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Melvina Melissa (Gray) Warren-Welch
Mar 10, 1849 - Jul 2, 1941

July 4, 1941
WELCH - Corsicana, Texas July 4. - Mrs. Melvina Melissa Welch, 92, died Wednesday and the funeral services were held Thursday, with burial in the Prairie Point Cemetery. She is survived by a brother, Leonard Gray, Kerens.

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  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • There is a Darias S. Welch in Rose Hill.  His first wife was Catherine Gowin who is buried at Old Mount Nebo Cemetery near Bay Springs, Mississippi. He is in the 1880 census with children.  His second wife is Melvina Melissa (Gray) Warren-Welch (buried at Prairie Point) and he is listed in the Civil War Index. Melvina was first married to George W. Warren (buried at Dresden). She had no children by either man.  INFO FROM Karen Rost & Diane Richards

  • Death Certificate for Melvina Melissa (Gray) Warren-Welch, daughter of William Gray & Sarah Gray

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AGED RESIDENT OF CORSICANA BURIED AT PRAIRIE POINT

Mrs. Melvina Melissa Welch, aged 92 years, died here Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Corley Chapel. Burial was in the
Prairie Point Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church.

A native of Anderson county, Mrs. Welch had made her home with Mrs. J. M. Burson since 1912.

Surviving are a brother, Leonard Gray, Kerens, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Carlos Cartlidge, L. E. Gray, A. L. Gray, Wayman Price, Wade Price, C. C. Albritton, Jr., Mitchell Gray, and Ovie Cartlidge.

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Leo Joseph Wertz
Aug 29, 1889 - Aug 1952

August 27, 1952, Dallas, Texas <photo>
Leo Joseph Wertz, 63, plasterer of many Dallas office and school buildings and resident here for forty-seven years, died from a heart attack early Tuesday at his farm home near Grapevine.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Marrs-Mundy-Quill Funeral Chapel, 3000 Maple. The Rev. Ralph L. Bacon, secretary-treasurer of the Dallas Baptist Association, will officiate.
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Wertz would have been sixty-four Friday. He was born Aug. 29, 1889, in Corsicana and came to Dallas thirteen years later. He became an apprentice plasterer at the age of fourteen and started contracting in 1919. Wertz married Miss Minnie Mae Harrison on Sept. 12, 1914.
He plastered many of the larger buildings in Dallas until ill-health forced his retirement from business three and a half years ago.
His hobby, chicken farming, became his full time work at Roanoke, Tarrant County.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Lorraine Plemons and Mrs.
Virginia Bohannon, and two sisters, Mrs. Harmon Mayben and Mrs. Edith Posey, all of Dallas, and four grandchildren.

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Dalton Westmoreland
Dec 28, 1868 - Sep 26, 1936

Sept. 30, 1936
Murder Charges Field When Man Drops Dead
Special to The News
CORSICANA, Texas, Sept. 30. - Walter McMillan, 28, of Dawson was named in a formal complaint for murder before Judge W. T. Fadden in connection with the death of Dalton Westmoreland, 70, who dropped dead of a heart attack Saturday on the streets of Dawson a few minutes after he allegedly had been threatened with bodily harm by the accused man, according to information furnished by local officers.

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William Otto Wetzel
Mar 10, 1914 - Jan 13, 1937

January 13, 1937
WETZEL - Corsicana. Texas. Jan. 13 - William O. Wetzel, 22, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Wetzel, in the Emhouse community Wednesday. The funeral service will be held from the Emhouse school building Thursday with burial in the Pattison cemetery. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. L. B. Jenkins, Baptist minister. Surviving are the parents; three brothers, Edward Lee Wetzel, Durwood Wetzel and Carl Wetzel; five sisters, Mrs. Earl McClintock, Suda Faye Wetzel, Hazel Wetzel, Mary Lou Wetzel and Geneva Flo Wetzel, all of Emhouse, and a grandfather, W. O. Williams, Brownsboro.

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FUNERAL RITES FOR EMHOUSE MAN WERE HELD ON THURSDAY
Funeral services for William O. Wetzel, aged 22 years, who died at the family residence in the Emhouse community Wednesday morning about 8 o'clock, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Emhouse school auditorium with interment in the Pattison cemetery. The rites
were conducted by Rev. L. B. Jenkins, Baptist minister.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Wetzel; three brothers, Edward Lee Wetzel, Durwood Wetzel and Carl Wetzel; five sisters, Mrs. Ethel McClintock, Suda Faye Wetzel, Hazel Wetzel, Mary Lou Wetzel and Geneva Flo Wetzel, all of Emhouse, and a grandfather, W. O. Williams, Brownsboro.
Pallbearers were Alvin Owens, Coy Pattison, Garvin Ray, Elmer Allen, Weldon Price, Earl Farmer, Sam Allen and James Luther.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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Charles D. Whatley
abt 1852 - Sep 1927

September 14, 1927
C. D. Whatley, Former Rankin Citizen, Dies
ENNIS, Texas, Sept. 14. - Charles D. Whatley, 72, died at his home in Corsicana as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Mr. Whatley had lived in the Rankin and Byrd communities since a mere lad. He was born in Montgomery, Ala. He was a member of the Christian Church and a charter member of Chambers Creek Masonic Lodge at Rankin, being tiler of that lodge for thirty years. He attended the lodge last Saturday night and was apparently in good health at that time. He moved to Corsicana four months ago.
Surviving are three sons, Tom Whatley and R. C. Whatley of Rankin and Bob Whatley of El Paso; one sister, Mrs. Annie McArthur of Ennis, and eleven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the home of his son, R. C. Whatley at Rankin. Burial was in Rankin.

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Levin Brooks Wheeler
Feb 18, 1874 - Sep 21, 1949

September 23, 1949
Tupelo Farmer Dies Of Accidental Injuries
CORSICANA, Texas, Sept. 23. - L. B. Wheeler, 75, Tupelo farmer, died in the Baptist Hospital at Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday of injuries sustained in a car-truck collision at Blackfish Lake, Ark. He was en route to a family reunion in Mississippi. He had resided at Tupelo, near Corsicana, for fifty years.
Surviving are his wife, two sons, Tommie Wheeler of Corsicana and Ralph Wheeler, of Tupelo; a daughter, Mrs. W. F. Clayton of Crosbyton; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are expected to be held here Saturday.

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Maude Childress Wheelock
Jan 15, 1894 - Mar 7, 1947

March 7, 1947
Death Claims Mrs. Wheelock
CORSICANA, Texas, March 7. - Mrs. Maude Childress Wheelock, wife of R. L. Wheelock, capitalist, oil operator and former Corsicana mayor, died in a local clinic Friday after a heart attack at her home.
A native of Troup and a graduate of Texas State College for Women, Denton, Mrs. Wheelock had resided in Corsicana thirty-two years. She was an Episcopalian and had been prominent in women's clubs and organizations for years.
Owner of some of the finest show and saddle horses in the country, Mrs. Wheelock had exhibited her horses at most of the top-ranking shows and expositions of the nation for years. Her stables, maintained at the Wheelock ranch, seven miles east of Corsicana, have been visited on frequent occasions by internationally known authorities and exhibitors.
Surviving are her husband; a son, R. L. Wheelock Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Q. Kennaugh, wife of the rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, with burial in Oakwood cemetery, the Rev. Louis F. Martin, St. Andrews Parish, Fort Worth, will conduct the service.

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MRS. R. L. WHEELOCK FATALLY STRICKEN WITH HEART ATTACK

PROMINENT CORSICANA WOMAN DIED SUDDENLY IN LOCAL HOSPITAL

Mrs. Maude Childress Wheelock, wife of R. L. Wheelock, capitalist and well known independent oil operator and former mayor here, 1320 West Third avenue, died of a heart attack about 11 o’clock Friday morning.

Mrs. Wheelock was stricken about 10 o’clock, was rushed to the Navarro Clinic at 10:30 o’clock and died a half hour later.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately made pending the arrival of her son, R. L. Wheelock, Jr., en route home from Wichita Falls, where he was contacted when his mother was stricken. Burial is expected to be made in
Oakwood cemetery here.

A native of Troup, Texas, Mrs. Wheelock was a graduate of Texas State College for Women, Denton. She had resided in Corsicana 32 years.

Owner of some of the finest show and saddle horses in the country, Mrs. Wheelock had exhibited her horses at most of the top-ranking shows and expositions of the nation for years. Her stables maintained at the Wheelock ranch, seven miles east of Corsicana, attracted considerable attention and has been visited on frequent occasions by internationally-known authorities and exhibitors.

A member of St. John’s Episcopal church here, Mrs. Wheelock also has been prominent in women’s clubs and organizations for many years.

Surviving are her husband; a son, a daughter, Mrs. Robert Q. Kennaugh, wife of the rector of St. John’s Episcopal church; three grandchildren, Robbie and Frank Wheelock, and Frances Kennaugh, all of Corsicana; an uncle, Wilson Moore, Stephenville, and other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. WHEELOCK SUNDAY AFTERNOON

SERVICES WILL BE HELD FROM ST JOHN’S AT 3 P.M. –BURIAL IN OAKWOOD

Funeral services for Mrs. Maude Childress Wheelock, who died with a heart attack at the Navarro Clinic at 11 o’clock Friday morning, will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The rites will be held from St. John’s Episcopal church of which she was a member. Interment will be in
Oakwood cemetery. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Louis F. Martin, St. Andrews Parish, Fort Worth. Mrs. Wheelock was stricken at the family home, 1320 West Third avenue an hour before her death.

A native of Troup, Mrs. Wheelock is a graduate of Texas State College for Women at Denton, and had been active in women’s clubs and organizations for a number of years. She had resided in Corsicana 32 years.

Owner of some of the finest saddle and show horses, Mrs. Wheelock exhibited her horses at most topranking expositions. Her stables maintained at the Wheelock ranch seven miles east of Corsicana attracted considerable attention.

Surviving are her husband, R. L. Wheelock; a son, R. L. Wheelock, Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Q. Kennaugh, wife of the rector of St. John’s Episcopal church; three grand-children, Robbie and Frank Wheelock, and Frances Kennaugh, all of Corsicana, and an uncle, Wilson Moore, Stephenville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Jack Stroube, Deen Allen, Pat Wells, Pete Willis, Herbert McLain, George Weinschel, Roger Stewart, Cullen Dunn, Jr., John Pugh and E. L. Smith, Jr., Dallas.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. WHEELOCK SUNDAY AFTERNOON

FORT WORTH RECTOR CONDUCTED RITES AT ST. JOHN’S CHURCH

Funeral services for Mrs. R. L. Wheelock who died Friday morning with a heart attack were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock from St. John’s Episcopal church. Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Louis F. Martin, St. Andrews Parish, Fort Worth. Mrs. Wheelock was stricken at the family home, 1320 West Third avenue, a short time before her death.

Owner of some of the finest saddle and show horses in the country. Mrs. Wheelock was a frequent exhibitor in the top-ranking shows and expositions of the country, and horses owned by the sportswoman won numerous honors and prizes during the past several years. Her stables maintained at the Wheelock ranch seven miles east of Corsicana attracted considerable attention, and were frequently visited by internationally-known authorities and owners of fine horses.

A native of Troup, Mrs. Wheelock was a graduate of TSCW and had made her home in Corsicana 32 years. She was prominent in numerous clubs and other organizations here and was well-knonwn.

Surviving are her husband, R. L. Wheelock; a son, R. L. Wheelock, Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Q. Kennaugh, wife of the rector of St. John’s Episcopal church; three grand-children, Robbie and Frank Wheelock, and Frances Kennaugh, all of Corsicana, and an uncle, Wilson Moore, Stephenville, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Jack Stroube, Deen Allen, Pat Wells, Pete Willis, Herbert McLain, George Weinschel, Roger Stewart, Cullen Dunn, Jr., John Pugh and E. L. Smith, Jr., Dallas.

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Mattie Lois (Hill) White
Died May 1935

May 27, 1935
WHITE - Corsicana, Texas. May 27. - Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Lois White, 34, of Navarro, who died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Hill, at Richland Sunday were held Monday afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Richland.
Surviving are her husband, S. E. White of Navarro; three children, S. E. White Jr., Charles White and Irma White, all of Navarro; her parents and seven sisters.

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Mrs. Fred S. White Sr.
abt 1896 - Jul 1952

July 25, 1952
Mrs. Fred White Dess
CORSICANA, Texas, July 25. - Mrs. Fred S. White Sr., 68, died at her home Thursday. Surviving are her husband; four sons, Leslie White, Corsicana; Fred S. White Jr., Sweeney; Felix White, Shreveport, La., and Frank White, Thomball; two daughters, Mrs. Louie Lawrence and Mrs. Inez Tadlock, both of Baytown; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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James Tennyson Whorton
May 16, 1846 - Dec 20, 1929

December 20, 1929
J. T. Whorten Dies At Blooming Grove
BLOOMING GROVE, Navarro Co., Texas. Dec. 20. - J. T. Whorton died at his home Friday. Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday and burial will be in the Blooming Grove Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, three sons, J. H. Whorton of Blooming Grove, J. L. Whorton of Kerens, G. H. Whorton of Hillsboro; four sisters, Mrs. T. A. Stanford of Dallas, Mrs. A. Dauss of Whistler, Ala.; Mrs. Frank Kate of Whistler, Ala.; Mrs. Frankie Russell of Hot Springs, Ark.; eighteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

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Funeral services for J. T. Whorton, Born May 16, 1846 Died 7 a.m. Dec 20, 1929 will be held at family home Saturday, 2 p.m. December 21, 1929. Interment Rose Hill Cemetery Blooming Grove, Texas.

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PIONEER RESIDENT OF BLOOMING GROVE DIED THERE FRIDAY

BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 20.—(SP)—J. T. Whorten, age 83 years died at his home here at 7 o’clock Friday morning following a long illness. Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock and burial will be in the Blooming Grove cemetery.

Mr. Whorten was born in Steuart county, Georgia, May 16, 1846, was married to Miss Mattie Boon September 25, 1866, and then years later moved to Navarro county, settling near this city and he has made his home here since. He retired from the mercantile business here several years ago.

He joined the Confederate army and saw considerable action during the last two years of the war between the states.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, J. H. Whorten, Blooming Grove; J. L. Whorten, Kerens; G. H. Whorten, Hillsboro; Four sisters, Mrs. T. A. Stanford, Dallas; Mrs. A. Dauss, Whistler, Ala.; Mrs. Frank Kate, Whistler, Ala.; Mrs. Frankie Russell, Hot Springs, Ark.; eighteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nephews and nieces.

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Josephine Whitley
abt 1903 - 1941

December 2, 1941, Dallas, Texas <photo>
Funeral Set For Dallas Chest Worker
Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Whitley, 38, of 4421 West Potomac, active Community Chest worker here, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the George A. Brewer Funeral Chapel with Dr. Henry Wade DuBose, pastor of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
A native of Corsicana, Mrs. Whitley was reared in Dallas, was graduated from Dallas public schools, and attended Southern Methodist University, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was a member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and was hostess of the Welcome Wagon, greeting newcomers to Dallas. In that capacity she acquired many active workers for the Community Chest by interviewing the newcomers on their charitable affiliations elsewhere.
Mrs. Whitley is survived by two sons, Billy Whitley and Joe Bradley Whitley; mother, Mrs. Olivia Bradley, and two sisters, Mrs. George Traylor and Mrs. Earl Y. Bateman.
Pallbearers will be Richard Haughton, Ben Haughton, Billy Haughton, George Traylor, Earl Y. Bateman and Charlie Grinnell.

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Mrs. C. J. Whitfield (nee Hollingsworth)
Died Dec 1949

Dec 15, 1949
Mrs. C. J. Whitfield, 63, of Raleigh, died in a hospital here Tuesday night. Funeral services were held in the Dresden Methodist Church Thursday.
Surviving are her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Annie Melton of Barry and Mrs. Flossie Selby of Frost, and a brother, Sam Hollingsworth of Waco.

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Nellie Corinne (Stokes) White
Dec 9, 1935 - Aug 23, 1955

August 26, 1955, Dallas, Texas
Mrs. W. G. White
Funeral services for Mrs. William G. White, 19, who died Tuesday of injuries suffered Monday in a 2-car head-on collision in Arcadia Park, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Cockrell Hill Methodist Church, 4031 West Clarendon.
Mrs. White, a bride of three months, lived at 4041 Kernack. She was born in Emhouse, Navarro County, and had been a Dallas resident for the last seven years. She was the former Miss Nellie Corinne Stokes.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira L.
Stokes of Dallas; two brothers, M/Sgt. Richard L. Stokes with the U.S. Air Force in Japan and First Lt. Robert E. Stokes of Oceanside, Calif., and her grandmother, Mrs. Dick Stokes of Emhouse.
The Rev. G. C. Randolph, the Rev. V. P. Morrison and the Rev. H. Grady May will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

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Former Emhouse Resident Killed Mrs. Nellie Corinne White, 30, reared at Emhouse, died Tuesday in Dallas from injuries suffered in an automobile collision near Dallas Monday when one man was instantly killed, and four persons were hurt. Mrs. White's father, Ira L. Stokes, Dallas, long-time Emhouse resident, remains in a critical condition in the Methodist hospital in Oak Cliff. He is suffering internal injuries and three fractures of the left arm, relatives here have learned. Ira Stokes is a brother of Charles Stokes of Corsicana. The rites will be conducted in Dallas Friday at 10 a. m. at Cockrell Hill Methodist Church with burial in the Pattison Cemetery in the Emhouse community, after 1 p. m. graveside services. Surviving are her husband, William O. White, Dallas, to whom she was married three months ago; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira L. Stokes, Dallas, and two brothers, Robert Stokes, Marine Corps, California, and Richard Stokes, U. S. Air Force, Japan, and grandmother, Mrs. Dick Stokes, Emhouse.

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Robert E. Lee Whitener
1917 - Oct 1950

October 16, 1950
Corsicana Man Dies of Injuries
CORSICANA, Texas, Oct. 16. - Robert E. Whitener, 33, Corsicana, died in a local hospital Monday from head injuries received in an auto-truck collision Friday night.
His death in the sixth of the year from highway accidents in Navarro County. The accident occurred on Highway 31 between Dawson and Hubbard.
Three other persons hurt in the collision are expected to recover.
Funeral rites will be held here Wednesday afternoon with burial in the Hamilton Cemetery. Whitener was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, and son; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. N.
Whitener, Corsicana; three brothers, A. T. Whitener and Edwin Whitener, both of Corsicana, and Lunel Whitener, Galveston; five sisters, Mrs.
Doris Mahoney, Corsicana; Mrs. Mae Crocker, Bazette; Mrs. Linnie Beard, Dallas; Mrs. Dorothy Hall, Warba, Whitener Robert E Minn., and Mrs.
Winnie Lee Shumate, Malakoff.

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Infant Williams daughter of C. E. Williams
Died Jul 1930

July 16, 1930
Corsicana Child Dies
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Williams, Corsicana Route 1, died at an early hour Wednesday morning, and the body was taken to Frost for burial Wednesday afternoon.

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Bud Williams
Died Jul 1930

July 25, 1930
Bud Williams, 60, single, pioneer resident of the Blooming Grove community, died at Blooming Grove Wednesday. Surviving are a brother, Jim Williams, San Angelo; a sister, Mrs. Goodman of Oklahoma, and other relatives.

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Emma D. (Hall) Williams
abt 1863 - Mar 1930

March 21, 1930
Mrs. Emma D. Williams Dies
CORSICANA, Texas. March 21. - Mrs. Emma D. Williams, 67, resident of Corsicana for the last thirty years, died at her home Friday. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Dora Williams, Mrs. E. B. Carson and Mrs. Hattie Baldauf, and one son, Archie Smith, all of Corsicana; nine grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. A. L. Swinney, Dallas, and four brothers, Joe Hall, Mexia; D. W. Hall, Italy; B. F. Hall, Durant, Ok., and J. G. Hall, Gatesville.

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Elbert Othonile Williams, Rev.
Dec 16, 1845 - Jul 25, 1928

July 26, 1928, Dallas, Texas
Rev. E. O. Williams, 82, Retired Minister, Dies
The Rev. Elbert O. Williams, 82, retired Methodist minister of Corsicana, died Wednesday morning at his home, 4229 Fair street. He served as pastor of the Methodist Church of Corsicana for thirty-four years and moved to Dallas four months ago.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. B. O. Franks, and three sons, L. L. Williams, L. M. Williams, both of Corsicana, and W. H. Williams of Dallas. The body will be sent to Corsicana Thursday for burial.

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PIONEER MINISTER OF NAVARRO COUNTY DIED IN DALLAS

REV. E. O. WILLIAMS WILL BE BURIED AT ZIONS REST THURSDAY MORNING

Rev. E. O. Williams, aged 83 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. O., Franks in Dallas at six o’clock, Wednesday morning, according to word reaching here. Funeral services will be held at North Corsicana (Zions Rest) Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock and will be conducted by Rev. A. E. Carraway and Rev. I. R. Darwood, Methodist ministers and friends of the deceased. Burial will be in Zions Rest Cemetery.

Rev. Mr. Williams was one of the pioneer Methodist ministers, having preached in Navarro and surrounding counties 35 years. He was known and loved by scores of people in all sections of Navarro county and in other places where he filled the pulpit.

He had been in failing health for the past few years but his death was unexpected and came as a shock to him many friends.

He and his wife moved to the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. O. Franks in Dallas about six months ago to make their home prior to that time they had been living in Corsicana.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, L. L. Williams, Corsicana; L. M. Williams Tupelo; W. H. Williams, Dallas, and a daughter, Mrs. B. O. Franks, Dallas. Numerous grand-children, great grandchildren and other relatives also survive.

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Franklin Abejah Williams
Jan 24, 1866 - Sep 19, 1933

September 22, 1933
WILLIAMS - Corsicana, Texas. Sept. 22. - Funeral services for F. A. Williams, 66, former resident of the Frost community, who died in San Juan, Texas, Tuesday night were held at the Frost Methodist Church Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock with burial in the Frost Cemetery. Surviving are nine children, J. V. Williams, San Juan; Eugene Williams, Dallas; Floyd Williams, Mexia; Curtis Williams, Corsicana; Dewey Williams, San Juan; Evan Williams, San Juan; Alton Williams, San Juan; Mrs. Agnes Crutchfield, San Juan; Mrs. Clorena Griffith, San Juan; a brother, Bob Williams, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie English, Frost, and Mrs. Sarah Keathley, Corsicana, and other relatives.

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Recent Corsicana Visitor Died At San Juan Tuesday
A message to Mrs. J. H. Cole from San Juan, Texas, advised her that her brother-in-law, F. A. Williams, a recent visitor here, had been stricken with a ruptured gall bladder and was at the point of death, with no hope whatever entertained for his recovery. Mr. Williams was a former resident of this county, having lived in the Frost community until about six years ago. A son, Curtis Williams, lives near Corbet.

A later message stated that Mr. Williams died at 6 p. m. Tuesday, and body will be brought here on the 4:22 train Thursday with burial at Frost Friday afternoon.

Two other sons, Floyd Williams, lives at Mexia, and Eugene lives in Dallas.

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  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, September 20, 1933
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • add dates) Monument has 1866- 1933 Death certificate has Jan. 24, 1857 - Sep. 19, 1933 but also says 66 years, 8 months, 25 days, obit says 66 years old, so Jan. 24, 1866 is probably right
    Death certificate has parents as Robert Jackson Williams and Martha Jane (Patterson) Williams
     



FORMER RESIDENT FROST COMMUNITY DIED IN SAN JUAN
Funeral services for F. A. Williams, 66, former resident of the Frost community, who died in San Juan Texas, Tuesday night will be held at the Frost Methodist church Friday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock with burial in the Frost cemetery.

Mr. Williams was well-known in the Frost community where he resided for many years prior to six years ago.

Surviving are nine children J. W. Williams, San Juan; Eugene Williams, Dallas; Floyd Williams, Mexia; Curtis Williams, Corsicana; Dewey Williams, San Juan; Evan Williams, San Juan; Alton Williams, San Juan; Mrs. Agnes Crutchfield, San Juan; Mrs. Clorena Griffith, San Juan; a brother Bob Williams Corsicana; two sisters Mrs. Fannie English, Frost, and Mrs. Sarah Keathley,

The body arrived in Corsicana on the Southern Pacific Lines train Thursday and was taken to the residence of a sister-in-law, Mrs. J. H. Cole, 515 West
Fifth avenue, where it remained until Friday afternoon.

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Emmett L. Wilkerson
Aug 30, 1883 - Jul 8, 1947

July 10, 1947
Emmett L. Wilkerson Buried at Corsicana
CORSICANA, TexasFuneral services for Emmett L. Wilkerson, 65, Magnolia Petroleum Company attorney for twenty-six years, who died in Dallas, were held here Thursday by Dr. Matthew Arnold, pastor of the Third Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Wilkerson organized the first football team at Corsicana High School and was the quarterback. He later was quarterback on the University of Texas football squad. Wilkerson was a graduate of the law school at the University and was assistant district attorney here ten years before becoming connected with the legal department for the Magnolia.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Eula Coulson, Corsicana.

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Mary (Harris) Widener
Jan 30, 1869 - Apr 28, 1938

April 28, 1938
WIDENER - Corsicana, Texas. April 28. - Mrs. M. J. Widener, 69, died Thursday. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. with burial at Dawson. Surviving are her husband, four sons, Ben Widener, John Widener and Johnson Widener, Corsicana, and Jess Widener, Dresden; four daughters, Mrs. H. H. Crawford, Mrs. Jim Phillips and Mrs. Willie Pharris, Corsicana, and Mrs. A. T. Whitener, Malakoff; a sister, Mrs. Bill Simpson, Chillicothe; several grandchildren and other relatives.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. WIDENER FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Widener, aged 69 years, who died Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Dawson cemetery where interment was made. Mrs. Widener died at the family residence here, 516 North Commerce street, Thursday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock. Prior to moving to Corsicana 12 years ago, the family resided in the Dawson community.

Surviving are her husband, M. J. Widener, Corsicana; four sons, Ben Widener, John Widener, and Johnson Widener, all of Corsicana, and Jess Widener, Dresden; four daughters, Mrs. H. H. Crawford, Mrs. Jim Phillips and Mrs. Willie Pharris, all of Corsicana, and A. T. Whitener, Malakoff; a sister, Mrs. Bell Simpson, Chillicothe, Texas, and a number of other relatives.

Pallbearers were Hershel Crawford, Jesse Whitener, A. J. Widener, Aubrey Widener, Homer Widener and Bud Lewis.

Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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MRS. MARY WIDENER DIED THURSDAY; TO BE BURIED DAWSON

Mrs. Mary Widener, aged 69 years, died Thursday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock with burial at
Dawson.

Prior to moving to Corsicana 12 years ago, the family resided in the Dawson community.

Surviving are her husband, M. J. Widener, Corsicana; four sons, Ben Widener, John Widener and Johnson Widener, all of Corsicana and Jess Widener, Dresden; four daughters, Mrs. H. H. Crawford, Mrs. Jim Phillips, and Mrs. Willie Pharris, all of Corsicana, and Mrs. A. T. Whitener, Malakoff; a sister, Mrs. Bill Simpson, Chillicothe, Texas; several grandchildren and other relatives.

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William Jefferson Wigley
Feb 5, 1866 - Oct 22, 1937

October 22, 1937
WIGLEY - Corsicana, Texas Oct 22. - W. J. Wigley, 71, died suddenly in front of his home Friday afternoon.
He was a native of Tennessee and had lived in Corsicana for fifty years.
Surviving are his wife and four daughters, Mrs. H. F. Carter of Corsicana, Mrs. L. W. Rennaker of Eagle Pass, Mrs. O. G. Roach of League City and Mrs. M. M. Finch of Dallas.

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W.J. WIGLEY WAS BURIED HAMILTON CEMETERY SUNDAY
Funeral rites for W. J. Wigley, aged 71 years, who died suddenly Friday afternoon with a heart attack, were held from the family residence, 406 South Twelfth street, Sunday morning at 10 o'clock with interment in the Hamilton Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Second Baptist church.
A native of Tennessee, Mr. Wigley had resided in Corsicana for the past 50 years. He was night-watchman at the Corsicana Cotton Mills for a number of years.
Surviving are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. H. F. Carter, Corsicana; Mrs. L. W. Rennaker, Eagle Pass; Mrs. O. G. Roach, League City, and Mrs. M. M. Finch, Dallas; a step-son, W. D. Colson, Washington, D. C. and two brothers, Boss Wigley, Oklahoma, and Rufe Wigley, Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.
Corley Funeral Home direct.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. J. WIGLEY TO BE HELD SUNDAY

Funeral services for W. J. Wigley, aged 71 years, who died suddenly at his home Friday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock, will be held from the family home, 408 South Twelfth Street, Sunday morning at 10 o’clock with burial in the
Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Joe E. Glenn, pastor of the Second Avenue Baptist church.

He was a native of Tennessee but had resided in Corsicana for half a century. He was night watchman at the Corsicana Cotton Mills for a number of years.

Surviving are his wife, four daughters, Mrs. H. F. Carter, Corsicana; Mrs. L. W. Rennaker, Eagle Pass; Mrs. O. G. Roach, League City, and Mrs. M. M. Finch, Dallas; a step-son, W. D. Colson, Washington, D. C., and two brothers, Boss Wigley, Corsicana, and a number of other relatives.

Corley Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.

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Frank Edwin Williams
Oct. 17, 1890 - Sep. 1947

September 26, 1947, Dallas, Texas
F. E. Williams Services Set
Funeral services for Frank E. Williams, 57, a 25-year resident of Dallas, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Williams, who left Dallas ten years ago, died in Long Beach, Calif., Saturday. He was service manager of the Morriss Buick Company here for many years.
Survivors are a son, Eddie Williams of Dallas; two brothers, John H. Williams and George E. Williams of Los Angeles, and two sisters, Mrs. Alice Crossland of Houston and Mrs. Harriet Stiff of Los Angeles.
Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana.

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Saturday Rites For Frank E. Williams

Funeral services for Frank E. Williams, age 57 years, who died in Long Beach, Calif., last week, were held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Burial was in
Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Finis A. Crutchfield, Corsicana district Methodist superintendent.

Surviving are a son, Eddie Williams, Dallas; two brothers, John H. Williams and George E. Williams, both of Long Beach, Calif., and two sisters, Mrs. Alice Crossland, Houston and Mrs. Harriet Stiff, Los Angeles.

Masons had charge of graveside rites and were pallbearers.

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J. Frank Williams
Died Feb 1938

Feb 28, 1938
Former C. of C. Head Dies at Corsicana
CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 28. - J. Frank Williams, 71, a long-time resident of Corsicana and Navarro County, died Saturday. Funeral services were held Monday at the family home and burial was at Sherman.
A native of Wisconsin, Williams came to Navarro County when a young man.
The family lived in the Dawson area where he owned a ranch. He had lived in Corsicana twenty years.
Williams had been prominent in the civic, religious and financial circles of Navarro County and was a former president of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce.
Surviving are his wife; one brother, A. W. Williams of Los Angeles, Calif., and one sister, Mrs. H. W. Weeden of Los Angeles.

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Mary Ellen (Powers) Williams
Sep 26, 1886 - Jun 29, 1952

June 30, 1952, Dallas, Texas
Mrs. Mary Williams Dies After Illness; Rites Set Tuesday <photo>
Mrs. Mary E. Williams, 65, widow of C. R. Williams, a retired farmer, died Sunday after a long illness a the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. O. Jennings, 311 North Tennant.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Urbandale.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Campbell Funeral Chapel, 300 West Davis. The Rev. F. C. Erwin will officiate. Graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana at 1 p.m.
Survivors include Mrs. Jennings; a sister, Mrs. H. D. Duncan of Cowan, Tenn.; a brother, T. J. Powers of Corsicana, and a granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be William Pike, Fred Youngblood Jr., Jeff Nelson, Ben Kyser, Doc Tyra and Leon Mash Jr.

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Former Resident Dies In Dallas

Mrs. Mary E. Williams, 65, formerly of Corsicana, died Sunday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles O. (Eula Mae) Jennings, 311 N. Tennant, Dallas, after a long illness. She was the widow of Charles R. Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday from the Campbell Funeral Chapel in Dallas. Another service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at
Oakwood cemetery here where interment will be made.

Mrs. Williams was a member of the First Baptist Church at Urbanville, Dallas.

Rev. Floyd E. Erwin will conduct the service.

Surviving are her daughter, a granddaughter, Sandra Jennings, Dallas; a brother, T. J. Powers, Corsicana, and a sister, Mrs. H. D. Duncan, Cowan. Tenn.

Corley will direct local arrangements.

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Mrs. Williams Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Ellen Williams, 65, widow of C. R. Williams, retired farmer, were held in Dallas Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Campbell Chapel. A graveside service was held at
Oakwood cemetery here at 1 p.m. where interment was made.

Mrs. Williams a former Corsicana resident died in Dallas Sunday following a long illness.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. C. O. Jennings, Dallas; a granddaughter, Sandra Jennings, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. H. D. Duncan, Cowan, Tenn.; a brother, T. J. Powers, Corsicana and other relatives.

Corley directed local arrangements.

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Mrs. H. Reid Williams, nee Holland
Mar 6, 1885 - Apr 1952

April 30, 1952, Dallas, Texas
Mrs. Williams Dies at Age of 67 in Hospital
Mrs. H. Reid Williams, 67, a trustee of the Navy Mothers Club and a resident of Dallas for fifty years, died Tuesday in a Dallas hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Ed C. Smith & Bro. Chapel, 1811 Ross. The Rev. Arthur E. Hartwell, pastor of the St.
Matthews Episcopal Church, will be in charge. Burial will be in Grove Hill Memorial Park.
Mrs. Williams was the wife of the late H. Reid Williams, former judge and state representative.
She was born March 6, 1885, in Corsicana. In Dallas, where she lived at
6233 Goliad, she was a charter member of the Sewing Club at the Naval Air Station.
Mrs. Williams is survived by two sons, Robert A. Williams and John Williams; four daughters, Miss Florence Williams, Mrs. Howard Nelson, Mrs. Robert Redding, and Mrs. Fred Kerr, all of Dallas; one sister, Mrs.
Raymond Phelps, of San Antonio; two brothers, George Holland of LaFeria, Cameron County, Carl Holland of Albuquerque, N.M.
Pallbearers will be R. M. Schott, A. K. Herbert, Frank W. Watts, Leroy Dees, Robert B. Rinehart, and Charles T. Nolan.

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Mrs. Thomas P. Williams
Died Aug 1936

August 2, 1936, Dallas, Texas
Daughter of Lodge Official Succumbs
Mrs. Thomas P. Williams, 35, of 4110 Travis, daughter of Ruben Young, great commander of the Maccabees of Texas, died Saturday at a local hospital.
Mrs. Williams was born at Corsicana and had lived here since she was 3 years old. She was a charter member of the Cole Avenue Baptist Church, now the Trinity Baptist Church. She became a member of that church when she was 13 years old and when Dr. J. Howard Williams, later executive secretary of the executive board, Baptist General Convention of Texas, was pastor. Dr. Williams, now pastor of the First Baptist Church of Amarillo, is a brother of her husband.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Guardian Funeral Home with Dr. Williams officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chester Howard, Clarence Ransdell, Sidney Holmquest, Clifford Carr, James I. Anderson and Leon Shaw.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband; her father and stepmother; a daughter, Jewelle Ruth Williams; three sisters, Mrs. Curtis E. Willis and Mrs. Edward Wood of Dallas and Miss Estelle Young of Los Angeles, and three brothers, Louis O., Frank and Bobbie Young of Dallas.

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Rosa Williams
Died Jun 1908

June 12, 1908
Woman Killed by Lightning
Mrs. Rosa Williams (nee Powell) was killed at Pinkston by lighting yesterday
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Gazzie P. (Lattimore) Williamson
Jan 10, 1840 - Jan 29, 1925

January 30, 1925
WILLIAMSON - Corsicana, Texas. Jan. 30. - Mrs. W. J. Williamson, 86 years old, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George F. Miller, 1250 West Second Avenue, at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. The funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Dr. E. P. Kennedy, pastor. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. She is survived by her husband and only one child.
Mrs. George F. Miller of this city, and by one brother, John Lattimore, who leaves in North Carolina, and a half-sister, Mrs. T. F. Jackson of Port Arthur, Texas. Mrs. Williamson had been a resident of Corsicana thirty-two or thirty-three years. She and her husband came here from Ladonia.

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Barney A. Wilson
Dec 12, 1869 - Jan 17, 1941

January 18, 1941, Dallas, Texas
B. A. Wilson, Retired, Ex-Dallasite, Pases
B. A. Wilson, retired Dallas wholesale fruit man, died at his home, the Will Rose Estate, at Powell, Navarro County, early Friday morning.
After operating a wholesale fruit business here for many years Mr. Wilson retired two years ago to a country estate at Powell. He is survived by his wife, one son, B. B. Wilson, and a sister, Mrs. Mollie Kent, all of Powell.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the McCannon Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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BARNEY A. WILSON DIED AT HOME NEAR POWELL ON FRIDAY

Barney A. Wilson, age 71 years, long time resident of Navarro county, died at his home at Powell Friday morning. Funeral services will be held from the Sutherland-McCammon chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Marshall Craig, pastor of the Gaston Avenue Baptist Church, Dallas, and Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church here. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery.

Mr. Wilson resided in Corsicana many years and was actively identified with the business and civic life of the city. He was at one time owner of the Lime and Cone Company of Dallas which had branch offices in New York City and Laredo.

Surviving are his wife, Rosa Alice Huff Wilson; a son, D. V. Wilson, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Sam Painter, Los Angeles, California and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Tom Stockton, Percy Stockton, John Clayton, Harrison Burke, Mack Warren and T. K. Morris.

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BARNEY WILSON ARE HELD SATURDAY

Funeral services for Barney A. Wilson, aged 71 years, who died at his home in Powell, Friday, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marshall Craig, pastor of the Gaston Avenue Baptist church, Dallas, and Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist church here.

Surviving are his wife, Rosa Alice Huff Wilson, Powell; a son D. V. Wilson, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Sam Printer, Los Angeles, Calif., and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tom Stockton, Percy Stockton, John Clayton, Harrison Burke, Mack Warren, A. G. Elliott, J. T. Jackson and T. K. Morris.

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RITES SATURDAY FOR BARNEY A. WILSON; BURIAL IN OAKWOOD

Funeral services for Barney A. Wilson, aged 71 years, retired Dallas business man, who died at his home near Powell Friday, were held Saturday afternoon from the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marshall Craig, pastor of the Gaston Avenue Baptist Church, Dallas, and Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the First Baptist Church Corsicana.

He was at one time president of the Wilson Lime and Cone Company of Dallas.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alice Huff Wilson, Powell; a son, B. V. Wilson, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. Sam Printer, Los Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Mataw Kent, Powell and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Tom Stockton, John Clayton, Harrison Burke, Mack Warren, A. G. Elliott, J. T. Jackson and T. K. Morris.

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Eunice (Alfreda) Washington
May 31, 1930 - Sep 12, 2005

Eunice Alfreda Washington passed away Sept. 12, 2005. She was born in Corsicana May 31, 1930, to the union of Aubrey Washington Sr. and Eula M. Riles Washington. She attended the public schools in Corsicana, graduating from G.W. Jackson High School. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Texas College, she received a master’s degree in physical education from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce). She united with First Independent Baptist Church in Corsicana at an early age. After moving to Dallas, she united with Greater South Central Missionary Baptist Church. Eunice taught 35 years in the Dallas Public Schools, teaching physical education and later as classroom teacher, teaching fourth and fifth grades. She started her teaching career at Fannie C. Harris, later transferring to James Madison (as a fifth through eighth grade center), Sudie Williams and retiring from Stephen Foster. She was honored by the DPS Board of Education for saving a choking student’s life, by performing the Heimlich maneuver. She also received the Texas PTA’s Honorary Life Membership Award. She was cited by the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and received the Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award. She was professionally associated with Classroom Teachers of Dallas, Texas State Teachers Association and National Education Association. She served as the building representative and served as member and chairperson of various committees throughout her membership in the union. At the state level, she served as chairperson of the TSTA Black Caucus and the TSTA Minority Affairs Committee. As an outdoors person, she enjoyed fishing and golfing. She was a former member of Dallas Hilliard Golf Club, where she won many trophies. Eunice held her insurance license from the State of Texas and was also a licensed funeral director. She retired her funeral director’s license several years ago. She got her start in the family funeral home business in Corsicana and later worked as funeral director at McGowan Funeral Home in Dallas. Eunice was one of the founding members of Shady Hills Neighborhood Organization. She was a fighter for any good cause. There were many good causes in the neighborhood. Among those that she worked for were the fight with the City of Dallas over the damage to homes caused by the City’s dynamiting the area to lay sewer lines, use of land for an illegal dump site causing fire and smoke and the eventual clean up. She was very dedicated to keeping the spirit of G.W. Jackson High School alive. She worked diligently with the Mother Chapter and the Metroplex Chapter. She served as grand marshal in the Jackson Ex-Students Association Juneteenth Parade and was also honored by receiving the Elemeter Kay Frances Lee Gardner Memorial Award for loyalty and dedication.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Eula Mae Washington; father, Aubrey Washington Sr.; and sister, Florine Washington.
She leaves behind to mourn, three sisters, Wanda Johnson and husband Gilbert of Los Angeles, Calif., Corline Jackson and husband Marion of San Francisco, Calif., and Vanessa Franklin of Corsicana; five brothers, Aubrey Washington Jr. and Arnold Keith Washington of Corsicana, Joseph Washington of Dallas, Jasper Washington and wife Charlie Mae of Dallas, Anthony Washington and wife Barbara of Los Angeles, Calif.; a loving and devoted friend, Johnetta Elston Williams and son Ron Elston and wife Chen Yueh (Jasmine); two loving godchildren, Kelsey Nelson of Lubbock and David Chase Nelson of Mesquite; one uncle, Claude Riles of Corsicana; 17 nieces and nephews; 30 grand nieces and nephews and a host of cousins and friends.
Wake services will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 6449 Houston School Road, Dallas.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greater South Central Missionary Baptist Church, 3002 S. Denley Dr., Dallas.
Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Dallas.

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Robert Ellis Drain
Jun 22, 1943 - Sep 21, 2005

A memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove.

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Robert Ellis Drain

Robert Ellis Drain, 62, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005 in Dallas.
Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at the First Baptist Church of Blooming Grove with the Rev. Grady Cashion officiating.
Mr. Drain was born June 22, 1943 in Corsicana.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Drain of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Tonia Drain of Chatfield, Brian and Andrea Drain of Chatfield and Jason and Misty Drain of Chatfield; grand daughters, Brittnie Drain of Chatfield, Haylee McCoy of Chatfield and Mackenzie Drain; grandsons, Collin Drain of Chatfield, Taylor Drain of Chatfield and Tanner Drain of Chatfield; father R.M. Drain of Corsicana and brother, Mike Drain of Eureka.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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James Gilbert Lovan
Aug 14, 1924 - Sep 21, 2005

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James Gilbert Lovan, born Aug. 14, 1924, passed away Sept. 21, 2005. Mr. Lovan was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of the College of the Ozarks. He was a retired hospital furniture distributor. Mr. Lovan was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He will forever be loved and remembered by his wife, Laverne Lovan; daughters, Cynthia Tyler and husband Thomas, Karen Boyd and husband Kenneth, Suzette Hamilton and husband Kyle and Kathy Hartland and husband Robert; grandchildren, Stephen Tyler and Tracy Locke, Matthew Boyd, Julie Boyd, Kathleen Boyd, Sarah Hamilton, Laurie Hamilton, Timothy Hartland and Rob Hartland; great-grandchildren, Alex Tyler, Cameron Locke, Jacob Tyler, Caleb Tyler and Ava Tyler; and sisters, Virginia Sanders and Margaret Downing.
Family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Corsicana with Dr. Bob Webb officiating and music by Wayne Owen. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.
Arrangements by Restland Funeral Home, Dallas.

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John Terry Johnson
Jun 1, 1931 - Sep 20, 2005

John Terry Johnson, 71, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at Kerens Care Center.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at New Bethel Baptist Church, 700 Elm Flat Road, with the Rev. Nathan Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Cameron Mitchell, James Mitchell, James O. Jefferson, Anthony Johnson Jr., Tyrone Martin and Brent Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Johnson, Willie B. Johnson, Dennis Burrell, C.L. Johnson, Anthony Johnson Sr. and Oscar L. Thompson.
Mr. Johnson was born June 1, 1931, in Chillicothe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Cecil Johnson; two sisters, Daisy Johnson and Elise Johnson; and one brother, Leo Johnson.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Katherine Lockie Johnson of Kerens; four children, Johnnie Mae Williams (the Rev. Jessie Williams) of Corsicana, Shirley Ann Mitchell (James) of Kerens, Willie B. Johnson (Marilyn) of Malakoff and Anthony C. Johnson (Debra) of Kerens; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, E.V. Jefferson of Goodlow; two brothers, Charles Johnson (Helen) of Fort Worth and Jerry B. Johnson (Peggy) of Goodlow; one aunt, Evelyn Thompson of Goodlow; godchildren, the Rev. Dairy and Ellender Johnson of Corsicana; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Markita Marshea Sanders
Jan 4, 1986 - Sep 12, 2005

Markita Marshea Sanders, 19, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at her residence.
Wake services will be 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, 5301 W. State Highway 31, with the Rev. W. H. Kurney officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Wallace, Alvin Thomas, Marvin Hawkins, Danta Hawkins, Darion Sims, Kelton Thomas, Larry Thomas, Michael Thomas, Lee Chester Strain, Leonard Hawkins and Roger Thomas.
Ms. Sanders was born Jan. 4, 1986, in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Three C. Sanders, L. B. Thomas and Ethel Anderson.
Survivors include her mother, Sara Sanders; father, Willie Thomas; one sister, Kendra Sanders; one brother, Willie Sanders; maternal grandmother, Jeraldine Sanders; paternal grandmother, Lessie Thomas, all of Corsicana; one niece, one nephew, several uncles and aunts, other relatives and friends, including a special friend, Samuel White Jr.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Leeman Ernest Womack
Aug 13, 1926 - Sep 20, 2005

Leeman Ernest Womack, 79, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Orbison officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Mr. Womack was born to Ray and Lila (Thompson) Womack Aug. 13, 1926 in Fredricktown, Mo. He was a member of the North Beaton Church of Christ and was also a Mason.
Survivors include wife, Mary Womack of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law David and Jan Womack of Conroe and Larry and Donna Womack of Houston; daughter June Womack of Corsicana; grandchildren Sean Eggelston and wife Laura, Brendan Womack, Dawn Orand and husband Michael; and great-grandchildren Ashley Eggelston, Miranda Orand and Andrew Eggelston.
A memorial guestbook is available at www.griffin-roughton.com by clicking on obituaries and going to the name Leeman Ernest Womack to sign the book and submit a memorial message.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Duane Dooley
abt 1935 - Sep 19, 2005

Duane Dooley, 70, of Belton passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, at his residence. Services will be 1 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Temple. Interment will follow at 4:30 p.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana. Arrangements by Scanio-Harper Funeral Home, Temple.

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Melvin Joe Walker
abt 1950 - July 4, 2005

Melvin Joe “Mighty Mouse” Walker, 55, of Los Angeles, formerly of Corsicana, passed away July 4, 2005 in Los Angeles. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at Woodland Cemetery. Services by Scott Funeral Home.

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Fannie Belle (Blake) English
Jun 25, 1911 - Sep 22, 2005

Fannie Belle Blake English, 94, of Hillsboro and formerly of Frost, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, at Town Hall Estates.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel in Blooming Grove.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Frost United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Mellette officiating. Interment will follow at Frost Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Steve Holliefield, Scott Holliefield, Jody English, Blake English, Ernie Sanders and Ian Vander Schee.
Mrs. English was born June 25, 1911, in Collin County to Robert Knox Blake and Mary Barnes Dixon Blake. She was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of Frost United Methodist Church. Mrs. English was very proud of her family. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and traveling with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Beldon Lee English.
Survivors include her children, Maurice English and wife Ginger of Glen Rose, Mary Lynn Holliefield of Elm Mott, Blake English and wife JoAnn of Argyle, Jerry English and wife Gail of Frost and Jan Smith of Hillsboro; two sisters, Virginia Brown of Houston and Edna Haden of Dresden; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Frost United Methodist Church or Frost Independent School District Excellence Fund.
A memorial guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com. Click on obituaries and go to the name (Fannie Belle Blake English) to sign the book and submit a memorial message.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Chapel, Blooming Grove.

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Fannie Belle Blake English

Fannie Belle Blake English, 94, of Frost, Texas passed away in Hillsboro Sept. 22, 2005. She was born in Collin County, Texas on June 25, 1911 to Robert Knox and Mary Dixon English. She was a life long member of the Frost United Methodist Church. Her parents and her husband, Beldon Lee English, preceeded her in death.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. People said of her, "If you can't get along with Fannie English, then you just can't get along with anyone." She loved family gatherings, her church, traveling, and playing 42 with friends. She enjoyed life and made everyone around her enjoy it also.
Survivors include her children: Maurice English and wife Ginger of Glen Rose, Mary Lynn Holliefield of Elm Mott, Blake English and wife JoAnn of Argyle, Jerry English and wife Gail of Frost, and Jan Smith of Hillsboro; two sisters: Virginia Brown of Houston and Edna Haden of Dresden: 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at Frost United Methodist Church in Frost, Texas on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at 2:00 pm, with burial at the Frost Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steve Holliefield, Scott Holliefield, Jody English, Blake English, Ernie Sanders, and Ian VanderSchee.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Frost united Methodist Church of Frost Independent School District Excellence Fund.


Fannie Belle (Blake) English in her early 20’s (early 1930’s). 

Fannie Belle (Blake) English on her 90th birthday, June 25, 2001


Patsy Ann ‘Pat’ (Swafford) Rodda
Nov 2, 1938 - Sep 22, 2005

Patsy Ann “Pat” Rodda, age 66, of Dresden, passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 22, 2005, in Dallas. She was born Nov. 2, 1938, in Dallas to Betty June (Cox) and Austin L. Swafford Sr. Patsy married William Rodda on Aug. 7, 1958, in Dallas. They had lived in Red Oak for 41 years before moving to Dresden last year. Pat was a homemaker until her girls finished school and then in 1983 she went to work for the Red Oak ISD as a school bus driver for 11 years.
Pat was preceded in death by her loving husband of 47 years, William Rodda, on Aug. 15, 2005, and both of her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Lou Ann Lemons and husband David of Red Oak and Rox Ann Myers and husband Kenny of Richland; four grandchildren, Jackie and Matt Lemons of Red Oak and Mandy and Brandi Williams of Richland; sisters, Mary Lou Busby of Red Oak and Virginia Groves and husband Keith of Kerens; brother, Austin “Buster” Swafford and wife Lola of Amarillo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Dresden Cemetery.
Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Waxahachie.

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Jack Cleo McCann
Jan 14, 1931 - Sep 23, 2005

Jack C. McCann

Jack C. McCann, 74, passed away Sept. 23, 2005, at his residence.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Chet Brake officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Raymond McCann, Ron McCann, David Goodin, Todd Harrison, Jason McCann and Bobby Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews.
Mr. McCann was born Jan. 14, 1931, in Navarro. He served in the U.S. Army in Alaska and was retired from Continental Can after 37 years. He was a member of Pursley Missionary Church where he served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Bennie McCann; and two brothers, Billy Joe and Paul.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jimmie of Pursley; daughter, Kimberly Hayes of Pursley; grandsons, Daniel Sheehan and wife Tiffany of Pursley and Brian Daniel Sheehan and wife Yoko of Waco; two great-grandsons, Garren Andrew and Aiden John Sheehan of Pursley; three brothers and their wives, Esco and Wilma of Corsicana, Ray and Sandee of Mount Pleasant and Gene and Dianne of Sheridan; two sisters and their husbands, Linda and Billy Harrison of Corsicana and Betty and Joe Goodin of Tyler; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

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Linda Joyce Wright
Jan 7, 1949 - Sep 16, 2005

Linda Wright

Linda Wright, 58, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at her residence. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 125 S. Fifth St., with the Rev. Donné Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Lessie Hayden, 68, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005, at her residence. Services are pending with Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Linda Joyce Wright

Linda Joyce Wright, 58, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at her residence.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Donné Watson as eulogist and Bishop K.D. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Rothelle Cooke, Derrick Cooke, Larry Wilson, Jeffery Thomas, Jerome Donaldson and Vernon Henderson. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of New Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wright was born Jan. 7, 1949, in Corsicana. She attended Navarro College and obtained her LVN accreditation and worked at Mel-Haven Nursing Home. In the early 1970s, she located to California, changed her vocation and worked as a lead in electronic manufacturing. She became a member of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in East Palo Alto, Calif., serving in many capacities, always faithful and dependable under the leadership of her stepfather, Pastor Huey P. Williams.
She married Johnny Wright and the two decided to move back to Texas in 2003. She became a member of New Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church and joyfully served as usher president. She loved the Lord, going fishing, old movies, and celebrating holidays with family and friends. She was warm, outgoing, caring and had a great sense of humor.
She was preceded in death by her son, Anthony Ray Cooke; father, Sammie Daniels; brother, Leroy Kilgore Jr.; and uncle, Gene Terry.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Wright Sr. of Corsicana; sons, Rothelle Cooke of Mountain View, Calif., and Derrick Cooke of Corsicana; stepsons, Johnny Wright Jr., Simuel Winston and Stephen Winston, all of California; stepdaughters, Patrice Wright of Corsicana, Holly Duckett and Annelise Duckett of California; mother, Julia Williams (the Rev. Huey P. Williams) of Corsicana; stepmother, Dorothy Daniels of Dallas; stepfather, Sammie Jones of Corsicana; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Emily Rivers (the Rev. Bruce Rivers) of Los Banos, Calif., Patricia Fields of Palo Alto, Calif., Deralyn Holmes and Jackie Jones of Corsicana; brothers, Paul Daniels of Dallas and David Kilgore of California; aunt, Jettie B. Ellison of Corsicana; sister-in-law, Margaret Harris (David) of California; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, step grandchildren, grand nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Caroline Haywood Williams

Caroline Haywood Williams, 42, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, at Renfro Nursing Home in Waxahachie. Services are pending with Ross and Johnson Mortuary.

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Donald Ray Allen
abt 1919 - Sep 18, 2005

Donald Ray Allen, 86, of Dallas passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at his residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.

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Audrey Estelle (Miles) Lynch

Audrey E. Lynch Graveside Services Held Sept. 4
Graveside services for Mrs. Audrey Estelle Lynch, 85, of Mexia were held Sunday, September 4, 2005 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Pastor Rita Burleson, of Heart of Texas Bible Fellowship officiated.
Mrs. Lynch was born August 4, 1920 in Kirvin to W.W. and Ella Mae Lightfoot Miles and passed away on September 1, in Mexia Hospital. She was a homemaker and lived in Freestone and Limestone Counties most of her life.
She is survived by a son, D. W. Lynch of Amarillo; daughters and sons-in-law: Margaret and James Gill of Tyler, Geri and Gene Hudnall of Mexia, Cheryl and Mark Cox of Groesbeck; grandchildren: James and Darrell Ivison, Chuck Florence, Teresa Henderson, Kristi Smith, Jenifer Sparks, Ginger Day, Shane Lynch, Amanda Lynch, Elisabeth East, Sarah Cox; a number of great-grandchildren; and sister: Opal Lamb of Waxahachie; and daughter-in-law Rosemary of Cedar Creek.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Derwood Lynch, in 1964 and a son, Roger K. Lynch in May 1983.
Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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  • Groesbeck Journal - Sept 25, 2005

Dorothy (Dortch) Horn
Jul 30, 1924 - Sep 24, 2005

Dorothy “Dot” (Dortch) Horn <photo>

Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” (Dortch) Horn, 81, of Pearland, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2005 in Hubbard. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Elders Daryl Inman and Paul McLain officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Dot was born July 30, 1924 in Frost to Walter and Sally (Gregory) Dortch. She was raised in Frost and was a graduate of Frost High School. She later received her registered nurses degree and worked for many years as a registered nurse. Dot also owned and operated a day care center and later sold real estate. She lived in the Houston area for the past several years but had also resided in Waco and Hubbard. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church of Hubbard and she was very close to her grandchildren.
Dot is survived by her husband, Alvin Loyd Horn of Pearland; son, Gary L. Horn and wife, Dr. Jackie Peltier Horn of Sugar Land; daughter, Dr. Lynda G. Horn Vern and husband, Mike Vern of Pearland; sister, Era Rawlings of Rice; grandchildren, Gary Horn Jr., Jacqueline Horn, Michael Vern Jr. and Lacey Vern and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Michael Vern Jr., Gary Horn Jr., nephews Gil Horn, Wayne Taylor and Jack Dortch and great-nephew Lonnie Howard.
Wade Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Dr. John Wesley Pace Jr.
MIDLAND - Dr. John Wesley Pace Jr., 58, died Monday, Oct. 20, 1997.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Tall City Baptist Church with Dr. Rex Reynolds of Hermleigh officiating. Arrangements are by Jackie Warren Funeral Home. 915-683-8229...nobody answered at the funeral home, but the answering service verified services - joie.

Dr. Pace was born in Pelham, Navarro County. He was educated in Pelham until moving to Midland, where he graduated from Carver High School. He attended Texas Southern University in Houston.

He began preaching in 1990. In 1991, he was endorsed by First Baptist Church of Hermleigh as the missionary pastor of New Life Missionary Baptist Chapel.

Dr. Pace continued his education at West Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary. He received his bachelor's degree, master's degree in theology and doctorate in theology from WTBI. He also was a faculty member at the seminary.

He served on the board of the Neighborhood Housing Service and was a member of the Downtown Lions Club. He also was coordinator for the Midland Police Chaplains.

Survivors include three daughters, Bridgette Pace, Crystal Pace and Terroni Espinoza-Pace, all of Garland; three sisters, Addie Johnson, Kitty Spears Joiner and Beulah Faye Wilson, all of Midland; and two grandsons.

The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers be to the building fund at New Life Mission of Midland.


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