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Daisy Pauline Tennison
1923 - 2002

Daisy Pauline Tennison, 79, of Dawson, Texas, formerly of Boyd, passed away late Friday, March 22, 2002, at a hospital in Corsicana.

Funeral: 3 p.m. Monday at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel with minister Sam Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow at White Rock Cemetery near Ross.

She was born March 1, 1923, in Jonesboro, Ark., the daughter of Henry and Selete Sisk. She married Ross Tennison Nov. 11, 1948, in Cold Springs.

She was a housewife, gardener and painter.

Survivors: Husband, Ross Tennison; daughters, Edna Louise Robertson, Doiline Eatman and Linda Tennison; brother, John Mack Sisk; sisters, Nellie VanSickle, Stella Quinn, Agnes Armstrong and Mary Smith; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 3/24/2002

Annie Laura (Bonner) Wood
Oct 18, 1914 - May 6, 2002

Annie Laura "Baby Doll" Bonner Wood, 87, of Fairfield passed away Monday, May 6, 2002 at her residence.

Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield with the Rev. Mack Roller officiating.

Pallbearers were Mark Wilson, Bill Dalrymple, Eric Wood, Charlie Heinemann, Leslie Reid Bonner, Mike Bonner, Andy Bonner, Bill Bonner and Frank Bonner.

Mrs. Wood was born Oct. 18, 1914 in Bonnerville to Annie Laura Willard and Tom Robinson Bonner, the second of five children and only daughter. Her nickname, "Baby Doll," was given when she was a baby and lasted a lifetime. Many people didn't know what her real name was, but everyone knew who she was by the "Baby Doll" name. Within the family, the name was shortened to "Babe" and nieces and nephews called her "Aunt Babe." She married Forrest Edwards Wood Oct. 6, 1934.

Mrs. Wood lived in Fairfield all her life except for a brief two years. She attended University of Texas and Texas State Women's College in Arlington. She taught school in the Young community and briefly at Fairfield Elementary School. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and was active in WMU. She belonged to and held offices in the Eastern Star. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years in 1996; parents; and brothers, Dr. Leslie Bonner, Edd Bonner and Hugh Bonner.

Survivors include her children, Gene and Sue Wilson of Fairfield, and Forrest and Elaine Wood of Hattiesburg, Miss.; grandchildren, Mark and Jamia Wilson and Bill and Sara Dalrymple, all of Tyler, Eric and Sarah Wood of Dallas, and Charlie and Sharon Heinemann of Redmond, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Jonathan Wilson, Timothy Wilson, Aubrey Wilson, Patrick Wilson, Morgan Wilson, Katie Dalrymple, Mark Dalrymple, Becky Dalrymple, Ben Dalrymple, Amy Dalrymple, Timothy Dalrymple and Joe Heinemann; brother, Tom "Tuck" Bonner and wife Carol; and sisters-in-law, Joyce Bonner and Elaine Marquardt.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield.

Janice (Pope) Inman
Oct 12, 1936 - May 7, 2002

Janice Pope Inman, 65, of Austin and formerly of Corsicana, was called to the Lord May 7, 2002.

Visitation was scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon today at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

She as born Oct. 12, 1936. She worked as an operator for the University of Texas in Austin for many years. For the last several years, she had resided with her son Bill Inman and family. Throughout her life, she had always enjoyed art, films, and her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harmon and Kathryn Pope of Corsicana.

Survivors include her sons, Dr. William B. Inman of Austin and David Pope Inman of Providence, R.I.; daughter, Mary Kathryn 'Kara' Inman of Stockton, Calif.; and grandchildren, Brittney R. Inman, Holly M. Inman and Jason R. Inman.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Bertha Imogene (Ehrhart) Boroughs
Dec 28, 1932 - May 8, 2002

Bertha Imogene Boroughs, 69, of Rice, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2002 in Rice.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will be at Rice Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Hatley, Donald Hatley, William Hullet and B.T. Walkins.

She was born Dec. 28, 1932 in Iowa.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Laura Boroughs.

She is survived by son, Joeseph Lynn and Kerri Boroughs; daughter and husband Rebecca Boroughs and B.T. Walkins; grandsons, Shelby Boroughs, Joe L. Jacinto and Billy T. "Tray" Walkins Jr and granddaughters, Shalie Boroughs and Lauren Boroughs, all of Rice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Alton Lee Thomason

Alton Lee Thomason, 84, of Kerens, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2002 in Dallas.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home with Jimmy Glenn officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Sonny Bancroft, Bill Edmister, Edwin Ganze, Jerry McCord, Art Puckett and Ray Thomason.

Mr. Thomason was born April 4, 1918 in Powell. He was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and seven brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice Thomason of Corsicana; son, Beauford and Wanza Thomason of Kerens; daughter, Jane and Ed Ganze of Crockett; sister, Mattie Gertrude Gilcrtease of San Antonio; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Thelma Farish Thompson

Thelma Farish Thompson, 92, of Dallas passed away Thursday, May 9, 2002 in Dallas.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale officiating. Interment will follow at Cryer Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David Dockery, Brad Farish, Mike Farish, Jeff Farish, Bryan Patton and Tommy Tipping. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Dixon Farish and Chris Farish.

Mrs. Thompson was born May 21, 1909 at Cryer Creek. She was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, and had previously been a member of First Assembly of God in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Farish; second husband, V.J. Thompson; and son, Floyd R. Farish.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Mary Farish of Lancaster and Clifford and Jonell Farish of Gibsland, La.; daughters and son-in-law, Claudia Patton of Rocklidge, Fla. and Peggy and Emory Tipping of Dallas; brother-in-law, Glenn Hyden of Corpus Christi; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 820 E. Wintergreen Road, Cedar Hill, Texas 75104; or Grace Presbyterian Village, 550 E. Ann Arbor, Dallas, Texas 75216.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

John Louis Grant Jr.

John Louis Grant Jr., 62, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, May 5, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at First Independent Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hall Cemetery in Winkler.

Pallbearers will be B.T. Armstrong, Billy Chambers, Elbert Kelly, Melvin Bryant, Robert Louis Bryant, Edward Grant Jr. and Jeffery Baxter. Honorary pallbearers will be John Earl Jennings, James Earl Blanford, Scottie Grant, Jerry Grant, Quinton Turner, Charles Grant and Jamie Grant.

Mr. Grant was born May 12, 1939 in Winkler.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leroy and Benjamin Grant.

Survivors include his parents, John Louis C. Grant Sr. and Pearlie Mae Packer Grant; brothers, Edward James Grant, Bennie Ray Grant and Fred Grant, all of Corsicana; sisters, Gladys Blanford, Catherine Chambers, Alice Chambers and Diann Kelly, all of Corsicana, Doris Kennedy of Fort Worth, Mary Grant Sheppard of Dallas and Tommie Jean Woods of Clarksville; uncle and aunt, Edward Grant Sr. and Mary Grant of Streetman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including special brother-in-law Elbert Kelly.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Billy L. Coulson

Billy L. Coulson, 89, of Abilene passed away May 6, 2002 at an Abilene hospital.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St., Abilene.

Mr. Coulson was born Sept. 7, 1912 to Eula Wilkerson Coulson and Lawson Coulson, who established the first pharmacy in Corsicana.

Mr. Coulson was a graduate of Corsicana High School and attended Trinity University. He moved to Abilene in 1949 and worked as in independent oil operator his entire life. He was an avid golfer for many years. He married Joan Miller April 15, 1953 in Mineral Wells.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Miller Coulson; sisters, Renee McClure of Corsicana and Delle Lawton of The Woodlands.

Survivors include his sister, Jane Sanders of Corsicana; niece, Janet Ritter of Dallas; nephews, Nick Sanders of Trophy Club, David McClure of Alexandria, Va., Thomas McClure Jr. of Austin and Mike McClure of Corsicana; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to Community of Christ, Camp Sionito, P.O. Box 535095, Grand Prairie, Texas 75053 or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Elliott Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory St., Abilene.


Helen Ruth 'Nanny' (Duval) Helton-Armstrong
Sep 13, 1920 - May 10, 2002

Helen R. "Nanny" Armstrong

Helen R. "Nanny" Armstrong, 81, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 10, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Don Inman and the Rev. John A. Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Cryer Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Armstrong was born Sept. 13, 1920 in Thornton. She was a member of Emhouse Baptist Church for 39 years. She was very active in the Emhouse Community Center and was a devoted mother to all.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, J. L. Helton; second husband, Elzie Leonard Armstrong; parents, Lockwood and Ruth Duval; son, Lee Arthur Helton; sisters-in-law, Georgia Baggerly and Ruby Helton; and brother-in-law, Lloyd F. Helton.

Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Krantz of Corsicana; sisters, Mary Alice Page of Garland; granddaughter and husband, Amber and David Keele of Corsicana; grandsons and fiancee, Eric Krantz and Rene Kuykendall of Corsicana; great-granddaughters, Dakota Fitzgerald, Jennafer Fitzgerald, Rebecca Cheyenne Fitzgerald, Courtney Grant, Cecsily Greenup, Macayla Keele, Alexis Krantz, Eryka Krantz and Katelyn Joanne Kuykendall, all of Corsicana; great-grandson, David Kuykendall of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Relda Carlton of DeKalb, Janett Lee of Bay City and Dorothy Mariam of Brazoria; brothers-in-law, August Helton of Brazoria and Pat Helton of West Columbia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Emhouse Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Mary Eloise Johnston
Jan 9, 1908 - Mar 10, 2002

Mary Eloise Johnston, 94, of Eureka passed away Friday, Friday, May 10, 2002 at her residence.

Services are pending.

She was born Jan. 9, 1908 in Eureka.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


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Mary Eloise Johnston

Mary Eloise Johnston, 94, of Eureka passed away Friday, May 10, 2002 at her residence.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Tom Connolly, Dr. Robert Young and Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bunk Bottoms, Chuck Burns, Jr., Chuck Burns, Sr,. Chip Currington, Gene Johnson and Michael Wayne.

Miss Johnston was born Jan. 9, 1908 in Eureka. She was a teacher. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School and the Erskine College in Due West, S.C. She taught school for 37 years at schools in Mildred, Kerens, Dawson and Ferris. For the past 60 years she was the church pianist at Eureka Methodist Church. She was a member of Wesminster Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Tom H. Johnston and Walter G. Johnston.

Miss Johnston is survived by brother Roger M. Johnston of Eureka; nephews John Allen Johnston of Center Point and Michael Wayne Johnston of Houston; nieces Pam Burns and Helen Currington of Corsicana, Peggy Johnson of Ardmore, Okla., Ann Johnston of Boston, Mass. and Mary Gardner Johnston of Houston; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Eureka Cemetery Association, 400 SE CR 3020, Corsicana, TX, 75110 or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Minnie Belle (Keith) Blankenship
Feb. 26, 1918 - May 11, 2002

Minnie Belle Blankinship, 84, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, May 11, 2002 at Heritage Oaks West.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Bob Young officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jim Wood, Ray Wossum, Tommy Johnston, Wayne McCluney, Rodney McLaughlin and Robert Thigpen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy McCarter and Steve Upchurch.

Mrs. Blankinship was born Feb. 26, 1918 in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. Blankinship and her parents.

She is survived by daughters Sandra Kay Blankinship of Austin and Nan Ellen Kana and husband Joe of Lancaster; step-grandchildren, Christopher Kana and wife Angela of Riverside, Calif., Brian Kana and wife Kim of Corona, Calif. and Becky Kana Irving of Fortune, Calif.; and many cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Kenneth Ray Ainsworth
Jul 17, 1939 - May 10, 2002

Kenneth Ray Ainsworth

Kenneth Ray Ainsworth, 62, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 10, 2002 in Dallas.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Pete McFadden, Jake Jacobs, David Jacobs, Frank Greer, Aaron Jacobs and Larry McBee.

Honorary pallbearers will be Carlos Thomas, Ronald Gene Thomas, Ray Jacobs, Perry Murphy, Larry Christie and Liston Herod.

Mr. Ainsworth was born July 17, 1939 in Powell. He was a mechanic. He was a member of he Westside Baptist Church and VFW.

He was preceded in death by father Dick Ainsworth, brothers Carlton (Cottie) Ainsworth and Homer Gene Ainsworth, and step-father Roosevelt R. Pease.

Mr. Ainsworth is survived by wife Diane Ainsworth of Corsicana; mother Ressie Pease of Corsicana; daughters Mary Jane Brown and husband Danny of Greenville and Jeannie Bernice (Niece) Hansen and husband Mitch of Corsicana; sister Mary Bernice Harper of Rock Springs, Ark.; grandsons D. J. Brown and Justin Brown of Greenville and Kenneth Rowdy Hansen of Corsicana; granddaughters Marissa Brown of Greenville and Melanie Brooke Hansen of Corsicana; brother-in-law Terry W. Cox and wife Marilyn of Glen Rock, Pa.; mother-in-law Betty Fuller of Mexia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

John Walker Fraley

OBITUARY - Corsicana Sun, Nov 13, 1978
John Fraley
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for John Fraley, 76, who died Monday morning at Navarro County Memorial Hospital. The Revs. Jim Ray and D. L. Wolver will officiate with burial following at Younger Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. John Fraley of Corsicana; two sons, Doug Fraley of Corsicana and Lewis Fraley of Garland; three daughters, Mrs. Florene Folk of Belle Chase, La., Mrs. Lina Woodard of Corsicana, and Mrs. Frances Wolle of Waco; three sisters, Mrs. G. B. Darden of Dawson; Mrs. Don DeHaven of Los Molinos, Calif., and Mrs. Frank Stone of Channelview; and seven grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Billy Nichols, Horace Collins, Tommy Watkins, Larry Hall, Hoyt Blackmon and Hubert French.


Mrs. G. T. Singer

Mrs. E. S. Singer returned Saturday morning from Corsicana, where she was called a few days ago. Mrs. G. T. Singer, well known to so many Marlin friends, passed away Thursday at 2:15 p.m. and interment took place Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock in Oakwood cemetery.

Mrs J. A. Phipps who also attended the funeral will return today. Mrs. C. T. Singer was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Phipps, and the wife of Tom Singer. The family had lived a long while in Corsicana. The husband and two children survive.

The Marlin Democrat, December 22, 1915, page 3 column 5

Audrey 'Littlejohn' Laverty
1916 - May 11, 2002

Audrey 'Littlejohn' Laverty, 86, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, May 11, 2002 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Home.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Frost Cemetery with Rev. Joe Dowdy officiating.

Mrs. Laverty is survived by nephew and wife Gola and Pat Gregory of DeSoto; niece Nancy Gregory of Mesquite; great-nephews Mark, Matthew and John Gregory; great-great-nieces Kaula and Karson Gregory; and close friend Jeryan Yates of Frost.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Helen (Marr) Adams
May 9, 1934 - May 13, 2002

Helen Marr Adams, 68, of Mesquite passed away May 13, 2002 at her residence.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Laurel Land Memorial Chapel, South R.L. Thornton and Laureland Road, Dallas. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

She was born May 9, 1934 in Corsicana and had resided in Mesquite for the past 18 years. She was employed at EDS of Plano.

Survivors include her daughters, Gail Wendt and Teresa Adams, both of Mesquite; son, Larry Adams of Mesquite; grandchildren, Jeffrey Wendt of Gales Ferry, Conn., Sherry Hill of Van, Carly Adams of Mesquite, John Barber of Flower Mound and Daryl Barber of Rowlett; great-grandchildren, Lillian and Travis Wendt of Gales Ferry, Conn., Justin and Jason Barber of Flower Mound and Dustin and Dylan Barber of Rowlett.

Arrangements by Laurel Land of Dallas.

Thomas B. Wilson

Riverside Press Enterprise 28 April 2002

THOMAS B. WILSON, 83, died Sunday at Community Convalescent Center in San Bernardino. Born in Kerens, Texas, Mr. Wilson lived in San Bernardino 60 years. He was an upholsterer. He was a deacon with Greater Bethel Baptist Church in San Bernardino. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Myrtle; three sons, Thomas Jr. of Banning, Ronald of Caliente and Robert of Fresno; four daughters, Fanny Lopez and Patricia, both of San Diego, Vernella Dixon of Kentucky and Bonita of Washington; a sister, Angelena of Texas; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday at Greater Bethel Baptist Church in San Bernardino. Burial will be in Montecito Memorial Park in Colton. Montecito Mortuary in Loma Linda is handling arrangements.


William Edward Nelson

Houston Chronicle 5 April 2002

DICKINSON - William Edward "Ed" Nelson, a mechanical engineer who won laurels from professional organizations and his alma mater, Texas A&M University, died March 29 in his home in Orange Park, Fla. He was 72.

Nelson died of an apparent heart attack.  In 1995, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers honored Nelson with the Henry R. Worthington Medal for accomplishments in his field. Nelson in 1993 co-authored a book, Centrifugal Pump Force, that became a mainstay for the industry, according to his sister, Helen Nelson Pownell of Fulshear. In 1997, Nelson received the W. R. Woolrich Award as Engineer of the Year from the South Texas section of ASME. After living for 39 years in the same house in Dickinson, Nelson and his wife, Geraldine Sloier Nelson, moved to Florida last year to be near their son, David. Geraldine Nelson died five months later. Another son, Michael Edward Nelson, died in 1999. A native of Kerens in Navarro County, Ed Nelson graduated from high school in Gladewater and from Texas A&M in 1951 in the midst of the Korean War.

Accepted for officer training by the Army, Air Force, and Navy, Nelsonopted for the Navy. He served as an officer on destroyers operating in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. Discharged in 1954, Nelson joined Amoco Oil Co., specializing in turbomachinery. He retired from the company in 1991 after 37 years of service, holding various executive and management positions. He also held four U.S. and two Canadian patents on turbomachinery and refining equipment. Nelson was a founder of the Turbomachinery Forum and the Pump Symposium at Texas A&M, and received the A&M College of Engineering Alumnus Honor Award for his work. In 1992 he was a charter inductee in the A&M Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Graduates. In the same year, a professorship in mechanical engineering was established in his honor. Along with his sister and son, Nelson is survived by a brother, Ronald T. Nelson of San Antonio, and three grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Dickinson.


  • Submitted by Don Brownlee, 5/14/2002
  • Military Service
  • Ed Nelson was the son of Joe Bailey and Vennie Tramel Nelson, natives of Navarro County.  His paternal grandparents were Edward Jefferson "Ed " and Sarah Ellen "Babe" Garner Nelson.  His maternal grandparents were William Jasper and Sarah Beatrice "Bedie" Deskin Tramel.  He was named after both of his grandfathers.  His great grandparents were:  1)Jefferson Wise and Mary Jane Caroline Killion Nelson; 2) George Washington and Hester Ann Graham Garner; 3) Elijah and Thena Davis Tramel; and 4) John Greenberry and Sarah Deborah Carpenter Deskin, all Navarro County natives and pioneers.  Ed's roots in Navarro County can be traced to before 1850 through his great great grandfather, Isaac Newton Killion.  Edward was born Sept. 10, 1929.   ...submitted by Ron Nelson, Ed's brother 6/2003

Georgia E. (Crawford) Oden

Georgia E. Oden On the 27th of April 2002 so many of us had to say a momentary farewell to a truly unique and loved child of God. Georgia E. Oden of Austin was born June 8, 1917, in Thrall, Texas. She was named after her Uncle George Franke who was in the first World War in the year of her birth. In the early days Georgia was a student of life, and a good one too. Even in her early years Georgia loved to learn. Later the family moved to Elgin, Texas, and that is where Georgia attended high school. It was also during those days she met her mate and life's long love, husband Charlie Oden. In their adult years Charlie's career was with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Georgia and Charlie moved a good deal with the railroad, but they enjoyed the journey always, and during one of the stops, Hearne, Texas, Georgia attended the McKenzie Baldwin Business School in Bryan, Texas, and worked for a doctor's clinic as well. In 1954 they moved to Corsicana, Texas, and bought their first home, so that God could fulfill his plan of bringing Paula, their much cherished daughter, into their family. This was significant for Georgia, as she loved children. It was finally in a move to Houston, Texas, that Georgia and Charlie were able to settle for an extended period of time and it was here Georgia made many lifelong friends. Georgia was a Sunday's Child. It was the pentacle of her week, and she spent many active hours in Church and serving God and others. Georgia could sew beautifully, and also prepared many meals for those around her. She was a teacher, as many good learners become. Georgia's love to read the Word of God became her ministry, as she taught children's Bible classes for fifty years. Many people are mature Christians today from the fruits of her efforts and ministry. Georgia and Charlie owned and operated Alpha & Omega Bookkeeping Company, Inc. and served others in this capacity as well. Georgia loved baseball and was an avid Astro fan. She also enjoyed all of God's creation and to be swimming, looking at wildflowers and birds (especially the Robin) was a joy for her. Georgia and Charlie traveled abroad too, but she loved to be home in Texas most of all. In retirement, Georgia and Charlie moved to Austin, Texas, in 1994 and became members of Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ. Here Georgia was loved, and it is where she loved and served others as well. Georgia's many friends have been greatly blessed by God's gift to us of Georgia. She was loved by all, and will be dearly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Rufus and Estella Crawford; sisters, Gertrude Crawford, Dorris Moncallo; and a brother, Bill Crawford. Survivors include her husband, Charlie K. Oden of Austin; daughter, Paula Sartain and husband Steve of Irving; grandson, Daniel R. Sartain of Irving; sisters, Nina Wallin of Austin, and Wanda Ragland and husband Glenn of Austin; brothers, Mel Crawford and wife Jean of Austin, and Norman Crawford and wife Elsie of Bastrop; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2002, at Weed-Corley- Fish Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ, 11908 North Lamar, with Minister Roger McCown officiating. Graveside services will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Elgin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to Sunny Glen Children's Home, P.O. Box 1373, San Benito, Texas 78586-1373. Arrangements by Weed-Corley- Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, 452-8811.

Austin Statesman (04/29/2002)

Ruby (Greene) Metzke

Ruby Greene Metzke passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2002, at her home. Born June 25, 1912, in Corsicana, Texas, she lived in Beaumont for over 60 years. "Miss Ruby" was a former teacher at Coy's Day School. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Robert Metzke, her mother, Ludie Greene; and three sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and John E. Kojak of Cape Coral, Florida, two grand-daughters, Dana Kojak of Naples, Florida and Stephanie O'Donnell and her husband, Jim of Ft. Myers, Florida two great-grandchildren, Dustin and Meredith O'Donnell of Ft. Myers, Florida, one niece, Jane Mattingly of Edgewood, Texas, and her special friend, Debbie Cowart of Lumberton, Texas. Ruby loved her family and friends. She was a loving mother and lived her life to the fullest. She had a full life, with many friends of all ages and was an inspiration to many. She had many friends in the First Baptist Church, the Woman's Club and especially the Friendship Luncheon Club. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Monday, May 6, 2002 at the funeral home. KELLEY-WATKINS 1155 N. 11th Street Beaumont, Texas 77702 (409)892-3456

Arthur Lee Elliott
Jan 19, 1904 - Nov 9, 1999

Arthur Lee Elliott, 95, passed away November 9, 1999, at a local nursing home. He was born on January 19, 1904, in Corsicana, Texas, to Arthur George and Elizabeth Pipes Elliott. He was raised in Corsicana where he graduated from Corsicana High School. In 1925, he graduated from Texas A&M. He moved to Corpus Christi in 1936, where he was employed by Southern Minerals Corporation and retired in 1969 as Vice-President and Comptroller.

He married Thelma West Smith on June 20, 1937. He was a member of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and served as Vestryman, Parish Treasurer, Junior Warden, Lay Reader and choir member for 38 years.

He was a director of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, Community Chest, and served on the Library Board. He was a member of the Fireman's and Policeman's Civil Service Board. He was a longtime member of he Executive Board of the Corpus Christi Symphony Society. He was a member of the Corpus Christi Country Club, Navy League of the U.S., and former member of the Centuria. Professionally, he was member of the Houston Chapter of Financial Executives Institute and past member of American Petroleum Institute on the financial and accounting committee.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma; two brothers, William Elliott and David Elliott.

He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Elliott Stout of Ennis, Texas; sister-in-law, Jeanne Elliott; two cousins, Katherine Schaffer and Mary Elliott of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews. Also his close friends, Dick and Sarah Beth Sells.

Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, November 11, 1999, at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with the Reverend Ned Bowersox officiating.

Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 700 S. Broadway, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.

Corpus Christi Caller


Margot Aline (Davidson) Harris

Margot Aline Davidson Harris passed away Sunday, October 24, 1999 at the age of 85.  She was born to G. W. and Eva Davidson on November 18, 1913 in Dallas, Texas. Orphaned at a young age, she and her two brothers and two sisters were placed in the I.O.O.F. Orphans Home at Corsicana, Texas in 1921. They all lived and were educated there until each graduated from high school. While living at the Home, she met Ross G. Harris whose parents were superintendents there. They married July 12, 1934 in Corsicana. After living in Port Arthur, Texas for many years, they moved to Corpus Christi in 1951. Margot was a homemaker until becoming a clerk in the Probate Department at the Nueces County Courthouse. After her retirement, she enjoyed being with her family and traveling. She was preceded in death by her husband Ross of Corpus Christi in 1967 and by her brother Clifford Davidson of Corpus Christi and sister Georgia Davidson of Houston, Texas.

Survivors include her only child Margot Annette Hayes and husband Darrel of Corpus Christi, Granddaughter Charlotte Malone and husband John of Colleyville, Texas, granddaughter Suzanne Humann and husband Walt of Dallas, great-grandchildren Walter John Humann, Jr., Katherine Marie Humann, Hailey Hayes Humann, and Jennifer Elizabeth Humann, brother Harold G. Davidson and his wife Lilly of Austin, sister Vera Laney and husband Roland of Denton, and nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to Rosie and Fred Barrera who loved Margot and included her as a family member. Their love encompasses all of us.The care and love given to Margot during this last year by Dora Nugent was truly a gift from God. We will be forever grateful.

A memorial service will held at 3:00pm, Sunday, October 31, 1999 at Grace Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Texas.

Burial will be at East Mount cemetery in Greenville. "We will not say farewell, Or even breathe a deep-drawn sigh. We feel her presence with us still. For loving souls cannot die."

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Opal Lorena (Cottongame) Prickett-Jackson 

HUBBARD, TEXAS - Mrs. Opal Lorena Cottongame Jackson, age 90 years, passed away on Sunday December 13, 1998 at a local hospital in Corsicana. Texas. She was born August 11, 1908 in Dawson, Texas.

She was a homemaker and was raised in Dawson.

She lived in Corpus Christi for many years and returned home to Dawson in 1995. Her life was her family, children and grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Johnnie M. Cook of Dawson, June 5, 1998.

She is survived by two sons, James F. & Mary Sue Prickett of Silver City, Calvin W. & Doris Prickett of Corpus Christi, daughter Joyce & Ray Nowotny of Caulfield, MO. 16 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, 21 great great grandchildren.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Thursday at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard, Texas.

Funeral will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December 18, 1998 at Wade Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Johnson, Officiating. Interment will be at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Arrangements by WADE FUNERAL HOME 201 W. Third
Hubbard, Texas 76648
(254) 576-2531 - FAX (254-576-2284

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Mafoi "Foi" Donnan

Mafoi "Foi" Donnan, 70, joined our Lord on Tuesday, July 20, 1999. Mafoi was born on February 14, 1929 in Corsicana, Texas.

Mrs. Donnan was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Surviving family includes her daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Harvey Veselka of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Rachel Hagens and Harvey Veselka, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Kayla Guerra of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Guin Hall and Veleska Poole both of Palestine, Texas; two brothers, W.L. Crawford and M.N. Crawford both of Palestine, Texas; four nieces; nine nephews; and grand nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Memory Gardens Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be at 4:00 p.m. on Friday July 23, 1999 at the Memory Gardens Cemetery officiated by Father David Stringer.

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Fannie Lou Meissner

Fannie Lou Meissner died on August 20, 1999 in Spohn Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Services are to be held at Faith United Church on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. with graveside services on Thursday, August 26, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. in the Eureka Cemetery near Corsicana, Texas.

Mrs. Meissner had been a long time resident of Woodsboro, Texas and a faithful member of Faith United Church in Woodsboro. She was born in Navarro County near Eureka, Texas where she attended school and graduated salutatorian of her class. She attended nursing school following graduation. On November 24, 1931, she married Leo Meissner in the Parish of Caddo, Louisiana. They had two children, Guy Leo Meissner, presently of Beeville, Texas, and Rebecca Lou Cunningham, now of Woodsboro, Texas. Mrs. Meissner was a school teacher for the Woodsboro Independent School District for seven years prior to her retirement in 1977. She continued to teach kindergarten at the United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi the following year. A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education was bestowed on her in 1972 by Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas. She graduated Cum Laude.

Mrs. Fannie Meissner has five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Grandchildren are: David Meissner of Woodsboro, Texas; Doug Meissner of Sugarland, Texas; Ray Cunningham, Jr. of League City, Texas; Mrs. Julie Izard of Leander, Texas; and Mrs. Jane Hicks of San Antonio. Great-grandchildren are: Lacy and Amy Meissner of Woodsboro, Texas; Christopher, Cameron, and Carson Cunningham of League City, Texas; Andrea and Ashley Maldonado of Leander, Texas; Lindsey and Colton of Leander, Texas; and James and Robert Hicks of San Antonio, Texas.

Mrs. Meissner was an amateur artist who painted beautiful landscapes and other still life pictures. She enjoyed crafts such as making cloth dolls, Christmas stockings, Afghans, and monogram garments. She was an excellent seamstress and an avid reader.  Mrs. Meissner will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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  • SSDI: Fannie L. Meissner, SSN: 452-20-5948, Born 6 Nov 1912, Died: 1 Aug 1999, Residence 78393 Woodsboro, Refugio, TX

Drudy Manning

Drudy Manning, 79, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 10, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Chambliss officiating. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Dallas.

Pallbearers will be friends and family.

Mr. Manning was born Sept. 5, 1922 in Fairfield, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Mae Chisholm Manning; stepchildren, Gloria Lynn and Stanley Tyler; sister, Mollie Moye; and brothers, Curtis C., Stancil and Willie Manning.

Survivors include his stepchildren, W. T. Tyler, Lois Wheeler, Lerlean "L. T." Johnson, Stevie Tyler, Crystal Tyler-Wilborn and Gregory Lynn, all of Dallas; brother, Lindsey Manning of Corsicana; sister, Francis Graham of Fairfield, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

Irene Margaret Coker

Irene Margaret Coker, 82, of Kerens passed away Sunday, May 12, 2002 in Kerens.

Services are pending with Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith, Ark. Interment will follow at Fort Smith National Cemetery.

Mrs. Coker was born March 15, 1920 in Hunt, Ark. She was a housewife.

She is survived by daughter Patricia Lawson of Kerens; granddaughters Nancy Smith and husband Bobby of Kerens, Sherree Hahn and husband Bobby of North Richland Hills, Jacklyn Floyd and husband Jeremy of Fort Smith, Ark. and Terry Coker; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Local arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Florence Dement

Florence Dement, 92, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2002 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Ridgeway Cemetery.

Mrs. Dement was born Nov. 16, 1909 in Emblem. She was a retired school teacher and even though she and her husband of 62 years, Ed, had no children there were hundreds of students she loved as if they were her own. She and Ed enjoyed fishing, gardening and having friends and family over for a game of 42 and a home-cooked meal. They were active in the Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star, as well as the Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by husband Ed Dement.

Mrs. Dement is survived by sister Luta Beadles of Sulphur Springs; nieces Mary Gladney of Corsicana and Ina Fay Gadberry of Texarkana; several other nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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