Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Egbert Paul Columbus Fulton
Aug 14, 1894 - Oct 18, 1918

Moved to his Biography page

Wiley Parmer "Hunt" Lance
Feb 1894 - Aug 19, 1946


Funeral services for Hunt Lance, aged 51 years, World War I veteran, found dead at his home in Navarro Monday night, were held from the McCammon Funeral Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. Roy H. Davis, pastor of the North Corsicana Methodist church. Interment was in the Emmett cemetery. Lance was a native of Emmett and formerly resided at Blooming Grove and Richland.

Surviving are his wife, eight children, two sisters, four brothers and other relatives.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.




Hunt Lance, aged 51 years,
World War I veteran, was found dead at his home in Navarro shortly before midnight Monday, officers said following an investigation, W. H. Johnson, Justice of the peace, stated Tuesday that a coroner's verdict of “death from a gunshot wound, self-inflicted” was returned in the case. W. E. Lee, deputy sheriff, answered the call. A 12-gauge single-barrel shotgun was found near the body. A shotgun charge entered the left jaw, it was stated.

A native of Navarro county, Lance formerly resided at Emmett, Blooming Grove and Richland.

Surviving are his wife of Navarro; three daughters, Mrs. R. N. Dempsey, Aberdeen, Md.; Mrs. A. W. White, Richland and Bettie Florence Lance, Navarro; five sons, Wiley and Derril Lance, both of Fort Worth; Marvin Y. C. and Glen Ray Lance, all of Navarro; two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Fields, Frost, and Mrs. Ray Harris, Houston; four brothers, F. H., M. B. and J. A. Lance, all of Mexia and E. K. Lance, Dallas, and a number of other relatives.

Funeral arrangements had not been perfected early Tuesday afternoon pending the arrival of relatives.

McCammon Funeral Home will direct.


Olan Elmer Bailey
Sep 05, 1912 – Mar 02, 1997

Olan Bailey

Graveside services for Olan Bailey 84, of Corsicana, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Resthaven Memorial Park with James Vandy officiating.

Mr. Bailey was born Sept. 5, 1912, in Lufkin.Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Avis Bailey of  Corsicana; son, Wayne Bailey of Corsicana; daughters, Helen Hunsaker and Rose Bailey both of Corsicana; three sisters, Annie Tinkle of Grand Prairie, Betty Martin of Corsicana and Eunice Russell of Corsicana;  5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Avis Mae (Hinkle) Bailey
May 7, 1923  -  Feb. 21, 2011

Avis Mae Hinkle Bailey

Avis Mae Hinkle Bailey, 87, of Corsicana went to be with our Lord on Feb. 21, 2011.

She was born on May 7, 1923 in Blooming Grove to James William “Buck” Hinkle and Edwyna Dozier Hinkle.  Avis married Olan Elmer Bailey on Dec. 23, 1939 in Blooming Grove. They were married 58 years.  Avis is remembered by everyone who knew her for her hugs and smiles.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; daughter Helen Mae Bailey Hunsaker; grandson, Cory Bailey; granddaughter Angel Garza; and brothers James Edwyn Hinkle, Duane M. Hinkle, Benny Wayne Hinkle and Darrel Ray Hinkle.

Survivors include her son, Wayne E. Bailey and daughter, Rose Marie Bailey both of Corsicana; brothers, Hollis Hinkle of Joshua, and Richard Hinkle of New Caney; sisters, Carolyn Gillen of Waxahachie, and Diane Richards of Barry; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and very best friend, Mary French.

A family service was held at Resthaven Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Corsicana.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heritage Oaks West, Dr. Kent Rogers, Dr. Michael Malone, and the nurses and aides of Navarro Regional Hospital for their very special care of Avis.


Thomas Eldridge Frederick
Mar. 7, 1861   Aug.  7, 1931


BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 17. — (Spl.)—Thomas E. Frederick passed away Friday night at 10:20 o'clock at the family home.

The funeral services were held at the Central Baptist church, Saturday afternoon, Rev. Cagle, Baptist Pastor at Frost, conducting the services. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery.

Mr. Frederick was born in the state of Arkansas and with his parents moved to Texas when he was only 9 years old. May 2, 1885 he was married to Miss Rhoda Richmond and to this union was born nine children, five girls and four boys, as follows: Mrs. Lace McGraw, Mrs. Walter Sheffield, of Blooming Grove; Mrs. Nettie McCracken, of Las Cruces, N. M.; Mrs. Frank White, of San Antonio; Ethridge and Atho Frederick of Dallas; Wayne Frederick of San Antonio; Jack Frederick of Blooming Grove; and Mrs. Idel Howard of Milford.

Mr. Frederick had been in feeble health for a number of months, but the announcement of his death came as a distinct surprise, as it was not generally known that he was critically ill.


James H. Williams
Feb. 18, 1850  March 2, 1931


BLOOMING GROVE, March 4.— (AP)—Funeral services for J. H. Williams, aged 80 years, resident of this city for 40 years and prominent land owner. who died Tuesday at the home of his son, Roderick Williams in Waco, were held from the First Methodist church here Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock with burial in Rose Hill cemetery. The services were conducted by the Rev. F. M. Noe, pastor of the Methodist church

He is survived by a son. Roderick Williams, Waco; and a daughter. Mrs. Tom Hewitt. San Angelo.

For the past year Mr. Williams had made his home with his son in Waco.


Tallula Alice “Lula” (Varnon) Reed
Dec. 3, 1859  Dec. 8, 1931

(obit says Lone Oak Cemetery but she is in Rose Hill)


BLOOMING GROVE, Dec. 9.— (Spl)—Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Mrs. Lula Reed, ago 72, who died Tuesday morning. The services were conducted by Revs. E. L. Jones and P. L. Schuler. Interment was in the Lone Oak cemetery [see notes].

Mrs. Reed was born in Alabama and came to this community in 1902 and had resided here since that time.

Surviving are four sons, W. R. Reed, Ed Reed, Roy Reed, all of Blooming Grove and Jim Reed of Houston; three daughters, Misses Maude and May Reed and Mrs. Mattie Robinson, all of Blooming Grove.



Mrs. Lula Alice Reed Passed Away Tuesday

Mrs. Lula Alice Reed passed away at an early hour Tuesday after a long illness. She was born in Alabama and at her death was 72 years old.

The family moved to Texas in 1902, and have lived all this time in Ellis and Navarro counties. She was a woman of the old Southern type, scrupulously honest, a home maker, and a member of the Methodist church since childhood, having fought a good fight and kept the faith.

She was the mother of seven children - 4 boys and 3 girls. The husband and father died Feb. 20, 1905. One of the daughters is Miss May Reed, who is head operator of the Blooming Grove Telephone company.

Rev. Shuler conducted the funeral services and the burial took place at Rose Hill cemetery.

A large concourse of friends attended the funeral, and many flowers were given as tokens of love and esteem.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Dec 11, 1931
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Caswell Morton “Kay” Hartley
May 10, 1881 - Sep. 21, 1942

Life-Long Resident Of Blooming Grove Died There Tuesday

K. Hartley, aged about 55 years, life-long resident of Blooming Grove, died suddenly at his home in Blooming Grove Tuesday morning.

Funeral rites were held Wednesday afternoon at Blooming Grove.

Surviving are his wife, a teacher in the Blooming Grove schools; two daughters, Mrs. Juan Garcia and Miss Comelle Hartley; two sisters, a brother and other relatives.


Martin Bernard Rawson
Dec. 28, 1907 - Mar. 12, 1959

M. B. Rawson Rites Saturday

BLOOMING GROVE, March 13—(Spl)— Martin Bernard Rawson, 51, long-time native of Lone Cedar, died Thursday afternoon in a Terrell hospital, following major brain surgery.

Funeral services will be held from the Blooming Grove First Baptist church Saturday at 3 p. m. with Rev. W. J. Richey, in charge. Burial will be in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Rawson had been transferred to the Terrell hospital, following surgery in John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Martha Rawson, Blooming Grove; two brothers, Henderson (Jack) Rawson, Ft. Worth, and Henry Rawson, Pasadena; two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Milliorn, Ft. Worth, and Miss Wynne Rawson, Blooming Grove.

Masons will have charge of the graveside rites and will be pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.



BLOOMING GROVE, March 14 (Spl) - Martin B. Rawson, 51, who died Thursday in a Terrell hospital, was buried Saturday in Rose Hill Cemetery. He was born in Navarro County. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Martha Rawson of Blooming Grove, and a sister, Mrs. Sallie Milliorn, and a brother. Henderson Rawson, both of Fort Worth


Arthur James Crocker
Sep 1, 1891 - Mar 24, 1959

A. J. Crocker Rites Thursday

BLOOOMING GROVE, March 25 (Spl.)—Arthur James Crocker, 67, bookkeeper, life-long resident of the community, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services will be held from the Central Baptist church here, of which he was a deacon, Thursday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Crocker was a veteran of World War I and was a long-time member of the Johnson-Wiggins Post No. 22, American Legion, in Corsicana.

Members of his Sunday School class will be pallbearers. The Masonic Lodge will conduct graveside rites.

Rev. Wayne Runnels, pastor, will conduct the rites.

Crocker served as secretary of the Blooming Grove board of school trustees for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Katie Crocker, Blooming Grove; two sons, James Arthur Crocker, Oklahoma City, and Bob Guy Crocker, White Sands, N. M.; a daughter, Mrs. Pat O'Brien, Jal, N. M.; four sisters, Mrs. R. R. Massengale, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Bill Thomas, Perryton; Mrs. Ray Deming, Dallas; and Miss Jessie Crocker, Blooming Grove; one grandchild and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.


Della Mae (Crouch) Weston-Pevehouse
Aug 1, 1894 - May 6, 1959

Mrs. Pevehouse Rites Friday

BLOOMING GROVE, May 7 —(Spl.)—Mrs. Delia Mae Pevehouse, 64, wife of Frank Pevehouse, was pronounced dead on arrival at Memorial Hospital Wednesday night following a heart attack while sitting on the porch at her home here.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church here with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. J. Richey, pastor. Mrs. Pevehouse was born in the Slay community north of Frost but had resided here practically all her life.

Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Tipping, Blooming Grove, and Mrs. Nadine Reilly, Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Annie Ruth Goad, four grandchildren, two great - grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, May 7, 1959

  • Submitted by Diane Richards

Billy Ray Kitchens
June 19, 1959 - June 27, 1959

Kitchen Infant Rites Monday

BLOOMING GROVE, June 29 — (Spl.) — Billy Ray Kitchen, eight-day old son of Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Kitchen of Fort Worth, died Saturday in  the Harris Memorial Hospital in

Fort Worth.

Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a. m. from the Central Baptist church with burial in the Rose Hill cemetery.

The rites were conducted by Rev. Wayne Runnels, pastor.

Surviving are the parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Kitchen, Fort Worth, and Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Coats, Jr., Weslaco; an uncle, Don Kitchen, Fort Worth; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Smithen, Blooming Grove, and Mr. and Mrs. N. I. Kitchen, Mansfield; and a great-great-grandmother, Mrs. J. M. Collier, Blooming Grove.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Carrie Emma (Lester) Smith
Oct 24, 1875 - Apr 16, 1959

Mrs. Smith Dies Friday

BLOOMING GROVE. April 17 — (Spl—Mrs. Carrie Smith, 82 resident of this community for

more than 60 years, died in Hillsboro early Friday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Friday but the services will be held sometime Saturday afternoon from the Central Baptist church. Burial will be in the Rose Hill cemetery.

Surviving are two sons, Rex Smith Dallas, and Lawrence Smith, Wichita Falls; five grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.



BLOOMING GROVE. April 18 (Spl). - Funeral services were held here Saturday, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, for Mrs. Carrie Smith, 82 who died Froday. She had been a resident of Blooming Grove more than 60 years. Two sons, Lawrence Smith of Wichita Falls and Rex Smith of Dallas, survive.


Cecil Zoral Padget
Mar. 23, 1881 - Nov. 21, 1959

Cecil Z. Padget Rites Tuesday

BLOOMING GROVE, Nov. 23 (Spl.)— Cecil Z. Padget, 78, retired farmer and rancher, native of Missouri, died at his home in Wichita, Kan., Saturday morning.

Funeral services will he held from the First Methodist church here Tuesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Edward Otwell, pastor, in charge. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Wichita the former Miss Nannie Love McSpadden of Blooming Grove; a daughter. Mrs. Arthur Moore. Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Ed Padget, Hereford, Ariz., and Elias Padget, Gray, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Donnie Monk, Bellflower, Calif.; four grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Earl Magee, R. Bruce McCormick, Delma Tipping, Richard Sanders, George Crider and Sonny McSpadden.

McCormlck Funeral Service directs.


George Washington Walker
Aug 14, 1880 - Jan 5, 1959

George Walker Burial Slated Blooming Grove

BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 6 (Spl.)—George W. Walker, 78, retired carpenter, died at his home in Waxahachie Monday night.

Funeral services will be held from the First Christian church here Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial in Rose Hill cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Harry W. Elwood, pastor.

A native of Mississippi, Walker resided in Blooming Grove for 43 years prior to 1956 when he moved to Odessa from which place he moved to Waxahachie six months ago.

Surviving are his wife of Waxahachie; eight sons, Elbert, Clyde and G. W. Walker, Jr., all Of Miami, Ariz.;  Ray, Dwayne, Robert and Charles Walker, all Odessa, and Jimmy Walker, Waxahachie;  nine daughters, Mrs. Edna Smith, Mrs. Kate Hefley and Mrs. Ivy G. Ihlow,  all of Fort Worth; Mrs. Maudie Collier, Globe, Ariz.; Mrs. Frances Duke, Mrs. Doris Duke and Miss Sue Walker, all of Waxahachie;  Mrs. Helen Farmer and Mrs. Sarah Davis, both of Odessa; a brother, Ernest Walker, New Albany, Miss.;  three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Moody, Corsicana; Mrs. Betty Wooten, Houston, and Mrs. Annie Williams, New Albany, Miss.;  and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Sons will be pallbearers.

McCormick Funeral Service will direct.   


Ella (Armstrong) Dillingham
Jan 4, 1880 - July 22, 1935


BLOOMING GROVE, July 23.— (Spl.) — Funeral services for Mrs. C. N. Dillingham, 55, who died in a Fort Worth sanitarium Monday morning, will be held from the family home Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock with interment in the Rosehill cemetery. Mrs. Dillingham was a native of Navarro county and had resided in this community practically all of her life. She had been in ill health for a number of years.

The services will be conducted by Rev. P. W. Utley.

Surviving are a son, Charles Joe Dillingham, Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Bob Connally and Mrs. Joe Giles, both of Fort Worth; a granddaughter, Bobbie Dell Connally, Fort Worth; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Armstrong, Plainview; four brothers, Walter Armstrong, Dallas; Lee Armstrong, Italy; William Armstrong, Plainview; and Ural Armstrong, Arizona; and three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Deacon, Plainview; Mrs. Fred Wood, Boise, Idaho, and a married sister, formerly Alma Armstrong, of Plainview,  


Allie Mae George
Jan. 15, 1907 - Dec. 27, 1935



Miss Allie Mae George, age 28 years, teacher in William B. Travis school here for seven years, died at Dallas Friday afternoon at 1:30, following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of her brother, Ballard W. George, 1301 West Second avenue. Burial will be in Blooming Grove cemetery.

Surviving are three brothers, Ballard W. George, Corsicana: J. N. George, Blooming Grove; C. D. George, Corsicana: three sisters, Mrs. Cecil Wright, Portales, N. M.; Mrs. Jewell Allen, Barry; Mrs. Ray Morgan, Corsicana, and other relatives.

Miss George was the daughter of the late Dr. I. N. George and Carrie Wilson George, pioneer settlers of the Cryer Creek and Blooming Grove communities. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School, attended C. I. A.,  Denton, graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor College at Belton. After finishing school, Miss George taught one year at Cryer Creek prior to becoming a member of the Corsicana school faculty.

Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home will direct the funeral arrangements.


Minnie Ida (Freeman) Crocker
May 3, 1898   Feb. 13, 1952

Mrs. Arl Crocker Dies Wednesday

BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 13— (Spl.)— Mrs. Arl Crocker, 53, died in the P. and S. Hospital early Wednesday morning following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday from the Central Baptist church with burial in Rose Hill cemetery.

The rites will bo conducted by Rev. T. R. Harrison, pastor. Mrs. Crocker was a member of the Central Baptist church.

She was the former Minnie Ida Freeman.

Surviving are her husband of Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. J. R. Davis, Venezuela, S. A., and Mrs. T. H. Watkins, Dallas; three grandchildren, four brothers, Will and Roy Freeman, both of Blooming Grove; Rice Freeman, Levelland, and Claude Freeman, Fort Worth; three sisters, Mrs. Inda Carroll, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Aaron Smith, Greenville, and Mrs. Leonard Gordon, Hollywood, Calif., and other relatives.

McCormlck Funeral Service will direct.


Rip Stayton

Blooming Grove News

(From Blooming Grove) Rustler


Rip Slayton Dead

The remains of Rip Slayton were buried at Rose Hill Cemetery Friday.

The deceased was well known in Blooming Grove.  He was born and grew to manhood in this community, and was on the police force under the Will Knight regime. He died in Arkansas.


Sylvester Lavator Stayton
Nov 1, 1869 - May 26, 1919

Died Near Little Rock.

Sylvester Slayton, aged fifty years, died near Little Rock, Ark., May 26, and the remains reached here last night en route to Blooming Grove for interment.


John Clovis Yarber
July 8, 1910 -  Jan 19, 1919


Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Yarber Lose Very Bright Son.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Yarber are deeply grieved at the loss of their bright little three-year-old son, John Clovis, who died last Sunday. All that good nursing and the best physicians could do to stay the hand of death was done, but to no avail. To the last moment his mind was clear and he talked to his parents who were constantly at his bedside. The body was taken to Blooming Grove where it now rests in Rose Hill cemetery, the funeral being conducted at the Methodist church by Rev. Mr. Morton.


Robert Bruce McCormick, Jr.
Mar. 16, 1873 -  Dec. 3, 1919


R. B. McCormick Died at Blooming Grove After Long Illness.

Robt. B. McCormick, a well known citizen and business man of Blooming Grove, died at his home there last light after a long illness, and the remains wore interred there this afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife and five children, and many relatives, among these being his brother L. E. McCormick, of Corsicana. He was in all respects a good citizen and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.


Lulu (Stokes) Watson
Feb 4, 1863 -  Apr 1, 1919


Died At Blooming Grove After Few Days Illness

Mrs. Loula Watson, wife of John H. Watson, of Blooming Grove, died there last night after a short illness, and the remains were interred there this afternoon at 4 o'clock and the funeral was largely attended. The deceased had been a resident there for many years and was highly esteemed.

The husband and five grown children and numerous other relatives survive.


Verna Franklin Truelove
May 17, 1892 - Aug. 9, 1919

Funeral at Blooming Grove

Mrs. Barbara Jeffers reached home from Camp Bayard, New Mexico, today and the remains of her son, the late Verna Truelove, will reach here tonight and the funeral will take place from the First Christian church in Blooming Grove tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.



 Remains Interred This Morning

The Remains of the late Verna Truelove reached here last night and the funeral took place from the First Christian church of Blooming Grove this morning at 10 o'clock, and was largely attended.



Well Known Young Man Dead.

Vernon Truelove, a young man who was reared in and near Corsicana, the son of Mrs. Barbara Jeffers, died at Camp Bayard, New Mexico, Saturday night, and the remains will be brought here for interment, but it is not known just when the body will reach here.

The deceased had influenza while in the army last winter and tuberculosis developed, and the deceased was sent by the government to Camp Bayard for treatment. His mother was with him when the end came, and had been for many weeks.

The deceased was an excellent young man and had many friends who will be pained by his death.




Verner Truelove Writes to His Mother From Cincinnati.

Mrs. B. E. Jeffers today received a card from her son, Verner F. Truelove. Verner left with other troops from Camp Travis for the North last week. The card was mailed at Cincinnati, Ohio. Mrs. Truelove visited him at Camp Travis before his departure and found him in good health and high spirits and ready to respond to the call to go overseas.


Helen Gelene Spires
Sep. 28, 1918 -  Jan. 14, 1919

Died Here Yesterday Afternoon

Helen Geline, the 2-year-old daughter of Tom Spires of Blooming Grove died at the P. & S. hospital at 4:30 yesterday afternoon where she was taken Monday for treatment, and the remains were taken to the Grove this morning for interment.


Lyda Reed
Mar. 23, 1905 - Nov. 8, 1940


Funeral services for Miss Lyda Reed, 35, county clerk, who died late Friday night at the P. and S. Hospital after a short illness, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the First Baptist Church. Burial was in the Blooming Grove Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. E. T. Miller, pastor of the church.

Miss Reed had served ten years as deputy county clerk and two years as secretary in the county judge's office prior to her election as clerk in 1938. She was serving her first term and was re-elected to a second term without opposition this year. Prior to the time she became deputy county clerk, she had served in the district clerk's and county attorney's office for short periods.

A member of the Baptist Church, Miss Reed had been prominent in the Corsicana Business and Profession Womens Club since its organization.

Miss Reed assumed the lead and was chairman of the committee in charge of the Business and Professional Woman's Club that procured the flagpole and American flag recently presented to Navarro county and located immediately in front of the main entrance to the court house near the monument of Antonio Navarro, Texas patriot for whom Navarro county was named. In the dedicatory and presentation ceremonies several weeks ago, Miss Reed made the formal presentation to the county. As a tribute to her memory and her work in securing the flagpole's erection, the flag was flown at half mast during the funeral hour.

A special reserved section at the church was provided for the Business and Professional Woman's club.

Officials of the church estimated there were between 1,000 and 1,200 persons present for the rites, attesting to the popularity of the deceased.

Her brother, Marlon Reed, of San Francisco, flew from the Coast. Bad weather conditions caused his plane to be grounded at Big Spring and delayed his arrival until after the funeral rites had been completed at the church.

The cortege did not proceed to the cemetery at Blooming Grove until after his arrival.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Ida Reed, Kerens; and the following brothers and sisters; Warren Hicks, Houston attorney, formerly Navarro County judge; Shelby Hicks, Grange; Marvin Reed, Barry; Mrs. Fate Cartlidge, Grand Saline; Ben Reed, Kerens; Mrs. Ethel Ward, Austin; C. L. Reed, Austin; Otho Reed, Austin; Thurman Reed, Laird Hill; Marlon Reed, U. S. Marines, San Francisco, Calif.; Mrs. Minnie Lewis and Mrs. Lila Lewis, both of Vernon, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were County Judge Paul H. Miller, Derward George, Paul Moore, Estill Cunningham, Cecil Williams, Curry Butler, Otis M. Rector and L. C. Morgan.

Honorary Pallbearers were friends of the family.

Southerland-McCammon Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


Alice Caroline (Shivers) Magee
Oct. 20, 1857 -  Jul. 18, 1940

Rites Held Friday At Blooming Grove For Pioneer Woman

BLOOMING GROVE, July 19.— Funeral services for Mrs. L. Magee, aged 83 years, who died early Thursday morning, were held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Central Baptist church.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Lewis McClure, Frost; Mrs. B. C. Poole, Bardwell; Mrs. A. M. Saunders and Mrs. E. J. Glenn, both of Blooming Grove; two sons, D. E. Magee. Ennis, and George Magee, Blooming Grove and 19 grandchildren


William Leonard Green
Jan 29, 1850 - Oct 15, 1946

Aged Farmer of Near
Blooming Grove Dead
(Spl.)—W. L. Green, aged 96 years, native of Louisiana, but resident of Navarro county since two years of age, was buried in the family cemetery in the Lone Oak community Thursday. He was well-known here and spent most of his life on his farm four miles from Blooming Grove.


Averil A. (Spurrier) Young
Jun 16, 1913 - May 9, 1946

Rites Held Friday
For Mrs. A. L. Young
Mrs. Averil A. Young, aged 32 years, died at Grand Prairie Thursday.
Funeral services were held from the Baptist church in Blooming Grove with burial at Blooming Grove.


Tennesse Lutitia "Tennie" (Lewis) Combs-Carroll
Sep 18, 1869 - Dec 9, 1929

Funeral services for Mrs. Tennessee L. Carroll, aged 60, who died at her home near Blooming Grove Monday at noon, were held at Dresden Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock where burial was made. The services, were conducted by Rev. Story of Blooming Grove. Surviving are five sons, B. F. Carroll, Corsicana; T. E. Carroll, Blooming Grove; Leon Carroll, of Richland; Hugh Carroll, Dresden; W. J. Carroll, Blooming Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Griffin, Dresden; Mrs. Clara Bell Sikes, Dawson and Mrs. Cordell Freeman, Fort Worth; a number of grandchildren and several brothers and sisters.
The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon_Funeral Home.




Mrs. W. B. Carroll, aged about 62 years, died at her home north of Blooming Grove about noon Monday, and the funeral was held at Dresden Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock where interment was made. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Story of Blooming Grove, Mrs. Carroll had been a resident of Navarro county for many years.

Surviving are several children and other relatives. One son, Frank Carroll, resides in Corsicana.

The funeral was directed by the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home.


William Joseph Rawlinson
Aug 03, 1858 - Dec 3, 1929

—W. J, Rawlinson, age 70 years, died at his home here Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Dresden Cemetery.
Mr. Rawlinson was born at Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1859 and came to Navarro county fifty years ago. He first settled in Corsicana and later moved here. Surviving are his wife, a son, H. J. Rawlinson, Lincoln Nebr., a step-son, W. F. Erwin, Greenville, and a brother, George T. Rawlinson, of Kerens.



W. J. Rawlinson Passed Tuesday Afternoon

W. J. Rawlinson died suddenly Tuesday shortly after the noon hour. It was generally known about thwo that Mr. Rawlinson ws the victim of a loathsome disease, cancer, but his condition was not known to be serious. On the morning of the last day he seemed about as well as usual and in the afternoon in moving about the room he fell to the floor, breathing his last.

The deceased was a native Texan, being born near Nacogdoches and moved to Navarro county 50 years ago, and has lived near Blooming Grove most of that time. The funeral was held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Dresden cemetery.

He is survived by his wife; one son, H. J. Rawlinson, Lincoln, Nebr.; one step-son, W. F. Erwin of Greenville; a brother, George T. Rawlinson, Kerens.

Mr. Rawlinson was not wrighted down with years, but from the point of citizenship he was one of this communities' pioneers. He came here before the Cotton Belt railroad was extended from Corsicana to Hillsboro which was in 1887. Among the business firms he held several responsible positions.

He was a good citizen and jpblic spirited, but would never consent to serve as alderman or hold any other office although frequently asked to do so. He was a well read man and took great interest in matters touching the welfare of the general public.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Dec 6, 1929

  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Lourinda Francis (Thrailkell) Gorden
Mar 5, 1851 - Aug 11, 1937

Aged Woman Buried In Blooming Grove Thursday Afternoon

BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 20— Funeral services for Mrs. H. C. Gordon, aged 86 years, who died at the home of her son, Ed Gordon, in Corsicana Wednesday afternoon, were held Thursday afternoon at 8 o'clock from the Central Baptist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. J. W. Whitfield, Methodist minister.
Mrs. Gordon was a native of Illinois, but had resided in Texas for many years.
Surviving are her son, two sisters, one brother, 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.


Theodocia "Docia" (Williams) Varnell
Aug 6, 1861 - Nov 17, 1937


BARRY, Nov. 18.—(Spl.)—Mrs. J. J. Varnell, 76, resident of Navarro county for 52 years, died at the family residence about two miles southeast of Barry, at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon after an extended illness. Funeral services were held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. H. B. Prather, Baptist minister, conducting the rites.
The deceased is survived by nine children: W. F. Varnell, Seattle, Washington; Mrs. P. F. Walton, Stockton. Cal.; T. E. Varnell of Chicago; Mrs. Pearl Ferguson and Mrs. John Walton, of Barry; J. E. Varnell of Italy; Mrs. C. O. Williams of Purdon; Mrs. Glynn Garrett of Waco; and Mrs. R. D. Christie of Henderson; several grandchildren and other relatives. Bruce McCormick of Blooming Grove directed the funeral arrangements.


Billie Ray Melton
May 13, 1944 - Oct 4, 1946

Blooming Grove Child
Victim Of Accident
BLOOMING GROVE, Oct. 9.— (Spl.)—Funeral services for Billie Ray Melton, aged 2 1-2 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Melton, who was fatally injured Friday, were held from the Methodist church Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery.
The child fell from the family automobile, striking his head on the street. A physician was summoned but the child died within a few minutes.
Surviving are the parents, a sister, Sudie; a brother, Bob, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Melton, all of Blooming Grove, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.


Bobby Wendell Payne
Dec 14, 1933 - Dec 5, 1946

Boy Accidentally Killed As Horse Runs Under Tree
Wendell Payne Boyd, aged 13 years of Blooming Grove was fatally injured late Thursday afternoon when the horse he was riding ran under a mesquite tree, a limb striking the youth's body.
The youth it was learned here was en route to the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Boyd, who reside four miles north of Blooming Grove, at the time of the accident. The horse ran away with the boy. The grandfather and Kay Tatum of Corsicana were in a nearby field and saw the accident as did Lee Thompson, who was traveling in that vicinity at the time.
Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church in Blooming Grove Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in the Dresden cemetery.
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Boyd; two brothers, Garland and Randall Boyd; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd and Mr. and Mrs. Payne, all of Blooming Grove.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.


John Hines
Sep 19, 1869 – Feb 2, 1946

JOHN HINES BURIED AT BLOOMING GROVE MONDAY AFTERNOON BLOOMING GROVE, Feb. 4.— (Spl.)—Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Baptist church for John Hines, aged 76 years, who died at his farm home near town Saturday night. The rites were conducted by Rev. Charlie Hall, pastor, assisted by Rev. A. L. Chumbley, pastor of the Central Baptist church. Interment was in the Dresden cemetery, Surviving are two sons, a brother and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hines was a native Texan. For many years he operated a ranch at Floydada, Texas, returning to his farm here several years ago.
Pallbearers were J. E. Walker, G. D. Gillen, E. J. Glenn, C. P. Lynch, Henry Allison and Claude Ring, the same pallbearers which served at the funeral of Mrs Hines who died here June 9, last year.
McCormick Funeral service directed.


John Howard Melton
Sep 2, 1858 - Dec 2, 1946

John Howard Melton, aged 88, native of Dresden, and long-prominent in Navarro count political and other circles, died at the home of a son C. H. Melton, south of Blooming Grove, Monday. Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the Pleasant Grove church with interment in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by Kev. T. R. Vaughn, Baptist minister.
Melton at one time served as assessor of taxes in Navarro county prior to the consolidation of the offices of assessor and collector.
He was interested for many years in the Dresden Cemetery Association. Melton was the son of the late Elijah Melton and Mary Elizabeth Howard Melton, both of Alabama, among the early Navarro county settlers. Melton was born Sept. 2, 1858.
Surviving are three sons, O. H. Melton, Lafayette, La.; K. E. Melton, Corsicana, and C. H. Melton, Blooming Grove, and a number of grandchildren, great-grand-children and other relatives. Pallbearers were Leon Melton, Noel Melton, Rex Melton, Aubie Holland, Cecil Hall and Thurman Neely.
Corley Funeral Home directed.



Former Tax Assessor Passes in Navarro
CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 4 - John Howard Melton, 88, native od Dresden, N avarro County, died near Blooming Grove Monday. Services were held Tuesday at Dresden.
Melton was long prominent in political circles and served as Assessor of Taxes for Navarro County many years ago. He was an official of the Dresden Cemetery Association for years.
Surviving are three sons, O. H., Melton, Lafayette, La.; K. E. Melson, Corsicana, and C. H. Melton, Blooming Grove.


Lena (McGraw) Patterson
Jul 26, 1889 - Aug 2, 1937

Blooming Grove Woman Was Buried Tuesday Afternoon
BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 6.— Funeral services for Mrs. Lena Patterson, aged 48 years, who died at her home here Monday, were held Tuesday afternoon from the First Baptist church with interment in the Grange Hall cemetery.
Surviving are two sons, Joe Patterson, Blooming Grove, and J. D. Patterson, Rankin; two sisters, Mrs. Jim Turner, Rice, and Mrs. Alice Frederick, Blooming Grove; and two brothers, Horace and Lace McGraw, both of Blooming Grove.


John Oliver Langston
May 16, 1851 - Dec 07, 1937

Former Resident Of  Blooming Grove Dead

J. O. Langston, pioneer resident of Blooming Grove and former postmaster there, died at Sherman last night according to information received by friends of the family here. The funeral is scheduled to be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Baptist church in Blooming Grove.
Mr. Langston is well known in Navarro county where he has many friends.


Fred Idlett
Nov 26, 1894 – July 18, 1918

Obituary moved to Fred Idlett Biography page

Delia (Hartley) Montgomery
Jan 29, 1885 - Jun 4, 1937

Mrs. Delia Hartley Montgomery, aged 52 years, native of Navarro county, died at the family home, in Emhouse Friday afternoon at 4:10 o'clock. The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Baptist church at Emhouse with burial in the Pattison cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. L. B. Jenkins, pastor of the Midlothian Baptist church, assisted by Rev. M. V. Bane, pastor of the Emhouse Methodist church.
Mrs. Montgomery was born at Blooming Grove, Jan. 29, 1885.
She was married to M. Montgomery June 10, 1907. She had resided in the Emhouse community for more than 30 years.
Surviving are her husband, three sons, Ford Montgomery. Phoenix, Ariz; Sam Montgomery, Dallas, and Roark Montgomery, San Francisco.
Calif.; three daughters. Mrs. Ethel Owen. Emhouse; Mrs. Neva Chiapetti, Flagstaff, Ariz., and Linne Kate Montgomery, Emhouse; three brothers, K. Hartley and Rufus Hartley, both of Blooming Grove, and M. J. Hartley, Corsicana; a sister. Mrs. Henrietta Warren, Blooming Grove; five nieces and
four nephews.
Pallbearers were C. B. Turner, G. R. O’Neal, C. D. Owen, Garvis Ray, Artis Drain and Albert Collins.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


Nettie Pearl (Martin) Garvin
Mar 22, 1868 - Jan 15, 1947

Mrs. Nettie Garvin, aged 78 years.
Long-time resident of Blooming Grove, died at the family home Wednesday.
Funeral services were held from the Central Baptist church of Blooming Grove Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock with interment in the Lone Oak cemetery.
A native of Illinois. Mrs. Garvin had resided at Blooming Grove half a century.
Surviving are a son, C. L. Garvin.
Blooming Grove; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Burke, Ennis, and Mrs. Ida McBroom, Corsicana; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Grandsons were pallbearers.
Corley Funeral Home directed.


James Wesley Harris
Sep 15, 1872 - Nov 10, 1957

Blooming Grove Rites For J. W. Harris, 85

J. Wesley Harris, 85, Las Cruces, N. M., former Navarro county commissioner, died in Memorial Hospital Sunday morning following a several months illness incident to a heart attack while visiting relatives here.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist church in Blooming Grove Monday at 2 p.m with interment in Rose Hill. The rites were conducted by Rev. Denzil Wright, pastor of the church.
Harris, a native of Louisiana, resided most of his life in the Blooming Grove area where he was prominent in political, business and other circles. He served several terms as commissioner from Precinct 4 during the early 1930s. He had made his home in New Mexico for a number of years and was a retired rancher.

Surviving are a son, Buford Harris, Las Cruces, N. M.; two grandsons, James Buford Harris, Jr. and Robert Adren Harris, both of Las Cruces; a sister, Mrs. Alpha Edwards, Houston; two nieces, Mrs. Derward George and Mrs. R. W George, Jr., both of Corsicana; nephew, Frank Harris, Emhouse and other relatives.
Pallbearers were E. Y. Cunningham, Maurice Young, Drew GilIen, Cullen Dunn, R. W. George, Jr. and Derward George.

Corley directed.


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