Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



James R. Fletcher Sr.
Mar 22, 1868 - Dec 25, 1937


J. E. Fletcher, aged 70 years, died in the P. and S. Hospital Saturday afternoon at 12:45 o'clock from automobile injuries sustained about noon at Kerens. Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Stockton Funeral Home in Kerens Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with interment in the Long Prairie cemetery. Rev. M.O. Cheek, pastor of the First Baptist church in Kerens, conducted the rites.

According to information received here, Mr. Fletcher was struck by a car driven by a man who resides near Cleburne as he was walking across Highway 31. The driver of the car was not detailed. The name of the motorist was now known here.

Mr. Fletcher's death was the thirteenth auto fatality in Navarro county this year. He formerly was engaged in farming.

Surviving are a son, Calvin Fletcher, Kerens, four daughters, Mrs. W.G. Morris, Corsicana; Mrs. Bill Teets, Kerens, Mrs. Cap Hawkins, Kerens and Mrs. Teets, Trinidad and other relatives.


Eileen Shirley (Golden) Bobkoff-London-Raffkind
Aug 13, 1925 - Apr 12, 2012

Eileen Golden Bobkoff Raffkind, age 86, of San Antonio died Thursday, April 12, 2012. She was born Aug. 13, 1925 in Fort Worth, Texas to Labe and Bessie Golden.

Eileen grew up in Corsicana and later met and married Burney Bobkoff.
They raised their family in Corsicana. After Burney’s death in 1971, she later moved to Dallas, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burney; as well as her parents, and two brothers, J. Y. and Erwin Golden. Eileen is survived by her children, Karyn Katz and husband, Steve, Lauri Odness and husband, Brian; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Kyle, Ethan and Eric; sister, Norene Nye; sister-in-law, Claire Golden; brother-in-law, Kenneth Bobkoff; and numerous nieces, nephews and family friends.

Funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Temple Beth-El, Wulfe Sanctuary, 211 Belknap Place, San Antonio, Texas with Rabbi Barry H.D. Block officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2012 at Corsicana Hebrew Cemetery on Second Ave.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer and Therapy Research Center (CTRC) Attn: Donations, 7979 Wurzbach, #600, San Antonio, Texas 78229 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 7400 Louis Pasteur, #200, San Antonio, Texas 78229.

Arrangements by Porter-Loring Funeral Home, San Antonio, Texas.


Kimmel Leon Collins
Dec 1, 1908 - Mar 13, 1909


Kimmel Leon Collins, son of F.W. Collins, Cryer Creek, March, 13, aged 3 months.


Ollie (French) Jordan
Oct 11, 1901 - May 30, 1930

Alliance Hall News.
Word was received here late Friday afternoon of the death of Mrs. Ollie Jourden, who died suddenly at her home near Emmett. She was the daughter of Mrs. Gardner French of this Community. Mrs. Jourden was raised among
us and our entire community was saddened to hear of her death.



On May 30, 1930, the Death Angel visited the home of Mr. George Jordon and took from him his loving wife, Mrs. Ollie Jordon. It was so hard to give her up but God knows best.
Ollie was a true Christian, always ready to help any one in need. She was married October 4, 1920 to George Jordon. To this union four children were born Dortha, Brewster and Jaunita one child dying in infancy. To the broken-hearted husband and mother: Weep not for sheis at rest with Jesus. To her family Ollie was ever faithful and true. To know her was to love her.
The home will be dark and lonely without her, but strive to live a life to meet her on that bright and happy shore.
Ollie had been sick only a short time, her death came as a shock to the entire community.
Beside her husband and children, she leaves a broken-hearted mother, Mrs. Dezzie French, four brothers and three sisters, Virce, Cecile, Rankin and Rodney French, Mrs. George Putman, Mrs. Leo Hubbard and Miss Florence
She was laid to rest in Emmett cemetery.
A loved one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is still.
A chair is vacant in our home.
Which never can be filled.

She is safe in the arms of Jesue,
In that land so fair,
Weep not dear ones, obey God’s rules,
Some day you’ll meet her there.

--Written by a Cousin.


Martha Allen (Lowe) Way
Nov 21, 1870 - Nov 3, 1960

Mrs. R. L. WayDies Thursday
Mrs. Martha Way, 89, widow of the late R. L. Way of Frost, died in Eunice, N. M., early Thursday.

Native of Purdon, Mrs. Way spent most of her life in Frost, going to New Mexico 14 years ago.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the First Methodist church at Frost. Officiating will be Rev. Noah McCain, pastor, and Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of Frost Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Lillie Hardin, Corsicana; Mrs. R. W. Bell, New Braunfels; Mrs. Annie Whisenhunt, Marshall, and Mrs. Roy Knott, Eunice, N. M.; a son Earl Way, Frost; 13 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be J. B. Jones, Joe Brown, J. C. Young, Guy Tullos, Jerry Sam Scott and W. F. Bonnett.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.


Hugh Thomas Gray, Sr.
Oct 18, 1894 - Oct 19, 1960

H. T. Gray, Sr.Services Held
H. T. Gray, Sr., 66, farmer, native of Raleigh, died Wednesday at his home, 3926 Mercury, Fort Worth, where he had resided the past 15 years.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. from the Corley Chapel. The rites were conducted by Rev. Norman Ferguson, pastor of the Northside Baptist church. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of Fort Worth; four sons, H. T. Gray, Jr., Dallas; Clois Gray, Odessa; Lee Smotherman, Orange, and Edwin Smotherman, Fort Worth; one daughter, Mrs. W. M. Ard, Corsicana; 24 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a brother, Oliver Gray, Mesquite; three sisters. Mrs. J. K. Elkins. Hempstead; Mrs. Herman McNeil, Fort Worth, and Mrs. E. T. Ellis, Beaumont and other relatives.

Grandsons were pallbearers.


William J. Brown
Apr 16, 1889 - Aug 14, 1960

Wm. J. Brown Rites Monday
William J. Brown, 71, of 1813 West Collin street, native of Frost, died Saturday night. Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. from the Griffin Chapel with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Harold Thompson, pastor of the First Methodist church in Frost.

Brown operated the Vogue cafe here in the 1920s and 1930s, and at one time was part owner of the Corsicana Oilers professional baseball club in the Texas Association.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. A. S. Handley. Corsicana, and Mrs. C. R. Hightower, Murchison, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Rufus Pevehouse, Rev. W. H. Brinkley, C. H. Williams, H. W. Keathley, Hubert Woolley, Merle Lynd, A. P. Mays, Granville Carroll and Elmer Keel.


Charles Washington “Charlie” Hampton
Mar 26, 1879 - Apr 23, 1960

C. W. Hampton Rites Monday
FROST, April 25. (Spl.)—Charles W. Hampton, 81, retired farmer, native of this community, died Saturday night in the Navarro Clinic in Corsicana.
Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Frost Baptist church with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Harold Thompson, pastor of the Methodist church here. Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Baptist church, is out of town. His wife died March 21, this year.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Susan Shepherd, Dallas; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were W. F. Bonnett, Jack Harrington, Pete Sharp, James Mitchell, Joe Brown and Rex Patterson.

McCormick Funeral Service directed.


William James “Jim” Brewer
Nov 15, 1866 - Mar 31, 1938

FROST, April 2.—W. J. Brewer, aged 72 years, long-time resident of Frost, died Thursday afternoon at Italy, Ellis county.


Evelyn Calhoun
Dec 15, 1916 - Aug 1, 1938

Former Secretary Of First Baptist Church Dies Frost
Miss Evelyn Calhoun, former secretary of the First Baptist church of Corsicana, passed away at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Calhoun of Frost, at 1:30 Monday morning. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist church of Frost at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. D. P. Cagle and Rev. E. T. Miller will conduct the services.


Samuel Raymond Jones
Jun 19, 1904 - Apr 27, 1974

FROST-Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Frost Baptist Church for Samuel Raymond Jones, 69, who died Saturday morning at
Memorial Hospital in Corsicana.

Rev. James Aldridge will officiate and burial will be at Frost Cemetery under the direction of the Bradley Funeral Home of Frost.

Jones was a native of Frost and a retired farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jewel Jones of Frost; one son, Jack Jones of Frost; a brother, J.B. Jones of Frost; one sister, Mrs. Leo Chamberlain of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Other funeral arrangements are pending.


Horace Houston Pritchett
Sep 13, 1908 - Mar 25, 1974

H. H. Pritchett
FROST — Funeral services are pending at the Bradley Funeral Home in Frost for Horace H. Pritchett, 66, who died at Waco Veterans Hospital Monday night.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Zelma Pritchett of Frost, and a son, Johnny Pritchett of Memphis, Tenn.


Thomas Ybarra
Apr. 5, 1895 - Mar. 15, 1974

Thomas Ybarra
FROST—Graveside services and burial will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Frost Cemetery for Thomas Ybarra, 80, retired Frost farmer who died Friday
in the Hillsboro Hospital. The Rev. James Aldridge, pastor of Frost Baptist Church, will officiate.

Services will be under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home.

Surviving are seven sons, Domingo and Ambrasio Ybarra, both of Frost, Pete and Pefolio Ybarra, both of Beeville, Paul Ybarra of Mertens, Juan Ybarra of Italy and Auralio Ybarra of Corsicana; two daughters, Miss Juanita Ybarra and Miss Leandra Ybarra, both of Frost; two sisters, Mrs. Ignacio Flores of Beeville and Mrs. Malaoba Sparza of Pettus, Texas; 26 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.


Lillie Maud (Tinsley) Smithey
Nov 8, 1900 - Mar 28, 1974

Mrs. Smithey
FROST — Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mertens Baptist Church for Mrs. Lillie Smithey, 73, of Mertens, who died Thursday at her home.

Rev. Bill Smith, pastor, and Rev. Dewey Baldwin Lakeview Baptist Church of Waco pastor, will officiate, and burial will be at Frost Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Bradley Funeral Home.

Survivors include her husband, J. O. Smithey of Mertens; three sons, Paul Smithey of Grand Prairie, John Smithey of Corpus Christi, and Lee Smithey of Duncanville; two daughters, Mrs. J. C. Williams of Waco and Mrs. Barney Williams of Austin; two brothers, J. D. Tinsley of Corpus Christi and Sam Tinsley of Whitney; three sisters, Mrs. Vollie Jaynes of Italy, Mrs. P. K. Perry of Arlington, and Mrs. Jim McIntosh of Virginia; 20 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Her son James H. Smithey died March 28, 1973.

Pallbearers include Ira Hassell, W. D. Culp, Warren Hohenberger, W. C. Daniel, C. R. Spencer, and A. C. Smith. She was a resident of Mertens
54 years.


Edward Lee Bell
Mar 4, 1910 - Jan 24, 1974

Ed Bell
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Griffin Funeral Home Chapel for Ed Bell, 63, of Corsicana, who died Thursday morning at Memorial Hospital. Rev. B. W. Johnson will officiate and Rev. James T. Davis will assist. Burial will be at Frost Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, Billy Ray Bell of Corsicana; six sisters. Mrs. Edna Basham, Mrs. Birdie Mae Abbott, Mrs. Harvell McCarter, Mrs. Helen McCarter, all of Corsicana, Mrs. Gladys Ewing of Blooming Grove and Miss Virdie Lee Bell of Carlsbad, Tex.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include James Phelps, Clifford Russell, Buford Russell, Pete Dixon, Ronnie McCarter and Ed Denn.


Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Taylor) Fikes
Mar 25, 1891 - Dec 13, 1974

Mrs. Fikes

BLOOMING GROVE-Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bradley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Lizzie Fikes, 83, native and lifelong resident of Italy who died Friday night in Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Corsicana. The Rev. Van Gauthe, pastor of Italy's Central Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, George Fikes of Italy; two sons, Tommy Fikes of Tulare, Calif., and Cecil Fikes of Italy; two daughters, Mrs. Carl Cockerman of Italy and Mrs. Ray Robinson of Blooming Grove; one brother, Willie Taylor of Coleman; six grandchildren, 14 great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A third son, Howard Fikes, preceded her in death on May 25, 1973.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Steele, Aubrey Berry, Wayne Hastings, Ordway Farrell, Elton Hester and Lockhart Rollins.


Anne Clemmie (Moseley) Keathley
Jan 12, 1869 - Sep 28, 1937

Mrs. Hamp Keathley, age 78 years, died suddenly at Mineral Wells Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at Frost Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. J. S. Huckabee, Methodist minister.

Mrs. Keathley was the widow of the late Hamp Keathley and had been a resident of the Jones Ranch community, near Frost, most of her life.

Surviving are eight sons, Charlie Keathley, Corsicana; H. W. Keathley, Corsicana; Hershell Keathley, Corsicana; Morris Keathley, Mexia; Rev. Bryan Keathley, now touring Europe; Mat Keathley, Dallas; Hampton Keathley, Houston; Forest Keathley, California; one daughter, Mrs. Charlie Mason, Brandon; a brother, Arch Mosley, West Texas; a sister, Mrs. Bessie CaIdwell, Fort Worth; 16 grandchildren and other relatives.

Found Dead on Porch.
MINERAL WELLS, Sept, 30.—(AP)—Funeral services will be held at Frost, Texas, today for Mrs. Hamp Keathley, 78, mother of the Rev. Bryan Keathley, former national chaplain for the American Legion.

She was found dead on the porch of the Reverend Keathley's home by grandchildren when they returned home from school yesterday. She was caring for the grandchildren while the Reverend and Mrs. Keathley were in Europe where he was to be on a program dedicating American memorials. Her home was at Brandon.


Ruthie “Ruf” (Massengale) Cook
Feb 15, 1910 - Apr 13, 1937

Frost Woman Was Buried Wednesday
FROST, April 17.—Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Massengale Cook, 27, were held from the Methodist church here Wednesday afternoon. She was reared in the Irene community and came here nine years ago after her marriage to A. P. (Pat) Cook. Surviving are her husband, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rufe Maasengale, Malone; five brothers, Pete Massengale, Dallas; Fred Massengale, Kilgore; Orville Massengale, Frost; Ben Massengale, Malone,
and Andy Massengale, Carlos; and two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Bruton, Malone. and Mrs. George Green, Irene.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Saturday, Apr 17, 1937
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Listed Ruf Massengale Cook –I am listing her as Ruthie “Ruf” (Massengale) Cook
    On her death certificate her name is Ruthie
  • w/o Andy Patterson “Pat” Cook d/o Ned Rufus “Rufe” Massengale and Lula Beatrice “Bee” (Caldwell) Massengale
  • Frost Cemetery, Frost, Navarro Co., TX

James Carl Stockard
Mar 9, 1886 - Aug 1, 1971


Carl Stockard, 85, a lifelong resident of Frost, died at about 10 p.m. Sunday in Evergreen Nursing Home of Corsicana after a long illness.

Funeral is to be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Frost Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery under the direction of McCormick Funeral Service of Frost. Rev. Mike Wilson of Frost will officiate.

Born March 9, 1886, near Frost, he was a retired farmer. He married Agnes Goodman on Dec. 3, 1911, in Mertens. He was a member of the Frost Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow of Frost; a son, Goodman Stockard of Fairfax, Va.; a daughter Mrs. Douglas Cruikshank of Springfield, Va.; two brothers, Tobe Stockard of Levelland and Marvin Stockard of Meridian; three sisters, Miss Bell Stockard of Meridian, Miss Molly Stockard of California, and Mrs. Hattie Payne of Oklahoma City, Okla.


Geneva Adaline (Ferguson) Sims-Hightower
Oct 5, 1897 - Dec 20, 1971

Mrs. Hightower
FROST (Spl.)—Funeral Services were to be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Frost Baptist Church for Mrs. R. L. Hightower, a resident of Frost for 40 years, who died Monday in Weatherford after a long illness. Burial will be in Frost Cemetery under the direction of the McCormick Funeral Service.

Surviving are three sons, Jethro Simms of Weatherford, Douglas Hightower of Corsicana and Dwayne Hightower of Kansas City, Mo.; three daughters, Mrs. Opal Faulk of Belton, Mrs. Miriam Hunt of Pasadena and Mrs. Syble Workman of Post; 24 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; a brother Carl Ferguson of Mesquite; and a sister, Mrs. Kellie Dossey of Jewett.

Mrs. Hightower had made her home for the past four years with her daughter, Mrs. Faulk, in Belton.


Addie May (West) Tullos
Oct 1, 1883 - Dec 20, 1971

Mrs. Tullos
FROST (Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. Addie Tullos, a longtime resident of Frost who died in Corpus Christi following an extended illness, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist Church in Frost, with the Rev. Frank Williams and the Rev. Wesley Howard officiating. Burial will follow in the Frost Cemetery under the direction of McCormick Funeral Service.

Preceded in death by her husband, Claude Tullos, Mrs. Tullos is survived by two sons, Donald Tullos of Corpus Christi, and Colby Tullos of Shreveport, La.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Otie Burns of Corsicana.


Martha Jane (Meadors) Hightower
Oct 3, 1861 - Apr 30, 1947

FROST, May 2.— (Spl.)— Mrs. Martha Jane Hightower, pioneer Frost resident and native of Old Cross Roads, died in Fort Worth Wednesday.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Frost Baptist church with interment in the local cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the church, and Rev. L. M. Lawhon, pastor of the Methodist church.

Surviving are five sons, Floyd Hightower, Benson, Ariz., Allen Hightower, Montrose, Calif.; Hubert Hightower, Corpus Christi; Ernest Hightower, Ft. McCavet, Texas, and Floyd Hightower, Frost; two daughters, Mrs. R. W. McKean, Fort Worth, and Mrs. Ernest Kirby, Lometa; a brother, W. F. Meador, Plainview; 31 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were G. L. Haley, P. L. Woolley, W. Q. Burns, A. F. Allen, Tom Pevehouse and Ab Pevehouse.

McCormick's Funeral Service directed.


Mary Susan "Mollie" (Spencer) Hampton
Sep 18, 1857 - Nov 26, 1947

Mrs. M. S. Hampton Dies At Dallas
Mrs. M. S. Hampton, a native of Frost, died in Dallas Wednesday morning at the age of 91. Funeral services and burial will be at Frost Thursday.

Survivors include one son, Charlie Hampton of Frost; a daughter Mrs. C. E. Shepherd of Dallas and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Laura Hampton of Corsicana.


Izetta Elizabeth (Kilpatrick) Strickling
Mar 8, 1922 - Mar 2, 1971

Mrs. Strickling Rites Friday
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Izetta Elizabeth Strickling, 48, Dallas, who died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. Officiating will be the Rev. H. Donald Skelton and the Rev. Larry Skelton of Dallas. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery. She was a native of Mississippi.

She is survived by her husband, Clifton L. Strickling, Dallas; four sons, John W., Jack k. and Charles R. Strickling, all of Dallas, and Clifton L. Strickling Jr., Salinas, Calif.; one Daughter, Mrs. F. H. Waits, Pine Bluff, Ark.; seven grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Bessie Kilpatrick and two sisters, Mrs. Rosilee Kowalski and Mrs. Velma Tanner, all of Memphis, Tenn.; and two brothers, Floyd Kilpatrick, Frost, and J. W. Kilpatrick, address unknown.

Pallbearers will be Truman Wheeler, Wallace Cook, Marion Toal, Charles Yates, Alvin Payne and Floyd Kilpatrick.



Strickling Rites
Funeral services were held Friday at 1 p.m. at Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Izetta Elizabeth Strickling, 48, Dallas, who died Tuesday. The Rev. H.
Donald Skelton and the Rev. Larry Shelton of Dallas officiated. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Her survivors include her husband, four sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren, her mother, two sisters and two brothers.


Henry Edward Honea
Apr 27, 1888 - Apr 13, 1971

Honea Rites
Funeral services for Henry E. (Ed) Honea, 82, who died Tuesday in Memorial Hospital, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Hibbitt officiating. Burial will be in Frost Cemetery.

A native of Alabama, he had lived in Corsicana since 1902 and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He was retired from the maintenance department of the Texas Highway Department.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. D. P. McNeil and Mrs. C. E. Williams of Corsicana; two sons, Cecil M. Honea of Fort Worth and Havis Dortch of Dallas; ten grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence A. Honea of Tyler; three sisters, Mrs. D. M. Shelton of Dublin, Mrs. John Whitfield of Texarkana, and Mrs. D. L. Hambrick of Kerens.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.


Ralph Joseph Battistoni
Feb 18, 1918 - Jun 23, 1971

FROST—Graveside services for Ralph Battistoni, 53, are to be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Frost Cemetery under the direction of McCormick Funeral Home.

Battistoni died Wednesday in Galveston after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Battistoni of Galveston; one son, Lt. James R. Battistoni of Ocean Side, Cal.; and one daughter, Mrs. Judy M. Brewer of Galveston.


Bradford Thomas “Tom” Busby
July 20, 1868 - Sep 20, 1924

Frost Citizen Passed Away
Tom Busby, for many years a well known blacksmith at Frost, aged near 60 years, died in Southwest Texas Sunday, where he had gone for his health, and the remains were interred at Frost this afternoon. The deceased is survived by his wife and a grown son.


William Henry Childers
Mar 13, 1855 - Sep 3, 1924

Died at Frost Wednesday
William Childers, 70, and for many years a highly esteemed citizen of Frost, died at his home there Wednesday, and the funeral took place there yesterday. The deceased is survived by his wife and several grown children.


Christena J. English
Jan 7, 1912 - July 16, 1924


Funeral services for Christine English, age 12 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar English, who was accidently killed at the laundry at the State Home Wednesday afternoon were held at 4 o’clock this afternoon with interment in the family burying grounds at Frost. The services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Hollingsworth, Methodist minister of Frost.

The services were attended by a number of the children of the State Home, employees of the Home and a large concourse of friends and relatives of Frost.

Late Wednesday afternoon E. C. Burdine, foreman of the laundry at the State Orphan Home, was in the Sun office and explained while there the reason little Christine English the child who met her death at the wringer, happened to be in the laundry. Mr. Burdine said Christine had some of her own clothing in the batch that was being run through the wringer at the time and along with some other girls, was waiting to get her clothes as she wanted to iron them herself. Mr. Burdine was called for a few moments to another part of the laundry to look after something, and one of the little girls who was with Christine, came to him and explained “Christie is caught in the wringer!” Mr. Burdine says he looked in that direction and saw the unfortunate child on top of the wringer. He ran to her at once and stopped the machine as quickly as he could. A young man in the laundry with him came to his assistance and when they extricated the child’s body from the machine he saw one of her arms in the bottom of the wringer. The two carried the body to the hospital as rapidly as they could, and she died as the reached the hospital.

Mr. Burdine, who is a man of highest character and faithful to his duty was dreadfully distressed over the heartrending accident and the child’s cruel death cast a gloom over all of the occupants of the home. Just how the little girl got caught in the wringer is not known, and why she got close enough to the machine to get caught in it is also a mystery, as she was not in the habit of doing anything about the wringer or any other machinery of the laundry.


Lucy (Pevehouse) Sheppard
Oct 25, 1863 - Jan 9, 1956

Mrs. Sheppard Dies At Frost; Rites Wednesday
FROST, Jan. 10 (Spl.) — Mrs. Lucy Sheppard, 92, native of Texas, died at her home one mile east of town Monday afternoon after a brief illness. She had resided here 67 years and was one of the oldest members of the Frost Baptist church.

She was the daughter of the late Preston D. Pevehouse, a native Houston who once owned much of the land in the Houston downtown district near the turning basin and also land at Conroe where oil was discovered a few years ago.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church Wednesday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in the Frost cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Laura Hampton, Corsicana, who is ill in Chicago; Mrs. Lucille Yates, Hartsdale, N. Y., who is in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Mrs. Agnes Cherry; four sons, Abner and Preston Sheppard, both of Frost; Freddie Sheppard, Hurst, and Roy Lee Sheppard, Houston; three brothers, Preston Pevehouse, Houston; Johnny Pevehouse, Dallas, and Jimmy Pevehouse, San Antonio; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Northcutt, Houston;
Mrs. Mattie Gray, Smithfield, and Mrs. Linnie Baygent, Grayson, La.; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

McCormick Funeral service directs.


Anna Irene (Ethridge) Henderson
May 15, 1878 - Dec 28, 1956

Frost Rites For Mrs. A. Henderson
FROST, Dec. 29.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Anna Henderson, 78, well-known West end citizen and widow of the late Frank Henderson, a prominent landowner and citizen, died Friday night at her home here after an extended illness.

A native of Navarro county, she was born near Corsicana and moved to Frost in her early childhood.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist Church here with the pastor, the Rev. Earl Harper, officiating. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.

She is survived by a son, Frank Henderson, postmaster of Frost; daughter, Mary Ruth Henderson of Dallas; brother, W. R. Ethridge of Palestine; nephew Carl O’Dell of Brownwood, and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Tom Hooser, Rex Patterson, J. C. Young, Raymond Jones, Fletcher Bonnett, P. L. Woolley, Joe Parum and Hobert Hooser.


Aubrey Leone (Smith) Smith
Dec 21, 1891 - Oct 27, 1956

Sunday Services For Mrs. Smith
FROST, Oct. 27—(Spl.)— Mrs. Aubrey L. Smith, 64, long-time resident of this community, died Saturday morning in the Waxahachie Sanitarium after being stricken Friday morning here.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church Sunday at 2 p. m. with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor.

A native of Tennessee, she had resided here more than 50 years. Her late husband, Jerry Smith, died August 28.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ford Hawkins, Dallas; two brothers, Tom Smith, Waco, and Clyde Smith, Frost; two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Jackson, Dallas, and Mrs. Lecil Parker, Waco; two grandchildren, Ford Hawkins, Jr. and Jerry Ray Hawkins, both of Dallas; and other relatives.

She was a Baptist and a member of the WOW Circle.

Pallbearers will be Tom Hooser, Sammie Saunders, Jodie Sheppard, Norwood McMinn, Bruce McCormick and Rex Patterson.

McCormick Funeral Home will direct.


Harvey C. Smith 
May 14, 1900 - Nov 29, 1956

Victim Of Tree Rites Saturday
FROST, Nov., 30 — (Spl) — Funeral services for Harvey C. Smith, 56, bulldozer operator will be held from the First Methodist church here Saturday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Elmer Crabtree, Methodist minister of Slaton; Rev. Earl G.
Harper, pastor, and Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor of the Frost Baptist church.

Smith was instantly killed Friday morning on the Rush Creek ranch 11 miles southeast of Kerens. The top of a dead tree toppled over when the bulldozer struck the trunk in a clearing program. His skull was crushed by a large limb. His lifeless body was discovered by C. S. Pearce, Jr., owner of the ranch, and Vester Barnett, ranch foreman, after an employee had reported the machine's motor was running but it was not moving. He was employed by Joe Duncan, contractor.

Smith's death was the seventh violent death in Navarro county in five days. Four persons were killed in an automobile accident, one was fatally shot and another burned to death.

Surviving are his wife of Frost; five sons, Harvey C. Jr.; Bobby Glenn, James D., Jerry and Dave Smith, all of Dallas; five grandchildren; two brothers, W. J. Smith, Frost, and A. P. Smith, Dallas; five sisters, Mrs. Ora Posey, Grandview; Mrs. Ruth Crabtree, Slaton; Mrs. G. W. Scott, Italy; Miss Dora Smith and Mrs. Merle Loveland, both of Denver, Colo., and other relatives.

Nephews will be pallbearers. McCormick Funeral Service will direct.


Theodoshia Ernestine "Doshia" (Stegall) Templeton
Jan 1, 1872 - Apr 1, 1956

Mrs. Templeton Services Tuesday
Mrs. R. L. Templeton, 84, native of Sherman, long-time Frost resident died in the Twilight Home here Sunday night following an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held from the Frost Baptist church of which she was a member, Tuesday at 10 a. m. with burial in the Frost Cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. C. C. Ellis, pastor, assisted by Rev. Fred C. Wolf, Jr., rector of St. John's Episcopal church here.

Mrs. Templeton had resided in Frost since 1897. Her late husband, R. L. Templeton, retired Frost merchant, died five years ago.

Mrs. Templeton was the first patient admitted to the new Memorial Hospital here, August 11, 1952, being transferred from the old P. and S. Hospital. She also, was the first guest admitted to the Twilight Home when it was opened.

Surviving are two sons, Ben Templeton, Stephenville, and Tom J. Templeton, Lubbock; two daughters, Mrs. Billy Jackson and Mrs. Ted Tatum, both of Houston; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Jones, Frank Henderson, Tom Hooser, R. R. Hinkle, League Woolley and James Brown.

McCormick Funeral Service directs.


John Robert "Sweet" Sanders
Apr 8, 1883 - Feb 11, 1956

J. R. Sanders Is Buried At Frost
Funeral services for John Robert Sanders, 72, who died at his home in Malone Saturday, were held from the Marshall and Marshall Funeral Chapel in Hillsboro Sunday at 2 p. m. Burial was in the Frost Cemetery.

Prior to moving to Malone in 1951 Sanders had resided at Frost and Bynum. He married Miss Lena Moore in Corsicana in 1910. Surviving are his wife of Malone, a brother, R. T. Sanders, Athens; two sisters, Mrs. Kate Baker [Barton?], Corsicana, and Mrs. Mae Roddy, Muskogee, Okla.; two daughters, Mrs. B. L. Stricklin, Lubbock, and Mrs. R. O. Turner, Malone; two sons, J. F. Sanders, Bynum, and D. N. Sanders, Malone; 10 grandchildren and one


Robert Lee "Bob" Taylor
About 1933 - April 6, 2012

Mr. Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Taylor, 79, of Purdon, passed away April 6, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital. Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev.
Dairy Johnson and the Rev. Paul Lawson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by M.R. Smith Parlor for Funerals, Corsicana.


Allene White
Sep 18, 1918 - Apr 5, 2012

Ms. Allene White, 93, of Houston passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Winterhaven Nursing Home in Houston, Texas. Visitation will be 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.  Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.



Ms. Allene White, 93, of Houston passed away on April 5, 2012, at Winterhaven Nursing Home in Houston, Texas. She was born September 18, 1918 in Dresden, Texas to William Harrison and Roxie Lee White.

Ms. White was a retired phone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone. Ms. White was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Ruby Reagan and Pauline Blake and brothers; Otis White and Kirby White.

She is survived by nieces; Janett and husband, Bill McDaniel of Houston and Patricia Marshall of Savannah, Georgia, and nephew, Charles Blake of Conroe, Texas. She is also survived by great nieces; Sherry McTier and husband, Tim, Deborah Blake, Rebecca Suid, and Mary Marshall and great nephews; Murry McDaniel and wife, Rhonda, Larry McDaniel and wife, Sharon Plaze, Mark McDaniel, Joel Blake and wife, Cynthia, Anthony Blake and wife, Claudia, and Douglas Blake and wife Taylene.

Visitation with the family will be Friday, April 13, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.
to 6:00 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home with Pastor Nancy Summers officiating.. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.


Sgt. Mason Tyler "Ty" Moore III
Mar 10, 1985 - Apr 8, 2012

Sgt. Mason Tyler “Ty” Moore, III, 27, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana.

He was born March 10, 1985, in Dallas, to Debbie and Mason Tyler Moore, Jr.

Sgt. Moore was a graduate of Frost High School in Frost. He was currently serving in the United States Army and had served two tours overseas that included Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is survived by his father, Mason Tyler Moore, Jr.; his mother, Debbie Moore; a son, Mason Tyler Moore IV; two brothers, Eric Littlejohn and James Littlejohn; three sisters, Autumn James, Brandy Randall and Tina Moore; and grandparents, Mae and Kenneth Moderzinsky Sr.

Visitation with the family will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Corsicana with Pres. Zachary Herrin officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Pallbearers will be Eric Littlejohn, James Littlejohn, Matthew Grimes, Kevin Freeman, Todd Helms and Ryan Rogers.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Nathaniel Brandon Sr.
June 24, 1932 - Apr 5, 2012

Nathaniel Brandon Sr., 79, of Corsicana, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Navarro Regional Hospital. Nathaniel, also known as “Big Daddy” and “Tractor Man” was born June 24, 1932 in Corsicana to the parentage of the late Louis D. Brandon and Mary Agnes Brantley Brandon. He received his formal education in the Corsicana School District and received a degree in Tractor Mechanics.

He worked as a tractor mechanic for the Ford Tractor Company. He also worked for Haynie's Wrecker Service as a driver for on-call accidents.
Nathaniel was a member of the D.A.D.S booster club. The later part of his life he worked for himself as a tractor mechanic and his business was widely known.

Nathaniel confessed a faith in Christ in his early life and united with the Renfro Chapel Church of God In Christ.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lillian R. Ellis Brandon; his brother, Joe Nathan Brandon; his sisters, Fannie Brandon, Victoria Turner, Dorothy Jones and Pearl Franklin, and a son-in-law, Tommy Carter, Sr.

He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann Carter of Waco, and Wanda Kay Brandon of Corsicana; two sons, Vernal Brandon, Sr., (Mary) and Nathaniel Brandon, Jr., all of Corsicana; a foster son, Aldlyn C. Stewart of Columbus, Ohio; and two grandchildren that he raised as his own, Deon Brandon of Corsicana, and Nathaniel L. Brandon of Cedar Hill. He is also survived by three brothers, Louis D. Brandon, Sr. (Cora), James H. Brandon (Bessie), and Jerry Brandon (Delores), all of Corsicana; sister, Ada B. Johnson of Denver, Colo.; brother-in-law, Aubrey Ellis, Sr. (Sharon) of Lancaster; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including devoted friends Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bush.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Lifeline Fellowship Family Church, located at 5301 West Hwy 22 with Rev. Willie D. Taylor, Eulogist, and Pastor William Lewis, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Active Pallbearers are Darrell Brandon, Samuel Brandon, Adrian Evans, Don Butcher, Marvin Dunn, Robert Green; Honorary Pallbearers are: Cory D. Brandon, Nathaniel L.
Brandon, Shown P. Carter, Larry Thomas, Chester Jones, Sr., and Kelton Thomas.

Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary.


Matilda Sue (Wood) Kovach
Sept 9, 1945 - Apr 13, 2012

Matilda Sue Kovach died Friday, April 13, 2012 in North Richland Hills at the age of 66. She was born September 9, 1945 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to Glenn Leslie and Etta Aletha Simpson Wood. She served in the United States Navy from September 1966 to May 1968. She was a retired civil servant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn Leslie Wood and Etta Aletha Simpson Wood; Brothers-Clyde Wood, Dale Wood, Glen Wood, Jr., and J.W. Wood; Sisters - Linda Victor, Thelma Darter and Betty Record.

She is survived by her sons - George H. Kovach, III and Lester F. Kovach, Jr.,; daughters-in-law - Yvonne Kovach, Janice Kovach; grandchildren-Sara Kovach, Joshua Kovach, Jacob Kovach, Riley Kovach and Matthew Kovach; sisters and brothers - Norma Pitz, Lou Christian, Pat Young, Kenneth Wood and Ruth Smith.

Visitation will be Monday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to1 p.m. at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with a graveside service to be at the Richland Cemetery at 2 p.m. Officiating for her service will be Bro.
Andy Pitz and serving as pallbearers will be Josh Kovach, Jacob Kovach, Michael Pitz and Andy Pitz.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Ada Pearl (Houston) Tillman
Apr 17, 1889 - Aug 20, 1979

Ada Pearl Tillman, 90, passed away August 20, 1979 at the Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana.

Services will be conducted at the United Methodist church in Blooming Grove today, Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Leroy Reaves officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Louise McClelland of Fort Worth and Mrs. Lena Stone of Dallas; a grandson, Jim McClelland of Fort Worth and a Niece, Mrs. Edith Mears of Longview.

Pallbearers will be Edward Melton, Ardway Ferrell, Al Inman, Tillman Reed, Aubry Stubbs and Flint Albrecth.

Mrs. Tillman was a longtime member of Blooming Grove United Methodist Church and was born and raised in this area.

Ballard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Amanda Lou (Steward) Melton
Jan 30, 1893 - Sept 12, 1979

Rites Held

Services were held Friday, September 14, at the Dresden Methodist Church for Mrs. Grover (Lou) Melton, 86, a resident of Dresden, who died Wednesday night at the Hubbard Hospital.

The Rev. Leon Hitt and T. C. Smothermon officiated, with burial following at the Dresden Cemetery.

Mrs. Melton was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

She and her husband were married 69 years.

Survivors include her widower James Grover Melton of Dresden; five sons, Rubin of Fort Worth, Grover Stewart of Irving, Cecil of Corsicana, and J. D. and Dean, both of Dresden; seven daughters, Mrs. Lylan Morton, Mrs. Lou Etta Ewing and Mrs. Addie Pearl Johnson, all of Dresden, Mrs. Lorean McCulloch of Corsicana, Mrs. Dorothy Eaton of Lindenhurst, N. Y., Mrs. Syble Malone of Frost and Mrs. Darlene Beckler of Dalas, 30 grandchildren, one brother, Rudolph Stewart of Memphis, Tennessee and Mrs. Annie Bell Nik.

A son, Ira Earl Melton, preceded her in death Mrch 26, 1932.

Pallbearers were Roger Melton, Percy Morton, Gerald Morton, Verlan Ewing, Jerry McCulloch, James Johnson, Neilan Melton, Dennis Melton, Mark Melton, Brent Melton, Mike Melton, Tim Malone, David Malone and Eljuan Ewing.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Sep 26, 1979
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

James Edgar "Ed" Varnell
Sep 26, 1892 - Aug 9, 1980

Ed Varnell, 87, 207 Poplar Street in Italy, died suddenly Saturday morning while visiting in the home of his sister-in-law near Barry.

Funeral Services were held Monday afternoon August 11, 1980 in the Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home with burial following in the Dresden Cemetery.

Mr. Varnell was born on September 16, 1892 at Barry and had lived most of his life in Italy. A retired banker serving as president of the Avalon State Bank for many years. He was a World War I U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Central Baptist Church in Italy.

Survivors include his widow Mayvious of the home; two sons Robert Varnell of Dallas and Jack Varnell of New Orleans, Louisiana; a sister Mrs. Eunice Christie of Longview and three grandchildren.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Wednesday, Aug 13, 1908
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Rose (Dan) Goldsmith
Jan 16, 1886 - May 28, 1963

Mrs. Goldsmith Dies Tuesday, Rites Friday

Mrs. Rose Goldsmith, 77, 702 West First avenue, widow of the late Ben Goldsmith, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Miller, in Houston Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from the McCammon Chapel with burial in the Hebrew cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rabbi Joseph N. Shapiro of Congregational Agudas Achim.

Born January 16, 1886, in London, England, Mrs. Golodsmith had spent most of her life in Corsicana.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Miller of Houston' three sisters, Mrs. Charles Kahn Shreveport, La.; Mrs. Harry Goldman, Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Leah Evans, Little Rock, Ark.; a brother, Louis K. Dan, Los Angeles, Calif.; a grandson Marvin M. Miller, Houston; three great-grandchilden and other relatives.

The pallbearers will be Sidney Marks, Gabe Goldberg, W.B. Levy, Dave Levy, Mace Golden, M. Evans, George Daniels, Louis Wolens, Jay Silverberg and Alvin Shwarts.


Edward Major Carroll
Dec 30, 1916 - Mar 15, 1997

Edward Major Carroll, 80, departed this life on Saturday, March 15, 1997 at Englewood Hospital in Englewood, New Jersey He was born in Corsicana, Texas on December 30,D1916 to Ezra Luther and Estella Steward Carroll. He was a resident of Englewood, New Jersey for 29 years.

Dr. Carroll was Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Education at New York University, New York, New York where he worked from 1965 until his retirement in 1982. While at NYU, Dr. Carroll was Acting Chairman of the Department of Science Mathematics Education and Statistics, Professor of Mathematics Education, and Acting Director of the Institute of Afro American Affairs. He also served as Director of the Ph.D. Program for Professor of Mathematics Education, Director of the Ph.D. Program for Supervisors of Mathematics in the Schools K-12, Chairman of Dissertation Committees for Doctoral Candidates, Advisor to the Masters Degree Program and Undergraduate Program in Mathematics Education, and Chairman of the Policy Committed of the school of Education. Dr. Carroll also served as the President of the Black Faculty Association of New York University.

In 1958, Dr. Carroll was hired as a teacher of Mathematics at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey. He worked at Dwight Morrow until 1965.

As Coordinator of the United Negro College Fund Campaigns for the state of Texas in 1957, Dr. Carroll became a principal fund-raiser. He was employed at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas from 1940 to 1957 as Assistant President, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Physics, and Director of Public Relations. This service was interrupted in 1944-1946 when Dr. Carroll became a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, 364th Infantry.

Edward Major Carroll attended high school at Jackson High School in Corsicana; Butler College in Tyler; Bishop College in Marshall where he received his BS degree; University of Michigan; and Columbia University where he received the MA Degree in Mathematics and Ed. D. in Mathematics Education.

Dr. Carroll was a member of Galilee United Methodist Church in Englewood, NJ since 1960. At Galilee he was a member of the board of trustees, treasurer, treasurer of Galilee's Greater Englewood Housing Corporation, and Lay Speaker of the Northern District of Northern NJ Annual Conference. He was a Vice Chairperson of the Commission on Race and Religion, trustee of the Northern NJ Annual Conference Historical and Archival Society, and member of a select Commission on Ministry in the 80's for the Northern New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Carroll was also a member of the General Board of Publications, a member of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee for the General Board of Publications for the General United Methodist Church.

In his service to the City of Englewood, Dr. Carroll was Trustee of the Social service Federation; Trustee and Treasurer of the Greater Englewood Housing Corporation; Member of the Advisory Committee for Adult Education; Member of the Board of Community Chest and Member of the Board of Adjustment.

Dr. Carroll was a member of a several national professional and social organizations including American Mathematical Society, American Association for Advancement of Science, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a member of the Advisory Committee on Research, Mathematicians as a Vice President. He also served on the Committee of Examiners of the National Teacher Examinations for the Educational Testing Service. He was a member of the Kappa Theta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

He authored and co-authored several professional publications which include an Algebra One textbook published by Silver Burdett.

Dr. Carroll has been honored several times by Galilee United Methodist Church which houses a library in his name. He also received honors and awards from membership in Phi Delta Kappa, Alumni of the Year Award from Bishop College, and the Education Award from the Teaneck-Englewood Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Mathematics Education, Who's Who in Science and Mathematics, and African American Who's Who.

Dr. Carroll is survived by his loving wife, Arnell Lewis Carroll; two daughters Maria Voncielle Carroll Green and EdNelvyn Lezette Carroll Evans and son-in-law Granville Green, all of Teaneck, New Jersey; four grandchildren Teresa Monique Evans of Laurel, Maryland, Kenneth Lawrence Green of Atlanta, Georgia, Edward Anthony Evans of Parsifany, New Jersey, Jennifer Marnell Green of Teaneck; and one great-grandchild Eric Taesean James.

He was the beloved brother to five siblings Maurice Carroll of Kansas City, Missouri; Sarah Palmer of Dallas, Texas; Marie Isaacs of Wichita, Kansas; Ezra Luther Carroll, II (deceased) , and Cornelius Carroll of Houston, Texas

A Memorial Celebration of the Life of Dr. Edward Major Carroll will be held on Saturday, March 22, 1997, 11:00 AM, Galilee United Methodist Church, 325 Genesee Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631, 201-567-0009.


Irene Marie (LaGrange) Soileau
June 9, 1933 - Apr 15, 2012

Irene Marie Soileau, 78, of Corsicana, entered into heaven peacefully on April 15, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 9, 1933 in Port Barre, St. Landry Parish, La. to Clement and Azelima LaGrange. Irene attended and graduated from Grand Prairie High School. She married Julius Lawrence Soileau on April 25, 1953. They made their home in New Orleans, La. and Houston during Julius’ employment with NOAA. After his retirement, they settled in Corsicana in 2003.

Irene was a caring wife, mother, and grandmother to her family. She was exceptionally skilled at knitting, crochet, and needlepoint and enjoyed teaching the craft for several years, leading her to many friendships with fellow crafters worldwide.

Irene is survived by her husband, Julius; six children, Marla Soileau Simons of Huntsville, Vicki Novotny and husband Mel of Corsicana, Michael Soileau of Durham, N. C., Daniel Soileau and wife Elizabeth of Pittsboro, N. C., James “Brad” Soileau of Huntsville, Stuart Soileau and wife Anita of Honolulu, Hawaii; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Rogers LaGrange and wife Carol of Pearl River, La.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Jason Cargo officiating.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Mel Novotny, Daniel Soileau, Adrian Soileau, Stuart Soileau, Cole Simons, and James “Brad” Soileau.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Billy Derwood Staggs
July 10, 1927 - Apr 18, 2012

Billy Derwood Staggs, resident of Denton, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in Plano at the age of 84. He was born in the Dresden Community on July 10, 1927 in Navarro County to Willard Staggs and Jessie Lee Clark Staggs. He was a Mason having membership with the Corsicana Masonic Lodge # 174 and was a retired supervisor in the road contstruction industry. Mr. Staggs was a member of the Life Fellowship Church in Denton.

He was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Jessie Staggs and his wife Marjorie Staggs in 2009.

Survivors include his children, Mike Staggs and his wife Deborah of Denton, Jimmy Staggs and his wife Nanette of Sanger, and Pam Staggs and her partner Cara Biggs of The Colony; step-children Myra Peeples and her husband Ray of Tulsa, Okla., Connie Jones and her husband Tip of Tennesse, Jimmy Anderson and his wife Sandy of Ohio, and Billy Anderson of Tulsa, Okla. He is also survived by one brother, Bobbie Staggs and his wife Phyliss of Garland and a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ken Robison officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be his family and friends.
Burial will follow at the Dresden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Life Fellowship Church at 4663 East McKinney Street Denton, Texas 76208.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.


Ora Dee "Tinch" Bailey Allen
About 1929 - Apr 13, 2012

Ora Dee “Tinch” Bailey Allen, 83, of Malakoff, passed away Friday, April 13, 2012, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Antioch Baptist Church in Malakoff. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Antioch Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Cross Roads. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.


Drussie Calhoun Kirven
About 1941 - Apr 11, 2012

Drussie Calhoun Kirven, 71, of Ennis, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at her residence in Ennis. Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Ross and Johnson Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ross and Johnson Mortuary, Corsicana.


Brenda "Little Joe" (Fulton) Stephens
June 21, 1945 - Apr 18, 2012

Brenda “Little Joe” Stephens, 66, of Hillsboro passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.

Brenda was born June 21, 1945 in Waco to Joe and Nellie Lobelia (Brown) Fulton. She grew up on a farm between Irene and Bynum and had lived in Hill County most of her life. A 1963 graduate of Bynum High School, she also graduated from Hill Junior College in 1965. That same year she married Bobby Stephens. For many years, she worked as a seamstress for Malouf’s and other manufacturers. Most recently, she had been a loan officer at First Finance in Corsicana for the past nine years. She was a member of Line Street United Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Brenda loved spending her spare time with her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her father and a grandson, Dondrell Williams.

Survivors include her former husband, Bobby Stephens of Mertens; mother, Lobelia Humphrey of Hillsboro; two daughters, Debbie Green and Sherri Green and husband, Tim, all of Hillsboro; brother, Joe Humphrey and wife, Barbara, of Palm Coast, Fla.; six grandchildren, Sandra Batson and Marcus Williams, Nikki Green, Arianna Phillips, Dexter Green, Dusty Green, and Talana Green all of Hillsboro; two great-grandchildren, Dauntae Batson and Tra-vion Ephraim both of Hillsboro; and uncle, William Brown and wife, Lorie, of Irene.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at the funeral home with Rev. Darrel Phillips, Rev. Robyn Young, and Bro. Willie Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Garden of Memory near Hillsboro.

Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1700 Lake Success Dr., Waco, TX 76710.


Helen Belle (Boyles) Baker-Inman
Feb 13, 1920 - Apr 16, 2012

Helen Boyles Baker Inman, age 92, of Carthage passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 in Carthage. Visitation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home, Carthage. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2012 at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana with Rev. Dock Lazarine officiating. Arrangements by Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home, Carthage.



Graveside services for Mrs. Helen Baker Inman, age 92, of Carthage, TX, formerly of Wichita Falls, TX, will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana, TX with Rev. Dock Lazarine officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Inman’s body will lie in state from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Inman passed away on Monday night, Apr. 16, 2012, in Carthage.
Helen Belle Boyles Baker Inman was born on Feb. 13, 1920, in Mumfort, TX, to Bethel Alan and Eva Medaris Boyles. Mrs. Inman graduated from Corsicana High School. She married George C. Baker and later Bob Inman and both preceded her in death. Mrs. Inman was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved traveling and being with her friends. Mrs. Inman was a longtime and the oldest living member of the Westside Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, TX, joining the church in 1955. She was also preceded in death by her parents and an infant son.
Mrs. Inman is survived by her daughter, Carol Dartez of Carthage; four grandchildren, Don Denny and wife Wendy of Lubbock, Kyle Dartez of Highlands, Kelly Dartez of Wichita Falls, and Kerri Beth Dartez of Carthage; former son-in-law, Mike Dartez of Carthage; and one great-grandchild, Dylan Denny of Lubbock.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Westside Baptist Church, 1914 Buchanan St., Wichita Falls, TX 76309.


Granville Lee "PeeWee" Miller
May 27, 1922 - Apr 16, 2012

Granville Lee “PeeWee” Miller, 89, of Garland passed away Monday, April 16, 2012 in Rowlett, Texas. He was born May 27, 1922 in Dawson to Eva Lena Upchurch and James Morgan Miller.

G. L. served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Vivian Jamison and they raised two children in Corsicana and Lancaster. They later moved to Soper, Okla. and returned to Corsicana for several years, before moving to Garland to be closer to family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Vivian Miller; four brothers, Jessie, Ben, Claude and J.E.; and two sisters, Grace Rinker and Gussie Harner.

G. L. is survived by his daughter, Janett Seisler and husband Sid of Rowlett; son, Chief of Police Jimmy Lee Miller and wife Pat of Winnsboro; sister, Faye Hickson of Fort Worth; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be friends of the family.


Barbara Elaine (Morriss) Batson
Sept 12, 1938 - Apr 17, 2012

Barbara Elaine Batson, 73 of Corsicana, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012 with her family at her side in Corsicana. She was born in Houston, Texas to John Morriss and Grace Palmer Morriss. Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana. She loved to cook for her family and friends, sharing recipes, and reading. The pride of her life was her family and she took every opportunity to show them her love.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Luther D. Batson, son James Batson, grandson Austin, and a sister Judy Niemann.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Debbie Parten, Lynda Batson, and Mark Batson, all of Corsicana; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Jeannie Hester of Henderson and a number of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday morning, April 19, 2012 at 11a.m. in the Chapel at Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home with Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society at

Arrangments under the direction of Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home.


Edith (Colston) Newland-Estes
Dec 19, 1920 - Apr 15, 2012

Mrs. Edith Colston Newland Estes, age 91, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at her home in Corsicana. She was born Dec. 19, 1920 in Emhouse to Linda Mae and Charley Colston.

Edith was a self-educated woman, having left school to help care for younger siblings. She worked as a nurses’ aide at Twilight Nursing Home for nine-plus years. She was best known for her great big heart. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and a loving caregiver to all who knew her. She enjoyed cooking and sewing for her family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Newland in 1989; second husband, Sonny Estes in 2003; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Edith is survived by her children, Linda Maggard, Brenda Allen, Billy Newland and wife Frances, Barbara Molidor, V.J. Newland, Danny Newland and wife Susan, LaDonna Kristen and husband Walter, Joan Jensen, Loretta Wiese, Rita Isom and husband Kerry, Davy Newland and wife Rhonda; 42 grandchildren; 115 great-grandchildren; and 65 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Daugherty and Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.


Ruth Ellen (Zube) Norwood
Aug 28, 1924 - Apr 16, 2012

Ruth Ellen Zube Norwood went to her heavenly home on Monday, April 16, 2012. She was born Aug. 28, 1924 in Pursley, Texas to Edward and Mollie Zube.

She married Preston Norwood in 1940 and they spent 46 years together before his death in 1987. Her son, Rudy Norwood, passed away in 1989.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Joseph, Johnnie, Henry, Walter and Robert; and sisters, Margaret Whitfield, Annie Hossler, and Dora Lee Steelman.

Ruth worked for Haggar Slacks for many years until her retirement. She then began to keep children. Over the next 14 years, many little ones were taken care of in her home until she had to quit because of health reasons at the age of 72. Her love of sewing and making quilts became her obsession and she made a quilt for each of her family members. She also managed to sew small lap quilts for children in the various Children’s hospitals around Texas in her spare time. She never stopped working and learning and was very proud of the fact that she learned how to play the piano and organ after the age of 50. She used her talents to play for her local church on Sunday mornings, along with teaching Sunday school to young children. The church was her life and she shared what she loved with everyone she came into contact with.

She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Odom and husband Ronnie of Corsicana; brother, Charlie Zube of Baton Rouge, La.; granddaughters, Shannon Hutchins and Alyssa Dyer, both of Corsicana, Dennice Bradford and husband Jeff, and Cristi Young and husband David, both of Oklahoma, Dannette Hilton and husband Dave of Melissa, Texas; six great-grandsons; six great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles McBryde officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brad Dyer, Jeff Bradford, Gene Steelman, Ross Rhodes, Frank Brown, Wayne Moody and David Young. Honorary pallbearers are Dave Hilton and Vernon Eugene Steelman, Jr.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hand in Hand Hospice and Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for the extraordinary care given to our loved one.


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