Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Minnie L. (Botenhsuder) Kirchkoff
abt 1870 - Oct 1910

Kerchoff - Corsicana, Texas, Oct. 18. - Mrs. George Kerchoff, 40 years old, died at her home near Richland, this county, Thursday night after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband and four children.


Edward D. Morgan
Nov 19, 1826 - Jan 11, 1910

The body of Edward D. Morgan, who died at 513 Gaston avenue yesterday, will be sent to Corsicana by Undertakers Ed. C. Smith & Bro. this morning. Mr. Morgan was born in Indiana, Nov. 26, 1826. He had been a resident of Dallas six years.


Lavell Berry
Feb 13, 1882 - Jan 9, 1910

Miss Berry's Funeral in Corsicana.
The remains of Miss Laville Berry, who died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Berry, in West Dallas, Sunday, will be sent to Corsicana by Undertakers Ed Smith and Bro. this morning.


Johnathan Deckard "Deacon" Brown
May 15, 1846 - Jan 12, 1910

Burial at Corsicana.
J. D. Brown, an Alabamian, born May 15, 1846, and in Dallas only nine months, died yesterday at 332 Fourth avenue. The remains were shipped to Corsicana for burial.


J. N. Scoggins
Might be the same person as J. W. Scoggins

SCOGGINS - Corsicana, Tex., Jan. 14. - J. N. Scoggins, aged 72, died at the Odd Fellows' Widows and Orphans' Home last night of Bright's disease and was buried here this afternoon. He came to the home from the Odd Fellows' Lodge in Joy, Clay County.


David James Johnston
Mar 27, 1844 - Jan 15, 1910

January 15, 1910, Corsicana, Texas
D. J. Johnston died this afternoon at 1 o'clock at his residence and the remains will be buried in Dallas tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Deceased had lived here for many years and for four year was City Assessor and Collector. He is the father of Mrs. R. C. Dyer of Dallas, whose husband is manager of the Barnhart Type Foundry Company in that city. The remains will reach Dallas tomorrow morning at 11:50 via the Houston and Texas Central.

January 17, 1910, Dallas, Texas
The body of J. D. Johnston, who died at his home in Corsicana Saturday afternoon, reached Dallas over the Houston and Texas Central Railroad at 11:45 a.m. yesterday. Funeral service was had at the residence in Corsicana in the morning. The body was received by Undertaker Loudermilk and conveyed to Greenwood Cemetery, followed by a long train of carriages and buggies. The service at the grave was conducted by Rev. C. O. Berschmidt of Corsicana. The pallbearers were Samuel Lawder, M. J.
Garlick, C. S. McLaughlin, M. P. Hayes, Charles Boll and M. A. Radford.
Mr. Johnston was an old citizen of Corsicana. He is survived by four children, who reside in Dallas; Mrs. R. C. Dyer, Mrs. J. B. Crawford, Ben Johnston and D. M. Johnston.


John S. Gibson, Capt.

Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 16. - Capt. John S. Gibson, a pioneer citizen of this county, died at his home here this morning at 4 o'clock. He came to Navarro County fifty-four years ago from Tennessee. He organized the Navarro County Grange Association here over twenty years ago and was the manager of a hardware and implement business which the association established. Later he purchased the business and conducted it successfully for a number of years, later retiring and looking after his farming and stock interests.
He was a member of the first Grand Jury organized in the county.
Besides his wife, three children survive him, viz.: Elbert J. Gibson of Dallas, Mrs. LeGrande Wood of Sherman and Miss Mollie Gibson of Corsicana.


William T. Phillips
Feb 5, 1865 - Sep 12, 1910

PHILLIPS - Tyler, Tex., Sept. 13 - The remains of Will T. Phillips, a Cotton Belt brakeman, who died yesterday morning from injuries received at Corsicana Sunday night while switching in the yards, were brought here this morning. The funeral was had this afternoon at Oakwood Cemetery. He was a Knight of Pythias, Woodman of the World and a member of the Brotherhood of Trainmen at this place. He is survived by a widow and three children.


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  • Sep 13, 1910, Tyler, TX
  • Will T. Phillips, died Sep 12, 1910

J. S. Millon

Prof. J. S. Millon, a teacher of brass band music, while giving his class at Richland a lesson Tuesday night at 9 o'clock, dropped dead of heart disease. Deceased was apparently in perfect health at the time.
The remains were shipped to Ennis yesterday morning for interment.


John Kennedy

Man Found on Sidewalk at Corsicana Dies from Poison's Effect.
Special to the News.
Corsicana, Tex., Jan. 17. - John Kennedy, about 30 years of age, who had been working for the pipe line company, was found in a dying condition this morning on a sidewalk on Eighth street. Before medical aid could reach him he died.
An inquest by Justice Nash resulted in the verdict that death was caused by carbolic acid poisoning. Letters found in the pockets of the deceased indicate that he had relatives living in Newark, N. J., to whom telegrams have been sent. The body is being held.


A. C. Vickers

VICKERS - Corsicana, Tex., Feb. 28 - A. C. Vickers, a printer from Pensacola, Fla., died here today. Burial in Corsicana Cemetery.


James Young Carroll
Mar 16, 1844 - Aug 11, 1909

CARROLL - Kerens, Tex., Aug. 12. - J. Y. Carroll, an old and highly respected pioneer of this community, died at Mineral Wells Wednesday. He was buried here with Masonic honors.

August 13, 1909, Corsicana, Texas

The remains of J. Y. Carroll, a prominent citizen of Kerens, who died in Mineral Wells of paralysis, passed through here last night en route to Kerens for interment today.




On last Wednesday, August 11th, a message came to relatives and friends here that our fellow citizen and esteemed friend, J. Y. Carroll was dead. Death came at 12:20 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at Mineral Wells, where he had gone in search of health. For some time he had been in feeble health, but it was not expected that death was so near. Paralysis was the direct cause of his death.

Mr. Carroll was born in Tennessee March 6th 1844, came to Texas when a child and Kerens has been his home for forty years or more. He was a loyal member of the Masonic lodge of this place, also a member of the Grand Chapter at Corsicana.

He was married to Miss Sallie Barnett in 1872. She died in 1877. For the last 25 years he has made his home with Mr. A. L. Page of this place. He was a man who had many warm friends. He was charitable and was always willing to assist all those who came to him in need. He will be sadly missed by his many relatives and friends, among whom are his two brothers, J. H. Carroll of Kerens and Joe Carroll; also the Masonic lodge in which he so faithfully attended.

His remains were laid to rest in the Jimmerson cemetery Friday, followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, the Masons conducting a very impressive funeral ceremony. A good friend and useful man is gone, but not forgotten.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, August 16, 1909
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • h/o Sallie (Barnett) Carroll (Mrs. Arthur L. (Ellen) Page was the daughter of Harriet (Carroll) Owen) Navarro county marriage record says J. Y. Carroll married F. A. Cates Sep. 21, 1881—her death record says divorced buried in Kerens—Leslie Carroll shows them as his parents on his death certificate)

Jack Portevant

Aged Negro Dead.
Special to the News.
Corsicana, Tex., June 12. - Jack Portevant, a negro, died at his home at Chatfield last night at 12 o'clock. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him and the white people, many of whom attended the funeral today, all speak well of him.
He had lived at Chatfield for 50 years, and belonged to Capt. Portevant before the war between the States.


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  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • Jun 12, 1909
  • Jack Portevant, died Jun 11, 1909
  • Slaves Index
  • Appears on the 1900 Navarro County Census, SD 9; ED 101; Sheet 7B as Jack Portevanto (age 90) with wife Mary (age 70)

Edwin Harvey Church, Jr.
Apr 28, 1879 - Jul 12, 1910

Death of E. H. Church
Special to the News

Corsicana., Tex., July 16. - E. H. Church, Jr., son of E. H. Church, cashier of the First National Bank of Corsicana died here at Houston's Sanitarium July 12.
Mr. Church was born April 28, 1879, in Corsicana: was married in 1899 to Louise Elenor, daughter of Major William O'Leary, former postmaster of Dallas.
Mr. Church was a resident of Dallas for a number of years, where he was an employee in the post office. He afterward resided in Orange, Tex., being again employed in Government service, where he remained until a year ago, when he was obliged to resign on account of ill health. After his return home he was compelled to undergo an operation about a month ago from which he never recovered. He was a member in good standing in both the National Association of Letter Carriers and National Protective Legion. Mr. Church was buried from the home of his parents. He is survived by his wife and three children, Maria Louisa, age 10; Lillian Katherine, age 8; William Edwin, age 5; and by his parents, four sisters and a brother.


Edward G. Ogle
Apr 17, 1853 - Jun 17, 1910

E. G. Ogle Dead.
Special to the News.
Corsicana, Tex. June 17. - E. G. Ogle, for a number of years and until very recently freight conductor for the Cotton Belt Railroad, died suddenly today at his home of heart trouble. He was 53 years of age and is survived by a wife and four children. He was an Odd Fellow and that order will have charge of the funeral services tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.


Alice Sanders, Miss
Dec 20, 1873 - Mar 10, 1910

Sanders. - Miss Alice Sanders died Thursday night at her home on Carroll street, aged 36 years. The body was sent to Corsicana by Undertakers Ed C. Smith & Bro. last night.


Joseph J. Strupper
1848 - Mar 13, 1019

Strupper. - J. J. Strupper died at St. Paul's Sanitarium yesterday morning and the body was sent to Corsicana by Undertaker Donovan last night. Mr. Strupper formerly resided in Dallas, but recently had been in business at Gates. He was 63 years old and is survived by a son, J. M. Strupper, of Tulsa, OK.


Addie (Allyn) Stuart
July 31, 1848 - Mar 21, 1910

Burial in Corsicana.
The remains of Mrs. Addie Stewart, who died at the Russell Sanitarium in Oak Cliff Sunday night, were sent to Corsicana by Undertaker Loudermilk last night. Mrs. Stewart, who was 63 years old, came to Dallas for medical treatment.


William Wesley Green
Sep 9, 1907 - May 10, 1910

Green - Willie N. Green, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Green, died at the family home, 113 Magnolia street, Friday night. The body was sent to Corsicana by Undertaker Donovan yesterday morning.


Mrs. Isa (Hogan) Griggs

GRIGGS - Ennis, Tex., May 28. - Mrs. Isa Griggs, aged 64 years, died in Corsicana Thursday night. The body was brought here for burial. Her home was at Plantersville, and she was on her way to Ennis to visit her brothers, C. T. and George H. Hogan, when she was taken suddenly ill at Corsicana.


Dr. Alexander Davis
Mar. 16, 1882 - Aug. 25, 1910

Dr. Alexander Davis Dead.
Special To The News.
West, McLennan Co., Tex., Nov. 22 - Dr. Alexander Davis died this morning at 2o'clock at the residence of J. P. Kennedy, after a ten days' illness. His remains will be taken to Corsicana for burial beside his wife, who died several years ago. The Corsicana lodge of Odd Fellows will officiate at the grave. He was a native of New York and moved to Arkansas when a young man. He was 72 years old and had lived in several parts of this State, Corsicana, Bartlett, Brady and other places. He came to West about eighteen months ago. Two daughters survive him, Mrs. Florence Bricknell of Redlands, Cal., and Mrs. Alice Hilliard of Little Rock, Ark. He was a Mason, Odd Fellow and Knight of Pythias.



Dr. Alexander Davis

Will Be Buried Here.

Dr. A. Davis, at one time a resident of Corsicana, died last night at West, McLennan county. The remains will arrive here tomorrow morning at 9:30 o’clock over the Cotton Belt and the funeral will take place from the Union Station, interment taking place in Oakwood cemetery. The Odd Fellows lodge of this city, of which deceased was a former member will have charge of the last rites.

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, November 22, 1910 - Submitted by Diane Richards

Funeral of Dr. Alexander Davis.

The remains of the late Dr. Alexander Davis, who died at West, McLennan county, Monday, arrived here this morning and the funeral will take place from Sutherland’s Undertaking parlors tomorrow morning at 9:30, and interment will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Speaking of the deceased, the West correspondent of the Houston Chronicle of this morning says:

“Dr. Alexander Davis, West, died here this morning at 2 o’clock. His remains will be taken to Corsicana for burial. The Odd Fellows will have charge of the funeral. Mr. Davis was 72 years old and leaves two daughters, Mrs. Florence Bicknell of Redlands, Cal., and Mrs. Alice Hilliard of Little Rock, Ark. He was a native of New York and settled in Arkansas when a young man. Of late years he has lived in several parts of Texas—Corsicana, Bartlett, Brady and other places. He was a Mason, Odd Fellows and Knight of Pythias.


W. D. Butler
Sep 21, 1902 - Oct 8, 1910

W. D. Butler, the 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Butler of Corsicana, formerly of Mexia, died yesterday. His body was brought here today and was buried in the City Cemetery.


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  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • Oct 9, 1910, Mexia, TX
  • W. D. Butler, died Oct 8, 1910
  • Mexia City Cemetery, Mexia, Limestone Co., TX; Plot: Section 13

Doyle Dean Tucker
Shirley (Woodard) Tucker

Darrell Dean Tucker

Friends Saddened By Tragic Death of Tucker Family

"Friends of this area learned with extreme regret early this week of a fatal two-car collision which took the lives of a man and his wife native to this and the Purdon communities, and that of their five-year-old son.

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Dean Tucker, and their young son, Darrell, were killed near Lubbock late Sunday afternoon. Four occupants of the auto which struck the Tucker vehicle also perished.

Mr. Tucker was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Tucker, well known farm couple who now live near Covington after residing in the Blooming Grove and Purdon communities during past year, His wife was the former Shirley Woodard of Purdon. Funeral services for the tragedy victims were conducted in Purdon at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The family lived in Lubbock.

Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, their six sons and two daughters were a prominent rural family of this area until recent years. The surviving five brothers of the deceased man are J. C. Tucker, Dallas; Otho Tucker, Fort Smith, Ark.; Ross Tucker, Borger; and Mack and Jerry Tucker, both of Waco. Sisters are Mrs. Kathleen Payne, El Paso; and Mrs. Pauline Griffin, Sunnydale, Calif.

Mr. Tucker's wife is survived by her parents of Purdon, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Woodard; three brothers, Harold Woodard, Waco; Ralph Woodard, Purdon; and William Woodard, Dallas.

The McCormick Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements and burial for the Tucker family was in Resthaven Memorial Park at Corsicana."


Death Certificate shows:
- Doyle Dean Tucker: b. Jan 21, 1933; d. Apr 10, 1960 in Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX; s/o David D. Tucker & Pearl Crowe; Resthaven Memorial Park, Navarro Co., TX
- Shirley Tucker:  b. Dec 15, 1936 in Barry, Navarro Co., TX; d. Apr 10, 1060 in Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX; d/o Henry C. Woodard & Claudice McGovern; Resthaven Memorial Park, Navarro Co., TX
- Darrell Dean Tucker: b. Nov 5, 1954 in Corsicana, Navarro Co., TX; d. Apr 10, 1960 Lubbock, Lubbock Co., TX; s/o Doyle Dean Tucker & Shirley Woodard; Resthaven Memorial Park, Navarro Co., TX

Martha Jane (Elkins) Moore
Jan 27, 1849 - Nov 10, 1925

Mrs. George Moore of Emmett died Monday night and was buried Tuesday afternoon at Emmett.  The funeral service was held at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. Corbin of Blooming Grove.  Mrs. Moore was 78 years old and has lived at Emmett for 37 years.  She is survived by five children, four boys and one daughter.  They were all at her bedside when she passed away.




Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Jane Moore, aged 76 years ten months, who died at her home in the Emmett community early Tuesday morning, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Emmett Baptist church at 4 o’clock with interment in the Emmett cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. Z. Corbin. Baptist minister of Blooming Grove, assisted by Rev. H. A. Conway of Fort Worth and Rev. A. T. Douglas of Hubbard, Baptist minister.
The deceased had been a resident of Navarro county for forty-nine years and had lived in the Emmett community for thirty-seven years having lived at Dresden and Drane in this county for several years after she and her husband, the late George E. Moore came to Texas from Tennessee.
Surviving are four sons, J. M. Moore and W. P. Moore, of Hubbard; E. L. Moore, Irene; I. L. Moore, Mustang; nineteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; three brothers, John Elkins, Deckard, Tenn.; M. F. Elkins, Emmett; and Lee Elkins, Emhouse.
Following were the active pallbearers: B. C. Gill, Dan Watson, W. F. Osborn, Le Watts, J. M. Fields and J. W. Nuckles.





Mrs. G. e. Moore, aged 78 years, ten months, died at her home in the Emmett community Tuesday morning at 12:40, following a lingering illness, and the remains were interred in the Emmett cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. Z. Corbin, Baptist minister of Blooming Grove.

The deceased was born in Tennessee and came to Texas with her husband, the late George E. Moore, in 1876, settling in Navarro county near Dresden, later moving to the Drane community where they resided several years and then moving to Emmett where she has resided for the last thirty-five years.

The deceased is survived by four sons, J. M. Moore and W. P. Moore, both of Hubbard; E. L. Moore, Irene; I. L. Moore, Mustang; one daughter, Mrs. H. A. Conway, Fort Worth; nineteen grandchildren, J. G. and Aubrey Moore, Brenham; Miss Sue More, Victoria; Miss Marjorie Moore, Smithville; Allen Moore, Waco; Paul Moore, Corsicana; Ben Moore, Rusk; Misses Mayme and Marzee Moore, Hubbard; Buster Moore Hubbard; Mrs. Thelma Foster, Sterling City; I. N. Wilkinson, Ocalo; Jack Wilkinson, Midland; Clyde Thomason, Emmett; Miss Annie Lee Thomason, Lawn; Misses Elberta and Myra Lee Moore, Irene; Melton Moore, Irene; Miss Ruby Faye Moore, Mustang, and four great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, M. F. Elkins of Emmett and Lee Elkins of Emhouse also survive.


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