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J. T. Green
Oct 4, 1926 - Apr 1, 1930

Little Boy Died Here Tuesday and Buried Wednesday

T. J. Green, three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Green, 117 West Thirteenth avenue, died Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock following a short illness, and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Modrell cemetery. Surviving are his parents and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, April 2, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Obit says T. J. the death certificate says J. T; s/o William Thomas Wesley Green & Dovie (Fincher) Green buried in Pattison cemetery

Unknown Baby Girl
Found Aug 4, 1930

BODY OF BABY GIRL FOUND IN TANK IN SOUTH CORSICANA

INVESTIGATION INDICATED BABE WAS ALIVE WHEN THROWN IN WATER

The nude body of an infant white female child was found floating on the Beaton tank in South Corsicana Monday morning by a negress who had gone to the tank for water. The body apparently had been in the water for some time.

Deputy Sheriff Jack Floyd and Sam B. Jordan, justice of the peace, went to the scene of the discovery of the body and instituted an investigation. The body later was taken to the court house where Dr. T. W. Wade, acting county physician, conducted an investigation. It was reported that the physician’s investigation disclosed that death was due to drowning, and that the child was alive when it was placed or thrown into the water.

One ear was missing, and the back of the head was discolored and bruised badly.

The body was prepared for burial and was sent to the county farm where interment was made in the “potter’s field” there.

Officers investigating the death of the babe have no clues as to the identity of the parents of the child, or as to what person or persons are responsible for the placing of the body in the tank.

Judge Jordan did not make a formal coroner’s verdict..

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Mary Verna Parker Griffin
Jul. 20, 1907 - Aug. 10, 1930

TWO GIRLS KILLED IN AUTO CRASH HERE SATURDAY EVENING

MISSES MARY GRIFFIN AND NELL CHILTON VICTIMS OF ACCIDENT

Mary Verna Parker Griffin, aged 23, daughter of J. W. Griffin of Jewett and Mrs. M. C. Griffin, 312 South Thirteenth street and Neva Nell Chilton, aged 23, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake Chilton of Luling, received fatal injuries when two automobiles collided at the intersection of North Fourteenth street and Third avenue, about 9:30 Saturday night.

Ollie Prince received a badly bruised shoulder and A. L. Elkins was considerably bruised. Both were occupants of the car in which the girls were riding. All of the occupants of the second car escaped with minor injuries.

The car in which the two girls were riding was going west on Third avenue, and the second car, driven by Miss Anna Mae Young with Clayton Hickerson and Miss Jewell Allbritton as passengers was traveling south on Fourteenth street.

Eye witnesses said that the front bumpers of the cars crashed, swinging the cars together. The Young car was left spinning at the intersection by the impact finally turning on its side; it was not badly damaged. The other car broke the contact and rolled over and over sideways and end over end for about 100 feet before finally coming to a halt. It was badly wrecked.

The injured were carried to the Navarro Clinic in the Corley-McMahon and Sutherland ambulances.

Miss Chilton received a fractured skull, a broken collarbone on the right side, a broken rib, and internal injuries. She died about 1:10 Sunday morning. Miss Griffin received a fractured skull and internal injuries and died about 12:35.

Prince was able to leave the hospital after first aid treatment. An X-ray examination Sunday morning failed to reveal any fractures.

Mr. and Mrs. Chilton arrived in Corsicana late Sunday after being notified of the accident. Miss Chilton had made her home with Mrs. Griffin while her parents were out of the city.

Funeral services for Miss Chilton will be held from the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral will be conducted by Rev. T. C. Jensen, pastor of the Mildred Baptist church.

Surviving are her parents and two brothers, James Chilton, Dallas and Blake Chilton, Jr., Luling.

Mr. Chilton, father of the deceased, is an employee of the Humble Oil & Refining Company, and prior to moving to Luling recently, was a resident of Navarro county.

Active pallbearers for the funeral will be A. A. Klein, Bud Hersler, E. D. Adams, L. H. Johnson, H. C. Laurence and T. H. Dolan.

Honorary Pallbearers—G. W. Westmoreland, C. M. Arnold, B. W. Hales, Jack Dodd, Russell Davis, C. E. Pope, C. C. Turner, J. P. Henserd, W. F. Sutton, J. H. Gilware, G. L. Humphries, J. O. Burch, D. F. Needham, M. H. Henry, W. R. Brewer, Ray Russell, E. D. Blanton, C. F. Hostetter, Clester Bumpass, Elmer Crane, Ray Hilborn, R. S. Reid, Tom Doggett, J. P. Watson and J. R. Doggett.

Funeral services for Miss Griffin were held at the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Monday morning at 10 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church. The body was forwarded to Jewett at 11:56 o’clock Monday morning via the T. & B. V. R. R. Company passenger train where interment was made late Monday afternoon.

Surviving are her parents, four brothers, J. W. Griffin, Jr., Jewett, Davis Griffin and Frank Griffin, both of Corsicana, and Ruben Griffin of Eagle Pass; two sisters, Misses Mamie Ray and Ferroll Griffin both of Corsicana.

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George Thomas Gilpin, Jr.
Oct 15, 1900 - Dec 14, 1930

Prominent Young Freestone County Man Passes Away

FAIRFIELD, Dec. 15.—(Spl.)—G. T. Gilpin, Jr., 30, former young Fairfield business man died in a Teague hospital Sunday afternoon. Interment occurred in Antioch cemetery, near Chatfield at 9 a.m. today. Mr. Gilpin is survived by his parents, wife and four children.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, December 15, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Antioch Cemetery Freestone county, Fairfield, Tx; h/o Lillian Carol (Roberts) Gilpin; s/o George Thomas Gilpin, Sr. & Julia (Dunbar) Gilpin

Nora Estelle (McClure) Roach
Mar 16, 1876 - Mar 31, 1930

ANOTHER MEMBER OF M’CLURE FAMILY DIED IN CORSICANA

The following taken from the Texas Spur, owned and published by Oran McClure, in connection with the death here recently of Mrs. Wm. Roach, will be read with sad interest by her many friends here:

“In November we were called to attend the last rites of a deceased brother, Roy McClure, youngest member of the family, who was killed by the accidental discharge of a high-powered rifle while deer hunting in the Big Bend territory in the Davis Mountains.

“Again last week we were called to attend the bedside of an only sister, Mrs. Nora Roach, wife of Wm. Roach of Corsicana, Texas, who died Monday afternoon after our departure for home.

“The remains of both brother and sister were carried to Rising Star, in Eastland county, and there placed in the cemetery plot of ground reserved for McClures, and side by side with others of the family who had passed on years before.

“Nora had been in ill health for months, and for two or three weeks before death was bed-ridden and unconscious. Will Roach was a devoted husband throughout their married life, and during her illness attended the bedside day and night without intermission and with most tender concern. This love and care of our sister in illness and health will ever be cherished in the memory of myself and brother, Clyde, the only members of the McClure family now living. Nora was 54 years of age and other members of her bereaved family are five sons and twin daughters, all of whom have families of their own except the youngest son.

“In the passing of sister and brother, we recall happy youthful days and incidents in the family circle and around the home fireside now gone forever and we are more forcibly reminded that life is limited and uncertain and death sure—and that is time to be about any work which we may have to accomplish in this life.”

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, April 17, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Buried in Rising Star, Texas; w/o William Roach married June 24, 1894; d/o John Allen McClure & Martha Ebaline (Whitley) McClure

Martha Ann (Churchman) Martin
Apr 3, 1849 - May 22, 1931

RESIDENT HERE FOR FORTY YEARS DIED FRIDAY MORNING

Mrs. Martha Ann Martin, 85, native of Missouri, but resident of this vicinity for the past 40 years, died Friday at 12:20 a. m., and the funeral was held from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. L. D. Steely, 912 North Nineteenth street, Friday afternoon at three o’clock, with interment in the Petty’s Chapel cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. A. C. Carraway, of the First Methodist church.

Survivors are one son, Lee Taylor, Dickens; three daughters, Mrs. J. R. Churchill, Riverside, Cal.; Mrs. J. H. Stewart, Dallas; and Mrs. Steely and other relatives.

The funeral was directed by Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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CARD OF THANKS

We desire to express our deep appreciation to our friends and neighbors for their kind attention to our dear mother and grandmother, Mrs. Martha Ann Martin, who passed away May 22, 1931. Also wish to thank all for the beautiful flowers, especially the employees of Oakwood cemetery, for the lovely basket of evergreens.

We will cherish the kindly deeds of Dr. D. B. Hamill, also the visits by Rev, Thrash and inspiring funeral services of Rev. Carraway and choir of the First Methodist church.

Eli Taylor, Dickens, Texas,
Mrs. J. R. Churchill, Riverside, Calif.
Mrs. J. H. Stewart, Dallas,
Mrs. L. D. Steely, Corsicana,
Aaron McDonald, Dallas,
James and Lee Jackson, Dallas,
Misses Jewell and Mary Jackson, State Home,
Harrison Stewart, Dallas,
Mrs. Gus Martin and children.

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Robert Lee Bybee
1870 - Sep 29, 1930

R. L. Bybee Died In Local Hospital

R. L. Bybee, aged 60 years, died in the Navarro County Hospital Saturday and the funeral was held Sunday at Petty’s Chapel where interment was made.

Surviving are two sons and one daughter, who reside in the Frost community.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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John Martinez
abt 1905 - Nov 11, 1930

John Martinez Buried At Petty’s Chapel

Funeral services for John Martinez, 25, who died Tuesday night, were held Wednesday afternoon with burial at Petty’s Chapel.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Tobe Smith
Dec 18, 1868 - Jun 1, 1930

TOBE SMITH DIED CORSICANA SUNDAY; BURIED AT PURSLEY

Tobe Smith, aged 61 years, native of Kentucky, died at the residence of Dr. A. D. Sanders, 914 South Eighteenth street, Sunday morning at 5 o’clock and the funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Pursley cemetery where interment was made. The services were conducted by Rev. J. L. Hines, minister of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are four nieces, Mrs. J. R. Reed, Corsicana; Mrs. A. D. Sanders, Corsicana; Miss Maggie Smith, Corsicana; Mrs. Gertie Smith, Purdon; two nephews, W. G. Smith and G. T. Smith both of Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Isaac Monroe Washer
Oct. 18, 1858 - May 27, 1930

Aged Richland Man Died Late Tuesday; Funeral Wednesday

Monroe Washer, aged 71, resident of the Richland community for several years, died Tuesday evening at 6:40 and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock with interment in the Prairie Point cemetery.

A number of relatives survive.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, May 28, 1930 - submitted by Diane Richards

RICHLAND

RICHLAND, June 5.—Monroe Washer who died Tuesday, was buried at Prairie Point Wednesday.

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Jesse B. Tyner
Sep 22, 1854 - Dec 12, 1930

BAZETTE

BAZETTE, Dec. 18.—(Spl.)--We were very sad to hear of the death of “Grandpa” Tyner, who died Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. He was buried Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock in Prairie Point cemetery.

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John Thomas Brown, Sr.
Nov 15, 1883 - Nov 27, 1956

John T. Brown, Sr. Rites Thursday

Funeral services for John T. Brown, Sr., 73, native of Navarro County, who died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday after an extended illness, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Bob Cheek, pastor of the Northside Baptist church. Burial was in the Prairie Point cemetery. Mike Satterfield of Dallas brought special music.

Brown was born in a log cabin in Brown’s Valley in which his father was born. The cabin was constructed by his grandfather, the first judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District Court who held court first under big trees in the Trinity River lowlands.

He was connected with the Tarrant Beverage Company in Beaumont and Houston for several years before becoming ill.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Blanche Mayball, Houston; two sons, John T. Brown, Jr., Houston, and Basil Brown, Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, one great grandchild and other relatives.

Pallbearers were O. G. O’Daniel, Sims Hagler, Frank Holmes, Gayle Satterfield, C. W. Houser, Roy Spray. Friends of the family were honorary pallbearers.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, November 29, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Lucy (Spray) Brown married Dec. 19, 1909 s/o Charles Noble Brown and Sarah Frances “Fannie” (Shelly) Brown-Burrow buried in Oakwood cemetery

Mary Emma (Curtis) Whitehurst
Nov 14, 1890 – Sep 23. 1930

Funeral Services Held Wednesday For Grape Creek Woman

Mrs. Mary Whitehurst, aged 39 years, died at the family residence in the Grape Creek community Tuesday night at 7 o’clock community Tuesday night at 7 o’clock and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, T. S. Whitehurst; one son, Samuel Whitehurst, aged five years, and two daughters, Mrs. Fred Parker and Miss Ellen Whitehurst, all of the Grape Creek community.

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

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun –Wednesday, September 24, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Thomas Samuel Whitehurst married Jan. 19, 1908 buried in Mr. Gilead Cemetery, Vivian, La. d/o Jim Curtis per death certificate

Mary Tabitha Hanna
May 15, 1929 - Jan 9, 1930

Baby Buried at Purdon Friday

Mary Hanna, nine-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hanna of Purdon, died at the family home Thursday afternoon at three o’clock following an illness with pneumonia and the funeral was held Friday afternoon with interment in the Pursley cemetery.

Surviving are the parents.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, January 10, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o William Thomas Hanna and Mary Magdaline (Harrell) Hanna buried in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, Ft. Worth, Tx.

Viola Richardson
Jun 28, 1912 - Jun 20, 1930

PURSLEY GIRL IS FOUND SHOT DEATH SUICIDE VERDICT

Viola Richardson, aged 18 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Richardson of the Pursley community, about 18 miles west of Corsicana, was found dead at the family home Friday morning at 6 o’clock with a .38 pistol nearby. A bullet penetrated the heart and death was instantaneous, according to reports reaching Corsicana.

Dalton Westmoreland, viewed the body and returned a coroner’s verdict of “ death from a .38 pistol ball in the heart, inflicted by her own hands.”

Members of the family could assign no reason for the act, it was reported, and no message or note was left as to the cause of the act.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in the Pursley cemetery.

Surviving are her parents and several brothers and sisters.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, June 20, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o J. E. Richardson and Lena (Williams) Richardson per death certificate
  • Assumed here death certificate just says Pursley

Aubrey Ezekiel Matthews
Sep 5, 1904 - Oct 25, 1977

Aubrey Matthews

Services were to be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Aubrey Matthews, 73, resident of Pursley, who died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital.

Johnny Thompson and J. C. Mahoney, Church of Christ ministers, were to officiate with burial following at New Pursley cemetery.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Pursley, a retired Butane distributor and member of Purdon Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, a son, Arvine Matthews of Pursley; a daughter, Mrs. Ronnie Slater of Navarro Mills; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are E. I. Slater, Charles Copeland, Willie Lee Pursley, Guy Keith, Wallace Pryor, Elmer Adams, Paul Mitchell and Larry Murray.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, October 26, 1977
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Rosaline (Jones) Matthews married Sep. 17, 1922 s/o John Matthews and Zoer Victoria (Medford) Matthews buried in Ward Cemetery

Hugh M. McClintock, Sr.
Dec 17, 1896 - Jan 23, 1930

IN MEMORY OF HUGH McCLINTOCK.

Hugh, oldest son of Sam and Mary McClintock, was taken from his home in death, Jan. 24. Was laid to rest in the Pursley cemetery, where his grandfather and grandmother were laid away. Hugh was 33 years, one month and seven days old. Leaves a wife, four children, father, mother, two sisters, one brother and a host of relatives to weep and mourn for him. We can only live on with sweet hope and constant prayers that our dear boy is resting in the beautiful beyond. Hugh was a good boy, and loved by everybody who knew him. Funeral services were held late Saturday evening by Rev. H. B. Carraway.

We do not have words to express our deep sympathy to the heart broken family. We know you are laboring under the saddest hour of your life. We knew that all was done for Hugh that could be done, but God thought best. We would to God we could comfort his parents and wife. We feel that God’s grace will aid them in their grief, more so than words we could speak. It is so hard to give our children up, but yet the Lord says, come, and now dear loved ones, we can not call Hugh back, but we all can live a Christian life and when we are called we will be ready to go to meet our God and all our loved ones who have gone on before, so cheer up, dear ones and try to not grieve for Hugh.

--Written by his loving aunt, Ella McClintock.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, January 31, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Lillian Alice (Manville) McClintock –Wilcox married May 25, 1918 s/o Samuel A. McClintock and Mary Jane (Thurman) McClintock (Lillian married William Bates Wilcox Jan. 19, 1932)
     

Samuel A. McClintock
Feb 14, 1868 - Aug 15, 1956

Sam McClintock Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Samuel A. McClintock, 88, retired Purdon farmer, who died in a Houston hospital Wednesday morning were held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist Church in Purdon. The rites were conducted by Rev. V. Bundick, pastor of the Mt. Houston Baptist Church. Burial was in the Pursley cemetery.

A native of Corinth, Miss., McClintock resided in the Purdon community until moveing to Houston a few years ago. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lula Foster, Houston, and Mrs. Nettie Thomas, Route 1, Frost; a son, Jewell McClintock, Houston; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Warren McClintock, Corsicana, and Will McClintock, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

Wolfe Funeral Home directed.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, August 16, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mary Jane (Thurman) McClintock s/o James Fletcher McClintock and Catherine A. "Kate" (Carson) McClintock

William Horace Hayes
Sep 19, 1894 - Oct 31, 1976

W. H. Hayes

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wesley Methodist Church for W. Horace Hayes, 81, resident of Corsicana, who died Sunday at Paulyne’s Convalescent Home.

The Rev. Leroy Reaves will officiate, and burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. He was a native of Sheridan, Ark. and had lived in Corsicana since 1926.

He was also a retired mattress manufacturer, a member of the Wesley Methodist Church, served as district lay leader for eight years during the 1950’s, and was a member of the IOOF Lodge in Corsicana.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana, six daughters, Mrs. Jim Johnston, Mrs. Bill Bergey, and Mrs. Frank Chilbert all of Corsicana, Mrs. Hays Hoskins of Kerens, Mrs. Mrs. Raymond Greentree and Mrs. Melvin Best both of Lubbock, 13 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. John Woolley of Selman City, Tex.

Pallbearers will be Jim Johnston, Hays Hoskins, Raymond Greentree, Melvin Best, Bill Bergey, and Frank Chilbert.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, November 1, 1976
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Dessie Beryl (Bell) Hayes married Sep. 1916 s/o James B. Hayes and Dora (Moore) Hayes per death certificate

Bertie Elmer White
Oct 30, 1904 - May 24, 1930

Funeral Services For Richland Man Were Held Sunday

Funeral services for Birdie Elmer White, aged 26 years, who die at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe White, near Richland, Saturday morning at 3 o’clock after an illness of several weeks, were held from the Richland Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks, were held from the Richland Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Richland cemetery.

Surviving are his parents and several brothers and sisters.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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RICHLAND

RICHLAND, May 29.—Birdie White, who died early Saturday morning, was laid to rest in the Richland cemetery Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and friends.

Edgar White and family and Marvin White of Navarro attended the funeral of Birdie White here Sunday afternoon.

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RICHLAND

RICHLAND, May 29.—(Spl.)—Birdie White, who died early Saturday morning, was laid to rest in the Richland cemetery Sunday afternoon in the presence of a large crowd of relatives and friends.

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IN MEMORY.

Early Saturday morning, May 24, the death angel bore from the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. White the spirit of Bertie Elmer, aged 25.

Through the years of poor health preceding his passing, he kept the sunny, cheerful disposition that had made him so many friends during his youth and early manhood. He made a brave an hopeful fight, though a constantly losing one, to regain his health. To the very last, he hoped for the day that would mark the beginning of better health.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church, Revs. Van P. Morrison and Mr. Lackey assisting each other. Very appropriate and beautiful music was furnished at this service by Mr. German Murphy’s quartet. Interment was in Richland cemetery.

Besides parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, a very large number of near relatives, Bertie has left a host of friends who mourn his passing; but who hope to meet him in that Better Land.

A LOVED ONE.

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Sarah Ellen/Elizabeth (Burleson) Elkins
Oct. 6, 1865 - May 16, 1930

RICHLAND

RICHLAND, May 29.—Word was received here Monday morning that Mrs. R. C. Elkins, who was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Garland and family of Mineola, had died suddenly. Her children, Mrs. Ila White and two children, Gordon and Jay Elkins, left at once for that place.

W. B. Elkins and family of Waxahachie came in Monday evening to attend the funeral of their mother, Mrs. Elkins.

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RICHLAND

RICHLAND, June 5.—Mrs. R. C. Elkins was buried in the Richland cemetery Wednesday afternoon. There was a large crowd of relatives and friends.

A. Burleson and family, Mr. Duncan and family, Mr. Matlock and family and Mr. and Mrs. Bradley of Kerens, attended the funeral of Mrs. R. C. Elkins Wednesday.

W. B. Elkins and family of Waxahachie came Tuesday to be with his father, and attend his mother’s funeral Wednesday.

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Josephine L. “Josie” (Willard) Orand-Pinkard
Jun 2, 1864 - Nov 13, 1930

Richland Woman Was Buried There Friday Afternoon

RICHLAND, Nov. 14.—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for Mrs. Josie Pinkard, aged 64 years, who died at her home here Thursday night at 11 o’clock.

Surviving are her husband, seven children, and two sisters, Mrs. Letha Botter, Vernon, and Mrs. Emma Moore, Rosenberg.

Mrs. Pinkard was a native of Tennessee but had lived in Richland 20 years. She was a member of the Baptist church and the Eastern Star.

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RICHLAND

RICHLAND, Nov. 28.—(Spl.)--Mrs. Jocie Pinkard was buried in the Richland cemetery Friday afternoon. She was sick only a few minutes. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.

Sid Orran came in Friday afternoon from West Texas to attend the funeral of his mother, Mrs. Pinkard.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, November 21, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband Franklin B. “Frank” Orand married Jan. 9, 1882 died 1898 buried Day Cemetery, Freestone county, Texas2nd husband William Jones Pinkard married Dec. 21, 1899 d/o Nelson Alexander “Nelse” Willard, Sr. and Martha Elizabeth (Bryson) Willard

John Christopher Stevens, Sr., Dr.
Nov 18, 1879 – Oct 21, 1930

FUNERAL SERVICES RICHLAND DOCTOR HELD WEDNESDAY

RICHLAND, Oct. 22—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Dr. J. C. Stevens, age 50, who died at his home here Tuesday, were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the First Methodist church and were conducted by Rev. Van P. Morrison, pastor. Masons had charge of the funeral at the grave. Interment was in the Richland cemetery under the direction of Sutherland Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, three sons, his father, step-mother and four brothers.

Dr. Stevens had practiced medicine in Richland 19 years.

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IN MEMORY.

Dr. J. C. Stevens was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in the Richland cemetery among a large concourse of relatives and friends. He left behind to mourn his departure a wife, one daughter and two sons, father, stepmother and four brothers. Dr. Stevens was born in Brazos county in 1880 and had been practicing medicine 24 years, 19 of which had been in Richland. His passing seems hard to the community and he will be missed by relatives, friends and all who knew him. The weather was never too wet or too cold that Dr. Stevens would not make a call, any time, anywhere.

May God sweetly reconcile each broken heart and enable it to say, Thy will be done.

Your father’s gone but not forgotten,
In your memory he still lives.
He’s only gone from earth to heaven
To enjoy the life that Jesus gives.

Just fancy you can see him,
Dressed in robes of white;
On his head a crown of silver
Shining with the purest light.

Just listen in the twilight,
To the murmur soft and sad;
Each one seems to kindly whisper,
Leave off grieving and be glad.

Wife, children, do not weep,
Do not drop a single tear,
For your father will be watching near.

A FRIEND.

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Frances Marie Avery
Mar 18, 1926 - Jun 3, 1930

FROST.

FROST, June 12.—Frances Marie Avery, who was run over in Dallas last week by an automobile was laid to rest in the Richland cemetery Thursday.

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Sam Houston Fultz
Sep 18, 1859 - Apr 30, 1930

RICHLAND

RICHLAND, May 8.—(SPL.)—Mr. Fultz was laid to rest in the Richland cemetery Thursday morning.

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Sammie Ellis Fultz
Jun 11, 1902 - Aug 6, 1972

Sammie Fultz

MEXIA—Sammie Fultz, 70, died yesterday at his residence in Mexia. He was an employe of the Lone Star Gas Co. He was born in Texas in 1902. Funeral services were to be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Walter Goodnite, First Baptist Church, in Richland. Interment will be in Richland cemetery.

Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. W. D. Adams of Orange, Tex., Mrs. James McDonald of Richland, Mrs. A. B. McNeel of Houston, Mrs. Earl McDaniel Jr. of Richland, Mrs. Bobby Neeley of Mexia, and Mrs. Don Slaughter of Mexia; 12 grandchildren , three sisters, Mrs. Doll Sartin of Sulphur Springs, Mrs. Paul Sawyer of Lubbock, and Mrs. Beadie Warren of Dallas, and a number of nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were to be S. F. Chism, W. C. McElroy, Michael McNeel, Ronnie McNeel, W. H. Hargrove and Bobby McDaniel.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 7, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Ethel Irene (McElroy) Fultz married Sep. 18, 1926 s/o Sam Houston Fultz and Louisa Jane “Lou” (King) Fultz

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S. Fultz

MEXIA—Services were at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Griffin Funeral Chapel for Sammie Fultz, 70, who died Sunday at his residence in Mexia. Rev. Walter Goodnite, First Baptist Church in Richland officiated and burial was in Richland cemetery.

Survivors include six daughters, 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three sisters and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Robert Lee Boyd
Jun 11, 1926 - Jul 30, 2017
 

Robert L. Boyd, 91 went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2017. Robert was born June 11, 1926 to Austin McQuiston (Mack) Boyd and Cora Lee (Walker) Boyd on the family farm at Eureka, Navarro County Texas. He graduated from Mildred High School in 1943.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army in September 1944. After basic training at Camp Hood, and also in California he shipped out from Seattle to Hawaii for further training and the Pacific Campaign, where he was assigned to Company B 382nd Battalion 96th Infantry Division. His division along with 3 other Army divisions plus 2 Marine Corps divisions landed on April 1, 1945 in Okinawa beginning the largest and bloodiest battles of the war in the Pacific. On May 13 his company had been reduced from 200 men to about 50 and his company Commander, Lt. Seymour Terry, was leading the charge up Zebra Hill in the Battle of Okinawa when Lt. Terry was mortally wounded by a Japanese mortar. Under enemy fire, Robert and 3 other men carried Terry down the hill on a rain poncho. Lt. Terry was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions. On May 27, on O-Boe Hill Robert was wounded in action by hand grenade shrapnel while defending his position from a fox hole. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Good Conduct, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Independence Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Additionally, for its heroic efforts, the 96th Division was awarded the Army Presidential Unit Citation. After recuperation in Guam, Robert rejoined the 96th division in Mindoro Island and Luzon Island in the Philippines. He served in the honor guard when General Douglas MacAthur returned to liberate the Philippines on July 5, 1946 and he was discharged in September 1946.

Robert met the love of his life, Helen Bonner in 1954 at the water cooler in the Navarro County Courthouse and they were married on June 25, 1955. They were blessed with 3 children: Mack, Jane and Jean. In the early 1950’s while running the family farm, Robert also began part-time work for United States Department of Agriculture Federal Crop Insurance which later became a full time job. He traveled extensively, often accompanied by his wife, Helen, throughout Texas as well as Oklahoma, New Mexico and Missouri selling crop insurance, working as a crop insurance claim adjuster and in district and state insurance offices. He also worked in Washington DC for several months on multiple occasions in the capacity as an appellate judge hearing insurance claim appeal cases where he earned the nickname “Judge”. He retired from Federal Crop Insurance after more than 50 years to fully devote his time to his beloved farm/ranch in Eureka which has been in the family for 125 years.

Robert enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, and especially his cattle and his farm/ranch. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana having served as elder and deacon for numerous terms and tracing his Presbyterian roots back over 200 years to Scotland. He served many years as an officer of the Eureka Cemetery Association.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Onata Boyd, and brothers Nolan Boyd and James J. Boyd.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen; son, Mack Boyd and daughter-in-law Molly Boyd of Ennis; daughter Jane Williams and son-in-law Jerry Williams of Waxahachie; daughter Jean Bonds and son-in-law Bobby Bonds of Dallas. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Kaitlin Williams of Austin, Sara Williams of Beverly Hills, California, Lindsey Williams of Troy, Alabama, Jamie Boyd of Pullman, Washington and Rob Boyd and wife Sydnee Boyd of Midland, and neighbors who are just like grandsons, Coyt Weaver and Teigan Weaver of Eureka. He is also survived by his brothers, Walker Boyd of Navasota, Texas, and Wallis Boyd and sister-in-law Kathy Boyd of Bradenton, Florida and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. John Blewitt officiating. Burial will follow in Eureka Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rob Boyd, Tim Boyd, Patrick Boyd, Chris Sparkman, Brian Sparkman, Coyt Weaver, Albert Weaver, John Hughes, David Bonner and Bobby Grantham. Honorary pallbearers are Barney Thomas, Sammy Thomas, B.J. Coker, Westminster Presbyterian Elders, and Federal Crop Insurance Co-workers.

The family wishes to express their thankfulness to Dr. Kent Rogers, and the caregivers of Angels at Home and Amazing Angels for their love, devotion and care.

Memorials may be made to the Eureka Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 34 Corsicana, Texas 75151.

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T.D. "Spoon" Overton
Apr 28, 1940 - July 22, 2017

T.D. 'Spoon' Overton T.D. "Spoon" Overton, 77, of Corsicana passed away July 22, 2017 in Houston. He was born April 28, 1940 in Milford. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at Harmony Christian Ministries, 1816 W. Second Ave., where Tony Stephens serves as pastor. Minister Marcellus Cleveland will officiate and minister Marcus Green will serve as eulogist. Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Billie Jean (Layfield) Hollingsworth-Watson-Wiles
Sept 24, 1929 - July 24, 2017

Billie Jean Layfield Wiles was born September 24, 1929 in Powell, Texas. She died peacefully in her sleep with her loved ones at her side July 24, 2017 at ETMC in Athens, Texas after a brief illness.

Billie was preceded in death by her 1st and 3rd husbands, Don Hollingsworth and Bill Wiles, her son Glenn Hollingsworth, her brother Joey Layfield, her parents Doodle & Desma Layfield, her niece Vicki Layfield Alonzo and her nephew Scott Bradley.

Memorial Services for Billie Layfield Wiles will be Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 10:00 am at The Powell Baptist Church, 301 Munn Street, Powell, Texas 75153 where Billie was a lifelong member. Rev Thom (Bubba) Layfield, nephew, will be in charge of the services. Private burial will be in the Layfield Family plot in the Kerens Cemetery set for a different day. At Billie’s request, she was cremated. Floral Tributes may be delivered to the Church Saturday morning between 8:30 and 10:00 am or for other delivery arrangements call or text Thom Layfield at 214-208-0430. Memorials may be made to the Kerens Veterans Memorial, KESA, PO Box 5, Kerens, Texas 75144 or The Texas Baptist Home for Children, 629 Farley Street, Waxahachie, Texas 75165.

Billie Jean Layfield Wiles is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gerry Lee and wife Stephanie Hollingsworth of Athens with whom she lived for the past year. Billie is survived by grandchildren Brandy Wiloth and husband Terry, Megan Willams, Jimmy Hollingsworth, Clint Carrizales and Meagan Atkinson. Billie is also survived by great grandchildren Lucien, Wyatt, Zachary, Kylei, Tristan, Gracie and Krisana. Billie Jean also left behind nieces and nephews Linda Layfield of Kerens, Cheryl Lynn Peru and husband Robert of Frederick, Maryland, Dr. Mary Ledbetter & husband James of Waxahachie, Rev. Thom Layfield & wife Terry of Ovilla, Rickey Layfield of Houston and Shanna Kindrick of Waxahachie. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Cherry Threet Layfield of Ovilla.

Billie grew up and attended Powell Schools where she played sports and participated in many extracurricular activities. Billie graduated with honors and was the valedictorian of the class of 1948.  Early in her married life to Don Hollingsworth, she spent her time as a housewife and mother while traveling in the United States and Europe with him as he served his country in the Air Force. She was an exquisite cook often surprising him and his friends with fresh breads, pastries, cakes and pies. She was also talented with creating and repurposing heirlooms. At the end of Don’s military career, they retired to Powell where they made their home. She managed a home, garden and canned many fresh foods as well as made pickles, relishes, sauces, jams and preserves. After Don’s sudden death, Billie began working in the Home Health field for over 35 years until her retirement. She took care of her parents who lived next door and helped with many family members. Billie was married to Robert Watson for 5 years. Billie Jean later met Bill Wiles from Corsicana and they fell in love, and married. During this time, they did a lot of traveling, visiting friends, relatives and did some sightseeing and exploring. They continued until Bill’s health began failing and he finally succumbed to cancer. Billie remained in her home at Powell until a year ago when she moved in with son Gerry and daughter-in-law Stephanie Hollingsworth in Athens where she enjoyed making many friends and spending her remaining time with family.

Thanks to Corley Funeral Home for their support during this time. Special thanks to her Home Health worker Nalore Diapes, the doctors, nurses and staff at ETMC Athens, and her friends at the apartment complex. Special thanks to the outstanding care Stephanie Hollingsworth provided.

Notes:

  • w/o Don Hollingsworth, Robert Watson & Bill Wiles
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Robert Earl Raxter
Dec 1, 1928 - Aug 6, 2017

Robert Raxter Robert Earl Raxter, 88 formerly of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 in Ennis. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with services following at 3:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
 

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Robert Earl Raxter, 88 formerly of Corsicana passed away August 6, 2017 in Ennis. He was born December 1, 1928 in Pickens County, S.C. to Wade Hampton Raxter and Eunice Delina Taylor Raxter. Robert and Mary moved to Utah in 2007. Robert was retired from the United States Air Force.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Eve Stuart. He is survived by his wife, Mary Raxter; children, Becky Davidson, Bonnie Kirkland, Belinda Byron, Letitta Greenwald, Melisa Bultera, Bobby Raxter and Boyd Raxter. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, August 11, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with services following at 3:30 pm. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Notes:

  • h/o Mary Jo (Anglin) Raxter; s/o Wade Hampton Raxter & Eunice Delina (Taylor) Raxter
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Hubert Bryan Melton
Jul 13, 1890 - Nov 9, 1966

PFC CO E. 315 ENGRS 90 DIV USA
Hubert Melton Rites Monday
Hubert Melton, 76, retired employe of the United States Printing office, Washington, died Wednesday morning at Gettysburg, Pa. fllowing an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Monday at 1145 a.m. at Arlington National cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Melton was a native of Dresden but has been in the Washington area for 43 years.
Surviving are his wife and a son, both of Gettysburg, Pa.; a brother, Marvin Melton, Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. A. C. Bunch, Mexia, and other relatives.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Nov 13, 1966
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Beulah Melton; s/o Alexander Melton & Alice Murray (Vaughan) Melton

Ernie Peyton Baker
Mar 31, 1928 - Nov 25, 1930

LITTLE CHILD DIED IN LOCAL HOSPITAL TUESDAY MORNING

Ernie Peyton Baker, 2 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Baker of the Winkler community, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Tuesday noon following an illness of several days and the funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family residence with interment in the St. Elmo cemetery.

Surviving are the parents and two sisters.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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Funeral For Little Child Held at Home Wednesday Afternoon

Funeral services for Ernie Peyton Baker, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Baker of the Winkler community who died in a local hospital Tuesday noon followi9ng an illness of several days was held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the family residence with burial in the St. Elmo cemetery.

Surviving are the parents and two sisters.

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

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Glenn Courtney Baker
Oct 31, 1895 - Jun 12, 1951

G. C. Baker Rites Held Wednesday

Funeral services for G. C. Baker, 55, were held from the St. Elmo Baptist church at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Burial was in the St. Elmo cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. M. O. Southerland, Powell Baptist minister, formerly of Streetman, and Rev. Frank Steele, pastor of the First Baptist church, Streetman.

Baker, a rancher-farmer, died in the P. and S. Hospital early Tuesday morning following a few hours illness.

Surviving are his wife of Streetman; two daughters, Mrs. Byrt Scammel, Dallas, and Miss Joan Baker, Streetman; two brothers, Oakley and Clyde baker of Odessa; a sister, Mrs. Ione McIntosh, Shreveport, La., a grandchild and other relatives.

Baker was a member of the WOW Lodge.

Pallbearers were Pruitt Pillans, Kenneth DeBerry, J. R. DuBose, Emmett Ferguson, James Leslie McCary, Ferguson DuBose, Curtis Roberts and Ernest Ferguson.

Griffin directed.

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John Roddy Ferguson
Aug 15, 1862 - Sep 21, 1944

J. R. FERGUSON OF WINKLER COMMUNITY IS BURIED FRIDAY

J. R. Ferguson, aged 82, one of the oldest residents of the Winkler community, died suddenly at his home at noon Thursday. Funeral services were held at St. Elmo Friday at 4 o’clock with interment in St. Elmo cemetery.

A native of Franklin county, Alabama, he came to Texas in 1893, settling at Winkler one year later. He had resided in that community since that time.

Surviving are two sons, Emmett Ferguson, Winkler; Ernest Ferguson, Houston; six daughters, Mrs. J. R. DeBerry, Norman, Okla.; Mrs. F. L. McCary, Mrs. Rex DuBose, Mrs. Clark DuBose, Mrs. G. C. Baker, and Mrs. J. W. McCary, all of Streetman, and other relatives.

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Joel Elijah Red
Dec 10, 1876 - Jul 10, 1930

KERENS MAN DIES IN LOCAL HOSPITAL RESULT MULE KICK

J. E. Red, aged 53 years, of Kerens, died in the Navarro county hospital Thursday morning at 1:15 o’clock from injuries received Sunday when he was kicked by a mule, and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the St. Elmo cemetery where interment was made. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church.

He was a native of Mississippi, but had resided in Navarro county for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lena Red; five sons, Walter Red and Allison Red, both of Oklahoma; Erbay Red, Rubie Red, and Odell Red, all of Corsicana; and one daughter, Mrs. A. L. Simmons, Kerens.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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William Pinkney Willis
Oct 10, 1868 - Nov 10, 1930

Wm. Pinkney Willis Died Monday Night; Funeral Tuesday

Wm. Pinkney Willis aged 63 years, farmer, living one and one half miles north of Corsicana, died at his home Monday night at 11:30 o’clock following a several months illness with a heart ailment and the funeral was held from the family home Tuesday afternoon at Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Surviving are his wife and several children.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Laura Inez Love/Sherrod
Ju 25, 1922 - Aug 20, 1930

LITTLE GIRL DIED WEDNESDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Lora Inex Sherrod, aged 8 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Sherrod, 708 West Eighteenth avenue, died in the Navarro County Hospital Wednesday morning at 1 o’clock after a long illness, and the funeral was held from the chapel of the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial in the Zion’s Rest cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Surviving are her parents.

Pallbearers were Oscar Mooneyhan, George Mooneyhan, Ernest McDowell and A. O. Murphy.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, August 20, 1930
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • d/o William Rayford Sherrod & Minnie Evelyn (Mooneyhan) Sherrod buried in Hamilton-Beeman
  • death certificate says her father was Love but she was adopted by the Sherrods

Thurman Carter
Mar 22, 1923 - May 13, 1930

THURMAN CARTER DIED TUESDAY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Thurman Carter, aged 7 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Carter, 1419 West Fourth Avenue, died in the Navarro County Hospital Tuesday morning at 2:30 o’clock after a two weeks illness, and the funeral will be held from the family home Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Surviving are his parents and two sisters.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR THURMAN CARTER HELD ON WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Thurman Carter, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Carter, who died in the Navarro County Hospital Tuesday morning after an illness of two weeks, were held from the family residence, 1419 West Fourth avenue, Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Surviving are his parents and two sisters.

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

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INFANT SON Weaver
B&D Jun. 26, 1930

Infant Died Early Thursday at Hospital

The infant son of Mrs. N. C. Weaver died in the Navarro County Hospital at an early hour Thursday morning and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in the Zion’s Rest cemetery.

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

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Billy Ray Blake
Feb 2, 1930 - Feb 20, 1930

Infant Is Buried Friday Afternoon

Billy Ray Blake, 18-day-old infant of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Blake who reside on Mamie avenue, died Thursday night at 10 o’clock and the funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the
Zion’s Rest cemetery. The funeral was conducted by Rev. H. B. Carraway, Baptist minister of Mildred.

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

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Home Saddened By Death of Infant

PN February 20, 1930, at 9:45 p.m. the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Blake and family was made sad by the entrance of the death angel, who claimed their son and little brother, Billie Ray, age 18 days.

Funeral services were conducted at the family home at 2 o’clock on Friday, February 21, by the Rev. Mr. Carraway of Navarro, and the infant was laid to rest in the Zion’s Rest cemetery. He is survived by his parents, one little sister, Frances, and three brothers, Earl, Ralph, and Robert lee, and other relatives.

The little one will be missed so much, but the dear Lord knew best to take him from his suffering.

In Memory of Little Billie Ray Blake.

“Shed not for him the bitter tears,
Nor give the heart to vain regret
‘Tis but the casket that lies here
The gem that filled it sparkles yet.

“Sheltered and safe from sorrow,
Happy infant early blest,
Rest in peaceful slumber, rest.

“This lovely bud, so young and fair
Called hence by early doom,
Came just to show how sweet a flower
In Paradise would bloom.

To us for eighteen short days his infant cries were given,
E’er sin could harm or sorrow fade,
Death came with tender care;
The opening but to heaven conveyed, and bade it blossom there.

“There in the Shepherd’s bosom,
White as the drifted snow,
Is the lamb we missed one morning
From the household flock below.”

But we know he is at rest.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved ones, and trust that God will comfort and console them in their sad hours and may the son be the ties that bind father and mother closed to God and heaven.

Written by a friend.

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INFANT SON Matlock
B&D Aug 22, 1930

Baby Died Friday Night; Burial At Zion’s Rest Today

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Matlock, 1435 West Park avenue, died Friday night at 11 o’clock and the funeral was held Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock with burial in the
Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Corley-McMahon Funeral Home directed the funeral.

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Sarah (Andrews) Durham
Nov 7, 1852 - Dec 21, 1929

AGED RESIDENT DIED SUNDAY AT CORSICANA HOME

Mrs. Sarah Durham, aged 78 years, native of Alabama died at the family residence 715 West Tenth avenue Sunday morning at 11:15 o’clock and the funeral was held from the residence Monday 10 o’clock with interment in the
Zion’s Rest cemetery.

Surviving are her husband G. W. Durham and other relatives.

The was directed by the Corley McMahon Funeral Home.

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Clare Jerome (House) Roxburgh
Oct 7, 1921 - Aug 4, 1994

Clare Jerome House Roxburgh of Metairie, La., died Aug. 4, 1994, at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Mr. Randy Daugherty officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
She was a native of Corsicana and a resident of Metairie, La., for 41 years. She was a member of Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ in New Orleans. She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Roxburgh.
Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca R. Butler; two sons, John A. Roxburgh Jr., and Jerry Lynn Gadberry; one sister of Mary B. Beamon of Corsicana; one brother, Virgil E. Moore II of Breckenridge, Texas; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Richard Moore, Mike Bledsoe, Paul D. Beamon, John Randall Beamon, brian Beamon, John J. Garner Jr., and Paul N. Kenner.

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Benja Lou (Norrell) Ragsdale
July 8, 1936 - Aug 6, 2017
 
Benja Ragsdale of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Aug. 6, 2017 at the age of 81. She was born on July 8, 1936 in Canton, Texas to Irby and Katie Norrell. Benja graduated from Lancaster High School and Sam Houston State University. After she graduated she worked as a case worker at the Corsicana State Home before beginning her teaching career. Benja taught for many years in Corsicana at Jackson, Lincoln and Travis Elementary schools. After retiring she continued aiding the school district as a substitute teacher. Benja attended Central United Methodist Church serving in many different capacities until the church closed, she later became a member of St. Luke's. She was a very avid Texas Ranger fan and loved watching them play. Benja loved sewing, cooking and crafting. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Roy Ragsdale, Jr.; daughter, Elaine Barnes and husband Alan of Waxahachie; sons, Steve Ragsdale of Stephenville and David Ragsdale of Corsicana; grandchildren, Justin Baxter-Ragsdale and wife Krys of Brownwood, Andrew Barnes of Waxahachie and Shelby Ragsdale of Corsicana; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Xander, Caspian and Grayson. She is also survived by her sisters Peggy Cruse, Mary Cheshire and husband T.F., Sue Taylor and husband Ken; brothers, Irby Norrell and wife Elaine, Mac Norrell, Don Norrell and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Farland Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews and grandsons. Honorary Pallbearer will be Ron Stewart.

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Jennifer Lynn (Himmelberger) Grimm
May 26, 1966 - Aug 4, 2017
 
Jennifer Lynn Grimm, 51, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 in Corsicana. She was born on May 26, 1966 in Irving, Texas to Kenneth and Margaret Ann Elmore Himmelberger. She was a window film installer, which she owned and operated Shady Lady Window Tinting. Opening her own business was a dream come true for her, and she worked tirelessly to make sure her customers were taken care of to the best of her ability. She stood behind her work 100 percent. She was preceded in death by infant sons, Curtis Little and Kenneth Raymond Grimm; father, Kenneth Himmelberger; mother, Margaret Ann Himmelberger; and a brother, Kenneth Himmelberger, Jr. She is survived by her husband, Ray Grimm of Corsicana; son, Doug Diltz and wife Mandi of Corsicana; daughters, Cassie Elmore Baker and husband Parker of Nacogdoches and Kallie Grimm of Corsicana; grandson, Landry Diltz of Corsicana; granddaughters, Chloe Diltz and Aislin McKinley of Corsicana and two more on the way; sisters, Patti Olive of Grand Prairie and Virginia Himmelberger of California; nieces, Misty Olive of Grand Prairie and Jamie Kidder of White Oak; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and an extremely large host of friends. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tony Stephens officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Live video webcasting will begin at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, and you can watch the Jennifer Lynn Grimm service live by clicking on the webcasting link.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, August 8, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o William Raymond "Ray" Grimm, Jr; d/o Kenneth Robe Himmelberger & Margaret Ann (Elmore) Himmelberger

Ruby Ethelene (Abbe) Stewart
Jan 30, 1930 - Aug 8, 2017

 
Ruby Stewart went home to be with her Lord the morning of Aug. 8, 2017 at the age of 87. She was born Jan. 30, 1930 in Corsicana to William C. and Ruby Stringer Abbe. She was a much loved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Ruby loved music and enjoyed a wide range that included Frank Sinatra, B.J Thomas, Julio Iglesias and Pavarotti. She was quite the dancer in her youth. When she was able, she loved to garden, but, her favorite hobby was shopping. She will be missed by QVC and the HSN as well as Uniquely Yours and Cato. She loved being with her family. Even though her memory had faded, she could sing any song in the hymnal on cue. Visitation with the family will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at Believer's Bible Church in Corsicana with a memorial service to follow. There will be a private graveside service. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruby; sisters Billie Taylor and Maxine Abbe, and husbands Claude Gorden and Odie Stewart. She is survived by son, Tim Gorden and wife, Debbie; daughters Randy Wilson, Teresa King Cutherbertson and husband, Chris; grandsons David and Paul Wilson; granddaughter, Stephanie Adams; great-grandsons Blake Adams and Riley Wilson; great-granddaughters Emily Adams and Cecily Stephen. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be deeply missed until we see her again. The family wants to thank the excellent staff at Legend Oaks in Ennis for the love and care they provided Ruby. In lieu of flowers please donate to Alzheimer's Research.
 

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Felix Alton "Tony" Castellaw
Dec 31, 1905 - 1982

Alton (Tony) Castellaw, 77, of San Antonio died Friday in San Antonio. He was originally from Barry.
Services were Monday in San Antonio.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Welch Castellaw; one son, Thomas J. Castellaw; one brother, Thomas W. Castellaw, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Floy E. Castellaw, of Corsicana and Exa W. Jones, of San Antonio; two granddaughters; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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  • s/o Thomas Jefferson Castellaw and Edna Virginia (White) Castellaw - Burial: Mission Burial Park South, San Antonio, TX
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, June 16, 1982
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James Forrest Gardner
Mar 13, 1908 - Jun 10, 1982

James Forrest Gardner, 74, 502 John Arden Drive, Waxahachie, a retired coach and educator, died suddenly Thursday afternoon en route home from the Waxahachie Country Club after playing golf.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Saylor, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Burial Park.

Gardner was born on March 13, 1908, in Waxahachie. He had coached and taught in Corsicana before moving to Ennis, where he was a coach, teacher and also principal of Ennis High School before being named superintendent of the Ennis Independent School District. Gardner moved to Waxahachie 35 years ago where he taught school, served as WHS principal and then became assistant superintendent of the WISD.

He served many years as a director for the West Ellis County unit of the American Cancer Society and was a former member and president of the Waxahachie District of the United Methodist Church and a conference delegate to United Methodist Church. He taught the Fellowship Class at the First United Methodist Church for 25 years.

Gardner was a member of the WCC and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Ennis Masonic Lodge. Gardner was a member and past president of the local chapter of National Retired Teachers Association.

Gardner married the former Mary Sue Barrington in 1931 in Ennis.

Survivors include his widow; a son, James B. Gardner of Dallas; three grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond Keith Gardner of Garland and Blackston Gardner of Ennis.

Pallbearers were Raymond Geye, Pat Cosgrove, Carroll Todd, Lee Clevenger, Tom Curlin and L.T. Felty.

Notes:

  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, June 16, 1982
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Mary Sue (Barrington) Gardner - s/o William Grandison Gardner and Eula (Maloney) Gardner

Dessie Fae (Currington) Nichols
Jun 20, 1931 - Aug 9, 2017

Dessie Currington Nichols, 86, of Corsicana entered heaven's gates Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 following a brief illness at Baylor Scott White Hillcrest in Waco. Dessie was born June 20, 1931 along with her twin brother Delbert in Vanoss, Oklahoma. She was born to M.C. "Red" Currington and Ethel Hunsucker Currington. Dessie had an unwavering faith in God and was a faithful member of her church, Second Avenue Missionary Baptist. She served for many years as the Sunday school teacher for the Ruth Class. She dearly loved every member of her class and taught until her health would not allow her to continue. She was a pastor's wife for over 30 years and loved serving God alongside her husband. Dessie was a homemaker most of her adult life. She was a stay at home mom that loved every minute of taking part in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren's lives. When her children were in school she delighted in being a room mother and helping with all the class parties. Dessie was known by mostly everyone as "Nana" and the best chocolate pie maker around. In later years Dessie worked at Cason's Flowers, The Garden Center Florist and at The Texas Employment Commission. She retired to care for her elderly father. Dessie was proceeded in death by her husband of 45 years, Billy Joe Nichols; parents M.C. "Red" Currington and Ethel Currington; brothers, George Currington and Delbert Currington; sisters, Marie Ross and Rosie Wright and daughter-in-law, Rosanne Nichols. She is survived by her daughter, Alicia Rogers and husband Ray of Corsicana; son Rick Nichols of Hutto; granddaughters, Brooke Pittman of Lane, Oklahoma, Addie Feemster and husband Michael of Corsicana and Shala Murski of Lakeway; grandson, Kirk Nichols and Kristan of Carrollton, Georgia.; great grandchildren, Ashton, Lacy and Savannah Pittman of Lane, Oklahoma, Noah Nichols of Carrollton, Georgia., Kinley Stephenson of Lakeway, and Maverick Feemster due in December; sisters Doris Spence and Mary Wade both of Palestine; brothers, Kenneth Currington and wife Evelyn of Louisiana, Larry Currington and wife Bonnie of Kentucky., James Currington of LaMarque, and a host of nieces, nephews and many many friends and her church family, along with special friends Elizabeth Lucas, Marilyn Moody, Helen Albritton, Mary Meador and Chloe Curlee-Young. Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 in Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Denny officiating. Interment will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. Live video webcasting will begin at 1:55 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017, where you may view the Dessie F. Nichols service live by clicking on the webcasting link.

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Thelma Mae (Simpson) Pool-Murphree
Feb 26, 1907 - Sep 20, 1981

Thelma Pool Murphree, 74, of Dawson, died Sunday night at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral service was Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Eubanks Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Danny Curry of Dawson officiating.
Burial was in the Dawson Cemetery.
She was the secretary-treasurer of the Magnet Center in Dawson and a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by four daughters, Joyce Shaw of Dawson, Sue Freeland of Dexter, New Mexico, Babe Renfro and Mena Teasdale, both of Houston; one son, Steve Pool; one brother, Johnny Simpson of Dallas; one sister, Sally Strausburg of Boise City, Oklahoma and 11 grandchildren.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Sep 23, 1981
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • d/o Martin Luther Simpson & Sarah Matilda (Gibbons) Simpson

Fortune Walker, Sr.
Jan 5, 1902 - May 11, 1982

Fortune Walker, 80, of Dawson, died Tuesday, May 11, at Hubbard Hospital.
Service was Saturday, May 15, Dawson Church of God in Christ in Dawson with the Rev. Hazrdy Smith officiating. Burial was at Dawson Cemeteryy.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Delphia Walker; a daughter, Vera L. Deves, of Galveston; two sons, Fortune Walker Jr., of San Antonio, and Fred Walker, of Waco; four grandchildren, one great grandchild; a sister, Eula Pierce of Tyler; two brothers, Melvin Walker, of Fort Worth and Eugene Walker of Los Angeles.

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  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, June 16, 1982
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Alice (Henderson) Walker & Delphia Mae (Melton) Walker; s/o Grant Walker & Carry (Ligons) Walker


Willie Pearl (Burleson) Jackson-Brown
Feb 9, 1931 - Sept 5, 2017
 
Willie Pearl Jackson Brown, 86, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 9, 1931 in the Cheyneboro Community in Navarro County.
Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, 1236 N. Bus. 45 in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with pastor Willie Horn officiating and evangelist Valorie Horn as eulogist.
Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Randy Wayne Jones
June 16, 1966 - Sept 7, 2017
 
Randy W. Jones, 51, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Mesquite. He was born on June 16, 1966 in Cleburne to James N. and Tommie A. (Coker) Jones.
Randy was a loving and caring soul. He had an extremely likable personality that made him well known in the Corsicana community. He attended Corsicana High School, Navarro College and the University of North Texas. He enjoyed acting and singing and was an active participant at the Warehouse Living Arts Center. He was also a member of the Positive Voices of Dallas at the Cathedral of Hope in which he recorded two albums with the group. He loved his dogs, his family and all of his friends which will all miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Tommie Jones and his brother James N. Jones, Jr.
He is survived by his husband, Robert W. Jones of Corsicana; sisters, Linda Morehead and husband Gary of Corsicana, and Vickie Wing and husband Ron of Corsicana; step-children, Aaron Michael Hawkins and wife Tabby of Caldwell, and Gina Renee Sargent and husband Brian of Caldwell; nieces and nephews, Jeff Milligan and wife Nickie of Corsicana, Cory Milligan and wife Halie of Corsicana, Crystal Teerlink and husband Aaron of Missouri, Donny Morehead and wife Melissa of Missouri, Brian Wing and wife Lisa of Corsicana and Eric Wing and wife Christy of Corsicana.
A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Cremation will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Randy's honor can be made to the Warehouse Living Arts Center 119 W. 6th Ave Corsicana, Texas 75110.

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Vernon Leamon Spicer, Jr.
Dec 21, 1959 - Sept 9, 2017
 
Vernon L. Spicer, Jr., 57, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at his residence. He was born Dec. 21, 1959 in Kaufman to Vernon L. Sr., and Sarah (Bracken) Spicer.
Vernon was unique, honest and loving. A carpenter by trade, he used his skills to create wonderful masterpieces. He could see an ordinary piece of wood and bring out its true beauty. He was a simple man who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He served proudly in the National Guard and was also an ordained minister. He enjoyed cooking different meals whether it was italian, barbecue or cherry nut cake.
His beard was his prized possession, always exclaiming to be living the "beard life" as well as having a fond connection to his tattoos. He was a good soul, good hearted, and "real." Many will testify that their lives are richer having known him. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Spicer; children, Clayton Miller, Michael Shane Spicer, Cody Ray Spicer, and Sarah Jeannette Spicer; grandchildren, Hagen Miller, Colton Miller, Chyanne Spicer, Kayden Spicer, and Levi Ray Spicer.
Cremation will be under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

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Nancy Irene (Oller) McQuary
Aug 12, 1944 - Aug 9, 2017
 
Nancy Irene Oller McQuary was born Aug. 12, 1944 in Baytown.
She lived with her husband Bob McQuary in Kerens until he passed away, but she remained living on their farm caring for their horses and dogs until she passed away at the age of 70 Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.
Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton.
In lieu of flowers, please visit the gofundme.com account set up in her name.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Elmer Shannon "Papa" Trent
Dec 4, 1928 - Sept 8, 2017
 
US ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
Elmer Shannon "Papa" Trent, 88, of Corsicana, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. He was born Dec. 4, 1928, to Joe Tweed Trent and Annie Viola Quinn Trent.
Elmer lived his life for the Lord and loved his family dearly. In his family's opinion, this world would be a better place if everyone was as selfless and loving as he was. Saved and baptized at an early age, he was a true living testament of God's word. Through his walk with Christ, he helped found Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, became an ordained minister with the BMA, and served as a dedicated song director.
He attended Kerens, Harmony, and Community Missionary Baptist Churches. After 30 plus years, he retired from the Navarro County Electric Coop. For over 65 years he was a proud Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. and A.M. Elmer served his country and retired from the US Army National Guard. He loved to sing praises to the Lord and spend time with family and friends. He never met a stranger and was loved by those that knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joe Jr., son-in-law- Randall Cottongame and granddaughter Chasity Griggs.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Hazel Faye Adams Trent; children Joe "Jody" (Susie) Trent, Sharron "Sherry" (Tommy) Griggs, and Jerry (Gracie) Trent; grandchildren Jeri Stovall, Necole (Emily) Griggs, Shannon (Erin) Trent, Aline (Brian) Paul, Arron (Misty) Cottongame, Leslie (Brian) Chamberland, Lisa (Chris) Coston, Emily Griggs (boyfriend Preston), JR Trent (fiancé Nichole), Tommy "TL/T-Bird" (Shannon) Griggs II, and Doug (Amanda) Self; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; siblings Clayton "Bo" (Bert) Trent, C.A. "Peddler" (Nancy) Trent, June Abbie, Douglas (Diane) Trent, and sister-in-law Betty Trent and a host of family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Interment to follow at Hamilton-Beamon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons with his great-grandsons as honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Gwendol "Gwen" Marie (Brown) Steele
Sept 19, 1930 - Sept 10, 2017
 
Gwendol (Gwen) Marie Brown Steele passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 19, 1930 in the Pursley community to Thelma (Pryor) and Charles Mallie Brown.
She graduated from Dawson High School in 1948 and attended Draughon's School of Business in Dallas. She married Billy Gene Steele in 1949 and celebrated 51 years of marriage before her husband's death. She was a valued employee of State National Bank of Corsicana which eventually became Chase Bank. She served as assistant cashier and eventually vice president, retiring after 37 years of dedicated service. She was a deeply loving and ever-present force in the life of her family and cherished by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy G. Steele; parents, Thelma and Mallie Brown; brother, Charles Wayne Brown and daughter-in-law, Debbie Steele.
She is survived by her sons, Ricky Gene Steele and wife Meshawn and Billy Wayne Steele and wife Vickie; grandchildren, Brad Steele and wife Carla, Brent Steele and wife Wendy, Alicia Lee and husband Mark, Danielle Ramey and husband Robert, and Ashton Miller; great grandchildren, Dalton, Montana, and Bryar Steele, Colt and Lila Steele, Landon Lee and Christian Crawford; sister-in-law and best friend, Juanita Brown and loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at the Hamilton-Beamon Cemetery with Pastor Chet Brake and special niece Suzanne Brown Bardwell officiating.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Steele, Billy Steele, Brad Steele, Brent Steele, Dalton Steele, and Montana Steele. Honorary Pallbearers will be Philip Brown, Jimmy Bardwell, Josh Bardwell, Mark Lee, as well as great-grandsons Landon Lee, Colt Steele, Christian Crawford, and grandsons, Ashton Miller.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church, 8120 FM 642, Purdon, Texas 76679 or the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas 75219-3993.

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Lelanie Lynn (Welch) Petty
Nov 13, 1964 - Sep 12, 2017
 
Lelanie Petty, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend won her battle with cancer surrounded by her family and friends Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2017 at the age of 52. Her strength and determination to battle this disease, with a smile, encouraged everyone and reflected the person people loved. She was born in Corsicana Nov. 13, 1964 to Earl Welch and Linda Livingston Welch. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1983 and went on to attend college.
Lelanie worked for Allstate Insurance in Corsicana with Badie Stewart for 23 years and in 2012 she established Lelanie Petty Insurance. On Dec. 16, 2007 she married Steve Petty with each one gaining the others children and loving them like their own. Lelanie seemed to be involved with anything that helped children and young adults. She was a member of the Optimist Club of Corsicana for many years and Corsicana Girls Softball Association for 20-plus years. She loved her family and was always there for them helping them to succeed whether it was in career choices, sports or showing livestock. Whatever they were doing she was there to support them.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Welch and brother Michael Welch.
She is survived by her husband Steve Petty; children Mikayla Lane Jones, Rachell Nicole Payne and husband Brandon, Brittany Lynn Gober and husband Lance, Jake Hayden Petty and Kendall Walker and wife Jill; grandchildren Mallory and Alyssa Walker, Aubrey Payne, Lana Gober, Maycie and Laynie Walker and God-children Krista Nabors and Stacey Bailey. She is also survived by her mother Linda McKinney and her siblings Kenny Martin, Tim Welch and wife Kim and Sherry Gibbs and husband Robert and close friends Teresa and Tony Jones, Kenneth Walker and Rusty Jones and many extended family members and friends.
Visitation with Lelanie's family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Northside Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Lamb, Pastor Derek Rogers and Pastor Harold Evans officiating.
Pallbearers will be David Croom, Rusty Hitt, Tom Lester, Ricky Talkington, Scott Tidwell and Mike Tanner. Honorary pallbearers will be Badie Stewart, Brad Haynie, Kendall Walker, Brandon Payne, Jake Petty, Kayne Parten, Bill Hollingsworth and Denim Sinclair.
Interment to follow at Hamilton-Beamon Cemetery in Retreat.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Cleo (Nichols) Boone
Sep 21, 1923 - Aug 28, 2017
 
Cleo Nichols Boone, 93, of Richardson and formerly of Corsicana passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 in Richardson. She was born Sept. 21, 1923 in Corsicana to David Edmond Nichols and Eunie Austin Nichols.
She was raised in the Pickett community and attended and graduated from Richland High School. She was a strong lady and had a great love for her family, friends and her church family at First Baptist church in Corsicana where she was an active member until she moved to Richardson. She loved to read in her quiet time. She worked for the JM Dyer Company for many years, and then later was employed in the Navarro County District Clerk's office until her retirement.
Through her faith in the Lord and her prayer life she left an incredible legacy to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Boone; daughters, Jan Boone and Debbie Boone; her parents and 11 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Laurie Brewer and husband George of Richardson; granddaughters, Austin Stratton and husband Mark of Plano and Katie Brooks and husband AJ of Coppell; great grandchildren, Adaline, Maddox, Brylee and Teagan Stratton of Plano; brother, Paul Nichols of Waxahachie and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. George Brewer officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beamon Cemetery.
Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin, Corsicana, Texas 75110 for those desiring to do so.

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Billie Joe "Bill" Milligan
July 3, 1939 - Sept 1, 2017
 
Billie Joe "Bill" Milligan was born July 3, 1939, in Percilla and passed away Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Bill and his family were sharecroppers who moved frequently, so he attended countless schools during his childhood. His family quit farming and settled in Corsicana when Bill was in high school, so he spent both his junior and senior year at Corsicana High School where he graduated in 1957. To help supplement his family's income, he worked a full-time job after school, with an eight-hour shift at Adam's Hat Factory until midnight, five nights a week, during both of his years at CHS.
After finishing high school, he continued to work at Adam's Hat Factory for a year before enlisting in the Army in September of 1958. After training stateside at Fort Hamilton, New York, he was stationed in Germany. Bill was eight days away from being discharged from his post in Germany to return home when on Aug. 13, 1961 the Berlin Wall was built overnight by the East German Army, which extended his tour of duty until January of 1962, when he returned to Corsicana.
Two months after returning from Germany, in March of 1962, he met the love of his life, Virginia Carroll, and they were married less than a year later in February of 1963. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this past February, just a few days before Bill was diagnosed with cancer. Bill and Virginia were inseparable and spent all but a few nights together over their 54 years of marriage.
Bill worked for 40 years at Tom's Foods in Corsicana, where he made many lifelong friends, which he considered his work family. When not working or spending time with his family, he loved to fish and to bowl. He spent more than 50 years bowling locally in Corsicana, as well as in tournaments around the state and across the country. He considered his many friends at the lanes his bowling family as well.
Bill and Virginia were a generation of change that lifted their station in life from real poverty to a solid middle-class lifestyle that allowed their only son, Greg, to attend college and take advantage of other opportunities they were never afforded.
Bill took great pride in his son Greg's achievements, both personal and professional. For almost the past five years, his favorite thing in the world was being "Paw Paw" to his grandson, Mason, and Bill was treasured by many others who loved Bill like a father or grandfather. Bill loved people and loved life. He never met a stranger, and was never too busy to lend a hand, and was always ready with a smile and a story. Bill was greatly loved, and will be missed by so many who are grateful for his example and lasting impact on their lives.
Bill was preceded in death by his father William Alvis Milligan and mother Clara Pate Milligan; brothers William A. "Mahue" Milligan and wife Sue, and Robert Boyd Milligan and wife Bobbie; sisters Edith Milligan Vaughn and husband George, and Shirley Jean Milligan.
Bill is survived by his wife Virginia Carroll Milligan; son Greg Milligan and wife Layla, and grandson Mason. He is also survived by brothers Fred Milligan and wife Cindy, Ray Milligan and wife Linda, and sister Kay Milligan Carlton and husband Leonard. Bill had many nieces, nephews, cousins, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and relatives across the state and country.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Funeral services to celebrate Bill's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery immediately following.
Pallbearers will be Greg Milligan, Gary Milligan, Gwin 'Bootsie" Carroll, Dennis Milligan, Wayne Milligan, Mike Rash, Geoff Elzner and Kurt Streck.
Honorary pallbearers are Mason Milligan, Kristen Kocurek, Kimberly Kocurek, Chris Shoup, Tom Carroll, Kent Jerden, Jim Lambert, Brandon Milligan, and Kevin Milligan.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society Navarro Unit 1000 W 2nd Ave Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Lillian Robbie (Lambert) Wheelock
Jan 1, 1950 - Sept 2, 2017
 
Mrs. Lillian Lambert Wheelock, 67, of Mason went to her Heavenly home to meet her creator and to be reunited with her one true love, Tad, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 after a brief stay at the Seasons Hospice unit at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Lillian was born Jan. 1, 1950 in St. Petersburg, Florida to her beloved mother Robbie Love Lambert and her father John Wallace Lambert. Lillian's childhood was spent traveling all over and seeing the world with her parents and siblings and spending many summers in Texas. Being at the ocean was one of her favorite past times, and one that she shared with her family all throughout her life.
Lillian had an amazing love of horses that started at a young age. She would later go on to love rodeos and all that it entailed. Many of her most treasured friends were made in the wonderful world of rodeo.
Lillian loved all beautiful things and had an amazing eye for fashion. She clearly sparkled from within, and even won the Miss Corsicana Pageant as a teenager. Her smile was absolutely contagious and will never be forgotten. Any one that has had the privilege of knowing Lillian, knows that she lived life in a very big way. Not just on certain days, but every day. She lived life freely like many of us only dream of. She loved to take care of people and make sure no one ever had to go without. Whether it was Blair's friends in school or family, she always made sure that everyone had what they needed. She was an amazing cook and if you never got to try anything she cooked, you missed out. There is no doubt that her culinary skills will be used in Heaven.
Lillian loved her Heavenly Father and she expressed that love to her friends and family in the same grand way she approached each aspect of her life. Her faith was evident in her generous spirit. She was a giver. Her love for our Lord grew and became such a part of her. She was not shy about asking people if Jesus was a part of their lives. She never looked at a mountain range or the moon in the sky without standing in awe of our Creator and wishing her Lana could see it right at that moment. As a family, we have peace knowing that our Lillian is with her Heavenly Father enjoying paradise with Tad and her beloved family she has rejoined. Luke 23:43, Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
Next to her family, she loved far too many to name, but you know in your heart who you are. She cherished her relationships with each of you and we shall miss the stories that she shared with us, as you were such a special part of her life, and she treasured those memories.
Our precious Lillian was preceded in death just a few short weeks ago by her husband, John N. "Tad" Wheelock, III on Aug. 14, 2017, and also by her parents, John and Robbie Lambert.
She is survived by her treasured and only son, Blair Carroll and her beloved grandson, Luke Harrison Carroll of Austin; step-sons, John N. Wheelock, IV and wife Camille and Mark Wheelock and wife Brenda; step-daughter, Brooke W. Gunder and husband Robert; fifteen more precious grandchildren, Galina Wheelock, Tatiana Wheelock, Macey Wheelock, Clay Wheelock, Aubrey Wheelock, Colt Wheelock, Troupe Wheelock, Will Wheelock, Ella Wheelock, Weston Wheelock, Brooke Wheelock, Truman Wheelock, Ireland Gunder, Emory Gunder, and Kaelyn Gunder; her soul sister through life, Lana Johnson Rickner; biological sisters, Stasia Love Sparkman and Elizabeth Carroll; brother, Johnny Lambert; treasured mother-in-law, Marian Bragg Wheelock; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She shall never cease to be missed. No one can ever take her place or ever fill her shoes.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dave Benefield and Mr. John Wheelock officiating.
Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to: Blair Carroll, 1400 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703, donations in honor of Lillian's love of children may be made to the Hope for Orphans Ministry, 171 Cypress Springs Drive, Driftwood, TX 78619 or made online at hopefororphans.org.
She was passionate about this ministry. Lillian was one of the most generous and giving hearts we all have ever known. She seldom said no to anyone that needed help. It was her nature to give to the living and children captivated her heart.
Lillian leaves an amazing legacy for her family. May we all take the love that Lillian has shared with each one of us and pass it on for the rest of our days here on earth.

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Ruby Nell (Yielding) Thompson
Apr 29, 1925 - Aug 25, 2017
 
Ruby Nell Thompson was born April 29, 1925, in Kaufman County, to James Grover and Ara Esther Yielding. She grew up in nearby Corsicana during the depression years as part of a beautiful and tightly-knit family.
On Oct. 24, 1952, she married John Paul Thompson, Jr., making their home in Dallas before moving to Katy in 1990. After moving to Katy, Ruby loved volunteering for Memorial Hermann Hospital and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brookshire.
Ruby passed away following a brief illness Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at the age of 92 years, surviving her husband of 64 years by less than four months. She was a wonderful wife and mother, a warm, loving guide for her extended family, and a godly influence for her friends and multiple generations of descendants. Ruby was a devoted friend, a concerned listener, humble, and kind.
She was preceded in death by her parents, twin brother Robert Yielding, sisters Mary Yielding and Claudine Wilkinson, and a grandson, John Andrew Thompson.
Ruby is survived by her children, Donna Washburn and her husband Roy, Rick Thompson and his wife Karen; nieces Karen Yielding Livingston and her husband Bill, Ann Sandefur and her husband Bob; grandchildren Shelley Almand and her husband Gene, Christopher Smith and his wife Viki, Laura Thompson, Rebecca Macaluso and her husband Anthony, James Thompson, Nathan Sloan and his wife Ali, Kate Weimar and her husband John; great grandchildren, Matthew Burton, Shelby Smith, Lukas Weimar, Evan Weimer, Oakley Sloan; and great-great grandchild Madison Smith.
The family will receive friends immediately prior to the funeral service from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Schmidt Funeral Home - East Avenue Chapel in Katy.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. with Rev. Calvin Webb officiating.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.
Funeral services held under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home
1508 East Avenue Katy, Tx, 77493 281-391-2424

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Shirley Ann (Daniel) Gilliam
Aug 30, 1936 - Sept 13, 2017
 
Shirley Ann Daniel Gilliam, 81, of Arlington passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Arlington. She was born Aug. 30, 1936 in Corsicana to William Marion and Mary Lou May Daniel. She was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Carroll Gilliam and her parents.
She is survived by her son, Jeff Gilliam and wife Susan Warren; daughters, Nickey Haynes and husband Larry of Arlington and Stacey Hoots and husband Michael of Arlington; grandchildren, Tiffany Calder of Roanoke, Amilyn Martin of Roanoke, Joshua Stout of Beaumont, Sydney Stout and companion Marco Flores of Beaumont, and Lacey Hildebrant of Arlington; great granddaughter, Lena Flores of Beaumont; sister, Mary Wigley and husband Buddy of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Anna M. Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4100 Alpha Road; Ste. 100, Dallas, Texas 75244 or by going to www.diabtes.org.

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Herbert Hugh Hoffman
Nov 10, 1939 - Sep 17, 2017
 
The battle is won for Herbert Hoffman. Herbert Hugh Hoffman, 77 of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.
Herbet was born Nov. 10, 1939 to Chris and Marcel Hoffman. He attended Corsicana High School and served in the United States Air force from 1960 to 1966, stationed at Lackland San Antonio. On June 30, 1967 Herbert married the love of his life Doris Cottongame. They were blessed with one son Ray Ivie and adopted daughter Shane Mann. Herbert was retired from the Corsicana Fire Department and was a dedicated member of the Westside Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman, three sisters and one brother.
He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Doris Hoffman; son Ray Ivie and wife Cheryl Ivie; adopted daughter, Shane Mann and Donnie Mann; grandchildren, Colby Ivie and wife Bethany, Jeremy Ivie; adopted grandchildren, Echo Green, Ben Green, Eric Haugh, Glenn Haugh; great grandchildren, Wade Ivie, Malynn Ivie, Michael Eliott, Exa Green, Olive Haugh, Quinley Haugh, Owen Haugh. Along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved him very much. Special friends, Dennis and Cora Storch, that were very dear to Mr. Hoffman.
The family would like to extend a special Thank You for the care and compassion that Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice took with Mr. Hoffman and family.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Larry Talbert and Pastor George Coppock officiating.
Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park with Military Honors. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Ivie, Colby Ivie, Bubba Cottongame, Sammy York, Cody York, Bradley York. Honorary pallbearers, Dennis Storch, Kenneth Coppock, Ben Green, Glenn Haugh, Chacne Crosetti, Bill Crosetti and Westside Baptist Church Deacons.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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  • h/o Doris (Cottongame) Hoffman; s/o Christian "Chris" Hoffman & Marcel (Fagala) Hoffman
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • USAF

Johnny Franklin "Frank" Greer
July 21, 1934 - Sept 17, 2017
 
Mr. Johnny Franklin "Frank" Greer, 83, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He was born July 21, 1934 in Rice to Johnny Lee Greer and Elizabeth Grace Greer.
He worked in construction all his life, and carried the title of Best Blade Operator in Texas until he retired in 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Tina Beth (Greer) Fowler.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor Irene Jacobs Greer; his three children, Mary Ann (Greer) Northington and husband Kevin of Corsicana, Terry Dan Greer and wife Alisia of Corsicana, and Kary Nan (Greer) Lewis of Forney; grandchildren, Ronnie Joe Bonner, Jackie (Bonner) Stanbery, Anthony Bray, Jamie (Bray) Reagan, Alvin Mullican, Jarrett Greer, Jason Lewis, and Jennifer (Lewis) Thomasson; 13 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at Calvary Worship Center with Dr. Gary W. Johnson and the Rev. Michael Bedard officiating.
Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randell Jacobs, Michael Jacobs, Jarrett Greer, Jason Lewis, Joe Bonner, Brady Young, and Alvin Mullican. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jake Jacobs, David Jacobs, Fred Jacobs, Bobby Jacobs, and Ray Jacobs.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Calvary Worship Center, 1364 N. Beaton Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

 

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William Clinton Pillans
Mar 1, 1878 - May 5, 1931

LOCAL MERCHANT DIED TUESDAY AND BURIAL WEDNESDAY

W. C. Pillans, age 53 years, long time resident of Corsicana, died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday morning at 7:30 and funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 at the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. C. E. McStravick, Rev. J. Howard and Rev. Thomas Lenox.

Surviving are his wife, one son, David, two daughters, Misses Martha Lou and Billie Mae Pillans; two sisters, Mrs. W. W. Evans, Corsicana; Mrs. Lela Venson, Dallas, and one brother J. M. Pillans, Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be C. Burdine, L. M. McMillan, J. H. Haynie, Murphy Williams, F. C. Paul, John Hughes, Allen Edens, Joe Beauchamp, Deck Beauchamp and Willie Crouch. Honorary pallbearers will be his friends.

Mr. Pillans was formerly a member of the local postoffice force and delivered parcel post packages. He later went into business for himself and of recent years has been conducting a grocery store on North Commerce street.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. C. PILLANS HELD WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for W. C. Pillans, aged 53 years, long-time resident of Corsicana, who died at the P. & S. Hospital Tuesday morning at 7:30 o’clock, were held from the chapel of the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. C. E. McStravick, pastor of the united Presbyterian church; Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church, and Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Mr. Phillans was formerly connected with the local postoffice, later entering the mercantile business, and at the time of his death was the proprietor of a grocery business on North Commerce street.

Surviving are his wife, one son, David Pillans, two daughters, Misses Martha Lou and Billie Mae Pillans, all of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. W. W. Evans, Corsicana, and Mrs. Lela Venson, Dallas; one brother, J. M. Pillans, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were C. Burdine, L. M. McMillan, J. H. Haynie, Murphy Williams, F. C. Paul, John Hughes, Allen Edens, Joe Beauchamp, Deck Beauchamp, and Willie Crouch. Honorary pallbearers were his friends.

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Frank W. Clark
Dec 27, 1856 - Feb 26, 1934

FAIRFIELD, March 3.—(Spl.)—F. W. Clark, aged 77 years, long time resident of Freestone county died at his home in Streetman Monday. Burial was in Birdston cemetery Tuesday afternoon. He is survived by two sons, L. V. and Claud Clark.

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Ida (Womack) Clark
Mar 27, 1862 – Jul 27, 1932

PIONEER FREESTONE COUNTY WOMAN DIED SUDDENLY STREETMAN

STREETMAN, July 28.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. F. W. Clark, age 70, years, who died suddenly at her home here Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock, were held from the First Baptist church here Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. J. L Shaddix, pastor of the church. Burial was in Birdston cemetery.

Mrs. Clark was born in Alabama but moved to Fairfield when only a young girl and was one of the pioneers of Freeston county. She was Miss Ida Wommack before her marriage to F. W. Clark of the Birdston community on Feb. 9, 1883.

Five children were born to this union but only two, Willie Claude and L. V. Clark, both of Streetman, survive. Other survivors are her husband, a brother, Tom Womack of Corsicana, and numerous other relatives.

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Moses Steven (Uncle Jack) Reaves
Dec 1844 - Jun 22, 1931

Funeral Services Tuesday Afternoon For Pioneer Resident

Funeral services for M. S. (Uncle Jack) Reeves, aged 87 years were held Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in Birdston cemetery. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. H. S. Morila, of Big Springs, and several grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were J. H. Gilvary, T. L. Sherrad, C. L. Clark, J. A. Clark, H. D. Burleson and Jack Steele. In charge of the funeral were Webb and Cole Funeral Home of Streetman, assisted by Sutherland Funeral Home of Corsicana.

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John Henry Clark
Dec 16, 1856 - Mar 21, 1931

FORMER CORSICANA RESIDENT BE BURIED STREETMAN SUNDAY

Mr. J. H. Clark of Streetman, who formerly resided in Corsicana was an employee of the Magnolia Petroleum company passed away at 4 o’clock this morning at his home in Streetman, and will be buried Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Streetman cemetery. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church of Streetman, and when a resident of this city, was quite active in the First Presbyterian church of which he was a devout member.

Mr. Clark was 77 years of age, and is survived by his wife and three sons, L. S. Clark of Corsicana, N. G. Clark of Dawson, and J. A. Clark of Streetman.

A number of Corsicana friends will attend the funeral services Sunday afternoon.

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John Archie Clark
May 22, 1895 - Nov 8, 1939

J. A. Clark Buried Streetman Thursday; Died In Corsicana

Funeral services for J. A. Clark of Streetman, about 45 years of age, who died in a local hospital Wednesday, were held at Streetman Thursday with interment in the Streetman cemetery.

Surviving are his mother and two brothers.

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Nash Gilbert Clark
Feb 02, 1886 - Aug 16, 1963

Streetman

STREETMAN, Aug. 22.—(Spl.)--Mr. and Mrs. John Grantham, Mildred, and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Boyd and daughter, Mildred, visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank Massey and Billy Sunday and attended funeral services for Nash Clark.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ellis, Sweeny, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ellis, Sweeny, visited Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Milner Sunday. They attended the Clark funeral services.

Wortham

WORTHAM, Aug. 22.—(Spl.)—Mr. and Mrs. Tom Meador were in Dawson Friday due to the death of Mrs. Meador’s brother-in-law, Nash Clark.

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Janie Davidson (McGilvary) Clark
Jul 7, 1885 - Mar 2, 1964

Mrs. Jane Clark Rites Tuesday

DAWSON. March 3, --(Spl.)—Mrs. Jane Clark, died in Memorial hospital Monday.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the Presbyterian church here with burial in the
Birdston Cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Paul Capehart, Dallas pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church in Corsicana, and Rev. Jim Hendrickson, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian churches here and in Hubbard.

Surviving are two sons, Jack Clark, Houston, and Neil Clark, Dawson; three grandchildren, two brothers, John and Robert McGilvary, both of Streetman; four sisters, Mrs. Clyde Ellis, Sweeney; Mrs. Tom Meadow, Wortham; Mrs. Wayne Milligan and Miss Mary Ella McGilvary, both of Streetman.

Pallbearers were Wayne Allard, Edwin Davis, Harold Pitts, John Freeland, Clide Pierce and Cloyce Floyd.

Eubanks directed.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, March 3, 1964
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Nash Gilbert Clark married Mar. 23, 1910; d/o Angus Tyson McGilvary & Eliza Jane “Janie” (Davidson) McGilvary

Moses Steven “Uncle Jack” Reeves
1844 - Jun 22, 1931

PIONEER RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY BURIED BIRDSTON

Funeral services for M. S. (Uncle Jack) Reeves, age 87 years, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in the Birdston cemetery. Rev. Prince of Llano conducted the services which were held at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. A. M. Curry, at Streetman and the Masons had charge of the services at the grave.

Mr. Reeves died Monday morning at 9:30 in the home for Confederate veterans at Austin and the body arrived here at 11:30 Tuesday and was taken immediately to the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Curry.

The deceased was born in Alabama and joined the Confederate army at the age of 16 years and served four years. He came to Texas following the war and was one of the early settlers in this section of the state, where he was well known.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. H. S. Morlis of Big Springs, and several grandchildren.

He was a member of the Masons and Odd Fellows.

Webb and Cole Funeral Home of Streetman assisted by Sutherland Funeral Home of Corsicana, had charge of the funeral.

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William Ross “Willie” O’Neal
Mar 23, 1870 - Aug 13, 1931

Streetman Man Died Thursday; Burial Friday

Ross O’Neal, aged about 61 years, died at his home in Streetman Thursday, and the funeral was held at the Cade cemetery Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock where interment was made, according to information received here Friday.

He was born at Cade and had resided in that section all of his life.

Surviving are his wife, several children, two brothers, Tom and John O’Neal, and one sister, Mrs. Ed Anderson and other relatives.

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Billie Frances White
Jun 2, 1930 - Jul 26, 1931

Little Girl Died Sunday Morning; Burial Chatfield

Billie Frances White, 14-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. White of Chatfield, died here Sunday morning at 2:30 after a six-weeks illness, and interment was made in the Chatfield cemetery Sunday afternoon, at five o’clock.

The deceased is survived by her father and mother. Funeral arrangements were supervised by a Chatfield funeral home.

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Willie Andrew Jackson
May 25, 1857 - Dec 27, 1930

IN MEMORY W. A. JACKSON

On Saturday evening, Dec. 27, 1930, at 1 o’clock, God called Grandpa Jackson to live with Him in that bright and happy home.

Grandpa was a true Christian. He joined the Church of Christ at Chatfield when he was a young man. He was 73 years of age May 25, 1930. He was married to Miss Lucia Ella Frederick March 5, 1881. To this union were born three children, one girl, Mina, two boys, Charles D. and William A. The girl died in infancy. His good wife departed this life, Nov, 10, 1912. He went to join her on Dec. 27, from the home of his son, C. D. Jackson of Whites Chapel.

All was done that loving hands could do, but God knew best and called him home. Rev. Griffin of Barry conducted the services from Sutherland’s Funeral Home, with interment in Chatfield cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, C. D. Jackson of Whites Chapel, W. A. Jackson of Dallas, seven grandchildren, three girls and four boys and a host of other relatives and friends.

Oh, dear friend, our wonderful friend,
We miss you from our side,
We’ll travel the years
With sorrow and tears,
For they tell us you have died.

How we hoped when we stood by your suffering form,
And strove to ease your pain,
So we could keep you here,
To love and cherish again.

But our dear God would not have it so,
For He called our loved one up there,
O’er the river of Life
From all care and strife
To dwell in that city fair.

It seems to me this friend of mine,
The friend they say has died,
Has just gone away
To that land of day
With the Savior to abide.

We should not ask why he was taken
For God doeth all things best,
And smile through our sorrow,
For soon comes the morrow
And we, too, shall find our rest.

When at last we are all gathered together,
And around the throne we shall stand,
We will know in our hearts
Why true friends must part,
And then we’ll understand.

Written by a friend.
MARGIE MAE POPE.

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WRITTEN IN MEMORY OF MR. W. A. JACKSON.

He was born May 25, 1857, departed this life Dec. 27, 1930 at the age of 73 years, seven months and two days; was reared near Chatfield and when a young man united with the Christian church at that place. Later he moved to Stamford and then came back to Dallas to live and came to visit relatives and friends in Navarro county and passed away at the home of his son, C. D. Jackson in the Whitesboro Chapel community; is survived by two sons, the other son, A. Jackson of Dallas, Tex., and other relatives and friends; a daughter, Mina Ella died in 1883 and his wife, Mrs. Lucy Ella Jackson died Nov. 10, 1912.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Walter Griffith on Dec. 28th at 1 p.m. at Sutherland’s Funeral Home. Pallbearers were D. E. Pike, Jack Megarity, W. N. Hamilton, Charley Gray, George Pope and M. H. Barhum; burial in Chatfield cemetery.

The silver cord is loosened,
And broken is the golden bowl,
The pain, the struggle is over
Now dwells in peace the immortal soul.
He’s gone, and yet his voice we almost hear.
Why should we mourn the absence.
And why should bitter tears be shed?
He is not lost forever—
“Tis but a sleep—he is not dead.
He’s gone—but yonder on the golden shore
He’s clasping hands with lov’d ones gone before.

Dear friends, he can not come back to us, but if we trust Jesus as our Savior we can spend a happy eternity together.

A FRIEND.

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Elizabeth May “Betty” (Toldan) Ellis
Feb 4, 1895 - Mar 10, 1931

FUNERAL THURSDAY FOR MILDRED WOMAN WHO DIED TUESDAY

Mrs. R. L. Ellis, aged 86, of Mildred died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic about 7:30 Tuesday morning after a short illness. Funeral services will be held from the Sutherland Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

She is survived by her husband; mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Toldan; five brothers, W. M., J. E. Samuel and Raymon Toldan, of Dallas, and Roy Toldan of Fort Worth; two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Lancaster of Fort Worth, and Mrs. W. B. Hudson of Washington D. C.

Funeral services are being delayed until Mrs. Hudson can arrive.

The Sutherland Funeral Home will direct the funeral.

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MRS. R. L. ELLIS WILL BE BURIED ON THURS. AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Mrs. R. L. Ellis, 36, of the Mildred community, who died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Tuesday morning at 7:30 after a short illness, will be held from the chapel of the Sutherland Funeral Home Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Toldan, Corsicana; five brothers, W. M., J. E.., Raymon Toldan, Dallas; and Roy Toldan, Fort Worth; two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Lancaster, Fort Worth; Mrs. W. B. Hudson, Washington, D. C.

Funeral services were delayed so that Mrs. Hudson could be here.

Active pallbearers will be Sam Ellis, Cecil Foster, Virgil Haynie, Dave Bryant, Charlie Bee, Jr., and Elvin Ellis.

Honorary pallbearers will be P. Mayer, John C. Hughes, Ed Sheets, J. Y. Stewart, I. T. Kent, A. B. Lancaster, H. R. Stewart, Russell Purifoy, Dock J. Martin, Jake Tucker, John Tucker, Doss Bay, Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr., Dr. W. T. Shell, Jr., Willie Ficklin, R. B. Molloy, Dock Copley.

T. J. Sheehan, Tomie Carl, Ezra White, Travis Fullwood, Mr. Ford, Isaac Levy, Mr. Muns, Robert Doolin, Vernon Thomason, Joe Garvin, John Wright, Mark Wright, T. J. Hickey, Jack Cook, Cecil Cook, L. Roberts, Luther Jones, Needham Muns, L. F. Brown, Henry Clements and Harry Kaufman.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MILDRED WOMAN ARE HELD THURSDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Betty May Ellis, 36, of Mildred, wife of R. L. Ellis, who died in a local hospital Tuesday morning at 7:30 after a short illness, were held Thursday afternoon at three o’clock from the chapel of the Sutherland Funeral Home with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. L. E. Dugger, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Surviving are her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Toldan, Corsicana; five brothers, W. M., J. E., Samuel and Taymond Toldan, all of Dallas; and Roy Toldan, Fort Worth; two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Lancaster, Fort Worth; and Mrs. W. B. Hudson, Washington, D. C.

Active pallbearers were Sam Ellis, Cecil Foster, Virgil Haynie, Dave Bryant, Charles Bee Jr. and Elvin Ellis.

Honorary pallbearers were P. Mayer, John C. Hughes, Ed Sheets, J. Y. Stewart, I. T. Kent, A. B. Lancaster, H. R. Stewart, Russell Purifoy, Dock J. Martin, Jake Tucker, John Tucker, Doss Bay, Dr. W. T. Shell, Sr., Dr. W. T. Shell, Jr., Willie Ficklin, R. B. Molloy, Dock Copley.

T. J. Sheehan, Tomie Carl, Ezra White, Travis Fullwood, Mr. Ford, Isaac Levy, Mr. Muns, Robert Doolin, Vernon Thomanson, Joe Garvin, John Wright, Mark Wright, T. J. Hickey, Jake Cook, Cecil Cook, L. Roberts, Luther Jones, Needham Muns, L. F. Brown, Henry Clements and Harry Kaufman.

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IN MEMORIAM.

Mrs. Raleigh Ellis, formerly Miss Elizabeth Toldan, who passed to her reward March the tenth, left a devoted husband, father, mother, brothers and sisters to mourn her passing.

“Bettie” as she was called, will be greatly missed, for she was an ideal wife, a devoted daughter, an excellent neighbor and an asset to the community in which she lived.

She lived indeed up to the sacred admonition, “Whatsoever thy hands find to do, do it with thy might.”

She was most generous and kindhearted in her dealings with her fellowman.

She was ever joyous and optimistic, and it was a real pleasure to be with her and hear the laughter that come only from a cheerful spirit.

She was most thoughtful for the welfare of others, and never tired of well-doing.

The many acts of kindness by her friends proved how highly she was esteemed. These loving friends were a great help and comfort to the family during the last sad hours.

Would that we might all take the view of death as does Ella Wheeler Wilcox in her poem, “There is No Sting in Death.”

“I never stand above the bier and see
The seal of death set on some well-loved face,
But that I think, One more to welcome me
When I shall cross the intervening space,
Between this land, and the One Over there.
One more to make Beyond seem fair.

And so to me there is no sting in death—
And so the grave has lost its victory,
It is but crossing with suspended breath,
And while set face, a little strip of sea,
To find the loved ones on the other shore,
More beautiful, more precious than before.”

The Easter season turned our thoughts anew to the Resurrection, “But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the first fruits of them that are sleep. For since by man came death, by many came also the resurrection of the dead. For in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

--A FRIEND.

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Samuel Evans Ellis
Aug 7, 1891 - Apr 11, 1972

Sam Ellis

Funeral services for Sam E. Ellis, 80, lifelong Corsicana resident, were at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at a local funeral chapel with the Rev. Robert J. Potts officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

The retired TP&L employee died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. He was a member of First Baptist Church and veteran of World War I.

Surviving are his widow, one brother and a nephew.

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Nedra Ann Oliver
Oct 5, 1931 - Dec 11, 1931

Baby Died Friday In Local Hospital Burial Saturday

Funeral services for Nedra Ann Oliver, two-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Oliver of Gladewater, who died in the Navarro clinic Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock, were held from the residence of the child’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Odom, 1501 West Thirteenth Avenue, Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock with interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church.

Sutherland Funeral Home directed the funeral.

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Mary Frances (Greenhill) Pike
Aug. 3, 1854 - Jan. 15, 1931

AGED WOMAN DIED PURSLEY COMMUNITY THURSDAY MORNING

Mrs. Mary Frances Pike, aged 76 years, native of Alabama, but resident of Texas since 1896, wife of the late Dr. John H. Pike, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. B. Payne in the Pursley community Thursday morning at 3 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Payne at 1 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery here.

Mrs. Pike had been a member of the Methodist church at Pursley for many years and the funeral services will be conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood of Eureka.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Payne, and six sons, J. A. Pike, Black Hills; D. E. Pike and Luther Pike, both of Corsicana; Carl H. Pike, Teague; Oscar Pike, Bakersfield, Cal., and E. U. Pike, Houston.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR AGED RESIDENT PURSLEY COMMUNITY

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Frances Pike, aged 76 years, who died in the Pursley community Thursday morning at 3 o’clock, were held from the home of Mrs. W. B. Payne, her daughter, at Pursley Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock and interment was made in Oakwood cemetery here. She was the wife of the late Dr. John H. Pike. She was a native of Alabama, but had resided in Texas for 35 years.

Mrs. Pike was a member of the Methodist church at Pursley and the services were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood of Eureka.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Payne, and six sons, J. A. Pike, Black Hills, D. E. Pike and Luther Pike, both of Corsicana; Carl H. Pike, Teague; Oscar Pike, Bakersfield, Cal.; and E. U. Pike, Houston.

The funeral was in charge of the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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IN MEMORY OF MRS. M. F. PIKE

On Thursday morning, Jan. 15, at 3 o’clock, God called Grandmother Pike to live with Him in that bright and happy home.

“Grandmother” was 76 years, 6 months and 12 days old when she passed to the great beyond, Jan. 15, 1931. She was born in Alabama, August 3, 1854; came to Texas with her family in 1892 and settled near Dawson where they lived for 15 months, then moved to Black Hills where she lived until her husband died in 1909. She then moved to Lubbock where she lived for a short time and then came back to her old home place at Black Hills, but for the past years she made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. W. B. Payne of Pursley.

Grandmother had been in bad health for several years. During all her days of suffering she was patient and loving, and was cheerful and even hopeful to the last moment of her life and when death came to claim her, she went in perfect peace. She was converted and joined the Methodist church when she was young, and lived a Christian life until the morning of her death.

She is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Jessie Richardson of Dalhart, Mrs. Mattie Plunkett of Abbott, Mrs. Annie McClung of Hamlin and Mrs. Rebecca McRae of Alabama and three brothers, T. C. Greenhill of Amarillo, Ed Greenhill of New Mexico and Whitten Greenhill of Mississippi and seven children, J. A. Pike, Black Hills; D. E. Pike, Corsicana; E. U. Pike, Houston; C. H. Pike, Teague; O. C. Pike, Bakersfield, Calif.; J. L. Pike and Mrs. W. B. Payne, Pursley and twelve grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

She was laid to rest beside her husband in the Oakwood cemetery at Corsicana Jan. 16. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. I. R. Darwood, Methodist pastor of Eureka and assisted by Rev. J. L. Hines, pastor of the Church of Christ of Corsicana. Pallbearers were, D. E. Pike of Corsicana; C. H. Pike of Teague; E. U. Pike of Houston, J. L. Pike and W. B. Payne of Pursley and George Pike of Sugarland.

She has fought a good fight, she has finished her course, and has gone to her reward that was laid up for her.

We have lost our darling grandmother,
She has bid us all adieu;
She has gone to live with Jesus
And her body’s lost to view.

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

Home will miss thee, darling grandmother,
We will miss thee from the place;
Shadows over our life is casting,
We will miss thy shining face.

We will miss thy hands of service,
Miss thy fond and earnest care;
Home is dark without the grandmother,
We will miss thee everywhere.

Oh we loved her, yes, we loved her,
But our savior loved her more;
He has called her home to heaven,
To that bright and shining shore.

Written by her granddaughter,
CEDELLIA PIKE.

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John Charles Harris, Sr.
Nov 2, 1854 - Mar 2, 1931

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MONDAY FOR JOHN C. HARRIS

Funeral services for John C. Harris, aged 76 years, former resident of Corsicana, who died in Hamilton Saturday night at 6 o’clock, were held here Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock, with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

The body arrived on the Sunday night Cotton Belt passenger train and was taken to the home of his son, Ed B. Harris, 2002 West Fifth avenue, where the funeral services were held. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Mr. Harris came to Navarro county in 1881, and resided in Corsicana and in this vicinity until a few years ago, when he moved to Hamilton.

Surviving are five sons, E. B. Harris, Corsicana; A. J. Harris and Frank Harris, both of Hamilton; J. C. Harris, Jr., and C. P. Harris, both of Oklahoma City and one daughter, Mrs. G. E. Borden, Kansas City.

Pallbearers were Frank Irwin, W. T. Hill, Robert I. Kent, James B. Bish, J. A. Bonner, Walter Hayes, G. C. Kent and Bige Tinkle.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Mary Emma (Redden) Brown
Nov 24, 1866 - Oct 16, 1931

MRS. J. R. BROWN PASSED AWAY HERE FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Mrs. Mary Ema Redden Brown, aged 64 years, native of Trinity county, died at the family residence, 917 West Fifteenth avenue, early Friday afternoon, and the funeral was held from the family residence, Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery, Mrs. Brown was reared at Mustang Prairie. She was married to J. R. Brown in 1880.

Surviving are her husband, one son, Cody Brown, Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. W. N. Millican and Mrs. S. L. Millican, both of Corsicana; and Mrs. W. J. McDermia, Houston; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and two sisters, Mrs. William Tomlinson, Normangee, and Mrs. G. W. Green, Marlin.

Pallbearers were Clay Archer, Roy Martin, Roy Tolden, Sam Taylor, Willis Allman and Norman Hardin.

Sutherland Funeral Home will direct the funeral services.

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Guadalupe Rodrigez
1875 - Jun. 21, 1931

Mexican Woman Is Buried Here Monday Died On Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Guadaloupe Rodriges, 56, were conducted at Oakwood cemetery, where interment was made at 11 a. m. Monday, by Rev. M. Adame, pastor of the Mexican Presbyterian church here. Mrs. Rodriges died at her residence Sunday.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Amanda J. (Brooks) Johnson
Nov 1847 - Nov 7, 1931

Long-Time Resident Corsicana Died Here Saturday at Noon

Mrs. Amanda Johnson, native of Tennessee, but resident of Corsicana for the past 35 years, died at the home of her son, W. H. Johnson, 1501 West Sixth avenue, Saturday at noon following a week’s illness.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by one son, Mr. Johnson, and a daughter, Mrs. Johnnie Coe, Corsicana; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held from the Johnson residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Sutherland Funeral Home will direct the funeral.

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FUNERAL SUNDAY FOR LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF CITY

Funeral services for Mrs. Amanda Johnson, native of Tennessee but resident of Corsicana for 35 years, who died at the home of her son, W. H. Johnson, 1501 West Sixth avenue, Saturday at noon, following a short illness, were held from the Johnson home Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are her son, Mr. Jonson, a daughter, Mrs. Johnnie Coe, Corsicana; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were W. J. Seelig, R.L. Houston, T. J. Walton, Roscoe Harlan, Will Harlan, L. C,. Morgan, Walter Denton, and Walter Roberts.

Singers were Mrs. Harry Williams, Mrs. A. L. Absher, Charlton Gunter and Lloyd Kerr.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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