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Leota (Cook) Pease-White
Oct 8, 1916 - Dec 29, 2016

Leota Pease White, 100, of Celina formerly of Kerens, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Celina. She was born Oct. 8, 1916 in Erath County to Thomas Madison Cook and Lina Pearl Lloyd Cook.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at Paschal Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Bro. David LeFlore will officiate and burial will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.
Mrs. White is survived by two sons, Thomas Pease and wife Mary Ann of Blooming Grove and Harry Pease and wife Linda of Celina; 3 step daughters, Mary Smith of Houston, Pam Schlauch of Center Morishes, New York and Debbie Evans of Cornwell, New York; 4 grandchildren, Thomas Pease, Jr., Donna Barker, Trey Pease and Amy Minnix; 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Gilbreath of Big Springs and Winnie Mortimer of Ft. Mohave, Arizona; brother-in-law, Gene Gilbreath of Dublin, Tx.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, C. W. "Pappy" Pease, second husband, Willard White; 3 brothers, Martin Cook, Walter Cook and Billy Cook; 2 sisters, Irene Pillow and Maxine Gilbreath.
Arrangements made by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Kenna (Watson) Beck
Aug 31, 1923 - Jan 11, 2017

Kenna Beck lived a full life that was devoted to the Lord, to her family, and to community service. Born Aug. 31, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of George Jeffrey and Dorothy Marion Mussell Watson, Beck died on Jan. 11, 2017 at Twilight Nursing Home of heart failure. She spent her childhood in Brooklyn, Long Island, and Mount Kisco. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1945 with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. She married John Keitt Beck, Sr., on April 25, 1959.
Prior to her marriage Beck worked around the United States as an occupational therapist and as a teacher of occupational therapy at the New York City Hospital System, at Bellevue Hospital, at Trenton State Hospital, at Scottish Rite Hospital, at the University of Southern California, at Warm Springs, at Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women's University), at Parkland Hospital, at Duke Hospital (now Duke University Medical Center) and at the University of Pennsylvania.
After she married, she worked on the family ranch in the cattle dog business, and was a housewife. Kenna and John enjoyed many adventures together. She worked as a petroleum landman and volunteered in Democratic Party politics. She served as the precinct chair in Kerens for 20 years. She played a leadership role in the efforts that brought a library to Kerens in the early 1990s. She joined the Kerens Presbyterian Church when she moved to Kerens, and she served that congregation as a Deacon, an Elder, and a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Pioneer Literary Club. She was responsible for securing a historical marker for the Kerens Presbyterian Church. She also volunteered on issues pertaining to mental health and mental retardation.
Kenna had two children, Dr. Nancy Clyde Beck Young and Dr. John Keitt Beck Jr. Nancy is married to Dr. Mark E. Young, and they live in Houston with their son, Thomas Eldon Young. John Keitt is married to Dr. Shari Beck, and they live in Corsicana with their children, John Keitt Beck III, Rudy Andrew Beck, and Sarah Ann Beck. She is also survived by six nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at Paschal Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at the Kerens Presbyterian Church. Rev. Kathy Sims Collier will officiate with burial to follow in the Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers are A.L. Atkeisson, Bobby Henderson, Chad Clemente, Michael Zwernemann, Brett Latta, Henry Lindsey, and Randy Tolliver. Honorary pallbearers are John Keitt Beck III, Rudy Andrew Beck, Thomas Eldon Young, and Sarah Ann Beck.

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Billie Jean (Tyroch) Reeder
Dec 21, 1937 - Feb 6, 2017
 
Billie Jean Reeder, 79, of Corpus Christi and formerly of Corsicana passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at her daughter's residence in Corpus Christi. She was born on Dec. 21, 1937 in Buck Holts to William Tyroch and Bertha Schwinger Tyroch.
She was an active part of the VFW Post 3366 in Corsicana for many years. She enjoyed ministering to others through her cooking, baking, and craft making. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church while she lived here, and later become a member of Annaville Baptist Church in Corpus Christi.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Reeder; grandson, Dayly Bryan Gee and brothers, Thomas Turner and Terry Tyroch.
She is survived by her sons, Denis Gee and wife Susan and Stanley Gee; daughters, Jenean Howarth and Patricia Smith and husband Richard; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; sisters, Frances Zipprian and Maxine Agnew; her beloved four legged companion "Sissy" and extended family members from the Reeder family.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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Billy Charles Lewis, Sr.
Sep 20, 1928 - Feb 8, 2017
 
Billy Charles Lewis, Sr., 88 of Silver City went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. He was born in Powell Sept. 20, 1928. In his prime, Billy toured nationally as a square dance caller. In his later years, he played the fiddle at The Senior Activity Center and at other venues with his fellow musicians in the area.
Billy experienced combat in World War II, serving in the United States Merchant Marines in the North Atlantic. He retired upon 30 years of service at Southwestern Bell Telephone as a Technician. In 1981, he developed the "Lazy L" RV Park on State Highway 31 in Silver City. The RV Park hosted Bluegrass Festivals as well as the Square Dance Hall of Fame.
Billy loved to hook up to the Air Stream and American upon the open road. Rockport was the favorite fishing destination.
Serving others was Billy's true calling. He led The Navarro County Republican Party and served on the Dawson ISD School Board of Directors. Billy achieved and served as a Master Mason and as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite.
Preceding Billy from this life were his parents Ottis and Sybil Lewis, first wife Mary Lewis and siblings Charlotte Tannehill, Buddy Lewis and Roy Lewis. His (honorary) uncle, Frank Clause preceded him also.
He is survived by his wife, Joanna; son, Billy Lewis, Jr. (Butch) and wife Wanda of Dawson; brother-in-law Paul Tannehill of Corsicana, daughter Becky Fincher and husband Teddy of Corsicana; son David Lewis and wife, Sharen and sons, John and Brayden of Silver City; son Loren White and wife, Cynthia and son, Taylor and daughter, Haley of Dallas; daughter Lynda Lehn and husband, Bob and son, Justin of Dallas, and son, Stephen and wife, Michelle and daughter Catherine, of Frisco. A number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive Billy, all with happy memories.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at Corley Funeral Home. A celebration of Billy's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11th at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Alexander officiating. Interment will follow in Corsicana at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Mike Lewis, Justin Lewis, Kelly Daviss, John Arnold, C.W. Fincher, Justin Lehn, Taylor White, and Stephen Lehn. Honorary Pallbearers are Billy's fellow musicians.

"Bye-Bons!" -Papa

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Mary Madeline (Hadley) Lewis & Joanna (Stephens) Lewis; s/o Charles Ottis Lewis and Sybil (Brown) Lewis

Robert Neil Holloway
Sep 2, 1941 - Feb 11, 2017

Robert Neil Holloway, 75, of Mansfield passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. He was a 1959 graduate of Corsicana High School.
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday Feb. 20, 2017 at BarCross Cowboy Church in Alvarado.

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Brenda Sue (Schultz) Bearden
Mar 17, 1944 - Feb 13, 2017
 
Brenda Sue Bearden, 72, of Purdon passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. She was born March 17, 1944 in Malakoff to John Dee Schultz and Margie Faye Musick Schultz.
She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend to anyone she met. She loved when all the family got together especially before her mother passed. She loved Christmas time and always put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving. She made sure that everything was decorated and everybody had plenty of gifts. She put everyone else first. Even though she had lots of struggles she always made you laugh with a joke, smile or her sweet voice. She was one of a kind.
She was preceded in death by her grandsons, Ryan and Reid Ivie; parents, and sister, Paulette Hobbs.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry Bearden of Purdon; sons, Brian Tarkington of Purdon, Brad Tarkington and wife Linsey of Arlington, Caleb Ivie of Purdon, and Michael Bearden of Purdon; daughter, Christy Fleming of Odessa; granddaughter, Brianna Tarkington of Terrell; grandsons, Aaron Tarkington of Blooming Grove, Reese Tarkington of Blooming Grove, and Hayden Ivie of Corsicana; brothers, Jerrell Schultz and wife Barbara of Kerens, Johnny Schultz of Purdon, and David Schultz and wife Liz of Garland; sisters, Glenda Brown and husband James of Corsicana; brother-in-law, Billy Hobbs of Corsicana along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Thom "Bubba" Layfield officiating.

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Gwendolyn Sue (Martin) Moreau
Jan 20, 1960 - Feb 18, 2017

Gwendolyn Sue Moreau, 57, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at her residence. She was born Jan. 20, 1960 in Andrews to Robert Lee Martin and Thelma Jean Hyrum Martin. Sue has been employed at Cason's Flowers for 36 years. She was a 1978 graduate of Corsicana High School, and enjoyed scrap booking and classic cars.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee Martin and Thelma Martin.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Moreau; son, Tony Moreau and wife Jennifer; grandchildren, Kylee and Jackson Moreau; two sisters, Kathy Spade and Jean Sanders.
Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Mike Howell officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Linda Carol (Adams) Ham
Sep 3, 1946 - Feb 27, 2017
 
Mrs. Linda Carol Ham age 70 of Corsicana went home to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. She was born Sept. 3, 1946 in Hayward, California to Charles and Loleta Adams.
Linda was a loving wife and adoring mother, grandmother and friend to many. She was called into the ministry at the young age of eight years old singing and playing the piano. She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and played the piano by ear.
Linda continued serving the Lord all her life, ministering with her loving husband Rev. Richard Ham. Together throughout their 37 years of marriage they pastored Evangel Temple and Abundant Life churches in Corsicana. After many years serving as traveling ministers, Linda served as president of the Womens Ministry of Texas in the late 1980's through the early 1990's where she led many womens retreats and seminaries.
Linda is survived by her husband, Rev. Richard Ham; her children Terry Jacobs and wife Kimberly, Paul Jacobs and Regina Jacobs,
Son, Ron Ham and wife Susan; grandchildren Whitney Jacobs, Stoney Jacobs, Christopher Ham, Makayla Ham, Krista Farris and Monica Williams; brothers, Bill Adams and Don Adams; sisters, Barbara Doyle and Sandra Morris.
A memorial Celebration is planned for 1 p.m. March 4,2017 at Trinity Assembly of God located on Hwy 31 and Corbet Road in Corsicana with Rev. James Williams, Officiating.
The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the WINGS Ministry at Trinity Assembly of God in Corsicana. The mailing address is P O BOX 2316 Corsicana, Texas 75151.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary

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Bernice Christine (Carley) Huls
Apr 29, 1935 - Feb 16, 2017
 
Bernice Huls, 81, of Fairfield passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in Waco. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, February 18, 2017
Submitted by Karen Rost

Mrs. Bernice Huls, 81, of Fairfield passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Providence Hospice Place in Waco, Texas. She was born on April 29, 1935 in Soper, Oklahoma to John Henry Carley and Oregon Elizabeth Smith Carley.
She was a registered nurse, and worked for many years in the healthcare industry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Wayne Huls; parents, John Henry and Oregon Elizabeth Carley; sister, Georgia E. Cheatwood; brothers, John Harvey Carley, Jerry Owen Carley, and Harold Wayne Carley.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Taylor and husband Edward of Fairfield; grandsons, Jason Jackson of Fairfield, Jeremy Jackson and wife Kerry of Tyler and Matthew Jackson of Fairfield; brother, Aaron Cleaborn Carley of Paris, TX; sisters, Martha Joe Williams of Houston, Margarette Ovetta Hitchcock of Pantego, Mary Elizabeth Hitchcock of Springfield, MO, and Johnnie Lynn Landes of Sibley, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Resthaven Mausoleum Chapel with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Entombment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions make be made to the American Cancer Society in her memory.

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Patsy Anne (Dosser) "Pat" Pence
Jan 8, 1932 - Feb 15, 2017
 
Patsy Anne (Dosser) "Pat" Pence died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 in Dallas at the age of 85. She was born Jan. 8, 1932 to Irvin and Iness Dosser. She graduated from Baylor University in Waco with a degree in Art and Home Economics. She married Bert Pence in 1963 and raised daughter Patty who was born in 1966.
Pat was a caring mother, grandmother and friend. She spent her youth painting and creating pieces of art and was known in the Lake Highlands community in Dallas as a sharp and witty bridge player. Pat played bridge until the very end of her life, it was a game that she had mastered.
She is preceded in death by parents Ervin and Iness Dosser, husband Bert Pence and daughter Patty Pence Markle.
Pat is survived by her grandchildren, Marshall Markle, of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Jennifer Markle of Dallas.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pat's life.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

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Vance Ernest Long
Sept 7, 1936 - Oct 16, 2016

Vance Ernest Long, 80, of Axtell, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 at his home.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be 10 a.m. Thursday, October 20th, at Rosemound Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 pm Wednesday, October 19th, at Bellmead Funeral Home.

Vance was born September 7, 1936 in Navarro, County, Texas to Ernest and Kathleen (Black) Long. He served in the Air Force for 4 years, and was a Truck Driver most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Joan Carrington; his brother, Bobby Long; and his son, Stacy Long.

Survivors include his daughters, Terri Nors and Tonya Durrett; his sisters, Jenice Olsen, Linda Goodman, Karen Williams and Nancy Grant; and his grandchildren, Justin Long, Megan Nors, Jessica Nors and Reece Nors; great grandson, Stacy Long.

The family would like to thank Ana for her special care of Vance.

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  • Waco Tribune-Herald - Oct 19, 2016
  • From the collection of Alva Lynn Smith
  • Frost High School 1954
  • Burial - Rosemound Cemetery, 12th & LaSalle, Waco, TX 76706

Billy Thomas "B.T." Johnson, Dr.
Dec 12, 1926 - Jan 3, 2014
 

Dr. Billy Thomas (B.T.) Johnson went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 3, 2014. Bill was born to the late Frank and Verna Johnson on the 12th of December, 1926, and was raised in Frost, TX. After graduation from Frost High School, Bill entered the US Army as a First Lieutenant during World War II. He was one of the youngest men to ever receive an officer’s commission at the age of 17. After the war he attended and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Psychology, and then graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry. He married Ann Martin, his Baylor Beauty and they moved to Victoria, Texas in 1952, where he practiced dentistry for over 50 years.

Dr. Johnson served as a deacon at Baptist Temple and First Baptist Church in Victoria, TX. He was instrumental in developing the dental criteria for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and was awarded numerous awards for his service. His 25 Years Award for exemplary service as the Statewide Dental Consultant was presented to him by the Governor of Texas. He served as a consultant to the Commission up until his death.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Judy Johnson of Houston, TX; his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Helena P. Johnson; his grandchildren, Anna Maria and William Johnson of Houston, TX, who were the lights of his life; and sisters-in-law, Willie Johnson of Dallas, TX , Martha Ray of Houston, TX and Barbara Martin of Raleigh, N.C. as well as a host of nieces, a nephew, cousins, grand-nieces and nephews and his beloved extended Greek family.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from four o’clock in the afternoon until six o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday, the 5th of January in the chapel of the Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Hwy., Victoria, TX 77901.

Funeral Services will be held at ten thirty in the morning on Monday, the 6th of Jan, 2014 at Northside Baptist Church, 4100 North Laurent, Victoria, Texas 77901 with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers are Rick Ray of Houston, Texas; Eric Brookhouser, of Victoria, Texas; Dr. John Starkey of Victoria, TX; Antonio W. Martinez of Victoria, Texas; John Spears of Houston, TX; William Papadopoulos of Houston, Texas; and Alexander Papandreou of Houston, Texas.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are David Sullivan of Fredricksburg, TX; H.J. Kolinek of Kennedy, TX; Dean Papadopoulos of Annapolis, MD; Harlon Gerhold of Huntsville, Texas; Dr. Robert Cox of Waxahachie, Texas; Dr. John Soule of Victoria, Texas; Eric Shawn Brookhouser of Victoria, TX; Joshua Brookhouser of Houston, Texas and Justin Leita of Victoria, Texas, Greg Knabe of Southlake Dallas, TX and Dr. John Pettway of Dallas, TX.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful team of doctors, nurses and care-givers who lovingly cared for Bill during her illness, the Northside Baptist Church family for their ministry and support, and the many others who continue to pray for our family. Special thanks to Rosie Martinez and Cindy Brookhouser for all of their loving care and friendship over the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to the South Texas Children’s Home (www.stchm.org) in honor of Bill Johnson.
May his memory be eternal.

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Betty Beatrice (Williams) White-Chambless
Aug 15, 1938 - Mar 5, 2017

Services for Betty Beatrice White Chambless, 78, of Wills Point, were held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Eubank Funeral Home Chapel in Canton with Bro. David Yarbrough officiating. Interment was in Haven of Memories Memorial Park in Canton.

She passed away March 5, 2017, in Canton.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1938, in Winkler to Teague and Mamie Weaver Williams.

She was a member of Brookside Baptist Church of Myrtle Springs. She grew up in Frost where she graduated from Frost High School and played basketball. She married Chester White June 15, 1957, and moved to Dallas and started their family.

After the death of Chester in September 2002, she married Joe Ed Chambless in January 2004. She enjoyed traveling, playing dominoes and going on scrapbook retreats.

She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Wagner of Wills Point; three grandsons, Paul Lohmeyer of Lubbock, Brandon Kennemer of Garland and Christopher Kennemer of Garland, two great grandsons, Bentlee Kennemer and Elijah Kennemer. Her extended Chambless family are Joe Ed Chambless, Jr. and wife Peggy of Canton, Theresa Tidwell and husband Jerry Lynn of Canton, Linda Thompson and husband Larry of Canton, Tommy Chambless of Canton, Billy Chambless and wife Juanita of Grand Prairie, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Williams of Austin plus numerous cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Chester White and Joe Ed Chambless, two brothers, Barney Williams, J. C. Williams, a daughter, Cindy Kennemer and a daughter-in-law, Alice Chambless.

Pallbearers were Paul Lohmeyer, Christopher Kennemer, Brandon Kennemer, Steve Williams, Mel Bishop, David Allen, Larry Williams and Bruce Williams.

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  • The Canton Herald - Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  • From the collection of Alva Lynn Smith

Derrell Norwood Gillingham, Lt. Col. USAF Ret
Apr 24, 1918 - Sept 23, 2015
 

GILLINGHAM, Derrell N. Lt.Col. USAF Ret. Born April 24, 1918 in Dallas,Tx. Passed away peacefully Sept. 23, 2015 at age 97. He was preceded in death by his Mother Clara Belle Frederick Derden of Blooming Grove, Tx., his wife Dorothy Louella Braun of Chicago, Illinois. And his second wife Mary Jean Von Hoene of Denver, Co. Derrell was a career military officer first serving in the Army Air Corps in World War II. Then when it was over joining the reserves and marrying his long time love Dorothy Louella Braun, All the while attending college at SMU night school and working in the advertising business. Together they had one daughter Cheryl G. Karotkin in Dallas, Tx. Derrell reenlisted in the Air Force and the family soon began to travel the world. Derrell loved to see new places and his family was privileged to explore with him on all the many side trips where they lived. All the while Derrell had an insatiable love of education and pursued his degrees wherever he was stationed. He particularly loved law and business. When his first wife Dorothy passed away the family moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. Where he looked up an old friend he knew before World War II expecting her to be married. As things turned out she wasn't and he married Mary Jean Von Hoene of Denver, Co. They had a long and happy marriage living in New Mexico and investing in El Monte Lodge in Taos. Later they retired to Albuquerque where they lived happily until her death in Norman, OK. Derrell has one Grandson, Aaron Solganick of Los Angeles, Ca. And son in law, John D. Karotkin. A Memorial service will be held in the Chapel of The First United Methodist Church of Richardson- 503 N. Central Exp. Richardson, Tx. 75080 on Thurs. Oct 1 at 10AM. The Family wishes to thank everyone at Appletree Court in Richardson, Tx., Ally Home Health, and New Century Hospice for all their outstanding, loving care. In lieu of flowers please donate to New Century heritage Foundation lnc. Dallas, Tx, City Lights Charity, or your favorite charity.

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  • Published in Dallas Morning News from Sept. 30 to Oct 1, 2015
  • From the collection of Alva Lynn Smith

Russell Milton "Rusty" Barlow
Aug 20, 1965 - Apr 29, 2017

Rusty Barlow, 51 of Corsicana passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Canton.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home and Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Cowboy Church of Corsicana, 5864 W, Hwy. 31 Corsicana. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Ruby Renee (Ragan) Barlow and Rhonda (Arnett) Barlow - s/o Cortiss Barlow and Mary-Jo (McCarter) Barlow

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Russell “Rusty” Milton Barlow, 51 of Corsicana went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 29th 2017 in Canton, TX. He was born in Corsicana on August 20, 1965 to Cortiss and Mary-Jo Barlow.
Rusty was a faithful member of the Cowboy Church of Corsicana. He loved his wife and family dearly. The great joys of his life were his kids, roping, riding, tending cattle, cooking, hunting, and work. His goal was to eventually retire and have a small cattle farm.
He will be remembered for the deep love and pride he had for his family, his unmatched work ethic, and huge grin.
He is preceded in death by his Dad, Cortiss Barlow, and brother David Barlow.
He is survived by his wife Rhonda Arnett Barlow of Corsicana, TX; mother Mary-Jo Barlow of Corsicana; siblings Karen Robertson of Midland, TX, Mandy Grant and Lisa Beamon of Corsicana; children Russell Barlow and wife Veronica of Frost, TX, Nicole Tollison and husband Jimmy of Fayetteville, AR, Randy Barlow and wife Savannah of Conway, AR, Rowdy Barlow and wife Lexi of Nacogdoches, TX, Amanda Scott and husband Clyde of Canton, TX, Jessica Carpenter and husband Kyle of Kerens, TX, and Casey Carter and wife Lindsay of El Campo, TX; a herd of grandchildren and a loving mother-in-law, Barbara “Meme” Arnett of Mildred, TX.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 - 8pm at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home and Wednesday afternoon from 1 - 2pm at the Corsicana Cowboy Church. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2pm at the Corsicana Cowboy Church with burial to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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A wedding turns deadly after East Texas tornado claims man
By Deanna Kirk | CNHI News May 1, 2017

It was a day for a celebration.

But a day that was intended to make great memories instead turned to sorrow when a tornado hit a East Texas town on Saturday, leaving Rusty Barlow, 51, dead.
Four generations of the Eaton/Arnett family were gathered at the home of Amanda and Clyde Scott outside Canton, Texas. Amanda’s goal was to give her sister Jessica the wedding of her dreams. The wedding was to be held in the Scott’s shop, and prospective groom Kyle Carpenter along with about 11 other family members were in the shop prior to the festivities.
“The wedding was supposed to start at 7 p.m., and we got there about 5:30,” said Brad Arnett of Corsicana. “It was raining real hard. Before me and Leecia could get out of the car, my niece Jordan got out of the car, ran nearly to the door, then turned and got back in, and we rode the tornado out in the car.”
“Jordan had gotten out, and we had our seatbelts off,” agreed Leecia, Brad’s wife. “She came running back and jumped in the front seat on top of Brad. All the windows of the car came in on us, and something like a rock hit me in the back of the head, hard. We were trying to get the car door shut before the wind slammed it shut and cut her legs off.”
Brad said his brother Randall and wife Vicki were in the shop with some others, and his mother, Barbara, was in the house with Rhonda, his sister, and her daughter, the bride, as well as other family members and children.
“It took the shop, picked up our vehicle, spun us around, but we never turned completely over,” Brad said. “It carried us about 300 feet then another pickup came through the air and hit us, drove us into the ground, which probably saved mine, Leecia’s and Jordan’s lives.”
Leecia said the small Kia spun around in the rotation, went up on its side, then thankfully the white pickup came by and forced the Kia into the ground; otherwise, the Kia might have ended up in a tree or in the house.
Meanwhile, Randall, Vicki, their daughter Morgan Limmer and her husband Judson were in the shop. Vicki said the weather was bad, but the thing that caught their attention was the change in wind direction. Everyone was told to get in the shop, and Clyde was looking out the door. He yelled “It’s a tornado!” and told everyone to run to the corner of the shop. With the Limmers leading the family to the corner, Randall and Vicki began pushing kids down and trying to shield them with their bodies.
“There were racecars in there, and they were dripping fuel,” Vicki said. “Randall had it dripping on his legs. He screamed to the kids to get out of the building. Then he found me, and Brad helped us out.”
Brad, once safely out of his vehicle, had made his way to the shop to help those out there. He said his mother and those in the house had heard the tornado coming, and taken shelter in the middle of the house. There was a storm shelter, as Clyde Scott is in the business of building them, but no one had time to get to the storm shelter before the first tornado was on them.
“Rusty was already gone, and there was nothing we could do for him,” Brad said of his brother-in-law.
Leecia said their nephew Joshua was standing only five feet away from Rusty, but walked away just needing five stitches in his hand.
“From there, those that could walk went to the shelter and got in,” Vicki said. “There were still people down there, but I was one of the first ones to go to the hospital because of my arm.”
Vicki had suffered a broken shoulder blade, broken rib, and a possible fractured on her clavicle, due to some flying debris in the shop. She had been serving the role of caregiver, as her parents had been in a terrible car crash weeks earlier, where her mother was seriously injured. Morgan Limmer had a cabinet land on her, which kept her immobile until it was lifted off. She sustained cuts and bruises, like most everyone in that outbuilding, and Vicki thought it possible there was one who may have had broken ribs. She recalled that the DJ for the wedding had his foot severed.
“Randall has a knot and a cut on his head, bruises, cuts and scrapes,” she said. “And superficial burns from the fuel in the racecars. But other than that he’s just sore.”
Leecia, who remembered riding out a tornado in Bellmead in the fifth grade, said that one did sound like a freight train. But the Canton tornado did not — it just dropped on them from out of the sky, she said, with no warning other than rain. However, in the time before the next tornado came through, about 35 people managed to get into the two-story storm shelter.
“We stayed there, and heard the next tornado come by,” Brad said. “It went further east of us, but we heard it from the shelter. Afterward, Clyde went and got his Bobcat and cleared the road so people could get in.”
“It is the most horrible thing I have ever been through,” Vicki said. “I would not wish it on anyone.
“The Mabank Fire Station is where we ended up to be triaged, and they were awesome. Careflight ambulance out of Kemp, all of them were good to us and just amazing. I can’t wait until I’m able to go over and thank them.”
Vicki said all the vehicles belonging to family members were totaled, and some could no longer be identified by make or model.
“Those things can be replaced, and broken bones will heal, but broken hearts won’t heal,” she said with emotion. “My heart hurts for Rhonda so bad, and for Kyle and Jessica — what a horrible thing to have happen on your wedding day.”
The family is counting their blessings, despite the loss of Barlow. The bride’s grandmother, Barbara Arnett, is physically unharmed, as is Rhonda.
“We are thankful we didn’t lose our whole family,” Leecia said. “God is good. Some people wouldn’t see it like that, but we rode out a storm.”
“God just wasn’t ready for us,” Vicki said. “He had a prime opportunity to have taken every one of us.”
Leecia said Rhonda is doing as well as can be expected. She knows her sister-in-law is grieving Rusty, but also grateful her grandkids and other family were spared.
“We just appreciate the calls, the texts, the visits, and especially the prayers,” Vicki said. “It will be a long road to heal. You don’t realize how traumatic something like that can be.
“On behalf of Randall and myself, we appreciate everyone who loves us and is trying to do something for us.”

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Kimberly Rena (Wilson) Barlow
July 12, 1982 - Apr 11, 2017

 
Kimberly Rena Barlow, 34 of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 14, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Lonnie Keele officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Obituary for Kimberly Barlow
Kimberly Barlow, 34 of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Corsicana. She was born July 12, 1982 in Corsicana to David Wilson and Candis Harris Wilson.
She attended Community Chapel Church. She loved spending time with her two boys and with family and friends. She enjoyed fishing, music and riding around with the windows down letting her hair blow.
She is preceded in death by her parents, David Wilson and Candis Sample and grandfather, John Wilson. She is survived by her grandmother, Ruth Wilson; her children, William Barlow Jr. and Danny Barlow; sister and brothers, Katie Ragan, David Wilson Jr., Bobby Wilson and numerous other family and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, April 14, 2017 from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Service will follow at 1:00 om Friday, April 14th at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Wilson, Angel Childress, Ray Childress, Eric Ayala, Joel Sample and David Ybarra.

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Janis Carolyn (May) Woods
Jan 8, 1945 - Apr 20, 2017
 
Mrs. Janis May Woods, 72, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. She was born Jan. 8, 1945 in Galveston, Texas to Edgar Vernon May and Lucille Vaught May.
She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend. She was also a devoted homemaker, and was the backbone of the family. She was a very caring person, and enjoyed helping anyone she could in any way possible. She attended and graduated from Corsicana High School where she played in the band. She met the love of her life at the skating rink and they enjoyed many years together. She loved being outdoors helping take care of the yard and feeding her animals that included her squirrel friends. She was strong in her faith and had a great love for her Lord.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Darla Woods; parents; brother, AV "Sonny" May; and her beloved dog, Puddles.
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Gerald D. Woods; son, Allen Woods; and a sister, Doris Jean Robinson of Corsicana.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will Hubert Dunbar, Greg Tetlow, Jose Castillo, Jeremy Mansfield, Oliver Sheehan, and Juan Quiroz.

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James W. "Jimmy" Carrigan
Jul 13, 1940 - Apr 13, 2017
 
James W. "Jimmy" Carrigan, 76, of Corsicana passed away suddenly Thursday, April 13, 2017 at "The Family Farm" outside of Conroe, Texas. He was born July 13, 1940 in Athens to the late Leb "Harry" and Margaret (Wade) Carrigan. He was a Vietnam veteran in the U.S. Army Engineer Division. Among the many medals he received he was extremely proud of his expert marksman award with the M-14.
Jimmy was a member of the Masonic Lodge #174. He attended Rice and Corsicana schools. Some of his favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing with "Cuz" Charles on many Texas lakes and riding his Harley cycle. However his very favorite thing was to be Papa to his two grandsons. He loved to go to all their sporting events.
He retired from Chattanooga Glass and Pactiv in Corsicana.
He is survived by his wife of 48 1/2 years, Dorothy (Ivy) Carrigan; son, Kyle Carrigan and wife Cindy of Mildred; sister, Hilda Carrigan of Corinth, Texas; two grandsons, Austin and Bryan Carrigan of Mildred; brother-in-law, Hollis "Buddy" Ivy and wife Amelia of Porter, Texas along with numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Graveside Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 24, 2017 at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, April 22, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Dorothy (Ivy) Carrigan; s/o Leb "Harry" Carrigan & Margaret (Wade) Carrigan
  • US ARMY ENGINEER DIV.

Marguerite (McMullan) Gorman
Nov 27, 1917 - Mar 28, 2017

Marguerite McMullan Gorman, age 99 of Corsicana "left us" to join her Lord and Savior Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Marguerite was born Nov. 27, 1917 to AD (Dave) and Carrie McCord McMullan of Tupelo. Marguerite married Stanley F. Gorman, June 6, 1937. Together they raised their family of one son and three daughters. Marguerite will always be remembered for her love of caring for others. She loved the Lord and she loved her family. She made sure her family was well cared for always. She not only sewed most of the clothes for her three daughters, as they were growing up but also their wedding dresses. She loved cooking and baking for others. Her hospitality was enjoyed by all who entered.
Nieces, nephews and grandchildren continue to recount the wonderful experiences with their Aunt Marguerite (Grandmother) and Uncle Stanley (Granddaddy.) She created many beautiful special occasion cakes for friends and family and made sure they were safely delivered as far away as Little Rock, Arkansas. Tea cakes and angel food cakes were love gifts to countless family members and friends for many years. She enjoyed crocheting not only as a pass time but as a source of gifts for others. In her 80s she rekindled her artistic talents by joining oil painting classes. Marguerite was a faithful member of North Beaton Church of Christ. Going to church and Bible study was an important part of her life. Even into her 90s she made sure her friends were also able to attend by giving them a ride.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Gorman; parents, Dave and Carrie McMullan; half sister, Adalyn McMullan Wood; three brothers, Randal, AD and Tom McMullan; sister Catherine (Kitty) Norwood; daughter-in-law Nell Sloan Gorman and son-in-law, Phil Woehleke.
Marguerite is survived by her son , Stanley Mac Gorman and Gay of Lampassas; daughters Margie and Ted Taylor and Debra Gorman of Corsicana; Melissa Woehleke of Cypress; two sisters Elizabeth Smith of Liberty and Sybil Killough of Charlotte, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, Jan and BB Holden of San Angelo, Stanley Jr. and Linda Gorman of Waller, Brett and Breck Gorman of Shallowater, Stacie Carroll and Ben Eisenbise of Roswell, New Mexico, Coy and Tonya Harry of Nacogdoches, Jenni and Jason Petty of Dallas, Carrie Gorman of Lufkin, Teddy and Keri Taylor of Lucas, Jessica and Brian Esquivel of Mill Valley, California; 20 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
The family of Marguerite Gorman wishes to express their gratitude and deep appreciation for the care provided by Hand-N-Hand Hospice with a special thank you to Jessica Bator and Jacqueline Bator.

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Emmagene "Tubby" (Leonard) Humphries
Jul 22, 1920 - Mar 31, 2017

Emmagene "Tubby" Humphries, 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, March 31, 2017 at Baylor Hospital in Grapevine. She was born
July 22, 1920 in Corsicana to George and Emma Leonard. She was a longtime faithful member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Humphries, Sr.; sons, Bill and Dee Humphries; grandsons, Jared Loper; granddaughters, Haylie Loper and Stacy Humphries Foster.
She is survived by her daughter, Judi Olsen and husband Ole; granddaughters, Holli Loper, Amy DeVoll, Dee Dee Goff; grandsons, Brian Olsen and Dee Humphiries, III; great grandchildren, Troy and Landry Loper, Megan Nelson, Emma and Lila DeVoll, Emily, Lauren and Brandon Olsen, Austin and Anthony Foster, and Riley Goff.
Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery with Mr. Ole Olsen officiating.
Pallbearers will be Troy Loper, Brandon Olsen, Darrell Olsen, Greg Olsen, James Olsen, Eric Olsen, Riley Goff and David Nelson.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Neal Adair Prince
Jan 10, 1921 - Apr 3, 2017
US ARMY

Neal A. Prince, for 60 years was one of the world's foremost international hospitality interior designers, died of pneumonia Monday, April 3, 2017 at his home in Manhattan, New York. He was 96. Neal was a distinguished, witty and innovative architect. He built an interior design style for the InterContinental Hotels, creating one of the largest and internationally recognized luxury hotel brands.
He was was born in 1921 in Corsicana, and was the son of Fred Douglas, widely known as "FD Prince," prominent in the oil and gas industry, and Opal T. Prince, formerly Opal Terry. While acquiring degrees in architecture and architectural engineering from Rice University in Houston, he also demonstrated a serious passion for movies and theater.
In 1944, he married Frances Denman (1921-2005.) They had two sons, Neal Prince, Jr. and Peyton Prince. That same year he enlisted in the war effort, and served with the United State Army's 39th Combat Engineers in Italy where he saw a great amount of combat.
After the war, he joined the Texas architectural firm of Ernest Schultz, where he pursued his life-long love of theater. In late 1948, he became the Business Manager at the Houston Little Theater, where his prize-winning play, "Cry Out Cassandra," which focused on the potential, painful results of nuclear war, received high acclaim. As a producer, he premiered the musical "Razzmatazz of 1925," with an original score written by Prince and Mowery, and music by Frances Wrightman.
By 1949 he was president of the theater, and oversaw its long-overdue integration. In 1950 Neal set his sights on the east, and became the Director of the Wyndham Playhouse in New Hampshire. He then moved to New York, and through Carrie Donovan (1928-2001) met Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. (1929-1998,) a personal relationship that lasted over 18 years. Messrs. Prince and Hemphill were known for the theater after parties at their townhouse, hosting luminaries such as Noel Coward, Katherine Anne Porter, Alice Ghostley, Paul Lynde, Ben Edwards, Jan Greenwood, Elaine Perry, Eartha Kitt and many others. Neal's theatrical efforts flourished, and by invitation he joined the New York Actors Studio. He was introduced to York & Sawyer Architects in 1950, and became the firm's expert on the layout and planning of hospital emergency rooms. Mr. Hemphill further pursued his interest in collecting primitive, self-taught works of art before it became fashionable, and was an early patron of the American Folk Art Museum.
At night, Neal continued his passion for theater. He directed an Actors' Equity Library Service show, "Man and Superman." Schoen & Hennessy Architects recruited Neal in 1954. Eugene Schoen, a renowned art deco designer, became Neal's most influential professional mentor. Neal was assigned to design a motorway restaurant for Restaurant Associates for New York's Tisch Family. He introduced new designs for partitions for the restaurant and bar, and was recognized for the new concept of making a large room feel intimate, facilitating comfort and conversation. His strategy was comprehensive: architecture, drafting and interior design. Neal joined the Walter M. Ballard Corporation in 1958, where he remodeled the interiors of the Hotel Jaragua in Cuidad Trujillo, Dominican Republic, and the El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico for Juan Trippe, founder of Pam American Airlines. In Beirut, Neal represented the architect Edward Durrell Stone (1902-1978) on interior layouts and finishes. After Stone left the project, Neal with the graphic designer Charles R. Alvey (1927-2013,) remade the InterContinental Hotels as the first premier international hotel brand. All construction materials were manufactured locally, as supervised by Neal.
In January 1961, Mr. Prince was hired as vice president of the Interior Design Division for InterContinental Hotels. Innovative and prodigious, Neal designed and opened more than 154 InterContinental Hotels between 1961 and 1985. This in countries that at the time had unreliable electricity and running water. He overcame these barriers, and combined elements of function with ethnic style. Neal gained the highest respect of local authorities and native craftsmen, employing the latter to give each hotel its own identity and personality, appropriate to the locale, coupled with modern conveniences of the West.
Neal became a mentor to many young designers, including Trisha Wilson, founder and principle of the Dallas-based Wilson Associates Interior Design Firm. A lifetime member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and the American Institute of Architects, Neal received numerous awards, including Institutions Magazine's award for outstanding interior designs for the Hotel Inter-Continental Genčve, Geneva, Switzerland, and the Hotel Siam Inter-Continental Bangkok, Thailand.
Throughout his career, Neal held fast to his deep love of theater, and supported many non-profit companies, including Encores. Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout, and multiple off-and off-off Broadway venues.
He is survived by his spouse, HR VanOOsten Morris; his two sons; daughter-in-law Kathy and two grandchildren, Justin Prince and Allyson Prince.
Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home with graveside services following at Oakwood Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. with Father Edward Monk officiating. A reception will follow from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Corsicana Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested, in memory of Neal Prince, to Navarro Council of the Arts, Corsicana, TX, at P.O. Box 683, Corsicana, TX.75151, The American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY or the New York School of Interior Design at 170 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021.

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Lawrence S. Simpson
Sep 27, 1910 - Jan 16, 1929

YOUTH DIED HERE WEDNESDAY; BURIAL AT ZION’S REST

Funeral services for Lawrence Simpson, aged 18 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Simpson, 917 North Thirteenth street, who died Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock were held from the residence Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Surviving are his parents and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Clarence Turns, Jack Catts, Robert Franks, Jack Armstong, Jesse Peebles and Herman Boyd.

Sutherland Undertaking Company had charge.

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Carlton Green Hodge
1923 - Feb 6, 1929

CHILD DIES FROM BURNS RECEIVED IN OIL CAN EXPLOSION

Carlton Green Hodge, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Hodge, who resides on the W. P. Brown farm northeast of Corsicana died at the Navarro county hospital, Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock from burns received Tuesday morning and the funeral services were conducted at the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery. Rev. J. L. Hines, Church of Christ minister conducted the services.

The little fellow received the burns which caused his death Tuesday morning when an oil can containing crude oil exploded, throwing the burning oil over his body. He apparently was trying to pour the crude oil on a fire about a wash pot.

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Will Garza
1889 - Jul. 3, 1929

Mexican Died Here Early Hour Thursday

Will Garza, about 50, Mexican died in the Navarro county hospital early Thursday and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon with burial in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Sutherland Funeral Home had charge of the funeral.

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Sandy Lewis
Sep 14, 1895 - Mar 13, 1927

CORSICANA NEGRO KILLED WHEN AUTO GOES INTO DITCH

SANDY LEWIS, EMPLOYE OF THE INTERURBAN HERE, KILLED SUNDAY P.M.

Losing control of his car and turning over in a deep ditch just north of the long bridge between Emhouse and Ennis Sunday afternoon proved fatal to Sandy Lewis, age 31, day inspector at the Interurban car barns, and injured three women occupants.

The three women and the deceased were carried to Ennis, where treatment was administered to the injured women.

The body of the deceased was brought back to Corsicana Sunday night and will be interred in the negro cemetery.

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Frank Mims
Jul 5, 1875 - Dec 18, 1927

NEGRO STRUCK BY AUTOMOBILE DIED RESULT INJURIES

Funeral services for Frank Mims, negro, who died in the Navarro county hospital Sunday night from injuries received several days ago when struck by an auto, will be held Wednesday.

Mims was struck by an automobile driven by Dr. J. E. McClung on Beaton street several days ago. The injured negro was taken to the hospital and at first his injuries were not thought to be serious. He sustained a broken collar bone, two ribs and hip injuries.

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James H. Brewster
Mar 3, 1855 - Mar 5, 1928

PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY IS BURIED TUESDAY

The body of J. H. Brewster, aged seventy-four years, resident of Pursley and Navarro county practically all of his life, who died in Vernon Monday morning at 7:30 o’clock, following a six-weeks’ illness, arrived in Corsicana on the southbound Southern Pacific passenger train at 10:50 o’clock Tuesday morning and interment was made in the Ward cemetery Tuesday at noon. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Hines, pastor of the Church of Christ.

He was visiting in Vernon at the time he was taken ill.

Surviving are two sons, Lee Brewster, Tulia, Texas, and W. E. Brewster of Hydro, Oklahoma; several grand children and numerous other relatives.

Pall bearers were W. B. Payne, R. L. Pursley, L. Owen, T. J. Owen, John Mathews and C. A. Wright.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 6, 1928
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Roseann I. (Medford) Brewster married Dec. 22, 1874; s/o Jesse Brewster & Amelia “Millie” (Mann) Brewster

Almeria E. “Almary” (Roberts) Anderson
Oct 29, 1849 - Jul 2, 1943

FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. A. E. ANDERSON ARE HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Almary E. Anderson age 95 years, were scheduled for 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon at Ward cemetery, where interment was to be made. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Max T. Neal, Mrs. Anderson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. B. Campbell, 1117 North Commerce street Friday afternoon.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Alice Baker, Oklahoma City; Mrs. J. K. Phillips, Tyler; Mrs. Campbell, Corsicana; two sons, C. M. Anderson, Kilgore; T. S. Anderson, Overton, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Corley Funeral Home is in charge.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, July 3, 1943
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o William Crawford Anderson married Sep. 9, 1868 d/o Mose Roberts

INFANT BOY Jones
Jul 26, 1929 - Aug 12, 1929

Infant Is Buried Tuesday Afternoon

An 18-day-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Jones of the Jester community died Monday afternoon and the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Ward cemetery.

The Sutherland Funeral Home had charge of the funeral.

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Gearld Elton Morton
Jan 28, 1934 - Sep 4, 2017

Gearld E. Morton, 83, of Dresden passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 at his residence. He was born on January 28, 1934 in Dresden to Loyd and Lylan Morton.

Gearld was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed spending time and playing with his grandchildren. He was a hardworking and loyal man, and he always put the needs of others over his own. He met the love of his life, Betty Jo Scoggins, when they were very young and always took the time to tell everyone how they met. He loved working on cars and working with his hands whether it was building onto the house or creating projects. He was a member of the Blooming Grove Masonic Lodge #497. He loved square dancing. He will be extremely missed by all his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jo Morton; son, Randy Loyd Morton and wife Toni; daughter, Michelle Chavez and husband Martin; grandchildren, Lisa Chase, Amanda Morton, and Melissa Howard; great-grandchildren, Austin Baker and Nick Baker.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 2:00PM at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Pastor Rodney Bancroft.

Notes:

  • Submitted by Polly Winn
  • h/o betty Jo (Scoggins) Morton; s/o Albert Loyd Morton & Lylan (Melton) Morton

William F. “Bill” Colquitt
Feb 14, 1864 - Mar 15, 1929

W. F. COLQUITT DIED SUDDENLY FRIDAY MORNING

HEART ATTACK TAKES PIONEER BUSINESS MAN EARLY HOUR TODAY

W. F. Colquitt, 65, native of Georgia, but resident of Corsicana since 1887, died suddenly with a heart attack at 2:30 o’clock Friday morning at his room in the McKie building and the funeral services will be held from the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. W. D. Bradfield of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, assisted by Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of the First Methodist church of Corsicana.

Mr. Colquitt underwent a serious operation in Dallas several months ago, but apparently recovered his usual health and was in his usual good spirits Thursday afternoon and was greeting friends and acquaintances on the street. His brother Pierce Colquitt was with him until 6 o’clock Thursday night and he was feeling well. He was taken suddenly sick and summoned physicians, but death resulted soon after their arrival.

Published Newspaper.

When he first came to Corsicana, Mr. Colquitt was in the printing business, later publishing the Corsicana Democrat until 1905 when he entered the banking and loan business. In late years, he has dealt with real estate and oil properties.

Surviving are four brothers, O. B. Colquitt, Dallas, former governor of Texas; John M. Colquitt, Dallas; David D. Colquitt, Dallas; Pierce Colquitt, publisher of the Corsicana Democrat and Truth; one sister, Mrs. Eula Colquitt Williams, Dallas, and other relatives.

Mr. Colquitt was always prominently identified with the political and civic affairs of the community. He came to Corsicana when it was little more than a village.

Following are the pallbearers:
Active—Issac Levy, Jim and Nick Garitty, Louis Marshall, E. L. Finch, S. B. McDaniel, S. H. Inman and J. S. Callicutt.

Honorary—Dr. W. T. Shell, John T. Garner, E. A. Johnson, Walter Hayes, George E. White, Dr. W. D. Cross, Harry D. Johnson, J. E. Butler, Fred White, J. E. White, Aaron Ferguson, A. L. Gamble, P. D. Williams, J. F. Stout, Fred Allison, Dr. L. C. Polk, N. L. Benson, P. M. Lea, Charles E. DeLafosse, J. S. Harlee, B. Marks, John Cunningham, Fred Mirus, Ben McKie, R. P. Sharrer, J. W. Davidson, E. M. Polk, Dr. T. W. Watson, Will Herman, Robert Cooksey, W. H. Jack, F. M. Pope, R. R. Owen, Sidney Story, Lynne Wortham, Lowry Martin, Tom Benton, W. K. Seelig, J. D. Carroll.

In the passing of W. F. (Bill) Colquitt, a pioneer newspaper, real estate and farm land owner of Corsicana and Navarro county is gone. For many years, Mr. Colquitt was engaged in the newspaper business here, having published the Democrat, a weekly paper, from 1887 to 1905. During this time he was also engaged partly in the real estate and banking and loan and oil business, retiring from the newspaper field to devote his entire time to these latter interests, which he continued up until his death.

Drilled Early Well.
Mr. Colquitt and his brother Oscar B. Colquitt, drilled the fourth oil well in this county back in1896, and Mr. Colquitt was engaged in the oil business to a more or less extent from that time until he died.

He was of a courteous and friendly nature and made many friends during his early residence here which he held throughout all the years of his residence here, he was of a quiet and unassuming nature and held his own opinion on matters of public moments and permitted, without criticism, his fellow man to have his own ideas and opinions in all matters. While taking an active interest in civic, political and governmental affairs, he was never a candidate for office and contented himself with doing his duty as he saw it as a citizen by the exercise of his franchise.

During the past several months he had been in a failing health and had practically retired from the business life of the city, holding however, his farming and other interests until his passing away. He will be missed by a large circle of friends who have known him and admired him through the many years of his life here for his many admirable qualities.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, March 15, 1929
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Single s/o Thomas Jefferson Colquitt and Ann Eliza (Burkhalter) Colquitt (brother to Oscar B. Colquitt, governor of Texas)

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FUNERAL SERVICES HELD SATURDAY FOR PIONEER RESIDENT

W. F. COLQUITT, LONG-TIME CORSICANA BUSINESS MAN, DIED SUDDENLY

Funeral services for W. F. Colquitt, 65, native of Georgia, but resident of Corsicana for 42 years, who died suddenly with a heart attack at his room in the McKie building, Friday morning at 2:30 o’clock, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Corley McMahon Funeral Home, with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. W. D. Bradfield of Southern Methodist University, Dallas, assisted by Rev. F. P. Culver, pastor of the first Methodist church, Corsicana. He underwent a serious operation in Dallas several months ago, but was in apparently good health until a short time before his death. He was on the street Thursday afternoon.

When he first came to Corsicana he published the old Corsicana Democrat, later going into the banking and loan business. Of late years, he has been active in real estate and oil business. Mr. Colquitt and his brother, Oscar B. Colquitt, former governor of Texas, drilled the fourth oil well in Navarro county in 1896.

Following are the pallbearers:
Active—Issac Levy, Jim and Nick Garitty, Louis Marshall, E. L. Finch, S. B. McDaniel, S. H. Inman and J. S. Callicutt, Chris L. Knox and Loyd Carraway

Honorary—Dr. W. T. Shell, John T. Garner, E. A. Johnson, Walter Hayes, George E. White, Dr. W. D. Cross, Harry D. Johnson, J. E. Butler, Fred White, J. E. White, Aaron Ferguson, A. L. Gamble, P. D. Williams, J. F. Stout, Fred Allison, Dr. L. C. Polk, N. L. Benson, P. M. Lea, Charles E. DeLafosse, J. S. Harlee, B. Marks, John Cunningham, Fred Mirus, Ben McKie, R. P. Sharrer, J. W. Davidson, E. M. Polk, Dr. T. W. Watson, Will Herman, Robert Cooksey, W. H. Jack, F. M. Pope, R. R. Owen, Sidney Story, Lynne Wortham, Lowry Martin, Tom Benton, W. K. Seelig, J. D. Carroll.

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Pierce Colquitt
Mar 18, 1871 - Mar 28, 1962

Corsicana, Texas - Pierce Colquitt, 91, retired owner and publisher of the Corsicana Democrat and Truth, a weekly newspaper, died Wednesday.
He retired in the 30's and the paper afterwards ceased publication. He had been in the newspaper business 50 years.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday with burial here. Mr. Colquitt was a brother of former Gov. O B Colquitt and was the last survivor of the family.

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News March 29, 1962
  • h/o Ellie (White) Colquitt; s/o Thomas Jefferson Colquitt & Ann Eliza (Burkhalter) Colquitt
  • Oakwood cemetery

Dorothy Frances (Rodgers) Colquitt
Nov 29, 1916 - Sep 4, 1993

Dorothy Rodgers Colquitt, 76, of Ennis died Sept. 4, 1993, in Ennis.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral chapel with the Rev. Eddie Ricks of Anthony Drive Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Pattison Cemetery at Emhouse.

She was born Nov. 29, 1916, in Ferris.

She was a member of Anthony Drive Baptist Church in Ennis and had lived in the Corsicana area for most of her life until she moved to Ennis in 1990.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Randy Colquitt in 1951 and her mother Fonnie Rodgers in 1987.

Survivors include one son, Larry Colquitt of Ennis; one daughter-in-law, Sherry Colquitt of Ennis; one daughter Janice Marriott of Dallas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Harold Terry, Mike Colquitt, John Turner, Pat Nichols, Billy Kylers, Bryan Nichols and Raymond Richards.

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James Blain Castles
Jul 19, 1855 - May 10, 1929

JAMES B. CASTLES DIED ZION’S REST FRIDAY MORNING

James Bain Castles, 73, native of South Carolina, but resident of Navarro county for thirty-five years, died near Zion’s Rest Friday morning at 6 o’clock following a lingering illness and the funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at three o’clock from Eureka church with burial in the Eureka cemetery. Prior to moving to Zion’s Rest a year ago, Mr. Castles had resided in the Eureka community for more than thirty years.

Mr. Castles was born July 19, 1855, in York county, South Carolina, he was married to Mattie J. Russell, March 14, 1877.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. P. M. Gladney, and Mrs. W. H. Robinson, both of Corsicana; and Mrs. E. L. Watson, Barry; four grandchildren and one brother and two sisters who reside in South Carolina.

The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. C. E. McStravick, pastor of the United Presbyterian church of Corsicana, assisted by Rev. A. E. Carraway, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church, and Rev. Walter J. Simpson, United Presbyterian minister.

The Corley-McMahon Funeral home will direct the funeral.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, May 10, 1929
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Martha J. “Mattie” (Russell) Castles married Mar. 14, 1877 s/o W. S. Castles and Sarah (Shuttney???) Castles per death certificate

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR EUREKA MAN ARE HELD ON SATURDAY

Funeral services for James Bain Castles, 73, long-time resident of the Eureka community, who died at Zions Rest Friday morning at six o’clock, were held at the
Eureka cemetery. Mr. Castles was born in South Carolina but came to the Eureka community thirty-five years ago. He had resided here about a year.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. B. H. Gladney, Corsicana; Mrs. W. H. Robinson, Corsicana; Mrs. E. L. Watson, Barry; four grandchildren; one brother and two sisters, all of South Carolina.

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

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Martha J. “Mattie” (Russell) Castles
Sep 25, 1857 - Oct 21, 1932

MRS. CASTLES DIED FRIDAY NIGHT; WAS BURIED SATURDAY

Mrs. Martha Russell Castles, aged 74 years, died at the home of P. M. Gladney in the Zion’s Rest community Friday night at 11:30 o’clock and the funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the United Presbyterian church at Eureka with burial in the Eureka cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Paul Kennedy, assisted by Rev. Walter Simpson and Rev. E. K. Marney.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. P. M. Gladney and Mrs. W. H. Robinson, both of Corsicana; and Mrs. E. L. Watson, Barry; and five grandchildren, Miss Pauline Gladney, Miss Connie L. Robinson, William and Clarence Robinson and Dubart Watson.

Pallbearers were P. M. Gladney, W. H. Robinson, E. L. Watson, Robert Davidson, John Boyd and R. L. Patterson.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Ida Bell (Boyd) Tekell
Dec 1879 - Jan 19, 1929

Resident Pursley Community Dies

Mrs. Z. C. Tekell died at her home in the Pursley community Friday night and the funeral services were held at Eureka Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock where burial was made.

Surviving are a number of relatives.

Sutherland Undertaking company had charge of the funeral.

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James Elbert Lee Carlin
Mar 28, 1928 - Jul 30, 1931

BARRY

BARRY, Aug. 6.—(Spl.)—Little James Carlin died Thursday morning of last week at 6 o’clock and was buried Friday at Dresden, Rev. Bruce Cox conducted the services.

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Willie Ruth "Ruthie" (Marlow) Morrison
Apr 12, 1935 - Dec 4, 2014

Willie Ruth "Ruthie" Morrison, 79, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Wichita Falls.
Ruthie was born April 12, 1935 in Corsicana, to Luther and Artie (Ellis) Marlow. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW and was a member of Hillside Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Morrison; her parents; and two brothers, Lionel and Clifton "Cleo" Marlow.
Surviving relatives include her brother, Don Marlow of Bowie, and numerous nieces, nephews, and many wonderful friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at Hillside Baptist Church in Electra, Texas with the Rev. Robert Maxwel, pastor, officiating. Graveside services will follow at the New Electra Cemetery in Electra, Texas under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home in Iowa Park, Texas. Visitation was held prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Wichita Falls.

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Iva Juanita (Crawford) Newby
May 24, 1923 - Oct 22, 2015

Juanita Newby was born May 24, 1923 in Dawson, TX, and passed away on October 22, 2015 in Dallas, TX. Juanita was a member of Calvary First Baptist Church. When you think of Granny, you think of the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking, and picking pecans with her. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Newby; and siblings, Eva Fabor, Mattie Irving, Buell Crawford, and Lometa Barfknecht. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Holloway; and grandchildren, Denise Grimsley and Eddie Stutts; as well as many extended family members and friends. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 26, 6 - 8pm, and Funeral Services Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10:00am, all at Grove Hill Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • Dallas Morning News on Oct 25, 2015
  • From the collection of Alva Lynn Smith
  • d/o Walter Ruel Crawford & Callie Mae (Taylor) Crawford
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Dorothy Louise (Clement) Becerra- Petty
Sept 8, 1925 - Sept 14, 2017

Dorothy L. Petty, 92, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at Twilight Home. She was born Sept. 8, 1925 in Wonder, Oregon to Merle Clement and Joseph Clement.
She was proceeded in death by her husbands, Raymond Becerra and Keith Petty and daughter, Roberta Brown.
She is survived by two sisters, Evelyn Wittenmyer of Dawson and Virginia Fry of Napa, California; one brother, Joseph Clement of Oregon; three children, Richard Becerra and wife Pam of Tracy California, Bruce Becerra and wife Tracy of Alaska and Brenda Anderson and husband Elvis of Corsicana, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
"I want to thank Twilight Home and Hand In Hand Hospice for all their care of my mother until the end. She will be missed greatly."
Cremation will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Lou (Stanley) Capps
Aug 10, 1930 - Sept 8, 2017

Mary Lou Capps of Richland passed away Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 in Dallas.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at Richland Cemetery in Richland with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Mary Lou Capps of Richland, Texas passed away in Dallas, Texas on Friday evening, September 8, 2017. She was born August 10, 1930 in Frost to Carl and Gertrude Watts Stanley.
She is preceded in death by husband Jack Howard Capps and son Ronnie Gene Capps.
She is survived by her sister Evelyn Coker of Richland and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside funeral service will be 10:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Richland Cemetery in Richland with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.

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Joe Nathan Brown
abt 1936 - Aug 27, 2017

Joe Nathan Brown, 81, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at Scott Funeral Home, 1001 MLK Blvd in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Bethlehem Baptist Church with rev. Dairy Johnson, Sr., as eulogist.
Arrangements made by Scott Funeral Home

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Nancy Carole (McCrory) Armstrong
Dec 24, 1942 - Sep 1, 2017
 
Nancy Armstrong was born in Corsicana, Navarro County on Dec. 24, 1942, to her parents Johnie Otha McCrory and Elzie Vera Hill McCrory. The family lived in Corsicana and Emhouse, and later moved to Purdon. She graduated from Dawson High School in 1960. After graduating from high school she moved to Lancaster and lived with her brother Oscar and sister-in-law, Elizabeth and worked in downtown Dallas.
Nancy met her future husband, Strain Armstrong, one night at the Dairy Mart in Corsicana in May, 1963, and they were married five months later on Oct. 5, 1963. They lived in Orange, where he taught school and she worked for Joiner Insurance Company before enrolling in college at Lamar University in Beaumont. On May 31, 1969, she received her Bachelor's of Science in Education Degree. She earned her degree in three years, attending Lamar during the fall and spring semesters and attending North Texas at Denton during the summers.
She taught elementary school in the West Orange-Cove Independent School District for 28 years. She and Strain had two children, Jenifer Ann, born Aug. 10, 1971, and Josh born May 10, 1980. They were members of The First United Methodist Church and later joined The North Orange Baptist Church. She played the piano in the assembly part of her Life Group. The last year there, 2002, she and Strain joined the church on a very meaningful mission trip to the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and Arizona.
She and Strain moved to Liberty Hill, Williamson County, in 2002. They joined First Baptist Church Georgetown at that time and have been members there ever since. She served in several capacities at the church. She served in the Stephen Ministry until her health would not allow her to continue.
Nancy was diagnosed with Stage IV parotid gland cancer in late February and fought a courageous fight until the dreaded disease took her life on the evening of Sept. 1, 2017.
She is survived by her husband, Strain, of nearly 54 years, her daughter Jenifer and her husband, Tom Blackmon; son Josh Armstrong; grandchildren, Brody and Bailey Blackmon, all of Round Rock and her brother, Oscar Lynn McCrory of Purdon.
There will be a memorial for Nancy at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at First Baptist Church Georgetown with Pastor David Griffin officiating.
Cremated remains will be buried on the Armstrong Plot of the Frost Cemetery in Frost.
In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated if donations could be directed to the Frost Cemetery Association, PO Box 178, Frost, Texas 76641.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Sep 7, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Stain Hilton Armstrong; d/o Johnie Otha McCrory & Elzie Vera (Hill) McCrory [bur at Pattison cemetery]

Wesley Edward Skinner
Apr 3, 1965 - Aug 22, 2017

Wesley Edward Skinner, 52, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at his residence in Corsicana.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 at the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Easley officiating.

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Mr. Wesley Edward Skinner, 52, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at his residence in Corsicana. He was born on April 3, 1965 in Corsicana to Allen Wesley and Carolyn Woolley Skinner.
He worked doing various odd jobs.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Daniel Travis Skinner and his mother, Carolyn Skinner.
He is survived by his son, Travis Wesley Skinner and wife Kayla of Waco; daughters, Taylor Skinner Jones and husband Hayden of Corsicana, Lainey Skinner of Austin, and Crystal Skinner of Idaho Falls, ID; five grandchildren; his father, Allen Wesley Skinner of Corsicana; brothers, Glen Allen Skinner and wife Teri, Christopher L. Skinner, and John Paul Skinner and wife Tonia all of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and his four legged friend, Lexi.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Easley officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will be held at a later time at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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  • h/o Judee Ann (Becker) Skinner and Cindy Lea (Cox) Skinner; s/o Allen Wesley Skinner and Carolyn (Woolley) Skinner
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lila Lee (Williams) McClendon
Jun 13, 1923 - Sep 12, 2017

Lila Lee Williams McClendon, 94, passed away peacefully in her Kessler Park, Dallas home in the early morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12th after a short but sudden downturn in health, ending fulfilled, healthy and blessed life. Lovingly attended by her children and grandchildren, Lila Lee slipped away quietly only after she allowed time for goodbyes, a gracious lady to the end. She was born June 13, 1923 to Roy and Marianne Williams, named after silent film star Lila Lee, she delighted in movies, music and the colorful history of the era. Lila Lee maintained this interest throughout her life collecting records, magazines, books and antiques, even locating a beautiful bedroom suite belonging to French American operatic soprano and actress, Lily Pons, which is still in the family today.
Graduating from North Dallas High School, Lila Lee was honored to work at the Federal Reserve in Dallas, traveling to New York for training, advancing in her position and proving herself an established working professional.
Courted by the love of her life, Tom McClendon, the two were married on March 3, 1950. Lila Lee devoted herself to family life, moving to El Paso, making it home and eventually helping with the family business, Tom's Auto Supply.
Lila Lee's delight in style and attire re-surfaced as great fun was acquiring wardrobes for Classic Car Club Tours in Tom's restored antique cars. It proved a treat for all of her grand-daughters who enjoyed those special trips to the dress shop with grandmother for the prettiest dress ever. Lila Lee enjoyed cooking, gathering and sharing recipes and creating famous
desserts like cheesecake until Tom's death in October, 2016. Remaining the gracious hostess throughout her life, Lila Lee would not allow a visit without an offer of refreshment.
She is survived by daughter Billinelle Currie; sons Tommy and wife Pat, Olon and wife, Donna, David and wife Teresa and Scott. Lila Lee had 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Corsicana. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.
"Lila Lee, we will always picture your sweet smile and continue to laugh about things which used to make us both laugh."
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lila's honor may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

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Melba Jean (Page) Winfield
Dec 3, 1924 - Sep 11, 2017

Melba Jean Page Winfield passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Clifton at the age of 92. She was born Dec. 3, 1924 in to Gordon and Eula Lee Alderman Page. Her family moved to Blooming Grove when she was two. At the age of 12 she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior during a revival service at the First Christian Church. She graduated from Blooming Grove High School and attended one year at Hill Junior College and two years at Texas Women University. She worked at Hillcrest Bank in Dallas when she met Gordon Winfield. They married June 5, 1949. They had two children Janis and Page. The family lived in Irving, Dallas, Plantation Florida, San Mateo California, Granbury and Georgetown. Melba has lived the last two years in Clifton at Sunset Home Lutheran Ministries.
She enjoyed cooking and was famous for her Blueberry Banana pies. She enjoyed spending time with her family and and going to all Texas Air Tours with Gordon in their Cessna. After Gordon's passing Melba participated in Bible studies at Faith Lutheran Church in Georgetown, ladies luncheons, folding bulletins and helped assembly braille books of the Bible.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Winfield and son Page Winfield and brother, James Page.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughter Janis Parks and husband, Robert of Whitney; daughter-in-law, Cathy Winfield of San Antonio; grandchildren, Clint Parks of Round Rock, Molly Ward and husband Aaron of Dallas; five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; sister, Elsie Bell of McAllen; Sister-in-law, Monette Johnson of Dallas. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Pastor George Watson of Fundamental Baptist Church of Clifton officiating.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a ministry or charity of choice.

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Julia May (Boyd) Moody-Bibby-Blackmon
May 15, 1919 - Aug 28, 2017

Julia May Boyd was born May 15, 1919 and passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. She was one of 10 children born to William Isaac Boyd and Melissa (Lissie) Pullin Boyd on their farm northeast of Blooming Grove.
Julia grew up in Blooming Grove and graduated from Blooming Grove High School. She lived most of her adult life in Dallas. marrying Raymond (Rex) Bibby on Aug. 13, 1943, who had custody of his three young children, Wayne, Jerry, and Derril. She joyfully welcomed the responsibility of helping him raise the boys, and loved them as her own. On Aug. 31,1945 they welcomed the arrival of daughter Carol. The family lived in Dallas until 1958 when Julia, Rex, Carol and Derril moved to El Paso. On Dec. 1, 1978 her husband Rex passed away. About three years later, Julia impulsively eloped with a childhood friend from Blooming Grove, James Otis Blackmon, and they returned to Blooming Grove. For many years they had an on and off relationship, but were divorced for the second time years before he passed away.
Julia enjoyed living in Blooming Grove where she was close to several family members and relished her independence. But in November of 2012 she suffered a massive stroke and had to enter Trisun Care Center in Corsicana for physical therapy. She was enthusiastic about the therapy and worked hard at it, hoping to be able to return home to her independence, but that was not to be.
In 2015 when she turned 96, she was convinced that it was time for her to finally be called to meet Jesus and be reunited with loved ones who had passed. Julia was a person of great faith who was never afraid to die and, in fact, looked forward to entering the next phase of life. But it was two more years before her wish was granted.
Julia was preceded in death by husband, Raymond (Rex) Bibby, son Jerry Walton Bibby, all three of her sisters, Lila Morse, Ethel (Cute) Boyd and Sadie Jones, and five of her six brothers, Wylie, Victor, Bobby, William (Doodle) and Charlie Boyd.
Julia is survived by her brother Elmer (Sonny) Boyd and brother-in-law Don Jones, both of Blooming Grove; daughter Carol Cameron Smothers of Irving, sons Derril Bibby and daughter-in-law Kathe of Bremond, and Wayne Bibby and daughter-in-law Cleta of Duncanville; granddaughters Stacey Cameron Shafer and Angela Bibby Marrs; grandsons Steven Cameron, and Russell, Brett, Brandon, Peter, and Derek Bibby; two great granddaughters; five great grandsons; four great-great grandsons and a host of beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

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William Wesley "Bill" or "Chief" Olsen, Jr.
Feb 2, 1921 - Jan 17, 2017

William Wesley Olsen, Jr. (known by most as "Bill" or "Chief") went to be with our Lord on Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017. Just the day before, he spent time at the ranch he dearly loved.
Bill never met a stranger and undoubtedly made life more fun for all those lucky enough to have known him. He was a proud member of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge No. 174 A.F. and A.M. and had received a pin for 60 years of membership. He also loved his country and would often be seen at the Waffle House or driving around town in his red pickup proudly wearing his "WWII Veteran Hat."
The loss of "Old Man Olsen, First Name Bill" will be felt by everyone that met him over his 95 years. He consumed every moment of life. He was the type of man that cared for everyone, but above all, he loved his family. They just don't make them like Bill anymore.
Bill married the love of his life, Jane Hill, on Feb. 24, 1941, immediately before he went overseas to fight for our country. He proudly served as an infantryman and master sergeant in the United States Army in the South Pacific. Jane waited faithfully for him until he returned, and they were married for almost 64 years.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Hill Olsen; sister, Hazel Olsen Graves and brother, Holman Ole Olsen.
He will live on through the memories of those he leaves behind, including daughters, Pam Olsen Dunn and Becky Olsen Myers and husband, Johnny; grandchildren, Carrie Dunn Kindle, Lawson Dunn and wife, Shannon, Lowell Olsen Dunn, Sarah Beth Myers and fiancé, Shawn Smith, Haley Myers Weiner and husband, Justin; great grandchildren,Victoria Taylor and Mason, Rebecca Kindle, Preston Kindle, Shelton Dunn, Blair Dunn, Rylee Dunn, Wesley Weiner, and Grant Weiner; great-great grandchildren, Maddox Pryor and Madilyn Pryor. Also, devoted companion, Mary Biggers and longtime family friends Tommy Whitman, Jim Whitman and Davey Whitman as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery with Father Ed Monk officiating.
Memorials may be made to Corsicana Masonic Lodge, Wounded Warriors Project or St. John's Episcopal Church.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Virginia Lucille (Brooks) Holbrook
Mar 4, 1927 - Jan 19, 2017
 
Mrs. Virginia Lucille Holbrook, 89, of Blue Ridge passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at her residence in Blue Ridge. She was born on March 4, 1927 in Verona, Kentucky to Thomas and Doretta Brooks.
She was the best mother that five little girls could ever ask for, she taught them to go to church and to have unending belief in God. She was the saving grace for her children, and was a very giving person who never meet a stranger.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe A. Holbrook; son, Roscoe A. Holbrook, Jr.; daughter, Pamela Jean Holbrook; great grandson, Colt Wolfe; parents and six siblings.
She is survived by daughters, Dora Merriman and husband Louis of Mabank, Sallie Speck and husband Patrick of Blue Ridge, Bessie Portwood and husband John of Italy, Clara Landrum and husband John of Eustace, and Darliene McFarland of Blue Ridge; grandchildren, David Fortner of Tool, John Ragan and wife Liz of Houston, Lajenia Hutcherson and husband Warren of Farmersville, Paula Portwod of Italy, Stacey Wolfe and husband David of Kerens, Niki McQuary and husband Craig of Kerens, Jonah Landrum of Eustace, and James Lee Hays and wife Melinda of Greenville; great grandchildren, Peyton Fortner of Tool, Adrianna Benton of Blue Ridge, Kailee Benton of Blue Ridge, B J Wolfe of Kerens, Alyson Womble of Kerens, Westin Womble of Kerens, Eastin Trull of Kerens, Avery McQuary of Kerens, Anthony McQuary of Kerens, and Gabriel Hays of Greenville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will David Wolfe, B J Wolfe, Peyton Fortner, Warren Hutcherson, Craig McQuary, and Jeff Dover.

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Grace Fay (Coffey) Woodard
Aug 26, 1922 - Jan 20, 2017
 
Grace Coffey Woodard, 94, of Arlington passed away on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at her son's residence in Mineral Wells. She was born on Aug. 26, 1922 in Jester to George Clinton and Ella Mae Covington Coffey.
She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She was a lifetime member of the Rebekah's, and was a member of the Baptist church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Pierce Woodard, Sr.; parents, Clint and Ella Coffey and five siblings.
She is survived by her son, Joe P. Woodard, Jr. and wife Sue of Mineral Wells; daughter, Jane McManus and husband Jason of Arlington; grandchildren, Jody Woodard and wife Stefanie of Watauga, Jeff Woodard and wife Susie of Mineral Wells, Jennifer Pentz and husband David of Gibbtown and Jacob McManus of Arlington; great grandchildren, Jadyn and Jeremiah Woodard of Mineral Wells, Sammy Pentz of Gibbtown and John Thomas Woodard of Watauga along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Tunnel officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

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Carrie Marie (Speights) Gibson
Mar 7, 1952 - Jan 24, 2017
 
Carrie Marie Speights Gibson of Rice went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Jan. 24, 2017 due to complications of diabetes.
She was born on March 7, 1952 in Denver City to Callan M.B. Speights, Sr., and Jennie Elizabeth Wickson Speights. Carrie was raised in Denver City, along with her 10 brothers and sisters and was a proud graduate of Denver City High School, class of 1971.
She had her first date with Micheal Dan Gibson on Dec. 18, 1970 and they were married at the Denver City Church of Christ on Jan. 29, 1971. She was very proud to be his wife and loved him with all her heart. She and Dan were blessed with two daughters, Angela Shae Gibson Dunnahoe and Andrea Danielle Gibson. During their 45 year marriage, Dan's line of work sent them to live in various places in Texas and New Mexico, until they finally settled in Corsicana in June of 1991. While living in Corsicana, Carrie worked at P&S Pharmacy and Central Texas Business Machines, but she felt her most important role in life was being a wife and mother.
In November of 2010, Carrie and Dan moved to Rice where they planned to spend their retirement years together.
In January 1997, Carrie found her "true calling" as she became grandmother to Tyler Dan Gibson. In July of 2005, the picture was completed with the birth of Avery Madison Dunnahoe. Nana loved her grandchildren more than she could ever convey and was infinitely proud of each of them and their accomplishments. She loved going to Ty's theater productions and Avery's award assemblies at school and you could count on her taking a million pictures while there. While Carrie was devoted to her family and friends, without question, she loved her Lord and Savior even more. She was baptized on April 10, 1963 at the Denver City Church of Christ and was currently a member of Westhill Church of Christ in Corsicana. She was a true example of Christian light and encouraged everyone to "do something each day to bring honor and glory to God."
She was preceded in death by her parents Callan and Jennie Speights, and her father and mother-in-law Roy A. "Hoot" and Mary Martin Gibson, all of Denver City; sisters Patricia Ann Speights and Rita Speights Compton; sister-in-law Charlotte Gibson Gunter, and brothers-in-law Gene Sims; Dick Duncan and Don Compton.
She is survived by her loving husband Dan Gibson of Rice, her daughters Angela Gibson Dunnahoe of Corsicana and Danielle Gibson of Rice; two grandchildren, Ty Gibson and Avery Dunnahoe; brothers Curtis Speights, Callan Speights, Doug Speights and wife Linda, Sammy Speights and wife Glenda; sisters Barbara Duncan, Phyllis Blackwood, Sharlot Martin and Debbie Sims; brothers-in-law Russell Gunter, Rick Gibson and wife Christie, Mark Gibson and wife Kim and Kris Gibson and wife Sharon. She also had many nieces and nephews whom she adored and loved unconditionally.
Vistation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, 1530 N. 45th St., in Corsicana.
A celebration of Carrie's life is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at Westhill Church of Christ. Interment will follow the services at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Westhill Church of Christ Benevolence Program (3400 West Highway 22, Corsicana, Texas 75110).

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Elisha Clayton Carver
July 24, 1939 - Jan 21, 2017
 
Elisha Clayton Carver, 77, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. He was born July 24, 1939 in Angus to E.C. (Bully) Carver and Clara Stallings Carver. Clayton was a big joker and loved by all his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Earl Carver; sister Ellen Kelley; nephews, Kevin Haynes and Dirk Messer. He is survived by Cynthia Carver of Abilene, Elisha Clayton Carver Jr. of Ft Worth, Cathy Ann Carver Barbee of Abilene, Carla June Walden of Anson and Cheryl Leanne Carver of Belton; siblings, LaRue Prince of Groesbeck, Jewel Carver of New York, Calvin Lee Carver of Groesbeck and Frank Carver of Waxahachie. He is also survived by niece, Nada Barlow and 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
Visitation will held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 26, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Helen Nadine (Wilson) Carver (div.); s/o Elisha C. "Bully" Carver & Clara Mae (Stallings) Carver

Bobbie (Hawkins) Harris-Allison
Dec 8, 1922 - Jan 25, 2017

Bobbie Harris Allison, formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at her home in Providence Village in Denton County at the age of 94. She was born on Dec. 8, 1922 in Loving, Texas to Benjamin Hawkins and Jessie Jordan Hawkins. She married Raymond Harris in Oklahoma and the next day he left for Europe during World War II and fought in the "Battle of the Bulge." During the time he was gone she moved to St. Louis and helped with the war effort building planes and became one of the "Rosie the Riveters." Following the war they moved to Corsicana in 1963 and she went to work at Medical Arts Clinic for the physicians helping with office management. Bobbie enjoyed home decoration and really enjoyed gardening. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana while living here. In 2014 she moved with her daughter from Corsicana.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond Harris in 1976 and siblings Samuel Hawkins, Benjamin Hawkins, Wanda Huffer and Dorothy Patton. She is survived by her daughter Rita Carver; grandchildren John Carver and Emily Robinson; great grandson Skyler Robinson; nieces Betina Hawkins, Cheryl Hawkins and Debbie Hawkins; nephew Rick Patton; sister-in-law Benaze Hawkins and son-in-law Rick Carver.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Bobbie Harris Allison, formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at her home in Providence Village in Denton County at the age of 94. She was born on December 8, 1922 in Loving, Texas to Benjamin Hawkins and Jessie Jordan Hawkins. She married Raymond Harris in Oklahoma and the next day he left for Europe during World War II and fought in the "Battle of the Bulge". During the time he was one she moved to St. Louis and helped with the war effort building planes and became one of the "Rosie the Riveters". Following the war they moved to Corsicana in 1963 and she went to work at Medical Arts Clinic for the physicians helping with office management. Bobbie enjoyed home decoration and really enjoyed gardening. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Corsicana while living here. In 2014 she moved with her daughter from Corsicana.

Bobbie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond Harris in 1976 and siblings; Samuel Hawkins, Benjamin Hawkins, Wanda Huffer and Dorothy Patton. She is survived by her daughter Rita Carver. Grandchildren; John Carver and Emily Robinson and a great grandson Skyler Robinson. She is also survived by nieces; Betina Hawkins, Cheryl Hawkins and Debbie Hawkins. Nephew Rick Patton and sister-in-law Benaze Hawkins and son-in-law Rick Carver.

Visitation will be Friday evening at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home from 5 - 7pm. Graveside services will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10am at Oakwood Cemetery

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Charles Leo "Sonny" Lennon, Jr.
Jun 7, 1937 - Feb 2, 2017
 

Charles Leo 'Sonny' Lennon, Jr., 79, of Angus passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. He was born June 7, 1937 to Charlie and Letha Lennon of Angus.
He was a 1955 Honor Graduate of Corsicana High School and a recipient of a James L Collins Scholarship. C.L., as he was known at school, graduated from Howard Payne University in Brownwood. He completed seminary at Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored churches in the Montana and Oklahoma areas. He served two years as HQ Company Clerk for the United States Army, in addition to receiving the Good Conduct Medal, C.L. received medals regarding his excellent marksmanship with the M-1 rifle.
In 1962, after being honorably discharged from the military, he began his teaching career. He served as a teacher for 25 years and taught at schools in Big Timber, Montana, Plains, Freeport, Pasadena, Deer Park, Shelton and Corsicana.
In 1987 he retired from teaching and began to enjoy fishing, camping and traveling. He enjoyed reading and was an art enthusiast and had many pleasant visitations with his Senior Circle of Friends in Corsicana. He was a very generous person, just ask anyone who knew him. He was avidly interested in politics and often spoke up for the rights of his fellow man and his country.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Letha and Charlie Lennon and sisters, Frankie Crowder and Betty Grimes.
He is survived by his brother, Larry Lennon and wife Beverly of Angus; sisters, Melba Lennon of Corsicana, Lorene Lassiter of Kerens, Dorothy Muncy and husband Bob of Daisy, Oklahoma, and Leoma Pratt of Tyler. He is also survived by a large number of nieces and nephews scattered throughout this great land.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Bedard and Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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Edith Maurice (Gregg) Owen
Oct 22, 1944 - Feb 13, 2017

Edith Maurice Owen, 72, went to her heavenly home on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. She passed away peacefully at her residence in Purdon, surrounded by her family.
Maurice was born Oct. 22, 1944 in West Point, Mississippi. She moved to Corsicana at age 12, graduated from Corsicana High School in 1962 and attended Navarro College, as well as married the love of her life, Kenneth Floyd Owen, with whom she shared 54 years.
Maurice loved helping people find homes during her 32 years of service as a real estate agent and broker, but was even more dedicated to her faith in God and to sharing his Word. She ministered at many locations in the Corsicana and DFW areas over the years and did outreach work with prisoners, the youth, and the elderly. She also traveled to minister in Jamaica, the United Kingdom and Africa.
Maurice was preceded in death by her father Sylvester Gregg, mother Letha Woodard Gregg and brother David Gregg.
She is survived by her loving husband Kenneth Owen; her daughter Monica Moody and husband Matt and grandchildren, whom she adored, Kaya and Kaleb Moody. She is also survived by her brother Bobby Gregg and his wife, Carol; brother James Parker; sisters Sylvia Singleton, Julia Wilcoxson, and her husband B.A., and Deborah Parker; her husband Kenneth's brothers Don Owens and his wife Juanita, Robert L. Owen and his wife Sandra, and sister Earlene Bowling and her husband Johnnie, along with numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Dawson. A celebration of Maurice's life will follow at 2 p.m., with pastor and cousin Steve Burleson officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow immediately after at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Owens, Jimmy Owens, Johnnie Bowling, Jr., Joe Bowling, Josh Bowling, Josh Burleson, Matt Moody and Kaleb Moody. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Gregg, Don Owens, Robert L. Owen, Randall Burleson, Billy Burleson, Garland Burleson and Bill Sherrard.
Maurice's family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the many churches, extended family, and special friends who have provided unending love, prayer, and support during Maurice's illness. Special thanks goes to Family First Hospice of Ennis and Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maurice Owen Memorial Fund at Citizens National Bank, 100 N. Main St., Corsicana, TX 75110. (903-875-2300)

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Troy Glenn Bullard
Dec 22, 1972 - Feb 10, 2017
 

Troy Glenn Bullard, 44 of Ennis, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. He was born Dec. 22, 1972 in Ennis to Joe Glynn and Katherine Diane Davis Bullard. He served in the National Guard and attended Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis. He married Kimberly Jernigan in Galveston on May 20, 2011. Troy worked for Cardinal Glass for 20 years. He loved to work out at the gym. He loved spending time with his family and most of all with his wife and children.
He is survived by his wife Kimberly Bullard; children, Justin Duvall, Troy Keith Bullard, Brandon Sauser, Samantha Sauser, Tory Bullard; father Joe Bullard and wife Hazel; mother Katherine Taylor; brothers and sisters, Daniel Bullard and Janifer, Eric Bullard and Nancy, Ashley Ferrer and Danie and Trinity Bullard; nephew Keys Bullard and wife Megan and their children Ambry and one on the way, Baby Boy Bullard. He is also survived by numerous other family members.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services are set to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Farmer, Tim Kennemore, Robbie Christian, Pat Joles, Brian Bennett and Clayton Richards. Honorary pallbearers will be Edward Bullard and Keys Bullard.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Maudra Lee Dixon
abt 1944 - Feb 9, 2016

Maudra Lee Dixon, 72, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 at Trisun Care Center. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the First Independent Baptist Church with Pastors Kenneth Walton and Larry L. Polk, Sr., officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Lorene Mitchell
Feb 8, 1923 - Feb 14, 2017

Lorene Mitchell, 95, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 8, 1923 in Powell.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 409 N. Third St., in Corsicana with Rev. Earnest Betts and Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating.
Interment to follow at
Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Teresa Denise "Poochie" Roberts-Wilson
Dec 22, 1974 - Feb 23, 2017
 

Teresa Denise 'Poochie' Roberts-Wilson, 42, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 in Dallas.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.
Funeral services are set to begin at noon Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Second Mission Baptist Church with Rev. Redic, Rev. Dairy Johnson, Sr., and Bishop John Baker officiating.
Interment to follow at
Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Debra Jean "Debbie" (Braddock) Hunt
Oct 12, 1957 - Mar 9, 2017

Debbie Braddock Hunt, 59, passed away in Waxahachie, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Debbie was born in Ennis on Oct. 12, 1957 to Gene and Nellie Ann (Perry) Braddock. She grew up in Rice and attended school in Rice and Blooming Grove. She and Rickey E. Ragan were together for 25 years and made their home in Emhouse.
She worked for Collin Street Bakery for several years as a manager and for over 30 years as a Rural Carrier for the United States Post Office.
She enjoyed being outdoors and especially fishing. She was a avid Cowboy's fan and loved playing washers. In her younger years she played basketball and was a barrel racer. Her family was the joy of her life especially the grandchildren who called her "Measy," along with the nieces and nephews.
Debbie was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Jeffery Braddock.
She is survived by sons, Steven Kyle Hunt and wife Angelia, Sean Lee Hunt and wife Jolene, Johnny Ray Ragan and wife Liz and Rickey Glen Ragan and wife Brittany; daughter, La Jenia Ragan and Warren Hutcherson; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Steve Braddock and wife Jan, Ricky Braddock and wife Joni and Roger Braddock and wife Judy; one sister, Linda Bernal and husband Ben and her life mate, Rickey E. Ragan.
Visitation was held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Rice Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

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James Lee "Monk" Almond
Dec 30, 1938 - Feb 26, 2017

James Lee "Monk" Almond, 78, of Corsicana passed away at his residence Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Dr. Mark Luera.


 

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James Lee Almond, Monk as he was known, was born on December 30, 1938, to Glen and Angel Almond in Healdton, Oklahoma. He was the second of three children, Jim the oldest and Glenda the youngest. The family moved to Fredericktown, Missouri where he grew up and graduated high school in 1957. James attended Missouri State University before moving to Texas. In 1960, James joined the Dallas Police Department where he acquired his nickname Monk, short for monkey, during a foot chase where he had to climb a building looking for a suspect. In Dallas he met and married Kathy Marwitz of Hamilton, Texas in 1962. They had two children Kirby and LeJae. The summer of 62 he was drafted into the US Army and was station at Ft. Hood, Texas until his discharge in 64. He rejoined the Dallas Police Department. He married Sharon Smith in 1972 and had a son, Jason in 1973. He retired from the police department in 1980 as a Sargent. He moved to Corsicana in 1982 to raise his youngest son. It was around this time he joined VFW post 3366, where he made so many life-long friends. James enjoyed coin collecting, hunting, fishing and shooting pool. But most especially, the many friendships he made throughout his life. A birthday did not go by without a card from him for an untold number of friends.

He is survived by Kirby, wife Maralena, their children Maddie and Walker of Cleburne ,Texas. LeJae, husband Keith Potts, their children Katie, Rachel, and Annalise of Lubbock, Texas. Jason, wife Lila and their children Hannah and Kellen of San Antonio, Texas. His sister Glenda, husband Wayne Voelmeck, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:00AM at Oakwood Cemetery. Officiating the service will be Dr. Mark Luera.

We would like to thank all his good friends that assisted in helping care for Dad during his last months. He died at his home surrounded by all of his children. He knew he was loved and everyone that called him a friend knew he truly loved and cared for them. We were blessed to have known such a man.
Corley Funeral Home

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  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • h/o Kathy Ilene (Marwitz) Almond & Mary Sharon (Smith) Almond; s/o Glen Bert Almond and Angel Gwendolyn "Nonie" (Walls) Almond


Everett Clark Sumrall
May 29, 1963 - Feb 28, 2017
 

E.Clark Sumrall, 53, passed away at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 surrounded by his love ones at his sister's home.
Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Trinity Assembly of God located at 109 FM 2452 in Corsicana.
Funeral services are set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Trinity Assembly of God. Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Services provided by Luz Eterna Funeral Home.

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William Donald "Don" Smith
Feb 26, 1929 - Mar 2, 2017

Don Smith of Corsicana passed away Thusday morning, March 2, 2017 at Twilight Home Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Perrin to William Dalton Smith and Clida Bell Baker Smith. Don married Anita LaJuan Hazelwood, July 17, 1947. He was a member of the Shriner's and Mason's for many years. He was also a member of Beacon Church of Christ in Gun Barrel City. He enjoyed fishing, dancing and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also enjoyed the company of his two dogs, Baby and Harley.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Anita LaJuan Smith and great grandson Kinsler Davis.
He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill Smith and Linda, Steve Smith and Stephanie all of Corsicana; sister, Rosalea Wade of Rutherford; brother-in-law Donald Hazelwood and wife Sharon of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Gwen McCluney and husband Mike, Bryan Smith and wife Andrea, Shae Smith and wife Laney, Chad Davis and wife Kari, Chris Davis and wife Jessica; 15 great grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dan Baum officiating.
Interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bryan Smith, Mike McCluney, Shae Smith, Chad Davis, Chris Davis and Scott Hampel. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Kinkade, David Putman, Larry Hodge and The Navarro County Shriner's.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Sara Isabel (Holmes) Falk
Jul 14, 1920 - Feb 27, 2017

Sara Isabel Holmes, the second daughter born to William Holmes and Helen Hardy on July 14, 1920, was a true reflection of the post World War I and then The Depression era culture of central Texas and Corsicana. She was a lifelong Episcopalian whose favorite part of the Bible was The Book of Luke.
She was one of several grandchildren of the respected Congressman Rufus Hardy and the beautiful Felicia Peck of nearby Fairfield. It is hard to believe now, but Corsicana was an oil boom town when she was born, as was Shreveport where her father and mother lived until their separation in 1924. But the Corsicana environment in particular is nicely described in her mother's book, "Reflections."
Born five years after her sister, Helen, who died in Waco just 18 months ago having celebrated her 100th birthday, the Hardy and Holmes women demonstrated some very durable genes indeed. Helen and Sara had a little brother, Campbell, also buried in the Hardy plot in Oakwood, but he died of an influenza believed to have been caught on a long train ride back from Washington when Helen visited her parents there in the mid-1920's.
Sara was somewhat of a tomboy, we were told. Vivacious and precocious, and a busy visitor throughout the neighborhood as a little girl. She was popular, and I recall my grandmother saying that "we never knew what new friend Sara might bring home after school." She was a reasonably good student, but not as serious as her older sister who later earned Phi Beta Kappa status at the University of Texas in Austin. Both Helen and Sara were in Pi Beta Phi, a respected...and still respected...sorority.
But, while in high school, and in the deepest period of The Depression, around 1935, her mother married again. Her step-father was Johnny Pierce, a teacher at Corsicana High School, and its varsity football coach. He was a harsh disciplinarian during her teenage years, and she deeply resented him at the time. Helen had gone off to the university, and so Johnny Pierce's disciplinary ways were fully focused on Sara. Only later, when Chuck was a teenager, sometimes complaining about his dad's firmness, did she confess that she greatly benefited from her stepfather's firm hand. He too is buried in the Hardy plot and next to his wife.
Sometime in the summer of 1942, when she was visiting Corsicana from her job with what became Mobil Oil Company in Dallas, she met Arnold C. Falk, Jr., a flying instructor for the U.S. Army Air Corps assigned to the training base at the Corsicana air field. They dated, and were married on Valentine's Day 1943. Later that year, he became a B-24 flying instructor at Randolph Field in San Antonio, and just after their first son, Chuck was born at the base hospital, he led his last students to the effort fighting the Japanese in China. After Chuck was born, she returned to Corsicana for the balance WWII, and actually well into 1946 when Arnold, by then a Captain was finally released to return to civilian life.
Sometime during the first half of 1946, he was hired by the Superior Oil Company of California, and the three of us lived in Los Angeles until mid-1948 when Superior opened its Texas operations in Houston. Both were overjoyed to go back to Texas, and their second son, Bob was born on Dec. 27 1948 in Houston. He was made Chief Pilot of Superior Oil shortly after Bob's arrival, and the four of us lived in Houston until Chuck went to the university in Austin in 1961, and Bob in 1966. He retired from Superior Oil in 1973, it being mandatory at the time that professional pilots retire when reaching 55 years of age.
They moved to their beautiful Hill County place, Son Vida, on Lake Travis in 1973. But, returning to Houston for the period of about 1952 until 1961. She attended a local interior design and decorating school there, and became certified by that school as a professional interior decorator. She ran her own business helping many of her wealthier friends, and their friends, with their interior decorating needs. I think it is fair to say that everyone in our family and their many friends in Houston appreciated her imagination and energy. She could see form and colors as well as anyone I've ever seen. She knew materials, and her knowledge of fine furniture was superior.
They lived at Son Vida on Lake Travis for 20 years until it became just too much for them. They sold Son Vida in 1993 and moved to Granbury, and a house on that Lake until Arnold died of a heart attack on March 6, 2001.
After Arnold died, Sara was unable to live in the large house there alone, and she agreed to move to Broadway Plaza in Ft Worth, eventually going to Grace Presbyterian Village where she died Feb. 27, 2017.
In summary, Sara Holmes of Corsicana lived a long and full life. She was a generous person with her resources, almost to a fault at times. She had a hard time ever saying 'no' to a request for help. A wonderful cook (whose recipes Jeremy has memorialized), a lover of history, good books of that genre, beautiful music and later a really knowledgeable person of fine Western painting and bronzes. Items they collected are still in our houses today, and we think of them both whenever we look at these items.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold C. Falk, Jr.; son, Robert Hardy Falk; parents, William and Helen Hardy; and a sister, Helen Landers.
She is survived by her son, Chuck Falk and wife Danielle of Stans, Switzerland; grandsons, Charles Falk of Lexington, Kentucky and Dillon Falk and wife Lucy of Columbia, Missouri; granddaughters, Sally Spurlock and husband Charlie of Lexington, Kentucky and Dorian Falk and husband Jeremy of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; great grandchildren, Osmond Falk of Columbia, Missouri, Ashley Benevides and husband Emilio and Dallas Lockridge of Lexington, Kentucky; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Doctor Donna Falk officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to any Orphan's Home of your choice.

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Emma Jean Evans
abt 1944 - Feb 26, 2017

Emma Jean Evans, 72, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 in Red Oak.
Wake services will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Roane Chapel Full Gospel Church located at 100 South Parham St.
Funeral services are set to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church located at 2217 W. 7th Ave.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Willie Fred "Bo Didley" Goff
abt 1947 - Mar 13, 2017

Willie Fred Goff "Bo Didley", 69, of Corsicana passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church located at 400 S. 15th Street with Pastor Larry l. Polk, Sr., officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Myrtle L. Wilds is:


Myrtle Lura (Dillard) Wilds
Nov 12, 1892 - Sep 15, 1929

CORSICANA WOMAN DIES AFTER ILLNESS OF SEVERAL MONTHS

Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Laura Wilds, 36, wife of G. E. Wilds who died at the family residence, 109 West Thirteenth avenue, Monday night at 7 o’clock, following an illness of several months, were held from the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. H. A. Conway, Baptist minister. Mrs. Wilds was a native of Oklahoma, but had resided in Texas for a number of years.

Surviving are her husband, nine children, Delma, Elvia, Mildred, Edith, Elsia, Kenneth, Opal, Dorris and Audrey Fae Wilds, all of Corsicana; one step-daughter, Vernie Lee Kay, Corsicana; father, W. C. Dillard, Corsicana; one sister, Mrs. Alice Eubanks, Mabank; one half-sister, Mrs. Pearl McGloon, Corsicana; two half-brothers, Walter Turner Dillard, San Springs, Oklahoma; and Paul D. Dullard, Corsicana.

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

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Mary Frances Reed
May 2, 1891 - May  24, 1929


MRS. FRANCES REED DIED IN CORSICANA HOSPITAL FRIDAY

Mrs. Frances Reed, 40, wife of Dave Reed, who resides on the Riley P. Alexander farm about four miles east of Corsicana, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic at 2 o’clock Friday morning and the funeral was held from the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, four sons, George, Albert and James Reed and a 10-day-old son; five daughters, Mrs. Maude Scroggins, Misses Dobie, Pauline, Julia and Louise Reed. All are the children are at home with the exception of Mrs. Scarborough who resides in the Rural Shade community.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. F. Aaron and Rev. M. J. Panneli.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, May 24, 1929
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (the death certificate says Mrs. Francis Reid, May 2, 1888- May 24, 1929 --signed by Dave Reid—parents Lathe Wilson and Laura Vinyard)(find-a grave says Mary Frances Reed-May 2, 1891- May 24, 1929-w/o George Lewis Reed)

Carl Franklin Dickson
Jan 22, 1894 - May 16, 1931

FROST

FROST, May 21.—(Spl.)—The body of Carl Franklin Dixon of Navasota, was brought here for burial Sunday afternoon. The out-of-town relatives were Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Dixon, Miss Stella Mae Dixon, Pete Simon, and Rev. Landrum of Navasota, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Lawhorn of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Dixon and baby of Paducah, Vivian Bowman of Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Johnson, Otis Dixon, Freeman Dixon and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Fitzgerald and daughter Hazel of Dallas.

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Margaret Elizabeth (Brown) Ragsdale
Jun 14, 1853 - May 9, 1931

BARRY

BARRY, MAY 14.—(Spl.)—Out of town relatives attending the funeral of Grandma Ragsdale, who died Saturday night and was buried Sunday afternoon, were Mrs. Nettie Goodman and son, Scott, Mrs. Mamie Stearman and daughter, Virgie Mae of Wichita Falls; Mrs. Tresa Ragsdale, Mrs. Lillie Bruce and sons, Robert and Mallard of Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. William S. Mallard of Mertens, Mr. and Mrs. George Faucett and Mrs. Elmo Goodman of Mertens; Mrs. Holland of Blooming Grove; Mr. and Mrs. H. Q. Urban of Tyler; Roy Ragsdale and family of Wortham; Miss Julia Ragsdale of Dallas; Mrs. Carrie Smith, James Smith and son of
Arlington.

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INFANT SON Allen
B&D Sep. 7, 1931

Baby Died Monday In Local Hospital

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Allen, Barry, route 2, died at the P. and S. hospital Monday night at 8 o’clock and the funeral was held at the Dresden cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 8 o’clock where interment was made.

Corley-McMahon funeral home had charge of the funeral.

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Wanda Ruth (Turner) McCleary
Jan. 06, 1930 - Sep. 16, 2017
 
Wanda “Nana” McCleary, 87, of Hillsboro passed away Saturday evening, September 16, 2017, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, at Line Street United Methodist Church in Hillsboro with Rev. Darrel Phillips, Rev. Amy Anderson, and Rev. Melissa Graham officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 22, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors in Hillsboro.

Born January 6, 1930 in Dawson, she was the daughter of Charles William and Omie Mae (Fitzgerald) Turner. She graduated from Blooming Grove High School where she played basketball. On June 22, 1947, Wanda was united in marriage to Jack McCleary. The couple lived in Houston and Corsicana before returning to Hillsboro in 1953. Wanda was employed at T. B. Bond Pharmacy for 15 years and later at Family Diagnostic Medical Center in data processing until her retirement in the early 2000's.

She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved taking care of family, including her sisters, nieces, and nephews. For years, she and her sisters would take a “Sisters’ Trip” together. She was an active member of Line Street United Methodist Church in Hillsboro where she participated in the children’s programs, sacraments, and Walk to Emmaus.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Jack McCleary on November 1, 1965; and three sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Harmer, Johnnie Bell, and Wynell Niswanger.

Survivors include her four children, Billy Dale McCleary and wife, Diana, of Clifton, Margaret Kay McCleary of Gatesville, Roy McCleary and wife, Darla, of Whitney, and Gail Fussell of Hillsboro; sister, Linda Newell and husband, Bill, of Everman; five grandchildren, William McCleary and wife, Gayle, of San Antonio, Marcus Kruger and wife, Evangelee, of Seattle, WA, John Nathan Fussell and wife, Rebel, of Hillsboro, Kaylee McCleary of Lubbock, and Cody Helms and wife, Victoria, of Granbury; seven great-grandchildren, Zachary, Brandon, Isabelle, Xéa, Simone, Jessie, and Hunter; and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Line Street United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1665, Hillsboro, TX 76645.

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James J. Baker
May 21, 1858 - Sep 9, 1931

AGED DAWSON MAN DIED IN HOSPITAL HERE LAST NIGHT

J. J. Baker, aged 73 years of Dawson, died in the P. & S. Hospital Wednesday night at 11:45 o’clock and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in the Campbell cemetery near Drane. He was a native of Alabama.

Surviving are six sons, E. W. Baker, Anderson; Walter, Dan and Harvey Baker all of Dawson community; Bill Baker, Almada, Hugh Baker, San Diego, Cal.; and one daughter, Mrs. Lena Recter, McKinney.

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

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John Clark Johnson
Jan 31, 1855 - Mar 30, 1931

Aged Resident Dies.

KERENS, April 1.—(Spl.)—Jno. C. Johnson 71, well known resident of Kerens for many years died at the home of Hal C. Johnson, Monday at 1 p.m. Interment took place in the Kerens cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Mr. Johnson moved to Kerens from Mississippi when a young man and has lived at Kerens ever since. He had been in ill health for some time. He leaves one child, Hal C. of this place.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 1, 1931
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • (death certificate says he died in Marlin, Texas) h/o Harriett Ione “Hattie” (Coates) Johnson married Apr. 5, 1885 s/o R. C. Johnson and unk (Carter) Johnson per death certificate

Philip Edward Ware
May 8, 1859 - Dec 1, 1931

RURAL SHADE

RURAL SHADE, Dec. 10.—(Spl.)—“Uncle” Phil Ware of Mineral Wells was buried at Long Prairie last Thursday. The funeral services were held at Rural Shade Baptist church. This was Mr. Ware’s old home.

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Elizabeth Ann (Cassidy) Brewster
Feb 1, 1850 - Dec 5, 1930

RURAL SHADE

RURAL SHADE, Dec. 10.—(Spl.)—“Grandma” Buster of Kerens was buried at Long Prairie Sunday. She was one of Rural Shade’s old settlers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Dec 11, 1931
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Assumed w/o John Brewster (died Oct. 17, 1904) (death certificate says Mrs. C. A. Brewster, father Cassidy-census says Elizabeth A) (one son’s death certificate says Ann Cassidy) (obit says Buster in error)

Nelson Conner
Sep 7, 1855 - Jul 21, 1931

RESIDENT OF ALTO DIED AT HOME SON HERE ON TUESDAY

Funeral services for Nelson Connor, aged 75 years, of Alto, Texas, who died at the home of his son, C. M. Conner, 12 South Beaton Street Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Calvary Baptist church. Interment was made in the Long Prairie cemetery. Rev. T. A. Bohanan, pastor of the church, officiated.

Surviving are three sons, Jasper Connor, Oklahoma City; C. M. Conner, Corsicana, and C. E. Connor, Kerens; four daughters, Mrs. Charlie Richards, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Nannie Cartwright, Houston; Mrs. Claude Roach, Alto, and Mrs. John Cunningham, Debold, Texas.

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

Notes:


Willie Gotcher
Mar 4, 1912 - Jan 17, 1975

Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Willie Gotcher, 62, resident of Corsicana, who was pronounced dead on arrival to Memorial Hospital. Rev. Mickey Loftis officiated, and burial was at Prairie Point.
He was a lumber yard employe.
Survivors include his widow, of Corsicana; a son, Dickie Gotcher of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Massey of Streetman and Mrs. James Richards of Waco; eight grandchildren, a brother, J. N. Gotcher of Powell; three sisters, Mrs. L. R. Clckerell, Mrs. C. T. Clay, and Mrs. Lottie Sisson all of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers included Johnny Massey, James Richards, Johnny McNeel, Gayne Garner, Chester R. Clay, and James Wilson.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun
  • From the collection of the Liz Gillespie Genealogy Dept., Corsicana Library
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Margaret "Maggie" Lee (Cates) Gotcher; s/o William Gotcher & Mary (Everett) Gotcher

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