Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Jack W. Hollifield
Nov 14, 1924 - Aug 24, 1956

J. W. Hollifield
Rites Sunday

BLOOMING GROVE, Aug. 27—(Spl.)—Funeral services were held at the Brushie Methodist Church Sunday at 2:30 p.m. for J. W. Hollifield, 31, former resident of Blooming Grove who was killed in a truck auto crash near Bryan last Friday night.
Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist Church, conducted the service. Burial was in the Brushie cemetery.
Hollifield had resided in Beaumont for several years.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marie Hollifield, Beaumont; two sons, Jimmy Eugene and Robin Lee; a daughter Frances Jean; father, Jack Hollifield, Frost; two step-brothers, Preston Grounds, Dallas and S-Sgt. Roy Grounds, Jr., U. S. Air Force; a sister, Mrs. Betty Beaty, Covington, Texas; grandmother, Mrs. N. R. Hollifield, Purdon, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Curtis Hollifield, Leroy Ewing, Dorsey McGraw, J. D. Hollifield, Herman Sowell, Harold Hollifield.
McCormick Funeral Home directed.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, Aug 27, 1956
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Death cert. says Frost, Texas but it is Brushie Prairie
  • h/o Marie (unk) Hollifield s/o Jack Hollifield and Ella (McCollum) Hollifield

Billie Eugene Cook
Sep 11, 1929 - Jul 3, 2009

Billie Eugene Cook, 79, of Richland passed away July 3, 2009. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Jesus Manuel Loya
Sep 16, 1950 - Sep 6, 2010

Jesus Manuel Loya, 59, of Corsicana, passed away on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 in Haskell County. Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will be in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Evelyn Pearl Pinson
Aug 12, 1921 - Sep 26, 2009

Evelyn Pearl Pinson, 88, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, in Corsicana. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat with Rev. Dan Rogers officiating.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


James Boyd
Nov 3, 1921 - Feb 7, 2009

James Boyd, 87, of Corsicana passed away Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 in Ennis. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Brother Bill Honea officiating. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Elzie Vera (Hill) McCrory
Jan 10, 1912 – Mar 23, 2012

Elzie Vera (Hill) McCrory, born Jan. 10, 1912, in Bardwell, Texas and resident of Purdon for many years, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012. At the age of 100, she was currently the oldest resident at Heritage Oaks-West Nursing Center.

Elzie was preceded in death by her father and mother, James Andrew Hill and Martha Ann (Brown) Hill, nine brothers and sisters, husband, Johnie McCrory, daughter, Doris Ann, and son, Johnie, Jr., daughter-in-law, Elizabeth (Farmer) McCrory, and grandson, Kevin McCrory.

She is survived by her son, Oscar, of Purdon, and daughter, Nancy Armstrong and her husband, Strain Armstrong, of Liberty Hill, three grandchildren, Mike McCrory, Jenifer (Blackmon) and Josh Armstrong and five great grandchildren, Brett, Morgan, and Jason McCrory and Brody and Bailey Blackmon, great-great granddaughter Kinley McCrory and a host of nephews and nieces.

Elzie was a long time member of the Purdon Baptist Church. She was a retired state employee having worked for many years at the former Corsicana State Home. She had also been an occasional seasonal worker at the Collin Street Bakery.

Visitation will be at Corley Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012.

There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Pattison Cemetery, Emhouse, Texas, with Pastor Dan Layne officiating. Pall bearers will be her son, Oscar, son-in-law, Strain Armstrong, grandsons, Mike McCrory, and Josh Armstrong, grandson-in-law, Tom Blackmon, and great grandsons, Brett and Jason McCrory and Brody Blackmon.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Heritage Oaks-West Nursing Center and a very special thanks to “the card lady,” Genell Permenter, for all those sweet, up-lifting cards she has sent so religiously every week of Elzie’s approximate five year convalescence.

Memorials may be made to the Pattison Cemetery Association in care of Jane Harris at 8265 NWCR 1250, Corsicana, Texas 75110.


Sharon Rollins
April 4, 1951 - Mar 23, 2012

Sharon Rollins, age 62, of Corsicana passed away Friday, March 23, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation with the family will be Monday, March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Hamilton Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.. Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Farouk Qubty
Aug 16, 1937 – Mar 22, 2012

Farouk Qubty, 74, died Wednesday, March 22, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with others and helping those around him. Whether it was a new employee, church member or neighbor, he never met a stranger.

Farouk was born August 16, 1937, in Nazareth, Israel to Abdo and Matee Qubty and was the youngest of eight children. He moved to the U.S. in 1958 to attend Wayland Baptist University, but then transferred to Abilene Christian University where he graduated with a BA in Business. Soon after, he returned to Nazareth and founded the first Church of Christ in Israel. Farouk was an active minister there for several years and a high school principal just outside of Nazareth in a small town called Eilaoun. When finished with his service, he returned to the states and eventually moved to Corsicana in 1970. He was an active member of the community and was involved in organizations such as Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce and the Masonic Lodge. In addition, he was a member of the Texas State Guard and was a Chaplain and retired as a Major.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years Samia, five children, Dr. Johnny Qubty and his wife Diane, LeAnn Buck and her husband Richard, Cindy Stack and her husband Johnny, Melody Sullivan and her husband Daniel, Dr. William Qubty, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on Sunday, March 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. The service will be on Monday, March 26 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. Serving as pallbearers will be David Brown, Bobby Compton, Joe Glass, Bob Harper, Gene McDougald and Dickie Russell. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Officiated by Sam Dilbeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Hospital or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Dorothy (Dedmon) Smith
June 21, 1918 - Mar 24, 2012

Mrs. Dorothy Dedmon Smith, 93, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

She was born June 21, 1918, in McAlester, Okla. to parents, Drew and Ella Dedmon.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Corsicana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Daniel Smith; parents, Drew and Ella Dedmon; and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Singleton and husband Dr. Randall P. of San Antonio; son, Jeff Smith and wife Susan of Barry; daughters, Karen Sheppard and husband John of Barry, and Janet Smith of Corsicana; grandsons, Scott Singleton and wife Alison of San Antonio, Glen Smith of Kemp, and Paul Sheppard of Denver, Colo.; granddaughters, Elizabeth Singleton of Crested Butte, Colo., Gayle Williams and husband Chuck of Corsicana, Jane Sheppard of Austin, Anna Sheppard of Conway, Ark., and Christy Nutt of Corsicana. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family was held on Monday, March 26, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at the Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Corsicana at 320 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Mary Sue Prickett
Mar 27, 1939 - Mar 25, 2012

Mary Sue Prickett, 72, of Silver City passed away March 25, 2012. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. No memorial service is scheduled at this time. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun- Monday, Mar 26, 2012
  • w/o James Prickett; d/o Santos Rodriguez & Francesca Martinez
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Frances (Amis) Moore
Jan 28, 1848 – Dec 26, 1930


Mrs. Frances More, aged 82 years, native of Mississippi, and resident of Corsicana the last few years, died at the residence of Mrs. Ida Harwell, 1430 West First avenue, Friday night, about 10 o’clock after a long illness, and the funeral was held from the Harwell residence Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with interment in the Hopewell cemetery. The funeral services ere conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh avenue Methodist church, assisted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church.

Surviving are one son, C. A. Moore, Navarro ; one daughter, Mrs. Nettie Harper, Wolfe City; and a number of grandchildren.

Pallbearers were J. L. Jackson, C. S. Wood, Orrin Goodwin, Watson Goodwin, Lonnie Hosch and J. Y. Stewart.

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


Alma Lee (Hopkins) Thompson
July 28, 1924 – Apr 14, 2010

Funeral services for Alma Lee Thompson, age 85, of Corsicana are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston with the Rev. Randy Richter and the Rev. George Folmar officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Frankston.

Mrs. Thompson passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Corsicana. She was born July 28, 1924 in Van.

Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Assembly of God and was formerly fountain manager at Carter Drug Store in Dallas and cook at Tejas Café in Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Author LeeRoy Hopkins; mother, Allie Alma Hopkins-Davis; daughter, Jodie Miller; and husband, James W. Thompson.

Survivors include sons, J.W. Smiley and wife Georgia of Frankston and Roy Dean Smiley of Seagoville; daughters, Joan Marie Smiley of Corsicana, Judy Kay Harry and husband Benny of Retreat and Kathy Ann Swindle and husband Jimmy of Corsicana; sisters, Fayrene Tiner of Tyler and Bonnie Holesomeback Dean of Frankston; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Jason Lee Cogan, Jason Kyle Perry, Harold Wayne Miller, Cliff Pendley, Dewayne Farmer, Rudy Hernandez Jr., Jimmy Ray Swindle Jr. and Randy Hernandez.

The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Sunday, April 18, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Arrangements by Autry Funeral Home, Frankston.


  • Corsicana Daily Sun – Apr 15, 2010
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Haskell “Woody” Woodall
Oct 3, 1938 - Aug 8, 2010

Haskell “Woody” Woodall, 71, of Hubbard, passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at a Fort Worth hospital. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Wade Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Green officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Alvin R. Rachal
Nov 1, 1923 - Dec 19, 1996

Alvin R. Rachal, 73, of Tyler, died Dec. 19, 1996, at Hospice Home Place of Tyler.

Visitation will be from 5-6:30 tonight at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pollard United Methodist Church in Tyler, with Dr. Stan Copeland officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Providence Cemetery in Corsicana.

Pallbearers are Mark Rachal, Dustin Rachal, Alan Nichols, Doug Malone, John Gerber and Mike Hilliard. Honorary Pallbearers are Mark Alan Nichols and Ryan Rachal.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Place of Tyler or Pollard United Methodist Church.

Mr. Rachal was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Atlanta, La. He was a resident of Tyler for 26 years. Mr. Rachal was a member of the Pollard United Methodist Church. He was a Engineer for Southwestern Bell for 39 years.

Mr. Rachal is survived by his wife, Ruth Kent Rachal of Tyler; son, Mark L. Rachal of Garland; daughter, Kimberly R. Nichols of Tyler; sister, Ann Gerber of Atlanta, La.; many nieces and nephews; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements by Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun – Dec 20, 1996
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • this obit states that he is buried in Corsicana Providence, but there are no burials in the book later than 1950 and only a handful at that.  He might be at the one in Mildred...not sure.

Richard Allen “Dick” Gibbs
Mar 31, 1930 – Oct 1, 2010

Richard Allen “Dick” Gibbs, 80, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Fairfield Nursing Home.

He was born March 31, 1930 in McHenry, Ill. to Russell and Alvina Gibbs.

Mr. Gibbs was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana. He worked at Athens Daily Review as a photographer and sportswriter prior to working as sports editor for 19 years at the Corsicana Daily Sun, and for 5 years at the Fairfield Recorder. He also published the Richland Chambers Progress for five years. He served on the Nominating Committee for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. He was an avid golfer and fisherman.

Mr. Gibbs is survived by his wife, Claudine Gibbs; a son, Steve Hall wife Cheryl; two daughters, Nancy Nichols, and Natalie Cherry and husband Travis; a brother, Russell Gibbs; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation will be 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsicana with Father Danilo Ramos officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Margaret Louise (Fulkerson) Ransom-Grace
Feb 1, 1922 - Mar 29, 2012

Mrs. Margaret Louise Grace, age 90, of Streetman, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. She was born February 1, 1922 in Dallas to Vollie and Edgar Fulkerson.

She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in St. Elmo and a former member of Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Oak Cliff and First Baptist Church in Dallas. She grew up in Oak Cliff and graduated from Adamson High School in Oak Cliff. She retired from Texas Power and Light Co. in 1985, after many years of service.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Ransom, who died in 1944 while serving in the army during WWII; second husband, Warren Grace; her parents; and brother, Edgar Fulkerson.

She is survived by her sons, Richard Grace and wife Kathy, Thad Grace and wife Beth, and Jeff Grace and wife Maria; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Fulkerson; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be held at 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012 at Corley Lakeside Chapel in Streetman. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at New Hope Baptist Church in St. Elmo with Rev. Elton McCann officiating. Burial will be at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas with graveside services at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.


Ethel May (Price) Brown
Sept 11, 1912 - Mar 28, 2012

Ethel May Price Brown, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend and neighbor passed peacefully at the Kerens Care Center in Kerens on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. She was 99, and formerly a resident of Indianapolis, Ind.

Ethel was born Sept. 11, 1912 to Gertrude Ethel Cook Price and Daniel Martin Price.

Ethel married Albert Joseph (Boots) Brown on April 3, 1937, in Brownsburg, Ind. and they had two sons, John Albert Brown and Thomas Joseph Brown. Following her husband’s death, Ethel went to work for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis in the Communications Department and travel with the Gabriel Awards. Ethel cherished her time working for the church and the people she was able to work with and meet. After 25 years, Ethel retired from the church and remained in Indianapolis until 2008 when she moved to Texas to live with her son T.J. and his family.

Ethel is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son John, four brothers and one sister.

Survivors include a son, T. J. Brown and wife Dottie; daughter-in-law, Lorraine Brown, wife of John Brown; grandchildren, Tom Brown and wife Joyce, David Brown and wife Kara, Christina Cozart and husband Thomas, Kimberly Brown and Roberta Amsler; great grandchildren, Michael Brown, Kristen Brown, Noah Brown, Reagan Brown, Alexander Brown, Stacy King and Joseph Chartier.

Ethel will be missed greatly by her family and friends. She was loved by many and always there for anyone who ever needed her. Some people come and go in our lives; Ethel will remain forever in our hearts. Ethel was ageless and had the spirit of a lively enthusiastic 21-year-old and only her body let her down. The family is deeply appreciative of the care and concern they have received throughout this journey.

Ethel will be remembered for her strong faith, positive outlook on life, devotion to her family and friends, and the way she made people feel special. Ethel was one of God’s angels here on earth and touched the lives of many.

Friends and family are invited for visitation and a celebration of Ethel’s life between 4 and 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012, at the Conkle Funeral Home, 4925 W. 16th St., Speedway, Ind.

Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 5301 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, Ind.

Graveside service will be following the Mass at Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery.

Arrangements by Craig Jones Conkle Funeral Home, Indianapolis, Ind.


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

Dale Farrell Jr., 48, of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at his residence.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Dale was born April 13, 1960, to David Sr. and Jan Farish Farrell in Corsicana. He was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was a self-employed contractor.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Farrell of Colmesneil; parents, David Sr. and Jan Farrell of Chester; grandmother, Loree Palmeri of Chester; stepsons, Wes Wiler and wife Reagan of Stillwater, Okla., and Kent Mitcham of Colmesneil; stepdaughter, Ashley Ebach and husband Michael of Zavalla; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cynthia and Ricky Tribble of Chester, and Rebecca and Josh Smith of Wimberley; nephews, Brandon Tribble and Christopher Tribble, both of Galveston. Dale was a father figure to Max High.

Arrangements by Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home, Woodville.


Lela Pearline (Hopkins) Groves
July 20, 1915 - Feb 10, 2009

Lela Pearline Hopkins Groves was born July 20, 1915, near Eureka to Dora and Roy Hopkins. She grew up in Corsicana, where she graduated from Corsicana High School, and then attended C.I.A. in Denton. After working in Dallas for several years, she met and married Weldon Groves. Returning to Corsicana briefly, she taught piano lessons with Mrs. Lottie Mansfield. They moved to Hamilton in 1945 where she taught piano for 40 years to several generations of students. She was a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and was a longtime member of the First Methodist Church in Hamilton.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Groves of New York City, N. Y., one sister, Videlle Frost of Dallas; a niece, Sherry Ellison of College Station; and five nephews, Robert W. Terry of Evergreen, Colo., Texas Terry of Crockett, Bill Gathright of Groesbeck, Randy McDaniels of Ennis, and Jon Frost of Dallas.

Lela passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Clifton.

A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Corley Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with the Rev. Cal Hoffman officiating.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Jessie Mae Hancock
Oct 10, 1917 - Nov 13, 2010

Jessie Mae Hancock, 93, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Hancock; daughter, Louetta Steelman; and two sons, Bo Hancock and Larry Hancock.

Mrs. Hancock is survived by her son, Mike Hancock of Corsicana; daughter, Reta Hroza of Ennis; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Kerens Cemetery.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Marion Vance Layfield
Mar 29, 1934 - Aug 25, 2010

Vance Layfield, 76, of Kerens died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at his residence.

He was born March 29, 1934, and was a life long resident of Navarro County. He was a member of Powell Baptist Church and was an avid fisherman and sportsman. He loved and respected the great outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jester L. Layfield.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Beth Layfield; daughter, Phyllis Layfield-Elliott and husband Mark of Tyler; he is also survived by a grandson, Chad R. Elliott of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in the chapel of Paschal Funeral Home, with the Rev. Frank Upchurch, officiating. Interment will follow in Kerens Cemetery, with the Rev. Thom Layfield, officiating. Pallbearers will be Ronald Van Speed, Ronnie Speed, Bubba Layfield, Mark Elliott, Phyllis Elliott, Ken Drain, Tim Drain and Bill Brown.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hand in Hand Hospice, 208 S. 31st St., Corsicana, TX 75110 or to the charity of your choice.


John David Seale
Aug 28, 1984 - July 23, 2010

John David Seale 25, of Kerens passed away July 23, 2010 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He was born August 28, 1984.

John David knew form an early age that he must live each day as if it were his last and that’s what he did every day. John loved to hunt, fish and be surrounded by his friends. When not at work, he could be found at the farm. If it were up to him, he would have lived at the camp house. John always put others before himself and never chose to use his illness as an excuse. His faith in God was like no other and wherever he went he left a wonderful legacy of strong a Christian man who put all of his trust in the Lord. He was a wonderful son brother and friend.

Survivors include parents David and Becky Seale of Kerens; sister Whitney Seale of Kerens; grandparents George and Joyce Scott of Cedar Creek; grandmother Margaret Tyree of Kerens.

He was preceded in death by grandparents John and Hester Seale and grandfather Bill Tyree.

Visitation will be Monday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kerens Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be Andy Kent, Justin Kuykendall, Mataw Kent, Bryan Kelm, Wade Jennings, Michael Cotton, Shane Rollins and Lynn Statham.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home


Jere Wayne Speed
Nov 22, 1944 - May 30, 2010

Jere Wayne Speed
Services for Jere Wayne Speed, 66, of El Paso, Texas, will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2010, at the Kerens Presbyterian Church
Mr. Speed was born on November 22, 1944 in Corsicana, Texas and died on May 30, 2010 in El Paso, Texas.
Mr. Speed graduated from Kerens High School in 1963. He went to Navarro Junior College on a band scholarship for two years and then transferred to Stephen F. Austin where he graduated.
In May 1969, Mr Speed started his teaching career in Fabens, Texas, and for the next 35 years he taught English, Reading, Journalism, Speech and Drama for the following school districts: Thorndale, Terrell, DeSoto, Grand Saline and Kerens.
He was an organist at the Kerens Presbyterian Church since he was 15 years old and was also the organist at the Methodist Church. His other occupations included owning a movie rental store and working for his brother Ron at a fishing lodge in Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Wanza (Layfield) Speed.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Virginia Speed; sister and brother-in-law, Jean Speed Callaway and Mike Callaway; nephews John and Ronnie; nieces, Stephanie, Elizabeth, Kimberly and Mary; and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Johnnie Speed, Ronnie Speed, Pete Houst, Adam Zinsmeyer, John Dean, Andy Kent and Mike Callaway.
Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Kerens Presbyterian Chruch, 301 S.E. 3rd St., Kerens, TX 75144


Jere Speed, 65, of El Paso passed away Sunday, May 30, 2010. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Paschal Funeral Home. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at Kerens Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles A. Reese officiating. Interment will follow at Kerens Cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Laurette (McClung) Kittley
Dec 10, 1920 - Apr 13, 2010

Laurette McClung Kittley, 89, of Kerens passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at her residence. Mrs. Kittley was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Kittley. Visitation is scheduled from 6
to 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Paschal Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at First United Methodist Church in Kerens with the Rev. Buddy Moore and the Rev. Charles A. Reese officiating. Interment will follow at the Kerens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Cruse, David Ronau, Ed Ronau, Josh Kittley, Chuck Weems and Bobby Kent. Honorary Pallbearers will be the TNT Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Kittley is survived by her son, Wayne Kittley III of Lufkin; two daughters, Sharon Cruse of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jeanna Ronau of Maumee, Ohio; grandsons, Josh Kittley of Navarro Mills and Ed Ronau of Maumee, Ohio; granddaughters, Lauren Cruse of Albuquerque, N.M., Megan Ronau of Maumee, Ohio, and Erin Kittley of Denton; and one great-grandchild, Garrett Kittley of Navarro Mills.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 205 N.W. Second St., Kerens, TX, 75144.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home.


Tommy Ray Stewart Sr.
June 18, 1938 – May 17, 2010

Tommy R. Stewart Sr., 71, passed away in Corsicana on Monday, May 17, 2010.

Tommy was born in Corsicana on June 18, 1938, to H.W. and Dora (Claxton) Stewart. He grew up in Corsicana and attended school in Corsicana. On July 4, 1958, he married Jo Ann Knott and they made their home in Corsicana. He was a proud member of the Texas National Guard.

Tommy worked for Mobil Oil Company for 23 years as a machinist until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Baptist church. He loved to work on and repair small engines.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Stewart of Corsicana; two sons, Tommy Ray Stewart Jr. and his wife Lori of Locust Grove, Ga., and David Stewart of Burleson; three grandchildren, Brendon, Haley and Jordan; two brothers, Odie Stewart of Corsicana and James Stewart of Waxahachie; and one sister, Dorothy Nichols of Garland; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at J.E. Keever Mortuary. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 20, in Rice Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Anderson officiating.

Arrangements by J.E. Keever Mortuary, Ennis.


Marvin Earl Tignor
Feb 28, 1961 - June 5, 2010

Marvin Earl Tignor, 49, of Rice passed away Saturday, June 5, 2010, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Ennis. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home Chapel in Ennis with Brother Gaines Garland Melton Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery. Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, Ennis.


James Knox Polk South
June 19, 1849 - Jan 2, 1929


RICE, Jan. 8. – James Polk South aged 79 years, native of Tennessee, but resident of Texas 38 years and Rice 28 years, died Wednesday morning at 6:35 o’clock following a lingering illness. Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with interment in the Rice Cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Day, Baptist minister, and Rev. H. C. Bowman, Methodist minister.

Surviving are his wife, three children, Mrs. E. G. Goodwyn, Mrs. H. M. Cardwell and Mrs. L. R. Hall, all of Rice; twelve grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. D. N. McLarty; Mrs. J. P. Robinson, Big Sandy; two half-sisters who reside in Arkansas and one half-brother who lives in Oklahoma.

Mr. South had been a member of the Baptist church for more than fifty years.


John Almen Lackey
Aug 7, 1855 – Apr 7, 1930

RICE, April 10. – J. A. Lackey, age 75, died in the Navarro clinic Monday afternoon at 1:20. Mr. Lackey had been in ill health for several months and had recently been carried to the Navarro clinic for treatment. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Haynie memorial church and was conducted by Rev. H. C. Bowman and assisted by Rev. Henry. Surviving are his wife, who was formerly Miss Roxie Sessions, one son, John P Mackey of Rice, one sister, Mrs. Waggoner of San Antonio and a number of other relatives. Interment was in the Rice Cemetery under the direction of the Sutherland Funeral Home.



Rice Resident Is Buried There; Died Here On Monday

Funeral services for J. A. Lackey, aged 77, who died in the Navarro Clinic Monday afternoon at 1:20 were held from the Rice Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock with interment at Rice.

Surviving are his wife, one son, J. P. Lackey, Rice; one sister, Mrs. Waggoner, San Antonio; and a number of other relatives. Miss Maud Lackey of Corsicana is a niece.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. Bowmer.

Sutherland Funeral Home directed the funeral.


Clyde Elbert Thomason
Mar 2, 1895 - Nov 25, 1969

C. E. Thomason
Services Held

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McCormick Funeral Home Chapel in Frost for a a former Corsicana resident, Clyde Elbert Thomason, who died Tuesday in a Fort Worth hospital.
Thomason had resided in Fort Worth for the past 23 years.
The Rev. Billy Burke of the Oak Knoll Baptist Church in Haltom City officiated the service, and burial was in Emmett Cemetery.
He was born in Corsicana March 2, 1898.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ora Gill Thomason of Fort Worth; a son, Benny C. Thomason of Fort Worth; a daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Ballew of Waxahachie; a sister, Miss Anna Lee Thomason of Abilene, two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Pallbearers were Prentiss Stroder, Norwood McMinn, Charlie Ray Green, Bryan Dunagan, Eddie Cerf and Harry Johnson.


Jess Warren Cook
Oct 26, 1885 - Oct 21, 1960

Jess W. Cook Rites Sunday

FROST, Oct. 22 (Spl.) – Jess W. Cook, 74, retired farmer, was stricken with a heart attack Friday afternoon while working in his yard and was dead when found.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church with burial in the Frost cemetery.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Harold Thompson, pastor, assisted by Rev. F. T. Fisher, associate pastor of the First Methodist church in Waxahachie.

A native of Tennessee, Cook had resided in this community 53 years.

Surviving are his wife of Frost; a son, Amon Cook, Mexia; four daughters, Mrs. Thelma Bozeman, Mexia; Mrs. Catherine Wilson, Milford; Mrs. Eva Welsinger, Bogata, and Mrs. Birdie Jordan, Corsicana; a brother, Pat Cook, Frost; three sisters, Mrs. Tommy Crawford, Dallas; Mrs. Bill Moore, Frost, and Mrs. Joe Bailey, Arlington; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Floren Malone, Guy Tullos, Oran Williams, R. R. Hinkle, Will Hollingsworth, Harry Hollingsworth, Dr. J. J. Sheppard and Bob Beard.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.


Lowell David Caffy
Jan 1, 1943 - Aug 6, 1962

L. D. Caffy, 19, Dies Monday, Rites Tuesday Lowell David Caffy, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. James D. Caffy, Emmett, died in Memorial Hospital Monday morning following a several weeks illness.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the Emmett Baptist church with burial in the Emmett cemetery The rites will be conducted by Rev. W. H. Bradburry of Dallas, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.
The young man was a 1960 graduate of Frost High School, and Navarro Junior College last June. He had planned to matriculate in Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, in September to continue his education.
Surviving are the parents and a sister, Beverly Caffy, all of Emmett; two grandmothers, Mrs. Pearl Ballew, Emmett, and Mrs. Beulah Morehead, Corsicana, and other relatives.
Eubanks Funeral Home of Hubbard will direct.


Robert Keith Cunningham
Mar 8, 1958 - Mar 20, 2012

Keith Cunningham, 54, of Dresden passed away March 20, 2012. He was born March 8, 1958 in Corsicana to Marion Cunningham and Theresa Furra. He married Patricia Golden Cunningham on March 21, 1980.

He is preceded in death by his father, Marion Cunningham.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Golden Cunningham of Dresden; mother, Sally Cunningham of Dresden; children, Matthew Cunningham and his wife Tinsley of Dresden, Lindsey Cunningham of Dresden and Brody Cunningham of Dresden; sister, Karen Kimball of Dresden; nieces and nephews, Robyn Eastman and Wesley of Frost, Rhett Kimball of Amarillo, Jason Golden and Brittany of Purdon and numerous other nieces and nephews; two grandchildren, Carli Lynn and Cate Marie; mother-in-law, Katie Golden of Purdon; brother-in-laws, Kenneth Golden and wife Karla of Purdon, David Golden and wife Renee of Purdon and Mike Golden of Purdon; sister-in-law, Kathy Balentine and husband Tommy of Munger.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012 with Rev. Troy Sikes officiating at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Dresden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Thomas, Kenneth Brooks, Scott McGraw, Johnny Crawford, Carl Wayne Bruce and Paul Fowler.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Dan C. Abrams
Apr 16, 1922 – Mar 20, 2012

Heaven received another angel wearing a barbed wire halo on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Dan C. “Gram-pa” Abrams of Frost was born April 16, 1922, in Luka, Kan. to Harry and Mary Frances (Williams) Abrams.

Dan was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. He loved to tell stories and could always be found surrounded by listeners enthralled by tales of his travels. Upon retirement from years of working in the oil patch and equipment auctioneering, Dan could be found working outside with his cattle or planting a garden. He was a hard worker, never slowing down for anything. He was a thoughtful and considerate man, taking care of everyone and anyone that needed his help.

Dan is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law.

Dan is survived by his brother Harry Abrams and his wife Joyce of Cave Junction, Ore.; brother Mike Abrams of Apple Valley, Calif.; sister Barbara Matson of Ft. Worth; brother Fred Abrams and his wife Dee of Erie, Colo.; son Danny Abrams and his wife Sharron of Spring, Texas; daughter Connie Wells and her husband Jerry of Frost; granddaughter Candus Hinderer and her husband Jeff of Pearland; granddaughter Misti Gil and her husband Lou of Rockwall; granddaughter Stephanie Towns and her husband Patrick of Bryan; grandson Joshua Wells of Edgewood; six great-grandsons, Nicholas Hinderer, Mitchell Hinderer, Tyler Towns, Zacharee Svacina-Wells, Cooper Gil, and Aaron Towns and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family who loved him dearly.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2012 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Pastor Lou Gil officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. in Killeen at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Wells, Jeff Hinderer, Patrick Towns, Joshua Wells, Jeff Lewis and Jeff Sabo.

Honorary Pallbearers will be all six of his cherished great-grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in the name of Dan C. Abrams to either Memorials for Veterans Administration or Marine Moms Online, P.O. Box 423, Savoy, IL 61874.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Alice Bradford
About 1947 - Mar 15, 2012

Mrs. Alice Bradford, 64, of Hutchins passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Funeral service will be 2:45 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012 at Woodland Cemetery. Rev. Dwayne Lawrence will officiate the graveside service. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Kenneth Ardale Johnston
abt 1963 - Mar 13, 2012

Minister Kenneth Ardale Johnston, 48, formerly of Corsicana, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at his residence in Dallas. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Harmony Baptist Church with Bishop John Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Annie B. Tolliver
Nov 11, 1925 – Mar 17, 2012

Annie B. Tolliver, 86, of Kerens, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. She was born Nov. 11, 1925 in Kerens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Tolliver; one son, five brothers, and one sister.

Annie is survived by her daughters; Venes Brown, Birdell R. Tolliver, and Ona L. Tolliver; her son, J.B. Brown; sisters, Opal Seamster and Sarah Clemons, both of Dallas, Ruth Carter of Kerens; one brother, Robert Jones of Dallas; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be 12 noon to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Samaria Baptist Church, Kerens with Rev. Johnny Vanibuls officiating.

Burial will follow at Samaria Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jahran Brown, Vincent Brown, Robert Brown, Phillip Clemons, Roscoe Taylor, Kenneth Jones and Tony Clemons.

Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Ed Boyd
d. Nov 1964

Ed Boyd Dies
Here Saturday

Ed Boyd, 78, native of Navarro, retired farmer, died Saturday morning at 308 West Seventh avenue.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Corley Chapel with burial in the Hopewell cemetery at Navarro.

The rites will be conducted by Rev. Bruce Hibbitt, pastor of the Missionary Baptist church.

Surviving are two daughters Mrs. J. E. Hollingsworth Shreveport, La., and Mrs. Ray Smith, Navarro; three grand children and nine great - grand children.

Pallbearers will be Vincent Bottoms, Clint Fouty, Marvin White, Allan Mlddlebrooks, Melton Whittenburg and Jack Bressie.


Nelda Ladene (Stiles) Corley
May 15, 1934 - Jan 21, 2012

Nelda L. Corley passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital surrounded by her loving family after losing a valiant fight against pneumonia.

She was born May 15, 1934 in Pursley, to William and Hallie Stiles. Nelda attended school in Pursley and Dawson and graduated with honors. While attending Navarro College, she met Don Corley whom she married on April 7, 1953. She followed Don to the Panama Canal Zone when he entered military service with the army.

Nelda moved to Denton while Don was at North Texas State University. She worked as a legal secretary for Attorney Hal Jackson and Coleman-Whitten law firm. When they moved to Dallas, she worked for Grizzard-Musselwhite law firm. When they moved to Corsicana, she worked for Dawson-Dawson with a note from the former employer saying that a top-notch employee was headed their way and that they should hire her right away. Nelda worked for the Dawson firm for several years then went to work for Mobil Pipeline where she retired after 27 years.

Nelda was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ferrell; daughter, Sandra; and daughter-in-law, Vicki Lane Corley.

Survivors include her husband, Don; sons Mike Corley and wife Lela of Sanger, and Jay Corley and wife Sundee of Lewisville; and grandchildren, Daniel, Adrianna, Kristofer, and Shianne.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hibb, Dr. Updegrove, and staff at the hospital. We would especially like to thank Dr. Howard Katz for his support and effort in trying to overcome the illness Nelda was fighting. We would also like to thank all the friendships Nelda has made in the last 48 years in Corsicana.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery with Mr. Sam Dilbeck of Westhill Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Fannie Mitcham
Nov 10, 1874 - Apr 1962

Mrs. Mitcham
Expires Monday

Mrs. Fannie Mitcham, former long-time Corsicana resident and native of Limestone county died Monday in All Saints’ Hospital at Fort Worth, She was 87.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at. 2 p.m. from the Corley chapel with Rev. Robert Wooddy, pastor, First Baptist church and Rev. Dayward Thornton, Mesquite Baptist minister, officiating. Interment will be in Hamilton cemetery.
Mrs. Mitcham, born Nov. 10, 1874, In Limestone county had resided the past year In Port Worth, moving there from Mesquite, where she had lived two years.

Prior to going to Dallas county, Mrs. Mitcham had lived most of her life here.

Surviving are three daughters Mrs. Eula Wilkinson and Mrs. Nora Will, both of Fort Worth, and Mrs. Earla Mae Huddleston, Dallas; four sons., W. F. Mitcham, Sr Corsicana; Homer Mitcham, Dallas, and Walter and Lee Allen Mitcham, both of Fort Worth; 10 grandchildren; 28 great- grandchildren and other relatives, Grandsons will be pallbearers.


Clyde Olin Gardner
Apr 16, 1926 - Mar 30, 2012

Mr. Clyde Olin Gardner, 85, of Milford and a former resident of Dawson, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 in Italy. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 1 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Clyde Olin’s nephew, Dr. Jim Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Dawson Cemetery.

Clyde Olin was born April 16, 1926 near Dawson to Clyde Edward and Edna
(Prater) Gardner and was raised by his grandmother, Annie Jewel Gardner after his mother’s death. He lived most all of his life in the Dawson and Milford areas and was a farmer and a Methodist. Clyde Olin was a veteran having served two years in the Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Edward Gardner.

Survivors include his wife, Mary (Lowrimore) Gardner of Milford; a half-sister, Carolyn and husband J.R. of Centerville, numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members and two special friends, Kirsti and Sherry from the “Briarpatch” gift shop in Waxahachie.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Joel Martin, Dr. Mark Martin, Larry Taylor, Charles Taylor, Logan Taylor, Jerry Blazewicz and Bill Turner.

Memorials may be made in Clyde Olin’s memory to Dawson Cemetery, P.O.
Box 126, Dawson, Texas 76639.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.


Infant daughter Grizzard
Feb 24, 1948 - Feb 24, 1948

Rites For Infant
Planned Thursday
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Grizzard of Frost died at the P. and S. Hospital Tuesday night.
Funeral rites are planned from the Corley Chapel Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Claude A. Guild, minister of the Fifth Avenue Church of Christ.
Surviving are the parents, four brothers and two sisters, all of Frost, and grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Grizzard, Purdon, and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Longbotham, Poyner.


Luta Vaudine (Nichols) Andrews
Jan 17, 1925 - Mar 26, 2012

Luta Vaudine Andrews “Mama Luta” went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Monday, March 26, 2012, at the age of 87. Luta Nichols was born Jan. 17,
1925 to Arthur and Rosie Nichols. She was a lifelong resident of Navarro County and worked for many years at Tex-Sun Glove Factory and helped husband Cecil Andrews run the Conoco Service Station.

She is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Rosie Nichols; husband, Cecil Andrews; two sisters, Irene Coker and Lois Coker; three brothers, L.T., Luther and Claudy Nichols.

Luta is survived by her daughter, Loudine Marrs and husband Dutch; son, Danny Andrews and wife Cindy; four grandchildren, James Marrs and wife Donna, Rena Caperton and husband Bud, Aaron Andrews and Ericka Andrews; eight great-grandchildren, Michael Kormos, Tony Kormos and wife Christina, Taylor Marrs, Luke Marrs, Lauren Marrs, Walker Caperton, David Caperton and Annie Andrews; and two great-great-grandchildren, Rivers and Kinsley Kormos. She is also survived by two sisters, Eula Petty and Wanda Ruth Holloway and one brother, Loyd and wife Birdie Fay Nichols.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gary Stone officiating.
Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Aaron Andrews, Michael Kormos, Tony Kormos, Luke Marrs, Leonard Coker and Marcus Janak.

Memorial may be made Word Alive Church 3900 FM 744 Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Lizzie Mae Albert Luster
abt 1930 - Mar 26, 2012

Lizzie Mae Albert Luster, 81, of Dallas passed away Monday, March 26,
2012 at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Eastside Church of Christ with Bro. Alton Albert officiating. Interment will follow at the Rice Cemetery in Rice. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


L. D. Porch
abt 1943 - Mar 21, 2012

L. D. Porch, 68, former resident of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at his residence in Italy. Funeral services are 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 30, 2012 at the Greater Love Outreach Fellowship Church. Interment will follow at the Rice Cemetery in Rice.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Tommie Nadine (Tramel) Dutton
May 26, 1921 - June 25, 1953

Friday Services For Mrs. Dutton

KERENS, June 26. – (Spl.) – Funeral services for Mrs. Tommie Nadine Dutton, 32, who died in a Fort Worth hospital Thursday after a short illness, were to be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Bazette Baptist Church, with the Rev. George Holmes, pastor, and the Rev. Maggard Howell, Waco, officiating.

Burial was to be in Prairie Point cemetery.

Mrs. Dutton, formerly of Kerens, had been living in Fort Worth. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tramel of Kerens; one son, Jerry Nathan, Fort Worth; four sisters, Mrs. Fayrene Spivey, Dallas; Miss Elise Tramel, Dallas; Mrs. Jessie Hamilton, Dallas; Mrs. Foy Brown, Kerens; two brothers, Truitt Tramel, Dallas and Gerand Tramel, Kerens.

Inmon directed.


Sidney Price “Dock” Jetton
Feb 9, 1910 - Oct 18, 1930

Funeral Services Held Sunday For Sydney Jetton

Funeral service for Sydney (Dock) Jetton, 21 years of age, who died Saturday morning at the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic from gunshot wounds received late Friday night, were held at the Prairie Point cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock and interment was made in the Prairie Point cemetery.

Surviving are his mother, one brother and two sisters.

Jetton had lived in Corsicana for several years.

The funeral was directed by the Sutherland Funeral Home.


Opal Pauline (Tarkington) Ferguson-Forbis
Aug 24, 1916 - May 13, 2008

Opal Pauline Forbis, 91, of Malakoff passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Paschal Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Paschal Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Frank Upchurch officiating. Interment will follow at Prairie Point cemetery. Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


William Joel “Billy” Tramel
Aug 17, 1946 - Nov 20, 2009

William Joel “Billy” Tramel, 63 of Kerens passed away Friday November 20th in Tyler. Visitation will be Sunday 3 PM to 5 PM at the funeral home. Graveside service will be 10 AM Monday at the Prairie Point Cemetery with Rev. Kathy Collier and Rev. Solon Bailey officiating. Paschal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lena Jane (Russell) Bailey
Apr 7, 1928 - Feb 28, 2012

Lena Jane Bailey passed from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at the age of 83. She was born to John William Russell and Effie Delilah Grimes on April 7, 1928. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. She was known for her strength and love for her family and friends. She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church and later First Baptist Church of Rice. She loved to do needle point, work puzzles and watch the Texas Rangers play baseball.

She is preceded in death by her husband Orin Delbert (O.D.) Bailey, her son, Michael Keith Bailey; father Will Russell and mother Effie Russell; brothers, Clifton Russell, Simp Russell, Leo Russell and Buford Russell.

She is survived by two sons, Russell Bailey and Larry Bailey and daughter-in-law Barbara Bailey; grandsons, Paul Bailey, Jeremy Bailey, Justin Bailey, Caleb Bailey, John Bailey, Jody Bailey, Jeremy Bailey, Douglas Bailey and Bradley Bailey; grandaughters, Shelly Tyler and husband Steve Tyler, Kelly Bailey, Julie Bailey, Jamie Bailey and Tiffany Bailey. She is also survived by great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law Louise Bailey. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends as she brought joy to everyone she knew.

Services will be 12 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Huffstetler officiating. Private family burial at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Bailey, Jeremy Bailey, Justin Bailey, Dickie Russell, Ricky Russell and Cain Slovak.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Billy Floyd Howard
Aug 26, 1934 - Aug 29, 1997

Billy Floyd Howard, 63, of Union High near Dawson, died Aug. 29, 1997, at St. Lukes Episcopal Medical Center in Houston.

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Services are Monday at 11 a.m. at Hubbard Church of Christ, with David Hamrick officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard.

Mr. Howard was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Penelope. He had lived in Penelope, Hubbard and Union HIgh. He retired from General Tire after 28 years of service. He had been a union steward at various times during his employment. He was active in youth league sports where he coached. He was a former school board member of the Hubbard ISD. He was also a rancher, horseman and lover of horses and helped organize the Dawson Saddle Club. He attended Penelope Public Schools where he played basketball. He was also a member of Hubbard Church of Christ.

Mr. Howard married Ola Faye Hawthorne on Nov. 15, 1952 in Waco.

Mr. Howard is survived by his wife, Ola Faye Howard of Union High; sons, Alan Keith Howard of Dawson and Karen Layne of Mexia; daughters, Patricia Cantu of Crockett and Karen Layne of Groesbeck; brothers, Rufus Howard of Penelope, Jink Howard of Hubbard, Jack Howard of Pasadena; James Howard of Hubbard and Gerald Howard of Hubbard; and grandchildren, Brent Allen Howard, Blake Aaron Howard, Jared Casey Layne. Jacob Cade Layne, Colton Duke Howard and Amber Paige Howard.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Hubbard Church of Christ.

Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home.


Bruce Southern Blaylock
July 4, 1959 – Oct 10, 1959

Child is DOA At Memorial Here Saturday

Bruce Southern Blaylock, three months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Blaylock, Emhouse road, was dead on arrival at Memorial hospital Saturday morning in a Corley Ambulance after being taken ill at the family home.

An autopsy was performed in an effort to determine the cause of death.

The child was born July 4, this year.

Surviving are the parents, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Blaylock, Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe H. Robertson, Homer, La., and great-mothers, Mrs. W. I. Southern, Tulsa, Okla., and Mrs. Jess Robertson, Homer, La.

Funeral services will be held at the Corley Chapel Sunday at 3 p.m. with Rev. Eugene E. Wood, minister of the Westminster Presbyterian church, conducting the rites

Burial will be in the Restland cemetery in Dallas Monday at 11:30 a.m.

Corley will direct.


Carl Windell Brown
Aug 14, 1926 - Aug 18, 1926


Carl Windell Brown, four-day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Mallie Brown of Purdon, died at an early hour Wednesday morning and the remains were interred in Hamilton cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock.


Donny Dillard, Jr.
Feb 18, 1970 - July 14, 1997

Donny Dillard, Jr., 27, of Mertens died July 14, near Mertens.

Services ill be held Friday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at the Marshall & Marshall Chapel in Hillsboro with Rev. John Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the Richland Cemetery, Mertens.

Mr. Dillard was born February 18, 1970 in Hillsboro. He was the son of Don Oneil and Shirley Ann (Tharp) Dillard. He lived in Mertens most of his life. He graduated from Frost High School in 1988. He was a member of the Mertens Baptist Church.

Mr. Dillard is survived by his parents, Don and Shirley Dillard; paternal grandmother, Lola Belle Dillard of Whitney; and a sister, Helen Anita Dillard of Waco.

Mr. Dillard is preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd G. and Helen Tharp and by Olen Dillard.

Arrangements by Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors.


Nina Mattie (Banks) Stone
Apr 9, 1920 - Aug 21, 1997

Dina Mattie Banks stone, 77, of Log Cabin City died Aug. 21, in Athens.

Services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Malakoff with Rev. Casey Perry officiating. Burial will follow at the Payne Cemetery.

Mrs. Stone was born April 9, 1920 in Blooming Grove. She lived in Lillian until 1981. She was a housewife.

Mrs. Stone is survived by her son, Darrell Stone of Lillian; step-sons, D. L. Stone of Arlington and Harry Stone III of Mansfield; a brother Roland Banks of Palestine; and 2 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Tomlinson Funeral Home of Malakoff.


L. Peyton Awalt
June 22, 1912 - Mar 15, 1997

L. Peyton Awalt, 84, of Fairfield died March 15, 1997, at his residence.

Services were earlier today at Capps Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Mark Woodward and Bro. Buddy Turner officiating. Special music by Don Thornton, singer, and Cynthia Outlaw, organist.

Burial will follow at Stewards Mill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Warren Awalt, Andy Awalt, Kyle Awalt, Marc Awalt, Don Awalt, Phillip Ivy Jack Fischer, Wally Bishop and Clyde Hatcher.

Mr. Awalt was born June 22, 1912 in Roane. He worked for Texaco Distributor and was a rancher. He was the first honorary member of the Golden Eagle Club, helped organize the new hospital and was on the original board of directors, and was associated with Trinity River Authority.

Mr. Awalt was preceded by his brothers and sisters: Jesse Awalt, Loyd Awalt, Josephine Riggs, Minnie Lou Awalt, Vera Lambert, and Ocie Awalt.

Arrangements made by Capps Memorial Chapel.

The Awalt Family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a charity of your choice.


Hazel Cagle Copeland
Oct 1, 1905 - Mar 22, 1997

Hazel Cagle Copeland, 91, was born in Bingen, Arkansas, October 1, 1905. She married James Robert Copeland in Nashville, Arkansas on October 2, 1921 and moved to Dallas that same year.

They owned and operated Food Businesses in Dallas prior to the great depression, they rebuilt and moved to Corsicana in 1941. Hazel had been Manager-Caterer for Kinsloe House from 1943 to 1968, again from 1979 to 1980. She and her husband managed the Country Club in Corsicana from 1945 to 1950. Hazel was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corsicana and Kinsloe House where she was a life member and an Honorary Member of the Board. She and her husband, J. R. celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 1991 in Texas. They moved to Edmonds, Washington in 1992 to be nearer her daughter. She died in Edmonds on March 22, 1997.

Mrs. Copeland is preceded in death by her husband J. R. who died in 1993.

Mrs. Copeland is survived by son, Jim Copeland of Dallas; daughter, Joyce and husband Barney Mansfield of Edmonds, Washington; grandchildren: Christopher & Morris Copeland of Seattle, Steve and Jill Mansfield of Winlock, Washington, John Mansfield of Los Angeles, Ruth Copeland of New York; five great-grandchildren: Brianna, Jacqueline, John Charles Mansfield of Winlock, Daniell Copeland of Dallas.

Memorial services were earlier today at Esperance Baptist Church in Edmonds. Private family interment at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery in Edmonds.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist church of Corsicana, Kinsloe House, or charity of choice.

Arrangements by Beck’s Funeral Home.


Ozell Reese
Nov 8, 1929 - July 7, 1997

Ozell Reese, 67, of Corsicana passed away on July 7 at Columbia Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be held Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at the Straight Way Missionary Baptist Church of Corsicana with Elder Willie Brown of the Taylor Memorial COGIC officiating. Burial will follow in the Red Rock Memorial Park in Gladewater.

Mr. Reese was born on November 8, 1929 in Gladewater to the late Artencie and Earlie REese. Mr. Reese was a retired educator from the Corsicana Independent school District. He also served as president of the Texas Educators Association for a few years. He held a B. A. and a Master in Education from Texas College, Tyler. He also served his country in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Reese is survived by his wife of 40 years, Alma J. Reese; four daughters and sons-in-law; Linda Smith and Rev. Alvin Smith of Corsicana, Valarie Cephus and Melvin Cephus of Corsicana, Machelle Turner of Corsicana and Shari Reese of Lewisville; two special daughters, Monida Bradley of Dallas and Tomaco McAdams of Corsicana; two sisters, Ruby Smith and Pete Smith of Lancaster and Jean and D. Nelson of Tatum; a brother, Louis Mack Reese of Vallejo, Calidornia; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, hephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


Searcy L. Sanders
Sept 7, 1922 - Sept 2, 2010

Searcy L. Sanders, 87, of Frost, passed away Sept. 2, 2010. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Forreston Cemetery with Bro. Grady Cashion. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Anna Floriene Summerall
Sept 17, 1924 - Sept 22, 2009

Services for Anna Floriene Summerall, 85, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with the Rev. Gene Bishop officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Summerall died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, in Athens.

She was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Emhouse to David Oscar and Ona Mae Allen Richards. She moved to Athens in 1959. Mrs. Summerall was a wonderful mother who loved to crochet and sew. She enjoyed cooking and teaching others to cook. She loved doting over her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and extended family.

She was preceded in death by husband J. F. “Pinky” Summerall on March 24, 1998; first husband William Long Sr., World War II Purple Heart recipient; and son, William L. Long Jr.

Survivors include her son Fred D. and Brenda Summerall of Athens; daughter, Sheila A. Hall of Athens; grandchildren, Brian Summerall, Todd W. Long and wife Scarlet, Rachelle Turner, Nattie Horn, Jeffrey F. Long, Tammy Snowden, Rhonda Long, Aleshia Lansdale, Laura Wiggins and husband Tony, and Rickey L. Smith; 12 great-grandchildren; great-great-grandson, Easton Wiggins; sister, Josephine Lee of Albuquerque, N.M.; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Jim Kirkland, Jeffrey Long, Derrell Snowden, Dan Summerall, Todd Long, and Ricky Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Elmo Collard, Dr. Douglas W. Curran and Rev. Joe Wesley Warren.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, Athens Teenage Baseball Association, Henderson County Girls Softball Association or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.


Albert Amon Aylor
Sept 25, 1927 – Nov 12, 2009

Albert Amon Aylor, 62, of Kerens passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, in Corsicana.

He was born Sept. 25, 1947, to Lavon R. and Mary Christine Aylor in Seymour.

Visitation is 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Interment will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Hill Country Memorial Garden in New Braunfels.

He was preceded in death by parents.

Survivors include two brothers, L. T. Aylor and wife Julie of Arlington, and Thurmond W. Aylor of Lubbock; numerous nephews and nieces.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


John W. Hailey Jr.
Feb 2, 1950 - Oct 2, 2009

John W. Hailey Jr., 59, of Frost passed away Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Scott Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Italy with the Rev. A.R. Isaac, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Centerville. Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.


Joe L. Edens
Oct 16, 1944 – Sept 20, 1996

Joe L. Edens of Converse, formerly of Corsicana, died Sept. 20, 1996, at his residence in Converse.

Visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at Genesis Christian Church in Converse. Funeral services are Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Genesis Christian Church. Burial will follow in Fort Sam Houston Military Cemetery with a military service. His brother, Rev. Gary Edens, will be officiating.

Mr. Edens was born Oct. 16, 1944, in Longview. His family moved to Corsicana in 1960, where he graduated from Corsicana High School and attended First Christian Church. Mr. Edens served in the Navy and served two hitches in Vietnam. Upon retiring from the Navy he resided in Converse. He attended First Christian Church and was a devoted and active member. Mr. Edens was a devoted Texas Longhorn fan.

Survivors include his parents, Dorothy and Joe Edens of Angus; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Jim Dawson of Corsicana; sister, Susan Matthews of Corsicana; brother, Rev. Gary Edens of San Antonio; and seven nieces and nephews.

Mr. Edens was preceded in death by his brother, Bryan Edens in March of 1995.


Thomas Durwood Watkins
June 22, 1925 - Nov 14, 1996

T. D. Watkins, 71, of Palestine, formerly of Corsicana, died Nov. 14, 1996, in Palestine.

Services are pending with Bailey & Foster Funeral Home in Palestine. Rev. Ken Moody will be officiating.

Mr. Watkins was born June 22, 1925. He was a WWII veteran and a Sgt. in the Army. Mr. Watkins fought in the Philippines and was later stationed in Japan after the bombing of Hiroshima.

Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Kay Watkins of Palestine; daughters, LaGail Moody of Tennessee, Rockie Stevener of Houston, Cathy Moody of Victoria and Shirley Bigham of Chatfield; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.


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