Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Joe Orvall Beggs
Dec 2, 1922 - Sep 3, 1977

Orvall Beggs

KERENS - Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Church of Christ for Orvall Beggs, resident of Kerens, who died Saturday in Temple.
The Rev. Albert Brown will officiate with burial to be in the Kerens City Cemetery.  Survivors include two brothers, J.D. Beggs of Corsicana, and Loyd Beggs of Kerens; four sisters, Mrs. Betty Maddox, Mrs. Ann Furr of Irving, Mrs. Jane Seabolt of Odessa; and Mrs. Rosalyn Newbuar of San Antonio.
Paschal Funeral Home in Kerens will direct.


Morris Crawford
Feb 22, 1888 - Mar 29, 1975

Morris Crawford

KERENS—Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Paschal Funeral Home for Morris Crawford, 87, resident of Kerens, who died Saturday morning in Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Rev. Glenn Jones will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.

He was born in Mississippi, moved to Kerens in 1901 and was a retired farmer and rancher.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Curtis Moore of Kerens, three sons, Ray Crawford of Dallas; Adren Crawford of Kerens, Duane Crawford of and a boy he reared, Ted Stovall of Kerens; two brothers, M. J. Crawford of Kerens and Joe Crawford of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. W. G. Owens of Kerens and Mrs. Clarence Schriber of Houston; nine grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren.


Trevor Lenox Dutton
Oct 21, 1897 - Aug 19, 1948

Trevor L. Dutton, aged 50 years, circulator at Kerens and other East Navarro county communities for this newspaper for the past 11 years, died with a heart attack in Kerens Thursday afternoon at 6 o'clock while delivering Thursday afternoon's edition of the Daily Sun. He had not complained of feeling ill while in Corsicana for his papers. Advices reaching here were that he died, within a few minutes after being stricken. Resident of Rural Shade and Kerens all of his life, Dutton was a member of the Baptist church at Rural Shade.
He was circulator for the Dallas News in Kerens and represented other publications.
Funeral services will be held from the First Baptist church in Kerens Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in Kerens Cemetery. The rites will be conducted
by Dr. Emer Page, pastor of the church.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Hester Dutton; a son, Billy Dutton; a daughter, Mrs. Loyd Quinn; mother, Mrs. Mattie Dutton, all of Kerens; a sister, Mrs. John Conner, Mart; two grandsons, Gayle and Larry Quinn, both of Kerens, and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be B. C. Dean, Howell Redford, Fred DuBose, Van Speed, Weston Wallace, Ewin Mayo, A. M. Ross and Barney Newsome.
Stockton Funeral Home will direct.



Funeral services for Trevor L. Dutton, 50, Kerens, newspaper circulator, who died Thursday afternoon with a heart attack, were held from the First Baptist church in Kerens Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Dr. Elmer Page, pastor of the church.
Dutton was delivering the Corsicana Dally Sun when stricken. He had represented this newspaper in East Navarro county for the past 11 years, and also was circulator for out-of-county newspapers in that area.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Hester Dutton; a son, Billy Dutton; a daughter, Mrs. Loyd Quinn; mother, Mrs. Mattie Dutton, two grandsons, Gayle and Larry Quinn, all of Kerens; a sister, Mrs. John Connor, Mart, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were B. C. Dean, Howell Redford, Fred DuBose, Van Speed, Weston Wallace, Erwin Mayo, A. M. Ross and Barney Newsome.
Stockton Funeral Home directed.


William Thomas Stockton
Aug 13, 1880 - Mar 31, 1946

KERENS.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for W. T. Stockton, 65, leading citizen of the community,, who influenced the development of this section of the county, were held from the family home here at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon.  Stockton died at his home Sunday morning at 2; 30 o'clock.  Dr. Elmer Page, Re. John Daney and Rev. Maggart Howell, all of Kerens, and Rev. Billy Everhart of Athens conducted the rites, with interment following in Kerens cemetery. Stockton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  Son of J. H. J. Stockton and Mrs. Cora Cuthbertson Stockton, pioneers of Kerens, he had lived
here his entire life.  As a young man he was engaged in the hardware business with the late Z. N. Foster, and later was connected with the First National
Bank. He was affiliated with the bank 40 years, 30 years as president.  Due to failing health, Stockton retired from active participation in the bank's affairs in 1943, and devoted his time to his farming and cattle interests.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 236, and served as Worshipful Master in recent years.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irene Mahoney Stockton, two sisters, Mrs. A. B. King and Mrs. M. L. Speed; a brother. P. N. Stockton, and other relatives.


Clara Maria (Lougee) Smith
Aug 18, 1850 - Jul 13, 1936

KERENS. July 6.—(Spl.)—Funeral services for Mrs. J. B. Smith, Sr., aged 85 years, were held from the First Methodist church here at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. The rites were conducted by Rev. Charles E. Wilkins, pastor, assisted by Rev. Joe Everhart, Presbyterian minister. Kerens; Rev. T. S. Ogle, Methodist minister, Wortham, and Rev. T. Edgar Neal, pastor of the First Methodist church, Corsicana, Mrs. W. B. Talley was in charge of the music. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery.  Mrs. Smith was born in Bangora, Maine, August 18, 1850. She moved with her family to Texas in I860 and settled at Buckham, Austin county. She was married to J. B. Smith in 1875 and they moved to Kerens in 1904 where they became prominently identified with the community life. They were especially active in church and school work. Mr. Smith died I8 years ago.  Surviving are two sons, J. B. Smith, Kerens; Dr. O. L. Smith, Corsicana; a daughter. Mrs. Flotia Beauchamp, Kerens; the following grandchildren, Earl Smith, Kerens; Miss Lee B. Smith, Tyler; Mrs. W. L. Kirk, Corsicana; Mrs. John Dohn, Austin; Mrs. H. E. Thornhill. Houston; Dr. Erwin Smith, New York; two great-grandchildren, Homer and Bettie Jane Thornhill, Houston, and other relatives.  Active pallbearers were W. B. Talley, J. N. Inmon, H. P. McCown, F. H. Ivey, Joe Sheppard and Luther Westbrook.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the board of stewards of the First Methodist church; Tom Eaton, John Sims, Ray Noble, R. E. Ford, Josh Speed, Clete Owens and L. H. Carroll. P. N. Stockton directed the funeral.


James C. Harwell
Aug 8, 1871 - Apr 11, 1936

KERENS, April 13.—(AP)—Funeral services under direction of P. N. Stockton were held at the family home here Sunday for J. C. Harwell, 64, Kerens merchant, who passed away in an ambulance near Hutchins, Saturday afternoon.  Rites were conducted by Rev. Chas. E. Wilkins, pastor of the First Methodist church, who was assisted by Rev. Joe N. Everheart, pastor of the First Methodist church. Pallbearers were J .N. Inmon, C. E. Smith, Howell Brister, O. J. Inmon, Luther Westbrook, F. E. McCown. Interment was in Kerens cemetery

Robert L. Harwell, automobile dealer of Balllinger, came to Kerens Wednesday and was joined by his brother, J. C. Harwell. Together they had visited another brother, Henry Harwell, at Idabel, Okla. They had started on the return trip to Texas Friday, morning when Mr. Harwell of Ballinger, who was driving, lost control of the car in which they were riding and it struck a culvert and overturned, according to reports.  The accident occurred near Hugo, Okla., and they were taken to a hospital at that place, where Robert L. Harwell died of his injuries Friday night. He was buried in Texarkana Saturday. He was 89 years old.  J. C. Harwell, whose injuries were not thought to be critical, was being moved in an ambulance from Hugo to a hospital in Corsicana Friday morning when he died  en route near Hutchins.  J. C. Harwell is survived by his wife here and one brother, Henry Harwell, 79, of Idabel, Okla. The latter visited the hospital in Hugo, but was not able to come to the funeral. 

Other relatives of the family who were here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Clements of Ada, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Smith, Borger, and Mrs. L. E. Howard and Mrs. Edna Powell of. Houston.  Mr. Harwell came to Kerens in 1913 and entered the retail grocery business with his brother-in-law, J. D. Clements. They operated two stores for several years, Mr. Harwell later bought his partner's interest and continued the business successfully until the time of his death. He was an official for many years in the Methodist church, being a member of the board of stewards at the time of his death,
and a member of the Knights of Pythias fraternal order.



Wife of Injured Kerens Man Goes To His Bedside

KERENS, April 11.—A message was received here Friday morning that J. C. Harwell, local merchant, had been seriously injured in an automobile accident and had been rushed to a hospital in Hugo, Oklahoma. Mrs. Harwell accompanied by her brother, Virgil Clements, and W. P. Bates left immediately for the Oklahoma City.

Mr. Harwell left Kerens Wednesday with a brother from Ballinger, Texas to visit relatives in Oklahoma.


Thomas J. “Tom” Crowley
Aug 27, 1891 - Oct 24, 1936

KERENS, Oct. 26,—(Spl)—The body of T. J. Crowley. age 45, Kerens livestock dealer, was found late Saturday night on the St. Louis S. W. Ry. tract about 300 yards west of the depot at Kerens. It is supposed that he was killed by the 10:30 train to Corsicana.  Funeral services will be held Monday from the First Methodist church in Kerens, with Rev. C. E, Wilkins officiating.  Surviving the accident victim are his wife, three children, Clinton Crowley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Miss Virginia Crowley of Dallas, and Joe Crowley of Kerens; his mother, Mrs. Virginia Crowley of Rice, and five brothers, Miller Crowley of Borger; Lester Crowley of Waco. Claud and Carl Crowley of Corsicana, and Sam Crowley of Kerens.


William Andrew Melton
Aug 22, 1893 - Oct 30, 1936

William Andrew Melton, aged 43 years, formerly an employee of the Corsicana post office, died in Corpus Christi Saturday morning. The body will arrive in Corsicana Sunday morning at 5 o'clock and will he taken to the Stockton Funeral Home in Kerens where funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with interment in the Kerens cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, two children, Wayne Melton and Wynona Melton, all of Corpus Christi; father, N. M. Melton, Powell; two brothers, L. W. Melton and J. M. Melton, both of Powell; and four sisters, Mrs. C. C. Hudson, Navarro; Mrs. E. D. Baltzegar, Dallas; Mrs. Joe Quinn, Gilmer, and Mrs. Carl Christian, Van. Pallbearers will be John J. Garner, Hugh Loper, Wm. J. King, L. Bush, Henry Redden and Jim Ellett, all employees at the Corsicana post office.


John Arnold
Oct 27, 1885 - Aug 15, 1936

KERENS, Aug. 17.— (Spl) — John Arnold, aged 52 years, tenant farmer residing on the Sherrill farm between Kerens and Trinidad on Highway 31, was downed Saturday afternoon in a tank of the farm where he resides while in swimming.  Funeral services were held from chapel of the Stockton Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock with interment in the Kerens cemetery.  Surviving are his wife, three small children, all of Kerens; father who resides in Mississippi, and four brothers. One brother, Pete Arnold, lives south of Kerens.  Arnold was rushed to a hospital in Corsicana where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. 


Ida Fern Johnston
Sep 2, 1922 - Mar 29, 1936

KERENS. March 31, (Spl)—Ida Fern Johnston 13 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Johnston, died Sunday following a brief illness with pneumonia.
Funeral service under direction of Stockton Funeral Home, were held at First Baptist church Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. Charles White, pastor of Oak Grove Baptist church, of which deceased was a member. He was assisted by Rev. C. D. Hardy, pastor First Baptist church and Rev. J. N. Everhart, pastor of First Presbyterian church. Interment was in Kerens cemetery.
Miss Johnston, whose home was four miles northwest of town, was a student in Kerens grammar school. Classes were dismissed early to permit her classmates and friends to attend the funeral services.


Elsie Beatrice (McCluney) Beasley
Sep 3, 1885 - Jul 23, 1973

Mrs. Beasley
Funeral services were to be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Elsie Beatrice Beasley, 90, of Corsicana, who died at her residence Monday morning. Rev. Hayes White was to officiate, with burial to follow at Kerens cemetery.  Survivors include a son, two daughters, 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three brothers, Eugene McCluney,  Fort Worth, Finis McCluney,  Waxahachie, and Logan  McCluney, Kerens.  Pallbearers were to be Capt.  Lonnie Beasley, Jr., Richard Beasley, Michael Dunkerley, Ray Telfair, II; Dr. Larry Dunkerley, Dr. Garner Dunkerley, III, Dr. Gary
Dunkerley, Robert Timms, and Lt. Ronnie Beasley.



Mrs. Beasley

Funeral services are set for 4 p.m Tuesday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Elsie Beatrice Beasley, 90, of Corsicana, who died at her residence Monday morning.

Rev. Hayes White will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens Cemetery.

She was a native of Mississippi and had lived most of her life in Kerens and Roane.

Survivors include a son, Lonnie Beasley of Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs. Herbert Tinnin of San Dimas, Calif., and Mrs. Ray Telfair of Ennis; three brothers, Eugene McCluney of Fort Worth, Finis McCluney of Waxahachie, and Logan McCluney of Kerens; 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.


Eldridge Houston McCord
Mar 1907 - Feb 5, 1960

Pharmacist At Kerens Expires Early Friday

KERENS, Feb. 5 (Spl.)—E. H. McCord, 52, died of a heart attack at his home here Friday morning.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p. m. from the Presbyterian church here of which he was an elder. The rites will be conducted by a son, Rev. John McCord, of Lott, Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.  A native of Rusk, McCord came to Kerens with his family in 1924. He was a long-time pharmacist and owned considerable farming and ranching interests here.  Surviving are his wife of Kerens; three sons, Rev. McCord, Lott; Neal and Eddie McCord, both of Kerens; two daughters, Mrs. George Lonon, Grand Prairie, and Marilyn McCord, Kerens; mother, Mrs. Tom McCord, Dallas; a brother, Clyde McCord, and a sister, Mrs, Ruth Klimist, both of Dallas; three grandchildren and other relatives.  Inmon Funeral Home directs.


Infant Son Tramel
B&D Dec 7, 1939

Baby Dies.
KERENS, Dec. 7.—(Spl.)—Kerens friends of the Tramel family have been grieved to learn of the death of the infant son of Mr. and and Mrs. J. E. Tramel of Tom Bean. Mr. Tramel is better known here as Elijah Tramel, while Mrs. Tramel was the former Miss Johnnie Ball, of Tom Bean, who taught for several years prior to her marriage at the Wilson school.


  • TThe Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, Dec 7, 1939
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Kerens cemetery
  • s/o John Elijah Tramel and Johnnie (Ball) Tramel
  • Ive seen information that Elijah and Johnnie had a son b&d Nov 19, 1939 in Sherman, Grayson Co., TX and buried at the Villitoe Cemetery in Grayson Co., TX so there may be some issue with the dates.  ..elw

Hazel Frances Beasley
Feb 19, 1918 - Mar 31, 1919

In memory of Hazel Frances Beasley. She was born February 19, 1918, died March 31, 1919, at the age of one year, one month and thirteen days. She was sick only a few days but her suffering was severe, so God in His goodness called her to come to him. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Beasley, two brothers and four sisters, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Bell of Chatfield in the Roane Methodist church and her precious little body was then taken to the Kerens cemetery and gently laid beneath the soil to await the resurrection morning
Many relatives and friends attended the last sad rites.
Dear parents, my tenderest sympathy is extended to you in this sad hour. I know it seems more than you can bear but God will comfort you, and do not think Him unjust for calling your darling babe to live with him for you are greatly blessed. Think how many sweet babies have come to brighten your home and this is the first one to be called away. Little Hazel was a bright, sweet child and was loved by all, and I am sure there was never no more dearly loved in their home than she, but the sweetest flowers are the first to be plucked.  So God, in his own mysterious way has plucked your tenderest bud. But, clear parents, she will never have to endure the trials and cares of this world as you and 1 have. So do not weep any more but say God's will be done, for although her home here was sweet to her, is not the one where she now is far better than this? And. dear mother, although we do all we can for our babies, yet God can care for them far better than we can, and the last and best consolation is that we know without a doubt where little Hazel will spend eternity.

One by one our loved ones are leaving
We are sad to see them go,
Yet we know we soon shall follow;
Change must come to all below.

Weary eyes look up in gladness,
To that blessed home on high,
Where the saints shall dwell in glory
Nevermore to say good-bye.

If in Jesus we are trusting?
Never need we feel a fear;
We shall soar to life eternal.
There to join our baby dear.



Died at Roane.

The one-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Beasley died at Roane this afternoon, and the remains will be interred at Kerens tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.


Lottie Lou (Alexander) Allen-Daniel
Feb 7, 1889 - Jan 22, 1972

Mrs. Daniel
KERENS-Mrs. Lottie Allen Daniel, 82, died Saturday at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, where she had been about four months after moving there from Hempstead.  She lived in Kerens for many years.  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Christ in Kerens, with Minister Cato Sherra officiating.  Burial will be in Kerens cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Home.  Survivors include her husband, S.A. Daniel of Waco; a daughter, Mrs. Eula Griffis of Hempstead; four sons, Dick Allen and D.H. Allen of Kerens and Billy Ray Allen and Bobby Joe Allen of Houston; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Edna Rawls of Waco and Mrs. Eugene Johnson of Fort Worth.  Grandsons will be pallbearers.


Sidney Jet Westbrook
Jan 1, 1912 - Jul 15, 1970

Farm Accident Kills Rancher
KERENS (Spl)-Sidney Westbrook, 58, rancher, native and lifelong resident of Kerens was found dead in a pasture from a tractor mishap Wednesday about 6:30 p.m. He apparently had fallen off a tractor and been run over by a water tank trailer he was towing.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of which he was a member. The pastor, the Rev. Ralph Stovall, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Kerens City Cemetery with Paschal Funeral Home conducting He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Bob Owens and Miss Nelda Westbrook, both of Kerens, and Mrs. Don, Woolf of Houma, La.; one granddaughter, Neely Owens, Kerens; one sister, Mrs. T. O. Charlton of Orange: two brothers, Thomas Westbrook
of Big Spring and Robert Westbrook of Dallas; two nephews and one niece.


James Frank Weedin
Feb 6, 1846 - Oct 17, 1917

Died at Kerens.
J. F. Weeden, an old and highly esteemed citizen of Kerens, aged 71 years, died there yesterday afternoon and the remains were interred today, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. J. W. Hornbeak. The deceased is survived by his widow and three grown children.


Susanna “Susan” (unk) Kyser
abt. 1828 - Jul 20, 1917

Venerable Lady Dead.
Mrs. Susan Kyser, aged nearly ninety years, died at her home in Kerens yesterday afternoon, and the remains wore interred there this afternoon, Rev. B.F. Ellis officiating. The deceased is survived by two sons, James and Henry Kyser of Kerens.


John N. Boggan
Apr 24, 1853 - May 4, 1917

Remains Interred at Kerens.
The body of John Bogen, who died suddenly at Frost yesterday morning passed through here last night for internment at Kerens this morning. The deceased, who was apparently in good health, had been in town for a short while and started to walk to the home of his son near town and when only a short distance out of the city, fell dead by the roadside.


Walter McClung
abt. 1874 - Jan 22, 1917

Died in Kerens Last Night.
Walter McClung, aged 42 years, died at Kerens last night after a long illness with tuberculosis. The deceased at one time lived in Corsicana and was a while on the police force here. He had many friends in Corsicana who will regret to learn of his death.
The deceased is survived by his widowed mother and a number of other relatives at Kerens. The remains were interred there this afternoon.


William Martin "Bill" Sheppard
Nov 22, 1854 - Jun 3, 1932


KERENS, June 6—(Spl.) –Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for Wm. M. Sheppard, 77, who died Friday at his home in the Independence community four miles north of Kerens. Burial was in the Kerens City Cemetery and the Rev. W. A. Corkern, pastor of the Baptist church conducted the services.
He is survived by two daughters Mrs. Nora Townsend, Long Beach, Cal.; Mrs. Dollie Gideon, Kerens; seven sons, Dan Sheppard, Long Beach, Cal.; E. L. Sheppard, Kerens; B. N. Sheppard, Midlothian; W. O. Sheppard, Blooming Grove; J. H. Sheppard, Henderson; W. A. Sheppard, Plano; J. O. Sheppard, Midland; three brothers, B. J. Sheppard. Childress; Monroe Sheppard, Oklahoma, and Jess Sheppard, Dallas.  He was a pioneer resident of the county and had many friends here.


Mary Edna Anderson
Jun 21, 1912 - Jan 2, 1924

Died as Result of Burns
Mary Edna Anderson, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bonham Anderson, formerly of Corsicana, but for several years past living in Shreveport, La., died at the family home there yesterday as the result of burns sustained on the 13th of December, and the remains will be interred at Kerens tomorrow afternoon at 1 o'clock, the funeral taking place from the home of Mrs. McCluney, the child's grandmother.  The parents have many friends here who sympathize with them in their sorrow.
Mary Edna was a niece of Misses Eula and Rowens Anderson and Mrs. Percy Sparks of Corsicana.



Funeral Friday For Little Kerens Girl

Special to the Sun.
Kerens, Texas, Jan.5.—Mary Edna Anderson, eleven years old, was buried at the Kerens cemetery Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. She was living with her parents at the time of her death in Shreveport, La. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joe Everhart at the home of Mrs. W.A. McCluney, the grandmother of the deceased.

C. J. Hall, E. E. Nettles, Leslie Carroll, W. T. Stockton, R. S. Daniel and Hal C. Johnson were the active pall-bearers.


Elizabeth Catherine (Burkhalter) Speed
Feb 26, 1853 – Oct 2, 1937


KERENS, Oct. 4.—(Spl-)—Funeral services were held at the family residence in Kerens Sunday at 3 p. m. for Mrs. G. W. Speed, 84, pioneer resident of this community, who died,at 7:30 a. m. Saturday. Mrs. Speed was born in Covington county, Mississippi, and lived there until she married George W. Speed, on December, 1869.  Seventeen children were born to this union, six of whom preceded their mother in death and 14 of whom lived to be grown and
married. She is survived by her husband, who is nearing his 92nd birthday, and 11 children, five sons, six daughters; one sister, Mrs. L. P. Butler of Shreveport, La., one brother, E. B. Burkhalter of Gibbsland, La.; 37 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted by Rev. C. A. Vaughn, pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist church, and Rev. M. O. Cheek of the Kerens Baptist church. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were G. W. Speed, George and Joe Arnett, W. L, Bain, Clifton and George Alva Spurger, Harris and Van Speed, and Monroe Speed.
The great-granddaughters formed a flower laden aisle for the funeral cortege.  All of the children were here with the exception of Rev. John Speed of Bakersfield, Calif. They are Mrs. Llllie Lindsey, Mrs. W. D. Arnett, Mrs. J. C. Spurger, Joe, Josh, E. B. and Charlie Speed, Mrs. Dill Bain, all of Kerens: Mrs. Ernest Bain of Kennedy, and Mrs. John Hayes of Cameron. Among those here to attend the funeral of Mrs. Speed, were: Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bain and daughters, Ernestine, Tilly May and Clementine, of Kennedy; Mr. and Mrs. John Hayes and children, Bobby and Johnnie May, of Cameron; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Shepard and children, Elizabeth, Mary Lillian, James and Patsy, of Brownwood; Mr. and Mrs. George Ross and children, Betty Joe, Jim Ed and Billy Frank of Bryan; Harris Speed of Houston, Mrs. Willie B. Poston of Gladewater, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Arnett of Houston, Mrs. Leo McKinney, Tyler;
Miss Elsie Arnett, Gladewater; Clifton and George Alva Spurger, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hervey, Dallas. J. O. Burke and daughter, Martha; Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Fullwood, Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Fullwood, Mrs. J. V. Noble, Mrs. Reuben Bennett, Mrs. John Curington and son, Cap; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Megarity, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs, Frank McQuistion, M. W. Roughton, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur  Pike, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Basham, Miss Addie Parish, Mrs. F. J. Lindsey, Tate Lindsey, Joe Daniel, all of Corsicana.  Mrs. Will Sydney Price, Jr., Gustine; Robert Daniel, Gladewater; Mr. and Mrs. Billy Speed and Mr. And Mrs. M. W. Stover, Athens; John Reagor Logan, Overton; E. B. Burkhalter, Gibsland, La.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burkhalter, Chatfield; Milam Burkhalter, Shreveport, La.; Mrs. Bob Leppord, Athens; Mrs. Folsom Crockett, Chatfield; Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Forehand, Trinidad; Mrs. F. E. Goodwin, Jefferson; Mrs. Maggie Phelps, Dawson; E. E. Nettles, Temple; Mr. and Mrs. K. Hartley, Blooming Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Dan Taylor, Drane; Misses Lula and Jolly Blanche Pitts, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Dotson of Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Swafford, Rice, and a host of others, whose names were not obtained.


John McCreary Massey, Sr.
May 6, 1866 - Feb 28, 1938

h/o Jessie Gilmore (Rawlinson ) Massey s/o William Massey and Melissa (Hicklin) Massey

KERENS, March 3.—(Spl.) — funeral services were held at the First Methodist church in Kerens Tuesday, March 1st, at 2 p.m. for J. M. Massey, Sr. who passed away at the family home here Monday after a lingering illness. Deceased was born on May 6th, 1866 in Chester county, South Carolina.
Was married to Miss Jessie Rawlinson in 1887. Came to Texas in 1893, and lived in or near Kerens since that time.  Surviving are Mrs. Massey, six children, 10 grandchildren, and one great - granddaughter. The children are Mrs. John Kyser and Frank Massey of Kerens, Mrs. Bennie Matthews, Dawson; John M. Massey, Jr., Dallas; Willie Massey, Powell; Roy Massey, Trinidad.  Mr. Massey was engaged in the grocery business until his health failed, a year or two ago.  Funeral services were conducted  by Rev. C. E. Wilkins, assisted  by the Rev. Mr. Ramsey of Dawson, and M. O. Cheek and Joe N. Everheart of Kerens. Interment was in the Kerens cemetery.  Pallbearers were Morris Crawford, Johnie Clayton, Vernon Bruner, W. G. Johnson, Chester Kyser, and Lucy Garrctt.  Among those from out of town attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Rymond, Dallas; Rev. and Mrs. Ramsey, Mrs. Cliff Turner, Mrs. Henry Garner, Mr. and Mrs. George Mount, Mr. and Mrs. V. T. Matthews, Dr. W. A. Williamson, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Matthews and daughters, Jean and Joy of Dawson; Sam H Butler, Corsicana; Mr. and Mrs. Willie Massey and children, Powell; Mrs. Jack Franks, Mrs. Charlton Tillmon, Mrs. Ed Melton, George Massey of Blooming Grove; Mr. and Mrs. Rufus_Massey, Roane.


Robert Edward Scott
Oct 19, 1905 - May 22, 1974

R.E. Scott
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Spartman Chapel in Dallas for Robert E. Scott, 68, resident of Dallas, who died in a Dallas hospital Wednesday.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Kerens City Cemetery.
Survivors include his widow; two sons, Ray Scott of Lufkin and George W. Scott of Corsicana; three daughters, Mrs. Gerald Nichols and Mrs. Betty Mewburom both of Corsicana and Mrs. Tommy Cormon of Pooler, Ga.; 15 grandchildren, three brothers, and three sisters.


Mary Jane (Pevehouse) Sheppard
Mar 27, 1866 - Feb 26, 1929



KERENS, Feb. 27.—(Spl).—Mrs. T. J. Sheppard, aged 62 years, pioneer resident of Navarro county, died at her home in Dallas Tuesday.
The remains were sent to Kerens Wednesday morning, and funeral services were held in the First Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with the; Rev. W. A. Corkern officiating, assisted by Rev. J. Howard Williams, pastor of the First Baptist church of Corsicana. Interment was in the Kerens cemetery.
She is survived by her husband and eight children, A. J. Sheppard, Purcell, Okla.; Joe Sheppard, Kerens; E. P. Sheppard, Wilson, Okla.; Henry Sheppard, Cross Plains; Roy Sheppard, Dallas; Mrs. Basil Noble, Childress; Mrs. Lester Harrell, Temple; Mrs. M. P. Frank, Dallas; eight grandchildren, also survive. The deceased was born and reared in the Frost community, and moved to Kerens in 1904, where she and her husband made their home until they moved to Dallas in 1919.
She was a lifelong member of the Baptist church. Pallbearers were Earl Seale, E. E. Nettles, Fred Jennings, E. B. Speed, Roy Noble and R. D. Owen.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, Feb 27, 1929
  • w/o Thomas Jackson Sheppard married Dec. 14, 1884 d/o Preston David Pevehouse and Margaret Ann (Davlin) Pevehouse buried in Old Pevehouse cemetery south of Frost, Texas
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

James Harrell Cartlidge, Sr
Mar 29, 1918 - Mar 16, 1972

J. H. Cartlidge
KERENS-Funeral services for James H. Cartlidge, Sr., 52, Kerens construction company foreman, were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Pringle officiating.
Burial was in the Kerens City Cemetery. He died Thursday in Buffalo.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Billie Ruth Cartlidge, Kerens; a son, James H. Cartlidge, Jr., Kerens; one grandson; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Cox and Mrs. Velma Gill, both of Dallas; and two brothers, Johnny Cartlidge. Smithville, and Clinton Cartlidge.


Veatrice Jeanette (Matthews) Floyd
Mar 30, 1875 - Sep 14, 1956

Mrs. J. A. Floyd Services Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. A. Floyd, aged 86 years who died Friday at 502 North Main street, were held from the Corley Chapel Sunday at 2 p. m. Burial was in the Kerens Cemetery.
The rites were conducted by Rev. John Wesley Ford, pastor of the First Methodist church, and Rev. Frank Gillham, pastor of the First Baptist church of Kerens.
A native of Mississippi, Mrs. Floyd resided at Kerens for 54 years before moving to Corsicana 18 years ago.
Surviving are four sons, Raymond Floyd, Houston; Dwain Floyd, Victoria; C. T. Floyd, Kerens, and Urban Floyd, Athens; three daughters. Misses Ima Lee and Zura Floyd, both of Corsicana, and Mrs. W. H. Fluker, Ennis; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters. Mrs. R. A. Riley and Miss Ida Matthews, both of Dallas; a brother, P. L. Matthews, Corsicana, and other relatives.
Grandsons were pallbearers.


Helen Lucille (Luker) Barnes
Apr 28, 1920 - Mar 31, 1974

Mrs. Barnes
Funeral services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Paschal Funeral Home for Mrs. Helen Barnes, 53, resident of Kerens, who died Sunday following a short illness. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Rev. Glen Jones will officiate, and burial will be at Kerens City Cemetery.
She was an employee of the city of Kerens as a bookkeeper.
Survivors include two sons, Donald R. Barnes of Dallas; and David E. Barnes of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Rawlins, of Kerens and Mrs. Marilyn Streetman of Lubbock; a brother, Phil Luker of Decatur; and three grandchildren.


Robert Posey Westbrook
Sep 2, 1880 - Jul 4, 1951

Westbrook Rites
Slated At Kerens
KERENS, July 5.—(Spl.)—R. P. Westbrook, 70. a farmer and resident of Kerens all of his life, died at his home at 11:45 p. m. Wednesday.
Services will be held at 5 p. m. Thursday at the First Baptist church. The Rev. Milton O. Davis, pastor, assisted by Rev. W. F. Smith, pastor of the Methodist church, will conduct the rites.
Survivors include his wife. Mrs. Lela Westbrook: three sons, T. P. Westbrook of Monahans: Robert Westbrook of Dallas: Sidney Westbrook of Kerens; one daughter, Mrs. Robert Lee of Fort Worth; two sisters, Mrs. M. R. Albritton of Kerens, and Mrs. Nettie Palmer of Los Angeles; three brothers, Luther and Clyde Westbrook of Kerens, and Adrian Westbrook of Blooming Grove; and six grandchildren.
Burial will be in the Kerens cemetery.
Inmon Funeral Home will be in charge.


James Kenneth McCarter Sr.
Dec 8, 1917 - Nov 18, 1971

J. K. McCarter of Kerens was killed in a hunting accident Thursday east of Kerens. Born Dec. 8, 1917 at Eureka, he had lived in Kerens for the past 40 years.
He had operated the McCarter Grain Company in Kerens, as well as a local trucking firm for many years, and had lately been in the ranching business.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Kerens City Cemetery under the direction of Paschal Funeral Service.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Lucille McCarter of Kerens; a son Gene McCarter of Kerens; three grandchildren, Lissa, James and Misty McCarter; two sisters, Mrs. J. J. Upchurch of Tyler and Mrs. A. G. Godley of Kerens; and one brother, N. E. McCarter of Pasadena.
Pallbearers will be Jack Jones, Larry Fields, R. H. Hilliard, Harlin McQuary, M. J. Crawford and Charles Blissett.


George Thomas Rawlinson
Jun 3, 1868 - Jul 1, 1930

George Rawlinson, aged about sixty-two years, pioneer resident of Navarro county and well-known farmer of the Powell community for a number of years, died at his home Tuesday noon, following a stroke of paralysis, and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2.30, with interment in the Kerens cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. Walker, Church of Christ minister of Waxahachie. Mr. Rawlinson suffered a stroke of paralysis about three years ago and a second stroke Monday afternoon.
Prior to moving to the Powell community, Mr. Rawllnson resided in the Blooming Grove community.
Surviving are his wife, three sons, Fred Rawlinson and Aubrey Rawlinson, both of Corsicana; and Doyle Rawlinson, Powell; and three daughters, Mrs. Miller Crowley, Borger; Mrs. Ollie Sheppard, Midland; and Miss Jewell Rawlinson, Powell.



George Rawlinson, aged about sixty-two years, pioneer resident of Navarro county and well-known farmer of the Powell community for a number of years, died at his home Tuesday noon, following a stroke of paralysis and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 with interment in the Kerens Cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. Walker, Church of Christ minister of Waxahachie. Mr. Rawlinson suffered a stroke of paralysis about three years ago and a second stroke Monday afternoon.

Prior to moving to the Powell community, Mr. Rawlinson resided in the Blooming Grove community.

Surviving are his wife, three sons, Fred Rawlinson and Aubrey Rawlinson, both of Corsicana; and Doyle Rawlinson, Powell; and three daughters, Mrs. Miller Crowley, Borger; Mrs. Ollie Sheppard, Midland; and Miss Jewell Rawlinson, Powell.


William Sam Crowley
Jul 14, 1896 - Aug 1, 1973

Sam Crowley
Services for Sam Crowley, 77, of Kerens, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kerens First United Methodist Church.
Burial was in the Kerens City Cemetery.
Survivers include his widow, two daughters, three sons, a brother, 13 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.


Elijah Brazil Burkhalter
Apr 26, 1858 - Mar 10, 1948


Funeral services for E. B. Burkhalter, 89, who died earlv Wednesday at the Twilight Home, 708 West Seventh avenue, were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the McCammon Funeral Chapel. Burial was in the Kerens cemetery. The rites were conducted by Rev. Marvin C. Bledsoe, pastor of the Central Methodist church.
Born April 26, 1858, in Mississippi, he resided in the Kerens community for a number of years before moving to Corsicana 39 years ago.  Surviving are six children, W. F. Burkhalter. Chatfleld; Mrs. E. E. Williams. Kerens; M. W. Burkhalter.
Gibsland, La.; Mrs. T. J. Bradshaw, Reno, Nev.; Mrs. Ruth Miller, Corsicana, and Virgil Burkhalter. Honolulu: a sister, Mrs. L. P. Butler. New Orleans, La.; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Charles Washburn, Jerry Meyers, A. B. Burleson, L. K. Carraway, W. H. Hayes.
Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.


Billy Joe Phillips
Dec 31, 1944 - May 21, 1972

B.J. Phillips
KERENS—Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Ed C. Smith and Brothers Funeral Home Chapel in Dallas for Billy Joe Phillips, 27, of Dallas. Rev. G,W. Prater will officiate.
Phillips died Sunday in Dallas.
He was a native of Houston, a member of the Baptist church and served in the Navy.
Graveside services will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Kerens.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Sharon Phillips of Dallas; a daughter, Shelley Renee Phillips of Dallas; a son, Jeffrey A. Phillips of Dallas; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Phillips of Mesquite; a brother, James Edward Phillips of Seagoville; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Phillips of Dallas.


Charles Watson Bayless
Dec 13, 1871 - Jun 21, 1936

Man Dies Result Gunshot Wounds;
Funeral Tuesday
Charles Watson Bayless, aged 61 years, of Murchison, Texas, formerly of Navarro county, died In the Corsicana Hospital and Clinic late Sunday afternoon from gunshot wounds received early Sunday at Murchison. Details of the shooting were not available here.
The funeral services will be held at the Kerens cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, where interment will be made. The rites will be conducted by Rev. I. Morgan of Greggton, Texas.
Surviving are his wife, Murchison; three daughters, Mrs. G. W. Barnctt, Longview; Mrs. Jessie Poss. Murchison; Mrs. Willie Black, Athens; a son, C. Bayless, Murchison; several grandchildren, two brothers, M. O. Bayless, Corsicana, and J. R. Bayless.
Okla., and a sister, Mrs. J. Castellaw. Weatherford.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Corley Funeral Home.


Matilda E. (Butler) Ivey
Apr 6, 1860 - Jun 20, 1932

KERENS, June 21.—(AP)—Mrs. M. E. Ivey, age 72 years, pioneer resident of Kerens, died there at 9:30 Monday night, and burial was in the Kerens cemetery at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. W. A. Corken officiating.
She is survived by one son, Ford Ivey, Kerens; one daughter, Miss Zena Ivey, Kerens; two sisters Miss Ora Ivey, Corsicana and Mrs. C. T. Banister, Corsicana; and one brother, Elmer Butler, Corsicana.
Stockton Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.




KERENS, Jun. 22.—(AP)—Funeral services for Mrs. M. E. Ivey, aged 72 years, who died at her home here Monday night, were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Rev. W. A. Corkern, Baptist minister, officiated and burial was in the
Kerens cemetery.

Surviving are one son, Ford Ivey, Kerens; a daughter, Miss Zena Ivey, Kerens; three brothers, G. H. Butler, Shreveport, La.; J. H. Butler, Corsicana; J. E. Butler, Corsicana; two sisters, Mrs. C. T. Banister, Corsicana and Miss Ora Ivey, Corsicana.


Hazel (Hall) Hunsaker
Sep 5, 1933 - Jun 12

HUNSAKER, HAZEL, 70 of Farmers Branch died June 12th in Dallas. She was born Sept. 5, 1933 in Dawson to Grover and Ethel Hall. She had retired from Firemans Fund Insurance as a bookkeeper. Visitation: June 16th from 6-8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Funeral: June 17th at 10:00 A.M., DeBerry Funeral Chapel, with burial at Roselawn Cemetery, Denton. Pallbearers: Daniel McNulty, Jerry and Greg Fussell, Harper Young, Scott Thompson, Bob Good. Surviviors: daughter, Becky, and husband Jerry Helms of Richardson, son; William Scott Thames and wife, Edaena Oregon of Farmers Branch, brother; Dutch and wife Kay Isbell, grandchildren: Matt and Michelle Helms, Susan Isabella Thames Oregon, nephew: Pete and wife Debbie Isbell and children, niece; Sue and husband Conrad Hess, her longtime friend and poodle, Buddy. Her strength, determination and love was a source of inspiration for her family and her many friends who are too many to list. Deberry Funeral Directors Denton TX 940-383-4200


Richard Lloyd Stokes
May 18, 1918 - Jan 17, 1997

Richard Lloyd Stokes

Richard Lloyd Stokes, 78, River Oaks, died Jan. 17, 1997, in White Settlement.

Visitation is 2-4 p.m. today at Biggers Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

Services are Monday at 1 p.m. at Biggers Funeral Chapel. Graveside services are 4:30 p.m. Monday at Pattison Cemetery in Emhouse.

Mr. Stokes was born in Emhouse and has lived in the Fort Worth area since 1958. He served in the U. S. Air Force during World War 11 and the Korean Conflict, and retired in 1960. He later worked as an inspector for the Department of Housing and Urban Development where he retired in 1978. He was a member of V. F. W. Post #8235 and #2137, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church.

Mr. Stokes is survived by his wife, Glenna F. Stokes of River Oaks; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Harper and Betty Barnett Stokes of Hickory, N. C. ; daughters, Angela and Michael D. Berry of Fort Worth and Mrs. Debra and Joe L. Gonzalez of El Paso; brother, Robert E. Stokes of Chula Vista, Calif.; grandchildren, Douglas Stokes and Susan Stokes of Hickory, N. C.; Cassidy Pressley of Fort Worth; and Celicia Gonzales and Cassandra Gonzales, both of El Paso; and a number of other family members.

Mr. Stokes was preceded in death by his parents, Ira L. and Bessie M. Stokes and a sister, Miss “Sissie” Stokes.

Arrangements by Biggers Funeral Chapel.


Homer Mitcham
Feb 26, 1898 - May 11, 1975

Services are pending in Dallas for Homer Mitcham, 77, resident of Dallas and native of Corsicana, who died at 4 p.m. Sunday in Dallas.
He was a former employee of the Corsicana Fire Department and Texas Power and Light Company, Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mildred Mitcham of Dallas; three brothers, Frank Mitcham and Walter Mitcham Mitcham and Walter Mitcham both of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Cartlidge and Mrs. Homer Reames both of Corsicana and Mrs. Earla Mae Sullivan of Cedar Creek Lake.


James M. Mitchell
Mar 2, 1868 - Apr 24, 1944

Funeral Services Held Wednesday For James W. Mitchell

Funeral services for James W. Mitchell were held at the McCormick Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The rites were conducted by Rev. W.
S. Fisher, pastor of the Methodist church.

James W. Mitchell was born in Arkansas, March 2, 1868, and expired at the age of 76 years, 1 month and 23 days. He came to Texas in 1902 and has lived in this community since that time. He has lived and been associated with the Ingram family since he was 12 years of age. He was a Methodist by preference.

Mr. Mitchell was well known as an industrious farmer and a good citizen. He leaves no survivors but a host of friends to mourn his passing.

Pallbearers were L. J. McGraw, N. H. Green, Buster Warren, Ed Reed, Hollis Pitts and W. A. Crawford.

Interment was in the Rose Hill cemetery, with the McCormick Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Apr 28, 1944
  • Submitted by Karen Rost
  • His death certificate shows his death date as Apr 25, 1944 and middle initial W.


J. W. Mitchell Dies In Sleep

A coroners inquest was held Tuesday morning by Justice Ben Carroll when an aged man, J. W. Mitchell was discovered dead in bed in the John King building. The verdict of the inquest was death occurred from natural causes.


  • The Blooming Grove Times - Friday, Apr 28, 1944
  • Submitted by Karen Rost

Margaret Evalyn (Barham) Jordan
Oct 22, 1915 - Jan 16, 1993

Margaret Evalyn Jordan

Margaret Evalyn Jordan, 77, of Navarro Mills, died Jan. 16, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Methodist Church in Blooming Grove with the Rev. Marvin Moore officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Katie Jordan and Ronnie and Wanda Jordan, all of Navarro Mills, one daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Gene Tribble of Navarro Mills, her mother-in-law, Lela Jordan of Corsicana; three brothers-in-law, James Jordan of Everman, Jackie Jordan of Nacogdoches and Tommie Jordan of Pasadena; two sisters-in-law, Gelene Curry of Corsicana and Joan Paschall of Mexia; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


James Louis “Jim” Marriott, Jr.
Aug 23, 1944 - Mar 23, 1994

James L. Marriott, Jr.

James L. “Jim” Marriott, Jr., 49, of Dallas, died March 23, 1944 in Dallas.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Dresden Cemetery with the Rev. Spencer Ray will officiate. Services are under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

He was born August 23, 1944 in Corsicana.

Survivors include three daughters, Lori Ann Hudspeth of Garland, Amy Duncan of Temple and Stacey Marriott of Carrollton; one son, David Marriott of Atlanta, Ga.; his father, James L. Marriott, Sr. of Corsicana; his mother Ruby Melton Marriott of Dallas; a sister, Rita Wilemon of Kerens; a brother Lynn Marriott of Corsicana; two grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.


Austin Ray LeJune
Jun 17, 1956 - Aug 6, 1994

Austin Ray LeJeune

Austin Ray LeJeune, 38, of Barry, died Aug. 6, 1994.

Services will be 9 a.m. Wednesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, with Keith Royal officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Agnes Eves of Lake Charles, La; his wife, Kathy LeJeune of Barry; one son, James LeJeune of Barry; one daughter, Jenifer LeJeune of Barry; three brothers, Terry LeJeune of Barry; Gerald LeJeune of Blooming Grove and Helman LeJeune of Lake Charles; one sister, Sonja LeJeune of Lake Charles; and a grandmother Josephine Cradeur Leon of Lake Charles.


Alpha Allene (McCandless) Stubblefield
Jul 31, 1911 – Aug 6, 1994

Alline Stubblefield

Alline Stubblefield, 83, of Blooming Grove, died Aug. 6, 1994, at Baylor Hospital in Ennis.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Blooming Grove, with Tommy Hood officiating. Burial will be in Dresden Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Lela Smith of Blooming Grove and Tommie Hall of Dallas; three nieces, Barbara Ledbetter of Blooming Grove, Sharon Kitchens and Jewel Kitchens, both of Roland, Ark.; and one nephew Thomas Barnes of Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be Thomas Barnes, Tommy Barnes, Dusty Ledbetter, Jimmy Colbard, Richard Kirk and Melvin Boatman.


William Hardin “Bill” Hargrove
Apr 19, 1915 - Jun 16, 1998

W. H. “Bill” Hargrove

W. H. “Bill” Hargrove, 83, of Richland, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in Richland.

Services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Corley Funeral Chapel, with David L. Mahoney officiating. Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Lynn Scruggs, Bruce Denbow, James McDonald, William Baldwin, Clinton Coker and J. D. Burleson.

Mr. Hargrove was born in Brandon on April 19, 1915. He attended the Richland Baptist Church.

Mr. Hargrove is survived by his wife, Sibyl Hargrove of Richland; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Willine Hargrove of Spring, Keith and Nancy Hargrove of Houston; grandsons, Eddie Hargrove and Jeff Hargrove, both of Spring; great grandchild, Jacob Hargrove of Spring; sisters, Dorothy Hawthorne of Mesquite, Louise Glowney of San Antonio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Hospice of Cedar Lake, 625 N. Main, Corsicana, 75110.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home.


Lola Venita Hurst
Mar 21, 1937 - Mar 17, 1995

Lola Venita Hurst
Lola Venita Hurst, 57, of Teague died March 17, 1995 in Parkview Hospital in Mexia.

A private memorial service is pending.

Miss Hurst was born March 21, 1937 in Lawton, Oklahoma. She lived in Teague for the past 12 years.

She is survived by three brothers, Lester Hurst, Jr. of Landers, Wyo., Lloyd B. Hurst of Teague, and Robert Calvin Hurst of Magnolia; two sisters, Mary Lee Lucas of Stratford and Levetta Childs of Lubec, Maine; and several nieces and nephews.


Lester Cross Lane, Jr.
May 18, 1930 - Mar 18, 1995

Lester Cross Lane, Jr.

Lester Cross Lane, Jr., 64, of Teague, died March 18, 1995, at his residence.

The family will receive visitors Monday at Ricks Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ricks Funeral Home, with Rev. Walter Brown and Rev. Greg Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Dew Cemetery.

Mr. Lane was born May 18, 1930, in Lanely Community. He lived in Teague all of his life. He ownes and operated Lane's Exxon in Teague for many years. He was a member of the Freestone Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Mae Lane of Teague; three daughters, Joyce Barr of Irving, Jeanie Woodall of Mexia and Delores Gilbert of Teague; one son, Marvin Lane of Teague; his parents, Lester and Gertrude Lane of Fairfield; two brothers, J. B. Lane of Fairfield and Thomas Earl Lane of Mexia; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death two step-grandchildren, Louise and Sammie Cast; and one great-grandchild, Jerrod Bradley Drury.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, March 20, 1995
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • 1st wife Pearl Leverne (McCeig) Lane-McAdams 2nd wife Annie Mae (Brown) Cast-Lane s/o Lester Cross Lane, Sr. and Lucy Gertrude (Hartley) Lane

Celeska Claudine Read
May 25, 1905 - Nov 1, 1997

Celeska Claudine Read
Celeska Claudine Read, 92, of Fairfield died Nov. 1.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Capps Memorial Chapel with Rev. Mark Woodward officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairfield Cemetery.

Ms. Read was born May 25, 1905, in the Butler community of Freestone County. She was a beautician and a member of the First United Baptist Church of Fairfield.

Mrs. Read is survived by a niece, Darnell Walker of Fairfield.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield.


Iona (Holder) Peacock
Aug 14, 1903 - Nov 2, 1997

Iona H. Peacock

Graveside services for Iona H. Peacock, 94, of Houston and former resident of Temple will be held today at 1 p.m. at Bellwood Memorial Park with Dr. R. Wade Paschal and Rev. Stephen Schmidt officiating.

Mrs. Peacock passed away Nov. 2, in a Houston nursing home.

Mrs. Peacock was born Aug. 14, 1903, the daughter of John D. Holder and Annie Beadles Holder. She married the Rev. Allen A. Peacock, former minister of the 7th Street United Methodist Church in Temple where they served from 1942 to 1945. He preceded her in death in 1986. As a ministers wife, she and her husband served churches in Hart, Knox City, Silverton, Corsicana, Cisco, Brownwood, Fort Worth Central and Aldersgate United Methodist in Arlington. When her husband was the Cisco District Superintendent, she was very active in all womens societies of each church she and Rev. Peacock served. She taught Sunday school and was the youth director in Waco. Rev. and Mrs. Peacock retired from the ministry in 1977. In 1981, they returned to Temple. After the death of her husband in 1986, she moved to Houston where she resided until her death.

Mrs. Peacock is survived by three daughters, Betty Jo Peacock Petrello of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, Allene Peacock Cook Hardt of temple, and Paulene Peacock Paschal of Houston; a brother, J. D. Holder, Jr. of Sulphur Springs; ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Park Methodist Church in Temple.

Arrangements by Sheffield Funeral Home, 3220 South 31st Street, Temple.


Charles Thurman Meacham
May 8, 1925 - Jan 09, 1997

Charles T. Meacham

Charles T. Meacham, 71, Fairfield, died Jan. 9, 1997, in Richardson.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Capps Chapel in Fairfield, with Rev. Hoyt McPherson of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Fairfield officiating. Special music will be “How Great Thou Art” & “A Closer Walk With Thee.” Burial will follow in the Fairfield Cemetery.

Mr. Meacham was born May 8, 1925 in Temple. He was employed as a security guard at Texas Utilities, Mr. Meacham was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Meacham of Fairfield; a daughter Beverly LeGuin and husband, Doug of Lewisville; sons Charles Keith Meacham and wife, Karen of Lewisville; and Terry Meacham and wife, Wendy of Richardson; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brother, Craig Meacham and wife, Louise of Richardson; and sister Janice Zelmer and husband, Milton of Cleveland.

Arrangements by Capps Memorial Chapel.


Lillian Alline Miller
Aug 29, 1905 - Apr 29, 1997

Lillian Alline Miller

Funeral services for Miss Lillian Alline Miller, 91, of Oakwood, will be today at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Oakwood, with Rev. Bill Newman officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood City Cemetery.

Miss Miller died Tuesday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, at the time of her death she was a resident of Heritage Oaks Nursing Home in Corsicana. She was born August 29, 1905 in Oakwood to Andrew Neal and Mattie Lane Miller. Miss Miller was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Oakwood. She was a member of Daughters of American Revolution, Daughters of the Confederacy, and Daughter of the Republic of Texas. Miss Miller was a retired teacher of 43 years, teaching in Oakwood, Fairfield and Marshall with most of her years spent in Marshall High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by several cousins, Jack Sisco of Corsicana, Sharon Knight of Carrollton, and Alan Lane Gooch of McGregor.

Pallbearers will be Lee Bing, Al Matthews, B. G. Gilbert, Fred Magouirk, F. G. Lipsey, and Brent Bing.

Arrangements by Bailey & Foster in Palestine.


William Dwight “Bill” Graves
Mar 12, 1918 - Jun 15, 1998

William D. “Bill” Graves

William D. “Bill” Graves, 80, of Tyler, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 1998, at his residence.

Services were 9 a.m. today at Cathedral in the Pines, with Rev. Terry Sustaire officiating. Interment followed at Cathedral in the Pines.

Mr. Graves was born at Atlanta, Ga. on March 12, 1918. He had lived in Smith County most of his life. He was a warehouse supervisor for K. Wolens and was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a member of Copeland Baptist Church.

Mr. Graves is survived by his wife, Emma Jo Graves of Tyler, Sons, William Glen Graves of Whitehouse, Jerry Wayne Graves of Tyler, Stephen Linear Graves of Tyler; seven grandchildren; one great grandson; brothers Richard R. “Dick” Graves of Tyler, John G. Graves of Burleson; sister, Cora May Tomlin of Tyler; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements by Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - June 17, 1998
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Cathedral in the Pines, Tyler, Texas
  • U. S. Airforce WWII
  • h/o Mary Bell (Rose) Graves and Emma Jo (Curry) Graves s/o Glen D. Graves and Ruby May (Harris) Graves

James Clayton Minatra
Aug 5, 1939 - Jan 17, 1993

James C. Minatra

James C. Minatra, 53, of Purdon, died Jan. 17, 1993, at Navarro Regional Hospital.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Griffin Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana with the Rev. Gary Hartley and the Rev. William Dollar. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Randy Clay and Paula and Mike Bates, all of Pursley, his parents, Effie and Max Ganze of Pursley; one brother, Billy Minatra of Pursley; two sisters, Dorothy Ganze of Pursley and Margaret Butler of Mathis; two grandchildren, Brody Clay and Brandon Bates.


Beauron Hill Murry
Sep 22, 1908 - Mar 17, 1995

B. H. Murry

B. H. Murry, 86, of Corsicana died March 17, 1995 in Corsicana.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 20 in the Corley Funeral Chapel with Rev. B. F. Risinger Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

Pallbearers will be Maurice Pollock, Grover Pearson, J. T. Allan, Berlin Compton, Leighton Dawson and Morgan Lowe.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Friendship Sunday school class of First Baptist Church of Corsicana.

Mr. Murry was born Sept. 22, 1908 in Gatesville. He taught Sunday school at Memorial Baptist Church for more than 20 years. He was also a member of First Baptist Church. He retired after 36 years with the Railroad.

He is survived by his wife, Laverne Harris Murry of Corsicana and four sisters, Ruby Rogers, Maurine Adams, Riva Whisenhunt, all of Gatesville, and Robbie Cox of Pecos.


Ted Bransford Ferguson
Jan 18, 1895 - Jun 1, 1956

Dallas Rites For Ted B. Ferguson With Burial Here
Funeral services for Ted B. Ferguson, 61, Texas Power and Light Company vice president, who died of a heart attack in a Dallas hospital Friday, were held Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Wynne Chapel of the Highland Park Presbyterian church.

A second service will be held at the Hamilton Cemetery here Saturday at 4 p.m., where interment will be made.

Dallas Rites
The Dallas rites were conducted by Dr. William M. Elliott, Jr., pastor of the church, while the services here will be held by Dr. Matthew H. Arnold, pastor of the Westminister Presbyterian church.

A native of Dallas, Ferguson was educated in the Dallas Schools and Terrell Prep school in Dallas.

Ferguson was employed with insurance firms before serving with the Army at Texas A. and M. College in 1918 during World War 1 and joined the Texas Power and Light Company as a salesman in 1926, being sent to Corsicana. He became district manager of the utility here in 1927 and served until 1937 when he was transferred to Dallas as vice president in charge of advertising. Sales supervision was added to his duties in 1940. He was a director of both the TP and L and Southland Life Insurance company.

Former Resident
He was a former president of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce and was active in the Public Utilities Advertising Association, director of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, member of the industrial development committee of the State Fair of Texas, and a member of the legislative committee of the Texas Manufacturing association. He was a past president of the North Texas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Ferguson was a member of the Highland Park Presbyterian church, Dallas Press Club, Scottish Rite Masons, IOOF Lodge, Sigma Delta Chi, Dallas Electric Club and Dallas Advertising club.

Surviving are his wife, Ellen Douglas Carpenter Ferguson, Dallas; a daughter, Mrs. B. L. Sanders, Jr., two grandsons, B. L. Sanders III and Ted Ferguson Sanders, all of Corsicana; a sister, Mrs. Mary Greenfield, Dallas, and other relatives including a nephew, Embry Ferguson, district manager of the Texas Power and Light Company here.

Pallbearers are Tyree L. Bell, W. W. Lynch, F. M. Ryburn, Ted Dealy, Raymond Potts, and R. L. Johnsol, all of Dallas; Allin F. Mitchell, Corsicana, and Dr. Alex Dickle, Denton.

McCammon Funeral Home directed.


Ellen Douglas (Carpenter) Ferguson
Jan. 11, 1898 - Aug. 14, 1985

Ellen Ferguson
Mrs. Ellen Carpenter Ferguson, wife of the late Ted B. Ferguson, died Wednesday in Corsicana after an extended illness.

Service will be at 10:30 a. m. Friday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tom Graves officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

Mrs. Ferguson was born, Jan. 11, 1898 in Corsicana, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis T. Carpenter, early Navarro County settlers. She was a graduate of Corsicana High School and Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tenn.

She was a longtime member of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, of which her father was a founding member, and Westminister Presbyterian Church in Corsicana. Mrs. Ferguson was a charter member of James Blair Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, had served as president of the 19th Century Club, the Lyceum Club of Dallas, and was a longtime member of the Dallas Woman's Club and the Craig Class in Dallas.

She was an active supporter for many years of civic, cultural and patriotic activities in her community.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. B. Lynn Sanders Jr. of Corsicana; two grandsons, B. Lynn Sanders III of Corsicana and Ted F. Sanders of Austin; two great grandsons of Austin; and a sister, Mrs. Robert W. Austin of Mount Washington, Mass.

Pallbearers will be John C. Tatum, William Clarkson, James E. Fortson, A. Wade Blackford, Jack McFerran, Dan A. Story, James T. West, Dr. Robert Mertz, Dr. C. S. Stroud Jr., and Claiborne Simpson.

Honorary pallbearers include Ralph R. Brown, George Weinschel, Dave Kelton, Jack Cunningham, J. M. Dyer Sr., John R. Corley and Dr. William B. Mayfield.


Maurice Reid Bryson
Jan 18, 1924 - Aug 14, 1985

Maurice Bryson
ARLINGTON—Maurice Bryson, 61, of Arlington and formerly of Corsicana, died Wednesday in Dallas.

Service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana. Burial will be at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.

He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Distinguished Service Medal for service during World War II.

He was a post chaplain for the Arlington Veterans of Foreign Wars and member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife; Mrs. Wilma Bryson of Arlington; two sons, Thomas Bryson of Darmstadt, Germany and Hans W. Bryson of Ovilla; five grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Eula Mae Bryson of Corsicana; and a brother, Dwane Bryson of Corsicana.


Margaret S. (unk) Johnson
Nov 22, 1919 - Jan 17, 1997

Margaret S. Johnson

Margaret S. Johnson, 77, of Corsicana, died Jan. 17, 1997, at his residence.

Graveside services are today at 3 p.m. at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, with Dr. David Hale officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Julius Flores, Dewayne Woodcock, Jim Cross, Fred Almendarez and James Sterling.

Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 22, 1919, in Martin Mill.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son, Gene Johnson of Corsicana; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Lewis of Corsicana; granddaughter and husband, Paige and Randy Howard of Purdon; grandson, Lance Lewis of Corsicana; and step granddaughters, Jennifer and Kelly Lewis.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Catherine (Monts)-Johnson-West
abt. 1846 - Aug 1, 1927

Mrs. S. H. West, aged 81 years, resident of Corsicana for 32 years, died at the Navarro county hospital at 2:30 o’clock Monday afternoon and the funeral cortege left the Sutherland Undertaking Parlors at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning for Chatfield, where interment was made. She was a member of the Methodist church.
Surviving are seven children as follows: Mrs. B. K. Downey, Frost; J. O. Johnson, Frost; Mrs. Della Wooley, Frost; Mrs. Mollie Armstrong, Corsicana; Mrs. Joe Brannon, Shannon, Miss.; Mrs. Ben Long, Fort Worth, and Sam West, Powell. A large number of grand children also survive.
Mrs. West was born in Mississippi.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Tuesday, Aug 2, 1927
  • New Chatfield Cemetery
  • Catherine C. Monts Johnson West was my great-grandmother.  She was born in June 1843 in Itawamba County Mississippi.  She married Allen Johnson on Nov. 9, 1859.  They had one son, Jessie.  Allen Johnson died in the Civil War on January 21, 1862.  She married Samuel Houston West on January 7, 1867.  She died August 1, 1927.
    ... Jayne Johnson Gillen

Herbert E. Hervey
May 8, 1881 - Jul 27, 1959

Hervey Rites Held Wednesday
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Corley Chapel for Herbert E. Hervey, 78, retired Tupelo grocer, who died Monday following an extended illness. The Rev. Marvin James, pastor of the Chatfield and Tupelo Methodist churches, officiated. Burial was in the new Chatfield Cemetery.

A native of Navarro county, Hervey had lived all his life in the Chatfield, Tupelo and Hester communities. He was in the grocery business 35 years, retiring in 1954. He had been a member of Tupelo Methodist church 60 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Golden Burdine Hervey; two sons, A. B. Hervey of Little Rock and H. A. Hervey of Dallas; one daughter. Mrs. Charles T. Hubbard of Stanford, Ky.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and one brother, W .E. Hervey of Longmont, Colo.

Pallbearers were Joe Robinson, Alvin Jones, Pleas Mitchell, R. B. Burdine, Jr., Amos Harwell and J. F. Ray.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Wednesday, July 29, 1959
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • Twin to Horace L. Hervey h/o Daisy Golden (Burdine) Hervey married Nov. 17, 1900 in Navarro County s/o Albert Gallatin Hervey and Grizelda Elizabeth (Kirby) Hervey

Daisy Golden (Burdine) Hervey
Feb 22, 1885 - Nov 1, 1972

Mrs. Hervey
Funeral services were to be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at a local funeral home chapel for Mrs. Golden Burdine Hervey, 87, of Tupelo, who died Wednesday morning in Memorial Hospital. Rev. Mark Childress officiated and burial was in the new Chatfield Cemetery.

Survivor include two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter, and two brothers.


  • The Corsicana Daily Sun - Thursday, November 2, 1972
  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • w/o Herbert E. Hervey married Nov. 17, 1900 Navarro County, Tx. d/o Wylie Calhoun Burdine and Lucy Davis (Monts) Burdine

William H. Harris
(Confederate Veteran)
abt. 1845 Oct. 23, 1913

In memory of W. H. Harris, who departed this life on the 23d day of October, 1913, aged 68 years. He was a native of Georgia, entered the Confederate service early in '63, at Savannah, Ga., enlisting in Company B, 22d Georgia battery heavy artillery.
Remained in service there until early in '64, when he was transferred to his brother's, Captain Thomas W. Harris's company, 12th Georgia regiment, one of the famous old fighting regiments of Jackson's command. He participated in the battles around Richmond.
Was wounded in the battle at Charlestown, Va.; surrendered with his command at Appomatox, Va.; returned to his home near Oglethorp, Ga., and in October, 1866, left his native state and moved to this state and engaged in farming near Chattfield and was a successful farmer until his health failed him, when he sold his farm and moved up into Washington county, Ark., bought a small farm and engaged in fruit and truck farming for several years, and finally came back to Navarro county, where for the past few years he superintended the farm of his brother-in-law, Mr. S. M. Ransom of Corsicana, until attacked by that dread malady, cancer of the face, when he came back to Chatfield, as he expressed it "that he might die among his old friends and be laid to rest beside his sainted mother." He fought bravely the ravages of the grim monster, and realized and was fully conscious of his wasting strength as the terrible disease
with its poisonous germs devoured his life. He passed away peacefully without a struggle, at the home of his old friends, Mr. and Mrs. James Crockett, near Chatfield, where sympathetic hearts and kindly ministering hands supplied his every want and relieved his suffering as far as possible.
He faced the last enemy as fearlessly as in the ‘60's he had faced the missiles of death as he marched with the battalions of Lee and Jackson in defense of the southland. After the close of the war he, with the writer, were in school together and many acts of kindness he did for me then and in later years, and for others I know of, are held in kindly remembrance and rise up before me now demanding recognition.
He leaves a brother, Captain T. W. Harris of Chicago, and four nephews, Messrs. Ben, Tom, Hewitt and Hugh Harris, and one niece, Miss Mary Park, also a brother-in-law, Mr. S. M. Ransom, and sons Harris, Julian and Tom. and niece, Mrs. Hallie Davis, all of whom, while not permitted to be at his bedside during the last hour, contributed in every way to his comfort during his illness. His every wish was compiled with and he quietly passed away and is resting beside the mother he loved so well, under the shade of the trees in the old cemetery at Chatfield, and let us believe that in the last moments as he called in tender "brothers'," as he had done in the long ago, it was granted to him in his wisdom to catch a glimpse of the clear old sweet face. Rest then in peace, old friend.
No worthier tribute could be paid that by the Poet Pirest of the South in his immortal verse.
"On fame's eternal camping ground is the bivouac of the silent dead of the lost cause, the memory of whose
deeds of valor are enshrined in the hearts of their countrymen."
Chatfield, Nov. 21, 1913


Arthur G. Mitcham
abt. 1858 - Apr. 29, 1877

In Memory of Arthur Mitcham

The subject of this notice died at the residence of his father, James Mitcham, near Rice, Navarro county, Texas, April 29, 1877, after a painful illness of many days.

This young man fell while standing at the very gates of manhood and usefulness, being in his nineteenth year. The long train of weeping relatives, sad hearted schoolmates, and sympathizing friends and neighbors, who met early at the Academy, where the deceased but a few days since stood at the head of his classes an honored and beloved student, told more powerful than the tongue or pen can tell, that the deep heart and wide feelings of our entire community had been touched.

While it is sad to chronicle a death like this, yet it is highly gratifying to the bereaved parents and friends to feel that they were not left alone in the valley of sorrow.

The long train of mourners who followed in line to the church at Chatfield, where there was a large congregation of people, to whom was delivered a solemn and impressive discourse by Rev. J. A. Ward, after which the remains were removed to the silent grave, where the beautiful and impressive ceremony of the United Friends of Temperance, of which he was an active officer, was solemnly pronounced. He having lived and died consistent member of the Methodist church, we “mourn not as those who have no hope.”

Resolved, By the Council of the United Friends of Temperance that we have the above obituary published in the Corsicana Observer and the Christian Advocate.

L. B. Haynie, Walter Clopton, Jerry Ward, >Com.


William M. Neal
Aug 8, 1871 - May 22, 1950

Evening; Funeral Tuesday

William M. Neal, 78, native of Navarro county, died at the P. and S. Hospital Sunday night.

Funeral services will be held from the Corley Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. with burial in the Hamilton cemetery. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Jack Goff, pastor of the North Side Baptist church.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Katherine Springer, and a granddaughter, Miss Ernestine Springer. both of Farmer's Branch.


Mollie (Chilton) Neal
Sep 29, 1874 - July 29, 1925

Funeral Services For Mrs. Nollie Neal

Funeral services for Mrs. Nollie Neal, 50 years old, who died at her home near Cryer Creek Wednesday morning were held at Petty's Chapel cemetery at 3:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon with interment. Rev. Peeples officiated.

The deceased is survived by her husband Walter Neal; daughter Kathleen, aged eight years; one brother, George Chilton, Cryer Creek; one half-brother, Guy Blankenship, Topeka, Kans.; and one sister, Mrs. Kate Robinson, Cryer Creek.


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