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John Elmer Sweeney
Feb 28, 1891 - Jan 31, 1932

JOHN E. SWEENEY DIED SUNDAY NIGHT; BURIAL ON MONDAY

John Elmer Sweeney, aged 40 years, machinist at the Oil City Iron Works for the past 11 years, died in the P. and S. Hospital Sunday night at 7 o’clock and the funeral was held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

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

Surviving are his wife, mother, Mrs. John Sweeney, Dallas; a brother, L. E. Sweeney, Dallas, and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Link, Dallas.

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Nannie A. Richardson
May 23, 1884 - Jan 12, 1932

FUNERAL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON POPULAR CORSICANA WOMAN

Miss Nannie Richardson died at the home of her mother, Mrs. M. E. Richardson, 514 West 10th Ave. Tuesday night at midnight following an illness of several months, and the funeral was held from the family home Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

Miss Richardson was a sales-lady for the J. M. Dyer company for a number of years and was well-known and very popular in Corsicana.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, assisted by the Rev. I. R. Darwood of Eureka.

The pallbearers were: J. M. Dyer, SR., J. M. Dyer, Jr., Roland Puryear, Carroll Miller, Jester Pittman, Nathan Crouch, Paul Miller and John Leslie Yates.

Surviving are her mother, four sisters, Misses Mary and Myrtle Richardson, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. H. A. Hancock, and Mrs. G. Williams, both of Coolidge; and two brothers, R. C. Richardson, Corsicana and Joe Richardson, Fort Worth.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Entire Community Sorrows at Passing Miss Richardson

The entire community was thrown in grief upon hearing of the death of Miss Nannie Richardson daughter of Mrs. M. E. Richardson, Tuesday at midnight.

Miss Richardson who had been a saleslady in the Dyer Dry Goods store since its organization, had gathered about her a very large circle of admiring friends through her courtesy and many admiable qualities. Out of respect to her memory the Dyer store was closed during the funeral services, and all the employes attended. A large concourse of loyal friends and loved ones attended the last sad rites there being a number of out-of-town relatives. These included her brother, Joe Richardson of Fort Worth and a niece, Mrs. L. H. Owen, also of Fort Worth; Mrs. G. T. Williams, a sister of Coolidge, her sons Fred and Walter Williams, and Miss Mable Clair Hancock, a niece also of Coolidge.

Devoted friends sympathize with the bereft mother, sisters and brothers in this hour of their sorrow.

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Franklin Monroe “Frank” Pope
Feb 27, 1874 - Jan 12, 1932

F. M. POPE, LONG TIME RESIDENT OF CORSICANA, DIES

Frank M. Pope, aged 57 years, long-time plumber in Corsicana , died at the family home, 1523 West Sixth avenue, Tuesday morning at 12:20 o’clock following a lingering illness and the funeral was held from the residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. John W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, D. H. and Louis Pope, both of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Martin, Mrs. Brooks, Porter and Miss Frankie Pope, all of Corsicana; four brothers, D. D. Pope, North Carolina; A. W. Pope, North Carolina; J. D. Pope, Mooresville, N. C. and Garland Pope, Mooresville, N. C; and two sisters, Mrs. Jess Moore and Mrs. J. P. Brawley, both of Mooresville, N. C.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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John William Cheney
Oct 19, 1859 - Jan 9, 1932

FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR J. W. CHENEY

J. W. CHENEY, LONG TIME RESIDENT OF CORSICANA DIES

ONE OF BEST KNOWN TRAVELING MEN IN CENTRAL TEXAS PASSED AWAY

J. W. Cheney, aged 72 years, 1417 West Fourth avenue, died in the Navarro Clinic Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock after a several days illness with pneumonia, and the funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, of which Mr. Cheney was a long-time member.

He was born in Newborn, Ga., Oct. 19, 1859. He was the son of Dr. J. N. and M. A. Cheney. Mr. Cheney had resided here for almost a half century with the exception of a few years spent at Hubbard, Hill county.

Mr. Cheney was one of the best-known traveling salesmen in Central Texas, and was connected with the Southern Wholesale Grocery company at the time of his death. He was with the Pace Grocery company for many years prior to becoming connected with the Southern company.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. F. R. Kelly and Mrs. James K. Wood; two sons, R. F. and J. V. Cheney, and several grandchildren, all of Corsicana; a brother Owen Cheney, Cheneyboro; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Welch, Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

Active pallbearers will be A. H. Berry, Mexia; Lynn Adams, John Sullivan, Oscar Burns, Harris Ransom, Jim Pugh, Homer Pace, C. S. Stroud, Bob Stell and Will Pugh.

Honorary pallbearers will be all officers of the First Baptist church and his personal friends.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF CORSICANA DIED SATURDAY MORNING

Funeral services for J. W. Cheney, aged 72 years, 1417 West Fourth avenue, who died in the Navarro Clinic Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock, following a short illness with pneumonia, were held from the First Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the church. Mr. Cheney had been a member of the First Baptist church here for many years.

Mr. Cheney was born in Newborn, Ga., but had resided in Corsicana almost half a century with exception of a few years at Hubbard, Hill county.

He was a traveling salesman for local wholesale grocery companies for many years and was well known over Central Texas. He was connected with the Southern Wholesale Grocery Company at the time of his death and
Company.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. F. R. Kelly and Mrs. James K. Wood; two sons, R. F. and J. V. Cheney, and several grandchildren, all of Corsicana; a brother Owen Cheney, Cheneyboro; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Welch, Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

Active pallbearers were A. H. Berry, Mexia; Lynn Adams, John Sullivan, Oscar Burns, Harris Ransom, Jim Pugh, Homer Pace, C. S. Stroud, Bob Stell and Will Pugh.

Honorary pallbearers were all officers of the First Baptist church and his personal friends.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

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Liza/Eliza (Boatler) Gill
Jun 6, 1858 - Aug 7, 1932

AGED WOMAN DIED SUNDAY MORNING; BURIAL ON MONDAY

Mrs. Liza Gill, aged 74 years, native of Mississippi, but resident of Corsicana for 15 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eula Foster, 1013 South Fifteenth street, Sunday morning at 8 o’clock and the funeral was held from the Foster residence Monday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Tennie Smith.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Foster, Corsicana, and a son, George Gill, Mexia.

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

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 8, 1932
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o James W. Gill married Feb. 27, 1879 Limestone county, Tx; d/o G. Boatler & Betty (Dean) Boatler (assumed Grafton H. Boatler & Elizabeth “Betty” (Dean) Boatler)

Mollie (UNKNOWN) Coleman
1854 - Jan 26, 1932

Aged Corsicana Woman Died Early Tuesday Morning

Mrs. Mollie Coleman, aged 78 years, 622 East Park Avenue, long-time resident of Corsicana, died at the P. and S. hospital early Tuesday morning and the funeral will be held from the Sutherland Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

The services will be conducted by Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

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Funeral Services Mrs. Mollie Coleman Tuesday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie Coleman, aged 78 years, resident of Corsicana for 40 years, 622 East Park avenue, who died in the P. & S. Hospital early Tuesday morning, were held from the Sutherland Funeral Home chapel Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery.

The services were conducted by Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of the St. John’s Episcopal church.

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Mary E. “Mollie” (Dodson) Roberts-Dudley
1856 - Feb 26, 1932

AGED WOMAN DIED IN DALLAS; BURIED IN OAKWOOD SUNDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. R. L. Dudley, aged 75 years, who died in Dallas Friday night at 10:30 o’clock, were held at Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, where interment was made. The services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are her husband, Dallas, and a son, W. D. Roberts, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Wm. Tucker, C. F. Parrish, Leslie Cook and Edward Howard.

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

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  • The Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Monday, Feb 29, 1932
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st husband John Ruben Roberts 2nd Robert L. Dudley

Fred W. Freeman
Nov 20, 1868 - Aug 16, 1932

Former Corsicanan Dies In Denver

Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Vaughan received a message on Tuesday announcing the death at 11:30 o’clock Tuesday morning in Denver, Colo., of the Hon. Fred W. Freeman, former prominent Corsicana resident and lawyer, but who has resided in Denver many years and was an official of the Texas Company there.

While no details of the funeral and burial were given in the message it is presumed that the body will be returned to Corsicana for burial.

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FRED W. FREEMAN FORMER CORSICANAN BE BURIED TODAY

Funeral services for Fred W. Freeman, aged 64 years, former resident of Corsicana, who died in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, will be held from the residence of Byron Cheney, 1541 West Fourth avenue, Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Jeff D. Ray, Baptist minister of Fort Worth.

Mr. Freeman was born in Crystal Springs, Miss.

The body arrived in Corsicana early Friday afternoon.

Mr. Freeman was connected with the Texas Company for many years and had retired two years before his death. He resided in Colorado for a number of years, leaving this community 28 years for Beaumont. He had lived in Denver 15 years.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Edward Freeman, New York City, and Tom Freeman, Fort Worth and other relatives.

Funeral arrangements here are being handled by the Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home.

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FRED W. FREEMAN WAS BURIED HERE FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Fred W. Freeman, age 64 years, former resident of Corsicana, who died in Denver, Colo., Thursday were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Cheney, 1541 West Fourth avenue, Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock, with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Jeff D. Ray, Baptist minister of Fort Worth. He was a native of Crystal Springs, Miss.

Mr. Freeman was connected with the Texas company for many years and was retired two years ago. He resided here for many years prior to moving to Beaumont 28 years ago. He had lived in Denver for 15 years.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Edward Freeman, New York City and Tom Freeman, Fort Worth, and other relatives.

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

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John E. Simpson
Jun 2, 1896 - Aug 27, 1932

JOHN SIMPSON DIES FOLLOWING ILLNESS OF SEVERAL YEARS

John Simpson, aged 36, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Evelyn Simpson, 1001 West Tenth avenue about 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon, after an illness of several years. Funeral services will be held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. with Rev. Joe E. Glenn officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

He is survived by his mother, four sisters, Mrs. Maude Hayes of Arkansas, Mrs. Ollie Tidwell of Greenville, Mrs. Fannie Black and Mrs. Ada Crocker of Corsicana; one brother, Nat Simpson of Ennis.

He had been a resident of Corsicana about thirteen years.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOR JOHN SIMPSON

Funeral services for John Simpson, aged 36 years, who died Saturday afternoon at 1 o’clock following a lingering illness, were held from the residence of his mother, Mrs. Evelyn Simpson, 1001 West Tenth avenue, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church.

He had resided here for 13 years.

Surviving are his mother, four sisters, Mrs. Maude Hayes, Arkansas; Mrs. Ollie Tidwell, Greenville; Mrs. Fannie Black and Mrs. Ada Crocker, both of Corsicana; and a brother, Mat Simpson, Ennis.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Samantha Evaline (Adcock) Simpson
Jun 16, 1854 - Jul 1, 1940

AGED WOMAN DIED AT HOME DAUGHTER HERE LATE MONDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Emaline Simpson aged 86 years, who died late Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Fannie Black, 1020 West Twelfth avenue, will be held Tuesday afternoon at the residence at 5 o’clock.

Rites will be conducted by Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the Second Baptist church, and interment will be in the Oakwood cemetery. The deceased was the wife of the late E. I. Simpson.

Surviving are one son, Max Simpson, Ennis; four daughters, Mrs. J. L. Hayes, Weatherford, Oklahoma; Mrs. J. I. Tidwell, Greenville; Mrs. C. E. Dean, Dallas; and Mrs. Fannie Black, Corsicana; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of the Second Baptist church.

Corley Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

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FUNERAL RITES FOR MRS. SIMPSON HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Mrs. Emaline Simpson, aged 88 years, who died late Monday afternoon, were held Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fannie Black, 1020 West Twelfth avenue.

Rites were conducted by Rev. E. O. Stewart, pastor of the Second Baptist church, and interment was in the
Oakwood cemetery.

The deceased was the wife of the late E. I. Simpson.

Surviving are one son, Max Simpson, Ennis; four daughters, Mrs. J. L. Hayes, Weatherford, Oklahoma; Mrs. J. I. Tidwell, Greenville; Mrs. C. E. Dean; Dallas; and Mrs. Fannie Black, Corsicana, and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were the deacons of the Second Baptist church.

Corley Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

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Mary Caroline Martin
Aug 22, 1854 - Apr 2, 1932

AGED CORSICANA WOMAN WAS BURIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Miss Caroline Martin, aged 77 years, who died here Saturday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock, were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church.

Pallbearers were Roy Martin, Lige Martin, Dock J. Martin, Dan Martin, Lee Martin and Ernest Highnote, nephews of Miss Martin.

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

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James Washington Lawhon
Jan 15, 1853 - Sep 2, 1932

AGED RESIDENT OF NAVARRO COUNTY BE BURIED SATURDAY

J. W. Lawhorn, aged 79 years, native of Louisiana, but long time resident of Texas and citizen of Navarro county for thirty-five years, died at his home north of Petty’s Chapel Friday night at 11 o’clock following an illness of a week and the funeral will be held from the Petty’s Chapel church Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church of Corsicana.

Prior to moving to Navarro county, Mr. Lawhorn resided in Leon and Anderson counties. He was married to Miss Eugenia Means in 1883.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Watt Stewart, Corsicana, and Mrs. Paul Ingle, Dallas; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Watt Stewart, Paul Ingle, Reuben Tucker, Clayburn Jones, Willie Ficklin, Julius Tucker, W. L. Tucker, James Stewart and Richard Stewart.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Funeral services for J. W. Lawhon, aged 79 years, native Texan, who died at his home in the Petty’s Chapel community Friday night at 11 o’clock following a short illness were held from the Petty’s Chapel church Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church, Corsicana. Mr. Lawhon had been a member of the Baptist church for many years. He had resided in Navarro county about 35 years.

Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. T. W. Stewart, Corsicana, and Mrs. Paul Ingle, Dallas; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were T. W. Stewart, Paul Ingle, Reuben Tucker, Clayburn Jones, Willie Ficklin, Julius Tucker, W. I. Tucker, James Stewart and Richard Stewart.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Margaret E. (Kennedy) Lotspiech
May 1, 1838 - Aug 1, 1932

AGED WOMAN DIED MONDAY AFTERNOON; BURIAL ON TUESDAY

Mrs. Margaret K. Lotspiech, aged 94 years, died at her home, 1103 West Third avenue, Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, following an illness of several weeks, and the funeral will be held from the residence of her son, A. L. Lotspiech, 1113 West Third avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Mrs. Lotspiech was a native of Alabama, but had resided in Corsicana for many years.

Surviving are a son, A. L. Lotspiech, Corsicana; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Sam Millerman, Dr. J. A. Jones, Bryon Cheney, C. C. Roberts, Joe Jefferson, John B. Davis and Russell Purifoy.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Funeral Services Held Tuesday For Pioneer Resident

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret K. Lotspiech, 94, pioneer Corsicanan, who died Monday afternoon were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are a son, A. L. Lotspiech, Corsicana; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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

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Tommy Ray Collier
Mar 17, 1918 - Apr 22, 1995

Tommy R. Collier, 77, of Corsicana, died April 22, 1995, at his residence.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. David Hale and Bill Honea officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood cemetery.

Pallbearers were Paul Childress, John Paul Collier, John F. Henderson, Bill Kitchens, Don Kitchens, Mack McGraw, Wayne Nelson and John K. Smith.

Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, 200 North 13th, Corsicana, or Hospice of Mercy, 500 West Third, suite two, Corsicana.

Mr. Collier was born March 17, 1918, in Streetman. He was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Charlene Collier of Corsicana; his son, Charlie Collier of Corsicana; two daughters, Barbara Watkins and Debbie Bryant of Corsicana; five grandchildren, Brandye Boyd of Dallas, Kevin and Caryn Collier of Corsicana and Becky and Matthew Bryant of Corsicana; and three sisters, Geneva Bonner of Emhouse, Mary Kagler of Blooming Grove and Clara McGraw of Blooming Grove.

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Henry Iversen
Nov 23, 1858 - Oct 23, 1932

HENRY IVERSEN DIED SUDDENLY SUNDAY MORNING

FUNERAL FOR PROMINENT LONG-TIME CORSICANA BUSINESS MAN MONDAY

Funeral services for H. Iversen, aged 74 years, pioneer business man of Corsicana, who died suddenly at his home, 1216 West Third avenue, Sunday morning at 8:30 o’clock with a heart attack, will be held from the First Christian Church Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the church. The Masons will have charge of the services at the grave and the Knights Templar will form an escort.

Mr. Iversen was a native of Denmark, coming to America when 14 years of age. He resided in Illinois until he moved to Taylor, Texas, 45 years ago. He had been in business in Corsicana for 40 years at the time of his death.

He was one of the best-known opticians in this section and for years was one of the leading jewelers in Texas.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Roy E. Hall, Weslaco, Texas, and a brother, J. Iversen, Steven’s Point Wisconsin.

Pallbearers will be R. L. Hamilton, Roy, Martin, Robert Sizemore, J. Y. Stewart, Dr. T. W. Watson, E. M. Polk, C. L. Knox, and R. B. Mitchell.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR H. IVERSEN ARE HELD ON MONDAY

Funeral services for H. Iversen, 74, pioneer optician and jeweler, here, who died suddenly Sunday morning, were held from the First Christian church Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the church. The Masons had charge of the services at the grave.

He was a native of Denmark, but had been in America 60 years.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Roy E. Hall, Weslaco; a brother, J. Iversen, Steven’s Point, Wis.

Pallbearers were R. L. Hamilton, Roy Martin, Robert Sizemore, J. Y. Stewart, Dr. T. W. Watson, E. M. Polk, C. L. Knox and R. B. Mitchell.

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

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Margaret (Crane) Iversen
Oct 8, 1867 - Mar 6, 1932

Mrs. H. Iversen Dies Thursday; Services Sunday

Mrs. Henry Iversen, 84, died at the family home, 1218 West Third avenue early Thursday morning. She had been in ill health for several years.

A native of Illinois, Mrs. Iversen came to Corsicana many years ago and with her late husband, was prominent in the jewelry business here. She was a leader in early charity work in Corsicana and helped organize the United Charities organization and was president of it for years. She also was prominent in the First Christian church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. R. G. Hall, Steven’s Point, Wis., a grandson, Iversen Hall, Steven’s Point, Wis.; a niece, Mrs. Margaret Suthard, Springfield, Ill.; two nephews, Charles Dockson, Detroit, Mich., and Marshall Dockson, Springfield, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday from the First Christian church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

The services will be conducted by Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the church.

McCammon directs.

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Sunday Services For Mrs. Iversen

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Iversen, 84, who died Thursday morning will be held from the First Christian church at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the church. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Illinois, Mrs. Iversen had resided in Corsicana most of her life. She was associated with her late husband in the jewelry business here and was one of the organizers of the United Charities many years ago. She also was prominent in the First Christian church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. R. G. Hall, Steven’s Point, Wis., a grandson, Iversen Hall, Steven’s Point, Wis.; a niece, Mrs. Margaret Southhard, Springfield, Ill.; two nephews, Charles Dockson, Detroit, Mich., and Marshall Dockson, Springfield.

Pallbearers will be W. P. McCammon, Ed M. Polk, C. M. Gillespie, Dr. Wm. Shell, N. F. Garrett, Robert Cason, Charles Croft, Charlie Byrd, and A. G. Elliott.

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Mrs. H. Iversen Services Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Iversen, 84, who died Thursday morning were held at 3 p.m. Sunday from the First Christian church.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Herbert G. Dudley, minister of the church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A native of Illinois, Mrs. Iversen had spent most of her life in Corsicana and was associated with her late husband in the jewelry business here for many years. She was active in the First Christian church and was one of the organizers and the first president of the United Charities here.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. R. G. Hall, Steven’s Point, Wis., a grandson, Iversen Hall, Steven’s Point, Wis.; a niece, Mrs. Margaret Southhard, Springfield, Ill.; two nephews, Charles Dockson, Detroit, Mich., and Marshall Dockson, Springfield.

Pallbearers will be W. P. McCammon, Ed M. Polk, C. M. Gillespie, Dr. Wm. Shell, N. F. Garrett, Robert Cason, Charles Croft, Charlie Byrd, and A. G. Elliott.

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Lula Alphine (Pope) Ashcraft
Sep 16, 1913 - Jul 24, 1922

MRS. LULA ASHCRAFT DIED SUNDAY; BURIAL MONDAY AFTERNOON

Mrs. Lula Ashcraft, aged 18 years, wife of Harvey Ashcraft, 120 Kerr Avenue, died in the P. and S. Hospital Sunday morning at 6 o’clock, and the funeral was held from the North Corsicana Methodist church Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock, with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. A. K. Marney, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church.

Surviving are her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pope, and two brothers, Venoy and Billie Pope, all of Corsicana.

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

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FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR MRS. ASHCRAFT

Funeral services for Mrs. Luna A. Ashcraft, aged 18 years, wife of Harvey Ashcraft, 120 Kerr avenue, who died in the P. and S. hospital Sunday, were held from the North Corsicana Methodist church Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. A. K. Marney, pastor of the North Corsicana church.

Surviving are her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pope, and two brothers, Venoy and Billie Pope, all of Corsicana.

Pallbearers were the following uncles of Mrs. Ashcraft:
Earl Joyner, Hubert Joyner, Clarence Joyner, Robert Joyner, T. A. Farmer and S. O. Harper.

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

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Major Minor Alexander
Oct 10, 1910 - Sep 18, 1932

FUNERAL FORMER CORSICANA YOUTH BE HELD TUESDAY

Funeral services for Major Minor Alexander, aged 22 years, former Corsicana boy, who died in Abilene at his grandmother’s home early Sunday morning, will be held from the Corley Funeral Home chapel Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Alexander died following an illness of three weeks. His mother, brother and grandmother were with him there when he died.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Willis, Corsicana; two brothers, Lester and D. F. Alexander; three half-brothers, Claude, Scott, Jr. and Howard Willis, all of Corsicana; two grandmothers, Mrs. T. H. Alexander, Abilene and Mrs. Ida Minor, Dallas, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The body was scheduled to arrive in Corsicana Monday afternoon.

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FUNERAL OF FORMER CORSICANA RESIDENT HELD ON TUESDAY

Funeral services for Major Minor Alexander, aged 22 years, former resident of Corsicana, who died in Abilene Sunday morning were held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services conducted by T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. S. H. Willis, Corsicana; two brothers, Lester and D. F. Alexander and three half-brothers, Claude, Scott, Jr., and Howard Willis, all of Corsicana; grandmothers, Mrs. T. H. Alexander, Abilene, and Mrs. Ida Minor, Dallas; and a number of other relatives.

The body arrived here early Monday afternoon.

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Andrew Lockridge Millican
Jul 2, 1857 - Aug 10, 1932

ANDREW MILLICAN DIED AT EARLY HOUR WEDNESDAY MORNING

Andrew L. Millican, aged 75 years, retired farmer, died at the family home, Wednesday morning at 2:30 o’clock following a lingering illness and the funeral will be held from the family home, 520 North Main Street, Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church.

Mr. Millican was a native of Georgia. He came to Navarro county in 1903. He engaged in farming until ill health forced him to retire in 1916.

Surviving are three sons, W. N. Millican, Corsicana; J. S. Millican, Oklahoma City; and L. H. Millican, Batesville; four daughters, Mrs. W. E. Green, Corsicana; MRs. G. S. Lumpkin, Corsicana; Mrs. J. F. Starks, Shreveport; and Mrs. W. C. Wiggins, Kilgore; seventeen grandchildren and a sister, Miss Ella Millican, Corsicana.

The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Martin Spradling, Thurman Lumpkin, Allen Lumpkin, Jimmie Coggins, H. T. Hicks and Cody Brown.

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AGED CORSICANA RESIDENT BURIED HERE WEDNESDAY

Funeral services for Andrew L. Millican, 75, retired farmer, who died Wednesday morning, were held from the family residence 520 North Main Street, Wednesday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church.

Surviving are three sons, W. N. Millican, Corsicana; J. S. Millican, Oklahoma City; and L. H. Millican, Batesville; four daughters, Mrs. W. E. Green, Corsicana; MRs. G. S. Lumpkin, Corsicana; Mrs. J. F. Starks, Shreveport; and Mrs. W. C. Wiggins, Kilgore; seventeen grandchildren and a sister, Miss Ella Millican, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Martin Spradling, Thurman Lumpkin, Allen Lumpkin, Jimmie Coggins, H. T. Hicks and Cody Brown.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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INFANT SON Roberts
B&D Oct. 14, 1932

Infant Was Buried Friday Morning

Funeral services for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Roberts who died in the Navarro Clinic Friday morning at 6:30 o’clock were held Friday morning at 11:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Sutherland – McCammon Funeral Home had charge of the services.

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William Lee Holman
Jun 22, 1863 - Oct 12, 1932

W. L. HOLMAN DIED WEDNESDAY MORNING BURIAL THURSDAY

WELL KNOWN AND ACTIVE IN CHURCH, BUSINESS, FRATERNAL AND CIVIC AFFAIRS

W. L. Holman, aged 69 years, 212 North Thirtieth street, died at the family home Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, following an illness of several weeks and the funeral will be held from the First Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the church, and Dr. C. S. Wright, presiding elder of the Corsicana Methodist district. The Masonic Lodge will have charge of the services at the grave.

Mr. Holman was born in Rock Comfort, Ark., Jun.22, 1863. He was married to Miss Lucie Dinwiddle in 1890 and a short time later came to Texas, residing in Red River county for a number of years prior to moving to Corsicana in 1908. He was manager of the Southland Oil Company here for a number of years before going into the fuel business.

He was a member of the First Methodist church and had been a member of the board of stewards for many years. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was well known here and was active in church, fraternal and civic affairs.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Misses Florence, Sarah Eliza and Kate Holman, all of Corsicana; two sons, W. L. Holman, Jr., Corsicana and DuPree Holman, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. N. T. Richmond, Fort Smith, Ark., Mrs. D. S. Dollarhide and Mrs. J. C. Coulter, both of Foreman, Ark., and two brothers, E. W. Holman and L. C. Holman, both of Little Rock, Ark.

Library to Be Closed
The Carnegie Library here will be closed during the funeral hour Thursday afternoon.

Active pallbearers will be Dr. O. L. Smith, E. E. Babers, Boyce Martin, E. D. McCarver, George E. Jester, W. R. Kenner, J. L. Jackson, Sam Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chas. T. Banister, Geo. W. Boyd, S. W. Burdine, Guy Bunch, E. G. Boadman, R. A. Caldwell, Dr. W. W. Carter, H. A. Clowe, Dr. J. Wilson David, J. N. Edens, J. B. Fortson, John T. Fortson, A. E. Foster, Clyde Foster, Guy M. Gibson, Chas. M. Holloway, R. L. Houston, W. M. Huff, W. W. Gage, R. B. Jackson, R. J. Jackson, B. A. Jones, A. N, Justiss, Dr. H. B. Love, Donald Marr, H. Gentry, F. P. McElwrath, J. M. McGee, K. L. McKeown, F. E. McPherson, H. E. Metcalf, R. B. Mitchell, J. S. Murchison, F. A. Pierce, L. D. Ransom, J. N. Royall, Jr., W. E. Slaughter, F. W. Smith, C. R. Steely, Jr., W. J. Seelig, H. R. STroube, C. S. Stroud, Ralph Tatum, A. L. Thompson, T. J. Walton, and C. C. Weatherford, all members of the board of stewards of the Methodist church.

H. K. Rutherford, Waxahachie; C. H. Allen, L. U. Cole, John Sloan, G. C. Cunningham, J. E. Blair, Denton; E. B. Harris, J. D. Cunningham, E. M. Polk, Sr., J. C. Henderson, Ted B. Ferguson, P. D. Williams, J. E. Butler, W. H. Norwood, I. N. Cerf, N. Suttle Roberts, Ben Blackmon, Clyde Rhoads, Dr. H. B. Jester, J. L. Bonner, Eureka; and R. L. Hamilton.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Notice, Masons
Meet at the Masonic Temple at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon for the purpose of attending the funeral of Brother W. L. Holman.

W. F. PATTERSON, W. M.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, October 12, 1932 - submitted by Diane Richards

FUNERAL SERVICES THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR W. L. HOLMAN

MAN ACTIVE IN VARIOUS PHASES OF CITY’S LIFE BE BURIED FROM CHURCH

Funeral services for W. L. Holman, 69, pioneer business man and active in religious and civic affairs in Corsicana for many years, who died at his home, 212 North Thirtieth street, Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, were scheduled to be held from the First Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were to be conducted with Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the church and Dr. C. S. Wright, presiding elder of the Corsicana Methodist district. He was a native of Arkansas, but had resided in Texas 42 years. He came to Corsicana in 1908.

He was a member of the First Methodist church and the Masonic lodge. He had been a steward in the church for many years. Masons are to have charge of the services at the grave.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Misses Florence, Sarah Eliza and Kate Holman, all of Corsicana; two sons, W. L. Holman, Jr., Corsicana and DuPree Holman, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. N. T. Richmond, Fort Smith, Ark., Mrs. D. S. Dollarhide and Mrs. J. C. Coulter, both of Foreman, Ark., and two brothers, E. W. Holman and L. C. Holman, both of Little Rock, Ark.


The Carnegie Library will be closed during the funeral hour.

Pallbearers will be Dr. O. L. Smith, E. E. Babers, Boyce Martin, E. D. McCarver, George E. Jester, W. R. Kenner, J. L. Jackson and Sam J. Jackson.

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W. L. HOLMAN WAS BURIED IN OAKWOOD THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for W. L. Holman, well-known business man, prominent in religious and civic affairs here for years, who died at his home, 212 North Thirtieth street, Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock after an illness of several weeks, were held from the First Methodist Church Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the church, and Dr. C. S. Wright, presiding elder of the Corsicana Methodist district, and Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church.

Mr. Holman had been in the fuel business here for a number of years and had been an active member of the Methodist church and Masonic lodge. He was a member of the board of stewards of the Methodist church.

The Masonic lodge had charge of the services at the grave.

Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Misses Florence, Sahar Eliza and Kate Holman, all of Corsicana; two sons, W. L. Holman, Jr., Corsicana and DuPree Holman, Houston; three sisters, Mrs. N. T. Richmond, Fort Smith, Ark., Mrs. D. S. Dollarhide and Mrs. J. C. Coulter, both of Foreman, Ark., and two brothers, E. W. Holman and L. C. Holman, both of Little Rock, Ark.

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

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John W. Davidson
Sep 21, 1870 - Jun 23, 1932

J. W. DAVIDSON DIED FRIDAY NIGHT; BURIAL SATURDAY

J. W. Davidson, aged 61 years proprietor of the Davidson Battery Station, died at his home, 1117 West Fourteenth avenue Friday night at 8 o’clock following a lingering illness and the funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First Christian church with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

He was a native of Louisiana and was reared in Nashville, Tenn. He resided for several years in Kansas and Missouri. He came to Texas in 1897, making his home at Waco. He was married to Miss Katie Blystone at Waco in 1899.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Alma Deiteri, Detroit, Mich., a sister Mrs. Minnie Henry, Waxahachie; a brother, C. G. Davidson, Corsicana; and other relatives.

Mr. Davidson had been a resident of Corsicana for a number of years and had engaged in business on West Collin Street.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Masons were pallbearers.

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

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Katie Wilson (Blystone) Davidson
Dec 6, 1876 - Jun 13, 1950

Mrs. Davidson Died Tuesday; Rites Wednesday

Mrs. John W. (Katie) Davidson, 73, 1117 West Fourteenth avenue, died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday night following a several weeks’ illness.

Native of Missouri, Mrs. Davidson had resided in Corsicana 32 years.

Funeral services were held from the Corley Funeral chapel Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Robert L. Bell of Bryan.

Mrs. Davidson had been a member of First Christian church here for many years.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Harry Dietert, Detroit, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. W. H. Davis, Electra, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Paul Moore, Ernest Beckham, Bernie Parker, W. G. Owen, M. J. Pendleton, C. L. Lance, Dallas; King Elliott and Martin Thurston.

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Willis/William Ceborn Megarity
Dec 23, 1858 - Sep 15, 1932

PIONEER CORSICANA CITIZEN DIED EARLY HOUR ON THURSDAY

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. C. MEGARITY WILL BE HELD FRIDAY MORNING

W. C. Megarity, aged 81 years, native of Georgia, but pioneer resident of Navarro county, died at the family residence, 2001 West Second avenue, Thursday morning at 5 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the family residence Friday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Megarity had resided in Navarro county for 43 years. He had been ill only a short time.

He was born Dec. 23, 1850, at Marietta, Cobb county, Georgia, and came to Corsicana in December 1889, where he has made his home since that time.

Mr. Megarity was a member of the Methodist church and the Odd Fellows Lodge.

The services will be conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church, and Rev. B. L. McCord, Methodist minister.

Surviving are his wife, eight sons, Chas. Megarity, Beaumont; John Megarity, Waco; Add Megarity, Corsicana; Jack Megarity, Corsicana; Roscoe Megarity, Houston; Jesse Megarity, Corsicana; Virgil Megarity, Shreveport and Walter Megarity, Shreveport; a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Patterson, Normangee; a number of grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

His sons will be active pallbearers and friends of the family will be honorary pallbearers.

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

In the passing of W. C. Megarity Corsicana and Navarro county not only loses a pioneer citizen but one who has made the world better for having lived in it. He was a man of the highest personal honor and integrity and accorded to his neighbors this same degree of honor. He saw only the good in his fellowman and if he knew there was something in a man’s life that was not to his credit he was not the man to parade that shortcoming and if others brought it forward he had a good word for the accused.

In truth Capt. Megarity was a good man and true and through all the long years of his residence in Corsicana and Navarro county he spent his time doing good, rearing a large family to honorable manhood and womanhood and aiding in all that was good for his community and his fellowman. In truth a good man has fallen with the passing away of W. C. Megarity and the tears of a host of friends and neighbors will mingle with those of his loved ones at his passing.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. C. MEGARITY FRIDAY MORNING

Funeral services for W. C. Megarity, aged 81 years, resident of Corsicana 43 years, who died Thursday morning at 5 o’clock following a short illness, were held from the family residence, 2001 West Second avenue, Friday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh avenue Methodist church, and Rev. B. L. McCord, Methodist minister. The eight sons were pallbearers.

Mr. Megarity was a member of the Methodist church and the I. O. O. F. lodge.

Surviving are his wife, eight sons, Charles Megarity, Beaumont; John Megarity, Waco; Add Megarity, Corsicana; Jack Megarity, Corsicana; Roscoe Megarity, Houston; Jesse Megarity, Corsicana; Virgil Megarity, Shreveport, and Walter Megarity, Shreveport; a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Patterson, Normangee; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

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Sarah Margarete (Moss) Harshaw
Feb 16, 1871 - Sep 13, 1932

FUNERAL PLANNED WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR MRS. HARSHAW

Mrs. Margaret Harshaw, aged 61 years, died in the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock following an illness of several months, and the funeral will be held from the family home, 1209 West Fourteenth avenue, Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are a son, A. B. Harshaw, with whom Mrs. Harshaw made her home; a grandson, Paul Harshaw; two granddaughters, Helen and Doris Harshaw, all of Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. M. W. Kelton, McKinney.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Fred White, Earl Smalling, Russell Purifoy, S. F. Bondurant, Monroe Hurley and Virgil Williamson.

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FUNERAL SERVICES WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR MRS. HARSHAW

RESIDENT OF CORSICANA TWENTY YEARS DIED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Harshaw, aged 61 years, native of Alabama, but resident of Corsicana for 20 years, who died in the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday morning following an extended illness, were held from the home of her son, A. B. Harshaw, 1209 West Fourteenth street Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery.

The family moved to Corsicana 20 years ago from Waxahachie. Prior to that time the family resided in Alabama and in Dallas.

Surviving are her son with whom she made her home, a grandson, Paul Harshaw; two granddaughters, Helen and Doris Harshaw , all of Corsicana; and a sister, Mrs. M. W. Kalton, McKinney,

The funeral was conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Rev. M. W. Kalton, Baptist minister of McKinney, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Harshaw.

Pallbearers were Fred White, Earl Smalling, Russell Purifoy, S. F. Bondurant, Monroe Hurley and Virgil Williamson.

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

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Rachael (Brown) Ammons
1861 - Aug 3, 1932

CORSICANA WOMAN DIED WEDNESDAY; BURIAL THURSDAY

Mrs. W. J. Ammons, aged 71 years, died at the family residence on South Main street Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock and the funeral was held from the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the church.

Surviving are her husband and five daughters, Mrs. Emma Pratt, Mrs. Maxy Novack, Mrs. Maggie Newcobe, Mrs. Octive Haygood and Mrs. Mary Gray, all of Corsicana.

Mrs. Ammons had been ill for several weeks.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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Joe Nell (Tanton) Moore
Dec 8, 1927 - Mar 17, 2018

Jo Nell Moore, 90, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Mesquite. Jo Nell was born Dec. 8, 1927 in Sulpher Bluff to John H. and Dona Ellen (Bailey) Tanton. She grew up in Sulpher Bluff and graduated from Sulpher Bluff High School as Valedictorian of her class in 1944. On March 27, 1948 she married Thomas Omar Moore, Jr., whom she met at the Sokol Hall of Ennis, and they made their home in Ennis later moving to Dallas. She worked for 10 years as a bank teller, her main and most favorite occupation was being a homemaker. She enjoyed spreading the Gospel through Christian Missions work in many different churches. She enjoyed singing at nursing homes and playing her guitar, spreading her love of Christ through her gospel music.
She is survived by a son, Thomas Omar Moore, III; a daughter, Sharon K. Moore; three grandchildren whom she loved and raised as her own Thomas Omar Moore, IV, Kimberly J. Sheppard and Kelly C. Shepperd; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John H. and Dona Ellen Tanton; her husband, Thomas Omar Moore, Jr.; two brothers Gene Tanton and L.M. Tanton and two sisters Jewel Tanton and Ruth Tanton.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018 at J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A Celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis with Ron Motley officiating.
Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery of Blooming Grove under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

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Calvin Beri "Cal" Smith
Jan 3, 1977 - Mar 2, 2018
 
Calvin "Cal" Beri Smith, of Mildred, age 41, died unexpectedly on March 2, 2018. He was a 1995 graduate of Cayuga High School. He went on to earn an Animal Science Degree from Texas A&M University in 2000. He served in the Corp of Cadets while at Texas A&M as well as the Army National Guard. Calvin was very involved at Mildred Baptist Church with the Youth and Men's Ministries.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, their daughter, Jordan Smith of Corsicana; parents, Beri and Linda Smith of Palestine; sisters, Laurie and husband Scott Dishman of Celina; and Leslie and husband Chad Glenn of Cayuga; nieces and nephews; Chase and Colby Glenn, Cooper, Miller, and Reagan Dishman.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7,2018 at Mildred Baptist Church with visitation at 9:30 a.m. Officiants will be Rev. Tony Neal, Rev. Scott Dishman and Rev. Mike Drinkard. Pallbearers will be Billy Birdsong, Nathan Guerry, John LeGard, Ira Miller, Jerry Pugh, Jacob Rash, Jerry Don Satterfield, and Brian Simpson.
Flowers can be sent to Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. Donations can also be made in his memory to the Mildred Baptist Church youth.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Bryson Namath Morrison
Aug 2, 1973 - Mar 2, 2018
 
Bryson Namath Morrison was called home by our Lord on Friday, March 2, 2018. He was born Aug. 2, 1973 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Vicky and Larry Morrison. His life is celebrated by all that know the Morrison family and Bryson. Bryson was a brilliant student, an avid tennis player, Golf lover, a dedicated father, a loving brother, a diligent son, a dear friend to many, and a servant of God. Anyone that knew Bryson knows of his love for the Kansas City Chiefs and Cross Fit. He loved music, sports trivia, and non-mainstream movies! He could go from an extreme of intellectual discussion to getting down on the floor and playing with children within a moment's notice. Bryson liked to tell stories about his amazing time in London after graduating from University of Texas Arlington. Upon returning from his adventures in Europe he found his true calling and began working for Rawlings Sporting Goods in Missouri, his home state. After a great run with Rawlings and a lot of time traveling to new places, he decided it was time to return back to his roots and began working at the family business, McKee Lumber.

Voluntarism: The use of or reliance on voluntary action to maintain an institution, carry out a policy, or achieve an end. This defines Bryson Morrison. He was a board member of the Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, board of directors of the Corsicana Country Club, President of the Men's Golf Association, and proudly served as the President of the Board of Directors at the YMCA. He was a beloved son of our great city. As co-chair of the 2014 CISD Bond Committee, he worked hard to successfully pass a bond that included the building of the new middle school as well as safety and security upgrades across the district.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert Morrison and maternal grandfather Harold McKinley.

In addition to his parents, Bryson is survived by Gillian Stroud Morrison and his son Gavin, his sister and brother-in-law Cassie and Tim Young, sister Jessica Holden, nieces Emily and Madeline Young, and Mackie Holden and nephew Evan Holden, his grandmothers Joan McKinley and Faye Morrison and numerous aunts uncles, and cousins.

Bryson will be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his quick wit, his compassion for others, his desire to improve the lives of those he touched, his ability to do so, his love for Corsicana and his family, and his passion for life. He will be deeply missed by so many friends, and all of us who had the gift of sharing time with Bryson throughout his life, those of us who knew and loved his heart, and those of us who knew his struggle. May he rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord.

A visitation is planned form 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2018 at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home. A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, at 320 N. 15th Street in Corsicana.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the YMCA of Corsicana, 400 Oaklawn, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements By Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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William Altheus "Bill" or "Ziggy" Graham
Nov 16, 1945 - Jan 30, 2018
 
William Altheus Graham, known as "Bill or Ziggy" age 72, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. He was born Nov. 16, 1945 in Cleburne Texas, and adopted by the late Navarro county celebrity Roy Graham, the wrestler, and wife Hazel of Eureka.

Many great stories abound of the life and times while growing up in the Eureka/Mildred area. Bill had a son with Betty Warren. He married Becky Brown of Corsicana in 1977. He married Marilyn Markley of Corsicana in 1982.

Bill worked for the Corsicana fire department before being drafted into the Vietnam war in 1967. When he returned home three years later, he was told he no longer had a job, so he began a successful paint contracting business. During Vietnam he initially went in as an army machinist but because the Air Force was low on gunners, he stepped up to the plate. He served in the I corps and II corps, which suffered many casualties. He served through the horrific Tet offensive. While in Vietnam he received the Bronze Star, the Presidential unit citation with a gold leaf, the Air Force good conduct medal and the small arms expert marksman's medal. Even though he was lucky enough to return home as many men did the war affected almost every area of his life as it does many of our past and present war heroes.

He loved his country, his family, and all of his close friends. If he loved you, he made sure you knew it. He enjoyed taking long trips with his friends on his Harley and would help out with many charitable causes. He will be missed by many friends and loved ones.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Hazel Graham of Eureka and a brother, Tommy Graham of Corsicana. He is survived by son Jason Graham and wife Nancy of Corsicana, Daughter Brittney Holley and husband Jimmy of Murphy, Texas, and son Bill Warren of Fort Worth. He is also survived by grandsons Aiden Warren, Wyatt Holley, Grandaughters Mikala and McKinley Kincy.

Funeral Services will be held at the Dallas National Cemetary, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. A heart-felt thank you to all veterans serving here and abroad. May God keep you all safe.

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Martha Lee Alexander
Oct 15, 1949 - Jan 16, 2018

Martha Lee Alexander, 68, of Fort Worth passed away Jan. 16, 2018 in Dallas. She was born Oct. 15, 1949 in Dawson.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, 1236 N. Bus. 45 in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 at Freedom Fellowship Church, 323 N. Commerce St., with Rev. Jesse Williams as officiant and eulogist.
Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park in Corsicana.

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Roger Lewis
Feb 17, 1933 - Feb 8, 2018
 
Roger Lewis, 84, of Corsicana passed away Feb. 8, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 17, 1933.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Second Mission Baptist Church, 909 S. Fifth St., with Bishop K.D. Davis, Sr. officiating.

A devoted friend of the family, Denise Smith.

Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Arrangements made by Eternal Rest Funeral Home in Ennis.

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Ruby Joyce Williams
Sept 9, 1949 - Feb 10, 2018
 
Ruby Joyce Williams, 68, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 in Corsicana. She was born Sept. 9, 1949 in Lubbock.

Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Roane Chapel Church, 100 N. Parham St., in Corsicana with Rev. Harold Evans officiating and eulogist.

Interment to follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery in Corsicana.

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Mary Louise (Gillispie) Metcalf
June 9, 1922 - Jan 26, 2018

Mary Louise Metcalf, a former resident of Corsicana passed away Jan. 26, 2018. She was born on June 9, 1922, the daughter of A. L. Gillispie and Gladys Wheeler Gillispie.
At the time of her death, she was residing in Goodyear, Arizona. The widow of Ted Metcalf, she is survived by her daughter, Teddy Metcalf Bowman of Goodyear, Arizona and her son, Tommie D. Metcalf of China Springs.
She will be laid to rest in Corsicana beside her husband at a private graveside ceremony.

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Mamie Lee Marr
Nov 12, 1915 - Apr 23, 1932

MAMIE LEE MARR, JUNIOR HI SCHOOL STUDENTM IS DEAD

Mamie Lee Marr, 16, Corsicana junior high school student, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Marr, 512 South Fourteenth street, died Saturday night at 10 o’clock following an illness of three months, and the funeral was held from the family residence Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Baptist church, assisted by Rev. M. W. Burgess, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are the parents, three brothers, Elmer, Clyde and Calvert Marr, all of Corsicana; and three sisters, Mrs. Bill Hampton, Paris; Mrs. Curtis Conner, Kerens, and Miss Betty Jo Marr, Corsicana.

Pallbearers were Misses Gladys Bickerstaff, Lois Langston, Mary Pearl Stanley, Mildred Wiles, Edith Wiles and Velma Allman.

The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

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Laura Belle (Powell) Story
Feb 27, 1848 - Apr 22, 1932

PIONEER RESIDENT OF CORSICANA WILL BE BURIED SUNDAY

MRS. LAURA B. STORY DIES IN DALLAS; BURIAL TO BE HERE

Mrs. Laura B. Story, aged 84 years, native of Louisiana, but resident of Navarro county and Corsicana for more than 60 years, died at her home in Dallas Friday night and the body will be brought to Corsicana for burial in Oakwood cemetery Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at 10 o’clock and the body will then leave Dallas over the interurban at 12:40 and arrive here at 2:30, the cortege moving from the interurban station to Oakwood where burial will take place.

Mrs. Story resided in Navarro county and Corsicana since her early childhood until some 12 years ago when she removed to Dallas where she has since resided with her son. Deceased was well known to many old-time residents and had many friends here who will deeply regret her passing.

She is survived by a son, J. B. Story, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Louise Gowan, Corsicana; a brother, Geo. W. Powell, San Antonio and a granddaughter, Miss Laura Marie Story, Dallas, and numerous other relatives.

Short services at the grave will be conducted by the Rev. H. R. Allen, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Story was a member.

The funeral was under the direction of Ed C. Smith & Bro. at Dallas, with the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home in charge of the burial here.

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BODY OF PIONEER CORSICANAN BURIED IN OAKWOOD SUNDAY

The body of Mrs. Laura B. Story, aged 84 years, who died in Dallas Friday night, was brought to Corsicana Sunday afternoon and buried in Oakwood cemetery with a short service at the grave by the Rev. H. R. Allen, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church here, of which deceased was long a member. The body accompanied by relatives and friends arrived on the 2:30 interurban following funeral services in Dallas and the cortege moved from the interurban station to Oakwood.

Pallbearers were J. M. Kerr, F. Widmer, W. A. Hammett, Hawk Decherd, B. T. Delahay and H. C. ---, members of the session of the Cumberland Presbyterian church here.

Mrs. Story resided in Navarro county and Corsicana since her early girlhood until some 12 years ago when she removed to Dallas where she has since resided with her son. Deceased was well known to many old time residents and had many friends here who will deeply regret her passing.

She is survived by a son, J. B. Story, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Louise Gowan, Corsicana; a brother, Geo. W. Powell, San Antonio and a granddaughter, Miss Laura Merle Story, Dallas, and numerous other relatives.

The funeral was under the direction of the Ed C. Smith and Brol, in Dallas and the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home here.

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Charles William Peters
Jan 24, 1854 - Jan 18, 1932

C. W. PETERS, LONG TIME RESIDENT OF CORSICANA, DIES

FUNERAL HELD TUESDAY AFTERNOON ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Charles William Peters, aged 78 years, long-time resident of Corsicana, 223 West Sixth avenue died in the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic Monday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock, and the funeral was held from St. John’s Episcopal church, of which he was a member, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. H. J. Ellis, rector of the church.

Mr. Peters was born in Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 23, 1854. He came to Corsicana 55 years ago and was engaged in marble and hardware business for a number of years, and was well-known here. He was married to Miss Anna Carpenter, Feb. 4, 1879.

Surviving is his wife and a number of distant relatives.

Active pallbearers were R. L. Hamilton, H. D. Johnson, W. M. Adams, M. L. Steele, Jarvis Whiteselle and Emmett Hall.

Honorary pallbearers were members of St. John’s vestry, J. C. Bell, Dallas; Mr. Francis, Lee Weems, J. N. Edens, Mr. Sumner, A. Weidmann, Tom McElwee, Dr. W. T. Shell, Dr. W. T. Shell, Jr., W. A. Lang, B. Levine, Louis Rothkopf, H. G. Brown and Raphael Levine.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.

Mr. Peters was well known among the old-time residents of Corsicana as a friendly, courteous and upright man of the old school. He came here when Corsicana and the surrounding country was practically undeveloped and has resided here since and during all those years he made a host of friends who will mourn with his good wife the passing of one of Nature’s noblemen.

Mr. Peters had been in failing health for some time and was recently removed to the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic for treatment, but he failed to respond and the end came late Monday.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, January 19, 1932
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Anna “Annie” (Carpenter) Peters married Feb. 4, 1879; s/o Samuel Eber Peters & Mary Elizabeth (Case) Peters

Everett Lee Scoggins
Sep 1, 1891 - Jan 20, 1932

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR LEE SCROGGINS ARE HELD THURSDAY

Funeral services for Lee Scroggins, 40, native of Corsicana, and former resident of Electra, Texas, who died in Fort Worth Wednesday, morning while en route to Corsicana from San Angelo, where he had been for his health during the past several months, were held from the residence of his sister, Mrs. Billie Lynch, 1812 West Tenth avenue Thursday afternoon at 4:00 with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church. The body was returned to Corsicana from Fort Worth Wednesday afternoon.

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Dorothy Lee Scroggins, a son, Tommie Scroggins, two brothers, Ed Scroggins, Corsicana, and Drue Scroggins, Robert Lee, Texas; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Vandergriff, Corsicana; Mrs. Lula Smith, Corsicana, and Mrs. Lynch, Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

Sutherland Funeral Home had charge of the services.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Jan 21, 1932
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Mattie (Rice) Scoggins married Nov 10, 1917; s/o Drewrey Alexander “Drew” Scoggins & Sussie A. (Miller) Scoggins

Sarah F. (Graham) Moores
Feb 12, 1854 - Jun 29, 1932

MRS. E. K. MOORES DIED WEDNESDAY IN KERENS; BURIAL HERE

Mrs. Sarah Moores, wife of E. Knox Moores, 757 West Second avenue, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Will B. Talley at Kerens Wednesday morning at 7 o’clock, following an illness of several weeks and the funeral will be held from the residence of Mrs. Talley at Kerens Thursday morning at 10 o’clock. The body will be brought to Oakwood cemetery where a short service will be held and interment made.

The services at Kerens will be conducted by Rev. H. C. Bowman, pastor of the Kerens Methodist church, and the services here will be conducted by Rev. J. W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church here, of which Mrs. Moores was a long-time member.

Mrs. Moores was taken ill while on a visit with her daughter.

Surviving are her husband, daughter, and a sister, Mrs. J. B. Slade, Lafayette, Ind.

Singers will be Mrs. Harry Williams, Mrs. H. O. Blanding, Edgar Metcalf and Chris L. Knox.

Pallbearers will be Claude Hervey, Graham Hervey, Wilmot Hervey, Hiram Rainwater, Joe Burt Knight and Andrew Talley.

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

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. MOORES THURSDAY MORNING

Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Moores, wife of E. Knox Moores, 757 West Second avenue, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Will B. Talley at Kerens, Wednesday morning at 7 o’clock after a several weeks’ illness, were held from the Talley residence in Kerens Thursday morning at 10 o’clock. The services at Kerens were conducted by Rev. H. C. Bowman, pastor of the Kerens Methodist church. A short service was held at Oakwood cemetery here, where interment was made, under the direction of Rev. John W. Bergin, pastor of the First Methodist church here, of which Mrs. Moores had been a member for many years.

Surviving are her husband, daughter, a sister, Mrs. J. B. Slade, LaFayette, Ind.

Singers were Mrs. Harry Williams, Mrs. Harry Blanding, Edger Metcalf and C. L. Knox.

Pallbearers were Claude Hervey, Graham Hervey, Wilmot Hervey, Hiram Rainwater, Joe Burt Knight and Andrew Talley.

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

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Robert Nelson "Bobby" Ross
Jan 18, 1947 - Feb 14, 2018
 
Robert Nelson "Bobby" Ross 71, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Bobby was born in Corsicana Jan. 18, 1947 to Rosa Hashop and Nelson Nichols Ross.

Bobby took an interest in law enforcement at the age of 13, when he became a charter member of the Corsicana Police Reserve. During high school he worked as a police dispatcher and ambulance attendant for Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Griffin. He graduated from Corsicana High School Class of 1965. Bobby went to Sam Houston State University where he obtained a degree in Criminology. He earned his Master's Degree at SMU. While attending Sam Houston State University he met his wife, Linda Rae Cochran and they married in Borger in 1970. In 1974, Rebecca Lin Ross, their only child was born.

Bobby has held numerous jobs in law enforcement throughout his career including: Huntsville Police Department, Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department, Dallas Police Department, and Sheriff of Navarro County, serving two terms. He also started a Burglar and Fire Alarm business. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, president of the Navarro County Historical Society, member of the Corsicana Emergency Corps and the Police Reserve, also a member of noon Lions Club.

In 1993 he moved to Austin and started his own private correctional management company known as BRG, Inc. BRG became the fifth largest private correctional management company in the United States. His staff and employees throughout all his facilities admired and respected what a great boss he was to them all.

Because of his great love for gospel music he launched BRG Music, Inc. which supported many gospel groups.

Bobby was elected Lakeway's Citizen of the Year in 1998. He was dubbed Mr. Lakeway by his favorite breakfast spot, Café Lago. The owners presented him with a hat and hung his photo in the restaurant for many years.

In 2003, due to health reasons, he sold his company after 20 years and moved back to his beloved Corsicana. Despite beating a brain aneurysm, four strokes, and type 2 diabetes for 21 years, it was finally too much to overcome. Bobby never met a stranger and had a heart as big as the state of Texas. He was so kind and generous to everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his parents Rosa Hashop Ross and Nelson N. Ross; his wife, Linda Rae Cochran Ross; paternal grandparents, John H and Sarah Ross, and maternal grandparents, Louis and Annie Hashop.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sara and Dr. Reese Brown of Liberty; his daughter, Rebecca R. Ramsey, son-in law, Scott Ramsey, and grandson Braden Ross Ramsey of Austin and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kent Rogers, Rita Jackson, and Bobby's caregivers, Sherry Parhm, Deborah Hammond, Jessica Williams and all others who cared for him for their devotion and the wonderful care provided.

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 19 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Steven Bell officiating. Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers are the Navarro County Sheriff Office. Honorary Pallbearers are Scott Ramsey, Braden Ramsey, Kevin Brown, Patrick Smith, Tom Jackson, Dr. A. Reese Brown, Jim Hodge, Les Cotton, Mike Cox and Don Roedner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Nelson N. Ross Endowment Scholarship Fund at Abilene Christian University or the Methodist Children's Home in Waco.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

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Elroy Thomas Payne
July 20, 1933 - Feb 11, 2018
 
Elroy Thomas Payne, 84, of Stephenville, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rodney Payne and Weldon Branham officiating.

Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Visitation with the family will begin at noon prior to the service in the chapel at the funeral home.

Elroy was born on July 20, 1933 in Crews to the late Thomas Copeland and Vera Francis Hale Payne. After graduating from McMurry College in 1956, he coached in Brownfield and Cleburne, and retired after 31 years as an Agency Manager with State Farm Insurance Company. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, inducted into the McMurry College Athletic Hall of Honor where he was a two-time All American running back and was affiliated with the Methodist Church. Elroy was an avid supporter of the Special Olympics and always had a heart for serving the youth in his community.

Survivors include his daughter, Cindy and husband Paul Asby of Corsicana; son, Rodney and wife Debby Payne of Stephenville; grandchildren, Shae Smith of Possum Kingdom Lake and Cole Armstrong of Dallas; great grandchildren, Shyanne Smith, Hunter Smith, and Cayman Smith; sister Evahjo Bozeman of San Angelo; sister-in-law, Martha Payne of Lubbock, and the mother of his children, Merle Payne. He is also survived and loved by a host of family and friends whom he also loved.

Besides his parents, Elroy was also preceded in death by five sisters, Eron, Evelyn, Earldean, Ella Mae, and Ethylene and two brothers, Edgar and Eugene and a grandson, Shane Wells.

The Payne family wishes expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Special Olympics, Attn: Web Gifts, 1133 19th Street NW, 12 Floor, Washington, DC 20036-3604

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Anna Eleanor "Jackie" (Greenup) McNeill
Jul 21, 1916 - Feb 4, 2018
 
Jackie McNeill, 101, of Henderson passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at The Hampton's Assisted Living Facility in Tyler. Jackie was the daughter of the late Phillip and Fannie Greenup, and was born July 21, 1916 in Navarro. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Henderson. She loved the Keenage and Caring & Sharing Ministries of her church. Jackie served her Lord as a pastor's wife until Martin retired from active service. She was an avid walker at the Lions Stadium track and also volunteered for the Golden Lions. She was a wonderful cook and totally perfected her mother's "tea cake" recipe.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother and sisters. Survivors include her children, Bonnie Vaughn and husband Frank of Henderson, Bettye Vaughn and husband Billy of Whitehouse, Billie Epperson and late husband Jimmy of Conroe, and Ron McNeill and wife Phyllis of Fairview; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 24 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. Gary Vaughn, Jackie's grandson, officiating.

Interment will follow under the direction of Crawford - A. Crim Funeral Home of Henderson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The McNeill Scholarship Fund at Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary, PO Box 570, Henderson, TX 75653. The family wishes to thank Hospice of East Texas for the excellent care of their Mother, and to the entire family at The Hampton's who made her last days special for both Jackie and her family, and to Mary

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Jackie McNeill
TYLER — Graveside services are scheduled for Jackie McNeill, 101, of Henderson, 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana. Interment, Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana. Arrangements by Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. Mrs. McNeill was born July 21, 1916, in Navarro, and died February 4, 2018.

Notes:

  • Longview News - Journal

Petra (Salazar) Fletcher
Oct 18, 1940 - Jan 17, 2018
 
Mrs. Petra Fletcher, 77, of Richland, TX passed away Wed. Jan. 17, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Petra was born in Lockhart, TX Oct. 18, 1940 to Doniciano C. and Rufina Salazar. She grew up and went to school in Bishop, TX with five siblings.

In 2005 she and John moved to Richland to retire on the Lazy J Ranch. She was very strong with her faith to God. Always described as a very strong, loving and caring friend, mother and Nana. Loved and considered a blessing to all who knew her. She will forever be in the hearts and minds of all she touched.

Survived by her husband John; her daughters Sylvia Najera and Stephanie Fletcher; a grandson, Hunter Turner; siblings, Josephina Villarreal and Carman Hoffman.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm with a Funeral Service Monday, Jan. 22 at 2:00pm in Corley Funeral Home Chapel, Corsicana, TX with Pastor Mark Dallalio officiating. Interment will follow in Richland Cemetery.

Notes:

  • w/o John Fletcher; d/o Doniciano C. Salaar & Rufina Salazar

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Petra Fletcher, 77, of Richland, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 with funeral services to be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2017 in Corley Funeral Home Chapel

Interment to follow in Richland Cemetery.

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Ralph Glenn Sykes
Oct 16, 1929 - Jan 19, 2018
 
Ralph Glenn Sykes, 88, of Dawson, and formerly of Hillsboro, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 in Waco. He was born Oct. 16, 1929 in Frost to Albert Anderson "AA" Sykes and Birdie Mae (Shaw) Sykes. He attended schools in Prairie Hill and Dawson.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Pastor Bryan Hallmark officiating.
Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

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Eleanor (Lee) Harris
Oct 6, 1923 - Jan 21, 2018
 
Eleanor Lee Harris left this earthly life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her beloved husband, Marion Miller Harris on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Tyler, Texas. She was born October 6, 1923 in Mason, Texas to Albert G. Lee and Alfreda Tips Lee.

She grew up in Sweetwater, Texas in a musical family and began taking piano lessons at age 5. All through school she was active in music, drama, tennis, and swimming and youth activities at her church. During high school years, she began organ lessons and was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended the St. Louis Institute of Music and then Baylor University, where she majored in piano, also taking harp, organ and cello lessons. She became a member of Mu Phi Epsilon fraternity for music majors and served as president of Phi Beta Mu, Baylor music fraternity, was a member of the Athenean Sorority and was selected two years as a Baylor Beauty.

On July 1, 1944 Eleanor married Marion Harris, a Baptist pastor and served faithfully as a pastor’s wife in churches in Live Oak, Devers, Mineola, Marshall, Jefferson and New Colony, Texas. She was always very active in church life, serving as pianist or organist, teaching adult Sunday school and leading Girls’ Auxiliary. She lead each church’s Women’s Missionary Union and held state offices in Texas WMU. She was active in the Marshall Music Club for many years, serving as president and other offices. She sold pianos and organs through Tyler Baldwin Co. and managed their Baldwin store in Marshall for several years. She was also a lifetime member of PEO.

Eleanor was very accomplished, but always said her greatest joy and her life work was sharing in the ministry with her husband in each of the churches he pastored for over 62 years until his death in 2006. At that time she moved from Jefferson to Tyler and lived at Rosewood Estates.

Eleanor is survived by two sons; Tom Harris and wife, Anna Kay of Waco, Texas and Tim Harris and wife, Becky of Tyler, Texas; grandchildren and great-grandchildren include; Lance Harris and wife, Kira of Waco, Texas and children Emma, Jack and Hearon; Holly Harris Stump and husband, Matt of Waco, Texas; Stephanie Harris Pool and husband, Michael and children Keaton and Tucker of Plano, Texas; Paul Harris and wife, Nadji and children Kiana and Ave of Baytown, Texas.

A Celebration of Eleanor Lee Harris’ Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas. Memorials may be made to the Marion M. Harris Scholarship Fund, c/o Truett Seminary, One Bear Place #97126, Waco, Texas 76798.

Notes:

  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 26, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX
  • w/o Marion Miller Harris; d/o Albert G. Lee & Alfreda (Tips) Lee

Willo Estelle (Franks) Vaclavik
Mar 26, 1934 - Jan 4, 2018

Willo Vaclavik, 83, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at Rice Cemetery in Rice.

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Mrs. Willo E. Vaclavik, 83, of Corsicana, TX passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born on March 26, 1934 to Jack Leon Leach and Jimmie Christeen Franks Leach in Blooming Grove, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy Vaclavik, her brothers; Roland “Bunky” Leach and Marion Jack Leach, and her great grandsons, Jacoby Hatley and Beau Vaclavik Cornette.

Willo is survived by her children; Sheila Colburn of Corsicana; Johnny Vaclavik of Houston, Jimmy Vaclavik of Corsicana and Sharon Vaclavik Foster of Midlothian. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Willo is survived by her siblings; Jerry Leach and wife, Shirley of Blooming Grove and Zoë Collins of Bryan, Texas.

Visitation with the family is scheduled for Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside services are scheduled for Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Rice Cemetery in Rice, Texas with Pastor Michael Howard officiating.

Notes:

  • w/o Rudy Vaclavik; d/o Jack Leon Leach & Jimmie Christeen (Franks) Leach

Vada Mae (Keller) Baldwin
Jan 15, 1934 - Jan 6, 2018

Vada Mae Keller Baldwin passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 in Corsicana at Twilight Nursing Home. She was born Jan. 15, 1934 in Van Zandt County, to Clyde Keller and Virgie Pilgrim Keller.
She was reared in Roane and attended Roane elementary school and later Corsicana High School. She attended Roane Baptist church during her childhood and often sang duets or trios with her sisters in church for special music.
Vada and Billy Baldwin were married on Feb. 2, 1952 and celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2017. They lived in Retreat during their early years of marriage and at that time were members of Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church. She worked for several years at Tex-Sun Glove Company, and then worked in the cafeteria at Corsicana High School until she retired. She was currently a member of Missionary Baptist Church in Corsicana since the early 1970's.
Vada was a talented and physically active lady for most of her life. She loved to attend dances when her husband, Billy played in dance bands all around the Corsicana and North Texas area. She could dance very well and loved to two-step and waltz. She loved to sing in her church choir and at the numerous get-togethers in her home and friends' homes over the years when musicians, friends and their families would play music, sing and fellowship together. She also loved boating, swimming, water-skiing, camping, traveling, going to Six Flags and accompanying her church's youth group on trips and outings. In recent years she had numerous health problems, but stayed very active in spite of that
Vada was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers and sisters Jake (J.B.) Keller, Virgil (V.G.) Keller, Billy Jack Keller, Cecil Keller, Clyde Keller Jr., Royce Keller, Dorothy Keller Mitchell, and Rochelle Keller Hooper.
She is survived by husband Billy Baldwin; daughter LouAnn Baldwin; twin sister Ada Keller Coker; sister Barbara Keller McDonald, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will immediately follow at 2:30 p.m. at Younger Cemetery in Purdon, with Bro. Johnathan Simons officiating.
The family wishes to thank Twilight Home for their love and care of Vada.
Corley Funeral Home

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Mike Reznicek
June 21, 1953 - Jan 12, 2018

Mike Reznicek, 64, passed from this life surrounded by his wife, Jane; his children Michael, Rachel, Tina and close friend, Marie from Rice, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2018.
Mike was born in Forney, June 21, 1953 to Charlie and Carrie (Kvapil) Reznicek. He grew up in Forney and attended school there. He went on to Lincoln Technical School. On Oct. 20, 1995 he married Jane Whitaker and they made their home in Rice.
He worked for Fuel and Oil Distribution for many years. He was a volunteer police officer in Rice and was a member of the Rice School Booster Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Carrie Reznicek, sisters, Betty Ann Reznicek, Jenny Matous, and brothers, Charlie, Frank, and Louis Reznicek.
He is survived by his loving family including his wife, Jane Reznicek; son, Michael Reznicek, Jr.; daughters Rachel Wampler, Tina Dunn, Beverly Bryant and Cindy Glenn; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Vaughan along with a multitude of extended family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A Celebration of his life will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. Pallbearers will be Jason Matous, Matt Dunn, Charles Wampler, Perry Williamson, Abdon Sulak and John Matous. Interment will follow in Rice Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

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Larry Keaton Sykes
Nov 1, 1942 - Dec 28, 2017

Larry K. Sykes, 75, of Dallas passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He was born Nov. 21, 1942 in Corsicana.
He was employed for many years as a real estate manager, and managed apartment complexes.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at Rose Hill Cemetery with Pastor Michael Perry officiating.

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Keven Glenn Prater
Jul 26, 1967 - Jan 4, 2018
 
Keven Glenn Prater, age 50, of Blooming Grove passed away Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 after a long battle with colon cancer. He was born July 26, 1967 to Glenn and Delores Prater in Corsicana, Texas. Keven graduated from Corsicana High School in 1985. He attended Navarro College but soon turned his hobby and talent in the car audio field into a life career. At the age of 24, Keven opened his first business, Traffic Jam, in Irving. He spent over the next 20 years in the car audio industry and developed a reputation as one of the top designers in the field. He had a love for music and playing the drums. Keven was an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, and ATV trail riding. Keven was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and felt fortunate that his life career allowed him to design for some of their players. His life was nothing short of an adventure. While cancer limited his quantity of life, he never allowed anything to limit the quality of time with his large circle of friends and loved ones. He was known for being a kind and humorous person who will be greatly missed.

Keven is survived by his wife, Shonda Prater; children, Madison Prater, Logan Prater, and Lexi Prater; grandchild, Kashton Newland of Blooming Grove; Parents, Glenn and Delores Prater of Corsicana; Sister and Brother-in-law, Lori and Reese Hines of Mildred; Brother and Sister-in-law Jeremy and Courtney Prater of Corsicana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at Calvary Worship Center with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wolver, Brandon Snider, Alan Stewart, Jeremy Prater, Reese Hines and Kenneth Newland. Honorary Pallbearers will be Chris Perales, Bubba Hellner and Eric Freeman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to: American Cancer Society of Navarro County.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • CHS 1985
  • h/o Shonda Leigh (Tipping) Prater; s/o Robert Glenn Prater & Delores Ann (Sutherlin) Prater

Helen Louise (Griffin) McMillen
June 30, 1925 - Jan 17, 2018

Helen Louise McMillen, 92, of Longview passed away Jan. 17, 2018 in Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview.
Helen was born June 30, 1925 in Purdon, Texas to Rufus W. and Lela M. Griffin.
Helen was raised in Purdon and graduated from Emhouse High School. She met her husband James and was married upon his returning from service during World War II. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Central Texas Teachers Credit Union in Corsicana until her retirement.
Her husband James, both parents and her brother Willie Griffin, precedes Helen in death.
Helen was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who is survived by her son, Danny and wife Patsy McMillen of Georgetown; daughter, Diane and husband Ron Garner of Longview; grandchildren Mary Catherine McMillen, Valori and Jason Moore, Ryan Garner, Danielle McMillen, Katie and Matthew Blake and one great grandchild, Lydia Blake; and her brother Dan and his wife Ann Griffin of Corsicana.
There will a graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse with Dr. Steven Bell officiating.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana, Texas or United Methodist Church of Emhouse, Texas.
Corley Funeral Home

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John Florenz
d. Feb 1931

Mexican Died in Local Hospital

John Florenz, Mexican, died in the P. and S. Hospital about midnight Monday night.

No funeral arrangements had been perfected Tuesday noon.

The body is being prepared for burial by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.

Surviving are his wife and nine children.

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Jimmy Fred Smith
Sep 9, 1945 - Dec 2, 2017

Jimmy Fred Smith, 72 of Dallas passed away Dec. 2, 2017. He was born Sept. 9, 1945 in Paris, Texas to Wesley Newton Smith and Clara Ethel Jetton Smith.
He was preceded in death by wife of 40 years Margie Ann Smith on Dec. 22, 2005 and they met again in Heaven on Dec. 2, 2017. He is also preceded in death by son, Jonathan Wesley Smith and 12 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by three children, Marjorie Annette and Joe Jackson Sr. of Midlothian, LaDonna Lynn Smith of Dallas and Jimmy Fred Smith Jr and Kira of Corpus Christi; siblings, Bobbie Robbins of Irving, Charlie and Louise Feazell of Euless and Janice Moreland of Rockwall; grandchildren, Ryan, Ashley, Joe-Joe, Nathan, Clara, Dylan, Lacee, Sterling, Travis, Destiny, Steven and Laura and 13 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Hopewell Cemetery with Rev. Eddie Miner officiating.

Notes:

  • Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, December 4, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • h/o Margie Ann (Sartor) Smith; s/o Wesley Newton Smith & Clara Ethel (Jetton) Smith

Billy Eugene Hargrove
Oct 7, 1928 - Mar 21, 2018

Billy Eugene Hargrove went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Corsicana, Texas. He was born October 7, 1928 in Brushie Prairie, Texas, the daughter of James Franklin Hargrove and Maudie Lee Yates. He married Shirley Brown on January 6, 1951 in Frost, Texas. Billy was a retired business man, farmer, and County Commissioner in Navarro County where he proudly served for 24 years. He was a member of the Frost United Methodist Church of Frost for over 60 years and served faithfully in many areas including the Lord's Acre. He was a Little League baseball coach, an ardent fan of the Frost Polar Bears, an expert domino player, a loving husband and father, and a friend to everyone he ever met. Billy is survived by two sons, Tony Hargrove of Belton, and Alan Hargrove and wife Sherry of Dallas. Grandchildren are Jillian Hargrove Howell, Philip Hargrove and wife Stacey, Andrew Hargrove and wife Gennifer, Tiffany Hargrove Broyles and husband Dave, Natalie Hargrove Maybee and husband Scott, Hillary Hargrove Mangano and husband Jordan, Brittany Hargrove, and many great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Tressie Lee Montgomery and Edna Earle Montgomery and brothers John Wesley "Bud" Hargrove and Glen Junior Hargrove.
Visitation will be 2-3 pm Monday, March 26, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 3:00 pm Monday at funeral home. Burial will follow at Frost Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Gloria Dean (Vyers) Dover
Apr 28, 1945 - Mar 21, 2018

Gloria Dean Dover, 72, passed away in Mansfield Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Gloria was born in Ennis to Willie Dee and Sarah Alice (Bailey) Vyers on April 28, 1945. She grew up in Emhouse and graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1963. She went on to attend Navarro College to receive her LVN certification. On May 6, 1980 she married Noel Joe Dover and they made their home in Emhouse. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Emhouse Baptist Church.
She is survived her husband, Noel Joe Dover; son, Charles R. Owens and wife Natalie; grandchildren: Caleb Rose, Virginia Owens, Hanna Owens, Morgan Dover and Sarah Lane; three great-grandchildren Luke, Lilly and Liberty Lane and one sister, Faye Nail.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son, James Samuel Dover, daughter, Janessa Rose and sister, Barbara Carroll.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.
A Celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary Chapel of Ennis. Pallbearers will be Charles Owens, Caleb Rose, William Beaird, Albert Kirk and Hanna Owens.
Interment to follow in Grady Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

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Frances Laverne "Bern" (Scruggs) Fitch
Feb 17, 1933 - Apr 1, 2018

Frances Laverne Scruggs Fitch passed away Sunday evening April 1, 2018 in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Grape Creek Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Frances Laverne Scruggs Fitch (lovingly known at Bern) passed on Easter away Sunday April 1, 2018 at the age of 85 at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana, Texas following complications from a fall.

LaVerne was born on February 17, 1933 in Navarro, Texas to parents, Orville and Bernice Scruggs, the eldest of seven siblings. She was married to Freddie Mitchell Fitch on April 6, 1951 who preceded her in death.

Her life was a reflection of varied interests and talents which she fulfilled in her personal life as a model wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, cook, decorator, pet nurturer, and more. She also excelled in the business world. She and her husband, Fred, owned a furniture upholstery business and managed a wholesale plant nursery. LaVerne served in a number of other retail positions and her artistic nature was fulfilled when she opened her own floral business, which led to a design position with Victorian Sample in Corsicana, Texas.

LaVerne was of the Christian faith and worshipped at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana.

LaVerne is survived by two sons, Freddie Michael Fitch of Thailand; Loyd Allan Fitch of Navarro, Texas; four grandchildren, Michael Fitch, Erin Abercrombie and husband Darius, Shandalynn Hagar and husband Kelby, Melissa Fitch, Philip Fitch and five great grandchildren, Chase and Avery Abercrombie, Jillian and Skylar Roth and Trent Hagar; brothers, O.B. Scruggs Jr. and wife Traudl, Terry Scruggs and wife Dora, Edwin Scruggs; sisters, Zo (Scruggs) Bailey, Veda (Scruggs) Norwood and husband Joe, Nell (Scruggs) Carter and husband John; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 4th from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. Graveside Service will be 10:00am Thursday, April 5th at Grape Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ken Bailey, Mark Bailey, Terry Knight, Scott Bailey, Richard Knight, Kelly Norwood, Shane Scruggs.

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George Thompson
Jan 7, 1936 - Mar 24, 2018

George Thompson, age 82, of Hurst passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018. He was born Jan. 7, 1936 in Corsicana.
George joined the Army on his 17th birthday and served during the Korean War. He retired from Bell Helicopter after 32 years of service. He enjoyed all the time he spent working for Bell's charitable events: Toys for Tots, food drives for North Texas Food Bank and many others. He loved fishing and hunting with his family and friends. George taught all his children to fish using a cane pole.
George was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Joyce Thompson.
He is survived by his sister Margarett Parsons, his children Cindy Martin (David,) Mike Thompson (Chris Moore) and Susan Leake (Scott;) Joyce's children Suzanne Malion (Jack,) Carolyn Jonas (Kevin,) Vince Holloway (Glynda;) grandchildren, Tiffany (Jeremy,) Timothy (Katie) Morgan (Benjamin,) Garrett, Rachel, Joyie, Patrick, Amber, and his great-grandson Noah.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Gazaway officiating. Interment with military honors will be in the Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse. Serving as pallbearers will be Timothy Martin, Garrett Leake, Benjamin Harris, Kraig Fitzpatrick, Charles (Buba) Bass, and Charles Parsons.

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Darren Farris
abt 1967 - Mar 22, 2018

Darren Farris, 50, of Corsicana passed away Thursday March 22, 2018 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the First Independent Baptist Church located at 701 G. W. Jackson Avenue.
Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


 

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William Jefferson “Jeff” Bryant
Oct 31, 1943 - Mar 31, 2018

 
William Jefferson “Jeff” Bryant passed from this life to his eternal home on Saturday afternoon, March 31, 2018, at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Jeff was 74 years old and the son of the late Kenneth and the late Fabris Sykes Bryant.
Jeff Bryant was Deputy Sheriff in Ellis County for more than two decades and as well as being a decorated law enforcement officer, he was the instructor for Sheriff Reservists classes for several years for Ellis County.
A member of Heritage Baptist Church for many years, Jeff had been greatly limited in his church attendance since a heart attack in 1997 caused severe embolisms in his legs that resulted in the amputation of his right foot and toes on his left foot.
Jeff was a 1962 graduate of South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas and attended Navarro College before going to Elkins Radio Institute in Dallas where he was certified to be a radio program technician and later a disc jockey. At one time he had his own Jeff Bryant Fan Club due to his time on Corsicana radio station, KAND. He worked for KRLD in Dallas until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam era. Jeff was well known for his professional voice, hosting many events in Ellis County and for a decade or more he had a strong fan base following his transmissions on the ECSO scanner. He was a candidate for Ellis County Sheriff in 1996 and lost in a close runoff election. Mr. Bryant was also a Mason in Waxahachie.
During his military time Jeff served in the Second Conflict in Korea (1968-69) and was honorably discharged after suffering frost bite in his feet while on field operations during the conflict.
Jeff Bryant was married to Karen Cravens Bryant for 23 years. His wife was the first female director of the Ellis County Jail. They had four children: Lowell Glenn Bryant and his wife, Lori, Bryan Cravens and his wife Susan, Julie Forgason and her husband Randall, and Kelly Cravens and his wife Alicia. They have nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Mr. Bryant is also survived by his sister, Deborah Bryant Foster, and her husband, longtime friend of Jeff’s, Stephen Foster. He is also survived by several cousins, nephews and nieces and a young man he helped along the way (as Jeff did to many young men during his lifetime in law enforcement and military), Carl Price. Jeff’s father was a Navy veteran of World War II, he had a nephew who is a 18 year veteran in the US Navy, a grandson who is in the US Army Reserves and had a cousin who died in action in Viet Nam in 1968. His 5x great grandfather, William McClure was a Revolutionary War Veteran and died in the action of the War of 1812. Jeff is a descendant and a leader of a long line of men and women who have served their country.
Jeff Bryant’s services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery Pavilion in Blooming Grove, Texas. For family and friends, the visitation time at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home on Business Hwy. 287 in Waxahachie is set for Tuesday night, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie. www.waynebozefuneralhome.com

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  • 1st wife Linda Joyce (Slater) Bryant-McKennan married Apr. 20, 1974 2nd wife Karen Bly (Kingston) Cravens-Bryant married Oct. 15, 1994; s/o Kenneth Justin Bryant & Fabris Adine (Sykes) Bryant
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Ralph LaVerne McAfee
Oct 20, 1914 - Feb 11, 1986

RALPH L. MCAFEE DIES AT 71; TRIAL LAWYER FOR COMPANIES
By JOAN COOK

Ralph L. McAfee, senior partner of the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, died at a hospital in Great Falls, Mont., Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while flying from New York to Seattle. He was 71 years old and lived in Tarrytown, N.Y., and Pleasanton, Calif.

Mr. McAfee was a trial lawyer who handled cases for companies such as the Allied Corporation, the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, CBS Inc., Chemical Bank, Royal Dutch/Shell Group and the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad.

When he died, he was representing Chemical Bank in its capacity as trustee for certain bondholders of the Washington Public Power Supply System in connection with a bond default on two nuclear power projects in the Pacific Northwest.

In the early 1970's, working with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, he served as chief counsel for a number of students at Jackson State University in a landmark suit charging civil rights violations by the Mississipi Highway Patrol. A Historic Draftee

The son of a Methodist minister, Mr. McAfee was raised in Waco and Kerens, Tex. He attended Southwestern University and graduated from Columbia University in 1936 and the Columbia Law School in 1939.

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Snip of the "Class of 1931 Reunion" from The Kerens Tribune, June 6, 1953
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth810417/m1/1/zoom/?q=McAfee&resolution=2&lat=7700.946154651986&lon=3217.3143788690263

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington county, Virginia

 


Mary Bert (McAfee) Ringland
Feb 1, 1917 - Dec 8, 2013

Mary Ringland, age 96, died peacefully on a sunny afternoon in Hillsborough, North Carolina
Born in Barry, Texas and a proud life-long Texan, Mary graduated from North Texas State University. She got her pilot's license in 1938. She and her husband Breen were married for 59 years and raised five children: Ann, Joe, David, Tom and John. They lived in Houston for over 40 years, until Mary moved to North Carolina five years ago to be with family.
Mary's passions were reading, music, traveling, gardening and volunteering. She traveled widely with her husband and children. She was humorous, patient and feisty. The family often repeats her favorite quotes, "I'll worry about that on Thursday" and "when tarts are passed, take tarts". She truly was the last of her kind.
Surviving Mary are: Ann Ringland, of Durham, Tom Ringland and his wife, Lucy Procter Ringland, of Raleigh and John Ringland, of Hillsborough, North Carolina.
The family thanks the staff of Carillon Assisted Living and personnel of Liberty Hospice for their care and support.
A celebration of Mary's life is being planned by family and friends. Memorials contributions may be sent to the charity of one's choice. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com.

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  • Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec 8, 2013
  • w/o Joseph Breen Ringland; d/o Jessie Urban McAfee & Annie Eugenia (Reeves) McAfee; grand son of Almerine Cicero McAfee & Margaret Elizabeth (Terry) McAfee
  • Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams

 


Robert Wallace "Bob" Dixon
Oct 29, 1935 - Dec 19, 2017
 
Mr. Robert W. “Bob” Dixon, 82, of Blooming Grove passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. He was born on October 29, 1935 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Frank Edward Dixon and Lula Mae Brown Dixon.

He was a veteran having served in the United States Army for six years. He worked as a Protective Service Officer for many years before his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Wilma Jo Dixon; sons, Vance Dixon and wife Paula of Arlington and Robert Dixon, II of Wichita Falls; daughter, Leslie Villegas and husband Abel of Grand Prairie; grandsons, Robert Dixon, III of Mansfield, Kevin Dixon of Ft. Carson, CO, Sean Dixon of Irving, Kirk Edmonson and wife Elizabeth of Ferris, and Hunter Dixon of Arlington; great granddaughter, Hollis Edmonson of Ferris; great grandson, Stetson Bamburg of Ferris; and a niece, Lisa Lisanti of Austin.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017 at the Corley Blooming Grove Chapel in Blooming Grove with Dr. Darren Heil of Central Baptist Church, Blooming Grove officiating. A private burial will be held at a later time.

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Robert Wallace 'Bob' Dixon, 82, of Blooming Grove passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec 22, 2017 at the Corley Blooming Grove Chapel. A private burial will be held at a later time.

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MSgt. Coy Hinkle
May 7, 1919 - Apr 13, 2018
 
MSgt. Coy Hinkle, another Hero of the greatest generation, and a 53 year resident of Wichita Falls passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at the age of 98.
Coy was born May 7, 1919 in Wise County to Oscar and Winnie (Nash) Hinkle. He married Elmerene Garrison on Sept. 3, 1938 and they spent the next 73 years together before her passing.
Coy proudly served in the United States Air Force. A true hero, he served in France during WWII as a medic, in Alaska during the Korean War, and finally in Vinh Long, Vietnam. He received several service awards, including the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service medals. Coy worked with the Meals on Wheels program and ARC, and served as past president of the local AARP chapter. He loved restoring cars and woodworking. Coy was an awesome ping-pong player even in his 90s, playing three times a week at the Zone. The final five years of his life was spent as a resident of Texoma Christian Care Center under the care of Hospice of Wichita Falls. All of his care givers have become like family and took care of Coy with love and respect.
Along with his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Faye Hinkle and Oreta Harrison; one brother, William Buel Hinkle and two grandsons, Reagon W. Hoffman and Brady D. Hoffman.
Coy is survived by two children; daughter Sylvia Goddin of Coinjock, North Carolina and son, Gene Hinkle and wife, Sherry of Springtown; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at Owens and Brumley Funeral Home in Wichita Falls. Graveside services in his hometown with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018 at
Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with Rev. Bryan Connally. officiating.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76310.

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Viola (Sessions) Haynie
Apr. 18, 1844 - Jul. 10, 1928

MRS. W. D. HAYNIE DIED AT RICE HOME TUESDAY EVENING

WELL KNOWN AND GREATLY BELOVED PHILANTHROPIST PASSES AWAY

RICE, July 11.—(Spl.)—Mrs. W. D. Haynie, aged 84, Central Texas philanthropist and one of the most liberal givers to Methodist institutions in Texas died at her home here Tuesday evening about 6:30, after several years of failing health. She is survived by three sisters; Mrs. J. A. McGee and Mrs. J. A. Lackey, of Rice, and Mrs. Henry Barkley of Ennis; and two brothers, C. M. Sessions and Dr. I. P. Sessions of Rockdale.

The funeral services will be conducted here Thursday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in the Rice cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. A. D. Porter, Mineral Wells, assisted by Rev. H. C. Bowman, pastor of the Rice Methodist church, and Rev. A. W. Hall, presiding elder of the Corsicana district.

Pallbearers will be stewards of the Rice Methodist church—V. T. Swafford, S. W. South, L. M. Barrington, J. D. Heather, J. R. Clark, W. R. Smith, Scott Swafford and A. C. Hervey.

Mrs. Haynie suffered a broken hip about two years ago and has been seldom able to leave her sick-bed since that time. Her husband, W. D. Haynie, pioneer banker and farmer, died in 1906, and no children survive.

Before her marriage, Mrs. Haynie was Miss Viola Sessions. She was born in Mississippi in 1844, but the family moved to Texas in 1846, living for a short time in Lancaster, Dallas county, before making their permanent home in Navarro county in 1847. She spent the remaining of her life in this county, practically within sight of Rice. She was the daughter of Izaak Boone Sessions and Emma Spurlins Sessions.

Mrs. Haynie, like her late husband was filled with the pioneer spirit and throughout her married life was an able companion to Mr. Haynie with her courage and inspiration. After his death in 1906 she assumed the active management of a large estate that has been more than doubled under her capable management since that time, and was well known as a capable business woman with administrative qualities and ability to judge vital facts of any proposal.

One of the greatest pleasures of Mrs. Haynie’s life was her ability to help her fellowman and assist in the forwarding of worthy causes. She has always been very liberal in her contributions to local and religious projects.

Reared a Methodist, she was one of the first contributors to Southern Methodist University, and since that time her contributions to that institution have more than passed the $50, 000 mark. She erected the Haynie Memorial church at Rice at a cost of $50,000and has recently completed the building furnishing of a $5,000 parsonage.

She has always been a liberal contributor to the Corsicana Y. M. C. A. and since its opening in 1915 has been one of the most loyal supporters. The Methodist Hospital at Fort Worth, the First Methodist church of Corsicana and many other institutions have felt her benevolence. She has participated in the building of several other churches, and has been interested in many foreign mission enterprises.

Officials of Southern Methodist University at Dallas said Wednesday that she was one of the most loyal friends of the University. Haynie avenue, one of the principal boulevards in the University Park Addition, was named in her honor.

She owned considerable property in Navarro county and was a stockholder in several business concerns in Corsicana.

Few women in Navarro county were more loved than Mrs. Haynie and her friends are numbered by the hundreds.

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In respect to the late Mrs. W. D. Haynie, the Corsicana National Bank will be closed Thursday between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon, at which time the funeral will be held in Rice.

The late W. D. Haynie, husband, of the deceased, was one of the charter organizers of the Corsicana National Bank and Mrs. Haynie was a large stockholder in this financial institution.
 
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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PHILANTHROPIST HELD RICE THURSDAY

LARGE NUMBER CORSICANA PEOPLE ATTEND LAST RITES FOR MRS. HAYNIE

A large number of Corsicana people attended the funeral services for Mrs. W. D. Haynie, aged 84 years, pioneer resident of Navarro county, well-known philanthropist, who died Tuesday evening at her home in Rice following several years of failing health, which were held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in the Rice cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. A. D. Porter, Methodist minister, Mineral Wells, assisted by Rev. A. W. Hall, presiding elder of the Corsicana district; and Rev. H. C. Bowman, pastor of the Rice Methodist church.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. J. A. McGee, Rice; Mrs. J. A. Lackey, Rice; Mrs. Henry Barkley, Ennis; two brothers, C. M. Sessions and Dr. I. P. Sessions, both of Rockdale.

Pallbearers were stewards of the Rice Methodist church; V. T. Swafford, S. W. South, L. M. Barrington, J. D. Heather, J. R. Clark, W. R. Smith, Scott Swafford and A. C. Hervey.

Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Haynie was Miss Viola Sessions. She was born in Mississippi in 1844 and the family moved to Texas in 1846, living at Lancaster, Dallas county, one year prior to moving to Navarro county. She has lived in the Rice vicinity since coming to Navarro county.

Since the death of her husband in 190, Mrs. Haynie was in active charge of her large estate.

Mrs. Haynie was one of the first contributors to Southern Methodist University, Dallas, her contributions to that institution being more than $50,000. She erected the Haynie Memorial Methodist church at Rice and recently contributed &5000 for the erection of a new parsonage there. She has always been a liberal contributor to the Corsicana Y. M. C. A. since its opening in 1915. The Methodist hospital in Fort Worth, the First Methodist church of Corsicana and a number of other Methodist institutions have been given aid.

Mrs. Haynie was one of the directors of the Corsicana National bank here and the bank closed between 10 o’clock and noon Thursday.

 

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James Simeon Upchurch
Jun 3, 1855 - Sep 18, 1932

RESIDENT NAVARRO COUNTY FIFTY YEARS DIED SUNDAY NIGHT

JAMES S. UPCHURCH WILL BE BURIED MONDAY AFTERNOON AT 5 O’CLOCK

James S. Upchurch, aged 77 years, died at his home, 621 West First Avenue, Sunday evening at 8:20 o’clock after an extended illness, and the funeral will be held from the family home Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Mr. Upchurch was a native of Louisiana. He came to Texas and settled near Coolidge, Limestone county, later moving to Navarro county 50 years ago and has resided in this county since that time.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Fred Upchurch, Austin, assistant attorney-general of Texas, and former city attorney of Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. R. C. Granberry, Austin; Mrs. Robert L. Holmes, Dallas; Mrs. Guy C. Upchurch, Longview; Mrs. W. H. McKelvey, Mer Rouge, La.; Mrs. J. D. Oden, Corsicana; and Mrs. C. R. Berringen, Borger, Texas; and a number of grandchildren.

Active pallbearers will be J. S. Simkins, B. W. George, O. L. Albritton, Ofis Rector, Hugh Bryant, A. G. Elliott, Edward M. Polk, Sr., and A. P. Mays.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Navarro County Bar Association and Friends of the family.

The funeral will be directed by the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home.

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FUNERAL SERVICES MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR J. S. UPCHURCH

Funeral services for James S. Upchurch, aged 77 years, long-time resident of Navarro county who died Sunday night following an extended illness, were held from the family home, 621 West Fifth avenue, Monday afternoon at 5 o’clock with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. R. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Mr. Upchurch was a native of Louisiana. He settled near Coolidge, Limestone county and later moved to Navarro county 50 years ago.

Surviving are his wife, a son, Fred Upchurch, Austin, assistant attorney-general of Texas, and former city attorney of Corsicana; six daughters, Mrs. R. C. Granberry, Austin; Mrs. Robert L. Holmes, Dallas; Mrs. Guy C. Upchurch, Longview; Mrs. W. H. McKelvey, Mer Rouge, La.; Mrs. J. D. Oden, Corsicana; and Mrs. C. R. Berringen, Borger, Texas; and a number of grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were J. S. Simkins, B. W. George, O. L. Albritton, Ofis Rector, Hugh Bryant, A. G. Elliott, Edward M. Polk, Sr., and A. P. Mays.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Navarro County Bar Association and Friends of the family.

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

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Many Relatives And Friends Here Upchurch Funeral

Many out of town friends and loved ones of the J. S. Upchurch family were here Monday to pay their last respects to the memory of Mr. Upchurch, who passed away at the family home, 621 West First avenue Sunday evening at 8:20 o’clock. And was laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery at 5 o’clock Monday afternoon.

The entire family was at his bedside for several days preceding his death, and among those from out of the city present were Fred Upchurch and Mrs. R. C. Granberry and children of Austin; Mr. Robert L. Holmes of Dallas, Mrs. Guy C. Unruh of Longview, Mrs. W. H. McElvey of Mer Rouge, La., and Mrs. C. R. Berrinen of Borger.

Among friends of the family were Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Wootan of Dallas, who assisted the Baptist choir with the music for the funeral service by singing a duet, Mr. Wootan being assistant musical director of the Gaston Avenue Baptist church. Other Dallas friends were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. McDaniel, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Rebban, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Relyha, Mr. and Mrs. George Stell, Mrs. D. R. Graham, Mrs. W. L. Holmes, Mrs. C. B. Miller, Mrs. T. A. Lane, Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Gray and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Richardson.

From Tyler were Mrs. Claude Upchurch, a daughter-in-law; Mr. Edd Barr, Mr. Lee H. Graves, and from Coolidge were Mr. and Mrs. J. U. McAfee and daughter.

Heartfelt sympathy is extended Mrs. Upchurch, her son and daughters, and her grandchildren in the great loss they have suffered.

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Rachel (Sims) Mills
Feb. 22, 1872 - Jan. 19, 1943

MRS. C. H. MILLS DIED AT HOME HERE ON TUESDAY NIGHT

SUCCUMBS AFTER SHORT ILLNESS; RITES FROM HOME THURSDAY

Mrs. Charles H. Mills died at her home here Tuesday night following a brief illness. Funeral services are planned from the home on West Second Avenue Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. A. B. Hanson, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, will conduct the rites. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs. Mills was Miss Rachael Sims, daughter of the late Col. And Mrs. M. W. Sims of Bryan, and came to Corsicana as the bride of the late Major Charles H. Mills, and has made her home here since that time, residing in the Colonial homestead of the late U. S. Senator, Roger Q. Mills.

She was active in church circles, being one of the leaders of the Episcopal denomination in this section of the state. She was also active in social circles. She was a member of the D. A. R., The Colonial Dames, U. D. C., and a charter member of the XIX Century Club. She was known over the state for her activities in all forms of war work during World War One. She was district chairman of the Red Cross during that war and held numerous other responsible positions in various organizations.

Known for her philanthropy, she contributed of her means as well as her time for the advancement of mankind. She was especially interested in the crippled children’s movement and was a contributor to a crippled children’s hospital in Dallas.

Surviving are a brother, Milton W. Sims, Bryan; a sister, Mrs. Luther Clark, Dallas; a niece, Caroline Wood, Coronado, Calif.; a nephew, Albert Maloney, Washington, D. C., and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. N. Garitty, Allyn Lang, E. Y. Cunningham, Cullen Dunn, Elmer Butler, Tate Lindsey, Lowry Martin and Beauford H. Jester.

Sutherland-McCammon is directing the arrangements.

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RITES ON THURSDAY FOR MRS. C. H. MILLS WHO DIED TUESDAY

Funeral services for Mrs. Charles H. Mills aged 70 years, who died following a brief illness, were held from the residence on West Second Avenue Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. A. B. Hanson, rector of St. John’s Episcopal church. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

A resident of Corsicana since her marriage in 1897, Mrs. Mills was one of the leaders in church and social affairs of the city. She was well known over the state for her activities in World War One and for her interest in the advancement of the welfare of the country. She was a member of the D. A. R., the Colonial Dames, U. D. C. charter member of the XIX Century Club and other organizations.

Surviving are her brother, Milton W. Sims, Bryan; a sister, Mrs. Luther Clark, Dallas; four nieces, Mrs. Philip Norton, Bryan; Mrs. Stanley Bransford, Fort Worth; Mrs. Presnall Newberry, Atlanta, Ga.; Miss Caroline Wood, Coronado Beach, Calif.; a nephew, Albert Maloney, Washington, D. C., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were J. N. Garitty, Allyn Lang, E. Y. Cunningham, Cullen Dunn, Elmer Butler, Tate Lindsey, Lowry Martin and Beauford Jester.

Sutherland McCammon directed the arrangements.

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Elma Lee Tackett
Mar 28, 1932 – Jun. 25, 1932

BABY DIED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING FUNERAL 5:30 P.M.

Elma Lee Tackett, three-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Tackett, 217 East First avenue, died at the P. and S. Hospital Saturday morning at 7 o’clock and the funeral will be held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock with interment in the Modrell cemetery. The services will be conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, John D. Tackett, and a sister, Alma Louise Tackett.

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Burial Saturday Of Baby That Died In Local Hospital

Funeral services for Elma Lee Tackett, three-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Tackett, 317 East First avenue, who died in the P. and S. hospital Saturday morning at 7 o’clock, were held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral home Saturday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock with interment in Modrell cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Tom Lenox, pastor of the First Christian church.

Surviving are the parents, a brother, John D. Tackett and sister, Alma Louise Tackett.

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Lana (Wedell) Coleman
Oct 17, 1954 - Nov 23, 2017

Lana Coleman, 63, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at her residence in Corsicana. She was born on Oct. 17, 1954 in Grand Junction, Colorado to Walter and Betty Wedell.

She was a loving wife and mother, and loved taking care of her family. She liked people and also had a willingness to help others. She was a member of the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Betty Wedell.

She is survived by her husband, Dana Coleman; sons, Ronnie Wilcoxen, Jr. and wife Heather and Chris Coleman and wife Francesca; five grandchildren; sister, Linda Greenwood; brother, Sparky Wedell; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Brenda Gayle (Jones) Nichols-Commiato
July 17, 1960 - Dec 10, 2017
 
We lay to rest Brenda Jones Commiato a loving sister, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who peacefully passed in her sleep in the early hours Sunday Dec. 10 in Kerens.
Brenda was born in Dallas on July 17, 1960. She grew up in the Kerens area and raised her family there. She was baptized at the Bazette Baptist Church.
Brenda was preceded in death by her father B.E. Jones Sr., mother Minnie Loretta Jones and sister Mary Linda Jones.
She is survived by her siblings Loretta Edna Pittman of Farmersville and brothers David Jones and wife Jessica of Powell, Richard Glenn Jones of Powell, Kenneth Jones Sr. and wife Sandie of Rhone and Benjamin Edward Jones, Jr. of Connerville, Oklahoma; her four children, James E Jones of Powell, Loretta Nichols of Haskell, Andrew Commiato of Mildred and Andrea Commiato of Mildred; daughter-in-law Melissa Mckissack of Purden [sic]; 16 grandchildren and two great grandsons Brayden and Asher. Along with multiple nieces and nephews.
We love you to the moon and back and all the way home.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at Paschal Funeral Home.
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Prairie Point Cemetery in Bazette. Everyone is welcome to come say goodbye to our Mother.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o James Christopher Nichols & Ray Andrew Commiato; d/o Benjamin Edward Jones & Minnie Loretta (Westbrook) Jones

Gary Stokes Armstrong
Feb 16, 1960 - Jan 6, 2018

Gary Stokes Armstrong, 57, of Barry, Texas passed away Jan. 6, 2018 after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 16, 1960 the son of Bobby and Betty Armstrong. Gary graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1978. Gary proudly showed Jerseys from the family dairy for many years. Showing many Grand Champion at the State Fair of Texas, Fort Worth Stock Show, Houston Livestock show, San Antonio Stock Show and the National Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Gary worked on the family dairy with his grandfather, Stokes Armstrong and father, Bobby. After the family closed the dairy in 2004, Gary and Bobby began raising beef cattle on the family farm.
Gary is survived by his parents, Bobby and Betty Armstrong of Barry; sisters Becky Armstrong of Lancaster and Gina Gorell of Dallas.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8, 2018 at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice.

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  • Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
  • Published on January 8, 2018
  • s/o Robert Stokes "Bobby" Armstrong & Betty Bob (Collins) Armstrong

Frances Yvonne (Neal) Walker
Nov 12, 1929 - Nov 20, 2017
 
Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Frances Yvonne Neal Walker, 88 of Corsicana, left this earth on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. She is now in the arms of God. She was born Nov. 12, 1929 in Coolidge, Texas to Clara Ollie Futch and Wesley Dee Neal. She graduated valedictorian from Mildred High School in 1947, and started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone. She transferred to Houston and continued on retiring from AT&T in 1989, when she retired and moved permanently to Donie, Texas with her husband Herbert D. Walker, building their retirement dream home. She moved to Corsicana in 2003 after Herbert had a stroke, and devoted her life to his care until his death in January 2007.
Throughout her life, she was always involved in church, especially the youth. Being a Sunday School teacher was very important to her. During her retirement years, she was an election judge for many years, and she was a charter member of the Trinity Star DAR Chapter in Freestone County, Texas, serving as regent and holding other offices, before transferring to the James Blair DAR Chapter in Corsicana. She loved her time as a Pink Lady at Navarro Hospital in Corsicana. One of her favorite things was working on family history and genealogy and spent countless hours researching and taking notes from many family members. She loved to write poetry, and she painted many pictures, and ceramics. But above all, she loved the Lord, and she loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers Joe Dean and Wesley Neal, and two sisters Ruth Phillips and Dorothy Golden.
She is survived by her daughter Suzanne Walker Neal and husband Chuck of Gaithersburg, Maryland, grandchildren Robyn Dobson and husband Jason of San Rafael, California, Nathaniel Neal and wife Melissa of Enterprise, Alabama, Rebecca Shambo and husband Matt of Richmond, England; and her son Jimmy Walker of Austin, and grandchildren Shannon Walker of Spring, Texas, and Emmett Walker of Pinellas Park, Florida.; five great-grandchildren Devin, Tanner, and Camden Neal, and Ava and Junior Walker; a brother Franklin Neal of Corsicana; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas. Mon.
Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel followed by a lunch for family and traveling friends at Second Avenue Baptist Church. Then on to a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Wilson Chapel in Donie, Texas.
She will be greatly missed.

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Maudene (Brooks) Blackburn
Jul 18, 1937 - Mar 27, 2018

Maudene Brooks Blackburn passed to heaven Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Houston. She was born July 18, 1937 to Andrew and Myrtle Brooks of Purdon, Navarro County. She was one of 11 children and a twin to her sister Adene. She worked in the cotton fields with her brothers and sisters but was able to complete her education and graduate from Purdon High School in 1956.
She met her husband, Homer Blackburn, while working the Corsicana Greyhound Bus Station and within three months they were married and remained married for 48 years until Homer's death. She lived with her husband and son in north Houston for over 30 years and retired with her husband to Spicewood on Lake Travis. She return to Houston after the death of her husband living in the Conroe area.
She loved gardening and had a special fondness for roses. She was also a great country music fan and loved to travel. In her travels she visited almost all 50 states, parts of Canada, Great Britain and Greece. She made many friends along the way.
She is survived by her son, Larry W. Blackburn and his wife, Diane E. Blackburn; one brother Charles and his wife Linda Brooks; two sisters, Adene Cumbie and Bonnie Price and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with minister Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.
Interment to follow at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or the Alzheimer Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL. 60601.

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Ernest Donald Farmer
Sep 3, 1934 - Jan 15, 2018
 
Ernest Donald Farmer, 83 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in Corsicana. He was born Sept. 3, 1934 in Navarro County to Ernest Lee and Mattie Bell Farmer. He built and ran Farmer Exterminators, Family Business Farming and Ranching, and was a 32nd Degree Mason.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Owen Farmer; his parents Ernest and Mattie Farmer, one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by his sons, Stan Farmer, Phil and Brenda Farmer, Brad and Diana Farmer all of Corsicana; eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Special friend of family Bernice Williams and his sister ZoAnn Tidwell.
Visitation with the family was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.
Interment to follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Reynolds, Heath Reynolds, Dwayne Woodcock, Charlie Walpole, Duane Melton, Randy Howard, James Marrs and Brett Stoner.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Julia N. (McConnico) Jones
Aug 13, 1921 - Dec 27, 2017

Julia McConnico Jones passed away at age 96 in her residence in Corsicana, Dec. 27, 2017, surrounded by family and caregivers.
Julia was born Aug. 13, 1921 in Kerens, where her parents ran McConnico's Meat Market from the 1920s through WWII. An only child, her love of animals and art began in elementary school to which her collie dog always followed her. She graduated from Kerens High School as the 1939 Valedictorian (and Queen of the May) for which she was awarded a scholarship to Baylor University to study Fine Art. However, in her sophomore year of 1941, Pearl Harbor and World War II interrupted her plans and Julia joined the military service.
Julia worked for the War Department in Washington D.C ., and then volunteered to be one of the first women in the United States Navy (WAVES.) She was assigned as a Naval Airforce Gunnery Instructor in both Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi. When WWII ended in 1946, Julia resumed her studies at the University of Houston, graduating in 1948. It was there that she met another veteran returning to college, Robert Dillon Jones, also a Navy vet. They were married in 1951, and she followed her husband's career assignments in the FBI to Boston, Orlando and Atlanta where their two sons Mark and Robert were born.
Rather than move with another assignment to New York, the family returned to Kerens in the early 1960s. Julia restored an old historic home, one of the first built in Kerens in the early 1880s, and she assisted her parents with the family cattle ranch. She also taught art lessons while her husband commuted to work in Dallas. She went on to work for several local businesses including the Kerens School District and the Corsicana Daily Sun newspaper. Julia also taught art at Frost High School in the 1990s, was an early organizer of the Navarro Council for the Arts, and contributed as a researcher, writer and collaborator of Navarro County history and genealogy.
Julia lived in her beloved Kerens home for 50 years, her favorite purple irises blooming each spring under her pecan trees. Moving to a retirement community in Corsicana in 2011, she made many new friends and hosted visits from long-time friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dillon Jones, and her parents, Roscoe McConnico and Helen Sherrill McConnico of Kerens.
She is survived by her two sons, Mark D. Jones and wife Barbara Speed Jones of Corsicana, and Robert R. Jones and wife Betsi Legrand Jones of Naples, Florida; her three granddaughters, Katherine Jones of Sanford, Flordia, Emily Jones of Tellahassee, Flordia, and Sherri Stearman and husband Patrick Stearman both of Corsicana, and and three great-grandchildren, Anna, Dillon, and Piper Stearman.
Julia's ashes will be buried at the Kerens Cemetery alongside her husband and four earlier generations of McConnico and Sherrill ancestors. A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the Kerens Ex-Students Association (KESA) Building, located at 102 SW Second St., Kerens, Texas 75144. All are welcome to stop in.

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