Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Billye Ellis Waldrip
Nov 5, 1934 - Apr 7, 2003

Billye Waldrip, 68, of Fort Worth passed away Monday, April 7, 2003, at Harris H.E.B. Methodist Hospital in Bedford. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.


  • Birth: Nov. 5, 1934 Blooming Grove, Navarro County Texas, USA Death:  Apr. 7, 2003 Bedford Tarrant County Texas, USA
  • Billye was the daughter of Thomas Allen Ellis and Ida Ruth Fredrick. Her children were Richard Waldrip, Renee Johns, and Regina Anderson.

Caytlyn Gayl Montgomery

Caytlyn Gayl Montgomery

Miss Caytlyn Gayl Montgomery, 5, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2003, in Rice.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Corley Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jeffery Whitehead, Kenneth Hutchinson, Jeremy Perez and Jessie Snowden.

Survivors include mother Jenny Stephens of Corsicana, father and step-mother Donald Lee and Tracie Montgomery of Corsicana, sister Morgan Diane Montgomery of Corsicana, grand parents Donald and Diane Montgomery and Tony and Janie Stephens, all of Corsicana, great-grandmothers Silvestra Sendejo, Ruth Fitzgerald, Mozelle Montgomery and Dorothy Dabney, all of Corsicana, great-grandfathers Juan Sendejo of Pharr and James Stephens of Ft. Worth, aunt Jessica Stephens of Corsicana, aunt and uncle Sonja and DeWyane Beamon of Corsicana, aunt and uncle Shawn and Linda Dabney of Corsicana and numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home

James Ferguson
Oct 27, 1986 - Apr 8, 2003

James Ferguson, 16, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2003, in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Friday at Younger Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 27, 1986, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Richard and Theresa Ann Bomkamp Ferguson. He was a student at Corsicana High School.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Andrew Ferguson.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Richard and Donna Ferguson of Corsicana; mother, Theresa Bomkamp of Cross Plains, Wis.; brother, Eric Pohland of Corsicana; sisters, Caitlin Pohland, Michelle McGehee and Nicole Ferguson, all of Corsicana; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lavren Bomkamp of Cross Plains, Wis., and Mr. and Mrs. Don Ferguson of Arlington; and great-grandparents, Winifred Fredrikson of Orange Park, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Roman Hillgers of Madison, Wis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Shirley R. (Woods) Ruffin
Nov 4 1930 - Aug 2000

SHIRLEY R. RUFFIN, 69 passed away Thursday night at her home in Alma, TX.

Services at 2 p.m. Aug, 6, 2000 at Keever Chapel, Ennis TX.

Burial at Rice Cemetery, Rice TX.

Mrs. Ruffin was born in Maypearl on Nov 4 1930 to parents Cleophus and Myrtle Woods. she moved to Alma as a small child and was a graduate of Ennis High School. She was married to T.T.(SKINNY) RUFFIN, Aug 7, 1950.

She was preceded in death by her husband. T.T.RUFFIN and 2 grandchildren.

She is survived by sons, RODNEY RUFFIN, RANDY RUFFIN, AND REGGIE RUFFIN all of Ennis, TX, 4 g/c and 1 gr g/c.




Robbie Simmons
Oct 25, 1932 - Mar 6, 2000

Robbie Simmons, 67, of Streetman passed away Monday, March 6, 2000, in Pasadena.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel, with Brother John Simmons officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Chapel Cemetery in Freestone County.

Pallbearers will be Albert Lehman, Reese Lehman Jr., Rocky Simmons, Clifford Jones, Bill Farley and Stephen Lindsey.

Mrs. Simmons was born Oct. 25, 1932 in Tiger Town. She had worked as a waitress at Bella's Restaurant and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Simmons is survived by her husband, Roland Simmons of Streetman; mother, Marie Kellough of San Jacinto City; daughters, Ruth Quinton of Houston, Rebecca Simmons of Palestine and Kathy Jones of Fairfield; son, James Roscoe Simmons of Houston; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield


Nona Fry/Fay (Cook) Woolley  
Mar 28, 1910 - Mar 4, 2000

Nona Fry Woolley, 89, of Frost passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Frost with the Rev. Joe Dowdy and the Rev. Mat Stroder officiating. Interment will follow in Frost.

Pallbearers will be Steve Davis, Al Skinner, Chris Skinner, Wes Skinner, John Paul Skinner, Jimmy Woolley, Brian Reed and Clark Moore.

Mrs. Woolley was a member of First Baptist Church of Frost.

She is survived by a son, James Woolley of Georgetown; daughters, Jackie Davis of New Mexico, Jan Reed of Rocky Face, Ga., and Rita Moore of Frost; 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, League Woolley; daughters, Clarice Pitcock and Carolyn Skinner; grandsons, Rusty Davis and Sidney Sage.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Inez Stanley
Sep 14, 1901 - Mar 3, 2000

Inez Stanley, 98, passed away March 3, 2000 at Doctor's Hospital in Dallas.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. today at Big Spring Cemetery in Plano with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating.

She was born Sept. 14, 1901 in Plano and was one of the oldest surviving school teachers in Texas. She received her Bachelor's Degree from North Texas State Teachers College and a Master's Degree from Sul Ross Teachers College. Prior to her retirement in 1962, she taught at Corsicana High School for 35 years, and was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, W. A. (Stan) and Elizabeth Stanley; sister, Ona Mae Anderson of Arlington Heights, Ill.; caregivers Betty and Nancy Stanley; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home.

Clarence Elbert Thomas, Jr. 
Sep 20, 1927 - Apr 10, 2003

C. E. Thomas Jr.

C.E. Thomas Jr., 75, of Silver City passed away Thursday, April 10, 2003, 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 Brother Bobby Oliver and Brother Bill Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Brooks, Johnny Crawford, Mack McGraw, John Paul Ross, Elmer Tanner, Gary Patterson, Weldon "Bubba" Cottongame, Frank Greer, Lee Thomas, Freddy Thomas, Jimmy Thomas and Albert Fuentes.

Mr. Thomas was born Sept. 20, 1927, in O'Donnell to Clarence Elbert Thomas and Bythe Tipton Thomas. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was a rancher and was the owner of Thomas Store in Silver City for 44 years.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Thomas; and sister, Lura May Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Thomas of Silver City; sons, Ricky Thomas and Kip Thomas and wife Ginger, all of Silver City; grandchildren, Zachery Thomas, Chrystal Thomas, Zeb Thomas and Zane Thomas, all of Silver City; brothers, Jackie Thomas and wife Laurene of Silver City and Ronnie Thomas and wife Garlene of Hurst; and sister-in-law, Genetha Thomas of Corsicana.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Tracy Lloyd Pennington
Mar 6, 1997 - Apr 10, 2003

Tracy Lloyd Pennington, 6, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his residence.

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

Services will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Kenneth Barber of Trinity Christian Fellowship Church officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Pennington, Ricky Rogers, David Bolden and Chad Rogers.

Tracy was born March 6, 1997, in Mexia.

Survivors include his parents, Allen and Sherry Pennington of Corsicana; brothers, Dylon Pennington and Ryan Pennington, both of Corsicana; sister, Alicia Pennington of Corsicana; grandparents, Thomas and Willie Pennington, Wanda Aston and husband Bobby, and Ricky Rogers, all of Corsicana; great-grandfather, Albert Webb Jr. of Mexia; great-great-grandmother, Nona Mae Boyd of Athens; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


Beth (Canter) Arnett
Feb 29, 1918 - Apr 10, 2003

Mrs. Johnie (Beth) Arnett, 87, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 10, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Resthaven Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Arnett was born Feb. 29, 1918, in Liberty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnie Arnett; and son, Robert Arnett.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Barbara Arnett of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Helen Canter of San Antonio; grandsons and wives, Randall and Vicki Arnett and Brad and Leecia Arnett, all of Corsicana; granddaughter and husband, Rhonda and Sammy Carter of Diboll; great-granddaughters, Morgan Arnett of Corsicana, Amanda Carter and Jessica Carter, both of Diboll; great-grandson, Casey Carter of Diboll; nephews and wives, H. P. and Alma smith of Baytown, Raymond and Martha Smith of Tyler and Harold and Midge Smith of California; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Lillian Lucy (Rhodes) McGraw
Apr 13, 1906 - Apr 11, 2003

Lillian McGraw of Blooming Grove passed away Friday, April 11, 2003 at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Services are pending with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel, Blooming Grove.



Lillian Lucy (Rhodes) McGraw

Lillian Lucy (Rhodes) McGraw, 96, of Irving, formally of Barry, passed away Friday, April 11, 2003 at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas.

Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Branam officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Donald Lloyd Boyd, Charlie Will Boyd, Ross Rhodes, Johnny Rhodes, Elwyn Rhodes and Eddy Rhodes.

Mrs. McGraw was born April 13, 1906 in Cryer Creek. She was a member of the 42 Club, W.M.U., Y.P.U., Friendship Club, Pals Club and Young at Heart Club. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and tatting and loved to play 42.

Survivors include daughter Billie Dell Watson of Irving, son [brother] Carma Lois Rhodes of Blooming Grove and sister LaVerle Boyd of Blooming Grove. Grandchildren include Jan Miliara and husband John of Irving. Great-grandchildren are Anna, Jonni and Molli Miliara. Also, many other family and friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


John T. Cooper
Feb 16, 1921 - Apr 11, 2003

John T. Cooper (Cooper's Express), 82, of Lancaster passed away Friday, April 11, 2003 in Lancaster.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Home with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tommy McCarroll, James McCarroll, Dickie Cooper Jr., Bennie Leroy Barnett and Terry Doonan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alvin Stanley and David Stanley.

Mr. Cooper was born Feb. 16, 1921 in Powell. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy.

He was preceded in death by wife Minnie Cooper and brother Herschel Cooper.

Survivors include son Jackie Clarence Cooper and daughters Patricia Lou McCarroll and Jimmie Joe Chaffin, all of Lancaster; daughter Mary Nell McCullough of Dallas; son Dickie Lynn Cooper of Farmersville; brothers Billy B. Cooper of Taylorsville, N.C. and Howard E. Cooper of Burlington, Wash.; sister Norma Jewel Johnson of Mabank; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Katy Clydia Scogin
Aug 8, 1908 -  Apr 11, 2003

Katy Clydia Scogin, 94, of Houston, died in her home at 1651 Harold St. on April 11, 2003.

She is survived by her sister, Bessy Brubaker, Victoria; her brother, Everett Scogin, Houston; niece, Katy Gomez, Dallas; nephew, Ross Scogin, Canyon Lake; nephew, Thomas Scogin, Houston; niece, Gatha Singleton, Arlington; nephew, Ben Roberts, Houston; and a large number of grand nieces and nephews.

Katy was born in rural Young County on Aug. 8, 1908 to Mathew Jackson and Mamie Roman Scogin and within a few months moved in a mule-drawn covered wagon to rural Navarro County where she grew up with her two brothers and four sisters. At age 17 she took a state examination and received her teacher's certificate, but could not legally teach until she was 18. The following year she taught in a two-teacher school in a rural Texas community named Boardtree and the following summer she attended North Texas State Teachers College to renew her teacher's certificate. Katy continued teaching in rural one- and two-teacher schools in Navarro and adjoining counties and attending summer school until she received in 1937 her bachelor's degree and permanent teacher's certificate. There rural schools were in session for only six months during the year so the children could help with farm chores. During those years Katy taught six months, attended college three months and the remaining three months lived on the family tenement farm chopping and picking cotton and doing other farm chores. After receiving her degree, Katy obtained a teaching position in Batson, Texas with a 12 month school term where she taught for two years. Katy then obtained a position in Beaumont with the Texas State Employment Service and was transferred to Houston within a few months where she remained with the organization until her retirement in 1970 at age 62. After retirement, Katy did voluntary work in the education field for a number of years. Katy then became extremely interested in genealogy and began researching her family history, tracing her father's ancestry back to the 1600s in central Scotland and tracing her mother's ancestry back to London, England. In 1992 Katy, her brother and his wife, flew to England, found and visited a small church in south London where her mother's ancestors had worshipped in the 1600s and had donated a pew on which her ancestors name was inscribed. They also visited a lock (lake) in rural central Scotland where her father's ancestors had lived back in the early 1600s.

Funeral services will be held on April 15 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Corley Funeral Home, 418 N. 13th St. in Corsicana, followed by burial in the Ward Cemetery in Pursley.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


George W. Bulen
Apr 7, 1927 - Apr 11, 2003

George W. Bulen, 76, of Corsicana passed away Friday, April 11, 2003 in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 5 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. Derek Barton officiating. Interment will follow at DFW National Cemetery.

George Bulen was born April 7, 1927 in Sulphur, Okla. He served in the U.S Navy during WWII. He earned an Electronic technician mate 3rd class rating. He served on several ships and made several trips overseas. One trip involved Operation Crossroads in 1946. This was an operation in the Bikini Atoll group of the islands in the Pacific. The military wanted to test two nuclear bombs -- one aerial blast and one underwater blast. The ship Mr. Bulen was assigned to (USS Avery Island) did the electronic monitoring of the nuclear blasts. This ship also served as communications headquarters for broadcasting the information back to the United States. This was in July of 1946. There were no TVs, satellites, etc. at the time.

Mr. Bulen was an engineer and educator. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

He taught school in Dallas, Illinois, Athens, Harlingen and Corsicana. He also taught industrial classes for various manufacturing plants. He did some training for the military and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

He worked in various areas of industry. He resided in Brazil for approximately five and a half years. His travel took him beyond the Antarctic Circle. He did extensive seismological surveys in the western hemisphere. His most recent educational employment was at Navarro College from 1976 to 1986 and TSTI in Harlingen.

Mr. Bulen did some scientific research for Intel Corporation. Intel developed the first microprocessor and presently supplies microprocessors for the major computer manufacturers.

He also developed several computer software programs and holds copy writes on them.

He also ran several businesses dealing with sales, service and installation of electronic equipment.

Survivors include many friends.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Larry Auerbach

Obituary moved to Larry David Auerbach Biography Page

Bea Sampson Higgins

Bea Sampson Higgins, 77, of Amarillo died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard Batson officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.

Mrs. Higgins was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Gatesville. She grew up in the Corsicana State Orphans Home. She attended North Texas State Teachers College. She returned to the Corsicana State Orphans Home to teach.

She married Earl Sampson in 1949 and they divorced in 1962 and remained very good friends. She married Dr. John Higgins in 1966 in Tulsa, Okla., where she lived until 1990 and retired to Amarillo.

She was an avid reader and writer. She taught the Adult Literacy Program at First Baptist Church. She was a very outgoing person and she never met a stranger.

She loved to make people laugh and also was an avid animal lover, especially cats. She worked for Aetna Insurance in Tulsa, and she was a loving mother and grandmother to her family. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Debi Swafford of Amarillo; a sister, Ruby Daniels of Houston; a brother, Arthur Herrington Sr. of Athens; a brother-in-law, Harlan Higgins Jr. of Coweta, Okla.; a granddaughter, Whitney Swafford of Amarillo; two nieces, Dena Conrad of Arlington, Va., and Cheryl Herrington of Houston; and three nephews, John Daniels of Houston, Art Herrington Jr. of North Richland Hills and Brent Higgins of Coweta.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials be to SCCI Funds for Friends or to Potter County 4-H Horse Program.

Nellie Linnie Plunkett  

Nellie Linnie Plunkett, 94, of Amarillo died Sunday, March 23, 2003.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Park East Mausoleum with Jerry Davey, pastor of Pleasant Valley Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle.

Mrs. Plunkett was born in Corsicana. She was a homemaker. She married William Arden Plunkett on Sept. 1, 1929.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, William Arden "Bill" Plunkett Jr. of Amarillo; two daughters, Linda Tipton of Amarillo and Martha Crossland of Garden City, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to "The Nellie Plunkett Memorial Fund," in care of Amarillo National Bank.

Louise DeRaad


Louise DeRaad of Amarillo died Saturday, March 15, 2003.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Llano Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Field officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2820 Virginia Circle.

Mrs. DeRaad was born in Corsicana. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph J. DeRaad.

Survivors include two daughters, Pat Morgan, of Amarillo and Judy Welch of Wildorado; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be to Alzheimer's Association, 2200 W. Seventh Ave., Amarillo, TX 79106.

Mary Frances Higginbotham

RANGER -- Mary Frances Higginbotham, 93, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2003 at a Fort Worth hospital. Graveside services will be Saturday, March 29, at 1:00 pm at Evergreen Cemetery with Father Leo Bosnall officiating, under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home of Ranger.

Mary Frances was born on January 10, 1910 at Corsicana, Texas to Francis Andrew and Alice Agnes (Roche) Higginbotham. She graduated from St. Rita's High School in Ranger and attended Ranger Junior College. She worked for OK Grocery in Ranger for many years and was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church, where she was pianist and organist for many years.

Her survivors include various nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Monsignor Paul J. Higginbotham and James L. Higginbotham and one sister, Agnes Alice Higginbotham Robinson.

Robert Edward Abbie

ABBIE Robert "Bob" EDWARD was born in Corsicana, TX on

Robert "Bob" Edward Abbie

Robert "Bob" Edward Abbie was born in Corsicana, on Nov. 18, 1959, and was taken home to his Lord's house on Sept. 10, 2002.

Bob was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to all. He attended school in Plano and has been employed with TXU (Oncor) for 23 years. He loved the outdoors, motorcycles and kids, especially his daughters, nieces and nephews. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make everyone laugh. He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Shirlene Abbie; daughters, Jade and Breck Abbie; parents, Robert and Sam Abbie; Mary and Dalton Gressett; sisters and brother-in-laws, Carla and John Shaw, Heidi and Bill Bow; grandmother, Phil Smith; mother-in-law, Juanita Hicks; sister-in-laws, Margaret Durr and Daniel and Jennifer Bates; 6 nieces, 4 nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his Mamaw, Marjorie Abbie; Papaw, Ted Abbie and grandfather, John Smith.

Mark 10:14: Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Plano Bible Church with Pastor Jim Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at the Plano Mutual Cemetery.

Ted Dickey Funeral Home, 972-424-4511


  • Plano Star Courier & Dallas Morning News

Frances Wade "Peepers" (Barnes) Putman-Manley 

Mrs. Frances "Peepers" Manley, 75, of Plano, passed away Jan. 12, 2000, at Collinwood Nursing Home in Plano. She was born Nov. 30, 1924 in Navarro Mills and was a retired U.S. Government Clerk. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Manley; son, Mark Manley and grandson, Ryan Putman.
Services were held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Corsicana. Bro. Bill Honea officiated. Burial followed in Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Johnny Glen and Kathy Putman of Plano; daughter and son-in-law, Lindie and Terry Sims of Atlanta, Ga.; brother, Ben Barnes of Tucson, Ariz.; sisters, Lurleen Brooks of Longview, Cecil Parsons of Plano, Margie Ruth of El Paso and Zerlene Healey of Tyler; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home


  • Was also married to Audie C. Putman

  • Plano Star Courier

Ollie Guy

Services for Ollie Dwayne Guy, 70, of Lubbock will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. B. R. Moton officiating.

Burial will be in City of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of Ossie Curry Funeral Home in Lubbock.

He died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, in Lubbock.

He was born April 12, 1932, in Corsicana. He married Maude Walker Rhone on April 29, 1966, in Lubbock. She died Oct. 10, 1994. He moved to Lubbock in 1951 from Corsicana. He attended Dunbar High School and drove trucks for Featherlite Brick Co.

He worked as a mail clerk for Lubbock National Bank until he retired. He served in the US Army. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He was director of the usher board.

Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Survivors include a son, Larry Rhone of Los Angeles, Calif.; three daughters, Gwen Hunt of Lubbock, Brenda Safford of Boston, Mass., and Myra Rhone of Las Angeles; two brothers, Robert Lee Guy of Lubbock and Julious Guy of Dallas; five sisters, Lena Mae Guy, Aline Guy and Esser Lean Watts, all of Dallas, Jewlean Brooks of Wichita, Kan., and Odessa Guy of Oklahoma City, Okla.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Paul Claude Kelly

 PAUL CLAUDE KELLY, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Saturday April 12, 2003 at the age of 85. He was born in Tyler, Texas and grew up in Corsicana, Texas. In his teen years, he was part of the Civilian Conservation Corps and helped to build numerous parks in the Corsicana area.

On November 19, 1938, he married Lois Eula Flanagan in Mesquite, Texas.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army for three years and fought in the Philippine Islands. After the war, he moved to Houston, Texas where he worked for Phoenix and Westmoreland Dairies.      He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Lois Kelly; son Kenneth Kelly and daughter Barbara Kelly Johns, both residents of northwest Houston; grandchildren Michael Kelly, Terri Smith and Nathan, Katie, and Amanda Johns; brother Arthur Kelly of Cleburne, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Samuel and Kyle Kelly and Jessica and Emily Smith, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to visitation with the family from 6 PM to 8 PM on Monday April 14 at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home, 1200 W. 34th Street with funeral services beginning there at 1 PM Tuesday April 15, Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.


  • Published in the Houston Chronicle on 4/14/2003.

Jesus Sifuentes Martinez

4/15/2003 Corsicana man dies in Navarro County jail cell

By LOYD COOK/Daily Sun Staff

A 43-year-old Corsicana man died Sunday from internal injuries, apparently suffered before his arrest on public intoxication charges, while he was being held in the Navarro County Justice Center jail.

Corsicana Police Chief G.M. Cox said Jesus Sifuentes Martinez was arrested for public intoxication by patrol officers Devin Garrett and Michael Dockery and transported to the county jail about 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The officers were dispatched in response to an anonymous call reporting the man was laying in a residential yard in the 400 block of South 23rd Street.

Cox said the city's EMS emergency medical technicians examined him at the scene and said Martinez was in satisfactory condition to be taken to jail.

Navarro County Sheriff Les Cotten said Monday that Martinez was placed in a holding cell, but was not strip searched. He said it was not standard procedure to do so in the case of public intoxication arrests since those inmates typically pay their fine or make bond in a very short period of time and are not put in jail uniforms.

Cotten said Martinez complained of stomach pain on multiple occasions Saturday but never asked for medical treatment. But, Cotten said, a registered nurse on the jail's medical staff did examine Martinez.

Martinez was found dead sitting on a bench in the holding cell Sunday morning after officers returned to remove breakfast trays.

"We've pulled all the audio and video tapes from the time he was in the cell and we've interviewed the officers" who had contact with Martinez, Cotten said.

Cox said the police department is treating the case as a homicide and has already interviewed 10 people who might have information on the case and has taken four statements.

He asked that anyone with information regarding the case to please contact CPD Detective Bertha Zaidle at (903) 654-4915 without fear of reprisal. Cox said the department believes Martinez was at a party Friday night and that there should be people who would have seen him there.

Martinez suffered a damaged liver and four broken ribs, plus a punctured intestine, according to information Cox said he received from the sheriff's office.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Judge Bob McQuary ordered the autopsy.

Cox acknowledged that without the help of the public, this could be a difficult case for his department.

"Normally, the most important time in a homicide investigation is the first 24 hours," Cox said. "The problem we have here is that we didn't know we had a homicide until about 30 hours after it happened."

Rodger Lee Guinyard
May 20, 1927 - April 13, 2003

Rodger Lee Guinyard, 75, of Blooming Grove passed away Sunday, April 13, 2003, in his home.

Visitation will be held from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at M. R. Smith Funeral home.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at M. R. Smith Funeral Chapel with October Thomas of Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Frost officiating. Interment will follow at Brushie Prairie Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Tyrone Hood, Cedric Hood, John Henry Hood, Larry Coleman, Darnell Faulk and Isacc Faulk.

Mr. Guinyard was born on July 20, 1927, in Ennis.

He was preceded in death by father Frank Williams Sr., mother Mabel Guinyard, brother Frank Williams Jr. and step-mother Nova Williams.

Survivors include wife Jimmie Guinyard of Blooming Grove; son Derick Guinyard of DeSoto; daughter Renee Guinyard of Dallas; brother Rev. R.C. Williams of Dallas; grandchildren Tamara Guinyard of Dallas, Amber Guinyard of DeSoto and Renaldo Johnson of Dallas; step-son John Melvin Johnson of Dallas; step-daughter Silvia Johnson of Dallas and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M. R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.





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  • Submitted by Diane Richards; from the collection of Sharon (Williams) Coleman

Mary Anna Hillhouse

Mary Anna Hillhouse, 91, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, April 14, 2003, in Corsicana. She was born June 7, 1911, in Roane. Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.



Mary Lyons Hillhouse

Mary Lyons Hillhouse, 91, of Corsicana passed away Monday, April 14, 2003, in Corsicana.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Hale and Dr. Robert Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Bazette Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be R. C. Henderson, Fred Richards Jr., John Richards, Larry Henderson, John Ed Hillhouse, Bobby McQuary, Gary Richards, Brian Richards.

Mrs. Hillhouse was born June 7, 1911, in Roane. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hillhouse; sisters, Katie Bennett, Cora Henderson, Barbara Chitwood and Clellie Lassiter; and brother, Bank Lyons.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Allan Hester of Chatfield; son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Margaret Hillhouse of Taylor, Ark.; granddaughters, Shannon Middleton and husband Kyle of Lindale and Alissa Hillhouse of Taylor, Ark.; grandsons, Dustin Taylor and wife Christine of Corsicana and John Hillhouse of Taylor, Ark.; great-grandsons, Hayden Middleton of Lindale and Seth Taylor of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Middleton of Lindale; brother, Aubrey Lyons of Duncan, Okla.; brother-in-law and wife, H. D. and Wilma McQuary of Kerens; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Marcus Eugene Kerr

Marcus Eugene Kerr, 67, of Temple and formerly of Dawson, passed away Monday, April 14, 2003, in Temple. Cremation will be followed by entombment at DFW National Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


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