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Virginia Ann (Ray) Terry-Farmer-Corner-Terry
Nov 24, 1940 - May 17, 2018
 
Virginia Ann Ray Terry went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at her home in Corsicana, Texas. She was born Nov. 24, 1940 in Corsicana in the old P & S Hospital to James Alison Ray, Sr. and Imogene Terry Ray.
She graduated from Wortham High School in 1958 and moved to Dallas shortly after she married the love of her life, Charles Edward Terry of Paris, Texas. They lived there until he retired and moved to Corsicana to be near her parents and family.
Virginia worked at Baylor Hospital in Medical Records when she first arrived in Dallas. After several years she became a cosmetologist and graduated at the head of her class in coloring. She was the owner and operator of the "Southwest Beauty Shop." She loved playing music, teaching others how to play, having "jam sessions" at home with fellow musicians and playing in the band at the Senior Citizen Center on Mondays. She could play just about any stringed instrument there was and any song that you could make any tune of. Camping with family and friends, attending Bluegrass Festivals, spending time with her family and sharing her Lord with others were the things she enjoyed most.
After the passing of Charles, she married Cary Andrew Farmer and they loved to travel but Parkinson's disease cut their time together short. In April of 2009, she married Ray Corner of Michigan and was divorced in 2017.
Virginia was preceded in death by husbands, Charles Terry and Andy Farmer; and her parents; her brothers: James Ray, Jr. and Paul Gene Ray; her sisters; Linda Rouse; step-daughter, Patsy Terry Jordan Milligan, step-son Ron Terry, and step-granddaughter Tammy Jordan Grimes.
She is survived by her; daughter, Alison Terry Humann and husband, Brian, brother; Bob Ray and wife, Sherry, aunt; Betty Calloway and uncle; Gunter Terry and wife, Sue, step-daughter: Glorianna Jonas Terry, grandsons: Terry Jordan and wife, Jeanie, Aaron Humann and wife, Karen, granddaughter, Jamie Humann, three great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with funeral service following at 3:30 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Colton Demonney, David Demonney, Tony Demonney, Bob Ray, Jake Jordan, Shannon Rouse, Murray White and Dustin Wright. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation to the New Century Hospice team for all their love and excellent care they provided.
Memorials may be made to the Rose Hill Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 413, Blooming Grove, TX 76626 or to the Cowboy Church of Corsicana Youth, P.O. Box 2068, Corsicana, TX 75151.

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Howard Joe Freeman, Sr.
Mar 5, 1932 - May 13, 2018

Howard J. Freeman passed away on May 13, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born on March 5, 1932 to Tom and Bertha Freeman of Barry ,Texas.  He was one of five brothers and three half brothers. He meet and married the love of his life Beatrice Bell Boulware on October 14, 1950. They had three children Valorie Ann, Howard Joe Jr and Betty Lynn. Howard was a member and deacon of the Powell Baptist Church. He loved teaching Sunday school. His main happiness in life was first his Lord, his wife, his children and did he ever love those grandchildren and great grandchildren. His grandchildren are Carol Ann, Jerome Howard, James Andrew, Jonathan Layne; great grandchildren are Ronnie Alan, Ginger Elizabeth, Dale Hunter, Tiffany LeAnn.

Betty and I want to Thank the Kerens Care Center For the care and love they gave our dad, he wasn't called Mr. Freeman he was known by all as Pawpaw.

Visitation will be Friday evening at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home from 6-8pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00am in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, Texas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association 688 Alliance Pkwy Hewitt, Texas 76643

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  • h/o Beatrice Bell (Boulware) Freeman; s/o Tom Freeman & Bertha Lee (Rhoads) Freeman
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

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Howard J. Freeman, 86 of Powell passed away May 13, 2018 in Kerens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be at Pattison Cemetery.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home

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Reuben Edward "Bill" Richards
Jan 31, 1931 - May 19, 2018

Reuben Richards, 87, of Athens went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Athens. He was born Jan. 31, 1931 in Emhouse, the son of Reuben Dave Richards and Ada Mae Carroll Richards. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and later worked for the United States Treasury Department in both Kansas City, Kansas and Austin, where he retired in 1995.
He married the love of his life Virginia Ann Biggers June 6, 1958, he loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of the Lake Athens Baptist Church. Reuben was an avid sportsman who truly enjoyed taking his boat out on several lakes to fish and was a big Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan. He had a passion for listening to gospel, bluegrass and country music and also sitting in his chair watching the many kinds of birds that he fed in his back yard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David Richards, sister Barbara Mitchell and two children, Eddie Richards and Donna Hause.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Virginia Richards of Athens; son Frederick Richards and wife Deenie of Round Rock; son-in-law Shawn Hause of Pflugerville; grandson Michael Ornelas of Pflugerville; two great grandsons, Michael Rory Ornelas and Justin Ornelas both of Pflugerville; one brother Don Richards and wife Beverly; four sisters, Bettie Fulton, Sue Suehlak and husband Kenneth, Sandra Wiley, Carol Ann Bryant and husband Larry and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Patterson [sic] Cemetery near Corsicana with Bro. Mike Curry officiating.
Services are under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

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Graveside services for Reuben Richards, 87, of Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Pattison Cemetery near Corsicana, Texas with Bro. Mike Curry officiating. Services are under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.

Mr. Richards went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Athens.

Reuben Edward Richards was born January 31, 1931 in Emhouse, Texas the son of Reuben Dave Richards and Ada Mae Carroll Richards. He was a Veteran of the United States Army and later worked for the United States Treasury Department in both Kansas City, Kansas and Austin, Texas where he retired in 1995. He married the love of his life Virginia Ann Biggers on June 6, 1958, he loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of the Lake Athens Baptist Church. Reuben was an avid sportsman who truly enjoyed taking his boat out on several lakes to fish and was a big Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan. He had a passion for listening to gospel, bluegrass and country music and also sitting in his chair watching the many kinds of birds that he fed in his backyard.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David Richards, sister Barbara Mitchell and two children, Eddie Richards and Donna Hause.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Virginia Richards of Athens; son Frederick Richards and wife Deenie of Round Rock; son-in-law Shawn Hause of Pflugerville; grandson Michael Ornelas of Pflugerville; two great-grandsons, Michael Rory Ornelas and Justin Ornelas both of Pflugerville; one brother Don Richards and wife Beverly; four sisters, Bettie Fulton, Sue Suehlak and husband Kenneth , Sandra Wiley, Carol Ann Bryant and husband Larry and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 form 6-8: p.m. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.


Laura Emma Christian
Apr 4, 1942 - May 14, 2018

Laura Emma Christian passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. She was born April 4, 1942 in Mildred. She enjoyed gardening, reading books, family "grandkids," recipe books and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Trace Christian, three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her children, Tim Christian and wife Jodie, Lisa Thedford and husband Kevin; grandchildren, Heather Flores and husband Matt, Hillary Caudillo and husband Alex, Haley Hejny and husband Adam, Hunter Thedford and wife Hannah, Cain Brown and wife Dixie, Lindsay Young and husband Michael, Scott Tucker, Gavin Tucker, Kian Long, Finley Tucker and Ramzey Tucker; great grandchildren, Kenna Flores, Gage Flores, Noah Caudillo, Abel Caudillo, Cole Hejny, McKeltie Brown, Dallas Brown, Laykin Young, Kaylin Young and Rylie Brown. She is also survived by siblings, Jessie Farmer, Rita Bernsen and husband Wayne, Sandra Youngblood, Barbara Blum, Lita Farr and husband Clayton and numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Mike Ballard officiating.
Interment to follow at New Chatfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tim Christian, Kevin Thedford, Hunter Thedford, Austin Anderson, Matthew Flores, Alex Caudillo, Adam Hejny and Daryl Bernsen. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Sliger, Steve Haynie, Scott Tucker and Todd Farmer.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Lorraine Kelly Moss
abt 1928 - May 14, 2018

Lorraine Kelly Moss, 89 of Corsicana, passed away May 14, 2018 at the Twilight Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Kelly's Temple Church Of God In Christ located at 501 N. Third St.
Interment will follow at the Chatfield Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

 

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Carlton Lee Grant
May 20, 1950 - May 16, 2018

Carlton Lee Grant,67, passed May 16, 2018. Visitation is 1 to 7 p.m. May 22 at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Services are 11 a.m. May 23, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Streetman, followed by burial at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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Joe Escobedo Lopez, Jr.
Jul 21, 1974 - May 18, 2018

Joe Escobedo Lopez, Jr., age 43, of Princeton, Texas, passed away Friday. May 18, 2018. Joe was born July 21, 1974, in Dallas to Joe Escobedo, Sr. and Judy (Ramirez) Lopez.

Joe graduated from
Corsicana High School - in 1992. He received his associate degree from Navarro Community College in Corsicana.

Joe was employed with East Texas Medical and later with Central Ambulance. He was a flight medic for Care Flight. Joe was most recently with American Medical Response for the last 12 years and then with MedCor for the last five years. He married Yesenia Salinas on July 4, 2009, in Rockwall. His family remembers him as an amazing husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Yesenia Lopez of Princeton, Texas; children, Ethan Lopez, Leo DeLeon, Genesis DeLeon, and JoAnna DeLeon, all of Princeton; father, Joe Lopez and wife, Ruth of Corsicana; mother, Judy Colgrove and husband, David of San Antonio; sister, Lily Werner and husband, Jeff of Katy; nieces and nephews, Jon Taylor Cortinas of Katy, Dakota Lopez, also of Katy, Makayla Puente of Sanger, Jenna Werner and Jacksyn Werner, both of Katy; grandmother, Rebecca Lopez of Flower Mound and grandfather, Jimmy M. Ramirez of Dallas along with numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mike G. Lopez, grandmother, Petra Servin, uncle, Rito Gallegos and aunt, Anita Gallegos.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Iglesia Bethel Church in Princeton, Texas. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2018 evening at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen.

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William Richard (Dickey) Miller
Jan 22, 1950 - May 17, 2018

William Richard Miller, 68, better known as Dickey, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Country Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center. He lost his seven-year-battle with the effects of Alzheimer's Disease.

Dickey was born Jan. 22, 1950 to William B. (of Kerens) and Helen Butler Miller (of Corsicana). He was a lifetime resident of Corsicana. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Currie and Dessie Butler, Ben and Edna (Berry) of Kerens, father-in-law, Tom Burleson of Amarillo, and mother-in-law Jean Lane of Shady Grove.

Dickey attended school in the Corsicana ISD, Navarro College, and his junior year at Texas A&M. He was active in band throughout his years in Corsicana as well as the jazz band at Navarro. On April 20, 1965 he received his Eagle Scout award with Troop 240 of Westminster Presbyterian Church, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle Billy Butler.

He married Cathy Burleson-Lane on June 2, 1972. The couple had one son. They would have celebrated their 46th anniversary this year.
Dickey worked at Whiteselle's for many years and was eventually a part owner. After the sale of Whiteselle's he opened a computer store named PC etc. His last job was a salesman in the Pro Desk of Home Depot of Waxahachie.

Dickey is survived by his wife Cathy, son Richard and his wife Christina, grandsons Elijah and Ethan Miller, brother Terry (Linda) Miller, sister Dianne (Bob) Walker, Sisters-in-law Kay (Randy) Arp, Brenda (Charles) Lowe, Sheri (Jerry) Collier, Autumn (Andy) Cox, Nannette (Dave) Evans, and Cheree Burleson. He is survived by brother-in-law Trey (Julie) Burleson and father-in-law, Dale Lane. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, friends, and church family to carry on his memory.

Services will be 4 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton and the family will be present 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 20 for visitation. Bro. Larry Talbert will perform Dickey's last services. Pallbearers are Eric Arp, Mike Reeder, Steven Collier, Adam McLean, Jason Cox, and Bond Lohden. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of Westside Baptist Church where Dickey also served as deacon.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimers' Association or Westside Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Jon Anthony "Tony" McClain
Jan 22, 1961 - May 8, 2018

Jon Anthony "Tony" McClain, 57, of Corsicana passed away in peace May 8, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. He was born Jan. 22, 1961 to JR and Lorena McClain. Tony worked as a carpenter, painter and truck driver. Tony served in the United States Army. He was a friendly man and easy to get along with. Always willing to help others.

He was preceded in death by his father JR McClain, mother Lorena Tate and Brothers Jacky Ray McClain and Richard Allen McClain.

Tony is survived by his wife Roberta McClain of Corsicana; daughters, McKenzie and Kay Lein McClain of Minesota; brother James Robert 'Bobby' McClain of Corsicana and step-parents Mahlon "Shorty" and Betty Tate of Powell.

Tony will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Memorial services will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Calvary Worship Center, 1364 N. Beaton St. in Corsicana with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating.

Arrangements made by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Don T. Tanner
May 16, 1950 - May 18, 2018

Don T. Tanner, 68, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 in Ennis. He was born May 16, 1950 in Corsicana to Vestine Rex and Ellen (Thornton) Tanner. He grew up in Lancaster and graduated from Lancaster High School in 1968.

On May 16, 1986 he married Anna Garrett and they made their home in Ennis. He worked as a truck driver and leadman for ADS, CTR and True Value Hardware.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Tanner; daughters, Christina Garrett and Maegan Tanner and partner Ryan Jackson; grandchild, Kobe Hoggatt; sisters, Rexann Tanner and Lori Tanner Richardson and husband, Tom; father-in-law Floyd Garrett and sister-in-law, Liz Woodard along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Ellen Tanner, mother-in-law, Josephine Garrett, sister-in-law, Dodie Meyer and brother-in-law, Allen Garrett.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.

A Celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.

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Sylvia Dianne (Jordan) Evans
Sept 19, 1959 - May 11, 2018

Sylvia Evans, 58, of Memphis, Tennessee passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was born Sept. 19, 1959 in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by Nora Lee Jordan Coy and Charles Ray Washington.
She is survived by her husband, Ricky Wayne Evans, Sr. Marsha Houston, Marjorie Thomas-Dobbs, Nora Miles, Joseph Miles, LaTonya Miles and Ricky Wayne Evans, Jr.
Visitation will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, 1236 N. Bus. 45.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery.
Arrangements made by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

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Wayne Simpson Rose
July 8, 1927 - May 14, 2018

Wayne Simpson Rose of Roane passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie at the age of 90. He was born in Fort Towson, Oklahoma on July 8, 1927 to John William Rose and Effie Nettie Christian. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He married Flora Nell Knotts on April 30, 1946 in Corsicana.

Wayne retired from Mrs. Bairds Bread as a sales manager in 1990 after 37 years. He served as a Deacon first at Roane Baptist Church and then First Baptist Church in Corsicana. He would give advice whether it was wanted or not and loved to visit with people. He enjoyed playing domino's 42 and 84. Wayne was a man who believed in second chances and helping those who wanted to help themselves by working with him. He was proud of his family, his daughters and grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Clyde A. Rose, Roy Lynn Rose, John William Rose Jr., and Gloise Rose; daughter Cynthia Anne Ogden and grandson Damon Christian Venia.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years Flora Nell Rose; daughter Linda Rose Harrelson; sisters Joyce St. Ama and Shirley Ray; grandchildren Corey Harrelson, David Harrelson, Chris Harrelson and Brett Ogden and great grandchildren Makayla Harrelson, Cayten Harrelson, Corey Harrelson Jr. and Fowler Harrelson.

Visitation with his family was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.

Interment to follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with pallbearers being Corey Harrelson, Chris Harrelson, David Harrelson, C.J. Harrelson, Tommy Baker, Rex Peddy, Tony Ogden and Brett Ogden. Honorary Pallbearers will be Uyless Ray, Willard St. Ama and Jon Ed Ingham.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund 510 West Collin Corsicana, Texas 75110, Corsicana Senior Citizens Center 919 West Park Avenue Corsicana, Texas 75110 or American Cancer Society - Navarro County Unit 100 West 2ND Avenue Corsicana Texas 75110.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun- Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • US ARMY WWII
  • h/o Flora Nell (Knotts) Rose; s/o John William Rose & Effie Nettie (Christian) Rose

Louise (McKinney) Stough
Mar 10, 1918 - May 18, 2018

Louise McKinney Stough passed away at her home in Tupelo, Friday, May 18, 2018. She was 100. Louise was born to Percy Preston McKinney and Mary Ruth Garner McKinney in Corsicana on March 10, 1918.

She graduated from Corsicana High School and attended TSCW not (TWU) in Denton. She worked for the city of Brownwood, the U.S. Navy in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Army in Fort Monroe, Virginia where she and her husband retired in 1972 and moved to Tupelo. She served as President of the Kinsloe House and Vice-Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR.) She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church where she served in numerous capacities.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Rutherford Stough, her brother Lt. John Preston McKinney, sister and brother-in-law Mary and Leldon Harris and sister Garner McKinney Cavender.

She is survived by her son John Rutherford Stough, Jr. and wife Mary of Glenoma, Washington, son William Preston Stough and Martiza Stough of Tupelo; brother-in-law Dr. James (Jubilee) Cavender of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Graveside services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with Rev. Zach Stiefel officiating. Interment will follow at the cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Mercy Hospice for the love and support that was given to Louise and her family.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church at 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.

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William Wallace Ballew
Jul 29, 1863 - Feb 5, 1926

W. W. BALLEW DIED HERE FRIDAY NIGHT FUNERAL SUNDAY 3

PROMINENT ATTORNEY PASSES AWAY AFTER ILLNESS SEVERAL DAYS

Funeral services for W. W. Ballew, 63 years old, who died at his home, 928 West Fifth Avenue, at 10:30 o’clock Friday night, following an extended illness, will be held from the residence at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, will conduct the services. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery. Active pallbearers will be LeGrande Woods, C. L. Jester, W. A. Tarver, W. W. Harris, Joe S. Simkins and R. M. Tilley. The following honorary pallbearers have been named: Aaron Ferguson, N. L. Benson, Wes Redden, Ed McIver, Sam Blair, J. H. Woods, Bert Devency, Jim Nick Garitty, J. M. Blanding, W. J. McKie, H. S. McLear, Meyer Cohen, Dr. W. D. Cross, El J. Gibson, Dr. L. E. Kelton, Mike Howard, R. J. Banks, Fred Upchurch, Claude Upchurch, Norris Lovett, Tom Lovett, Ed M. Polk, Wayne R. Howell, Dr. T. A. Miller, Dr. I. N. Suttle, J. M. Hornbeck, A. G. Elliott, John R. Curington, John W. Stewart, Dr. B. F. Houston, George Roxburgh, Hawkins Scarborough, Warren Hicks, Morris Fox, Will Goldman, Sam Goldman, H. F. Marr, S. W. Burdine, J. S. Callicutt, B. L. Finch, L. C. Fluker, L. A. Pinkston, J. H. Galbreath, Richard Mays, A. P. Mays, Charlie Love, Will Love, H. C. Nash, Judge J. L. Stout, Wilbur Wright and Dr. J. S. Daniels, of Corsicana; and M. G. Hardy, J. C. Nagle and John Carpenter of Dallas; and all members of the Navarro County Bar Association and all members of the Woodmen of the World local lodge.

Born in Navarro county, July 29, 1863, Mr. Ballew had lived his entire life here. He had practiced law since 1887, when he was admitted to the practice following graduation from the State University Law Department. He was well known throughout Texas, and was a strong member of the legal fraternity of the state.

Mr. Ballew is survived by his wife, three children, Mrs. Houston Gunlock, Ms. Gertrude Pittman and William Fletcher Ballew, all of Corsicana; one brother, H. C. Ballew, Corsicana; and two sisters, Misses Maude and Belle Ballew of Dallas.

Mr. Ballew was the son of John Ballew, a native of North Carolina, who came to Texas in 1844, taking up residence at Clarksville, Red River county, John Ballew taught school at Chatfield in 1853 and 1854 and married in 1857, Miss Gertrude Parsons.

Mr. Ballew was born 17 miles west of Corsicana and attended country schools during a part of his early boyhood. In 1886 he entered the law school of the State University and entered legal practice in Corsicana in September 1887. April 17, 1895, he married Miss Lutie Grant of Clarksville.

Mr. Ballew has always been a deep student of law and few men in Texas have devoted as much time in hard study. His success as a lawyer is evidenced by the court reports since the Seventy-fifty Texas and his reputation as a high court practitioner is well-known. He had been a frequent contributor to the press upon political subjects and likewise many poems.

Mr. Ballew’s outstanding characteristics were unconquerable courage, moral, mental and physical, and his wonderful memory and accuracy of statement and reward for honesty and devotion to duty, contempt for hypocrisy in politics and religion. He was outspoken upon all subjects that he investigated, and could always cite the highest authority upon many subjects he discussed, always going to the source of any question and investigating every question from a scientific basis.

Judge J. M. Blanding today issued a request for all members of the bar association to attend the funeral.

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In Society.

Mr. Ballew Passed Away.

Mr. W. W. Ballew passed quietly away last night at his home, 918 West Fifth avenue at 10:20 o’clock, after an illness of many weeks. For several days the end has been expected and he has been surrounded by his loved ones who awaited the last summons. Mr. H. C. Ballew, of this city, a brother, Misses Maude and Belle Ballew of Dallas, his sisters, and three nieces of Richland were with him besides the members of his immediate family.

The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. W. BALLEW AT FAMILY HOME SUNDAY

WELL KNOWN ATTORNEY AND NATIVE OF NAVARRO COUNTY LAID AT REST

Funeral services for W. W. Ballew were held at the family home, 918 West Fifth avenue, at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon with Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. Active pallbearers were W. W. Harris, LeGrande Woods, R. M. Tilley, C. L. Jester, w. A. Tarver and Joe Simkins. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Navarro County Bar Association and members of the local camp of the Woodmen of the World.

A large crowd gathered at the Ballew home to attend the last sad rites, and there were many beautiful floral offerings. Many attended the last rites performed at the grave.

Mr. Ballew was a native of Navarro county and had lived here all his life. He was well known and had a large number of friends.

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CORSICANA ATTORNEY IS EULOGIZED BY FRIEND WHO SAW HIS INNERMOST SOUL

The soul of man is immortal—it does not die; it cannot die, because it is a part of the breath of God; it came down from the Father of Light and to Him it returns. The return of the body to the earth from whence it came, and which we discern with the physical eye but typifies the going back of the soul to Him who gave it being, and which we vision by spiritual sight. Some day the human race is coming to know that spiritual vision is the real vision—the one on which we can unerringly rely, through the ages some have known this, and more are realizing it today.

There is no death—that which to dim, flesh-clouded mortal vision seems so is but change, metamorphosis, transition. “There is no death—the stars go down to rise upon some other shore, and bright in heaven’s jeweled crown they shine forever more,” exclaimed the poet as a loved one was silently slipping away from him. And while this is only relatively so, for the stars do fade it partially illustrates a great soul fact.

There is in man a fearless, deathless spirit. Unseen ? Yes; for it is the unseen which is eternal; it is the unseen which is the real. The unseen is the same yesterday, today and forever. In all the realm of nature this is true.

And all things are ranged by mortal ken but verify this. Love, gravitation, principles of truth—they are, they were, they always will be; they are the real, the changeless, the deathless. What the Spirit-illumed mind of the Apostle Paul more fully grasped nineteen centuries ago the scientist of today is faintly comprehending. For we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

So when a late winter’s afternoon, in the warmth and golden glow of a near-setting sun, bereaved loved ones and a host of sad-hearted friends gave back to Mother Earth in the silence of Oakwood cemetery the mortal, changing part of what we but yesterday knew as William Wallace Ballew, we no more buried the real man, whom so many of us honored, admired, loved and delighted to call friend, than Ceasar’s soldiers, at the behest of the Jewish Sanhedrin, locked forever the Truth of God in Joseph’s rock ribbed tomb. When the cold and pulseless clay lying yonder in the tongueless silence of the grave has been dissolved into elemental dust and that same bright orbed February sun has become star mist blown hither and yon by the winds of eternity, the God-given spirit of your friend, my friend—our friend—Brother Bill Ballew—for he was and is our brother—will be as young and as eager for the truth and right –as he saw the right—as it was in the heyday of his vigorous and intellectual manhood when he feared not the steel of any foeman, nor blanched at the fiercest fray; when like the proud plumed Henry of Navarre he was ever where the battle raged the hottest, or like Ingersoll’s plumed knight, ever ready to cast the shining spear of a well trained intellect at the burnished armor of any foe.

Standing one day amid a scene like that which saddened our hearts, but cheered our souls, Sunday afternoon, America’s most gifted and eloquent agnostic, whose silver tongue and jeweled sentences oft woed great audiences, temporarily at least to his way of thinking, said; “In the night of death hope sees a shining star and listening love hears the rustle of an angel’s wing.” Which was but a confession of the “hope which springs eternal in the human breast,” of the divinity which stirs within us.” For it spite of our doubts and fears, our blasted hopes and bitter tears, there is in man an undying longing, an undeniable urge to become one with the infinite and the eternal. And gradually, but surely and certainly, we are coming to see and know that all man’s hopes, desires, longings, aspirations, can be and are to be granted—fulfilled. Here again and in this very realm science is proving the truth of God. When I see what the Spirit-led intellect of man is doing I sometimes even dare to assert that the mind of man cannot conceive of the impossible.

Socrates, the great Greek philosopher and mystic, on the eve he drank the fatal hemlock cup, said; “No evil thing can happen to any good man in life or death.: and David’s wise son, with God-given wisdom, clothed the same truth in different language; “The upright of heart shall feel no evil thing.” And I tell you William Wallace Ballew was a good and upright man. For near a quarter of a century I knew him as it is given to few men to know another. To me he often unbarred the secrets of his soul, and I was thus given to see the innermost recesses of his nature, to know the deeps of his mind, and to realize the longings of his big heart. I have known few men who desired so earnestly to know the truth. His fidelity to his convictions was deathless. Had he been a Christian believer of the centuries past he would have joined Peter the Hermit in inciting the populace to the crusades, fearlessly followed Richard Couer De Lion in his attempt to wrest Palestine from the Saracen, and gladly gone to the martyr’s stake. I have seen him under the most trying and testing circumstances, and I never saw his courage fail.

Contrary to the opinion of some W. W. Ballew’s was a forgiving nature. I’ve known him to forgive and love and help those who did him great wrong. While in belief we might not call him fully Christian, yet I tell you that in heart and practice he manifested the spirit of Christ more than many who call themselves Christian. I never knew him to refuse help and aid where it was possible to grant it. And if all to whom he ever did a kindness or spoke a word of encouragement, should drop a single tear on his flowered grave it would be as wet as meadow grass on a dewy morning. And remember, “we live in deeds, not words,” and that it’s by our deeds and not by our professed beliefs and protestations of faith that we are to be reckoned with at the Great Assizes.

Billie Ballew had his faults, his foibles, his idiosyncrasies, and short-comings; but his faults were neither as numerous nor as great as were those of some of his erst-while critics. And who has not faults ? The biggest and the best of men, save one, have had and have them. Some one of great soul has said, “I love men because of their faults, for by their faults I know they are my brothers.” And so I doubt not that when the frail like barque of Will Ballew found harbor safe and secure on the farther shore of life’s sea, “his eternal lot was cast with those who know no sorrow and can fell no pain.”

“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Yes, I’m fully aware of the generally accepted import of the preceding verse, the great 3:16 of John: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” But neither am I mindful of His statement in the Ninth of John when He told the questioning, critical, criticizing Pharisees that where there was no sight there was no sin. And I know that each one of us is blind in some one or more things. And I know that “the Father hath committed all judgment unto the Son;” that “He will judge all men by Jesus Christ;” that that is why He entered the womb of a virgin, was born in a stable, cradled in a manger, tempted of the devil—triumphing where Eve and Adam failed—walked, and worked, and hungered and thirsted with men, agonizing in Gethsemane, faced Pilate’s court and the Sanhedrin’s frown, suffered Calvary, stepped through the chambers of death into the coldness of the tomb and defying the powers of hell came forth more than conqueror over all three. He became one of us—“like unto His brethren””—was tempted like us, suffered with us, in order that He might be a merciful judge on the “day appointed.”

And so I feel that when in the starlit silence of last Friday night the big soul of kind-hearted Bill Ballew slipped quietly from a pain-wracked, wasted and wasting body, and watching friends and weeping loved ones, and chastened by suffering, stepped meekly but unafraid onto “eternity’s golden strand,” that the Savior of the world, the Redeemer of Adam’s sons and daughters, with out-stretched hands and benignant smile welcomed a prodigal home. And that when He showed him the prints of the nails in His hands and feet, the thorn marks on His brow and the spear thrust in His side, and gently said, Brother Bill, I receive these because I loved you;” that honest Bill Ballew, with poor doubting Thomas, then gladly confessed: “My Lord, and my Redeemer.”

I am led to make these observations because of the numerous long and earnest conversations I have had with Bro. Bill on these matters in the last two years, because I know his life, his heart and the hunger of his soul; and further because I have in these latter years come to know somewhat of the love a Heavenly Father has for his wayward, wandering children—which love He manifested in Christ Jesus—and to comprehend a little of the Divine Plan of the Ages as revealed in the much neglected, much abused, and much misunderstood and misinterpreted library of books called the Bible. And still further because more and more I am coming to see that the real enemies—the real mischief-workers to the cause of Christ and His Kingdom—are not the honest doubters, the so-called infidels and agnostics, but those of us of “large professions and little deeds,” those of us who claim to believe much but do little, those of us who lay claims to casting out devils in His name but have not His spirit in dealing with our fellows. Yes, belief is important—much depends on a man’s belief; but mere mental absent—mind confession-is not Christian belief; it is not the belief Abraham had when “he believed God and it was accounted unto for righteousness;” it is not the belief Paul had when the scales fell from his eyes in that room in a Damascus home, and that drove him to become the mightiest evangel the race has ever known; it is not the belief that has made men and women live the life of Christ down through nineteen long, weary centuries.

Under a mound of roses and other flowers, woven by the art of the florist into emblems of love and remembrance, with tender hands and saddened hearts we have consigned to Mother Earth—which he once thought might be all the universe had for mortal man—her part of her’s and God’s noble son—William Wallace Ballew. There also let us entomb the faults we knew or thought he had, and remembering and emulating his virtues, which were many, let us, his friends, and townsmen, and loved ones, meet life’s duties and problems with the fortitude and Christian love he came to know they should be met. In home, in school, in church, in state, in business, in financial, industrial and social relations let us measure our every act and word by the Christ set standard; “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you do ye even so unto them likewise.” It is the greatest challenge that ever came to the sons and daughters of men, and some day a lot of big men and women—men and women to whom Christ has given “the power to become the sons and daughters of God”—are going to enter upon that high emprise, and that day “heaven is going to come down, and kiss the earth.” And why not we that have in these recent years said so many last earthly good-byes to friends and loved be of that number, and that today, for—

We’re going down the Valley,
Going down the Valley
One by one;
Going down the Valley
Toward the setting of the sun.”


H. F. MARR.

MEMORIAL SERVICE BAR ASSOCIATION DECEASED MEMBERS

MEMORY JUDGE H. L. STONE AND JUDGE W. W. BALLEW HONORED SUNDAY

Honoring the memory of Judge Hugh L. Stone and W. W. Ballew, members of the Navarro County Bar Association, who died within the past few months, resolutions were adopted by that body in memorial services held in the district courtroom of the county court house at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Judge J. M. Blanding, president, presided. Prayers were offered by Rev. Ilion T. Jones, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian church.

Miss Adele Sutton, violinist, rendered, “Rock of Ages: in a solo at the opening of the services and closed the services with another sacred selection.

Rufus Hardy offered the resolutions in behalf of Judge Stone and spoke concerning his acquaintance with the deceased attorney. John S. Callicutt presented the resolutions in behalf of Judge Ballew, and reviewed his life-long acquaintance and association with him. Both deceased attorneys died within a few weeks of each other and both strong lawyers at the Navarro county bar during the last forty years.

Other speakers were W. A. Tarver and W. M. Taylor. Mr. Tarver offered the written message of J. H. Woods, who was out of the city and could not be present.

Judge C. L. Jester, W. A. Tarver and Joe Simkins was the arrangements committee.

Relatives of Judge Ballew were present, as well as a number of friends of both Judge Ballew and Judge Stone.

Mr. Tarver read Mr. Woods’ message as follows:

Hon. James M. Blanding, President Navarro County Bar Association.

My Dear Sir:--Being unable to attend the Memorial Services to be held in honor of our deceased brother lawyers, Judge H. L. Stone and W. W. Ballew, Esq., I beg leave to submit a brief tribute to their memory, which may be read at the services.

Judge Stone lived amongst us for a long term of years and we all knew him for his genial and kindly disposition, his courteous and friendly intercourse with the members of the bar, young and old, and with his fellow men. He was a man of strong mind, of sound and substantial attainments in the knowledge and practice of his profession and of sound judgment. For the last several years, because of his health, he did not take a very active part in the practice, living unostentatiously, devoted to his talented son, H. L. Stone, Jr., of Pittsburg, Pa., and devoted to the memory of his wife who preceded him by several years.

W. W. Ballew was known to all of us, as a man of strong and versatile mind, a thoughtful and studious lawyer, deeply concerned about the fundamental principles of law and of government, well versed in the reasons and history of the law and the constitutions of the state and the United States, profoundly interested in and devoting much of his time to those ever present and difficult problems that concern the nature, life and destiny of man.

We shall remember both of them as fellow lawyers and sojourners here who have passed on before us and whose virtues we cherish.

Very respectfully submitted,

J. H. WOODS.


Judge Hardy read the following resolution in behalf of Judge Stone and moved its adoption.

To Hon. Jas. M. Blanding, President of Navarro County Bar Association.

Your committee, appointed to present resolutions in memory of our deceased brother and friend, Hugh Lacy Stone, beg leave to report:

Mr. Stone was born in Rusk County, Texas, in 1854. He was licensed to practice law by Judge A. J. Booty, of the Second Judicial District of Texas August 9th, 1876. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas by certificate of enrollment issued at Tyler, Texas, on October 18th 1878. On the 19th day of January, 1881, he was enrolled as an attorney and admitted to practice in the Circuit Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Texas at Tyler, Texas, and he was admitted to practice before the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, on the 28th day of June, 1906, by certificate issued at New Orleans, Louisiana, by the Clerk of said Court. He practiced law, first in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas, and from there he moved to Corsicana, Texas, in 1888 and thereafter practiced law continuously, and resided at Corsicana.

From the date of his removal to Corsicana, we have known and associated with him. He was possessed of a strong, clear intellect; a strong sense of right and justice, and a chivalric regard for everything that was honorable, in his relations to his fellow man. No man ever questioned his integrity. He was frank and sincere in his presentation of legal questions to the Courts. He was unswerving in what he deemed to be the rights of his clients, but would not have stooped to take an unfair advantage of opposing counsel, or of the poorest litigant. He hated sham and pretense, he never sailed under false colors, and always took his stand in politics and among his acquaintances for what he believed to be right.

Perhaps his outstanding characteristic was his unbending advocacy of what he conceived to be right, in the face, if need be, of popular clamor. He was too unbending and unyielding and aggressive, perhaps to have ever made a popular politician, but in our opinion, it was no small tribute to any brother member of the bar or acquaintance of Hugh Stone, if he was numbered among his friends. Like all mankind, he had his faults, but those of us who knew him best, held him in highest esteem.

We loved him for his many manly qualities. We cherish his memory, and deplore the loss to the Bar of Texas of an able and distinguished member.

He is survived by an only son, Hugh Lamar Stone, now residing in the City of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. This son, by his native genius and studious industry has risen to the highest rank as an attorney. There existed between father and son the tenderest ties of affection.

We offer the following resolution:

Be it resolved that the Honorable District Judge of Navarro, County, Texas, be requested to enter an order directing that this report be spread upon the Civil Minutes of the District Court of Navarro County, Texas, upon a page set aside as sacred to the memory of our deceased brother, Hugh Lacy Stone.

RUFUS HARDY
R. B. MOLLOY
J. S. CALLICUTT.

Committee.

Mr. Callicutt offered the following resolution in behalf of Judge Ballew and moved its adoption:

To Hon. James M. Blanding, President of the Navarro County Bar Association:

Your committee, appointed to present resolutions expressive of the sentiments of this association upon the death of our fellow member, William Wallace Ballew, submit the following:

Mr. Ballew was born in Navarro County, Texas, on the 29th day of July, 1863. Both his father and mother were people of distinguished ancestry, being derived from a sturdy line whose patriotism and worth made its impress upon the formation and development of this Nation from its earliest times. Mr. Ballew’s father was himself a profound scholar, and was connected with some of the most important educational institutions in the early history of Texas. In this capacity he contributed to the training and education of many youths, who afterwards attained stations of high rank in the State. His mother was a lady of culture and refinement, being an accomplished musician and linguist.

Mr. Ballew’s early education was obtained in the rural schools of the county, and an intensive home study. He entered the law department of the State University in 1886, and while there he completed this course, and also the course of study in political economy and in oratory. He began the practice of law in Corsicana, Texas, in 1887. And continued to reside and practice here to the time of his death. He was a great searcher after truth, and a deep student of the law, as well as a wide range of literature bearing upon economics, science and religion. Mr. Ballew also had considerable poetic gifts, as is evidenced by his contributions to the press and various journals of the country. He had a varied and extensive practice in all the courts of the State, as well as the Federal courts, and the Courts of other states. He displayed marked ability in the preparation and presentation of causes in the Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the State. He was determined, aggressive loyal and conscientious in his advocacy of a client’s cause, but courteous and fair in his bearing toward opposing counsel and the Courts. He had very positive views on all public questions, and was earnest in his efforts in behalf of what he deemed to be right and for the best public good.

Perhaps, our brother would have liked best to be remembered by the estimate of himself as portrayed in the following lines, which he composed.

 

Mr. Ballew has delved deep into the ancient cults of men.
And all of men’s vain philosophies explored,
Religions, myths, and historic traditions of ancient ken
And reveled far more in poetic diction poured
From out the golden streams of “Classic Times,”
Since Homer roared, and Sappho sung in burning rhyme.
And from all his studies long and deep and vain
One truth he found, “Do thy duty,”
Tho with pain,
Think not of self, but others help in grief and woe,
Holding out the helping hand to those who totter slow.
Along the road of life’s unknown highway,
And seek not power or place or wealth, Nay, Nay.”


We offer the following resolution:

Be it resolved that the Honorable District Judge of Navarro County, Texas, be requested to enter an order directing that this report be spread upon the Civil Minutes of the District Court of Navarro County, Texas, upon a page to be set aside as sacred to the memory of our deceased brother, William Wallace Ballew.


RUFUS HARDY
R. B. MOLLOY
J. S. CALLICUTT

Committee.

The resolutions and remarks of the speakers were duly adopted and will be spread on the minutes of the district court proceedings. The passing of resolutions in memory of deceased members of the Bar Association is custom with this bar more than fifty years old.

Notes:

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W. W. Ballew, Lawyer, Dies
Corsicana Attorney Succumbs After Lingering Illness

William Wallace Ballew, native of Navarro County, whose practice as a high court lawyer was extensive in Texas and other States, died at the family home in Corsicana at 10:30 o'clock Friday night following a long illness. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Mr. Ballew was born seventeen miles west of Corsicana on July 29, 1853.
He had been an attorney from early manhood and was a close student of the law. His success had been evident, his friends say, from court reports since the Seventy-Fifth Texas. He was a frequent contributor to the press and was the author of numerous poems.
He was married on April 17, 1895, to Miss Lutie Grant of Clarksville.
She, with three children, Mrs. Houston Gunlock, Mrs. Gertrude Pittman and William F. Ballew, all of Corsicana, survive him.

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Anna Ruth "Pat" (Patterson) Wood
Feb 10, 1916 - Nov 17, 2005

WOOD, ANNA RUTH "PAT" Born February 10, 1916 in Eureka, Texas to the late Robert Lester and Anna Ruth Patterson, Pat passed away on November 17, 2005 in Dallas, Texas. Pat received her B.A. from North Texas State Teachers College and her M.A. in Special Education from S.M.U. She taught high school English and theatre and later on began teaching mentally challenged and handicapped children; she found this to be her true calling. She was also the Director of Children Inc. , a school dedicated to teaching "Miss Pat's special kids". Pat was a very active Board Member of the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Association and was the President of the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC). Throughout her career, she was recognized and received many awards for her dedicated work in the special education community. Pat was a much loved member of Northridge Presbyterian Church since 1959 where she served on the Session and every church committee at various times. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Lee Wood and her sons, James P. Wood and Lester L. Wood. Pat is survived by her son, Paul E. Wood and his wife Sallie of Dallas; her grandchildren: Lori Wood Dohanich, Allan Wood, Margaret Edwards, Rebecca Wood, Heather Wood, and Courtenay Wood; her great granchildren: Chas, Alec, and Anna Dohanich; and her sister, Eleanor Dorsett who now lives in San Angelo. Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at Restland Funeral Home. Memorial Service: 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at Northridge Presbyterian Church, 6920 Bob-O-Link Drive, Dallas, TX 75214. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be sent to Northridge Presbyterian Church. , Restland 972-238-7111 restlandfuneralhome.com

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Emma Laura "CheeChee" (Tallant) Cole
Oct 2, 1925 - Feb 25, 2018

RAGLEY – A Celebration of Life Service for Emma Laura “CheeChee’ Tallant Cole, 92, will be at 11a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Magnolia Baptist Church in Ragley, LA.
Rev. David Free and Rev. Norman Ellis will officiate. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery under the direction of Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Visitation will be from 5pm – 9pm on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Magnolia Baptist Church and again from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

Emma Laura, “Chee Chee”, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Emhouse, Texas to Eula and James Frank Tallant on Oct. 2, 1925. She had lived in Ragley for 60 years. She was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church and had been the church secretary for over 20 years. She was also a member of Magnolia Chapter #232 Eastern Star for over 50 years. She was a supporter of South Beauregard Athletics and could always be found at the basketball and softball games.She and Outher enjoyed many years of traveling around the country going to Bluegrass festivals. She was a domestic engineer before there was ever such a term. She was the silent strong force in our family and had a big heart in a small body. If you knew “Che Chee”, then you witnessed the love of God.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas Earl Cole (Shirley) of Amarillo, TX, David Lee Cole (Ann) of Belle Chasse, LA, Michael Ray Cole (Ellen) of Ragley, LA and one daughter, Casandra Cole Girola (Dino) of Ragley, LA. She had 11 Grandchildren, Thom Frazier-Cole (Joseph), Laurie Cole Holcombe (Coy), Beki Cole Denison, Michael J. Cole (Amanda), Melissa Cole Priest (Alex), Denise Cole Rehm (Gannon), Cherie Cole Naquin (Jeremy), Malia Rae Cole, Lee Thomas Cole, David Girola (Becky), and Eric Girola (Lacy) and 16 Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Thomas Tallant of Benbrook, TX and a sister, Nancy Warren of Palestine, TX as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members. She is also survived by the long time family friend and her sidekick, Julius Miller.

She was preceeded in death by her husband of 53 years Outher W. Cole, an infant son James Allen Cole, 3 great grandchildren Marcy Priest, Emily Naquin, and Brooks Girola, a daughter in-law Sharon Collins Cole and two brothers, James Ray Tallant and Billy Tallant.

In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

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Robert F. Ray
Aug 1, 1937 - Jun 30, 2017

RAY, Robert F. "Bucky" Passed away on June 30, 2017. He was a native Texan, born of sixth generation Texans in Brown County on August 1, 1937. He was preceded in death by his daughter Julie Lynne Ray Edwards and grandson, Michael Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, a son, Jeffrey Robert Ray, daughter, Jennifer Ann Butler and son in law, Billy Butler. He is also survived by 8 Grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Bucky generously donated his body to UT Southwestern Medical Center's Willed Body Program. Upon completion of their studies, his ashes will be returned and will then be interred at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, Texas. A memorial mass will be celebrated in his honor on his 80th birthday, August 1, 2017, at 1:00 PM, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 1914 Ridgeview Drive, Allen, Texas.
 

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Joe Dee Hambrick
Sep 22, 1923 - Mar 13, 2018

Joe Dee Hambrick, 94, passed away at TriSun Care Center in Corsicana on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. He was born on September 22, 1923 in Frost, Texas to Dee Lipscomb Hambrick and Margaret Lillie Honea Hambrick.

Joe served as a combat infantryman with the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart while fighting in France in 1944. He also received a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Joe married Faynell Morris on June 17, 1944, and they completed their family with their daughter, Jonell.

Joe worked for the United States Post Service as a letter carrier for over 27 years before retiring. He and Faynell joined Northside Baptist Church in 1954 where he served as a Deacon and assisted on many committees during his membership there. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AARP, and the Disabled American Veterans. Joe entertained family and friends by telling of his life experiences and playing his harmonica. He loved playing 42 and spending idle time working crossword puzzles. At age 92, Joe was fortunate enough to have traveled with Honor Flight to Washington DC to visit the war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery with other war veterans. He wrote a book called “As I Remember It”, containing many of the stories of his lifetime, a treasure for those he leaves behind.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers Cabe, LeRoy, and Lester Hambrick and sisters Mattie Marie Hambrick and Hester Hambrick Seale.

He is survived by his daughter; Jonell Kirk and husband, Chuck; his grandson, (his pride and joy) Cameron Ralston and his girlfriend, Candice Ensign; “bonus” granddaughters Kristen Pollei, Gina Hahn and their families as well his many nieces, nephews and their families and his “best buddy”, his dog, Inee.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home with Rev. David Carroll officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Kathy Robinson, Joe’s caregiver and “special angel” for over two years. A faithful friend to Joe, Kathy went over and above her duties, for which we will never be able to repay.

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Mary Nell (Simpson) Van Dyke
Nov 21, 1924 - Mar 1, 2018

Mary Nell Simpson Van Dyke, age 93, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2018 at Heritage Oaks West. She was born on November 21, 1924 in Streetman, Texas, the daughter of Elma and Pinkey Simpson. Mary Nell spent most of her life in Winkler, Texas.
She married the love of her life, Paul L. Van Dyke. While living in Dallas, they were blessed with two children, Karen and Brad. Through her lifetime more blessings came, her son-in-law, Mark, her grandchildren; Chris, Jason, Bradley and one great-grandson Luke. She loved her family and friends with all her heart!
Mary Nell was preceded in death by; her husband, her parents, her brothers, Marion Simpson and Max Simpson; and, her son-in-law Mark Ferguson.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen Van Dyke Ferguson and son, Brad Van Dyke. Mary Nell is also survived by “the lights of her eyes”; grandchildren, Chris Ferguson and wife, Melanie, Bradley Van Dyke, Jason Van Dyke, and her great grandson, Luke Ferguson.
Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, TX. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Elton McCann officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be James Simpson, David Simpson, Scott Simpson, Jerry Knight, Benny Pillans and Jeff Grace. Burial will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery in Winkler, Texas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871 or the charity of your choice.
The family wishes to give “special “thanks to the staff at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana.

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Hazel Marie (Smotherman) Fregia
Aug 22, 1927 - Mar 12, 2010

Hazel Marie Fregia was born August 22, 1927 in Emhouse. Texas and passed away March 12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. She is survived by her husband of over fifty years, L.E Fregia; a son Larry Fregia and his wife Beth; grandchildren Cory, Lauren and Jody Fregia; and sisters Helen Dean Rivers and Betty Ruth Harry. She is preceded in death by her parents, Porter and Effie Smotherman and a brother James Smotherman.
Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at Roselawn Chapel and interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends at Roselawn Funeral Home from 6 to 8 Monday evening.

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Foy W. "Slim" Goodman
Apr 17, 1926 - Dec 10, 1993

Foy Wayne Goodman, 67, former resident of Salt Lake and Texas, died Friday, December 10, 1993 at Logan, Utah.

He was born April 17, 1926 at Emhouse, Texas, the son of Jesse Ray and Ruby Freeman Goodman. He married Catherine Layson in 1951 in Oasis, Kansas; they were later divorced. He married Marilyn Henderson December 3, 1984 in St. George, Utah. They have lived in Preston the past nine years.He enjoyed gardening, camping and the outdoors. He worked for Wasatch Electric as an electrical lineman in construction work.

He is survived by his wife of Preston, Idaho; daughter and two sons, Cynthia Ann Childress, Austin, Texas; Robert Wayne Goodman, Sandy, Utah; Michael Duane Goodman, West Jordan, Utah; daughter-in-law, Jolene Goodman, Riverton, Utah; stepchildren, Karen Murray, Richmond, Utah; Sue Bodily, Preston; Pam Stevenson, South Jordan; Julie Flint, Morrison, Colo.; and Jo Yeanopols, Littleton, Colo.; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; 11 step grandchildren, one step great-grandchild; brothers and sisters, Jesse Ray Goodman, Jr., Dallas, Texas; Peggy Louise Edwards, Sidney, Texas; Bobbie Moselle Howard, Ennis, Texas; and Joann Gray, Bluffton, Texas.

Preceded in death by a son, Steven Bruch Goodman; one brother, Joseph Goodman.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 14, 1993, 1 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 109 East Oneida, Preston, Idaho, under the direction of Keith Justice, Minister of the Church of Christ. Friends may call Tuesday, December 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Whitney Cemetery.

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Jerry Wayne Mitchell
Mar 7, 1924 - Feb 26, 2013

Jerry Wayne Mitchell

Of Dallas Texas, passed away on February 26, 2013 at the age of 88. Jerry was born to Austin and Lorena Mitchell in Emhouse, Texas on March 7,1924. He was the oldest of two boys and six girls. The family moved to Oak Cliff, Texas where Jerry graduated from Forest Ave, High School. Following graduation, he entered the US Army and spent World War II in Southern England where he met and married Margaret Florence Crabb. Jerry and Margaret were married on October 13, 1945 in Donhead St. Mary, England. Following the war they returned to Jerry's home in Oak Cliff where they resided and raised a family for 67 years. They had four children, 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Jerry, of the Methodist faith, enjoyed wood working, reading, walking, music, card games and mostly being with family.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Margaret and his son Anthony; He is survived by two sons, Robert of Grand Prairie; David and his wife Shirley of Southlake; daughter Tamsyne Mitchell and her partner John Boyd of Royce City; daughter Angela Murphy and her husband George of Mesquite.
Jerry will be greatly missed by his family, relatives and friends. A celebration of his life will take place starting with a visitation at Laurel Land Funeral Home on Sunday March 3 from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at noon on Monday March 4 at Laurel Land followed by interment at DFW Veterans Cemetery at 2:15 p.m. March 4.

Johnny' and 'Parg' together again forever.

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Tiffany Ann Drain
Apr 20, 1977 - March 27, 2018

TIFFANY ANN DRAIN OBITUARY
Tiffany Drain went to be with the Lord and Savior on March 27, 2018. Tiffany was born to Danny and Elizabeth Drain of Emhouse on April 20, 1977. We are saddened to say that our beloved daughter was in a tragic car accident and she will be missed.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Diana Livingston from Tyler; her sister, Rachel Drain of Corsicana; and brother, Jason Drain of Plano.

We will celebrate her life at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018, at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler, TX. with a visitation immediately following.

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Madie (Maggard) Huhn
Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:47 pm

KERRVILLE — Madie Maggard Huhn, 92, of Kerrville, Texas, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Kerrville. She was born in Emhouse, Texas, to John and Sammie Maggard on June 20, 1920. She married Richard D. Huhn on November 24, 1972, in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

Madie graduated from North Texas State University and received her masters degree in social work from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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Carl Raymond Gilcrease
Dec 14, 1927 - Dec 10, 2012

Carl Raymond Gilcrease, 84, of Hillsboro, beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, passed away Monday, December 10, 2012. He was born December 14, 1927 in Emhouse, Texas to Ora and Selina Chambless Gilcrease. He grew up in and around the Hillsboro area. Carl joined the Merchant Marines/Coast Guard in 1943 and on April 20, 1946 married Janet Burt in Hillsboro. He worked for Flowers Construction for many years and then started his own business contracting for Texas Power and Light and AT&T for many years. Carl enjoyed working, deep sea fishing and working with wood. His hobby was collecting metal cars. He really enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 66 years, Janet Gilcrease, two brothers, Clarence and Melvin Gilcrease, and two sisters, Cleon Pate and Jewel Varner.

Survivors include: two sons, Steve Gilcrease and wife, Gayle and Larry Gilcrease and wife, Cathy; one daughter, Janice Helms; seven grandchildren, Ricky Gilcrease, Jerret Gilcrease, Tonya Cavazos, Gary Gilcrease, Misty Applegate, Michael Applegate and Monica Helms; nineteen great grandchildren, Payton, Garron, Lauren, Alison, Cody, Presley, Lindsey, Bryce, Tanner, Jaryn, Morgan, Jacob, Trenton, Teel, Alexandria, Colton, Donovan, Dalton, and Lacy; one great grandchild, Caden; two brothers, Norman and James Earl Gilcrease; one sister, Alice (Doll) Halbert and many nieces and nephews.

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Essie Lee (Miller) Sutton
Sep 7, 1927 - Nov 30, 2017

Mrs. Essie Lee Miller Sutton, 90, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

She was born in Emhouse, Texas on September 7, 1927, to the late Joe and Mattie Hughes Miller.

Home Going Celebration Services are scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, 323 Oak Drive, Amarillo, Texas, Elder Roger Weeks, Officiant and Pastor William Fifer, Eulogist. The Wake is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2017, at Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ, 1201 N. McMasters Street, Amarillo, Texas, Pastor William Fifer, Officiant from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to Warford-Walker Mortuary, 509 N. Hughes Street, Amarillo, Texas.

Mrs. Miller married Mr. Willie Sutton, Sr. in 1945. In 1960, they moved to Amarillo, Texas. Six children were born to this union. She was employed by the late Mayor L. Ray and Helen Mack Vahue for more than 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her step-father, Reverend C. L. Barnes, a son-in-law, Jimmy Stover, Sr. and a grandson, Willie Sutton, III.

Mrs. Sutton leaves to cherish her memories, children, Annie (Bobby) Baldwin, Billy Sutton, Willie (Sandra) Sutton, Jr., Faye (Joe) Holmes, Patricia (Donnell) Asberry and Vickey (Robert) Sutton, 28 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, a step-sister, Lillie (Rollie) Barnes Settles, an uncle, James Hughes and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Lizzie Hayes-Titues
May 21, 1927 - Nov 30, 2016

Lizzie was born in Emhouse, Texas. She lived most of her adult life in Lubbock. She worked as a certified nurse’s aide, and also as a cook. She has lived in Amarillo for the past 13 years.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Khaznadar and BSA Hospice of the Southwest.

Survivors include one son, Freddie Earl Hayes of Lubbock; seven daughters, Beatrice Hayes of Lubbock, Virse Hayes and Louise Releford both of Duncanville, Catharine Loache and husband Mark of Mississippi, Vinna Brown of Cedar Hills, Peggy Brown of Commerce, and Margaret Brown and husband Johnnie Joe of Amarillo; her god-children, Joyce Frost, Mary Welch, Mary Gathier, Edna Neal, and Roosevelt Jackson, all of Amarillo; 14 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Ulyseuss Hayes, and Curly Titues; one granddaughter; and companion, Edward Barnes.

The family requests memorials be made to St. John Baptist Church, 2301 NW 14th St, Amarillo, TX 79107.

 

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Margaret Faye (Harrell) Applewhite
 Mar 8, 1925 - Jun 10, 2015

ODESSA Margaret Faye Applewhite, 90, went to Heaven to sing in God's Choir on June 10, 2015 at Permian Residential Care Center of Andrews. Margaret was born March 8, 1925 to W. C. and Mary Harrell in Emhouse, Texas. Margaret was a homemaker.

She loved her Lord and her Family. She was a Baptist and enjoyed singing in the church choir. Margaret was well known for her soprano voice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Ray Bass and Dever Applewhite, five brothers, Kermit Brown, Joe Harrell, Tommy Harrell, Travis Harrell, and Morris Harrell, one sister, Pauline Brown Jordan.

She is survived by two sons, Paul Bass and wife Ruby of Seminole, Dever Lee Applewhite Jr. of Marshall, five grandchildren, Sandy Williams and Butch, Dustin Bass, Dina Riley and Jerry, Chuck Applewhite and Amber, and D. J. Applewhite, eight great-grandchildren, Steven Williams and Tina, Joden Williams, Chason Williams, Dylan Bass, Jaden Riley, Sierra Applewhite, Damon Applewhite, and Almeda Velazo as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-7pm Friday, June 12, 2015 at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

Graveside service will be 2pm Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Gaines County South Cemetery in Seminole.

Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

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Marvin R. Hanks, Sr.,
Feb 3, 1928 - Nov 7, 2015

Marvin R. Hanks, Sr., 87, left his earthly home in Ennis, Texas, on Saturday, November 7, 2015, for his new home in Heaven with his Savior Jesus Christ.

Marvin was born in Corbet, Texas, on February 3, 1928, to Mandred L. and Ethel (Christie) Hanks. He grew up in Corbet and attended school at Corsicana High School. On June 25, 1949, he married Geneva “Flo” Wetzel and they made their home in Corsicana, Texas; later to Washington state, Moses Lake Air Force Base and then Wilmer, Texas, for thirty-four years. They moved from Wilmer to Ennis in 1991. Marvin served his country proudly in the United States Navy during WWII. After his service in the Navy he then served in the Texas National Guard and the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

He was the owner of Hanks Barber Shop in Wilmer, Texas, for sixteen years and then worked for the Texas Highway Department for thirteen years as an Inspector. He served as a Baptist Music Director for many years. He and Flo were members of the Anthony Drive Baptist Church of Ennis, the I.O.O.F. and the VFW. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed watching horse racing, playing croquet and nickels, dimes and quarters. The grandchildren will always remember him playing CLR with them.

He will be remembered as a husband, father, friend, and most of all, as a Christian man. He will be missed greatly by all those fortunate enough to know him and his memory will be cherished most by his family including his wife of over sixty-six years, Flo Hanks; son, Marvin R. Hanks, Jr. and wife, Sherry; daughters: Deborah Bowen and husband, Johnny and Kim Edleston and husband, Earl; grandchildren: Jeff Edleston and wife, Melanie, Marianne Bowen, Melody Ann Hanks, Tommy L. Silvers and wife, Hilary, Louis Flory, III, Marvin R. “Hank” Hanks. III and wife, Brittany, Kristina Kempton and husband, Paul, Brandi Bowen, Susan Stevens and husband, Shannon, Stephanie McQueeney and husband, Peter, Joseph F. Hetmer and wife, Krystal; fifteen great-grandchildren along with a host of other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers, three sisters, and one granddaughter, Jennifer Hetmer.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis.

A Celebration of his life will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the J.E. Keever Mortuary of Ennis with Rev. Jerry Fulton officiating. The grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in the Patterson Cemetery of Emhouse, Texas under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary, Inc.

For those wishing to make a memorial donation the family requests that you consider the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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Mary Louise (Wetzel) LeFan
Sep 30, 1930 - Dec 23, 2015

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Mary Louise Wetzel LeFan
Birth Date: Sep 30th, 1930
Death Date: Dec 23rd, 2015

Mary Louise Wetzel LeFan, 85, passed away on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 in Burleson. Graveside services will be held on Monday, December 28th, 2015 at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, Texas at 1:00 PM.

Mary was born on September 30th, 1930 in Palmer, Texas to Otto Fredrick and Mary Epsy Wetzel. She enjoyed reading, being outside in the sunshine and watching "Wheel of Fortune". She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren very much and took much pleasure in attending their various sporting events. She will be deeply missed by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden K. LeFan; and daughter, Pam Hurd.

Mary is survived by her children, Cherri Bentley and husband, Dixion, and Rusty LeFan and wife, Lenise; grandchildren, Kristi Charron and husband, Mike, Brandi Martin, and Bret Bentley and wife, Sara; great grandchildren, Savannah Ludwig and husband, Brant, Kyndal Martin, Josie Martin, Lexi Bentley, Ty Bailey, and Bryson Bentley; sister, Flo Hanks; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

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Denise A. (Lattes) Brown
Feb 25, 1925 - Apr 4, 2011

In Memory of
Denise A. Brown
February 25, 1925 - April 4, 2011
Obituary

Dallas has lost Denise Brown, a fixture of the dance scene for over 60 years. She died April 4th, at the age of 86, surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.

Denise was one of the founders of Dallas Civic Ballet in 1957, serving as company manager. She had her choreography performed in the Southwest Regional Ballet Festival and the Dallas Dance Council awarded Denise the Mary Award for her contributions to dance in North Texas.

As a child, Denise's parents enrolled her in ballet at the suggestion of her physician to build up weak leg muscles. She fell in love with ballet and continued studying and performed with the junior company of the world famous Ballet Russe. Then, World War II forced her in a different direction. When Denise was seventeen, her father was arrested by the Nazis for his work with the French Resistance and sent on the first deportation from Paris to Auschwitz; Denise took up the cause and joined the Resistance as well. She proudly displayed the Croix de Lorraine medal she was awarded in 1945 by the Chief of the French Resistance for her efforts.

Denise worked as a translator for James Eugene Brown ("Gene", now deceased) a GI during the American occupation of Paris. They married in January of 1946 and, soon after, James brought his war bride home to Emhouse, Texas. Within a year, they moved to Dallas, where James, a graduate of SMU, was the Finance Director for University Park.

Denise began to teach ballet to the neighborhood children in their home in University Park. In 1950 she rented space on Lovers Lane and started the Denise Brown School of Ballet. Denise brought her love of ballet to thousands of students throughout her sixty years of teaching. Early students brought their children and then grandchildren to learn from the teacher who was demanding, but encouraging.
Denise's life story was chronicled in the book "They Also Served" written by Jeanie Sutton Lambright.

In 2007, Denise revealed a secret she had kept since coming to America. At the Bat Mitzvah ceremony of her granddaughter, Denise presented her with the Tallit, or prayer shawl, that had belonged to her father and revealed her Jewish heritage to the congregation of Temple Emanuel.

In 2010, Denise was a featured story on Channel 11 News. Karen Borta conducted the interview in which Denise told of revealing her Jewish heritage.

For her ballet school's 60th anniversary in 2010, Denise was honored with a documentary of her life. In it, Denise said that for her, "Dancing was like touching heaven," and that is how she lived her life. Today, she is free to dance again.

Denise was born in Paris, France February 25, 1925. She was the daughter of Sadi and Renee Levy Lattes, and the sister of Robert Levy Lattes (d). She is survived by daughters Janine Lichstein (Santa Monica, CA), Anette Brown, Evelyn Johnson and son Michael Brown (Kingwood, Tx.), daughter-in-law Therese Brown, sons-in-law Henry Lichstein and John Johnson, grandchildren: Daniel Lichstein (d), Zander Lichstein (Morina), Sarah Brown Chatfield (David), Emily Brown Schrader (Adam), Jordon Brown, Madison Johnson, and Mackenzie Johnson, and two great grandsons: Oliver Lichstein and Jack Chatfield.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Legacy at Preston Hollow and the nurses of Vitas Hospice Care for the compassionate care they provided Denise and the family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7th at Temple Emanuel, 8500 Hillcrest Dallas, TX. Rabbi David Stern will officiate. Burial will follow at Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway Dallas, TX. 75225.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services 4760 South Sepulveda Blvd. Culver City, CA 90230, or Anchor Center for Blind Children 2550 Roslyn Street Denver, CO. 80238.

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Ruby Faye (Elliott) Cadenhead
Mar 23, 1931 – Oct 29, 2015

Ruby Faye Elliott Cadenhead, 84 March 23, 1931 – October 29, 2015

Ruby Faye Elliott Cadenhead, 84, of Quinlan went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 29, 2015 in Wills Point. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, November 2, 2015 at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas with Ronnie Nalls officiating. Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan.
Ruby was born on March 23, 1931 in Emhouse, Texas. She is the daughter of the late Habe Elliott and Nettie Mae Andrews Elliott. She was spent her early years in Emhouse and then moved to Dallas. Ruby was married to James Cadenhead for 45 years. They lived in the Dallas Metroplex before moving to Quinlan in 1988. She was also preceded in death by her son Ray Eugene Bowden in 2007; seven brothers and one sister. She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed having her family around her. Ruby always had a smile on her face.
She is loved and will be missed by her husband James Cadenhead of Quinlan; son William Keith Bowden of Oklahoma; daughters Gena Bowden Cardenas of Irving, Glenda Faye Read of Ohio, Teressa Wenner of Alvarado; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Pauline (Brown) Jordan
Jan 10, 1917 - May 25, 2010

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Pauline Jordan age 93 of Livingston passed away Tuesday May 25, 2010. Funeral services will be Saturday May 29, 2010 at 10:00AM in the Beech Creek Assembly Of God Church with Rev. Don Goodwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday May 28, 2010 in the Cochran Funeral Home from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.

Pauline was born January 10, 1917 in Emhouse, Texas to parents Roy and Mary Katherine Elliot Brown. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Charlie ""Coker"" Jordan and 3 brothers and 2 daughters.

She is survived by her sons Donald Daniels of Lake Worth,Monty Wayne Elliott of Mesquite, Thomas Jordan and wife Sue of Woodville, and daughter Ann Dawson of Clarence of Livingston, brothers Travis Harrell and Tommy Harrell of Corsica, and sister Margaret Applewhite of Jefferson. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rusty Dawson, Chuck Dawson, Chad Dawson, Tommy Jordan, Dallas Jordan, Joe Barham, Eric White, Christopher Dawson.

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Helen Christen (Burns) Derting
Jan 4, 1928 - May 12, 2017

Aurora ~ Helen Christen Derting, 89, a homemaker, went to be with our Lord Friday, May 12, 2017 in Fort Worth.

Funeral is 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 at Aurora Baptist Church with burial at Crawford Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Crawford, Texas. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.

Rev. Jimmy Withers will officiate.

Helen was born on January 4, 1928 to Calvin and Novie (Ellis) Burns in Emhouse, Texas. She married Beverly Gene Derting on July 4, 1946 in Streetman, Texas. Helen was a member of Aurora Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene Derting; her brother, Ray Burns; and her sister, Hazel Anglin.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons; Steve Derting and wife Janet of Aurora, Brian Derting of Aurora, Curtis Derting of Aurora, and Kevin Derting and wife Melissa of Leander; her grandchildren; Stephen Derting and wife Jennifer of Azle, Josh Derting and wife Rachel of Azle, Beverly Derting of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Amy Christman and husband Troy of Kirksville, Missouri, Elizabeth Luscomb and husband Winfred of Concord, North Carolina, Jennifer Derting of Grand Prairie, Erica Jensen and husband Cory of Leander, and Lauren Derting of Kansas City, Missouri, Brent Carter and wife Lori of Aurora and Brad Carter and wife Deneen of Bedford; numerous great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and other relatives and a host of friends.

Hawkins Funeral Home, Boyd, Texas 940-433-5310 www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com

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Frances Louise (Parrish) Cowart
Dec 26, 1924 - Jan 19, 2013

Frances Cowart – December 26, 1924/January 19, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013 | Filed under: Life,Obituaries | Posted by: admin
cowart_-_january_dmn_1358710695Frances Louise Parrish Cowart passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, at age 88. Frances was born in Emhouse, Texas, December 26, 1924, to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Parrish, Sr.

She graduated from Emhouse High School in 1942 and then moved to Dallas to work for the Veterans Administration. In 1978 Frances went to work at Hockaday School. She retired after 22 years of service. Frances and her husband Bart enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

She is survived by her husband, Bartley Cowart; son, Charles H. Cowart; daughter, Anita D’onofrio and husband, Ronnie; son, Benny Cowart and wife, Debbie; grandchildren, Aaron Decker, Zach Decker, Kelly Trojan, Kristie Long, and Matt Sikes; great-grandchildren, Kaylee Decker, Alexis Trojan, and Ian Trojan; brothers, Roy Parrish of Flower Mound and Benny Parrish of University Park; sisters, Joann Dotter of North Richland Hills and Jeanette Sessom of Bixby, Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

jaynesFuneral services are 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 24, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main in Duncanville, Texas, with Dr. Jim Bowden and Rev. Marie Mitchell officiating.

Burial at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will follow on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Visitation with the family is 7-9 pm, Wednesday, at Jaynes.

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William Jewell Henderson
Oct 20, 1937 - Feb 18, 2016

William Jewel Henderson of Hankamer, Texas peacefully passed away at his home surrounded by his family and friends on Thursday, February 18, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 78 years old.

William (Bill) was born on October 20, 1937 in Emhouse, Texas and grew up in the Highlands/Lynchburg area. He attended Deer Park schools and graduated in 1957 from Deer Park High School. He entered the Houston Fire Department in 1961 and retired as Junior Captain in 1977. He then went on to have a successful business in commercial and industrial construction and retired in 2000 to his ranch in Hankamer. He was a Master Mason in good standing of Walter M. Pierson Lodge no. 1339 and a member of the Houston Scottish Rite.

Bill's passions in life were his wife, family, church and friends. He was an active member of the Community Christian Fellowship in Oak Island. He also had a great passion for hunting, fishing and cooking.

He was preceded in death by his parents William Clinton and Susie Faye Henderson, his brother John Henderson and his sons Travis Henderson and Ron Daniels. He is survived by his wife, Linda Leigh Henderson, his children William P. Henderson, Terri J. Finley, Donald L. Daniels, John M. Henderson, J. Keith Sutton and Michael C. Sutton, his grandchildren Samantha Fentress, Schlawyn Stockwell, Christopher Walmsley, Chance Walmsley, Chad Daniels, Matthew Daniels, Bradley Daniels, Shane Moman, William John Henderson, Reanna Carson, Jaci Henderson, Jessi Sutton, Kaci Sutton, Blake Sutton, Sara Graves, Kayle Graves and David Sutton, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters and their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews and his canine best friend Doc.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home in Baytown. Funeral services will be at Earthman Baytown Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10 am with Pastor Mark Pagels officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens in Baytown.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chad Daniels, Matthew Daniels, Brad Daniels, Christopher Walmsley, Kelton Graham, Chance Walmsley and honorary pallbearer Avery Henderson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Earthman Baytown Funeral Home, 3919 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas 77521, (281) 421-1288.

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Marlin Ray Downey
Aug 25, 1936 - May 17, 2016

A loving, Christian, “old school” father, “Da”, “Honey” and “Unc”, Marlin Ray Downey lived his humble life building a family legacy that will last a lifetime for generations to come. Marlin touched many lives with his quiet, witty and unassuming nature, all the while courageously battling a weakened heart. His heart may have been weak physically, yet ironically, it was the strength of his spiritual “heart” that made him the man his family respected most.

Marlin was born in Irene, TX on August 25, 1936 and went home to Jesus on May 17, 2016 at home surrounded by his loved ones.

Marlin Downey was a respected engineer for T.I./Raytheon for 40 years. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Marlin loved woodworking, reading and singing Christian music in his church choir.

Marlin is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Bee Downey; his daughter, Tammy and husband, Ben Hogan; son, Mark Allen Downey and wife, Kimberly; grandchildren, Maci and husband, Cody Drown and Derian Downey; great-grandchildren, Dixon and Dane Drown; brother-in-law, Jim O’Bryant; sister, Sandra Mims; many cherished nieces and nephews; and many “brothers and sisters” from the Corsicana State Orphan’s Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Duward and Jewel Downey; siblings, Jetta Gray, EvaLetta Parker, Claude “Dew” Guidry, Billie Rawls, Cleophus “Tex” Downey; sister-in-law, Betty O’Bryant; nephews, Donnie Gray, Dean Gray and Jimmy O’Bryant; nieces, Sandra Phillips; many “sisters and brothers” from the State Orphan’s Home.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M., Friday, May 20, 2016 at Charles W. Smith and Sons Chapel in Sachse with Rev. Jim Everidge officiating. Interment will follow at Sachse Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Marlin Downey, Class of 1955, to: State Orphan’s Home Alumni Association Cemetery Project, c/o Lyn Emery Taylor, 1818 Maplewood, Corsicana, TX 75110.

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Buddy Viers Sr.
Jun 14, 1926 - Jul 27, 2014

SHERMAN - Buddy Viers Sr. was born on Monday, June 14, 1926 in Whitesboro, Texas to Charlie and Roxie Vier and passed from this life on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Sherman, Texas at the age of 88.

Buddy's early education began at the Corsicana State Orphans Home from the age of 4 until 10 years old when his mother Roxie married Jim Garren who brought the children home to the Texoma area and raised them as his own. He then attended schools in Sherman, Bells, and Southmayd.

Buddy enlisted in the U. S. Navy in June of 1943 and his service spanned a career of thirty years, both active and inactive service, retiring in November of 1972. Buddy served at various places around world including Kwajalein Atoll, Hawaii, Pensacola, Florida and California to name a few. He also served aboard the USS Hornet and the USS Hancock. He was an Aviation Ordanceman and his rank upon retirement was Chief Petty Officer. He was awarded many medals including the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, American Campaign, WWII Victory and Good Conduct Medal Bronze.

After his retirement from active duty, he worked at the Perrin AFB commissary as a civilian for two years. He was employed at Pinkerton Inc., American National Ins. Co., and worked as a security guard at Texas Instruments for many years before retiring from civilian work.

Buddy married the love of his life, Nell Ruth Dixon, on December 17, 1949 in Sherman, Texas. She preceded him in death on March 24, 2014. Buddy was also preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Douglas and Floyd Viers.

He is survived by his son, Buddy Viers Jr. and his wife, Illa of Sherman, Texas, two daughters, Susan Bench and her husband, Larry of Denison, Texas, and Donna Niemann of Sherman; sister, Juanita Hardy of Colorado; sister-in-law, Laverne Viers of Sherman; grandchildren, Paul Viers, Jordan Hogue and her husband Chad, Austin Bench, Trever Bench, Cody Niemann, and Conner Niemann; great granddaughter, Lillyan Anell Viers, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate Buddy's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, at Waldo Funeral Home chapel with Rev. David Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at Akers Cemetery with Austin Bench, Trever Bench, Paul Viers, Conner Niemann, Cody Niemann and Larry Bench serving as pallbearers. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Waldo Funeral Home.

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James Monroe Gann
Aug 4, 1925 - Jun 15, 2016

In Memory of
James M. Gann
August 4, 1925 - June 15, 2016

James Monroe Gann, 90, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 15, 2016. He was born on August 4, 1925 to Ben Carlton Gann and Carrine Rochell Gann in Thornton, Texas. James was raised at the Corsicana State Home. After graduating, he joined the Navy during WWII. Returning home he worked for Grand Prize till they closed then took a job at Ms. Bairds Bakery where he retired. During his retired years he also worked at Cargill and Coastal Grain Inspection. He was President for Humble AARP twice, took part in the senior activity center and enjoyed Bingo at the Catholic Church, eating at the Old Geezers Lunch, playing dominos with all his friends and spending time with family. This last December, he was presented with a plaque at the Nimitz Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg for his service in the Navy during WWII. There is a memorial set up in his honor at the State Orphans Home Association in Corsicana. James is preceded in death by his wife, Modene Sibley Gann; brothers, John Earl Gann and Ben Carlton Gann Jr.; and sister, Lucille. He is survived by his only daughter, Melodye Westmoreland and husband Benny; grandchildren, Darin Westmoreland and wife Amber and Dammon Layne Westmoreland and wife Presley; nephew, John Gann and wife Susan; and nieces, Melodye Brooks and Carrine Bernshausen and special friend, Sandra Milum.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm at Brookside Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 1pm in the Grand Chapel of Brookside Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery. In honor of Monroe Gann, donations can be made to the State Orphans Home Association. Att: Lynn Taylor 1818 Maplewood Ave. Corsicana, TX 75110.

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Wanda Sue (Minchew) Arriaga
Dec. 16, 1946 - April 15, 2018

Wanda Sue Minchew Arriaga, 71, of Waco, went to be with the Lord on April 15, 2018. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2018, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Drive, Waco, with Pastor David Cozart officiating. Burial will follow Rosemound Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, with Rosary at 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Wanda was born in Corsicana, TX, on December 16, 1946, to Elbert and Beulah Mae Minchew. She moved to Waco with her parents and sister, Willie Antham and brother, Billy, when she was 10 years old. Wanda worked at Piccadilly Cafeteria for 16 years and retired in 2001. Wanda enjoyed car rides while listening to music, watching several favorite TV shows, and most of all, spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. Wanda had the strongest faith in God and lived to be obedient to the Lord. Over the years, Wanda faced many medical obstacles, but through her faith in God and the strength he gave her, Wanda tackled each situation like a true soldier of God. Every day she continued to smile and still only worry about others; just awaiting her blessing of coming face to face with Jesus.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Beulah Mae Minchew; son, Freddy Perez; brother, Billy Minchew; and niece Sherry.

Wanda is survived by her sister, Willie Antham, and brother-in-law, Lawrence Monteilh. Life sisters, Joyce Perez and Yvonne Collins; sons, Victor and Frank Perez; daughter, Sophia Garcia; son, Ernest Chavez and wife, Regina; daughter, Christina Lopez and husband, Daniel; son, David Chavez; step-daughter, Mekamie Olivarez; life son, Andre Perez; daughter, Marie Rodriquez and husband, Sol; and youngest baby girl, Dolores Lopez and husband, Oscar. Grandchildren, Dina, Jessica, Melissa, Rita, Martha, Robert, Jerry, Nicholas, Joseph, Adam, Anthony, Matthew, Sidney, Gabriel, Makala, Isac, Rudy Rey, Justin, Veronica, Brook, Josh, Marisa, Miranda, Luis, Ariana, Christian, Abigail; along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephew.

Special thanks to four very special Baylor Scott & White nurses, Christina, Kelly, Vicky and Soccora; and to the rest of the doctors and staff who went above and beyond for us all.

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Veta (Markle) Smith
Jun 30, 1929 - Jan 13, 2015

SMITH, Veta Veta Smith, 85, entered into eternal peace on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Veta was born in LaQuilla, Texas on June 30, 1929, to James Elmer and Eleanor Edella Markle. Known for her strength of character, her grace, and fierce love and loyalty to her family and friends, her influence will be felt far beyond the three generations she leaves behind. After graduating from Corsicana High School, Veta married Walter Allan Smith in 1946. They met at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Home for Widows and Orphans in Corsicana, Texas, in 1941. She loved and cherished her husband every day of their 63 years together. Professionally, Veta retired from Republic National Bank of Dallas in 1986 after a 37 year career and was one of the first women to be named Vice President of Banking during the 1970s. Known fondly as "Nana" to all who loved her she remained keenly interested in the lives of her friends and family until the day she passed away. Veta was an intelligent, strong, forward thinking, compassionate and loving woman who we were all very privileged to have in our lives. Veta leaves to treasure her memory a daughter, Donna Chereck and her husband Bob; three grandchildren, Amanda Campbell and her husband Greg; Andrew Chereck and his wife, Meghan; Adam Chereck and his wife, Emily; four great grandsons, Bennett Gregory, Lucas Walter and Miller Robert Campbell; Rylan Adam Chereck; and one long awaited great granddaughter, Emma Katherine Chereck; numerous nieces and nephews and many precious loving friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three brothers and one sister.The family is grateful for the professional, loving and tender care that Veta received from the physicians, nurses and staff at Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Funeral services will be at 3:00 pm Saturday, January 17 in the Abbey Chapel of Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas. Interment will follow the service. The family will welcome family and friends at the home of Donna and Bob Chereck. In lieu of flowers, donations in Veta's memory may be made to the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center 8845 Wagner Street, Westminster, CO, 80031 or: The Genesis Women's Shelter, 4411 Lemmon Avenue #201, Dallas, TX 75219.

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Addie Ruth Holleman
Feb 22, 1935 - Feb 12, 2017

In Memory of
Addie Ruth Holleman
February 22, 1935 - February 12, 2017

A memorial service for Ruth Holleman is scheduled for 10:00am, Saturday, March 11 at Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank, Texas with Dennis Kent officiating. Ruth was known for her heart, she was always there when somebody needed her. Ruth attended high school at the Corsicana Orphan’s Home and always enjoyed going back to the reunions. She worked for a photo lab and retired after many years of service. Ruth loved dirt track racing, watching episodes of ” Blue Bloods” and “Law and Order” on TV and most of all spending time with her family. She was a loving, caring lady who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ruth was preceded in death by her mother Annie Carpenter, best friend, Geneva McManus, sisters; Margaret, Mary Allene, Coralee and Betty, brothers; Morris and Reagan.

She is survived by her daughter Linda Gale Holleman of Stephensville, her faithful doggie Reanna, other family members and many friends.

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Cecil Ellalene (Maxwell) Cunningham
Dec 1, 1921 - May 7, 2016

In Memory of
Cecil E. Cunningham
December 1, 1921 - May 7, 2016
Obituary

Cecil Ellalene Cunningham, 94, of Arlington, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Moore Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Moore Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for visitation and refreshments at Moore Funeral Home on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Cecil was born in Mena, Arkansas on December 1, 1921 to George Allen Maxwell and Sophie Idalee Taylor Maxwell. Her parents died when she was a small child, so she was raised in the Corsicana State Home for Orphans. Cecil graduated from Texas State Home High School. She married Ben Howard Cunningham on December 21, 1942 in Denton, Texas. They made their first home in Denton and settled in the Arlington area in 1965. Cecil was employed with Gerald Savley Cleaners during the last ten years of her career. Her passions were God, family and country music.
Mrs. Cunningham was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Cunningham in 1994 and by her son, Jimmie Cunningham in 1999.
Survivors include her two daughters, CeCe Phillips and Susan Landers and husband Rick, one son, Larry Cunningham and his wife Anne, daughter-in-law, Pauline Cunningham, grandchildren: Shellie Stewart, Michelle Cunningham, Melanie Williams, Shawna Sullivan, Sean Cunningham, Scarlett Shockey, Marty Shockey, Robert Phillips, Hank Phillips, Michael Phillips, Heather Cunningham, Krystal Cunningham, Aimee Steele, Blake Wisdom and Haley Julin, 23 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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Keith Ross
abt 1956 - Apr 27, 2018

Keith Ross, 62, of Blooming Grove passed away Friday, April 27, 2018 at his residence in Blooming Grove.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

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Artelia (Johnson) Douglas
Apr 23, 1925 - May 11, 2018

Artelia Douglas was born April 23, 1925 in Calvert to Mary Johnson. She departed this life Friday, May 11, 2018. She was 93 years old.
Artelia grew up during the Great Depression and it was an ongoing struggle to attend public school. She was home schooled for many years, but during her teenage years, she was fortunate enough to attend George Washington Jackson High School in Corsicana.
Artelia loved to read chapter books, magazines, the newspaper and all genres of reading material. If the paper boy neglected to bring her the newspaper on any given day, she would quickly call the "Corsicana Daily Sun" Customer Service Department to inquire. She was known to say that the newspaper was her company. It kept her abreast of what was going on around her. She also rejoiced in her relationship with the Lord. Although she did not sing in public, she enjoyed singing hymns such as "Jesus, keep me near the cross," in the privacy of her living room.
Artelia married James Richard Douglas in December of 1942. Before his death they were contented to be married for over 40 years. Artelia was the mother to two daughters, Barbara Ann and Carol Ann. She showed love in her own way, caring about the well-being of others, but very serious and strong willed. She was a woman who was not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believed was right.
Visitation for the public will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at Eternal Rest Funeral Home in Ennis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at River of Life Church in DeSoto where Bishop Robert L. Nichols, Jr. serves as pastor.
Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Notes:

  • The Ennis obituary states that she is buried in Woodland Cem. in Corsicana.
  • The Corsicana Daily Sun- Thursday, May 17, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o James Richard Douglas; d/o Mary Johnson

Johnny Ray Pattison
May 20, 1944 - Mar 2, 2018
 
Johnny Pattison, 73, of Emhouse passed away on Friday, March 2, 2018 at his residence.
Visitation with the family will be held Monday, March 5, 2018 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation at 2 p.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Pattison Cemetery.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


 

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Johnny Ray Pattison, age 73, of Emhouse passed away at his residence on Friday, March 02, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born on May 20, 1944 in Corsicana, Texas.

He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a real man’s man. He could operate any type of machinery, from a backhoe, to a bulldozer and operating any type of equipment. He could fabricate anything. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends. Johnny worked for over 20 years for Texas Industries and after that he worked for Navarro County in the maintenance department. He could fix anything.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Kattie, his children and his grandchildren and his special four legged family member, Pipper.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home with funeral services following at 2:00 with Rev. Randal Whitt officiating.
Interment will follow in the Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse, Texas. Serving as pallbearers will be Cecil Ellis, Jackie Don McDaniels, Mac McGraw, Dean Harrington, Tommy Montgomery and Joe Kirk.

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Johnnie Louise (Patterson) Stough
Oct 10, 1923 - Mar 20, 2018
 
.Louise P. Stough, 94, a long time hairdresser of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Trisun Care Center.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home with a funeral service to be held 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Corley Funeral home.

Interment in Resthaven Memorial Park.

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Mrs. Louise P. Stough, age 94, of Corsicana, TX. passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at TriSun Care Center. She was born October 10, 1923 in Navarro County to Johnny L. Patterson and Eva Lindsey Patterson.

Louise graduated high school, got her cosmetology license and married Leon Stough in the early 1940’s. She and Leon owned and operated Stough Beauty Salon in Corsicana for almost 40 years. Louise loved to sew and crochet for her family. She loved working in the garden, and sharing the produce with family and friends. She loved fishing and enjoyed camping with her family, especially on the coast.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

She is survived by her children; Carl Stough and wife, Cathy of Corsicana and Kim Johnston and husband, David also of Corsicana. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Michelle Davis, Chad Davis and wife, Rachel, Dani Johnston and Tony Johnston and seven great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will be on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Father Edward Monk officiating.

Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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  • w/o Leon Manley Stough; d/o Johnny L. Patterson & Eva (Lindsey) Patterson

Wanda (Gunn) Brown
Nov 25, 1922 - Feb 17, 2018
 
Wanda Gunn Brown on Feb. 17, 2018 our precious mother Wanda Gunn Brown, age 95 was rewarded her Heavenly Wings. Born on November 25, 1922 in Kosse, Texas to O. B. and Mayme Faust Gunn she was the sister to Billie Kirk, Edrie Anderson, Doris Comer, Louise Wireback , Nadine Gunn, Gaynell Elliott and her brothers C.B. Gunn and Rex Gunn. Mother married at age 17 to Eural S. Brown and they were married 55 years until his death in 1993. Our Mother lived in the Pursley community for many years. She worked on the farm alongside our Daddy helping anyway that she could. She hoed many a cotton row. She always said "The weeds grew faster than the cotton and the rows were so long". Mother was a tough woman that endured and persevered. After being out of school for 27 years she was determined to go LVN Nursing school where she graduated at the top of her class and was so proud. She worked at Navarro Memorial Hospital on the 11 to 7 shift as floor charge nurse on the surgical floor. She was an excellent caring nurse who loved her job. On Sunday mornings she always went to church regardless of how tired. Mothers favorite hobbies were antiquing, talking politics, watching her stock market and tending to her flower garden. Mother loved cooking for her family and church. Mother never had a credit card and said "If you can't afford to buy something then work until you can". She never had a cell phone and the first time she cooked with a Microwave she was scared of the thing. Mother was mad because she had to pay for cable to watch her own TV. Mother always said "You kids were raised a simple country life" Well those were the best years of our life! We never had to lock our screen doors, we slept with the windows open and mother was never worried about putting us on a school bus. She knew we would be safe and good at school. She never witnessed groups of protesters and never worried about shootings at school. We had guns in our home and they were used for recreational shooting and for hunting. Mother took us fishing and took us to the beach. We were taught discipline, respect and love for one another and our neighbors by our mother. Our mother was a devout Christian who loved her Westhill Church of Christ and loved to talk to people about the Bible. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and sister. She had so much fun with her dear sweet friends that she saw throughout her lifetime. Her surviving children are David and Linda Brown, Dianne and Bobby Compton, Donna and Terry Lough and Jerry Dennis Brown all from Corsicana. Her Grandchildren are Jason and Angie Lough of Midland, Rachel and Dean Wilson of Stephenville, TX., Joe Bob and Stephanie Compton of Dawson, John David Compton of Corsicana and Jerod Allen Compton of Corsicana. Amy and Brent Sharpley of Corsicana, Beth Hartman of Chesapeake, VA, and Josh and Laura Brown of Houston. Great grandchildren are Brittany and Josh Putman and their daughter Karter of Blooming Grove, TX., Dylan Bruce of Plano, TX., Jourdan Bruce of Edmond, OK., Jacob and Drea Hartman and their children Aden and Zion of Abilene, TX., Lacey and Tyler Crites of Virginia Beach, VA. and Jesse Hartman of Chesapeake, VA., Adam Compton of Corsicana, Aaron Compton of Corsicana, Alston Compton and wife Jessica and daughters Leah and Adalyn of Ft. Worth, Dawson Lough and Cooper Lough of Midland. Nephew-Charles Ray and Margo Alford of Pursley and Niece- Carole and Joe Waddill of Denton. The family would like to extend our appreciation and love to Brenda Barron for setting with Mother at the hospital. Mother always Loved You. Special thanks to Dr. Mudhee Mudduluru and the nursing staff at Navarro Regional Hospital and to Dr. Kent Rogers and Family First Hospice. Our gratitude goes to Heritage Oaks and their employees who took care of mother the past 3 years. Thank You! Visitation will be Tuesday afternoon at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home from 1:30pm - 2:00pm. Funeral services will follow at 2pm in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Compton, Jon Compton, Jerod Compton, Jason Lough, Adam Compton and Josh Brown. In lieu of flowers our mother would appreciate memorials be made to the Westhill Church of Christ, 3400 W. Hwy 22, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Sarah Beth (Claxton) Canales
Feb 8, 1964 - Feb 19, 2018
 
Sarah Beth Canales, 54 of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 8, 1964 in Ennis to Charles Edward and Carolyn Sue Wafer Claxton. Sarah was a nurses aid at Park Row (Country Meadows,) Twilight, Heritage Oak West and Ennis Care Center. She enjoyed fishing anywhere she could. She also loved to tamales and cooking.

She was preceded in death by mother, Carolyn Sue Claxton and brother Charles Claxton Jr. She is survived by her husband Tommy Canales; children, Lisa O'pry husband Burnis, Crissy Marquez, Angela Thomas and husband Roy, son Nick Slovak; 10 grandchildren; father, Charles Claxton; sister Darla Louise Claxton and husband Reginald Glover.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Stephens. Interment to follow at Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Richard Canales, Daniel Canales, Roy Thomas, Burnis O'pry, Reginald Glover, Justin Thomas.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Shirley Ann (Schafer) Hurley
Dec 12, 1944 - Jan 16, 2018

Shirley Ann Hurley, 73, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at Trisun Care Center. Shirley was born Dec. 12, 1944 in Vancouver, Washington to Theodore R. and Evelyn (Bibb) Schafer. She was a member of a Baptist Church and was a seamstress for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Hurley, her parents, a son Steven Gomez and a brother Ted A. Schafer.

She is survived by her brother, Roger Schafer of Corsicana; nephews, Jason Schafer of Frisco, Jeff Schafer of College Station, Carl Schafer of Corsicana; a niece, Becky Chrene and three great nephews and nieces.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery with Rev. Floyd Peterson officiating.

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Johnny Lynn Wood
Aug 29, 1960 - Apr 11, 2018
 
Johnny Lynn Wood, 57, of Corsicana and a former longtime resident of Dawson, went to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Trinity Assembly of God Church located on West Highway 31 and Corbet Road in Corsicana with Rev. James Williams, Rev. Wayne Hargraves and Rev. Ken Berry officiating.
Graveside services to follow at 4 p.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13 at Trinity Assembly of God Church.
Johnny was born Aug. 29, 1960 in Dallas to Joe and Eva Sue (Jones) Wood but moved to Dawson when he was nine years old. He was a graduate of Dawson High School and was an avid Dawson Bulldogs sports fan. Johnny also was a member of the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department and worked in maintenance at several businesses around Dawson and Corsicana including the Tiger Tote, the Dawson Laundromat, Bealls, J.C. Penny's and the Cen-Tex Work Center. Johnny was a member of the Trinity Assembly of God in Corsicana and also attended the First Assembly of God Church in Dawson. He loved God, his church, Christian music, and his family and friends. Johnny never met a stranger and he would give you the shirt off of his back but not his red suspenders.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patsy Wood and his special Mom, Clara Lee (Clara-Clara) Williams.
Survivors include a brother, Joe Wood of Kerens; aunt, Eva Roland and two cousins, Michael and Buddy. He also had his very special family, Wayne and Jackie Hargraves, Randy, Kathy and Cory Porter, Matt, Ashley, Sadie and Maddison Porter, Joan, Ashtyn and Dakota Delagarza and Rudy Delagarza; special friends, Carolyn Richard, Lisa Miller, Margaret Crabtree, Karen Hulsey, Tanya Lunsford and Martha Fay. He is also survived by his church family and many other friends.
Pallbearers will be James Stringer, Rudy Delagarza, Cory Porter, Matt Porter, Dewey Hargraves Jr., Wayne Brown, John Langford and Tommy Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be the Dawson VFD.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Carolyn Richard at Outreach Health Services and Ryne Watson at Guardian Home Health Care.

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Bobbie Faye (Brazzel) Pope
abt 1932 - Feb 16, 2018

Bobbie Faye Pope age 85, of Weatherford passed away Feb. 16, 2018. She was born in Corsicana to Ira Artie Brazzel and Minnie Lee Shivers Brazzel. She retired at the age of 45 as a savings and loan manager. After retirement, Bobbie and James moved to New Mexico where she found great reward singing in the choir at The First Baptist Church of West Albuquerque. Bobbie and her beloved husband of 67 years enjoyed spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren after moving back to Weatherford to be closer with them.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her father Ira Artie Brazell; mother Minnie Lee Shivers Brazzel; son Randy Howard Pope and sister Floy Dowd.
Bobbie is survived by her husband and retired minister James Howard Pope; son Michael Lynn Pope and wife Jettie; daughter-in-in-law Barbara Pope; grandchildren Stacy, Chris, Jason, Justin and Jeff; great grandchildren Austin, Carter, Avery, Will, Sam, Charlie, Jordynn, Hunter, Koen, Gideon, Naomi, Xander, Evalynn, Titus and Henry.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. Graveside services to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Gary Pope will officiate.

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Julia Mae (Griffin) Crawford-Hull
Mar 12, 1928 - Jan 19, 2018
 
Julia Crawford Hull, 89, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana. She was born March 12, 1928 in Purdon to Houston Dewitt Griffin and Nora Mae Williams Griffin.

She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She spent her early years of life in Galveston. She returned to Corsicana in 1958 where she then joined Westminster Presbyterian Church. She had joyful heart for working and being with people, she owned Sew-N-Fabric store for many years and then later worked for Collin Street Bakery, Hand's Furniture, Cason's Flowers and sold real estate. She married Robert Thomas Hull on May 10, 2011 and together enjoyed six years of marriage along with traveling. She was a member of the Kinsloe House.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Worsham Crawford; her parents and five siblings.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Hull of Corsicana; daughter, Linda Denbow and husband Donnie of Corsicana; son, Bill Crawford and wife Pam of Corsicana; granddaughter, Laurie Watson and husband Mark of Corsicana; grandsons, Don A. Denbow of Corsicana and Corey L. Crawford and wife Amanda of Van Alstyne; great grandchildren, Hunter Denbow and friend Jenna Thomas of Corsicana, William S. McCoy of College Station, Trevor Denbow of Corsicana, Cathryn McCoy of Austin, Andrew Denbow of Corsicana, Mathew Crawford and Emma Crawford of Van Alstyne and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation with the family will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. Funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. John Blewitt and Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Presbyterian Children's Home & Services or to the United Way.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, Jan 19, 2018
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • w/o Worsham Crawford & Robert Thomas Hull; d/o Houston Dewitt Griffin & Nora Mae (Williams) Griffin

Jerry Allen Beasley, Jr.
Jul 7, 1964 - Jan 19, 2018
 
Jerry Allen Beasley of Corsicana went to be in the loving arms of Jesus on Friday evening, Jan. 19, 2018. He was born July 7, 1964 in Corsicana to Jerry Allen Beasley Sr. and Jane Conner Beasley.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents J.T. and Clara May Beasley and Mae Lea Conner and uncles Carlton Beasley and Buddy Beasley.

Jerry is survived by his parents Jane Conner Beasley and Jerry Allen Beasley, Sr.; aunts and uncles Linda and Marcus Menton, Barbara Beasley of Cleburne, Andie Beasley of Corsicana, Drucy Boatman of Vernon, Betty and Bobby Whitley of Palestine, Otis and Billie Conner of Corsicana and Ruth and Roland Laudan of Corsicana. Jerry lived with his parents all his life and was a blessing to all who knew him.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Monday, January 22, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Danny Reeves officiating.
The family is asking that memorial be made to First Baptist Church 510 West Collin Corsicana, Texas 75110, Texas Baptist Men 5351 Catron Drive Dallas, Texas 75227 or Samaritan's Purse at samaritanspurse.org.

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Roy Lee Gould
Mar 12, 1945 - Nov 27, 2015
 
Roy Lee Gould, 70, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. He was born May 12, 1945 in Wichita Falls. He married Marian Mishler Aug. 14, 1998 in Center City, Minnesota.. Roy had a degree from Biblical School of Theology. He was a brick mason and also served as a pastor for many years.. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother and sister.. Roy is survived by his wife Marian Mishler; children, David Ogletree and wife Terrie, Jon Ogletree, Tracy McElmurry, Michael Mishler, Debra Rush, Bradley Mishler and wife Debbie, Sue Smith and husband John, Julie Norris and husband Charlie; sister Elizabeth Davidson and husband Buddy. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Barry Whitehead officiating. Burial will be at Cryer Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carl Mishler, Jaron Wright, Michael Coe, John Ogletree, Lane Brady, Jaden Brady.. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missionary Baptist Church Music Department, 405 S. 15th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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Patricia Ann (Barham) McGraw
Mar 6, 1943 - Mar 12, 2018

Patricia Ann McGraw, 75 of Blooming Grove passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. She was born March 6, 1943 in Blooming Grove to E.O. and Margie Barham. She and her husband, Billy Wayne McGraw, made their home in Blooming Grove where they worked side by side for 25 years operating the Family Superette.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents E.O. and Margie Barham. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Billy Wayne McGraw; her children Gina Calhoun and husband Kyle, Todd McGraw and wife Liz, and Kasey McGraw and wife Wendy all of Blooming Grove and brother Bobby Barham and wife Carol of Corsicana.
Pat was affectionately known as "Nene" to her grandchildren, Andy Calhoun and wife Laura, Anna Hand and husband Kyle, Katie and Lainie McGraw, and Seth, Brooke, and Janey McGraw. She was also blessed with three great grandchildren, Gage, Grady and Evi Calhoun.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be 10am Friday, March 16, 2018 at Rose Hill Cemetery with Roy Hignight officiating. Pallbearers will be Andy Calhoun, Kyle Hand, Seth McGraw, Danny Wiggins, Josh Martin and Caleb Martin.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
 

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Melba Eline (Hanna) Keele

Sep 13, 1940 - Oct 16, 2017

Melba Keele, 77 of Kerens, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 16, 2017 at her residence. She served many years as manager of the Kerens Shell Jr. Mart in Kerens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Keele in 2008.

Melba is survived by her daughters, Marsha Deagen of Ennis and Beverly Jennings of Kerens; son, Jimmy Keele and wife Traci of Kerens; sisters, Doris Alsup and Delores Cheatwood and husband Gary of Cuthand, Patricia Richter and husband Dale of Calhoun, Louisiana; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at Paschal Funeral Home with Rev. David LaFlore officiating. Interment to follow in the Prairie Point Cemetery.

Pallbearers are: Terry Kelm, Bobby Bain, Larry Glasgow, Jason Engle, Billy McManus and Mike Thompson.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

Notes:

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

  • w/o Jimmy Arvel Keele; d/o Hughie Larkin Hanna & Ludie Mae (Allsup) Hanna buried in Cuthand Cemetery, Cuthand, Red River Co., TX


Wanza Ruth (Smith) Jones
Apr 13, 1936 - Apr 1, 2016

Wanza Ruth Jones, 79 of Corsicana, passed away Friday. April 1, 2016 at the Ennis Regional Medical Center in Ennis.  Mrs. Jones is survived by her husband of 62 years, Frank Jones of Corsicana; son, Joe Jones of McQueeny; daughters, Charlotte Rhodus of Richmond, Missouri and Teresa Smirl of Richland; brothers, Clyde Smith of Corsicana and Quincy Smith of Quinlan; seven grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Kerens First Baptist Church.  Funeral service to follow at 3 p.m., at the Kerens First Baptist Church and the Burial service will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be members of the family.

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Thomas Leslie McMillan
Jan 24, 1984 - Dec 8, 2017
 
Thomas McMillan, 33 of Kerens, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at his residence.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11,2017 at the Kerens First Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Bro. David LeFlore will officiate and burial will follow in the
Kerens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

He is survived by his parents, Butch and Clara Jo McMillan of Kerens; brothers, Tony McMillan and wife Ruthie of Kerens and Lance McMillan of Kerens; grandmother, Mary York of Corsicana; nephews, Robert Lee McMillan and wife Twynett of Ft. Hood and Scott McMillan of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.

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Newt Lynn "Mooney" Holloway
May 24, 1929 - Mar 11, 2018
 
Newt Lynn "Mooney" Holloway, 88 of Kerens, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at his residence.

Mooney was born May 24, 1929 in Kerens to Newt Holloway and Maida Barnes Holloway. He was a city mail carrier for 32 years in Kerens and was owner of the Hubbard Livestock Barn for 24 years.

Preceded in death by daughter, Maida Holloway Bryson.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Kerens First Baptist Church with funeral service to begin at 2 p.m. Rev. Kathy Collier and Bro David LeFlore to officiate and burial to follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy Tramel, Brent Holloway, Bruce Franklin, Bradley Mathis, Terry Tolveer, and Sonny Warren; Honorary Pallbearers are, Dale Crawford, Sandy Kirby, Russ Crawford, Tommy Darby, Joe Baxter, Roy Kamp, Homer Gene Wasson and Gooley Orr.

He is survived by his wife, Sug Holloway; sons, Rickie Holloway of Trinidad and Paul Holloway of Kerens; brother, Glenn Holloway of Youngsville, Louisiana; sister, Audrey Timpa of Garland; 10 grandchildren, Brent Holloway, Melissa Eakin, Nicole Holloway, Shannon Holloway, Billy Tramel, Heather Knotts, Tez Warren, Sonny Warren, Bobbie Bryson and Rene Madden along with 10 great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home

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Bonnie Lee (May) Ingram
June 19, 1935 - Apr 8, 2016

Bonnie Ingram, 80, of Kerens, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.

Mrs. Ingram was a member of Kerens First Baptist Church. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed both tole and oil painting.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ingram of Kerens; son; Kenneth Wayne Ingram of Carrollton; daughters, Karon Purcell of Fairview and Karla Watson of Crandall; nine grandchildren and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Kerens First Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. With Bro. David LeFlore.Pallbearers will be grandsons.

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William Harold "Bill" Mims, Jr.
May 27, 1949 - May 24, 2018

William H. "Bill" Mims, Jr., 68, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Allen Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.


 

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Mr. William H. “Bill” Mims, Jr., 68, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. He was born on May 27, 1949 in Corsicana to William Harold Mims, Sr. and Vivian Marie Gray Mims.
He was a truck driver for many years, and had a love for being outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Stephen Mims.
He is survived by his wife, Vernia E. Mims of Richland; step-son, Clyde Edwards and wife Carol of Corsicana; step-daughter, Amanda Edwards of Dallas; Step-granddaughter, Aundria Edwards of Dallas; step-great granddaughter, Cassidy Edwards of Dallas; sisters, Bobbie Gonzales, Bessie Brooks, Kim Duckworth.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Allen Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

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  • s/o William Harold Mims, Sr. & Vivian Marie (Gray) Mims
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Edward Eugene Cooper
Apr 10, 1930 - May 17, 2018

Edward Eugene Cooper, 88, of Corsicana passed away May 17, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born April 10, 1930 in Italy, Texas to Eugene and Marie Vaughn Cooper.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018 with a funeral to follow at 11 a.m. in the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Johnson officiating.
Interment to follow at 2:30 p.m. in the Derden Cemetery in Covington.

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Edward Eugene Cooper, age 88, of Corsicana passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born on April 10, 1930 in Italy, Texas to Eugene Allexander Cooper and Marie Louise Vaughn Cooper.

Mr. Cooper spent most of his life as a carpenter and a horse trader. Best known as the “watermelon man”, he spent many years selling watermelons out of the bed of truck in Corsicana. He was still selling watermelons when he was 88 years old. He loved to fish and hunt. Mr. Cooper served in the U S Army and loved his Lord and his country. His service in the military was cut short when he came home to help his mother in taking care of his father who was seriously ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sons; Gary Wayne Cooper and wife Patsy, Ricky Eugene Cooper and Bobby Joe Cooper. His is also survived by his grandchildren, Gary Wayne Cooper, Jr. and Meagan Iroms, Kevin Cooper and wife Lindsey, Kristopher James Cooper and Glenda Darlene Kelly, Johnny Eugene Cooper, Mathew Casselberry and several great grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Burial will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM in Derden Cemetery in Covington, Texas.

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James Earl "Jim" Minick
Oct 16, 1930 - Nov 3, 2017

James Earl Minick, 87, of Corsicana was called home Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 to sing the praises he loved to sing before the throne of heaven.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at Westside Baptist Church.

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One of God's saints, James Earl Minick, age 87 of Corsicana TX, was called home to sing the praises he loved to sing so much here on Earth and sing them directly before the throne of heaven on November 3rd, 2017 just after 7:00 pm. He was ready and joyfully waiting to return to his heavenly Father that he loved so much. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 22 years and 2 of his many biological and acquired children at the time of his departure from this earth.

Jim was born in Burkburnett, TX to George Ulrick and Ala Belle Minick on October 16th,1930. He attended high school and joined the US Navy in Wichita Falls and served as an Airman in a very rough tour in Hawaii from 1951 to 1955.

He was dearly loved by most and tolerated by few! He had a quirky sense of humor which consisted of a tad bit of sarcasm and a just bit of bluntness. He had an infectious laugh and a voice that sounded like an angel. Jim loved the Lord with all his heart and the light that shone on him was a lighthouse to many!

Jim was preceded in death by his sister, mother and father and one of his sons; Danny Newlan of Corsicana

Jim is survived by 9 children and their spouses. David Minick of Tumwater, WA., Lynne Minick of Salem, OR., Richard Minick of Little Elm, TX., Linda Robb and husband, Kerry of Warren, OR., James (Ed) Minick and wife Sheila, of San Diego, CA., and Joann Bridger and husband, Bill, Connie Schwartzlander and husband, Marty, and Tammy Meehan, all of Corsicana, TX, along with a great number of grand and great grand kids!

Visitation with the family will be held at Corley Funeral Home from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7th at Westside Baptist Church, 1522 North 24th Street, Corsicana, TX. With Pastor Larry Talbert officiating. Jim will be laid to rest at Younger Cemetery immediately following the service.

Dad, we are all looking forward to seein' ya later!

Memorials may be made to Westside Baptist Church at 1522 N. 24th Street, Corsicana, TX. 75110.


Martha Nell (Fultz) McDonald
Dec 7, 1928 - Mar 15, 2018
 
Mrs. Martha Nell McDonald, formerly of Richland, TX, went to be with her Lord and Savior March 15, 2018 at 89 years of age. She was born December 7, 1928 in Richland, TX to Sammie Ellis Fultz and Ethel Irene Fultz.

Martha married the love of her life, James McDonald, September 5, 1946 and they made their home in Richland, TX for more than 64 years. Martha’s love for her family was a priority in her life. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, gardening, and spending time with her family. Martha spent her career with the US Postal Service retiring as Post Master in Richland. She was a woman full of strength, beauty and steadfast love. She had the most stunning blue eyes, laughed easy, and loved well.

She was preceded in death by her husband James, father Sammie Ellis Fultz, mother Ethel Taylor and sister Jessie McDaniel.

She is survived by daughters Barbara (Joe) Nelson of McGregor, TX, Brenda Combs of Corsicana. Grandsons; J. Todd (Susan) Nelson of Lexington, KY, Mark (Calli) Nelson of Weatherford, TX, Chad Combs of Long Island City, NY, Josh (Wendy) Combs of Portland, OR. Seven great-grandchildren; Madelyn Nelson of Annapolis, MD, Marshall and Melisa Nelson of Lexington, KY, Bud, Brady and Katelyn Nelson of Weatherford, TX, and Lennon Nicole Combs of Portland, OR. Sisters, Evelyn Adams of Orange, TX, Billie McNeel of Corsicana, Wanda Neeley of Rockwall, TX, Earlene (Don) Slaughter of Corsicana as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 18th at Corley Funeral Home from 4:00-6:00p.m. Service will be Monday, March 19th at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00a.m. with Grandsons Rev. J. Todd Nelson & Rev. Mark Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Richland Cemetery. Pallbearers; Mike McNeel, Chad Combs, Josh Combs, Bud Nelson, Marshall Nelson and Brady Nelson.

The family was blessed to have loving caregivers. Lisa Bradley who called Martha “Nell” as well as the Staff at Heritage Oaks West and Family First Hospice. A special thanks is extended to Dr. Kent Rogers.

Memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Care Center.

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Annie Mae Harris
Mar 13, 2018

Annie Mae Harris, 89, of Kerens passed away March 13, 2018 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at the Mt. B. Zion Baptist Church.

Interment will follow at the Samaria Cemetery. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Demone Maurice Brown
Sep 4, 1981 - Mar 6, 2018

Demone Maurice Brown, 36, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in McKinney. He was born September 4, 1981.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018 at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at New Bethel Baptist Church with Min. Tessie Johnson and Rev. Earnest Betts officiating.

Interment to follow at Samaria Cemetery.
 

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Linda Lou (Jarrett) White
Mar 13, 1936 - June 22, 2017

Linda L. White, 81, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie. She was born March 13, 1936 in Cisco to John Weldon and Emy Lou Jarrett.

She was a retired educator with Corsicana Independent School District.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bell White, III and her parents.

She is survived by her son, John Cullen White and wife Amy; grandsons, John Jarrett and Jacob Michael White all of Ennis.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Oakwood Cemetery with Mr. Buddy Markham officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Foundation in her memory.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Mary Elizabeth (Thornton) Blissette
Dec 22, 1937 - June 1, 2016

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Blissette, 78, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1937 in Ferris to Willie Frank and Minnie O'Briant Thornton.

She was an active member of Second Avenue Baptist Church.

Mary greatly loved her Lord, Jesus Christ, her husband Billy, all her family and church family. She loved to laugh and joke; was fun spirited, and it was always a joy to be in her presence.

She loved to spend time with her grand and great-grand kids and always longed for their visits. She also enjoyed spending time in her flower garden and cruising around in fast cars.

Her Christian character was well known to all whom had the privilege to be in her presence. She really enjoyed spending time with her church family, singing, learning God's Word, and fellowshipping together. Christ was a huge part of her life and this fact was evident in her character and actions.
She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends who look forward to seeing her again in Heaven with her Savior, Jesus Christ, along with all who would trust in Him alone for their Salvation.

She was preceded in death by her son, Johnny Eugene Long; a great granddaughter, Diana Kay Weeks; parents, Frank and Minnie Thornton; brothers, Billy and Gene Thornton; and a sister, Lillian Offield.

She is survived by her husband, William B. Blissette; daughter, Diane Brown of West Tawakoni; sons, Gary Long of Corsicana and George Long of Combine; grandsons, Joshua Long of Corsicana and Brian Long of Van; granddaughters, Stephanie Showalter and husband Johnny of Paris and Kimberly Blissette of West Tawakoni; great granddaughters, Alexis Weeks and Kaydance Hardee of Paris; great grandsons, Alton, Randy, Darry Eastep and Fisher Spann of West Tawakoni and Aron Childress of Paris; brother, Johnny Thornton and wife Carol of Montgomery; sisters, Joyce Cunningham of Burleson and Becky Paramore of Georgia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a big host of friends.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. On Monday, June 6, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Dawson officiating.

Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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Nora Jeanette (Purifoy) Skelton
Aug 9, 1923 - June 29, 2016

Nora Jeanette (Purifoy) Skelton, 92, of Hillsboro passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, after a sudden stroke.

Jeanette was born Aug. 9, 1923, in Corsicana to Russell Albritton Purifoy and Nora Etta (Billie) Boyd Purifoy.

She studied library science at Texas Women's University.

On Sept. 17, 1944, Jeanette married former schoolmate Charles William Skelton, who was on leave while serving in the Pacific Theater as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy.

After the war, Jeanette and Charlie lived in College Station, where he attended Texas A&M.

After Charlie's graduation with a degree in Electrical Engineering, the couple moved to the Dallas suburb of Irving to raise their family. She was employed by Texas Utilities, first in their Irving office and later in their training center near Athens.

Later they lived many years in the East Texas community of Calendar Lake, where Jeanette organized and established the community library now named in her honor.

Jeanette, Grandma or Granny as she was known to her family, was cheerful, industrious, generous and practical. She was never still and cultivated numerous skills and hobbies that she used to enrich the lives of those around her.

She loved being outside working in her yard, hand-quilting intricate quilts for family members, painting ceramics, and "putting up" jelly to give to friends and neighbors.
Making another gift of her time and energy, Jeanette delved into genealogy on both sides of the family. She spent hours researching, walking old cemeteries, and writing letters to document her findings.

After moving to Hillsboro in 2008, she became an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. She especially enjoyed monthly meetings of the Bible Study Circle.
Jeanette Skelton was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years and one son, Russell Fairfax (Rusty) Skelton.

She is survived by sons, Charles W. Skelton, Jr. and wife, Maria, of Kauai and David Boyd Skelton MD, and wife, Roberta, of Hillsboro; Daphne Skelton, widow of Rusty; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Her family will host a memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro with Pastor Jo Ramsey officiating.

Her ashes will be scattered at the Purifoy family plot at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

The family wishes to publicly thank Divine Living and especially caregivers Ella Abston and Victoria Southern for their kind, faithful and dedicated service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 301 Old Brandon Road, Hillsboro, TX 76645 or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements made by Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors.

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Janice Lenore (Culberson) Tate-Bailey
Apr 26, 1923 - Jul 2, 2016

Mrs. Janice Lenore Tate Bailey, 93, passed away on July 2, 2016 in Georgetown.

She was born on April 26, 1923 in Winnsboro to James Robert and Etoile (Whittington) Culberson.

Mrs. Bailey was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana. She served her community through her positions held on the Red Cross Board and the NCADC in which she was a founding member.

She loved her family, friends, and her church.

Among her many accomplishments she wrote a newspaper column for the lovelorn in the 1960's under the pseudonym Jan Webster. She wrote religious songs and was one of the first contact lens spokespersons for Texas State Optical wearing some of the first contact lenses in the state.

She was preceded in death by Ollie Knox Tate, their son Terry Knox Tate, their daughter Mary Lee Sanders, and Cecil Bailey.

She is survived by her son, James Glenn Tate and wife Kayann; grand-daughters, Caron Burris and husband Keith, Kim Benifield; grandson, Jim Cosco and his wife Linda; nine great-grandchildren and six great great-grandchildren; cousins Marquis Whittington and his wife Mary Ellen, Judith Johnson, David Rhodes, Charlene Lee, and Carolyn Kay.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Corley Funeral Home.

Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at
Oakwood Cemetery.

Officiating the service will be Rev. Cory Brand of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

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Barbara Sue (Hable) Percifield
Dec 6, 1937 - Jun 30, 2016

Barbara Sue Percifield, 78, passed away at Life Care Hospital in Plano on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Barbara was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Corsicana to Bob and Sue Hable.

She was preceded in death by her two sons, David and Bobby Percifield.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Percifield of Plano; grandchildren, Robin and Paul Percifield of Flower Mound and numerous other relatives.

Barbara fought a long hard fight against diabetes.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016 in
Oakwood Cemetery, 700 N. 15th St. Corsicana, with Father David Roseberry officiating.

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Mary Franchel (Thompson) Johnson
Apr 2, 1930 - Oct 23, 2017

Mary Franchel Thompson Johnson passed away peacefully at her home in Corsicana on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. She was born in Corsicana on April 2, 1930 to Wilbur L. and Opal Meagher Thompson. She was the third of the four Thompson children. She attended Corsicana public schools and graduated from CHS in 1947.
Mary attended Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee and transferred to SMU in 1949 where she graduated in 1951. At Ward Belmont, she was the student body president, going by the nickname of "Duck" because of the mallard tail feathers she wore in her fedora. At SMU, she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority.

While at SMU, Mary met Walter Johnson during a blind date organized by mutual friends. During their courtship, Walter would sell a pint of blood to have money to take her to dinner, and they liked to go to Love Field in the evenings to watch the planes land. The couple was married on Oct. 17, 1951 at the Thompson home in Corsicana.

While Walter was serving his country in Korea, Mary began her career as an educator in Corsicana in 1955. She taught at Lee and Bowie Elementary, and was an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa Educators Sorority.
Mary took a break from her career to concentrate on rearing her family in the mid-60's. She welcomed sons Cal and then Dan, and spent her days caring for and teaching her two children.

In 1975, she began teaching again at James L Collins Catholic School as a fifth grade and elementary/middle school history teacher. Her passion for Texas history was obvious and her excitement for the topic inspired her students. More even than her topics, she wanted to instill in her students the importance of treating each other with respect, kindness, and compassion. Mary touched many young peoples' lives and it has been common to hear former students claim that Mary Johnson was their favorite teacher. She retired for good in 1995.

Mary loved activities with her family and they almost all involved the outdoors. She was an avid bird-watcher but didn't maintain a list. She loved hunting and fishing,
and had the confidence and patience to usually "out-do" the men. She loved to travel and see different sights and country whenever she could. Her excitement for these things was contagious, and she passed these passions along to those she knew and loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur L. Sr. and Opal Thompson; her husband of 57 years, Walter C. Johnson; Brothers Wilbur L. Thompson Jr., and W.R. "Bob" Thompson.

She is survived by her sons, Walter Calvin "Cal" Johnson, Jr. of Colombia, Missouri; Daniel Johnson and Robin Baity of Garland; Sister Carole Ann Wilson and husband Bill of Hideaway, Texas; Sisters-in-laws Thelma Thompson of Georgetown, Estelle Summers of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Idalee Lyons of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Carolyn Heffington of Willis, Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the team of caregivers who took such diligent care of Mary for the last several years which allowed her to be at the home she loved and where she felt most comfortable. Thanks to Ella Humphrey, Jaqueline Struggs, Francis Crittendon, Shamika Reynolds and Sholondria Bryant. Additional thanks to Janice Johnson and Miriam Bravo.

f you wish, please honor Mary Johnson by making a memorial donation in her honor to the charity of your choice.

Visitation with the family was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home with Dr. Mark Luera officiating. Burial followed at
Oakwood Cemetery.

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