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Jimmy Lee Richardson
Feb 12, 1948 - Mar 11, 2016

Mr. Jimmy Lee Richardson, 68, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016. He was born on Feb. 12, 1948 in Corsicana to Hughie Norman and Ruby Oma Richardson.

He served in the United States Army, performing two tours in Vietnam.  After wards, he joined the National Guard and finally, the Air Force Reserves. He worked for the Veteran Affairs for many years until his retirement.

He was always generous, fun loving, and was liked by everyone he met.  His sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother Donald Richardson.

He is survived by his brothers, Hughie Earl Richardson of Richland, and Rick Richardson and wife, Sherri of Corsicana; his sister-in-law, Glenda Gentry of Robinson; and his niece, Donna Collins as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

Visitation will the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Justin Colquette officiating.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pall bearers will be his friends and family. The family requests that donations be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3366 of Corsicana.

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Barbara Jo (Schulte) Wrinkle
Jan 1, 1937 - Mar 6, 2016
 

Mrs. Barbara Jo Wrinkle, 79, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Wesley Woods Nursing Center in Waco.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1937 in Hubbard to parents Joe and Nadine Schulte.

She grew up on "the farm" along with three sisters. They would attend school together, come home and go straight to the fields to chop or pick cotton. She graduated from Bynum High School.

She was married to the love of her life, Alvin Wrinkle on Oct. 22, 1955.
They were married 57 years until he preceded her in death in 2013.
Together they raised three children to love the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Carole Clay.

She was a faithful Christian who loved her Lord. She loved attending worship services with her brothers and sisters in Christ, singing praises to the Lord and reading and studying her Bible daily.

She is survived by a son, Joe Wrinkle and wife Angela of Garland; daughters, Belinda Acock and husband Billy of China Spring and Brenda Zimmerman and husband Steve of China Spring; granddaughters, Mindi Comeaux and husband Adam of Wylie, Deanna Spooner and husband Steven of Bosqueville, Erin Wrinkle of Los Angeles, California, grandsons Eric Wrinkle of Denton, Jace and Josh Stark of China Spring; great grandchildren, Faith, Reagan, Eden and Emma Comeaux of Wylie, Alexis, Ayden and Austin Ybarra of Bosqueville; sisters, Dollie Ander of Houston and Sandra Perryman of Purdon.
Visitation with the family will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Mr. Nathan Burrow officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.

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Luther Carroll Boswell, Jr.
Dec 18, 1924 - Mar 7, 2016

Luther Carroll Boswell went to be with the Lord on March 7, 2016. He was born on December 18, 1924 to L.C. and Hallie Boswell in Barry, Texas.

He will be greatly missed as he was one of the most giving people to others. He truly lived a wonderful and blessed life. He is resting in peace now with his Lord.

He served in the United States Air Force in World War II. After the was he married his high school sweetheart, Jackie Weaver on December 5, 1945. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1949. He worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Harlingen, Raymonville, Floresville, Frost and Corsicana until his retirement in 1980. In addition to his full time job, he also ran the family farm and ranch.

He was a member and deacon of the Barry Baptist Church. He was also an active member of the Barry Masonic Lodge, a member of the Scottish Rite and Karem Temple and the Corsicana Lions Club.
He had a deep love for his family, his church and serving others. He will be missed by many.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jackie of 68 years, brother Kimes Boswell, sister Lavoyce McCurdy and son in law John Phillips.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Phillips; son and daughter in law, Larry and Kim Boswell; grandchildren, Brian and Carrie Phillips, David and Hanna Phillips, Mylea and Bryan Mitchell, Lara and Johnny Pattison; 10 great grandchildren, Brody, Hallie, Braden, Kenzie, Blake and Lanna Phillips, Sadie and Kade Mitchell, Rylie and Landry Pattison.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

Many thanks goes to the staff of Brookdale Senior Living. Your care, compassion and love went beyond anything we could have asked for. May you all be blessed for the home and genuine love you proved for seniors.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Service will be at 10 a.m. am Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brian Phillips, David Phillips, Bryan Mitchell, Johnny Pattison, Victor Howell, Robert Parrish and James Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Corsicana Lions Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Barry Baptist Church; Corsicana Lions Club 323 N. Commerce, Corsicana, TX 75110; Scottish Rite Children Hospitalwww.shrinershospitals.org/donate

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Sandra Ruth (Minor) Palmer
Feb 8, 1935 - Mar 16, 2016

Mrs. Sandra Minor Palmer, 81, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Twilight Nursing Home.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1935 in Fairfield to Douglas and Grace McCeig Minor.

She attended school in Corsicana. She worked for J.C. Penney's, Joann Formby Accountant then with Blackwell and Barnebee accounting firm, retiring in 2007.

She was a member of Northside and Westside Baptist Churches. She was an active member of the Kinsloe House serving in many leadership capacities. She was an officer of every position in the local American Business Women's Association. Her time spent in giving tours of Temple Bethel was a delight she readily remembers each tour group big or small, they received the same address she had of dates, details of the building and those whose lives built the Temple.

She was preceded in death by husband, Frank Palmer; children, Dickie Palmer, Linda Palmer Huddleson, Donald Palmer and Carolyn Carter Brown; granddaughter, Jennifer Price; parents, Douglas and Grace Minor; and a brother, Douglas Minor.

She is survived by her sons, Ron Carter and wife Rhonda and their children Zeb and Tori of College Station and Larry Carter and his children, Brittney and Nick Carter of Corsicana; daughter, Becky Long and husband Larry and their children Brian Long and his son Jeremy of Streetman and Stacy Long Gallegos and husband Albert and their daughters, Abigail and Ava of Fairfield; son-in-law, Earl Brown and children, Dustin Clay and his daughter Carter and Lori Clay and her sons, Nathan, Hayden, and Krouper of Ft. Worth; son, Dennis Palmer and wife Janice and their children Dillon and Jordan Palmer of Collinsville; granddaughter, Dana Satterwhite and husband Roger and their children, Lindsey and Logan of Ennis; and a great granddaughter, McKenzie Price of Whiteville, North Carolina.

She was also blessed by her devoted friends, Beverly Hale, Doris Long, and cousin Jimmye Ward and husband Ernest. They were her angels that had been there for her for the last nine years, encouraging her through her cancer journey and her fighting back and winning. Also the local Relay for Life in their support to her as a cancer survivor.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Otis Conner officiating.

Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Twilight Nursing Home for the care and love shown during the time she was a resident, and also her team of doctors and nurses that cared for her.

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Larry Dwaine Hubbard, Sr.
Aug 19, 1957 - Feb 20, 2016

Larry Dwaine Hubbard, Sr., 58, of Tacoma Washington, former resident of Corsicana; passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Wake services are from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 at the Harmony Baptist Church, 411 East 12th Ave.

Funeral services will begin at Noon on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at the Harmony Baptist Church with Bishop John Baker and Minister Jimmy Grayson officiating.

Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Bobbie D. Jackson
abt 1951 - Mar 11, 2016

Minister Bobbie D. Jackson, 64, of Corsicana, TX., passed on Friday, March 11,2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church, 400 S. 15th St. with Pastor David E. Wilson officiating.

Interment will follow at the Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Theo Ann (Story) Andrews
Aug 14, 1922 - Mar 10, 2016

Mrs. Norman (Theo) Andrews went to join the love of her life on the morning of Thursday, March 10, 2016.
She was born on Aug. 14, 1922 in Angus. Theo grew up South of Corsicana with her parents, Seth L. Story and Jessie May Tilton Story, and her older sister, Frances Adelaide Story Fredrichsen on the family farm.
In her early school years, Theo enjoyed sports and dancing, and spent time as Vice-President of her class. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1939, after which she began her studies at North Texas State Teachers College in Denton. Theo's first job after graduating from NTSTC in 1943 was with the State Department of Public Welfare, and she later held a "permanent substitute" position with the Houston Post Office as many workers were supporting the war effort.

The love of Theo's life was her high school sweetheart and husband of 55 years, Norman "Andy" Andrews. Theo and Norman met while attending school in Corsicana, and were married on Dec. 20, 1945, four days after his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army where he served with commendations in World War II, Pacific Theatre. Shortly after being married, Theo and Norman moved to Houston where Norman began his career supplying the oil industry.

With a brief amount of time in Mississippi, Theo and Norman returned to Texas and spent the bulk of their working years in Kilgore, where Norman was a traveling representative for Harbison Fisher Manufacturing Co., and Theo was a Bookkeeping Supervisor at Kilgore National Bank.

Without children of their own, Theo and Norman helped raise Linda, their niece, and treated her children as their grandchildren.

In Kilgore, Theo and Norman spent virtually all of their free time together, traveling to visit family and friends, playing card games with friends, traveling to golf tournaments, and making frequent trips to Bossier City and Las Vegas.

After retirement, Theo and Norman moved home to Corsicana to be close to the Andrews family. Theo's family was grateful to the Andrews family for the love and support they gave to Theo after Norman's death in 2000.

Theo spent her entire life as a faithful Roman Catholic. She was Godmother to her great niece, Jennifer, and Confirmation sponsor to her great nephew, Jimmy. After retirement, Theo volunteered with several ministries at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, including the counting of the weekly collections and delivering of meals.

Due to declining health, Theo's family moved her to the Fort Worth area in 2014.

Theo is preceded in death by her parents; her sister Frances; her loving husband Norman, and niece, Linda Fredrichsen Griffith.

Theo is survived by her nephew-in-law Cliff Griffith; her great nephew, Jimmy Griffith, his wife, Carmen, their children Jenna and Trey; Theo's great niece, Jennifer Mezei, her husband Alan, and their children Melia and Maddox; special cousin Linda Roberson, friend Kay Collman, and a host of Andrews relatives.

Rosary will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016.

The Funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m. with Father Marco Rangel officiating, followed by a procession to Resthaven Memorial Park where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

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Doris Augusta (Underwood) Gillen
Aug 26, 1922 - Mar 19, 2016

Doris Augusta Underwood Gillen was born in the very small, central Texas town of Aquilla on Aug. 26, 1922 to Eva Lou Hill and J.K. Underwood and died in Tyler on March 19, 2016.

Doris was a proud descendant of Bailey Anderson Jr., a Republic of Texas patriot. Growing up during the Depression, with few resources, molded the compassionate woman she became.
Doris had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and reading, allowing her to graduate high school at age 16. One of her greatest dreams was fulfilled when she graduated from Baylor University.

Although she worked two jobs to pay her tuition, she enjoyed a rich college experience making lifelong friends. Doris remained a faithful follower and a devoted fan of everything having to do with Baylor University.

With the advent of World War II, she received an emergency teaching certificate and moved to Emhouse, a small town near Waco, to begin her teaching career. It was there that she met Blake Gillen, her husband and life partner for almost 50 years. His larger than life personality, united with her intelligence and strong will, made them an incredible team.

Because of their abiding Christian faith, they served their communities through Baptist churches in Blooming Grove, Hubbard, Waco, Corpus Christi, Austin, and Corsicana. After her husband's death in 1990, she was an active member of Green Acres Baptist in Tyler and Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio.

Doris taught Sunday School in each church, loving and nurturing "her women" in every way. She fought injustice and helped the lonely and needy in her communities.

One of her greatest achievements was serving on the school board in Corsicana where she marshaled desegregation of the schools and created a plan to combine the two middle schools. She remained steadfast in her beliefs that all men are created equal and are children of God.

She founded two preschools, led countless civic and church committees, and organized a group of women to save the historic Temple Beth El, an abandoned Jewish temple in Corsicana which had been set for demolition. It still stands today and can be seen as you pass through town.

Her three children were the joy of her life, and she was happiest when she was with them. They are Gay Gillen of Austin, Jim and Carye Gillen of Tyler, and Brian and Mary Gillen Burch of San Antonio; as well as her five grandsons Blake and Brianna Gillen, Drew and Lindsay Gillen, Ben Burch, Sam and Charly Burch, and Gillen Burch, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Doris cherished her countless friends. She had a kind word for everyone, and her smile light up any room. By sharing her happiness with us, she inspired us to share our happiness with others.

There will be a private family burial on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Resthaven Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

We will celebrate her life at a Memorial Service beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23 at Green Acres Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. David Dykes and Rev. Blake Gillen officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Parlor.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Doris Gillen Endowed Law School Scholarship Fund (Baylor University, Office of Development - One Bear Place, #97050 Waco, TX 76798) or Hospice of East Texas (4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701).

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  • also the Austin American-Statesman - March 21, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o James Blake Gillen; d/o James K. Underwood & Eva Lou (Hill) Underwood

Dwight Herman Bryant
Nov 6, 1961 - Apr 3, 2016

Dwight Herman Byrant, 54, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, April 3,
2016 at his residence.

Visitation will be held from Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2016 at Scott Funeral Home.

Funeral Services begin at Noon Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Powell.

Interment will follow at Elm Flat Cemetery in Powell.

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Mary Bird (Moore) Beamon
Nov 3, 1926 - Apr 8, 2016

Mary Bird Moore Beamon, 89, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1926 in Corsicana to Virgil Erskine Moore and Clara Cecil Monroe Moore.

After graduation from high school she attended Abilene Christian University from 1946 to 1947.

She married Jessie Lee Beamon on May 17, 1947 in Corsicana and they made their home here. She worked for the telephone company as an operator, she was secretary at the Church of Christ Bible Chair at Navarro College and worked as administrator at the Twilight Nursing Home which she was most proud of.
Mary was also a member of the Westhill Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings; Jerome Roxburgh, Virgil E. Moore Jr., Edgar Lee Ward Jr., George Richard "Buddy" Ward, James Douglas Ward and Robert Earl "Bobby" Ward, and her husband of 42 years Jessie Lee Beamon.

Mary is survived by her children; Jesse Lee Beamon Jr. and wife Mary of Mountain Grove, Missouri, Paul Douglas Beamon and wife Sharon of Frederick,Maryland, John Randall Beamon and wife Christy of Temple and David Brian Beamon and wife Christie of Corsicana.

Grandchildren; Doug Beamon, Jay Beamon, Julie Poyner, Amy Beamon, Jael Hastings, Shelby Beamon, Blake Beamon, Laura Lovett, Faith Beamon, Jessie Leigh Schisler, Tyler Jordan Schisler and 15 great grandchildren.
She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Visitation with her family was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 11,
2016 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Ferman Carpenter and Sam Dilbeck officiating.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park with Doug Beamon, Shelby Beamon, Blake Beamon, V.E. Moore III, Dan Gibson and David Mahoney serving as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Westhill Church of Christ Benevolence Program or a charity of your choice.

In her arrangements written for her family was "Lay me next to Jessie - Love of my Life".

Arrangement by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Kay Beth (McNeel) Andrews
Feb 24, 1936 - Apr 9, 2016

Mrs. Kay Beth Andrews, 80, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Trisun Care Center.

She was born on Feb. 24, 1936 in Emhouse to Arthur and Edna (Carroll) McNeel.

Kay was a sweet, sweet woman with a great smile and a wonderful personality. She was a professional woman who served as the executive director of the Navarro County Association of Retarded Citizens (NCARC).
This led to her being the director, head coach and one of the founders of Corsicana Special Olympics. She spent over three decades volunteering and serving the "mentally challenged" children of Navarro County.

She also helped run her husband's construction company for more than 40 years. Later in life, she worked behind the counter at Reid's and then P & S Pharmacy.

She was a long-time member of Northside Baptist Church.

Kay was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James Carl "Jimmy"
Andrews; parents, Arthur and Edna McNeel and her sisters, Eva Bobalik and Carole Mahon.

She is survived by her sons, Tony Andrews and wife Leann, Steve Andrews, Scott Andrews and wife Teri; daughters, Carla Bland and husband Dino, and Jill Andrews; grandchildren, James Andrews II, Chrissy Andrews, Justin Andrews, Joey Andrews, Jennifer Andrews, Cody Bland, Adam Bland, Katy Andrews, Alison Andrews and Brendan Andrews; great-grandchildren, Easton Andrews and Alvin Bland; sister, Linda Caton and husband Buddy.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.

Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be James Andrews, II, Cody Bland, Adam Bland, Joey Andrews, Brendan Andrews, Mike Rene and Bob McDonald.

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Joy Lovell (Shawhart) Goff-Goodwin
Aug 22, 1922 - Aug 30, 2016

Joy Lovell Goodwin, 94, passed away August 30, 2016. She was born August 22, 1922 to Tom and Mary Shawhart.  Joy loved to send birthday cards to family and friends. She never forgot a birthday or special occasion. Joy learned to quilt from her mother. She loved to travel in her camper and her favourite place was Colorado. She is preceded in death by her husband, David Roy Goodwin; her daughter, Janet Erwin; her parents; two sisters, Lola Shockley and Eva Curtis. Joy is survived by her son, James Goff and wife Rose Marie; 5 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren and one on the way;
5 nieces and 2 nephews.

Visitation: 6 pm to 8 pm, Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home in Grand Prairie.

Graveside Service: 2 pm, Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, TX

Aletha Elizabeth (McAfee) Frost-Brandon
Nov 26, 1911 - Oct 11, 1978

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MRS. ALETHA E. BRANDON, 66, 2104 Carleton, passed away Wednesday. Survivors: Sons, Ronald and William Frost; brother, H. D. McAfee; sisters, Mrs. Grace Parry, Mrs. Vivian Ferguson; one grandchild; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Friends may call at Ray Crowder Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday. Memorial services Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.. Corley Funeral Home Corsicana. Arrangements, Ray Crowder, 220 Hemphill. 235 335-1213

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Clark Lewis Sanford
Sept 4, 1936 - Apr 5, 2016

Mr. Clark Lewis Sanford, 79, of Carthage passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Clark was born Sept. 4, 1936 in Fannin County, to Samuel H. and Martha Dee Starnes Sanford.

Clark was raised and schooled in Fannin County and graduated from Bonham High School with the class of 1954. He married Sallye Ann Dodson on May 31, 1958 and together they celebrated 57 years.

Clark owned the Otasco Store in Corsicana for 22 years and later worked for Home Depot for 27 years. He loved bowling, gardening and working outdoors.

Clark is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Bill, Marvin and J.T. Sanford.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sallye Sanford of Carthage; children, Pamela Rogers and husband Criss of Carthage, Rory Sanford of Plano, Tanya Davidson and husband Michael of Carthage; grandchildren, Melinda Monfort and husband Jimmy, Amber Dunlap, Matthew Sanford; great grandchildren, Zachary Dunlap, Aubrey Dunlap, Alliahna Gilstrap, Landen Monfort, Peyton Monfort; brother, Bob Sanford and wife Betty of Mulberry; numerous nieces, nephews, a host of friends and his special dog, Tutts.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at the funeral home.

Funeral services Mr. Clark Sanford, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Hawthorn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Jackson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Restland Park Cemetery under the direction of Hawthorn Funeral Home.  Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy Monfort, Michael Davidson, Criss Rogers, Matthew Sanford, Zachary Dunlap and Mark Roy. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Cockerham, Roger Bond, Lynn Dodson and Tom Dodson.

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Lucy Ann (Judd) Skonetski
Aug 24, 1934 - Apr 5, 2016

Lucy Ann (Judd) Skonetski, 81, of Dawson, passed away at her home Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 219 W. Magnolia in Penelope, with interment to follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery near Penelope.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind, it is what you leave behind you when you go.

On April 5, 2016, Lucy Skonetski left behind a legacy of love and devotion to her husband of 61 years, Alvin Skonetski.

To her surviving children – Steve, Gladys, Gene, Linda, Veronica, Anita, Arthur and Frank – she left a legacy of examples of being a supportive wife, cooking philosophies such as “if you cook it, they will come” but mostly the example of listening with an open heart.

To her sons and daughters-in-law – Sue Skonetski, Paul Sandouk, Sharon Skonetski, Scott Jones, John Pettus, David Poynor, Shelly Allen – she left a legacy of unconditional acceptance into the family and a respect for the new families they would be creating with her children.

She leaves loving memories to her 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

To all that knew her, she left a legacy of laughter, quick wit, memories of good conversations, tender hands and heart for the sick that she ministered to and prayed for, a humble heart for giving to her church, and a fierce devotion to her Lord.

Services to celebrate Lucy’s spirit will be held Saturday, April 9th at
10:00 a.m. at Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 219 W.
Magnolia, Penelope, TX 76676

Visitation services will be Friday, April 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wade Funeral Home, 201 W. Third, Hubbard, TX 76648.

In lieu of flowers, donations for Lucy Skonetski's funeral expenses may be sent to the attention of Mary Ann Dvorak at 219 W. Magnolia, Penelope, TX 76676.

 

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James Dow "Buster" Hayes
Oct 26, 1933 - Apr 6, 2016

James Dow "Buster" Hayes, 82, passed away April 6, 2016 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Glenn officiating.

Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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James Dow "Buster" Hayes left to embark on his trip to Heaven on April 6, 2016. James was born October 26, 1933 in Richland, Texas to Ora Lee and Auty Hayes. James grew up in the Richland & Pisgah Ridge area of Navarro County. He loved sharing his stories from childhood "on the Ridge & out in Richland." James was known by many for his years of service at Lee School in Corsicana and from his years at HEB. He never met a stranger, because everyone around town seemed to already know him.
He loved his Blue Bell ice cream, and got to enjoy that sweet treat until his last day on this earth, he was sure that anything that sweet of a treat, had to be a gift from above.
James was a strong Christian man and led everyday by example. He was a longtime member of the Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana, and most recently Kerens Church of Christ.
James Dow "Buster" Hayes was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother, Auty Lee Hayes. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Sylvia Hayes. They are now happily reunited in Heaven, celebrating with the angels.
James Dow "Buster" Hayes is survived by and will be greatly missed by his daughters, Charlotte and James Biddy of Kerens, Teresa Young of Purdon and her fiance Jim McDowell of Blooming Grove, and Libby and Kyle Layfield of Kerens. James' four grandchildren held a special bond with their "Papaw", and will miss him tremendously; Kristen Biddy from Kerens, Kaylon Young of Corsicana, Alexander Layfield of Kerens and Lauren Layfield of Kerens.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will follow at 11:00 am Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Glenn from Kerens Church of Christ will be officiating. Pallbearers will be James Biddy, Jim McDowell, Kyle Layfield, Alex Layfield, Sonny Hayes and Eddie Jones.
Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Dennis McWayne Dunn
Dec 28, 1949 - Apr 16, 2016

Mr. Dennis M. Dunn, 66, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at his residence in Corsicana.
He was born on Dec. 28, 1949 in Waco, to William Boyd and Betty Marie Dunn.  Dennis Dunn, beloved husband, father, and grandfather went to be with the lord after a long, on-going battle with heart disease. A consummate family man, Dennis placed his priority on providing for those that he loved.  As a lifetime fixture in the grocery industry, many will remember him from the years that he spent greeting customers and sharing stories from behind the counter at Douglas Food Store in Corsicana where he never met a stranger.
Dennis was an extremely intellectual man who loved to spend time reading and researching topics that drew his interest. He could hold conversation with anyone from any walk of life whether they were discussing music, history, sports, or business.

Words can't express the love that he had for his wife and family.  He spent any time that he had with them and especially enjoyed weekend getaways to Louisiana with his wife, Debbie.  He was known to make three hour round trips to watch his grandson play baseball no matter what day of the week it was and no matter how late it meant him getting home. He would never complain about being sick, and up until his final days he was more concerned with the well being of those who came to visit him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Betty Dunn; brothers, Greg and Mike Dunn; and a sister, Beverly Dunn.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Dunn of Corsicana; sons, Matt Dunn and wife Tina of Rice and Chris Dunn and wife Christy of Fort Worth; grandsons, Jacob Jones of Rice and Boston Dunn of Fort Worth; brother, Ricky Dunn of Bullhead City, Arizona; sisters-in-law, Lorena Dunn and Sandra Dunn of Fort Worth; brother-in-law, Neil Russell and wife Bonnie of Weatherford; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Hudspeth officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Scott Robinson, Damien Wharton, David Hobbs, Adam Calame, Darrell Thompson, and Brandon Flaherty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
1615 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207.

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Larry Flynn
Jan 6, 1949 - Apr 1, 2016
 

Larry Flynn, 67, of Wortham, TX passed away at his home Friday, April 1, 2016. He was born Jan. 6, 1949 in Corsicana to William Robert and Edna (Bolen) Flynn.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents.

Larry is survived by his daughters, Lori Leger and husband Steven of Kirvin; Lisa Shirley Pownall and her husband Danny of Corsicana; Angel Flynn of Corsicana; step children, Jeff Kuykendall and wife Sarah of Corsicana; Charlotte Kuykendall and fiancé Chris Gowan of Corsicana; God son, Jordan Burleson and wife Heather of Corsicana; a sister, Donna Ybarra of Lorena; a brother, Don Bolen and wife Polly; grandchildren, Robby Leger, Sunny Leger, Alcia Andrews and husband Brandon, Charles Shirley, Daniel Pownall, Jr., Valeria Pownall; great grandchildren, Aubrei Leger, Gage, Grayson and Gavin Andrews, Kaitlyn and Abagail Shirley, Daniel Pownall III, MacKenzie and Jaydin Perry.

A Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Corsicana American Legion Post, 632 N. Beaton St. with Rev Don Vail officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Steven Leger, Robby Leger, Jordon Burleson, Paul Flanagan, Terry Farmer, Jason Brown, Jackee Grace, Gene Grace, Jeff Kuykendall, Richard Emmons and Randy Turner.

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Norman Richard "Jersey" Raike
Sep 6, 1962 - Mar 20, 2016

Norman "Jersey" Raike, 53, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at Noon Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Family Life Church, 1904 N. Beaton St. with former Pastor and family friend Michael Johnson and current Pastor, Daryl Cleveland Officiating.

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Daun (Fletcher) Wilson
Sept 4, 1944 - Apr 15, 2016
 

Daun Wilson of Corsicana passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the age of 71.
She was born in Dallas to Leon Fletcher and Merinelle Clark Fletcher on Sept. 4, 1944.
Daun married Tom Wilson on March 3, 1962 in Waco.
Shopping and playing all kinds of games were Daun's hobbies. She loved to travel especially going on cruises. But what Daun truly loved was her family and friends. What you saw is what you got and she loved conversation, visiting with friends and family.
Daun also had a love for animals, especially dogs. She was Baptist by faith and a member of Northside Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father Leon Fletcher.
Daun is survived by her husband of 54 years Tom Wilson of Corsicana. Children; Mark Wilson of McAllen and Julie Wyatt of Lubbock. Four grandchildren; Whitley Wyatt, Will Wyatt, Shelby Wilson and Seth Wilson. Her mother Merinelle Fletcher of Corsicana and one brother, Scott Fletcher of Corsicana.
She is also survived by a brother and sister by heart Milton and Libby Lightsey of College Station and a daughter by heart Linda Herrington. Daun is also survived by numerous friends that are too many to list.
Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016. A memorial service followed at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.
For those wishing to make memorial donations they can be made to the Humane Society of Navarro County or to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


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Helen (Neeley) Reed
Oct 28, 1932 - Apr 13, 2016

Helen Reed of Mesquite passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 after a brief illness.

Helen was born on Oct. 28, 1932 in Navarro County, but had lived in the Dallas-Mesquite area since 1958. She grew up in Richland and Pisgah Ridge.

Sewing was one of her many talents and she made everything from auto seat covers to costumes and drapes. She retired after many years as a bookkeeper with The Oatey Company. During her retirement, she enjoyed countless bingo, card and board games with her friends at Evergreen in Mesquite.

Helen was an avid Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks fan.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Nody Levi Neeley and Celia May Farmer Neeley, two brothers, Bill Neeley and Bobby Neeley and a sister Bettye Thomas.

She is survived by a daughter, Zoeanne Bartlett; two sisters-in-laws, Wanda Neeley and Becky Neeley; a nephew, Russell Neeley and wife Sherri; two nieces, Rebecca Neeley and Laura Sanders and husband John; great niece Cristina Neeley; great nephews Ryan Neeley, Brandon Youngblood, Max Youngblood, John Sanders IV, Griffin Fraser and Patrick Fraser, as well as many dear friends and neighbors.
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at Younger Cemetery.

Remembrances may be made to a favorite charity, with preference to military and first responder organizations.

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Katherine Lee (Gregory) Cogburn
June 7, 1926 - Apr 11, 2016
 
Katherine Gregory Cogburn, 89 of Purdon, passed away Monday, April 11, 2016 in Corsicana.
She was born on June 7, 1926 in Navarro County to Holland and Kate Gregory.
She retired after 27 years of service as the secretary for the Navarro County Auditor.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Travis J. Cogburn, sister Marie Brazier and brother Danny Gregory.
She is also survived by her daughters Charlotte Callaway and Sharon Mandel; seven grandchildren, Richie Price, Kathy Smith, Pat Pullin, Jimmy Price, Greg Price, Lisa Melton and James Coslett. Ten great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren and Brother Holland Gregory Jr.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Shock of Hubbard Presbyterian Church officiating.
Interment to follow at Birdston Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richie Price, Greg Price, Eddie Smith, Tim Pullin, Ronald Farmer and Robert Johnson.

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Erma (Ficklin) Chewning
Oct 1, 1917 - Apr 1, 2016

Erma Chewning, 98 of Powell, passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Wilber "Bud" Chewning.

Mrs. Chewning is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Jeff Harwell of Rice; five grandchildren, Eric Harwell, Nikki Harwell Nancy Chaney, Carol Filak and Sandi; 12 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements with Paschal Funeral Home.

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Frank Ellis Swan
May 3, 1949 - Apr 17, 2016

Frank Ellis Swan, 66, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 in Waco, Texas. He was born May 3, 1949 in Ennis, Texas to Frank Edward Swan and Gladys Willie Vick Swan. Frank was a member of Emhouse Baptist Church where he also served as a Deacon. He was also a member of the American Legion Post.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and wife Dana Lee Swan on January 11, 2012.

He is survived by daughter, Debbie Watkins of Blooming Grove; sister, Denise Haigood of Hewitt; brothers, Walter Swan of Emhouse and Ira Swan of Rock Falls, Illinois. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Mandy Watkins, Sarah Cheek and Tabitha Salinas; one great grandchild, Charlotte Salinas; nephews, Kevin Burroughs, Jeff Burroughs, Travis Burroughs and several cousins and extended family members.

Visitations will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home and noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016, also at the funeral home. Graveside Service will follow at 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Resthaven Memorial Park with Bro. Eric Larsen officiating.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Dana Lee (Sitzler) Swan; s/o Frank Edward Swan & Gladys Willie (Vick) Swan [bur at Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Ellis Co., TX]

Mary Ruth (Ivey) Collier
May 30, 1926 - Apr 6, 2016
 
Mary Ruth (Ivey) Collier, age 89, died after a brief illness on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born on May 30, 1926 to Joseph Eden Ivey and Alma Olivia Pierce Ivey in DeQuincy, Louisiana.

Both her parents and her five sisters, Leota Pharris, Elsie Cothern, Marie Dickerson, Grace Rodeheaver, and Bertha Baham preceded her in death.

She and her husband, Billie Bob Collier, who also preceded her in death, were the owners of Busy Bee Grocery and Busy Bee Auto on S. 15. St. in Corsicana for many years.

She is survived by her three sons, Bryan and wife Jill of Corsicana, Gary and wife Kathy of Corsicana, and Terry and wifer Tiffany of The Woodlands.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Alan Collier, Kristi Cruz, Joshua Collier, Amber Antillon, Jordan Collier, and several great grandchildren. She is survived by niece, Eleanor Collier Statham and husband Bill of Corsicana and numerous nieces and nephews in Louisiana.

Visitation with the family will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
A grave side service will be held following visitation at 11:30 a.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park, 5400 W. Hwy. 31 in Corsicana with Rev. Kathy Sims Collier officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to your favorite charity or Westside Baptist Church in Corsicana, 1522 N. 24th St. Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Johnny B. Massey
Jun 20, 1933 - Mar 31, 2016

Johnny B Massey, 82 of Wortham passed away March 31, 2016 in Waco.

He was born June 20, 1933 in Winkler to John Thomas Massey and Letha Brinson Massey.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Streetman and loved ranching.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Massey and mother Letha Davis; brother, H.L. Massey and two sisters, Mable Massey Anderson and Mary Massey Robinson.

He is survived his wife, Janis Massey of Wortham; five children, Cynthia Smith and husband Lary of Lindsey, Oklahoma, Carla Crawley and husband Andy of Teague, Darla Bottoms and husband J.W. of Fairfield, Tommy Massey of Wortham and James Williams of Dallas; one siblings, Harold Massey of Fairfield, Freddie Finley of Corsicana and R.E. Massey of Corpus Christi; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield.

Burial will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Grady Foree, Mark Duke, Todd Craig, Darrell Ridge, Keith Jones and Randy Turner.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield

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Etta Pearl Rice
Apr 29, 1938 - Apr 1, 2016

Etta Pearl Rice, 77, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Etta was born on April 29, 1938 in Blooming Grove.

Visitation will be from Noon to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Funeral Services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at Wilgo Baptist Church with Rev. Author Faulk Officiating.

Interment will be at Woodland Memorial Park.

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Frank John Kormos
Nov 15, 1914 - Apr 19, 2016

Frank J. Kormos, 101, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at his home in Corsicana.
Frank was born near Ennis on Nov. 15, 1914 to Joe and Elizabeth Kormos.
He lived in the Corsicana area until he entered the Army in 1941.
Frank lived most of the past 50 years in Richardson and moved back to Corsicana in December of 2014 with his daughter.
A WWII veteran, Frank served for 33 years in the Army retiring as a Major. He retired from Rockwell International (formerly Collins Radio) at the age of 70 and spent the next 30 years as a volunteer mainly with AARP's Driver Safety program.
In 2014 he was awarded AARP's most prestigious volunteer tribute for community service, the Texas Andrus award.
He was an active member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Richardson and currently attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana.
Frank was an outgoing person who never met a stranger and will be sorely missed by all.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, the former Lois Fox; his parents Joe and Elizabeth Kormos; brothers Joe, Rudy, Gene, and Louis; sister Irene Lange; and daughter Joyce West.
He is survived by his daughter Karen Robinson and son-in-law Teddy of Corsicana, daughter Jeanette Cobb of Spring, son Ron Kormos and daughter-in-law Simona of Richardson, 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation and Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 S. Floyd Rd., in Richardson.
Funeral services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St.
Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

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Donald Royce Marett
July 27, 1926 - Apr 23, 2016

Donald Royce Marett, long-time Corsicana resident, businessman and civic leader, was born on July 27, 1926 in Hart County, Georgia. He passed away April 23 from complications due to surgery.

The youngest of six children born to Grover Cleveland Marett and Nobie Baker Marett, both his paternal and maternal grandfathers were Baptist preachers. He was baptized in Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Don was 12 when his family moved to Atlanta from their farm outside Lavonia, Georgia, where he was raised by his sister Belle Marett Deitch while his mother, then a widow, worked the farm.

He graduated from Boys High School in Atlanta in 1944 and promptly joined his brother Allmon Raymond in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was accepted into the Navy's V12a Aviation Cadet Program and attended pilot training programs at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia; Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; and the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

When the war ended in 1945, the Navy transferred him to a Destroyer Tender in San Diego, California where he was honorably discharged in 1946. His brother Ray had been killed somewhere in the Pacific toward the end of the war.

In 1946 it was difficult for young men to get accepted into college, there were so many of them coming out of the Armed Forces who wanted to start or just finish their education. Don's older brother, Bill Marett, helped him enroll in Auburn University in Alabama and secured a place for him to live.  From that point on orange and blue was forever in his blood and 'War Eagle' was not just a battle cry for his favorite team, but a battle cry for his colorful life.

While at Auburn, Don joined the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, a move he made simply to acquire a better housing situation. This led to a blind date with Catharine Ann Hoffman of Gadsden, Alabama, a woman who would become his wife and gracious supporter for more than 61 years.

Don graduated from Auburn in the summer of 1948 with a B.S. degree in industrial engineering.

His brother Bill had founded Famous Foods, a snack food manufacturing company in Atlanta. Don worked for him in Atlanta from September 1948 to January 1949 when he then moved to Fort Worth to open a second manufacturing facility. The two brothers made potato chips, corn chips and pork skins, among other snack foods, for Tom's Foods Inc.

Six weeks after his move to Fort Worth, Don headed back east for his wedding. He and Catharine married on Feb. 26, 1949. Their honeymoon was the drive back to Texas where they settled into the now historic Hotel Texas in downtown Fort Worth to search for a home. That hotel is now the Hilton Fort Worth and was the site of their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999.

Don and Catharine had five children, twins Randolph Baker (1949-1950) and Richard Allmon (1949-1963); Ann Baker; Rodney Stephen; and Donald Hoffman and three grandchildren born to Rod and Deborah Ann Marett (Nicole Marett Schumann, Jordan Taylor Marett and Tyler Dalton Marett); and two step-grandchildren raised by Ann (Laura Marett McCormick and John Christian Boatner).

Tom's Foods Inc. bought Famous Foods in 1961 and Don was hired to build and manage a snack foods factory in Corsicana. The factory was later purchased by Lance Inc. and closed in 2011 after a merger with Snyder's.  Don and Catharine moved the family to Corsicana in 1963 and built a home on Mimosa Drive in 1964. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in their home with family and friends in 2009.

Don was an avid and accomplished golfer throughout most of his life as evidenced by six holes-in-one. In 1960 he won the Champions Golf Tournament in Houston which earned him a spot the next year in the Bing Crosby Pro-Am at Pebble Beach in Carmel, California, where he was paired with pro Chi Chi Rodriguez.
Always active and athletic, Don could also be found on the tennis court, in a bass boat, on a hunting trip, playing cards with his friends or traveling the world with Catharine.

Don Marett's impact is wide reaching as a businessman and civic leader. He was active in community affairs and was a member of the City Planning and Zoning Commission at the time of his death. He served on the boards of directors of State National Bank, Corsicana Country Club, the Warehouse Living Arts Center and Corsicana Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the boards of Corsicana Country Club, the Warehouse Living Arts Center and more recently of the local Housing and Urban Development (HUD) organization.

In 1969 Don was instrumental in initiating the Deputy Sheriff's Reserve organization which is active today.  Don retired from Tom's in 1985, where he was known not only as a plant manager, but a favorite speaker at Tom's sales conventions. Retirement didn't mean a slow down however.

In 1977 he had purchased a portion of Jetco Chemical and managed the business under the name of Chem Clean, selling industrial cleaning products wholesale throughout the country. In 1982 he added Corsicana Mid-Town Mini Warehouses to his portfolio.

Don Marett has touched the lives of many people who know him as a dedicated son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, friend, world traveler and businessman and civic leader.

He is survived by three children: Ann Marett of Corsicana; Rod Marett and wife Deborah of Austin; Hoffman Marett and wife Brandi of Gun Barrel City. He is survived by five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends including his daily breakfast companions: Bill Stoner, Hartley Young, Maynard Sowell, Sherry Kelly, Barbara and Orin Howell, Jimmie Young and Terry Smith.

His family is also especially grateful for the constant friendship of Donna and Dave Ralston, Pearl and Dick Skewes, Peggy and Dave Campbell, Bob and Debbie Banks, Steve Pipkin, Chris McKeown, Larry Morrison, Elizabeth and Burwell Thompson among many others, as well as the care of Bobbie Walker and Dr. Dale Campbell.

Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Corley Funeral Home will funeral services to follow at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Corsicana YMCA, The Humane Society of Navarro County, the Warehouse Living Arts Center, or a charity of your choice.

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Billy Joe Graves
Nov 27, 1929 - Apr 20, 2016

Billy Joe Graves, 86 of Kerens passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his home.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1929 in Corsicana to Joe Douglas Graves and Hazel Olsen Graves.

Billy Joe ranched for 40 years. He retired from Navarro County in November 2008 from serving as County Treasurer for 12 years, County Commissioner for four years and Sheriff for four years.

He was preceded in death by wife, Faye Slate Graves; parents Joe Douglas and Hazel Graves; brothers, Gene Graves and Bobby Graves.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Graves; children, Janet Whorton and husband Kip, Judy Lemberg and husband Chris, Jackie Self and husband Mike, Jennifer Estill and husband Chuck, Brent Byrd and wife Kim, Kelly Castillo and Karla Clemons; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Wesley Graves, Mary Lou James, Kathy Prichett and Brenda Graves.

Also a special thank you to Cedar Creek Hospice and caretakers, Dorothy, Terri, Toshiba and Shirley. Visitation was held from 60 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Kerens Church of Christ with Jimmy Glenn officiating.

Interment will be at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lance Lemberg, Chisum Whorton, Jacob Tarrant, Joseph Lemberg, Shane Graves and Seth Castillo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Multiple Sclerosis Association at mymsaa.org

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Mary Love (Henry) Bone
Dec 8, 1919 - Apr 20, 2016

Mrs. Mary Love Bone passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at age 96.

She was born in Navarro County to Ed and Sidney Howell Henry on Dec. 8, 1919.

She was a lifelong member of Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Claude Bone; parents; and brothers, Joseph, Ed and Richard.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and jack Fowler of Barry; grandsons, Timothy Fowler of Spring and Brad Fowler and wife Shelly of Tyler; four great grandchildren, Adam, Brianna, Jeremy and Dylan; numerous nieces, nephews and a lifelong friend, Rosemond King.

Interment services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. William Dollar officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Missionary Baptist Church, 405 S. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Kenneth Elton "KC" Carter, Jr.
Jun 6, 1952 - Apr 18, 2016

Kenneth "KC" Carter of Kerens, Texas departed this life to abide with his Heavenly Father on Monday April 18, 2016 in Tyler, Texas at the young age of 63.

He was born to Kenneth Elton Carter Sr. and Bobbie Fern Smith on June 6,
1952 in Houston, Texas. He was the third of four children.

"KC" was a very caring person who loved to experience new things whenever possible. He enjoyed cooking and grilling outside with his dogs Revielle and Kensi. His favorite pass times were riding his Harley, fishing, anything involved with being outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends. He absolutely adored all three of his grandchildren whom he credited with keeping him young physically and at heart. "KC" loved life and lived life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Kacey Lee Dean Carter, daughter-in-law, Krista Marie Chaloupka Carter, daughter, Keisha Elaine Carter Flanagan, son-in-law, Josh Richard Flanagan, three beautiful grandchildren who knew him as PopC, Kash Allen Carter, Rylee Nicole Bennett and Grayson Kye Flanagan, his mother, Bobbie Fern Smith, brother, Robert William Carter, two sisters, Doloris Ann Carter and Sandra Kay Smith, and many more friends and family who loved him dearly.

Memorial services will be performed at First Baptist Church of Kerens, Texas on Saturday April 30, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 in the evening.

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Beulah Jane (Poarch) Hignett
Aug 1, 1950 - Apr 23, 2016

Jane P. Hignett, 65, went to be with our Lord and Savior on April 23, 2016.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1950 to Bogie and Jewel Poarch.

Jane was married for 45 years to the love of her life, Frank Hignett.

Jane graduated with a nursing degree from Navarro College. She received the Best of the Best award for her hard work and dedication as a nurse.
She was active member at Harmony Christian Ministries, where she found great joy with her church family.

Jane always found a bright side, especially being Franks Happy Hippie Chic. She was always there to support him and The Prisoners of Christ Ministry.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Hignett of Corsicana; son Troy Jenkins and wife Beth of Georgetown; daughter Staci Napps of Conroe; son Chase Hignett and wife Melissa of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Claire, Lauren, Emma, Hunter and wife Keeley, Weston, Zane, Mallory and Alyssa; great grandchildren, Julia, Waylon, Mollie and Chloe and one BB cat Hignett.

"Another day not promised. Blessed before the light of day. Another chance to see those that you know and talk to those far away. Too many blessings to name one by one, but the real thrill comes when we count.
Counting blessings is a full time job, and indeed comes with the highest pay. Being grateful for what we do already have makes being excited for more not seem like we take anything for granted, and makes Jesus smile as He opens our next door."
-Jane Hignett

A memorial service will be held at Noon Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Jester Park.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 28, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o Willie Lee "Bogie" Poarch and Jewel (Lockhart) Poarch buried in Black Hills Cem. (Navarro Co, TX)

Alice Marie (McCarter) Pawlowski
Jan 29, 1937 - Apr 19, 2016

Alice Marie McCarter Pawlowski, 79, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Alice Mae McCarter and son Eric Pawlowski.

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Wally and Ginger Pawlowski; daughter-in-law Rhonda Pawlowski; grandchildren Kate Pawlowski, Lily McLain, Valerie Parker and Cody Pawlowski; step grandchild Bo McGraw and six great grandchildren.

There will be a private interment set at a later date.

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Patsy Ann (Jeffers) Rice
Jan 13, 1923 - Apr 26, 2016

Patsy Ann Rice, 93, of Niceville, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. She passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Born on Jan. 13, 1923 in Corsicana.

Patsy married her high-school sweetheart Eugene "Jeep" Rice on Sept.
4th, 1943.

Pat and Jeep were long-time members of the Niceville Church of Christ where they both taught and served until their last days.

Pat will be remembered for her incredible faith, love for her family, friends, and mostly for the Lord. She will also be remembered for her wit and great sense of humor.

She taught Bible classes every Wednesday evening at her church and also taught English classes. She lived most of her life in Corsicana, but traveled the world with her beloved husband Colonel Rice while he served in the U.S. Airforce.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Mayme Jeffers, and her husband Eugene Rice.

She is survived by her daughter Rebecca Strickland of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; three grandchildren, Paul Lewis and wife Robin Lewis, Lisa Arango and husband Eduardo Arango, and Jennifer Lewis; six great-grandchildren, Savannah Lewis, Tyler Hines, Rachel Lewis, Lauren Lewis, Ashley Arango, and Francisco Arango, and one great-great grandson Bronwen Janeau. Also one niece Marti Meppen and nephew David Jeffers.
The celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Niceville Church of Christ in Niceville, Florida.

Burial will be May 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Mission Trust Fund at Niceville Church of Christ. Please note on the contribution "In memory of Patsy Rice."

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Gloria Jean (Joles) Otto
Apr 13, 1944 - Apr 26, 2016

Gloria Jean Otto of Corsicana passed away at the age of 72 on Tuesday, April 26th 2016.

Gloria was born in Corsicana on April 13, 1944 to Telzy and Ida Joles, the oldest of nine girls.

Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the hearts of many, who will forever be changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith.

Gloria's love of music, dancing and karaoke kept a smile on all those around her. Many will remember her talent for decorating and sewing as a shop owner with her daughter.

The signature gift of joy she possessed, shown through her contagious smile and laughter will never be forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Ian "Butch" Otto, as well as her parents.
S
he is survived by her Daughter, Kristie Butler; Son Scott Otto and wife Becky; Grandchildren Lauren Butler, Cameron Butler, Kendall Butler, Liam Otto and Whitney Otto; sisters Virginia Jordan and husband Terry, Linda Joles, Carolyn Garcia and husband Andy, Delores Hoover, Eva Kelly and husband Wilson, Rose Putman and husband Jerry, Becky Sircy, and Lisa Joles and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Northside Baptist Church.

Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Officiating the service will be Dr. Rick Lamb.

Pallbearers will be Scott Butler, Jerry Putman, Terry Jordan, Andy Garcia, Wilson Kelly, Vince Garcia, Kevin Putman and Ryan Watson.

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Margaret Jane (Spurlin) Stovall
July 31, 1926 - Apr 29, 2016

Mrs. Margaret Jane Stovall, 89, of Corsicana went home to be with her Lord and Savior after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Friday, April 29, 2016 at her residence in Corsicana.

She was born on July 31, 1926 in Redlands, California to Andrew Jackson and Bessie Lucille Spurlin.

She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.
She was a longtime member of Calvary Worship Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Stovall; parents; a brother and a sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Diana Caton and husband Jerry of Corsicana; sons, Dean Stovall and wife Jan of Murrieta, California and Randy Stovall and wife Vickie of Trinity; seven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Calvary Worship Center with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating.

Interment of her cremated remains will be held at a later time at Resthaven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway Tyler, Texas 75701.

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Aubry Lee Saunders
Nov 7, 1930 - Apr 28, 2016

Aubry Saunders, 85 of Kerens, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

Mr. Saunders was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kerens.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He served on the Kerens City Council and served many years on the Coop Gin Board. He farmed in the Round Prairie Community for over 50 years and retired in 2000.

He loved working and enjoying the company of his family and friends.

Aubry was an avid quail hunter and those who hunted with him will recall that ALL of his dogs had the same name.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Gladys Saunders; grandson, Chris Young and son-in-law, Scott Statham.

He is survived by his wife, Juanelle Saunders of Kerens; daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Dennis Caillet of Kemp; Jill and Elton Davis of Cedar Park and Jenny and Greg Allen of Kerens; son, Jeffrey Saunders of Kerens; six grandchildren; Lee and Lynn Statham, Brendon Davis, Candace, Stephan Caillet and Bailey Saunders; two great grandchildren, Lane and Logan Statham; sister-in-law, Diane Ainsworth of Kerens and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church of Kerens with Rev. Kathy Collier and Rev. Darla Blatnik officiating.

Interment will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be sons-in-law and grandsons.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Jarvis Howard "Jay" Baker
Mar 26, 1966 - Apr 25, 2016

Jarvis Howard "Jay" Baker, 50 of Kerens, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.  He was born on March 26, 1966 to Vernon and Veronica Baker

Jay is survived by his four children, Ethan Baker of Frankston; Bryan Adams of Kerens; Kallie Baker of Kerens and Brittney Wadsworth of Corsicana; five grandchildren; brother, Mark Baker of Dawson; sisters, Shilo of Dawson, April of Midlothian and Nancy of Onalaska; father, Vernon Baker of Kerens; stepmother, Ruth Baker; Former wife and best friend, Beth Baker and one special grandson Bryan Adams, III (Bubba).

Our father was a kind and loving man who would help anyone at any time.
He will be missed by to many friends to even list.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Kerens Cemetery Pavilion with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Josh Robertson, Tommy Teafatiller, Eric Tidwell, Kyle Barnett, Ethan Baker, Bill Clarkson, Kallie Baker and Nick Tooley.

Arrangements made by Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

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Melba Lois (Jackson) Campbell-Brosch
June 26, 1940 - Apr 6, 2016
 
Melba Lois Brosch, 75 of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
 

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Melba Lois Brosch, 75, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday April 6, 2016. She was born June 26, 1940 in Yoakum, Texas to Edward Franklin Jackson and Ina Mae Butler Jackson.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Melvin Ray Campbell and Jeulis Brosch; parents, Edward Jackson and Ina Mae Harms-Butler and one sister, Eddie Joyce. She is survived by common law husband, Phillip Chunn; children, Marlene Campbell, Lee Campbell, Monica Dickson, Margaret Campbell, Grace Campbell, Frank Campbell and Cindy Marrs; seventeen grandchildren, Barbara, Carolyn, Crystal, Ashley, Katie, Joshua, Johnathan, Lea, Amanda, Kristen, James, Sandy, Paul, Joel, Margaret Ann, Tammy and Racheal; thirty-four great grandchildren; two brothers and sisters, Billy Jackson, Travis Jackson, Wanda Bond and Kathy Jackson; other family members, Brenda Campbell, Charlse Dickson, Chris Bradshaw, Bob, Balinda and Joel Marrs.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11am in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Stephens officiating.

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William Theodore Philo, Jr.
Feb 26, 1931 - Apr 12, 2016

Mr. William Theodore Philo, Jr., 85, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.

He will be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Corley Funeral Home.

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Mr. William Theodore Philo, Jr., 85, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. He was born on February 26, 1931 in Emporia, Kansas to William Theodore Philo, Sr. and Wava Lindley Philo.

He was a veteran having served his country in the United States Army. He was employed for many years in the petroleum industry.

He was preceded in death by his 1st wife, Betty; parents, a brother and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Betty J. Philo of Webster, TX. son, Rod Philo of Arkansas City, KS; daughter, Robin Rinck of Independence, KS; grandchildren, great grandchildren; and his brothers, Claude Philo of Corsicana and Carl Philo of Nebraska.

At his wish he was cremated and no services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cans for Kids in Hoisington, KS 67544 in the name of Betty Beetz Philo.

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Vernell (Cornish) Hatten
abt 1933 - Apr 6, 2016
 
Vernell Conish [sic] Hatten, 82, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Visitation will be held from Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday April 12, 2016. at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 125 S. Fifth St., with Bishop K. D. Davis officiating.

Arrangements made by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Pattie Sue (Buchanan) Maxwell
May 16, 1925 - April 1, 2016

Pattie Sue Maxwell, 90, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 1, 2016.

There will be a time of visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at Corley Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at Noon at New Chatfield Cemetery in Chatfield with Rev Larry Talbert officiating.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, April 5, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o John Frank Maxwell, Jr. - d/o Leonard Buchanan and Lotice Louise (Christie) Buchanan both buried in Hamilton-Beeman Cem. (Navarro Co. TX)

Anna Mary (Mavor) Berry
Jan 31, 1928 - Mar 25, 2016

Anna M. Berry, 88, of Corsicana, passed away March 25, 2016.

She was born on Jan. 31, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to George and Margaret Mavor.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Jack L. Berry; her daughter Jan L. Berry and her daughter-in-law Janet E. Berry.

She is survived by her son George V. Berry of Corsicana; her grandchildren Josh and Regan Smith of Corsicana, Shawna Killgo and husband Keith of Odessa; great grandchildren Joshuia Cain Smith and Joshuia Smith Jr of Corsicana.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas.

Corley Funeral Home

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Lillie Mae (Wylie) Atkins
Aug 26, 1917 - Apr 3, 2016
 
Lillie Mae Wylie Atkins passed from this life on April 3, 2016 in Corsicana.

Lillie was born in Montfort on August 26, 1917 to David Dixon Wylie and Charity Belle Wylie.

She married Glenn Atkins on March 4, 1944 and they made their home in Mexia.

Lillie began a career at Dick Scott Ford as a bookkeeper that spanned over 30 years.

Lillie is survived by her niece and her husband Ann and Don Lane of Hillsboro; her nephew and his wife Mark and Cindy Wylie of Tyler. She is also survived by several great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Glenn Atkins; as well as her parents; her brother and sister-in-law David and Barbara Wylie; sister and brother-in-law Mary Belle and Fred Spivey and a niece, Freddie Davis.

Lillie will be remembered for her sweet spirit and devotion to her family and friends. Her generosity to the First Methodist Church as well as her community was unmeasurable.

She will be greatly missed by all. A special thank you to the staff at the Bowie House in Mexia, where Lillie has resided for the past four years.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday April 7, 2016 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia with Pastor Danny Niedecken officiating.

Graveside Services to follow at Mexia Cemetery,

Pallbearers will be family.

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Shirley (Ralston) Greer
Jun 14, 1948 - Feb 16, 2016
 
Shirley Ralston Greer, 67, passed away on Feb. 16, 2016. She was born in Corsicana on June 14, 1948.

Shirley was a happy, positive person who always had a smile. She taught elementary school music for over 40 years in several districts throughout Texas. She was beloved by students and faculty.

Shirley and her late husband, James A. Greer, enjoyed camping and traveling all over the United States. Their favorite places included Santa Fe, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone and they enjoyed hunting for precious stones and rocks during their travels. Shirley also loved food and was always up for a new restaurant.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James, and her parents, William David Ralston and Barbara Cox Ralston.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Greer, daughter, Jessica Greer-Griffin and husband Bennie, grandson, Devvon Greer, and granddaughters, McKayla Griffin, McKenna Griffin and McKinnly Griffin, as well as, her sister, Sandra Dowd and brothers, Dave Ralston Jr. and wife Donna, and Paul Ralston and wife Kim.

A service for the Worship of God in Witness to the Resurrection and in Memory of Shirley Ralston Greer was held on Feb. 20, 2016 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana.

Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery.

Shirley was an ordained Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

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August Henry "Gus" Ganze, Jr.
May 1, 1929 - Apr 4, 2016
 
August Henry Ganze Jr. 86, of Odessa passed away April 4, 2016 at Medical Center Hospital.

He was born May 1, 1929 to August and Clara Ganze in Corsicana.

He graduated from Corsicana High School and went on to receive his BA at SMU in 1956. August, "Gus" to his friends, met the love of his life, Betty, while they were both at SMU.

His education was interrupted, when he joined the Air Force and earned his wings. He piloted a C119 and had the opportunity to see the world, flying to Korea, Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. When he returned, he completed his degree and he and Betty were married. They moved to Odessa in 1964.

They loved to travel and cook together, and spend time with family, especially their beloved grandson, Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Betty Ganze.

He is survived by his daughter Karen Bovee and husband Steve of Odessa; grandson Ryan Bovee of Austin; brother Wayne Ganze and wife Joyce of Boerne; niece Elizabeth Kavanagh and husband Sean and their daughters Erin and Hayley of Boerne; sister-in-law Pat Wight of Albuquerque; niece Carol Wight and husband Wally Drangmeister and her daughters Tatiana and Catrina of Albuquerque; nephew Stan Wight and wife Lindsey of Albuquerque.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.
Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home.

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Dorenda Lynn (Greer) Locke
Mar 19, 1970 - Apr 20, 2016

Dorenda Lynn Locke, 46, of Corsicana passed away on April 20, 2016. She was born on March 19, 1970 in Nashville, Tennessee to Robert and Sandra Ann Greer.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Greer, Sr..

Dorenda is survived by her daughters, Cassandra Brown, Amanda Runyon, and Jessica DeChaume; sons, Tyler Brokofsky, and Zack Brokofsky; mother, Sandra Davis; brothers, Robert Greer, Jr., and Bruce Greer; as well as seven grandchildren.

A celebration of life at the ranch will be announced at a later time. Cremation will be held under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Lou (Larsen) Gilbert
June 6, 1956 - Apr 22, 2016

Mary Lou Gilbert, 59 of Corsicana, passed away on April 22, 2016.

She was born on June 6, 1956 to O.P. and Beatrice Larsen.

She loved animals especially Yorkie and Shishu.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary is survived by her husband Sidney Newland; children, Jona Williams and husband Bobby, Christy Villegas and husband Antonio, Vicky Rodriguez and husband Roy, Rebekkah Newland and wife Casey; grandchildren, Jasmine and Vincent Garcia, Jakob and Luke Williams, Ava and Romeo Rodriguez, Aden and Anniston Villegas; two brothers and sisters in law, Eric and Diane Larsen, Ole and Evelyn Larsen. Along with Numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at Calvary Worship Center with Eric Larsen officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Robert Glen "Bob" Hoover, Jr.
July 29, 1939 - Apr 24, 2016

Mr. Robert "Bob" Hoover, 76, of Corsicana went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas.

He was born on July 29, 1939 in Dallas to Robert Glen and Lillian Bass Hoover.

As a young man Bob lived in Hood County. He worked as a cowboy on several ranches, including the Black Ranch. He also worked as a lineman for Brazos Electric Co-op.

Bob's children attended Tolar schools and the family were members of Tolar Church of Christ.

Bob enjoyed watching Gunsmoke even into his last days. A big fan of Ken Curtis "Festus" many may remember Bob dressing as Festus and taking a ride through the Hood County Courthouse on his mule during Granbury's annual Fourth of July celebrations.

In his later life Bob returned to his hometown of Corsicana. He worked at several jobs including the College Park Mall and Navarro Junior College.

He was always quick to lend a hand to friends and strangers alike. Bob will always be remembered for his quick wit and love of life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Glen Hoover; mother, Lillian Mulsow; brother, James Hitchcock and a sister, Jeannette Harris.

He is survived by his wife, Delores Hoover of Corsicana; daughter, Julie Thomas and husband Steve of Stephenville; sons, Bobby Hoover and wife Diane of Stephenville and Joel Hoover and wife Sherrie of Rockwall; step sons, Dustin McClain and wife Angel of Keller and Caleb McClain and wife Ingrid of Corsicana; granddaughter, Erica Ballard and husband Beau of Robinson; grandsons, Jonathan Thomas and wife Katy of Graham, Zachary Thomas and wife Heather of Benbrook, Ethan and Hudson Hoover of Rockwall, Brandon Pellegrino of Stephenville, Natasha, Ashley and Summer Pellegrino of Richardson; eight great grandchildren and seven step great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Trinity Assembly of God Church with the Rev. James Williams officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway Tyler, Texas 75701.

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Peggy (Copeland) Jones
Sept 13, 1933 - Apr 2, 2016

Peggy Copeland Jones passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at her home.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1933 in Corsicana to the late A.A. "Buck" Copeland and Lillian Russell Copeland.

Peggy retired from Richardson ISD where she worked as a teacher and a principle [sic]. She was a long time member of the Methodist Church and was active in United Methodist Women, PEO Fraternal Organization and Retired Teachers Association.

She enjoyed cooking and also was an avid deer hunter.

Peggy was a wonderful wife and mother and was considered a gentle soul by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her son, Wade Jones who passed away on April 15, 2016, and two sisters, Joyce Bradly and Jeaneen Wilson.

She is survived by her husband, H.A. "Jack" Jones of Mineola; son Brian Jones of Mineola; brother-in-law Jack Bradley of Corsicana; grandson Chad of Mesquite and granddaughter Kasey of Shreveport.

A memorial service for Peggy was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 in the Sanctuary of First Methodist Church in Mineola.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Mineola.

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Dr. Gordon Silas Tekell
May 16, 1936 - Mar 24, 2016
 
Gordon Silas Tekell, M. D., 79, died peacefully on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at his home looking out over the sun-colored red rocks of Sedona, Arizona with his beloved wife Jesusita ("J.V.") by his side. His ashes will be spread to nourish the western soil he grew to love so much.

Gordon was born and raised in Corsicana, and was the first child of Joshua Silas Tekell and Lois Cone Tekell.
After attending the University of Texas in Austin, Gordon began his life-long pursuit of caring for others at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he earned his Medical Doctorate in 1961.
His many years of caring for "oil patch" patients from his office in Kermit, were briefly interrupted by his service as a doctor for the U. S. Navy, where he was stationed in Kingsville in 1965 to 1966.
In 1973, Gordon and his young family moved to Yuma, Arizona, where he joined his friend and fellow Texan, Dr. Elwood Schmidt, in a family medicine practice.

Gordon was drawn to emergency medical care and his calm, cool demeanor in the midst of crises led him to leave private practice to take charge of the Emergency Department at Yuma Regional Medical Center during the 1980s and 1990s. There, his study and reporting of the constant stream of injuries from three-wheeler ATV rollovers in the sand dunes near Yuma contributed to the decision to end the sale of those vehicles in the United States in 1988.

In 1998, Gordon and his wife, Mary Donley Tekell, moved to Sedona where they opened the Sedona Urgent Care Clinic to continue his passion for emergency medicine. He was devastated when Mary died unexpectedly in 2002.

His life was re-energized when he met J.V., and their love for each other led them to marriage in 2010.
Dr. Tekell retired from his medical practice in 2014 after 53 years of caring for patients.
Gordon loved to tell stories about his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. He taught all of them his deep respect for nature through skiing, camping and fishing trips throughout the western United States.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jesusita "J.V." Tekell, his brother, Kenneth Lee Tekell and wife, Meredith, of Houston; his son, David Glenn Tekell and wife, Angela, of Waco; his son, Kent Adams and wife, Dr. Brenda Howland, of Sedona, Arizon; his son, Gregory Gordon Tekell of Yuma, Arizona, and by his grandchildren, Coleman Clark Tekell, Marshall Clark Tekell, and Wade Silas Adams.

Family and friends are invited to remember and celebrate Gordon's life at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Kinsloe House, 618 W. Third Avenue, in Corsicana.

The family suggests that any memorial gifts be given to the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110 or to the charity of your choice.

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Alford Marion Fagg
Sep 1, 1848 - Apr 14, 1917

A. M. Fagg, a pioneer of this section, died early Saturday seven miles south of town and was buried in the Dawson cemetery Monday afternoon.
We extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

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  • The Dawson Herald - Friday, April 20, 1917

Harvey Joe Anderson
Sep 30, 1926 - Nov 16, 1926

Little Child Died Tuesday Afternoon

Harvey Joe Anderson, 7-weeks-old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Anderson, Corsicana, Route 3, died Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Ward cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Nov 17, 1926
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Tillman Harvey Anderson & Ora Henrietta (Presley) Anderson buried in Whitehouse Cemetery, Whitehouse, Texas

Alfred L. Smith
Sep 11, 1857 - Jul 13, 1926

PURSLEY RESIDENT DIED EARLY TODAY FUNERAL IS HELD

Alfred Smith, aged 68 years, died at his residence three miles northeast of Pursley at 12:30 o’clock Tuesday morning and the remains were interred in the Ward cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. He was born in Kentucky but has been a resident of Texas for thirty-six years.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, two step-sons, A. E. Chambers, Fort Worth; G. B. Chambers, 914 West Sixteenth avenue, Corsicana.

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Cornelia Jane (Roberts) Norvell
Feb. 12, 1856 - Mar. 23, 1941

Aged Dawson Woman Buried Wednesday

DAWSON, March 28.—Funeral services for Mrs. C. J. Norvell, aged 85 years, who died here Monday, were held Wednesday afternoon from the Pursley Baptist church with burial in Ward cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, four daughters and other relatives.

Her late husband preceded her in death on the same day and month 47 years ago.

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Marcus Lafayette Nutt
Jan 1852 - Nov 19, 1927

PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY BURIED SUNDAY

Marcus L. Nutt, aged 76 years native of Texas, died at his home in Pickett community Saturday night at midnight and the remains were interred in the Ward cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Mr. Nutt was born in Upshur county but has resided in Navarro county since a young man.

Surviving are ten children and numerous other relatives.

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Susan/Sallie Elizabeth (Gallaway) Huggins
Nov 31, 1836 - Jan 2, 1925

MOTHER CORSICANA MAN DIED KERENS EARLY HOUR TODAY

Special to the Sun.

Kerens, Jan. 2, Mrs. S. E. Huggins, aged 89 years, died this morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. A. E. Etheridge, near Kerens, and the funeral will take place Saturday with burial in Prairie Point cemetery. She is survived by two sons, W. M. Huggins of Corsicana and Arthur Huggins, also by three sisters, Mrs. T. M. Shelton, Mrs. A. E. Etheridge, both of Kerens, and Ms. T. P. Roots of San Benito, Texas.

Mrs. Huggins is one of the pioneer residents of Navarro county, having lived in the county for nearly fifty years.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 2, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Nelson H. Huggins Jul. 10, 1833 - died 1886 not sure where buried; d/o Isiah Galloway and Elizabeth (Hudson) Galloway

Brightie Pearl (Patterson) Higgins
Mar 27, 1893 - Feb 15, 1925

SISTER CORSICANA MAN DIED SUNDAY IN HEREFORD, WEST TEX.

Mrs. Brightie Hagans, age about 35 years, died Sunday afternoon at Hereford, Texas, and the remains will be shipped here Wednesday. Burial will be in Prairie Point cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The body is expected to arrive about 11 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by her husband, six children and the following brothers, R. A. Patterson of Corsicana, E. A. Patterson, C. A. Patterson, P. V. Patterson and N. F. Patterson.

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Body Of Mrs. Hagans Did Not Arrive Today

Due to failure to make train connections the body of Mrs. Brightie Hagans, who died in Herford, Texas, Sunday afternoon, failed to arrive here today and will arrive either tonight or tomorrow morning.

Funeral services will probably be conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill pastor of the First Christian church and burial will be in Prairie Point cemetery. The body will be taken from Kerens to the cemetery.

In addition to the relatives mentioned in Tuesday’s Daily Sun, she is survived by a brother H. R. Patterson of Hereford and a grandfather, W. N. Patterson.

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Sarah Elizabeth (Wilson) Sims
Feb 20, 1850 - Sep 9, 1926

Aged Bazette Woman Buried Yesterday

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Sept. 11.—Mrs. J. C. Sims, aged 76 years, died at her home north of Kerens near Bazette Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Interment was at the Prairie Point cemetery Friday at 3 p.m. She is survived by two sons, and two step-daughters, Mesdames Albritton of Tell, Texas and of Anderson county.

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Andrew Jackson “Uncle Andy” Kirk
Feb 20, 1841 - Feb 3, 1924

Will Erect Monument

J. W. Albritton of Hillsboro was in Corsicana today on his way to Bazette, he said to erect a National monument at the grave of A. J. Kirk, former officer of the Un Army, who is buried in the Bazette cemetery.

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Aged Resident of County Is Buried

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Feb. 5.—A. J. (Uncle Andy) Kirk was buried at the Prairie Point cemetery Sunday afternoon. He was 83 years old and one of the best known and best liked men in East Navarro. He died Saturday afternoon.

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Tennessee K. “Tennie” (Massengill) Albritton
Jul 20, 1845 - May 5, 1926

Aged Kerens Woman Died on Wednesday

Special to the Sun.

Kerens, Texas, May 7.—Ms. R. C. Albritton, aged 82 years, died May 5 at 11:56 p.m. at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Carroll. Funeral services were held at Prairie Point church at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7. Services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Sharbutt, assisted by Revs. Joe Evedrheart and W. A. Corkern. The funeral procession left the family home at 1 p.m. Interment at Prairie Point cemetery.

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Vivian (Williams) Crawford
Feb 18, 1902 - Feb 18, 1922

DAWSON NEWS.
(The Dawson Herald.)

Brought Here For Burial.

The body of Mrs. Vivian Crawford, wife of W. R. Crawford of Breckenridge, was brought here for burial Monday morning and carried to the home of her father-in-law, John Crawford, north of town. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Younger cemetery, conducted by Rev. B. H. Clark of this city. Mrs. Crawford’s death occurred in Breckenridge Saturday.

Deceased is survived by her husband and two children, the youngest being only a few weeks old. Mrs. Crawford had reached the age of 22 years, was a member of the Baptist church, and we are informed resided near Dawson up to some two years ago. She had numerous friends in this vicinity who were grieved to learn of her death, and who extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

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Charles Mack "Charlie" Ellis
Mar 7, 1870 - Aug 19, 1924

Well Known Farmer Dead.

Charles Ellis a well known farmer of the Purdon community, died in Marlin yesterday where he had gone for his health, and the remains were interred in the Younger cemetery this afternoon, Rev. Abe Spreuill of Hubbard officiating. The deceased left a wife and several grown children.

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Gus Colbert
1851 - Feb. 12, 1921

KERENS NEWS.
(The Kerens Tribune.)

Former Negro Slave Dead.

Gus Colbert, an old time negro resident of Navarro county died here Saturday night. Gus was born in Alabama in 1851, and was brought to Texas by his master, Mr. J. Daniel in 1859. Shortly after coming to Texas Mr. Daniel gave Gus to his son, Mr. T. S. Daniel, Sr. now a highly esteemed citizen of Kerens, and between whom and Gus a strong friendship has always existed. In fact Gus had many friends and was well thought of by all who knew him. He was an old fashion Southern negro and was quite a noted character in this section. He was especially famous as a barbecuer of meats. It was under this supervision that the meats for the feast given by Walter Smith to his friends last summer was barbecued.

Gus has continuously resided in this section for 62 years. He was a leader among his race and did much to promote the amity that has always existed between the white and black people in this section. His remains were laid to rest, after a long and useful life, in the old Colbert Cemetery Sunday afternoon. The negro Masons had charge of the funeral and at their request Mr. R. H. Daniel of this city delivered at the grave a very beautiful and touching eulogy on the life and character of the old negro, whom he had known intimately from early childhood. The funeral was largely attended by both white and blacks.

If all the negroes in this country were like Gus, and if the northern fanatics would keep their mouths out of the South’s affairs, no such thing as a race problem would exist in this country.

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Amanda (Perry) Biggers
Oct 17, 1827 - Nov 10, 1923

AGED WOMAN DIED SATURDAY; FUNERAL SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Special to the Sun.
Hubbard, Nov. 12.—Mrs. Amanda Biggers, aged eighty-seven years and twenty-three days died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jim Graham here Saturday and the remains were interred in the Salem cemetery near Irene Sunday afternoon.

The deceased was a native of Tennessee, moving to Texas in 1882 and making her home in the Salem community.

The following children survive: Mrs. Jim Graham, Hubbard; two daughters by the name of Rogers residing in Oklahoma; John Biggers of Irene; Tom Biggers, Irene; Will Biggers, Waxahachie; Miles Biggers, West, Texas. Four sons and one daughter are deceased.

The deceased was a life-long member of the Methodist church, having united with the church in early life.

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James Anthony Acy
abt 1963 - May 3, 2016

James Anthony Acy, 56, Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2016 at The Meadows Hr. in Dallas.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Greater Wilgo Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Kenneth Ray Brown
abt 1963 - Apr 29, 2016

Mr. Kenneth Ray Brown, 52, of Corsicana passed away at his home on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Scott Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Funeral services will begin at noon Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Kelly's Temple Church of God in Christ Church, 501 N. Third St., with Elder Billy J. Kelle officiating.

Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana.

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Inga Jena Brooks
abt 1971 - May 2, 2016
 

Inga Jena Brooks, 44, of Arlington, passed away on Monday, May 2,2016 at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

She will lie in state at the First Baptist Church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the First Baptist Church located, 510 W. Collin St., with Pastor Karen Hollie-Thibodeaux Officiating.

Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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George Pace, Sr.
abt 1961 - Apr 28, 2016
 

George Pace Sr., 54, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, April 28,
2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at M.R.
Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Roane Chapel, 100 N. Parham St., with Pastor Harold Evans officiating.
Interment will follow at the Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery in Corsicana.

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William Patrick Brown, Jr.
Sep 4, 1921 - Jun 25, 1927

DEATH OF LITTLE BOY SADDENS HEARTS OF MANY PEOPLE
W. PATRICK BROWN, JR. DIED SATURDAY; FUNERAL HELD SUNDAY

W. Patrick Brown, Jr., five-year-old son of W. Pat Brown, died at the family residence, 1705 W. Collin street Saturday afternoon, about 6 o'clock, following an illness of several weeks.
Funeral services were held at the Third Avenue Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock, the Revs. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the church, and J. S. Taylor of Mexia, officiating. Interment was made in Oakwood Cemetery.
Active pall-bearers were: J. W. McAdams, C. C. Weatherford, J. S. Stell, J. D. McBee, J. H. Noble and Artis Holloway, all employees of the Johnson Drug Company and Brown's High School Pharmacy.
Honorary pall-bears were all members of the Civitan Club, all doctors, pharmacists and other friends.
The services were largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.
Patrick was an unsually [sic] bright and likeable little fellow and his death has caused the first real sorrow to creep into the hearts of many little friends. At the age of five years he graduated from the McCleary Sisters' Kindergarten and was the valedictorian of his class of forty-five. At the age of four, Patrick won the gold medal in memory work in a class of thirty. He stood a mentality test of a twelve-year-old child.
The death of this little boy has brought sadness into many homes in Corsicana, for he was a most attractive, bright and manly little fellow, and was the sunshine of his home. There was a large gathering of friends and relatives at the church Sunday afternoon where the funeral services were held and a great concourse followed the remains of this greatly beloved little boy in their last resting place in Oakwood cemetery and the little mound over his grave was completely hidden beneath the great profusion of beautiful flowers that partook of the nature of little Patrick, for he scattered sunshine and pleasure wherever he went.
There was not a dry eye in the entire church as the services were being held. The choir of the Third Avenue church sang two appropriate numbers and Mrs. Margaret Miller Zincke sang "Asleep In Jesus," in the most touching manner. The minister, the Rev. P. Martin Baker, likened the life of this little boy unto a rose and spoke words of comfort to the heart-broken parents and sorrowing relatives and friends.
The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved parents in their hour of sorrow and the tears of grief mingled with those of his loved ones as the casket containing the body of little Patrick was lowered into its last resting place.

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Cecilia Evelyn (Porter) Heiskell
Nov 29, 1926 - Aug 25, 2016

Cecilia Porter Heiskell, 89, of Pelham passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. She was born on Nov. 29, 1926 in Pelham.
She graduated from Pelham High School at the age of 16 and went on to attend Huston Tillotson College where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1946.
Cecilia taught school in Navarro County until she retired. She was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she served as president of the district and Local Methodist Women and Musician.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Porter; husband, James Dewitt; son, Rickie Heiskell and granddaughter, Anita.
Cecilia is survived by two sons, Ronnie (Truly) Heiskell, Michael (Anita) Heiskell; sister, Elayne (Burtis) Robinson; brother, Bernard (Alva Jean) Porter; 11 grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Scott Funeral Home.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Campbell officiating.
Interment will follow at P3 Porter Ranch Family Cemetery in Pelham. Pallbearers will include friends and nephews.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, August 27, 2016
Submitted by Karen Rost

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Millie Marvine (Perry) Lancaster
Dec 15, 1923 - Aug 28, 2016

Marvine Lancaster, 92 of Kerens, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village East. Marvine and her late husband, Denver, owned and operated the Kerens Dairy Mart for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver; one son, Don Lancaster and one grand daughter, Donna Lancaster.
Marvine is survived by her son, Jackie Lancaster and wife Diane of Seven Point; daughter, Pam O'Brien and husband Larry; daughter, Joye Key and husband Dwight of Payne Springs; daughter, Judy Long and husband C.H. of Elk City, Oklahoma; daughter, Tammy Palik and husband Tholman of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at Paschal Funeral Home.
Funeral service are set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 at Paschal Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Upchurch and C.H. Long officiating.
Interment to follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Pallbearers are Danny "Bubba" Bray, Joey Bray, Zach Long, Dustin Wheeler, Eddie Perry and Charles Goodwin. Honorary Pallbearers are Chase Dearen, Blake Bray, Tanner Qualls and Ron Dearen.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Margaret Sue (Terry) Bailey-Steele
Mar 13, 1931 - Aug 28, 2016

Margaret Sue Bailey Steele, 85, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment to follow at Marshall Cemetery.

 

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  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, August 30, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Mrs. Margaret Sue Bailey Steele, 85, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born on March 13, 1931 to Wilburn and Veda Terry.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished her family. She was a strong willed and never met a stranger, and she always tried to help anyone in need. She loved bowling which her husband introduced her to and enjoyed being outdoors, spending time at the lake and fishing.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her son, Garland and wife Lisa Bailey of Corsicana; daughters, Sherrill Bailey of Corsicana and Claudia Thomas of Eustace; 7 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren; as well as her sister, Betty Callaway of Corsicana and brother, Gunter Terry of Sulphur Springs.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 2:00PM at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allison Humann officiating. Burial will follow at Marshall Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Steven Elliott, Charles Gregory, T.J. Fisher, Hunter Fisher, Joey Bailey, Richard Lane and Billy Watkins.

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  • d/o James Wilburn Terry & Veda Pearl (Wilson) Terry
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Sandra Jean (Gunn) Mullen
Jan 22, 1947 - Aug 23, 2016

Sandra Jean Mullen, 69, of Kerens passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 in Tyler. She was born on Jan. 22, 1947 in Corsicana to William Clarence and Dorothy Irene Gunn.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother whose sense of humor will be greatly missed. She was an LVN for over 25 years specializing in geriatrics medicine until her retirement.
She loved her grandchildren and caring for her birds as well as listening to classic rock.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Dorothy Gunn.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Kenneth W. Mullen; children, Angie Powell, Allen Coker, Mary Barber, Robin Mobley, Jason Mobley, Kaell Mullen and wife Mindy and Austin Mullen; grandchildren, Casey, Callie, Layton, Alyssa, Aryana, Jaden, Michael, Daniel, Max and Jordan; aunts, Edna Earl Gunn Price, Valta Berry, and Jo and husband Ernest Dale Walker. She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at the Kerens Church of Christ with Mr. Jimmy Glenn officiating. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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Karen Renee (Conger) Ramos
July 30, 1969 - Aug 29, 2016

Karen Renee Ramos, 47, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at her residence in Corsicana. She was born on July 30, 1969 in Cherry Point, North Carolina.
She spent the last months of her life sitting on the back patio at home enjoying her view of nature. She enjoyed watching the neighbor's ducks swimming in the nearby pond and at night looking at the stars and seeing the many small creatures that happened to visit her. Her inside hours were spent watching TV shows that made her happy which included The Animal Planet, rerun comedies of "I Love Lucy," "Big Bang Theory" and "The Golden Girls."
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Eula and Earl Tarkington, Homer and Opal Bobbitt and Allen and Frances Edens and her step-dad, Allen Edens, III.
She is survived by her son, Dillon M. Runion of Tempe, Arizona; mother, Linda Fricker and husband Ken of Corsicana; father, Eugene Conger and wife Nasisa of The Philippines; brother, Michael Conger of Carrollton; her blended family, siblings, Becky Engelbert and husband Kevin of Clear Lake, Jessica McGarry and husband David of Iowa Park and Julie Wuthrich and husband David of Archer City; nieces, Rachel Engelbert of Clear Lake and Ashtyn Wuthrich of Archer City; nephews, Weston Wuthrich of Archer City, John and Luke Engelbert of Clear Lake and a special nephew, KJ Claus of Iowa Park; aunt, Eula Mae Crooke and husband Fred of Corsicana; uncle, Hershel Bobbitt and wife Debi of Weatherford; numerous couisns and her beloved yorkie "Bubble".
A memorial graveside and burial of her cremated remains will be held at
10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev.
Mike Alexander officiating.
Those desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church, Cowboy Church of Corsicana or to VNA Hospice of Mabank.

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Shirley Jean (Franks) Yarbrough
Sept 21, 1945 - Aug 21, 2016

Shirley Jean Franks Yarbrough was born on Sept. 21, 1945 in Corsicana and has added another title to her name, Angel at Large. Just one month short of her 71st birthday, on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 she passed away peacefully under the excellent care of the wonderful staff at Trisun Care Center.
She devoted her life to caring for others, beginning with being a loving wife and mother. She branched out to care for other people's children running the Sit-a-Tot nursery and by fostering many teenagers. Her ultimate gift to life was becoming the best registered nurse possible. She worked as a nurse for 28 years before retiring to care for her husband and enjoying her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Eugene "Gene" Franks; mother, Mary Florence Boyte Franks; brothers, Edward Jean and Warren Ray "Fat Boy" Franks; daughter-in-law, Angela "Angie" Katherine Hood Yarbrough and granddaughter, Cierra Yarbrough.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Leonard O. "Cowboy" Yarbrough; sons, Leonard Eugene "Gene" Yarbrough, Vernon Yarbrough, and Marlin Yarbrough; daughter, Sherry Lynette and husband Glen D. Alcorn, Jr. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Timothy E. Yarbrough, W. Andrew Yarbrough, Kasey Yarbrough, William Moore, Leonard "The Boy" Yarbrough, Elizabeth J.M. Alcorn, Harley R. Alcorn and Morgan T. Alcorn; great grandchildren, Tobi, Hunter, Zoe, Bralynn, Karma, Angela and Michael; brothers and sisters, Martha, Glenda and husband Jerry, Roy and wife Patricia, Clyde and wife Shirley and Sue, along with sister-in-law Sally and husband Jack and a long list of nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Clyde Franks officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will Johnny Forstmann, Neal Franks, Timothy Yarbrough, Andrew Yarbrough, Lance Northen, and William Moore. Honorary Pallbearer will be Herman Forstmann.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Cancer Care Center or Texas Oncology in Shirley's memory.

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Spencer Monroe Elliott, Jr.
Aug 19, 1925 - Aug 26, 2016

Spencer M. Elliott, Jr., 91, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 in Houston.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Robert M. Young officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Spencer M. Elliott Jr. passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 in Houston Texas with his family at his side. He was preceded in death by his wife Totsy, his mother Katie Elliott, his father Spencer Elliott, his sister Francis Elliott and his brother Billy Elliott.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Shelley Elliott of Houston Texas and two grandchildren: Claire Elliott of Houston and Maggie Elliott of Houston.

Spencer was born in Corsicana, Texas on August 19, 1925 to Spencer M. Elliott and the former Katie Graham. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1942. Soon after graduation, he entered the United States Army. He received training in Camp Hood and was then deployed with the 95th Infantry Division. During his time with the 95th, he served in an anti-tank battalion in France, Belgium and Germany. After the surrender of Germany, Spencer was assigned to Camp Shelby, Mississippi and received his honorable discharge in 1946.
Spencer returned to Texas and resumed his education. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M in 1950. He taught Agriculture in the Corsicana area for two years. Then, he started a crude oil trucking business. Later, he expanded into oilfield supply by creating SE Pump and Supply Co. He continued in the oilfield supply business until 1967.

Next, Spencer began his second career in accounting. He returned to college to study accounting and apprenticed under Philip DeFranco in Corsicana. Then, he started his own business in Fairfield Texas known as Bi-Stone Data Corp. dedicated to accounting write-up and tax work. He cultivated a loyal clientele and became a trusted advisor to many people in Freestone County. He sold Bi-Stone in 1999 but continued to prepare tax returns for clients through the year 2016.

He married the former Totsy Tinkle in 1948. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2008. They enjoyed traveling with friends throughout the world. They also enjoyed visits from their granddaughters during summer vacation.

Spencer was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a long-standing member of the Texas A&M Century Club.

Visitation will be held at Corley Funeral Home, 418 North 13th Street, Corsicana from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016. A funeral service will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 312 North 13th Street, Corsicana with Dr. Bob Young officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.

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Mary Grant
abt 1922 - Aug 20, 2016

Mary Grant, 94, of Streetman, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 20,2016 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral sevices are set to begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Kerens.
Interment will follow at Pleasant Hall Cemetery in Streetman.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Kathleen (Garner) Glenn
Aug 8, 1921 - Aug 17, 2016

Kathleen Garner Glenn passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at age 95.
Kathleen was a lifetime resident of Navarro County. She was born in Chatfield on Aug. 8, 1921.
Kathleen graduated from Rice High School and married Orvel Glenn of Roane.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; her daughter Lexie Straley; sisters, Cora Lee Richards and Lois Hellums; brother, Billy Garner and a nephew, Jerry Hellums.
Kathleen is survived by her daughter Janis Anderson of Austin; son, Dale Glenn of Corsicana and her grandchildren, Robin Head, Kathy Knight, Jerri Kelly, Rusty Glenn, Windy Glenn Morris, Mylea Glenn, Jade Glenn, and Jagger Glenn, Kevin Anderson, Mark Anderson, Chip Anderson, Kim Staton; great grandchildren Dustin Head, Christopher Head, Jordan Head, Brandon Knight, Mike Montgomery and Valerie Glenn; great-great grandchildren Dillon, Harley, Ryker, Ronyn, Makayla, Amya, Rex, and Beaux and brother, Gail Garner and wife Christine of Corsicana.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug.
19, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Paul Holloway, Mark Holloway, Jerry Brown, Dillon Brown, Chris Fuller, and Danny Townley.

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Cora Salitha (Childress) Roughton
Jun. 3, 1873 - Jun. 2, 1927
 

Prominent Church Club Worker Dies

FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR POPULAR WOMAN

MRS. S. M. ROUGHTON LAID AT REST IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY

Funeral services for Mrs. Cora Childress Roughton, aged 54 years, wife of S. M. Roughton, who passed away Thursday afternoon in the Baylor Hospital in Dallas after an illness of several weeks, were held Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the First Methodist church, of which she had long been an active and consecrated member and worker, the Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of the church, conducting the last rites, with burial immediately afterward in Oakwood cemetery.

Pallbearers were members of the Sunday School class which had been taught by Mrs. Roughton continuously for the past seventeen years and which was one of her especial charges and were as follows:

Augustus Huffman, president; Maurice Keathley, first vice president; J. T. Eady, second vice president; Roy Ragsdale, third vice president; Charlie Steeley, secretary; O. F. Allen, O. P. Douglas and G. C. Hudson, assistant teachers; Hampton Keathley, Roy Deskin, Miller Walton, Alfred Clowe, Raymond Clowe, Andrew Steele, R. M. Tilley, James Pitts, Jimmie Gordon, Will Roy High, Rogers McElwrath, Elbert Smith, W. A. McCorkle, R. H. Andrews, Arthur Absher, Neal Walton, Wesley Martin, Charles Banister, James. A. Willie, Newell Royall, Burl Daviss, Erwin Smith, Eugene Brown, David Davis, Bruner Sutton, Curtis Thomas, Julian Barton, Charlie Love, Harvey Young, J. R. Taylor, Joe B. Fortson, Dupree Holman, W. L. David, Claud Milburn, Jasper Sweatman, R. E. McCollin, E. B. Robinson, Nathan Crouch, J. C. Mason, Jr., L. J. Herod, Joe Minter, Ray Sauer, Clifton Miller, R. S. Hendrix, J. L. McLemore, J. C. McClung, J. H. Arledge, William H. Cox, A. L. Boyde.

The Psychology Club of which Mrs. Roughton was organizer and president were honorary pallbearers.

Music for the service was rendered by the choir of the First Methodist church, under the direction of Edward F. Hearn, with special solo number, “Vale,” rendered by Mrs. Andy Autrey by request. This was a touching part of the service, as Mrs. Autry was an especial friend of Mrs. Roughton and her family, and during her illness of past weeks had frequently gone to her home and sung for her.

Mrs. Roughton was a native of Navarro county, having been born here at Cryer Creek on June 3, 1873, and had she lived another day she would have been fifty-four years of age. She grew to young womanhood in this county and was married to S. M. Roughton in Corsicana during the year 1890. She is survived by her devoted husband and three children, Mrs. Lynne A. Wortham of Corsicana, Verner Roughton of Abilene and Mrs. Grady Kinsolving of Abilene; two grandchildren, Carey Kinsolving and Delores Wortham; one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Ira Monroe of Abilene, and C. E. Childress of Anson, Texas, and J. O. Childress of El Paso.

Mrs. Roughton had been a member of the First Methodist church of Corsicana for many years and some seventeen years ago she began the teaching of a class of small boys in the First Methodist Sunday School. As the years passed and these boys grew to young manhood they would have none other than Mrs. Roughton for a teacher and she has continued to teach this class of boys and young men for seventeen continuous years illness and other unavoidable reasons being the only thing that kept her away from her class each Sunday. Members of this class are now scattered far and wide over the world, but during all this time Mrs. Roughton had kept up with the progress of each member of her class, for once a member always a member was one of the class mottoes.

She did not confine her religious work to teaching a Sunday School class, but was active in all branches of the church, and all the activities of the church claimed her attention and received her unstinted work, and enthusiastic co-operation. She was ever faithful to her duties as a Christian and was ever ready to aid in any cause which her church sponsored, not only because she felt it her duty but for the reason that she loved to labor in this field of endeavor.

Mrs. Roughton also found time to devote part of her energies toward civic ideals and the work of the women’s clubs of a literary and uplifting character. She was organizer and president of the Corsicana Psychology Club, which during the short time it has been in existence has attained a high rank among the worth while activities of the club women of the State. She was also a valued and faithful member of the Corsicana Delphians Society; member of the Texas Women’s Press Association, and the Texas Branch of the American League of Pen Women. She was one of the most popular members of old Sun-Light Chats, a band of writers for the Semi-Weekly Light, and was secretary and president of that organization, writing under the pen name of “Snow Flake.”

Mrs. Roughton was a fluent and interesting writer and well informed on all subjects that was of general or scientific interest. She was a deep student all her life and more especially during recent years, devoting much of her time to study along all lines of the world endeavor.

It can truly be said that Mrs. Roughton was a purveyor of Sunshine in the highest sense. She was a living example of the great and good of a smile to both the giver and the receiver, for she made the world brighter and happier by her ever-present and spontaneous smile and was herself the embodiment of cheerfulness and happiness, radiating these qualities wherever she appeared. It may be truthfully said that few persons ever made a more sincere effort to bring happiness and sunshine into the lives of others than did Mrs. Roughton and it may as truthfully be stated that few persons ever succeeded to a more marked degree in bringing these pleasing qualities into the lives of those with whom she came in contact than did this good woman.

A great concourse of sorrowing friends gathered at the First Methodist church to pay their final tribute to the worth of this good woman and followed the remains to their last resting place and placed on her grave a great profusion of beautiful flowers as a token of the love and esteem in which she was held by her home people, as well as many from various parts of the State which was indeed fitting for she loved flowers and the joy they brought to life.

Numerous messages of sympathy have been received by the family from friends in and out of the State, as well as floral tributes attesting the wide acquaintance and popularity of Mrs. Roughton.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, June 3, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards and Karen Rost
  • (wrote for “The Chats”, Sun-Light Weekly under the pen name of “Snow Flake”
  • s/o Sebastin Magruder Roughton d/o James Oliver Childress and Eliza Jane (Williamson) Childress

 

 



MRS. S. M. ROUTHTON PASSED AWAY DALLAS SANITARIUM TODAY

WELL KNOWN CORSICANA WOMAN BE BURIED HERE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 4

Mrs. Cora Childress Roughton, aged 64 years, wife of S. M. Roughton, died in the Baptist Hospital Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the First Methodist church Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Roughton is survived by her husband and three children, as follows: Mrs. Grady Kinsolving of Abilene; Verner Roughton of Abilene, and Mrs. Lynne Wortham of Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Ira Munroe of Abilene; two brothers, C. E. Childress of Anson, Texas, and J. O. Childress of El Paso, Texas. She was a native of Navarro county, being born at Cryer Creek, June 3, 1873. She married S. M. Roughton in Corsicana in 1890.

Mrs. Roughton has been a life long member of the Methodist church and has taught a class of young men in the First Methodist church of this city for the past seventeen years. She was the president and organizer of the Corsicana Psychology Club and a member of the Corsicana Delphian Society, member of the Texas Woman’s Press Association, of the Texas Branch of the American League of Pen Women.

The body will arrive from Dallas on the 11:29 train tonight and will be taken to the family home at the Corner of Fourteenth street and Tenth Avenue.

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CORA CHILDRESS ROUGHTON

We come into this life through a veil of tears and when we have completed our span of allotted years our departure is also made through a veil of tears. Suffering at the start and sorrow at the end.

We have no control over our coming or going but during that period in between our life is what we make it. Some seem to get the greatest pleasure out of life piling up a great fortune of worldly wealth—which is all right provided some part of the wealth is put to use for the betterment of the human race and during the scramble for the almighty dollar we do not lose sight of those things which bring the greater happiness in the long run. Others make their lives a continuous work of personal service to their fellowman—always doing something to make others happy. The latter gets the most out of life and when it comes time to pay the final debt the right side of the ledger of life carries a balance that leaves no doubt as to whether the life on earth has been well spent.

Death has recently claimed a Corsicana woman whose life work was to make others happy. This woman was Mrs. Cora Childress Roughton, and she numbered her friends by those who knew her. A brilliant, studious and progressive woman—never too busy to lend a helping hand to the needy—with a pleasant smile and a kind word for all—and when the end came that smile still wreathed her face, serene in death—she had gone to a well deserved reward.

For seventeen years Mrs. Roughton had taught a class of young men in the First Methodist church of which denomination she had been a life long member. As Dr. F. P. Culver said in the course of his tribute to her memory—human mathematicians can not measure the far reaching results of this work, but only the mathematicians of the skies—for boys who have been members of this class are scattered to the four corners of the globe—many married with families of their own, it was not unusual for Mrs. Roughton to receive greetings from some member of her Sunday school class in distant foreign countries.

“Her boys.” That was how Mrs. Roughton termed her class. And they were her boys. They were loyal to her and their respect and love for her was a wonderful thing to behold. If the teaching of this class alone was all Mrs. Roughton had accomplished it would have been a life well spent and a monument to the work of the teacher. But Mrs. Roughton was active in many lines of endeavor. A student always she pioneered in psychology, organizing the Corsicana Psychology Club of which she was president when she died. Other study clubs held her attention and she contributed many inspiring programs and thoughts from which inspiration was gained by those who were so fortunate as to come in contact with her.

Her civic pride was pronounced. When any move was on foot whereby the community in which she lived would be benefited Mrs. Roughton would be found in the front rank, flashing her pleasing smile, untiring working, heart and soul, for whatever the issue might be.

Her part in the church work will be keenly missed. Her religion and her church were always uppermost in her life. She was never too tired or too busy to respond when the call of the church was heard. With a magnetic and pleasing personality, a quick inquiring mind to drive an untiring body, she was a valuable asset to any move to which she might attach herself and her services were greatly in demand. And she always made a success of whatever she might undertake.

The readers of the Corsicana Daily Sun and the Semi-Weekly Morning Light have enjoyed many interesting articles from the talented pen of Mrs. Roughton. Her contributions published in these two papers, covered numerous themes. She had acted in the capacity of society editor for the Sun and during the times of the Old Sun-Light Chats organization she wrote under the pen name of “Snow Flake.” She was also president and secretary of this band of writers for a number of years. She was a versatile writer with a wonderful descriptive power and her contributions will be greatly missed by the thousands of readers of these two papers.

The church has lost a sincere and loyal member. The city has lost a progressive and untiring worker. Her clubs have lost an active and inspiring member. Her husband has lost a loving and loyal mate of some thirty-seven years and the children have lost a mother—a mother in all that the word implies.

Mrs. Roughton was a sincere Christian woman whose first thought was the happiness of her fellow man. No greater tribute could be paid to anyone. Her reward will be great and is deserved.

The entire community joins in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

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Tributes to Mrs. Roughton.

Three outstanding interests in the life of the late Mrs. S. M. Roughton, were her Sunday School class of young men of the First Methodist church, the Psychology Club, of which she was organizer and president, and the Corsicana Daily Sun, to which she has contributed since a school girl. It seems most fitting that tributes should come from these three.

Tribute from Society Editor Daily Sun.

One of the most potent phrases of Mrs. Roughton’s activities lay in her pen, and nearly all her life she had spent her ability, her energy, her desire for accomplishing something worthwhile, in writing articles that either acquainted the public with worthy causes, and helped them to bring those to consummation, or entertained them with delightful articles that brought pleasure.

As a school girl, while living in the country, she was a correspondent for the Sun-Light, sending in news items each week. After her marriage she came to Corsicana to lkive, and for years wrote for “The Chat’s columns under the pseudonym of “Snow-Flake,” and as we understand, was one of the originators of “The Chats,” page. Each year of the years of existence of the “Chats” a picnic was held and these writers mixed and mingled together in a social way, with Mrs. Roughton ever the enlivening spirit of the day.

It ever being Mrs. Roughton’s delight to start new things, we might attribute the daily society news to her forethought and interest. On several occasions she edited this page when the society editor would have a vacation.

As editor of the music column while Mrs. Wortham was not able to carry it on for several weeks, she won recognition especially with her article, “I Am Music,” which was published in “The Musical,” Editor A. L. Harper of “The Musical” wrote here that it had created more favorable comment than any article he had ever published. It was afterwards dramatized in several clubs of the state.

Her splendid publicity articles put over the Salvation Army Appeal, in the first drive of the kind to be led by a woman. Likewise her enthusiasm brought many to the cooking schools that were conducted several consecutive years by the Sun-Light Publishing Co.

Seldom has there been any good movement here that did not elicit her support and bring forth from her pen articles that roused a fine public spirit, besides having far-reaching results.

The only appointee of the new administration of Mrs. Lynne A. Wortham as president of the Nevin Club, was that of her mother, Mrs. S. M. Roughton, as publicity chairman for the coming year. This Mrs. Roughton cheerfully accepted just two weeks ago.
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Tribute from the Psychology Club.
M. L. M.

To estimate a life in human terms is no easy thing to do, remembering as we do that God is the Judge. But when a personality as magnetic, as verile, as abundant of life as that of Mrs. Roughton, has passed away, there is a void left, so that we cannot help but sum up and remember with appreciation the fine qualities that enabled that personality to fill so large a sphere of activity, and to take inspiration from it for our own lives.

Mrs. Roughton’s presence was gentle, gracious, loving. Her mind was keen and she used it to gain knowledge that guided her in intellectual pursuits of a high type; her soul would go on a quest for truth, so that from her knowledge she gained wisdom—an understanding, indeed, that helped her to see above the petty things of life; helped her to see the larger, more lasting, more spiritual elements for herself and for those with whom she came in contact. It was her desire to do good, to bring about good, to help others. To her all people were to be liked, nay, loved; for love of mankind ruled her life, and so filled it that in her heart she knew no malice. Indeed she was gentle, gracious, loving; and for those who opened their hearts to her love, she had an uncanny devination of discovering their best and strongest qualifications, and then helping them to fulfill that best. Always she was looking for the seed of good, always helping that seed to flower. Always she was an example of what she held to be right—cheerful, patient, enthusiastic, generous in her appreciation for all efforts, emanating a spirit of love under all circumstances. She knew what was the thing in her own soul that must be expressed, and she let no obstacle stand in the way of her conquering her soul. Carlyle has said, “It is not in the favor of the great or of the small, but in a life of truth and in the inexpugnable citadel of his own soul that a man’s strength must be.” She seemed to have this strength. Furthermore a life is not measured by its mistakes, but by the good accomplished. The void she has left is evidence enough of the things she wrought.

Mrs. Roughton will be missed greatly. Her family, her Sunday school boys and her Psychology club will miss her most. But those who knew her spirit best, will not be faint-hearted because she is no longer here to guide by word and mouth. Her work remains. The strongest evidence of it is the spirit she raised up among those who loved her—a spirit that has become a shadow of herself, but which shines nevertheless in the light of this world beckoning to us to continue onward and upward in the path she trod before us—to become what she was, as Abou Ben Ahdem of old, “blessed God, because she loved her fellowmen.”
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Tribute from Sunday School Class.

Death has recently called a woman whose life work was to build a better community. This woman was Mrs. Cora Childress Roughton who seventeen years ago organized a class, composed of boys, in the First Methodist Sunday School. This class when organized had an enrollment of nineteen and went by the name of “The Gang of Nineteen.” The class grew until there was a total membership of sixty-five.

This beloved woman was so faithful, so thoughtful, so kind, so good to these young sons of America that never a day passed without a thought of their Teacher. There was never a day passed that she failed to remember “Her Boys” as she termed her class. For seventeen years she continued this good work with this class, of course not the same membership, for boys who have been members of her class are now scattered to the four corners of the earth. Many have married and have families of their own but still their memories of their class and Mrs. Roughton are very dear to them. Some of the members have achieved greatness in the commercial world but all have succeeded in the eyes of God and their teacher, Mrs. Roughton.

Life’s work for this good woman was to do something for others. She was son enthused over this that she inspired the boys of her class to help others, the class motto became “Help Somebody Today.”

The Church has lost a sincere worker, the city has lost one of their most progressive citizens and there is a vacancy at the head of a class of fine young men in the First Methodist Sunday School that can never be filled. There is a pain in the hearts of this class, not grief but sadness, for we all rejoice to know that she has gone on to a far greater work than we have on this earth. Her reward will be great for she deserves greatness. The entire class extends heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of this Christian woman.

A. G. S.

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City Federation Honors Memory of Mrs. Roughton

Whereas, the passing of Mrs. S. M. Roughton from the scene of her many activities, and attractive noble service to her fellowman, has brought sorrow to the hearts of men, women and children throughout our city, who knew her well and loved her much;

Whereas, her death has removed from the midst of club-women one of the most brilliant, influential and active members;

And Whereas, by her intellect, executive ability and kind leadership of organizations wherein she gave of her life, her time and devotion;

Whereas, by her unselfish service to the community, her generous words of praise for others, her intense interest in the happiness and success of her fellow club members, she has brought distinction to her beloved city and the united clubs of Corsicana.

Be it Resolved: That the City Federation of Women’s Club of Corsicana, Texas, deeply deplore the passing of Mrs. Roughton, and as all homage was due her in life, that we ever hold her memory sacred.

Be it Further Resolved: That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the press, that a copy be filed on the records of the City Federation, also a copy be given to the family of Mrs. Roughton, to whom she was deeply attached.

(Signed):
MRS. W. A. HAMMETT,
MRS. A. A. ALLISON,
MRS. I. N. SUTTLE.
Committee.

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MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY MORNING FOR BELOVED TEACHER

MEMORY OF MRS. S. M. ROUGHTON HONORED BY SPECIAL SERVICES

Memorial services were held at the opening exercises of the Young People’s Department of the First Methodist church Sunday morning in memory of Mrs. S. M. Roughton, a teacher in the department for almost twenty years. A number of talks and special music made up the program.

Mrs. George E. Jester, a fellow-worker in the department for many years, was in charge of the program. in her introductory talk, she paid tribute to Mrs. Roughton’s faithfulness, her untiring efforts to better the department, her uncomplaining service, her cheerfulness, her patriotism, her civic pride, and her influence over the young men of her Sunday School Class.

Another tribute from a fellow teacher and clubwoman was given by Mrs. Clyde Foster. Speaking of the town’s and the Sunday School’s loss in Mrs. Roughton’s death. Mrs. Foster pointed out that death had given admittance to a greater field of service where visions might be realized. Her life held all of the qualifications of citizenship in a greater world, enthusiasm, courage, purposefulness, a spirit of fellowship, and unwavering faith in all those with whom she came in contact.

“It was a privilege of friendship to have worked with her and had her here with us. It was our privilege to know her and feel her abiding influence.”

Mrs. Andy Autry, accompanied at the piano by Miss Catherine Treadwell sang “I Shall See Him.”

Neal Walton, a member of Mrs. Roughton’s class for seventeen years, paid tribute to her as one of “her boys.” Mrs. Roughton was one of the greatest inspirations of my life, and I feel that I was blessed by her presence and my associations with her.

“Her faith in her boys was as strong as her faith in her family. She never doubted them. One of the great secrets of her influence was her kind words, which everyone knew were backed up by kind thoughts.

“No one has given more service to the boys of Corsicana than Mrs. Roughton, and her memory is an inspiration to all who have known her. No matter how busy or how sorely tried she might be, she did not forget her boys, and all through the war, her boys heard from her regularly; and the same was true in everyday life, she knew her boys when she saw them and had a kind word for them.

“Because of her service to all mankind, she is a good example for us to follow.”

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Tommy Gene Shivers
Nov 10, 1927 - Dec 31, 2013

Tommy Shivers, 86, of China Spring, peacefully passed from this life to be with our Lord on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. A memorial service dedicated to the celebration of his life will be held at 1pm, Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck, Waco, 76708. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at www.LakeShoreFuneralHome.com.
Tommy, a twin, was born on November 10, 1927 to William Joseph & Rosie Beatrice (Powell) Shivers in Corsicana. After graduation from Corsicana High in 1945, he served our country in Honolulu, HA in the U.S. Army until September, 1947. He also served as Sgt. in the National Guard of the U.S. until 1952.
Tommy never met a stranger and had many friends. He always offered his help to friends and neighbors alike. He had many interests and hobbies, but he was an avid golfer for many years. He also enjoyed membership in the local chapter of the Karem Temple Shriners.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, "Babydoll", Willie B. Shivers Griggs.
He is survived by his former wife, Joan Null of Spring; their daughter, Cindy Shivers of China Spring; Dianne Kylochko of Gholson; Mike Gregory of Chisolm, MN; three brothers, his twin, Billy Dan Shivers of Arlington, Burnett Shivers of Weatherford, and Homer Edwin Shivers and wife Margaret of Alvarado; eight beloved grandchildren, Chuck & Gene Holle, Jessica and Lisa Gardiner, Thomas Robins, Lauren & Claire Lightfoot,and Zachary Ramsey; five precious great-grandchildren Ben, Will, and Taylor Holle, Jasmine Vega, and Jack Thomas Robins; and as well as many nieces, nephews, and their children. Also left behind are Greg & Connie Long, Doug & Denise Long, and David & Reecie Long, as well as their children and grandchildren. Their mother, Norma Long, Tommy’s dear love and friend, preceded him in death in 2010.

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  • Submitted by Cindy Shivers Ramsey
  • Twin of Billie (Billy) Dan Shivers
  • Oakwood Cemetery

Billy Dan Shivers
Nov 10, 1927 - Apr 13, 2014

Billy Dan Shivers of Arlington passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014. Graveside service: 1 p.m. Friday in Rice Cemetery in Rice. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Arlington Funeral Chapel, Arlington. New Hope Funeral Home of Sunnyvale, 972-226-2111, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Shivers was born Nov. 10, 1927

 

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    Billy Shivers is survived by his daughter, Barbara Ann Bullen and husband, Bill; Granddaughter, Bobbie Jo Bramlett; grandsons, Zachery Andrew Cunningham, Joseph William Cunningham and Jimmy Heath Cunningham; Brother, Eddie Shivers and wife Margaret; just like a brother, Billy Jay Williams; numerous nieces and nephews. A very loving companion, Connie Harper and family. Billy also leaves many many cherished friends.

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