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Martha Ellen (Holleman) Standlee
May 28, 1898 - Jun 3, 1927

WOMAN DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL FRIDAY MORNING

Mrs. Martha Ellen Standlee, aged 28 years, wife of R. J. Standlee, 820 South Sixteenth street, died in the Navarro County Hospital Friday morning at 11:35 o’clock following an illness of several days and the remains will be interred in the Prairie Point cemetery Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The service will be held at the Primitive Baptist church here with Rev. Phillips of Mexia in charge.

Surviving are her husband, one six-year-old daughter, father, W. G. Holleman of Bazette, one brother, one half-brother, and three half-sisters.

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Anna Vivian (Grant) Westbrook
Feb 12, 1886 - Feb 4, 1927

Prominent Kerens Resident is Dead

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Feb. 7.—Mrs. Zack Westbrook died at her home here Saturday morning at 1 o’clock and the funeral took place Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in the Bazette cemetery. The Rev. J. W. Sharbutt, pastor of the First Methodist church of Kerens conducted the services. She is survived by her husband and one son.

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Minnie Lee (Parrish) Kyser
Feb 27, 1876 - Mar 1, 1927

MRS. IKE KYSER DIED AT POWELL TUESDAY MORNING

BURIAL WAS IN PRAIRIE POINT CEMETERY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Special to the Sun.
Powell, March 2.—Mrs. Ike Kyser, aged 51 years, native of Navarro county, died at her home at Powell at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning and the funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from the Church of Christ with burial in the Prairie Point cemetery. The Rev. A. E. Walker of Waxahachie was in charge of the services.

Deceased is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Freddie Elliott, three sisters, Mrs. R. L. Killingsworth, Powell; Mrs. A. C. Hall, New York; Mrs. J. E. Black, Bonham; one brother, J. Ross Parrish, Central America, and four grandchildren.

She has been a member of the church for 35 years and enjoyed a large friendship throughout the county, who will be genuinely grieved to learn of her death.

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Isaac Jones “Ike” Kyser
Jan 27, 1871 - Nov 2, 1929

POWELL.
POWELL, Nov. 7.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at the Christian church Tuesday morning for Ike Keyser who died at his home Sunday. Services were conducted by Rev. E. A. Wright of Waxahachie and he was buried at Prairie Point cemetery. Mr. Keyser had loved near Powell for fifty years and will be greatly missed. A large number of out-of-town friends attended the funeral.

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POWELL FARMER DIED SUNDAY; BE BURIED TUESDAY

POWELL, NOV, 4.—(Spl.).—Ike Keyser, age 58 years, died at his home here Sunday afternoon following an illness of several months and funeral services will be held at the Christian church here Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock. Burial will be in the Prairie Point cemetery at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Services will be conducted by Rev. E. L. Walker of Waxahachie.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Fred Ellett, Powell; five grandchildren, three brothers, Sam Keyser, Kerens; Henry and Curry Keyser, San Benito; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Findley, Kerens; Mrs. S. J. Jones, Kerens, and Mrs. Dona Smoke, Ennis.

Mr. Keyser had been a resident of the Powell community a number of years and was one of the leading farmers of this section.

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Minnie (Walker) Brookshire
May 30, 1866 - Jul 21, 1927

FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. M. BROOKSHIRE TO BE HELD SUNDAY

SISTER CORSICANA WOMAN PASSED AWAY IN SAN ANTONIO

Mrs. Minnie Brookshire of Lufkin, aged 62 years, died in a sanitarium at San Antonio Thursday night, the remains will be forwarded to Corsicana arriving at 6:15 Sunday morning over the Houston & Texas Central. The body will be taken to the home of J. O. Burke, 1740 West Third avenue and funeral services will be held at the Prairie Point (Bazette) Methodist church with interment in the Prairie Point cemetery at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

The deceased is a daughter of late Alex M. Walker and Amanda Walker and is survived by her husband, T. J. Brookshire, Lufkin; two sons, T. J. Brookshire, Lufkin; two brothers, J. J. Walker and Isaac Walker, Kerens, and one sister, Mrs. J. O. Burke, Corsicana.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 23, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Thomas Jasper Brookshire, Sr. buried in I. O. O. F. cemetery, Lufkin, Texas; d/o Alexander McClure “Alex” Walker & Amanda Mariah “Mandy” (Gibson) Walker

John Gray
Aug 4, 1845 - Jul 29, 1927

AGED TYLER MAN DIES MALAKOFF AS RESULT OF FALL

Special to the Sun.
Malakoff, Texas, July 29.—John Gray of Tyler, aged 82 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ben Cartlidge of this city, early Friday morning as the result of a fall sustained last Saturday while on a visit to his daughter here. William Gray, a son of Kerens was with his father at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at Prairie Point, with interment in the Prairie Point cemetery, the Rev. B. R. Cartlidge officiating.

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Dorothy Jean Collins
Oct 25, 1924 - Jul 12, 1926

BODY LITTLE GIRL SHIPPED HERE FROM AMARILLO WEDNESDAY

The body of three-year-old daughter of D. V. Collins of Amarillo was shipped to Corsicana Wednesday afternoon and the funeral services were held Thursday afternoon with interment in the Providence cemetery.

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Beulah G. Milton
Feb 1896 - Feb 10, 1926

NAVARRO COUNTY WOMAN PASSED AWAY ABILENE WEDNESDAY

Miss Beulah Melton, age 29 years, died Wednesday night in Abilene. It is probable that the body will be brought to Richland for interment but not been perfected.

The deceased is survived by her mother, Mrs. I. R. Melton, Richland; four brothers, Robert Melton, Navarro; C. W. Melton, Burkburnett; Quincy Melton, Greenville; two sisters, Mrs. R. D. Wylie, Richland; Mrs. A. C. Kent, Navarro.

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Billie Hagler
Mar 6, 1926 - Apr 26, 1926

LITTLE CHILD DIED EARLY HOUR MONDAY FUNERAL IS HELD

Little Billy Hagler, two months’ old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Hagler of near Mildred, died at an early hour Monday and the remains were interred in the Providence cemetery Monday afternoon.

The little child was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Clements of Corsicana.

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Billie Tom Layfette
Oct 1, 1926 - Dec 28, 1926

Little Child Died In Powell Oil Field

Billie Tom LaFyette, 3-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lafyette who reside on the Witherspoon lease near Powell, died at 4 o’clock Tuesday morning and the remains were interred in the Providence cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

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Cora Lee (Upchurch) Grandbury-Hagler
Sep 20, 1891 - Oct 17, 1926

In Memory of Mrs. Cora Hagler.

Mrs. Cora Hagler was born Sep. 20, 1891, she died Sep. 1926. It was so hard for her loved ones to give her up. Sometimes we cannot understand why one so young and needed so bad would be taken away. How her dear husband and children will miss her, for she was a good wife and mother. She loved her home and was always willing an ready to do anything that needed to be done. She was a faithful Christian; she united with the Providence Baptist church at the age of fourteen. Oh, how we miss her from our homes for she loved her people dearly and they loved her. We ask God to bless that dear mother who has had so much sorrow in the last three. She was laid to rest in the Providence cemetery. Her grave was covered with flowers. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, four children, father, mother, two brothers and two sisters and a mother-in-law and a number of other relatives and friends.

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Henrietta (Butzke) Zube
May 3, 1847 - Mar. 17, 1927

AGED NATIVE OF TEXAS DIED NEAR PURSLEY THURSDAY

Mrs. Henrietta Zube, aged 79 years, 10 months and 14 days died in the Pursley community Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Pursley cemetery Friday afternoon.

Mrs. Zube was a native Texan and was born May 3, 1849.

One son, J. C. Zube of Pursley, survives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 18, 1927
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Johan “John” Zube d/o Andreas Andrew Butzke and Charlotte “Lottie” (unk) Butzke
  • Not sure if it is Old Pursley or New Pursley Cemetery (placing in New Pursley for now)

Phillip Rayford Smith
Nov 23, 1853 - Aug 1, 1927

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PETTY’S CHAPEL RESIDENT TUESDAY

Phillip R. Smith, aged 74 years, 8 months and 6 days, died near Petty’s Chapel Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Pursley cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The funeral was in charge of the Corsicana Lodge No. 63, I. O. O. F.

Surviving are three sons and one daughter.

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Rebecca Frances (Pritchard) Hardin
Mar 21, 1875 - Apr 27, 1927

In Loving Remembrance of Our Dear Mother

On April 24, 1927, God’s death angel came down in our midst and wafted away our dear mother, Mrs. Rebecka Frances Hardin. She had been confined to her bed for five months with that dreadful disease, cancer.

It was so hard to give her up but God saw it best to call her home out of her suffering. She leaves a husband, two sons; six daughters; one grandson, one granddaughter and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her death.

By her request she was laid to rest in the Methodist cemetery near Pursley.

Funeral services were held at the grave at 3 o’clock Monday evening., April 25, March 11 she passed over her fifty-second birthday. She was 52 years, one month thirteen days old. She had been a member of the Christian church since 1923 and had done her best to live up to what God told her to do. All that tender loving care, nursing and medical skill could do was done for her but all to no avail. God saw it best to take her from us and how hard, how awfully hard it was to give her up. None can know but those who have passed under the same rod.

We know God has promised in His holy word that He will not put a burden on us too heavy for us to bear, and if we did not know it were so and that we could ever rely on His sustaining grace in this, the darkest hour of life. It seemed like it was tearing the very hearts out of our bodies to give her up. God help us in this dark hour to be submissive. Help us to say, Lord, thy will be done, and not ours.

May the God of all mercy, wisdom and love watch over us all and comfort us, and may we all live in the future in a way that when we cross the river we shall again behold that loved face and be reunited with her where there will be no more sad partings.

There is only a mist between us,
Our mother so precious and true,
Only a mist between sunrise
That hides you away from our view,
Oft as we ponder at twilight,
O’er the sorrow and joy we did share.
Only a mist between us,
Some morning the angels will come,
And there in a bright land of beauty,
We will be with our mother at home,
No longer in sadness to roam,
But safe in the kingdom of Glory,
We will be with our mother at home,
Only a mist between us,
Not many long years will it stay,
Tis growing more fleecy and golden,
As earthly live fades fast away,
And when we are thinking so sadly
In days all so joyous and free,
It is then we are nearest our mother
And it brings sweet comfort to us.

Written by one who loved her dearly.

LENA HARDIN.

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Catherine A. "Kate" (Carson) McClintock
Nov 29, 1840 - Mar 27, 1927

COUNTY NEWS.

ROANE.
Roane, Texas, March 31.--Mrs. Catherine McClintock, who has been ill for several months, died at the home of her son, J. W. McClintock early Sunday morning. The body was laid to rest in the Pursley cemetery, Sunday afternoon.

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AGED WOMAN DIED SUNDAY MORNING AT HOME SON AT ROANE

Mrs. Catherine McClintock, aged 86 years, died Sunday morning at 3:30 o’clock at the residence of her son, J. W. McClintock, two miles northeast of Roane and the remains were interred in the Pursley cemetery Sunday afternoon, funeral services being conducted at the cemetery.

She was born in Alabama.

Several children and a number of other relatives survive.

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Mirilda Jane (Kimbrell) Davis
Sep 6, 1842 - Jan 12, 1926

In Memory.

Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, 1926, at 7 o’clock the death angel visited the home of Mr. Ira Davis and took from them their mother and grandmother, Mrs. Mirilda Jane Davis.

Grandma had made her home with her son, since her husband’s death, five years past.

She was laid to rest by her husband Wednesday afternoon about 3 o’clock. Grandma was 83 years, 4 months and 6 days old when called to meet her Saviour.

She leaves one son, Mr. Ira Davis, two step-children, Mrs. Lewis Tantzen and Mr. Charlie Davis; several grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her death. Weep not for your loss is heaven’s gain.

She has said good-bye to sorrow,
She has bid this world adieu,
And has gone to live with Jesus,
Yes, her face is lost to view.

One by one her hopes grew brighter
As she traveled life’s weary way,
And we hope to meet her
With angels some sweet day.

We know its hard, dear loved ones,
To part with those we love best.
But we can meet them in heaven,
Where we will all see peace and rest.

A soul has flown to heaven,
A voice we loved is still,
A place is vacant in the home
Which never can be filled.

One by one our hopes grow brighter
As we near the shining shore
For we know across the river,
Wait the loved ones gone before.

Written by Hanty Wallace and Alma Lane.

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Margaret (unk) Butler
May 1, 1846 - Sep. 19, 1925

Special to the Sun.
Purdon, Texas, Sept. 24.

Mrs. Margaret Butler, aged 81 years, a long time resident of Purdon and vicinity passed away Saturday afternoon. The remains were interred in the Pursley cemetery Sunday.

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George Barrows Wallace
Jun. 23, 1858 - Sep. 22, 1926

GEORGE B. WALLACE DIED SUDDENLY HERE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

WAS NOMINEE FOR COUNTY TREASURER DEMOCRATIC TICKET LAST PRIMARY

George B. Wallace, aged 68 years, long-time resident of Navarro county, died suddenly with heart trouble here Wednesday night at 10 o’clock. Funeral services will be here Wednesday night at 10 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the new Pursley Methodist church with Rev. W. T. Bratton officiating. Burial will be in the Pursley cemetery.

Mr. Wallace was the Democratic nominee as county treasurer in the last primaries.

He is survived by eight sons and four daughters as follows:

Sons—S. P. Wallace, Seymour; P. P. Wallace, Corsicana; P. F. Wallace, Haskell; J. R. Wallace, Hamilton; Joel Wallace, Corsicana; DeWitt Wallace, Purdon; J. N. Wallace, Dallas; Coy Wallace, United States Navy. Daughters—Mrs. C. L. Adams, Corsicana; Mrs. Winnie Ware, Avoca, Texas; Mrs. Tom Anderson and Mrs. Fay Johnson, both of Purdon.

The deceased was well known in Navarro county and Corsicana.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR G. B. Wallace

NOMINEE COUNTY TREASURER DIED SUDDENLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Funeral services for George B. Wallace, 68, who died suddenly with heart failure here Wednesday night at 10 o’clock, were held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with interment in the Pursley cemetery. The funeral services were held at the new Pursley Methodist church with Rev. W. T. Bratton, pastor of the Hope Baptist church, officiating. The funeral cortege left the residence, of his daughter, Mrs. C. L. Adams, 1300 Live Oak Street.

Mr. Wallace was the Democratic nominee for county treasurer at the time of his death. He was a long-time resident of Navarro county and was well known.

He is survived by his wife, eight sons and four daughters.

Sons—S. P. Wallace, Seymour; P. P. Wallace, Corsicana; P. F. Wallace, Haskell; J. R. Wallace, Hamilton; Joel Wallace, Corsicana; DeWitt Wallace, Purdon; J. N. Wallace, Dallas; Coy Wallace, United States Navy. Daughters—Mrs. C. L. Adams, Corsicana; Mrs. Winnie Ware, Avoca, Texas; Mrs. Tom Anderson and Mrs. Fay Johnson, both of Purdon.

He is also survived by thirty-eight grand children and two great grand children.

Rev. Jerry Archer of Blooming Grove assisted in the conducting of the funeral services.

He was a member of the Baptist church for forty-four years. He was married to Miss Mattie Pierce Feb. 13, 1876 .

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John Reuben Woods
Mar 23, 1897 - Feb 27, 1926

PURSLEY MAN DIED IN COUNTY HOSPITAL HERE EARLY SAT.

John R. Woods, aged 28 years, farmer of the Pursley community, died at the Navarro county hospital at 5 o’clock Saturday morning and the remains were interred in the Pursley cemetery Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock.

The deceased is survived by his wife and one child.

Mr. Woods formerly resided in the Mt. Calm, Hill county, community and has a number of relatives there.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, February 27, 1926
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Hattie Eula (Beevans/Beevers) Woods-Potts buried in Mount Anticoch cemetery, Prairie Hill, Tx; s/o J. W. Woods & Jennie (Worley) Woods

Eula Virginia Comer
Aug 15, 1915 - Feb 4, 1927

Funeral Services For Little Child

Funeral services for Virginia Comer, 11-year-old daughter of S. B. Comer were held Friday afternoon with interment in the Pursley cemetery.

The little child died Thursday.

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In Loving Memory of Mother and Daughter.

On February 3, 1927, about 6 o’clock in the evening God sent a message to the earth and called away Eula Virginia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Comer of Pursley.

Virginia was 11 years old.

She was of such a sweet and happy nature, always laughing and singing, we miss her glad face and cheerful smiles so much.

She was the life of the little bunch of sweet children.

But we know she has gone to a much better home for Jesus says, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me and forbid them not for o such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” She was sick nine days and died as she lived, smiling sweetly.

Funeral services were held at the home as the mother and a sister were too ill to go to the cemetery.

A short service was held at the grave where many dear friends and her school mates and teachers met to see her laid away.

Many lovely flowers and sympathetic words showed us how well she was loved.

A beautiful wreath was placed on the grave from the pupils and teachers of her school.

It was an awful trial to give her up, but it will be a great joy to see her again.

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At 4 o’clock in the evening, February 8, 1927, Lillie Virginia Comer, wife of S. B. Comer was called away to meet Virginia and her God. Lillie was 36 years old. God alone knows what agony it was to give up that dear wife and mother. She was a true Christian, having joined her life to God, and the church when a young girl.

She was such a devoted wife and mother. Her first and last thoughts were for her kind husband and children.

She wanted to get well so bad that she might help bear the burdens of her family awhile longer, but when she realized she was going she was ready—all she regretted was what she was leaving behind. The future seemed so bright to her as she left us and went across the river.

In our deep grief we have this Christian life to be thankful for and a greater desire to the true Christians. We now have more treasures in Heaven and somehow we seem nearer to God and home.

We feel that she filled the place well that God gave her here, and He has a place in His kingdom that she alone can fill.

As she was laid away beneath all those lovely flowers we felt that our hopes were buried with her. Then we realized it was just the dear body lying there, the beautiful soul we loved did not die but yet lives and waits for the loved ones to come.

Bro Gardener of Purdon conducted both services, with burial in the Pursley cemetery. His soothing words and beautiful illustrations were healing indeed to the bruised hearts.

It seems our minister and good neighbors united in lifting the load as much as possible in those trials and in the sickness of the little girl now in the hospital. We thank God for these dear friends in our hour of need.

These loved ones are survived by the husband and six children. Also numerous other relatives.

We cannot say they art lying,
In the graveyard o’er the way.
We would not think they were dying
At the closing of the day.

It was God’s voice a-calling,
Oh! Come my weary sheep,
On their ears so sweetly falling
And they sweetly fell asleep.

Asleep to wake in Jesus,
Free from pain and strife,
Singing the songs of gladness,
Drinking the waters of life.

One who loved them.

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Lillian Virginia “Lillie” (Beasley) Comer
Sep 22, 1891 - Feb 8, 1927

PURSLEY WOMAN IS BURIED WEDNESDAY; DIED LATE TUESDAY

Mrs. Lillie B. Comer, aged 36 years, wife of S. B. Comer of Pursley, died at the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Pursley cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

She is survived by her husband and six children.

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In Loving Memory of Mother and Daughter.

On February 3, 1927, about 6 o’clock in the evening God sent a message to the earth and called away Eula Virginia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Comer of Pursley.

Virginia was 11 years old.

She was of such a sweet and happy nature, always laughing and singing, we miss her glad face and cheerful smiles so much.

She was the life of the little bunch of sweet children.

But we know she has gone to a much better home for Jesus says, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me and forbid them not for o such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” She was sick nine days and died as she lived, smiling sweetly.

Funeral services were held at the home as the mother and a sister were too ill to go to the cemetery.

A short service was held at the grave where many dear friends and her school mates and teachers met to see her laid away.

Many lovely flowers and sympathetic words showed us how well she was loved.

A beautiful wreath was placed on the grave from the pupils and teachers of her school.

It was an awful trial to give her up, but it will be a great joy to see her again.

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At 4 o’clock in the evening, February 8, 1927, Lillie Virginia Comer, wife of S. B. Comer was called away to meet Virginia and her God. Lillie was 36 years old. God alone knows what agony it was to give up that dear wife and mother. She was a true Christian, having joined her life to God, and the church when a young girl.

She was such a devoted wife and mother. Her first and last thoughts were for her kind husband and children.

She wanted to get well so bad that she might help bear the burdens of her family awhile longer, but when she realized she was going she was ready—all she regretted was what she was leaving behind. The future seemed so bright to her as she left us and went across the river.

In our deep grief we have this Christian life to be thankful for and a greater desire to the true Christians. We now have more treasures in Heaven and somehow we seem nearer to God and home.

We feel that she filled the place well that God gave her here, and He has a place in His kingdom that she alone can fill.

As she was laid away beneath all those lovely flowers we felt that our hopes were buried with her. Then we realized it was just the dear body lying there, the beautiful soul we loved did not die but yet lives and waits for the loved ones to come.

Bro Gardener of Purdon conducted both services, with burial in the Pursley cemetery. His soothing words and beautiful illustrations were healing indeed to the bruised hearts.

It seems our minister and good neighbors united in lifting the load as much as possible in those trials and in the sickness of the little girl now in the hospital. We thank God for these dear friends in our hour of need.

These loved ones are survived by the husband and six children. Also numerous other relatives.

We cannot say they art lying,
In the graveyard o’er the way.
We would not think they were dying
At the closing of the day.

It was God’s voice a-calling,
Oh! Come my weary sheep,
On their ears so sweetly falling
And they sweetly fell asleep.

Asleep to wake in Jesus,
Free from pain and strife,
Singing the songs of gladness,
Drinking the waters of life.

One who loved them.

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In Memory of Lillie Comer.

On Tuesday evening, February 8, 1927, the death angel visited the home of Shelah Comer and took from them their loving wife and mother. Oh, it was so hard to give her up; she was so good to every one and she hated to leave us all, not because she wasn’t ready to meet her God, but she was leaving her husband and children. She said it was a mystery to her why she had to go, and it is to us all, but some day we will understand.

It is hard some time to bow to God’s will, but we all have it to do sooner or later. But let’s not forget the works, Lillie said, “Prayer changes things,” and pray that we all may meet her again in a world where the family circle will be unbroken.

Somewhere in the dim distant future, there’s a mystical valley of light where rippling rivers of sunshine flow silent and ceaseless and bright; where beautiful flowers bloom eternal; where day never sinks into night; where the sad, care-worn and weary shall rest in the valley at night. There the wrongs of life will be righted and friend will meet friend on the square, and in the pure sunlight of justice we shall know and be known as we are; and the mysteries of earth that so vexed us will there be made plain to our sight, for God will be there; it is Heaven, this beautiful valley of right.

Not now but in the coming years it may be in the better land, we’ll know the meaning of our teams, and there some time we’ll understand, God knows the way, he holds the key; he guides us with unerring hand; some times with tearless eye we’ll see, Yes there, up there, we’ll understand. There is no death, an angel form walks o’er the earth in silent tread; he bears our best loved things away, and then we call them dead; he leaves our hearts all desolate; he plucks our fairest, sweetest flowers; transplanted into bliss they now adorn immortal bowers; where’er He sees a smile too bright or heart too pure for taint and vice. He bears it to that world of light, to dwell in paradise and ever near us through unseen the dear immortal spirits tread, for all the boundless universe is life—there are no dead.

So dear ones, let’s all meet her in that city where there are no dead.

Rhome, Texas,

HER SISTER.

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Mattie Josephine (Wilson) Comer
Apr 6, 1869 - May 21, 1933

PURSLEY WOMAN IS BURIED MONDAY IN COMMUNITY CEMETERY

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Josephine Comer, 64, who died at her home in the Pursley community Sunday afternoon after an illness of only two hours, were held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Pursley cemetery where interment was made. Mers. Comer was the widow of the late W. L. Comer.

The services were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.

Surviving are three sons, Fred Comer, Summerset; Shelah Comer, Pursley, and James B. Comer, Navarro; five daughters, Mrs. G. W. Pope, Corsicana; Mrs. Mamie Cooper, Pickett; Mrs. Otis Medlin, Greenville; Mrs. Will Cooper, Pursley, and Mrs. S. B. Harris, Pursley, and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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A. M. Jones
Dec 18, 1848 - Dec 18, 1927

RICHLAND RESIDENT DIED THERE SUNDAY BURIED ON MONDAY

Mr. A. M. Jones was born in the State of Indiana, Dec. 18, 1848, Died Dec. 18, 1927. He came to Texas with his parents at the age of five. He lived the most of his life in and near Navarro county. He lived in Arkansas a few years, came back to Texas.

He was married to Matilda Baker of Tarrant county, May 31, 1876. To this union were born three children: one son and two daughters. His son died May 21, 1919, and his wife Dec. 14, 1922, leaving his daughters, Mrs. A. R. Smith of Wortham, Texas, Mrs. J. T. Smith of Corsicana.

Death was not a surprise to him or his friends. He had been confined to his room for several weeks. He bore his suffering patiently and talked to his children and friends about leaving them and this old world.

To all those who ministered to him in any way, the family expresses their deepest appreciation. To his loved ones and friends, may God in his own good way comfort you in these hours of sadness and sorrow.

His remains were laid to rest in the Richland Cemetery at 4 p.m., December 19, 1927. Funeral services were conducted by J. M. Gardner and Van P. Morrison.—Contributed.

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Sarah Catherine (Walton) Keith
Apr 25, 1850 - May 29, 1927

AGED RESIDENT OF PURSLEY DIED THERE SUNDAY EVENING

Mrs. Sarah C. Keith, aged 77 years, died at Pursley Sunday evening at 6 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Richland Cemetery Monday afternoon. The funeral services were conducted at the cemetery.

Surviving are four sons, L. N. Keith, Tulsa, Okla.; R. L. Keith, Arlington; J. A. Keith, Pursley; W. B. Keith, Van Alstyne; one daughter, Mrs. Ector Smith, Beaumont; three sisters, two brothers and other relatives.

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Minnie Carter (White) Lyda
Oct 16, 1898 - Mar 1, 1975

Mrs. Lyda

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Minnie Carter Lyda 76, who died Saturday in Meridian, Tex. Rev. Luthur Crawford will officiate, and burial will be at Richland Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Leta Rumfield and Mrs. Elizabeth Carter Andrews both of Lake Belton, Texas; two sons, Doyle Lyda of Georgetown and G. P. Lyda of Meridian; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four sisters, Mrs. Ava Murdauch of Springfield, Mo., Mrs. Ethnie Engomar of Bakersfield, Texas; Mrs. Alpha Allen and Mrs. Leta Winans both of Dallas; and a brother, Ezra White of Powell.

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Octavia Alice “Octavie” (McGary) Williams
Jan 7, 1849 - Apr 14, 1927

Another Pioneer Passes Away

Miss Octavia Alice McGary was born in Limestone County, Texas, Jan. 7, 1849, where she was reared to womanhood. While yet a girl she united with the Methodist Protestant Church, at Tehuacana, Texas, and has remained a faithful Christian member until called home to rest.

She was married to J. M. Williams, June 6th 1866, in Bell County, Texas. To this union was added eleven children, ten of these being reared to maturity. Her husband preceded her to rest from earthly toil, Oct. 19th, 1913, and was laid to rest in Richland Cemetery, and she has had a lonely path to travel, but has lived in the nope of the happy reunion with him. Grandmother Williams, as she has been known, was not a woman of loud—profession, but in her own sweet way served her home and her God. She was a faithful companion and a wonderful mother, and was loved not only by members of the family but numbered her friends by scores.

She has been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for a number of years, and while able to attend filled her place in that noble order. For more than fifteen years she has been afflicted with partial deafness, which slowly grew worse. Because of her affliction, she could not serve her church and lodge as she loved to do, but she remained sweet and resigned to the Master’s will in it all.

She has been living in and near Richland since 1885 where she has won the hearts of those who met her. She departed this life April 14th, 1927, after a lingering illness of several weeks. She suffered intensely at times, but when the end came she just closed her eyes and fell asleep in the arms of Jesus.

She is the mother of eleven children, has forty-six grandchildren and twenty-seven great grand children. One child died in infancy, the two children passing away after coming to maturity were J. C. Williams, who died at Big Springs, Aug. 19, 1919, and Mrs. A. C. Hoard, who died at Big Springs, Jan. 10, 1926. The surviving children are as follows, D. R. Williams of Corsicana, Mrs. M. E. Hunter of Mineola, Mrs. D. D. Anderson of Richland, Mrs. Minnie Jones of Santa Anna, D. S. Williams of Capian, New Mexico, Mrs. Sadie Herrod of Overton, Mrs. J. B. Harris of Corsicana, and Archie Williams of Richland.

She has gone to her reward and her companion. May God grant that those left behind will meet her some day.

--Contributed.

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Sarah Elizabeth (Mulligan) McCrary
Apr 1850 - Apr 1926

RICHLAND WOMAN DIED THERE EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

Special to the Sun.
Richland, Apr. 20.—Mrs. J. T. McCrary age 76 years, died at her home here Tuesday morning at 1 o’clock following a long illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the First Baptist church, with Rev. Ingle, pastor, conducting the services. Burial was in Richland Cemetery.

Mrs. McCrary is survived by her husband and six children, J. P. and J. R. McCrary of Richland, W. T. McCrary, Terrell; Mrs. T. W. Nash, Barry; Mrs. Lee Alexander of Oklahoma, and Miss Tina McCrary of Waco.

The deceased had been a resident of Richland for many years. She was born in Alabama and came to Texas in 1892.

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Allison Woodville Madewell
Dec 3, 1849 - Dec 22, 1926

AGED RESIDENT OF RICHLAND FELL FROM WAGON; NECK BROKEN

Special to the Sun.
Richland, Texas, Dec. 23.—“Grandpa” A. W. Madewell, age 77, and highly respected citizen of this town, fell from a wagon Wednesday morning and broke his neck. He was trying to climb over the wheel and in some manner lost his balance. He had started to visit relatives in Currie when the accident occurred.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the home of his daughter here 4 o’clock with burial in the Richland Cemetery. He is survived by thirteen children.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Dec 23, 1926
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Sarah Alonzia Elizabeth (Rogers) Madewell married Jul. 25, 1874; s/o Richard Madewell & Sarah (Phillips) Madewell

Nannie “Nan” (Sanders) Shelton
Nov 8, 1854 - Jul 22, 1927

RICHLAND.
Special to the Sun.
Richland, Texas, July 28.--Mrs. Nan Shelton formerly of Richland, who has been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Walter Swink in Dallas, died at an early hour Friday morning, July 22 and was buried here Saturday at 2 p.m. She leaves many friends who extend sympathy to the bereaved family.

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Martha J. “Mattie” (Mayes) Hargraves
Sep 11, 1847 - Mar 7, 1927

Aged Woman Buried Richland Cemetery

Richland, Tex., March 14—Mrs. O. G. Hargraves, aged 78 years, died early last Monday and the remains were interred in the Richland cemetery Monday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. J. M. Gardner, assisted by Rev. C. O. Boatman.

Surviving are three sons, Albert Hargraves, Richland; Ben Hargraves, Mexia; Jim Hargraves, Slaton.

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Sam H. Lee
Apr 9, 1855 - Mar 29, 1926

SAMUEL H. LEE DIED AT HIS HOME HERE LATE MONDAY

Samuel H. Lee, aged 70 years, died at his home 900 North Eleventh street Monday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. The funeral services were held at the family residence with Rev. W. T. Bratton, pastor of the Hopewell Baptist church officiating.

He is survived by several children.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 30, 1926
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Assumed h/o Amanda (Barnett) Lee married Jul. 24, 1873 also assumed his name is Sam Henry Lee); s/o Dave Lee and unk (Leonard) Lee per death certificate

Jim Stevens
May 29, 1911 - May 17, 1926

FUNERAL SERVICES TUESDAY AFTERNOON FOR JIM STEVENS

Funeral services for Jim Stevens, aged 14 years, son of Mrs. S. W. Gillum, who died late Monday night, were held Tuesday afternoon with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

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J. Houston Allsup
May 1921 - Jan 17, 1926

FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR SMALL CHILD

J. Houston Alsup, aged four years and eight months, son of J. M. Alsup who lives north of Corsicana, died Sunday and the remains were interred in the Zion’s Rest cemetery Monday.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Jan 18, 1926
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • s/o Jessie Marshall Allsup and Margaret Ann “Maggie” (Grantom) Allsup (Jessie is buried in Hamilton Beeman cemetery grandson of James Benjamin Grantom and Jamima Angelica (Reagan) Grantom

Cleo Estes
abt 1923 - Nov 30, 1927

CHILD BURNED TO DEATH WEDNESDAY MORNING IN HOME

HOME WAS DESTROYED ON WORTHINGTON FARM AND LITTLE GIRL LOSES LIFE

Cleo, four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Estes, was burned to death when the family home about three miles north of Corsicana was destroyed by fire at 2:20 Wednesday morning.

Mr. Estes was in Corsicana where he had brought one of his children to the Navarro County hospital at the time of the fire. Mrs. Estes who was just recovering from an illness was too weak to get the child out of the house when the fire was discovered.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with burial in Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Estes live on the T. J. Worthington farm near the Lakeview Country Club. Origin of the fire was undetermined.

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Bill Blanton Jenkins, Sr.
Jul 6, 1933 - May 18, 2017

Obituary for Bill Jenkins
Bill Blanton Jenkins, Sr. of Blooming Grove, TX (formerly of Bay City, TX) passed away in his home on Thursday, May 18, 2017. He was born in Blair, OK on July 6, 1933 to W.A. and Cleo Jenkins. He married Joyce Adams on August 11, 1956 in Pampa, TX.
Bill retired from Celanese Chemical Company in Bay City in 1988 after over 33 years of service. He moved to Blooming Grove in 2007. Bill was an active member of Central Baptist Church and the Lions Club of Blooming Grove.
Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother Floyd, and sister Lina Bolin. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce; son Bill, Jr. (Bud) and wife Cynthia of Bay City; son Jeff and wife Martha of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Mandy Jenkins of Houston, Cody Jenkins and wife Bristi of Suwanee, GA; Amy Alvis and husband Jonathan Alvis of Spring; Adrienne Harper of Collinsville; Victoria Jenkins of College Station; great-grandchildren Aikan, Ainslee and Blaiklee Jenkins, Jerich and Gavin Harper; sisters Helen Dibble and Sally Ingram; brothers John, W.A., Tony, Eddie, James and Joe.

Visitation will be Friday, May 19th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be 3:00pm Saturday, May 20th at Central Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial to the veterans organization of your choice.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Polly Winn
  • The Bay City Tribune - May 19, 2017

Harold Don McGraw
Mar 15, 1940 - May 12, 2017

Harold Don McGraw, 77 of Blooming Grove, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 in Waxahachie. He was born March 15, 1940 in Blooming Grove to Dorsey and Louester McGraw.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia McGraw and father Dorsey McGraw.
Don is survived by his wife Barbara Cole McGraw; mother Louester McGraw; children, Ricky McGraw and wife Diane, Donna Bator and husband Ed, Debbie McGraw, Kim Lester and husband Paul, Kristi Cole, Kari Ivey and husband Chris; 19 grandchildren, Danny, Andrew, Landon McGraw, Jeremy and Jamison Ware, Stephanie Bator, Britney Chhangur, Mark and Hayden Moore, Tate, Elliott, Vivi and Max Lester; Chad Carey, Logan Turnham, Matt, Caleb, Jasee and Kylee Ivey; 13 great grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law Linda (Sis) and husband Bob Bray; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Andrea and Bubba Fitzgerald along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating.
Interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be Larry Farish, Billy Nelson, Ronald Lynch, Ricki Crenshaw, Bubba Fitzgerald, Boyd Bryant, Jake Melton, Roland Southard and Peb Richards.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church PO Box 289 Blooming Grove, TX 76626 or to Ruth Ramsey Scholarship Fund PO Box 54 Blooming Grove, TX 76626.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Janice Lee (Holwege) Willhelm
July 30, 1946 - Apr 27, 2017

Janice Lee (Holwege) Willhelm, 70, unexpectedly passed away in her home Thursday, April 27, 2017. The oldest of five, she was born July 30, 1946 in Portland, Oregon, to Roland Dick and Betty Jane (Roundy) Holwege.
In 1966, she married the love of her life, James A. Willhelm, they had three children before moving to Texas in the early 1970s and raising their family in Barry. Janice loved spending time with family and friends, and has had a life-long passion for various arts and crafts which she enjoyed making and sharing thru teaching, gifting, donating, and selling.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, James, her father, "Rolly," and her brother, John.
She is survived by her daughter, BettyJo Nunley and husband Ken, and their children, Jamey, Kristina, Alysabeth, Mikal, and Nathen of Mississippi; her son and her former daughter-in-law, Teresa Perkins and their children, Aubrey, Kaitlyn, and Isaac of Ohio; her daughter, JennyLynn Burns and husband Kevin and their three children, Sarah, Maria, and Zackery of Barry; and her great-grandchildren. She also leaves her mother Betty of Oregon; a sister, Laurene of Oregon, two brothers, Lauren of Idaho and Jeff of Ohio, and their spouses; lots of cousins, nieces, nephews, dear friends, and her cats.
A visitation was held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Corsicana with pres. Blare Green officiating. A private burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

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Bobbie Joe Lancaster
Feb 25, 1931 - Aug 7, 2015

Bobbie Joe Lancaster, 84, was born February 25, 1931 to Ben and Estalee (Holiman) Lancaster. On July 6, 1950, Bob married the love of his life, Marie Hill. They were married for 65 years. Bob went to be with his heavenly father Friday, August 7, 2015.
Bob Lancaster’s many skills/jobs could not be summed up in a few short words. You could call him a “jack of all trades.” His first job was with Tilman Reed Service Station where he worked as a backhoe operator among many other duties for 30 years. After working for Tilman Reed he went to work at Navarro College as a maintenance foreman. His biggest accomplishment there was building Navarro’s first baseball complex. He then went on to build numerous baseball/softball fields in Wortham, Mildred and Kerens in his spare time. He retired from Navarro College at the age of 65. The retired life was not an option for this hard working man, he continued to do many part time jobs up until the age of 80.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents Ben and Estalee Lancaster; brother, Denver Lancaster; sisters, Aileen Robertson, Geraldine McGlaun, and Faye Abbie.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Lancaster; sisters, Bennie Boone and Nell Lancaster; brother, Dan Lancaster; sisters-in-law, Marvene Lancaster and Lelia Schlimmer; daughter, Janet Palmer and friend, Sam Phelps; son, Ricky and wife Vi Lancaster; grandchildren, Caleb and wife Danielle Palmer; Joshua Palmer; Aaron and wife Alison Palmer; Kristen and husband Matt Lynch; Chad and wife Brittany Lancaster; Coy and wife Shelby Lancaster; and Cole Lancaster; 11 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers for the services include his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers include Dr. Lary Reed, Homer Gene Wasson, Billy H. Upchurch, Dolwin Smallwood, Billy Ray Brown, John Holloway, and Otis Ray Spurlock.
Visitation service will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.
Funeral Services are 10 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Kerens with the Rev. Frank Upchurch and Bobby Bain officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Alzheimers at www.alz.org>in_my_community_donate.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.

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Whelyn Gail Robinson
Jul 21, 1944 - Aug 20, 2015

Funeral services for Whelyn G. Robinson, 71, of Douglass, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at the A. Frank Smith United Methodist Church in Alto, Texas with Rev. Greg Megill and Rev. Wes Byas officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Palestine Cemetery near Alto.

Mr. Robinson passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 near Mt. Enterprise, Texas. He was born July 21, 1944 in Corsicana, Texas to Joe B. and Zula Hill Robinson. Mr. Robinson had lived in the Douglass, Nacogdoches and Lufkin area for the last 20 years. He was a member of the A. Frank Smith Methodist Church in Alto, and was retired from the phone company where he had started as a linesman and worked his way up to telecommunications engineer. Mr. Robinson had also lived in Athens for a number of years and had been a Deacon at the Eastern Hills Church of Christ, past president of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Robinson was very proud to have been in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A & M, class of 1966. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Texas at Tyler where he finished his education with a Master’s of Science degree. He also loved reading, and was a history buff, especially interested in the Civil War. Mr. Robinson was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Robinson was happily married for 23 years to his wife, Janis Robinson, who survives him. He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Roland Herriage of College Station, daughter and son-in-law Shara and husband Jess Blankenship of Cushing, Texas; son and daughter-in-law Kyle and wife Lisa Robinson of Sulphur Springs, and son Paul Sandness of Douglass; brother and sister-in-law Dale and Dorothy Robinson of Rice, Texas; and grandchildren, Ryan Herriage, Kyson Herriage, Taylor Robinson, Haley Robinson, Katelyn Robinson, Garrett Robinson, Mason Reeves and Olivia Blankenship.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at the O.T.
Allen & Son Funeral Home in Alto.

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Joseph D. "Joe" Stephan
Aug 28, 1930 - Aug 5, 2015

Joseph D. "Joe" Stephan, 84, passed away peacefully in Grand Prairie on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015.

He was born on Aug. 28, 1930, in Walnut, Kansas to Charles Edward and Teresa Agnes Stephan.

After graduating from Walnut High School, Joseph devoted his life as Co-Owner and President of Industrial Catering Service in Grand Prairie and was an avid fisherman. He was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Corsicana, as well as a member of the prestigious Knights of Columbus.

Joseph is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward and Teresa Agnes Stephan; his Grandma Epe and his Grandpa Stephan; brothers, Vinsent and Charles Stephan; and his sister, Alice Pope.

He is survived by his siblings, Jim Stephan, Eileen Otto and Sister Charlene Stephan.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following the visitation at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Corsicana. Interment will follow at the Dallas/ Fort Worth National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Arnell Delores (Lusk) Faulk-Watson
Nov 30, 1939 - Apr 30, 2017

Arnell Delores Lusk Watson, 77, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Corsicana. She was born Nov. 30, 1939 in Centerville.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals in Corsicana.
Funeral services are set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana with Rev. Arthur Faulk officiating. Pastor A.D. Richardson eulogist
Interment to follow at Farmersville Cemetery in Dawson.
Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

 

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Elma Estelle (Lee) Shelton
Oct 22, 1929 - Apr 26, 2017

Estelle Lee Shelton passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 26, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 22, 1929 in Streetman, the youngest child of Sam Henry Lee and Clara Estelle Vinson Lee. As a young adult, she lived in Corsicana. She married Billy Reed Shelton of Kerens on July 7, 1950 in Powell and they made their home and raised their family in Kerens.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Leonard Lee, Annie Laura Lee Blanchard, Juanita (Nute) Lee Lewis, Evelyn Lee Wilson and Carl Lee.
Estelle is survived by her husband of 66 years, Billy Shelton of Corsicana; her daughter, Vicki Shelton Sargent of Denton; her son, Lee Alan Shelton of Dallas; two grandsons and their wives, Trey and Couri Sargent of Denton and Hunter and Rachel Sargent of Aubrey; one granddaughter and her husband, Sarah and Chris Griesemer of Waco; two great granddaughters, Avery Renee Griesemer of Waco and Addie Mae Sargent of Aubrey and one great grandson Owen Reed Griesemer who will be born in June. She was also loved by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017
Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Mayberry officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim Shelton Jr., David Wilson Jr., Carl Lee Jr., Ron Wilson, Trey Sargent, Hunter Sargent and Chris Griesemer. Honorary Pallbearer is Robert Hull.
"And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things shall pass away." Rev. 21:4
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Maggie L. (Arriola) French
Aug 13, 1927 - Apr 19, 2017

Maggie L. French, 89, of Decatur passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her residence. She was born Aug. 13, 1927 in Nacogdoches, Texas to John and Mary Kate (Acosta) Arriola.
Maggie was an extraordinary person whose outgoing personality left an impression on all who knew and loved her. She was always happy but was also serious-minded. She was a former resident of Corsicana for about 20 years and they attended Petty's Chapel Baptist Church during that time. She worked for over 40 years at Proctor & Gamble.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Kate Arriola; two brothers; and three sisters.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence E. French; sister, Eula Harp, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating the service will be Rev. Elvin Sikes of the Petty's Chapel Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

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Zephyr Lee (Rhynes) Lott
Jan 19, 1945 - Apr 15, 2017

Zephyr Lee Rhynes Lott, 72, of Kerens passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Dallas. She was born Jan. 19, 1945 in Kerens. Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at Golden Gate Funeral Home, 4155 S. R. L. Thornton Fwy. in Dallas.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Mount B. Zion Baptist Church in Kerens with Pastor Ernest Betts Jr. officiating, the eulogy will be given by Pastor Nathan Carter Sr.
Interment will follow at The Petersburg Cemetery.

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Haymond Mitchell, III
d. Mar 30, 2013

Haymon Mitchell III passed away Saturday, March 30, 2013. Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Hurst Seventh-day Adventist Church. Interment: Petersburg Cemetery in Kerens. Wake: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mosier Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors: Wife, Lewistine Mitchell; parents, Addie Hall and Haymon Mitchell Jr.; two daughters; stepchildren; and other relatives.

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Jimmie Lou (Brown) Johnson
Oct 3, 1926 - Apr 16, 2017

 
Jimmie Lou Brown Johnson, 90, of Corsicana went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. She was born on Oct. 3, 1926, to Gussie Alton (Cap) Brown and Minnie Lucille Grooms Brown in Navarro County.
She faithfully served as a pastor's wife for 33 years. She was a Sunday School teacher and great student of the Bible which she read daily. Over the many years she developed great friendships with church parishioners. Whom she treated as family.
She was an excellent homemaker, and to all who knew her the best cook in the county. She especially loved family get togethers. She cooked Sunday lunches for the entire family every week and made multiple dishes every week careful to include everyone's favorites. She reached out to her entire family on special holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving and made sure that all extended family was invited to her home. She treated her extended family as her very own. The delight of her life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. When you look up the definition of mother in the dictionary, there aren't any words, just her picture. If the children and grandchildren could have chosen any mother in the world, she's the one they would have chosen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Rev. B.W. Johnson.
She is survived by son, Jimmy B. Johnson and wife Pat of Corsicana; son, Dr. Gary W. Johnson and wife Barbara of Barry; and a daughter, Betty L. Stokes and husband Ron of Corsicana. She was blessed with granddaughters, Becky Gipson and husband Todd of Carrollton, Melissa Bedard and husband Michael of Barry; grandsons, Jamil Johnson of Blooming Grove and Justin Johnson and wife Marissa of Decatur; great grandchildren, Tanner Bedard, Ben Gipson, Riley Bedard, and Hailey Harth along with a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Calvary Worship Center, 1364 N. Beaton St. with Dr. Gary W. Johnson and the Rev. Michael Bedard officiating. Interment will follow in the Pattison Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jamil Johnson, Justin Johnson, Todd Gipson, Tanner Bedard, Ben Gipson, and Riley Bedard. Honorary pallbearers will be the Elders of Calvary Worship Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Worship Center, 1364 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
The family extends a special Thanks to the staff at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, Family First Hospice, and to Dr. Kent E. Rogers for their thoughtful loving care provided.

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Wanda Lee (Brashear) Miller
July 13, 1931 - Apr 26, 2017

Wanda Lee Miller, 85, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at her residence in Corsicana. She was born July 13, 1931 in Corsicana to Scott Lee Brashear and Marie Gray Brashear.
She was raised in Mildred and graduated from Mildred High School. She went on to attend business school in Tyler. Soon after she married Darwin in 1950. She worked for Collin Street Bakery when it was actually located on Collin Street and later worked for a small manufacturing company in Denton, while Darwin finished his education at North Texas. After spending a short time in Snyder they moved back to Corsicana and began to raise their three children. Family was everything to her and nothing else really mattered much. She enjoyed that all her children and immediate family lived close and would always put on coffee, wanting us to stay a while. We often left our visits with her standing on the porch to see us off.
She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and looked forward to the time described at Rev. 21:4 'when all pain and sorrow will be no more." She knew that would be a time where she wouldn't have to worry anymore about all her family and friends. And now her family and friends eagerly await the fulfillment of Job 14:13 and 15 where we know that Jehovah God will call and she will answer and be reunited with us.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Wesley and Wanda Brashear; and a grandson, Shae Rogers.
She is survived by her husband, Darwin Young Miller of Corsicana; daughters, Suzanne Keck and husband Stephen and Stacy Rogers and husband Mike; son, Scott Miller and wife Lisa of Corsicana; grandsons, Chad Kindle and Justin Rogers and wife Zonia of Corsicana; granddaughter, Kristin Valdez and husband Matthew of Arlington; great grandchildren, Rebecca Kindle, Preston Kindle, Harley Plant, Haley Holloway, Wesley Holloway of Corsicana and Lily Valdez of Arlington; brother, Mike Brashear and wife Beverly of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by her funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Shawn Moonsammy officiating. Interment will follow in the Providence Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chad Kindle, Justin Rogers, Matthew Valdez, Preston Kindle, Mike Brashear and Don Brashear.

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Nelson "Sage" German
July 22, 1938 - Apr 20, 2017
 
Nelson "Sage" German, 78, of Frost, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. at Town Hall Estates in Hillsboro. He was born July 22, 1938 to A.G and Bessie German in Aquilla.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and two brothers, R.D German and Butch German. He also lost one sister, Dale Sims.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen Owen German, of Italy, whom he married July 30, 1963. He is also survived by one son and daughter in-law, Dan and Michelle German of Fairfield; one daughter and son in-law, Tricia and Doug Davis of Frost; five grandchildren, Garrett and Dani German of Fairfield, Taylor, Tanner, and Tatum Davis of Frost. He is also survived by two sisters, Linda Dearen of Corbet and Dovie Bratcher of Frost; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. German retired from farming, ranching, and employment with Williams Gin in Frost. He retired in 1997 after suffering from a major back accident in Blooming Grove at the Prec. 4 County Barn. He was a member of Frost Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev. Kenneth Hutchison officiating.
Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Alexander, Sam Owen, Dennis Janek, Joey Watson, David Watson, Ron Dearen, Jimmy D. Bratcher, and Marc Cantrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Mitchell, Ronnie Brown, Billy Hargrove, Clifford Williams, Ronald Elmore, and Jimmy Hooser.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening, April 22 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Anthony Eugene Gill
May 3, 1950 - Apr 10, 2017

Anthony Eugene Gill, 66 of Carrollton, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Heritage Gardens Care Center in Carrollton. He was born May 3, 1950 in Corsicana to Vernon Richard Gill and Dorothy Fay Paul Gill. He was a self employed truck driver for many years and also a pool technician.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rhonda Lee Gill and daughter Carolyn Marie Mills.
Anthony is survived by son Richard William Gill and wife Debra; son Robert Wayne Gill; daughter, Toni Annette Gill; brothers, Richard W. Gill and wife Donna, Paul Gill and wife Carrie; grandchildren, Tyler Eugene Gill, Mikal Gill, Mark Gill and Cameron Gill; great grandchildren; Autum Marie'Amber Gill; Natalie Rose Gill and Sammy Gill along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive visitation from noon to 1:35 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at Paschal Funeral Home with graveside services to follow at 2 p.m. in the Long Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tyler Gill, Vernon Gill, Brandon Gill, Kerry Gill and Douglas Gill.
Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Jose "Papi" Herrera
Sept 11, 1929 - Jan 15, 2017
 
Jose "Papi" Herrera, 87, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at his residence in Corsicana. He was born on Sept. 11, 1929 in Kennedy, Texas to Domingo Herrera and Mary Flores Herrera.He worked as a welder for many years.
He was preceded in death by his son, Danny Joe Herrera and his parents.
He is survived by his children, Charles Herrera, Lola Boatright, Mary Herrera, John Herrera, Lydia Greer, and Josie Herrera; grandchildren, Shannon Herrera, Danny Joe Herrera, Daniel Herrera, Dennis Boatright, Michael Ortega, Adam Herrera, Tonya Peden, Brianna Greer, Vinncent Greer, Nevaeh Eastman, Andrea Crispin, David Crispin, and Anna Crispin; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home, followed by a rosary service that will be held at 7 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at Calvary Cemetery with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.
Pallbearers will be Adam Herrera, Vinncent Greer, John Herrera, Michael Ortega, Chris Aviles, Daniel Herrera, Billy Bland, Jr., and David Crispin.
 

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Lewis Dean "LD" Bryant Sr.
Jun 12, 1940 - Jan 6, 2017

Lewis Dean Bryant Sr. (LD) was born in Elm Flat on June 12, 1940 to Norman and Judy Bryant. LD Bryant, Sr., departed this life to enter eternal rest on Jan. 6, 2017.
LD received his formal education and diploma from Park High School in Goodlow. After graduation he moved to California to continue his education, pursuing his passion and love for cars at Los Angeles Community College. He graduated in 1961 as a paint and body mechanic.
LD began his spiritual journey as a child attending Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church with his family. He continued to serve God at New Hope Baptist Church where he was baptized and served in many capacities.
In 1962 LD moved back to Goodlow and began his career at Kinbrew Chevrolet where he would later retire. In 1963 LD united in marriage to Edna Mae Lincoln. Unto this union of 53 years, Lewis (JR), Edna (Sister), Kenneth, and Landon were born. After retiring from Kinbrew Chevrolet LD started his own business, Bryant Body Shop. He was also employed by Kerens ISD for 15 years.
LD was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Norman and Judy Bryant; siblings, Norman L. Bryant, Myrtle B. Hunt, Eddie B Giddings, Hazel Lee Hayden and Ora Lee Hamilton.
leaving his loving memories to be cherished are his loving wife Edna Mae Bryant; children, Lewis Jr, Edna Harvey (Don), Kenneth (Riva) and Landon; honorary sons, Thaddeus Lincoln (Sheila), and Donterias Bryant; honorary daughter, Quindana Bryant; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Otis D Bryant (Sharon), Lonnie B Bryant (Jean); many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.
Visitation will begin from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral services are set to begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at New Bethel Baptist Church in Goodlow-Kerens with pastors Earnest Betts, Jr. and Samuel Washington Officiating.
Interment will follow at Petersburg Cemetery, Round Prairie.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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James Michael Phillips, Sr.
Jan 17, 1942 - Dec 18, 2016

The Gates of Heaven opened for James Michael Phillips Sr. on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at 6 a.m. He passed away at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born to the parentage of Mr. Joseph Phillips and Mable Steffens on Jan. 17,1942 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
At an early age James served his country by joining the Marine Corps. He served a tour in Vietnam and also was stationed in D.C. as a member of the Military Police.
He is survived by his spouse Carol Phillips, they joined in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for 48 years. James, a devout Catholic, was also a member of the Knights of Columbus he was a third degree Knight.
He is also survived by his sons, James M. Phillips Jr. and wife Martha and their sons Andrew, Thomas and Jordan, and Eric Phillips and wife Jamie and their sons Wyatt and Morgen.
He is also survived by siblings Gloria Fonder, Jacquelyne wife of Milton Phillips, Shirley Phillips, Judith Nowak, husband Anthony,
Janet wife of Thomas Phillips, Gary Phillips, wife Lynn, Barbra wife of Kenneth Phillips, Linda Rentmeester, husband Eric, Maxine wife of William Phillips.
Jim is preceded in death by siblings Kenneth, the husband of sister Gloria Fonder, Milton Phillips the husband of Jacquelyne, Michael Phillips and wife Linda, Thomas Phillips, Kenneth Phillips, William Phillips, Steven Phillips, Joseph Phillips, Wayne Phillips.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (3000 W. Hwy. 22, Corsicana, Tx 75110). Rosary will be prayed at 7:45 p.m.
Mass for Christian burial will be Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Internment Services will follow at Calvary Hill Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to kellykickingcancer.org.
Services under the care of Luz Eterna Funeral Home.

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Mildred Francine (Nicholson) Johnston
Mar 27, 1928 - Dec 19, 2016

Funeral Services for Francine Nicholson Johnston will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 at Wise Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Bro. Rex Jackson, assisted by Marty Hutchings. Burial will follow at Willow Wild Cemetery. Francine passed away on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
Francine was born March 27, 1928 in Barry, Texas, the daughter of Henry and Lucille Barr Nicholson. She married Charlie Wayne "Chiley" Johnston on Oct. 6, 1950 in Marshall, Texas. She was a graduate of East Texas Teacher's College, but her life was joyfully spent as a farmer's wife and homemaker. She was a long-time member of Boyd Baptist Church. Francine enjoyed painting, playing piano, crocheting, and quilting. She quilted with the Snap Center in Bonham for many years. She assisted with Camp Fire, volunteered as a Pink Lady at the Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham, and was an avid supporter of the Women Rock Breast Cancer organization.
Francine was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Charlie Wayne "Chiley" Johnston in 2001; brothers, Henry Ray and Clyde Nicholson, and grandson, Jeremy Kreitel.
Surviving are son, Mike Johnston and wife Debbie of Ivanhoe; daughter, Jerra Reynolds and husband Barry of Denison; three grandchildren, Courtney Cooper and husband Jon of Ivanhoe, Ryan Johnston and wife Ashley of Van Alstyne, and Scott Sellers of Pottsboro; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 at Wise Funeral Home, and, again beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, before the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boyd Baptist Church Youth Program, 3707 Hwy 78, Bonham, TX 75418 or Women Rock, Inc., 225 E. Houston St., Sherman, TX 75090.

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Vanessa Washington Franklin
abt 1953 - Dec 17, 2016


Vanessa Washington Franklin, 63, of Corsicana passed away Saturday Dec. 17, 2016 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church with pastor Alvin E. Smith officiating.
Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Andreas Benjamin
Oct 10, 1967 - Dec 27, 2016

Andreas Benjamin, 49, of Kerens passed away on Dec. 27, 2016 at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral services are set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at New Bethel Baptist Church located at 707 Elm Flat Road, Goodlow in Kerens.
Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Brenda Ann (Swafford) Hoover
Nov 14, 1946 - Nov 26, 2016

Brenda A. Hoover, 70, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Unity Baptist Church. Officiating the service will be Pastor Chad Owens. Burial will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

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Brenda Ann Hoover, 70, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 26, 2016. She was born to Vada and James Swafford on November 14, 1946 in Nashville, TN.

She married James David Hoover, Sr. on March 9, 1991 that survives her. She is also survived by her daughters, Angela and David Randolph of Corsicana, TX, Kathy and Steve Martin of Shelbyville, TN, Kim and Tom McGriff of Fort Dodge, IA, Jennifer Alcorn of Franklin, TX; sons, Michael Luna of Pegram, TN, David Hoover of Huntsville, AL, Virgil Hoover of Dallas, TX, Glen and Sherry Alcorn of Corsicana, TX, Richard and Kelly Alcorn of Corsicana, TX, James and Laurel Hoover of Purdon, TX, John Hoover of Emhouse, TX, Charles and Melanie Hoover of College Station, TX, and Scott Reed of Purdon, TX. Also surviving her are 4 sisters, Margaret Carlton of Eufaula, OK, Phylis and David Moss of Nashville, TN, Tia Swafford of Oregon, and Deena Burch of Oregon; 2 brothers, Philip and Frances Nicholson of Eufaula, OK, and Ricky and Tracy Nicholson of Nashville, TN; as well as 39 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Vada Nicholson; son, James Stanley Hoover; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Bone; as well as aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 2pm at Unity Baptist Church, 101 S. 30th St. Corsicana, TX 75110. Officiating the service will be Pastor Chad Owens. Burial will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the family by visiting


Volney Marion Hughes
May 7, 1954 - Jan 30, 2017
 
Volney Marion Hughes, 62 of Corsicana passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. He was born May 7, 1954 in Ft. Worth to Volney Clyde Hughes and Emma Doris McHam Hughes. He served in the United States Army earning the Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He spent most of his life serving in the Civil Service. He was a fireman with the Retreat Fire Department, Mexia and Bowie Fire. He also worked with the Texas Youth Commission. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his loving wife and children. He was also a true blue cowboys fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Dianna Hughes; children, Jennifer Hughes of Quannah, Jessica Hess of Lewisville, Janice Allen and husband Michael of North Carolina, Stephanie Mays and husband Joe of Vallejo, California, Danielle Strickland of Wichita Falls and Kevin Williams of Livingston; siblings, Sherry Webster of White Settlement and Johnny Hughes of Ft. Worth; 10 grandchildren, Shae, Jaxon, Eva, Sean, Jasmine, Alexus, Gabriel, Sean, Emory, Isabella and Gabriella. He is also survived by best friend Byron Queen of Port Arthur and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at That Church with Mike Howell and William Stanford officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Feb 2, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Jane Elizabeth An (Coltham) Hughes and Dianna Hughes; s/o Volney Clyde Hughes and Emma Doris (McHam) Hughes

Barbara Gene (Bay) Rucks
Aug 29, 1944 - Jan 9, 2017
 
Barbara Gene Bay Rucks, 72, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco.
A memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steven Bell officiating. -

 


Mrs. Barbara Gene (Bay) Rucks, 72, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco, Texas. She was born on August 29, 1944 to R.Q. and Bessie Mae Bay of Killeen, Texas at Scott and White Hospital in Temple.
She attended Killeen High School and graduated in 1962. She furthered her education and attended Nixon Clay Business School in Austin. After receiving her degree she was a secretary for the Railroad Commission for about one year. She then married her high school sweetheart Airman First Class Floyd D. Rucks. They were married April 22, 1963, and was blessed with two children Vickie Lynn and Floyd Jr. She devoted her life to her family. She loved spending time with her beloved husband, children, and grandchildren. She always put everyone’s needs above her own. She loved the Lord, and was ready to go home to be with him. She had been suffering with a type of skin cancer that she has fought for the past five years. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a nephew, Harvey Edward Owens, Jr.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd D. Rucks, Sr., of Corsicana; daughter, Vickie Rucks Farmer of Corsicana; son, Floyd D. Rucks, Jr. and wife Danielle of Tyler; grandsons, Lee Farmer and wife Lauren of Corsicana, Lance Farmer of Corsicana and Noah Rucks of Corsicana; granddaughters, Kellie Farmer of Burleson and Lauren Rucks of Corsicana; great grandchildren, Jude Rucks, Addie Richter, Easton Farmer and Riley Farmer; sister, Sandra Sue (Bay) Owens of Killeen.
At her wish she was cremated. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.

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Gale Lyn (Mims) Beene
June 3, 1946 - Jan 10, 2017
CHS 1964

Gale Lyn Beene went to be with her heavenly father on Jan. 10, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
Gale was eldest of three daughters to Jerry and Jane Mims, she was born on June 3, 1946 in Corsicana and was in the graduating class of 1964. Gale and David raised their family in Plano where they were members of First Christian Church. Her professional career spanned many years serving many staff and students in Plano ISD and Keller ISD. She was a devoted follower of the lord, she and her husband David were members at Countryside Bible Church in Southlake. There they were involved in bible studies and teaching English as a second language. Gale loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Those left to cherish Gale's memory, her husband of 51 years David Beene, children, Laurie Wischmeyer, husband Andrew, Paul Beene, wife Carrie, Ryan Beene and wife Melissa, grandchildren; Madelyn, Lydia, Emily, Amanda, Eleana, Livi and Tyler, sisters Cathy Banks and Debbie Drum along with a host of extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sun. Jan. 15, 2017 at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Funeral Services will begin at 11 a.m. Mon., Jan 16, 2017 at Countryside Bible Church Southlake.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Community Hospice of Texas or International Friends at Countryside Bible Church.

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Etta Mae (Carter) Hatten
Aug 20, 1920 - Jan 10, 2017
 
Etta Mae Carter Hatten passed away Jan. 10, 2017. She was born Aug. 20, 1920.
Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral services are set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Eastside Church of Christ, 906 E. 13th Ave. Minister Alton Albert officiating and Sammie Smith, eulogist.
Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Lynn "Snuffy" Smith
July 31, 1950 - Jan 12, 2017
CHS 1969

Lynn "Snuffy" Smith, 66 of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 in Dallas. He was born July 31, 1950 in Corsicana to Charles Ray Smith and Darline Ray Scoggins Smith.
Snuffy was a 1969 graduate of Corsicana High School, during his time in high school he ran track. In his younger years he played baseball for the Corsicana Leagues. He attended First Christian Church and First Baptist. He also enjoyed seeing his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Darline Smith.
He is survived by his daughter, Shelly Smith of Wortham; grandchildren, Whitney Lynn Smith, Layton Charles Smith and Jasmine LeeAnne Kirk; aunt, Sue York and numerous extended family members.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Lewis Edward "Bud" Moore
Dec 8, 1935 - Jan 16, 2017
 
Lewis Edward Moore (better known by his friends and family as Bud), passed away while walking through the pasture in Barry on Jan. 16, 2017 at the age of 81.
Bud was preceded by his mother and father, Stanford and Dora Moore of Blooming Grove; brothers Sidney, Alvin, and James Moore and his sisters Faye Steen and Iva Price.
Bud is survived by his loving wife Barbara Travis of 59 years. They were married in Dallas on June 14, 1957.
Bud is lovingly remembered by his children, Jamie Billingsley of Oklahoma City, Eddie Moore of Dawson, James Moore of Chatfield, and Tracy Rathbun of Dallas; grandchildren Jarrod Moore of Corsicana, Allison Brown of Barry, Dillon and Riley Moore of Chatfield, Max and Garrett Rathbun of Dallas; great-grand children Logan, Blair, Bree, Jude, and Parker Moore, and Judd Brown. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary Ferrell, Margeret Jenkins, Francis Whitner and Mollie Southard. Bud had over 30 nieces and nephews, many of which have always maintained a very close relationship with him throughout the years.
Bud was born in Barry Dec. 8, 1935. He graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1955 and went on to become a successful mechanic, owning his own business in Dallas for over 18 years. In 1970, he returned to Corsicana to fulfill his dreams, purchasing his own ranch in Barry, where he raised cattle, including Simmental and Longhorns, as well as breeding and training quarter horses until 2016.
From 1974 to 1985 he opened and owned Moore's Mobil and Garage in downtown Corsicana until his son Eddie Moore took it over allowing him to spend more time on the farm doing what he enjoyed the most. Bud was fascinated with and enjoyed everything horses, cowboys and the old west. He spent much of his spare time after graduating from high school as a bronc rider at many of the local rodeos. He had a very special way with horses and those lucky enough to get one of his trained horses always knew it was one of the best. He loved the farm life and always kept a variety of animals, everything from pigs, goats, sheep, and rabbits to chickens and any other fowl he could find. He shared his love of farm life with anyone interested, always eager to show them everything he knew.
First and foremost, he was a very special Christian, always trying to help those who needed it. He and Barbara even opened their home numerous times to anyone who found themselves in trouble. He touched and changed the lives of many family and friends with his kindness and generosity and will never be forgotten.
Visitation and viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Westhill Church of Christ, in Corsicana. A reception for the family will follow in the church fellowship facilities.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Leslie "Les" Skews, Lt. Col.
May 5, 1925 - Jan 5, 2017

 
Lt. Col. Leslie "Les" Skews, USAF Ret. passed away peacefully at his home with his family Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 after battling a short illness. Les was 91 years old. He was born on May. 5, 1925 to
Francis and Alma Skews. Les grew up in Waukegan, Illinois with his older brother Roger and older sister Florence.
Following in his brother's footsteps to serve during World War II, Les received initial flight training in the US Army Air Corps at Corsicana. After WWII, he supported the Berlin Airlift operations flying the C-47 "Gooney Bird." Later he transitioned to the B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber - the country's first swept wing multi-engine jet bomber. With this aircraft he transitioned to aerial reconnaissance missions. He was reunited with his favorite "Gooney Bird" once again while serving in Vietnam flying RC/EC-47's.
With a passion for flight, Les devoted his first career to his country with over 35 years of military service through World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He flew over 10,000 combat flight hours and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice and the Air Medal 14 times.
Retiring from the US Air Force in 1978, Les continued to work in the electronic warfare field for another 30 years - providing continued international support for the Joint Tactical Information Distribution
System (JTIDS) community.
Les is survived by his wife Barbara; his children, Sharon, Scott and wife Janet, Geoff and wife Arnita, Kevin and Ruth, Krystle and husband Michael, Thomas and Aileen, Erik and Viki and Patrick; grandchildren, Lezley, Colleen, Alethea, Zoey, Nikalina; nieces, nephews and several special, extended families who became a part of his life.
He was preceded by his parents Francis Henry and Alma Florence Skews, his brother Roger Skews (WWII KIA-MIA), his sister Florence and husband John Hemphill, his granddaughter Rhonda Carter and his son Robert Skews.In lieu of flowers, a donation you feel appropriate in Les' memory should be made to:

"St.Scholastica Building Fund"
http://www.stscho.org/capital-campaign/pledge
St.Scholastica Monastery
Attn: Sister Maria DeAngeli
P.O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913

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Lee Bertha Pyburn
abt 1951 - Jan 17, 2017

Lee Bertha Pyburn, 65, of Blooming Grove, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Wake Services will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20,2017 at God's Church Italy Full Gospel Holy Temple in Itly. Funeral services are set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at God's Church, Italy. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Sam Riley Wiggs
Jul 26, 1948 - Jan 26, 2017
 
Sam Riley Wiggs, 68 of Frost passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. He was born July 26, 1948 in Waco to James Riley Wiggs and Sammie Lois Baty Wiggs. He was a member of the Cowboy Church of Corsicana. He enjoyed camping, trail riding and watching his grandchildren in their sports events.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Wiggs of Frost; four children, Elizabeth Sealey and husband Michael, Michael Wiggs and wife Kelsey, Jason Leggett and wife Julie and Crystal Stamper and fiance Daniel Rice; two sisters, Sharon Tucker and Mabel O'Neal; grandchildren, Libby Sealey, Parker Wiggs, Penolope Wiggs, Mackenzie Leggett, Amelia Leggett, Maxwell Leggett, Austin Stamper, Rowdy Stamper and numerous extended family.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services are set to begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at the Corsicana Cowboy Church with Bro. Derek Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeff Davis, Mark Perry, Joe Reed, John Perkins, Johnny Nichols, Ben Neal, Russell Reed and Jacob Reed.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Jan 28, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Elizabeth Parker (Pringle) Wiggs & Vickie (McCamey) Wiggs; s/o James Riley Wiggs & Sammie Lois (Baty) Wiggs

Ruthie Lee Mullin
Feb 16, 1934 - Apr 10, 2017

Ruthie Lee Mullin, 83, of Corsicana passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 in Corsicana. She was born on Feb. 16, 1934 in Tyler.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 at Greater Love Outreach Fellowship.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Second Mission Baptist Church with Pastor Paul Redic officiating and eulogy will be given by Pastor William Lewis.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Archie Glenn Albritton
Nov 17, 1944 - Apr 14, 2017

Mr. Glenn Albritton, 72, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born on November 17, 1944 in Corsicana to William Ernest and Muriel Albritton.
He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He always enjoyed spending time with his family, and was always willing to help anyone he could. He was a faithful member of Westside Baptist Church, and was a member of the Corsicana Emergency Corps for many years. He was employed for many years with Summerall & Beauchamp and then later with Lewis Palos as a delivery driver. After retirement he enjoyed building and working on antiques, and could build just about whatever you wanted.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Bill Albritton.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Albritton; son, William E. Albritton and wife Diane of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Glenda S. Mershawn and husband Michael of Corsicana; step-sons, Danny Parker and Frank Parker of Corsicana; grandson, Cody Albritton of Charlotte, NC; granddaughter, Melissa Albritton of Charlotte, NC; step-granddaughters, Amber Diggs of Corsicana and Heather White and husband Grant of Taylor; six step-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Jimmy Crenshaw of Levelland, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Prairie-Point Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service.

Notes:

  • h/o Brenda Sue (Rash) Albritton & Helen (Matthews) Albritton; s/o William Ernest Albritton & Muriel (Hardaway) Albritton
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Glenn Albritton, 72, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 14, 2017 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17, 2017 at Prairie-Point Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the service.

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Victoria T. Ramos
Nov 13, 1935 - Mar 19, 2017
 
Victoria T Ramos, 81, entered the Kingdom of Heaven Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Viewing will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Holy Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017. Interment services will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Services provided by Luz Eterna Funeral Home.

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Schedule
Rosary: Thursday March 23, 2017 (7pm - 9pm)
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - 3000 TX-22, Corsicana, TX 75110
Funeral: Friday March 24, 2017 (10am)
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church - 3000 TX-22, Corsicana, TX 75110
Interment: Following Funeral at Calvary Cemetery - 2100 Block of West Second Avenue
Children:
Juana, Chabelo, Jose, Armando, Amada, Juan, Martin, Maria, Miguel, and Andres
Siblings:
Fransisca Valenzuela, Herminia Valenzuela, Margarita Valenzuela, Juan Valenzuela, Antolin Valenzuela, Martha Valenzuela
+Many Grand Children
Preceded in death by
Parents:
Fidel Avictia & Dolores Terrazas
Son:
Rafael Avictia


Edward Lee Steele
Mar 14, 1919 - Sep 4, 1929

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD WEDNESDAY STREETMAN YOUTH

Edward Steele, 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Steele, Streetman route 1, died at the family home Wednesday morning at 4 o’clock following a short illness and the funeral was held at the Midway cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, where interment was made.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. M. J. Parnell, Corsicana Methodist Protestant minister.

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

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Tim Gaylon Farmer
Sep 16, 1946 - May 30, 2017

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way

Service Schedule
Visitation: Friday - June 2, 2017 (6pm - 8pm)

Location: Luz Eterna Funeral Home - 3409 FM 1839 Corsicana, TX 75110

Graveside Service: Saturday - June 3, 2017 (2pm) Officiated by Roy Hignight

Location: Dresden Cemetery - FM744, Barry, TX 7510

Survived By
Children: Dawn Marie Spence, Jeremy Farmer
Best Friend: Peggy Kindrick

Preceded in Death
Parents: Bruce & Evie Farmer

​Siblings
Herman Farmer, Bruce Thomas, Doyle Ray, Anita Farmer

Pall Bearers
Freddie Block, Tim Kindrick, Kevin Kindrick, Donny Kindrick, Craig Kindrick, Tommy Gorden

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Tim Gaylon Farmer, 70, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at approximately 1 p.m.
Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Luz Eterna Funeral home located at 3409 FM 1839, Corsicana, Tx 75110
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday June 3, 2017 at Dresden Cemetery.

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Wyvonne (Yaws) Putman
Oct 10, 1926 - May 28, 2017

Mrs. Wyvonne Yaws Putman passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Corsicana at age 90. A resident of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village, she had previously resided in Navarro Mills since 1963, living on family land dating back to 1870.
She was born on October 10, 1926 in Stamford, Texas to Sudie Mae and Fred Yaws. She graduated from Stamford High School in 1944 and from Scoggins Beauty Academy in Abilene in 1946.
She married Wendell Wayne Putman on September 27, 1947 in Haskell, Texas. They resided in Stamford several years where she operated a hair salon.
In 1963, she and her family moved to Navarro County where her husband had grown up and built a home on family land. For a time, she operated a hair salon in Purdon. Then, she became very interested in Navarro County history and was hired as the first Director and Curator for Pioneer Village when the position was created by the City of Corsicana in 1972. In addition, she became the first Executive Secretary of the Navarro County Historical Society.
Over the next 26 years, she conducted many hundreds of tours for school children and other visitors at Pioneer Village. Under her direction, 7 volumes of history were published and over 100 Texas Historical Markers were placed in Navarro County. And, she chaired the Navarro County Historical Commission from 1998 through 2002.
After retirement from the City of Corsicana in 1998, she still remained active in the Navarro County Historical Society and worked one day a week at the Corsicana Senior Citizen Center. When she was at home, she enjoyed her visits from her beloved grandchildren, Elliott and Erin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the love of her life, Wendell and her siblings, sisters, Colleen Pickett and Lois Wills and brothers, Wayne and Charles Yaws.
She is survived by her daughter, Patrice Putman Flint and husband Robert of Wylie; son, Wendell Wayne Putman, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Corsicana; grandson, Elliott Flint of Huntsville; granddaughter, Erin Lea Abay and husband Mike of Corsicana; nephews, Don Wills and wife Irene of Ft. Worth and Chuck Yaws of Hobbs, New Mexico; nieces, Lisa Pickett Pierson of Phoenix, Susan Humphreys of Midland and Donna Allbritten and husband Steve of Murphy, and various nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert Flint, Elliott Flint, Sherman Putman, Eddy Putman, Steve Allbritten and Don Wills. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mike Abay and Jerry Jordan.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Navarro County Historical Society in Mrs. Putman's honor. The family would also like to thank the staff at heritage Oaks Retirement Village, Bethany and Kindred Home Health care, Family First Hospice and Dr. Kent E. Rogers for taking such great care of her.

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  • w/o Wendell Wayne Putman - d/o Fred Yaws & Sudie Mae (Dillard) Griggs-Yaws
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • Birth records show her as Doris Wyvone Yaws and other records show her name as Wyvonne Doris.

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 Wyvonne Putman passes away at 90: Putman made her mark preserving history
By Deanna Kirk Daily Sun - May 31, 2017

One of the leading collectors and authorities on Navarro County history passed away Sunday, May 28. Wyvonne Yaws Putman was 90 at the time of her passing.

Putman, who married Wendell Wayne Putman of Navarro Mills in 1947, was a beauty operator by trade, and owned and operated salons in both Stamford, her home town, and Purdon, once she and Wendell moved to the family land following the passing of his father.

A movement to get a new paved road to Navarro Mills in the 1960’s was the beginning of Putman’s love of Navarro County history. Her interest piqued, she began reading everything she could get her hands on about the history of the county. Thus, she was primed and ready when the first Director and Curator of Pioneer Village position was opened by the City of Corsicana in 1972. Putman applied for and got that job, and added another role as the first Executive Secretary of the Navarro County Historical Society.

“There are not enough words to tell all the positive historical information Wyvonne Putman gathered for our enjoyment through the years,” said Margaret Thomas, Navarro County Historical Society. “The good thing about Wyvonne was she knew how to get others interested and involved ... Always positive and upbeat.”

Through the years, Putman gave hundreds of tours of Pioneer Village to thousands of school children and other visitors. Several buildings were added to the Village under her supervision; the Office and Archives, Redden House, Tack Shed, Sam Roberts Museum, Playhouse and the Carriage House. Under her guidance, seven volumes of “Navarro County HIstory” were published, and over 100 Texas Historical Markers placed in Navarro County. She also chaired the Navarro County Historical Commission from 1998 to 2002.

Prior to Putman’s arrival, the place near Jester Park was called “Frontier Village,” and was a small collection of buildings that were reconstructed on that site in the 1950’s, according to a 1972 issue of the Corsicana Daily Sun. When Putman was hired as director and curator, quite a bit of work was done to rejuvenate the village, and she and her mother-in-law began keeping the village open seven days a week for tourists. The original structures were the log cabin of the Ethan Melton family from near Dawson dating back to 1845; a slave cabin from Chatfield; the George Washington Hill Trading Post from Springhill; a “dog trot” type two-room house belonging to Dr. Cooksey; the Post Office and General Store from Cryer Creek. There were also a stagecoach, blacksmith shop and working grist mill.

Bobbie Young, a member of the historical society along with her late husband Bill, recalls attending holiday functions and dinners at Pioneer Village while Putman was running it, and later when Putman stepped down, Young took the position.

“She was quite the historian, and she loved Navarro County history,” Young said. “They published all those history books, and I helped them proof the last one.

“When she came (to Pioneer Village) there was no fence at all, and she said lots of stuff just ‘walked off’ because people could just roam in and out. There was no office then, and I asked her where she stayed during the day. Wyvonne said she just sat down on the frontier porch in the dog trot house.”

Young had trouble couldn’t comprehend doing that all day, and with no restroom on the premises. Later on, the war bond sales office that once sat on Beaton St. was moved to the village, and became the office.

Ines Waggoner had battled breast cancer and lost her husband, and needed a distraction when she began going to Pioneer Village. She said there was a group of ladies who pretty much hung out there, helping Putman compile the history books. They would bring their lunches and stay all day, and when one had a birthday, they would celebrate with a party.

“Wyvonne was always cheerful, always had a smile, and was nice to everyone,” Waggoner said. “You could tell she loved what she did.”

Waggoner recalled one instance when they were working on Volume 7 of the Navarro County History books. Putman gathered all the women together, and stated that all the other books had been about Navarro County history, and she wanted this one to be “up to date.”

“She assigned each lady a small community in the county, then turned to me and said she wanted me to do the schools in Corsicana,” she said, laughing. “I discovered then they weren’t very good about keeping records.”

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Mollie Dee (Sewell) Smith
Apr 16, 1924 - May 16, 2017

Obituary for Mrs. Mollie Dee Smith

Mollie Dee Sewell Smith, 93, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Caldwell, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Caldwell Masonic Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Johnson officiating. The visitation will be held Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home.

She and her husband of 70+ years, the late Joe C. Smith, MD, were well known in Burleson County and beyond.

Travelers on Highway 21 know their home and grounds well. They stand out on the often dull trip between Texas A&M and the University of Texas. Huge sculpture dots the well-tended lawn, and spectacular flower beds and hanging baskets make a vibrant background statement. Mollie was the creator of the outdoor spaces. Joe was the creator of the sculpture and more. Together they created a well-balanced and enviable small town life that was always connected to the great and wonderful world outside of Caldwell.

Born in Blooming Grove, Texas, to Thomas Monette Sewell and Beulah Griffis Sewell on April 16, 1924, Mollie was the first born. Two little brothers, Tom and Bill, came later. She grew up in Navarro County where her parents were cotton growers and buyers and ran beef cattle on country property that has been in the Sewell family for years. Her mother was determined that Mollie would go to Baylor University in Waco and she made sure that happened.

Mollie and Joe met at Baylor in the early 1940s. They both worked in one of the dining halls on campus. Mollie admired Joe’s strong forearms and he admired everything about her. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Joe enlisted in the Marines and was sent to Quantico and eventually to the Pacific theater. Mollie stayed at Baylor, finished her BBA, graduated in 1944 and taught school in Mesquite while she waited for Joe’s return from the war. He sent for her in September 1944 before he finished his wartime duties. Mollie’s father told her she better get on that train and go to Joe right away. She rode the train from Dallas to Arlington, Virginia, in the height of the wartime crowds, most of the time sitting demurely on her suitcase. Apparently, a woman had to be 21 to get a marriage license in Virginia at that time. She was 20. She fudged a bit on her age and off they went. They were married Sept. 2, 1944. A wonderful story told over and over throughout their years together.

Mollie was always the backbone of family life. She supported Joe as he finished Baylor and then through Baylor Medical School and to a residency in the U.S. Army. They finished his second military stint in Killeen at Ft. Hood and came to Caldwell in 1953, with their two daughters Lynn, born in December 1946 in Waco, and Susan, born in January 1952 in San Antonio. Gayl followed in October 1954 and Griff in February 1958.
In 1957 Joe returned to San Antonio to get specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mollie held down the fort at home. She taught typing and business at Caldwell High School during the year he was gone and, as always, was heavily involved in her children’s activities. During those days, she was a leader in the Girls Auxiliary and vacation bible school at the First Baptist Church of Caldwell. She was committed to literacy and helped to establish the Caldwell’s Harrie P. Woodson Library which is in Joe’s former medical offices on Highway 21. She was a strong advocate for Planned Parenthood and a staunch Democrat for her whole adult life, as was Joe.
She did everything she could to help her husband establish Caldwell’s first hospital and made it possible for him to put in the long hours necessary to tend the medical needs of the people of Burleson County for many, many years. After Joe retired at 65, he and Mollie toured the world making many new friends and bringing back fascinating stories from their travels. They loved their annual trips to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and to Williamsburg, Virginia, as well family visits to Joe’s home state of Tennessee. Also after his retirement, Joe became very serious about large-scale metal sculpture, enrolling in Glassell School of Art to study under Texas sculptor Ben Woitena. Mollie knew Joe needed that creative outlet and made it easy for him to do what he loved.
She always did what she loved too. Working in her yard and growing beautiful flowers was a passion as was reading. She was an inventive and skilled cook. All of her family was required to eat what was put before them, even if they didn’t know what it was. From her example and that of her mother before her, all her daughters are excellent cooks. She also made sure all three of her girls knew how to act like ladies – no bare feet or giant curlers in their hair downtown, no gum smacking, no sprawled legs in dresses, no talking to boys on street, no singing at the table and more. She was lover of beauty in all things. Her home was comfortable, lovely and, of course, filled with Joe’s paintings, sculpture and photography. She and Joe trained all their children to respect people of all colors, religions, nationalities, social status and sexual orientation.
She and Joe were huge Baylor sports fans their entire married lives. They had season football tickets for years. And, after it became too difficult to make the games in person, they loved watching Baylor sports on TV, especially Lady Bears basketball.

Mollie Dee Sewell Smith was preceded in death by her husband Joe C. Smith, MD, who died in March of last year, her parents and her brother Bill Sewell.

She is survived by children Lynn Pearson of Waco; Susan Hoffmeyer and Charles of New Ulm; Gayl Newton of San Antonio and Griff Smith of Caldwell; grandchildren Arnold Pearson and Shelley of College Station; Justin Smith of Olympia, WA; Tessa Goolsby and Clint of Plano; Sara Asberry and Trey of Plano; great grandchildren Corey and Carly Pearson; Raven and Gavin Smith; Roxie Goolsby; and baby Kate Asberry; her brother Tom Sewell of Blooming Grove; several nieces, nephews and cousins and her cat Cleo.
Mollie’s family thanks especially the wonderful caregivers who made it possible for her to stay in her own home. They include Sue Smith, Linda Hamilton, Doris Rawls, Ta’Chic Rogers, Lisa Williams, Shannon Castaneda, Sandra Terry, Stacy Vance, Ethel Mitchell and Cynthia Schultz. They were a stellar care team!

Memorials may be made in Mollie’s honor to the Harrie P. Woodson Library in Caldwell or to any branch of Planned Parenthood.

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Edgar Lee Montgomery, Jr.
Apr 12, 1939 - Nov 6, 2016

Edgar Lee Montgomery, beloved husband, father, pawpaw and great grandpa went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 in Corsicana.
Edgar was known by many different names...the ones that can be mentioned in public are Edgar, Edgar Lee, Butch, Eddie, El (when he was in trouble) Pawpaw and Pops.
Edgar was born April 12, 1939 to Eddie and Ernie Montgomery. He had one sister, Evelyn and grew up in Emhouse on a land farmed by his family. Edgar graduated from Emhouse Public School in 1957. He was active in basketball and livestock showing and married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Sue Morgan, on Aug. 29, 1957. They had three children, Edgar "Lee" Montgomery Jr., Susan "Lynette" Montgomery and Scott Douglas Montgomery.
Edgar worked as a Master Electrician and made his home in Rice. He started his own business in Corsicana, Montgomery Electric, and loved to cut up with his employees. He was a member of the Emhouse Methodist Church and served on the Rice School Board for many years.
Edgar was quick with a joke or story and loved his westerns; John Wayne was his favorite. His hobbies included coin collecting and napping. He was known for his toboggan and overalls. He loved to have his family down to his house at the lake. He touched many lives and will be missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Eddie and Ernie Bewley Montgomery Fincher; step father, Aubrey Fincher; sister and brother in law, Evelyn and Howard Neylan Drain; loving wife Nancy Morgan Montgomery and granddaughter Kami.
He is survived by his three children and spouses, Lee and Janette Montgomery of Retreat, Lynette and Mark Dickens of Tupelo and Scott and Tamera Montgomery of Frost; grandchildren, Crystal and Brian Goecker of Dallas, Daniel and Wendy Montgomery of Brownsboro, Melissa and David Saucedo of Rice, Jessica and Jeremy Owen of Navarro, Sarah Dickens of Tupelo, Jeff and Sarah Montgomery of Highland Village, Kyle Montgomery of Dallas; great grandchildren, Adrian, Austin and Alex Saucedo, Kami, Krislynn and Kinzler Owen, Sophia, Sydney and Ryan Montgomery, Cole Goecker, and Evan and Rowan Montgomery. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, friends and the Montgomery Electric Crew (present and past).
The family would like to thank Navarro Regional Hospital, Trisun, Heritage Oaks West and his doctors for their love and care during the last month. Memorials may be made to Emhouse Methodist Church,
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Wilder of Frost Baptist Church officiating. Interment to follow at Pattison Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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Earnest Carlton "Ernie" Linex
Feb 24, 1945 - May 28, 2017

Earnest Carlton "Ernie" Linex, 72, passed away Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Corsicana. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard with Minister Cory Myers officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30 at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.
Ernie was born February 24, 1945 in Hubbard to Benjamin "Ben" and Mary Bernice (Lambert) Linex. He lived in Hubbard as a youth and attended Hubbard High School but had been a resident of Corsicana for many years. Ernie worked in shipping at Guardian Industries in Corsicana from 1980-2007. He enjoyed bowling and was an avid fisherman who also loved watching sports including traveling to Hubbard to watch the Jaguars. Ernie also enjoyed seeing his grandkids play sports and was a die-hard Texas A&M fan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Melvin Waller and two brothers, Benny Linex and Johnny Waller.
Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Jones and husband, Tony of Corsicana and Carla Hernandez and Jesus Chavarria of Corsicana; three brothers, Raymond Linex and wife, Dialynn of Corsicana, Gary Waller and wife, Georgia of Mesquite and Ricky Waller of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Sandra Linex of Richardson; grandchildren, Michael Jones, Ashley Jones, Jason Jones, Adolfo Elizondo, Emily Hernandez, Cisco Vega, Erika Hernandez, Whitney Jacobs, Andrew Hernandez and Khloe Chavarria; great-grandchildren, Zayden Patterson, Turner Jones, and Reese Jones and expected great-grandson Grady Jones due in September; mother of his daughters, Gayle Linex of Corsicana; life-long family friend, Lelanie Petty of Corsicana who Ernie considered another daughter and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members and friends.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.

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Mary Lou (Phelps) York
May 28, 1929 - May 29, 2017
 
Mary Lou York, 88, of Corsicana passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Heritage Oaks West. Mary Lou was born in Barry to Grover T. Phelps and Lura Mae Phelps on May 28, 1929.
Mary Lou will lovingly be remembered for her sweet spirit, kindness and sacrifices she made to raise her four daughters. She always put their needs first. She will also be remembered for her career in retail in downtown Corsicana. She was a very well known and well respected sales lady, whose career spanned decades working at J.M. Dyer and Co., Cooper and Sons Shoes and Miles Furniture.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, James Phelps, Bertha Minor, Jewel Grimmett, Imogene Curry, Emma Womack, Buddy Farrish, Jewel Wyatt, A.T. Phelps and Vernon Farrish.
She is survived by daughters, Karen Fate and husband Larry of Tool, Karla Allen of Burleson, Kimberly Remonte and husband John of Corsicana and Kelly Culloty and husband Brendan of Corsicana; one sister, Maudine Shelton and husband Orville of Garland; grandchildren, Sara Burke and husband Ronnie of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Mary Longbotham and Andy Jabben of Burleson and William Culloty of Corsicana; and one great-grandson, Maddox Burke of Goldsboro, North Carolina and close niece Sherry Brazell and husband Don. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Ella Mae Robinson of Corsicana and Johnnie Faye Pye and husband Rossi of Fairfield along with many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Cryer Creek Cemetery, FM 1126 North out of Barry, with Rev. Jeffry Hastings officiating.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Heritage Oaks West for the outstanding care they provided for the last 7 years. Thank you also to Hand and Hand Hospice.

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Joan (Knoll) Dymand-Hintz
Feb 12, 1964 - Apr 27, 2017

 
Joan Dymand-Hintz passed away peacefully with family by her side Thursday, April 27 at age 53 after a courageous battle with cancer. Joan was born in Watford City, North Dakota Feb. 12, 1964 to Marv and Kathy (Kilzer) Knoll. She grew up with her three brothers, Dave, Ron, and Sean, in Dickinson, North Dakota.
Joan graduated from Dickinson High School in 1982, where she participated in sports, drama, band, choir, and pageants; being named Miss Dickinson and Miss North Dakota National Teenager. She attended Dickinson State College and in 1986, moved to San Jose, California where she met and married Steve Dymand on Oct. 1st, 1989. They moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1993 and had two wonderful boys, Jack and Reid. In 2007, Joan married her junior high sweetheart, Marc Hintz, in Dickinson, North Dakota. On March 12, 2008 Joan and Marc were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Elle Marie Faith. In 2011 they moved to Texas where they currently reside.
Joan was an amazing daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend. She had an infectious spirit and a gift to make everyone around her feel incredibly loved and special. She brightened a room with her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Joan made friends everywhere, and always stayed connected with them to share life's joy. Music was a cornerstone of Joan's dynamic spirit. She spread her joy of singing and dancing wherever she went, most often leading to impromptu performances whether it was solo or sitting in with an unsuspecting band. If you were fortunate enough to have met her then you experienced the magic that so many will never forget. Joan's love, grace, and beautiful spirit will live on through her children, Jack, Reid, and Elle, and all those she touched.
Joan is survived by her husband, Marc; her children, Jack, Reid, and Elle; her parents Marv (Gloria) Knoll and Kathy Knoll; her brothers Dave (Joan,) Ron (Lori,) and Sean (Julie,) and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 201 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.
In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to plant a tree in Joan's memory, or the family requests that memorial gifts be designated to breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 13400 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85259.
Gifts in memory of Joan Dymand-Hintz can be made to the Mayo Clinic cancer research program.

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Louise (Gonzalez) Martinez
Nov 27, 1942 - Apr 28, 2017
 
Louise Martinez, 74, of Corsicana went to be with the Lord Friday, April 28, 2017. She was born to Frank and Benigna Gonzalez in Hamlin November 27, 1942.
Louise married Manuel Martinez and moved to Corsicana in 1965 to raise their family. After more than 20 years of employment at Tom's Food, she happily retired. Throughout her life, Louise remained invested in the community by devoting her time to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and small town antique businesses.
Louise was a devoted wife and mother to her family. She enjoyed traveling and good times included games of Chance and collecting her winnings. Louise will always be remembered for her charitable acts and ability to fulfill many lives; she would fill your stomach, heart and soul and always had a listening ear with wise words to live by.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Manuel Martinez, her son, James Martinez and granddaughter Brandy Nicole Dickerson. .
She is survived by her children, Teresa Eppler and husband Jimmy of Corsicana, Becky Richter of Navarro, Veronica Dickerson and husband Patrick of Corsicana, Yolanda Escobedo and husband Louis of Easton, Maryland, Sammy Martinez and wife Martha of Brownsville and Harold Martinez of Corsicana; grandchildren, Camille Escabedo of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Vanessa Kercher of Idaho, Sammy Martinez, Jr. of Brownsville, Harold Gene Martinez, Jr. of Dallas, Miranda Caswell of Kentucky, Lisa Marie Martinez of Ennis, Benjamin Richter of Corsicana, Jason Richter of Ft. Smith, Colorado, Caleb Richter of Navarro, Danica Fosko of Dallas, Pennsylvania, Alex Dickerson of Dallas, Gabrielle Eppler of Dallas and Nicholas Eppler of Corsicana; six great grandchildren, and her three sisters, Marcia Gonzales of Round Rock, Esther Gonzalez of Roby, and Lucy Kelly of El Paso, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Marco Rangel officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Benjamin Richter, Jason Richter, Caleb Richter, Alex Dickerson, Nicholas Eppler, Patrick Dickerson and Jimmy Eppler. Honorary Pallbearer is Joe Palmeri.

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Kate (Chastine) Newman-Payne
1857 - Jun 16, 1928

MRS. KATE PAYNE DIED SATURDAY AND BURIED ON SUNDAY

Mrs. Kate Payne, aged about 76 years, died at her residence corner West Ninth avenue and South Thirteenth street. Saturday night at 11:30 o’clock and the remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The funeral services were conducted at the cemetery.

The deceased was the step-mother of Fred Newman. Surviving are one son and one step-son.

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Clara Lena (Newman) Witherspoon
May 31, 1861 - Jul. 12, 1928

FUNERAL SERVICES CORSICANA WOMAN SATURDAY MORNING

MRS. H. F. WITHERSPOON DIED WHILE ON VISIT TO SON IN SAN ANTONIO

The body of Mrs. H. F. Witherspoon, widow of the late Dr. H. F. Witherspoon, who died at the home of her son Thursday in San Antonio, will arrive in Corsicana early Saturday morning over the H. & T. C., and funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning from the family residence at 202 North Thirteenth street, with Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church conducting the services.

She is survived by two children, Mrs. W. R. Holsey of New Boston and H. Ford Witherspoon of San Antonio, and two brothers, Volney Newman of Corsicana and Leroy Newman of Powell.

Active pall-bearers will be C. L. Witherspoon, San Antonio; R. H. Witherspoon, Chatfield; Ralph A. Beaton, Dallas; T. W. Lovett; W. H. Hastings, William Pannill, Fort Worth; F. Carter Pannill, Dallas; and Norris W. Lovett.

Honorary pall-bearers are: Fred M. Allison, R. A. Beaton, Jr., Dallas; E. Y. Chambers, Dallas; C. L. Witherspoon, Jr., San Antonio; Dr. I. N. Suttle, George Baum, Ed Baum, Judge Hawkins Scarborough, Aaron Ferguson, El J. Gibson, George Campbell, Dr. T. A. Miller, W. G. Baker, Carlton Harrison, William Conner, J. P. Redden, Gid Thompson, W. A. Babb and A. A. Allison.

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PIONEER CORSICANA RESIDENT IS BURIED SATURDAY MORNING

MRS. H. F. WITHERSPOON DIED WHILE VISITING SON IN SAN ANTONIO

Funeral services for Mrs. H. F. Witherspoon, aged 64 years, who died in San Antonio, Thursday, were held Saturday morning at 10 o’clock from the family residence, 203 North Thirteenth street with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church. The body arrived in Corsicana at an early hour Saturday morning.

Surviving are two children, H. Ford Witherspoon, San Antonio; Mrs. W. R. Holsey, New Boston; two brothers, Volney Newman, Corsicana and Leroy Newman, Powell.

Active pallbearers were C. L. Witherspoon, San Antonio, R. H. Witherspoon, Chatfield; Ralph A. Beaton, Dallas; T. W. Lovett, W. H. Hastings, Norris W. Lovett, all of Corsicana; William Pannill, Fort Worth; F. Carter Pannill, Dallas.

Honorary pallbearers were, Fred M. Allison, R. A. Beaton, Jr., Dallas; E. Y. Chambers, Dallas; C. L. Witherspoon, Jr., San Antonio; Dr. I. N. Suttle, George F. Baum, Ed Baum, Judge Hawkins Scarborough, Aaron Ferguson, El J. Gibson, George Campbell, Dr. T. A. Miller, W. G. Baker, Carlton Harrison, William Conner, J. P. Redden, Gid Thompson, W. A. Babb and A. A. Allison.

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Maria Louise (Church) Witherspoon
May 1, 1900 - Mar. 16, 1960

Ex-Corsicanan Dies Thursday In San Antonio

Mrs. Ford Witherspoon died at her home in San Antonio Thursday.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Monday at 10 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

Mrs. Witherspoon is the former Miss Maria Church of Corsicana and was the daughter of Mrs. Louise Church Hervey, former Navarro county district clerk, who died recently in her home in Austin.

Surviving are a son, Billy Witherspoon, San Antonio; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Kelley, Austin, and other relatives.

San Antonio services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Pallbearers here will be F. H. Jones, Cap Allen, C. L. Witherspoon, Jr.; George Schlick, Archie Knowles and Dic Wendell

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San Antonio Woman Rites Slated Monday

Final rites for Mrs. Ford Witherspoon, who died Thursday at her home in San Antonio, will be held at 10 a. m. Monday from the McCammon chapel.

Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of Westminister Presbyterian church, will conduct. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Her survivors are a son, Billy Witherspoon, San Antonio; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Kelley, Austin, and other relatives.

San Antonio services were held at 11:30 a. m., Saturday.

Pallbearers in Corsicana will be F. H. Jones, Cap Allen, C. L. Witherspoon, Jr., George Schlick, Archie Knowles and Die Wendell.

Mrs. Witherspoon was a former Corsicana resident.

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Joseph William Minefee, Jr.
Dec. 1, 1927 - Mar. 19, 1984

"Junior" Minefee
Services for J .W. "Junior" Minefee, 58, of Rule, who died Monday afternoon when a truck apparently rolled over him at a water disposal site near here, were at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sweethome Baptist Church in Rule. The Rev. Paul Jackson, pastor and the Rev. J.R. Williams, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiated. Burial was at Rule Cemetery, directed by Pinkard-Stanford Funeral Home. Born Dec. 1, 1927, in Navarro, he married Betty Putman Sept. 27, 1947, in Frost. He moved to Rule from Corsicana in 1960. He was employed by Wilcox and Sons Oil Field Hauling. He was a deacon for Sweethome Baptist Chruch. A grandson preceded him in death in 1974. Survivors include his wife, a son, Joe of Rule, two daughters, Patty Spyres of Rule and Mrs. Barbara Stulir of Old Glory, a brother, James of Barry, three sisters, Mrs. Ray Nutt of Columbus, Mrs. Ralph Putman and Mrs. Earl Fullerton, both of Blooming Grove, his stepmother, Emily Minefee of Barry, and three grandchildren. Pallbearers were Ralph Torres, Danny Langford, Sid Smart, Terry Weaver, David McGhee, Bill Williams, Bryant Tidrow, and Watt Mitchell.

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  • h/o Betty Jo (Putman) Minefee-Briscoe; s/o Joseph William Minefee Sr & Emma Lee (Phillips) Minefee, both buried at Dresden Cemetery

Betty Jo (Putman) Minefee-Briscoe
Jun 11, 1932 - Mar 24, 2013

Betty Minefee Briscoe, 80, of Rule, Texas passed away March 24, 2013 at Anson General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Sweet Home Baptist Church in Rule, Texas with Rev. Scott Hensley officiating and burial in Rule Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
A visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Betty was born in Purdon, Texas on June 11, 1932 to Artie Newton and Hettie Lou Putman. She was married to the late Joseph William Minefee, Jr. for 36 years. She later married Bill Briscoe, having 20 years together.
She was a housewife and a member of Sweet Home Baptist Church in Rule.
She is survived by her husband Bill Briscoe of Rule; a son, Artie Joe Minefee and wife Valerie of Midland; two daughters, Barbara Stulir and husband Johny of Rule, and Patty Spyres and husband Earl of Idalou; a stepdaughter, Tina Threet and husband Terry of Rule; nine grandchildren; a sister, Doris Wheat and husband Walter of Abilene; a brother, Ralph Putman of Corsicana; and 22 nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Artie Newton and Hettie Lou Putman; husband Joseph William Minefee, Jr.; a grandson, Michael Brandon Stulir; four brothers, Chester Putman, Glendon Putman, Artie (Junior) Putman, and Donald Putman; and two sisters, Mildred Putman (infant), and Cordena Wood.

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  • w/o Joseph William Minefee Jr & (2) Bill Briscoe; d/o Artie Newton Putman Sr & Hettie Lou (Oden) Putman, both buried at Dresden Cemetery

Mary Sue (Vaught) Wright-Pugh
Feb 28, 1938 - Mar 10, 2015

Sue Wright Pugh, age 77 of Winnsboro, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 in Winnsboro. Sue was born in Corsicana to the late Cecil W. and Evelyn Sue Hollifield Vaught. She was an artist and had a custom framing shop at her home, she was also a member of First Baptist Church in Winnsboro, and the Winnsboro League of the Arts. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John A. Wright, Sr., second husband, James Pugh; and two brothers, Bennie D. Vaught, and Cecil Wayne Vaught. She is survived by her son, John A. Wright, Jr. and wife Shirley Ann of Scroggins; daughters, Suzanne Perry of Republic, Mo., Marla Cofer and husband Donny"Buster" of Winnsboro; two sisters, Esta Mae Howard of Kaufman, Wanda Knox of Lago Vista; five grandchildren, Melody Wright, Marcus Cofer, Ross Bassham, Nathan Perry, Rebecca Perry, and three great-grandchildren


Gertie Mae (Washburn) McCaslin
Feb 18, 1906 - Dec 16, 1928

Woman Died Sunday In Palestine; to Be Buried in Corsicana

Mrs. Gertie McCaslin, aged 22 years, wife of Pat McCaslin, died in Palestine, Sunday Afternoon at 3 o’clock and the body arrived here Monday morning at 2 o’clock. The funeral services will be held from the Methodist Protestant church, Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Washburn of Corsicana; six brothers, R. J. Washburn, Chandler, C. A., F. H., Dewey A., Julius and Miles Washburn, all of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. H. B. Bentley, Corsicana; Mrs. J. D. Burkholder, Corsicana; Mrs. Bertha Lofton, Ranger, and Miss Ellen Washburn, Corsicana.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. J. Parnell and Rev. Aram, Methodist Protestant ministers.

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Palestine Woman Brought Corsicana For Burial Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Gertie McCaslin, aged 22 year, wife of Pat McCaslin, were held from the Methodist Protestant church on South Eighteen street with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Mrs. McCaslin died in Palesting Sunday afternoon at three o’clock and the body arrived here Monday morning at 2 o’clock.

Surviving are her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Washburn of Corsicana; six brothers, R. J. Washburn, Chandler, C. A., F. H., Dewey A., Julius and Miles Washburn, all of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. H. B. Bentley, Corsicana; Mrs. J. D. Burkholder, Corsicana; Mrs. Bertha Lofton, Ranger, and Miss Ellen Washburn, Corsicana.

The services were conducted by Rev. M. J. Parnell, Methodist Protestant minister.

Sutherland Undertaking company in charge.

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Thad Matthew Golden
Dec 23, 1884 - Dec 2, 1928

FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY FOR FORMER CORSICANA RESIDENT

Thad M. Golden, aged 43 years and 11 months, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Sunday morning at 5 o’clock following an illness of several days. Funeral services conducted by Rev. George Konegay, were held at the home of his brother-in-law, T. B. Caton, 814 South Eighteenth and One-Half street, at 3:30 Monday afternoon with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Golden was born and raised in Navarro county, but moved to Port Arthur some 15 years age where he was employed by the Gulf Refining Company.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Cleve and Robert Shell of Port Arthur; his mother, Mrs. G. G. Golden, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Clarence Joyner, Mrs. T. R. Caton and Mrs. Margie Clarkston, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were John Smalling, Joe Smalling, Roy Soape, Nick Gries, Guy Collins, Jim Collins, Bud Holloway and J. D. Martin.

The Corsicana Funeral Parlor had charge of the funeral.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, December 3, 1928
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Idella Mae “Della” (Gossett) Golden-Whitmore buried in Park Lawndale Cemetery, Houston, Texas; s/o G. G. Golden & Roberta (Morehead) Golden

Bettie (Goza) Harlan
Jul 9, 1880 - Jun 13, 1928

RICHLAND WOMAN BURIED IN OAKWOOD CEMETERY THURS.

Funeral services for Mrs. W. S. Harlan, who died in a Temple hospital Wednesday following an operation were held from the family residence just north of Richland, Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Morrison, Methodist minister. The remains were brought to Corsicana where interment was made in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, two sons, W. G. and R. E. Harlan, three daughters, Elizabeth, Sammie, and Mary Harlan, all of Richland; father, D. A. Goza, four brothers, L. L. Goza, E. W. Goza, S. D. Goza and R. E. Goza, all of Houston, Miss.; two sisters, Miss Fairy Goza, Houston, Miss.; Mrs. J. W. Lewis, Ennis.

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Lee L. “Country” O’Daniel
Jan 25, 1880 - Dec 14, 1928

VICTIM OF KNIFE WOUNDS BURIED IN OAKWOOD MONDAY

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR LEE O’CANIEL HELD HERE MONDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Lee L. (Country) O’Daniel, aged 47 years, who died from knife wounds about midnight Friday shortly after he arrived at a hospital, were held from the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Jo O’Daniel, divorced wife of the deceased was arrested by City Officers, Seaton, Blair and Patterson and turned over to county officers who lodged her in the county jail. The three officers had answered a call to the residence of Mrs. O’Daniel on North Main street and were talking to the woman when O’Daniel was reported to have walked up and began talking. Before the officers were aware of what was going on, Mrs. O’Daniel had slashed her former husband, the jugular vein being severed on the left side of the neck, O’Daniel fell and was rushed to the hospital where he died a few minutes later.

Saturday morning a formal complaint for murder in connection with the fatal slashing of O’Daniel was filed in Judge Sam B. Jordan’s court against the woman and bond was set at $750, which was made Saturday morning. The case will likely be presented to the October term of the grand jury which reconvenes Tuesday morning.

A paring knife was used and the officers present stated that they were unaware that the knife was in the woman’s hand.

Mrs. O’Daniel was granted a divorce from her former husband on Feb. 4, 1928, and on Nov. 23, 1928, an injunction was granted against O’Daniel, prohibiting and restraining the defendant from trespassing or molesting the woman.

Mrs. O’Daniel refused to discuss the case Saturday morning upon the advice of her attorney.

Surviving O’Daniel are three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Bell, Barry; Mrs. Jack Crumbley, Corsicana; Mrs. Georgie Everett, Fort Worth; one son, Wayne O’Daniel, Luling and one brother, Will O’Daniel, Corsicana.

Mrs. O’Daniel and her divorced husband were married here in 1928. Both had been married before.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, December 17, 1928
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Ward) O’Daniel married Apr. 14, 1899 2nd wife Una (Tarrant) O’Daniel married May 30, 1917 buried in Chatfield cemetery 3rd wife Jo (unk) O’Daniel married 1928; s/o E. W. O’Daniel & Fannie (Hall) O’Daniel (Brother is William Henry O’Daniel)

Lula Magnolia (Wigley) Franks
Mar 6, 1873 - Dec 15, 1928

PIONEER CORSICANA WOMAN BURIED HERE SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Mrs. Luna Franks, aged 55 years, who died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Saturday night at 9:20 o’clock following an illness of several months, were conducted from the residence of Roy M. Layton, 614 South Fourteenth street, at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Hines, pastor of the Church of Christ. She was born in Mississippi but moved to Texas when a small child. Corsicana had been her home for fifty years.

Surviving are two sons, Christopher M. Franks, Corsicana; Herbert L. Franks, Breckenridge; five daughters, Mrs. Roy Layton, Corsicana; Mrs. O. K. Wilson, Mrs. N. C. Wilson and Mrs. W. W. Nowlin, all of Hamlin; Mrs. A. R. Carley, Fort Worth; three brothers, R. N. Wigley, Corsicana; Boss Wigley, Oklahoma, W. J. Wigley, Corsicana; one half brother, J. T. Parkinson, Dallas; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Pall bearers were: O. K. Wilson, N. C. Wilson, W. W. Nowlin, Roy W. Layton, R. E. Layton and L. O. Layton.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Corsicana Funeral Parlor.

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Guy Anderson Kennedy
Aug 3, 1886 - Dec 26, 1928

GUY KENNEDY DIES IN LOCAL HOSPITAL FUNERAL THURSDAY

Guy Kennedy, aged 41 years, cotton buyer with Smith & Nolen, and formerly secretary of the Corsicana baseball club, died at the Navarro County Hospital Wednesday afternoon at 2:10 o’clock after a lingering illness, and funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the residence, 2524 West Seventh avenue with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Sutherland Undertaking Company will have charge of the funeral.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. A. E. Kennedy, Corsicana; two brothers, Neal Kennedy, Teague, and Will Kennedy, Corsicana.

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CORSICANA COTTON MAN BURIED TODAY ILL SEVERAL WEEKS

Funeral services for Guy Kennedy, aged 41 years, cotton buyer of Smith and Nolen, and formerly secretary of the Corsicana Baseball club, who died at the Navarro county hospital Wednesday afternoon at 2:10 o’clock following a lingering illness, were conducted from the family home, 1524 West Seventh avenue, Thursday afternoon with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Sutherland Undertaking company had charge of the funeral.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. A. E. Kennedy, Corsicana; two brothers, Neal Kennedy, Teague and Will Kennedy, Corsicana.

The services were conducted by Rev. M. C. Cuthbertson of Dallas.

Pallbearers were John Walston, Ollie Poindexter, Cullen Dunn, Due Ransom, Sadie Ransom, and Harold Geppert, Teague.

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Thelma Ray Weeks
Jun 25, 1909 - Jul 5, 1928

Body Dallas Girl Be Buried Here

The body of Thelma Weeks, aged about 20 years, was scheduled to arrive here late Friday afternoon from Mt. Pleasant and interment will probably be made some time Saturday in Oakwood cemetery, Miss Weeks lived in Dallas and was in Mt. Pleasant on a visit.

According to information received here Friday. Miss Weeks died from injuries received Thursday night when a swing on which she was swinging broke at a carnival at Mt. Pleasant.

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DALLAS GIRL WAS BURIED HERE; DIES ACCIDENTAL INJURY

Funeral services for Miss Thelma Ray Weeks, aged 19 years, of Dallas, who died in Mt. Pleasant Thursday night, were held from the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams pastor of the First Baptist church.

Miss Weeks was on a visit at Mt. Pleasant and one of the swings at a carnival there broke. She died two hours later with a crushed chest. The body arrived in Corsicana on the Cotton Belt westbound passenger train.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Flora Hagler, who resides three miles west of Corsicana; one brother, Luther Weeks, West Columbia; four sisters, Mrs. Mamie Crawford, Dallas; Mrs. John Mayse, Brady; Mrs. Lancy Carpenter, West Columbia; and Mrs. Luther Haygood, who resides three miles west of Corsicana.

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Former Dallas Student.
DALLAS, July 7.—(AP)—Miss Thelma Ray Weeks, 19, who was fatally injured when she fell from a riding device at a carnival in Mount Pleasant Thursday, will be buried today at Corsicana. She was a former student at Bryan high school there.

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B. J. Shaw
abt 1853 - May 30, 1928

B. J. SHAW DIED IN HOUSTON AFTER WEEKS OF ILLNESS

EXPECTED REMAINS WILL BE BROUGHT TO CORSICANA FOR INTERMENT

B. J. Shaw, aged 75 years, retired employee of the Southern Pacific railroad, long time resident of Corsicana, died in Houston Wednesday night at 7 o’clock in the
Southern Pacific hospital following an illness of about two months. Funeral arrangements had not been perfected Friday morning pending the arrival of his son, Louis Shaw of Chicago, in Houston late Friday. It is expected that the body will be brought to Corsicana for interment although nothing definite has been decided.

He was retired from the railroad several years ago.

Surviving are one son, two sisters, a niece, Mrs. Mary Quirk, resides here.

When he was retired several years ago, he had served as flagman at the H. & T. C. Crossings in Corsicana for twenty-three years and had been connected with the railroad forty-eight years.

He began his service with the railroad in 1876, serving as fireman, brakeman, clerk and flagman. He lost his left arm while a brakeman in 1879. He came to Corsicana from Fort Worth in 1901.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR B. J. SHAW WERE HELD HERE MONDAY

Funeral services for B. J. Shaw, aged 75 years, resident of Corsicana for many years, who died in the Southern Pacific hospital at Houston Wednesday night following an illness of several months, were held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Southerland Undertaking parlors with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian church.

The body arrived in Corsicana at an early hour Sunday morning.

For many years Mr. Shaw was flagman for the railroad crossings in Corsicana and was retired from active service about five years ago. Prior to moving to Corsicana in 1901, he resided in Fort Worth.

One son, Louis J. Shaw, of Chicago, and other relatives survive.

Pallbearers were Will Jefferies, Gus Young, R. E. Schoepps, M. D., L. Bunch, E. O. Vaughn and P. A. Caldwell.

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Helen Florine (Utterback) Evetts
Dec 30, 1888 - Jun 4, 1928

MRS. FLORINE EVETTS DIED MONDAY; BURIAL IN OAKWOOD TUESDAY

SERVICES WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE REV. PAUL J. MERRILL

Mrs. Florine Evetts, aged 39 years , wife of J. H. Evetts, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic at 1:10 o’clock, Monday morning following an illness of ten days, and the funeral services will be conducted from the family home, 2021 West Fourth avenue, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian church of which Mrs. Evetts had been a member for many years.

Surviving are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. D. H. Jones and Misses Virginia and Vivian Evetts all of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Rosa Utterback, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Johnson, Brownwood, and Ms. M. McMoy, Richards.

Mrs. Evetts was born in Oakton, Kentucky, but came to Texas with her parents when she was one year old. The family has resided in Corsicana for fifteen years. She joined the Christian church when thirteen years old and had been a member of the First Christian church here since moving to Corsicana.

Active pallbearers will be Will Brown, E. O. Vaughn, George Baum, W. J. Rochelle, R. E. Schoepps, C. H. DeLafosse, Dr. O. L. Smith and N. C. Pinkston.

Honorary pallbearers will be J. C. Calloway, Crockett, Texas; Dennis Waller, Trinity, Texas; Dr. L. E. Kelton, Corsicana; Dr. W. T. Shell, Corsicana; W. R. Munn, El Paso; W. C. McCormick, New Orleans; B. S. Holloman, Ennis; J. M. Lawrence, Bryan; R. A. Harrison, Bryan; T. G. Beard, Houston; Dr. Carl Barnes, Houston; C. A. Bevis, Memphis, Tenn.; C. T. Colett, Chicago; N. L. Rankin, Dallas; C. S. Elliott, Fort Worth; Wade Cunningham, Waco; R. H. Carmichael, Houston; S. G. Reed, Houston; J. F. Sullivan, Houston; C. P. Kennedy, Galveston; Willis J. Carter, Harlingen; W. D. Nolen, Corsicana; R. P. Bates, Corsicana; J. A. Sowell, Corsicana; W. R. Smith, Austin; and all members of the Corsicana Lions Club.

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FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. FLORINE EVETTS TUESDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Mrs. Florine Evetts, aged 30 years, wife of J. H. Evetts, were held from the family residence, 2021 West Fourth avenue, Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of the First Christian church of which Mrs. Evetts had been a member since moving to Corsicana fifteen years ago. Mrs. Evetts died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Monday morning at 1:10 o’clock following an illness of ten days.

Mrs. Evetts was born in Oakton, Ky., but came to Texas when one year of age. She joined the Christian church when thirteen years of age.

Surviving are her husband, three daughters, Mrs. D. H. Jones and Misses Virginia and Vivian Evetts all of Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Rosa Utterback, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Johnson, Brownwood, and Ms. M. McMoy, Richards, Texas and other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be Will Brown, E. O. Vaughn, George Baum, W. J. Rochelle, R. E. Schoepps, C. H. DeLafosse, Dr. O. L. Smith and N. C. Pinkston.

Honorary pallbearers will be J. C. Calloway, Crockett, Texas; Dennis Waller, Trinity, Texas; Dr. L. E. Kelton, Corsicana; Dr. W. T. Shell, Corsicana; W. R. Munn, El Paso; W. C. McCormick, New Orleans; B. S. Holloman, Ennis; J. M. Lawrence, Bryan; R. A. Harrison, Bryan; T. G. Beard, Houston; Dr. Carl Barnes, Houston; C. A. Bevis, Memphis, Tenn.; C. T. Colett, Chicago; N. L. Rankin, Dallas; C. S. Elliott, Fort Worth; Wade Cunningham, Waco; R. H. Carmichael, Houston; S. G. Reed, Houston; J. F. Sullivan, Houston; C. P. Kennedy, Galveston; Willis J. Carter, Harlingen; W. D. Nolen, Corsicana; R. P. Bates, Corsicana; J. A. Sowell, Corsicana; W. R. Smith, Austin; and all members of the Corsicana Lions Club.

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John Henry Evetts
Mar 15, 1879 - Aug 17, 1947

J. H. EVETTS RITES MONDAY AFTERNOON, FORMER CORSICANAN

J. H. Evetts, aged 68 years, formerly of Corsicana, died in the Southern Pacific Lines hospital in Houston Sunday morning.

Funeral services were held from the First Christian church here Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Dr. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the First Baptist church conducted the rites.

Evetts was passenger and freight agent for the Southern Pacific Lines here for a number of years before his transfer to a similar position with the railroad in Austin where he resided at the time of his death. He entered the employ of the company when 18 years of age and lacked only a few months completing a half century with the railroad. Evetts was prominent in civic and business circles while a Corsicana resident and was a member of the Lions Club.

Surviving are his wife of Austin; three daughters, Mrs. S. W. Allen, Corsicana; Mrs. L. D. Ekman and Mrs. J. A. Spears, both of Bowie, and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were O. L. Olsen, Mr. Rogers, William Bethel, Homer Thornhill, Dr. Henry Harrison and Sam Harrison.

Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 18, 1947
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Helen Florine (Utterback) Evetts 2nd wife unknown s/o Samuel Givens Evetts & Martha Ann (Spencer) Evetts

John Templeton Yarborough
May 15, 1931 - May 15, 1931

John Templeton Yarborough, born May 15, 1931, went to be with the Lord on April 9, 2013.John was born in Emhouse , Texas and lived out his life in California and Texas.After serving in the Army Air Corp, John spent 65 years designing and building gates and fences as the owner of Guaranty Fence Company. John's primary passion in life was to glorify God through helping and serving the needs of others. John has been behind the scene countless times helping others with everything from providing clothes on their back to a roof over their head. John loved his family and his friends, and loved his church. John was a Deacon Emeritus at Fellowship Church in Liberty Hill. John is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane. He also leaves behind his children, Donna, Margaret, Gail, Mary Lou, Melinda, Wade, Lana, and Rebecca, and his siblings Jesse and Anna and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank all those who provided countless acts of service during John's illness, especially the hospice services provided by The Lighthouse in Round Rock. Visitation will be Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Cook Walden Capital Park from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and a celebration of life will be held at the same location on April 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

Notes:

  • Austin American Statesman - Apr 12, 2013

Helen M. (Templeton) McKinzie
Nov 28, 1926 - Jul 6, 2009

Deceased Name: Helen M. Templeton | McKinzieHide Details
Austin American-Statesman (TX) - July 9, 2009
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Helen M. Templeton McKinzie, 82, died July 6, 2009, in Austin. She had been living in Brownwood since 1994 with husband Malcolm McKinzie, who passed away in 2006. Helen and Mac lived in Austin from 1965 to 1994.

Born November 28, 1926 in Hall, Texas, to Myrtle and David Templeton, Helen grew up in Hall and Early, Texas. Her father owned Helpy-Selfy Feed and Seed on the square in Brownwood.

She is survived by one brother, Garth Templeton, of Chicago; three children, Elizabeth Hunt and Gloria Hunt, both of Austin, and Philip Hunt, MD, of Nashville, Tenn.; and two stepdaughters, Sharron Maple and Theresa Stevens, both of Houston.

She is also survived by five grandchildren: Katie Brock of Austin; Walt Brock of Mart, Texas; Zach Hunt, Benjamin Hunt and Eli Hunt, all of Nashville, Tenn.; two step-grandchildren, Amanda Maple and Carrie Maple of Houston; and three great-grandchildren, Lilly Hunt and Isabelle Hunt of Nashville, Tenn., and Barrett Brock of Mart, Texas.

A special thank you to all of Helen's nieces and nephews who provided her with love and support over the years. She will be greatly missed, and as Zach Hunt said, "My love for Meme will only grow."

Visitation has been planned for this evening, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Davis- Morris Funeral Home, 800 Center Avenue, Brownwood. Funeral service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at First Christian Church, 2411 Coggin Avenue, Brownwood. Burial will follow at Zephyr Cemetery in Zephyr, Texas.

Sam Wells and Hattie Lee Crane Montgomery

Sam Wells and Hattie Lee Crane Montgomery, devoted parents and family members, passed away peacefully in San Antonio, Texas on July 7, 2009. Sam Wells and Hattie Lee were united in marriage on Christmas Day 1938, and have been happily married for 70 years.

Hattie Lee was born on June 12, 1918 and attended school in Dallas. Sam Wells was born on March 23, 1917 in Emhouse Texas and also attended school in Dallas. They were high school sweethearts.

Hattie Lee and Sam Wells moved to Austin in 1938 where they became members of First Baptist Church. Sam Wells became a Deacon, and Hattie Lee was a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the choir and Women's Missionary Group. They were members of the church for more than 65 years.

Sam Wells retired as an administrator after 43 years from the Texas Employment Commission now called Texas Workforce Commission. He was an advisor to various public officials including Governor Connelly. He was also an officer of the Sons of the Revolution. Hattie Lee worked as a secretary for more than 30 years with the I.R.S. before her retirement.

The couple loved to travel especially to Colorado, Canada, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and many other places where they spent time taking pictures, fishing and enjoying nature. Sam Wells would paint landscapes from the pictures he took on their trips. He also enjoyed gardening and sharing stories of his childhood on the farm. Hattie Lee enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family.

Sam Wells and Hattie Lee are survived by their only son, Thomas W. Montgomery, his wife, Delina; five granddaughters, Laurel, Nicole, Paige, Heather, and Hattie; eleven great-grandchildren; Delina's children, Isabella, Christian and Dominic; Sam's sister Margaret Kulik, her husband, Steve and their children Steven and Ann; Sam Wells' sister-in-law, Theresa Montgomery and her family; Sam Wells' niece, Angelique; Hattie Lee's niece, Phyllis Ann Wedgeworth and nephew, David Crane.

They are preceded in death by their parents, brothers and other family members.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Cook-Walden Funeral Home on Thursday, July 9, 2009. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., at the funeral home, on Friday, July 10, 2009. Interment to follow at Austin Memorial Park.

Notes:

  • Austin American-Statesman - Jul 9, 2009

Eustace R. Gordon
Mar 30, 1896 - Apr 12, 1997

REV. E. R. GORDON

Rev. Eustace R. Gordon was born March 30, 1896, in Emhouse , Texas, near Corsicana in Navarro County. He died peacefully on April 12, 1997, at 101 years of age. For many years he had been honored as the oldest minister in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Brother Gordon was the son of Ida Harrel Gordon and James David Gordon, a farmer and local Methodist Protestant preacher. He was the grandson of James Anderson Gordon, also a local Methodist preacher.

Eustace had four brothers and three sisters. His only surviving sibling is his brother, James Preston Gordon, of Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife, Bee Berry Gordon, and his step-daughter, Julene Berry of Austin; his daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and W.K. Frey, of Austin; two grandsons, Wayde K. Frey, Jr. of Austin, and Gordon Frey and wife Sarah Daily Frey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three great-granddaughters, Leesa Freeman and husband Jason of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Leslie and Libby Frey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two step-grandsons, Coy Berry III of Austin, and James Berry and wife Michelle of Omaha, Nebraska; one step-great-granddaughter, Jordan Berry; and one great-great-granddaughter, Meagan Freeman. He had many nieces and nephews and other family members and a host of friends.

Mr. Gordon received his theological training at Southwestern and Vanderbilt Universities. He was admitted into the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1923. In that Conference he served churches in Thrall, Oenaville, Big Hill, Ben Hur, Eddy, Meridian, Weatherford Street Methodist in Ft. Worth, Itasca, Comanche, Highland Park in Ft. Worth, Mexia, Ballinger, Graham and River Oaks in Ft. Worth during a 40 year active ministry.

After retiring in 1963, Brother Gordon pastored Colleyville and other churches near Ft. Worth until he became Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Ft. Worth for eight years.

In 1976 Eustace and his wife, Jennie Barnes Gordon, moved to Austin and became active in University United Methodist Church until her death in 1987.

A Memorial service for Rev. Gordon will be held at 1:00 o'clock on Tuesday, April 15, 1997, at University United Methodist Church. There will be a graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery in Ft. Worth, on Wednesday, April 16, 1997, at 2:00 o'clock.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the administration and staff of the Hill Country Care Nursing Center in Dripping Springs for their efficient and loving care of Mr. Gordon and his family during the last four months of his live.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Parents Association for the Retarded of Texas, P.O. Box 8733, Austin, Texas 78766. Mr. Gordon was a member of that Association; or to the University United Methodist Church of Austin.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, 452-8811.

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  • Austin American-Statesman - Jul 9, 2009

Gladys Thelma (Lattimore) Adrian
May 30, 1908 - Jul 11, 1998

Deceased Name: GLADYS THELMA LATTIMORE ADRIAN

Gladys Thelma Lattimore Adrian, of Longview, died July 11, 1998, in Austin, Texas. She was born on May 30, 1908, in Frost, Texas , to James Allen and Belle Sherman Lattimore, and was 90 years old at her death.

She also lived in Beaumont, and Jacksonville, Texas. After working as a secretary in Dallas, Texas, she married Eugene Adrian in 1931, and moved to Houston, Texas. They moved to Longview in 1964, where they were members of Winterfield, and later Summerfield Methodist Churches.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Gene, in 1993.

She is survived by daughter, Marilyn Lowke, and husband, Richard, of Austin, Texas; and son, Jim Adrian, and wife, Chellie, of Houston, Texas. Her grandchildren include Reverend Rob Adrian, and wife, Kris; Mark Adrian, and wife, Amy; Michael Adrian, and wife, Shannon; Adrienne Lowke Stoinoff, and husband, Ted; and Kyle Lowke and wife, Jeanne. Gladys also had four great-grandchildren; Hannah Adrian, James Adrian, Jeremy Adrian and Brook Lowke.

A memorial service will he held on August 22, 1998, at Summerfield Methodist Church, in Longview, Texas. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Summerfield Methodist Church, P. O. Box 65, Judson, Texas 75660; or the Memorial Fund of Atascocita Presbyterian Church, 19426 Atasca Oaks Dr., Humble, Texas 77346; or Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Rd., Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759.

Thanks be to God for her life!

Arrangements by Harrell Funeral Home in Austin, 443-1366.

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  • Austin American-Statesman (TX) - July 14, 1998
  • Edition: FinalSection: Metro/StatePage: B4

Dale Ray Paul Moe
Apr 19, 1943 - Apr 3, 2017

Dale Ray Paul Moe passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was born April 19, 1943 in Fargo, North Dakota. Dale attended Holy Spirit Elementary School and Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota. He graduated in 1966 from Northern Arizona State University at Flagstaff Arizona with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Police Science. Dale was in the United States Army, 501st M.P. Company, 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood from 1966-1968. Dale graduated with a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 1972 where he was a graduate assistant in the Criminal Justice Department and had a paper on Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure published as an authority in that area.
Dale Married Barbara Stallings from Temple May 31, 1970, and they moved to Corsicana in 1971 where Dale joined the Navarro Junior College faculty where he was a teacher and administrator from 1971 to 1986. Dale was hired to begin a law enforcement department for the College. He recruited students from police departments in Corsicana and surrounding cities. As students graduated from Navarro, he encouraged and assisted them in pursuing their B.S. degrees at Baylor and other universities. At the request of the Corsicana Police Department and others, through Navarro, Dale started the Corsicana Police Academy which assisted in training and developing new police prospects and continues to serve the community to this date.
In 1986 Dale began a property management company consisting of apartment complexes and houses which he continued to operate until the present. He was a member and director of the Corsicana Apartment Association for more than 20 years.
Among his family and friends Dale was well known for his "war" stories and favorite quotes. He would say "give the world the best you have and the best will come back to you." Also, "you have to make your own luck." He firmly believed that anyone could succeed if he or she worked hard enough and "played the game."
Dale is survived by his wife, Barbara Moe; daughter, Michelle Braun and her husband Ed Braun, and son, Michael Moe; grandchildren, Simon Moe and Lana Gober; brother, Harry Moe of Minneapolis, Minnesota and sister, Joy O'Hearn of Seattle, Washington; mother-in-law, Minnie Mae Stallings; sister-in-law Marijean Pernice and husband Gary Pernice of Marietta, Georgia; and many nephews, nieces and cousins; along with his beloved cats. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry M. Moe and Irene Lavoie Moe; his brother, Donal Moe; and his father-in-law, Ray Stallings.
The family appreciates the kindness and thoughtfulness of the Corsicana Fire Department/EMS, doctors and staff of Navarro Regional Hospital, Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Oncology of Texas and a special thanks to Hand-in-Hand Hospice staff of Corsicana, Perry Orr, Shelia Lawson and Beverly Baisy.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate your donations to the James L. Collins Catholic School scholarship fund, attention Vicky Morrison, Principal.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Dustin Alan Burleson
Dec 11, 1981 - Nov 19, 1997

Dustin Alan Burleson, 15, of Emmett, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997, in Frost.

Services are 3 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Kyle Reese officiating. Burial will follow in Dresden cemetery.

Dustin was born in Waco on Dec. 11, 1981.

Dustin is survived by his parents, Randall and Brenda Burleson of Emmett; brother and sister Steve and Sharon Burleson of Mertens; grandparents A. D. and Eva Burleson of Barry and Billie Minze of Emmett; uncles, Billy and Garland Burleson of Barry; uncle and aunt, Jackie and Sherry Minze of Longview; niece and nephew, Elizabeth and Joshua Burleson of Mertens; cousin, Michelle Minze of Longview and a host of friends from Frost I. S. D. and Mertens Church. Dustin was loved by all who knew him.

Dustin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jack Minze.

Memorials may be made to Mertens Baptist Church or Frost I. S. D.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Robert Mark "Mark" Galloway
Dec 28, 1949 - June 23, 2017

Robert "Mark" Galloway was born Dec 28, 1949 in Corsicana, Texas and passed away peacefully surrounded by family on June 23, 2017. Son of Albert and Katherine Galloway, Mark grew up in Corsicana and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and graduated Corsicana High School in 1968. He obtained a bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated law school at Southern Methodist University. Mark practiced law in Corsicana and Dallas, then transitioned into the oil and gas industry as an attorney/landman for 33 years. Mark worked for Sun Oil, Oryx Energy, Kerr-McGee, Anadarko, and Exco Energy where he retired in 2014.
In 1982, Mark married Diane McMullan at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. They had three sons and lived in Plano, The Woodlands and Prosper, Texas. Mark served as little league coach, Sunday school teacher, usher and volunteer at Bethlehem Place. He was a man of deep faith, who loved spending times with his sons as they grew up playing sports, as well as Indian Guides. In retirement, he was active in "Monday School", a weekly men's Bible study. He was a lifetime football, baseball and oldies fan.
Mark is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Katherine Galloway; and sister, Kay Allen. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Diane Galloway; son and his wife, Steven and Sara Galloway of San Diego, California; sons Jeff Galloway of Denver, Colorado; and Drew Galloway of College Station, Texas; as well as nieces Lisa Chambless of Flint, Texas; and Shelly Peterson of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, Texas with Sr. Pastor Jason McConnell officiating. Celebration of life will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Prosper United Methodist Church with Sr. Pastor Jason McConnell officiating.
The family wishes to thank the kidney cancer team at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the ICU team at Baylor Scott & White McKinney for their excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prosper United Methodist Church, P.O Box 206, Prosper, Texas 75078 or Bethlehem Place at bethlehemplace.org.

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Jane (George) Dunn-Taylor
May 18, 1926 - June 25, 2017
 
Jane was born May 18, 1926 in Blooming Grove to Cary Derward George and Mattie Sue Harris George and passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017. She was a 1942 graduate of Corsicana High School, and went on to obtain a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Texas Woman's University and a Master's Degree in History from Baylor University.
Jane taught for 23 years in the Corsicana schools and at Navarro College. She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Navarro County Genealogical Society. Over the years she was past Regent of James Blair Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority.
Travel was a lifelong passion of hers. Just about anywhere you could want to go, she had been. Be it trips with friends, grandchildren, or the Traveling Aggies, she always looked forward to her next adventure.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Cullen W. Dunn; her second husband, John F. Taylor; her parents; her son, Frank Wood Dunn and wife, Susie; and two sisters, Martha George Beard and Bobby Jo Dyar.
She is survived by her son, Robert C. Dunn and wife, Carol; step-daughter, Amie Taylor Laskowski and husband, Mark; step-son, John F. Taylor, Jr., and wife, Belinda; 10 grandchildren: Carrie Dunn Kindle; Elizabeth Dunn Talley and husband, Eric; Lawson Dunn and wife, Shannon; Peyton Dunn and wife, Carrie; Lowell Olsen Dunn; Melissa Dunn Smith and husband, Rusty; Margaret Edling Krulikas; Andrew Edling; John Edling; and Jackson Taylor; 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as many other family and friends.
A time of visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church with a Funeral Service to follow at 2 p.m. with Pastor John Blewitt officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
The Family request that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Mabel Mabry Scholarship Fund, in care of Navarro College Scholarship Department, 3200 W. Seventh Avenue, Corsicana, Texas. Jane managed this scholarship for over 30 years for the benefit of aspiring teachers.
A special thanks goes to Cora Jefferson and the other special ladies that have provided such excellent care for her.
Corley Funeral Home

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Martha Leona (Dechaume) Atkinson
Jul 9, 1958 - Jul 30, 2018

Martha Leona Atkinson, 72, of Purdon, passed away at Baylor Medical Center Dallas on Monday, July 30, 2018. Burial will be at New Pursley Cemetery.

Martha was born in Powell, Texas, to the late Frank and Leona Dechaume on July 9, 1946. Growing up on a farm, Martha was endearingly known as a "country girl" by the ones she loved. On July 14, 1970, she married Glenn Atkinson. She spent her remaining years as a homemaker and a loving wife.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenn Atkinson on November 28, 1989.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Jackey Spurlin; granddaughters, Angel Gannon and Destaney "Dee Dee" Weaver, and great-grandchildren: Brileigh, Brayden, Elena, Delilah, Siyah, Desirae, Marcus, and Samantha; other relatives and many friends.


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