Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Paul Ethan Allen
Apr 5, 1872 - Mar 9, 1943

ALLEN - Corsicana, Texas. - Funeral services for Paul E. Allen, 70, who died at San Angel Tuesday, were held here Thursday. A former resident of Corsicana, he was a well-known traveling salesman in the Central Texas area. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Pvt. Deen Allen, Jacksonville, Fla.; Park Allen, Corpus Christi and a daughter, Miss Viola Allen, Corsicana.




Funeral services for Paul E. Allen, age 70 years, who died at San Angelo Tuesday, will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home. Rev. Robert F. Bristol and Rev. Thomas Lenox will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Allen was a long-time resident of Corsicana and for many years was one of the best known traveling salesmen in the Central Texas area, having been employed by the S. A. Pace Wholesale Grocery company.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Pvt. Dean Allen, Jacksonville, Fla.; Park Allen, Corpus Christi; a daughter, Miss Viola Allen, Corsicana and other relatives.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Mar 10, 1943
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Jessie (Eason) Allen; s/o Wiley Benjamin Allen buried in Kosse cemetery, Kosse, Tx. & Miranda Martha (Busby) Allen buried in Stranger cemetery, Falls county, Tx.



Funeral services for Paul E. Allen, age 70 years, who died at San Angelo Tuesday, were held from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home Thursday afternoon. Revs. Robert F. Bristol and Thomas Lennox conducted the rites. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, two sons, a daughter and other relatives.


William J. Tilton
Dec 1897 - Mar 30, 1899

A Babe's Death in a Slop Tub.
Corsicana, Tex., March 31 - Late yesterday afternoon the 16-months-old son of Mr. T. Tilten, section foreman for the Houston and Texas Central road at Angus in this county, met with a strange death at the section-house, six miles south of this city. Mrs. Tilten had just nursed the little fellow and placed him on the back porch while she attended to household duties. The little boy crawled about on the porch for some time, but eventually approached too near the edge of the floor and tumbled off into a fifty-pound lard can that was used as a slop bucket, and which was nearly half full of slop water. There was water sufficient in the can to completely submerge the child and before any one knew of its mishap he was drowned, the dead body being discovered by Mrs. Tilten about fifteen or twenty minutes after death is supposed to have occurred. The remains were brought to this city this morning and buried in the Catholic cemetery.


Claude B. Kennedy
d. Mar 22, 1899

KENNEDY - Corsicana, Tex., March 22 - Claude B. Kennedy, aged 26 years, died at the home of his father, Thomas H. Kennedy, this afternoon 1t 2 o'clock after a few days sickness.


John H. Tate
1859 - March 22, 1899

TATE - Corsicana, Tex., March 2. - J. H. Tate of Re, this county, died at his home in that town at an early hour this morning and was buried this afternoon. John Lovett, his business partner, died in the same place less than a week ago.


J. R. McAlister
died March 22, 1899

M'Alister - Corsicana, Tex., March 23. - At his home on West Eleventh avenue last night J. R. McAlister, a business man of this city, died of congestion of the brain after a brief illness. He was buried at Oakwood cemetery at 5 o'clock this afternoon.
The Knights of Honor attending in a body.


Mary W. Ewing
died Mar 30, 1899

EWING - Corsicana, Tex., March 31. - Mrs. Mary W. Ewing died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Woods, in this city, last night, and will be buried in Oakwood cemetery to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.


Son of Richard Swonson
died April 7, 1899

Burned to Death.
Corsicana, Tex., April 8. - At Re, in this county, late yesterday afternoon the 3-year-old boy of Richard Swonson met with a horrible death by fire. The mother of the child had been working in the yard and had a large wash kettle over a big fire, her two children playing nearby. The mother left her washing and the children in the yard to go into the garden to cut salad, and had only been absent a few minutes when she heard the children screaming.
Running to where they were she made the horrible discovery that her 3-year-old boy had been almost cremated, the face and body being so badly burned that the child was hardly recognized. The child had ventured too close to the wash kettle and his clothing caught fire, and was beyond all hope of recovery when the mother reached him. He died last night after terrible suffering.


Allyne Jones
died April 16, 1899

Died from Meningitis.
Corsicana, Tex., April 17. - Allyne, the 3-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. William Arthur Jones, died from meningitis last night and was buried at 4:40 o'clock this afternoon.


Albert Arthur Allison, Sr.
Jul 24, 1873 - Apr 12, 1943



Funeral services for Albert Arthur Allison, age 69 years, who died Monday afternoon as the result of a heart ailment at the P. and S. Hospital, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home. Rev. E. F. Bohmfalk, pastor of the First Methodist church, conducted the rites. Burial was in
Oakwood Cemetery.

Allison, successful merchant, farmer, and rancher, was born in Leon county, but made his home for many years, having been engaged in business in Richland. In 1922 he was made postmaster here and served continuously since that time. He recently received an appointment for a third term. He succeeded the late P. Mayer as postmaster.

Honor Graduate.
The son of the late A. B. and Mrs. Mattie Allison, pioneers of Leon county, he was educated in schools of Limestone county, later entering Sam Houston Normal at Huntsville, graduating with honors with the class of 1896. He was principal of the Prairie Hill school for three years and then entered the mercantile business at Groesbeck.

In 1910 he moved to Richland and started a general mercantile store, becoming an extensive owner of business property and farm lands, and taking an active part in the direction of civic affairs. He later sold his store and devoted most of his time to the operation of his farm lands before becoming postmaster here.

Active in Civic Affairs.
He was an active member of the First Methodist church and one of the contributors to the founding of Southern Methodist University at Dallas. He served as a director of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce, a director and past president of the YMCA, member of the Lions Club, Country Club and other civic organizations. He was one of the leaders in securing the passage of an enabling measure through the Texas legislature which provided for the establishment of a junior college by a count. He was also a member of the commission of 100 from this senatorial district to promote the Texas Centennial Exposition.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Mabel Cobb of Groesbeck, daughter of the late District Judge and Mrs. L. B. Cobb to whom he was married in 1900; three daughters, Mrs. Ed. M Polk, Jr., Corsicana; Mrs. W. J. Wright, Renassalaer, Ind., and Mrs. Johnnie McKissack, Corsicana; two sons, L. C. Allison, Fort Worth, and Midshipman Kenneth Allison, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis; several grandchildren, and four sisters, Mrs. J. E. Kendrick, Duncan Okla.; Mrs. R. C. Thomas, wife of the Stamford, Texas postmaster; Mrs. Myrtis Stockton, California, and Mrs. Lindsey Allen, Boise City, Okla.

Pallbearers were Cullen Dunn, Tom L. Tyson, Beauford H. Jester, Texas railroad commissioner; Wayne R. Howell, District Judge; Ed M. Polk, Sr., George Campbell, A. E. Highnote, Sydney Marks, Arthur Caldwell, Liston Tatum, O. L. Albritton and Dr. Leslie Kelton.


High Tribute Is Paid A. A. Allison

Hasting Harrison, in a telegram received by the Corsicana Daily Sun, paid the following high tribute to the memory of A. A. Allison:
“A. A. Allison’s glowing patriotism went out to his country with the passionate ardor of a lover. He was one of my benefactors in the early years of my public life. Today with his family and friends I share happy memories of his useful life.”




A. A. Allison, Postmaster at Corsicana, Dies.
Albert A. Allison, 69, postmaster here since 1933, died, from a heart ailment in a local hospital Monday. Funeral rites are planned here at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
A native of Leon County, Allison was educated at San Houston State Teachers College, graduating with honors in 1896. He taught school and was in the mercantile business in Limestone County until 1910 when he came to Navarro County, entering the mercantile business here.
In 1929, he was largely responsible for the passage of an enabling measure by the Legislature providing for establishment of junior colleges by counties, and was a contributor to the founding of Southern Methodist University, Dallas; past president of the local YMCA and director of the chamber of commerce.
Allison was a member of the commission from this senatorial district to promote the Texas Centennial Exposition.
Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Ed M. Polk Jr. and Mrs.
Johnnie McKissack, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. W. J. Wright, Renssalear, Ind.; two sons, L. C. Allison, Fort Worth, and Midshipman Kenneth Allison, Naval Academy, Anapolis; several grandchildren and four sisters, Mrs. J. E. Kendrick, Duncan, Okla.; Mrs. R. C. Thomas, Stamford; Mrs. Myrtis, Stockton, Calif., and Mrs. Lindsey Allen, Boise City, Okla.


Mrs. E. G. Sessions
died April 26, 1899

SESSIONS - Rice, Tex., April 6. - Mrs. E. G. Sessions, died April 26, 1899

Mrs. E. G. Sessions died suddenly of heart failure here this afternoon.


Mrs. J. Lynch
died April 26, 1899

LYNCH - Corsicana, Tex., April 7. - Last evening at her home in East Corsicana, Mrs. J. Lynch died of measles and other causes, and was buried this afternoon. Husband and child of deceased are both down with measles.


Malva Elliott
died May 2, 1899

ELLIOTT - Corsicana, Tex., May 3 - Malva, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus N. Elliott, died at the family residence on West Second avenue yesterday afternoon and was buried in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock.


Mrs. V. A. Stuart
died May 12, 1899

STUART - Lancaster, Tex. May 13. - Mrs. V. A. Stuart died last night of paralysis. Her remains were taken to Corsicana this afternoon for burial.


  • May 13, 1899, Lancaster, Texas
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Eugene Marshall Houston
Jun 26, 1873 - May 22, 1899

HOUSTON - Corsicana, Tex., May 22. Eugene Houston, son of Dr. B. F. Houston, aged 26, years, died in this city this morning of consumption and will be buried tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock from the family residence. The deceased was a printer and esteemed by all who knew him.


Martha M. (Reid) Finch
Dec 15, 1846 - Sep 13, 1900

FINCH - Corsicana, Tex., May 31 - News has reached the city of the death and burial near Wortham of "Grandma" Finch, as she was generally known and spoken of by her friends, at the advanced age of 81 years. She was beloved of all who knew her and she was known to nearly everybody in Navarro county. She was the mother of Former Superintendent of Public Schools Mat Finch and Robert Finch. The funeral took place Sunday.


Louise (Mitchell) Nelson
Feb 7, 1916 - Apr 25, 2005

Louise Mitchell Nelson, 89, of Denton and formerly of Corsicana, passed away Monday, April 25, 2005, at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton.

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

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Westhill Church of Christ with Ferman Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Nelson, Billy Nelson, David Bebout and Danny Bebout.

Mrs. Nelson was born Feb. 7, 1916, in Barry to John Walter and Mattie Mack Williams Mitchell. She was a member of Westhill Church of Christ. She was a teacher for the Corsicana Independent School
District for many years teaching first grade for 28 years. She was also the elementary school librarian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Nelson, on July 27, 1993.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Sara Nelson of Corsicana and James and Linda Nelson of Flower Mound; grandchildren, Laurie Reibenstein of Lewisville, Jamie Nelson of Flower Mound, Brandon Nelson of College Station, and Brooke and Blaire Nelson of Corsicana; four great-grandchildren; niece, Barbara Boatright of Austin; and a number of other nieces and nephews.
Memorial guest book is available at Click on obituaries and go to the name (Louise Mitchell Nelson) to sign book and to submit memorial message.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


John Edward McDonald
July 18, 1953 - April 21, 2005

John Edward McDonald, 51, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, April 21, 2005, at VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Pastor Dairy Johnson Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Mr. McDonald was born July 18, 1953, in Corsicana. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Lee McDonald.
Survivors include his father, James Russell McDonald Sr. of Corsicana; six brothers, James R. McDonald Jr. of Dallas, Gary McDonald of California, George McDonald of Spring Hill, Fla., Dwight McDonald of Houston, and David Chaney and Frederick McDonald, both of Corsicana; six sisters, Dianne Fowler and Robbie Fowler, both of Dallas, Christine Robinson of Atlanta, Ga., Ellender Johnson and Sonya White, both of Corsicana, and Rosie Wilson of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Harold Lewis

TEMPLE - Harold Eugene "Katy" Lewis, 81, of Temple, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2005, at his residence.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 005, at Sheffield funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Tidwell officiating.  Interment will follow at Rosem Cemetery at Waco.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Harold was born on July 17, 1923 to J. W. and Mattie Lewis in Kerens, Texas.  He was a member of Bellmead Church of Christ and was actively involved in sports.  He was instrumental in building the Danny Scott Sports Complex at Temple College.  He worked as an operator for the Santa Fe Railroad and was self-employed as a roofer.

Harold was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Bettye Lynn Lewis, Shirley Marie Rush and Verna Jean Shanks.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Verna Lewis, of Temple sons, Ira Wayne Lewis and his wife, Sophia, of Lubbock and Eddie Glenn Lewis, also of Lubbock; daughter, Patsy Faye Lawrence, of Temple; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


  • Waco Tribune

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Hazel Irene (Mitchell) Patterson
Jan 29, 1931 - Apr 2, 2005

Hazel Patterson

Hazel Patterson, 74, of Fredericktown (formerly Fairfield, Texas) died April 2, 2005 at Parkland Heath Center in Farmington, Missouri.

She was born January 29, 1931 in Wortham, Texas, a daughter of Mack Robert and Viva Lee (Renshaw) Mitchell.

On June 26, 1946, in Texas, she was married to James Bernard Patterson who preceded her in death on March 31, 1995.

Also preceding her in death were one daughter, Caroline Ann Patterson; and one sister, Faye Gist.

Mrs. Patterson is survived by one son, Cecil Patterson of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Shelby Conley of Fredericktown, Missouri and Annie Avey of Brazil; one brother, Henry Mitchell of Kilgore, Texas; and two sisters, Letha Goolsby of Bossier City, Louisiana and Jimmie Lou Jackson of Selman, Texas.

She had ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Patterson was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, and sewing.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, Texas.

Services were held April 6, 2005 at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield with Pastor Terry Skinner officiating. Burial was at Richland Cemetery in Fairfield.

Missouri services arranged by Wilson Funeral Home in Fredericktown, Missouri.


Barham Family of Blooming Grove

Roy Kennedy, Sr. 10 July 1897 - 14 Jun 1964
Dallas Morning News, Jun 15, 1964


Roy C., Kennedy, Sr., 1214 Edwards Circle, Survived by wife, Mrs. Ella E, [sic] Kennedy; son, Roy C., Kennedy, Jr. Chapel services Monday 2 p.m., Dr. Dean Harrison officiating. Graveside services 4:30 p.m., Blooming Grove, Texas.


Eva Ella Barham, 17 Feb 1908 - 14 Jun 1986
Corsicana Daily Sun, Jun 15, 1986

In Memory of Eva (Sissy) Kennedy; Date of birth Feb 17, 1908; Date of death June 14, 1986; Services Griffen Roughton Funeral Home Monday June 16, 1986 at 2:00 P.M.; Officiating Dr. Edgar Wright; Pallbearers E. O.
Barham, Sonny Barham, Danny Martin Dawson, Billy Wayne McGraw, Kenneth Barham, Chuck Barham; Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery; Arrangements Griffen Roughton Funeral Home Blooming Grove Texas.


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  • Roy Collier Kennedy, 10 July 1897 - 14 Jun 1964 Ella E. Barham 17 Feb 1908 - 14 Jun 1986
  • Cemetery Marker Photo
  • Roy Collier Kennedy was born July 10, 1897 in Alabama. In 1932 he married Miss Eva Ella Barham in Ft Worth, Tarrant County Texas. About eight years later they had one son born, Roy Collier Kennedy, Jr., in Corsicana, Navarro County, TX.
  • Ella was born February 17, 1908 in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, TX to the parents of Robert O. (Bob) and Effie P. (McClure) Barham. She died June 14, 1986 in Carrolton, Denton County, TX. Cemetery Marker Photo

Lillie Roff Hughes

HUGHES - Corsicana, Tex., June 16. - At 8:30 o'clock this morning Lillie Roff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Hughes, died at the family residence, on South Seventeenth street, and will be buried tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Interment at Oakwood cemetery.


Martha Caroline "Callie" (Johnson) Carpenter
Oct 25, 1876 - Aug 19, 1899

CARPENTER - Corsicana, Tex., Aug 20. - Mrs. Callie Carpenter, wife of ex-County Attorney Lewis Carpenter, died at the residence of Mr. T. W. Carpenter, five miles southeast from the city, yesterday at noon, and the funeral services were held her at 10 o'clock this morning. The interment was at Dresden this afternoon at 2 o'clock.


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  • Dallas Morning News - Aug 25, 1899
  • Caroline "Callie" Carpenter, 25 Oct 1876 - 19 Aug 1899
  • Lewis Carpenter remarried to Mary "Mamie" Templeton.  They are buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, TX

Elizabeth "Bettie" (Elkins) Cubley-Hodge
Sep 1872 - Jun 17, 1900

HODGE - Corsicana, Tex., June 18 - At the family residence last evening, Mrs. Z. T. Hodge died of malignant scarlet fever at the age of 27 years. The funeral took place this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.


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  • Jun 18, 1900
  • Mrs. Z. T. Hodge, died Jun 17, 1900
  • 1st husband Robert Henry Cubley, Jr., Sheriff  2nd husband Zachariah Taylor Hodge, Dr. married Nov. 17, 1898  d/o Thomas P. "Tom" Elkins and Linda M. (Neville) Elkins

  • Elizabeth's and Robert's two daughters Mabelle/Mable and Corinne went to Fort Worth to live with their grandparents Thomas P. "Tom"  Elkins & Linda M.(Neville) Elkins & sister  Muse (Elkins) Yeager (buried in Mount Olivet cemetery, Fort Worth, TX) after Bettie died.

Mary Emma (Forsythe) Hodge
Sep 4, 1878 - Jun 4, 1945

Mrs. Z. T. Hodge
Mrs. Z. T. Hodge, aged 66 years, died at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic at noon Monday.
Funeral arrangements had not been completed at press hour Monday but will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Hodge, a native of Tennessee was the widow of the late Dr. Z. T. Hodge and had resided in this community 41 years.
Survivors are two sons, W. C. Hodge, Corsicana, and Marion Hodge, Ft. Worth; a sister, Mrs. E. C. Guy, and a brother Joe Forsythe both of Spencer, Tenn.


  • Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Jun 5, 1945



Funeral services for Mrs. Z. T. Hodge, aged 66 years, who died in the P. and S. Hospital Monday noon, will be held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 11 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. J. P. Smith, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Dawson.

A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Hodge had resided here for 41 years. She was the widow of the late Dr. Z. T. Hodge of Corsicana.

Surviving are two sons, W. C. Hodge, Corsicana, and Marion Hodge, Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. E. C. Guy, and a brother, Joe Forsythe, both of Tenn.

Pallbearers will be B. V. Treadaway, Beauford Armstrong, J. A. Horn, D. N. Poarch, J. B. Nichols and S. M. Starks.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Jun 5, 1945
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Shows to be employed at State Orphan Home, 1900 census 22 years old, widower
  • 2nd w/o Zachariah Taylor Hodge, Dr. married Mar 23, 1902


Mrs. Z. T. Hodge Funeral Services Wednesday Morning

Funeral services for Mrs. Z. T. Hodge, 66, who died Monday, were held from the Corley Chapel Wednesday at 11 a.m. with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. P. Smith, Dawson Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Surviving are two sons, a sister and a brother.


S. A. Norton

NORTON - Corsicana, Tex., May 24. - Mrs. S. A. Norton, wife of Mr. Frank W. Norton, died at the family residence in this city last night after a brief illness from rheumatism and neuralgia.


Sam Dobbins

News of a Corsicana Man Who Had Been Gone Five Years

Corsicana, Tex., May 17. - Five years ago Sam Dobbins, well known in this county, left Corsicana to engage in work on a railroad. Northing was heard of or from him until a few days ago, when his sister, Miss Emma Dobbins, received a letter from Cape Nome from young Dobbins' partner stating that young Dobbins had died of scurvy while trying to reach Cape Nome from the Klondike region.
The letter had inclosed in it a photograph of young Dobbins and told a story of horrible sufferings and hardships in the efforts of the party of four men to reach Cape Nome from the interior of the Alaskan territory. Dobbins was buried in the mountain wilds, his body being wrapped in the pelts of animals, and his last request was that the news of his death be sent to his people in the country as soon as possible.
The letter containing this news was dated Anvil City, Cape Nome, Jan. 5, 1900, and was written a year after young Dobbins' death.


David E. Hawkins

David E. Hawkins, the 9-year-old son of Mr. E. R. Hawkins of this city, died of lockjaw at 5 o'clock this morning.


Margaret Patton

PATTON - Corsicana, Tex., March 30. - Mrs. Margaret Patton, aged 74 years and 24 days, died at the family residence in this city and was buried in the family cemetery at Eureka, this county. The deceased leaves three sons, R. E. McAnulty of Fort Worth and E. G. Patton and A. T. Patton of this city. She was one of the pioneers of Navarro County, having come to the Eureka neighborhood nearly fifty years ago.


John Cranford

Reported Killed.
Corsicana, Tex., March 28. - It is reported here that John Cranford, a member of the Thirty-Third United States volunteer infantry from this city, now in the Philippines, had been killed. Nothing, however, had been received from Washington to confirm the report. Young Cranford has many relatives in the county.


Mrs. H. E. Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 28 - Mrs. H. E. Cleveland, relict of H. E. Cleveland, a Confederate soldier who died in the Richmond, VA., hospital during the war, died in the city yesterday of consumption, and was buried this morning at 10 o'clock in Oakwood cemetery.


Bettie Hellams Parker

PARKER - Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 23 - Mrs. Bettie Hellams Parker, wife of Rev. Warren Parker, died at the family residence, No. 618 East Third street, yesterday at the age of 63 years, and was buried in Oakwood cemetery at 3 o'clock this afternoon.


Charles Wesley

WESLEY - Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 15 - Charles Wesley, a well-known barber of this city, died of pneumonia at 11:30 last night and was buried at 3 o'clock this afternoon.


O. P. Lowry
? - Jun 18, 1899

LOWRY - Corsicana, Tex., June 19., - Mrs. O. P. Lowry died yesterday at her home in this city after a short illness. The remains were taken to Big Sandy for interment.



Mrs. O. P. Lowry

? - Nov 1954

Thursday Rites for Mrs. Lowry
Funeral services for Mrs. O. P. Lowry, 84, were held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Griffin Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Dr. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church, assisted by Lamoin Champ, education director.
Mrs. Lowry, a long-time Corsicana resident, died Tuesday morning in the Navarro Clinic. She had been in ill health for several months.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Surviving are two sons, Henry P. Lowry, Wichita, Kan., and A Scott Lowry, Corsicana; two step-daughters, Mrs. Minnie Dorrah, Houston, and Mrs. Zeb Burke, Midland; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Marion Martin, Corsicana; a brother, J. A. Scott, Wortham, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were N. Suttle Roberts, James King. E. C. Sears, Paul Moore, Rev Bristow, R. L. Sims, Hood Cheney and Joel C. Trimble.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Nov 12, 1954

Will A. Gibson
Feb 1887 - Oct 29, 1909

Special to the News
Corsicana, Tex., Oct. 31. - The remains of Will Gibson, who died of heart failure in Port Arthur, as told in The News today, reached here this afternoon and will be buried from the home of his parents tomorrow at 3 o'clock p.m.

Judge J. L. Autry, general attorney of the Texas Company, arrived this morning from Houston to attend the funeral. The deceased was secretary to the general manager of the Texas Company.
Will Gibson graduated with a class of forty-one in the Corsicana High School in 1904 and was very popular here. He afterward attended the Poughkeepsie Business College, where he also acquitted himself with honors. He was a son of J. W. Gibson and for a number of years passenger conductor on the Hillsboro branch of the Cotton Belt Railroad.


William A. Gibson Was Employed in Offices of Texas Company at Port Arthur.
Special to the News.
Port Arthur, Tex., Oct. 30. - William A. Gibson, secretary to General Manager R. C. Holmes of the Texas Company, was found dead in his room on the third floor of the Smith Building this morning. He retired last night in apparently the best of health and spirits and some time during the night died without awakening, evidently. Heart failure is the cause given by physicians making an examination this morning. Mr. Gibson was 23 years of age and came here in July, 1906, from Corsicana. He came to take a position with the Texas Company. He is survived by his father, mother, sister and brother, who lived in Corsicana.



Buried This Afternoon.

The remains of Will A. Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gibson, who died in Port Arthur, Friday night, arrived here over the Houston & Texas Central yesterday afternoon and were interred in Oakwood cemetery this afternoon at 3 p.m., the funeral taking place from the home of the parents of the deceased on Third avenue. Rev. O. L. Hailey officiated and an immense throng of friends followed the remains to their last resting place.

Following is a list of the honorary and active pallbearers; Honorary: L. S. Pinkston, T. P. Little, F. M. Cheney, W. M. Tatum, H. G. Damon, Harry Johnson, E. O. Hyndman and E. A. Johnson; active; Clifton Houze, Fred Smith, Alva Rankin, Homer McCammon, Arthur Johnson, Allyn Gordon, Byron Cheney and Clyde Stroud.

There were many beautiful floral offerings and the sympathy of the community for Mr. and Mrs. Gibson in their great sorrow is deep seated and genuine.




Will Gibson, Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gibson, Expires in Port Arthur

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gibson received the sad news this morning by wire that their son, Will Gibson, had been found dead in bed at his boarding house at Port Arthur by his room mate. Nothing is known as to the probable cause of the young man’s death other than that for some time past he had been subject to smothering sensations thought to be due to a slight affection of the heart.

Will Gibson was reared in Corsicana and was a member of the graduating class of the Corsicana High School in 1904. The class of that year was composed of 41 young men and ladies, and this death is the first of that large class.

The deceased had been with the Texas Company at Port Arthur nearly all the time since he finished school, he having attended a commercial college in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., after finishing here. He was a young man of most lovable character and was exceedingly popular with all who knew him and had apparently before him a long life of usefulness. His sudden and sad end came as an inexpressible shock to his parents, sister and brother, and their large circle of friends deeply sympathize with them in their unspeakable sorrow.

It is safe to say that no young man was ever more popular with his fellows than was Will Gibson, or “Gip,” as he was familiarly and lovingly called by his intimate friends.

The remains will arrive from Port Arthur at 5:30 tomorrow morning and will be laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The funeral will be conducted from the residence.


Edley Edward Hail
Nov 16, 1886 - Sep 26, 1909



Driver of Vehicle Given Hearing Before Justice Work and Released on Bond of $250

Run down by a taxicab on North Akard street and Ross avenue about 2 o'clock yesterday morning, E. Edward Hail, 20 years of age, was so badly injured that he died at 9 o'clock in the morning without having regained consciousness. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hail of Corsicana, the parents of the young man, arrived in the city a short time before the injured man died.
Edward Hail had lived in Dallas for about nine months.
Young Hail was one of the proprietors of a clothes cleaning and tailoring establishment at 195 North Akard street and had worked until a late hour looking after the finishing of business on hand. In company with S. W. Russell he had started to his room at the home of Mrs.  Eulalia H. Heare at 214 North Harwood street. They were crossing Akard street at the Akard street and Ross avenue intersection when the taxicab having come westward on Ross turned into Akard. Mr. Russell leaped aside and was unhurt. Mr. Hail was not so quick and was struck, knocked for some distance and run over by the car. He was picked up unconscious, placed in the taxicab and hurried to Apperson's drug store on Main and Poydras streets. There he had attention for about an hour and was then removed to his room. Drs. C. A. McNeill, Francis D. Roelker and S. E. Milliken were summoned. A fracture at the base of the skull and many bruises were the injuries. The young man never rallied.
The body was sent by George Loudermilk last night over the Houston and Texas Central to Corsicana for interment.
Following the death of Mr. Hail, a charge of murder was made against D. A. Alsbrock of 93 Crawford street, Oak Cliff, and he was placed under arrest by Patrolman J. W. Wright. He was given a hearing before Justice of the Peace T. A. Work and released on bond of $250. He is a driver employed by the Gallaway Taxicab Company and had been engaged for about a month. He was almost prostrated by the shock of the accidental killing.





Edley Hail, aged 23 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Hail and who was reared in Corsicana, was killed in Dallas last night by being ran over by a taxicab. The unfortunate young man was formerly employed in N. L. Benson’s dry goods store and later was cashier for Brennand & Conkling, but at the time of his death was keeping books for a furniture factory in Dallas, and boarding with Mrs. E. H. Hearl, formerly Mrs. Steve Smith of this city.

The accident occurred last night and soon afterwards the young man was taken to Mrs. Hearl’s home where he died in a short while.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe B. Hail the young man’s parents, who live at 515 West Tenth avenue, went to Dallas this morning and will return with the remains tomorrow and the funeral will occur in Oakwood cemetery at an hour not yet names.

D. A. Alsbrook, the driver of the taxicab, has been arrested and lodged in jail on a charge of murder.



Large Number of Friends Attended

Funeral of Popular Young Man.

Edley E. Hail, son of Joseph B. and Effie K. Hail, was born at Birdston November 16th, 1886 and died from the effects of an accident on September 26th, in Dallas, at the residence of Mrs. Heart, formerly Mrs. Steve Smith of this city. He received from Mrs. Heart and many other friends all the aid and sympathy that could be given.

Edley was a manly young man of a bright and generous nature, and to know him was to love him.

He was devoted to his friends, and but few boys bestowed as much affection on their mother as did he.

In the absence of his pastor, Rev. J. W. Hornbeak conducted the funeral service.

The following companions of Edley acted as pall bearers: Ward Chestnutt, George Baum, Clarence Terry, John Bowen, Cap Allen, Tom Campbell, Liston Tatum, Willie Sweatman.

He was laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery yesterday afternoon at 6 o’clock in the presence of a large number of friends.

The floral offerings were handsome and generous and also spoke in silent eloquence of the high esteem in which he was held.

The Dallas Times-Herald of Saturday afternoon gives the following account of the terrible accident which ended the life of this many boy:

Edward Hail, twenty years old, a native of Corsicana, but who has lived in Dallas for the last nine months, is dead at his boarding house, 314 North Harwood street as the result of being struck by a taxicab at the junction of Ross avenue, Akard and Ervay streets this morning at 1:30 o’clock. The taxicab was driven by Richard Alsbrook, 93 Crawford street, who is now in custody, with a charge of murder against him, preferred in the county attorney’s office by Police Officer Peter Wright. Alsbrook will have an examining trial before justice of the Peace Work this afternoon, Pierson and Pierson representing him.

“Hail, in company with S. W. Russell, a druggist, employed at Owl Drug Store No. 2, Commerce and Ervay streets, was going to his room when he was struck. According to the physicians who attended him—Drs. Roelke, McNeill and Milliken—his injuries were mainly in the head, and there are later evidences of serious internal injury which must have caused his death.

“According to Russell, the taxicab was being driven at a terrific rate of speed, coming west on Ross avenue, just as he and Hail arrived at the junction of Ross, Akard and Ervay. Russell jumped to safety, but Hail did not succeed in getting out of the way, and the car struck him, rolling him to the street and running completely over him. Russell could not tell where he was struck.

“Russell says the chauffeur stopped his machine as soon as possible, but that it had proceeded at least fifty yards before he could bring it under control. As soon as he stopped, the driver rushed back to where Russell was bending over the injured man. He was unconscious and Russell and Alsbrook picked him up, placed him in the taxicab and hurriedly drove to Apperson’s drug store, where Dr. Roelke gave temporary treatment.

At the drug store the injured man was kept for over an hour, Alsbrook the chauffeur remaining with Russell and the doctor the whole time.

“About 2:30 o’clock Hail was taken to his room at 311 North Harwood street, where Drs. McNeill and Milliken were later called in. He never regained consciousness, and raved in delirium, continually call; “Turn me loose,” and other unintelligible words.

Russell works nights. He frequently meets automobiles coming down Ross avenue on his way home and says they invariably turn into Ervay street. He expected the taxicab to so turn, and was surprised when instead, it dashed into Akard street. Anticipating that it would turn into Ervay, he jumped to one side and so escaped a collision. Hail, he says, did not appear to know which way to dodge, and was hit fair and square.

“Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hail of Corsicana, parents of the dead man, arrived in Dallas at noon today, in response to telegrams sent them. They will accompany the body to Corsicana on the south bound Houston and Texas Central train tonight at 8:30 o’clock, interment being held at Corsicana tomorrow. The body was prepared for shipment to Corsicana by Undertaker Loudermilk.

“Alsbrook was taken into custody this morning by Officer Wright, at his home in Oak Cliff. He was brought to the city and for a time was in the city hall police station. He did not comment at any length on the accident, except to express his sincere regret, that it had occurred.

The Dallas News of Sunday morning stated that Alsbrook had been released on $250 bond and was almost prostrated with grief on account of the accident.


Chelmer ‘Chel’ Satterwhite
Oct 13, 1960 - Apr 27, 2005

Memorial services for Chelmer “Chel” Satterwhite, former resident of Teague, will be at 1:30 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Teague with the Rev. Darrel Beggs officiating. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery at a later date.

Chel was born Oct. 13, 1960, in Fairfield and passed away April 27, 2005, at the age of 44. Chel was a Baptist and graduated from Teague High School in 1979. He was a fireman’s apprentice mate while in the U.S. Navy. He had lived in Corsicana for the past 20 years and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Edith “Babe”; two sons, Bud Satterwhite and wife Brianna and Mac Satterwhite; and three grandchildren, Brianna Satterwhite, Lane Verminlien and Cameron Satterwhite, all of Corsicana; father, Chelmer Ray Satterwhite Sr.; two brothers, Kelley Satterwhite and wife Angela and Chad Satterwhite and wife Lana; and nephews, Kenny, Kevin, Trent, Zack and Drew Satterwhite, all of Teague.

Chel was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Satterwhite; and grandparents, Buddy and Ruby Satterwhite and John and Rosa Mae McNutt.

Arrangements by Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home, Teague.


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