Ruth (Jacobs) Helms
Jan 5, 1941 - Dec 31, 2011
Ruth (Jacobs) Helms, 70, went to be with her Lord on Dec.
31, 2011 in Dallas. She was born to Arvel Lee and Myrtle
Elizabeth Jacobs on Jan. 5, 1941, in Corsicana.
She married John Thomas Helms on November 26, 1959 in
Dawson.. She worked for 30 years as a supervisor with AT&T
and Western Electric, and then retired from Lucent
Technology. A loving mother, she enjoyed playing softball,
quilting and embroidery, taking vacations to Galveston with
her family, and being outdoors.
She was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church in
Pursley. She loved her Lord and family with all her heart
and was always kind and giving to everyone she met.
She will be greatly missed here on this earth, but
remembered by all who knew and loved her in a much greater
way as we will always have her in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Randy Thomas
Helms; sister, Marie Chapman; father and mother in-laws,
Douglas and Ethelyn Helms; brother-in-laws Jerry Don Helms,
Joe Michael Helms, J.E. Miller, Olan Cox; and sister-in-laws
Lourine Jacobs and JoAnn Bryant.
She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, John
Thomas Helms of Dawson; daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene
and James Shannon of Buchanan Dam; Denise and Ronnie Green
of Garland; Donna and Terry Moran of Caddo Mills; and two
grand-children raised as their own, Jessica Kruse and
husband, Joe, of Corsicana and Ryan Helms and wife Holly, of
She is also survived by five grandchildren, Samantha Kaye
Moran, Luke Daniel Green, Mary Kate Moran, John Lee Shannon,
and Hannah Marie Green, and two great-grandchildren, Thomas
Lee Kruse and Randi Annette Kruse. Survivors also include
her eight siblings and their spouses, Fred and Helen Jacobs
of Mesquite; Eleanor and Frank Greer of Corsicana; Bobby and
Pat Jacobs of Coolidge; Jerry and Dixie Jacobs of Melrose,
N.M.; Ray and Bobbie Jacobs of Corsicana; Jake Jacobs of
Corsicana; David and Michelle Jacobs of Lampasas; and Sandra
and Johnny Hughes of Corsicana; sister-in-laws, Kittie
Miller of Corsicana, Shirley Cox of McKinney, Sandra Helms
of Oklahoma, and Pat Helms of Vidor, and numerous nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral
services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4,
2012 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Duane
Crane and Rev. Brian Upchurch officiating. Interment will
follow in the
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer
Society, Navarro Chapter, at 1000 W. 2nd Avenue, Corsicana,
Apr 1, 1926 - Jan 1, 2012
V.F. "Tooter” Bell, 85, of Corsicana passed away January 1,
2012. He was born and raised in Eureka to Frank and Corrine
As a young man he was a farmer and later him and his brother
owned and operated Bell Brothers Garage. He loved to play
domino's at the lake.
He is survived by his three children, Elizabeth and Carroll
Sigman of Eureka, Doris and RC Ashley of Waxahachie and
David Lee and Patricia Bell of Corsicana; grandkids, Julie
and Steve Wilson, Johnnie and Jodi Brown, Tracey and Darby
Fitzgerald, David Glenn and Amanda Bell; eight great
grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and a number
of nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Murlene Bell;
brother-in-law, Carlos Thomas and cousins, Ozelle "Sissy"
Hutchins and Mary L. Herring.
He is preceded in death by his parents Frank Bell and
Corrine McDonald; brother, Clint Bell and children's mother,
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside service 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at
with Rev. James Williams officiating.
Pallbearers will be Bill Chandler, Calvin Knauth, Richard
Rash, Vernon Boyd, Bennie Colburn and B.J. Perry (Junior).
Honorary pallbearers are W.M. Montgomery, Buck Hodge, Leroy
Bonner, Jimmy D. Coker and Clifford Dill.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Feb 25, 1936 - Jan 1, 2012
Don Richard Brinkley, 75, of Corsicana passed away January 1, 2012.
He was born February 25, 1936 in Center, to W.L. and Lucille
He is survived by his wife, Louise Brinkley of Corsicana; children,
David Brinkley of Longview, John Brinkley of Carthage, Richard
Brinkley of North Carolina, Judy O'Neal of Carthage, Gina Brewster
of Carthage; step children, Debbie Briggs of Corsicana, Linda Baum
of Colman and Mary Ann Worley of Wylie; eighteen grandchildren and
three great grandchildren.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Corsicana Fire
Department and Cedar Lake Hospice.
Visitation will be Wednesday morning, January 4, 2012 from 9 to10
a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow
at 11 a.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bo Loftis officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
Ann (York) Young
Apr 23, 1937 - Dec 31, 2011
Ann York Young, 74, of Streetman passed away Dec. 31, 2011
in Mexia. She passed away quietly on New Year’s Eve from
this earth to meet her Heavenly Father surrounded by her
loved ones. She was born April 23, 1937 in Freestone County
to William Leonard York and Mabel Carroll York.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Streetman.
Ann was a devout Christian that truly loved and served the
Lord and Savior. She was very involved with the church
serving as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk, church
building and grounds secretary and also on the pulpit and
finance committee. Ann always fulfilled her commitments with
deep heartfelt sincerity as a True and loyal servant of God.
Her hobbies were traveling, shopping and painting art. She
was also a member of the Kinsloe Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Leonard
York and Mabel Carroll York; brother, Herman Lee York;
brother-in-law Marvin Lee Watson Jr; niece, Wilma Black
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jimmie Ross
Young; special daughter adopted by heart, Felicia Greene;
sister, Joyce York Watson; nephew, Charles Herman York and
wife Mimi; nieces, Patricia York Hilton and husband Tony and
Stephanie Hughes and husband Dirk; great nephews, Art York
and wife Shelly, C.J. York and wife Lizette, Lloyd Lynn Lane
and wife Laurie and Troy Hughes and wife Cindy; great
nieces, Valanie York Goldman and husband Jeremy and Talana
Lane; special cousins, Wanda York Sanders, Judy Carroll
Angel and a number of cousins and other family members. So
many will miss her vibrant personality, sweet smile and
passion for life.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at First
Baptist Church of Streetman. Pallbearers will be John Ashley
Sanders, Lloyd Lynn Lane, Bert Richards, Jerry Robinson, Kit
McConnico and Chris Wirtz. Burial will follow at
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Steve Allen "Punkin" Caldwell
Dec 5, 1953 - Dec 29, 2011
Steve Allen “Punkin” Caldwell, 58, of Purdon passed away Thursday,
Dec. 29, 2011.
He was born Dec. 5, 1953, in Waynesville, N.C., to Wilson and
He was a member of the Lone Star Cowboy Church and APHA. He was a
truck driver for 38 years. He took great pride in taking care of his
land and home and enjoyed his horses.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Gerleen Caldwell.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Caldwell of Pursley; children,
Andrea Ellis of West Monroe, La., Brandy Ellis of Pursley, Jason
Grossman of Minnesota and Jon Stone of Indiana; brothers, Jerry
Caldwell of North Carolina, and Michael Caldwell of North Carolina;
and four grandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2011, at the Lone Star
Cowboy Church with Charky Marquis officiating. Interment will be at
New Pursley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jessie Rierson, Bobby Brady, Jim Coody, Mickie
McCain, Alen Peck and John Bonner.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Mary Mozelle (Gunn) Moreau
Mar 31, 1923 - Oct 14, 1949
Mrs. Mary Moreau Dies Friday In Local Hospital
Mrs. Mary Mozell Moreau, 26, of 1119 West Seventh avenue, died at
the P. and S. Hospital at 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but services probably will be
held at the Corley Funeral Home Saturday.
Mrs. Moreau is survived by her husband, Wesley Moreau, a daughter,
Gennette, all of Corsicana; her father, G.M. Gunn of Frost; two
brothers, B.B. Gunn, Dallas; Winston Gunn of Trinidad; four sisters,
Mrs. H.D. Conner, Dallas; Mrs. J.C. Reynolds, Houston; Mrs. James
Key, Corsicana; and Mrs. Alton Menzes, Frost.
Thomas Preston "Tom" Harrison
Aug 10, 1932 - Aug 14, 1976
Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Corley Funeral Home
Chapel for Tom Harrison, 44, Dallas, who died Saturday in Corsicana.
Rev. Patric Hudson officiated and burial was in the
Harrison was fatally injured while working on a car at his farm
north of Powell.
A native of Corsicana, Harrison had lived in Dallas for 10 years. He
was a graduate of Corsicana High School and Navarro Junior College.
He graduated from Texas A&M and received a law degree from Texas. He
served in the Air Force in Korea
and was a member of the Methodist Church He was a lawyer for the
Federal E.P.A. Office in Dallas.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tom Harrison, Dallas; two
daughters, Mrs. Larry Grauke, College Station, and Mrs. Dean Raths,
Dallas and his mother, Mrs. Mildred Harrison, Dallas.
Pallbearers were O.W. Liveley, Bruse Elliott, Oscar Raminez, Bill
McCarver, Larry McCarver and Charles Benthul.
Sept 23, 1917 - Nov 12, 1985
Orvil T. Capehart, 68, of Navarro died Tuesday at St. Paul Hospital
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Home with the
Rev. B.W. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in
He was a lifelong Navarro resident and a retired farmer-rancher.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Capehart of Navarro; a daughter,
Yvonne Pattison of Navarro; three sons, Donny Capehart of Midland,
Larry Capehart of Ennis and Darrell Capehart of Corsicana; nine
grandchildren; three brothers, Odis Capehart of Navarro, Jimmy D.
Capehart of Sache and Marvin Capehart of Winnsboro; two sisters,
Cleo Herndon of Houston and Hazel Capehart of Navarro; two
sisters-in-law, Hazel Holloway and Retha Capehart, both of
Corsicana; a brother-in-law, Richard (Bubba) Holloway of Corsicana;
and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be nephews Chester Capehart, David Capehart,
Douglas Capehart, Anthony Capehart, Jackie Teague, Robert E. Minatra,
Richie Holloway and Wesley Russell. Honorary pallbearers are Keith
Farmer, Charles Capehart and Orvil Scruggs.
June 25, 1911 - Mar 3, 2005
Vivian Simpson, 93, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, March 3, 2005
at Heritage Oaks. Graveside services were held Thursday at
Cemetery with Bro. Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Sep 29, 1905 - Nov 24, 1968
Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Corley Funeral
Chapel for G.P. Buchanan, 63, who died Sunday in Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. R.A. Jones officiated. Burial was in the
Surviving are his wife, four sons, three daughters, and brother,
three sisters, his step-mother, 16 grandchildren and four
Sep 25, 1889 - June 24, 1976
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home
Chapel for Martin Luther Murphy, 86, resident of Rt. 1, Corsicana,
who died Thursday in Evergreen Nursing Home. Burial will be at
He was a native of Tennessee, lived in Corsicana 70 years, was a
retired farmer and carpenter.
Survivors include two sons, Ray Murphy and Billy J. Murphy both of
Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. Cleo Berry of Kerens; four
grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, J.D. Murphy of
Corsicana; and a sister, Mrs. Gracie Murphy of Corsicana.
- Kerens Tribune - July 1, 1976
- Submitted by Karen
Oct 17, 1958 - Aug 9, 1976
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the New Bethel Baptist Church
in Kerens for Anthony Hayden, 17, who was killed in an auto accident
on Hwy. 287 in Tarrant County Monday.
The Rev. William Brodius, pastor, will officiate, and burial will
follow at Samaria Cemetery
in Kerens. Arrangements are with Calhoun Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Hayden attended Adamson High School in Dallas where he would have
been a senior in September.
Survivors include his father, Charlie Hayden Jr. of Kerens; his
mother, Mrs Pearlie Jackson of Dallas; his step-gather, Carl Jackson
of Dallas; two brothers, Charles Hayden and Juan Jackson, both of
Dallas; a sister, Sharon Jackson of Dallas; his grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Charlie Hayden Sr. of Kerens and Mrs. Lizzie Allen of
Kerens, and other relatives.
- Kerens Tribune - Aug 19, 1976
- Submitted by Karen
July 21, 1885 - Feb 2, 1962
M.M. Hall Dies Early Friday
M.M. Hall, Corsicana resident, died in the Navarro Clinic early
Friday. He was 76.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Corley
chapel with Rev. Joe Wilbanks, pastor, Fellowship Baptist church,
officiating. Interment will be in the
A retired farmer, Mr. Hall was born in July 188$ [sic].
Surviving are three sons, Lonnie Hall, Dallas, and Marvin and Jack
Hall, both of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Abbie Curry, Waco, and
Mrs. Ruth Rafferty, Sacramento, Calif., and other relatives.
Nov 11, 1893 - Nov 7, 1979
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel
for Emmett Berry, 85, resident of Kerens, who died Wednesday at
Navarro County Memorial Hospital.
Burial will be at Hopewell
He was born Nov. 11, 1893, and was a former resident of Eureka. He
was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Berry, a retired farmer
and a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors include his wife, one son, Cleo Berry of Kerens; one
daughter, Mrs. Truman Farmer of Navarro; four grandchildren; and one
sister Mrs. Eunic Black of Alto.
Grandsons will be pallbearers and include Gene Berry, Kenny Berry,
Gary Berry, Jody Farmer, Danny Hanna and Morris Farmer.
Sep 28, 1909 - May 22, 1994
Norman D. Bryant, 84, of Corsicana, died May 22, 1994, in Corsicana.
Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral
Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Almanza officiating. Burial will be in
Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
He was born Sept. 28, 1909, in Parker County, Texas. He was a member
of Central United Methodist Church and Powell Senior Citizens. He
was retired after 34 years with Mobil Pipeline Co.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Muns Bryant.
Survivors include a niece and her husband, Sue and Jackie Teague of
Corsicana; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Claburn Jones, Nedom Muns, Earl Hutson, Jackie
Teague, Fred Richards, Jr. and Brian Richards.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Richards, Kenneth Hawkins and the
men of the Central United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 101 S.
30th St., Corsicana, Texas 75110.
Oct 19, 1880 - June 16, 1969
Mrs. Ona Bolling
KERENS (Sp) - Mrs. Ona Bolling 88, daughter of the late Jay McClery
[sic], died Monday in Memorial Hospital at Corsicana. She had lived
in Corsicana about 15 years and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Graveside services are to be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at
Prairie Point Cemetery
with the Rev. Charles Pringle officiating.
Surviving are one niece and one nephew.
"Bedie" (Deskin) Tramel
Aug 28, 1890 - Feb 24, 1976
Mrs. William Jasper Tramel
Memorial services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist
Church in Kerens for Mrs. William Jasper (Sarah B.) Tramel. The
rites were conducted by Rev. Jake Tucker, pastor of First Assembly
of God Church in Kerens, of which Mrs. Tramel was a member; Rev. Van
Houser, pastor of First Baptist Church in Kerens and Rev. A.L.
Andrews, Ft. Worth, who was a former pastor of Mrs. Tramel.
Mrs. Tramel was born August 28, 1890, in the Bazette community, and
she died February 4, 1976, in Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.
William Jasper Tramel and Sarah B. (Bedie) Deskin were married
November 4, 1906, while they were sitting in a buggy in front of the
First Methodist Church parsonage in Kerens. The pastor of the
church, Rev. Irvin F. Harris performed the ceremony. They were
attended by Mr. H. Thomas Kimbrough and Miss Carrie Miller, Mr. Tom
Standley and Miss Essie Stringer. (They were also sitting in
buggies.) The ceremony was also witnessed by Mrs. Harris and Mr. and
Mrs. Prosper Brister of Kerens.
Jasper and Bedie Tramel are survived by three sons and five
daughters, John E. Tramel, Tom Bean; William T. Tramel, Kerens; Foy
H. Brown, Kerens; Mrs. Vennie A Nelson, Corsicana; Mrs. Leolar M.
Warren, Kerens; Mrs. Etta D. Brown, Powell; Mrs. Mildred E. Warren,
Corsicana; and Mrs. Betty J. Mann, Ft. Worth; 25 grandchildren; 41
great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; a host of
friends and other relatives.
William Jasper Tramel was the son of Elijah and Thena Tramel and
Sarah Beatrice (Bedie) Deskin was the daughter of John and Sarah
Deskin, all pioneer settlers of the Bazette community.
Mrs. Tramel was buried beside her husband in the family plot in the
Prairie Point Cemetery,
near Bazette. William Jasper Tramel died February 11, 1946, 30 years
and 13 days before his wife.
Grandsons were pallbearers and Paschal Funeral Home was in charge of
- Kerens Tribune - May 4, 1976
- Submitted by Karen
Nov 9, 1905 - Dec 30, 1975
Kerens Resident Dies Following Train Accident
Lewis Kirk, 70, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, following a car-train
accident in Kerens.
Funeral services for Kirk were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Paschal
Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. John Tucker and the Rev. Roy Tumlinson officiated and
burial was at Prairie
Kirk was a member of the Full Gospel Church and a retired farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Luana Kirk of Kerens; two
step-daughters, Mrs. Juanita Wells of Denton, Mrs. Wynell Kelley of
Denton; three stepsons, Dwight Smith and Cecil Smith both of Denton,
and the Rev. Ernest Smith of Atlanta, Texas; a sister-in-law, Mrs.
Mary Hull of Corsicana; two brothers, Lillard Kirk of Corsicana and
Bomer Kirk of Ohio; and a sister, Dorothy Walton of Grayville, Ill.
Kirk was reportedly traveling South on Center Street in Kerens when
his automobile was struck by an Eastbound Cotton Belt train.
Witnesses at the scene said Kirk apparently did not see the train.
The accident came under discussion at the Jan. 6 meeting of the
Kerens City Council, following negotiations with officials of Cotton
Belt Railroad for the past several months in an attempt to slow down
trains that pass through the city.
City officials received verbal acknowledgement in late May from the
Railroad company that they would comply with the 35 mile-per-hour
speed limit set by the council for trains passing through Kerens.
The railroad was notified in late May of the decision of the council
to begin enforcement of the regulation June 1.
Since that time City Marshal A.F. Burden has issued citations
against the Railroad Company for trains speeding through the city.
The period from Sept. 17 through Oct. 5 alone registered 17 trains
speeding, sometimes at speeds as high as 65 mph within city
Deaths resulting from accidents at train crossings have averaged
about one a year in Kerens, according to officials, causing the
concern voiced by city officials who are seeking a solution to the
- Kerens Tribune - Jan 8, 1976
- Submitted by Karen
O. (Williamson) Blake-Griffin
July 18, 1900 - Aug 8, 1929
BRIDGE ACCIDENT FATAL TO WOMAN WEDNESDAY NIGHT
MRS. LULA GRIFFIN DIES OF INJURIES RECEIVED WHEN AUTO HITS BRIDGE
Mrs. Lula Griffin, 29, died at 1:20 o'clock Thursday morning
from injuries received Wednesday night at 11:30 o'clock when the
Ford roadster which she was driving collided with the railing of the
bridge spanning Briar Creek just west of Petty's Chapel, one of the
railings severing her left leg and another being driven entirely
through her body.
The body is being held at the Corley-McMahon Funeral Home who made
the ambulance call, pending the arrival of relatives. Mrs. Griffin
was rushed to the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic, where she died a
short time later.
It was reported that when the car was turned to go on the bridge,
the railings were struck. The wheels, windshield, running board, and
fenders on the left side were demolished.
Surviving are her husband, Walter Griffin: one son by a former
marriage, H.B. Blake, 11 years old of Waco; parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W.E. Williamson, who reside three miles south of Emhouse; four
brothers, Buck Williamson, Gainesville; Charley Williamson,
Richland; Virgil and Leroy Williamson, both of Emhouse; one sister,
Mrs. Virgie Bennett, Brenham, and other relatives.
Mrs. Griffin had resided in Corsicana for some time.
FUNERAL OF VICTIM BRIDGE CRASH HELD FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Griffin, 29, who died early Thursday
morning from injuries sustained shortly before midnight Wednesday
night when the car in which she was riding collided with the bridge
over Briar Creek near Petty’s Chapel, several miles northeast of
Corsicana, were held Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock from the
Corley-McMahon Funeral Home, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Griffin’s body was penetrated by one of the metal railings of
the bridge. She was rushed to the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic
where medical attention was given her. The car was badly damaged as
were the balustrades of the bridge, a number of rivets holding the
rail being snapped.
Surviving are her husband, one son, parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B.
Williamson, Emhouse; four brothers and one sister.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
- Friday, August 9, 1929
- Submitted by
- 1st husband Henry E. Blake married Feb. 5, 1917 buried in Rosemound
cemetery, Waco, Tx. 2nd husband Walter Griffin; d/o W. Buckalein/Bucklein
Williamson & Nancy (Anderson) Williamson
Edwin Robert Crotty
Aug 28, 1887 - May 6, 1976
TYLER - Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Burks-Walter-Tiptit
Chapel in Tyler for Edwin R. Crotty, 88, of 17 W. Rusk, Tyler, who
died after a long illness, Thursday night in Tyler Hospital.
Requiem Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Immaculate
Conception Church in Tyler and burial will be in
Calvary Cemetery in
Corsicana with Father John Fowler officiating.
Crotty was a native of Galveston and a former resident of Corsicana.
His parents were Mr. and Mrs. John Crotty of Corsicana. He has lived
in Tyler for the past 43 years.
He was retired from the Cotten Belt Railroad and a veteran of
World War I and member of
the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tyler.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mae Crotty, Tyler, and several
nieces and nephews.
Andrea (Sias) Garay
Feb 4, 1900 - Dec 25, 1974
Mrs. Mary Garay
Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tonight at the Corley Funeral
Chapel for Mrs. Mary Garay, 74, resident of Corsicana, who died
Wednesday at Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church. Rev. John Fowler will officiate, and
burial will be at the
She was a native of San Antonio, and resident of Corsicana since
Survivors include her husband, Arispeo [sic] Garay of Corsicana; a
son, Fete Garcia of Red Oak; 11 grandchildren and nine
Pallbearers included Paul Aguilar, Frank Garza, Domingo Alanzo,
Richard Rojas, Bubby Joles, and Alfredo Pena.
Mrs. Garay is also survived by another son, Andy Garcia of
Sept 18, 1925 - Mar 11, 1941
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. OFFUTT THURSDAY MORNING
Funeral services for Mrs. G.W. Offutt Jr., 25 of Plano, were held
here Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from the Church of the Immaculate
Conception with burial in the
The rites were conducted by Monsignor V. Graffeo.
Mrs. Offutt died in a Dallas hospital Tuesday morning.
Surviving are her husband of Plano; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Budai,
Richland; six sisters, Misses Justina, Lucille, Vera, Christine Ruth
and Ethel Budai, and two brothers, Dan Budai, Jr. and Emery Budai,
all of Richland.
Pallbearers were Pete Szenasi, Charles Szenasi, John Szenasi, Frank
Szenasi, Louis, Mike Szennasi, and Pete Szenasi.
Corley Funeral Home directed arrangements.
- Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - March 14, 1941
- Submitted by Karen
- w/o G.W. Offutt - d/o Dan Budai and Annie (Szenasi) Budai
1896 - July 14, 1929
BODY OF ACCIDENT VICTIM IS BURIED PURSLEY TUESDAY
The body of George Rufus Anderson, 33, who was killed near Seminole,
Oklahoma Sunday in an oil field accident, arrived in Corsicana
Tuesday morning on the southbound Southern Pacific Lines and the
funeral services were held at the
Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock where interment was made. The funeral
services were conducted by Rev. I.R. Darwood, Methodist minister.
Anderson was an employee of Fred M. Allison, drilling contractor of
Surviving are his wife, mother, three brothers and other relatives.
The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.
Jan 30, 1932 - Mar 3, 1976
Services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in
Kerens for Nelson Ray Shelton, 44, of Dallas. He died Wednesday in
Dallas Parkland Hospital.
Rev. Van Houser officiated at the service with burial in the
Kerens City Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Paschal Funeral Home.
Nelson Ray was formerly in the sand and gravel business in
Corsicana, prior to going to South America to work for an oil
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Rex
Bailey of Corsicana; one brother, Jerry Shelton of Corsicana; and a
host of relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Jim Hodge, Don Wylie, William Honea, Charlie
Garrett, Don Paschal, Ben Yankie, and Kenneth Stovall.
Feb 14, 1900 - Mar 9, 1976
Services were held for Whit Scarbrough, 76, Thursday, 2 p.m. Frist
Baptist Church in Kerens. Brother Van Houser officiated at the
service and burial was in
Kerens Cemetery with Paschal Funeral Home in charge of service.
A native of Kerens, he passed away Tuesday, March 9. He was in the
dry cleaning business for years and was a retired salesman.
Mr. Scarbrough is survived by his wife, Dorothea, and one brother,
Roy Scarbrough, both of Kerens.
Pallbearers were Newt Stovall, R.H. Hilliard, Dwain Crawford, Try
Rogers, J.L. Whorton, Weston Wallace, Homer Carroll Jr., and R.A.
Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Henderson, Johnnie Mills, R. R.
Lowe, Warnie Johnson, August Hill, Dr. G.H. Sanders, Alon Gray, Pat
Murphy, W.L. Bain, Jr., R.R. Shelton, Homer Bobbitt, A.L. Arnett,
Herman Hall, Joe Sheppard, Charlie Blissett, and Oscar Chrisman.
- Kerens Tribune - Mar 11, 1976
- Submitted by Karen
March 26, 1923 - Jan 11, 1997
Ms. Marjorie Gregory, 73, of Dallas, formerly of Streetman, died
Saturday, Jan. 11, in Dallas.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Home Chapel. Burial will follow in
Ms. Gregory was a forty year employee of the Republic National Bank
of Dallas. She was born March 26, 1923 in Streetman.
She is survived by a host of cousins, family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 2824 Swiss Ave.,
Dallas, or to the Birdston Cemetery Assoc. in Streetman.
Pallbearers will be Dan Dungan, Chip Yarbrough, Dan Yarbrough, Darin
Yarbrough, Jim McKissack, and Brad McKissack.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Dora Lee (McGilvary) Steele
Dec 14, 1890 - June 2, 1955
Services Sunday For Mrs. Steele
Funeral services for Mrs. Dora Lee Steele, life-long Streetman
resident, were held from the First Presbyterian church in Streetman
The rites were conducted by Rev. Herbert Keefer, pastor of the First
Baptist church, Streetman, and Rev. Henry M. Bailey, pastor of the
First Presbyterian church. Burial was in the
Mrs. Steele was stricken while visiting in Grand Prairie and died in
a Grand Prairie hospital Thursday.
Surviving are her husband, J.E. Steele, Streetman; six sons, Sidney
Steele, Grand Prairie, Fred Steele, Phoenix, Ariz.; Thomas Steele,
Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico; Storey Steele, Oracle, Ariz.; Joel Steele,
Dallas, and Harry Steele, Streetman; four grandchildren; two
brothers, J.H. McGilvary, Streetman, and R.W. McGilvary, Denver
City; five sisters, Mrs. W.T. Meador, Wortham; Mrs. N.G. Clark,
Dawson; Miss Mary Ella McGilvary and Mrs. Wayne Milligan, both of
Streetman, and Mrs. Clyde Ellis, Sweeney and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Richard Steele, Tom Chandler, Jack Glass, Jr.,
Ernie Ellis, Alf Milligan and August Kent McGilvary.
- Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - June 7, 1955
- Submitted by Karen
J. P. Morgan
About 1921 - Nov 29, 1980
J. P. Morgan
J. P. Morgan, 59, of Streetman, died Saturday afternoon at the
Veterans Administration Hospital in Temple.
Service is Sunday, 3 p.m., Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial
following at Birdston
Cemetery in Streetman.
The Rev. Ricky Smith will officiate.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Godwin, of Waxahachie; a son,
R.J. Morgan, of Houston; four grandchildren, four sisters, Ruby
Jenkins, of Montgomery, Bernice Brown, of Houston, Marie Brooks, of
Arlington, and Lelia Barnes of California; and two brothers, Marvin
Morgan and Bill Morgan, both of Houston.
- Corsicana Weekly Light - Dec 4, 1980
- Submitted by Karen
abt 1921 - Oct 28, 1982
Juanita Fullwood, 61, of Trenton, N.J., died Thursday in Trenton.
She was a native of Corsicana.
Service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at the New Aldergate United Methodist
Church in Dallas. Burial in
Woodland Cemetery. Mrs. Fullwood will lie in state at Ross and
Johnson Mortuary until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Jean James, of Morrisville,
Pa., and Sandra Fullwood, of Trenton, N.J.; one son, John Smith, Jr.
of Trenton, N.J.; five grandchildren; her mother, Lottie Dunkins, of
Dallas; four brothers, froncell Dawson, of Tyler, George Dunkins
Jr., of Corsicana, Columbus Dunkins and Roland Thomas Dunkins, both
of Dallas; four sisters, Viola Ellis and Margaret Dunkins, both of
Dallas, Cora Lee White, of Urban Township, N.J., and Emma Yerdell,
of Fort Worth.
June 13, 1871 - Nov 25, 1933
Walter Elliott, 62, veteran negro employee at the Corsicana cotton
compress was killed shortly after noon Saturday, when the huge press
was accidently let down on him by other employees. He had worked for
the compress for more than 40 years.
It was stated that Elliott was underneath the huge presses cleaning
out the pit. Other employees had been away from the press aiding in
extinguishing a small blaze in an outhouse, and the press was let
down on him on their return. It was stated the employees did not
know Elliott was in the pit.
The accident occurred about 12:50 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
Sam B. Jordan, justice of the peace, viewed the body and said the
death of Elliott was accidental.
A large crowd assembled at the compress area immediately after news
of the accident became known on the streets.
Oct 24, 1901 - Jan 8, 1997
Mary L. Witherspoon, 96, of Chatfield, died Jan. 8, 1997, in
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Chatfield United
Methodist Church, with Rev. Ken Shultz and Rev. Virginia O. Bassford
officiating. Burial will follow in the
Old Chatfield Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Jim Gill, Rob Jones, Johnny Hudnall, Paul Thorp, Jim
Wilson and B. J. Arnold.
Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the
Chatfield United Methodist Church.
Miss Witherspoon was born Oct 24, 1901, in Chatfield. She was a
member of the Chatfield United Methodist Church, Zeta Tau Alpha
Sorority and D.A.R. Miss Witherspoon was a graduate of SMU. She
taught school for 47 years in Rice and Fort Worth. Miss Witherspoon
retired Dean of Women at Riverside Juniors High School in Fort
She is survived by her niece, Mary Lala Lakin of Dallas and nephew,
Robert Witherspoon of Ovilla.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Jan 6, 1872 - Jan 7, 1915
Dave Montfort Looses [sic] Life
Dave Montfort aged about 45 years was found dead at his home
Thursday evening of last week in his bedroom at his home near
Chatfield, with a pistol bullet in the temple.
He had evidently been cleaning an automatic pistol and probably had
dropped it on the floor, discharging it with the result stated.
He had lived in the Chatfield section all his life and was liked by
all who knew him, and his death produced universal sorrow.
Burial took place in the
Chatfield Cemetery Sunday morning, attended by a large crowd of
- Corsicana Democrat and Truth - Jan 14, 1915
- Submitted by Karen
Apr 18, 1932 - June 20, 1976
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church
in Powell for Joe Pruitt Coleman, 44, who died Sunday at the
Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
The Rev. A.H. Haggerty, pastor Riverside Baptist Church, Dallas will
officiate. Burial will be in the
Elm Flat Community Cemetery.
Scott Funeral Home will direct.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Freddie Mae Coleman of Dallas;
four daughters, Mrs. Maye Frances Hollis, Carolyn Denise Coleman,
Wanda Joyce Coleman, and Demethe Coleman; five sons, Bennie Joe
Coleman, Lawrence Edward Coleman, Michael Earl Coleman, Dwight
Coleman and Larry Joe Coleman; his father, Augustus Coleman of
Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. Lois H. Williams and Mrs. Lorine Houston
of both of Dallas, Mrs. Velma Robinson and Mrs. Verna Mae Evans both
of Powell; two brothers, Vernell Coleman of Powell and Larcell
Coleman of Fort Worth; five grandchildren and other relatives.
- Kerens Tribune - July 1, 1976
- Submitted by Karen
Eliza Hood (Toten) French
Feb 5, 1867 - June 20, 1944
MRS. W.C. FRENCH DIED AT DAWSON; BURIAL WEDNESDAY
DAWSON, Texas, June 23 - Funeral services were held here Wednesday
afternoon from the Methodist church for Mrs. W.C. French, aged 77
years, who died Tuesday after a six year's illness.
Burial was in the Dawson
Surviving are her husband of Dawson and two daughters, Miss Katie
French, Dawson, and Mrs. Lorene Hendrick, DeQueen, Ark.
Mrs. French was a native of Brushy Prairie. She had been a member of
the Methodist church 63 years.
Evasue (Merritt) Copeland
June 7, 1916 - Nov 13, 1985
Mrs. Sue Copeland, 68, of Purdon died today at Navarro Regional
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Chapel. Burial
will follow in the New
She was the wife of the late W.C. Copeland, a former Navarro County
She was a school teacher for many years, a native of Garrett, Texas,
and lived in Purdon for 35 years.
She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Dixie Murff and Mrs. C.O.
Onstead, both of Ennis; a brother, Willis Merritt of Weatherford;
and a number of nieces and nephews.
William Bill "Willie" Rich
Feb 28, 1893 - Mar 24, 1973
W. B. Rich Willie B. (Bill) Rich, 80, of Ennis died Saturday
morning in East Dallas Hospital. Services are set at 2 p.m. Monday
in Corley Funeral Home Chapel of Corsicana. Burial will be in
Pattison Cemetery at
Emhouse. The Rev. Orbie Lamb assisted by the Rev. Dick Moody, both
of the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Ennis, will officiate. He was
born in Liberty, Tenn. On Feb. 28, 1893. He lived in Ennis since
1946. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include his widow, Mrs.
Nora B. Rich of Ennis; one son, James L. Rich of Ennis; one
daughter, Mrs. C. W. Ennis of Dallas; two granddaughters; and two
Brothers, C. C. Rich of Clarendon, Tex., and Olen Rich of Corsicana.
Pallbearers will be Homer Meador, Arlee Lockhart, R. D. Rich, Calvin
Rich, Alvin Gene Rich, and Olin D. Rich, Jr.
Harry Joseph Richards Sr.
Dec 28, 1905 - Jan 02, 1972
H. J. Richards Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10
a.m. at Crawford- A. Grim Funeral Chapel in Henderson for Harry J.
Richards, 66, who died Sunday in Henderson. Graveside services will
be Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the
Pattison Cemetery at
Emhouse. Dr. Hugh L. Smith and the Rev. W. R. Tatum will officiate.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Laura Richards of Henderson; one son,
Albert Richards of Henderson; a daughter, Miss Betty Sue Richards of
Henderson; two sisters, Mrs. R. B. Coffin of Sevastopol, Calif., and
Mrs. Nell Peters of Livingston.
M. "Tin" Dixon
Feb 21, 1861 - Oct. 29, 1939
C. M. DIXON DIED NEAR EMHOUSE ON SUNDAY MORNING
C. M. Dixon, aged 78 years, native Texan and resident of Navarro
county practically all of his life, died at his home north of
Emhouse Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Funeral services were held
Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the First Baptist Church at
Emhouse. Interment was made in the
Pattison Cemetery. The
rites were conducted by Rev. L. B. Jenkins, Baptist minister of
Midlothian, Rev. Jack Goff, Baptist minister of Emhouse, and Rev.
Van Morrison, Methodist Minister of Blooming Grove. Surviving are
seven children, Mrs. Will Johnson, Emhouse; Mrs. Charles Collins,
Emhouse; Mitchell Dixon, Blooming Grove; George Dixon, Emhouse; Mrs.
Virgil Roberts, Milford; Mrs. Will Tallant, Emhouse, and Mrs. B. L.
Pope, Corsicana; a brother, James Dixon, Emhouse, and a number of
grandchildren and other relatives. Pallbearers were grandsons,
Norman Johnson, Clayton Collins, Ray Dixon, George Roberts, William
Tallant, Horace Roberts, Vernon Tallant and Robert Johnson.
Sutherland- McCammon Funeral Home was in charge.
Oct 7, 1914 - Jan 22, 1972
Virgil Grooms Virgil Grooms, 57, retired farmer, died Saturday
at his home in Whitney. He was a native of Navarro County and was a
Methodist. Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the
Corley Funeral Chapel with the Rev. B. W. Johnson officiating.
Burial will be in the
Pattison Cemetery. He is survived by his widow of Whitney; two
sisters, Mrs. Lucille Brown of Emhouse and Mrs. Leo Whitfield of
Longview; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be David
W. Stokes, Ronnie Stokes, Danny McMillen, John D. Horvath, Jimmie B.
Johnson and Larry Denman.
William Charles Bristow
Apr. 4, 1874 - Jan. 6, 1943
DR. W. C. BRISTOW DIED WEDNESDAY; RITES ON FRIDAY Dr. W. C.
Bristow, age 68 years, died at the Navarro Clinic Wed- nesday
afternoon following a short illness. Funeral services are planned
for Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Emhouse Baptist church.
Rev. Durwood Geddie, pastor, assisted by Rev. L. B. Jenkins, and
Rev. J. I. Cartlidge. Burial will be in
Pattison Cemetery. Dr.
Bristow had been a practicing physician in Emhouse since 1908. He
was a member of the Navarro County Medical Society and and one time
served as president of the organization. Surviving are his wife,
Emhouse; two sons. Roy Bristow, Corsicana; Robert Bristow,
pharmacists mate, N. S. Navy. Corpus Christi; six sisters, Mrs.
Florence Boles, Oklahoma; Mrs. Fannie Cobb, LaRue; Mrs. Tilda Boles,
LaRue; Mrs. Vada Boles, LaRue; Mrs. Allie Richardson, Athens; Miss
Nannie Bristow, Athens; and other relatives. Pallbearers will be C.
B. Turner, W. H. Armstrong, A. C. Richards, D. Chaney, Frank Seely,
Charles Collins, Swint Hulin, C. C. Roberts. Honorary pallbearers
will be members of the Navarro County Medical Society and friends of
the family. Sutherland-McCammon will direct the arrangements.
B&D Jan. 4, 1943
Rites Held Tuesday For Infant Daughter Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Bell
Funeral services for Evelyn Frances, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
L. C. Bell, Emhouse, who died at the family home Monday night, were
held Tuesday afternoon at
Pattison Cemetery. Surviving arc the parents, two brothers.
Luther and Alvie Bell, a sister, Joyce Ann Bell and other relatives.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Richard Franklin "Dick" Cook
Jun 7, 1880 - Feb 17, 1943
RICHARD F. COOK DIED AT EMHOUSE, BURIAL ON FRIDAY
Richard F. Cook, age 62, native Texas, died at his home at Emhouse
Wednesday night. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2
o’clock from the Methodist church at Emhouse. Rev. Mr. White, pastor
of the Methodist church at Barry, will officiate. Burial will be in
Surviving are his wife, Emhouse; a daughter, Mrs. Doyle Collins,
Emhouse; mother, Mrs. H. S. Cook, Shamrock; brother, W. C. Cook,
Wellington; three sisters, Mrs. Martha West, Sham- Mrs. C. H.
Browden, Duncan, Okla.; Mrs. J. C. Sanders, Tatum, N. M.; a
granddaughter, Lou Ann Collins, Emhouse and other relatives.
Corley's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
BURIED AT EMHOUSE FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for Richard F. Cook, age 62, who died at his home
at Emhouse Wednesday night, were held from the Methodist church at
Emhouse Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. Mr. White officiated.
Burial was in the
Surviving are his wife, a daughter, his mother, a brother, three
sisters, a granddaughter, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were C. M. Dickson, A. E. Beard, C. B. Turner, O. E.
Allen, J. B. Collins and Charlie Collins.
Corley Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
B&D Aug. 12, 1943
David Hopkins Emhouse Infant, Was Buried on Friday Funeral
services for David Newton Hopkins, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S.
Hopkins, Emhouse. were held Friday morning at 11 o'clock at
Pattison Cemetery where
interment was made. Surviving are the parents, three, sisters,
Marian Janice, Verna Fay and Barbara Joan Hopkins, a brother, J. S.
Hopkins. Jr., all of Emhouse; grandmothers, Mrs. Vivian F. Hopkins,
Emhouse, and Mrs. Willie Jones, Ennis. Corley's Funeral Home
directed the arrangements.
Morrison T. Montgomery
Jan 7, 1862 - Aug 4, 1943
RITES THURSDAY FOR M. MONTGOMERY AT EMHOUSE CHURCH Funeral
services for Morrison Montgomery, age 81 years, who died at his home
in Emhouse community Wednesday were held Thursday afternoon at 3
o’clock from the Methodist church at Emhouse. The rites were
conducted by Revs. Vernon White and Jack Goff. Burial was in
Pattison Cemetery. A
resident of the Emhouse community for over 50 years, he was well
known in that section, where he was a prominent farmer. Surviving
are three sons, F. L. Montgomery, Arizona; S. Montgomery, Dallas;
Captain Roark Montgomery, United States Navy stationed at Oakland,
Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. C. D. Owen, Emhouse; Mrs. F. C.
Chappeti, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Miss Kate Montgomery, Emhouse; two
brothers, F. M. Montgomery, Quanah; Ed. Montgomery, Wichita Falls; a
sister, Mrs. Nora Lockhart, Acme; 12 grandchildren, and other
relatives. Pallbearers were Howard Drane, Bog Drane, Jesse Gorman,
Thail Beard, Swint Hulen, Frank Seely and Artis Drane. Corley’s
Funeral Home directed arrangements.
Oren L. McManus
Oct 5, 1905 - May 22, 1974
O. McManus Funeral
services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel
for Oren L. McManus, 68, native of Emhouse, who died in a Waco
Hospital Wednesday night after a long illness. Burial will be at
Patterson Cemetery near Emhouse. Survivors include two sisters, Mrs.
Mamie Collins of Emhouse and Mrs. Clyde Williams of Amarillo; three
brothers, R. A. McManus of Dallas, Robert McManus of Ennis, and Jack
McManus of Houston. He was a veteran of World War ll.
Jan 4, 1909 - Feb 13, 1954
S. H. DeRusha Rites Tuesday Funeral services for S. H. (Bill)
DeRusha, 44, of Plainview, who died Saturday in an Amarillo
hospital, were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist church
Emhouse. Burial was in the
Pattison Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. John R. Meadows, pastor,
and Rev. C. R. Rhodes, Sr. Reared in Emhouse, DeRusha resided in the Cryer
Creek community when he moved to Plainview seven years ago. He had
been ill several weeks. Surviving are his wife, a son, John C.
DeRusha; a daughter, Trudy L. DeRusha, all of Plainview; seven
brothers, Charles DeRusha, Emhouse; Clay DeRusha, Blooming Grove; G.
I., Roy and Ed DeRusha, all of Plainview; Joe DeRusha, Odessa and
John DeRusha, California; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Harris,
Corsicana; Miss Elsie DeRusha and Mrs. Edward Wetzel, both of
Odessa, and Mrs. Ira Stokes, Dallas, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were W. E. Hill, Ocie Meek, Harvey Davis, Carmie Rhodes,
Charles Rhodes, Jr., and Doodle Boyd. Corley directed.
Willis Joseph Richards
Feb 25, 1905 - May 24, 1971
services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Corley Funeral Chapel for
Willis J. (Joe) Richards, 66, who died Monday in Memorial Hospital.
Dr. H. Lively Brown will officiate. Burial will be in the
Pattison Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Mitchell, Grandon Mitchell,
Allen Jones, Leslie Brown, Robert Moody, John Moody, Walter Brown
and Ray Davis. Surviving are his widow, his mother, one brother and
several nieces and nephews.
Joel Adams Dixon
Aug 29, 1896 -
Jun 22, 1953
Joel A. Dixon Rites Friday Funeral services for Joel A. Dlxon, 56, Emhouse, have been postponed until Friday at 2 p. m. at
the Corley Chapel. He died in a Galveston hospital Tuesday night
following an extended illness. The rites will be conducted by Rev.
W. O. Southerland, pastor of the Powell Baptist church. Burial
will be in the
Pattison Cemetery. Surviving are a son, Tommy R.
Dixon, U. S. Marines; a sister, Mrs. H. C. DeRusha, Blooming Grove;
a nephew and two nieces. Masons will be pallbearers.
Dec 18, 1873 - Oct 15, 1961
L. W. Mitchell Services
Held Louis W. Mitchell, 87, retired farmer, formerly of Blooming
Grove and Emhouse, died at his home, 1502 Oakley, Dallas, Saturday
night. Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. from the Corley
Chapel with burial in the
Pattison Cemetery at Emhouse. The rites
were conducted by Rev. Lendon M. Jackson and Rev. Kenneth Gaub, both
of Dallas. He was a native of Tennessee. Surviving are three sons,
I. A. Mitchell, Fort Worth; C. G. and I. D. Mitchell, both of
Dallas; two daughters, Mrs. Lillian Vise, Fort Worth and Mrs. Fern
Schindler, Grand Prairie; 14 grandchildren and 32
great-grandchildren. Grandsons were pallbearers.
Lottie L. (Dixon) Freeman
Jun 04, 1906 - Jan 16, 1927
SERVICES MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR EMHOUSE WOMAN Funeral services for
Mrs. Lottie Freeman of Emhouse, aged 20 years, who died at the
Navarro county hospital Sunday night at 11:30 o’clock were held
Monday afternoon with interment in the
Pattison Cemetery. She is
survived by her husband Jim Freeman, parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L.
Dixon of Emhouse. Corsicana Daily Sun Monday, January 17, 1927
Lottie Ida Freeman (nee Dixon) was born June 4, 1906, near
Waxahachie. She Was the daughter of C. L. and Arvilla Dixon. She was
married to Jim Freeman, Nov. 7, 1925. She departed this life at
11:30 p.m., January 16, 1927. She was not thought to be seriously
ill until about 8 o’clock Sunday morning when she suddenly became
unconscious and never regained consciousness. All was done for her
that tender loving hands could do but to no avail. She was the
oldest of nine children and was loved as only a loving unselfish
sister can be. She was an obedient and loving daughter always ready
to help her mother care for her large family. She was a most devoted
and affectionate wife and will be greatly missed by her heart-broken
husband who cared for her so tenderly through her last illness. That
she was loved by all was shown by the large crowd who came to pay
their last tribute of respect to her memory. She was laid to rest in
the Pattison cemetery beneath a flower covered mound, on Monday
afternoon, January 17. The funeral was conducted by Rev. L. B.
Jenkins, assisted by Rev. Morrison and H. C. DeRusha. She was a
great lover of music and good singing and it seemed quite fitting
that sweet songs should be sung as she was laid to rest. We cannot
see as yet why one so young and whose life seemed so full of
happiness should be called but we know that some day we will join
hands with her around the Great White Throne where there will be no
more sorrow and farewells are never said. We would say in the
language of song: Thou art gone our precious darling, Nevermore
canst thou return, Thou shalt sleep a peaceful slumber “Till the
resurrection morning.” To the heart-broken husband and bereaved
parents we would say weep not as those who have no hope but look
forward to the resurrection morn and that glad reunion on the other
side. Written by one who loved her.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
Monday, January 24, 1927
EMHOUSE. ' Special to the Sun. Emhouse,
Texas. Jan. 20.—Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2
o'clock for Mrs. James Freeman at the home of her father. Mrs.
Freeman died Sunday night at eleven o'clock at the Navarro County
Hospital where she had been taken for treatment. The funeral was
conducted by the Rev. Jenkins, pastor of the local Baptist church.
Rev. Van P. Morrison, Methodist pastor, assisting. Lottie as she was
known to her many friends, was 20 years of age and had only been
married a short while. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband,
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claud Dixon, several brothers and sisters,
and a host of other relatives and friends. Burial took place at the
Sam H. D. Hook
Sep 09, 1860 - Jan
PROMINENT GIN MAN DIED EARLY FRIDAY AT HOME IN EMHOUSE SAM
HOOK PASSES AWAY AFTER ILLNESS OF SEVERAL WEEKS
Special to the
Sun. Emhouse, Texas. Jan. 29—Sam Hook , age 65 years, died at his
home here Friday morning at 2:00 o’clock. Funeral services were held
at the Methodist church at 2 o’clock this afternoon and were
conducted by Rev. D. P. Morrison. Burial was in
The deceased is survived by his wife and four children. Mrs. H. B.
Thornton, Miss Mary Kate, Noel and Bruce Hook. The last three named
lived with their parents and Mrs. Thornton lives here. A grandson,
Wayne Thornton also survives. Mr. Hook had been a resident of
Emhouse for many years and was well known. He owned a gin here and
had been engaged in that line of business several years. He was born
in Marietta, Georgia, came to Texas in 1880 and settled at Frost. In
1895 he married Miss Addie Kelly. Pallbearers were: B. Patterson,
Joe Parrish, Will Hall, Fred Wood, Thad Beard, B. S. Payne and Tom
Thomas Franklin Vyers
Dec 13, 1858 - Sep 21, 1950
F. Vyers Dies Thursday; Rites Planned Friday T. F. Vyers, 91,
pioneer resident of North Navarro county, died at his home north of
Emhouse shortly before noon Thursday. Funeral services will be held
from the First Methodist church in Emhouse Friday at 3 p.m. with
burial in the
Pattison Cemetery. The rites are to be conducted by
Rev. W. B. Morten of Coleman. Vyers had resided in the Emhouse
sector for 80 years. Surviving are six children, Mrs. Fannie Reid,
Dallas; Mrs. C. H. McNeel, Emhouse: C. Y. Vyers, Ennis; Frank Vyers
and Hubert Vyers, both of Emhouse; Miss Bertie Vyers, Emhouse; 30
grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren
and other relatives. Corley Funeral Home will direct.
Richard Doyle “Coon” Tinkle
Jul 22, 1910 - Apr 20, 1969
R. D. Tinkle
Richard Doyle “Coon” Tinkle, 58, native of Emhouse, died Monday in
Las Vegas, Nev. Funeral arrangements are pending at Corley Funeral
Home. Burial is planned at
Pattison Cemetery. He is survived by
three sisters, Mrs. L. M. Eastland, Mrs. Louise Bailey and Mrs.
Elizabeth Tinkle, all of Corsicana; and a cousin, Mrs. Doyle
Emma (Forbes) Vyers
Dec 8, 1889 - Oct 6, 1926
EMHOUSE WOMAN IS
BURIED PATTERSON CEMETERY TODAY Mrs. Emma Vyers aged about 28 years,
died at her home in Emhouse at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday morning
following three-weeks illness and the remains were interred in the
Patterson Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. She is
survived by her husband and five children.
An infant of Mr. and Mrs. Vyers was buried Monday afternoon
Infant Son Vyers
B&D Oct. 5,
EMHOUSE WOMAN IS BURIED PATTERSON CEMETERY TODAY Mrs. Emma Vyers
aged about 28 years, died at her home in Emhouse at 3:30 o'clock
Wednesday morning following three-weeks illness and the
remains were interred in the Patterson cemetery Wednesday afternoon
at 3:30 o'clock. She is survived by her husband and five children.
An infant of Mr. and Mrs. Vyers was buried Monday afternoon.
Sep 24, 1900 Mar 04, 1966
Sunday Rites Sam P. Owen Final
rites for Sam P. Owen, 65, who died in Waxahachie Friday, will be
held Sunday at 2 p. m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the
Pattison Cemetery at Emhouse. Surviving are his wife of Waxahachie:
three brothers, A. A. Owen, Italy; C. D. Owen, Dallas, and George
Owen, Corsicana; four sisters, Clara Belle Owen, Corsicana; Mrs. C.
J. Johnson, Frost; Mrs. Swint Huling and Mrs. Nell Elkins. both of
Emhouse, and other relatives.
Charlie Jake Johnson
25, 1896 - Apr 27, 1966
Hold Services C. J. Johnson FROST (Spl)—Funeral services for
Charlie J. Johnson, 69, farmer-rancher, who died of a heart attack
at his home early Tuesday, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the
First Methodist church here. The rites were conducted by Rev. Frank
Williams of the Walter Rider Methodist church of Ennis, formerly
pastor here, and Rev. Thad Son, pastor. Burial was in the
Pattison Cemetery at
Emhouse. A native of Texas, Johnson resided in the Emhouse area
prior to moving 2 1-2 miles west of Frost a number of years ago. He
was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the American
Legion. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Owen Johnson, Frost; a son,
Charles Leslie Johnson, Frost; a daughter, Mrs. Thomas Clark,
Mesquite; a grandchild; three brothers, Babe Johnson, Houston; Will
Johnson, Emhouse, and Bob Johnson, Waco; a sister, Mrs, C. B. Turner, Em- house, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Elton Turner, Carrollton; Stokes Arm- strong,
Emhouse; Ernest Stok- es, Emhouse; Wendell Lock- hart, Kerens;
Marvin Shows, Emhouse, and Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse. McCormick
Funeral Service directed.
Eula Lee (Brown) Maggard
Feb 7, 1909 - Jan 17, 1997
Eula Brown Maggard Eula Brown Maggard, 87, of Emhouse, died in Emhouse Jan. 17,
1997. Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.
Graveside services are Monday at 11 a.m. at
Pattison Cemetery in
Emhouse, with Rev. B. Suzy Welch of Emhouse United Methodist Church
officiating. Mrs. Maggard was born Feb. 14, 1909 in Emhouse. Mrs.
Maggard is survived by her daughters, Jeanette Melton of Emhouse and
Sue Ward of Austin; sons, David (Buddy) Maggard of Emhouse and Sonny
Maggard of Emhouse; nine grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and
sisters, Erba Harris of Gilmer and Ruth Barnes of Corsicana. Mrs.
Maggard is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Maggard.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Dec 26, 1898 - Apr 14,
Buford Farmer Services Held Funeral services for Buford Farmer,
62, who died Friday were held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley
Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. Gaither L. Day, pastor of
the North Corsicana Methodist church. Burial was in the
Pattison Cemetery at Emhouse. Farmer resided at Emhouse prior to moving to
Corsicana several years ago. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana;
two daughters, Mrs. Lealon Bone, Nacogdoches and Mrs. Paul McCann
Corsicana; a brother, Judson Farmer, Pricilla; a grandson, David
Bone, Nacogdoches, and other relatives. Pallbearers were Otis
Farmer, T. A. Farmer, Clarence Sullivan, Sims Hagler, Ray Maggard
and Haskell Gray.
- Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light April 18, 1961
- Submitted by
- h/o Aldo (McCammon) Farmer
Buford Farmer Dies Friday
Buford Farmer, 62, native of Emhouse, farmer and pipeliner, 916
North Twenty-First street, died early Friday morning.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Corley
Chapel with burial in the
Pattison Cemetery at
He had resided in Corsicana eight years.
Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Lealon
Bone, Nacogdoches, and Mrs. Paul McCann, Corsicana; a brother,
Judson Farmer, Percella; a grandson, David Bone, Nacogdoches, and
Pallbearers will be Otis Farmer, T. A. Farmer, Clarence Sullivan,
Sims Hagler, Ray Maggard and Haskell Gray.
Frank Lafayette Seely, Jr.
Mar 8, 1923 -
Sep 12, 1991
Frank L. Seely Jr. Frank L. Seely Jr., 68, of Emhouse,
died Sept. 12, 1991, at the V. A. Medical Center in Dallas. Services
will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev.
Roger Marsh and the Rev. John Dahlman officiating. Burial will be in
Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse. He was born March 8, 1923 in Emhouse.
He graduated from Emhouse High School and attended Texas A&M
University. He was a decorated veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps,
having flown more than 80 combat missions in the European Theatre
during World War II. He was a deacon and a Bible teacher at Emhouse
Baptist Church. He also was a member of the Blooming Grove
Independent School District Board of Trustees for 12 years. He and
his father owned and operated Frank Seely and Son’s store in Emhouse
for more than 60 years, starting out delivering ice to homes in
Emhouse and the surrounding areas from the 1920’s through the
1950’s. He was a Gulf Oil dealer for more than 50 years. He was
preceded in death by his father, Frank L. Seely Sr., and one son
Rodger F. Seely. Survivors include his wife, Lola Seely of Emhouse;
his mother, Beatrice Doss Seely of Corsicana; one sister Rose Barton
of Aledo, Texas; two daughters Jennifer Astolfi of Coppell and Karen
Adams of Houston; three sons, Pat Seely of Arlington, Howard Seely
of Blooming Grove and Loran Seely of Corsicana; 14 grandchildren;
and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Ernest
Douglas, Virgil Jackson, Robert Watkins, Doyle Looney, C. B. Seely
and R. M. Drain. Honorary Pallbearers will be Elzie Armstrong,
Clarence Wright and Sonny Armstrong.
Julia Ann (Owen) Welch DeRusha
May 11, 1877 - Sep 25,
FUNERAL SERVICES MRS. J. A. DERUSHA HELD WEDNESDAY Mrs. J. A.
DeRusha, aged 68 years, died at the family residence 314 West
Seventh Avenue, Tuesday evening following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from
the Baptist church in Emhouse with burial in the
The rites were conducted by Rev. Jared I. Cartlidge, pastor of the
First Baptist Church here. A native of Mississippi, Mrs. DeRusha
came to Navarro county as a little child and resided in the Emhouse
community until she came to Corsicana three years ago. Surviving are
four daughters, Mrs. Ira Stokes, Irving; Mrs. Elsie Anderson, Mrs.
Margaret Harris and Mrs. E. L. Wetzell, all of Corsicana; five sons,
G. R. DeRusha, Plainview; A. E. DeRusha, Rice; S. H. DeRusha, Barry;
C. R. DeRusha, Emhouse, and G. W. DeRusha, Odessa; three step-sons,
R. L. DeRusha, Plainview; J. R. DeRusha, Corsicana, and H. C.
DeRusha, Barry; a brother, Judge R. R. Owen, Corsicana; two sisters,
Mrs. J. T. O’Neal and Mrs. A. C. Richards, both of Emhouse, and
other relatives. Pallbearers were Will Sharply, Clint Hulen, Jack
Megarity, Albert Richards, Hugh Parrish and Ab Tinkle. Corley
Funeral Home directed
- Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - September 28,
- Submitted by
Apr 12, 1895 - Dec 12, 1976
Burns Wooten Services
were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for
Burns Wooten, 81, resident of Ennis, who died Sunday in Dallas. The
Rev. H. Edwards Ricks officiated, with burial following at
Pattison Cemetery. He was a native of Burnett County, had lived in Ennis 25
years, a member of the Baptist church and a veteran of
World War 1.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Dollie Wooten of Ennis; two sons,
Noah Cunnie Wooten and Ronald Tim Wooten both of Arlington; two
daughters, Mrs. Thelma Hunter of Memphis, Tenn. And Mrs. Sadie
Freeman of Corsicana; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren,
a twin-brother, Ray Wooten of Corsicana; three sisters, Mrs. Lena
Burks of Dallas, Mrs. Annie Batey of Blooming Grove and Mrs. Lorena
Gordon of California. Nephews were pallbearers.
- Corsicana Semi
Weekly Light – December 16, 1976
- Submitted by
Faye (Daniel) Hopkins
Feb 16, 1886 - Oct 16, 1976
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home
Chapel for Mrs. J. W. Hopkins, 90, resident of Emhouse, who died
Saturday. The Rev. J. N. Foreman and the Rev. Leroy Reeves
officiated, with burial following at
Pattison Cemetery. Survivors
include four daughters, Mrs. B. W. Gamble Jr., Miss Edna Hopkins,
Miss Dorothy Hopkins, and Mrs. Lester Pattison all of Emhouse; a son
James F. Hopkins, of Waxahachie; nine grandchildren, 18
great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren, and a
brother, Ben F. Daniel of Dallas. Pallbearers include Charles Leslie
Johnson, Alvie Armstrong, Frank Seeley Jr., Norman Smith, George
Brown and Ralph Chaney.
- Corsicana Semi Weekly Light - October 21,
- Submitted by
Mildred Lucille (Way)
Aug 27, 1911 - Jul 6, 1984
Mildred Robertson Mrs.
Mildred Way Robertson, 72, of Corsicana, died Friday at Navarro
Regional Hospital. Service is 2 p.m. Sunday at Northside Baptist
Church with the Rev. Troy Brooks officiating. Burial will be at
Pattison Cemetery. She was a native of Emhouse and lived in
Corsicana most of her life. She was also a member of Emmanuel
Baptist Church and Rebekah Lodge. Survivors include a son, Travis
Way Robertson of Malakoff; a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Ann Earp of
Rockdale; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild; two sisters, Vera
Brooks of Corsicana and Eunice Glass of Midland; and a brother, Bud
Way of Corsicana.
Nov 15, 1869 - May 23, 1935
FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR LOVE VYERS
for Love Vyers, 66, long-time resident of the Emhouse community, who
died Thursday morning while plowing in the Pickett community, were
held from the First Baptist church in Emhouse Friday afternoon at 3
o'clock with interment in the
Pattison Cemetery. The rites were
conducted by Rev, Jenkins. Mr. Vyers resided in Emhouse for many
years prior to moving to Pickett this year. Surviving are a son,
Charles Vyers, Arkansas, and two brothers, T. F. Vyers, Emhouse, and
Charles Barlow, Corsicana. The funeral was directed by The Corley
Matt Harris Vyers
Aug 4, 1897 - Apr 22, 1926
Special to the Sun. Emhouse News. Mat Vyers who has been real sick,
passed away last Thursday morning at 9 o'clock and was laid to rest
Patterson Cemetery Friday afternoon.
The Corsicana Daily Sun
Thursday, April 29, 1926
Note- This one has Byers in the obit but it
EMHOUSE MAN DIES THURSDAY MORNING FUNERAL ON FRIDAY
Special to the Sun. Emhouse, April 23.—Mat Byers, age 28 years, died
at his home here Thursday morning at 9:40. Funeral services were
held at the Methodist Protestant church, at 2 o'clock Friday
afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Bounds, pastor. The
deceased is survived by his parents and several brothers and
sisters, all residents of Emhouse. The Byers family has lived in
this community for several years.
Maggie Pearl Vyers
16, 1910 - Aug 18, 1926
EMHOUSE NEWS. Special to the Sun. The Death
Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vyers last Wednesday
and took from their, midst their daughter Maggie Pearl, age 16
years. She had only been ill a few days. Funeral services were held
Thursday with burial in the
Pattison Cemetery. We join the friends
of Mr. and Mrs. Vyers in extending them our sympathy in their hour
John Douglas Meador
Aug 7, 1893 - Apr 29, 1969
John D. Meador
John D. Meador, Apt. 7-D, Northwest Apartments, died at Mel-Haven
Convalescent Home Tuesday afternoon. He was 75 years old. Services
are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel
with the Rev. Joe Evans officiating. Interment will be in
Pattison Cemetery. Surviving are his wife of Corsicana; three sons, Barney of
Palestine, Dan of Corsicana and Clayton of Freeport; a brother, Clay
of Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. Winnie Ray of Emhouse and Mrs. Nora
Rich of Ennis; and several nieces and nephews. Nephews will be
James Eli Snow
Nov 15, 1858 - Nov 9,
RESIDENT EMHOUSE COMMUNITY 35 YEARS BURIED ON FRIDAY James Eli
Snow, age 75 years, died at his home in Emhouse Friday morning at 3
o’clock following a lingering illness. Funeral services were held
Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Methodist church at Emhouse
and were conducted by Rev. Lee Hearn. Burial was in
Pattison Cemetery. Mr. Snow was a native of Georgia, but had lived in the
Emhouse community 35 years. Surviving are his wife, two sons, James
Richard Snow, Emhouse; B. F. Snow, Georgia; two daughters, Mrs. O.
W. Smith, Dallas; Mrs. Sarah Cleveland, Georgia; four brothers, Tom,
John, Richard and Marion Snow all of Georgia; a sister, Mrs. Sarah
Pelt, Georgia, and other relatives. Corley’s Funeral Home had charge
of the funeral arrangements.
Hollie N. Garrison
Nov 1, 1906 - Feb 12, 1912
The little child of Mr. and Mrs.
Garrison died Monday at the residence of the parents in this city. A
few days ago she sustained a broken collar bone from which blood
poison set in causing death. Burial took place Tuesday in the
Pattison graveyard at Emhouse attended by a large number of friends
of the family.
- Corsicana Democrat and Truth Feb. 15, 1912
- d/o Jacob Silas
Garrison and Tillie Elizabeth (Butler) Garrison
Ada Kate O'Neal
Mar 18, 1902 - Jan 16, 1931
GAS BLAST BURIED AT EMHOUSE SATURDAY MORNING Funeral services for
Miss Ada Kate O’Neal, 26, employee of the American Well &
Prospecting Co. for a number of years, who met death Friday morning
about 7:30 o’clock when an explosion of a stove ignited the W. M.
Wilson home, corner North Fifteenth street and West Fourth Avenue,
where she had an apartment, were held at Emhouse Saturday morning at
10 o’clock. Her charred body was discovered by firemen after the
blaze had been practically extinguished. It had been thought that
she had already left the house. She was well known here, and was an
active member of Corsicana Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Residents of that section were startled by the blast that knocked
windows out of the Wilson home and shook houses in the vicinity. The
body was taken to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. O’Neal
at Emhouse Friday afternoon. The funeral was held from the Emhouse
Baptist church with interment in the
Pattison Cemetery. The services
were conducted by Rev. P. Martin Baker, pastor of the Third Avenue
Presbyterian church in Corsicana. Active pallbearers were Ernest
Newman, Ed Rittersbacher, Elmer Rittersbacher, Elliott Johnson, Pete
Hook, Roy Bristow and M. J. W. Baker. The Sutherland Funeral Home
had charge of the funeral.
BLAST KILLS YOUNG WOMAN
EXPLOSION RESULTS DEATH MISS O’NEAL W. M. WILSON HOME
BODY IS BURNED BEYOND RECOGNITION; FUNERAL SATURDAY, EMHOUSE
Miss Ada Kate O’Neal, aged 26, lost her life in a fire that
followed, and explosion in the home of W. M. Wilson, at the
intersection of West Fourth avenue and North Fifteenth street, about
7:30 Friday morning.
Residents of that section of Corsicana were awakened and aroused by
a blast that threw glass from the damaged house across the street
and which shook houses for several blocks. City Patrolman Marion
Griffin had halted for a stop signal at the intersection of Third
and Fifteenth and saw flames shoot from almost every window in the
Assist People From House.
He ran to the Wilson house shouting to some of the members of the
family of Dr. J. W. Bergin across the street from the fire, to turn
in the alarm. He was joined by one of the neighbors and immediately
they assisted Mr. and Mrs. Wilson from the flaming house, and when
they were assured there was no one else in the house, closed all
openings possible to prevent spread of the flames.
Patrolman Griffin said after the fire that he started into the room
in which Miss O’Neal’s body was found, but the room was a mass of
flames and having been assured that no one else was in the house did
not enter because he feared that the flames would spread to other
rooms more rapidly.
The flames were soon extinguished and a majority of the furniture
removed from the house undamaged except for a small amount of water.
Fire Chief Keith estimated damage to the house at $2500 with $7500
insurance and loss on the furniture at $1,000 with insurance of
Blame Leaking Hose
Extensive investigations made during and following the fire, have
led fire department officials to believe that a leaking rubber hose
connection allowed the room to fill with gas overnight, and it
exploded when Miss O’Neal started to light a fire on arising early
Friday morning. The gas had been turned off at a small heater but
not at a wall opening. A thorough test for other leaks in gas lines
failed to disclose and other cause for the blast.
Miss O’Neal was born and reared in the Emhouse community, but had
made her home in Corsicana for several years, and recently at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. She had been employed in the office of
the American Well and Prospecting company for several years, and had
an enviable reputation for initiative and efficiency. She was a
member of the Corsicana Business and Professional Womens Club.
Her body was carried to the Sutherland Funeral Home, where it was
prepared for burial, and then taken to the home of her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. T. J. O’Neal at Emhouse, about 3 o’clock Friday afternoon.
Funeral service will be held from the First Baptist Church in
Emhouse Saturday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in
Surviving are her parents; two brothers, George and “Bud,” both of
Emhouse; and three sisters, Mrs. Tomie Hatley of Dallas; Mrs.
Evredge Stein and Mrs. Willie Sharpley, both of Emhouse.
Justice of the Peace J. L. Cox viewed the body and returned a
coroner’s verdict of death by burning, accidental.
Oct 18, 1885 - Nov 20, 1953
Mrs. Carrie Holt Barber was born in Decatur, Alabama and came
to Texas when a small girl. In 1901 she was united in marriage to
Doyle Barber. To this union three daughters were born, Mrs. L.A.
Sawyer of Hubbard, Mrs. Odell Vardeman of Hubbard, and Mrs. H.B.
Burford of Dallas.
She became a Christian at an early age and united with the First
Baptist Church of Navarro Mills in 1909. Upon moving to Dawson in
1916 she and her husband placed their membership with the First
Baptist Church of Dawson where she remained a member until death.
Death came after an extended illness of two years. She passed from
this life Nov. 20 at 9:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco.
She loved people irrespective of race or color and will be missed by
a host of friends. She loved to make drives in the country and took
great delight in the beauties of nature. She loved to visit her
friends and always had a cheery smile and word of encouragement for
She is survived by above mentioned daughters, three grandchildren,
Jan, Glenda and Julianne. Three sisters, Mrs. S.J. McCulloch of
Reed, OK, Mrs. F.L. Hopkins, Dallas, Mrs. Clayton Brown, Waco; one
brother, Mr. G.A. Holt of Dawson
- Dawson Herald, Nov 22 1953
- Submitted by Seana Bone
- w/o Doyle Barber
- Dawson Cemetery,
Dawson, Navarro Co., TX
Dawson Services For Mrs. Barber
DAWSON, Nov. 23 - (Spl) - Funeral services for Mrs. Doyle Barber,
who died in a Waco hospital Friday, were conducted from the First
Methodist church here Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the
Dawson cemetery. Rev.
Browning Ware conducted the rites, assisted by Rev. Burt Gillis.
Native of Alabama, she had resided in this community 33 years.
Surviving are her husband, Dawson; three daughters, Mrs. H. B.
Burford, Dallas; Mrs. Odell Vardeman and Mrs. Lester Sawyer, both of
Hubbard, and three grandchildren.
Wolfe Funeral Home directed.
Oct 10, 1882 - Oct 19, 1961
John Doyle Barber, 79, native of Dawson, a barber, died at
Providence Hospital, Waco, Thursday afternoon following a week's
illness. He had resided here all of his life.
Funeral services were held Friday at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist
church. Burial was in the
Dawson Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Dan Taylor,
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Vera Burford, Dallas; Mrs. Opal
Sawyer and Mrs. Laverne Vardeman, both of Hubbard; three
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Florence
Savage, Bridgeport, and Mrs. Louis Dixon, Austin; a brother, W.B.
Barber, Austin, and other relatives. Eubanks Funeral Home directed.
Claude E. Holt
Jan 17, 1891 - Nov 26, 1914
C.E. Holt, of 3 miles east of Dawson, died in a sanitarium in Waco Thursday, November 26, and his remains were brought back to Dawson Thursday night for burial. The funeral service was held at the Methodist church Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. J. T. McKeown
conduction the service, after which the body was laid to rest in the city cemetery. Mr. Holt was carried to Waco some two weeks ago for an operation on his head and had undergone the operation, but died from the effects. Deceased was near 24 years of age and leaves a
wife and one child. The Herald extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved in their sad hour of grief.
Emily W. Sawyer
Aug 1, 1878 - Jun 6, 1923
From the Dawson Herald, June 1923: In Memory of Mrs. Sawyer
On Wednesday evening, June 6, our town was shrouded in gloom when the sad news was being sent out that Mrs. Aaron Sawyer was dead. Her
death was so unexpected that it came as a shock to all. It was so hard to give her up. She was laid to rest on the afternoon of June
7th, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives, friends, and neighbors, the services being conducted by Bro. E.W.
McMillon, of Waco. Mrs. Sawyer is survived by her husband, 4 children, some of whom are small and will sadly miss a fond mother's
care, also two brothers and two sisters, all of whom are heartbroken and bowed with grief over their irreparable loss, and to whom we
extend our deepest sympathy in this hour of sorrow and distress, and can only say to them to take comfort in the promise of our Heavenly
Father and bow in humble submission to His will.
Mrs. Sawyer was 44 years old. She joined the Christian church when only a girl and lived a true christian up till her death.
The family had a faithful wife and a devoted mother, she was devoted to her family. She never neglected them and was always ready to extend a helping hand. She was loved by all who knew her.
It was hard to break the tender cord when love had bound the heart so hard; to speak the word, must we forever part?
Jan 24, 1901 - Nov 8, 1918
Melvin Sawyer, aged 18 years, of Dawson, died this morning at 3:42 o'clock in a local sanitarium of wounds received at Dawson. The body was shipped this morning to that town by Undertaker Layton C. Puckett. The young man was shot through the abdomen on the afternoon
of Nov. 19, at Dawson. He is survived by his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Sawyer, and several brothers and sisters, all of Dawson.
Oct 7, 1916 - Jan 4, 2012
Jo Etta Phillips, 95, of Winnsboro passed away Jan. 4, 2012. She was born Oct. 7, 1916 in Kerens to John S. Ross and Alpha O. Chapman. Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Service will follow visitation at 11
a.m. in Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Meyers. Burial will follow at Kerens City Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Jan 2, 1925 - Jan 2, 2012
Fred Polk was the fourth child born to Charlie and Bertha Polk
and was born Jan. 2, 1925 in Kerens. He went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 in the Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas among loving family and devoted friends. He grew up in Kerens and attended the public
schools there. He was baptized in the Baptist faith in Kerens.
Mr. Polk married Claudia Polk in Freestone County, Texas. He was a farmer and was employed by the Navarro County Livestock Auction. His passion was riding horses, herding cows and raising cattle. Mr. Polk will be remembered best
for his sense of humor, exerting his authority, and love of his family.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Claudia; his parents; four brothers, Herod, Lee, Clarence and Charles Polk; a sister, Joyce Polk; and two children, Freddie Mae and James Earl Polk.
He is survived by his son, Billy C. Polk of Streetman; daughters, Barbara Polk of Streetman, Pearl Reynolds and husband, Robert of Corsicana, Sonya Griffin and husband, James of Fairfield, Patsy Green and husband, Lee of
Fairfield, and Sherrell Polk of Streetman; his brother, Edward Polk and wife, Juda of Corsicana; sisters, Ruthie Traylor of Dallas, and Birtha Bluitt and husband, Eurn of Dallas; sister-In-law Lizzie Polk of Dallas; and godson,
Leonard Dempsey and wife, Birtha of Corsicana. Polk is also survived by two special granddaughters, Shelia Brown and Shonda Polk; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews
and other relatives and friends.
The Angelic Hosts came for Fred Polk among loving family and devoted friends. Viewing will begin at the Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 11 a.m.
in the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, 360 N. Church
Street, Fairfield with Rev. Elnora Nunnally, Pastor;
Evangelist Bertha Bluitt and Rev. Brent Polk officiating.
Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Streetman.
Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, Teague,
Texas is serving the Polk family.
May 11, 1934 - Jan 4, 2012
James Wade Atwood, 77, of Corsicana, a follower of Jesus Christ,
went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, after a long
battle with Alzheimers disease. He was born May 11, 1934 in
Palestine, to Clifford Wade and Lola Bye Atwood.
He was preceded in death by both parents; his first love, Elinor
Rosson Atwood; his daughter, Michele Neal; his son-in-law, Albert
Neal; brother-in-law, Thomas H. Flinn, III; and a sister-in-law,
He is survived by his devoted, loving wife, Marilyn Butler Atwood of
Corsicana; sons, Delton Atwood and wife, Linda of Palestine, and
James Lee Atwood, Sr. of Coldwater, Miss.; brother, Gerald Atwood
and wife Leta, of Houston; sister, Ann Flinn of Lakeway; and five
grandsons, James Lee Atwood, Jr., Josh Atwood, David Neal, Austin
Atwood, and Caleb Atwood. He also cherished his adopted family, Kim
and Mike Bernhagen, Kristan, Kendra, Caleb, Troy, Aden, Katie, Scott
Butler, Lauren, Cameron, and Kendall.
James was a stand-out football player for Palestine High School, and
received a full football scholarship to The University of Texas,
where he received his bachelors degree in physical education. Upon
his graduation he began his career with the YMCA in Fort Worth,
Corsicana, Galveston, and later returned back home to Palestine as
the YMCA director on Kickapoo Street in the mid-60’s. He was
instrumental in starting the Peewee Football program in Palestine,
as well as teaching numerous children in that city to swim. He later
worked for Alcoa Aluminum, and finally retired from the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice as a coach. He loved to spend time
with his family, fish at Red Lake, getting together with the “Old
Farts”, (the name shared by his high school classmates), and
traveling and seeing the world with Marilyn. He was a lifetime
member of the Presbyterian Church, and served as an elder.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in
Palestine at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, with B. F. Risinger,
Jr. of Corsicana officiating, followed by a reception and time to
visit with the family at the church in Robinson Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian
Church of Palestine, First Baptist Church Corsicana, Navarro County
Child Evangelism Fellowship, or Alzheimers Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral
June 26, 1923 - Jan 3, 2012
Otis Langston went to his eternal reward with his heavenly
Father on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Mr. Langston was born on
June 26, 1923 to William Edward and Minerva Elizabeth Olsen
Langston, in Corsicana, Texas. He was preceded in death by
his parents; his brother, Otha Wayne Langston; sister,
Onetta Vern Langston; and son, Reginald Duane Langston.
He attended Corsicana High School and became a member of The
Stamps Quartet after his graduation in
1941. In early 1942, he joined the Air Force and was a
Tech Sgt. with the 49th Air Depot Group with the Fifth Air
Force in the Pacific. After serving his country for three
years, Mr. Langston returned to Corsicana and entered
Navarro Junior College where he graduated with an Associate
Degree in Business. He served as Minister of Music at
Missionary Baptist Church for several years while also
operating several loan companies he owned in and around
Corsicana. He later moved to Dallas where he served as
Minister of Music and Education for Webb Chapel Baptist
After several different business ventures, Otis returned to
Corsicana where he finished out his working years running
his used furniture business, This Old House and The Discount
He finally retired in his mid-eighties and moved to Arizona
to be closer to his daughter.
Mr. Langston is survived by his son, Rickey Wayne Langston
and wife Grace of Lewisville, Texas; daughter, Rhonda Leigh
Rolf and husband Gary of Payson, Arizona; grandsons, Lance
Langston and wife Jennifer, Jeffrey Langston and wife
Carrissa, Tracy Kendall and wife Daniella; granddaughters,
Lori Young and Dana Every, both of Glendale, Arizona;
great-grandsons, Colton, Jacob and Liam Langston, Kobe and
Jaden Young, and Timothy Every; great-granddaughters,
Amanda, Bailey, and Savannah Langston, Gabriella Kendall,
and Tatum Young; brother, Orville Langston and wife Diane of
Central Texas. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and
many friends including dear friends Sidney Wafer and
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at
Corley Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at 3
p.m. at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Slocumb
officiating. Burial will follow at
Melba Irene (Coker) Manley
Jan 10, 1946 - Jan 2, 2012
Irene (Coker) Manley passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at her
home in Blooming Grove. Melba was born to Rev. Lloyd Thomas
Coker and Mary Louise (Capel) Coker in Comanche, Texas on
Jan. 10, 1946.
Melba has touched the lives of many people in her span of 65
years. She was a teacher, coach, counselor and friend who
was respected and loved by all who knew her. As a preacher’s
kid, Melba attended many schools where we are sure she left
her mark. She attended Comanche, Brooks-Smith, Blanket,
Forreston, and graduated from Cleburne. Melba was an awesome
athlete. When she was in high school, she was awarded Most
Valuable Girls Pitcher in the State. She graduated from
Tarleton State College. She was given her first teaching job
in Mineral Wells, Texas. In 1973, she came to Blooming Grove
to teach and coach. She coached all girls’ athletics from
basketball, volleyball, and track to cross country. She
coached the Junior High as well as High School and taught
Health and PE. She led her teams to many victories. She had
a special relationship with all of her students, they truly
knew she cared. Melba married John Donald Manley.
She left BG I.S.D. in 1983 and taught one year at Frost.
Melba worked at the Blooming Grove Post Office for a short
period of time and did upholstery on cars and furniture. She
then moved to Dawson I.S.D. where she coached several years
and later became a counselor. Due to her battle with
Parkinson’s, she had to retire early in 2008. She really
hated to quit and missed her associates and students. She
was also a very good artist and could play the guitar. She
could do anything she set her mind to. She loved working
with cars, driving motorcycles, riding horses and fishing,
but her true love was playing softball. Melba continued to
play on softball teams until she found that she was pregnant
with Katy. She even fast pitched for a men’s team.
Melba did something at the age of 43 that not many women do.
She had her first and only child, Mary Kathryn “Katy”
Melba has always been an active member of a church. She
belonged to the United Methodist Church in Blooming Grove,
Texas, where her father was once the minister. She then
moved her membership to the First Baptist Church. She was
very loyal to the Methodist and was also very loyal to the
Baptist. She was just happy worshipping her Lord and Savior.
Melba has been involved in many community organizations over
the years. She especially enjoyed her time as a volunteer
ambulance worker. We all think she had them laughing on the
stretcher. Melba always made people laugh and have a good
time wherever she went. Everyone has a funny story to tell
about their time with Melba.
Melba is survived by her daughter, Mary Kathryn “Katy”
(Manley) Wilsford and husband Jared Lee; grandson, Wade
Sloan Ivie of Blooming Grove; two sisters, Venetia Scott and
Reva Horton and husband Charlie; and many nieces and
Visitation will be held on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 from 6 to 8
p.m. at Corley Blooming Grove Chapel.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 at the First
Baptist Church in Blooming Grove with Bro. Grady Cashion
officiating. Pallbearers are Chuck McDonald, Glenn McDonald,
Mike Smith, David Smith, Wendell “Peb” Richards, Ricky
Crenshaw, Donnie Grounds, Tim Wright, Larry Brown, and Fred
McDonald. Burial will be in
Rose Hill Cemetery.
Irene (Coker) Manley
BLOOMING GROVE – Melba Irene (Coker) Manley, 65, died Jan.
2, 2012, at her home in Blooming Grove, Texas.
Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the First Baptist
Church in Blooming Grove with Brother Grady Cashion
officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in
Blooming Grove. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Corley
Blooming Grove Chapel.
She was born Jan. 10, 1946, to Rev. Loyd Coker and Mary
Louise (Capel) Coker. Melba touched the lives of many people
in her short life span of 65 years. She was a teacher,
coach, counselor, friend, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister
and very active member of her church. She was respected and
loved by all who knew her.
Being the child of a pastor Melba attended many schools. She
attended Comanche, Brooks-Smith, Blanket, Forreston,
graduating from Cleburne High School. She graduated from
Tarleton State Unicversity and accepted her first
teaching/coaching position in the Mineral Wells ISD. She
started at the junior high under the supervision of Juanita
Griffin, whom she loved and respected. Many of her coaching
skills were learned from Juanita Griffin.
Melba was an awesome athlete and was awarded Most Valuable
Girls High School Pitcher in the state. Softball being her
favorite sport, she continued pitching and playing on
various teams, including Stephenville and Mineral Wells
teams. She left the Mineral Wells ISD in 1973 for a position
at Blooming Grove ISD teaching and coaching at the junior
high and high school. In 1983 she taught at Frost, Texas.
She worked at the Blooming Grove Post Office for a short
period of time and had an upholstery shop. Later she
accepted a coaching position for the Dawson ISD; she coached
several years and later became counselor for the school. Due
to her battle with Parkinson’s disease she had to retire in
Melba and John Donald Manley were parents of one daughter.
She is survived by daughter, Mary Kathryn (Katy) Wilsford
and husband, Jared; grandson, Wade Sloan Ivey, of Blooming
Grove; sisters, Venetia Scott, Reva Horton and husband,
Charlie; and many nieces, nephews and friends
Mineral Wells Index
Sarah Elizabeth (Mott) Adkins
June 7, 1882 -Feb 20, 1956
Wednesday Rites For Mrs. Adkins
Funeral services for Mrs. J. B. Adkins, 73, of Purdon, who died
Monday afternoon at the family home, were held from the First
Baptist church in Purdon Wednesday at 2 p. m.
The rites were conducted by Rev. Chester L. Reames, pastor.
Burial was in the Dresden
Surviving are her husband and a son, N. L. Adkins, both of Purdon;
seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Clyde Boldin, Arthur Boldin, Haddix Boldin, Howe
French, Autry French and Albert Bittner.