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Ammon Louise Martin
Sep 2, 1907-Aug 28, 2000

Ammon Louise Martin, 92, of San Diego died Monday. She was born in Corsicana, Texas. Mrs. Martin was employed as a dressmaker. Survivors include her husband, Frank C. Martin; and sister, Henri W. Lopes of Providence, R.I.
Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. today, Anderson-Ragsdale Mortuary, 5050 Federal Blvd., San Diego. Services: 2 p.m. tomorrow, Phillipis Temple CME Church, 2933 National Ave., San Diego.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • San Diego Union Tribune, Sep 1, 2000

Modena Miller
Jun 9, 1923 - Nov 4, 2000

Modena (Deanie) Miller, 77, of Austin passed away at her residence on Saturday, November 4, 2000. Born June 9, 1923, in Corsicana, Texas, Deanie was the daughter of A. J. Edrington and Alan Sue (Shipp) Edrington. They preceded her in death, as did her three brothers, Everett, Micky, and Roland Edrington.
She married Orville G. Miller on March 3, 1945, and they moved to Austin. Though she worked outside the home for short periods of time, she was a stay at home mom and will be remembered as being a generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a long-time member of the Church of Christ in Hyde Park.
Lovingly known as "Deanie", she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Orville; her daughter, Kaye Miller Mallett of Austin; her son, Dennis Miller and his wife, Nancy of Corpus Christi; her sister, Ruth Garner and husband, W.T. Garner of Longview, Texas; three grandchildren - grandson, Ryan Mallett of Austin, granddaughter, Sharon Miller of College Station, and a grandson, Kevin Miller of Corpus Christi. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, other loving relatives and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at the Memorial Chapel of the Cook-Walden/ Capital Parks Funeral Home, with Mr. Roger Price of the Church of Christ in Hyde Park officiating. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.
For those desiring, memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of Christ in Hyde Park, Post Office Box 4011, Austin, Texas 78765. Modena (Deanie) Miller, 77, of Austin passed away at her residence on Saturday, November 4, 2000.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • Austin American Statesman, Nov 7, 2000

Lucy Mae (McDonald) Davis
Oct 25, 1914 - Nov 7, 2000

Services for longtime educator Lucy Mae McDonald Davis will be at noon Wednesday at Salem Institutional Baptist Church, 3918 Crozier St. in Dallas. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Evergreen Chapel, 6449 S. Houston School Road.
Mrs. Davis, 86, died Nov. 7 of natural causes at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
She was a dedicated educator who helped train and encourage other teachers and school administrators, said friend and colleague Dr. T. R. Lee. "Mrs. Mac was the most dynamic person you'd ever want to meet," said Dr. Lee, who worked in the Dallas Independent School District for 40 years. He said Mrs. Davis trained and influenced him and many of his associates in the district and others. Mrs. Davis was on the faculty of the Prairie View A&M University for 35 years.
She was also the director of a Prairie View A&M extension program housed at Dallas' Bishop College. Many educators came to her and the extension program to earn advanced-education degrees. She was particularly committed to supporting blacks in their pursuit of higher education, friends and family said. Mrs. Davis earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Prairie View A& M University. She also did graduate work at New York University and North Texas State University, known today as University of North Texas. Mrs. Davis began her teaching career in the Ferris Independent School District in 1935. She worked there for more than 50 years as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and acting superintendent. She helped guide the district through integration during the 1960s. "She was a role model for the community," said Memeh Weeks, 54, her niece. "She was a very quiet, kind and powerful lady." Ms. Weeks, a motivational speaker in Dallas, said she drew much of her inspiration from her aunt. "She was my hero."
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Anthony "Tony" Davis, whom she married in 1940. He was the founder and publisher of The Dallas Weekly. She was born on Oct. 25, 1914, in Corsicana. The family moved to Ferris, Texas, where she received her early schooling. She completed high school and junior college at Jarvis Christian College in East Texas.
"She was thought of as being one of the greatest educators in this century," Dr. Lee said.
In addition to her niece, Mrs. Davis is survived by a nephew, Cleveland Kelly Coleman of Dallas.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • Social Security Death Index: LUCY M DAVIS 25 Oct 1914 07 Nov 2000 (P) 75181 (Mesquite, Dallas, TX) (none specified) 451-56-3742 TX

  • Dallas Morning News, Nov 14, 2000

  • Carver Memorial Park, Ferris, Dallas Co., TX

Florence Lavern Melton
Mar 14, 1928 - Dec 2000

Florence Lavern Melton died Wednesday in Warrensburg, Mo. She was born March 14, 1928, in Corsicana, Texas. A retired seamstress, Mrs. Melton had been a resident of Blue Springs, Mo., for the last four years and a prior resident of Irving. Mrs. Melton is survived by three daughters, Betty Stephens, Patricia Steptoe and Kathy Thomas, all of Irving; a son, Erskin Melton of Little Elm, Texas; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Sybil Ottwell of Greenville, Nettie Molanders and Betty Reeves, both of Dallas, and Lois Amburn and Jeanette Randall, both of Terrell. Funeral services were held Saturday at Chism & Smith Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • Dallas Morning News, Dec 10, 2000

Nona Ella (Purifoy) Splawn

Nona E. Splawn

Riverside (CA) Press Enterprise, March 16, 2002.
NONA E. SPLAWN, 105, died Monday at Linda Lee Adult Foster Care Home in Ashland, Ore. Born in Corsicana, Texas, Mrs. Splawn lived in Riverside 55 years until she moved to Ashland in 1996. She was a teacher at First Baptist Church in Riverside for more than 45 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Ellen Burns of Oregon and Peggy Wynes of Arizona; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Hirt of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. March 23 at First Baptist Church in Riverside. Interment will be in Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside. Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland is handling arrangements.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • SSDI: Nona Splawn; b. 22 July 1896 - 11 Mar 2002; 550-24-4299


Nona Ella (Purifoy) Splawn

Riverside Press Enterprise 7 April 2002 How many footsteps in 105 years? Even the strongest heart will wear down, and wear out. Nona Ella Splawn took a last, easy breath March 11. She passed away gently in the Oregon care home where she no longer recognized beloved family photos and mistook her daughter, Ellen, for her own mother, long dead. Nona's soul, her family will smile and tell you, is surely resting with her God. But an important journey remained.
One last wish. Nona wanted her body carried back to Riverside. Home. In a house built of large, carefully fitted stones on La Cadena Drive and in the Sunday school classroom at First Baptist Church of Riverside.
Nona raised a large family of blood and a larger family of faith. They were pretty much the same in Nona's eyes. "Those sparkling blue eyes that would challenge you," said daughter Ellen Burns. Her calling was the little ones. The 3- and 4-year-olds. As anyone who's tried can tell  you, that's a special calling. But for more than 45 years, Nona Splawn taught some of the youngest members of her church family to trust in God. She used flannel boards to teach Bible lessons in a way she believed wouldn't be forgotten. She was always buying new flannel figures to join her DeMille-size cast of Biblical characters. Nona had a way. "Her voice was very low," said friend Nellie Hough, "and when a child would act up, as they sometimes do, she would look them in the eyes and say 'I love you. I love you. I love you.' And so the child would settle down." She was a Purifoy, out of Corsicana, Texas, born of pioneer stock July 22, 1896. Nona was the ninth of 11 children. She wanted to be a teacher. In 1917, she stepped before her first class in a one-room schoolhouse outside Corsicana. "It was one of those little burgs that aren't there anymore because the town has grown so much," said Ellen. Nona taught until 1919, when she married Clark Splawn, a bookkeeper and the man with whom she would spend the next 71 years. The path they shared led them to Ventura in 1934 and Riverside in 1941. On March 4, 1951, Nona and Clark joined First Baptist, which at the time was on 9th and Lemon in downtown Riverside. Clark became the caretaker and custodian. Nona volunteered to watch the young ones during Sunday service. That was how it started. Nona and Clark moved with the church to its home on Alessandro Boulevard in the mid-1960s, and Nona kept teaching.
When the stone house became too much for them to keep up, Nona and Clark became the first residents of Rubidoux Manor, honored guests of the Riverside senior home built by the Baptist Church. Clark died in 1990, at age 92, and Nona said she was ready to join him. But God, Ellen said with a smile, had other plans. Apparently the world still needed a good example. "And she didn't fight with the Lord," Ellen said. Longtime housekeeper Jeanette Smith said Nona began to lose her balance, but never her sense of humor.
"She would bump into a wall and say, 'Hi, so good to see you,' " Smith said. "And she would bump into another wall and she would say, 'Hello, how is your morning?' " Nona fell and broke a few bones, and just before her 100th birthday, the family decided it was time for her to move to Ashland, Ore., to be near Ellen. Four months shy of her 106th birthday, Nona slipped quietly away. The nurses cried. Ellen and her husband prayed and rejoiced. It was time. Riverside said goodbye to Nona March 23 at First Baptist Church. Her church family remembered Clark as the man who pointed them in the right direction on their wedding day, sending them down the aisle at just the right moment. They remembered Nona caring for Clark so tenderly in his final years. Family and friends shared memories of that stone house on La Cadena with the warm, welcoming heart and the fish pond out back. Two nephews and the niece she helped raise when their mother died recalled Aunt Nona's love of homemade peppermint ice cream. After the service, family and friends paused by a table upon which Ellen and Nona's other daughter, Peggy Wynes, displayed some of their mother's treasures: two small porcelain cats, a rhinestone necklace, a few of Nona's favorite silk scarves, a pair of gray dress gloves. "She loved to look nice," said Peggy. "She never wore earrings or lipstick, but she liked to look nice. One strand of beads actually was plenty. She would never think of going overboard."
Nona took thousands of pictures with her Brownie camera. Ellen and Peggy displayed three large collages of smiling family members and friends that had hung on the walls of her room at the care home. The women's committee served a lunch of fried chicken, one of Nona's favorites, green salad and pink parfait. If Aunt Nona were there, said niece Judi Lux, she would surely be taking lots of pictures, moving groups of people like a general leading her troops and posing them just the way she wanted them. Nona Splawn saw one full century and moments of two others. She outlived her 10 brothers and sisters, her husband and her son, Aubrey. She leaves behind two daughters, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren (with two more on the way) and uncounted numbers of her Sunday school children. She now shares a plot with Clark at Crestlawn Memorial Park. You might have passed Nona on the street without noticing. She was a quiet woman with white hair and a sweet smile. On a good day she stood maybe 4 feet, 11 inches. "Otherwise she was a giant, in her faith in the Lord and her concern for others," Ellen said. "She taught so many generations. She was just everybody's grandmother."

Donand McKinley "Don" Wyatt
 Jun 21, 1936 - Mar 19, 2002

Don M. Wyatt, 65, of Trinidad passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. John Cullen and Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David McKee, Larry Tomlinson, Don Smith, Larry Baker, Harold Sanches, Hal Inman, Bob Clark and Danny Kinkade.

Mr. Wyatt was born June 21, 1936 in Corsicana to Kenny and Mary Myrtle Wyatt. He was a 1954 graduate of Corsicana High School and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He worked for the United States Postal Service for 36 years and retired as postmaster of Kaufman in 1992. He was a member of Cedar Creek Lake United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Navarro Shriners Club, was a 32nd degree mason, was a member of Scottish Rite and Corsicana Blue Lodge, Karem Shrine, and was currently serving as national vice president of postmasters retired.

Survivors include his wife, Edie Wyatt; daughters, Wendy Farr and husband Keith of Caddo Mills, and Kelly Kirkland and husband Gerald of Kaufman; son, Michael Smith of Dallas; grandchildren, Whitney Farr of Caddo Mills and Matthew Young of Kaufman; and brother, Herb Wyatt and wife Juana of South Padre.

Memorials may be made to Texas Scottish Rites Hospital, P.O. Box 149300, Dallas, Texas 75219-9300; or Robert Christ Scholarship Fund, in care of Helen Craft, P.O. Box 735, Procter, Texas 76468.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  • 1st wife Lrue (Hagan) Wyatt married Jan. 20, 1959 2nd wife Edith L. “Edie” (Wrotenberry) Smith-Wyatt married Jan. 9, 1993

Janie Mae (Ellis) Ketchum-Brown
Oct 7, 1914 - Mar 20, 2002

Janie Mae Brown, 87, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2002 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mrs. Brown was born Oct. 7, 1914 in Corsicana. She was a very loving mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis J. Brown Sr.

Survivors include her sons, Travis J. Brown Jr. and wife Teresa of The Woodlands, and Joe Ketchum and wife Flo of Dallas; granddaughters, Kimberly Ann Brown of Atlanta, Ga., Stephanie Smith of Dallas and Stacy of Hawkins; grandson, Klark Allen Brown of The Woodlands; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


  • w/o John Tinsley Ketchum & Travis Jim Brown; d/o Joseph Garland Ellis & Lilla Mattie (Wilson) Ellis

Melvin Ray 'Pete' Kendall
Jan 17, 1928 - Mar 20, 2002

Melvin Ray "Pete" Kendall, 74, of Navarro Mills passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2002 in Purdon. He was a 20-year cancer survivor.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Brother Bobby Reid and Brother Bobby Cave officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Glorybound gospel group Ronnie Slater, Brandon Cave, Donnie Grounds, Bobby Benton, Bobby Matthews, Martin Jenkins, Paul Ferguson, Darwin Freeman, Bill Hill, Dustin Hill, Mary Slater and Dianne Summers.

Mr. Kendall was born Jan. 17, 1928 in Dawson. He was raised in the Brushie Prairie area, and married Frances Thomas Nov. 27, 1948.

He served in the U.S. Army from March 1946 to October 1947. He trained at Fort Chaffe, Ark., and served as a medical aidman in Yokohoma, Japan. He worked at Oil City Iron Works and American Rockwool in Corsicana as a welder and in the maintenance department.

He moved to Lake Jackson in 1966 and worked at the Dow Chemical Company in Freeport as an operator in the glycerin department. He retired in 1986, moving back home to Navarro Mills.

Mr. Kendall was an active member of Navarro Mills Baptist Church, serving as teacher in his Sunday school class and playing in his dobro in the choir. He was a member of the Glorybound southern gospel group for 13 years, playing his dobro and doing recitations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Farris and Corry Lois Kendall.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Frances Kendall of Navarro Mills; son, Jackie Ray "Jack" Kendall; daughter-in-law, Becki Kendall; granddaughter, Sarah Kendall, all of Lewisville; brothers, Joe Kendall and wife Joyce of Dawson, and Bill Kendall of Eureka; brother-in-law, Roy Thomas and wife Pauline of Barry; sisters-in-law, Lorene Sykes and Betty Honea, both of Corsicana; 11 nieces and nephews, 21 great-nieces and nephews, five great-great-nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Cedar Lake, 625 N. Main St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Clarence Zale French 
Jan 3, 1936 - Mar 18, 2002

Clarence Zale French, 66, passed away Monday, March 18, 2002 in Kaufman.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker-Ashworth Chapel in Kaufman. Interment will follow at DFW National Cemetery.

Mr. French was born Jan. 3, 1936 in Purdon to Lafford and Lillian Kennemore French. He was raised in Purdon and later entered the U.S. Air Force. After the service, he moved to Dallas and in 1999 he moved to Kaufman. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 745 Union.

Survivors include his sons, Steve French and Travis French, both of Kaufman; daughters, Naomi French of Kaufman and Laura Wampler of Scurry; mother, Lillian French of Mesquite; sisters, Janette Wendland of Manor, and Linda Sue French and Betty Wiggins, both of Mesquite; and grandchildren, Casey, Travis Jr., Trevor, Justin and Brook.

Arrangements by Parker-Ashworth Funeral Home of Kaufman.

Yvette Michelle Lechuga
Apr 19, 1964 - Feb 9, 2002

Yvette Michelle Lechuga April 19, 1964 - February 9, 2002 Yvette was born in Los Angeles, and was raised in Austin. She died in Corsicana. She is survived by her mother, Hope Arellano; and brother, Eric C. Arellano, both of Austin; and a brother, Alfredo M. Lechuga, of Los Angeles. Also survived by her children, Roxie, Danielle, and Adam - (03/10/20 02) Austin American Statesman.

Betty (Beaumont) Brown

February 1993

Washington Times, Mar 25, 1993

Betty Beaumont Brown, 80, a portrait painter whose work has hung in the Capitol, the Air Force Academy and the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, died of natural causes Feb. 19 at a nursing home in Biloxi, Miss.

Born in Corsicana, Texas, she lived in both Jackson and Meridian, Miss., and attended the University of Mississippi. In 1941, she married Air Force Gen. C. Pratt Brown, following him to postings in Florida, Georgia and Brazil. In 1949, the Browns moved to Arlington, while he was stationed at the Pentagon. They settled in Bethesda in 1955.

Through the years, Mrs. Brown studied painting at American University. After Gen. Brown contracted multiple sclerosis in 1955, they spent their summers in North Carolina, where she received special instruction on painting. She continued to work on her portraits while taking care of her husband. Mrs. Brown was a member of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, the F Street Club, Columbia Country Club, the Army-Navy Club and the Sulgrave Club. She also was a lifetime member of the House of Mercy.

Gen. Brown died in 1982.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her sister, Nan Beaumont Word of Falls Church, and her brother, Chet Beaumont of Biloxi.

Services were held in Biloxi.


Palmer Smith
Dec 10, 1915 - Feb 14, 1994

Feb 1994

New Orleans Times Picayune, February 14, 1994 Palmer Smith, a retired employee of Gulf Oil Co., died Saturday. He was 78. Mr. Smith was born in Corsicana, Texas, and lived in Buras, La. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Ann Boone; three sisters, Oma Tanner, Grace Williams, and Jewel Jean James; a brother, John Thomas; and a grandchild. Visitation will be held today at 8 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home, in Corsicana. A graveside funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. in Richland Cemetery in Richland, Texas.


  • SSDI: Palmer Smith; SSN: 463-16-9291; Residence: 70041 Buras, Plaquemines, LA; Born: 10 Dec 1915; Died: 12 Feb 1994; Issued TX (Before 1951)

  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • WWII Veteran

Norma Ruth (Miles) Bryder
Nov 25, 1922 - Jul 31, 1994

St. Petersburg Times, Aug 3, 1994

BRYDER, NORMA RUTH, 71, of Clearwater, died Sunday (July 31, 1994) at home. She was born in Corsicana, Texas, and came here in 1972 from Hampton, Va. She was a homemaker and a Red Cross volunteer for 25 years. Survivors include two sons, Vernon M., Corsicana, and Christian J., Safety Harbor; two daughters, Paula A. Bryder, St. Petersburg, and Karen L. Bryder, Tampa; three brothers, Wayne Miles, Rockwall, Texas, Elbert T. Miles, League City, Texas, and Vernon Miles, Panama City; a sister, Zelda C. Montz, Athens, Texas; and five grandchildren. National Cremation Society, Largo.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington Co., Va

  • Social Security Death Index: NORMA M BRYDER, 25 Nov 1922, Jul 1994, 33615 (Tampa, Hillsborough, FL) 33615 (Tampa, Hillsborough, FL) 453-26-1851 TX

Jason Norwood Calhoun
1918 - Dec 11, 1985

Washington Post, Dec 15, 1985

Jason Norwood Calhoun, 67, an official with the U.S. Public Health Service who later worked for the American Public Health Association, died of cancer Dec. 11 at his home in Olney. Mr. Calhoun was born in Corsicana, Tex. He graduated from Huston-Tillotson College and earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Michigan. During World War II, he was a medical corpsman with the Army in the Pacific.

After the war, he moved to Philadelphia, where he joined the Public Health Service in 1953. During the 1950s and 1960s, he helped to establish public health programs in Iraq and Indonesia.

From 1967 to 1970, he was chief of education for the agency's Indian Health Service. He was a public health planner in Kenya before he was transferred to Washington in 1974.

He was director of the Office of Africa and Eastern Mediterranean Countries in the Office of International Health when he retired from the Public Health Service in 1976. For the next two years, he was an administrator with the American Public Health Association. He retired again in 1978.

Mr. Calhoun was a member of the American School Health Association, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Professional Association, and the National Association of Health Service Executives.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Harris Calhoun, of Olney; two sons, N. Anthony Calhoun, of Washington, and Jason H. Calhoun, of Columbus, Ohio; three brothers, Theodore C., of Austin, Tex., Samuel, of San Antonio, Tex., and Wilbur, of Corsicana; three sisters, Hatti Wilson, of San Antonio, Rosa Calhoun and Bessie Rogers, both of Corsicana, and two grandchildren.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington Co., Va

  • h/o Elizabeth (Harris) Calhoun

Billie D. Beasley

Tampa Tribune, May 20, 1995

BILLIE D. BEASLEY, 60, of Pinellas Park died Wednesday at home. A native of Kerens, Texas, he moved to this area in 1977 from Emory, Texas. He was a cable splicer for General Telephone, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, serving in the U.S. Air Force, and a member of Retired Enlisted Association, Air Force Sergeants Association and the National Association for Uniform Services. He is survived by his wife, Edna V.; a son, William A. of Palmetto; three sisters, Margaret Skipper and Dwenelle Bradley, both of Garland, Texas, and Dorothy Douglas of Corsicana, Texas; and two grandchildren. Osgood-Cloud Funeral Home, Pinellas Park. DELILAH E. BISSELL, 73, of Clearwater died Thursday at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo. She moved to this area in 1958 from her native Newcomb, N.Y. She was a laboratory technician for Eckerd Drugs, a school bus driver and a former member of Bethel Presbyterian Church. She is survived by three brothers, Everett West of Balston Lake, N.Y., Henry West of  Fort Edward, N.Y., and Warren West of Newcomb; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes, Belcher Road Chapel, Clearwater.


Gladys Roughton (Kinsolving) Young

Washington Times, March 1, 1996

Gladys Roughton Kinsolving Young, 97, a native Texan who had lived in Washington since 1941, died of cancer Feb. 25 at her home. Born in Navarro County, Texas, she attended schools in Corsicana, Texas, and Lausanne, Switzerland, before going to Mills College in California. In 1919 she married William Grady Kinsolving. After his death, she married William H. Young, chief of the bituminous coal division of the Bureau of Mines.

Mrs. Young worked with the Camp Fire organization for 64 years and was instrumental in forming the Potomac-area Council of Camp Fire Girls, of which she was president. She also served as secretary and vice president of the National Board of Camp Fire Inc.

Mrs. Young received the Luther Halsey Gulick Award and the Wohelo Order, the highet honor awarded to any Camp Fire member. She was involved in the Texas State Society and the Washington Club, where she was active until her death. She was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Texas. Mrs. Young was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Woman's National Democratic Club and the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Carey K. Miller Jr. of Boyds, Md.; two grandsons; and two great-grandsons.

Services will be held Monday in Texas.


Cordie (Carroll) Cox
Aug 11, 1914 - May 29, 1996

Baton Rouge Advocate, May 30, 1996


A homemaker and resident of Baker since 1945, she died at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 1996, at Lane Memorial Hospital, Zachary. She was 81 and a native of Corsicana, Texas. Visiting at Baker Funeral Home chapel, 6401 Groom Road, Baker, 10:30 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Thursday, conducted by the Rev. Michael Haines of Baker Church of Christ. Interment in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Survived by husband, Alvis B. Cox, Baker; a daughter, Nancy Joe Cox Barber, Baker; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald L. and Linda Cox, Baker; two grandchildren, Lori Cox Breland and Tori Cox Chiasson; and four great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Joe and Sarah Carroll; a granddaughter, Dana Cox Dixon; four sisters, and four brothers. She was a member of Baker Church of Christ.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA

Charles P. "Mike" Baxter
Sep 17, 1942 - Jul 12, 1996

An East Baton Rouge Parish school teacher and resident of Baton Rouge, he died Friday, July 12, 1996, in a Texarkana, Texas, hospital. He was 53, born Sept. 17, 1942, in Corsicana, Texas, and a former resident of Texarkana. Graveside services at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Texarkana, at 10 a.m. Monday, conducted by the Rev. Richard C. Allen. Survived by mother, Elizabeth Dixon Baxter, Texarkana; sister, Kaye Baxter, Texarkana; niece, Jennifer Baxter, Texarkana; and friend, Kathryn DuPuis, Baton Rouge. Preceded in death by father, Donald Baxter. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and a former Jaycee. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, Tenn., 38103. Texarkana Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Ruth (Clark) Reedy
Jul 22, 1915 - Sep 6, 1997

Baton Rouge Advocate, September 9, 1997


Retired library director of McNeese State University and a resident of Lake Charles, she died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, in a Lake Charles hospital. She was born July 22, 1915, in Corsicana, Texas, and a resident of Alexandria from early childhood until completion of her formal education. Visiting was at J. E. Hixson & Sons Funeral Home, Lake Charles, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Visiting at the funeral home 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday. Visiting at First Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m. until religious services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, conducted by the Rev. Tom Pass. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Pineville. Survived by several cousins and an extended family of many friends. Preceded in death by husband, John Francis Reedy; and parents, Emma Jarmon Clark and John Edward Clark. She attended elementary schools and Bolton High School in Alexandria, received a bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana College, Pineville, and a library science degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and had 24 hours of additional graduate study at LSU. In her early career she served as librarian at Rayville High School and at Lake Charles High School from 1942 to 1961. While at Lake Charles High School, she served as chairman of the steering committee for a 10-year self study for that school. Her library received the Louisiana Library Association Modisette Award for excellence. From 1961 to 1972, she served as librarian of the material center at McNeese State University and became library director in 1972. During several summers, she was a visiting professor at the LSU Library School and was an instructor, NDEA Institute in School Librarianship. After becoming director of the Lether E. Frazer Memorial Library at McNeese, she gained support from the administration for additional personnel, library materials and equipment. Under her administration, the budget for library materials quadrupled and the staff doubled.

She restructured the library's departments for greater efficiency, and established faculty meetings, departmental meetings and in-service training. She held memberships in local, state, regional and national library associations, served as president of the Louisiana Library Association, president of the Lake Charles Teachers Association, secretary to the Louisiana Library Association, executive director of National Library Week for the state of Louisiana, chapter council to the American Library Association, member of the board of regents of the Academic Task Force on University Libraries and was council member from the 7th District to the Louisiana Teachers Association (currently Louisiana Association of Educators.) She also served on the library development committee and was chair of the Modisette Awards committee. In 1980, she was presented the Essae M. Culver Award by the Louisiana Library Association. This award is given annually to individuals whose distinguished professional service and achievements have been of significance to Louisiana librarianship. She was a member of Southwestern Library Association and served as membership chairman, American Association of School Librarians and served as president, life member of National Education Association and president of Alpha Phi chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma. She was listed in Who's Who in Library Science and cited in A Biographical Directory of Librarians in the U.S. and Canada, Who's Who of American Women, International Who's Who and Who's Who in the South and Southwest. She conducted library workshops throughout Louisiana, served on the committee which wrote the School Library Standards for the State of Louisiana, served as chairman of most of the major committees of the Louisiana Library Association, appeared as speaker at professional meetings throughout the state, presented the Louisiana Library Association's highest awards, the Modisette and Culver awards, to recipients at state library meetings, served as consultant to school libraries in the state, served on many Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges reviewing committees and was chairman of Library Section of Louisiana Conference of Colleges and Universities. Her publications included articles in Library Journal, Louisiana Schools, Today's Education and The Bulletin of the Louisiana Library Association.

After retiring, she became involved in community organizations, serving as president of the Review Club of Lake Charles, president of the Calcasieu Forum and held memberships in the Lake Charles Symphony, Art Associates, the Louisiana Choral Foundation and St. Patrick's Hospice Group. She was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Lake Charles, received a life member award in Presbyterian Women and other activities included service to Christian Education Committee and Presbyterian Committee and she was a Sunday school teacher. Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church Education Fund, McNeese State University Foundation for the library, St. Jude Children's Hospital, American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.


Julia J. (Mirus) Siadous

New Orleans Time Picayune, February 3, 1999 

Julia Mirus Siadous, a retired registered nurse, died Saturday of heart failure at her home. She was 64. Mrs. Siadous was born in Corsicana, Texas, and lived in New Orleans for the past three years. She attended St. Martin's Episcopal High School, Louisiana State University and McLennan Junior College in Waco, Texas. She worked at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Survivors include two daughters, Paula Myers and Julia Murphy; a brother, Carl F. Mirus; and seven grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1101 S. Carrollton Ave. Burial will be in Corsicana.

Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • SSDI: Julia J. Siadous; SSN: 442-40-3281; Residence, 70118 New Orleans, LA; Born: 7 Jul 1934; Died: 30 Jan 1999; Issued: OK (1956 or 1957)

  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

Anna Mary (Pierce) Atchley
Oct 3, 1917 - Apr 30, 1999

Chattanooga (TN) Times, May 2, 1999

Anna Mary Pierce Atchley, one of the first women to practice pharmacy in Chattanooga, died Friday, April 30, 1999. She was 81. Mrs. Atchley received her bachelor of science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1939.

She was a native of Corsicana and graduated from Corsicana High School and Ward-Belmont College in Nashville.

She was a member of First Christian Church where she was elected one of the first women elders. She was past president of the Christian Women's Fellowship, a member of the Kemp Sunday School Class, and she was honored as an Elder Emerita.

Mrs. Atchley was preceded in death by her husband, Fielding Atchley. Survivors include a son, Fielding Atchley Jr., Signal Mountain; two sisters, Winkie Stroube and Bette Wells, both of Dallas; and three grandsons.

Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church with the Rev. Phil Summerlin and the Rev. Aline Summerlin officiating.

Burial will be at Chattanooga Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 3 to 6 p.m. at Chattanooga Funeral Home, West Chapel.

Memorial contributions can be made to First Christian Church, 650 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403 or to a favorite charity.


  • SSDI: Anna P. Atchley; SSN: 452-20-7849; Residence: 37343 Hixson, Hamilton, TN; Born 3 Oct 1917; Died 30 Apr 1999; Last Benefit Payment: 37405 Chattanooga, Hamilton, TN; Issued: TX (Before 1951)

  • Chattanooga Memorial Park, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TX

  • Corsicana High Class of 1935

  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

John Corley Tatum
Dec 28, 1920 - Oct 24, 1999

Wilmington (NC) Morning Star, October 25, 1999

John Corley Tatum, 1601 Hawthorne Road, Wilmington, N.C., died October 24, 1999, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center.

He was born December 28, 1920, in Corsicana, Texas, the son of the late G. Liston and Alice Corley Tatum. He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Lewis Tatum.

Mr. Tatum attended Kemper Military Institute, Rice University and the University of Texas.

He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, serving in India.

He joined his father as an independent oil operator in Corsicana, Texas, making his home there until he moved to Wilmington in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Bashford Tatum; his son, John Tatum Jr. of Dallas, Texas; his daughter, Lee Usnick of Houston, Texas; his stepson, Frederick Lewis III of Wilmington, N.C.; grandsons, John, Thomas, and Paul Tatum and William, Samuel and Thomas Usnick; brother, Dr. G. Liston Tatum of Port Republic, Maryland; and sister, Alice Tatum Andrews of Dallas, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 11 o'clock on Tuesday, October 26, 1999, at St. James Episcopal Church, Wilmington, N.C. with graveside services in Corsicana, Texas.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center, 1406 Physician's Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to the charity of one's choice.

Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.


Doug Curington

St. Petersburg (FL) Times, January 28, 2001

CURINGTON, DOUG, 97, of Clearwater, died Thursday (Jan. 25, 2001) at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Clearwater.  He was born in Corsicana, Texas, and came here in 1978 from Burlingame, Calif., where he worked as a tailor.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Betty; and a sister, Frances Speed, Houston. Moss-Feaster Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Fort Harrison Chapel, Clearwater.


Lynn Davis Weir
Nov 21, 1923 - Nov 29, 2001

November 2001

Washington Post, December 5, 2001

Lynn Davis Weir, 78, a member of First Church of Christ Scientist in Fairfax since she moved to the Washington area 22 years ago, died of cancer Nov. 28 at her home in Fairfax.

Mrs. Weir was a native of Corsicana, Tex., and a graduate of Pace University. She accompanied her husband, retired Air Force Lt. Col. John G. Weir, whom she married in 1944, on assignments to Europe and North Africa. He died in 1972.

Survivors include three children, Beverly W. Gilbert of Fairfax, John M. Weir of Rockville and Charles Davis Weir of Martinsburg, W.Va.; and six grandchildren.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington Co., VA

Emma J. (Roberts) Austin

Emma J. Austin, 71, born April 13, 1930 in Corsicana, Tex., passed away Sunday, November 4, 2001 at Adena Medical Center, Chillicothe, Oh. Preceded in death by parents Bee Ervin and Willie Mae Roberts, sister Imogene Pugh, and son George Austin, Jr. Survived by husband of 49 years, George Austin, Sr.; three children, Carnell (Terri) Austin of Tulare, Calif., Donald (Mary) Austin of Holyoke, Mass., and Theresa Austin of Urbancrest, Oh.; eleven grandchildren, Tashea, Talisha, Oliver III, Dawayen, Roshad, David, Kathy, Mike, Derrick, Alex, and Michel George; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Beatrice Lewis; special friend, Joe Dean Carter; other relatives and friends. Service of Memory, Saturday 10 a.m., in the chapel of DIEHL-WHITTAKER FUNERAL SERVICE, 720 E. Long St., where the family will receive friends 9 a.m. until time of service. Interment Green Lawn Cemetery.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee Mar 2002
    Columbus (OH) Dispatch, Nov 8, 2001

William Floyd Hamilton 

W. Floyd Hamilton

W. Floyd Hamilton, 91, of Richard Road, Simsbury, husband of Dorothy Lathrop Ellsworth Hamilton, died Friday (April 29, 1994) at Governor's House Convalescent Home, Simsbury. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Edwin of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Wentworth, and Christopher of Simsbury. He was predeceased by a son, Floyd of Annapolis, Md. In addition, he is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Spruill, and Winnie Lou Bush of Corsicana, Texas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Born in Navarro County, Texas, Jan. 9 1903, he was the son of the late James and Emma (Portwood) Hamilton and had lived in Simsbury since 1927. He was a graduate of Corsicana Texas High School, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., and received his Master's of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Sheffield School of Engineering at Yale University, New Haven. After graduating from Yale University in 1927, he joined the Ensign-Bickford Company, where he was employed until his retirement in 1973. While working at The Ensign-Bickford Company, he held many positions, including, Director of Engineering and Manufacturing, Secretary of the Company, and Executive Vice-President. Throughout his years of engineering and administrative experience, he held to the highest of professional and human values in his day-to-day activities. His mechanical genius and safety awareness for industrial process led to an abiding belief that safe operation was the keystone to the quality performance of industry's products. His active interest in the development of The Ensign-Bickford Company carried over into his civic activities on the School Building Committee, Flood Control and Erosion Board, Sewer Commission, and other activities. His personal character, positive attitude, sense of humor, concern for his family, and demonstrated love for life will forever be remembered. Calling hours will be Monday, May 2, 1994, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury. Memorial funeral services will be at First Church of Christ Congregational, Simsbury, Tuesday, 2 p.m. Interment will be private at the Center Cemetery, Simsbury.
Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Simsbury, Old Mill Lane, Simsbury 06070.


Lamont M. Temple
1915 - 1996

Hartford (CT) Courant, January 24, 1996 Lamont "Monty" Temple, 81, of West Hartford, the husband of the late Mary Ellen (Farrell) Temple, died Tuesday (Jan. 23, 1996) in West Hartford. Mr. Temple was a native of Corsicana, TX, but had lived in West Hartford for the past 50 years. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, where he served in the European Theater of operations. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Heublein, Inc. An avid collector and antiques dealer, Mr. Temple belonged to the CT Numismatic Society and the CT Railroad Collectors Club. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanne Harrigan and former son-in-law, Robert S. Harrigan, Jr., both of West Hartford; his grandchildren, Robert S. Harrigan, III of Vernon, Thomas M. Harrigan of West Hartford, and Jarrett J. Harrigan of Hartford; seven great-grandchildren, Brandi, Erin, Melanie, Shaw, Zachary, Christina, and Emily. He is also survived by his niece, Joyce Scholhamer in Texas. Funeral services will be this evening (Jan. 24), 7 p.m., in the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, followed by calling hours until 9 p.m. Burial will be at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Friends of Heublein Tower, P.O. Box 991, Avon 06001.


Eula (Wheeler) Bilbrow
Nov 22, 1904 - Mar 19, 2002

Eula Bilbrow, 97, of Waco passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at a Corsicana nursing home.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 1124 Washington Ave., Waco.
Services will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dennis, Ervin, James and Randy Richards.
Mrs. Bilbrow was born Nov. 22, 1904 in Barton, Ark. to John and Emmer Wheeler. She married John Bilbrow in 1934 in Hollis, Okla. They moved to Waco in 1940. Mrs. Bilbrow worked as a saleslady for Franklin Department Store. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and then attended Calvary Assembly of God Church for several years before moving to Corsicana eight years ago.
Mrs. Bilbrow was a very active volunteer in her community and was a member of American Legion Posts 121 and 440 and was past president of both, Rebecca Chapter 16, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, YWCA Senior Adult Independent Membership, Elks Club Lodge No. 166, Elks Lodge -- PBO No. 43, The Home League (retired volunteers) of The Salvation Army, and the Kate Ross Center for Senior Citizens.
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 19, 1963.
Survivors include her nieces, Lucille Bass of Chandler and Annie Mae Richards of Corsicana; nephew, Lessie Richards of Corsicana; great-nephew, Ervin Richards of Corsicana; and many other great-nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home of Waco.

Stanley Eugene Farrar
Dec 31, 1938 - Mar 21, 2002

Stanley Eugene Farrar, 63, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002 in Corsicana.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Merit Cemetery.
Mr. Farrar was born Dec. 31, 1938 in Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his father, George W. Farrar; mother, Clara Spillers; brother, George Roy Farrar; and sister, Janie Stevens.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Farrar of Corsicana; son, Michael Farrar and wife Diane of Corsicana; daughters, Lisa Crowder and husband Rusty of Hurst, Shermaine Bell and husband Phillip and Reachell Woodson, all of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, M.T. and Darlene Farrar of Corsicana; and 12 grandchildren.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Alice (Morgan) Loomis

Alice Loomis of Sherman and formerly of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Alice Maude Loomis

Alice Maude Loomis, 64, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2002 at Texoma Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm today at Griffin Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be at 11 am on Saturday, March 23 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Ward officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetary in Silver City.
Mrs. Loomis is survived by son Thomas Loomis of Sherman; daughters Debbie Loomis of Cardale, Pennsylvania and Rebecca Loomis of Corsicana; brother Bob Morgan of Chapel Hill; sister Mary Slaton of Homer, Georgia and six grandchildren.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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