Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas


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Pollie Mae (Sanders) Hailey
Nov 22, 1929 - Aug 9, 2000

FROST — Services for Pollie Mae Hailey, 70, of Frost are set for noon Saturday at the Greater New Home District Tabernacle in Centerville, Texas.

The Rev. Anthony Thibodeaux will officate. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery in the Hopewell Community of Leon County.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville.

Mrs. Hailey was born in Hopewell. She had worked at the Dress Factory in Frost for 20 years. She was a member of Taylor Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Hailey of Frost; three daughters, Janie Hailey, Linda Pace, Bessie Scott, all of Corsicana, Texas; three sons, Bobby Hailey, Tommy Hailey, Larry Hailey, all of Corsicana; three sisters, O. C. Casimere and Molly McBride, both of Houston, and Carolyn Holley of Dallas; three brothers, Tommy Sanders, Curtis Sanders, and Sam Sanders, all of Houston; 16 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren; and many cousins.

Virginia Grace ‘Jenna’ (Giesler) Pollard
Feb 26, 1926 - Dec 10, 2000

NEW BADEN — Virginia Grace “Jenna” Pollard, 74, of New Baden died Sunday in a Temple, Texas, hospital.

Arrangements were under the direction of Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple.
Mrs. Pollard was born in Temple.

She graduated from Temple High School and attended First Baptist Church of Temple.
Mrs. Pollard was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Eugene Buck, Sr.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas Pollard of New Baden; three sons, Louis Eugene Buck Jr. of White Plains, N.Y., William Garnett Buck of Tampa, Fla., David Ryan Buck of Belair, Texas; one daughter, Marilyn Jean Buck of Oakland, Calif.; a sister, Lina Jean “Bitty” Leonard of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a brother, Leonard Giesler of Corsicana, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Dorothy Juanita (Bates) Coker
Nov 1, 1934 - Jun 21, 2000

Dorothy Coker

CORSICANA, Texas — Services for Dorothy Coker, 65, of Corsicana are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Pentecostal Church in Corsicana.

The Revs. Gary Johnson and Tony Neal will officiate. Burial will be in Eureka Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.

Mrs. Coker died Wednesday in Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

She was born in Roane, Texas, and worked for the Texas Miller Hat Factory.

Survivors include her husband, Arnold Coker of Corsicana; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Becky Coker of College Station and Jacky and Ruby Coker of Corsicana; a brother, Roger Bates of Thornton, Texas; three sisters, Doris Curry and Donnie Dobbs, both of Corsicana, and Brenda Willis of Thornton, Texas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frances Loraine Dubose
Jan 25, 1926 - Dec 23, 2001

LIVINGSTON, Texas — Graveside services for Frances Loraine Dubose, 75, of Bryan and formerly of Livingston, are set for 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Eureka Cemetery in Corsicana.

The Rev. Lee Poe will officiate.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston.

Mrs. Dubose died Sunday in St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan.

She was born in Duncan, Okla., and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Livingston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Dubose.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie Hoyt and Tex Ann Drath of Bryan; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Roddy and Linda Dubose of Houston; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lucy Hudetts Walker
Feb. 16, 1903 - May 24, 2001

Graveside services for Lucy Hudetts Walker, 98, of College Station are set for 2 p.m. Friday at Bryan City Cemetery. The Rev. John R. Gantt Jr. will officiate.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Hillier Funeral Home.

Mrs. Walker died Thursday at Colton Inn.

She was born in Corsicana. She was a rancher and a longtime resident of College Station. She was of the Christian faith.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Steve Hudetts and Claude Walker.

Survivors include five daughters and three sons-in-law, Rosie Brown of Bryan, Elva Jane and George Lightsey of College Station, Frances and Monroe Armstrong and Lucille Lightsey, all of Bryan, and Mickie and Clyde Armstrong of Wheelock; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Hudetts of Ledbetter; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Mary Hazle Johnson
Nov 13, 1926 - May 9, 2001

FRANKLIN - Graveside services for Mary Hazle Johnson, 74, of Kerens are set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin Cemetery in Franklin.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the McCauley Funeral Home in Franklin.

Mrs. Johnson died Wednesday in Corsicana.

She was born in the Owensville community of Robertson County and lived in Kerens for 16 years. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde W. Johnson Sr. of Kerens; a son, Clyde W. Johnson Jr. of Kerens; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and numerous other relatives.

Raymond T. Dozier
Nov 3, 1935 - Oct 16, 2001

MADISONVILLE — Services for Raymond T. Dozier, 65, of Madisonville are set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Ten Mile Baptist Church.

The Rev. Mike Simons will officiate. Burial will be at the Ten Mile Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at J. M. Day Funeral Home in Madisonville.

Mr. Dozier died Tuesday.

He was born in Corsicana, Texas, and was a carpenter for Brown and Root.

He was preceded in death by two sons, William and Raymond Dozier.

Survivors include his wife, May Dozier of Madisonville; three daughters and a son-in-law, Hazel and Mike Simons of Waco and Dena and Teresa Dozier, both of Houston; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Kenneth and Wanda Dozier of Hempstead and Billy Dozier of Navarro; six sisters, Earlene, Joyce, Cathy, Carolyn, Christine, and Crystal Dozier; and 11 grandchildren.

John L. White
Jul 1, 1912 - Jul 1, 2001

Services for John L. White, 89, of Bryan are set for 11 a.m. Thursday in Ruby’s Chapel of Jones-Washington Mortuary in Bryan.

The Rev. James Williams of Mount Vernon Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. White died Sunday in St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

He was born in Corsicana and lived in Bryan two years. He was a retired longshoreman.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys White of Corsicana; and a sister, Fannie L. Gafford of Bryan.

Richard Edwin Woodfill Sr.
Jan 31, 1940 - Sep 15, 2001

Services for Richard Edwin Woodfill Sr., 61, of College Station are set for 1 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Mr. Gardner Ted Armstrong will officiate. Burial will be in the College Station Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to service time on Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Woodfill died Saturday in Corsicana.

He was born in Harlingen and lived in College Station since 1981 and was employed at Wal-Mart. He was a member of the Intercontinental Church of God and attended Michigan State University.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kriss Woodfill, and a daughter, Becky Woodfill.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita McDaniel Woodfill of Bryan; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Richard Edwin Woodfill Jr. of Wixon, Mich., and Danny and Sue Woodfill of Austin; three stepsons and daughters-in-law, Craig Moody, and Tom and Carrie Moody, all of Fenton, Mich., and Jason and Anna Moody of Bryan; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lori and Mark Bailey of Houston and Barbie and Tony Piccolo of College Station; two stepdaughters and a son-in-law, Connie McDaniel Pettit of Bryan and Shelia McDaniel and Joel Ward of Caldwell; a brother, John Woodfill of College Station; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara Jean and Ken Ingraham of Scottville, Mich.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to GTAEA Building Fund.

Samuel ‘Sam’ Lee Laymon
Aug 26, 1954 - May 12, 2001

Services for Samuel “Sam” Lee Laymon, 46, of Bryan, and formerly of Centerville, are set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Mt. Calm Pine Top Baptist Church, south of Centerville. The Rev. Elmer Phillips of Ebenezer Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Ward Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with a wake from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Walters Funeral Home in Centerville.

Mr. Laymon died Saturday in Bryan.

He was born in Corsicana. He graduated from Centerville High School and worked as an assembler for a trailer manufacturing company. He lived in Bryan the past four years.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Willie L. Rhinehart of Centerville; a son, Samora Laymon of Centerville; four daughters, Latanya Laymon Williams and Kiceshi Laymon, both of Ft. Worth, and Simia Laymon and Alshundria Laymon, both of Centerville; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Beria Johnson, and Fred and Mary Johnson, all of Ft. Worth, Willie James and Loicy Johnson of Houston and Sylvester Laymon of Centerville; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Russell Anderson of Houston; six grandchildren and numerous other relatives.

Earline Lillian (Wiggins) Miller
Sep 18, 1916 - Jan 6, 2001

ROUND ROCK, Texas — A memorial service for Earline Lillian Wiggins Miller, 84, of Round Rock will be scheduled for a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan.

Mrs. Miller died Saturday at Will-O-Bell Nursing Home in Bartlett, Texas.

She was born in Maypearl, Texas. She was a housewife. She worked for a publishing company.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Miller.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Kathy Miller of Hearne and David Miller of Round Rock; a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Scott Martin of Taylor, Texas; three brothers and a sister-in-law, David Wiggins of Arlington, Texas, Richard and Joyce Wiggins of Boyce, Texas, and F.C. Wiggins of Cedar Creek, Texas; one sister, Louise Putman of Purdon, Texas; ten grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Cecil Troy French
May 12, 1915 - Aug 10, 2002

Cecil Troy French, 87, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002 in Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Mr. French was born May 12, 1915 in Purdon to Gardner and Dezzie Octavia French.

He was preceded in death by sister, Hood Hubbard.

Survivors include his wife, Stella French of Corsicana; and son, Bobby Gene French of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Levenia Lorene (Robinson) Napps 
Nov 12, 1924 - Aug 11, 2002

Levenia Lorene Napps, 77, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002 at her residence.

Visitation will be today from 5-7 p.m.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Gary Johnson and Bro. Leroy Elmore officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

She was born Nov. 12, 1925 in Eureka.

Mrs. Napps was preceded in death by husband, Charles V. Napps; and an infant daughter, Martha Napps.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Linda Napps of Mabank and Kenneth and Linda Napps of Corsicana; grandchildren, Aaron McDonald of Texarkana, Michele and Ron Fletcher of Frisco, Tammi and Bill Cunningham of Corsicana and Jason and Staci Napps of Mabank; 11 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Benny and Frances Robinson of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Earlene and Gene Reagan, Helen and Billy Bryant, Imogene and Leroy Elmore and Shirley and Ed Garrett, all of Corsicana; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Levenia Lorene Napps

Levenia Lorene Napps, 77, of Corsicana went to be with the Lord Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Gary Johnson and Brother Leroy Elmore officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Donny Robinson, Dewayne Robinson, Danny Elmore, Jeff Swanson, David Young, Eddie Napps, Mike Newburn and Benny Raley.

Mrs. Napps was born Nov. 12, 1925 in Eureka.

She was preceded in death by husband, Charles V. Napps; and an infant daughter, Martha Napps.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Linda Napps of Mabank and Kenneth and Linda Napps of Corsicana; grandchildren, Aaron McDonald of Texarkana, Michele and Ron Fletcher of Frisco, Tammi and Bill Cunningham of Corsicana and Jason and Staci Napps of Mabank; 11 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Benny and Frances Robinson of Corsicana; sisters and brothers-in-law, Earlene and Gene Reagan, Helen and Billy Bryant, Imogene and Leroy Elmore and Shirley and Ed Garrett, all of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, Birtie Jackson and Cecil Newburn and husband Press; brother-in-law, Lewis Napps and wife Ola; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  • Marker has DOB as 1924, obit has 1925

Jack E. Coleman
Feb 2. 1923 - Jun 13, 2002

CISCO- Jack E. Coleman, 79, formerly of Cisco, died Thursday, June 13, 2002 at Arlington, Texas.

Jack Coleman was born February 2, 1923 at Tuckertown in Navarro County, Texas. He was the son of Scottie Coleman and Ruby Eeppler Coleman and was raised in Cisco and Cross Plains, Texas. At 17 he joined the U.S. Army and after training at Fort Sill, Okla. and Iron Mountain, Calif. he was sent to Europe to participate in the Invasion of June 1944. He was in the 68th Field Artillery and second under General Patton in the Third Army until the cessation of hostilities in Germany, helping liberate Paris and Concentration camps along the way.

For his participation in the liberation of France he was awarded the Jubilee of Freedom Medal from France in 1997.

Jack returned to Cisco in Nov. 1945 and worked for Hickock Oil and the Pueblo Gasoline plant at Moran.

On Feb. 7, 1948 he married Betty Sue McCanlies in Cisco. They have two children, Steve and Sarah. In 1950 he became employed by Standard of Texas (later Chevron Oil) at Snyder, Texas. He also worked for Chevron at Sherman Gas Plant, finishing his career as Plant Manager there in April 1985.

Jack is survived by his wife, Betty Coleman of Arlington; his son and wife, Steve and Marisol and their daughter Andrea of Ft. Worth; and his daughter Sarah Shallcross and husband Lewis Shallcross of Arlington, TX; a brother, Bill Shaffner, his wife, Corene and family of Big Springs; sisters, Anna McClain and husband and family of League City, TX. and Janie Brown of Ocala, Florida.

Services were held at Kimbrough Funeral Home of Cisco and buried at Oakwood Cemetery on June 15, 2002 at 10 a.m. Gary Turner of First Methodist Church officiated.

He was a member of Cisco Masonic Lodge VFW Post 10782 and First United Methodist Church.


H. Elizabeth (Iacovone) Werner
Jan 26, 1918 - Jan 13, 2000

H. Elizabeth Werner, 81, Corsicana, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Navarro Regional Hospital, Corsicana.

Born Jan. 26, 1918, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Margaret Iacovone. She was also preceded in death by one son, James Werner.

She was a homemaker and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Corsicana.

Survivors include her husband, Myles Werner; eight children, Patricia Bodes, Finzel, Judy Telligman, West Palm Beach, Fla., Ronald Werner, Corsicana, Gary Werner, Visallia, Calif., Jack Werner, Rock Hill, S.C., Mary Jane Murdock, Springs, Pa., Linda Whisner, Fort Hill, Pa., and Susan Shoap, Corsicana; 23 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Frank Iacovone, Bentonville, S.C.

A memorial service was conducted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pocohontas, Pa., on Wednesday, Jan. 19, with the Rev. Bernard White officiating.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Perpetual Care Fund of the Finzel Cemetery, 28 Old Schoolhouse Road, Frostburg, MD 21532.


Laura Bell Threet
Jun 29, 1910 - Mar 20, 2002

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 for Laura Bell Threet, 91, of Wortham. Mrs. Threet died at her home in Wortham on Sunday, March 17, 2002. 
Services at First United Methodist Church in Wortham were followed by interment at Wortham Cemetery. Reverend Martha Bessac and Reverend Everett Hewett officiated. 
Mrs. Threet was born in Wortham on June 29, 1910. After graduating from college in Denton, she taught school at Wortham and at Buffalo. Later, she was employed by Monsanto Chemical Co. in Texas City for 32 years as a quality control specialist.
Mrs. Threet was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Wortham. She was also a member of Eastern Star Chapter #96 in Wortham

Holland Fields Gordon
Sep 2, 1878 - Aug 7, 1974
Funeral Services will be 10 A.M. friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for HOLLAND FIELDS GORDON, 95, resident of Corsicana, who died at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home Wednesday Morning. He was a member of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist Church. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs Frances Gordon McMillan of Corsicana, Mrs Myrtle Agnes Shepler of Miami,Okla., Mrs Addie Lee Rumbelow of Grand Saline, Mrs Clora Belle Hyden of Dallas,Mrs Paulyn Roundtree of Del Rio and Mrs Peggy Cook of Temple; a son J Sam Gordonof Corsicana; several grandchildren,great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Agnes Amy (Byrne) Gordon-Hardin
Aug 16, 1885 - Sep 8, 1984

Mrs. Agnes Amy Gordon Hardin, 99, of Corsicana, died Saturday at Navarro Regional Hospital. Services will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Griffin Funeral Home with Claude Holcomb and Kyle Glenn, Church of Christ ministers, officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Survivors include her son, John Samuel Gordon of Corsicana; five daughters, Mrs Addie Lee Rumbelow of Corsicana, Myrtle Agnes Shepler and Peggy Cook of Temple. Belle Hyden of Dallas, Paulyn Roundtree of Del Rio. A brother Leslie Boone of Yukon, Okla. two sisters, Mrs Frances Edmonds of Corsicana and Mary Hales of El Paso ;seven grandchildren ; 26 great-grandchildren; and 33 great-great-grandchildren. Grandsons will be pallbearers.


  • 1st husband Holland Fields Gordon married Jan. 28, 1901 2nd unknown Hardin d/o Samuel Phillip Byrne and Hettie Catherine (Walters) Byrne-Boone

John Samuel "Sam" Gordon 
May 8, 1905 - Feb 19, 1988

John Samuel (Sam) Gordon 82, of Corsicana died Feb. 19,1988 at Navarro
Regional Hospital. Service is 2p.m. Sunday at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with the Revs. John Dirk and Don Elrod officiating. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Jergins Gordon of Corsicana; three daughters, Wanda G. Brashear of LaPorte, Tx. Bonnie G Mathison of Corsicana,Tx and Kathy G Pascal of Mexia, Tx. two sons, J.S (Sam) Gordon Jr. of Livingston, Tx. and Dan Gordon of Corsicana, Tx. 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. He is also survived by five sisters. Many more family members and a host of friends and business friends. Burial at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Katie Nora Trammell (Robinson) Knight
Nov 16, 1905 - Oct 3, 1988


Mrs. Katie Robertson Knight, 82, of Barry died Oct. 3 in Corsicana.

Services will be today (Thursday) at the Corley Funeral Chapel in Corsicana. Rev. Donald Willeford will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Smith Cemetery in Purmela.

Born Nov. 16, 1905, in Coryell County, she was the daughter of late Samuel J. Robertson and Nellie Hodge Robertson.

Survivors include one daughter, Evelyn Whitehead of Mesquite; two sons, Horace Knight of Gatesville and Howard Knight of Dallas; four sisters, Veda Hollingsworth of Poolville, Eva Sibert of Comanche, Claudine Franks of Midland, Werdna Willeford of Bangs; two brothers, Samuel Robertson of Marshall and John K. Robertson of Hillsboro; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carrie Edna (Jergins) Gordon
Feb 17, 1909 - Oct 2, 1995

OBITUARY - Corsicana Daily Sun Oct. 3, 1995
Carrie Jergins Gordon 86 of Corsicana died at home Monday, Oct. 2 1995.
Service will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Neil Norman officiating. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Services are at 10 am Thursday Oct. 5,1995. Memorials may be made to the Hospice and Home Health of Cedar Lake, 1900 W Second Ave. Corsicana.
Mrs Gordon was born in Powell on Feb. 17, 1909. She lived in Navarro County all her life and was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. She was president of the Oak Valley Cemetery Circle of the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery . She was a member for 25 yrs. She is survived by twos and daughters-in-law, Sam an Margie Gordon, of Livingston, Tx. Dan an Betsy Gordon of Corsicana, Three Daughters and sons-in law. Wanda an Wes Brashear of LaPorte, Tx., Bonnie and Lewis Mathison of Corsicana, Tx, an Kathy an Joe Pascal of Mexia, Tx., one sister, Myrtle Jergins Jacobs of Corsicana, Tx. 11 grandchildren;10 great grandchildren, One great-great grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews. Many friends and family will miss her dearly. Mrs. Gordon was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Gordon in 1988.


Sybil Antionette (Ingram) McConnico
Apr 23, 1849 - Apr 2, 1920

Sister Sybil A. McConnico, daughter of Washington and Sarah Ingram, was born April 23, 1847, in Wilkinson county, Ga.  Her father came to Texas in 1853 and settled in Freestone county.  He moved to Navarro county in 1855 and settled in the Rural Shade community, where the deceased grew into womanhood.  She made a profession of of faith in Christ in 1863 and joined the Baptist Church, and was a member of that faith up to her death.

She was united in marriage to C. T. McConnico on January 17, 1867.  To them were born five children, four of whom survive their mother.  They are J. W. McConnico, Mrs. W. H. Anderson, Mrs. J. F. Mullens, of Kerens, and Mrs. L. R. Calloway of Dallas.  Their youngest daughter, Mrs. Bessie Hardeman, died Sept 15, 1899.

Sister McConnico passed from physical suffering into a blessed sleep in Jesus in the early morning of April 2, 1920, aged 72 years, 11 months and 21 days.  She leaves her husband, with whom she had lived over 53 years, the above named children, nine grand children, two sisters and one half brother.  To them we extend our heartfelt sympathies and commend them to our loving Savior, in whom she so devoutly trusted.

Funeral services were conducted by the writer and Bro. Corkern, pastor of the Baptist Church at Kerens, at 3 p.m. on April the 3rd.  Interment was in the Kerens cemetery.

At the close of the services in the home the song, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," was touchingly rendered by special request.

The attendance at the funeral was large.

When all that loving heart and kind hands could do was finished, we were dismissed by Bro. Corkern.  We left the grave covered with beautiful evergreens and lovely flowers, fit emblems of the beauties of the Paradise of God into which the soul of Sister McConnico has entered.

Yes, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus," one by one God's children are being gathered from earth into the rest prepared for them.  We pray God's blessing upon all the loved ones left behind.  May he grant each one grace to be ready when the summons comes.


  • From the Kerens Tribune, written by "her former Pastor B. F. Ellis"; original owned by Jean Gibbons.
  • Married to Charles Timothy McConnico Jan 17, 1867
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Many Flowers from Here.
Many floral offerings went from here today to the funeral of Mrs. C. T. McConnico at Kerens.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, April 3, 1920
  • w/o Charles Timothy McConnico married Jan 13, 1867 d/o Washington Ezekiel Ingram and Sarah (Brown) Ingram
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Stanley Jean (Ragsdale) Bedur
Aug 25, 1925 - Apr 4, 2001

BEDUR - 04/10/2001
Stanley Jean Ragsdale Bedur, age 75, formerly of Houston, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, TX after a long illness. She was born August 25, 1925 in Corsicana, TX. Growing up, she lived in many Texas towns and began her high school years in Corpus Christi. She graduated from Lamar High School in Houston. Mrs. Bedur married Richard George Bedur on July 14, 1949 and he preceded her in death on October 11, 1975. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Houston. Mrs. Bedur also attended Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas and the University of Madrid. She taught Spanish at Memorial High School in Houston, retiring in 1975. Mrs. Bedur also taught school in San Antonio and at Smithson Valley High School in Canyon Lake, TX. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ragsdale Mixon of Lubbock, TX; nieces and nephews. Graveside Services were held at 11:30 A.M. on Monday at Houston National Cemetery. For those desiring, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 1009 Cedar Lawn Drive, Houston, TX 77511. The Settegast-Kopf Co. Houston, TX 77098 (713) 526-2411

Jimmie D. Franks
Oct 29, 1953 - Feb 5, 2002

Rev. Jimmie D. Franks, was born in Corsicana, TX on October 29, 1953 and left us to be with Jesus on February 5, 2002. He was raised in Ennis, TX and graduated from Ennis High where he received a football scholarship to Texas A&M. Throughout his life he was a football player, engineer for Southern Pacific RR, business owner, pastor, preacher, minister, beloved husband, father and friend. He enjoyed going to church, preaching, teaching Bible Studies, telling others about Jesus Christ, fishing, golfing, making beef jerky, and being with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Franks; daughters, Amy Tait, Lindsey Franks and Sarah Franks; his grandson, Zachary Tait; his father, James Franks; his mother, Mary E. Norman; his mother-in-law, Louise Jenkins; his grandmother, Nettie Bryant; his sisters, Janet Lohner and husband Gary, Nancy Hill and husband Jeff, Bridget Courts and husband Brandon, Sue Warrington and husband Larry, Carla Dyess and husband Danny, Linda Guthrie and husband Ronnie; his brothers, Larry B. Norman and wife Michele, Terry Franks and wife Lou; brother-in-law, Glenn Jen-kins and wife Diann; three nieces, three nephews, and three great nieces. SERVICES Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2002 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at The First United Pentecostal Church, 350 Utopia Lane. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park South. Arrangements with: Mission Park South Funeral Home.

Elton Eugene Hooser
May 25, 1920 - Mar 23, 2001

Elton E. Hooser went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 23, 2001 at the age of 80 years. He was born in Frost, TX on May 25, 1920. A devoted husband, Mr. Hooser was a graduate of Texas A&M University and had retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a District Manager. He was a very active member of the Dellview Baptist Church in San Antonio and a member of the Kiwanis Club where he held numerous positions as an officer. Survivors include his loving wife, Elizabeth Hooser of San Antonio; brother, Joe Hooser of Lone Star, TX; 15 nieces and nephews; a host of other loving family members and friends. SERVICES The family will receive visitors on Thursday, March 29, 2001 from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 11:00 A.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive with Rev. Rob Rolison officiating. Interment will follow Services at Mission Burial Park North. Mission Park Funeral Chapels North.


  • San Antonio Express News - Mar 28, 2001

Eleanor (Boldt) Weedin
Oct 22, 1906 - Jun 13, 2002

Eleanor Boldt Weedin passed away Thursday, June 13, 2002 in San Antonio at the age of 95. A native of San Antonio, born October 22, 1906. Eleanor Weedin taught in the San Antonio Independent School District for over 40 years where she retired after beginning her teaching career in Kerens, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Business School in 1929. She was a life member of the Southwest Gem and Mineral Society. Until a few years ago, she was a docent at the Institute of Texas Cultures and a volunteer researcher at the San Antonio Genealogical Society. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Alpha Delta Kappa, Texas German Society, San Antonio Conservation Society, and the San Antonio Retired Teachers Association. Eleanor was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Her husband, Frank, and her brother, William Boldt preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, James and daughter-in-law Teresa of Aurora, CO; sister-in-law, Evelyn Boldt; nieces, Barbara Haden and Marilyn Baker of Houston; three great-nephews, one great-niece, one great-great-niece and one great-great nephew. Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 1:30 P.M. in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Monday, June 17, 2002, 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, the Christian Assistance Ministry, and the San Antonio Genealogical Society. Sunset Funeral.

James Hugh Atkins
Feb 1, 1915 - Feb 5, 2002

James Hugh Atkins, of New Braunfels, died Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 87. Mr. Atkins was born February 1, 1915 in Dawson, TX, was employed by Marathon Oil Company in Texas City for 38 years. He married Catherine Kempf of Devine, TX and raised his family in Galveston, TX, retiring in New Braunfels, TX in 1978, was a member of the Elks Club of New Braunfels and a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Catherine Kempf Atkins; sons, James Hugh Atkins, Jr. and wife Cindy, Robert Charles Atkins and wife Jane; daughters, Jo Ann Byrd and husband Jerry, and Cathy Sue Pugh and husband Mike; grandchildren, Dan Byrd and wife Natalie; Mary Elizabeth Brown and husband Thomas, Sally Pugh, Charlie Pugh, Jake Atkins, Luke Atkins, Grace Atkins, Catherine Atkins, and Robert Atkins, Jr. Mr. Atkins was preceded in death by his mother, Hattie Blackburn Atkins and his father, Lee Forest Atkins; brothers, Lee Weldon Atkins and Maurice Atkins; sisters, Evelyn Schumann, and Opal Massey. Visitation will begin at 5:00 P.M., Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Zoeller Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7:00 P.M., Thursday at Zoeller Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be said Friday, February 8, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 2:00 P.M. at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Devine, TX. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may make them to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels or Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Building Fund. ZOELLER FUNERAL HOME 615 Landa Street New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 625-2349

Joseph Key Garner, Jr.
Mar 5, 1940 - Aug 22, 2001

Joseph Key Garner, Jr., passed away on August 22, 2001. He was born in Corsicana, TX, on March 5, 1940, to the late Joseph Key Garner, Sr., and Ernestine Young Garner. In 1965, he married Linda Williams of Marlin, TX. In 1966-67, he served as a Captain with the 4th United States Cavalry in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Joe subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Economics and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. During his career, he worked as Director of Management Information Services in the engineering and construction industry in Houston, first for Brown & Root and later for CRSS. Joe and his wife, Linda, recently relocated to Boerne, TX. He was employed as Chief Information Officer for Orbis Online, Inc. in San Antonio. Joe is survived by his wife Linda, and his mother, Ernestine Y. Garner. Services will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at Corley Funeral Home at 4:00 P.M. in Corsicana, TX. Visitation will be on Friday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Pallbearers will be Liston Herod, Jr., John Kuretsch, Richard Quinn, Thomas Tate, Harold Watson and Jimmy Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of your choice. Local funeral arrangements entrusted to: Vaughan's Funeral Home of Boerne.


Lucille (Stayton) Steubing
Sep 16, 1908 - Jun 15, 2002

Lucille Steubing, affectionately known as "Dee Dee", entered into rest on Saturday, June 15, 2002 at the age of 93. She was born on September 16, 1908 in Blooming Grove, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 60 years, V. F. "Buck" Steubing. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, and lifetime member of Lone Star Fiddler's Association. She touched many individuals during her long life through the family grocery store and later the printing shop. "Dee Dee" will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed for the love she shared with all those who knew her. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Vastine and Patsy; grandsons, Russell, Lawrence, Scott and his wife Angela; granddaughters, Suzanne and husband Gregory Beabout, Melissa and husband Mike Benson, and nine great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Hospice Homecare for their support and compassion given in these final days. Visitation: Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. at Dellcrest Funeral Home. Services: Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 12:00 Noon at Dellcrest Funeral Chapel, Pastor R. O. Dahlke, officiating. Interment following Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Homecare, 10221 Desert Sands, Suite 301, San Antonio, TX 78216 or Boysville Inc. P.O. Box 369, Converse, TX 78109. Dellcrest Funeral Home.

John Willie Lewis
Aug 17, 1889 - Oct 1958

Probably San Angelo newspaper Oct. 1958   

J.W. Lewis Rites Set Here Today

Services for John W. Lewis, 69, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Robert Massie funeral Chapel with burial in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens. 
The Rev. Henry Teem of Fort Worth and the Rev. Durwood Rutland of Ft. Concho Baptist Church will officiate. 

Mr. Lewis, a retired carpenter, died Thursday night at his home, 735 Powell St. He was born in Navarro County, later moving to Monhans.  He came to San Angelo in 1944.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Warren A. Lewis of Odessa; four sisters, Mrs. Ethyl Bristow of Monahans, Mrs. Ada Everitt of Corsicana, Mrs. John W. Baker of Odessa and Mrs. J. B. Rogers of Crane; his stepmother, Mrs. J. J. Lewis of Odessa; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.   


  • Tanna Rogers Haynes (found in my Grandmother's bible)
  • Willie was born 17 Aug. 1889. Willie's mother was M.A. Holloway, daughter of Robert L. Holloway of Corsicana. She died before the census of 1900. 
  • His father was Jackson J. Lewis who lived in Navarro County until 1932 when he moved to Wickett, Tx.

John Thomas Butler  
Feb 4, 1852 - Nov 9, 1940

Newspaper probably Ennis ca. 1940    

J. T. Butler, 88, Aged Railroader, Dies in Dension      

John Thomas Butler, 88, father of G. W. Butler and Miss Myrtle Butler of Ennis, died at 12:35 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the M. K. and T. Hospital in Denison, following an illiness of eighteen months.

Mr. Butler was born in Atlanta, Ga. Feb. 10, 1852 and was educated in the public schools in Atlanta, Ga. and in Alabama.  He was married Feb 28, 1890, to Miss Lulu Pitts.

Mr. Butler was employed with the Southern Pacific in Corsicana and the Cotton Belt in Tyler and the C.O. and G. in McAlester, Okla. before moving to Denison in 1892 as blacksmith foreman in the Katy car department.  He was employed in that capacity until 1917. 

Mr. Butler, was a member of the First Christian church, Woodmen of the World, Woodmen Circle, Ancient Order of United Workmen of Texas and the I.O.O.F.

Surviving are his wife, a son, George W. Butler of Ennis, two daughters, Miss Myrtle Butler of Ennis, and Mrs. Tillie Garrison of Dallas; also two brothers, William and Samuel Butler, both of Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. Epsey Rogers of Corsicana.  

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon in the Short-Murray Funeral Home in Denison with  the Rev. G. C. Minor, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating.

Miss Evelyn Powers, soloist, sang "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" and a trio composed of Mrs. Noa Grant, Mrs. E. G. Thurman and Mrs. H. C. Rudy sang "Rock of Ages" and "Nearer My God to Thee"

Internment was made in the Denison cemetery with the I.O.O. F. burial service in charge of E. A. Wright. F. R. Lawhon was chaplain.

Pallbearers were Chas. Campbell, Van Ford, O. E. Fuller, J. O. Bush, F. R. Lowhorn and E. A. Wright.  

Those from Ennis attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Butler, Miss Myrtle Butler, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Turner and two children, Mrs. W. J. Richardson, Miss Louise Maddox and Mrs. J. H. Butler.


  • Tanna Rogers Haynes (given to me by Virginia Mahler and Dorothy Nell Butler)
  • In 1994 Virginia told me that she met John Thomas one time when she was about 10 years old. She said he was blind then, and they called him Little Grandpa.
  • John Thomas Butler was the son of Currie Edward Butler.

John Henry Butler
Jun 17, 1872 - Sep 2, 1932

Ennis newspaper 1932   

J. H. Butler Died Friday Night Funeral Sunday

J. H. Butler, 60, native Texan and resident of Ennis for 18 years, died suddenly at his home, 510 West Tyler street, Friday night at 7:45.  He had not been well during the day, but had gone to his work as usual. Coming home at 5 o'clock he ate his evening meal and complained of feeling badly, he went to bed.  He died just as his son returned from a drug store with a prescription.  

John Henry Butler was born June 17, 1872, in Corsicana. He was married in 1893 to Miss Zora Dorothy Rogers of Chatfield.  Moving to Ennis in 1914 he was in the restaurant business on South Main street for seven years.  He was then employed as engineer at Boren's gin for ten years.

Two years ago he was appointed street superintendent for the city of Ennis, which position he has held since that time.  He has been a member of the First Methodist church since a small boy.

Surviving are his wife and five children, three daughters, Mrs. J. A. Lindle of Cameron; Mrs. T. J. Farrar and Miss Dorothy Nell Butler of Ennis; two sons, Claude and Roger Butler of Ennis.  Also surviving are two sisters, Miss Myrtle Butler of Ennis and Mrs. Cy Garrison of Dallas and one brother, G. W. Butler of Ennis.    

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home 510 West Tyler street, with Rev. W. E. Fisher, pastor of the First Methodist Church, conducting the services.

Interment will be made in the Chatfield cemetery with J. E. Keever in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be John Boren,( the rest of the paper clipping is torn away)


  • Tanna Rogers Haynes (given to me by Virginia Mahler and Dorothy Nell Butler)
  • New Chatfield Cemetery
  • John "Henry" died Sept. 2, 1932. His father was John Thomas Butler. His mother was Margaret E._____. Margaret died in 1888 along with an infant daughter named Annie Pearl. They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Corsicana in the plot of Miss Myrtle Butler.

Laura Lee (Kirk) Dyess
Jul 5, 1930 - AUg 14, 2002

Laura Lee Dyess, 72, of Trinidad passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002 at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad with the Rev. Jim Bob Farmer officiating. A private graveside service will follow at Prairie Point Cemetery.

Mrs. Dyess was born July 5, 1930 in Roane to Bernice and Emma Lee Kirk. She was a housewife and a devoted mother. She was a Baptist who loved serving her Lord and working in the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Clark Dyess; grandson, Steven Brigance; and brother, Cecil Leon Kirk.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Jerry Brigance of Trinidad; grandson and wife, Keith and Michele Brigance of Arp; great-grandchildren, Zachary Steven and Kaley Michele Brigance of Arp; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Hilde Kirk of Athens and Adrian and Velma Kirk of LaMesa, Calif.; and sister, Ruby Lennon of Palestine.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Garden Fund, Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 213, Trinidad, Texas 75163.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.


Katherine Henrietta "Kat" (Coleman) Chandler
 Oct 24, 1909 - Aug 13, 2002

Katherine Coleman Chandler, 92, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002 in Alameda County, Calif.

A memorial service will be held in Corsicana at a later date with interment at Woodland Cemetery at a later date.

Mrs. Chandler was born Oct. 24, 1909 in Corsicana to Dr. and Mrs. Will Coleman Sr. She graduated from G.W. Jackson High School in 1928.

Survivors include her brother, Will Coleman Jr. of Chicago, Ill.; sister, Ruth E. Green of Fort Worth; devoted nephew, William Downey of Tacoma, Wash.,; and other relatives.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.



Katherine 'Kat' Henrietta Coleman Chandler

Katherine "Kat" Henrietta Coleman Chandler, 92, of Oakland, Calif. passed away Aug. 13, 2002 at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Calif.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Woodland Cemetery in Corsicana with Pastor K. D. Davis officiating.

Mrs. Chandler was born Oct. 24, 1909 in Corsicana to Dr. Will and Mattie (Bell) Coleman. After graduating from G. W. Jackson High School and Prairie View A&M College with a degree in home economics, she taught school in the Streetman and Italy Independent School districts. She moved to Berkeley, Calif. where she retired from the Berkeley Unified School District.

The family extends the deepest gratitude to the staff at St. Therese Convalescent Hospital in Hayward, Calif. for their professional and loving care given to Mrs. Chandler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter E. Chandler; father, Dr. Will Coleman Sr.; mother, Mattie Bell Coleman; sisters, Lillian M., Martha Jo, Lena M., Ethel L., Pearl A. and Emma M.; and brothers, Clarence L., Joseph M. and John M.

Survivors include her sister, Ruth E. Greene of Fort Worth; brother, Will Coleman Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 13 nieces and nephews and a host of other family members and friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Travis Leon Hill
Jul 2, 1924 - Aug 15, 2002

Travis Leon Hill, 78, of Weimar passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002 at Parkview Nursing Home in Weimar.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating.

Mr. Hill was born July 2, 1924 in Wood County.

Survivors include his son, Travis Mitchell Hill of Flatonia; stepsons, Randy Fontenot, Wayne Fontenot and Tiny Fontenot, all of Louisiana; stepdaughters, Sharon Hunley, Rhonda West and Charlotte Lavergne, all of Louisiana; brother, Willie Hill of California; sisters, Marie Lancaster of Kerens, Inez Hill and Lela Schlemmer, both of Corsicana, and Valla Ree Phillips of Lake Livingston; two grandchildren, 18 step grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.

James Tinkle West
Aug 25, 1915 - Aug 14, 2002

James Tinkle West, 86, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002 at the Veterans Hospital in Dallas.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Dr. Robert M. Young officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. West was born Aug. 25, 1915 in Corsicana to J. C. and Cadda Tinkle West. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1932 and attended Texas A&M College. He began his business career as owner of the City Book Store in Corsicana, then later enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as an instrument training instructor in Independence, Kan., writing the Army's manual on the subject. Returning to Corsicana when he was discharged, he joined his father and brother in developing the Wolf Brand Chili Company. When he retired from Wolf Brand as president, he turned to many diverse businesses, including a freight line, a film production company, a cable television station in the Virgin Islands, hotel and apartment development and many other ventures.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Lois; and grandson, Matthew Berry.

Survivors include his daughters, Dianne West Short and husband William of Corsicana, and Joanne West and Bonnie West, both of Dallas; grandchildren, West Short and wife Sarah and children Alexander and Caroline of Georgetown, Will Short of Dallas and Kate Short of Portland, Ore.; numerous nieces, nephews, and too many friends to count, including his "coffee buddies" at Brookshire's, his well-loved pals in Bonham, and his many four-legged friends who will no longer know his gentle warmth.

Memorials may be made to Humane Society Animal Shelter, 617 S. 12th St., Corsicana.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


James Tinkle West: Ex-owner of Wolf chili firm

Services for James Tinkle West, a former co-owner and president of Wolf Brand Chili in Corsicana, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana.

Mr. West died Wednesday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dallas of complications after pneumonia. He died less than two weeks before his 87th birthday. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

Mr. West, the son of former Wolf Brand Chili owner J.C. West, worked in the company after World War II.

In the early 1950s, he and his brother Doyle West became co-owners and James became president of the company. It was sold in 1957 to Quaker Oats Co. in Chicago, but production remained in Corsicana for many years.

The company is now owned by Nebraska-based ConAgra Foods.

James West ventured into several businesses, including another chili company and was known more for his generosity, said his daughter, Joanne West of Dallas. He taught his family that life was about friends and loving others, she said.

"Mostly what my father did was love people," Ms. West said. "He just cared more about people than he did about himself."

Born Aug. 25, 1915, in Corsicana, Mr. West lived there his entire life except for his brief time in college and the military. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1932 and attended the institution now known as Texas A&M University.

During his time with the Army Air Corps in World War II, Mr. West wrote an Army manual on instrument flying, his daughter said.

"He always was very bright, and he always wanted to do everything the right way," Ms. West said.

After Wolf Brand Chili was sold, Mr. West had a number a business interests, including owning a freight company in Houston and a TV station in the Virgin Islands and developing hotels and apartments in Dallas, his daughter said.

In the 1980s, his family started West Brand Chili, of which Mr. West was president. The dry-mix chili was sold all over the world until about the time his wife, Lois Toone West, died in 1992.

He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana.

Mr. West is also survived by daughters Dianne West Short of Corsicana and Bonnie West of Dallas; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Navarro County, 617 S. 12th St., Corsicana, TX 75110.


  • Dallas Morning News


JAMES TINKLE WEST, life long resident of Corsicana, passed away on Wednesday, Aug 14, 2002, aged 86, at the Veterans Hospital, Dallas.  He was born on Aug 25, 1915 in Corsicana, son of J. C. and Cadda Tinkle West.  He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1932, and attended Texas A&M College.  After duty in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he shared ownership and was President of Wolf Brand Chili in Corsicana until he retired to pursue many diverse interests.  His true interests, though, was always people.  He was a man of unfailing loyality and unparalleled generosity.  He knew and practiced the true meaning of love and friendship.  He was a mixture of common sense and uncommon character.  He was predeceased by his wife Lois, and his grandson Matthew Berry.  His survivors include his daughters Dianne West Short and husband William Short of Corsicana, Joanne West and Bonnie West, both of Dallas.  Services will be on Tuesday, August 20th, 2:00 o'clock, at Westminister Presbyterian Church, Corsicana.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  The family asks that memorials may be made to the Humane Society Animal Shelter, 617 S. 12th Street, Corsicana 75110.



Ruth M. Younger
June 04, 1922 - Aug 15, 2002

Ruth M. Younger passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002.

Wake service will be 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at McDowell Funeral Home Chapel in Waco.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Luke A.M.E. in Waco. Interment will follow at Brushie Prairie.

Mrs. Younger was born June 4, 1922 in Navarro County.

Arrangements by McDowell Funeral Home.


Ruth M. Younger was born June 4, 1922 in Navarro County.  She departed this life on Aug 15, 2002.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at St. Luke A.M.E. with burial at Brushie Prairie.  A wake will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Chapel.

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