Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Mary Lou (Cocke) Holbrook
June 18, 1929 - Feb 28, 2012
Mary 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 daughter.”

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 and nephews.


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

Mayna Lee Tekell, 92, formerly of Crane, Texas passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Middleton, Wis.

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.


Jewell Holland
Aug 1, 1919 - Jul 20, 1928


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.

Respectfully submitted.

J. W. and L. A. CURRY,
J. A. and M. E. Watts,


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.



In Memoriam.
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.




Virginia “Buddy” (Boddery) Sykes
Mar 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.




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,


Lenora Newsome
July 20, 1916 – May 28, 2010

Lenora 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 Worth.

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 in Powell.

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.


Bruce Wayne Bryson
Sept 28, 1951 – Mar 20, 2012

Bruce 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 him.

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 productions.

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 Autistic Children.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Joe Williams
Nov 1, 1921 – July 5, 1997


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 organizations.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun – Friday, July 11, 1997
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • Burial: Waxahachie City Cemetery, Waxahachie, Ellis Co., TX
  • s/o Alvin Benjamin Williams and Aline (Bowen) Williams

Lewis William Martin
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, Oklahoma.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Homer Bates Jester
Mar 19, 1918 – Aug 2, 1997

Homer Bates Jester, Jr., 79, a native of Corsicana, died Aug. 2, in Dallas.

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.


Jimmie Little
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.


Sadie 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.


Mildred Marie (Blackwell) Merrill
July 15, 1925 - Dec 18, 2008


Marie 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 individuals.

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 Hospice.

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 Home.


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.


Philip Wayne Lockhart
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.


Kitty Elaine Hollifield
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, Hubbard.


Mona 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.


Leah Virginia Payne
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.


John Mack Longorio
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) Varnell-Lynch
Dec 5, 1918 – Nov 20, 2010

Ruby 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 of friends.

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.


Barbara Ann Nesbitt
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 Mortuary.

Jerry Dean Brooks
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.


Lenora Elizabeth (Slaughter) York-Williamson
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.


Nolen Vest
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.


William Duard Belote Sr.
Oct 13, 1938 - Nov 8, 2010

William 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 Cemetery.

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 a family.

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 gamer”.

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 in-laws.

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 Alexander.

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.


Betty Lee (Luther) Morris
Sep 18, 1932 - Aug 24, 2010

Betty Morris, 77, of Edgewood, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in Tyler.

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 Edgewood.

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 side.

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 years.

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 days.

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 qualities.

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 Alexander officiating.

Arrangements by Grace Gardens Funeral Home and Crematorium, Waco.


Marvin Allen Mahoney
Mar 25, 1927 - Apr 8, 2010

Marvin 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 4-H program.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery.


Callie Beatrice (Daniel) Murphree
Aug 1, 1927 – Mar 30, 2010

Our mom will be celebrating Easter this year in heaven with her Lord.

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 Robert Whitfield.

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 Cemetery.

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 Butler.

Arrangements by Hannigan Smith Funeral Home, Athens.


Amelia “Molly” 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 friends.

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, Peter.

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 great grandchildren.

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 McHenry.

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 Corsicana and East End Funeral Home of the Bronx.


Jack William Smith
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 cousins.

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 National Cemetery.

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 officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at 3:00 P M in Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery.

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

Martha 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 friends.

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 Women's Association.

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 presence.

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 Bootsie Kirkland.

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 County.

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.


Lettie 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 Grove.

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. ∞


Charles Henry Woodard
Mar 28, 1927 – Apr 26, 2010

Charles 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.


Virgil E. Moore Jr.
Mar 10, 1930 - June 15, 2010

Virgil 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 State University.

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.


Dorothy Bilton Dillman
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.


Roger Thomas Womack
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 Korea and 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.


Johnnie Evelyn McCrary
Nov 8, 1924 - Nov 6, 2010

Johnnie 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 Resthaven.

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.


John Coleman Howard
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 Saturday evening.



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 conducting.
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

Laura Evelyn Drummond
Jan 8, 1844 - May 6, 1927


Miss Evelyn Drummond, aged 82 years, died Friday, May 6th, in the home of Joe Minafee, south of Dresden. Interment was in Dresden cemetery Saturday.

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.


Barbara Gail Brinson
Apr 28, 1936

The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Binson was buried in Dresden cemetery last Wednesday afternoon.


James Aiken "Jim" Moore
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 Dresden.

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 sister.


Frances Darby Brennan
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.


Mattie Elizabeth "Betsy" Witherspoon
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 flowers.


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 Chatfield Cemetery today.


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


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 in death.


  • 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


Mrs. Davis

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 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, 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.


Evelyn Dunlap
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

Edward "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 grandchildren.

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.


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