Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas




Pansy Lorene (Watts) Tabler
Apr 6, 1927 - Feb 16, 2007

Pansy Lorene Tabler

Pansy Lorene Tabler, 79, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2007 in Corsicana.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with President Jerry Newsom officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be gentlemen of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Mrs. Tabler was born April 6, 1927 in Corsicana. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Della Watts; sisters Della V. Howell and Ruby Lee Jordan; and brothers Clarence Watts and Lawrence Watts.

Survivors include husband Billy R. Tabler of Corsicana; sister Dorothy Hurst of Lufkin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home



Pansy Lorene Tabler
PANSY LORENE TABLER, 79, born in Corsicana, TX on April 6, 1927, passed away on February 16, 2007 in Corsicana, TX.
Preceded in death by: parents, Charles & Della Watts, sisters, Della V. Howell and Ruby Lee Jordan, brothers, Clarence and Lawrence Watts. Survivors include: Husband, Billy R. Tabler of Corsicana, TX, sister, Dorothy Hurst of Lufkin, TX., numerous nieces and nephews. Service will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiated by President Jerry Newsom. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beerman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be the gentlemen of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Corsicana, TX. CORLEY FUNERAL
HOME CORSICANA, TX (903) 874-3577


  • Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/19/2007

Elmer "Sonny" Wigley
Dec 19, 1935 - Feb 12, 2007

Elmer “Sonny” Wigley, 71, of Richland passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, in Richland.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Feb. 18, at Corley Funeral Home.

Service will be 9:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Walter Libhart and Dr. Janice Kreitner-Cain officiating. Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at Rosewood Memorial Park in New Caney.

Mr. Wigley was born Dec. 19, 1935 in San Antonio. He served in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva D. Wigley; son, Howard Laten Wigley; and brother, Jimmy Wigley.

Survivors include his sons, Steven Hubbard of Richland and Paul Hubbard of New Caney; grandsons, Michael A. Wigley and Marcus A. Wigley, both of Richland; granddaughter, Maria A. Wigley of Richland; daughter-in-law, Angel Craft of Houston; sister, Virginia Wigley of San Antonio; nephew James Russell Wigley of San Antonio; nieces Patricia Wigley of Columbus and Vickie Pumphrey of Hondo; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Billy Tankersley
abt 1952 - Feb 6, 2007

Billy Tankersley, 55, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007 in Huntsville. Graveside services
will be 11 a.m. Monday at Woodland Cemetery.


Bobbie Alice (Ray) Mooneyhan
Jan 31, 1925 - Feb 15, 2007

Bobbie A. (Ray) Mooneyhan

Bobbie A. (Ray) Mooneyhan, 82, of Plano passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, in Plano.

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

Service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Mooneyhan was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Corsicana. She was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church in Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Mooneyhan; and six brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Wayene and Dollie Mooneyhan of Plano and Nelson and Mapuana Mooneyhan of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandsons and wives, Gregory and Melinda Mooneyhan of Bardstown, Ky., and Kalei and Keala Mooneyhan of Honolulu, Hawaii; great-grandson, Israel Mooneyhan of Honolulu; great-granddaughters, Monique Mooneyhan, Bobbie Emma Mooneyhan and Leah Mooneyhan, all of Honolulu; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Ethel Jean (Blake) Slater
Nov 13, 1926 - Feb 12, 2007

Ethel Slater

Ethel Jean Slater, 80, of Dawson passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at a Corsicana nursing center. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wade Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Danny Williams, Billy Barlow, Mark Dugan, Lowell Bryant, Mark Adams and Tommy Whitley.

Mrs. Slater was born Nov. 13, 1926, in the Black Hills community near Corsicana to James Heath and Clara Mae (Knight) Blake. She lived most of her life in the Corsicana, Blooming Grove and Dawson areas and was a graduate of Blooming Grove High School. Mrs. Slater was a homemaker and a member of Dawson Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Slater in 1999; son, Curtis Gene Slater in 1964; a grandson, Steven Curtis Tull in 2000; two brothers, Joshua Blake and Tillman Blake; and five sisters, Clara Belt, Sarah Sparkman, Margaret Whitley, Ladora Hollingsworth and Pattie Roe.

Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Jo Maxwell of Dawson and Mary Kathryn Fleeman of Purdon; three sisters, Florence Griffin of Dallas, Camella Carroll of Corsicana and Willie Arnold of Purdon; four grandchildren, Briana McCoy, Jennifer Dugan, Michelle Ellis and Michael Maxwell; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Robert Edward Lee
Dec 24, 1928 - Feb 11, 2007

Robert Edward Lee, 78, of Dallas and formerly of the Samaria community near Kerens, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in Dallas.

Quiet hour will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Scott Funeral Home.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Earnest Betts, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Johnny Vanibuls as eulogist. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robert Colbert, Robert Lee Jr., Chris Perry, Almad Davis, Dwight Lee and Adolphus Ray Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Bradford, Lawrence Lee and James Edward Lee Jr.

Mr. Lee was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Haynesville, La. He received his education in Vivian, La., and San Diego, Calif. He maintained his livelihood as owner of Lee’s Barbecue in Arizona and later as a certified welder for Oil City Iron Works.

Survivors include his wife, Opal LaVerne Lee; children, James Edward Lee of Houston, Louise Lee, Robert Earl Lee, Jewelene Lee, Eddie Charles Lee and Addie Mae Lee, all of Tucson, Ariz., Deborah LaVerne Williams of Houston, Carstromer V. Williams of Houston, Myrtle Allison Green (Adolphus) of Duncanville, special son Roy Lee Davis (Autrey) of Houston, Jesse A. Lee (Tammy) of McKinney, the Rev. Robert Eric Lee (Minnie) of Corsicana, and Edward B. Lee of Samaria; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Thomas E. Pritchard
Nov 1, 1926 - Feb 14, 2007

Thomas E. Pritchard, 80, of Chandler passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, at a Tyler nursing home.

Funeral service was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Weems officiating and interment to follow at Rockhill Cemetery in Henderson County.

Pallbearers are Nathan Castle, Brandon Castle, Micah Pritchard, Frank Hood, Ron Epperson and Terris Bailey. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Neil Adelman, staff of Colonial Manor of Tyler and staff and caregivers of Heart to Heart Hospice.

Mr. Pritchard was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Angus. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during Word War II and the Korean War. He was retired from carpet sales and was a member of Rockhill Baptist Church. He had formerly lived in Garland, but had lived in Chandler since 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Pritchard of Chandler; son, Thomas Arthur Pritchard of Chandler; daughter, Bonnie June Castle of Whitehouse; sister, Marian Hayes of Corsicana; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements by Chandler Memorial Funeral Home, Chandler.


Arthur Haward Cleveland
May 2, 1927 - Feb 12, 2007

Arthur Haward Cleveland, 79, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at Heritage Oaks West.

Wake service will be 7 p.m. today at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Fellowship Church, 917 S. 17th St., with the Rev. Charles D. Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Larry Bonner, Shannon Cleveland, Kendrick Willis, Jason Cleveland, Michael Cleveland, Cedric Willis, Randy Hooks Jr. and Howard Owens.

Mr. Cleveland was born May 2, 1927, in Tehuacana. He was a bus driver and mechanic for the Fairfield Independent School District.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Vera Cleveland; wife, Margaret Cleveland; daughter, Sharon Cleveland; grandson, Gregory Cleveland; three sisters, Ruby Wafer, Robbie Jessie and Ivory Fay Taylor; and two brothers, Sim Cleveland Sr. and Tad Cleveland.

Survivors include six daughters, Beverly Gail Latimer (Roy), Glenda Cleveland, and Tonyua Cleveland (Larry), all of Corsicana, Debra Owens (Howard) of Mexia, Stacy Williams (Gregory) of Okinawa, Japan, and Jacqueline Woods of Fort Worth; three sons, Daryl Cleveland (Beverly) of Corsicana, Mitchell Cleveland (Sharon) of Grand Prairie and Keith Cleveland (Sabrina) of Dallas; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Lewis of Fort Worth and Winnie West of Lubbock; one sister-in-law, Cora Cleveland; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


James Glen Mason
abt 1953 - Feb 14, 2007

James Glen Mason, 54, of Denton passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007, in Dallas. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield. Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel in Fairfield. Interment will follow at Birdston Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.


Joe B. Sprayberry Sr.
Jan 26, 1919 - Feb 18, 2007

Joe B. Sprayberry Sr., 88, passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007 at Heritage Oaks West.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Grady Cashion officiating.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Great House Cemetery in Temple.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and Tony Garcia.

Mr. Sprayberry was born Jan. 26, 1919 in Belton. The retired bus driver served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 27, 1942 to Oct. 26, 1945.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Katherine Ruth Moseley Sprayberry.

Survivors include son Joe B. Sprayberry Jr. of Bedford; daughters and sons-in-law Betty S. and Charlie Farnham of Round Rock, Mary and Steve Williams of Lancaster, Jennilyn and Ricki Crenshaw of Blooming Grove and Patricia Kay and John Howard of Midland; grandchildren Jeff and Celena Terry Adcock of Plano, Robert and Julie Pedrea Adcock of Mesquite, Stephanie Adcock of Midland, Phillip Adcock of Lubbock, Kristi and Kelli Howard of Midland, Kati Howard of Lubbock, John Eric Cooper of Round Rock, Emily Crenshaw of Blooming Grove, Adam Sprayberry of Waco, and Sarah and Rachel Sprayberry of Childress; two great-granddaughters, Kennedy Adcock and Katherine Adcock; and special friend, Norma Burke of Fritch.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Dr. Ambrose Edens
May 30, 1920 - Feb 19, 2007

Dr. Ambrose Edens, 86, passed away on Monday. February 19, 2007 in Corsicana, Texas. Dr. Edens was born on May 30, 1920 in Corsicana to J. Wesley Edens and Bessie Ambrose Edens. The Edens also had one other son, Joseph Wesley, who was 14 years older than Ambrose. Dr. Edens commented that his cattleman father favored his older brother and Ambrose was spoiled by his doting mother.
Dr. Edens attended grammar school and high school in Corsicana and then went on to Texas Christian University (TCU) for his B.S. in Economics. Later he attended Vanderbilt University where he received his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. Dr. Edens did a three and a half year stint in the Air Force during World War II. While in a troop carrier 42 days out of France headed for the Philippine Islands, the Hiroshima bomb was dropped. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Edens was discharged home.

Before retiring, Dr. Edens taught 40 years at TCU. During his tenure with TCU, Dr. Edens traveled extensively for pleasure and for business. A partial list of his travel destinations is Africa, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, China, The Holy Land, and his very favorite, England. Dr. Edens felt a special connection to England, where his niece, Rita Jane Edens, lived for twenty-five years, not to mention that this was the country of his ancestry. When asked if there was anyone he would enjoy visiting with his response was besides Jesus it would be King Edward the 6th, son of the infamous Henry the 8th. Dr. Edens read some of the highly intelligent works and writings of King Edward that were accomplished when he was a mere teenager.

This dear, intelligent, well-traveled individual was truly loved by his students, friends, fellow faculty members, and his family. The flag at T.C.U. is flying at halfmast in his honor at present.

Dr. Edens is survived by a niece, Rita Jane Edens of Corsicana, great nieces & husbands, Daphne & David Dowd of Corsicana and Deah & Byron McCoy of Dallas.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at Oakwood Cemetery with Dr. Joey Jeter & Dr. Brian Fielle officiating; both former students and friends of Dr. Edens.

C. J. Lovelace
abt 1894 - 1928

Curtis J. Lovelace, 34, died at a local sanitarium at 11:15 last night. His
home was in Dawson, where he had been in the drug business for 14 years.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Cleatus Lovelace; three brothers,
Cleatus, Loyal and Elmer Lovelace; and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at Dawson tomorrow and the body has been sent
to Dawson in a Compton coach.



Lovella McAdam Brandon
abt 1935 - Apr 21, 1962

1-Car Crash Kills Woman
CORSICANA, texas (Sp) - Lovella McAdam Brandon, 27, of Dallas was killed Saturday
when her auto struck a bridge abutment on U.S. Highway 75 north of here.
She died at Memorial Hospital seven hours after the 4:45 a.m. accident to
become Navarro County's first traffic fatality of 1962.
Two men with her were only slightly injured, the highway patrol reported.


  • Dallas Morning News, Sunday, April 22, 1962

Joshua Lee Riddle
Feb 5, 1985 - Jan 19, 2007

Mr. Riddle
Joshua Lee Riddle, 21, died Jan. 19, 2007, in Bedford.
Funeral services were held at Lucas Funeral Home with burial at Malakoff City Cemetery.
Mr. Riddle was born Feb. 5, 1985, in Corsicana.
He is survived by his father, Harry Riddle, of Payne Springs, and Linda Riddle, of Bedford; brothers, Marshall Owens, of Fort Pierre, S.D., Chris Riddle, of San Antonio, Jason Riddle, of San Diego, Calif., and Derrick Street, of Baton Rouge, La.; a sister, Angela Owens, of Desoto; grandparents, Harry and Peggy Riddle, of Bedford; an uncle of Bedford; and five nephews and three nieces.
The family requested memorials be made to DARE, P.O. Box 512090, Los Angeles, Calif. 90051, or SADD, P.O. Box 8, Marlboro, Mass, 01752.
Arrangements by Lucas Funeral Home


  • Lampasas Dispatch record

Joseph F. Rehders, Jr.
Jan 21, 1915 - Jan 21, 2007

Hurst man was known for his dancing ability


HURST -- Joseph Rehders waltzed his way around the dance floor at the Haltom City Senior Citizen Center. He line-danced on the hardwood floor of Billy Bob's in Fort Worth. And Mr. Rehders showed his moves on the dance floor at the Eunice Senior Recreation Center in Arlington.

There wasn't a dance floor in North Texas where Mr. Rehders didn't leave his mark.

But there will be one fewer dancer these days on those floors.

Mr. Rehders died Saturday at a Bedford hospital after a brief illness. He was 92.

"I'm sure he's oiling the pearly gates right now," said Latellya Smith of Fort Worth, one of his dancing partners for the past 16 years, breaking into a soft laugh. "And he's teaching all those angels how to dance."

Eleanor Ann Rehders Ketelaar of Alvarado, his daughter, agreed.

"He was such a well-dressed and articulate man who knew how to dance," she said Friday. "I thought he would die on a dance floor."

From Latin to ballroom and from square to round dancing, Mr. Rehders was a devoted dancer right up until his death.

"He was dancing two months ago," said Joe B. Rehders Sr. of Flower Mound, his son. "It was kind of slow, but he was out there."

Born in Graham on Jan. 25, 1915, Mr. Rehders was the oldest of five children. He grew up mostly in Corsicana. He was drafted in World War II and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La.

He married Ruth Young before he was drafted and moved to Grand Prairie after the war. His wife died a few years later of cancer.

Mr. Rehders painted houses and built homes, and was a machinist before becoming an engineer at Bell Helicopter, where he worked for 27 years before he retired.

"Oh, he was such a self-made man," his son said. "He taught himself."

Mr. Rehders built and repaired almost everything in the house and garage.

"In the 1940s, all the rubber materials were going to the war," Ketelaar said. "I wanted a tricycle, and with no rubber wheels around, Dad went to the garage, found some skates and built me a scooter. That was Dad. He wasn't perfect, but he was a dad."

And Mr. Rehders always had time to dance. It was a family thing, relatives said Friday.

A neighbor taught Mr. Rehders how to dance when he was 9 years old, and his younger brothers also soon became jitterbug fanatics. His second wife, Lillie Adams, was also an avid dancer before her death from cancer almost 20 years ago.

A few years later, Mr. Rehders met Smith, a dance instructor from Fort Worth, and no dance floor in North Texas was safe after that.

In 1992, Mr. Rehders and Smith became members of the Century Club, a dancing organization in which a couple earns a membership by dancing to 100 different square-dance callers or round-dance cuers.

"We just traveled all over this country to dance," Smith said.

His son said that Mr. Rehders' dancing had been his favorite form of entertainment for years.

"Back when he and his brothers were growing up, there was no TV, and they just had radios," Joe B. Rehders Sr. said. "He danced back then, and he never stopped."

Service will be at 12:30 p.m. today at Moore Funeral Home Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive, Arlington.


Keith Obrecht

Keith Obrecht, 55 of Vail, died Tuesday in Illinois.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Presbyterian Church in Vail with burial at the Vail Cemetery. The Huebner Funeral Home in Denison is in charge of arrangements where friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy of Vail; four sons, Chris of Aurora, Illinois, Ben of Arcadia, Tony of Carroll and Kyle of Vail; six grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Henningsen of Denison, Brenda Ernst of Sioux City, Gloria Smith of Corsicana, Texas, and Marla Teut of Schleswig; and his father, Bud Obrecht of Schleswig.


  • Published in the Denison Bulletin/Review from 2/13/2007 - 2/15/2007.

Mary Cartlidge Arnold
abt 1944 - Jan 28, 2007

Funeral services for Mary Cartlidge Arnold, 63, of Trinidad are pending with Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

She died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, in Corsicana.


  • Athens Review - Jan 30, 2007

Aubrey Saul Aron
abt 1917 - Feb 4, 2007

Aubrey Saul Aron, 90, of Beaumont, died Sunday, February 4, 2007. Mr. Aron was born in Emhouse, Texas, and was a longtime resident of Beaumont. Mr. Aron served his country during World War II in the United States Army and was retired assistant manager of Southern Iron and Metal in Beaumont. Survivors include his daughter, Alicia Aron Hopper and her husband, Craig of Euless; nieces, Kay Adams of Broaddus and Helen Parker and her husband Ray of Denver, Colorado; nephews Sonny Huegatter and his wife Bonnie of Waco, Bobby Huegatter and his wife Joyce of Broaddus, and Lynn Huegatter and his wife Wendy of Corsicana. A Memorial service will be held Sunday, February 11, 2007 at One O'clock in the afternoon at Broussard's Mortuary Chapel, 2000 McFaddin in Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 755 S. 11th St., Beaumont, Texas 77701.


  • Beaumont Enterprise Feb 10, 2007

James Calhoun
Feb 28, 1929 - Feb 12, 2007

Services for James Edgar "Jim" Calhoun, 77, Edom, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 14, at Eubank Funeral Home Chapel, Canton, with Rev. Shelby Davidson and Rev. James Golden officiating.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana.

Mr. Calhoun died February 12, 2007, in Tyler.

He was born February 28, 1929, in Corsicana to William E. and Annie Faye Cathey Calhoun. He was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church of Edom. His work career included radio, television and public relations. He began as an announcer at KAND Radio in Corsicana during his senior year. He worked at radio and television stations in Texas including Athens and Tyler. He was instrumental in establishing many broadcast stations around the area, as the on-air personality for newscasts and mid-day music, programming, production, sales and marketing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billy Calhoun and William Calvin Calhoun; brother-in-law, Clifton A. Pickering; and daughter, Stephanie Little.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Calhoun, Edom; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Mike Wood, Greenville, and Lynne and Dennis Waller, Montgomery; son, Stanley Castleberry, Edom; sister, Mildred Pickering, Corsicana; grandchildren, Meredith Anderson, and husband Michael, Jeff Wood, and wife Amy, Brad Pace, Jesse Little, Jayme Coleman, Donie Little, Zowie Little and Daniel Waller; great-grandchildren, Caroline Anderson, Sydney Anderson and Landon Wood; one niece; and other relatives.

Pallbearers include Mike Jordan, Sam Jordan, Pat Jordan, Jack Gandy, Billy Gandy, Kent Gandy, Ricky Gandy, Steven Gandy and Wayne Adams.

Memorials may be made to New Beginnings Baptist Church, 424 VZCR 4807, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754 or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.

Amatha (McKinnon) Wynn
Feb 22, 1907 - Feb 10, 2007

DR. AMATHA MC KINNON WYNN, age 99 of Houston, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 10, 2007. Dr. Wynn was born on Feb. 22, 1907 in Corsicana, Texas to John and Ardella McKinnon. She attended Public and Texas College in Tyler, Texas before moving to Houston, Texas. Dr. Wynn continued her education at Texas Southern University where she earned her BA degree with honors and Universidad Inter-Americana in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico were she received her Master and Doctrine Degree. Dr. Wynn was a retired Professor from Texas Southern University (Spanish Department). She was a member of the Kashmere Garden Baptist, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, American Association of University Professors, Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honors Society of which she was a chapter member of the chapter at TSU Campus. She was a sponsor for 13 years of the Alpha Lambda on the campus of Texas Southern University. She was a life time member of the Young Women's Christian Association, Heroine of Jericho Princes Hall Affiliation and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Dr. Wynn is survived by a sister-in-law Mrs. Linda McKinnon of Dallas, two nephews Argentry Nichols (Houston), Snowden McKinnon Jr. (Baton Rouge) two nieces Gerri Thomas (Chicago) and Ina Dews (Illinois) and a host of family and friends. Dr. Wynn will be laid to rest on Saturday February 17th visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 and Funeral Service will begin at 11:00 am, at the Kashmere Garden Baptist; 4302 Cavalcade, Rev. Gene Canada Pastor. Interment: Golden Gate Cemetery.

Otho "Bob" Bryant
Dec 21, 1923 - Jan 9, 2007

Otho “Bob” Bryant, 83, of San Diego died Jan. 9. He was born in Corsicana, Texas, and served in the Army and Navy. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Eve Bryant; daughter, Jerian Ingram; son, Christopher Bryant; sister, Lucretia Norfleet; brother, Jack Bryant; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services: none announced.

Arrangements: Clairemont Mortuary


  • San Diego Union-Tribune - Feb 8, 2007

Beulah A. Jameson-Dane
Dec 10, 1914 - Sep 23, 2006

Beulah A. Dane, employee in Purchasing and Payment Services from 1963 through 1980, died Sept. 23 in Corsicana. She was 91.

Dane was born Dec. 10, 1914, in Denton. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University and served as a teacher in Point. Her first husband, William Lester Jameson, was killed while on active duty in World War II. On Aug. 5, 1947, she married Melvin R. Dane. She enjoyed creating ceramics, antiquing and gardening, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Denton.

Dane is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James Raymond and Sharon Jameson of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Earl Deaver of Gainesville; grandchildren, William Deaver of Tucson, Ariz., Vera and grandson-in-law, Jimmy Don Parkhill of Gainesville, and Danea and grandson-in-law, David Lloyd of Gainesville. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Sept. 26 at Roselawn Memorial Park in Denton, Texas. Rev. Jim Porter of First United Methodist Church in Denton officiated.

Posted: Dec 05, 2006 - University of North Texas

Robert B. Wilkerson
Oct 4, 1920 - Feb 19, 2007

R.B. Wilkerson

Robert B. “R.B.” Wilkerson, 86, a resident of Iowa Park for more than 50 years, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, in Corsicana.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Dutton Funeral Home Chapel in Iowa Park with Dr. Rick Lamb of Northside Baptist Church of Corsicana and Jim C. Garner Jr. of First Baptist Church of Peachtree, Ga., officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.

R.B. was born on Oct. 4, 1920, in Vera to James Bartley Wilkerson and wife Ruie Ila (Hall) Wilkerson, who preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years during World War II and was a member of First Baptist Church in Iowa Park. He retired from civil service at Sheppard AFB in 1988. He was involved in Little League baseball and was a camp counselor for Royal Ambassadors of First Baptist Church of Iowa Park. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 713, AF&AM, of Iowa Park, and was presented with his 60-year pin. He and Ernestine Garner, who recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, were married July 13, 1946, in Wichita Falls at the parsonage of Pastor Hood of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine of Corsicana; two daughters, Mary Keith and husband, Roy, of Ringgold, Ga., and Tandra Williams and husband, Dan, of Corsicana; a son, Robert “Bo” Wilkerson and wife, Belinda, of Blue Bell, Pa.; a brother, James Wilkerson and wife, Donna, of Humble; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Friendly Door Senior Citizens of Iowa Park at 810 N. Third St., Iowa Park, TX 76367, or to the Masonic Lodge No. 713 of Iowa Park, TX 76367.

Arrangements by Dutton Funeral Home, Iowa Park


February 20, 2007

IOWA PARK - Robert Wilkerson, 86, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, in Corsicana, Texas.

Services are pending with Dutton Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


  • Times Record news

Louise Smith (Todd) Smith-Fancher
12/25/1916 - 2/8/2007

In Loving Memory

Louise Smith Fancher, 90, of Farmington, New Mexico and the mother of Wills Point resident Dorothy “Botchy” Bruster, passed away February 8, 2007, in Farmington. No services are scheduled at this time. Local arrangements are with Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.

Louise Smith Fancher was born in Corsicana, TX, on December 25, 1916, to Joseph and Mattie Ray Todd. She was married to Luther E. Smith and he preceded her in death in 1973. They were long time residents of Dallas. Louise was serving as the Administrator of Medical Records at Baylor University Medical Center of Richardson at the time of her retirement in 1983. She was always active in her career organizations, having served as president of the Dallas Medical Records Association, as well as the Texas Medical Records Association. After retirement, she married Wesley Fancher of Dallas. The couple moved to New Mexico, where they were living at the time of Wesley’s death in 2005.

She is survived by daughters, Grace Smith Kosub of San Luis Soyatlan, Jalisco, Mexico and Dorothy Smith “Botchy” Bruster and husband, Billy of Wills Point; step son,
Douglas G. Fancher and wife, Margaret of Oxford, MS; and step daughter Denise Fancher Partida of Dallas.

Louise was loved by many and will be missed by all.


Louise Fancher

No services are planned at this time for Louise Smith Fancher, 90, Farmington, N.M. Local arrangements are under direction of Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home, Wills Point.

Mrs. Fancher died February 8, 2007, in Farmington.

She was born December 25, 1916, in Corsicana to Joseph and Mattie Ray Todd. She was a longtime resident of Dallas, later moving to New Mexico. She served as the administrator of medical records at Baylor University Medical Center of Richardson, retiring in 1983. She served as president of the Dallas Medical Records Association, and the Texas Medical Records Association.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Luther E. Smith, in 1973, and Wesley Fancher, in 2005.

Survivors include daughters, Grace Smith Kosub, San Luis Soyatlan, Jalisco, Mexico, and Dorothy Smith "Botchy" Bruster, and husband Billy, Wills Point; stepson, Douglas G. Fancher, and wife Margaret, Oxford, Miss.; and stepdaughter, Denise Fancher Partida, Dallas.

Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home

Bobby Lee Butler, Jr.
Born in Corsicana, TX on Jun. 30, 1947
Died Feb. 10, 2007 and resided in San Antonio, TX.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Wednesday Feb. 14, 2007
Funeral Home: Porter Loring Mortuary

Bobby Lee Butler, Jr. passed away surrounded by his family and many friends on Saturday, February 10, 2007.

Born on June 30, 1947 in Corsicana, Texas, Bob was the only child of Lila Brent Butler and the late Bobby Lee Butler, Sr.

Bob graduated from Samuel High School in Dallas and attended Navarro Jr. College and Texas Tech University.

He started his adult career with the Hilton Hotel in San Antonio. He was with The Palm Restaurant for 18 years and the last 4 years at the Mercury Grill both in Dallas.

Bob leaves a multitude of friends and customers that he served through the years.

The family has a special place in their hearts for the University Hospital, CTRC and Odyssey Hospice for their tender loving care in meeting all of his needs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University Hospital, CTRC, BCFS, Odyssey Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Geneva Eileen Pinkert

GLADEWATER — Graveside services for Geneva Eileen Pinkert, 58, of Gilmer, will be held Jan. 1, 2007 at 2 p.m. at West Mountain Cemetery with Larry W. Osborne officiating.

Born on March 25, 1948 in Corsicana, she entered into eternal rest on Dec. 29, 2006.

She is survived by her husband, Edward Pinkert of Gilmer; seven children and spouses, Danial and Lisa Tarkington of Gilmer; John D. Tarkington of Longview; Becky Pinkert of Gilmer; Royce Pinkert Jr. of Gilmer; Tammy Arnold of Palestine; Donna Pinkert of Tyler; and Johnny Pinkert of Gilmer; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 5 sisters, Lavera Gillium of Indiana; Benny Anthony of Greenville; Jimmie Snowden of Greenville; Gearldine Hollamen of Greenville; Bonnie Green of Tyler; several nieces and nephews; and special relatives, Marie and Roger Pinkert of Gilmer and Shirley Scarberry of Corsicana.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater.


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Elton Thompson
Nov 25, 1923 - Feb 24, 2007

Elton Thompson, loving husband, father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, in Arlington. He was born in Black Hills on Nov. 25, 1923. He was the son of John and Katie Thompson.

He graduated from Emhouse High School in 1940 and married Vesper Marie Covington on Aug. 1, 1942. They shared their lives together for more than 60 years. He served his country during World War II in the Army Air Force in the Pacific Theater. Elton worked in construction and retired from Lone Star Gas Company in 1988. He was also a longtime member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Elton is survived by his wife Marie Thompson of Corinth; sons Tommy Thompson of Corinth and John Paul Thompson of Arlington; and brother John Wayne Thompson of Jamestown, S.C.

Elton is also survived by his grandchildren, Nicole Hannock, Danielle Skinner, Brad Thompson, Melissa Thompson and David Thompson; great-grandchildren Lindsay Jet, Carlye Hannock, Mason Skinner, Andrew Thompson and Daniel Thompson.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


John O. Burk, Jr.
May 3, 1917 - Feb 23, 2007

John O. Burk Jr., 89, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler. Mr. Burk was born on May 3, 1917, in Hill County.

Services are slated for 2 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mr. Burk was a Corsicana resident for 30 years. He was a retired firefighter and cattleman. In addition he was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John O. Burk Sr. and Kitty Burk and brother James W. Burk. On Oct. 12, 1940, he was united in marriage to Mabel Anita Hunter. She preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 1986. On July 11, 1987, he was married to Mary Spears.

Survivors include his wife Mary; son Mike and wife Mary of DeLeon; daughter Linda Moore and husband Robert of McClenny, Fla.; stepson Pete McLeroy and wife Nita of Houston; stepdaughter Norma Jean Corbitt of Houston; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Mrs. James W. “Boots” Burk of San Antonio.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Glenn Neil Shirley
Sep 7, 1921 - Feb 24, 2007

Mr. Glenn Neil Shirley, 85, of Dawson passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007 in Waxahachie. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard


Charles Floyd Rhea
Nov 20, 1934 - Feb 23, 2007

Charles Floyd Rhea, 72, of Manitowoc, Wis., passed away Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis. His death was due to a head injury sustained in a fall at the Manitowoc Senior Center. Mr. Rhea was there to attend a weekly Bible study.

Charles Rhea was born on Nov. 20, 1934, in Jester, Texas, and lived for many years in Corsicana. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1953 and attended Navarro Junior College. In 1957 he obtained a bachelor’s degree in industrial arts from North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas).

In 1974 Mr. Rhea moved his family from Fort Worth to Manitowoc, Wis. He was employed by Fisher Hamilton in Two Rivers, Wis., and worked there until his retirement in 2001 as senior project manager.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar B. Rhea and Gladys (Fortner) Rhea.

He is survived by his wife, Joan (Hemphill) Rhea of Manitowoc, Wis.; daughter and son-in-law, Yvette “Chip” Johnson and Terry Johnson of Manitowoc; son, John Rhea of Hutchins; daughter, Rebecca Rhea of Jackson, Tenn.; grandchildren, Travis (Leisha) Johnson of Manitowoc, Andy Johnson of Jackson, Tenn., Ensign Kyle (Lesley) Johnson of Athens, Ga., and Zane Rhea and Chelsea Rhea, both of Carrollton; and one great-granddaughter, Morgan Ruth Johnson of Athens, Ga.

Mr. Rhea was a longtime, faithful member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed studying the Bible, gardening, fishing and collecting arrowheads. Charles and Joan were blessed to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2006.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Graveside services and burial of the remains will follow at Dresden Cemetery in Navarro County.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements by Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home, Manitowoc, Wis.


Aline Bamburg
Feb 14, 1924 - Feb 24, 2007

Aline Bamburg, 83, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. Services are slated for 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.

Mrs. Bamburg was born on Feb. 14, 1924 in Corsicana. She was a homemaker for most of her life.

Pallbearers will be Justin Hord, Eric Johnson, Marcus Dillon, Jonathan Krauter, Robert Krauter, Jarrod Neagle and Billy Krauter.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ome D. Bamburg; two infant sons; sisters Edna Lee Arnett and Emaline Buchanan; brothers Drue Riley “Son” Smith and Harmon Amiel “Mickey” Smith; great-grandson Michael Lewis Dillon; parents Edwin Napoleon and Lula Smith.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Billy and Dorothy Bamburg of Angus; sister and brother-in-law Imogene and Roy Jones of Dallas; grandchildren Sandra and Eric Johnson of Angus, Cynthia and Travis Hunter of Angus, Angela and Michael Dillon of Navarro, Pamela Bamburg Neagle of Angus and Debra Krauter of Angus; 15 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home


Georgie R. Hornbuckle
abt 1919 - Feb 19, 2007

Georgie R. Hornbuckle, 88, of Goodlow passed away Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, in Goodlow. Service will be 1 p.m. today at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Nathan Carter officiating and the Rev. Samuel Washington as eulogist. Interment will follow at Goodlow Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Elder Melvin “Bobo” Hughes
abt 1930 - Feb 13, 2007

Elder Melvin “Bobo” Hughes, 77, of Austin passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, in Austin. Service will be 2 p.m. today at Taylor Memorial Church of God in Christ with Elder Willie Brown officiating and Elder Anthony Walker as eulogist. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Opal Mae (Jacobs) Elmore
Apr 12, 1912 - Feb 23, 2007

Opal Mae Jacobs Elmore, resident of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana at the age of 94. She was born in Bazette on April 12, 1912, to Aaron David Jacobs and Dora Smith Jacobs.

Opal is survived by her children, Leroy and Imogene Elmore of Corsicana, Doyle and Sue Elmore of Red Oak, Raymond and Oleta Elmore of Hutchins, Harvey and Marylin Elmore of Ennis, Linda and Ronnie Bennett of Corsicana, Joyce Gillespie of Houston, Lonnie and Rikki Elmore of Longview, Nancy Dunsmore of Palmer, Peggy and Robert Allen of Carthage, Andra and Ronnie Jones of Longview, Jack and Denise Elmore of Little Elm, and Rebecca and Danny Hall of Corsicana; 40 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Georgie “Cootsy” Dill of Mineral Wells and Myrtle Jacobs of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Leport Elmore; and son, Larry Elmore.

Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with her son Leroy Elmore and the Rev. Buddy Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Malinda Earline "Linda" (McCown) Brown
Jun 27, 1936 - Feb 22, 2007

Linda Brown

Beloved wife and mother Malinda “Linda” Earline McCown Brown, 70, of Kerens was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007.

Linda was born on June 27, 1936, in Kerens to John Herbert McCown and Charlie Arnett McCown. Linda graduated with honors from Kerens High School in May 1953. She married her childhood sweetheart, Billy Ray Brown, on July 7, 1953. After their marriage, Linda and Billy Ray started their family and soon had six children. Linda devoted her entire adult life to being the most-loving and nurturing wife and mother her husband and children could ask for.

Linda’s professional career consisted of several successful businesses, including a flower shop, which she grew up learning.

Another love in Linda’s life was her grandchildren, who renamed her Memaw. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, who loved their Memaw dearly.

Because of Linda’s great faith, she was granted God’s gift of three score and 10. (Psalm 90:10) Her family is consoled in knowing another angel has been sent to heaven.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Bazette Baptist Church with the Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating and Dickie Arnett assisting. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Roy Gerald Tramel, Jimmy Phillips, Billy Harold Upchurch, Ronnie Ford, Homer Gene Wasson and Terry Kelm. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Dave Campbell, Don Paschal, Chuck Weems and Bill Stovall.

She was preceded in death by one son, Herbert Ray Brown; parents, Herbert and Charlie McCown; and brother, Charles McCown.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Ray Brown of Kerens; daughter, Beth Lyle of Kerens; daughter and son-in-law, Penny and George Reagan of Kerens; sons, Brad Brown and Benny Brown, both of Kerens; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Sondra Brown of Kerens; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Linda Warren, Barbara Jones and Ophelia McCown; and special friends, Gene and Bobbie Bullard of Kerens.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Frankie Mae Box Wilson
Jul 8, 1911 - Feb 14, 2007

Frankie Mae Box Wilson, 95, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007 at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Wake service will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the House of Refuge Church of God in Christ in Dawson with Elder Paul E. Puckett, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Farmerville Cemetery in Dawson.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Barron, Darren Davis, Jerome Robinson, Marcello Brown, Bobby Joe Kirven and Tony C. Barbers.

Mrs. Wilson was born July 8, 1911 in Palestine.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, three sons, two daughters, five brothers and one sister.

Survivors include sons Paris Kimbrough and wife Laurie of Seattle, Fred Kimbrough of Dawson, Rosevelt Kimbrough and wife Bettye of Wiley, Bobby Kimbrough of Dawson and Ira J. Wilson and his wife Lee Ruth of Fort Worth; daughters Willie Dell Gooden and her husband Johnny of Los Angeles and Geneva Wilson Barron and her husband Johnny of Dawson; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Feb 23, 2007
  • Does anyone have info on a Farmersville Cemetery in  Dawson, or is this an error ?

William Jerry Huffman
Nov 6, 1929 - Feb 21, 2007

William Jerry Huffman, 77, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

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

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Younger Cemetery with the Rev. Timothy Schane officiating.

Mr. Huffman was born Nov. 6, 1929, in Corsicana. He attended House of Praise Church of God. He was an avid lover of music and loved playing the guitar. He worked as a truck driver and retired after more than 25 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William David and Rowe Anna Huffman.

Survivors include his wife, Alene Huffman of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Jeri Alene and George Hardin of Groesbeck; granddaughter, Whitney Kaye Morton of Mexia; grandsons, Don Stuart Morton of Groesbeck and William Ray DeChaume of Corsicana; brothers, James Donald Huffman of San Antonio, Virgil David Huffman and wife Frances of Dallas; brothers-in-law, John C. Pennington of Corsicana and Billy Ray Pennington of Fairfield; and nine nieces and nephews.

An online guest book and video tribute is available at www.corleyfuneralhome.come by selecting the William Jerry Huffman obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Sammy Charles Dill
Dec 27, 1941 - Feb 18, 2007

Sammy Charles Dill - 02/22/07

Sammy Charles Dill, 65, of Fort Worth passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, in Fort Worth.

Funeral service was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Euless with burial following at 1 p.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Lane B.

Sammy was born Dec. 27, 1941, in Corsicana to Jack and Maggie Dill. At the age of 18, he joined the Army and served his country in Vietnam from 1963 to 1966. Sammy married Ilene Norman, his bride of 39 years, on May 6, 1967. He worked tirelessly throughout his life providing for his family. He loved very much the time spent with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Maggie Dill; one brother, Bill Dill; sisters, Sue Thomason and Frances Dill Thomason; and one grandson, Cooper Dill.

Survivors include his wife, Ilene Dill; sons, Jack and Jim Dill and Jim’s wife Brandee; brother, Randy Dill and wife Joy; and grandchildren, Avery, Tate and Paxton Dill.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

Arrangements by Lucas Funeral Home, Hurst.


Patsy Jane (Thomas) Crawford
Apr 8, 1944 - Feb 19, 2007

Patsy Jane Crawford

Services for Patsy Jane Crawford, 62, of Flint will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel in Tyler with Pastor Tom Saali officiating. Burial will follow in the Flint Cemetery.

Mrs. Crawford passed away Monday, Feb. 19, 2007, at the Trinity Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler.

She was born April 8, 1944, in Eureka to Hazel Thomas and the late Sam Thomas. She was a member of the Church of Christ and enjoyed spending time outside in her garden. She also enjoyed sewing and spending time with her grandchildren. Patsy Jane will be remembered most as a loving and adored wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her adoring husband of 25 years, Galen Crawford; sister, Billie Rash; and father, Sam J. Thomas.

Patsy Jane is survived by her loving family including her mother, Hazel B. Thomas of Corsicana; three daughters, Karen Lampin of Flint, Jane Johnson and husband Mike of Tyler and Joanna Hall and husband Leslie of Lindale; two grandsons, Craig and Colby Lampin of Flint; three granddaughters, Cassie Oliver of Tyler, Brandi Johnson of Tyler and Gracie Hall of Lindale; five brothers, Sammy Thomas and wife Peggy of Eureka, Barney Thomas and wife Patricia of Eureka, Roy Thomas and wife Shelia of Angus, Dan Thomas and wife Pam of Eureka and Dave Thomas and wife Donna of Eureka; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Craig Lampin, Colby Lampin, Rodney Trammell, PJ Hall, Cary Brand, Gene Rash and Scott Skews. Honorary pallbearer will be Hayden Thomas.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, Tyler.

Memorials in honor of Patsy Jane Crawford may be made to Hospice of East Texas; 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75702 or a church/charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler.


Lacy Otis "Bill" McGraw
Aug 3, 1905 - Nov 24, 1976

Bill McGraw

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Barry Baptist Church for L. O. (Bill) McGraw, 71, resident of Barry, who died Wednesday in Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are with Bradley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.
The Rev. Terry Land and the Rev. Ken Branan will officiate, with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery.



Lacy Otis "Bill" McGraw
Aug 3, 1905 - Nov 24, 1976

Services Held For Barry Resident L.O. "Bill" McGraw Thursday

Funeral services for L.O. "Bill" McGraw, 71, of Barry, were held Thursday, Nov. 25, in the Barry Baptist Church. He died Wednesday, Nov. 24, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Conducting the services were the Rev. Terry Land, pastor of the Barry Baptist Church, and the Rev. Ken Branam, former pastor of the Barry Baptist Church and presently pastor of the Addison Baptist Church.
Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Blooming Grove

A retired farmer and rancher, McGraw was a member and a deacon of the Barry Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. L.O. McGraw of Barry; one daughter, Mrs. Billie Dell Watson of Irving; five brothers, Earl and Erwin McGraw, both of Corsicana; Fred and Joe McGraw, both of Blooming Grove, and Clay McGraw of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Bundy Littlejohn of Milford, Mrs. Paulene North of Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Leon Phillips of Corsicana; and one granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Lowell Reed, George Mitchell, Roger Johnston, Marshall Massengale, James Watson, and Byron Perry.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the Barry Baptist Church.


Elmer Lee Drain 
Mar 18, 1926 - Apr 13, 1978

E. L. Drain

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Elmer Lee Drain, 52, of Corsicana, who died Thursday at his residence. The Rev. David Hale will officiate, with burial in the Pattison Cemetery.

He was a native of Black Hills, a rancher, and a veteran.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mamie Drain of Corsicana; five brothers, R. M. Drain, Harry Drain, Aubrey Drain, and Artis Drain, all of Corsicana, and Calvin Drain, of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Mamie Myrtle (Reid) Drain
Dec 31, 1894 - Oct 24, 1979

Mrs. Drain
Services will be at 3:30 p. m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel form Mrs. Mamie Drain, 84, Rt. 2, Corsicana, who died Wednesday at Navarro County Memorial Hospital. The Rev. David Hale will officiate, with burial following at Pattison Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 31, 1894, at Emhouse. She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James B. Reid. She was a member of the Emhouse Baptist Church since 1915.
Survivors include five sons, Artis Drain, Harry Drain, Aubrey Drain and R. M. Drain Jr., all of Corsicana and Calvin Drain, of Dallas; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Combs, of Kerens, Mrs. Dorothea Fitzgerald, of Ft. Worth and Mrs. Katie Wells, of Corpus Christi; a brother, Bailey Reid, of Navarro Mills; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jesse Lee Young, Haskell Gray, Wendel Lockhart, Arlie Lackhart, Calvin Rich, Alivie Ray, Howard Neylan and W. V. Slack.


A. C. Gray
Services were to be at 5 p. m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for A. C. Gray.
The Revs. David Hale and Joe McAfee were to officiate, with burial following at Pattison Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Artis Drain, R. M. Drain, Aubrey Drain, Harry Drain, Calvin Drain, Howard Neylan Drain, Charles Capehart, and Don Whitten.


Andy Anderson
Aug 24, 1948 - Mar 1, 2007

Andy Anderson, 58, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 1, 2007 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services are slated for 2 p.m., Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Forney.

Mr. Anderson was born on Aug. 24, 1948 in Dallas. He was raised and attended school in Forney. He was employed with Lone Star Gas Company for 31 years and had been employed with Goco Trucking Company for the past three years. He was a Boy Scout leader and a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and best friend to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Andrew and Yvonne Anderson Jr.; sister Joan Morgan; grandparents Albert Andrew and Mattie Anderson, Andrew and Pearl Wells; son-in-law Kevin Norris.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years Nancy Anderson of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law Shane and Tracey Anderson of Corsicana; daughter Stacey Norris of Forney; grandchildren Kolby Norris of Forney, Ashlie and Joshua Penn of Forney. James Norris of Forney, Sidnee Zdyb of Corsicana, Shelbey Zdyb of Corsicana; great grandchildren Gage Penn of Forney, Ava Penn of Forney; sisters and brothers-in-law Sissy and Fred Nalls of Terrell, Donna and Marc Thomerlin of Mesquite; aunt Lula Mae Wells of Garland and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Joyce Lee (Raley) Hubbard
Mar 23, 1932 - Feb 27, 2007

When someone with an engaging presence, strong will, and such a powerful life force is taken away, the loss is overwhelming. Family and friends of Joyce Lee (Raley) Hubbard, 74, of Dawson will find it difficult to accept her passing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at the Providence Health Center in Waco. In honor of her life, funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Dawson with the Rev. Brian Robertson and the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery.

The eldest of five, Joyce was born March 23, 1932, at Brushie Prairie to Roy and Carrie Mae (Berry) Raley. A lifelong resident of Navarro County, she grew up in Brushie Prairie and Dawson attending school in Alliance Hall, Frost and Dawson. As a teenager, she worked at Oleatha Davis’ Beauty Shop. In 1950, she graduated from Dawson High School. Two years later, on Feb. 29, a leap year, with commitment to him and faith that he could do whatever he attempted, she married Billy Dwayne “B.D.” Hubbard. They formed a lasting marriage as well as a business partnership, owning and operating Hubbard’s Service Station and car lot.

Thursday, March 1, would have been their 55th wedding anniversary. Survivors include her husband, Billy Dwayne “B.D.” Hubbard of Dawson; daughter, Brenda Guillory and husband Micah of Houston; two sisters, Nell Darden and husband Glen of Bowie and Linda Hodge and husband Darryl of Streetman; two brothers, Donald Raley and wife Anita of Dawson and Joe Raley of Kountze; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be G.C. Younger, Ray Rogers, Darryl Rogers, Walker Lea, Doug Lenox, Roy Darden and Eddie Hodge.

Honorary pallbearers will be Darryl Hodge, Glen Darden, B.L. Hagle, Arthur Joe Renfro, Jake Hillis, Wilmer Hale, Gary Murphy, Dan Griffin and Norman Summers.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard


John Daniel ‘Danny’ Lawson Jr.
Mar 10, 1961 -Feb 26, 2007

John Daniel “Danny” Lawson Jr., 45, of Corsicana and formerly of Dallas, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He is gone but not forgotten.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Faith Tabernacle Church.

Mr. Lawson was born March 10, 1961, in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Rosalinda Woodson Lawson of Corsicana; mother and father, William and Patsy Newsome of Corsicana; father and mother, John Sr. and Brenda Lawson of Georgetown; two brothers, Michael Lawson of Greenville and Jack Newsome of Athens; three sisters, Tammy L. of Mabank, Priscilla Snowden of Greenville and Brenda Norman of Corsicana; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Flowers may be sent to 1506 Ficklin, Corsicana.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Billy Earl Lawrence

Billy Earl Lawrence, 53, of Powell passed away Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Graveside services are slated for 11 a.m., Saturday at Elm Flat Cemetery with Rev. Earnest Bett Jr. officiating.

Mr. Lawrence was born on Sept. 19, 1953 in Navarro County.

Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


Mary Castle Acy Bell

Mary Castle Acy Bell, 47, of Corsicana passed away at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Services are pending with M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals.


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