and 12 to his tent Sunday, and by a supposed pre-arranged plan the boys lured her to the well where the father was hidden in wait.

E. C. Carver held in connection with the fatal shooting of Harlin Mesker near Angus Sunday afternoon surrendered to Desk Sergeant Allan Calloway who took Carver and turned him over to the county authorities.

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Elizabeth “Bessie” (Lewis) Allen
Feb 10, 1829 - Apr 18, 1919

Venerable Lady Dead

Mrs. Bessie Allen, aged 91 years, died at the home of her son, Joe Allen, near Angus, last night, and the remains were interred at Grape Creek this afternoon.

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Sarah (Houze) Middlebrook
Jan 7, 1850 - Apr 11, 1920

Died at Navarro This Morning.

Mrs. J. B. Middlebrook, aged 75 years and for many years a resident of this county, died at her home in Navarro this morning after a lingering illness. The deceased is survived by her husband and three grown children, Newton Middlebrooks and Mrs. Edgar Elliott of Corsicana; Mrs. W. C. Montgomery of Eureka; Mrs. Joe Mikel, Mrs. Joe Ferguson and Clark Middlebrooks of Cheneyboro.

Interment will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Grape Creek cemetery. The following will act as pallbearers: Active - J. O. Cheney, E. S. Crews, C.A. Moore, J. L. Jackson, H. Marsh, S. F. Howard; Honorary, J. M. Pugh, Dr. Slater, J. W. Cheney, F. H. Tatum and N. S. Jackson.

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Mistake in Death Notice.

In the death notice of Mrs. J. B. Middlebrooks Saturday the name of one of her children, Mrs. Blanche Collins was left out, and her age was put at seventy-five years, when it should have been seventy.

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A Farewell Offering.

( To memory of Mrs. Middlebrooks)

This noble mother has been so closely associated with some of the most eventful hours of my life, that I feel I must give vent to the emotions I find rising in my heart. Yet, I realize that my esteem and appreciation of her can never be expressed in words. While her membership was with the Methodist church, her love knew no denominational bounds. When I made my first feeble effort to speak over the dead, she came to me, with words of approval and encouragement; and many years later at the burial of Mrs. Wilson, whose life had been very much like her own, she came to me with a heart almost too full for utterance, gave me the heartfelt handclasp, only known to the children of God, and spoke words, which could spring from none other than a heart in which the love of God abundantly abounded.

God blessed her with a wonderful talent for nursing the sick, and that talent was freely exercised to the good of humanity and the glory of God. Were it possible for the dead to speak, doubtless many of the sleepers in the surrounding cemeteries could say: “Her hand was the last that rested upon my fevered brow; and, when I, like the Son of God, thirsted in death, she gave me the last cooling water that touched my lips.” How well do I remember an occasion when my own dear mother was taken suddenly and seriously ill. As Providence would have it she was visiting a daughter that day, who lived near us. Learning of mother’s illness she came readily to our assistance. With the single exception of our faithful physician, I know of no being on earth whom I had rather have seen coming. When she arrived mother was soon resting quietly. Two convulsions. I was doing my best but availing nothing. Her long experience in the sick room taught her just what to do, and my suffering mother was soon resting quietly. Tonight these mothers are where there is no pain to relieve, and no tears to wipe away. Finally when mother died she was among the number who watched her breathing through the night.

God had given her that wisdom that “maketh the face to shine,” and ”in her tongue was the law of kindness.” The last words I ever heard her speak were in kindly inquiry of my family, after a siege of influenza. When the phone brought the message that my first companion had died, she and Mrs. Effie Strader got in a buggy, and came to our assistance after the midnight hour. When I met her at the gate that night, had I been her own son she could not have dealt more kindly with me. I have spoken of this deed in assemblages far beyond the borders of our own community; and, God permitting it, shall still, “Be told for a memorial of her.” Reader, do you blame me for offering a feeble tribute to her memory? It is far past the mid-night hour when I write these lines, but what of it? It was past the midnight hour when wife and mother died. The midnight hour has often found her sitting by the dead, or bending devotedly over the couch of the afflicted.

She loved her kindred and her friends
She loved redemption’s story;
Her life abounds with noble deeds,
Her record shines with glory,
So, when my sainted mother died,
She was among the number,
Who watched her dying bed beside,
Till she in death did slumber.

No writer’s pen can ever tell
The aid that she has rendered;
No marble shaft can ever show
The comfort that she has gendered.
But those of us who watched her walk
In paths of peace and duty,
Well know love was the guiding star,
That crowned her life with beauty.

Her name in distant days shall shine,
The record left behind her
Will glisten still, when granite fades,
An ever dear reminder.
Oh, could she speak to us today,
In our bereaved condition;
I feel that she would gently say,
“Oh, bow in sweet submission.”

Wm. L. PHILLIPS.

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William Wright Waller
Apr 26, 1850 - Jun 15, 1921

DIED AT MABANK TUESDAY.

Remains Interred at Grape Creek Today.

W. W. Waller, aged 71 years, and for many years a resident of the Grape Creek community, died at Mabank Tuesday, and the remains were brought here this morning and were taken to the Grape Creek community where they were interred by the side of those of his wife, who was buried there some years ago. A son of the deceased lives in the White Chapel community.

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Frances Cornelia “Fannie” (Ferguson) Jackson
Jul 4, 1852 - Jan 1, 1921

DIED IN FORT WORTH.

Mother of J. L. Jackson Will Be Buried at Grape Creek.

Mrs. Fannie Jackson, about 85 years of age, was found dead in bed at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alf Highnote in Fort Worth, this morning. She will be buried tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon in Grape Creek cemetery.

Mrs. Jackson made her home with her son, J. L. Jackson, at Angus, and a few weeks ago went to Fort Worth to visit her daughter. She was in usual spirits when she retired last night and there was nothing in her deportment to indicate that death was so near.

Mrs. Jackson’s husband died about fifteen years ago. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. Alf Highnote of Fort Worth, at whose home she died; J. L. and Newt Jackson of Angus; Sam and Dock Jackson of Sour Lake; a daughter whose name was not learned, residing in South Carolina.

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Delmas Beazley
Dec 26, 1921 - May 22, 1922

DIED AT P. & S. OF INJURIES.

Little Boy Dies From the Kick of a Horse.

Sunday about noon, Delmas, the 16-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Higgins Beasley, who live two miles south of Angus, was kicked on the head by a horse at the family home. The child was brought to the P. and S. hospital here Sunday afternoon and died there this morning as a result of his injuries. The remains were interred in the Grape Creek cemetery this afternoon.

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Higgins Zoleycother Beazley
Jun 21, 1885 - Aug 22, 1959

H. Z. Beazley Burial Sunday

H. Z. Beazley, 74, retired blacksmith and carpenter died at his home in Dawson Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m. with burial in the Grape Creek cemetery.

The rites were conducted by A. F. Waterfield, assisted by Roger Paul, both of Waco.

A native of Oklahoma, Beazley had resided in Navarro county about 40 years. He had made his home in Dawson slightly more than a year.

He suffered a stroke Tuesday.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Callie Beazley, Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. C. E. Davis, Lufkin; a step-son, O. C. Alexander, Purdon; three brothers, John Beazley, Little Rock, Ark.; Tom Beazley, San Antonio, and Austin Beazley, Hobbs, N. M.; three sisters, Mrs. Maggie Powell, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Cuma Wilson, Antlers, Okla. and Mrs. Mary Rogers, Paducah; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Loyd Alexander, O. C. Alexander, Jr.; Marlin Eppler, R. W. Milam, Aubry Eppler and DeWitt Wallace.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 24, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Cintha Katherine “Katie” (Eppler) Alexander-Beazley 2nd wife Callie Carolina (Cottongame) Beazley buried in Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, Tx. s/o Thomas Beazley per death certificate

Cintha Katherine “Katie” (Eppler) Alexander-Beazley
Dec. 30, 1883 - Mar. 1, 1955

Mrs. H. Z. Beazley Expires Tuesday

Mrs. H. Z. Beazley, 71, formerly of Corsicana, died at her home, Route 1, Pollok, Angelina county, Tuesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Grape Creek cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Revs. Gus Jenson and Loyd Jennings.

A native of Bastrop, Texas, Mrs. Beazley resided in Corsicana 22 years prior to moving to Angelina county in 1943.

Surviving are her husband, H. Z. Beazley, Pollok; a daughter, Mrs. C. E. Davis, Pollok; a son, O. C. Alexander, Purdon; four brothers, C. M. Eppler, Lancaster; T. M. Eppler, Dallas; A. E. Eppler, Ennis and Jim Eppler, Pollok; a sister, Mrs. J. E. Massey, El Paso; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 1, 1955
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Joseph Clark Alexander married Mar. 3, 1901 Bastrop, Tx. 2nd husband Higgins Zoleycother Beazley d/o Albert M. Eppler and Sarah Ann (Cox) Eppler

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Thursday Rites For Mrs. Beazley

Funeral services for Mrs. H. Z. Beazley, 71, who died at her home, Route 1, Pollok, Texas, early Tuesday, will be held from the Corley Chapel Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Grape Creek cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Revs. Gus Jenson and Loyd Jennings.

The funeral hour originally was scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. but was changed to Thursday morning.

A native of Bastrop, Texas, Mrs. Beazley resided in Corsicana 22 years prior to moving to Angelina county in 1943.

Surviving are her husband, H. Z. Beazley, Pollok; a daughter, Mrs. C. E. Davis, Pollok; a son, O. C. Alexander, Purdon; four brothers, C. M. Eppler, Lancaster; T. M. Eppler, Dallas; A. E. Eppler, Ennis and Jim Eppler, Pollok; a sister, Mrs. J. E. Massey, El Paso; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Loyd Alexander, O. C. Alexander, Jr.; D. B. Huggins, Worth Milam, Marlin Eppler and J. T. Davis.

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Albert Thomas Beazley
Jul 3, 1923 - Apr 4, 1944

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ALBERT BEAZLEY TO BE HELD THURSDAY

Funeral services for Albert Beazley, age 20 years, who died in Austin, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Chapel. Rev. Jack Goff will conduct the rites and interment will be in Grape Creek cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Z. Beazley, Pollock; a sister, Mrs. Velma Davis, Pollock; a half brother, O. C. Alexander, Purdon, and other relatives.

He was a former resident of the Corbet community, his parents having recently moved to Pollock.

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Albert Beazley Was Buried Grape Creek Cemetery Thursday

Funeral services for Albert Beazley, age 20 years, who died in Austin, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley Chapel, with Rev. Jack Goff conducting the rites. Burial was in Grape Creek cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, a sister, a half-brother and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Newton Roman, Sam Tucker, B. B. Huggins, Melvin Rogers, Frank Morris and M. E. Roman.

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Gerald McClendon York
Jan 21, 1927 - June 2, 2016
 
Gerald McClendon York of Corsicana passed away in Longview on Thursday, June 2, 2016.
Mr. York was born on Jan. 21, 1927 in Cameron to Edwin Selby York and Anne McClendon York.
Mr. York was raised in Belton where he graduated from Belton High School in 1944. While a student there he earned the prestigious Lone Star Farmer degree from the state Future Farmers of America Association.
Gerald was a proud member of the fighting Texas Aggie class of 1948 where he received a BS in Agricultural Education and a MS in Sociology. While at A&M, he served as editor of The Battalion newspaper. He loved Texas A&M dearly and passed his passion for all things Aggie on to his children and grandchildren.
His education was briefly interrupted by World War II while he served in the United States Navy.
After completing his undergraduate education, he began a 17 year career with the Agricultural Extension Service starting in Ladonia, where he met his bride Ann.
He worked as an extension agent, district extension agent and at the State 4H Club office before being recruited by the First National Bank of Corsicana to become an agricultural loan officer.
He continued a long and successful career in banking with Community National Bank and Trust of Texas.
After a brief retirement, Gerald was instrumental in establishing a branch of Community National Bank and Trust of Texas in Frost where he served as president.
Gerald was actively involved in serving his community and church. He and Ann have been members of the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana since 1960 where he was on many committees and taught Sunday school up until his illness this past year.
He also spent many hours working for local youth through the Navarro County Youth Expo and was a major force in raising the funds to build the facilities for that organization which are still in use today. He also served on various advisory boards and committees too numerous to mention.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 65 years Brucilla Ann York and his children Samuel David York and wife Cherisa of Kilgore, Rebecca Ann York Pate and husband Howard of College Station and Steven Fred York and wife Yoli of San Antonio.
Also surviving Mr. York are his grandchildren Colin York and his wife Cynthia of Bristow, Virginia, Barrett York of San Antonio, Lacey Pate of Bryan, Landon Pate of Bryan, Josh York of San Antonio, Nick York of College Station and his great-granddaughter Sarah York of Bristow, Virginia
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.
Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Jayson Galler officiating.
Serving as pallbearers will be Colin York, Barrett York, Nick York, Josh York, Landon Pate, K.C. "Kim" Wyatt, Tim Stites and Greg Hayes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana at 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.Published in Corsicana Daily Sun

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Mari Solomon Simmons
abt 1964 - May 20, 2016

Mari Solomon Simmons, 51, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Second Mission Baptist Church located, 909 S. Fifth St.

Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Forrest Layne Croft
July 26, 1950 - May 27, 2016

 
Mr. Forrest Layne Croft, 65, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, May 27,
2016 at his residence in Corsicana.

Services are pending at this time with Corley Funeral Home.



 

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Mr. Forrest Layne Croft, 65, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, May 27,
2016 at his residence in Corsicana. He was born on July 26, 1950 in Mexia, Texas to Dewyatt Donree and Rheba Lou Gill Croft.

He worked in maintenance at Navarro County Electric Coop for many years.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Forrest Croft, Jr. and James Croft; his parents; a brother and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal Croft; sons, Curtis Wayne Croft and wife Cristian of Arlington and Don Croft of Corsicana; grandson, Braydon Kane Croft; granddaughter, Courtney Renea Croft of Palestine and great grandchildren, Valerie and Trevin.

He was cremated at his wish, and no services are planned at this time.

 


Martha (Grady) Dunlap-Washburn
July 7, 1939 - May 26, 2016

Martha Grady Dunlap Washburn, 76, of Corsicana went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
She was born on July 7, 1939, to AJ and Mary Ellis Grady in Blooming Grove.
She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1957. Martha was the recipient of a Jim Collins Scholarship and graduated from the University of Texas.
She married her high school sweetheart Glenn Dunlap and had two children, Dana and Brett. Martha and Glenn had been married for forty years at the time of Glenn's death.
Martha worked as a Home Economist for Lone Star Gas before she found her true passion was teaching. She taught Home Economics at Corsicana High School for 35 years during which time she also earned her Master's Degree.
Martha was honored to be named CISD Teacher of the Year as well as Regional Teacher of the Year in 1995. She also enjoyed teaching ESL at Navarro College. Martha was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, serving on the Prayer Card and Shawl Ministry.
After her retirement from teaching, she served in numerous volunteer positions including President of the Navarro Regional Hospital Volunteers, as a docent at the Cook Education Center's Civil War Museum and with the Red Cross Blood Drive. She was also a member of the Thalian Book Club and the Kinsloe House.
Martha married Charlie Washburn in 2004. She and Charlie enjoyed extensive travel and volunteer activities as well as time with family and friends.
Martha will be remembered for her kind heart and generous spirit.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenn Dunlap, her parents and a sister Billie Dee McGehee.
She is survived by her husband, Charlie W. Washburn, Sr. of Corsicana; daughter Dana Clarke and her husband Calvin of Arlington; son Brett Dunlap and wife Amy of Mount Juliet, Tennessee; granddaughters, Caitlin Parenica and husband Jonathan of Arlington, Kendall Clarke of Arlington, Delaney Dunlap of Mount Juliet, Tennessee; her grandsons, Grayson Clarke of Arlington, Grady Dunlap of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, Connor Dunlap of Mount Juliet, Tennessee; her sisters, Betty Lou Fritts and husband Bob of Georgetown, Camille Coker and husband Jim of College Station; her step sons, Chuck W. Washburn of Portland, Oregon, Malcom Washburn of Terrell, Calvin Washburn of Amarillo; her step-grandsons, Kenneth Washburn of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Michael Washburn of San Antonio, Andrew Washburn of New York City; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a big host of friends.
A time of visitation will be held at from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2016 in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.
Private family burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Parenica, Grayson Clarke, Kendall Clarke, Grady Dunlap, Connor Dunlap, Kenneth Washburn, Michael Washburn and Andrew Washburn.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, May 28, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o (1) Glenn Dunlap and (2) Charlie W. Washburn, Sr; d/o Arthur Jefferson Grady & Mary Magdalene (Ellis) Grady

Jasper "Bean" Lott, Jr.
Mar 10, 1948 - Apr 15, 2016

Jasper "Bean" Lott, Jr., 68, of Kerens., passed Friday, April 15, 2016 at the U T Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23,2016 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens with Pastor Ernest Betts, Jr., officiating.

Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery in Kerens.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Shirley (Brown) Hargrove
Apr 14, 1932 - Apr 19, 2016

Shirley Hargrove went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Hillsboro.
She was born on April 14, 1932 in Hubbard. She was the daughter of Elvis Mitchell Brown and wife Elsie Norma.

She married Billy Hargrove on Jan. 6, 1951 in Corsicana.

Shirley retired from Citizens State Bank where she worked for over 30 years as well as wife, mother, and homemaker.

She was a member of the Frost United Methodist Church for over 60 years and served faithfully in many areas including coordinating the Lord's Acre church fundraiser. For many years she coordinated the Frost High School Alumni Association and Frost High School homecoming.

She loved playing sports, especially basketball and hitting fly balls to her two sons, and was "Momma" to many of the kids of Frost High School.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Wanda Williams, and her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Billy; two sons, Tony Hargrove of Belton, and Alan Hargrove and wife Sherry of Dallas. Grandchildren are Jillian Howell, Philip Hargrove and wife Stacey, Andrew Hargrove and wife Gennifer, Tiffany Hargrove Broyles and husband Dave, Natalie Hargrove Maybee and husband Scott, Hillary Hargrove Mangano and husband Jordan, Brittany Hargrove, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

Burial will be at Frost Cemetery.

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Shirley was born on April 14, 1932 and passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Shirley was a resident of Frost, Texas at the time of her passing.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm Friday April 22 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 11 am Saturday April 23 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Frost Cemetery.


William R. “Bill” Highnote
May 28, 1901 - Jan 13, 1921

YOUNG MAN FOUND DEAD IN PASTURE

Had Been Missing From Home Since Thursday Evening.

Thursday night last about 7 o’clock, William Highnote, son of Pete Highnote who lives four miles South of Corsicana, left his home to go to the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Nellie Highnote about a mile from his own home, the road he was travelling being through the Highnote pasture.

Nothing was heard of him till about 4 o’clock Saturday evening. At that hour a neighbor boy was in the Highnote pasture hunting some horses and in the course of his search he came across the dead body of William Highnote.

The body was stretched out on the ground with the face in the edge of a shallow pool of water.

The news of the gruesome find was convoyed to his father at once, and an inquest was held by Justice J. J. Sullivan and Dr. Sadler, the county physician.

A verdict was rendered that the young man came to his death from strangulation in the pool of water.

Why he fell with his face in the water, and why he was not able to get up is not known, unless he was seized with a sudden attack of vertigo, fainted and strangled to death, while in an unconscious condition.

There were no marks of violence about his person, and the young fellow, who would have been twenty years old in May next, was very stout, and so far as is known was always in robust health.

The remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Rev. L. C. Howell officiated and a large crowd attended the funeral.

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Richard Paul May
Jan 10, 1846 - Jul 3, 1922

Died This Morning.

R. P. May, aged 75 years, died in the Retreat community last night and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock. The deceased is survived by the following grown children: Mrs. J. Jones, Hillsboro; Mrs. Ida Smith, Proster, Texas; Gus May and Dudley May, Hillsboro, and Jesse May of Corsicana.

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Mollie (Read) Anderson
Apr 21, 1890 - Nov 30, 1922

Died Here Yesterday.

Mrs. Mollie Anderson, wife of N. A. Anderson, aged 32, died at the family home, 609 South Thirteenth street yesterday morning after a long illness. The funeral took place from the Sutherland Chapel at 10 o’clock this afternoon, with interment in the Hamilton cemetery, Rev. E. P. Kennedy officiating. The deceased is survived by her husband and four children.

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Phillip Highnote
Oct 30, 1855 - Aug 14, 1922

FUNERAL WILL BE TOMORROW.

Remains of Late Phillip Highnote Will Rest in Hamilton.

The funeral for the remains of the late Phillip Highnote will be held at the church a Angus tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Rev. Ilion T. Jones will officiate and interment will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

Following are the pallbearers: J. S. Pugh, L. H. Stewart, J. D. Story, S. E. Latta, Thos. Ware, W. E. Pugh

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Charity Polley (Pugh) Soape
Oct 10, 1852 - Mar 08, 1922

Venerable Lady Dead.

Mrs. Charity Soape, wife of T. H. Soape, of Angus, died at the family home last night, and the funeral took place there this afternoon at 3 o’clock, followed by interment in the Hamilton cemetery, with Rev. Walker, of Ferris, officiating. The deceased was 70 years of age and the mother of fourteen children, ten of whom, together with their father, still live. The surviving children are Mrs. Leora Couch, of Waxahachie; Mrs. Jesse Couch and Gordon Soape of Ferris; Abbie Soape, of Kerens; Roger Soape, Mildred; Herbert Soape of Mexia; Mrs. J. B. Fosmire, Mrs. D. C. Bray and Roy Soape of Angus. She was also the aunt of W. E. Pugh, J. M. Pugh and Lee Pugh of Corsicana. The funeral this afternoon was largely attended.

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Jerry Glynn Barnes
Nov 4, 1941 - Jun 14, 2016
 
Life Legacy

Jerry Glynn Barnes, age 74, of Christovol, TX passed away June 14, 2016 in Waxahachie. He was born November 4, 1941 in Frost, Texas to Shelby and Mary Annie Barnes. Jerry grew up in Forreston, Texas where he graduated from Forreston High School. He helped his father with farming and in later years became a salesman.

Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years, Marie Barnes; three daughters, Sarah Proctor and husband John, Melissa Featherston and Rhyannon Bullard; the mother of his children, Gracie Barnes; four stepdaughters, Judy Dianne Burnley, Loretta Waldrop and husband Greg, Robyn Luedtke and husband Terry and Suzanne Ledbetter; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Donald Ray Barnes, Calvin Wayne Barnes, Frank Eugene Barnes and Max Barnes.

Memorial services will be 10AM Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in the chapel of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home.

To view an obituary or sign the guest book, please visit www.bozemitchellmckibbin.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St., Waxahachie, Texas 75165.


Jane (Agnew) White
Jan 25, 1842 - Aug 30, 1921

Died Near Roane.

Mrs. Jane White, aged seventy-nine years, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her son-in-law, J. B. Bentley in the Roane community, and the remains were interred at Prairie Point this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

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Mary Frances “Fannie” (Colburn) McCleary
Jun 5, 1835 - May 25, 1921

DIED IN MALAKOFF YESTERDAY.

Mother of Corsicana People Passes Away.

Mrs. Fannie McCleary, aged 87 years, died at her home in Malakoff yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred in the Prairie Point cemetery this afternoon at 1 o’clock. The deceased is survived by these children: J. L. and J. W. McCleary of Corsicana; J. D. McCleary, of Malakoff; Mrs. R. J. Sanders of Frost; Mrs. Will Selman, of Malakoff, and Mrs. Will Harris of Dallas.

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In Memory.

The 25th of May 1921, the Death Angel visited the home of Mr. J. D. McCleary and took from them the precious one called mother, whose name was Mrs. Fannie McCleary, wife of Mr. R. W. McCleary, who in 1902 was killed by a train in Kerens, Texas. Sister McCleary was born in Kentucky June t, 1835, was married to Mr. R. W. McCleary November 24th 1858. In 1869 they moved to Illinois ? and a short time afterwards moved to Texas and settled near Kerens where they were living when the awful death came to the husband. After that time Sister McCleary lived with her children, always ready to do something for those who were near and dear to her; her happiest time was when she was doing something for the other person.

To Brother and Sister McCleary were born nine children two who are dead and seven living. Sons J. W. and J. L. of Corsicana, J. D. of Malakoff; also four daughters, Mrs. R. J. Sanders, Frost, Mrs. Will Selman, Mabank; Mrs. Kate Harris, Roane, and Mrs. Laura Hightower, Dallas. They also have twenty-three grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Sister McCleary was converted early in life, and joined the M. E. Church. She was always loyal to her church and Master, doing His will was her delight. It happened to be the writer’s privilege to visit this dear grandmother and talk with her, and to hear her talk of God’s goodness to her only makes us feel stronger and more able to do our Master’s will. She had not been well for several months, suffering intensely until the end came. She was laid to rest in the
Prairie Point cemetery near Bazette Texas, in the McCleary lot.

So now dear friends, do not grieve as those who have no hope, for the Savior has said: I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself. Dear mother is not gone forever, for Jesus has given to us the assurance that if we are true to him we may go after awhile to be forever at rest with mother and all who are precious to us. Yes I know mother and grandmother will be missed in your home. It is hard to give up our loved ones, especially mother, for many times she it is who has cooled the fever and eased the pain, has said kind words has always lightened the burdens for us, but God knows best. Let us learn to say: “Thy will be done,” and after a while we will see that all God’s plans were best.

Thou are gone, our mother darling,
Never more we’ll see you here;
But we hope to meet you mother,
In a brighter world than this.

“One by one our friends pass o’er
To the bright and peaceful shore;
And they join in glad surprise
The glorious anthem of the skies.”

“servant of God, well done,
Thy glorious warfare’s past,
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.”

“Unanswered yet? Faith cannot be unanswered.
Her food were firmly planted on the rock;
Amid the wildest storms she stands undaunted.
Nor qualls before the loudest thunder shock.
She knows omnipotence has heard her prayer,
And cries “It shall be done sometime somewhere.

Weep not my friends, cheer up and say with David I will not call her back, but I will go to her. Mother is watching just across the river for all her loved ones. Let us press on and meet her there.

ONE WHO KNEW HER.

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Bennett Mickel “Ben” Terry
Feb 18, 1849 - Apr 28, 1921

DIED HERE LAST NIGHT.

Remains Were Interred At Prairie Point This Afternoon.

B. M. Terry, aged 72 years, died at the home of his son-in-law, Johnson Wilson, last night after a long illness, and the remains were interred in the Prairie Point cemetery near Bazette this afternoon. The deceased is survived by ten grown children and a brother, W. C. Terry, of Corsicana.

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James Moore Watt
Mar 25, 1853 - Oct 12, 1922

Died Here Last Night.

J. M. Watt, aged 69 years, and a resident of this county since 1876, died here last night, and the remains were interred in the Prairie Point cemetery this afternoon, with Rev. C. G. Vincent officiating.

The deceased is survived by the following children: O. L. Watt, O. M. Watt, G. C. Watt, and Mrs. R. C. Johl of Bazette, Mrs. J. O. Gaines of Eureka and J. A. Watt of Corsicana.

The deceased was a native of Prince Edward Island, a British possession off the coast of Canada, but came to this county from Michigan, and had been a good and highly esteemed citizens for all those years.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, October 13, 1922
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Mary C. (Matthews) Watt married Mar. 21, 1879 2nd wife Belle (Gaines) Watt married May 25, 1893 3rd wife Ira Belle (Parker) Watt married Jul. 10, 1895

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Funeral Pioneer Citizen Held Friday Afternoon

Special to the Sun.

Kerens, October 10—James Watt, 69 years old and a pioneer of this county died at a sanitarium at Corsicana where he had gone for an operation, Thursday afternoon. He was buried Friday at 3 p.m. at Prairie Point cemetery five miles east of here.

Mr. Watt had been active in all community affairs at Bazette for half a century and had been clerk of the Prairie Point cemetery Association for fifteen years. His funeral was attended by a very large crowd.

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Ira Belle (Parker) Watt
May 7, 1875 - Dec 24, 1962

Kerens Rites For Mrs. Watt

KERENS, Dec. 26 (Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Belle Watt, 87, life-long resident of Bazette, were held from the Inmon Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial was in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Mrs. Watt died Monday night following a brief illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. C. Pohl at Bazette.

She was a member of the Church of Christ. The services were conducted by Clyde Jenkins and Jim Jackson, Church of Christ ministers.

Surviving are two sons, O. M. Watt, Corsicana, and Curtis Watt, Kerens; a daughter, Mrs. Pohl, Bazette; 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Laura Lee (Bell) Barnett
Jun. 27, 1848 - Nov 25, 1922

Aged Navarro County Citizen Laid to Rest

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Nov. 20.—Mrs. Abner Barnett, aged 75, died at San Benito Saturday and was buried at Prairie Point cemetery Tuesday morning. Mr. and Mrs. Barnett settled near Bazette a half century ago, and Mr. Barnett has been dead several years.

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KERENS NEWS.
(Kerens Tribune)

Mrs. Laura Barnett Dies.

Mrs. Laura Barnett, mother of our fellow-townsman, H. A. Barnett, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Kyser, in San Benito last Saturday. Mrs. Barnett had reached the ripe old age of 75 and had been sick for some time.

The remains were shipped to Corsicana, reaching there at 5 o’clock Monday afternoon on the H. & T. C. from which place they were brought to Kerens and reposed at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. W. Sims, until the burial Tuesday afternoon in Prairie Point cemetery.

Ms. Barnett was a pioneer of Navarro county, having reside near here for about forty years prior to moving to San Benito, where she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Henry Kyser, up until the time of her death.

Four children survive, H. A. Barnett, G. M. Barnett, Mrs. Henry Kyser and Mrs. W. W. Sims.

The funeral services were conducted at San Benito prior to shipping the body to Kerens. Simple, but impressive ceremonies were held at the grave.

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Amanda Mariah “Mandy” (Gibson) Walker
Feb 5, 1838 - Nov 17, 1922

LIVED IN NAVARRO SIXTY YEARS

Mrs. Amanda Walker Passed Away at Powell This Morning.

Mrs. Amanda Walker, widow of the late Alex Walker, died at the home of her son-in-law, J. O. Burke, at Powell at 11 o’clock today. The deceased would have been 85 years of age in February next, and death came as the result of advanced years.

Mrs. Walker had been a citizen of Navarro county for sixty-two years, and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. Interment will take place at Prairie Point cemetery tomorrow afternoon.

Surviving the deceased are the following children: John, James and Ike Walker of Kerens; Mrs. Minnie Brookshire of Lufkin, and Mrs. J. O. Burke of Powell.

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Levina Ann (unk) Brown
Apr 22, 1822 - Dec 27, 1871

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL PICNIC AT PRAIRIE POINT FRIDAY

FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED EVENT—BIG BASKET DINNER SERVED

Crowds estimated at 4,000 attended the 17th annual memorial picnic at Prairie Point Thursday. Large representations from Bazette, Chatfield, Roane, Kerens, and other points in the eastern part of the county, including many from Corsicana were present.

Rev. L. C. Howell, pastor of the 11th Avenue Baptist church of Corsicana, delivered the memorial address during the morning. J. C. Wells, of Kerens, and former pioneer resident of Bazette, was general master of ceremonies and directed the activities of the celebration as president of the Prairie Point Cemetery Association.

A big old time basket picnic feast was served at noon. The lunch for the multitudes was spread upon the improvised tables erected about under the giant oaks.

The Kerens Municipal band playing under the auspices of the East Navarro Chamber of Commerce.

In the afternoon precinct and county candidates for office made their assembled about the speaking, platform. All the candidates, except the aspirants for the county judgeship were present and made short campaign speeches, the speeches being along similar lines made at other localities within the county, except that no reference was made by any to the opposition.

For seventeen years the memory of the dead who lie buried in Prairie Point cemetery have been commemorated with a basket picnic and outing. The remains of many pioneers of Navarro county repose there.

Among the first white settlers in the county made pioneer homes in the eastern portion of the county around Bazette, Chatfield and other points near the timbered belts of the Trinity river. Many of the pioneers made settlements as early as the 40’s and early 50’s. among them were the Browns, Westbrooks, Roots, Wells, Albrittons, Banks, Morgans and others. Prairie Point cemetery was set as a community burial ground in the latter 60’s, where many of the first settlers have been buried. Since its institution as a community burial ground when the body of A. J. Morgan was interred there November 22, 1871, there are at the present time 822 graves. Mrs. D. M. Brown, wife of Judge Brown, was probably the nest body buried there December 27, of the same year. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wells parents of J. C. Wells, Jr., of Kerens, and Mose Wells, were interred there August 6, 1873 .

The body of Uncle Wesley Westbrook is also buried at Prairie Point. Mr. Westbrooks is said to have taught the first log house school in that community, which was during the Civil War.

The cemetery was originally laid out in a small grassy plot shaded about with small cedars. About a quarter of a century ago more ground was taken in enlarging the plot considerably. When the cemetery associated was organized the place was cleared of all underbrush, weeds and grass and in its stead more evergreen cedars and flowers were set out and made to grow. A regularly employed caretaker has been in charge of keeping the grounds cleaned since that time. It is one of the best kept and groomed cemeteries in the whole country. Citizens of all east Navarro county take a deep pride and interest in keeping the grounds in a high state of cleanliness and beautification.

Each year the memory of Prairie Point dead is fittingly observed with a community picnic, memorial and prayer services.

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John C. Wells
Dec 16, 1821 - Aug 6, 1873

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL PICNIC AT PRAIRIE POINT FRIDAY

FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED EVENT—BIG BASKET DINNER SERVED

Crowds estimated at 4,000 attended the 17th annual memorial picnic at Prairie Point Thursday. Large representations from Bazette, Chatfield, Roane, Kerens, and other points in the eastern part of the county, including many from Corsicana were present.

Rev. L. C. Howell, pastor of the 11th Avenue Baptist church of Corsicana, delivered the memorial address during the morning. J. C. Wells, of Kerens, and former pioneer resident of Bazette, was general master of ceremonies and directed the activities of the celebration as president of the Prairie Point Cemetery Association.

A big old time basket picnic feast was served at noon. The lunch for the multitudes was spread upon the improvised tables erected about under the giant oaks.

The Kerens Municipal band playing under the auspices of the East Navarro Chamber of Commerce.

In the afternoon precinct and county candidates for office made their assembled about the speaking, platform. All the candidates, except the aspirants for the county judgeship were present and made short campaign speeches, the speeches being along similar lines made at other localities within the county, except that no reference was made by any to the opposition.

For seventeen years the memory of the dead who lie buried in Prairie Point cemetery have been commemorated with a basket picnic and outing. The remains of many pioneers of Navarro county repose there.

Among the first white settlers in the county made pioneer homes in the eastern portion of the county around Bazette, Chatfield and other points near the timbered belts of the Trinity river. Many of the pioneers made settlements as early as the 40’s and early 50’s. among them were the Browns, Westbrooks, Roots, Wells, Albrittons, Banks, Morgans and others. Prairie Point cemetery was set as a community burial ground in the latter 60’s, where many of the first settlers have been buried. Since its institution as a community burial ground when the body of A. J. Morgan was interred there November 22, 1871, there are at the present time 822 graves. Mrs. D. M. Brown, wife of Judge Brown, was probably the nest body buried there December 27, of the same year. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wells parents of J. C. Wells, Jr., of Kerens, and Mose Wells, were interred there August 6, 1873 .

The body of Uncle Wesley Westbrook is also buried at Prairie Point. Mr. Westbrooks is said to have taught the first log house school in that community, which was during the Civil War.

The cemetery was originally laid out in a small grassy plot shaded about with small cedars. About a quarter of a century ago more ground was taken in enlarging the plot considerably. When the cemetery associated was organized the place was cleared of all underbrush, weeds and grass and in its stead more evergreen cedars and flowers were set out and made to grow. A regularly employed caretaker has been in charge of keeping the grounds cleaned since that time. It is one of the best kept and groomed cemeteries in the whole country. Citizens of all east Navarro county take a deep pride and interest in keeping the grounds in a high state of cleanliness and beautification.

Each year the memory of Prairie Point dead is fittingly observed with a community picnic, memorial and prayer services.

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John Wesley Westbrook
Feb. 24, 1832 - Mar. 9, 1904

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL PICNIC AT PRAIRIE POINT FRIDAY

FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED EVENT—BIG BASKET DINNER SERVED

Crowds estimated at 4,000 attended the 17th annual memorial picnic at Prairie Point Thursday. Large representations from Bazette, Chatfield, Roane, Kerens, and other points in the eastern part of the county, including many from Corsicana were present.

Rev. L. C. Howell, pastor of the 11th Avenue Baptist church of Corsicana, delivered the memorial address during the morning. J. C. Wells, of Kerens, and former pioneer resident of Bazette, was general master of ceremonies and directed the activities of the celebration as president of the Prairie Point Cemetery Association.

A big old time basket picnic feast was served at noon. The lunch for the multitudes was spread upon the improvised tables erected about under the giant oaks.

The Kerens Municipal band playing under the auspices of the East Navarro Chamber of Commerce.

In the afternoon precinct and county candidates for office made their assembled about the speaking, platform. All the candidates, except the aspirants for the county judgeship were present and made short campaign speeches, the speeches being along similar lines made at other localities within the county, except that no reference was made by any to the opposition.

For seventeen years the memory of the dead who lie buried in Prairie Point cemetery have been commemorated with a basket picnic and outing. The remains of many pioneers of Navarro county repose there.

Among the first white settlers in the county made pioneer homes in the eastern portion of the county around Bazette, Chatfield and other points near the timbered belts of the Trinity river. Many of the pioneers made settlements as early as the 40’s and early 50’s. among them were the Browns, Westbrooks, Roots, Wells, Albrittons, Banks, Morgans and others. Prairie Point cemetery was set as a community burial ground in the latter 60’s, where many of the first settlers have been buried. Since its institution as a community burial ground when the body of A. J. Morgan was interred there November 22, 1871, there are at the present time 822 graves. Mrs. D. M. Brown, wife of Judge Brown, was probably the nest body buried there December 27, of the same year. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wells parents of J. C. Wells, Jr., of Kerens, and Mose Wells, were interred there August 6, 1873 .

The body of Uncle Wesley Westbrook is also buried at Prairie Point. Mr. Westbrooks is said to have taught the first log house school in that community, which was during the Civil War.

The cemetery was originally laid out in a small grassy plot shaded about with small cedars. About a quarter of a century ago more ground was taken in enlarging the plot considerably. When the cemetery associated was organized the place was cleared of all underbrush, weeds and grass and in its stead more evergreen cedars and flowers were set out and made to grow. A regularly employed caretaker has been in charge of keeping the grounds cleaned since that time. It is one of the best kept and groomed cemeteries in the whole country. Citizens of all east Navarro county take a deep pride and interest in keeping the grounds in a high state of cleanliness and beautification.

Each year the memory of Prairie Point dead is fittingly observed with a community picnic, memorial and prayer services.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, July 21, 1922
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Jane (Cole) Westbrook married June 5, 1860 s/o William Westbrook and Margaret (Agnew) Westbrook
  • (There’s two John Wesley Westbrooks on the cemetery list, I assume this is the one the article speaks of)
  • Prairie Point cemetery

Thomas Smith Bartlett
Oct 01, 1843 Nov 03, 1922

BURIED AT RICE.

Venerable man Was a Former Resident of this County.

T. S. Bartlett, aged 80 years, and a former resident of this county, and a brother of the late J. M. Bartlett of Rice, died at Malakoff yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred this afternoon. The deceased is survived by four children, Tom Bartlett of Malakoff; Jesse Bartlett of Wichita Falls; John Bartlett of Bardwell and Ms. J. E. Drummond of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Nov 4, 1922
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Rice Cemetery, Rice, Navarro Co., TX
  • He was a farmer in Navarro County, and it was said that he
    lived his entire life without leaving Texas. He was on the
    first board of trustees of the First Baptist Church in Rice,
    Texas, established in 1875.

John Anthony Clopton
Jul 4, 1831 - Dec 14, 1922

AGED CITIZEN OF NAVARRO COUNTY DIED THURSDAY

J. A. Clopton, age 91 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. J. McKnight in Hillsboro Thursday, December 14, and was buried the following day with Masonic honors at Rice. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Day, pastor of the Baptist church of that city.

The deceased was born in Virginia moving to Tennessee when yet a young man. Later moving with his family to Texas, arriving at Rice on February 19, 1874, where he lived until the death of his wife. Since the death of his wife he has lived with his daughter, Mrs. A. J. McKnight of Hillsboro, spending a part of his time with his other children and visiting his old home in Tennessee.

The deceased is survived by the following children and a host of relatives and friends: B. M. Clopton of Corsicana, S. W. Clopton of Ennis, T. S. Clopton of Amarillo, Mrs. A. J. McKnight of Hillsboro and Mrs. Lizzie Michael of Fort Worth.

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INFANT Dennis
Died Sep. 1922

RICE NEWS.
(The Rice Rustler)

Baby Died.

The infant baby of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis died Monday morning and was buried at the Rice cemetery Monday afternoon. These young people have the sympathy of the people of Rice.

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Daniel Fletcher Summers
Feb 10, 1880 - Feb 20, 1920

Funeral of D. F. Summers

The funeral of Fletcher Summers, aged 42 years and seven months, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Summers, took place at the home of his father, W. F. Summers near Zion’s Rest at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 11 with Rev. P. E. Cantrell conducting the service. Mr. Summers had suffered for several months with a complete nervous breakdown. Several friends assembled at the home to pay the last tribute of respect and show their sympathy for his grief stricken parents. The remains were interred in the Zion Rest cemetery.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Feb 12, 1920
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Elizabeth Belle (Hulen) Summers; s/o Moses Taylor Summers & Catherine Ann E. “Katy” (Cockrell) Summers

Julia A. (Boaz) Davis
Aug 2, 1843 - May 4, 1920

Will Be Buried Tomorrow.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Julia A. Davis, aged 68 years, who died at the home of her son, G. W. Davis, on North Thirteenth street, north of Post Oak creek, yesterday will take place Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from her son’s home with interment at Zion Rest cemetery.

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Lewis Puckett
abt 1857 - Oct 26, 1922

Died Here Yesterday.

Lewis Puckett, aged sixty-four years, died at the P. and S. hospital at 3 o’clock yesterday morning, and the remains were interred at Zion Rest yesterday afternoon.

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Albert M. Eppler
Jul 1855 - Apr 26, 1929

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR A. M. EPPLER HELD ON SATURDAY

Funeral services for A. M. Eppler, 73, who died at his home on the Chatfield road near Post Oak creek Friday evening at 7 o’clock, were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the residence with burial in the Zion's Rest cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Aron.

Surviving are his wife, five children, and other relatives.

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

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AGED MAN DIED IN EASTERN PART CITY FRIDAY NIGHT

A. M. Eppler, 73, died at his home on the Chatfield road near Post Oak Creek in the eastern portion of Corsicana, Friday night at 7 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the residence Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock with interment in the
Zion's Rest cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, five children and other relatives.

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

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Ethelyn (Allen) McCann
Apr 30, 1918 - Jan 24, 2016

Ethelyn Allen McCann, of Midland, Texas, and formerly of Big Spring, Texas, a charter member of America's greatest generation, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 2016, at Manor Park in Midland, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 in the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring, Texas, with Mike Couch, of First Baptist Church of Big Spring, officiating. The family will receive friends and visitors at the funeral home in Big Spring on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 between the hours of 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Ethelyn was born April 30, 1918, on the family farm in Navarro County, Texas, near Corsicana, to John Patrick Allen and Olivia Bressie Allen. She moved at a young age with her family to Hamlin, Texas, where her father farmed five miles south of town. She subsequently graduated Hamlin High School in 1935 as salutatorian and then left home to attend Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.

Following college, Ethelyn joined her family in Kermit after her father had taken a position in the oil and gas industry with Ralph Lowe. In Kermit, Ethelyn met the only man she ever loved, T. H. McCann, a young man of true grit, uncommon valor and unquestionable integrity, and the two were married in Houston on July 11, 1942. Shortly thereafter, T. H. joined the Army and left for Fort Lewis, Washington, while Ethelyn relocated to Long Beach, CA, to join the war effort by working in the shipyards.

After the war Ethelyn and T. H. made their home in Breckenridge, Texas, where T. H. was the area jobber for Sinclair Oil & Gas products. Then in 1951, the McCanns settled in Big Spring, Texas, where T. H. formed his company distributing petroleum products throughout the Permian Basin to various drilling contractors and agricultural producers as well as other commercial enterprises.
After T. H. passed away suddenly in November 1973, Ethelyn stayed busy with her various investments in oil and gas, real estate and the stock market as well as traveling the world, playing bridge with her many, many friends and staying active in First Baptist Church of Big Spring of which she was a pillar. She cherished every chance she got to spend time with all her grandchildren.

Ethelyn will forever be remembered by all who knew her for her quiet resolve, her kind and gentle spirit, her steadfast Christian character as well as her razor-sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Big Spring for over 60 years having taught Sunday School for almost 50 years and faithfully serving her church in a variety of capacities. As a cook, she was unsurpassed for it was common knowledge that friends and family would run through a brick wall, if necessary, to score a sampling of her chocolate pies, apricot fried pies, and chicken fried steaks.

She is survived by her son Tom McCann and his wife Ann of Austin, Texas, and their three daughters Tara Moore and her husband Tom of Flower Mound, Texas; Ashley Lepine and her husband Mike of Lakeway, Texas; and Raygan Watson and her husband Mike of San Antonio, Texas.

Ethelyn is also survived by her daughter Betty Newman and her husband Terry of Whitney, Texas, and their children Connally Newman and his wife Robin of China Springs, Texas; Laura Rose and her husband Eric of Midland, Texas; and Lisa Firle and her husband Brian of Boulder, Colorado.

Ethleyn is also survived by six great-grandchildren Wiley James Newman, Dash and Cross Lepine, Jake and Libby Moore and Winnie and Charlie Watson. Also surviving are sister-in-law Lynn Haumont of San Diego, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ethelyn was pre-deceased by her husband, T. H., by her parents, a brother, Bud Allen in 1942, a brother Bill Allen of Vista, CA, in 2015, and a sister, Bernice Rubin Cardwell of Midland, in 1996.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Manor Park Younger Center and Home Hospice of Midland for the loving care extended to Ethelyn during her illness. Also thanks to Dr. Raj Patel and Dr. Chau Le for the caring treatment extended to Ethelyn in her final years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Big Spring, Texas, Manor Park, Inc. in Midland or Home Hospice of Midland.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.

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Freddy Mosley
June 5, 1968 - Jan 22, 2016
 

Freddy Mosley, 48, passed away Friday, January 22, 2016 after a lengthy illness in LaJuna, Colorado.

He is survived by his son, Laramie Mosley of Pratte, Kansas; sisters, Judy Smith of Corsicana, Regina Albert of Irving, and Rose Anne Mayfield of Georgia; brothers Sammy Mosley of Midland, and Charles Mosley of Kerens. He is also survived by his aunts Dorothy Smith of Memphis, Tennessee and Ida Mosley of Corsicana, many cousins and a host of loyal friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nanrine Bonner, father Arthur Bonner, and brothers Billy Henderson, and Robert Bell, Jr.

Freddy was a 1986 graduate from Corsicana High School. Freddy was always the one with the biggest smile on his face, wanting to make everyone laugh. Freddy's destiny in life was to make everyone else happy. His passion was the rodeo, horses, barbecuing and being with his family and friends. His Facebook name is Freddy, "Fred Roc" Mosely.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. the Corsicana Cowboy Church, 5864 W. Highway 31, Corsicana, Texas.

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Kiamar Evans
Jan 23, 1984 - Jan 13, 2016

Kiamar Evans, 31, of Corsicana, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 in the Eternal Rest Funeral Home Chapel, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at Greater Wilgo Missionary Baptist Church, 621 E. First Ave., Corsicana, Texas. Arrangements under the direction of Eternal Rest Funeral Home of Ennis, 215 N. Dallas St., Ennis, Texas 972-875-2393.

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Beverly Ann Backes
Sept 15, 1927 - Jan 25, 2016

Beverly Ann Backes, 88, of Kerens passed away on Monday, January 25, 2016 at her residence in Kerens.
Graveside services will be held at 9:30 A.M. on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Dallas Fort-Worth National Cemetery with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.
Corley Funeral Home.
 


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Andy Dobbs
Jan 10, 1971 - Jan 23, 2016

CHS 1990
Navarro College

Andy Dobbs of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born in Stamford, Texas on Jan. 10, 1971 to Carl Don Dobbs and Sheralon Ludecke Dobbs. His family moved to Corsicana around 1975. Andy graduated from Corsicana High School in 1990 and attended Navarro College when he was involved in an accident that injured his spinal cord. When he was able to he went back to Navarro College and received his Associates Degree and then went to the University of Texas at Tyler and received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Andy never let his injury stop him from doing what he loved. He owned his own construction business remodeling homes for handicapped residents with porches and railings inside the home and outside. He enjoyed time with his family hunting and fishing and going to the race track on the weekends. He was a member of the Challenged Sportsman of America and at one point served as President.

Andy is preceded in death by his father Carl Don Dobbs, mother Sheralon Ludecke Lindsey and brother Tommy Dale Dobbs.

He is survived by his brothers; Kenny Don Dobbs of Richland, Carl Daniel Dobbs of Mineola and Tommy Jenkins and wife Carol of Dawson; sister, Tracy Capps and husband Mike of Corsicana; nephews, Daniel and Brandon; nieces, DeLana, Misty, Kandis and BeLinda. Andy is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.

Visitation with his family will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor Jeromy Mink from Purdon Baptist Church officiating.
Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at Spring Creek Cemetery in Avoca, Texas. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Dobbs, Daniel Dobbs, Tommy Jenkins, Mike Capps, Andy Pitz, Shane McCaslin, Chris Laseter, Larry Hoppe and James Moore.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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William "Bill" Watts Pulliam
Jun 29, 1929 - Feb 8, 2016

William "Bill" Watts Pulliam, 86, of Dawson, former long time owner of Navarro Mills Marina passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 in the Corsicana hospital.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Liberty Hill Cemetery with Rev. David Barnum of Grosvenor Baptist Church officiating.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

 

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William “Bill” Watts Pulliam, 86, of Dawson, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016 in a Corsicana hospital. Graveside services will be
1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11 at Liberty Hill Cemetery with Rev. David Barnum of Grosvenor Baptist Church officiating.

Bill was born June 29, 1929 in Bangs to Augustus Evans Pulliam and Anna
(Guyer) Pulliam. He served 22 years in the Army Air Corps and Air Force after enlisting at the age of 16 and served in many locations around the
world including the Philippines, England and Scotland. After having
lived in various cities across the United States, Bill and his wife, Katie moved to the Dawson/Navarro Mills area in 1975 where they owned and operated the Navarro Mills Marina for 27 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Nerene, Bobbie, Augie and Violet and a son, Donnell Pulliam.

Survivors include his wife, Katie (Mayfield) Pulliam of Dawson; three children, Evan Leroy “Lee” Pulliam and wife, Kat of Lawn, Sheryl Bragg and husband, Tom of Dawson and William Pulliam Jr. and wife, Karen of Dawson; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Notes:

  • h/o Katie Lee (Mayfield) Pulliam; s/o Augustus Evans Pulliam & Anna
    (Guyer) Pulliam
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Tina Aleen (Renfro) Estes
Nov 4, 1920 - June 8, 2016

Mrs. Tina Aleen Estes, 95, a resident of Navarro County, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 after a lengthy stay at Twilight Nursing Home.

She was born Tina Aleen Renfro to Ray Ruben Renfro and Bertie Lee
(Baygent) Renfro on Nov. 4, 1920 in Groesbeck.

She will be remembered for her soft spoken and always kindness to everyone.

She was a homemaker, and loved to bake, sew, and mow her yard. In her later years she worked for Home Health Care.

She was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Tina was preceded in death by her husband, Bazil Bradley Estes; two daughters, Janice Carol Gotcher and Hazel Aleen Painter; parents, Roy Ruben and Bertie Lee Renfro; brothers, Melton (Bud) Renfro and Algie Renfro; sisters, Nelly Williamson and Mildred Pritchett.

She is survived by her three sons, Don Estes and wife Lou of Corsicana, Doug Estes and wife Sharena of Bossier City, Louisana and Danny Estes and wife Connie of Corsicana; son-in-law, David Painter of Corsicana; ten grandchildren and a number of great and great-great grandchildren; brother, R. C. Renfro and wife Betty of Longview.

Visitation with family and friends will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randall Evett officiating.

A private family interment will held at a later time in Eureka Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Estes extends our heartfelt gratitude to the staff and management of Twilight Nursing Home for their excellent loving care during her extended stay, and to Mercy Hospice for their loving care of our Mother in her last days.

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Mattie Lee (Hutchins) Rich
Sep 16, 1925 - Jun 3, 2016

Mattie Lee Hutchins Rich, 90, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016 in Corsicana.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1925 to Gus and Olga Aaron Jacobs Hutchins in Tupelo.

Mattie and Calvin Rich, married in Corsicana on Jan. 29, 1944.

Mattie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Glenn and Tommy Hutchins.

She is survived by four children, Mike and his wife Dorothy, Vickie and her husband Joe, Marvin and his wife Sandy and James and his wife Sheryl; grandchildren, Mike Jr., Misty, Michelle and their mother Mary; Marc and his father Joe; John, Zach, Denise and their mother Debbie; David and Andy, and their mother Sheryl; great grandchildren, Aaron, Emari, Maryan, Eli, Avery, Jack, Ella, Calvin, Olivia, and William.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Family visitation will immediately follow in the foyer.

Mattie requested donations may be made to: Black Hills Cemetery Association, 2033 Glenwood Circle, Corsicana, Texas 75110, for which she and Calvin were active members.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Lillian Cole (Jackson) Evans
Sep 8, 1913 - Dec 18, 2010

Lillian Cole Jackson Evans of Richardson was born to Lillian Miles Cole and James Albert Jackson on September 8, 1913, in Powell and passed away on December 18, 2010, at age 97 in Heritage Manor in Plano.

She graduated from Powell and Corsicana schools. She was an accomplished violinist who rode the train from Powell to Dallas to play for events and on the radio. She was the orchestra conductor when she attended Abilene Christian College. She met and married her late husband, Wm T 'Mike' Evans, of 60 years, while living with her sister in Beaumont in 1940. She was a charter member and played in the first violin section of the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra. Mike was transferred to Richardson by Sun Oil in 1970 where Lillian Cole was active in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League until a couple of years ago. She and her husband were supporters of the orchestra, the Dallas Opera, and other arts.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Albert Jackson, Jr, and her sisters Lois (Mrs H B) Williford and Virginia (Mrs C T) Tindel.

She is survived by her daughter, Cole Evans Wright, of Plano and her son, William T (Bill) Evans III, of Plano. She is also survived by grandsons, Robert E Vaughan, and wife, Mary, of Wylie and their daughters, Jenna Janik and husband Ty of Texas City, and Amber Vaughan of Wylie; M Tanner Wright, his wife Jodi, and their son, Morgan Wright of Plano; and Colin H Wright of Galveston. She is also survived by her sister, Jerry (Mrs J T) Gilmore, of McKinney and her brother, Howard Jackson and wife, Joyce, of Powell, and many nieces and nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8PM Tuesday December 21, 2010 at Restland Funeral Home. Service will be at 10AM on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Restland Wildwood Chapel with interment to follow at DFW National Cemetery. The Reverend Lois Cooper officiating. Pallbearers are: Jeff Tindel, Dan Gilmore, John Jackson, Caleb Jackson, Clay Jackson, and Kit Herrington. Music by Jimmy Gilmore, Elizabeth Beilman, and Jodi Crawford Wright. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.

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Jerryldine (Jackson) Gilmore
Jan 26, 1918 - Feb 19, 2011

McKinney, TX
Gilmore, Jerryldine J. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and life-long school teacher passed away peacefully on February 19, 2011. She was born January 26, 1918 to Lillian Cole Jackson and James Albert Jackson in their home near Powell, TX. She and Jack Torrence Gilmore were married December 21, 1941. Jerryldine is survived by children, Jimmy (Elizabeth), Dan (Tracy), Susan (Robert) Mims; grandchildren, Matthew, Rebecca (Jason) Phillips, Carl, Joshua (Jennifer), Kate, Molly, Amy, Daniel Mims, Robyn Mims, Kyle Mims; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Shoup, Caleb Phillips. Memorials may be made to The Dallas Symphony, 2301 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201 or The North Carolina Symphony, 3700 Glenwood Ave, Ste# 130, Raleigh, NC 27612

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  • Dallas Morning News, The (TX) - Monday, February 21, 2011
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams
  • Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX
  • w/o Jack Torrence Gilmore; d/o James Albert Jackson & Lillian Miles (Cole) Jackson

Ethel (Dill) Cates
Mar 17, 1905 - May 16, 1986

Decatur—Ethel Dill Cates, 81, of Decatur, died Friday at AMI Denton Regional Medical Center.

She was born March 17, 1905, in Navarro County and married Charles Allen Cates on 4 June 1940 [Wise Co. Marriages, Bk 12, p548].

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur, where the service will be at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Ed Miller officiating, assisted by the Revs. G.C. Randolph and Raymond Corrigan. Burial will be in Oaklawn cemetery under the direction of Coker Funeral Home in Decatur.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Cody Cates of New Braunfels and Charles Cates Jr. of Decatur; one sister, Margaret Butler of Corsicana; sister-in-law Margie Dill of Corsicana; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Long, Gene Brummell, James Cates, and Bonnie, Allen and Dr. C.M. Cocanougher.
[Obituary extracted from The Wise County Messenger 18 May 1986, as made available on the "Official Wise County TXGenWeb Site"]

 


Robert Marion "Bob" Galaway
Mar 23, 1931 - Nov 1, 2011

Robert "Bob" Galaway, 80, of Anderson passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in Houston.

The family will receive visitors from 6-9pm Thursday at Nobles Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services are set for 10:30am Friday, also at the chapel with the Rev. Henry Sanders officiating.

Interment will follow in the Fairview Richards Cemetery.

Bob was born in Corsicana on March 23, 1931, the son of James and Reba (Lewis) Galaway. He married Elnora Satcher in Houston on June 18, 1955 and loved her for 56 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a lifelong peace officer, working for the Houston Police Department and the Grimes County Sheriff's Office.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Wanda Galaway Sanders.

He is survived by his wife, Elnora of Anderson; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Robert Cejka of Pinehurst, and Debbie and Charlie Pasket of Anderson; grandchildren, Jason and Bonnie Oldham of Waller, Russell Pasket of Anderson, Travis and Diane Pasket of Anderson, and Scott Pasket of Roans Prairie; great-grandchildren, Amber Oldham, Colton Barkley, Cameron Barkley, Hayden Pasket and Braleigh Pasket; 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

Serving as pallbearers are Morris Nichols of Anderson, Mike Pasket of Dobbin, Jason Oldham of Waller, Russell Pasket and Travis Pasket, both of Anderson and Scott Pasket of Roans Prairie.

Honorary pallbearers will be the great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Bob lived to to 80 years, 7 months and 9 days old.


Tula Mae (Wilson) Lewis
Mar 14, 1875 - Aug 29, 1945

Mrs. Lewis Dies Wednesday After Period of Illness

Mrs. Tula Mae Lewis, born March 14, 1875, died at the residence of her daugher, Mrs. Dan P. Meador of Rt. 1, Lufkin, at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon, after a long illness. She was a member of the Methodist church.
The body was taken overland to Corsicana where funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept 1, 1945.
Survivors are: seven sons, E. B. Lewis of Corsicana; J. I. Lewis of Houston, J. O Lewis of Streetman, A. C. Lewis of Orange, H. C. Lewis of el Paso, A. I. Lewis of Fort Worth and J. J. Lewis of Lufkin; nine daughters, Mrs. E. C. Flannigan and Mrs. B. R. Nowell of Corsicana; Mrs. Al. L. Gathright and Mrs. J. R. Lynch of Fort Worth; Mrs. O. W. Knight of Powell, Mrs Dan P. Meador of Lufkin, Mrs. Dave Bryan of Grapevine, Mrs. A. L. Steward of Ardmore, Okla., Mrs. J. R. Galloway of Houston; one brother, Joe Wilson of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Lilla ellis of Corsicana, Mrs. L. J. Curlee of Mart, Mrs. Will Mash of Corsicana and Mrs. Fred Blankinship of Groesbeck.

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Stuart Reeves McAfee
Jul 30, 1947 - May 16, 2015

CHAPEL HILL: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stuart McAfee of Chapel Hill after a brief illness at the young age of 67.

Stuart was born in New York City and was the youngest of three children to Horace J. and Kathryn Gage McAfee and was raised in Irvington, NY. Stuart attended Phillips Academy in Andover, MA and graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA in 1969 (where he played rugby and sang with the Harvard Krokodiloes) and then studied Medicine in Bologna, Italy.

After returning to the USA from Italy, Stuart moved to North Carolina where he worked for Central Carolina Bank, Harris Distributors and SunTrust Mortgage. He retired in 2005.

Stuart had a grand passion for life and living it to the fullest. He loved the beach, the sun, making people laugh, singing whenever there was an opportunity, making people feel welcome and comfortable and traveling whenever and wherever he could. While you may not know Stuart by his name, you most certainly would recognize him by his generous laugh and warm smile. He will be missed dearly by all who had the fortune to come across his path.

Stuart is predeceased by his mother and father and his sister Mary Ann McAfee. He is survived by his brother William Gage McAfee and his wife Linda of Hong Kong, various cousins, nieces and nephews, his friend and former wife, Patty Balltzglier and his beloved cat Cricket.

A memorial service celebrating the fun and fabulous life of Stuart R. McAfee will be held on Saturday, June 20th at 2:00pm at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham, NC.

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Zora Leora (McAfee) King
Sep 21, 1931 - Sep 6, 2012

Zora Leora King, age 80, a resident of Albuquerque, NM passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Zora is survived by her son, Kenneth R. King and his wife, Nancy, her grandchildren, Susan Ellis, James Wright, Ashley Wright, Lindsey King, Kelsey King, Shelby King, Clayton King and Jesse King, her great-grandchildren, her sister, Ruby Cacy and family and her daughters-in-law, Sheila Wright and Robyn King. Zora was preceded in death by her father, Silas E. McAfee, her mother, Zora V. McAfee, her husband of over 50 years, Raymond Marshall King, her son, James Russell King and son, Donald Marshall King. Zora was a long-standing member of the Northeast Heights Church of Christ. Zora loved gardening and traveling. Zora loved to spend time with her family and was a very generous person. Zora enjoyed entertaining and even had her own pilots license. Zora and her husband, Ray, owned and operated the Gibson Discount Centers for over 30 years. Friends and family may visit Zora on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at French-Wyoming location. Services will be held on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum.


Kenneth Emberry McAfee
Aug 27, 1903 - Sep 9, 1986

McAFEE Kenneth E., 83, prominent Oklahoma City attorney and civic leader, died in Rochester, Minnesota on September 9, following a brief illness.

McAfee was the co-founder and senior member of McAfee & Taft, one of the largest law firms in the State of Oklahoma.

Born in Spadra, Arkansas on August 27, 1903, McAfee graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma in 1934, having earned B.S. and LL.B. degrees. He was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi and was a member of Acacia social fraternity. He was admitted to the Oklahoma State Bar in 1934 and became a certified public accountant in 1939. McAfee served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander from 1942-1945.

McAfee was a member of the American Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma County Bar Association. Periodically, he served as an adjunct professor on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Law lecturing in the areas of taxation and estate planning. He was also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.

For many years, McAfee served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Oklahoma Foundation. Listed in Who's Who in America, he was also a member of the Economic Club of Oklahoma, Men's Dinner Club, University of Oklahoma Associates, Touchdown Club, Lions Club and Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

McAfee is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maxine, of Oklahoma City, his daughter, Jaci McAfee Williams, of Norman, his brother, Carl McAfee of Missoula, Montana, his grandson, Mark Kenway Williams, of Norman, his granddaughter, Terri Ann Williams, of Champaign, Illinois, and two great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at All Souls Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the Kenneth E. McAfee Memorial Fund, University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, Oklahoma 73019.

The family will receive friends at the Guardian Midtown Funeral Home, 1133 North Robinson, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12.


Frank Ford Seton, Sr.
Mar 27, 1899 - Dec 28, 1925

FORMER RESIDENT OF CORSICANA DIED IN LEGION MONDAY

REMAINS WILL REACH HERE TODAY AND FUNERAL WILL BE SUNDAY

Frank F. Seton, aged 24 years, Corsicana boy, died Monday at the government hospital at Legion and the remains will reach Corsicana at 5:45 o’clock Wednesday morning. The body will be taken to the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors and later will be taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. R. G. Hodge, 2120 West Collin street. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Vitus Graffeo of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and will be held at the Hodge residence at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Interment will be made in the Prairie Point cemetery near Bazette.

The deceased had been in the William Beaumont Hospital at El Paso for about a year but had gone to Legion.

He is survived by his wife, his father, R. J. Seton, Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. R. G. Hodge and Miss Virginia Seton, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Marie Stephens, Houston; Mrs. H. L. Brian, Dallas; two brothers, R. J. Seton, Houston and W. M. Seton, Hamilton, Kansas.

“Boots” as he was better known to many of his friends, buddies of the World War veterans, and members of the American Legion and D. A. V.

Active pallbearers will be E. H. Powell, Wayne Brown, Hugh Pollard, M. K. Riley, T. J. Brennan and R. J. Hodge.

All members of the American Legion will be honorary pallbearers.

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Died Here Monday.

Frank F. Seton, age about 21 years, died Monday morning at 11:50 at Kerrville, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, several brothers and sisters. A sister, Mrs. R. G. Hodge lives here.

The body will be brought back here for burial which will be in the cemetery just north of Powell. Definite funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Mr. Seton was a war veteran and member of the American Legion.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, December 28, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • WWI Veteran
  • h/o Mary Emily Louise (Gowan) Seton married Mar. 9, 1920; s/o Richard James Seton & Katherine “Kate” (Martin) Seton buried in Calvary Cemetery, Corsicana, Tx.

Helen Doris (Jordan) Breithaupt
Feb 25, 1927 - Apr 15, 2016

Mansfield - Helen Doris Breithaupt, 89, passed away April 15, 2016 surrounded by loving family at Community of Hope.
Helen was born February 25, 1927 in Fort Worth, Texas. She always remained loyal to her Tarrant County roots. She was loved by many and known for her unique one-of-a-kind and fun-loving spirit.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Evelyn Jordan, Husband Erle Breithaupt, Daughter-in-laws Jill and Linda Hopton-Jones.
Helen is survived by her brother Sonny Jordan, first husband Fredrick Charles Hopton-Jones; sons Rick (wife Gay), Ron and Doug (wife Terry) Hopton-Jones, five grandchildren and spouses Ronda and Richard Lane, Leslie and Chris Jones, Jenny and Justin Lackey, Jeff and Brenna Hopton-Jones and Brian and Kelly Hopton-Jones, six great-grandchildren, Raegan, Savannah, Cannon, Elise, Landry and Hadley.

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Alice “Allie” (McAfee) Van Nort
Mar 9, 1864 - Jan 8, 1948

Former Resident Died In Florida

Mrs. Allie Van Nort, former resident of Corsicana, died in Miami, Fla., last night.

The body will arrive in Corsicana Tuesday and funeral services are slated from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Van Nort was an aunt of Mrs. W. M. Wilson and Miss Emma Douglas, both of Corsicana.

Other survivors are a son, Walter Van Nort, a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Mae Manfred, and a grandson, Charles Manfred, all of Miami.

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Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Van Nort

Funeral services for Mrs. Allie Van Nort, former resident of Corsicana, who died in Miami, Florida, Saturday, will b e held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the McCammon Funeral Home Chapel here.

Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk will conduct the rites. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Van Nort was an aunt of Mrs. W. M. Wilson and Miss Emma Douglas, both of Corsicana.

Survivors include a son, Walter Van Nort; a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Mae Manfred; and a grandson, Charles Manfred, all of Miami.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, January 13, 1948 - Submitted by Diane Richards


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Jimmy Frank Plyler
Aug 21, 1924 - Jun 9, 2016

Jimmy's Story

Jim "Jim" Plyer passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016.
He was born on Aug. 21, 1924 in Corsicana to the late W.C. and Evelyn Plyler.
While attending Corsicana High School, he earned four letters in football, three in basketball, and made the all-district football team in 1941.
While attending Lamar Junior College on an athletic scholarship, he was selected for the All-Texas Junior College Conference Team in 1942.
After knee problems prevented him from serving in the armed services, he enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin on an athletic scholarship. He earned three letters in football and one reserve letter in baseball. He played in the Southwest Conference Championship games in the Cotton Bowl in 1943 and in 1945 as Captain of the team.
He earned his B.S. at U.T. Austin, his M.A. at Stephen F. Austin and completed post-graduate work at Texas Eastern and Columbia University.
He began teaching and coaching at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, moved to Lufkin High School, and settled in at Tyler High School in 1951 as a teacher and coach.
He was named Assistant Principal at Robert E Lee High School in 1958, Principal at Moore Junior High in 1961, and Director of Personnel in 1964.
He served as Superintendent of Schools in Tyler ISD from 1969-1979. During these years, Tyler schools were integrated, and the landmark Supreme Court Ruling was issued which guaranteed a free public education for all immigrant children in the U.S.
Jim was a member of and contributed to many professional organizations including Texas State Teachers' Association, National Education Association, Childhood Education Association, Intergovernmental Relations, American Association of School Administrators, Piney Woods Counseling Group, and Phi Delta Kappa.
As an active member of First Presbyterian Church since 1951, he served as Sunday school teacher, deacon, elder, trustee, choir member, and Sunday school superintendent. He coordinated the church food drives each Christmas in order to donate food to the Salvation Army.
Jim served in many civic organizations including YMCA, Child Welfare Board, Smith County Tuberculosis Clinic, United Fund, and the Mental Health Association. He taught AARP Driver Safety Programs and worked in tax preparation for AARP.
He served on committees of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Salvation Army, Tyler Public Library, Jarvis Christian College, Smith County Heart Association, Smith County Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, and the East Texas Fair. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Templar, Sharon Temple Shrine, and Tyler Area Ostomy Association.
In 1981, Jim was elected Chief Appraiser for Smith County Appraisal District to organize the office and records for appraisal of all property in the taxing agencies of Smith County.
He also worked for Tyler Bank and Trust and the Ramey Law Firm.
Jim was the recipient of many awards during his educational career in Tyler.
The Jim Plyler Instructional Complex was named in honor of his contributions to Tyler ISD. He was recognized many times for volunteer service to the community of Tyler for the last 30 years.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Norma Plyler Crawford and husband Robert,
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty Brown Plyler; daughter Dr. Ann Plyler Poore and husband Thomas Poore of Garland; son John Plyler and wife Suzanne of Austin; grandchildren James Plyler, Anthony Plyler, and Liliana Plyler of Austin; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2016. at Stewart Family Funeral Home
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church for Jimmy (Jim) Plyler, with Dr. Stuart Baskin officiating.
Private burial will be under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Memorials in honor of Jim Plyler may be made to the TISD Foundation, 807 Glenwood Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701, First Presbyterian Church, 807 W. Rusk St., Tyler, TX 75701 or the charity of your choice.

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Thomas Edward "Tom" Jordan
Nov 6, 1931 - Jun 9, 2016

 
Thomas' Story

Thomas "Tom" Edward Jordan, 84, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at his home in Elkins Lake, Huntsville.
He was born on Nov. 6, 1931 in Blooming Grove to Elmo Abbott and Lela Gillen Jordan.
He married Mildred Faye McMullan on Aug. 19, 1955 and celebrated 60 years of marriage and she survives.
Tom and Faye had two children, Anne and Randy that preceded him in death.
Tom was a career educator, coach and athletic director. He coached in Center, Athens, Brownsboro, Raymondville, Donna, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Pasadena.
While coaching he served on the Board of Directors of Texas High School Coaches Association and co-founded the Rio Grande Valley Coaches Association serving as President.
Upon retirement, Tom and Faye made Elkins Lake their home where he served on the Board of Directors of Elkins Lake, President of the Men's Golf Association, and member of the First United Methodist Church.
Tom was an avid golf and organized many golf trips with friends and played cards as often as he could.
He was a devout SFA Lumberjack and enjoyed wearing his purple to Huntsville events.
Tom adored his daughter and granddaughters and enjoyed telling people that he was now "great" once the great grandchildren were born.
He is also survived by his daughter, Donna and husband Tony Garcia; granddaughters Melissa and husband Cory Webb, and Katie and husband Andrew Showell; great grandchildren Ryan and Elly, and sister Joan and husband Bug Paschal.
The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at First United Methodist Church of Huntsville. Reverend Mark Pickett will be officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of First United Methodist Church at 1016 Sam Houston Avenue, Huntsville, TX 77320.

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Mica William Stroder
Nov 6, 1960 - Jun 20, 2016

Mica's Story

Mica William Stroder, 56, of Emmett passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 20, 2016 in Illinois.
Mica was born on Nov. 9, 1960 in Laurel, Mississippi.
He was a hardworking, passionate entrepreneur and was always happy inventing and working with his hands.
He loved God, his country and his family.
In honor of his life a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2016 at the Church in Emmett.
All are welcome to attend.

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Lois Darlene (Riley) Barham
Jan 24, 1933 - July 9, 2016

Darlene Barham, 83, of Blooming Grove passed away July 9, 2016 at her residence. She was born in Kaufman County to Joseph Andrew Riley and Ada Pearl Kincaid Riley on January 24,1933. She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hershel and daughter, Betty Sue Barham. She is survived by her daughters, Donna Redman and Patti Hernandez; grandchildren, Jodie Christian and husband Tim of Blooming Grove and Joshua Berry of Pursley; great grandchildren, Cain Brown and wife Dixie, Lindsey Tucker and Cacey, Scott Tucker, Gavin Tucker, Kian, Finley, Ramzey, Noah, Jacob and Christian; great great grandchildren, Rylie, Mckelti Ruth and Tarrant.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 13th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be 10:00 am Thursday, July 14th at Rosehill Cemetery.

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Raymond Hershel Barham; d/o Joseph Andrew Riley [bur at Oakwood cem] & Ada Pearl (Kincaid) Riley

David Roy Goodwin
Feb 28, 1929 - Jun 14, 2016

David Roy Goodwin, 87, passed away June 14, 2016. He was born in Brownsville, Texas on February 28, 1929 to James and Effie Goodwin.

David worked for the U.S. Post Office for 10 years. He married Joy Goff on August 22, 1975 and they lived in Grand Prairie, Texas until 2014. He was very proud of his Native American Indian heritage and taught Indian culture at the local elementary schools as a volunteer. David was a wonderful story teller who never met a stranger. He enjoyed Indian bead work and cooking. While serving our country in the U.S. Army he attended cooking and baking school. David was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife Joy Goodwin, children: David Elroy Goodwin, David Goodwin III; step-son James Goff and his wife, Rosemarie, sister Nola Bayes and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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Allene Fields
Oct 10, 1913 - Jun 22, 1925

FROST NEWS
(Frost Enterprise)

Aline Fields Died Monday

Aline Fields, aged 12 years, the daughter of Marvin Fields, who resides near Emmett, died Monday following a case of typhoid fever. Only a short time ago she had undergone an operation for appendicitis and had not fully recovered when typhoid developed from which she died.

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George Thompson Dicus
Feb 16, 1851 - Jan 22, 1918

FROST.
(From the Star.)

G. T. Dicus, an old and highly respected citizen of this community, died Tuesday night after a short illness. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Bennett conducting the services. The deceased left a wife and son.

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Mark Lowery Downey
Feb 28, 1869 - Jan 8, 1921

Died At Frost.

M. L. Downey, aged 52 years, and afor a number of years a well known gin man at Frost, died there Saturday night, and the funeral took place there yesterday afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife and several children.

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