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Annie Jewell (Threet) Reames
Oct 24, 1898 - Dec 28, 1967

Corsican Texas Sun, Corsicana, Navarro County, TX, Friday December 29, 1967

Reames Service is Held Today

Funeral services were held today at 4 p.m. at Corley Chapel for Mrs. Homer Reames who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.  The Rev. Robert Potts, pastor, of the First Baptist church of which she was a member, officiated.  Burial was in Resthaven Memorial cemetery.

She had resided in Corsicana the past 44 years.

Her survivors are her husband of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. George A. Watkins of Corsicana and Mrs. Harrell Gray of Tyler; her mother Mrs. Roxie Threet, Corsicana; one brother, Alton Threet, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Russell Reid, Corsicana, and Mrs. Tom McClain, Tyler; four grandchildren, Mrs. Richard Sullivan, Parsons, Kans., Miss George Ann Watkins and Tim Watkins, both of Corsicana, and Miss Cathy Gray, Tyler; and one great-grandson, Richard Sullivan Jr., Parsons, Kans.

Pallbearers were B. W. Lee, Allen Breithaupt, Roy Bristow, Truly Etheredge, Homer McNabb, John Finch and J. D. Ingham.


  • Submitted by Kenneth R. Britton - Mar 2002

  • Mrs Richard Sullivan is Linda Kay Watkins ...elw

Alex Eli (Bose) Beard

Corsicana, Texas Sun, Tuesday, October 1, 1968

A.E. Beard

A.E. Beaird, 88, a native of Ennis, Died this morning in Memorial Hospital.

Services have been scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at Emhouse with interment in Pattison Cemetery.

Surviving are five sons, Earl of Port Arthur, Ted of Houston, Lester of Emhouse, Wayne of Mexia and Robert of Iowa Park; Two daughters, Mrs. Janie King of Amarillo and Mrs. Vesta Hunter of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jess Beard of Abilene.


Clinton Wesley Roe 
Apr 4, 1910 - Mar 21, 1969

Corsicana, Texas, Daily Sun, Sunday, March 23, 1969

Charles W. Roe (this should be Clinton W. Roe)

Charles (Clinton) W. Roe, 58, owner of the City Bus Route and resident of Corsicana for 20 years, died Friday.  He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Funeral services are set Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Corley Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiating.  Interment will be in Hopewell cemetery.

He is survived by his wife; a brother Wilson Roe and a sister-in-law Mrs. Mabel Collins, all of Corsicana; three sisters—Mrs. E. B. Buchanan and Mrs. E. L. Charles of Anaheim, Cal; and Mrs. Louise Britton of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Cap Curington, Rufus Pevehouse, Bill Hutson, Scott Lowry, Guy Dean Watts, and W. C. O’Neal.


Ella Drane (Marsh) Roe
Nov 2, 1903 - Jan 28, 1979

Corsicana Daily Sun, Thursday, Jan. 29, 1970

Roe Services

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Chapel for Mrs. C. W. (Ella Drane) Roe who died Wednesday in Dallas.  The rites were conducted by the Rev. J. E. Hollingsworth with interment in Hopewell Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roy R. (Buck) Johnston, C. O. (Bud) Currington, Ed Blackburn, Elmo Hollingsworth, Harmon Boyd, and Alton Threet.


Jaradox A. "Jerry" Roe
Mar 29, 1891 - Apr 13, 1970

J. A. Roe Dies Monday

J. A. Roe, retired mail carrier, died Monday at Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.  A native of Kerens, he had lived in Corsicana for the past 70 years.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Corley Chapel, with L. W. Mayo officiating.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of Corsicana; one son, Jerry C. Roe of Corsicana; a grandson, Tommy Roe; a granddaughter, Jere Roe; and one brother, J. F. Roe, Corsicana.


  • Submitted by Kenneth R. Britton - Mar 2002

  • The Corsicana Daily Sun, Tuesday, Apr 14, 1970

  • Family Outline

  • 1st wife Minnie (Cates) Roe married Nov. 13, 1910 2nd wife Mae (McQuillan) Roe married Dec. 12, 1916 3rd wife Buena Vista Thomasine “Tommie” (Walker) Towns-Roe married after 1947 assumed buried in Kerens cemetery

Walker Houston Threet
Jun 27, 1910 - Dec 29, 1973

W. H. Threet

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Walker H. Threet, 63, 1806 W. Park Ave., who was dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital, Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack at Cedar Creek.  The Rev. Bruce Rogers and Rev. Leroy Reaves will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rice Cemetery with grandsons as pallbearers.

He was a retired guard for Corsicana Mobile Homes manufacturers and lifelong resident of Corsicana.  He was born at Emhouse and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Agnes Threet, Corsicana; two sons, Caleb Threet of Ennis and Billy Earl Threet of Corsicana, seven daughters, Mrs. Patsy Knott and Mrs. Marquita Newland, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Kitty Ruth Spurgeon of Ennis; Mrs. Beweeta Gazway of Bruceville, Texas; Mrs. Nancy Shackleford of Lubbock; Mrs. Sue Hargraves of Waco, and Mrs. Linda Crye of Angus; 27 grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Callie Barnes of Corsicana.


  • Submitted by Kenneth R. Britton - Mar 2002

  • Corsicana Daily Sun, Sunday, December 30, 1973

Clara Clifford (Penney) Roe
Mar 11, 1895 - Jun 6, 1974

Mrs. Roe

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. J. F. Roe, 79, resident of Corsicana, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Luther Crawford will officiate, and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

She was a native of Navarro County and had lived in Corsicana 16 years.  She was also a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include her husband of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Estelle Pickering and Mrs. Edna Adams both of Corsicana and Mrs. Ethelene Owens of Garland; five granddaughters, and one great-grandson; three brothers, Bazil Penney of Houston, Ernest Penney of Lake Jackson, and Earl Penney of DeRidder, LA; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Kerley of Kerens, Mrs. Ernest Braly of Corsicana, and a number of nieces and nephews.


Richard Alton Threet
Oct 29, 1908 - Dec 30, 1975

Alton Threet

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Alton Threet, 67, resident of Corsicana, who died Tuesday in the Temple Veterans Administration Hospital.

The Rev. Maurice McLeroy will officiate, and burial will be at Resthaven  Memorial Park.

He had lived in Corsicana 36 years, was employed with the Ford Agency 20 years in the parts department.  He was in the Medical Corps overseas during World War II, and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; a son, Louis Ridgway of Anchorage, Alaska; five grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Tom McClain of Tyler; and a number of nieces and nephews.


  • Submitted by Kenneth R. Britton - Mar 2002

  • Corsicana Daily Sun, Wednesday, December 31, 1975  

  • SSDI: Richard Threet, SSN: 463-30-4339, Residence: 75110 Corsicana TX; Born 29 Oct 1908, Died Dec 1975

  • TXDI: Threet, Richard A.  12-30-1975. Bell Co., TX; Male

Loyce Ben Adams
Jun 7, 1913 - Sep 1, 1976

L. B. Adams

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Loyce B. Adams, 63, resident of Corsicana, who died last night at Memorial Hospital.

Dennis Brecelius, Church of Christ minister, and the Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate, with burial following at Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Edna M. Adams of Corsicana; three daughters, Miss Linda Adams, Mrs. Jane Reeves, and Mrs. Sharon Fraley, all of Corsicana; his mother, Mrs. Ben Adams of Corsicana; three brothers, A. E. Adams of Corsicana, W. D. Adams of Orange; and K. E. Adams of Mexia; two sisters, Mrs. Allie Morris of Corsicana and Mrs. Wanda Williams of Mesquite; and a grandson, Jonathan Fraley of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Sumner, Boyce Adams, Darrell Adams, Gary Adams, David Haden, and Buddy Carroll.


  • Submitted by Kenneth R. Britton - Mar 2002

  • Note: Daughter, Sharon Kay Adams married Douglas Dewayne Fraley, son of John Walker & Loretta Alice (Forshaw) Fraley ...elw

  • SSDI: Loyce Adams; b. 07 Jun 1913; d. Sep 1976; 75110 Corsicana; 137-07-8094

  • TXDI: Adams, Lyce B. 09-01-1976; Navarro; Male

  • Corsicana Daily Sun, Thursday, September 2, 1976

Homer Augusta Reames
Sep 5, 1896 - Sep 20, 1977

Corsicana Daily Sun, Wednesday, September 21, 1977

Homer Reams (Should be Homer Augusta Reames)

Services for Homer A. Reams, 81, of Corsicana will be at 4 p.m. today in the Corley Funeral Home.  The Rev. Harold Lansford will officiate, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nora Reams of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. George A. Watkins of Corsicana and Mrs. Harrell Gray of Tyler; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Ray Carroll, Lee Mitcham, J. D. Ingram, Guy Poarch, John Finch, and Glifton Cartlidge.


Ermel Ledford Charles
Jul 5, 1905 - Apr 2, 1990

Corsicana Daily Sun, Friday, April 1990

E. L. Charles

E. L. Charles, 85, of Westminster, Calif., died April 2, 1990, in Westminster.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Corley Funeral Chapel.  The Rev. A. L. Cronk will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born July 5, 1905 in Italy.  He had lived in Westminster for 18 years.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.  He was a retired employee of Arnold Construction Co. in Anaheim. Calif.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Charles of Westminster; one daughter, June Snyder of Huntington Beach, Calif.; one granddaughter, Kathy Bodewicz of Junction City, Oregon; two great-grandsons; and one sister, Lillian Tabb of Houston.


James Cate (Jerry/JC) Roe
Oct 12, 1913 - Jul 18, 1990

Corsicana Daily Sun, Thursday, July 19, 1990

James Roe

James Cate (Jerry) Roe, 76, of Corsicana, died July 18, 1990, at his residence.

Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Rice officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Corley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was a practicing attorney for the Roe and Ralston firm for 48 years.  Prior to that, he worked in the county attorney's office, and also served as county attorney.  He was a member of the First Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tommie Roe, in 1980.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine Roe of Corsicana; one daughter, Jerre Williams of Grapevine; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Embry Ferguson, David Ralston, Joe Bell, Ferma Stewart, Will Hashop, Wade Blackford, Dave Ralston, and Ron Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Clifford Brown, John Corley and Louis Schwartz.


Agnes Leora "Peggy" (Rogers) Threet 
Dec 28, 1913 -  Jan 10, 1994

Agnes "Peggy" Threet, 80, of Corsicana died Jan. 10, 1994, in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the
Rice Cemetery, with Dr. David Hale officiating. Services under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

She was born Dec. 28, 1913, in Navarro County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walker Houston Threet.

Survivors include seven daughters, Kitty Spurgeon of Ennis, Bewetta Gazaway of Bruceville, Patsy Knott and Marquita Newland, both of Corsicana, Sue Heaton and Linda Vander Lann, both of Waco, and Nancy Northern of Corbet; two sons, Caleb Threet of Ennis and Billy Threet of Prairieville; 27 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues., Jan 11, 1994
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • From the collection of the Blooming Grove Historical Society
  • w/o Walker Houston Threet; d/o Henry Melmus Rogers & Maudie Leora "Peggy" (Headspeth) Rogers

Annette Estelle (Roe) Pickering
Dec 26, 1912 - Feb 12, 1998

Corsicana Daily Sun, Friday, February 13, 1998

Annette Estelle Pickering

Annette Estelle Pickering, 85, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 1998, in Corsicana.

Graveside services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery, with Rev. Fred Stevenson of Missionary Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Pickering was born in Navarro County on Dec. 26, 1912.  She was a member of Missionary Baptist Church since the early 1940’s.

Mrs. Pickering is survived by her sisters, Edna Adams of Corsicana, Thelrene Owens of Mesquite; four nieces, two great nieces and one great nephew.

Mrs. Pickering was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Pickering and daughter, Carol Ann Pickering.

Sam Houston Phillips 

Rites today for surgeon Sam Phillips

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Hill Mausoleum chapel for Dallas surgeon Sam H. Phillips, Jr.

Dr. Phillips, 71, died Saturday at C.C. Young nursing center of complications of a stroke he had April 3. He will be buried in Calvary Hill Cemetery.

He gave up a private practice to help develop the fledgling surgery department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, said Dr. C. James Carrico, chairman of the department.

Dr. Carrico said Phillips was among the Dallas surgeons who volunteered their services to help build the UT Southwestern department of surgery and establish partnerships with other Dallas institutions.

In addition to being a fine clinician, Dr. Phillips had people skills that allowed the school to combine residency programs with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dallas.

"He was the leader during that transition," Dr. Carrico said. "His patience, his kindness and his ability to deal with people and get them to work together was crucial in making that work."

Dr. Phillips also loved mechanical things, working on cars and computers, said his wife, Kathleen Phillips of Dallas.

He wrote a computer program for medical office management that he used and sold to several of his colleagues, Mrs. Phillips said.

A Dallas native, Dr. Phillips was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High Scholl. He did his premed studies at Southern Methodist University.

He served in the Navy during World War II, then received his medical degree from UT Southwestern.

After serving in the U.S. Public Health Service during the Korean Was, Dr. Phillips was in general practice in Dallas. he was the first chief of surgery at Presbyterian Hospital, Mrs. Phillips said.

Dr. Phillips returned to private practice after teaching at UT Southwestern and serving as chief of surgery at the VA medical center, Mrs. Phillips said. He retired several years ago.

Dr. Phillips was also proud of his ranch in Kerens, east of Corsicana. The state recognized the ranch last December for its century of operation by one family.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Phillips is survived by his daughter, Kathy Phillips of Dallas.


  • The Dallas Morning News Sep 30, 1997

Millicent Alberta (Milton) Sillaway
Oct 30, 1919 - Mar 30, 2002

Millicent Sillaway 

Millicent Sillaway of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002 in Arlington.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Millicent Alberta Minton Sillaway

Millicent Alberta Minton Sillaway of Corsicana passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002 at Medical Center in Arlington.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. Nanette Wyatt officiating. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Parkdale Cemetery in Arlington.

Mrs. Sillaway was born Oct. 30, 1919 in Elma, N.Y. to Arthur Perry Minton and Laura Mae Minton. She moved to Fort Worth in 1952, to Fort Davis in 1975, and to Corsicana in 1994. She retired as a store manager from Sears Roebuck in 1974. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Arlington, and was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She married Robert Ray Sillaway Jr. April 8, 1939, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Robert Ray Sillaway Jr. of Roane; daughters, Laurel Sillaway Boland of Arlington; grandchildren, Richard Wayne Boland of San Marcos, Jeanette Rae Boland and Mark Andrew Boland, both of Arlington, Robert Ray Sillaway III of Granbury and Rhonda Rochelle Sillaway of Florida; three step grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, one step great-great-granddaughter, and 12 loving nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 101 S. 30th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Wayne Turner (Bubba) Burkhalter, Jr.
Jul 29, 1950 - Mar 30, 2002

Wayne Turner (Bubba) Burkhalter, Jr., 51, of Chatfield passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002.

Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Mr. Burkhalter was born July 29, 1950 in Corsicana to Wayne Burkhalter, Sr. and Bobbie Sherrer Burkhalter of Corsicana. He was a lifelong resident of Chatfield and attended schools in Rice and high school in Corsicana. He received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science degree from Texas A&M in 1972 and a Masters Degree in Agriculture in 1978 from East Texas State University. He taught agriculture at Navarro College for 10 years and for the last 15 years at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. He sponsored many student judging, show cattle and rodeo teams.

He would have celebrated 28 years of marriage to Virginia (Ginger) Parten Burkhalter April 13. Playing guitar, singing, riding horses and working with his dad on the Rocking X occupied his spare time. He also loved country and western dancing and playing and singing with the Nitty Gritty Church Band that he called the "It's a Pity Church Band" at the Chatfield United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Central Texas Quarter Horse Association, Foundation Quarter Horse Association, American Simmental Association, National Cutting Horse Association, A.B.S. and was a supporter of the Navarro and Henderson County Youth Expos, serving as livestock judge for expos in these and many other counties across Texas. He made provisions to be an organ and tissue donor.

Mr. Burkhalter is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ginger) Parten Burkhalter of Chatfield; daughter Christina Putman and husband Joe; sons Benjamin Wayne Burkhalter and William Kyle Burkhalter; grandchildren Morgan and Devan Putman; sisters Sherry Bancroft and husband Charles, Judy Jones and husband Brent, Janet Wilson and husband Jim and Peggy Drain and husband Robert; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chatfield United Methodist Church or a scholarship fund at Trinity Valley Community College.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.



Athens Review

April 03, 2002

Students stunned by teacher's sudden death

By Art Lawler

Even in death, Wayne Burkhalter is teaching his students lessons about life.

The Trinity Valley Community College agriculture teacher and rodeo coach spent most of Saturday helping with a judging contest at the Henderson County Livestock Show, making students laugh even as they learned.

A few hours later the popular instructor was dead of a heart attack.

Monday morning, students still years away from coming to terms with their own mortality found themselves trying to come to grips with the undeniable lesson inadvertently delivered by their instructor: Life is fragile.

The 52-year-old Burkhalter, a Chatfield (outside of Corsicana) resident, had faced mortality head on in the past. Just two years ago he underwent triple-bipass surgery. And in recent days, students said he complained of being tired. But nobody expected what happened Saturday afternoon.

"We had just seen him two hours before he died," said Adrian Lane, a freshman student from Fairfield. "When we heard, I was just shocked."

Adrian called a friend and fellow student, sophomore Amy Calhoun. Most of the conversations that afternoon were similar to the one these two had:

"Did you hear about Wayne?" Adrian asked her.

"No," she said.

"He just passed away."

"What? Are you crazy?"

"No, this is for real."

"What kind of sick April Fools joke is this?"

Reality may take some time.

"It still hasn't sunk in," Adrian admits. "It doesn't seem like it happened."

Even in the midst of shock, the students are remembering their instructor as one of those rare teachers who could make students learn in a disciplined fashion and still be their friend.

All of them referred to him by his first name, Wayne.

"He was easy to get along with," Amy said. "He was a people person."

Jessica Wylie, a freshman TVCC student from Hubbard and the only female on the school's rodeo team, said Burkhalter's students knew he cared about them.

"He looked after all of us kids," she said. "He would have done anything for us. He loved us."

Burkhalter also seemed to have that one intangible for becoming a superstar teacher in the minds of students - he was cool.

"He was definitely the only teacher that was considered a friend," Jessica said. "We could chat up with him outside class. He was, like, very open minded. He would cut up with us, like he was one of us."

Adrian said he was the one teacher the students liked seeing after class hours.

"You couldn't beat him for a teacher," Adrian said. "He was definitely the best I've ever had."

He liked to see his students succeed.

"As a teacher he always made sure his students had hands-on experience," Amy said. "One of the last things he told me was that I was the voice of agriculture, because I (journalism student) do the writing about agriculture."

Amy, like the other students, had a hard time holding back tears for the teacher who had made such an impression on her.

Burkhalter leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Ginger, and three children.

The funeral was scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Glenda Kay (Gwen) Milton
Dec 2, 1953 - Mar 26, 2002

Glenda Kay (Gwen) Milton, 48, of Purdon passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be noon Tuesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Rev. Dairy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Carl Taylor, Roy Milton, Reginald Davis, Henry Johnson, Jr. and Johnny Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Mitchell, Robert Taylor, Claude Roberts and Fred Cunningham.

Mrs. Milton was born Dec. 2, 1953 in Kilbourne, La. She served as a member of the choir, president of the missionary board and member of the pastor's aid.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Celesta and Robert Taylor of Purdon; brothers Roy Milton of Purdon, Carlton Milton and wife Patricia of Chicago, Carl Taylor and wife Stephanie of New Orleans and Johnny Taylor of Dallas; sisters Mary Eustache and husband Victor of Chicago, Linda Milton of Purdon and Betty Ann Crew of Dallas; and aunt Margarett Wilder of St. Louis.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Joe-Nell (Ray) Redwine
Jun 6, 1935 - Jun 6, 1935

Joe-Nell Redwine, 66, of Weatherford and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2002 at a Fort Worth hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

She was born June 6, 1935 in Haskell. She lived in Corsicana and worked as a waitress for Old Mexican Inn for many years.

Survivors include her daughters, Yolanda Dilley of Weatherford and Brenda Wallace of Grandview; son, Danny Davidson of Houston; brothers, Rudy Ray of Weatherford, Steve Ray of Placerville, Calif., Bobby Ray of Iowa Park and Ronnie Ray of San Francisco, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel of Weatherford.

Clovis Leo Beaver

Clovis Leo Beaver, 82, of Corsicana passed away Monday, April 1, 2002 in Corsicana.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Ronny Mutina officiating. Graveside services will be held at Union Cemetery in Freestone County.

Honorary pallbearers will be 413 Signal Corps of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Mr. Beaver was born May 5, 1920 *(see notes) in Donie in Freestone County. He was a member of 413 Signal Corps of the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in Kragupak, India during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Beaver of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Linda Beaver and Duane and Chris Beaver, all of Corsicana; brother and sister-in-law, Edwin and Katherine Beaver of Teague; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jerry Tomanek of Farmers Branch; grandchildren, James Beaver and wife Stephanie of Fort Benning, Ga., Victor Beaver and wife Alicia of Oceanside, Calif., Paul Beaver and wife Heather of Haden Lake, Idaho, Timothy McRan of Indio, Calif., Cory Beaver of Corsicana, and Tina Wafer and husband Sidney of Corsicana; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


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 Don C. Warren
Aug 31, 1941 - Mar 30, 2002

Don C. Warren, 60, of Barry passed away Saturday, March 30, 2002 in Navarro County.

Memorial services were 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dan Rogers officiating.

Mr. Warren was born Aug. 31, 1941 in Desdamona. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and was awarded a Purple Heart. He retired as a local manager from the General Telephone Company after 25 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Warren of Blooming Grove; mother, Othel Warren of Mineral Wells; sons, Casey Warren and Scott Warren, both of Blooming Grove, and Shane Warren and wife Teresa of Corsicana; daughter, Natalee Warren of Plano; sisters, Ann Malone of McAllen and Betty Blakeney and husband Benton of DeRidder, La.; granddaughter, Andrea Hendrickson of Blooming Grove; and grandson, Zeke Warren of Blooming Grove.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 200 N. 13th St., Suite 102, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Ruby (Robinson) Baldwin

Ruby Robinson Baldwin, 78, of Corsicana, passed away March 31, 2002 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Wake services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Chapel in Corsicana. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Living God in Corsicana, with pastor Tishie Finley officiating. Interment will follow at Silent Grove Cemetery in Cheneyboro.

Mrs. Baldwin was born on February 24, 1924, in Navarro, Texas. She retired from Novins Jewelry Store in Dallas and was a member of the Church of The Living God CWFF where she served as church secretary. She was also a member of the choir and a member of the City Wide Women Convention.

Mrs. Baldwin is survived by her husband, Elice Baldwin, of Corsicana; a host of cousins including Florine and Rev. Joe D. Hubbard Sr., of Corsicana; and multiple nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and countless other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Glen Vernon Mobley
Jul 27, 1924 - Apr 2, 2002

Glen Vernon Mobley of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2002 in Temple.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Glen Vernon Mobley

Glen Vernon Mobley, 77, of Wortham passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2002 in Temple.

Private graveside services will be held at Birdston Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating.

Mr. Mobley was born July 27, 1924 in Opdyke, Ill. to Glenn and Eva Floyd Mobley. He graduated from Opdyke Community High School then served three years in the U.S. Navy. He received a bachelor of arts degree in social science from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. After serving six years in the U.S. Air Force, he was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Travis McKissack; and grandparents.

Survivors include several cousins including Ellis Roane and Marjorie Hutchcraft, both of Mount Vernon, Ill., Conrad Cook of Opdyke, Ill. and Betty Sisson of Walnut Hill, Ill.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Harry Lee Grounds
May 29, 1926 - Apr 2, 2002

Harry Lee Grounds, 75, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2002 in Corsicana. He was born May 29, 1926.

Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Harry Lee Grounds

Harry Lee Grounds, 75, of Corsicana went to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 2, 2002 after a lengthy battle with heart disease.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Pentecostal Church of God with his son-in-law, the Rev. Kenward Goode, and Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Music will be provided by the Glory Bound gospel singers. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Goode, Marty Goode, J.D. Stubbs, Chris Lassiter, Cavan Craddock, Gary Dyer, Charles Trompler and Randy Woodall. Honorary pallbearers will be the Rev. Wayne Mahoney, Donnie Gillen, Jimmie Hawkins, Ralph Dudley, Beryl Prestidge, Gayle Garner, Nathan Benfield, W.A. Jenkins, Esco McCann, Bill Hollingsworth and J.T. Davis.

Mr. Grounds was born May 29, 1926 in Purdon. He was a carpenter by trade. Above all, he loved God and his family. He enjoyed riding horses, going to play days, fishing, coon hunting, square dancing and going to gospel concerts. He loved being around people and loved life itself. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Florene Grounds of Corsicana; children, Diana and Ken Goode of Tyler, Donnie and Mandy Grounds of Blooming Grove, and Brenda and James Stubbs, H.G. and Cheryl Grounds, and Terry and Jill Grounds, all of Corsicana; grandchildren, Missy and Chris Lassiter of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Tammy and Cavan Craddock of Panama City, Fla., Michael and Amanda Goode and Marty and Christi Goode, all of Tyler, J.D. Stubbs of Austin, Westen and Walker Grounds and Hayden and Holden Grounds, all of Corsicana, and Lee and Noah Grounds of Blooming Grove; and great-grandchildren, Cody, Mikaela and Carley Goode and one on the way.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Lorena Emelin (Courtney) Burditt

Mrs. L. E. Burditt, aged 65 years, died at the family home near Purdon about midnight Wednesday.  funeral services will be held from the Purdon Baptist church Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Burial will be in Dawson.  The rites will be conducted by Rev. Lester Roloff, Malakoff Baptist Minister.

The family has resided in the Purdon community about 20 years.

Surviving are her husband L. E. Burditt, Purdon, three sisters, Mrs. Sam Duncan, Corsicana, Mrs. Lee Hill Dawson; and Mrs. W. J. Burditt, Purdon, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be L.  Burditt, Wallace Davis, Joe Holloway, Barry Pullin, Robert Thomas. and A. Davis.  Corley Funeral Home will direct arrangements.


Samuel Lafayette Duncan
May 10, 1884 - Jan 19, 1945

Sam Duncan

Former Dawson resident Brought Here for Burial

Sam Duncan, age 60 years, who died in a Houston hospital at one o'clock, the funeral service being held at Kerens Monday morning at 10 o'clock.  Mr. Duncan is survived by his wife, four sons and six daughters.

Mr. Duncan moved from Dawson to Kerens some twenty five years ago, and to Houston about ten years ago.  He had been in Houston hospital some three months, having undergone three operations.  He has numerous friends among our older residents who sincerely regret his death.



Man Died Houston; Buried Dawson Sunday

Funeral rites for Sam Duncan, who died in a Houston hospital Friday night, were held at Dawson Sunday afternoon.

Survivors include a son, Harvey Lee Duncan, Kerens and other relatives.


Mary Ann (Courtney) Duncan

Mrs Duncan

Services will be at 11 am Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Mary Ann Duncan, 96, resident of Corsicana, who died Saturday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Van Houser and the Rev. J. T. Davis will officiate, with burial following at Dawson Cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


Clyde Lafayette Duncan

Clyde Duncan Dies Wednesday

KERENS (Spl) Clyde Duncan, 60, native of Kerens died in the Medical Arts hospital in Houston Wednesday morning following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Paschal Funeral Chapel Chapel with burial in the Kerens Cemetery.  Roy Don Walker, pastor of the First Baptist Church will conduct the rites.

Duncan was a Baptist and had resided in Houston about ?? years.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Delor? Scoton, California a dn Mrs. Leila Riddle, San Antonio; mother, Mrs. S. L. Duncan, Corsicana; three grand-children, three brothers, Harvey Lee Duncan, Dallas, Irvin Duncan, Saline, Calif., and Winston Duncan, Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. Roe Holfman?, Kerens; Mrs. Earl Ellis, Corsicana; Mrs. W. B. Flanagan, Houston; Mrs. R. H. Moore, Texas City, and Mrs. C. L. Day, Houston, and other relatives.


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