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James Kelton Russell
Jul 19, 1932 - Aug 5, 2002

LINDSAY, OKLA. — Services for James Kelton Russell, 70, of Lindsay will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ in Lindsay with J. D. Bryant officiating.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Lamesa Memorial Cemetery under the direction of B.G. Boydston Funeral Home of Lindsay.

He died Monday, Aug. 5, 2002.

He was born July 19, 1932, in Corsicana. He married Linda Gay Russell on Jan. 31, 1976, in Ulysses, Kan. He was raised in the Lubbock area and was a production foreman for OXY/USA before retiring. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, Buna Lattice Russell of Seminole; three sons, James Keith of Las Vegas, N. M., Jimmie Lee Youree of Billings, Mont., and Williams Paul Youree of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Pamela Sue Herring of Pampa and Cindi Ann Jared of Abilene, Kan.; a brother, Paul Burgett of Seminole; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

Columbus H. Talley

Obituary moved to Columbus H. Talley Biography Page

Mary Elizabeth (Osborne) Holloway
Mar 23, 1920 - Jan 31, 1962

Mary Osborne Holloway

Final rites for Mary Osborne Holloway was held from the Corley chapel Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. with interment in the Emmett Cemetery.
Officiating were Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor, Missionary Baptist church, and Rev. Ezra Burns, pastor, Bethel Missionary Baptist church of which Mrs. Holloway was a member.
A native of Navarro county, Mrs. Holloway, 43, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday after being stricken at her home. She returned to Corsicana three years ago from Portland, Ore.
Survivors include two sons, Samuel Grant Holloway and Albert Lee Holloway, and one daughter, Alice Marie Holloway, all of Corsicana; father, Albert Lee Osborne, Corsicana; five sisters, Mrs. P. A. Fuston and Mrs. Charles Prater, both of Fort Worth, Mrs. Gus Jones, Hillsboro; Mrs. L. L. Irwin, Hatfield, Ark., and Mrs. J. W. Cashion, Freer; three brothers, Jack Osborne, Railto, Calif., Clyde Osborne, Corsicana, and S. W. Osborne, Cleburne and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Charles Osborne, Calvin Osborne, Jack Jones, Bob Jones, J. L. Cashion, Billy Osborne, K. D. Cashion, Jimmy Frizzell, J. W. Price, Gene Brazell, Tommy Rehders, Weldon Elliott, Ray Adler and Gus Jones, Jr., all nephews. 



CORSICANA, Feb. 1 (Spl) - Mrs. Mary Osborne Holloway, 41, was buried in Emmett Cemetery after funeral services here. Thursday. Mrs. Holloway died Tuesday in a Corsicana hospital. Survivors include two sons, Samuel and Albert Lee Holloway of Corsicana; a daughter, Miss Alice Marie Holloway of Corsicana; three brothers, and five sisters, includeing Mrs. T. A. Fuston and Mrs. Charles Prater of Fort Worth


Clyde Ephriam Osborne
Jan 10, 1902 - Mar 7, 1980
Clyde E. Osborne, 78, resident of 3400 W. Seventh who died at 3:30 a.m. Friday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital.

Services are Sunday, 2 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Troy Brooks and the Rev. Kenward Goode officiating.

Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park

He was a lifelong resident of Navarro County, active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, and retired employee of TEA working there 23 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lorene Crawford Osborne, of Corsicana; two sons, Calvin (Bud) Osborne, of Waco, and M. Sgt. Billy (Bill) C. Osborne of San Antonio; two daughters, Mrs. Tome (Jerry) Rehders, of Andrews; and Mrs. Weldon (Janice), Elliott, of Portland; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, step-mother, Mrs. Ethel Osborne, of Corsicana; four sisters, Mrs. Vesta Irwin, Mrs. Lucille Fuston, and Mrs. Roberta Cashion, all of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Bernice Jones of Hillsboro; two brothers, Jack Osborne of Yucaipi, Calif., and S. W. Osborne of Grandview.

Pallbearers are Bud Andrus, Max Graham, Raymond Hampel, Sandy May, Leroy Bonner, and Keith Weaver.

Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Coker, Chuck Burns, Charles Finscher, Jerald Atkinson, Elmer Trent, Charles Nelson, Don Tanner, Larry Bell and Billy Jones.


Edward Neil Tisdale
 June 4, 1913 - Aug 30, 2002

Edward Neil Tisdale, 89, of Streetman passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2002 at Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Birdston Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Richardson officiating.

Mr. Tisdale was born June 4, 1913 in Streetman to Charles Edward Tisdale and Sally Bryant Tisdale. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Tisdale of Streetman; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Louise Gunn of Baytown; daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Wayne Estes of Rice and Bernice and Bill Strickland of Baytown; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.


Blanche Cleo ( Lawrence) Nesmith
Aug 4, 1906 - Aug 30, 2002

Blanche C. Nesmith, 96, of Dawson passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2002 in a Corsicana nursing center.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Mrs. Nesmith was born Aug. 4, 1906 in Dawson. She was a life-long resident of Dawson and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Dawson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Nesmith in 1993.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Robbye Nesmith of Dawson; sister, Nannie Bob Bruce of Dawson; grandsons, Scott Sanders and wife Sherrie of Corsicana and Steve Sanders and wife Laurie of Dawson; great-grandsons, Justin Owen, Brice Sanders and Dustin Sanders; great-granddaughter, Kayla Sanders; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard.


Mrs. Blanche C. Nesmith, 96, of Dawson, died Friday, August 30, at aCorsicana nursing center. She was born August 4, 1906 in Dawson. She was a life-long resident of Dawson and a member of First United Methodist Church
of Dawson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Nesmith in 1993. Survivors include: one son, Bobby Nesmith and wife, Robbye of Dawson; one sister, Nannie Bob Bruce of Dawson; two grandsons; three great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 1, at Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Brad Brittain officiating. Burial will follow at Dawson


  • Hillsboro Reporter
  • Daughter of Joseph "Joe" B. Lawrence & Mary Alice Davidson Dawson
  • w/o Roy Lanier Nesmith on 7 Oct 1927; d/o Joseph Britton & "Joe" Lawrence, Sr. & Mary Alice (Davidson) Lawrence
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Thurman Alonzo Rogers
Sep 17, 1935 - Aug 3-, 2002

Thurman Rogers

Thurman Rogers of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2002 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

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

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.


Thurman Alonzo 'T.A.' Rogers

Thurman Rogers, 66, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2002 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. today until the time of the service, which will be held 7:30 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. William Dollar officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.

Mr. Rogers was born Sept. 17, 1935 in Quintaque.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Gene; and daughter, Debra Gay.

Survivors include children, Russell "Rusty" and wife, Andrea of Bowie and Cheri and Carey Day of Converce; grandchildren, Kathleen E.V. Day, David Alen Day, Zackery Wayne Rogers and Cole Bryant Rogers; and sister, Reva Pierce of Junction, Ariz.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana


Bobby Ray Howard
May 5, 1931 - Sep 1, 2002

Bobby Howard, 71, of Corsicana passed away Sept. 1, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services are pending.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana


Bobby Howard

Bobby Howard, 71, of Corsicana passed away Sept. 1, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Howard was born May 5, 1931 in Corsicana.

Survivors include daughter Becky Neckar of Azle and number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Samuel Tillman French, Jr.
Nov. 9, 1929 - Sep 3, 2002

S.T. French Jr.

S.T. French Jr., 72, of Dawson passed away Monday, Sept. 3, 2002 at his residence.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Chuck Wallace officiating.

Pallbearers will be Paul Holloway, Jackie Thomas, James Matthews, Doug Spain, Ellis Montgomery and G.C. Younger.

Mr. French was born Nov. 9, 1929 at Brushie Prairie in Navarro County.

Survivors include his daughters, Linda Matthews and Ann Lemmings, both of Dawson, and Robin Jenkins of Gatesville; brother, Victor French of Dawson; sister, Myrtle Whitner of Corsicana; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a number of step great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home of Kerens.


Mary Elizabeth (Warren) Armstrong
Oct 13, 1921 - Sep 2, 2002

Mary Elizabeth Warren Armstrong, 80, of Blooming Grove passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 4 p.m. today at Blooming Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Speegle and the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David McGee, Randy Jones, Jamey Sellers, Chad Page, Brian Page, James Page, Kelly Page and Keith Tunnell.

Mrs. Armstrong was born Oct. 13, 1921 in Blooming Grove to H.M. and Henrietta Hartley Warren. She worked in the business office at Navarro Regional Hospital for many years.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Turner and Jane Armstrong, both of Blooming Grove; grandchild, Bill Turner III and wife Gayle of Round Rock; great-grandchildren, William, Melissa and Valerie; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Armstrong of Corsicana; niece, Xan Kelley and husband David of Cayuga; nephew, David Sellers and wife Wanda of Cayuga; and a number of other nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Blooming Grove.


Jean (Warren) Daniel
Sept. 21, 1925 - Aug 31, 2002

Jean W. Daniel, 76, of Tucson, Ariz. passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002 at Apple Tree Adult Care Home.

Services have been held.

She was born Sept. 21, 1925 in Corsicana to L. M. "Mack" and Rhoda Moreland Denton Warren. She retired from Tucson Public School Food Services after 17 years.

Her parents preceded her in death, as have her husband, David E. Daniel; sisters, Maxine Warren Weems, Elizabeth Warren Dresser, and Mayme Fern Pollard; and grandson Joshua Caleb Daniel.

Mrs. Daniel is survived by her children, Steven Warrent Daniel and wife Patricia Anne of Tempe, Ariz., daughter Terry Lynn Daniel Evqans and husband Stephen and their three boys, Daniel Adrian, Douglas Andrew and David Alexander of Roswell, N.M.; another son, David E. Daniel Jr. of Tuscon and his children April Christine Daniel and Jeremiah David Daniel of Lubbock; nieces, Ann Betts and husband Paul, Linda Kilpatrick and husband Jack; Tommie Works, and Nancey Desser; and nephew, Paul Dresser and wife Judy.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Muscular Dystrophy Association in memory of her husband of 49 years, David Daniel Sr.

Arrangements by Bring Funeral Home, Tuscon, Ariz.


Sammy Dale Moore
Jun 29, 1934 - Sep 3, 2002

Sammy Dale Moore, 68, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Mildred Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Pattison Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Wright, Cliff Tew, Richard Rash, M.R. Bottoms, Dan Jones and Buddy Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Pierce, Rick Rash, Leon Atkinson, Gary Sanders, Michael Cook, Carroll Sigman, and Corsicana Noon Lions Club.

Mr. Moore was born June 29, 1934 in Corsicana to Sam and Ina Zuber Moore. He was a member of Mildred Baptist Church. He was the manager for Western Electric for many years and was a member of Corsicana Noon Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Blackwell Moore of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Valerie Moore of Dallas and William and Jennifer Moore of Cedar Creek; stepson, Alan Brown and wife Patricia of Carlys, La.; daughters, Shannon Moore of Corsicana, Sabrina Moore Melton and husband Jesse of Blooming Grove, Lana Gabriel and husband Ron of Van; stepdaughter, Susan Brown Neagle of Corsicana; grandchildren, Samantha Melton, Brandon Moore and Kindra Moore; and sister, Gladys Yates of Houston.

Memorials may be made to Mildred Baptist Church Building Fund.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home of Corsicana.


Richard Wilton 'Dickey' Durr
Jun 21, 1944 - Sep 4, 2002

Richard "Dickey" Durr, 58, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002 in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating.

Mr. Durr was born June 21, 1944 in Corsicana. He worked as a fireman, an LVN, and later worked in the funeral industry with Corley Funeral Home locally and other funeral homes. He was named to the dean's list while attending mortuary school. He also worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as an engineer, retiring after 15 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Durr; and mother, Helen Ann Davenport Durr.

Survivors include his daughter, Denise Kelly and fiancˇ Alex Lewis of Corsicana; son, John Durr of Mineral Wells; granddaughter, Summer Kelly of Corsicana; and brother, Robert Durr of El Paso.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


James H. Armstrong
Feb. 3, 1919 - Sep 1, 2002

James H. Armstrong, 83, of Houston passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 at his residence.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Laurel Land in the Chapel of the Chimes, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth, with Dr. Carroll Marr officiating. The service will include the folding of an American flag by military honor guard to commemorate and honor Mr. Armstrong's longtime career serving the country in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Mr. Armstrong was born Feb. 3, 1919 in Streetman and raised at the Corsicana State Home. He attended Emhouse High School where he graduated in 1939. In 1941, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he made the military his career until his retirement as a chief master sergeant after over 30 years of active duty service.

A much-publicized photograph of him appeared in Life magazine and the Corsicana Daily Sun during a tour of duty in Burma with Merrill Marauders in the Battle of Myitkyina. [WWII]

Survivors include his children, Anya Adams of Fort Worth, Lesley Armstrong and John D. Armstrong, both of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Stephanie Armstrong of Houston; stepsons, Terry Miller of Truth or Consequences, N.M. and Andrew Miller of Grants, N.M.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Laurel Land of Fort Worth.


Hallie Mae  (Jennings) Powers
Oct 19, 1911 - Sep 04, 2002

WOLFE CITY - Hallie Mae Powers, 90, of Wolfe City died Tuesday at Smith Nursing Home following a lengthy illness. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. today at R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home with Dr. John Grigsby officiating. Graveside services are at 4 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Gardens and Duncan, Okla.

The daughter of Abner Wilson and Claudia Mae Flancher Jennings, she was born Oct. 19, 1911, in Hubbard. On Jan. 29, 1933, she was married to Odie Andrew Powers in Corsicana.

Mrs. Powers was a homemaker and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Wolfe City.

Surviving are a daughter, Rhonda Ricketts of Wolfe City; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

Her husband and one sister, Jackie Armstrong, preceded her in death.

Roland R. Maynor
Mar 13, 1933 - Jun 5, 2002

QUINLAN - Roland Maynor of Quinlan, 46, died Wednesday in Greenville. Funeral services are at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Quinlan Funeral Home Chapel with Frank Summers officiating. Burial is in D/FW National Cemetery.

The son of David Crockett and Casie Merrell Maynor, he was born March 13, 1933, in Princeton. On Oct. 29, 1955, he married Coleta Anderson in Corsicana.

Mr. Maynor served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was a sign builder.

Surviving are his wife of Quinlan; children Thomas Maynor and Debbie Foust, both of Quinlan and Angella O'Bannon of Taylor; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



Henry Michael Boyte
Jan 8, 1945 - Apr 29, 2002

WILLS POINT - A private memorial service will be scheduled later for Henry Michael Boyte who died April 28 in Wills Point.

He was born Jan. 8, 1945, in Corsicana to Henry Clay Boyte and Anna May Brown. He married Sabine Franziska Flamm on July 21, 1995, in Plano. He was a truck driver and a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Surviving are his wife, of Wills Point; children Kathleen N. Torres of Mesquite, Robert Michael Boyte of Plano, Kymberly Michelle Boyte of Port Lavaca, Dmitri F. Sherman of Denton, Larissa M. Krueger of Denton and Franziska K. Haynes of Garland; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Quinlan Funeral Home.

Robert Bruce Sawyer
May 7, 1911 - Aug 28, 2002

Robert Bruce Sawyer Graveside Services Held August 30

Robert Bruce Sawyer, 91 of Mexia passed away August 28, 2002, at Mexia Nursing Home in Mexia.

Graveside services were held Friday, August 30, at Mexia Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Wright, of Northside Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Sawyer was born May 7, 1911 in Navarro County. He lived most of his life in Limestone County, the last 50 being in Mexia. He attended Union High School. Mr. Sawyer was retired from Mexia State School as a medical aide; after retirement he helped many people in the Mexia area as a handyman doing repair jobs. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Sawyer in 1994.

Mr. Sawyer is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Jan Sawyer of Mexia; grandchildren - Kellye and Terry Bennett of Houston, Mark Sawyer of Mexia, Michael and Kim Sawyer of Warrensburg, MO, Kris and Scott Rhodes of Hewitt; great-grandchildren - Jennifer and Jordan Bennett and Jonathan Rhodes; brother - Paul Sawyer of Corsicana and a number of nieces and nephews.

Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home of Mexia was in charge of arrangements.


  • Mexia City Cemetery, Mexia, Limestone Co., TX

Jan Ellison Rudder
Jul 10, 1946 - Aug 23, 2002

Jan Ellison Rudder Graveside Services Held August 25

Mr. Jan Ellison Rudder, 56, of Alpine, formerly of Mexia, died August 23, 2002 in Alpine, Texas. Graveside services were held Sunday, August 25, at Tehuacana Cemetery with Rev. Tom Prentiss officiating.
Mr. Rudder was born July 10, 1946 in Corsicana. He had lived most of his life in Mexia moving the last few months to Alpine. He was a mechanic and had served in the Air Force from 1968 - 1972 during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Beldin Rudder of Alpine; mother, Martha Jo Rudder of Mexia; sister, Renell Perrotti of Mexia; stepson, Desmond Routh of Mexia, Dillon and Brandon Routh of Florida; nephew, Louis Perrotti; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were Larry Parr, Richard Woods, Joseph McKeon, Jon Phillips, Danny Adams, Jimmy Gore.
Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home of Mexia was in charge of arrangements.


  • Tehuacana Cemetery, Tehuacana, Limestone Co., TX

Patricia Lucille (Lynn) 'Pat' Coppock
Jul 15, 1953 - Sep 5, 2002

Patricia "Pat" Coppock

Patricia "Pat" Coppock, 49, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Ms. Coppock was born July 15, 1953 in Moberly, Mo.

Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Coppock; son, Brandon Coppock; and sisters, Willie Pennington and Martha Raines, all of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home



Patricia 'Pat' Coppock

Patricia "Pat" Coppock, 49, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital after an extended illness.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Raines, Billy Raines, Justin Lynch, Tommy Pennington, Allen Pennington, David Taylor, Darrell Stevenson and Scott Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Bullard, Mike Pennington, Richard Lynch and Ronnie Wylie.

Ms. Coppock was born July 15, 1953 in Moberly, Mo. to Russell Orville "Pike" Lynn and Ruby Halfacre Lynn. She completed LVN school at Navarro College in 1976 and was employed by Health Care and Rehab of Corsicana. Also, she had worked with Corsicana Nursing Home and several years with the Ellis County Sheriff's Department and Ennis Care Center.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard Lynn and Freddie O. Lynn; and great-niece, Lauren Pennington.

Survivors include her son, Brandon Coppock of Dallas; daughter, Amanda Coppock of Corsicana; sisters, Willie E. Pennington and husband Sid and Martha Raines and husband Nat, all of Corsicana; nieces, Marty Stevenson and husband Darrell of Dawson, Debbie Nelson Taylor and husband David of Ennis, Robin Stevens and husband Scott of Corsicana, Holly Lynn of Blooming Grove, Amber Beakley and husband Steven of Ennis; nephews, Dennis Raines and wife Debbie, Allen Pennington and wife Sherry, and Tom Pennington and wife Lisa, all of Corsicana, and Richard Russell Lynn Jr. of Blooming Grove; great-nephews and nieces, Kurt Pennington, Dylan Pennington, Tracy Pennington, Alicia Pennington, Ryan Pennington, Janice Pennington, Michelle Pennington, Laci Lynn, Dylan Morgan, Audrey Beakley, Jamie Nelson and Blake Gullatt, Justin Lynch, Billy Raines and Jimmie Raines; and great-great-nephew, Benjamin Castillo.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Lizzie Rae Osborne 
Jan 11, 1896 - Mar 9, 1980

Corsicana Paper (prob. the Corsicana Daily Sun) dated March 9, 1950 

Lizzie Osborne

Miss Lizzie Rae Osborne, retired longtime Corsicana teacher, died Sunday night in Dallas where she had made her home in recent years at Baptist TruHome.

Services are to be Tuesday, 1 p.m. in Frost at Ballard Funeral Home with burial following in the Emmett Cemetery.

She was the last surviving child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Osborne and was a native of Emmett.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corsicana and Navarro County Retired Teachers Association.


  • Daughter of William Franklin Osborne & Ida Talula (Talley) Osborne
  • Submitted by Anita Adler 9/2002

Mary Delusia (Lindsey) Ballew
Nov 16, 1885 - Apr 17, 1989

Fort Worth Star Telegram, April 18, 1989 Mary Ballew Homemaker     

Mary Ballew, who celebrated her 103rd birthday in November died yesterday at a Fort Worth nursing home.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth.  Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Emmett Cemetery in Emmett in Navarro County.

Mrs. Ballew was born Nov. 16, 1885, on a farm near Emmett during Grover Cleveland's first term as president. She and her husband moved to Fort Worth in 1945. 

She was featured in the Nov. 28, 1975, issue of the Fort Worth Star Telegram when she celebrated her 100th birthday.  More than 50 friends and relatives attended her centennial party.  She received a card from former President Ronald Reagan.    

Mrs. Ballew enjoyed cornbread, milk and chocolate.  Her hobbies included crocheting, listening to gospel music and watching at least one soap opera each day.    

She attended Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, where for many years she was honored as the oldest member present on Mother's Day.    

Mrs. Ballew was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Frank Ballew.    

Survivors:  Three daughters, Lillian Horn of Frost, Beulah Stevens of Fort Worth and Agnes Gill of Forest Hill; three sisters, Troy Fowler of Temple, Ruby Sewell of Mexia and Willie Thompson of Dallas; 11 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 26 great-great-grandchildren.                     



Mary Ballew <photo>

Mary Ballew, 103, of Fort Worth, died April 17, 1989.

Services were held April 19 at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth with the Rev. W. S. Taylor officiating. Burial followed in the Emmett Cemetery with Blooming Grove directors assisting.

She was born Nov 16, 1885, the daughter of Martin and Nannie (Osborne) Lindsey of Emmett. She was raised in the Emmett community where she was a member of the Baptist Church. In 1945 she moved to Fort Worth with her husband, Frank Ballew.

She met her future husband at age nine and the couple were engaged when she turned 14. The were married at the age of 19.

Survivors include three daughters, Lillian of Frost, Agnes of Forest Hill and Beulah of Fort Worth; two daughters-in-law, Jewell and Marion, both of Fort Worth, 11 grand children; 33 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, in 1962. Also sex children, Sam, Nannie, Charlie, Seldon, Alvis and J.F., Jr; Six sisters, ALice Shepherd, Carrie Thompson, Joanna Burns, Lucy Boyd, Julie Raines and Jeannette Chunn; and three brothers, Wallace Lindsey, Arthur Lindsey and George Lindsey



BALLEW: Mary Ballew, who celebrated her 103rd birthday in November, died Monday at a Fort Worth nursing home. Funeral: 10 a.m. today at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Graveside service: 1 p.m. today in Emmett Cemetery in Emmett, Navarro County.


Edna Mae (Castellaw) Lowry
Jan 21, 1912 - Sep 5, 2002

Edna Mae (Scott) Lowry, 90, of Lampasas passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 in Lampasas.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Lowry was born Jan. 21, 1912 in Corsicana. She was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by husband Scott Lowry and sisters Mary Simpson and George Jacobs.

Survivors include son Scott Lowry and wife Judy of Lorena; daughter Marlyn Hye Knudsen of Lampasas; grandchildren Carl Hye Knudsen of Houston, Ingrid DePinto of Dallas, Lisa Lange of Lampasas, Dawn Randolph of Robinson and Dana Goodnature of Waco; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Jerome 'Jerry' Mims
Jan 25, 1918 - Sep 7, 2002

Jerome 'Jerry' Mims, 84, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Paul Beene, Ryan Beene, Jeffrey Alexander, Jerome Alexander, Lesley Murray, Mike Grucholski.

Mr. Mims was born Jan. 25, 1918 in Malakoff to Sam and Bertha Mims. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1989. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII in the Asian Pacific Campaign. A lifelong baseball fan, he was involved in the Corsicana Little League program as a coach and umpire.

Survivors include wife Leona Mims of Corsicana; daughters Gale Beene and husband David, Cathy Banks and husband James and Deborah Drum and husband Sam; stepsons Mike Grucholski and wife Judy and Kenneth Grucholski; brothers Myron Mims and Harold Mims; four grandsons; five granddaughters; two step-grandsons; seven great-granddaughters; a step great-grandson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Diana Lin Loya
Jun 6, 1969 - Sep 4, 2002

Diana Lin Loya, 33, of Memphis, Tenn. passed away Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002 in Memphis.

Graveside services were 3:30 p.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating.

She was born June 6, 1969 in Corsicana.

Survivors include her sons, Raymond Rios of Dallas, Ron Matthew Lowe of Wilmer and Jessie Manuel Loya of Corsicana; daughters, Valerie Diane Rios and Jessica Roxanne Loya, both of Memphis; three grandchildren; sister, Gracie Rios of Memphis, Tenn.; and father, Guadalupe Rios of Hillsboro, Ore.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

Bessie Mae (Burleson) Tucker
Apr 1, 1924 - Sep 5, 2002

Bessie Mae Burleson Tucker, 78, of Ennis went to her heavenly home Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002. She passed away at Ennis Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Crisp Cemetery near Ennis with the Rev. Robert Cunningham officiating.

Mrs. Tucker was born April 1, 1924 in Navarro County to Harold and Daisy Burleson. She was a member of Garrett Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Benjamin Shell Tucker of Ennis; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Darla Tucker of Ennis; daughter and son-in-law, Daisy and Jack Jordan of Ennis; brother and sister-in-law, A.D. and Eva Burleson of Barry; grandchildren, Christi and Andy Nunn of Ennis, Benjamin Jordan, Jackie and Jeff Nelson, Greg and Lori Jordan, all of Bedford; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jared Jordan; a future great-grandchild she will not be able to spoil; and many nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


  • Crisp Cemetery, Crisp, Ellis Co., TX

Martha Elizabeth (Osborne) Bruton 
Jun 25, 1866 - Oct 15, 1958

Mrs. Bruton, 92, Former Emmett Resident, Mother of 12, Passes    
Mrs. Mattie Elizabeth Bruton, 92, a resident of Eldorado , Schleicher County, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 15, in a Sonora hospital.  Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church in Eldorado.  Burial was in the Eldorado Cemetery.

Mrs. Bruton was born Mattie Osborne in Bradley County Arkansas, near Little Rock, on June 25, 1866, the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. James Osborne.  When she was under three years of age, the family moved to Texas, settling in the Emmett Community in Navarro County, where the young child was destined to live  until she was nearly 50 years old.

When she was 10 years of age she was converted and baptised by her pastor father.  Her parents also had long lives; her father was 94 years old when he died and her mother was nearly 94.

On Dec. 23, 1882, Miss Mattie Osborne was married to John Bruton, the ceremony taking place in the bride's family home.  The couple began housekeeping in their home community where all their children were born.

In 1916 the Brutons moved to Schleicher County, where they resided until their deaths.  Mr. Bruton proceeded his wife in death in 1926.  Until her health began to fail recently, Mrs. Bruton still did her house tasks and yard work.  She also attended faithfully at the First Baptist Church of which she was a life long member.

She is survived by all of her 12 children. Eight of these are sons:  Alfred, Edwin and Fred of San Angelo; Elmer and Claude of Eldorado; Arthur of Itasca, John B. of Big Springs and Lewis of Waco.  The daughters are Mrs. Estella Ballew of Mertens; Mrs. Vera Word of San Antonio; Mrs. Ruthie Donohoe of Floresville and Miss Mary Bruton of Eldorado.  Mrs. A. A. Omberg, Arthur, Wayne and Leonard Ballew of Mertens are grandchildren.  


  • This obituary is for Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Osborne Bruton, youngest daughter and child of James Campbell and Sara Hogan Coats Osborne.  She was married to John B. Bruton.
  • This article was in the Corsicana Paper in 1958.  It was in some of my papaw's papers. 
  • Submitted by Anita Adler Sept 2002
  • d/o James Campbell Osburne & Sarah Epsie (Coats) Osborne
  • Eldorado Cemetery, Eldorado, Scheicher Co., TX

Archie Little

Archie Little
William Archie Little of Waco passed away Tuesday, Aug 20, 2002 in Waco. Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2002 at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room, 6101 Bosque Blvd.  Services will follow at 3 p.m. Friday at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with Rev. Dan White of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Little was born in Corsicana, Texas, where he graduated from Corsicana High School.  He attended Trinity University on a football scholarship and later graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing.

Mr. Little was a veteran of the Jolly Rogers 90th Bomb Group and the 345th Air Apaches of the U.S. Air Corps in World War II and completed a tour of duty in the South Pacific, Japan, and the Phillippines, including IeShima, Okinawa, Mindanao, and Manila.

In 1942, he married the former Billie Tucker of Waco and on Monday, Aug 12, 2002, the couple celebrated their 60th anniversary.

Mr. Little was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for over 45 years and attended the Frank Wilson Sunday School Class.  He was the purchasing agent for the City of Waco until he retired in 1985.  He was a member of the National Purchasing Agents Association.  He was also a member of Waco Masonic Lodge No. 92, the Scottish Rite, and the Shrine, receiving his 50-year membership pin in 1995.  Through his interest in genealogy, Mr. Little traced his family history to the pre-American Revolutionary war era.

Mr. Little was preceded in death by twin brother, Thomas Arthur Little of Waco, who died in 1976.

Survivors include wife, Billie; daughter, Millicent Little Odell and husband James, and their son, Carter, all of Dallas; brother, James Alva Little of Roseburg, Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.

If you wish, please contribute memorials to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.


  • Corsicana High School Class of 1936

William Edgar Adkins


Funeral services for William E. Adkins, aged 33 years, who died at the P. and B. Hospital early Friday afternoon were held from the Purdon church Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.  Burial was at Dresden.  The rites were conducted by Rev. F. T. Fisber and Rev. R. L. Gray both of Purdon.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Adkins, and a brother, N. L. Adkins all of Purdon and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Albert Mosley, Ralph Balentine, Clarence Putman, Howe Finch, Pincy MoCulluch and Joe Finch.


  • William Edgar Adkins (Oct 21, 1907 - Mar 28, 1941).  Buried next to his parents, James Benjamin & Sarah (Mott) Adkins, and sister Barbara (Adkins) Smith; Section J. Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro Co., TX
  • Posted by Glenda Whittenburg Bowling on Sept 2002
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9/8/2002 Toddler dead, driver rescued after overpass collapse near Richland (local story developing)

By JAMIE STENGLE/Associated Press Writer

RICHLAND -- A truck driver trapped in the rubble of an overpass collapse was freed Sunday afternoon, almost eight hours after his rig brought the Interstate 45 overpass down. A 19-month-old boy in the vehicle died in the accident.

Rescuers cut away at the cab to get to the driver. Cleaster Broadway, 41, of Moro, Ark., had been communicating with sheriff's and Department of Public Safety officials since the collapse, said Lt. Gary Myles.

Just before 5 p.m. the man's bare foot could be seen through a small opening and he was soon covered with a white sheet as workers pulled him to safety. An oxygen mask covered his mouth and nose.

As he was placed on a waiting stretcher, the group of rescuers began to clap.

"It feels great to have him out," Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan said.

Broadway was being treated in the emergency room of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco late Sunday afternoon, nursing supervisor Barbara Miller said. His condition wasn't immediately available.

Cranes had been brought in to raise the debris from the truck, but they were not used. Rescuers took advantage of an opening created by a pillar sticking up through the concrete to rescue the driver, who had been pinned between a pillar and an I-beam, said Lt. Ron Franks of the Corsicana Fire Department.

"We didn't mess with the integrity of the concrete," Franks said. The driver was brought out through a natural opening in the debris.

Rescuers continued to try to reach the toddler's body after Broadway was rescued.

Myles said no other vehicles were involved in the accident, which occurred about 9 a.m.

DPS spokesman Charlie Morgan said the streets were wet but rain was not falling at the time of the accident.

Myles said the truck was traveling northbound when it lost control.

"He skidded off to the right and overcorrected and came back to the left," Myles said. "He went over an embankment and hit a structure that supports the bridge on the southbound side. The bridge collapsed, closing the southbound lane to traffic."

The twisted end of the trailer, which was hauling paper, could be seen protruding from under the two-lane bridge.

Dr. Robert Kingman, a surgeon from Corsicana, said Broadway's chest and leg were pinned down by the roof of the truck, but his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

"He was asking about his son," said Scott Huston, a Richland firefighter who arrived on the scene shortly after the accident happened.

Huston said Broadway knew the boy was dead.

As rain fell intermittently throughout the day, rescuers from several agencies worked to extract Broadway from the wreckage. Officials said he remained in good spirits throughout.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross worked under a tent nearby distributing food and beverages to the crews clustering around the opening that led to the wreckage.

A steady stream of cars passed by, taking the exit just before the wreck site to detour through Richland.

Myles said the detour of southbound traffic on Interstate 45, the main artery between Dallas and Houston, could be in place up to two days while crews clear debris.

Richland is about 60 miles south of Dallas.

9/9/2002 1 DEAD, 1 MIRACLE: Collapse of bridge near Richland kills toddler; dad survives


RICHLAND -- Scott Fry couldn't believe his eyes. The blind corner Interstate 45 offers near Richland yielded something he couldn't immediately comprehend.

"It had just happened. There was still dust settling," the Conroe resident said. "What scared me was the (18 wheeler) behind me."

Safely, the tractor-trailer rig came to a rest behind Fry and wife Brandi, and that's when Scott noticed the trailer protruding out from under the State Highway 14 bridge, which had just collapsed and fallen onto the southbound lane of I-45. Something was under the rubble.

"At first I didn't realize what happened. It was a shock -- it's a blind curve -- to see an overpass on the road," Fry said.

Under that overpass was 41-year-old Cleaster Broadway of Arkansas and 19-month-old son Courtney, both trapped in the cab of the trademark-orange Schnieder truck Cleaster was driving. Just before 5 p.m., Cleaster was pulled from the rubble alive. His son was killed, and pulled out more than an hour later.

Department of Public Safety troopers are not sure what led to the accident, but it's clear how the bridge collapsed. Broadway was northbound when something went wrong, as skid marks mere feet before the bridge attest to. His trailer jackknifed, carrying the rig off the highway and down an embankment. It hit a pillar supporting the State Highway 14 northbound bridge that crosses the southbound lane of I-45 and the bridge crumbled around the cab soon after.

"The tractor is on its side, wrapped around that concrete column," Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan said.

Somehow, Broadway survived, and was transported by helicopter to a Waco hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with no injuries that were life-threatening, the Associated Press reported.

The accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. Scott and Brandi Fry were returning home from Fort Worth, where they attended a company banquet for drivers the night before. Scott is a truck driver for Ben E. Keith, though he doesn't drive over the road, making local deliveries instead. The couple had spent the night in Ennis with a relative, giving them a jump on his peers who were still in Fort Worth. When they initially came around the curve, it was them, the 18-wheeler behind them and one other car.

While it rained much of Sunday, Fry said the roadway was dry then. "It was dry enough that the truck behind us locked up his brakes and left tire marks," he said.

He said he went to the other side of the bridge and started yelling with no response. Then, he got on top of the fallen bridge, not considering its stability, or lack thereof.

"It didn't really hit me until I got on top of the bridge and could look in and see it had crushed the truck," he said.

No response. Then his wife came back to the side nearest their vehicle.

"She got an answer," Fry said.

The column Broadway hit created a hole in the bridge, and created just enough space for him to survive and a few rescue workers at a time to enter. He talked to Brandi, told her his name and asked for hers.

"My wife said he was very surprisingly alert," Fry said, "(but) he said he couldn't hear or see his son."

Fry said another lady, an off-duty emergency technician, arrived and thought Broadway may have been in shock and that possibly there was not a child involved. That notion didn't last long though, and neither did the thought that Broadway might have to lose his right leg in order to get out.

Plans were being discussed to amputate it, but Corsicana surgeon Robert Kingman, who spent about three or four hours with Broadway, nixed those ideas quickly.

"Once we got there, it was clear that was not the next step," he said. "He was moving his foot and he could feel it, and his vital signs were stable."

Ironically, Broadway's 10 toes were first out of the rubble, as rescue workers pulled him out from the side of the rubble and immediately covered him, placed him on a stretcher, moved him to an ambulance and transferred him to the helicopter on the other side of the bridge. The flight rescue team arrived about 10, an the unidentified nurse spent most of the next seven hours in the tiny confines with Broadway.

"We didn't even have access to his face (initially)," Dr. Kingman said.

Firefighters from Corsicana and the Richland Volunteer unit cut through the wreckage to free Broadway up more, Kingman said. He had a metal beam over his chest, but it did not affect his breathing.

CFD Chief Donald McMullan said the rescue was a pain-staking process, as the stability of the bridge was questionable.

"(Our guys) explained to him it would take some time," McMullan said. "We had to take the seat apart, cut metal and pry things in short spurts until we could finally free him."

Said Kingman, "You didn't have to do anything heroic, just methodical."

McMullan said he was unsure where the child was located during travel, but he thought the toddler was seated close to his dad.

Troopers Pat Brice and Jeff Taylor were the first law enforcement or emergency personnel on the scene, as they were doing routine patrol around mile marker 217.

Richland Curve, as the area in which the bridge once sat is often referred too, is at 219.

"We got here within five minutes," Taylor said, "and the bridge was already collapsed."

Said Brice, "When he (initially) struck it, it didn't come right down. It shifted and then collapsed."

Brice, who led the investigation for DPS, said he began speaking with Broadway, but did not inquire about the accident, wanting to comfort Broadway instead. He did find out Broadway was heading for a stop in Dallas after leaving Houston. The trailer Broadway was hauling was filled with large rolls of paper, which Kingman said appeared to be helping support the bridge.

Brice said there were no witnesses to the actual accident, which delayed traffic both north and southbound for hours. At 6 p.m., southbound traffic was snarled five miles behind the scene.

CFD firefighter Steve Vandiver was transported to Navarro Regional Hospital as a precaution because of dehydration, McMullan said. He was treated and released, a CFD official later said.

Rescue workers from the Navarro County Sheriff's Office and the Corsicana Emergency Corps were also on hand, as were Texas Department of Transportation officials, DPS License and Weights officials and Navarro County Emergency Coordinator Eric Meyers. Several local restaurants and stores aided with refreshments for workers, and DPS set up a command post with the help of the local national guard.

Gary Sanders with DPS License and Weights out of Palestine said federal law allows for riders in tractor trailers as long as company officials supply a letter of approval. It was unclear in Broadway had permission, because Schnieder officials on the scene would not comment.

Scott and Brandi Fry stayed at the scene until 10:30 before returning home.

Their thoughts were still in Corsicana later in the evening, however.

"It was a horrible deal," Scott said. "Somebody was looking out for (Broadway). When we rolled up on it, I thought 'There's no way anybody makes it.'

"I hate it about the child, but I'm glad he's OK."

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