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James Roundtree Albritton
Dec 27,1826 - Jun 21, 1911

The remains of Uncle Jimmie Albritton, who passed away in Clay County last Wednesday night, were brought here Thursday evening and laid to rest in the Bazette cemetery by the side of his companion who passed away a few years ago. Bro. Ellis conducted the funeral services.

He leaves two daughters, two sons and two brothers, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Many sorrowing relatives and friends followed the remains to its last resting place. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved parents.

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William Hyman Dickens
Jul 21, 1881 - Jun 24, 1925

BODY SHERMAN MAN WILL BE INTERRED BAZETTE ON FRIDAY

Special to the Sun.

Kerens, June 25.—Funeral services will be held Friday morning for W. H. Dickens who was found dead in his room at the Southland Hotel in Dallas, Wednesday afternoon and interment will be in Bazette Cemetery. He married Miss Ella Wilson of this city but did not make this his home.

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W. H. Dickens, about 55 years old, of Sherman was found dead in his room at the Southland Hotel, shortly after 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The body was discovered when employes of the hotel went to his room to arouse him, pursuant to instructions he had left at the room clerk’s desk.

Dr. W. R. McAdams of the Emergency Hospital, after an examination, said that the man had been dead several hours when found. He said that death evidently was caused by effects of a poison. An empty bottle which had contained poison was found on the table beside his body. Five letters, one to his wife, one to a local undertaker, one to the hotel management and two to friends, were also found on the table beside the bed. In one of the letters he said he had suffered business reverses and was in failing health.—Dallas News.

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Dee Witt Ray
Jul 31, 1869 - Sep 14, 1926

D. W. RAY BURNED DEATH WACO

WEALTHY GIN MAN VICTIM OF FIRE AT WACO EARLY TODAY

WOMAN AND TWO CHILDREN BURNED DEATH IN HILLSBORO FIRE

By Associated Press.

Waco, Texas, Sept. 14.—D. W. Ray, 57, wealthy Central Texas gin owner, was overcome by smoke and fatally burned when fire early today swept the McKie Grain Company adjoining Mr. Ray’s gin in East Waco.

Ray’s body was found at the door of the grain company’s office. He is thought to have gone into the building to investigate the fire.

Owner of 15 gins scattered throughout the state, Ray resided with his family on a large farm near Kerens until a month ago, when he removed to Waco, where the gin operator purchased a theatre and made other investments. He was one of the wealthiest men in Navarro County.
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B y Associated Press.

Kerens, Texas, Sept. 14.—D. W. Ray, victim of a fire at Waco today, resided here for more than forty years, and is survived by Mrs. Ray and a son, C. P. Ray, who were notified of his death this morning.

Ray owned gins in Navarro, Henderson and McLennan counties.

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  • One of wealthiest men in Navarro County –Owned 15 gins h/o Essie S. (Jennings) Wilson-Ray
  • Bazette Cemetery

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Three Die in Hillsboro Fire.

By Associated Press.

Hillsboro, Texas, Sept. 14—Three persons were burned to death and two others painfully seared in fire that destroyed the Browning Flats with a loss of $46,000 here early today.

The dead:

MRS. FLORINE TIPPETT, about 20 years old.
RAY TIPPETT, aged 3 years, her son.
DEAN ROBERTS, aged 3, her sister.

J. J. Davidson of Hillsboro, formerly of Tyler and Joe Maye of Hillsboro, both received serious burns.

The Central Motor Company, J. W. Parks’s garage and the Walter Fowler Café, housed by the building were destroyed.

The fire started from some undetermined source in the north side of the building and was noticed first by Policeman Leo Keaton, who sounded an alarm about 1:36 a.m.

Lost in a smoke-fogged hall, the women and children could not be found by firemen searching the flats.

H. A. Tippett, husband of the woman victim is said to be working in Dallas.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR D. W. RAY HELD AT KERENS TODAY

Special to the Sun.

Kerens, Sept. 14.—Funeral services for D. W. Ray, who was burned to death in Waco Tuesday morning, were held here Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the family home and the services were conducted by Rev. Joe Everhart, pastor of the Presbyterian church, and Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the Baptist church. Burial was in Bazette cemetery.

All gins and business houses closed during the funeral hour 4 to 5 o’clock and the funeral was largely attended. There were many beautiful floral offerings.

Mr. Ray is survived by his wife, one son C. P. Ray, Kerens, and two step-children, Robert Wilson, Kerens, and Mrs. Ella Dickens, Waco.

The deceased had been prominent in business affairs in this section of the county many years and was well known.

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Essie S. (Jennings) Wilson-Ray
Aug 24, 1868 - Oct 21, 1943

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Ray of Austin, Bobby Wilson of Houston, Mrs. Ella Dickens of Gilmer, Ray Thelma Hogg of Gilmer and T-Spl. Harold Ray of Knoxville, Ky., are in Kerens to be with their mother and grandmother, Mrs. Essie Ray, who is seriously ill with pneumonia.

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PIONEER RESIDENT OF KERENS BURIED THERE ON FRIDAY

KERENS, Oct. 23.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. D. W. Ray who passed away at her home Thursday at 3 a.m. were held at the family residence Friday at 3 p.m. with Rev. J. W. Ousley and Rev. Finis Hodges in charge of the services.

Mrs. Ray was born in Mississippi in 1868 and came to Kerens as a small child and has lived in and around Kerens since. Her husband, D. W. Ray, died 17 years ago. Surviving are three children; C. P. Ray of Austin, Robert Wilson of Houston, and Mrs. Ella Dickens, Gilmer; four grandchildren, Mrs. Royce Hogg, Gilmer; Corp. Harold Ray, Kentucky; Robert Wilson Jr., Houston; Margaret Wilson Kimes, Pasadena, and three great-grandchildren and her sister, Sallie Jennings, who for the past few years has made her home with Mrs. Ray.

Stockton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements with Fredde Banks, W. L. Bain, Earl Seale, Earl McClung, C. E. Connelly, D. L. Orr, Whit Scarborough, acting as pall bearers. Interment was in the Bazette cemetery.

Mrs. Ray was a member of the Kerens Baptist church for many years and was able to attend regularly up until a few years ago.

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Edward Houston Lonon
Mar 4, 1844 - Feb 11, 1925

Good Citizen Passed Away Near Powell

E. H. Lonon, aged 80 years, and a resident of Navarro county for near sixty years, died at his home near Powell at 12:30 Tuesday night, and the remains were laid to rest in the Baptist cemetery near Bazette this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by three sons, J. P. Lonon, George Lonon and Buck Lonon of Powell, and three daughters, Mrs. A. E. Winters, Houston; Mrs. L. E. McCullough, and Mrs. George Barnett of Powell; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Two grandsons, L. L. and D. Stringer, children of a deceased daughter live near Midland and were here today to attend the funeral.

During his long life in Navarro county, the deceased established a character as a good citizen that was surpassed by none and as one of the county’s best men he will be remembered by all who knew him.

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Lucy J. (unk) Dorsey
Mar 11, 1867 - Jun 30, 1920

Streetman News
(The Streetman News.)

Mrs. Ida Dorsey

On Wednesday morning, June 20, 1920 the soul of Mrs. Lucy J. Dorsey took leave of its pain racked tenement and flew into the arms of her Redeemer—Him in whom she had for a life-time placed her devout love and implicit trust. Funeral services were held at the home, Rev. J. W. Joiner of Wortham delivering a short sermon and the choir rendering several numbers. The remains were laid in Birdston Cemetery and their last resting place was more than covered with beautiful floral tributes from friends who loved her and in turn were so beloved by her during her residence among them.

Sympathetic, cheerful, loving, helpful, unassuming—hers was an exemplification of a practical Christian life, which made her dear to her friends and so prepared her that she welcomed the call to glory.

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Robert A. Steele
Sep 5, 1849 - Apr 3, 1920

In Loving Remembrance.

On Friday night April 2nd, the death angel made a sad call at the home of Mrs. Robert Steel and took away her darling husband. He has gone to await the resurrection where his dear wife and children hope to meet him, and there will be no more sad partings. We all know Mrs. Steele has a broken heart because she has parted with four of her children and her loved husband. Mr. Steel left here on earth to mourn his departure a wife and five children. Dear children you should all try to meet the Savior and Father in peace as you cross the chilly waters. We all should be prepared to go because life is uncertain and death is sure.

We have lost our darling father,
He has bid us adieu;
He has gone to live in heaven,
And his form is lost to view.

Oh, that dear one, how we loved him,
Oh, how hard to give him up;
But an angel came down for him,
And removed him from our flock.

We had a little treasure once.
He was our joy and pride,
We loved him, oh, perhaps too well,
For soon he slept and died.

All is dark within our dwelling,
Lonely are our hearts today;
For that one we loved so dearly,
Has forever passed away.

Dearest loved one we must lay thee,
In the peaceful grave’s embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished,
Till we see thy heavenly face.

The vacant place, the empty chair,
We see them day by day,
And oh, it fills our hearts with care,
Since our loved one went away.

Mr. Steele was neatly laid away in the Birdston, cemetery to await the resurrection morn, when he will be raised a glorified body. To his wife and children, I would say, strive to meet the loved one in a better land.

Call not back the dear departed ones
Anchored safe where storms are o’er.
On the border land we left him,
Soon to meet and part no more.

When we leave this world of changes,
When we leave this world of care;
We shall find our missing loved ones,
In our Father’s mansion fair.

--A FRIEND.

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Mary Ellen McKissack
Aug 31, 1904 - Nov 10, 1919

Sad Death.

Death invaded the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. McKissack Monday morning and took from the family circle Mary Eylon, the sweet and loving 15-year-old daughter.

The young lady had been ill but a few days and her demise came so sudden as to make the loss almost unbearable to the family and her many friends.

The remains were laid to rest in Birdston cemetery Tuesday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. F. Stanley of the Baptist church of this city.

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Mary Alvenia (DuBose) Bush
Sep 11, 1848 - May 18, 1915

HIGHLY ESTEEMED LADY DEAD.

For Many Years a Loved Resident of Corsicana

Mrs. M. A. Bush, aged 67 years, and for a good part of her life a resident of Corsicana, passed away last night at the family home, 1738 West Third avenue, after a week’s illness, caused by a nervous shock sustained by a fall I which her hip was broken.

The deceased is survived by four daughters, Mrs. E. W. Melver, Miss Vera Bush, Miss Willie Bush and Miss Mabel Bush, and by a number of grandchildren.

The funeral services were held at the house this morning at 10:30, conducted by Revs. J. W. Fort and Abe Mulkey. After these sad rites the body was taken to the Trinity & Brozos Valley depot and carried to Streetman where it was laid to rest by that of her husband who died many years ago. Rev. W. H. Matthews accompanied the family and friends to Streetman and concluded the services at the grave.

The pall bearers were: Active—F. A. Elliott, J. M. Hoskins, W. M. Huggins, L. Treadwell, R. M. Jones and R. A. Caldwell.

Honorary—A. B. Johnson, E. N. Johnson, J. A. Jarrell, Dr. W. T. Shell and T. L. Scruggs.

There was a large gathering of friends at the home and many beautiful flowers were placed about her bier, and many sorrowing friends went with the sorrowing family to witness the final services at the grave.

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Julian Nagy
Sep 10, 1907 - Feb 14, 1917

Death of Little Girl.

Julia Nogy, the 11 –year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Nogy, who live east of town, died yesterday afternoon at 2:45 from a relapse of measles and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery here this afternoon, the funeral taking place from the Catholic church.

The little girl was desperately ill for several days, and for some days four physicians and two nurses attended her.

Surviving are her parents and several brothers and sisters, and all have the sympathy of their friends in the loss of Julia.

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Edward Christopher “Ed” O’Neill
1857 - Oct 15, 1915

WELL KNOWN CITIZEN DEAD.

Ed C. O’Neill Expired Last Night In His Room.

While seated on the side of his bed in the O’Neill hotel about 7:30 last night, Ed C. O’Neill called to some one in the hall near his room, asking them to come in, raise the window and pull off his shoes; but before his request could be complied with the unfortunate man sank down and died almost instantly. A Physician was summoned and responded immediately, but when the physician arrived all human aid could have been of no avail for death had claimed its own. The deceased had been in bad health for some time, but had not been confined to his bed, and some days ago rented out his hotel building and was preparing to go to South Texas to spend the winter on the coast.

The deceased was 58 years of age, and is survived by his widow and children. The children are: Mrs. Katherine Stelle, Miss Mary Vann O’Neill and E. C. O’Neill, Jr., and Jack O’Neill. Beside the children are 2 sisters Miss Emma O’Neill of Corsicana, Mrs. Mollie Ridgeway of Tyler and a brother, John O’Neill of Nashville, Tenn.

The deceased had been a resident of Corsicana for thirty-five years and had many friends who are pained at his sudden and unexpected death.

Several years ago Mr. O’Neill was a member of the police force.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made because the brother in Nashville, Tenn., has not yet been heard from.

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Remains Interred Yesterday.

The remains of the late E. C. O’Neill were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery yesterday afternoon at four o’clock, after services at the O’Neill hotel, conducted by Rev. Father Gaffeo. Messrs. W. W. Ballew, S. H. Jack, J. E. Kinsey (of Ennis), S. J. Lanham and Geo. Barth acted as pallbearers. There were many pretty flowers and a large number of friends attended the last sad rites.

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Leitha (Burrow) Crowley
Apr 1825 - Nov 17, 1913

Died.

Mrs. Leitha Crowley died last night at the age of 88 years and will be buried from the Catholic church this afternoon at 4 o’clock. She leaves a brother, Mr. H. A. Burrow of Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. Sallie Black, who lives at Purdon.

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Lee Scroggins
Apr 11, 1897 - Sep 26, 1915

Death of Lee Scroggins.

The death angel visited the home of Mr. Jim Reese Sunday morning at 3 o’clock and took away Mrs. Reece’s beloved brother, Mr. Lee Scroggins. Lee leaves several sisters and brothers and a dear old father, and not only me, but many other friends to mourn his loss. Lee was a true friend to all who knew him, and always had a kind and cheerful word and smile for all.

How feeble are the words to express our consolation to hearts bereaved of a loving brother, son and friend.

Dear Friends, we do not know why God has seen best to take this loving boy from us, but alas how true it is that “Death always seeks the shining mark.”

He plucked this sweet bud which had just begun to blossom into manhood, but God sees best to take him to a better prepared home.

Tenderly and lovingly he was nursed for days and through the sleepless nights by loved ones, who fearing the dreadful end was near, kept vigil over his wasting little body and soon saw the color fade away from his tender and rosy cheeks, and when all that skill and care could do had been done they saw and realized his once bright little eyes go to sleep to awake in heaven to greet the angels, who have watched over him for more than eighteen years.

Truly he was the idol of his home, he was so loving and kind. His stay upon this old earth was short, but long enough to entwine the tenderness of his sweet life about all who knew him.

How we miss him, sadly miss him, since his spirit soared away. But this thought will gladden—we shall meet him again some day.

We cannot call dear little Lee back to us, but we can go to him.

His remains were laid to rest in the Prairie Point cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock, where about his moldering body the flowers will soon be blooming and the sweet birds chanting their sweet carols of gladness, while his pure white spirit lives with the angels, where the roses of Sharon and the lily of the valley bloom forever.

Let us not grieve for dear little Lee for his sweet spirit has winged his way to God, who loves him so much; and may God have mercy and wisdom and love and watch over us who sit in loneliness and grief.

Beyond the gates of the sunset in that shadowless land of eternal moon, where hope lifting his voice in a higher key, sings the song of fruition.

A FRIEND.

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In Memoriam.

Yes, It’s sad, but we must say the Death Angel made a sudden call to our darling sister’s home, Mrs. Cora Reece, and took from us our darling son and brother, Lee Scroggins, who was taken by the angel’s call on the 26th of September, 1915. Lee was born in 1897, on April 11th. This darling one was laid to rest in the Chatfield cemetery beside our darling mother, who for years has longed for our coming and now God has seen best to take this darling from us to a brighter world than this. It has only been a few short years since his little bare feet made their little sweet prints in the sod where he is now resting in peace in heaven. Lee was kind and affectionate to all who knew him. His little footsteps were so soft and low, his voice so meek and mild. Our home is dark and lonely. His sweet smiling face was the light of our home. It is so sad and lonely to live on this old earth without him, but, dear friends and loved ones, we can meet him again where his smiles will be much sweeter than ever before. His dear sweet face is with me every moment. Oh, how full my heart was filled with love for him. I idolized every step his little feet made, every word his sweet lips spoke. I can hear his last sweet breathing, as if the night he died. The little darling absent one, as we gather at the table and watch each smiling face, the heart fills with emotion to see the vacant place. We may strive to hide our longing in the midst of mirth and fun, but we’re thinking of the loved, the absent one. When we’re gathered around the fireside, with merry laugh and jest, how we wish the absent dear one was here with all the rest. Still we’ll join all the gatherings, but we wish the day was done, for we’re yet thinking, thinking of the darling absent one; yet when the day is over and they all have gone to rest, we feel the Heavenly father does all things for the best. Though we’ll cheer our drooping spirits with the rising of the sun, we can’t keep from thinking of the little darling one.

A grieved and heart-broken sister,

VENA SCROGGINS.

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Mary Melvina “Mollie/Melviny” (Goodman) Medaris
Jan 2, 1837 - Jul 26, 1911

Obituary.

Mrs. Mollie Melviney Medaris, 74 years of age, died July 26th and was laid to rest in the Chatfield Cemetery.

There is no death ! The stars go down
To shine upon some fairer shore,
And bright in heaven’s jeweled crown
They shine forevermore.

There is no death ! the dust we tread
Shall change beneath the summer showers,
To golden grain or mellow fruit,
On rainbow tinted flowers.

There is no death ! The leaves may fall,
The flowers may fade and pass away—
They only wait through wintry hours,
The coming of the May.

There is no death ! An angel form
Walks o’er the earth with silent tread;
He bears our best beloved away,
And then we call them “dead.”

He leaves our heart all desolate;
He plucks our fairest, sweetest flowers;
Transplanted into bliss, the now
Adorn immortal bowers.

The bird-like voice, whose joyous tones
Make glad this scene of sin and strife,
Sings now an everlasting song
Amid the tree of life.

And where he sees a smile too bright,
Or hearts too pure for taint and vice,
He bears them to that world of light,
To dwell in paradise.

Born in that undying life,
They leave us but to come again;
With joy we welcome them—the same
Except in sin and pain.

And ever near us, though unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread,
For all the boundless universe
Is life—there is no dead.

A FRIEND.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Aug 9, 1911
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Oliver C. Medaris married Jan. 27, 1859 per Texas marriage record d/o William B. Goodman and Sarah Williams (Carter) Goodman

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Obituary.

Mrs. Mary Melvina Medaris departed this life July 26th, 1911, at 7:50 o’clock p.m. Was u4 years, 6 months and 24 days old; was born in North Carolina, January 2nd, 1837; came to Texas when quite young; was married to O. C. Medaris January 18, 1859. They had born to them six children, two boys and four girls, of whom one son and three daughters survive her, namely; W. L. Medaris, with whom she lived at Montfort; Mrs. W. F. Walker of Dallas, Mrs. D. J. Kenerly of Rule, and Mrs. J. C. Laurey of Muskooge, Okla. There were twenty-two surviving grand-children, and three great-grandchildren. She was a devoted mother and lived a sweet Christian life. She was laid to rest July 27th, 19ll, at 5 o’clock p.m., in Chatfield cemetery.

Farewell, dear mother; sweet thy rest,
Weary with years and worn with pain;
Farewell, till in some happy place
We shall behold thy face again.

“Tis ours to miss thee, all our years,
And tender memories of thee keep;
Thine in the Lord and rest.
For so He giveth his beloved sleep,

ELLA.

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Samuel Adkin Marshall
Dec 19, 1854 - Jun 20, 1925

Died Late Saturday At Home Daughter

S. A. Marshall aged 70 years, died Saturday afternoon at 4:40 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. W. Weems, 750 West Ninth avenue and the remains were interred in the Chatfield cemetery Sunday afternoon.

The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

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William L. Garvin
abt 1854 - Jun 28, 1925

Aged Man Died at County Hospital

Wm. L. Garvin, aged 71 years, died his morning at 11 o’clock at the Navarro county hospital and the remains were interred late this afternoon in the Hester cemetery near Chatfield. The deceased had made his home with A. D. McMullen at Rice for several years. The deceased had no relatives.

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Aletha Ann (Guynes) Sands
Jun 5, 1915 - Aug 3, 1925

Remains Interred This Morning

The remains of the late Mrs. J. A. Sands of Chatfield, were interred this morning at 10 o’clock in the Chatfield cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and sorrowing friends. Rev. J. M. Hayes performed the last sad rites and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

An affectionate and loving mother, sincere and true friend and good neighbor has gone to her reward and she will be missed in the community where she spent the greater part of a busy and useful life.

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Allen Jackson
Aug 8, 1867 - May 4, 1925

Chatfield Citizen Dies in Sanitarium

Allen Jackson, for many years a resident of the Chatfield community, but who had been under treatment for a number of years in a sanitarium in Terrell, died there yesterday morning at 3 o’clock and the funeral took place from the Methodist church at Chatfield this afternoon at 4:30.

The deceased was fifty-seven years of age, and is survived by his wife and daughter, Miss Reta, at Arlington; a son, M. T. Jackson of Corsicana, and four brothers, George Jackson of Corsicana, J. E. Jackson, of Stamford, Will Jackson, Lubbock, and Robert Jackson of Lamesa.

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Alvin Baker
Oct 31, 1913 - Jul 9, 1915

Obituary.

Saturday afternoon, July 10th, about 3 o’clock, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Baker of the Pansy community and bore away to the arms of the loving Savior the pure soul of little Alvin, their sweet, bright son. He was 1 year 8 months and 10 days old. He had never been a strong child, had been a great sufferer at times, but we hoped had gained his health and would be spared to us, but God willed otherwise and called him to that heavenly home to be carried in the arms of Jesus, who, when on earth, blessed the little children and said, “suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Father and mother, strive to live so that you will be prepared to meet your little Alvin in that bright world where pain and parting will be no more and where God will wipe away all tears from our eyes.

Alvin was neatly laid away to rest in the Campbell cemetery, on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by a circle of sympathizing friends and relatives. Lovely floral offerings were placed on his grave by his friends. Mr. Tatum, a member of the Christian church held funeral services.

Written by Alvin’s friend.
MARY C. WILLIAMS.
Barry, July 14, 1915.

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Alice Elizabeth (Majors) Spurlock
Aug 08, 1872 - May 11, 1925

Mrs. Alice Spurlock Dead.

Mrs. Alice Spurlock died at her home near Corbet Sunday, of pneumonia, and was buried in the Campbell cemetery Monday, afternoon. Rev. Tom Almon of this place conducting the funeral service.

Mrs. Spurlock was born Aug. 8, 1872. She professed religion at the age of 44 years and joined the Missionary Baptist church. She is survived, by her husband and eight children, also seven grand children, all of whom were present at the funeral.

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Nora Lucile (Brittain) Trammell-McKey
Apr 13, 1866 - Jun 1, 1918

In Memory of Mrs. Nora McKey

Who passed away June 1, 1918, at 6:20 o’clock.

She was born April 13, 1866 at Retreat where she resided for years.

She professed faith in Jesus Christ many years ago and was a devoted Christian friend and mother. When dying she raised her arms in prayer to God for those who had been so good to her during her suffering and asked them to meet her in a better land.

All was done for her that loving hands could do to keep her here, but God knew best, and called her to come up higher and rest.

It was hard to give her up, but weep not loved ones for mother is at rest where no more suffering and trouble will ever come. She was survived by three sons and two daughters as follows; Mrs. John Keach, of Kemp, Texas, and Rube, Ben, Joe and Rosie, McKey of Angus, and two sisters and one brother, who were at her bed side when the end came.

The family extend their many thanks to the many kind friends who were so good to help in the hour of trouble.

She was laid to rest in the Cosgrove graveyard Sunday evening at 3 o’clock. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Tom Jones.

A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.

Gone from us is a mother,
Gone forever more,
Gone to live with Jesus,
On that bright and shining shore.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There in the arms of Jesus,
Sweetly her soul’s at rest.

Soon we all shall meet her,
With the ransomed throng above,
Where we all shall reign forever,
In that land of celestial love.

For soon the day is coming,
When the trumpet of God shall sound,
And all who have followed him shall come forth,
And join the angel band.

A FRIEND.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, June 14, 1918
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Thomas Jefferson Trammell 2nd husband Joseph W. McKey d/o Benjamin “Ben” Brittain and Sinai Jane (Barker) Brittain

Sinai Jane “Siner” (Parker/Barker) Britton
Jan 6, 1827 - Aug 20, 1911

Obituary

The Death Angel entered the home of Mrs. Siner Keach on August 20th, taking away her dear grandmother, Mrs. Siner Jane (Parker) Britton. Grandma, as she was better known, was born in Delaware, January 6, 1827, and lived there until 1829, when she moved with her parents to Missouri. At the age of 19 her parents died, leaving her and her brother and sister orphans. She then was married to Mr. Benjamin Britton, on March 22, 1846. To them nine children were born, three of which died in infancy. She and her husband moved to Dallas county, Texas in 1848, and in 1849 they moved to Navarro county, where the deceased has made her home ever since. During the war her husband was away from home most all the time and she managed everything with the help of her small children. She spun and wove the cloth and made all their clothes and also made some clothes for the soldiers. Her husband died January 29, 1868. Leaving her with six children, four girls and two boys. She raised them all to be grown and after they were all married she made her home with them. She has lived with her children for thirty-five years. Five of her children still survive her, one daughter Mrs. Nancy Haynes, having died in 1905. She has thirty-two living grand-children and thirty-eight great-grandchildren. She joined the Baptist church forty-three years ago and has tried to live a Christian life ever since. Her feebleness owing to her advanced age has kept her away from church some in recent years. She was laid to rest in the Young cemetery August 21st, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Tom Jones.

Weep not dear children, for she has gone to rest.

Written by her grandchild.

Mrs. Jessie Reed.

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Myrtle Odell Armstrong
Jul 21, 1911 - Nov 8, 1922

Funeral This Afternoon.

Myrtle Armstrong, age 12 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Armstrong, died at her home in the Emhouse community last night. The remains were buried this afternoon in the Cryer Creek cemetery.

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John Franklin Lane
Apr 26, 1850 - Oct 23, 1932

ANOTHER PIONEER CORSICANAN DIED HERE ON SUNDAY

John Franklin Lane, aged 83 years, pioneer resident of Corsicana died at his home, 1116 West Summitt avenue, Sunday evening at 8:30 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the family home Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

His death is the first in the family and he is survived by his wife and twelve children. Mr. and Mrs. Lane had been married 63 years, and all of the children except one son were present at the golden wedding anniversary held here 13 years ago.

Mr. Lane was a native of Georgia and came to Texas in 1875. He had resided in Corsicana 40 years.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, D. E. Lane, Chandler; W. O. and Luther Lane, both of Corsicana; nine daughters, Mesdames Myrtle Carnahan, Ethel Dunn, Serena Duke, Mabel Turnan, all of Corsicana; Annie Kistler, Tyler; Emma McAfee, Amarillo; Elsie Robinson, Dallas; Ollie Potanza, California; and Melita Pickett, Fort Worth; and forty-eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John F. Reid, J. O. Robinson, Chas. R. McAfee, W. M. Pickett, W. B. Kistler, and D. F. Duke.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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AGED CORSICANA PIONEER BE BURIED TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for John Franklin Lane, aged 83 years, who died Sunday night at 8:30 o’clock, will be held from the family home, 1116 West Summitt avenue Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Mr. Lane, a native of Georgia, he came to Texas in 1875 and had resided in Corsicana 40 years.

Mr. Lane’s death is the first in his immediate family. Mr. and Mrs. Lane had been married 63 years.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, D. E. Lane, Chandler; W. O. and Luther Lane, both of Corsicana; nine daughters, Mesdames Myrtle Carnahan, Ethel Dunn, Serena Duke, Mabel Turman, all of Corsicana; Annie Kistler, Tyler; Emma McAfee, Amarillo; Elsie Robinson, Dallas; Ollie Potana, California; and Melita Pickett, Ft. Worth; and forty-eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be John F. Reid, J. O. Robinson, Chas. A. McAfee, W. M. Pickett, W. B. Kestler and D. F. Duke.

Corley Funeral Home will have charge of the funeral.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. F. LANE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for J. F. Lane, 83, pioneer resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday night at 8:30 o’clock, were held from the family home 1116 Summitt avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. R. A. Cosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, D. E. Lane, Chandler; W. O. and Luther Lane, both of Corsicana; nine daughters, Mesdames Myrtle Carnahan, Ethel Dunn, Serena Duke, Mabel Turman, all of Corsicana; Annie Kistler, Tyler; Emma McAfee, Amarillo; Elsie Robinson, Dallas; Ollie Potana, California; and Melita Pickett, Ft. Worth; and forty-eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John F. Reid, J. O. Robinson, Chas. A. McAfee, W. M. Pickett, W. B. Kestler and D. F. Duke.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Elizabeth (Rogers) Cole-Stovall
Dec 4, 1852 - Sep 2, 1926

AGED WOMAN DIED SUDDENLY AT HOME HERE LAST NIGHT

Mrs. M. E. Stovall, aged 74 years, died very suddenly at her home 703 North Tenth street Thursday night. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 with burial in Marshall cemetery near Corbet. Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian church, officiated.

The deceased is survived by five children, W. G. Cole, Corsicana; E. M. Cole, Canton; W. D. Cole, Houston, Mrs. J. M. Grace, Rice; Miss Cordia Stovall, Corsicana.

Mrs. Stovall had lived in Corsicana during the past 10 years hand 20 years previous had made her home in the Corbet Community.

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Jeremiah Nicholas “Nick” Parrish
Oct 14, 1871 - Aug 3, 1941

J. NICK PARRISH LIFELONG RESIDENT OF COUNTY, DIES

j. Nick Parrish, 69, lifelong resident of Navarro county and pioneer in the Corsicana oil industry, died at his home at Emhouse early Monday after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services at 4 o’clock from the Emhouse Methodist church with interment in the Cunningham cemetery.

The deceased was born in Corsicana and lived here for a number of years but for the last 27 years had resided at Emhouse, where he was engaged in the gin business. He was active in Red Cross and other types of relief work, and many other civic and community enterprises.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Misses Lucille and Maxine Parrish of Dallas; one son, J. Nick Parrish of Ennis, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Joe Ferguson, Walter Hamilton, Jack Megarity, C. M. Dixon, Ira L. Stokes, and J. N. Seely. Honorary pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutherland-McCammon.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. N. PARRISH TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for J. Nick Parrish, 69, lifelong resident of Navarro county and pioneer in the Corsicana oil industry, who died at his home at Emhouse Monday were held Tuesday afternoon from the Emhouse Methodist church. Interment was in the Cunningham cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Misses Lucille and Maxine Parrish of Dallas; one son, J. Nick Parrish of Ennis, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joe Ferguson, Walter Hamilton, Jack Megarity, C. M. Dixon, Ira L. Stokes and J. N. Seely. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

Arrangements were handled by Sutherland-McCammon.

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Margaret Melissa (Cunningham) Parrish
Mar 17, 1844 - Dec 8, 1922

Resolutions of Respect.

Resolutions of respect to the memory of Mrs. William Parrish, born March 17, 1844, died December 8, 1922:

Whereas: God in his wisdom has seen best to take from our midst Mrs. William Parrish, who was one of the earliest settlers of the White’s Chapel community, also one of the oldest members of our Sunday school.

We miss her as much in our Sunday school and in the neighborhood. She was a good neighbor, a good mother, a devoted Christian and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

While we miss her in our Sunday School and in the community we commend her to Him who doeth all things well and in sympathy with the bereaved family who has so bravely borne the burden of this sorrow, we prayerfully commend you to Him who has said, “Cast your burdens on the Lord and he shall sustain you.”

Be it resolved that a copy of these resolutions be given to the family, a copy be entered on the minutes of our Sunday school and a copy be furnished the Semi-Weekly Light for publication.

COMMITTEE.

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Sarah Isabella “Sallie” (Scott) Lindsey
Feb 28, 1844 - Jan 27, 1925

Venerable Lady Interred Today.

The remains of Mrs. Sallie Lindsey, age 81 years, who died yesterday at her home one mile west of Drane, were interred in the Cunningham cemetery jus west of the State Orphans’ Home, this afternoon at 3:30 after funeral services at the home at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. J. R. Darwood of Purdon, and Revs. Noe and Vaughan of Barry. There was a large attendance and many pretty flowers.

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S. S. Terry
Sep 12, 1865 - Nov 19, 1915

BURIED IN DAWSON.

Remains of Man Killed by Train Laid To Rest Saturday.

Editor Daily Sun:
Dawson, Texas, Nov. 22, 1915.

Mr. J. S. Terry, a tenant farmer on Joe York’s place, four miles southeast of Dawson, was found dead in Waco Thursday night about one mile from the Cotton Belt depot. His remains were brought here and buried Saturday.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Nov 22, 1915
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Not sure buried in Dawson cemetery-death certificate just says Dawson, Texas - death certificate says S. S. Terry obit says J. S. Terry
  • s/o J. W. Terry and Emily (Taylor) Terry
  • Dawson Cemetery, Dawson, Navarro Co., TX

Vesta Floretta Harrison
Nov 20, 1923 - Mar 12, 1925

Baby Dies.

The thirteen months old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Harrison of Eldorado, died Thursday morning of last week at 1 o’clock, of pneumonia, and was buried in the Dawson Cemetery Thursday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. D. E. Moore.

The friends of the family extend sincere sympathy in the loss of their little one.

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Henry Thomas Robertson
Feb 1, 1850 - Mar 19, 1925

HUBBARD CITY NEWS.

H. T. Robertson Dead.

H. T. Robertson, Aged 66 years, 1 month and 17 days, a highly respected citizen of Dawson, died at his home in that city Thursday, Marc. 19th, and will be buried in the Dawson Cemetery this Friday, afternoon at 2 o’clock.

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Matilda (Randolph) Robertson
Jan 3, 1864 - May 24, 1928

HUBBARD CITY NEWS.

DIED AT DAWSON.

DAWSON, June 1.—Mrs. Matilda Robertson, aged 64, wife of the late H. T. Robertson, died at her home here last Thursday and the funeral was held Friday afternoon here.

Surviving are eight children.

Mrs. Robertson was one of the pioneer residents of this community, residing here before the town of Dawson was founded.

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Jesse Ossie Boyd
Jun 14, 1904 - Feb 9, 1925

Dawson Man Passed Away in Fort Worth

The remains of Jesse O. Boyd, of Dawson who died in Fort Worth yesterday, were brought here today en route to Dawson for interment.

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Martha Sudie (Bankston) Chapman
Feb 25, 1860 - Dec 4, 1917

NEWS OVER THE COUNTY.

DAWSON.
(From the Herald.)

Mrs. John Chatman, one of the most highly esteemed ladies of the Dover community, died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday morning in the Dover cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by Revs. J. T. McKeown and H. A. Conway, Mrs. Chatman had lived in this section a long time and had a large number of friends. She was a good, Christian woman, being a member of the Baptist Church. We understand she is survived by her husband and seven children.

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Benjamin Franklin “Ben” Champion
Feb 4, 1881 - Dec 26, 1917

FARMER KILLED FARMER.

In Personal Trouble Tom Meredith Killed Ben Champion.

Late yesterday afternoon in the El Dorado community five or six miles south of Dawson two well-to-do farmers and land owners, Tom Meredith and Ben Champion became involved in trouble and Meredith shot Champion five times with a revolver, the wounds resulting in almost instant death. Soon after the killing Meredith surrendered to the officers and was brought here and is now in jail. Both men leave families. Meredith has employed Callicutt & Johnson and it is said he will have no trouble to give bond as soon as the amount is fixed.

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COURT HOUSE NEWS.

Sheriff’s Office.

Tom Meredith charged with the murder of Ben Champion near Dawson on Wednesday evening, made bond yesterday in the sum of $3500. The bondsmen are J. L. Meredith, P. O. Vinson, D. T. Sawyer, J. J. Hull, J. W. Wilson and C. J. Ford.

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COURT HOUSE NEWS.

Sheriff’s Office.

County Attorney Nash, Assistant County Attorney Lovett and Sheriff Curington went to Dawson yesterday to look into the killing of Ben Champion by Tom Meredith on Wednesday evening, and in order to determine whether the deceased was killed with a shot gun or a pistol the body of the deceased was dissected by Dr. Barnes of Hubbard. The finding of the investigation was not disclosed by the officers. The remains were interred yesterday afternoon.

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COURT HOUSE NEWS.

Tom Meredith charged with the murder of Ben Champion near Dawson some months ago, has been indicted by the grand jury and today made bond in the sum of $3,500.

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Emma Chambers (Jordan) Bush
Sep 6, 1845 - Mar 17, 1925

HUBBARD CITY NEWS.

Mrs. Emma Bush Dead.

Mrs. Emma Bush, age 79 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. L. Wisenbaker in the Liberty Hill community, Tuesday afternoon, March 17, 1925, at 4:55 o’clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. T. Douglas Wednesday afternoon at the grave in Dover cemetery.

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Lenard Lipsey
Jul 24, 1907 - Jun 4, 1925

FROST NEWS
(Frost Enterprise)

Man Accidentally Shoots Self

Leonard Lipsey, night foreman at the ice plant was seriously if not fatally shot early Saturday morning of the past week. He carried a 45-Colts and was removing same from scabbard when the weapon was accidentally discharged the contents having passed through the edge of his stomach. Dr. Matlock rushed him to a Hillsboro sanitorium where he was operated upon and his condition is pronounced as serious.

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Buried at Dover.

Leonard Lipsey, who was wounded by the accidental discharge of his pistol at Frost, on May ---died in a Hillsboro sanitarium Thursday of last week and was buried in the Dover cemetery south of Dawson, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. J. T. McKeown of this place. There was a large attendance at the funeral.

Mr. Lipsey was a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Lipsey, of south of Hubbard, and was employed as night watchman at Frost at the time of the fatal accident. He is survived by his parents, three brothers, four sisters. At the age of 15 he was converted but undecided which church with which to unite, never united with any church . During his illness he stated he was ready to die and going to rest. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him.

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Emma Elizabeth (Beville) Lipsey
Jan 4, 1878 - Oct 14, 1952

Mrs. Emma Lipsey Rites Thursday

Mrs. Emma Lipsey, 73, died in her home at Waxahachie Tuesday afternoon. She formerly resided in Hubbard.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a. m. at the Kufman Assembly of God in Waxahachie.

Surviving are three sons, Guy Lipsey, Mexia; Wayne Lipsey, Hubbard, and Cecil Lipsey, Hubbard; three daughters, Mrs. Josie Kendrick, Hillsboro; Mrs. S. A. Hodge, Corsicana, and Mrs. Ray Cornelius, Waxahachie; 21 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. L. E. Davis. Burial will be in the Dover cemetery near Hubbard.

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Charles L. “Charley” Brinkley
Jun 14, 1890 - Jul 31, 1922

Died at Angus.

P. L. Brindley, age 34, died in the Angus community last night of cancer, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife.

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M. L. Wiggington
Mar 15, 1922 - Nov 9, 1923

Death of Infant Son.

M. L. the nineteen-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gaston Wiggington, died at Navarro yesterday and the remains were interred in the Grape Creek cemetery this afternoon. The parents are oil field workers and had been at Navarro only a short time.

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Vernon Green
Sep 14, 1923 - Feb 11, 1924

Death of Little Boy.

Vernon, the three-months-old son of B. A. Green, died at the family home near Zion’s Rest last night, and the remains will be taken to Grape Creek tomorrow for interment.

The mother of the little fellow was buried there only a few weeks ago.

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Joseph Alfred Pilkington
Jul 15, 1897 - Jan 28, 1924

In Memoriam.

The boast of heraldy, the pomp of power,
And all that beauty, all that wealth e’er gave,
Await alike the inevitable hours;
Thy paths of glory lead but to the grave.

Can Honor’s voice provoke the silent dust,
Or flattery sooth the dull ear of death?
--Gray.

Thus we are reminded of this beautiful eulogy of death in the untimely demise of our young friend, Joseph Alfred Pilkington, who died at his home in Houston, January 28, after a brief illness of pneumonia.

The sudden home-going of this splendid young man has broken the heart of his mother, saddened the lives of his loved ones, and cast a pall of gloom among his many friends.

In this instance we are made to feel the truth of the statement that “Death seeks a shining mark,” for in his gallant young manhood, he was the essence of honor, and truth; speaking first the comfort of his widowed mother, filling the world about him with happiness with his radiant countenance and naturally attractive congeniality.

We fully comprehend that in the midst of life there is death, and the “Grim Reaper” is no respecter of persons, but all alike must go at the summons of Him who in infinite wisdom has given life and in divine justice recalls the same.

In human weakness we grieve for the loss of his beloved presence, tender kindness and true friendship; for in his stalwart form he stood as a giant oak with all its massive strength and when cut down it crushed all that was in the scope of his association and uprooted the tender vine that leaned heavily upon him for support, and left it withering grief, a true mother in heart-rendering sorrow for the loss of her noble son.

Although many tears have been shed, yet through it all, there is a shining light of great consolation that comes like honey in the gall of bitterness, and pours a gentle balm upon the bleeding hearts, in his comforting words: “I am ready to go if it be God’s will.”

His remains were laid to rest in the Grape Creek cemetery midst a host of sorrowing relatives and friends, and the beautiful floral offerings portrayed the place of high esteem he enjoyed with his employers, fellow workmen and his many friends. The funeral service was conducted by Bro. Sanders, after which eleven robed Klansmen, with silent prayer placed the “Fiery Cross” upon his last resting place. May his body rest in peace until the resurrection, when the dead in Christ shall rise in immortal glory.

A friend,
JESIE HARVARD FORBES.

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James Murray
d. July 2016

Navarro County deputy sheriff dies in crash
Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2016 3:46 pm
By DON BOLDING dbolding@wacotrib.com


Navarro County Deputy Sheriff James Murray died Saturday afternoon from injuries suffered in an automobile accident about 2:30 p.m., Sheriff Elmer Tanner announced.
Murray, a 22-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was off-duty when the crash occurred on U.S. Highway 287 near the Navarro-Freestone county line, Tanner said in a press release.

“Deputies arriving at the crash site discovered Deputy Murray was seriously injured and began first-aid efforts until Corsicana Fire and Rescue arrived and transported him to Navarro Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash,” Tanner said. “Our heart goes out to the family of our fallen comrade. This is another tragic blow to law enforcement, and it hits close to home here in Navarro County.”
Tanner thanked the Corsicana Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Corsicana Fire and Rescue “for everything they’ve done for us in this incident.”
Circumstances of the accident were not reported Saturday afternoon. Tanner said the DPS is investigating.
Services

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James Darren Murray
Aug 12, 1967 - July 15, 2016

James Darren Murray of Corsicana passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on Friday, July 15, 2016 at the age of 48.
He was born in Dallas on Aug. 12, 1967 to James R. Murray and Velma Jo Wilson Murray.
He worked for the Texas Youth Commission for six years until 1994 when he joined the Navarro County Sheriffs Department where he worked for 22 years.
James was a avid outdoors man finding time to hunt and fish and rides ATV's. He also enjoyed farming and ranching with his dad, taking care of the land.
He married Amy Smith on July 23, 2005 in Corsicana.
He was preceded in death by his mother Jo Murray; brothers, Billy Taylor, Benny Taylor and Rick Taylor; nephew, David Taylor and son Austin Tyler Murray.
James is survived by his wife Amy Murray; his father James R. (Red) Murray; children, Dakota Murray, Lisa Murray, Shelee Murray and Brock Murray.
He is also survived by the mother of Brock and Dakota, Lori Murray; sister, Lori Murray Boyte and husband Bradley; brothers, Reggie Taylor and wife Patty and Charles Beasley; nephews Michael Withrow and wife Sarah, Erick Taylor and wife Jessica, Bill Taylor, Rick Taylor and wife Tanya, Cody Taylor and Josh Taylor and wife Rainbo; nieces, Courtney Aguado and husband Josh, Jessica Taylor, Faith Taylor Nesbett, Melanie Taylor, Christin Boyte and Bailey Boyte. There are also numerous great nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.
James is also survived by his second family, the men and women of law enforcement that he worked with for the last 22 years in Navarro County.
Visitation with his family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016 in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Northside Baptist Church with Bro. Tony Neal officiating.
Interment will follow at New Pursley Cemetery with members of the Navarro County Sheriff's Office serving as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Pursley Volunteer Fire Department.
Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Lori Ann (Mitchell) Murray & Amy M. (Smith) Murray; s/o James Roosevelt Murray & Velma Jo (Wilson) Murray

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Off-duty NCSO deputy killed in crash

From Staff Reports Jul 15, 2016

Approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Deputy James Murray, a 22-year deputy with the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office, was killed in an off-duty car accident on South U.S. Highway 287 near the Navarro-Freestone County line.

Deputies arriving at the crash site discovered Deputy Murray was seriously injured and began first-aid efforts until Corsicana Fire and Rescue arrived and transported him to Navarro Regional Hospital. He was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash.

The Navarro County Sheriff’s Department is in shock over Deputy Murray’s death.

“Our heart goes out to the family of our fallen comrade,” said Sheriff Elmer Tanner. “This is another tragic blow to law enforcement and it hits close to home here in Navarro County.

“We want to thank the Corsicana Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Corsicana Fire and Rescue for everything that they’ve done for us in this incident.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash.

Arrangements are pending at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

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Murray remembered for larger-than-life personality

By Deanna Kirk Daily Sun Jul 18, 2016
Daily Sun Photo/Ron Farmer

Being serious and focused when the situation requires it, then able to laugh while enjoying life to the fullest, is a gift.
James Darren Murray had that gift.
When it was time for work, especially in his last 22 years with the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department, he could zone in like a laser.
“He was never ‘off duty,’” said Sheriff Elmer Tanner. “Darren tried to be of assistance even when he wasn’t working.”
But his passion for pranks, fun and laughing were his hallmark.
“If he didn’t pester you, he didn’t like you,” said cousin Thresa Cates.
Deputy Murray passed away following a car accident on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was 48. He grew up in the Dawson area, and loved to hunt, fish, and ride ATVs, as well as farming and ranching with his father.
Anita Murray taught Darren in English class at Dawson schools. She is from Corsicana, but her husband Kenneth is from Dawson, and is a cousin to the Murrays.
“I’d look up in class and be kin to at least one in every class,” Anita said. “I had Darren in class. He always called me ‘Ain’t Anita.’
“I was determined I was going to break them of saying ‘Ain’t’ telling them one day they’d be embarrassed of saying that ... I even charged them a nickel each time they said it, or gave them extra work. I took up a lot of his money.”
She said every time she saw Darren, he would look at her and say, “Ain’t ain’t ain’t.” She’d respond with,” I do not want to see you saying that on the police radio,” to which he’d reply, “I ain’t understanding you.”
“Darren was good-hearted, not mean-spirited,” she said. “Just a good kid. He never changed. It’s just such a loss, and we are all just devastated.”
Darren is survived by his wife, Amy Smith Murray; and children, Dakota Murray, Lisa Murray, Shelee Murray and Brock Murray. He’s also survived by his father, James R. “Red” Murray, and sister Lori Murray Boyte, and husband Bradley, as well as many nieces and nephews. His mother, Velma Jo Wilson Murray, preceded him in death.
“I always called him ‘Bighead,’” said Cates. “He had a heart of gold. He would give you anything that he had. He would pester you, though, and make you work for it. He loved his dad, Red.
“He would look for my blue Dodge Neon, and was the first officer that ever pulled me over, by Poe Boys on 15th St. My son Chase was with me. Darren just got the biggest kick out of that,” she said. “I said a few choice words to him. He was a mess.”
Murray worked for the Texas Youth Commission for six years until 1994 when he joined the NCSO. While attending the Navarro College Police Academy, he became friendly with Dan Williams, who was running the academy at that time. Williams knew him as James.
“We always liked to cut up and have a good time,” Williams said. “James and I developed a good relationship there, and became lifelong friends. We just clicked. We always kidded and gave each other a hard time.”
Williams said there’s a long story he tells all his trainees about his own early law enforcement career, and a unique nickname associated with it. Once Murray knew that nickname, he never called Williams anything but ‘Whipper.’
“When business needed to get serious in law enforcement, he could take care of that without any problem,” Williams said. “But he liked to enjoy life and cut up. He didn’t mind dishing it out, but he could take it, too. He knew paybacks were coming sooner or later.”
Sheriff Tanner and Murray go way back, to growing up in Dawson. Though Tanner was a tad older, the families were connected, he was at the Murray home numerous times, and they worked together in many capacities at the sheriff’s office. They also worked off-duty security jobs together some, because like most law enforcement, they had to work extra jobs to make ends meet.
“He was always fun-loving,” Tanner said. “Deputy Murray’s areas of policing and law enforcement where he excelled were that he knew all the county roads, he knew all the people, and he knew pretty much where all the people lived. That’s invaluable.”
Murray had a passion for the area volunteer fire departments, and was a liaison between the NCSO and the VFDs.
“He was our dedicated representative to the Eureka Crime Watch,” Tanner said.
“As we were just beginning to try to comprehend the incident from Dallas, then we lost Deputy Murray, then Sunday as I was sitting in church we learned about the incident in Baton Rouge,” he continued. “I think our resolve as police officers is being tested, our faith as police officers is being tested. But I think law enforcement is coming together and being united as never before.”
Tanner went on to say the brotherhood will grow stronger and will continue to face any challenges that are thrust upon them, and face the challenges with professionalism and kindness, and continue to do the best for their fellow man.
“My wish is the same as Darren’s would have been — we just ask that our public continue to support us,” he said. “We’ve had an overwhelming show of support and love since these incidents in Dallas began 11, 12 days ago. You can’t imagine the amount of kind words, people waving, speaking, all the things that mean so much.
“It’s unfortunate that sometimes it takes these tragedies to realize how important our law enforcement and first responders are in our community. Please rest assured — we are ready to answer the call for our citizens.”
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dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com

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William D. Butcher
abt 1905 - Oct 2, 1980

Services for William D. Bucher, 75, a landscape gardener who came here 41 years ago from Henryetta, Oklahoma, will be 1 p.m. Monday in Hansen Mortuary, 8314 N. Seventh St.

Mr. Bucher, 1541 W. Palmer Drive, died Oct. 2, 1980, in a Phoenix hospital. He was born in Frost, Texas.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys; sons, Bill, David, Cliff, James, Larry, Mike; daughter, Edna Cooper, Independence, MO; brother, Russel; sisters, Ola Andres, Ethel Blackburn, Oklahoma City, Ida Clinton, Reno, OK, Maggie Smallwood, Oklahoma City, Rosie Goldworth, Bloomington, CA, Bonnie Sender, Los Angeles, Lillie Sherill, Stockton, CA.

Notes:

  • The Arizona Republic Saturday, Oct 4, 1980.

Roy D. Norris
Feb 18, 1948 - Aug 28, 2016

Obituary for Roy D. Norris
Roy D. Norris, 68, of Frost passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at his residence. He was born February 18, 1948 in Oklahoma to A.D. Norris and Thelma Shelton Norris. He was one of fifteen children.
Roy has been a resident of the Emmett since 1979. He had a passion for cars, dirt track racing and building motors.
He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Gary A.D. Norris, Viola Fondren, Coleman Norris, Allen Norris, Doris Ray Norris and Frankie Edward Norris; children, Matt Norris, Lisa Mae Norris, Teresa Fae Norris and one grandson, Matthew Wayne Norris. He is survive by his wife, Diann Norris of Frost; two children, Charlie Norris and wife Julie of Hillsboro and Julie Coker and husband Mike of Teague; eight siblings, Kathy Henson, Leah Gordon, John Norris, Louise Todd, Darryl Norris, Marie Norris, Robert Daniel Norris and Terry Norris; six grandchildren, Megan, Heath, Alicia, Amanda, Brandy and Lisa; seven great grandchildren, Kathryn, Halyn, Kimber, Jackson, Colton, Grant and Charlie.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Memorial Service will follow visitation at 7:00 pm in the chapel.

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Albert Amonett
Apr 22, 1878 - Jun 18, 1915

REMAINS INTERRED HERE.

Former Citizen Buried Beside His Parents Today.

The remains of the late Albert Amonette, who died Tulsa, Okla., Friday, arrived here last night and interment took place today at the Petty cemetery one mile north of town where the parents of the deceased were buried some years ago.

Rev. J. W. Fort and Rev. W. J. King officiated and the funeral service was held in Sutherland’s undertaking parlors at 10:30 this morning.

A number of the boyhood friends of the deceased followed the remains to the grave.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, June 22, 1915
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Petty Family Cemetery, Navarro Co., TX
  • I believe this must be the Albert that is listed as dying 1914. I also think he must be the son of William Lafayette Amonett and Matilda Frances (Sellers) Amonett - They are in Freestone County, Texas on the 1880 Census

George V. Petty
abt 1872 - Jul 31, 1918

Died in Oklahoma

Geo. V. Petty, aged forty-six, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Petty, and who was reared near Corsicana, died at Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday, and the remains reached here at 12:40 last night and were interred in the Petty Cemetery, in the north suburbs of Corsicana at 10 o’clock this morning, Rev. J. W. Stephens officiating. The deceased is survived by his venerable parents, his wife and little daughter and numerous other relatives here.

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Georgeann (Barker) Pattison
May 18, 1849 - Sep 13, 1918

COUNTY NEWS.

ITEMS OF INTEREST TAKEN FROM COUNTY EXCHANGES.

Mrs. Ben C. Patterson, aged seventy years, and for many years a resident of this section, died Friday night and the remains were laid to rest in the Patterson cemetery Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Patterson had been in poor health for some time and her loved ones realized that she soon must pass from our midst, but all was done for her that loving hands could do, but to no avail as the summons came and she had to answer. She was loved and cherished by everyone who knew her. Besides her husband she leaves these children—Mrs. D. B. Bennett, Mrs. Henry Cotton, Mrs. Frank Blair, Mrs. Sid Lindsey, Mrs. Andrew Ray, and Messrs, James and Ben Patterson, all of the Emhouse community. We join their many friends in extending our deepest sympathy.—Emhouse News.

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Martha T. “Mattie” Story
May 7, 1942 - Dec 21, 1925

NAVARRO COUNTY PIONEER DIED LAST NIGHT NEAR ANGUS

MISS MARTHA STORY HAD RESIDED HERE SINCE 1849---FUNERAL TUESDAY

Miss Martha T. Story, aged 83 years, died at 9:30 o’clock Monday night at the home of her nephew and niece, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Tilton of Angus, and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery, four miles southwest of Corsicana, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the Methodist church at Rice, officiating, and Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third avenue Presbyterian church assisting.

The pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased lady, they being Sidney Story, Buyan Henderson, J. S. Pugh, W. E. Pugh, L. A. Pugh and J. M. Pugh, all of Corsicana.

Miss Story was born on May 7 1842, in Ferry county, Tennessee, and came with her parents to Texas in the autumn of 1846, settling first in Cass county, East Texas, in the year 1849 the family removed to Navarro county and this has been her home since that time, she having lived in the Angus community part of this time. She was the youngest child of a family of thirteen children, seven boys and six girls all of whom preceded her in death. She had seen Texas and Navarro county grow from almost a wilderness, with few inhabitants, to the great state and thickly settled country of today, and during all those years she had lived that others might be happy and enjoy the good things of life.

It is often stated that one has spent their life for others, and never was a statement more true than in this case. Miss Story had spent her life in the care of and the giving of pleasure to those whom she loved and it can be truly stated that no woman was ever more beloved and had more friends than she. It was her pleasure to take the motherless and fatherless children of her deceased brothers and sisters into her home in their tender years and give them the care and attention that would have been bestowed upon the by their own mother and father.

If the deceased ever spoke a harsh word or a word that would leave a scar in its wake there are none to remember. She was ever considerate of everybody, and if others spoke in detriment to anyone in her presence she always had a kind word and found some excuse for the actions and deed that were not up to the standard. It can truly be said that a Mother of Israel has laid down her work with the passing of this sainted woman.

Despite her age she had enjoyed excellent health until a short time ago she fell at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Tilton, where she had recently been making her home, and broke the bones in her hip. At first it was thought that she would again be able to be up in a few weeks, but such was not the case, and when it was found that she would be a hopeless cripple the remainder of her life and a care on others, her fighting spirit gave way and the end came Monday night. She leaves numerous nephews and nieces and other relatives and a great host of friends to mourn her passing.

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W. Ben Younger
Nov 1, 1868 - Jul 25, 1925

REMAINS FORMER CORSICANA MAN RECEIVED TODAY

The remains of Ben Younger, aged 56 years, of Allen, Oklahoma, and formerly a resident of Corsicana, were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this morning at 9 o’clock. The deceased died as a result of injuries received Saturday night when struck by a train in Tyler. The remains were shipped to Corsicana from Tyler early today on the Southbound Cotton Belt train.

The deceased is survived by two sons and a half brother, G. C. Younger of Corsicana.

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Laura K. (Reagan) Patterson
Jan 15, 1870 - Mar 29, 1950

Mrs. Patterson Dies Wednesday; Rites Thursday

Ms. Laura K. Patterson, 80, life-long resident of Navarro county, died Wednesday morning at her home, 2310 West Seventh Avenue.

Mrs. Patterson was born at Angus, January 15, 1870.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, Milner H. Patterson and Henry H. Patterson, both of Corsicana; C. D. Patterson, Mexia, and Raymond R. Patterson, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. L. E. Gentry, Rice, and Mrs. Pauline Kimbrell, Tyler, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be provided by the American Legion.

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Mrs. Patterson Funeral Rites Held Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura K. Patterson, 80, life-long resident of Corsicana, who died at her home, 2310 West Seventh avenue Wednesday, were held Thursday afternoon from Corley Funeral Home. Burial was in the Hamilton cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, Milner H. and Henry H. Patterson, both of Corsicana; C. D. Patterson, Mexia, and Raymond R. Patterson, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. L. E. Gentry, Rice, and Mrs. Pauline Kimbrell, Tyler, and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were provided by the American Legion.

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James D. “Jimmie” Morton, Jr.
Jan 18, 1924 - Jan 10, 1925

Death of Infant Son.

Jimmie, the 15-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. James Morton, died at the family home near Zion’s Rest Saturday afternoon and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock.

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Elgin R. Fuller
Jan 29, 1920 - Jan 5, 1925

Died Near Corbet

E. R., the four-year-old son of Lee Fuller, died at Corbet Sunday and the remains were interred near there yesterday.

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Irene (UNKNOWN) Henderson
1889 - Apr 18, 1924

Died Near Town Last Night.

Mrs. Irene Henderson, aged 31 years, wife of
D. L. Henderson, who has a fruit and vegetable store on Tenth street, died at the family home east of town, near the old cemetery last night and the remains will be interred near Navarro tomorrow. The deceased is survived by her husband and three children.

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John T. Knight
45/50 years old - Dec 3, 1924

Died At Britton Last Night.

John T. Knight, a native of Canada, 45 years old, died at Britton in the Corsicana oil field last night and the remains were interred in the Hopewell cemetery this afternoon. The deceased was at work for Mr. Bottom, a merchant at Britton. He had no known relatives.

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(death record says died Jan. 12, 1909)

Susan Ann “Susie” (Hammer) Collins
Apr 1835 - Jan 12, 1909

Tribute of Respect.

In loving memory and respect for Sister Susan Collin. Sister Collins came from her native state of Ohio several years ago. After remaining in this state and county for several years she united with the Hopewell Missionary Baptist church in the year 1891, after which date she lived an exemplary Christian life until the date of her death, February 11, 1909. Her last days were a true demonstration of Christian endurance, for she bore with Christian fortitude her long and painful affliction.

Whereas, God in his infinite wisdom has chosen for her a heavenly abode and in so doing has removed one so dear to our Christian denomination, therefore be it

Resolved, that in the death of Sister Collins the church has sustained an irreparable loss, our country a true and noble Christian lady and friend.

Be it further resolved , that a copy of these resolutions be sent the B.M.A. News, Baptist Echo and the Semi-Weekly Light for publication.

CARRIE BRESSIE,
TOM BOYD,
DR. T. S. SLATER,
Committee.

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Littleton V. Garlich
Feb 3, 1855 - Feb 2, 1925

The Riderless Horse.

To Semi-Weekly Light:

(With sadness of heart we learned of the death of Mr. L. V. Garlich. He probably knew more of the history of the Navarro community than any other man living at the time of his death. He was brought up under the influence of the immortal Captain Fouty, of whose beautiful record and brilliant character any community might well be proud. We never heard of him making any public profession of religion; but we have heard his use the expression: “Providence permitting,” which led us to feel he had a reverence for, and a belief in that Supreme Being “whose kingdom ruleth over all.” While he met with some temptations at the hands of car agents, he never gave up the old-time method of conveyance—the horse and saddle.)

Faithful steed, what do you think
If so be that meditation
Can inflame a horse’s mind
With the thrill of animation?
Surely you must wonder where
He has gone, so long to tarry
You, who did so often bear—
You, who did his person carry.

And, when feeding time comes around,
Do you for his footsteps listen?
Nevermore at sight of him
Will your eye with gladness glisten !
In the seasons, dash and dull,
And in seasons, bright and gaily,
We have seen you plodding on;
For your master rode you daily.

Steed, we loved your master too—
Loved his manner, mild and gentle—
Loved his kind and friendly way
With a love that’s more than mental,
And we hope to meet him where
Bliss abounds, when life is ended,
And where shattered voice here
Are in perfect union blended.

WM. L. PHILLIPS.
Mexia, R. R. 4

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J. D. Howell
1924 - Sep 14, 1925

Little Child Dies Here Last Night

J. D. Howell, fourteen-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Howell, died at the family home at the corner of West Eighth Avenue and Thirty-fifth Street last night and the remains were interred this afternoon in the Hopewell cemetery at 5 o’clock.

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Paulina Martinez
Dec 15, 1923 - Jan 15, 1926

Mexican Child Dies Near Carl’s Switch

Paulina Martinez, two-year-old Mexican child, died near Carl’s Switch Friday afternoon and the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

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Margaret (Garner) Curry
May 1, 1831 - Feb 1, 1922

Venerable Lady Died.

Mrs. Margaret Curry, aged 91 years died at the home where she had lived near Purdon for sixty years, last Friday night, and the remains were interred in the Currie family cemetery Saturday morning, Revs. G. W. Kincheloe and H. B. Landrum officiating. The deceased is survived by five children, J. L. Curry of Oklahoma; James Curry, Miss Nannie Curry and Miss Mary Curry of Purdon, and Mrs. Will Anderson of Johnson county.

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DAWSON NEWS.
(The Dawson Herald.)

Venerable Lady Dead.

Mrs. Margaret Curry, aged 91 years died at the home where she had lived near Purdon for sixty years, last Friday night and the remains were interred in the Currie family cemetery Saturday morning, Revs. G. W. Kincheloe and H. B. Landrum officiating. The deceased is survived by five children, J. L. Curry of Oklahoma; Jas. Curry, Miss Nannie Curry and Miss Curry of Purdon, and Mrs. Will Anderson of Johnson county—Monday’s Corsicana, Sun.

Mrs. Curry was a sister of our townsman, E. P. Garner, the following were among those from here who attended the funeral: E. P. Garner, W. G. Wilkison and Family, Mr. and Mrs. John Garner, Mrs. John Lawrence, Mrs. Jane Garner and son, H. C.; Mrs. J. l. Turner and Mrs. J. T. Wilkes.

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INFANT Harris
1923 - Aug. 23, 1924

Lost Their Infant Child.

The one-year-old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Zeb Harris of Jester died Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Currie cemetery near Jester, yesterday afternoon.

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John W. Carroll
Apr 6, 1838 - Mar 5, 1920

Died in Kerens.

John Carroll, aged eighty-four years, died in Kerens this morning of old age. The deceased had lived in Navarro county for many years and was esteemed as a good citizen.

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James Pershing Wright
Oct 27, 1918 - Jul 31, 1919

Obiturary.

On July 31, death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Wright and took their little infant, James Pershing. Little James was nine months and four days old, and was sick almost three weeks with influenza. Dr. Blair of Kerens did all in his power to relieve his suffering. Early in the morning each day little James would seem some better, but at the close of each long, hot, sultry day, he would relapse back into the same deathly stupor until at 11:30 Thursday night. Loving hands had done all that could be done. His little spirit took its flight from mother’s arms unto the arms of Jesus.

Little James was laid to rest August 1st at Kerens cemetery. Bro. Carriway conducted the funeral services which were attended by a large crowd of relatives and friends. Many beautiful flowers were place on his little grave by ones that loved him.

Weep not dear parents as ones that have no hope. Just think little James is an angel, and waiting for your coming in a better land. Yes, we know your home is lonely and sad and with you we deeply sympathize, for we, too, have three little angels waiting for us over there, and we hope someday to meet them in that better land.

A FRIEND.

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Chester Pannell Ray
Jul 12, 1895 - Jan 14, 1952

Chester Ray Of Austin Expires

KERENS, Jan. 15—(Spl.)—Chester P. Ray, native of Kerens, died at his home, 1500 West Thirteenth street, Austin, Sunday morning.

Funeral services are to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the First Presbyterian church here, of which he is still a member, with burial in the Kerens cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. R. C. Linder, pastor.

Ray was employed here with his late father, D. W. Ray, in the farming, hardware and gin business for many years before becoming connected with the State Health Department 14 years ago.

He was a Presbyterian, Mason, and veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Dreka Ray, Austin; a son Harold R. Ray, San Antonio; a grandson Rowe Hamilton Ray, San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. Ella Dickens, Texas City; a brother, Robert Wilson, Pasadena, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Hal Johnson, Austin; Cliff Coates, Earl McClung. Whit Scarbrough, R. P. Walker, D. D. Bruner, T. L. Whorton and L. E. Bracey.

Inmon Funeral Home will direct.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 15, 1952
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Dreka Price (Rowe) Ray married Jul. 12, 1917 s/o Dee Witt Ray and Essie S. (Jennings) Wilson-Ray buried in Bazette cemetery

Fred Lee Mitchell, Jr.
Nov 2, 1921 – Apr 11, 1924

Died Here Last Night.

Fred, the two-year-old son of Fred Mitchell, 812 South Eighth street, died last night at the home of its grandmother, 612 North Eleventh street, and the remains were interred this afternoon near Dawson.

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Lula B. (Terry) Freeland
Oct 7, 1874 - Jul 18, 1922

Mrs. Tom Freeland Dead.

Special to the Sun.
Dawson, July 19.—Mrs. Tom Freeland, aged 48, died yesterday at her home near Hubbard City after a lingering illness of the great white plagra-consumption, and her remains were laid to rest today in the Liberty Hill Cemetery, Rev. Collins of this city, conducting services. She leaves a husband and five children.

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John J. Warden
Aug 17, 1839 - Nov 17, 1913

Died at I. O. O. F. Home.

J. J. Warden died at the I. O. O. F. Widows and Orphans Home today at the age of 75 years. He had made his home there for the past two years and was universally liked. His body will be taken to Purdon tonight and tomorrow it will be laid to rest in Liberty Hill cemetery.

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Jane Ellen (Fullerton) Hight
Apr 18, 1867 - Mar 18, 1925

HUBBARD CITY NEWS

Mrs. Ellen Hight Dead

Mrs. Ellen Hight, widow of Rufus Hight, deceased, died at her home in this city Wednesday, March 18, 1925, at 1 p.m. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, W. H. Johnson at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church yesterday, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment following in the Liberty Hill cemetery, beside the grave of her daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Hight, who was buried on Thursday of last week. She had been sick with pneumonia for more than a week, and her illness has been of such a serious nature that she was never told of the death of her daughter. Her husband preceded her in death about twenty-five years ago and since that time she has kept the home together, reared a family of three sons and two daughters, giving them a good education and providing for them in all the needs of life.

Buried at Liberty Hill

Mrs. Ellen Hight died at her home in Hubbard Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. of pneumonia. The funeral services was held at Hubbard Cumberland Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon and burial took place in Liberty Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Hight had a large number of friends in Dawson who regret her death.

At 1 o’clock p.m. Wednesday of last week, Mrs. Hight’s daughter died of the same illness.

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Lizzie Bee Hight
Feb 12, 1887 - Mar 11, 1925

HUBBARD CITY NEWS

Mrs. Ellen Hight Dead

Mrs. Ellen Hight, widow of Rufus Hight, deceased, died at her home in this city Wednesday, March 18, 1925, at 1 p.m. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, W. H. Johnson at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church yesterday, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment following in the Liberty Hill cemetery, beside the grave of her daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Hight, who was buried on Thursday of last week. She had been sick with pneumonia for more than a week, and her illness has been of such a serious nature that she was never told of the death of her daughter. Her husband preceded her in death about twenty-five years ago and since that time she has kept the home together, reared a family of three sons and two daughters, giving them a good education and providing for them in all the needs of life.

Buried at Liberty Hill

Mrs. Ellen Hight died at her home in Hubbard Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. of pneumonia. The funeral services was held at Hubbard Cumberland Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon and burial took place in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Hight had a large number of friends in Dawson who regret her death.

At 1 o’clock p.m. Wednesday of last week, Mrs. Hight’s daughter died of the same illness.

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Ruby Catherine Farris
Feb 9, 1897 - Jul 11, 1925

MISS RUBY FARRIS DIED IN HOSPITAL SATURDAY NIGHT

FORMER LOCAL SCHOOL TEACHER DIES AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS ILLNESS

Miss Ruby Catherine Farris, aged 28 years, died at the Navarro County Hospital Saturday night and the remains were interred in the Long Prairie Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Farris of Rural Shade; six sisters, Mrs. Lynn Kurley, Kerens; Mrs. Dewey Mays, Kerens; Mrs. Mays, Kerens, Mrs. Charlie Boone, Corsicana, and Misses Avie and Fay Farris; four brothers, Will and three young brothers at home.

The deceased taught school in Corsicana for several years at the David Crockett school and was well known in Corsicana. During the last two years Miss Farris had taught in the West Side Junior High school at Waco.

Miss Farris and Roy G. Thomas of Corsicana were to have been married June 30, but the marriage was postponed due to the illness of Miss Farris. A new home had been completed by Mr. Thomas.

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FUNERAL SERVICES POPULAR YOUNG MAN AND WOMAN SUNDAY

JOHN FLOYD AND MISS RUBY FARRIS BURIED AT LONG PRAIRIE

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, July 13.—At the place that was dedicated many years ago for the burial of their dead by the early settlers of the community the people of Long Prairie and Rural Shade assembled Sunday afternoon to bury two of their most liked people. The one a man in the prime of his life, the other a young lady that had just reached maturity.

Assembled beneath the large oaks that have stood for centuries as silent sentinels guarding the place where now sleep many of East Navarro’s dead and near the little Long Prairie church, as one big family for more than two generations they have worshipped together, gathered the largest crowd ever gathered there. The point is historic, for here are laid many that played an important part in the development of the count.

John Floyd, aged 37, a farmer and leading citizen, was first to be buried. Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the Kerens Baptist church had charge of the funeral, being assisted by Rev. Utley, pastor of the Methodist church of Long Prairie. The esteem in which Mr. Floyd was held was testified to by the immense crowd that gathered at his grave.

The second, Miss Ruby Farris, was a young woman in the bloom of early life, who but a few days ago would have become a bride but for her illness. She had taught in the schools of Corsicana and the last year in Waco. The immense pile of flowers, together with the large crowd showed the esteem in which she was held.

Her funeral was conducted by Rev. Utley and Rev. E. W. Potter, pastor of the First Methodist church of Corsicana. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Farris, and the friend of all with whom she came in contact. It was indeed a sorrowing community that wended its way from the two new made graves.

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John Bascom Floyd
Oct 22, 1887 - Jul 11, 1925

KERENS MAN DIES COUNTY HOSPITAL BLOOD POISONING

John B. Floyd, aged 37 years, died this morning at 5:34 o’clock and the remains will be interred in the Long Prairie Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the First Baptist church of Kerens, will conduct the funeral services.

The deceased lived nine miles south of Kerens. He is survived by his wife and three small children; his mother, Mrs. J. H. Floyd, tow brothers, J. A. and L. C. Floyd, and one sister, Mrs. J. N. Inmon, all of Kerens community.

The deceased was reared in the Kerens community and was a well known farmer of that vicinity.

Death resulted from an infection caused by a pimple, it is said.

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FUNERAL SERVICES POPULAR YOUNG MAN AND WOMAN SUNDAY

JOHN FLOYD AND MISS RUBY FARRIS BURIED AT LONG PRAIRIE

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, July 13.—At the place that was dedicated many years ago for the burial of their dead by the early settlers of the community the people of Long Prairie and Rural Shade assembled Sunday afternoon to bury two of their most liked people. The one a man in the prime of his life, the other a young lady that had just reached maturity.

Assembled beneath the large oaks that have stood for centuries as silent sentinels guarding the place where now sleep many of East Navarro’s dead and near the little Long Prairie church, as one big family for more than two generations they have worshipped together, gathered the largest crowd ever gathered there. The point is historic, for here are laid many that played an important part in the development of the count.

John Floyd, aged 37, a farmer and leading citizen, was first to be buried. Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the Kerens Baptist church had charge of the funeral, being assisted by Rev. Utley, pastor of the Methodist church of Long Prairie. The esteem in which Mr. Floyd was held was testified to by the immense crowd that gathered at his grave.

The second, Miss Ruby Farris, was a young woman in the bloom of early life, who but a few days ago would have become a bride but for her illness. She had taught in the schools of Corsicana and the last year in Waco. The immense pile of flowers, together with the large crowd showed the esteem in which she was held.

Her funeral was conducted by Rev. Utley and Rev. E. W. Potter, pastor of the First Methodist church of Corsicana. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Farris, and the friend of all with whom she came in contact. It was indeed a sorrowing community that wended its way from the two new made graves.

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Howard Oliphant
Oct 19, 1849 - Feb 16, 1925

KERENS NEWS.
(Kerens Tribune)

Old Time Resident Died Monday.

H. Oliphant, aged 75 years, died at his home near Long Prairie at an early hour Monday and burial services were held at the Long Prairie cemetery with interment at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Oliphant was one of the pioneer residents of East Navarro having lived in the same homestead practically all of his life. He is survived by one son, H. R. Oliphant of Kerens and two daughters, Mrs. Jap Inmon of Kerens and Mrs. Allen of Palmer.

Mr. Oliphant was a resident of the Long Prairie community for fifty years.

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Wade Jack Anderson
Mar 12, 1902 - Sep 20, 1921

Died Near Navarro.

Jack Anderson, the 19-year-old son of A. Anderson, died near Navarro yesterday of black jaundice, and the remains were interred at Grape Creek today.

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Alexander Woods Anderson
May 8, 1869 - May 27, 1941

A. W. ANDERSON OF MILDRED COMMUNITY DIED ON TUESDAY

Alexander W. Anderson, aged 72 years, died at his home in Mildred Tuesday afternoon at 1:50 o’clock. Funeral services were conducted at the Marshall cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock where interment was made.

A native of Tennessee, he had resided in Navarro county for the past 50 years, making his home in the Cheneyboro and Corbet communities until three years ago when he moved to Mildred.

Surviving are his wife of Mildred, eight children, Dave and Jim Anderson, both of Port Arthur; Mrs. J. O. Brannon, Mrs. Tom Owens and S. A. Anderson, all of Corsicana; L. B. Anderson, Kilgore; Mrs. Horace Thomas, Gladewater, and Mrs. Effie Minatra, Kerens; 16 grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Jennie Pollock, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were H. A. Garland, Rube Collins, E. D. Smith, Watt Myres, Edgar White and F. O. Hodgden.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 28, 1941
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Harriet Elender “Ella” (Weeks) Anderson married Dec. 20, 1894; s/o Alexander Peter Anderson & Mary Frances (Gleeson) Anderson

Harriet Elender “Ella” (Weeks) Anderson
Jan 13, 1877 - Dec 17, 1965

Sunday Rites Mrs. Anderson

Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Anderson, 88, life-long Pursley resident, will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Marshall cemetery. Mrs. Anderson died Friday morning in Memorial hospital.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. O. Rhyne, pastor of the Pursley Baptist church and Rev. Winford Roberson.

Surviving are three sons, J. O. Anderson, Pursley; L. B. Anderson, Kilgore, and S. A. Anderson, Sweeney; four daughters, Mrs. J. O. Brannon and Mrs. G. C. Deavers, both of Dallas; Mrs. Max Ganze, Pursley, and Mrs. H. G. Thomas, Gladewater; 14 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Annie Shepherd, Edna, and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.

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Abraham “Abe” Cohn
Nov 17, 1876 - Aug 23, 1927

TEAGUE RESIDENT BURIED CORSICANA WEDNESDAY MORNING

FATHER OF MRS. GEORGE DANIELS OF CORSICANA DIED IN TEGUE TUES.

Funeral services for Abe Cohn, aged 51 years, prominent Teague merchant, who died in that city Tuesday morning, were held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the residence of Simon Daniels, 415 West Sixth Avenue, with burial in the Jewish cemetery. He is survived by his wife, one son, Paul Cohn, of Teague; and one daughter, Mrs. George Daniels of Corsicana.

The body arrived in Corsicana from Teague Tuesday afternoon at 3:25 via the T. and B. V.

Active pallbearers were J. Jacobs, H. Rothkoff, A. Goldberg, Louis Levine, E. H. Davis, M. Pittlock and Harry Miller.

The honorary pallbearers included citizens of Teague and the members of the congregation of Agudas Achim.

Out of town people here for the funeral were Mrs. H. Herman, sister of the deceased, Mrs. S. Bender, J. Kossafsky, all of Shreveport; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Adolman and Miss Molly Ellis all of Waco.

A large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives followed the remains to their last resting place.

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Virginia (Mann) Stepp
Nov 12, 1868 - Apr 23, 1927

Kerens Woman Died Saturday Morning

Mrs. D. N. Stepp died at her home at Kerens early Saturday morning and funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon with burial in the Long Prairie cemetery.

Rev. D. N. Stepp, her husband is a brother of Mrs. W. M. Huggins of Corsicana.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, April 23, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o David Newton Stepp, Rev. married May 10, 1914 (David died 1935 in Tecemseh, Pottawatomie, Okla. buried in Tecemseh cemetery—David’s first wife and child are buried in Grape Creek cem.) d/o Bernard Mann and Eliza (Patterson) Mann

Richard Perry Whitworth
Jan 14, 1854 - Nov 11, 1927

AGED KERENS MAN DIED HERE FRIDAY; INTERMENT SATURDAY

Richard Perry Whitworth, aged 73 years, died at the Navarro County hospital Friday morning at 3 o’clock following ------months and the remains will be interred in the Long Prairie cemetery several miles south of Kerens, Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Mr. Whitworth was born in Mississippi but came to Texas in 1880. He resided in Kerens, Oklahoma, Jacksonville and other towns during the last several years.

Surviving are six sons, John M. Whitworth, ------Okla.; G. W. Whitworth, Kerens; O. F. Whitworth, Kerens; G. C. Whitworth, Robstown; S. W. Whitworth, Wilson, Okla.; R. P. Whitworth, Jr., Wilson, Okla.; one daughter, Mrs. Emma Roswiler, Milano; one brother, J. M. Whitworth, Arlington; one sister, Nancy Cole, and a number of other relatives.

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Junius David Quinn
Jan 12, 1877 - Aug 31, 1927

KERENS MAN DIED WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

J. D. Quinn, aged 50 years, was brought to the Navarro County Hospital Wednesday afternoon and died about 9 o’clock Wednesday evening. His home was at Kerens.

The body was taken to Kerens Thursday morning and interred in the Long Prairie cemetery Thursday afternoon.

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Herrod H. Terry
Feb 19, 1847 - Nov 12, 1927

Aged Man Died Suddenly Hubbard.

Hubbard, Texas, Nov., 19.—H. H. Terry, aged 88 years, died suddenly at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Doss Wright, east of Hubbard late Saturday afternoon with interment in the Liberty Hill cemetery.

Two daughters and 20 grandchildren survive.

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John A. Samuel
Oct 27, 1850 - Jan 13, 1927

Aged Hubbard City Resident is Dead

Hubbard, Texas, Jan. 15.—J. A. Samuels, aged 76 years, died near Hubbard Wednesday morning and the funeral services were conducted at the Liberty Hill cemetery Thursday afternoon.

He has resided in the Hubbard community for 30 years.

He is survived by his aged wife.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Jan 15, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (wife and infant monument says Samuel John’s death certificate and obit says Samuels) 1st wife Alice P. (Browning) Samuel married Oct. 27, 1894 2nd wife Mary Ann (Catlett) Samuel married Dec. 15, 1891

Mattie (Walling) Murphy
Sep 11, 1871 - Feb 5, 1955

Tuesday Services For Mrs. Murphy

Graveside services for Mrs. Mattie Murphy, who died in Dallas Saturday, were held at Oakwood cemetery here Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Earlier services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Oakwood Assembly of God Church, Grand Avenue and Jeffries street, Dallas, with Rev. Joseph Raculia officiating.

Mrs. Murphy was the widow of the late T. A. Murphy.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Tommie Futrell, Dallas; a son, Col. Luther A. Murphy, Japan; a brother, Jesse Walling, Dallas; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jess Horton, Edwin Dailey, Vance Hunt, George Burch, Johnny Bell, Cliff Chamberlain.

McCammon directed local arrangements.

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Thomas Allen Murphy
Dec 12, 1861 - Jun 24, 1935

FORMER CORSICANA RESIDENT BE BURIED HERE ON THURSDAY

Funeral services for Charles Allen Murphy, age 73, who died at his home in Dallas Monday will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dallas, Thursday morning at 9 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Father Charles E. Redfern. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery at 11:30 Thursday morning.

Mr. Murphy was a former resident of Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, O. E. Murphy, Shawnee, Okla., Luther W. Murphy, Lawton, Ok., a daughter, Mrs. J. L. Futtrell, Dallas and other relatives.

The funeral will be directed by Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home.

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James Moses Gunn
Aug 21, 1846 - Feb 12, 1927

PIONEER RESIDENT NAVARRO COUNTY IS BURIED AT EUREKA

J. M. GUNN, RESIDENT OF COUNTY OVER HALF CENTURY, PASSES AWAY

J. M. Gunn, aged 82 years, pioneer resident of Navarro county, died at his home in the Eureka community early Saturday morning and the remains were interred in the Dunn cemetery near Eureka Saturday afternoon. Mr. Gunn was one of the best-known fiddlers in this section of the county and has been a prize-winner at a number of contests.

He has resided in the Eureka community for more than a half century. He entered the Confederate Army from Navarro county.

Surviving are four daughters, Miss Mary Gunn, Pickett; Miss Mattie Gunn, Mildred; Mrs. F. M. Pope, Corsicana; Mrs. Clarence Urban, Los Angeles, Cal.; two sons, James Gunn, Kansas City, Mo.,; and David Gunn, Los Angeles, Cal.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, February 14, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (Obit says Dunn cemetery but death certificate says Gunn cemetery)
  • Civil War Veteran - CSA
  • h/o Abrigail Ruhamah (Jones) Gunn married Nov. 20, 1873; s/o Daniel Greenberry Gunn & Elizabeth Quinn (McElroy) Gunn

Mary Virginia Gunn
Sep 23, 1881 - May 23, 1959

Miss Mary Gunn Rites Sunday

Miss Mary V. Gunn, 77, of Eureka, died Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Eureka and was a retired school teacher.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Eureka Methodist church with burial in the Jones cemetery at Eureka. The rites were conducted by Rev. Jimmie Mobley, pastor of the church, and Rev. H. M. Bailey, Presbyterian minister of Corsicana, formerly pastor of the Patterson Memorial Presbyterian church in Eureka.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Thessa Eurbin, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Carl Pikes, Teague; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were N. Grantham, J. A. Renfro, Gene Harwell, Brice Bonner, Sr.; Don Chandler and John A. Grantham.

Corley directed.

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Lila May (Nicks) Lucas
May 6, 1866 - May 26, 1921

LADY DIED VERY SUDDENLY.

Ate Hearty Supper and Died in Half An Hour.

Mrs. Lila M. Lucas, wife of Rev. T. E. Lucas, died at her home near Kerens last night, after an illness of a half hour, just after eating a hearty supper. The remains were interred in the Post Oak cemetery near Roane this afternoon. The deceased was 55 years of age and is survived by her husband and a foster daughter, Mrs. Key, wife of Rev. R. B. Key of Rice.

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James Meredith Johnson
Dec 22, 1844 - May 4, 1925

Old Confederate Dies at Tool Home

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, May 25.—J. M. (Uncle Jim) Johnson died at the family home at Tool Saturday night and was buried at Oak Grove Sunday afternoon. He was 85 years old and a veteran of the Civil War. He leaves a wife and a large family connection in this section.

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William Franklin Johnson
Sep 11, 1873 - Apr 20, 1950

Services For W. F. Johnson Are Planned Friday

KERENS, April 20—(Spl.)—W. F. Johnson, aged 76, who operated a store at Toole for several years before he retired and moved to Kerens, died at his home Thursday at 4 a.m. He was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Sam Hopkins of the Oak Grove Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Leroy and Oris B., both of Dallas; Felda, Kerens; four daughters, Mrs. Olivia Blissett, Gladewater; Mrs. Lulu Blansett, Athens; Mrs. Irene Hillger, Alma; Mrs. Ola Strange, Dallas; three brothers, J. B. Johnson, Kerens; J. E. Johnson, Toole; S. H. Johnson, Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. W. A. Peevy, Toole; Mrs. W. T. Simmons, and Mrs. W. H. Redford both of Kerens.

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Laura J. Johnson is:


Laura Josephine (Waldrop) Johnson
Sep 11, 1877 - Feb 17, 1963

Mrs. Johnson, 85, Rites Monday

Mrs. Laura Johnson, 85, of Kerens, died Sunday afternoon in a Tyler hospital following a long illness.

Native of Louisiana, she was the wife of the late W. F. Johnson of Kerens, and spent most of her life in Toole and Kerens. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist church.

Funeral services were held from the Missionary Baptist church in Kerens Monday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. with burial in the Oak Grove cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin Hudler, Dallas Baptist minister.

Surviving are three sons, Leroy and Oris Johnson, both of Dallas, and Felda Johnson, Athens; four daughters, Mrs. Olivia Blissett, Gladewater; Mrs. Lula Blansitt, Athens; Mrs. Irene Hillger, Ennis, and Mrs. Ola Strange, Dallas; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Inmon Funeral Home directed.

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E. V. Bonds
abt 1875 - abt. Jan 31, 1925

KERENS MAN FOUND DEAD IN FIELD; FOUL PLAY NOT SUSPECTED

AN INVESTIGATION CONVINCED AUTHORITIES HE DIED NATURAL CAUSES

Special to the Sun.

Kerens, Texas, Feb. 2.—E. V. Bonds age about 50 years, was found dead in his field near here about 9 o’clock this morning. The deceased lived alone and had left his home Friday morning to cut wood, and when he failed to return his neighbors institute a search for him Saturday but failed to find the body until this morning.

Justice of the Peace W. J. Carroll and a physician held an inquiry and reported that he died from natural causes. From the condition of his body and the ground which had been torn up it is thought that he probably suffered for sometime before death, and that he might have died Saturday or Sunday. Some small change was found in his pockets and it is not thought that he was robbed.

He is survived by a brother, H. G. Bonds of this city.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in Oak Grove cemetery.

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Elizabeth Ann “Eliza” (Woodson) Holland
Nov 29, 1840 - Jan 20, 1924

Mrs. J. M. Holland Dead Funeral This Afternoon

Mrs. Eliza Ann Holland, aged 80 years, wife of J. M. Holland, died last night at the family home 9:15 West Tenth avenue and the remains were interred at Petty Chapel this afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. W. A. Sanders officiating. The deceased is survived by her husband, who will be 84 years of age tomorrow, and to whom she had been married 65 years and three children, Mrs. R. C. Campbell of Corsicana, J. T. Holland of Mexia, and G. C. Holland of Lark, Okla. the funeral today was largely attended and there were many floral offerings.

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William Jefferson “Jeffie” Ray
Jan 17, 1900 - Oct 26, 1918

Jeffie Ray, the subject of this sketch, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ray, was born January 17, 1900, and died October 26, 1918, at his father’s home near Corsicana at the age of eighteen years, nine months and nine days, of that dread disease pneumonia. He suffered many days when God in his goodness called him home where he will never suffer any more. He became a child of God about five years ago and united with the Missionary Baptist Church at Post Oak and attended church services regularly and assisted us in song service, as he loved to sing praises to God. For the past year he had lived so far away that he could not attend regularly, but came when he could. We recall one time that he walked and came to the church, a distance of about three miles. We miss him when we meet, as there is a vacant seat that no one else can fill. He was a fine, quiet, modest young man, just blooming into manhood and we can not understand why God called him away. But let us ever remember that God doeth all things well, and that someday we will understand dear relatives and friends. We must submit to God’s will.

Jeffie is survived by his parents, three brothers and one sister and other relatives and many friends. May we not all lift our eyes toward heaven and say, we are so thankful that he trusted Christ for salvation, so we can say in the midst of our tears that we are not left as those that have no hope but that we have the sweet assurance of meeting him at the throne of God, where we will never have to say good-bye.

We know a loved one from them is gone,
A voice they loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in their home,
That never can be filled.

Life’s labor done, as sinks the clay,
Light from its load, the spirit flies,
While Heaven and earth combine to say;
How blessed the righteous when they die.

Adopted by Post Oak Church, March 12, 1919, Mrs. G. B. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Pike, Committee.

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Martha Anne “Mattie” (Douglas) Ray
Apr 4, 1865 - Jan 10, 1946

AGED WOMAN DIES THURSDAY MORNING; FUNERAL BE FRIDAY

Mrs. W. H. Ray, aged 80 years, native of Tennessee, died at the Post Office boarding house, 103 South Twelfth street, early Thursday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the Missionary Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Petty's Chapel cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. A. J. Kirkland.

Surviving are her husband of Corsicana; three sons, A. W., E. T. and M. R. Ray, all of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. B. T. Haynie, Powell; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two brothers, J. W. and C. C. Douglass, both Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ella Waters and Mrs. Ida Catley, both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be W. R. Ray, E. C. Ray, M. B. Ray, J. N. Haynie, Earl Bryant and Clyde Bryant.

Corley Funeral Home will direct arrangements.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 10, 1946
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William Henry Ray; d/o John Douglas (sister of Clem Clay Douglas buried in Grange Hall cemetey & John W. Douglas – Mary Ella (Douglas) Boyte-Waters buried in Frost Cemetery)

Susan (Truss) Butler
Mar 22, 1844 - Mar 20, 1909

Tupelo News.

Death has come into our community since I last wrote and took from us a good friend and kind neighbor, Mrs. Butler. She was sick two weeks and during that time there was very little hope for her recovery, yet loving friends, anxious relatives and faithful physicians did all in their power to relieve her suffering and restore her to health. She was a member of the Baptist church and amid her sorrowing relatives and friends she was laid to rest in the Post Oak cemetery.

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Ben D. Nabors
Dec 2, 1870 - Aug 3, 1925

Died Here Today After Long Illness

Ben. S. Nabors, 55, died at his home on North Tenth street and East Second avenue this morning after a long illness, and the remains will be interred in Post Oak cemetery Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. The deceased is survived by his wife and several children.

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Remains Interred This Morning.

The remains of Ben D. Nabors, who died at his home on North Tenth street yesterday morning, were interred in the Post Oak cemetery between Roane and Powell, at 10 o’clock this morning. The services at the grave were conducted by Rev. Cochern of Kerens, and a large number of friends were in attendance.

The deceased is survived by his wife and four children and had other relatives about Corsicana.

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Barbara Elizabeth “Bettie” (Rawlinson) Campbell
Feb 3, 1856 - Jun 12, 1927

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR AGED WOMAN AT POWELL TUESDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Bettie E. Campbell, aged 71 years, who died in Powell Sunday night, were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Powell Methodist church with interment in the Post Oak cemetery. Mrs. Campbell was a native Texan. The services were conducted by Rev. M. A. Turned, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church of Corsicana.

Surviving are two sons, R. L. Campbell, Powell; Aubrey Campbell, Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Thornton, Corsicana; Mrs. B. F. Brooks, Corsicana, Mrs. J. B. Beasley, Roane, two brothers, G. T. Rawlinson, Powell; W. J. Rawlinson, Blooming Grove, and other relatives.

The pallbearers were J. G. Christian, J. A. Jackson, E. P. Breithaupt, L. W. Leggett, I. J. Kyser, and Z. T. Banks.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, June 15, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Mack Miller Campbell (some sources think his name was McCormick “Mack”) d/o Thomas Rawlinson and Melissa Ann (Neal) Rawlinson (brother William Joseph Rawlinson buried in Dresden cemetery)

Aubrey Clarence Campbell
Jun. 22, 1900 - Oct. 15, 1949

Aubrey Campbell Hit By Train And Fatally Injured

Aubrey C. Campbell, 49, 114 Max avenue, was pronounced dead on arrival at the P. and S. Hospital Saturday night.

Judge W. H. Johnson, justice of the peace, rendered a coroner’s verdict of death from being struck by the northbound Sunbeam Southern Pacific Lines passenger train near the East First avenue underpass about 8:15 o’clock Saturday night.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Corley Funeral Chapel with Grover Cleveland, Dallas Church of Christ, Scientist officiating.

Campbell was a native of Powell and was a laborer.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Beasley and Mrs. B. F. Brooks, both of Corsicana and Mrs. Mattie Thornton, San Francisco, Calif.; a brother, R. L. Campbell, Powell, and several nieces and other relatives.

Nephews were pallbearers.

Officers said Campbell apparently was walking along the railroad dump at the time of the accident.

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Minnie Etta (Campbell) Brooks
Dec 19, 1894 - Aug 8, 1953

Mrs. B. F. Brooks Services Monday

Mrs. B. F. Brooks, 68 died at the family home, 1370 North Beaton street, Saturday evening.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Chapel Monday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Post Oak cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. W. Cecil Taylor, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

A native of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Brooks had resided in Corsicana for 35 years.

Surviving are her husband, Corsicana, three sons, Fred Brooks, Corsicana, J. M. Brooks, Houston, and Ben Brooks, U. S. Army, Seoul, Korea; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne J. Frost and Mrs. Rex Byrne, both of Houston; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Beasley, Corsicana, and Mrs. Jack Russell San Francisco, Calif.; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were N. L. Blackmon, Buck Copeland, W. B. McAlester, Joe Guthrie, C. L. Miley and Robert Borden.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 10, 1953
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Benjamin Frederick Brooks d/o Mack Miller Campbell and Barbara Elizabeth “Bettie” (Rawlinson) Campbell

Benjamin Frederick Brooks
Oct. 9, 1874 - Mar. 15, 1961

Ben F. Brooks Dies Wednesday

Ben F. Brooks, 86, retired bookkeeper, long-time Corsicana resident prior to moving to Dallas six years ago, died of a heart attack in Dallas Wednesday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Friday at 10 a.m. with burial in the Post Oak cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Sam Hulsey, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

A native of Ennis, Brooks made his home in Corsicana for 69 years.

Surviving are his wife of Dallas; three sons, Fred Brooks, Corsicana; Maurice Brooks, Houston, and Ben M. Brooks, Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Newell Byrne, New Orleans, La. and Mrs. Elaine Frost, Houston; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Norvell, San Antonio; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Gordon Taylor, Rayburn Taylor, J. D. Mahoney, Ernest Mahoney, Jimmy Moore and Joe Blackburn.

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Robert Lee Campbell
Jul 28, 1876 - Mar 1, 1950

R. L. Campbell Services held
CORSICANA, March 4 - SPL - Funeral services for Robert Lee Campbell, 73, well-known Powell resident who died in a local hospital Wednesday afternoon, were held here Thursday afternoon, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Surviving are his widow of Powell; three sons, C. M. Campbell, Albany; R. L. Campbell, Kerens, and G. H. Campbell, Richland; two daughters, Miss Katherine Campbell, Austin and Mrs. Evelyn Mayo, Kilgore; five grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. B. F. Brooks and Mrs. Carrie Beasley, both of Corsicana and Mrs. Mattie Thornton, San Francisco Calif.

Notes:

  • View Obituary Clipping
  • h/o Mary Elizabeth (Harrison) Campbell; s/o Mack Miller Campbell & Barbara Elizabeth "Bettie" (Rawlinson) Campbell

Cale Green  
June 22, 1883 – Aug. 3, 1928

DIED IN FORT WORTH

DAWSON, Aug. 10.—Cale Green, aged 45 years, died in Fort Worth last Friday and the body was brought to Dawson Saturday and taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Wade Reeves. The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon with interment in the Green cemetery near Raleigh.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, August 10, 1928
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Rebecca (Turner) Green married Dec. 15, 1902 2nd wife Ruth Vivian (Bates) Green married Aug. 29, 1923
  • Step-son of Wade Reason Reeves

Weldon Clements
Oct 18, 1922 - Dec 22, 1924

Lad Died at Home Here This Morning.

Weldon, aged two years, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Clements, 906 North Beaton street, died this morning at 12:30 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Providence cemetery this afternoon. The funeral services were conducted at the home this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

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Benjamin Franklin Anderson
Oct 10, 1854 - Nov 5, 1920

Obituary.

Mt. Calm, Tex., Dec. 9, 1920.
A good citizen of Pursley has passed away.

Brother B. F. Anderson of Pursley, died last Thursday morning at 3:30 o’clock. He leaves a dear wife and two daughters and three sons to mourn his loss. He also leaves a host of friends who will sorrow his departure.

Brother Anderson was 62 years of age and had lived in the Pursley community since boyhood. We knew him as “Uncle Ben.” He will be missed; but weep not, dear wife and children, for we know he has gone to rest and we can meet him.

Brother Anderson was a member of the Baptist church at Pursley and was loved by his pastor and all the members and all the other Christians who knew him.

He was laid to rest in the old cemetery at Pursley. The services were conducted by Rev. W. T. Smith at Mt. Calm, who for two years was his pastor.

W. T. S.

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Raymond Van Hook
Aug 29, 1895 - Mar 9, 1977

R. Van Hook

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Episcopal church for Raymond Van Hook, 81, resident of Corsicana, who died last night at Dallas St. Paul Hospital after a long illness.

The Rev. James Sigler will officiate, with burial following at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are with Griffin Funeral Home.

He was a native of Corsicana, attended Corsicana schools, and was a graduate of Texas A&M University.

He was a Texas Power and Light Company electrical design engineer, retiring in 1955, a 50 year member of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge and a veteran of World War 11 serving in France and in Germany.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Minnie Van Hook of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Fred Skelton, Charlie Skelton, Frank White, Richard Van Hook, and E. T. Gordon.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, March 10, 1977
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Grad. CHS
  • WWI Veteran
  • lst wife Elsie Caroline (Voight) Van Hook married Oct. 14, 1926 2nd wife Minnie Mistrot (Gordon) Van Hook s/o William Camillus Van Hook and Ethel Blair (Fairfax) Van Hook

James Elmer Norris
Jan 23, 1889 - Mar 17, 1977

Elmer Norris

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Elmer Norris, 88, resident of Corsicana, who died last night at Twilight Home. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include a son, Duren Norris of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Clesta White of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Lorena White of Suplpa, Okla. And Mrs. Weltha Slaughter of Beaumont; two grandchildren, a great-grandchild; a brother, Harley Norris of Tyler; and two sisters, Mrs. WINNIE Tarrent of Irving and Mrs. Carrie Lee of Jacksonville, Fla.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 18, 1977
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (Find-a-grave says buried in Restland) h/o Zelda Mae (Scarbrough) Norris s/oWilliam N. Norris and Lovenia “Vinnie” (Brown) Norris

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Elmer Norris

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Funeral Chapel for Elmer Norris, 88, who died Thursday at Twilight Home.

Rev. Harold Lansford officiated and burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Richard Tarrant, Charlie Bee, Silas Fry, Chester Sprinkle, Wayne Norris, Chester L. Norris, Thomas L. Houston and Dick Everett.

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Zelda Mae (Scarbrough) Norris
Aug 17, 1892 - Apr 5, 1960

Hold Services Thursday For Mrs. Norris

Funeral services for Mrs. J. E. (Zelda Mae) Norris, 67, who died in a Dallas hospital Tuesday night, were held from the First Baptist church here Thursday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Norris, of 1608 Elmwood, died in Parkland Hospital following an extended illness. She was a member of the First Baptist church and the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors are the husband of Corsicana; a son, Duren Norris, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Clesta White, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Lorene Pinkston, Sapulpa, Okla.; and Mrs. Weltha Slaughter, Beaumont; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three brothers, Bige Scarbrough, Corsicana; Whit and Roy Scarbrough, both of Kerens; and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Hubert Joyner, Sneed Hamilton, Ira Vick, Vernon Thomason, John Mills and Silas Fry.

Griffin directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 7, 1960
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o James Elmer Norris d/o William M. Scarbrough and Mattie Mae (Foster) Scarbrough
  • (death certificate says buried in Oakwood—Find a grave says buried in Restland cemetery)

Ralph Miles Balentine
Apr 10, 1909 - Sep 18, 1959

Wasp Sting Is Fatal To Man

Ralph M. Balentine, 50, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital Friday at noon after being reported stung by a wasp on the back of the neck. The victim was working on a farm in the Pursley community. A Griffin ambulance answered the call.

This is the second fatality in Navarro county from a wasp sting this year.

Surviving are his wife, Corsicana; a son, Ralph W. Balentine, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Curtis Jones, Corsicana, and Mrs. Charles McCrory, Conroe; three grandchildren, a brother, Ray Balentine, Corpus Christi; two sisters, Mrs. Josie Joyce, Dallas, and Miss Helen Balentine, Fort Worth.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete early Friday afternoon.

Griffin will direct.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Sep 18, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • WWII Veteran
  • s/o John L. Balentine buried at Rose Hill cemetery, Blooming Grove, Tx. & Sarah Frances (Blankenship) –Broom-Balentine buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Dallas, Tx.

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Services Held Saturday For R. M. Balentine

Funeral services for Ralph M. Balentine, 50, farmer, who died as a result of a wasp sting Friday noon, were held Saturday at 3 p.m. from the Central Methodist Church. Burial was in Resthaven Memorial Park.

The rites were conducted by Rev. John Harper, pastor, and Rev. Thomas B. Tribble, Bartlett Methodist minister, formerly of Corsicana and Kerens churches.

Balentine was stung on the back of the neck while at work on the Boldin farm in the Pursley community. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial hospital in a Griffin ambulance.

Balentine was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the Dresden Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Ralph W. Balentine, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Curtis Jones, Corsicana, and Mrs. Charles McCrory, Conroe; three grandchildren; a brother, Ray Balentine, Corpus Christi; two sisters, Mrs. Joe C. Joyce, Dallas, and Miss Helen Balentine, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Home McNabb, Buck Smith, Doc Boldin, Haddix Boldin, Pete O’Daniel, Fred DuBose, Louis Haynie and Wayne Maggard.

Griffin directed.

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Margaret Adney “Aunt Mag” (Sims) Matthews
Feb 14, 1841 - Mar 27, 1918

Two Deaths Near Dawson.

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

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Louis Lee Staaden
Aug 28, 1863 - Jun 26, 1921

Died In Dallas, Buried at Dawson.

Lewis L. Staden, aged 57 years, died in Dallas Tuesday night, and his remains were interred at Dawson today. The deceased, who is survived by his wife was a citizen of Dawson before moving to Dallas.

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DAWSON NEWS.
(The Dawson Herald)

Louis Staaden Dead.

Louis Staaden, of Dallas, a former resident of this city, passed away at his home Tuesday night. Mr. Staaden had suffered some time with a cancer in his throat, and friends and relatives had known for several months he could not recover. Mr. Staaden had numerous friends in Dawson who are sincerely grieved to learn of his death.

The body arrived in Dawson Wednesday night and was carried to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hargis, at which place the funeral service was held Thursday morning, interment took place in the Spring Hill cemetery at 10:30 o’clock.

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Royce Lynn McAfee
Mar 18, 1941 - Jan 6, 2015

ROYCE LYNN McAFEE

Royce Lynn McAfee was born in Aylesworth, Oklahoma on March 18, 1941 to Ray and Lorene Hazel Bumpass McAfee. Royce passed away at his home in the Warsaw area on January 6, 2015. Royce was raised in Madill and Durant Oklahoma. He traveled all over the United States as a musician until 1977. He was a record producer and publisher of Royce McAfee Music. Later Royce opened a land office in Mesquite, Texas where he was a broker, selling farm and ranch land. He moved to Scurry in 1984 and loved playing the drums, golf and fishing. Royce was preceded in death by a son Christopher McAfee in 2004, a daughter Jennifer McAfee in 1973 and a son Collin McAfee in 1969. Royce married Judy Glenn in Childress, Texas on August 13, 1959. Royce is survived by his wife: Judy of Kaufman, son: Kevin McAfee of Maryville, Tennessee, daughter: Kellina Talton and her husband Norman of Colorado Springs, Colorado, grandchildren: Sara Gattuso, Nan Ramsey, Clay Talton, Dakota McAfee, Colten McAfee and Shae McAfee, great-grandchildren: Alexander, Alexis, Aden and Lily.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Edward L. Williams
  • s/o Grover Ray McAfee & Lorene Hazel (Bumpass) McAfee; grandson of Homer Pierce McAfee & Ira (Toal) McAfee; gg grandson of Hugh McDuffie McAfee & Roseanna (Toal) McAfee

Edward Sanford Shelton
Oct 16, 1920 - Apr 24, 2001

Tyler Morning Telegram
Fri. Apr. 27, 2001

Edward Shelton 1920 - 2001
Kemp - Services for Edward Sanford "Big Son" Shelton, 80, Kemp, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Tomlinson Funeral Home Chapel, Seven Points, with Ken Maddox officiating.

Burial will be in the Aley/King Cemetery.

Mr. Shelton died April 24, 2001, in Kaufman.

He was born October 16, 1920, in Powell to the late Johnny Mack and Maudie May (Brown) Shelton.

He served in the Army during World War II.

He moved to Kemp in 1968 from Duncanville.

He was a truck driver for Decker Packing Co., and a member of Beacon Church of Christ, Gun Barrel City.

He was preceeded in death by his first wife, Annie Mae (Zube) Shelton, brother, William Shelton and sister, Johnnie Mae Butler.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Mildred Maurine (Godwin) Shelton, Kemp; sons, Billy Gene Shelton, Carrollton; Randall Glenn Shelton , Seven Points; Sanford Ray Shelton and Leland Wayne Shelton, both of Gun Barrel City: daughters, Wanda June Brown, Red Oak, and Rebecca "Becky" Ferguson, Athens: sister, Pauline Alexander of Brownsboro, and Gracie Chandler, Wylie: 13 grandchildren; and 5 great-grand-children.

Family will receive friends 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Charlie Ray Zube
Dec 4, 1920 - Jun 3, 2012

A loving father, grandfather and greatgrandfather passed away on June 3, 2012 age of 91. Mr. Zube was a resident of Shreveport, for over 40 years before moving to Baton Rouge in 2004. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed woodworking and building toys for his grandchildren. Visitation at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highwy, on Tuesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. Interment in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. He is survived by his son Charles L. Zube and wife Barbara of Shreveport; daughter Judy Z. Neal and husband Mark; and daughter Janice K. Zube of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Danni Halliday, Jennifer Cappleman, David Zube, Dennis Neal, Natalie Brassard, Stephanie Goh, Cory Neal and Todd Neal and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Belle Zube; son, Dannie E. Zube; parents, Edward and Mollie Zube; four brothers and four sisters. The Zube, Charlie R. family would like to thank Andrea Phillips for the loving care that she has provided to Mr. Zube over the past year.

Notes:

  • WWII Veteran
  • WWII Biography
  • Resthaven Gardens of Memory
    11817 Jefferson Highway
    Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Resthaven Gardens of memory and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, east Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
  • h/o Deliliah Belle (Grazer) Zube; s/o Edward Albert Zube & Mary "Mollie" (Dupree) Zube [bur at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery]

Joel Harris Haden
Dec 24, 1855 - Aug 27, 1928

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR JOEL H. HADEN WERE HELD TUESDAY

Funeral services for Joel Harris Haden, aged 73 years, native o Missouri but resident of Navarro county since early childhood, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in the Dresden cemetery. He resided in the Dresden section practically all of his life until about 10 years ago when he moved to Corsicana. He was apparently in good health until a few minutes prior to his death. He was well known over Navarro county, especially the western half.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Patti Taylor, Corsicana, seventeen nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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JOEL H. HADEN DIED SUDDENLY AT HOME HERE MONDAY

Joel Harris Haden, aged 73, native of Missouri, but resident of Navarro county since a small child, died at 518 North Twenty-Sixth street Monday morning following an illness of only a few minutes, and the funeral services will be held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in the Dresden cemetery immediately following. He was reared in Dresden community but had resided in Corsicana for the past ten years. He was well known over the entire county.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Pattie Taylor, Corsicana, and 17 nieces and nephews and other relatives.

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Lemuel Keith
Dec 11, 1844 - Nov 29, 1922

Was Former Citizen of Navarro.

L. Keith, for many years a resident near Richland, but who had lived at Arlington for the past two or three years, died there Saturday, and the remains were interred at Richland yesterday, a minister from Arlington and Rev. A. E. Carraway of Corsicana officiating. The deceased was 78 years of age and highly esteemed by all who knew him. His widow and several children survive.

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J. J. Jackson
Apr 2, 1866 - May 18, 1923

J. J. JACKSON IS KILLED WHEN HIS CAR TURNED OVER

COMMISSIONER WAS EN ROUTE TO CATERPILLAR DEMONSTRATION ON ROAD

j. J. Jackson of Richland, aged about 57 years, commissioner of precinct No. 3 died at the P. & S. Hospital at 12:43 as a result of an automobile accident which occurred on the Pinkston and Barry road today at 12:00 o’clock.

The accident occurred on the Pinkston-Barry road and according to eye-witnesses, Mr. Jackson was alone in his car and was running about 25 or 30 miles per hour when two of the wheels ran off of the shoulder of the road and when an effort was made to right the car back onto the road, the car rolled completely over, crushing Mr. Jackson’s lungs and cutting a gash in the back of his head. The left rear wheel of the car was crushed, the windshield and top also being smashed.

Mr. Jackson was en route to the road where tractor demonstrations were being held according to statements made by Roy Rogers of the Oak Caterpillar Tractor Company and C. O. Matheson of the J. D. Adams & Company, both of Dallas who saw the tragedy and assisted in bringing the injured man into town.

According to Mr. Rogers, the last words uttered by the deceased was “This is Rogers,” when questioned if he knew who was holding him in the car as the speed to town for medical assistance.

Messrs. Rogers and Matheson stated that they were preparing to go to lunch when they saw the car turn over and rushed to where the injured man was. Mr. Jackson was still in the car when they reached the scene of the accident.

The injured man was revived to a certain extent while the car was speeding to town with him by the cool wind but by the time the hospital was reached he was unconscious.

Mr. Jackson was driving a new Studebaker Special Six automobile.

Deceased is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Whitehead, of Richland; father John Jackson and brother, Edgar Jackson, both of Pisgah Ridge.

The wife of the deceased was prostrated at her home in Richland when the news of the tragedy was broken to her and it was necessary to summon a physician to her aid.

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Homer L. Davis
Oct 18, 1899 - Feb 29, 1924

Died at Richland.

Homer L. Davis, aged 24, formerly employed by the Corsicana Lumber Co., but lately of Richland, died at the home of his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Golightly, Friday, Feb. 29th at 9 o’clock p.m.

Mr. Davis came from Richland to Corsicana about 1922, making this his home until his recent illness where he had been with his relatives in Richland.

While in Corsicana, Mr. Davis made many friends and was loved by all who knew him. His death was not thought to be serious until the last few weeks.

Mr. Davis was a Christian and had led a Christian life since a child. He attended Sunday school and church regularly while in Corsicana

He is survived by a father and mother, three sisters and one brother. Other relatives who were with him were his uncle from Groesbeck, Mr. Ben Golightly and a cousin from Mansfield, Miss Onida Richardson. He was buried Saturday, March 1st at 4 p.m. from the Golightly home in Richland, Rev. Willshire presiding.

The floral offerings were many and beautiful, many coming from Corsicana friends.

Those attending from Corsicana were Misses Velma Holloway and Vera Banks, who were with him several days before he died, and those going down on Saturday for the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holmes, Misses Sue Stone, Sue Allie Eliot and Pherlia Thomas, Messrs. Simmons, Elliott, Butler and Pevehouse, Mrs. R. L. Holloway and Irma Holloway and Mrs. P. L. Taylor.

--Contributed.

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Guy Pond
Jan 27, 1917 - Apr 27, 1917

In Memoriam.

On Friday, April 27th, the death angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Pond and took from them their darling baby boy. He was only a sufferer for a few days when the Savior and His Angels called his little soul to rest with them in that blessed home where there is no tears and partings.

The many friends and relatives of the bereaved, especially the broken-hearted mother and father would tender you their heart-felt sympathies, for we all know they will miss him in their home and how they see each day the vacant place, but we would say put your trust in Him who doeth all things for the best and weep not for he is at rest with the Lord and his angels. He was just three months of age.

The little remains were laid to rest in the Richland cemetery Saturday evening. The bereaved family and a host of friends and relatives followed the body to its last resting place.

The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Landrum and there was a large and beautiful floral offering.

We wish to thank in behalf of the bereaved family, the many friends and kind neighbors for the many acts of kindness in this hour of sadness. May God’s richest blessings be theirs.

So when the day is over,
And they all have gone to rest,
We feel the Heavenly Father
Does all things for the best,
So we cheer their drooping spirits
With the rising of the sun;
But we can’t help thinking, thinking
Of the loved, the absent one.

TWO WHO LOVED HIM.

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Cornelia Izora (Graham) Moreau
Jul 11, 1886 - Aug 23, 1925

Richland Woman Dies in Hospital

Mrs. Cornelia Moreau, aged 39 years, wife of G. A. B. Moreau of the Richland community, died this morning at 8:30 at the Navarro County Hospital and the remains were interred this afternoon at Richland at 4:30 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by her husband and eight children.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 24, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o George Andrew Barron Moreau married Dec. 21, 1905 buried in Oakwood cemetery d/o William Bellamy Graham 111 & Mary Etta/Marietta (Thomas) Graham

INFANT SON Moreau
Aug 23, 1925 - Aug 24, 1925

Baby Died Last Night.

Mrs. Cornelia Moreau, of Richland who died at the County Hospital Monday and was buried at Richland Tuesday, left an infant a few hours old, and the little fellow died last night, and the remains were taken to Richland today and interred beside those of its mother.

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Flaudy Griffin Bennett
Jan 5, 1893 - May 27, 1925

VETERAN WORLD WAR BURIED TODAY NEAR WARD BRIDGE

Flaudy G. Bennett, aged 32 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Bennett of the Ward bridge community, who saw active service overseas with the American Legion, died at the American hospital in El Paso last Wednesday and the remains were interred in the cemetery near Ward Bridge, and near the family home, at 3 p.m. today with Rev. H. B. Carraway of Blooming Grove, officiating.

The following boyhood friends were pall bearers: G. B. Chambers, W. B. Ferris, Clyde Garner, Alfred Smith, C. M. Payne and William Murray. The deceased is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

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William H. Payne
Jan 16, 1849 - Nov 5, 1925

NAVARRO COUNTY PIONEER DIED AT HOME IN PURSLEY

W. H. PAYNE HAD LIVED IN THAT COMMUNITY FOR SIXTY YEARS

W. H. Payne, aged 76 years, died at his home in the Pursley community Thursday night at 9:15 o’clock following a few days’ illness and the remains will be interred in the Ward cemetery Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. The deceased is survived by his wife, one brother, John Payne, Milam county; one sister, Mrs. Martha Arm, New Albany, Indiana; seven nephews, W. B. Payne, Pursley; C. M. Payne, Pursley; Matt Payne, Dallas; J. W. Payne, Eagle Pass; John T. Boyle, Houston; W. T. Boyle, Houston; A. C. Payne, Burkburnett; four nieces, Mrs. Mrs. Mary Pursley, Pursley; Mrs. Lela Dobbs, Rice; Miss Lucy Payne, Fort Worth; Mrs. Bettie Sharpley, Galveston. Several nieces and nephews also reside in Kentucky.

The deceased has been a resident of Navarro county for sixty years, having lived all of the time in the Pursley community.

The funeral services will be held at the family residence. The service will be conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister of Corsicana.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. H. PAYNE ARE HELD PURSLEY TODAY

Funeral services for the remains of W. H. Payne, aged 76 years, resident of Navarro county for 60 years, who died Thursday night, were held this afternoon at the family residence in the Pursley community with interment in the Ward cemetery. The services were held at 3:20 o’clock and were conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister of Corsicana.

The deceased is survived by his wife, one brother, john Payne, Milam county; one sister, Mrs. Martha Arm, New Albany, Indiana; five nieces, Mrs. Mattie Estell, St. Louis; Mrs. Mary Pursley, Pursley; Mrs. Lela Dobbs, Rice; Miss Lucy Payne, Fort Worth; Mrs. Bettie Sharpley, Galveston; seven nephews, W. B. Payne, Pursley; C. M. Payne, Pursley; Matt Payne, Dallas; J. W. Payne, Eagle Pass; John T. Boyle, Houston; W. T. Boyle Houston; A. C. Payne, Burkburnett, and several nieces and nephews in Kentucky.

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Martha E. (Barnett) Payne
Oct 1, 1859 - Nov 13, 1925

MRS. MARTHA PAYNE FOLLOWS HUSBAND TO GRAVE IN SHORT TIME

Mrs. Martha Payne, aged 66 years, one month and twelve days, died at her home in the Pursley community this morning at 6 o’clock and the remains will be interred in the Ward cemetery Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

The deceased was the wife of the late W. H. Payne who died a few days ago.

One brother, J. M. Barnett of Coleman county, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Rathmel of Abilene survive.

The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister of Corsicana.

Mrs. Payne, was a pioneer resident of Navarro county and was born in the Pursley community.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Nov 13, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William H. Payne married Nov. 24, 1877; d/o John Barnett & Sarah Catherine Barnett per Ella Rathmel’s death certificate

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FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. MARTHA PAYNE AT PURSLEY TODAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Payne, aged 66 years who died at her home in the Pursley community early Friday morning, were held this afternoon with interment in the Ward cemetery at 3 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by one brother, J. M. Barnett of Coleman county, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Rathmel of Abilene.

The services were conducted by Rev. Hugh Miller, Church of Christ minister of Corsicana.

Mrs. Payne was born and reared in the Pursley community. She was preceded in death by her husband W. H. Payne, a few days ago.

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Angeline Davis
1845 - Dec 18, 1925

‘Aunt Angeline,’ Aged Slavery Negro, Dead

Aunt Angeline Davis, aged 87 years died at 8 o’clock Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Rosalie Cobb with whom she had made her home for many years.

“Aunt Angeline” as she was familiarly known among the white people, was born in Nashville, Tenn. Coming to Navarro county with her owner, Mr. John Nunn, just previous to the Civil War. She had lived in Corsicana for more than fifty years, and many of the older citizens here can no doubt recall childish memories of seeing the small, bent figure, day after day, patiently plodding the streets of Corsicana, when it was but a small village, intent only upon earning an honest livelihood. She was a familiar figure upon the streets of Corsicana in days gone by, going back and forth to the homes where she worked, always responding with respect and courtesy to those who gave her kindly greeting.

Only two of her kin survive her, Rosalie Cobb, with whom she made her home, and Beatrice Gumm, of Dallas, a granddaughter.

Aunt Angelina belonged to a type that is fast passing, the faithful old slaves of pre-war days, and many of her once-time employers will regret to learn of her going.

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Alfred Hunt
abt 1838 - Sep 21, 1925

Aged Negro Dead.

Alfred Hunt, a colored blacksmith who had lived in Corsicana for many years, died at his home, 623 North Twelfth street, Tuesday and the remains were interred yesterday afternoon.

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Henry Howard
abt 1887 - May 29, 1925

NEGRO PORTER AT UNION STATION DIES SEATED IN CHAIR

Henry Howard, age about 35, colored porter at the union station for about 13 years was found dead about 4:45 this morning. Henry had assisted in putting the mail on one of the earlier trains and when a second porter came in to assist in placing the mail on the 4:55 train he found Henry sitting in the baggage room as if he had gone to sleep.

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Christopher Columbus Richards
Oct 26, 1852 - Jul 31, 1925

AGED MAN DIES AT HOME NORTH PART CORSICANA TODAY

C. C. Richards, aged 72 years, died early this morning in North Corsicana near the T. & B. V. R. R. and the remains will be interred Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The funeral services will be held at the Zion’s Rest church with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. D. A. Chisholm, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church of Corsicana.

The deceased is survived by his wife and eight grown children and also three brothers, R. E. Richards, Corsicana, and W. N. and J. W. Richards, Emhouse.

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Leon Farmer
Jan 31, 1925 - Mar 9, 1925

Baby Died at Home Parents Here Today

Leon Farmer aged one month and nine days, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Farmer, 1209 West Twelfth avenue, died early this morning.

Funeral services will be held sometime Tuesday.

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Infant Buried Today.

Leon Farmer, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Farmer, 1209 West Twelfth Avenue, who died at an early hour Monday, was buried at Zion’s Rest this afternoon at 3 o’clock.

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Lillian A. “Lillie” (Riley?) Capps
Oct 14, 1893 - May 5, 1977

Mrs. Capps

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Lillie Capps, 83, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday at Paulyne’s Nursing Home. Burial will be at Zion’s Rest Cemetery.

She is survived by Two sons, Billy Capps of Corsicana and Jack Capps of Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Odie DeChaune of Corsicana and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Mary Alice (Bowen) Montgomery
Aug 27, 1865 - Mar 13, 1925

EMHOUSE WOMAN DIED AT HOME OF SON IN POWELL

Mrs. M. A. Montgomery, aged 62 years, of Emhouse, died at the home of her son, S. H. Montgomery in the Powell community Friday night and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by five sons, and two daughters, S. H. Montgomery, Powell; J. A., Kelly and Willie Montgomery, all of Emhouse; Eddie Montgomery, Black Hills; Miss Alice Montgomery, Annie Texas, and Mrs. Mamie Chatman, Black Hills.

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Rufus Robert Broome
Jan 1, 1880 - Jul 8, 1925

VICTIM OF WHITE PLAGUE IS WITHOUT KNOWN RELATIVES

Rufus Broome, aged 46 years, died at the County Hospital early Wednesday morning of tuberculosis following several months of illness. The body was buried in the Zion’s Rest Cemetery at 6 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.

Deceased came here from Louisiana and had no relatives here. He was known in the Zions Rest community where he formerly worked as a farm and gin hand.

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George Allison “Buck” Barlow
Aug 13, 1888 - Aug 18, 1925

Richland Man Dies Buried Zion’s Rest

Buck Barlowe died late Thursday afternoon near Richland after becoming over-heated while at work and the remains were brought to Zion’s Rest for interment this afternoon.

Details concerning the age and the relatives of the deceased were unavailable this afternoon.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, August 21, 1925
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Minnie Pearl (Flanagan) Barlow s/o Charles B. Barlow and Lucy Elizabeth “Bettie” (Owen) Barlow buried in Oakwood cemetery, Corsicana, Tx.

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Richland News.

Special to the Sun.

George A. Barlow of Emhouse died here Aug. 20 from overheat. He leave five children to mourn his loss. All of Richland extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

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Minnie Pearl (Flanagan) Barlow
Aug 13, 1892 - Apr 4, 1923

In Memory.

On April 4, 1923, the death angel visited the home of Mr. G. A. Barlow and took from them their loving wife and mother.

Minnie Flanagan Barlow was born August 13, 1892, she professed religion in 1910 and joined the Baptist church. She leaves a husband and six little children, the youngest only four months old, and a host of other relatives to mourn her death. All that loving hands and willing hearts could do was done in an effort to have the life that was so dear to the sorrowing family, but God had called and the obedient spirit was ready to go.

She was in bed only about a week, but God in his goodness called her up higher, where there is no more suffering, neither death, nor parting.

We miss her as there is a place that no other can fill, but let us ever remember that God doeth all things well, and that some day we will understand. We must submit to God’s will.

She was laid to rest in Zion’s Rest cemetery April 5th, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Howell. There was a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives present to look up on her face here on earth for the last time but loved ones think of the meeting some sweet day, so live a life so when the time comes we can be prepared to go.

Death has claimed your loved one,
Claimed the one you loved so dear;
Sad and lonely are your hearts,
For dear mother is not there.

We miss thy kind and loving hand,
Thy fond and earnest care;
Our home is dark without thee
We miss thee everywhere.

God help the heart broken family,
As they travel a world of care,
Lighten the heavy burden
Which seems so hard to bear.

How joyful is the heart that lingers,
Where loved ones cross death sea,
That we when all earth’s toils are ended,
With them may ever be.

Yet, again we hope to meet her
On that bright eternal shore,
Where the cup of death and sorrow
We will drink, no never more.

But God be with us in our sorrow,
Guide, protect us on our way,
Teach us ‘tis only a short time
Till we join her there to stay.

Written by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Sikes.

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Thomas Thornton Reid
Jan 15, 1859 - Feb 12, 1925

T. T. Reid Passed Away At Home Here Today

T. T. Reid, for a number of years a resident of the Emhouse community, and for some years past living in Corsicana, died at his home on North Tenth street at 10 o’clock this morning after an illness of some weeks.

The deceased was 75 years of age and had been all his life an active and industrious farmer and real estate owner. He was a man of positive and pronounces views, and was at all times regarded as just and honorable in his dealings with his fellows.

Surviving the deceased is his wife and a number of grown children. Two of these live in West Texas and funeral services will not be announced till it is known when they will reach here. Interment will be in the Zion’s Rest cemetery, and will probably be some time tomorrow.

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Reared Family of Seventeen Children

In the Sun of yesterday appeared on an account of the burial of T. T. Reid, 75, in the Zion’s Rest community, in which Elder Tony Pace, a Primitive Baptist preacher of Athens officiated. The deceased left his wife and eleven grown children, many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Reid were the parents of seventeen children, nearly all of whom lived to be grown and eleven still live. Their living children are Elder J. W. Reid, Abilene; c. T. Reid, R. T. Reid, Mrs. Bird Way and Mrs. Wallace Brown of Emhouse; Mrs. M. P. Waldrop of Kaufman; Mrs. Texana Ragsdale of Cottle county; A. C. Reid, Tom Reid and Russell Reid of Corsicana, and Mrs. Elbert Richardson of Cleburne.

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Clementine (Cox) Reid
Mar 28, 1854 - Jan 15, 1926

MOTHER SEVENTEEN CHILDREN DIED AT HOME HERE TODAY

MRS. CLEMENTINE REID IS SURVIVED BY ELEVEN CHILDREN

Ms. Clementine Reid, age 70 years, nine months and seventeen days, died at the family home on North Tenth street at 4:45 o’clock Friday morning and the remains will be interred in the Zion’s Rest Cemetery Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock. The deceased is the wife of the late T. T. Reid who died Feb. 12, 1925.

The deceased has resided in the Corsicana community for several years and prior to moving to Corsicana, the family resided in the Emhouse community for a number of years.

The deceased was the mother of seventeen children; eleven of whom are living at the present time. A large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive.

Following are the children surviving: Elder J. B. Reid, Abilene; C. T. Reid, R. T. Reid, Mrs. Bird Way, and Mrs. Wallace Brown, all of Emhouse community; Mrs. M. P. Waldrop, Kaufman; Mrs. Texana Ragsdale, Cottle county, A. C. Reid, Tom Reid and Russell Reid, all of Corsicana; and Mrs. Elbert Richardson, Cleburne.

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Charles Leo Hawkins
abt 1942 - Aug 11, 2016

Charles L. Hawkins, 74 of Kerens, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Hawkins of Kerens; daughter, Sharla Hawkins; son, Kraig and daughter-in-law Lea Hawkins of Corsicana; brother, Garland Hawkins of Corsicana; sister, Carolyn Pate of Kerens and six grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at the Kerens Presbyterian Church with Mr. Jimmy Glenn officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association PO Box 97075 Washington, DC 20077-7258.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home

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Kirstin Toni (Woodmore) Griffiths
Jan 14, 1964 - Aug 17, 2016

Kirstin Toni Griffiths, 52, of Kerens crossed over into a new life on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016. She was born on Jan. 14, 1964 in Auckland, New Zealand to Helen and Ian Woodmore.
Kirstin moved to the United States of America in 1970 with her mother, Helen and brother, Pete, to form a new family with Kenneth Griffiths in New Jersey.
The family then moved to Galveston and later to Austin before settling on Richland Chambers Lake.
Kirstin attended Ball High School in Galveston before graduating from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville as a theater major and costume designer. This talent was often seen in her costume designs and acting roles in many theatrical shows at the Warehouse Living Arts Center in Corsicana.
Kirstin was also a talented flute performer and achieved a gold and silver medal in singing at Texas State UIL contest.
Her health declined after several strokes and she was often in pain. Nevertheless, she was a fun person and was always there to help others.
Kirstin is survived by her children, Kara and David; parents, Ken and Helen Griffiths; brother, Pete Griffiths; Auntie, Loma of Hawaii and cousins, Paul, Richard and Robert of Los Angeles and others from around the world.
She was a willed body donor and a celebration of her life is set to be held at a later date.
Arrangements made by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Sandra Runette (Lane) Reed
Oct 19, 1950 - Sept 15, 2016

Sandra Runette Reed, 65 of Dawson, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 in Waco. She was born Oct. 19, 1950 in Mexia to Glenn and Phylis Lane.
She loved to fish, enjoyed camping and going to the deer lease. Her most enjoyment was spending time with her family, children and grandchildren. Family was most important to her. She was a loving Christian lady. She would always put others before herself. She was such a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother.
She is preceded death by her parents and close cousin Raymond Bruce.
Sandra leaves behind her loving husband, Jack Reed of Dawson; children, Misty McCallie and husband Scott of Hooks and Craig McEntire and wife Jessica of Retreat; grandchildren, Kimberly McCallie, Ashley McCallie, Cody McCallie, Justin McCallie, Connor McEntire; great grandchildren, Amy McCallie and Elliot Jack McCallie; nephew, Avery Bruce and wife Christine of Dawson; great nephew Tyler Kimbriel of Dawson and numerous other family and adopted wavered kids.
A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Butch Boatright officiating.
Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Charles "Chuck" Herrington
abt 1945 - Aug 3, 2016

Charles "Chuck" Herrington, 71, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.
He is survived by his Wife, Karen; children, Chris, Fred, Anne Marie, Wendy, Tammy and Beth; eight grandchildren and two siblings, Evita H. Kemmer and Scott Kemmer.
A memorial service set to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at Eureka United Methodist Church in Corsicana.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

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Janice (Colquitt) Marriott
Jun 17, 1946 - Sep 12, 2016
 
Janice Marriott, 70, of Dallas passed away on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. She will always be remembered as a loving mother to her daughters, Lori Ann and Amy and a friend to all who knew and loved her. Janice was born in Corsicana on June 17, 1946 to Robert Larence and Dorothy Rodgers Colquitt.
She was a long time resident of Dallas, who spent 36 years in the grocery business the majority of her career with Tom Thumb and 13 years as an insurance adjuster. She loved to spend time with family, travel across the USA and weekends at her Cedar Creek lake house.
She is survived by her daughters and spouses, Lori Ann and Jimmie Hudspeth and Amy and Jeff Duncan; grandchildren, Mark Hudspeth, Kayla Duncan and Blake Duncan and brother Larry Colquitt.
She is preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Norma Colquitt.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 201. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Sparkman/ Hillcrest Northwest Chapel, 7405 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75225.
Interment will follow at Tool Cemetery in Tool, TX.
In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Rumble Against Cancer and Arms of Hope - Together

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Marjorie (Koepnick) King
Nov 1, 1939 - Sep 18, 2016
 
Marjorie King, age 76, of Corsicana, formerly of Slocum, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Marjorie was a devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was also a licensed LVN for many years. She loved flowers, gardening, crocheting, and most of all, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was born on Nov. 1, 1939, in Anderson County to Alfred Oscar Koepnick and Carrie Ruth Heath Koepnick.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roland Gibson, and her second husband, Clifford King. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Vivian Sue Gibson; Sisters, Lucille Weisinger, Marilyn Gibbons, Gertrude Thrash; brothers, Fessell (Patti) Koepnick and Norman (Doolie) Koepnick.
Marjorie is survived by her daughters; Ruby Gibson Coker and husband Jacky of Corsicana, and Becky Gibson Hoag and husband Lenny of Grapeland; grandchildren, Tina Coker Young, Sabrina Coker Zamzow and husband Brett, Carrie and Casen Coker, Nicolas Hoag and wife Lana and Heather Hoag; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at Rhone Funeral Home,3900 S. State Hwy 19, in Palestine, Tx 75801.
Funeral service are set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 in the Rhone Memorial Chapel with Tony Neal and Davey Hobson officiating.
Interment to follow at at Guiceland Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Franklin, Donald Weisinger, Billy Weisinger, Bill Boyd, Willis Morrison, Matt Ward, George Baldree and Nicholas Hoag.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11821 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, Missouri 20852, (800-638-8299). Rhone Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Larry Morgan McVay
Nov 18, 1936 - Sept 9, 2016
 
Larry Morgan McVay, 79, passed away Friday, September 9, 2016, in Corsicana, Texas. Interment will be in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

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Larry was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to the late James Lee and Fronie (Edwards) McVay. He grew up in Paris, Texas, and graduated from Paris High School in 1955. Larry graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA. On June 29, 1996, he married Barbara Plunket and they made their home in Chatfield, Texas. Larry served his county proudly in the United States Army at Fort Polk, LA, as a postal clerk. He was the manager of the Rice Water Supply for over 18 years and in the oil well logger for over 15 years.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara McVay; sons, Larry W. McVay and wife, Karen, and Gregory P. McVay and wife, Amy; and grandchildren: Lawson McVay, Logan McVay and Regan McVay.

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William Howard Kurney, Rev.
Mar 10, 1949 - Sept 18, 2016
 


Rev. William Howard Kurney, 67, Ascended to heaven to rejoice and praise God forever on Sept. 18, 2016. Celebration Hour is 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 at Singing Hills Funeral Home 6221 University Hills Blvd. Dallas, TX 75241. The Final, Honorable and Sacred Service will be held at DFW National Cemetery.

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Joan (Long) Carrington
Aug 15, 1930 - Sept 21, 2016

Joan Long Carrington, residing in Coppell, Texas (formerly of Bryan), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 21, due to congestive heart failure.
Margaret Joan Long was born to Ernest Elvis and Kathleen Louise (Black) Long on Aug. 15, 1930 near Milford. Joan was the eldest of seven children and was raised in Frost. After graduating from Frost High School, Joan attended Navarro College where she met J.B. Carrington in chemistry class.
J.B. and Joan were married on June 10, 1949 in the chapel of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana. They moved to Nacogdoches, where their eldest child, Brenda Gail, was born and J.B. obtained his masters degree. After moving to Diboll for three years, while J.B. coached at Diboll High School, they then moved to Bryan. Joan continued to be the strength behind the man as J.B. served in many capacities at Allen Military Academy and Blinn College with Joan by his side. Son, Kenneth, and daughter, Kristi, were born in Bryan. The family attended First United Methodist Church in Bryan, where Joan was a member of the Neighborly Class.
Joan was a graceful mother who loved and nurtured many friends, children and young cadets (her "wonderful" boys) throughout her lifetime. She will be remembered for her grace, care and devotion to her family, friends and faith. As a former Allen Military Academy cadet stated, "your mother was stability, grace, a loving and caring person who assumed her many roles with dignity and pride."
Joan was preceded in death by her husband (J.B.), parents (Ernest and Kathleen), brother (Bobby Maurice Long), nieces (Debbie Long Kelsey and Donna Long Jennings) and nephews (Lance Burkhart and Stacy Long).
Joan Long Carrington is survived by her children: Brenda and Keith Smith of Elgin, Ken and Judy Carrington of Frisco, and Kristi Carrington Palmer of Coppell; Grandchildren: Matthew and Onalee Barnes, Holly Barnes Covert, Clay Carrington, Amanda Carrington and Blake Palmer; Great-grandchildren: Ethan, Abigail, Madison, Chase, Kirstin, Jake, Evan and Emilee; Brothers and sisters: Vance Long, Karen and Clifford Williams, Jenice and Willie Olsen, Linda and John Goodman, Nancy and Fred Grant and Patsy Long; former cadets of Allen Military Academy and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joan was a loving wife, mother, "Grandy," friend and Christian.
In lieu of flowers, please honor her memory by contributing to the Carrington-Brownlee Alumni Center and Museum at Allen Academy; attn: Patrick Baker; 3201 Boonville Rd., Bryan, Texas 77802, the Blinn College J.B. Carrington Endowed Scholarship, 902 College Ave., Brenham, TX 77833, or the First United Methodist Church's Society of St. Stephen Fund at 506 E. 28th St., Bryan, Texas, 77802.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caring and compassionate medical professionals on the Telemetry floor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano.
Visitation and Services will be held at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 East 29th Street, Bryan, Texas 77802. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Services begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 with burial following at Bryan City Cemetery.

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Sabra Lynn Miller
Feb 4, 1962 - Sept 16, 2016
 
Sabra Lynn Miller, of Weatherford passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at JPS hospital. Sabra was born Feb. 4, 1962 in Wichita Falls to Herbert and Joyce Terrell Miller.
She was the voice of Aguado's Custom Catering and was also a counselor at MHMR. Sabra was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Corsicana; loved spending time with her family and enjoyed fishing.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Scott Loman Miller.
Sabra is survived by her children, Amy Jo Pruitt, Patrisha Moore, Laurie Riggle, Wayne Westbrook and wife Mary, Bethany Aguado and husband Phillip, Chelsea Stewart and Tommy, Jennifer Reyes and husband Luis and Charles Stewart and wife Courtney; parents, Herbert Miller and Joyce Burk; siblings, Senior Master Sergeant Sandon Miller and wife Stephanie and Sheryl Miller and husband Jim; uncles, Blain Miller and wife Sallee and Don Terrell; 24 grandchildren; dear friend Sonya Aguado and husband Fred.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Services are set to begin at 10 a.m, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.

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Mary Ellen (Cloy) Barham
Oct 31, 1957 - Sept 20, 2016
 
Mary Ellen Barham, 58, of Purdon, passed away peacefully on Sept. 20, 2016 surrounded by her family. Mary was born Oct. 31, 1957 in McComb, Mississippi to parents Ray Jeff and Mary Louise Thompson Cloy.
Mary was a part of the Brookshire's' family where she worked the past eight years as a pharmacy clerk. She was loved and will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Philip Ray Barham.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband Jim Bob Barham; a daughter, Jamie Barham and husband Chris Ortiz; three brothers, Richard Cloy and wife Cindy; Tom Cloy and wife Jeane; Mo Cloy and wife Lynne; five sisters, Annette Williams and husband Charles; Theresa Hinkle and husband Dennis; Wanda Hodges; Julie Quinlan and husband Gary Knight; Rita Dickinson and husband Bill and she is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel, 418 N. 13th St., Corsicana, under the direction of Capps Memorial Chapel.

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Ira Almer Richards II
May 20, 1928 - Sep 19, 2016
 
Ira Richards, II, 88, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 in Corsicana. He was born on May 20, 1928 in Nutter Fort, West Virginia to Ira Almer and Lenora May Hooper Richards.
He graduated from East High School in Akron, Ohio in 1945.
He managed the F.W. Woolworth Company stores for 43 years. During those 43 years of employment, he worked in the states of California, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico and Texas. He retired from there in 1996. After he retired he enjoyed golf, traveling, family time, watching westerns, fixing things, telling stories and jokes.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Ira (Richie) Richards, III.
Ira is survived by his wife of 66 years, Myrtle Ruth Barlet Richards; daughters, Shirley Richards Dilse and husband Jim and Kathy Richards Stevens and husband John; grandchildren, Michelle Thompson and husband Mike, Melissa Dilse, Zachary Dilse, David Stevens and wife Lauren and John Dallas Stevens; great grandchildren, Shelby and Mike, Dalton and Graydon; great-great grandchildren, Colton and Victor; sisters, Mildred Mecham and Sandra Mitchell and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating.
The family of Ira would like to extend their appreciation for the loving care that the nurses of Mercy Hospice and the staff of Country Meadow's Health and Rehab Center provided for him.

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Junius "Sug" Woodard
Sep 15, 2016

Junius "Sug" Woodard departed this life on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Straightway Missionary Baptist Church, 400 S. 15th St., Corsicana.

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Velma Lorene (Seabourn) Culbertson
Apr 27, 1917 - Sep 21, 2016
 
Velma Lorene Culbertson 99, formerly of Abilene, passed away September 21, 2016. Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 24 in the Fellowship Baptist Church in Goldthwaite, Texas, with Rev. Julann Godbey officiating. Burial to follow in Goldthwaite Cemetery, under the direction of North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange St.

Ms. Culbertson was born April 27, 1917 in Mills County to John and Hattie (Johnson) Seabourn.
She married Edwin Culbertson April 21, 1935 in Kilgore, Texas. She held memberships in First Baptist Church of Eastland, Texas, Southwest Park Baptist Church of Abilene and Memorial Baptist Church of Corsicana.

Velma Culbertson was a faithful servant of God her entire life and always put others' needs before her own. She worked most of her adult life as a licensed vocational nurse in two doctors' offices; the office of Dr. Irby Fox of Abilene and Dr. Blair of Houston. She cared for babies and little children in churches in her youth.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Six siblings, Willie Mae Fulmer, Vivian Worley, Oleta Hindman, Frances Sands, Barney Seabourn and Donald Seabourn.

She is survived by one daughter, Kay Blewster and husband John of Corsicana, Texas. Two granddaughters, five great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

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Nellie (White) Highnote is:

Change death year to 1926


Elinor “Nellie” (White) Hackler- Highnote
Feb 20, 1833 - Dec 13, 1926

NAVARRO COUNTY PIONEER WOMAN IS BURIED TUESDAY

MRS. NELLIE HIGHNOTE HAD BEEN RESIDENT OF COUNTY EIGHTY YEARS.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Highnote, aged 93 years, 10 months and 8 days, who died at her home four miles south of Corsicana Monday morning at 10 o’clock, were held at the residence Tuesday at 2 o’clock with interment in the Cosgrove cemetery, six miles south of Corsicana.

“Grandma Highnote” and “Aunt Nellie,” as she was known over the entire county, was perhaps the oldest resident of the county. Mrs. Highnote was born in North Carolina, but came to Navarro county in 1847. She was well known over the entire county, especially among the older residents.

She was a charter member of the Cedar Creek Baptist church which was organized in 1865.

Surviving are three sons, J. C. Highnote, Corsicana; J. A. Highnote, Corsicana; Pete Highnote, Batesville, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. J. D. Ingham, Corsicana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Highnote died following a lingering illness.

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Clarence Lee Nichols
Mar 1, 1912 - Sep 28, 1927

BOY DIED WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING ILLNESS OF SEVERAL DAYS

Clarence Nichols, aged 15 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Nichols, who reside on the farm of Mrs. J. W. David, nine miles south of Corsicana, died at the Navarro County Hospital Wednesday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock following an illness of ten days. The remains will be interred in the Cosgrove cemetery northeast of Corbet Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Surviving are his parents, three brothers, and five sisters.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, September 29, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o David Edmond Nichols, Sr. and Eunice Lee Josephine Ather “Eunie” (Austin) Nichols buried in Hamilton Beeman cemetery

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