Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Flossie Pauline Hoge
Apr 6, 1906 - Mar 5, 1983


Pauline Hoge
Pauline Hoge, 83, of Waco, died March 5, 1990, at a Waco Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Dawson Cemetery with the Rev. Forrest Whitworth officiating. Connally-Compton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 5, 1906, in Ada, Texas, and had lived in Waco for 48 years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a beautician.
Survivors include one son, Jim Wayne Hoge of Dallas; two daughters, Martha L. Bosse of Glendale, Ariz., and Billie S. Vandiver of Frost; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.




Charles Franklin Bowen
Jul 3, 1915 - Mar 5, 1990


Charles Bowen
Charles Franklin Bowen, 74, of Corsicana, died March 5, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services were 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Restland Wildwood Chapel. The Rev. James Jones officiated. Entombment will be at Restland Memorial Park.
He was born July 3, 1915, in Mart, Texas. He was a manager for a steel warehouse before he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Bowen of Corsicana; a daughter, Shirley Cawthon of Duncanville; a son, William G. Bowen, of Lubbock; four grandchildren; one great grandson; two brothers, J. E. Bowen, of Waco and C. L. Bowen of Conroe; a sister, Margaret Lambert of Kerrville.
Arrangements were with Restland Funeral in Dallas.



JoAnn "Jodie" Hendrix
abt 1932 - May 30, 1996


JoAnn (Jodie) Hendrix
JoAnn (Jodie) Hendrix, 64, of Corsicana died May 30, 1996, at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be held 10 a.m. today at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Troy Brooks and Harold Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Pallbearers include Chris Cofer, Curt Barris, Ed Straubing, Don  Cofer, Marden Leonard, DeYo Leonard, and Joe Baumgartner.
Honorary pallbearers include Jessie Richards, Melvin Lynch, Virgil Scrimshire, Bud Fitzgerald, Dave Burnett, and Paul Burnett.
Mrs. Mendrix was born June 4, 1931, in Ennis. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Chruch. She also worked at State National Bank, National Bank, and Corsicana national Bank.
Survivors include her husband Grady Hendrix of Corsicana; one son Evan Matthews of Corsicana; one daughter and son-in-law Annette and Ed Straubing of Corsicana; one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Don Cofer of Corsicana; three nieces, Glenda Cousins, Paula Prewitt, and Celina Burris; one nephew, Chris Cofer; and one great niece, Brandy Rylie.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Riley Eugene Fletcher
Nov 29, 1912 - Sep 2, 1998


Lt. Col. Riley Eugene Fletcher
Lt. Col. Riley Eugene Fletcher, 85, of Grandbury, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, in Grandbury.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel, with Bill Honea officiating, Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Fletcher was born in Eddy on Nov. 29, 1912. He was a retired lawyer, veteran of World War II, and was a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserves. He received his B.A. and his L.L.B. from Baylor University in 1950. He was a member of the Texas and American Bar Associations. He was a former Navarro County attorney Assistant Attorney Genral where he was chief of Law Enforcement and chief of the Tax Division, General Counsel for the Texas Municiipal League, and Special Counsel until he retied in 1998.
Riley Eugene Fletcher is listed in Who's Who in Americana, Who's Who in the American Law, Who's Who in the Southwest, and Who's Who in the World. He was a mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Blackwell Fletcher.
Lt Col. Fletcher is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.



  • 1951 Corsicana City Directory: Fletcher, Riley J Rev. (Lelia E.) asst pastor First Baptist Mission (608 E 2nd Av.)

  • 1947 Corsicana City Directory, wife Lelia G. no occupation liste 706 W. 4th Ave also 1938, 1941 same as 1947.

  • Not in 1936 Corsicana City Directory

  • The Fighting Men of Texas

  • Military Biography


Ellen Eliza (Stroder) White
Nov 4, 1881 - Apr 12, 1915


Died at Navarro
Mrs. Ellen White, wife of M. M. White, aged 35 years, died at Navarro today after a brief illness, and the remains will be interred at Hopewell cemetery tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.
The husband and four children survive.



  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Apr 13, 1915

  • Wife of Marvin M. White



Mrs. Ellen White, whose maiden name was Stroder, was born November 4, 1881, was married to Marvin White December 17, 1903, died April 12, 1915.

Could she speak to us from the glory world we are sure she would say “not unto me, but unto Jesus’ name be glory given, because He has prepared for me and prepared me for this sweet, delightful home.” From a natural standpoint we view her death untimely; from a spiritual standpoint, we view it as being in perfect harmony with the will of Him who doeth all things well. How sad to see the severing asunder of two lives so sweetly blended. How true it is that we can never know the real value of our loved ones, until they are weighed in the balances of death.

The subject of this sketch was born of noble parentage and spent her entire life in this community. Her life to us was an open book and the record she left is “better than pearly marble slabs, or shafts of flinty stone.” Her name was as fair and radiant as the stars of heaven, her character as pure and as spotless as the driven snow. She bore the cross and wore the crown of motherhood, and that crown is studded with four bright and priceless little jewels. Thousands of mothers have gone down in death, while bearing this cross, and we know of only one death that is crowned with richer honors, and that is to die a martyr of Jesus.

She was attended by as good a physician as ever fought with death, or watched with anxiety at the bedside of a patient. She was tenderly nursed by those whom one writer has been pleased to call “Earth’s Angels.” The day of her burial is a sadly remembered day to us. The school was dismissed and every merchant in the community was present. There was a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends and the floral offerings were many and beautiful.

We quote from one who had lost a devoted companion and who gave vent to his emotions in the following lines;

“I have not heard from her since she departed—
I almost wish there was a line that reached
From earth to Heaven, so that broken-hearted
Could daily hear the blissful tidings preached.

I wish that I could tell her of the kindness,
That is unto her little children shown—
They have found mothers, in this world of blindness,
Which were, as hitherto, to them unknown.

My heart is sad, while I am thus compiling,
To think of him—her little infant boy;
For other eyes shall see his lovely smiling,
Which would have woke in her a mother’s joy;

And other ears shall hear his childish prattle,
(And other eyes must weep when he is pale)
And other hands must train him for the battle,
That lies before him, in the mortal vale,

The place called home—oft have I turned toward it,
And took the midnight journey to be there;
But now, when shadows gather, I avoid it—
It’s loneliness is more than I can bear.

How sweet and calm must be her peaceful slumber,
Since she is done with earthly toils and fears;
How have I longed to join her happy number,
And rest with her beyond the vale of tears!”

This feeble tribute is written by request. May God sweetly reconcile each broken heart, and enable it to say,
“Thy will be done.”
R. R. 4 ----------- Wm. L. PHILLIPS



Mrs. Ellen White, nee, Strouder, was born November 4, 1881, joined the Hopewell Missionary Baptist church in early girlhood, was married to M. M. White December 17, 1903. To this union was born six children, two having preceded her to the home beyond, Four little ones, a husband, two sisters and four brothers, besides a host of friends are left to mourn her untimely demise, which occurred April 12, 1915.

How often we are prone to wonder why death seeks a shining mark, taking for its victim, those whom we think are best adapted to promote good in this world, leaving those who seem to us as mere parasites on the commonwealth of humanity. But human nature is incapable of understanding the will of God, and our eyes too dim to discern the workings of Him whose wisdom is far superior to the very height of our imaginations.

Death is but a passport from a world of sin, suffering and strife, to that blessed home God has prepared for the inheritance of those who diligently seek him and we should not grieve nor wish to call her back to suffer again the agony of death, but subject ourselves to the holy mandates of God, for some sweet day the veil that separates us from the unknown region shall be withdrawn and the hope of time will then be a reality of eternity and we shall see God as He is, understanding the mysteries that has never been solved by any carnal mind.

We would say to those that are bereaved, trust in Him who has promised never to leave nor forsake us in an hour of trouble, and to comfort us in every time of need. He is able to remove the burden and bind up the wounded hearts.

Mrs. White was a lovable character, having been endowed with charms that won for her true admiration from her friends lasting devotion from her loved ones. It is sad, indeed, to give her up, this loving mother and devoted wife, but we feel safe in saying she was ready to go, for she had fulfilled her destiny here and has gone to her reward waiting to welcome us on the other side, therefore, be it

Resolved, first, that we extend our heart-felt sympathy to the bereaved loved ones in this hour of trouble.

Second, that the church has lost one of its truest Christians, the community a true friend and neighbor, the home a devoted companion and loving mother.

Third, that we submit ourselves meekly to the holy will of God, who doeth all things well, making no mistakes.

Fourth, that a copy of this report be spread on the minutes of our church record and also one be sent to the Baptist Progress and Corsicana Light for publication and one be furnished the family of the deceased sister.



John Henry Stroder

Dec 13, 1865 - Mar 16, 1908


Mr. John H. Stroder Dead

Mr. John Stroder died at his home at Re Sunday night at 4 o'clock, at the age of 43 years. He had been sick a short time; had been takin sick with the measles which later developed into pneumonia.
Mr. Stroder was one of the best known citizens of that section, and had been in the mercantile business there for a great many years. His honest dealings and frank manner had endeared him to everyone who knew him, and as a citizen and business man he occupied first place in the hearts of all, and his smiling face and charitable disposition will be missed by everyone, and his death has cast a shadow of genuine sorrow over the homes of every family of that splendid community of good citizens.
The funeral took place at 4 o'clock in the Hopewell cemetery a short distance below Re and the attendance was the largest in years. Church services were held at the grave after which the Woodmen of the World took charge of the ceremonies of which camp he was secretary. A large delegation from camp No 5. of this city where in attendance besides a goodly number of other s from Corsicana.

At the conclusion of the services the grave was covered with floral wreaths, of beautiful, artistic design, a last testimonial of the high esteem in which the deceased was held by dear and good friends.
He leaves a wife and five children who have the sympathy of everyone in the hour of their bereavement.



  • Corsicana Democrat and Truth

  • He appeared on the 1870 census in 1870 in Corsicana, Navarro County, TX. 4 yrs old

  • He appeared on the 1880 census in Navarro County, TX. age 14, born TX, laborer, dad IL, mom MO

  • He was educated at business college in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX.

  • He appeared on the 1900 census on 11 Jun 1900 in Navarro County, TX. age 34, farmer

  • He owned general store, included drug store and post office in 1901 in Re, Texas.
    6 He worked as a postmaster in Re, Texas.

  • He was buried at the Hopewell Cemetery in Navarro, Navarro County, TX. Woodmen of the World marker Marker Photo; Marker Photo [Close]

Alta Viola (Garner) Baldwin
Jan 17, 1920 - Dec 21, 2007

Mrs. Alta Viola (Garner) Baldwin, 87, of Austin and formerly of Dawson, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 in Austin. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home Chapel in Hubbard with the Rev. Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery. The family will receive friends before the services today at the funeral home. Mrs. Baldwin was born Jan. 17, 1920 in Navarro County to James Oliver and Hauty (Walker) Garner. Survivors include her son, Ralph Baldwin; granddaughters, Amber Baldwin, Jennifer Bell, and Ashley Slaughter; grandsons, Frank Slaughter and Joe Slaughter; 10 great grandchildren. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Willie Mae (Driver) Green
Sep 20, 1882 - Jan 15, 1969


Mrs. Willie Mae Green
Mrs. Willie Mae Green, 84, a native of Freestone County who had lived in Corsicana the past 80 years, died Monday in Memorial Hospital here. Her residence was at 909 W. 11th Ave. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Services are to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert J. Potts officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Surviving are two sons, W. D. (Dez) Green of Mexia and C. J. (Dime) Green of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Frances Hicks of Luling Mrs. Juanita Harvey of Corsicana; one granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. Birdie Walker of Ontario, Calif; and several nieces and nephews.



  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues Jan 7, 1969, Pg. 8

  • SSDI: Willie M Green; 20 Sep 1882 - 15 Jan 1969; 75110 Corsicana, TX

  • w/o James Robert Green married Jun. 3, 1900 d/o John Wesley Driver and Sarah (Mostello) Driver buried in Oakwood cemetery


William Clarence Mahaley, Sr.

Aug 5, 1901 - Jan 7, 1969


W. C. Mahaley
W. C. Mahaley, 67, died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. He was a native of Rice. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Rice Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. W. C. Mahaley of Rice; two sons, W. C. Mahaley Jr. of Dallas; D. R. Mahaley of Desoto; and a brother, Orville Mahaley of Lubbock.



  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Tues Jan 7, 1969, Pg. 8

  • SSDI: William Mahaley; 05 Aug 1901; Jan 1969; 75155; Rice, Ellis Co., TX

  • TXDI: Mahaley, William Clarence; 01-07-1969; Navarro; Male

Annie (Halbert) Parr
Dec 30, 1874 - Jan 5, 1969


Hillsboro Rites
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Hillsboro at the First Methodist Church for Mrs. J. K. Parr, Corsicana native, who had resided in Hillsboro for 58 years.
Graveside rites and burial were to be held here at 3:45 p.m. at Oakwood cemetery. Officiating were the Rev. Paul Wiseman, pastor and the Rev. Carroll Fancher of Palestine.
Surviving are three daughters, two sins, seven grandchildren and a number of great and great-great-grandchildren.




Sarah J. "Sallie" (Crawford) Fife
Feb 14, 1853 - Feb 11, 1936


Funeral services for Mrs. S. J. Fife, aged 83 years, who died in the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday morning at 3:30 o’clock, were held from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock with interment in Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. W. R. Hal, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.

Ms. Fife had resided in Navarro county for the past 55 years. Her home was three miles north of Corsicana.

Surviving are two nephews, Dan Meador and J. L. Crawford, both of Lufkin.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, February 11, 1936
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Robert Andrew Fife; d/o John P. Crawford & Margaret E. “Mollie” (Stewart) Crawford
  • Not listed in the Oakwood Cemetery Book


Roberta (Fikes) Howell

abt 1890 - Jul 19, 1965


Mrs. Howell Rites Tuesday
Mrs. Bertie Howell, 75, of Mertens, died in Memorial Hospital Monday.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Mertins Baptist church with burial in Richland cemetery in Mertens. The rites were conducted by Rev. Joe Weldon, pastor of the Italy Central Baptist Church.
A native of Milam county, Mrs. Howell had resided in Mertens since 1928.
Surviving are a son, Edward Howell, Boosier City, La; five brothers, Coy Fikes, Orange George Fikes, Italy, Bee Fikes, Cameron; Oscar Fikes, Sarggeant; and Claude Fikes, Hollis, Okla., and a grandchild.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.




Claude Younger McSpadden
Sep 26, 1880 - Jul 17, 1965


Hold Services C. Y. McSpadden

Graveside services for Claude Younger McSpadden, 84, who died in Dallas Saturday, were held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Eugene E. Wood, pastor of Westminister Presbyterian church.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Nena Elliott, a nephew, Dr. Edward W. Elliott; two nieces, Mrs. Neely G. Landrum all of Dallas, and Mrs. Ward L. Shaffer, Oklahoma City.
Pallbearers were Dr. Edwin W. Elliott, Dallas; William M. Elliott, Walter Lewis and Walter Lewis Jr, all of Corsicana, David G. Elliott, Neely G. Landrum both of Dallas; Dr. Ward L. Shaffer, Oklahoma City, and L. D. Parrish, Purdon. Corley directory.



Mary Nunn Dockum
Oct 7, 1907 - Jul 16, 1989


Mary Dockum

Mary Nunn Dockum, 82, of Horizon City, died July 16, 1989.
Graveside services will be held in Corsicana at a later date. Harding Orr and McDaniel Funeral Home of El Paso is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Oct 7, 1907, to Thomas W. and Louvenia Nunn in Magnolia, Ark. After graduating from Texas Womans' College in Forth Worth she moved to Corsicana where she taught music and English at the Texas State Orphans Home. It was there that she met and married Mr. Dockum in 1934. After World War II, Mr. and Mrs. Dockum settled in Lordsburg, N.M. where they jointly owned and operated the Dockum Butane and Oil Company until retiring in 1974. During this time, Mrs. Dockum became interested int he children of the Animas Valley and organized a children's choir in connection with the Valley View Presbyterian Church that received national  recognition. In 1978, the family moved to Horizon City.
Survivors include her husband, Richard, a daughter, Lyn Reyna of Palo Alto, Calif.; a son, R. Knute Dockum of Alamogordo, N.M.; two sisters; two grandsons; and numerous nephews and nieces.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Mary N. Dockum Memorial Music Scholarship Fund in care of N.M.S.U. Foundation, P.O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, N.M. 88003.



Robert Lee Smith

abt 1944 - Jul 7, 1989


Robert L. Smith
Robert Lee Smith, 45, of Fort Worth, died July 7, 1989, in Forth Worth Osteopathic Hospital.
Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christland Baptist Church in Fort Worth with the Rev. Robert Wingham officiating. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. at Woodland Cemetery with t he Rev. Daniel Goodspeede officiating. Gregory Spencer Funeral Directors of Fort Worth is in charge of arrangements. Ross & Johnson Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.

He graduated from G. W. Jackson High School in 1960, Paul Quinn College in 1964, and was a member of Wesley Chapel C.M.E. Church in Corsicana.
Survivors include his mother, Ruby Smith of Corsicana; father Haywood Wingham of Fort WOrth; one brother James Douglas Wingham of  Forth Worth  one sister, Luberta Miller of Dallas and one grandchild.




Felix Willie Greer
Mar 26, 1922 - Jul 15, 1989


Felix W. Greer
Felix Willie Greer, 67, of Purdon, died July 15, 1989, at Baylor Hospital in Ennis.
Mr. Greer's body will lie in state at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dickson Funeral Home in Nashville, Tenn. Burial will be Harpeth Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lida Greer of Purdon; two sons, Robert Greer of Corsicana; and and Walter Greer of Purdon; one daughter, Bonita Tidwell of Dickson; two brothers, Carol Greer of Boulder, Colo., and Phillip Greer of Nashville; three sisters, Viola Allen, Effie Lee Stephen and Ophia Hulan, all of Nashville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.



  • Corsicana Daily Sun - Jul 16, 1989

  • TXDI: Greer, Felix Willie; 07-15-1989; Ellis Co. TX; Male

  • SSDI: Felix W. Greer; 26 Mar 1922; 15 Jul 1989; 76679 Purdon, Navarro Co., TX

  • s/o William Andrew "Willie" Greer & Stella (Walker) Greer buried in Mount Lebanon Cem., Dickson Co., TN

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Beulah (Breithaupt) King
Oct 22, 1882 - Nov 11, 1959


Thursday Rites for Mrs. King
Funeral services for Mrs. A. W. King, 76, who died Wednesday morning were held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.
Rev. Alex Cox, pastor of the First Christian church, officiated. Burial was in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. King, of 410 North Fourteenth street, was the widow of the late Ab King of Corsicana.
She was a native of Alabama but had resided in Navarro County since childhood. She had been a member of the Church of Christ for many years.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Andrew Jackson, Orange; two brothers, Allen Breithaupt and J. A. Breithaupt Sr. both of Corsicana; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Glenn Bell, R. A. Perkins, C. A. Breithaupt, Jr., J. A. Breithaupt Jr, Jim Johnston and Earl Wilson Breithaupt.



  • .Corsicana Semi Weekly Light; Nov 13, 1959

  • Oakwood Cemetery; Row 13, Section B


Mrs. A. W. King Dies Wednesday

Mrs. A. W. King, 76, of 410 North Fourteenth street, widow of the late Ab King of Corsican, died Wednesday morning.

Funeral services will be held from the McCammon Chapel Thursday at 3 p.m. with burial in
Oakwood Cemetery.

A native of Alabama, Mrs. King had resided in Navarro county since childhood.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Andrew Johnston, Orange; two brothers, Allen Breithaupt and J. A. Breithaupt, Sr., both of Corsicana and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mrs. King had been a member of the Church of Christ for many years.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Bell, R. A. Perkins and C. A. Breithaupt, Jr., J. A. Breithaupt, Jr., Jim Johnston and Earl Wilson Breithaupt, nephews.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Nov 11, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Albert W. “Ab” King married Apr. 12, 1905; d/o Henry Jefferson Breithaupt & Martha Alice (Vernon) Breithaupt buried in Prairie Point cemetery


Ella (Scott) Sanders
Mar 4, 1883 - Nov 10, 1959


Mrs. Sanders Dies Tuesday

FROST. Nov. 11 - (Spl.) - Mrs. Ella Scott Sanders, 76, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning following an extended illness. She was the wife of I. A. Sanders, Frost.

Funeral services were held from the Frost Baptist church, of which she was a member, Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Harold Thompson, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery.
A native of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Sanders had resided here 57 years.

Surviving are her husband of Frost and one daughter, Mrs. Roland R. Sanders, Big Lake.
Pallbearers were Rex Patterson, E. M. Sheppard, Joe Parum, J. C. Young, Joe Brown and J. O. Williams.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.




Ronald Dale York
1959 - Nov 1959


York Infant Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Ronald Dale York, three-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. York, Route 5, Petty's Chapel, who died in bed early  Monday in the family trailer home, were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Norman Ferguson, pastor of the North Side Baptist church and Rev. Billy Burke, pastor of the West Side Baptist church. Burial was in the Dawson cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, a brother, Thomas Odell York and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George L. York and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Williams, all of Corsicana.



  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - Nov 13, 1959


John Ward Crisp
Aug 16, 1889 - Jul 1977


Services for Mr. John Ward Crisp, 89, of 1522 Wolfe City Drive will be held at Coker-Matthews-Peters Chapel at 3:30 p.m. Today with the Rev. Ben Smith officiating. Mr. Crisp died Wednesday at Citizens General Hospital. Pallbearers will be James Marshall, Jerry Frederick, John Edwards, John Holland, Steve Price, and Bobby Trad. Burial will be in Forest Park. Mr. Crisp was born in Navarro County on August 16, 1889, to James S. Crisp and Ellen Butter Crisp. He married Ola Marshall on July 18, 1933. He was a veteran of the Army and of World War I. He was also a member of the North Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife; and three sisters, Mrs. J.M. Brooks of Decatur, Mrs. Mary Frederick of Grand Saline, and Mrs. Nella Franklin of Decatur.



  • Greenville Herald Banner - July 22, 1977

W. W. Turner

W. W. Turner Dead

Our town was saddened Wednesday morning when news was received that one of our best citizens, W. W. Turner, had died at the Providence Sanitarium in Waco, after having gone there the evening before, for a stomach operation. The body was brought to Dawson Wednesday night, and the funeral service held at the Presbyterian Church Thursday afternoon.


Sarah Ann (Berry) French
Nov 18, 1832 - Feb 3, 1919

Sarah French

Mrs. Sarah French, of several miles north of town, died Monday and was buried Tuesday.

Aunt Sarah (as she is familiarly known) had reached the ripe old age of 86 years, 8 months, and 15 days, she being born in Marshal Co. Ala., June 18th, 1832. On November 18, 1852 she was married to W. D. French and to the union was ten children born, four girls and six boys, four of whom have proceeded her to a better world.

Aunt Sarah was one of the oldest residents of this section, and has a host of friends who are grimed to learn of her death.



West End News.

Well, Chats, once more I have sad news to tell you. On last Monday, February 2nd, just as the clock tolled 11 a.m., God’s angels came down and wafted the spirit of Aunt Sarah French to the heavenly land where she will be allowed to praise God forever and ever. Aunt Sarah was born in 1832. If she could have lived until her next birthday—some time in June—she would have been 87 years of age. She was married to W. D. French in 1852 back in North Alabama. W. D. French, her aged husband, is just a few months older than Aunt Sarah. She leaves an aged husband and six living children, 5 boys and one girl, Rev. J. W. French, T. H. French, W. C. French, L. R. French , G. W. French, all married and having families, and Miss Jimmie French, who is not married and still lives at the old home.

The funeral and burial services were postponed until Wednesday, the 5th on account of the two boys, J. W. and T. H., who live in Oklahoma. They telegraphed them to come. They got an answer from J. W. the same day. He failed to come on account of sickness in his family. They have failed to hear from T. H., but all the rest of the children were present at the funeral and a large crowd of other relatives and friends from the surrounding country. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joe McCowen of Dawson, assisted by Rev. Boulware, the pastor of our church. Brother McCowen served us at Brushy as pastor 20 years ago and has been a favorite preacher of Aunt Sarah since that time. Brother McCowen spoke lots of good words in praise of Aunt Sarah and couldn’t say too much. I wish I had the ability to say and write all that should be said in her praise, for she hasn’t only been a mother for her own children, she has been a mother for everybody that she came in contact with that was distressed by sickness or any other trouble for 50 years. In fact pretty near all her life she has visited the sick and administered to their wants and close on to 60 years she has lived right here in this part and for 50 years I have been here and never have I heard aught spoken against this good old Mother of Israel; nothing but praise, and I never heard nor heard of her speaking hard of any one. Always ready to do and live right. Always spoke well of everybody or did not speak at all. She was praised for being good and for being a good housekeeper and for being one of the best cooks. I always liked to eat Aunt Sarah’s cooking. So she will be missed at home and will be missed by this whole surrounding country. But the Good Lord said, by action that she had done enough on earth and he had need for her. Now I am sure that after those past two years of suffering she is now enjoying the fruits of her labor with the blessed, where there will be no more suffering, no more tears and peace, love and happiness reigns. Oh, how I wish that I could tell it all and give justice to this good old saint in this write-up, but the lack of space and the lack of words prevent this. I can only give a few scattering hints in praising this good old soul, Aunt Sarah French, that has all my life seemed like a mother to me, for I once had a good mother, but God, in his goodness, called her to the Glory Land when I was 8 years of age, but I can well remember that mother’s love and I wasn’t long in finding out that my best friend was gone, and as we weep and mourn over our loss of our mothers, we should be willing to say, Lord, let they will be done, not ours. Aunt Sarah joined the Methodist church when young and lived a devoted Christian since. Although she had her burdens to bear, like other Christians, but never complained, always going at her daily work singing some good old hymn, such as “Children of Heavenly King,” and “Nearer My God to Thee.” Old Uncle Buck French looked most pitiful, leaving the cemetery for home by himself, after walking by the side of his dear companion for over 60 years. But the heavier the cross the brighter the crown The Lord’s will, not ours, be done.

February 10 -- UNCLE JOHN


Jesse Joseph Bautista
Sep 22, 1923 - Dec 23, 2007

Jesse Joseph Bautista
Jesse Joseph Bautista, 84, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, December 23, 2007, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, after complications following heart surgery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton with a rosary at 7 p.m. Memorial services will be Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana. Jesse was born Sept. 22, 1923, in San Leandro, Calif. He served in both WWII and the Korean wars and was honorably discharged as a Second Lieutenant from the United States Army. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University in California, he began his career as a drug enforcement agent for the federal government. After transferring to the Hawaiian Islands in 1955, he met and married the love of his life, Amalia “Monie.” He was then transferred to Houston, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Richardson, Texas and finally El Paso where he retired at the age of 55. His retirement was brief; he accepted a job with the State of Texas and then with the University of Texas at El Paso as their Foreign Student Advisor. After his retirement from UTEP, he took up golf so he could keep up with Monie. When she died in 2001 he moved to Corsicana to be closer to his children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Amalia “Monie” Bautista; his daughter, Lorie McCurdy; and his two grandchildren, Theo and Amalia Browett. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Dayle Wetherell of Grapevine, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Frank Means of Corsicana; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Lana Bautista of Plano, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Thea and Mark Pierce of Austin, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Fran and John Browett of London, England; son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Pam Bautista of Hilton Head, South Carolina; daughter, Libby Bautista of Trophy Club, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Harri and Jim Baumann of El Paso, Texas; and 12 grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew and Riley Bautista, Dylan, Addie and Celeste Pierce, Octavia, Grace and Alicia Browett, Tyler, Nicholas and Kathryn Bautista, and Cameron and Michael Luciano. He will always be remembered as an outgoing, larger-than-life man, who loved Monie dearly and took care of anyone in need. He certainly communicated his love for his family and friends by doing things for them. He lived a full life and he will continue to live on in our memory and eternally with our Lord, Jesus Christ. If anyone wishes to memorialize Jesse please consider the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana or a charity of your own choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.



Aileen (Rogers) Middleton

Jun 18, 1913 - Dec 30, 2007


Aileen Rogers Middleton
Aileen Rogers Middleton passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007. Her service was Jan. 2, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons; Elliott Middleton Jr., Adam Buchwald, Andrew Buchwald, Matt Middleton, Yale Middleton, and Parks Middleton. Aileen was born in Henderson on June 18, 1913, to Oscar Scott and Clevie Jarrell Rogers. In 1934, she graduated with honors from Baylor University with a degree in accounting. After her marriage to Elliott Middleton in 1935, they lived in Corsicana except for a brief time in Ft. Stockton, and several years away during World War II. In Corsicana, Aileen volunteered for children’s Sunday school, Camp Fire Girls, the American Cancer Society, and the Pink Ladies at Navarro Hospital. Her role as homemaker was paramount in her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, C. Elliott Middleton; and her brother, O. Scott Rogers of Houston. She is survived by Scott and Susan Middleton of Corsicana, Mary and Larry Buchwald of Lawton, Okla., and Bill Middleton of Dallas; grandchildren, Elliott Middleton of Tyler, Elaine Bartlett of Dallas, Andrea Trieschmann of Little Rock, Ark., Adam Buchwald of Farwell, Sarah Buchwald of London, U.K., Andrew Buchwald of Tulsa, Okla., and Matthew, Lauren, Yale and Parks Middleton of Dallas; great grandchildren Hannah, Rachel, Abigail, Miriam, Elliott III, Lydia, and Luke Middleton of Tyler; Severin and Reese Bartlett of Dallas; and Max and Katharin Aileen Trieschmann of Little Rock, Ark. Aileen loved her family, growing up in East Texas, playing bridge with friends, and traveling with family and friends around the world and around the U.S. Her legacy is a quiet sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of others, a love of learning, and a love of family. She will continue to be a model of dignity and courage as she graciously adapted to the challenges of her life. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Children’s Scholarship Fund, The Hope Center, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.

Notes: Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 1/1/2008 - 1/2/2008


Aileen Rogers Middleton
Aileen Rogers Middleton, 94, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in Corsicana. She was born June 18, 1913. She is survived by her children, Scott and Susan Middleton of Corsicana, Mary and Larry Buchwald of Lawton, Okla., and Bill Middleton of Dallas. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Elliott Middleton of Corsicana; and brother, O. Scott Rogers of Houston. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with visitation following the services. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Corsicana, The Hope Center, or a charity of choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.




Aileen Rogers Middleton

Aileen Rogers Middleton passed away December 30, 2007. Her service was January 2, 2008 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with B. F. Risinger, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons: Elliott Middleton, Jr., Adam Buchwald, Andrew Buchwald, Matt Middleton, Yale Middleton, and Parks Middleton. Aileen was born in Henderson, Texas on June 18, 1913, to Oscar Scott and Clevie Jarrell Rogers. In 1934 she graduated with honors from Baylor University with a degree in accounting. After her marriage to Elliott Middleton in 1935, they lived in Corsicana except for a brief time in Ft. Stockton, Texas and several years away during World War II. In Corsicana Aileen volunteered for children’s Sunday school, Camp Fire Girls, The American Cancer Society, and the Pink Ladies at Navarro Hospital. Her role as homemaker was paramount in her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, C. Elliott Middleton and her brother O. Scott Rogers of Houston. She is survived by Scott and Susan Middleton of Corsicana, Mary and Larry Buchwald of Lawton, OK; Bill Middleton of Dallas. Grandchildren are Elliott Middleton of Tyler, Elaine Bartlett of Dallas, Andrea Trieschmann of Little Rock, Adam Buchwald of Farwell, Tx, Sarah Buchwald of London, UK, Andrew Buchwald of Tulsa OK; Matthew, Lauren, Yale and Parks Middleton of Dallas. Greatgrandchildren are Hannah, Rachel, Abigail, Miriam, Elliott III, Lydia, and Luke Middleton of Tyler; Severin and Reese Bartlett of Dallas; and Max and Katharin Aileen Trieschmann of Little Rock. Aileen loved her family, growing up in East Texas, playing bridge with friends, and traveling with family and friends around the world and around the US. Her legacy is a quiet sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of others, a love of learning, and a love of family. She will continue to be a model of dignity and courage as she graciously adapted to the challenges of her life. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Children’s Scholarship Fund, The Hope Center, or a charity of the donor’s choice.


  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Elliott Middleton; d/o Oscar Scott Middleton & Clevie (Jarrell) Middleton

Bethel Lucille (Tipping) Ward-Lewis

Aug 5, 1910 - Dec 28, 2007


Bethel L. (Ward) Lewis
Bethel L. (Ward) Lewis, 97, of Corsicana, passed away Dec. 28, 2007 in Corsicana. She was born Aug. 5, 1910 in Blooming Grove Texas to Tom and Catherine Tipping. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. She was a very special lady, who loved everyone, had a smile for everyone and never saw a stranger and she will be greatly missed. Services will be 1 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Roy Scoggins, Roy Glen Scoggins, Roger Scoggins, Thomas Hester, James Fletcher and Herbie Fletcher. Honorary pallbearers Donald Tipping, Doyle Tipping and Edward Brown. She is preceded in death by infant son, parents, two sisters, brother and husbands. She is survived by step sons J.D. and wife Chris Ward, and C. L. and wife Pat Ward; step son-in-law Bill Sluder; brother Emory and wife Peggy Tipping of Dallas; sister Vera Hester of Corsicana; niece and caregiver Laverne Scoggins; and numerous nieces, nephews, step grandchildren, and step great grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Corsicana.


Ray Fowler
Dec 4, 1921 - Dec 28, 2007


Ray Fowler

Ray Fowler passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 at the age of 86. He was born Dec. 4, 1921 in Hunt County to Joe and Josie Fowler, the youngest of seven children. They moved to Ellis County when Ray was a young boy and lived in Ennis and Bardwell before moving on to Chatfield in Navarro County where he grew up. In 1941, he married Helen LaFayette and they had one son and two daughters. Ray farmed until the late 1950s when he began construction work mostly in the Arlington and Fort Worth areas. In 1983 he retired and moved back to Chatfield where he enjoyed ranching for several years and moved to Ennis in 1995 where he was residing at the time of his death. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Ennis for the last several years. Ray is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Helen, of Ennis; two daughters and their husbands, Becky and Bill Jones of Whitney and Vickie and Jim Henry of Ennis; daughter-in-law, Polly Fowler of Mansfield; eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Ray was preceded in death by his only son, Jack Fowler, in 1982; his parents; three brothers, E. J. Fowler, Claude Fowler and Alton Fowler; three sisters, Opal Steel, Floy Kirby and Lottie Chenault. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. today at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana with the Rev. Kenny Cashion officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons Weldon Jones of McAllen, Jody Fowler of Cleburne and Jason Buckley of Austin; granddaughters’ husbands, Wes Breazeale of San Antonio, Kelly Clayton of Flower Mound; and honorary pallbearer Sgt. James Hopkins, serving in Iraq. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Ennis, or the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.



James Vincent

Jun 6, 1921 - Dec 28, 2007


James Vincent
James Vincent, 86 of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2007 in Corsicana. He was born June 6, 1921 in Greenville, Ky. to Robert and Sally Vincent. He was a resident of Heritage Oaks for the past year where he had numerous friends. He served as deacon to First Baptist Church of Eureka. He retired from L. Berman and Company in 1985 located in Evansville, Ind. He was a member of North Park Baptist Church until he moved to Corsicana. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Interment will be held in Evansville, Ind. next to his wife. He is preceded in death by Evelyn Vincent, his wife of 66 years. He is survived by children, Lee Vincent and wife Ann of Indianapolis, Ind., Vonda Vincent of Evansville, Ind., Maryline Mead and husband David of Corsicana, Ted Vincent and wife Doris of Richland, and Kay Osterman and husband Mark of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren Jeff Vincent of Indianapolis, Ind., Greg Steinmetz of Los Angeles, Calif., Tara Steinmetz of Evansville, Ind., Kristi Mead of Corsicana, Mike Mead and wife Kelly of Indianapolis, Ind., Tasa Martinez and husband Carl of Richland, Heather Feaqins and husband Chance of Athens, Andrea Osterman of Evansville, Ind., Josh Osterman of Evansville, Ind.; great grandchildren Jessica Mead, Alex Hueber, Tyler Mead, Zach Martinez, Samantha Martinez, Trinity Martinez, Trent Feaqins, Trista Feaqina, and Vaughn Ruppel; sisters Caroline West of Greenville, Ky. and Opal Blake of Evansville, Ind. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Mary Gelene (Spence) McCraw
Jul 27, 1917 - Dec 23, 2007

Mary Gelene Spence McCraw
Mary Gelene Spence McCraw passed away Dec. 23, 2007 at the age of 90. She was born in Raleigh, Texas to the late Reginald E. Spence and Mary Ellen Graham Spence on July 27, 1917. Her mother passed away Feb. 16, 1918 when Gelene was 7 months old. In August 1919, her daddy married Miss Georgia Griffin, who was a good and wonderful “mama” to her and her sister Elvie. She was raised in Purdon and attended school in Purdon and Corsicana. On June 9, 1934 she married William Alford McCraw. They were married 64 years. They had two children, William Reginald McCraw and Mary Margaret McCraw. They moved to Corpus Christi in 1953. Gelene was a member of Second Baptist Church. She was a charter member of Independence Chapter #1044, O.E.S., and served as Worthy Matron in 1970 and 1971. She retired from Sears, Roebuck and Company on Dec. 31, 1981. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alford McCraw in 1998; by her parents and stepmother; and by three sisters, Elvie Oden of Corpus Christi, Winifred Edith Jones of College Station, and Louise Binger of San Antonio. She is survived by her two children, William Reginald McCraw and wife Judy of Anderson, S.C., and Mary Margaret Hebert and husband Harry of Corpus Christi; six grandchildren, William Glen McCraw, Peggy Lynn Westhead, and Timothy Dean McCraw and wife Kim, all of Anderson, S.C.; Arthur Randolph James II, Courtney Marie James and Harold Dilger Jr. of Corpus Christi; and Mary Leslie Eller and husband Mark of Aransas Pass; 11 great grandchildren, Stephanie McCraw, Taylor Nicole and Nicholas Shawn Westhead, and Samantha, Ian and Julian McCraw of Anderson, S.C.; Dylan, Brandon and Charles Dilger of Corpus Christi; Mark Jr. and Damen Eller or Aransas Pass; nieces, nephews and many friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. John M. McCullough, Dr. Jerome Lee Sang, Dr. Jose Pujol and Dr. Michael Fields for their wonderful care of their mom and grandmom. Also, thank you to everyone at Villa Residential South, Dubois Hospital (LTAC) and Tri Sun Care Center on Fortune Drive. Visitation will be 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, with the family present to receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors in Corpus Christi. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors. Serving as pallbearers will be Timothy Dean McCraw, Arthur Randolph James II, Mark Eller, Harold Dilger Jr., Mark Eller Jr. and Damen Eller. Arrangements by Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, Corpus Christi.


Virginia (Walls) Abraham
Dec 1, 1925 - Dec 24, 2007

Virginia Abraham, 82, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 in Dallas. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Cemetery with Brother Otis Conner officiating. She was born in Sasakwa, Okla. on Dec. 1, 1925 to James Hubert Walls and Jenny Green Walls. Virginia was a member of the Emhouse Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Abraham Sr., and a son, Marion Jones. Survivors include her children, Joyce Harris and her husband Larry, Angela Moya and her husband Brick, and John Abraham Jr. and his wife Deanna. Six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana. ∞


Frances A. (Blakney) Boatman
Jul 11, 1917 - Dec 24, 2007

Frances Boatman
Frances A. Boatman, 90, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 in Corsicana. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Brother Dan Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chad Page, Brian Page, James Page, Jerod Welch, Shane Eudy, and Blake DuBose. She was born on July 11, 1917 in Caddo, Okla. to Samuel Blakney and Arvilla Samantha Ford Blakney. Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, J.R. Boatman; daughter, Barbara Sue Lane of Frost; and son, Melvin Gene Boatman of Blooming Grove. Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Watkins and husband John; Linda Preston and husband Richard; and Carol Lindsey and husband Bob, all of Corsicana; son-in-law, William E. Lane of Frost; and daughter-in-law, Margie Boatman of Blooming Grove; a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Mary Hill (Stevenson) Warren
Jun 28, 1914 - Dec 23, 2007

Mary Hill (Stevenson) Warren was born June 28, 1914, in Frost, to Thomas William and Lessie Byrne Stevenson and passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, in Dawson. She was 93 years old. She was a graduate of Frost High School and got her bachelor’s degree from North Texas State. She began her teaching career in Rankin and also coached girls basketball there. She taught in Irene and Itasca but spent the remaining years of teaching in her “beloved” Frost Elementary School. She was a dedicated teacher for over 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, George I. “Buster” Warren; her parents; granddaughter, Traci; and seven brothers. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Newt Matthews; a granddaughter, Tana, and a grandson and his wife, Kris and Kami Matthews; great-grandsons, Tyler and Rylan, and great-granddaughters, Aspen and Stormi Matthews; a sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Tolbert Bain; sisters-in-law, Fannie Lee Dugan of Frost and Myradell Knapp of Blooming Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a member of Frost United Methodist Church and Lura Harrison Sunday School Class. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Frost United Methodist Church and burial will follow at Frost Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church annex after the service. Pallbearers will be nephews. She was loving “Mimi” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they were a delight to her. She was a good friend to all, and she especially enjoyed her church family and her domino buddies. She loved her family deeply and was a joy to them. She always looked forward to the Stevenson reunions. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.




Mary Alice (Lyon-Holsey) Hughes
Jun 24, 1921 - Dec 19, 2007

Mary Alice (Lyon) Hughes
Mary Alice (Lyon) Hughes, daughter of James Wilbur and Mary Elizabeth Holsey was born June 24, 1921, in Corsicana. She passed away Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Magnolia Square, Springfield, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alton Maurice Hughes; a daughter, Mary Tene Kilpatrick; and two brothers, James W. Holsey and Seton T. Holsey. Mary Alice is survived by her son, James S. Young and his wife Dana of Springfield, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Jane Holsey of San Antonio and Jimmie Lou Holsey of Center; son-in-law, Roger Kilpatrick and his wife Linda of Ozark, Ala., stepson, John Hughes and his wife Becky of Arlington; stepdaughter, Ginger Trent and her husband Harvey of Glendale, Ariz.; and stepdaughter, Becky Cook of Springfield, Mo. Her grandchildren filled her life with pride and joy. They are Donovan Kilpatrick and his wife Lisa of Dothan, Ala., Wesley Kilpatrick and his wife Shan of Ozark, Ala., Wendy Harrold and her husband John of Indianapolis, Ind., Kim Harmening of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jonathan Young and his wife Rena of Chicago, Ill. There are many great-grandchildren, who are not listed, but were loved just as much. Some very special people are Berry Holsey (cousin but more like a brother) and his wife Linda and son Lee Holsey Jr. of Crockett, and Willie B. Holsey (like a sister) of Corsicana, along with other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Corley Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.



Martha E. "Mattie" (Grady) Meador
Feb 18, 1859 - Dec 29, 1905

December 27, 1905

The Remains of Mrs. W. J. Meador who was killed in Dallas last Saturday arrived here yesterday morning.

Interment took place here Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Meador was well and favorably known here, having lived here most of her life.

She was a sister to Bob and Tom Grady of this town.




Mrs. W. J. Meador Is Dead and Her
Husband is Fatally Wounded.
Fight in a Room

At 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning Mrs. W.J. Meador was killed and her husband, W.J. Meador, was fatally wounded.
For the purpose, he declared, of ending a series of domestic troubles, Meador sent three bullets through the body of his wife and then holding the revolver to his own breast fired a shot through his left lung.

Another shot was also fired, but went wide of its mark, passing through a window of the room in which the shooting occurred.

The tragedy occurred at 207 North Akard street, the corner of Camp street and the sound of the four shots soon attracted a large crowd of excited persons. The police were notified without delay and the Chief Keith, Capt. Elmicke and Patrolmen Ryan and Riddle hastened to the scene.

When they opened the door of the room they found the wife's dead body on the bed. The husband had fallen to the floor and was gasping from his wounds.

Nearby was the revolver from which the shots had been fired.

The position of the woman's body and the scattered blood indicated that a struggle had taken place. When the officers came in Meador was barely able to talk. He made the following statement;

"This is the result of domestic troubles. She had threatened for three weeks to kill me and came very near getting the pistol away from me just now. I shot her three times and then shot myself. I had been here but three weeks and she had been here about four months."

Three shots struck Mrs. Meador. One entered beneath the left arm and the other passed through the heart. Death, it was declared, must have immediately followed the second shot, but bloody marks on the woman's forehead and on the back of her neck and her hands indicated that she had struggled after the first shot.

The couple came from Blooming Grove and the wife had been conducting a boarding house. Meador was 53 years old and his wife 46 years of age. The surviving children are L.E. Meador, aged 28 years; Nellie Meador, aged 13 years; Bruce Meador, aged 8 years, and a 3-year-old boy.

Dec. 24, 1905


Leona (Atchley) Green
Nov 1880 - Jun 4, 1909

Eldridge Green
1907 - Jun. 4, 1909

Paul Green
1901 - Jun. 4, 1909

Virgie Green
1896 - Jun. 4, 1909

Corsicana Democrat and Truth - Thurs, June 10, 1909

Mrs. J. M. Green killed her three children at her home near Richland Saturday morning about daylight. She had a few days previous filed a complaint against her husband, an account of which appeared in Democrat and Truth of last week, for abuse of the daughter. The matter was threshed out before  the grand jury and that body exonerated the husband of the crime of which he had been accused.
Friday night the husband went to his home with a neighbor and told his  wife that they cound not longer live together and that some arrangements would have to be made for a division of the children and went back home with the neighbor, spending the night with him, a neighbor of the Greens came over with his wife and spent the night at the Green home with Mrs. Green and the children, the neighbor and his wife occupying one bed in the same room, but across the room from them. About daylight the visitors were startled by a child's shriek and jumping from their bed they were confronted by Mrs. Green with a razor in hand who told them she had cut the throats of her children and was going to kill herself, and suiting deed to words it was done, and the man and his wife rushed out of the room for assistance going to a near neighbor. When they arrived at the house again the mother and children were all dead. A note was found on the table in the room which bade good-bye to relatives of the dead woman, which is supposed to have been written by the mother and the 13-year old daughter.
The unfortunate woman was 29 years of age and a daughter of J. D. Atchley who lives near Cryer Creek in this country and had only lived near Richland since last fall, coming from Alabama.
The bodies of the deceased mother and children were buried in the Richland cemetery Saturday afternoon.


From Saturday’s Daily Sun
Mrs. J.M. Green living a half-mile east of Richland, at about dawn this morning murdered her three children, Virgi, a girl, aged 13 years; Paul, a boy, aged eight years, and Eldridge, another boy, aged two years, and then cut her own throat with the same razor used in killing the children.
It will be remembered by the readers of the Sun that one day this week a man named J.M. Green was brought to Corsicana from Richland charged with a criminal assault upon his own thirteen-year-old daughter. The wife and the daughter came on the same train that brought the accused here and were at once taken before the grand jury. The jury made a thorough investigation of the case and the court appointed two physicians to examine the complaining witness, and made the result of the findings known to the court and the grand jury. After taking the consideration the evidence of the girl and her mother and the findings of the doctors the grand jury believed that no offense had been committed and returned no bill against the accused. So, about 6 o’clock yesterday afternoon, J.M. Green, the accused, was released from prison and returned to the neighborhood where he had been living. Last night, accompanied by a neighbor named Smith, Green called to see his wife and had a long talk with her, but returned to Smith’s to spend the night.
A young man named James McNeill and his wife who are tenants on the same farm with the Green family, were there to spend the night with them. Mrs. Green and her three children were all sleeping on the same bed, and McNeill and his wife occupied another bed in the same room. This morning about dawn Mrs. McNeill heard an unusual noise in the room and getting up walked over to Mrs. Green’s bed. Seeing all three of the children weltering in their blood, Mrs. McNeill said to Mrs. Green, “You have murdered your children.” “Yes,” she replied, “and I am going to kill myself.”
This startling discovery and Mrs. Green’s declaration to kill herself so unnerved McNeill and his wife that they ran to the nearest neighbor and gave the alarm. When others of the neighborhood heard of the tragedy they went to the Green home, and there, lying on the same bed, was the mother and three children, all weltering in their own blood, with their throats cut, and all dead, but none of them cold. The daughter was on the backside of the bed and seemed to have died without a struggle. The mother was stretched on the front of the bed and the baby boy lay between her and the girl, while the older boy lay across the foot of the bed.
A note was found in the room, which was apparently written in two different hands. One of the writers said: “Good-bye, Grandma; good-bye Mattie. We didn’t swear any lie before the grand jury.”
The other hand writing, which is supposed to be that of Mrs. Green, said “Good-bye, ma. I do this because I cannot bear to give my children up.”
She then directs what to do with certain of her effects, etc.
People here from Richland today who heard the inquest before Judge Seely there this morning say the people think the girl and her mother entered into an agreement for the mother to kill them all after they fell asleep and then to end her own life.
Four coffins were taken from here to Richland this morning by Mr. T.B. Skipper, and it was thought by him that the woman and her three children would be buried in the neighborhood cemetery this afternoon.
The unfortunate woman was 29 years of age and the daughter of Joseph Atchley and wife of the Cryer Creek country. The father came in from Cryer Creek this morning in response to a telephone message from Mr. Skipper informing him of the terrible tragedy, and went with Mr. Skipper to Richland on the 10:50 south bound Central train.
Parties here this morning say that the sight of the three murdered children and their dead mother all on the same bed, with ghastly wounds at their throats, was a horrible one indeed—one that no number of years will efface from the memory of those who had the misfortune to see this heart-rending tragedy.
Mr. Atchley and his family moved to this county from North Alabama four or five years ago, but his daughter and her family did not come until last fall, and they had been living in the Richland country since that time.
Hon. Luther A. Johnson, Sheriff Clayton, County Attorney Knox and E.J. Gibson went to the scene of the tragedy and returned at 2:30 this afternoon. Mr. Johnson told a Sun representative soon after getting here that the coroner’s verdict would say that the children came to their death as the result of razor wounds inflicted by their mother, who afterward took her own life with the same instrument. Mr. Johnson says that the eldest of the two boys was the last of the children killed, as it was his cry that waked up the man O’Neill and his wife, who were so frightened and horrified that they fled from the house in their nightclothes when they saw what had been done.



Buried in One Grave.

Mrs. J. M. Green and her three children, an account of whose tragic deaths appeared in the Sun of Saturday, were all buried in one grave in the Richland cemetery Saturday night.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, June 7, 1909
  • w/o J. M. Green d/o Joseph D. Atchley & Manerva Jane (Martin) Atchley buried in Dew cemetery, Freestone county, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Van Dyke Burns
Jul 2, 1883 - Sep 8, 1931

BLOOMING GROVE, Spt. 9. - (Spl) - Funeral services for V. D. Burns, age about 50 years, who was found hanging in a barn near his home here at noon Tuesday were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from his residence. The services were conducted by Rev. W. T. Bouleware, Wortham; Rev. W. Z. Corbin and Rev. F. M. Noe, both of Blooming Grove. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Gillean, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Tom Tapp, Ava <??>; three brothers, Marvin Burns, Blooming Grove; Tom Burns Tyler and Will Burns, Dallas.



Among the out-of-town friends who attended the V. D. Burns funeral were Mrs. Jessie McCarty, Canyon; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Keen and W. L. Ford, Lubbock; Mrs. Jess Hunter, Gladewater; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Gillen and Mrs. W. C. Gillen, Lampasas; Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Berry, Mrs. F. H. Simpson, Mrs. M. E. Burns, Dawson; T. J. Burns, Tyler; Mrs. Dallas Jones, Mrs. Laton Whitesides, of Waxahachie; Miss Texora Pierce, and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Pierce, Breckenridge; Rev. and Mrs. W. T. Bolenare, Wortham; W. H. Clark, Muskogee, Okla.; Mrs. Jim Richards, Mrs. Newt Middlebrook, of Richland; J. V. Noble and R. E. Frederick, Dallas.



John Henry Woolverton
Aug 31, 1911 - Jan 1, 1932


RICE, Jan. 4. - Funeral services for J. H. Wolverton, 20, who died in an Ennis hospital early Friday morning from injuries received Christmas Day when a car driven by two negroes collided with a car parked on the highway near Rice, were held here Friday afternoon with interment in the Rice Cemetery. John Smith also was severely injured in the accident but was able to return to his home here.
Mr. Wolverton was born at Mabank but had resided here for the past eight years. He was employed at the Earnest Boardman refinery two and one-half miles south of Rice.
The two negroes in the other car figuring in the accident are being held in jail at Corsicana.
Surviving Mr. Wolverton are his wife, two daughters, Bobbie and Willie Jane, parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Wolverton, two brothers, F. A. and Albert, Jr., and a sister, Miss Velma Lee Wolverton, all of Rice.


Lillie (Andrews) Bedford
May 30, 1911 - Jan 1, 2008

Lillie Bedford
Lillie Bedford, 96, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008 at Heritage Oaks West Nursing Home. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Eureka Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating. She was born on May 30, 1911 in Eureka to Marion Thomas Andrews and Susie Ella Robinson Andrews. Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Bedford; and a brother and sister. Survivors include her step-son, Darrell Bedford of Dallas; step-daughter, Fairy Bedford; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Doyle Andrews of Corsicana; and a sister, Eda McCaslin of Corsicana; a number of nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


William “Gee” Holleman
Dec 26, 1914 - Dec 31, 2007

William “Gee” Holleman

William “Gee” Holleman, 93, of Eureka passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 at his residence.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Sonny Buie officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Marcum, Chuck Vick, Les Cotten, Bill Johnson, Ricky Steele and Richard Kelley.

He was born Dec. 26, 1914 in Bazette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jodie and Sadie Holleman; sons, Tommy Webber and Ronnie Webber Sr.; and by three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Obal Holleman of Eureka; daughter-in-law, Patsy Webber of Quitman; granddaughter and husband, Pamela and Jerry Glidewell of Eureka; granddaughter, Deborah Gilpin of Winnsboro; very special great grandchild, Lauren Glidewell of Eureka; nine other great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Petty’s Chapel Baptist Church.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


David Earl Riley
Aug 19, 1950 - Jan 3, 2008

David Earl Riley
David Earl Riley of Blooming Grove, passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on January 3, 2008. He was 57 years old. He was born on August 19, 1950 in Ennis, Texas. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Melvin and Reba Riley of Corsicana, Texas. Sister Darlene Barham of Blooming Grove, Brother and Sister-in-law James E. and Maggie Riley of Corsicana, Brother Leon Riley of San Augustine, Texas. And Numerous Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph A. and Ada Pearl Riley. His brothers Thomas Eugene Riley, Charles Andrew Riley, Billy Joe Riley, J.W. Riley, and his sisters Juanita Massey and Ethel Lee.


Nellie Lucille Beard
Jun 2, 1925 - Dec 30, 2007 

Mrs. Nellie Lucille Beard, 82, of Corsicana passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2007 in Corsicana. She was born on June 2, 1925 in Cooleemee, North Carolina.
Mrs. Beard was cremated and no services are planned at this time

Lewis Daniel Brown, Jr
Nov 7, 1943 - Dec 24, 2007

Lewis Daniel Brown, Jr. of Corsicana passed away at Navarro Regional Hospital on December 24, 2007.
He was born on November 7, 1943 in Longview, Texas. He formerly was an owner/operator of a towing service prior to retirement.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. David McDaniel will officiate.

Garland Dean Warren
Dec 17, 1939 - Dec 21, 2007

Mr. Garland Dean Warren of Streetman, Texas passed away on December 21, 2007 at the Veteran's Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was 68 years old. He was born on December 17, 1939 in Kerens, Texas to his parents Bill and Lilac Warren. He served in the United States Navy from 1957 till 1960.
He is survived by his wife Linda Warren of Streetman, his daughter and son-in-law Shelly and Rick Ferrell of Bell Buckle, TN, Stepson David Good of Crandall, Stepson and wife Bert and Barbara Good of Kaufman, Sister and brother-in-law Bonie and Joe Graves of Kerens, Brother Billy Warren of Kerens, and five precious grandsons, Austin, Dawson, Dillon, Marshall, and Ethan.



Garland Dean Warren, 68, of Streetman passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2007 in Temple. Graveside services are at 2 p.m. today at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Antonio Medrano
Feb 24, 1933 - Dec 30, 2007

Antonio Medrano
Funeral services for Antonio Medrano were held on Tuesday afternoon at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Burial was Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mae (Holcomb) Bryant
Nov 19, 1923 - Dec 30, 2007

Mae Bryant
Mae Bryant, 84, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2007 at the Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. She was born November 19, 1923 in Emmett, Texas to Alferd Holcomb and Walsie Floyd Holcomb.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at the Dresden Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m.
She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews

Salvador Iturbe Contreras
Sep 18, 1972 - Dec 26, 2007

Salvador Iturbe Contreras
Salvador Iturbe Contreras, 35 of Corsicana, passed away December 26, 2007 at his residence. He was born September 18, 1972 in Toluca Estado Mexico. Visitation will be at his residence. Rosary will be 7 pm Sunday December 30, 2007 at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Services will be 10 am December 31, 2007 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Raymond Lloyd Young
Oct 2, 1912 - Feb 27, 1978


   "Services have been set for 2 p.m. Wednesday for Raymond Lloyd Young, 65, of the Howard Community.  He died Monday afternoon at W.C. Tenery Community Hospital.

   Born on Oct. 2, 1912 in the Slay Community near Frost, Young came to Howard some 25 years ago.  He was employed as a farmer and was an Air Force veteran of World War II.

   The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Young, he married Oneita Maybin on Dec. 22, 1952, in Hillsboro.

   Survivors include his wife: 2 brothers, F.M. Young of Frost, and Travis Young of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Earleen Doyle, of Italy; and several nieces and nephews.

   Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rudolph-Snider Chapel of the Chimes with

Rev. James L. Barnes officiating.  Burial will follow in Waxahachie City Cemetery.

   The family will receive friends at the funeral home."

  • Submitted by Winnie Yandell
  • TXDI: Young Raymond L 02-27-1978 ELLIS M
  • WWII Biography
  • Son of Fenton Melvin Young Sr & Mary Ethel (Moore) Young [bur at Frost Cem]

Services Held For Raymond Young

Funeral services for Raymond L. Young, 65, who was born in the Slay Community near Frost, were held Wednesday, March 1, with burial in the Waxahachie City Cemetery. He lived in Howard.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Young of Frost.
Survivors include his widow, Oneita Young; 2 brothers, F. M. Young of Frost and Travis Young of Fort Worth; and a sister, Mrs. Earleen Doyle of Italy.


Elizabeth "Ann" (Pierce) Colburn
July 24, 1936 - Jan 5, 2008

Elizabeth "Ann" Colburn
Elizabeth “Ann” Colburn, 71, of Pasadena passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Eureka Cemetery. She was born July 24, 1936 in Fort Worth. She worked as a business partner with her husband and a homemaker for her family. Ann was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and a great teacher of life. She was a Christian with strong spiritual beliefs and very devoted to Jesus and God. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Buck Pierce and Gladys Gregerson, and husband, James C. Colburn. Ann is survived by daughters, Vicki and her husband Bob Workman, and Kelli Bill, all from Pasadena; sons, James Colburn II and his wife Michal, and Aubry Cannon, all from Pasadena; grandchildren, Casi and her husband Jason Lifshutz of Pasadena, Jennifer Workman of Sylacauga, Ala., James Colburn III of Bethany, Kan., and Willie, Travis and Nicholas Colburn of Pasadena; sisters, Carol and her husband Bill Scott, Barbara and her husband Charles Malone, Wanda and her husband Travis Powel, Linda and her husband Jimmy Gatlin, Bonnie and her husband David Luper, and Debbie and her husband Alan Winette, all from Texas; and Nancy and her husband Ken Tuggle of Tennessee; brothers, Hershel Pierce and his wife Betty, James Pierce and his wife Carol, and Bud Pierce and his wife Dorothy, all of Texas.


Lucille (Byrd) Chandler-Earley
Aug 31, 1923 - Jan 6, 2008

Lucille Byrd Earley
Lucille Byrd Earley, 84, of Kerens passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, at her home in Kerens. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Kerens Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Reese officiating and the Rev. Lynette Solomon assisting. Graveside services will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. She was born Aug. 31, 1923, in Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Earley; and son, Jerry Chandler. Fighting many health problems through the years, she managed to be a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Kerens Presbyterian Church and touched the lives of many children by teaching Sunday school for several years. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Brett Latta of Kerens and Peggy and Tommy Snell of Lubbock; daughter-in-law, Patsy Chandler of Ferris; grandchildren, Greg and Desi Snell of Spring Branch, Julie and Brian Werner of McKinney, Amy Snell of Lubbock, Wendy and Jason Wheat of Hamlin, and Samantha and Dedric Hopkins of Terrell; and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Ronnie Byrd, Greg Snell, Brian Werner, Mason Werner, Jason Wheat and Tommy Worley. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kerens Presbyterian Church, 301 S.W. Third St., Kerens, TX 75144. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Savannah Danielle Haynes
Feb 5, 2007 - Jan 5, 2008

Savannah Danielle Haynes
Our sweet angel, Savannah Danielle Haynes, has gone to reside with the angels Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008.She was born Feb. 5, 2007 to Joe and Tina Haynes of Corsicana. Graveside services were held today at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman. Savannah is survived by her parents, Joe and Tina Haynes; sister, Cassie; brothers, Case and Jacob; grandparents, Terry and Carol Lewis, Joe and Susie Haynes, and Carlos and Tama Zuniga; uncles and aunts, Valentin and Melody Mosqueda, Joshua Annis, and Granny Capps; cousins, Carlos and Emily Mosqueda. Savannah was met in Heaven by great grandparents, L.C. and Marie Richardson, Babe and Ozelle Lewis, J.C. and Oweta Rankin, and Gentry and Rosellen Haynes; uncles, Denver Poe, James Capps and Doyle Cameron. She was loved by many friends and family. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Billy Ruth (Young) Rubottom
May 16, 1916 - Jan 4, 2008

Billy Ruth Young Rubottom
Billy Ruth Young Rubottom, 91, died on Jan. 4, 2008, in Austin. She and her husband, Roy Richard Rubottom Jr., moved to Austin in 2006, after more than 40 years in Dallas. She was born May 16, 1916, in Durant, Okla., to Anna Eulalia Cox Young and Frank Richard Young, and when Billy Ruth was 6, the family moved to Corsicana. Billy Ruth attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she was president of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, in her junior year. On Dec. 23, 1938, she married Dick Rubottom. During her husband’s naval career she lived in Manzanillo, Mexico; and Ascunsion, Paraguay. During her husband’s foreign service career, she lived in Bogota, Colombia; Madrid, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Newport, R.I.; and Washington, D.C. During those years, she was the quintessential foreign service spouse, and her husband considered her intellectual, social and political contributions fully as significant as his own. He always maintained that the United States government got two diplomats for the price of one! In each city where the family lived when the children were young, she organized activities, including Sunday School classes at the Anglican Church in Madrid, and the first Campfire Girls groups in Madrid. In 1965, Dick became vice president of Southern Methodist University, and the Rubottoms moved to Dallas. At SMU, Billy Ruth participated in faculty and staff functions. She was active in the University Women’s Club. The Rubottoms were active in Highland Park United Methodist Church, where they were faithful members of the Mr. and Mrs. Class. In addition. Billy was instrumental in the Bethlehem Center program, a member of the church board, and a volunteer in the church’s archives and library programs. She was also active in the Dallas Women of Rotary for many years. A skilled and creative needlepointer, Billy Ruth also grew beautiful violets and orchids. Bridge was another long and abiding passion of hers, and she taught the game to her children and grandchildren. She remained close to her four siblings and their spouses, who gathered annually for bridge marathons, family reunions and holiday occasions. She and her husband were avid travelers, who visited countless foreign countries. Billy Ruth was comfortable in any social and political setting, from the head table at the ambassador’s residence in Buenos Aires to the potluck barbecue at the annual Young family reunion in Salado. She will be remembered by her children as a loving mother, a firm believer in values and responsibility, and a woman who presided over many family gatherings filled with laughter and family lore. Her grandchildren will remember her infectious laugh, and the way she looked beautiful every day. She taught them that sometimes, when one is really happy, one cries. In the words of Paul, they know she has, “Fallen asleep and will wake up in the presence of the Lord.” She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Roy Richard Rubottom Jr.; daughter, Eleanor Ann Odden of Madison, Wis.; sons, Frank Richard Rubottom of Houston and John William Rubottom of Austin; grandchildren, John “Jay” Rubottom of Arlington, Sarina Odden Meyer of Pittsburgh, Pa., Robert Myung Soo Odden of Chicago, Ill., and Taylor Elizabeth Rubottom of Austin; and newborn great-grandson Micah Meyer of Pittsburgh, Pa., whom she was delighted to meet this past September. She is also survived by her sister, Anna Mae Eliot of Corsicana. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Tillie Francis Nagel and Mary Jo David; and her brother, Maurice Young. The family would like to thank the entire staff at The Summit of Lakeway for their professional and caring attention to our wife and mother. Condolences may be sent to Dick Rubottom at 1915 Lohman’s Crossing Road, Austin, TX 78734. A memorial service in Austin will be held at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Lakeway Church, 2203 Lakeway Blvd., Lakeway, TX 78734. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent in her name to support the Rubottom Foreign Service Scholarship at Southern Methodist University, designated for an undergraduate female or male student planning to pursue a career in international relations. (Mail to: SMU, Office of Development, Attention: Gift Administration, P.O. Box 750402, Dallas, TX 75275-0402).


Bessie Ruth (Shoemaker) Calvert
Nov 22, 1906 - Jan 1, 2008

Bessie Calvert
Bessie Ruth Calvert went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, in Lampasas, at the age of 101 years. Mrs. Calvert was born Nov. 22, 1906, in Buffalo, the second daughter of Charles Lafayette Shoemaker and Charity Anne Phillips Shoemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 70 years, Clyde Calvert; children, Clyde Jr., Betty Hammock and James Charles; and grandchildren, Brian and Rebecca Walters. Mrs. Calvert is survived by her children, Billy Calvert (Nita) of College Station, Wendell Calvert (Beverly) of San Antonio, Pam Calvert of San Antonio, and Kaye Walters of Lampasas; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Calvert was a housewife for many years and worked at the Corsicana Cotton Mill for over 25 years. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana where she was a faithful children’s worker. Mrs. Calvert was a caring, nurturing wife, mother and grandmother who will be fondly remembered. Family visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be led by Mrs. Calvert’s great-grandson Tyler Doyle immediately following the visitation in the Corley Funeral Chapel. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to First Baptist Church in Corsicana or a favorite charity. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Mary Frances (Steely) Cole
Mar 29,1916 - Jan 5, 2008

Mary S. Cole, 91, of Dallas passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 in Arlington. Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Grove Hill Funeral Home in Dallas. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grove Hill Chapel. She was born March 29, 1916 in Corsicana, and spent most of her adult life in Dallas. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Methodist Church of Dallas. She will be missed by the S-Smile Circle group of St. John’s and her walking group at Doctor’s Hospital. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Louis Cole. Survivors include her sons, Randal Cole and wife Erica, and Richard Cole and wife Norma; grandchildren, Ashley, Jonathan, Carina, Rachel and Lauren; sister, Edna Colburn; brothers, Tom Steely, O. C. “Bud” Steely; other relatives and her many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements by Grove Hill Funeral Home, 3920 Samuell Blvd., Dallas.


Sandra L. (Workman) Davis
Jan 3, 1946 - Jan 1, 2008

Sandra L. Davis passed away at her home in Dawson on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. She was born on Jan. 3, 1946, in West Palm Beach, Fla. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Johnny Ray and Elanna Davis, son Donald Wayne Davis, granddaughter Amber Davis, sister Margie Wright, and niece Karen Sue Sweeney, all of Dawson; her half-sister and husband Patsy Jo and Ken Boyer of Dallas; nieces Diane Houchins of Dallas and Brenda Houchins of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister-in-law Pat Davis of Waxahachie; and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Johnny L. Davis, parents James and Viola Workman, and nephew Michael Dexter Houchins. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at First Baptist Church in Dawson with Brother Preston Cave officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Frances Madelyn (O’Neal) Hodge
Jul 28, 1926 - Jan 4, 2008

Frances Madelyn O’Neal Hodge
Frances Madelyn O’Neal Hodge passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 at her residence in Eureka at the age of 81.Visitation will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Connally and the Rev. David Ricker officiating. Special music will be provided by Jimmie Ross Young, cousin of Mrs. Hodge. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Chandler, Larry Christie, Roger Hodge, Kenny Hodge, Richard Hodge, Dallas Hodge, and Milton Dawson. She was born on July 28, 1926 in Streetman. Mrs. Hodge worked at Navarro College from 1970 to 1988 in the College Bookstore. She was a member of the Eureka United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her father, Coy R. O’Neal; mother, Bethel Marberry O’Neal; and sister, Betty Ann O’Neal Hodge. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Henry R. “Buck” Hodge; son and daughter-in-law, Coy and Brenda Hodge of Eureka; daughter, Jo Hinshaw of Corsicana; grandson, Kevin Hinshaw of Corsicana; nephews, Joe Kenneth Hodge of Arlington, Roger Hodge of Midlothian, and Richard Hodge of Dallas; great nephews, Dallas Hodge of Midlothian and Robert Hodge of Houston; great great nieces, Ava Hodge and Eleanor Hodge of Midlothian; great great nephew, Jameson Hodge of Midlothian; sister-in-law and husband, Ginger and Wayne Mayo of Richardson; number of cousins and special friends. Friends desiring to make memorial contributions may do so to Eureka United Methodist Church Lord’s Acre, 8644 South Highway 287, Corsicana, TX 75109, or the charity of their choice. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Roy Martin
Nov 27, 1940 - Jan 4, 2008

Early Friday morning, Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, Roy Martin departed from his life on earth and joined his Heavenly Father. His final days and hours were spent surrounded by love with his beloved family at his bedside. He was born on Nov. 27, 1940. In June 2002, Roy retired after devoting many years to his career with Brookshire Grocery Company. Everyone who worked with him or for him claimed that he was one of the best men they ever knew. He was known for his kindness and honesty. His Christian service began as a Methodist and continued as a member of Chandler First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Wesley-Fellowship Sunday School Class and looked forward each Sunday to the lively discussions and Christian lessons shared with a wide circle of friends. In 2004, Roy was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer. He had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. After learning that the cancer had spread and all available conventional chemos had been tried, he willingly entered into Phase I Clinical Trials, testing medicines that had never before been used in humans. His attitude was hopeful that it would help him, but if not, much needed data was being gathered so that some day this terrible disease will be wiped out. Even after some of the chemos tested had dire side effects for him, he eagerly entered into trial after trial. Upon retirement, Roy and his wife relocated to Chandler where they immediately became active in the God’s Open Hands organization. Roy put to good use his many years of grocery experience and devoted himself to helping the local GOH food pantry run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, seeking to help those individuals who found themselves in unfortunate circumstances and in need of food. He took great pride in keeping the shelves stocked and keeping everything, including the empty boxes, organized to utilize their greatest potential. Throughout the many, many weeks of traveling to Houston for chemotherapy, he planned those appointments so that he would be back in Chandler in time for church and then to work at God’s Open Hands. He handled many behind the scenes tasks, never seeking credit for the many things he did. He also worked at the Keep Chandler Beautiful Recycle Center taking regular shifts there until cancer prevented him from doing so. Even after that, he made sure that all discards from God’s Open Hands were recycled properly. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Chandler First United Methodist Church with Dr. Russ Munch officiating, assisted by Lt. Col. James Griffin, the Rev. Linda Pinson, the Rev. Bob Nobles and Ken Reid. Interment will follow in the Chandler Memorial Cemetery. Sons-in-law and grandsons will be pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wesley-Fellowship Sunday School Class and God’s Open Hands volunteers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Martin Sr. and Louise White; his sister, Dolores Baumgartner; his brother, Ronald L. Martin; and his mother-in-law and father in law, Opal and Ralph Chaney. He was a loving husband of 48 1/2 years to his wife Pat. He was Daddy to daughters and sons-in-law, Lee Ann and Phillip Bickham, Janet and Brad Vanderford, and Suzan and Cody Shaw. The pride of his life were his grandchildren, Briana Drake and her husband Paul, Tyler Rogers, Kaylee Shaw, Brooke Bickham, Benton Bickham, Bradley Vanderford and Lauren Vanderford. He is also survived by a multitude of friends. Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to either God’s Open Hands, Chandler, TX 75758; or to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Drive, Tyler, TX 75701. Arrangements by Chandler Memorial Funeral Home, Chandler.


Mary Kathryn (Averitt) Redden
Aug 15, 1923 - Jan 4, 2008

Kathryn Redden
Mrs. Kathryn Redden, 84, of Corsicana, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2008 in Corsicana. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. She was born Aug. 15, 1923 in Corsicana. Mrs. Redden was a longtime member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the choir. She was a homemaker and loved sewing handmade crafts. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Redden; infant son, Ricky Wayne Redden; parents, Jesse W. and Mary Averitt; brother, Loyd Averitt; sister, Elaine McNeill. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and James Gary Pillans of Retreat; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Verlyn Redden of Palestine; grandson, Dr. Justin Pillans of Corsicana; granddaughters, Karen and husband Kyle Morales of Midlothian, Paige Redden of Conroe and Jody Redden of Austin; great grandson, Nichols Dale of Conroe; step granddaughter and husband, Kasey and Dustin Englehart of Colorado Springs, Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2217 West Seventh Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Edwina (Davis) Stipe
Jan 7, 1928 - Jan 2, 2008

Edwina (Davis) Stipe, 79, longtime resident of Delia, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Prairie Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Sain officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery. Mrs. Stipe was born Jan. 7, 1928, in Waco to Felix and Cora (Edwards) Davis. She was raised in Dawson and attended Dawson schools. Mrs. Stipe worked as city secretary for the City of Coolidge and also at the Federal Land Bank in Corsicana. She was a member of Prairie Hill Baptist Church and was one of the founding members of the “Wings of Joy” singing group. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Stipe in 1995; by an infant daughter, Stacy Renee Stipe, in 1965; two brothers, Joe Guinn Davis and Felix Earl Davis; and a sister, Elizabeth Davis Lucas. Mrs. Stipe is survived by her son, Brian D. Stipe and wife, Julie, and two grandchildren, Kathleen Stipe and Joshua Stipe, all of College Station. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Bolen, Randy Bolen, Tracy Adler, Kendall Adler, LeeRoy Hammons and Glendell Adler. Memorials may be made to Wings of Joy, in care of Prairie Hill Baptist Church, 5152 N. FM 339, Prairie Hill, TX 76678.Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard. 


Hatcher Floy (Banks) Butler
Aug 28, 1912 - Jan 4, 2008

Floy Banks Butler
A graveside memorial service for Floy Banks Butler will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. The brief service will be largely music and scripture, at Floy’s request, as provided by her family. The Rev. B. F. Risinger, retired longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, Corsicana, will assist. Floy went to be with the Lord on Jan. 4, 2008, at age 95 in her home in the Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston, where she had happily resided the past 10 years. She was born Aug. 28, 1912, in rural Navarro County east of Corsicana, the only child of Zach Banks and Beatrice Conner Banks. Both predeceased her as did her husband of 39 years, Clark E. Butler. She is survived by her only son, Jack Banks Butler and wife, Sandra, of Houston; three grandsons, Brian Butler and wife, Laurie, Kevin Butler and wife, Cynthia, and Daren Butler, a great-granddaughter, Kayla Butler, and a great-grandson, Brandon Butler, all of Houston. She is also survived by an aunt, Florence Conner, Houston, close cousins, Tom Conner, Houston, Essie McElwrath, Lockhart, Mariella Stroud, Corsicana, and a host of other relatives and friends. Raised in both Powell and Corsicana, Floy graduated from Corsicana High School in 1929. She then received a Bachelor of Arts degree in public speaking from Baylor University in 1933, at which time she was selected for the school’s highest honor, Most Representative Girl. As a result of this honor, a closely-knit group of Baylor friends formed a club called The Green Alligators, and the group became lifelong devotees to Baylor and to each other. Baylor presidents Herbert Reynolds and Robert Sloan later honored the group for their longtime loyalty and support of Baylor and her causes. Returning to Corsicana after Baylor, Floy was married to Clark in 1937. First and foremost a dedicated homemaker and woman of faith, her church and community activity became legendary. She taught Sunday school classes of children through older adults at First Baptist, Corsicana, gave countless devotionals, and served in numerous leadership capacities in the church. In the community, public speaking, poetry readings, and invocations for various groups around town were endless in her daily schedule. She also served as president of many civic and cultural clubs and as president of the parent-teacher organization in each of the three public schools attended by her son, Jack. Floy also was very musical and participated in many duo-piano presentations through the years. In 1962 she earned her master’s degree from Baylor in education and began a 14-year teaching career at Corsicana’s Drane Middle School and Navarro College, where she taught speech and English. For many years she served on the board of Central Texas Teachers Credit Union in Corsicana. Floy seldom said no to using her God-given talents whenever called upon over several decades, yet had the rare ability to keep her total life in proper perspective. Widowed in 1976, she moved then in 1982 to Bay City on her 70th birthday to be near Jack and his family. There she taught a ladies Sunday school class at First Baptist and shortly became president of the local hospital Pink Ladies auxiliary. In 1987 she moved to Clear Lake City to be near Jack’s family. There she taught Sunday school once again at University Baptist and was instrumental in the establishment of the prayer ministry at that church. In 1997 she moved to the Holly Hall Retirement Community near the Medical Center in Houston, as Jack and his family moved into Houston, and was a vibrant supporter and participant in the religious activities at Holly Hall. She also became active at South Main Baptist, as much as health permitted, and was a member there at her death. To all who knew and loved her, she was the embodiment of an unconditionally loving and caring heart, possessing an articulately inspiring gift with words, both verbal and written, and constantly exhibiting a positive Christian countenance of grace, steadfastness and authenticity. Floy truly lived the quotation, “I shall not pass this way again. Any good that I can do, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” The family expresses special appreciation to the entire staff at Holly Hall, Houston Hospice, and Dr. Sarah Selleck at Baylor College of Medicine, and suggests any remembrances be made to the Holly Hall Retirement Community Foundation in Houston, Houston Hospice, Baylor University’s George W. Truett Seminary in Waco, and First Baptist Church in Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.



  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 1/10/2008 - 1/11/2008

  • w/o Clark Earl Butler married Apr 17, 1937; d/o Zachariah Thomas Banks & Beatrice (Conner) Banks

Alfred Richard Schriefer
Feb 4, 1929 - Jan 14, 2008

Alfred Richard Schriefer

Alfred Richard Schriefer, 78, of Corsicana, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. He was born in Erie, Pa., on Feb. 4, 1929, to Alfred J. and Irene D. Schriefer.

Alfred graduated from the Cathedral Prep School of Erie, Pa., in 1947. From 1950 to 1952 he served in the United States Army in Germany during the Korean War. His career spanned 45 years as a manager for the telephone company. He retired in Fairfield. He was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana where he served as lector and on the Parish Advisory Council.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Danilo Ramos officiating.

Surviving Alfred is his wife of 56 years, Dolores Little Schriefer; son Mark A. Schriefer and children Erin, Eric and Sabrina; son Kurt Schriefer and his wife Robin and children Ashley and Cullen; son Richard Schriefer and his wife Laurel and child Sarah; daughter Amy and her husband David Rose and children Kristen, Amanda, William, and Ali Cunningham, and Jeremy, Travis and Cheyenne Rose; daughter Mary and her husband Johnny Gorden and children Megan and Meredith; brothers-in-law Anthony Little and his wife Sandee and Ronald Little and his wife Kathy, all of Erie, Pa.; and a number of special nieces and nephews, all from Erie, Pa.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Charlie Malechi Ellington
Jul 28, 1920 - Jan 12, 2008

Charlie M. Ellington
Charlie M. Ellington, 87, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008 in Hubbard.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gene Gardner officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bill Barber, Nelson Galaway, Wayne Moody, Curtis Holt, Franklin Neal and Dick Singleton. Honorary pallbearer will be Bill Olsen. Mr. Ellington was born July 28, 1920 near Eureka, Texas. He finished high school at Mildred High School in 1939. He was in WWII for three years and two months and served in the Aleution Islands (ATTU-KISKA-ADAK), was also in the South Pacific, and was wounded at Okinawa, then served two months of occupational duty in Korea. He was a master plumber and owned and operated Ellington Plumbing Company for 46 years. Mr. Ellington was a charter member of Second Avenue Baptist Church and served as a deacon since 1969. He was a master mason for 54 years and a member of the local Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dharles H. and Daisy Belle (McNeill) Ellington; brother, Ocie Needom “Happy” Ellington; half-brothers, Clifton R. Ellington, Earl S. Ellington, Willis R. “Bob” McNeill, Martin G. “Potts” McNeill, and Odom N. McNeill; half-sisters, Verla M. (Ellington) Rogers, Aggie Belle (McNeill) Burns, and Verla L. (McNeill) Singleton. Mr. Ellington is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances M. Ellington of Corsicana; sons and daughters-in-law, Ocie Wayne and Joyce Ellington of Springdale, Ark. and Garry Neil and Joann Ellington of Fischer, Texas; grandsons, Charls Ross Ellington of New Braunfels, Texas and Gary Wayne Ellington of Springdale, Ark.; granddaughter, Holly Shae Ellington of New Braunfels; one sister-in-law; one cousin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home. ∞


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