Mary Ellen (Boyd) King-Freeman
June 13, 1889 - July 9, 1961
CORSICANA - Mrs. Mary Ellen Freeman, 72, wife of Will T. Freeman,
Blooming Grove, died in a Fort Worth rest home Sunday after a long
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Blooming
Grove Tuesday with interment in Laurel Land in Dallas.
Surviving are her husband, two sons, one of whom is Floyd M. King of
Dallas; three stepsons, a daughter, three stepdaughters, a brother,
four sisters, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
July 12, 1961
- Parents: Isaac Lafayette "Fate" Boyd and Myrtila "Myrtie"
Alameda (Sheppard) Boyd buried in White Church Cem., Blooming
- Husband (1) Hugh Samuel King; Husband (2) William Thomas
- Burial: Death Cert. shows Mesquite Cemetery, Dallas TX -
Obituary shows Laurel Land Cem., Dallas TX
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- Submitted by Karen
Feb 14, 1923 - June 18, 1944
Reburial Services Set Saturday for S/Sgt John Burns
Reburial services for S/Sgt. John Durward Burns, who was killed
while on a bombing mission over Hamburg, Germany, June 18, 1944,
will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Hill Baptist Church near
Garland. The Rev. Eldon Crump will officiate. Burial will be in
Grove Hill Cemetery.
Burns was born in Blooming Grove, Navarro County, Feb. 14, 1923. He
graduated from Garland High School and entered the Army Air Forces
in 1942. He was killed while flying his thirteenth mission and was
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.
Burns is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Burns, Rose
Hill, and two brothers, Harold Wayne of Rose Hill and Cpl. Louis
Gene Burns of Fort Benning, Ga.
Photo submitted by Joy Burns Potrykus, niece of John Durward
- John Durward Burns
Few present day citizens of Dawson TX will remember the Burns family
that lived on Main Street in the "Frog Level" in the 1930s. There
were three children: Durward, the oldest, Gene, and Harold.
Durward and I began first grade together, and remained classmates
until the family moved away, probably in 1938. We began hunting
together when we were nine or ten, and we hunted Battle Creek from
the bridge south of the Wheelock farm to Grahams Park for squirrels
Once, we found a small Screech Owl in a hollow tree near the old
City Lakes. I took it home and it found a perch on the top of a
window. Ima Jean Sellers, thinking is was a little stuffed owl that
boys sometimes had in their cars, reached for it. When the little
owl flew away in her face, she fell, almost into a faint.
We shot a beautiful large owl one day that, finally, tumbled out of
a tree at our feet. The owl was not dead and looked at is with huge
eyes. I felt so bad, I almost cried. I never shot at another owl.
Durward and I often sat next to each other at church, and, on
"Thursday," sat together during the school chapel program. Little
boys, sometime, inserted barnyard language to some of the songs, and
Durward would "cut" his eyes at me as the words were sung.
I remember the Burns home as a welcome warm place after a day of
hunting in the cold. The house was warmed by a wood fire, lighting
was from "coal oil" lamps, and Mrs. Burns always had something tasty
on the stove.
Durward and I lost touch with each other after the family moved
away. I often wondered what happened to Durward. Last week, I
learned that the family had moved to Garland. Durward had graduated
from Garland High School, then in 1942, enlisted in the Air Force.
Staff Sgt. John Durward Burns, was tlying his thirteenth mission
Germany, when his plane went down. When his body was returned home,
his funeral service was at the Rose Hill Baptist Church, and he was
buried at Grove Hill Cemetery.
Thas first grade class contributed many of its boys to all branches
of the military. Two made that supreme sacrifice, both in planes
shot down over Germany. Joe Freeland, Jr. and Durward Burns. We
proudly salute them today.
by Carl W Matthews
Feb 26, 1857 - Feb 13, 1934
GOBBEL, - Corsicana, Texas, Feb 13. - I.H. Gobbel, 77, died suddenly
at his home in the Emhouse community Tuesday. The funeral will be
held Wednesday with burial in
Oakwood Cemetery. Mr.
Gobbel was a native of Wayne County, Tenn., but had resided in Texas
thirty-five years. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Fred
Haskins, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Webb Mitchell, Emhouse; Mrs. J.W.
Cates, Corsicana, and Mrs. Johnnie Pritchett, Pickett; two sons,
Cicero Gobbel, Blooming Grove, and Iro Gobbel, Emhouse; two
stepdaughters, Mrs. Dave Anderson, Pickett, and Mrs. J.C. Vest,
Dawson; a stepson, J.L. Lipford, Delhi, Ok., nineteen grandchildren,
twelve great-grandchildren, a brother, Charles Gobbel, Savannah,
Tenn., and other relatives.
Feb 14, 1934
July 23, 1858 - Feb 12, 1934
SHELTON, Corsicana, Texas, Feb 13. - Funeral services for Henry
(Chick) Shelton, 75, former resident of Navarro County, who died at
Pampa Monday, will be held Wednesday afternoon at the
Richland Cemetery. The
rites will be conducted by J.L. Hines, minister of the Church of
Christ, and the Rev. J.F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue
Methodist Church. Prior to moving to Pampa, Mr. Shelton resided in
Navarro County for fifty years. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary
Shelton, Pampa; five sons, Henry Shelton, Pampa; Alfred, Drue, Rex
and Truxton Shelton, all of the Roane community; six daughters, Mrs.
George Morton, Waco; Mrs. Charles Williamson, Big Spring; Mrs. A.M.
Poulter, Frost; Mrs. T.F. Estes, Pampa; Mrs. John Denbow, Corsicana;
and Miss Mary Lou Shelton, Roane; two brothers, Charlie Shelton,
Waco, and George Shelton, Currie; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Weldon,
Steward's Mill, and Mrs. A.M. Brown, Richland.
AGED PAMPA MAN BE BURIED WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for Henry (Chick) Shelton, aged 75 years, formerly
resident of Navarro county, who died at Pampa Monday, will be held
Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the
where burial will be made. The body is scheduled to arrive in
Corsicana Wednesday afternoon at 1:38 o’clock on the Sunbeam train
of the Southern Pacific Lines.
The rites will be conducted by J. L. Hines, minister of the Church
of Christ, and Rev. J. F. Adams, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue
Prior to moving to Pampa, Mr. Shelton resided in Navarro county for
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Shelton, Pampa; five sons, Henry
Shelton, Pampa; Alfred, Drue, Rex and Truxton Shelton all of the
Roane Community; six daughters, Mrs. George Morton, Waco; Mrs.
Charles Williamson, Big Spring; Mrs. A. M. Poulter, Frost; Mrs. T.
F. Estes, Pampa; Mrs. John Denbow, Corsicana; and Miss Mary Lou
Shelton, Roane; two brothers, Charlie Shelton, Waco, and George
Shelton, Currie; and two sisters, Mrs. Tom Weldon, Steward’s Mill,
and Mrs. A. M. Brown, Richland.
The funeral will be directed by the Corley Funeral Home.
Oct 6, 1874 - Nov 18, 1935
REPPOND, Corsicana, Texas. Nov 10 - Mrs. Annie Reppond, 61, died at
the family home Monday afternoon. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs.
Suella Williams, Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Willie Green,
Corsicana; Mrs. Ike Walker, Kerens, and Mrs. Bell Morris, Corsicana,
and a brother, James Driver, California. The funeral will be held
Wednesday morning with burial in
Oakwood Cemetery, the
Rev. U.S. Grant officiating.
MRS. ANNIE REPPOND DIED LATE MONDAY;
Mrs. Annie Reppond, aged 61 years, died at the family home on North
Seventh street Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Suella Williams, Corsicana; three
sisters, Mrs. Willie Green, Corsicana; Mrs. Ike Walker, Kerens, and
Mrs. Bell Morris, Corsicana; and a brother, James Driver,
The funeral will be held from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon
Funeral Home Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock with interment in
The rites will be conducted by Rev. U. S. Grant.
MRS. ANNIE PEPPOND BURIED IN OAKWOOD WEDNESDAY MORNING
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Reppond, aged 61 years, who died at
the family home on North Seventh street Monday afternoon at 4
o’clock, were held from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon
Funeral Home Wednesday morning at 11:30 o’clock with interment in
Oakwood cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. U. S. Grant.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Suella Williams, Corsicana; three
sisters, Mrs. Willie Green, Corsicana; Mrs. Ike Walker, Kerens, and
Mrs. Bell Morris, Corsicana, and a brother, James Driver,
Feb 5, 1927 - Nov 18, 1935
STEWART, Corsicana, Texas. Nov 10. - Funeral services for Robert L.
Stewart, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Stewart, who died in a
hospital Monday after a short illness, were held Tuesday afternoon
at 3 o'clock from the Post Oak Baptist Church with burial in the
Post Oak Cemetery.
RITES FOR BOY HELD TUESDAY POST OAK CHURCH
Funeral services for Robert L. Stewart, 8-year-old son of Mr. and
Mrs. L. Stewart, 925 North Thirteenth street, who died in the P. and
S. Hospital Monday afternoon at 2:10 o’clock after a short illness,
were held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Post Oak Baptist
church with interment in the
Post Oak Cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, four brothers, Charles, Claud, Wylie and
Jerry Stewart, all of Corsicana, and grandparents, Mrs. Anna W.
Stewart, Corsicana, and Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Holland, Tyler.
Pallbearers were O. J. Cheney, Elmer Moore, M. Scruggs and Pete
The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.
Frances E. (Notes)
July 7, 1918 - Sept 15, 2010
Frances E. Talkington Nelson, 92, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday,
September 15, 2010 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. She was born
July 7, 1918 in Emhouse, Texas to Lena Mae and Robert Nokes.
Mrs. Nelson was a longtime member of Northside Baptist Church and was a
loving and precious mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Talkington; husband,
Robert Nelson; sons, Van Talkington and Bill Talkington; brothers, Alvis
Nokes and Robert Nokes; and sisters, Vada Poarch, Lucille Spurlock,
Marie Skinner, Elenor Norwood, and Kathryn Dean.
She is survived by her son, Richard Talkington and wife Margie of
Corsicana; daughter, Janice Davis of Corsicana; daughter-in-law, Mary K.
Chittenden of New Braunfels; brother-in-law, Bobby Talkington of Kansas;
grandsons, Doug Talkington of Denver, Colorado, Jim Talkington of
Florida, Tony Davis of Blooming Grove, Jeff Davis of Eureka, and Rick
Talkington of Irving; granddaughter, Donna Easley of Corsicana;
great-grandchildren, Tony Wayne Davis, Christopher Davis, Emily Davis,
Jacob Davis, James Davis, Hunter Easley, Gabriel Talkington, Carlyn
Talkington, and Jayden Talkington; great-great-grandchildren, Madison,
Makenna and Mason Davis.
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, September
17, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held on Saturday,
September 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr.
Rick Lamb officiating. Burial will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
The great-grandchildren will act as Pallbearers.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Baptist Church at 2800
North Beaton, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
May 21, 1983 - Sep 15, 2010
Wayne Widener was born May 21, 1983 in Corsicana, and joined the Lord's
family on September 15, 2010. Family and friends remember Josh as kind,
generous, and fun-loving with a heart for his family. He was a young man
who enjoyed the outdoors and the simple things of life. Josh was devoted
to his wife, Sierra, and children Cali, Gracie, Leiana and Myliee.
Additional survivors are parents, Johnny and Debbie Widener of
Corsicana; brother, Shane Widener of Dallas; grandmother, Dorothy
Russell of Corsicana; great-aunts, Bobbie Greer and Juanita Conn of
Corsicana; great-uncle, Charles Miley and wife Gerry; uncles, James
Widener and wife Rita of Corsicana, and Mike Russell and wife Judy of
Canyon Lake; aunt, Bonnie Stover and Greg Linnell of Corsicana; and many
close family members and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Virgle and Ruby Widener of
Corsicana and Jack Russell of Corsicana.
A trust has been established for the benefit of Josh's children with
City National Bank of Corsicana, Texas.
Visitation with the family will be at 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday, September
17, 2010 at Northside Baptist Church. A Memorial Service will be held at
2:00 PM Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Northside Baptist Church with
Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.
Catharine Ann "Cat" (Hoffman) Marett
Aug 6, 1926 - Sept 15, 2010
Marett, known to her friends as simply “Cat,” was an artist in every
sense of the word. Her art wasn’t just in watercolor or oils; it was in
her family and her life. She was an accomplished seamstress, cook and
interior decorator who could create an original mosaic backsplash for
her kitchen and needle point bedspreads for the guest rooms.
She created a beautiful home full of fun and laughter - a place where
friends and family gathered throughout the years for her wonderful
parties. She was involved in the community and was active with her
children’s education and extracurricular activities; she balanced the
demands of a busy family life with grace and a delightful sense of
humor. She loved to dance and she and her husband Don took every
opportunity to “dance for miles and miles.” Family, friends and fun were
the center of her life.
Her passion and knowledge of art created a demand for her to teach
drawing, water color and creative design at St. Alice Elementary School
in Fort Worth and Drane Middle School, Collins Catholic School and
Navarro College in Corsicana. In addition she was a patron and mentor to
many Texas-based artists.
Catharine Ann Hoffman Marett, long-time Corsicana resident, died at home
of congestive heart failure Sept. 15. She was surrounded by her beloved
husband Don, her family and her caregivers.
Catharine was born the youngest of three girls Aug. 6, 1926 to Mary
Aubrey Turnbach and Raymond Jerome Hoffman in Gadsden, Alabama. Her
parents and sisters, Mary Pauline Ogilvie and Jean Lucy Hoffman,
At Gadsden High School, she was a majorette, played trombone and French
horn in the band, was named Senior Beauty, Senior Who’s Who (Best
Looking and Best Dressed), and was a member of the Athletic Club,
Dramatic Club, Biology Club, Girls Hi-Y Club and served on the Student
She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and Auburn
University in Auburn, Alabama. In 1945, she moved to Manhattan where she
attended and graduated from the John Robert Powers School of Modeling on
She returned to Auburn and graduated in August 1948 with a B.S. in
applied art with an emphasis in fashion illustration and a minor in Home
Economics. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta social sorority and was
on the Dean’s List. After graduation she worked as a model and buyer for
Dalton’s Department Store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
While at Auburn, she met Donald Royce Marett on a blind date and they
married two years later on Feb. 26, 1949. By that time, Don was living
in Fort Worth. Their honeymoon was a drive to Texas where they settled
into the Texas Hotel in downtown Fort Worth to search for a home. That
hotel is now the Radisson and was the site of their 50th wedding
anniversary in 1999.
Don was involved with snack food manufacturing, first in Atlanta and
then in Fort Worth. In 1961, Tom’s Foods Inc. hired him to build and
manage a chip factory in Corsicana (now owned by Lance Inc.). He and
Catharine moved the family here in 1963 and built a home on Mimosa Drive
in 1964. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in their home
with family and friends in 2009.
Catharine was a true lady and a Southern Belle. She had an extraordinary
life that in many ways was defined by growing up in rural Alabama. Her
father came from a large family whom he helped support through the
Depression and World War II. He was the second generation in a
family-owned jewelry business that didn’t just cater to the well-to-do,
but served as a role model for how a business could be a catalyst for
As a member of one of the first Catholic families in Gadsden, Catharine
can remember the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross in their front yard. As a
young college student she attended the small all-girls Huntingdon
College where she was a classmate of Harper Lee who wrote To Kill a
Catharine had a powerful and sustaining love for her husband of 61 years
and he was her best friend. Her charm, wit and humor made her a welcome
guest everywhere, and they traveled the world together. Her
light-hearted spirit and her love of family centered her throughout her
She was an active and involved member of her community, including the
Warehouse Living Arts Center, Camp Fire Board and Legion of Mary. She
was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Catharine and Don had five children. Their first-born twin boys
tragically died. Randolph Baker died in infancy and Richard Allmon was
killed in an accident at age 14. She is survived by her husband Don and
three children: Ann Baker Marett, Rodney Stephen Marett (wife Deborah
Ann) and Donald Hoffman Marett (fiancée Brandi Collard); four
grandchildren: Whitney Nicole Marett, Jordan Taylor Marett, Tyler Dalton
Marett and Laurie Marett McCormick (husband Colin); four nieces and
nephews and their families: Ray and Cathy Ogilvie; Jean and David
Kassouf; Mark and Jacque Ogilvie; and Mary and Hank Goldstein. She is
also survived by nieces and nephews on the Marett side including Emory
and Karen Waldrip.
The family expresses their appreciation to Dr. Dale Campbell, Angels at
Home, the team at Hand in Hand Hospice including Michelle Shaw, Dr. Mark
Haeschele and Shana Gordon and devoted caregivers Mary Alice Wilson,
Vickie Miles, Glenda Russell and Debbie Banks.
Arrangements pending at Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana. Mass at
Immaculate Conception Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Immaculate
Conception Church (3000 Texas 22, Corsicana, TX 75110-2438), Hand in
Hand Hospice (208 South 31st Street, Corsicana, TX 75110) or a favorite
Geleane (Ellis) Fowler
Jan 5, 1920 - Sep 15, 2010
of the last true cowgirls, Coy Geleane Ellis Fowler, “Gean Momma”, went
to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 surrounded by
family and friends at home. She was born January 5, 1920 to Coy and
Minnie Ellis in Jester, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and the love of her life,
Thomas Aubrey Fowler whom she was married to until he went to prepare a
place for them. They lived and loved their life, raising kids and
cattle, and farming in Eureka, Texas at what is now known as Fowler’s
Point. Gean Momma hauled hay, milked cows, sewed, gardened, canned, baby
sat children and worked for over 20 years at Haggar Slacks where she
retired to help care for her grandchildren. She was also very active in
her great-grandchildrens’ lives.
She attended Community Baptist Church for years with her family. She
baked and helped with church for all the children in the community.
She is survived by two daughters, Clara Hazle Teer and Wanda Richards
and husband Buddy; 9 grandchildren, Billy Green, Larry and Kathy Teer,
Tammy French and husband David Gallaway, Ronny Bearden, Delena Bearden,
Christa Broxton Cobb, Jennifer Broxton Tatum, Joey and Shelia Richards,
Chad and Teresa Richards and Shane Richards; 27 great-grandchildren,
Eric Hancock, Danny Kyle Rousavall, Christopher Teer, Cameron Dale
Harwell “Damit Dale”, Gabbie Maldonado, Lacie and John McLain, Bridgett
French, Gage French “Bubba”, Matt Smith, Sam Gibson, Justin Gibson,
Daylan Hollingworth, Ashton Hollingworth, Codie Bearden, Billy Bearden
“Joe Joe”, Lee O’Pry “Lit Man”, Aubrey Cobb, Dusty Robinson, Destiny
Tidwell, Dalton Tidwell, Dillon Tidwell, Chesney Richards, Hannah Basden,
Laura Basden, Hagen Richards, Brook Richards and Mattison Richards;
extended family Ronny and Ronda Lewis and Melissa Lewis; and
great-great-grandson Agustus Dale Harwell.
Gean Momma was loved by every child she came in contact with. She will
be greatly missed by all. In the end she was surrounded by the ones who
loved her most at home with Garden Dale Hospice to care for her.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Corley Funeral Home.
Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
Pastor Chad Owens officiating. Burial will follow at
Pallbearers will be Ronny Bearden, Matt Smith, Sam Gibson, Dale Harwell,
Rodney Bonner and Cameron Harwell. Honorary Pallbearers are Dusty
Robinson, Justin Gibson, Lee O’Pry, Gage French, Dalton Tidwell, Dillon
Tidwell and Mike Donaho.
Aug 14, 1959 - Sep 18, 2010
Marie Fletes ‘Susie’ of Corsicana, Texas passed away peacefully of
natural causes Saturday, September 18, 2010 at home with her family by
her side. Born in Corsicana, August 14, 1959 to Ruth Aldama Fletes and
Ernest Fletes III. Susan was a loving and very sweet person. She always
had a smile for everyone and loved to sing and dance. She enjoyed
listening to music and could identify almost every artist from the very
first note. She grew up in Marlin, TX and moved to Corsicana in 2002.
Susan loved Jesus and led a very Christlike life. She would often say
the blessing at meal times and say the sweetest prayers for her loved
She is survived by her mother, Ruth Aldama Fletes and her father, Ernest
Fletes III, both of Corsicana; brother, Ernest Craig Fletes; sister,
Linda Fletes Kenworthy and husband Jeff, all of Houston; and nephew,
Cory Kenworthy. Other surviving relatives are several uncles, aunts and
many cousins from both sides of the family whom she loved very much. The
Aldama side includes Ben Aldama of Rogers, AR, George & Ernie Aldama,
Richard & Linda Aldama, Fred & Eva Barlow and D.T. Gonzales, all of
Corsicana. The Fletes family survivors include Wayne & Ann Miller of
Melissa, Fred & Gloria Gonzales of Lewisville, Barry & Neda Hetrick of
Kemp and their families, and Ruben, Bill, & James Fletes and their
families. Everyone loved Susie! She looked forward to having Big
Birthday parties every year and lots of people would come help her
celebrate. She will be missed by her many close friends.
Thank you for all the love, prayers, cards, visits, and support you have
given the family during these last few months. It has really been
appreciated, and a special thank you to Hand in Hand Hospice. May God
bless you and your family.
Susie loved it when all her family and friends got together. What a
great reunion it will be in heaven!!! Until then, she will be greatly
Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at
Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, September 20,
2010 at the First Baptist Church of Corsicana with Pastor Calixto Morin
of Primera Iglesia Bautista in Marlin, Texas, a longtime friend of the
family, officiating. Burial will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
Pallbearers are Chris Aldama, David Aldama, Greg Barlow, Glenn Wheat,
Jeff Kenworthy and Ernest Martinez.
Jessie Belle (Williams) Goodwin
Oct 17, 1918 - Sept 20, 2010
Jessie Belle Goodwin, 91, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, September
20, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She was born on
October 17, 1918 in Pt. Enterprise, Texas to Thomas W. Williams and
Sarah Elizabeth McGee Williams.
She married Ed Goodwin on December 24, 1945, nine days after he returned
from overseas at the end of World War II. She worked for Southwestern
Bell Telephone in Mexia and Corsicana from 1937 until 1948 when she
retired to be a “stay at home mom”.
Mrs. Goodwin was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ed
Goodwin, an infant son, four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her sons, Dan Goodwin and wife Dawn of Hubbard,
Texas, and Tommy Goodwin of Corsicana, Texas; step-granddaughter,
Christi Driskell of Eureka, Texas; and step-grandson, Daniel DeMoss of
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September
22, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m.
on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with
Pastor Curtis Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at
Pallbearers will be Mark Bryson, Lewis Conner, James Smith, Daniel
DeMoss, Larry Williams and Mike Ivie.
Memorial contributions may be made to Missionary Baptist Church at 405
S. 15th Street, Corsicana, TX 75110.
Aug 22, 1933 - Sep 21, 2010
William “Bill” C. Bergey, 77, of Corsicana passed away on Tuesday,
September 21, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. He was born on August 22, 1933 in
Valley View, Pennsylvania.
He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War. Bill received the Good
Conduct Medal and the National Defense Medal. He was a hot-end operator
at Chatanooga Glass for 32 years. He later worked at the Corsicana YMCA
in maintenance for 17 years. He loved being with his family & friends,
and helping people in any way he could. He spent many hours reading the
Mr. Bergey was preceded in death by his parents; John and Hilda Bergey;
brother, Robert Eugene (Bobby) Bergey; and his parents-in-law, Horace
and Dessie Hayes.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dortha R. Bergey; son, Bobby
Bergey and daughter, Barbara Bergey Strmiska; granddaughters, Brandy
Bergey, Blair Bergey, Joscelyn Vandeventer, Jaelyn Bergey; grandson,
Jonathan Bergey; great-granddaughters, Abilgayle Castaneda, Rhea
Vandeventer, Khylei Vandeventer; and great-grandson, Tayeghon Hodges,
all of Corsicana. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23,
2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.
on Friday, September 24, 2010 at St. Luke United Methodist Church with
the Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow at
Pallbearers will be Danny Townley, Ken Authier, Kenneth McManus, Roger
Warner, Michael Chilbert, Bryan Humann, Justin Hodges, and Ron
Aug 4, 1937 - Sep 23, 2010
Mr. Jose Martinez, 73, of Corsicana, passed away Thursday,
September 23, 2010 at his residence. He was born August 4, 1937 in
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 26,
2010 at The Word Church with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating. Burial will
William H. “Bill” Matthews, Jr.
d. Sept 27, 2010
Anonymous Corsicana Daily Sun The Corsicana Daily Sun Mon Sep 27,
2010, 07:45 PM CDT
Corsicana — William H. “Bill” Matthews, Jr., 73, passed away Monday,
Sept. 20, 2010, one day after birthday. He was born to William
Matthews, Sr., and Helen Cornwell Matthews in Shreveport, La., but
lived most of his life in Mississippi. Survivors include two
sisters, Virginia M. Fillingim of Ore., and Helen “Mudge” Matthews
Kenner of Powell. Billy was a member of the Kerens Church of Christ.
Graveside services were held Sept. 23, in Hattiesburg, Miss., with
Bill’s brother-in-law, John Kenner, officiating. Corsicana survivors
are Pat Kenner Harper and husband Robert, and great niece, Audra
July 19, 1960 - Sep 24, 2010
Anonymous Corsicana Daily Sun The Corsicana Daily Sun Sat Sep 25, 2010,
08:15 PM CDT
Corsicana — Debbie Steele
Debbie Steele, resident of Corsicana, passed away on Friday, September
24, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas at the age of 50 years. She
was born in Dallas on July 19, 1960 to Author Maxey and Geneva Wilson
Maxey. Debbie has been the director at the Little Red School House in
Corsicana for a number of years doing what she loved, caring for
children. She was preceded in death by her father Author Maxey.
Survivors include her husband Ricky Steele of Corsicana. Daughters:
Alicia Steele Lee and her husband Mark of Mildred and Danielle Steele of
Corsicana, and one grandson Landon Lee of Mildred. Her mother Geneva
Phillips and grandmother Verna Wilson. Sisters and brother: Margie
Andrew, Diana Williams and her husband Tommy, and Glen Maxey and his
wife Alisha. She is also survived by her mother-in-law Gwen Steele of
Pursley and a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members.
Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin – Roughton
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 27,
2010 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home with
Chaplin Carey Sims officiating. Burial will follow at
Hamilton – Beeman
Cemetery in Retreat.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Westminster
Presbyterian Church Child Services Department at 312 North 13th Street
Corsicana, Texas 75110
Arrangements by Griffin – Roughton Funeral Home – Corsicana.
d. Sept 24, 2010
Novotny, 83, passed away at his home in Corsicana on Friday Sept. 24,
Jerry was one of eleven children and a Marine veteran. Upon his
retirement after 26 years from Hughes Tools, Jerry was active in
Immaculate Conception Church, and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed
spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his loving wife, of 63 years, Frances; children, David
and spouse Margaret Novotny, Mary Frances and spouse Charlie Jones, Mel
and spouse Vicki Novotny, Steve and spouse Lesa Novotny, Linda and
spouse Charlie Ellis; grandchildren, Shawn and spouse Cleona Dawson,
Ryan and spouse Rachel Dawson, Jennifer and spouse Jeff Whitehill,
Rebecca Novotny, Laura Novotny, David Novotny, Robert and spouse Amanda
Novotny, Chelsea and spouse Colin Ward, Chelsea Ellis, Elizabeth and
spouse Scott Seibel, Jared Novotny; great grandchildren, Courtney
Dawson, Leah Dawson, Morgan Dawson, Peyton Dawson, and Logan Hoyt; he is
also survived by sisters Molly Jekel and Mary Costlow.
A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home in Corsicana.
A memorial mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in
Corsicana, at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27. A graveside service will
follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Ennis.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Oct 10, 1911 - Sep 20, 2010
Corsicana — Wessie Bradley, 98, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday,
Sept. 20, 2010, at the Twilight Home. Funeral services will be at 11
a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor
Alfred Cox, Jr., Officiating. Interment will follow at the
Rice Cemetery in Rice.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Geneva Katherine (Murphy) Berry
May 28, 1916 - Sep 22, 2010
Geneva Katherine Berry, 94 of Kerens passed away Wednesday, Sept.
She was born May 28, 1916, to Martin Luther Murphy and Clara Simpson
She is preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Berry in 1989;
brothers, Ray Murphy and Billy Murphy; and son, Gene Berry in 2009.
She is survived by her daughter -in-law, Nancy Berry of Kerens;
grandsons, Gary Berry and wife Melissa of Kerens, and Kenny Berry
and wife Kay of Kerens; great grandchildren, Garrett Berry, Amy
Herzog and husband Nick of Fairfield, and Mathew Berry and wife
Kimberly of College Station; sister-in-law, Jimmie Farmer of
Navarro; she is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Griffin-Roughton
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Leslie Byrd officiating. Interment
will follow at
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jody Farmer, Randy
Tawater, Gowen Murphy, Craig Doyle, Charles Paul, and Curtis
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Untied Methodist
Church in Kerens.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Mar 24, 1911 - Sept 22, 1954
Marvin L. Vinson, 43, World
War II veteran, died of a heart attack at his home near Barry
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam R. Vinson of Barry; two
brothers, J.B. Vinson of Moody, and A.J. Vinson of Dallas, and a
sister, Mrs. Della Mathis of Corsicana.
Sept 24, 1954
Friday Services For M. L. Vinson
Funeral services for Marvin L. Vinson, 43, World War 11 veteran,
Barry, who died with a heart attack early Wednesday, were held from
the Pleasant Grove Baptist church Friday at 3 p.m. Burial was in the
The rites were conducted by Rev. Jack Bell, pastor of the Bethel
Missionary Baptist church of Corsicana.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam R. Vinson, Barry; two
brothers, J. B. Vinson, Moody, and A. J. Vinson, Dallas; and a
sister, Mrs. Deila Mathis, Corsicana.
Pallbearers were Joe Minefee, John Minefee, Rodney French, Buster
Warren, Lee Lowe and Charlie Ward.
John Thomas Dies Sunday
John Thomas, 64, retired farmer, died at his residence 1419 West
Sixth avenue, Sunday night.
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Tuesday at 2:30
p.m. with burial in the
Younger cemetery near Purdon. The rites will be conducted by
Rev. Chester Reames, pastor of the First Baptist church of Purdon.
He was a native of Navarro county.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Nezzie
Mahoney, Corsicana; three grandchildren, a brother, Homer Thomas
Marshall; three sisters, Mrs. J. C. Cheek, Mrs. Bessie Ponder and
Mrs. Jack Russell, and a brother-in-law E. H. Pool, all of
Corsicana, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Dick Howard, Haddix Boldin, Clarence Thomas,
Billy McCraw, Autrey French and A. E. Bittner
Thomas M. York
May 22, 1879 - Oct 23, 1955
Tom York Dies
Tom York, 76, retired farmer 1022 West Tenth avenue, died Sunday
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p. m. from the Corley Chapel.
Burial was in the Younger
cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Guy Phillips, pastor
of the Assembly of God Church. York resided in the Purdon
community for many years and prior to that time was a resident of
the Emmett area.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; four sons, Preston and R. L.
York, both of Corsicana; Joe York Olney, and Sgt. J. T. York, U. S.
Army, Winooski, Vt.; six daughters, Mrs. Bertha Thomas and Mrs. Edna
Currinston, both of Purdon; Mrs. E. L. Slaughter and Mrs. Curtis
Henthorn, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Lola Williams, Fort Worth and Mrs.
J. N. Henthorn, Houston; 31 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Mrs. Birdie Mitchell, Woodbury, and Mrs. Della Chessor,
Dawson and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.
- Submitted by Tanyua Davis & Diane Richards
- Corsicana Daily Sun - 10/24/1955
Milliey Elvira (Buckner) York
Apr 18, 1877 - Dec 16, 1966
Funeral services for Mrs. T. M. York, 89, who died Friday at her
home 2322 West Sixth avenue, where held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the
Corley Chapel with burial in the
Younger cemetery near
The rites were conducted by Rev. B. W. Johnson, pastor of the First
Pentecostal Church of God.
Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Bertha Thomas, Mrs. Edna
Currington, Mrs. Agnes Slaughter, Mrs. Imogene Henthorn, all of
Corsicana; Mrs. Isla Williamson, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Dorothy
Henthorn, Houston; four sons, Preston Thomas and R. L. York, all of
Corsicana and Joseph York, Wichitia Falls; a brother Burr Buckner,
Malakoff, 27 grandchildren 52 great-grandchildren, four
great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Grandsons were
Jessie Franklin McGraw
13 Sep 1851 - 06 Aug 1930
Memorial for Jesse Franklin McGraw
The death angel
visited Blooming Grove and took for its victim Bro. Jesse Franklin
McGraw. He was born September 13, 1851, in the state of Mississippi.
He departed this life Aug. 6, 1930, making 79 years, 100 months, 25
days. We have evidence to believe that Uncle Jesse has gone to a
better world because he professed faith in Jesus Christ and united
with the Missionary Baptist church of Ingorman, Miss., at the age of
23 years, but at the time of his death his membership was at Pecan
Baptist church. He was a faithful and loyal member of his church
until his health failed, and he was almost a shut-in.
He was married
to Miss Mandy Pauline Leach in 1872. To this union was born nine
children. Three children went on to try unknown world and welcome
their father there. Those who survive are Mrs. Alice Frederick, Mrs.
J. D. Turner, Mrs. F. C. Crouch, H. G. and L. J. McGraw of Blooming
Grove and Mrs. T. A. Patterson of Rankin, Ellis county. He also
leaves to mourn his loss, 30 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren.
companion went on to Heaven seven years ago. He spent many lonesome
hours since she left but they have joined hands now over on the
other shore and are singing around the Great White Throne, and shout
praises through out eternity.
May his loved
ones look to God and be submissive and say, “Not my will but thine,
you giventh and you taketh away.”
He was with you
almost the allotted time, which is three score and ten years, but he
has gone to a land where we will never grow old. His body was bent
with age and his beard was white, but at the resurrection he will
have a body that will never bend with age.
The funeral was
conducted by his pastor, J. J. Sykes, and E. L. Jones of Blooming
Grove at the First Baptist church. His body was laid to rest by his
wife at Grange Hall
cemetery to await the morning of resurrection.
Corsicana Daily Sun
Aged Resident of Blooming Grove Is Buried Thursday
Blooming Grove, Aug. 9
Jesse Franklin McGraw, aged 79 years, died Wednesday morning at
11:30 o’clock and the funeral services were held from the First
Baptist Church Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock with interment in
the Grange Hall cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by
Rev. E. L. Jones and Rev. Sikes.
He was a native of Mississippi by had resided in this community
since he was a young man.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Alice Frederick, Mrs. Jim Turner,
Mrs. Frank Crouch and Mrs. Tom Patterson, and two sons, Lace McGraw
and Horace McGraw, all of this community.
Obituary from Corsicana Daily Sun
Son of William W and Nancy (?Hurley?) McGraw; Husband of Amanda
Pauline (Leach) McGraw; Father of Alice (McGraw) Patterson, Lula
(McGraw) Conger, Ada (McGraw) Turner, Willie Mac (McGraw)
Crouch, Horace Greeley McGraw, Lacey John McGraw, Earnest
McGraw, Presley McGraw, Lena (McGraw) Patterson; brother of
William W McGraw, James D McGraw, Charles Allen McGraw and
Martha J McGraw. Great-Great-Grandfather of Dana Stubbs
Jesse Franklin McGraw
J. F. McGraw Buried Grange Hall Thursday
Jesse Franklin McGraw, aged 79 years, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6,
11:30 a.m. as a result of heart failure. Funeral services were held
at the First Baptist church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, conducted by
Rev. E. L.
Jones and Rev. Sikes.
The deceased came to this community when a young man from
Mississippi and had made his home here on the farm since. For the
past few years he had been in feeble health, and had been confined
to his bed for several months prior to his death.
He is survived by six children- four girls and two boys, as follows;
Mrs. Alice Frederick, Mrs. Jim Turner, Mrs. Frank Crouch, Mrs. Tom
Patterson, Lace McGraw and Horace McGraw, all of Blooming Grove and
Mr. McGraw was a member of the Baptist church, was an honest,
upright man, known for his splendid good character and fine standard
Burial was in Grange Hall cemetery, and was in charge of the
McCormick funeral home.
George Frederick Baum, Sr.
01 Sep 1889-17 Mar 1990
George F. Baum, 100, of Corsicana, died March
17, 1990, at Navarro Regional Hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corley
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eugene Wood officiating. Burial
will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 1, 1889, in Corsicana. He was
a prominent Corsicana businessman.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64
years, Priscilla (Sweet) Hartzell.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. John D.
(Priscilla) Stringer of Washington, DC, and Mrs. G. Flint (Isa)
Sawtelle of Marble Falls; one son, George F. Baum Jr., of Dallas; 11
grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be John Blinn, Wilson Griffen,
Hoyt Moore, Clyde Stroud, Mac Hook, Joe Hashop, Maco Stewart, James
Whitten, Edward Baum and George Baum III.
Mar 12, 1883 - Feb 16, 1953
Riggs Services Held
CORSICANA, Texas, Feb. 18. - Funeral services for Robert Rial Riggs,
68, were held Tuesday from the Purdon Baptist Church. Burial was in
the Younger Cemetery Surviving are his wife; a son, Raymond Riggs of
Dallas; five daughters, Mrs. J.W. Kirby of Corsicana, Mrs. A. W.
Strzinek of Dallas, Mrs. J.B. Slone of Palestine Mrs. E. E. Swinford
of Dallas, and Miss Patty Riggs of Purdon.
Robert R. Riggs Rites Tuesday
Robert Rial Riggs, 68, resident of the Purdon area for the past 25
years, died at his home there Monday morning.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Purdon Baptist
church, with the pastor, Rev. Charles Wood, conducting. Burial was
in the Younger Cemetery
Surviving are his wife, of Purdon; a son, Raymond Riggs, Dallas;
five daughters, Mrs. J. W. Kirby, Corsicana; Mrs. A. W. Strzinek,
Dallas; Mrs. J. B. Slone, Palestine; Mrs. E. E. Swinford, Dallas,
and Patty Riggs, Purdon, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Home directed.
Houston "Huse" Tickle
Mar 10, 1886 - Aug 2, 1954
CORSICANA, Texas. - Funeral services for John H. (Huse) Tickle, 68,
Purdon farmer, were held at the First Baptist Church in Purdon
Tuesday. Burial was in the
Surviving are his wife; two sons, John M. Tickle and Billy Tickle of
Waco; three sisters, Mrs. Ressie Howard of Dallas; Mrs. Mattie Cook
and Mrs. Willie Ellis, both of Groesbeck, and a granddaughter.
- Submitted by
- Aug 4, 1954
- Parents: Jim Tickle and Lou (Crowford) Tickle (from Death
Tuesday Services For Huse Tickle
Funeral services for John H. (Huse) Tickle, 68, Purdon farmer, who
died in Memorial hospital early Monday, will be held from the First
Baptist church at Purdon Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The rites will be conducted by Rev. Roy Tumbleson of Bryan and Rev.
Charles Wood, pastor of the church. Burial will be in the
Surviving are his wife of Purdon; two sons, John M. and Billy
Tickle, and a granddaughter, Deborah Ann Tickle, all of Waco; three
sisters, Mrs. Ressie Howard, Dallas; Mrs. Mattie Cook and Mrs.
Willie Ellis, both of Groesbeck and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Lafayette Adkins, T. S. Farmer, Fred Bone, Clyde
Bolen, Vernon Davis and Clarence Putman.
Corley will direct.
Apr 4, 1918 - Dec 16, 1995
John P. Travis, 77, of Rice, died Dec. 16, 1995, at Rembrandt
Services were held today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with
Richard Hamm and Curtis Baker officiating. Burial will take place in
Pallbearers were James Sykes, Horace Collins, Clinton Coker, Bill
Upchurch, Haskell Coker and Don Green.
Honorary pallbearers were Norvil Coker and employees of the Texas
Department of Transportation.
Mr. Travis was born April 4, 1918, in Rice. He retired from the
Texas Highway Department.
He is survived by his son, Perry L. Travis of San Antonio; his son
and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Mary Travis of Ennis; his four
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Shelley Denise (Talbert)
May 9, 1973 - Dec 17, 1995
Shelly "Talbert" Sizemore, 22, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of
Corsicana, died Dec. 17, 1995, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.
Services are Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of
Corsicana, with B.F. Risinger and Gerald Edwards. Burial will be in
Mrs. Sizemore was born May 9, 1973 in Texarkana, TX. She was a
1991 graduate of Corsicana High School.
Mrs. Sizemore is survived by her husband, Alan Sizemore of Boise;
her son, Cody Ryan Sizemore of Boise; her parents, Larry and Sharon
Talbert of Corsicana; her brother, Robert Talbert of Corsicana; her
grandmother, Cornelia Talbert of Orange, Tx; her sisters, Laura Ash
of Brandon, Fla. and Stacy Holloway of Lancaster.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Nov 12, 1923 - Dec 18, 1995
Buford Dyer, 72, of Corsicana died Dec. 18, 1995 at Scott and White
Hospital in Temple.
Services are 2 pm. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church with Dr.
David Hale and Rev. Wayne Mahoney officiating. Burial will follow at
Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton
Mr. Dyer was born Nov. 12, 1923 in Purdon, TX. He was a member of
Northside Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Dyer of Corsicana; his son,
Alvin Dyer of Dallas; his daughters, Linda Barber of Corsicana and
Barbara Russell of Indiana; his brothers, Bennie Dyer of Purdon, W.A.
Dyer of Corsicana, Thomas Dyer of Pursley and Lee Dyer of Farmers
Branch; his sisters, Joyce Humbert of Corsicana, Henrietta Ellis of
Midlothian, Emma Brewer of Richardson, Erma Mathews of Tyler and
Evelena Pate of Garland; and eight grandchildren and six
Arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Lillian Myrtle (Jones) Collier
March 19, 1913 - Dec 17, 1995
Lillian Myrtle Collier, 82, of Corsicana, died Dec 17, 1995, in
Services were held today at Corley Funeral Home, with Rev. R.E.
Cecil and Rev. Tony Neal officiating. Burial followed in
Pallbearers were Keith Weaver, Jimmy D. Coker, Donnie Capehart,
Tommy Horn, Larry Capehart, Tommy Horn, Larry Capehart, Charles
McCarter, Sammy Marsh and Keith Farmer.
Mrs. Collier was born March 19, 1913 in Barry, Tx. She was a member
of Hopewell Baptist Church. She retired from Haggar Slacks after 25
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharon
Collier of Corsicana; her daughter and son-in-law, Karon and Ralph
Widacki of Killeen; her sister, Louise Weems of Arlington; her
grandchildren, Paige and Matt Widacki of Killeen, Kathy Heron and
Jeremy and Paul Collier; and her great-grandchildren Cory Wilkinson
and Tyler Herron.
Mrs. Collier was preceded in death by her husband,
Howard Collier; her
sisters, Ruth Henderson, Bessie Mimms and M. Irene Powell; and her
brother, Frank Jones.
Aug 21, 1926 - Dec 18, 1995
Richard O'Dell Copeland, 69, of Dawson, died Monday, Dec. 18, 1995
Services are Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel, with
Rev. Eugene Arnold officiating. Burial will take place Wednesday in
the Liberty Hill
Cemetery in Dawson.
Pallbearers are Joe Walker, Billy Walker, Steve Gutherie, David
Gutherie, Jerry Bush, Bill Mansel and Bo Mansel.
Mr. Copeland was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Groesbeck. He was a U.S.
Army veteran, employed with Bell Helicopter and was a former owner
and operator of Copeland Janitorial Service.
Mr. Copeland is survived by wife, Bonnie Marie Copeland of Dawson;
sons, Richard Leo Copeland of Panama City, Fla., Virgil Copeland and
Vernon Copeland of Grand Prairie; daughters, Sheila Simington of
Purdon and Diane Covington of Silver City; 11 grandchildren and five
Mr. Copeland is preceded in death by father, Will Copeland; mother,
Lula Mae Copeland; brother, Homer Copeland; and sister, Mrs. Johnnie
J. D. Kuykendall
Mar 19, 1925 - Dec 16, 1995
J.D. Kuykendall, 70, of Corsicana, died Dec. 16, 1995 in Corsicana.
Services were held today at Corley Funeral Chapel, with Rev. James
T. Davis officiating. Burial followed in
Pallbearers were Jeff Kuykendall, Billy Kuykendall, Kevin Fulton,
James Damoss, Mike Martin and David Forman.
Honorary pallbearer was Justin Kuykendall.
Mr. Kuykendall was born March 19, 1925 to Simon and Mae Kuykendall.
He was united with his savior on Dec. 16. He was an Oil City Iron
Works employee for many years. A pipeliner, and at the time of his
departure was self employed. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a
member of the Fundamental Baptist Church for many years. He was a
beloved husband, father and grandfather always putting his family
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Kuydendall of Corsicana;
his daughters, Bonnie Kuykendall of Arlington and Stacy Kuykendall
of Corsicana; his sons, Jack, Roger, Tracy and Tony Kuykendall, all
of Corsicana, Sammy Sharp of Corsicana and Ronnie Kuykendall of
Kerens; his brother, William Kuykendall of Corsicana; his sisters,
Loraine Dillard and Helen Porter, both of Portland, Ore., Ruby
Vitasik, Ruth Kuykendall, Minnie Eubanks, Linda Kuykendall and
Brenda Kuykendall, all of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his daughters, Peggy (Lucy) Kuykendall
and Susan Kuykendall; and one grandchild, one grandson and three
Betty Jean (Tindell) Langford
Oct 4, 1932 - Nov 3, 2010
Betty Jean Tindell Langford, 78, of Blooming Grove, Texas passed on
November 3, 2010 at Legend Oaks Convalescent Home in Ennis, Texas. Mrs.
Langford was born on October 04, 1932 in Wills Point, Texas to Charlie
W. Tindell and Lorene Hawkins Tindell.
She was a housewife and homemaker most of her life. She loved her family
with all of her heart. She was happiest sitting on the porch and
watching her grandchildren playing in the front yard. Her favorite
pastimes were reading and traveling. She loved going to new places and
seeing new things. Mrs. Langford enjoyed spending time with nature. She
loved flowers, plants, trees, birds and animals.
Mrs. Langford was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Lorene
Tindell, two brothers, two sisters, and her “special”
great-granddaughter, Hanna Marie Mack.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Langford of Wills Point, Texas;
daughter, Janet Gollehon and husband Tommy Macalik of Ennis, Texas;
daughter, Sandy Runion and husband Mike of Blooming Grove, Texas;
granddaughter, Angela Yrlas and husband Daniel of Ennis, Texas;
granddaughter, Dana Mack of Blooming Grove, Texas; granddaughter, Lori
Raxter and husband Bobby of Blooming Grove, Texas; grandson, Dusty
Gollehon of Ennis, Texas; granddaughter, Julie Seymore and husband Jeff
of Waxahachie, Texas; and granddaughter, Jamie Story and husband Doug of
Blooming Grove, Texas. Mrs. Langford is also survived by 16
great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at
Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas.
Graveside service will be on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM at
Dresden Cemetery in Dresden,
Texas with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating.
Apr 20, 1921 - Nov 1, 2010
John Edward Slate, 89, of Corsicana, died on Monday, November 1, 2010 at
the Health Center of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Mr. Slate was
born on April 20, 1921 in Corsicana to the late John Henry and Nellie
Mr. Slate was a World War II
Veteran serving in the Army Air Corp in New Caledonia, New Guinea,
and the Philippines.
When twelve years old, he began working for his dad at Slate’s Grocery
Feed and Seed Store. After his dad retired, he became the owner of the
family business and enjoyed a career spanning 54 years. He loved serving
the public and was known by customers for his friendly personality.
A lifelong Christian and faithful member, he attended Wesley United
Methodist Church and later joined and served as Deacon of the First
Baptist Church in Corsiana.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Slate was preceded in death by his wife
of 70 years,
Dorothy Inez Slate;
his brother, Dan Franklin Slate; sister, Faye Elizabeth Graves; and
son-in-law, James Bryan Trecek.
He is survived by his daughters, Jeanette Trecek of Charlotte, North
Carolina, Angela Pierson and husband Frank of LaGrange, Illinois, Joelyn
Belew and husband David of Vernon, Texas; five grandsons, Bryan Trecek
and wife Kim of Metairie, Louisiana, Jon Trecek and wife Elizabeth of
Akron, Ohio, Matt Belew and wife Cheyenne of Cache, Oklahoma, Mark Belew
of Vernon, Texas and Ben Belew and wife Allison of Vernon, Texas; 6
great-grandchildren; sisters, Margie Neese, Frances Joyner and husband
Bob, and Doris McMillan and husband Lawrence, all of Corsicana; and many
nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation
to the nurses, aides, and staff of Heritage Oaks Retirement Village
Health Center and of Vital Signs Hospice of Cedar Lake for the care
given to Mr. Slate as well as the support given to the family.
Mr. Slate will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and brother
and a devoted family man.
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday,
November 3, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held
on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev.
B.F. Risinger, Jr. and Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Interment will
follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church at 520 W. Collin,
Corsicana, Texas 75110 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Dorothy Ann (Walton)
Jan 22, 1929 - Oct 31, 2010
“Anne” Walton Ballew Wilson, 81-year-old resident of Springdale,
Arkansas, died October 31, 2010, in Washington Regional Medical Center
in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Born January 22, 1929, in Navarro County,
Texas, she was the daughter of John Walton and Lyda Mae Varnell Walton
and was reared in Barry, Texas, where she attended school. Mrs. Wilson
had been an area resident the past 13 years and had moved to the area
from Ovilla, Texas. She had graduated with a Master’s Degree from the
University of North Texas and was a school teacher in Duncanville,
Texas, for 25 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers
Association of Texas. A member of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas,
for many years, she had attended Cross Pointe Community Church in
Tontitown, Arkansas, in recent years.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband Raymond
Douglas Ballew. Survivors include her husband Bob Wilson of the home;
one son, Robert Ballew and his wife Kathy of Katy, Texas; one daughter,
Rosanne Ballew Petton and her husband Larry of Springdale, Arkansas;
five grandchildren, Ashley Robert Ballew and wife Lena Cruz of Houston,
Texas; Christopher Michael Ballew of Baytown, Texas; Katie Alise Petton
of Dallas, Texas; Nicolas Andrew Ballew and his wife Tina Medrano of
Lake Jackson, Texas; and Andy Petton of Hoboken, New Jersey; two
great-grandchildren, Ashten Cruz Ballew and Juliana Nevaeh Ballew.
Visitation was held Monday, November 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wasson
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 3, at 2:00
p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana, Texas with Pastor Larry
Petton officiating. Burial will follow in
Dresden Cemetery near
Blooming Grove, Texas. Memorial contributions can be made to First
Baptist Church of Dallas, c/o New Building Fund, 1707 San Jacinto,
Dallas, Texas 75201. Local arrangements are under the direction of
Wasson Funeral Home.
- The Dallas Morning News - Nov 2, 2010
Sep 22, 1935 - Oct 24, 2010
Jean Tidwell, 75, of Richland passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2010 in
Tyler, Texas. She was born on September 22, 1935 in Navarro County to
Lindsay & Annie Griffin.
She was a member of Richland Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; D.C. “Doug” Tidwell, son;
Wayne Tidwell, parents; Lindsay Asberry & Annie Hayes Griffin, sisters;
Mary Louise Barge and Janell Arnold, brothers; Bozo , Leonard and an
She is survived by a Son; Jay Tidwell and wife Carol of Richland,
Grandsons; Eric & Wesley Tidwell of Richland, Granddaughter; Cindy
McCaslin and husband Shane of Corsicana, Great Granddaughter; Hailey
McCaslin of Corsicana, Sister; Sue Farmer of Kerens, Brother-in-Law;
Howard Tidwell and wife Bobbie of Ennis, numerous nieces, nephews, and
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26,
2010 at Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27,
2010 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea officiating.
Interment will follow in the
Richland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Randy Ratliff, Chris
Lassiter, Mark Vitters, Kenneth Martin, Bobby Budia, and Kelly Matthews.
Jan 15, 1932 - Oct 24, 2010
Joyce E. Smith “Granny”, age78, of Corsicana, passed away Sunday,
October 24, 2010 at her home. She was born January 15, 1932 in Irving,
Texas to Japher and Bonnie Payne. Though her family moved away when she
was young, she spent the majority of her childhood in Texas.
On August 19, 1950, she married the love of her life, William Wesley
Smith. Together, they had three boys whom they raised in the Dallas
area. During this time, she attended beauty school and enjoyed owning
her own shop. In the years to follow, Granny and Pop owned several small
businesses. She enjoyed gardening and crafting things for all the
children in her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; six siblings, Jay
C. Payne, George Payne, Pixie May Slayton, Dorothy Dix Sills, Virgil
Keel Payne, Edward Payne; and granddaughter, Angela Burch.
She is survived by sons, Gary Burch and wife Bobbie of Corsicana, Rickie
Smith and wife Beverly of Roane, and Dennis Smith and wife Becky of
Corsicana; eight grandchildren, Christopher Burch, Nathan Burch, Jason
Smith, Tysa Blackman, Lori Arnett, Clayton Smith, Colton Smith, and
Cirstin Smith; three step-grandchildren, Jeana, Michelle and Eric; seven
great-grandchildren, Tianna Smith, Riki Smith, Raven Smith, Alana
Blackman, Torin Blackman, Grace Blackman and Madisyn Arnett; sister,
Mary Ellen Townsend; and brother Harold Payne.
Granny raised us all with lots of love, fear of God...and the broom.
Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at Corley
Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27,
2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bo Loftis officiating.
Burial will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Benjie Cartwright, Aaron
Dominic, Lee Blackman, D.J. Roberts, Robert Perritt and Joe Putman.
Janice Lillian (Jamison) McCrory
Jan 18, 1944 - Oct 24, 2010
Janice Lillian Jamison McCrory, age 66, passed away peacefully on
Sunday, October 24, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Corsicana surrounded
by her family. She was born January 18, 1944 in Corsicana to Allen and
Ola Faye Jamison.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, William “Sonny”
Jamison, and grandson, Austin Platt.
She is survived by her husband, Charles McCrory; son, Paul Flanagan and
wife Dusty of Corsicana; daughter, Paula Flanagan Platt and husband
Gregory of Corsicana; grandchildren, Cheyan Flanagan, Presley Platt,
Alec Platt and Logan Platt.
Visitation will be at 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at
Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday,
October 27, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Clayton Smith
officiating. Burial will follow at
Oakwood Cemetery in
Corsicana. Pallbearers are Tommy Holloway, Lynn Shelton, Charlie Knott,
Scott McCrory, Gowan Murphy, and Jason Stavina.
Danny Wayne Mayo
Feb 9, 1953 - Oct 23, 2010
W. Mayo, age 57, passed away Saturday, October 23, 2010 at his residence
in Rice, Texas. He was born February 9, 1953 in Corsicana, Texas to Roy
and Mary Mayo.
Mr. Mayo was a lifelong resident of Navarro County. He grew up playing
little league baseball in Corsicana and participated in rodeo events in
the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and paternal and maternal
He was survived by two brothers, Tim Mayo and wife Betty of Casper,
Wyoming, and Larry Mayo of Corsicana; two uncles, Donald Wilson and Ron
Beck, both of Dallas, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday at Hamilton-Beeman
Cemetery in Retreat, Texas with Pastor Jerry Griffin officiating. Burial
will follow in
Nov 29, 1923 - Oct 23, 2010
Franklin Doolen, 86, passed away peacefully with family by his side
Saturday, October 23, 2010, after a lengthy battle with illness in
Houston, Texas. James was born November 29, 1923 in Navarro, Texas to
Josephine Humphreys-Doolen and John Alford Doolen.
He is survived by his loving daughter Danna Dziedzic and husband, Chris;
grandson, Chad Dziedzic and wife, Lena; granddaughter, Holly Dziedzic;
sister-in-law, Edna McCain; brother-in-law, Jack Owens and wife,
Elizabeth; and many nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of more than
62 years, Rubie Lee Owens-Doolen, his parents, brothers, Clyde, John
Thomas, Fred, and Dick, and sisters, Thelma Jo and Lena Mae.
James was a true friend to everyone who knew him, with a huge heart. To
his family, James was a role model and inspiration. He had a great love
of life and truly enjoyed being with his family and friends. James loved
sharing a good laugh and had a dear love of sports, especially those
Most that knew him would say his greatest joys and pride were his
grandchildren, Chad (Hoss) and Holly (My Girl). He truly enjoyed his
time with them as they loved their time with their Pop! Rather it was a
game of baseball with Chad or a day at the office with Holly, no time
was more precious than his time with them.
Mr. Doolen served the community as a volunteer little league coach and
umpire for 18 years. He also served Navarro County as County Clerk for
24 years. James was also a member of Navarro County Optimist Club and
Wesley United Methodist Church.
This dear and precious man, inside and out, will be missed forever and
always, but we all know how happy he is to be reunited with his lovely
The family would like to extend much appreciation and many thanks to Mr.
Doolen’s caregivers for their care, support, and love.
Visitations will be held from 6 to 8pm Monday, October 25, 2010 at the
Corley Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday,
October 26, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Honea
officiating. Interment will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
Love is stronger than death.
So I must be content to know that
love is not affected by death—
it doesn’t end, it doesn’t diminish,
it doesn’t change.
Instead, love is immortalized
and eternalized through death.
And the possibility of that love ever
being damaged or broken
is eliminated forever.
I’ll put my trust in love.
Nov 17, 1919 - Oct 23, 2010
Anita Rowena Sanders Watkins, 90, of Corsicana, Texas passed on October
23, 2010 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village. Mrs. Watkins was born on
November 17, 1919 in Tyler, Texas to Ruebin Elisah Arnold and Bessie
Clarssie Thorn (Arnold).
She was an active member of the Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana,
Texas. She volunteered at the church’s Care Center for many years. She
was a housewife and homemaker most of her life.
Mrs. Watkins was predeceased by two wonderful husbands;
Battle Malone Sanders passed away in 1968 after 23 years of marriage,
and Marvin Watkins passed away in 1985 after 22 years of marriage.
Mrs. Watkins was also predeceased by her son, Allen Wayne Sanders and
daughter Wanda Sue Sanders.
She is survived by her brother, Rocky Arnold of Corpus Christie, TX.;
daughter and son in law: Darlene and Scott Young of Henderson, Nevada:
grandchildren, Paige Glicksman Mims and husband Jeff of Dallas, TX ;
Brooke Glicksman Norch and husband Chris of Sherman, TX.; Kyle Glicksman
and wife, Rockie of Corsicana, TX ; Kellie Spearman and husband Jon of
Omaha, NB.; Stacy Layne of Austin, TX.; April Rieger and husband Richard
of College Station, TX ; and Nikki Knox of Wichita, KS. Mrs. Watkins is
survived by 18 great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staffs at Heritage Oaks Retirement
Village and Navarro Regional Hospital for the compassionate care that
Mrs. Watkins received.
Visitation will be on Monday, October 25, 2010 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at
Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be on Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick Lamb officiating with
interment to follow in Oakwood
Pallbearers will be: Kyle Glicksman, Scott Young, Jeff Mims, Chris Norch,
Richard Rieger and Jon Spearman. Honorarary Pallbearer will be Dr.
Joseph M. Glicksman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Northside
Sep 22, 1939 - Oct 19, 2010
Joseph Fred Iervolino, 71, resident of Corsicana, TX, born on
September 22, 1939 in Manhattan, NY, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 19,
2010, at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Joey was preceded in death by his father, Fred Joseph Iervolino, and his
mother, Faye Meinero.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Lorraine Iervolino, of NY
and Corsicana. He is also survived by his daughter, Kimberly Elicia Cook
of NC, his step-daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Kevin Sparks,
Corsicana, and his step-son, James Lawler of New Caney, TX. The
grandchildren are Patrick and Harrison Sparks and Clayton Lawler. Joey
is also survived by his sister and brother-in law, Phyllis and Walter
Wilson of Bohemia, NY, and his brother and sister-in-law, Philip and
Deborah Meinero of West Babylon, NY. His loving sister-in-laws are
Jeanette Jordan of Islip, NY and Carol Van Houten of Bayshore, NY. He is
also survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great
nephews who also reside in New York.
Joey was a great man who lived a full-bodied live. Wanderlust led him to
make many friends across this country as he worked as an Envelope
Machine adjuster, a job he loved and held since the age of 17. He
retired from Williamhouse of Texas in 2006. His biggest loves in his
life were his wife, his friends, his family, and his co-workers. He had
a special knack for making the people he loved feel how special they
were to him: no small event was overlooked and no opportunities to buy
chocolate cakes were neglected. All knew that you could not be around
Joey without knowing how important you were to him. He will be missed by
Memorial services will be held on Monday, October 25th at 12:00 p.m. at
the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Daniel Nelson officiating with
a lunch reception to follow. For those who cannot make it, a dinner
reception will be held at 6:00 also in Corsicana. Corley Funeral Home
can provide more details. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to
Community National Bank and Trust of Corsicana, TX c/o Fundraising for
W. Z. “Bill”
May 26, 1921 - Oct 16, 2010
Msgt. Ret. W. Z. “Bill” Anglin, age 89, passed away Saturday, October
16, 2010 at his home in Angus. He was born May 26, 1921 in Richland,
Texas to John and Minnie Anglin.
He proudly served his country for over 20 years, retiring from the US
Air Force in 1964.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Anglin and a son, William
He is survived by son, Mark Anglin; daughter, Vicki Bowden; three
grandchildren, Devon Patrick, Brett Anglin, and Brianna Anglin; and
great-grandson, Kaden Patrick.
Graveside services will be held Monday, October 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM at
Richland Cemetery with Bro.
Bill Honea officiating.
Apr 9, 1942 - Oct 16, 2010
Charles Vinson Cantrell, 68, of Crowley and formerly of Corsicana passed
away on Saturday, October 16, 2010 in Burleson, Texas. He was born on
April 9, 1942 in Fabens, Texas to Roy Vinson & Ruth Ilene Cantrell.
He was a great father. He raised his son by himself from the time he was
nine years of age until he left home. He has a very big heart. He was
always the kind of person that wanted to help a friend or family member
if he could. He married Neila Ann Beets in 1964 and together they
celebrated eighteen years of marriage. He was a very devoted husband. He
loved her more than anything. She passed away in 1982 when their son was
only 10 years old; which was very hard thing for him to endure but with
God’s grace he and his son made it through it. He was the former owner
of Charlie’s Cars & Trucks. He lived most of his life in Corsicana
moving to Crowley after retirement. He was a veteran having served his
country in the U.S. Army.
In 1992 he met the second true love of his life, Barbara and they
married in 1993. He always put her and his family before anything. He
has three grandchildren that he was very close to, they loved him very
much. His heart and spirit will be missed forever by his family and
Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his wife, Neila Ann Cantrell, son;
Michael Cantrell and a sister; Doris Fulfer.
He is survived by his wife; Barbara Canrtrell, Sons; Charlie & Dennis
Cantrell, daughter; Michelle Mannke, grandson; C.J. Cantrell,
granddaughters; Emma Rose Mannke and Nico Russell, sisters; Teresa
Portwood, Helen Stark, and Gelene Necklar.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at
Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating.
Carl "Jimmy" Andrews
May 9, 1934 - Oct 13, 2010
James Carl “Jimmy” Andrews, age 76, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday,
October 13, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was born May 9,
1934 in Houston, Mississippi to Arlene and Henry “Dago”Andrews.
Mr. Andrews played football during his years at Corsicana High School
and after graduation, went on to play football for Navarro College. He
worked more than fifty years in road construction and owned his own
company for over forty years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlene and Henry Andrews and
his brother, Ervin Andrews.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kay McNeel Andrews; sons, Tony
Andrews and wife Leann, Steve Andrews and wife Lucy, Scott Andrews and
wife Teri; daughters, Carla Bland and husband Dino, and Jill Andrews;
grandchildren, Justin Andrews, Joey Andrews, James Andrews, Chrissy
Andrews, Cody Bland, Adam Bland, Katy Andrews, Alison Andrews, Brendan
Andrews, and Jennifer Andrews; great-grandson, Easton Andrews; sister,
Dorothy Farmer; and brother, Butch Andrews and wife Dora.
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM Thursday, October 14,
2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday,
October 15, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb
officiating. Burial will follow at
Resthaven Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be James Andrews, II, Cody Bland, Adam Bland, Joey
Andrews, Buddy Caton, and Ray Bobalik.
Virginia Roy (Neal) Blaylock-Wright
July 31, 1935 - Oct 13, 2010
Virginia Roy Wright, age 75, passed away October 13, 2010 at Stephens
Memorial Hospital in Breckenridge, Texas. She was born July 31, 1935 in
McMinnville, Tennessee to Willie and Velma Neal.
Mrs. Wright was a shipping clerk and a long time member of the Hopewell
Assembly of God Church in Rice. She was a loving and caring mother,
grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved being outdoors and was an
avid fan of country music, especially songs by her all time favorite
singer, Mickey Gilley. She loved to share memories from her annual trips
to Branson with the girls, and proudly displayed her get-well card
signed by Mickey Gilley.
She was preceded in death by husband, Arvin Blaylock; son, Arvin Lee
Blaylock; and daughters, Diane Ward and Linda Gail Blaylock.
She is survived by daughters, Sarah Simmons and husband Bobby of Rice,
Patricia Clark and husband Mike of Breckenridge, Ruby Garcia and husband
Roy of Graham, Barbara Long and husband Gary of Rice; sons, Bill Young
and wife Vicki of Rice, and Kenneth Blaylock of Lindale; 24
grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Green of Tennessee;
brothers, Johnny Argo of Tennessee and Bobby Neal of Tennessee.
Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at
Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, October
17, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Leroy Elmore and Bro.
Tim Grant officiating. Burial will follow at
Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will
be Thomas Taylor, Tim Taylor, Joshua Long, Tyler Richardson, Billy Young
and Heath Oakley.
Minta Mae (Whitener) Crocker
Apr 6, 1919 - Oct 12, 2010
Minta Mae Crocker, age 91, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at her
home in Corsicana. She was born April 6, 1919 in Spring Hill, Texas to
Edwin and Oma Whitener.
Mrs. Crocker was a wonderful cook, avid gardener, and was a strong and
independent woman. She loved to share stories from her past with her
children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Crocker; son, Zack
Crocker; parents, Edwin and Oma Whitener; and eight brothers and
She is survived by son, Dwight Crocker and wife Wanda of Texas City,
Texas; grandchildren, Casey Crocker and wife Rosemary of Corsicana, Jody
Crocker of Corsicana, Jason Crocker of Corsicana, Sara Crocker of
Houston, Melissa Dugan of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts;
great-grandchildren, Ben Crocker of Corsicana, Addison Crocker of
Corsicana, Tanner Crocker of Lufkin, Hailee Crocker of Blooming Grove,
Taylor Crocker of Blooming Grove; sisters, Doris and husband Rev. Wayne
Mahoney of Corsicana, Dorothy Hall of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, October 14,
2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM
on Friday, October 15, 2010 at
Prairie Point Cemetery
in Bazette, Texas with Deacon Lewis Palos officiating.
Zona (Butler) Dawson
Mar 8, 1915 - Oct 12, 2010
Zona Butler Dawson, “Mungie” went home to be with our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ on October 12, 2010. She passed away at her residence in
Mrs. Dawson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bryan, Texas.
She had a real gift and love for teaching children. Throughout her life,
she served the Lord by teaching Sunday school and working in the church
Mrs. Dawson was born on March 8th 1915 in Blevens, Texas. She was one of
nine children born to Carrie and William Butler. After she graduated
from high school, she worked as a governess for the Adam’s family. Mrs.
Dawson moved to San Antonio, Texas and worked at Kelly Field AFB. It was
there that she met and married Frank A. Dawson in 1943. They raised
three children Nancy, Sam and Maurene. One of the most interesting jobs
Mrs. Dawson held was that she had several paper routes. She also worked
as the Supervisor of the Dietary Department of Baptist Memorial Hospital
and later as a nurse’s aide at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She
enrolled in nursing school, graduated and became a Licensed Vocational
Nurse when she was 56. During this time, she helped to raise two of her
granddaughters, and two teenagers who were estranged from their parents.
For several years, she worked as an LVN until she went to take care of
her mother. After her mother’s death in 1975, she continued in the
nursing field for a while and then became a child care provider for many
Mrs. Dawson is preceded in death by her husband Frank A. Dawson, four
sisters and two brothers, a step son, and a grandson. She is survived by
her brother, Weldon Butler and her sister, Willie Raley. She is also
survived by her daughter and son in law, Nancy and Harold Bennett, her
son and daughter in law, Sam and Penny Dawson, and her daughter Maurene
Middlebrooke. She leaves behind 18 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren
and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, October 15,
2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on
Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will
follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Carl Dean Fuller
Sept 22, 1949 - Nov 2, 2010
Dean Fuller, 61, went to be with the Lord, Nov. 2, 2010.
He was born Sept. 22, 1949, and raised in Blooming Grove, the son of Jim
and Alice Fuller. Dean graduated from Blooming Grove High School in
1968, attended Navarro Jr. College then served his country in the
U.S. Army. He was a hard working faithful employee as a prison guard at
Huntsville, however, the majority of his career was working for Texas
Department of Public Transporation for 30 years. Dean enjoyed his family
and was dedicated to his wife and sons, their wives and his two
grandchildren. Granddaddy was special to Sean and Emma. He enjoyed
playing cards and dominoes with his family. He was very competitive and
loved it when his team won. But his true passion was deer hunting. Even
though deer season was November through January he was always getting
his deer lease ready for he and his brother, Jimmy. Dean was so proud of
Debbie who was also dedicated to her career as administrative assistant
to the Superintendent of Corsicana ISD. As well as his sons, Chris who
served his country in the U.S. Air Force and Kevin a police officer. His
zest for life is evidenced by the family he influenced and leaves
He is preceded in death by his mother; and father-in-law Doyle Moore.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Debbie Moore Fuller; sons, Chris
and wife Shira, and Kevin and wife Melissa; two grandchildren, Sean and
Emma; dad, Jim Fuller; sisters, Myrtle Faye Smith and husband Charles,
Nell Dixon and husband Troy, Mary Alice McCann and husband Royce;
brother, Jimmy Fuller and wife Carol; mother-in-law, Imogene Moore;
sister-in-law, Cheryl Moore Ivie and husband Ray; he is also survived by
numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives, co-workers and
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at
Rose Hill Cemetery in
Blooming Grove. Pallbearers will be Mike Dixon, Todd Dixon, Chad Dixon,
Steve Fuller, Ken Kinsey, Keith Weaver, Clyde Chambers and Andy Byrd.
Honorary pallbearers will be Employees of Texas Department of
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
July 25, 1921 - Nov 10, 2010
Edith Davis, 89, of Corsicana passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.
She was born July 25, 1921, in Scurry to James Whistler and Modena
She is preceded in death by husband, O.B. Davis, Jr.; parents, James and
Modena Whistler; sisters, Lela Holt, Dorothy Hilliard and Nina Pope; and
brother, A.J. Whistler.
Survivors include her daughters, Dena Taylor and husband Ricky, and Kay
Bookout and husband Mike; granddaughters, Candace McCain and husband
Sloan, Kelli Taylor and Shelby Bookout; she is also survived by her
great grandsons, Slade McCain and Zachary Taylor.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Mark Guerro officiating. Interment will
follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Feb 9, 1918 - Nov 10, 2010
Lucille Hall Young passed away Nov.10, 2010, in Corsicana.
She was a dear and generous friend, loving wife, and aunt. Lucille was
born Feb. 9, 1918, in Dresden, to Chester and Belle Hall and attended
Oak Valley and Corsicana schools. She worked many years for the phone
company and retired from Southwestern Bell in 1976. She married Jessie
Lee Young in 1950. They lived in Silver City and were members of
Community Baptist Church.
Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Lee Young; brother,
Cleo Hall; and her parents.
She leaves behind two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Frances and
Bill Bounds of Garland, and Charlene and Tom Rogers of Temple; cousins,
Charlotte Young of Red Oak, and Cherie Russo of Dresden.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Black Hills Cemetery,
c/o Janice King, 2033 Glenwood Circle, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11,
2010, at Corley Funeral Home.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at
Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dale Leggett officiating. Interment
will follow at Black Hills Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Rusty Andrews, Johnny Lake, James Orler, Phil Phillips,
Jason York, Kenneth Young and Dub Dickson.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Donnie Lee Norrell
June 9, 1941 - Nov 10, 2010
Donnie Lee Norrell, 69, of Frost, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at
He was born June 9, 1941, in Canton to Richmond Riley Norrell and Anna
He is preceded in death by son, Jerry Don Norrell; daughter, Tracey Lee
Ybarra; and parents, Riley and Anna Norrell.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Norrell of Frost; son, Mickey Don
Norrell and wife Kelly of Frost; daughters, Pamela Thompson of
Seagoville, Shannon Morris of Frost, and Penny Kay Harris and husband
Tony of Frost; grandsons, Eli Thompson and wife Amber of Wills Point,
Josh Thompson and wife Carrie of Forney, Casey Don Morris of Corsicana,
Cody Don Ybarra of Waldo, Ark., Tyler Norrell of Sweetwater, and Wesley
Harris of Frost; granddaughters, Autumn Ybarra of Frost, Summer Paige
Ybarra of Magnolia, Ark., Reagan Norrell of Sweetwater, Kristie Willard
of Frost and Cheyenne Pack of Frost; great grandson, Bronc Thompson;
brother, Dennis Norrell and wife Rea of Canton; sisters, Linda Ann
Register and husband Larry of Garland, Betty Jean Davis and husband
Dwight of Gun Barrell; he is also survived and numerous nieces and
nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved pets, Max, Sadie and Paige.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Ledbetter and the staff at Lighted
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at
Baptist Church with Mr. Gordon Lockett officiating. Pallbearers will be
Chuck Dortch, Jack Dortch, Bob Berna, Joe Nolen, Dr. Kris Moore, Lucio
Calderon, Ray Calderon and Cliff Williams.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Donnie Lee Norrell, 69, passed away Nov. 9, 2010. Visitation
will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12,
at Emmett Baptist Church. Interment will follow at
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d. Nov 8, 2010
75, passed away Nov. 8, 2010. Memorial services will be 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in
Dallas. An online guest book is available at
www.griffin-roughton.com. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton
abt 1927 - Nov 5, 2010
Corsicana — Robert Evans, 83, of Nacogdoches, formerly of Kerens,
passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in Medical Health Center Hospital
in Lufkin. Graveside services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday in
Oakwood Cemetery with
the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Services under the direction of
Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.