Lou (Cocke) Holbrook|
June 18, 1929 - Feb 28, 2012
Lou Holbrook passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 in Midland, Texas. She was born June 18, 1929 to Lillian Cheney
Cocke and Robert Cocke of Corsicana.
Mary Lou was the life of the party. She was many things to many people including artist, musician (OK, it was a
boom-bass), mother, devoted wife, friend, caregiver, aunt and an enthusiastic Longhorn. When she entered a room, she
brightened it with her wit, fun, charisma and loving ways. Her great grandchildren are constantly asking to hear
another “Mary Lou story” however; most of these stories are too colorful for children that young!
Mary Lou was a force of nature to the very end, living life her way.
Mary Lou was known for her deep love of West Texas, and her large group of friends there.
Mary Lou was predeceased by her parents, her sister Byron Waddell, her loving husband Finley Holbrook, her daughter
Britt Donnelly, her grandson Corbett Bishop and her treasured friends Renie Zonne and Betsy Dwyer.
She is survived by her sons Richard Donnelly, Jr. and his wife, Susan Morris of Austin, and David Donnelly and Pat
Strong of Houston, grandchildren Baker Donnelly and Evan Duncan both of Austin, great-grandchildren Ella and Luca Bishop and their mother Camilla Pelizzoli of Nairobi, Kenya,
Florence Holbrook and her children Jason and Jessica, Rainey Holbrook and her son Timothy, sister-in-law Eleanor Parker
and her husband Dick, Bobby and Mary Cocke of Austin, Robinson Cocke of Austin, Jim Chaney of Austin, Jack Chaney
of Dallas, DeMaret Childress of Fort Worth, Rob Waddell of Houston, Jean Donnelly of Midland, Peggy McConnell of Fort
Worth, innumerable Donnelly family members including Jan and Joey O’Neill, Robin and Jeannine Donnelly, Art and Linnie
Donnelly, Mike and Patty McConnell and Connie McConnell Presley and her cousin Francis Breithaupt.
Services will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at noon at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, 1412 West
Illinois, Midland, Texas 79701, with The Right Reverend Sam Hulsey and Reverend John Wedgewood-Greenhow, presiding. The
altar flowers have been graciously provided by Julie Roberts, who Mary Lou adored and considered her “second
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Mary Lou’s honor to her favorite charity, the David
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to assist the orphaned elephants in Kenya. The address is 201 North Illinois Street, 16th Floor
— South Tower, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity.
Meridine Fleming Jones
Apr 30, 1904 – Dec 18, 1996
Meridine Fleming Jones, 92, of Corsicana, died Dec. 18, 1996, at Twilight Nursing Home.
No services have been scheduled.
Mrs. Jones was born April 30, 1904, in Folsom, W. V.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert M. (Bob) and Marilyn Jones; grandson, Mark Jones; great grandsons,
Jeremy and Aaron Jones; and sisters, Jenny Book and Charla Mae Sullivan.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Raymond Franklin Dillard
abt 1910 - Nov 6, 1996
Raymond Franklin Dillard, 86, of Dallas, died Nov. 6, 1996, in Mesquite Community Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Funeral Home in Dallas.
Mr. Dillard was a native and former resident of Corsicana, and has lived in the Dallas area for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Eva Dillard of Dallas; brother Kelton Dillard of Corsicana; sons, John Dillard of Austin and Charles
Dillard of Corsicana; three stepchildren; five grandchildren, Dennis Dillard of Denton, Scott Dillard of Los Angeles, Calif., Mark
Dillard of Oklahoma City, Amanda Dillard of Stephenville and Cathy Dillard of San Francisco; several step-grandchildren and many nieces
Vera F. (Pope) Wafer
Nov 14, 1915 – Sept 5, 1996
Vera F. (Pope) Wafer, 80, a retired LVN, died Sept. 5, 1996 at Arlington Memorial Hospital.
A memorial service will be held Sept. 14, 1996, at 1 p.m. at Lamar Baptist Church, 1000 W. Lamar Blvd., in Arlington.
Ms. Wafer was born Nov. 14, 1915 in Navarro County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Todd A. Wafer and a sister, Margie Mae
Knight of Corsicana.
Mrs. Wafer was an LVN at Arlington Memorial Hospital from 1958 until retirement in 1980, helping deliver many Arlington babies. After
retirement, she traveled and was a volunteer for several organizations. She was a member of Lamar Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wafer is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David T. and Cathy Wafer of Mansfield; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Robert
Markey of Arlington; grandson David T. Wafer, Jr., of Mansfield and granddaughter, Nancy Wafer Guill of Arlington; sister, Ms. Billie
Ray of Wichita Falls and brother George W. Pope of Cedar Hill as well as nieces and nephews and many friends.
William “Shorty” Combs
Apr 1, 1917 – Nov 9, 1996
William (Shorty) Combs, 79, of Kerens, died Nov. 9, 1996 at the V.A. Hospital in Waco.
Services were held earlier today at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Leonard Conner officiating. Burial followed at Post Oak
Cemetery in Malakoff.
Pallbearers were Charles Paul, James Baxter, Bobby Kent, Tom Washington, Don Estes and Michael Juica.
Mr. Combs was born April 1, 1917 in Kerens.
Mr. Combs is survived by daughter, Charlcy York of Mildred; brothers, Jay Combs of Dallas and Leonard Combs of Gun Barrell;
sisters, Ezelle Clark of Gun Barrell and Cleo Padgett of Kerens; and grandchildren Amanda York, Charlie York and Cortnie York.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Isaiah “Bobby” Washington II
July 28, 1921 - Sept 11, 1996
Isaiah “Bobby” Washington II, 75, of Portland Ore., formerly of Corsicana, died Sept. 11, 1996, in Portland Ore.
Services are pending at Scott Funeral Home.
Mr. Washington was born July 28, 1921, in Corsicana. He was a graduate of G.W. Jackson High school in 1941 and Lincoln University
of Jefferson City, Mo. in 1950. Mr. Washington taught school in the athletic department in Los Angeles, Calif. for several years. He was
a veteran of WWII where he served for five years and was honorably discharged. In 1981 Mr.
Washington moved to Portland, Ore. after retiring.
He is survived by his brothers, Alvin Washington of San Diego, Calif. and Clark Washington of Missouri City; sister, Lucy M.
Washington of Dallas; aunt, Alverta Moore of Corsicana; and seven nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Mr. Washington was preceded in death by his parents, Isaiah and Hattie Washington.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.
Billy Gene Roney
Oct 17, 1927 - Aug 20, 1996
Billy Gene Roney, 68, of Wemberly, died Aug. 20, 1996, in Austin after a lengthy illness.
Services were held Aug. 22, 1996, at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin. Burial followed in Forest Oaks Memorial Park.
The family requested that memorials be made at the Bethany Lutheran Church building fund.
Mr. Roney grew up in Emhouse where he married his childhood sweetheart, while he was in the military He retired from Haverty’s
Furniture four years ago after also working in his brother’s furniture store in Corsicana.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria ”Dodie” Roney; son, Mike Roney and wife, Beth of Wemberly; daughter, Linda Arredondo and husband,
Evan of Austin; grandsons, Nick Roney of Dallas and Adrienne Arredondo of Austin; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Mr. Roney was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mertie Roney of Emhouse; brother, U. C. Roney; and sisters, Hattie Burnett,
Doris Odom and Iris Roney.
Mayna Lee (Steele) Tekell
Apr 25, 1919 – Mar 7, 2012
Lee Tekell, 92, formerly of Crane, Texas passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2012, at the home of her daughter in
She was born to Oliver and Bessie Steele April 25, 1919, in Streetman, Texas, and graduated from Streetman High School.
During World War II she received production training from the Federal Security Agency National Youth Administration,
and worked to assemble B-24 and B-42 planes at Consolidated Aircraft in Ft. Worth between 1943 and 1945. She married
William Q. (Bill) Tekell in 1945. Together they lived for a short time in Belleville, Ill., and then Corsicana, moving
to Crane in 1949, where Bill began work on the Texas-New Mexico pipeline. Mayna and Bill lived in Crane for more than
60 years, relocating to Wisconsin late in 2010.
She was active in the Home Demonstration 4-H program in Crane County, and was a member of the Crane Presbyterian
Church, later attending the First Methodist Church of Crane. She was a life-long gardener, wrestling beautiful flowers
and abundant vegetables from the hard, dry West Texas caliche. She quilted, canned, collected a-to-z, spent hours
on the front porch, loved all things lemon, cherry and Dr. Pepper. We’ll miss the fried chicken.
Mayna was preceded in death by her parents, sister Erlene, son Billie, nephew Edwin Knight, and niece Ruthie Knight.
She is survived by her husband Bill, her daughter Sue, son-in-law John Westbury, grandchildren John, Tracy and
Will, all of Middleton, Wis., a nephew Richard Knight of Streetman, and a niece Mary Knight of Rockdale.
Funeral arrangements were provided by Gunderson Funeral Home in Middleton, WI. Graveside services will be held at
Birdston Cemetery near Streetman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Aug 1, 1919 - Jul 20, 1928
LITTLE GIRL DIES IN LOCAL HOSPITAL FRIDAY MORNING
Jewell Holland, aged 8 years, daughter of Mrs. Nannie Holland of the Black Hills community, died in the Navarro County Hospital Friday
morning at 3:55 o’clock following a two-days’ illness and the remains were interred in the
Black Hills cemetery
Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The funeral services were conducted by Revs. Black and Almond, Methodist ministers.
Surviving are her mother, three brothers and one sister.
Albert Walter Sykes
Aug 4, 1848 - Jan 14, 1918
(From the Herald)
A.W. Sykes, a highly esteemed citizen of the Brushy Prairie community, died Monday at 5 a.m. of pneumonia. Burial was had at
Brushy on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, the funeral being conducted by
Rev. Mr. Watts.
Bro. A. W. Sykes died January 14, 1918. He was born in Morgan county, Alabama, August 4th 1848, where he lived until the year
1896, when he moved to Texas. He was married to Virginia Boddry in 1871. He professed faith in Christ and joined the Missionary Baptist
Church in early manhood and lived a faithful Christian life until God saw fit to call him home. Bro Sykes was a Goodman. Our church
has lost a faithful member, the home a devoted husband and father. He leaves a wife, five sons, four daughters and a host of relatives
and friends to mourn his loss. We can only say to the bereaved ones to look to that higher power who said, “I will not leave you
comfortless.” And what a sweet consolation to know he was willing and ready to go. While God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit to
call this dear brother to his reward, we humbly submit to his divine will and say, Thy will be done and not ours.
Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our church record: a copy sent to Sister Sykes, and a
copy be sent to the Corsicana Light.
J. W. and L. A. CURRY,
J. A. and M. E. Watts,
G. W. DOUTHIT,
S. J. and B. J. WARRINGTON,
West End News.
Father Sykes, who has been sick with pneumonia, died Monday morning at 5 o’clock. His remains will be laid to rest in the Brushy Prairie
cemetery today at 2 o’clock p.m. Mr. Sykes was a good, peacable man; was a Christian gentleman, being a member of the Baptist church. He
leaves an aged companion and several grown children to mourn his loss. The children are all grown and married.
On January 14, 1918 the death Angel visited the home of Mrs. A. W. Sykes and took from them a dear husband and father. Oh it was so
hard to give him up but our loss is heaven’s gain.
Dear papa has gone to rest,
His voice no more we will hear,
Till we reach the land of the blessed,
Then we’ll see our papa dear.
Oh how we miss his smiling face
And loving tender car;
Our home is now a lonely place
No one to fill his chair.
Earthly life hath pain and sorrow
But we know ‘twill not be long
If we serve the loving Master
Till we join him in that throng.
Let us all make sure of heaven,
What about it now dear friend.
Shall we meet among the angels
When this mortal life shall end?
Our hearts are bleeding sore,
For that Angel that’s gone before,
Yet we shall see our papa dear,
On that blessed peaceful shore.
He has gone to wait his loved ones
In that home beyond the skies
Where Christ will reign forever,
And wipe away tears from all eyes.
The time is fast fleeting,
Soon we stand before God’s throne,
And hear “Depart ye cursed,”
Or “Well done, you are my own.”
Now, friends, let us live for Jesus,
And meet papa over there,
Where all is peace and joy,
In that home so bright and fair.
--HIS LOVING DAUGHTER.
Virginia “Buddy” (Boddery) Sykes
5, 1856 - Jun 14, 1929
Pioneer Resident Navarro County Dies
DAWSON, June 21.—Mrs. A. W. Sykes, pioneer resident of Navarro
county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. E. Wiley, several
miles east of Dawson, Friday of last week, and burial took place in
the Brushy Prairie cemetery morning at 11 o’clock. Surviving are
nine children, 53 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
On the morning of June 14, 1929, while the breeze was cool and the
flowers had their heads turned heavenward, the gates of paradise
swung open and received the soul of Mrs. Virginia (Buddy) Sykes.
She was born March 4, 1856, making her 73 years, three months and 10
days old. She was married to A. W. Sykes in 1871. To this union was
born eleven children, Mrs. Ida McCulloch and an infant son, preceded
her to realms above. Those whom survive are W. J. Sykes, E. D. Sykes
and Mrs. Sarah Jane Wiley of Dawson, J. J. Sykes of Blooming Grove,
G. W. Sykes and Mrs. Bessie Lance of Corsicana, Mrs. Maggie Hunter
of Waco, Mrs. Dollie Rains of Stamford and Mrs. Bettie Johnson of
Swinson, all being present except Mrs. Johnson.
Mr. and Mrs. Sykes lived together to see all the children grown and
married. On Jan. 14, 1918, Mr. Sykes went to a mansion prepared for
him. She was left to live with the children. “Aunt Genney” as she
was called, was sick about two weeks. She bore her suffering and
afflictions with patience. She spoke several times of her suffering
and hardships would soon be over. She would be at home with her
Savior and loved ones.
She professed faith in Jesus Christ when only just a young girl and
joined the Missionary Baptist church. She was a member of the
Pleasant Grove Baptist church at the time of her death. She lived
and died a consecrated Christian, being just the same all the time.
Her children can say thou art gone mother, but your prayers will be
with us forever. She had a great desire for her children and
grandchildren to be saved before it was everlastingly too late.
Mr. and Mrs. Sykes with their children came to Texas from Alabama in
1896. She leaves her nine children, 52 grandchildren, 22
great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Ellen Holt of Dawson, a host
to mourn her loss. She will be missed so much in the homes of her
children, especially the one where she died, Mrs. Sarah Wiley.
Pallbearers were Ed and Gilbert Hold and Zolen Nesmith of Dawson,
Poly Thompson, Mr. Bondurant and Mr. Elliott of Corsicana.
She was laid to rest by the side of her husband in Brushy Prairie
cemetery, ‘neath a flower covered mound. Her pastor, Rev. H. B.
Carroway conducted the funeral services.
Written by a Grandson and Wife.
IN LOVING MEMORY
On Friday morning, June 14, 1929, the death angel came into our
midst and took our mother, Mrs. Virginia Sykes. She was seventy-six
years, six months and ten days old. She leaves nine children,
fifty-two grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and a host
of friends to mourn her loss. She was at the home of her daughter
Mrs. Ed Wiley of Dawson. She leaves the following children; Mrs.
Bessie Lance, Corsicana; G. W. Sykes, Corsicana; Mrs. A. D. Hunter,
Waco; Mrs. Ed Wiley, Dawson; Edmon and Walter Sykes, Dawson; J. J.
Sykes, Blooming Grove; Mrs. Dollie Raines, Stamford; Mrs. Bettie
Johnson, Stamford. All of the children were at her bedside when
death came except Mrs. Bettie Johnston of Stamford, for everyone; to
know her was to love her. She professed faith in Christ when a small
girl and joined the Missionary Baptist church in which she lived a
Christian life until God said come. We know she is at rest where
there are no more pains and no heartaches. She was laid to rest in
the Brushy cemetery
beside her husband who preceded her in death in 1918. Brother
Carraway conducted the funeral services. May we all live a life as
she has lived, so when the time comes for us to go, we will be
willing and ready to go and meet our dear mother where parting will
be no more.
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled,
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
Written by one who loved her,
July 20, 1916 – May 28, 2010
Newsome, 93, of Fort Worth passed away Friday, May 28, 2010,
at Harris HEB Hospital in Bedford.
Quiet hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, at
Heavenly Gospel Church of God in Christ, 3131 Stallcup, Fort
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at Heavenly
Gospel Church of God in Christ with Elder F.G. Taylor
officiating and Overseer Robert Newsome as eulogist.
Interment will follow at
Elm Flat Cemetery
Following the burial, the family will receive friends from
4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Martin Luther
King Jr. Community Center, 1114 E. Sixth Ave., Corsicana.
Mrs. Newsome was born July 20, 1916, in Washington, Texas.
She received her formal education at Mount Falls School in
Washington, Texas. She was a former member of St. Matthew
Baptist Church and later Mount Calvary Baptist Church. She
was married to Roy Newsome for 63 years.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband,
five brothers, three sisters and two granddaughters.
Survivors include four sons, Roy Newsome (Marilyn) of North
Richland Hills, Robert Newsome (Helen) of Dallas, Lindsey
Newsome (Elaine) of Fort Worth and Clarence Newsome (Joyce)
of Dallas; and four daughters, Elsie Mitchell and Linda
Newsome, both of Fort Worth, Barbara Person (Robert) of
Bryan and Brenda Phoenix (Randy) of San Antonio. She also
leaves 23 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 15
great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Consalo Jones of
Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Arrangements by Scott Funeral Home.
Sept 28, 1951 – Mar 20, 2012
Wayne Bryson was born on Sept. 28, 1951 in Corsicana to
Duane and Joy Astin Bryson.
He took the "Ultimate Journey" on March 20, 2012 after a
life-long battle with cystic fibrosis with his family around
He was preceded in death by his father, Duane Bryson and his
childhood friend Randal Hunnicutt.
He was a member of the Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Sharon; mother, Joy; brother Mark
and wife Sherrie; sons, Jeff Branam and wife Julie, Rondi
Bryson and daughter Dana Smart. He is also survived by seven
grandchildren, Katy, Megan, Erin, Sierra, Kristin, Kayla and
grandson Scott, as well as two great grandchildren and a
number of nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by his favorite "sister" Judy
Sills and long time dear friends Ed Donahue and Jason Matous.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012 at
Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddie Ricks officiating.
Burial will follow at Lake Chapel Cemetery in Fairfield.
Pallbearers will be Ed Donahue, Gary Nease, Jerry Davis, Jed
Donahue, Danny Hendrix and Jason Matous. Honorary
pallbearers will be Larry Carr, Euin Frank and Buddy Caton.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
David Michael ”Mike” Eddlemon
Dec 17, 1938 - Sept 7, 1997
David Michael Eddlemon (Mike) departed the earth on Sept. 7.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Corley
Funeral Home in Corsicana.
Mike was a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Navarro College. He
was best remembered for his civic work especially at the Warehouse
Living Arts Theatre where he was involved in more than 30
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Eddlemon; four children, Karen
Elaine Herring of The Colony, David Eddlemon, Jr., of Dallas, Jeff
Eddlemon and Christopher Robert Eddlemon of Corsicana; and two
grandchildren, Laura Elaine and Stephen Atticus Alton Herring.
The family expresses the desire that in lieu of flowers any
donations be sent to the Navarro County Chapter of American Cancer
Society, American Heart Association or the National Association for
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Nov 1, 1921 – July 5, 1997
CMSGT US AIR FORCE WWII
Joe Williams, former Austin resident and a retired Air Force
veteran, died at his home in Colorado Springs, CO. Memorial services
are pending in Colorado Springs and
Mr. Williams entered the old Army Air Corps during early days of
world War II and saw
service in this country and Europe, flying out of England as a belly
gunner on a B-17. His plane was shot down during a daylight raid
over Rostock, Germany, in 1944. Following his capture by the German
militia, he spent 13 months in prisoner of war camp, Stalig Luft 17.
He was liberated by contingents of General Patton’s 3rd Army and
spent some time in the hospital after liberation.
Mr. Williams left the Air Force after WWII to attend Trinity
University in San Antonio and then reenlisted. While serving in the
finance section of the Air Force, he was stationed at various bases
in the United States, including Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin.
He also saw duty in Greenland, England, Germany and Korea during
hostilities there. His last duty station was in Colorado Springs and
he retired there.
Mr. Williams was a
1939 graduate of Corsicana High School. His parents moved to
Waxahachie in 1941. He had been active in the Moose Lodge, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Coast Guard Auxiliary and several military
The Corsicana Daily Sun
– Friday, July 11, 1997
- Submitted by Karen Rost
- Burial: Waxahachie City Cemetery, Waxahachie, Ellis Co.,
- s/o Alvin Benjamin Williams and Aline (Bowen) Williams
Sept 22, 1963 – July 5, 1997
Lewis William Martin, 33, of Corsicana died July 5 in Corsicana.
A memorial service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist
Church Chapel in Corsicana.
Mr. Martin was born September 22, 1963 in Alton, Illinois.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Tammy Lynn Newton-Martin of
Corsicana; father, Paul David Martin of Ballin, Missouri; mother,
Donna Kay Martin of Ballin, Missouri; step-son, James Newton of
Corsicana; step-daughter, Cassondra Newton of Corsicana; daughter,
Heather Martin of Corsicana; two sisters, Roma Martin of Valley Park
and Paula Kay Martin of Tempe, Arizona; a brother, Douglas Martin of
Valley Park, Missouri; paternal grandfather, Kenneth Nelson of
Tulsa, Oklahoma; paternal grandmother, Norma Nelson of Tulsa,
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Mar 19, 1918 – Aug 2, 1997
Homer Bates Jester, Jr., 79, a native of Corsicana, died Aug. 2, in
Services were earlier today at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Rev.
Dennis Smart officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be A. J.
Erickson, Col. William H. Hastings, Col. Lawson W. Magruder, Peter
C. Woods, W. C. “ Pete” Montgomery and Robert W. Waddell.
Mr. Jester was born on March 19, 1918 in Corsicana to Dr. Homer
Bates, Sr. and Kate Jordan Jester. Mr. Jester was a graduate of
Corsicana public schools. He also attended Marion Military Institute
in Marion, Alabama, the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington,
Virginia, and the University of Texas at Austin from which he
graduated in 1941. While at UT he pledged Kappa Sigma Fraternity and
was a charter member of the Silver Spurs honorary organization.
Jester served in the U.S. Air Force in
World War II in the
China, Burma, and India theaters, and in the Korean Conflict where
he attained the rank of major. He married Marry Hamill of Corsicana
in 1951. He was self-employed as an independent petroleum landman.
Survivors include his wife Mary Hamill Jester of Dallas; daughter
and son-in-law, Janet and Boo Inks of Austin; son and
daughter-in-law, Dan and Mary Beth Jester of New York, N.Y.; sister
Jane Woods of Yuma, Ariz.; grandson Robert Inks and granddaughter
Robin Inks, both of Austin; two grandsons Bryan Jester and Garrett
Jester, both of New York, N.Y.
Friends desiring to make memorials should send contributions to the
University of Texas at Austin or the Virginia Military Institute.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Oct 8, 1928 – July 12, 1997
Jimie Little, 68, of Chatfield, died July 12, 1997, in Corsicana.
Services were earlier today at Chatfield Methodist Church, with Rev.
Virginia Bassford officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jim Bain, Kenneth Patterson, Tom Lowe, Ronny
Buckley, Jim Wilson and Kenneth Sands.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dillard Ellington, Don Parish, Alan
Hester and Gary Isom.
Mr. Little was born Oct. 8, 1928 in Chatfield.
Mr. Little is survived by his wife, Wanda Little, of Chatfield; sons
and daughters-in-law, Mike and Charlene Little of Houston and Larry
and Peggy Little of Richardson; granddaughters, Kristen Little of
Houston, Julianne Little of Richardson and Lindsey Marsh of Houston;
grandsons, Grant Little of Richardson, Austin Little of Richardson
and Nathan Marsh of Houston; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Mary
Farmer of Corsicana; sisters-in-law, LuAnn Brown and Revay Farmer of
Corsicana; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Chatfield United
Methodist Church, Box 76, Chatfield, 75105.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
Fae (Dunn) Taylor
Aug 7, 1910 – June 27, 1997
Sadie Fae Dunn Taylor, 86, of Corsicana died June 27 in Corsicana.
Services are pending with Corley Funeral Home.
Sadie Fae Dunn Taylor went to her heavenly home on June 27. Mrs.
Taylor was born Aug. 7, 1910 in Glenmora, Louisiana to William Riley
and Emma O’Delia Belvin Dunn. She was a homemaker, and a retired
registered nurse. She was a member of the Baptist Church, teaching
the Junior Classes for many years. She married Orville Glen Taylor
in Beaumont on August 16, 1929.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her daughter, Barbara Glynn and Curtis
Stokes of Groesbeck; granddaughter, Gayle Scott of Mesquite;
grandson, Mark D’Wayne and Nona Taylor of Houston; daughter-in-law,
Nona Glass Taylor of Houston; great-grandchildren; Kimberly Anne
Chambers of Houston, Allison Taylor of Houston, Jennifer Taylor of
Houston, Jerrod Kirk and Jennifer Scott of Stephenville, and Wayne
Dunn Taylor II of Houston; great-great-grandchild, Cody Wayne Scott
of Stephenville; four step grandsons; several step
great-grandchildren; a brother, Audrey E. Dunn of Kirbyville; a
sister, Hilda Reynolds of Beaumont; numerous loving nieces and
nephews; a host of loving friends; two brothers and a sister.
Mrs. Taylor is preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Orville Glen
Taylor; son, Wayne Dunn Taylor; father, William Riley Dunn, mother,
Emma O’Delia Belvin Dunn.
Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.
July 15, 1925 - Dec 18, 2008
Merrill of Waco went to be with the Lord Dec. 18, 2008 while
at home with her family.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at OakCrest Funeral
Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd., Waco.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Western Heights Baptist
Church, 6301 Bosque Blvd., Waco.
Marie was born July 15, 1925 to James E. and Bertha
Blackwell in Roane. She was married to Gilbert D. Merrill in
1944 in Gainesville. Marie served as church secretary for 24
years at North Waco Baptist Church before retiring in 1985.
While employed she was active with the American Business
Women's Association. At Western Heights, she was a member of
the Rachel Class. Her passion and skill at quilting led her
to the Willing Hands Quilters who made and donated their art
to the Texas Children's Home at Round Rock, Church Under the
Bridge, Care Net, and other needy organizations and
Marie recently received the following tribute from dear
friends at Willing Hands. “Marie is the ultimate Quilter,
the one who is faithful and dedicated to our mission of
making quilts to minister to others. She is our encourager
and teacher and we offer our thanks to her for all she means
to our group.”
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Gilbert D.
Merrill; son, Randy and fiancé, Nancy Doughty; daughter,
Carol Merrill Covelli and husband, Gary; grand-daughters,
Allison and Abby; sister, Jenny Conner and husband Calvert;
nieces and nephews, Kevin, Ricky, Ronnie and Steve
Blackwell; Don, James, and Jerlyn Carver; Michael Conner,
Ann Dillon, Gordon and Terry Dillow, Carol Dorsey, Janet
Forbes, Dana Garrison, Diane Geron, Connie Lagomarsino, Hal
McCown, Susie Pingleton and Gary Talley.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Copeland, Dr.
Thomas Lundeen, and Dr. Rod Richie and their staff for their
long and compassionate care. They would also like to
acknowledge the kindness and wonderful care of Providence
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the
charity of your choice.
Arrangements by OakCrest Funeral Home, Waco.
Vernon Edward Montgomery
Nov 22, 1930 - Oct 26, 2008
Vernon Edward Montgomery, 77, passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. No
services are scheduled. Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral
Norman Earl “Huck” Scales
Aug 3, 1939 - Nov 16, 2008
Norman Earl “Huck” Scales, 69, of Italy and formerly of Blooming
Grove, passed away Nov. 16, 2008 in Waxahachie. Memorial services
are pending at this time as the family chose a cremation service.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
Ruth Ann Beck
Aug 6, 1920 - Sept 18, 2008
Ruth Ann Beck, 88, of Corsicana passed away Thursday, Sept. 18,
2008, in Corsicana. Services will be held in DeFunika Springs, Fla.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Oct 12, 1946 - June 30, 2008
Philip Wayne Lockhart, 61 of Barry, passed away June 30, 2008 at his
residence. He was born October 12, 1946 to Jack Evans and Johnnie
Mae Sanders Lockhart. Services will be scheduled at a later date.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
July 6, 1954 - July 20, 2008
Kitty E. Hollifield, 54, of Dawson passed away Sunday, July
20, 2008, at a Waco hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday,
July 23 at Wade Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home,
Irene Hammond Gray
Mar 1, 1921 - May 14, 2008
Mona Irene Hammond Gray, 87, of Eureka passed away Wednesday, May
14, 2008, at her residence. No services are planned. Arrangements by
Corley Funeral Home.
Jan 13, 1950 - May 9, 2008
Leah Virginia Payne, 58, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May
9, 2008, in Corsicana. No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Mar 30, 1933 - May 9, 2008
John Mack Longorio, 75, of Corsicana passed away Friday, May 9,
2008, in Corsicana. No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Ruby Delee (Milton)
Dec 5, 1918 – Nov 20, 2010
Delee Milton Lynch, 91, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20,
2010, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village.
She was born in Purdon on Dec. 5, 1918, to James Joshua
Milton and Lidda Woods Milton. Ruby worked for J.M. Dyer in
sales in the ladies clothing department and for Louis
Schwartz Cotton Company as a secretary. She was a member of
the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana and was a
member of the Kinsloe House for many years, where she
enjoyed playing bridge, dominoes, and many other games.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard
“Buck” Varnell; and husband, Thomas Vernon Lynch; parents,
James Joshua Milton and Lidda Milton; sisters, Lillian
Milton, and Mary Ava Crenshaw and husband Richard; niece,
Melba Marie and husband John Cleatus Putman.
Survivors include her nephews, Sherman L. Putman and John M.
Putman, both of Navarro Mills; great great nephews, “BC”
Putman of Barry and Joshua Putman of Blooming Grove; great
great nieces, Tiffany Putman of Rice, and Stephanie Adams of
Carrolton; cousin, Billy Harrison and wife Linda of Retreat,
and Deanie Miller of Carmine; she is also survived by a host
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010,
at Younger Cemetery
with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.
July 27, 1953 - Dec 20, 2009
Barbara Ann Nesbitt, 56, of Dallas passed away Sunday, Dec. 20,
2009, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Visitation will be held
from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary
Chapel. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at House
of Refuge Church of God in Christ, 413 FM 709 South, Dawson. She
will lie in state at the church from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
26. Interment will be at
Younger Cemetery in Purdon. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson
abt 1958 - Feb 27, 2012
Jerry Dean Brooks, 53, of Flint passed away Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at
his home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 1,
2012 at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with Rev. Jerry Payne
officiating. Interment will be at
Younger Cemetery. The
family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29
at the funeral home.
June 20, 1908 - Jan 5, 2011
Corsicana — JOSHUA—Graveside services for Lenora Elizabeth Slaughter
Williamson, 102, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at
Younger Cemetery in
Silver City, near Corsicana.
The family will receive visitors from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rosser
Funeral Home in Cleburne.
Mrs. Williamson passed away on Jan. 5, 2011, in Cleburne. She was
born in Navarro County on June 20, 1908, the daughter of Alabama
Elizabeth (McElroy) and Eugene Edward Slaughter. She was a member of
the First Baptist Church of Joshua, and was a member of Ruth Chapter
20 of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her parents; grandson,
Billy Brown; and great grandsons, Billy Ivy and Bryan Brown; three
sisters and four brothers.
She is survived by Elizabeth Tidwell and husband, Robby, of Joshua;
son, Carl York and wife, Dorothy, of Mesquite; daughter, Joyce Brown
of Hillsboro; sister, Ruth Eugenia Spurlock of Cleveland, Texas;
four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great
grandchild; and two great-great-great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Ruth Chapter of the Eastern Star, 111 S.
Caddo St., Cleburne, TX 76031.
Feb 10, 1919 – July 13, 1944
S-Sgt. Nolen Vest Reburial Rites Slated Wednesday
FROST, April 11 – (Spl) – The body of S.Sgt. Nolen Vest, 25, killed
in France, July 13, 1944, arrives here Tuesday morning and reburial
rites will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Raleigh
Baptist church. Burial will be in the
Dresden cemetery. The
rites will be conducted by Rev. McCollum, pastor of the church.
Pallbearers and military rites at the grave will be provided by the
American Legion and Texas National Guard.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Vest, Frost; three
brothers and two sisters, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service will direct.
D. Belote Sr.
Oct 13, 1938 - Nov 8, 2010
D. Belote Sr., 72, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 8, 2010.
William was born on October 13, 1938, in Dallas, to Willard
D. Belote and Frances Lunette Rutledge Belote. He was the
co-founder of Waterworks Lawn Sprinkler Systems of
Corsicana, after working more than 25 years with Weben
Industries of Dallas.
Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Belote;
son, William D. Belote, Jr., and wife Cindy of Red Oak;
daughter, Leslie E. Anderson and husband Larry of Boerne;
three granddaughters, Chelsea and Lexi Belote of Red Oak,
and Shelby Anderson of Boerne; brother, Jerry Belote of
Easton, Md.; his sister, Karen Wooddell and husband Dr. J.
H. Wooddell of Mountain Lake Park, Md.
Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at
Jaynes Memorial Chapel.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at
Jaynes Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Red Oak
Arrangements by Jaynes Memorial Chapel.
Christian “Chris” Hoffman Jr.
Jan 9, 1937 – Oct 14, 2010
Christian Hoffman, Jr., 73, passed away Oct. 14, 2010. As a devoted
man of honor to his country, Chris will be buried at Arlington
National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2010.
Chris was born Jan. 9, 1937, in Corsicana, to Christian and Marcelle
Hoffman. Following his high school graduation in 1955 he enlisted
into the U.S. Navy, married Sylvia Hinkle in 1956, and soon started
Over the next 20 years, he achieved success in the U.S. Navy while
traveling around the world ultimately settling his family in
Virginia Beach, Virginia where he retired from service.
Chris returned to his native state within a few years after
retirement where he embarked on a second career as an instructor at
the Texas State Technological Institute in Waco, a career that he
loved. He eventually settled down in the small community of Whitney,
a community that fit him perfectly. Chris served proudly in the U.S.
Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lake Whitney. This is where he met many of
his closest and dearest friends whom lovingly referred to Chris as
the “Sheriff of the Lake Whitney Cultural Society” for his ability
to provide control and focus during the many spirited gatherings of
dominoes. He became an avid golfer late in life and spent
considerable time at the Lake Whitney Golf Club where he was known
to chase that little white ball and on occasion, release a golf club
in flight. Off the course, he enjoyed researching his family
genealogy and much to everyone’s surprise was an active “video
His sizable network of friends and family always enjoyed Chris for
his great sense of humor and wonderful facial expressions and yet
respected him immensely for his dedication to country and for the
admirable manner in which he treated all who acquainted him.
Chris is survived by his children Brady Hoffman, Chareé Hoffman, and
Coy Hoffman and his devoted brother Herbert Hoffman and sister
Martha Bonner as well as beloved members of his extended family and
He is preceded in death by his oldest son Reagan Hoffman, his
parents, and sisters Barbara Sue and Dorothy Jean.
Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton, Va.
Johnnie Wilbert Alexander
Nov 11, 1928 - Oct 10, 2010
Johnnie Wilbert Alexander, 81, was born Nov. 11, 1928, in Kerens, to
the late Ambrose Alexander and Emma Powell Alexander.
He received his formal education at Park High School in 1945. He
attended Mohawk Community College in 1964, and then Sacramento Sate
University in 1977 where he earned his B.A. Degree. He served in the
United States Army for two years, and later the Air Force for 18
years. He taught in the Corsicana Independent School District for
three years. He was employed at the Post Office for 17 years, and
served as Judge of Precinct Three for three years. He was also was a
member of the NAACP. He professed a strong faith in Christ and was a
member of the Petersburg Baptist Church where he served faithfully.
He was baptized in Germany while serving in the military. He met and
married Edith Hensley and to this union four children were born,
Marcus Alexander, Donald Alexander, Bonita Alexander, and Dana
Alexander; and seven grandchildren, Michael, Marsha, Marcus Jr.,
Kaitlyn, Olivia, Tranese,and LaRue. Later he united with Lillie
Pearl Carter Alexander and her children, Nathan Carter and wife
Annette, James Carter and Pam Dowd.
The Angel of Silence entered into his life Oct. 10, 2010, at the V A
Medical Center in Dallas. He is joining his deceased father, Ambrose
Alexander, and Mother, Emma Powell Alexander; his grandfather and
grandmother; a brother, Walter Alexander, and a sister, Alma Jean
Funeral services were held Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at Petersburg Baptist
Church, Kerens, with Pastor Jackie Coleman officiating. Burial
services were held Oct.18, at the Dallas/Ft. Worth National Cemetery
in Dallas with full military honors.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Sept 18, 1932 - Aug 24, 2010
Betty Morris, 77, of Edgewood, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010,
Betty Lee Luther was born Sept. 18,1932, in Barry, to Robert and
Dora Richards Luther.
She grew up in Barry, near Corsicana, where she graduated from high
school. In 1977, in Canton, Betty married John Paul Morris. They
made their home and raised their children in Edgewood where Betty
worked for Newman Grocery for over forty years. Betty enjoyed
fishing, traveling and was of the Baptist faith.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Dora Luther;
and brother, James Lloyd Luther.
Survivors include her husband, John Morris of Edgewood; daughter,
Angelia Tomlin and husband, Greg of Lago Vista; son, Robert A.
Chumley and girlfriend, Kimberly Ann Jones of Lufkin; brothers,
Robert Luther, Jr. and wife, Jane of Corsicana, and Samuel “Chug”
Luther and wife, Nancy of Finksburg, Md.; sister, Mary Lambert and
husband John of Tyler; sister-in-law, Christine Luther of Corsicana;
grandchildren, Kimberly Brook Ormsby and husband Drew of Houston,
Shadrick Croxton of Burnett, and Trevor Tomlin of Lago Vista;
great-grandchild, Colby Croxton; she is also survived by many other
relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., at Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home in
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug., 28, at
the funeral home in Edgewood. Interment will follow at Small
Cemetery in Edgewood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of East
Texas/Home Place, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas, 75701.
Arrangements by Hiett’s LyBrand Funeral Home.
Patrick Victor Cuviello
Mar 30, 1926 - Aug 27, 2010
Patrick Victor Cuviello of Waco, formerly of Corsicana, passed away
Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at a Waco hospital with his family by his
Pat was born in West New York, New Jersey, to Daniel and Mildred
Cuviello. Patrick graduated from high school and served in the Navy
where he was in the medical division for two years. He graduated
from Seaton Hall University with a degree in Biology in 1949. He
later received his M.S. degree in Biology from East Texas University
in Commerce in 1971. He moved to Marlin, Texas in 1949 and began
working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in the laboratory,
where he started his career as a laboratory technician. This is
where he met his wife of 57 years, Norma Jean Nitzschke, and they
married in 1953. In 1955, they moved to Corsicana, Texas for him to
be the director of the laboratory at Navarro County Hospital. He was
the director for 40 years, and retired in 1996. He also started the
Medical Technology School at the hospital, which was moved to
Navarro College, where he was an adjunct professor for over 20
Pat has been very involved in the American Medical Technologist
organization at both the state and national levels. He has held many
offices, including president at both levels. Pat has received
numerous awards at both the state and national levels, including the
highest national award, “The Order of The Golden Microscope.” He has
been honored with his own award at the national level, “The Cuviello
Excellence in Education Award,” which is given each year. In 1982,
he received Hospital Corporation of America’s Dr. First Humanitarian
Award. Until 2009, when health issues required him to retire, he was
the president of the American Medical Technologist Institution of
Education (AMTIE) for 20 years. He authored many educational books
and papers related to medical technology.
Pat’s Christian values played an important role in his daily life.
He and his wife served the community and the church in Corsicana for
many years. His beliefs carried him through his most challenging
Pat enjoyed fishing, continually learning, helping others achieve
their goals, making his famous spaghetti, and most of all, spending
time with his family. Pat was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a
friend, but most of all he was an inspiration to so many. Strength,
determination, and a profound love for life were among his many
The footprints he left behind will be with us all forever.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at
Rosemound Cemetery in Waco with Pastor Mike Alexander officiating.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at
First United Methodist Church in Corsicana with Pastor Mike
Arrangements by Grace Gardens Funeral Home and Crematorium,
Mar 25, 1927 - Apr 8, 2010
Allen Mahoney, born March 25, 1927, in Pursley to Roscoe L.
and Macon Mahoney, died April 8, 2010, in Dallas. Allen was
a World War II veteran, a horse trainer, and a retiree from
the City of Mesquite Service Center.
He is survived by his brother, Wayne and wife Dot Mahoney;
sisters, Mozelle Montgomery, Hattie Marie Price, Paula Dean
Whitlock, and Mary and husband Wilbur Nutt; three daughters
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Allen will be remembered for his volunteer work with the
Texas Junior Horse Show Association and the Dallas County
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12,
at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Callie Beatrice (Daniel)
Aug 1, 1927 – Mar 30, 2010
Our mom will be celebrating Easter this year in heaven with her
Callie Beatrice Daniel Murphree was born in Corsicana on Aug. 1,
1927. She passed away in Athens on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Her
father was William Daniel, mother Lelia Faye Graves and stepfather
Bea grew up in Corsicana and following graduation from Corsicana
High School, she attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She
met a handsome young man, Billy Murphree, who wooed her with his
flashy new convertible car. They were married in 1948. Billy
Murphree was a member of Pipeline Local Union 798 and his pipeline
assignments took them over most of the United States. They had four
children, Billy, Bonnie, Donnie and Reka. Both of the daughters are
named with family names of the late Fred Slauson of Corsicana whom
Bea admired and looked up to with great respect. Both sons were
namesakes of the Murphree heritage. All four of her children were
named in honor of someone.
Bea has served as mayor of Eureka, president and/or officer of many
clubs and organizations including Literary Club, AARP, Art Club,
Athens Newcomers, Athens Country Club and the Women’s Golf
Association, First United Methodist Church and Methodist Women,
Ombudsman and singles groups.
She was an avid golfer and loved dancing, painting, playing dominos
and 42. She loved people, laughing, life and all the titles she had,
but the ones she cherished the most were Mother and Moma Bea. Her
family was very important to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Billy
Murphree Sr., and her precious son Donnie Murphree.
Survivors include her son, Billy Murphree Jr. and wife Shirley;
daughter, Bonnie Hocutt and husband Jimmy; and daughter, Reka
Johnson and husband Theron. Grandchildren include Ginger Morrison
and husband Michael “Mo,” Shelly Koch and husband Brad, Bradley
Murphree, Elisha Dorsett and husband Ryan, Kristina Thompson and
husband Doug, Shawn Corley and wife Andrea, and James Corley. She
had 12 great-grandchildren and her dog Rocky.
The family asks that you kiss your mother today and tell her that
you love her, for life is gone in the blink of an eye.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday,
April 1, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 2, at First
United Methodist Church in Athens with the Rev. Jack Matkin and
Theron Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Athens
Pallbearers will be Gene Robinson, Earle Locke, David Robinson, Don
Geddie, Jack Bailey and Eugene Buford.
If desired, memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.
Betty Jo Douglas Lancaster
Feb 5, 1938 - May 31, 2010
Funeral services for Betty Jo Douglas Lancaster, 72, of Athens are
scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Hannigan Smith Funeral
Home Chapel, 842 S.E. Loop 7, Athens, with the Rev. Tom Bragdon
officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in
Athens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday,
June 2, at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.
She passed away on Monday, May 31, 2010, in Athens.
Betty was born Feb. 5, 1938, in Cryer Creek to Laurence and Gladys
Arnett Douglas. She lived in the Athens area for 47 years and was a
member of First Baptist Church of Athens and Athens Pea Pickers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Mike Lancaster;
sisters, Marie Griffin and Dorothy Jean Ashford; and one brother,
Kenneth “Buck” Douglas.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Lancaster of Athens; daughter
and son-in-law, Carmen and Joe Butler of Athens; sister and
brother-in-law, Wanda and Eddie McNeese of Kerens; four
grandchildren, Jennifer Butler, Debi Shelton and husband Keith,
Blake Butler, and Haley Butler; and one great-grandchild, Hunter
Arrangements by Hannigan Smith Funeral Home, Athens.
Mary (Belgrado) Strausser
Dec 28, 1915 – Nov 23, 2010
Amelia “Molly” Mary Belgrado Strausser, 94, of Corsicana passed away
on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, at her home surrounded by her family and
She was born in New York City on Dec. 28, 1915, to Dominic and Anna
Belgrado. She was a first generation American whose parents
immigrated from Italy and passed through the historic Ellis Island
at the turn of the century. Molly spent most of her adult years in
New York City, and worked for McGraw Hill Publishing. She was later
the Assistant Registrar at New York University. She moved to
Corsicana in 1987, and was an active parishioner of Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church and a member of Our Lady’s Altar Society.
She enjoyed cooking and reading.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, and by her son,
Survivors include her son Richard Strausser and wife Debbie of
Hartsdale, N.Y.; daughter, Marge Hensley and husband Jimmie of
Corsicana; she was also the proud grandma of Rob Strausser of
Seattle, Wash., Danielle Wallace and husband Travis of Corsicana,
Nicholas Abay and wife Beth of Waxahachie, Michael Abay and fiancé
Erin Putman, Katherine Abay of Corsicana, and Andrew Joseph
Strausser of Hartsdale, N.Y.; Molly was also blessed to enjoy six
On behalf of Molly, her family would like to express their gratitude
to her nursing staff at Hand-in-Hand Hospice; her caretaker, Araceli
Huerta; the Rev. Danilo Ramos; and her family physician, Dr. William
Visitation and rosary will be Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, at East End
Funeral Home in the Bronx, N.Y.
Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hartsdale, N.Y. Interment will
follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.
Arrangements by www.corleyfuneralhome.com Corsicana and East End
Funeral Home of the Bronx.
May 20, 1928 - Nov 12, 2010
Retired Master Sgt. Jack William Smith, 82, went to be with the Lord
on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, after a long battle with cancer.
Jack was born May 20, 1928, in Corsicana to Jack Ramsey and Pansy
Gordon Smith and was raised in Corsicana. Jack joined the Air Force
and served for 20 years. While in the Air Force he met and married
Betty Jane Christopher, his wife of 59 years. Jack retired from the
Air Force Security Service in 1968 and continued to work with
computers as a Systems Analyst until he retired in 1988. It was then
he and his brother Sam built their retirement homes and moved to
Malakoff to enjoy the good life.
When he and Betty retired to the farm they raised cattle and
poultry. He also enjoyed growing grapes and making homemade wine. An
avid gardener, he put in a fruit orchard and garden year after year,
and shared his bounty with many friends in the Malakoff area. Jack
loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He raised
hunting dogs for many years and enjoyed participating and judging in
many field trials. Jack was a good friend to many including Bill and
Ethel Shaver of Murphy, and their sons William and Robert. He was
well admired for his quick wit and wry sense of humor. He will be
missed by all who had the joy of knowing him.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane Christopher; daughter,
Melanie Boehmand husband Marvin; three grandchildren, Marvin Boehm
III, Meghann Boehm and Marshall Boehm all of McLoud, Okla.; brother,
Samuel Charles Smith of Lubbock; niece, Susan Farmer, Linda Swartz,
and Kathleen Campbell and husband Kerry and their daughter Kendra;
nephew, Jack L. Smith and his children Stacia, Wesley and Candace;
sister-in-law, Arlene Christopher and sister-in-law Evelyn Boisvert
and husband Lenny; nephews, Dennis and Andrew Kapalko; aunts, Ruth
Kennemore and Velma Marie Wilton; he is also survived by numerous
A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday at Carroll-Lehr
Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bob Reed officiating. Interment with
military honors will follow at 3 p.m. in Dallas / Fort Worth
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to
Henderson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 162, Athens, Texas 875751.
Arrangements by Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.
A memorial service for Jack Smith, 82, Malakoff
is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at
Carroll-Lehr Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bob Reed
Burial with military honors
will follow at 3:00 P M in Dallas Fort Worth
Jack went to be with the Lord on Friday,
November 12, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
He was born May 20, 1928 in Corsicana to Jack
Ramsey and Pansy Gordon Smith and was raised in
Corsicana. Jack joined the Air Force and served for
20 years. While in the Air Force he met and married
Betty Jane Christopher who survives him as his wife
of 59 years. He is also survived by a daughter and
son in law, Melanie and Marvin H. Boehm, Jr., three
grandchildren Marvin Boehm, III, Meghann Boehm and
Marshall Boehm all of McLoud, Oklahoma. Jack is
survived by his brother, Samuel Charles Smith,
Lubbock, his niece Kathleen Campbell and husband
Kerry and daughter Kendra. Jack leaves a nephew Jack
L. Smith and his children Stacia, Wesley and
Candace. His family also includes sister-in-law
Arlene Christopher and niece Linda Swartz. Also,
sister-in-law Evelyn Boisvert and husband Lenny and
his nephews Dennis and Andrew Kapalko and niece
Susan Farmer. Jack also survived two aunts Ruth
Kennemore, Velma Marie Wilton and numerous cousins.
Jack retired from the Air Force Security
Service in 1968 and continued to work with computers
as a Systems Analyst until he retired in 1988; when
he and his brother Sam built their retirement homes
and moved to Malakoff to enjoy the good life. When
he and Betty retired to the farm they raised cattle
and poultry. He also enjoyed growing grapes and
making homemade wine. An avid gardener, he put in a
fruit orchard and garden year after year and shared
his bounty with many friends in the Malakoff area.
Jack loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and
fishing. He raised hunting dogs for many years and
enjoyed participating and judging in many field
trials. Jack was a good friend to many including
Bill and Ethel Shaver of Murphy and their sons
William and Robert. He was well admired for his
quick wit and wry sense of humor. He will be missed
by all who had the joy of knowing him. The family
asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to
Henderson County Humane Society, P O Box 162,
Athens, Texas 75751
Janet (Thompson) Marshall
Feb 28, 1938 - Nov 16, 2010
Janet T. Marshall, 72, of Gilmer, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16,
2010, in Tyler.
Janet was born Feb. 28, 1938, in Corsicana to Jack H. and Eddie Bess
Thompson. She grew up in Corsicana, completing school there and
attended Baylor University. Janet married Tom C. Marshall and they
shared many happy years together. She was a member of the First
Baptist Church in Gilmer, a former member of Twentieth Century Club,
and a volunteer at the Upshur County Museum.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Tom C. Marshall.
Survivors include a brother, Jack H. Thompson Jr. and his wife Sue
of Fredericksburg; sons, Mark Marshall and his wife Connie of Lucas,
and Matt Marshall and his wife Janet of Little Rock, Ark.;
grandchildren, Connor, Garrison, Evan and Reece.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at
Sunset Memorial Park in Gilmer.
The family requests memorials be made to the Upshur County Museum,
119 Simpson, Gilmer, Texas, 75644
No formal visitation is scheduled.
Arrangements by Croley Funeral Home, Gilmer.
Martha Lynn (Kirkland) Weempe
Oct 15 1939 - Jan 3, 2010
Lynn Kirkland Weempe went to be with her Lord on Jan. 3,
2010. She fought a brave and courageous battle following
surgery for three months, always surrounded by loving
family, friends and church family.
She celebrated her 70th birthday in the hospital.
Martha was born on Oct. 15, 1939, to William Wilson and
Bootsie Lester Kirkland. She graduated from Axtell High
School in 1957. On Aug. 31, 1957, she married her high
school sweetheart Howard Weempe. Three children blessed this
union. They were reared in a Christian home full of joy and
love for each other. The happy couple celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary in 2007 with their family and many
After moving to Corsicana 24 years ago, Martha became
involved with real estate, first as a secretary and then as
an agent after earning her license. She approached her job
as Realtor with a cheerful smile treating all with integrity
and assisting each to find the ideal home. She was named
Outstanding Real Estate Agent, Million Dollar Sales
Associate and Realtor of the Year by the Chamber of
Commerce. She was a lifetime member of the Newcomers Club
and active member and past president of American Business
Martha and Howard joined Northside Baptist Church soon after
moving to Corsicana. She was an active member of the choir,
enjoying singing and the fellowship of members. She devoted
her time to a number of church committees through the years.
Martha was a loving caregiver to both her mother-in-law and
her mother. She was a familiar face in the assisted living
and nursing home making sure Bootsie received the best of
care. Many lives were touched by her friendly smile and
compassion for others.
One of the great joys of Martha’s life was attending
sporting and special events for her children, especially the
grandchildren who referred to her as Nana. She and Howard
strongly supported all family members with their love and
Martha is survived by her husband, Howard Weempe; children,
William Weempe and wife Cheryl of Rockport, Mike Weempe of
Richland, and Debra Killingsworth and husband Brian of
Mildred; seven grandchildren, J.T. Weempe and wife Amanda of
Victoria, Bryce Weempe and wife Matina of Victoria, Nicole
Marvel and husband Brad of Rockport, David Weempe of Waco,
Cara Weempe of College Station, Bret and Blake Killingsworth
of Mildred; and four great-grandchildren, Connor and Madisyn
Weempe, Rhy and Sadee Marvel; sister, Sandra Shelton of
McKinney, brother, Bill Kirkland and wife Kay of Academy;
and a host of loving family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7,
at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at Northside Baptist
Church. Interment will be at Billington Cemetery, McLennan
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be
made to the Building Fund of Northside Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Jane (Ivy) Cook
Jan 18, 1948 - May 1, 2010
Lettie Jane Ivy Cook of Barry, formerly of Blooming Grove, passed
away Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. Mrs.
Cook was born Jan. 18, 1948, in Fairfield to Woodrow and Lily
Forehand Ivy. She attended school in Fairfield and received her
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin University.
She also completed her administration certification and worked
toward her superintendent’s certification. Janie was a greatly loved
and highly respected kindergarten teacher both in Baytown and
Blooming Grove for over 32 years.
Viewing will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 6, and from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in
Corsicana. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday,
May 8, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Fairfield. Services will
be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
in Fairfield. Interment will follow at the Fairfield Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jason Cook, Andy Cook, Jeff Ivy, David Ivy, John
C. Head IV and Charles Robert Ivy Head.
Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow Ivy and Lily
Forehand Ivy; and her brother, John Bruce Ivy.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 34 years, Hal Cook Jr. of
Barry; children, Andy Cook and wife Lori of Mineola and Lisa Cook
Sem and husband Michael of Longmont, Colo. Grandchildren are Annalee
Cook and Ruby and Lyra Sem. She is also survived by her sister,
Madie Ivy Head of New York City, N.Y., and sister-in-law, Joanna
Smyly Ivy of Lake Jackson; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Kay
Cook of Baytown; nephews, John C. Head IV of Cambridge, Mass.,
Charles Robert Ivy Head of Norwalk, Conn., David Ivy and wife Erin
of Austin, Jeff Ivy of San Marcos, Jason Cook of Dickinson, and
Randall Cook of Fallbrook, Calif.
Mrs. Cook was an active volunteer in her community and participated
in many service organizations including Blooming Grove Historical
Society, the Lions Club and Friends of the Corsicana Library. She
was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and First Baptist Church of Blooming
Mrs. Cook and her family have sponsored a Blooming Grove High School
scholarship and would appreciate contributions in lieu of flowers to
the Ruth Ramsey Scholarship Fund Inc., Jane Ivy Cook Scholarship,
P.O. Box 55, Blooming Grove, TX 76626.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield. ∞
Mar 28, 1927 – Apr 26, 2010
Henry Woodard, 83, of Decatur went to be with our Lord
Monday, April 26, 2010, in Decatur.
Funeral service is 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at
Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary
Sessions officiating. Interment will follow in Oaklawn
Cemetery in Decatur.
Charles was born March 28, 1927, in Corsicana to Abel Henry
and Bessie Flora Brown Woodard. He graduated from Texas
Wesleyan College in Fort Worth with a master in education.
He retired from Birdville ISD after 31 years of teaching.
Charles was a dedicated teacher who wanted each one of his
students to succeed. After his retirement, Charles opened
his antique store, Charles’ Antiques in Decatur, and was in
the antique business for over 30 years. He was deacon at
Twin Oaks Assembly of God church.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his nieces, Edna
Sanders of Dimmitt and Jane McManus of Arlington; nephews,
Luther Follis of Edgewood, Randy Follis of Aztec, N.M., and
Joe Woodard of Fort Worth; and numerous great-nieces,
great-nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Family requests memorials be made to Solaris Hospice, 2250
S. FM 51, Decatur, TX 76234; or Twin Oaks Assembly of God,
P.O. Box 668, Bridgeport, TX 76426.
Arrangements by Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home, Decatur.
Mar 10, 1930 - June 15, 2010
E. Moore Jr., 80, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at the
Woodlands Assisted Living Center in Eastland. Funeral
services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 18, at the First
Christian Church in Breckenridge with the Rev. Greg
Porterfield and Charles Kuhn officiating. Interment was held
at the Breckenridge Cemetery.
Mr. Moore was born March 10, 1930, in Corsicana to Clara and
Virgil E. Moore Sr. He was a paper boy for the Corsicana
Daily Sun, and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1947.
He also attended Navarro Junior College and North Texas
He married Ellen Frances Wills in February 1951. The couple
enjoyed more than 59 years together.
Mr. Moore was a life-long newspaper man, having worked in
his early career for papers in Dallas, Del Rio, Edinburg,
Eastland, Hereford and Bowie. He purchased the Archer County
News in 1961, and moved to Breckenridge in February 1963
after he and Onus Dick bought the Breckenridge American. He
later purchased his partner’s interest in 1971. Mr. Moore
published the American until 1989 when he retired and sold
the paper to his son Virgil III.
He was elected mayor of Breckenridge in 1996 where he served
five terms (10 years), the longest tenure of any
Breckenridge mayor. He retired in 2006.
Among his many accomplishments, he was past president of the
Breckenridge Lions Club, Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce
and West Texas Press Association. He was past chairman of
the board, a member of the Meridian Sunday School class, a
deacon and elder of First Christian Church of Breckenridge,
and was past chairman of the Stephens County United Fund. He
was recognized in 1969 as Citizen of the Year by the
Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce. He also received numerous
awards including the Community Builder Award from the
Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas and the Jack Weich Fellowship
Award from Lions International.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Frances of Breckenridge;
one son, Virgil Moore III and his wife Elaine; a
daughter-in-law, Carla Moore; three grandchildren, Van,
Vince, and Sarah; and three great-grandsons, Evan, Aaron and
Gabryel, all of Breckenridge; one sister, Mary Bird Beamon
of Corsicana; a stepbrother, James Ward and wife Joan of
Waco; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents; a son, Richard Moore; a sister, Jerome
House Roxburgh; five brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.
The family requests that any memorials be made to the First
Christian Church Helping Hand Fund or the Texas Lions Camp.
Arrangements by Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home, Breckenridge.
Oct 15, 1935 - Apr 13, 2010
Dorothy Bilton Dillman, 74, of Dawson, passed away Tuesday, April
13, 2010, at a Waco hospital. The family will receive friends from 6
to 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. Funeral
services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at First Baptist Church
of Dawson with the Rev. Bill Klinglesmith and the Rev. Les Mantonya
officiating. Interment will follow at Wortham Cemetery. Pallbearers
will be her nephews.
Dorothy was born Oct. 15, 1935, in Kerens, one of nine children of
Albert L. and Vera (DeBusk) Bilton. Her family moved to Wortham in
1944 and she was a graduate of Wortham High School where she was a
cheerleader and active in FHA. After high school, she attended
Wayland Baptist University in Plainview and later also took classes
at the University of Houston. She married Martin Dillman in Houston
in 1962 and they bought a ranch near Dawson in the late 1970s.
Dorothy worked in management for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
(AT&T) from 1955 to 1983, working mostly in Houston but also in
Dallas and Waco. She and her husband later moved to Dawson
permanently and she loved being a rancher and farmer, driving a
tractor and gardening, giving away most of what she produced.
Dorothy was very giving of herself and was a caregiver for her
mother, her sisters and her husband. She was active in the Dawson
Study Club and was a very active member of First Baptist Church of
Dawson where she taught Sunday school and served on many committees.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Martin,
in 1988; a brother, Vernon Bilton; and three sisters, Lou Bilton
Bates, Beatrice Bilton Parker and Marge Bilton Yerkes.
Survivors include her son, Michael Anthony Dillman of Hawaii;
grandson, Adam Dillman of Hawaii; brother, Henry Bilton and wife
Mary of Sumter, S.C., brother, Herbert Bilton and wife Janis of Deer
Park; sister, Nell Shetter of Deer Park; and brother, Billy Don
Bilton and wife Elna of Conroe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Dawson, 407 N.
Main, St., Dawson, TX 76639.
Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home, Hubbard.
June 3, 1934 – Feb 4, 2010
Roger T. Womack was born in Meridian in Bosque County on June 3,
1934 to Grace Craig and Riley T. Womack.
He was a retired Marine Corps Captain and a veteran of
Vietnam earning a Purple
Heart and a Bronze Star for valor in Korea.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from West Texas
State University, was member of the National Genealogical Society,
Phi Alpha Theta and First Families of America.
Military Graveside services will be held at the
Richland Cemetery in
Richland, Texas at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, with the Reverend
Lyle Metzler officiating.
Survivors include, two aunts, Jo Knight and Mrs. Louise Nance of
Waco; brothers, Kenneth Bullard of Sun City, Calif., and Lauren
Bullard of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo; wife of 30 years, Patsy Womack of
Richland; daughter, Erika Weaver and son Mark Womack, both of
California; step daughters, Katherine Turner of Waco, and Margaret
Bosma of Richland; grandchildren, Kelsey Weaver of California,
Kenneth Merriman of Florida, Katherine Renee Turner and Michael
Turner of Waco.
Arrangements by Porter Funeral Home, Mexia.
Nov 8, 1924 - Nov 6, 2010
E. McCrary, 85, passed away on Nov. 6, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John P. McCrary.
Survivors include her son, John W. McCrary; granddaughter,
Sharon L. Lewis; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Megan
Lewis; brother, Buke Cates; she is also survived by numerous
nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 11, 2010, at Earthman Resthaven.
Funeral services will follow the visitation at 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, in the Chapel of Earthman
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12,
2010, at Richland
Cemetery in Richland.
Arrangements by Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home, Houston.
Jun 22, 1890 - Aug 1, 1930
Mrs. E. B. Cagle received word Friday that her counsin, Coleman
Howard of Blooming Grove was dead. He was buried in
White Church cemetery
Coleman Howard Passed Away Friday Morning
John Coleman Howard, age 40 years, died at his home here Friday,
August 1, at 7 a.m. as the results of serveral weeks illness with
heart trouble. Funeral services were held at the residence at 4 p.m.
Saturday with Rev. E. L. Jones, pastor of the First Baptist church
Interment was in
White Church cemetery.
Coleman's many friends were surprised when it was learned that his
condition was serious and that he had leakage of the heart.
The deceases is survived by his wife and four children, two boys and
two girls; his father, Henry Howard, of Corsicana; two brothers,
Jeff and Flem Howard, of Ranger.
- The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Aug 8, 1930
- Submitted by Karen Rost
Jan 8, 1844 - May 6, 1927
AGED WOMAN DIED NEAR DRESDEN; HAD LIVED AT RALEIGH
Miss Evelyn Drummond, aged 82 years, died Friday, May 6th, in the
home of Joe Minafee, south of Dresden. Interment was in
Miss Drummond had lived in the Raleigh community the greater part of
her life and was known by many who counted her a friend and mourn
her departure. Blooming Grove Times.
Apr 28, 1936
The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Binson was buried in
Dresden cemetery last
Feb 14, 1871 - Jan 17, 1934
J. A. Moore of Raleigh Buried Friday Afternoon
BLOOMING GROVE, Jan. 20. – Funeral services for J. A. Moore, 62, of
Raleigh, who died Wednesday night, were held Friday afternoon at
Surviving are his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Ola Riggs, Purdon;
Mrs. Fannie McFarland, Malakoff; and Miss Volta Moore, Fort Worth; a
son, N. T. Moore, Raleigh; 13 grandchildren, four brothers and a
Jun 25, 1904 - Feb 22, 1931
Mrs. Joe Brennon, age 26, died Sunday evening at her home in Wichita Falls, following a long illness. The body arrived here Tuesday
morning. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church at 11 o’clock and were conducted by Rev. Geo. Henry. Surviving are her
husband, one son, mother and several brothers She will be remembered as Miss Fanny Darby, having lived here several years ago. Burial was
in the Rice cemetery under direction of W. F. Hodge. A large number of out of town friends
attended the funeral.
Lera (Cox) Spencer
Oct 29, 1908 – Feb 17, 1931
RICE, Feb. 22, – (Sp) – Mrs. Jno. D. Spencer, age 22, died Tuesday night, Feb. 17, in the Navarro Clinic where she had been ill for the
past six weeks. Her death came as a surprise as she was thought to have been improving for a few days. Mrs. Spencer had been a resident
of Rice for the past eight years, where she made numerous friends.
She was formerly Miss Lera Cox. She was married to John D. Spencer, Jan. 11, 1925
Mrs. Spencer is survived by her husband, two children, mother, one sister, two brothers and a number of other relatives.
Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church in the presence of one of the largest crowds that
ever attended a funeral in Rice, which spoke of the high esteem in which she was held in her community. Mrs. Spencer was a member of
the Baptist church and services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Day of Streetman, her former pastor, assisted by Rev. H. C. Bowman and G.
H. Henry of Rice. Rev. day paid a very tender and beautiful tribute to her memory. Interment as made in the
Rice cemetery under the direction of W. F. Hodge, local undertaker, in the midst of a
profuse floral offering. The pallbearers were M. E. Meadford, J. D. Pollon, M. S. Miles, L. B. Blount, S. W. South, J. R. Pollon.
Out of town relatives and friends here to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Irby Henderson, Grand Saline; Mrs. J. Lee Sanders,
Wills Point; Mr. and Mrs. J. V. and Boba Greer, Celina; Mrs. C. D. Cox, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Fielder and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Adron,
Jr. and Mrs. Bill Carr, Miss Ella Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Bostic of Dallas, Mr. J. R. Long and son, Eugene, Mrs. Hall of Goose Creek,
Mr. and Mrs. Tanner, Misses King Sharp and Harllee, Mr. and Mrs. Estes, Mr. and Mrs. Huff, Mrs. Pyburn, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer, Mr. and
Mrs. Bradford, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Weaver, Mrs. S. D. Brewer, Mrs. R. B. Mitchell and R. T. Caton of Corsicana, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. W. C.
Gatlin, Mrs. Lee Earls, Mrs. C. A. Nowlin, Mr. and Mrs. Munn of Ennis, Mr. and Mrs. Law of White Deer.
Rice Woman Dies In Local Hospital Burial Wednesday
Mrs. John Spencer, aged 22, of Rice died in the Navarro Clinic Tuesday night after an illness of several weeks. The body was
prepared for burial by the Sutherland Funeral Home and taken overland to Rice, where funeral services were held Wednesday
afternoon at 3 o’clock in the First Methodist church, Rev. H. C. Bowman conducting the service.
She is survived by her husband, one child, her mother and other relatives.
Sept 23, 1911 - Oct 10, 1922
Daughter Prominent Farmer Died Tuesday
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Rbt. H. Witherspoon of Chatfield sympathize with them sincerely and deeply in the death of their
little daughter Bessie, which took place at the P. and S. hospital late yesterday afternoon following an operation of a few hours
before for appendicitis.
Bessie, who was eleven years old was an unusually bright and pretty child, a favorite with all who knew her, and her sudden death has
cast a gloom not only over the people of Chatfield, the family home, but has caused sorrow to many hearts in Corsicana. and elsewhere
among the friends of the family.
The remains were taken home immediately after death, and the funeral there today was largely attended, and there were many beautiful
William Ceberry Garner
Rice, Tex ,March 24, - W.C. Garner, a resident of this community for the last fifty years, died last night and was buried in
Martha Rebecca (Burke) Brown
Oct 17, 1880 - Apr 23, 1965
Mrs. Brown Of Dallas Dies, Rites Saturday
Mrs. Martha Burke Brown, 84, native of Navarro county, 3142 Satsuma drive, Dallas, died in a Dallas hospital Friday morning.
Funeral services will be held from the Corley Chapel Saturday at 3 p. m. with burial in the
Postoak cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Fred F. Adams, pastor of the Preston Hollow Methodist church.
Born north of Powell, Mrs. Brown was a graduate of Baylor University, Waco, and attended Chicago University. She formerly
taught school at Powell and other places and owned farm properties north of Powell. She spent most of her life as a resident of Waco,
moving to Dallas nine years ago.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. Harlan Brown, a brother, J. Harrison Burke, Powell; three grandchildren, two great -
grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Sarah Ann (Butler) Davis
May 17, 1883 - Dec 18, 1976
SARAH DAVIS BURIED DEC. 20
Mrs. Edna Ballew and Robert Ballew attended the funeral of her aunt Sarah Davis in Corsicana, Monday, Dec. 20. She was 93 years old and
lived with her son.
Mrs. Davis entered Navarro County Memorial Hospital in Corsicana on Friday, Dec. 17 for heart failure and died on Dec. 18.
She was born in the Emmett Community and was a member of the Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana.
The funeral was held in Corsicana with burial in the
Postoak cemetery, near Roane. She was the mother of 12 children, three of whom preceded her
- The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, December 29, 1976
- Submitted by Karen Rost
- w/o William Jacob Davis - d/o James G. Butler and Valencia (Bryant) Butler - from death certificate
Services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Sarah A. Davis, 93, resident of Corsicana, who died
Saturday at Memorial Hospital.
The Rev. David Hale was to officiate, with burial following at
Post Oak Cemetery.
She was a native of Raleigh in Navarro County, lived in Corsicana 30 years, and was a member of the Northside Baptist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Roy Davis, Bill Davis, and Dubart Davis all of Corsicana; Carl Davis of Houston and Harvey Davis of Dallas;
four daughters, Mrs. Velma Runnels of Orange, Mrs. Eura Elmore of Corsicana, Mrs. Geneva Elmore and Mrs. Wilma Starks both of Houston;
21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, three
great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
William Jacob Davis
Mar 6, 1874 - Jan 2, 1945
FUNERAL SERVICES FRIDAY AFTERNOON
Funeral services for W. J. Davis, 70, who died at his home in the Black Hills community Tuesday morning, will be held Friday afternoon
at 3 o'clock from the Corley Chapel. Revs. Jack Goff and J. I. Cartlidge will conduct the rites. Burial will be in
Post Oak Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Black Hills; four daughters, Mrs. Velma Runnels, Corsicana; Mrs. Eura Elmore, Corsicana; Mrs. Geneva Elmore,
Corsicana; Mrs. Wilma Starks, Houston; five sons, Roy Davis, Black Hills; Harvey Davis, Corsicana; Pt. William Davis, U. S. army;
Dubart Davis, U. S. Navy; Corp. Butler Davis, U. S. army, a brother, five sisters and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be R. R. Owen, Walter Hamilton, Henry Slate, Guy Poarch, John Bragg, and Ernest Cook.
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR W. J. DAVIS SET FOR THURSDAY
Funeral services for W. J. Davis, 70, who died at his home in the Black Hills community Tuesday morning, will probably be held from
the Corley Chapel Thursday afternoon. Revs. Jack Goff and J. I. Cartlidge will conduct the rites and interment will be in
Post Oak cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Black Hills; five sons, Roy Davis, Black Hills; Harvey Davis, Corsicana; Pvt. William E. Davis, U. S. Army,
Fort Knox, Ky.; Dubart Davis, S-2c U. S. Navy; Corp. Butler Davis, U. S. Army, somewhere in England; four daughters, Mrs. Velma
Russell, Corsicana; Mrs. Eura Elmore, Corsicana; Mrs. Geneva Elmore, Corsicana; Mrs. Wilma Starks, Houston; a brother, Jim Davis, Mabank;
five sisters, Mrs. Sallie Baker, Mabank; Mrs. Maggie Dixon, Athens; Mrs. Daisy Chandler, Freer; Mrs. Ann Ashcroft, Gould, Ark.; Mrs.
Ethel Johnson, Dallas, and other relatives.
abt 1938 - Mar 30, 2012
Evelyn Dunlap, 74, resident of Dallas, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 at her residence. Graveside Rites are 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4,
2012 at Chatfield Cemetery.
Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.
Edward Franklin Easley
Apr 5, 1930 - Apr 7, 2012
"PaPa" Franklin Easley, beloved husband, loving father, caring grandfather and great grandfather, passed away
peacefully Saturday, April 7, 2012 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler surrounded by his loving wife, children and
grandchildren. He was 82 and a resident of Corsicana. Edward was born April 5, 1930 in Emhouse to Johnnie Franklin Easley
and Bertha Mae Lee Easley.
Edward married Valley Jo Keeton Easley on April 17, 1953 in Corsicana, they had one son and four daughters. Edward
worked for Lone Star Gas Company where he retired after working there for 38 years. He was a Baptist. He was a
veteran having served four years in the Army in the Korean
War. He loved to go camping with his family and friends. He enjoyed making wood crafts for his children and
Edward is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Jessica Lane and grandson James Ferguson.
Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years; Jo, one son, Lynn Easley and wife Tabbey of Dawson; four daughters, Dana
Martin and husband Jackie of Corsicana, Paula Kirkwood and Randy Trull of Corsicana, Jennifer Lane of Keller, Donna
Ferguson and husband Richard of Corsicana; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, brother, Darwin Easley and wife
Georgia of Murphy; two sisters, Josephine Waller and husband Billy of Corsicana, Sheila Mason and husband John of
Corsicana; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 11a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012
at Younger Cemetery in Silver City with Rev. Darren Heil and
Danny "Quimby" Miles officiating. Pallbearers will be Danny Motley, Kenneth Martin, James Trull, Tommy Jenkins, Darrell
Waller and Robert Miles.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.