Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Mabel Nadine (Smith) Pistole-Adams
Jan 28, 1917 - Mar 6, 2009

Mabel Nadine Smith Pistole Adams
Mabel Nadine Smith Pistole Adams was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Bee House. She was the daughter of Coryell County residents Frank G. Smith and Cora Lee Clay. Mabel passed away Friday, March 6, 2009, at Twilight Home in Corsicana. Visitation will be 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will follow at 4 p.m. conducted by her nephews. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be her nephews and great-nephews. Mabel was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Floyd H. and Willie F. Smith; one sister, Essie Viola King; one baby sister; husbands, Lawrence Pistole and Earl Adams; two nieces, Shirley King Chafin and Sonya Smith Vaughan; one nephew, Franklin B. King; and one great-niece, Margaret Ann Chafin. Mabel received her nursing training at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco and worked for them for many years before moving to Corsicana, where she retired after 18 years as nurse for Dr. Joseph Glicksman at Medical Arts Clinic. Mabel loved her Lord and her family will remember her leading the prayer before meals at many family reunions. She lovingly supported her church, Calvary Worship Center, with many good works. Everyone who knew Mabel knew of her love for the butterfly which she saw as one of the beauties of God's creations. Mabel renamed “Mamie” by her eldest niece, Shirley, is survived by her nieces: Harriet King Prinz of Troy, Kitty Kemp of Richardson, Patsy Thacker of Salado, Jane Parker of Pearland, and Donna Fisher of Lindale; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews. The family requests that memorials be made to Family First Hospice Inc., 109 S.W. Main St., Ennis, TX 75119. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Ernest Lee “Sonny” Carpenter
Aug 29, 1939 - Mar 5, 2009

Ernest Lee “Sonny” Carpenter
Ernest Lee “Sonny” Carpenter, 69, went to his heavenly home Thursday, March 5, 2009. Sonny was born on Aug. 29, 1939, to Ernest Earl Carpenter and Dora Izora Moreau Carpenter in Mabank. He was born on a farm where he knew hard work. They moved to Navarro County at an early age. At 16 he met the love of his life, Linda Baggett. Sonny and Linda married on June 19, 1959. They lived and worked together for the next 50 years. Sonny worked at Miller Hat Co. and Chattanooga Glass for many years. Sonny and Linda owned Carpenters Grocery for 37 years. Known for the “Best Hamburger,” they worked together to serve the people and community they loved. Sonny had many hobbies and had a way with animals. He and Linda were members of the Central Texas Quarter Horse Association. He was the quartermaster for the square dance drill team on horseback. They competed in rodeo and horse shows winning ribbons and trophies. He also loved his dogs. He trained border collies to work with sheep. Sonny received trophies for his work with all his animals. Sonny knew the love of his family and friends but he knew the love of the Lord as well. He accepted the Lord into his heart as his personal Savior and attended Emmanuel Baptist Church. Sonny was preceded in death by his father and mother and older sister, Joyce Herrin. He leaves his beloved wife, Linda; brother, Elvin E “Son” Carpenter of Richland; sisters, Catherine Hightower, Patsy Dyess, Othera Barlow, and Frances Townley and her husband Marvin, all of Corsicana; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Gary Johnson and the Rev. Lane Teel will officiate. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brent Duran, Terry Granger, Danny Dyess, Chad Elmore, Sandy Barlow, John Horton, Glen Gullatt and Ronnie Wylie. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Douglas Dwayne Melton
Nov 9, 1938 - Mar 7, 2009

Doug “Pop” Melton died at his home in Blooming Grove on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the age of 70. He was born in Blooming Grove on Nov. 9, 1938, to Ben and Effie Melton. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove, where he also served as deacon. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bernice Sanders; and a brother-in-law, Hoss Farish. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Melton of Blooming Grove; son, Randy Melton of Blooming Grove; daughter, M’Lis Long of Hot Springs, Ark.; brother, Jake Melton and wife Mary Ann of Blooming Grove; sisters, Helen Farish of Blooming Grove, Margie Wharton and husband Joe of Bellville, and Betty Wilson and husband Bill of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Rance Melton, Austin Melton and Riggin and Rocky Barham; and brother-in-law, Daryl Sanders of Hillsboro. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, at First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dwayne Watson, Peb Richards, Don McGraw, Ronald Lynch, Bill Southard and Jack Callicutt. Deacons of First Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Johnny Wayne Gillen
Oct 22, 1940 - Mar 7, 2009

Johnny W. Gillen, 68, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 7, 2009. He was born Oct. 22, 1940 in Blooming Grove. He was a resident of Waxahachie and a member of Central Baptist Church. He was in construction work and a truck driver for many years. Survivors include his wife, Karen Gillen; daughter, Tiffany Gillen of Waxahachie; son, Chad Gillen of Waxahachie; brothers, Donnie and Peggy Gillen of Corsicana, Michael Gillen of Pattonville, and Larry and Terri Gillen of Blooming Grove; sisters, Betty Jean Campbell of Bynum, Lelia and James Brown of Mesquite, Pam and Cliff Giese of LaGrange, and Kathy Henderson of Whitney. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Gillen, and his parents. Johnny had many nieces and nephews. He was a loving husband and a great Dad. Thanks for all the good times we had together. Thank you to the City of Waxahachie and all the friends, prayers and support we had at this difficult time. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Mark Richardson officiating. Arrangements by Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie.


Douglas T. Tiller
Mar 22, 1942 - Mar 7, 2009

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Mr. Douglas T. Tiller, 69, of Blooming Grove. He passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born March 22, 1942, in Dallas. Mr. Tiller was a retired farmer and rancher and had served on the board of Texas Farm Bureau. Mr. Tiller is survived by his wife, Rise Tiller of Blooming Grove; brother and sister-in-law, Bart and Kathy Tiller of Midlothian; sister and brother-in-law, Garye and Carl Trippett of Irving. In lieu of flowers and food, please make donations to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Charles Ivan Williams II
Nov 18, 1968 - Feb 23, 2009

Charles Ivan Williams II was born Nov. 18,1968, in Mexia to Charles and Mary Williams. He quietly left this world early Monday morning, Feb. 23, 2009, at his home. He was 40 years old. Services were held Feb. 28 in Dallas. He was called Charlie and loved by all those who knew him. As a child, he was full of boyish charm, energy and mischief, often exhausting his family with his childish antics. Charlie was a dentist and came from a long line of dentists and doctors. His great-great-grandfather, Dr. Dorris Hollingsworth, was a medical doctor in Grapevine. Following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Dr. O.O. Hollingsworth of Arlington, his grandfather Dr. John L Hollingsworth, uncles Dr. William B. “Bill” Hollingsworth and Dr. Jack E. Hollingsworth of Corsicana, his father Dr. Charles I. Williams, and a sister Dr. Emma Virginia “Gina” Eileen Williams of Dallas, all are dentists. His mother, Mary Catherine Hollingsworth Williams, is a dental hygienist and sister, Rachel Dawn Williams Hoover, is also in the dental field. His uncle, Dr. John L Hollingsworth, is a physician in Dallas as well. Charlie received his Bachelor of Science degree from SMU. He graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. He was honored and elected as a diplomate by the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dr. John L. Hollingsworth and Catherine Slagle Hollingsworth; paternal grandparents, John and Emma Williams; and cousins, Robin Williams, William Hollingsworth Jr. and John Eskind Hollingsworth. He is survived by his loving wife, Sherilyn Williams; two daughters, Claudia, age 5, and Olivia, age 2; his parents, Charles and Mary Williams; sisters, Rachel Dawn Williams Hoover and husband Tim, Emma Virginia Eileen Williams and partner Angela Bruner, and Natalie Nicole Williams; nieces and nephew, Lauren, Zackery and Allison Hoover; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Charlie loved his family and often carried his children to work with him just to have them close to him. Charlie did not lose the charm he possessed as a child, the quick mischievous smile was his trademark. He will be greatly missed.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Education Fund for Claudia and Olivia Williams, Bank of Texas, 6701 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75205, (214) 525-7635.Arrangements by Restand Funeral Home, Dallas.


Dale Farrell Jr.
Apr 13, 1960 - Mar 8, 2009

Dale Farrell Jr.
Dale Farrell Jr., 48, of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at his residence. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Dale was born April 13, 1960, to David Sr. and Jan Farish Farrell in Corsicana. He was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was a self-employed contractor. Survivors include his wife, Paula Farrell of Colmesneil; parents, David Sr. and Jan Farrell of Chester; grandmother, Loree Palmeri of Chester; stepsons, Wes Wiler and wife Reagan of Stillwater, Okla., and Kent Mitcham of Colmesneil; stepdaughter, Ashley Ebach and husband Michael of Zavalla; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cynthia and Ricky Tribble of Chester, and Rebecca and Josh Smith of Wimberley; nephews, Brandon Tribble and Christopher Tribble, both of Galveston. Dale was a father figure to Max High. Arrangements by Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home, Woodville.


Nils Alexander "Sandy" Rutherford
Jan 29, 1930 - Mar 7, 2009

Nils Alexander "Sandy" Rutherford
Nils Alexander "Sandy" Rutherford, 79, of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Oklahoma City. He was born Jan. 29, 1930, in Denison, the son of the late William Thomas and Zoe Ella Calvert Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford was a retired teacher-coach at Corsicana Junior High School. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and a 32nd degree Mason and a member of East Dallas Lodge No. 1200 A. F. and A.M. He was also a member of the Texas Teacher Retirement System. Mr. Rutherford also worked as a cashier for the Dallas Farmers Market. Mr. Rutherford is survived by many nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles Calvert, Nicholas C. and W.T. Rutherford Jr.; and by two sisters, Charlsie "Budd" and Zoe Ella Rutherford. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward Monk officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. The following poem was written by Melanie Rutherford: Nils Alexander Rutherford from Corsicana, January 29, 1930, to March 7, 2009,As a child, an altar boy from Denison, Texas, The family tradition was just expected. Playing basketball at Denison High, No teammate realized he was so shy. Four years in the Navy to worldly ports, He said every six months was a new resort. A retired seventh grade Texas history teacher, A member of the Scottish rite, a 32nd degreer, With Dallas Farmers Market for over 50 years, Giving dedicated customer service as a cashier. Best known as Sandy to all, He accepted God's will and call.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Shelia Lynn (Branson) Travis
Feb 24, 1971 - Mar 10, 2009

Shelia Lynn Branson-Travis
After a three year battle with metastatic breast cancer, Shelia Lynn Branson-Travis was called home early Tuesday morning March 10, 2009, at the age of 38.Shelia was born Feb. 24, 1971 in Dallas to Bob and Sylvia Branson. Shelia was a graduate of Dawson High School. At the age of 18 she met her husband, Les Travis, and married Feb. 15, 1992. The two resided in Blooming Grove with their children whom she loved and cherished. She pursued a 16-year career as a pharmacy technician at P and S Pharmacy in Corsicana. She always kept a smile on her face and never complained through all her struggles. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Edgar and Mary Jane Branson; maternal grandparents, Dave and Gertrue Tyer; brother, Bobbie Branson; sister, Faye Lane; and sister, Phyllis Coleman. Survivors include her husband, Les Travis; two sons, Loren and Clay Travis; daughter, Katie Travis, all of Blooming Grove; parents, Bob and Sylvia Branson of Dawson; grandparents, M.H. and Ida Blue of Corsicana; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Leo and Pam Travis of Corsicana; brothers, Brad Branson of Dawson and Robert Branson II of Belle, W.V.; sisters, Connie Faith of Dallas and Shirley Fugura of Cedar Creek; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, J.C. and Tamara Rogers of Hillsboro; sister-in-law, Ashley Travis of College Station; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins and friends. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rob Brady, Jeffrey Dyess, Trae Southard, Scott McGraw, Mike McCarter and Trevor Boyde. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Percy Bradford
Sep 26, 1923 - Mar 8, 2009

Percy Bradford, 85, of Corsicana passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Twilight Home. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home. He will lie in state at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Alfred Cox, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Earnest Betts as eulogist. Interment will follow at Samaria Cemetery in Kerens. Pallbearers will be Roy L. Bradford, Tom Bradford, Randy Bradford, James Bradford, Earl Bradford, Preston McDonald and James Turner. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the church and friends of the family. Mr. Bradford was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Kerens. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He served on the building fund and deacon board. He was retired from the Texas Highway Department. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Bradford; parents, Lester and Hallie Bradford; and brothers, Eugene and Bruce Bradford. Survivors include two goddaughters, Lisa Carter-Ellison and Audra Carter-Jarju; one sister, Royce Alexander (Ralph); brothers, Floyd Bradford (Ruby) and Andrew Bradford (Ernestine); in-laws, Jerling McDonald (Peter), Lee Arthur Hightower (Beverly-deceased); nieces, nephews and other relatives. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Bill Gray
Feb 27, 1946 - Mar 6, 2009

A husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Bill Gray of Streetman passed away on Friday, March 6, 2009, after a long and brave fight with cancer over the last two years. He moved his family into a home he built on acreage in 1998 from Dallas and retired from the construction trade in 2007. Bill was born on Feb. 27, 1946, in Barton County, Kan., and lived with his parents and three brothers near Claflin, Kan., until the family moved to Hoisington, Kan., when he was 9 years old. The family later moved to Wichita, Kan., where he graduated from Campus High School in 1964. He started his career in the construction trade in Kansas City and later moved to Texas where for many years was the project manager for several large projects around the state of Texas. Bill is survived by his wife of 24 years, Evelyn; and four children: sons Michael Gray of Dallas and John Gray of Corsicana and daughters Amee Hooper of Corsicana and Nikki Williams of Kilgore. Bill has six grandchildren: Sierra, Shane, Cole, Triniti, Madison and Kira. Two brothers, Wayne of Holualoa, Hawaii, and Donn of Wichita, Kan., also survive him. His father Basil A. Gray, mother Leona G. Gray, and brother James Gray preceded him in death. From 1968 to 1971, Bill served with honor in the U.S. Army. While serving a tour of duty in Vietnam, he was decorated with the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for bravery.He enjoyed working in his yard, fishing as time allowed and visiting with his many friends and neighbors. A service to celebrate his life will be held with full military honors at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman. Donations in the family name may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.


Ethelyne Mae (Haws) Nicholson
Jan 20, 1921 - Mar 10, 2009

Ethelyne Mae Haws Nicholson, 88, of Blooming Grove passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Twilight Home. She was born on Jan. 20, 1921, in Barry. Her parents were Jim and Verna Lee Moore Haws. "Mamaw" enjoyed farming, ranching, playing dominoes, and visiting with everyone at family reunions over the years. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Ray Nicholson; brother, Percy Haws; son, Dan Nicholson; and granddaughter, Jennifer Nicholson Price. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Becky Nicholson of Barry; grandson, Tim Nicholson of Barry; granddaughter, Sheila Anderson and husband Russell of Kerens; granddaughter, Dana Nicholson Satterwhite and husband Roger of Ennis; granddaughter, Amy Davis of Barry; nine great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ron Buckley, Loyd Gillen Jr., Loyd Gowan, Elmer "Sonny" Boyd, Ramon Armstrong, Ross Rhodes, Gary Brunton and Bill Southard. Honorary pallbearers will include Charlie Boyd, Charlie Irvine, Roland Southard and Doug Moore.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Harold L. Williamson
Aug 11, 1927 - Mar 11, 2009

Harold L. Williamson, 81, of Corsicana passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born on Aug. 11, 1927, in Eddy, Okla. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana where he faithfully served as a deacon and on various committees. He was employed with Texas Utilities and retired as an officer of the company after 35 years of service. He loved to fish, and really enjoyed going to the coast and smelling the sea air. He was a very generous person, and a beloved husband, wonderful father and grandfather. He had a great love for his family, and was an avid golfer. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul W. Powell and the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Don Lake, Chuck Burns, Don Tekell, Bill Honea, Dr. E. Scott Middleton, Dr. James Price and David Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John D. Updegrove, Ross Maxfield and Roy French.Mr. Williamson was preceded in death by his parents, Ray D. and Stella Williamson; and a brother; Lloyd Williamson. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joy Williamson; sons, Wallace Williamson and wife Cathy of Irving, Lee Williamson of Corsicana and Billy Williamson and wife Denise of Liberty Hill; granddaughters, Alicia Marullo and husband Travis of Round Rock, Jessica Williamson of Irving, Brittany Williamson of College Station and Courtney Williamson of Liberty Hill; grandson, Scott Williamson of Denton; great-grandsons, Armani Valero, Caden Marullo and Dezmond Williamson; sister-in-law, Lorraine Wallace of Austin; nieces, Becky Andrews of Bloomfield, Mich., and Patti Ryan of Wichita, Kan., nephew, Mike Williamson of Wichita, Kan.; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University at 1100 S. Third St., One Bear Place #97126, Waco, TX 76798; First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund or to First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin St., Corsicana, TX 75110. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Francesca (Suttles) Campoz
Sep 17, 1934 - Mar 13, 2009

Francesca Campoz, 73, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 13, 2009. She was born Sept. 17, 1934, in San Antonio to Edward and Adela Suttles. Funeral services will be 6 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Rosary will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park. She is survived by children, Omar and Adelaida Campoz and their children Grabiel, Steven, Kristina and Diana; Sisto and Rosary Campoz and their children Rachel, Priscilla, Manuel Jr., Aliela and Sisto Jr.; Albert and Teri Campoz and their children Daniel, Alfred, Albert II, Candy, Adelita and Lil Frances; Dimas Campoz and his two children; Martin Campoz; Florentino and Becky Campoz and their children Alex, Emilio and Daisy; Elias Campoz and children Francisco and Isreal; Teresa and Andres Flores and their children Ana Maria, Antonio and Andrew; Sally and Sam Martinez and their children Jeffery and Sara; Anita and Isidro Komero and their children Angelita, Jose B., Fernando R., Lupita R. and Ricky A.; Lois Campoz and children Lila and Jimmy; Angie and Gustavo Vaquera and their children Ruben and Eduardo; 43 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Mildred Carolyne (Tyner) Curington
Mar 14, 1919 - Mar 13, 2009

Mildred Carolyne Tyner Curington, 89, passed away Friday evening, March 13, 2009, at her home in Corsicana. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 16, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Interment followed at Prairie Point Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Trey Curington, Chris Curington, Joshua French, David Roberts, Jay Curington, Stoney Red, Avie Carter and Jimmy Prather. Mildred is survived by one son, James Douglas Curington Jr. and wife Rita of Athens; daughter, Betty Prather and husband Jimmy of Mexia; daughter, Dyce Roberts of Corsicana; sister, Allyne Goforth of Tyler; brother, Hayden Tyner of Morgan City, La.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. James D. Curington; son, Philip Lee Curington; sister, Opal Warren; brothers, Jie Tyner, Roy Tyner, and R.D. Tyner; and parents, Jess and Allie May Tyner. Mildred was born on March 14, 1919, in Bazette. She graduated from Kerens High School. She married Jim Curington on Jan. 4, 1944, and spent a lifetime devoted to her family and friends. She was called "Grandmother" by many because she opened her home not only to her own children and grandchildren but to all her friends as well. She took great pride in everything her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren accomplished and played a pivotal role in spoiling each and every one of them. Mildred's life can best be summed up as one of service. She was truly a servant. She served her parents, taking care of her mother who suffered with Alzheimer's; her husband, devoting her life to him and providing a loving home; her children, ensuring they had every opportunity in life; and her grandchildren and great grandchildren, making sure they knew they were special. She "waited on" all those around her. Mildred was a devoted Christian and a member of the North Beaton Church of Christ. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Dennis Charles Armon
Nov 11, 1942 - Mar 13, 2009

Dennis Charles Armon passed away Friday, March 13, 2009. He was born Nov. 11, 1942 in Chicago, Ill. to Charles and Wanda Armon. His dad was in the Navy and was sent to Boston, Mass. the first year of Dennis' life. Later his father was a football coach at Purdue University, and long time hospital administrator for the VA Hospital in various cities. He began his schooling at St. Andrew Catholic school in Indianapolis, Ind. and from there to St. Ann Catholic school in Memphis, Tenn., finishing 8th grade at St. Thecla Catholic School in Chicago, Ill. After completion of the 8th grade he entered Quigley Prepatory seminary in Chicago, and completed a five year pre-training for the priesthood. He applied to and was accepted at Mt. Angel seminary in St. Benedict, Ore. to continue with his studies. Dennis was an altar server and always ready to serve in that capacity whenever called upon by the Church. God, however, had other plans for Dennis and after two years he went on to other vocations. After enlisting in the U.S. Army he began a seven year career starting at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. During his service years he spent time at various bases including Fort Holobird, Maryland; Fort Lewis, Washington; and the Panama Canal Zone serving in military intelligence. After his service years he joined the Canal Zone police department and spent many enjoyable years there. He completed more college work and attained degrees in Criminal Justice and Education. In the 70's he returned to the states and began working at Hines VA hospital in Chicago. After one of those Windy City winters he packed up and discovered Texas. Dennis began his love of community service early in his life. He was active in Boy Scouts for many years and loved doing the many projects that were community based. He spent summers volunteering at the VA hospitals wherever the family was stationed. If someone needed help, he was always first to give a hand. During all these years he made life-long friendships that can attest his care and concern for others. Most of all, he was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather and husband. He was always there to listen, give advice or brighten the day with a joke. His sense of humor was infectious. He loved to shop (with thrift!) and received great pleasure from giving gifts that always had his personal touch. He will be missed not only by family and friends, but by the retailers he supported. Dennis is survived by a son, Michael C. Armon of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Gretchen Gottschalk Armon; a precious granddaughter, Isabella Maria, age 5; two sisters, Mrs. Richard (Pati) Thompson of Summerville, S.C., and Mrs. Andy (Karole) Greene who is presently traveling the U.S.; a cousin, Mrs. Pat (Doreen) Iames of Tucson, Ariz., and his wife, Shirley O'Bar Armon of Corsicana. Shirley and Dennis were married Dec. 18, 2005, and it was a marriage filled with love and laughter. He will also be greatly missed by his two large dogs and five cats. The couple's mutual passion was the continuing restoration of their 103 year old Victorian home. Dennis was well organized and thorough and totally dedicated to anything he loved, and his main love was his volunteer work in many organizations in Corsicana. For instance, he left instructions to be viewed wearing his CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Kids sweatshirt and pin. This organization was his special favorite, because as he said, "the kids need me." He was also active in the Republican Party serving as Primary Election Coordinator for many years, a sort of right hand man to the County Chairman through several administrations. He was president of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees). He was past president of the Corsicana 100 Club, a police support organization. He was a member of Impact Corsicana, LULAC, the Corsicana Crime Commission, and had just recently signed up for Navarro STAR, an organization of role models to especially encourage kids to stay in school and find a good career path. In lieu of flowers, the Armon family would love to have donations made in Dennis' honor to any of those wonderful organizations. Following Dennis' wishes, visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Dennis' memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Charles I. Armstrong
Sep 13, 1926 - Mar 12, 2009

Charles I. Armstrong passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009. Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. today, prior to the service, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South, in Abilene. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories, 5701 Highway 277 South in Abilene with Chaplain E. J. Chafin officiating. Charles I. Armstrong was born Sept. 13, 1926 in Emhouse to Jack and Hattie (Vaughan) Armstrong. He quit school in the seventh grade to work on the farm. As a young man he worked in the oil field. In October of 1952, he met Joyce Bell Wood in Corsicana, and they married Feb. 20, 1953, in Powell. He was drafted into the Army in November 1954 and was stationed in Chicago. He received an honorable discharge in November 1956. After his military service he moved his family to West Texas where he worked in the oil field seven days a week to support his family. In 1982, he retired from Tom Brown/Sharp Drilling Company and he and his wife, Joyce, moved to Corsicana. In 2000, they moved to Abilene to be closer to their daughter. In December of 2006, his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce, passed away. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Hattie Armstrong; baby daughter, Penny Armstrong; sister, Johnnie Evelyn Armstrong Rash; nephew, Nolen Armstrong; daughter-in-law, Vallie Armstrong; and wife, Joyce Bell Wood Armstrong. Survivors include his brother, Joe Nolen Armstrong of Carrollton; son, David Lee Armstrong of Owasso, Okla.; daughter, Kimberly Armstrong Thomason and her husband Bill; and four grandchildren, Charlotte Armstrong, Marcine Armstrong and Michael Armstrong, all of Owasso, Okla., and Kimbra Thomason of Abilene. Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1682 Hickory St., Abilene, TX 79601. Arrangements by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, Abilene.


David Ray Crockett
Oct 5, 1919 - Mar 15, 2009

David Ray Crockett passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the age of 89. He was born in Coleman on Oct. 5, 1919, to Samuel B. and Mary Burns Crockett. Mr. Crockett was a skilled laborer for Whiteselle Brick and Lumber Company for close to 40 years. As a skilled laborer he was responsible for the firing and curing of bricks in the kiln. Many of the buildings in this area are built with the bricks under his watch. He was a World War II veteran and as a testimonial of his honest and faithful service to his country he was honorably discharged after 21 months of duty. He was stationed in Normandy in Northern France where he served in the 552nd Coast Artillery Battalion; he served as a cook for one of the gun batteries. He worked with the C.C.C. (Conservation Construction Corp) that built fences and worked at rebuilding this country. Mr. Crockett lived at a time where a man's values were his family, his country and his work ethics. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Corsicana. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Frances Crockett of Corsicana; his children, Mary and James Robinson of Kilgore, James Crockett of Kerrville, Walter Crockett of Gilmer and Tammy and Mike Bryant of Corsicana; sister, Mary Whortor of California; and a brother, Billy Ray Crockett of Bryan; nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Harold Scott officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons Chris Terry, Bruce Crockett, Carl Crockett, Matt Crockett, Aaron Bryant and David Bryant. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


June Edda (Sloan) Allmon
July 16, 1916 - Mar 14, 2009

June Edda Sloan Allmon, daughter of Blanding Sloan, the artist, and granddaughter of Dr. Alexander Sloan, who built Corsicana's first hospital, died on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Born to Lillian Weis Sloan and Blanding Sloan, in Chicago, on July 16, 1916, June was 92 years old when she died. June grew up in Chicago along with her older brother, Alexander Colvin Sloan, and later, her sister, Mary Lillian Hofstadter. She spent summers in Corsicana at her grandmother's (Mrs. Lelia Sloan) house on 15th Street — the market Olé now sits on the property. There she eventually met her future husband, Leonard Elliston Allmon — they were married in Grandma Sloan's home. The picture above is the same picture the Corsicana newspaper published on that occasion, in 1937. During Texas Centennial in the 1930s, at Dallas' Fair Park, she participated in the pageant, which her father, Blanding directed. Her brother Colvin was the official centennial photographer. Over the first years of marriage June and Leonard lived many places. During World War II, when Leonard went overseas, she stayed in Chicago with their three children, Lelia Jean, Jon Edward, and Leonard Elliston II. The family moved back to Texas after the war and resided in Dallas, soon buying a home in Irving where the children finished school. Though she had attended the Chicago school of design, she eventually went to work for Temco, later Ling-Temco-Vought, and instead of designing clothing, assisted in designing airplanes. During her career there she helped with the engineering of the Apollo missions, redesigning Gus Grissom's helmet (to accommodate his ears!), and fighter planes among other projects. She received medals and awards from NASA and the government for her work. The capsule and Gus' helmet are exhibited in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. She retired from L-T-V and moved from Irving to Corsicana and enrolled at the age of 50 in Navarro Junior College Nursing Program — for awhile after the graduated she worked at Navarro Regional Hospital. When she retired she moved to Streetman to be near her beloved mother-in-law, Willie Irene Jones Allmon. She was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Streetman. During that time she traveled often, visiting her children and family — driving all over the country accompanied by her Siberian husky, Chien. She was very adventurous. She wrote poetry, loved music, was a talented artist, a wonderful cook, and very beautiful in face and character.For awhile when her health began to fail, June rotated the years between two-month stays with her children, her sister Mary, her sister-in-law Shirley Allmon, and her daughter-in-law Pam. Finally she went to live at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana in the assisted living section where she had wonderful care from all the staff.June is survived by her three children and their spouses, Lelia Jean Allmon and Thomas Neyfeldt of Streetman, Jon Edward and Ingrid Allmon of Dothan, Ala., and Leonard Elliston and Jean Allmon of Richardson. Her loving grandchildren all call her Nedda — they are Christopher Neyfeldt and wife Sherry of Corsicana, Lori Sloan Allmon Johnson of Dothan, Ala., Michael Sean Allmon of Enterprise, Ala., Sylvia Sibinski and Sarah Sibinski of Dothan, Ala., Stacey Lanette Allmon and Chris Simpson of Frisco, Shawna and Leonard Elliston Allmon III of Plano, Dr. Michelle Brock of Dallas and Matthew Brock of Dallas. Great-grandchildren are Alexander, Christopher Thomas, Sarah Jean, Savanna, Haylie, Zachery, Grant, Eli, Davis, Gabbie, and Taylor. Also surviving are her dearest sister Mary Carlson Nash of Denton, nephews James Carlson, Greg and Mary Carlson, and Tom and Becky Carlson, and nieces Susan Sloan, Lisa Allmon Brown, Sandy, Patty, and Sharla. Her former daughter-in-law and husband Pam and Dwayne Tittle and former daughter-in-law Linda Allmon and J. Dee German remain also loving children.Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Birdston Cemetery in Streetman. Pallbearers will be Christopher Neyfeldt, Chris Simpson, Richard Brown, Tom Carlson, Josh Carlson, Clyde Rawlins. Luncheon will follow at Lakeside Methodist Church on FM 416 in Streetman. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Sid Foster
Sep 10, 1926 - Mar 16, 2009

Sid Foster left his earthly home and the family he loved so much to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 16, 2009, at the age of 82. Born in Barry on Sept. 10, 1926, to Sid Foster and Ethel Martin Foster, Sid attended school at Emhouse and joined the Army at the age of 17. After leaving the service, Sid began a career in radio broadcasting at KSTB in Breckenridge where he also coached and umpired little league baseball. During the mid-1950s, Sid served as the emcee of a weekly live show called the "Country Roundup" at the American Legion Hall. A few famous performers included Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton, Kitty Wells, Johnny Cash and Bob Wills to name a few. Sid spent most of his life in Wichita Falls as a car salesman at several dealerships, while raising his family. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. After retiring, Sid returned to his roots and stayed in Corsicana for a few years until the death of his wife, Catherine. After marrying Clara Trigona in 2000, he returned and settled back in Wichita Falls. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Catherine Hughes Foster; daughter, Teresa; son, Sidney Ervin Jr.; his parents; and sisters, Mary Butler, Myrtle Sikes, Katherine Way, Florence Fowler, Ernestine Smith and Shirley Grimmett. He is survived by his wife, Clara of Wichita Falls; brother, Murrell Foster of Corsicana; sister, Lucille Crawford of Pasadena; son, Kevin Foster and wife LeaAnn of Mesquite; daughters, Patricia Wright and husband Richard of Mesquite, Karen Nicholson and husband Johnny of Buda, and Nancy Lambert of Rowlett; grandchildren, Brian Wright and Kristi, Sean Wright and Amy, Amber Hutchison and Brian, Brandon Nicholson, Joshua Foster, Toni Foster, Kevin Pool, Alex Foster, Paul Trigona, Dusty Trigona, Rhianna Trigona, and Gina Torrez; and great-grandchildren, Reagan Wright, Michael Wright, Caden Hutchison, and Christian Delamo. Sid is also survived by his extended family of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joe and Barbara Hughes, Johnny and Sandra Hughes, Mike and Barbara Hughes, Tim and Jan Hughes, Jean and Ted Vickers, Mary and Bill Sorrells, Dodie and Donnie Barbee, Nancy Hughes and Sharon Hughes, all of whom he loved as his own. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Daddy's true joy, passion and treasure on this earth was his family. He loved to go fishing and camping in Colorado. Nothing meant more to him than to gather with the ones he loved to play card games, share the infectious love and laughter that filled his home, where the words "I love you" were exchanged often and never taken for granted. Daddy loved the Lord Jesus deeply, and would often ask what he had done to deserve so much grace and blessings in his life. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, at Immaculate Conception Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Danilo Ramos. Interment will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be Joshua Foster, Johnny Hughes, Mike Hughes, Tim Hughes, Brandon Nicholson, Brian Wright and Sean Wright. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to a hospice of your choice in Corsicana or Wichita Falls. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" 2 Corinthians 12:9. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 3/16/2009 - 3/18/2009
  • Published in the Times Record news - Wichita Falls, TX

Rena Mae (Haywood) Pringle
July 22, 1929 - Mar 16, 2009

Rena Mae Pringle
Rena Mae Pringle, 79, of Terrell passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009, in Mesquite. She was born on July 22, 1929, in Corsicana. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Elmo. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Coffey officiating. Interment will follow at Midway Cemetery. Mrs. Pringle was preceded in death by her husband, N.D. Pringle; her parents, Albert and Myrtle Haywood; and a brother, Charles Lynn Haywood. She is survived by her son, James Albert Pringle and wife Nancy of Irving; daughter, Beth Pringle Lees of Elmo; granddaughters, Shelly Renee Lees of Elmo, and Shannon Zimlich of Irving; grandson, John Pringle of Hurst; great-granddaughters, Sara Losey and Hope Delaney Zimlich both of Irving; great-grandsons, Brandon Zimlich of Irving and Bradley Lynn Lees of Elmo; brother, Randall Haywood and wife Betty of Odessa; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Ila K. (Ross) Butler
Jan 16, 1910 - Mar 18, 2009

Ila Ross Butler passed away March 18, 2009, at the age of 99. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. today at Frost Cemetery with Jerry Perry, associate minister of Skillman Church of Christ, officiating. Ila was born to Harvey Philip and Mary Lulu Ross on Jan. 16, 1910, in Frost. She was preceded in death by husband, Glen Gray Butler; brothers, Bill Ross and Harvey Ross; and sisters, Edith Mitchell and Erin Harrington. Ila is survived by her dear sister, Norene Paul; Ila and Norene lived just a few houses apart in Dallas. She is also survived by nieces, Jane Hughes of Ennis, Janice Tipping of Frost, and Billie Edwards of The Woodlands; nephew, Buddy Ross of Frost; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Ila and Glen began their marriage in Baltimore, Md., on June 6, 1911, and remained blissfully married for 44 years. They lived in New York City before settling in Dallas. Ila enjoyed entertaining, cooking, and was an avid artist; she was president and a member of Dallas Aunsbauth Art Club. Ila was a member of Skillman Church of Christ in Dallas. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Francis N. "Robby" Robinson
Mar 9, 1915 - Mar 9, 2009

Francis N. (Robby) Robinson
Francis N. (Robby) Robinson, 94, son of David L. and Grace Estelle Robinson, was born in Corsicana on March 9, 1915, and died on March 9, 2009. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Ann Nicholson; his parents; his brothers; and sister. Robby graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1936. He served his country as an officer in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1946. He married Martha Nicholson on April 2, 1938, and had a son, William Robert, and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann. The family moved to Lubbock in 1949. Robby was very proud to that he was a registered Professional Engineer for more than 50 years and continued his vocation until the age of 92.

He married Sammie Kesler on June 27, 1983, in Lubbock. He is survived by his wife, Sammie; his son, Bill; and daughter, Betsy. He will be greatly missed by his wife; his children; Sammie's children, Elton Kesler, James Kesler and Barbara Webster; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and friends

His family will receive friends and family at Rix Funeral Directors this evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Memorial services will be held in the Westmont Christian Church, Friday, March 13, 2009, at 11a.m.

Memorial donations maybe made in Robby's name to the Texas A&M School of Mechanical Engineering, 401 George Bush Drive. College Station, TX 77840


  • Lubbock Avalanche-Journal - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009

Evelyn (Bunch) Winstead
Sep 13, 1914 - Jan 29, 2009

Evelyn B. Winstead
Evelyn B. Winstead died on Thursday, January 29, 2009. She was born September 13, 1914 in Corsicana. She was the daughter of Fred and Hattie Bunch of Corsicana. Winstead had one brother, Reuben R. Bunch, owner of Bunch Funeral Home of Ennis.


  • The Community News - East Parker County  TX

Janice "Susie" (Plunkett) Teddlie
Apr 8, 1936 - Jan 24, 2009

Funeral services for Janice “Susie” Teddlie age 72, of Buffalo are schuduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo, Texas. Rev. Kevin Gilmore, Rev. Bill Webb, and Rev. Hiram “Doc” Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Buffalo City Cemetery. Walters Buffalo Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Visitation will be held Monday, January 26, 2009 from 1 until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 pm until 7 pm. at the Walters Buffalo Funeral Home.

Janice “Susie” Teddlie was born on April 8, 1936 in Corsicana, Texas to William and Dorothy (Owen) Plunkett. She was a lifelong resident of Buffalo. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1954 and Sam Houston State University in 1958. She returned to SHSU for two Masters Degrees in Education and Library Science. Her forty one year teaching career was spent in Buffalo ISD where she taught Home Economics, 3rd Grade, Jr. High Language Arts, Senior English, and then served as District Librarian. Through the years, she sponsored several student activities which include Bison Yearbook Staff, National Honor Society, Future Homemakers of America, and Jr. High Cheerleaders.

Susie was an active member of Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church. She shared her musical talents for over forty five years through serving as organist, choir member, and choir director. Susie is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Lakeview Methodist Conference Center where she also directed summer camps for many years.

After retirement, she participated in two misson trips to the orphanages in Tomsk, Siberia and one trip to Homer, Alaska. Susie was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star # 157, Leon County A&M Club, and Buffalo Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Teddlie passed away Saturday morning, January 24, 2009 in Buffalo, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reg Teddlie; two grandchildren, Dean Stewart and Trey Reid; and a son in-law D.J. Reid.

Mrs.. Teddlie is survived by one son; Stephen Teddlie of Carrollton, Texas; two daughters, Charlotte Sessom and husband Bryan of Lubbock, Texas, and Carolyn Ferguson and husband, David of Buffalo, Texas; two brothers, Don Plunkett and wife, Lana of Madisonville, Texas, and Charles Plunkett and wife, Ruth of Fayetteville, Ga.; one sister, Kay “Sally” Vann and husband, Thomas of Tomball, Texas; three grandchildren, Cassie Ferguson, Allison Sessom and Emily Sessom.

The pallbearers are Clay Plunkett, Russell Bailey, Scott Miles, Jesse Cuellar, Keith Vann, and Billy Plunkett.

Memorials can be made to the Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the American Cancer Society, 3207 Briarcrest Dr. Bryan, Tx. 77802.


  • Died at Buffalo, Leon Co., Texas

Edmund Gaillard
d. June 1894

(Wilcox Progress)

This well known and formerly prominent physician of Wilcox county, we regret to learn, died in Corsicana, Texas, on the twenty-second instant. He was a South Carolinian by birth, and grew to manhood near Claiborne, in Monroe county Ala. He read medicine under the distinguished Dr. Dudley, of Lexington, Ky. Afterward he took a course of lectures in the Transylvania University of that place, and subsequently graduated at the Medical College of Charleston, SC. Dr. Gaillard first married, in 1841, Miss C. M. Murphy, a daughter of the late Hon. John Murphy, who was for four years governor of Alabama, and afterward a member of congress. By this marriage he leaves four children. He subsequently, in 1862 or 1863, married Miss L. Matthews, of this county, by which marriage he leaves two daughters.
Dr. Gaillard, after spending two years in California, soon after the discovery of gold there, during which he saw much of that then wild and unsettled country, returned to Alabama, and in 1853 moved to Wilcox county, and located in Canton. For many years while located in Canton and at his late residence, he engaged in an extensive and laborious practice, which he continued until from the feebleness of old age, he was compelled to give it up. In January last he moved with his family to Texas and resided there until his death. He was a man of reading habits and had acquired much information outside of his profession. He was a man of exceedingly popular manners, kind and charitable in his profession and leaves many old friends and acquaintances who will drop a tear on the grave of a good man, who has gone to his reward. Dr. Gaillard was for many years a member of Dale lodge and our chapter and council. Our citizens generally will learn of his death with sorrow. He was a good, kind man, and everybody was his friend.



Robert B. ‘Bob’ Borden
Jan 5, 1938 - Jan 17, 2009

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:16 PM CST
Robert B. “Bob” Borden passed away at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie Saturday evening, Jan. 17, 2009. Bob was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Tyler, Texas, to Benjamin F. and Essie Mae (Lacey) Borden. He was a 1957 graduate of Corsicana High School and married Bridgett Futch on March 24, 1978, in Waxahachie. Bob retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglas in Waxahachie after 32 years. For the past fifteen years, he and Bridgett had a wonderful life on Bolivar Penisula until displaced back to Waxahachie due to Hurricane Ike.

He is survived by his wife Bridgett (Sweething) of Waxahachie; four sons, Robert B. Borden and his wife, Jessica of Pearland, Brice W. Borden and his wife, Maven of Ingleside, Trooper Brandon J. Borden and his wife, Katie of Clute and Robert J. Borden of Corsicana; his sister-in-law, Brenda Graham and her husband, Bobby of Waxahachie; seven grandchildren, Brittney A. Borden of Ingleside, Benjamin W. Borden of Ingleside, Brent W. Borden of Ingleside, Brett J. Borden of Clute, Brock J. Borden of Clute, Peyton W. Borden of Pearland, Robert J. Borden Jr. of Corsicana; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a half-sister, his grandparents (who raised him), an aunt and his mother- and father-in-law.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home. The celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home with Bucky Faggard officiating. Interment will follow in the Forreston Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry White, Billy Don Street, Noel Ramirez, Ivan Mandrell, John Henning, Fred Smith, Tommie Fikes, and Norm Bell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Fleming, Benny Barrow, Jim Shurtleff, Raymond Wilson, Thomas Wiles, Jim Polmenteer, and Donald Crawford.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

Charley Robert Minatra
Feb 4, 1890 - Oct 26, 1940

Dallas Morning News, October 29, 1940, Section II, Page 5
MINATRA - Corsicana, Texas, Oct. 28. -- C.R. Minatra, 50, of Rural Shade, who died Saturday night, was buried Sunday at Eureka. Surviving are his wife; four sons, O.J. Minatra, Robert Minatra; Ruben Marion Minatra and Jesse Minatra; three daughters, Mrs. Clyde Mahoney, Mrs. Eddie Duncan and Miss Ona Lee Minatra, all of Rural Shade; four brothers, Will Minatra, Grand Saline; Carl Minatra, Conroe; Dock Minatra, Bardwell, and Holland Minatra, Ennis, and a sister, Mrs. John Owen, Eureka.


Travis Horton "Jaybird" McLain
Oct 7, 1928 - Feb 24, 2009

Travis Horton "Jaybird" McLain
A memorial service for Travis McLain will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Mertens Baptist Church with the Rev. Darren Heil officiating. Travis Horton "Jaybird" McLain was born Oct. 7, 1928, in Mertens and left us on Feb. 24, 2009. He was the second child of Earl W. "Skinner" McLain and Lucille (Horton) McLain, who preceded him in death. At 16 years of age, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific. He also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He attended Navarro Junior College and graduated with honors from A and I University receiving his Bachelor of Science/history degree. Travis truly enjoyed his early employment in the Texas Oil Field where he met his future wife Beverly. He later worked in California and Alaska. He retired with over 30 years of service with Humble/Exxon. Retirement took him and his wife Beverly to Missouri and then Nevada. While in Nevada for the last 16 years he taught school. A native born Texan, he would always tell everyone that he left his heart in the Baffin Bay area of South Texas. He was a natural storyteller. Friends and family fondly remember his tales of "Old Humble Oil and South Texas." He was a lifelong member of the Baptist faith. Travis was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A. In 1969 he risked his own life to save a motorcycle policeman and received two awards for valor: The Texas Safety Association Commendation Award and the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association Medal of Honor in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Beverly (King) McLain; daughter, Lisa Lynn and Chuck with granddaughter Katy Ann, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister, Wanda (McLain) Gillen of Blooming Grove; brother, Del McLain and wife Wynell of Rockport; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Travis had a ready smile, mischievous twinkle in his eyes and a generous spirit that endeared him to one and all. With a passion for poetry his rendition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" would inspire any gathering and make his memory unforgettable. Arrangements by Desert Memorial Cremation and Burial Society, Las Vegas, Nev.


Harold Eugene Stouffe
May 12, 1928 - Mar 20, 2009

Harold Eugene Stouffe passed away March 20, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born May 12, 1928, in Shipman, Ill., the son of the late John and Viola Partridge Stouffe. Mr. Stouffe was a retired heavy equipment operator for Hulcher Professional Services of Corsicana. Mr. Stouffe is survived by his wife, Wanda Dean Stouffe of Corsicana; son, Harold Stouffe of Lancaster; daughter, Tonda Stouffe of Jacksonville, Ill.; grandsons, Benjamin of Carrollton and Brandon Stewart of Corsicana; great-granddaughter, Jasmine Stewart of Corsicana; brother, Leo Stouffe of Pleasant Plains, Ill.; and sister, Mary Rita Joiner of Palmyra, Ill. Other family members include Gary Taylor of Lancaster and Davon Trimble of Jacksonville, Ill. Mr. Stouffe was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Brenda Stewart; granddaughter-in-law, Janell Stewart; and brothers, John Eldon Stouffe, Charles Stouffe and William Stouffe. Visitation will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palmyra, Ill. The family expresses gratitude to Heritage Oaks Retirement Village and Navarro Regional Hospital. Also special thanks to Oscar and Becky Steglich. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Joan (Vandergriff) Hudnall
Jan 2, 1936 - Mar 20, 2009

Joan V. Hudnall
Joan Vandergriff Hudnall, our beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother was welcomed into the loving arms of her Creator on Friday, March 20, 2009, at the age of 73. She was born in Corsicana on Jan. 2, 1936. In Corsicana, she graduated from Corsicana High School and Navarro Junior College, before moving to Tyler in the 1950s. It was here that she met her loving husband and soulmate, Ogden S. Hudnall. Joan loved the simple things in life like playing the piano, traveling, dining out, shopping, musicals, and watching her grandchildren perform on the field or stage. Of all the things she enjoyed, she most loved being with her family.Mrs. Hudnall was a member of First Baptist Church. She was also a keynote member of the Women's Symphony League, and member of Hollytree and Eagles' Bluff Country Clubs. Mrs. Hudnall was preceded in death by her parents, Pauline and Robert Lehman Vandergriff Sr. She is survived by her loving family including her husband, Ogden; four children; son, Chris Hudnall of Tyler; three daughters, Jill and husband Dr. Stephen Spain of Tyler, Donna and husband Dr. Dan Echols of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pam Hudnall of Dallas. The eldest of three children, Joan is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Hardiman of Tyler; and her brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Dianne Vandergriff of Tyler; and by her sister-in-law Lometa Hudnall Cox and husband LeRoy Cox of Evanston, Ill. Joan loved being Nanna to seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by Courtney and Brandon Echols of Scottsdale, Ariz., Hudnall Shannon of Midland, Allison Spain of New York City, Nick Spain of Austin, Shane Hudnall of San Angelo, Shannon Corley, Dylan Lassiter and Connor Corley, all of Tyler. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Everyone who met her would say the same thing — "She is the sweetest, nicest person" they had ever met, so we all know that Heaven just became an even sweeter place. We will celebrate her life on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler with Dr. Paul Powell presiding, followed by graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 23 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Tony Morgan, Chuck Horton, Bill Iker, Clint Cox, Mark Vandergriff and Stephen Spain. To honor her status as a 12 year cancer survivor, and in gratitude to the physicians and medical staff that cared for her, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Smith County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX, 75701. Arrangements by Steward Family Funeral Home, Tyler.


  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 3/21/2009 - 3/23/2009
  • I assume this Rose Hill is the one in Tyler and not Blooming Grove, TX

I. N. Curry
May 5, 1921 - Jul 31, 1942
I. N. Curry Dies In Philippines
According to a telegram received by Sam Curry Saturday his son, I.N.
Curry, U.S. Army, in the Philippines, died of malaria, July 31, 1942.
I.N. Curry enlisted in the army on May 13, 1941, and was sent to the Philippines.  The last word received from him by his family was written December 5, 1941, two days before Pearl Harbor.  All efforts by his father to find traces of him after that date failed.  The telegram did not state whether he had died as a prisoner of the Japanese, or had eluded capture.
Curry was reared in the Raleigh and Blooming Grove communities.
He is survived by his father, Corsicana; two brothers, F. C. Curry, U.S. Navy, San Diego, Calif.; R. T. Curry, U.S. Navy, South Pacific area; grandmother, Mrs. L. R. [
Laura Ann (Thomas)] Curry, Chiro and other relatives.  He was 20 years old when he died.
The Blooming Grove Times - May 18, 1945


Rev. John Miller
Sep 6, 1848 - Apr 17, 1903

MILLER--Corsicana, Tex., April 17. - Rev. John Miller, a leading citizen of this county,died at Blooming Grove today. The remains will be buried with Masonic honors tomorrow.

Apr 19, 1903



MILLER--Blooming Grove, Tex., April 17. - Rev. John Miller, aged 54 years, died this morning.

Apr 21, 1903


John Dudley Farish, Sr.
Sept 13, 1856 - Jan 16, 1924

J. D. Farish Died at Cryer Creek

J. D. Farish, age 67, died at his home near Cryer Creek early this morning following an illness of several weeks.

The deceased is survived by his wife and seven children; Walter, Roy and John Farish all of Cryer Creek, Mrs. J. Watkins of Cryer Creek, Mrs. R. C. Jackson of Corsicana, Mrs. Hattie Bryant of McAllen and Mrs. Amos Jackson of Stamford.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the cemetery at Cryer Creek.



FARISH, - Corsicana, Texas. Jan 16. - J.D. Farish, 67 years old, died at his home near Cryer Creek following an illness of several weeks. He is survived by his wife and seven children - Walter, Roy and John Farish, all of Cryer Creek; Mrs. J. Watkins of Cryer Creek. Mrs. R. C. Jackson of Corsicana, Mrs. Hattie Bryan of McAllen and Mrs. Amos Jackson of Stamford. Burial will be in the cemetery at Cryer Creek.

Jan 17, 1924


Henry Allen Priddy
June 14, 1910 - Nov 7, 1978

Funeral Services Held For Henry Priddy

Funeral services were held last week in the Frost United Methodist Church for Henry Allen Priddy, 68. Services were under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home of Frost and were officiated by the Rev. Robert Bankes and the Rev. Bert Gillis. Burial was in Dawson Cemetery.

A native of Brushie Prairie, Priddy was retired from the Arlington School District. He died at the Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Gladys Faye Priddy of Frost; one daughter, Bobbie Joyce Davis of Tulsa, Okla.; three sisters, Elizabeth Adams, of Fort Worth, Agnes Staples of Corpus Christi, and Vesta Kent of Powell; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Jack Slater, Buddy Ross, A.C. Hubbard, Alvin Brooks, Paul Booher, and Randolph Mullins.

The Blooming Grove Times - Nov 15, 1978


James Allen Moore
Feb 26, 1908 - Sept 9, 1950

Prof. J.A. Moore Of A&M College Dies at Hubbard

HUBBARD, Texas, Sept. 9. - Prof. J. Allen Moore, a member of the Texas A&M College faculty, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. J. M. Moore, here Saturday night. Death was attributed to a heart attack. He was forty-three.

Moore was assistant professor of foreign languages at A&M and was staying at his mother's home between terms. He had planned to return to the college Monday.

Moore was born at Frost, Navarro County. He attended Baylor University and did postgraduate work at Michigan and Iowa Universities. He had been at Texas A&M six years.

Other survivors are two brothers, I. G. Moore, Ennis, and Brig. Gen. Aubry L. Moore, United States Air Force, Washington, D.C., and two sisters, Miss Sue Moore, librarian of the Browning Library at Baylor, and Mrs. J. W. Faulkner, Port Arthur.

Funeral services have beeJamesn tentatively set for Monday afternoon at Hubbard.

Sept. 10, 1950



J. Allen Moore Rites Are Held

HUBBARD, Sept. 11—(Spl)—Funeral services for J. Allen Moore, 43, assistant professor of foreign languages at Texas A. and M. College and member of a prominent Hubbard family were held at 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist church with the Rev. M. O. Cheek of Waco officiating, burial at Dresden cemetery.

Professor Moore died suddenly of a heart attack at the home of his mother in Hubbard about 8 p.m. Saturday.

He had been at A. and M. for six years and spends his weekends and vacations at the home of his mother.

Born at Frost, the Moore family came to Hubbard when he was three years old.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Jim Moore, of Hubbard; two brothers, I. G. Moore of Ennis and Brig. Gen. Aubrey Moore of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Miss Sue Moore of Waco and J. W. Faulkner of Port Arthur.


Garland Ray Gantt
Jan 30, 1944 - Apr 5, 1979

Services held for Gantt

Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Blooming Grove United Methodist Church for Garland Ray Gantt, 35, resident of Houston who died after a lengthy illness in Blooming Grove Thursday.

Leroy Reaves, minister of the United Methodist Church, officiated, with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Kitty Jean Gantt of Houston; one son, Garland Eugene Gantt of Houston; one daughter, Kalley Anita Gantt of Houston; parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Gantt of Blooming Grove; and two brothers, Darwood Gantt of Navarro Mills and Raymond Gantt of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Scheichardt, Johnny Wallin, Carl D. Garrison, Fred Howell, Dwayne Garrison and Burl Duke.

The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 11, 1979


Lahlia Troy (Nutt) Walker
Jul 9, 1903 - Apr 15, 1979

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, 1979, at the First Baptist Church in Milford for Mrs. Lahlia Troy Walker, 75, resident of Milford, who died Sunday.

Ronnie Floyd officiated, with burial following at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Arrangements were with Ballard Funeral Home in Blooming Grove.

Survivors include six sons, James R. Walker, G. W. Walker Jr., and Robert Lee Walker all of Odessa, Earnest Walker of Plainview, Charles C. Walker of Midland, and Jimmy G. Walker of Durant, Okla.; five daughters, Mrs. Helen Louise Farmer and Mrs. Doris Ruth Duke, both of Milford, Mrs. Sarah Jo Davis and Mrs. Wanda Sue Harris, both of Odessa, and Mrs. Vera F. Shastid of Forreston; a brother, Sampson Nutt of Corsicana; three sisters, Jessie Blanchard of Gatesville, Emily Waters of Corsicana, and Hazel Moore of Fort Worth; 38 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Grandsons were pallbearers. She was a member of Woodrow Baptist Church in Lubbock.

The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 18, 1979


Opal (Killion) Sites
Jan 20, 1906 - Jun 29, 1979

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, 1979, for Mrs. Opal Sites, 73, resident of Dresden, who died Friday in Memorial hospital.

Survivors include three sons, Frank Sites, Jr. of South Carolina, Grady Hendrix of Blooming Grove, and Tommy Sites of Norfolk, Va.; two daughters, Lola Parker of San Angelo and Opal Leonard of Dallas; two brothers, J.D. Killion of Oklahoma and Kirby Killion of Alpine; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

The Blooming Grove Times - July 4, 1979


Willie Lee (Lang) Anderson
Apr 16, 1904 - Sept 14, 1978

Mrs. Anderson Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Lee Anderson, mother of Mrs. Rosetta Larremore of Blooming Grove, were held Sunday, Sept. 17, in the Taylor Chapel Baptist Church in Frost.

She died Thursday, Sept. 14, in Dallas. Burial was in Younger's Cemetery in Dawson.

The Rev. Melvin Stempson officiated.

Survivors, in addition to Mrs. Larremore, include four sons, Lewis Aubrey and William Anderson, all of Dallas, and Albert Anderson Jr. of Fort Worth; six daughters, Mrs. Willie Watson of Detroit, Mich., Mary Davis of Corsicana, Mamie Johnson, Ruby Williams and Juanita Carter, all of Dallas, and Pinkie Johnson of Odessa; a brother, William Lang of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. Mary Alice Burks of Waco; 38 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

The Blooming Grove Times - Sept 27, 1978


Cawles James Davis
Nov 10, 1894 - Jan 20, 1979

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 22, at the Ballard Funeral Home Chapel in Blooming Grove for Cawles James Davis, 84, resident of Fort Worth and formerly of Navarro County who died Saturday.

He was a retired farmer and veteran of World War I. Marion Fonville officiated with burial following at Younger Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Earl Davis of Fort Worth; a son, James E. Davis of Fort Worth; two daughters, Mrs. Violet Miller of Fort Worth and Mrs. Fern Kelly of Fort Worth; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Nephews were pallbearers.

The Blooming Grove Times - Jan 31, 1979


Alpheus Allen "Brove" Reid
Apr 4, 1910 - June 23, 1979

Local Resident Dies Tragically

Mr. A.A. (Brove) Reid, longtime Blooming Grove resident and jack of all trades died tragically Saturday afternoon, June 23, 1979, after being stung repeatedly by honey bees.

The bees apparently became riled when Mr. Reid cleared his throat while attempting to extract honey from their hive, an act he has been performing for years. The incident occurred at the north end of town after which 69 year old Reid drove himself home. He was encouraged by friends and neighbors to go to the hospital and finally consented to let someone drive him in. Mr. Reid died en route to Memorial Hospital.

A.A. Reid, referred to as "Paw Paw" Reid by many will be sorely missed.

Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, in the Griffin Funeral Home in Corsicana with Rev. Merrel Brooks officiating with burial in Younger Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Vevie (Sis) Reid of Blooming Grove; one son, Fred Allen Reid of Longview; two daughters, Ms. George Ann Skarpa of Waco; and Mrs. Linda Adelle Barber of Houston; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Bailey C. Reid of Navarro Mills; three sisters, Mrs. Mamie Drain of Corsicana, Mrs. Dual Fitzgerald of Fort Worth; Mrs. Gertrude Combs of Kerens.

The Blooming Grove Times - July 4, 1979
Dates from Nav. Co. Cemetery Records - Vol. I


Clarence Oliver "Bud" Golden, Jr.
Aug 11, 1925 - June 27, 1979

Golden Services

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, 1979, at the Corley Chapel for C.O. Golden, Jr., 53, of Navarro Mills who died Wednesday, June 27, 1979 in Bryan.

Burial was in Younger Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 11, 1925, in McCloud, Oklahoma. He was a car dealer and a veteran of WWII.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Debra K. Hill of Angus; two sons, Timothy Paul Golden of Houston and Jerry Phillip Golden of Blooming Grove; three grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Ona Golden of Purdon; two brothers, James Acie Golden and Kenneth Wayne Golden, Sr., both of Purdon.

The Blooming Grove Times - July 4, 1979


Aubrey Earl Hope
Dec 28, 1892 - Apr 1, 1979

Hope Rites

Funeral services will be held this afternoon Wednesday, April 4, 1979, in Dallas for Aubrey Earl Hope, 85, who died last Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Hope was a native Texan, born in Navarro county in 1892. He graduated from the Blooming Grove High School in 1908. We are told that his father assisted him in planting his own watermelon patch..all for Aubrey's profit. When they were ripe little Aubrey loaded them on the family wagon and took them to Italy and got around $8 for the lot...he was nine years old by now...not too many years later he went to work representing the N. Fluegelman & Company, a fabric firm, and he was associated with that firm for over 45 years until his retirement.

He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 62 years.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Genie Fern, who passed away in 1972 after 55 years of marriage.

Mr. Hope was the brother of Mrs. Katie Hope Crocker of Blooming Grove.

The Blooming Grove Times - Apr 4, 1979
SSDI and TXDI for dates


Ada Lee (VanDeaver) Scott
died Nov 17, 1978

Ada Scott, 86, Dies

Services were held Monday, Nov. 20, in Clarksville for Ada Lee Scott, 86, of Frost. She died Friday, Nov. 17, in the Hubbard hospital. The Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church, officiated, followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery in Clarksville.

Survivors include two sons, David Scott of Frost, and Elder Scott of Carrollton; one brother, Thomas VanDeaver of Fullbright; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Local arrangements were made by Ballard Funeral Home in Frost.

The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 22, 1978



William Elmer "Bill" Watson
Aug 20, 1928 - Jun 1, 1975

W. E. Watson Services Held

Funeral services for former Barry resident W. E. "Bill" Watson, 50, were held recently. He resided in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the time of his death.

Officiating at the services, which were held in Corsicana, was the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Kathy Watson of Oklahoma City; three daughters, Miss Sardone Watson of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Jan Crowley of Hunnington Beach, Califl, and Mrs. Helen Branch of Waco; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Watson of Barry; a brother, Dicky Watson of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Furra of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Lynn Harris of Corsicana; and two granddaughters.

Pallbearers were John Wade Braly, Lowell Reed, Doug Furra, Mark Watson, James E. Watson and George Mitchell.


William Thomas Howard
Oct 2, 1922 - Aug 1978

W. T. Howard Services Held

Funeral services for William T. Howard of Barry, were held Sunday, Aug.
20, in Corsicana, with the Rev. Ed Burkett, pastor of the Central Baptist Church in BG, officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Raymond Lee Worsham of Nacogdoches and Mrs. Danny Patterson of Forney; four grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Kelley, Jimmy Moore, Carlos Moore, Gary Conner, Leon Crawford and Mike Thompson.

The Blooming Grove Times - Aug 23, 1978


John Howard Collier
Aug 13, 1909 - Jan 23, 1979

Services were held recently at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for John Howard Collier of Navarro Mills. The Rev. Glyn Vyers and Rev. Mickey Loftis officiated with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was born Aug. 13, 1909, in Blooming Grove. He was a deacon in the Hopewell Baptist Church of Navarro for the past 40 years and served on the Board of Trustees of the Mildred High School.

He was a retired farmer, rancher and a Lone Star Gas employee.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lillian Myrtle Collier of Navarro; one daughter, Mrs. Karon Collier Widacki of Killeen; one son, John Paul Collier of Corsicana; four grandchildren, Paige and Matthew Widacki and Kathryn and Paul Collier; eight sisters, Mrs. Edna Smithen, Mrs. Emma Sherman, Mrs. Dora Kagler, Mrs. Clara McGraw, Mrs. Mary Kagler, all of Blooming Grove; Mrs. Georgia Duncan of Waco; Mrs. Gladys Mahone of Dallas and Mrs. Geneva Bonner of Houston; one brother, Tommie Ray Collier of Emhouse; and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Sammie Marsh, Charles McCarter, Jimmie D. Coker, Keith Weaver, Monty (Bunk) Bottoms, Sammy Harvard, Orville Capehart, Joe Pete Marsh, Keith Farmer and Joe Hashop.

Honorary pallbearers were H.B. Fouty, Clint Fouty; Pete Goodin, Sr., Jody Wilcox, M.L. Weaver, Clyde Cockerell, Reece Jones and Otis Capehart.

The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 14, 1979


Cleola Frances "Cleo" (Mauldin) Hammonds
Oct 20, 1913 - Feb 8, 1979

Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 10, at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Cleo Hammonds, 67, resident of Arlington and formerly of Corsicana, who died Thursday, February 8, in Arlington.

The Rev. Leroy Reaves officiated, with burial following at Oakwood Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, W. E. Hammonds of Arlington, one daughter, Linda Brittian of Plano; two sisters, Viola Saunders of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Glenn Williams of Corpus Christi, seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Nephews were pallbearers.

The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 14, 1979


Royce Glynn Howell
June 3, 1930 - Nov. 20, 1972


Funeral service for Royce Glynn Howell was conducted Wednesday, November 22 in Corsicana with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Rev. Franklin Reams and Rev. Ronnie Chesser were officiating ministers.

Mr. Howell, 42 years of age, was a native of Mildred, attended Texas Tech U. and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his widow, a daughter and two sons and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sammie H. Howell of Blg Grove; a sister and four brothers.

The Blooming Grove Times - Nov. 29, 1972
Parents: Sammie H. Howell and Jewell May (Murray) Howell Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)


Samuel Spurgeon Skinner
May 21, 1890 - June 4, 1975

Services were held Friday at Corley Funeral Home for Sam Skinner, 85, resident of Corsicana, who died Wednesday in Twilight Home. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.

He was a native of Burnville, Miss., came to Texas in 1891, was a ginner in Purdon until his retirement in 1937, a veteran of World War I serving in France, and had lived in Corsicana 40 years.

Survivors include his widow of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Morris of Booth Bay, Maine; a son, Lt. Col. Dan Skinner US Air Force, Thailand; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

The Blooming Grove Times - June 11, 1975
Parents: Waldrop "Walter" Skinner and Susan Sophronia "Sue" (Smith) Skinner Veteran of WWI Information from Death Certificate (Family Search)


Jonathan Lynn Brown
Feb 29, 1980 - Mar 22, 2009

Jonathan Lynn Brown
Our beloved Jonathan Lynn Brown went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at the age of 29. He was born Feb. 29, 1980, in Corsicana to James and Teresa Brown. He was a graduate of Cambridge College with a degree in computer technology. He was a Baptist. He is survived by his parents, James and Teresa Brown of Barry; sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and John Buckhannan; nephew, Preston; niece, Peyton; grandmothers, Murlene Bell of Corsicana and Nellie Brown of Corsicana; uncles and aunts, Wayne and Linda Brown of Barry, Tommy and Darlene Johnston of Corsicana and Clinton Bell Jr. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Clint Bell and Johnnie Brown. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at First Baptist Church in Streetman with the Rev. Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Cade Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dustin Allred, Eli Wolfgram, Prez Banks, Justin Brown, Johnnie Brown Jr. and Caleb Johnston. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


George G. Danielson
June 5, 1953 - Mar 20, 2009

George G. Danielson
George G. Danielson, 53, of Corsicana, was born June 5, 1953, in Houston. He passed from this life March 20, 2009, in Dallas. Mr. Danielson was an audio-lighting designer and worked in Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Lea Loftis Danielson of Corsicana; parents, Erwin and Charlotte Danielson of Dallas; brother, William Danielson of Dallas; sister, Lydia Christine Townsley and husband Gary of Dallas; nephews, Eric Danielson, Kyle Danielson, Caleb Loftis and Casey Loftis; and nieces, Emily Rees, Krista Loftis and Lillian Townsley. Graveside services are scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Harold Louis Kreitner
May 8, 1913 - Mar 20, 2009

Harold Louis Kreitner
Harold Louis Kreitner, 96, went to meet our Lord on Friday, March 20, 2009. Harold was born May 8, 1913, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in June 1936. Harold married Edith V. Grauer of Niagra Falls, N.Y., in June 1937. A year later Harold's brother, Maurice, married Edith's sister Ruth. The two families have always remained in a close, loving relationship. Harold went to work for Bell Aircraft, Wheatland Plant in Niagara Falls in 1943. In November 1951 the family moved to Richland Hills, where he was one of the employees who helped set up the operations of Bell Helicopter in Hurst. He retired as a cost accountant from Bell Helicopter in 1976.Harold and Edith took an active role in the foundation of Richland Hills United Methodist Church. The family were members of that church for many years. They also served the United Methodist Church in many capacities, both locally and nationally. Harold lost his wife and childhood sweetheart, Edith, in August 1974. In October 1977, he married Opal Harwood Males. He and Opal spent 24 years as sweethearts and best friends. Opal preceded him in September 2003.Harold moved to Streetman, to live with his daughter, in January 2005. He was well loved by all that knew him and made many good friends in his 96 years on earth. Harold left behind his daughters, Judy Kreitner and the Rev. Jan Kreitner-Cain; nephews, Dick and Debby Kreitner and Ron and Marianne Kreitner; stepchildren, Mike Males, Cindy Browning and Camille Young; grandchildren, Becky Dixon, Rick Dixon, Russ and Traci Dixon, and Melissa Cain; great-grandchildren, Nicole Dottin, DeAndre Cain, Brad Dixon, BJ Dixon, Trey Cain, Dyllan Carpenter and Marcus Miller; great-great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Dottin; and numerous beloved friends. He was greeted on the other side by those who preceded him: Edith Kreitner and Opal Kreitner; brother and sister-in-law, Maurice and Ruth Kreitner; grandson, Jim Cain; parents, Oscar and Elsie Kreitner; and in-laws, Elmer and Anna Jeanette Grauer. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield. A celebration of Harold's life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Streetman. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Bluebonnet Hills in Colleyville. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, Music Fund, 3608 Matlock, Arlington, TX 76015; or New Leash on Life Fund, P.O. Box 1605, Fairfield, TX 75840. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.


Robert B. Robinson Jr.
Sep 29, 1923 - Mar 22, 2009

Robert Robinson Jr.
Robert Robinson Jr., 85, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born on Sept. 29, 1923, to the late R B Robinson Sr. and Nettie Barlow Robinson. He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired from the oil fields after 40 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Miller Milligan; nephew, Edwin Milligan; and niece, June Cameron. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ella Mae Robinson; daughter, Sherry Brazell and husband Don; granddaughter, Christy Barron and husband Breck; brother, James Robinson and wife Ginger; sisters-in-law, Johnnie Pye and husband Rossie, Laverne Dudley and husband Ralph, Mary Lou York and Imogene Henthorne; brother-in-law, Doug York; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services are 10 a.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Scott, longtime friend, officiating. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, donate by phone (800) 272-2900 or online; Westside Baptist Church, 1522 N. 24th St., Corsicana, TX 75110; or charity of your choice. "Robert was a kind and honorable soul who was loved and respected by all who knew him and it is with great sadness that we say good-bye ... we love you and miss you Papaw." Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Bryan Ray Franklin
June 15, 1979 - Mar 24, 2009

Bryan Ray Franklin, 29, of Walnut Springs, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2009. He was born June 15, 1979, in Haltom City. Services are 10 a.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Timothy Schane and Devlin Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bryce Earley, Greg Marderosian, "Bodie" Leslie Travis, Ryan Blue, Matt Bryant and Andy Williams. He is survived by his wife, Erika Franklin of Corsicana; parents, Travis and Brigitte Franklin of Corsicana, Dennis Allred of Walnut Springs and Sandy Mac Brayer of Houston; children, Madison, Rylan and Mason Franklin; grandparents, Clydell "Pete" Allred of Corsicana, Patsy "PR" Franklin of Corsicana and Dela Thompson of Glen Rose; and brother, Justin "BoBo" Franklin of Walnut Springs. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd Allred, Fred Franklin and Merkle Thompson; and uncle, Mickey Allred. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Lawerence David Glasgow
May 23, 1945 - Mar 26, 2009

Lawerence David Glasgow
Lawerence David Glasgow, 63, of Trinidad passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Point Cemetery with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be Michael Wheat, Rodney Glasgow, Bobby Ashton and Billy Tramel. Mr. Glasgow was born May 23, 1945, in the Bazette community near Kerens. Survivors include his son, Mark Glasgow of Tyler; daughter, Cynthia Mecool of Athens; brother, Sam Glasgow of Powell; mother, Sybil Glasgow of Trinidad; grandsons, Clayton Glasgow of Tyler and Eli Mecool of Athens; and granddaughter, Grace Mecool of Athens. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Alpha Ethel (Boyd) Johnson
Dec 5, 1926 - Mar 19, 2009

Alpha E. Boyd Johnson
Alpha E. Boyd Johnson, 82, of Denver, Colo., passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, in Denver. She was born on Dec. 5, 1926, in Corsicana. She graduated from Mildred High School in 1944. She was a member of Cameron Baptist Church in Lawton, Okla. She and her husband Harold owned and operated Johnson Appliance Company in Lawton, Okla., for over 20 years after his retirement from the military. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Ricker and the Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Rob Boyd, Hayden Boyd, Michael White, Robert Coil, Greg Coil, Jason Baker and Tim Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be W. T. Gregory and J.D. Wright. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Harold R. Johnson; parents, Jack and Clara Boyd; and brothers, Hershel and Curtis Boyd. She is survived by her son, Richard Johnson and wife Betsy of Denver, Colo.; brother, Vernon Boyd and wife Dorothy of Mildred; sisters, Louise Coil and husband Gilmer of Canton and Ann Boyd Baker and husband Neal of Paris, Texas; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Boyd of Mildred, Carolyn Boyd Williams of Ennis, Doris Ruetten of Forney, Bettye Fudge of Crandall and Linda Robertson of Mesquite; brothers-in-law, Donald Johnson of Temple and Douglas Johnson of Midlothian; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to either the Eureka Cemetery Association, in care of Jerrell D. Gregory, 400 SECR 3020, Corsicana, TX 75109; or to Eureka United Methodist Church, 8644 S. U.S. Highway 287, Corsicana, TX 75109. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Walter E. Johnson, Jr.
Sep 14, 1930 - Mar 25, 2009

Services for Walter E. Johnson Jr., age 78, of Corsicana will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bailey and Foster Chapel in Palestine with the Rev. Fred Neal officiating. Burial will follow in Earl's Chapel Cemetery near Jacksonville. Pallbearers will be Bennie Toole, K.W. Bell, Joshua Johnson, Steven Earl Johnson, and Dennis Moser. Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bailey and Foster Funeral Home in Palestine. Mr. Johnson died Wednesday morning, March 25, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Harmony Community in Anderson County to Walter Earl Johnson and Anetta Barnhart Johnson. Mr. Johnson worked 33 years as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Doris Johnson of Corsicana; daughter, Peggy Tackett and husband Marty of Irving and Cynthia Firtos of Addison; sons, Donnie Johnson and Russell Johnson and wife Kathy, all of Palestine; a stepdaughter, Marjetta Spriggs and husband Ricky of Huntsville; brother-in-law, Edward Mack of Palestine; grandchildren, Melna Klein, Joshua Johnson, Steven Earl Johnson, Rachel Milligan, and Tonya Johnson; two step-grandchildren, Stacy Holman and Leigh Ann Ragan; and six great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Bailey and Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.


  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 3/26/2009 - 3/28/2009
  • Earles Chapel Cemetery, Jacksonville, Cherokee Co., TX

Donnie Lee (Bates) Dobbs
Feb 20, 1942 - Mar 26, 2009

Donnie Lee Dobbs
Donnie Lee Dobbs, 67, of Corsicana passed away March 26, 2009. She was born in Corsicana on Feb. 20, 1942, to Jimmy and Reba Bates. She was preceded in death by parents, Jimmy and Reba Bates; and son, Tommy Dobbs. She is survived by her son, Kenny Dobbs of Richland; daughter, Tracy Capps of Corsicana; sister, Doris Curry of Corsicana and Brenda Willis of Thornton; brother, Roger Bates of Houston; three grandchildren, Kandis, Misty and Brandon; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  •  Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 3/27/2009 - 3/30/2009
  • w/o Carl Don Dobbs; d/o James Thomas Bates & Nova Rebecca (Howard) Bates

Mark Stahl
Mar 25, 1981 - Mar 26, 2009

Mark Stahl
Mark Stahl was born March 25, 1981, in Orlando, Fla. He went to his rest Thursday, March 26, 2009, in Waco. He was an assistant produce manager with H-E-B Food Stores. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Charles Groce officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eldridge Howard, Danny Richards, Jeff Hiens, Tommy Botello, Roy Guerrero and Josh Mains. Mr. Stahl was a 1999 graduate of Ennis High School and was a member of Church of God International Church in Tyler. He is survived by his parents, Dean and Carol Stahl of Corsicana; brother, Bryn Hendrickson of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; sisters, Lynette Ragan and husband James of Waco, Deana Wood and husband David of Gains, Mich., Connie Hendrickson of Macon, Ga., and Rachelle Crotzer and husband Chris of Brandenberg, Ky. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Tommy Lee "T.J." Webb Jr.
June 2, 1987 - Mar 26, 2009

Tommy Lee "T.J." Webb Jr.
Tommy Lee "T.J." Webb Jr. was born on June 2, 1987, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He died on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Tommy is survived by his father, Tommy Webb; mother, Angela Washburn; grandfather, Thomas Zappettini; sisters, Brandy Washburn and Rachel Washburn; stepfather, Steve Washburn; uncles, Robert Webb and Ed Webb; and nephews, Cade Banks and Noah Washburn. He was a beloved son, brother, nephew, and uncle. We will miss him very much. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, March 30, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with uncle Ed Webb officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Frances (David) Look-Westbrook
Aug 23, 1928 - Mar 28, 2009

Frances (David) Look Westbrook, born in Corsicana on Aug. 23, 1928, died Saturday, March 28, 2009. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. Wilson David. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Al Thompson Westbrook, and sister, Dorothy David. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1945 and was drum major of the pep squad, a 1945 class favorite and duchess of the senior class. She graduated from SMU where she was a member and president of Zeta Tau Alpha, Panhellenic Council and Kirkos (an honorary society) and a 1949 class favorite. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and Quintilion Book Club in Corsicana. Survivors include her children, Frances Look of Fort Worth and David B. Look of Dallas; four grandchildren, Laura Conrad McGrory, Katherine Elizabeth Look, Robinson Barrington Look and Wilson Mitchell Look; and one great-grandchild, Natalie Grace Nickerson. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Edward Monk officiating. A reception will be held afterward at St. John's Episcopal Church. The family would like to say a special thanks to the wonderful nursing staff and physicians at Navarro Regional Hospital. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Elizabeth Ann Gilderson Missionary Fund, St. Timothy's Anglican Church, P.O. Box 844, Tomball, TX 77377. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Iva Mae (Sheffield) Young
Aug 5, 1924 - Mar 27, 2009

Iva Mae Young
Iva Mae Young of Corsicana died Friday, March 27, 2009, at the age of 84. She was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Frost. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. S. and Eunice Sheffield; husband, Loyd Young; four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her children, Floyd and Dorothy Young of Kerens, Kenneth and Terrie Young of Coolidge and Dorothy and James Raley of Corsicana; brothers and sisters, J. W. Sheffield of Corsicana, Oleta Grounds of Corsicana, Katherine Bell of Dallas and Fannie Hill of Gladewater; nine grandchildren, Sandra, Deanna and Gary, James Bryan and Stephanie, Jana and Paul, Erin and James T., Sarah and Curt, Christopher, Trema, James Eugene and Carrie; and eight great-grandchildren. Service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, March 30, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Bedard officiating with interment to follow at Frost Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be James B. Young, Christopher Young, James E. Green, Paul Palos, James T. Glasgow, Curt Bohnoff and Dwayne Grounds. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Jack McFerran
Mar 22, 1917 - Mar 30, 2009

Jack McFerran, 92, of Corsicana passed away Monday, March 30, 2009. He was born March 22, 1917, at Grand Prairie, Franklin County, Ark., to Bradly and Alice McFerran. In 1933 Jack graduated from Charleston (Arkansas) High School, and in 1938 he graduated from Arkansas Polytechnic College, Russellville, Ark. Continuing his education Jack graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., with a B.S. degree in agriculture. As a student at Arkansas Tech, he was on the boxing team and was the Arkansas AAU and Golden Gloves champion for two years. After graduation Mr. McFerran taught in the Bright Star (Arkansas) Public Schools from 1940 to 1941. He joined the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), USDA at Mount Pleasant, Texas, in 1941. During the next three years (1942-1945) Jack served in the United States Army Air Corps. In World War II, he was in England for the European Air Offensive working as supply and evacuation officer and left the military at the end of the war with the rank of first lieutenant. He joined the Texas National Guard after World War II, serving with the 49th Armored Division for over 22 years. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1969.In 1945, he rejoined the SCS at Gainesville, Texas, and then transferred in 1963 to Corsicana where he was area conservationist for a seven-county area around Corsicana. In this job he oversaw soil and water conservation measures and the construction of 150 upstream flood prevention dams on tributaries of the Trinity River. He retired in 1976 after more than 35 years of working for SCS. Jack McFerran's community involvement was exemplary; as a member of First United Methodist Church, he served on numerous boards and committees. His favorite was team leader of the church's Christmas in October and April teams. He was an active member of the Corsicana Lions Club. From 1979 to 1981 Jack was elected and served on the Corsicana City Council and served as mayor of Corsicana from 1981 to 1983.His favorite hobbies included sharing his produce from the vegetable garden with friends and neighbors. After his retirement he planned to golf five days a week, but took up fishing in his spare time. He combined these two hobbies by playing a round of golf at the Corsicana Country Club, then driving his cart to the club lake to fish. For a number of years, he organized an annual fish fry at his home for his golfing and fishing buddies and their families. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating. Pallbearers will be the U.S. Army Honor Guard with honorary pallbearers from the Christian Adults Sunday School Class, Mills Place neighbors, and Lions Club of Corsicana. Interment will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Fort Smith National Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark. Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Sue Lyon McFerran; dear son, Steve; parents; two brothers, James B. and Roger Paul; sister, Joyce and her husband James Staggs; sisters-in-law, Lorene McFerran and Martha Lou Barry; and brother-in-law, Harward Barry. He is survived by his wife, Billie Love Robinson McFerran; his twin brother, Joe McFerran of Fayetteville, Ark.; sister-in-law, Carmon McFerran of Texarkana, Texas; daughter, Judi Robertson and her husband Ron of Hendersonville, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Claire Balcom McFerran of Eddy; stepson, Bruce Robinson and his wife Ellen of Corsicana; and stepdaughter, Beth Robinson Chapman and her husband James of Blooming Grove. He loved and enjoyed all of his grandchildren: Beth Robertson Walter and her husband Evan, Bill McFerran and his wife Jennifer and son Bradley (Jack's first great-grandson), Russ McFerran, Margaret Robinson, Bill Robinson and his wife Kate, Chase Cunningham and his wife Julie and daughter Callie Jo, and Cole Cunningham. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Very special thanks to Jack's personal caregivers, physicians, and Hand in Hand Hospice. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.



Jack McFerran

Jack McFerran, 92, of Corsicana, Texas, formerly of Charleston, died Monday, March 30, 2009, in Grand Prairie, Texas.

He graduated from Charleston High School and Arkansas Polytechnic College in Russellville, received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Arkansas, taught in Bright Star, Texas, and worked for the Soil Conservation Service, USDA in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

An Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he served in England as supply and evacuation officer for the European Air Offensive, served in the Texas National Guard with the 49th Armored Division, served on the Corsicana City Council and as mayor of Corsicana and was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Corsicana Lions Club and the widower of Mary McFerran.

Survivors include his wife, Billie; a daughter, Judi Robertson of Hendersonville, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Beth Chapman of Blooming Grove, Texas; a stepson, Bruce Robinson of Corsicana, Texas; a twin brother, Joe McFerran of Fayetteville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at First United Methodist Church in Corsicana, Texas. Burial will be at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, under the direction of Corley Funeral Home of Corsicana.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


  • The Spectator - Ozark, Arkansas

Jerry Dean King
Nov 5, 1936 - Mar 23, 2009

Jerry Dean King
Jerry Dean King, 72, a longtime resident of Athens, passed away March 23, 2009, with the joy and love of his life, grandson Jerrod William Rachel. They were doing what they both loved, fishing on Richland-Chambers Reservoir in Navarro County, and being with each other. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Jerry was born in Gresham, in Smith County, on Nov. 5, 1936. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Smith King and Edna Louise Saunders King. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Jeanna Kay Garner King of Athens; daughter, Deborah "Debbie" Davis Reaves and husband Gary of Athens; son, Joe Dean "Jody" King of Athens; son, Randy Paroline and wife Renate of Opelika; daughter, Lori Paroline Rachel and husband Mike of Cross Roads; his niece, Cathlene Prescott Smith and husband Mike of Friendswood; two brothers, George Stanley King and wife Linda of Cross Roads and John Allen King and wife Teresa of Call; two sisters, Barbara Beggs and Delores Neidermeyer of Terrell; grandchildren, Alicia Nichole King, Jonathan Andrew Davis, Ryan Bruce Davis, belated grandson Jerrod William Rachel, and Zachary Mason King; great-granddaughter, Charlsey Feagins; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry moved to the Athens area from Canton and began his journey as a hard-working businessman, good father and adventurous friend to many. Married to Mary Corry King they were blessed with Debbie and Jody. He worked as a brick mason, home builder and rancher in the Athens area and his King Masonry business operated for 25 years. He established King Ready Mix Concrete in the late 1970s with concrete plants in Athens and Corsicana. King Sand and Gravel was operated in Cross Roads by Jerry and Kay for many years until it moved to the present location in the community of Samaria, east of Kerens. Jerry built a new plant there which was featured in the Pit and Quarry Magazine, issue August 2006, online Jerry enjoyed playing the guitar, singing, traveling, hunting and most especially fishing. He leaves his legacy as an avid, energetic and unrivaled hunter, fishermen, family man and friend to many. Jerry loved life and woke with a smile and a song and faced each day with a determination to do his best. He loved his wife, family, friends and his employees and was always there to lend a willing hand to anyone in need. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Huggins, Ronnie Bell, Joey Bell, Larry Wade, Larry Sexton, Lawrence Heard, Ray Harvey, Adron Neill, Tim Norman, Bobby Joe Curry, Parker Majors, Glen Majors, John Taggart, Leman Hargrove, Bobby Cooper, Tommy Barnett, Drew Douglas, Royce Bane, Randy Whatley, J.C. Hart, Leo Kinabrew, Martin Perez, Jerry Jordan, and all King Sand and Gravel employees. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, at First United Methodist Church, Lovers Lane, Athens, with Frank Upchurch and Joe Warren officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to one of the following organizations: American Red Cross, Corsicana Chapter D.A.T., 701 W. Second Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110; United Response Search and Rescue Team, P.O. Box 1463, Midlothian, TX 76065; or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Division. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home, Athens.


Harry S. Miller
Jan 23, 1956 - Mar 30, 2009

Harry S. Miller, 53, of Mount Calm, passed away at his home on Monday, March 30, 2009. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 2, at First Baptist Church of Mount Calm with the Rev. John Lawrence officiating. Harry was born Jan. 23, 1956, in Brenham to Billie Joe and Mary (Wheeler) Miller. He was raised in the Mount Calm area where he lived most all of his life and was a graduate of Hubbard High School. He was preceded in death by his father, Billie Joe Miller. Survivors include his wife, Sandi Miller of Mount Calm; son, B. J. Miller and wife Michelle of Dawson; two daughters, Amanda Miller of Corsicana and Melissa Leonard of San Antonio; mother, Mary Miller of Mount Calm; and sister, Jeanie Thomas of Mount Calm. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Walter Bart Westbrook
Feb 6, 1959 - Mar 29, 2009

Walter Bart Westbrook
Walter Bart Westbrook, 50, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2009, after a courageous and hard fought battle with colon cancer. He was born Feb. 6, 1959, in Fort Worth to Frank Anthony Westbrook and Hazel Christene Weathers Westbrook. Walt and his family moved to Ennis in 1964. He attended elementary school and was a graduate of Ennis High School in 1977. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. His career as a geologist allowed him the enjoyment of working outdoors and traveling abroad to many places, which included Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Most recently, Walt owned and operated a small real estate business purchasing and refurbishing older homes. He especially enjoyed discussing politics and sharing a good meal with friends and family. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Janie Webb Westbrook and Jester and Olie Simons Weathers. Walt is survived by his loving parents, Frank and Chris Westbrook; his cherished sister, Gay Anne Westbrook of Washington, D.C.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at J. E. Keever Mortuary, 408 N. Dallas St., Ennis. Services will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Keever Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Prairie Point Cemetery in Kerens. The Rev. Richard Moody will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Physicians Cancer Research Foundation, Attention: Dr. Carlos Becerra, 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 500, Dallas, TX 75251. Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.


Lena (King) Denn
Jan 30, 1899 - Feb 18, 1979

Services were held for Mrs. Lena King Denn of Dallas, formerly of Frost who died Sunday, February 18. She was born in Ellis County on January 30, 1899.

She was the widow of W. D. Denn and is survived by a daughter, Billie Nichols; one grand daughter, Beverly Smith; one grandson, and his wife John F. Jr. and Elaine Nichols; one great grandson, John Allen Smith; one sister Mrs. Ada Wolaver of Italy; one brother E. L. King of Ennis; three sisters-in-law, Lola King, Carmichael, Ca., Florence King, Garland Tx., Viola King of Tulare Ca., and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. and Mrs. Denn lived at Frost over 50 years and were members of the Frost Baptist Church and Frost Order of Eastern Star. They moved to Dallas in 1973 and became members of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Cockrell Hill and Cockrell Hill order of Eastern Star.

Services were held Wednesday, February (?) at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cockrell Hill, at 10 a.m. with burial following at 1 p.m. in the Frost Cemetery. Rev. O. L. Howard officiated.

Pallbearers will be W. A. Ross Jr., E. Jean Armstrong, James W. Cullar Jr., Joe Lake, James Stanford, and Ronald Scott.

Laurel Land Funeral Home in Dallas is in charge of arrangements.

The Blooming Grove Times - Feb 28, 1979


Claude A. Young
Oct 22, 1905 - Sep 20, 1978

Claude Young Services Held

Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Blalard Funeral Home Chapel in Frost for Claude A. Young, 72, a resident of Frost. He died Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Officiating were the Rev. B. W. Johnson and the Rev. Woody Flynt, pastor of the Frost United Methodist Church, with burial following in Frost Cemetery.

A retired pipeline company employee, Young was a lifelong resident of Frost.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Irene Young of Frost; a son, Claude D. Young of Duncanville; a daughter, Mrs. Loraine Rose of Duncanville; a brother, Walter Young of Waxahachie; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Rowland of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Paul Shafer, Johnny Cherry, Timmie Young, Wallace Wilbanks, Garland Terry and Ricky Rose.

The Blooming Grove Times - Sept 27, 1978


Willard Dean Hohenberger
Dec 23, 1917 - May 22, 1979

Hohenberger Services Held

Willard D. Hohenberger, a Frost resident, died May 22, 1979, at the age of 62.

He was born in Honey Grove, Texas.

Funeral services were under the direction of Rev. Jim Baggett in the Frost Baptist Church. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow, Josephine Hohenberger, Frost; one daughter, Miss Nedra Hohenberger, Fort Worth; one son, Jimmy Hohenberger, Frost; mother, Mrs. Mary Hohenberger, Greenville; three sisters - Mrs. Pauline Green, Farmersville, Mrs. Erma Hadaway, Bridgeport, Mrs. Lillie Mae Canida, Paris, Texas; a brother, Wilburn Hohenberger, Denison; a grandson, Benjy Hohenberger, Frost; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were members of IOOF Lodge #364.

The Blooming Grove Times - May 30, 1979


Jerrod William Rachel
June 27, 1991 - March 23, 2009

Drowning victim found

Teen's body recovered from lake
From Staff Reports

After a week-long search of waters near the U.S. Highway 287 bridge on Richland Chambers Reservoir, Texas game wardens and officers from the Tarrant Regional Water District recovered the body of 17-year-old Jerrod Rachel at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Rachel, a senior at Cross Roads High School in Malakoff, and his grandfather, Jerry King, 72, of Athens, were reported missing March 24. Divers from the Texas Department of Public Safety recovered King's body March 27.

King's pontoon boat was found lodged in standing timber near Hickey Island north of the U.S. Highway 287 bridge on the 41,000-acre lake in Navarro County.

A fisherman at Oak Cove Marina reported seeing King's pontoon boat drift past the afternoon of March 24 but initially thought the occupants were just out of sight. The boat's global positioning system indicated that it began drifting approximately one-half mile south of the bridge. Game wardens reconstructed the boat's track across the lake using the GPS and have focused search efforts along a broad swath of water along that path.

Texas game wardens, the Tarrant Regional Water District, the Henderson County Sheriff's Department, the Navarro County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety all participated in the search. Game Warden Capt. Gary Dugan led the Richland Chambers water search.

“Obviously, we’re relieved that we’ve found Jerrod and his family can start to get some closure on this,” Dugan said. “It's a real tragedy. Here we have a case of a grandfather and grandson going fishing — one of the most wholesome family activities I can think of — and, somewhere along the way and probably in a matter of seconds, it all went wrong.”

Navarro County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Cox praised local relief agencies, including the Salvation Army and the Red Cross, for their assistance to the crews conducting the search. Assistance to law enforcement was also provided by the Richland/Chambers 287 Volunteer Fire Department, Cox added.

“We have a great support system in our volunteers,” Cox said.

Cox also commended Jerry Jordan and the staff of Oak Cove Marina for the assistance provided during the search for King and Rachel.

“He went above and beyond to help in the rescue effort with support and facilities ... I can’t say enough about him,” Cox said.

Navarro County Justice of the Peace Bob McQuary ruled the cause of Rachel's death as accidental drowning, and did not order an autopsy.

Funeral services for King are being held at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Athens. No services have been announced for Rachel.


Jerrod William Rachel

Jerrod William Rachel, 17, of Cross Roads passed away March 23, 2009, on Richland-Chambers Reservoir with his grandfather, Jerry King. Jerrod was born on June 27, 1991, in Tyler. He was a lifelong resident of Henderson County. Jerrod was a senior at Cross Roads High School and a member of the varsity golf team. He had recently been invited by the U.S. Junior Tour to play golf at St. Andrews in Scotland this July. While in high school, Jerrod participated in varsity golf and track. Although his plans for after high school had not been finalized he was interested in pursuing a degree and would eventually join the family business. Jerrod's passions were fishing, hunting, golf and welding. The weekend prior to his passing he and another senior entered a bumper-pull trailer that they had fabricated in the ag mechanics competition at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and took second in their class.Jerrod lived each day to the fullest and enjoyed life with all of his heart. He was always willing to help and rarely met a stranger. In his short 17 years, he experienced more than most of us experience in a lifetime. He enjoyed the yearly pheasant hunts with the Carthage Gang in South Dakota as well as hunting and fishing at the cabin with the guys. He had caught an 8' 9" trophy striped marlin in Cabo San Lucas this past Christmas and always enjoyed a good turkey hunt at adopted Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Sue's place in the hills of Tennessee with friend Joey Bell. Jerrod was a well-traveled and intelligent son who brought much joy to his parents and family. He was always willing to listen but was subject to speak his mind with better ideas. His summers were spent working for his Poppy and dad at King Sand and Gravel where he had mastered operation of all equipment on the grounds. Jerrod liked to play hard but worked as hard as he played. Jerrod is survived by parents, Mike and Lori Rachel of Cross Roads; Nana, Kay King of Athens; Grandad and Gramma, Bill and Glynell Ford Rachel of Azle; great-grandmother, Lelia May Garner of Tyler; great-grandparents, Vivian and Maggie Nell Ford of Athens; Uncle Randy and Aunt Rena'te Paroline of Opelika; Uncle Phillip and Aunt Michelle Foster of Azle; Uncle Jeff and Aunt Melissa Randall of Clyde; Uncle Jody King of Samaria; Uncle Gary and Aunt Debbie Reaves of Athens; numerous great-uncles and great-aunts; cousins Rachel and Rebekah Foster of Azle, Austin and Alyssa Randall of Clyde, Jonathan and Ryan Davis of Austin, Alicia and Zachary King of Samaria; godfather Jeff Cook of Winnsboro; godmother Lanna Meador of Malakoff; best friend Cody Bass of Malakoff; adopted sister Bailey Bass of Malakoff; and special friend Chelsea Tapley of Malakoff. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cooper Funeral Home in Athens. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at First United Methodist Church on Lovers Lane in Athens with Frank Upchurch officiating. Pallbearers will be cousin Dakota Neill, members of the Class of 2009 Cody Bass, Eric Van Dusen, John Talley, Michael Garcia and Claycee Kjeldgaard. Honorary pallbearers will be longtime friend Joey Bell and the Cross Roads High School Senior Class of 2009.In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to one of the following organizations: American Red Cross, Corsicana Chapter D.A.T., 701 W. Second Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110; United Response Search and Rescue Team, P.O. Box 1463, Midlothian, TX 76065; or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Division. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home, Athens.


Jose Martinez

Missing toddler found safe; mother's boyfriend death rule suicide

Body of mother's boyfriend found nearby
From Staff Reports

By Bob Belcher - Daily Sun

The search for a Navarro County toddler reported missing Tuesday ended shortly before noon Wednesday with the discovery of the child locked in a car, and the boyfriend of the child's mother dead from an apparent suicide.

Corsicana Police received a telephone call shortly before noon Wednesday which lead them to the 3500 block of Oak Valley Road, a semi-rural area on the southwest side of Corsicana, according to Navarro County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Cox. Arriving officers found missing 18-month-old toddler, Jasliene Morales, alive and well, locked inside a Ford Explorer with windows rolled up. The deceased body of her mother's boyfriend, Jose Martinez, who had the child, was found nearby.

A car window was broken to gain access to rescue the child from the rising interior temperature of the vehicle. She was transported to Navarro Regional Hospital by Corsicana Fire Department Ambulance for a complete medical evaluation, Cox said. While no official word on the child's condition was available from medical personnel, Cox said the child appeared “none the worse for wear,” in a news release provided to media shortly after the discovery.

The child had been dropped off with Martinez on Monday afternoon, and had not been seen since about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to a report filed Tuesday afternoon with Navarro County Sheriff's deputies by Sandra Espinoza, the little girl's mother. The department issued an alert for the missing child and Martinez.

The body of Jose Martinez was found nearby the vehicle on Oak Valley Road. Justice of the Peace Bob McQuary was called to the scene where he conducted an inquest and ruled Martinez's death a suicide. McQuary did not order an autopsy.

Cox said there was no suicide note found at the scene. The department's investigation is still “open” Cox added.

“Anytime there is a case involving a recovered missing child, we take every precaution until we’re satisfied that the child is safe and well,” he said.
Corsicana Daily Sun

Dr. W. R. "Will Roy" Matthews
Apr 1, 1914 - Mar 31, 2009

Dr. W.R. "Will Roy" Matthews
Dr. W.R. "Will Roy" Matthews died on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the age of 94, at his home in Mexia. Dr. Matthews was born in Dawson on April 1, 1914, to Freddie Bell and Ennis Autrey Davidson Matthews. Dr. Matthews was the second child of nine children and the oldest son. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Juanita Lee "Pat" Matthews; four sisters, Vestal Lee, Doris, Betty and June; and three brothers, Dewey, Jack and Joe Matthews. Dr. Matthews graduated from Dawson High School and attended John Tarleton College in Stephenville. He graduated from Texas A and M University in 1945 with a degree in veterinary medicine. He practiced vet medicine in Texas for over 30 years. He had a passion for large animals but loved all. He also was a professor of veterinary technology at TSTI in Waco.Dr. Matthews is survived by a son, William P. "Bill" Matthews and wife Carol; a daughter, Linda Matthews Flatt and husband Dicky of Mexia; grandchildren, William Brian Matthews and wife Susan of Enterprise, Ala., and Joe and Rene' Matthews of Lexington, Ky., and Fred and Tiffany Matthews of Memphis, Tenn., Sarah Matthews Havard and husband Dr. Kenneth Havard of Georgetown, Clint and Jill Flatt of Mexia, and Doug and Marika Flatt of Round Rock; and 13 great-grandchildren, Tyler Flatt, Molly Flatt, Annalise Flatt, Tucker Flatt, Finn Flatt, Megan Matthews, Alexis Matthews, Zachary Matthews, Brayden Matthews, Sierra Matthews, Maggie Matthews, Millie Matthews and Molly Matthews. He is also survived by one brother, Freddie Bell Jr. of South Dakota, and his faithful friend, Sylvia Johnson. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be sent to Lara's House, P.O. Box 803, Groesbeck, TX 76642.Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 3, at Dawson City Cemetery with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Porter Funeral Home in Mexia. Pallbearers will be Brian Matthews, Joe Matthews, Fred Matthews, Clint Flatt, Doug Flatt and Tyler Flatt.  Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.


Dorothy "Dee" Phipps
June 9, 1926 - Apr 1, 2009

Dorothy "Dee" Phipps
Dorothy "Dee" Phipps, born June 9, 1926, in Winkler, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana. Dorothy was the daughter of Sara and Cap Phipps and was their sole caretaker until they passed away. She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd Lee Thompson; and brother, Nelson Ray Phipps Sr. She is survived by her sons, Robert and Randall Thompson. She was a retired General Motors employee (AC Delco). She spent the last 40 years of her life as a savvy business woman and entrepreneur. She owned several businesses in her lifetime. She was very involved at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in St. Elmo where she enjoyed helping with the Wednesday evening children's group. She was also active with the Community Care Club of St. Elmo. She was also a member of Corsicana Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge for 50 years. She will be missed by Robert Thompson and wife Lili; Randall Thompson and wife Tonia and their son Ethan; nephew William Phipps and wife June; nieces Becky Ann Phipps, Donna Kay Kellems, and Patricia Jan Venus, and their families. After spending the majority of her life in the St. Elmo area she will also be missed by many other relatives and too many friends to mention. She asked that any donations be made to the Community Care Club of St. Elmo Building Fund. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Corley Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Dan Layne of the Lighthouse of Praise Ministries in Corsicana will be officiating. A graveside service will follow at St. Elmo Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Alexander Wesley Fesmire, Sr.
Jul 17, 1887 - Dec 3, 1909

Wesley Fesmire, aged 22 years, and a son of M. L. Fesmire, died at his home in the Angus community last night and the remains were interred in the Hamilton cemetery this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Deceased is survived by a wife but no children.



-----------(top portion of obituary is torn off) at the age of 22 years. He was ever ready to help others in time of need, and had so lived that when called from this earth he was ready to go. Although he had not talked very much about dying, he bore his sufferings with patience and was always willing to take his medicine, but that dreaded disease, typhoid fever, had gone too far. Everything was done that loving hands could do. He had not been well for some time, but would not give up, but kept on working and thought he would soon be better, but on Sunday, November 26th he took to his bed and never left it again. His dear wife, brother and sisters stayed with him until the end came. He was laid to rest in the Hamilton cemetery on December 4th. Bro. Soary of Waxahachie conducted the funeral services. Many beautiful flowers were placed upon the grae as tokens of love. Weep not, dear ones, Wesley has gone from us to that great beyond to meet his dear mother, where there will be no more partings, and some day we will all go up there, too, and join in one happy band, where sorrow and sickness can never come.

December 20.


Marjorie (Huffman) Cave
d. 2012

Marjorie Cave was born in Cleburne, Texas; however, she raised in Corsicana, Texas. A 1939 graduate of Corsicana High School, she was an expert Rodeo Barrel Racer from the age of 6 years. During her high school years she hosted a weekly KAND talk show called "Tiger Talk." She interviewed students, teachers, and distinguished visitors from Corsicana. After High School, she graduated from Draughons Business College with a diploma in Accounting and Business Management and later attended SME, majoring in Bible History and Christian Education. For 30 years, she taught Old Testament High School Bible Credit for Dallas Independent School District through various churches in the Metroplex. Marjorie married Jim Cave in 1940 and had three children. Following his tenure in the Armed Forces, the Caves moved back to the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. In 1946, Marjorie was the first wife of a WWII Veteran to be elected President of the John Lowe-Joe Smartt American Legion Auxiliary #54, the largest Auxiliary in the World at the time. For many years, she was Women's Director of the Oak Cliff YMCA, where she increased the number of Adult Education Classes from 2 to 22; all with certified teachers. During this time, Marjorie assisted her husband Jim in the founding of the Jim Cave Funeral Home and Insurance Company. In 1957, she took over as President of the insurance company and made it into one of the state's strongest mutual companies. After 27 years as Company President, she stepped down to facilitate a merger with an "old line" insurance company. As a National Parliamentarian, she was very active in club work and politics. She served on the speaker's bureau for Dallas and Oak Cliff and was a favorite after dinner speaker. She served as president of the Oak Cliff Business & Professional Women's Club, American Business Women's Association, and the Altrusa club of Oak Cliff, and organization of Executive Women. For 10 years, she served on the State Board of Directors for Altrusa International and was elected to two terms as Governor of District Nine, Texas, Mexico, and Guatemala. Because of her work with Mexico and Guatemala, she was invited in 1969 by the US Army Air Defense Command to attend a training session at NORAD in Colorado Springs and was appointed Ambassador of Air Defense Artillery. Mrs. Cave was twice elected as "Woman of the Year" by Oak Cliff B&PW Organization. She was also the recipient of the coveted Edith DeBusk "Most Outstanding Presidents Award." Upon retirement in 1984, the Caves made their home at Hide-A-Way Lake where she was active in women's golf and was instrumental in organizing the Ladies Tournament Assoc. and served as their first President. For several years, she was the Volunteer Patient Advocate for Texas University Health Science Hospital in Tyler. The Caves moved to Irving in 1999 where she volunteered at Baylor Health Center Irving-Coppell and Lively Senior Center. Mrs. Cave remained in the area until her death at the age of 90. Mrs. Cave was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Jim Cave, and mother, Madalyn Huffman. She is survived by her children, James Gordon Cave of Haywood, California; Sharon Rebecca Kilmer of Santa Barbara, California, and Marjorie Camille Vinson of Irving; grandchildren Susan Scurlock, Wayne Wickliff, Kris Vinson, Kevin Vinson, and Karla Vinson; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Monday, January 9, 2012 at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Sunday at the funeral home.



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