Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Mary Jo (Sims) Zabcik
Aug 11, 1921 - Nov 5, 2009

Mary Jo Zabcik, 88, of Tyler and formerly of Corsicana, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Grace Care Center of Houston. A beloved widow and mother, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to many entered into God's kingdom after suffering from congestive heart failure due to complications from a recent surgery. Mrs. Zabcik was born in Temple on Aug. 11, 1921. As a young child, she had a passion for music, particularly the piano. In 1943 she graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor University majoring in music education. She married Edwin J. Zabcik on March 21, 1944, and began her career teaching music and marching band to high school students in Giddings. Her ambition as a private piano teacher began in Woodville where she also served as the full-time organist for First Baptist Church. Following her husband's job transfers, she served as the accompanist for First Baptist Church in both Palestine and Paris, Texas. Her career also expanded to teaching elementary music from 1958 to 1968 in both Texas locations. In 1968, Mary Jo moved to Corsicana and taught grade level classes for several years with CISD. After retirement, she taught private piano, served as a pianist for her Sunday school class, and enjoyed singing with the "Solid Rockers" of First Baptist Church in Corsicana. In her later years, her greatest joy was providing piano accompaniment for various nursing homes throughout Corsicana. While in Corsicana, Mrs. Zabcik was also an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Kinsloe House, The Literary Club, Texas Retired Teachers Association, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and a supporter of the Mary Hardin-Baylor Alumni. Favorite pastimes included playing the piano, working crossword puzzles, singing in the church choir, and staying in touch with friends. She was most proud of two awards: International Hall of Fame of Music Guild of USA and the Alumni Award from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Mary Jo was a faithful and longtime member of First Baptist Church in Corsicana. After relocation to Tyler, she joined Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler and became an active member of the singing group "Highest Praise."She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; and parents, Joe and Mary Ann Sims. Survivors include her daughters, Eleanor Barnett and her husband Dick of Tyler and Libby Risinger and her husband David of Houston; four grandchildren, Jonathan Barnett and his wife Kathy from Sunland, Calif., James Barnett of Pretoria, South Africa, Colin Risinger of Houston and Melanie Risinger of New York; one sister, Kathryn Rose Sims of Dallas; one brother-in-law, Clarence John Zabcik and his wife Elaine, also of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with the Rev. B.F. Risinger Jr. officiating and assisted by Brother Bill Honea. A 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, graveside service has been set at Bellwood Memorial Park, 8575 Airport Road, Temple. Pallbearers will be Dick Barnett, David Risinger, John Barnett, James Barnett, Colin Risinger and Melanie Risinger. Flowers are appreciated or contributions can be made to the music department of First Baptist Church of Corsicana. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Albert O. Fitzgerald
Feb 5, 1877 - Sep 27, 1888

With much regret we announce the death of Mr. J.T.S. Fitzgerald's little 11 year old boy whose death was caused by falling from the crib onto a shed below, breaking his neck. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.


  • [Albert O. Fitzgerald Feb 5, 1877 - Sep 27, 1888 Son of Jesse Thomas Schuyler Fitzgerald & Mary Elizabeth (Fredrick) Shepherd-Fitzgerald - White Church Cemetery]
  • Items from Oct 1, 1888 The Blooming Grove Enterprise. This was the first paper to be published here, running but a short time, two years before the starting of the Blooming Grove Rustler.
  • Reprinted in The Blooming Groves Times Vol XLVII No 28, Aug 4, 1939
  • Submitted by Virginia Crilley

John Mason Childers
1819 - Oct 13, 1890

J. M. Childers. Died at his residence, Cryer Creek, ages 71 years at 6:30 Monday. His death was caused by old age and general debility. Mr. Childers was one of Navarro's pioneers, having settled here in the '60s. He leaves a host of friends to console his children and grandchildren. He was buried in the Cryer Creek Cemetery Tues


  • The Blooming Groves Times, Vol XLVII No 28, Aug 4, 1939
  • Submitted by Virginia Crilley
  • Although this obituary came out in the August 4, 1939 Blooming Grove Times, it was a reprint from  Volume I, No. 19, Page Two of the Friday, October 17, 1890 Blooming Grove Rustler.  The Rustler had been donated to the Times, so they decided to re-print it one page at a time.  They determined from this donated copy that the Blooming Grove Rustler's first publication was June 27, 1890. Karen Rost

  • I do believe that this is actually John Mason Childress that is listed in Cryer Creek along with his wife and a son.  His dates should be 1819 - Oct 13, 1890 because the paper came out on a Friday.


Minerva Alice (Ritter) Armstrong
Apr 22, 1859 - Apr 9, 1939

The Blooming Groves Times
Vol XLVIII No 12
April 14, 1939

Funeral Service held for Mrs. J.C. Armstrong Monday. Mrs. J.C. Armstrong was born in Benton County, Arkansas April 22, 1859, died at the home of her son in the Emhouse community Sunday morning at nine o'clock.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Baptist Church of which Mrs. Armstrong had been a faithful member for many years.

Rev. W. O. Patterson, pastor of the First Baptist Church assisted by Rev. Rawlins Cherryhomes, pastor of the Christian church, conducted the rites.

Surviving are five sons, L.W. Armstrong, Emhouse; Mose Armstrong, Corsicana; Pruitt, Sol and Jack Armstrong, Blooming Grove; 3 daughters, Mrs. G.P. Wilson, Barry; Mrs. J.A. Harrington, Crosbyton, and Mrs. Earl Stokes, Five points; a sister, Mrs. C.D. Idlett, Blooming Grove, a brother, W.M. Ritter, Negley; 33 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Grandsons were pallbearers. Interment was made in the Grange Hall Cemetery.


Carl Dean Hatley, Jr.
Nov 4, 1947 - Nov 6, 2009

Carl Dean Hatley, Jr. of Dawson, Texas, born on November 4th of 1947, went to be with our Lord on November 6th of 2009 at 62 years of age. He was a Gate Attendant at Oak Park of Navarro Mills Lake from October 2007 until October 2009. He retired from the City of Dallas, Texas in August of 2006 as an equipment operator. He honorably served in the United States Navy from 1965-1970 aboard the USS Persistent (MSO- 491), having made two deployments in Vietnam. During his service he was awarded three Bronze Stars for Valor, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, and Battle Excellence Award.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Carl Dean Hatley, Sr.

Carl is survived by his wife, Sandra Faye Hatley of Dawson, Texas; son, Wesley Dean Hatley and wife Dana R. Hatley of Norfolk, Virginia; daughter Angela Marie Skilling Collins and husband Jerod Collins of Hubbard, Texas; daughter Charlotte Upton and Glen Fuller of Dawson, Texas; mother Emma Louise Hatley of Red Oak, Texas; sister, Carolyn Hobbs and husband Randy Hobbs of Red Oak, Texas; grandchildren David Chaffin, Troy Milner, Jr., Jessica Milner, David York, Kim Milner, Wesley Hatley, Jr., Cassie Skilling, MiKayla Skilling, Megan Hatley and three great-grand children.

Memorial services to be held Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 at 11:00 am at the Community Chapel Pentecostal Church at 502 N.E. 4th St. Hubbard, Texas, with Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating. Memorial Services are being provided by Wade Funeral Home of Hubbard, Texas.

Honorary pallbearers are Jackie (Bill) Owens, Willie Skilling, Jesse Hunt, Rodney Whaley, and the Numerous Physicians from Baylor Medical Center of Dallas who attended to his care.

Memorial services: Wednesday November 11, 2009, 11:00 - am at Community Chapel Pentecostal Church


Charles Franklin "Frank" Bryan, Dr.
Aug 5, 1874 - Jul 6, 1939


Dr. C. F. Bryan, aged 64 years, physician here for the past 19 years, died at his home in Exall Heights Addition late Wednesday night after being in ill health for some time.
Funeral services were held from the First Presbyterian church Thursday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Interment was in Oakwood cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, of Corsicana; a son Lyle Bryan, Huntsville; a daughter, Mrs. Amos Harwell, Corsicana; and three brothers, Lonnie Bryan, Albert Bryan and Ollie Bryan, all of Willow Springs, Mo.
Masons were pallbearers.
Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.


James Marion Minatra - Infant
June 21, 1945 - June 21, 1945

Funeral services for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben N. Minatra, of Kerens, were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Grange Hall Cemetery. The child died Thursday.
Survivors include the parents; Mrs. Lida Minatra of Kerens, grandmother, and Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Alsup, Navarro, grandparents.
The Corley Funeral Home was in charge.


Ormus Cleomus Minatra
Mar 20, 1880 - Nov 18, 1939


O. C. Minatra, aged 59 years, will known resident of the Drane community, died Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after a two day's illness. Funeral rites were held Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Methodist church in Blooming Grove with burial in the Blooming Grove Cemetery. [Dresden]. Mr. Minatra had resided in Navarro County for 40 years or more. He resided three miles west of Drane.
Surviving are his wife, four children, Mrs. Hoyt Monroe, Corsicana; Herschel Minatra, Drane; Mrs. Bruce Denbow, Corsicana, and Miss Dean Minatra, Drane; two grandchildren, two brothers, Odie Minatra, Austin, former superintendent of the State Home here, and C. C. Minatra, San Angelo, and a sister, Mrs Minnie Dovall, Grass Valley, California.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Van P. Morrison, pastor of the church. Robert Calvert, Hillsboro attorney, made a short talk, Calvert has been employed by Mr. Minatra while a student on the State Home here years ago.



Prominent Farmer Buried Sunday

Funeral services for O. C. Minatra, aged 59 years, a prominent farmer of this community, who died suddenly at his home near Blooming Grove at 2 p.m. Saturday, were held at the local Methodist church Sunday at 4 p.m. with Rev. Van P. Morrison, pastor, conducting the rites, assisted by Rev. Rawlins Cherryhomes, pastor of the Christian church, and the Hon. Robert Calvert, who is a close friend of the family, spoke briefly, paying tribute to the deceased.

Mr. Minatra had been a prominent farmer of this community for the past twenty years, during which time, through his friendly nature and by his many good deeds, he had won the good will and friendship of all who knew him.

Survivors are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Hoyt Moore and Mrs. Bruce Denbow, Corsicana, and Miss Dean Minatra, of Blooming Grove; a son, Herschel Minatra, Blooming Grove; two brothers, Odie Minatra, Austin, former Sup't State Orphans' Home, 1919 to 1925, and C. C. MInatra, San Angelo; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Dovell, Grass Valley, Calif.

Pallbearers were Jim Sutton, John Elrod, Joe Baker, John McDonald, S. S. Baggett and J. A. Sims.

Interment was made in the Dresden cemetery, with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge.

Dresden and Vicinity Items

The entire community was deeply grieved Saturday when it was learned that Mr. Pet Minatra was dead. The community has lost a loyal, useful citizen, who was at all times ready to help one in need. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Nov 24, 1939
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Gertie Mae (Turner) Price
Aug 13, 1889 - Jan 10, 1929


Mrs. Gertie Mae Price, aged 29, wife of J. S. Price, died at her home in the Humble production camp, south of Mildred, early Thursday morning from flu-pneumonia. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Church of Christ, Rev. J. L. Hines officiating. Interment was made in Oakwood cemetery.
The deceased is survived by her husband; four children, Edith Howard, Frank and Joseph Jr.; father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Turner, Poteau, Oklahoma; and two sisters residing in Ptaeau.
Pallbearers were J. H. Wilson, J. C. Wright, Joe Watson, A. C. Blackmon, W. F. Meadow and Geo. Cox.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Corsicana Funeral Parlor.


Earl Jordan Jones
Jan 18, 1915 - Mar 2, 1987

Earl Jones
Earl J. Jones, 72, of Corsicana, died Monday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home with the Rev. William E. Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be members of the Corsicana Masonic Lodge No. 174


Cora Mae Rogers
abt 1898 - Mar 4, 1987

Cora M. Rogers, 89, or Purdon, died Wednesday at her home.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.
She was a native and life-long resident of Purdon and a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Paul Rogers of Houston; two daughters, Billie Tate of Corsicana and Doshie Kyser of Hillsboro; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


James R. Counts
Nov 8, 1926 - Mar 31, 1987

James Counts
James R. Counts of Avalon died Tuesday at Baylor Hospital Dallas.
Arrangements are with Boze and Mitchell Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Finley Counts of Avalon; a daughter, Cynthia Counts of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Al Stimson of Dallas; and other relatives including E. L. Finley Jr. and Joyce Christian, both of Corsicana


Vonia Sheppard
Sep 17, 1906 - Mar 4, 1987

Vonia Sheppard
Vonia Sheppard, 80, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Corsicana Nursing Home.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with the Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include a nephew, Bruce Evans of Richardson.


Vesta  (Miles) Harris
d. March 3, 1987

Vesta Harris
Vesta Miles Harris, 91, of Corsicana, died Tuesday at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Rice officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 63 years and a Methodist.
Survivors include a nephew S. J. Miles, Jr. of Corsicana; two nieces Anita Weems and Ersie Woodard all of Corsicana; and several great-nices ad nephews.
Pallbearers will be S. J. Miles Jr., Monta Miles Marshall Weems, Chuck Weems, Red Posey, Darrell Posey, Randy Cox, and Andy Cox


Bess (Miller) Scarbrough-Pugh
abt 1898 - Aug 1983

Mrs. Bess Scarbrough Pugh
Mrs. Bess Scarbrough Pugh, 85, of Corsicana, died Saturday afternoon in Corsicana.
She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. T. A. Miller.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery with Claude Holcomb officiating.
Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Chester S. Pugh Sr. of Redding, Calif.; a son, Hawkins Scarbrough of Austin; a daughter, Mrs. Clyde E. Johnson Sr.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dr. Will Miller and Paul Miller, both of Corsicana.


Katherine "Katie\Kate" (Crawford) Widener
Apr 3, 1898 - Aug 25, 1983

Mrs. Katie Widener
Mrs. Katie Widener of Dubberly, La. died Thursay in Minden, La.
Service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Navarro Mills Baptist Church with the Rev. John Kinnaird officiating.
Arrangements are with Corley Funeral Home. Burial will be at Dawson Cemetery.
She was the widow of Jessie Widener, who died in 1958.
Survivors include one son, A. J. of Barry; a daughter, Edna Vernell Shelton of Dubberly; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a great-grandchild; a brother, Rubin Crawford of Grand Prairie; three sisters, Mrs. Lillian Garner of Tyler, Mrs. Lela Chandler of Houston and Mrs. Kathleen Kessler of New Hampshire.
Pallbearers are Lindon McCulloch, Shirley McCulloch, BIlly Joe McCulloch, Ross Crawford, Worsham Crawford and Wilson Griffin.


Jesse D. Greer
April 25, 1912 - Ma 13, 1960

J. D. Greer Dies Friday At Noon
J. D. Greer, Northwest Apartments 4-c, died shortly after noon Friday at his residence following an extended illness.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Corley Funeral Home.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Thelma Greer, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Willia Horton, Rice, and Mrs. Betty Jo Phillips, Hawaii; and a son, Jesse Don Greer, Corsicana.



Sunday Rites For J. D. Greer

Funeral services for J. D. Greer will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Rice Baptist church with Claude Gordon, pastor, conducting the final rites. Interment will be in the Rice Cemetery.

A resident of Rice for a number of years, Mr. Greer, 47, died Friday noon at his residence in Corsicana after an extended illness.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. J. D. Greer, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. A. L. Horton, Rice, and Mrs. R. A. Phillips, Hawaii; one son, Jesse Don Greer, Corsicana; mother, Mrs. Ollie Greer, Rice; five sisters, Mrs. A. Murphy, Lancaster, Mrs. Finis Griffith, Eustace, Mrs. Eva Craw, Victorville, Calif., Miss Edith Greer, Terrell, and Mrs. Lucille Reynolds, Bardwell; two brothers, W. L. and J. L. Greer, Jr., both of Rice; four grandchildren, and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Bates, Price Pate, Clarence Mahaley, Floyd Brewer, James Marriott and Charlie Szenasi.

Corley Funeral Home directs.


Ollie Lorine (Ezzell) Greer
Aug 16, 1882 - Jan 3, 1967

Mrs. Greer, 84, Rites Thursday
Mrs. Ollie Greer, 84, longtime resident of Henderson and Navarro counties, died in Twilight Nursing Home Tuesday night.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Rice Cemetery.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Thelma A. Murphy, Lancaster; Mrs. Pearl J. Griffith, Eustace; Mrs. Eva F. Craw, Victorville, Calif.; Mrs. Edith R. Greer, Terrelll, and Mrs. Lucille Reynolds Barwell; a son Willie L. Greer, Corsicana; 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and other relatives.


Zackry T. "Ruff" Edens
Feb 19, 1847 - Aug 6, 1921

Z. T. (Ruff) Edens, aged 72 years, and for many years a citizen of this county, died at the Exchange Hotel, the home of his sister, Mrs. Rosa Hughes, at 2 o'clock this morning after a long illness. He was never married but is survived by many relatives, the family being one of the most prominent in the county. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock, and interment will be in Oakwood. Rev. W. T. Ingram of the Cumberland Presbyterian church will officiate and the following will act as pall bearers:
Active - Pole Edens, Reuben Edens, Allen Edens, Wesley Edens, John Hughes, Rowland Puryear, Wilmot Curtis, WIll Thompson, Tom Hughes, and Joe Hughes.
Honorary - alter Hayes, Julian Carter, B. J. Shaw, Jack Hayes, E. R. Glover, C. C. Walton, John Bressie, A. M. Milligan, Dr. Cross, Dr. Shell, Richard Mays, Cliff Bowen, James Pugh, Will Pugh, Lacy Wills and Clarence Pittman.



Remains Interred Yesterday.

The remains of the late Z. T. (Ruff) Edens, were interred in Oakwood yesterday afternoon, and the last sad rites were largely attended and there were many numerous beautiful floral offerings.


Walter Lee Stewart
Nov 5, 1895 - June 29, 1971

Funeral Services for Walter L. Stewart, who died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital,
were to be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Corley Chapel, with the Rev. Eugene Wood officiating.
Burial was to be at Hamilton Cemetery.
The Angus native was a retired highway department employee, a member of the Methodist Church and a
veteran of World War I.
Surviving are his widow of Corsicana, two brothers, four sisters, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers include H. E. Crumbley, Bert Jones, Fred Ware, Frank Ware, A. C. Cox, H. C. Conant, Walter Davis and Andrew Steele.




Funeral services for Walter L. Stewart, who died Tuesday morning at Navarro County Memorial Hospital, will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel, with the Rev. Eugene E. Wood officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.

A native of Angus, Stewart had resided in that community until approximately a year ago when he moved to Corsicana. He was a retired maintenance operator for the Texas Highway Department, a member of the Methodist Church and a veteran of World War I.

He is survived by his widow of Corsicana; two brothers, Elmer Stewart of Spring and Ernest Stewart of Angus; four sisters, Mrs. Clara Northern of Corsicana, Mrs. Sue Turner of Angus, and Miss Martha Stewart and Mrs. Aline Dockery of Corsicana; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Alvin Jerome Marks
Jul 3, 1920 - Jun 1971

Alvin J. Marks of EL Paso, a native of Corsicana, died Tuesday in Houston following heart surgery. Funeral arrangements are pending in El Paso.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Marks of Corsicana, he is a graduate of Corsicana High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He has been active in the business life of El Paso, having served as president of American Furniture Co. and having been involved in investments over the past several years.
He is survived by his widow, one son and one daughter, all of El Paso, as well as by his parents.


Roy Thomas Cain
May 7, 1910 - Jun 29, 1971

Graveside services for Roy Cain, 61, who died Tuesday at Evergreen Nursing Home, will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Modrell Cemetery. The Rev. Eugene Wood will officiate.
A painting contractor, Cain was a native of Canton, Ohio, and had made his home in Corsicana for 15 years.
No survivors listed.


Henry Grady Holmes
Dec 30, 1890 - June 29, 1971

Henry Grady Holmes, 80, Dallas resident and native of Corsicana, died Tuesday in Dallas. He was a retired accountant of Magnolia Petroleum Co., now Mobil Oil.
Funeral rites will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dallas with graveside rites and burial following at 1 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery here under direction of Corley Funeral Home.
He is survived by two sons, Charles and Henry Holmes, both of Dallas; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. D. A. Nichols and Mrs. Hayes Bonner, both of Corsicana; and a brother, R. L. Holmes, Dallas.


Kenneth B. Meador
d. Dec 21, 1969

Kenneth Meador Rites Pending
Funeral arrangements are pending at Hassel and Foster Funeral Home in Athens for Marine Pvt. Kenneth B. Meader who was killed Dec. 21 in Vietnam.
His body was due to arrive in Athens Tuesday.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Meador of Corsicana; a sister, Virginia Smith of Plano; and a brother, Mark Meador of Corsicana.


Dave Packer Grady
June 28, 1898 - Dec 30, 1969

Rites Pending For D. P. Grady
Funeral services were pending at the McCormick Funeral Home in Blooming Grove for D. P. Grady of Mineola, who died Tuesday.
Survivors include his daughter Hilda Jo Naquin of Palestine, five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. C. N. Wilkerson of Corsicana, Mrs. B. H. Kirkland and Miss Elizabeth Grady of Blooming Grove.


Grady Services

Funeral services were to be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. from the McCormick Chapel in Blooming Grove for D. P. Grady of Mineola, who died Tuesday, with Rev. Mel Hardin officiating and interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Grady of Mineola; a daughter Mrs. Jules Naquin of Palestine; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. B. H. Kirkland of Wichita Falls, Mrs. C. N. Wilkinson of Corsicana, and Miss Elizabeth Grady of Blooming Grove.
Pallbearers included Bruce McCormick, Wallace Germany of Dallas, Drew Gillen, Miller Reid, J. D. George and R. W. George Jr.


James Dewey Walker
Feb 16, 1900 - Dec 29, 1969

Walker Rites
Funeral services for J. D. Walker were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel. The rites were conducted by the Rev. Gerald Williamson, with interment in the Dresden Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, one daughter, two grandchildren, one brother and two sisters.



J. D. Walker Dies Monday

J. D. Walker, 69, a native of Blooming Grove, died Monday in Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Chapel. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. Gerald Williamson with interment in the Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. J. D. Walker of Corsicana, one daughter, Mrs. A. A. Armstrong, Jr. of Houston; two grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Walker of Ennis and two sisters, Mrs. H. C. Smithen, Sr. and Mrs. O. A. Loosier both of Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Clyde Sharrer, L. C. Cooke, M. E. Lake, A. A. Armstrong, Sr., Claude Taylor and H. C. Smithen, Jr.


Joseph Calvin Browning
Nov 5, 1881 - Sep 1, 1952

J. C. Browning Rites Tuesday
Funeral services for J. C. Browning, 70, who died of a heart attack Monday afternoon, will be held from the McCammon Chapel Tuesday at 5 p.m.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church of which he was a Deacon. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Browning suffered the heart attack shortly after 12 noon while at work at the R. and M. Shoe Shop, 215 North Beaton street. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital in a McCammon ambulance.
He had been a long-time resident of Corsicana and had been in the shoe repair business for many years.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Calvin Browning, New Orleans; a grandson; a sister, Mrs. Sudie Jetton, Kerens, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be E. C. Lee, John B. Davis, Virgil Williamson, A. Scott Lowry, Roy Bristow and Frank V. Williams.



J. C. Browning Rites Tuesday

Funeral rites for J. C. Browning, 70, shoe repairman, who died Monday noon, were held Tuesday at 5 p.m. from the McCammon Chapel.

The services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Shamburger, pastor of the First Baptist church of which Browning was a deacon.

Burial was in
Oakwood cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a son, Calvin Browning, New Orleans; a grandson; a sister, Mrs. Sudie Jetton, Kerens, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were E. C. Lee, John B. Davis, Virgil Williamson, A. Scott Lowry, Roy Bristow and Frank V. Williams.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wed., Sep 3, 1952

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

  • h/o Inez (Wilcoxson) Browning s/o John Landers Browning & Mary E. (Allison) Gilkey- Browning (John L. Browning married Mary E. Gilkey Hill county, Texas Dec. 8, 1875—Sudie Jetton is ˝ sister to Joseph Calvin Browning- Henry B. Gilkey is also ˝ brother – Joseph's death certificate says s/o Mary Allison)

Daisy Myrtle (Phillips) Burney
Mar 9, 1904 - Sep 28, 1968

Burney Rites
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Daisy Burney, 64, who died Saturday. The Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Ketley, Kenneth <??>, Don Tekell, Don Lake, June Clark, and R. A. Bain.
Surviving are a son, a daughter, a sister, a brother, four step-daughters, and other relatives.


Grace Lightfoot

Mertens Services
Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mertens Baptist Church for Mrs. Grace Lightfoot, 68, lifelong Mertens resident who died Saturday here. The Rev. Joe Waltz officiated. Burial was in the Richland Cemetery at Mertens.
Survivors are a daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, one brother and a sister.


  • Corsicana Semi Weekly Light

Roland England Hughes
Sep 23, 1847 - Feb 15, 1919

Had Been Resident Here Thirty-Seven Years
From Saturday's Daily.

R. E. Hughes, who had been a well known and highly esteemed citizen here for thirty seven years, was taken suddenly sick at his place of business late Thursday afternoon and was taken to the P. and S. hospital for treatment, died there last night. The deceased was born in Lexington, Ky., September 23, 1847, and was seventy one years of age his last birthday.
He came to Navarro County thirty seven years ago. He engaged in farming near here for several years, but of late years had been in the transfer business here. During his long residence here he made many warm friends who are pained at his death, and who will bourn his departure as the going away of one of our best citizens.
The deceased is survived by these grown children: Mrs. Anna Johnson, of Fort Worth; Mrs. Kate Welch of Kansas; Mrs. Richard Anderson of Winkler; J. C. and Tom Hughes of Corsicana and Joe Hughes of Houston. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, from the home of his son, Tom Hughes, 204 South Fourteenth Street, with Rev. J. W. Hornbeak officiating.
The pallbearers follow: Active - W. C. Douglas, Leon Guynes, Lacy Wills, A. W. Hewitt, Jim Pugh, Frank Sikes. Honorary - E. O. Vaughn, A. K. Seagroves, Gus Weidman, Dr. T. B. Sadler, A. W. Levermann, J. T. Robinson, R. M. Lockhart, A. S. Vann, A. E. Collum, J. H. Douglas, Ed Glvoer, S. M. Ransom, P. C. Townsend, Mike Froley, Dr. J. M. V. Wills, S. H. King, Doak King.


Lynda (Jones) Whistler
Aug 5, 1952 - Nov 23, 2004

WHISTLER, LYNDA, 52, passed away, November 23, 2004. She was born on August 5, 1952 in Corsicana, TX. Lynda attended and graduated from Henderson High School, where she was crowned Miss HHS. She would go on to attend SFA. During this time she met and married her husband, Chick and moved to Carrollton. From this union, two of her greatest accomplishments were born, her sons. Lynda was a wonderful and perfect wife, mother, sister and friend. She was generous and loyal, always there for her family. She never missed a game or a practice and her selfless actions set a high example for all who knew her. Her family was her proudest and most honored gift. She worked alongside her husband and sons, at the family business, ACT Precision Sheet Metal. Lynda is preceded in death by her father Doyle Jones. She leaves to cherish her legacy and memories, her husband of 31 years, Chick Whistler; her two adored sons, Wade and Colby Whistler; mother, Jean Jones; sister, Gwen Swinney & husband, David; brother, Mike Jones; father-in-law, John Whistler; mother-in-law, Othell Hunt; brother-in-law, James Whistler & wife, Jane; niece, Ashlee Watts; nephew, Brent Stanfield; special family friend, Rick Zullo and numerous family members, friends, and loved ones. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 26, 2004 from 6-8 PM. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2004, 1 PM, at Rhoton Funeral Home Chapel. Interment to follow at Hilltop Memorial Park. Dignity Memorial Rhoton Funeral Home I35 at Crosby Rd. Carrollton (972) 242-5261

Nellie Raye (Patrick) Brown
Feb 25, 1925 - Nov 9, 2009

Nellie Raye Brown, 84, of Corsicana passed away Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born Feb. 25, 1925, in St. Elmo to Thomas G. and Clara Pearl Patrick. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnnie L. Brown; daughter, Elizabeth Simpson; grandson, Jonathan L. Brown; and seven siblings. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Teresa Brown and Johnnie Wayne and Linda Brown, all of Dresden; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Clayton Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Younger Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ray Wayne Rollyson, John Buckhannan, Dustin Allred, Justin Brown, Jarret Brown and Ken Thomas. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Lyda Lynn (Wood) Bussey-Marchman
Sep 6, 1924 - Nov 6, 2009

Lyda Lynn Wood Bussey Marchman was born in Corsicana on Sept. 6, 1924, to James K. Wood, Sr. and Lyda Kate Cheney Wood. She passed away on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, in Dallas. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1941 and entered Baylor University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1945. Her music major was in piano. She did solo recitals and chamber music, but also minored in violin. She enjoyed playing in the Baylor Symphony and Waco Symphony Orchestras. Following graduation Lyda Lynn taught violin and piano at San Marcos Baptist Academy in San Marcos. In 1946, she returned to Baylor University to pursue her master's degree and teach piano there as an instructor. In July 1947, she and Dr. Charles D. Bussey, Dallas surgeon, were married. Lyda Lynn was very active in church music and medical circles. She served as president of the Dallas County Medical Society and of her Music Study Club. She was a member of the Junior Matheon Club, Dallas Woman's Club and the Dallas Garden Club, Pi Beta Phi and Mu Phi Epsilon. She was a member of the Park Cities Baptist Church and First Baptist of Dallas where she played in the First Baptist Church orchestra. After Dr. Bussey's death, Lyda Lynn married Dr. Oscar Marchman Jr., Dallas ophthalmologist, in 1973.Lyda Lynn is survived by her daughter, Lynn Bussey of Dallas; son, Charles Lelland Bussey and his wife Susan of Dallas. Also, she is survived by her stepdaughter, Marilyn Patrick of Plano; stepdaughter, Madalyn and her husband, W.E. "Bill" Jones Jr. of Spring; seven grandchildren, James Francis "Jim" Guittard, Robert Bussey Guittard and his wife Candace, Lauren Bussey Stewart and her husband Dr. Robert Stewart, and Dan C. Bussey, all of Dallas; step-grandchildren, W.E. "Trey" Jones III and his wife Krystal of Ward, Ark., Stephanie Dolliger of Plano, and Jacquelyn Hardy and her husband Richard Hardy Jr. of Cypress; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, Dallas. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel with a private interment at Restland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to the First Baptist Church Orchestra in Dallas or Park Cities Baptist Church Orchestra in Dallas. Arrangements by Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral


Jimmie W. Rutherford
Aug 18, 1920 - Nov 7, 2009

Jimmie W. Rutherford, 89, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, in Corsicana. He was born on Aug. 18, 1920, in Pursley. He was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force retiring as a chief master sergeant after 26 years of service to his country. He later worked at and retired from TSTI in Waco. Mr. Rutherford was preceded in death by his parents, Odie Henry and Lula Mae Rutherford; brothers, Odie "Red" and Willis "Cotton" Rutherford; and a sister, Dorothy Conger. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Rutherford of Corsicana; daughter, Linda Rutherford of Corsicana; sons, Tommy Rutherford and wife Patricia of Waco and Hank Rutherford and companion Mercy Arellano of Cleburne; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Ira Hugh "Pee-wee" Rutherford and wife Barbara of Canton and Willard "Doc" Rutherford and wife Jewell of Kerens; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tommy Rutherford Jr., Sean Rutherford, Jonathan Rutherford, Steve Wilson, Eddie Wilson, Gary Jones, Rob Shane, and Lance Rutherford. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Charles H. Brown
Jan 17, 1918 - Nov 9, 2009

Charles H. Brown, age 91, died at his home on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. He was a physician who practiced medicine in Corsicana from 1956 until his retirement in 1988. He was born on Jan. 17, 1918, to Charles H. Brown and Josie Malin Brown in El Paso, their only son and the youngest of five children. In 1924, his family moved to Breckenridge where he graduated from high school. From there, he went to Tarleton State College in Stephenville, where he met his wife-to-be, Ann Clay. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1940 and then started medical school that same year as part of the first class of Southwestern Medical College in Dallas. He married Ann Clay in 1943 in Fort Worth. In 1944, he graduated from medical school and, after completing his internship, was on active duty for two years with the United States Army Medical Corps, including 12 months in Japan with the United States Occupation Forces. Upon completion of his residency in surgery, he practiced medicine in Fort Worth and Stephenville before moving to Corsicana in 1956 to take a position with the Navarro Clinic. Dr. Brown, as he was known by many, was active in the Navarro County Medical Society, including a term or two as president. He was a member of St. John's Church for 53 years where he served on the vestry and was senior warden of the vestry. He also participated in the Men's Club at the church. He was on the board of directors of the House of Refuge. One of his favorite activities was golf, which he played as long as he could at the Corsicana Country Club. He stayed interested in the activities of everyone in his family. A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Brown's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at St. John's Church with the Rev. Edward Monk and Bishop Sam B. Hulsey officiating. A celebration luncheon in the parish hall will follow the service in the church. Honorary pallbearers will be some of Dr. Brown's friends, Dr. Jim Whitten, Dr. J.D. Carroll, Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. Scott Middleton, Dr. James Price, Fred Grimes, and Bill Regester, along with his three grandsons, James Clay Brown Jr., William Thomas Harrison, and Justin Joseph Gilbert. Dr. Brown is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ann Clay Brown; and their four children, Nancy Brown Harrison of Waco, James Clay Brown of Midland, Mary Brown Gilbert of Euless, and Elizabeth Ann Brown of Corsicana. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Contributions or memorials may be directed to St. John's Church, the House of Refuge, or The Salvation Army. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Gary Gillen
Aug 15, 1941 - Nov 9, 2009

Gary Gillen, 68, of Lakeland, Fla., went to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, due to heart failure and a long battle with cancer. Gary was born Aug. 15, 1941, in Blooming Grove to C.L. and Zola Gillen. He was a loving husband, father and brother, a good friend and neighbor. He was a generous man and cared for others. He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation and retired after 33 years of service. In 2004, Gary and Pat moved to Lakeland, Fla., from Austin to take care of Pat's mother until her death in 2008. He was a deacon at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lakeland. In 2005, he battled cancer and subsequently, the next five years suffered severe continuing health problems. He accepted his tribulations and continued to praise the Lord until his death. He was an encouragement to others. I thank God for the additional five years we had together. In Austin, Gary and Pat had been members of the First Baptist Church of Oakhill and they enjoyed working there many hours. He was preceded in death by beloved son, Stacy Cole Gillen. He leaves to mourn him his wife of 43 years, Pat; brother, Paul (Paula) Gillen of Corsicana; sisters, Betty (Delton) Raley of Dawson and Wanda (Jimmy) Harris of Blooming Grove. I wish to thank family, friends, and neighbors who supported us with love and prayers during this long, hard journey. What a wonderful life we shared. We buried our son together but also had so much happiness and laughter in our life. Some people bring joy when they come into this world, others when they leave it. He was my joy; a light has gone out in my life. I will always be his "Babe." Special thanks to Dr. Luis Franco and staff at Center for Cancer Care for their kind care these last five years. Thanks also to Good Shepherd Hospice for their caring assistance. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16.  Visitation will be at Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin. Family visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14. Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at First Baptist Church of Oakhill in Austin. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Stacy Cole Gillen Memorial Garden Fund at First Baptist Church of Oakhill, 6907 Convict Hill Road, Austin, TX 78749.Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland, Fla.


  • Published in the Corsicana Daily Sun from 11/12/2009 - 11/14/2009
  • also in the Austin American-Statesman, November 13, 2009

Vevie "Sis" (Brooks) Reid-Thomas
Jan 9, 1920 - Nov 11, 2009

Vevie "Sis" Reid Thomas, 89, of Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. Granny Reid was born Jan. 9, 1920. She retired from Adams Hat Factory; after retirement she continued to stay busy working as a caregiver to many people. She also enjoyed working at Blooming Grove Cafe for several years. She moved to Waco in 1999 and continued to work for many organizations. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church in Waco. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Brove Reid and Harvy Thomas; parents, Andrew and Myrtle Brooks; granddaughter, Brenda Kay Hoosier; great-granddaughter, Rachael Reid; and brothers, Buddy Brooks, Ernest Brooks, Merrill Brooks and Willie George Brooks. She is survived by her son, Fred Reid and wife Linda of Longview; daughters, George Ann Grantt and husband Al of Waco and Linda Barber and husband Larry of Waco; grandchildren, LeeAnn Herod, Kim Carrington, Daryl Sharpa, Brandi Garcia, Randy Reid, Pam Turner, Lynn Humphrey and Laura Edwards; a very special sister-in-law and friend, Laverne (Mitiz) Brooks; brothers, Wade Brooks, Charles Brooks, Alvin Brooks; sisters, Adene Cumbie, Maudine Blackmon and Bonnie Faye Price; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Younger Cemetery in Silver City with Grady Cashion officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Martha Christine (Montgomery) Frisby
Nov 5, 1929 - Nov 13, 2009

Martha Christine Montgomery Frisby, 80, of Corsicana passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Hubbard, the daughter of T.C. and Mary Anne (Freeman) Montgomery. She graduated from Mexia High School in 1946 and attended North Texas State Teachers College (now University of North Texas). She and her husband Bob R. Frisby met at Hubbard High School functions and married Nov. 25, 1949, in Mexia during his senior year at Baylor University. She used to joke about marrying Bob so she could travel a lot, and she did. A veteran of World War II, Bob was in ROTC at Baylor, recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict and remained on active duty until August 1975. They retired in Austin since their oldest daughter, Robin, and later Amy were University of Texas fans and eventually graduates. They moved to Corsicana in 1979 to be near Martha's aging parents, and a sister and brother because they were attracted to Corsicana with its small town flavor and proximity to the DFW Metroplex. Martha's travel yen was almost satisfied by their assignments to the Philippines, Germany, and Greece, with side trips to France, England, Holland, Spain, The Holy Land, Liechtenstein (spent five days in world's smallest country because Amy had strep throat), Switzerland, and Italy. Since moving to Corsicana they traveled to Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, all of the Baltic Sea countries, including Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway, and were still thinking of traveling down the river to the Black Sea, but didn't get around to it. In addition to travel, Martha as an incredible cook, great housekeeper and decorator, piano player, and sang alto in many military base officers club and church choirs, including St. John's Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Chancel Choir in Corsicana. She was a wonderful mother of Robin (Mrs. Jeff) Fuller of Show Low Ariz., and Amy Starling of Corsicana, and grandchildren, Rachel Sherman of Phoenix, Ariz., Anna Sherman of Show Low, Ariz., Joshua Starling of Dallas, and Alyssa, Abby, and Annie Starling, all of Corsicana. She is also survived by her sister, and sole survivor of six siblings, Nell Marshall of Beeville, and sister-in-law, Jean Montgomery of Victoria, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were dear to her heart. No man ever had a more loving, caring wife than Bob Frisby, just short of their 60th anniversary. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at First United Methodist Church with Steve Moss officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Pallbearers will be family members. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Campbell, Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. Bob Kingman, and Dr. Charles Biltz. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Rozella "Lucy" (Williams) Johnson
April 1, 1941 - Nov 3, 2009

Rozella "Lucy" Williams Johnson, 68, of Corsicana passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Ross and Johnson Chapel. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. She was born April 1, 1941, in Roane. Rozella attended G.W. Jackson High School. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and also a member of the Mixed Generation Singers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy Williams Sr. and Jewel Lee Jackson Riles; stepfather, Frederick Riles; grandparents, Andrew and Pearl Jackson; brother, Troy Williams Jr.; two children and one grandson. Survivors include three children, Sharron Armstrong (Roderick) of Mesquite, and Paula Stovall and Kerron Hawkins (Anthony), all of Corsicana; six grandchildren, Gordon Banks (Tiara) of Mexia, and Natasha Banks, Keah Hawkins, Cornilus Hawkins (Ashley), the Rev. Christopher Hawkins (LaToya), and Kierra Jordan, all of Corsicana; seven great-grandchildren, Zaryah Banks and Victoria Banks, both of Mexia, Zania Banks, and Cambria Hawkins, Christian Hawkins, Caden Hawkins and Baby J, all of Corsicana; godson, Michael Love of Dallas; sister-in-law, Patsy Spivey Williams of Mexia; family friend, Clifford Barton of Corsicana; and other relatives and friends. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Richard Lumley
Jan 1, 1943 - Nov 12, 2009

Richard Lumley, 66, of Gun Barrel City passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, in Tyler. Mr. Lumley was born on January 1, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo. to Charles and Mildred (Grimmet) Lumley. He was a mechanic. Graveside services will be held at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, with the Rev. Tony Stephens officiating. Pallbearers will be Charles Lumley, David Lumley, Josh Lumley, Jimmy Deueaux, Kelly Whitt, and Chuck Morgan. Mr. Lumley is survived by his wife, Sharon Lumley of Gun Barrel City; children, Terry Lumley of Doniphan, Mo., Charles Lumley of Pursley, and Jay Lumley of Gun Barrel City. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Charleen Deueaux of Corsicana; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Viola Fahrlender
Aug. 7, 1920 - Aug 6, 1990

Fahrlender: Graveside services for Viola Fahrlender, a 69 year old Weatherford, Okla., resident, were held Wednesday at the Greenwood Cemetey of Weatherford. Officiating minister was Gene Hutchinson of Custer City, Okla., of the Clinton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetry under the direction of the Lockstone Funeral Home. Mrs. Fahrlender was born Aug. 7, 1920, at Frost, Texas. She died at her daughter's home in Weatherford Monday afternoon. She was raised in the Frost area. She was married to Harold Fahrlender Sept. 23, 1943, at Brownfield, Texas. They made their home for a short time at Hope, N.M., before moving to the Silver City area, where they lived for 12 years, until 1958. Mr. Fahrlender preceded her in death March 9, 1987. She continued to reside in Weatherford until her death. Mrs. Fahrlender was a member of the Clinton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Memorial may be made to the Hospice oof Western Oklahoma. She is survived by two sons, Harold Fahrlender of Ventura, Calif., and George Fahrlender of Brownfield; two daughters, Violet Anderson of Clinton, Okla., and Georgia Woodruff of Weatherford; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Walter Ward of Lubbovk, Texas, and Searcy Ward of Red Bluff, Calif.; and a sister, Violet Wilson of Brownfield.

Lawrence Journal World - - Thursday, August 9, 1990
Lawrence, Kansas
Graveside services for Viola Fahrlender, 69, Weatherford, Okla., a former Lawrence resident, were Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford with the Rev. Gene Hutchinson officiating.
Mrs. Fahrlender died Monday at her daughter's home in Weatherford.
She was born Aug. 7, 1920, at Frost, Tex., where she lived most of her life.
She was a member of the Clinton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Mrs. Fahrlender and her husband lived in Hope, N.M., for a short time before moving to the Silver City, N.M., area, where they lived for 12 years. They moved to west Texas in 1958, but left there to move to Lawrence in 1973. The two left Lawrence in 1975 and moved to Weatherford.
She married Harold Fahrlender on Sept. 23, 1943, at Brownfield, Tex. He died March 9, 1987.
Survivors include two sons, Harold, Ventura, Calif., and George, Brownfield, Tex.; two daughters, Violet Anderson, Clinton, Okla., and Georgia Woodruff, Weatherford, Okla.; two brothers, Charles Walter Ward, Lubbock, Tex., and Searcy Ward, Red Bluff, Calif.; a sister, Violet Wilson, Brownfield, Tex.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


  • Burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Custer Co., OK; Plot: C

Norris Lee Robinson
Oct 7, 1924 - April 20, 2008

Norris Lee Robinson, of Midland died Sunday, April 20, 2008.

He was born October 7, 1924 to Henry Robinson and Suzie Simpson in Temple, Texas. His family later moved to Frost, Texas where he attended public school. Norris moved to Houston, Texas in 1963 where he joined the Houston Police Department. He later moved to Midland, Texas in 1971 where he united with the Macedonia Baptist Church and became a member of the Sr. Usher Board. Norris was employed at Seat Cover Ace in Odessa, Texas for many years. After retirement, he continued his love for upholstery work on automobiles and home furniture from the shop at his residence. Norris was united in holy matrimony to Ceola Hudspeth on May 11, 1985.

He was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-one years, Ceola Robinson; parents, Henry and Suzie Robinson; sisters, Edna Robinson and Jewel Rowe; brothers, Larry Robinson and James Robinson, and other beloved family members.

Norris leaves to love and cherish his memories, daughter, Cecilia Edwards of Odessa, Texas; stepdaughters, Irish Loudd of Midland, Texas, Belinda Burton and husband Thomas of Missouri City, Texas; stepsons, Larry Hudspeth of Midland, Texas, Glen Hudspeth and wife Sarah of Denver, Colorado, George Hudspeth, Jr. and wife Barbara of Bellville, Illinois; brother, Clarence Robinson of Waco, Texas; sisters-in-law , Eula Zachery and husband Ben of Midland, Texas, Annie Pearl Johnson of Waco, Texas; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and other cherished relatives.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home on Friday, April 25, 2008 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Macedonia Baptist Church with Reverend O.J. Archie officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences please visit

Mae Belle Sharp
July 29, 1925 - June 15, 2003

Mae Belle Sharp, 77, died June 15, 2003 at home. She was born July 29, 1925 in Frost, Texas. She was a homemaker and a resident of Las Vegas for 11 years, from Cut & Shoot, Texas. She is survived by husband, Henry H. of Las Vegas; her son and daughter-in-law, Henry D. & Kathy of Las Vegas; son Dan of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be private. Davis Paradise Valley Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


  • Las Vegas Review-journal

J. C. Tanner
June 5, 1920 - Mar 23, 1997

FORT WORTH -- J.C. Tanner, 76, a retired construction contractor, passed away Sunday, March 23, 1997, at home.

Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Temple Baptist Church. Burial: Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Pallbearers wil be nephews: Bennie Boyd, Jim Gordon, Kenneth Langley, Kevin Boyd, grandson-in-law, Shelby Pierce, and son-in-law, Dell Campbell.

J.C. Tanner was born June 5, 1920, in Corsicana, Texas, to Johnson and Mary Tanner, and was raised in Frost, Texas. He had lived in Fort Worth for 55 years. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and Papaw and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Tanner, and a daughter, Nancy Tanner Campbell.

Survivors: Wife of 55 years, Eugenia "Bea" Tanner; son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Tanner; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Clifford McCullough; granddaughters and grandson-in-law, Tammy McCullough, Kim Ramos and Gina and Shelby Pierce; grandson, Jason McCullough; and great-granddaughter, Katelon Ramos.

Mount Olivet Funeral Home
2301 N. Sylvania Ave., 831-0511

Mildred Elizabeth "Mib" (Goodman) Stevenson
abt 1914 - July 10, 2007

Mildred Stevenson

Mildred Elizabeth (Mib) Goodman Stevenson, 93, formerly of Hays, Great Bend, and Lewiston, Idaho, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, Idaho.

She was born in Mertens, Texas. She attended Mary Harden Baylor and North Texas University.

She married Thomas Fletcher Stevenson on Dec. 25, 1942, during World War II in Frost, Texas. He preceded her in death in 2001. She was a bookkeeper at financial institutions or government treasurer offices in California, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Kansas.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Great Bend, First United Methodist Church, Hays, the Bible study group at Royal Plaza and blessed by members of the Congregational Presbyterian Church, Lewiston, and a 50- year member of both the Eastern Star and American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include a son, John Stevenson and wife, Colleen, Melbourne, Fla; a daughter, Susan Mann, Lewiston, Idaho; a sister Ruth Clark, Dallas; four grandchildren, Shelleigh Beeson and husband, Kevin, Lewiston, Idaho, Shawn Mann and wife, Jill, Portland, Ore., Mark Stevenson and wife, Amy, Gainesville, Fla., and Michelle Popilek and husband, Scott, Rockledge, Fla.; and five great-grandchildren, Aidan, Zach, Logan, Josh and Madelyn.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ken Mann.

A memorial service will be at Royal Plaza at a later date; inurnment in Frost, Texas.

Condolences can be sent to the family at [email protected].

Raynelda Vaughn
July 2, 1922 - June 4, 2007

Raynelda Vaughn, of Ashland, died Monday, June 4, 2007. He was 84.

Mr. Vaughn was born July 2, 1922, in Frost, Texas, to John and Lottie Vaughn.

He married Margaret Archibald on Aug. 20, 1979, in New Albany, Ind.

He worked as a pilot for a private airplane company until his retirement.

From 1941 to 1946 he served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps in World War II. He was member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Columbia and American Legion in Cole Camp.

Mr. Vaughn's hobby was working on clocks.

“My house is full of them,” his wife said about his hobby. “We must have 100 to 150 clocks up on the walls.”

Mr. Vaughn is survived by his wife; six sons; nine daughters; one sister; 32 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd., in Ashland, with burial following at New Salem Cemetery.

Robinson Funeral Home

-- Jennifer Gerling

Martha Diane (May) Cureton
Apr 7, 1950 - Jan 9, 2009

Martha Diane Cureton, 58, of Springtown, died Jan. 9, 2009.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Family's private cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at White's Funeral Home 401 N. Main Street.

Diane was born April 7, 1950 in Frost, Texas to Ben and Vera May. She attended Frost Schools and graduated high school in 1967. She attended Hill Jr. College. She lived in Springtown and was the world's best mom, wife and grandma. She was loved by all and she loved her family with all her heart. They will always remember her and think of her.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Vera May; brothers, Bud, Don, Danny Wayne, Benny, and Kenny May; and sister, Laverne May (Couch).

Survivors include her husband Tony Lee Cureton Sr.; son, Tony Lee Cureton Jr.; daughter, Cara Diane Gilmore; grandchildren, Tristin Gilmore, Geof Gilmore, Jr.; sisters, Linda Rumble, Barbara Poston, Sue Waller, Evelyn Duncan, and Nancy Peart.

In lieu of flowers please contact the family or funeral home for information regarding memorials to be made in her name.

(Thursday, January 15, 2009)

Elsie Ada Isabel (Staggs) Gorham
Apr 16, 1909 - July 14, 1998

BURKBURNETT - Elsie Ada Isabel Staggs Gorham, 89, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in a Burkburnett nursing home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Dr. Tim Russell, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Burkburnett, officiating. Burial will be in Burkburnett Cemetery.
Mrs. Gorham was born April 16, 1909, in Emhouse, Texas. She and Minyard A. Gorham were married Feb. 7, 1935. He died in 1980. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Burkburnett. She had lived in Burkburnett since 1950.
Survivors include a son, Weldon of Burkburnett; two daughters, Barbara Gore of Weatherford, Texas, and Sue Hudson of Covington, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.


  • w/o Minyard Almet Gorham; d/o Harris Staggs & Sara Jane (Mitchell) Staggs

Troy Byron Holcomb Jr
Jan 5, 1932 - May 8, 2006

Troy Byron Holcomb Jr., 74, died Monday, May 8, 2006.
Troy Byron Holcomb Jr. was born Jan. 5, 1932, in Bardwell, Texas. His childhood was spent in Emhouse, Texas, with his parents and two sisters and brother. For his senior year of high school, he moved to Corsicana, Texas, so that he could play baseball. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1949. He served in the United States Air Force form 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. He received the Good Conduct, Korean Service, National Defense and U.N. Service medals for his time.
He met and began dating the former Patricia Ann Martin in 1956 and they married June 25, 1960. Their first son, Troy, was born March 5, 1964, and their youngest son, Tracy, was born Oct. 19, 1965. In 1967, they moved to Weatherford, Texas, and it was here they maintained their residence for the past 39 years.
Troy was a longtime employee of Employers General Insurance. He was a welding inspector and was based at PECO Company in Mineral Wells, Texas. He was a longtime faithful member of North Side Baptist Church, Weatherford, and served as a door-greeter for many years. While his sons were growing up, he was very active in their youth sports associations. He served as an assistant coach and he also spent many hours fixing and repairing baseball gloves for many of the players. He also, along with another dad, served as the “unofficial” groundskeeper of the new Weatherford High School baseball field when it was built in 1983.
The last several years, he struggled with Parkinson's. But during this time, he thoroughly enjoyed his two grandchildren, Joshua and Hannah. He was an avid sports fan. His favorites were the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and the PGA. His other favorite teams were the Weatherford College Coyotes and the Weatherford Wranglers — he was a season ticket holder for both. He also loved to read. His favorite authors were Louis Lamour and Tom Clancy.
Without a doubt, he will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Thank you Heavenly Father for this precious man. As the Psalmist says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Mae Holcomb; and his sister, Sunshine Mott.
Survivors include wife, Pat Holcomb of Weatherford; sons, Troy of Paradise and Tracy and wife, Debra, of Olton, Texas; grandson, Joshua; granddaughter, Hannah of Olton, Texas; sister, Wilma McCann and husband, Esco, of Corsicana; brother, Roy Don and wife, Christine, of Arlington, Texas; and brother-in-law, Billy Jack Mott of Burleson, Texas. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral service is scheduled 2 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at North Side Baptist Church of Weatherford. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery, Weatherford. The family will receive guests 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at White's Funeral Home, Weatherford.
White's Funeral Home
130 Houston Ave., Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 596-4811

Zava (Mitchell) Woods
Dec 5, 1927 - Mar 31, 2007

Services for Zava Woods, 79, of Mabank were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007, at First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City with the Rev. Dennis Woods, the Rev. Eugene Williams and the Rev. Byron Jones officiating. Burial followed in Elm Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home of Mabank.

Mrs. Woods died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Tyler. She was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Emhouse.

Mrs. Woods is survived by her husband, Sam D. Woods of Mabank; sons, Danny E. Woods and wife Jeannie E. of Mabank, Doyle G. Woods and wife Pam of Tool and Dennis R. Woods and wife Sharon of Gun Barrel City; daughter, Rosie Mauldin and husband Wayne of Mabank; brother, Jerry Mitchell of Dallas; sisters, Patsy Davis of Kemp, Barbara Davis of Kaufman and Cookie Shotwell of Pealtown; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will include Mike Merimon, Craig Walker, Gary Rogers, Dennis W. Woods, Danny A. Woods, Shane Woods, Travis Mauldin and Michael Merimon.


  • Athens Daily Review

Gerald Royce Chaney
Nov 16, 1920 - July 28, 2007

Gerald Royce Chaney, 86, Fayetteville, formerly of Hapeville, died July 28, 2007. He was born Nov. 16, 1920, the last of seven children born to Dee and Lizzie Chaney, in Emhouse, Texas. While on flight training at Dobbins Naval Air Station he met a southern belle on a blind date and knew his life would forever be connected to the Atlanta area. He was a naval aviator in World War II and upon discharge worked at Delta Air Lines for 36 years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, sports enthusiast and master gardener.

Services were at the First Baptist Church of Fayetteville Overton Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Stringham officiating. Interment was at Camp Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Peggy Smith Chaney, Fayetteville; sons, Darryl and Gay Chaney, and Dale and June Chaney, all of Fayetteville; a daughter, Dee and John Evans, Fayetteville; grandchildren, Christi Akins, Dee Chaney, Camille and Colin Evans, Brad Chaney, and Kate McCain; and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Fayetteville First Baptist homebound meals program or Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Rd., Union City, GA 30291. Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, was in charge.


  • Son of John Henry "Dee" Chaney & Lizzie Reed (Maggard) Chaney

Margaret Joyce (Roman) Walker
Nov 23, 1925 - June 11, 2009

M. Joyce Walker, 83, of Big Spring, died on Thursday, June 11, 2009 in a local hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2009 at Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Rev. Joel Miller officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

She was born on November 23, 1925, in Emhouse and married Willie B. Walker on August 11, 1942 in Big Spring. He preceded her in death on October 9, 1968.

Mrs. Walker was raised in the Knott Community and moved to Big Spring in 1970. She was a homemaker and a farmer's wife. She enjoyed painting and gardening and loved her grandchildren.

She was a member of East Fourth Street Baptist Church, and was also a member of the Mighty Oaks Senior Group, the Encourager's Group, and was a previous member of the Scenic Mountain Senior Group.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Carole Walker, Dale and T. J. Walker, all of Big Spring, and Jimmy and LaRee Walker of Midland; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Velma Reid Roman; and two brothers, Bobby Roman and Jerry Roman.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.


  • Avalanche-Journal - Friday, June 12, 2009

Martha Rackley
Mar 18, 1914 - Sep 20, 2002

Graveside services for Martha Rackley, 88, of San Antonio, TX will be held Monday, September 23, 2002 at 1:00 pm at Parklawn Memorial Park in Plainview, TX with Jeffrey Scott, First Baptist Church of Levelland, TX, officiating.

Services are under the direction of Freeman-Abell Funeral Home of Hale Center, TX.

Mrs. Rackley died Friday, September 20, 2002 in San Antonio, TX.

She was born on March 18, 1914 in Emhouse, TX. She married Louis Rackley in Durant, OK on May 4, 1932. He preceded her in death on March 7, 1979. She moved to the Edmonson area in 1948 and she and her husband farmed in the Edmonson and Plainview areas. They moved to Hale Center in 1973 and she lived there until moving to San Antonio, TX in 1987. She was a former member of the McCoy Baines Chapter of the DAR in Plainview and the Beta Sigma Phi National Sorority since 1956.

She is survived by;

2 sons, Charles Rackley of San Antonio, TX and Mike Rackley of Clovis, NM.

2 daughters, Patsy Baker of Lebanon, MO and Shirley Hay of San Antonio, TX.

1 sister, Charlotte Walker of Corsicana, TX.

13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to a favorite charity or the American Heart Association.

Etta (Sims) Riddle
Nov 7, 1905 - June 13, 2001

Etta S. Riddle
Etta Sims Riddle, 95, of Hot Springs died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, in a local hospital.
Born Nov. 7, 1905, at Emmett, Texas, she was a member of Pullman Heights United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Tobe Riddle.
Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary Dee and Bobby Hecke and Janice Queen, all of Hot Springs, and Linda and Tom Conly of Port Lavaca, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Donald J. and Lynn Riddle of Dallas; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two nieces; and one nephew.
The service will be 11 a.m. Friday in Gross Funeral Home chapel with Chaplain Rose Poag officiating.
Pallbearers will be Robby F. Hecke, George L. Queen, Jay Conly, Chris Conly, Todd Conly and Randy Hall.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. George P. Queen, Daniel L. and Jan Hecke, Ron and Kay Lynn Harris, Mike and Valerie Bearden, Paula and Mike Riley, Mike and Robin Marco, Karen Mourad, Lori Soutee, Donna Roberts, Darla Hall, Becky Conly, Kevan Queen, St. Joseph's Regional Health Center Advance Care Unit and third floor nurses and staff, Quality Care Nursing Center, Bill Medcalf and Vickie Loris.
Burial will be in Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Pullman Heights United Methodist Church.


Loyd Earl Tipton
Mar 1, 1904 - Oct 21, 1996

ARLINGTON -- Loyd E. Tipton, 92, a retired lumber company manager, died Monday in Dallas.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday at Arlington Funeral Home. Officiating will be Dr. John H. Cannon Jr. of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ in Arlington.

Memorials: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Box 190567, Dallas, Texas 75219-0567.

Loyd E. Tipton was born March 1, 1904, in Purdon, Texas. He had lived in Arlington since 1967 and was a former resident of Grapevine. He was a World War II Navy veteran, a 32nd degree Mason and a charter member of the Scottish Rite in Fort Worth. He had received his 50-year pin from the Masons and was a member of the Arlington Scottish Rite and a Shriner. He had been employed 38 years as a manager in the lumber industry with William Cameron and Co. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Arlington.

Survivors: Wife, Elzie Tipton of Arlington; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Nancy Tipton of Arlington; and two grandchildren, Kim and James Tipton of Arlington.

Arlington Funeral Home
1221 E. Division, 548-1791


Jewell M. Nelson
Jan 28, 1917 - Sep 11, 2002

Jewell M. Nelson, 85, of Yuma, died Sept. 11, 2002, in Tucson.

A retired grocery store clerk, she was born January 28, 1917, in Purdon, Texas.

A visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m. until the funeral service begins at 10 a.m. Thursday at Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Entombment will take place at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.

Mary Louise (Baker) Surface
May 30, 1937 - July 30, 2008

Mary Louise Surface
CLEBURNE — Funeral services for Mary Louise Surface, 71, of Hillsboro, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Rev. Derwood Dubose and Rev. Mike Mizell will officiate. Burial will be in Keene Cemetery. Mary Surface died Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Waco, Texas. She was born May 30, 1937 in Houston, Texas to Will F. and Vera Mae Rhodes Baker. She married Derrell Surface on Aug. 17, 1954 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Surface was a minister, pastor's wife of First Assembly of God, Hillsboro, Texas and a lifelong member of First Assembly of God, Humble, Texas. She was young at heart, loved to read, loved her family and people, loved to laugh and loved God with all her heart. Mary Surface is survived by her husband, Derrell Surface of Hillsboro; daughters, Sherolyn King and husband, Charles of Livingston, Texas and Leah Bass of Alvarado; sons, James C. Surface of Riverside, Texas and R. Dean Surface and wife, Karen of Roseville,Calif.; sisters, Maxine Davis and husband C.P. of Porter, Texas and Virginia Merle Cash of Livingston; brothers, Clarence Baker and wife, Emelie of Yorktown, Texas and Raymond Baker and wife, Rosie of Humble, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons-in-law, Elray James Williams and J.Ed Bass; four sisters and two brothers. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.


  • East Texas News

Mary Ellen (Benner) Sumner
May 3, 1920 - Aug 23, 2006

Mary Ellen Benner Sumner - El Campo Leader-News – August 23, 2006 - El Campo, TX - Mary Ellen Benner Sumner, 86, of La Veta, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006 after suffering a brief illness. She was born May 3, 1920 in Wharton County to Arthur A. and Elsie Wilcoxen Benner. Survivors include her son, A. James Sumner; two brothers, Charles P. Benner and Arvid J. Benner; and three granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. Sumner; a sister, and four brothers. A cremation will be followed by a private graveside ceremony at Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Texas. Memorials may be made in Mary's name to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 129 Kansas Avenue, Walsenburg, CO 81089.

Fannie Davis (Veale) Beck
Oct 15, 1861 - Mar 24, 1956

Last rites for Mrs. H.H. Beck, who died Saturday morning, Mar 24, 1956 in St. Louis, will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Morning Sun at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Rev. Floyd Bowerman will officiate, and burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Fannie Davis Veale, eldest daughter of a large family of Texas Pioneers, was born at Dresden, Texas, on Oct. 15, 1861. Her parents were Judge and Mrs. William Veale. Her father was a prominent attorney. Two of her brothers were Texas cowboys and her grandmother Hardin, said to have been the first white woman married in Texas after its annexation to the Union.

She was married to Henry H. Beck, who came to Texas from Morning Sun and built the first department store in her home town. The couple later moved to Morning Sun, where Mrs. Beck became a teacher in the Presbyterian Sunday School and a leader in the town's activities.

After the death of her husband, Mrs. Beck spent the winters at the home of her daughters, the Misses Mary, Annie, Ruth, Mildred and Marion Beck who are teachers in that city. It was at their home that she died. Her youngest daughter, Esther Beck, is an associate professor at Alabama Polytechnic University at Auburn, Ala.

Also surviving are two other daughters; Mrs. R.H. Davenport, Washington D.C.,; and Mrs. J. Milford Hays, of Morning Sun, a brother, Judge Warren C. Veale, Breckenridge and a sister, Mrs. R.H. McAlpine, of Amarillo, Texas.


  • Morning Sun, March 26, 1956.

Nelna M. (Arp) Byrd
Oct 18, 1917 - Sep 11, 2009

Major Nelna M. Byrd, (USA Ret.), 91, of Temple, died Friday, September 11, 2009 in a Temple hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, September 17, 2009 at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at Dresden Cemetery in Dresden, Texas.

Maj. Byrd was born to Henry and Kate Powell Arp in Corsicana, Texas on October 18, 1917. She was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, retiring as a Major in the Nurse Corps, following 25 years of service. She also worked as a school nurse at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and nursed at the Santa Fe Hospital in Temple. She was a resident of Bell County for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Temple and D.A.V. Chapter #111.

Maj. Byrd is survived by nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, 102 North 2nd Street, Temple, Texas 76501.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Effie Elanor (Anderson) Minatra-Ganze
Oct 14, 1910 - Apr 12, 1993

Effie E. Ganze, 82, of Pursley died April 12, 1993 in Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services were 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Chapel with Gary Hartley and William Dollar officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
She was a member of the Pursley Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, James Minatra, on Jan 17, 1993.
Survivors include Max Ganze of Pursley; one son, Billy Carl Minatra of Pursley; two daughters, Dorothy Ganze of Pursley and Margaret Butler of Mathis; two sisters, Evelyn Clark of Gladewater and Lyda Deavers of Dickenson; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Guy Green, Larry Green, Billy Max Minatra, Randy Ganze, Mike Bates and Randy Clay.


Patricia June (Whitehead) Richardson
June 29, 1935 - Nov 13, 2009

Patricia June Whitehead Richardson was born on June 29, 1935, in Cooke County to parents Nannie Pearl and Wellington "Wed" Ledbetter Whitehead. She passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 13, 2009.

Pat grew up on a Texas farm and graduated from Midlothian High School in 1953. After graduation, she was joined in marriage to Jackie Lawrence Richardson on July 2, 1953. They were married 37 years when Jack preceded her in death. During their marriage, they served the Lord as pastor and wife in Texas and Mississippi.

Pat is survived by her children, Jay and Becky Richardson of Terre Haute, Ind., Sandra and Bob Cline of Cypress, Calif., Alix Richardson of Austin, and Paul and Lori Richardson of Round Rock; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Nannie Whitehead Grigsby of Denton; and sister, Sallie Baxter Pfeiffer of Denton.

Pat accepted Jesus as her savior in 1946. She was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Round Rock (ABA) at the time of her passing where she served the Lord for the past 14 years.

Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Road 620, Austin, TX 78717, (512) 244-3772, with Brother Roy N. Fikac, pastor of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Round Rock, officiating. Special music will be provided by Garry and Mary Lankford, Jason Beeler, and Billie Richardson. Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Prairie Grove Cemetery in Emmett with longtime friend Brother Dan Malone, pastor of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Waco, officiating. Special music will be provided by Garry and Mary Lankford, Jason Beeler, and Laurie Duke.

Pallbearers will include Jay Richardson, Paul Richardson, Cale Richardson, Andrew Cline, Evan Richardson, Jackie "J.J." Richardson, Douglas Baker, Kent Baxter, Jason Beeler, Bill Hammer, and Donnie Rogers.


Juanita (Lambeth) Townley-Britton
June 15, 1919 - Nov 20, 2009

Juanita Townley Britton, 90, of Corsicana, passed away on Nov. 20, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born on June 15, 1919, in Opelika, Texas to A.L. and Annie Lambeth. She loved to go fishing, loved to bake, had a great love for everybody. She was a devout Christian lady and was a member of Westside Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, Marvin Townley and wife Francis of Corsicana, Clarcie Valentine of Corsicana, and Mattie Gallegos and husband Raymond of Brushy Creek; daughter-in-law Belinda Townley of Palmer; sons, Bo Britton and wife Janet of Forney, and Kenneth Britton and wife Laura of Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Richard Townley; husband, Burnice Britton; son, Richard Townley; son, R. D. Townley; granddaughter, Melody Winters; two sisters and one brother. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Elvin Sikes and the Rev. Benny Horn officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronald Sikes, Danny Townley, Elvin Sikes, Larry Townley, Ronnie Townley, Christopher Sikes, Raymond Gallegos, Lance Boyett and Stacy Boyett. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Lisa Carole (Humphries) McKinney
Jan 12, 1959 - Nov 18, 2009

Lisa Carole Humphries McKinney, 50, of Dawson passed away Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at First United Methodist Church of Dawson with the Rev. Michael Redmond officiating. Interment will follow at Dawson Cemetery. Lisa was born Jan. 12, 1959, in Corsicana to Edgar Lee and Carolyn Fondren Humphries. She was raised in the Dawson area where she lived most all of her life and was a graduate of Dawson High School. Lisa loved reading, cooking and taking pictures. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Dawson. She was preceded in death by her parents. Lisa is survived by three sons, John Charles McKinney of Dawson, Corey Ryan McKinney of Virginia Beach, Va., and Casey Bates McKinney of Corsicana; one grandson, John Cadence McKinney of Dawson; one brother, Charles "Chuck" Humphries and wife Susana of Dawson; three sisters, Kris Thomas and Glenn French of Silver City, Erin Dyer of Corsicana and Tara Springer and husband Randy of Corsicana; father of her children, Johnny McKinney of Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Marcus Thompson, Eddie Harris, Mike Reader, Ronnie Tanner, Ryan Foreman and Ralph Spruill.Memorials may be made to Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Cynthia Elaine (Fultz) Price-Dennis-Whitfield
June 24, 1952 - Nov 19, 2009

Cynthia Elaine Whitfield, 57, of Powell passed away Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, in Corsicana. She was born June 24, 1952, in Corsicana to Dale and Willie Fultz. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Audra and Lane Phillips of Dawson and Amy and Billy Crocker of Corsicana; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Kyle Harrison; grandchildren, Lauren Sharp, Emily and Casey Phillips, Paige and Mason Crocker; and nephews Chris, Jeremy and Jason Harrison. Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Ricky Woodall officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Crenshaw, Kenneth Brooks, Roy Mershawn, John-Mark Stroder, Daniel Digman and Bob Kinney Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Jessie Lee (Fread) Price
Apr 8, 1922 - Nov 21, 2009

Mrs. Jessie Lee Price, 87, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, November 21, at her son's residence in Payne Springs.. She was born on April 8, 1922 in Richland. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She retired from Haggar Slacks after 27 years of service. She then worked 18 more years at Super Stop store. She was preceded in death by her husband; Thomas J. Price, daughter; Peggy Jeanette Price, grandson; James Price, and a great grandson; Kenny Troy Harrell. She is survived by her Sons; Jerry Price and wife Faye of Humble, Lionel Price and wife Barbara of Payne Springs, and Eddie Price and wife Debbie of Corsicana, Eight Grandchildren, Eighteen Great Grandchildren, and Ten Great-Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held from 5 to7 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, November 23, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her Grandson's and Great Grandson's.


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