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Kurt S. Sepedy
Dec 28, 1974 - July 28, 2016

Kurt S. Sepedy, 42 of Corsicana passed away Thursday, July 28, 2016.
He was born Dec. 28, 1974 in Pohnpei, Micronesia to Soulik Sepedy and Paulina Welbert Sepedy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Letise Sitim Simina
abt 1946 - Jul 30, 2016

Letise Sitim Simina, 70, of Coriscana, a former Chunk State (FSM) passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Corsicana.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 at Micronesia Unity Baptist Church, 715 N. 14th St.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 at Micronesia Unity Baptist Church.
Interment to follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.
Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Kathy Sue (Howell) Hitt
Sep 26, 1953 - Aug 7, 2016

Kathy Sue Howell Hitt, 62, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7,
2016 at Country Meadow's Health Care and Rehab in Corsicana.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 at Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Becker officiating.


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Kathy Sue Howell Hitt, 62, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7,
2016 at Country Meadow's Health Care and Rehab in Corsicana. She was born on Sept. 26, 1953 in Dallas to Kenneth Truman and Millie Jo Robinson Howell.
She owned and operated a pet shop and dog grooming business for many years.
She is survived by her parents, Kenneth and Millie Howell; sisters, Trudy Jo Howell and Cynthia Gail Burch of Corsicana; niece, Jennifer Kay Burch of Houston; nephews, Jeffrey Wayne Peterson and wife Anna of Corsicana and Kenneth Lee Burch of Portland, Oregon; great nephews, Jeffrey Wayne Peterson, Jr. of Dallas, Jeryl Philip Peterson and Zachrey Scott Petterson of Corsicana.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 at Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Becker officiating.
Interment of her cremated remains will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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Jessie Don Vaughan
abt 1938 - Aug 11, 2016

Jessie Don Vaughan, 78 of Corsicana passed away Aug. 11, 2016 in Mexia.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Mark Hooper officiating.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jessie Don Vaughan, 78 of Corsicana passed away August 11, 2016 in Mexia. He was born January 1, 1938 in Corsicana to Johnnie Vaughan and Ruby Missildine. Don was an outdoors man, enjoyed cows and tractors. He also enjoyed visiting casinos and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Ruby Vaughan. He is survived by his wife, Doris Vaughan; children, Diane Richards of Rice, Donald Wayne Vaughan and wife Julie of Leander and Patricia Vaughan and Jonathan Smith of Kerens; siblings, Johnnie Vaughan of Kerens, Jackie Vaughan of Corsicana, David Vaughan of Fairfield and Paula Marrs of Corsicana; grandchildren, Marsha Valentine of Rice, Michelle Edmondson of Amarillo, Stephanie Warren of Eureka, Ashley Rolfes of Vidor, Anthony Vaughan of Leander, Stephanie Vaughan of Leander, Nathan Vaughan of Leander, Tiffany Hebert of Eureka, April Hebert of Corsicana and Matthew Hebert of Mildred; great grandchildren, Hanna Valentine, Andrew Valentine, Kameron Hesus, Nicholas Edmondson, Joshua Edmondson, Zachary Edmondson, Jaxon Edmondson, Jace Henley, Andrew Sorrells and Emily Balvaneda.
Visitation will be Monday, August 15, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 4:00 pm Monday, August 15, 2016 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Mark Hooper officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Vaughan, Anthony Vaughan, Jonathan Smith and Matthew Hebert.

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Willa Joyce (Hitchcock) Daniel
Mar 24, 1931 - Aug 13, 2016

Willa Joyce Daniel, 85 of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 in Dallas.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at Pattison Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Willa Joyce Daniel, 85 of Corsicana passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on Saturday morning, August 13, 2016 at the age of 85. She was born March 24, 1931 in Emhouse to Homer and Edith Hitchcock. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church. She was a nurse for many years working at Navarro Hospital and several nursing homes. She enjoyed watching soap opera's and working puzzles.
She is survived by her children, Nita and Ronald Daniel of Corsicana and Tommy Daniel of Corsicana. Granddaughter LeAnn Daniel Keith and husband Troy; great grandchildren, Sloane Johnson, Nicholas Kieth, Aden Keith, River Keith.
Visitation will be 12-2 pm Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will be 3 pm Wednesday at Pattison Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.

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Robert Lewis "Little Robert" Watkins
Mar 11, 1935 - Aug 17, 2016

Robert "Little Robert" Watkins of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday evening Aug. 17, 2016 at the age of 81. He was born on March 11, 1935 in Barry to Charlie and Elna Watkins.
He married Lavonne Ray on Feb. 17, 1954. He retired in March of 1997 after 30 years of service as an inspector with the Texas Highway Department. He served at deacon and music director at Emhouse Baptist Church for many years. Robert enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He graduated from Emhouse High School in 1953 as Salutatorian.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Robert leaves behind his loving wife, Lavonne Watkins of Corsicana; children, Lewis Watkins and wife Margie of Corsicana, Mike Watkins and wife Lorri of Bedias, Kevin Watkins and wife Elizabeth of Corsicana; sister Jane Cohen and husband Bob of College Station; grandchildren, Brooke Pate and husband Jeremy of Buford, Georg., Brittany Lassiter and husband Eric of Fairfield, Brendan Watkins of Corsicana, Cassie McCreary and husband David of Bedias, Casey Zehnder and husband John of Bedias, Logan Watkins of Corsicana; great grandchildren, Ava, Greta and Willa Pate, Kate and Ryan Lassiter, Riley and Elliot McCreary and Ty, Wyatt and Levi Zehnder.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services are set to begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Otis Conner and Eric Larsen officiating.
Interment will follow at Black Hills Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Logan Watkins, Chad Younger, David McCreary, Brendon Watikins, Eric Lassiter, John Zehnder. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Emhouse Baptist Church and Texas Highway Department.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Vernon Lowell "Binge" Farmer, Sr.
Aug 4, 1926 - Aug 29, 2016

Vernon Lowell "Binge" Farmer died Monday at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. He was born Aug. 4, 1926 in Eureka to Dalton Edward Farmer and Lillie Mae Seal Farmer.
Mr. Farmer was retired from Curtis Mathis Television in Athens where he worked as a finishing supervisor. Mr. Farmer was also in the United States Army and served his country in World War II. He loved to garden and enjoyed selling his produce locally and as well as sharing his vegetable with his friends and neighbors.
Mr. Farmer was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers Truman, Keith and Morris Farmer and sisters Aileen Griffith and Oneda Morgan. He was also proceeded in death by his second wife, Martha "Mutt" Farmer of Athens and a step-son Billy Don Partin.
He is survived by his wife Mary Lee Farmer of Athens. He is also survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Mary Holloway, a son Vernon Earl Farmer and daughter Carolyn Gilmore all of San Marcus; three step-daughters, June Knott of Athens, Texas, Carol Smith of Vernon and Sandra Webb of Rockwall. Numerous, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren as well as and other beloved family members.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday Sept. 2, 2016 at Bailey & Foster Funeral home in Palestine. Graveside services for Vernon Lowell "Binge" Farmer age 90, of Athens will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday Sept.
3, 2016 at Union Cemetery on Hwy 59 near Cross Roads, TX.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine, TX.

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Bernice Lavern McDonald
abt 1952 - Aug 22, 2016

Bernice Lavern McDonald, 64 of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Aug.
22,2016 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church located at 720 E. Park Ave., with Bishop William Lewis, Jr., Officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary


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Tracy James
abt 1912 - Aug 23, 2016

Tracy James, 104, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Heritage Oaks West.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at Scott Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Pastor Alfred Cox and Bishop K.D. Davis Eulogist.
Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery.
Arrangements made by Scott Funeral Home.

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Paul Edward Spear
Oct 3, 1925 - Aug 15, 2016

Paul Edward Spear, 90, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. He was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Fort Worth to W.M. and Mary Mullner Spear.
He attended schools in Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1943. He joined the Army Air Corp in September of 1943 serving in World War II and was honorably discharged in April of 1946. He went on to graduate from Baylor University in 1948.
Paul married in 1947 to Bertha Louise Hearne. They divorced in 1974 and she has since passed away.
He retired from E.I. DuPont in Corpus Christ in 1984, after 35 years of service. He lived in Corpus Christi for over 30 years.
Paul loved bird watching and his travels were most often associated with birds and photography. He loved to travel and he traveled all over the world and he frequently traveled with his daughter, Robin. He also loved following the Baylor Bears.
He is Survived by his children, Paul R. Spear of McKinney, Robin E.
Spear of Humble; grandchildren, Michael T. Spear of Waco, Alan M. Spear of Liberty; great-grandchildren, Lukas T. Spear and Beau M. Spear, both of Waco and brother, W.M Spear Jr. of Redding, Calif.
Visitation will be geld from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at Mount Olivet. Funeral services are set to follow at 3:30 p.m.
Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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Eugene Ernest Richter
May 20, 1937 - Aug 21, 2016

Eugene Ernest Richter, 79, of Corsicana, formerly of Sonora and Albany, died Sunday Aug. 21, 2016 in a Corsicana nursing center. Eugene was born May 20, 1937 in Albany to Walter and Ester (Loeschber) Richter. He graduated from Albany High School in 1956 and married Sheila Elaine Seedig on Aug. 13, 1966. They moved to Sonora from Albany in 1981 where he retired as a plant superintendent from Valero Hydrocarbons after over
20 years. He later moved to Corsicana in 2009 to be near family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife in 2012 and a brother Curtis Richter.
Eugene is survived by a daughter Kathryn Wilganowski of Corsicana; two sons, Kevin Richter of North Richland Hills and Adam Richter and wife Kari of Corsicana; three grandchildren, Mackenzie Ann Wilganowski, Kathryn Grace Richter and Kristopher Dale Richter, all of Corsicana; a sister-in-law Edna Richter of Omaha, Nebraska and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Albany. Funeral services to follow at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow in the Albany Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or to the Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Frances Louise (Frederick) Green
May 5, 1928 - Apr 11, 2013

Frances L. Green was born May 5, 1928 to Samuel and Vivian Fredrick and passed away April 11, 2013 in Garland, Texas.

She is survived by her children, Don Green and Diane Miller.

Services will be held at 12:30 PM on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Restland Wildwood Chapel.

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  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams
  • w/o Corben Lomede Green (bur at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Emmett, Navarro Co., TX); d/o Samuel Huston "Sam" Frederick & Vivian Mae (Lane) Frederick (bur at Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX}

Nancy Mary “Mollie” (Matthews) Lane
Nov 14, 1853 - Sep 18, 1934

MRS. J. F. LANE DIED EARLY TUESDAY BURIAL WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. J. F. Lane, aged 80 years, pioneer resident of Navarro county, who died Tuesday morning at 4 o’clock after an illness of four weeks, will be held from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Carnahan, 1029 North Beaton Street, Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Mrs. Lane had resided in Corsicana for the past 35 years.

Surviving are three sons, W. O. Lane, D. E. Lane, and Luther Lane, all of Corsicana; nine daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Carnahan, Mrs. Ethen Dunn, and Mrs. Mabel Turman, all of Corsicana; Mrs. W. B. Kistler, Tyler; Mrs. Charles A. McAfee, Amarillo; Mrs. Ollie Bowen, Santa Anna, California; Mrs. W. N. Pickett, Fort Worth; Mrs. Deed Duke, Blooming Grove; and Mrs. J. L. Robinson, Venus; twenty-eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PIONEER WOMAN WEDNESDAY MORNING

Funeral rites for Mrs. J. F. Lane, 80-year-old Navarro county pioneer resident, were held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Carnahan, 1029 North Beaton street, with interment in the Hamilton cemetery. Mrs. Lane died at 4 o’clock Tuesday morning after an illness of four weeks.

The service was conducted by Rev. J. F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, who was assisted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian Church.

Mrs. Lane had resided in Corsicana for the past 35 years.

Surviving are three sons, W. O. Lane, D. E. Lane and Luther Lane, all of Corsicana; nine daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Carnahan, Mrs. Ethel Dunn and Mrs. Mabel Turman, all of Corsicana; Mrs. W. B. Kistler, Tyler; Mrs. Charles A. McAfee, Amarillo; Mrs. Ollie Bowen, Santa Anna, Cal.; Mrs. W. N. Prickett, Fort Worth; Mrs. Deed Duke, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. J. L. Robinson, Venus. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Ronnie Mitchell Wylie
Mar 20, 1952 - May 10, 2016
 
Ronnie Wylie, 64, passed away on Tuesday, March [sic] 10, 2016 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He was born in Corsicana on March 20, 1952, to Don and Betty Wylie.

He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1970, Navarro Junior College in 1972, and University of Houston Pharmacy School in 1975. Ronnie worked in various pharmacies in Cleburne, Corsicana, and most recently, Groesbeck.

He married his elementary school sweetheart, Mary Jane Locklar, on June 1, 1974.

Ronnie loved to play baseball and football as a child as well as hunting with his cousin, Robert Herod.
In the last 5 years, he has enjoyed being Pop to his grandson, Ethan Williams. They enjoyed many trips to Tractor Supply, Sonic, and Jester Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don Wylie and Betty Wylie, in-laws Orville and Vivian Locklar, and daughter Sara Wylie.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Wylie of Corsicana; Son, Chris Wylie and wife Julie of Victoria; Daughter, Alison Williams and husband Andy of Corsicana; Grandson, Ethan Williams of Corsicana; Dog, Smokey; Sister, Robin Wylie of Corsicana; Brother, Scott Wylie and wife Debra of Denver, Colorado; Brother, Michael Wylie and wife Lauren of Abilene; Sister-in-law Martha Kirgan and husband Jimmy of Kirvin; Step-mom Anne Wylie of Corsicana; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also his "Aguado Breakfast Club" Robert Herod and Scott Powers.

Visitation with his family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Interment will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Bill David, Ron Capehart, Robert Herod, Scott Powers, Fred Aguado, Matt Herod, Jason Herod and Dameon Milton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Bryon Crum, Jimmy Kirgan and Percell Milton.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - May 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Corsicana Daily Sun and the funeral home both had March 10 for death date in his obituary, but it was actually May 10, per the information over his photo on the funeral home site.

Alonzo James Whiteis
July 3, 1947 - May 8, 2016
 
Alonzo James Whiteis, 68 of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 at his residence. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Samuel Aaron Dominic officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alonzo Whiteis of Corsicana passed away at his home surrounded by family on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the age of 68. He was born July 3, 1947 in Pryor, Oklahoma to Chester Whiteis Sr and Mary Swearengin. He married Rhonda Mills on November 30, 1973 in Chelsea, Okalhoma.
He is preceded in death by his father, Chester Whiteis; sister, Marie Holleyman and father and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Helen Mills. He is survived by his wife Rhonda Whiteis; mother, Mary Whiteis of Salina, OK; children, Mechelle Price and husband Lee of Kansas, OK, Rhongena Whiteis of Corsicana and Kayla Elyeisar of Corsicana. He is also survived by his siblings, Dorothy Smith and husband Tom of Pryor, OK, Chester Whiteis of Salina, OK, Albert Whiteis of Pryor, OK, Harrison Whiteis and wife JoAnna of Chouteau, OK, Billy Whiteis and wife Sherry of Collinsville, OK. Pam McKay and husband Andy of Pensacola, OK and Johna Kay Gann and husband Clifford of Salina, OK; brother-in-law, Vic Holleyman of Salina, OK; six grandchildren, Felicity Whiteis, Cameron Whiteis, Gracie Whiteis, Andrew Whiteis, Leeah Price, Jayden Elyeisar and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 12th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, May 13, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Samuel Aaron Dominic officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Zachary Perritt, Lee Price, Dennis Smith, Atus Suda, Pascual Castillo and Clayton Smith.

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Susie Ella (Robinson) Andrews-Perry
Feb 1, 1887 - Apr 13, 1965

Services Held For Mrs. Perry

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Perry, 79, native of Wills Point, who died in Memorial hospital Tuesday, were held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Eureka cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Grady Cook, pastor of the Round Prairie Baptist church, assisted by Rev. Homer Cox, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Mrs. Perry had resided in Kerens eight years.

Surviving are her husband of Kerens, five sons, William Earl Andrews, Beaumont; Cecil and Doyle Andrews, both of Corsicana; Ernest Andrews, Dallas, and J. T. Andrews, Kerens; six daughters, Mrs. Ioma Perry, Kerens; Mrs. Nellie Mosley, Mrs. Edna McCaslin, Mrs. Opal Coker and Mrs. Lillie Bedford, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. Mamie Frame, Eureka; three brothers, Jack and Ray Robinson, both of Corsicana, and Judston Robinson, Eureka; four sisters, Mrs. Warnie Bates and Mrs. Carl Love, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Jossie Conger, Kerens, and Mrs. Bill Howard, Palestine; 35 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Bill Bonner, Reyn Bell, Charles Williams, Jimmy Coker, Clyde Smith, Bobby Freeman, Don Chandler and Cleve Williams.

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Frank Page Ficklin
Feb 14, 1876 - Nov 19, 1962

F. P. Ficklin Dies Monday, Rites Pending

F. P. Ficklin, 86, of 1431 West Park avenue, retired dairyman, died Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Corley Funeral Home at press hour Monday.

Native of Mississippi, Ficklin moved to Corsicana in 1916 from Cleburne. Ficklin avenue and Ficklin addition to Corsicana were named in his honor.

Surviving are two sons, Cleo P. Ficklin, Raton, N.M., and W.W. Ficklin, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Johnson, Waco; Mrs. D. O. Love and Mrs. Billy Stokes, both of Corsicana; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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Sallie May (Huffman) Ficklin
May 9 1878 - Oct 19, 1945

MRS. F. P. FICKLIN DIED FRIDAY NIGHT; BURIAL ON MONDAY

Mrs. F. P. Ficklin, aged 67 years, long-time Corsicana resident, died suddenly at the family home, 1518 Ficklin avenue, Friday night at 8:45 o'clock.

A native of Bremond, Mrs. Ficklin and family came to Corsicna from Cleburne in 1916.

Surviving are her husband, F. P. Ficklin, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. W. T. Stokes and Mrs. D. O. Love, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. H. L. Johnson, Waco; two sons, C. J. Ficklin, Red River, N. M., and W. W. Ficklin, Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Leah Kirkpatrick, Bremond, and Mrs. Johnnie Rhodes, San Saga, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Pallbearers will be Walter Erwin, Claude White, M. K. Riley, Rev. Albritton, Dr. H. B. Love, Fred R. Wilson, Clint Easley and J. H. Gibson.

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In Attendance Upon Funeral Services Of Mrs. F. P. Ficklin

Relatives and friends in attendance at the funeral of the late Mrs. F. P. Ficklin were C. P. Ficklin, Red River, N. M., W. W. Ficklin, Billie Stokes, Jr., Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Johnson and family, Ernest Ficklin, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Ley, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dickson, Waco; Mrs. Leah Kirkpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Easley, Clint Easley, Mrs. Maude Davis, T. J. Ficklin, Bremond; Mr. and Mrs. Evens Ficklin, Mr. and Mrs. Buster Vickery, Moshene; Mrs. Bob Etheridge, Ennis; Mr. and Mrs. Rube Baker, Fairfield.

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Mary Elizabeth “Beth” (Freeman) Loden-Tatum
Mar 18, 1928 - Jun 8, 2016
 

Beth was born March 18, 1928 in a rural community near Corsicana, Texas and named Mary Elizabeth by her parents Johnnie Clayton Freeman and Mary Jane Jones Freeman. She died June 8, 2016 in Tyler, Texas.

Although details of her ancestral lineage are a bit fuzzy, Beth had deep Texas roots. One great-great grandfather came from Canada in 1812. After being released from a Prisoner of War camp in a Southern state, he elected to stay in the U.S. In 1847, he settled his family in Jefferson, Texas after becoming a U.S. citizen in 1845.

It is thought that a Jones ancestor came from The Netherlands to Texas where he married a Native American, adding that heritage to the mix. Moreover, Irish-rooted Freeman grandparents came to Texas in 1900 from Georgia.

Beth graduated from Emhouse High School (near Corsicana) in 1945 with special recognition in English grammar and was awarded the “All-Around Girl” medal. After graduating high school, the accounting and management classes she took at Hill College in Hillsboro and later continuing education classes held her in good stead for a long and successful business career.

She retired from the corporate accounting department of Dresser Industries, Inc. (absorbed by Halliburton) in Dallas after 24 years of dedicated services. She was proud to have worked for a company whose philosophy and business practices she could respect.

Beth was married to Joe Loden from 1947 until his death in 1972. They had two children, Joe David and Sandra. Beth and Sandra moved from Corsicana to Dallas in 1973. Through her 1977 marriage to Austin Tatum, Beth gained two step-daughters, Janis Scroggins and Barbara Dougher. Austin died in 2000.

Austin and Beth were founding members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas.
The couple moved to East Texas to what then was known as Hide-A-Way Lake Club upon Austin’s retirement in 1985. Beth was active in golf – having been a founding member of Hide-Away’s Ladies’ Golf Association (LGA) – and the Fishing Club. She also loved to read and play mah-jongg. Most of all, she cherished the many deep friendships forged through these activities.
She was a member of Hide-Away’s board of directors from 2002 to 2006, during which time a new clubhouse and office building were constructed, and major improvements were made to the golf course.

A woman who “marched to the beat of her own drummer,” Beth always stood up for what she thought was right and fair – and thus, she rather unwittingly became a trailblazer for women’s equal rights in the workplace and on the golf course.

Beth is survived by daughter Sandra Loden-Hunt and son-in-law Tony Hunt of Los Angeles. Also surviving is her sister Janie Wilson and Janie’s husband Lonnie; sister-in-law June Freeman; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as Austin’s daughters and their families.

In addition to her husbands and her parents, Beth is predeceased by her son, Joe David; infant sister Sharon; brothers John, Monte and Don Freeman; sisters-in law Lois Freeman and Peggy Freeman; and nephew Hal Freeman.



Notes:

  • Written by daughter, Sandra Loden-Hunt
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Joe Loden & 2nd husband Austin Tatum; d/o Johnnie Clayton Freeman & Mary Jane (Jones) Freeman
  • Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, TX

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Beth Freeman Loden Tatum ran into the loving arms of our precious Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, joyously reuniting with many dearly departed loved ones. If there's a "Pearly Gates Golf Club," she likely has already played several rounds by now and joined a heavenly Mah Jongg group, too.
Born on March 18, 1928 near Corsicana and named Mary Elizabeth by her parents Johnnie Clayton Freeman and Mary Jane Jones Freeman, she was known as Mary Beth during her youth.
She graduated from Emhouse High School in 1945 with special recognition in English grammar and was awarded the "All-Around Girl" medal.
After graduating high school, the accounting and management classes she took at Hill College in Hillsboro and later continuing-education classes held her in good stead for a long and successful business career.
She retired from the corporate accounting department of Dresser Industries, Inc. (later merged with Halliburton) in Dallas after 24 years of dedicated service. She was proud to have worked for a company whose philosophy and business practices she could respect.
Beth married Joe Loden in 1947 and they lived in Corsicana until his death in 1972. They had two children, Joe David and Sandra.
She moved to Dallas in 1973. Through her 1977 marriage to Austin Tatum, Beth gained two stepdaughters, Janis Scroggins and Barbara Dougher. Austin died in 2000.
Austin and Beth moved to what then was known as Hide-Away Lake Club (now Hideaway, Texas) upon his retirement in 1985. Beth was active in golf - having been a founding member of Hide-Away's Ladies' Golf Association (LGA) - and the Fishing Club. She also loved to read and play Mah Jongg.
Most of all, she cherished the many deep friendships forged through her active life.
She was a member of Hide-Away's board of directors from 2002 to 2006, during which time a new clubhouse and office building were constructed, and major improvements were made to the golf course.
A woman who "marched to the beat of her own drummer," Beth always stood up for what was right and fair - and thus, she rather unwittingly became a trailblazer for womens' equal rights in the workplace and on the golf course.
Beth is survived by her daughter Sandra Loden-Hunt and son-in-law Tony Hunt of Los Angeles. Also surviving is her sister Janie Wilson and Janie's husband Lonnie; sister-in-law June Freeman; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as Austin's daughters and their families.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Beth was predeceased by her son, Joe David; brothers John, Monte and Don Freeman; sisters-in law Lois Freeman and Peggy Freeman; and nephew Hal Freeman.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2016 at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home, 206 W. South Street, Lindale, Texas 75771.
Beth's funeral will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale.
A reception hosted by a group of Beth's dear friends will follow.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2016 at Oakwood Cemetery, with Dr. Danny P. Reeves, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Corsicana, officiating.
The family extends its deepest appreciation for the amazing outpouring of love, support and prayers from a host of cherished family and friends.
Heartfelt gratitude also goes out to everyone at East Texas Medical Center-Tyler and the Hideaway Lake Security Department for their exceptional and compassionate care for Beth and her family.
Additionally, special thanks to Mary Martin, Wanda Booth, Terry Johnson, Doye Carroll, the Dougher Family and Beverly Wolfe.

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Arlie Henry Vick
Sept 20, 1932 - Sept 3, 2016
 

Arlie Henry Vick passed away peacefully on the evening of Sept. 3, 2016 while surrounded by his loving wife and daughter. He was 84 years old.
Arlie Vick was born on Sept. 20, 1932 outside Portales, New Meixco [sic] to Bill and Marie Vick. Arlie was the first of three boys, along with brothers Don and Larry Vick. The family eventually settled in Bisbee, Arizona where his father worked for Phelps Dodge Corporation, a copper mining company.
At age 15, Arlie left school and joined the United States Air Force. He was stationed in the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal where he worked as a cryptographer. Later, he was transferred to Pepperrell Air Force base in St John's Newfoundland, Canada, where he met the love of his life, Ruth Carter.
Arlie and Ruth were married in St John's on Nov. 28, 1951. After receiving an honorable release from serving four years with the Air Force, the couple settled in Bisbee, Arizona where he began a 41-year career with Phelps Dodge Mining Company. At Phelps Dodge, he completed an electrical apprenticeship where he received top honors recognition in the state of Arizona.
The couple raised three children: Jerry, Arlene and Sandy in Bisbee. The family transferred to Tyrone, New Meixco in 1967 where Arlie served as Electrical Field Foreman and in 1974 moved to Playas, New Mexico where he helped build a new smelter as Chief Electrical Supervisor. The family remained in Playas until Arlie retired in 1994. Arlie and Ruth truly enjoyed their retirement, spending time at their cabin in the mountains of Alpine, Arizona and traveling in their motor home to South Padre Island or to visit family in Toronto, Canada and St. John's Newfoundland. They were active owner-operators at Alpine Country Club and were Elks lodge members in Bisbee. Arlie was a family man who had a silly side that showed when playing with his grandchildren and people who knew him would always say he was one of the kindest, gentlest souls they had ever met.
Arlie was preceded in death by his parents William and Marie Vick, his brother Don Vick and his son Jerry Vick He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Carter Vick, and their daughters, Arlene Sharon Schadel of Tyrone, New Mexico and Sandra "Sandy" Ruth Brooks of Barry. He is also survived by his brother Larry Vick and his grandchildren Erin Oldham, Leslie Schadel-Turnbow, Kasi Hayes and Kimberly McClellan.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating. Pallbearers are Lex Schadel, Cris Brooks, Joey McClellan, Spence Hayes, Easton Hayes, Frank Smith, and Darrell Capehart.
Interment will take place at Dresden Cemetery on FM 744 in Navarro County. Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Edward Dwayne Owen
Jan 10, 1958 - Sept 12, 2016

Dwayne Owen, 58, of Blooming Grove passed away on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept.15, 2016 at Pattison Cemetery with the Rev.
Eric Larsen officiating.

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Mr. Dwayne Owen, 58, of Blooming Grove passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born on January 10, 1958 in Sherman, Texas to Ray Edward and Billie Ann Gray Owen.

He had a great love for being outdoors, and was a true country boy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Ann Owen; grandparents, Weldon and Donnie Owen and A. C. and Jean Gray; special sister-in-law, Donna Phillips.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Owen; son, Chris Owen and wife Stacy of Huntsville; two grandsons that were the light of his life, Hunter and Conner Owen of Huntsville; father, Ray Owen and wife Bobbie of Hawkins; sisters, Janet Allred and husband Mike of Anna, Daun Lambert and husband Jerry, and Debbie Armstrong and husband William; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Pattison Cemetery with the Rev. Eric Larsen officiating.

Pallbearers will be Dale Owen, Eric White, Trevor Boyde, Dan Coy, Austin Flores, and Timmy Barr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Emhouse Baptist Church

Notes:

  • h/o Jackie Ann (Phillips) Owen; s/o Ray Edward Owen & Billie Ann
    (Gray) Owen
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Mary (Hamill) Jester
Mar 24, 1925 - May 10, 2016

Mary Hamill Jester, 91, a native of Corsicana, died on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Austin.

She was Born on March 24, 1925 to Dr. Dan Bryan Hamill and Gladys Mason Hamill.

Mary graduated from Corsicana High School in 1942. She attended The University of Texas at Austin where she joined Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
She then earned a degree in Zoology from UT in 1946 and went to work for the State Health Department in Waco.

Mary and Homer Bates Jester, Jr. married in Corsicana in 1951 and later moved to Dallas where they lived for many years. They had one daughter named Janet and a son named Dan.

In 1960, Mary went to work for Dallas investor and philanthropist Peter O'Donnell, Jr. where she remained for 40 years. From the late 1950s through 2000, she worked for many local, statewide and national political campaigns including campaigns to elect Congressman Bruce Alger, Senator John Tower, Barry Goldwater, Texas Governors Bill Clements and George W. Bush, Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

When not working for Mr. O'Donnell or on campaigns, Mary enjoyed nature and photography. She was a lifetime trustee of the Dallas Museum of Natural History.

Mary leaves a catalogue of over 100,000 photographs of her friends, family and her beloved outdoor adventures to the Big Bend, Ft. Burgwin, and the Grand Tetons.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jay Riekenberg; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Mary Beth Jester; grandchildren Robert Inks, Robin Inks, Bryan Jester, Garrett Jester and Mason Jester all of Austin.

Interment will take place in a private family ceremony. Friends desiring to make memorials should send a contribution to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas or The University of Texas at Austin.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Austin.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, May 19, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Homer Bates Jester, Jr.; d/o Dr. Dan Bryan Hamill & Gladys
    (Mason) Hamill
  • Note: Assumed burial in Oakwood Cem., Navarro Co. TX since her husband is buried there

Alouise (Foster) Cameron-Pereira
Oct 2, 1922 - May 17, 2016

Alouise Pereira, 93 of Tomball, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

 


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Alouise Pereira passed away on May 17, 2016 at the age of 93. She was born, the last of 6 siblings, in Corsicana, TX on October 2, 1922 to Arris and Emma Foster. She was raised in the family home in Corsicana until she married and moved to Galveston, TX.

Alouise was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leslie, Preston, Sammy, Lewis and Jimmy; sister, Maudie; Frank Cameron, the father of her children, and Melvin Pereira, her children’s beloved step-father. She is survived by her children, Phyllis Cooper and husband, Billy of San Antonio, TX; Marilyn Bumpass & husband Tom of Spring, TX; and Leslie Cameron of La Marque, TX. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The graveside service and interment will be in the family plot at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, TX.
Visitation will be Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 12 - 2pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 3pm at Oakwood Cemetery.

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Mario Lesso
Aug 16, 1944 - Sept 8, 2016

With much pain and sadness, I announce that my Father, Mario Lesso, has made his way into Heaven. Son of Jose Trinidad Garcia Lesso and Saturnina Duran, born Aug. 16, 1944, survived by his children Christopher, Mark, Yvonne, Rosie and Elizabeth and his grandchildren.
He reunites with his wife of 20 years Diana. He never remarried to dedicate his life to his children, grandchildren and to his community.
May we celebrate his life full of happiness and sadness, but always filled with love. Con mucho dolor y tristeza les comunico que mi papá Mario lesso, se nos fue cielo. Mi papá, hijo de José Trinidad Garcia Lesso, y Saturnina Durán, nació 16 de Agosto 1944, sobervivido por sus hijos Christopher, Mark, Yvonne, Rosie, y Elizabeth. Adelantado en muerte por su esposa Diana con quien estuvo casado por viente años y nunca volvió a casarse por dedicarse a sus hijos y sus nietos y a su comunidad. Celebramos su vida llena de felicidad y tristezas pero siempre con mucho amor.
Rosary will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with visitation following from 7 to 9 p.m.
Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Martin Corona, Martin Corona, Jr., Chris Lesso, Mark Lesso, Kamryn Tovar and Miguel Garcia.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Billy Gene Ford
Sept 29, 1927 - Sept 11, 2016

Billy Gene Ford of Silver City went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. He passed from this life at Providence Hospital in Waco. He was born on Sept. 29, 1927 in Corsicana to James Wesley and Jennie Goodin Ford.

As a young man he worked at his father's My Place "Fillin" Station throughout his teen years, and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1945. He enjoyed and participated in dirt track racing and was employed for a time as an electrician.
In 1945 he began his service to his country, and he distinguished himself in the United States Merchant Marines. He briefly left Corsicana to work for the Texas Department of Public Safety Driver's License Division in Angleton before returning to Navarro County to work the family farm, which he did for 58 years.
He was a member of the congregation of Navarro Mills Baptist Church since his return to Silver City in 1957.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Jennie Goodin and John Wesley Ford; his sister, Patty Ford Taylor and a brother-in-law, Bill Taylor.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Katie Louise Ford; son, James William Ford and wife Linda; grandsons, Bradley Ford and wife Stephanie and Brandon Ford and wife Jennifer; two great-granddaughters, Sadie and Emma Ford, all of Silver City; nephew, Jim Taylor and wife Sue of Spring and a great niece, Stephanie Taylor of San Francisco, California.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at the Navarro Mills Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Woodall and Rev. Bob Reid officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow in the Younger Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Hospice Place at St. Catherine's, 6700 Sanger Avenue, Waco, Texas 76710.

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Albert J. Fisher
May 29, 1928 - Sep 3, 2016

Albert J. Fisher of Waco passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at the age of 88.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 at OakCrest Funeral Home with Pastor J. E. Jean officiating. Interment followed at Waco Memorial Park.
Albert was born in Travis on May 29, 1928 to Anton J and Ida Mae
(Ludwig) Fisher. He was the second oldest of eight children and is survived by one brother, Tommy Fisher of San Mateo, California; son, Albert Wayne Fisher and wife Frances; grandsons, Greg Fisher and wife Jana, Kevin Fisher and granddaughters, Kasey and Alexandra Fisher and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bernice; brothers, Lawrence Fisher, Leon Fisher, Donald Fisher, Benny Fisher and sisters, Annie Mae Butler and Lois Ann Martin.
Albert was raised in Travis and later moved to Waco where he met Bernice Conaway, who later became his wife of 58 wonderful years. He was an avid bowler and bowled in many of the Waco bowling leagues for years and also served as president of the Waco Bowling Association.
He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially when he could hunt with his son and grandsons. Albert was employed by J. M.
Woods Manufacturing and later Wolf Manufacturing for 43 years, until his retirement.

Albert loved the Lord and was always willing to help those in need. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church and Connally Free Will Baptist Church, serving as Deacon of his church until he had to move to Corsicana to be closer to family due to his health.
He will be missed by all who knew him and those whose lives he touched.
"Surly 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.

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LaTarsha Michelle Haley
Unknown - Sept 7, 2016

LaTarsha Michelle Haley of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7,
2016 after her battle with Cancer at Dallas VA Hospital in Dallas.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 at Golden Gate Funeral Home in Dallas.
She will receive a full military burial at the Dallas/ Ft. Worth National Cemetery.

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Nannie Aline (Evans) Burch
Nov 18, 1936 - July 29, 2016

Nannie Aline Burch, passed away at home on Friday July 29, 2016.
She was born November 18, 1936 in Dawson, Texas Wake services will be Tuesday August 2nd, from 3pm to 7pm at Luz Eterna Funeral Home, 3409 FM 1839, Corsicana, Tx 75110. Funeral Services will be Wednesday August 3rd at 5:30pm at Luz Eterna Funeral, [sic] Officiant will be Ruthie Edwards. Interment services following at Younger Cemetery in Silver City.

Services are under the care of Luz Eterna Funeral Home.

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Brenda Sue (Rash) Albritton
Nov 27, 1953 - July 21, 2016

Brenda Sue Rash Albritton, 62, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at her residence in Corsicana.
Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Eureka Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating.

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Ms. Brenda Sue Rash Albritton, 62, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at her residence in Corsicana. She was born on November 27, 1953 in Corsicana, Texas to Roy Alvy and Emma Cynthia Rash.

She worked in the health care industry for many years. She was a member of the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Billy Roy Rash and Bobby Gene Rash.

She is survived by her daughter, Glenda Mershawn; grandson, Michael Ray Mershawn, Jr.; and sisters, Jackie Mitcham of Corsicana, Judy McGraw of Blooming Grove, Betty Rash Jones of Corsicana and Mary Elizabeth Keene of Tyler.

Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Eureka Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating.

Notes:

  • w/o Archie Glenn Albritton; d/o Roy Alvy Rash & Emma Cynthia
    (Hammonds) Rash
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Billy Bruce Miller
Nov 27, 1942 - July 21, 2016

Mr. Bruce Miller, 73, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, July 21,
2016 at Country Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center of Corsicana.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016 at Providene Cemetery with Mr. Scott Miller officiating.

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Mr. Bruce Miller, 73, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, July 21,
2016 at Country Meadows Nursing Home. He was born on November 27, 1942 to William Preston and Fleta Miller.

Graveside service will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Providence Cemetery in Mildred, TX. Officiating the service will be Mr.
Scott Miller.

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Bettie Jean (Thomas) Honea
Jul 5, 1937 - Jul 18, 2016

Mrs. Bettie Jean Thomas Honea, 79, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charky Marquis officiating.
Interment will follow in Frost Cemetery.

 

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Jimmy Doyle Grant
Aug 15, 1949 - July 1, 2016

Jimmy Doyle Grant passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016 in Kingsport, Tennessee.
He was born to Erie and Earl Grant on Aug. 15, 1949.
Jimmy worked most of his life as a brick mason and enjoyed fishing and being with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Tommy, his sister Lynda Jo and a niece Amanda Jo.
Jimmy is survived by his brother, Bobby and wife Ronda; nephews, Jason and wife April and Chad and wife Heather of Chatfield; sister-in-law, Martha Grant; nephew, Charles Grant of Barry; niece, Kim and husband James Ippolito of McKinney and nephew, Sam Grant.
He is also survived by several grand nieces and nephews and their families.
The family will bury his ashes in Parker Cemetery in Houston County at a private ceremony set at a later date.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 21, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Ros
  • s/o Willie Earl Grant and Erie Agnes (Smith) Grant

Delia (Rodriguez) Hall
Aug 24, 1941 - July 24, 2016

Delia Rodriguez Hall passed away with her family by her side sending her into God's arms Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2016, in Houston.
She was born Aug. 24, 1941 in Riviera.
Delia received her associate's degree in nursing, working as a LVN for Dr. Donald Grant McDonald Clinic for over 20 years.
Delia was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed walking, water aerobics, watching football and shopping.
Delia had a strong Christian faith and loved the art of prayer which she continually did for all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Olivia (Ruiz) Rodriguez.
She is Survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Jimmy W. Hall; son, J. Scotty Rivera and wife, Lezlie of San Leon; daughters, Kimberly Ann Campbell of Michigan, Giesla Lazar and husband, Burt of Richmond, Tamra Rivera of Sugarland; grandchildren, Corey Lazar, Rudy Lazar and wife, Kayse, Madison Lazar, McKinsey Lazar, Clinton Krehmeier and Harrison Krehmeier; one great grandchild on the way, Rhyson Warniment; sister, Antonia Perez.
A Memorial Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Reverend John Kappe, Celebrant.
Entombment will follow at Hayes Grace Memorial Park Mausoleum.
A private cremation is under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.
The family extends an invitation to join them at the Hall Residence immediately following the Mass for a casual celebration of Delia's life, in the Pecan Orchard, 11813 28th Street, Santa Fe, Texas 77510.
www.HayesFuneralHome.com
Arrangements by Hayes Funeral Home.

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Mary Ella (Griffith) Schutte
May 2, 1927 - July 23, 2016

Mrs. Mary Ella Schutte, 89, of Coppell and formerly of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Sandy Lake Rehab and Health Center in Coppell.
She was born May 2, 1927 in Avoca to John and Rachel Griffith.
A private family memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

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Mrs. Mary Ella Schutte, 89, of Coppell and formerly of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Sandy Lake Rehab and Health Center in Coppell, Texas. She was born on May 2, 1927 in Avoca, Texas to John William and Rachel Elizabeth Griffith.

She was loving and caring to all her family, and will be remembered for her beautiful smile. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and did volunteer work in numerous things including Meals on Wheels.

She was preceded in death by husband, Sid Schutte; daughter, Mary Jane Akard; daughter-in-law, Linda McAdams; parents, John and Rachel Griffith; sisters, Amilee Haynes, Faye Pickle, and Lena Henderson; brothers, Earl and Weldon Griffith.

A private family memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorials may be given to Alzheimer’s Association, 3001 Knox St, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75205 in Mary’s memory.Notes:


Wilma (Corley) Faulkner
Oct 10, 1926 - July 20, 2016

Wilma Corley Faulkner departed this life quietly in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Corsicana at the age of 89 years.
The youngest of three sisters, Wilma Corley was born to Willie M. Corley and Leila Mae Corley in Van Zandt County on Oct. 10, 1926.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters Clever Carter and Gayle Jernigan.
Mrs. Faulkner also survived her husband of many years, William Hugh "Dick" Faulkner who passed away in 2006.
She is survived by her son, William Robert Faulkner of Brownsboro.
Wilma and Dick Faulkner traveled widely by virtue of his career in the United States Air Force and were deployed in Montana and California, as well as Newfoundland and Morocco.
After retirement from the service of the United States, they settled in Austin and began other careers: Dick with the University of Texas system and Wilma with several business concerns, including United Health Care, where she was employed in various accounting functions.
Upon their second retirements, they moved to Navarro County and settled in a new home on Richland-Chambers Lake where they enjoyed a number of interests and pursuits.
Wilma Faulkner held strong beliefs in areas of politics, family relationships, responsibilities and her work.
She was a person who seized opportunities and accepted challenges.
Mrs. Faulkner was sometimes called upon to perform unusual tasks during her husband's required duty absences. She enjoyed recounting exploits such as moving livestock across the country alone, and changing a flat tire in a remote pass of the Atlas Mountains in North Africa.
Wilma was a devoted fan of the Boston Celtics and reveled in the basketball careers of Larry Byrd and Kevin McHale. Her vitality, self-assurance, and plain speaking earned many friends in wide-spread areas of the world. Her strong personality and fierce insistence on what she believed will be long-remembered by those whose lives she touched.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Eubank Funeral Home followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.
Arrangements made by Eubank Funeral Home in Canton.

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Thomas Gorie Baldree
Jan 5, 1944 - July 25, 2016

Mr. Thomas G. Baldree, Sr., 72, of Corsicana passed away Monday, July 25, 2016 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.
He will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Mr. Wilson
Died Sep 10, 1915

Black Hills News.

Mr. Wilson died Friday morning at 1 o’clock at the home of Arthur Pike and was buried that afternoon at Black Hills.

Mr. Wilson wandered away from Mr. Pike’s Wednesday about noon. He acted strange that morning. Friends went to search for him and found him in the church on a bench. When asked about his condition he said, “I am nearly dead and have been trying to get to Navarro all day.” All that friends and the doctor could do for him was in vain. Thursday the doctor said there was no hope for him. He soon became speechless. All one day he called upon the name of the Lord and we trust that he was heard and did not die in an unsaved state.

The funeral services were held by Rev. J. T. Moore of Emhouse.

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Davetta (Nabors) Carter
Aug 1880 - Aug 1909

REMAINS WILL ARRIVE TONIGHT.

Mrs. J. R. Carter Will Be Buried Tomorrow Morning.

Owing to a failure to make railroad connections the body of Mrs. J. B. Carter will not reach Corsicana until 10:47 tonight. The remains will then be taken to the home of Mr. J. H. Jenkins and the burial will be conducted from his residence tomorrow morning at 9:30 o’clock.

Mrs. Carter’s mother, Mrs. Nabors, who was with her when death came, will accompany the remains here. Mr. Carter, husband of the deceased, is also accompanying the body here.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Aug 10, 1909
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • ( sister of Mrs. John Holland Jenkins, Sr. (Leila Nabors) (assumed this is her unable to locate a death certificate) w/o James R. Carter d/o William Nabors and Harriet S. “Hattie” (unk) Nabors
  • (Dana has a small obit on this in Database)

Mrs. Rufus Simms
Died Oct. 20, 1918

Kerens Lady Died Here.

Mrs. Rufus Simms, of Kerens was brought to the P. and S. hospital at 2 o’clock Sunday morning from Kerens and died in two hours after reaching there. The body was taken back to Kerens yesterday for interment.

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Lee Roy Wilburn Reese
Jun. 26, 1916 - 1943

Former Corsicanan Killed in Action

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Reese, Itasca, have received word from the War Department that their son, Leroy Reese, had been killed in Italy. He was with the 36th Division.

Leroy was a former resident of Corsicana. Surviving are his wife and baby, parents, several brothers and sisters. A sister, Mrs. H. D. Bunch, lives here.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Dec 29, 1943
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (No cemetery named)
  • KIA WWII s/o James Milas “Jim” Reese & Cora Ada (Wolfe) Reese buried in Itasca cemetery, Itasca, Tx.
  • h/o Charlotte (Hart) Reese

T. J. McAlpine ??
abt. 1858 - Jun. 1909

Died at Angus.

T. J. McAlpine, a well known citizen of the Angus community, died at his home there on Tuesday night and the remains were interred here yesterday at 4:30 p.m. Deceased was 51 years of age and leaves a wife and four children.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, July 1, 1909
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • No Cemetery named
  • The only thing near this is Rubin J. Alphin may 1847—married Charlette L Huggins May 28, 1899 Navarro county had a son Milton S.

William Treaver Brown
1908 - Jun. 28, 1909

Deaths.

Wm. Treaver Brown, Emhouse, June 28, aged nine months.

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Thomas Coleman "Cole" Younger
Jan 15, 1944 - Mar 21, 1916

COLE YOUNGER PASSES AWAY

Oldest of the Three Famous Outlaw Brothers Died Last Night

By Associated Press.

Lees Summit, Mo., March 22.—Cole Younger died last night.

Cole Younger was one of the last members of the notorious robber band that infested Western Missouri during and after the Civil War. He was a member of the Quantrell band of guerillas and with his two brothers took part with the “James Boys” in bank and train robberies in Missouri and neighboring states that netted the looters more than a hundred thousand dollars. The leading members of these bands are dead, some at the hands of the law, some by suicide and others from natural causes. Younger, after a long term in the penitentiary, became a law abiding Missouri citizen. Cole was the oldest of the three “Younger Boys.”

The father, Col. Harry W. Younger, came to Missouri from Kentucky before the war. He was a strong Union man, though a slaveholder. He settled near Lees Summit, 20 miles from Kansas City, where Cole was born in 1844. Colonel Younger was murdered by one of the bands of lawless guerillas that infested the Missouri-Kansas border in war times. The sons said their father was slain by Kansasans for the purpose of robbery. They immediately took up arms against the North. They joined Quantrell’s guerrillas and had their part in the memorable sacking of Lawrence, Kansas.

When the war was over they and the James Boys became outlaws and many sensational robberies were laid at their door before the three Younger brothers were captured in Minnesota after a raid on a bank at Northfield, Minn., in 1876 in which Cashier Haywood was killed. Cole and his brothers pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison for life. They entered the penitentiary at Stillwater and became model prisoners. Bob died in the penitentiary in 1889. Cole and Jim Younger were paroled in 1901. The next year Jim shot himself, leaving a note ascribing his action to a refusal of the parole board to permit him to marry the girl he loved. Cole after living in Minnesota for three years, returned to Missouri and purchased a vine covered cottage for his niece in Lees Summit, the scene of his boyhood days. For a time he was connected with a show and later went on the lecture platform and became a good citizen. In August, 1913, Younger was converted at a revival meeting and became an active church worker.

“I’ve led an adventurous, turbulent life,” he said. “The war brought on hate and strife and killing around here. I have been blamed for a lot of it with which I had nothing to do. They murdered my father and I was launched into a life of shooting and reprisals and rough riding, winding up with 25 years in the penitentiary. I was brought up in a Christian home. Now I’m an old man and I’ve come by God’s mercy back to the place of my childhood to end my days.”

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Johan Ludwig “John Lewis” Weiler
May 1, 1860 - Sep 23, 1924

J. L. WEILER DIES SUDDENLY AT HOME HERE EARLY TODAY

HAD LIVED IN CORSICANA FOR MANY YEARS AND WAS HIGHLY ESTEEMED

At 7:30 this morning, J. L. Weiler died suddenly in the bath room at his home, 2111 West Fifth avenue. The deceased was 63 years of age in May last and had been a resident here for twenty-four years.

The deceased was a native of Illinois and came from that state to Texas. For a number of years he engaged in the furniture business but due to ill health he had not been regularly in business for some time.

The deceased was a member of the First Methodist church, and was one of the most devoted and ardent workers in the Sunday school. He organized a men’s Bible class in the First Methodist church, and when it became necessary for him to cease teaching the class, in his honor it was named the Weiler Bible class and still bears his name. the class is now one of the largest Bible classed ever in a Corsicana Sunday school and will continue to bear his name of the man who organized and who devoted many anxious hours in the labor or building and keeping the class foremost in the good work of the Sabbath school. The deceased was a good and true man in all the essentials of life, and his death, though not unexpected, is sorely regretted by the entire community.

Surviving the deceased is his wife and three children. The children are George Weiler of Iowa; Harold Weiler of Wichita Falls, and Forrest Weiler of Dallas. Two step-daughters live in Nebraska and Minnesota, and a step-son in Montana. Funeral arrangements will not be announced until these are all heard from.

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WEILER FUNERAL FRIDAY AFTERNOON METHODIST CHURCH

The funeral services of the late J. L. Weiler who died at his home early Tuesday morning will be held at the First Methodist Church Friday afternoon, September 26 at 3 o’clock, Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the First Methodist church, will conduct the services.

Interment will be made in Oakwood cemetery.

The following will be active pallbearers: S. W. Burdine, J. N. Royall, Dr. O. L. Smith, T. J. Walton, W. A. Tarver and R. J. Jackson.

The members of the Weiler Bible class will be honorary pallbearers.

The Weiler Bible Class was named in honor of the dedication for his untiring efforts in teaching and establishing the class.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. L. WEILER WERE HELD TODAY

Imposing funeral services for J. L. Weiler, who died at his home here Tuesday, were held at the First Methodist church at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the church conducted the services, and there was a large concourse of friends and acquaintances present. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Active pall-bearers were S. W. Burdine, J. N. Royall, Dr. O. L. Smith, T. J. Walton, W. A. Tarver and R. J. Jackson. All members of the Weiler Bible class were named honorary pall bearers.

There were many beautiful floral offerings from the deceased’s many friends.

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Ellen “Nellie” (Callahan/Penick) Weiler
Jul 24, 1864 - Aug 10, 1918

Highly Esteemed Lady Dead

Mrs. Nellie Callahan Weiler, wife of J. L. Weiler, passed away at the family home, corner of North Eleventh street and West Fourth Avenue, at three o’clock this morning after many months of bad health. The deceased was fifty-four years of age, and had lived in Corsicana for nearly twenty years. She was born in Johnstown, Pa., but grew to womanhood in Illinois, from where she came to Texas with her husband and three sons.

The deceased was an active and faithful member of the First Methodist church, and lead a Christian life, the influence of which will live after her. She is survived by her venerable and invalid mother, Mrs. Ester Penick, who made her home with the Weiler family, her husband and three sons, Prof. Geo. Weiler of Fargo, North Dakota; Capt. Harold J. Weiler now with the American army in France and Lieutenant Forrest Weiler of Camp Logan, Houston. The latter here and Prof. Weiler may reach here in time for the funeral which will probably take place from the First Methodist Church at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon, with interment in Oakwood.

The active pall bearers will be S. W. Burdine, J. E. Blair, C. T. Banister, A. A. Allison, W. J. Seelig and J. N. Royall. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the United Commercial Travelers living in Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Aug 10, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Johann Ludwig “John Lewis” Weiler; d/o Samuel Callahan & Esther (Lambert) Callahan-Penick (Step-father Daniel Penick)

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FUNERAL OF MRS. WEILER HELD THIS AFTERNOON

The remains of the late Mrs. Nellie Callahan Weiler, wife of J. L. Weiler who died last Saturday morning after a long illness was held from the First Methodist church this afternoon, with Rev. A. D. Porter officiating. The funeral was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings. The deceased was a most estimable Christian woman, and during a residence of twenty years in Corsicana had made a host of friends who are grieved at her death, and who sympathize deeply with the venerable mother, husband and sons in the loss that has come to them.

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Minnie Pearl (Sheehan) Mitchum
Jan. 16, 1902 - Aug. 20, 1924

Mrs. Micham Buried Here This Morning

Funeral services foir Mrs. Minnie Micham who died in Dallas were held today at 11 o’clock from the H. and T. C. Train with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

The deceased is survived by her husband father mother and four brothers.

The body was accompanied from Dallas by her uncle Jim Crews.

A large crowd attended the funeral and there was a large floral offering.

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Millie Mollie Gibson
Jan 7, 1863 - Feb 16, 1943

FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON MISS GIBSON

Funeral services for Miss Mollie Gibson, who died at her home here Tuesday morning, will be held from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Miss Gibson was a pioneer resident of Corsicana, and was well known from her activities in the social and civic affairs of the city.

Surviving are a niece, Miss Mary Anna Gibson, Springfield, Mass., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. N. Garitty, W. P. McCammon, F. C. Brock, A. F. Mitchell, Marion Martin, Marion Church, Dallas; E. T. Gaston, Dallas; and Tom Pinkston.

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RITES HELD FRIDAY MISS MOLLIE GIBSON WHO DIED TUESDAY

Funeral services for Miss Mollie Gibson, pioneer resident of Corsicana, who died at her home Tuesday morning, were held Friday afternoon from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home, Rev. Matthew Arnold officiated. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Long prominent in social and civic affairs of the city, Miss Mollie was well known here.

Surviving are a niece, Miss Mary Anna Gibson, Springfield, Mass., and other relatives.

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Henrietta C. (King) McCulloh
Jul 4, 1849 - May 10, 1924

Died in Ennis.

Mrs. R. C. McCullah, aged 75 years, died suddenly in Ennis this morning at 7:30 o’clock and the remains will be brought to Corsicana for interment in Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Funeral services will be conducted at the cemetery by Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

The deceased is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Walter Myers of Corsicana.

The husband of the deceased died in Corsicana two years ago while here on a visit.

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Body Brought Here Yesterday.

The remains of the late Mrs. R. C. McCullough, many years ago a resident here, who died in Ennis Friday night, were interred in Oakwood cemetery here yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Rev. H. J. Ellis officiating. The remains were brought through the country from Ennis by hearse and a large number of friends met at the grave to show their respect to the deceased, and many pretty flowers were placed upon her last resting place.

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Frank E. Holmes
Nov 16, 1884 - May 1, 1924

Died in Fort Worth Yesterday.

Frank E. Holmes, aged 39 years, died in Fort Worth yesterday following a painful operation and the remains were brought here last night at 11:15 over the Houston and Texas Central railroad and were taken to the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors. The deceased is survived by his wife and two sons, who were with him, and accompanied the remains to Corsicana. The deceased was from Healdion, Okla., but had been employed by the Humble Oil and Refining company for some time as superintendent of connection work in the Powell oil field. He was a Methodist and a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Healdion. Four brothers also survive. One of these, Otto Holmes is here.

The funeral took place this afternoon at 4:30, with interment in Oakwood, with funeral services conducted by Rev. D. A. Chisholm.

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Clifford Peacock
Feb 24, 1871 - May 9, 1924

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MISS CLIFFORD PEACOCK HERE SUN.

The body of Miss Clifford Peacock, age about 53 years, who died in a sanitarium at San Antonio Friday will be shipped here for burial. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors, burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Miss Peacock is survived by a sister, Mrs. Belle Martin of Dallas, and a brother, O. L. Peacock, also of Dallas, and several other relatives.

She is a sister of the late J. A. Peacock and a niece of the late Captain W. J. Peacock.

She was reared in Navarro county and had many friends here.

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Interred Here Yesterday.

The remains of Miss Clifford Peacock, a former resident here, daughter of the late Alex Peacock, for many years a well-known citizen here, who died in San Antonio last Thursday night, reached here yesterday morning, and the funeral took place from the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock, and the last sad rites were well attended and there were many floral offerings. Rev. D. A. Chasteen officiated and Ivie Martin, Slater Peacock, Raymond Peacock, Foy Peacock, Robt. Calloway and Hubert Dickson, all of Dallas, nephews and nephews-in-law acted as pallbearers.

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William Thomas Bingham
Apr 22, 1849 - May 11, 1924

AGED RESIDENT OF CORSICANA FOUND DEAD IN HIS BED

W. T. Bingham, aged 75 years, and a resident here for twenty-eight years, was found dead in his bed at the home of his son-in-law, C. R. Steely yesterday morning when he and his two little grand children who had slept with him that night, were called to get ready for breakfast. The deceased was in his usual health when he retired Saturday night, and his death was altogether unexpected. The deceased came to Corsicana near thirty years ago from Tennessee, and was highly esteemed as a good citizen by all who knew him. Surviving are four children, Mrs. C. R. Steely, Mrs. W. A. Dobbins and W. F. Bingham of Corsicana, and O. B. Bingham of El Dorado, Ark. the latter was summoned by telegram, and was here to attend the funeral.

Interment took place in Oakwood at 4 o’clock this afternoon, the funeral being from the home of his son, W. F. Bingham, 1212 West Park avenue. Rev. C. A. Chasteen said the last sad rites and the funeral was largely attended, and there were many floral offerings. The following were pallbearers:

Active—Zeke Slaughter, H. G. Holmes, Dr. W. D. Cross, J. L. Milburn, Geo. F. Miller and P. J. Brazelton.

Honorary pallbearers all Confederate veterans: W. A. Harrell, E. P. Allen, Wilber Allen, E. L. Bell, S. Z. Burke, Dr. Z. T. Hodge, John Walden, F. N. Norton, Mr. Barstow, F. M. Pope, C. A. Middleton, H. B. Bomar, Eugene Allen, Frank Haslam, Jack Haslam, Ab Haslam, J. McPherson, W. P. McCammon, W. A. Wolam, Cecil Foster, T. J. Braswell, Hugh Stewart, W. M. Wilson, Claude Allen, Claude Albritton, John Hughes, C. W. Herod, L. E. Moss, P. D. Williams, B. R. Rich, P. Mayer, J. P. Pollock, John Duren, T. L. Scruggs, J. A. Farrell, Frank Irwine, L. Hashop, Walter Selig, Luther Ashmore, Jess Ashmore, D. K. McCammon, and all postal clerks.

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Darwin H. Byrne
Jun 19, 1892 - Apr 16, 1924

Died Here This Morning.

Darwin H. Byrne, 32, and a resident here for some years, died at 1503 W. Tenth avenue at 2:20 this morning after a long illness, during which he was operated on two or three times. The deceased us survived by his wife and an uncle, E. A. Byrne, near here, and a brother at Wichita Falls. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at the place of death at 10 o’clock and interment will be in Oakwood.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 16, 1924
  •  Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Pearl (Hitchcock) Bryne married Oct. 21, 1910; s/o Samuel Philip “Sam” Bryne & Hettie (Walters) Bryne-Boone

Willie Mae (Lowe) Holloway
Jun 17, 1882 - Jul 22, 1924

Mrs. Morgan Holloway Died This Afternoon

Mrs. Morgan Holloway, aged 42 years, died this afternoon at 3 o’clock at the family home, 1511 West Seventh avenue. Mrs. Holloway underwent a serious operation at the County Hospital several weeks ago and her life had been despaired of for the past several days.

The deceased is survived by her husband, a son, Charlie Holloway; three sisters, Mrs. A. S. Vandiver and Mrs. J. M. Chambliss of Corsicana and Mrs. Walter Little of Pleasant Grove, and two brothers, D. R. Lowe of Sour Lake and S. F. Lowe of Beaumont, and her mother, Mrs. W. E. Terry of Corsicana.

Funeral arrangements had not been announced at press hour.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. HOLLOWAY THURSDAY AFTERNOON

The funeral services for the late Mrs. Willie Holloway, wife of J. Morgan Holloway, who died yesterday afternoon at the family home, 1511 West Seventh Avenue, will take place Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the residence. The Rev. D. A. Chisholm, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church will conduct the services, assisted by the Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the First Methodist Church, Dr. E. P. Kennedy, pastor of the First Baptist Church; Rev. A. C. Carroway and Rev. C. A. Bickley. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

The following will act as pallbearers:

Active—Homer Grant, N. F. Garrett, J. N. Garitty, Chas. G. Jester, E. M. Polk and Dr. O. L. Smith.

Honorary—J. A. Call, C. S. Wood, Donald Smith, Ed Holmes, R. J. Murphy, Chas. Pisek, Hood Cheney, J. E. Ratcliff, Garrett Simmons, Dr. E. E. Sanner, Dr. Albert B. Horn, W. W. McClendon, T. P. Little, Byron Cheney, Simon Daniels, Ben Rosenberg, T. J. Walton, Geo. Leonard, Bascom Farrar, Charlie Wilson, Hawk Dechard, W. C. Hilliard, C. S. Stroud, H. W. Fagin, Bike Simmons, W. T. McKee, Jack Weaver, Henry Walker, H. J. Breithaupt, Ernest Breithaupt, Jarvis Whiteselle, Wesley Edens, D. Poindexter, W. A. Hammett, E. A. Johnson, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Dr. W. D. Cross, Bert Mathes, Jack Cunningham, Robert Stell, George Baum, L. W. Garrett, B. H. Barnett, John Gallabar, Henry Harrison, Roy Harrison, Guy Kennedy, Dr. T. O. Wills, F. E. Larrison, Oscar Hogan, L. C. Horn, Prince Powell, H. B. Beeman, Eldridge Lindsey, E. M. Polk, Jr., Rod Kenner, Billie Kenner, Harry Pollock, S. J. Miles, R. N. Smith, Commerce, Texas; Conway Younger, John Darwood, W. T. Hipps, Frank Haslam, Ab Haslam, E. E. Babers, W. L. Holman, Guy Gibson, Jess Eubank, Joe Sands, A. E. Highnote, W. W. Gage, Beauford Jester, Claude Allen, Eugene Allen, Roy Reese, Joe Parrish, W. A. Tarver, Bruce Nutt, Henry Call, B. J. Derden, J. W. McCleary, J. M. Dyer, Arthur Levi, Spencer Elliott, Guy Allen, R. E. Doyle, Dallas; Wes Redden, S. J. Jackson, R. J. Jackson, T. H. Benton, Dr. T. P. McLondon, A. H. Kerr, Roy Thomas, W. G. Waddell, Dr. T. A. Miller, Dr. Dubart Miller, S. H. King, R. P. McEntire, John Redden, Chas. Hagin, Carl Waits, E. W. Robinson, B. I. Tarbutton, Jess Sheehan, A. J. Tarbutton, A. D. McMichael, Geo. Ferrell, Lee Atkins, J. W. Lichlyter, B. F. Irvine, W. E. Pugh, Gus Young, Arthur Elliott, J. H. Patterson, C. A. Middleton and R. A. Caldwell.

The deceased was one of Corsicana’s most highly esteemed and best loved women, and her death although not unexpected has cast a pall over the community, and is a source of genuine and heart-felt sorrow to a large circle of personal friends.

The following out-of-town relatives and friends are here to attend the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Smith, Commerce; D. R. Lowe and wife of Sour Lake; Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Lowe of Beaumont; Price Holloway, Sour Lake; A. L. Holloway, Dallas; Elmer Holloway, Quannah.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. HOLLOWAY LARGELY ATTENDED

The remains of the late Mrs. Willie Holloway, wife of J. Morgan Holloway were laid to rest in Oakwood this afternoon after most impressive funeral services. There was an immense attendance and at the close of the service the grave was literally hidden beneath a bower of beautiful floral offerings.

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In Memoriam.

Mrs. J. Morgan Holloway (nee Willie Lowe) was born August 18, 1882 in Henderson county, Texas; thence she moved with her parents to Purdon, Navarro county. At this place she was converted and joined the Methodist church at the early age of seven.

She was united in marriage to J. Morgan Holloway December 21, 1899 two miles northwest of Corsicana. To this most congenial and very happy union was born one son—Charley.

After weeks and months of suffering and after all that skillful physicians, surgeons, nurses, faithful, loyal and anxious loved ones and friends could do, death finally came at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, July 22, 1924.

Mrs. Holloway leaves the following loved ones who are very sad because of her going hence: J. Morgan Holloway, her faithful husband; Mr. and Mrs. Charley Holloway, her affectionate and loyal children; Mrs. W. C. Terry, her mother; four sisters, Mrs. J. M. Chambers of Corsicana, Mrs. A. S. Vandiver of Corsicana, Mrs. Lee Way of Frost, Mrs. Walter Little of Pleasant Grove, and two brothers, D. R. Lowe of Sour Lake, and S. F. Lowe of Beaumont. Not only these but many other relatives and a large host of friends.

Mrs. Holloway was a devoted faithful and true companion; an earnest, anxious, ambitious mother who loved her home; an affectionate sister; a very frank but true friend; a very hospitable neighbor, and a most effective church worker.

A larger nor more beautiful floral offering, this writer has never seen than was offered at her funeral as tokens of love and appreciation.

Funeral services were conducted in the home of her pastor, assisted by Rev. C. A. Bickley, presiding elder Rev. Alonzo Monk, Jr., pastor of the First Methodist church, Rev. A. E. Carraway, her former pastor of Rice, Texas, and Dr. E. P. Kennedy, pastor of the Baptist church.

After the service at the home, the exceptionally large company of loved ones, relatives and friends retired to Oakwood cemetery and placed her remains in a very fine brick vault to await the general resurrection when the family circle shall be reunited never again to be broken in that land where cometh no sickness, pain, death, nor good byes—the great Land of the unsetting sun.

Her pastor,
REV. D. A. CHISHOLM.

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In Memory of Mrs. Morgan Holloway

Our blessings and our shadows
Fall from a pierced hand.
Trust Him for strength and wisdom
All things to understand.

Sometimes we wonder why our hearts must ache, why the world is left empty and lonely to us by the loss of our loved ones in the “awful” silence of Death.

As we linger over the bedside of “our own” watching a losing battle between Life and Death, if we have a soul we are drawn closer to our God and given a broader understanding of our fellow men. Oh, we do not know how much those who love may suffer. When we watch them through the agony of death, then and then only is the full realization of the intense suffering, physical and mental, impressed upon us. When we look upon them in death and know they are gone, gone—Oh the emptiness of that word, we are softened by our grief and drawn closer to our brethren in our suffering. We are sorry our tone was bitter once and we know that it is the “inner” soul that goes to Heaven and the “outward” soul to which we spoke. We know that soul was big , was good, was kind and charitable.

For eight weeks she lay in the chamber of sickness before the final call came through the toll gate to Heaven and her Father. Out of the rain and wind, out of the dust and heat, away from the coldness of the world and into the harbor of Rest she has gone.

As we pause in the bustle and noise of the day, a lonely grave comes before our eyes and our hearts are full! Oh, the ache, the hurt and loneliness that swells up in our heart-----Gone----but still we hear you laugh----gone, but still we drink your beauty. God has called and we are glad your years of suffering has ended but we miss you, and oh, we loved you so!

A Cousin,
JESSIE McCLEARY.

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William Henry “Billy” Reagan
Dec. 13, 1902 - Jun. 20, 1924

EX-SERVICE MAN BE BURIED SUNDAY MILITARY HONORS

Funeral services for Wm. H. Reagan, 21 years old, who died at Legion, Texas, Friday afternoon, will be held at the Frist Baptist Church, at 4:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The body will arrive here Sunday morning.

The deceased served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the late war. He is survived by his uncle, S. A. Reagan and one brother, Harlan Reagan, of Roane.

Post Commander Fred H. Seale of the local Legion Post today announced that the funeral will be with military honors. All Legionnaires have been requested to attend the funeral in military uniform.

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FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR EX-SERVICE MAN

Funeral services for Wm. H. Reagan, 21 years old, were held at the First Baptist Church Sunday afternoon with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. A number of local ex-service men attended the funeral service.

Reagan died at Legion, Friday, and the body was brought here for interment. He served in the Marine Corps during the war. He is survived by his uncle, S. A. Reagan and brother, Harlin Reagan, of Roane.

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William Guss Littlejohn
Mar 26, 1878 - May 3, 1958

W. G. Littlejohn Dies Saturday

W. G. Littlejohn, 80, retired farmer, 731 West First avenue, died in the Navarro Clinic Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Turner of Dallas, assisted by Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor of the Memorial Baptist church.

A native of Gadsden, Ala., Littlejohn had resided in Navarro county more than 50 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eliza Littlejohn, Corsicana; a son, Dewey Littlejohn, Lubbock; three daughters, Mrs. Rex Bowers, Jr., and Mrs. Joe Welch, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Elmer Wagner, Duluth, Minn.; a brother, Abb Littlejohn, Rusk; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Hollingsworth, Norman, Okla.; and Mrs. Etta Anderton, Arlington; a grandson, Billy Don Watkins, reared in the Littlejohn home; 14 other grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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W. G. Littlejohn Services Sunday

Funeral services for W. G. Littlejohn, 80, retired farmer, 731 West First avenue, who died in the Navarro Clinic Saturday, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. R. C. Chriss, Dallas, assisted by Rev. A. M. Stone, pastor of the Memorial Baptist Church. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

A native of Alabama, Littlejohn had resided in Navarro county more than 50 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eliza Littlejohn, Corsicana; a son, Dewey Littlejohn, Lubbock; three daughters, Mrs. Rex Bowers, Jr. and Mrs. Joe Welch, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. Elmer Wagner, Duluth, Minn.; a brother, Abb Littlejohn, Rusk; two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Hollingsworth, Norman, Okla., and Mrs. Etta Anderson, Arlington; a grandson, Billy Don Watkins, reared in the Littlejohn home, 14 other grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

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Lecurgus C. Dockery
May 6, 1847 - Jul 1, 1924

L. T. Dockery Died At I. O. O. F. Home

L. E. Dockery, aged 77 years, died at the I. O. O. F. Home this morning at 11 o’clock and the remains will be interred Wednesday morning in Oakwood Cemetery. Dr. E. P. Kennedy pastor of the First Baptist Church conducting the services.

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Died At Old Folks’ Home.

L. C. Dockey, 77 years old and a resident of this county for many years died at the Old Folks’ Home at the I. O. O. F. Home yesterday, and the remains were interred at 9:30 this morning in Oakwood. The funeral took place from the Sutherland undertaking parlors and was largely attended. Rev. E. P. Kennedy officiated and the girls’ quartette of the Home sang.

The deceased was a widower and had no children, but had many relatives in this county.

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Anna Groffman
abt 1839 - Apr 16, 1924

Died in the I. O. O. F. Home.

Mrs. Anna Groffman, 85 years of age, died at the I. O. O. F. Old Folks Home last night and the remains were interred on the I. O. O. F. lot in Oakwood Cemetery this afternoon.

The deceased was a ward of Dallas Lodge No. 44 and had been in the home here six months.

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Mary Elizabeth (Carraway) Conant
Nov 9, 1857 - Feb 29, 1924

Died Near Angus.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Conant, 72, died at her home in the Angus community last night, and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 2 o’clock. The deceased is survived by seven grown children, one daughter and six sons. The daughter being Mrs. W. M. Taylor of Corsicana. The funeral services this afternoon were conducted by Rev. L. C. Howell and were largely attended.

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Vernon L. (Francher) Hodge
Feb 21, 1877 - Jul 19, 1924

Died Near Here.

Mrs. Vernon Hodge, 47, wife of J. H. Hodge, who lived on the H. C. Nash farm near the Hogan Bridge died there Saturday night and the remains were interred in Oakwood this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by her husband and four children. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. P. Kennedy and there was a large attendance.

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Susan Elizabeth “Sudie” (Gill) Hodges
Feb 18, 1858 - Jul 2, 1924

Died Here This Morning.

Mrs. Sudie Hodges, aged 66 years, wife of I. A. Hodges, died at the family home, 123 West Second Avenue at 6:30 this morning after an illness of three months and the funeral will take place from the home at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning, with Rev. W. A. Corkern officiating. The deceased is survived by her husband and eight grown children: Mrs. W. A. Hicks, Mrs. J. B. Ore and Dewey Hodges of Corsicana; T. E. Hodges, Pasadena, Texas; Mrs. E. L. Riley, Houston; Mrs. W. A. Hodges, Kerens; J. E. Hodges, Wortham; and Mrs. O. B. Butler of Humble.

The deceased was the mother in law of W. A. Hicks, one of the victims of the big oil well fire that occurred here on May 9 of last year and her remains will be interred on the same lot in Oakwood with the six unidentified bodies of that terrible catastrophe.

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John Atchison
Oct 1896 - Oct 31, 1925

FARMER BELIEVED FATALLY WOUNDED SOUTH OF KERENS

JOHN R. ATCHISON IN HOSPITAL; W. A. DEAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING

John R. Atchison, well known Navarro county farmer, living five miles south of Kerens, s in the Navarro County Hospital, not expected to live as a result of buck shot wounds and W. A. Dean, a neighbor is charged with the shooting.

Atchison was shot twice with a shotgun loaded with buckshot. One discharge of the gun took effect in Atchison’s head and the other in his body.

A double-barrel shotgun was the weapon used. The trouble is said to be a culmination of a long standing feeling between the two men. The shooting occurred about 10 o’clock Saturday morning.

Atchison was rushed to the hospital here in an ambulance. Deputy Sheriff Clyde Wilkes went to Kerens with a warrant for Dean’s arrest and is expected to return here with him this afternoon.

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JOHN R. ATCHISON DIES RESULTS WOUNDS RECEIVED SATURDAY

W. A. DEEN, CHARGED WITH SHOOTING, RELEASED ON BOND

W. A. Deen charged with complaint with murder in connection with the shooting of John R. Atchison, south of Kerens Saturday, was released on $2,500 bond before Justice of the Peace W. J. Carroll of Kerens Sunday to await the action of the grand jury, it was announced today.

Atchison was brought to a Corsicana hospital early Saturday and died Saturday night at 8:20 o’clock. The funeral services for Atchison were held Sunday afternoon with interment in the Eureka Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife, two children and his mother.

It was alleged that the trouble resulted from a long-standing feeling between the two men.

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FIVE JURORS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR TRIAL W. A. DEAN

EAST NAVARRO MAN ON TRIAL CHARGED WITH KILLING NEIGHBOR

Five jurors had been selected in the W. A. Dean trial, charged by indictment with murder in connection with the death of John H. Atchison of Kerens, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Fifteen men had been examined. The five selected are as follows: R. D. Baird, Mertens; Loyd Sears, Black Hills; C. E. Bounds, Richland; W. B. Clark, Dresden; J. A. Bennett, Frost.

At the morning session, the State announced ready for trial. The defense presented a motion of a continuance of the case which was over-ruled by the court.

Little interest was being manifested in the case and few spectators were present for the afternoon session. It is expected that testimony will be started late Monday in the event that the jury is completed.

Indications are that a suspended sentence will be asked for the accused and that self-defense will be put forth by the defense, from the line of questioning propounded the prospective jurors. Church affiliations and size and age of children also were asked the prospective jurors.

Morning Session.
The trial of W. A. Dean, charged by indictment with murder in connection with the death of John H. Atchison, Kerens community resident, who died at the Navarro county hospital on the night of October 31, 1925, from shotgun wounds alleged to have been received in an altercation with Atchison several miles south of Kerens on the morning of Oct. 31, 1925, started in the Thirteenth Judicial District Court Monday morning before District Judge Hawkins Scarborough. Both the State and defense called scores of witnesses.

A special venire of 50 prospective jurors and the regular petit jury of thirty-six for the week were on hand. Several who failed to answer to their names when called by District Judge Scarborough, were fined $25 each by the court.

All of the witnesses in the case were excused by the court until 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. Just before noon the questioning and selecting of the jury started.

The main portion of the courtroom was filled by jurors, witnesses and spectators.

The State is represented by County Attorney Ballard W. George, Assistant County W. M. Taylor, and Gibson, Lovett & Lovett. The defense is represented by Taylor & Howell and John R. Curington.

Scores of interested persons from Kerens and adjacent communities were in the courtroom.

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DEFENSE PRESENTS TESTIMONY IN DEAN MURDER TRIAL TODAY

STATE RESTED ITS CASE JUST BEFORE NOON ON TUESDAY

The defense began the introduction of testimony Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the case of the State of Texas vs. W. A. Dean, charged with murder in connection with the death of John Atchison of the Kerens community, who is said to have died as a result of gunshot wounds received on the morning of October 31, 1925. Atchison died at the Navarro County Hospital on the night of October 31, 1925.

Just before noon, the State rested its case. All of the morning session was taken up with the State’s witnesses. W. J. Carroll justice of the peace at Kerens, was one of the principal witnesses for the State Tuesday morning and during a portion of his testimony the jury was excused from the courtroom until after the court had ruled that the evidence was permissible, court attaches state.

It is said that the fatal shooting of Atchison was a culmination of ill-feeling of some time.

Among the witnesses used Tuesday morning by the State were Mrs. John Atchison, wife of the deceased man; R. J. Frost, Henry Morriss, C. A. Frost, Weldon Morriss, John Matthews, R. J. Frost, recalled; H. I. Oliphant, Carl Matthews, Durwood Cherry, Moody Orr, W. J. Carroll, Justice of the Peace; Buster Matthews.

Indications Tuesday were the case would not be concluded before late Wednesday at least.

Monday Afternoon Session.
The jury was completed late Monday afternoon and the witnesses were excused until Tuesday morning.

Following is the completed list of the jurors selected for the trial Monday afternoon.

R. D. Baird, Mertens; Loyd Sears, Black Hills; C. E. Bounds, Richland; W. B. Clark, Dresden; J. A. Bennett, Frost; Ben Adams, Drane; C. J. Tyner, Currie; J. R. Calloway, Chatfield; John Whitner, Dawson; W. C. Pearce, Richland; C. S.Tankersley, Corsicana; L. D. Floyd, Kerens.

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TESTIMONY EXPECTED CLOSE IN DEAN TRIAL LATE WEDNESDAY

DEFENSE RESTS CASE AND STATE STARTS REBUTTAL JUST AFTER NOON

At the beginning of the afternoon session of the trial of W. A. Dean of the Kerens community for murder in connection with the fatal shooting of John Atchison, October 31, 1925, several miles south of Kerns, the defense rested its case and the State began its rebuttal testimony. Dr. J. C. Blair was the first witness at the afternoon session. The court is said to have prepared his charge to the jury. The State’s attorneys stated that they would place several rebuttal witnesses on the stand during the afternoon. Defense counsel were not sure whether more defense testimony would be offered. It is expected that the charge to the jury and arguments of the attorneys will begin either late Wednesday or early Thursday morning.

The defendant, W. A. Dean, was the last witness at the morning session.

Considerable more interest was being shown in the trial Wednesday than that evidenced at the sessions Tuesday. The court room was comfortably filled Wednesday afternoon.

Atchison died in the Navarro county hospital on the night of October 31, 1925, following the shooting that morning.

The defense is seeking to establish a self-defense for the defendant.

Wednesday Morning Sessions.
The following witnesses testified at the Wednesday morning session for the defense:

B. F. Newsom, W. T. Stockton, J. M. Daniel, C. R. Terry, Ralph Carroll, Lee (Bud) Foster, George Anderson, (colored); C. O. (Cap) Curington, Bill Wyrick, recalled; Judge G. C. Whatley, Walter McGinnis, Mrs. Louis Collins, W. A. Dean, defendant.

Tuesday Afternoon Session.
The following witnesses testified at the Tuesday afternoon session of the trial:

J. E. Ross, N. E. Finne, Dr. S. H. Barnett, Mrs. W. A. Dean, wife of the defendant; J. Tim Collins, Tom Ray, Robert Collins, Bill Wyrick, D. B. Holman, J. C. Spurger, W. T. Stewart, E. E. Williamson, J. W. McClung, H. Anderson, J. W. Mabry, Bob H. Daniel, J. N. Inmon, J. F. Combs, B. F. Hill, Pruitt Atkins, George L. Williams.

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JURY HAS RECEIVED DEAN CASE; LAWYERS CLOSE ARGUMENTS

SELF-DEFENSE WAS SOUGHT AS PLEA BY DEFENSE IN MURDER CASE

At 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the jury in the trial of W. A. Dean, charged with murder for the fatal shooting of John Atchison, was still deliberating. The case was given the jury soon after the opening of the afternoon session of the court. The verdict was expected momentarily.

At the morning session of the trial of W. A. Dean for murder as a result of the fatal shooting of John Atchison, several miles south of Kerens on the morning of October 31, 1925, the charge of the court was presented to the jury and the arguments of the attorneys for the State and defendant were offered. Testimony was concluded at the afternoon session Wednesday afternoon. The first argument was by El. J. Gibson, special prosecution attorney. He was followed by John R. Curington, defense attorney, in his first argument in a murder trial. C. W. Taylor and Wayne R. Howell, defense attorneys, followed Mr. Curington. The argument for the State was closed by County Attorney Ballard W. George. The court did not recess until late for lunch Thursday in order that all of the argument could be finished.

Self defense was sought, by the defense. Atchison was shot twice according to the testimony, by Dean with a shotgun loaded with buckshot. He was rushed to the Navarro county hospital where he died that night. The shooting is alleged to have occurred about 9 o’clock in the morning. Ill-feeling of long standing was said to have existed between the two men.

Thursday morning, the courtroom was comfortably filled with spectators, relatives of the two families and witnesses.

At the Wednesday afternoon session, the State presented rebuttal testimony from Dr. J. C. Blair, Mrs. John
Atchison, wife of the deceased, recalled; Joe Atchison, W. A. Dean defendant, (recalled); Lamar Crawford. The State then rested its case.

The defense presented the testimony of Joe Cordell, Clyde Andrews, Tom Collins, (recalled). The State introduced the clothing alleged to have been worn by John Atchison at the time of his being shot.

Following are the jurors:
R. D. Baird, Mertens; Loyd Sears, Black Hills; C. E.Bounds, Richland; W. B. Clark, Dresden; J. A. Bennett, Frost; Ben Adams, Drane; C. J. Tyner, Currie; J. R. Calloway, Chatfield; John Whitener, Dawson; W. C. Pearce, Richland; C. S. Tankersley, Corsicana; L. C. Floyd, Kerens.

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DEAN FOUND GUILTY MANSLAUGHTER; GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

JURY DELIBERATES IN MURDER CASE ONLY FEW HOURS

After approximately three hours deliberation, the jury in the W. A. Dean trial in the district court returned its verdict to District Judge Hawkins Scarborough shortly after 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon, finding the defendant, W. A. Dean, guilty of manslaughter and giving him to two-year suspended sentence. Dean was tried in the Thirteenth Judicial District Court for murder in connection with the fatal shooting of John Atchison, several miles south of Kerens, October 31, 1925. The defendant claimed self defense.

Atchison died in the Navarro county hospital on the night of October 31, 1925, following his being shot with a shotgun loaded with buck shot about 9 o’clock on the morning of October 31, 1925.

There apparently had been ill feeling between the two men of long standing. They lived in the same neighborhood. Bothe were well known in the Kerens and East Navarro county section.

The trial attracted considerable interest, especially to those who reside in the vicinity of where the two men resided. Both the State and defense used scores of witnesses.

The trial started Monday. The jury was not completed until late Monday afternoon. A special venire of fifty men were summoned on this case in addition to the regular petit jury of thirty-six men for the week. Tuesday morning the State began the introduction of testimony. At noon Tuesday the State rested its case. The defense introduced testimony until Wednesday noon. Wednesday afternoon was used in rebuttal testimony by both the State and defense.

The charge of the court was presented to the jury early Thursday morning and by continuing the arguments until after 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon, all attorney’s completed their remarks. The attorney argued the case in the following order.

E. J. Gibson, special prosecution attorney, opened for the State. He was followed by John R. Curington, C. W. Taylor and Wayne R. Howell, defense attorneys. The argument for the State was concluded and closed by Ballard W. George, county attorney. After a recess for lunch the case was given to the jury.

Dean was indicted for murder during the October term 1925, by the grand jury.

Monday, the State announced ready for trial. The defense’s motion for a continuance was over-ruled by District Judge Scarborough.

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Earl Floyd Schwab
Jun 17, 1933 - Sep 26, 2016

 
Earl Floyd Schwab was born on June 17, 1933 in St. Paul, MN to William Valentine Schwab and Flossie Julia Wehmeyer Schwab. He was a loving husband and father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle to all his family.
He went to his eternal rest very peacefully surrounded by his loving children and their families who he adored on September 26, 2016 in Corsicana, Texas at the age of 83 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife who shared 48 years together. Also by his infant son Stephen Ray Schwab, brothers Raymond Johnson and John William Schwab, sister Betty Lou Christian and brothers in law Joe Christian and Virgil Schievelbein.
He is survived by his six children Tim Schwab, Tracy Wellman and husband Wendell, Carolyn Hairston and husband Terry, Michael Schwab and wife Debbie, Joyce Spates and husband JB, and David Winn and wife Anna.Also sister Carole Schievelbein and sister in law Joyce Schwab. Sister in law Mary Ann Mason and husband Johnny .Brother in law Lee Faktor and wife Betty 15 Grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren . He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Earl was a long distance truck driver and retired on 30 years with Yellow Freight Lines on 6-30-97 He was in the reserves. He was a member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church in Barry Texas.
In lieu of flowers please make donation to Navarro Mills Baptist Church for local Mission Projects

The family will receive friends and family from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Friday, September 30th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral will be 3:00 pm Saturday, October 1st at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with Pastor Ben Butler officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

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  • Submitted by Polly Winn & Karen Rost
  • h/o Ruby Lee (Faktor) Winn-Schwab; s/o William Valentine Schwab & Flossie Julia (Wehmeyer) Schwab

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